kevinwada:

Gundam Wing
2014
You knew I wasn’t gonna draw a bunch of mechs.  Had to focus on my boys. (edit, added sig)

kevinwada:

Gundam Wing

2014

You knew I wasn’t gonna draw a bunch of mechs.  Had to focus on my boys. (edit, added sig)

northstarblog:

sushiobunny:

KILL la KILL information post

I decided to compile ALL the KILL la KILL NewType into a single post so people can easily access it. First, the basic details:

-Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi (Dead Leaves, Gurren-Lagann, Panty & Stocking)
-Series Composition/Script: Kazuki Nakashima (Gurren-Lagann, Oh! Edo Rocket, Kamen Rider Fourze)
-Character Designer: Sushio (One Piece Movie 6, Kittan-Zero)
-Animation Production: Trigger (INFERNO COP, Little Witch Academia)
-“High-school girls and ruthless sword-fighting action! In an academy ruled by power, a transfer student wielding a sword that looks like half-scissors brings about upheaval.”
-The academy is located in a post-apocalyptic setting inspired by the industral revolution of the Meiji Era and the Tower of Babel
-The world has special uniforms that match an individual’s talents/skills and give them special powers in accordance to their personalities. The main characters are Ryuuko, the mysterious transfer student, and Satsuki, the Student Council President. Satsuki is trying to rule the Academy with the power of her uniform but Ryuuko resists this control and fights against her. The show will be a character drama centered around both of them and the story will develop through their clashing. Nakashima promises plenty of character development.
-Confirmed 2 cour; roughly 24-26 episodes

Fully translated interviews with the staff:

http://pastebin.com/jNceqyAj http://pastebin.com/UWCFK2Bq (Interview with Imaishi and Nakashima)
http://pastebin.com/9cDsZjET (Interview with Sushio)

All the NewType scans in HQ:

http://shrani.si/f/3E/6f/CULovcG/1368039134091.jpg
http://shrani.si/f/1K/Q/IN7FUDJ/1368037720120.jpg
http://shrani.najdi.si/?2E/ZZ/2YCffULU/1368038596623.jpg

Character profiles: http://sushiobunny.tumblr.com/post/49968152397/translated-character-profiles-matoi-ryuuko

Official site: http://www.kill-la-kill.jp/

And that’s it for now.

All the information you need on the Kill La Kill anime in one place.

(via northstarblog-deactivated201309)

Kill la Kill (キルラキル)

Studio Trigger has a new show coming out. 

Everyone please board the glorious hype train.

2013 - Anime - Spring Season

Impressions:

In no specific order, here are some initial impressions from the new anime season.

Ore Imo - What is there to say? This carries on nicely in the tradition of the first season. Overall, there were no surprises, and I will be sticking with this one to the end, something I knew well ahead of time. I hope everyone saw the specials though, since they are not on Crunchyroll, and this season carries on assuming you’ve seen them.

Devil Survivor 2 - I am very biased towards this show. As a Megaten fan, I’d probably watch anything derived from any of the Megaten games without complaint. That being said, the premise that you can summon demons from your cell phone is absurd, but neat. I’ve never played the Devil Survivor series, but why would you ever upload your friends picture to an app that claims it will send you a video of them dying? Why would that ever seem like a good idea? Besides the bizarre decision making by our protagonists, the show has an interesting premise, good fights, and is full of nice details from the games. It will probably be full of mumbo jumbo and a nonsensical plot, but I’m in for the long haul.

Red Data Girl -  I have very high hopes for this show. The artwork and the atmosphere are distinct, and the scenario is not a standard cliche. Or, at least much less of a cliche than usual. I’m a big fan of the way they are contrasting old versus the new. And by making the MC, Izumiko, not understand her powers or what her purpose is, it lets the audience discover this alongside her. I’m excited to see where this goes.

The Severing Crime Edge - Do you have a fetish for hair? Well, then this is your show. The first scene is straight out of a horror movie, with Haimura Kiri approaching Mushiyanokouji Iwai, the Hair Queen, and being so captivated by her long hair, that he unconsciously pulls out a pair of hair cutting scissors he keeps on himself. Perfectly normal, right? Also, those same scissors were used by a serial killing relative of his, which somehow makes them have the special ability to cut Iwai’s cursed, un-cutable, hair. This show is dark and moody, but I’m not sure why. Also, in the first episode, he’s able to cut her hair. So where does that leave the plot? I guess he has to protect her now from a random evil association, for no apparent reason. I have little hope for this show. I’ll give it an episode or two, but at this point, things are looking dismal. Dropping this is inevitable.

Majestic Prince - This show has mecha. I like mecha. But, the first episode was very overstuffed. They really did just whip right through all the setup with barely a breather in between scenes. So far, MJP seems pretty generic, but not necessarily in bad way. Over the first episode I grew to like the artwork and character designs, which are a tad strange. It’s pretty charming, and doesn’t seem to be taking itself too seriously. By no means a must watch, but as a mecha fan, I will be sticking with it for now.

