Let’s Have a Cuppa: May 2020

Hello and welcome to all you beautiful people. This is Let’s Have a Cuppa. On the 1st of each month I’ll be doing a catch up on what’s going on in my life. Having a look at the past month, what I’m doing right now and what I hope to achieve over the next month. Kind of like a long journal entry. Who might be interested in reading that? I have no idea but there must be someone out there. I do know it’s good to have a check in every so often. Good for the mind. So without further ado let’s get into it.

April has been a month. I think we all know why. First I want to say thank you to everyone who has followed my relatively small blog. The content can only get better, I promise. I’ve technically uploaded one post a week this month but I want to do more. One problem I have is lack of confidence. I’m too focused on what others might think. Like I’m worried about posting too much of one thing. Right now I would be happy to do several posts on Anime/Otome games. Really it shouldn’t bother me and I should post about what I want. Is this entertaining? Is my writing any good? Am I giving misinformation? All self destructive questions that plague both my blog work and story writing. Even if you know that you have to keep doing something to get better at it, self doubt and the fear of failure can still hold you back. This is a battle that I know most creative people fight against. I’m just happy I no longer fall into depression. This is a mental area I still need to improve. All I can do is be myself and deal with those moments as they come. When in doubt, be yourself. Something else I need to figure out is the balance between my blog work and competition writing. At the moment I think it will vary depending on the competition rules. Over in social media world I think I’ve been doing quite well, at least on Instagram. Granted I’m not as consistent as I could be but considering before I never really posted anything. In my eyes that’s a big improvement. Follows on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are always appreciated.

So what have I been up to? Buckle your seatbelts because there’s a lot to cover. As you can gather I’ve been working on a short story. It follows an apprentice searching for a new power source to prevent her Master from losing his magic with a bit more to it. I’ve entered this fantasy tale into the Bristol Short Story Prize. It’ll be awhile before you guys get to read it but I’ll keep you updated on what happens. I’ve also had this urge to write lyrics for some reason. Bare in mind I’ve never dabbled in that world before. I’ve got to do more research before I give it a go. We’ll see what happens. I do have friends who are musicians and have beautiful singing voices so who knows. Something might come of it.

I am still reading The Vampire Lestat. Two months I’ve been clawing my way through this book. It’s not bad, I just want to move onto something else. I can already hear you asking, ‘why didn’t you just read a different book and come back later?’ Because I like doing one thing at a time and I know I would forget what I’ve already read. But I’m close to the end now. I might even post a review. I’ve also started the habit of listening to audiobooks whilst in the bath. At the moment it’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, narrated by Stephen Fry. Not my first venture through this tale but I am noticing different things when it’s being read to me. And I’m not 5 or 6.

I haven’t really thought about talking about music on here but why not? I’ve been really interested in listening to Powerwolf lately, particularly Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend and Sanctified in Dynamite. A new band discovery for me is Once Monsters. They don’t have many songs but I like everyone I’ve listened to so far. I hope to hear more from them. Imagine Dragons Natural has been on my repeat list, alongside It’s Terror Time Again by Skycycle. You know, the chase song in Scooby Doo on Zombie Island. A bit random I know. Doing music clip quizzes on Sporcle has been occupying my time as well. I’ve heard clips of songs I’ve not heard in years as well as being exposed to new things.

Game wise I haven’t played anything new, even though I have a huge backlog. I regularly play online games with my brother, Overwatch being a main one we usually play. There is a new hero that again I may or may not talk about here. Another game I’ve been wanting to revisit is Vermintide 2. Kerillian is my girl.

I’ve been dabbling with a handful of mobile games. I revisited Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery with the intention of catching up on the main story. I was greeted with events that ultimately requires you to spend money to reach the end. Oh well. I’m stuck at home, constantly connected to wifi, might as well enjoy my Hogwarts adventure. Obey Me! Is one I’ve been playing for awhile. I think since it’s release. I love it so don’t be surprised if you see full length posts about it. Another one of those card collecting games but it keeps me coming back. I won’t say anymore because I might start rambling so I’ll just move on. All of you know I’m playing A3! I’m trying not to wiz through the story since they’ve made all of it available. I just hope I get to keep all the chapters unlocked after I’ve read them and all this is over. Finally I’ve been playing Uta no Prince Sama Shining Live. Yet another game where you collect cards but it’s mainly a rhythm game. No surprise all the music is from Utapri, many songs from the members of Starish and Quartet Night. There is a story but from what I can tell it’s a means to unlock more songs. Wow! You can tell a lot about me from my choice of mobile games. I say C’est la vie.

