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Spring 2016 Anime

WARNING: May contain spoilers ūüôā

My summer vacation is almost over so before my classes start, let me write a personal post about the shows that I have watched so far. I spent my two-month vacation watching anime rather than reading academic materials for my course.

Yes, that’s right! Anyway, there were quite a few interesting anime series¬†this spring and I listed some of them below! (Note: These are the only ones that I have watched so I can’t say that they are the best out of all the new shows released this season but these are pretty popular (and really good) so I suggest you give them a try!

  1. Boku No Hero Academia (My Hero Academia (ŚÉē„Āģ„Éí„Éľ„É≠„Éľ„āĘ„āę„Éá„Éü„āĘ)¬†is a superhero-themed manga written by¬†KŇćhei Horikoshi. Its anime adaptation began in April this year and is expected to have a total of 13 episodes. As of this writing, there are already 10 episodes released so it’s¬†almost finished. The story revolves around a “quirkless”-middle school student¬†Izuku Midoriya who wants to be a superhero in a world where almost 80% of the population have quirks or superpowers.¬†Despite the constant bullying from his classmates, esp. by his childhood friend Bakugou Katsuki, Midoriya continues to pursue his goal until he meets the number one superhero called All Might whom he also admires. Izuku¬†eventually passes and enters the prestigious U.A High School, and¬†from there, he¬†gradually takes his¬†first steps toward¬†achieving his dreams of becoming a superhero.
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When I watched the first episode, I couldn’t help but somehow compare it to One Punch Man. But later on, I realized that it wasn’t the case. It’s true that both stories are about superheroes, but that’s just it. BnHA has its own distinct qualities¬†that make it as one of the hottest anime series this season! I actually didn’t think that I would like it that much, but I guess I got really hooked on it that I even decided to read the manga to quickly get updated. Sad to say, I finished reading the current 94 chapters in just 2 days ūüė¶ Now I’m just waiting for both the new episodes and chapters! Studio Bones should already prepare for a second season!

2. Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress (ÁĒ≤ťČĄŚüé„Āģ„āę„Éź„Éć„É™)¬†is produced by Wit Studio and is slated to have 12 episodes, with the first one airing in April. It is directed by¬†TetsurŇć Araki who also happened to be the director of Attack on Titan (anime) under the same animation studio. This probably explains why there are quite a few similarities with the two series.¬†People¬†who are infected with an unknown virus are turned into zombie-like humans called “kabane” which can only be killed if their hearts are pierced. To protect themselves, the citizens build stations where they can also get aboard some armored locomotives that allow them to be transported to other cities. Ikoma, the protagonist of the story, creates his own¬†weapon that effectively defeats the monsters. However,¬†he gets biten by one of the Kabane when his city gets¬†invaded by hordes of zombie-like creatures.

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This series is packed with action and this really reminds me of AoT, with the characters trying to save themselves and the others from the villains. I am fond of watching horror/monster-themed shows so this one suits my taste despite some¬†bloody scenes. (They are not that cringeworthy though, I think.) This anime was originally recommended to me by an acquaintance, but I wouldn’t have tried this right away¬†had I not seen that Miyano Mamoru voices one of the characters there. (I mean, he’s my favorite seiyuu, so it’s a plus factor in convincing me to watch this¬†‚̧.)

3. Bungou Stray Dogs (Literary Stray Dogs śĖáŤĪ™„āĻ„Éą„ɨ„ā§„ÉČ„ÉÉ„āį„āĻ) began its serialization in 2012 and is written and illustrated by¬†Kafka Asagiri and¬†Sango Harukawa, respectively. The anime adaptation is produced by Studio Bones and the first episode aired in April this year. It is slated to have 12 episodes and a second season¬†is also expected to take place sometime in October.¬†¬†Right now, ten episodes have been broadcasted already so it’s about to end soon. The names of the characters in this series are all taken from and inspired by real-life literary writers. Each of them possesses supernatural powers (which can also be associated with¬†the authors where they are named after). ¬†The story centers around¬†Atsushi Nakajima who¬†joins the¬†Armed Detective Agency after getting kicked out of the orphanage where he had been staying. There, he teams up with the agents in fighting against the Port Mafia members who are¬†after him because of his powers that he himself was not aware of. Mysteries are discovered and new characters get introduced almost every episode so the level of interest rises as well. The character designs are good, and the genre is also my cup of tea. And yes, Miyano Mamoru also voices one of the main characters¬†Osamu Dazai whose quirky personality will surely capture everyone’s heart.

