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New Anime for Summer 2014

Been wanting to post this before it is too late. Check out some of the new anime airing in Japan, and let us know what you would like to see reviews of.

 

 

 

Summer 2014 Anime Chart v3

Happy 4th of July

Anime Salvation 4th of july 2014

 

 

 

Happy 4th of July to all our readers. We are currently in the works of redoing the site some. So stay tuned to a new AnimeSalvation.

 

Anime North 2014 Teaser

Hey there everyone, we’re working on the coverage for Anime North 2014, but in the mean time here’s a small teaser of what we got to see there.


Golden Time review by miki

Golden Time Review

By Miki

This series deals with a college student who has amnesia.  Tada Banri (多田 万里) has forgotten everything from high school and earlier.  In Shizuoka he confesses to Linda his best friend after graduation.  She tells him she will give her answer tomorrow and he awaits her on the bridge.  Unfortunately he is run over and loses his memories before she gets there.  He runs to Tokyo to escape the feelings of expectation from those who knew him before the accident.  We find this is due to an incident when he snuck out of the hospital and ran into a girl (Linda (リンダ) who said she was attending a university in Tokyo. He did not remember that Linda was his childhood best friend.   He then makes new friends: Kaga Koko (加賀 香子), Mitsuo Yanagisawa (柳澤 光央), Chinami Oka (岡 千波), Nana, and Takaya Satō (佐藤 隆哉) aka 2D-kun. He joins the festival club with Koko and renews friendship with Linda.

He meets Yana first when they are following girls to find the college. Both looking very suspicious they end up buying popsicles and losing the girls.  They start their friendship there and once they get to the college he meets Koko as she slaps Yana with a bunch of roses.  Banri is instantly captivated by her confidence and beauty.    Yana keeps trying to run from Koko but she pursues him wildly and eventually they come to terms with Yana making it expressly clear he won’t be anything but a friend to her. Koko and Banri get taken to cult club and meet 2D-kun.  Banri creates distraction by telling part of his story so others can leave. They end up running into Linda and the festival club practicing as they fled the cult. Koko and Banri become good friends by her using him to get to Yana.  Banri stays by Koko’s side and finally tells her he likes her and wishes she’d give up on Yana.  Yana in turn confesses to Oka and is hurt at a party.  Koko and Banri start dating.

They all have lots of adventures together.  Yana decides to go after Linda not understanding Banri’s close relationship to her.  He has hidden his past from all of his new friends but it slowly starts to unravel as his memories slowly fluctuate and sometimes return in small bursts causing current memories to vanish momentarily.  This scares Banri and Nana helps with Linda to keep him from losing it.  Will Koko and Banri stay together?  Will he forget all his current life for the past?  Can Banri share his fears?  Will the others figure out whats happening to Banri?  Find out by watching this twisting and emotional anime.  It really was worth the wait to find out the ending.  8 out of 10 stars.

NHK Review

Welcome to the NHK

By Miki

 

NHK: Nihongo Hikikomori Kyoukai: Japanese anti-social association. (Anime)

NEET: NEducation, Employment, or Training

NHK: Nippon Housou Kyoukai (日本放送協会, Japanese Broadcasting Association) (Real)

 

So the NHK is a villainous group creating conspiracies that ruin people’s lives.    Sato believes that aliens with the NHK have created this world for him and he’s the only person alive.  They have made him a hikikomori so he won’t go outside and realize the world is an illusion.  He chooses to believe in the 1% of conspiracies that are true so he can blame them for his misery.

Many different lifestyles are shown though most of the time the story focuses on the concepts of being a hikikomori, anime otaku, and having most of the characters experiencing intense feelings of depression and loneliness.  We open with Tatsuhiro Satō (佐藤 達広), a university dropout entering his fourth year of unemployment.  He is living off his salary and has become a hikikomori, whom can’t leave the house.  He then meets Misaki Nakahara (中原 岬), who comes by with her aunt on missionary work.  She claims she can cure him.  This causes him to freak out and he creates lies to convince her he doesn’t need help.  While doing this his neighbor is constantly blasting anime music and he’s finally had enough and goes to bang on his door.   He Finds his high school friend Kaoru Yamazaki (山崎 薫 )  who is currently going to school to create gal games.  He then cons Yamazaki into letting him use a game they create to get rid of Misaki.  He relies on Yamazaki a lot and they become very close.  They create a gal game (hentai game) together with Sato writing the script.  There are hiccups through the process of making the gal game.

