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Belladonna Lee
13 January 2017 @ 11:41 am
Nintendo did a live stream promoting their new console, Nintendo Switch, but I'm not interested in that.

What's been happening lately? Uchouten Kazoku 2's first PV is out, and it's good to see the loveble tanuki family again. The TV anime will air on April 9th (not sure why they announce the airing date so early).

A new Amano Akira exhibition will be held in Kyoto later in the year. There are also talks that a 10th anniversary Katekyo Hitman Reborn seiyuu event will be held at some point. (There's never any doubt that ēlDLIVE will be getting a seiyuu event of some sort, seeing as the TV anime is airing right now.)

Watched Patlabor 2, a 1993 anime film that deals with the topics of war, peace and terrorism. The relationship between Japan and the U.S. is complicated to say the least. Anyway, I really need to watch the movie again; the movie is packed with so many ideas that one viewing isn't enough for me to understand everything. After that, I suppose I'll watch Patlabor 1 and all four Kon Satoshi films (and maybe Paranoia Agent as well).
Current Mood: mellowmellow
Belladonna Lee
05 January 2017 @ 09:26 am
Read Takeuchi Tomo's Ballroom e Youkoso, a shounen manga about competitive ballroom dancing. It's very good; it reminds me a bit of the film Shall We Dance? (the original, not the Hollywood remake). Production I.G. will be handling the anime adaptation that will air this summer.

Ryukishi07 has announced that the next instalment in the When They Cry visual novel series will be released in 2017, and it will be different from Higurashi and Umineko.

Nitro+Chiral is working on their next game, Slow Damage. They've released a teaser, and it sure looks dark. It seems to be the norm for N+C's odd-numbered games (Togainu no Chi, sweet pool) to have a darker look than their even-numbered entries (Lamento, Dramatical Murder).

Fate/Apocrypha, the 5-volume light novel series written by Higashide Yuichiro, is getting an anime adaptation in 2017. A-1 Pictures will be handling animation production, and Higashide himself will be handling series composition.

Fate/Extra Last Encore (adapted from one of the spin-off games) will air next winter; I assume it means the winter of 2018. Shaft is handling animation production, and Nasu Kinoko is handling series composition.

The one Fate anime adaptation I'm more interested in, however, is ufotable's Heaven's Feel anime film trilogy. The first movie will be in theatre in 2017.
Current Mood: amusedamused
Belladonna Lee
01 January 2017 @ 09:13 am
Happy New Year, everyone! Let's hope this year will be a better one than the last.

On the music front in Japan, Buck-Tick is celebrating their 30th major debut anniversary later in the year with an outdoor live, a best album and "The Day in Question" tour. A new album is set to be released in the spring of 2018. (They've been releasing a new album every two years, so that sounds about right.)

There is news that DIR EN GREY is collaborating with Pierrot on something. This year also marks their 20th anniversary, but other than the tours they've been doing since last year, I'm not sure they'll do anything special. (Fingers cross for a new album, maybe?)

Tokyo Jihen (phase 2) regrouped for one night only at last night's NHK Kohaku, and it felt good seeing them perform together again.

Shiina Ringo herself will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of her solo career next year (maybe another Ringo Expo?). She's also collaborating with Hayashibara Megumi on the OP theme song for season 2 of Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu. The single, titled "Ima wa no Shinigami", will be released on Feb 22.
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Belladonna Lee
26 December 2016 @ 10:42 am
Winter is here, and a new anime season is upon us. All the series I've listed below are adaptations. GoHands' latest, which is an original anime, might have made it onto the list, but I can't get past the awkward 3D animation in the trailer.

2017 Winter Anime Season Preview.Collapse )

OVAs and films.Collapse )
Current Mood: blahblah
Belladonna Lee
22 December 2016 @ 08:18 am
Watched Yuri on Ice final episode. They might have crammed a lot of stuff into the episode, but I'm happy with it as it is. I enjoy the skating scenes and learning more about the other skaters. This episode also explains the discreprancy I've been feeling regarding Yurio's actions and reactions since episode 10. Yuri's and Victor's pair skating in the end at the exhibition is more or less like a dream come true.

