What was thought to be an impossibility from yours truly has become a reality. It was just announced on Discotek's Facebook pagethat the company will be planning a video release of School Days containing all 12 episodes of the series and the Magical Heart Kokoro-chan bonus OVA series for June 24 of this year. The release will come only with Japanese audio and English subtitles.
School Days is based on the eroge dating sim game released by 0verflow in Japan on PC on April 28, 2005, with the game having been released here in the United States in 2012 via the remastered School Days HQ release. The game is notable for having fully animated scenes that play out compared to the static shots of other dating sims and gaining infamy for its graphically violent "bad" endings. The storyline of the series is focused around high school student Makoto Itou finding himself caught up in a love triangle with love interests Sekai Saionji and Kotonoha Katsura, with any decisions you make in influencing Makoto's actions leading up to one of the game's endings.
The anime adaptation of the series was animated by TNK and aired on Japanese TV from July 3 to September 27 of 2007. The anime attracted a great deal of controversy with its final episode that would involve showing a variant of the game's bad endings. A real-life event in Japan that involved a teenage girl killing her father with an axe led to many of the show's broadcasters cancelling the airing of the episode and replacing it with a slideshow montage of live-action boat shots that led to the popular meme of "Nice Boat" to spawn from the events. Japanese premium channel AT-X would still air the episode, albeit in an edited format to censor the episode's violent content. The episode would be shown in its original, unedited format for its video release.
Hello everyone, Sentai Filmworks just announced shows that they have acquired. Check out this list to see if your favorite anime got picked up.
I might not be able to finish this list or anything. It's for the site. Just trying to promote industry news.
For Amnesia, Samurai Bride, and other future anime shows that have an English dub, there may or not be a dub trailer due to availability. I will try to post every dub trailer news in this community.
When the heroine regains consciousness in an unfamiliar place, she has suddenly lost all memories of everything that happened before August 1. What is this place, and what was she doing there? Who is she, and what sort of life had she lived?
Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat
It is said that a stony cat standing in a hill can make our dream come true. Asking for their wishes, the protagonists come to a hill and ask for their wishes to the cat. Then, for some reason or other, a high school boy loses the face he wears in public and his nickname becomes a pervert prince. A cute girl is deprived of her true feelings... The cat makes mischief to their relationship better and worse. What will become of them?
Dog & Scissors
One day, Harumi Kazuhito was killed in a robbery. However, his fascination with books allowed him to miraculously come back to life - as a dachshund dog. As he lamented his loss of ability to read books, before him appeared a sadistic woman, Natsuno Kirihime, who used scissors as a lethal weapon. But, not only can she hear Kazuhito's thoughts as a dog - she also happens to be a novelist he was a huge fan of. What is to become of this dog's life?
Zettai Boei Leviathan
There lands of Aquafall were a paradise, where water flowed freely, the hills were covered with lush vegetation and life in all forms flourished in peace and abundance. But that was before the meteors began to fall, each impact spawning new, hideous monsters, until it soon became clear that there were others who wanted to claim the entire green world for themselves. An enemy that would not stop until all opposition had been vanquished. Fortunately, the fairy Syrup was on guard and knew exactly what to do. Working quickly, she began to recruit an extraordinary team of young women to form the base of the Aquafall Defense Force: the incredibly strong Jormungandr, the extravagant Bahamut and the stoic Leviathan. But can three girls, alone, really turn the tide of an alien invasion? They can when each of the ladies in question is also a member of a Dragon Clan, and when it comes to fighting tooth, nail and claw, the invaders have just met their match! Get ready for the ultimate monster showdown as alien takes on dragon while the scales of fate hang in the balance in LEVIATHAN ~ THE LAST DEFENSE!
Fifteen years have passed since the war between humans and demons began. The human army that charged through the gate into the demon world managed to take one of the demon clan's vital strongholds, but left an opening for the demon clan to occupy part of the humans' territory. Frequent skirmishes between humans and demons in the intensely cold southern kingdoms have caused everyone much suffering and confusion.
Some guys wait their entire life to meet the girl of their dreams, but high school freshman Rihito is already living with FOUR of them! And they're (almost) always ready and willing to help him with whatever difficult task their "Master" needs to be handled. So, how did Rihito get to be so lucky? Well, while Hina, Ann, Ines and Rene may not be exactly high maintenance, Rihito does have to make sure that they're lubricated regularly and their batteries are recharged. That's because they're Shinki: tiny, six-inch high, customizable androids. But don't let their tiny size fool you. These little ladies have more than full-size intelligence and emotions, and since each one would prefer to be Rihito's favorite, there's sure to be a little mechanical friction! Get ready for sparks to fly as these battery powered princesses take charge of Rihito's world in BUSOU SHINKI!
Things seemed to be going so well for Muneakira Yagyu. On top of dealing with Jubei, the immortal samurai warrior who fell out of the sky and into his arms and lips, he used his ability to awaken the latent power of a female samurai with a kiss to successfully juggle a handful of very powerful, very female master samurai, AND led them all to victory against the minion of a great evil. So was it too much to ask for a little break in the routine of saving Japan? Apparently it was, as another great evil has appeared in the land, this one even stronger than the last. However, that's the LEAST of Muneakira's problems, because with all the women he's kissed in order to awaken their latent samurai powers, the inevitable has finally happened. Someone's taking the long walk down the aisle with a samurai girl! It's going to be a REALLY old fashioned wedding and any resistance by the groom will be totally feudal in SAMURAI BRIDE!
Welcome everyone to the last week of February's manga releases! This week's manga catalog for North America is light.
Luckily, I have read both Blood-C and Fairy Tail.
For Blood-C, if you love vampires, gore, and butt kicking gals, this manga is for you. I only read the first 2 volumes of Blood-C, so I can't really say much without spoilers.
For Fairy Tail, it's one of my personal favorite Shonen manga. If you don't mind the over usage of Nakama and lots of fan service, this manga is for you. Fairy Tail has fairly short fights and story arcs. It's easy to get in. For you guys and gals who are looking for a serious Shonen manga, Fairy Tail isn't for you. Fairy Tail is a light hearted series.
Please enjoy the releases we have this week. All comments are welcome.
Note: I forgot to include Blood-C last week. I was overwhelmed by college studies. It was released on Feb. 19.