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4.¬†Tanaka-kun wa Itsumo Kedaruge (Tanaka-kun is Always Listless¬†ÁĒįšł≠„ĀŹ„āď„ĀĮ„ĀĄ„Ā§„āā„ĀĎ„Ā†„āč„Āí)

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This anime adaptation by Silver Link studio began in April, and the series is¬†just three episodes away from its finale.¬†Aside from its 12-episode anime, Silver Link also releases a set of special episodes simultaneously. There are currently 21 shorts released as of this moment. It’s called Tanaka-kun wa Kyou mo Kedaruge and each part runs for less than a minute. The anime stays true to its genre: slice of life mixed with comedy. Though some viewers may find it somewhat boring, for me, it’s actually quite relaxing. Perhaps it’s because I can relate to the character of Tanaka whose listlessness awakens my inner¬†languidness LOL. The plot is very simple: Tanaka is listless. That’s just it. Somehow, he manages to be friends with the energetic and oh-so-reliable student named Ohta who seems like his knight in shining armor. It’s strangely comedic and more often than not, the scenes reflect the ordinary life of a student (or not). Sometimes, this anime will leave you questioning your own listlessness. But then again, no one can probably surpass Tanaka-kun in that area.¬†And did I mention that I also read its manga?

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We’re all just like Tanaka.¬†

5. Sakamoto Desu Ga? (Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto¬†ŚĚāśú¨„Āß„Āô„ĀĆÔľü)¬†Cool? Cooler? Coolest? Well that’s who Sakamoto is. This manga created by¬†Nami Sano is adapted into a 13-episode anime by Studio Deen. The story is about a high school student named Sakamoto who is deemed as the “coolest” guy in their school. Girls¬†instantly fall in love with him while boys envy him. His incomparable talents, wits,¬†good looks and popularity make him the¬†usual target of pranks and¬†bullying from people who instantly see him as a rival or enemy.

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I find the comedic element a bit absurd to the point that I sometimes question myself why I continue watching this. Perhaps it’s just another way to pass time, but nevertheless, it’s worth giving a try but don’t expect too much from it. I can somehow compare it to The Daily Lives of High School Boys¬†where some scenes will just make you go…

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Well, Sakamoto is still fabulous. Ridiculously fabulous.

Yosh! There you have it! Those are the five anime series that I’ve been watching these days. Of course, there are still a lot more anime this season that are still ongoing, and new ones will always come out any time soon. Aside from those five above-mentioned series, I’m also planning to watch the following:

  • Kiznaiver
  • Sousei no Onmyouji
  • Joker Game
  • Mayoiga

I heard some good feedback from other viewers about them so I might give them a try soon!

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“ERASED” Review

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (ŚÉē„Ā†„ĀĎ„ĀĆ„ĀĄ„Ā™„ĀĄŤ°ó¬†a.k.a¬†The Town Where Only I am Missing)

WARNING: Contains spoilers

Synopsis:

Struggling manga author Satoru Fujinuma is beset by his fear to express himself. However, he has a supernatural ability of being forced to prevent deaths and catastrophes by being sent back in time before the incident occurred, repeating time until the accident is prevented. One day, he gets involved in an accident that has him framed as a murderer. Desperate to save the victim, he sends himself back in time only to find himself as a grade-schooler one month before fellow classmate Kayo Hinazuki went missing. Satoru now embarks on a new quest: to save Kayo and solve the mystery behind her disappearance. (Source: MAL News via MyAnimeList)

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I first watched its 12-episode anime series and it was interesting enough for me to read the manga for a more in-depth understanding of the story. In the anime version, the production altered some parts of the story especially the last few episodes but at least the major parts were retained. The art and animation of the characters and the background were drawn incredibly.

But it was the intense and fast pacing of the scenes that got me hooked into it. The first episode already provided a brief explanation of the character’s “revival/rerun” ability and it was exhibited right away. Every scene was crucial to the progress of the story and its mixture of psychological and mysterious ambiance added to its overall appeal since I am really into those genres. It has an element of time traveling as it also addresses more realistic and darker themes about¬†kidnapping and child abuse. It had me playing like a detective though it was easy for me to pinpoint the true kidnapper just within the first three episodes, so the only suspense left for me was whether Satoru would be able to pull off his plans and save his mother and friends from the murderer. The manga itself is short; it only has 44 chapters but despite its brevity, the author managed to conclude everything accordingly. (I am still a bit disappointed though that Satoru did not end up with Kayo. My ship has sunk ūüė• )

¬† “I never stopped believing.”

ERASED resembles Detective Conan since the plot¬†revolves around finding the real culprit, and¬†if you are a fan of time travel stories, then you must surely watch this one! I also do recommend reading the manga after (or before) watching the anime to¬†give you a better understanding of the characters’ backgrounds as well as its¬†ending.

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi is definitely one of the best anime series this year and in fact, a live-action film was also released just last month featuring Tatsuya Fujiwara.

My rating: 7.5 out 10

Here’s the anime’s trailer to give you a taste of what ERASED is all about.