There hasn't been any anime that could make my heartbeat race as Yuri on Ice did. It's obvious that the cast and the staff members have put a lot of effort and love into it, and I can feel it. Yuri on Ice has a heart and sincerity that I haven't felt in an anime in years. (The last time I felt this way -- and very strongly about it at that -- was Aria.) While it's true that Yuri on Ice depicts an idealistic world, but don't you wish the real world could be more like that, be more accepting of all the people living in it?

In any case, it's been a fun, wild ride, and I enjoy every second of it.
Current Mood: happyhappy
Belladonna Lee
21 December 2016 @ 09:16 am
Happy winter solstice! To those who aren't celebrating the winter solstice, Happy Holidays!

Today is the first day of winter, so it seems fitting that I'd finished reading American Gods last night. I suppose Social Media is one of the newest gods right now? We are sacrificing our time, our emotions and a piece of our souls to it. I remember some superstition about human souls being captured in photographs (or by being photographed we are losing a bit of ourselves -- think of all those selfies people have taken) or something like that. I might have remembered it wrong though.
Current Mood: listlesslistless
Current Music: DIR EN GREY - 濤声
Belladonna Lee
16 December 2016 @ 11:40 am
Lots of anime news.

The 2nd PV of ACCA 13-Ku Kansatsu-Ka is out, and the Swiss rolls look delicious. ACCA isn't about food, but it sure features food a lot: snacks, bread, strawberries the size of a melon?! There's a group working on scanlations of the manga right now, and the first two chapters can be read here.

Fuji TV announced their 2017 Noitamina lineup a few days ago, but the one I'm more interested in is the anime film adaptation of Morimi Tomihiko's novel Yoru wa Mijikashi Arukeyo Otome. The staff behind The Tatami Galaxy (which I still haven't gone back to finish) will be back to work on this film, including director Yuasa Masaaki. Expect trippiness, I suppose? The teaser can be seen here. The film will be in theatre on April 7th in Japan.

The male lead will be voiced by Hoshino Gen, who's famous for his leading role in this season's live action drama Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu (probably the most talked about Japanese TV drama of the season).

On the Noitamina TV anime side, the anime adaptation of Mori Eto's youth novel series DIVE!! is airing in the summer. (Yeah, it's another sports anime, this time about diving.) The PV can be viewed here.

In the fall, we'll get an anime adaptation of Oku Hiroya's manga Inuyashiki from studio MAPPA. I'd read a bit of Oku Hiroya's Gantz years ago, but the violence threw me off and I never went back to it. (It's not very convincing coming from someone who read MPD Psycho around the same time and actually liked it...) I don't know anything about Inuyashiki, but in any case, the PV can be viewed here.
Current Mood: pensivepensive
Current Music: sukekiyo - aftermath
Belladonna Lee
14 December 2016 @ 09:07 am
After the snow comes the cold, and it seems tomorrow will be even colder.

Watched Yamamoto Sayo's anime short "Endless Night", which feels a lot like a warm-up exercise for what would become Yuri on Ice. Speaking of which, last year's Death Parade also featured a skating scene near the end of the series, but I couldn't remember what it was like.

Something unrelated -- not sure which genre downy belongs to, but they make good music.
Current Mood: goodgood
Current Music: DIR EN GREY - Phenomenon
Belladonna Lee
08 December 2016 @ 08:56 am
Yuri on Ice has delivered one surprise after another to its audience week after week, but episode 10 might have just eclipsed everything we've seen so far (yes, even the kiss).

Spoilers, I suppose?Collapse )
Current Mood: giddygiddy
Belladonna Lee
03 December 2016 @ 09:10 am
The second trailer of Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding came out yesterday, and it's been confirmed that Mads Mikkelsen has joined the cast alongside Norman Reedus, who was featured in the first trailer. Everyone also kept saying that the other character featured in the second trailer looks a lot like Guillermo del Toro. Actually, that could be fun -- on top of all the weirdness we've seen so far in the trailers.

In other unrelated news, Salt and Sanctuary looks brutal (as in difficult to play). Nakamura and Sugita took several tries before they could defeat the first boss in the latest episode of Tokyo Encounter, but their reaction made that particular segment very funny. I do like the dark and gloomy aesthetic of the game -- not that I'll ever play it.
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful