After saving a fairy-tale kingdom, Akatsuki returns to the real world with Miu, the busty daughter of the defeated Demon King. It’s one hell of a happy ending until they’re forced to enroll at a school for magic users. There, Akatsuki can’t keep his hands off the girls, Miu’s constantly ballooning measurements make her a walking wardrobe malfunction, and someone is always plotting against them.
Funimation will release the anime in a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo set on December 17.
"Burger King Japan is rolling out the new burger to select outlets starting October 25, reports Bubble News. The specs? We really don’t know because we don’t speak Japanese and Google translate is spotty at best. You get a burger, a large hash brown, an even larger slice of bacon (though at that size, we’re tempted to just call it “ham”) all between a black bun.
The black bun is made of bamboo charcoal, by the way. We have no idea what that means."
At first this may seem like a random list but it's actually a list of anime/manga characters with interesting characteristics. Some of those are impressive and some are just laughable.
I guess some of those are a bit arguable so I would like to see other opinions on the matter.
1. Kirari Tsukishima - biggest eyes
2. Vash - longest name (his name is actually: Valentinez Alkalinella Xifax Sicidabohertz Gombigobilla Blue Stradivari Talentrent Pierre Andri Charton-Haymoss Ivanovici Baldeus George Doitzel Kaiser III)
3. Keiko Shinonome - biggest boobs (Bust: 123.45cm - K cup)
4. Flare Corona - longest hair (in proportion with body)
5. Professor Ochanomizu - biggest nose
6. Anti-Spiral - largest body
7. Celestial Spirit King - longest mustaches
8. Melvis Meltina - biggest weapon (in proportion with body)
9. Rei Kiseijou - largest wings (in proportion with body)
10. Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryusai - longest beard
11. Ryokan Kurita - fattest
12. Yuka Suzuki - biggest eyebrows
13. I-Pin - biggest forehead
14. Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo - longest nose hair
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Welcome everyone! This is to inform folks in Anime Vice who are heading to New York Comic Con that takes place on October 10-13, 2013. Though, this news article might be a tad late.
If I miss anything, leave a comment. I rushed this blog a bit.
FUNImation posted a New York Industry panel video if you're interested.
Here's the dub cast
Mike McFarland (ADR Director for the movie) and Spike Spencer (English Voice of Shinji Ikari) are available at these times:
They hosting a 15th Anniversary Contest Stamp Rally.
- Pick up a Stamp Rally card at the Daisuki.net booth at the exhibit hall (Booth #1813).
- Get your card stamped at the four booths listed on the back of the card (Daisuki.net, Viz Media, FUNimation Entertainment, Vertical Inc.)
- Write down this special code [ANN15YEARSRALLY] on the back of the card in the space provided.
- Fill out the card with the name that appears/will appear on your passport (see main contest page for fine print), an e-mail address where you can be reached, and a valid phone number. This information will only be used to contact you in the event that you are picked as the winner.
- Return the completed card to the Daisuki.net booth (during normal operational show floor hours).
The deadline is Oct. 13. For more info, check this link.
See link above.
I see Tom posting an article. I post a link to the article. For those who are heading to the con, meet up with Tom Pinchuk.
Perfect Square is dedicated to delivering “squarely perfect storytelling” for kids and kids at heart. That means any age comics reader can enjoy new content with beloved characters starting with the youngest readers to the most seasoned true comics fan. Discussing the importance of what it means to make age-appropriate comics that everyone can enjoy are the highly-acclaimed writers for Perfect Square including Brian Smith (writer VOLTRON FORCE, MONSUNO, MAX STEEL; former DC & Marvel editor), former Marvel editors Sebastian Girner (writer MONSUNO) and Cory Levine (writer MONSUNO, BEN 10: OMNIVERSE), B. Clay Moore (writer MAX STEEL, BEN 10: OMNIVERSE), Jacob Chabot (writer/artist HELLO KITTY), Corin Howell (writer/artist BEN 10: OMNIVERSE) and Tom Pinchuk (writer MAX STEEL). The panel will be moderated by Perfect Square's editorial team: Beth Kawasaki, Joel Enos and Traci Todd.
He's a cool guy. I met him at Anime Expo 2013 in Lost Angeles.
I love BLEACH. While there’re objectively “better” mangas out there, what Tite Kubo started in 2005 is still one of my greatest inspiration in creating fiction, because underneath the flashy fight sequences and repetitive storylines, there’s an outstandingly intelligent story filled with profound themes, and amazing characters. So, now that we entered the final phases of this epic tale, I decided to re-read and review the entire opera up until this moment. Follow me in the…
BLEACH RETROSPECTIVE I: The Death and the Strawberry (Volume 1 to 8)
The opening of BLEACH is a rapid-fire descent into absolute insanity, as our protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki beats up some jocks, strolls down a road talking to a bleeding dead girl and gets into a fist fight with his father, all of which is played entirely for laughs. And from there, things just get both sillier and grittier, with a disembowelled magical warrior-woman that sucks at drawing shows up to give us clunky exposition on this crazy world rules, while a giant fish-frog monster attacks the house. It’s a perfect opening for the series (expect for the clunk exposition of course), that gives us all the best elements of Kubo’s writing.
You laugh at the funny moments and you tremble when the blood starts getting spilled, and the transition between these emotions are incredibly smooth and work out perfectly, something that is often hard to do for many other. Too many times, a mood-switch this radical from slapstick comedy to monster rampage gives us readers a sense of confusion, like the plot is schizophrenic and doesn’t know what it wants to be, but BLEACH knows exactly what it wants to be: entertaining. Like many others, I was immediately hooked by the amusing humor, the viciously cathartic action and most of all, BLEACH’s strongest point when put in comparison with any other work of fiction: the instantly likable characters.
I generally like Ichigo better in these earlier chapters than in the rest of the manga. He’s a great character overall, but the more the plot progresses, the more he loses this edge he as at the beginning. When the story starts he’s much more energetic and brash in his actions, wonderfully disenchanted and deadpan in the comedy, and throw tantrums more often. That’s understandable of course, this is before really harsh battles, doppelgangers and grievous injuries start weighting on him, forcing him to grow up in a more mature, contained individual. The same goes for the mood of the story.
Frequently characters and expression are heavily stylized and sketched to generate humour, something that will fade in the background and used rather rarely once shinigami and arrancars start rising their heads.
