Since meeting fellow Dolfie Dream owners in person at Made in Asia was an excellent experience, simply couldn’t pass up on participating in a cozy Dollfie Dream meeting held at the Shadonia otaku lair yesterday.
Shadonia’s Yui, a Volks Sakura Shinguji that looks very cute in her new look.
Had lots of fun chatting about the Dollfie Dream hobby and the otaku life, snapped photos of the various and irresistibly cute DD assembled and got treated to some delicious Japanese curry. It was a terrific day!
A new promotional video titled ‘Decode 501file’ was released revealing more about the new upcoming chapter in the 攻殻機動隊 franchise.
Judging by what has been shown so far, “Ghost in the Shell Arise” will tell the story of how Section 9 came to be and show the life altering encounter of Motoko Kusanagi with Aramaki Daisuke, Batou, Togusa and the other future Section 9 members.
Consisting of four episodes of 50 minutes each, “Ghost in the Shell Arise” will premiere next month in cinemas in Japan. The BluRay and DVD versions have been slated for release shortly after in July.
Interesting note, lead character Motoko Kusanagi will not be voiced by Tanaka Atsuko who voiced the major in all of the movies, anime seasons & OVA episodes. Instead, Sakamoto Maaya will voice this younger incarnation of Motoko, she actually already voiced the younger version of Motoko in the original “Ghost in the Shell” movie.
As a fan I can hardly wait for this new story in the GitS world, though am curious to see if it will diverge from what has already been shown in “Ghost in the Shell: Stand-Alone Complex 2nd Gig” about the origin of some of the characters.
Although it originally aired in the 2012 fall season, was only able to watch the first season of “Haitai Nanafa” just recently, now that a sequel is airing. A cute slice-of-life anime, it features characters designed by POP, the artist who also created the characters for “Moetan”.
“はいたい七葉” is all about the daily life of happy-go-lucky Nanafa, her sisters Nao & Kokona at their grandmother’s soba restaurant. However, there’s also tree spirit girls or fairies joining them leading to plenty of silly comedy moments.
With the spirit characters added in, this series feels more like a mix of shows like “Bottle Fairy” or “Binchou-tan” with leisurely slice-of-life elements from series like “Tamayura ~hitotose~” or “Sketchbook ~full color’S~”.
While overall a fun and relaxing show to watch, personally had hoped this series would be more of the normal slice-of-life style like “One Off”.
I definitely would have loved to see a full length version of this show without the silly fairy element. In fact, did enjoy the episodes that focused on the Kyan girls themselves far more than the other episodes as they were more slice-of-life styled.
Would still recommend this series to those who like the slice-of-life genre or have enjoyed shows like “Bottle Fairy” and “Binchou-tan”. After all, each episode of “Haitai Nanafa” is only 2 minutes long so you can sit through the entire first season in barely half an hour.
Upon reading its plot synopsis advertised in the spring season line-up and having seen the promotional trailer, was interested in “翠星のガルガンティア” so started watching this show as soon as it began to air.
While it may not have the hype, overall appeal or be as striking as some of the other anime airing this season, “Suisei no Gargantia” has been a very good, solid quality series so far.
A science fiction story set in the distant future, its main plot combines previously seen elements such as mankind surviving on an Earth entirely covered with water, the greater portion of mankind having leapt to the stars centuries ago and then finding the Earth once more, advanced space faring mankind fighting for survival against aliens and having a very rigid, military based society,…
Although a few of those important aspects are all background used to build up Ledo’s character, they are essential as they serve to show who Ledo is and not only explain how he views life, society but also why. His upbringing, beliefs and entire world couldn’t be more in contrast with that of Amy and life on Earth.
Although several episodes of “RDG Red Data Girl” had already aired online on Nico Nico Douga ahead of the televised run, waited for the latter to start before picking up this series.
Based on the “RDG レッドデータガール” light novels written by Ogiwara Noriko, must admit this show has not turned out how had initially expected it would be, it has somewhat of a shoujo romance vibe in a story with supernatural elements.
While am not especially a fan of shoujo or similarly styled series, am rather enjoying “RDG Red Data Girl” so far. Oddly, with those slight shoujo, spirits and Eastern wizardry elements it somehow reminds me a bit of shows like “Ayashi no Ceres” or “Wagaya no Oinari-sama”.
Animation by studio P.A. Works is very good, solid as usual like their work on “True Tears”, “Another” and “Tari Tari”. Artist Kishida Mel created some of the light novel’s original illustrations and studio P.A. Works has done a good job at merging their own signature style with that of Kishida Mel’s typical art style. Off course, the studio is no stranger to his work as he did the original character designs for “Hanasaku Iroha”.
Haven’t been keeping up with the current episodes of “Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai.”, the second season of the anime based on the light novel series “俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない” written by Tsukasa Fushimi.
Did catch the first two episodes of this sequel, but have yet to watch any new episodes since. Did watch the first season, but was never that fond of it although I did like the OVA episodes that aired later more thanks to their focus on Ruri/Kuroneko.
Do not mind watching a good harem comedy occasionally, even though this franchise and its female lead character Kirino have many fans, personally am not one of them as I simply can’t bring myself to like Kirino or even understand Kyousuke’s behavior.
Sometimes one may have to wrestle through some episodes, a movie sequence or many pages to get to a point in the story where you discover more to finally understand and accept the characters better, but alas for me am simply not enjoying “Ore No Imouto Ga Konna Ni Kawaii Wake Ga Nai.” enough to faithfully watch it every week.
Hopefully can give the rest of the season a go when time permits, but right now am favoring shows like “Suisei no Gargantia” or “Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru”.
For the Comic1☆7 even held this past weekend, artist Kantoku from the circle “Afterschool of the 5th Year” released the ‘Tachiyomi Senyou Vol 33′ doujin, a direct follow up to the previous one released at last winter’s Comiket 83.
Just like volume 32, this book contains illustrations of characters from various different anime series, including “Tamako Market”, “Girls und Panzer”, “Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru”, “Sasami-san@Ganbaranai”, “Vividred Operation” and many more.
With the anime adaptation of “Hentai Ouji To Warawanai Neko” currently airing and Kantoku being the original illustrator for the light novel art, a gorgeous full page spread of Tsukiko & Azusa from ‘Henneko’ such as this one is a must.
There are more black & white line art and pencil sketch images of “Hentai Ouji To Warawanai Neko” characters included in the second half of the book.