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Hello everyone! Winter 2015 season is approaching quickly. I'm working hard to make sure Anime Vice's community is up to date.

Here in Anime Vice, users are encourage to watch anime legally whenever possible. Territories are listed below. I will continually update this blog. Later in the first half of January 2015, I will have a comprehensive Simulcast guide for all legal anime streaming venue for the community. It will be on the front page.

Status

With Wakanim TV being a French site, it's hard for me to read due to the language barrier. I'll try my best to list as much info as I can. I do ask companies on their Twitter account.

Simulcasts

1. Durarara!!x2
  • Date: January 10
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A second season of Durarara!! is in the works. The story takes place a half year after the first series at Tokyo's Ikebukuro neighborhood. The first part, "Shou," or "Understanding," will air in January 2015.

2. Tokyo Ghoul √A

This dark, supernatural mega-hit anime returns this winter, and the ghouls are back for blood! How have things changed now that Kaneki is forced to more fully embrace his ghoul side? Find out in the second season, Tokyo Ghoul √A (a.k.a. Tokyo Ghoul Root A).

The things that go bump in the night are back for a second season – and they’re hungrier than ever! In modern day Tokyo, society lives in fear of Ghouls: mysterious creatures that look exactly like humans — yet hunger insatiably for their flesh. None of this matters to Ken Kaneki, a bookish and ordinary young man, until a dark and violent encounter turns him into the first ever Ghoul-human half breed. Trapped between two worlds, Ken must survive the violent conflicts of warring Ghoul factions, while attempting to learn more about Ghoul society, his newfound powers, and the fine line between man and monster.

Tsukimonogatari
  • Date: January 15
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The time is February, after the ordeal with Nadeko Sengoku was resolved thanks to Deishu Kaiki working behind the scenes. As Koyomi Araragi studied for that last push before the college entrance exams, a change to his physical body that "could not be overlooked" was starting to happen. The difference that could be described as retribution for all his past action is...!?
The Rolling Girls

Ten years after the Great War of Tokyo, Japanese prefectures have become independent states. Each country is led by a prophet, a Mosa with a Mob under him, an army. But tensions appear then nations begin to invade each other. Four girls part of the Mob Clan Saitama, Nozomi, Yukina, Ai and Chihaya, are sent on a mission by their Mosa. They will hit the road and travel the Japan motorcycle to resolve conflicts that arise daily between nations and clans.

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Hello everyone! Winter 2015 season is approaching quickly. I'm working hard to make sure Anime Vice's community is up to date.

Here in Anime Vice, users are encourage to watch anime legally whenever possible. Territories are listed below. I will continually update this blog. Later in the first half of January 2015, I will have a comprehensive Simulcast guide for all legal anime sites.

Status

  • Durarara hasn't been confirmed yet.

Simulcasts

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
  • Start Date: January 8 at 10:30am PST
  • Simulcast: Thursdays 10:30am PST
  • Territories: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
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One day, an otaku high school student Tomoya Aki has a fateful encounter with a girl. This meeting inspires Tomoya to design his very own “gal-game” featuring a heroine modeled after the girl he saw. In order to make his desire a reality, Tomoya must persuade a few eccentric “creators” such as the ace member of the art club, Eriri Spencer Sawamura and the school’s top student, Utaha Kasumigaoka to join his development team. Meanwhile, Tomoya is shocked to learn that the girl he idolized as his muse for this whole project was none other than his boring classmate, Megumi Kato!
Durarara!!x2
  • Start Date: Saturday at 9 AM PST
  • Simulcast: Saturdays 9:00am PST
  • Territories: North America, Central America, South America, Ireland, and UK
Mikado Ryugamine is a young man who yearns for the city like no other. At the invitation of his childhood friend, Masaomi Kida, he moves to Ikebukuro, Tokyo and enters school there.
Half a year after the turmoil that rocked the entire city of Ikebukuro— Peace has once again returned to the city and people are living each day normally. The high school students enjoy their days of youth as the strongest and most dangerous man of Ikebukuro works diligently. The informant plots a new scheme and the headless rider is pursued by the cops as she rides through the night…But soon this normal will be cut short by the abnormal. Slowly but surely, the unknown will seize the city and face an all new storm.
Magic Kaito 1412
**Magic Kaito 1412 will have episodes 1-4 available TODAY at 4pm PST, with 11-12 available on Saturday 4am PST, which is when the regular simulcast schedule will be. 2 catalog episodes will be released each week at the simul time until they get caught up.
  • Territories: US and Canada.
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When Kaito Kuroba‘s father dies under mysterious circumstances, he finds out his father's secret identity; a famous international criminal known as International Criminal 1412: the Phantom Thief, and that he was murdered by a mysterious organization for refusing to aid them in retrieving the "Pandora Gem" – a jewel that grants immortality.

He vows to stop the organization from obtaining the gem, and assumes his father's identity. His only clues as to the gem's location are that it glows red under the full moon and that it is a doublet: a gem hidden within a larger gem. Kaito researches and steals famous priceless gems with interesting histories from incredibly well-defended areas, but always returns them after the very next full moon.

Absolute Duo
  • Start Date: Monday, January 5th at 11:00 AM Pacific Time
  • Territories: Europe (except for UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia), the Middle East and North Africa.
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“Blaze” – a weapon that you create by materializing your own soul using super-fortified spiritual powers. At Koryo Academy, a school that teaches combat skills to those who were born with aptitude for “Blaze” (said to be one in a thousand), students use a partnership system called “Duo” to tie a bond, and heighten each other’s souls. Now, the curtain rises on the story of Tor Kokonoe, an “Irregular” boy whose “Blaze” took the form of a “Shield” – an armor instead of a weapon, and Julie Sigtuna, a girl with silver hair. A school battle action that grasps the future with the bonds to your partner!! I will burn my entire soul, and I will become your “Shield” –

Yurikuma Arashi
  • Start Date: Yurikuma Arashi will start airing on Monday, January 5th, at 11:30 AM Pacific Time
  • Territories: Europe (except for UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia), the Middle East and North Africa.
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At some point, somewhere in outer space, the small planet Kumalia exploded. As the particles of what used to be Kumalia showered upon Earth as a meteor shower, for some reason all the bears (kuma) on earth stood up to attack humanity! “Humans vs Bears” Bears ate people, people shot bears, creating an endless battle and a chain of hatred. In due time, a great “Wall of Extinction” was built between humans and bears, and they could no longer show aggression towards one another… The human world. One morning, Kureha Tsubasa and Sumika Izumino, students at Arashigaoka Academy, were alone watching “lily flowers” blooming in the flower bed. The two were ‘friends’ as well as lovers. The flower bed was a place very special for them. They stare at each other. Just then, a Bear Warning pierces loudly through the air! A Bear had encroached into the human world, and a human has been assaulted! What in the world is this bear..? Mystery brings on more mysteries, a series of one raging blow after another! Yurikuma Arashi elegantly begins its opening act now!

Kamisama Kiss 2

Both season 1 and the season 2 simulcast

  • Start Date: ?
  • Territories: Mexico, Central and South America including the Caribbean (Excluding English speaking U.S. territories)
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Nanami was just a normal high school girl down on her luck until a stranger’s lips marked her as the new Land God and turned her world upside down. Now, she’s figuring out the duties of a deity with the help of Tomoe, a reformed fox demon who reluctantly becomes her familiar in a contract sealed with a kiss. The new responsibilities—and boys—are a lot to handle, like the crow demon masquerading as a gorgeous pop idol and the adorable snake spirit who’s chosen the newly minted god to be his bride. As the headstrong Tomoe tries to whip her into shape, Nanami finds that love just might have cute, pointed fox ears. With romance in the air, will the human deity be able to prove herself worthy of her new title?

Aldnoah.Zero 2
  • Start Date: Saturday January 10th, at 9:30am Pacific Time
  • Territories: North America, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Europe excluding German-speaking territories.
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Returning for a second season after an epic cliffhanger from the first season, ALDNOAH.ZERO continues the story of the struggle between the people of Earth and Mars as they wage war against each other. Directed by Ei Aoki (Fate/Zero, The Garden of Sinners) and featuring character designs by Takako Shimura (Wandering Son), ALDNOAH.ZEROfeatures inhabitants of Earth and Mars waging in an interplanetary war. The story touches upon the effects wars have on a country’s government and its people.

