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Hidden perspectives in White Album II

White Album II is the classic love triangle scenario. In fact, it is the classic love triangle scenario turned up to eleven. Two of three don’t know what they want and in the end the one that did to start with is the one that seems to lose out the most.


But for most of the show it didn’t seem like that. I want to show by traversing time and missing certain events out because of the particular perspective shown, White Album II becomes more effective than other similar anime.

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Violet Evergarden to begin airing from January 11th on Netflix

Big news everyone. Do you remember a while ago me (and everyone else in the anime community) complaining about Netflix’s international anime release schedule? Well if you can believe it, it seems like they might have listened to us.


In a marketing email sent to UK users, it was announced that Violet Evergarden will be made available to UK (as well as Canada and some other international markets) from January 11th. Although there hasn’t been any official word from Netflix responding to the criticism from anime fans up to this point, this move would seem to suggest that they heard about it.

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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…

My year in anime: 2017

Happy New Year everyone! It’s time for my year in review.

For many of us who write aniblogs, we watch a lot of anime so over the course of twelve months we end up with a huge amount to summarise. In this post I want to summarise my year in anime month by month with my favourite show/film. Let’s go!


Anime watched: 10

#1: Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance


January was notable because I watched all three seasons of Haikyuu! (I know – I got into it haha!) However, despite enjoying Karasuno High’s journey to the nationals the highlight of the month had to be the second instalment in the Evangelion movie reboot, You Can (Not) Advance. I’ve never really understood the hype around the original TV series, but I enjoyed it enough to give the movies a go. Part one was a touched up rehash of the original opening episodes, but part two goes a bit further.

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Where I’ve been…


It’s not a full post today, but I just wanted to check in after another of my extended breaks. I didn’t intend to take almost a month off, but I’ve just been struggling to get on top of things.

Since July I’ve had a much bigger workload outside of this blog than I’ve ever had before with a 40 page dissertation and full time work for the first time in my life. I’m not going to make more excuses on top of that, because I really do want to keep the blog going and I full intend to get back into it properly – starting today!

That said, I’m not promising two or three posts a week because knowing how things have panned out this year it could easily fall apart. However, I do have a few posts in mind already for the end of the year and there are plenty of ideas going around for 2018.

I’m planning on doing a couple of posts of the anime of year as well as doing seasonal roundups and insights for Fall and Winter. I’m also going to get back into doing lists more often – I got put off by the opinion some bloggers have, in the past, shared that lists were a lazy form of writing that isn’t really suitable for wordpress blogs. It isn’t about what a small minority think though and I enjoy writing list posts so expect to see some more of them in the new year.

Hopefully, I’ll be back with something new very soon –

Thanks for reading 🙂 

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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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!

Thanks for reading 🙂