There’s quite a bit TV wise that I’m watching. First I’ll cover new and weekly shows. Batwoman has at last graced UK screens and I’m not disappointed. Granted I’m not anxiously waiting for each new episode but I enjoy sitting down to watch it. Sometimes I envy America for having the DC streaming service. Please can I have it. Please. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is like a fusion of Glee and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I highly recommend everyone to watch it. The most recent episode featured a wonderful scene with a deaf character signing Fight Song. It’s beautiful. On Netflix I’m watching the latest season of Drag Race. Not much else to say there. Last Week Tonight is my only source of news at the moment. Honestly I’d rather stay updated on current events via a comedy show. At least it’s a little less depressing. Brooklyn 99 season 7 is now airing here. So happy to see Jake and Amy’s relationship going to the next level. Two crime shows I’m watching are Murdoch Mysteries and Miss Scarlett and the Duke. Two shows that could easily have a crossover episode but that likely won’t happen. I smell fanfiction potential. Any other Murdoch fans out there? Anime wise I have been sucked into My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Caterina is one of the smartest dumbest characters I’ve ever seen. I’m hooked and plan on reading the light novels. Finally there’s this Ghost Adventures series called Serial Killer Ghosts. They go to different locations supposedly haunted by the ghosts of serial killers. Two shows I’m rewatching are Leverage and Kim Possible. Leverage is essentially modern day robin hood and Kim Possible is a nostalgia trip for me. Two anime I’m working my way through are Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, I’m on Diamond is Unbreakable, and Fruits Basket (2019).

For May there are two writing competitions I plan to enter. Both with shorter word limits so I should be able to balance blog work better. That being said I aim to up my number of posts to the equivalent of at least two posts a week. May or may not sound like a lot but to me it might be a challenge. I also want to be more consistent with uploads on my both my blog and socials. Finally I want to learn and practise using GIMP so that I can make my own images. Baby steps at the moment.

And there we have it. The future is a bit uncertain right now but that doesn’t mean everything has to stop. Looking back helps to improve for the future. No matter how small. Let’s make May a magical month. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you all in the next post.

-Your Hostess-

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Photographer: Pixabay

Bring on the Bunnies

Hello and welcome to all you beautiful people. Happy month of Easter everyone. To celebrate this time of chocolate bunnies, egg hunting and spring arriving in full force let’s look at some bunnies in fiction. These are some of my favourite fictional rabbits in no particular order. Without further ado let’s get into it.

Officer Judy Hopps

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Zootopia Wiki

First up is none other than Officer Judy Hopps from one of the best animated films, Zootopia. Or Zootropolis to those of us in the UK and a few other countries. I love Judy. All she wants to do is help people and make the world a better place. Judy overcomes every obstacle in her way, always with a positive attitude. On her journey to achieving her dreams she faces many challenges and stigma from people set in their ways. Never does she let it get her down, in fact she goes out of her way to prove those people wrong. Not only is she extremely driven, she’s also very kind. She gets herself and Nick out of some trouble because of an act of kindness, saving someone’s life instead of catching the bad guy. Judy is so inspiring, especially for young children.

Monomi

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Danganronpa Wiki

Monomi is a mascot character in Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair and appears in Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak. Originally she was a rabbit magical girl named Usami but is forcefully transformed by Monokuma to resemble him when he takes control. He renames her Monomi. He only changes her appearence not her personality. Right from the beginning the students don’t trust, finding her overly sweet nature and low intelligence annoying. Being treated like this doesn’t affect Monomi because she only wants to help and protect her students. Whether they appreciate it or not doesn’t matter to her; she’s used to being underappreciated. Monomi is kindhearted and just wants her students to foster love and friendship. Monomi is the good mascot character to counteract Monokuma’s bad, even though she can’t do much to stop him. I will admit I found Monomi annoying at times but sometimes she could be useful. And there are moments of dialogue she has that brings the students spirits back up amidst all the despair surrounding them.

