Spoiler Warning: This post contains spoilers!
A Silent Voice (Koe no Katachi) is a unique piece of story which leaves me with lingering mixed feelings to this day. I first came across this series when the one-shot was shared on a certain imageboard and I remember it left me in a puzzled state after finishing the last page – conflicted whether to feel disgusted or depressed whilst holding contempt over the complexities and vulnerabilities of the human heart. The drawing style of A Silent Voice’s author Yoshitoki Ouima is overtly sketchy and sometimes hindered the story due to the weird faces – but perfectly captures the intent raw emotion and feelings. What I appreciate about A Silent Voice‘s existence is how anime and manga can seriously be taken as a tool for the greater good addressing such sensitive issues, as A Silent Voice encompasses a coming-of-age tale of redemption, friendship and love while dealing with the heavy reality of family strife, suicide and most notable of all; bullying.
Spoiler Warning: Because I have no mouth and I must scream about Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale this post has no choice but to contains spoilers because I have no mouth and I must scream about Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale.
The UK has received an unprecedented steady stream of the hottest theatrical anime premieres in the past six months with more down the pipeline thanks to the amazing efforts of Anime Limited and soon Animatsu. From Your Name to A Silent Voice, the next movie in this streak is… uh, Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale; a movie follow-up continuing the SAO flame with a new original story written by the original author Reki Kawahara. I had the opportunity to go see the movie on the UK premiere date last month with a couple of friends at Picturehouse Central in London while ignoring the fact that I could’ve simply watched it from the cinema 10 minutes away from my house. For what it’s worth, Ordinal Scale is an intriguing film bringing new concepts to the table but remains a victim of the awry story and structure infamous to the franchise.
A few weeks ago was the 25th April 2017, marking the 8th anniversary since the birth of this blog delivering the highest quality anime blogging content the internet has ever seen™. Instead of the usual formalities that follow with these sort of posts I’d like to instead dedicate this space to a manga series I have the fondest personal attachment to of all time earning a special little partitioned space in my heart, and that is Hayate the Combat Butler. You’re probably wondering why it took an entire month to publish this post, and that is because (excluding real life duties and the scanlations coming late) I wanted to spend the extra time to self reflect as the conclusion to this rather obscure yet long-running manga is a pretty big deal to me. Get ready for a soppy and nostalgic trip.
Hungover from all the high quality anime we injected into our bloodstreams previously in Akihabara, we spent the third day (10th August 2016) in the normie and cool ward of Shibuya – known for its high fashion scene. It was also the day where I met up with my buddy Otamega who I’ve known on the interwebs for a long time and was cool enough to give us a mini tour around Shibuya!
Chapter 563 had recently dropped kicking off the aforementioned final 6-chapter countdown and bloody hell did it kick off in style in the most delightful chapter in recent memory. Hinagiku finally gets the Top 10 Anime Fights treatment she deserves and a nostalgic throwback to Evangelion’s opening theme song “A Cruel Angel’s Thesis”; a meta-throwback at that as Hina had once performed the song in the 9th volume and in the 2nd season anime; consequently spawning a torrent of Hina/Shizuka Itou singles and albums.
Warning: Spoilers and meta spoilers ahead but then again who else is reading this manga? ;_;
I was going to do a tweet-thread about this but then it got really long so I decided to repurpose this into a blog post. The main reason why I’m writing this is because of how the style of the documentary and some of the uninformed backlash from social media just rubbed me the wrong way.
Oh boy when was the last time I made a Hayate no Gotoku! post?
Spoiler Warning: Hayate no Gotoku! spoilers ahead but who the hell is still reading this amirite? ;_;
Day 2 – our first full day in Japan!
What other way to celebrate this momentous occasion on our first full 24 hours than to visit the Disneyland of Anime; Akihabara! (‘Akiba’ will be used from here on because typing out the long name is a pain).
Akiba was exactly what I had imagined it after seeing it depicted in countless anime and manga for 10+ years as well as seeing snippets of real Akiba from live footage from news and travel videos. Akiba was one of the most fascinating places to visit out of my time in Japan.
It was towards the end of the Summer of 2016. I began drafting this post on the flight back home from Narita until I felt queasy after the plane reached its highest altitude, stopped and passed out in my cramped economy seat with my backpack full of fresh second hand manga volumes of Nisekoi and Hayate no Gotoku! Japanese snacks eating up my leg space. It wasn’t only because of the air sickness which put me off from writing, but it was also because I just couldn’t find the right words to summarise and describe my incredible experience – oh wait, I think I just did it…
On the 7th of August, 2016, I took the plunge to do the thing every anime and manga and Japanese culture fan would always ever dream of; traveling to Japan.
I had planned to post this on New Years Eve but because of ~things~ I had to delay it until now, happy belated 2017! Please treat this post as if it was the final day of 2016.
Another year another retrospective post to sum up things highlighting said year like clockwork just to make it feel like it was yet another productive year and not just a reason to update my blog after a long period of inactivity or anything. But who’d have thought I’d have cranked out two blog posts after so long?
To be frank I’m sick of 2016, 2016 has been an awful year and I don’t even need to explain why as everyone seems to have an idea.
That’s right, the Crunchyroll Anime Awards 2016 was fucking rigged by the alt-fujos. This year all of the usual best of, retrospective and look back on the year – most if not all have been regurgitating the same depressing and tragic news happening all over the world.
This post however isn’t going to be like that at all. Nuh-uh. This post is going to happy. 100% happy.
You might say, 100% Anne Happy. Remembering bad events that happened this year from the endless string of celebrity deaths to the death of Harambe to the death of the 30 young men and women slaughtered in Mayoiga and to the death of Harambe will always be clear as day because negative thoughts always stick to the mind. In this post we are going to look back on the under-reported moments of fun as I count down my personal Top 16 Best Moments in 2016 within the anime and manga and weeaboo realm. Why 16? Because screw doing Top 10s; taking the lower incremental numerical value of the year of the orbital movement of the Earth around the Sun sounds a lot cooler than the number ten.