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Another week, another article! Funny how that works, huh.

 

August 10th: Fan favorite Working!! has had a third season announced. When I first read this one I was more than a little dubious – it took longer than 24 hours for an official source to confirm it! The announcement came at a small offkai (offline meeting) for fans of the show and rapidly spread on twitter. Nevertheless, here we are! I, for one, am excited for more Poplar.

 

August 11th: October anime World Trigger has been granted a new key visual and has had its staff and main staff list announced. Some highlights are Yuuichi Nakamura (Tomoya from Clannad, Gray Fullbuster from Fairy Tail) as Yuuichi Jin and Yuki Kaji (Alibaba in Magi, Issei Hyoudou in Highschool DxD) as Osamu Mikumo.

 

August 12th:  This is a fun one. In order to promote the Hong Kong release of the mobile rhythm game Love Live School Idol Festival the publishers have outfitted public transportation with massive ads! This, naturally, resulted in the HK Love Livers prostrating themselves in front of the trains in a traditional Japanese dogeza, which set off a chain reaction of news stations running stories about it and asking Tokyo Love Livers what they thought of it.

 

August 13th: Upcoming shounen manga adaptation Nanatsu no Taizai (7 Sins) has announced the artists for their opening and ending themes and I sure hope it’s indicative of the overall quality of the anime because it is a doozy. They have constant chart toppers Ikimonogakari doing the opening theme and a godly combination of FLOW and GRANRODEO for the ending theme. Personally, I’m a giant fan of ikimonogakari and own two of their albums, I sure hope the show is as good as these songs will be!

 

August 14th: Well this is certainly a first… lingerie targeted for real life flat chested tsundere girls! I’m not even kidding, the brand name translates to Tsundere Girl. I’m glad they tried this in Japan and not the US, I’m sure we’d have some interesting people take offense to the line.

 

August 15th: Comiket day 1! Announcements out the ass! Unfortunately there were just way too many PVs and such to link here so I’ll leave you with the two biggest bits. We’re getting more Dog Days and more Nanoha! Dog Days’ 3rd season will be named Dog Days Double Dash (since the second season was named Dog Days Dash, get it?) and Nanoha will be adapting the Nanoha ViViD manga.

 

My deepest apologies for there being no linked images or videos in this post, I am writing most of it on mobile due to some extenuating circumstances. Once I get a chance to edit in the media I will. Thank you.

Posted by Yazool on August 17th, 2014 | No Comments

Hello, Yazool again! This week was filled to the brim with Kantai Collection news due to key visuals and trailers for the anime alongside the long awaited ‘Battle of Midway’ game patch. With the exception of those two articles I’m going to avoid using KanColle everyday.

 

August 3rd: Having just said I’m avoiding KanColle news, here’s some KanColle news! The anime has been confirmed for January of 2015, along with a staff announcement. Famed director Keizo Kusakawa (Akuma no Riddle, Nanoha Series, Dog Days) will be leading the anime with the always cute Sumipyon (Sumire Uesaka) leading the voice cast as Fubuki. Please note the anime version is much much cuter. Here’s a PV and Key Visual: 

 

Yuudachi is way too cute holy shit

 

August 4th: Last Monday was a very slow news day for our beloved Area 11, so I’ve combined two bits of news into one! Both Prison School and Magical Girl Ore are getting anime adaptations in 2015. I’m afraid I can’t show a Prison School image here due to that manga’s adult nature, but Magical Girl Ore should be fine! I haven’t read it myself, but the manga follows a girl who transforms into a buff man when she needs to save people. Except the buff man is wearing a “traditional” mahou shoujo getup. You can read the manga here (in Japanese).

 

僕と契約して、魔法少女になってよ!

