I don’t usually like to share things that were actually released a while ago as if they’re new, but that’s kind of what I’m doing here, but if you haven’t seen this (much like I hadn’t until 15 minutes ago) then I think you might appreciate it!
Chief Director of the upcoming second season of Attack on Titan, Tetsuro Araki gave an interview earlier this month to Aniplus Asia about working on and what we can expect from the new season.
There was a lot in the interview, but if you haven’t got time to watch it at the moment, I’ll give you a quick run down on some of the things he said.
The annual Sugoi Japan Award winners have been announced for 2017!
Voting for the annual awards took place between November 16 and January 3 across four categories: Manga, Anime, Ranobe (Light Novels) and Novels.
The top five anime is a pretty standard list with no real surprises – Joker Game comes in at number 3 above above One-Punch Man and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure which might seem a little odd, but for some reason Japanese anime fans have been loving Joker Game since it aired in Winter 2016.
Hey guys, just a quick one from me this evening and I’m afraid it isn’t very exciting.
I wanted to let you know about you things that I’ve been thinking about for a little while that I will either be thinking about harder or will be starting on the blog soon.
Firstly, as you may remember if you were around at the New Year, I talked about changing the name of the blog. It was meant to happen in January, I mentally told myself it would happen in February and now we’re in March and sad to say I’m no closer. Here’s hoping for a lightning bolt of inspiration. In all seriousness though, I would still like to change the name, The Tiny World of an Anime Amateur is fine, but I should face up to facts: it’s a bit of mouthful and it sounds a bit naff.
You may have also noticed in the last few weeks I’ve been having a bit of identity crisis – no not IRL, just with my display name! I moved away from showing my real name before coming back to it again. Like the site name, if I can think of good one I will change it, but my name is my name and I see no harm in having my name on this site for you guys to see.
I’ve also been thinking about spending some money on my site – you know, removing the .wordpress bit and getting some more storage as I quickly start to run out. As a result, I’m going to start using affiliate links: these will only be related to the things I write (so for example on my review of the Your Lie in April Blu-Ray, I would put a link to that product and so on) – I don’t want it to be intrusive, but if it could help towards future upkeep, even a little, that would be great.
Finally, I want to start writing more about manga. At the moment I sporadically review each chapter release of Attack on Titan, but apart from that, I do very little. This is pretty strange really as I actually read quite a lot more manga and work in a bookshop… so expect more manga goodness soon.
If there’s one thing I like to write about, it’s how we all actually watch anime. I’ve talked at length about the places you can go online to watch anime legally, the places you can go to buy Blu-Ray and DVD copies of anime. I whole heartedly believe that the best and easiest way to contribute to our favourite shows is buy paying to watch them, the amount of piracy surrounding anime is astronomical and for the most part it’s not even difficult or time consuming.
Don’t worry though. Today I won’t be preaching about why you should spend your hard earned money on expensive hard copies or even telling you to sign up to the big subscription services. Instead, I want to tell you how excited I am the start of simulcasting English dubs by Funimation.
I feel like I should first say, I don’t particularly like Funimation as a company. This is mainly because I live in the UK and Funimation treats it’s non-North American users like trash. Over here we got access to limited selection of their catalogue last summer. If you consider that to be a good thing, the American site is now region locked so if you want any news or updates you have to rely on social media – because of course British and Irish users don’t need to know what’s going on with new acquisitions, dubs and voice actors. We just get told that we have a ‘slightly-more-active-than-before’ website and we promise we’ll get the rest of the apps to you soon that you were meant to have last year kind of a thing (and deep breath). And if you don’t live here, my understanding is you still need a VPN to get anything.
The kickstarter aiming to adapt the popular visual novel, Nekopara, into an OVA has fallen less than $40,000 short of it’s final stretch goal.
After reaching its initial target of $100,000 in the first day of existence, the original stretch goals for creating an extended, hour long OVA were met quickly. Additional stretch goals adding subtitles in different languages and the creation of new short visual novel were also met in the final week.
However, the final stretch goal, aiming to convert this new visual novel into a short anime of it’s own was not met.
In the final hours backers were advised that they will be unable to upgrade to most of the other rewards through the backerkit in an attempt to reach the target.
