Welcome everyone, Crunchyroll has announced its first 3 manga series that it acquired for the simupubs. I will update this blog several times.
|Inside Mari (ぼくは麻理のなか Boku wa Mari no Naka)|
Written and illustrated by Shūzō Oshimi
A young man is a shut-in, with nothing to do but kill time. The sole pleasure in his life is following home an angelic high school girl he sees every day in a convenience store. Today, like any other day, he follows her, but… Shuzo Oshimi, the creator of Drifting Net Café and Flowers of Evil, continues to open hidden doors of the heart in this monthly serialized story!
|Silver Nina (?, Shirogane no Nina)|
Illustrated by Itokatsu Shimazaki
Shutaro goes back home to the country, after losing his job in Tokyo. To his surprise, when he opens the door to his family home, he finds a beautiful little girl with silver hair and blue eyes. Taking place in a city on a plateau, a tired young man and a beautiful half Japanese girl bring you a story of the slow, calming life in the country!!
|Love Theory (?, Love Riron)|
Written by Keiya Mizuno and illustrated by Masaki Satou
Even if I'm hideous. Even if I'm broke. Even if there's not one iota of sexiness to me. There HAS to be a way for me to snag my ideal woman. Masaki Satou (author of "The Ultra-Apathetic Spec Ops Squad JAP FIVE!") and Keiya Mizuno (head writer of "My Dreams will come TRUUUUUE!") come together for a hilarious, risque collaboration that just might help YOU find true love too!
Written and illustrated by Hitori Renda
Kanata and his friend Tokiji are ordinary teenagers in modern Japan. Mysterious deaths have begun to occur in their city, where the victim's head will transform into an animal face and explode. There are rumors about these strange incidents, but one day it happens at Kanata's school. Kanata is caught up in the incident and gains the special ability to "remove his limiter". This allows him to greatly enhance a single ability of his, but after he uses it, another ability will go out of control. He encounters a mysterious, beautiful woman in a black skin-tight combat suit named Shiki. She forces Kanata and Tokiji to become deeply involved in these incidents. Just what is going on? What mysterious organization is behind this!? A world-spanning conspiracy begins to unfold.
|Star Light Woman|
Written and illustrated by Rie Kanou
The fate of the Earth has been entrusted to a single woman! A new SF comedy series! As more and more witnesses report seeing UFOs, a plain woman named Hoshi is working late at her part-time job. But she has an important secret!
|Is this Girl for Real!?|
Written and illustrated by Tsutomu Mutsuki
Aliases: This older Woman is a Fiction!?, Kono Onee-san wa Fiction desu!?
Jun Yoshikawa is a boy with a manga artist for a mom. One night, he gets in a situation with a drunk stranger, Narumi Kawase, and decides to look after her. She becomes a live-in assistant at the Yoshikawa household as Jun takes care of her. This is an age-gap comedy about a pre-thirties, unfortunate beauty with no skills nor a job, and a perfect high schooler who helps out his mom and does the household chores as they live together.
Written and illustrated by Dat Nishiwaki
In order to return people that have turned into monsters from the seed of hatred, our hero in mask have sealed his fist… Action mask who also appears in Japan’s national comedy manga "Crayon Shin-chan" is transformed into ultra real and ultra cool character! Go action! His fist will crush the heart of the hatred!
|King's Game: Origin|
Written by Nobuaki Kanazawa and illustrated by J-Ta Yamada
"The King's orders are absolute. Fail to obey, and you will be punished." 30 years ago in the remote Yonaki Village, a black envelope is delivered to a single villager. The command inside threatens to draw the entire population into a terrible tragedy! Take a deep breath, steady your heart, and prepare for a shocking, terrifying survival horror adventure! The latest chapter in the wildly popular "King's Game: Origin" saga has begun. It all starts here!
Written and illustrated by Ichigo Takano
Ichigo Takano, the genius of the shojo manga world, returns with a new series! A suspicious man who claims to be God hangs around amnesiac high school teacher Kanade Natsume. Even though "God" is a pest, the divine one says that he'll (He'll?) help Kanade get his memories back. What is it that Kanade has forgotten? Who is this "God", really? Their strange cohabitation begins so Kanade can reclaim his lost "self", dreams, love, past, and all! Ichigo Takano presents
Written and illustrated by Ichigo Takano
"What can I do now to prevent a future without Kakeru?" In the spring of my second year of high school, I received a letter from "myself", ten years in the future. It urged the 16-year-old me to take action so I wouldn't have the same regrets...
Welcome everyone! We had a voting thread just like for the Battlation ones, but this one was for reviewers. I wanted to promote the reviewers in our community. We have a small group of reviewers. With the Wiki Editing and Battle Community being so predominant, I don't want this community to lose its reviewers. Get out there and review anime and manga! Since we had only one person voted, I'm going to spotlight 4 top reviewers in our community who did a stellar job from 2013. Please give them a round of applause.
Dream is one of our oldest users in the community. He's from New York, USA. He has written 94 reviews so far. Out of the 94 reviews, he has written 10 reviews in 2013. His review style is more of an analyst. He breaks things such as the characters, plot, animation, and other parts. He may not explore everything about the anime in his review. Rather, he features key parts of the anime that will make it and break it. Also, Dream likes to bring to the table, industry or notable news events such as crimes of pedophilia in one of his Ani Crap reviews.
In addition to be a reviewer, Dream is an avid user in the battle threads, and he started a community project called the Ani-crap where he reviews terrible anime. His recent one is Ani-Crap Review #33: Kodomo no Jikan. Every week, he puts out a poll for the community to pick which crappy anime titles to pick. He is one his 34th poll right now. Please visit that poll and vote! His first article that was posted on the front page was one of Takashichea's cultural interviews, AV MOD MATERIAL: The Anime Fan's Experience in the US, Part 1, where he and DBZ Universe share their experiences with anime culture in their home countries. He is a big wiki editor who specializes in character pages.
His best anime that he reviewed is Flowers of Evil, A controversial psychological drama that won't be for everyone., with a five star rating. His worst anime that he reviewed is Future Diary, A nice example of a train wreck anime with a lot of hype., with a 2 star rating.
For a full list of his reviews, visit his profile page's reviews.
ElfenLied1012 is one of most proactive user in our community. His account is actually hosted to two folks: male and female. The male counterpart is currently making reviews while the female counterpart (she's from Russia) is on hiatus. To make this less confusing, I'm going to refer ElfenLied1012 as "he." His review style is more interpersonal. He greets you and talks about the show like a guide giving an anime a tour. In addition to his interpersonal reviews, he's a completionist because he will go over everything: animation, characters, music, etc. He's worry that he will bore his readers with his long analytical reviews. In addition to being a reviewer, ElfenLied1012 has a community project: the podcast. The most recent one is the M-Cast Episode 5: The Shaftcast. He has a crew who hosts talks on various anime series and trends in the industry. He does frequent the wiki editing business. He tackles the anime series pages.
ElfenLied1012 has written 76 reviews, and for 2013, he has written 7. His best anime series that he reviewed was Attack on Titan and Kakurenbo: Hide and Seek. He doesn't have a worst anime reviewed. Why? ElfenLied1012 is a big softy!
For a full list of his reviews, visit his profile page's reviews.
Katmic is our new user who has a blog outside of Anime Vice. His review style is like a story teller. He tells his experiences of watching the show. His reviews are fairly short and hit the usual key parts: plot and characters. He gets deeply involved with the character elements in the majority of his reviews. When he encounters good anime and manga, he praises the show with a lot of passion. In addition to being a reviewer, Katmic does visit the battle threads occasionally. His first article that was posted on the front page was one of my cultural interviews: AV MOD MATERIAL: The Anime Fan's Experience in Africa. He's a native to Uganda, and he brought a unique experience to our community as he shares how he embrace the anime culture in Africa.
Katmic has written 15 reviews, and all of them were in 2013. His best shows are Valkyria Chronicles, Katanagatari, and Shiki. His worst show he reviewed is Umineko no Naku Koro Ni.
For Katmic's full list of reviews, please visit his profile's review page.
Snowymountain is a Screened native who loves anime. He is a quiet person who only does reviews for Anime Vice. In Screened, he's a different beast. He works on the wiki pages and frequently contributes to the discussion in Screened's forums. For his review style in Anime Vice, he's blunt and not afraid to point the flaws in a manga or anime series. He's a harsh critic who writes brief reviews with an indepth literary analysis of key concepts of the franchise while comparing it to literary works and movies.
Snowymountain's worse anime/manga review was O-Parts Hunter while the best anime series reviewed was Tiger & Bunny. He has written 19 reviews so far, and all of them were in 2013. (I omitted Ben 10 since that's for Screened).
For a full list of his reviews, visit his profile's review page.
Thank you everyone for reading!
A few weeks ago i might have been able to make a pretty strong argument about the central importance of a story to a manga over any aesthetic elements; in other words the art matters little so long as the story and characters are awesome.
Then i tried to read Attack on Titan, just out of curiosity, and dumped it two chapters in. That is how bad this manga is; not average, not passable, but down right terrible. Truth be told if not for the anime, i don’t think 90% of otaku raving about Shingeki no Kyojin would have ever known of its existence.
And unless they intend on proceeding with the series in the anime, i don’t think i will bother following its progress in the manga. That’s how bad it is. Seriously though, why the hell is SNK monthly in the first place; because by the time i am willing to wait four weeks for a manga chapter, its because i know great effort is being placed into creating some breath taking art works. What’s SNK’s excuse?
What’s that got to do with anything? Well, for one thing i am forced to admit that art is indeed a crucial element of great manga. More importantly that is what this blog post is about, looking at the Manga and Manhwa that i thought were most aesthetically pleasing to read in 2013.
Now i suppose this least will be somewhat restricted as it only takes into account what we have read, which largely consists of shonen/seinen action series; yet i believe those are the best kinds of manga and manhwa through which to judge one’s artistic abilities.
Anyone-maybe not anyone-can produce beautifully drawn manga about high school kids struggling with daily life in a slice of life genre; it’s a totally different ball game trying to depict great gods partaking in epic battles.
