and the anime adaptation was excellent

Anime for Beginners and Non-Enthusiasts

I like anime. But not everyone does, and I can understand getting weary of its stereotypes or never having found an entry into its realm. So, I have compiled a few series (in alphabetic order, feel free to just pick any which sounds appealing) that come with my highest recommendation but require no previous familiarity with or pronounced sympathy for anime tropes. (The ones marked with an * are, in my humble opinion, great beyond measure.)

Bakemonogatari / Nisemonogatari / Nekomonogatari

A very wordy and pretty weird, but immensely rewarding, series of novel adaptations. Has some disorienting effects which only served to increase my fascination with it.

Blue Exorcist

Lighthearted, adventurous, beautifully realized coming-of-age fantasy drama series. There’s also a great movie set after the finale.

Cowboy Bebop

Retro sci-fi series whose episodes vary wildly in tone and topic. Very stylish; plus, it has an excellent soundtrack.

Eden Of The East

A rather down to earth and relatively realistic suspense story; overall on the light-hearted side.

Ergo Proxy

Hardboiled noir sci-fi.

Fullmetal Alchemist – Brotherhood

Lighthearted steampunk/fantasy fun.

Giant Robo – The Animation *

Grand, operatic retro steampunk/martial arts/superhero drama.

Haibane Renmei

Introverted, subtle, immersive, atmospheric, poetic fantasy drama.

Monster

An adaptation of the excellent and masterfully woven manga narrative by Naoki Urasawa.

Mushishi *

Part period piece, part fantasy; a strikingly beautiful, almost meditative viewing experience.

Paranoia Agent *

A surreal, brilliant masterpiece from Satoshi Kon, a stellar director at the height of his craft (I also strongly recommend checking out his movies, especially Tokyo Godfathers and Paprika). If this doesn’t blow your mind, you’re dead inside.

Planetes

Classic and very realistic sci-fi, without aliens and spaceship battles and all that distracting nonsense.

Samurai Champloo

Super-stylish martial arts series infused with hip-hop culture; by the creators of Cowboy Bebop.

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0

A scientifically accurate depiction of the aftermath of a massive earthquake hitting Tokyo. Caution: very sad.

Wolf’s Rain

Following a pack of mythical wolves on a trip to paradise in a dystopian future. Brilliant, allegorical, multi-layered apocalyptic fantasy epic.

Winter Anime Final Impressions

I was supposed to do this like two weeks ago but with Gundam ending so late and me getting swept up with many things, I didn’t have the time, but here’s a quick rundown of the best and worst of the Winter season. I’m gong from best to worst and also since I watched very few shows this season, I ‘m not gonna break them down in best/meh/worst

Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu: Sukeroku Futatabi-hen

A masterpiece to the very end, as heartbreaking as it was full of joy and love. There was this weird insinuation at the end that didn’t sit well with me at all and I’m not sure why they felt the need to do it, but I can overlook it because the rest of the picture is so wonderful and special and heart-wrenching. When Konatsu asked Yakumo to make her his apprentice, I actually cried. What a beautiful show. Don’t let the obscure antique Japanese art keep you from experiencing one of the best anime of this decade.

Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto-hen

I was a bit worried about this one because lately, when an “old” show gets a sequel many years after it last aired, said sequel turns out underwhelming and poorly done. See D.Grayman HALLOW (which also adapted my favorite arc from that manga) and Berserk (production values aside, the decline of this is due to Miura’s gross storytelling, so I guess it was inevitable). But I was more than surprised and ecstatic to see this rendition of the Kyoto arc did justice on the source material, with excellent production values, a good pace and wonderful emotional and action scenes alike. AoEx is one of the finest examples of the battle shonen genre and that translated wonderfully to this new iteration of the anime. I can only hope we’ll see Izumo’s and Shura’s arc eventually too.

ACCA-13-ku Kansatsuka

I was a Little on the fence on this one at the start, but once they laid down all the cards and tied all the loose threads, it became absolutely amazing. I’m sorry I ever doubted you Natsume Ono, your ability to craft smart and fascinating adult stories shall never be questioned again. Definitely worth checking out if you want to try something different to your usual anime genres. Helps that the visuals are really interesting and that Mauve is such a bae. I still feel Jean was the weakest link with his absolute nonchalance, but even that somehow worked at the end. Definitely worth going through the somewhat slow initial episodes.

Yowamushi Pedal: New Generation

NGL i’m not a fan of Kaburagi, he’s so much like Naruko I don’t feel he adds anything to the team. But this is now officially the Teshima show and that compensates for the snooze that is Kaburagi because Teshima has become so fabulous and cool I’m just excited every week to see what he’ll do next. Also the First-year race was a true highlight and I’m very disappointed Sugimoto didn’t make the cut, they did a fantastic job in making him likable, so it was sad to see him lose. Hopefully he’ll get to assist Imaizumi when they’re 3rd years.

Originally posted by animagamefan

Little Witch Academia

This show’s a lot of fun, with really sweet animation and it also sports the Best Girl of the season, Sucy Manbavaaran, although I gotta say there were a bit too many fillerish episodes and it was frustrating to see them take so long to get the plot going. I’m not hating on the show, it is in fact extremely entertaining, but it’s a little lacking on the plot department. Hopefully we’ll get more of that on the second cour.

