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Hey guys and gals, this is Takashichea, Taka for short. My teammates and I published the Summer Anime 2013 Trailers and it made it to the front page. Every season, we have so many great shows. You guys and gals are having a blast in the discussion threads and at Tom Pinchuk's W & L corner. To boost the discussion and the community, we're going to do a lot of wiki tasks.

No episode summaries or adding a whole batch of characters. I know everyone's too busy. All these wiki tasks will be improving the anime series page, the poster child of the show's wiki.

This is pretty easy. From the Anime Vice Wiki Style Guide, you just add these sections. Boom, you're golden.

  • Overview - includes production notes and licensing
  • Plot
  • Characters - Insert that awesome table that Daniel came up with last year
  • Theme Song Table

See Attack on Titan for an example.

    Overview

    Attack on Titan is an anime adaptation of the manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. The anime series is directed by Tetsuro Araki and produced by Wit Studio, a subsidiary of Production I.G. Music for the series is composed by Hiroyuki Sawano and the characters are designed by Kyoji Asano.

    Licensing

    For audiences outside of Japan, both Crunchyroll and FUNimation are legally streaming the anime series. On both sites the latest episode is made available for subscribers one week before being made available to all viewers. Crunchyroll's simulcasts airs every Sunday at 12PM starting on April 14, 2013.

    Plot

    Attack on Titan is about humanity's struggle against the Titans; giant humanoid creatures that devour humans. After being pushed to the brink of extinction, humanity enjoyed 100 years of peace safely within enormous walls until one day, a Colossal Titan appears and breaches the wall in the Shiganshina District.

    Characters

    Main Cast

    Eren Jaeger (エレン・イェーガー Eren Yēgā
    Voiced by: Yuki Kaji
    Affiliation: Survey Corps
    Gender: Male, Age: 15
    Eren dreams of venturing outside the walls to be free. When his mother is killed by a Titan, he is bent on revenge and joins the Survey Corps to wipe out all Titans.
    Mikasa Ackerman (ミカサ・アッカーマン Mikasa Akkāman)
    Voiced by: Yui Ishikawa
    Affiliation: Survey Corps
    Gender: Female, Age: 15
    After a tragic loss in her childhood, she is adopted into Eren's family. When Shiganshina District is invaded by Titans, she joins Eren in the military to stay with him and protect him.
    Armin Arelet (アルミン・アルレルト Arumin Arureruto)
    Voiced by: Marina Inoue
    Affiliation: Survey Corps
    Gender: Male, Age: 15
    A close friend of Mikasa and Eren. He joins the Survey Corp to fight alongside them.

    Theme Music

    #TitlePerformerEpisodes
    OP01"Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen" (紅蓮の弓矢 Guren no Yumiya, lit. "Crimson Bow and Arrow")Linked Horizon001-013
    OP02"Die Flügel der Freiheit" (自由の翼 Jiyū no Tsubasa, lit. "Wings of Freedom")Linked Horizon014-???
    ED01"Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai" (美しき残酷な世界, lit. "This Beautiful Cruel World")Yoko Hikasa001-013
    ED02"great escape"cinema staff014-???"

Summer 2013 List

These are the tasks that are just opened. See Wiki Tasks.

Monogatari 2

The second season arc of the Monogatari series. The series will cover the material from six volumes of the original light novel series in two cours or half a year.

It’s Not My Fault That I’m Not Popular!

Having conquered the world and won hundreds of boyfriends (in her collection of "otome games"), Tomoko Kuroki looks to make a grand debut in high school and become one of the most popular students ever. Unfortunately, her time spent with anime, manga and video games has alienated her from the world, turning even the most simple social interaction into a Herculean trial. The story follows Tomoko and her small attempts to become a better person, when she isn't sabotaging herself or blaming her loneliness on other people.

il Sole Penetra le Illusioni Day Break Illusion
il Sole Penetra le Illusioni Day Break Illusion
Il sole penetra le illusioni ~ Day Break Illusion
Since ancient times long past, this world has been ruled by two tarot cards. Diablos Tarot—The tarot of the devil that feasts on the souls of living humans and uses that nourishment to bring countless pain and suffering. Elemental Tarot—The tarot that draws its energy from the power of nature in order to oppose the Diablos Tarot.
Hunter x Hunter
Hunter x Hunter
Hunter x Hunter
Gon, a young boy who lives on Whale Island, dreams of becoming a Hunter like his father, who left when Gon was still young.

