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  • Producer: Silver Link
  • Genre: action, magic, science fiction
  • Release Date: September 20, 2014

Three 30-minute shorts will explore the activities of the military mahou shoujo between operations starting with Episode 1: The Thunder of Saint Trond, premiering at Cinema Shinjuku and Ikebukuro Sunshine Cinema September 19th, then expanding to other venues on the 20th.

Please see Summer 2014 Anime Trailer Guide (Rough Draft) for a complete list of anime, movies, and OVAs.

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  • Producer: Aniplex
  • Genre: Drama, Racing
  • Release Date: ???

The first Cencoroll theatrical anime short's story begins when a giant monster sends a town's citizens into a panic — except for a girl named Yuki and her schoolmate Tetsu. Tetsu happens to have his own strange creature named Cenco as a pet. Another boy named Shū controls the monster threatening the town, and the stage is set for a battle.

Editor's Note:

The movie is on Neregate's chart, but it's not on ANN nor Anichart.

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Plot

  • Producer: Sanzigen, Liden Films
  • Genre: Drama, Racing
  • Release Date: August 23, 2014

The film trilogy will retell the beginning of the story from Shuuichi Shigeno's original car-racing manga. High school student Takumi Fujiwara works as a gas station attendant during the day and a delivery boy for his father's tofu shop during late nights. Little does he know that his precise driving skills and his father's modified Toyota Sprinter AE86 Trueno make him the best amateur road racer on Mt. Akina's highway. Because of this, racing groups from all over the Gunma prefecture issue challenges to Takumi to see if he really has what it takes to be a road legend.

Please see Summer 2014 Anime Trailer Guide (Rough Draft) for a complete list of anime, movies, and OVAs.

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Plot

  • Producer: A-1 Pictures
  • Genre: drama, psychological, science fiction
  • Release Date: August 9, 2014

The teaser visual shows the brothers Mutta and and Hibito during childhood. The trailer then proclaims that "the previously unwritten true beginning of that manga, which embodies Japan in dreams and emotions, is being made into an animation film. This is the origin story. This is chapter 0."

The Uchū Kyōdai #0 (Space Brothers #0) film will open on August 9. The original manga has been on hiatus since December 26 because Koyama was writing the film's script. However, he will resume the manga in this year's 12th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine on February 20.

Please see Summer 2014 Anime Trailer Guide (Rough Draft) for a complete list of anime, movies, and OVAs.

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Plot

  • Producer: Studio Ghibli
  • Genre: Supernatural?
  • Release Date: July 19, 2014

Anna hasn't a friend in the world - until she meets Marnie among the sand dunes. But Marnie isn't all she seems...An atmospheric ghost story with truths to tell about friendship, families and loneliness. Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things. Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr and Mrs Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water. There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognises - and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna's first ever friend. Then one day, Marnie vanishes. A new family, the Lindsays, move into the Marsh House. Having learnt so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna makes firm friends with the Lindsays - and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed...

Please see Summer 2014 Anime Trailer Guide (Rough Draft) for a complete list of anime, movies, and OVAs.

Editor's Note:

I had a hard time finding a trailer for the movie. I'll update this blog with a proper movie trailer soon.

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Here is Aniplex of America's Summer 2014 simulcast. This blog will be continually updated.

Here in Anime Vice, users are encourage to watch anime legally whenever possible. Territories are listed below. I will continually update this blog. Later in the first half of July 2014, I will have a comprehensive Simulcast guide for all legal anime streaming venue for the community. It will be on the front page.

Note:

These series will be on HULU, Crunchyroll, and Daisuki.

Persona 4 the Golden Animation

  • Genres & Themes: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Slice of Life
  • No Simulcast Date given
Persona 4 the Golden Animation
Persona 4 the Golden Animation

Plot: In the spring when the cherry blossom petals fall, Yū Narukami moves to Yaso Inaba to live with his uncle and cousin due to his family's circumstances. He transfers to Yasogami High School, where his event-filled school life begins. However, when serial murders begin occurring in the peaceful town, Yū is awakened to the power of his heart turned to physical form: A Persona. Within these new mysteries is Marie, a resident of the alternate world, the Velvet Room, who has no memories of her past. Together with his friends, Yū must solve all the riddles set in front of him and save Yaso Inaba from further violence.

Aldnoah.Zero

  • Genres & Themes: Mecha, Drama
  • Simulcast Date: N/A

Plot: In 1972, a hypergate was discovered on the surface of the moon. But then, humankind came into contact with beings from Mars, leading to war.

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Chaika - Coffin Princess has concluded its run for the Spring Anime season of 2014. It will be coming on October 2, 2014 for the Fall 2014 season. Boy, I really love this anime series.

If you haven't seen Chaika yet, go see it now especially if you love fantasy and action series. I easily mistaken it for a Shonen series back then.

Here's the summary:

Chaika - The Coffin Princess revolves around a trio: a young female wizard named Chaika and the Saboteur siblings, Toru and Akari, who assist Chaika in retrieving her father's remains. Chaika wishes to give her father a proper burial. Her father is Emperor Gaz who had been slain by the eight heroes, and as a result, his empire had been dismantled. Individual countries are now managed by the Kliemann Organization during the post war period. There are individuals who will stop Chaika and her gang from her goals while there are others who compete with her in taking her father's remains.

In Japan, there will be a Blu-Ray/DVD on June 27, 2014.

Here are Thank You sketches from Masui, the director, and Arai, the character designer:

I will lock this thread in favor of the Hitsugi no Chaika Discussion. This would be a news blog.

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One of the top manga series in Anime Vice's Top 20 Manga Series of 2013 is getting an anime adaptation. The anime studio is Lerche, the director is Seiji Kishi, the writer is Makoto Uezu, and the character designer is Kazuaki Morita.

The anime is announced to hit 2015.

Plot

For those who are new to the series, here is a synopsis by Viz Media who had acquired the license to the manga series:

A humorous and action-packed story about a class of misfits who are trying to kill their new teacher – an alien octopus with bizarre powers and super strength! The teacher has just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth – unless his students can destroy him first. What makes things more complicated is that he's the best teacher they've ever had! The bimonthly ongoing series will also be available digitally.

Shout out to , wiki editor of the series.

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If we look at the average anime season as a series of its own, then it is usually not a very good season. WHY? Because, like many anime series, it constitutes more filler and less actual substantial entertainment.

Which always leaves me wondering at the rationale that is utilized in the preparation of a given anime season’s roster, whether the various studios don’t simply place special emphasis on six or seven worth while titles, then fill the rest of their roster with padding, to make for a fuller schedule.

That would explain how stuff like Mahou Sensou actually gets made.

THE PLOT:

Takeshi Nanase is an ordinary high school boy with dark past. Besides certain circumstances impelling him to enter into a fake relationship with his childhood friend Kurumi Isoshima, he lives a normal life.

That is until he comes across a girl named Mui Aiba one random evening, in a uniform he has never seen before, collapsed on the school campus. Mui introduces herself to Takeshi as a magician. She then apologizes for having turned Takeshi into a magician, too, revealing to the perplexed young man the existence of the ruined world, within which magicians exist and great battles are fought for the future.

MY REVIEW:

Magical Warfare isn’t even bad, nothing so terrible as to infuriate me; it has simply been a while since I watched something so cheesy, clichéd and so typical of weepy shonen anime.