KanColle
  • Start Date: Wednesday, January 7 at 10:30am PST
  • Simulcast:
    Wednesdays 10:30am PST
  • Territories: United States (and its territories), Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean), United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe (excluding German-speaking territories), South Africa, the Middle East and North Africa.
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Set in a world where humanity has lost control of the oceans to the “deep sea fleet,” the only hope to counter this threat are the Kan-musume, a group of girls who possess the spirit of Japanese World War II warships. The story revolves around Fubuki, a special class destroyer who comes to the Chinjufu base to train with other Kan-musume. Watch as their stories unfold!
Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!
  • Start Date: January 6 at 10:40 AM Pacific Time
  • Simulcast: Every Tuesdays 10:40am PST
  • Territories: Worldwide excluding Asia.
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The story revolves around the members of the “Earth Defense Club” aka the “Do Nothing Club” at Binan High School. One day, the club members are soaking in a hot bath together when all of a sudden a mysterious pink wombat appears out of thin air! The wombat asks the members to lend it their help to protect the Earth. At school the next day, each of the club members receives a magical bracelet enveloping them in a dazzling light.
Samurai Warriors
  • Start Date: January 11 at 10:30 AM Pacific Time
  • Simulcast: Sundays 10:35am PST
  • Territories: worldwide except for Asia
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Samurai Warriors focuses on the Sanada brothers during the Sengoku era of Japan. In late 16th century, the era of civil war that tore Japan over two centuries is nearing its end and the regional warlords who survived the bloodsheds are ready for a final showdown. In the battlefield where your best ally turns out to be your worst enemy, only the shrewdest can come out alive.
Shōnen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 50-
  • Start Date: January 10 at 10:30 AM Pacific Time
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  • Territories: Europe (except English speaking territories), the Middle East, and North Africa.
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Based on the mix media project by Ikuyo Hashiguchi, studio ZEXCS will once again be producing the idol anime SHONEN HOLLYWOOD –HOLLY STAGE FOR 50-. The plot takes place 15 years after the original light novel’s story in a fictional theater called Hollywood Tokyo in Harajuku. The five aspiring members, Kakeru, Kira, Ikuma, Daiki and Shun, work together to develop their talents as idols.
The project brings together an all-star cast of voice actors known for their leading roles in some of today’s most popular anime. Daiki Yamashita (Onoda from Yowapeda) as Kira Saeki, Kensho Ono (Kuroko from Kuroko's Basketball) as Shun Maiyama, Ryota Oosaka (Eijun from Ace of the Diamond) as Kakeru Kazami, Shota Aoi (Ai Mikaze from Uta no Prince Sama 2) as Daiki Tomii, and Tetsuya Kakihara (Yohei from Kuroko's Basketball) as Ikuma Amaki.
The Testament of Sister New Devil
  • Start Date: Wednesday, January 7 at 11:00am PST
  • Simulcast: Every Wednesdays 11:00am PST
  • Territories: United States (and its territories), Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean), United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe (and its territories), South Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa.
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Basara Toujo is a high school student whose father has suddenly just remarried. His father then departs overseas leaving Basara with two new beautiful step-sisters. Little does he know, his new sisters, Mio and Maria are actually the new Demon Lord and a succubus!? Almost trapped into a life of servitude, Basara forms a reverse contract by accident and ends up becoming Mio’s master! Hijinks ensue as Basara finds himself in one ecchi situation after another. However, Mio’s life is in danger as she is pursued by demons and heroes!
Military!
  • Start Date: January 8th at 11:30am PST
  • Simulcast: Thursdays 11:30am PST
  • Territories: worldwide except Japan
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The Krakozhia Dukedom and the Grania Republic are at war, and high school student Sōhei Yano wants no part of it. But when two Lieutenants show up in tanks at his door, his life becomes an exercise in dodging stray bullets!
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc
  • Start Date: January 9th, at 9:30 AM Pacific Time
  • Simulcast: every Friday
  • Territories: Worldwide except Asia
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The action-packed shonen favorite JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure returns this winter with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders - Battle in Egypt! After 30 days of travel across the world, plagued with countless battles, Jotaro and his companions have finally arrived in Egypt! Now only the strongest "Stand" users remain to rebuff our heroes' final march on Cairo: The Nine Egyptian Gods, DIO's most zealous servants. Will the Joestar line fall to the monstrous vampire, or can Jotaro defeat DIO and save his mother's life?

Unlimited Fafnir
  • Saturday January 10th, starting at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (Episode 1 Only)
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  • Territories: USA and Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean), UK, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia.
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Twenty-five years ago, the world suddenly changed when monsters called “Dragons” appeared; seeking to ravage the earth and find mates. Over time, superhuman girls possessing the powers of the dragons, called “D girls” were born. Yuu Mononobe is the only male “D” in existence and is forced to enroll at Midgar - an academy for D girls. At the academy, he accidentally runs into Iris, a delinquent D girl, while she’s naked, and even reunites with this long lost sister, Mitsuki, whom he was separated with at birth. Will Iris and Yuu, the boy who is supposed to become the strongest assassin, be able to challenge the seven dragons that threaten to destroy the world? USA and Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean), UK, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia.

Gourmet Girl Graffiti
  • Start Date: Saturday January 10th, at 8 PM Pacific Time
  • Simulcast: Saturdays 8:00pm PST
  • Territories: USA and Canada
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The story follows Ryo, a middle school girl who lives by herself. She has a knack for cooking, and she makes friendships with everyone through her food. The cooking manga is "full of detailed cuisine art to whet the appetite." The "koufuku" in the title is wordplay on two Japanese homonyms — one which means "happiness" and another that means "appetite."
World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman
  • Start Date: January 11th at 10:05 AM Pacific Time
  • Simulcast: Sundays 10:05am PST
  • Territories: worldwide excluding Asia
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The story is set at a private school that brings together “Saviors” – students who have awakened memories of their past lives as Shirogane or Kuroma. Shirogane use weapons gleaned with Puraana from their bodies to fight enemies, while Kuroma use magic by manipulating Maana to banish their foes. Moroha Haimura has just enrolled into the private school and is the first Savior in history who has awakened memories of being both a Shirogane and Kuroma.

18. Dog Days''
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  • Simulcast: Saturday at 9:00 AM Pacific Time
  • Territories: Asia excluding Japan, China, Korea, India
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Third season of Dog Days. It takes place two to three months after the second season during fall vacation.

Fafner Exodus
  • Start Date: January 15th, at 11:30 AM Pacific Time
  • Simulcast: Thursdays 11:30am PST
  • Territories: U.S.A and its territories, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, South Africa, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Demark, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Netherlands, Turkey, Latin America (Central and South America including Caribbean), Middle East and North Africa.
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Tatsumiyajima is the central island in the middle of a small cluster of islands, in a sleepy backwater of the Japanese isles. Not much happens there, and the island's young people go to school knowing that their lives are likely to remain peaceful and undisturbed. Or so they have been taught... but the truth is different. The fate of mankind is on the line, and Tatsumiyajima is the last line of defense against a hostile and incomprehensible enemy. At the center of it all, fighting for Humanity's continued existence, is the giant robot Fafner, the dragon that guards this final treasure of mankind. Fafner Exodus will be set 2 years after the first attacks of the festums.
6. ISUCA
  • Start Date: Friday starting January 23rd, starting at 11:00 AM Pacific Time
  • Territories: United States (and its territories), Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean), United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe (excluding German-speaking territories), South Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Shinichiro Asano is a penniless high school student who decides to look for a job in order to pay his rent. His teacher suggests that he find work doing housekeeping. While working for the Shimazu family, he meets Sakuya, a beautiful girl who comes off as a bit crude and selfish. But Sakuya is also the 37th head of the Shimazu family and works as an exorcist, capturing and eliminating unwanted creatures. One day, Shinichiro accidentally frees one of these creatures and they must cooperate to recapture it.

Kuroko's Basketball 3
  • Start Date: January 23, 2015
  • Territories: North America, South America, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden.
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Even in the glorious history of the Teiko Junior High Basketball team, the "Generation of Miracles" was where five genius players said to be at a one-man-in-ten-years level all resided at the same time. Even after advancing to high school, they are still called by that nickname with the same amount of glory.

Taiga Kagami, the ace player for Seirin High School, is developing powers to close in to their level. His natural talent increases in passion and brilliance with each game, and he is truly the "light" of Seirin, and if Kagami is the "light," the "shadow" supports the team's rapid progress with an unwavering will Tetsuya Kuroko of Seirin High School.

With the advancement to the Winter Cup, Seirin finds themselves on a roll and defeats Toô Gakuen, starring Aomine, and Yosen, starring Murasakibara.

They finally advance on to the semifinals...!

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We are now three days into the new year, still doesn't feel real yet, so now is as good a time as any to reflect on some of my favorite anime I saw in 2014.

The Plan

When I began the year one of main goals was to watch more 50+ episode series that I had meaning to see. I was going to begin with Macross 7 then move on to Galactic Heroes and Revolutionary Girl Utena among others. However, 10 episodes into Macross, I ended up dropping the plan to watch more short OVAs and movies. Perhaps I'll finish those shows in 2015 but it wasn't meant to be this year.

Anyway here are my 2014 anime "awards:"

Cool Anime I Saw in 2014

Anime I'm Proud I Saw: Future Boy Conan

WTF Anime that was Awesome: Battle Royal High School

Biggest Surprise: Harmonie

2014 Anime that I Loved: Kill la Kill, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, and Space Dandy

Anime that Helped Me Move Into My New Apartment: Magic User's Club and Princess Nine

Netflix Anime I Binge-Watched: Knights of Sidonia and Devil is a Part-Timer

Series that Took Me a Long Time to Watch: Gundam Unicorn and Steins;Gate

Thank you Sōta Sugahara : gdgd Fairies and Hi-sCool! Seha Girls

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  • Genres & Themes: Fantasy
  • Producer: Ufotable
  • Release Date: December 30

A TV special based on Bandai Namco Studios's Tales of Zestiria video game for the PlayStation 3.

Namco's Tales of franchise continues in this new chapter in the RPG saga. Players will delve into a grand storyline and discover the “zest” of adventure with new characters, magical lands and great gameplay in Tales of Tales of Zestiria.

Via IGN

For a list of Winter 2014-15 shows and OVAs, please see Winter 2015 Anime Trailer Guide or #winter 2015 ova guide.

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  • Full Title: The Disappearance of Conan Edogawa: The Worst Two Days in History
  • Genres & Themes: Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Shonen
  • Release Date: December 26
  • Producers: TMS Entertainment

Summary:

It's been announced that a new Detective Conan anime special project is launching. The "astonishing collaboration" is titled "Edogawa Conan Shissou Jiken: Shijou Saiaku no Futsukakan" (The Disappearance of Conan Edogawa: The Worst Two Days in History).

The anime special will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Gosho Aoyama's original manga, and it will recount a previously untold story from Conan's past.

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The last Kamen Rider blog! Or at least the last of the Heisei blogs and the last Rider blog for a while, as I’ll start covering other series in the next one. But let’s close this with a bang, let me tell you a story.

This is my weird ass geek theory (Don’t look at me like that, every geek has one). Kamen Rider is to Japan as Doctor Who is for Great Britain.

