Tag Archives: Spring 2014

Akuma no Riddle 01-00017

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」Akuma no Riddle #01. 「世界は□□に満ちている」

If there’s one thing to count Studio Diomedéa in for, it’s a nice execution of visual style. In the case of Akuma no Riddle, I’m apt to even say that the anime has a better visual presentation than the manga and its illustrations itself; and that is a damn rare thing to come by and definitely something I wish I could say for a lot of other series.

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Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei - 01 -00114

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei #01. 「入学編I」

金田一少年の事件簿 第1話 「入学編」 Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei #01. 「Admission Arc I」 Source Material: Light novel series by Tsutomu Satou (佐島 勤) Studio(s): Madhouse Director(s): Manabu Ono (小野 学) Animation Director(s): Kana Ishida (石田 可奈), Satoshi Iwataki (岩瀧 智), Shinichi Miyamae (宮前 真一) Background Information: Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei is a light novel series written by Tsutomu Satou, with illustrations done by Kana Ishida. The series began publication in ASCII Media Works’s Dengeki Bunko imprint and has accumulated thirteen volumes since July 2011. It has additionally received five manga…

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Kindaichi Case Files R - 01 -00025

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo #01. 「香港九龍財宝殺人事件!」

金田一少年の事件簿 第1話 「香港九龍財宝殺人事件!」 Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo #01. 「The Hong Kong Kowloon Treasure Murder Case!」 Source Material: Manga series by Shin Kibayashi (樹林 伸) Studio(s): Toei Animation Writer(s):  Atsuhiro Tomioka (冨岡 淳広), Michiru Shimada (島田 満) Background Information: Kindaichi Shounen no Jikenbo is a mystery manga series based on the crime-solving adventures of high school student Hajime Kindaichi. The ongoing manga series began publication in 1992 and is written by Youzaburou Kanari. A light novel series by Seimaru Amagi began two years after the manga in…

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Knights of Sidonia - 01 - First Battle-00139

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Sidonia no Kishi #01. 「初陣」

シドニアの騎士 第1話 「初陣」 Sidonia no Kishi #01. 「First Battle」 Source Material: Manga series by Tsutomu Nihei (弐瓶 勉) Studio(s): Polygon Pictures Director(s): Kobun Shizuno (静野 孔文) Writer(s):  Sadayuki Murai (村井 さだゆき) Background Information: Knights of Sidonia is a manga series by Tsutomu Nihei, published in Kondansha’s Monthly Afternoon seinen manga magazine since April 2009. In North America, the English localization is published by the Japanese novel and manga company, Vertical, headquartered in New York, United States. Synopsis: One thousand years after the invasion of the Gauna,…

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Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka - 01 -00090

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Gochuumon wa Usagi Desuka? #01. 「ひと目で、尋常でないもふもふだと見抜いたよ」

ご注文はうさぎですか? 第1話 「ひと目で、尋常でないもふもふだと見抜いたよ」 Gochuumon wa Usagi Desuka? #01. 「I Knew at First Glance That It Was No Ordinary Fluffball」 Source Material: 4-koma manga series by Koi Studio(s): White Fox Director(s): Hiroyuki Hashimoto (橋本 裕之) Writer(s):  Kazuyuki Fudeyasu (筆安 一幸) Background Information: Gochuumon wa Usagi Desuka? is a 4-koma comedy manga series by Koi, serialized in Houbunsha’s seinen manga magazine Manga Time Kirara Max from March 2011 and onwards. As of March 2014, the series has been collected into three tankoubon volumes. Synopsis: Hoto Kokoa has…

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Fuuun Ishin Dai Shogun - 01 -00076

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Fuuun Ishin Dai☆Shogun #01. 「世継ぎ騒乱、慶一郎登場!」

風雲維新ダイ☆ショーグン 第1話 「世継ぎ騒乱、慶一郎登場!」 Fuuun Ishin Dai☆Shogun #01. 「Succession Mayhem, Keiichirou Appears!」 Source Material: Original series Studio(s): J.C Staff, ACGT Director(s): Takeshi Watanabe (渡部 高志) Writer(s):  Dai Satou (佐藤 大) Background Information: Fuuun Ishin Dai Shougun is an original series by studios J.C. Staff and ACGT, headed by director Watanabe Takashi and series composer Dai Satou. Synopsis: Tokugawa Keiichirou is a descendent to the ruling Tokugawa shogunate, but since birth he has been raised by the elderly Otomi, owner of one of the best bathhouses in…

