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Join us as we look at the best anime of 2016, February – 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. Your monthly source of anime news… Itadakimasu!!
The best of 2016
A mega poll was run by the Anime News Network crew where anime lovers were to vote for their best anime for 2016. The list was comprised of both new and returning anime, including anime shorts but it was limited to anime that started new seasons in 2016. Films, OVAs and long-running series like One Piece were not included in the poll Here is a rundown of the top 20 winners:
01. Yuri!!! on Ice
02. Re:ZERO – Starting Life in Another World
03. Mob Psycho 100
04. My Hero Academia
06. Haikyu!! season 3
07. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable
08. KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world!!
09. Assassination Classroom season 2
10. Bungo Stray Dogs (both seasons)
11. 91 Days
12. Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu
14. Food Wars! The Second Plate
15. Sound! Euphonium 2
16. Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
18. Flip Flappers
19. Natsume Yuujin-Chou Go
20. Flying Witch
There are quite a number of surprises on the list such as Yuri!!! On Ice, which won with 37.8% of the votes! If you would like to see this poll, please click here.
The Month That Was
We share anime news from January. There is news on new anime like Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, One Piece, Sagrada Reset and The Royal Tutor. We also have a surprise visit from Pikachu!
Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry
Have you seen all the Fairy Tail episodes, OVAs, read all the manga and seen the Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess and you are hungry for more adventures with Natsu, Lucy, Happy and all the guild members of the Fairy Tail guild? The best circle May 6th on your calendar, as the next movie instalment is soon to be here!
Manga artist Hiro Mashima drew 163 pages of the storyboard for the upcoming Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry movie and he is the movie’s executive producer. He also drew the first key visual for the movie, which shows Dragon Slayer Natsu half transformed into a dragon.
The movie will also feature a returning cast: Tetsuya Kakihara as Natsu Dragneel, Aya Hirano as Lucy Heartfilia, Rie Kugimiya as Happy, Yūichi Nakamura as Gray Fullbuster, Sayaka Ohara as Erza Scarlet, Satomi Satou as Wendy and Yui Horie as Carla/Charle. They will all be wearing new outfits in the new movie. The movie will also feature new characters: Sonia, Zash and Animus.
The movie will be directed by Tatsuma Minamikawa (episode director for Aldnoah.Zero and Attack on Titan). Shoji Yonemura (Fairy Tail series) will be a script writer, Yuuko Yamada (Persona 3 the Movie #3 Falling Down) is the character designer as well as chief animation director, and Yasuharu Takanashi (Fairy Tail Zero) on music composition.
March 19th hails the start of a fresh new story arc in the One Piece anime, Marine Supernova bridge story arc. Notable voice talents are added to the One Piece cast such as Natsuke Hanae who played Kaneki Ken in Tokyo Ghoul as Grant, Hiroki Yasumoto who played Yasutora Sado in Bleach as Bonamu and Makoto Furukawa who played Saitama in One-Punch Man as Sappa. Big names are joining up in another big anime!
The current arc, the Zou arc, premiered on July 28, 2016, in episode 751, which followed the Dressrosa Arc. This upcoming Marine Supernova arc will focus on Luffy and those who are travelling with him to save Sanji. Everybody’s favourite meat glutton, Luffy ate all the food in the ship and the group infiltrates a Marine base to resupply the ship. Three rookie marines appear in front of them suddenly…
Except for the Sagrada Reset anime which premieres in April the series is also inspiring a two-parter live action adaptation. Yoshihiro Fukagawa directs Sagrada Reset’s live-action adaptations. The first instalment will hit Japanese theatres on March 25, 2017. Sagrada Reset is a youth science fiction romance anime based on a series of light novels written by Yutaka Kōno and illustrated by You Shiina.
The anime is set in the town of Sagrada, a town where many inhabitants have unique abilities. Two of these are Ken Asai, with the ability of a perfect memory and Misora Haruki, who have the sugoi ability to reset time by three days. This gives the two of them the ability to travel back in time without losing their memories of the future. These two aims to use their powers to save a classmate that died tragically a couple of years ago. Of course, that is if they can outwit a mysterious organisation that monitors the town aimed to prevent their attempts to change the timeline.
The anime’s cast includes Kaito Ishikawa, Kana Hanazawa, Aoi Yūki, Takuya Eguchi, Yuki Yamada, Yui Makino and Sachika Misawa. The anime is directed by Shinya Kawatsura (Non Non Biyori) and Katsuhiko Takayama is in charge of the series scripts. Tomoyuki Shitaya is designing the characters.
The Royal Tutor
Promotional videos, as well as cast information, were revealed on the web this month about the upcoming spring season anime The Royal Tutor (in Japan: Oushitsu Kyoushi Heine), which will hit Japanese screens on April 04, 2017. The anime is an adaptation of the comedy manga by Higasa Akai.
The anime is about Heine Wittgenstein, a professor that takes on the task of tutoring the four princes of the kingdom, Grannzreich. Each prince have his own distinct personality and we have to wait and see if the professor is in over his head and if tutoring them will be a royal pain. What we do know is that is promises to be a comedy that will have us rolling on the floor laughing. We have to wait until spring season if they can deliver on to promise.