That sounds weird isn’t it? Let me elaborate

Both series are really long (DW 51 years, KR 44 years) both series have a protagonist that shares a “title” (Doctor and Kamen Rider) Both series can shift their tone with each season and new protagonist but their gimmicks stay (Tardis, Screwdriver, Rider Kick, Motorcycle) They tend to have a female co-protagonist (most of the time) Their most emblematic protagonist wears a Scarf (Ichigou and 4)

But this doesn’t stop yet. Both series were in the year 1989 and tried without luck to do a revival in the 90’s. Both series started once again in the 2000’s with some changes as things that happened in the old show didn’t happen in the new one. The new seasons were a bit more gimmick as the time passed (Multi-form Riders, Sonic Screwdriver Abuse)

You can argue that the Doctor is the same character in a different package while the Riders aren’t, but most of the Riders share so many common traits on their methodology that what really separates them is their personality, just like the incarnations of the Doctor.

They are currently on divisive era (Neo-Heisei and Moffat’s run respectively). Both series do Crossovers between different protagonists (Except that the Rider Crossover’s are systematic while the Doctor’s are sporadic.)

Well enough of my crazy ideas, let’s dig into the last 3 Heisei series (up until now)

Kamen Rider Wizard (2012-2013)

I haven’t seen much of Wizard, just the first 5 episodes and I dropped it. It wasn’t for me. But I’ll do my best giving a quick heads up.

Haruto Soma is a young man that survived a dark magic ritual. The ritual used “Gates” humans with magical potential to bring Phantoms, creatures that feed on despair. A Wizard dressed in white gives him a belt and magic rings to fight the Phantoms.

He is Kamen Rider Wizard, beacon of hope. As much as Fourze drills the power of friendship into the viewers head Wizard does the same with hope. The Phantoms are summoned through “Gates” That lost their hope.

Wizard is also known for the memetic Henshin sound-bit “Shabadubi Touch to Henshin” that Haruto uses to transform. I like Wizard design, is pretty well defined as a mystical Rider.

Kamen Rider Gaim (2013-2014)

Once upon a time there was a man who fought against the established status quo. Blood rained on the grounds he strided, flooding the world in crimson. No… I’m not talking about the Rider of the series, but of the writer.

The Urobutcher Cometh! Gen Urobuchi of Madoka and Fate/Zero fame wrote Gaim and holy shit it is noticeable. Gaim is the darkest Neo-Heisei series and one of the darkest Kamen Rider series, contrasting a lot with the colorful exterior look it has and the theme.

Kamen Rider Gaim protagonist is Kouta Kazuraba a young slacker/former Street Crew Dancer (roll with it) He lives in Zawame City, ruled from the shadows by the Yggdrassil Corporation (Think Omnicorp from Robocop but more Japanese and with less cyborgs)

Kouta stumbles upon a girl escaping from a monster and she grants him a belt and a Lockseed (an object used by the street gangs to summon small holographic monsters to wage pokemon like battles)

He turns into the Armored Rider Gaim (All the Riders in the series have a double theme, a type of warrior, in Gaim’s case Samurai and a fruit, in Gaim’s case Orange) He fights off the monster and he sets off events that will start getting more and more complex.

I don’t want to spoil but Gaim is one monster of a series. Like Kiva is in the Heavy Weight class of narrative in the franchise.

Kamen Rider Drive (2014-Ongoing)

The current series of the franchise, Kamen Rider Drive is focused on Shinnosuke Tomari a young police detective that was transferred to the Special Crimes Unit (a joke in the police department) after losing his partner in catasthrophic event known as Slowdown (where human perception of time is suddenly stretched making everything seem to be moving at slo-mo)

In this Unit he is themed up with Kiriko Shijima a female officer that recruits him to wield the Drive Driver (roll with it) to fight the Roimudes, the real perpetrators of the Slowdown. The Driver talks, seemingly having an A.I. that guides Shinnosuke. This series has a police procedural style with cases that involve the Roimudes being solved in each episode as the underlying storyline unfolds.

Well that’s all for today, next time I’ll tackle one of my favorites toku Franchises “Garo

Yes, Garo is fucking Badass
Yes, Garo is fucking Badass

Kuma out!

Previous Blogs

Kuma's Toku Corner I

Kuma's Toku Corner II

Kuma's Toku Corner III

Kuma's Toku Corner IV

Kuma's Toku Corner V

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Welcome friends. No this isn't a Typo. I actually posted a Blog. This is a joint blog post from Taka and myself commemorating our wiki editing success and partnership over the last year. Please enjoy...if you don't mind a mountain of text :)

Takashichea

  • What is your inspiration for editing continuously on Animevice?

I kept working because I had people to support and help particularly my teammates who requests me to join their wiki projects. I always did as much I could to help out. 4 years passed by so fast. I see people come and go. With what little time we have left, I make it my job to help out because we are all busy. Wiki editing is a hardcore hobby that takes so much time. You can easily sink so much time because it's that addicting. We have a book called PlayStation Nation about video game addiction. I believe our site counts for Wiki Nation (a name I came up for Sket Dance wiki project, Team Wiki Nation ). I'll be sharing my experiences being a wiki addict.

Taichokage

What is your inspiration for editing continuously on Animevice?

Well it's primarily 2 things. Firstly, I have no need for additional motivation to regularly edit series that I truly like and love. But the second reason, which is the community of animevice itself is the primary reason. I have friends in the forums who share fondness of series that I do, often under appreciated ones. It's for those friends that I edit for. It also keeps concepts fresh in your memory if you like to debate and discuss anime/manga topics as I do. Additionally, my wiki partners make it rather difficult for me to give up so early in the game.

Takashichea

  • How did you getting into wiki editing?

It was because of my little sister who found the site. I saw the site through Google images and saw a wealth of image galleries. It was the images that got me into wiki editing.

Taichokage

How did you get into wiki editing?

My first "real" page was Grand Fisher from Bleach. Despite minor issues, Foxx still allowed it to pass. But I became intimidated after that. I was not as good of a typer then as I am now and I was not even remotely tech Savvy. I couldn't even remember the header tab. I stopped editing at 1044 wiki points which was the same amount of points I had at the beginning of the year. It was not until January of 2014 that I noticed my favorite Shounen Toriko was getting attention by some editors. I decided to do a page on my favorite character from Toriko, Sunny to be precise and it wasn't as bad as I thought. The main issue was not having a computer until July of this year. I would walk 2 1/2 miles just for editing and I'd usually grab a coffee as a treat to myself.

Takashichea

  • Which franchises were you interested in starting your first wiki editing?

Shaman King was one of my first projects. It had mostly an empty slate where I can fill out stuff. I regret not going back to reformat the pages according to the wiki style guide. One day, I will. Shaman King is my first completed manga project. I wrote most of the volume summaries.

Taichokage

Which franchises were you interested in starting your first wiki editing?

Initially it was only Toriko. but after a little over a month, I joined the Seven Deadly Sins wiki Project. I since expanded into several projects both team and solo projects. I almost exclusively do Character pages.

Takashichea

  • What were your best and proud works you accomplished?

Haru Glory was my best character page. That was back when wiki editors didn't have limits on how much details they can go into depth. I have to trim out details. Rave Master was another project where I went all out with another teammate, Fire_Star. I finished all of the episode summaries and went back to help Fire_Star who was doing the character pages.

Another one would be the Implied Sex Scene and Eyecatch wiki. I had so much fun talking with users on the implied sex scene examples. For the eyecatch, we were building a huge image database.

Taichokage

What were your best and proud works that you accomplished?

Filling in over 50 character pages for the Toriko wiki project. As far as a single page goes, so far it is Allen Walker, but it will be surpassed in the not so distant future I'm sure.

Takashichea

  • What have been your favorite projects?

Hard to choose. I would say Fairy Tail, Akame ga Kill, and Toriko because those were my biggest team wiki projects. We had a lot of good chemistry with our group. Fairy Tail was the biggest wiki project because Ethan Lance and Foxx were putting up wiki tasks, while Annabanana, myself, and the rest of the gang were completing wiki tasks within a day. They had to keep making new tasks. It was really competitive and fun. After the Whiskey Media Saleout, there was less staff and mod focused wiki projects. Wiki became more cooperative than competitive. Toriko quickly became popular because of the battle community. It thanks to Yusuke for recommending Toriko, and I helped him organize the project which became the biggest one next to Fairy Tail. It was challenging yet fun to make pages and fill them out. The cool part was seeing new folks trying wiki editing for the first time. The biggest chore was renumbering all the episodes. Lastly, Akame ga Kill was the most recent anime series. It's a small group, but we were still close knit. We actually finished all the episode pages, and we almost done with the character pages. It was cool seeing how everyone got into Akame ga Kill and seeing how it shocked us during the anime's run. We had predictions on who dies next.

Taichokage

What have been your favorite Projects?

Toriko again. Not only is it my favorite Shounen but I had more partners than any other and the most help and inspiration on that project. But I enjoyed all my projects, from D.Gray-Man to One Punch Man etc. They were all fun.

Takashichea

  • Who have been your favorite partners to work with?

I have worked with a lot of folks over 4 years. I'm glad to work with great people and meeting new folks and getting them into wiki editing. These are the folks whom impact me a lot during these years. This will be short. I feel bad I have to choose.