No, actually it hasn’t been that long, since it’s only been a month since I tried and failed to watch Chrono Crusade, another ridiculous anime series. More importantly, Magical Warfare isn’t special, not in terms of really bad anime.

Rather it falls into the category of the sorts of anime series I come across and immediately pass over each and every week; except I showed a willingness to push past the first episode of Mahou Sensou rather than simply deposit it onto my ‘might watch in the future, but probably not’ pile.

Admittedly, the title attracted my attention; more importantly, this is magic and it is being used in warfare, that seemed like a simple slam dunk. A foolish assumption on my part, because whoever wrote the story clearly figured the same thing, choosing to create the most generic story to come out of 2014.

Seriously, Mahou Sensou plays out like every magic related story I have ever watched and hated, basically playing around with those elements that most irritate me in such anime.

+Let’s see, first we have the magic. There are few things I hate more in a fantasy series than garbage magical laws; no, not even laws, because I might have stuck with the series if it had attempted to assert some structure to its magic, not having its characters basically spouting gibberish in their apparent attempt at displaying advanced magical forms, then unleashing some really silly looking results.

Certainly watching a little girl open space like a door and wrap it around a foe trying to decay said space in 13 minutes sounds like something I would gravitate towards; except this little girl was earlier introduced as the director of a secret magical school, with my eyes rolling immediately at another one these ‘I might look like a little girl but have actually accumulated centuries of years and equal amounts of magic’ clichés that I am sick of.

And I had already endured what felt like way too many seconds watching an excessively convoluted magical formation play out, again accompanied by lots of nonsensical terms, against a villain whose powers seemed crafted to create an air of dread even while always allowing the hero ample time to counteract his nefarious curses.

As Brian Sanderson once said, if you are going to create fantastical magical powers, you can either structure them intricately or present them as vague wonders, but never attempting to do a little bit of both, basically creating the mess that was Mahou Sensou and its boring battle system.

Too many of these action oriented anime series seem to forget the importance of properly structured powers in any given battle; because a viewer’s understanding of the laws that govern a given anime universe’s supernatural elements will determine how deeply they engage with the battles.

Knowing what bankai was made all the difference in Ichigo’s final battle against Byakuya in Bleach, that our Hero’s eventual access of this power would mean the acceleration of an already epic conflict.

Mahou Sensou injected very little effort into making sense of its magical world, beyond the very basics.

+The various plots of this anime seemed way too contrived for my liking, with each event purposed to achieve a very clear very cliché objective. Great anime attempt to mimic normal life, at the very least its natural flow, treating conflicts and great occurrences as unforeseen but none the less natural events of their universe, to which they react, this resulting in a story, good or bad.

Mahou Sensou is like Tales of the Abyss, basically making no effort to disguise its path; in other words when Aiba runs off, you know it is to put herself in very obvious danger and against her better judgment just so Takeshi can come to the rescue despite his weakness as a novice magician, take a beating for her, prove himself all honorable and immovable, willing to die for a girl he barely knows and basically positioning himself to be romantic material for Aiba.

Really, it all plays out the same way; you need only watch the first few minutes of each episode to figure out how the story will play out, which character will fall just so they get to cry on the shoulder of another, transforming a potential villain into an anti hero; which villain will get the chance to rant about how much suffering they have undergone and why that entitles them the opportunity to lay all to waste…basically this anime does nothing original.

+And the characters? What Characters? These caricatures of every other protagonist and antagonist that has ever appeared on screen?

And do not get me wrong. I tend to complain about characters that weep and whine in a lot of the anime that I review and hate.

By such descriptions I am not suggesting that the idea of characters crying in anime puts me off; I hope most people understand the distinction between whining and crying.

Because, yes, I HATE anime that spend 90% of their time in weepy territory, with cutesy female (and sometimes male) characters on their knees weeping endlessly about their bad lot in life. That irritates me to no end.

SO of course that places Mahou Sensou in a good place to irritate me, every scene with Aiba, Takeshi and all their whining about their families and siblings OBVIOUSLY aimed towards forcing some modicum of sympathy from viewers, but only drawing derision from my impatient sensibilities.

These characters are as terrible as they are bland, the typical ‘hero who places his life on the line for strangers’, ‘strong female lead with difficult life that must be weak so as to be rescued by the male lead’, typical evil villains seeking to bring destruction for a seemingly sympathetic and yet rationally silly reason (though one female character managed to provide a semblance of an intriguing story worth following).

I find it hard to believe that someone actually took the effort to write this story, rather than simply typing a few keywords into a program and having the computer spit out a random script. Because I would believe that.

The inconsistencies alone ravage any logic the anime might have been attempting to construct at the start, especially with regards to how magical abilities are activated and the rules restricting their use in the real world; because by the laws revealed in the first episode, almost every character we meet, including our hero, should either be dead or powerless due to the effects of ‘The Gift’.

+Could this truly be a Madhouse Studio production, one of the best animation studios around? Yes it is, because the animation does indeed avail that gloss and crisp expected from a fairly well financed series.

AND IT IS SO BLAND. There is literally no artistic quality anywhere in Mahou Sensou, with every character a mirror image of that typical anime design, which, I guess, perfectly matches their equally bland and generic characterizations.

The shots, of the landscapes and the magical battles, where deathly boring. On a surprising note the voice actors where great, in fact way too good for this project which, along with the fairly decent music, I found surprising.

+VERDICT: I have watched bad anime, series that simply haven’t worked for me but within which, by placing my mind outside my own personal biases and interests, I have managed to locate slivers of quality from which another individual might have gained some level of entertainment.

I simply cannot imagine who the hell would actually enjoy watching Mahou Sensou. It’s not terrible per say. You simply won’t be watching anything substantial.

I couldn’t even complete the series, got as far as episode 8 and quit; and even then only because I forced myself to push through five episodes in one go. I have a system of watching anime, only ever tackling a maximum of three titles at a go.

Only because I wished to turn my attention to Wizard Barristers and thus chose to push through Magical warfare to basically make space on my roster did I make it so far, eventually coming to the realize how contrived and pretentious the anime truly was.

RATING: 3/10, I thought of throwing a 0/10 at the anime; but again, Mahou Sensou isn’t a terrible, or even bad anime. It is simply bland.

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Welcome everyone! This week's selection is a bit small. The titles that caught my eye are Ranma 1/2 and School Days. I tried Ranma 1/2 when Hal, SamJaz, and I were doing the Ranma Character Spotlight while School Days, I watched it in fall 2013 on a Veteran's Day. I wouldn't watch School Days again. I might want to catch up on Ranma 1/2, seeing how I only watched 20 or so episodes.

I would love to hear your recommendations on these series. All comments are welcome. Thank you.

Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.

Notes

  • Amazon does not have Nekomonogatari listed.

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Dragon Ball Z - Season Five (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $44.98

As the battle with the Androids rages on, a fierce evil rises from the shadows: the monster known as Cell! Dr. Gero's heinous creation is the ultimate weapon, a fighting machine built from the genetic material of the greatest warriors ever to walk the Earth!

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!

Contains episodes 140-165.