Anyway, the top ten best drawn manga of the year as i saw them are as such:
1. VINLAND SAGA (MAKOTO YUKIMURA)-
Vinland saga is a masterpiece in so many ways, not only in its story telling but the art, the series containing the most vivid images i came across in all the manga i read in 2013.
Most manga try to tell stories; not all of them can do so purely through art as Vinland saga will do, the facial expressions of its characters considerably unique, the environment rich and dynamic, each scene infused with the sort of violent life that the Vinland saga story tells.
I like reading manga and being able to recognise characters even without their favorite sword clanking behind them or that special scarf they always wear; and Vinland saga is surprisingly good at creating characters that are distinct not only mentally but physically.
One would think that a series like Feng Shen Ji would automatically top a list like this; and while it is indeed more beautiful than Vinland saga, it fails to achieve the life and mobility of this series.
Vinland saga is without a doubt the most impressively drawn manga of 2013. No competition in fact, at least as far as i am concerned.
2. THE BREAKER: NEW WAVES (PARK JIN-HWAN)-
Noblesse should have taken this spot, if i wasn’t being objective. Yet if i am to consider all matters at hand, it is difficult to deny just what this manga does without the advantage of color that Noblesse has.
If we are looking at this topic purely from the angle of action, Breaker is only challenged by Vinland saga. The fact is the action in Vinland saga is so beautifully drawn its scary.
Yet placing it aside nothing comes close to the madness of breaker, which not only presents to the readers amazingly sharp backgrounds, but makes the bone breaking, flesh tearing moves in the series so vivid they seem to pop off the page.
Truth is Breaker will rise even a step further than Vinland, if only considering how explosive the series’ battles can be, the way each fist seems to tear out of its panel, each explosion so….explosive. Basically what Breaker has mastered is the art of creating IMPACT in its fights, without sacrificing the detail of its characters and their surroundings.
3. NOBLESSE (LEE GWANG-SU)-
I won’t deny it, i am a little crazy about Noblesse, have been for the past three or four months since i began reading it; yet i can’t say i hype it for no reason, as Noblesse has some of the best art i have ever seen, largely because of how eye popping the colors are with regards to the action scenes and the amazing abilities displayed.
Noblesse does what makes Manga and Manhwa so great, allowing one scene to flow into another so organically, each strike, dive, swipe sinuous as to seem real, always easy to follow and to marvel at.
And that doesn’t take into account just how amazing the unique capabilities displayed in the Manhwa look, the richness of the blood and the glowing eyes of the nobles as they so elegantly do their thing. Noblesse is a must read if only to marvel at its artistic successes.
4. THE GOD OF HIGH SCHOOL (PARK YONG-JE)-
This was probably the first Manhwa to blow me away-well, maybe the second after Veritas which i read years earlier. Really looking specifically at the action scenes, specifically the martial arts, GOH is only inches behind Breaker in the masterful way it presents its art.
Looking at both series it is difficult to determine which is the superior work; because as amazing as Breaker is in displaying impact in its fights, it is nowhere near as inventive as GOH is in allowing us a glimpse into the intricacies of Martial arts.
And maybe that could be described as the crux of GOH’s success, its ability to base its story around real martial arts techniques and methods-The breaker taking a more mythical theme- which should prove difficult to adapt, bringing complex martial arts forms to the page.
GOH however benefits from the inventiveness of its author, the means through which he displays each move and strike, or really a sequence of moves so fast as to fuse into one, like nothing i have seen anyway.
Truly GOH is inspired artistically; admittedly in terms of color its rather simplistic, the detail within the images nothing to gasp over, certainly not within Noblesse’s league. Its backgrounds and even martial arts scenes aren’t nearly as vivid as those of Breaker or Vinland saga, but that doesn’t take anything away from this amazing series.
5. NARUTO (MASASHI KISHIMOTO)-
Since i have made it abundantly clear what i think about Naruto-basically my favorite series of all time, without a doubt- this might seem a bit biased; except its difficult to deny the true skill that Kishimoto possesses in displaying some of the most amazing yet most complex structures of battle in manga-and the fact that i didn’t place this at number 1 proves that i am being objective.
2013 has been Kishimoto’s year to really bring forth the grandness and epicness of the naruto universe, the images that much sharper and the message that much easier to translate, making for an absolutely brilliant story.
6. FENG SHEN JI (TANG CHI FAI)-
It seems a little crazy, placing a Manhwa like Feng Shen Ji so low on this list. If you haven’t read Feng Shen Ji, trust me when i say you will be hard pressed to find a manga so beautifully drawn. Even i couldn’t ignore it, despite my reservations over its execution.
Sure the Manhwa is AMAZING aesthetically. However its also a little stiff for my taste; also arranged a lot like a western comic book, with speech bubbles crisscrossing all over the place. And as such the panels simply do not flow as they would normally do in any given manga or Manhwa.
Basically i am not entirely impressed with the structure, and the battle scenes are simply too immobile for my tastes. Yet that doesn’t take away from how alluring the series is to read, how beautiful the colors are blended to make some impressive landscapes, the uniquely designed characters, the attractive attacks and impressive looking techniques, many of them so epic and so grand in scale yet so powerfully presented.
Simply put Feng Shen Ji is the best drawn series i have ever read-well, Vinland saga would probably be superior if its was colored. It simply suffers in several places in the static manner of its execution and story telling.
7. SUN KEN ROCK (MUJIK PARK AKA BOICHI)-
There isn’t much i can say about Sun ken Rock, mostly because it isn’t the most intriguing story i have ever read. As with most Manhwa i have read-precluding two or three titles- its overly simplistic, be it dialogue or narration, in a manner than just turns me away.
Yet i cannot deny how brilliantly drawn this Manhwa is, the shading so masterfully applied as to perfectly translate to page the brutality of the story; i specifically appreciate the presentation of the characters, the uniqueness and ‘heftiness’ of their features.
I don’t know if i would recommend Sun Ken Rock as a story, but its art is certainly something to gawk at.
8. DEADMAN WONDERLAND (KONDOU KAZUMA)-
It really irritated me that just as i began to read this manga-having just given up on the return of the anime adaptation-it suddenly ended. Though maybe it wasn’t that sudden, considering how events were progressing.
Deadman wonderland has always been rather aesthetically pleasing and 2013 was no different, this manga bringing to life the rather violent world of the deadman wonderland theme park with clean, sharp and pleasing images.
It wasn’t just the impressively presented surroundings that did it for me this year, as they were being torn apart, but the expressive nature of each character’s face, the bloody format of each unique power and ability so convincingly presented even without the luxury of color. A tragic story so vividly constructed.
9. ONE PUNCH MAN (MURATA YUUSUKE)-
Any first time reader of one punch man will quickly dismiss it for its rather tame look; and they would be right, because One punch man would be number two on this list if it could only be a little more consistent.
But i don’t think this is a failing on the author’s part, merely his choice with regards to the level of effort he chooses to apply to each chapter. Because when he determines to let loose, to truly show to use what he can do, One punch man becomes amazing.
And most of the time it’s quite good; because if you pay close enough attention, you will realize just how detailed and impressive some very basic and tame looking scenes really are.
But the best parts of One punch man, like that 20 page chapter that was nothing more than 1 second of a battle between two combatants, the initial strikes unleashed by either side; those portions of the manga make you want to scream, at the unnaturally realistic looking yet uncolored images, at the fluidity of the events playing out in each panel, the vividness of each character, explosion, beam of light…
Some sequences in one punch man are so skilfully drawn they are basically only awaiting animation to begin moving.
10. AREA D (YANG KYUNG-IL)-
I don’t know if i have said it before, but i am not a fan of Area D. It’s been a while since i actually read it, since August 2013 or somewhere along those lines; so maybe it might have undergone a few changes.
But last time i read it, the story didn’t impress me, in fact seeming somewhat too rushed for my tastes. That doesn’t change the fact that the author knows what he’s doing when he draws his characters and the impressive presentation of their generic yet uniquely displayed abilities.
Area D is indeed worth reading if only to admire how sharp and attractively the story is displayed, if a little lacking in detail and over all presentation.
--WITCH HUNTER (CHO JUNG-MAN)-
I have said it before, that Witch Hunter, kind of like GOH actually, sets its self apart not through the clarity and sharpness but uniqueness of its art; each character is designed, expressed, curved, in way i haven’t really seen anywhere else, and this always translates into some amazing action scenes, always sinuous and gorgeously presented.
--TERRA FORMARS (TACHIBANA KENICHI)-
Terra formers is in the same category as Feng Shen Ji, another series so brilliantly drawn it should stand at the very top of this list; yet the way the story is translated by the art is somewhat…lacking. I find myself incapable of being impressed by what i have seen.
Then again i only read five chapters of the series before i dropped. Truth be told this is rather subjective opinion. I will say that that artistically, Terra Formars is what i thought the Attack on Titan manga would look like.
I think its the great art that makes this manga so bloody disturbing in some places, or maybe its the cockroaches-which i am not a big fan of.
--BE BORN AGAIN (LEE CHANG-JUN)-
Relatively recent manga, still showing little more than potential but worth reading considering the efforts the mangaka injects into making this story as visually stunning as possible.
And that’s it from me with regards to what we thought of as the best drawn manga and manhwa series of 2013. What were yours?
N:B-Bleach probably deserves a mention. Kubo is nothing if not unique in his artistic approach to the manga.
This was a medium wiki project that was started out in April 13, 2013. My partner was Acura Max. He is a Screened mod who was a big mech fan. After our wiki project, Robotics;Notes, was finished, Acura recommended a show to me. I remember he described it as Code Geass meeting Gundam hybrid. Not being familiar with Code Geass or Neon Evangelion Genesis, I gave this show a try. Most folks call the pilot episode of Valvrave a mess, but I found it entertaining especially the surprise after the credits.
