‘Coluboccoro’ Anime Short Gets Kickstarter For Bigger Project

‘Coluboccoro’ Anime Short Gets Kickstarter For Bigger Project Originally done as a short back in 2007 as part of the Anime Innovation Tokyo event, KENJI STUDIO is back with a new Kickstarter project about to begin after the success of Santa Company. The company has released a trailer only for the moment for Coluboccoro but tit’s definitely trying to reach a wider audience as it has English subtitles to it.

The project is set to be directed by Kenji Itoso with Toru Maeda on board as a producer.

Plot concept: A sci-fi, eco-conscious fantasy about a 14-year-old heroine, Suzu, a descendent of a distinguished shaman who saved people from catastrophe in the past. Suzu sets out on a journey, along with the spirit of nature, Coluboccoro, to regain peace and nature to the ruined villages.

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Mangirl! Episode #12 Anime Review

Mangirl! Episode #12 Anime Review

Mangirl Episode 12

Nothing is more challenging that working on a compilation piece.

What They Say:
Earth Star’s first collected volume is about to be release, but not without problems!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Having seen the girls get their start with their magazine, time has progressed and they’re now ready to bring out their most popular serial in a collected form. So that means the work of pulling all the pieces together and realizing things may not flow just right and some things are missing from the script to give it a proper larger narrative. There’s some cute tricks of the trade that are brought in to it, but the girls do have to seek out the creator in order to clear things up a bit. Of course, there’s always problems when you do that and we get the fun of our messy mangaka once more, which leads to a simple but silly bit of fun about what kind of release party they should hold.

In Summary:
While it’s still hard to believe these girls could put out a magazine for any length of time, never mind a collected version of one of the serials, there’s fun to be had here throughout as they go from figuring out how to do it, the things they need to do better with going forward and the release event itself where one of them wants to bring in someone who died well over a hundred years ago to make it even more exciting. The show continues to be simple and silly, but not overly comical for the most part which makes it fun without becoming a screeching or annoying work. It’s definitely one to enjoy, though in small doses being the best thing I think.

Grade: B-

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70″ LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

Golden Time Episode #04 Anime Review

Golden Time Episode #04 Anime Review

Golden Time Episode 4

Facing the reality of a love who doesn’t love you is one of the hardest things ever.

What They Say:
Banri Tada is a newly admitted student at a private law school in Tokyo. However, due to an accident, he lost all of his memories. During his freshman orientation, he encounters another freshman from the same school, Mitsuo Yanagisawa, and they hit it off at once. Without any memory of each other, their lives become more and more intertwined as if set by the hands of fate. But what is their fate, and will it lead to happiness or another memory to forget…

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Golden Time’s dip into the cult aspect last week was definitely a double edged sword for me. While I liked the character bits we got from it as Koko and Banri ended up spending time together and really talking while in the woods, we also got the cult time itself. And that simply came across as strangely forced and out of place, even if there is a ring of truth to it in a lot of ways. The progression of events felt a bit forced and stilted, but the result was getting a lot of time between the two leads that really helped to flesh each of them out a bit more. Koko in particular is growing nicely as she falls into that category of once you know her and understand her, you realize why she is the way she is and it makes a lot of sense. And it softens as well since it’s not just a passing stranger acting crazy.

Recovering from all of this, everyone has made out well and Mitsuo and 2D are all glad to see them back, safe and sound. When Koko gets involved at one little gathering though, it goes badly since she gets all accusatory towards Chinami who is with them. She has such a jealous and protective streak that she can view anyone as trouble, though she may not really realize why she’s doing it. So much so that even when talking with Banri afterwards about it, she admits it was stupid, dumb and just reactionary. It’s a startling admission from how most characters of this type act in that they never, ever, truly realize how they are perceived or that their actions just aren’t welcome. She knows it, admits it, but can’t do anything about it at the moment. That’s just striving so much farther than others.

Where it gets truly interesting though is when she has a sit down meeting with Mitsuo, having Banri there as well, and basically tries to plead her case with him. The two of them have had an awkward relationship as it’s peeled back here where Mitsuo even says they never dated. He’s simply cold towards her, distant, but it stems from the feeling of being overwhelmed by her when he never made any moves towards her. It’s all been here and he’s never wanted it. She does her best to hide part of herself here, being defensive in how she pushes Mitsuo away, but the ache and pain is most certainly there. It’s rough to watch and it’s hard to imagine how Banri would really be feeling while taking some part in this, trying to comfort her while she wants no comfort.

