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Our Favourite Shows Of Spring 2016

Tuesday 26th April 2016

Jordan and Fray have been checking out the new series that are being simulcast this season and have tried their very best to narrow down their favourites.

The Spring season is now a few weeks in, so it’s a great time to share our thoughts on which are the most promising series so far. With such a great line-up this season it was impossible to pick just five, so we've included an honourable mention.

This post will contain spoilers for the first few episodes.

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond Is Unbreakable

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Part 4: Diamond Is Unbreakable is the latest anime in the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series and is sure to be on many anime fan’s watch list this season. David Production are responsible for this anime adaptation; though they will be most known for their work on JJBA, they have produced other anime, such as Ben-To and Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation, in the last 5 years. This is the fourth story arc in JJBA, focusing on naïve teenager Jousuke “JoJo” Higashikata who is sought out by Part 3 protagonist Joutarou Kuujou.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable is being simulcast over at Crunchyroll on Fridays.


Big Order

Big Order
Big Order shares both original creator, Sakae Esuno, and animation studio, Studio Asread, with the Future Diary anime series. The show focuses on Eiji Hoshimiya, an “Order User” who wished for the destruction of the world ten years prior. By the end of the first episode we have already learnt that his wish was not quite as it seems, and his sister has been abducted by another Order User, assassin Rin Kurenai. Visually, the show is stunning and it’s one we’ve actually been looking forward to for a while - so we’ll be eagerly awaiting each new episode going live.

Big Order is being simulcast over at Crunchyroll on Fridays.


My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia
Here we have My Hero Academia, which is our favourite of the three anime from Studio Bones this season. Studio Bones have previously animated such titles as Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Noragami, and Chaika – The Coffin Princess.

This is a title we’ve been enjoying the manga of and we're glad there’s a way to watch the anime in the UK as a simulcast. It’s based in a world with quirks, a type of superpower, and focuses on Izuka Midoriya, a boy born without a quirk. The first couple of episodes were a slow, though enjoyable, start, but with the entrance exams upon us - it’s going to be great seeing how Izuku makes use of his newly acquired quirk.

My Hero Academia is streaming over at Funimation Now.

The My Hero Academia manga is available as a simulpub in the Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine.


Re:Zero –Starting Life in Another World-

Re:Zero is based on a popular light novel series, and animated by Studio White Fox. White Fox are a relatively young animation studio, but have already been responsible for some impressive anime, including Steins;Gate, The Devil Is a Part-Timer! and Akame ga Kill!.

Re:Zero follows Subaru Natsuki, a boy who is transported to a magical world on the way home from the convenience store. The anime started with a double-length episode, and managed to impress within that time. We’re now four episodes in and looking forward to seeing how Subaru makes use of his ability, known as “Return by Death”, which allows him to go back in time when he dies.

Re:Zero is being simulcast over at Crunchyroll on Sundays.

The light novel series, and two of the manga adaptations, have already been licensed by Yen Press.


Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress
The studio behind the Attack on Titan and Seraph of the End anime series, Wit Studio, bring us an anime original in Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress. Prior to this series, their only TV outings were manga adaptations.

Kabane are undead creatures that infect humans with their bite and are defeated by piercing the iron-protected heart. Main character Ikoma is bitten by a Kabane in the first episode, but manages to prevent the virus from reaching his brain, allowing him to remain in his human form. The series has gotten off to a strong start and we can't wait to see what will happen next.

Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress is being simulcast as part of Amazon Prime Instant Video. There is not yet a monthly payment option in the UK, but with so much to buy on Amazon, a Prime subscription is easily worth it for next day delivery on manga, anime and video games. An anime simulcast is just the icing on the cake.


Honourable Mention

Bakuon!! is the latest anime from TMS Entertainment, the studio behind anime films Akira, The Princess and the Pilot, and the long-running Detective Conan and Lupin III, including The Woman Called Fujiko Mine anime series. These are among many other productions dating back to the mid 1960s.

At a glance, Bakuon!! is just another “cute girls doing cute things” anime that we see more of every season. However, the beauty of Bakuon!! is that the “cute thing” they're doing is  riding motorcycles, which really works as a slice of life anime. The comedy is just right and the characters keep us coming back for more every week.

Bakuon!! is being simulcast over at Crunchyroll on Mondays.

Have we missed your favourite new show? Feel one of our choices isn’t up to scratch? Comment or tweet us and share your favourite Spring shows with us.


Digimon: Digital Monsters Season 2

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By popular demand, the anime fan-favourite released for the first time on DVD!

Four years after Tai, Mimi and the rest of the Digidestined brought peace to the digital world and found their way back home, the Digimon Emperor - a new villain - threatens the world and its Digital Monsters. With some the original kids off to junior high, a new generation is chosen to defend and save the world from evil.

Davis, Yolei, Cody, and Ken join T.K and Kari to form the new Digidestined team. Together they journey back to the Digital World to battle the Digimon Emperor and free all the Digital Monsters from his control.



Naruto Cosplay: Gaara

Paul Jacques snaps another anime costumer
Thomas Napier strikes a mean pose as Gaara from Naruto, a dangerous ninja from Sunagakure.

Claymore versus Corpse Princess... versus Ichi

If you liked that... you might like this...
Claymore creates a whole race of silver-eyed babes in armour, while Corpse Princess serves up a present-day warrior schoolgirl who appears to be going commando under her skirt.


Andrew Osmond catches the live-action premiere of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s Kiseiju
The Tokyo International Film Festival closed with the live-action Parasyte, a superb blend of SF, comedy and primarily horror, where the levity of the early scenes freezes into a drama with an ice-cold alien grip.

My Neighbor Totoro: the novel

Jasper Sharp reviews Tsugiko Kubo’s prose adaptation
Like the film, this novelisation is intricate and intimate in its details, and universal in its storytelling. The writing is simple enough for readers of around seven or eight to enjoy, without any loss to the emotional impact of the girls’ adventures, while fans of the film will also find new details that were previously unelaborated in the movie.

Arthur Rankin Jr (1924-2014)

An obituary of anime's secret angel
Arthur Rankin Jr, who died last Thursday, was not often thought of in connection with Japanese animation, though he played a major part in its history. In America, he’s best known as the co-founder of Rankin/Bass Productions. A stateside brand, the Rankin/Bass name is linked with handmade family cartoons as fondly as Oliver Postgate or Aardman are in Britain. But while the studio’s cartoons – especially the stop-motion Christmas classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964) – are evergreens, few people know their animation was Japanese.

One Piece Movie Collection

Sailing through Luffy’s first three films
Fans who are fully up-to-date and casual viewers and newcomers alike can both enjoy the One Piece movies! Each is entirely self-contained, with entirely new plots not found in Eiichiro Oda’s original manga, but are every bit as enjoyable.
Andrew, Jerome and Fraser choose their favourite releases from 2015

Cosplay Winners

Paul Jacques' pictures from the best of London's Comicon...
It's taken a while to shift through the paperwork and read all your indecipherable handwriting, but we've finally managed to sift through the London Comicon cosplay pictures and pick out our winners from a fantastic bunch. And with no further ado...
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