Feb 27, 2012

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Upotte!! special in October

Upotte!! special in October

Kadokawa Shoten confirmed on Monday that the limited edition of Kitsune Tennouji’s fourth Upotte!! manga volume will bundle an original anime Blu-ray Disc in October. The Blu-ray Disc will include an all-new anime episode, about 25 minutes long, that cannot be seen elsewhere. The manga will come with an alternate cover and an exclusive box.

In the story, a newly hired teacher discovers that the female students at his school all have excellent marksmanship skills — and happen to be anthropomorphized assault rifles. Iori Nomizu and Misuzu Togashi lead the cast as Funko and Ichiroku, respectively. (The students’ names reference the Japanese pronunciations for FNC, M16A4, and other guns.)

Takao Kato is directing the the main anime series at the studio Xebec, and Naruhisa Arakawa is in charge of the scripts. Akio Takami redesigned the characters for the anime, which Nico Nico Douga’s live service will begin streaming the advance showings of the main anime in Japan in April.

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Feb 27, 2012

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Brave 10 episode 08

Ah, Yet another good episode of Brave 10. I actually thought that Yukimura was finally going to fight for once. But no, he ended up getting saved again by his Braves. It’s kind of aggravating, especially for someone who has wanted to see him fight since episode one. But oh well… I’ll patiently wait until it happens.

I knew they hadn’t escaped just yet. Quite the contrary, they were about to walk right into Masamune’s trap. It’s a good thing that Benmaru, that little kid with all the traps, disobeyed his first order from Yukimura; to stay and wait at the inn. He showed up with his bombs and whatnot in the nick of time. Surely that must hurt a man’s pride, you know… to be defeated by a little boy. Things looked grim for Yurimura and his Braves. They ended up trapped on a beach with no way out, just as Masamune probably planned all along. This is where I expected Yukimura to do something.

Too bad old man Kakei appeared out of nowhere on a pirate ship. I really wanted to see Yukimura’s abilities, but oh well… we got something else in return. This is where we meet Jinpachi, a pirate who loves women, sake and freedom. Poor bastard actually mistook Kamanosuke for a woman, but who hasn’t?   Anyway, he made the enemy retreat almost right away after firing a few canon rounds at them. Quite a fearsome man, not because he has a few canons, but because he actually managed to stop Miyoshi’s attack with his bare hand. That’s when Yukimura got interested in him.

I’m sure we all know what happens when Yukimura is interest in a person, right? That person becomes a Brave, it’s that simple. You may not want it at first, but you’ve become a Brave before you’ve even realized it. That’s how it works with Yukimura, he’s that type of man. Perhaps that’s his special ability? I wouldn’t be surprised anymore if that was his only ability.

Meanwhile the boys were getting a little bit aggressive as Jinpachi laid down the law. I mean… his ship, his rules, right? He said that he would only acknowledge them as brethren if they could keep up with his drinking. This is where Yukimura used a little bit of his magic in order to ‘charm’ Jinpachi a bit, which is why they all left together at the end of the episode. I guess Yukimura’s Braves are finally complete now, huh? I expect to see a lot of awesome stuff during next week’s episode!

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Feb 27, 2012

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Beelzebub episode 56

Yay, yet another Beelzebub filler!  God bless sarcasm and not much else. I’m a big fan of Beelzebub, but something I get this annoying feeling that they’re just f*cking with us, the loyal viewers. What’s with these weird side stories?

This week’s episode got divided into two halves. The first half was about a congratulatory letter about Hilda’s birthday. So what happens? That’s right; everyone, including Tatsumi, decided to hold a surprise party. Hilda started getting suspicious about the whole thing, which is why she went for a walk, where she encountered Aoi and some of the Red Tails with bags in their hands.

Hilda really is a nosy person, but for good reason. She just wants to ensure Be’el’s safety at all cost. Still, things started getting weirder and weirder as everyone came up with ridiculous excuses to avoid telling Hilda the truth. They all managed to escape and rendezvous back at Tatsumi’s house, only to find out that it wasn’t actually Hilda’s birthday. The Demon Lord made another one of his ‘funny’ mistakes.

That’s when the second half started. My god, I’m not even going to explain this one. Gist of it all is; everyone wanted to get stronger. Stronger than Tatsumi, and I’m sure we all know why they want that. Everyone came up with these ridiculous ideas in order to get stronger. Hell, Tatsuya showed up looking like a Gundam. I really do feel like they’re f*cking around with us. I have absolutely no idea what the point of this episode was.

