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Discussing the Winter 2021 Anime Season

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Well…yeah, we’re here I guess. I don’t think most people expected the world to get much better just cause a cinderella crystal ball dropped when the clock struck midnight, but there is always that tiny feeling of hope. Anyway, back to anime.

With every change in the trees comes a change in TV, and man did the Winter 2021 season deliver in spades. The combination of a bunch of setbacks and delays for certain series culminated in one of the most exciting seasons of the last few years. There are lots of important sequels and some impressive newcomers to the scene, so let’s talk about it. 

When I say this season is stacked, I really mean it. Just of the most popular series, “Attack on Titan” is back for its fourth and final season, reaching the climax of its most recent arc. “The Promised Neverland” has returned for its second season, as the kids of a strange orphanage continue their dangerous journey.

On top of that, there are sequels for a few popular Isekai shows, including “Reincarnated as a Slime,” “Re:Zero,” and one of my personal favorites “Log Horizon.” Some fairly popular slice of life shows also got new seasons as well, including “Yuru Camp” and “Non-Non Biyori” getting their second and third seasons, respectively. 

On top of the high number of anticipated sequels, the Winter 2021 slate also brought with it some great new series. The first worth talking about is one that many have been anticipating since its announcement late last year. “Horimiya” is a romance show that focuses on two unlikely friends who quickly develop feelings for each other they are both too scared to admit.

The series centers on the idea that people usually have different personalities in different social situations. So far, at least, the show has not done a whole lot beyond that, but its pacing and the depth of its characters implies a much better story to come. 

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Whereas many people were excited for “Horimiya’s” adaptation, pretty much no one saw “Wonder Egg Priority” coming. This makes a bit of sense, though, as the original creator and scriptwriter, Saki Takahashi, has no other credited anime productions under his belt, and has only worked on a handful of relatively short manga before this. 

It may have come out of nowhere, but “Wonder Egg Priority” likely will not leave anyone’s memory for quite a while. It focuses on young girls who have gained the ability to enter a dream-like world where the task is to “break open eggs” and save the girls that come out of them from their trauma and abusers.

The subject matter by its self would make the show memorable, as it touches on everything from bullying, suicide, and sexual assault. However, it is that, combined with its colorful presentation, intricate and yet somehow earworm-y soundtrack, and nuanced characters that makes it so amazing. Not to mention the series is not even halfway done, and already appears to be an easy contender for anime of the year. 

One other show worth a brief mention is “EX-ARM,” a sci-fi series about a young high school student who hates machines, but who seemingly finds himself in the middle of robotic warfare. The newest Crunchyroll original, if the internet is to be believed, is one of if not the worst anime ever made. For people who find themselves fans of hate-watching, this might just be a good watch, though I cannot formally confirm or deny that. 

This definitely feels like one of the better seasons to come out in a while. Sequels, exciting originals, and garbage for people who enjoy garbage, I guess? Seems like there is something for everyone. 


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Top Five Anime to Look Forward to in Spring 2019

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The winter 2019 season, as stacked with goods shows as it is, is now coming to a close, it will soon be time once again to embrace a new season, and while Spring does not seem to be as loaded as Winter was, there is still plenty there worth paying attention to.

5. Attack on Titan Season Three Part Two

While I haven’t actually been keeping up with Attack on Titan recently, I am definitely still invested in the series as a whole. The end of the season two and the beginning episodes of season three that I caught have been enough to keep me wondering about the core questions that lie at the heart of the series: What is in the basement? where is Erin’s dad? I want to find these answers because the show does such a great job of keeping these questions relevant.

4. Fruits Basket

I remember being in middle school and having one of my best friends at the time tell me about this series. Since I trusted his opinion a lot I went to check it out. Of course, being a middle school boy and seeing the cute anime school girl and reading the premise, I was immediately skeptical. I am definitely glad that my skepticism was not warranted, because I ended up loving Fruits Basket.

When I heard there was going to be a remake, and that most of the original dub cast was going to be in it again, I was genuinely excited, and still am as of now.

3. Kimetsu no Yaiba

When it comes to evaluating anime, much like I would for anything, I always look to what has come before. Kimetsu no Yaiba immediately sets off Dororo alarms for me, but in a really good way. However, having a similar story does not always mean that a show is going to be boring. As long a story can bring something noticeably different with its storytelling, there is always something to look forward to. Plus, getting the Ufotable treatment always helps.

