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.
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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!
In case you missed the original post and can’t be bothered to look back on it the five options were:
Spice and Wolf
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!
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.
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.
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.
Less than a week to go until episode one of season two fellow Attack on Titan fans! Today I managed to watch the second in a series of interviews conducted by Aniplus Asia with key members of the staff from the new season, this time with new director Masashi Koizuka.
There was some… mild discomfort, shall we say, among fans when it was announced that Tetsuro Araki wouldn’t be holding onto his position of director for season two of Shingeki no Kyojin: although he does have an overseeing role as Chief Director, the director role is going to be taken by former assistant director Masashi Koizuka. I was really happy to hear about the relationship between the two directors for the new season – it sounds like Araki will be managing the seiyuu’s as well as storyboarding, while Koizuka will be in charge of animation.