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Assessing anime at the start of 2018

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Winter 2018 is fast coming to it’s conclusion and while it is tempting to write a post like this everything is done, Spring is looking like a monster and my time for posting is (in case you didn’t notice), limited right now.

As with every season I don’t have the time (or inclination in many cases) to watch every show, but if I’ve missed something good then let me know down in the comments!

The Ancient Magus Bride (episode 23/24)

Starting with my only bit of Fall leftovers – The Ancient Magus Bride. I’ve been through a wide range of emotions when faced with this show even before it started airing. The three prequel episodes that aired in the year leading up to the start of the main series showed off the potential of the series and in some ways it never really got back up to those heights.


While I see Elias is a complex character I’ve never been comfortable with him (and I appreciate that that is possibly the point) – though in recent episodes I’ve come to appreciate his relationship with Chise more as they support each other equally.

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Episode Focus: Fate/Extra Last Encore 1, At the Bottom of an Ancient Limbo

In the distant past the Holy Grail War was lost. In the current day, all children with any hope of becoming masters are sent to ‘the moon’, the oldest artefact in the universe that creates a digital world in which it’s users can go over events time and time again – presumably to draw out their power to the fullest.


Hakuno Kishinami is one such student with potential to be a master, and episode one shows his part in the reckoning of all within the moon and 128 masters are chosen – for what we do not yet know.

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First Impressions: Beatless

So it’s February already – dreary January has gone by, and I have to say so has my apathy towards the Winter season of anime. Even if Violet Evergarden continues to be lacklustre, Darling in the FranXX was a pleasantly surprising and a couple of other shows have appeared on my radar that I’m going to give a go. I also listened to a great podcast featuring some fellow bloggers today, so if you’re looking for some anime banter to chill with, then go and check it out!


But right now I want to talk about Beatless. Last time I wrote about this show was in my first thoughts on the season and I was very cautious after seeing the first episode – Red Juice’s character designs that I was so looking forward to seeing have been tempered by Diomedea’s average art adaptation, but after three episodes I’m actually quite intrigued to see where things are going.

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‘I play music to be special’ a review of Sound! Euphonium

Anime has a way of telling the everyday story in a way that few other mediums have – ongoing live action drama often feels the need to add unrealistic suspense, conflict or trauma to make the story detached enough from our real lives. For slice-of-life anime though, escapism still isn’t off the table, it’s just presented in a different, often more engaging, way. And when it comes to slice-of-life anime no one does it quite like Kyoto Animation – add in the music element and Sound! Euphonium screams promise before episode 1 even airs.


Kumiko Oumae plays euphonium, a lesser known, less glamorous member of the big band scene. After finishing middle school with little success or appetite for more involvement she resolves to finding another club in high school, only to be dragged along to the band by the new friends she makes on the first day. Despite trepidations joining when she sees former classmate Reina Kousaka in the band, she reluctantly joins and is funnelled back into playing euphonium by vice-president and head of the bass section, Asuka Tanaka.


Over the course of two seasons, Sound! Euphonium follows the members of Kitauji High School band in their attempts to reach the nationals, come to terms with their past and deal with the trials and tribulations everyday high school life.

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First Impressions: Darling in the FranXX

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’ve been struggling to pick out shows to watch from Winter 2018’s offering. Despite it’s questionable title and some apprehensions I very much still have about it, it is particularly good that I stumbled across Darling in the FranXX. 


Best described as a Sci-Fi-Mecha with potential to become a romance, Darling in the FranXX is set in a future world where the only children that are born are locked in a the so called ‘birdcage’ in order to train to as ‘parasites’, pilots of humanoid mechs known as FranXX that fight monsters called Klaxosaurs that threaten human civilization.

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Winter 2018: my opening thoughts

As will become obvious, I think I need your help.

As far as seasonal viewing goes, Winter 2018 is probably the slowest start I’ve had since I’ve been watching anime. I don’t think it’s because I’ve lost interest in the medium (you need only look at the episodes watched feed on the left to see that I’ve been doing some serious catching up on some back catalogue shows), but that January’s offerings have just failed to inspire me. Apart from the second half of Fall’s The Ancient Magus Bride, which I am still catching up on, I have only started two Winter anime so far: Beatless and Violet Evergarden. 


I’m intending to watch Fate/Extra: Last Encore when it starts in a couple of weeks, but other than that there’s nothing that’s really grabbed me. I haven’t seen the first seasons of Overlord or The Seven Deadly Sins, so they’re out before I start, Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody seems to be another run of the mill isekai. Despite it’s hype pre season, Citrus seems less sweet yuri and more inappropriate, incest ecchi but just with girls. There are a couple of shows that are airing under the radar such as Kokkoku and After the Rain that look somewhat interesting even if they don’t particularly having anything to grab me.

