Like damn, I never saw this coming, but of course it’s going on my list.
Seven Seas picked up Youkai Shoujo ~Monsuga~! It’s a pretty raunchy shounen romcom about Yatsuki, a guy who can see youkai, befriends a number of them (most of them girls), who then help him deal with bad youkai who prey on normal civilians while he tries to figure out how to restore his little sister’s ghost to life. Later on, the series transitions more into action and introduces a method for Yatsuki to fight against powerful youkai as well as humans who have developed spiritual weapons to exterminate all youkai.
It’s a series with very cute, but also very intricate, art, good rapport between characters, and definitely a compelling hook to keep reading. I look forward to adding it to my shelves!
Wanted to give a plug to http://concon.tictail.com for these amazing acrylic keychains featuring characters from the Fate universe!
Each side has a slightly different face. This is most obvious with Sakura Saber, who I did not order :) The creator has said she may design new ones in the future. Currently, you can get OG Saber, Red Saber (from Fate/Extra), Saber Alter, Saber Lily, Sakura Saber, Saber of Red (from Fate/Apocrypha), and Jeanne Alter.
imgur album with some closeups:
So I’ll lead off with less news and just remarks. Boku no Hero Academia anime is in the sports festival arc, and just like the first season, they’ve perfectly capture the spectacle and excitement of the manga. A lot of fun to watch! Granblue Fantasy has also aired its first episode following the anime-preview double-episode from January, and it’s looking great. Obviously, events in the anime are changed from how they play out in the game, but I think they adapted it well.
So, what exciting things were announced today at SakuraCon? First, Aniplex has announced that it’s translating and releasing Fate/Grand Order in the US this summer!
Here’s the English announcement trailer (which is simply the original announcement trailer with English subs :x):
For any current Fate/GO players, this is an entirely new server, so there is no option to transfer your Japanese account over. Unfortunate, but they have announced that the original audio will be used, everything will just be translated, and there will even be US-exclusive Servants. Whether this means the game will eventually come to other regions is unknown at this point. I’m happy to be able to experience the story in English, though, even if I can’t have my current JP progress :)
Second, Yen Press has announced licenses for new titles, and 2 of them are must-preorders for me.
Can you guess what they are? Check after the jump ;)
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.
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.
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.