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Anime News: Fairy Tail Returns

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Kodansha’s Weekly Shounen Magazine is announcing that the anime adaptation of  Mashima Hiro‘s Fairy Tail manga will return in April, 2014 on Tokyo TV and its related channels.

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The magazine lists the cast and staff:

Cast

  • Natsu – Tetsuya Kakihara
  • Lucy – Aya Hirano
  • Happy – Rie Kugimiya
  • Gray – Youichi Nakamura
  • Erza – Sayaka Ohara

Staff

  • Director: Shinji Ishihira
  • Series Composition: Masashi Sogo
  • Character Design: Shinji Takeuchi
  • Animation Production: A-1 Pictures, Bridge

The anime is back with few changes as the anime production changed from Satelight to Bridge. Mashima had asked fans to wait earlier this year until he could announce some “good news” since the first television anime adaptation of Fairy Tail ended. So this is the good news, the anime will be back Spring 2014.

 
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Posted by on December 30, 2013 in Anime/Manga, News

 

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Anime Review: Date A Live

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Summary:

Itsuka Shido is a high school boy. On the last day of the spring holidays, an explosion destroys the town and a girl in armor appears in front of him. Shido’s sister-in-law, Kotori, tells him that the girl is called “Special Disasterous Designated Creature: Spirit”, which causes a timespace quake. Kotori disclosed that she is the commander of the anti-spirit organization Ratatosk and orders him to go out on a date with the spirit girl. Kotori says, “I don’t ask you to beat the spirit. Just let her fall in love with you and save the world.” (Source: MAL)

General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 6, 2013 to Jun 22, 2013
Producers: FUNimation Entertainment, AIC Plus+, Nippon Columbia
Genres: Comedy, Mecha, Romance, School, Sci-Fi, Shounen, Harem
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R+ – Mild Nudity

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Review:

I believe this anime is all about fan service. The characters are so cute, as you can see in the pictures above. Though the story is kinda weird. Basically, it’s about “spirits”, an organization that fights against them and another organization that’s based on a gal game which is kinda with and against them. The main character is kind of a perv and all the girls fall for him still. Was the story great? No, but for a Harem anime it had a decent story. Am I excited that there is a second season? Yes, for so many reasons. Oh, I almost forgot… The anime was actually good, and there was something good in the story. Not great, just good. Is the anime a must watch? No, though it is a nice anime to watch. So if your interested, watch it. If not, then don’t.

Overall Rate: 7/10

 
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Posted by on July 3, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Manga Review: The Strings Dolls

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Summary:

One day, Shiro and his little sister, Koyori, who has been permanently crippled after an accident, download a peculiar game called “Strings Dolls.” Whenever you have someone in your camera screen, the game allows you to move them around like a puppet. Shiro and Koyori are filled with joyl to realize that this magical game can, at least temporarily, restore her ability to walk! Other people, however, use it for much less noble purposes. Among the others who have downloaded the game is a mysterious player called Miyabi, who appears to be using the game to kill off his fellow players. Will Shiro be able to track down who is behind this game, and find the murderous Miyabi before it’s too late? (Source: MU)

General Information:

Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 15
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 14, 2011 to Jul 12, 2012
Genres: Mystery, School, Shounen, Supernatural
Authors: Hibaru, Shunsuke (Story & Art)
Serialization: GanGan Online

Review:

The strings doll manga has a unique story. It’s about this game that’s created to control people like puppets and the game is called Strings Doll. Since its a shounen manga there’s bound to be a villain and the main character is obviously the hero. The manga’s art is pretty cool, and idea of the story is unique. The flow of the events was kinda predictable. Though it was a nice read. I also like how violent the manga got halfway through and it had a nice amount suspense. So overall the manga was good.

