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.

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Anime Sunday: Most Anticipated Winter 2018 Anime

This week for Anime Sunday I’m looking ahead to the start of next year! It’s my Most Anticipated Winter 2018 Anime!

Märchen Mädchen: It’s an Isekai story, but it’s based off of our fairy tales and mythology, so I’m all for that. The fact that the lead is a female character instead of some dumb guy is just more icing on the cake. I’m looking forward to this series, hopefully it doesn’t flop.

Fate/Extra: I’m a huge Fate series fan, so the fact that the sub series that I enjoy the most is getting an Anime adaptation is awesome. However for those who are unaware there are 3 basic routes to the game, one featuring it’s own separate Servant. This is going to be animating the Male Hakuno and Saber route, which I am not so much a fan of. I don’t hate this particular Saber and no it’s not the same Saber from Stay Night. I just enjoy Caster a hell of a lot more. Maybe they’ll let ufotable animate Caster’s route, which I’ll totally accept as a excuse and appetizer for why we need another saber faced heroine getting screen time. This is being done by Shaft for those unaware, so expect plenty of awesome animation, just not as awesome as ufotable.

Here’s praying my favorite Fox Girl gets her own screen time, her own story along with that of a female Hakuno would be pretty freaking awesome. The reason this sub-series is my favorite is it’s got a big focus on Romance, which the Stay Night and Apocrypha series aren’t as intrinsically tied into.

As an aside, I’m starting to play this game on my PC, and I’m looking for help getting the emulation software to work properly so I can enjoy the original game fully. If anyone can help with that, please shoot me an email which you can find on my contact page. I am a total beginner when it comes to emulation, so any help would be appreciated.

Death March: I love the Web Novel that this series is based off of, so I’m really looking forward to the Anime Adaptation. Hopefully it doesn’t screw up the pacing by going too fast, because that will really destroy the whole thematic feel of the series.

Darling in the FranXX: It’s another Studio Trigger series, so I’m fully prepared to either love or hate this series based on how insane it gets. Kill la Kill and Gurren Lagann were a bit too over the top for me. We’ll see how this goes.

 

Honorable Mentions:

Overlord: Is getting a second season, this adaptation of a Light Novel series was pretty awesome. Whether the later arcs get adapted just as well, remains to be seen. The only reason this isn’t up above and in the Honorable Mentions section is it isn’t a brand new Anime or adaptation. It’s a sequel or a continuation.

Kokkoku: I just read the synopsis of the series, so I’m looking forward to this if only out of curiosity.

Card Captor Sakura: Cardcaptor Sakura is getting a brand new storyline taking part in their Middle School days, I’ll give it a shot at least to determine if my baby sister might enjoy the series, or if I’ll just have her read the original stuff on it’s own without getting into this additional plotline.

Anime Sunday: Fate/Apocrypha Episode 01 Impressions

This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering another Summer 2017 series. It’s my Fate/Apocrypha Episode 01 Impressions!

Plot Synopsis: The story is set in a parallel world to original Fate/stay night and the Greater Grail was removed from Fuyuki City to Romania after the war. Thus the events of Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero never happened. It focuses on the conflict between the two opposing factions, Red and Black, each summoning seven Servants and the Grail itself summoning a special Ruler-class servant as a mediator of the Holy Grail War. The Red faction members are mages sent by the Clock Tower Mage’s Association, while the Black faction members are part of a Romanian group of magi called Yggdmillennia.

Plot: While this episode starts in medias res with a huge battle going on between both the Black and Red factions, it quickly goes back to the beginning where a man named Sisigou Kairi is asked to come to the Clock Tower in London for a job. Apocrypha obviously a fairly dark series just by watching the first minute and half of the show where countless deaths occur, so if you are hoping for a lighter and more happy Fate series go look else where. Not that there are really any light Fate series, except maybe that weird Mahjong Manga.

