Review: Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions

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Grimgar: Ashes and Illusions was one of the more middling titles on the Winter 2016 slate and up against some pretty stiff competition in Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu, Erased and Ajin. But it’s the earlier Sword Art Online that tends to overshadow the series. While both were produced by A-1 Pictures, the similarities all but […]

Japanese news station tests out first virtual newsreader

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We’ve established that we essentially inhabit Ghost in the Shell through our evolving reality, so a Japanese TV first that took place days ago comes as little surprise. Shizuoka Broadcasting employed its first CG announcer from Sony and Kyodo Digital News’ ‘News Manager’ program on March 31st, giving the futuristic method a test run. The program can […]

Update: English Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry trailer enters the Dragon’s Tomb

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May 6th premiere and returning cast all in place, Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry unveiled its second trailer last week. And what with Madman bringing the film to Australia and New Zealand sometime soon, they’ve posted an English-subbed version of this trailer, just as they did for the first. In the video, we discover the story of the Dragon’s Tomb. […]

Update: Teaser for Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry gets English subtitled version

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The upcoming Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry film released its first teaser trailer following news of its May 6th opening and roster of returning cast members. The teaser emphasises again that Hiro Mashima’s manga is into the “final arc” as it heads off “towards the climax”. As distributors Madman will be bringing the film to Australia and New Zealand […]

Review: Fairy Tail Collection 12

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Lucy has had her last memento of her father torn from her hands. The fabled Key of the Starry Sky was stolen by the Legion Corps, holy warriors working under the doctrine of the Zentopia Church. With that, the ambition of our beloved celestial mage could have gone to the clutches of thieves. But with […]

Anime adaptation of Fate/Apocrypha slated for 2017

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Alongside the tidalwave of Fate updates that came at the end of 2016, yet another new anime is working its way in for this year. The Fate/Apocrypha novels’ adaption as a manga by Akira Ishida may have been last year’s big news, but the latest project launching has Charlotte‘s Yoshiyuki Asai directing at A-1 Pictures. Here’s the trailer that arrived on […]

Review: The Perfect Insider

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‘Style over substance’ has longed plagued animation, a medium fussed over frame-by-frame, and considered down to the last detail. At first glance, The Perfect Insider suffers this same dilemma, yet the scale tips throughout its short arc, striking a balance between its heavy-handed philosophy and striking surreal imagery. Told across 11 chapters, the series begins […]

Gimme shelter: the ‘not an anime’ argument

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“Maybe I forgot how to think at all.” At the beginning of Porter Robinson’s music video for ‘SHELTER’, Rin is dreaming these words as she comes out of sleep in the simulation where she lives alone, but not lonely. She has whole worlds to build, running through rolling fields or resting at the crest of […]

Porter Robinson’s SHELTER explores our creative symbiosis with technology

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‘SHELTER’ has arrived, and what a stunning sight to behold. Music producer Porter Robinson went to Sword Art Online‘s A-1 Pictures and Crunchyroll to create a music video for his new song. The two together tell the story of Rin, a 17-year-old girl who lives alone inside a simulation. In this infinite, beautiful bubble of solitude, she […]

Persona 5 swipes European release date

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Last month, game publishers Deep Silver picked up Persona 5 and all other future Atlus titles from NIS America, who previously dropped the studio from their distributions list and abandoned their sole responsibility for distributing Atlus games in Europe. Although a European release date was still to be confirmed at the time, we can now firmly say that we can steal […]

English-subbed Sword Art Online -Ordinal Scale- trailer reveals film’s 2017 premiere

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Aniplex presented their own Anime Expo announcement on Saturday (July 2nd), running the first screening of a new English-subtitled trailer for Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale-. As the video revealed the film’s spring opening in Japan, the US-based distributors also confirmed that the film will be released overseas. Aniplex gave their own description of the […]

Blue Exorcist anime unveils teaser video for Kyoto Impure King Arc

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The official website for the Ao no Exorcist: Kyoto Fujo O-hen (Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc) anime series had its grand opening today (July 4th), unveiling a teaser video for the series which will premiere in 2017. The site is also streaming (region-locked) cast comment videos for returning leads Nobuhiko Okamoto and Jun Fukuyama, and displaying character designs for the main […]