As for the wiki project, we pretty much settle our strategy in the Valvrave the Liberator Discussion. He and I took turns filling the episode summaries. We kept the character pages for last. Like Robotics;Notes, we probably won't have time to work on the character pages. Acura Max was busy being a moderator for Screened while I became a new wiki mod in September 2013. In addition to school, work, and family, we both have a hell lot of wiki projects and misc community projects to tend to such as the Fall Anime 2013 Trailers Guide and the Summer Anime 2013 Trailers. We managed to finish the episode summary project. (The first season aired in season 2013 while the second season aired in Fall 2013. We finished season 1's summaries in July 2, 2013.) Acura finished the last summary on December 31, 2013. Yeah, right before the new year. Acura was some miracle worker. I couldn't have finished the project without his help.
I don't know what's our next wiki project after this since Winter 2014 looks pretty dead. I just want to focus on Star Trek and Walking Dead for Screened's wiki project. I owe it to Acura since he helped out a lot for the Anime Vice wiki projects. We did finished season 1's episode summaries for Star Trek. See thread.
If you folks are into Star Trek or Walking Dead, come and help out with Screened. Anime Vice and Screened are sister sites, and we pretty much have each other.
Thank you everyone for your support. I work on this site for three years and going. It's like my second job. For all those wiki editors out there, don't be shy. Start a team. You'll enjoy working on the wiki with others. That's how Anime Vice's wiki community became great because our wiki editors are dedicated.
The last things for this project is to write up the Valvrave the Liberator Beginner's Guide and the review. I need to start writing reviews because as a mod, you need to embrace everything in the site.
Here is a list I created that documents every page that my teammate and I created. For the full list, click on the link. I have to cut this list short for the blog.
|1. Valvrave the Liberator|
March 6, 2013: Created by Acura Max.
Acura Max added licensing, character table, and theme music.
|2. Haruto Tokishima|
4-12-13: Created by Acura Max.
Takashichea added creation, appearance, and relationships <br> Acura Max added images
|3. Shoko Sashinami|
4-12-13: Created by Acura Max.
Takashichea added creation, appearance, relationships, and story arcs. <br> Acura Max added story arcs and images
|4. Kyuuma Inudzuka|
4-13-13: Created by Taka
Taka added creation, appearance, and relationships with Aina
4-13-13: Created by Acura Max.
This was a team wiki project done by Bigz007 and I. We started out on October 6, 2013 and organized in the Wanna Be the Strongest in the World! Discussion thread. I'm pretty much the episode summary writer while Bigz007 added screenshots. We both chipped in and add the concepts, objects, characters, and locations together. I'm going to transfer the anime screenshots to the character galleries. We probably won't have time to do character pages as we enter the winter 2014 season.
It has been a battle last fall semester. My partner had a lot of wiki projects (see Fall 2013 Wiki Task Project), and I had same amount of stress. I'm glad we're done with the wiki project. It was a decent anime show. I welcome anyone to contribute on the project. I push for the characters and manga since the episode summaries are all done. The date was January 5, 2014 when I finished the last 2 remaining summaries for the wiki project. I rushed episode 4 when I checked through the episodes if I miss anything. I must have missed because of college.
After this wiki project, there is another one to do, Magi. I'm a big fan of this show. For you wiki editors out there, make some teams out there. Don't be shy. You can do a lot in groups. Plus, the wiki is more enjoyable when you have folks.
I forgot Fridays were Fetish Fridays, but I ran out of ideas for fetishes that aren't male dominated. I was going for fetishes like Megane and Uniforms that appeals to both genders. I'm a microbiology majored nutjob who loves socialogical and cultural things in addition to science.
I blame Daniel Newton and Dream for inspiring me to do this blog edition for Oriemo. My last family blog was Family Time with Fairy Tail. I don't remember if I did one on Beelzebub or Sket Dance.
Kyosuke Kosaka, a normal 17-year-old high school student living in Chiba, has not gotten along with his younger sister Kirino in years. For longer than he can remember, Kirino has ignored his comings and goings and looked at him with spurning eyes. It seemed as if the relationship between Kyōsuke and his sister, now fourteen, would continue this way forever. One day however, Kyosuke finds a DVD case of a magical girl anime which had fallen in his house's entrance way.
For those who are new to Oreimo, I won't spoiled you. I'm just going to wing this blog and tell you about my awkward experiences of watching this show with my little sister (see the Spring 2013 Experiences: Trying out New Anime and Manga). Yeah, I don't have a lot of friends outside of Anime Vice to watch anime. Typically, I watch shows with my siblings that are family friendly. For shows that are too adult, I watch them alone in the kitchen at night. My little sister got curious about me laughing loud at home. She saw me watching this show and wanted to watch it with me. I told her no. It was inappropriate. She begged me, and I couldn't say no to her after I looked at the reviews to see if it had extreme fan service. I just don't like watching shows that have too much T & A fan service with a girl especially my sis. That makes things really awkward.
When I took Daniel's recommendation, I was prepared to hate that damn creepy show. First episode was really funny. I thought things were serious between Kyousuke (our male protagonist) and his little sister, Kirino. I told folks when I recommended this show, it was about a big brother getting her little sister to open up about her creepy hobbies and getting folks to accept her for who she is. Then, Oriemo 2 hits. Things became a harem. I should have expected that. The ending of Oreimo 2 was pretty ambiguous. I preferred it that way. I won't say anything because of spoilers especially in Oreimo 2's true route. Things got unreal.
To get on the family topic:
This show is somewhat risque to watch with family especially with your brother or your sister. It explores a taboo subject, incest. I thought I loved this show, but I ended up hating it. My little sister has mixed feelings about this show, too. She hated Kirino, and she is a big Ayase fan. I'm a Kuroneko fan if you guys and gals were wondering.
My recommendation is that you watched with older family members who can handle it. I can't imagine watching it with a five year old brother or sister. They will ask awkward questions:
Big bro, is it okay for siblings to do that sort of thing?
Oreimo is my most awkward anime series to watch with my family or anyone. Thank you for reading. I had to rush this since on the Mysterious Girlfriend X Discussion, Daniel and Dream's comments made me recap my experiences. Plus, sickVisionz, Acura, and I are tallying up Screened's wiki polls at the same time.
Welcome vicers. I have finished the first half of Sword Art Online and want to take a moment to reflect on the series, the highs, the lows, and my hopes going into the second half of the season. Before I begin I just want to remind those reading that there will be spoilers ahead though I will try and minimize those.
Despite playing video games since I was 5 years old there have been several genres that do not fall within my wheelhouse. One of them is the MMORPG. Time commitments and financial constraits have prevented me from enjoying them in the past. However, even though I haven't played them I do enjoy the appeal of playing in a massive world with thousands of other players. Also the idea of not just playing a game but being part of one where all of your senses are completely immersed in the game is a great idea. I also have not watched the .hack series. So I went into this show with a curious sense of optimism. SAO is a show in which a new MMORPG has emerged and through the use of a new device called the NerveGear players are able to be completely immersed within the game. All goes well until the players realize that they cannot log out of the game. The game creator then notifies them that they are trapped in the game and the only way to escape is to beat the final boss. The protagonist is Kirito a solo player. He meets many people along the way including a girl named Asuna. Initially they are at odds with one another but slowly develop a close friendship eventually falling in love with each other. By the end of the first half of the show they manage to discover the secrets of the game including the final boss, and the motivations of the creator to do what he did and in the end they beat the game and escape.
As always I want to talk about the things I like before I lay my criticisms. My biggest compliment to the show is the animation and art style. This world is very well realized and is an absolute joy to look at. The simple idea that people can be transported to a world like that is very exciting. Even if the monster or boss design is not as unique as it could have been they are animated so well it more than makes up for it. The fight with the chimera in particular was really fun to watch. There are also some concepts that are interesting and I wish could have been expanded on further. Games like EVE Online have shown that virtual worlds can be intricate and that game contains entire corporations built by players and a very advanced economy system. In SAO the intricacies of guilds and their political and social complexities are teased but never really expanded upon which I found both interesting and disappointing.
Unfortunately I also had a lot of issues with the show. While it was fun to look at the story did not hold up. The first few episodes feel very chaotic with no through line other than the main character. Characters such as Sachi, Yui, and Liz are introduced and immediately removed or thrown to the side within one episode. I guess they exist to evolve Kirito and explain some of his reasons for being a solo character but despite this I still found him a rather simplistic character lacking any great deal of depth. It was fairly refreshing to see Asuna in a more empowered role rather than being a damsel in distress she is a very capable and confident woman which is refreshing. However, the chemistry and romance between the two was simple and predictable. This was disappointing given how much time the show devoted to their romance.
One great thing about games is that they offer escapism and allow us to become empowered characters in a fantastical world. If you could truly envelop your senses in that world would you return to reality? What if you were a high lord with a vast kingdom under your rule in a virtual world but a lowly employee at a company in the real world? Which life would you chose? As I grow older my expectations in the media I consume grows. While I still enjoy simple mindless entertainment I appreciate art that challenges my views and helps me to see the world in a deeper and better way. Maybe its not fair to level my own expectations as complaints against SAO. The show still has potential to grow and offer more than what it has showed me. Here's hoping it does.
This should be excellent news for Mushishi fans. Following the Sunday airing of a TV special for the series called Mushishi Tokubetsu-hen: Hihamukage, an announcement was made that a second season has been green-lit for production called Mushishi: The Next Chapter and will air in April 2014.
Most of the production staff from Artland for the original 2005 TV anime will return to be involved in making the series and Ginko's original seiyuu, Yuto Nakano, will be reprising his role in this second TV season.
For those not in the know of the series, Mushishi was based on a 10-volume manga series made by Yuki Urushibara for the Afternoon seinen magazine from 1999 to 2008. The series focused around the exploits of Ginko, a young man who wanders the land to aid others affected by supernatural beings called mushi. The first season TV anime and a live-action movie directed by Katsuhiro Otomo are both currently licensed by Funimation and available in both streaming (anime only) and physical media formats, while all volumes of the manga series were released by Del Ray Manga.
Kodomo no Jikan is a 12-episode ecchi/ romantic comedy anime that was animated by Studio Barcelona and aired on Japanese TV from October 12 to December 28 of 2007. The series was based on the 13 volume seinen manga series created by Kaworu Watashiya and published in Comic High magazine from May 22, 2005 to April 22, 2013.