  • Annabanana - She and I were the Fairy Tail's top wiki editors. We worked on the project, massively filling out episode pages, character pages, and organizing images. I thank her for recommending new Shonen shows. I only got her into Shaman King while PiFace314 got us into Sket Dance. She taught me a lot of wiki and image uploading tricks which I still used today.
  • BigHeart711 - While we never worked on a specific wiki project, we worked together on a community project, the anime trailers, for almost three yers. He's very optimistic and one of the nicest guys I met in the community. He and I talked about anime, college, and many things. When he was feeling sad or I was feeling sad about crappy things outside of the site or or some brutal event in Anime Vice, we would cheer up each other.
  • Daniel Newton - One of my closest friends in the site. He pushed me to be a wiki mod last year since he said it would be crime not to promote me. I did decline two times. He was a great innovator. We didn't work on specific wiki projects except Fairy Tail for a bit. What we worked on was new ideas he made with creative uses of HTML coding. Daniel pretty opened up a new world of wiki editing with his new ideas such as the template box, character portraits. He has changed the wiki frontier the most out of anyone in the site.
  • Taichokage - He is one of the hardest folks I seen. He is a veteran in the battle community who I seek his advice about making battle threads for some of the battle themes. My work in Toriko pales in comparison to his work. He and Yusuke write up a lot of awesome character pages.
  • Yusuke52 - I met Yusuke in a random encounter when I posted a blog about Crunchyroll licensing Toriko. He asked me if I could help him start a Toriko project in the site. I jumped on the offer to work with someone new. I never heard of Toriko until I saw that news. He got me into Toriko. Without him, I wouldn't been so involved with the battle community with an emphasis on wiki. He and I made a ton of Toriko pages since the only page made was Toriko's character page and the anime series page. It's great to see how much our teammates done.

Taichokage

Who have been your favorite partners to work with?

Well I've only been at the wiki game for roughly 1 year now and haven't had many partners, but during this time a few friends stood out considerably.

Destinyherknight

Even though we don't interact in the wiki as much as we used to on the forums, Destinyheroknight has a small presence on more projects than I initially realized, adding pages and/or filling in General info on many of the pages I finished, particularly The Seven Deadly Sins and One Punch Man. I also owe him some World Trigger pages. I promised (and failed) to get some done this year because I fell behind. (Sorry! I'll make it up.)

Yusuke52

This guy has been the most consistent out of all the partners I've worked with. Despite being a character editor, now having dozens of pages over a thousand points, the quality of his pages consistently exceed mine. He has kept me on my toes throughout the year. I'm sure he knows this. Even though he didn't need it, I'd like to think he felt the same way. He is a better editor than myself and few people know or remember but the few times he debated, it was most often against me as well. He's been a consistent rival and a friend for the last year and a half or so.

Takashichea

Well what can I say. Taka, my good friend became the top editor of vice at the end of 2014, finally catching up to the behemoth editor FoxxFireArt which may or may not ever happen again. He was the first person to help me in the wiki and continued to do so until I became "fluent" enough on my own. Even now he still helps with images when he can (as I have a notorious reputation of having horrible images or no images at all even on the forums). He was literally the top editor of 2014 and now is the top editor of all time on animevice. I have worked on 3 team projects with him, Toriko, The Seven Deadly Sins and Magi, 3 of my top favorite Shounen series, although he has added bits of help here and there even with projects he is not involved in. Taka deserves the Platinum metal as the Greatest Editor of all time but really, he was my #1 favorite partner to work with because we formed a friendship and I never had to guess whether or not he would be active. He is always active.

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  • Genres & Themes: Romance
  • Producer: T-Joy
  • Release Date: February 20, 2015

Plot Summary

A prequel to the 2004 live action film "Hana to Alice." Hana to Alice Satsujin Jiken (The Case of Hana & Alice) will tell the story of how the two female high school leads in the first Hana & Alice live-action film met. 51-year-old film director Iwai (All About Lily Chou-Chou, Swallowtail Butterfly) conceived, wrote, and directed the original 2004 live-action film. The original film depicted the first love and friendship of two high school girls, and it was the breakthrough performance for both actresses.

Translation

Girl: Hey, do you know about the murder case?

Tetsuko: Murder case?

Tetsuko: I'm Tetsuko Arisugawa. It's nice to meet you.

Text: The strongest transfer student, Alice.

Girl: The shut-in girl always looking outside the window.

Girl: Hana Arai.

Text: The strongest shut-in, Hana.

Girl: This place is called the flower mansion (or, 'Hana Mansion').

Girl: You broke the barrier.

Tetsuko: Barrier?

Text: When the two met, the world's smallest murder case began.

Girl: The one who was killed was Yuda. And the one who killed him was Yuda.

Girl: Hana Arai... She's the only living witness.

Text: Shunji Iwai's first feature-length animation work.

Hana: Do you want to know what happened?

Tetsuko: Hana!!

Translation

Hana: Well, what's your name?

Text: The strongest transfer student ever, Alice

Alice: My name is Tetsuko Arisugawa.

Hana: Mine is—

Alice: —Hana Arai.

Text: The strongest recluse ever, Hana

Hana: You already knew, so don't ask.

Caption: Do you know anything else?

Alice: You're the one who asked my name.

Caption: What do you mean, "I don't know"?

Caption: Ow!

Text: When the two met, the world's smallest murder case occurred.

Alice: Look who's talking, recluse.

Hana: It's not like I want to be reclusive.

Text: Shunji Iwai's first feature-length animated work

Alice: Murder?

Hana: You want to know what happened?

Text: Voice Cast

Text: Alice: Yuu Aoi Hana: Anne Suzuki

Alice: Well. I don't know.....

Alice: Hana!

Hana: Alice!

Text: A decade since

Sources

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  • Genres & Themes: Comedy-drama, Sci-Fi
  • Producer: Pending
  • Release Date: March 7, 2015

Summary

The film will feature Doraemon, Nobita, Shizuka, Gian, and Suneo as heroes in space that fight against monsters. Doraemon has the power of a super punch, Nobita can use a cat's cradle move, the bath-loving Shizuka can control water, Gian has super strength, and Suneo has a drill on his arm.

Translation for the 2nd Trailer:

  • I could be a cool hero that protected the galaxy!
  • Suneo, Gian, Shizuka: The Miracle Galaxy Squad is here
  • Nobita: Doraemon...
  • Doraemon: When you use my secret tool Burger Director, you can film real hero play time!
  • Text: 5 Space Heroes are born!
  • Giant: All right!
  • Gian: It's finally getting to be like a hero movie!
  • Suneo: Aren't they overdoing this a bit!?
  • Doraemon: This is the director's plan, too.
  • Aron: I'm Aron, from Planet Pockle! My planet has been taken over by pirates.
  • Suneo: It's so REAL!
  • Aron: Please lend me your help to save Pockle!
  • Nobita: Leave it to us!
  • Shizuka: To protect the peace of the galaxy...
  • Gian: We'll blow away any bad g-
  • Doraemon: This... Is different! It's not a movie! They're real bad guys!
  • Hyde: Goodbye, Planet Pockle!
  • Computer: 10 seconds till blastoff.
  • Suneo: This is impossible! We're not real heroes!
  • Computer: 5 seconds.
  • Nobita: It's OK...
  • Computer: 4
  • Nobita: We can definitely beco
  • Sources

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    • Producer: Oriental Light and Magic
    • Genres & Themes: Adventure
    • Release Date: December 20, 2014

    Summary

    Note: Couldn't find the movie synopsis. Here's Wikipedia's summary.

    One day, whilst searching for bugs in the woods in Sakura New Town (based on Tsukuba, Ibaraki), a boy named Keita Amano (or in the video games a girl named Fumika Kodama is also an option) comes across a peculiar capsule machine next to a sacred tree. When he opens one of the capsules up, it brings forth a Yo-Kai named Whisper, who gives Keita a device known as the Yo-Kai Watch. Using this, Keita is able to identify and see various different Yo-Kai that are haunting people and causing mischief. Together, Keita and Whisper start making friends with all sorts of Yo-Kai, which he can summon to battle against more ill-intentioned Yo-Kai that happen to live in his town, haunting the residents and causing terrible trouble.

    Sources

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    • Genres & Themes: action, psychological, science fiction, thriller, crime, cyberpunk, dystopia, future, police
    • Producer: Production I.G.
    • Release Date: December 19, 2014 (Advanced Screening), January 9, 2015 (open to everyone)

    Plot Summary

    Note: For newcomers, you have to watch the 1st anime season before watching this film.

    Year 2112, newcomer Inspector Akane Tsunemori and Enforcers Shinya Kōgami run into a man, a man that was the former mastermind of past incidents. This man was the object of Kōgami's revenge for his partner. This man, Shogo Makishima, shook the very foundations of the system that supports peace and questioned the existence of justice. Before long, Kōgami executed his own justice on Makishima and secluded himself from the world.....

    Year 2116-The Japanese government's begins to export the "Sibyl System" unmanned drone robots to troubled countries, and the system spreads throughout the world. A state in the midst of a civil war, SEAUn (the South East Asia Union, pronounced "shian"), brings in the "Sibyl System" as an experiment. Under the new system, the coastal town of Shambala Float achieves temporary peace and safety. But then SEAUn sends terrorist to Japan. They slip through the "Sibyl System" and then attack from within. The shadow of a certain man falls on this incident. In charge of the police, Tsunemori travels to Shambala Float to investigate. The truth of justice on this new ground will become clear.

    Staff and Cast

    Staff

    • Chief Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro
    • Director: Naoyoshi Shiotani
    • Screenplay: Gen Urobuchi and Makoto Fukami
    • Music: Yuugo Kanno
    • Original Character Design: Akira Amano
    • Character Design: Kouji Aoki, Kyoji Asano, and Naoyuki Onda

    For more, please see ANN's staff page.

    Cast

    • Kana Hanazawa as Akane Tsunemori
    • Hiroshi Kamiya as Nicholas Wong
    • Ayane Sakura as Mika Shimotsuki
    • Hiroki Touchi as Teppei Sugo
    • Kazuhiro Yamaji as Jouji Saiga
    • Kenji Nojima as Nobuchika Ginoza
    • Shizuka Itou as Yayoi Kunizuka
    • Tomokazu Seki as Shinya Kougami

    Sources

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    • Genres & Themes: Idols, Music
    • Producer: Tatsunoko Production
    • Release Date: March 7, 2015

    Plot Summary

    The plot will focus on Laala Manaka finding out about Saints' top idol journey, and will feature the return of many characters from across all the Pretty Rhythm series.