That isn’t to say there’s a lack of darkness here, in fact, one of my favourite scenes is the chase Ichigo gives a particular hollow, former serial killer, that forced the spirit of a child into slavery. The way our hero sadistically beats and taunts the monster is incredibly cathartic. It shows another side of his personality that will later be relegated to his evil doppelganger, a certain joy in winning battles and delivering some really harsh punishment. The Ichigo of the first volumes has this punkish, slightly antiheroic streak that goes through his personality, that makes him stand out in my opinion, from the one he will eventually grow up into. That’s at least the impression I generally get.
Rukia Kuchiki is also much more amusing in these first volumes and the same goes for Orihime. For the former is her double role as teacher and sidekick for Ichigo that allows her to generate and dispense all the humour and quirkiness. The two of them together work perfectly and are laughing machines you can’t stop enjoying. The same will happen with Rukia and Renji later on in the Soul Society. But when she’s on her own, Rukia is not that particularly thrilling of a character, her primary traits being the sense of guilt and inferiority she feels towards her adoptive brother and her deceased master, making her more suited for drama than for comedy. When put against a straight player (or at least, slightly less crazy than her), then she’s allowed to be funny and energetic and wacky, making her much more endearing.
Orihime has the edge on this department, because she sprouts out madness on her own, making her impossible not to like in these phase. Her joie de vivre and imagination are exhilarating: one of the best comedic moments of the series is her imagining a romantic walk in the park with Ichigo, a fantasy that slowly drifts, turning a marathon, then a boxing match, then a murder plot. All this will be a bit lost in the shuffle of the Soul Society, where she’ll have to though up and fight the fight, and it will be completely shattered in Hueco Mundo, where her character is reduced to a whimpering, whiny and annoying damsel constantly needing rescue, probably the greatest tragedy of BLEACH.
Uryuu Ishida doesn’t do much to leave an impression at first: immediately he’s positioned as the cliché prodigy-rival from an extinct race/clan. Kubo slowly manages to make him more appealing by simply not treating the whole business too seriously. Uryuu may seem just another dark, serious friend-enemy, like Sasuke from Naruto or Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z, but he gets angry and makes ridiculous decisions like anybody else: the idea of fighting Menos Grande with Ichigo’s sword strapped to his head is a shining example.
Of the five core characters, Chad is probably the less interesting from my point of view. Not that there’s anything wrong with him, in fact I quite like the guy, but of all he seems to be the ones that conforms to a role the most: Chad is the big gentle giant and that’s kind of it. Sometimes he reference his past as a guy who used his strength to hurt others, and was straighten up by his granpa, but we never actually see that enough, making us feel the change, and what we’re left with is a calm, collected boy who says way too little for us to care about him.
A collective thought that describes these characters and makes them likable is that they’re all “uncool”. The manga itself is presented as “cool”, the characters wear “cool clothes”, in the covers they’re always posing like badasses, but the truth is, they’re not: they’re a bunch of slightly insane/slightly idiotic players, short-tempered, unfocused, irresponsible. The greatest thing about the first 7 volumes, is that Kubo never forgets this: the situation may be desperate, the battle may become gigantic and threaten the whole fabric of reality, but these people often don’t seem to care, making joke, hitting hollows with light poles, torturing the magical fairies that just appeared from nowhere. The world of BLEACH is instead reasonably dark and serious, therefore, by putting the two of them together, what comes out is a comedic duo. The cast is the funny guy and the setting as a whole is the straight man of their comedy routine. And these are only the five main ones. I could spend pages upon pages talking about all the others that infest Karakura Town.
The hollows are much darker and threatening in this side of the story. Before they were completely defanged and became into generic monsters of the week, the hollows were legitimately scary and they helped construct an atmosphere of horror around the plot. In the earliest volumes, you often forget you’re reading an action adventure shounen, and you’re instead transported in a haunting j-horror filled with foreboding signs of paranormal activity, like a teddy bear breaking up and bleeding. The fact that Kubo’s never shied away from grizzly details and brutal fight-scenes accentuates the mood. In a smart bit of self-awareness, just as we’re about to change entirely focus and ascend to the Soul Society, Kubo will make a mockery of the whole ghost-story style of this prelude by having heroes being gathered through a massage in blood appearing on the walls and streets.
Going back, I nostalgically remember how impressed I was by the sheer size and power that the Menos Grande oozed in the pages once he first stepped out of the giant tear into the sky. The world of spirits and hollows felt much more grandiose and terrifying, a nightmarish land of Lovecraft’s level abominations waiting to be released upon our world. All emotions caused by ignorance of course. We still didn’t know that the Menos is nothing but one of many dumb skyscrapers than tiny little warriors with magical swords can kill off with their bare hands. This is a common problem of escalation in shounen of course. Everything in the earlier chapters always feels bigger and more impressive, and once we get to the point where the characters can swing a sword and cut the planet in half, most of the magic is gone.
Actually the concept of Hollows is kind of wasted in some ways. Being once normal spirits, corrupted by their inability to accept their destiny, these ghosts have the potential to not simply be opponents to slay, but also real characters, with reasonable motivations and sympathetic in their desperation. Yet we only see this in Sora, Orihime’s vengeful and embittered brother, as all the others Hollows are just a bunch of remorseless sociopaths. Another thing that ended up being wasted potential is Hell itself, introduced in Volume 2 in all his ominous glory, as Kubo designs the splendidly terrifying Gate that drags evil hollows down into the hellish realm. It is something we’ll never see again, except in one of the movie, which I usually avoid watching. Back in time, learning that Kubo was a Saint Seiya’s fan, I imagined he was setting up hell to do his version of the Hades Chapter, with old villains and bad guys coming back from the grave for a final confrontation. Volume 7 of BLEACH is titled “The Death Trilogy Overture”, and I always theorized this trilogy would have been Act 1 Soul Society, Act 2 Hueco Mundo, and Act 3 Hell. But no, Hell in BLEACH is just a nice double splash page and nothing more.
Kubo’s style is much different here, and I don’t talk simply about the artworks, which are much less smoother, but angular and sharp on most faces (which I kind of like). The pacing most of everything, is what’s different from the future: in general the manga is much more brisk and quicker. We’re now used to an extremely decompressed, highly theatrical use of pages by the author (something I will get into later), but here, everything is much more tight and condensed, with many more panels, and the amount of information delivered is bigger. It’s a longer, chunkier read, that takes much more time and energy, and because of this, is often much more satisfying on a narrative level.