I’m sure we all know that these are all fillers, but come on… These side stories are absolutely ridiculous. Things didn’t even get that bad with Naruto Shippuuden and Bleach fillers. And I think that Bleach was one of the worst shows when it comes to fillers. That says something. I just hope that the main story will resume soon, seeing as the manga has had enough time to get ahead.

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Feb 27, 2012

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From the New World anime green-lit

From the New World anime green-lit

The anime studio A-1 Pictures is adapting Yūsuke Kishi’s award-winning 2008 speculative-fiction novel From the New World (Shin Sekai Yori) for the TV Asahi network. Masashi Ishihama, the character designer and animation director of the Read or Die franchise and Welcome to THE SPACE SHOW, is directing.

The story is set in Japan a millennium from now. Five children — the protagonist Saki, Satoru, Maria, Mamoru, and Shun — have been born and raised in a tranquil town that can be described as a utopia, overflowing with water and green foilage. The world is ruled by people who have the “cursed power” or the “gods’ power” of telekinesis.

After a certain incident, Saki and the others come to realize the true nature of their world. Before long, they learn everything, including the bloody history that brought humanity to this state. The five throw themselves into life-threatening adventure and fighting to protect friends and a world on the brink of collapse.

Live-action actress Risa Taneda (Dai-2 Shashin-Bu!!) will play Saki Watanabe, while Kanako Toujô (Cobra The Animation: Time Drive’s Layla) will play Saki’s childhood friend Satoru Asahina. Kana Hanazawa (title character of Kobato.), Haruka Kudou (Honey and Clover’s Hagumi), and Mai Toudou (Saki’s Kazuko) round out the cast as Maria Akitsuki, Mamoru Itō, and Shun Aonuma, respectively.

The original novel shared The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of Japan’s 29th Nihon SF Taishō Award with Mitsuo Iso’s Dennō Coil anime series in 2008. The release date for the anime has not been announced, but a stage event will be held at the Anime Contents Expo on April 1 in Chiba, Japan.

Source: Oricon

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Feb 27, 2012

Posted by in Zero no Tsukaima F

Zero no Tsukaima F episode 08

Ahhh~ about time! I have been waiting for this episode all week. It surprised me that Louise was actually helpful for once, I guess miracles exist in the world of Zero no Tsukaima F as well. It’s not just that, they had another expected twist in store for us, so this week’s episode was particularly fun to watch.

The story continues as Tifania and Saito are still being held captive by the elves. Saito was busy all day, trying to inspect that old plane at the bottom of that lake. It seemed kind of difficult, seeing as he had to come up for air every few minutes. But life didn’t continue to be that easy for them, as the elves decided to ‘judge’ them for their crimes, even though they hadn’t done anything. It was their opinion that both of them possessed, and I quote; “the devil’s magic”. Their leader demanded their death, but decided to lock them up when a few of the elves were against it. He decided to plan something more sinister in order to kill them.

Things took a whole different turn when Tifania and Saito kissed, thereby completing the summoning contract that Tifania had started a few episodes back. Saito reacted and receive a marking on his chest. He is now the familiar of both Louise and Tifania. Being Louise’s familiar he has the power to use all sorts of weaponry at top level, so it’s only natural to assume that obtained some new powers.

However, that will have to come later, as they have to run for their lives. Vitartial wanted to escape with Saito and Tifania, because he too believed that it was wrong to kill them. The elves suspected as much, which is why they ambushed them over and over again. The elves claim to be a peace-loving race, but they’ve certainly showed us something else entirely during this week’s episode.

Still, things soon changed when they were locked in. That’s when Louise blacked out and started chanting some weird stuff, thereby opening a dimensional gate that linked her and Saito, allowing Saito and the rest to pass through. Being a Void mage has it’s pros I guess. Things didn’t stay peaceful for long though, as the rest soon found out what happened between him and Tifania. I’m really curious to know what this means and if this benefits Saito is any way.

Great episode, I really enjoyed watching it. It’s also one of those rare episodes where Louise saves Saito. I’m sure that Professor Jean can shed more light on this matter, I’m sure that there’s some information about multiple mages having the same familiar.

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