Last week was really hectic for me. I had a family emergency and truth be told, I don’t feel completely myself but I decided to film a music vlog for you guys… I didn’t think much for this vlog and simply wanted to share my favourite soundtracks with you guys. I find that the instrumental tracks always help me de-stress or unwind when I’ve got a lot on my mind. Below is the video as well as some sample tracks from each soundtrack for you guys to get a better sense of what I’m talking about…
Just here to update you folks on the blog about my new video on key summer favourite anime I’ll be looking forward to. As well, I wanted to present the summer season poll so you guys can vote for what … Continue reading →
Ahhhh~ This will be the third summer of anime I will be covering since I started Little Cloud Curiosity. Usually summer holds some of my most anticipated anime but it seems like most of my hype ended with the conclusion of previous spring season series such as Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works and Nisekoi Season 2. I am however excited for a few new shows coming up this summer as well eagerly awaiting more episode from already established franchises. Now then, most you know my general taste judging from my previous reviews – a lot of fantasy, slice of life, romantic, action, epic… not too much gore, not too much blood and so on. Now without further ado, allow me to introduce to you all the run-down of my anime line up this month…
Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz!! (プリズマ☆イリヤツヴァイヘルツ!) – AHHHHHH This is my most anticipated series for the summer!! I reviewed the first two season in previous seasons and I AM SO EXCITED FOR MORE ILYA. With the appearance of Kuro in 2wei, there are still so many unanswered questions to Ilya’s family story (ufufufu) and Miyu’s back story which is one of the most interesting parts of the series. Seriously this is one of the most fun and best spin-off worlds to come from the Fate world and I enjoy it immensely because it combines all the great elements of the Nasuverse with cutesy and enjoyable aspects of the magic girl genre.
Release Date: July 25, 2015
Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Senyaku (ケイオスドラゴン 赤竜戦役) – I wasn’t a big fan of the premise because historical fictional action series aren’t usually as stimulating for my taste however the teaser looks so suspenseful and action charged. On top of that the animation is so vibrant and the colours so bold and the script features a pretty strong ensemble of immensely seasoned voice actors such as Unshou Ishizuka, Miyuki Sawashiro, Maaya Uchida and Marina Inoue.
The story focuses on a power conflict between two war-torn countries – Donatia and Kouran. With a plot that boasts the brains of Gen Urobochi, Kinoko Nasu, Iduki Kougyoku, Ryohgo Narita and Simadoriru, this light novel series is definitely hyped up for an action packed release. Anime fans who have been a bit bored from the slice of life and romance series from the Spring season will enjoy a new change in pace.
Release Date: July 2, 2015
Wooser no Sono Higurashi Mugen Hen (うーさーのその日暮らし 夢幻編) – Ahhh Wooser~~ I have anticipated more of this quirky and fun series since I watched the entire first two seasons in about two hours last summer. Wooser is a rather crass and blunt little mascot dog who gets into a bit of mischief every now and then. The main point of the story telling is on short gags and little skits where Wooser interacts with other characters. Fans of Japanese contemporary trends or anime might catch some of the references from anime series from the same producing company. What’s great about the series is that its dialogue ranges from absolute nonsense to jaded pieces of every day advice. The voice actors are absolutely A+ for this series with popular singer and seiyuu Mamoru Miyano heading the line-up as the beloved Wooser and Hiroshi Kamiya-sama as Darth Wooser.
Release Date: July 3, 2015
Akagami no Shirayuki-Hime (赤髪の白雪姫) – Loosely translated as “Snow White with the Red-Hair” the promo video features a spunky and outgoing girl who, in order to escape marriage with a prince, cuts her hair and runs off to the next country. She goes on… a bit of an adventure and the plot mimics a bit the classical German fairy tale Snow White by the Brothers Grimm. It seems a bit generic but I’m usually willing to give anything within the fantasy genre a chance. As well, it’s always interesting to see what writers can do with fairy tale spin-off adaptations. The cast of main characters features one of my favourite voice actors ever – Nobuhiko Okamoto (Mikoto from Gekkan Shoujo Noazki-kun, Yoichi from Owari no Seraph and Shouta from Sekaiichi Hatsukoi).