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Soul Eater Not! - 01 - Enrolling at DWMA!-00068

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Soul Eater NOT! #01. 「死武専、入学!」

ソウルイーターノット! 第1話 「死武専、入学!」 Soul Eater NOT! #01. 「Enrolling at the DWMA!」 Source Material: Manga series by Atsushi Ōkubo (大久保 篤) Studio(s): BONES Director(s): Masakazu Hashimoto (橋本 昌和) Writer(s):  Masakazu Hashimoto(橋本 昌和) Background Information: Soul Eater NOT! is a spin-off of the popular Soul Eater shōnen series written and illustrated by the same creator, focusing on a new set of characters with the occasional appearance of the main cast of the original series. It is set one year before the original story. The Soul Eater NOT! manga…

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Atelier Escha & Logy - Alchemists of the Dusk Sky - 01 -00059

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Escha & Logy no Atelier: Tasogare no Sora no Renkinjutsushi #01. 「ようこそアトリエへ!」

エスカ&ロジーのアトリエ ~黄昏の空の錬金術士~ 第1話 「ようこそアトリエへ!」 Escha & Logy no Atelier: Tasogare no Sora no Renkinjutsushi #01. 「Welcome to the Atelier!」 Source Material: Game of the same name Studio(s): Gokumi Director(s): Yoshiaki Iwasaki (岩崎 良明) Writer(s): Tatsuhiko Urahata (浦畑 達彦) Background Information: Escha & Logy no Atelier: Tasogare no Sora no Renkinjutsushi is a Japanese role-playing video game developed by Gust Co. Ltd.. It is the fifteenth game in the official Atelier series, with Hidari, signature artist of the series, as returning character designer. The game was released…

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Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara - 01 -00047

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara #01. 「俺、この転校が終わったら、あの娘と結婚するんだ」

彼女がフラグをおられたら 第1話 「俺、この転校が終わったら、あの娘と結婚するんだ」 Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara #01. 「I’m Going to Marry Her Once I Leave This School」 Source Material: Light novel series by Tōka Takei (竹井 10日) Studio(s): Hoods Entertainment Director(s): Ayumu Watanabe (渡辺 歩) Background Information: Kanojo ga Flag wo Oreraretara is a light novel series written by Tōka Takei and illustrated by Cuteg. Since December 2011 it has been published by Kodansha and has accumulated eight volumes. A manga adaptation and two spin-off series have spawned from the series, all also serialized…

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Baby Steps - 01 -00114

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Baby Steps #01. 「テニスとノート」

ベイビーステップ 第1話 「テニスとノート」 Baby Steps #01. 「Tennis and Notes」 Source Material: Manga series by Hikaru Katsuki (勝木 光) Studio(s): Studio Pierrot Director(s): Masahiko Murata (むらた 雅彦) Writer(s): Katsuhiko Chiba (千葉 克彦) Producer(s): Kenji Saito (サイトウ ケンジ) Background Information: Baby Steps is an ongoing manga series by Hikaru Katsuki, serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine since October 2007. Since initial publication, the series has reached a count of thirty volumes. Synopsis: Maruo Eiichiro, nicknamed Ei-chan because he’s a straight-A honors student, has just entered high school and…

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Ryuugajou Nanana no Maizoukin - 01 -00089

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Nanana Ryūgajō’s Buried Treasure #01. 「勘当されて島流し」

龍ヶ嬢七々々の埋蔵金 第1話 「勘当されて島流し」 Nanana Ryūgajō’s Buried Treasure #01. 「Disowned and Exiled」 Source Material: Light novel series by Kazuma Ōtorino (榊一郎) Studio(s): A-1 Pictures Director(s): Kanta Kamei (亀井 幹太) Writer(s): Hideyuki Karata (倉田 英之) Music: Keigo Hoashi/MONACA Background Information: Nanana Ryūgajō’s Buried Treasure is an ongoing light novel series written by Kazuma Ōtorino and illustrated by Akaringo. The series has accumulated seven volumes since January 2012, published by Enterbrain under its Famitsu Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation in Enterbrain’s Famitsu magazine began in January, written by Hitoshi…

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Ping Pong - 01 -00099

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Ping Pong The Animation #01. 「風の音がジャマをしている」

