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Summer 2017 anime to look out for

The anime of Spring 2017 are coming to an end and it is time to look forward to the next season of TV anime. I’m going to talk about the shows I’ll be watching as well as some of the others than I may or may not go for depending on their initial reception.

Fate/Apocrypha

This is the show I’m most excited for this summer. Take the core concept of Fate/Stay Night and turn it on its head, turning a battle royal between seven masters and servants into a war between teams. The Red team – the Mages’ Association versus the Black team – the rebellious Yggdramillennia faction. I haven’t read the light novels, so there are lots of specifics I don’t know. I’m certainly looking forward to a new anime entry to the Fate franchise and hopefully A-1 Pictures won’t let us down! (Oh, and Egoist likely performing the opening, so there’s another tick in the box!)

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Attack on Titan season 3 to cover more manga material than season 2?

The long anticipated second season of Attack on Titan finished today with episode twelve with yet another significant reveal and no shortage of death and carnage for Eren and the Scouts. I’ll come to review this final episode and the season as a whole in the coming days, but now I want to talk about the announcement that sometime next year, we might, just might, get a season three.

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And the results are in! #2

Like everyone over the age of 18 in the UK, the polls have closed for you and the results are in on my ‘election’ of the next sequel you want me to watch.

Once again the results were super closer, with only one vote in it, but I’m happy to announce I will be watching Durarara!!x2 Shou as my next readers choice!

Thanks for voting and hopefully you’ll be back to read any features I do on the series as well to vote again in my next poll!

What if the main character wasn’t the hero? The case of Tales of Zestiria the X

I’ll be the first to say that I’m not the most difficult person to please when it comes to my anime. If you want to rehash a cool concept and use it again and again, I’m usually pretty cool with that as long as it’s well written with some interesting characters. However, every so often I, like most people, hypothesise on what would make for a great story and it was when I was watching Tales of Zestiria the X that an idea last crossed my mind.

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Without turning this into a review of the two cour series, suffice it to say, Tales of Zestiria is a 24 episode series that follows the journey of Sorey from country bumpkin to saviour of the world. It’s an emotionally charged, action packed coming-of-age tale with some beautiful animation and a colourful palette that makes for generally enjoyable viewing.

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Help me choose what to watch! #2

Hi everyone!

You may remember a little while ago I asked for you all to choose the next anime I should next and by the narrowest of margins you pointed me in the direction of Spice and Wolf, an anime that had been on my plan to watch list for far to long. Today I watched the final episode of season one and am preparing my review which means I need some help deciding what to watch next!

I thought I’d try and keep this interactive interesting so this time I’ve limited the selection to sequels. That is shows that I’ve already seen a season of and for whatever reason didn’t get a chance to continue at the time. It’s a slightly longer list than last time and has at least one show that I’m not sure about myself (can you guess which?) – but I leave myself at the mercy of you, the gentle reader.

Feel free to select more than one if you can’t decide, many is better than none!

Thanks for taking part and I’ll post the results at the start of next week!

 

MCM Comicon London May 2017

It’s a rare thing in the UK to be able to go to an ‘anime event’. If you don’t count the increasing amount of cinema screenings, you wouldn’t need more than the fingers on one hand to list off the events you go to where you’ll find a congregation of anime fans doing anime things. 

Today though I got to go to MCM Comicon in London’s Excel Exhibition Centre a convention I described to one person before going as ‘a massive geek fest’. I’ll come to the anime in a minute, but MCM was full of all things nerdy from esports and games through to comic books and Japanese sweets. These are all things I enjoy but I was pleasantly surprised with just how many anime and manga stands there were ranging from memorabilia, t-shirts and hoodies, posters, DVD’s and Blu-Ray and, oh, so much manga.

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If you’ve never been to a convention like this before (like me) the first thing that you’ll notice most obviously is the amount of people cosplaying. Going through the underground it took just one change to see the switch from people going about their normal Sunday mornings to an abundance of Harley Quinns, Harry Potters and Survey Corps Scouts. I didn’t cosplay and didn’t particularly feel out of place, but if you’ve ever had the urge to dress up as your favourite character, this would certainly have been the time to do it. For some people it was a simple costume to simply signify that they were visiting the event while for others it is serious competition with huge amounts of effort and time put into an outfit.

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And the results are in!

So about a week ago I asked you all to help me out and choose what non-seasonal show I should watch next. Thanks if you voted and if you missed out then don’t worry, I’ll be giving you all another chance to decide what I do with my free time sometime in the future!

In case you missed the original post and can’t be bothered to look back on it the five options were:

  • Hyouka
  • Spice and Wolf
  • Air
  • Higashi no Eden
  • Kill la Kill

And the winner, by only one vote, was Spice and Wolf! It’s been on my plan to watch list for a long time so I’m looking forward to get start with it in the next couple of days. If you’re disappointed or didn’t vote, as I say I will be doing some more of these in the future – possibly on themes – so keep your eyes open for that!

 

Help me choose what to watch! #1

My plan to watch list feels like an ever growing pit that increases by five every time I watch something – serves me right for watching so many seasonal shows I guess.

I’m crawling towards the finish line with Hand Shakers and I really want to be able to binge something good when I’m done. So I’d like to humbly ask you all for some advice. I’ve picked five shows that I’ve been meaning to watch for ages and stuck them in a poll. If you’ve got fifteen seconds to cast your eye over a list, please do and tell me what I should watch next!

And if you won’t do it for me, do it for Yui instead.

Attack on Titan season 2 – Hajime Isayama

I was so excited when I saw that Isayama Hajime, the manga-ka for Attack on Titan gave an interview as part of Aniplus Asia’s series of interviews in the run up to this weekends premier of season 2 of the anime.

I’m not going to lie everyone, I really enjoyed this interview. Isayma-san seems like a really nice guy who is looking forward to seeing the anime as a viewer as well as making sure it lives up to his creation at the same time. Okay, man crushing over.

What did we learn from this interview then? Ymir is definitely the character to watch, like the two directors, Isayama seems really excited about the development of her character going forward in this season. There are some key manga points that he also spoke about as well including a flash back to Marco’s death – this was a really dark event in season 1 that was all the worse for it’s lack of context. I’m not sure if the reveal Isayama was talking about will make things better for people, but it will certainly be an exciting scene to watch.

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Fate/Apocrypha new trailer with voice actors and release date

If three years has seemed like too much a hiatus for the Fate series to anyone, Type Moon has responded in 2017 with (at least) three prospective new shows this year. Alongside ufotable’s Fate/Stay Night: Heaven Feel and Shaft’s Fate/Extra Last Encore, we’ve got A-1 Pictures’ Fate Apocrypha. As many of you will know, I’m a big fan of the Fate franchise (don’t worry, I won’t subject you to another month like this one though…) so all of this is big news.

On Sunday afternoon we got the second trailer for Apocrypha:

I don’t know a whole lot about the light novels, but the basic premise seems to be that a Great Holy Grail War takes place between to opposing mage factions, Red and Black in a world that is parallel to that of Stay Night. There are lots of characters that we’ve never met before so I’m hoping A-1 Pictures will have forked out to gives us 24 episodes. Also… there’s a servant called Shirou Kotomine?! I want a family tree of both worlds now.

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