Everything can change
It is a brand new year, which means new beginnings and new anime. Many make New Year’s resolutions but since we never really keep them maybe we should stick to the one resolution that is doable and that is to watch more anime ofcourse. A New Year brings change into all our lives as we take up the new after shedding the load of the past year off our backs. Even if everything can change, everything stays the same. It is the magic of a New Year. AnimeFanatika wishes you a super sugoi 2018 and may the New Year bring only positive changes into your lives.
100 years of Anime
The end of 2017 marks a milestone for animation as a part of the Japanese animated history. Animation has been part of Japan since 1917. The Association of Japanese Animations created a special 15-minute-long video to celebrate the milestone. In the video, 23 voice actors take us through 122 works from 1917 – 2017, sampling 122 works for Japanese animation.
Featuring in the video is the song entitled “Tsubasa wo Motsumono ~ Not an angel Just a Dreamer”, and it features vocal talents such as: i☆Ris, Azumi Inoue, Wake Up, Girls!, Maaya Uchida, Akira Kushida, GRANRODEO, Isao Sasaki, Hiro Shimono, JAM Project, Konomi Suzuki, Kenichi Suzumura, Ayana Taketatsu, Minori Chihara, TRUE, Toshiyuki Toyonaga, Shoko Nakagawa, Wataru Hatano, Mitsuko Horie, Minami, Ichiro Mizuki, Suzuko Mimori, May’n, and Chihiro Yonekura.
The video is a journey that let us time travel and see how anime started and evolved, how shadow puppet animation and stop-motion art from Japan ‘married’ with Western animation. From Astro Boy to Akira to Berserk to Black Clover, each anime became an instrument to father the anime community we have. The diversity of anime is astounding; you can find anything from vampires to serious murder mysteries, to romantic comedies, any genre imaginable through the magic of animation.
When you watch the video you may see anime you have forgotten about, or maybe your favourite anime will make an appearance. Here is the video, enjoy!
If you’re looking for some Vampire-themed anime to sink your teeth into in 2018 the we havegreat news for you. Due to premiere in April, Devil’s Line is an urban fantasy anime adapted from the manga by Ryo Hanada. The main staff as well as some of the voice actors have been confirmed for the upcoming series.
The main staff for Devils’ Line includes:
Chief director: Yoshinobu Tokumoto (Nagasarete Airantou)
Assistant director: Hideaki Nakano (Servamp)
Series composition, screenplays: Kenji Konuta (Servamp), Ayumu Hisao (Gekijōban Servamp: Alice in the Garden)
Character design: Senri Kawaguchi
Chief animation director: Senri Kawaguchi, Toshimitsu Kobayashi
Action animation director: Yasuhiro Saiki
Prop design: Tomokazu Sugimura
Art director: Masaki Mayuzumi
Color design: Aiko Yamagami
Director of photography: Shigeki Asakawa
Cast member confirmed are Nao Tōyama as Nanako Tenjou, Shouta Aoi as Kenichi Yoshii, Kazuyuki Okitsu as Yousuke Asami, Ryōta Ōsaka as Naoya Ushio, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Yūki Anzai, Yui Ishikawa as Tsukasa Taira, Ryohei Kimura as Hans Lee, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Takashi Sawazaki, Miyuki Sawashiro as Juliana Lloyd, Takahiro Sakurai as Kirio Kikuhara, Hiroshi Kamiya as Takeshi Makimura and Akira Ishida as Megumi Ishimaru. The original manga is serialized in Kodansha’s Morning Two seinen manga magazine. The manga’s English version is available from from Vertical Inc., whose synopsis of the manga is as follows:
Tsukasa, a college student, is rescued from an attack by a devil, one of many vampires that can blend in among the human population. Anzai, her savior, is a half-devil who exploits his supernatural gifts as a member of a shadowy police task force that specializes in devil-related crime in Tokyo. As Anzai continues to keep guard over Tsukasa, the two quickly forge a tentative bond—one that Anzai fears will test his iron-clad rule of never drinking human blood…
A promotional video for the anime adaptation of Masao Ohtake’s Hinamatsuri manga started streaming earlier this month, revealing its April premiere as well as the anime’s main cast. The main cast includes Takako Tanaka as Hina, a mysterious telekinetic girl that is living as a freeloader at Nitta’s house. Yoshiki Nakajima as Yoshifumi Nitta, a young member of the Ashikawa-gumi yakuza group, who lived as a bachelor until Hina came to live with him. Rie Murakawa as Anzu, another telekinetic girl, tasked by the organization to assassinate Hina. With Psychics and Yakuza the anime seems like a recipe for crazy and hilarious entertainment.
