End of October Update 11/7/16

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As everyone’s spook day festivities come to an end, so does the summer weather over here. Fall has finally set in, and times are busy, but that doesn’t stop me from making my rounds in the aniblogger community. Now for this past month’s recap–It’s update time!

Recently Finished:

The Ambition of Oda Nobuna – There was only one main reason I began watching this show. That is, the word “ambition.” It’s one of my favorite words. After being thoroughly intrigued by all of the Satsuki Kiryuin/Oda Nobunaga fan-interpretations, I decided to strike up a show with the legend’s name. And lo and behold, I hit a title with two of my needs! Despite it being another fan-service history mash-up with girls serving as ancient Japanese mascots, the show, surprisingly, had a lot to offer. More to come on that if I review it.

Sailor Moon R – My Sailor Moon marathon session continues in Viz’s re-release DVD sets. On October’s plate was R, the season of the rose–of romance. The web of deceit and falsehood continues to weave itself into complex net of twisted relationships. Invaders from distant planets and galaxies try to tear apart our star-crossed lovers, and the tragic legacy left by the evil Queen Beryl doesn’t help our heroes. It’s a bit harder to love, with all the new characters and revelations, but it’s still the same passionate Sailor Moon. Perhaps I’ll review each series if the soon-to-be-released S really gets my motivation going!

Shelter – Everyone saw (heard?) this little diddy floating around Twitter and YouTube. Because my opinion of it wasn’t very different from that of the masses (IT’S AWESOME), I won’t be doing a separate post over it. If you somehow missed this creative music video, I’ll leave it right here for yaShelter’s got a production history unlike any out there, and I hope we see projects like these more frequently in our future! Really neat stuff!

Shiki – This year, my Halloween break revolved around the spooky vampire fling that is Shiki. It failed to really “scare” me, but instead brought a whole slew of psychological realism surrounding skepticism in remote areas. Very peculiar and rife with internal conflicts regarding ethics and rational. I won’t speak more because I DO have a review forthcoming, but it was a spook day well spent.

The Empire of Corpses – The first Project Itou film stole the last day of my mini Halloween break–and boy was it nothing like I expected! From what I had picked up on, it was going to be a gorgeous film with a halfway decent plot. What I got, however, was an intriguing concept lost to cluster-fudge of jaw-dropping visuals. In other words, my eyes certainly got their exercise, but my brain still can’t seem to shake off the events of the film, particularly the climax. Up until the end, it was bloody fantastic. After that, hmm, more to come on the ending with a review [dedicated to blogger-buddy Crimson once again].

Currently Watching:

Izetta: The Last Witch – Oh boy, oh boy, it’s simulcast time–and is it just me or does this season seem like one of the better ones to come in recent years? Let me know what you think. But hey, my first hit-up for this fall was Izetta. I really, really like where it’s going. The most recent episodes, 4 and 5, showed us how the media can glorify anything–including a little girl who flies on a rifle.

Awakened from a cryo-like sleep, Izetta, the last little witch of her kind, is reunited with the princess of a distressed kingdom. Finé , our unfortunate heir, finds her trump card hidden with Izetta’s incredible powers. Set in an alternative pre-WWII world where magic runs deep within the Earth’s roots, Princess Finé must ally herself with whoever she can in order to save her poor country! Check it out on Crunchyroll streaming now!

Sound! Euphonium 2 – More Euphonium = a very happy Takuto. Having been more than satisfied with the first, Eupho has returned triumphantly in order to finish telling the tale of Kyoto’s Kitauji High School Band! I can’t spoil much since it is a sequel, but I did review the first a while back if you want to check that out here. If you loved the first, then the second will only bring you more of KyoAni’s topnotch animation and tightly-knit cast of characters. Five episodes in and still groovin’, Eupho 2 can also be found on Crunchyroll.

Yuri!!! On ICE – I have not felt this inspired to get active since back in 2013 when Free! Iwatobi Swim Club aired. WOW. THIS is easily my favorite title of the fall anime that I am following!!! Heck, I felt so emotionally charged that I had to write about the dramatic episode 3 in a post comparing our two lead characters which you can read RIGHT HERE! I thought I did a decent job on that post, too, so please feel free to share it with the YOI fandom ^.^

But if you didn’t know, the show follows Yuri Katsuki, a 23-year-old figure skater who was feeling a bit dried up with his season until his idol and world champion skater Viktor Nikiforov of Russia paid a visit to the family spa. But why would a star visit a rural Japanese hot springs? Why, to train Yuri himself, of course! Yuri!!! On ICE is about seeing your own reflection in others and finding the inspiration to help them out. In turn, you end up finding fresh motivation from their youth. Full of light-hearted moments that’ll just warm you to the core, Yuri!!! On ICE has proven that even with half of its season still not out yet, it’s definitely earned those three exclamation points–It’s Gonna MAKE HISTORY!!! NOW, seek out Crunchyroll my cafegoers!

