For being a series written by Ichiro Okochi, the brains behind anime such as Code Geass and Planetes, Valvrave the Liberator isn’t quite as liberating as it should be. Then again, this is the first episode we’re talking about. Sometimes the first episode of a series is more than enough to demonstrate its importance and potential. Other times, the result is completely hackneyed. After all, Valvrave kicks off its premise in a school setting, with students and their raging hormones confessing their unrequited loves, all-the-while a sociopath and his group of terrorists plot an attack against the school; and… our young protagonist finds and pilots a mecha in order to save the day. Sounds familiar? I thought so too.
Earlier today Kyoto Animation, the famous studio known for singularly launching several adaptations to stardom has just announced their newest anime titled Free! This new series will follow Iwatoba High School’s swim team and their rival from another school. If you guys recall, I mentioned a teaser for this anime in my Spring Anime editorial. Well, it seems KyoAni is listening to their fans as most wanted to see this project come together.
Well that was fast, Aku no Hana is only on its third episode in Japan and the anime has already been licensed by Sentai Filmworks. The show, which will be renamed Flowers of Evil in North America, has been drawing lots of mixed reactions among viewers, yet it continues to be a popular topic of discussion. This could the be reason for the quick acquisition, as the show’s controversial nature will definitely get people interested.
Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo or Q Quickening is the latest film in the Rebuild of Evangelion film series that is rebooting one of the most notoriously acclaimed anime ever. After a successful run in Japanese theaters — grossing more than $59m, and having earned the number 2 spot in box office receipts in Japan — Evangelion 3.0 will finally debut on Blu-ray and DVD next Wednesday in Japan. The film (like the others) has been renamed “Evangelion 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo” for its Blu-ray/DVD release.
In a way, it was a great idea that we decided to pick another show to preview for the spring anime of this year… I say that because after watching the first episode of Aiura, I was reminded that life is too short. Aiura is a direct adaptation of a yonkoma manga by Chama, and this only adds to the effect that after watching this anime I was dazed and confused, in a good and bad way.
Eiichiro Oda’s worldwide sensation One Piece adaptation returns after being off air since 2008. Adult Swim’s Toonami will be the one to bring it back this time around, and not from the very beginning like its first run. This will be the second time Toonami picks up the anime as this was the block where the series first premiered.
After such a searing first episode, Attack on Titan has won me over by a slight margin as the best anime I have seen so far this season. I’m sorry, Aku no Hana! This anime has sealed the deal with me as chances are, I will be following intently for the rest of the season. It helps that it was recently revealed that the series would be around 25 episodes, as that gives it plenty of time for characters to be developed, and plenty of exposition to happen. Anyway, the first episode of Attack on Titan was more than what I expected. Tetsuro Araki, known for the ultra popular Death Note has forged a behemoth of gargantuan potential.
J.C. Staff seems to be following the footsteps of Kyoto Animation by releasing a direct sequel to their Little Busters! adaptation titled Little Busters! Refrain. The announcements comes very much like the way Clannad After Story was announced. Right after the final episode of Little Busters! aired this past Saturday, a short teaser advertising the upcoming sequel was aired.
Fresh off my editorial we begin 2013′s spring anime season. Aku no Hana is the first series from our picks to premiere, and what a premiere it was. I knew there was something about this series I knew I was going to like. After watching episode one of Aku no Hana, I know exactly what it is. In spite of that I will warn viewers with the following… Aku no Hana is certainly not for everybody.