Overall Rate: 7/10

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Anime Review: Magi – The Labyrinth of Magic

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Summary:

This story is about the flow of fate and the battle to keep the world on the right path. Aladdin is a boy who has set out to explore the world after being trapped in a room for most of his life. His best friend is a flute with a djinn in it named Ugo. Soon enough, Aladdin discovers he is a Magi, a magician who chooses kings, and he was born to choose kings who will follow the righteous path, battling against those who want to destroy fate. Follow his adventures as he meets others from 1001 Arabian Nights, like Ali Baba and Sinbad, and fights to keep the balance of world in check! (Source: MU)

General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Directed by: Koji Masunari
Written by: Hiroyuki Yoshino
Aired: Oct 7, 2012 to Mar 31, 2013
Studio: A-1 Pictures
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

I’ve always been an Aladdin fan, so I was instantly attracted to this anime. I must say it exceeded my expectations. Basically Magi is inspired by Arabic literature characters, such as Alibaba, Sindibad, And so on. The fantasy there and the way the plot build up are amazing. There is magic everywhere and not in a cheesy matter. The plot is pretty outstanding, I’ve never seen a shounen anime as good as this one. I love how Aladdin is not always the hero or the main focus in the anime. You get to see all the characters stories. I also liked the fact that Sindibad is important in the anime so is morgana and Alibaba. The art and the fighting scenes are incredible. I strongly recommend the anime and am eagerly waiting for the second season which is gonna be released fall 2013.

Overall Rate: 10/10

 
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Posted by on June 27, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Most Notable Spring 2013 anime

These aren’t all the spring 2013 anime, though I believe those are worth watching. I have to say that I’m glad that there are many mecha and fantasy anime this season. I’ll write down reasons why you should watch them so if your interested read the whole post.

PS. The anime are classified in alphabetical order

Aku no Hana

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Genres: Drama, Romance, School, Psychological
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

The anime is based on a popular manga with the same title. I read like the first chapter of the manga, I liked the art it is good. Though the anime has different kinda art, it’s kinda difficult to swallow at first but you’ll get used to it.

Arata Kangatari

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Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Shounen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

There wasn’t anything particularly unique about this anime, though it has some good action and its a good watch.

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge

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Genres: Action, Fantasy, Romance, Seinen
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

I really liked this anime, the story it pretty weird and the main character is a weirdo. So, basically that was the reason I liked it. The anime is based on a manga with the same title, that is worth checking out.

Date A Live

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Genres: Comedy, Mecha, Romance, School, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

As I was watching the first episode I changed my mind about the anime like 3 times. I just must say that it’s awesome. You’ll be surprised, entertained, and wouldn’t want the episode to end.

Devil’s Survivor 2

Must Watch

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Genres: Demons, Supernatural
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Devil’s survivor is part of the Shin Megami Tensei series. The anime doesn’t have a prequel. It’s a stand alone anime titled Devil’s Survivor 2. The art of the anime is pretty awesome and I have high hopes for the story. It’s a must watch.

Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince

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Genres: Action, Mecha, School, Sci-Fi, Seinen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

This anime is story is a bit unusual for a Mecha. It’s about the worst team of robot pilots there is. It’s really interesting to watch.

Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W

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Genres: Comedy, Parody, Sci-Fi
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

This is the sequel of Haiyore! Nyaruko-san, it’s a funny anime. Very entertaining to watch.

Hataraku Maou-sama!

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Genres: Comedy, Demons, Fantasy, Romance, Shounen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

This anime reminded me of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha the way it basically began from where stories usually end, and it’s about a demon king that is good. It’s insanely funny.

Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko.

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Genres: Comedy, Romance, School, Seinen
Rating: None – I’ll rate it as PG 13 since its less Ecchi than the manga buts it’s probably R.

From the title of the anime you can tell its pretty Ecchi, though leaving that fact aside it’s a pretty funny anime.

Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride

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Genres: Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School
Rating: R+ – Mild Nudity

It’s the sequel of Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Girls. It’s a nice combination of action and comedy.

Kakumeiki Valvrave

Must Watch

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Genres: Action, Mecha
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

The ending of the first episode was so shocking I don’t know what to expect next. Must watch.

Karneval

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Genres: Action, Mystery, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Shoujo
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

The anime title and posters are so deceiving… I though it would be a reverse harem kinda anime. Though it turned that it has awesome action, and fantasy. Not to mention that the art was incredible.

Mushibugyou

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Genres: Martial Arts, Shounen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

It’s nice to see a Martial Arts/Supernatural anime for a change. There weren’t any anime like this for a while.

Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai.

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Genres: Comedy, Slice of Life, Seinen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

So Kirino is back!! Need I say more?

Photokano

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Genres: Ecchi, Romance, School
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

This anime is a bit weird, I believe it’s based on a video game. The main character gets dragged into joining an Ecchi photography club.