The series is quite controversial and infamous among many anime and manga fans for its lolicon content, which affected the series to varying degrees. North American manga distributor Seven Seas Entertainment originally planned to release Kodomo no Jikan in the United States in 2007 under the name Nymphet. But due to concerns about the title's appropriateness to American audiences, Seven Seas was forced to cancel plans for releasing the manga series stateside.
Kodomo no Jikan's reputation also affected its TV anime broadcast run in Japan. Two TV stations that were originally going to air the series, TV Saitama and Mie TV, removed it from their broadcast schedule. TV Saitama would later make a press release announcing that they decided to cancel their plans of broadcasting the series due to concerns that the series could be associated with a then-recently arrested child pornographer named Takayuki Hosoda, who was revealed to have been the vice principal of an elementary school before his arrest. Broadcasters that aired the series aired edited versions of the episodes that had varying levels of censorship applied to them. Japanese DVD releases of the series would show the episodes completely unedited.
Daisuke Aoki is a 23 year old young man who recently gained his first teaching job as a grade school instructor at Futasubashi Elementary School. He is placed in charge of the mischievous students of Class 3-1 where he encounters Rin Kokonoe, a nine-year old precocious and troublemaking girl that develops a crush on Aoki and desires to be his girlfriend. Aoki finds his teaching career complicated by Rin's romantic efforts, the antics of Rin and her friends and dealing with the complicated relationships involving his students and the adults within their lives.
While I do feel some of the infamy to Kodomo no Jikan feels a bit overblown, this is still a turkey of a series that relies very heavily on tasteless humor involving its quite young female cast and having wasted potential on an element to its story.
Seemingly catering to the lowest of the otaku fanbase, Kodomo no Jikan milks ecchi humor off the questionable behavior of Rin and her friends. Occasions of Aoki walking in on fourth grade girls undressing, Rin making sexual advances on the guy, panty shots with Rin and pals, an episode that has some creepy humor involving Mimi's surprisingly well-developed bust size and innuendo gags that involve double entendres and teasing about Aoki's virginity are the norm for much of the series.
For the most part, many of the characters fulfill the same tiresome character types you can expect out of modern high school rom-coms such as Aoki being the idealistic doormat to the antics of Rin and pals, Kuro being the sharp-tongued ojou, Mimi the busty and shy glasses girl and Rin being part tsundere and part sexually aggressive student in her advances toward Aoki.
However the show has a story element that makes you question “what if” when a later episode reveals the pasts of Rin and her guardian Reiji, that is the best quality element of the series and a rather tragic back story. The developments of this story element are focused on again in the final two episodes of the series, though build up to a somewhat inconclusive ending due to the anime's limited remaining episode count and having caught up to the manga source material. The mentioned backstory with Rin and Reiji had me thinking Kodomo no Jikan could have worked better if it committed more to serious drama involving dilemmas faced by Aoki's class instead of mostly littering the series with the exploitative and tasteless behavior coming from Rin and her friends towards Aoki.
In the latter parts of 2013, I notice we had two major wiki projects in addition to the usual Fall 2013 Wiki Project: New Anime Series.
If you guys are fans of these two franchises, please contribute. Before you dive in, always check the Anime Vice Wiki Style Guide and ask one of the veteran wiki editors on these projects to see what is needed to be done.
I'll start some wiki tasks for Seven Deadly Sins and Toriko. Don't worry, I will try to promote these two projects. I'm new to Toriko (about chapter 80 in) and haven't read Seven Deadly Sins yet. It's a wiki mod's duty to adapt to what Anime Vice community is working on.
Welcome to the Toriko wiki project where it was first started by Yusuke52. Since I got into Toriko because of @othus12 and @SpeedForceSpider, I'm going to help out on the wiki pages, promote Toriko on the battle threads along with other shows, and promote the Toriko discussion.
Yusuke52 added the overview, plot, the characters (4 Heavenly Kings, IGO, etc), and merchandise.
PikaHyper added the volumes with their table of contents
Created by ? <br> Othus added Abilities and personality
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Yusuke52 actually created his page first, but he messed up on the birthday due to a glitch. SpeedForceSpider worked on the page's powers (the box) I had to recreate the page from scratch. <br> Taka added Coco's powers and abilities
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Preparing a top ten protagonists list is a much harder task than a villains list, mostly because most protagonists stand at the centre of their series and, if one is that devoted or excited about a given anime or manga, it can be difficult to remain objective, to choose a hero because of the actions they performed in the year to make them that deserving, rather one’s personal adoration of a character.
And that is what i have tried to do, looking at this list, trying to determine just which character was really the most deserving of the title of top protagonist of 2013, as opposed to most awesome hero.
That being said i will not say that i achieved objectivity with this list, though i did try. Anyway, this is the list of greatest protagonists in anime and manga of 2013, at least as far as I am concerned:
1. HASHIRAMA SENJU (NARUTO MANGA)
Nothing less than a god among shinobi, a key component in Sasuke's supposed transformation, this including his actions alongside the current kage and shinobi to promote peace in the face of a great enemy. Is there a question with regards to who the biggest badass in manga has been this year? Precluding Madara of course.
2. EREN JEAGER (ATTACK ON TITAN ANIME)
While Attack on Titan is home to a cast of dazzling heroes, the anime bringing to life their hopes and struggles in a rather disturbing and violent light, there is something to be said about the odds Eren has contended with to acquire his position of importance in this struggle for survival, from his horrifying death at the hands of a titan to his miraculous and rather violent revival, to the hardships he endured under the hand of Levi and group, each time rising above to kick serious ass.
Eren personifies the typical shonen creed of never giving up like we haven’t seen in a while, the only member of his group to so bravely face the Titan assault on humanity with a glint of hope. Plus that final bout with the female titan was something to behold.
3. ITACHI UCHIHA (NARUTO)
It is difficult to talk about Itachi without fanboying over his awesomeness; this has been the year of the Uchiha if you think about it, and Itachi’s injection into the war turned a fairly average arc into something so much more, from his battle with Naruto, to his long awaited confrontation with Sasuke and final fight against Kabuto.
Anyone notice that every time Itachi opens his mouth, there is nothing but wisdom coming out; and the way he brought the innocence out of sasuke during their brief time together, that final moving episode that saw him finally exit from the world of the living on his own terms…Itachi rules, and that is my completely subjective opinion.
4. RAI (NOBLESSE MANHWA)
Noblesse wouldn’t be the awesome Manhwa it is without the presence of this noble hero; elegant, silent, Rai epitomizes the concept of absolute power, wielding the noblesse strength this year to levels yet to be imagined- tornadoes of blood? seriously?- yet showing a level of kindness and grace not many heroes can boast of.
Rai seems to have chosen 2013 to throw everything on the line for humanity, using an ability fueled by his own life force to unleash untold destruction to those that would harm his friends or any other member of the human race, quick to show his softer side, opening his arms even to those enemies that wished him ill, determined to find normalcy beyond his noble birth.
Also the only character on this list that can match Itachi blow for blow in the area of coolness and swag.
5. NARUTO UZUMAKI (NARUTO ANIME/MANGA)
I know, that’s a lot of Naruto characters on this list. But who can blame me, the series was on fire this year. With the prophecy of the hermit upon his shoulders Naruto has stood to pass the test of time, liberating the bijuu from the infamous tobito, uniting old enemies in the good fight against evil and standing at the front lines of the fourth great shinobi war; basically carrying the hope of humanity, reliving and surpassing his father’s legend and legacy… Uzumaki Naruto the true shinobi hero.
6. COMMANDER ERWIN (ATTACK ON TITAN MANGA)
While known as the man that stakes the lives of hundreds to save hundreds of thousands, seemingly a monster who so easily toys with human life, Erwin fights to see the day when humanity will strike back against the titans, losing an arm to fulfill this dream and really, the walled community's only hope of standing against their deadly foe. "One who cannot sacrifice anything cannot achieve anything"
7. SAITAMA (ONE PUNCH MAN MANGA)
SAITAMA is awesome. Considering that One Punch man is considered by many as the most idiotic manga of the year, it is difficult to understand the appeal of this crazy character unless you have had an opportunity to scroll through the mostly senseless pages of this manga.
Maybe it is Saitama’s…normalness, his lack of flashy persona, bold yet hilarious delivery of lines. I don’t know. Commending him on any heroic acts would be pointless though; after all they call him one punch man because he defeats all opponents with one punch.
8. KURAPIKA (HUNTERXHUNTER ANIME)
Thinking of Hunter X Hunter it is difficult to appreciate just how interesting a duo Gon and Killua have been to watch this year, that along side Hisoka, Kite and a whole host of interesting characters.
Yet it is Kurapika that somehow manages to stand above them all in 2013 and it is sad to learn that he doesn’t appear in the manga ever again, which means the Phantom troupe story line will not be resolved.
Whatever the case Kurapika was awesome this year in his role as crazed avenger, taking on phantom troupe, first singlehandedly and then as part of the Gon/Killua team during that hostage plan, ultimately placing his own life on the line to achieve the sort of impressive powers necessary to bring his arch foes down.
HXH this year saw Kurapika go to some really dark places and it is a shame we will not have the opportunity to bask in his presence again. I really must commend Togashi for his characters.
9. VIOLE/25TH BAAM (TOWER OF GOD MANHWA)
There is no denying the fact that Tower of God is one of the better manga series of the year, the story making constant leaps and bounds in its intriguing plot. What set Baam apart this year is the revival he perpetrated following previous tragedies as Fuge member Viole, no longer that meek child we met a few years back, but an immensely powerful shadow figure hidden behind a mysterious hood, seemingly taking out friend and foe in an attempt to achieve his dreams, clearly intent on crossing paths with the psychotic Rachel in the hope of resolving what i think he still believes was an accident.
Viole is the most transformative character of the year, undergoing unbelievable changes in order to confront his child hood friend. The way he balances his new duties with saving his old and new friends has made for some intense chapters in 2013.
10. SAJIN KOMAMURA (BLEACH MANGA)
Looking at Bleach in the past two years, it might seem difficult to pinpoint one particular character that has stood head and shoulder over all other combatants that have staked their lives to defeat the quincy invasion army.