Like many other shounens, the first volumes are all separated adventures meant to establish the rules of the world, and pretty much all of the are rather interesting, with a few exceptions of course. The whole business regarding Don Kanonji seems to be there to set up Uryuu Ishida’s presence and give some half-hearted lesson about what it means to be a hero, but as a whole, it comes across as white noise. Its quirky, its funny, its entertaining, but it does speak volume that Kanonji won’t appear again for years to come. Another that that seemed pointless was turn the Shun Shun Rikka into an entire legion of elfs. Giving Orihime something cute and little to interact with will result in a lot of funny moments, but as a whole, they’re just a bunch of designs smashed together without any real character to speak off.
After the arrival of Byakuya and Renji, the manga takes a turn changing radically the status quo of Ichigo, now officially a shinigami using a dead body to stroll around the city, and starts the first of many training session to let him learn new tricks to fight. And with tricks, I mean, Getsuga Tensho and that’s all. It’s amusing to notice how “training” in the world of BLEACH is just more fighting, first with kids, then with Urahara. The best part comes while entering the world of Old Man Zangetsu, a rather trippy and inventive scene that plays on our sense of orientation. In lights of the manga most recent astonishing plot twists (you know the ones), one rereads these chapters asking himself “Is it being foreshadowed in some way?”
I can’t help but say “No, it doesn’t”, but we don’t see nearly enough of the Old Man to really understand the exact nature of him, so for now, I’ll leave it at that.
Thanks to a genius mixing of humour and darkness, together with an ensemble cast of charmingly inane protagonists, BLEACH and Tite Kubo succeeds in about every level in entertaining its audience. While in hindsight a lot of the stuff introduced results being kind of pointless in the long run, taken on its own merit, the beginning of the manga is a wonderful joyride from page one forward.
Favourite volume’s cover:
Kubo’s earliest covers all share a common problem that was resolved only later on: each word of the title is in a different colour. That may sound stupid, but it deprives the overall picture of a consistent tone, and with that, hurts the image as a whole. It doesn’t help that Kubo still rusty characters model are often not as attractive as we’re used to, and their poses are often unimpressive.
My favourite ends up being the striking cover of Volume 8. The silhouette of Old Man Zangetsu and his positioning on the cover makes for a unique and striking look, and the choice of title is nice. I would have preferred a higher contrast between black and white, not the blackness being shredded by stains of red, but that’s my opinion.
BLEACH Retrospective, coming soon:
*The Death and the Strawberry (Vol. 1-8)
*The Soul Society Saga Opening (Vol. 9-13)
*The Soul Society Saga Finale (Vol. 14-20)
*The Arrancar Saga Part 1: Invasions and Wizards (Vol. 21-27)
*The Arrancar Saga Part 2: Hueco Mundo & Pendulum (Vol. 28-36)
*The Arrancar Saga Part 3: Fake Karakura (Vol. 37-43)
*The Arrancar Saga Finale: Deicide (Vol. 44-48)
*The Lost Agent (Vol. 49-54)
Welcome everyone! It's been difficult compiling a list for HULU since I hardly find news articles that cover new or old anime that are streamed by this company. I ask the community for help. I'm combining the FUNimation, Crunchyroll, HULU, and other simulcasts into a calendar guide for the Fall. This idea was inspired by my teammate Acura.
Ryuuko Matoi carries a large weapon shaped like half of a pair of scissors. She's looking for the woman with the other half, who killed her father. Satsuki Kiryuuin, student council president of Honnouji Academy, is said to know the woman's identity, so Ryuuko transfers there. Those who arrive at the school receive a special "goku uniform," and Satsuki has used that power to rule the school in fear.
HULU streamed the first 20 episodes on September 21.
The continuing adventures of Lupin and his gang traveling the world, pulling off any kind of heist they can think of. While like before, Inspector Zenigata still pursues Lupin in every way possible.
In a fantastic middle-age world where slavery is very common, there are mysterious tall towers named "Dungeon" which mysteriously appeared out of nowhere fourteen years before the story line. Someone who conquers a Dungeon becomes very powerful and wealthy. Our hero Ali Baba is a teenager who works for merchants to support himself. He dreams for conquering a lot of Dungeons and becoming a very rich person. One day, he comes across with a strange young boy named Aladdin who carries a mystical flute with supernatural powers in it. Ali Baba and Aladdin agree to travel their first Dungeon together.
Thanks to the development of the Dyson Sphere, The majority of the human populace lives in space. The Dorssia Military Federation, and the Atlantic Rim United States exist as major Military countries, while JOIR is a neutral principality, the story follows Haruto Tokishima as a normal boy going thru high school in T.C (True Calendar) year 71. This all changes when Haruto meets the humanoid weapon Valvrave.
Aah, just as i was starting to get used to having Magi on a weekly basis, it chooses to go on a break; and on a rather tame chapter at that. I guess it is better than a cliffhanger, like the beginnings of the meeting between Sinbad and Kouen. I suspect that will be an entire arc of its own and i am excited to hear more of Alma Toran from Aladdin and the impact his words will have on the two kings.
Little happened in his chapter, wrapping up last week’s comedic storyline, with Alibaba finally revealing that he and Toto actually weren’t an item. It was more funny than anything, with Alibaba revealing that it was the giant ape Margda, not Toto, that he had been describing, upon feeling the pressure from Olba and others that looked up to himto present more than his Djinn equip from his trip to Reim.
It was somewhat interesting watching Morgiana seemingly consider leaving Alibaba’s side, her dialogue with regards to assimilation suggesting that she felt inadequate and wished to prove her worth by gaining greater strength. Marsur, her teacher, reiterated what we had heard before, that assimilation-what i assume is the djinn equip equivalent for vessel holders- while granting great power also created a risk for the user who would lose their bodies and human hearts with the passing of time.
Marsur goes so far as to say that Sinbad forbade him and the rest of his metal vessel house hold from using assimilation, which makes you wonder if he didn’t have experience with the darker side of the technique (we still do not know how Sinbad came to be partially depraved. Maybe we will find out in the Sinbad manga, though that manga is getting boring).