    Via Pretty Rhythm Wikia

    Cast

    Sources

    • ANN: 1 and 2
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    A very ‘meh’ chapter of Magi , I think; I am no mangaka but I imagine there are so many more ways Shinobu Ohtaka could have portrayed the events of chapter 251 than what she ultimately chose to do.

    THE CHAPTER:
    Kouen and his siblings react to Hakuryuu’s rebellion. Aladdin and Alibaba ride out to meet an old friend.

    MY THOUGHTS:

    What was wrong with this chapter? Well, nothing too egregious, yet one might argue that it simply didn’t get enough done.

    And if there is one thing you have to say about Magi , it’s the fact that most chapters are often packed full of so much content that the events of the manga can sometimes feel rushed.

    After a few weeks delving into the minds of Hakuryuu and Judar, it was inevitable that returning to the less interesting duo of Aladdin and Alibaba would prove a little difficult.

    None the less I don’t know if we needed so many pages of the pair basically travelling to Rakushou and talking about what they would eventually have to do.

    Actually, that is another thing; a lot of talking was done and yet I don’t know if anything was really said. Who didn’t already know that Aladdin and Alibaba would do everything in their power to stop and save Hakuryuu from himself?

    Aladdin said as much back at the summit. And who actually expected Kouen to step aside as his brother ascended to the throne?

      Magi has always had a tendency of glossing over certain events and occurrences with the aim of getting to the bigger picture. It should have done just that in chapter 251.

    There was no real reason for using the meeting between Alibaba and Hakuryuu as the cliffhanger for the chapter; in fact we should have gotten to the meeting immediately.

    Why? Well, it’s not like anyone is expecting anything particularly intriguing to come out of these four characters finally talking with one another. As with Aladdin and Alibaba, we already know what Hakuryuu thinks of his former friends.

    He has either implied or told us directly exactly what he intends to do and the lines he is ready to cross over and over again over the last few chapters. If the purpose of these four characters meeting was to allow Aladdin and Alibaba to understand exactly where Hakuryuu’s head is right now, the mangaka really should have done that immediately. 

    RATING: 4/10, not a bad chapter per say, but somewhat bland. I really want to get excited about Alibaba and Hakuryuu meeting, but really; we have heard the opinions held by both sides. Essentially, there can’t be anything new or unexpected out of the next chapter, which hopefully deals with Alibaba and Hakuryuu’s conversation quickly.
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    I could be imagining this, but Shonen Jump seems to have accumulated a whopping 24 chapters of Boku No Hero Academia in a little over two months.

    Which makes sense, what with Boku no Hero averaging two chapters every week; with the manga having released a surprising four chapters in just the previous week, one has to wonder what the hell is happening.

    And am not complaining; reading four chapters in one go does provide so much more exhilaration than a single Boku No Hero Chapter; however  you have to wonder if there isn’t a comparison to be made between Boku No Hero and what happened with Toriko a few years back, where the relevant parties were so convinced of the manga’s future as an upcoming juggernaut that they began promoting it through every possible avenue.

    It is possible that Shonen Jump has Kouhei working at four times the pace with the aim of getting enough material out there for an anime adaptation.

    Again I am not complaining; more Boku No Hero Academia works for me.

    THE CHAPTERS:
    In the aftermath of the attack on the academy, Yuuei comes together to unravel the mysteries behind the villain alliance, even as Class 1-A gears up for an upcoming festival.

    MY THOUGHTS:

      Boku No Hero is continuing to make strides in the arena of character development, which is oddly surprising, considering how many recent anime and manga series have failed to build their universes outside of each series’ primary protagonists.

    Even though mostly done through the most subtle actions, with many characters in fact receiving little more than a line or two, the manga’s large cast is starting to define itself, with many characters already separating themselves from the pack, chief amongst which are IIda, Todoroki, Tsuyu, Mineta and a few teachers.

    When it comes to writing a great story, the challenge lies less in creating great characters, and more with allowing your audience to actually ‘know’ each member of your cast.

    Admittedly, Boku no Hero’s ability to define its cast is hardly unique for a new series; whether or not the manga can actually maintain this approach is what will set it apart.

    Within these four chapters of Boku No Hero Academia, a few things stood out.

    -Shigaraki Tomura
    So apparently Tomura can disintegrate matter with one touch?

    When exactly did that happen? I don’t actually remember Tomura doing anything beyond looking threatening throughout the invasion (which was, in itself, quite effective).

    More importantly he touched a lot of people during those few chapters, none of whom actually turned to dust.

    Whatever the case, everything about this guy intrigues me, specifically that one bit that seemed to imply that there might be so much more to him, enough that he might be a bigger threat than Noumu.

    What are the chances that we get a Bleach style twist, where we learn that Tomura is actually All Might’s son; it didn’t occur to me that the hand covering his face might actually be concealing his identity.

    However I think it is a little too early in the manga for a ‘who’s behind the mask?’ question to hold any weight; the series needs more time to grow and for Tomura’s identity to become a mystery worth solving.

    At the moment though, it is the ‘We’ that stood out most during the earliest panels of chapter 21, during which Tomura’s benefactor first identified itself as singular, before speaking in plural.

    Which means we might be looking at a senior Villains Alliance standing above Tomura’s Junior alliance, sort of like how the Esparda in Bleach stood above the Arrancar.

    That they could give Noumu enough power to rival All Might makes them a dangerous threat.

    -Midoriya
    I think we all presumed early on that Midoriya would step into All Might’s shoes once the veteran hero passed on; it was curious that the mangaka chose to simply come out and say it out right, making the majority of the upcoming arc a test to prove Midoriya’s worth as a successor to The Symbol of Peace.

    IN a way that actually makes the manga a little more unpredictable, specifically with regards to where the mangaka intends to go with the story; the manga is progressing at such a pace that it feels like he could kill All Might off at anytime.

    But it wouldn’t be impactful enough of a death though, so it wouldn’t be the best way to go, at least for the moment.

    -Todoroki
    Even though he hasn’t attracted much attention over the last few weeks, Todoroki quickly shaped up in these chapters to become a bigger and even more interesting rival to Midoriya than Bakugou.

    Even without chapter 24, we knew he stood as the most powerful member of class 1-A; and the sudden the emergence of his rivalry with Midoriya makes the story of All Might’s successor all the more intriguing. 

    The only way this manga will work is if we come to care enough about Midoriya that his rise to the top can drive the excitement of the series, which these chapters showed it could do.

    Todoroki so far comes off as one of the coolest characters of the series along with Aizawa. If this was Naruto, then chapter 24 would be the part where Sasuke took a step back so that Neji could become the primary rival for our hero.

    -Class 1-A
    It is good for the story that so many of its primary characters have so much to prove, especially to currently successful family members whose reputation as heroes they will seek to surpass.

    The focus upon Class 1-A initially felt like it might have come out of nowhere, but this approach can only force the mangaka to place even greater focus on his characters than ever before, which can only advance the quality of the story.

    It makes sense that they would attract so much attention after surviving such a brutal attack; the mangaka deserves some credit for following up on the consequences of his previous arcs. And more than just Midoriya, the rising importance of the entire class provides for a chance to attach oneself to a wider range of diverse characters.

    RATING: 7/10, every shonen manga has to do a tournament arc at some point. It is surprising that Boku No Hero is doing its tournament arc so early, but the seeds are already planted for some pretty great material.

    The question is, are we going to see the entire festival play out, or can we expect some sort of interruption halfway? How many shonen manga have actually gone all the way through their tournament arcs? Besides Fairy Tail.
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    Hello everyone, this is a short blog on commemorating this achievement by my teammates, BigHeart711 and Acura Max. We started out adding trailers for the new anime series every season starting in Spring 2012. We started the project because the video feature in Anime Vice stopped working. After the Whiskey Media Saleout, BigHeart711 and I thought about making our own trailer threads as a substitute.

    This project is one of most important community projects because it helps our fellow Vicers get introduce to new shows as well as making the wiki pages for blogs, news, and reviews to be attached. Another important aspect is making a place to discuss new anime in our community. We couldn't have done that without the help of another great Vicer, Daniel Newton, who created the discussion HTML coding templates when he told us to start converting trailers into discussion threads, I believe in 2013 (my memory is fuzzy).

    Thank you everyone for your support! We keep on working, and we hope you check out the discussion threads (just click on #Anime Vice Discussion Threads)!

    Note: I had missed the 500 mark, so I got it on the 550th mark.

    Past Works

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    Welcome everyone! This is the rough draft guide of the Winter 2015 anime guide. The final version will be more condensed and split into three articles: Main, Movies/OVAs, and Simulcasts with opening statements. This rough draft version contains the Fall 2014 leftovers as well as past seasonal anime series which won't be included in the final version.

    Wiki Editing Team

    BigHeart711, Acura Max, and I are working on this project together for the past 2 years and going. We are working hard to help the community get up to date with the new anime seasons.

    Progress Report

    • We have added every show from Anichart. There are 7 shows we omitted and were recorded on another source, Neregate. Historically, other site's anime guides have conflicting information. I have to look up various sources and compile a list of confirmed shows that will air this season.
    • Not every show has a trailer due to companies not being ready yet. Or it's on another video streaming site but not Youtube.
    • For OVAs and Movies, we haven't started on it yet.

    Please let me know if I missed anything.

    Sources

    Past Works

    Current Ongoing Series From Past Seasons

    These are the three shows I have made discussion threads for. I could missing some other shows that are from past seasons.

