Crunchyroll be attending Sakura-Con from March 29-31 in Seattle, Washington! With an impressive Sword Art Online guest list, we'll be there to join in on the festivities!
Stop by our booth and sign up for your free, 30-day Premium Anime Membership trial and receive an exclusive Crunchyroll t-shirt that we only give out to convention goers, as well as a raffle ticket for a chance to win fabulous prizes! If you're already a Premium Member, stop by and sign into your account for a t-shirt as well! We will be in the exhibitor's hall in booths 325 and 224 all three days of the convention, and will also be joined by some of our lovely Crunchyroll Ambassadors who are helping out at our booth, so come by, say hi, hang out on our livestream, and have fun!
Crunchyroll will also be hosting two panels this year at Sakuracon:
The first on Friday, March 29, at 1:00pm with SailorBee running our very own Crunchyroll Sword Art Online Cosplay Contest! Bring your very best Sword Art Online cosplay and compete for a chance to win tickets to the super exclusive autograph session with Sword Art Online creator Reki Kawahara!
Our second panel will be our industry panel on Saturday, March 30 at 5:00pm! Join Crunchyroll's very own marketing managers Lugiamania and SailorBee as they talk about what's new and exciting at Crunchyroll! Learn about our titles, new Cruncnhyroll Apps, our Ambassador Program and much more! Want to know what we actually do at the Crunchyroll offices every day!? Make sure you stop by! There might even be sneak peeks at our upcoming shows for the next season, as well as raffle prizes and games, so be sure not to miss it!
If Lupin The 3rd took place in a Meiji Era Japan in which everyone are less than sane caricatures of popular Japanese tropes, it would be Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman. Taking the role of our loveable thief is Nezumi Kozo, an odd job connoisseur by day and an infamous Japanese Robin Hood character called Roman by night.
With the coming of the black ships, Japan is in turmoil and greedy officials are using the chaos to their advantage by taxing the common people to poverty. Roman infiltrates the officials treasuries with his team of thieves and throws “lavish banquets” which always involve some sort of colorful explosion which redistributes the wealth across the countryside as a rain of coins.
Why this is necessary, I am not sure.
Why? Kyoto during that period was, apparently, chock full of people I wouldn’t, in a million years, consider messing with.
When Nezumi reveals to her that he lost his days earnings gambling (he has a problem), the screen is left with no choice but to pan away as she draws a pair of her decorative chopsticks. A wet noise and Nezumi’s anguished scream are provided to encourage our imagination and fuel our future nightmares.
There is, literally, a mad scientist in town whose creations include a security system powered by an electric eel and a sentai power suit capable of cutting a palace in half with a karate chop.
The town doctor has, for the advancement of medical science, created zombies, which he claims he made primarily of flour. I’m not sure what this means, but he appears to be capable of controlling the zombies. He is a culinary necromancer.
What I’m getting at is that these people are normal citizens all living in the same city. Someone is trying to tax these people to poverty. Don’t get me wrong, Roman is unquestionably cool and an expert combatant. He displays his prowess by halting every attack from keyblades to ki blasts with nothing more than his outside block. I just question Roman’s necessity. There seems to be little evidence that he is in any way an exception among the citizenry of Kyoto.
I actually feel a little sorry for the city officials who are expected to tax these people. He becomes almost a sympathetic character attempting to find some muscle strong enough to separate the taxes from the citizenry who doesn’t end up a twisted heap of flesh within a matter of days. No doubt his superiors are breathing down his neck about quotas to be met even as he is trying to build a new house after the previous collapsed in an explosion of money.
When the 2013 Winter season started, I decided to give THE UNLIMITED Hyobu Kyosuke a try because I just wanted some good, solid action after the endless stream of moe blob series that just seem to keep popping up. Fast forward twelve weeks later and I'm writing an email to TV Tokyo begging them for a second season because there just NEEDS to be more of this show!
THE UNLIMITED drew me in right off the bat, with an explosive first episode and a main character that didn't seem to give a damn about anything. Sure, he may have been a little OP in the beginning, but that was what made him cool; Hyobu is extremely powerful, and he's not going to apologize for that. The action scenes are well-scripted and exciting, and the pace of the story moved fast enough that I was always counting down the days until the next episode. The plot is fairly straightforward--Hyobu Kyosuke and his band of esper outlaws, P.A.N.D.R.A., fight to save espers who are mistreated by "normals", those without psychic abilities, a sentiment that is not completely unwarranted given the blatant discrimination of espers in the show.
Originally based off of a manga-turned-anime series Psychic Squad (Zettai Karen Children in Japan), THE UNLIMITED does share the same universe and characters, although it also introduces a few new ones as well, including my favorite Andy Hinomiya. Andy is the other main character of the show, and is dramatically rescued from prison by Hyobu, reluctantly joining P.A.N.D.R.A. We learn quickly that Andy has his own hidden agenda, but that doesn't stop him from slowly adapting to the rest of the group, nor becoming fond of them and realizing that not all espers are as evil as he thought. Andy's growth and change of heart is what makes him one of the best new characters, as well as the most fun to watch.
Production-wise, the music and animation are top-notch, with manglobe of Samurai Champloo fame handling the art, and Kotaro Nakagawa, who also handled the music for Code Geass, composing the score. What I really thought stood out was that THE UNLIMITED would often change up their opening and ending songs, depending on the episode. There were two versions of the opening, a Japanese and an English version, and a total of eight different ending songs, some of which are sung by the voice actors.
Although the plot is not necessarily complicated, the character development it manages to achieve, especially for Hyobu and Andy, is remarkable. There are two episodes dedicated to Hybou's past, and it really allowed me to see his reasoning and why he turned out the way he did. (Also, it features Aya Hirano as quite possibly the cutest version of Hybou ever.) Despite being the main antagonist in the original Psychic Squad, I never felt contempt for Hyobu and really, you find yourself cheering and rooting for P.A.N.D.R.A., even if their methods are somewhat extreme at times. After all, they are a family, with Hybou being the patriarch that watches over and protects them all.
Now that the last episode has finally aired (sob!), if you are looking for an exciting, well-executed, no-nonsense, action-packed anime, now is the time to marathon THE UNLIMITED Hyobu Kyosuke!
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