2. One Punch Man Season Two

The first season of One Punch Man is undoubtedly one of the more interesting shows to come about in the last few years. A story about a super-hero that doesn’t have fun being a hero because he beats almost everyone in one punch. Now, with the second season upon us, as well as a change in hands for the studio behind the show, there remains to be seen a lot about what the show’s second season will bring, but still, it’s pretty hype.

1. Carole and Tuesday

So, let’s see. A futuristic society in which people now inhabit mars, A story focused on two girls, one coming from an extremely low-class background and the other from a wealthy background who want to make music, and animation from BONES. Yeah, I was sold the minute I heard about this show. I honestly have no idea about where the story is going to go, because I am not familiar with the source material, but Carole and Tuesday definitely has me the most hyped.


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Attack on Titan Season Three Episode 1 Reaction: Breathing New Life into Attack on Titan

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I’ll just come out and say it: I think Attack on Titan is going to be the show to watch this season. Now, that might sound like a bit of a copout considering the popularity the show has had in the past, but it really is not. Back in 2017, during the second season’s run, the show felt like it had a lot fewer eyes on it than say, My Hero Academia. But even despite My Hero Academia also running through this season, Attack on Titan’s first episode display’s a lot of what made the show so interesting, to begin with.

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For those who have somehow been isolated from the phenomenon that is Attack on Titan, the show follows Eren Jaeger, a boy who lost his mother in an attack from creatures known as Titans. Relatively little is known about the Titans, other than that they kill humans only for fun. Together, Eren, his adopted stepsister Mikasa and his best friend Armin decide to join Army in order to help fend off Titans.

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The first episode of season three is already bringing back a lot of what made the opening episodes of the first season so good. There is already a lot of fast-paced action, mostly surrounding Eren and Historia, as they are being targeted by outside forces that Levi and those in his new squad have yet to find out and a lot of mystery. One of the new characters that were introduced was Kenny the Reaper. From what has been revealed both through episode 1 and through various trailers and pieces of promotional art, Levi has a past relationship with the leader of the opposition who was thought to be an urban legend, Kenny the Reaper.

Eren, despite still appearing to be his same bland self, does show a lot of potential to finally come into his own this season. His struggle to use his Titan abilities again after the end of the second season is already an intriguing plot thread that further adds to the mystery and suspense of their situation.

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The animation in season three has also come back in a big way. Of course, the series has been known for its incredibly animated action scenes courtesy of Studio Wit, but even just what we’ve seen from the first episode has me convinced that Season 3 will be a high point. The best example of this would be the last few minutes where Levi and Kenny meet on the top of the roof, using the same sort of animation from the opening to show Kenny and his group attacking Levi.

Overall, I am definitely excited to watch Attack on Titan again. It has gotten off to a great start, and it definitely feels safe to have confidence in the show again.


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This Week in Anime: The Promised Neverland, Attack on Titan, and More…

Welcome, everyone, once again to This Week in Anime, where I talk about all of the most important anime related stories from the week. There were a lot of new anime announcements this week, along with some interesting statistics, so without further ado, let’s get into it.

New Anime Releases

Here are details on all the new anime that were announced in the last week.

“The Promised Neverland” Receives Anime Adaptation

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The highly praised and extremely popular manga series from mangaka Kaiu Shirai “The Promised Neverland” has officially received an anime adaptation. This comes on the heels of the manga’s success, which has sold over 4.2 million copies. Although it has not been confirmed yet, the show will reportedly be animated by UFOTABLE.

The story revolves around a group of orphan children: Emma, Norman, and Ray. The three of them live at the Grace Field House, where they are free to do pretty much whatever they wish. One day they discover something is happening to one of their friends, after which they forgot the one rule they have been given: never go to the gate or the compound.

“Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer” to Receive Anime Adaptation

On the other hand, for shows that have been confirmed to be animated by UFOTABLE, in comes “Kimetsu no Yaiba: Demon Slayer” Running in the weekly shonen jump slate, “Kimetsu no Yaiba” is said to be much darker than its contemporaries and has been compared to much older manga series.

The story takes place in the Taisho Era of Japan. One day, after returning home from selling cole, Tanjiro finds that all of his family has been killed by a demon except his sister Nezuko. After finding out that his sister is now also a demon, a hunter name Tomioka comes to kill Nezuko. From that moment on, Tanjiro vows to find a way to make his sister human.