Reisen Udongein Inaba

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Reisen Udongein Inaba is from the world of Touhou, first appearing as a stage 5 boss in Imperishable Night. She is a refugee moon rabbit who settles down in Gensokyo with notorious moon fugitives Kaguya and Eirin. I will admit I don’t play Touhou games or know much about the lore apart from what I hear from my brother. Reisen is one of the characters that caught my attention. I love her design and her fluffy tail is adorable. I find the image of her holding her right hand in finger gun shape cool, implying that’s how she fires her danmaku (bullet hell). Her main ability is to make people insane with her eyes, hence why her character theme is titled Lunatic Eyes ~ Invisible Full Moon. Her personality is described as carefree and crazed. She can quickly adapt to the circumstances surrounding her. I don’t have much else to say, I just like her.

E. Aster Bunnymund

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Rise of the Guardians Wiki

E. Aster Bunnymund is Rise of the Guardians re-imagining of the Easter Bunny. He is a badass. Not only is he a warrior rabbit that travels across the galaxy but his weapons of choice are enchanted boomerangs and exploding easter eggs. Bunnymund is the Guardian of Hope. His home lies underneath Australia which explains why he developed an Australian accent. He is a cool, calm and brilliant warrior. He takes great pride in Easter and the season surrounding it, Spring. I love Rise of the Guardians and think it’s a very underrated film. I like a lot of the main cast. I always saw Bunnymund as a badass. He’s voiced by Hugh Jackman. Can’t get much cool then that.

Cream the Rabbit

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Giant Bomb

Cream from Sonic the Hedgehog is adorable, do I need to say anymore? She first appears in Sonic Advance 2. Something I always found odd about Cream was her method of flight. Wouldn’t her ears get tangled up or worse. I guess it’s similar to Tails and no need to question it. Cream is generally happy, polite and courteous. Even towards Eggman. She is hardworking and more than happy to help out her friends however she can. Again, do I need to say anything more than that she’s adorable?

Rabbit of Caerbannog

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Monty Python Wiki

Rabbit of Caerbannog, better known as the Killer Rabbit, is a key antagonist in Monty Python and the Holy Grail. He’s so iconic and ferocious that he shows up in the musical adaptation, Spamalot. What appears to be a cute white bunny quickly turns into a rabid beast killing all in it’s path. Not a bunny to be messed with. The star of one of my favourite scenes in the film.

Thumper

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Disney Wiki

Thumper from Bambi is the best friend of the title character. He is mischievous and takes Bambi under his wing, showing him the ways of the forest. It’s been years since I last watched Bambi but I know it was a part of my childhood. The scene I remember most is when Bambi and Thumper meet Flower. I remember their childhood days the most. Especially little Thumper showing Bambi how to do things.

Jihae

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Dandelion- Wishes Brought to You Wiki

Jihae is one of the love interests in Dandelion- Wishes Brought To You, a korean otome game. Jihae is my favourite out of the three bunny characters. He’s gorgeous, even in bunny form. Those eyes. He’s a loyal knight to Jieun and is very protective of him. Jihae’s devotion to Jieun is shown to be completely selfless, bordering on obsessive. Before being romanced he is rather reserved but will express his disdain for the cat characters. On his route he is the perfect gentleman and occasionally acts shyer around the heroine. At times his jealous side will come out mostly because of Jisoo, who sees Jihae as a rival. The heroine helps Jihae overcome his self consciousness and dependency issues. 

Harriet

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Ghost Master Wiki

I doubt many people know of this game but one of my favourite fictional bunnies is Harriet from Ghost Master. She’s a trickster spirit whose most useful abilities are shapeshift, ethereal gift and abhorrent apparition. The latter can pretty much terrify or drive people insane, especially the mortal she’s taken the shape of. Harriet is one of those spirits who harbours a sincere interest in mortals, wanting to make friends with them. After I unlock her I pretty much end up taking her on every future map. It’s not surprising considering her character design but she does have quite a sexual tone to her voice. Let’s just say she probably introduced a number of furries to that world.   