But Komamura struck a nerve with me this year, probably the dullest and most uninteresting character in the entire series; yet Kubo has made a pattern out of redeeming his characters in this final arc and none has made a comeback as impressive as this wolf man.
It wasn’t merely the uniqueness of his power up but the heroic heart he displayed to us this year, the sacrifice he made to defend his home; really it would have been better if he had simply perished in battle rather than the fate he suffered.
1. NEJI HYUGA (NARUTO MANGA)
Died protecting the hero of Konoha and the only hope for the survival of the shinobi world. What could be more heroic than that?
2. CAPTAIN LEVI (ATTACK ON TITAN ANIME)
Who didn’t nearly lose their head from excitement over that battle with the female Titan in the SNK anime? Truth be told i would have been happy to swap Eren for Levi if not for the fact that he hasn’t had as much presence, as much to do in the anime as Eren. That doesn’t detract from the force that is Levi.
3. AH GOU (FENG SHEN JI MANHWA)
The fellow's reliving his father's legacy, rising up to fight against the tyranny of the gods, invading the land of these supernatural beings to end humanity's long history of servitude to their kind, basically intent on changing the order of nature.
4. KEI KURONO (GANTZ)
Kei's record against humanity's greatest alien threats this year have set him apart as one of the planet's more impressive saviors.
5. JIN MORI ( THE GOD OF HIGH SCHOOL MANHWA)
Jin mori is strong, immensely powerful, not nearly as smart as he should be and kind at heart; basically the typical shonen hero, yet so much more as he struggles to overcome the supernatural system that governs his country and the world, this year defeating a wannabe god, learning of his heritage and, kind of like Ah Gou, invading the realm of the gods to reclaim his title of Monkey king.
6. MAOU SAMA (HATARAKOU MOU SAMA ANIME)
MAOU SAMAAAAAAA! Yes, this is totally subjective, on account of how much i love this anime. But maybe there is something to be said about a demon lord that has spent centuries killing and maiming and trying to dominate mankind finding himself in the human world and suddenly taking steps to protect its peace and quiet.
7. BLACKSTAR/MAKA/DEATH THE KID (SOUL EATER)
The adaption of Soul eater Not! irks me. Anyway the manga finally came to a close this year and these three heroes do deserve some credit for flyinh to the moon and facing off against the legend that is the Kishin.
As much as she annoys me, Maka gets all the credit here though; basically the weakest of them all, she had no business being on the battle field and even Kishin said so, not when standing besides a god like warrior in Black star and the new death god kid.
Yet she stood her ground and delivered the finishing blow, blackening the moon and bringing the soul eater nightmare to an end.
Whew, that was a long list, and that’s probably because there were that many heroes worth commending this year, even more than actually made it to this list. If this was a top 20 (which it almost was when i first compiled it, before choosing to trim it) i would have mentioned Iori from Gamaran for all the righteous murdering he’s been doing against his former master’s students.
Then there is Phantom Miria from Claymore and the leader ship skills she displayed this year in basically commanding an unwinnable battle against immensely powerful beings, amongst which included the invincible Priscilla and several crazy abyssal ones.
-Unohana finally revealed the beast in her in 2013 and gave her life in an attempt to awaken Zaraki, the second Kenpachi, the true saviour of Soul Society with the way things are going at the moment.
-Ganta in Dead man wonderland showed some mettle in somewhat redeeming his childhood friend and taking considerable punishment in an attempt to bring the red man’s reign of terror to an end.
And then there is Shion from The Breaker: New Waves, 2013 being the year he proved himself worthy of the title Gaju, even in the face of immense tragedies.
-Kite from Hunter X Hunter was a bad ass this year, not the side character i thought he would be but striking an emotional cord in his interactions with the kids, and giving his life to protect them, that and his disturbing revival.
-With regards to the SNK heroes i was primarily interested in what was accomplished by each character this year and Eren’s star really shined in the anime in 2013, especially the way he wrapped things up with the female titan. Eren is basically the cheerleader of the SNK world if you think about, because i don't think anyone else in the series truly believes they can win the war.
I am still kind of pissed off at the internet for spoiling the Neji death for me. That would have been one heck of a shocker for me as a Naruto anime viewer.
Tasha from Witch hunter is also probably worth mentioning.
This year has been quite good to heroes in anime and manga and we can only hope that 2014 proves to be just as epic and explosive.
Well, that is it from me. What heroes/protagonists rocked your world in 2013?
Welcome everyone! It's a bit late. Sorry, I was busy working on the Winter Anime 2013 Trailers Guide. It's the last week of December before the new year. How do we end it? While Aniplex releases Fate Zero, FUNimation and Sentai Filmworks ends 2013 with T & A, Ikki Tousen, So, I Can't Play H!, and Nyan Koi!. Thank you for reading these blogs and supporting the anime industry legally.
In New York, 1928, the seals between Earth and Hell are breached. Brandishing sacred weaponry, Sister Rosette and her partner Chrono dutifully serve the Magdalene Order, a divine organization that cleans the streets of demonic filth. Their main target: Aion, an indomitable devil reining apocalyptic horrors over America. A doozy of a devil himself, Chrono's true powers can only be released at Rosette's command - draining her own life in exchange. Staring mortality straight in the face, this dynamite pair races against time to destroy Aion and restore the balance between good and evil.
The Saiyans are coming! The last survivors of a cruel, warrior race, these ruthless villains have carved a path of destruction across the galaxy, an now they have set their sights on Earth! They will stop at nothing until they have the wish-granting powers of the seven magic Dragon Balls for their very own. With the fate of his family, friends, and the entire human race hanging in the balance, Goku, the Earth's greatest hero, must rise to meet the approaching threat. As he prepares for the fight of his life, Goku embarks on an epic journey that will take him to other worlds, pit him against new and old enemies alike, and force him to confront the dark secrets of his own past. At the end of this path, the most powerful opponent he has ever faced awaits: the evil Saiyan Prince Vegeta! This new Blu-ray edition has gone through a frame-by-frame restoration process to remove any blemishes, tape marks, and foreign bodies from the film. All three audio tracks have been re-mastered in the interest of noise reduction and superior sound quality, and the colors are bolder and more vibrant. Lastly, a precise shot-by-shot reframing of the entire series was done to create a modern HD widescreen presentation!
The story starts from zero, a beginning… The Holy Grail War -in this ultimate battlefield, in order to obtain the power of the "Holy Grail" that makes one's unattainable wish a reality, seven "masters" summon "servants" and fight against each other until only one survives… As the 4th Holy Grail War becomes more furious, one by one the masters and their servants are being eliminated from the war by losing in a battle or falling into an opponents’ plot. What will Saber and Kiritsugu find out at the end of the war? And which team will win the war and the Holy Grail!?
The combat continues between teens guided by spirits of ancient warriors in round three of the original martial arts marathon! As the dust settles over the Battle of Red Cliffs, the fighters of Nanyo and Seito Academies form a peaceful alliance. Hakufu's ready to make some dough for tournaments, but her stacked reputation keeps the fearless leader up to her chest in trouble. Just when her joy peaks over meeting a mysterious sister from another mister, a foe Nanyo Academy once creamed returns! As the conflict comes to a climax, the battle vixens bare blood, betrayal, and... This new series in the Ikki Tousen franchise reunites the original dub cast.
Saying that Junpei Kosaka's allergic to cats is something of an understatement, just thinking about cats can make him sneeze. A fact that seems to be lost on his mother and sister, who both ADORE cats. And if that wasn't bad enough, when Junpei inadvertently damages a statue of a cat deity, he becomes cursed with the ability to understand felines. Now Junpei must perform one hundred great favors for cat-kind or face the fate of being turned into a cat himself! Life quickly becomes a purrfect hell as every cat in the neighborhood starts sending Junpei their list of "requests." But it's not just the cats: the local Yakuza's daughter is playing cat and mouse; the monk's daughters are acting catty; Junpei's childhood best friend is ready to use him as a scratching post; and the girl he has a secret crush on is as cat crazy as the rest! Get ready for the ultimate catfight on the road to purrdition in this cataclysmic complete collection of Nyan Koi!
Never make a deal with a wet goddess you've only just met. That's a lesson Ryosuke Kaga learns the hard way when he foolishly agrees to let Lisara Restole use some of his "essence" to stay in this world. Despite her smoking-hot appearance, Lisara's actually a Shinigami, a Goddess of Death. However, she doesn't steal years off his life like any decent Shinigami would do. Oh no, instead she sucks off his lecherous spirit, draining his ability to enjoy... well, the things that teenage boys normally spend most of their time thinking about! Now the poor degenerate's only hope of getting his licentiousness renewed is to join the Lisara on her quest, since when she leaves our mortal plane he regains his normal immorality! But Shinigami can be really harsh mistresses, and it's going to be anything but easy to go back to being sleazy!
In reading a number of Seinin titles these past few months, i have found myself somewhat surprised by the stark difference between seinen and shonen stories; i will not say that Seinin is a necessarily superior genre to shonen as many Otaku have been known to conclude.
Rather i am finding that Seinin titles offer a level of excitement in their plots that are mostly absent in Shonen titles, probably because of how dark some-most- of the series can get.
Ubel Blatt is as good as Seinin action fantasy manga can get, a series only rivalled by Vinland saga in telling a considerably violent yet deeply moving, well paced, well constructed story regarding the ravages of war and vengeance.
When Wischtech threatened to invade the fiefs of Szaalanden, the Emperor dispatched fourteen youths. Of these, three perished during the journey and four turned against the empire and joined Wischtech in its campaign of conquest and destruction.
Seven Heroes halted the invasion to herald a time of prosperity, while the four Lances of Betrayal were supposedly defeated.
Two decades later, the Lances of Betrayal have reappeared and formed a bandit militia near the frontier fief Gormbark. With Wischtech emerging from its slumber and war threatening to engulf the empire, the seven heroes are called upon to return, unite and destroy their ancient enemy once more.
A man with black swords and a scar over his left eye slays an entire troop of the enemy militia and becomes as much an object of fear as of hope, his own past, motivations, and purpose remaining a mystery .
