Anime Q1 & Q2 2014


Spring 2014

Winter 2013 – Spring 2014 Anime

New anime

Akuma no Riddle

Akuma no RiddleRiddle Story of Devil (悪魔のリドル Akuma no Riddle) is a Yuri (love between women) and action manga series written by Yun Kōga and illustrated by Sunao Minakata. It started serialization in 2012 issue of Newtype. An anime adaptation directed by Keizō Kusakawa will be produced by Diomedea on April 4, 2014 with 13 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Soushou Innocence (創傷イノセンス)” by Maaya Uchida
2. “Paradox (パラドクス)” by Ayaka Suwa as Tokaku Azuma (ep 1)
3. “Kinou, Kyou, Ashita (昨日、今日、明日)” by Hisako Kanemoto as Haru Ichinose (ep 2)
4. “Concentration” by Manami Numakura as Otoya Takechi (ep 3)
5. “Across The Fate” by Haruka Yoshimura as Kouko Kaminaga (ep 4)

The story is set at Myoujou Academy, a private girls’ boarding school. The 10th year’s Kurogumi class has 12 assassins, disguised as students, with their sights on one target: Haru Ichinose. Tokaku Azuma is a recent transfer student (and assassin) who is also targeting Ichinose, but she gradually develops feelings for Ichinose. Instead of fulfilling her duty, she decides to protect Ichinose instead.

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Anime 2013 Q1 & Q2

New anime

Aku no Hana

Aku_no_hana_volume_1_coverThe Flowers of Evil (惡の華 Aku no Hana) is a manga series written and illustrated by Shūzō Oshimi. It was serialized since September 9, 2009, in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine. An anime adaptation of the series is being developed by Zexcs and aired on April 5, 2013 with a scheduled 13 episodes.

Ending Theme:

“~花~ A Last Flower” by Asa-Chang

Bookworm Kasuga Takao’s favorite book is Charles Baudelaire’s Les fleurs du mal (of which the series is named after). The story begins with Takao receiving an F on his math test. His day quickly turns from bad to worse when in a moment of weakness, he steals the gym clothes of his crush and classmate Saeki Nanako. Unfortunately for him, Nakamura Sawa, a sadistic girl with a chip on her shoulder, catches him red-handed and proceeds to blackmail him into a “contract.” Should he try to win over the girl of his dreams while confessing his misdeed or continue acting as a BFF to a sadist?

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Anime 2012 Q1 & Q2

New anime

Another

AnotherAnother (アナザー Anazā) is a mystery horror novel written by Yukito Ayatsuji, published in October 29, 2009. A manga adaptation by Hiro Kiyohara was serialized from May 2010 to January 2012. The anime series came soon after airing January 10 to March 27, 2012 with a total of 12 episodes. The live-action film will be released August 4, 2012.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Kyōmu Densen” (凶夢伝染 Nightmare Contagion) by Ali Project
2. “Anamnesis” by Annabel

Sakakibara Koiichi is a middle schooler transferring back to his mother’s old school. Things are not what it seems in the odd Class 3-3. The unfortunately named Misaki Mei, Sakakibara’s classmate, is ignored by everyone and treated as if she doesn’t exist! Soon enough, his classmates began to drop like flies, facing gruesome, senseless deaths.

In 1972, a student named Misaki died partway during the school year of Class 3-3. Devastated by the loss, the students and teachers of the class agree to carry on as if Misaki was still alive. Eerily, she was even present in the graduation photo. The tradition repeats itself every year since: whereby a dead appears as one of the students of Class 3-3 (but no one know that person is dead), but a living person is treated as non-existent (to account for the “extra”). If this is not done, students and teachers of that class dies off one by one.

What a chilling yet riveting who-done-it mystery series! It was quite eerie throughout the series. Realizing who was “dead” at the end was such a kicker! The opening theme song is just a tad wacky and out of sync enough to match this series.
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