Misc

Weekly Shonen Sunday
This is the hardest wiki task on here. I didn't do a good description for the task. Sorry, I didn't know how to make heads or tails from the issues (in Japanese) and the date system to make a solid catalog. I kind of mix up issues because I couldn't make heads or tails of the issues and dates.

Goal: Add a total of 50 issues.

Completed Tasks!

Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation
Cute girls and consoles collide this summer with David Production's (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure) adaptation of gaming business conflict based PlayStation 3 RPG Hyperdimension Neptunia. Newly revealed character design/voices include Kanako Sakai (Muromi-san's Harpy) as Compa, the stand in for game developer Compile Heart, Kana Ueda (Fate's Rin Rin Tōsaka) as IF - as in parent company Idea Factory and Mika Kanai (various mascot characters) as fairy guide Histoire.

Spruced Up Anime Series w/o wiki tasks

3. Hyōka

The story follows a boy named Hōtarō who joins the club of classical literature by order of his sister, although he prefers not to get involved in anything. The club will gradually nearer to the truth after some incident involving a boy's uncle and the same happened 33 years ago.

4. anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

A group of six childhood friends drift apart after one of them, Meiko "Menma" Honma, dies in an accident. Ten years later, the leader of the group, Jinta Yadomi, has since become withdrawn and lives as a recluse. One summer day, an older looking Meiko appears before him, saying she wants to have a wish granted, though she does not remember what it is, and there is the important fact that she is only seen by Jinta so in his pathetic attempt to grant a wish he can barely get himself out of his own house. But will Menma new arrival change everything.

5. Blood Lad

Blood Lad follows Staz, a vampire that is obsessed with the human world, and Fuyumi, a human girl that was killed and turned into a ghost after wandering into the demon world. Staz promises to help Fuyumi regain her humanity by bringing her back to life, as it means that he would be able to visit the human world.

6. Silver Spoon

Yugo Hachiken is an ace with studying, and wants to be away from his family,and believes he can do he could go to any school with no problems, so trading regular high school for Agriculture school, he begins a new journey. Upon arriving at the school and starting classes he is quickly proven wrong, and must uncover the truth about farming, and Agriculture, and how to keep up with his news friends, who are already used to the farming world.

7. Attack on Titan

Many years ago, the last remnants of humanity were forced to retreat behind the towering walls of a fortified city to escape the massive, man-eating Titans that roamed the land outside their fortress. Only the heroic members of the Scouting Legion dared to stray beyond the safety of the walls – but even those brave warriors seldom returned alive. Those within the city clung to the illusion of a peaceful existence until the day that dream was shattered, and their slim chance at survival was reduced to one horrifying choice: kill – or be devoured!

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Produced by Encourage Films

Genre: Slice of Life, Comedy

Plot

Amane Todoroki is the heroine of the story. Her catchphrase is “Even if someone asks me, 'Can you really do that?,' I don't really know. But I want to believe! After all, nothing will start if I don't believe!” An honest and slightly stupid girl who plows straight through any situation at full force. She often makes quick assumptions, easily cries, and gets emotional at the smallest things.

Cast

  • Character design: Takehito Harada
  • Animation character design/director: Fumitoshi Oizaki
  • Animation director: Ikuko Ito
  • Color design: Kunio Tsujita
  • Art director: Shigeru Morimoto
  • Photography director: Takeo Ogiwara
  • Editing: Aya Hida
  • Music: Conisch (Flying Dog)
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Release Date: 8-31-13

Produced by A-1 Pictures

The movie is an alternate retelling of the anime series.

Five childhood friends grow apart after the death of Meiko Honma, close playmate of them all. Jinta Yadomi, leader of the group when they were kids, neglects high school and lives as a shut-in when he unexpectedly starts seeing the ghost of Meiko, who can only interact with him and no one else. She has returned to ask Jinta to fulfill the forgotten wish she made as a kid.