Koko does a great job in letting some of those emotions out though through a very lucky happenstance of a flyer to a club where it’s pretty much all sorts of screeching music. Seeing her tear down her clothes and just cut loose is fantastic to see. But it’s also given the flip side as we get some very quiet time later in the dark of night as she and Banri spend time together and as she copes with the acceptance part of her relationship with Mitsuo, Banri reveals his interest in her in a very plain and direct fashion that hits her hard. But his reasons for saying it are intriguing as he’s scared that his old personality could resurface at any point and wipe out who he is now, so he’s trying to make the most of now. Which is difficult considering what we get at the end here in seeing him discover something about his past he was unaware of.

In Summary:
Wow. Really, just wow. Golden Time has managed to come from the previous episode that underwhelmed in some ways and to just hit out of the park. Mitsuo is the minor character here to be sure, but the emotions painted onto him by Koko are fantastic and seeing how she reacts to him and realizes her own situation comes through beautifully. Whether it’s taking her frustrations out on others, realizing it but being unable to stop it and admit it or just trying to berate him into accepting her, she’s doing everything she can to get the one she loves, not understanding why he doesn’t love her. And in the middle of all of this is Banri, who is coping with his own fears but is still trying to seize the day and find what happiness he can. It’s a great pairing of characters here that have some significant struggles that may find true happiness with each other, but will have to fight for it because of their own issues and things done in the past. I’ve been keen on the series from the start, but this episode just moves it forward in a fantastic and smart way.

Grade: A

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Apple TV via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

‘Game Of Thrones’ Gets Third Season Green Light

‘Game Of Thrones’ Gets Third Season Green Light In a case of “well, duh”, HBO has made the third season renewal of A Game Of Thrones official. The start of the second season outclassed the opening of the first season by 75% and 25% over the ending of the first season, which to HBO hopefully shows an uptick in new subscribers that jumped on after getting seriously hooked on the home video release. The second season is expected to encompass the main pieces of the second book in the series A Song of Fire and Ice. No details have been announced in regards to what the episode count of the third season will be, which is expected to be more complicated than the first two seasons because of the book length itself and the ground it covers. There are suspicions that a third and fourth seasons would deal with the third book itself, and then things get even more complicated from there as the books beyond that work different parts of the timeline.

“Series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss raised our expectations for the second season – and then surpassed them,” said HBO’s programming president Michael Lombardo

Suffice to say, the series is a definite winner for HBO And continues to break records for them.

[Source: Deadline ]

Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals Episode #21 Anime Review

Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals Episode #21 Anime Review The summer heat is getting to the cast here….

What They Say:
It’s a sweltering summer night, but Guy-sensei wants Lee and the boys to cool themselves off without air conditioning. Can a scary ghost story get the job done? Lee and Konohamaru set out to solve one of the “Seven Mysteries of the Leaf” – “The Tears of Mount Hokage.” What is the truth behind the otherworldly tears the 3rd Hokage’s monument sheds in the dark of night

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With some fun summertime themed episodes so far in the series and in this season in particular, the show continues that theme this time around. The heat is high and you can definitely feel it with the heavy clothes and full length outfits that they all wear, so it’s not a surprise that they’re complaining about it. Unfortunately, as much as they want to go someplace with air conditioning, they’re not allowed to since they’d be a sorry group of (cool) ninjas at that point. And because Guy’s just giving them extra training in this way.

So they opt to head into the school classroom where a small group of them, lead by Guy, will tell ghost stories into the evening in order to distract themselves from the heat. It’s certainly a staple of the summer episodes for many series to go this route, so getting to see the group tell some amusing and not scary tales works just right. The stories are rather predictable in a way, from late night bathroom visits that goes awry to Rock’s overdue videotape that scares the crap out of him. Amusingly, Tenten gets one of the scarier stories and it’s all just good fun in the end with how it plays out to kill time. With Guy dressed as he is, you can’t help but to smile throughout this story and its obvious gags.

With the second half, it moves on from the scary stories being told to one being experienced as we get the whole seven mysteries of the village angle being played. It has the core group going on a play mission of sorts, but it takes an odd turn since Orochimaru is caught up in things since they end up investigating a place that he’s working out of. So that means all of his traps must be put into effect to scare them off as best as he can. It definitely has some cute moments as it progresses and they’re faced with these traps and even Kabuto ends up getting a bit riled by things considering what’s used for traps. He does look good in an orange maid outfit though.

In Summary:
As the show deals with another summer episode, it goes for predictable angles to be sure but it does them with a good bit of humor and silliness that works well for it. The scary story side has a lot of base fun to it as they rattle off what they think is scary to them but has no effect on anyone else, though Tenten may break through on that. With the seven mysteries gag played in the second half, it brings back my favorite pair of bad guys in this series for some more fun. Something about Orochimaru in this series just makes me grin like nothing else, so seeing him and his cohort get into more things is just plain enjoyable. Yet another week where against all odds, the show just makes me smile.