The anime will feature animation by Bridge (Fairy Tail) and is directed by Katsuya Kikuchi (Idol Memories). Other staff includes Kimiko Ueno (Kuromajyo-san ga Tōru!!) on series composition, Rena Okuyama (Idol Memories) on character design and Keiji Inai (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?) on music composition.
The opening theme titled, “Shoppoi Namida” (“Salty Tears”) will be performed by Shōgo Sakamoto. Cast members include Daisuke Namikawa, Keisuke Ueda, Yūya Asato, Yūto Adachi, Daisuke Hirose and Shouta Aoi. A stage play adaptation with the same five main cast members as the television anime will premiere this year.
Pikachu meets The Flash?
Ever wondered what would happen if the Pokemon Pikachu met up with the fastest man alive? Usian Bolt may not be Barry Allen but he is currently probably the fastest man alive. He is an eight-time track and field Olympic gold medalist and a multiple world record-holder.
Bolt and Pikachu teamed up recently in two ads for Pokémon Sun and Moon which are the latest games in the Pokémon video game franchise. Bolt dressed up in the costume of the treacherous Team Skull. With a declaration of “Even in a Pokémon battle, I’m number one,”, Bolt calls upon Pikachu to use his famous Thunderbolt attack. The fastest man on Earth and the most electrifying Pokémon ever teamed up and few people can sure mess with that combo!
Interesting tidbits from the realm of anime
Are you looking for more news? We have you covered. Here are a few links to other news that were released during February. Just click on the anime’s name!
AMV of the Month
This month’s AMV features none other than Saitama from One-Punch Man! The song is ‘Indestructible’ by the band Disturbed.
Spread the word
Sometimes knowing the basics in any language can be a big help. Knowing the words like ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘where’, ‘why’, and ‘how’ can open many doors when in a country where you are not that familiar with the lingo. It will help to express your need to the citizen of that country better. By knowing the basics in Japanese, you’ll be able to express your questions, even without an extensive knowledge of the language.
Here is some basic word to learn:
Dare (dah-reh) – Who
Nani (nah-nee) – What
Itsu (ee-tsoo) – When
Doko (doh-koh) – Where
Dôshite (dohh-shee-tay) – Why
Dô (dohh) – How
Ikaga (ee-kah-gah) – (How) Polite form.
Ikura (ee-koo-rah) – How much? How many?
Dore (doh-reh) – Which one?
In Japanese, they end all question with the particle ‘ka’. Here is a few examples.
Ano hito wa dare desu ka. – Who is that person over there?
Kore wa nan desu ka. – What is this?
Are wa nan desu ka. – What is that over there?
Are wa Fujisan desu ka. – Is that Mount Fuji?
O-namae wa nan desu ka. – What is your name?
Otearai wa doko desu ka. – Where is the restroom?
Dochira kara kimashita ka. – Where are you from?
Tanjôbi wa itsu desu ka. – When is your birthday?
Itsu ikimasu ka. – When will you go [there]?
Nan-ji ni shimarimasu ka. – What time do you close?
Densha wa nan-ji nidemasu ka. – At what time does the train leave?
Chekkuauto wa nan-ji desu ka. – When is checkout time?
Kore wa ikura desu ka. – How much is this?
eki wa doko desu ka. – Where is the station?
Nan ji desu ka. – What time?
Traditional recipe of the month
Watching anime you have probably heard of Natto. It is a traditional food usually part of the traditional Japanese breakfast. Natto is made from for fermented soybeans. They soak the soybeans, which ten go through a process of steaming, then boiling, and afterwards, the bacteria Bacillus subtilis is added to the mixture. It is then fermented for a time period. It is usually served with soy sauce, karashi mustard and or Japanese bunching onion. It has a powerful smell, strong flavour and has a slimy texture, so it is an acquired taste but people that are into natto defend it with vigour.
This month’s traditional recipe is natto rice bowl with the soft-boiled egg. It is super easy to make and will only take 5 minutes. To make the recipe you will need a bowl of cooked rice, 1 package Natto, 1 Onsen Tamago (Soft-Boiled Egg), Kizaminori (finely shredded Nori sheet) and Ikura (salmon roe) or soy sauce to season.
You mix your natto with the seasoning, to help with the stickiness. The more you mix it the gooier it will become. Next, you pour the natto over the rice, then you make a little nest in it and place the soft-boiled egg on top. Then you sprinkle the Ikura and soy sauce to season it and lastly you finish it off with a sprinkle of Kizaminori to finish. You can also watch the video for more detail.
Upcoming Birthday of the month
Our Birthday for the month is none other than Leorio from the anime Hunter x Hunter. Leorio is a rookie hunter and medical student. He is also a member of the Zodiacs, code-named ‘Boar’. In the anime, we meet him at age 19, a tall, muscular young man with brown eyes, black hair and a spiked crew cut. He looks older than his age and despite being a teenager his young friends thought that he was ‘an old man’. He likes dressing in a dark blue business suit with black shoes and a pair of tea shade sunglasses.
Initially, he came across as a selfish and narcissistic person that is obsessed with wealth, later we learn that he needs that money in order to become a doctor to help the poor. He is driven by that goal because he lost a dear friend in his childhood because they could not afford the money to help the friend. He is a loyal, trustworthy, emphatic person and often acts as the big brother of his friendship circle.