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Spring 2016 Anime

WARNING: May contain spoilers 🙂

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 (僕のヒーローアカデミア) is a superhero-themed manga written by Kōhei 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 😦 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 (甲鉄城のカバネリ) is produced by Wit Studio and is slated to have 12 episodes, with the first one airing in April. It is directed by Tetsurō 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 文豪ストレイドッグス) 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 田中くんはいつもけだるげ)

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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 坂本ですが?) 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!

Attack on Titan Live-Action Films to be Screened in the Philippines

Philippine film distributor Pioneer Films confirmed that it will screen the two live-action film adaptations of Hajime Isayama’s Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) manga. The first part of the movie will be shown on August 12, while the second installment, Attack on Titan: End of the World, will open in Philippine theaters on September 23.

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The live-action films are slated to be released in Japan on August 1 (Part 1) and  September 19 (Part 2). Yuusuke Watanabe and Tomohiro Machiyama are working on the scripts together with the supervision of Hajime Isayama. Shinji Higuchi, on the other hand, is directing the two-part live-action movies. The films star Haruma Miura (Eren Yeager), Mizuhara Kiko (Mikasa Ackerman) and Hongo Kanata (Armin Arlert). Aside from the original characters in the manga, new characters will also be included in the films.

Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan started its serialization in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009. It also spawned a 25-episode anime adaptation which was aired in 2013, and a second season is scheduled to broadcast next year. “Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow“, the first of the two-part anime films, was also released in November 2014, while the second installment, Attack on Titan Part II: Wings of Freedom will come out in June this year.

Attack on Titan’s Live-Action Film Unveils New Poster and Trailer

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The official website for the live-action film adaptation of Hajime Isayama’s Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan) released a new trailer for the upcoming movies this year! The first movie will premiere on August 01, while the second part, called “Attack on Titan: End of the World”, will open in cinemas on September 19. The website also teased the fans with a new poster for the film which stars Haruma Miura (Eren Yeager), Mizuhara Kiko (Mikasa Ackerman) and Hongo Kanata (Armin Arlert). Aside from the original characters in the manga, new characters will also be included in the films. Yuusuke Watanabe and Tomohiro Machiyama are working on the scripts together with the supervision of Hajime Isayama. Shinji Higuchi, on the other hand, is directing the two-part live-action movies.

Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan started its serialization in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2009. It also spawned a 25-episode anime adaptation which was aired in 2013, and a second season is scheduled to broadcast next year. “Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow“, the first of the two-part anime films, was also released in November 2014, while the second installment, Attack on Titan Part II: Wings of Freedom will come out in June this year.

Top 11 Anime Characters Most Fans Want to Date on Christmas

Fans were able to pick out the anime character and celebrity they want to date the most on Christmas. Otamart conducted the survey where a total of 1,752 respondents participated. Yasutomo Arakita of Yowamushi Pedal topped the list for women, while men voted Rin Hoshizora (Love Live!) as their most preferred date on Christmas.

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Here are the top 11 anime characters that made it to the list:

  1. Yasutomo Arakita (Yowamushi Pedal)
  2. Syo Kurusu (Uta no Prince Sama)
  3. Makoto Tachibana (Free!)
  4. Ai Mikaze (Uta no Prince Sama)
  5. Kei Tsukishima (Haikyuu!!)
  6. Levi (Attack on Titan)
  7. Kotori Minami (Love Live!)
  8. Rin Hoshizora (Love Live!)
  9. Kōshi Sugawara (Haikyuu!!)
  10. Rin Matsuoka (Free!) tie
  11. Tetsuya Kuroko (Kuroko’s Basketball) tie

Tatsuhisa Suzuki, on the other hand, was voted by the users as the #1 real person they want to spend Christmas with. He is the voice actor behind some of the famous anime characters such as Takao Kazunari (Kuroko’s Basketball)Makoto Tachibana (Free!) and Takasugi Shinsaku of Bakumatsu Rock.

(Source: Animate.tv via ANN)

Season 2 of “Attack on Titan” to be Released in 2016

It has been confirmed that the second season for the anime adaptation of Hajime Isayama’s manga “Shingeki no Kyojin” (Attack on Titan) will take place sometime in 2016. The news was made after the release date of Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 2 – Wings of Freedom was also announced. The second movie will premiere in theaters on June 27, 2015 while the first part, Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1 – Crimson Bow and Arrow was already shown in Japan on November 22 this year.

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(via otakumode.com)

Character Visuals for the Live-Action Film Adaptation of “Shingeki no Kyojin” Get Unveiled

Fans have been eagerly waiting for news and updates about the upcoming live-action movie adaptation of Hajime Isayama’s Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan). It was announced before that the widely-known manga is going to premiere a two-part movie next year. Yuusuke Watanabe and Tomohiro Machiyama are working on the scripts together with the supervision of Hajime Isayama. Shinji Higuchi, on the other hand, is the director of the movies.