Buneary

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I had to include a bunny pokemon and I chose Buneary. Specifically Dawn’s Buneary from the Diamond and Pearl seasons of the anime. Already Buneary has a cute design but Dawn’s Buneary uses that to her advantage when competing in contests. In addition she improvises with her moves to stand out more, primarily using her ice beam. She is a cheery, kind and helpful pokemon. Also Dawn’s Buneary has a crush on Ash’s Pikachu and it’s adorable. 

Bonus: Daisy

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As a bonus we have Daisy. The death of this little bunny in Doom sparked a rage in Doomguy that will never be extinguished. Daisy can be found hidden somewhere in every level of the recently released Doom Eternal.

In conclusion, there are many more fictional bunnies out there but these are a few of my favourites. I either know a lot about them, adore their designs or both. Hopefully you’ve seen some of your favourites too and hopefully you’ve been introduced to something new. Thank you all for reading and I’ll see you in the next post.

-Your Hostess- 

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https://www.pexels.com/photo/selective-focus-photography-of-pink-cherry-blossom-flowers-2099737/ Photographer- Susanne Jutzeler

https://zootopia.fandom.com/wiki/Judy_Hopps

https://danganronpa.fandom.com/wiki/Monomi

https://besthqwallpapers.com/anime/reisen-udongein-inaba-red-eyes-manga-touhou-54665

https://riseoftheguardians.fandom.com/wiki/E._Aster_Bunnymund

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https://montypython.fandom.com/wiki/Rabbit_of_Caerbannog

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https://ghostmaster.fandom.com/wiki/Harriet

https://www.artstation.com/artwork/5AA3z

Spring Anime 2020 Part 2

Hello and welcome to all you beautiful people, here is the second part filled with more upcoming anime for the spring season. Without further ado let’s get into it.

Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shite Shimatta…

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One day heiress Katerina Claes is hit hard on the head. This triggers a recollection of memories from her past life: a teenage Japanese girl. Before dying the girl remembered playing an otome game she was obsessed with: Fortune Lover. The world of the game resembles the one she’s now living. But she was cast as the villain who tries to foil the protagonists romances. All endings for Katarina end in death or exile. Using her knowledge of the game Katarina must steer the narrative towards the best ending for her. Will Katarina make it to the end or will happily ever after for the protagonist mean her death?

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Roads Lead to Doom! is based on a light novel by Satoru Yamaguchi. Silver Link brings us one of the isekai of the season and it’s one set in an otome. The protagonist probably isn’t in the role they wanted but that’s got to add to the comedy. This is another series that I’ve seen quite a bit of advertising for.

The trailer does make me want to watch it. I see all the tropes of otome games and I think it’s cool how Katarina reacts to them as well. I can tell this is going to be fun because even though she knows what she needs to do she’s still gonna get swept away and fan girl with these boys around. I think fellow otome fans would really enjoy this series. You can find out on April 4th on Crunchyroll.

No Guns Life 2nd Season

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Juzo Inui is a mercenary for hire, hunting criminal Extended. People who have had mechanical enhancements added to their body’s. Juzo himself is Over-Extended, someone who’s enhancements go beyond legal limits.

Madhouse’s 2nd Season of No Guns Life arrives on Funimation on April 9th. Those of you who have been waiting for the second season that wait is almost over. If you haven’t watched the first season yet there’s plenty of time for you to get all caught up.

Shin Sakura Taisen the Animation

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10 years after the great Demon War it’s time again for the international Combat Revue tournament. The Imperial Combat Revue’s Flower Division in Tokyo must juggle the tournament and the potential of a new demon invasion all while trying to keep their home, the Imperial Theater, open.

Sakura Wars the Animation is adding to an already large multimedia franchise including light novels, manga and video games. Studio Sanzigen brings life to the next instalment in this already well established franchise. 

I don’t know how I feel about this one. I think I’d have to watch it to really know. For anyone interested Sakura Wars starts April 3rd Funimation.

Shachou, Battle no Jikan desu!

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Minato is the newest president of Kibo Company and is looking to hire the best employees. With thousands of other companies competing in Gatepia. All looking to possess the most Kirakuri, the energy fundamental for the residents of this world.  

Shachibato! President, it’s Time for Battle! From Kadokawa is based on a Japan-exclusive character collecting game where the player is the president of a company who hires people to venture into dungeons.