Special Features: Inside Dragon Ball Z: Interview with Sonny Strait, Inside Dragon Ball Z: Interview with Stephanie Nadolny, Dragon Ball Z Retrospective Part Five, Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song, U.S. Trailer.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Nekomonogatari White - Tsubasa Tiger [Limited Edition] (Sub.Blu-Ray 1)
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $74.98

At the end of summer vacation, upon the morning of the opening ceremony for the second semester, Tsubasa Hanekawa encounters an enormous tiger on the way to school.

"White. So white... So purely, blandly white..."

Proclaiming Tsubasa as such, the white tiger strides past her and vanishes. Later, Tsubasa's house is destroyed in a fire. But this is just the beginning of a series of unfortunate incidents for her and the people around her. Koyomi Araragi decides to save her with help from the former "Kiss-Shot," a legendary vampire.

This limited edition includes a deluxe booklet and a pinup postcard set, with packaging illustrated by character designer Akio Watanabe!

Contains episodes 1-5.

Special Features: "Omnibus 1" Video, Textless Opening & Ending, On-Air Textless Ending, Promotional Video and Commercial Collections.

Ranma ½ - Set 2 [Special Edition] (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested Retail Price: $54.97 (Blu-Ray), $44.82 (DVD)
Ranma Saotome, the boy who turns into a girl with a splash of water, always has his hands full fending off crazed admirers. One of the most fanatical is Shampoo, a girl from a tribe of Chinese Amazons who tried to kill girl Ranma, was defeated by boy Ranma, and then proposes marriage to him due to her clan's rule. Things get a little crazier when Shampoo falls into a cursed spring and turns into a cat! And even crazier when Mousse, who is in love with Shampoo, challenges Ranma to a battle over... Ranma's fiancee, Akane...?

Back at the Tendo dojo, Ranma's dad, Genma, and Akane's dad, Soun, receive a visit from their former master, Happosai. Around the same time, some of the neighborhood ladies find their undies are disappearing... is Happosai responsible, or is it just a coincidence?

This special edition includes a premium chipboard artbox, an art card, and a booklet containing episode summaries!

Contains episodes 24-46.

Special Features: "We Love Ranma" Part 2 - Favorite Scenes, Next Episode Previews, Clean Openings & Endings.
Ringing Bell (DVD)
  • Distributor: Eastern Star
  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.95
Chirin is an innocent though adventurous young lamb whose carefree life on the farm comes to an abrupt end when a wolf murders his mother. Confused and angry, Chirin pursues the wolf into the mountains, seeking revenge. The laws of nature are brutal, however, and hatred alone won't be enough to avenge the loss of his mother. Only the strong survive in the wild, and obtaining that strength may change Chirin forever.

Special Features: Commentary by Mike Toole (Anime News Network).
Samurai Bride Complete Collection
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested Retail Price: $69.98 (Blu-Ray), $59.98 (DVD)
Things seemed to be going so well for Muneakira Yagyu. On top of dealing with Jubei, the immortal samurai warrior who fell out of the sky and into his arms and lips, he used his ability to awaken the latent power of a female samurai with a kiss to successfully juggle a handful of very powerful, very female master samurai, AND led them all to victory against the minion of a great evil. So was it too much to ask for a little break in the routine of saving Japan?

Apparently it was, as another great evil has appeared in the land, this one even stronger than the last. However, that's the least of Muneakira's problems, because with all the women he's kissed in order to awaken their latent samurai powers, the inevitable has finally happened. Someone's taking the long walk down the aisle with a samurai girl! It's going to be a really old-fashioned wedding and any resistance by the groom will be totally feudal!

Sequel to Samurai Girls.

Contains episodes 1-12.


Special Features: Blu-ray Promos, Smaurai Bride Shorts, Clean Opening Animations, Clean Closing Animations, Preview.
6. Star Blazers 2199
  • Distributor: Voyager Entertainment
  • Suggested Retail Price: $44.99 (Blu-Ray), $34.99 (DVD)
The renowned Gamilas General Domel appears at last!

Episode 9: A Clockwork Prisoner
AUD9 is assigned the duty of analyzing the captured Gamilas mechanical soldier Alter and extracting intel on Gamilas. A relationship that is akin to friendship forms between the two machines. Chief of Security Ito tries to destroy Alter when it begins to exhibit inexplicable behavior, but then... Do machines really have a soul?

Episode 10: The Cosmic Graveyard
The Yamato finds herself stuck in an extra-dimensional rift. This place turns out to be a cosmic graveyard, littered with the wrecks of countless alien ships. A Gamilas ship that is trapped in the same rift hails the Yamato. They say that they will have to work together if they are going to escape that region of space, but then...

Episode 11: A World I Once Saw
There is a clash of opinions on how to treat Melda, the Gamilas pilot who has been left aboard the Yamato. Amidst all the arguments, Melda's fighter and a Cosmo Falcon suddenly launch from the ship. Who in the world is piloting them?!

Episode 12: What Lies Beyond
First contact with Gamilas. The truth behind what really happened leaves bad blood between Kodai and Shima. The truth, heard straight from the mouths of Yamazaki and Okita, is...

Meanwhile, on the Gamilas homeworld, Dessler has ordered General Domel to hunt down and destroy the Yamato.

Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles, Spanish subtitles.
School Days
  • Distributor: Discotek Media
  • Suggested retail price: $44.95
Makoto Ito's in his first year of high school and looking for a girlfriend. He thinks he's found the jackpot in Kotonoha Katsura, but isn't sure of how to make the approach. His classmate, the equally pretty Sekai Saionji, thinks she has the answer and offers to help bring the two together.

At first, Makoto eagerly accepts, but as Sekai's offers become increasingly advanced, his feelings begin to waver - and not just in her direction. Making matters worse, all the girls professing a newfound interest in him seem to be a little bit... off.

Adapted from the hit Visual Novel and directed by Keitaro Motonaga (Jormungand, Majikoi), School Days is a suspenseful look at what happens when playing the field takes a turn for the worse. Controversial enough to require postponing broadcast in favor of a nice boat, School Days goes where most high school romances wouldn't dare!

Contains episodes 1-12.

Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
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  • Full title: Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Border:3 Ghost Tears
  • Producer: Production I.G., Bandai Visual, and FUNimation
  • Genre: Mecha, Sci-Fi, Psychological
  • Release Date: June 28, 2014

Plot:

Posing as lovers on vacation, Motoko and Batou work to try to stop a terrorist organization whose symbol is the Scylla (スクラス Sukurasu). Meanwhile, Togusa investigates a murder of a man who possessed a prosthetic leg manufactured by the Mermaid's Leg corporation.

Via themoviedb

Check the Summer 2014 Movie Guide.

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Welcome to Crunchyroll's Summer 2014 Simulcast Guide! Here in Anime Vice, users are encourage to watch anime legally whenever possible. Territories are listed below. I will continually update this blog. Later in the first half of July 2014, I will have a comprehensive Simulcast guide for all legal anime streaming venue for the community. It will be on the front page.

Sailor Moon Crystal

  • Simulcast Date: Every 2 weeks on Saturdays starting on July 5, at 3:00am Pacific Time
  • Territories: U.S.A, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America (Central and South America including Mexico).
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll

Plot:

Based on Naoko Takeuchi’s legendary manga series, Sailor Moon Crystal retells the story of Sailor Moon as she searches for her fellow Sailor Guardians and the Legendary Silver Crystal to stop the dark forces of Queen Beryl.