Over all entertaining chapter, nothing mind blowing but worth several laughs. I would give this a 3/5. I assume the next chapter will kick start the new arc.
Hey everyone! Here is the FUNimation's simulst list.
In the year 2199, humanity eagerly awaits the dawn of a new century following a series of devastating magic wars. When the world’s most wanted man—Grim Reaper—makes a move to destroy society, a ragtag group of powerful fighters make it their mission to stop him.
The sizzling sci-fi adventure continues as teens Kazuya and Satellizer continue their studies at West Genetics, where they learn to combat the alien invaders known as Nova.
From the studio behind Aquarion EVOL comes a supernatural fantasy featuring otherworldly battles and forgotten promises. Tokyo Ravens is the story of an ordinary high school boy from a not-so-ordinary family. Hautora was born into an ancient clan of onmyouji known for their mastery of all things occult. Unfortunately, he didn’t inherit the magical ability to see spirit energy, so he was doomed to live a normal life. At least, that is, until a mysterious girl from Harutora’s past returns to alter the course of his future!
In the mechanized city of Liverpool, a Japanese student and his beautiful female machine doll enter the most prestigious machinart academy in the world. There, magic and machines combine as students fight against each other using automatons and living dolls in the quest to become the world’s best puppeteer.
Hello guys, I know it’s been several months and several nonstarters since I’ve posted anything new, but with things the way they are, I had to come back. I doubt it’s any surprise that I’m here to talk about the Wit Studio’s (which is basically production IG, but I won’t get into that) Attack on Titan.
Attack on Titan pretty much exploded in popularity easily out-talking pretty much every other anime this year and the number of people claiming it to be my type of show personified is almost kind of sad on my part. Anime vice, with our good host Tom, has already spent a phenomenal amount of time, and produce some pretty decent content on this already. (Good work btw guys.) For better or for worse this show makes for a hell of a lot to talk about so I really doubt this review will be a short one.
For those unacquainted, Attack on Titan is the story of Eren Jaeger and his two closest friends entering in the military after their lives are completely destroyed by giant horrific monstrosities called Titans. You see in this world Humanity has for the most part been completely crushed by giant beasts that look like caricatures of people that are called titans. Now what’s left of humanity is held up in a super country sized series of walls and castles. Eventually (mild spoilers) Eren gets the power to turn into titan himself using the power of rage and self-harm (which paints a bit of a bad picture). The series chronicles them fighting back against the titans.
There is a hell of a lot more to this especially if you start getting into that what it even means and if perhaps it all related back to Japanese nihilism, the humans as livestock metaphor, and militarism verse civil living and all that good stuff. Action verse inaction and such, but in the end that’s a whole other blog post and too based on speculation to really be relevant to review. With some 25 episode there is plenty more to talk about.
Now with Attack on Titans I’ve spent a lot of time analyzing and reanalyzing my opinion of it. I’ve gone from being super hyped and into it and literally getting up and just walking out right in the middle of a group showing of Titan. So let’s get the basics out right away. Does it look good? Well yes and no. It’s incredibly well animated, with a fantastic amount of frames and very good “camera” positioning. Fights look gruesome in a great way, bones crunch, muscle rips teeth get knocked out and visually it translates the force of these movements excellently. More famously the titans have a wonderfully creepy style to them that is just fantastic. Bad bit is that everyone looks…off. It’s share some of its style with Claymore and death note and as such has its weird thing where, to make everyone look gloomier and more shocked, they basically make the look sleep deprived and shocked…at all moment’s. Regardless of how undeserved it is. Now I know things are bad, but it’s almost silly how disturbed they look while picking up firewood… before they’ve ever seen titans…before any sort of trauma…
Next up is the music, and I’m not talking about the opening or the ED, but the actual soundtrack, of which I find wonderful. Nothing really negative to say here, it’s very humanist, filled with back vocals of very tribal shouts and cries, or front vocals of beautiful singing. This sense of humanism drives the big humanity against impending doom; it shouts the human inability to submit and give up and does this constantly well. Most notable examples are E.M.A. and Vogel im Kafig, both of which even if you don’t care for the show I suggest taking a look at just as a fan of music. Might partially be because it strikes a specific musical vain that I love, but I think Attack on Titans one big unquestionable victory is the music.
Before we get to the story we have to handle characters. The main three are rather one dimensional, but manage to be likeable even if completely singular in terms of character depth, especially Eren whose a far cry from the whinny child I expected him to be; instead he is a creature of action, something I enjoy. The best two characters despite their relatively low screen time are the two commanders Erwin and Pix, both who deal more with the political backdrop going on. It’s rather upsetting they seem to have a lot of interesting stuff going on behind the scenes, like a Game of Thrones episode the audience is only a little privy to. Then there is everyone else. While some manage to be likeable, even the better ones are completely one dimensional characters who, barring hidden allegiance, only seem to have one major character trait. Worse off most are so unremarkable I can’t even remember them. I can’t even count the number of “important” character who died on screen that I couldn’t even remember the name of. Hell, I still don’t know who Marco is.
The last big question is the story which is so complicated it’s taken me all week to really figure out how to really address this. The simplest way to explain this is Attack on Titan seems mostly to be a shounen/seinen hybrid. Sharing much of the strengths and weaknesses exhibited in both genres. Its tone is really really dark and gloomy, almost to the point it’s trying as hard as most fan fiction writers to be edgy. This is where I get into my first major issue. Attack on Titan is just trying way too damn hard to be dark and gloomy.
Now first off I’m not saying that the subject matter is too dark or it cross’s some line, but I am saying Attack on Titan lacks any sense of subtly or restraint. What I mean is the world of Attack on titan and what happens is already dark, we don’t need to be constantly taken by the shoulders and told “Look at how dark this is, you see this cast of character there all scared they are in fact lets recap that they are scared every single episode!” Titans are dark evil creatures because they eat people, not because every episode someone says they are evil. We are shown enough to extrapolate how f@cked up things are. Any member of the audience worth their salt doesn’t need you to remind us in exposition that they are doomed. Everyone’s life is tragic because of the events of their lives not because you decided to make characters eyes wider with black circles around them constantly. Sense of subtly is why despite the stakes of Attack on titan being the entirety of humanity, literally everything that matters to you as a person ties into what’s at stake, compared to psycho-pass that despite really only effecting a few people’s lives and showing very little feels so much more vested and dark.