“AJIN: Demi-Human” Review

WARNING: Contains some spoilers *.*

I just finished watching the 13-episode anime of Ajin and the first part of its trilogy film¬†which just basically summarized the first half of the anime series. I read a lot of posts about the seemingly good story of¬†Gamon Sakurai-san’s manga-turned-anime-and-movie. It piqued my interest but when I discovered that it was in 3D/CG format (as it was released under Polygon Picture) I had my doubts since I am not really a fan of CGs in anime and I’m one of those who prefers the traditional 2D style. Nevertheless, the plot of the story was good enough to keep me going past the first episode. In fact, it no longer became an issue to me as I glued my eyes on what is going on with the story. ¬†Now let’s take a look at its¬†synopsis first.

SYNOPSIS:
Seventeen years ago, the existence of a special species called Ajin was discovered in Africa. They are said to be immortal beings, with several supernatural abilities, that look just like any other human being. Are these Ajin just random phenomena of nature or were they purposely sent to Earth to destroy it?

Since their first discovery, several other Ajin appearances have been reported worldwide. For the majority of citizens though, these creatures are less reality and more of something you see every once in a while in a textbook or on the news. This is how it was for the young protagonist of the series, Kei. That was until a sudden turn of events changed his life forever…(MyAnimeList)

In all fairness to the producers of the anime and film, they did stick to the main story of the manga despite some slight changes with the little details.¬†It has¬†a mixture of action, horror, mystery and supernatural elements wonderfully blended together. (I also actually read the manga right after watching it and just to spoil you a bit, Kei has some comical moments/more so like facial expressions in the recent chapters which, I hope, will be shown in the next film or second season perhaps of the anime.) The action scenes really put me at the edge of my¬†seat, and the experiments conducted on Kei made me cringe in horror.¬†I was somehow¬†looking forward to seeing more of Kei’s development as a fighter but I guess it will take a few more chapters for that. Sato-san is obviously the main antagonist in the story but somehow, even just for a bit, I feel like he had his reasons for being a sadistic player. It seems like the background story about him in the manga doesn’t fully explain why he turned out to be as bloodthirsty as he is right now. He is like the¬†epitome of¬†monstrosity, both literally and figuratively.

I will not go into details about the manga, but fans will surely be surprised when they continue the story from where the anime left off. The manga has only about 38 chapters so far (as of this writing) that is why no wonder the anime only had 13 episodes. I think the second and third part of the trilogy films will be far more updated than the anime. I give them¬†a plus point for casting my favorite voice actor Miyano Mamoru as the seiyuu of Kei Nagai. (Actually, I was too preoccupied with the scenes that I did not even realize that it was Miyano-san’s voice LOL.)

I cannot expound this review any longer since the¬†story is still in its initial stage and there will still be a lot more in the coming seasons/chapters. It is interesting enough, and it will make you go gaga¬†once you reach the climax. Have I mentioned how much I terribly want to get a hold of my IBM? Lol. There is presumably a scientific explanation behind it, ¬†but I am not fond of science that much so I’ll leave that part to you for your own understanding. *smirks*

Anyway, to wrap it up, I’ll give¬†this manga/anime/film a 6.5 rating.¬†!(‚ÄĘŐÄŠīó‚ÄĘŐĀ)Ŕą ŐĎŐĎ You should definitely try this one!

I’m Back!

Hi everyone!

First of all, I would like to apologize for my long hiatus since I’ve been really busy with my university stuff T^T It is now my summer break so I can probably update this blog once in a while with some news and reviews about the series that I have watched recently. Thank you so much!

“Wolf Girl and Black Prince” Gets a Live-Action Film Adaptation

© Ayuko Hatta/Shueisha

This year¬†is notable for the numerous number of¬†manga series¬†which have been adapted into live-action films and TV¬†dramas. For instance, Death Note is once again relived¬†through a¬†television drama series which premiered in July. It stars¬†Masataka Kubota (Light Yagami) and¬†Kento Yamazaki (L) as the main protagonists of the story.¬† Hajime Isayama’s Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) also got a two-part live-action film adaptation which features Haruma Miura¬†as Eren Jaeger. The first part was released in Japan last month, while the second installment will be shown on September 19.

And just recently, another series was green-lit for a live-action movie.¬†Ayuko Hatta’s shojo manga¬†ŇĆkami ShŇćjo to Kuro ŇĆji¬†(Wolf Girl and Black Prince) is going to¬†release its film adaptation in May next year. The cast includes¬†Fumi NikaidŇć (Erika Shinohara) and¬†Kento Yamazaki¬†(KyŇćya Sata). The latter will also play the role of¬†KŇćsei Arima in¬†another live-action film adaptation of¬†Naoshi Arakawa’s Your Lie in April.¬†

The official website of¬†ŇĆkami ShŇćjo to Kuro ŇĆji¬†movie also uploaded a 13-second clip of the film which¬†presents the cast and cites¬†RyŇęichi Hiroki¬†as the director of the film.