Hitomi Kashiwa (柏 瞳) is Sato’s senpai in high school and his first love.  They were in the literature club together but mostly played cards.  She makes a comment about how she wished they’d done more than just play cards.   Due to stress Hitomi became dependent on drugs and seeks out Sato with beer to cry on his shoulder.  She’s having problems with living and her boyfriend cancels their trip and therefore she convinces Sato to go with her to an Offline Meeting.  Where they disappear together to say goodbye to life, thankfully loved ones find them and talk them down.

This show can be a little depressing so watching when in a good mood or place in life would be best.  It helps the audience to see the world through the eyes of someone without hope. 3out of 5 stars.

Chaos; Head

ChäoS;HEAd; (カオスヘッド )Review

By Miki

The confusion starts with Takumi Nishijō (西條 拓巳) a shut in, anime, gammer, and nerd. He has an imaginary girlfriend Orgel Seira (星来 オルジェル). She is also an anime character and his greatest delusion.  He skips school and has a little sister Nanami Nishijō (西條 七海) who tries so hard to get through to him.  While he refuses her help or a phone to keep in contact, she finally talks him around.  While at school he relizes the Demon girl he sees committing murder is his best friend and classmate Rimi Sakihata (咲畑 梨深).  There is also Daisuke Misumi (三住 大輔) his other best friend.  Daisuke is a pretty boy player. Daisuke gets jealous as he sees all these girls around Takumi.  The boys go to a concert of the indie group “Phantasm” (ファンタズム) and the lead singer; Fes aka. Ayase Kishimoto (岸本 あやせ) goes to their school. Daisuke falls for her immediately but Takumi’s interest is in her sword no one can see and the lyrics to her song.  Sena Aoi (蒼井 セナ) also has a large invisible sword and tells Takumi it’s a D-sword and he better hurry and find his if he wants to survive.

The story is very convoluted.  We start thinking it’s a dark slice of life series with schizophrenia undertones, but by midway through we start questioning reality.  Does the mind create the world or is Takumi just crazy.  There is a war going on under the surface and a game of murder called the “New Generation” (ニュージェネレーション?) Madness.  The General speaks in a very cryptic and confusing manner, leaving Takumi nervous.  Takumi is convinced the General another online contact and the girl he saw committing the murder are somehow connected. He meets Grimm online who is trying to bring Takumi up to speed about the recent New Generation events.  Takumi tries to avoid getting involved with other New Generation events. However, as Takumi begins attempting to distance himself from the crime he witnessed, he soon catches interest of the police.  The general also sends him a link of the murder the day before.  After a blonde beauty Yua Kusunoki (楠 優愛) befriends him and he feels like she might be really into him.  He then finds out she’s been studying him thinking he is the killer.  She has lots of proof that his conversations with the general don’t add up.  He starts to question his own sanity. He starts worrying that he’s sleep walking and committing the murders and goes to a doctor but then the doctor is removed.

With the police suspecting him, and himself convinced that he is being targeted by the General Takumi finds himself caught in a spiral of delusions and paranoia, as he desperately tries to keep himself safe and figure out why he is apparently being targeted.  He eventually comes into contact with several other people related to the events. The Seven Black knights or Gigalomaniacs (ギガロマニアックス) are Rimi, Ayase, Yua, Sena, Kozue, Nanami, and Takumi.           These seven heroes are fighting Nozomi to save the world.  Unsure of what is real or who he can trust, Takumi finds himself thrust into a much larger scheme than he ever thought possible.  As the mysterious company NOZOMI carefully plots something from behind the scenes.  A machine called Noah II must be destroyed for the sake of all humanity.

The Friendly Winter (Web-Manhwa)

Min-Seong and Da-Jeong Da Jeong Da-Jeong Mum and Dad

Name: The Friendly Winter, Author: Lee Jun, Scanlators: SCS, Vintage: 2012-2013, Type: Manhwa, Genre: Psychological-Drama, Age-Rating: 13+, Rating: 10/10.