 

August 5th: K-On!! is finally getting a Bluray release set! Now you may be thinking this isn’t big news, but it’s particularly relevant to people like me who like to spend money they don’t have on importing stuff from Japan to somewhere overseas. The big deal with this release in particular is that it contains English subtitles! This is still somewhat of a new trend with Japanese publishers but it has been gaining traction since Aniplex started doing it on most of their releases.  It certainly makes the 37,000 yen (Roughly 360USD) price tag easier to stomach. Hopefully this continues with other Kyoto Animation anime like Haruhi and Lucky Star. Note: when I had originally written this Funimation had not yet announced that they are doing a stateside release of Haruhi and Lucky Star in the US. That’s even better news!

 

 

August 6th: Durarara is getting a second season! It starts in January! And that’s about all I have to say about that!

 

Celty will always be the best girl

 

August 7th: Have you ever wanted to see Asuna from Sword Art Online looking like she works at a fast food chain? Now you can because SAO has teamed with up Japanese burger chain Lotteria to bring you a lottery for a whole host of Lotteria themed SAO goodies. Or is it SAO themed Lotteria goodies? I really have no idea.

 

And yet there will be otaku spending hundreds upon hundreds for that tapestry, I know it

 

August 8th: Neither myself nor the Japanese can ignore KanColle fever any longer! The 8th marked the release of the Midway patch. Please click the link to the left (on the date) the see all of the new ships and modifications they added to the game. On a personal note I find it hilarious how much everyone is looking forward to this patch – the enemy ships in KanColle are very obviously supposed to be based on the American Navy in WWII to match the player’s ships being parts of the Imperial Japanese Navy. The IJN got absolutely crushed at Midway and it turned the tide of the entire Pacific theater against them; I suppose this just means they’re not very bitter about WWII. I also love the depiction of the stage E-1 boss, she’s so damned cute I can’t stand it.

 

And this little thing trashed the IJN real good

 

August 9th: No big news yesterday, the entire industry was busy playing KanColle. On the US side of news there were a couple of major Funimation announcements (Haruhi, Cowboy Bebop, Lucky Star all getting Bluray releases). All quiet on the eastern front!

 

That’ll do it for this week, see y’all again next time! As always, please leave any comments, criticisms, or advice you may have. Thanks!

Posted by Yazool on August 10th, 2014 | No Comments

Howdy! I’m Yazool and I’m going to be starting a Sunday column where I direct your attention to the largest stories of the preceding week. My process is fairly simple: load up some aggregate news sites, count the retweets, and then bring them over here! The websites I will primarily be using are 0takomu and Yaraon!

 

July 28th: Kantai Collection has character designs!

The much anticipated anime adaptation of the hit browser game Kantai Collection (in which you control a fleet of anthropomorphized ships from the Japanese Imperial Navy) has finally unveiled some of their character designs. The designs were printed in the September issue of Nyan-type magazine. This ship here is Yuudachi.

 

 Yuudachi

 

July 29th: Febri makes a very silly mistake

Febri magazine is a monthly publication dedicated to interviews with anime production staff. In their latest issue they ran an iDOLM@STER movie cover story but left one of the idols off the cover! This makes Yayoi very very sad.

 

Yayoi Crying

 

July 30th: Grisaia no Kajitsu’s staff and voice cast has been announced

Fall is going to be a good season of anime! Tensho (Kiniro Mosaic) is directing with Hiroko Taguchi (Sora from Yosuga no Sora) and Takahiro Sakurai (Suzaku in Code Geass) leading the voice cast as Amane Suoh and Yuuji Kazama, respectively.

 

July 31st: Universal Japan announces several new attractions

Universal Studios Japan has announced several new attractions for their location in Japan. Among them are Attack on Titan, Evangelion, Resident Evil, and Monster Hunter. I know where I’m going next time I go to Japan!

 

August 1st: New Digimon Adventures anime!

Bandai hosted a 15th anniversary stream for Digimon and announced a plethora of awesome things for the digifaithful. I’m going to have to do some real deep soul searching to decide if I want to drop 50,000 yen on the original blu ray box set. The new anime is planned for Spring of next year and will follow the original characters into high school.