Free! Eternal Summer

  • Simulcast Date: Every Wednesday starting on July 2, at 8:30am Pacific Time
  • Territories: Worldwide except for Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Mainland China, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Vietnam, Timor-Leste, Palau and Papua New Guinea, South Korea and Japan.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll

Plot:

As the ending of the first hit season suggested, Free! Eternal Summer returns to continue the saga of the Iwatobi Swim Club! After the last swimming competition, the bonds between Haru, Makoto, Nagisa and Rei have greatly deepened. With each passing day, each member continued to grow. Rin tries to overcome him past and, with the help of his new teammates, aims to create the strongest swim team yet. Holding on to their ambitions, they face themselves and welcome the new summer!

Re: Hamatora

  • Simulcast Date: Every Monday starting on July 7 at 11:05am Pacific Time
  • Territories: Worldwide except for Asia, UK, and Ireland. Free members will be able to watch in the following territories: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll.

It has been three months since the incident at Yokohama. Things have been settling down at Cafe Nowhere. Murasaki and Hajime have teamed up and started investigating again. After an unforeseen reunion, Art holds Nice at gunpoint. What are his real intentions? What will become of the connection between Art and Hamatora?

Super Robot Wars Original Generation the Animation

  • Simulcast Date: Starting on June 25 at 3:00pm Pacific Time
  • Territories: United States and Canada
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll.

Plot:

Plot:

Dr.Jurgen of DC developed a global defense system to combat potential alien threats. This system has two elements. First is the VTX-001 Vartoul unmanned anti alien PT. Governing these drones is the ODE worldwide network system. However, this system has a noteworthy secret. A living human is needed to control the ODE core. Furthermore, the ODE core needs human organs to support itself. At the present day, the drone have gone on a mass abduction spree. Kyosuke and co has been sent in to take care of the problem.

Argevollen

  • Simulcast Date: Every Thursday starting on July 3 at 8:30am Pacific Time
  • Territories: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, Latin America, Europe (except Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vatican City, Moldova, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Ukraine), the Middle East, and North Africa.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll.

Plot:

An original title being produced by Xebec, also known for their work on Future Card Buddyfight and Occult Academy, ARGEVOLLEN takes place in a world where the two countries of Arandas and Ingelmia have been fighting for a very long time. Susumu Tokimune, a young man fighting with the Arandas forces saves a girl named Jamie Hazaford when she is attacked by the enemy. To survive, he uses the weapon Argevollen and fights.

Voice actor Ryota Ohsaka, who also voices Eijun Sawamura from the ongoing Ace of the Diamond, stars as Susumu, and Saori Onishi, La Folia Rihavein from Strike the Blood, voices Jamie. The opening theme is “Tough Intention” by KOTOKO, and Sachika Misawa sings the ending theme “Face.”

Glasslip

  • Simulcast Date: every Thursday starting on July 3 at 8:00am Pacific Time
  • Territories: United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, Latin America, Europe (except Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vatican City, Moldova, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Ukraine), the Middle East, and North Africa.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll.

Plot:

The next title from P.A. Works, the studio who did Nagi no Asukara (Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea), GLASSLIP follows the story of Toko Fukami, an aspiring glass-blower whose family runs a glass-working business. During the summer, she and her four friends meet a transfer student, Kakeru Okikura, who claims that a voice from the future lead him to Toko. His arrival sets off a chain of events for the six of them that will make their final summer together full of hope and heartache.

Shonen Hollywood - Holly Stage for 49-

  • Simulcast Date: every Saturday starting on July 5, at 10:30am Pacific Time
  • Territories: Europe except English speaking territories, the Middle East, and North Africa.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll.

Plot:

The plot takes place 15 years after the original light novel’s story in a fictional theater called Hollywood Tokyo in Harajuku. The five aspiring members, Kakeru, Kira, Ikuma, Daiki and Shun, work together to develop their talents as idols.

Samurai Jam-Bakumatsu Rock

  • Simulcast Date: every Wednesday starting on July 2, at 9:00:00 am Pacific Time
  • Territories: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll.

Plot:

Marvelous’ Samurai Jam -Bakumatsu Rock- game gets an anime adaptation! The story is set n the Bakumatsu Era, at the end of the Tokugawa shogunate’s rule over Japan. The government has been using “Heaven’s Song” played by the top idols in the Shinsengumi to brainwash its citizens. Writing or singing any other song is considered a crime. Ryoma Sakamoto and the other rockers, want to start a revolution against the shogunate using their rock’n’roll for freedom and justice.

Aldnoah.Zero

  • Simulcast Date: every Saturday starting on July 5 at 10:00am Pacific Time
  • Territories: North America, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Europe excluding German-speaking territories.
  • Watch legally at Crunchyroll.

The story features inhabitants of Earth and Mars waging in an interplanetary war. The story touches upon the effects wars have on a country’s government and its people.

HaNaYaMaTa

  • Simulcast Date: every Monday starting on July 7th, at 11:00am Pacific Time
  • Territories: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.
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Plot:

Naru is a junior high school girl who is average in every way. She loves fairy tale heroines, though she’s never had the courage to escape her ordinary life. One day, she sees Hana, a transfer student, dancing in the moonlit and becomes inspired to learn Yosakoi dancing.

Akame ga Kill

  • Simulcast Date: every Sunday starting on July 6th, at 9:00am Pacific Time
  • Territories: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Latin America and Turkey.
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Plot:

Under the rule of a tyrannical empire, Tatsumi, a young swordsman, leaves his home to save his poverty stricken village. He meets a girl named Akame, an assassin who was bought, brainwashed and trained to kill by the Empire. Akame is a member of the secret assassin group called “Night Raid” who use special weapons called Teigu. Together, Tatsumi and the members of Night Raid confront the corrupt empire.

Blue Spring Ride

  • Simulcast Date: every Monday starting on July 7, at 11:30 am Pacific Time
  • Territories: North America only
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Plot:

At the end of her first year of high school, the main heroine, Futaba suddenly has a chance encounter with her first love, Tanaka Kou. Three years ago, he transferred schools before she was able to say how she felt about him. After meeting each other again, Futaba realizes that he has gone through many changes. He acts more cool and even had his last name changed to Mabuchi. Gradually the two rekindle their love while piecing together what had happened in the time that they were apart.

DRAMAtical Murder

  • Simulcast Date: every Sunday starting on July 6, at 11: am Pacific Time
  • Territories: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden.
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Plot:

The popular boys-love visual novel from Nitro+CHiRAL, DRAMAtical Murder gets an anime adaptation! The story revolves around a young man named Aoba who works in a junk shop. Recently, an online cyber game called “Rhyme” becomes popular on the island he lives on. Though Aoba has no interest in Rhyme, he is somehow pulled into it. Without knowing it, his peaceful days have come to an end!

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun

  • Simulcast Date: every Sunday starting on July 6, at 12:05pm Pacific Time
  • Territories: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.
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Plot:

Sakura Chiyo, a high school girl who fell in love with the unrefined boy schoolmate Nozaki Umetaro, decides to be courageous one day and asks him out. Her feelings weren't conveyed properly, and before she knew it she ends up helping a particular job of his as an assistant.

