Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring Anime 2018 Preview: Retro's Back!

Hello everyone! This is my preview for the upcoming Spring anime 2018 which begin this April! (Some of the series synopsis are taken from other sources)

Shokugeki no Souma S3-Toutsuki Ressha-hen: After a three month break, the 2nd part of this season continue as Souma and his friends begin their training to win back their school from the Elite Ten and Erina's father Azami.

Boku no Hero Academia S3: Season 3 of the Super Hero anime see Deku and his friends battle the League of Villains and the reveal of All Might's most dangerous villain-One for All.

Tokyo Ghoul:Re: The continuation of the Horror action series.

High School DxD Hero: Season 4 of the Harem/Action comedy as Issei strive to become the Harem King and beating other rival demons and angels at the same time.

Steins;Gate 0: A reset of the time travelling anime series.

Sword Art Online Alternative- Gun Gale Online: A spin off of the SAO season 2 as it focus on a female player named Karen who has insecurities about her height created a shorter avatar of herself and battle in GGO game...

Persona 5 the Animation: One of the best PS4 RPG games of 2017 is now animated. Set a few years after Persona 4 and in the city of Shibuya, it focus on a group of teens who gained the power of Persona and formed a gang of thieves to steal the "Sins" of the city.

Jikken-hin Kazoku-Creatures Family Days: A mad scientist turned his whole family into genetic creatures and was arrested. Now this odd family has to figure out a way to revert while trying to adopt their new abilities...

Devil's Line: Tsukasa was rescued from an attack by a devil that can blend in among the human population. Her savior, Anzai 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.

Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai: Mitsuyoshi Tada, a boy who has never known love, is taking pictures of the cherry blossoms in full bloom when he meets Teresa Wagner, a transfer student from Luxembourg...

Caligula: A group of people are trapped in a virtual idol's world and has to find a way to get out...

3D Kanojo-Real Girl: High school senior Hikari Tsutsui is the quintessential "2D otaku" obsessed with the two-dimensional worlds that unfold in his gadgets and books. A bizarre incident leads him into a romantic relationship with the gorgeous Iroha Igarashi and his days of being wrapped around the finger of his carefree girlfriend begin...

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory: After years of waiting, the final chapter in the FMP saga begins!

Golden Kamuy: Sugimoto survived the Russo-Japanese war of the Meiji era and seek out to find gold to sav the widowed wife of his deceased comrade from the war. Partnering with an Ainu girl that saves his life from the harsh climates of the north, they venture into a survival adventure in a race against the criminals that seek the hidden stash....

Hinamatsuri: One night, a strange object falls on the head of Yakuza member Nitta. Inside the box is a strange young girl named Hina who has tremendous supernatural powers and Nitta finds himself reluctantly taking her in...

Mahou Shoujo Site: Asagiri Aya, a girl bullied at school and at home. One day, an eerie website, Mahou Shoujo Site flashes on her computer screen and welcomes her to the Mahou Shoujo World. (Warning: Dark Mahou Shoujo Series!)

Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru-Dances with the Dragons: The story focuses on the two main characters, Gaius Sorel and Gigina Ashley-Bufh, two employees of Spell Formalist dispatch office Ashley-Bufh & Sorel Co. They are met with a variety of requests from a variety of clients, all requiring the adept use of spell formula...

Juushinki Pandora: A Major Disaster turned the world into a wasteland and Leon who is a scientist created a mecha called Pandora to combat a new horror that has invaded the land...

Alice or Alice: This story gives a look at the daily life of a pair or Alice twins and their older brother who has a sister complex.

Megalo Box: JD (Junk Dog) participates in fixed boxing matches in an underground ring in order to live. Today, he enters the ring again but he encounters a certain person that change his life forever...

Captain Tsubasa (2018): The Third reboot of the hit soccer anime of the 80s that re-tell the story of Ozora Tsubasa  who is destined to become of the greatest soccer player in the world...

Amanchu! Advance: Season 2 of the slice of life series about diving.

Ginga Eiyuu Densetsu: Die Neue These - Kaikou: Another reboot of one of the most famous science fiction stories of all time that pit two factions-The Galactic Empire and the Free Planets Alliance and how two men from both sides are heroes in their own right...