The final figures show 9122 backers giving $963,376 towards it’s ultimate $1,000,000 goal.
You may or may not have heard that more details for Attack on Titan season 2 have been released!
Even if you haven’t read anything over the past few days, you probably have seen this new key visual:
Anime only viewers have now joined manga readers in seeing that some of the minor characters from season 1 will be stepping up in season 2; see Reiner and Bertholt on Eren’s left and Krista and Ymir on his left taking significantly more room that either Mikasa or Armin. There’s also an ominous shot of the beast titan looking down on the cast which suggests that he will be very involved in the season. Along with the trailer that landed in late December this means we can probably assume that a good chunk of this season will focus on the Clash of Titan arc that follows on immediately from the Female Titan arc of the manga.
There’s something quite exciting about the start of a new anime season, and winter 2017 was no exception especially as I was just getting this blog back up and running again! January saw me finish a few shows as well as pick up some new titles as well some that have been on my plan to watch list for a while. Before I get into any opinion, analysis or otherwise paragraphed writing, let’s do some stats.
I posted 18 new articles…
Completed 10 anime tv shows or movies…
Was given 47 WordPress user likes
And had 8 new followers.
Despite writing more articles in January than any other month I’ve had this blog, I haven’t really watched that much anime. Though I’ve completed 10 anime according to MAL, 4 of them were movies or specials and 3 had been shows that I’ve been watching for a while.
*UPDATE 29.01.17* It has been announced that Koe no Katachi will be shown at ten locations across the UK between the 5th February and 26th March. These locations are: ICA London, Showroom Sheffield, QUAD Derby, Watershed Bristol, Macrobert Arts Centre Sterling, HOME Manchester, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Exeter Phoenix, Phoenix Leicester and Queen’s Film Theatre Belfast. Exact times are still to be confirmed but dates can be found on the Japan Film Tour website.
Following the overwhelming success of Kimi no Na wa in Japanese and overseas cinemas, UK anime fans will be delighted with the prospect of getting the opportunity to see another of 2016’s premier anime features.
Koe no Katachi or A Silent Voice, directed by Naoko Yamada,was released in Japanese cinemas on 17th September 2017, ranking only behind Makoto Shinkai’s latest release in the box office. It’s a film based on the manga of the same name by Yoshitoki Oima that follows Shoya Ishida, a delinquent who bullies a deaf student, Shoko Nishimiya in elementary school. The film focuses on events several years after, where he meets her again and seeks redemption.
The showing, which has so far been confirmed at the ICA London, is part of a wider showing of Japanese films that aims to give viewers a broad introduction to Japanese cinema through ‘the prism of desires, hope and impulses’.
Ever since I heard about Koe no Katachi I’ve really wanted to see it and I’m glad that the success of Kimi no Na wa has helped to bring western cinemas more great anime – now we just need to hope that they show it more widely across the tour!
The Japan Foundation Tour 2017 is scheduled across the UK between the 3rd February and 29th March. For a full list of films and locations so far have a look at their website here.
Amazon have also listed three editions of the film for pre-order on December 18:
The Kickstarter for a Nekopara anime has passed $425,000 in it’s first six days.
On 28th December a Kickstarter began for an OVA episode of the popular visual novel Nekopara. The initial target of $100,000 for a 20 minute episode was reached very quickly, with the figure at the end of the day reaching almost $300,000.
The Kickstarter, which is being managed on behalf of NekoWorks by Sekai Project, states that for every extra $100,000 raised up to $500,000, ten minutes will be added to the anime.
The current figure, which stands at over $425,000, guarantees a 50 minute episode. Given how quickly this total has been reached however, it seems unlikely the project won’t go onto to reach it’s final stretch goal of $500,000 before it closes on the 11th February.
The episode is reported to focus on the story line of volume 1 of the visual novel with original aspects added for the anime.
An initial staff list has been announced though it is still unclear if the OVA will be passed out to an animation studio or kept in house at NekoWorks.
Nekopara is an adult visual with two volumes and a fandisc (all of which are available as an all ages version on Steam) with a third volume slated for release on the 28th April.