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Fall 2017 in review

Seasonal anime in 2017 has not been amazing. Maybe it’s because I’ve chosen badly or because what did air just wasn’t to my taste, but there have been very few shows that I can honestly say will stand out when I look back at anime in the future.

It is unfortunately the case then that the worst of the anime I’ve experienced came in the final three months of the year. That’s not to say that there weren’t good anime airing in Fall, if ratings and fellows bloggers reviews are anything to go by then I know that is the case for sure, but I just didn’t see any of them.


As well as Fate/Apocrypha which started in the summer, I only picked up four shows for the Fall and in one way or another they all disappointed me in some way. That’s not to say I haven’t enjoyed what I’ve watched since October – I saw the second season of My Hero Academia and moments of a couple of the shows were pretty good while others made me smile just because of how bad they are. Anyhow, let’s go through each one in some more depth.

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Today’s Menu for the Emiya Family to get anime

It’s a crazy world out there kids.

I’m not usually one for spur of the moment short posts but I just had to share this with you all. The Fate/Stay Night spin off manga, Emiya-san Chi no Khoi Gohan is getting an anime.

Yes, in the same vein as the parody Carnival Phantasm, this spin off will have all your favourite Fate characters but will focus on cooking and food. There’s nothing to say that this won’t be of a decent quality though – expect all of the main series voice actors as well as UBW director Takahiro Miura on board.

I find it shocking that this is even a manga, let alone worthy of getting adapted into anime format. Although there aren’t many details yet, I’m guessing that, as a web anime it will be released in shorter episodes – but who knows. We won’t have to wait for long though, as the first episode will air on January 25th (western platform TBA).

Well let me know what you think of this – I’m not sure if my bemusement towards this is good or bad at the moment so maybe someone else can clear things up for me…

Driven by ancient alien technology and love – a review of Eureka Seven (2005)

Back in August it was announced that AlltheAnime would be bringing the new film adaptations of the 2005 TV mecha classic, Eureka Seven every year from the start of 2018. Thinking this would be a good thing to do in dreary January, I set out to watch the original TV anime in preparation.



Eureka Seven tells the story of Renton Thurston, the son of the hero of humanity as he joins the rebelling ‘Gekkostate’ befriending and falling in love with the mysterious pilot of the very first Light Finding Operation or LFO (mech), the Nirvage, Eureka.

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Building My Collection: Your Name Limited Collectors Edition

Few would dispute me if I said that the anime of 2016 was Makoto Shinkai’s gender-swapping, natural disaster romance, Your Name. Surely the biggest anime movie in foreign cinemas and the second biggest Japanese film in its own country the stats speak for themselves.

Fast forward a year and the home releases are making their way onto the shelves of the millions of fans that fell in love with the movie but there was a decision to make on exactly which edition of the film to buy. In the UK we had the option of a standard DVD, standard Blu-Ray, Steelbook edition Blu-ray or limited edition collectors set. Before I talk about the limited edition set, I’d just like to put on the record that I think it’s a great thing that more casual fans don’t have to spend huge amounts of money to get their hands on the movie – especially at the point of first release.

Now moving on I’d like to show you my copy of the limited collectors edition of the movie. It’s a pretty amazing set both on and off of the discs. So let’s get started!

The outer case is a chipboard box with art unique to this edition featuring the moment in the film Mitsuha and Taki meet face to face for the first time. There is the standard AllTheAnime information card lightly tacked onto the back of the box which can be removed without marking the box.

There are four elements to the set within the box: first up is the disc case itself which features the movie on both Blu-Ray and DVD as well as the soundtrack by RADWIMPS.

As well as the movie with both English and Japanese dubs (including Japanese or English editions of the soundtrack) both discs also contain a Japanese TV special featuring the director Makoto Shinkai and the voice actors of two main characters Mone Kamishiraishi and Ryunosuke Kamiki as well as the usual English and Japanese pre-release trailers and teasers.

This set earns it’s price tag by the extras though as next on the list is a set of 10 of high quality art cards showing scenes from the film, one of which is marked with a unique number of authenticity.

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There is also an A3 theatrical poster…

img_0527… but most impressive of all is surely the art/interviews book that as well as containing shots from the movie and interviews with the two lead voice actors contains a Q&A with director Makoto Shinkai and his original proposal for the film!

It is all in all a pretty impressive set, but there is still one little bonus that I’ve yet to show you. The so called ‘Red thread of fate’, popular in Asian folklore, is an important image within Your Name and AllTheAnime felt that it would be a nice gesture to include Mitsuha’s braid/Taki’s wristband.


I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with that one – but it’s a nice extra to have.

There you have it then, the UK/ROI limited collectors edition of Your Name. At £49.99 it is a bit pricey, but it really is worth the extra and I’ve included the link to Zavvi (where it is exclusively available) below. I’ll also add some links for the other editions 🙂

Limited Edition

Steelbook Blu-Ray 

Standard Blu-Ray

Standard DVD