Ubel Blatt is a German term and stands for ‘Evil Blade’ a curious pair of words, most likely referring to the several hidden black blades within the right hand of the hero of this tale, but probably synonymous with the dark nature of the
tale, which tries to pin down the true nature of those that supposedly fight for justice in this manga, and how accurate it is to impute to them the term ‘hero’ in the face of the consequences of their actions.
Really Ubel Blatt, set in some parallel medieval German styled world, infused with elements of magic and fantasy achieves its success through the two perspectives from which it approaches its story.
On the one hand is the philosophical questions it sets about asking; the story of Ubel Blatt takes place in a tranquil empire, one that has known peace for decades; sure greed stands at the base of the structures of power, but the people know safety.
Corruption dogs every hierarchical system, but all are fed and all enjoy the considerably benefits of the world the emperor so casually controls. Yet even if the success of every civilized nation is measured by the peace, tranquillity and satisfaction enjoyed by its citizens, how justifiable is that peace if the core of its structure was built on lies, if the cost of a good meal and amicable environment was the blood of those that so heroically gave their lives for the scorn of the world.
Yet if one agrees, as most people would, that the continued peace of a populace supersedes any other concerns, how justifiable is it to pursue truth and justice, if the results of that truth would lead to untold destruction for many innocent lives.
That is where Ubel Blatt begins its journey in chronicling this amazing story, the hero of the story perpetrating what even he recognizes will lead to considerably harm to the general populace, yet continues to push forward anyway, choosing to prioritize revenge over the needs of those innocents around him.
While the manga makes considerable effort in trying to create a somewhat complex situation, contrasting the dark deeds of evil men with all the good they have accomplished decades later, it has a way of pushing these questions to the back, the hero, Koinzel largely disinterested in the idea of negative consequences resulting from his seemingly righteous quest.
Yet Ubel Blatt manages to create sympathy in this character, not portraying to the readers some bull headed fool that cannot see past his own rage. Indeed Koinzel understands what is at stake if he accomplishes his goal, and indeed he chooses to ignore these misgivings. But Ubel Blatt makes it easy to understand his perspective of things, making the situation that much more complex, in trying to determine which party in this conflict stand at the side of justice.
-Imagine the story of a boy, a master swordsman, placed at the head of a 14 man party, to lead this brave group of well trained men into battle against a dark enemy of the empire that wishes to destroy all life with unnatural technology.
Imagine a boy that must watch seven of his comrades fall to fear and despair halfway through the journey; this boy then choosing to respect the fallibility of his comrades, instead choosing to advance with six unwavering comrades, contending with a destructive enemy as the last line of defence for the empire, and defeating this enemy but losing three friends in the process.
Imagine this boy returns to his seven cowardly friends, only to find that, upon being pressed by guilt and the shame they would face once the truth was revealed, they had plotted evil, massacring this young boy and his three friends.
Then imagine that this boy is revived 20 years later, within the body of a moon elf, to learn that not only had his three fallen comrades-along with himself- been branded traitors, but that those seven that had betrayed him where now heroes, lords, ruling the lands of the empire, basically worshiped by billions.
It is only justifiable that this boy would rage, would swear to tear these seven idols off their thrones and murder them. So what if, in assaulting these heroes, he would be bringing chaos and catastrophe? So what if these seven had done great good in the past 20 years, bringing a peace that would fall with their demise?
What would it matter to this boy to protect a peace held together by the blood of his friends, for a people so ready to degrade the heroic names of his comrades?
-Ubel Blatt is a deep story, despite its action packed nature. Its dark, bloody and vengeful as it chronicles one man’s struggles to make sense of the new world he has been reborn into, at a time when an ancient technologically advanced enemy he once gave his all to defeat has re-emerged.
The manga is surprisingly character oriented; i say surprisingly because the one criticism i would aim its way is the scarce use it makes of its secondary characters, those strays that attach themselves to Ascherit, look beyond this title of ‘king killer’ the most hated man in the world, and appreciate the hero within.
As interesting as some of the back stories get, the story does little to infuse new characters into the intricacies of the primary plot. Sure they are assigned objectives and purposes to accomplish in the story, yet always feel somewhat distant, that precluding Ato.
I have to say that she is the one character that has surprised me most; initially quite irritating, doing little more than ranting on about her hate for Ascherit, then becoming a love sick puppy that followed him everywhere, i applaud the master/apprentice relationship that they created between these two, Ascherit finally drawing out the blade master in him, lost decades ago, and taking upon himself a student. And of course Ato’s character changes positively as she becomes this intriguing monster of a swordswoman, simply grateful to be accepted by Ascherit.
But i digress, yes Ubel Blatt doesn’t fully utilize its secondary characters; yet that doesn’t take away from the masterful way it matures its primary characters, specifically Koinzel and his seven sworn enemies.
-Taking a cursory look at Koinzel it is highly likely that all you are going to see is this dark avenger, determined to achieve his vengeance no matter the cost. And the series seems to suggest just as much initially. Yet as the story progresses, it is surprising the amount of growth Koinzel undergoes, especially in his personality, this being a character that appeared in the manga already moulded to execute his task.
The story does a brilliant job of showing his softer side; yes he is vengeful and yes he cuts his opponents up into little bloody pieces with little remorse. His hate for his seven sworn enemies is ostensible, yet so is his adoration.
He might have tasted betrayal of the worst kind at their hands, but as the story progresses, we are treated to a number of flash backs that detail Koinzel’s life as a gifted kid and the friendship he shared with all his comrades.
Indeed one of the most touching scenes in the manga is when Koinzel has his blade pointed at the head of an enemy he has been chasing down for the past few chapters (I won’t say who, spoilers) and yet he hesitates. This is a man that has, over ten or so chapters, descended into madness, committing atrocities on a massive scale, that man that so gleefully brought his blade down against Koinzel.
And yet as the man mumbles to himself, lost in insanity, not pleading but speaking cheerfully, chatting to Koinzel of the old days, mind having broken finally and stranded him in the past, all Koinzel can think of is that one conversation they shared on the hill, when the man shared his inner demons, his fears, the promise that he had Koinzel make to protect him in battle because he wasn’t all that powerful; basically Koinzel breaks down.
And over the course of several chapters it becomes abundantly clear that not killing his betrayers, walking away, would actually be the easier choice for Koinzel, the one he would have taken if not for the burden of the souls of his dead friends.
Really, it added a sense of tragedy to the series, that continues through out the manga, exploring the mental struggles our hero has to contend with. Which is why this manga fascinates me so, that the chaos the innocent civilians of the empire would face if he executes his vengeance doesn’t faze Koinzel, where it would other heroes and anti heroes. Yet the memories of his former friends is enough to pause his blade.
-Not that the series is all about brooding and questioning; Ubel Blatt is action packed, immensely, the action scenes accentuated Atoroji Shiono’s amazing art.
Sure the character designs are considerably generic, yet the background scenes are quite detailed, the action scenes fluid, violent, eye catching and strangely intriguing.
-Though no where else does the manga shine as it does during its war, which the series has a considerable number of. It isn’t just the scale…well actually it is the scale, because the manga has a way of actually bringing the ‘'massiveness’ of everything to the page.
I hate reading manga that chronicles epic wars and battles but has to tell you so, in other words it doesn’t translate the story efficiently to its panels. Ubel Blatt is brilliant in presenting the chaos of battle and war, of magic, of raging armies on horse backs and dragons, of super powered yet somewhat antiquated ships taking to the air; and the way the scenes allow the war to move, allowing readers to take in the entire picture of what is happening rather than simply honing in on the main characters; the current of battle and destruction just comes to life in its pages…Ubel Blatt is simply brilliant.
Yet that doesn’t make the series any less brilliant in the area of duels, that bout between Koinzel (i hate that name) and Ikfes proving to be one of the best i have seen in manga.
-You will literally find yourself at the edge of your seat as you read this manga, because Ubel Blatt is fast paced and fast moving, dragging you along epic chases and hard hitting sword duels, allowing you to feel each sword stroke and death cry. It is a manga worth the respect its receiving from the French, Ubel Blatt being one of the best selling manga is France.
-I should point out that this is a Seinin, which means it is quite graphic, be it with the violence, the gore, nudity and sex scenes.
-The series can get quite dark and has unsurprisingly few light moments; it can be quite tragic and quite moving, specifically with the drama between the many characters, though the focus lies primarily with Koinzel, the mystery of his rebirth, black swords and moon elf body.
RATING: 10/10, Ubel Blatt is one of the very best manga i have read this year; and it kind of sucks that it’s that good, because it is monthly, which i dislike, having released barely 5 or 6 chapters this year for whatever reason.
The idea of waiting for this story to progress irks me. But i will wait. If you like Seinin, specifically medieval styled stories, then this is the manga for you. Ubel Blatt, which has a lot of German themes with regards to name and designs, exists within the mould of series like Berserk and Vinland Saga.
HIGHLIGHTS: Ascheritt Vs. Ikfres, The war of the heroes arc, Balestar, Glenn…
Hey fellow Vicers! ARD here to great you guys A HAPPY NEW YEAR! and happy new year indeed since this is a Very Great news. Last 2012 in december, I made a discussion about a Rumor regarding Season 2 of SAO already confirmed. For those who want to read here is the link (Rumor: Sword art online Season 2! Already Confirmed?) . And after many research it was actually just a thing to hype fans more but it wasn't true. Come 2013 the Anime Attack on Titan took the floor and shined being anime of the year. Now as 2013 past by, A show called Log Horizon came out with hilarious results with flame wars comparing to Sword art online. Yes I Do admit that sword art online was so controversial that it had sides that people who like the show and another hating on it, but to me i like sword art and i consider it my top list of favorite animes.
Now having to watch the the extra edition of sword art online, I really do miss watching the show with Kirito and Asuna with the others to recall the whole season 1 (The plot of the extra edition is just a recall of Sao and Alfhiem and yui seing a whale). In the i watched until the end to see after credits and hope to see a trailer and yup i expectations are right. Season 2 is confirmed.
Choo Choo! Lets Ride the HYPE TRAIN cause this is the start of an amazing year!
