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The March 2014 Line-Up

March 31, 2014

narutaki_icon_4040 Both U.S. and Japanese manga companies are bringin’ it! Way to step it up in the digital age! I’m very excited to try all these new titles.

Also whoa a ton of new anime and manga announcement from Japan this month, I thought they would never end!

hisui_icon_4040 I have to say that Crunchyroll’s manga selection is really growing quite nicely. Any time we have desire to see a particular genre of manga on the site they tend to add it quickly thereafter.

The Line-Up is a monthly rundown of new anime, manga, light novel, artbook licenses, streaming/broadcasting announcements, crowdfunding projects, anime/manga projects, and live-action anime/manga adaptions.

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Modern Shojo: Narutaki’s Most Wanted Part 3

March 20, 2014

narutaki_icon_4040 This time I’m listing a catch-all of Kodansha titles that I’d like to see licensed for English release with no real theme except “HEY I WANT TO READ THESE AWESOME BOOKS, NOW PUT THEM ON CR.” These are a few titles that have been on my radar lately, but are by no means the only things worth bringing over.

3D Kanojo by Mao Nanami

This series has surprised me a lot, especially with a name like 3D Kanojo. I’m sure your mind, as mine, conjures all kinds of things when hearing such a title, but do not fear I’m not here to lead you astray. But the series is indeed about an otaku boy who starts dating a pretty girl.

Iroha has dated a lot and has a bit of reputation which is exactly what attracts her to Tsutsui’s quiet nature. Iroha reminds me of Yoko Maki’s big-eyed heroines who brandish a bit of attitude. Tsutsui, suspicious and harsh to Iroha at first, realizes he may have found someone very special. What feels really good in this series is the way neither one judges the other instead seeing through to one anothers’ hearts. Oquie Maniax did a good write-up, too.

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Kara no Kyoukai: Future Gospel, Say a Prayer for Shiki Ryougi

March 13, 2014

hisui_icon_4040 Kara no Kyoukai has done surprisingly well as a series of animated movies. The Tsukihime and Fate/Stay Night anime definitely have their advocates and have brought in many people to get greater Type-Moon fandom, but they don’t have any real critical acclaim, and are mostly used as punch lines when discussing visual novel adaptations. Ufotable’s work on the Kara no Kyoukai anime stands apart. It showed that a Type-Moon property could be adapted to another medium in a way that could both please and impress the diehards, the casuals, and the professional reviewers. Fate/Zero showed that Kara no Kyoukai was not a fluke.

So the hunger only grew. The fans wanted more of Shiki and Mikiya’s adventures and Ufotable was more than willing to accommodate but the main story was done. So Ufotable looked to find all the minor pieces of Kara no Kyoukai that could still be animated. This has led to the production of the Future Gospel and Extra Chorus side stories.

I will mention that this article is not as much a review as my thoughts on the two movies. Mostly because:

1. Everyone knows my opinion of what a Type-Moon title would be.
2. At this point you have either decided to watch Kara no Kyoukai or not.

It would be very silly to try to start with this story here. You could. It would just be odd.

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No Case Too Small: The Cases of Cure Detective

March 10, 2014

The cases in question are
episode 2 of HappinessCharge PreCure!
and episode 9 of Yes! PreCure 5 GoGo!

hisui_icon_4040 Ever since we watched HeartCatch PreCure! Kate and I have been a big fans of the PreCure franchise. There have been some distinct ups and downs with a good deal in between from what we have seen. Much like Gundam it a series we will always check it out but not necessarily like it. So far nothing has surpassed the high heights of HeartCatch. But if any show has had the potential to be only an equal level with the best Precure series it just might be HappinessCharge. It has much of the same staff as HeartCatch with a good deal of the same heart. Also it has one other secret weapon: Detective PreCure!

narutaki_icon_4040 Ohoho HappinessCharge you know how to win my heart! Though I’m predisposed to love PreCure. Still, taking a stab at detective tropes is just another way to add to the fun. Then upon doing our own investigation (HA!) we found that this was not the first time in the franchise detectives have taken center stage.

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