This manga revolves around a girl named Da-Jeong. She is 19 years old and longs to be a normal girl. But what’s so different about her? In-fact, due to a defect from when she was little her body has not matured since the age of about 7 and thus she is often mistaken for a child. Now an adult she has become incredibly prickly and is quick to anger, it was on one such occasion after she ran away after getting angry with her father while clothes shopping, that she met with Min-Seong. Da-Jeongs meeting with Min-Seong is one of mere coincidence but almost seemed pre-destined, whereas she is an adult whose body never grows older, Min-Seong is a 17 year old boy whose mind is that of a 7year old. A touching story is about to unravel as they both become good friends and protect each other as their emotions go up and down.

This is a wonderful story which deals well with the issue of handicapped people as well as accurately portraying the strong feelings of abandonment and sorrow they both share. This is a very depressing read with many sweet outcomes. As a first project by Lee Jun, this manga signals a great start to his career in the business. Though generally I am not a fan of webcomics, my preference being mostly for those setup in a standard format, I found this story had me hooked from beginning to end. This is a great read for anyone who likes stories of a dark emotional nature and it also deals with the matters of mental and physical disability without providing any areas of insult to them both.

Though this may seem long at 5 Volumes and 64 Chapters, the added length of this webcomic seems completely necessary having almost doubled from the authors original intention. Unlike most extended manhwa / manga, this series does not feel stretched and the ending will leave you thirsting more like all good manga should whilst also providing that sense of completion at the end of a story. I recommend this read to anyone and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Anime North 2013 Coverage

Hello everyone, it’s your boy Curser656 aka Anthony aka uh, well you get the idea.
So it’s that time of year again. Firstly I want to personally apologize that this coverage has taken so long, we had no contact with admins and no access to the site. So to begin.

This year we’d opted for a hotel room, this way we’d get to go to the really late panels that Anime North now has, or we hadn’t noticed it had last year.

Here are the highlights of Friday:

Opening Ceremony

We started our day with the opening ceremony, I don’t know who the lady talking to us was but we got to meet our guests, have a few laughs and of course kick off Anime North.

Big shout outs to the great drumming performance and of course to all the guests.

openingceremony1 openingceremony2

But I have to ask, when did Anime North become My Little Pony North?

I don’t think we should just be doing things to please people, for example throwing in clips of My Little Pony in the opening video.

I have a thing against bronys, you’ll figure that out soon enough.

On top of this, unfortunately the opening ceremony ran over an hour late. Meaning we missed our friend Initial P’s panel, still unhappy about that.
Late night with John and Tyson

This panel ended up being Late night with John, Tyson, Chris, and Michael.

If I had to sum up this panel in as few words as possible, it’d probably go something like this: Holy F***ing S**t.

I have never laughed so hard, this panel was great.

It’s just four guys telling stories that anyone under 18 would be shocked and confused about. (Then again let’s be realistic in this day and age 14 year olds know more than they should.)

Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take any pictures or video and technically we shouldn’t be talking about it. But if I had to pick one panel as my favorite during the Anime North weekend, it’s this.

Saturday

We woke up a bit late to attend the early panels on Saturday, so we started our day with a good all day breakfast, and watching Shingeki no Kyojin air in Japan.

 

Funimation Panel

This consisted of Funimation blatantly lying to fans, pretending they actually make anime, and licensing the worst titles of the season.

Stick to Crunchyroll.

(This is my opinion and it doesn’t reflect the overall opinion of the site, blahblahblah.)

Sunday

 

The Dealers Room

 

Gallery Momiji

momiji

Gallery Momiji Staff

These guys put a lot of work into the displays and the security of the artists works. Honestly, hats off to them.

As press we are allowed to take pictures under artist approval. Even with our guide with us we had multiple staff approach us to double check our privileges.

As a little treat we’ve taken our favourite picks from the gallery and the piece that I wish I’d bought.

ruwindas

Ruwinda’s Favourite

anthonys-favourite

Anthony’s Favourite

regret

The one that got away

 

To Summarize

Some people may think this con is a bit backwater and that it doesn’t live up to the big boys. But to be honest it’s one of the better conventions I’ve been to. And it’s definitely the effort put in by the staff that makes it that awesome.

