Hayao Miyazaki is Back!

According to various sources, our beloved Hayao Miyazaki had recently gone into retirement. However, we all know his imagination and creativity are monsters not easily sated. Thus, he has made his grand return to the workforce with Studio Ghibli on a new feature-length movie based off of a short CG film he worked on entitled: Boro the Caterpillar, slated to come out before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

I’m certain the animation will be phenomenal and the plot will be adorable as are all Miyazaki-esque films…and based on what I gathered from the title.

I am totally excited about his newest brainchild. Not much is known about the new work, but I look forward to it. Hopefully they can make it by the deadline!

Until then, here is a video I found of the process of the short film that inspired this newest creation!

 

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Kuromukuro

Okay guys! I’ve been posting a lot lately, lol. I wanted to share another anime with you, and this one is fairly new, as in created within the last year or so. If you want to be technical, that makes it somewhat old when you think of recent anime shelf life huh? But I digress.

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We’re gonna focus on Kuromukuro, a production of P.A. Works. This plot is somewhat ambitious, mixing futuristic mecha technology and samurai/bushido culture connected by some strange form of cryostasis and and cloning used for time travel. It’s actually streaming on Netflix in Dub! Let’s delve into a brief rundown of these two seasons of awesomeness!

Plot

A United Nations research facility by the name of Kurobe Laboratory located in the Japanese mountains found an ancient artifact that they have yet to unlock. Many mysteries surround it, more so when they find out the mecha can only be opened by the Chief Researcher’s daughter, Shirahane Yukina (Japanese name order).

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And what of the recently re-awakened samurai who was trapped inside in cryogenic stasis for 400 years?! Why does he think Yukina is his long, lost princess?!

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Forced to become a working member of the facility, Yukina and the samurai, Kennosuke must put aside their initial differences and work together to fight the onslaught of an upcoming alien invasion!

Let the battles begin!

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Personal Takeaways

I love Yukina’s dad. He was so goofy, it was adorable. And he was a nice lookin’ old man to boot! You don’t actually get to see him in action until like episode 23 or 24 though.

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The artwork of this anime is amazing! I really love the thought they put into it based on art, plot and general cohesiveness of all its components. It was really well made and highly entertaining! If you haven’t seen it yet, I suggest giving it a look see!

They even have an official website!

Kuromukuro Official Website

Check it out when you get the chance! Until my next post…mata ne!

Bloody Mary

I just wanna say, this particular manga is the closest thing to a Boy’s Love manga I have ever read that was made by Shojo Beat (SB)  magazine entrants. I won’t say I’m an expert on all things SB, but I have read my fair share and I must say…this plot is cuttin’ it pretty close. I mean, just look at the manga’s cover art! Come on!

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Plot

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Maria is your run-of-the-mill high school student…or is he? Enrolled at a parochial school, Maria, descendant of a very powerful exorcist, must fight vampires who are after his blood every time he leaves campus! He carries a cross that turns into a holy weapon detrimental to creatures of the night. But as luck would have it, one night the vampires get hip to his bluff. Maria doesn’t even know how to use it!

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Meanwhile, Mary a.k.a. “Bloody Mary” is a vampire who seeks his own demise religiously and quite literally has a death wish. He hates his lust for blood.

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But Mary is special, in that he’s not like other vampires. He is not susceptible to many of the perils that afflict vampires. He can walk in sunlight, his reflection shows in mirrors, etc. Mary is almost normal…or can at least pass for normal.

For centuries, Mary has searched for Maria’s descendant in order to die, only to find him and realize he has no powers of exorcism!

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Thus a pact was formed. Due to Maria’s strong desire to live, he enlists Mary’s help in return for eventually granting the vampire’s deepest wish. Mary is to become Maria’s bodyguard and use him as a source of sustenance until Maria learns how to use his ancestral powers and fulfill his promise of death to the tired vamp.

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It’s a great read and Maria’s sadistic streak makes for some hilarious situations! You should totally give this manga a try!

Til’ next time. Toodles!