Disclaimer: I'm not selling manga to you guys and gals. This blog is to promote the manga industry by getting you guys and gals to support the official release.
Sources: All plot summaries and data are from ANN's Manga Releases page. Plus, I stole some English covers from PikaHyper, a great mod from Comic Vine. He probably knows I do.
|Blood-C Volume 3|
As the ruse of her small-town life comes crashing down around her, Saya Kisaragi uncovers the mastermind behind a huge plan to deceive and test her! Katanas clash in this vampire-battling saga, taking the story right up to events in Blood-C: The Last Dark!
|Fairy Tail Volume 35|
When Minerva of Saber Tooth sadistically thrashes Lucy to within an inch of her life, Fairy Tail vows vengeance! Their chance comes at the climax of the fourth day's events. It's Natsu and Gajeel vs. Sting and Rogue, the old dragon slayers against the new! Can the stadium contain the sheer power of these wizards' fire and iron?
I haven't tried any other anime on this list except for K. I haven't finished K. K is known for having one of the best visuals; however, the heavy blue hue and colors can be distracting. It's a good anime series if you like gangs with superpowers and a mystery murder case. The series builds its characters based on their pasts, and the secrets behind the mystery murder case all comes full circle. That's what I heard.
I would love to hear your recommendations on these series. All comments are welcome. Thank you.
Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release.
|Appleseed XIII: Tartaros & Ouranos (DVD)|
In the wake of destruction from a worldwide non-nuclear war, the city of Olympus has become the control center of the world. As humanity adopts biological enhancements in attempts to achieve perfection, a terrorist organization uprises to prevent what could be the eventual extinction of the human race. Two former LAPD SWAT members join a special mech-piloting, military force to take down the leader of the terrorist organization.
|Blast of Tempest - Complete 2nd Season (Sub.DVD)|
A month has passed since the showdown at Mt. Fuji, but the world is once again thrown into chaos with the appearance of the "Mage of Exodus." In order to discover the truth behind Aika's murder, Hakaze decides to return to the past. There, she meets Aika and is told something completely unexpected. If everything happens for a reason, is Aika's unfortunate death actually a blessing in disguise? All the puzzle pieces finally come together to reveal the shocking truth! Contains episodes 13-24 plus a 16-page booklet and a reversible mini-poster.
|Dallos - Complete OVA Series (Sub.DVD)|
Shun Nonomura is a young man out of Monopolis, a sprawling miner's colony on the lunar surface. His people mine helium-3 and other essentials for Earth, but in the late 21st century, Earth's resources are depleted and the planetary government has resorted to authoritarian rule to get what they want. As the put-upon miners - including Shun's own family and friends - start to organize a revolt, they come under attack from Earth's new lunar commander: Alex Rigel, a military man unafraid to use force to put down the uprising. As Shun's idealism and Alex's chilly pragmatism clash, Monopolis is thrown into chaos. The last, best hope for victory lies within a mysterious alien artifact that the lunarians worship as a god: Dallos!
Contains OVA episodes 1-4.
|Di Gi Charat: Winter Garden (special) (Sub.DVD)|
Things have changed a bit for Dejiko, the alien princess who came to Earth to become a famous idol singer. She's grown up and her teens are practically a memory, though her sidekick Puchiko still has a few years to go before becoming an official "adult." They don't wear their cat ears anymore, and the affectation of sticking nyo or nyu on their sentences got old along the way as well. And the game store? That's in the past as well. Instead of cooking up mischief, Dejiko works in a local bakery. And yet, there's still something strange and mystical about her. But will that be enough to draw the attention of a handsome young man she first accidentally encounters in the park? It had better be, because Di Gi Charat is about to discover the most powerful Earth magic of all. Love hits Dejiko and it's going to hit her hard, as the original saga concludes in Di Gi Charat: Winter Garden
|Mighty Space Miners (DVD)|
When disaster strikes an asteroid mining colony, who can the trapped miners call? No one! That's why only the bravest and most resourceful of individuals can ever become space miners, the hardworking pilots, scientists, and technicians who keep Earth supplied with priceless metals and isotopes from deep-space asteroid mines in the year 2060.
When a military satellite triggers a catastrophic disaster, the colonists must cope with a world turned literally inside out with a nuclear reactor that theatens to turn the entire asteroid into a miniature sun in a matter of hours!
|K - Complete Collection (DVD)|
K introduces viewers to Shiro, an easygoing teenager content with just being a student – until his seemingly perfect life is suddenly halted when a bloodthirsty clan, glowing red with fire, attempts to kill him in the streets. Unbeknownst to Shiro, he is suspected of murdering a member of their clan and will need a miracle to escape their vengeance. Miraculously, a young man named Kuroh Yatogami swings in and aids Shiro in his getaway, only to reveal afterward he's also after Shiro's life. Now a hunted man, Shiro will have to evade the clans of seven powerful kings and desperately try to prove his innocence – before it’s too late!
Special Features: Clean Openings & Endings, K Events - U.S Convention Highlights, K Trailers, More from VIZ!
|Lily C.A.T. (DVD)|
2264 A.D.: The Starship Saldes is sent into deep space to explore a newly discovered planet. The journey will take twenty years. The Saldes' crew of thirteen, mixing experienced space jockeys with eager but naive scientists, are prepared for anything - except an unseen alien invader with an insatiable appetite and the ominous force that takes over the ship's controls. The voyage becomes a grim struggle for survival in a vessel which has become a coffin orbiting the paradise world which was to be its destination.
|Love, Election & Chocolate - Complete Collection (Sub. Blu-Ray)|
In Japan, participation in extra-curricular activities is as fundamental a part of an education as chalk and gym shorts. However not all students are overachievers, and for those like Yuki Ojima, groups like the Food Research Club are welcome havens in which to slack-off. But what's a slacker to do when the radical new candidate for Student Council president announces her intent to get rid of clubs like the FRC? Well, getting the help of the current Student Council president is a good start, but HIS suggestion is so counter-intuitive that it's crazy: Yuki's going to run for the Student Council himself! And yet, it's SO crazy that it just might work. Especially when Chisato, the chocolate-adverse president of the FRC, not to mention Yuki's best childhood friend, and members of other targeted school clubs start to join the swelling FRC army. But can this army of goofs and goof-offs coast all the way to political victory? Or will someone have to step up to the plate and take one for the term? They may savor victory, they may taste defeat, but you're certain to eat up LOVE, ELECTION AND CHOCOLATE!
|Love Election & Chocolate - Complete Collection (Sub. DVD)|
|Star Blazers 2199|
The year is 2199. Mother Earth is on the verge of breathing her last. Earth has been rendered a dead world by meteor bombs launched by Gamilas, a mysterious interstellar state. The time left to humanity, which has fled into underground cities, is a mere year.