    1. Case Closed
    2. Fairy Tail
    3. One Piece

    Fall 2014 Leftovers

    Ai Tenchi Muyo!
    Harem, Romance, Comedy

    In the story, the world is in trouble because Washu is stirring up trouble again. In order to save the world from crisis, Tenchi goes undercover as a teacher in a girls' school. However, many problems arise as Tenchi is predisposed to finding trouble.

    The anime will be set in Takahashi, as the city hopes fans will come on a "pilgrimage" to see the setting of the anime, and plans to sell goods and host related events. The series is slated to run for 50 five-minute episodes on Tokyo MX starting in October.

    Akatsuki no Yona
    Romance, Shoujo, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
    King Il of Kouka, a land said in legends to have been founded by four dragons, has only one remaining heir, a daughter named Yona. She lives a happy life in the palace with her cousin Soo-won, who she loves in spite of her father's opposition to them marrying. Her life is turned upside down when Soo-won murders her father and steals the throne. Yona, with her childhood friend and bodyguard Hak, must retreat to gather allies and reclaim her place as ruler of the kingdom.
    BONJOUR♪Sweet Love Patisserie
    Romance, Shoujo, Reverse Harem, Slice of Life
    The show revolves around Sayuri Haruno, a young woman that goes to the elite confectionery school Fleurir on a scholarship. While there to follow her dream to open a pastry shop, she ends up meeting and dealing with a number of rather charming young men.
    4. CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon
    5. Gundam Reconguista in G
    6. Log Horizon 2
    7. Magic Kaito 1412
    8. Parasyte -the maxim-
    9. Ronia, The Robber's Daughter
    10. Shirobako
    11. The Seven Deadly Sins
    12. World Trigger
    13. Your lie in April
    14. Yowamushi Pedal 2

    Winter 2015 (New Series Only)

    For this blog, I actually split the main list into new series and returning series. I won't be doing that for the final version.

    New Series

    Absolute Duo
    • Producer: 8-Bit
    • Genres & Themes: Fantasy, Action, Ecchi, Romance, School, Harem, Supernatural
    • Release Date: January 4
    • Trailer

    Plot

    The story begins with Blaze — a weapon that is the manifestation of a human's soul. Tooru Kokonoe happens to be qualified for this, but for some reason his Blaze is not a weapon, but a shield. Moreover, he enrolled in a school that teaches combat skills, and thanks to the school's Duo partner system, he ends up living with a beautiful silver-haired girl.

    Assassination Classroom
    • Producer: Brains Base and Lerche
    • Genres & Themes: Action, Comedy, Supernatural, Shonen
    • Release Date: January 10
    • Trailer

    Plot

    The students of class 3-E have a mission: kill their teacher before graduation. He has already destroyed the moon, and has promised to destroy the Earth if he can not be killed within a year. But how can this class of misfits kill a tentacled monster, capable of reaching Mach 20 speed, who may be the best teacher any of them have ever had?

    Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!
    • Producer: Diomedea
    • Genres & Themes: Parody, Magic, Magical Guy, Comedy
    • Release Date: January 6
    • Trailer

    Plot

    The story centers on the five students in the Boeibu/Defense Club (aka "a club to do nothing") at the Binan High School. Involving the battle between the two mysterious creatures came from the outer space, they have to fight against Seifukubu/Conquest Club (Student Council), as the successors to the throne "Battle Lovers."

    Death Parade
    • Producer: Madhouse Studios
    • Genres & Themes: Drama, Mystery, Psychological, Thriller
    • Release Date: January 9
    • Trailer

    Plot

    "Welcome to Queen Dekim" What greets two unsuspecting guests is a strange bar, Queen Dekim, and the white-haired bartender, Dekim. "From here you two shall begin a battle where your lives hang in the balance," he says to introduce the Death Game. Before long the guests' true natures become apparent. As a matter of course, at the game's end Dekim is revealed to be the "arbiter." Dekim's judgement on the two guests is...

    Gourmet Girl Graffiti
    • Producers: Shaft, Flying Dog
    • Genres & Themes: Slice of Life, Comedy, Cooking
    • Release Date: January 9
    • Alias: Kōfuku Graffiti
    • Trailer

    Plot

    The story follows Ryou, a middle school girl who lives by herself. She has a knack for cooking, and she makes friendships with everyone through her food. The cooking manga is "full of detailed cuisine art to whet the appetite and slightly erotic meal scenes." The "koufuku" in the title is a wordplay on two Japanese homonyms — one which means "happiness," and another that means "appetite."

    ISUCA
    • Producer: ARMS
    • Genres & Themes: Action, Comedy
    • Release Date: January 23
    • No Trailer Yet

    Plot

    Shinichirou decides to look for a job in order to pay his rent, and his teacher suggests that he work for someone at their house,doing housekeeping. However, the person who hired him was Sakuya, a girl who is the 37th head of the Shimazu family, and her job is to exorcise and eliminate unwanted creatures. Shinichirou accidentally releases one of the creatures that Sakuya captures and they cooperate to catch it. A story of comedic creature hunting begins!

    Maria The Virgin Witch
    • Producer: Production I.G. Inc
    • Genres & Themes: Fantasy
    • Release Date: January 11
    • Alias: Junketsu no Maria
    • Trailer

    Plot

    The story follows Maria, the most powerful witch who lives during the Hundred Years' War in France. She despises war, so she obstructs battles with her strong magical powers. Her meddling with her succubus Artemis and incubus Priapos has caught the attention of the heavens, and so the Archangel Michael issues an edict. When Maria loses her virginity, she will also lose her magical powers. A beautiful angel named Ezekiel is supposed to watch Maria and make sure the witch does not use magic in front of people, but Maria continues to use magic anyways.

    KanColle
    • Producer: Diomedea
    • Genres & Themes: Sci-Fi, Moe, Action
    • Release Date: January 8
    • Alias: Kantai Collection
    • Trailer

    Plot

    The base for the fleet arrayed against the "deep sea fleet" is Chinjufu. There, many various Kan-musume have gathered to live together and work hard everyday in training and other matters. One day, a Kan-musume arrives at Chinjufu, She is a special class of destroyer. Her name is Fubuki. "I am Fubuki! Nice to meet you!" Fubuki's story — as well as the Kan-musume's story — begins now.

    Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
    • Producer: A-1 Pictures
    • Genres & Themes: Romance, Comedy
    • Release Date: January 8
    • Trailer

    Plot

    The life of Tomoyo Aki, a highschool otaku working part time to support his BD hording. With remarkable luck, he bumps head-first into, Megumi Kato, the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. Naturally, the meeting twists his life into a complicated torrent of relationships. Eriri Spencer Sawamura, his half-foreigner childhood friend who’s always valued her relationship with MC. Kasumigaoka Utaha, a cold, composed renowned literary genius who shoves everyone aside from our protagonist. What is this? An eroge introduction?

    The Rolling Girls
    • Producer: Wit Studio
    • Genres & Themes: Slice of Life
    • Release Date: January 11
    • Trailer

    Plot

    Ten years after the Great Tokyo War, each prefecture in Japan has split up into independent nations. Each nation is ruled by a prophet called "Mosa" and an army called "Mob" as they start to compete to take over other countries. Four "Mob" girls from the Saitama clan, Nozomi, Yukina, Ai, and Chiaya, are ordered by their "Mosa" to travel around Japan riding their motorcycles to mediate multiple battles between nations and clans as they emerge.

    Tsukimonogatari
    • Producer: Shaft
    • Genres & Themes: Comedy, Mystery, Romance, Supernatural
    • Release Date: December 31, 2014
    • Trailer

    Plot

    The time is February, after the ordeal with Nadeko Sengoku was resolved thanks to Deishu Kaiki working behind the scenes. As Koyomi Araragi studied for that last push before the college entrance exams, a change to his physical body that "could not be overlooked" was starting to happen. The difference that could be described as retribution for all his past action is...!?
    Unlimited Fafnir
    • Producer: Diomedea
    • Genres & Themes: Action, Fantasy, Comedy, Romance, Harem
    • Release Date: January 9
    • Alias: Juo Mujin no Fafnir
    • Trailer

    Plot

    In the "unlimited school battle action" story, the world was transformed by the sudden appearance of monsters known collectively as dragons. Before long, girls known as "D" were born with the dragons' powers. A boy named Yuu Mononobe is the world's only male "D," although his existence is kept secret. He is forced to enroll into Midgar, a school for "D" girls, where he see a female student Iris naked. Moreover, he is reunited with his long-separated little sister Mitsuki.

    World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman
    • Producer: Diomedea
    • Genres & Themes: Fantasy, Action
    • Release Date: January 12
    • Trailer

    Plot

    The story is set in a private high school that brings together "saviors," youths with awakened memories from past lives. Some of them are Shirogane who fight enemies with weapons and techniques gleaned from the Puraana powers from their own bodies. Others are Kuroma who wipe out enemies, with magic to manipulate the Maana powers that surpass physics. A boy named Moroha Haimura enrolls in this school. He is the first person in history with past lives of both Shirogane and Kuroma.

    Yuri Kuma Arashi
    • Producer: Silver Link
    • Genres & Themes: Fantasy, Yuri
    • Release Date: January 5
    • Alias: Lily Bear Storm
    • Trailer

    Plot

    Far off in space, the asteroid Kumaria blew up, sending bits and pieces to rain down on Earth. For reasons unknown, this causes all the bears ("kuma" in Japanese) to simultaneously rise up and begin attacking humans. Finally, a giant "Wall of Severance" was built to divide them from each other and end their ceaseless war and hatred. In the human world, at Wuthering Heights Academy, Kureha and Sumika are friends who've fallen in love. When they find a lily blooming in their favorite flower bed, their eyes meet...and all at once the Bear Alarm starts ringing, signalling that the human world is under attack.