The Demon Prince of Momochi House

Perusing my manga collection in search of my muse, I came across a title that I thought to blog about. It’s a cute little manga called “The Demon Prince of Momochi House”!
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The story and art was done by the awesome Aya Shouoto-san. I just want to say, I really love her art style, in a shoujo manga love sort of way, lol.
As most shojo beat manga, the story centers around a young girl who eventually gets mixed up with a group of bishies!
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Plot
Our protagonist, Himari Momochi, ends up inheriting a house on her 16th birthday. However, rumor has it, the house is haunted! Coming from an orphanage, she believes this house will be a new and bright beginning for her, but upon arrival, she sees the place trashed and occupied by handsome squatters!
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Violently showing her ownership of the mansion, she becomes their new landlady, much to their chagrin. What she doesn’t know is, the house is on a barrier between the natural and supernatural world. Though she is meant to be the guardian, the leader of the squatters by the name of Aoi Nanamori, has assumed her role.
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The three beautiful men all try to discourage her presence there (for good reason as you later find out), going so far as to try to scare her away from the mansion! But Himari is one strong and determined chick! In pure shojo fashion, Himari will whip them into shape. These men will find it hard to make Himari give up the only link to her family!
It’s a great read and I totally recommend you pick up your copy at the nearest chain bookstore!
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Ao No Exorcist Gets Second Season!

OMG!! I am so excited about the new Ao no Exorcist season! I am a total Blue Exorcist fan girl and this is like the best thing EVER!
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For those of you who don’t know, Ao no Exorcist is a story revolving around a set of twins. Both are the spawn of Satan, but only one inherited powers from good ol’ dad. And get this, the brothers are adopted by a man of the cloth of all people! Being raised in the beginning of their life by old man Fujimoto, Okumura Rin, the demon twin, and Okumura Yukio, the human twin, began training as exorcists.
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Yukio retains an IQ level bordering on the insane, whereas his poor older twin is left sorely lacking in that regard. Seems like the younger brother stole all of Rin’s intelligence huh?
All throughout the anime, Rin struggles to pass his exorcist classes. Rin grows to be jealous of his brother Yukio who was light years ahead of him academically, already having reached the rank of Middle First Class and well on his way to becoming a Paladin. The younger twin also just so happens to be Rin’s Anti-Demon Pharmacology professor in Cram School! Despite all of the monumental setbacks, Rin strives to become the best exorcist he can be while wrestling with his out-of-control demonic powers.
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Now that’s out of the way, my thoughts on the first two episodes of season two are as follows…
The animation is just as superb as the last season. I see no marked change, which is a really good sign. Not like some other anime titles where the new seasons took on a different style that happened to be worse than the original. The backgrounds are also pretty awesome!
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I think it’s cute that Bon’s family has that distinct Kansai accent. And Bon looks so much better to me without that Mohawk, don’t you agree?
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Shura also gets a lot more screen time this round too! She wasn’t seen as much in the first season, so that is totally awesome!
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It starts out with action almost right off the bat. I had initially thought Rin was going to have become a tad more mature, but sadly, that isn’t really the case. Everyone seems to have a problem with our cute half blood, including his little brother. I hope eventually they get over their personal problems, especially since Rin never really hurt anyone. The second episode starts showing a bit more intrigue in the plot, I can’t wait to see how it goes! I can’t wait for episode two! Until next time guys!
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Bungou Stray Dogs