Mankind's final hope is the Yamato, which rests off of Kyushu's Cape Bonomisaki - the Space Battleship Yamato! Believing in a message of salvation sent from the distant depths of the galaxy, the Yamato now sets sail with a young crew under the command of Captain Okita! Contains episodes 1-4: Messenger from Iscandar Our Destination is the Sea of Stars Escape From Jupiter Space Gravestone on the Ice Field
With only a few years of experience under me in terms of anime and manga, each new year and each new batch of anime that i experience brings to my attention new aspects about, and new genres or subgenres of anime that i simply cannot stand.
Asura Cryin is, well, i don’t even know how to describe it outside of the generic genre descriptions you find on Wikipedia, and am not sure there is a name for it.
Natsume Tomoharu is a normal high-school student in every way with one exception: he's being followed by the ghost of his best friend, Misao.
After moving into his brother's old house, Tomoharu expects to continue living his normal life when, one day, he receives a mysterious and locked briefcase.
He has all intentions of leaving the case in storage, until his house is invaded by multiple groups of people chasing the briefcase. Unaware of its true purpose, in escaping with the briefcase Tomoharu and Misao are thrust into a world of conspiracies as they try to unravel the strings connecting Misao and the case and why its use has consequences for the whole world.
There’s a sequel? Really? Why? I usually prefer keeping my reviews brief (ish) and somewhat general in describing the overall structure of an anime, this including characters, plots, villains, whatever caught my attention.
I won’t bother doing that Asura Cryin, and not only because i came four episode short of actually finishing the first season. If you haven’t seen it, there are ghosts that can turn into robots, are summoned out of dimensional portions and can do battle with unique abilities.
And as always the primary character is gifted with the most powerful mech of all-well, maybe second most powerful, i will assume that, as per the title, the Asura Cryin is the most powerful.
As always he does his best to stay out of trouble, basically choosing to keep all the chaos of his new life at an arm’s distance, intent on enjoying average life despite the dangers facing him or those around him.
That is until a girl’s thrown into the mix, a girl who, having tried to kill him earlier on, finds herself on the wrong end of a sword. And suddenly he’s the gallant hero, ready to throw his life on the line for this stranger, and as always spouting some nonsense about right and wrong.
I can’t be imagining it, right? That all these male characters suddenly find their righteous spirit when the plot throws a girl into the story; and suddenly they are willing to throw all on the line for sudden and supposed justice.
And why do all these girls fixate so intently on a single male character after only one or two acts of kindness? And they always bloody move in with him. Either that or an important figure in said female’s life entrusts them to the protection of the suddenly important male character, the same male character that can barely protect himself in the best of circumstances.
-Oh, and by the way, that is Tohomaru for you, along with Kanade, Ania, Christina and more; let me just say that i hate dormant male protagonists, the kind that receive mysterious suit cases and choose to lock them away rather than expend energy seeking answers.
I don’t want to bother criticising Asura Cryin, or comment on its fairly acceptable characters, uninspired music, okay voice actors or even the generic artistic designs. Because i know or rather i think i know what this anime was trying to achieve, but i don’t think it had any idea.
VERDICT- I would be curious to find someone who could defend Asura Cryin’s quality to me. The male lead is weak in every way and its because he has no stake in the conflict, no interest in its intricacies that he can go around both fighting and befriending both sides like a buffoon, playing absolutely no role in progressing the plot.
The action hits both extremes, either over the top or underwhelming. The female characters were all TERRIBLE; its like whoever was writing this chose to reserve all the corniest lines of dialogue and plot points just for them, especially Kanade.
And why do they all have to be so pitiful and pathetic, only in existence to search for that hero that will save them. And did i mention how terrible Tomoharu was? Or maybe it was his whiny character that infuriated me.
I have no idea how to describe anime and manga such as this; but i am certain there is word for these sorts of situations.
RATING:>3/10; seriously, how did this anime make it to season 2. Though i might give it a look for curiosity’s sake.
I am starting to wonder if its too late to extricate myself from monthly manga; because as good as some of them are, every manga has tame chapters, lulls in the story that, on a weekly basis, can be acceptable; but which, over the period of one month can become irritating.
Mother keeper chapter 44 wasn’t terrible; and maybe i can point out some entertaining moments…actually no i cannot, because this chapter was only 15 pages long and did nothing to advance the story.
THE CHAPTER: The invasion continues
Really, nothing really progressed in the story from the last two chapters, and that probably has something to do with the very short run of this chapter.
Was i looking forward to Torukisu Vs. Ricalna? Yes, and for all intent and purposes it pretty much…well no, i can’t say it delivered, because again it was only 15 pages. The battle felt like it closed just as it was starting.
Rather what i will say is the art in this chapter was pretty good, specifically the battle between these combatants, the panels arranged in such a way that the carefully choreographed moves were fast paced yet easy to follow.
That’s it, that’s all i can say about this chapter; because Lint facing off against the Chaos tide thugs wasn’t much of a cliff hanger, nothing to keep me be glued to the series till the next chapter.
We have always known what the rebels were after, mother, the same thing Ricalna tried to obtain when he first infiltrated Eden; so it isn’t like we learnt much from the chaos tide conversation.
Well maybe its worth pointing out the fact that they said if mother was all they acquired from the invasion, they were as good as victorious in their endeavours; which means they probably have secondary objectives besides taking Eden’s CPU.
Now that would be a great mystery if we hadn’t seen the rebels dragging a massive rocket into Eden; i guess that goes back to the question of their motives.
But by destroying Eden and killing a number of its inhabitants, they will formally lose entitlement over the description of hero. And i can’t see Ricalna returning to their side after that.
RATING: 4/10; sure, great action sequences, but also very short.