The series is directed by Kei Oikawa (Outbreak Company) writing and overseeing the scripts is Keiichirō Ōchi (La Corda d’Oro Blue Sky). Katsura Matsubara is the assistant director, and Kanetoshi Kamimoto (Burst Angel) is both the chief animation director and character designer.
Craving for flesh-eating anime ghouls? Well then we have great news. The Tokyo Ghoul anime franchise’s next anime series, Tokyo Ghoul:re is due to premiere in April. Tokyo Ghoul:re is the second manga series in the franchise following the very successful Tokyo Ghoul that concluded after 3 years on 143 chapters. With already two anime series, several OVA, a live-action film, two stage plays various mobile and PlayStation Vita games the anime franchise gained a fanatikal following.
The main cast of the upcoming anime includes Natsuki Hanae (Ken Kaneki from Tokyo Ghoul), Kaito Ishikawa (Tobio Kageyama in Haikyu!!), Yuuma Uchida (Hayate Immelmann in Macross Delta), Natsumi Fujiwara (Rei Kisaki in Aikatsu Stars!) and Ayane Sakura (Cocoa in Is This Order a Rabbit?). The anime’s main staff includes Toshinori Watanabe (Naruto Shippuden) in the director’s seat joined by Chuji Mikasano (Tokyo Ghoul) as Screenplay/Series Composition and on character design Atsuko Nakajima (Ranma 1/2).
Viz Media describe the first volume of the manga:
Haise Sasaki has been tasked with teaching Qs Squad how to be outstanding investigators, but his assignment is complicated by the troublesome personalities of his students and his own uncertain grasp of his Ghoul powers. Can he pull them together as a team, or will Qs Squad first assignment be their last?
Interesting tidbits from the realms of Anime
Kawaii Kulture – Seijin No Hi (Coming of Age Day)
On the second Monday in Januaryh the people of Japan celebrates their Coming of age day, known in Japan as Seijin No Hi. Seijin no Hi celebrates all those that reached the age of majority, 20 years, over the past year, to remind the 20-year-old youths that they have passed into adulthood. It has been celebrated since 714 AD, when a prince changed his hairstyle and donned new robes to mark his passage into adulthood. In 1948, however, it became a national holiday.
The lucky young adults are invited to their local city hall for a congratulatory ceremony. They also visit the local shrine. The young adult women dress in furisode (a type of kimono with long sleeves that is only worn by adult single women) for the occasion and men dress in male kimonos known as hakama, or wear western suits. After the ceremonies families have parties, and those that survive the parties begin their lives as adults. Here is a fun video about Seijin No Hi.
Traditional Recipe of the Month – Ramen
Ramen is a dish that can be enjoyed throughout the year but it is popular as a winter’s dish as it can warm you up on a cold day. It is a very important noodle dish in Japan. It is a dish of boiled noodles served in different flavoured soup with many toppings. This dish varies from place to place. Differences can be tasted in broth, soup flavours, toppings even noodle texture and much more. It is not an easy dish to make from scratch, especially because the taste of Ramen mainly depends on the soup, which requires a certain amount of skill, and chefs train a long time to be perfect with this.
Each ramen shop has it’s own way to make soup and there are various techniques to do it. Chicken bone, pork bone, dried sardines (niboshi), and/or kombu are used to make soup stock. More ingredients that are added to the dish include vegetables, such as ginger, negi onion, and garlic, or mushrooms.
There are mainly four kinds of Ramen
SHOYU – Soy sauce based (The most common). Specialty of Tokyo
MISO – Miso Ramen (not necessarily Vegetarian). Specialty of Sapporo
SHIO – Salt-flavored Ramen, made from a variety of dried seafood and seaweed. Specialty of Hakodate
TONKOTSUA – Pork Bone based creamy soup. Specialty of Kurume
The greatest Ramen lover in anime ofcourse is Uzumaki Naruto and as we all know the shinobi is passionate about his ramen. Can we forget the countless times Naruto sat with Sakura-chan or with a sensei at Ramen Ichiraku in the Hidden Leaf Village eating this cherished dish? Oh and don’t dare to forget the pork-cutlets, which, to Naruto, is an important part of the dish.