Characters: I really enjoy the Fate series because for the most part there aren’t really any clear-cut villains or evil people. Everyone is taking part for mostly selfish reasons and their actions aren’t necessarily wrong. So this first episode which introduces us to a good portion of the cast is quite interesting. Especially all the servants. I won’t say who my favorite character was, because I honestly can’t pick one. There are too many excellent characters.

Art: The art isn’t as high quality as something produced by ufotable, by A-1 Pictures didn’t do a terrible job like Studio Deen did with the original Stay Night Anime adaptation. That said if you were expecting the amazing action sequences and excellent quality seen in the Unlimited Blade Works adaptation you will be disappointed.

Music: The music was amazing, as is usually the case with any Fate series. The opening and ending themes weren’t as amazing as some other ones from past works, but it wasn’t bad at all.

Overall: If you love the Fate series, or hell just love Mythology and History, you’ll absolutely love this newest adaptation in the Fate series.

For those who like: The Fate series, Action, Drama, Battles, Mythology, History, Excellent Plot, Fantastic Cast of Characters, Good Art, Great Musical Score.

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

Anime Sunday: Most Anticipated Summer 2017 Anime

This week for Anime Sunday I’m looking this summers selection of Anime. It’s my Most Anticipated Summer 2017 Anime!

Fate/Apocrypha: This is yet another Fate series, so I’m intrigued by it. I’ve not read the original Light Novels, but I’ll probably get around to it sometime. It takes place in an alternate timeline from the Stay Night series, so don’t expect to see Rin and Shirou.

Isekai Shokudou: This is a series I know almost nothing about, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the Isekai genre in particular. The few things I know about this is that it’s about a restaurant that serves food from other worlds for some unknown reason. Should be interesting to watch.

Knights and Magic: I covered the first original light novel a long time ago in my Thursday column, way back when it was still called Light Novel Thursday. It’s another Isekai/Tensei series, but I really enjoyed the main character for using his knowledge about his hobbies in his past life to achieve his dreams in this new life.

Touken Ranbu: This series is based off a game aimed at women, but since it’s animated by my favorite studio, ufotable, I’ll give this a watch regardless that I’m not the main target audience. The game is about swords turned into young attractive men, so we’ll see. It can’t be more weird than a series about talking to guy lying on your bed with. Plus it’s got ufotable animating it, so I’m expecting tons of action animated into excellent sequences.

Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni: This is yet another Isekai/Tensei series, but it’s about a guy who died by accident. So “God” apologizes and decides to reincarnate him into a world of magic and steel with his smartphone. Yea you read that right, his smartphone is his “Cheat” skill. I’ve read the Web Novel a bit, and it was quite good. That being said it is a definite Harem series, but don’t expect a lot of wishy-washy behavior from the lead character like you’d see in something like Infinite Stratos.

Ballroom e Youkouso: I covered the original source material in a Manga Monday a long time ago, but I always though this might become an awesome Anime. So hopefully it lives up to my expectations.

Honorable Mention:

Koi to Uso: It has an interesting premise in that in a near future Japan, due to the decline in children being born every person at the age of sixteen is given a marriage partner by the government. It sounds almost dystopian, but this isn’t from what I’ve heard and read. Which would be a pity because I hate the Dystopia genre in general, and I’d have to avoid this series like the plague.

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

Anime Sunday: Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works Final Impressions

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This week on Anime Sunday I’m covering my final thoughts on the Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works adaptation that recently ended.

Plot: It was very well done, and I’m glad that it had nods to the prequel series Fate/Zero, as was hinted at way back in Episode 02 by Saber. I had one little criticism and that’s the fact that the sex scene was just straight up removed, I didn’t want anything obscene or excessive, but it paid very little respect to the original Visual Novel in that regard.  At least it wasn’t as bad as the Fate route series which had a really odd sequence.