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Charlotte (シャーロット) – Oh P.A. Works we meet again with a new slice of life series named Charlotte. We’ve seen major mishaps with Glasslip but a major pick up since Shirobako in previous season. P.A. Works is probably my favourite company and has a tendency to pick up stories and series that really lean towards my taste as a result I will be checking out Charlotte which incorporates slice of life high school life with supernatural elements in each of the characters. Judging from the promo video, the music seems quite avant-garde off the get go but hits us hard with an emotional ballad towards the end.
Directed by Yoshiyuki Asai, who was also responsible for series such as Angel Beats and my personal favourite, Nagi no Asukara, Charlotte will feature a cast of voices we’ve seen in a ton of recent and popular anime series. Ayane Sakura (Yozora from Haganai, Shimakaze KanColle and Haru from Nisekoi), Maaya Uchida (Futaba from Ao Haru Ride, Rikka from Chuunibyou, Hyori from Noragami), Kouki Uchiyama (Seiya from Amagi Brilliant Park, Dio from Buddy Complex, Raku from Nisekoi), Takahiro Mizushima (Romeo from Romeo x Juliet and Haruki from White Album 2). There seems to be a lot of potential for a fast-paced series despite the slice of life tag. Oh I’m waiting for you to wrench my heart out Charlotte.
Release Date: July 5, 2015
Chu Feng: BEE-(雛蜂-BEE-) – Coming at you all this season is a new series adapted from a Chinese manhua originally written and drawn by Sun Heng. I’m not usually into ecchi but the story primarily falls into seinen, fantasy, mecha and action categories as well. The story follows a guy named Shun Hao Xuan who lives in a future generation. When he gets caught up in the arms race conflict and taken as hostage, a beautiful girl swoops in and happens to save him while she’s on mission. The girl – Liuli (voiced by the talented and stunning Kana Hanazawa), is the latest generation of the Vanguard, created from new engineering technologies. Her final mission before retirement is to protect the “Son of Eden.”
Sounds like an interesting premise overall. I really hope it gets fluid animation because the mecha aspects are really crucial to the flow of the story and there is a lot of combat so we need really smooth transitions and high quality animation art to get the mood of the futuristic world.
Release Date: July 23, 2015
Gate: Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakeri (ゲート 自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり) –This series initially caught my eye because of how much one of the characters on the poster reminded me of Sinon from Sword Art Online: Gun Gale Online. A-1 Pictures is really bringing their A-game this season. This new anime takes place in a future and alternate Tokyo where a “Gate” opened up in Ginza, heralding mobs of monsters into the city. The attack is met by the Japan Ground-Self Defence force and the story narrows in on a young officer named Youji Itami who leads a team to a number of different places. The plot seems to attempt to balance international political conflict with fantasy aspects while incorporating themes such as knowledge, friendship and perspective when it comes character interactions. Sounds like A LOT going on but at least animation will definitely be on par.
The cast is looking good with its main characters featuring seiyuu such as Risa Taneda (Mirai from Kyoukai no Kanata and Kaori from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso), Junichi Suwabe (Undertaker from Kuroshitsuji, Archer from Fate/Stay Night and Ren from Uta no Prince-sama), Hisako Kanemoto (Taiga from Fate/Zero and Ami Mizuno from Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal) and my new favourite, Nao Touyama (Chitoge from Nisekoi and Himiko from Nobunaga the Fool)
Release Date: July 4, 2015
Makura no Danshi (まくらのだんし) – OMG WHY IS THIS GETTING AN ANIME =.=””” IT WAS ORIGINALLY AN APP… and it is SOOO ridiculously as an anime series concept. I can’t see how this could even be an anime. Basically… a cute anime boy stares at you and whispers things to you as you go to sleep. In every episode. I know. The anime industry. Japan. Why…
Release Date: July 14, 2015
Rokka no Yusha (六花の勇者) – Adapted from a light novel, I’m quite excited to check out this new fantasy series this season. It’s a relatively new series that’s only been out since 2011, written by Ishio Yamagata with illustrations by Miyagi. The story focuses on a boy named Adlet who was selected among the Heroes of the Six Flowers to be the strongest on Earth. He meets up with a band of other interesting characters, one of which is the enemy…
The series will be brought to you by Studio Passione, featuring a main cast of voices including Soma Saito, Yoko Hikasa, Aoi Yuki, Koki Uchiyama, Ai Kakuma, Rina Sato and Kenichi Suzumura; all in all a fairly stable cast of seiyuu. I virtually know nothing of the series except what I’ve seen in promotional media since I have a tendency to read light novels after their anime adaptations. Hopefully Rokka no Yusha will bring some much needed mystery fantasy elements into our lives this season.