I may not be a huge fan of Akira, but I would like to take a moment and discuss something that just popped into my head. Akira, created on December 20 1982 to June 25 1990 by Katsuhiro Otomo is a story about a secret military project threatening the destruction of Neo-Tokyo when it turns a biker gang member into a rampaging psionic psychopath, who can only be stopped by his best friend, a young woman, and a group of psionic children. Somewhere in the beginning of the story before all hell breaks loose with crazy psychics, there is a battle between two biker gangs: The Capsules and The Clowns. Something about bikers with make-up reminded me of another group of a similar background NOT from manga or anime. Here in the USA, we have a lot of pop-culture icons like Superman, Bugs Bunny, Micky Mouse, Spider-man, and of course Batman. Batman in particular has grown a lot of movies and TV shows (both live action and animated). One particular Batman animated show brings to my attention: Batman Beyond. From January 10 1999 to December 18 2001, the show depicting a teenager, Terry McGinnis, as a new Batman in a futuristic Gotham City under the tutelage of an elderly Bruce Wayne as he fought old foes and newer threats. One of these new threats in Gotham was a street gang called The Jokerz who take their inspiration from Batman's arch-nemesis The Joker.
In spite of some creative genius, it would appear that Batman Beyond rip-off Akira for using [biker] clowns in a dystopian future. The only difference, other than honoring Gotham's Clown Prince of Crime, is that the Akira Clowns are R-rated criminals and the Jokerz are PG-rated criminals. Results may vary. Who out here thinks about this discovery?
Whew, what a ride! Prior to this contest, I haven't seen or heard anything about Fairy Tail outside of the occasional battle thread here on Anime Vice. For the sake of the contest though, I took it upon myself to watch the entire first season of Fairy Tail, and I am so glad that I did. Currently, it's tied with Yu Yu Hakusho for the title of best shonen in my opinion. But enough about my background, let's cook this burrito!
First off, we start with a warm, fluffy multi-grain tortilla that represents the show's animation. The reason why it's warm and fluffy is because the show's visual style is very bright and colorful, giving off an aura of adventure when Natsu and the gang are walking through Magnolia. The little dark grains represent the occasional surprising moment, like when said grain would get lodged in your tooth and you would cry out in pain. Happy's occasional wide-eyed explanations to Lucy would definitely be a surprising moment.
Inside of the tortilla, we have a large helping of sweet and spicy orange chicken, representing the overall story of Fairy Tail. The outside of the chicken is covered in the spicy sauce for the various magical fight scenes, but the inside of the chicken is warm and juicy to reflect the individual arc of the story that the chicken is holding. There are many little arcs in Fairy Tail, so there are multiple little pieces of orange chicken, each one representing it's own story as part of the entire story of the burrito as a whole.
Next up is the ever present intrigue of the series. For this specific burrito, the cook must steal potato chips from Light Yagami's house to create the right sense of intrigue. In every arc, Natsu and the gang are thrown into a strange scenario that they must fight their way out of, even if it's reckless to do so. In the Phantom arc, the guild's recklessness was exploited when they were almost wiped out during their invasion of the Phantom guild. Later in the next arc, while Natsu and the others are trying to save Erza from Jellal, the audience is slowly given information as to how cunning of a plan that Jellal actually concocted, and how he managed to deceive even the S-class wizard Erza Scarlet inside of his giant tower of doom. The story might seem rudimentary on the surface, but slowly as the arc comes to a close, more sinister elements are introduced to the audience.
As for the individual characters, Natsu comes across to be as the jalapeno sauce that makes you really excited to see what's next in the burrito. Natsu is like typical shonen protagonists, and that he is one of the most hot-headed ones of the group, but he is the one who fights the main enemies more often. He fought the kidnappers in the first episode, Gajeel, Jellal, and even the S-class wizard Laxus, though he had help from his new rival Gajeel. However, despite being hot-headed, he is one of the most loyal ones to the Fairy Tail guild.
Happy, on the other hand, is more like the odd strips of candy bacon that you find in your burrito after your first bite. Initially he seems like a weird character, but you quickly find that his weirdness adds levity to the rest of the show/burrito, so you welcome every bite that contains the candy bacon. To give everyone a sense for his weirdness, Happy was found as an egg in a tree by Natsu, hatched in the Fairy Tail guild, and turned out to be a blue cat that can fly and serve as the main comic relief character. If that doesn't tell you that he is an awesome character, you need to think about your priorities.
Lucy is the main heroine of the series, and is introduced to the audience as a newcomer to the Fairy Tail guild. Through her, the audience is able to learn the inner workings of the world of Fairy Tail, while she plays the relative "straight-man" to an ever wackier world full of magic and an ice mage who unconsciously strips down to his boxers. She does an excellent job of bringing the audience back down to Earth after learning about all the magical elements, so I would categorize her as the melty nacho cheese that holds the ingredients together from the top. She also provides most of the fanservice of the series, so even when looking at the burrito from the outside, it will still look nice.
I would highly reccomend Fairy Tail to any shonen fan out there who likes the absurdness of worlds like One Piece. The main story arcs in season 1 anyway are short, so there will be constant payoff for those of you who might be turned off from the extremely long arcs from the likes of Naruto and Bleach. For those of you wanting a sound bite, this is my review of Fairy Tail season 1 in 10 words or less;
A lighthearted shonen with magic, adventure, and light fanservice.
Thank you all for reading my review of Fairy Tail season 1, and if you call right now, you can get this burrito for $35! Call today!
Welcome to the Fairy Tail review! I'm Takashichea (Taka for short) who is a big Fairy Tail fan and wiki editor. There are so much content in Fairy Tail, so I decide to review the last parts of Fairy Tail because it's fresh in my head. Since this review is for the Anime Vice's Write A Review & You Could Win A Copy of FAIRY TAIL! contest, I have to set it up like a burrito.
Some of these ingredients are fantastic, and these make Fairy Tail enjoyable. The unique part about Fairy Tail's Time Skip was that it did a 7 years skip, but the main characters along with a few supporting characters didn't age. Compared to Bleach, Naruto, and One Piece, everyone had aged. The Grand Magic Games/ Tournament arc in Fairy Tail may seem a cliche arc you see in most Battle Shonen series. For Fairy Tail, it had build up the characters to this point where you want to root for your favorites and new characters. For the filler arc, it's has some good parts and bad. Overall, it wasn't exciting as the tournament arc. When you hit the filler arc, you may skip it or not. If you eat a breakfast burrito each day, you might get bored of it. That's how I personally felt with the filler arc.