RDG: Red Data Girl

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Genres: Fantasy
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

I like the art of this anime and I love it’s fantasy. It’s promising.

Shingeki no Kyojin

Must Watch

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Genres: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Super Power
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)

Love the violence in this anime. the story is promising. Love the art and the idea of the anime. Absolutely amazing. Must watch.

Suisei no Gargantia

Must Watch

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Genres: Sci-Fi
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

This anime is so interesting. I totally recommend you to at least check it out.

Toaru Kagaku no Railgun S

Must Watch

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Genres: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Super Power
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

This anime is the sequel of Toaru Kagaku no Railgun and it’s part of the Toaru Majutsu no Index series. I loved the first season of this anime so I’ve been looking forward to this one. I must say that this one seems… I mean has more action which is awesome.

Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru.

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Genres: Comedy, Romance, School
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

This anime reminded me of Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru but like a better version. I very much enjoyed the first episode and totally love the art.

Zettai Bouei Leviathan

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Genres: Fantasy
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Since the first episode was surprisingly good, I’ve decide it to add it to the list. It’s delightful to watch.

 
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Posted by on April 16, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Charts/List

 

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Anime Review: Zetsuen no Tempest

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Summary:

The story revolves around Mahiro Fuwa, a teenager whose sister was mysteriously murdered one year before, and his friend Yoshino Takigawa. Mahiro is contacted by Hakaze Kusaribe, the leader of the Kusaribe clan who was left stranded on an unknown deserted island by her followers, and agrees to help Hakaze in exchange for her help to find out the culprit for the death of his family. Upon learning of his friend’s intentions, Yoshino joins him on his quest to stand against the Kusaribe clan who intends to awaken the “Tree of Exodus” whose power can bring ruin to the entire world.

Several dialogues and plot elements in Zetsuen no Tempest pay homage to two works of William Shakespeare, Hamlet and The Tempest, which coincidentally are two stories about retribution, albeit with completely opposing outcomes. (Source: Wikipedia)

General information:

Alternative Title: Blast of Tempest, Zetsuen no Tempest: The Civilization Blaster
Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2012 to Mar 29, 2013
Producers: Bones, Square Enix
Genres: Action, Mystery, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen, Psychological
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

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I just finished watching Zetsuen no Tempest and it has such a beautiful story. The story is so well written, and extremely delightful to watch. The thing I liked about this anime is the way every episode reveals a fragment of the boys past, and those fragments explain their actions and reactions. I also love how they keep quoting hamlet and tempest. Many things surprised me as I was watching the anime, like things I’ve never seen coming… Which made the anime that much more fun to watch.
I must say that the characters are weird… It takes time to see the human side in them. Most importantly the anime had an awesome ending. I totally recommend the anime you won’t regret watching it.

Overall Rate: 8/10

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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Anime Review: Accel World

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Summary:

In 2046, people can access a virtual network known as the Neurolinker via their cellphone terminals. A perpetual victim of bullying, middle school student Haruyuki spends his time absorbed in games in a corner of his local network. One day he is approached by the most famous girl in his school, Kuroyukihime (Black Snow Princess). She gives him a strange program called Brain Burst that has the power to “accelerate the world.”

General Information:

Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Original Run: Apr 7, 2012 to Sep 22, 2012
Producers: Sunrise, Viz Media
Genres: Action, Romance, School, Sci-Fi, Shounen
Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

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Review:

Accel World anime takes place in the future and it’s about a game. Before I’ve watched it a lot of people told me that it’s like Sword Art Online… I seriously don’t understand why they would say something like that. I mean I can’t seem to grasp the resemblance. With that being said let’s begin the review. The story of Accel World is beautiful, it shows determination, believing in friendship and the power of friendship. I really liked the fact that they showed the progress of how Haru(the main character) improved his skills and learnt about the game. I also love, the way they showed Kuroyukihime‘s kindness, compassion and loyalty towards her friends.
The surprising part about the show for me was the fact that there were more female player than male players… Or maybe they were trying to turn it into Harem… I guess I’ll never know. The characters were pretty awesome I must say. It was incredible to see Black Lotus in action. I also like the fact that the game is actually Mecha which makes the fights that much more fun to watch. I believe that Accel Wold is worth watching. Don’t put any expectations just enjoy the anime.

Overall Rate: 9/10

 
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Posted by on March 18, 2013 in Anime/Manga, Reviews

 

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