Also as a side note, if you trying to establish meaning to deaths have the characters your killings have more than five lines of dialogue and the personality of a plastic potato.
Next major criticism has more to do with execution of the story then the story itself. It has to do with suspension of disbelief and the old principle in story telling that a poor explanation is worse than no explanation. This I admit is a criticism as well as a compliment, Attack on Titan puts in an excellent amount of time explaining most of its rather odd premises and for the most part it does it well, but the more and more as the show calls attention to these oddities and try to put themselves into reality, the more the cracks in the series logic gets called to my attention. Questions as to why fight Titans with swords when you easily could grease up some dynamite to make sticky bombs launched out of slingshots only comes to mind when they try to justify the preposterous giant literally shaving razors they fight with. I only begin to take note that titans shouldn’t be that strong when they explain how they can walk with Titans being made of light sponge like mass…wouldn't that mean their weak since force is mass x acceleration? Not to mention the complete disregard for the conservation of mass with titan shifters or the fact that watching Captain Levi’s fight is watching him basically become a spinning top. This is a weird sort of criticism since the little explanations the show provides between commercials are rather interesting, but it paints the absurdity of the rest in a shade a bit more harsh to the eyes.
Though I want to end this on a bit of a high note. Attack on Titan succeeds in one major area like nothing has in recent memory. As dumb a concept as titan shifting is and how convenient and silly a twist it was it manages to be the biggest highlight of the entire show. Eren fighting Titans as a titan shifter is in a word liberating. It channels a barbaric emotion deep in everyone the desire to crush everything that would threaten your fellow man. The thirst for the blood of those who would take everything from you. It celebrates that primeval doctrine to defend our homes and families, and goes farther to have this bloody affair be so, well man to man. The nature of it being with just fist to fist motivated by anger drives home its primeval roots. Damn it just gets my blood up. Rage is often deemed a dangerous and shameful emotion, which often it is, but Attack on Titan celebrates its utility as man’s last real hope against its destruction. Simply the titan shift is proof that rage, as the Walsh proverb says, is as good as courage. Every fight is my favorite bit from Evangeline, but done a thousand times better.
I’ve gone on too long and now need to just summarize this nearly 2 k words review down quite a bit. Hell I haven’t even mentioned issues of Attack on Titan binary system of morality or weird occasional boring mopey episodes, but I’m out of time. Attack on Titan is crippled with poor character development and try hard darkness with little sense of subtly. It’s haunted by its own attempts to explain itself, but behind the smoke of its faults green eyes and glaring Attack on Titan manages to brute force its way to a 3.5 out of 5. Even though I can’t get over some of the stupid stuff in this anime I recommend anyone old enough (over the age of 16 in my opinion) to check it out. It’s a mess sometimes, but it’s largely unique and worth at least seeing. If after the battle of Trost you’re not sold that’s fine, but I do say check it out and see for yourself. Later guys and thanks for waiting.
P.S. I’m going to be doing a short dissenting opinion video where PyroBlue and I argue about the show, (he’s a much bigger fan then I) and I’ll link to that when we edit it, would anyone be interested on me elaborating on my belief as to the bigger meaning of the show (which I never even touched on) which would be another blog post? Tell me in the Comment. Also I'm REALLY SORRY this is way too long, but trust me the unedited version was nearly enough thousand words. Attack on Titan if nothing else has a lot to talk about
Hello everyone! It's the first weekend of October and the start of the Fall 2013 season. I'm doing this to promote the discussion threads in the #Anime Vice Discussion Threads forum. This is a quick run down on some of the shows. Check out the other folks' impressions of the fall in the community. I'm sure DocHaus, Marshal Victory, Auron570, BigHeart711, and others provide a different and more thoughtful insight than me.
I'm Taka, a wiki editor here who finished the Fall Anime 2013 Trailers Guide with my teammates. What's left is to enjoy the anime series this fall if we can. Here are the series I'm continuing to watch. After this weekend, I won't try anymore new shows except the ones that are on my to watch list. I got to focus on school and wiki work.
Please join in the discussion threads. Thank you for reading.
Don't worry, I didn't put any spoilers just general descriptions and impressions.
I forgot to put Magi. It's a Shonen series that Anna and I loved. The manga did far better than the anime, but I'm continuing thru season 2. I have hopes that the anime will reach its potential.
|Kuroko's Basketball 2|
I did marathon the first season during summer with 2 episodes a week since I had summer school at the time. I thought I wouldn't like this show because I'm not a sports person. The reason I tried it was that an old friend of mine, KuroNekoXIII, recommended the show. I was surprised the show got me hooked. It's all because of the characters and their quirks that made the show enjoyable.
|Kill la Kill|
After finishing Gurren Lagann back in June 2013 for the first time, I was blown away by the show. When I heard a few of the same folks who did Gurren Lagann are doing a new show with Trigger, I thought this show would be highly anticipated show for this season. First episode was pretty weird. It was fast paced with goofy animations. It didn't wow me much like Gurren Lagann did. It's more comedy oriented. GL's 1st episode build the world, the dreams, and tied it with a memorable quote. In terms of fan service, Kill la Kill was surprisingly low. No Gainax Bounce had occurred.
|Valvrave the Liberator 2|
It hasn't aired yet. When Acura got me into this show, I didn't expect it hooked me after a generic first episode for a mech series. The ending of the pilot episode was unexpected. From that point, Valvrave had continued to surprised me without any logic whatsoever. It keeps me guessing. Plus, it had controversial scenes like Guilty Crown did.
|Wanna Be the Strongest in the World!|
One of the guilty pleasure shows for this fall. I admit I was attracted to it because of the fan service. Plus, it reminded of an erotic manga that deals with female wrestling. The first episode was good because I loved the drive in Sakura, the main character, had when she wanted to fight back after her idol group gets dissed.
|Walkure Romanze: Shojo Kishi Monogatari|
Another guilty pleasure show that I tried because it was made by Ricotta, a company that made Princess Lover. It was a generic harem show with a ditzy pink haired character and an ordinary hero. I'm glad the main character isn't wimpy or too perverted. It felt strange when the harem show centered on Mio instead of Takahiro.
|Strike the Blood|
The first episode gives the show a generic feeling. I wanted to tried it because of the trailer. I'm somewhat interested in the show due to Kojo's past.
