The Speakeasy #081: Gundam Build Fighters, Crunchyroll + Funimation, Kitaro, Anime NYC

Ongoing Investigations: Kitaro Meets Nurarihyon by Shigeru Mizuki,  Kumamiko vol. 1 by Masume Yoshimoto, Gundam Build Fighters: Island Wars special from Sunrise.

Food for Thought: Who is Your Favorite Miko?

Topics: Anime NYC, Crunchyroll teams up with Funimation, KochiKame is Ending, Detective Conan 2-hour Special.

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And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

Honey Bear

  • 8 oz bourbon
  • tablespoons honey, warmed
  • 2 oz Tuaca
  • 1 Meyer lemon, juiced
  • 2 oz maraschino cherry juice
  • 8 dashes orange bitters
  • 4 maraschino cherries, for garnish
  1.  In a small bowl, stir together the bourbon and warmed honey until the honey dissolves.
  2. Pour the honey-bourbon, Tuaca, Meyer lemon juice, and maraschino cherry juice into a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice.
  3. Shake for 1 minute and divide into four half-pint glasses filled with ice.
  4. Top each drink with two dashes of orange bitters and garnish with a maraschino cherry. Serve.

Manga of the Month: Sweetness and Lightning

Sweetness and Lightning (甘々と稲妻) by Gido Amagakure

hisui_icon_4040_round If you have ever talked to anyone who licensed manga you know the holy grail of titles is a series that is getting an anime. Not every manga that gets an anime becomes profitable but any series that has an animated version will be more profitable than it would have been if it has to stand on its own. While manga has a distinct presence and fandom in the English-speaking world it could be argued that manga often acts as an add-on to anime which is the opposite of how it usually works in Japan. If nothing else, that is how I found Sweetness and Lightning.

While I regularly read several series on Crunchyroll manga I have found that I am slow to start new series. I check in every Tuesday to read Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches and The Seven Deadly Sins. When I remember I catch up with GTO: Paradise LostSpace BrothersPrincess Jellyfish, and The Heroic Legend of Arslan. With all of that, it makes it a bit daunting to start a new series. Sweetness and Lightning was a series that I was thinking of starting but I just never mustered the momentum to try it. After watching the anime I went back and have started reading through the archives. I mostly realized I should have started when I first had the chance.

This gives me a new way of reading a series. I often either read the manga before watching the anime or watch the anime and then use the manga to continue the story. This is the first time I am reading the manga alongside the anime. Every time I watch an episode of the anime I then go back and read up to that point in the anime. I am curious to see how this method changes the way I look at both versions.

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The August 2016 Line-Up

The Line-Up is a monthly rundown of new anime, manga, novel, and artbook licenses for the U.S. It also lists new streaming/broadcasting announcements and posted crowdfunding projects available to U.S. residents. And finally, it includes anime/manga projects and live-action anime/manga adaptation announcements from Japan.

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