Classicaloid

I’ve never been happier of not quitting a show as I am about Classicaloid. By episode 3 I was on the verge of giving up because it wasn’t what I had expected, but I kept going and I ended falling so hard in love with this show I’m ecstatic it’s getting a second season. Once I embraced the absurdity, it became the best comedy of the season, and I honestly would watch Schubert’s fishy misadventures for 52 weeks a year. It’s an acquired taste for sure and not easy to recommend, but if you’re willing to let go of all reason, you’re sure to have a good time.

Originally posted by mimimochi

All Out!!

I have a lot of love for this show and its characters (and Sekizan’s ridiculous hair), but I’m afraid the pacing they chose basically doomed them because with the abysmal sales, it seems unlikely we’ll ever see a second season and therefore we’ll never get to see if Jinko does get to Hanazono. It’s a perfectly competent sports series, that does a really good job of developing its huge cast, definitely much better than the likes of Prince of Stride or DAYS, but its inconclusive ending is quite frustrating. I really do hope we get to see more of these boys, but Madhouse’s never been all that good with the whole getting-sequels-done so…

Originally posted by dexicon

Kuzu no Honkai

In spite of its low ranking, this is actually a really good show and a unique take on teenage female sexuality that you wouldn’t normally see in this mostly sexist medium. Hanabi made for a truly interesting protagonist and I liked seeing her explore herself and her relationships. I was however quite disappointed by how little focus we actually had for Hanabi and Mugi’s relationship. I felt there was more telling than showing in that regard, especially in the latter half of the show. The ending was pretty good and mature in spite of everything, and as always, I’m just really fond of all the vaginal imagery in the ED animation. Could’ve done without Moca though.

Originally posted by jyoshikausei

Gundam: Tekketsu Orphans

At the end of the Fall season, I expressed my concern about pointless, meaningless deaths. Clearly the Gundam writers thought I wasn’t concerned enough because the amount of characters that died pointless deaths went on to, I think, the double digits. I wouldn’t have minded the carnage if there had been some sort of payoff to the sacrifices. For example, if Shino hadn’t stupidly and conveniently missed his one shot because the show couldn’t afford to kill Rustal yet. I always felt Orga, Mika and Akihiro had a ton of death flags looming over their heads, but I certainly didn’t expect all three of them to get to the chopping block. Orga’s death was particularly random and pointless, but then again, what they did with Orga in general was very confusing. That he agreed to McGillis’s sketchy propositions to become “king of Mars” never made a whole lot of sense to me and that’s the result we got. I’ll also never get over how creepy and weird the whole Atra giving Mika a baby thing was. In short, I have very mixed feelings about it.

Originally posted by shokugekis

Hand Shakers

I could write thousands of words for everything that was wrong with this series but I think it wouldn’t make justice to the absolute experience that is watching this amazing trainwreck. Go watch it to see a masterclass of how not to anime. Honestly I had such a good time hating this show, it was so horrible in every possible way. Good job GoHands, even animate, who sponsored this show, won’t give it any publicity.

Super Lovers

I’m not sure of how this production team managed to put out 20 episodes of nothing actually happen. Like you just have to give kudos to the writers for managing to simply not do anything over the course of 6~ hours of content. No drama, no decent comedy, no character development, not even relationship development in a BL romance. It’s kind of amazing how pointless the whole thing is. The dog’s still cute and the relationship is still creepy and gross and that’s about all there is to say about this.

Although most of the shows I watched turned out great, it did feel like a weaker season because there wasn’t that much that was interesting (my Wednesdays were literally empty). Or maybe everything looks lackluster in this post-Yuri on Ice world D: But there was Rakugo and rakugo is good and I’m glad we live in an age in which such a niche, quiet and adult artistic show could be made and tell a complete story.

Anime/Manga Shoutouts

Originally posted by mobpsycho100

Mob Psycho 100 - Very nice animation, likable and somewhat down to Earth protagonist, interesting characters all around. The protagonist reminds me a bit of Haruka from Free! and Kuroko. Fun fact: This is made by the creator of One Punch Man. Shoutout to the animation in the opening. Definitely should have won an award. 12 episodes. Hoping for a sequel anime. It has an ongoing manga but..the art for that…isn’t the best…Yeah. I personally find it hard to read because of the art alone. Everything else is fine. But those shaky lines….I wish the fanbase was bigger :/

Pandora Hearts - Great story telling, all of the plot twists will blow your mind, very nice artwork, an emotion experience that made me cry many times, especially during the finale (and not just because it was ending). Will forever recommend to anyone and everyone. Similar to Black Butler. It has 104 chapters and finished in March 2015. Has an anime adaptation, but it ends in filler, doesn’t cover a lot of the bigger twists later on and is quite old at this point. 

Originally posted by shiromahou

AKB0048- Think Love Live but more dramatic, in space, battle lolis and with more plot. It’s quite similar to Pretty Rhythm in how there is an plot, the main characters have emotional distress for good reasons plus switches to 3D animation aren’t that jarring. 