Ranma 1/2 (Viz Set 3) – Viz describes this oddity better than anyone else has: “Things just can’t stay quiet at the Tendo Dojo.” I’m not going to describe Ranma  because I really shouldn’t have to. Boy gets hit with cold water: turns into girl. Doused again with hot water: she’s back to a he. Classic anime for ya. But it’s been one of my family’s favorites for years now, so set three here I come! I can tell you that its late 1989 quality has come a long way with its third season–that’s for sure!

Lostorage Incited WIXOSS – I’m a huge WIXOSS fanboy. Hopefully that wasn’t news to you. Naturally, I was so hyped to hear that one of my favorite “magical girl” series was getting a continuation in the same universe. Then it hit me–I haven’t seen the movie, selector destructed WIXOSS yet. Soooo, either I hunt for it online [and then, of course, support the official release later, geez] in order for me to continue, or I skip out this season. Not sure what I’ll do yet.

Outside of anime, fall has finally hit, WUAH! How I love the cool weather! Today it rained off and on from morning to evening, so I’m probably pushing my luck on future cloudy days *sighs*. Anyway, how was your spook day? Also, I’m dying to know what’s piled on your plate for this season of anime? Are you planning with Izetta and the crew, or perhaps are you practicing hard for Nationals with Kitauji? Either way, you’ll never be chill until you settle down with the Yuris. Yes. Both of them. They are sides of the same coin. I’ve even changed my Twitter name just for the spirit of things. I’m also suddenly interested in ice-skating. EHERM. ‘Till next we meet ~

– Takuto, your host

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Follow my Twitter @TakutoAnimeCafe AKA Taku!!! On ICE for all my latest shenanigans~!

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16 thoughts on “End of October Update 11/7/16

  1. I have heard a lot about Yuri!!! On ICE, so I definitely plan on watching that. Your description of Izetta: The Last Witch was alluring, so that is also on my anime to watch list, thanks for the recommendations.

    Also, I had an exceptional Halloween, and honestly I relish your new twitter handle.

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    • The Yuri!!! On ICE viewers seem to be divided between “Gosh this show sucks” and “I CAN’T WAIT FOR NEXT WEEK,” myself meandering into that second crowd. I’m havin’ a ball, so I hope you will, too.

      And did I just convince someone to add a show to their list??? GOALS ACHIEVED! I hope neither show disappoints both of us as the season goes on. Glad to hear your Spook Day was grand as well and hey, I also take self-pleasure in seeing that name across my account.Thanks for stopping by!

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      • So I just got done watching the first four episodes of Yuri on ice and I’m entranced with it from the opening music to the characters I relish it all. And would like to again thank you for the recommendation it’s becoming one of my favorite anime of the year, and like you, I have also gotten quite interested in figure skating

        also, I have begun watching Izetta: The Last Witch, its as interesting as you described.

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      • HOORAY!! I’m so thrilled to hear this! Everything about YOI has completely captured my heart. I keep finding myself scrounging Twitter for fan art and Yuzuru Hanyu news. My, how a few simple episodes can change a person’s life–for the better.
        Izetta has also managed to keep my curiosity piqued. I feel like this is one of the better seasons of anime to come in recent times, but perhaps that’s just my reclusive mind talkin’. Thanks for updating me on your status! I hope these titles don’t disappoint us both!

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  2. As a huge fan of Sailor Moon, I need to say R is my least favorite season. The way they treat Usagi in that season makes me so angry. Luckily if you move on S is absolutely amazing, SuperS is the best season in terms of comedy but also brings a good story and I am personally a sucker for Stars but I just happened to really like the Starlights. Every time I see an update on you watching Sailor Moon I want to rewatch the entire series since its been 8 maybe 9 years since I’ve seen it?

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    • That seems to be the community consensus–either R is 5/5 or the worst apple in the batch. It is not my favorite either, that mainly stemming from my distaste for Chibi Usa. S will probably always be my favorite because of the crazy nostalgia endorphins released at every scene with Uranus and Neptune. Uranus and Jupiter always stole the show for me. You seemed well-versed in your Sailor Moon, so I’ll take your advice on SuperS (somewhat not looking forward to) and Stars (which I’m totally ecstatic about). Spend an evening or two revisiting your favorite moments if you have the time! That’s what I do when I feel it’s been too long since I last connected with a title. Have fun, and thanks for following my Moon Gurl journey. 🙂

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      • I knowwww!!!!!!!!!!!!! Kudos to them. I agree that I hope that more anime shorts start emerging after this one. They’re very short but very artistic and emotional. You can see and feel that they put a lot of thought into creating it. I love it!! Made me cry.

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