ピンポン THE ANIMATION 第1話 「風の音がジャマをしている」 Ping Pong The Animation #01. 「The Sound of the Wind Is in the Way」 Source Material: Manga series by Taiyō Matsumoto (松本 大洋) Studio(s): Tatsunoko Productions Director(s): Masaaki Yuasa (湯浅 政明) Art Director(s): Kevin Aymeric Key Animation: Eun-Young Choi (崔 恩映) Music: kensuke ushio Background Information: Ping Pong is a manga series by Taiyō Matsumoto serialized from 1996 to 1997 in Shogakukan’s seinen mangazine Big Comic Spirits and conclusively collected into five tankōbon volumes. In 2002, it was adapted into a live-action…

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Hitsugi no Chaika - 01 -00108

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Hitsugi no Chaika #01. 「棺かつぐ少女」

棺姫のチャイカ 第1話 「棺かつぐ少女」 Hitsugi no Chaika #01. 「The Girl Who Shoulders The Coffin」 Source Material: Light novel series by Ichirō Sakaki (榊一郎) Studio(s): BONES Director(s): Soichi Masui (増井 壮一) Writer(s): Touko Machida (待田 堂子) Background Information: Hitsugi no Chaika is a 2010 light novel series written by Ichirō Sakaki and illustrated by Namaniku ATK. As of January 2014, eight volumes have been published by Fujimi Shobo under its Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint. It has also been adapted into two separate manga series, one written by Shinta…

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No Game No Life - 01 -00083

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 No Game No Life #01. 「素人(ビギナー)」

ノーゲーム・ノーライフ 第1話 「おっぱいを究めろ! 夢見るお仕事 パンツウォーズ 音砂みはりの休日」 No Game No Life #01. 「Beginner」 Source Material: Light novel series by Yū Kamiya (榎宮 祐) Studio(s): Madhouse Director(s): Atsuko Ishizuka (いしづか あつこ) Writer(s): Jukki Hanada (花田 十輝) Music: Super Sweep Background Information: Originally a light novel series written and illustrated by Yū Kamiya, No Game No Life began its run in Media Factory’s MF Bunko J imprint in April 2012. Since then, it has accumulated five volumes and a manga adaptation. The manga, serialized in Media Factory’s Monthly Comic…

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Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to - 01 -00052

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to #01. 「おっぱいを究めろ! 夢見るお仕事 パンツウォーズ 音砂みはりの休日」

マンガ家さんとアシスタントさんと 第1話 「おっぱいを究めろ! 夢見るお仕事 パンツウォーズ 音砂みはりの休日」 Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to #01. 「Perfecting Boobs! Your Dream Job Panty Wars Otosuna Mihari’s Day Off」 Source Material: 4-koma manga series written by Hiroyuki (ヒロユキ) Studio(s): ZEXCS Director(s): Takeshi Furuta (古田丈司) Writer(s): Aki Itami (伊丹あき) Background Information: Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to is based on a 4-koma manga series by Hiroyuki. After the first series completed its circulation in Square Enix’s Young Gangan seinen manga magazine with ten volumes compiled, the sequel, Mangaka-san to Assistant-san to 2 began serialization in August…

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- Black Bullet - 01 -00093

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Black Bullet #01. 「最後の希望」

ブラック・ブレット 第1話 「最後の希望」 Black Bullet #01. 「Last Hope」 Source Material: Light novel series written by Shiden Kanzaki (神崎 紫电) and illustrated by Saki Ukai (鵜飼 沙樹) Studio(s): Kinema Citrus, Orange Director(s): Masayuki Kojima (小島 正幸) Writer(s): Tatsuhiko Urahata (浦畑達彦) Music: Shirō Sagisu (鷺巣 詩郎) Background Information: Black Bullet is a light novel series written by Shiden Kanzaki and illustrated by Saki Ukai, currently published under ASCII Media Works’s Dengeki Bunko imprint. Since publication began in July 2011, the series has accumulated seven volumes. Preceding this…

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2014-04-06-17-35-00- One Week Friends - 01 -00149

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Isshūkan Friends。 #01. 「友達のはじまり。」

一週間フレンズ。 第1話 「友達のはじまり。」 Isshūkan Friends #01. 「The Start of a Friendship.」 Source Material: Manga series by Matcha Hazuki (葉月 抹茶) Studio(s): Brains Base Director(s): Tarou Iwasaki (岩崎 太郎) Writer(s): Shôtarô Suga (菅 正太郎) Music: Nobuko Toda Background Information: Isshūkan Friends is a manga series by Matcha Hazuki, serialized in Square Enix’s Gangan Joker since January 2012. It was first published as a one-shot manga in Gangan Joker’s September 2011 and has currently accumulated four tankobōn volumes. Summary: Yuuki Hase has a flat-out crush on female classmate…

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2014-04-06-05-33-35- Haikyuu!! - 01 -00212

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Haikyuu!! #01. 「終わりと始まり」

Good show, old sport. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again here, sports anime are making a big comeback this year. The recent anime adaptation of Yowamushi Pedal has introduced me to my new favorite sports anime, and there are a lot of factors that I attest to that accomplishment. I guess for starters, competitive cycling is just a more appealing sport to me than the more conventional football, basketball, and the like.