The Monogatari Series- My current craze. Definitely not for anime newcomers. Follows and deconstructs the harem anime elements at the same time. The harem is very subtle. Excellent character development (Shoutout to Senjougahara), great visuals (SPECIAL shoutout to Kizumonogatari. Holy hell, the quality is almost too HD for my eyes), interesting story arcs and great characters (10/10 lolis). Has quite a bit of talking, so if you enjoy action 24/7 like shounen, this is not the series for you. The timeline can get quite confusing, but its best just to watch the seasons in airing order. This is SHAFT’s passion project, so prepare for some mind screwy visuals at points. Has some very Japanese puns and wordplay. Quite a bit of gore occasionally. The main character has had his asskicked by almost every girl in that image above and more. 

From the New World (Shin Sekai Yori)- This anime is…an experience. This is that one hidden gem. It has various psychological elements that are very well done and leave a sense of eeriness and mystery throughout. Oh, and prepare to question your own morality and humanity afterwards. Basically, humans have evolved to the point of having mind powers like being able to move things with their minds and lighting them on fire with a thought. The main character has just come of age for her powers and in placed in a class to learn more about them/how to control them/learning in general. However, she experiences things that make her question the present and past of her people and humanity that her village has kept secret. But the truth is much darker and morbid than expected. This anime follows the characters from 12 years old to about 26 years old. A very good 25 episodes. Do not take this series lightly. 

Kyokai no Kanata (Beyond the Boundary)- One of my top anime of all time and one of the only ones I will always be okay with rewatching. Great story telling, beautiful art and animation (bless kyoani), interesting characters (mostly) and a good balance of light hearted stuff and emotional backstory/plot. There’s a romantic subplot-ish, but its kinda like plot with romantic overtones? idk how to describe it exactly. Has 12 episodes and one movie sequel that everyone should absolutely see and watch the scene after the credits.

Durarara- I could watch it again. VERY big and diverse cast of characters. It’s very easy to lose track of who’s who in the first few episodes. All of them are interesting and have some depth, though. There’s not really a definite main character for this, honestly. The perspective switches quite a bit. Very good story arcs and characters (and development). The animation can get a big dodgy at times, but for the most part, it’s alright. Definitely gets an upgrade in the sequels. This might just be the example of Supernatural Things in Daily Life genre. Plus gangs. Has a second season that’s broken into cours: Duarara!!X2 Sho/Ten/Ketsu. Has a sequel as a light novel series only (Durarara!! SH). Shoutout to Mikado for having the most badass protagonist character development I’ve seen in a long while. 

Here’s Isayama’s interview about Jean :) (hope it’s readable!) 


It is, thank you very much. ^^

Isayama’s Interview on Jean Kirstein

From Gekkan Shingeki no Kyojin, Volume 4

[Translation: @yusenki​; Editing: @fuku-shuu]

In my own view, I created Jean and Armin as representatives of humanity. They are not bad people, but they are also not purely righteous people, either. Sometimes they have a sly [cunning] way of thinking, tell lies, and there are also times when they are confused. I wanted them to be characters whom readers can sympathize with and relate them to actual human beings. However, as the story progresses, Armin has grown to be an excellent individual, while Jean is left to be the only true representative of humans.

Jean is a person who wavers easily. He initially aspired to join the MP to have an easy life, however in the end, he chose the SC. It’s suitable to say that he is easily influenced by people around him. While drawing him, there are often times when I think, “It’s good to have Jean as SnK’s main character, huh?” There are many times where I can’t relate to Eren’s way of thinking, however it is easier with Jean. It’s reasonable for normal human beings to react like him, so that’s what I interpret. It’s easy to bring out his human nature, thus he is a character that I am able to understand while drawing him.

A lot of parts of Jean are contributions by director Araki and the anime production team. I think his VA, Taniyama Kishou’s voice is really good as well. Actually, I have a lot of regret in my own characters’ portrayals in the manga, therefore I requested director Araki to improve those issues during the anime production - and that’s what ended up happening.

During early stages of the manga, I didn’t dive deeper into the characters’ personality when I drew them, because I expected that the series was going to be completed quickly. As a result, I thought it would be better to develop the story faster. With that, I can seize the readers’ heart faster, which was the initial plan. At the time, I thought it was fine to progress like so, however in the end I even experienced a lot of regrets regarding the construction of the components, 3DMG design, etc.

It is actually a fortunate event that the series was made into an anime. I was really happy because I had the chance to amend any parts I held regrets for. Additionally, the anime quality was excellent - if the full score is 100, I would say that the animated version’s score is 120. I also think it is alright to consider the anime version as the exact adaptation of the manga.

I always think “whatever I don’t enjoy won’t be enjoyable for others.” To me, if I didn’t think a manga was interesting enough while drawing it myself, then the readers definitely won’t think that it is good, either. I also carried the same belief during the production of SNK anime, and so I really appreciate that the anime team, who worked under director Araki also possessed the same feeling toward the series. They didn’t think it as work or an obligation told by their superiors to execute. One of the precious things I felt during the anime production was that all of the staff members stayed motivated and active throughout.

matt0044  asked:

I dunno if you got any asks like this but what Shojo Anime/Manga do you recommend personally?