For the show, I'm predicting it will end with romance because it's like this: boy gets girl as a bodyguard, boy and girl fall in love with each other thru conflict, and the one of two will sacrifice themselves to save the other.
|Nagi no Asukara|
Normally, I'm a Shonen and comedy fan. I don't usually watch slice of life shows. My first one was Sket Dance, but I don't count it as my first because Sket Dance is more gag comedy. Tari Tari was my 2nd slice of life but my first true slice of life.
Given that, I tried this show because the animation and art style remind me of Tari Tari in a sense. I loved the animation. It's gorgeous when you see the reflection of the water and the scenery. The episode made me chuckle a few times. I see a love triangle forming. I'm interested in the show because it portrays another side: tension between two races: humans who live on land and humans who live under the sea.
Dropped after the first episode. It reminded me of The Devil is a Part-Timer! except it's the heroes who are working. For me, it was too much fan service with the Gainaxing. It was all forced out.
A reverse harem series that I wanted to see if it was a good show in that genre. It's trashy. I actually laughed in the first episode because it wasn't like the usual reverse harem series. I never seen a show where the heroes abused the main heroine. I thought I will enjoy it as a guilty pleasure show. After the 2nd and 3rd episode, I got bored of it because it did the same thing except different guys take turns abusing the heroine.
Acura's comments about a sister eating her brother's flesh in the Pupa discussion thread made me curious. With October 31st approaching, it's the only horror show in the fall.
|IS <Infinite Stratos>|
Sotyfan16 recommended the first season to me way back then. I have been meaning to try this show for a while. Since summer 2013, I only watched the first 5 shows. It's a generic harem show, but I enjoyed it so far. The main character is weak and somewhat clueless but he has potential. The heroines are unique and stand out. Though, if I remember correctly, there are two childhood friends. I'm confused that the main character had forgotten one of them. It's like Oreshura again except with mechs.
The trailer made me interested in this show. It reminded me of Spirited Away.
it was said that he is God but is he
SO this arc seems pretty much done, with most of this chapter spent wrapping up the different threads of the story and bringing the characters together. Flare reunited with the giants who, though initially scolding her for having left, accept her back into their home. The giants reveal why they were armed to the teeth in their frozen states, apparently having been rising to go battle Silver and save their eternal flame before being frozen.
Minerva returned to the Succubus eye guild to find all its inhabitants dead, felled by the hand of the demon Kyouka, one of Tartaros’ nine demon gates. She explains her role in the system, to strengthen humans, with all of succubus eye having proven themselves incapable of weathering her power.
She now turns her eye towards the frightened Minerva…
This was a fairly simple chapter, with little happening as would be expected from the end of an arc. The giants were grateful to team fairy tail for their assistance, and it was interesting to see that they maintained a state of disapproval towards Flare for having run away. The chapter though doesn’t really kick off until the last few pages, with Hiro taking an interesting route to introducing Tartaros, not in one single blow during initial
contact with fairy tail during there battle, but instead allowing us glimpses of the dark guild a considerable time before Tartaros comes to the fro.
I imagine that Hiro is going to keep this up in the next few arcs, allowing us a chance to glimpse the different facets of Tartaros until we can build a pretty solid picture of the whole, before Hiro finally brings them into the light.
The ending of this chapter revealed quite a lot about the future of the series. Kyouka made it clear that Tartaros was more than some little dark guild looking to cause mischief and mayhem. Rather she hinted that the guild was making preparations to take action on a massive scale; she hinted to the coming war and the fact that she was recruiting warriors for their crusade, whatever it is.
Doriate spoke about the gates of Hell and how fairy tail was already standing in the door. It seems like he wasn’t actually referring to literal gates or hell but Tartaros’ nine gates of hell, which makes you wonder exactly who these figures are and why they incited so much fear in a demon like Doriate. And what did he really mean about standing in the door?
Maybe he meant that by entering the village and interfering with their business, Tartaros now had fairy tail in their sights; after all they slaughtered the entire succubus guild just because they failed to protect The village of the sun from intruders, who knows what plans they have for fairy tail.
If Silver, the only other gate we have seen, is a devil slayer, what in the world is he doing working on the same team as a demon like Kyouka? And where exactly do demons come from? Doriate and Minerva did speak about the underworld like it was an actual place, but in this chapter we could see that there headquarters was above ground.
I am starting to enjoy these mysteries that Hiro is crafting. Clearly he is looking at the bigger picture and trying to construct an interesting story spanning multiple arcs.
RATING:> 3/5, decent chapter,more interesting towards the end. I am happy Hiro is keeping Minerva around. Now he just has to find a use for Kagura.
To those who haven't received the news, this will be my last Ani-Crap Review I'll be doing for the next two months as I will be taking a hiatus from posting this section onto Anime Vice. Don't fret, as I will be back in December to continue my usual ripping into the worst of anime with Ani-Crap. The next run I plan to do with this will be my final one, though I'm hoping I can push 50 reviews before all is said and done! I actually have a planned monthly theme I want to implement with this at some point. But I'll reveal it when the time comes. Otherwise, on with the review and I'll return with Ani-Crap in December.
Seikon no Qwaser II is the 12-episode sequel to the similarly-named first season of the ecchi/ action series that I covered in an earlier Ani-Crap Review. The series was animated by Hoods Entertainment for TV broadcast from April 11 to June 28 of 2011, which was heavily censored for television airings and shown uncensored on the online streaming site called AnimeOne. The series was released to video in America earlier this year by Sentai Filmworks and can be streamed in its unedited format on the Anime Network website.
Sasha has received word that a magical circuit called the Magdalena of Thunder is present among one of the student body at an all-girl's academy called Roman Curia Surei Academy. Taking the guise of a female transfer student, Sasha is unaware that an Adept named Wan Chen has infiltrated the school as well to acquire the Magdalena of Thunder for his group's plans of world domination.
Note: To learn more about the major characters of the Seikon no Qwaser franchise, please refer to my Ani-Crap Review on the first season or any wiki article about it here on Anime Vice. I will only be covering new characters with prominent roles that appear in this season of the series.
