I know I haven’t posted for a while, so I thought that I would create a simple list of all the Anime that I have caught up on this year. This has been an Anime filled year, having re-discovered my affection for the genre in February. As you can tell, I am a bit of an Anime fan, I am sure there are people out there that have seen far more Anime than me but this is a fair amount for me. I have only included the Anime that I actually finished not the stuff I started and then abandoned cough Seven Sins cough. I mainly watch Anime on Netflix and Blu-Ray/DVD though recently discovered Crunchyroll. You can check out more of what I have and am watching on my Hummingbird profile, I try to keep it up to date. Hopefully this list will help you discover something new, or rediscover something you loved in the past. This is simple a list, I was going to create a link to each item on Amazon, but a lot of it isn’t on there (I know I was shocked too).
Next on my Anime Spotlight series is Kill La Kill. Kill La Kill is another series available on Netflix, I however watched the collectors editions of the BluRays.
Kill La Kill is set in a fictional Japanese high school called Honnouji Academy. The school is situated on the Tokyo Bay island of Honno City. The main story follows the Scissor blade wielding Ryuko Matoi. When we first meet Matoi she is traveling from school to school looking for her fathers killer, and ends up at Honnouji Academy. It is here that she meets Lady Satsuki Kiryuin, the student council president, as well as meeting her new friend and side kick Mako Mananshoku.
I recently wrote “Anime – A Quick Intro” where I spoke about some of the myths regarding Anime. One of these myths was “It is Sexual”, I however forgot to mention Fan Servicing. This is probably because although I was aware of the practise, I had rarely personally come across it. My original advice in the post still stands, use the rating as a guide and if you don’t like it move on to something else.
My first Anime spotlight was on Ghost In The Shell Arise, this time I look at Pyscho-Pass Season 1.
Pyscho-pass is set in the year 2112 in a dystopian Japan. Japan has once more isolated itself from the wider world. In this Japan all citizens mental state, personality and the probability that they will commit a crime is measured using a “cymatic scan” by the Sibyl system. The result of this scan creates a citizens Pyscho-Pass and resulting Crime Coefficient. If a person’s Crime Coefficient which is the likelihood that they will commit a crime, goes above a certain level then the authorities intervene. The level of the response depends on the Crime Coefficient, the higher the Crime Coefficient is, the more severe the response up to and including killing the citizen.
Anime in Japan is simply short for Animation, and incorporates all forms of animation whether originating in Japan, or from outside, for example the pixar movies would be considered to be Anime. Anime in the west however has become synonymous with animation originating in Japan, or in the style of Japanese animation originating from outside Japan. Anime has a distinct art style, although there are different styles of Anime, they all tend to incorporate a common theme, the art style used by Anime is similar to that of Manga. The difference between Anime and Manga is that Manga is comics, where as Anime is animated cartoons. A lot of Anime is based on Manga.
I have recently been getting back into watching Anime, a form of animation normally coming from Japan. I have enjoyed anime for a long while, but until recently hadn’t been as into the medium as I have been in the past, and watch relatively little in recent years. This all changed recently when I realised that Netflix (if you have a Netflix account click here to browse the anime genre) is a wealth of Anime. You would think that it would have been obvious from the start, but due to the poor UX on all devices but mobile and browser, it is hard to find content that Netflix doesn’t “recommend for you”. Once I signed in on the Mac and went looking for this content there was a lot.
So here is some of the stuff I have been watching lately, I have split it in to bite sized posts one each week. And we are starting with you guessed it.
Ghost In The Shell : Arise, Ok so my mate tells me this is on Netflix in Japanese with subtitles, however I can’t find it and I watched it on Blu-Ray. Arise is the latest in the Ghost In The Shell (GITS) series, and reboots the franchise. This time out it is a 5 part although at this time you only seem to be able to get parts 1 – 4 OVA (original Video Animation) in the UK. An OVA is basically films that designed to go straight to home video.
Last year officially, although if you look at iTunes its this year is the 20th Anniversary of the Anime Movie Ghost In The Shell. I am assuming if your reading this then you probably already know what Ghost In The Shell is and what it is all about but incase you don’t.