Anime Sunday: Most Anticipated Summer 2018 Anime

This week for Anime Sunday I’m looking ahead. It’s my Most Anticipated Summer 2018 Anime!

Isekai Maou to Shoukan Dorei Majutsu: This is an Isekai series, I’ve heard it’s a fairly funny series with a ridiculously OP main character. Whether it’s any good remains to be seen, but it’s a pretty okay Light Novel series.

Hyakuren no Haou to Seiyaku no Valkyria: This is another Isekai series, but this time the main character isn’t some OP bad ass and actually has to work his ass off and isn’t given any help from pretty much anyone upon arriving in a new world. I’m unsure on this series as I haven’t read it’s original Light Novels, but given the synopsis and the fact that the main character isn’t some walking nuke I’m interested.

Happy Sugar Life: This is a Horror series. If you want to know how screwed up humans can be, you might want to watch this. Me I’m just watching it because it’s more psychological horror rather than a traditional horror series. I might regret it, but I’ll be giving it a shot.

Honorable Mentions:

Fate/Extra Last Encore: The second season of Last Encore, this will continue the weird adaptation of a game I really need to finish playing.

One Room Season Two: I enjoyed these short form Anime last year, and I’ve been a fan of the main artist for this series. So I’ll be giving this a quick watch.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday.

Anime Sunday: New Life+ Controversy

This week for Anime Sunday I’m not covering a new series. It’s all about the New Life+ Controversy!

Huh?: So for those unaware there was in the past month a huge controversy that exploded regarding a Light Novel series that was getting an Anime adaptation. Than someone found some pretty inflammatory Twitter posts by the author and everything went pear shaped. First the Voice Actors quit the Anime adaptation, than the Anime itself got cancelled. Following that the original publisher pulled the series from Print and the US Publisher did the same.

Seriously?: Yeah, it really happened and personally I find it a shame that it happened and now a bunch of people are out of jobs after putting in work on it.

But they were really insensitive remarks, and so was the main character in the book!: Well I will agree that the Author was an asshole, and probably still is one, but I will dispute the fact that the main character was racist.

First the main character doesn’t have any memories, only knowledge of his past life. The fact that he killed thousands of people as part of a war is something he’s completely unaware of from the first 60 or so pages of the first volume of the Light Novel that I’ve read. The fact he did that is slightly unbelievable, but then again it’s a war, people die; get over it. The fact that some American people got upset at that and call foul when America has a sitting president with known racist Tweets, Multiple Sexual Assault Allegations and tons of other sleazy shit is a bunch of bull to me. Personally I am fully aware of how nationalistic Chinese citizens can be, it’s featured prominently in much of their own literature and authors make similar remarks all the freaking time. Some of the authors of series that have even gotten true Anime have also made rather insensitive remarks on the Chinese equivalents of Twitter. So this occurring is a bit confusing to me   I’m fully aware of how much bad blood there is between Korea, China and Japan, but people losing their jobs over remarks made by another person years in the past is a bit much to me. If you’re going to be upset, than be upset BEFORE people start working on something.

That’s it for this week’s Anime Sunday.

TNT: Upcoming Anime Adaptations of Light Novels

This week for Translation Necessary Thursday I’m back with a quick look the towards future. It’s all about Upcoming Anime Adaptations of Light Novels!

Arifureta: Color me really surprised, but yeah Arifureta is getting an Anime. Hopefully it isn’t absolute crap, but the storyline is actually pretty amazing, and I’ve read the entire web novel and a bit of the after story. Whether the adaptation is any good will remain to be seen.

Shield Hero: Again I’m really surprised this is getting an Anime, considering the absolutely horrid things that occur to Naofumi in the first few chapters.

Sword Art Online Alicization Arc: Not surprised at all that this is getting an Anime, with how huge a hit the first two seasons were. I’ll admit I’m partial to the GGO arc of SAO, but the rest is a bit too lighthearted overall for me. Alicization though shouldn’t be that lighthearted and I fully expect it to take the entire two cour’s worth of episodes to animate the entire thing, if not possibly 3 cour.

Toaru Index Season 3: Once more a suprise announcement, it’ll happen sometime in the future. Eventually.

Shout outs go to both Overlord and Death March for their adaptations happening in the Winter 2018 season. Hopefully Death March’s won’t be absolutely terrible.