This second season of Seikon no Qwaser carries many of the same issues that plagued its first season. The series still milks gross-out ecchi content using its breast-sucking gimmick for action, comedy and dramatic moments that are as creepy and uncomfortable as the first season and still take away from meaningful moments that the series attempts to explore.
In addition, the cast and plot elements for this series are still as cliched and archetypal as they were from the first season. If you've seen a good number of anime titles, you will pick up on things like the loner avenger with a heart of gold (Sasha), the well-endowed ditz (Tomo) and the evil organization out to take over the world (Adepts) pretty quickly.
In addition to these issues, this season is surprisingly worst than the first one since the quality of its second half takes a big hit after things are resolved with Sasha's quest at Roman Curia. The series shifts back to St. Mihailov Academy with the main cast as the series shifts to slice-of-life and comedic filler that do nothing at advancing the show's plot, even with hints dropped of a new threat looming at the academy. The final episode then rushes through its revelations concerning the new threat and hinting of more to come from the Adepts in a montage at the end of the episode, abruptly leaving the series open-ended for a possible third season.
Hello everyone, I was talking with Kurt about this new company that launched on the same day when Crunchyroll release its French website. Right now, I'm running out of time, so I'll leave some information from you and some news articles. I will expand this article soon.
I posted a snapshot of their lineup. Though, I did miss some shows. You can see them all on the website. Here's the link.
“WAKANIM is a French internet broadcaster for Japanese animation, which has been doing simulcasts for four years now,” Cervantès says. “We have a business model which is quite different from overseas markets. All the episode are free to watch for one month, financed with advertising – there is less than one minute of advertising per episode. We also sell a premium service, which includes both rental - streaming for 30 days - and download to own. Download to own is important for us, as I think we were the first company in Europe to offer anime with no DRM (Digital Rights Management) restrictions on a file. Basically we offer files that can be read everywhere, permanently, without installing software or being connected to the internet.”
Regarding the site's streaming, Cervantès says, “We are using Internap, a very strong Content Delivery Network partner in the UK, to provide the fastest stream possible. We will provide both SD and HD for the free content. For premium users, we are offering the best HD quality on the market.”
On Wakanim's history in France, Cervantès says, “Wakanim is a service which was built from nothing four years ago. We just had a contract for one title and constructed everything from scratch, each title allowing us to buy another one. Today in France we have five to six simulcasts each season, including titles such as Attack on Titan and Sword Art Online. We retain titles, with 35 on the French site at present.”
Andrew Partridge, the founder of Anime Limited, adds, “Wakanim's concept is simple and efficient. To truly engage with fans with legal simulcasts, you need to offer a service that's comparable with less legitimate ones. That's something current services don't capture - they're not aiming at that market, and that's something Wakanim can provide. Often, subscription models run on quantity over quality. I would rather provide a quality service and focus on bringing people great shows. Anime Limited will be working both with domestic licensees and Japanese rights holders to bring the best content to Wakanim each season.”
Partridge adds, “I respect what subscription model services like Crunchyroll do and believe there's a great place for them too. I view Wakanim as kind of a neat alternative option for fans. I'd love people to come see what it's all about at MCM Expo in October. We'll have some very neat giveaways at the All the Anime stand including A2 posters for those who like our Facebook and showcase the shows which we're simulcasting - we've a few more surprises to come too.”
Partidge and Cervantès both stress that wakanim.co.uk will not compete with the anime DVD/Blu-ray markets. 'Digital should not be an excuse for acquisition of all rights - it should be a support to the original creators in Japan to promote their work,” says Partridge.
The French simulcast company just obtained licensing rights to the followings shows:
|Kill la Kill - Their first simulcast|
Ryuuko Matoi carries a large weapon shaped like half of a pair of scissors. She's looking for the woman with the other half, who killed her father. Satsuki Kiryuuin, student council president of Honnouji Academy, is said to know the woman's identity, so Ryuuko transfers there. Those who arrive at the school receive a special "goku uniform," and Satsuki has used that power to rule the school in fear.
Thanks to @damswedon
I know Goku would win at his current state (Battle of Gods) and anything from after Goku's gravity training, Namek saga - Buu saga onwards.
So I'm going to restrict Goku ALOT. Goku cannot use Kamehameha or any move that requires Ki. He will only use his physical capabilities. i.e Strength,Speed,Durability,Endurance etc.
This is Goku right after he finishes his fight with Vegeta in the Saiya-jin saga. (when he re-cooperates) so his strength has increased after healing because he is a Saiya-jin and his power increases after healing from near death experiences.
Everyone other than Goku is at full power.
Based on a poll my teammate conducted, these the series that the community has a strong interest in. If there is a series that you want to work on, feel free to suggest.
Basically, this is just focusing on the anime series page. Here is the basic format. If you need help, just leave a comment or PM me.
See Attack on Titan for an example.
Attack on Titan is an anime adaptation of the manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. The anime series is directed by Tetsuro Araki and produced by Wit Studio, a subsidiary of Production I.G. Music for the series is composed by Hiroyuki Sawano and the characters are designed by Kyoji Asano.
For audiences outside of Japan, both Crunchyroll and FUNimation are legally streaming the anime series. On both sites the latest episode is made available for subscribers one week before being made available to all viewers. Crunchyroll's simulcasts airs every Sunday at 12PM starting on April 14, 2013.
Attack on Titan is about humanity's struggle against the Titans; giant humanoid creatures that devour humans. After being pushed to the brink of extinction, humanity enjoyed 100 years of peace safely within enormous walls until one day, a Colossal Titan appears and breaches the wall in the Shiganshina District.
