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NCG Watches: Juni Taisen: Zodiac War

I am never usually quick to pick up a seinen series, but I’m glad I got a chance to start Juni Taisen.  Maybe it’s my obsession with killing games (since Battle Royale happens to be one of my favorite series) or it’s my obsession with plots that feel unpredictable.

Based on a light novel by Nisio Isin and illustrated by Hikaru Nakamura, Juni Taisen takes place in a city where 500,000 citizens have been evacuated so the deadliest killing game can take place. The tournament happens every 12 years and the winner will have a wish granted to them.  Each character is a warrior with a fighting style and name based on the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals.  In order to ensure the battle is quick, each warrior must swallow a black gem that will kill them in 12 hours.  Their goal is to retrieve all other gems before their time runs out.

What I enjoy about the series is how unpredictable it feels.  We start off following the Boar, assuming the story will follow her.  However, the series takes a quick twist when she dies at the end of the first episode.

Not only is the series unpredictable, but there’s a variety of characters.  Each character has a unique, almost inhuman ability that gives them an advantage over their opponent.  It is fun watching the battles play out wondering who the winner will be.

That said, I recommend checking this series out to anyone who doesn’t mind violence and prefers a more mature story line.

I will admit that I do worry about the ending.  I’ve noticed that some series with strong openings tend to fall flat in the end.

Have you had a chance to check out this series? What do you think of it so far? Let us know in the comments!

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Restaurant to Another World – Anime Review

I am always afraid when I see a maid on the cover of any anime.  The anime “market” has been so saturated with fan service so it’s hard to find a series that isn’t just a slew of pantie shots, nose bleeds, bouncing breasts, and awkward situations.  Not to mention adding food? Food Wars (although an ok series) nearly scared me off from Restaurant to Another World, however, I gave it a shot anyway.

Western Resturant Nekoya specializes in Western and Japanese dishes, but on the 7th day of the week at midnight the doorway to the restaurant appears in another realm.  Creatures from another world are able to dine at Western Restaurant Nekoya and experience a delicacy non-existent in their world.

We meet a variety of characters with their own unique tastes and watch them experience their “magical” restaurant experience. Not only that, we experience their journey to encountering a restaurant whether it be an creature or human.

When food is consumed by the mystical patrons, they have an experience like no other – the food is always so delicious!  It’s an interesting concept introducing foreign food to another world.   But this aspect gets dull pretty fast.  Particularly with the “orgasmic” approach to eating food.  Everything is “exquisite” and fits the diners palette just so darn perfect.

The highlight of the series is learning about food dishes, following the lives of the creatures outside of the restaurant, and seeing how the magical world has influenced and impacted the restaurant.

While the series seems to have very little conflict, it’s a good watch if you’re looking for a mellow and “mature” series.

Have you had a chance to check out this show? Have you tried any of the dishes featured in the show? Which dish would you like to try? Let us know in the comments!

 

Episode 1 and 2 of “The King of Fighters: Destiny” animated series is now available

SNK has released the two first episodes of “The King of Fighters: Destiny” animated series on YouTube today.

The company has said that the series will consist 20 minute episodes with 24 episodes in total.

You can check out the first two episodes and overviews below.


Episode 1: “South Town”

The King of Fighters – The world-renowned tournament starts now! After arriving in South Town, Kyo, an invitee to KOF, runs into another formidable fighter, Terry. Ten years have passed since the tragedy that changed his live forever… The destinies of the fighters now cross here in South Town.

Episode 2: “Kyokugen Style”

When Kyo, Benimaru and Daimon visit the Kyokugen Style Dojo in South Town, they come across Ryo chasing down men in black suits. Kyo and his friends head off to Geese Tower in pursuit as well. Once they arrive at the tower, Geese’s right-hand man, Billy descends on them.

“Steins;Gate 0” anime adaptation has been announced

Kadokawa has announced a Steins;Gate 0 anime adaptation as part of its “Steins;Gate World Line 2017-2018 project

The company also announced there will be a Steins;Gate 0 manga in Young Ace, as well as a novelization from Sneaker Bunko.

The Steins;Gate 0 anime is currently in production and will first air in japan but has yet to be given a release window.

You can check out the key art and announcement trailer below


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“Persona 5 The Animation” has been announced

Atlus has announced that a new Persona 5 anime from A-1 Pictures titled, ” Persona 5 The Animation” will be airing in Japan sometime in 2018.main01.png

The voice cast will be done by the cast who voiced from the game:

  • Protagonist (voiced by Jun Fukuyama)
  • Ann Takamaki (voiced by Nana Mizuki)
  • Ryuuji Sakamoto (voiced by Mamoru Miyano)
  • Morgana (voiced by Ikue Otani)
  • Yusuke Kitagawa (voiced by Tomokazu Sugita)
  • Makoto Niijima (voiced by Rina Sato)
  • Futaba Sakura (voiced by Aoi Yuki)
  • Haru Okumura (voiced by Haruka Tomatsu)
  • Goro Akechi (voiced by Soichiro Hoshi)

You can check out the teaser trailer below.