Grade: B

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70″ LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

‘Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!’ Anime Adaptation Premiere Scheduled

‘Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo!’ Anime Adaptation Premiere Scheduled We learned back in May that the light novel series Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! was going to make the leap to anime form but it’s been mostly quiet since then. Now the latest installment of Comptiq Ace magazine has revealed that the series is scheduled for a January 2016 debut for broadcast in Japan. The series translates as Gifting the Wonderful World with Blessings! and comes from writer Akatsuki Natsume with illustrations by Mishima Kurone. The book began in the fall of 2013 and has six volumes released through February 2015 so far with the next due in a few days. It also got the expected manga adaptation along the way with Masahito Watari illustrating that starting back in September 2014, which was one of the clues that this was likely going to get an anime adaptation.

The series is set to be animated at Studio DEEN with Takaomi Kansaki directing based on scripts by Makoto Uezeu and character designs by Kouichi Kikuta.

Plot concept: Kazuma Satou is a shut-in who loves game, his life ended suddenly… Appearing before him is a beautiful girl claiming to be a goddess. Kazuma, who was transported to a different world, worked hard to earn a living! Kazuma wanted to live a stable life, but was burdened with problems caused by the goddess he brought along to the different world with him. He was even targeted by the demon king’s army?!

[Source: ANN ]

Arata: The Legend Vol. #18 Manga Review

Arata: The Legend Vol. #18 Manga Review With both Arata’s moving forward in their respective worlds, mysteries begin to be solved.

Creative Staff
Story: Yuu Watase
Art: Yuu Watase
Translation/Adaptation: Lance Caselman

What They Say
In a mythical world where humans and gods coexist, a ceremony marking the new governing princess is about to occur for the first time in 60 years. Only a girl from the Hime Clan may take this position, but the lack of females born to this family means that a boy called Arata must pose for the role. Meanwhile in modern-day Japan, a boy named Arata Hinohara is starting his new life in high school. He wants to put memories of his difficult past behind him, but things aren’t going to be simple when he discovers a mysterious connection to the first Arata…

Both Arata of the Hime and Arata Hinohara come under attack by members of the Six Sho, a group from Hinohara’s world who found themselves in the other, gained great power, and now wish to return home for reasons more sinister than just being homesick. Arata of the Hime is tasked with protecting his classmate and friend Oribe, who turns out to be a lot more than either of them suspected, while Arata Hinohara faces perhaps his greatest challenger yet among the Six Sho—Isora, who wields the power of the written word!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
On Earth, Arata of the Hime continues to protect Oribe as the Sho Harunawa has tracked them there to kill her. In the other world, Arata Hinohara finds himself under attack from the Sho Isora, who has kidnapped Mikusa and turned the rest of the party into children using the power of words. As Arata of the Hime runs from Oribe to try and draw Harunawa away from civilization and buy time for Oribe to fully come to grips with her powers, Arata Hinohara travels to Isora’s fortress in order to rescue Mikusa and turn his friends back. At the same time, the two Arata’s are coming to grips with the realities that link their two worlds together, coming to an equal understanding that for a person to cross from one world to the other, his/her opposite from the other world has to come the other way. The problem is that Mikusa has only known a life in the fantasy world, while Oribe has only known life on Earth, so will they want to go back? And if Arata Hinohara returns home, with or without Mikusa, where will that leave Kotoha, who doesn’t want Hinohara to leave?

I was interested in Arata early on, but I find that as the story progresses, it becomes more a paint-by-numbers shonen title, and it is losing me bit-by-bit. As I’ve never been a huge fan of the genre, it’s not a surprise really. As the various Sho’s powers get sillier and sillier, I find it more and more difficult to care much about their plight. Isora cannot speak (or so it seems at this point), but his power is the ability to make anything he writes become truth. He writes “child” on various members of Arata Hinohara’s party, so they become children. To combat this, Hinohara has to learn how to write in the language of the new world so that he can harness the powers on his own and combat what Isora is throwing at him. I’m not going to pretend that I feel it’s fun or interesting. I just felt myself rolling my eyes at it.

In Summary
If you enjoy shonen titles such as this, then you can probably add a letter grade (at least) as I think it’s pretty well written and plotted to this point. But Arata the Legend is getting harder to recommend to anybody who doesn’t have as much of an interest. Each new villain that comes along has a sillier powr than the last, and it’s hurting any sense of tension the story might be trying to build. Thumbs in the middle.

Content Grade: C
Art Grade: A
Packaging Grade: A
Text/Translation Grade: A

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: June 10, 2014
MSRP: $9.99