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Reaping the benefits of a 50 episode run in Eureka Seven

Each season we are treated to a swathe of new anime for three months, only to be given a new set afterwards. Anime today is commonly produced in 12 episode seasons, even a double cours, 24 episode series is something to be excited about. As anime fans, we are conditioned to get excited about shows that are long than the standard one or two cours: Death Note is three cours, the two incarnations of Full Metal Alchemist are four and five cours respectively. The big shounen anime of Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Hunter x Hunter, Fairy Tale and Dragon Ball are all significantly more than 100 episodes and hold massive fan bases because of it. I don’t follow any of those series but I am a fan of some longer shows that are less than 100 episodes.

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It’s not difficult to see why longer shows are popular. I’m thirty-three episodes into Eureka Seven’s fifty episodes and already it is proving why longer screen time can make for a better show. So then, without further ado, let me explain all.

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Tokyo Ghoul :re anime announced for 2018

A website has been launched announcing an anime for the sequel to Sui Ishida’s hit manga, Tokyo Ghoul :re. 

Along with the website, a short announcement video was also released revealing Natsuki Hanae (Ken Kaneki in the first two seasons) in the role of new lead character: Haise Sasaki.

Both the manga and anime conclusions to Tokyo Ghoul left a lot of unanswered questions, so hopefully this adaptation will shed some light on those answers for those of us who have yet to read the sequel series.

Three new season three’s announced for 2018

All too often with anime we are given one or maybe two seasons before the production companies decide there’s no more money for light novel promotion through anime and the story is forever left unfinished.

It is refreshing then when we get the magical season three and in the past couple of days not one, not two, but three shows have announced third seasons! At the end of the final episode of it’s second season, My Hero Academia, one of this years biggest shows, announced a third season was in the works.

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Over at Dengeki Bunko Autumn Festival we also got two more seasons threes with the Alicization arc of the light novel will be adapted for TV next year. It was also announced that the spin-off novel Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online will get an anime adaptation.

Finally, my personal highlight of the weeks announcements, is the third season of a A Certain Magical Index. The light novels have come along way since the airing of the second season in Fall 2010/Winter 2011 with a the original series finishing and a sequel 17 volumes in. It was also announced as part of ‘A Certain Project 2018’ which suggests we’ll get another anime in the year though whether it’ll be a Railgun season 3 or an Accelerator season 1 or something else entirely was not revealed.

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An introduction to Weiss Schwarz

It must have been at least eight years ago when I stopped playing Yu-Gi-Oh and decided that trading card games were not only too expensive, but also too difficult to get good at.

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How then do I find myself in the position now of collecting a TCG that is even more expensive than the one I dropped all that time ago?! The answer in short is because I’m a compulsive collector of anything that can be collected.

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Weiss Schwarz is a card game that also fits in quite nicely with this blog. Players collect cards in either/both English and Japanese from a variety of anime, manga, video games and more recently, western pop culture franchises. The game is, understandably, much bigger in Japan, with far more franchises to choose from – from my little time learning about the game, it seems to be a fairly common practice for western players to buy Japanese cards to compensate for this.

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Within the game there are three types of cards: Character cards, Event cards and Climax cards. Every deck should contain exactly 50 cards, the majority of which will be character cards. Eight will be climax cards and the rest will be event cards. The aim of the game is, by inflicting damage, to level your opponent up four times; the caveat of the game is that as you are levelled up by your opponent, you are able to play more powerful cards. Advantages can be gained over your opponent through climax and event combos as well as raw power.

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There seems to be two ways of collecting cards – trying your luck buying decks and booster packs or buying single cards to buy specifically tailored decks. Personally, I’ve gone for the buy packs and decks because opening packs at random seems more fun, plus you never know if you might get extra rare cards – especially seeing as I’m yet to find other people locally to play with!

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So far, I’ve got a few trial decks and am just starting to invest a little in booster packs – but as I said earlier, it’s not a game for people who want to save money. Let me know what you think about Weiss Schwarz and other TCG’s in general – any tips for new players on the game or how to find other people to play with!


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The ‘Return to Work’ update!

Hi everyone! I’m back, and hopefully this time, I’ll be back for good. I handed my dissertation in and finished four years of studying history at university to an end of Friday. While this means I’ll be entering the real world (and selling books as a full time job for a while!), it also has the upshot of meaning I’ll only be writing on my blog from now on.

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Like the post I put up at the end of July, this is just a little update, before the real articles get going again, to let you all know what I managed to fit in around all of my work in August.

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First Impressions: Fate/Grand Order (iOS/Android)

In my work crazed state I’ve fallen into a bit of Fate moment: watching Fate/Apocrypha as it airs, rewatching the first couple of episodes of Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works in preparation for the Heaven’s Feel movie in October and finally downloading the new mobile game in the franchise, Fate/Grand Order.

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At the start of the year (it was actually New Years Day in fact) I watched the one off extended episode of Fate/Grand Order: First Order, before letting it slip to the back of my mind and promptly forgetting it. The anime adaptation of the prologue of this game was okay at best with a cast of characters that felt as if they should have been in a mobile game. Well, that’s the thing isn’t it – because they actually work very well in the real mobile game.

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Netflix to stream Fate/Apocrypha outside of Japan on November 7th

Fate/Apocrypha is one of the bigger anime set for release in Summer 2017, but if you live outside of Japan, you would be better of considering it a Fall 2017 anime. The reason for that you ask? Netflix got the rights.

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Before I go into full rant mode, let me just fill you in on some of the other details of this anime. Fate/Apocrypha is set in a parallel universe to Fate/Stay Night and tells the story of how, after the third holy grail war (that is the war before Kiritsugu Emiya and the events of Fate/Zero) the greater grail is stolen, leading to an attempt by the Mages’ Association to reclaim it. A seven on seven greater grail war ensues between two factions. For the original source material, you’ll need to learn Japanese or find some fan translations of the five volume light novel series.

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The two ways to adapt manga into anime

I can imagine for many people outside of the anime and manga community, it would be easy to assume that when adapting manga, a format that tells it’s story mainly through images, that there is little room for manipulating the content in an anime adaptation. In this article, I want to use the example of two mainstream anime that have been adapted from highly successful manga in very different ways. I’m not aiming to particularly share my views on how successful these adaptations are generally, though I will inevitably touch upon my personal opinions of the quality of each adaptation.

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So what are these two ways of adapting manga into anime? And which examples will I be using. The first is the one I alluded to at the start of this article – that is that the story is taken aspect for aspect from manga into the anime. The second is where key points of the plot, including ending, character defining moments and essential events, are maintained, while other parts of the story are altered to be more effective in the anime medium.

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For the first method, I’ll be looking at chapter 42/episode 31 of Attack on Titan. If you don’t mind though, I’m going to start with my second example first: Tokyo Ghoul chapter 120/episode 19.

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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.

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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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