Hello guys! It’s Tonisenpai again with another super late update! (Ducks rocks thrown by angry fans)…OTL And as for the featured image, I know there’s a watermark on it, but it was one of the best images that gave the whole lineup of characters, names included, to give you a good view of most of the cast. Now, without further ado…
Bungou Stray Dogs has just about ended another wonderful season! I would be remiss if I would not discuss this wonderful anime with you guys, so here goes…
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The manga’s anime adaptation was created by our beloved anime company Bones, the creators of the famed anime Fullmetal Alchemist. Season one starts off with the main character, Nakajima Atsushi, who was an orphan unfortunate enough to be kicked out of the orphanage and onto the streets. Dressed in rags, penniless, and contemplating theft, poor Atsushi-kun wanders along the shores of starvation…or is it the local river?
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In the water, he notices someone casually drowning (how does that work?). At risk to himself and against his better judgment, the orphan boy saves the man, only to find out he a crazed detective with an unhealthy obsession with committing suicide named Dazai Osamu.
Dazai, ever the strange individual, invites the kid to a free meal to be paid (unwillingly) by his partner Kunikida, also from the same agency. During their outing, Dazai informs Atsushi of a dangerous tiger that is wandering the streets, wreaking havoc on the surrounding population and that they are in hot pursuit of the creature.
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This revelation leads to a series of plot twists that reveals the culprit and brings about Atsushi’s eventual induction into the paranormal detective agency.
I really love this anime a lot. Dazai is one of my favorite characters. There are times when he gets serious and his past is shrouded in mystery, but he mostly serves as comic relief for the majority of his screen time. His relationship with Atsushi is the cutest thing, as he is forever protecting his kouhai. Eventually finding out about a price on his head and dodging kidnapping attempts from the Port Mafia, Atsushi needs all the protection he can get!
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Atsushi’s personality fits right in with the weirdos at the agency, what with his penchant for degrading himself and finding everything about himself worthless. But despite their strangeness, they are a close-knit group and act like a family.
The fights are epic, the artwork is beautiful, the music is awesome and the plot twists will throw you for a loop (they sure did for me)! I guarantee you’ll love it if you haven’t seen it already. I can’t wait for it to be translated over and buy the DVD set! I recommend both seasons for your viewing pleasure! Until next time!
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Strike the Blood

Yoooo!!!

I know it’s been ages since I’ve wrote on here but have no fear I plan on making a full comeback ^_^

OK so my latest anime obsession is Strike the Blood. You like vampires? You like cute chicks? What about a vamp with a hentai kink? Well….you all are just in luck….Strike the Blood has all three elements and more.

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A little background of this anime:

The main character is Akatsuki Kojou, who’s your slightly normal 16 year old high school. Except, he just gained the ability of immortality from the vampire known as The 4th Progenitor. If you’re anything like me you’re over there wondering, “What in the world is progenitor??” Well, progenitor is actually 1 of 3 vampire lords that rule the world. Kojou is being observed Yukina Himeragi, who’s a sword shaman sent by the Lion King Organization to kill Kojou if his powers seem to threat to the already powers that be.

What makes this anime so compelling is the fact that the main character is a complete perve. The guy gets turned on by blood and most of all when he kisses a new female with high spiritual powers he gains more control over his own vampiric powers. I think what really got my hormones raging was when Kojou took human blood for the first time. Ohh My God!!!! That expression on Yukina’s face when his fangs pierced her skin was pure stimulation. I wanted whatever it was she feeling at the moment. I literally had to pause the scene, take a moment, fan myself and take a deep breath before I could hit play again. I live for moments like this….don’t judge me.

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*fan girl scream*

 

Another little tidbit that had me hooked is the love triangle that involves Yukino – Kojou – Asagi. On one hand, there’s 14 year old Yukino, fresh out of The Lion King’s orphanage who was really sent to meet Kojou for other reasons “wink wink” unknown to her. And on the other hand you have 16 year old computer genius Asagi, who’s Kojou best friend. Asagi is what I like to refer to as the “Rem-life” character. For all those Re:Zero fanatics out there, Rem needs no introduction . However, I feel I should explain why I bestowed the “Rem-life” title to Asagi. Like Rem, Asagi is known to be madly in love with Kojou but seen only as the “best friend”. Literally does anything Kojou asks of her without hesitation. This girl had literally hacked into all sorts of places for this guy and what happens to her?? She gets bumped by the darn 14 year old….or does she. Hmmm, I don’t want to give too too much away. Sooo on that note if I’ve sparked your curiosity please show your support of Gokuto Mikumo’s “Strike the Blood” and then find out the answer to the love triangle by watching the 8 episode series of “Strike the Blood II” which actually just released on November 23, 2016 and will be concluding on April 26, 2017.

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Strike the Blood Second 

Visit these sites if you would like to give Strike the Blood series a try:

http://kissanime.ru/Anime/Strike-the-Blood/Episode-001?id=53597

http://www.crunchyroll.com/strike-the-blood/episode-1-the-right-arm-of-the-saint-i-645409

http://kissanime.ru/Anime/Strike-the-Blood-II/Episode-001?id=132928

 

I hope you find this anime as stimulating as I did.

ciao ^_^