Hi! It’s actually been a while, probably because I’ve mostly moved to Twitter for anything other than reblogs. Still, I’m glad you asked, because I’m always happy to talk about my favorite series.

Just FYI, some of these series are out-of-print; others, I haven’t read for quite a while and my opinions may be different if I were to re-read them today. None of them are particularly obscure - I’ll be honest, I’m pretty basic when it comes to this stuff. I’m going on personal taste, not feminist merit here. In no particular order:

Basara is excellent action-fantasy with a heroine who has to step and be strong even when it’s a struggle in a post-apocalyptic future

Yona of the Dawn is about a deposed princess in fantasy Korea trying to gather the Four Dragons so that she can get her kingdom back

Red River is basically a bodice-ripper and has a looooooot of issues with sexual assault but I enjoy it nonetheless

Please Save My Earth is a cool sci-fi that explores concepts of identity, reincarnation, and revenge

Fruits Basket is a beloved classic with a nurturer heroine helping a family cursed to turn into animals when they are embraced by a member of the opposite sex

My Love Story is very, very sweet and has a lovely, healthy relationship at its center

Kamisama Kiss is a problematic fave - the main love interest is a complete asshole but I love how it incorporates Shinto mythology

Kimi ni Todoke has somewhat outstayed its welcome but when it’s good, it’s so sweet and charming

Revolutionary Girl Utena is an all-time classic and the inspiration for this blog

Fushigi Yugi: Genbu Kaiden fixes a lot of issues with the series it spun off of and really illustrates Watase’s maturation as a storyteller

Lovely Complex features a couple founded on mutual interests and compatibility - she’s just way taller than him, and they both struggle with that

Nana features unflinching, unromanticized portrayals of unhealthy, even abusive relationships, and celebrates female friendship - unfortunately, it’s unlikely to ever be finished

Paradise Kiss is from the same author as Nana, and in my opinion the superior series; it’s a tight five volumes and one of the best female coming-of-age stories I’ve ever read

Ooku by Fumi Yoshinaga is a historical “what-if” where, due to widespread disease, women end up running the Tokugawa shogunate

Princess Jellyfish is a beautiful story about people who reject or feel rejected by society, the community they build as outsiders, and how they react when it is threatened

Ouran High School Host Club, after a bit of a rough start, does a really admirable job of examining not only gender roles but socioeconomic inequality

Millennium Snow is from the same author with a full decade between when the first and second halves were written, and it’s interesting to see how Bisco Hatori matured as a writer and how it altered the course of the story.

Kare Kano has an excellent anime adaptation, from the same director as Evangelion, but for the love of god, skip the manga

All My Darling Daughters is a one-shot from Fumi Yoshinaga that is clearly, explicitly feminist.

Cardcaptor Sakura is a pretty good manga and a great anime, one of my favorite magical girl stories ever

I’m sure this is more than enough to start! Have fun!

Tales of Zestiria: A Time of Guidance Volume 1 Review

Both versions of Tales of Zestiria: Michibiki no Toki/A Time of Guidance, Japanese version on the left, English version on the right.  Alternate color Sorey and Mikleo dolls commissioned from @moonwhing, Soymilk Armatus wallpaper drawn by @dejinyucu.

Guess what came in today?  My copy of volume 1 of the English version of the Zestiria manga!  (Yes, I love this game enough to actually want a copy of the manga in both languages!)  And no table flipping levels of VELVET RAGE like I did with the Trainwreck, at least, not for this volume.  I promise.  And actually that’s true for the rest of the manga, especially if the translation quality keeps up.  Rest behind a cut because since when have any of my Zestiria related review posts been short?

TL;DR: Artwork is gorgeous, characterization is spot on, events and dungeons may have been skipped/rearranged, but you’re still getting the story and the lore as told in the game.  There’s a few minor nitpicks with the translation itself (I did read this with the original Japanese version next to me as you can see from my picture above) but these are so minor they didn’t really diminish my enjoyment of the story any.  10/10, this is the adaptation Zestiria deserves, totally worth buying both versions.

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I realise I’ve talked a lot about Made in Abyss since I discovered it but really I’m very sorry but it’s not going to change anytime soon if that first episode is anything to go by.

I mean, I really like the story and world and characters from the manga, but I will admit that it contains some veeeeeeeery unfortunate scenes.

The anime has so far not only switched around the scenes a bit for better pacing, but it’s also brandishing some of the best character animation I’ve seen in a TV anime (Riko’s movements throughout the episode are adorable and fluid as all heck), and some of the best backgrounds, plus the soundtrack is beautiful. And with all these changes, they even got around to removing the naked tied-up twelve year old, instead relegating it to an implicit reference within the dialogue, helping to build the world without the abhorrent imagery being a distraction or a turn-off from the excellent writing.

And this is a very different world. The people here are ridiculously tough. Even the kids. Especially the kids.

I’m babbling; this is a great story to begin with, but the anime has actually taken the story, taken out the pap, shifted it around and created a fantastic premiere. This is how you do an anime adaptation.