A Bridge to Starry Skies review

A bridge to Starry Skies

By Miki

Also known as Hoshizora e Kakaru Hashi is a cute and funny comedy about brotherly love.  This story started out as an erotic novel but then turned into a lively anime with bodacious babes and firecracker females.  Kazuma Hoshino and his brother Ayumu Hoshino move to the rural city of Yamabiko. On their way to the Yorozuyo Inn, where they are prearranged to lodge, the boys get on the wrong bus, forcing them to wait out the next ride at a stop.   Ayumu’s hat is stolen by a monkey and Kazuma chases after it, getting lost in the process.  Kazuma runs into a beautiful but ditzy maiden named Ui Nakatsugawa, whom helps him find his way.  Unfortunately he ends up pushing her down and kissing her but it was an accident.  It’s a must see the way the rumors start to fly and he is reprimanded by Ibuki Hinata, UI’s best friend.  The girls worry hes a pervert while the boys cheer him on and want to know his secret.

Kazuma starts at Yamabiko South Academy and meets these two girls he fell upon in the forest and now the fun begins..  He is constantly in compromising positions with different girls but mostly Ui cause she never sees it coming.  Tsumugi Toudou (藤堂 つむぎ) is the third year who works at the inn where the boys are living Kazuma actually flashes her and the land lady while shes cleaning the bath.  Next is Madoka Koumoto (神本 円佳 ) a longtime friend and shrine maiden.  She is in love with Kazuma and is very quiet and old fashioned.  Hina Sakai (酒井 陽菜) is also a third year and one of the untouchable idols at school.  She freaks out on Kazuma then ends of falling for him too.  Needless to say this is a harem anime and the entire cast of girls end up wanting him.  The stories are fun and lively with characters that are real and inviting.

This was a nice way to spend the day.  I watched all 12 in one day and just kept laughing.  I give an 8 out 10 stars.

There Is No Such Thing As HD: Final Fantasy X & X-2, Final Fantasy XIV and Beyond

Some people may not notice but when you turn your Wii U on, PS3 (Playstation 3), or Xbox 360 that there is something called HD, hi-def, high definition, high-def… this is an ignorant persons tutorial to hi-def.

As an anime & game lover, HD is my friend. I’d give anything for FLCL to be in high def (HD). It is not yet. Hell, I wish it was. Tonight, I was playing Final Fantasy 14 beta on the PS3(Playstation 3) and was told it does not look any better than FF X for Playstation 2.

HD High Definition Versus Vs SD Standard Definition
Sorta insulting to us game geeks. How do u explain HD? I am gonna Google right now for an answer to that. Look above, see the difference spelled out for you? Why buy a Blu-Ray? In my ultimate opinion, because if I have a high def (HD) television, you do not want it to look like shit.

In doing so I found a good example:

Difference versus HD and SD

 

See the difference in the island? I do. See the difference overall? Yes. There is definitely a difference. Clear island vs cloudy island. Now imagine that in anime. Imagine that in video games. Imagine that in anything.

The thought HD doesn’t exist is an ignorant assumption. It is truly sad that people, not I, but several people are too ignorant (I fucking hope that is the word to use) to grasp HD.

Are you excited, an HD version of Final Fantasy X & and Final Fantasy X-2 are coming out? Can you tell the difference between them and the original PS2 ( playstation 2) versions? Fuck I do not care how ignorant you are. I can and several other fan boys can.

I am an official beta tester for Final Fantasy 14 (final fantasy xiv). I love the game because of its beauty. It’s true best as it is the fact I have to read everything, minus the pretty intro, says. The story is good but come on! Give me a break!

By signing up for the game’s beta we are not allowed to disclose anything yet. So hey anyone, take the time to look at a game, HD and & SD. Do not be ignorant. There is a difference. Maybe I am insulted but the people that put the time into the games we love, we play, will be unhappy to read shit from you.

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Next people will be there is no difference between 2d and 3d.  Laugh my fucking ass off, but there is no difference without the glasses.  True as that may be but you need to be aware.  Ignorant people lie around every corner. All that matters is Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2 come out in HD. Not standard definition for the people that can’t distinguish the difference. Not a definition for those that think high def, high definition, does not exist.  I say to for all my friends, readers and lovers of Final Fantasy to know that hey you are getting your favorite game in the best graphics available to the eye at this time soon according to E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo).

Let me give a grand example, my girlfriends own 14 year old son, does not see the difference in graphic quality. How am I to explain to him what he is missing? Rhetoric question? No, I wish. Question wanting an answer for my own self? Yes.

Video games have only become more eye candy. Final Fantasies have only become more fucking complicated but one thing is the graphics are always, always fucking beautiful. Get HD or go home and deal with SD!

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