Characters: I loved how the series went into the various backstories of most of the various masters, but I’m sad that Sakura and Lancer got the short straws and were never explored. That being said that’s a minor complaint because I have to say that they did an amazing job with everything that was the Unlimited Blade Works route and putting it into an Anime.

Art: ufotable consistently pulls off masterworks, and this series just confirms my assertion that they are the best anime studio out there, rivaling any other studio with ease and beating most outright in terms of quality work. I think I noticed one animation gaff, and it was a very minor one during a single frame of animation, which for a 26 episode series is freaking amazing.

Music: Amazingly well done, it set up the tone of the series perfectly and I enjoyed every opening and ending theme just as much. I particularly enjoyed the opening themes, performed by Mashiro Ayano and Aimer.

Overall: If you want to watch an amazing series look no further it has pretty much everything you’ll ever want in a series. It truly is that good.

Anime Sunday: Fate/Stay Night (2014 Series)

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This week on Anime Sunday I’m talking about the amazing 2014 remake of the terrible 2006 Anime adaptation of the classic Visual Novel Fate/Stay Night. However this one covers Unlimited Blade Works instead of the Fate route. Three cheers for everyone’s favorite Tsundere character Rin Tohsaka!

Before Watching: First off you should probably watch the series in order, because things will get slightly confusing. The Fate series is highly complex and if you want the full experience of the storyline you need to watch the series in a certain order. Or just play the freaking Visual Novel!

Suggested Viewing Order:

  1. Fate/Stay Night (2006) Anime Series [This one follows the Fate route of the Visual Novel while touching upon the other routes a bit.]
  2. Fate/Zero Anime Series [Fate/Zero is a prequel, but it spoils things for Fate/Stay Night a bunch if you haven’t watched it yet.]
  3. Fate/Stay Night (2014) Anime Series [This one follows the Unlimited Blade Works route.]
  4. Fate/Stay Night: Heavens Feel Movie [This one follows the Heavens Feel route.] {This is forthcoming as of the time this is posted it is currently in production by the terrific studio Ufotable}

Confused yet? I hope not because I’m just getting to the part where I talk about what I like about this series thus far, and so far I’ve only watched Episodes 00 (Prologue) and 01. Back to your regular post format from now on, I promise.

Plot Synopsis: Fuyuki City is the setting for a secret and violent war among competing magi. For the past two centuries, seven sorcerers have gathered and engage in a battle royale known as the Holy Grail War, each gambling his or her own life to obtain the Holy Grail, a legendary chalice capable of granting wishes. The past four Holy Grail Wars have typically occurred every sixty years or so. However, the fifth war has started prematurely, with the most recent concluding less than a decade ago.

The seven sorcerers, known as Masters, are aided by seven beings known as Servants, reincarnations of legendary heroes from all time. These resurrected souls possess superhuman characteristics and wield powerful artifacts or abilities called Noble Phantasms, symbols of their heroism during life. Only one Servant can be summoned in each war from one of seven classes: Saber, Archer, Lancer, Berserker, Rider, Assassin, and Caster, each representing their distinctive role in battle. The Servants are summoned by the power of the Grail itself and aid their Masters in doing battle, protecting them from harm and killing other Servants or Masters. In return for their aid, the Servants also seek their own wish from the Holy Grail, should their Master become victorious.

Shirō Emiya is a serious yet helpful, hardworking, and honest teenager and a student at Fuyuki High, whose parents died in a fire years ago. He was then adopted by Kiritsugu Emiya. When he was a child, his adoptive father told him how he had failed at his life ambition to become a “Hero of Justice”. Shirō affirms to his adoptive father that he intends to devote his life to achieving that distant ideal, much to Kiritsugu’s chagrin. To do this, Shirō pleads with a begrudging Kiritsugu to teach him sorcery; but being born without the capabilities of a magus, Shirō proves to be talentless in almost all the fundamental sorcerous disciplines. Kiritsugu dies in Shirō’s youth. From then on, he grows up as an orphan in the occasional company of Taiga Fujimura, his English teacher at Fuyuki High, and Sakura Matō, his underclassman.

