Anime Season Interests: Spring 2017

Is this the first time I’m posting this ‘Interest list’ before the start of the season?! Oh wow, definitely must’ve unlocked some sort of achievement! Haha!

No, but seriously… I’m just a little proud of myself for remembering to get this out before the actual start of the new anime season XD

Totally stoked that I’ve been able to continue reading manga regularly recently! Woohoo! I… uh… I’ve actually been putting off finishing Mugen no Juunin – half because I’m reluctant to see it end, the other half because I keep getting distracted reading my guilty pleasure, Yaoi, instead. Ehehehe…

But back to anime, I didn’t bother keeping up with any series from last season (Winter 2016-2017) because I convinced myself I’d wait for the 4 series I was interested in — Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu Season 2, ACCA, MSG Iron-blooded Orphans Season 2 and All Out!! Season 2 — to finish airing before binging everything. I guess now that they’re almost done and that I’ve got a little more time, I should get to them while I can… and maybe try out some of the upcoming Spring season‘s series too 🙂

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First Impressions (Manga): Mugen no Juunin

I started reading this manga about a week ago and now I am pretty much ADDICTED. In one week, it has shot up to join my list of ‘Top Favourite Series of All Time’. Why am I not surprised OTL I’m so weak to amazingly-written classics…

Most of my free time is currently spent binging and I’m now about 3/4 way through with just a little over 50 chapters left to go. Taking a break cos I really wanted to get this First Impressions out before finishing the series, so the faster I get this done, the faster I can get back to it, HAHA. This post will only cover the thoughts that I noted down when I first began the manga.

Manga: Mugen no Juunin「無限の住人」Blade of the Immortal 

   

Vol 1 Japanese cover                               Prologue chp cover

Mugen no Juunin is a Seinen, action, adventure, historial, martial arts, drama by Samura Hiroaki. It was published from June 1993 to December 2012 in Monthly Afternoon and is complete at 30 volumes with 207 chapters. It was adapted into an anime that and novel in 2008 and a live-action film adaptation is scheduled for release at the end of April 2017. Throughout this post, I will be referring to the series by its Japanese title instead of its English title.

So… I only thought to start reading Mugen no Juunin after watching the trailer of the live-action movie coming out very soon. It was just too cool! I had heard of the series a long, long time ago and I knew that it was pretty old and definitely a classic, but maybe I hadn’t heard about it enough or something, it had never been on my to-read-list this whole time.

WARNING: Mature, VERY violent, gory, bloody, and pretty screwed up. Well, it’s a samurai series, so characters get cut up on a regular basis in all their messy glory, not to mention how socially questionable the time period the series is set in was. Morally challenging. Characters have both good and… not always bad, but more like… grey areas to consider. Also vulgar, crude, and NSFW with explicit scenes.

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Live: The Music of Hans Zimmer VS John Williams

The moment I saw the flyer of the orchestral concert at a Sistic ticketing service booth 2 months ago and read, ‘Hans Zimmer‘ on the title, I was pretty much sold.

     

The Music of Hans Zimmer VS John Williams was held at the Mastercard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands from 10-11 March 2017 and I’m so glad I got the chance to hear such iconic film music from an orchestra live.

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First Impressions (Manga): Koe Koi

Been trying to read a number of completed series now that I’ve got a little more time and haven’t felt so down recently. It always takes awhile to get through them but I’m trying my best not to forget and give up reading a series halfway like what I’ve inadvertently been doing previously, HAHA.

Just finished a Shounen, titled Mx0, and am currently reading Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no Juunin), but this was one that I tried before Mx0. Why did I start on it when it’s still ongoing, I will never know… -_-

A short one for a cute, quick read.

Manga: Koe Koi「こえ恋」(roughly translated to Voice Love)

Koe Koi vol 1 cover

Koe Koi is a Shoujo, comedy, romance, slice of life in school by Doruru. It started publishing in 2015 and is currently ongoing, serialised in Comico Japan — the application that publishes original web comics, novels, and digitalised comics. Published chapters so far have been compiled into 2 tankobon volumes. I’ve currently only read 11 chapters of the series because that’s all that’s been scanlated since writing this post.

I’d first heard about Koe Koi when I saw the news about its 2016 live-action drama when it was announced that Takahiro Sakurai — voice of Kururugi Suzaku (Code Geass), Griffith (Berserk films), Makishima Shougo (Psycho Pass), Matsuno Osomatsu (Osomatsu-san) and many other well-known anime characters — was going to voice the male protagonist. I’m not familiar with Japanese actors, but I know a little bit on seiyuu and damn is Takahiro Sakurai amazing at what he does. He’s one of the most popular and well-known seiyuu in the industry and his voice is distinctive and beautiful. The synopsis sounded kind of cute and I put it in my way too long to-read-list and just spontaneously decided to pick it up while thinking about something short and sweet to read.

WARNING: Nothing. It’s short, cute and sweet. Well… there’s a touch on psychological trauma maybe? but it’s just a tiny, little touch so far.

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Live: SEKAI NO OWARI

#Nowplaying SEKAI NO OWARI

Last Sunday was a pretty darn busy day. Awhile ago I decided to throw myself in the deep end by planning a cosplay photoshoot with friends in the day, and then rushing for a concert after. Needless to say, I totally don’t regret what I did, but damn was it draining. Didn’t help that I was a little sick at that time too so now, 3 days later, I’m aching and recovering from a cold OTL Currently feel pretty crappy, but I really wanted everything down with the memories of how awesome SekaOwa’s concert was still kind of fresh 🙂

SEKAI NO OWARI held their first live gig in Singapore at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa last Sunday evening. I’m actually on their Youtube channel as I type this out, hahaha ~

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21st Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize nominations (2017)

Ok Manga nerds out there, besides checking out Manga Taishou (my post about it previously) every year for amazing reads, you should also check out the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize nominations for more amazing stuff, if you don’t already 🙂

Founded and sponsored by Asahi Shimbun — and named after “the father of manga”, Tezuka Osamu — the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize, 手塚治虫文化賞 Tezuka Osamu Bunkashou, (not to be confused with the Tezuka Award) is an annual manga prize awarded to mangakas or their works that best follow manga pioneer Tezuka-sensei’s tradition. To be eligible, the manga had to have had a compiled volume (tankobon) published the year before. Specialists and bookstore employees recommend titles to a committee (that changes slightly every year) for nominations, winners are then announced a few months later and an award ceremony is held.

Asashi Shimbun announced the 8 nominees for the 21st Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize on Thursday:

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Manga: Mother’s Spirit

The past week has been especially draining on my psychological well-being so I’m trying my best to do things that I know make me happy. Here’s one for a Yaoi I read last year 🙂

Manga: Mother’s Spirit「マザ—ズスピリット」

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Mother’s Spirit is a Yaoi, romance, comedy by Enzou. It was serialised in Chara Selection from September 2014 to June 2015 and is complete with 6 chapters compiled into 1 tankobon volume.

University employee Ryouichirou is ordered by the Chairman to take in an exchange student. Unfortunately for Ryouichirou, exchange student Qaltaqa is a tribal warrior of the Lutah tribe from a developing country and can’t understand Japanese. Even though Qaltaqa’s a man of great beauty, having to put up with him being afraid of the phone and TV among other things, it’s no surprise Ryouichirou loses his patience in exasperation. But the longer they stay together, the more Ryouichirou has a change of heart.

WARNING: Guyxguy. NSFW. Explicit, parts shown and not censored during the one scene.

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