There are many kinds of Ramen to experience, and to prove to you just how popular it is, have a look at the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum. (Yes, you are reading right, a museum).
To see more about how this yummy dish is made, watch this video for an eay recipe.
Anime Birthday of the Month – Kuchiki Rukia
If you have watched the anime Bleach, you know that Rukia is the first Shinigami (Death God) we meet in the anime series. Rukia is the lieutenant of the 13th Division under Captain Jūshirō Ukitake. Rukia is the adoptive sister of Byakuya Kuchiki and a close friend of Ichigo Kurosaki.
Our adventures with Rukia in Karakura town. Rukia sensed a strong presence and is drawn to a house where she enters someone’s bedroom. Inside the bedroom a boy kicks at her, thinking she is a burglar, and she is very surprised because normal humans are not supposed to be able to see her. That is how she and Ichigo Kurosaki became friends.
This meeting between them is the start of many adventures that leads to various planes of existence like Seireitei (Soul Society) and Hueco Mundo (Hollow World). Many friendships are formed between her and Ichigo’s friends and we have fun watching her explore the human world. There is much to love about this adorable character: Her cute fascination with coffee milk and her sleeping in Ichigo’s closet are some of the fondest memories about her character in the Human World. Another hilarious trait that we loved is that she every time she explains something in deep detail she draws it out with cute rabbits representing people, and the other characters’ reactions to her drawings.
Rukia is officially the first Bleach character Tite Kubo created after he was inspired to make a manga about Shinigami fighting in kimonos. According to Tite Kubo, her theme song is Wing Stock by Ashley MacIsaac. Rukia has constantly been the most popular character in Bleach and her Zanpakutō was even cited as the second most popular Zanpakutō in recent polls!
Music Video of the Month
If you lived or traveled in Japan or studied the language chances are that you are versed in the Japanese language. You may even be unaware of how much Japanese you actually know from the subbed anime you watch every day. A Malaysian-Chinese hip-hop artist named Namewee and Cool Japan TV made a music video to celebrate loan words from Japan. The song in the video showcases a number of Japanese-spoken English words, mixed with local imagery and Japanese actress Meu Ninomiya plays Namewee’s high school student guide. Be warned the song is very catchy.
January Anime Challenge – Highschool of the Dead
This month we have a special treat for Supernatural Action Horror fanatiks. If you liked Television shows such as The Walking Dead, games such as Resident Evil or movies such as Night of The Living Dead, then get ready to bite into this month’s anime challenge: Highschool of the Dead (shortened to HOTD by adoring fanatiks). The anime is based on the manga written by Daisuke Satō and illustrated by Shōji Satō.
In the anime, we enter a world where an outbreak just started. Imagine going to school, and everything is normal until you see a strange figure crawling to the school gate and taking a … bloody gruesome nibble out of a school staff member. Imagine a chaos breaking out as infected people turn into living corpses whose would just love to have you for breakfast, supper and lunch. Imagine the trauma as your friends, family, and random nice people become snacks for the dead and in turn become hungry undead creatures. Now add anime elements such as fan service, a trigger-happy gun nerd, a very clueless nurse, a sword-yielding beauty and an assortment of other types anime heroes and anti-heroes and you have a recipe for entertainment that will glue you to your seat. The series’ opening song is “Highschool of the Dead” by Kisida Kyoudan & The Akebosi Rockets. The series’ closing theme songs differ in each episode, and each is sung by Maon Kurosaki.
Be sure to look on our FB page as the challenge is updated every week.
On January 27th, 2018, there is an Anime Day event at Cool Runnings, Centurion. The anime day will showcase the seasonal openers of the New Winter Anime series. Entrance will be free and why not bring a friend to enjoy the anime viewing?! Be sure to visit the meetup group or our FB Event Page for more detail.
As you may remember, AnimeFanatika in collaboration with Kurogane from Anime Awards SA, is hosting the South Africa Anime Awards of 2017. We thank all our readers that placed their votes and we will release the winning anime series of 2017 on our website soon. Keep watching this space!