After egregiously skipping over many anime film and TV releases for 2017, I did at least felt like I owed it to myself to jam pack 2018 trying to unearth the best of the best from the past year. With so many great choices too numerous to name, Napping Princess immediately caught my eye. Whether it be the astonishing box key art, outlandish premise, or even Kenji Kamiyama (of Ghost in the Shell and Eden of the East directing fame) leading the charge, I could tell this probably would make for an unforgettable experience. Needless to say, that assumption definitely holds true and glad that I finally decided to give it a go.
Being long overdue for an update, I finally had some time to roundup the next set of titles for my anime collection. Without any further delay, here are the latest additions for September and October 2017.
A stage is set for magical girls, supernatural battles, and lingering dreams as high school student Hinako Shiari, after a tragic accident ending her ballet career is granted the powers of a Reflector, a magical girl. Together with the citrus sisters Lime and Yuzu that bestow her with this new found lease on life, her goal is to defeat creatures known as Sephira to grant a seemingly impossible wish.
With 2017 already fulfilling its unspoken promise of delivering a deluge of delectable games I will probably never be able to finish, it does become difficult to limit my commitment or even outright pass up on a particularly interesting find. Smaller projects especially seem to have this hold on me. Lionheart, a visual novel/RPG hybrid developed by doujin circle Shiisanmei is a fine example of one that is engaging, but a joy to come back to between play sessions. Players take on the role of Leon, a young man dreaming to be adventurer. After a chance meeting with a young woman named Maria, she enlisted his unique abilities to explore the Magic Labyrinth, “Libra Corridor.”
Long ago when the Internet was still young (or around 2004 for me), I remember when it was nearly almost impossible for me to keep up with the seasonal anime grind without the aid of fansubs. Fast-forward to today and it is a wildly different scene with so many options ranging from VOD (Video on demand) services like Hulu and Netflix to traditional cable trying to get in on the action. Hey, it is nice to have so many options, right? That is what I would like to say if everything wasn’t so fragmented. With Crunchyroll, Funimation (the latter two entering into a partnership), Daisuki, Netflix, Hulu, and now even Amazon competing for not only your time but money as well…..seasonal anime streaming has become more complicated. Has this newfound convenience been more of a blessing or curse?
Volume 1 Synopsis
Civilization is dead, but not Chito and Yuuri. Time to hop aboard their beloved Kettenkrad motorbike and wander what’s left of the world! Sharing a can of soup or scouting for spare parts might not be the experience they were hoping for, but all in all, life isn’t too bad…
Volume 1 Synopsis
High schooler Natsuo is hopelessly in love with his cheerful and popular teacher, Hina. However, one day at a mixer, he meets a moody girl by the name of Rui and ends up sleeping with her. Soon after, his father announces that he’s getting remarried to a woman with two daughters of her own. And who shows up in tow, other than both Hina and Rui?! Natsuo’s outrageous new life starts now!
For a long running and expansive franchise like Final Fantasy it is rather difficult for even the vicarious of fans to keep track of all the media that exist. From blockbuster films that flopped to neat smaller projects, there is something enjoyable about flipping through the portfolio of sometimes forgotten projects. Gonzo’s 2001 anime production of Final Fantasy: Unlimited under the supervision of Square Enix definitely fits the bill of an obscure piece of media and probably deservedly so for the reasons you might already have in mind.
I’m a little late this month due to various circumstances, but here is the newest additions to the anime collection for both March and April 2017. Brace yourselves for massive amount of (bad) photographs and inscrutable rambling as I go through another treasure trove of randomly picked goodies.
Franchises either live or die by their audience – both long time followers and prospective ones alike. Whether it is a change in approach or reaffirming its appeal, the challenge for most brands is staying relevant and being where the eyes of its consumers are. Fire Emblem is certainly one of many long running titles doing just that as it passes through the years modifying its mechanics, incorporating new elements, and even changing how it markets itself. With Fire Emblem Fates being a good example of the latter, one place I never expected to see the series is on mobile as it was so beholden to Nintendo consoles, but thanks to the minds at Intelligent Systems and Nintendo, Fire Emblem Heroes bucks that trend. Being quite the paradigm shift for the series to date, it does tend to take advantage of the franchise’s pedigree and proves to offer something worth while…or at least I think so.