‘Ange Vierge’ Anime Debuts First Visual & Studio Reveal

‘Ange Vierge’ Anime Debuts First Visual & Studio Reveal

The successful trading card game Ange Vierge revealed back on October that it was getting an anime adaptation but has been mostly quiet since then. At the Sega Network Fan Appreciation event this weekend, it was revealed that the series will be animated by Silver Link and they released a new key visual showcasing two of the characters to get a feel for it, which you can see below.

The property is one that has been popular for a few years, though less through Western audiences, as it’s got a manga already running from Mako Kamao and Sakaki Yoshioka and a pair of animated promos were made a couple of years ago for the game that you can see below. Details about the anime adaptation itself are still slim, but with Media Factory and Fujimi Shobo behind it, there’s going to be a fair bit of promotion to say the least once it gets rolling.

Plot concept: The story of the card game follows what happens when “Hairou” portals suddenly open, fusing three different worlds together. As a result, various mysterious “Exceed” powers are awakened in teenaged girls. An academy for these so-called “Progress” girls is built on the isolated Seiran Island in the Pacific.

‘Ange Vierge’ Anime Debuts First Visual & Studio Reveal

‘Ange Vierge’ Anime Debuts First Visual & Studio Reveal

‘Attack On Titan Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow’ Japanese Anime DVD/BD Release Promo Arrives

‘Attack On Titan Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow’ Japanese Anime DVD/BD Release Promo Arrives Originally in theaters in November 2014, the first of two compilation films for Attack on Titan is getting ready for its home video release in Japan. Pony Canyon has been handling the promotion for part of it and they’ve got a new promo out now for the film, which lands on March 18th, 2015 on both Blu-ray and DVD, priced at 9,000 yen and 8,000 yen respectively for the limited editions while the regular editions are priced at 4,800 yen and 3,800 yen respectively. Check out the packaging to the right for the limited edition which basically gives us a pop-up digipack.

Property concept: Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A small percentage of humanity survived by walling themselves in a city protected by extremely high walls, even taller than the biggest of titans.

Flash forward to the present and the city has not seen a titan in over 100 years. Teenage boy Eren and his foster sister Mikasa witness something horrific as the city walls are destroyed by a colossal titan that appears out of thin air. As the smaller titans flood the city, the two kids watch in horror as their mother is eaten alive. Eren vows that he will murder every single titan and take revenge for all of mankind.

‘Attack On Titan Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow’ Japanese Anime DVD/BD Release Promo Arrives

‘Attack On Titan Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow’ Japanese Anime DVD/BD Release Promo Arrives

Lovely Muco Episode #09 Anime Review

Lovely Muco Episode #09 Anime Review This series continues to make me want a dog again.

What They Say:
Lovely Muuuuuuuco! tells the story of the Akita dog Muco, and its glassblower owner Komatsu-san.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Lovely Muco has managed quite the charming run so far and it’s doing the difficult thing now of really making me want to have dogs in my life again. After having them for years and years, and recently losing two that were in their late teens, that’s not an easy thing to accomplish. Where Muco succeeds is in the way that it just makes her come alive with such personality and love of life that it’s infectious. That’s a big positive and now when I go into any new episode and it kicks off like this one with her just have a whole lot of fun I can’t help but to fall in love more. Muco playing catch with a plastic bag in a light breeze is far more entertaining than I would have thought going into this series. The opening sketch alone is wonderful before Ushicou arrives and takes it over the top.

Ushicou is fun from the start here as the main show gets underway as he and Komatsu play a little joe on Muco using a tablet to show her Komatsu without him being in the room. Her panic is fun as is his enjoyment of the tech, though we see that Komatsu is seriously old-school with his technology. It’s simple stuff but a lot of us play with our toys with our pets and have varied but usually fun results with it. Ushicou hasn’t had a lot of time in the show but it’s nice to see him getting a little bit more here as he hangs out and even takes Muco for a walk while getting snacks and supplies from the convenience store. A walk in the evening is really different and adds a nice element to things here. The hilarious part is that while waiting, Muco ends up being woken up by Shinohara, who she views as a real threat to Komatsu. The growling and dialogue is great, but I also loved the way Ushicou is just smitten by her and tries to play it all cool when he stumbles upon the situation.

The last sketch is definitely nicely done though as we get to see a simple but really nicely done soft waking up sequence for Muco that leads to her being excited about being awake and in the world outside. The simplicity of that, playing ball and wanting to be fed and being playful with that while Komatsu tries to figure out what it is that Muco really wants is great. When it gets to the reveal, which is pure and simple slice of life stuff, it’s great. That so much of it is done without dialogue is what makes it even better because it’s just the enthusiasm of Muco’s movements and expressions that draws you in for it.

In Summary:
Just charming. Though I really enjoy a wide range of shows and definitely dig the complex worlds that are built up, shows like this are even more appealing in a sense because they provide the ease of just settling in and watching something fun without the larger commitment. Muco continues to be a delight with her personality and expressive nature and this episode is no exception, even as it tackles Ushicou a bit, which can be a bit hit or miss depending on how you view him. Good stuff all around and definitely some great bookend material in this episode with enjoyable pieces in between.

Grade: B

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Apple TV via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

Lovely Muco Episode #09 Anime Review

‘Aria the Avvenire’ Anime Reveals Some Production Details

‘Aria the Avvenire’ Anime Reveals Some Production Details The surprise about a new anime adaptation for the Aria property with Aria the Avvenire is still in full force, but some details are starting to come out with more to be revealed in the next installment of Comic Blade magazine. It’s still unknown as to what format this adaptation will be, such as a web series, TV series, OVA or film, though it’s mostly believed that whatever it ends up being it’ll be all new material, whether it takes place after the third season or stories sprinkled within the other seasons.

The new details that have surfaced have revealed that the new production is going to be animated by TYO Animations and that Masayuki Onji is set to handle the character designs for it. And with Junichi Sato talking about the production, it’s likely he’s involved in some form as well.

The series has seen a solid release in anime form in North America over the years with Nozomi Entertainment bringing it out in limited edition form on DVD as well as priced-down litebox releases. The manga has seen a less than solid run between ADV Manga and TOKYOPOP over the years as it’s never been released in full.

Property concept: Akari Mizunashi, at the age of 15, has left everything behind to travel to a sparkling planet covered in water, Aqua. More than anything, Akari wants to be an “undine” – a female gondolier who navigates the canals of the Aquan city of Neo-Venezia. As she begins her training with the prestigious Aria Company, will she be up to the challenges that await her on the path to achieve her dream?

[Source: MoCa ]

‘Aria the Avvenire’ Anime Reveals Some Production Details