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Join us as we look at the month that was, look at the AMV of the month, share interesting traditional Japanese recipes, and spread the word by learning some Japanese. Our bento is filled with even more! Enjoy your source of monthly anime goodness. Hungry for anime? Itadakimasu!!
The Month That Was
We share anime news from January. There is news on new anime like Clockwork Planet as well as news on old favourites like Full Metal Panic! and Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
First, there was Naruto Uzumaki, a young mischievous shinobi with a big dream of becoming the greatest ninja of his village. He accomplished that and his face is now up with the other Hokage atop the Hokage monument. Now his son Boruto is about to set out on his own journey. A new hero is stepping on the stage in Boruto: Naruto Next Generation. Will he become a greater legend than his father? Only time will tell.
This year’s spring season his tale will begin. It will be an adaptation of Ukyō Kodachi and Mikie Ikemoto’s Boruto manga but will start with an original story. Studio Pierrot, the same anime house responsible for the two Naruto anime, Naruto and Naruto Shippūden is again responsible for the anime. During the Jump Festa in December 2016 Masashi Kishimoto, the creator of both the Naruto and Boruto manga stated that he plan to make it even better than Naruto.
Voice talents already confirmed to return to the series are Yuko Sanpei as Boruto Uzumaki, Kokoro Kikuchi as Sarada Uchiha, Ryūichi Kijima as Mitsuki and Junko Takeuchi as Naruto Uzumaki.
This April a brand new anime, Clockwork Planet will be part of the anime releases. It is a steam punk anime based on the light novel series by Yuu Kamiya and Tsubaki Himana. The anime will star vocal talents like Yoshino Nanjō, Ai Kakuma, Saori Ōnishi, Kenichirou Matsuda and Sayaka Senbongi. The anime takes place in a world where the Earth has been destroyed. A new planet composed completely of clockwork mechanisms replaced it. The anime first promotional video already introduced the cast.
Sitting in the anime’s directional seat is Tsuyoshi Nagasawa (Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!), joined by Kenji Sugihara (Shiki) on series composition, Shuichi Shimamura (Chaos;HEAd) on character design, and Kenji Teraoka (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) as the mechanical designer. A team cconsisting of Shu Kanematsu, Hanae Nakamura, Kaori Nakano, and Satoshi Hōno are composing the music. fripSide (A Certain Scientific Railgun) is performing the anime’s opening song, and After the Rain is performing the ending song “Anticlockwise.”
Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory
If you are fanatikal about the Full Metal Panic! Anime franchise, we have wonderful news for you. A fourth anime in the series, Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory is slated to premiere as part of the Fall anime release line-up.
The Full Metal Panic! Franchise anime follows the adventures of Sousuke Sagara, a member of a covert anti-terrorist military outfit called Mithril. He moves to Japan to protect his assignment, Kaname Chidori, a spirited high school girl and is assisted by his comrades-in-arms Kurz Weber and Melissa Mao. Due to the fact that Sousuke never experienced social interactions, and interprets everyday situations from a combative perspective, his schoolmates label him as a military otaku. The season 1, Full Metal Panic! And season 3, Full Metal Panic! The second Raid is very serious and the character building is great, the second season, however, Full Metal Panic! Fumoffu, is a sort of parody version and hilarious. Now a fourth season is here after 11 years waiting and we are sure it will pack a nice punch like the previous seasons.
Here is a list of staff members for the newest Full Metal Panic instalment: Katsuichi Nakayama (Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo) – Director
Shoji Gatoh (Full Metal Panic! original novel author), Series composition and scripts. Osamu Horiuchi (Full Metal Panic!, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid) -character designer and chief animation director, Aya Yamamoto (My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!) – sub-character designer. Takeshi Yoshioka (Classroom Crisis) – Small Arms Designer and animation director Kanetake Ebikawa (Full Metal Panic!, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid) and Toshiaki Ihara (Full Metal Panic!, Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid) – Mechanical Designers, Takayuki Yanase (Ghost in the Shell Arise) – Set Designer and Masanori Nishii (Star Blazers 2199) – Mechanical Director
Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria
DanMachi fans can definitely circle April on their calendars. Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? returns to the anime scene with a new anime instalment called Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria. The anime is based on a spin-off light novel from author Fujino Ōmori and illustrator Kiyotaka Haimura.
Cast members will include Saori Ōnishi, Mutsumi Tamura, Juri Kimura, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Rie Murakawa, Minami Takahashi, Ayako Kawasumi, Kenji Nomura and Yurika Kubo. Youhei Suzuki (Urara Meirochō) is the anime’s serving as the show’s new director with writer Hideki Shirane, character designer Shigeki Kimoto, and composer Keiji Inai.
Yuka Iguchi will perform the opening song for Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria. She previously performed the opening song ‘Hey World’ for Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Iguchi is also known for giving voice to the OST of anime such as WIXOSS, Strike the Blood, and Heavy Object. She also worked as a voice actress on anime such as Re:Zero and Seraph of the End.