The filming will begin in December and will conclude in January next year.

The manga, on the other hand, is still ongoing and is published by Shueisha on Bessatsu Margaret magazine. A 12-episode anime TV series was also aired in October last year until December.

(via ANN)

Kento Yamazaki to Star in “Your Lie in April” Live-Action Movie

After the 22-episode anime TV series of¬†Your Lie in April concluded in March this year,¬†it was confirmed¬†that a live-action film adaptation is also¬†going to be created.¬†Naoshi Arakawa’s manga will be turned into a movie which will star¬†Kento Yamazaki and¬†Suzu Hirose as¬†KŇćsei Arima and¬†Kaori Miyazono, respectively. Joining them are¬†E-girls’ Anna Ishii¬†(Tsubaki Sawabe) and¬† Taishi Nakagawa (RyŇćta Watari). Yukari Tatsui is the scriptwriter while Takehiko ShinjŇć is directing the film¬†which¬†is slated to be screened in Japan in 2016.

©Naoshi Arakawa/A-1 Pictures

The manga was published by¬†Kodansha¬†on¬†its¬†Monthly ShŇćnen Magazine¬†from¬†April 2011 until February this year.

(Source: Comic Natalie via ANN)

Haikyuu!! Anime Adaptation to Air Season 2 in October

The long wait is over! It has finally been confirmed that the second season of Haikyuu!!’s anime adaptation will air in October this year on¬†MBS, Tokyo MX TV, CBC, BS11, and other TV channels. The¬†40th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine also¬†teased the fans with the main visual including the characters in¬†Haruichi Furudate’s manga series. It was also announced that¬†Sumire Morohoshi will join the cast as¬†Hitoka Yachi.

©Haruichi Furudate/Shueisha/ANN

The first season of Haikyuu!! premiered in April and concluded in September last year with a total of 25 episodes. The manga, on the other hand, which is published by Shueisha, is still ongoing.

(via ANN)

Philippine National University to Host Tanabata Festival

PNU Nami, the¬†Japanese club¬†of Philippine Normal University, will hold its annual celebration of Tanabata Festival tomorrow, August 15 at the PNU Gymnasium. Its free admission is open even to outsiders ¬†as long as they present a valid ID for security purposes. There will be two separate cosplay competitions both for PNU students and outsiders and the winners will receive prizes and freebies from the sponsors. The PNUan who will also bag the first spot in the said contest will be given the honor to represent the university in¬†the upcoming BOA (Best of Anime) Inter-school competition which will take place next month in Mall of Asia’s SMX Convention Center. On-the-spot drawing contest and other games will also add fun and excitement to the crowd.

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Several booths, including those that will be set up by other organizations and schools will also be available for those who are looking for some anime and Japanese-related merchandise. People also need to watch out for the song and dance performances of the Nami members.

Tanabata, also known as the Star Festival, is a Japanese festival originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi. According to legend, these lovers were separated and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country, but the first festivities begin on July 7 of the Gregorian calendar. The celebration is held at various days between July and August.

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SM Cinema to Screen “Boruto: Naruto the Movie” in the Philippines

Great news to all the Filipino fans of Naruto! It was confirmed by SM Cinema that it will screen the latest Naruto movie¬†that features that newest generation of shinobi including Naruto and Sasuke’s children, Boruto and Sarada, respectively.¬†The film will be exclusively shown by SM Cinema on September 2 (tentative date).

Boruto: Naruto the Movie, will premiere in Japan on August 7. It stars Yuko Sanpei as the voice of Boruto, and Kokoro Kikuchi as Sarada. Junko Takeuchi and Noriaki Sugiyama will be reprising their roles as Uzumaki Naruto and Uchiha Sasuke, respectively.

 

(via ANN)

Uta no Prince Sama to Return with a Fourth Season

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Just a few weeks after Uta no‚ėÜPrince-sama‚ô™ Maji Love Revolution concluded, a fourth season to its anime adaptation was already confirmed! The official website of the said anime series made the announcement last week after the final episode of season 3 flashed the messages “To Be Continued‚Ķ” and “See You Next Season”.

The popular otome game published by Brocolli has spawned three anime adaptation series so far,¬†with the first season being televised in 2011. The second part, entitled¬†Uta no‚ėÜPrince-sama‚ô™ Maji LOVE 2000%,¬†ended its 13th episode in June 2013, while the latest one concluded just last month this year.

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NOTE: I am really sorry for not being able to update this blog for almost a month now. I’ve been really busy balancing my work and studies so I don’t have much time left to write posts here. Rest assured that I will never leave this blog no matter what happens XD. I might just need to be on a hiatus for a few weeks or months but I will try to write here as often as I can. Thank you so much guys! ^^

(via ANN)