I don’t want to jump at anything yet because we’ve still got twelve episodes to go (and I know some of what’s coming up) but if the quality carries on like this we’re definitely getting the Bokurano-esque adaptation rather than the Elfen-Lied-esque one.

and i am so happy

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Originally posted by lady--koto

(Day 21)

I’m sure pretty much everyone here is familiar with Full Metal Alchemist and by extension Hiromu Arakawa. Both the artist and writer behind one of the best shonen anime/manga out there she’s quite famous. There is a reason she draws herself as a cow every time she writes about herself in the omake of the manga she creates. She grew up a farm girl, raising animals in the sticks with her family. 

Enter a recent work of hers Gin no Saji, or silver spoon. Specifically the anime adaption. 

Because of Arakawa’s intimate knowledge of botanical and animal husbandry pursuits you get an actually really accurate and interesting learning experience about farming as a whole. It’s also a huge plus that it’s wrapped up in all of the thing she does well such as her excellent characterization and comedic writing. 

The anime is a fine adaption of the manga with very good voice work and OST, especially the OPs and EDs which are total ear worms. Sukima Switch and Goose House became known to me through this anime and I love both bands now!  

We follow a do-nothing boy as he grows as a person and meets a lot of interesting characters in an agricultural college. This series is much lighter in tone than FMA in that there’s no heart rending murder of the cast to think about. But, it isn’t afraid to touch on a few close topics such as the struggle of the agricultural machine, the pressure to take on your parents work and a bit of heavy mortality. The meat you put on the table has to come from somewhere, even if that somewhere is pretty damn cute when you raise it yourself. Even if, especially if, you know nothing about animals or farming I really suggest this series because it is very down to earth (haha). You feel a sense of pride in the same vein of watching shows like “how it’s made” when the final product that looks to be simple takes a surprising amount of manpower to make. Also the anime pays special attention to making the food look delicious!

Sometimes just being a solid adaption of a very solid manga is enough to get you on a list of personal favorites. 

Made in Abyss is absolutely the best anime of the season. 

Originally Kakegurui was the top on Kissanime for the beginning of the season and Made in Abyss climbed to 2nd. Kakegurui was alright, I actually have read the manga for both Kakegurui and Kissanime.

Kakegurui disappointed me a bit, but Made in Abyss blew away my expectations.

Made in Abyss I counted down the hours to when I could watch it. I almost cried seeing the finale was double length. And I can’t wait for the manga to continue and I would kill for a second season of the anime after the manga gets further. They ended it at a very good spot. I was very concerned that they would end it in an awkward spot because I saw Bonedrewd’s face in the opening. However, I am very pleased with him being flashback only except for the after credit-esque scene. 

Honestly, I have made several of my friends watch this already and I’m going to do it to those who I haven’t forced yet. 

They chose perfect voice actors for each character and I was especially in love with the voices of Nanachi and Ozen. Riko and Reg’s voices were excellent but I melted when I heard Ozen speak and Nanachi’s voice actor was almost exactly as I imagined Nanachi to sound. 

Made in Abyss is what a manga to anime adaption should be. Perfect.

A Silent Voice - Move Review

Excellent manga adaptation is an emotional ride

A Silent Voice is one of my favorite manga in recent years. What makes the original story great is that the story tackles the subject matter of bullying and disability. Now Kyoto Animation adapts the source material into a feature length anime film. The effort has paid off as the movie is just as great as the manga and the most touching feature-length animation since Moana.

As an adaptation of the beloved manga, it follows the story very well and retains the qualities that made the original story memorable in the first place. This movie handles the subject matter of friendship, bullying, and disability better than how Zootopia handles themes of prejudice. It showcases on what happens when a brat goes too far when bullying a deaf girl by showing the consequences when his friends and class turn against him. This leads Shouya on a path to redemption when he apologizes and then befriends Shoko. Shouya’s character arc of redemption and learning about friendship is an emotional journey. You are with Shoya when he makes new friends and changes as a person. The friendship between Shouko and Shouya is cute as Shouya communicates with and gets to know her. The interaction provides depth for the story and characters. Shouko is a relatable female lead when she wants to make friends and questions herself as person. There is a slew of likable supporting characters who has personality and serve as support for the main characters.

Adapting a the entire original story that spans seven volumes into a feature film is difficult as it has to cut certain subplots out to streamline the story. It also glosses over some events quickly. As a result, a few character don’t have a significant role in the film’s story since the manga subplot is deleted. Other times, there are some occasional pacing hiccups as it cuts through some scenes quickly. Still, they did their best compressing the entire story into one movie by retaining the essential story elements.

The movie is beautifully animated with some lively visuals and art direction. It uses incredible lighting and attention to detail to provide realism to the scenery. The musical score is emotionally sweeping that adds to the drama.

A Silent Voice succeeds as a stand-alone animated feature and an adaptation of the acclaimed manga. Like the manga,  it tells a strong narrative about a former bully becoming a better person when he bonds with a deaf girl he bullied. It’s an emotional and involving movie that gets me into the story and care about the characters. The beautiful animation brings the story to life. With that being said, A Silent Voice is the top movie of the summer (sorry Guardians of the Galaxy 2. We’ll see if Baby Driver or Dunkirk can top it) and the best animated film of the year so far with Pixar’s Coco being a major competition.