Mahou Shoujo Ore: Saki was a big fan of her friend's brother Mikage who is a idol singer. When Mikage was attacked by monsters, Saki will do anything to protect him and become a Mahou Shoujo but the truth is Saki transformed into a muscular man wearing mahou shoujo clothing...

Gegege no Kitarou: Another reboot of the hit shouen horror series about Kitarou who is a child of a human and demon as he struggle his humanity to protect the people he love...

Uma Musume-Pretty Derby: Based on the upcoming app game which is about young girls who are trained to become Uma Musume aka Horses Ladies and compete in horse races...

LadySpo: A science-fiction comedy where various pro sports bounty hunters fight each other in sporting events.

Last Period: Owarinaki Rasen no Monogatari: The story takes place in a world where fantastic beasts called "Spirals" are born from isolation. Those who can defeat the beasts are called "Periods."

Cutie Honey Universe: Before Pretty Cure, before Sailor Moon, there was Cutie Honey! The Original Mahou Shoujo Fighter who used her strength and beauty to save the day from evil forces! (While trying to keep her clothes intact at the same time!)

Layton Mystery Tanteisha: Katri no Nazotoki File: A spin off the Professor Layton series which focus on Layton's niece, Katrielle as she too solve puzzles and mysteries in every episode.

Gundam Build Divers: A spin off based on the Gundam Build Fighters series that focus on Kyoya Kujo and his Gundam Age II Magnum gunpla model.

Souten no Ken-Regenesis: A reboot and Prequel to Fist of the North Star that focus on Kasumi Kenshiro who is the 62th master of the Hokuto Shinken as he goes on a one man revenge quest in Shanghai after his friend and girlfriend were murdered...

Hisone to Masotan: Amakasu Hisone is a rookie soldier in the JSDF. When she encountered a real life dragon in the base, the dragon choose her to become a Dragon Rider!

Waka Okami wa Shougakusei: Okko, a sixth-grade elementary school girl who lost her parents in a traffic accident moves to her grandmother's hot spring inn and gradually grows up with the help of the ghost "Uri-bou" and other mysterious friends.

Lupin the Third: Part 5: What can I say but Lupin the Third!

We have five classic shows getting a reboot for this season. Captain Tsubasa is one of my favourite series when growing up and in the latest manga series titled Rising Sun, Tsubasa and his team are playing in the Olympics. But the problem with this new series is old fans already know how the story goes since it goes back to the beginning of Tsubasa's love with soccer and his encounters with various players. (All the fancy moves only started appearing when Tsubasa was in high school and the story really kicked in when they started playing against foreign teams)

Since I did finished Persona 5 on my PS4, the hype has kinda of died down since I know how the story goes and compared to P4's story, P5 is considered to be pretty dark since it dealt with a lot of mature themes.

Gundam Build Divers might be interesting since this series has always played the fanservice very well and after IBO's ending, Gundam fans really need something light hearted to get over the drama. Of course, Shougeki no Soma, My Hero Academia, High School DxD are also shows I am looking forward to.

So what shows are you looking forward to this season? Until then, see you in the next post!

Monday, March 19, 2018

Huggto Precure Ep 7 Top 5 Moments: Saya's Doubts

Horray! Horray! This is my review of Huggto Precure Ep 7 and how does Saya react after her childhood past was revealed?

No 5: Enter Ichijo Ranze!

As the girls were walking to school, they met a self-proclaimed rival of Saya named Ichijo Ranze who also performed in the same commercial with Saya years ago. (Ranze was in a Spring Onion costume) Ranze accused Saya of using her actress mother, Yakushiji Reira's status to get the lead role but Saya denied it.

Ranze challenged Saya to an upcoming audition for a stage play next week and laughed her way out. (Which Homare commented that Ranze's Hohoho laughter does exist in real life)

Reira's new show is called Darling of the Dead...doesn't look like a horror movie to me based on the poster...

Saya felt uneasy as her mother is like the talk of the town and she is reluctant to enter the audition.

No 4: Get into character, Saya!