The Trailer just shows Sinon reloading her massive sniper rifle and confirms 2014 is Sword art online year. Aniplex of America is streaming the same trailer on its official YouTube channel.
Tomohiko Ito will again direct the series at A-1 Pictures, and Shingo Adachi will again adapt abec's original character designs for animation.
Sword Art Online II will launch in 2014. The announcement was made during Tuesday's premiere of the Sword Art Online: Extra Edition special and on the franchise's updated website. The website gives the new arc the subtitle "Phantom Bullet." More details will be announced on the site at a later date.
The phantom bullet arc is considered by fans to be the most interesting arc and being the best story overall compared to Both SAO and ALO since Gun Gale or GGO focuses on guns more than swords.
What do you guys think? Will 2014 be the year Sword Art makes a comeback or will another show rise to top and compete against SAO. Comment down below to what you think. Anyways thanks for reading and ARD wishes you guys a Happy new year.
Welcome to the Winter 2014 Anime Season's Trailer Archive! My teammates, BigHeart711, Acura Max, and I have worked hard to create the wiki pages and post the trailer threads. I thank Dream and SMXLR8 for posting a discussion thread for me when I faced flood fail. This season, every trailer thread is incorporated in Daniel's discussion thread format. All trailers are accessible by clicking the #Anime Vice Discussion Threads, checking my Anime Trailer list, or checking the Discussion Directory ~ Chat about New Anime & Manga!.
My teammates and I are almost done with the guide, and it will be posted on the front page.
Since making tables from scratch in the past with image glitches, it was difficult to work with tables because I accidentally delete a row, a column, or an entire table. I kept back up data. Now, I use the list feature for this season.
I figured using the list feature would be more easier than making a table from scratch. Plus, a list doesn't get deleted easily given Anime Vice's glitches.
Plot: The near future heroic action series follows the remains of humanity, living in reduced territory after our species has been defeated by viral beings. The young hero and his girl partner take a mission from the government to do something about the predicament.
|Brynhildr in the Darkness|
Plot: When he was a child, Murakami was infatuated with a girl he called Kuroneko. She insisted on knowing about aliens and having met them, but no one believed her, even young Murakami was skeptical. One day, she decides to show him the aliens, but an accident occurs and Kuroneko dies while Murakami is left seriously wounded in the hospital. Years go by and Murakami obsesses on finding proof of the existence of aliens because of a promise he had made with Kuroneko. Then, one day, a new transfer student comes to his class, who not only looks a lot like Kuroneko, but is named Kurohaneko. And even though she insists on never having met Murakami before, the girl has superhuman strength and seems to even be able to predict the future.
Plot: On the first day back after summer break, high-school student Aoba is attacked by a giant robot that appears out of the sky. As he's pursued through the city, his classmate Hina appears in a robot of her own. She rescues him, and tells him cryptically that "Dio is waiting for you," before she disappears. This begins Aoba's new life as the pilot of the Free Treaty Alliance against the Great Zogiria Republic.
Plot: One night right before summer vacation, Daiji Manatsu, a second-year in high school, sees a weird round rainbow floating in the sky above Seed Island and ventures there alone. He has seen this rainbow before. With the memories of his father's mysterious death and an encounter of a mysterious boy and girl, Daiji arrives on the island while the alarm of a building labeled "Earth Engine" is going off. Someone asks him if he's the captain, just as robotic intruders from Uranus called "Kiltgang" arrive. The battle around the shining stars is about to begin.
|11. Chou Zenmairobo: Patrasche|
Genre: Sci-Fi, Comedy Produced by Nippon Animation Plot unavailable
Plot: Kazama Kenji likes to believe he is something of a delinquent. Moreover, others seem to like to agree that he is. Of course, Kenji's gang finds their way to a group of four not-so-normal girls—Chitose, Sakura, Minami and Roka—and all at once, whatever reputation he may have is nothing compared to the outrageous behavior of the girls.
|3. Double Circle|
Plot: The story centers on the residents of Kawasaki who incorporate the ideas of "energy, environment, and activation of the regional economy using ICT."
|6. Future Card Buddyfight|
The story will revolve around the friendship and coming-of-age of two boys. It begins with Aoba Watase, a boy who goes to high school in Tokyo and lives a carefree daily life. On the morning of his school's opening ceremony after summer vacation, he goes to campus as usual, but he has a chance encounter with another boy.
|2. Go! Go! 575|
Plot: The anime adapts Sega's Project 575, a game which lets anyone create songs using the traditional Japanese 5-7-5 syllable meter found in haiku and tanka poems
Plot: "Minimum" - a special inborn power found in a limited number of human beings, known as "minimum holders." In Yokohama, the detective team Hamatora, formed by two minimum holders named Nice and Murasaki, comes across information connected to a serial killer being pursued by their old friend Art. It turns out all the victims are minimum holders like them. Unwillingly at first, the two detectives become involved in the investigation.
|9. HappinessCharge Pretty Cure|
Genre: Fantasy, Magical Girl, Comedy, Action Produced by Toei Animation Phantom Empire, led by Queen Mirage, begins to invade the Earth with their monsters "Saiarks". All around the world, Pretty Cures have been fighting against the invasion of Saiarks. Hime Shirayuki, the princess of Blue Sky Kingdom becomes one of the victims. She comes to Japan in order to escape from Saiarks. During her trip, a mysterious being "Blue" gives her the power of Pretty Cure. However, Hime is extremely afraid of this and rejects Blue's request. In order to guide Hime, Blue also gives her the power "the crystallization of love" which can help her find other Pretty Cure companions. With doubts but determination, in Japan, Hime meets her first friend in life and future partner, Megumi Aino.
|8. Hitsugi no Chaika|
Plot: Toru Acura is a 20-year-old retired soldier meandering through life now that the war has ended. He encounters Chaika Trabant, a 14-year-old sorceress carrying a coffin, and follows her in hopes of finding meaning to his life again. The two travel with Toru's adopted sister, Akari, the employed member of the group and thus Toru's source of income.
|9. Hōzuki no Reitetsu|
Hoozuki is the aide to the great king of Hell, King Enma. Calm and super-sadistic, Hoozuki tries to resolve the various problems in Hell, including a rampaging Momotarou and his companions. However, he also likes spending his free time on his hobbies, such as fawning over cute animals and raising "Goldfish Flowers."
|10. Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha|
Plot: The protagonist girl Inari Fushimi (CV: Naomi Ohzora) is a shy second year middle school student who lives in Fushimi-ward, Kyoto. She is having unrequited love for her classmate Koji Tanbabashi (Hiroshi Okamoto). After saving a child fox spirit named Kon, she is given a power to transform into anything she wants by a local god Ukano Mitama no Kami (Houko Kuwashima).
|4. The Irregular at a Magical High School|
The story takes place in a world in which magic is not a fairy tale, but has existed for nearly one hundred years. In the spring, the Private Magic University Affiliated High School (Magic High School for short) is welcoming its new students, and names the top student with the best grades at the time of their arrival the Bloom (read as “garland” in Japanese), and the student called the Weed is the Bloom's replacement.
|11. Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions II|
Due to various events, Yuuta and Rikka are living together. This secret co-habitation is so exciting for the two lovebirds! Or so it should be... Is having a chuuni girlfriend too high of a hurdle for Yuuta, who never even went out with a normal girl?! Yuuta worries about how to advance his relationship with Rikka. And then everyone else, Nibutani, Kumin, and Dekomori, have powered up by advancing a grade. Furthermore, the cause of his chuunibyou outburst in middle school, the girl who calls herself Sophia Ring Saturn the 7th, Satone Shichimiya appears... This is the long-awaited second season of the adolescent romantic comedy revolving around chuunibyou that makes you laugh and cry.
|1. Magical Warfare|
|12. Maken-ki! Two|
Takeru Ohyama, a young normal yet perverted minded guy, got accepted and now goes to a school that, unknown to him, was where combat and magic is used. On the first day, he meets again after three years: Haruko Amaya, his childhood friend, Inaho Kushiya, a girl who says she's his fiance, and Kodama Himegami, a blonde who wants to kill him. Finding out that there are many girls there that just don't like him, he is told that everyone there uses a special magic ability while using an item or weapon called a Maken. Later, he finds that no Maken is acceptable for him and doesn't know what to do, since in this school the students get into duels that showcase their magic and combat power, of which he seemingly has none.
|6. Meitantei Rascal|
A spin-off of Rascal the Raccoon anime series.
|13. Mikakunin DE Shinkoukei|
Plot: Yonomi Kobeni, an ordinary girl, finds out on her 16th birthday that she is betrothed to Mitsumine Hakuya, a boy the same age as her. Hakuya moves in from the countryside and starts living with her, bringing his younger sister who is still a primary school student with him.
|14. Minna Atsumare! Falcom Gakuen|
Plot: The story sets in a different-dimension world called "Xanadu" where good turns to bad and eccentric becomes more eccentric. The game characters who are summoned into Xanadu have to spend their school life at Falcom Academy. The 3-minute short anime series will be broadcasted on Tokyo MX and Sun TV on January 5, 2014, from 22:27 to 22:30 every Sunday.
As a child, Raku Ichijo made a secret promise with his childhood sweetheart, keeping a pendant as a memento while his love took the key. He dreams of one day meeting his past love, but years later, reality smashes his hopes when Chitoge Kirisaki accidentally knees him in the face... Though Raku's a normal high schooler, his family heads the notorious yakuza gang the Shuei-Gumi faction! And he's dragged into family affairs when he's forced into a relationship with Chitoge, the daughter of a rival gang's boss! Despite their constant spats, the two somehow fool everyone with their false relationship. Raku then discovers that Chitoge has a mysterious key from her past, which she can't remember... Plus, two other girls appear with keys as well—Kosaki Onodera and Marika Tachibana! Caught in the midst of this love maelstrom, even more complications arise for Raku when his class decides on Romeo and Juliet as the class's play for the school festival. Can the two false lovebirds pull off the impossible and make the play a success?
|16. Nobunaga the Fool|
Plot: The planets of the East and the West were once connected by the Ama-no-Hashidate. The culture that built it was destroyed countless years ago, and the two planets have had separate histories ever since. On the Western planet, ancient culture is experiencing a renaissance after a long period of war. Jeanne Kaguya D'Arc, a girl from the Western Planet, was prophesied to be the Savior of the World at her birth. With Leonard Da Vinci, she lands on the Eastern Planet, where Nobunaga "the Fool" longs for the power to change the world, as his planet is still locked in a war where many heroes vie for supremacy. When these two people meet, the culture of both worlds will be transformed.