Wish List Adaptations I’d love to see happen in the second half of 2018, but incredibly likely that they won’t happen:

Fate/Strange Fake and Fate/Prototype Fragments: Both are really interesting series that haven’t really been translated yet, so I’d love them to get some love from my favorite studio ufotable. Of course I’d also like a Fate/Extra Caster Route with Hakunon by ufotable as well. Hell get everything Nasuverse related done by ufotable in the future TYPE-MOON! Seriously though, a match made in heaven.

That’s it for the first Translation Necessary Thursday of 2018, come back next week for a more regular sort of post.

Anime Sunday: Taboo Tattoo Episode 01 Impressions


This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering a brand new series from the Summer 2016 Season! It’s my Taboo Tattoo Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: After saving a homeless man from some thugs, Seigi receives a strange tattoo from the man as a gift. This act leads to a series of events that will pull Seigi into the middle of a conflict…

Plot: This first episode was way more intense than I thought it would be, but I’m not complaining at all. I loved every single minute, and I’m kind of regretting that this is the first series of the Summer 2016 Season I’ve given a look at other than Tales of Zestiria’s adaptation, which I’ve had to postpone writing about until after today’s upcoming episode is aired. The reason I’m regretting it is that I don’t have more episodes of this series to watch, and I very rarely feel that way after just a single episode these days. I loved all the action we got to experience in this first episode, and for a premier episode it had an awesome amount of it.

Characters: Seigi is an awesome main character, and totally lives up to his name (Seigi means justice, a do-gooder would be called Seigi no Mikata which translates to Ally of Justice). I actually enjoy him, he’s clearly well aware that he’s not powerful even though he can take out the average thug on the street with ease and that makes him a very likable character. Touko, his childhood friend we didn’t get to see much of in this first episode, but from the time we did see, we can tell that she deeply loves Seigi and it’s fairly obvious to just about everyone, except maybe Seigi himself. Our female lead Izzy on the other hand is a bit of a creeper, and honestly I hope we don’t get to see any sort of love triangle between the three characters. The only other character we get to meet is Tom, an assistant who is not very competent thus far. Maybe he’ll shape up, but I see him being a rather minor character overall from just this first episode. Who knows though, this is after all just the first episode.

Art: J.C. Staff is the studio behind the series, and they’ve done some amazing work with past series including a personal favorite of mine the Toaru series of Anime adaptations. This adaptation of Taboo Tattoo doesn’t disappoint in the least and I loved every single minute of it. This is just the first episode however so I won’t be too surprised at any animation flubs in later episodes. Not every studio can be like ufotable and just create masterpieces of animation.

Music: The music we got to listen to in this episode was pretty good, and although not the best I’ve listened to, it’s probably in the top 10%. The opening theme by May’n wasn’t bad, and the ending wasn’t terrible either, but neither was really noteworthy either.

Overall: This first episode shows great promise, if the quality doesn’t dip too much in later episodes this might turn into one of the gems of the season.

For those who like: Urban Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Seinen, Action, Drama, Martial Arts, Exellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Great Artwork, Good Music.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

Anime Sunday: The Tower of Druaga


This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering a mediocre series. It’s The Tower of Druaga: Aegis of URUK.

Plot Synopsis: It has been eighty years since King Gilgamesh defeated “the tower” single-handedly, and now the tower is reborn again. The “Summer of Anu” is a season that comes every few years during which the powers of the monsters within the Tower wane thanks to the grace of the great god Anu. Each Summer of Anu, the armies of the Uruk Kingdom secure their strongholds within the Tower, aiming to eventually conquer the upper floors. The story begins with the third Summer of Anu. The city of Meskia is the first stronghold built on the first level of the Tower. In addition to the Uruk Army preparing for their third campaign against Druaga, innumerable adventurers called “climbers” have been drawn to Meskia by rumors of the Blue Crystal Rod, a legendary treasure believed to be hidden on the top floor of the Tower. Jil, a young guardian, has traveled to the tower and Meskia, the last safe stop on the first floor of the tower. The story follows Jil, a new climber who wishes to reach the top floor of the tower.

Plot: The plot isn’t amazing, and while there is a few surprises it’s generally not that great a series. I won’t spoil anything, but as it’s adapted from a 1984 video game series I wasn’t expecting a great plot.

Characters: Jil is a whiny brat, and while the series is about him growing up, I still can’t stand him. Actually I can’t stand any of the characters. Neeba in particular is an ass.

Artwork: The art is okay, but nothing amazing either.

Music: Decent, but nothing super amazing.

Overall: An easily skippable series.

For those who like: Video Game adaptations, Action, Adventure.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or want a good plot.