Looking at the trailer I get a sort of Konosuba vibe from it but with different characters obviously. There’s also this nice hybrid between traditional medieval fantasy and more modern technology. So this is another isekai type thing but we all know if we’re isekai trash or not. There’s enough of them out there. The sub and dub of Shachibato! President, it’s Time for Battle! Starts April 5th on Funimation.

Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle

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A group of adventurers discover an island in the sky but one of their own falls into darkness. Heeding the words of their fallen companion they use the sky island to search for the Great Runes.

Animated by Project No 9 Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle is based on a free to play mobile game. The events of the series are taken from the game’s 3rd anniversary event. Obviously this is another fantasy show. Not gonna lie when I saw the floating island part my mind went to Norn 9 but I’m sure that’s a completely different story to this.

Looks like some epic fight scenes are in store. I can spot elves, demons, angels and the token humans. Honestly all I have to say is that it looks like a fantasy adventure. I can’t say that I can spot anything hugely special but then again I’ve watched quite a few trailers now that are like this. This is another one for all the fantasy action fans out there. Funimation April 6th is when this adventure begins.

Hachi-nan tte, Sore wa Nai deshou!

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Ichinomiya Shingo, an ordinary office worker, goes to sleep one night with thoughts of the working day to come. Only when he wakes up he’s no longer in his room. He’s not even in his own body. He’s inside the body of a 6 year old boy who’s the youngest child of a noble family in hard times. He has no skills that will help the family manage the large amount of land they own but he does possess a very rare talent. Magic. Although his abilities can help the family prosper as they once did so far it’s only brought trouble. Will Wendelin Von Benno Baumeister realise his full potential? Will he be able to save his family?

The 8th son? Are you kidding me? Is another isekai based on a light novel written by Y.A with animation produced by Shin-ei Animation and SynergySP. This is a fantasy adventure that is more than likely appealing to anyone that has been intrigued by other fantasy adventures coming out this season.

I’m not gonna lie at this point things are just starting to look the same to me. It must be how trailers are down. It’s coming down to whether I like the characters now because to me the stories and plots are starting to merge into one. I like fantasy adventures. I do but there are only so many different ways I can describe similar trailers. April 2nd on Crunchyroll is when we can see what the characters are like.

Fugou Keiji: Balance:UNLIMITED

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Modern Crimes Prevention Headquarters is a crime division filled only with people who’ve caused the police problems. Detective Daisuke Kambe is very materialistic, opting to use his wealth to solve crimes rather than skills. His partner Haru Kato is the complete opposite, believing that money isn’t everything. Together they must put their differences aside in order to solve the cases they recieve.

Produced by CloverWorks, The Millionaire Detective- Balance: Unlimited is inspired by a novel of the same name written by Yasuraka Tsutsui. Finally something that isn’t an isekai or fantasy based, I can talk about something else. Right off the bat I thought of Psycho Pass with this being a detective show and the main characters being part of an organisation where people who’ve “caused the police problems” work. Clearly this is going to take a different direction but that’s where my mind went first.

The trailer doesn’t give much away but I already want to punch Daisuke Kambe in the face. Several times. Is that a good thing? I don’t know but I do know the dynamic between these two characters is sure to be interesting. There’s a reason completely opposite characters are put together. It gives way to conflict and potential for development. Anyone interested in detective shows and mystery this is one for you. The Millionaire Detective starts April 9th on Funimation.

Nami yo Kiite Kure

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On a night out drinking Minare Koda ends up spilling the woes of her love life to a radio station worker. Whilst at work the following day she’s shocked to hear her rant airing on the radio. Angered, she storms down to the station only to be tricked by the station director into doing an impromptu talk show. From then on she gets pulled deeper and deeper into the world of radio.

From Sunrise, Wave, Listen to Me! Is based on the manga written by Hiroaki Samura. Another show set in our own world with the promise of comedic hijinks for this season. 

So I watched a trailer and it followed the synopsis. Then she was fighting a bear. A bear. I think this is the first trailer that has confused me this season. To go further there was also a scene with aliens. For a show that’s centred around radio broadcasting that is a turn I was not expecting. If anything I want to watch this show because of the bear fight. My curiosity and need to know why is pulling me to watch this series. Wave, Listen to Me! Starts April 3rd on Funimation. I will be watching and finding the truth about the bear.