The Key of the Starry Sky filler arc is an extension of Lucy Heartfilia who suffers from the ravages of time. Even though she still has her guild as a secondary family, she lost her father. She regrets not spending the time with her father who was worried about her those seven years. Because of the Phantom arc, Lucy had distance herself from her father. It was tear jerking to see her story with her father reach closure. The rest of the gang didn't have a lot of issues with the time skip like how Lucy did. Later in the Grand Magic Game, Erza encounters her past when Jellal and Millianna come into play. That makes the story in Fairy Tail come full circle. These past arcs still have their roots embedded.
For the characters, their fight and struggles are what gets the audience revved up. Lucy's fight with Flare just makes you want Fairy Tail to win. Natsu's and the guild's drive to back up Lucy makes you feel you're part the experience. Even though the friendship theme is a bit overwhelming, Natsu's speech manages to stir me up. With the action and drama, Fairy Tail's comedic scenes are often warm and enjoyable. Happy's scene of Lucy's sex appeal finally working or Mirajane vs Jenny's cosplay fight were great and memorable. Some of the humor comes from shipping characters make some scenes irresistible like Erza and Jellal's scenes by the beach. The fans loves this part of Fairy Tail, the silly romance we make it up in our heads.
The flavor of this series' burrito is memorable. You can't forget these characters and their stories.
Personally, the music in Fairy Tail wasn't memorable. I sometimes hum different anime songs along with other music at random points in the day. I don't really hum the Fairy Tail theme songs. It's not that I hate Fairy Tail songs. It's a bit average.
I don't know if it's my eyes or Crunchyroll. That's the legal streaming site I use predominantly for Fairy Tail until Crunchyroll remove the episodes later on. I feel the animation was sharper and crisp in the Tenrou Island arc. For the animation in the Starry Sky arc and Grand Magic Games, the animation looks blurry. Close up of characters look fine, but shots of characters in the middle ground are pretty blurred. The animation in the fight scenes are lower than ones you see in Kill la Kill and other anime series that are produced by companies like Production I.G, Inc.
Everyone might run into a bad burrito or ate a stale burrito. There are some stale parts in Fairy Tail's last arc or some times there is an odd combination of flavors.
The Tortilla part in the burrito is what holds the ingredients together. Fairy Tail did a decent job for its last arc back in 2013. It's coming back from a year break starting this spring 2014 season. The story does get stale and look like its running out of ideas, but it keeps you going with its characters and their zany adventures. Fans will look forward to Fairy Tail. Newcomers will enjoy Fairy Tail if they like the simplistic characters, a bit of fan service, and light hearted fun.
I know it's almost March 2013, but given the activity of the Fan Fiction forum, I believe a monthly fan fic contest would be too much. Fan fiction is normally written at different paces because folks operate differently. I don't to force folks to compete at the expense of promoting the fan fiction forum.
Even though I had a low turnout in the Vote For the Best Anime Vice Reviewer for 2013, I decided to go with another poll. Get you guys and gals to read some of our community fan fiction that was written in 2013. Make them feel acknowledged. That's the overall purpose of this blog.
Let me know if the rules need adjusting.
Inspiration for this project goes to DBZ Universe (Caesar) and UltimateHero0406. They wanted to promote the project and asked me to help them promote the fan fic forum.
Thank you everyone.
Hello everyone, I'm Takashichea, a wiki mod. After having a conversation with folks, they ask me to start a project to promote fan art in our community, a contest. A lot of folks including myself are pretty shy in showcasing art because you know why.
Don't be shy! I'm probably worse than you guys and gals! Submit your fan art! We'll vote. It would be fun.
Revised: Instead of a contest, we go with a theme.
Let me know if I miss anything.
Role Playing Game, at least in a Forum version, is a game in which you use your imagination and a character sheet to tell and play your part in stories, either devised by you or by another player. It comes from the Pen and Paper RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons. In the forum we played on a joint Universe we call Viceverse, that is basically like our world but adding every trope, stereotype or genre that the players use for their characters. Its Anime Styled, so the characters are more akin to Anime Heroes or Villains than Western Super Hero, but there are exceptions. We play through text, no dice, no points, just pure narrative, there is a tight set of rules to avoid any injust advantage for any player.
Welcome to the first edition of Animevice RPG Weekly News! I’m Kuma_from_Argentina, I have been an RP player here for 3 years and member of the 2 Class of the Hall of Fame. These blogs will serve to showcase the talents of our resident writers and invite more to join up as players. Let’s start today with a kick rundown of the World of the Vice or Viceverse, the shared universe by all the players to fight, live and have adventures on.
The Current Viceverse is the Third one, after two different reboots. Most of the characters are what you could call street-level, or at least started that way and through a year of threads, fights and character development some got stronger. One of the main concepts in this incarnation is the Hidden World, what is the Hidden World? Is a term to classify all super or inhuman events and individuals in the world, like Yokai, Demons, Angels, Aliens, Martial Artist with Ki, Mages, etc.
There are some groups handled by players that serve as the cushion between the Human World and the Hidden World, like FABLE operating in USA, MI13 operates in UK and the JHWAB based on Japan. There are also organizations like the BHA that serve as another focus points for player that want to serve as bounty hunters. We also have a Magic School and a Martial Arts School to cater to every taste. Yet these organizations are optional and you can have your own wandering warrior, mage, gunslinger, etc, running around and causing mayhem. You can also create your own groups with their own specific goal and theme.
We have a small yet tight community of players that are constantly connected and improving the overall experience of the forums, as I write this we are working on a new achievement system for the threads. We have several threads open filled with awesome writers and awesome characters, and surely more to come. All you need to know is that with every passing month our canon grows stronger and more organized, allowing new players to get into the action quite easily, we indexed all the threads that are part of the canon here, and we are organizing all the information of current events here.
Just swing by to check out the threads and stay if you ever wanted to write your own anime styled character, with amazing powers and even more amazing stories to tell. From this week onwards, every Sunday I’ll post a new edition of this blog, with all the news and all the info you need to do, we will include character and writer features so you can know the characters of the world and those who handle them. Any doubts you can PM me or ask your question in the comments below!