The actors and their roles in the films have also just been revealed. Haruma Miura takes the lead as Eren Yeager, while Mizuhara Kiko and Hongo Kanata are Mikasa Ackerman and Armin Arlert, respectively. Jean Kirstein, Sasha Blouse and Hanji Zoe are played by Miura Takahiro, Sakuraba Nanami and Ishihara Satomi.

Haruma Miura as Eren Yeager (C)諫山創/講談社 (C)映画「進撃の巨人」製作委員会

Mizuhara Kiko as Mikasa Ackerman (C)諫山創/講談社 (C)映画「進撃の巨人」製作委員会

Hongo Kanata as Armin Arlert (C)諫山創/講談社 (C)映画「進撃の巨人」製作委員会

Miura Takahiro as Jean Kirstein (C)諫山創/講談社 (C)映画「進撃の巨人」製作委員会

Sakuraba Nanami as Sasha Blouse (C)諫山創/講談社 (C)映画「進撃の巨人」製作委員会

Ishihara Satomi as Hanji Zoe (C)諫山創/講談社 (C)映画「進撃の巨人」製作委員会

Original characters are also introduced and added for the film version.

Hasegawa Hiroki plays an original film character named Shikishima who is said to be ‘humanity’s strongest’.

Matsuo Satoru also plays an original character named Sannagi

Watanabe Shu as Fukushi

Ayame Misaki as Hiana

Takeda Rina as Riru/Lil

Pierre Taki as Souda

Kunimura Jun as Kubaru/Kubal

(Sources: eiga.com/news/eiga.com/news)

Official Website: shingeki-seyo.com

Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow Releases a Trailer

Following the immense popularity of Shingeki no Kyojin, Pony Canyon will be releasing a two-part movie of the said series, with the first one slated to be released in Japan this coming November 22! Entitled “Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow “, the film will just basically be a full-length compilation movie of the anime series. Its first 13 episodes which were aired last year will comprise the main story of the first film, which will then be followed by the second installment, Attack on Titan Part II: Wings of Freedom that is scheduled in 2015. The teaser for the first movie was already released, and for those who haven’t watched the anime yet, this will surely be a treat for them!

Attack on Titan revolves around Eren Yeager as he fights alongside his friend, Armin Arlert and his adoptive sister, Mikasa Ackerman against the gigantic humanoids called Titans who devoured his mother. Seeking revenge for the death of his mom, Eren enlists in the military to train himself to combat the cannibalistic giants. Together with his comrades, he must unveil the secrets that surround him and the other characters in the story and stop the Titans from wreaking havoc in their country.

Attack on Titan Live-action Film Reveals New Cast Members

Shingeki no Kyojin or Attack on Titan is definitely one of the most successful manga/anime series that has taken the world by storm. The manga is written and popularized by Hajime Isayama, with its animated series gaining even more success and fame after its first season was aired last year. The second season is rumored to be shown sometime next year, but AoT fans have something more to look forward to in 2015!

Haruma Miura

Haruma Miura

 A two-part movie is set to be released next year, and Haruma Miura is starring in the film together with 12 newly-revealed cast members. Yuusuke Watanabe and Tomohiro Machiyama are working on the scripts together with the supervision of Hajime Isayama. Shinji Higuchi, on the other hand, is the director of the movies.

The news of the live-action film adaptation of the said manga brought waves of excitement and anticipation for the fans of the series. And just recently, 12 new additional cast members have been revealed to take part in the film, though their roles are still concealed to the public.

Hasegawa Hiroki, Mizuhara KikoHongo Kanata, Miura Takahiro, Sakuraba Nanami, Matsuo SatoruIshihara SatomiPierre Taki, Kunimura Jun, Watanabe Shu, Misaki Ayame, and Takeda Rina are included in the line-up of actors who will be part of the film adaptation. No further details of the upcoming movie have been revealed yet, so just stay tuned for more updates!

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Source: Animenewsnetwork.com

Otaku Alert: Pave Way for Cosplay Rumble Zone!

Several fans and anime/manga enthusiasts gathered today, August 23, for an event hosted by iCOZPLAY Philippines held at SM Center Las Piñas. The registration for the contest participants began at around 11 am and the program started at 2 o’clock. The entrance fee was only P30, and those who bought gadgets at the said mall from August 1-23 could enter the venue for free as long as they could present a proof of purchase. 

