Attack on Titan returns
It is the last week of the year and soon a New Year stars with new possibilities and new anime. As with each New Year, there is good and bad news. We bring you good news on Attack on Titan 2nd Season, Hinako Note and Tsugumomo, as well as a little bit of bad news about Granblue Fantasy The Animation. We also share a music video as well as a yummy milkshake recipe! Hungry for anime? Itadakimasu!!
Attack on Titan 2nd Season
Fanatiks of the anime series Attack on Titan have been dreaming for this day with bated breath and the waiting will be over in a few months. Attack on Titan’s second season finally returns in April of 2017. Last Saturday the first promotional video for this much-awaited sequel season started streaming.
Tetsuro Araki, director of the first season, one again is climbing into the director’s seat for season 2 as chief director while Masashi Koizuka, the episode director, will be taking over as director. Many staff member of the season 1 team is returning to work on season two such as the series writer Yasuko Kobayashi, character designer Kyoji Asano, and composer Hiroyuki Sawano. WIT STUDIO once again is producing the animation.
The first season ran from April to September in 2013 for 25 seasons, and inspired two compilation movies in 2014 and 2015 respectively, as well as a two-part live-action movie project.
Fanatiks looking forward to Granblue Fantasy The Animation will have to wait until April 2017 to see the anime. The anime was to premiere in January 2017 but has been delayed for unspecified reasons. Cygames announced at a live-stream event called Cygames Next 2016 in August that their smartphone game Granblue Fantasy was to be adapted into an anime titled Granblue Fantasy The Animation. A one-hour TV special “Zankutinzeru Arc” will be aired on January 21, 2017, before the anime series.
Granblue Fantasy The Animation’s director is Yuuki Itoh (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid) at A-1 Pictures. Other staff members include Toshifumi Akai (Kokoro Connect) on Character design, the music of the anime are composed by music giants Nobuo Uematsu (Final Fantasy games I-XI) and Tsutomu Narita (Final Fantasy XIV composer and arranger). The cast list for the anime includes Yuuki Ono, Nao Tōyama, Rie Kugimiya, Miyuki Sawashiro, Hiroaki Hirata, Yukari Tamura, Rie Tanaka, Emiri Katō, Tomokazu Sugita and Kanae Itō. No synopsis for the anime is available yet.
On Boxing Day the first promotional video for Hinako Note started streaming on the anime’s official website. Hinako Note will premiere in April 2017. Voice actors confirmed to star in the series are vocal talents like M.A.O, Miyu Tomita, Yui Ogura, Hisako Tōjō, Marika Kōno and Yuri Yoshida.
The chief director for the anime project is Takeo Takahashi known for his work on Spice and Wolf and Rozen Maiden. Tatsuhiko Urahata (GATE) is script supervisor and Kazuyuki Ueda is working on animation character designs. The anime tells the story of Hinako, a girl that is poor at speaking, that comes from rural Japan to the big city Tokyo and dreams of improving her speech. She finds out her boarding house in the city is actually a second-hand bookstore and that there is a girl that eats books!
The Tsugumomo anime’s official website revealed a promotional teaser video as well as the anime’s main cast and staff. The supernatural romance anime is set to premiere in April 2017. The anime will star voice talents like Yuko Sanpei (Eureka Seven) and Naomi Ōzora (The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls).
The anime is directed by Ryōichi Kuraya (Overlord, Ai: Tenchi Muyo!); Kiyotaka Nakahara (Persona 4 The Animation) is the chief animation director with Masaaki Sakurai (Hayate the Combat Butler). Yasuharu Takanashi (Fairy Tail, Naruto Shippūden) is composing the anime’s music.
Kazuya Kagami always goes everywhere with the precious ‘Fukurobi’ his mother gave to him. But one day things change when a beautiful kimono-clad girl, Kiriha, tsukumogami of the sash appears and lives with him in his room, throw in an overprotective sister, an ample bosomed priestess, a sexy sorceress and even more and you have a recipe for some colourful adventure.
Roller Coaster Subway Rap?
The Tokyo government, Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation (Toei) and a rapper, Hokkaido-born SALU, teamed up to give us a look from the driver’s seat of Tokyo’s underground tunnels. This venture is to promote the Toei Oedo Line, the longest and deepest subway in Japan. With the subway’s many twists and turns, it has been likened to a roller coaster. It also explained the name of the collaboration song ‘Tokyo Roller Coaster’. The video, Tokyo Roller Coaster is best viewed in a bright environment as the video contains flashing lights. Here is the video, enjoy!
When your budget is your worst enemy and not your friend and you crave milkshake for comfort then there are options. In our tutorial video, we learn how to make a milkshake using only 2 ingredients: Marshmallows and Milk. Adding a flavour you like, such as Coffee, Macha, Nutella or whatever your imagination and taste buds can inspire you to add, can, of course, change the recipe. The recipe is super easy and will take about five minutes plus a bit of cooking time. The recipe is for one serving and needs about 140 ml Milk and 40g of Marshmallows.
You place your ingredients in a large microwave-friendly measuring cup and you cover it. Nuke it in the microwave oven at 600 watts for about 2 minutes. You then mix it well until the marshmallows melt. At this time you can add a half-teaspoon of whatever flavour you want the shake to be. Leave the mixture to cool for about 20 minutes and then freeze it for three hours until it is firm. Take is out the freezer and mix it up until it is soft, then just pour it into a cup to serve. Easy! Here is the tutorial video.