Release Date: July 5, 2015
Working!! (ワーキング!!) – This cute new slice-of-life series by A-1 Pictures caught my eye last minute when I was scrolling through the summer chart releases. The story takes place specifically in Hokkaido, Japan called Wagnaria. A high schooler named Sota Takanashi ends up working part-time at a restaurant with a bunch of quirky and eccentric characters. The promotional video looks TOTALLY DERP but I suppose that’s what gives it its charm in this season’s line-up. The cast has some of the most notable voices in the industry, Daisuke Ono, Hiroshi Kamiya-sama, Jun Fukuyama, Jouji Nakata, Eri Kitamura, Kumiko Watanabe, Kana Asumi and many others.
Release Date: July 5, 2015
Junjou Romantica Season 3 (純情ロマンチカ) – AHHHH Yaoi and boys love fans will be thrilled for the latest anime adaptation of Nakamura Shungiku’s popular series, Junjou Romantica. Personally I like Sekaiichi Hatsukoi more because it has more lighthearted back story material versus Junjou Romantica which features more mature emotional content between the characters. However, I am a HUGE fan of Nakamura Shungiku’s art style and writing. Her humour is ON POINT. Junjou Romantica is also great for yaoi fans who want a lighter series for their taste as well as beginner readers who are looking to dip their toes into the genre.
The series follows three different couples but mainly a boy named Misaki Takahashi, who through his brother, ends up living with a famous author named Akihiko Usami (and becoming his lover in the process ahem*). The original cast is back of course with Takahiro Sakurai (as Misaki Takahashi), Hikaru Hanada (as Akihiko Usami), Kentaro Itou (as Hiroki Kamijou), Nobutoshi Canna (as Nowaki, Kusama), Kazuhiko Inoue (as You Miyagi) and Daisuke Kishio (as Shinobu Takatsuki). Studio Deen will be handling the animation.
Thank you guys so much for reading, if you have time or feel so inclined, please take a moment to offer your vote in the poll, your opinion and votes really make a difference to which main series I follow on a weekly basis with blog recaps and contribute to the brainstorming process for new anime impression vlogs and series review. First impressions vlogs and blog posts will be coming for most if not all of the series listed above so stay tuned for that. Let me know in the poll suggestions if you have a recommendation for me not listed above or tweet me @CuriousCloudy to tell me what new series you’re most looking forward to and I will talk to you guys very soon ^^/
I ended up missing the finale week of Shirobako because of my European travel plans however I’m so excited to be getting back to the last episode of the series because it has been one of those series that’s kept … Continue reading →
Hey guys how are you all, I am so eager to get into the spring season of anime because winter has been dragging on WAY too long. The winter anime releases weren’t as strong and the big series from the Fall season have ended so spring is truly bringing LittleCloudCuriosity to a new start this anime season. There are so many great shows I’m looking forward to this season. I’ll be watching a lot more than the ones featured here but below you’ll find the highlight reel of what I am most looking forward to. As always, I’m open to any and all suggestions from you guys and I’ll be watching at least one episode from each new show for first impressions posts.
Since there are really SO MANY upcoming anime, I’ve decided to divide my favourite into categories. Tier 1 will encompass my absolute favourites, shows that I will absolutely be reviewing weekly and producing first impression vlogs for. Tier 2 will encompass new shows of which reviews and vlogs are pending.
**Please keep in mind that the listed release dates are regular broadcasting release dates. Many pilot episodes will be screened in Japan at theaters and other events earlier in the last week of March 2015
…Well now that that’s over with, let’s get to the intro…
Uta no Prince-sama is picking up again for an all new season back with all our favourite princes, heroine and voice actors, complete with all new character designs and ALL. NEW. SONGS. I am absolute ECSTATIC for the continuation of this anime. Since this season is picking up after the conclusion of subsequent seasons, I will advise new fans to check out season one or two of the series (OR PLAY THE GAMES) before you dip your toes into season 3. Producer by A-1 Pictures, the animation will surely not disappoint.