A Certain Girl Named Clare: A follow up to a previous thread, exploring the mental state of one of the character that just lost his fiancé
Capital of the Underworld: A fabled criminal city built under Japan, dominated by 4 Crime Bosses.
Inazuma Gakuen: A school for Martial Artists where the strong come to become stronger.
Bunkbeds: One of the characters is looking for new roommates in a London Flat, hilarity ensues.
Taken: The adopted daughter of a character has been kidnapped, now he and one of his pals is going to get her back.
Oh Son Where Art Thou? : One of our characters ends up with a bounty over his head, posted by his parents, and many bounty hunters, passing fighters and others want to take it.
Holy Grail Rebellion: Non-Canon Thread set on an alternative version of the Nasuverse. It showcases a conflict of Servants inside the Throne of Heroes.
Some snobery from "true comic fans" saying it looks like cheep anime. Animation does not look bad to me at all. Actualy better than some of the DC stuff of recent memory. Tho dub is ehh well..... servicable.
A retro-futuristic epic of steam punk battle set in 1914. Its 15 years since the original HG Wells Martian invasion. Fearing another attack, the human race is prepared itself. This is the story of the battle tripod 'Goliath' and its young crew. 'Goliath' is the vanguard of an army steam powered battle walkers, heat-ray biplanes, and armored zeppelins facing a Martian fleet of giant fighting machines and flying wings. Within the cockpit of 'Goliath', courage under fire, conflicted loyalties and the struggle to save earth, in this new War of the Worlds.
Pilot Candidate (also known as Candidate for Goddess in Japan) was a 12-episode TV anime animated by Xebec and aired on Japanese TV from January 10 to March 27 of 2000. The series was based on an incomplete manga series written by Yukiru Sugisaki for the seinen magazine Comic Gum.
The series was licensed for American video release by Bandai Entertainment in 2001 and was broadcast on Cartoon Network's debuting Adult Swim Action block from February 23 to May 11 of 2002. The series was originally meant to be broadcast on the channel's Toonami block, resulting in the series being edited for content considered objectionable to a younger audience when it premiered on Adult Swim. The series has been long out of print for video release.
Humanity has colonized other planets with their civilization under attack by an alien threat called Victim. Protecting the planet Zion from the Victim threat are mecha pilots capable of piloting five giant mecha called Ingrid. To be an Ingrid pilot, one must have a rare blood type called EO and have a special ability known as EX. Zero Enma is a young man who is a candidate to pilot the Ingrid who travels to a training academy called GOA to learn how to harness his abilities in controlling Ingrid.
Pilot Candidate is a series that is quite vanilla in what it offers up with its content and is quite infamous for the lack of developments that its plot and characters undergo due to its inconclusive ending.
The premise and characters that this series offer up are all those that have been done before from past mecha titles like fighting abnormal enemy threats with mecha, a training academy for potential mecha pilots and hints of possible shady activity within the mentioned academy. Many of the characters are also stock archetypes found from many anime titles like the impulsive and energetic male lead, the cold and brooding loner, a catgirl, the bespectacled genius and a shy, timid meganekko.
What makes this series particularly bad is the sloppiness of its overall writing and inconclusive ending. Many elements to the show's plot and characters have a decent number of holes to them, are vaguely hinted to yet never explored and nothing is allowed to develop at all with the plot and characters. The series abruptly ends after 12 episodes with the Victim threat still lingering and many unanswered questions regarding major elements to Pilot Candidate such as the backgrounds of characters, the nature of the Victim threat, whether the Ingrid units have some sort of sentience, any hidden agenda within GOA and so forth.
The CG animation used for this during Ingrid and Victim battles is also quite bad with very crude and rough renderings of both teams and poor animation of them in action.
Good morning Anime Vice! I'm one of the Toriko wiki editors, and I stumbled upon this news article in Crunchyroll. Instead of announcing Toriko anime is ending, I put the question, is Toriko ending or is it taking a break. When Fairy anime was announced to end back in March 2013, I wrote a sappy blog (News: Fairy Tail Anime is Coming to End, March 30) on Fairy Tail anime ending. I cause so many users to think it's truly ending. Then, the following year, Hiro Mashima announces the anime is coming back (Fairy Tail Anime is Back for Spring 2014). I don't want to cause another misunderstanding.
Toriko will end on March 30, 2014 after three long years, its first debut was April 2011. V Jump Magazine and Mantanweb stated that Dragon Ball Z Kai will take Toriko's time slot at 9 AM, April 6, on Fuji TV. Dragon Ball Z Kai will start the retelling of the Majin Buu saga.
For those who are new to Toriko, here is a summary:
In a world where the taste and texture of food is extremely important there exist individuals known as Bishoku-ya (luxury food providers) who specialize in the acquisition of rare ingredients and animals. Toriko is one of these hunters and it is his dream to find the most precious foods in the world and create the ultimate dinner course. As one of the most skilled hunters in the world he is regularly hired by restaurants and the rich to seek out new ingredients and rare animals. A man with inhuman ability, he utilizes his incredible strength and knowledge of the animal kingdom to capture ferocious, evasive and rare beasts to further his final goal, the ultimate dinner course composed of the most delicious food in the world. He is currently accompanied by a weak and timid chef who, inspired by Toriko's ambition, travels with him to improve his culinary skills and find rare ingredients.
We have a huge list of manga releases this week. I'm looking forward to these titles:
Stuff I haven't tried:
Please enjoy the releases we have this week. All comments are welcome.