Plot: Well since I’ve only watched the first couple of episodes, and never had the chance to play the Visual Novel (I really want to though!) I’ve enjoyed the plot quite a bit. That said if you haven’t watched the first Fate/Stay Night series it is going to confuse the heck out of you. Once you do that, you should watch the Prologue episode (episode 00) though, as it’s just as amazing as the next one and helps set up the story. I really enjoy this route as I liked Rin quite a bit more as a heroine over Saber in the first Anime series; though Sakura is a very, very close second from watching these first two episodes. In case you haven’t understood it yet, each route has a different heroine. The Fate route (the first Anime series) is Saber, Unlimited Blade Works (the 2014 Anime series) is Rin, and Heavens Feel is Sakura.  One final thing to note, and it was heavily implied from what I remember of the first Anime series, is that there are high chances of this series having sexual scenes. It will probably just be implied, or it might be offscreen, but the Fate series is based off an Eroge Visual Novel and it will not be suitable for children to watch. Hell the amount of violence in the first episode is insane. If it’s anything like the first Anime series it’s going to be an incredibly bloody series.

Characters: Like I said above, I like Rin as a main heroine much more than Saber. Saber is nice enough I suppose, but if you are stuck for eternity trying to win a cup to get a wish you are way too screwed up for my tastes. The rest of the cast is much better done in this series than the first one. I can relate to Shirou a hell of a lot more in this series, and I like Sakura a hell of a lot more in this series over the first one. Fujimura is a hoot to watch in this series too, way too funny to be in this overly serious series. That said I find that her humor will probably be missed in the coming weeks.

Art: Like I mentioned above Ufotable is a fantastic studio and they are the ones producing this series. If you find the artwork familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen their work while you were playing Tales of Xillia 1 & 2. They were in charge for the artwork and animated scenes in those games, which were fantastic by the way.

Music: The music thus far, and we haven’t even gotten to the good parts I bet, is amazing so far. The Opening and Ending themes are amazing, with Kalafina performing the Ending theme and the Opening by Mashiro Ayano. The soundtrack is just as amazing as the Opening and Ending themes.

Overall: Can you tell I’m excited about this series yet? If you’ve watched the first two on my suggested viewing order list you really need to be watching this series.

For those who like: Mystery, Urban Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Epic fight scenes, Amazing artwork, Fantastic characters, Outstanding plot, Superb musical scores, The Fate series, TYPE-MOON, The Nasuverse in general.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, but how can you hate all of that?

Light Novel Thursday: Kara no Kyoukai by Kinoko Nasu

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This Light Novel Thursday I’m covering one of the best series in the Nasuverse, It’s Kara no Kyoukai, or Garden of Sinners in English, by Kinoko Nasu.

Plot Synopsis: Mikiya Kokutō becomes intrigued by the mysterious series of violent deaths occurring in his town and Shiki Ryōgi, a beautiful but unsociable girl. As he tries to become closer to Shiki, he realizes that Shiki is connected to the mysterious deaths and that the supernatural forces involved with both could kill him.

Plot: The plot is definitely the prototype to the Fate series and Nasu’s later works, but damn does it cover really intense stuff. Prepare to deal with lots of stuff that involve violence from suicide to murder and everything in between. It’s only 3 volumes long, but this series is quite intense.

Characters: Of all the characters Mikiya is probably the most normal of everyone in the series, and that’s good because you need something to ground the rest of this series with. Shiki is at times beautiful and at other times incredibly creepy. Why Mikiya can fall for that girl is beyond me, but their romance is the sub plot to the action that the rest of the series is dominated by.

Art: It’s beautiful work, as expected of Type-Moon. Probably among the best illustrations you’ll ever find for a Light Novel series.

Overall: If you don’t mind violence, you probably will love this series.

For those who like: Violence, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Type-Moon, Nasuverse series.

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