Plot: Shio Ogura is a Japanese high school student, who is visiting Taiwan on a school trip when she is suddenly attacked by monsters. Agents known as "E-Gene Holders" from the government agency DOGOO also arrive, who wield weapons infused with the spirits of historical figures. Shio is revealed to also be an E-Gene Holder when the soul of Oda Nobunaga awakens after she tries to rescue a friend.
The show will star Shintarō Asanuma as Kōsaku Hata, a student and idol otaku at Tamo Agricultural High School (Tamo Nōrin Kōkō, shortened to No-Rin). Yukari Tamura plays Ringo Kinoshita, a new transfer student who recently retired as the idol Yuka Kusakabe.
|5. The Pilots Love Song|
Plot: This is a tale of a prince who lost everything leaves for a journey with no guarantee of returning to his hometown safely. With hatred and revenge in his mind, he met several people that taught him about friendship...and love.
|6. Oneechan ga Kita|
Plot: This is a tale of a prince who lost everything leaves for a journey with no guarantee of returning to his hometown safely. With hatred and revenge in his mind, he met several people that taught him about friendship...and love.
Plot: This fall, Studio DEEN is set to produce an anime adaptation of Sayaka Motegi's horror manga Pupa, abut "the ultimate love of the brother and sister," between Yume Hasegawa, a little sister who transforms into a man-eating creature, and Utsutsu Hasegawa, her older brother who has the power of rapid cellular regeneration and feeds her with his own body.
Plot: Fifth grader Wakaba can see things invisible beings other people can't. Because of this, she's bullied by her classmates and spends her days alone. But one day, she meets a strange pink creature who only says "Pupipo." It quickly becomes fond of Wakaba and protects her from evil beings. With its help, she befriends Reiko, a girl obsessed with the occult. Meanwhile, she meets Naoya, a boy who can also see invisible creatures, and decides to help him get rid of them.
|20. Recently, My Sister is Unusual|
Plot: A girl named Mitsuki Kanzaki lives with her step-brother Yuya after her mother remarries. One day, Mitsuki is possessed by the self-proclaimed spirit of a young girl, Hiyori Kotobuki. Hiyori (in Mitsuki's body) must fall in love with Yuya to move toward the "Gates of Heaven."
|21. Robot Girls Z|
There is a new team of "Toei robot girls" named "Team Z" that is made up of three girls based on Toei's Mazinger Z franchise: Mazinger Z, Great Mazinger, and UFO Robot Grendizer. Usually they perform in activities around Nerima ward in Tokyo to raise the awareness of the promising future energy source "Photon Power". However, there are times when "Mechanical Beast" team of girls emerge from the "Subterranean Empire" and attempt to steal the energy. Thus "Team Z" has to battle them to prevent this, though sometimes they just go and beat up the "bad girls" to relieve stress.
|22. Saki – The Nationals|
Plot: Saki – The Nationals is the third series in the mahjong-themed anime, continuing the National Tournament that was started in Saki Episode of Side A. Director Manabu Ono continues to direct the third entry, with Studio Gokumi, who also animated Saki Episode of Side A, returning as well for animation production. The cast returns with Kana Ueda reprising her role as Saki Miyanaga, Ami Koshizumi starring as Nodaka Haramura, Jun Fukuyama as Kyotaro Suga, Rie Kugimiya as Yuuki Kataoka, Ryoko Shiraishi as Mako Someya, and Shizuka Itou as Hisa Takei. Miyuki Hashimoto will be singing the opening “New SPARKS!” and the ending song “Kono Te ga Kiseki wo Eranderu” will be performed by Himematsu High, Miyamori Girl’s High, & Eisui All-Girls School.
|7. Sakura Trick|
Plot: Haruka Takayama and Yuu Sonoda were inseparable during their junior high school years, but upon entering their senior high school, they end up being seated on opposite sides of the classroom. Having to spend time with more friends, the two decide to do something to make their relationship special.
|10. Sailor Moon (TV 2014) (Working Title)|
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Magic, Romance Produced by ? A remake of the Sailor Moon anime series.
|23. Seitokai Yakuindomo|
Takatoshi is a new student in a recently gender-integrated high school, and is asked to join the student council as the vice president. Thus begins his days as the only normal boy among 3 female student council officers.
|24. Silver Spoon 2|
Yūgo Hachiken decided to escape from the stressful school and home environment in the city by enrolling at Ōezo Agricultural High School. Unlike his peers who'll eventually embark upon an agricultural career, he decides to study there only because he believes it'll be less competitive academically. Unfamiliar with his new surroundings, he tries his best to adapt to the agricultural world he had never thought of living in.
|25. Space Dandy|
Plot: Space Dandy is a dandy guy in space! This dreamy adventurer with a to-die-for pompadour travels across the galaxy in search of aliens no one has ever laid eyes on. Each new species he discovers earns him a hefty reward, but this dandy has to be quick on his feet because it’s first come – first served! Accompanied by his sidekicks, a rundown robot named QT and Meow the cat-looking space alien, Dandy bravely explores unknown worlds inhabited by a variety aliens. Join the best dressed alien hunter in all of space and time as he embarks on an adventure that ends at the edge of the universe!
|26. Soni-Ani SUPER SONICO THE ANIMATION|
Plot: In Super Sonico's back story, she is already a photoshoot model, game character, and a musician, even as she studies as a college student. She is also part of a three-piece girl band named "Daiichi Uchū Sokudo" (Fastest Speed in Space) as the vocalist and guitarist.
|5. Tesagure! Bukatsu-mono Encore|
The new season will start at the beginning of the school year. Since Yua and Hina Satō graduated, the remaining members Aoi Takahashi and Koharu Tanaka set up a table to recruit new members.
|27. Tonari no Seki-kun: The Master of Killing Time|
Plot: In the middle of class at a certain school, Rumi Yokoi, a diligent student, has her in-class life turned upside-down when her next-door desk mate "Seki" (full name Toshinari Seki) begins to play by himself at his desk in class. Although Yokoi is irked by Seki's distracting yet intricate playtime, she finds herself being drawn into his interesting hobby. Never being able to focus, Yokoi observes Seki's stunning ways of slacking off in class.
|28. Wake Up, Girls!|
Plot: Green Leaves Entertainment is a tiny production company on the verge of going out of business in Sendai, the biggest city in Japan's northeastern Tohoku region. The agency once managed the careers of magicians, photo idols, fortune-tellers, and other entertainers, but its last remaining client finally quit. In danger of having zero talent (literally), the president Tange hatches an idea of producing an idol group. On the brash president's orders, the dissatisfied manager Matsuda heads out to scout raw talent. Matsuda makes a fateful encounter with a certain girl...
|Witch Craft Works|
|3. Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil|
Plot: In 2018, humans and wizards live together in Tokyo. Police continue to protect order in society, but wizards are tried according to magical law, in special courts defended by wizard barristers. At age seventeen, Cecile has just become the youngest wizard barrister, and begins work at the Butterfly Law Offices. While she hasn't realized it yet, she has tremendous magical potential.
|29. Wooser no Sono Higurashi Kakusei-hen|
Wooser is a yellow creature who at first glance looks sweet but actually hides a wicked heart. He's awakened one year after a tragedy that claimed many victims. Confused from the timeslip, he sees a general who looks just like him. Wooser resolves to assassinate and replace the general, and remake history to his own liking.
|30. World Conquest: Stratagem Star|
Plot: The character Kate introduces herself and proudly proclaims Zvezda, a secret society bent on glorious world conquest — that she happens to lead. (Zvezda is Russian for "star.") The character Asuta expresses his frustration.
|31. Yokai Watch|
The story begins when Kēta discovers an old capsule toy vending machine in the forest. Kēta receives a mysterious watch and meets a ghost butler named Whisper. Whisper tells Kēta that the watch allows him to see supernatural creatures — both good and evil — that he could not see before in everyday life. With Whisper and his other companion Jibanyan, Kēta explores his town for other ghosts to battle.
|32. Z/X Ignition|
Plot: The story is set in the not-so-distant future. Five "Black Points" suddenly appeared around the world as portals to parallel worlds. Immediately after, strange creatures began their invasion from these portals. These creatures are the inhabitants of five worlds — the same worlds in different timeframes. In order to ensure their own future timeframe survives, each of the five invasion forces battle to wipe the other future timeframes out. The key is one card-shaped device.
Produced by Media Factory as a promo for the January Japanese broadcast of Soul Eater Best Selection, the February 26 release of a Blu-ray box set collection of the Soul Eater TV anime, and the upcoming anime adaptation of spin-off Soul Eater Not!
The Atsushi Ōkubo manga follows three girls in NOT (Normally Overcome Target) track at the Death Weapon Meister Academy, as opposed to the battle-oriented EAT (Especially Advanced Talent) students of the main series. Anime studio Bones returns for the new anime.
I couldn't make a discussion thread on this since I hit flood fail, and there is no real date for this new anime series. We just wait for it.
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?
The premium edition and a standard edition will be available on February 11, 2014.
Thanks to RavenBuster for the news tip.
Hey Fairy Tail fans! I just noticed the Crunchyroll article on Fairy Tail's return. Weekly Shonen Magazine announced that the anime is coming in April 2014.
The cast of VAs are the same. However, we have a new character designer replacing Aoi Yamamoto, Takeuchi. Bridge is replacing Satelight for animating the anime series. I'm hoping Fairy Tail gets major improvements in its animation and drawing style.
To be honest, I thought it needed another year break because the manga hasn't gotten enough space. It seems like the anime will probably face more fillers. I don't mind fillers, but it has to be better than the Key of the Starry Sky arc. Did you guys and gals enjoy that huge filler arc? I believe viewership for the anime dipped down because of that filler arc.