Spring is in the air (well, sort of) and we are almost at the end of the season without our Anime Update. Aargh! So, before it’s Christmas (and technically summer) we better get on with another one.
To start us off we have a couple of feature films, one a stand alone cinematic release, the other a feature length entry from a long standing TV series:
“A strange flower grants a young girl magical powers, which leads to the adventure of a lifetime.”
From new animation house Studio Ponoc, directed and produced by former Studio Ghibli staff – creators of Arrietty and When Marnie Was There.
“What does Animus plan to do with the Dragon Cry? Sonya wants to save her country, but what secret is she hiding? Within the interlacing ulterior motives, Fairy Tail fights against the danger that is the menacing world! And in the middle of this heroic battle, Natsu’s instinct awakens … “
And here are some brand new complete series titles you’re sure to be interested in:
“When the truck slammed into Kei Nagai’s body, he should have died instantly. Instead, the high-school student finds himself resurrected, with all of his wounds somehow healed. However, Kei’s real problems are just starting. Now revealed to be an Ajin, one of a mysterious new breed of demi–human that have begun appearing around the world, he’s been marked with an international bounty, and in the eyes of the world’s governments, Kei is a specimen to be contained by any means possible.”
“Following a TV anime series and a theatrical film, the long-awaited new series has come back! Set in Kyoto, a new chapter of Blue Exorcist is about to begin …
Born the spawn of Satan, Rin Okumura decides to hide his origins, and become an exorcist … but his cover is blown during an attack by Amaimon, the King of Earth, and he is revealed to be the son of Satan. Terrified of Satan’s blue flames, his friends start to distance themselves from Rin …
It is then that someone steals the Left Eye of the Impure King, sealed away in the deepest part of the academy, and Rin and the others find themselves embroiled in an unexpected crisis … “
“Legends speak of the Shepherd, a savior who will bring peace to the seraphim and human worlds. Sorey has spent his life studying ancient books and exploring ruins to learn more about the legendary savior. When he and his seraphim companion Mikleo encounter a mysterious girl in the ruins, the stories of the Shephard become Soreys reality. Is he strong enough to take on the evil Lord of Calamity?”
Now for some titles that continue an ongoing series we currently have or are an extension to the universe of a previously completed series:
Sadly, occasionally some of our titles go MIA but here’s a couple we’ve re-purchased because we just couldn’t live without them! [And we needed them for our Anime Arvo screenings! – Ed.]
And last but not least, everyone’s favourite segment …
What I’m watching!
Boku No Hero Academia (aka My Hero Academia)
Synopsis – “Middle school student Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but he’s part of the 20% without a ‘Quirk’. Unwilling to give up his dream, he plans to take the exam and be accepted into a high school for budding heroes. Through a series of serendipitous events, he catches the eye of the greatest hero, All Might, who agrees to train him.”
I’m not a huge fan of the 25-minutes-of-punch-in-the-face-action anime genre but I have to say, I really enjoyed this series! There is, of course, a lot of serious superhero/supervillain fighting and smack-down action in this show but there are also a lot of distinct, individual characters with solid back stories and motivations – and, good lord, actual character development throughout the seasons. What more can you ask for?!
I hoped to find a cool trailer that would sum up the awesomeness of the show without having any major spoilers or horrible English dub accents (please watch it in Japanese!) but couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. You can check out the official AnimeLab trailer, HERE, though.
Check it out!
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