“Shoumetsu Toshi” Gets Anime Adaptation

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Smartphone games are not the first place people think of for anime adaptation material, but it is not the first. “Shingeki no Bahamut” was also originally adapted from a smartphone game, and now Studio Madhouse will be doing the same. “Shoumetsu Toshi,” a game originally developed by Wright Fly Studios, will now be getting an anime adaptation.

The anime will be an adaptation of the game’s original story, which follows Yuki, who initially appears to be the sole survivor of a town now disappeared, a Takuya, a smuggler. After the two meet up and analyze the situation, they look towards a mysterious corporation for answers.

Other News

And here are the other stories not directly related to new releases.

Oricon Releases Sales Statistics on the Best-Selling Manga and Light Novels for the First Half of 2018

Oricon, an organization that reports on arts and entertainment, has released their stats for the best selling Manga and Light Novels of the first half of 2018. The numbers include all sales from November 20, 2017, to May 20th of 2018. The full numbers can be seen here. Among the best-selling light novels are “The Ryo’s Work is Never Done,” “Re:Zero” and “Overlord,” and among best-selling manga includes “One Piece,” “Attack on Titan” and “Seven Deadly Sins.”

“Attack on Titan” Season 3 Will Air in Theatres, Along with a Recap Film

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Funimation has announced a two-day special event for the premiere of the long-anticipated season 3 of “Attack on Titan.” The first episode of the series will be shown in the theatre. According to Funimation and the promotional art, the dubbed version will air on July 11th while the subtitled version will air on the July 10th. Along with the premiere of the third season, Funimation will also air a recapped version of the of the show’s second season in order to keep fans up to speed.

Article Highlights

And now for the portion where I shout out other articles from fellow bloggers or other publications that I really enjoyed.

Karandi’s Review of “Are You Alice?”

In this blog post, blogger Karandi of 100WordAnime talks about the first volume of “Are You Alice,” a collaborative effort by writer and illustrator Ikumi Katagiri and author Ai Ninomiya. Karandi uses the review to point out the laziness of Alice in Wonderland type stories where plot points are excused as being totally justified by the fact that they are in wonderland. It resonated with me a lot and was very well written. Check it out.

Youth in Succession and the OWLS’ “Movement” Month

In her piece for the OWLS’ April Blog Tour titled “Movement,” Lita of LitaKinoAnimeCorner talked about a Chinese drama called “A Love So Beautiful,” which focuses on the relationship of Chen Xiaoxi and Jiang Chen. Her piece wonderfully talks about the need to for kids to rebel against authority as means of escaping a pressure-filled, sometimes extremely stressful life. Definitely worth a read.


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This Week in Anime: New Sequel Films, Attack on Titan and More…

Another week has gone by, and another week of important anime news has been built up. Time to flush it out in another edition of This Week in Anime. Let’s get started.

Shirobako/Princess Principal Get Sequel Films

Fans were excited this week when to different series received announcements this week that they were going to receive animated sequels, both in the form of film: Shirobako, which aired in 2014, and Princess Principal, which aired in 2017. Shirobako will be getting one sequel film, while Princess Principal is reportedly getting a six-film long sequel series.

The announcement for Shirobako came via the English Twitter account for P.A. Works, who animated the show’s first season.

A release date has not yet been announced, but many of the show’s original staff have been confirmed for a return to the movie’s production, including Tsutomi Mizushima as the director, Michiko Yokote as the screenwriter and Ponkan8 as the character designer.

Princess Principal has had a release date confirmed for 2019 for the first film in the series. Details have not yet currently been released, but the will likely arrive soon given the already confirmed release date.

Attack on Titan Season 3 to Air on July 23

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Source: Denofgeek.com

It has been confirmed that Attack on Titan’s third season, which had previously been confirmed for the Summer 2018 anime season, will begin its run on July 23rd of this year. The show’s website has already confirmed that all of the show’s previous cast and production staff will return for the third season.

The show’s third season will focus on the “Uprising Arc” which follows an origin story about the Titans, as well as an attempted government takeover. While it has not been confirmed as of the writing of this article, the show has been rumored to be 24 episodes in length to the amount of content being adapted.

Golden Kamuy Dub Cast Feature Ian Sinclair and Monica Rial

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Source: Otakukart.com

The English Dub production of Golden Kamuy, produced by Funimation, aired its first episode on Monday, and as it turns out, Funimation brought at two of its most experienced voice actors. Ian Sinclair has taken the role of Sugimoto, and Asirpa is being played by Monica Rial.