Rating: A-

My 7 favourite anime, in case anyone was curious:

1. RedLine
hand drawn space auto racing, cute main couple, untz untz untz, just a feast for the senses

Originally posted by zeroraws

2. Kiki’s Delivery Service
uses magic power as an analogy for self worth and creativity; strong message about finding one’s place and maturing in a callous world.

Originally posted by kareverie

but I mean if I have to convince you to watch a Ghibli film by Miyazaki, the world is more callous than I thought. 

3. Girls und Panzer
girls drive tanks; and instead of being creepy moe schlock it’s super fun for the whole family by presenting both accurate tanks and supportive female friendship

Originally posted by gurikajis

also tank drifting; did i mention the tank drifting

Originally posted by senpaiaizen

((p.s. hetzers gonna hetz))

4. Jojo’s Bizzarre Adventure
A family line of Good Boys, some soft and some rowdy, go on an intergenerational journey to…
FIGHT VAMPIRES,

Originally posted by nintendontdodrugs

SAVE MOMS,

Originally posted by akumaslayer

AWAKEN VERY GOOD AND SOFT SPIRIT FRIENDS,

Originally posted by seviper

(yes even the villains have good and soft friends,)

Originally posted by auretheaudio

THWART ANCIENT OLMEC FITNESS GODS,

Originally posted by jojoposesofficial

AND KINKSHAME DAVID BOWIE,

Originally posted by thedickisextremelyimportant

ALL WHILE LIVING ON THE CUTTING EDGE OF FASHION

Originally posted by anime-collections

Originally posted by fabulous-evilicious

AS A BUNCH OF WALKING BISASTERS.

Originally posted by mistah-joestar

(pictured: bisaster cherry, bisaster caramel seasalt, and bisaster in chief)
In the manga and games you get bonus girl jojo, mafia jojo, and wacky races!

5. Hunter x Hunter 2011

Arguably superior to the manga version, it’s the tale of tiny babies in love and the weirdos that fight them.

Originally posted by zechs

this is my smol green son of whom i am very proud; he is a good and pure boy

Originally posted by binyteary

this is my tol pink husband of whom i am very ashamed; he is a bad and sinful man

Originally posted by akatsuki3519

this is my bigge eyye wife of whom i am very enamoured; he is a confused and wicked creature who does not know where babies come from

6. Chihayafuru
It’s a tournament anime about a game that is only played in Japan and revolves around classical Japanese poetry.  Somehow the anime makes it work by explaining the game and presenting a team of utterly charming characters who each pay off of one of the game’s strengths such as agility, history, and memorisation. The main female character is valued for her abilities and tenacity, and not sexualised so hot dang yay.  GET HYPE TO SLAP CARDS

Originally posted by yipyipmotherfuckers

7. Gunbuster 1988 / Starship Operators
Hey do you like space opera that has a strong emotional core AND takes both 3D navigation and the effects of special relativity into account during starship battles?  Okay, watch the classic Gunbuster.

Originally posted by ananjiv-ayala

Once you’re done crying come back and watch the excellent Starship Operators, which really outperformed its expectations as a light novel adaptation through physics and social commentary.  The anime has no gifs on tumblr, so check out the ending song which I think is really lovely and always makes me think Toshi is about to step in and sing Endless Rain next.

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Kino no Tabi (2017) episode 5 review

“Land of Liars” -Waiting for You-

Sorry for the delay of this post. I was on a trip last weekend and there is currently some changes in workplace, though I’m back on schedule this week.

This episode featured 2 short stories on how two lands treat their national heroes, with all the fabrication and truth revolving them. Watching this episode made me realize how much I miss to see this kind of stories in the anime adaptation. These simple short stories with underlying themes and philosophies comprise the most of the original LN, and all Kino’s anime and manga adaptations tend to excel more at adapting this kind of material. Stories like Colosseum and The Ship Country only happen once in a while, and sometimes they can be a good little distraction from the usual Kino’s stories and give us a crack into Kino’s head that the LN usually lacks of, but it’s always the short stories that I will always go back to (which sadly we will not see much of in this anime season).

*SPOILERS ALERT*

Keep reading

Something to note about The Dark Era adaptation

I have been holding these for f a r t o o l o n g

The first thing is

WHERE THE HECK ARE THE STRIPES?????

THE STRIPES ARE MY LIFE ODASAKU’S SHIRT IS MY LIFE WHY????


….Okay forgot the chicken and tofu part but THIS

Yes baby say sorry-

YESSSSSSSS say that you’re sorry because you’ve distorted his principles, go–

What the——

*music playing*

WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCCCCCC??!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


….I could totally get over that haha, believe me…


Next…

Has anyone noticed that…Dazai’s bandage was a little strange…?

Like, the bandage was supposed to be wrapped over his hair but this, this is like? wearing wig over the bandage??? Wot??