Persona 4 the Golden Animation

  • Simulcast Date: every Thursday starting on July 10 at 12pm Pacific Time
  • Territories: North America, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
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Plot:

Spring. Far from the city, time flows peacefully in this rural town. As the cherry blossoms scatter in the wind, a young man named Yu Narukami steps off the train at Yasoinaba Station. Yu has come to this town, where his uncle lives, for family reasons; he will be transferring into the local high school, Yasogami High. And so begins his school life... The shopping mall after school. A series of murders taking place in town. The Midnight Channel, airing late at night.... What lies in store for Yu and his friends ‘this time around?

Momo Kyun Sword

  • Simulcast Date: every Tuesdays at 11:30am Pacific Time starting on July 9 at 11:30AM.
  • Territories: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.
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Plot:

Momo Kyun Sword is a retelling of the Japanese folktale of Momotaro, only this time, instead of a boy named Momotaro, Momoko is a girl who was born inside of a peach! She lives with her companions, the dog god Inugami, the monkey god Sarugami, and the pheasant god Kijigami. However, when a demon army lead by the devil king invades her parade and steals the treasures that protect her land, she embarks of a grand adventure to retrieve the treasures and save the people.

Locodol

  • Simulcast Date: every Thursday at 12PM Pacific Time starting on July 3
  • Territories: Worldwide except Asia
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Plot:

By her uncle’s request, Nanako is an ordinary high school girl who teams up with her upperclassman Yukari to become their town’s local idols. The two get paid by the town to do interviews at malls, appear on local TV broad casts and hold small live events on department store rooftops. Together, the two form the "locodol" group Nagarekawa Girls.

FATE/KALEID LINER PRISMA ILLYA 2wei!

  • Simulcast Date: every Wednesday starting on July 9 at 11:15am Pacific Time
  • Territories: North America, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, and Latin America (Central and South America including the Caribbean)
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Plot:

Illyasviel von Einzbern is an ordinary middle school student in Japan who becomes a magical girl after the magical Kaleidostick Ruby deems her a more suitable master than the sorceress, Rin Tohsaka. Unable to dissuade Ruby, Rin forces Illya to collect the mysterious Class Cards in her place. Illya's own mysteries may have unknowingly attracted Ruby to her.

Love Stage!!

  • Simulcast Date: every Wednesdays at 10:45 AM Pacific Time starting on July 9
  • Territories: North America, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, and Latin America (Central and South America including the Caribbean). Australia, New Zealand, Bahrain, Cyprus, Iran, Islamic Republic of, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian, Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Holy See (Vatican City State), Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Monaco, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Serbia, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Algeria, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Western Sahara.
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Plot:

His father and older brother are famous singers, his mother is a renown artist, Izumi Sena was born into a family of super entertainers! However, unlike the rest of his family, Izumi is an otaku who aspires to become a manga illustrator.

One day, he is roped into starring in a television commercial dressed as a woman. The actor Izumi is featured with, Ryoma, falls in love at first sight upon meeting him. It turns out that they had actually met 10 years prior and Ryoma's attraction hasn't changed even after finding out Izumi is a boy.

Sword Art Online II

  • Simulcast Date: every Saturday at 9:30 AM PST starting on July 5
  • Note: Due to licensing restrictions, Sword Art Online II will be delayed by 1 month in Europe excluding UK and Ireland.
  • Territories: U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, U.K., Ireland, Latin American Countries, Europe (excluding German & French speaking countries), Asia (excluding China, Korea, Taiwan)
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Plot:

1 year after the SAO incident, Kirito is approached by Seijiro Kikuoka from Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications Department “VR Division” with a rather peculiar request.

That was an investigation on the “Death Gun” incident that occurred in the gun and steel filled VRMMO called Gun Gale Online (GGO). “Players who are shot by a mysterious avatar with a jet black gun lose their lives even in the real world…” Failing to turn down Kikuoka’s bizarre request, Kirito logs in to GGO even though he is not completely convinced that the virtual world could physically affect the real world.

Kirito wanders in an unfamiliar world in order to gain any clues about the “Death Gun.” Then, a female sniper named Sinon who owns a gigantic “Hecate II” rifle extends Kirito a helping hand. With Sinon’s help, Kirito decides to enter the “Bullet of Bullets,” a large tournament to choose the most powerful gunner within the realm of GGO, in hopes to become the target of the “Death Gun” and make direct contact with the mysterious avatar.

Encouragement to Climb II

  • Simulcast Date: every Wednesdays at 8:30am Pacific Time starting on July 10
  • Territories: U.S.A, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Demark, Iceland, Netherlands, Turkey, Latin America (Central and South America including Caribbean), Spain, Portugal, France and DOM/TOM, Belgium,Andorra, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Germany,Austria, Liechtenstein, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Italy, Romania, the Middle East and North Africa
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Plot:

Do you want to see sunrise again from the top of mountain?

Aoi and Hinata are childhood friends. Aoi prefers staying indoors and is afraid of heights, whereas Hinata is outgoing and loves mountaineering. They both decide to climb a mountain in order to see a sunrise they saw together when they were younger.

Ai Mai Mi Season 2

  • Simulcast Date: every Wednesday starting on July 10, at 11:00 am Pacific Time
  • Territories: Worldwide excluding Japan
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Plot:

The loveable manga club girls are back! Ai, Mai, Mii, and Ponoka-senpai who might be fighting evil invaders threatening Earth, facing off against rivals in tournaments, and dealing with other absurd situations when they are not drawing manga!

Strange + Season 2

  • Simulcast Date: every Thursday starting on July 10th, at 11:30am Pacific Time
  • Territories: Worldwide excluding Japan
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Plot:

Based on an original manga written and illustrated by Beruno Mikawa, Strange+ Season 2 is a comedic mystery focused on a boy named Kou who joins his brother's detective agency. Hilarious hijinks ensue with every new client that books them.

Black Butler: Book of Circus

  • Simulcast Date: every Thursdays at 12:30pm Pacific Time starting on July 10 at 12:45 PM
  • Territories: South and Central America, UK/Ireland, Australia/New Zealand.
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Plot:

In Victorian London, the breathtaking performances of the Noah’s Ark Circus have captured the attention of people all across the city. But the spell of magic and wonderment woven under the big top is not without consequences. Children have suddenly begun to vanish, and some suspect these mysterious performers are responsible. In an attempt to get to the bottom of these disturbing disappearances, the dashing duo of demon butler, Sebastian Michaelis, and his young master, Ciel Phantomhive, will infiltrate the circus and uncover whatever darkness may lie at its core!

Rail Wars!

  • Simulcast Date: every Saturdays at 8 PM PDT starting on July 5 at 10 PM
  • Territories: North America
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Plot:

Takayama Naoto is a high school second-year who dreams of being a train conductor. In hopes of getting a job with Japan National Railways, one of the most stable businesses in Japan due to government support, Naoto has applied to an on-the-job training program for students.

Bladedance of Elementalers

  • Simulcast Date: every Mondays at 9:30 AM PDT starting on July 14
  • Territories: USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Turkey, Latin America, Europe (except Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Vatican City, Moldova, Macedonia, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Ukraine), the Middle East, and North Africa.
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Plot:

Only a pure maiden can have the privilege to contract with a spirit. Priestesses, who can summon spirits from Astral Zero, the world of spirits, and have full command of their power, are called elementalists. Kamito Kazehaya is the only male with this privilege, and due to what happened in the past he comes to Areisha Spirit Academy where priestesses are trained t become elementalists. He is then told that he is to transfer to the school, form a team with priestesses to compete in Blade Dance where the most powerful elementalist is chosen, and win.