GA Bunko describes Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria story:
Sword princess Aiz Wallenstein. Today, once again, the strongest female swordsman heads to the giant labyrinth known as the “Dungeon” along with her allies. On the 50th floor where mysteries and threats such as a decayed dragon’s corpse that crumbled to ash and an irregularity that creeps ever closer to the party loom, Aiz calls for the wind and heads deeper into the darkness of the Dungeon. Eventually, she finds herself meeting a boy for the first time. “Um, are you OK?” In the Labyrinth City of Orario, the contrasting stories of the boy and the girl intersect!
My Hero Academia
Interesting tidbits from the realm of anime
In the mood for more news. We have you covered. Here are a few links to other news that were released in January. Just click on the anime’s name!
AMV of the Month
This month’s AMV of the month features Rory Mercury from the anime Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri. It features the song Awake by the unsigned rock band, Down in Ashes. Down in Ashes formed in 2006 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Spread the word
This month we learn four ways to say excuse me.
‘Sumimasen’ we are all familiar with. Those of us that prefer to watch anime in Japanese know that the word can be used when trying to get a person’s attention. Let’s say you are walking into a shop and do not see the staff, calling out ‘Sumimasen!’ might help you to catch their attention.
Shitsurei desu ga, koko wa watashi no seki desu.
This is a very useful sentence. Let’s say you are sitting in a restaurant, made your order and you are quickly going to the restroom to wash your hands. When you get back someone sat on your seat. The best way to explain to this person that it is your seat can be: “Shitsurei desu ga, koko wa watashi no seki desu.” It means ‘Excuse me, this is my seat.” Remember to smile at the person kindly when saying this to him or her!
Sumimasen ga, koko wa doko desu ka?
You may be lost in Tokyo or Kyoto and do not have an inkling what all the words written in kanji mean around you, but you can always asking for help when lost. If you are walking into a building and want to confirm where you are, simply ask:” Sumimasen ga, koko wa doko desu ka?’ It means ‘Excuse me, what place is this?’
Ashi o fumanaide kudasai.
When riding on a train in Japan it can be very crowded and someone may step on your foot. When that happens you can say:” Ashi o fumanaide kudasai.”. It means “Excuse me, you’re stepping on my foot.”
Traditional recipe of the month
Making Ramen if you’re not in Japan
It is not a secret that ramen is a very popular noodle soup in Japan. We have seen in anime like Naruto and countless other anime how important this dish is to Japanese Cuisine. In Japan there are countless Ramen restaurants and eateries, you find them on the beach, you find them at mom-and-pop restaurants, at the local shotengai, or even Ramen speciality shops in the big cities. It is a common site to see people line up for hours to get into their favourite Ramen establishment, to get a bowl of Ramen. It is a serious dish!
Ramen has two main components: noodles and soup. The noodles must be wheat noodles and must be firm and chewy, and it must not absorb too much of the soup and become soft. Basic ingredients needed for the soup are soy sauce, Miso and salt, and very important pork, Chicken or seafood broth.
Our recipe for this month shows us how to make Ramen if you’re not in Japan. There are some nice tips in the video. The ingredients they used are Salted pork, 1 lb pork, 1 tsp salt, Soup,6 cups water (1.5L), 50g ginger root, sliced, 3 cloves garlic, skinned, 1 bunch green onions, 4 Tbsp soy sauce, 2 Tbsp sake, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp sesame oil, Noodles, 9 oz fresh angel hair pasta (225g), 8 cups water (2L), 2 Tbsp baking soda, Topping, boiled egg halves, bean sprouts (blanched briefly), and green onions (cut finely). The preparation time for the recipe is 15 hours and the cooking time is 15 minutes. 15 hours seems like a long time, but great food takes time, passion and patience. Of course, you can always experiment and find ways to shorten the prep time. Here is the video, enjoy experimenting with this! Itadakimasu!
Gyoza Food Challenge
Food challenge warriors may enjoy this. We share a video from the Only in Japan YouTube channel where Only in Japan presenter John Daub and food writer Kai Okudara take on a food challenge that is not as easy as it looks. John’s challenge is the Jumbo Gyoza Challenge, which must be completed in 60 minutes. The Gyoza (dumpling) is the equivalent of 100 dumplings. It is a serious challenge as the Gyoza is as big as a cake.
His guest, Kai Okudara takes on the Triple Jumbo Ramen Challenge, also to be done in sixty minutes. And it is three huge bowls of ramen. In the challenge, Kai suffers a ‘challenge related injury’ by eating the noodles too hot. We also get to see John giving an almost delirious ‘Don’t Give up’ speech. Since we do not want to spoil the challenge for you, it is better you go watch the video.
Upcoming Birthday of the month
Our Birthday for the month is none other than Nico Robin, the elegant and beautiful Archaeologist of the Straw Hat Pirates in the anime One Piece. Her first appearance was in the One Piece manga Chapter 114 and in the anime in episode 67.
Last of the Oharan Clan, she was a member of Baroque Works (The Vice President) before joining the motley crew known as the Straw Hat Pirates. She ate the Hana Hana no Mi (The Flower Fruit), a Devil’s fruit that gives her the ability to sprout limbs. She is one of the most powerful of the Straw Hat Pirates and loves her Nakama (Comrades) dearly. Her birthday is on the 6th of February and she shares her birthday with Mewtwo from Pokémon!