|Eren Jaeger (エレン・イェーガー Eren Yēgā）|
Voiced by: Yuki Kaji
Affiliation: Survey Corps
Gender: Male, Age: 15
|Eren dreams of venturing outside the walls to be free. When his mother is killed by a Titan, he is bent on revenge and joins the Survey Corps to wipe out all Titans.|
|Mikasa Ackerman (ミカサ・アッカーマン Mikasa Akkāman)|
Voiced by: Yui Ishikawa
Affiliation: Survey Corps
Gender: Female, Age: 15
|After a tragic loss in her childhood, she is adopted into Eren's family. When Shiganshina District is invaded by Titans, she joins Eren in the military to stay with him and protect him.|
|Armin Arelet (アルミン・アルレルト Arumin Arureruto)|
Voiced by: Marina Inoue
Affiliation: Survey Corps
Gender: Male, Age: 15
|A close friend of Mikasa and Eren. He joins the Survey Corp to fight alongside them.|
|OP01||"Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen" (紅蓮の弓矢 Guren no Yumiya, lit. "Crimson Bow and Arrow")||Linked Horizon||001-013|
|OP02||"Die Flügel der Freiheit" (自由の翼 Jiyū no Tsubasa, lit. "Wings of Freedom")||Linked Horizon||014-???|
|ED01||"Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai" (美しき残酷な世界, lit. "This Beautiful Cruel World")||Yoko Hikasa||001-013|
|ED02||"great escape"||cinema staff||014-???"|
The story is set in 2036, after radioactive contamination from a nuclear accident has put Tokyo under a blockade. Three high school girls have been sent to this dead city. Thanks to genetic engineering, the three girls have been impervious to radioactivity since birth. They form a special forces unit, codenamed "Coppelion," in the 3rd Division of Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force.
|2. Hajime no Ippo Rising|
Sequel to Hajime no Ippo: New Challenger TV series. Ippo, a timid high schooler is one day saved from being beaten up by Takamura, a boxer. Entralled by Takamura's skill Ippo begins to learn boxing, soon finding love for the sport and a drive to challenge the boxing world.
|3. Beyond the Boundary|
The story follows a high school sophomore named Akito Kanbara. Although the boy appears human, he is half youmu and invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly. One day, Akihito meets freshman Mirai Kuriyama when it seems she is about to jump from the school rooftop. Mirai is isolated because of her ability to manipulate blood, which is unique even among members of the spirit world. Disturbing events begin to unfold after Akihito saves Mirai.
|4. Arpeggio of Blue Steel|
In the story, a "Fleet of Fog" loaded with super weapons suddenly appear all over the world. Without the ability to withstand this fleet, humanity was defeated and could no longer travel the seas. 17 years after the devastating naval war, Gunzō Chihaya and his friends somehow commandeer a "Fleet of Fog" submarine and rename it I-401. Together with Iona (I-401's "mental model" or physical incarnation in humanoid form), they take on the "Fleet of Fog."
These are current wiki projects that are active. I welcome anyone who wants to work with me. If you're unfamiliar with the wiki, I can show you the ropes.
|5. Kuroko's Basketball 2|
|6. Kill la Kill|
FoxxFireArt, Bigz007, Daniel Newton, Dekken, Takashichea, DocHaus, KingofAsh
|7. Valvrave the Liberator 2|
Takashichea and Acura Max
|8. Magi: The Kingdom of Magic|
Takashichea and Bigz007
|9. Wanna Be the Strongest in the World!|
Takashichea and Bigz007
|10. Walkure Romanze: Shojo Kishi Monogatari|
|12. Strike the Blood|
Takashichea (only end cards and title cards)
|Infinite Stratos 2|
Daniel and Bigz007
Daniel and Bigz007
Sequel to Freezing. Set in a slightly futuristic world where Earth has been invaded and is at war with aliens from another dimension called the Nova, the story follows the adventures of a Japanese boy named Kazuya Aoi who enrolls for training at a special school for genetically modified girls called Pandoras who battle the aliens, and their male partners, called Limiters, who use a special power called "freezing" to limit their opponent's mobility. The protagonist makes the acquaintance of an unusual older girl named Bridgette L. Satellizer who appears to be the most powerful Pandora in her class, but has not yet chosen a male partner to be her Limiter, and in spite of the warnings of all his friends, he decides to be her Limiter.
Completed by @Werewolverine4
See blog. Thanks goes to Bigz007 and BigHeart711 for their hard work.
|Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation|
Cute girls and consoles collide this summer with David Production's (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure) adaptation of gaming business conflict based PlayStation 3 RPG Hyperdimension Neptunia. Newly revealed character design/voices include Kanako Sakai (Muromi-san's Harpy) as Compa, the stand in for game developer Compile Heart, Kana Ueda (Fate's Rin Rin Tōsaka) as IF - as in parent company Idea Factory and Mika Kanai (various mascot characters) as fairy guide Histoire.
|Day Break Illusion|
Since ancient times long past, this world has been ruled by two tarot cards. Diablos Tarot—The tarot of the devil that feasts on the souls of living humans and uses that nourishment to bring countless pain and suffering. Elemental Tarot—The tarot that draws its energy from the power of nature in order to oppose the Diablos Tarot.
The story follows a boy named Hōtarō who joins the club of classical literature by order of his sister, although he prefers not to get involved in anything. The club will gradually nearer to the truth after some incident involving a boy's uncle and the same happened 33 years ago.
|4. anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day|
A group of six childhood friends drift apart after one of them, Meiko "Menma" Honma, dies in an accident. Ten years later, the leader of the group, Jinta Yadomi, has since become withdrawn and lives as a recluse. One summer day, an older looking Meiko appears before him, saying she wants to have a wish granted, though she does not remember what it is, and there is the important fact that she is only seen by Jinta so in his pathetic attempt to grant a wish he can barely get himself out of his own house. But will Menma new arrival change everything.
|5. Blood Lad|
Blood Lad follows Staz, a vampire that is obsessed with the human world, and Fuyumi, a human girl that was killed and turned into a ghost after wandering into the demon world. Staz promises to help Fuyumi regain her humanity by bringing her back to life, as it means that he would be able to visit the human world.
|6. Silver Spoon|
Yugo Hachiken is an ace with studying, and wants to be away from his family,and believes he can do he could go to any school with no problems, so trading regular high school for Agriculture school, he begins a new journey. Upon arriving at the school and starting classes he is quickly proven wrong, and must uncover the truth about farming, and Agriculture, and how to keep up with his news friends, who are already used to the farming world.
|7. Attack on Titan|
Many years ago, the last remnants of humanity were forced to retreat behind the towering walls of a fortified city to escape the massive, man-eating Titans that roamed the land outside their fortress. Only the heroic members of the Scouting Legion dared to stray beyond the safety of the walls – but even those brave warriors seldom returned alive. Those within the city clung to the illusion of a peaceful existence until the day that dream was shattered, and their slim chance at survival was reduced to one horrifying choice: kill – or be devoured!
Some hits and some misses make it to your local streaming database this week.