overlord season 2 announced

Overlord_Volume_2

So, the Overlord anime got a couple compilation movies. The original anime adaptation depicted novels 1-3, and the movies recapped novels 1 and 2 with some new footage. At the end of movie 2, they included an announcement video revealing a second season of the anime!

The third Overlord novel, titled The Bloody Valkyrie, was the final arc in the anime adaptation and was released by Yen Press in January of this year. The manga adaptation in Japan is currently on book 4, which is slated for an English release on May 23.

Recently, I’ve been reading online translation of the novel “Tsuki ga Michibiku Isekai Douchuu,” which roughly translates to “A Moon-Led Journey in Another World.” It’s been very addicting, and it’s actually got a lot in common with Overlord. Both involve “regular” Japanese people who are suddenly transported to another world and have to deal with the responsibilities and ramifications of tremendous power. The big split is that Overlord’s Momonga appears to be slowly losing his humanity and knowingly puts himself and Nazarick opposite the powers of the world. Conversely, Misumi Makoto goes through a more stereotypical teenager’s journey, trying to find his place while continually learning more about himself and the world, and making mistakes along the way, while the world tries to figure out how to deal with there all of a sudden being a new faction with the power of a country.

What I really like about Tsuki ga Michibiku is that its world is set up to be very complicated. There are 5 major countries, an alliance of 4 human countries waging war with the demon race, but it’s very clear that neither side is really in the right. Makoto’s faction clearly shows itself to be a force that can turn the tide either way, but he refuses to take part, so unknowingly becomes the lynchpin behind the war. Whichever country can manipulate him best, or foresee how his allies might act, can gain a tremendous foothold in the war, but Makoto himself just keeps kind of doing his own thing. He clearly grows tremendously throughout the story too, as he finds out that some of his beliefs can be defended while others are just completely at odds with the logic of this new world.

I’m really looking forward to the next Overlord book, since it’s going into new material, and the new anime season which does the same. I do hope Tsuki ga Michibiku gets some attention to maybe get an official English release, as it’s a very good read with great characters and development.

mar3_manga

I’ve had go-live command center support for the past 2 and a half weeks, so it’s been hard finding time to post anything here, but packages are always fun!

Since I typically wait for publisher sales on RightStuf to order, I am catching up this time on Sacred Beasts, Haikyu, and Twin Star Exorcists, with new volumes of Food Wars, Yona, and One Punch Man that are higher on my list. I don’t particularly have any exciting commentary on these volumes, so I suppose I’ll chat about other things.

I am almost caught up on the Index novels that have been released in English, except one just came out this week so I’ll have to get it with my next Yen Press order D: after I’m caught up there, I’m not sure if I want to start reading Re:Zero or Accel World next. Re:Zero has the advantage of only being a couple volumes to be caught up, but Accel World I’ve owned for far longer so I should really read it haha. Alternatively, I also have a bunch of western books to read, like The Way of Kings, Newt’s Emerald, the Rithmatist, and Unseemly Science. I also have a bunch of video games I need to play, first and foremost Final Fantasy XV.

Granblue Fantasy’s 3rd anniversary, titled “3rd Birthday,” began a few days ago. It features a free daily 10-pull, and it’s even during a legfest! Unfortunately, my main account has gotten absolutely nothing aside from a light carbuncle, while a bunch of my alts have gotten neat things like Orchid and dark Zeta and Shiva. Blargh. I also accidentally sold 4 Yggdrasil Crystal Blades today >_< should really have switched the language back to English instead of assuming I knew what all the buttons meant. The funny thing is I actually do know the characters for "sell," I was just going quick and not reading lol.

The Spring 2017 anime season starts in a month too! There hasn't been any single standout show this season, but a lot of solid ones. Blue Exorcist is great, having backtracked to adapt the manga more closely. Kobayashi's Dragon Main and KonoSuba season 2 are awesome as well. However, I'm looking forward to the Granblue anime, and I'll have to start looking into what all is airing next season.

what’s the deal with heaven’s feel?

Heaven's Feel poster

Fate is one of my favorite franchises. It’s solid action on top of hardcore conspiracy and worldbuilding on an epic scale. It also includes a few story themes that a lot of people can identify with: fighting to protect something or gain something, striving to remain true to oneself, dealing with past regrets and fear of the future.

I was first exposed to Fate/stay night through the original anime series produced by Studio DEEN in 2006. In hindsight, it was a very poor adaptation compared to the original work and subsequent adaptations. However, it still was a good portrayal of the basic storyline:

Regular (?) teen Emiya Shirou accidentally stumbles on a secret death contest, the Grail War, where magically adept Masters control heroic, historical incarnations, Servants, in order to obtain the Holy Grail and have a wish granted. Shirou himself somehow ends up becoming the 7th Master and summoning his own Servant, and he’s forced to participate in the war just to stay alive. As the war progresses, powerful secrets and disturbing revelations come out, forcing Shirou’s hand in order to protect what’s most dear to him.

Read more

manga delivery!

jan20-2017

Got a couple packages while I was in Houston for work!

What’s new with me… I finished all the light novels for series I was actively waiting on new books, so I’ve finally started wading through the Index novels. I actually read a bunch of them scanlated a number of years back, but it’s been long enough that I don’t really remember the specifics of the novels (as opposed to the anime), so it’s been fun to read them again and rediscover what was left out of the anime.

My mobile games these days are (still) Granblue Fantasy, and I’ve also been getting into Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, though that’s mostly because I randomly roll a bunch of good characters in the summon – Lightning, Luneth, and Noctis, who are like the top 3 attackers in the game haha. I still keep up with Fate/Grand Order, but don’t really play it at all, just when there are interesting events going on.

Agents of SHIELD came back on last week and the current storyline is pretty good, though not as good as Ghost Rider from the first half. Definitely hoping Brett Dalton comes back in some capacity – sucks to get rid of him, he was a really good villain. The DC/CW shows start up this coming week, and we’ve gotten some news about the Supergirl/Flash musical crossover! Apparently the villain really will be the Music Meister from the cartoon, but no word on whether Neil Patrick Harris will be playing him… fingers crossed!

december 2016 haul

December 2016 new arrivals

I’d been a bit remiss in keeping up with my manga and LNs, so my package (that actually arrived on Tuesday but I’ve been in Houston all week) was a biggun.

This is a bit too much to comment on individually (read: I’m too lazy to), so I’m just going to point out a few.

On the LN side, Isolator 3 and SAO:Progressive 4 are both high on my list. Isolator has been a very interesting series so far; you can definitely feel that Reki has structured the world much more thoughtfully than SAO and AW, so I’m excited to see where it goes next. Progressive 3 was a real slog, but 1 and 2 were both excellent, so I’m hoping 4 returns to form. Sword Oratoria is a spinoff of the main DanMachi series starring Aiz, which should be a fun read as well.

Among the manga, most of it is just collecting more of what has come before. Re:Monster is a really amusing diary-type series about a guy (with some ridiculous backstory that has mostly nothing to do with the main story) who is reborn into a RPG-like world, but as a goblin. It’s pretty funny, but also just very thoroughly done, which makes it interesting to read.

The Overlord manga adaptation follows the LN pretty close, but I really just like the art. Last, there’s My Girlfriend is a T-Rex, which is just a 4-koma comedy about a world where the author asked “what if dinosaurs existed today as anthropomorphic half-humans with all the habits and mannerisms of dinosaurs?!” It’s pretty great, so I couldn’t not get it :)