Kitsutsuki Tantei-Dokoro

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At the end of the Meiji Era, in response to a murder case broke poet Ishikawa Takuboku sets up a detective agency he calls Woodpecker Detective’s Office. The agency involves themselves in one bizarre case after another all over Tokyo. 

From Liden Films, Woodpecker Detective’s Office is based on a mystery novel by Kei Ii. Two detective series in one season, what a treat. In amongst all the fantasy and isekai we get literary men solving strange cases.

I like my detective shows to have something different about them and I think this one has it. Poets and authors solving crimes is interesting and probably possible if they’re crime writers. From the trailer there’s nothing too outrageous. From one of the scenes I also get the sense there might be a Sherlock Holmes style of explaining the crime. We’ll have to wait till April 13th on Crunchyroll.

In conclusion I’ve done my best to talk about all the anime of the spring season that can be viewed on official streaming sites. Mainly Crunchyroll and Funimation. Both of these sites and Netflix are bound to continue to announce new line ups for the spring season. I can already tell that for the summer season I’m going to change how I cover it. How you may be asking. I don’t know at this time but I’ll figure it out. What anime are you planning on watching this season? Thank you so much for reading and I’ll see you all in the next post.

-Your Hostess- 

Image Source:

https://www.crunchyroll.com/en-gb/anime-feature/2020/03/20-1/crunchyroll-announces-spring-2020-anime-lineup

https://myanimelist.net/anime/40529/No_Guns_Life_2nd_Season

https://www.funimation.com/blog

Spring Anime 2020 Part 1

Hello and welcome to all you beautiful people. Today we’ll be looking at what anime the spring season has to offer. If we’re all going to be stuck inside for the time being why not have a look at something new. So without further ado let’s get into it.

A3! 

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Within Tokyo’s performance and theatre district lies a once popular all-male theatre group called Mankai Company and Izumi Tachibana is steping in as the new owner and creative director. With only one actor and yakuza debt collectors knocking at the door she has her work cut out for her in restoring the group to its former glory. Will she find the talent? Can they bloom into the actors she needs?

A3! Act! Addict! Actors! is based on a mobile game of the same name. I’ve had an interest in trying the game for a while but had no idea it had been released on Iphone. I thought it was only on android. I’m excited to see I was wrong and intent to give the game a play through as soon as I can. I’m even more excited to see an anime adaptation I can watch. The show originally premiered in January but due to production reasons it was decided to postpone the rest until spring. First we have the spring and summer troupes this season and according to the trailer there will be an autumn and winter troupes season between July and September. There is a possibility that might have been delayed as well. The production companies behind the anime adaptation are 3Hz and P.A. Works. Two companies that have well known animes under their belts.

Looking at the trailer immediately you can tell this is an otome anime. The colours are bright, the music is upbeat and there are sakura petals floating around. The images and music tell you this is an otome, probably in the romcom genre. The trailer doesn’t tell you anything about the story but introduces you to all the characters. First the boys and then our protagonist Izumi Tachibana. With the boys they have a little profile that you’d normally see when reading about the characters either in game or on a website. It includes their age, height, birthday and blood type. You know, all important information. Now that I’ve seen the opening for the game I can say the trailer feels like a toned down highschool anime version of it that focuses on the spring troupe. 

Despite it’s generic feel I’m going to watch this one. I love theatre, musicals and otomes so this series should be right up my street. It’s a musical otome that no doubt will be compared to Uto no Prince Sama but that doesn’t mean it should be overlooked. I do hope that this series doesn’t suffer from the same problem most anime adaptations of otomes face but that’s a topic for another day. Three episodes are currently available on Funimation both sub and dub. I am sure you can find it on other sources too. If you’re in the mood for some romcom shenanigans with songs why not give it a look yourself. If you enjoyed the game this would also be a good anime for you. Let me know how it compares.

Appare-Ranman!

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A brilliant socially awkward engineer, Sorano Appare, and a cowardly samurai, Isshiki Kosama, find themselves drifting on a boat from Japan to America. Both penniless they decide to compete in the Trans-America Wild Race. From Los Angeles to New York they race across the American West in a steam-powered car they built themselves to win the prize money which will be enough to get them home.

