Saturday, January 24, 2015

Isuca - First Impression

Isuca - First Impression

Director: Akira Iwanaga

Original Work: Osamu Takahashi

Studio: Arms

Licensed by: Madman Entertainment

Asuna goes down a road on the way home. He's suddenly approached by a very lusty woman who wants to offer him "pleasure" in exchange for life force. (It's not as sexy as I'm making it sound.) Thankfully he's rescued by a mysterious girl who is skilled in Spirit Archery. Asuna later finds out that Sakuya, his rescuer from the previous night, goes to his same school. Due to Asuna's hidden power and Sakuya's duty to seal away monsters, their fates soon become intertwined.

This is an anime that was previously a manga. The storyline is slightly altered but the sequence of events still makes sense. Although one big difference in the anime is immediate exposure to super ecchi scenes. I'm sure there will be censored and uncut versions of this anime as the season progresses. This anime also involves a harem so... hopefully there will be a season 2. 

The manga does a better job of blending ecchi and action into the storyline. However, that does not mean that the anime is terrible. If you are a lover of Ikki Tousen and So I Can't Play H, then this anime will be right up your alley. 

Crunchyroll will be streaming the English sub so keep an eye out. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! - First Impression

Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! - First Impression

Director: Shinji Takamatsu

Studio: Diomedéa

Licensed by: Madman Entertainment & Funimation

Atsushi and En enjoy a relaxing soak in a bathhouse. As they chatted about chikuwabu (*see notes*) together, a talking wombat suddenly appears! To make things weirder this pink sidekick is suddenly glomped by Yumoto, the bathhouse owner's son. The next day Atsushi and En meet with their club members Io and Ryu to try to figure out what to do about their "do nothing" club. By a certain chain of events, the club members and Yumoto find themselves transformed into the Battle Lovers. Together they must fight for love as members of the Earth's Defense Club.

*note* Chikuwabu is a wheat-based Japanese food found in oden. (Oden is a type of soup by the way.) The steamed ingredient is a thick cylindrical shape with a hollow tube in the middle.

This anime takes a happier ironic twist to the magical boy/girl genre when compared to Madoka Magica. (I still can't wrap my head around the fact that this anime was directed by the same guy who has helped direct the Gundam series.) I would define this anime as bishounen to the 10th power. It's so ridiculously funny and adorable that you tend to forget that these boys are victims of a very.... unique situation. Can't wait to watch the next episode. :3

The protagonists are very self-aware and bring up some good points that even some magical girls haven't thought of. For example, in their epic fighting scene the guys just start yelling random battle cries because they know their powers will work regardless. So... does that mean Sailor Moon never had to say "Moon Tiara Magic"? Could it be that the line was used just for it's convenience? Could she have said "Flying Fiddlesticks" and have the same desired effect? :P It's something to think about.

The first episode was aired in Japan on January 6, and the next episode will show on the 13th.

 A manga spin off was released in 2014 (Binan Kokou Chikyuu Seifuku-bu Love!), which is being serialized in Pony Canyon's online magazine. There is also a light novel available and a video game will be released in February. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

IKKICON! Cosplay pics!

We want to thank our awesome contributor Shoal S. for sending us some awesome cosplay pics from Ikkicon in Austin, TX over the New Year weekend!
Check out the images below!

Real Life Cosplay! The Peter Griffin everyone is talking about!

There's a big buzz on the real life Peter Griffin cosplayer, here's the video, check it out for yourself! He definitively describes what a lot of cosplayers feel when they go to con, it feels like you're a star!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Happy New Year!

We hope you have a happy new year! Trying to get a lot of things in order with what stuff we will be reviewing for you this year. Hang tight and keep checking our facebook page for the latest updates!