Both of the voice actors have had much experience in the realm of anime, including filling many famous roles. Sinclair previously played characters such as Dandy from Space Dandy, Bardroy from Black Butler and Ginei from Rosario + Vampire. Rial, meanwhile, has had roles such as Rize from Tokyo Ghoul, Index from A Certain Magical Index and Panty from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt.

I didn’t really have a lot to say about these stories, so I decided to just lay of the commentary for this week. Hopefully the stuff next week gives me more to talk about.


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Does Anime’s Mainstream Success Lie in the Normal Feel of Mainstream Anime?

Whether we like it or not, anime is becoming more and more a mainstream phenomena. Shows like Attack on Titan and My Hero Academia are receiving significant attention, and Netflix, a streaming giant, has put 8 billion into releases this year, including the critically acclaimed Devilman. Fortunately or Unfortunately, that attention is not being split evenly across many of the new shows coming out.

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Attack on Titan’s mainstream success can be attributed to its assimilations to currently popular trends. As many have argued, the Titans, the show’s main villains, so to speak, play on the same tropes that make Zombies in movies like World War Z do, and the show’s main lead, Eren Jaeger, fills the role of the aggressive male lead that fills most of popular stories.

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My Hero Academia is no different. Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has created a hunger for hero filled stories among the popular conscious, and being one of the few Hero stories to reach the medium of anime, and the even less common achievement of being a hero story that is popular in Japan, it, of course, made it outside the anime community in the west. While on the surface My Hero Academia may seem to still be dominated by the culture of its origin, the group of super high school students known as class 1-A is still extremely reminiscent of Super Hero groups like The Avengers and Justice Leauge found in American comics.

Not often do shows considered classics by anime fans like FLCL or Gurenn Lagan escape the word of mouth inside the community. Even Ghibli films, which are undoubtedly anime and have reached lots of mainstream success, do not often get talked about as being apart of anime because their appeal is much broader.

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What anime’s recent mainstream success really comes down to is its ability to produce shows that are far more accessible to western audiences. Sure, the continued success of anime in the mainstream and a growing community has allowed for more niche shows like Kemono Friends and Umaru-chan to continue being made, but it is not these shows that are driving the medium more and more into the mainstream.

What Japan wants and what western audiences want are a lot different. The west wants the next Game of Thrones or Walking Dead, while Japan is more than happy just getting another season of Idol Master. The reality is that anime’s mainstream popularity has more do to with shows that appeal to western audiences than anything that is particularly unique to the medium of anime.


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What Else Should You Watch?: Attack on Titan

Despite its major setbacks, Attack on Titan has a lot to like about it. From the epic music to the incredible slugfests between humanity’s last hope, the 3D maneuver gear and the Titans, There is something for everyone. But while we’re waiting on season 3 to start in 2018, you might be craving something similar. Hello everyone, and welcome to What Else Should You Watch, the Post series where I️ take a series and give you recommendations based on that show. Without further ado, here are some things to watch after Attack on Titan.

Tokyo Ghoul


If you’ve been paying even a little attention to popular anime in the last couple years, you’ll have at least heard of this show. Since it’s first episode back in 2014, Tokyo Ghoul became a smash hit among fans, but just in case you haven’t seen it, go watch it.

It stars Kaneki Ken, a university student who finds a cute girl at his local coffee shop and decides to take her on a date. Little does he know, she’s actually a Ghoul, a creature that looks like a human but needs to eat human flesh to survive. Unfortunately, he realizes a little too late and gets attacked by his date. He manages to survive the ordeal, but in the process, he becomes a Ghoul himself.

Like Attack on Titan, Tokyo Ghoul is a seinen action series, and also like Attack on Titan, one with a lot of blood. Between fighting other ghouls and fighting an organization that hunts ghouls, Kaneki and his newfound group of Ghoul allies have to spill a log of blood, and it gets pretty graphic.

This isn’t to say, though, that everything else about the show is bad. On the contrary, it’s quite good, but the gore is certainly one of its main appeals.

Black Bullet


If an ever looming threat of giant creatures coming to murder you and your family is more your speed, then you might want to check out Black Bullet.