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Produced by Brain Base

Release Date: September 19

Bundled (in BD) with Limited Edition PS Vitagame.

Hachiman Hikigaya is an antisocial high school student with no friends or girlfriend and as a result has a distorted view on life. When he sees his classmates talking excitedly about their adolescent lives, he mutters, "They're a bunch of liars." When he is asked about his future dreams, he responds, "Not working." A teacher gets Hachiman to join the volunteer "service club," which happens to have the school's prettiest girl, Yukino Yukinoshita.

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Welcome to the roundtable on the three most popular shows last spring, Attack on Titan, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, and Flowers of Evil. The discussion occurred on July 14, 2013. At first, I announced that there was a roundtable discussion on Gargantia over at Aleasha's XAT chatroom. Though, we had two visitors who didn't watch Gargantia, so I had to change questions and pretty much the whole topic. Don't worry, there are no spoilers.

I wish we had more time to discuss which of three shows are the best of spring 2013. You guys and gals can voice your opinions. If you don't agree with three choices above, drop a comment on what show was the best in spring 2013.

Taka: Why did you try Gargantia?

Acura Max: I heard good things from other people.

Did Mechs really got Sonata into Gargantia?
Did Mechs really got Sonata into Gargantia?

Taka: When I was working on the trailers, this one stood out to me. Plus, Acura Max Max was hyping it as one of the big hits of the season. He got me into the mech genre back in Fall 2012 with Robotics;Notes.

Acura Max: It’s what I do.

Sonata: I tried Gargantia mostly because I do like mecha animes, and it had some elements that reminded me of Gurren Lagann.

Taka: Oh Gurren Lagann! I just tried it back in May when Crunchyroll had it simulcast.

Acura Max: I only saw the first episode of that series and it seems like a different animal from Gargantia.

Taka: Gurren Lagann is more action packed while Gargantia is like a slice of life mech soap show. Both cover mech and fan service. Not to spoiled folks, Gargantia had less deaths than Gurren Lagann. More manly tears were shed in Gurren Lagann.

Sonata: You would have to watch Gurren Lagann further. I agree with Taka.

Enters ZombiePie

Sonata: What did everyone think of the overall visuals and animation of Gargantia?

Ridiculous Neon Colors in Gargantia
Ridiculous Neon Colors in Gargantia

ZombiePie: It’s the sugar free candy in a pharmacy. You don’t necessarily want to eat it, but you noticed all of your friends were eating it for health reasons… so you started eating it also. Now, you have cancer.

Acura Max: Well, a certain store is going to get sued now. I wouldn’t say so. The visuals in the first 10 minutes of the series were pretty nice.

Taka: Gargantia’s visuals were better on Earth than out in space.

ZombiePie: All I will say about the visuals is that some of the neon color filters this show has are too ridiculous. For some reason most sci-fi animes utilize pink and red for their primary colors foreground and background when in space. That's the case more than often with Gargantia, and I still kind of don't like it.

Enters Dream

Since Dream hasn’t watch Gargantia, the discussion shifts into Flowers of Evil.

Flowers of Evil's controversial use of Rotoscoping
Flowers of Evil's controversial use of Rotoscoping

Taka: What did you think about rotoscoping and how did that work out for you in Flowers of Evil?

Acura Max: I wasn’t too bothered with it. It was shocking at first, but you get used to it.

Dream: I thought the rotoscoping worked well for the series. Allowed it to stick out from many titles thanks to the animation style and made it more unsettling as we seen Takao’s mental breakdown from his unique predicament.

ZombiePie: I actually really like and enjoy the works of Ralph Bakshi, and as a result had no problems with it.

Dream: I’ve read up on rotoscoping being considered somewhat controversial as an animation style.

ZombiePie: The look makes the characters creepier which help the series with its subject matter.

Taka: I admit it was kind of ugly when I looked at the screencaps. It makes this anime stand out. It’s not for everyone.

Dream: Obviously, if you seen early impressions of the show coming from MyAnimeList.net

Acura Max: I heard they down voted the series based on the first episode.

Dream: They did, quite badly.