Sources: All plot summaries and data are from ANN's Manga Releases page. Plus, I stole some English covers from PikaHyper, a great mod from Comic Vine. He probably knows I do.
|Blood Blockade Battlefront Vol. 5|
An escaped Blood Breed brings Libra operative Zap Renfro's former master to New Jerusalem, and Zap must once again prove his skills to avoid being dragged back to the harsh training grounds of his school. Though Zap is a formidable fighter, he'll need the assistance of the other Libra agents and his own young apprentice to imprison the Blood Breed before it wreaks untold havoc upon our world!
|Blood Lad Vol. 4|
Unwilling to let anyone just waltz away with her little girl, Neyn sends Team Fearless, a crew of vampire slayers, after Staz and Fuyumi as they make their way to Demon World South. Team Fearless has never actually taken down a vampire, but they're looking to make good on their name and "save" Fuyumi. But for a hostage, the girl seems awfully eager to stay at the vampire's side... Has she fallen for the vampire's charms - or just for his blood?!
|Bokurano: Ours Vol. 10|
One summer, fifteen kids innocently wander into a nearby seaside cave. There they meet a strange man who invites them to play an exciting new video game. This game, he explains, pits one lone giant robot against a horde of alien invaders. To play the game, all they have to do is sign a simple contract. The game stops being fun when the kids find out the true purpose of their pact.
|Btooom! Vol. 5|
Unwilling to play by the rules of the twisted minds behind the live-action version of "BTOOOM!" in which he finds himself enmeshed, Ryouta Sakamoto vows with his comrades Himiko and Kiyoshi Taira to find a way off of the deserted island that doesn't involve murder. But when giant carnivorous lizards and stab-happy ex-soldiers count among the residents of this island hell, Sakamoto finds that getting a little blood on his hands is inevitable...
|Cage of Eden Vol. 13|
Yarai's finally made it inside the mysterious lighthouse by the sea, but like everything on the island, it's more than it seems, full of locked doors. At the top of the tower, a desiccated corpse, crouched in a barrel with a key under its tongue, will give Yarai answers he never bargained for... Meanwhile, Akira and Mariya are still trying to discover the secret to the spire, when two well-dressed ruffians threaten to tear their group apart!
|Gangsta Vol. 1|
In the city of Ergastulum, a shady ville filled with made men, petty thieves, whores on the make, and cops on the take, there are some deeds too dirty for even its jaded inhabitants to touch. Enter the "Handymen," Nic and Worick, who take care of the jobs no one else will handle. One day, a cop they know on the force requests their help in taking down a new gang muscling in on the territory of a top Mafia family. It seems like business (and mayhem) as usual, but the Handymen are about to find that this job is a lot more than they bargained for.
|Is this a Zombie? Vol. 7|
A very zombie Christmas is right around the corner! But what's this? Haruna, Eu, and even Sera seem to be getting jealous over me...or is it just my dead-sharp imagination...? And let me tell you, I've been eagerly anticipating my chance to settle the score with that Chris! Say, who in the world is this tiny little girl? Huh? She's interested in me?
|Judge Vol. 3|
In the abandoned courthouse, to trust is folly. Is that the only rule, the only strategy to staying alive in the twisted game underway within? When the time for the Second Judgment arrives, a ruthless decision is made, to shocking effect. The sinners must accept reality . . . for idealistic notions have no place among these halls of cruel and swift justice . . .
|No. 6 Vol. 5|
The rumors were true! Armored vehicles from No. 6 roar through the gate into West Block, massacring the helpless and arresting everyone else. Amid the chaos, Shion and Rat realize this could be their only chance to get into the Correctional Facility and save Safu. But when they do make it inside, what they find is worse than anyone could have imagined...
|Pandora Hearts Vol. 20|
The pathetic farce that has unfolded in earnest is no more than an absurd yarn spun by the man who caused the Tragedy of Sablier by following his heart's desires. The players in his tale begin dancing with abandon, their emotions bottled up inside, as though they are marionettes manipulated by a master puppeteer . . .
|Puella Magi Kazumi Magica - The Innocent Malice Volume 4|
From the very start, it was Kazumi who drew the girls of the Pleiades Saints together. But no magical girl, however beloved by her friends, is exempt from the fate that awaits them all. Fearing that the evil nut may be accelerating Kazumi's transformation, the girls are divided-can the process be delayed, or should they take out Kazumi while they still can?
|Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky Volume 1|
In 1939, an enigmatic alien force called the Neuroi launched a widescale invasion of Earth, destroying nation after nation. Humanity’s last hope at survival is to form an international elite fighting force of flying aces known as “Strike Witches!”
Strike Witches are young women with innate magical powers who are equipped with the latest in military technology: Striker Units, which provide the user with a unique array of weaponry that can only be controlled by magic.
Enter a young healer named Yoshika Miyafuji, the newest inductee into the 501st Joint Fighter Wing. Yoshika may be opposed to the military, but if she wants to survive, she better learn quick from veteran ace and strict displinarian, Mio Sakamoto, what it means to be a Strike Witch.
|Thermae Romae Volume 3|
Though he has been trapped in the twenty-first century for several weeks, Lucius is still amazed at the wondrous innovations of the flat-faces people, and meeting Satsuki has given him an even greater understanding of the things he has seen - not to mention an undeniable flutter in his heart.
Despite his curiosity for this land, Lucius worries at the amount of time that has passed since he left Rome. The political atmosphere was already tense after the death of the emperor's heir, and Lucius fears what may befall Rome and the ailing Hadrian in his absence. Yet matters are no less precarious in the hot-springs town of Ito. With aggressive developers bullying the established inns, Lucius may be called upon to save the sacred appreciation for the bath both in the past and in the present!
|World War Blue Volume 4|
In the continent of Consume, an endless war rages between bitter rivals: the Segua Kingdom vs. the Ninteldo Empire. Upon his dinosaur steed, the stern Emperor Marcus has led the Ninteldo Empire to near-victory. Now, with the majority of Consume under its control, Ninteldo has Segua up against the ropes.
Enter a fleet-footed lad named Gear, who seeks vengeance against Ninteldo for his brother’s death. After joining Segua’s Army, Gear is enlisted in the Special Forces, due to his amazing speed. Yet the inexperienced, hasty youth may not be ready for the realities of war—or he might just become the Segua Empire’s last and greatest hope.
As some of you know, I live in Canada. You may also know that Hulu only streams to U.S. users. While sites like Funimation.com and Crunchyroll primarily stream to Canada and US.
BUT ever since the site-revamp of Funimation.com, some of its anime have switched to using an embedded Hulu video player to stream its anime. So for me, some of the anime I was previously able to watch on Funimation, I was unable to watch due to the new mandatory Hulu player for some anime (e.g. Psycho-Pass, Black Lagoon Season 2).
So until VERY recently, I kind of just let this slide, and presumed something might have been wrong with the site, not detecting that I'm from Canada and loading the right video player or something, or that it might get fixed eventually. Then I googled and stumbled upon a Hummingbird thread that suggested the extensions below to get around the region-lock.