Sabagebu! - Survival Game Club! -

  • Simulcast Date: every Sunday at 8 AM PDT starting on July 6
  • Territories: North America, Central and South America including the Caribbean, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Europe excluding French speaking territories, the Middle East and North Africa
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Plot:

Momoka Sonokawa is a new transfer student at an all-girls high school. On the train ride to her new school, she is saved from an old pervert by a girl with a Desert Eagle. She later finds out that the gun is an airsoft pistol and the girl is Mio Ootori, a senior student and head of the "Sabagebu" or Survival Game Club. Seeing Momoka's skill with a pistol, Mio convinces her to join the club by tricking her into filling out a club registration form.

Tokyo ESP

  • Simulcast Date: every Friday starting on July 11 at 11:15 AM Pacific Time
  • Territories: Bahrain, Cyprus, Iran, Islamic Republic of, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syrian, Arab Republic, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Malta, Republic of Moldova, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Holy See (Vatican City State), Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Monaco, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovakia, Serbia, Romania, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, Algeria, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Mauritania, Morocco, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Western Sahara.
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Plot:

Rinka is a financially struggling high school girl living with her single father in Tokyo. One day, while going home from school, she sees a penguin flying in the sky towards the Tokyo Sky Tree. She chases after it only to find fish swimming in the air! One of the fish goes through Rinka and causes her to pass out. She wakes up to find that she has developed the ability to slip through solid objects.

Magimoji Rurumo

  • Simulcast Date: every Friday starting on July 11 at 6 PM Pacific Time
  • Territories: U.S.A, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Denmark Netherlands, and Latin America (Central and South America including the Caribbean Islands)
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Plot:

Based off a manga by Wataru Watanabe, the author of popular cycling manga Yowapeda, Magimoji Rurumo follows the story of a boy named Kota Shibaki, who suddenly gets a bunch of magical tickets one day. Rurumo, a witch that was demoted to an apprentice witch, uses these tickets as training in the human world, and Kota can use these tickets to grant wishes, which are part of Rurumo’s training. However, the catch is that each ticket that is used shortens Kota’s lifespan, so will he help out Rurumo, even at the expense of his own life?

Nobunaga Concerto

  • Simulcast Date: every Tuesday at 10 PM PDT starting on July 15
  • Territories: Worldwide except Asia
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Plot:

Due to some unlikely events, Saburo is flung back in time to the Sengoku Era. In the past, he meets a young, but sickly Oda Nobunaga, one of Japan’s greatest war lords. Unable to shake Saburo’s uncanny resemblance to himself, Nobunaga asks Saburo to take his place as war lord. Equip with knowledge from the modern era, will Saburo be able to unite Japan?

INVADERS of the Rokujyoma!?

  • Simulcast Date: every Friday at 10:30 AM PDT starting on July 11
  • Territories: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Latin America, Turkey, Europe excluding German speaking countries and cities, North Africa, and the Middle East.
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Plot:

“I won’t relinquish this rokujyouma (rent: 5000 yen a month) even for a beautiful girl!” Satomi Koutarou, a self-supporting high school student, begins a new life alone in a one-room rokujyouma at a bargain of 5000 yen a month. However, his room, “Corona Complex Room 106,” was under target! Cute invaders begin to appear before Koutarou the moment he moves into “Corona Complex Room 106,” all vying to capture the room to fulfill their aspirations. Emotions crash and spark an epic battle between Koutarou and the girls in this tiny rokuyouma!

Himegoto

  • Simulcast Date: Starting on Monday July 28th at 9AM Pacific
  • Territories: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, China, Cambodia, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Korea, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, and Japan.
  • Watch Legally at Crunchyroll

Plot:

Himegoto follows high-schooler Hime Arikawa, whose absent parents have left him saddled with a huge debt. After being saved from debt collectors by three girls on the student council, in exchange for paying off his debt, he agrees to spend the rest of his high school career dressed as a girl.

RWBY Vol. 2

  • Simulcast Date: Thursdays 5:00pm PDT starting on July 24
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Plot:

RWBY is a new animated series from Rooster Teeth, directed by Monty Oum. The story focuses on a group of four girls in their first year at a legendary academy where they will learn to fight monsters.

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An anime short created to promote the 100th anniversary of Tokyo Station.

Plot

Misaki, a twenty-nine year old woman, is planning to get married soon. One day, she finds an old

pocket watch whichbelonged to her late father. Unfortunately, it was broken and did not move. Misaki

finds out that this watch originally belonged to her grandfather. It was her grandfather who gave it to her father.

They both worked at the Tokyo Station. Misaki's father was always strict and severe, especially to her. That was

the only memory she would remember about him. She regrets how they could not connect with each other because

she could not communicate with him very well when she was in her teens. Misaki visits the Tokyo station, hoping

to repair this memorable watch. However, the repair shop was already gone. She drops her shoulders and walks on

the platform of the station. Suddenly, she finds a station employee who looks just like her father. She runs and

follows this person without even thinking...

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Considering how long it has been running, I am surprised by how quickly this conflict ended. That is not to say that it was bad, merely a surprise that this fight came to an end so quickly, as compared to the pace at which past fights have run

THE CHAPTER:

With Gil’s will finally turn against Hendricksen, the final battle against the Holy knight finally comes to a close, with all eyes turning towards Elizabeth’s plight.

MY THOUGHTS:

If this chapter accomplished one thing, it was to tie several elements from previous chapters together, not only revealing the strange inconsistencies surrounding Meliodas and Gil’s capabilities but making sense of all those boisterous claims from Gil.

All in all, a pretty great chapter, or at the very least entertaining. This is what i am looking for in my weekly Nanatsu no Taizai fix, 19 pages that deliver more that great action, but a story, or elements of a story that show a semblance of progressing the plot.

Which this did; truth be told I never really liked Gil, and found his ‘turn to the dark side’ somewhat odd, either displaying great levels of stupidity(to believe the lies surrounding the sins) or revealing evil and greed.

Maybe we should have seen the signs, the oddities in his actions, a man spouting words of justice siding with an evil entity like Hendricksen. I am enjoying watching the Deadly Sins universe expand, specifically the insights we are receiving into the characters’ history, the world in which they lived and how these individuals, now enemies, once friends, so interacted.

There is still so much about the Hendricksen plot that we do not know. I mean, I am finding it difficult to believe the purpose that Hendricksen has revealed so far. Everything we have heard from him suggests that he is reviving the demon clan just so the knights can stay relevant; and that just doesn’t track.

And how does than link back into Hendrisksen’s murder of Gil’s father, because even the events of that particular story and their relation to Meliodas as a demon, the truth about the Sins’ betrayal…speaking of which do we even know who framed the Sins?

Because Hendricksen didn’t have that kind of pull back then, and Dreyfus clearly has no interest in the demon clan plot. So many mysteries yet to come undone.

I am yet to have my mind blown, and that hasn’t happened in quite a few chapters, yet it isn’t a necessity, so long as the story maintains a consistent level of quality in its story progression.

RATING: 6/10, one might refer to this chapter as mostly mildly entertaining, nothing overtly epic.