Appare-Ranman! Is a brand new series set in the 19th century. This is another series being produced by P.A. Works. This is an original anime series with a manga counterpart announced for it on March 4th. 

There are three trailers I could find. The first sets up the main characters and their situation accompanied by traditional sounding music. The second introduces more characters and we see the start of the race. Finally the third trailer has the most information. For the first time we hear the voices of the characters. Accompanied with character introductions we get a glimpse at what drives each of them. Kind of like little tasters. Just enough to intrigue and know what’s what. I want to give the first episode a watch and go from there. Just from the trailers I can’t quite tell whether I’ll like it or not. I get the sense that the story of the day to overarching plot will lean more towards story of the day. An obstacle will occur each episode that will hinder their progress in the race but ultimately they’ll get back on track.

If races are your thing then this is a good anime for you. It is also an original anime which always intrigues me. It starts April 10th and can be found on Funimation.

Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen 2nd Season 

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Myne continues her quest for books as she begins her training as an apprentice priestess.

Ascendance of a Bookworm by Ajia-do is back for a second season. I think it can be classed as an isekai, it does follow a girl who dies and is reborn in a different world. I’m surprised I didn’t know about this anime sooner. The main character sounds like a kindred spirit to me. I know I’ll be giving it a look when I can. Season 2 starts April 4th on Crunchyroll.

BNA: Brand New Animal

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Michiru was living her life as a normal human until one day she’s suddenly turned into a tanuki-human. She runs away to Anima City, a place where animal-humans are free to live as themselves. There she meets Shirou, a wolf-human who hates humans. Together they look for an answer to why Michiru was turned into an animal-human but quickly get wrapped up in trouble.

I can’t find much information about BNA right now. It’s the newest anime by TRIGGER. You know the studio behind Kill la Kill and other great anime series so I’m definitely going to give this a watch when I can. Everything else I can find is that some episodes are already on Netflix’s Japan and regular uploads onto the streaming service will start 9th April. From what I can find it will be on Netflix worldwide on April 23rd. I really hope that’s the case. Even if I don’t know much about what’s going on I trust TRIGGER.

Shokugeki no Soma: Gou no Sara

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Yukihira Soma and the rest of Totsuki Academy compete in The Blue!

Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Fifth Plate is the fifth and final season of Food Wars. The second anime in the list produced by J.C. Staff. I have to admit I’m very far behind in watching Food Wars, like still making my way through the first season. So I’m not watching anything and have very little information. I take spoilers very seriously. I have no idea what The Blue is but I imagine it’s a type of culinary competition. Shokugeki no Soma: Gou no Sara will start airing on crunchyroll April 10th. To all those caught up I hope you enjoy and one day I will have watched all of Food Wars! To all the others thinking about watching Food Wars! I highly recommend it, just make sure you’ve eaten or have something to eat with you while you watch.

Fruits Basket 2nd Season

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 Tohru Honda and the Soma boys get up to more shenanigans.

Honestly I can’t find a synopsis for the 2nd season but I can assume that’s the general premise. I know that it will follow on from the first season and continue the root of the manga. This is something Fruits Baskets fans have been waiting for and I’m pretty sure anticipating since last year. TMS Entertainment is giving the fans what they want. The second season promises for the first time more scenes from the manga will be brought to life. This is yet another anime I haven’t watched. It has been confirmed that Fruits Basket Season 2 will air on Funimation and Crunchyroll on April 6th.

Gleipnir

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Funimation

Shuichi Kagaya is an ordinary high school student until he discovers he has a mysterious power to turn into a gun wielding cartoon dog. He saves a fellow classmate who’s trapped in a fire with this new ability but she has secrets of her own. She’s after the murderer of her family- her sister and will use any means to get her. How far is Kurea Aoki willing to go for vengeance? And what will it cost Kagaya?

Gleipnir is based on a manga of the same name by Kodansha Comics. The production studio is Pine Jam, from what I can tell a relatively new studio who also did Gamers! From the synopsis I’m already interested. Anything with the ridiculous idea of the protagonist turning into a cartoon dog is worth at least having a look.

The trailers I can find don’t give much away. From the snippets in the trailers I can find I already tell that Kagaya deserves better. There aren’t any trailers with english subtitles so I have no idea what the characters are saying but it does look interesting. And different. This is one on my list to watch this season.

