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“ERASED” Review

Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (僕だけがいない街 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 😥 )

  “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. !(•̀ᴗ•́)و ̑̑ You should definitely try this one!

“One Piece” Manga Becomes a Guinness World Record Holder

(C)Eiichiro Oda / Shueisha

Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga has taken another milestone as it was recently awarded by the Guinness World Record for having “the most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author.” The manga has printed 320,866,000 copies worldwide as of December 2014. The official website for One Piece shared the announcement on Monday.

Weekly Shonen Jump editor Yoshihisa Heishi received the award in behalf of Oda who couldn’t make it in the awarding ceremony held in Tokyo. The series has been serialized on Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since 1997, and has also been published in several countries worldwide. Its anime adaptation began airing in 1999 and is still ongoing.

(C) ORICON

(Source: Oricon via ANN)

Congratulations to Oda and all the staff behind the success of One Piece! 

Second “Fairy Tail” Anime Film Confirmed

The 25th issue of Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine confirmed that a second anime film adaptation of Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail manga has been green-lit! The first film, titled “Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess”, was released in 2012.

©Hiro Mashima/Kodansha

An imageboard art for the film drawn by Mashima himself is also unveiled in the magazine. The latest issue also includes two new chapters of the manga which tease the fans about a shocking development in the story.

The ongoing series began its serialization in 2006 and an anime TV adaptation also started airing in 2009.

(via ANN)

Cast Revealed for the Anime Adaptation of “One Punch Man”

One-Punch Man, a  webcomic originally created by ONE, is confirmed to have an anime adaptation this year! It will be directed by Shingo Natsume under Studio Madhouse, and Chikashi Kubota will be the character designer. Tomohiro Suzuki, on the other hand, will handle the series composition.

©ONE・村田雄介/集英社・ヒーロー協会本部

The official website for the anime adaptation recently unveiled some of the voice actors for the upcoming series which include Makoto Furukawa as the protagonist Saitama and Kaito Ishikawa as Genos, the main character’s disciple. Yuuki Kaji (Speed of Sound Sonic) and Aoi Yūki (Tornado of Terror) will also join Furukawa and Ishikawa in the cast. Yūsuke Murata began his remake of One Punch Man in 2012 on Shueisha’s Young Jump Web Comics website. Both ONE’s webcomic and Murata’s digital manga remake are still ongoing.

(via ANN)

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

(C) Toho

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.

“Bakuman” Reveals Visual for Live-Action Film Adaptation

The live-action film adaptation of Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s manga “Bakuman” is confirmed to premiere on October 3! The report was made by Mainichi Shimbun paper’s Mantan Web site where they announced the movie’s premiere date. The site also revealed a visual for the film which casts Takeru Satoh and Ryunosuke Kamiki as Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi, respectively. Joining them are Kenta Kiritani as Shinta Fukuda, Sarutoki Minagawa as Takurō Nakai, Hirofumi Arai as Kazuya Hiramaru, Nana Komatsu as Miho Azuki, and Shōta Sometani as Eiji Niizuma. Hitoshi Ōne is directing the said film. 

実写映画「バクマン。」のティザービジュアル (C)2015 映画「バクマン。」製作委員会

The manga also had an anime series adaptation which run from 2010 until 2013 with three seasons containing 25 episodes each. It tells the story of two friends (Mashiro as the artist and Takagi as the writer) who aspire to become well-known manga artists. Bakuman was serialized on Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from 2008 until 2012. Go to the movie’s official website to stay updated!

(Source: Mantan Web via ANN)

“The Last: Naruto the Movie” to be Shown in Philippine Cinemas in May

After months of delay, SM Cinema finally announced the release date of “The Last: Naruto the Movie”. The tenth Naruto film will be screened in Philippine theaters on May 13, 2015 after it was originally planned to be shown on December 17 last year.

Source: SM Cinema

Source: SM Cinema

The film became the highest-grossing Naruto movie in Japan when it premiered on December 6, 2014. Masashi Kishimoto’s manga concluded in November last year after its 15-year serialization on Weekly Shōnen Jump. Its anime adaptation series, on the other hand, is still ongoing.

(©Masashi Kishimoto)

 

“K” Anime to Return with a Second Season This Fall

Shingo Suzuki is returning as the director and character designer for the second season of K anime this year! A video that was uploaded on Wednesday revealed that the sequel will premiere this fall season, and GoHands will again produce the anime series which was first aired on October 5 to December 8, 2012. The 13-episode anime was followed by K: Missing Kings, an anime film which was released on July 12 last year. The series has also spawned several manga adaptations written by GoRA, and a visual novel game developed by Otomate was also released in 2014.

(via ANN)

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Io Sakisaka to Launch New Manga

Io Sakisaka, the creator of Ao Haru Ride and Strobe Edge, is going to launch her new manga series in the July issue of Shueisha‘s Bessatsu Margaret magazine on June 13.

Strobe Edge was serialized from 2007 until 2010 with a total of 10 volumes. A live-action film adaptation, which stars Kasumi Arimura (Ninako Kinoshita) and Sota Fukushi (Ren Ichinose) will also be screened in March 2015.

(Strobe Edge’s Movie Trailer)

Io Sakisaka started Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ridein 2011, and the series is scheduled to conclude in February this year. It also inspired an anime adaptation series which was aired in July until September 2014. Production I.G. produced the anime which had 12 episodes. Ao Haru Ride’s live-action film adaptation was also released in Japan in December last year. Tsubasa Honda and Masahiro Higashide played the characters of Futaba Yoshioka and Kou Mabuchi, respectively.

© Io Sakisaka/aoha-anime.com

(via ANN)