From what I have read so far, Meliodas feels almost too nice as far as knights and human beings go, making me wonder just how deep is dark side goes.

HIGHLIGHTS: Gil’s wrath.

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WHAT?! A BREAK! COME ON SHINOBU. We finally arrive at this momentous juncture in the story, when Magi finally gets my excitement juices flowing, when I finally begin yearning for the next Magi chapter like I haven’t in a very long time, and the Manga decides to go on a bloody break.

I suppose there are rational reasons behind the decision but, come on, I haven’t been this excited about a Magi chapter in more than 3 months.

THE CHAPTER:

Solomon rebounds from his great loss and launches a final assault against King David and his horde, bringing to an end a long and very bloody war.

MY THOUGHTS:

Complain I might have about this dragging Magi flashback; yet this chapter, juxtaposed against last week’s chapter more than justified the past few weeks of Magi.

And like Nanatsu no Taizai this week, the key lay in the chapter’s focus upon the action elements, even while allowing the story progress. Speaking of action, I cannot get over the artwork in this chapter.

Maybe Shinobu really does deserve a few weeks break, because a considerable portion of this chapter was quite messy; not that I had a problem following events…well, not after several re-reads, some of these panels were seriously messy.

Throwing these criticisms aside though, it has been a while since Magi delivered such meaningful yet compact action scenes, presenting less chaos in the form of giant attacks flying about and more fast paced and fairly simplistic assaults.

And one might point to last week’s chapter to justify the quality of chapter 230, because Magi this week enjoyed a level of urgency, with each page more than conveying that intense fury coursing through Solomon and crew, with his rage more than exploding on paper.

The chapter simply worked in a way it hasn’t worked in forever, relaying the emotion of last week’s loss, the dismay of those species facing death, the madness of David, fused with disturbing calm and, most importantly, the desperation in Solomon to stop his father. No, not desperation, fury.

There was less shonen cliché than I expected at the end as well, the final battle avoiding the speeches you expect from most manga, Solomon merely doing his all to save his friends from the might of his father, David imparting disturbing as well as enlightening wisdom upon his son in the last few moments.

And that made very little sense as well, those last few moments, almost throwing everything that we knew about David out the window and allowing us a moment to reinvent his personality. Was he really the raving lunatic we thought he was or a genius trying to manipulate the flow of destiny?

Could all this have been part of some grand master plan to avoid the chaos to come?

With this chapter, my interest in these events of the past has been renewed, specifically what it might mean for the future and the threat that is King David, whom I am now more than certain might have awakened within either Kouen or Sinbad.

That account of Setta’s end was almost chilling. Again I can’t tell if David was recounting the event just to push Solomon, or that was really a blood thirsty facet we were only starting to see. Truth be told I never thought David operated with the same mindset as the orthodox magicians and always assumed them to be puppets to his will.

Yet following his proclamations in this chapter regarding the purity of the species, I have to wonder if he wasn’t simply the chief orthodox magician.

RATING: I want to say 9/10, but the shoddy art calls for a 7/10. None the less intriguing chapter. Solomon was pretty awesome this week.

HIGHLIGHT: Solomon VS. David; David’s recount of Setta’s last moments.

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  • Producer: Toei Animation
  • Release Date: June 21, 2014 (June 11 at Annecy)

Plot

The film follows Saori Kido (Ayaka Sasaki), a young girl troubled by her mysterious powers. She is saved by Pegasus Seiya (Kaito Ishikawa) from an assassin sent to kill her. Saori then learns she is the reincarnation of the Goddess Athena with Seiya being one of her 88 Saints. Upon learning of her destiny, she heads to the Sanctuary and wage war against its Pope.

Seiya, alongside fellow Bronze Saints Cygnus Hyōga (Kenshō Ono), Dragon Shiryū (Kenji Akabane), Andromeda Shun (Nobuhiko Okamoto), and Phoenix Ikki (Kenji Nojima) must pass through the twelve Zodiac Temples in Athena's Sanctuary in twelve hours, in order to save their goddess Athena from imminent death. They must confront each of the twelve Gold Saints that guard each of the temples in order to reach the cure that will save Athena.

via Wikipedia

Cast

  • Kaito Ishikawa as Pegasus Seiya
  • Ayaka Sasaki as Saori Kido/Athena
  • Daisuke Namikawa as Aquarius Camus
  • Go Inoue as Leo Aiolia
  • Hiroaki Hirata as Cancer Deathmask
  • Kenji Akabane as Dragon Shiryu
  • Kenji Nojima as Phoenix Ikki
  • Kensho Ono as Cygnus Hyoga
  • Masumi Asano as Scorpio Milo
  • Mitsuaki Madono as Virgo Shaka
  • Mitsuru Miyamoto as Aries Mu
  • Nobuhiko Okamoto as Andromeda Shun
  • Shinji Kawada as Capricorn Shura
  • Takuya Kirimoto as Pisces Aphrodite
  • Toshiyuki Morikawa as Sagittarius Aiolos
  • Kouichi Yamadera as Gemini Saga
  • Rikiya Koyama as Taurus Aldebaran

Editor's Note

Sorry for posting a late movie trailer. I'm trying to finish the Summer 2014 Movie Guide.

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  • Full title: Persona 3 the Movie #2: Midsummer Knight's Dream
  • Producer: A-1 Pictures
  • Release Date: June 7, 2014

Plot:

After realizing the value of life and the importance of his own allies, Makoto finally got his smile back. As spring turns into summer, he finds himself learning more about those comrades and getting closer to them, especially to Yukari. He even meets new friends, including Aegis, an anti-Shadow android, Ken, a grade-schooler who seeks to get revenge for his late mother, and Koromaru, a dog who can use a Persona. Makoto wishes that everything will continue just as they are. However, little by little, the pieces and people in Makoto's new, happy life

Editor's Note

Sorry for posting a late movie trailer. I'm trying to finish the Summer 2014 Movie Guide.

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When I first saw The Last Airbender, starting out of sequence, from Earth, probably the episode of the Face Stealer, I was immediately taken in. The characters, the cliffhangers, the weird animals and the world building. The movements were all martial-artsy. But most of all, the style of animation was what gets to you. Isn't that what it's known for, after all? An American cartoon drawn in the Japanese style? Naruto was blamed for "the death of Toonami" and hugely unpopular, while Avatar: The Last Airbender is acclaimed as the best animated series in decades. But they have so many similarities and I'm wondering if they have some connection. And this connection if it exists, would be one of lightning, orange jumpsuits and scarred faces.

The 5th element

I think the most notable similarity in the 2 cartoons is the use of elements to delare the different peoples and political systems of their worlds. However, how common would it be to use the law of elements? I might as well compare Avatar to Pokemon by that logic. But the thing here is that they both use elements to desribe politics. Yet, they're not exactly the same. Naruto was FROM the Konoha, a village in the land of Fire, while Aang fought AGAINST the Fire Nation. In Avatar, there were cultural differences between the peoples, (such as Fire Nation gathering under the banner of it's Lord and striving to take everyone over, Earth Kingdom presumably being stable and economically well off, under it's King or emperor, the Water Tribe forming it's familly bonds and Air Nomads wandering, living in temples and dying,) while all the sects in Naruto pretty much had the same political system, except for their use of resources and economy.