I arrived at the mall at around past two in the afternoon since it was my last-minute decision to attend the event. There was also a heavy downpour before I went out but fortunately, it already stopped while I was on my way to the mall. When I got there, the show was already starting and there was like a runway show of teenage models. There were also raffle draws and those who were lucky enough to be selected from the audience got to take home some collectible items from one of the sponsors, Wakfu. They also gave brand new mobile phones from MyPhone and gift certificates worth P1,500 up to P5,000 from spa and derma clinics. Sounds great, huh? Unfortunately, I guess I really am unlucky when it comes to raffle draws that my name wasn’t called even once. But that was just fine for me. What I really wanted to win was the other lottery presented by Nash Leeho, a designer who also creates cosplay outfits, including some of those which were used during the event. He randomly selected two people from the crowd and the winners were awarded with free cosplay wardrobes worth P3,000 each which will also be personally designed and created by Nash Leeho himself. That was what I was hoping to win, but luck was really not on my side today. *sigh* 

This is the only souvenir I got from today's event. I managed to catch this poster when the MC threw it on our side.

This is the only souvenir I got from today’s event. I managed to catch this poster when the MC threw it on our side.

A big thanks to that mom who gave me this coupon. She was the actual winner from the raffle draw but out of nowhere, she just suddenly gave it to me. Now I have something to give to my mom. Teehee.

A big thanks to that mom who gave me this coupon. She was the actual winner from the raffle draw but out of nowhere, she just suddenly gave it to me. Now I have something to give to my mother. Teehee.

The show started with the Group Category and there were only three participants in the said division. After that, there was a short performance by IEM’s RainDrop which was immediately followed by the continuation of the contest. This time, it was the Chibi category, and that was probably the cutest set of cosplayers that I’ve ever seen so far. There were more than 10 kawaii girls and boys who graced the stage wearing their awesome costumes. They totally nailed it and they were in character throughout the whole competition. The audience particularly cheered for the kid who imitated Gaara, and she was actually my favorite from the group. The way she presented herself was very professional and when she partly transformed as Shukaku (Ichibi or One-Tail), the crowd erupted in cheers and admiration for her perfect portrayal of Gaara. And yes, she is a girl! I was also even surprised when I found out. I instantly became her fan and we took a photo together after her performance. (She was also behind me until the end of the show, and you guys don’t know how much I fangirled because of that. Lol.) Other children represented several characters from various animated films, games, tokusatsu and manga such as Bleach, Shingeki no Kyojin (Attack on Titan), Kamen Rider Den-O, Dragon Ball, Monsters Inc., etc. 

The children line up for a group photo op after their individual presentation on stage

The children line up for a group photo op after their individual presentation on stage

For the Individual Category, there were more than 20 contestants who went on stage to show off their outfits. Others danced while some of them displayed their martial arts/fighting skills just like the characters they were portraying. They also entertained the audience with their antics and funny background music and dance steps. The judges also asked some of the contestants regarding their costumes and the characters they chose to represent. 

While waiting for the results of the competition, IEM’s RainDrop and Star Power Entertainment’s S.P.E. Dolls and Models entertained the audience with their dance performances and runway show. The cosplayers of Lupin III also went on stage to promote the upcoming screening of the anime’s live-action film adaptation in September in local cinemas. And before the event concluded, the hosts finally announced the winners of each categories, starting with the group division. The winners were: 

Group Category:

  • Runner-up: The father and daughter tandem who cosplayed Loki from the Avengers/Thor

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  • Champion: Team LOL (League of Legends) 

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Chibi Category: 

  • Runner-up: Sasha Brown of Shingeki no Kyojin
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    This mini-version of Sasha Brown is ready to crush the Titans!

  • Champion: Ashley, the girl who cosplayed Gaara (Hooray! I knew she would win! Fangirl mode)
Sabaku no Gaara!

Sabaku no Gaara!

Individual Category: 

  • Runner-up: Predator
The Predator wins against the Alien

The Predator wins against the Alien

  • Champion: Christian Umali a.k.a War Machine
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War Machine

The prizes were as follows: 

Individual Category Champion (P5,000.00 worth of SM Shopping Money)
1st Runner Up – (P2,500.00 worth of SM Shopping Money)
Chibi Category Champion (P3,000.00 worth of SM Shopping Money)
1st Runner Up – (P1,500.00 worth of SM Shopping Money)
Group Category Champion (P6,000.00 worth of SM Shopping Money)
1st Runner Up – (P2,000.00 worth of SM Shopping Money)

A special prize was also given to Cosplayer #10. She was granted a scholarship for a three-month modelling lesson sponsored by Star Power Entertainment.

The cosplay event ended at around 6:30 and all the winners from each category were gathered together for a photo op. It was indeed a blast! Kudos to all the sponsors and staff behind the success of this Cosplay Rumble Zone event and congratulations once again to the winners of the competitions. Thumbs up also to all the participants who took part in today’s event. 

iCOZPLAY Philippines will be hosting another event this coming October 18 and 19 at Makati City. Dubbed as Toku Con, there will also be cosplay competitions, toy collectibles gallery, otaku goods and display during the event that will definitely delight the fans! To know more about the event, check this page