Saya tried to get into character in a nearby lake as Hana and Homare were watching her nearby. They were impressed by Saya's performance akin to a real angel. However Saya couldn't get into character again after her friends were looking at her.

This is a lovely shot of the girls!

Saya admitted to have stage fright and the pressure of being Reira's daughter as everyone around Saya compared her with her mother. Hana and Homare cheered her up and encouraged to go for the audition to see if acting is really her stint.

No 3: Audition begins!

Hana and Homare gave Saya a wristband that Hug-Tan make with the heart making device. (Aka buy our toy!) However Ranze tried to taunt Saya by telling everyone that she is Reira's daughter. Hana and Homare used the Mirai Pad to disguise as air stewardess and pulled a funny skit to lighten Saya's mood.

Saya then performed her lines with confidence. Subsequently after the battle with Lulu, Ranza got the role of the villain while Saya didn't got the lead role at all...

No 2: Lulu vs the Precures!

After Papple pushed the job of getting rid of the Precure to Lulu, she travelled into the city and used Ranza's negative energy to create an Oshimaida. (Got to love Lulu's summoning!) The girls went to battle but Lulu has analyzed the girls' fighting abilities (Like Cure Yell is predictable, Cure Ange has no offensives powers and Cure Etolie can get distracted easily) and knocked them down to the ground.

No 1: Cure Ange's New Mirai Crystal!

When Lulu thought she has defeated the girls, Cure Ange was holding herself up and remember how her friends has given her strength to join the audition. A bright light appeared on her and a new Mirai Crystal was given to Cure Ange.

Cure Ange used Heart Feather but in a more offensives move to stun the Oshimaida before Cure Yell finished it off. After learning she didn't get the role, Saya was not disappointed as it gave her time to figure out if acting is really the path to choose. (Until the next character development for her)

Suddenly a handsome man appeared and hug Homare all of a sudden claiming he missed her...

This episode has some interesting moments with the introduction of Ichijo Ranza who might be related to Ichijo Ranko of Go Princess Precure. Seeing they have similar characters and motivation to defeat their self-proclaimed rival is always fun to watch as the show need some human antagonists to rival the girls' goody two shoes behaviour.

Ichijo Ranko is voiced by Suzaki Aya who Idolmaster Cinderalla Girls fans will know her as the gentle colleage girl, Nitta Minami and Tamako of Tamako Market. Saya's Mother Reira is voiced by Okamoto Maya who is well known as Orihime of Sakura Wars and Emma Sheen of Zeta Gundam.

Lulu's debut battle was pretty interesting as she has a really cool summoning using technology as her motif. Furthermore, Lulu does not understand the concept of love when Papple told her she is going to meet her boyfriend which might suggest that Lulu is either a machine or she lacked the emotions due to her unique abilities.

Lulu has also proven of knocking down the girls to the ground which Charalit and Papple has failed to do. But she too was shocked that Cure Ange was able to take her blows and created a new move to weaken the Oshimaida. I hope we get to see Lulu again as I got a feeling the more she fight, the more her emotions can be awaken and maybe..a new cure (Cough!)

For Saya, I felt she is still discovering on what path she should take and not to be swayed by others to blindly follow her mother's career. Saya also took her acting pretty seriously since she went to the lake to get into character and the other two girls praised her acting.

Not getting the lead role was a bit surprising but expected since Saya is not keen into acting just yet. But I am pretty sure it will come back again in future episodes like how Minami/Cure Mermaid took almost 3/4 of the season to become an ocean veterinarian. The new Mirai Crystal that Saya got in her battle is an indication that the girls will get their first power up soon which is probably before the first quarter.

But we had a new problem when this handsome guy appeared and hugged Homare to everyone shock. We do find out this guy is a skater like Homare and want to take her back to Moscow for her skating career. Will Homare accept it or just ignore this guy's persistent?

Until then, see you in the next post!

P.S: Yes, I am aware that Huggto Precure will meet Cure Black and Cure White in the big screen on October! So it is basically the first Precure team meeting the latest team just like Heisei Riders vs Showa Riders without all the unnecessary fighting and annoying movie kid!