With most anime in the summer season four or five episodes in, so I’ve decided to put my thoughts together quickly on the shows I’m watching currently and how they’re doing. This season overall is a more enjoyable season than the last and I’ve found myself watching the following shows:
Akame ga Kill!
Blue Spring Ride
Black Butler season 3
Sword Art Online II
Terror In Resonance
I’m also watching Fairy Tail and Captain Earth, but neither of which really count in this section… especially considering I’ve quietly fallen behind with Captain Earth.
UQ Holder! is a relatively new series from Ken Akamatsu. The series is set within the same universe and 70 years after as his previous work, Negima! Magister Negi Magi, but readers can jump into UQ Holder! right away with no trouble if they haven’t read the work that comes before. With that said we’ve jumped into the first volume of the manga to take a look at what it has to offer.
Sword Art Online has without a doubt become a huge series outside of Japan thanks to A-1 Pictures producing an anime last summer. Thanks to the massive interest in the series Yen Press have licensed the original light novels for release outside of Japan. I’ve picked up the first volume to review and see how much the source differs from the anime!
Yesterday I posted up a review of No Game, No Lifeand upon reading the review a close friend of mine asked why I gave it so low a score for its soundtrack. Overall this led us to discussing anime soundtracks and what makes them stand out to each of us. So, figuring this would make a decent topic to talk about I decided to write a short ramble on the subject.
In the past few year’s we’ve had a bit of a boom in titles that are set around gamers being transported to a video game world or trapped within a video game (See Sword Art Online as the best recent example), but No Game, No Life takes this to a different level in an attempt to stand out from the crowd.
The story sets out by introducing us to brother and sister Sora and Shiro, who make up an ultimate team known as ‘Blank’. The two can complete any video game that crosses their path with amazing scores and are known as the best gamer in Japan, if not the world. One day a chess challenge is posed to them via email and upon completion the two are transported to a brand new world known as Disboard. In this world everything is decided by games, something which the two take great joy in partaking in.
Anime Limited have already made a bit of a buzz this morning after putting a couple of top series on Netflix, but the news doesn’t end there. Anime Limited have just revealed how Q4 looks for them.
September looks set to be somewhat quiet, but they’re finally releasing Gurren Lagann in a number of different sets for the anime fans who have been keeping an eye out for that. In October Anime Limited have quite a packed month as they’ll be releasing HAL, Blood Lad, and Patema Inverted.
Moving on to the last couple of months of the year, Anime Limited will be releasing Wings of Honneamise and Space Dandy in November. In December they will be a releasing a currently unknown movie, which will also be treated to theatrical screens during October and November. There is a chance we’ll be seeing the first part of Kill la Kill in December as well.
More information about these releases can be found on the All The Anime website right here.
Interesting news appeared this morning as Anime Limited revealed that Kill la Kill and Gurren Lagann are now available to watch on Netflix UK!
All 25 episodes of Kill la Kill have gone up on the service and can be watched subbed. Meanwhile all 27 episodes of Gurren Lagann have gone up on the service and can be watched subbed or dubbed. Both are top class series’ so it’s really nice to see them being added to Netflix. You can read my review of Kill la Kill right here
Overall the range of anime on offer to the UK via Netflix is fairly slim compared to the US offerings, but with Anime Limited seemingly interested in bringing more anime to the service here we should have some fairly interesting times ahead!
When Wakanim announced they were going to stream Shinichiro Watanabe’s Terror in Resonance I was excited to say the least. I’m a moderate fan of Cowboy Bebop and Space Dandy but I utterly adored Kids on the Slope and have gained confidence in Watanabe’s anime as he goes on. So, a series which brings together Watanabe at his finest and Cowboy Bebop and Kids on the Slope composer back together can only be a good thing, right? Right.