    Returning Series

    Aldnoah.Zero 2
    • Producer: A-1 Pictures
    • Genres & Themes: Science Fiction, Mecha
    • Release Date: January 11
    • Trailer

    Plot

    Second season of Aldnoah.Zero.

    Returning for a second season after an epic cliffhanger from the first season, ALDNOAH.ZERO continues the story of the struggle between the people of Earth and Mars as they wage war against each other. Directed by Ei Aoki (Fate/Zero, The Garden of Sinners) and featuring character designs by Takako Shimura (Wandering Son), ALDNOAH.ZEROfeatures inhabitants of Earth and Mars waging in an interplanetary war. The story touches upon the effects wars have on a country’s government and its people.

    Dog Days''
    • Producer: Seven Arcs
    • Genres & Themes: Action, Fantasy, Adventure
    • Release Date: January 11
    • Alias: Dog Days 3
    • Trailer

    Plot

    Third season of Dog Days. It takes place two to three months after the second season during fall vacation.

    Durarara!!x2
    • Producer: Aniplex
    • Genres & Themes: Fantasy, Comedy, Action, Drama
    • Release Date: January 10
    • Alias: Durarara!!x2 Shou
    • Trailer

    Plot

    A second season of Durarara!! is in the works. The story takes place a half year after the first series at Tokyo's Ikebukuro neighborhood. The first part, "Shou," or "Understanding," will air in January 2015.

    Go! Princess Precure
    • Producer: Toei Animation
    • Genres & Themes: Fantasy, Magic
    • Release Date: February 2

    Plot

    A long time ago, Haruno Haruka met up with a strange boy named Kanata. He gave her a strange key and promised that she will never give up her own dreams. A few years later, Haruka, now at the age of 13, attends the Noble Academy, a boarding school for girls. But even now, she cherished her dreams of becoming a princess, like those from her precious picture books. One day, she encountered two fairy creatures from the Hope Kingdom: Pafu and Aroma, who were followed by strange monsters. The fairies told her that they were created by a witch who turns dreams to despair and locks them away in the Gate of Despair. With no choice, the fairies gave Haruka a Princess Perfume, becoming Cure Flora, a Pretty Cure to oppose the dark witch. Now being joined by Kaido Minami (Cure Mermaid) and Amanogawa Kirara (Cure Twinkle), they form the Princess Pretty Cure Team in order to collect Dress-Up Keys to open the Gate of Dreams and protect people's dreams from despair.

    JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc

    Plot

    The continuation will adapt the Egyptian phase of the battle against Dio.

    The year is 1987 and 17-year-old Jotaro Kujo finds himself suddenly plagued by a ghost-like entity. Jotaro’s grandfather Joseph Joestar, a veteran of a fight to save humanity fifty years prior, arrives with his own supernatural aura and explains that this power, known as a “Stand,” physically manifests its user’s spirit and can be controlled by its user at will. The sudden emergence of these Stands is revealed to be caused by the revival of the megalomaniacal vampire DIO (the Joestar’s longtime enemy) whose awakening from his century-long slumber has triggered Stands to awaken down the Joestar family line, including in Jotaro’s mother whose uncontrollable Stand will ultimately kill her in a few weeks’ time. Jotaro, Joseph, and their allies have fifty days to locate DIO (using their Stands to thwart DIO’s network of devoted Stand-user minions along the way) and eliminate DIO himself in order to save Jotaro’s mother and prevent DIO’s ambitions of world domination.

    Kamisama Kiss 2
    • Producer: TMS Entertainment
    • Genres & Themes: Romance, Drama, Comedy
    • Trailer

    Plot

    Season two of Kamisama Hajimemashita.

    Nanami was just a normal high school girl down on her luck until a stranger’s lips marked her as the new Land God and turned her world upside down. Now, she’s figuring out the duties of a deity with the help of Tomoe, a reformed fox demon who reluctantly becomes her familiar in a contract sealed with a kiss. The new responsibilities—and boys—are a lot to handle, like the crow demon masquerading as a gorgeous pop idol and the adorable snake spirit who’s chosen the newly minted god to be his bride. As the headstrong Tomoe tries to whip her into shape, Nanami finds that love just might have cute, pointed fox ears. With romance in the air, will the human deity be able to prove herself worthy of her new title?

    Kuroko's Basketball 3
    • Producer: Production IG
    • Genres & Themes: Sports, Drama, Comedy
    • Release Date: January 10
    • Trailer

    Plot

    Seirin High School's basketball club has gained the right to go to the semi-finals of the Winter Cup. Seirin has become the topic of conversation after beating Aomine, a member of the Tōō Academy's "miracle generation," and Murasakibara of Yōsen Academy, and the team renews their determination for the semi-finals.

    Pushed on the back by Kuroko, Kagami tries to reconcile with Himuro off the court. However, he saves Himuro and Alex when they are being attacked by a man. The man attacking them is Shōgo Haizaki of Fukuda Integrated Academy. A former student at Teikō Middle School, Shōgo was one of the starting members of the basketball team.

    Sailor Moon Crystal: Black Moon Saga
    • Producer: Toei Animation
    • Genres & Themes: Magical Girl, Action
    • Release Date: January 17

    Plot

    The second season focuses on the 2nd major arc of the Sailor Moon manga series.

    Usagi Tsukino is a second-year middle school girl who is a little clumsy and a crybaby, but she is full of energy. One day, she meets Luna, a black cat with a crescent moon on her forehead, and she transforms into Sailor Moon, a sailor-uniformed pretty guardian of love and justice! As a chosen guardian of justice, Usagi seems to have a mission to find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other guardians and to protect the princess. Meanwhile, the queen of the Dark Kingdom, Queen Beryl, also sends minions to the town where Usagi lives to obtain the Illusionary Silver Crystal, which has immense power. This causes strange events to unfold…. Can Sailor Moon really find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other Sailor guardians, and protect the princess…!?

    Samurai Warriors
    • Producer: TYO Animations
    • Genres & Themes: Action, Drama
    • Release Date: January 11, 2015

    Plot

    Toyotomi Hideyoshi is on the verge of unifying the realm, and all that remains is the Odawara Castle protected by the "Lion of Sagami" Ujiyasu Houjou. Hideyoshi's personally trained generals — Ishida Mitsunari, Katou Kiyomasa, and Fukushima Masanori — as well as Ōtani Yoshitsugu, Shima Sakon, and Naoe Kanetsugu are all on the frontline of the battle. Amidst the battle formation are the two young warriors of the Sanada household: older brother Nobuyuki and younger brother Yukimura. As the stalemate begins to break down, Sanada Yukimura rides on a lone horse into the fray. His brother follows him right after.

    Shōnen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 50-
    • Producers: Zexcs
    • Genres & Themes: Music
    • Release Date: January 10
    • Trailer

    Plot

    These boys won’t stop till they make it to the top! Get another true life, behind-the-scenes glimpse of Japanese show business as Shonen Hollywood returns for a second season! Fifteen years ago, the famous idol group Shonen Hollywood stole the hearts of thousands adoring fans. Their performance at the famous Hollywood Tokyo Theater is the stuff of legend, and now a new group of boys is determined to become the next generation of this famed super group. Ikuma, Kakeru, Shun, Kira, and Daiki will train day and night as they chase their dreams on the road to superstardom!

    Tantei Kageki Milky Holmes TD
    • Producer: J.C. Staff, Nomad
    • Genres & Themes: Comedy, Mystery
    • Release Date: December 31, 2014

    Plot

    Sequel to the Futari wa Milky Holmes TV series.

    In the future world, people use "toys" that grant them superhuman abilities like ESP and telekinesis. This has led to a boom in both minor crimes and the need for toy-using detectives to track down the offenders and bring them to justice. Opera Koyabashi runs the detective agency, Milky Holmes, staffed by four cheerful and energetic girls.

    The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls
    • Producer: A-1 Pictures, Bandai Games
    • Genres & Themes: Comedy, Music, Slice of Life
    • Release Date: January 10
    • Trailer

    Plot

    The official website for the The IDOLM@STER franchise announced that a TV anime adaptation of The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls mobile game has been green-lit, and will premiere in January 2015. (Source: ANN)

    Tokyo Ghoul √A
    • Producer: Pierrot
    • Genres & Themes: Horror, Action
    • Release Date: January 8
    • Trailer

    Plot: The second season of Tokyo Ghoul.

    This dark, supernatural mega-hit anime returns this winter, and the ghouls are back for blood! How have things changed now that Kaneki is forced to more fully embrace his ghoul side? Find out in the second season, Tokyo Ghoul √A (a.k.a. Tokyo Ghoul Root A).

    The things that go bump in the night are back for a second season – and they’re hungrier than ever! In modern day Tokyo, society lives in fear of Ghouls: mysterious creatures that look exactly like humans — yet hunger insatiably for their flesh. None of this matters to Ken Kaneki, a bookish and ordinary young man, until a dark and violent encounter turns him into the first ever Ghoul-human half breed. Trapped between two worlds, Ken must survive the violent conflicts of warring Ghoul factions, while attempting to learn more about Ghoul society, his newfound powers, and the fine line between man and monster.

    Yoru no Yatterman
    • Producer: Tatsunoko Productions
    • Genres & Themes: Adventure
    • Release Date: January 11
    • Trailer

    Plot

    In a remote land, there was a girl who gazed beyond the ocean. The land was Yatterman Kingdom. It is said that it is a heavenly land controlled by the Yattermen, the allies of justice. In order to save her sick mother, the girl attempted to land in Yatterman Kingdom to ask for help. However, she was turned away, and her mother passed away without anyone to give her charity.

    Doronbo: One of the bands of great thieves. There was a beautiful girl named Doronjo working under a boss named Dokurobeh. Her lackies were two men named Boyacky and Tonzuraa. The Doronbo fight with Yattermen, and within the fray, the team is banished to a remote land.

