As you know, 2017 saw the inception of Anime Strike, Amazon’s anime streaming service, which was probably in response to the Crunchyroll/Funimation partnership. They’ve been streaming anime through their video service for quite a while, but they’ve eventually made it a dedicated service. And it has pissed off alot of folks who stream anime. And now they’ve crossed me by locking up a few shows that I was planning to watch. Continue reading
In the fifth and final season of Samurai Jack, produced by Williams Street and Cartoon Network Studios, 50 years have passed since where we last left off. The time spent in Aku’s dystopian future has taken its toll on Jack’s biological clock and his mental state. With his magic sword gone and all the time portals destroyed, Jack finds himself falling into despair as he is haunted by visions of the past. And with the seven daughters of Aku coming after his life, can Jack survive long enough to find a way back to his time and bring an end to Aku?
Well, the first episode of Season 5 has pretty much proven that this ain’t the same Samurai Jack from 13 years ago. The difference between this and the first four seasons is essentially night and day. And it is definitely shapingup to be a welcome entry and a proper conclusion to Samurai Jack. To think that at one point we thought we never would see an end.
Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga follows after Episode 17 of the 2011 anime/Chapter 15 of the manga. In the aftermath of his fight with Amaimon, Rin finds his friends in a state of unease and distrust after learning he is a spawn of Satan. While Rin trains to control his blue flames, he and his friends are assigned to travel to the True Cross Academy’s Kyoto branch in order to investigate the attempted theft of the eyes of the Impure King.
Well, Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga assumes you’ve watched the 2011 series (or read the manga) up to the point it starts because it jumps you right into it with no recap. And it ignores everything after Episode 17. Which is good, because those anime-original episodes SUCKED!!! Anyway, the first episode was a fairly nice setup to the arc, even though the Kyoto Saga anime is mainly for those that were left burned by the 2011 anime, like myself, whom is hoping that Blue Exorcist can hopefully redeem itself from Hell.
Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga is licensed by Aniplex of America and is available to watch on Crunchyroll and Daisuki.
A Studio NUT adaptation of the light novel by Carlo Zen and Shinobu Shinotsuki, Saga of Tanya the Evil is set in CE 1923. Among these soldiers of the Empire’s military, there is a girl in the higher ranks: Second Lieutenant Tanya Degurechaff, whose combat and strategic abilities in battle are unrivaled. However, she is only loyal to her Fatherhood and will eliminate anyone that stands between her and victory for the Fatherhood, even if it means sending off disobedient subordinates to their death.
Saga of Tanya the Evil is certainly living up to its name, because our protagonist is a very bad person, to say the least. I have a good amount of issues with this; Mainly because our protagonist wouldn’t be out of place as the villain. and I really think that is the case. Also the character designs: Everyone looks fairly normal, but Tanya has really big eyes and a head that’s too big for her skinny body, and her closest subordinate Viktoriya has this weird moeblob face. Maybe there is a reason explained later why Tanya is such a bloodthirsty psycho, but I doubt I’ll last long enough to care when we get there. Well, Saga of Tanya the Evil is most definitely not off to a great start, I tell you what.
Saga of Tanya the Evil is available to watch on Crunchyroll. An English dubbed version will also be available to watch on Funimation at a later date.
Anime 2015 was a fairly decent year, but it came off the heels of a garbage year for anime. 2016 seems so much better now. I’d say 2016 was the antithesis of 2014. 2014 was a fairly good year for most media, but anime that year was garbage. 2016; fairly good year for anime, but a dumpster fire of a year, mostly because of all the celebrity deaths. We should’ve seen it coming when David Bowie and Alan Rickman passed away.
But, y’know, Leonardo DiCaprio did win his first Oscar, and the Cubs did win the World Series for the first time in 108 years, so I guess 2016 wasn’t 100% a dumpster fire. Continue reading
Well, Toonami had a fairly decent year. Even with 3 1/2 hours, we still had a lot of good stuff (and Dimension W) come to the block. And a bunch of good stuff (and Akame ga Kill!) leave the block. But we’ve had a ton of good news, and I’m gonna go over everything that happened this year, and my thoughts about what each show has brought to the block.
Seasonal Thoughts: Well, I guess the “One good season per year” curse seems to be broken for now, as this was a fairly good season. I was about ready to write it off as a bust and move on and start planning for next year, but honestly, there were a numer of noteworthy shows this season. I’m glad anime 2016 closed out this way,
So Doctor Strange was better than I imagined it to be. And so was Rogue One. I enjoyed that too, more than I did The Force Awakens. I lo Continue reading