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

Anime Expo 2014

Los Angeles, California

LA Convention Center

July 3rd-6th

By Riotblade

 

Anime Expo is one of the big names of anime conventions. It only makes sense for it to also be a featured line con… right? Since our report on the notorious 2013 Fanime convention line, we have never encountered a line similar to the python we saw snaking around the blocks of this convention center. Though the con was bursting (literally) with people, we all had a lot of fun and definitely recommend the con to anybody who wants to have fun.

 

Day 0:

 

My group thought we would learn from our lesson from last year and get there a little later this year. We reached the line at around 4 PM and were in shock when we realized that the line snakes a few times through a little cove and into the streets a few blocks away from the convention. Here is a map to show what the line looked like:

Woah, it's a snake

We decided to man up and line up anyways as we thought that the processing time would be extremely quick. No more assumptions were ever had for that weekend. We ended up lining up for about 5.5 hours because their printers were malfunctioning. By the time we got our tickets, it was around 10 PM and we were starving. Fortunately, AX thought it over and partnered up with Nature Valley to give each grab bag a free granola bar. What a life saver!

 

 

Day 1:

We arrived at the convention center early in the wee hours of 9 AM. Outside the convention center, there was a “Fluff Ice” truck giving out free fluff ice and a sticker for those who would like to pursue the Sentai Filmworks sticker hunt. At the front of the convention center was a huge line that made us glad that we spent some extra hours picking up our tickets to be able to get in early. This was the most peaceful day as a lot of the congoers haven’t shown up yet, and there was a good amount of walk space. We headed to the Trigger Studios panel to see what new projects they were cooking up.
Trigger spent a good amount of time talking about their upcoming anime adaptation, Ninja Slayer. Ninja Slayer is a hilarious parody of how westerners view Ninjas. Rumor has it that the manga was originally written by Americans (Bradley Bond and Philip Ninj@ Morzez), and translated by two Japanese guys (Honda Yu and Sugi Leika). They also gave us a preview of Little Witch Academia’s second OVA which looked awesome!

 

 

Day 2:

 

This day was the long awaited day for Yazool. We had tickets to the Kill La Kill special event which included a mini concert by Eir Aoi (who sang the first opening song), voice actors for Ryuuko and Satsuki (Ami Koshimizu and Ryouka Yuzuki), script writer, producer, and their animator Sushio. They let us preview the first two episodes of the English dub (which wasn’t bad at all) and gave us a sneak preview of Episode 25 titled “Graduation.” During the Q&A session, Sushio drew a masterpiece which was auctioned off in another event.

 

Day 3:

 

I didn’t end up going to much today as the convention was packed to the brim. It was extremely difficult getting into any panels without either waiting in the sun or standing in line at least one hour early. However, Yazool did manage to get into the Terror in Resonance panel which he claimed was “awesome.”

Our highlight of the day was the Ninja Slayer panel. We were super excited for the upcoming violent series about a Ninja hunting other Ninjas. The panel started with a brief video about what Ninja Slayer is and even introduced us to the two translaters, Honda Yu and Sugi Leika. After the video, we were in for a treat as Honda Yu and Sugi Leika came out in their ridiculous getup wearing some LED goggles and acted the part for an hour.

 

 

Day 4:

 

Since Day 4 was the slowest day for many, we didn’t stay at the convention for long. There weren’t very many activities and we were all tired from walking around and eating too much delicious LA Korean BBQ. We ended up doing a bit of traveling around LA for a good time.

 

 

Conclusion:

 

Anime Expo is the largest Anime Con in North America and rightfully so.  AX broke records this year by having over 80,000 attendees, a much greater amount than the 60,000 from last year.  All the panels and events were fun and well organized.  However, we are worried that AX is going to outgrow the L.A convention center and move out of the bustling city of L.A.

 

Full AX 2014 Album can be found here

Posted by Riotblade on July 20th, 2014 | No Comments

Anime Expo 2014

San Jose, California

San Jose McEnery Convention Center

May 23rd-26th

By Riotblade and Excelion


Day 1:

Knowing last year, I need to prepare for the worst.  I brought enough food and water to last me 6-8 hours in line.  Last year I was caught off guard with Line-con 2013.  I was dehydrated, hungry, and tired as the pre-reg line went waaaay past my bedtime.  This time, I will try at-con registration.  I was ready for a battle of endurance.  A battle against some 20,00 people.  A battle against my own sanity.  A battle against my own natural bodily functions.

 

I rode the VTA Winchester-Mountain View light rail line that was wrapped with Fanime decor.  I arrived at San Jose’s newly renovated McEnery Convention Center.  It was filled with con-goers and cosplayers.  Everything seems status quo.  Time to participate in the annual 2014 FANIME LINECON!!

 

I arrived at the LINECON staging area.  There was definitely a long maze of velvet rope, but there was something that did not seem right… WHERE THE @&$@ IS THE LINE?????  NOT STATUS QUO!!!  The rush of emotions… I can hear my psyche exploding.  I prepared for this??  All that food… And the empty bottle for… *Ahem*

 

So… Linecon 2014… Did not exist? I stood in line for a grand total of 2 minutes… With only me in line… Rounding around the maze of velvet rope.  A part of me was happy.  The rest of me wanted to kill myself.

 

The actual Fanimecon went off without a hitch.  There were absolutely no freebies, aside from the free plastic convention bag (they now cost $0.10 in San Jose).  I definitely enjoyed the new badges  which now feature cute characters.  Mines was a penguin !!

 

Suggestions for next year:  needs longer lines.

Posted by Riotblade on June 1st, 2014 | No Comments
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