ZombiePie: Rotoscoping is a pain to do. You essentially record actual people acting out scenes and then go back to the film and paint the film cells to look like an animated cartoon.

Attack on Titan's Animation Issues
Attack on Titan's Animation Issues

Taka: Well, I seen the discussion we had in Anime Vice. Auron570 shared that folks dropped it for the prettier manga counterpart. To me, story matters more than animation. Attack on Titan’s animation has been worsening due to budget issues that RubberLuffy and YotaruVegeta had pointed out.

Dream: Depends on the title I see. If action is main focus, then I’d expect great focus on quality animation. Otherwise, if it’s another genre, not too much of a big deal form.

ZombiePie: Well with Attack on Titan, I find the really harsh outlining to be incredibly off-putting.

Dream: I need to jump off. Got stuff to do.

Exit Dream

Taka: I haven’t watch Flowers of Evil. That was the only non spoiler question I can think of. Now since we talking about the three hits of this season, which series stood out of the three? Just to tie up the discussion.

Acura Max: Gargantia since I finished it. Then again, I only finish a series when I do the wiki for it.

ZombiePie: I think I enjoyed Gargantia more than I’m willing to admit.

Taka: I have only seen Gargantia and ATT. I say Flowers of Evil is more of a dark horse. It serves another niche. ATT has one of the best first episodes of the spring season, but it runs out of steam. Even though ATT hasn’t ended yet, Gargantia did better for me personality. ATT has one of the best first episode, but it runs out of steam.

Sonata: To me, it has to be Attack on Titan. It has captivated the average anime fan. Tons of memes have started to emerge on the web. I would recommend it to people who haven’t really watched anime before.

ZombiePie: Is creating memes really a stamp of quality?

Taka: Let me rephrase it, Gargantia did better within the first 12 episodes than Attack on Titan. It’s a shame that Attack on Titan was bogged down by its monthly manga and inner monologues.

Acura Max: I would say that memes indicates that it is more popular.

ZombiePie: Oh I don’t know, I thought the conclusion for Attack on Titan was really interesting when you stop and think about it.

Taka: Popularity doesn’t equal quality but the popular shows will get more views. Attack on Titan succeeds that way. Underrated series like Flowers of Evil and Shin Sekai Yori have better stories. It doesn’t have a lot of hype compared to Attack on Titan and Sword Art Online.

Acura Max: You know what they say, quality does not always dictate popularity.

ZombiePie: And there are a lot of scenes in Attack on Titan that are just cheesy. Like Barey Manilow in a vat of nacho cheese cheesy.

Acura Max: They have nacho cheese? Suddenly being attacked by giants is not so bad.

Acura Max: What did you think of the ending?

ZombiePie: Then, my issue with Flowers of Evil is this. It’s still just three kids, convinced that they are more than they are and that their problems are bigger than they really are. It doesn’t come across as meaningful, just pathetic as people get exploited and taken advantage of. With that I have to go.

Exits ZombiePie

Acura Max: Well, I thought Gargantia’s theme was a little too simplistic. I already know that not thinking is bad.

Taka: The ending was pretty mild for a Gen Urobuchi show. I expected a high death count, but it was a mild ending with a platonic relationship instead of a romantic one. It didn’t really tie in the whole economic message that Urobuchi had stated. It’s pretty loose.

Sonata: If this was about which anime had the better opening theme song, Attack on Titan would be the one without any question.

Sonata: So far we’ve discussed 3 of the top spring anime of this year. I think we should rap it up with what we expect from the summer line up. And if you are currently watching the title, have they met your expectations.

Acura Max: Considering I went into Gargantia expecting it was a harem show, my expectations weren’t really high. So yeah, Gargantia did surpass them.

Taka: I only watched 5 shows: Danganronpa, Silver Spoon, Sunday without God, Free, and Dog & Scissor. Free and Dog & Scissor wasn’t that bad. I enjoyed them. Dog was bizarre but it filled Severing Crime Edge’s role while Free filled in Utapri’s.

Sonata: Eh I think the summer has been pretty even with the spring, Makai Ouji has surprised me, and Danganronpa is as entertaining as expected. Blood Lad may be this years’ Binbougami Ga!

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