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet - So far, so good. It uses the ‘stranger comes to town’ plot very well. The mecha battles were nice, and the (albeit cliched) reveal that he has crash landed on Earth worked well. I’m interested to see where this goes and when the alien bug creatures will decide to attack earth. I wish I had more to say, but it was just a nice way to spend twenty minutes. No drop on this one.

Anime Review - Girls Und Panzer

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From the beginning, there is little to like about the premise to Girls und Panzer.

Well, that’s not exactly true.The creators are certainly gunning for the attention of a myriad of fandoms. Moe fans, Military fans, WWII fetishists. Depending on your tastes, Girls und Panzer might have been a dream come true. If you are a member of this particular fandom trifecta and enjoy all three of these elements, you were probably in heaven from the moment you read the title of the show.

Not so much for myself. The trend of combining moe with random other genres and topics screams laziness and gives me little to no faith in the quality of a show. Admittedly, there are moe shows I do like, and I enjoy plenty of anime with nonsensical premises, but if you want to make a show about tanks, just make a damn show about tanks.

Luckily, someone on the Girls und Panzer staff really did just want to make a show about tanks. For all its faults, the actual tank battles in Girls und Panzer are great. They are well done, gripping, and get you invested in the strategy of the matches, the outcome, and the fate of the girls Tankery Club. I could watch a whole season of just the tank battles and the various strategies employed. Much in the same way that Chihayafuru got me really interested in the minutiae of karuta, Girls Und Panzer got me interested in the minutiae of tank combat and battlefield strategy.

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It should be said, despite my praise, that I can’t comment on the show’s military accuracy. While I found the combat compelling, it will take someone else to decide whether or not any of this is remotely possibly or accurate to real tank abilities and combat dynamics. To the credit of the creators, they (poorly) attempt to explain why no one ever dies or is injured by the flurry of tank shells being launched back and forth.

Most of the scenes not involving tanks are acceptable at best. Certainly not atrocious, but not gripping. I appreciated the the rivalry between Miho and her older sister, and the idea of her fleeing her family and their traditions is interesting in its own right. The rest is, if not weak, then fairly generic. The plot device of the school being on the verge of closing is so overdone it has transcended cliche and become some sort of genre hallmark. For a very recent example, Love Live uses the exact same device. I do love underdogs, but they sort of stop being underdogs once you see the same device a billion times.

In all honesty, I can’t remember much of anything that happens besides Miho’s backstory and family rivalry. There were some decent hang-out with the rest of the cast and get to know them sequences, but that’s pretty par for the course. I don’t think the creators were too concerned with getting you to remember the girls names, as there are about 40 female characters. Instead they are divided into easily remembered groups, such as the volleyball club, first years, etc. I appreciated this.

A final point: The premise is utterly absurd (why do they have tank clubs?), and so is the world Girls und Panzer takes place in (the city and school is located on the deck of humongous aircraft carrier). This almost doesn’t have to be mentioned, because if you’ve been an anime fan long enough, you learn to roll with the punches. But I did wonder who paid for all the property damage the tanks unleashed upon random towns and villages.

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One line review. Come for the tank battles, stay for the tank battles.

The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki
Mamoru Hosoda, why must you make me cry?
And now,  a short review: There is no reason to not watch this. Animation, story, characterization, everything is absolutely beautiful.

The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki

Mamoru Hosoda, why must you make me cry?

And now,  a short review: There is no reason to not watch this. Animation, story, characterization, everything is absolutely beautiful.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 

I have fond memories of this book from high-school. I just saw the film adaptation last night, and let’s just say, tears everywhere.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 

I have fond memories of this book from high-school. I just saw the film adaptation last night, and let’s just say, tears everywhere.

Paradise Kiss - Volume 3
The last volume just arrived in the mail. I highly recommend the new Vertical releases, even if you still have the Tokyopop ones laying around.
Reading Paradise Kiss also makes me consider, even if just briefly, the idea of becoming a fashion designer. Then I realize I can barely dress myself in the morning, let alone use a sewing machine.

Paradise Kiss - Volume 3

The last volume just arrived in the mail. I highly recommend the new Vertical releases, even if you still have the Tokyopop ones laying around.

Reading Paradise Kiss also makes me consider, even if just briefly, the idea of becoming a fashion designer. Then I realize I can barely dress myself in the morning, let alone use a sewing machine.

Atelier Ayesha


Amazon Prime really is a curse.

I pre-ordered this game in a moment of weakness. I have never even played an Atelier game before. I barely have any conception of what this series is like. Why do I do these things?

AKB0048 fills me with conflicted feelings. It spends a lot of time rationalizing AKB48 and their recruitment and promotion strategies, and acts mostly as an advertisement. It also weaves all of this into a science fiction mythology, which is odd and a tad unsettling.

But besides all of this, I still enjoy the hell out of this show. Macross really made the idols and robots genre, and with a shared director, this continues that legacy.