Set in the near future, Black Bullet details the lives of private agents who are tasked with eliminating humans who have turned into monsters because of a disease known as “Gastrea.” The last remaining human city in Japan is surrounded by Varanium, the only metal that can repel these monsters. There is also a certain segment of the population known as cursed children. They are called as such because they were born from mothers who were infected while they were in the womb, and because of that have superhuman abilities.

The show, for whatever reason, has flown a bit under the radar, remaining in relative obscurity and not being discussed as much as it probably should. It’s filled to the brim with awesome gunfights and badass little girls. I️ mean, what more could you want?

In all seriousness, though, Black Bullet is worth your time. Its story is an emotional rollercoaster that will have you very confused by its admittedly less than stellar ending. But watch it anyway. Just trust me on this one.

Btooom!

Did you ever play Call of Duty and wonder “How cool would this game be if it were only grenades?” Well, even if you haven’t been in that scenario, you’ll want to check out Btooom!.

Taking the battle royale format to a whole new level, Btooom follows the story of a Pro-Gamer, who is number one at Btooom!, a game where you must kill the opposing team using different types of grenades. One day, this gamer gets dropped off on an island, where he finds out he must play a real-life game of Btooom!

A lot of the entertainment value of this show actually comes in seeing the different types of grenades the characters use, and how each one helps them in a given situation because most of the time they will need to use them. In order to leave this real world Btooom! they must gather seven of the chips that have been implanted in them in order to track their movements. It’s a fustercluck of explosions, murder, and crazy psychotic 12-year-olds.


What do you think of these recommendations? Which of these have you seen, and which ones do you like? Let me know in the comments. Thanks for reading and bye for now, Friendos!

This Week in Anime: 11-2-17

Welcome everyone to the second installment of This Week in Anime, where you can catch up on important stories from the last week. This week was dominated by a lot of important announcements about anime and anime-related projects that will be coming soon, and some not so soon.

Attack on Titan Will be Adapting the Uprising Arc

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Artwork from Season 2 and Season 3 of Attack on Titan. Source: Goboiano.

Season three of attack on titan was announced immediately after season two’s final episode aired, but now more details about the upcoming have been released. It is now confirmed that the show will air in Summer of 2018. The picture above shows (left half) promotional art from the third season, which will announce the “Uprising Arc” of the Manga. This arc details the true nature of the Titans as well as a coup d’etat. All of the production team will be returning for the project accept for Ayumi Yamada.

Hayao Miyazaki Announces Final Film Project

 

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Artwork from Hayao Miyazaki’s Next Film Project Kimi-Tachi wa Dou Ikiru ka. Source: Goboiano.

While at the opening of the Natsume Soseki Museum at Tokyo’s Wasada University, Hayao Miyazaki made time to talk about his next and presumed last, film. The film, titled Kimi-Tachi wa Dou Ikiru Ka(How do You Love?), is based on a book of the same name from author Genzaburo Yoshino in 1937. Miyazaki has previously praised the book as a masterpiece. The movie is going to take three to four years to complete, and the Studio Ghibli Producer Toshio Suzuki says the project is unlikely to be finished by the 2020 Olympics. As of right now, it is also true that the full-length feature film has not been officially greenlit by Studio Ghibli.

Funimation Now Officially Acquired by Sony

It was announced back in August of this year that Sony Entertainment would be purchasing a majority stake in Funimation, and now the deal has been mostly sealed. Sony valued Funimation at around 150 million U.S. Dollars and now has a majority stake in the company. Gen Fukunaga, the current CEO of Funimation, has been declared as having kept his position. The acquisition is part of Sony’s strategy to capitalize on their already strong representation in the anime market. Andy Kaplan, President of Worldwide Networks at Sony Pictures Television, said “The combined IP of ANIMAX, Kid’s Station, and Funimation will allow us to deliver the best anime to fans across all platforms.”  The deal still needs to approved by the necessary regulatory agencies, but it is unlikely they will be denied.

Live Action Erased Series to be Produced by Netflix

 

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Promotional Photo for a Live-Action Erased series on Netflix. Source: AnimeNewsNetwork.

After being announced earlier this year, Netflix has released a date for the live-action adaptation of the popular anime and manga series Boku Dake ga Inai Machi or Erased as its known in English. The live action drama will be released on Netflix on December 15, and the first visual (shown above) has been released. Yuya Furukawa will play the main character Satoru’s older self, and Reo Uchikawa will play Satoru’s younger self. Mio Yuuki will play Airi’s younger self.