    This is the story of a new generation of Doronbos. Doronjo, Boyacky, and Tonzura, as well as the story of the birth of Gan-chan and Ai-chan as Yattermen.

    Micro-series

    Anime de Wakaru Shinryounaika
    • Producer: Shin-Ei Animation
    • Genres & Themes: Comedy, Seinen
    • Release Date: Feb. 13
    • Trailer

    The psychologist Ryou and his cheerful nurse Asuna explain many aspects of mental illness to the reader. They cover topics such as the validity, prevalence, and origins of mental disorders, in addition to addressing specific disorders. The information is imparted in a cheerful and comic manner, with various jokes, puns, and pop culture references.

    Doamaiger D
    • Producer: ?
    • Genres & Themes: Mecha
    • Release Date: January 5
    • Trailer

    The Doamaiger D anime will center around Daijirou Kyougoku, the 15th generation owner of the Kyoto sweets shop Amashoudou. One day, Daijirou discovers a giant robot named Doamaiger D in his store's basement. At the same time, enemies called "Mekaijuu" (a combination of the words mecha and kaijuu or monster) appear in Kyoto and begin wreaking havoc.

    Ketsuekigata-kun! 2
    • Producer: Assez Finaud Fabric, feel.
    • Genres & Themes: Comedy, Slice of Life
    • Release Date: January 8

    The anime adapted from the Japanese remake version of the Korean webtoon "A Simple Thinking about Bloodtype" which discusses about typical blood type-related stereotypes in Japan and Korea using the faceless characters each representing different bloodtypes.

    Military!
    • Producer: Dream Creation
    • Genres & Themes: Comedy, Military
    • Release Date: January 7
    • Trailer

    The story takes place during a conflict between the Krakozhia Dukedom and the Grania Republic. In the midst of the fighting, a savior appears to the Krakozhia Dukedom, and it is a high school student named Souhei Yano. Two female soldiers, First Lieutenant Ruto and Second Lieutenant Haruka, appear in tanks to intrude on Souhei's everyday life, followed by the enemy soldier Shachirofu, all of whom use firearms without hesitation at his house.

    Minna Atsumare! Falcom Gakuen SC
    • Producer: chara-ani, Dax Production
    • Genres & Themes: Comedy
    • Release Date: January 4
    Season 2 of Minna Atsumare! Falcom Gakuen.
    Pankis! 2-jigen
    • Producer: DLE
    • Genres & Themes: Music, Children
    • Release Date: January 8

    The story takes place at the school for the "spirits of sound," St. Muse Academy. The students at the academy train to one day control and tune the sounds of the world so that humans can live comfortably with sound. Five students at the school who are failing are given a special mission.

    Q Transformers: Kaettekita Convoy no Nazo
    • Producer: DLE
    • Genres & Themes: Science Fiction, Comedy, Mecha
    • Release Date: January 6

    A flash anime based on the 1986 Famicom (Nintendo Entertainment System) game.

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    Hello everyone, this is a list of anime shows that will expire after this year. For all four, the date of expiration is December 31, 2014, 7am PST. For those who haven't seen them, this is the last chance to catch them on Crunchyroll. Some of these titles aren't licensed for audiences outside of Japan such as Beelzebub.

    Expired Titles

    Beelzebub

    Oga Tatsumi is a first year student in Ishiyama High, a notorious school for delinquents. One day he sees a man floating by, and the man suddenly splits in half to reveal a baby boy inside!
    Ishida and Asakura

    The friendship of high school boys can be a unique and oftentimes surreal existence for outsiders looking in. Of course, the friendship between our protagonists Ishida and Asakura, are no different. Join these two crazy characters as they get into all sorts of hilarious antics this winter season!
    Pupa
    Growing up with an abusive father, Utsutsu is highly protective of his younger sister Yume. One day, Yume sees a red butterfly and contracts the strange Pupa virus. She begins to sprout grotesque wings and to indiscriminately attack both animals and humans. Hoping to find a way to stop the advance of the virus, Utsutsu seeks out Maria, a researcher who knows the secret of Pupa. He decides to sacrifice his own body as live bait for the sake of saving Yume.
    Encouragement to Climb
    Aoi prefers indoor hobbies and is afraid of heights, but her childhood friend Hinata loves to show off her passion for mountain climbing. As young children they once watched the sunrise from the top of a mountain, and now they've decided to take up mountain climbing in hopes of seeing that sunrise again. They have cooking battles with mountaineering gear, climb small hills in their neighborhood, and meet new mountaineering friends as they learn the ropes of the hobby. When will they finally see that sunrise again?

    Sources

    • http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-881259/terraformars-uncensored-on-crunchyroll-schedule-updates-shows-expiring
    • http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-880283/back-in-the-vault-pupa-my-little-nightmare-encouragement-of-climb

    Notes

    For wiki editors who are using Crunchyroll as their main image source, I will try to help you guys upload images if I can.

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    Hello everyone! Winter 2015 season is approaching quickly. I'm working as fast as I can to make sure Anime Vice's community is up to date with the legal simulcast sites.

    Here in Anime Vice, users are encourage to watch anime legally whenever possible. Territories are listed below. I will continually update this blog. Later in the first half of January 2015, I will have a comprehensive Simulcast guide for all legal anime streaming venue for the community. It will be on the front page.

    Thank you everyone.

    Simulcasts

    Aldnoah.Zero 2

    • Date: January 13 (using Daisuki's Twitter)
    • Territories: ?
    • Link
    In 1972, the Apollo 17 mission discovered a hypergate to Mars on the surface of the moon. Soon a war breaks out between Earth and Mars, and Martian soldiers begin to descend from the sky, riding steel giants, intent on exterminating humanity.
    Tsukimonogatari
    • Date: December 31, 2014
    • Territories: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa
    • Availability: 30 Days after the release date.
    • Link

    Plot

    The time is February, after the ordeal with Nadeko Sengoku was resolved thanks to Deishu Kaiki working behind the scenes. As Koyomi Araragi studied for that last push before the college entrance exams, a change to his physical body that "could not be overlooked" was starting to happen. The difference that could be described as retribution for all his past action is...!?

    By Anime Consortium Japan

    Kuroko's Basketball 3
    • Date: January 10, 2015
    • Territories: North and Central America, Latin America, Europe (except French-speaking areas), Oceania (except French Polynesia), Africa (except for Tunisia) and Asia (except for Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore).
    • Link
    Plot

    Even in the glorious history of the Teiko Junior High Basketball team, the "Generation of Miracles" was where five genius players said to be at a one-man-in-ten-years level all resided at the same time.
    Even after advancing to high school, they are still called by that nickname with the same amount of glory.

    Taiga Kagami, the ace player for Seirin High School, is developing powers to close in to their level.
    His natural talent increases in passion and brilliance with each game, and he is truly the "light" of Seirin.
    And if Kagami is the "light," the "shadow" supports the team's rapid progress with an unwavering will.
    Tetsuya Kuroko of Seirin High School.

    With the advancement to the Winter Cup, Seirin finds themselves on a roll and defeats Toô Gakuen, starring Aomine, and Yosen, starring Murasakibara.

    They finally advance on to the semifinals...!

    The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls
    • Date: January 12 (using Daisuki's Twitter)
    • Territories: World-wide except Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan
    • Link

    There are many idols with long-established talent agency 346 Production.
    And now the company is starting a new program, the Cinderella Project!
    Girls leading normal lives…
    They are chosen to be aspiring idols and see another world for the first time in this Cinderella story.
    Can they all climb the stairs that lead to the palace?

    The magic begins now…

    Sources

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    Welcome to the last weekly manga release blog of 2014! Sorry for being late since I had to catch up for the last 3 weeks due to school (Weekly Manga Releases: December 2, 9, and 16, 2014). I did finished 2 out 3 weeks with 11 volumes out of 20 for the 3rd week. I might go back and finish that blog.

    This last batch is a bit small and will update when I get Right Stuf and Amazon's catalog for next week to double check.

    For the manga releases this week, I'm still need to read Neon Genesis Evangelion after I dived into the franchise from a movie during Toonami's 2014 NGE block. The only familiar series here for me is Fairy Tail. I still love the series, and it doesn't have an end in sight for the original goal.

    I would love to hear your recommendations on the rest of the manga series featured this week. 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. All summaries are from ANN.

    Sources

    Notes

    None so far.

    Releases

    Kinokoinu - Mushroom Volume 2
    • Distributor: Digital Manga Publishing
    • Suggested retail price: $12.95

    Picture book author, Hotaru Yuyami, was heartbroken after losing his beloved dog, Hanako. He was looking at a pink mushroom that had started growing in his yard when it started wriggling and out popped a dog, Mushroom Pup! Mushroom Pup, who loves takoyaki, melon bread, drawing, and Hotaru, is super popular and super adorable. This strange being is sure to heal your heart, too.

    Fairy Tail Volume 45
    • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
    • Suggested retail price: $10.99

    Small-town wizard Lucy would love to join Fairy Tail, a guild for powerful wizards, but instead finds herself teaming up with Natsu, a crazy fire wizard whose best friend is a talking, flying cat named Happy.

    Summary is pending

    Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Volume 15
    • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
    • Suggested retail price: $9.99

    Is it just an optical illusion, or are Rei and Shinji actually getting closer to one another? Asuka isn't too sure - but one thing you can be sure of is that she'll be giving this perception test a hard stare! And on that note, is Asuka falling victim to the same baka-tivity that afflicts her childhood friend, as she decides to use some of Shinji's "techniques" to help bring Toji and Hikari closer together?

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    I Know that there's "A Certain Magical Index", "A Certain Scientific Railgun", "A Certain Scientific Railgun S", "A Certain Magical Index II". Do you think

    there's going tobe "A Certain Magical Index III" or "A Certain Scientific Railgun _"?

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