P.S. I'm not sure if this violates site regulations? I understand we are a pro-legal-streaming site and anti-pirate site, so I don't know if this is the same as that... I mean if more people watch their stuff, shouldn't that mean more ad-money for them? Anyways my intentions are pure, I just want more people to enjoy their anime more freely, and maybe help out people who are in a similar situation as I was... and spread the love of anime. o3o
Welcome everyone, Yen Press has acquired the latest manga for this year. Here are the 3 manga series they have acquired.
This news is late, but as a mod, I should encourage folks to support the official release. I might not be able to cover every anime and manga publishers' latest acquisitions because I'm not good with licensing, given my limited knowledge in law and business. You have to deal with expired licenses as well.
Mangaka: Etorouji Shiono
A medieval fantasy that follows Köinzell, a mysterious young swordsman with a past shrouded in darkness and conspiracy, as he sets out in search of revenge. To make things even more delectable, we’ll be putting out Übel Blatt as omnibus editions, so you’ll get twice the action in every volume! Übel Blatt omnibus 0—Japan’s Volumes 0 and 1—will be out in Fall 2014!
Mangaka: Satsuki Yoshino
A handsome, young calligrapher who is forced to move to an island on the westernmost edge of Japan. A city boy through and through, “Sensei” will have much to learn from his colorful island neighbors! And for another bonbon to go with this new license, Barakamon was also recently green lit for an anime adaptation, yay! You can look forward to the first volume of Barakamon, presented in our signature larger trim size, in Fall 2014!
The manga illustrated by Hiroyuki Aigamo, is the adaptation of Reki Kawahara’s popular light novel series. It brings the adventures of Haruyuki and Kuroyukihime in the Accelerated World to a whole new medium! You’ll be able to snatch up the first volume of the Accel World manga in—you guessed it—Fall 2014!
In this collection of short stories and four-panel comics, Blood Lad creator Yuki Kodama teams up with artist Kanata Yoshino to take us through the black curtain to explore the lives of Demon World Boss Staz and his crew. In this hilarious behind-the-scenes trip, readers will discover the full extent of Staz’s anime/manga obsession, join Bell on her treasure-hunting travels, and much more!
Coming in September 2014
Ryuhei Tamura announced in the 13th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Magazine that his series, Beelzebub, will end on Monday, February 2014 with a total of 27 volumes. He will be starting a spinoff series in Jump Next!! magazine in May 2014. The 27th volume will be release in June 2014. The manga has not been licensed by any western manga publishers as of now.
For those who are new to Beelzebub, here is a plot summary:
"Strongest juvenile delinquent" Oga Tatsumi, in the most random events, finds himself with the infant son of the Great Demon King and threat to humankind, Beelzebub. After being "greeted" by the baby's maid and caretaker, Hilda, it become obvious that Beelzebub doesn't want to leave Oga's side. With his close friend Furuichi and a bunch of other characters on hand, Oga now must raise baby Beel and prevent the world from destruction.
Hello everyone, I'm Takashichea (Taka for short). Today, I'm going to share my views on the site and the folks. It's not criticism. It's more like my observations. Let me know if anything in this blog offends you. I'll fix it. The purpose of this blog is get users to think about the community projects for the site. These projects bridge the gap and help out parts of the site.
Note: I wasn't sure if I should publish this blog. It has been on my mind since I became a mod back in September 2012. In the rules, all users are responsible for their content. Please don't take my observations or opinions as it if it was the truth. I can be wrong.
The Invisible Walls refers to the segregation of our site, externally and internally.
I won't go into much depth with external walls because this blog will deal with internal walls. As most of you guys and gals know that Anime Vice has been seen as the red haired child of the Whiskey Media Family. After the Whiskey Media sale out, Anime Vice and Screened only have each other as support, but most folks don't know about the sale out. I remember in the battle forums, most users were surprised when I told them about the sale out and why Giant Bomb and Comic Vine had those upgrades. Tested was the only site out of Bermanbraun's acquired Whiskey Media sites that had most upgrade. I'll leave it that point. Time to focus on the infrastructure of Anime Vice.
Anime Vice is a beautiful and unique community. I haven't seen other websites that has wiki, battle forums, RPG, Reviews, and front page content. It's like a small town where everyone fits in their niche. Some users will explore other niche. This is quite natural. For a while, the wiki and battle community flourish while the RPG and Review communities had their peaks and droughts. After the sale out, the site's RPG and review community went down. We lost a lot of RPGers and reviewers. Forums, overall, were dead except for the battle threads. In 2012-2013, more folks left the site. Daniel, the gang, and I created discussion threads and took on weekly reviews on anime just to get things rolling. The two communities that remain strong were wiki and battle. The wiki community has more attention from the staff and mods than the battle forums. The battle forums had more activity due to lax rules. With the lax rules, the battle forum had more mishaps.
This is where the invisible walls come in. With all these factors, you can see how communities were shaped and developed. When I came in the battle forums, some of the users didn't know me or had their first encounters because they never left the forum to check out the front page or other parts of the site. I was a wiki editor who came into this unfamiliar community. Same applies to wiki editors. Most of them don't touch the forums. The wiki editors are more closer with the mods than the battle community because of the past community projects that dealt with wiki. Ethan and the old staff emphasize the wiki more than the forums.
Battle Forum has the most stigma. We tell folks if they don't want to see it, check the battle forum off on the preferences box. Yes, the battle threads get ugly, but it's party due to being a competitive sport in the form of debate. I inadvertently cause my own teammate to take a stance against the battle forums since I made some complaints about the battle threads on Twitter. With the help of users and mods, we worked on some key threads to make that will help get the Battle Forum back into shape. Also, there are folks from outside battle communities who drift to Anime Vice's battle forums. Some are good users while others cause a lot of trouble.
I haven't seen stigma against the RPG or wiki community.
I remain hopeful since our community is pretty dynamic. I still encounter folks who look down upon folks of particular niche. I kindly tell them that they're not appreciating the community as a whole.
Towards the end of 2013, the walls are breaking slowly with the help of mods and well rounded users who promoted community projects.
Callum Petch says goodbye to Screened by fondly reflecting on the site that gave him so much.