Anime Tamago 2016: Post-apocalyptic RYB Time-traveling Seiryu

hisui_icon_4040_round I feel it is best to start with a brief introduction of what Anime Tamago is. If you’re a longtime reader of the blog you will have seen our previous reviews of the Young Animator Training Project films. Since 2010 four short animated films are funded by the project in hopes of encouraging new talent in the anime industry. If you have ever heard about the project it was most probably because of either Little Witch Academia or Death Billiards. They were the biggest titles that the project has produced. Both of them have their own TV series and developed a dedicated fan following. Since then due to a number of factors, nothing else has really taken off like those two shows from 2013. For the last four years the entries for the year were known as the Anime Mirai shorts but this year they were re-branded as the Anime Tamago shorts.

While these shorts have fallen off the radar of a sizable amount of the fandom we still think they are worth examining. Most of these titles either come from either relatively fresh-faced crews or people who have been in the industry for a while but have been promoted to higher positions than they might normally have. Not all of these are spectacular or even good. Actually, some of them have been downright awful. But these titles are a good way of seeing who might very well be an up and comer in the anime industry. Today’s random Anime Tamago director or animator might be tomorrow’s superstar.  

One of the major downsides of this project that keeps it from being well-known in the English-speaking world is that fansubbers have an extremely varied interest in the titles. Some shorts from Young Animator Training Project get subbed near instantly. On the other hand, I only recently discovered that someone got around to subbing Parol’s Future Island despite the fact it came out in 2014. It really all depends on the tastes of whoever is still out there doing fansubs. None of these are guaranteed to ever get subbed. Therefore we watched two of the films without subtitles. We had no subtitles for Colorful Ninja Iromaki and Kacchikenee! and were forced to watch them raw.

So far we have yet to have any Young Animator Training Project films that had a super dense narrative and at the same time was not subtitled. I can’t guarantee we caught all the nuance of the shows we watched raw but I am fairly confident we understood the broad strokes thanks to anime being a visual medium and the stories being fairly simple. I do wonder when we will collide with a show like Kuro no Sumika: Chronus where we would miss major parts of the story without the translated dialog. But I suppose we will figure out how to cross that bridge when we get to it.

narutaki_icon_4040_round This project is always full of surprises and that’s what holds my interest year after year. While these shorts aren’t indie projects, they are still a little off the beaten path most of the time. What I really enjoyed from this time around was that three out of four were more in the children and family category. And even the fourth one wasn’t especially far from that.

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All Points Bulletin: The Ice Wanderer

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Type-Moon Weekly News Roundup: Saber Wars VIII – The Last Artoria

This Saturday post is the weekly Type-Moon news in addition to the regular APB post on Sunday. If you have any suggestions for what to highlight on the Type-Moon Weekly News Roundup drop me a line via email or Twitter.

  • Sad Einzberns in Snow
    While it still does not have a release date the Prisma Illya movie does have a full title.
  • Dark Side of the Saber
    Crunchyroll’s summary of the Valentine’s Day event.
  • White Day Comes Early
    Grand order is rerunning the Valentine’s Day event from last year but this time the guys get to participate too.
  • Happy Valentine’s Day from Illya
    If you liked Illya’s Craft Essence from this year’s Valentine’s Day event in Grand Order here are some original sketches for the final art from the artist.
  • Come to the Dark Chocolate Side
    I found a translation of the “My Room” lines for Mysterious Heroine X Alter.
  • Will it have Free Stuff for the Game?
    They are releasing a Fate/Grand Order Chaldea Ace Magazine. I’m curious if they will bundle in anything for the game along with the magazine and the CD. There is a Count of Monte Cristo drama CD so it could also have a code for a Craft Essence with Edmond Dantès on it.
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Umbral Star
    ANN also gives a fairly balanced review of Fate/Extella.
  • Sweet Dreams are Made of These
    Sadly Magical Amber is not currently available in Fate/Grand Order.

    • Updated Originals
      Since Medea, Medusa, and Cú Chulainn got animation updates to their classic Fate/Stay Night versions in Fate/Grand Order I figured I should link to some videos of those makeovers here. Considering they are three of the original characters that kicked off the franchise it makes 1239=sense for them to have a little more flash in their animation even if they are only three stars.
    • Medea
    • Medusa
    • Cú Chulainn