Nisekoi Season 2 (ニセコイ)- THE HEAD TILTS ARE BACK YO. I just KNEW Nisekoi would be back for a second season. Season one was so fantastic and ended on such a romantic note that I have been reading the manga and anticipating more sinec the first season concluded last spring. Nisekoi follows a boy named Raku Ichijo who made a promise with his childhood friend. After exchange a lock and a key, Raku has grown up wondering and longing to find the girl he made the promise with. The first season introduced us to most of the girls in this comedy-romance-high school setting but season two will bring even more exciting female characters to the screen. If you guys are looking for a feel of the series, check out my previous posts here. #TeamChitoge #TeamOnodera #TeamMarika #TeamTsumugu #TeamHaru #TeamRuri
Release Date: April 10, 2015
Owari no Seraph (終わりのセラフ)- Ahhh, Owari no Seraph is the one series that isn’t a continuation of an already established anime fandom, but a new anime adapted from a manga series serialized by Shonen Jump. The original series is by written by Takaya Kagami and illustrated by Yamato Yamamoto. The plot follows a boy named Yuuichirou Hyakuya whose goal is to eradicate all the vampires that a virus on earth has created. It’s like a vampire-hunter coming of age story with TONS of action. I highly recommend checking out the manga beforehand. Studio Wit will be picking up this shonen, supernatural, drama-charged story working with voice actors such as Miyu Irino, Kensho Ono, Yuuichi Nakamura, Takahiro Sakurai and Sasori Hayami, just to name a few.
They’ve got pretty stellar voice actors lined up for the supporting roles as well.
Release Date: April 4, 2015
Second Tier Picks
Ame-Iro Cocoa (雨色ココア)- Initially I skipped over this series but was drawn back into it when I saw that MAMORU MIYANO is part of the main cast. The series features a cute group of bishounen boys in their college years set in a coffee shop scene. What more do you want, girls? Just kidding. Not much is known about the series because the PV is pretty vague. It really only gives us a glimpse of the character designs but this is one of those series I’ll be horribly biased to checking out because of the super experienced veteran cast including Hikaru Midorikawa, Hiro Shimono, Ryo Horikawa and Daisuke Hirakawa in addition to Miyano.
Release Date: April 5, 2015
Arslan Senki(アルスラーン戦記)- Arslan Senki is a great new anime for fans of fantasy, historical and political kingdom stories. It basically follows a prince named Arslan from a prosperous and powerful kingdom. After a devastating war, Arslan must now find a way to reclaim his kingdom.
To be honest I’m surprised the series is getting another adaptation but the much older adaptation aired in the late 90s in six OVA episodes so it’ll be nice to see this classic kingdom story get another interpretation with a fresh set of animators especially since it’s being produced as the collaboration between Liden Films and the Sanzigen Animation Studio.
Release Date: April 4, 2015
Digimon Adventure Tri. (デジモンアドベンチャーtri)– While I did grow up with Pokemon and have a strong appreciation for the franchise, my heart truly lies with Digimon and now we’re hitting Digimon’s FIFTEENTH YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!!! *cries* I’m so ecstatic for this new adaptation, I want to go back and high-five my eight year old self through the time space continuum because this is the generation of characters I grew up with. Now, the kids have grown up and they’re r-viewing the Digi-World in their high school days. I just love the original Digimon Adventure so much. I really hope the new animation and storytelling does justice to the classic styles of the world.
To be honest I’m pretty hyped for this anime and it was really close to being grouped into the First Tier of series because the manga series is so compelling to read. The original story is written by Fujino Oomori and illustrated by Kunieda. Both the J.C. Staff and Genco will be picking up the animation and working with voices of Inori Minase and Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as the lead characters. I’m eager to see a fairly new female voice actor work with a fairly experienced male voice actor. Hopefully there’s enough chemistry to draw out the romantic elements of the story. Matusoka seems like a definite good pick when it comes to adventuring-hero protagonists due to his work as Kirito on Sword Art Online and Arata in Arata Kangatari. Check out my first impressions of the manga here.