Apart from the traditional 4 elements of Water, Wind/Air, Fire and Earth, Naruto recognizes a 5th, that of lightning. Now, the Chinese Zodiacs recognize different metals and wood as elements, but lightning (although used in other places) is not one of the regular elements, and is used by Kakashi and Sasuke for the speial move Chidori. Avatar too recognizes this element, a little later in the show, I think by the last episode of the first season, first used by Azula. As explained by Zuko's uncle Iro, it's "refined fire", and not a separate element, but they're both present together.

Another thing about elements that they both use, is sand. Gaara of the Sand village, and later it's Kazekage, could manipulate sand, and was a huge deal. But his attribute is wind, and would be equivalent to what is an "air bender" in Avatar. Sand is light and easily lifted by the air, and how would you recognize winds, essentially energy, if not for particle matter? You may remember in one of the episodes of Earth, Aang finds a library in the desert, and Abu the Air Buffalo gets kidnapped. The people who kidnap Abu are sand benders and where lothes not too different from Gaara's buddies, but they both also reflect actual clothing used by actual sand people.

Characters

The two main characters both wear orange, Aang a little more so than at least what Naruto wears in Shippuden. They both have insignia on their forehead representing where they come from. In Aang's case, he's the last of the Air Nomads and is therefore unique, and also the only person with an arrow tattoo on his head. Everyone in Naruto has a headband. But both the arrow and the spiral "leaf" serve the same purpose. One character has hair and the other one is bald. Speaking of the arrow tattoo, which lights up when Aang goes into the "Avatar state", Naruto reaches a "Sage Mode" that's close to it, but way later.

Both of them have the orange colour in common with Goku from Dragonball. In fact, Aang's stick makes him more of a Goku than a Naruto, (and Naruto's Super Saiyan hair makes him a Goku) They also share other character stereotypes or "stock characters" with DB. Both Naruto and Aang surround themselves with a group. Now you can't compare Sokka to Sasuke, exept for their names, beause one's a badass and the other is a joke, but Sakura and Katara may have something in common. But all anime have certain recurring characters. A promiscuous monk, like Miroku. The funny old man who turns out to be the strongest of them all, (Roshi, Iro, Jiraiya) a friendly girl sidekick who is the first to discover the main character (Bulma, Sakura, Katara) and is a healer, but that comes from sword and sorery too. There's also the strong rival, (Sasuke, Azula/Zuko) who is not always the same in DB, though Yamcha, Kuririn, Tien and Picollo Jr have all played that type of thing, and Vegeta even more so, for longer. Vegeta may have lent that haircut to Sasuke.

But, the Sasuke/Azula/Zuko comparison is a little stronger than mere rivals. Zuko's eye, what's the deal with that? It's just one damaged eye, with a story behind it, a FAMILY HISTORY, and it's comparable to two people in Naruto. Kakashi, the one eyed ninja also carries Sasuke's family trait, the "Sharin gan" in one eye, his damaged eye. Sasuke has it in both. Kakashi and Sasuke are teacher and student, and Kakashi passes on his Chidori to Sasuke, which is lightning, like what Azula uses. Zuko himself had a mentor for most of the story, his uncle Iro, who helps Zuko with his lightning. Groups in Naruto work in 4s, until Naruto's team loses Sasuke, while Aang starts with 3, until Toph, the blind badass, makes a fourth.

Other than appearance, the core of the title characters have something in common too. Naruto is the self titled "number one, knucklehead, hyperactive" ninja, the one who always barks first, driven by emotion and loyalty, and optimism. Although Aang is over a 100 years old, he too is a kid at heart. When Aang starts out on his journey, he likes to try stunts in the air, play with balls made of air and he sets up his route so he can travel to exotic places.

Line of succession

Both the Avatar and the Kages, be it Hokage, Kazekage or Raikage, are lines of succession. Naruto aims to be a Hokage, his father is a Hokage and he befriends Konohamaru, grandson of the Third Hokage (who he also annoys the heck out of). In his spirit state, Avatar Aang could speak with the old Hoka- pardon me, Avatars. Jiraiya teaches Naruto something about the same, and writes a book of encrypted secrets, which may have been passed on to Naruto.

Volcano scene (non-Naruto related)

In Dragon Ball, there's an episode where the "Z warriors", the B- listers of the team, Yamcha, Kuririn, Tien and Chiaotzu have to save a village from a lava flow. How they did it without any powers, I cannot remember. You can see the same thing in Avatar, except it's all of them, Aang, Katara and Sokka, maybe Toph. 3 benders and a non-bender, but Sokka definitely plays a central role here. Come to think of it, Aang kinda looks like Kuririn. A LOT actually.

But how do we judge this? Dragon Ball and even Thundercats had obvious references to Superman. The cover of Death of (Ultimate) Peter Parker mirrored Death of Superman, in homage. The Fantastic Four are based on the elements, and Superman may look like Jesus. So can any work of fiction then be completely free of influences by other sources? but how far should something be allowed to copy off another?

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The first film, Attack on Titan Part I: Crimson Bow and Arrow (Shingeki no Kyojin Zenpen ~Guren no Yumiya~), will open on November 22. It's the first of 2 films. The 2nd film, Attack on Titan Part II: Wings of Freedom (Shingeki no Kyojin Kōhen ~Jiyū no Tsubasa~) will air next year.

The new films will feature new dubbing and a 5.1ch remaster with returning voice cast members such as Yuuki Kaji (Eren Jaeger), Yui Ishikawa (Mikasa Ackerman), and Marina Inoue (Armin Arlelt). The first film will cover episodes 1 through 13, while the second film will cover 14 through 25. They will once again feature director Tetsuro Araki at Wit Studio and composer Hiroyuki Sawano.

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Plot

The human race was once the dominant species on the planet... before the Titans emerged. Giant humanoid creatures, their only goal is seemingly to devour humans on sight, but they don't take in nourishment from food. Regurgitating the corpses when they are full, Titans appear to crave humans simply out of urge or instinct. After being pushed to the brink of extinction, humanity enjoyed 100 years of peace safely protected within enormous walls until one day, a Colossal Titan appears and breaches the wall in the Shiganshina District.

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According to Fakku Books (on June 19, 2014), the former hentai site is now an official manga publishing company after becoming partners with Wanimagazine, Japan's ero manga publisher. It's notable because Wanimagazine has not entered partnerships with a western company. For fans of Fakku, releases will not have any censorship, and it will be close to the original Japanese release. Fakku Books has rights to publish books and magazines from its partner.

These are Fakku's first four releases.

Renai Sample by Homunculus
TiTiKEi by Ishikei
Punikano by Pyon-Kti
Welcome to Tokoharusou by Kisaragi Gunma

If you want more information, here is a link. (NSFW).

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Editor's Note

As a wiki editor, I heard of the site back in AX 2013 during the Fakku Panel. I thought it was an official company and added it as a company wiki page to attach to my blog, My First Experience at Anime Expo - Day 2 (Complete Edition). Little did I know it was a site that had pirated manga material. It was too late to delete it. That was before I was a wiki mod. An anonymous wiki editor PM me today about Fakku becoming an official manga publishing company.

I would have got into trouble by my senior wiki mods for adding a pirated site as a company wiki page. I will try to be careful next time.

I'll be adding these hentai manga series to the wiki database.

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