Want to know what’s interesting in the world of anime? Here some anime news highlights from the past week.
Don’t get me wrong, Daisuki has potential. Specifically, I appreciate their iOS player, and the ability to scrub the video forward and stop where I want easily. However, their web player quality is pretty lackluster. I want to see beautiful, HD God Eater. And yes, I know it’s on Hulu, but if I can watch it without ads, I will. Crunchyroll hasn’t specified a release date yet.
As an aside, God Eater has skipped a second week of broadcast time. I hope it doesn’t end up like Blood Blockade Battlefront, with the last episode never airing. Talk about embarrassing. I keep imagining a Shirobako “Jiggly Jiggly Heaven” situation.
It always surprises me to see poll results for anticipated Summer 2015 shows from Japan differing so much from what American fans seem to be talking about. It isn’t the fact that School-Live! is at the top so much as the fact that Gangsta is so near the bottom of the list. Also, it’s a travesty that Castle Town Dandelion is not at the very bottom, because that show is bad and it should feel bad. Oh well. At least Pillow Boys didn’t make it.
- Prison School
- Durarara!!×2 Ten
- Snow White with the Red Hair
- Non Non Biyori Repeat
- The IDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls
- Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace
- Himōto! Umaru-chan
- SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist
- Aoharu x Machinegun
- Junjō Romantica 3
- Castle Town Dandelion
- To Love Ru: Darkness
- Ushio & Tora
- Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers
How do you think the polls will come out for English-speaking fans? Take the poll on Anime News Network and help them get an accurate count! In case you’re curious, I voted for SHIMONETA.
I’m excited for this P.A. Works adaptation of HaruChika for a few reasons, not just because I generally enjoy what P.A. Works puts out (such as Angel Beats!, Charlotte and Shirobako). Being a former wind ensemble member myself, I find myself drawn to musically based anime series (including Sound! Euphonium, Your Lie in April, and Nodame Cantabile). Although it’s about a club in danger of dissolving, which definitely makes my “spider sense” tingle, the fact that this series is also a mystery show is intriguing. If they can manage to make it more about mystery and music and less about finding club members, I’m sold.
Although I don’t know much about Red Ash Magicicadia, what I do know is this: anime being successfully crowd-funded is awesome. I love that directors who feel too restricted by conservative anime production companies have this option to get potentially amazing works out to fans who genuinely want to view it. Red Ash Magicicadia follows in the footsteps of Under the Dog and Little Witch Academia 2.