This will appeal to anyone who likes action and other seinen anime. You can find out the mysteries of what’s going on April 5th on Funimation.

IDOLiSH7: Second BEAT!

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Takashi Production brings seven men with a variety of different personalities together to form idol group IDOLiSH7. Each with their own unique charms and untapped idol potential they start captivating the hearts of audiences. They navigate through the harsh idol world but always keep their dreams close to their hearts.

IDOLiSH7: Second BEAT! Is the second series of IDOLiSH7 if that wasn’t obvious. This TROYCA anime will continue following the members of idol group IDOLiSH7. It should be no surprise that this is a musical shoujo. Something that is up my street but of course I would watch the first season first. You can watch the boys on their journey to achieving their dreams April 5th on Crunchyroll.

Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai? Tensai-tachi no Renai Zunousen

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Funimation

Student council leaders Kaguya Shinomiya and Miyuki Shirogane continue their games with each other to get the other to ask them on a date.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War has a second season that I know most people have been looking forward to. I think the synopsis I pieced together is accurate. I haven’t watched the first season so I don’t know what happened. What I do know is that the premise interests me and sounds hilarious. Basically a romance anime where the protagonists are tsunderes. For everyone that’s been waiting for a second season from A1- Pictures it starts April 11th on Funimation. Funimation has also announced that later this year they will have a dub for both seasons.

Kakushigoto

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Funimation

Kakushi Goto is an adult manga creator who must hide his work at home to protect his young daughter, Hime, from it’s mature content.

Kakushigoto is an anime adaptation of the manga of the same name. Ajia-do brings to life a slice of life comedy that looks at the relationship between a father and his daughter. 

From the trailer it looks rather sweet, at least Hime does. I’m willing to give this one a look. Slice of life isn’t normally the type of show I watch but I’d like to see their relationship and what shinanigens ensue. If you like slice of life and the relationships between characters this might be the show for you. You can find it on Funimation beginning April 2nd.

Kami no Tou: Tower of God

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There exists a tower. Reach the top of that tower and you can become a god. Everything in the world is yours. Rachel climbs the tower so that she can see the stars. With Bam who needs nothing else but her.

Tower of God is an anime adaptation of the webtoon created by SIU. One of the first eight titles announced as a Crunchyroll Original produced by Telecom Animation Film. If anyone follows Crunchyroll on social media I’m sure you’ve seen this being advertised. I love a fantasy adventure so I wonder what this one has in store.

I get a Hunger Games tournament vibe from the trailer. Each floor of the tower holds new tests and many people from all walks of life are fighting to get to the top. We mainly follow Bam as he follows the love of his life, Rachel, into the tower. To the other hopefuls he’s considered one of the weakest to climb the tower but we all know how this goes. Bam will rise to the occasion and prove he’s just as worthy to be climbing the tower of God. It does look rather exciting with interesting characters. It starts April 1st on Crunchyroll.

Listeners

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Funimation

In a world where music vanishes from existence lives a mysterious girl with an auxiliary port on her body. When she’s connected to an amp something once lost is brought back. She meets a young teen and together they embark on a journey that will rock society and restore music to the world.

Listeners is an original anime created by Jin and Dai Sato and produced by MAPPA. Looking at the synopsis my mind goes to 2112 by Rush. Fair enough it’s nowhere near the same concept except that they’re both set in worlds without music.

Okay the trailer was not what I was expecting but I am pleased. The use of colours and the anime style is cool. I really like the concept and where the journey can go. The enthusiasm of both the main characters contrasts greatly to this large area of trash that we’re presented with at the beginning. This is another one that can be put on the list. If you’re intrigued by the synopsis I suggest you check out the trailer and see if it really is something you’d like to watch. Listeners starts April 3rd on Funimation.

If I keep going then this post is going to be really long so I’ve split this into two parts. Be sure to catch the rest of the anime you can expect to see this season in the next post. See you then.

-Your Hostess-

Image Source:

https://www.funimation.com/shows/a3/

https://www.funimation.com/blog

https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Anime/BNABrandNewAnimal

https://www.crunchyroll.com/en-gb/anime-feature/2020/03/20-1/crunchyroll-announces-spring-2020-anime-lineup