Release Date: April 4, 2015
Etotama (えとたま)- Do you like cute animal-human amalgamations? Adorable and colourful animation? Now here’s a slice of life that you’ll want to check out. With so many hard-hitting season two releases and so many epic fantasy new series, Etotama seems like a refreshing and spunky change in pace. The story follows a girl named Nya-tan, the poor little cat who was left out of the Chinese zodiac. According to Chinese mythology, the cat fell into the river towards the end of the race which is why she never made it to the finish line and was not included in the Chinese zodiac. In this anime, Nya-tan ends up meeting a boy named Takeru Tendo who lives alone in Akihabara. The premise is straightforward and the set-up makes for lots of fun comedy and slice of life as Nya-tan strives to achieve her goal. Nya-tan will be voice by the lovely Rie Murakawa and the male protagonist by Hiro Shimono both of which have ample experience previously in similar voice roles.
Release Date: April 9, 2015
Hibike! Euphonium (響け！ユーフォニアム)- I’m hugely impressed by Hibike’s gumption in this upcoming line of releases. With Uta no Prince-sama utterly dominating the music genre and its huge fandom support for its absolutely stunning line of voice actors and singers, Hibike Euphonium will have A LOT of live up to in its genre. Don’t forget, we’ve also seen intensely emotional music series such as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso as well as fun and popular idol series like iDOLM@STER conclude in the previous season. It’ll be refreshing to see a big animation company throw their two cents into the genre when the anime music scene is so popular.
Seeing as the target audience of both shows is generally different, Hibike Euphonium will have some leeway for popularity. Brought to you by Kyoto Animation, previously responsible for another very popular music-high school series called K-On!, Hibike Euphonium revolves around a girl named Kumiko Oumae, who had an unpleasant incident with her middle school brass band club. Nevertheless, she resolves to join the brass band club in high school and runs into an old classmate…
KyotoAni is working with a whole new line of female voice actors in its main group of girls but side characters also include voices of Takahiro Sakurai, Minori Chihara and others so I’m pretty excited for this one. I’ve missed KyotoAni.
Release Date: April 8, 2015
Houkago no Pleiades (放課後のプレアデス)- Oh after all the hilarity from Binan Koukou Chikyuu Bouei-bu and the panicked screams from class magic girl fans, the genre is yet another magical girls series loosely translated as Afterschool Pleaiades which follows a group of five girls (whose character designs strangely resemble the colours from Madoka Magica’s girls). Subaru, Itsuki, Nanako, Hikaru and Aoi form an after school club that works to help a little creature/alien from Pleiades, return home. To be honest, this reminds me A LOT of Sora no Method from the Fall season but I am willing to give the show the benefit of the doubt… well, until at least the third episode.
Release Date: April 10, 2015
Kekkai Sensen(血界戦線)- Kekkai Sensen is really different from my usual palette and comfortable range of genres but I am willing to give this show a chance because of its compelling synopsis breakdown. The story begins in New York where humans and netherworld creatures have been trapped together due to a rupture between the two worlds. Now someone is threatening to destroy this delicate balance so a group of superhumans have been assembled to deal with the threat. Recommended for mature audiences and animated by Studio Bones, this series falls into categories of action, fantasy, supernatural and seinen. It also happens to be one of the early releases to open the season.
Release Date: April 5, 2015
Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku (ミカグラ学園組曲)- I wavered a bit with including or excluding this show from the line up but the vibrant poster design and the fast-paced snappy animation in the PV has really grabbed my attention for this show. The story is based on a set of light novels based on yet another set of songs from the creative world of Vocaloid. Considering how well-received Mekaku City Actors was received by its pre-existing fanbase, Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku will surely deliver with its catchy music and quirky character designs; brought to you by Doga Kobo and Media Factory with a pretty big cast of seiyuu including Yoshimasa Hosoya, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Yothisugu Matsuoka and Natsuki Hanae just to name a few.