And now for my son Akutagawa-

Why did the anime staff make Rashomon look like tentacles? They’re from his coat, not his back. This ain’t Tokyo Ghoul show and he ain’t Kaneki Ken people


Aaaand the final scene-

Ooooooh god that’s heartbreaking-

Oooooooh no I’m-I’m…. Where’s the curry part? And the cigarettes?? Wait don’t die where is it???–

Now I need to see Dazai crying–

YESSSS THAT’S THE MOST MAJESTIC SCENE IN FALL 2016 AHHHHHHHHHHH I’M DYINGGGGG but I need to see him crying, come on-

I’m so thirst for Dazai’s miserable face ahhhhhhhhh I captured almost everything in those last minutes but now I need him CRYING— even sound only is fine..

Dafuq—



….I appeciated this dorky face of Dazai but

W H E R E I S O D A S A K U ‘ S G R A V E ? ? ?

Where is it…

WHERE THE HEC&F*HFUNRCWHJ*NFUM(*R….—–


Besides those, the anime adaptation was actually pretty good! The characters somehow are more good-looking (my friend said that idk) and the music excellently matched the scenes. I cannot ask for more, it’s enough for me and the entire fandom to cry and scream and suffer etc, I enjoy every second of it ;) and by enjoy i mean hitting my head on the laptop and starting to sob then cry out loud and then scream until I could not scream anymore and all the feelings in the world just slapped my head hard I could not breathe yes what a time to be alive.

And the battle between Odasaku and Gide was fcking gay.


Looking foward for the main story line~

also i just really hate the idea of reading the manga as some sort of elitism

i read the manga because i like reading manga and i like seeing what may have been left out of the anime

i will then happily share my findings with the rest of the fandom because why wouldn’t i

but the idea that you aren’t a true fan unless you’ve read a backlog of multiple decades’ worth of manga is really ridiculous and unnecessary

Good Shit

Also who would’ve thunk that after two years of MP100 being this really niche manga series that had a small online following, we would come this far and not only get anime adaptation by one of the BEST animation studios in Japan with excellent and high profile talent with so much love, effort and painstaking detail poured into it, but that it would also get the simulcast treatment AND DUB WITHIN a year of it’s original airing in JAPAN.

Truly technology is amazing!

And I can’t help but get a little sentimental over this series. It truly is helping by making me feel like even I can improve myself and that change is not easy but takes time and is hard as hell sometimes.

After all, my life is my own right?

Here’s to a few more weeks of MP100!!!!!!!!!!! :)

anonymous asked:

So u like Yugioh Season 0?

Well.  Yes, but also no.  While they got some things right in that series, it’s hard to ignore how much they got wrong.

Characterization-wise, as far as Yuugi, his other self, Jonouchi, and Anzu went, it was spot-on.  Honda and Miho don’t even enter into the equation, though, since they were unfortunately changed fundamentally for the anime adaptation. That said, I don’t dislike what they did with them: anime Honda and Miho are interesting in their own rights.

The real problems have to do with the story being told.  Toei’s adaptation of Yu-Gi-Oh!, while it loosely follows the major plot points of the first 7 volumes of manga, fail in the following ways:

  • The animation is TERRIBLE: 

  • Only Yuugi’s other self is depicted as being consistently good at games.  While Yuugi does occasionally lose games in the manga, it’s very rare, and it’s very clear that he’s an excellent gamer in his own right, even without the help of his other self.  In the anime, though, Yuugi loses to side characters in practically every other episode.
  • It cuts out a lot of interesting games from the manga in favor of adding in a heap of new ones… which wouldn’t be a problem if they weren’t all significantly less thought-out.
  • Kaiba’s first loss against Yuugi’s other self was changed to a draw.  ???
  • THE SHITENNOU.  WHY.  WHY WERE THOSE NECESSARY.  Like, first of all, Kaiba’s obsession with defeating Yuugi in the manga was such that he had to do it by his own hands, and he acted on it.  But despite making the same claim in the anime, he decided it would still count if his goons beat Yuugi in his place. ?????????? Why??????????

Now, all this being said, I still have a soft spot for “Season Zero,” simply because I discovered it right at the peak of my interest in Yu-Gi-Oh!.  I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread since it did something I really liked: it focused on the fact that Yuugi and his other self were the Kings of ALL Games, and it included the penalty games given by the Other Yuugi in the original manga.  It is VERY cheesy and not NEARLY as dark as everyone claims it to be, but it is kinda messed up in some ways and I really like that about it.

I guess you could sum up how I feel about it like this: I enjoy it for what it is, but I dislike that it wasn’t what it could have been.

About Manga Acquisitions: Part 2

Over the past year I’ve been sharing with you some of our behind-the-scenes perspective at Shojo Beat. On Tumblr this morning I was asked more about our acquisitions, and because our recent new license announcements prompted some online discussions, I thought it would be a good time to address some of the questions and comments out there.


Why hasn’t Shojo Beat licensed my favorite series yet?

There could be many reasons for this. As I’ve said in this post, http://officialshojobeat.tumblr.com/post/88689997354/about-manga-acquisitions, sales tell us the kinds of series readers collect. But maybe even more importantly, sales tell us the kinds of series readers do not want to collect. So it’s really important to purchase the titles you do want so we can continue bringing more series in that genre to you.


But it’s so popular online!