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「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Seikoku no Dragonar #01. 「少年と竜」

星刻の竜騎士 第1話 「少年と竜」 Seikoku no Dragonar #01. 「A Boy And His Dragon」 Source Material: Light novel series by Shiki Mizuchi (瑞智 士記) Studio: C-Station Director(s): Shunsuke Tada (多田俊介) Storyboard: Shunsuke Tada (多田俊介) Script/Series Composition: Noboru Kimura (木村 暢) Episode Director: Tomoyuki Kurokawa (黒川 智之) Sound Director: Toshiki Kameyama  (亀山 俊樹) Background Information: Seikoku no Dragonar is the debut project of studio C-Station, a division previously apart of studio Bee Train before its split last year. Tada Shunsuke and Kimura Noboru, veteran direct and series composer…

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2014-04-03-19-28-46- Blade & Soul - 01 -00049

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Blade and Soul #01. 「道」

ブレイドアンドソウル 第1話 「道」 Blade and Soul #01. 「The Way」 Blade and Soul #01. Source Material: Blade & Soul Studio(s): Gonzo Director(s): Hiroshi Hamasaki (浜崎 博嗣) , Hiroshi Takeuchi (竹内 浩志) Writer(s): Atsuhiro Tomioka (冨岡 淳広) Character Design: Eri Nagata (長田 絵里), Hyung-Tae Kim (김형태) Chief Animation Director: Eri Nagata (長田 絵里) Background Information: Blade & Soul is a Korean fantasy martial-arts massively multi-player online role-playing game (MMORPG) developed by NCSOFT’s Team Bloodlust developer division. Having been in development since 2007 yet still void of many promised…

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2014-04-04-22-40-45- Fairy Tail S2 - 01-00064

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Fairy Tail (2014) #01. 「竜の王」

フェアリーテイル (2014) 第1話 「竜の王」 Fairy Tail (2014) #01. 「King of the Dragons」 Source Material: Manga series of the same name by Hiro Mashima (真島 ヒロ) Studio(s): A-1 Pictures, Bridge Director(s): Shinji Ishihara (石平 信司) Series Composition: Masashi Sogo (十川 誠志) Background Information: The first Fairy Tail anime adaptation’s original run spanned from 2009-2013, ending before finishing the adaptation of the Grand Magic Games arc. This new adaptation continues directly where its predecessor left off allowing for a smooth continuation whilst enhancing some production values, such…

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2014-04-03-22-35-50- Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou - 01 - 00092

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 Bokura wa Minna Kawai-Sō #01. 「たとえば」

僕らはみんな河合荘 第1話 「たとえば」 Bokura wa Minna Kawai-Sō #01. 「For Example」 Source Material: Manga series of the same name by Ruri Miyahara (宮原 るり) Studio(s): Brains Base Director(s): Shigeyuki Miya (宮 繁之) Series Composition: Kenji Konuta (古怒田 健志) Background Information: Bokura wa Minna Kawai-Sō is an original manga series by Ruri Miyahara (Love Lab!) that has been published in Shōnen Gahōsha’s seinen manga magazine Young King OURs since the June 2010 issue. As of December 2013, it has been collected into four tankōbon volumes and is still ongoing. Synopsis:…

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2014-04-04-17-46-56- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure - Stardust Crusaders - 01-00045

「Visual Collection/Series Premiere」 JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders #01. 「悪霊にとりつかれた男」

And the bizarre adventure continues. You know, there’s something really special about the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series. On the one hand, there’s the fact that it’s so epitomical of the shōnen genre (that it almost hurts); but on the other hand, simultaneously it’s such a jubilantly unique series, that even beyond its choice of wardrobe, there’s a completely captivating zest to it. While there are some clear-cut conventional shōnen tropes that occur in this episode, the sequence of scenarios in that they transpire prove JJBA to truly be a one-of-a-kind series, even amongst this current generation of innovative, postmodern shōnen series.

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