Release Date: April 7, 2015
Plastic Memories (プラスティック・メモリーズ)- Wow, Plastic Memories’ first PV brings quite a few feels to the forefront of your mind with a quiet piano ballad intro and a sweetly nostalgic voice singing along. The series is listed under sci-fi but I get the feeling that there will be hints of love and drama between the characters. The second PV is much more telling of the gorgeous animation and the look of the characters. The story takes place in a futuristic world where humans and androids co-exist. A company called SA Corp produces a new android that is capable of emotion. The series takes an old trope and reworks it into a new world structure where a “terminal service” has been created in order to deal with emotional androids, called Giftia, who are past their time…
I feel so much emotional hype from the PVs alone.
Release Date: April 5, 2015
Re-Kan! (レーカン!)- Based on a 4-Koma panel manga series written and illustrated by Seta Hinako, the story revolves around a girl named Amami Hibiki who can perceive ghosts and other supernatural entities around her. She and her friends get into a quite a bit of mischief with the supernatural world. This series is brought to you by Pierrot Plus and falls into genres of comedy, school and seinen. The animation and character designs look pretty solid. I’m also really attracted to the show’s music style from the bits of score and song we get in the PVs so I’ll be looking out for this one as well.
Release Date: April 3, 2015
So we have a HUGE line up of new shows and season two hard-hitters for spring. I can’t express to you guys how utterly excited I am for the spring season after all the shows that lagged in the previous season. This time I’ve decided to include the poll with this post all at once. If you see a show you’d like to see First Impressions, weekly reviews or vlogs for, please vote in the poll below. If you don’t see your favourites, leave the series names in poll as well and I will definitely check those out. Thank you guys so much for reading and I will talk to you all very soon =)
S**t hits the fan when the original author of Aerial Girls disapproves of the final episode’s storyboards. The entire production company is in an uproar considering the fact that the recording has been finished on the series. The worst part is that the author wants a BAD ending where his protagonist doesn’t even redeem herself by flying again. Aria ends up giving up the skies in an anticlimactic ending mess. Awks.
Rating: 4/5 clouds (for the epic cowboy showdown)
As a result of this mess, we end up getting a bit of introspection on the director’s role in the production company. Unfortunately, it mainly rests on him to come up with new storyboards for the ending of the series. Fortunately enough we get to see an epic showdown between Director Kinoshita and the creator of Aerial Girls. Pretty intense by Shirobako standards.
HOT DAYUM DIRECTOR KINOSHITA.
Somehow the narration ends up drawing parallels in the theme of teamwork and determination between the production team and the Third Aerial Girls Squad. It’s quite a pensive and touching moment to see the Director empathize so much with the girls. The creator however, has a different interpretation on the characters and as clumsy and derpy as the Director is, he is fairly perceptive when it comes to understanding people. I’m quite impressed with how his character turned out overall.
The two end up finding a proper strategy to Aria’s character development. It’s also BRILLIANT how the series ties together the last of the girls in the series because Zuka-chan-senpai is FINALLY pulled into the anime world. She was SO CLOSE to getting Catherine’s part, I’m so happy that she ends up getting Catherine’s younger sister’s part.
They gave Zuka-chan the EXACT ending she needed and still kept to the grounded realism of the series. It seems like this part is the perfect part for Zuka-chan as well and I can’t help but be as moved as Miyamori in this scene as she was in the studio for one of her best friend’s very first voice acting roles. With this episode, ALL the Shirobako girls have succeeded in their goal to work on the same anime project together. I couldn’t be prouder of them.
“I believe that talent, first and foremost, is the ability to take a chance and to be calm enough to learn from mistakes…” – Ema Rating: 3.5/5 curious clouds I actually really enjoyed how the series shifted over to focus … Continue reading →
Ah, there’s nothing like a donut to go with some anime… Rating: 3/5 curious clouds Shirobako continues to explore Miyamori’s own motivations within the animation industry, a question that’s been skimmed over through the duration of the series because it’s … Continue reading →
Rating: 4.2/5 curiously happy clouds “I don’t have anything that I want to do… I don’t know if I’ll ever find anything either.” To be honest I was quite surprised that Shirobako has decided to delve so much into the … Continue reading →
Rating: 4.2/5 happy clouds Wow, it’s amazing how much more productive the Musashino team can be with Yano’s return. She calms down Miyamori and even has enough experience and hutzpah to goad Hiraoka passive ass into work. She heads to … Continue reading →