Here I’m going to give you an example. I am calling this shojo manga series “Title A.” Title A is amazing! Title A was a bestseller in Japan. Title A had an anime. Title A had multiple manga publishers asking for the rights to publish it. It didn’t go to us, it went to another publisher, and unfortunately, now that series is no longer available in print. People still ask us for Title A. Title A was uploaded illegally online prior to its being published in the US and many, many people read it. On just one pirate site, ten thousand people have shared the link to that illegally uploaded manga. Now, many years later, that site still has stats of over 293,000 views for Title A per month.

In order for publishers to meet the cost of production for a single volume of manga (royalties, production, printing, warehousing, shipping, etc.), they have to sell several thousands of copies. So if Title A still gets 293k views a month on just one pirate site, that manga must have sold really well, right?

How many fans do you think bought amazing Title A? If we think many people who read illegal scanlations online buy the books too, that would at least be 200K sold, right? 293K page views, but that was just one month on one site many years later. At least 200K people bought it, surely?!

Okay, half that number? How about 100k people? Or how about 10% of those scanlation readers? Or at least 1%?

The truth is, the publisher lost a lot of money publishing Title A. Every time a new volume was released, they couldn’t sell enough to cover the cost of making it. The final volume they released sold around 950 copies.

People who steal manga by reading pirated scans are not representative of those who buy and collect manga legally. I used the very real Title A as an example, but we have found this to be the case in our own series that had a lot of online buzz…and very few copies sold.


But it has an anime!

Anime tie-ins can help manga sales a lot. But just because a series has an anime does not mean the manga will automatically do well. We have published excellent shojo manga series that also have had anime adaptations, and some of those series did not do well. Sad, but true.


But it’s really good, and instead you keep publishing vampire manga!

We have about 9 supernatural titles out of 22 series right now. It may be you hear more about our supernatural titles because…they’re popular? They sell well? Sales tell us the majority of our readers prefer supernatural titles to the quieter “slice of life” manga that are more popular in Japan.

If you’ve read the posts by Shojo Beat editors on our Tumblr or Facebook about Sand Chronicles, Strobe Edge, Honey and Clover, and We Were There, you’ll know that those “slice of life” series have been some of our favorites to work on.


You only publish titles that you know will sell! You never take risks!

Unfortunately, not all our series have been successes. We have series that do not sell well, and popular series help cover the costs for publishing those titles. No series is ever guaranteed to be a hit no matter how good it is. We have series that sell less than Title A mentioned above. Some are lucky to sell a couple hundred copies a volume. (*cries*) We do publish series we know may be a risk, but we have to be careful about how many of those titles we take on at one time.

One of our goals has always been to publish as wide a range of manga as possible. Yes, we acquired Bloody Mary, a supernatural series about vampires, but we also acquired Honey So Sweet, an adorable high-school romance by a new mangaka. Ouran has done exceedingly well, but other more comedic-oriented series have had a hard time finding an audience here. Even so, we acquired My Love Story!!, and it’s off to a good start. (Thank you to everyone out there collecting it!) Josei manga always failed miserably in the US, but we took a chance by publishing Butterflies, Flowers, and enough of you supported it so we could then try Happy Marriage?!, Midnight Secretary, and Spell of Desire. We want to continue to offer more mature titles to adult readers in the future.


That’s a knife in my heart…!

I know those of you who are interested in this post are part of the hardcore Shojo Beat manga collectors. Hello there and thank you! You collect a lot of shojo manga and you want more from us. The thing is, the rest of the manga-buying fandom is still catching up to you. Some of our most passionate and dedicated collectors love the historical and the understated high-school romances that struggle the most in this market. We always want to do more, and as the market grows, we can offer more, but it just may be slower than you would like.


-Editor Nancy


Find Part 1 of this discussion here: http://officialshojobeat.tumblr.com/post/88689997354/about-manga-acquisitions

yumekinni  asked:

Thanks for introducing me to Magical Girl Raising Project! I've been really enjoying it and can't wait for a new episode to come out. I haven't read the light novel yet though, should I wait until the anime is finished or go right ahead?

Really happy that you like it sis!.

The anime has been doing an excellent job adapting the first story arc (there are more arcs, more different magical girls and more suffering) so it’s really up to you to decide if you want to read it now or once the anime is finished.

As for me, I decided to read the first light novel right away because I couldn’t wait for a whole week for the next episode (I needed to know what would happen right away lmao) and I think I made the right decision.

I think it’s funny how you picture a scene in your mind while reading and then watch the anime and find out that what you pictured had nothing to do with it but it’s still the same stuff.

The light novels are amazing and even though the anime is doing a flawless job adapting the story, there are obviously some small stuff that’s not in the anime and that is exclusive to the right novels (nothing crucial, but still very interesting for us who love our precious magical babies).

So go ahead and read the light novels because they’re flawless, I totally recommend them (even though if you’ve already watched the anime).

And now for the people in the back (Pride Siders) claiming that it was impossible for us to have a good quality anime because of slavery impossible tight schedules, no funds, Sailor Moon being the biggest mahou shojo franchise meaning nothing, apparently having a good quality anime isn’t possible anymore, etc.

A franchise that’s barely been born is delivering an anime that’s basically a masterpiece while a franchise that’s worth billions didn’t even try with a crap like Crystal.