 

 

August 2ndPrince of Tennis Valentines card count

Every year the Prince of Tennis manga has readers send in Valentines for their characters. This year the most popular character with an absolutely astounding 62,837 votes was Atobe Keigo. Damn, he’s a sexy beast!

 

 

Please feel free to leave comments, suggestions or corrections, and I’ll see you next week!

Posted by Yazool on August 3rd, 2014 | No Comments

Japan Expo 1st impact can be described with two words: Awesome concerts!

 

I had the chance of obtaining press badges which allowed me to be in the front row reserved press area.  I was stoked with the idea of being up close to You Kikkawa, Dempagumi.inc, and 1000say.  However, something very unfortunate happened right before the convention started on Thursday night.  Something that can only be described in nightmares that wake you up in the middle of the night– our only DSLR camera wasn’t functioning correctly.  As we did not have the technical know-how to debug camera issues, we decided to just let it go and use our trusty smart phones for pictures.  New technology is amazing right!? Wrong!  Even though smart phones boast the ability to shoot at “THIRTEEN MEGAPIXELS”, they do not fair very well in almost all situations we’ve encountered.  The incorrect lighting would absolutely destroy any pictures that were taken and any type of movement would yield a blurred picture.  With that being said, I would like to apologize to our readers and to the Japan Expo staff for providing the following low quality images presented in our articles.

 

You Kikkawa – First Showing

 

You Kikkawa is a former idol of “Hello Project!” and is performing in the US for the second time.  Upon entering the spacious auditorium that Santa Clara Convention Center provides, I was treated with You Kikkawa’s beautiful tunes.  The crowd in the auditorium was not very large, but it sure was rowdy.  Upon gazing around, I noticed that there were  various people who looked like they were a part of her official fanclub, as they wore her t-shirts and carried around glow sticks.  One fan even brought a bag filled with glow sticks and gave one to everyone who was attending.

 

When the tunes finally went silent and background music started blaring, the crowd went wild.  Out came Ms. Kikkawa in her cute little dress doing very interesting dance routines.  She performed for about 45 minutes before finalizing her set and thanking her fans.  It was a very nice performance.

 

 

Dempagumi.inc – First Showing

 

Dempagumi.inc is a fairly new group formed in 2008, which performs regularly in Akihabara, Japan.  There are 6 members in total, each assigned a unique color.  Their performances are full of energy and are full of theatrics, much like a musical play.

 

Upon  entering the premium line, there were tons of Dempagumi.inc fans screaming and shouting lyrics to their favorite songs.  Some of their fans came all the way from Japan to promote these artists and even passed out their CD albums for free.  These fans also passed out birthday cards which we can personalize for Mirin-chan, who happens to have a birthday on September 9th.

 

The performance and energy from this crowd was nothing but spectacular.  It felt as though I was actually in Japan attending an idol show as everybody had glow sticks and were performing wotagei and calls/chants.  I’ve personally never attended a idol group concert before, and my mind was blown at how exciting it was.  I was very disappointed at not being able to take any good photographs :( .

 

 

 

1000say

 

1000say is an 4 membered electro-rock band that formed in 2005 while all of their members were attending college.  Other than that, there’s not much information available online.

 

This band is a complete mystery.  I’ve tried the googles and the internets and can’t find any juicy information about the members.  I went into the concert without knowing what to expect, and was not disappointed.  The band all dressed in very interesting outfits and always worked the crowd.  There were two females, and two males, which is a nice balance of testosterone.  During some of the performances, the frontman even jumped off of the stage just to run through the crowd!

 

 

Overall, the concerts were definitely interesting.  I really like how the organizers planned two showings for a lot of the events just so everyone has a chance to attend.  Thumbs up to you, JX!

Posted by Riotblade on August 27th, 2013 | No Comments
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