Daily Archives: September 20, 2015

Castle Town Dandelion (Joukamachi no Dandelion)

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Castle Town Dandelion is about the Sakurada family. A royal family with 9 kids who are all vying for the crown. These aren’t your ordinary teenagers, each one has some type of special power which they use to help the citizens and also ensure their safety. While this is going on, there are 200 cameras in town to watch over the kids of the family and capture their lives on film, whether it be embarassing moments or them doing something to help someone.

You really don’t get to know many of the kids one on one because there’s so many that have to be in the show. You get to see their powers and you see the focus is on Akane for the most part. The other kids do get some airtime but no one gets as much as Akane, she’s pretty much the covergirl too. Continue reading

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Akame ga Kill! (Akame ga Kiru!)

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So a kid named Tatsumi goes into the Capitol to get a job in the army to try to save his village and he gets conned by a tall statuesque woman. With nothing left, he gets picked up on the side of the road by a girl from a rich family who SEEMS to take an interest in him, though he later learns that interest is a sinister one.

That’s just a prelude to the true story. Tatsumi gets to see, first hand, the death and corruption spreading through the land, starting with the family he is now staying with. This is where he meets a group of assassins named Night Raid and he is reunited with the woman who conned him, Leone. While he should be more upset over the situation, Leone saves his life and opens his eyes. She also drags him along to meet Night Raid and “recruits” him by force to help rid the Capitol of corruption. Continue reading

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Dodge Battle High Still Not Rejected by Oni Press…yet.

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So it’s now 3 weeks later and I still didn’t get a rejection email about my submission (now it’ll probably come tomorrow). They seem to have gone silent on the process or they don’t answer directly queries from what I’ve seen. Not sure how many are left to go through but it’s been a while. Almost 90 days of waiting can be nerve racking. Especially since I was planning a Kickstarter if things went south. Kickstarter isn’t a slam dunk but since printing, art and other things have a cost, have to do it somehow. My plan for Dodge Battle High is to just be the writer/gensakusha. I can actually draw but if I do that then it takes me away from my games and everything else. Unfortunately this plan has not worked for my game since I’m in development hell and waiting on people to follow through but I’m at the end of my patience. It’s hard to find good help as they say.

While waiting, I did find some guys who do anime at a cheaper rate then a usual studio. Don’t have a big catalog of their work or anything but Dodge Battle High doesn’t need super high animation, just needs something decent. School anime can get by on decent animation as long as the goal of the show is met. I’m actually intrigued by the style of Hen Zemi. It’s different from everything else, all the girls aren’t stick figures and the guys aren’t weak looking, even the weak characters look “normal”. The faces are awkward though so that would have to be changed. So tempting to find funding and get a few episodes done but so much to consider also…

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Sabagebu!

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Now you’re probably looking at the cover pic and thinking it’s just a generic moe show, well except for the gun. While they do look cute and all that, this show actually has blood and action like this:

Momoka is a middle school girl (or is it high school?) who is dragged into joining one of the oddest clubs at her school, the Survival Game Club. This club is under the leadership of the mercurial Miou and it’s a club that does a lot of paramilitary training. After being dragged and coerced into joining, Momoka has to learn the ropes quickly. Did your airsoft gun battles ever go like this?

One aspect of the show that is done well is the characters. When you see pink or blue hair, you expect them to follow tropes but here you have a break from that. This show doesn’t take itself seriously and it shows in the characters. Momoka is a hot pink which you would think means she’s sweet, caring and all that but she’s a straight up jerk. Continue reading

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Welcome to the NHK (N.H.K. ni Yōkoso!)

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Welcome to the NHK is a show I ignored before but decided I should give it a chance. Within the gaming community there is a lot of depression. I think maybe 50% or more, of the people I’ve come across in game development have dealt with some type of issue or still are. I also used to deal with a few people who had issues before I even got into game development.

The story revolves around Tatushiro Sato, a university dropout and entering his fourth year of unemployment. A hikikomori who came to the conclusion that this happened through some kind of conspiracy. One day, by chance (or so he thought), he met Misaki Nakahara, a girl who claims she will cure him of being a hikikomori. He agrees to her conditions though not willingly. Enter Kaoru Yamazaki, his best friend and neighbor. Kaoru seems to be the one he counts on the most though he has his issues too, he’s a hardcore overbearing otaku but he’s actually the most stable character (scary isn’t it?) Tatushiro also gets wrapped up in other people’s issues too which lead to some interesting situations. Continue reading

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I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job (Yuusha ni Narenakatta Ore wa Shibushibu Shuushoku wo Ketsui Shimashita)

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Just like The Devil is a Part Timer, I saw the name and thought it might be interesting so I watched it. The ones that you go in with no knowledge can end up being very rewarding. I decided to watch it again recently so I could give it a proper writeup.

Raul is a guy who failed his hero test. With his dreams crushed, he decided to get a job at a magic shop. One day someone comes in looking like a thug with a hoodie and hands in a job application. He’s telling the manager that she shouldn’t hire the thug and the application is basically a joke.

Just check out her job application:

Name: Phino
Previous Occupation: Demon Lord Heir
Motive: Because my father was defeated

Yes, Raul now has to work with the Demon Lord Heir, not knowing anything about what is about to go down. Continue reading

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The Testament of Sister New Devil (Shinmai Maō no Tesutamento)

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The Testament of Sister New Devil is from this past winter 2015 season, and is getting a second season in October. The show is like your typical ecchi, harem anime but they do try to push the limit a little.

Basara is a seemingly ordinary high school student whose father suddenly remarries. He’s introduced to his new step-sisters and his father suddenly has to go overseas, leaving his with his step-sisters. What Basara doesn’t know is that Mio and Maria are the new Demon Lord and a succubus. Instead of being trapped by contract, Basara forms a reverse contract by accident and becomes Mio’s master. Like any child of the former Demon Lord, Mio is being pursued by demons, devils and heroes and it’s up to Basara if he wants to protect his new little sister or let her be dealt with by the ones coming after her. Continue reading

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Alice in Borderland (Imawa no Kuni no Alice)

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Alice in Borderland starts with a group of high school kids about to leave high school. Alice (yes it’s his name) is trying to avoid thinking about the future, so are his friends Karube and Chota. One night when they’re together they see a bright explosion in the sky and find themselves transported to a desolate territory.

This desolate new land they find themselves in is no ordinary place, as they eventually find out. In this new world, they are forced to play games of survival. Not just ordinary and not just survival as in last man standing. This is life or death. If they get hurt in the game, they are hurt for real, if they die in the game…you get the picture. Will they survive long enough to get to the end of the game? Will there be hard choices they have to make? I can tell you this, the show is pretty brutal. Continue reading

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The Devil is a Part Timer! (Hataraku Maou-sama!)

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I honestly picked this show up way back when, just because the name. Recently watched it again so I could give it an adequate review/preview without just going off memory, in case there’s something I leave out.

The Devil King Sadao is on the precipice of taking over the world but a hero named Emilia defeats him. Due to this event, he is forced to drift to the other world, this other world is modern day Tokyo. Sadao knows nothing of the modern world and conquering it is his only skill. So now, him and his top general Alciel have to adjust to living in Tokyo. When they get to Tokyo, they’re just average teenagers and have to find shelter and work. While all this is going on, there are still heroes after his head, including Emilia who he happens to run into, and some of his generals and others still trying to take over the world. So even though he’s settling into his new role in life, his old life keeps calling him back. Continue reading

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