Despite the global acclaim of her hit manga The Ancient Magus Bride, Kore Yamazaki still lives and works like a humble creator, spending her extra time as a special guest of Crunchyroll Expo industriously working on her next manga chapter. Peter Fobian sat down with her to ask some questions. Hit the jump to read about her career, creative process, and the future of The Ancient Magus Bride!
School intrigue and survival games can both be fascinating when the rules are clear, but Classroom of the Elite has taken things further by dropping its characters in a situation in which they must try to succeed without a clear idea of what victory means. Their school is undoubtedly testing them, but whether it wants only the most ruthless students to emerge victorious or rise above its intentionally cutthroat environment will likely remain a mystery until the competition is over. See how this dynamic makes for extra intrigue and a more involved audience, after the jump!
A contemplative journey following the life of a Japanese girl born in Hiroshima in the 1930s through the events of WWII. In This Corner of the World is a thoroughly researched photograph of the world as it existed during those periods seen through the lense of an artist. It's a tale of the devastating effects of war on those who never see an enemy soldier and one of the greatest animate films of the past decade. Read more, after the jump!
With 12 years since the original TV series and an entire movie trilogy set to begin in September, there is a lot to unpack for the upcoming Eureka Seven: Hi-Evolution. Director Tomoki Kyoda put in his hours at several panels during Otakton 2017 answering questions and providing his thoughts and expriences on the franchise history and the production of the new films. Read more, after the jump!
Retrace and redo was the intent behind the new movie trilogy covering Eureka Seven's past, present, and future, Hi-Evolution. The creative minds behind of landmark mecha series return after 10 years to uncover new secrets beneath familiar ground and the attendees of Otakon 2017 were the first in the world to see it. Hit the jump to find out more!
The conclusion of the first arc of Boruto: Naruto Next Generation struck a familiar chord that should be all too familiar to a fon of the original work. Boruto has shown us a very different face from the Naruto we're used to but has kept absolutely true to the same message and feeling. Read about where it's the same and how the differences provide new opportunities to show us the same heart, after the jump!
Every once in a while you watch a series where every single episode is a surprise. In 18if, this is by design. Studio Gonzo's newest series features a series of vignettes exploring the dreams of a new character. Since we're all the director of our own dreams, what better way to show off these individual landscapes than by providing every dreamer with their own director? The result is one of the most unique anime of the season where what comes next is impossible to predict. Hit the jump to read more!
Anime has a long history of taking a classroom full of kids and subjecting them to weird circumstances, but Classroom of the Elite has set a premise with a ton of potential. Locking kids in a school and forcing them to play a game of academic success while policing their own problem students. All the ingredients are present for a psychological thriller as the member of class 1-D must take on... other classes? The school? Each other? Hit the jump to read more!
Ernesti's backstory may be unusual, but it serves a purpose. In portraying the positive power of fandom, his alter ego's enthusiasm for mecha translates to this new world of real life robots becomes a transformative force for those around him. Through passion, hard work, and inclusiveness, Ernesti is changing lives for the better and elevating those around him. Hit the jump to read more!
Every new season brings some unique anime, but Spring gave us a number of titles that made clever use of tone to surprise us and help us connect with the characters experiences. Using narrative framing, visual cues, and even switching genres, these three anime made the the most of their single cour runtimes to maximize their emotional impact! Hit the jump to read more!
You can't win 'em all, but how you lose can say a lot about you. Deku's defeat may be a tremendous blow to his goal, but the nature of his loss only strengthens his claim to the title of Symbol of Peace. See how My Hero Academia cleverly reinforces its themes of heroism through self-sacrifice, after the jump!
After the tragic events of her childhood, Farnese confronts untold horrors as a member of the Holy Iron Chain Knights. As the events of the Tower of Conviction unfold, she's presented with two figures who offer different forms of solace. At a crossroads, her decision to face her fears informs her gradual changes and one of the central stories of Berserk! Find out how Farnese learns to face her fears, after the jump!
In a series where so many characters stand at the border of oblivion, Farnese's grasp on her humanity seems most tenuous among the central cast. Despite the atrocities she has committed, Berserk has taken the time to show us the circumstances that created the ruthless knight. Read more about her struggle to survive in a bleak world and path to redemption, after the jump!
Sometimes a series hits you with a reveal that makes you want to watch the whole thing over again. The latest development in The Eccentric Family 2 has been simmering for two seasons and its potential implications on the story present a number of possibilities. See how a single scene can change our perception of the entire series and provide the set up for an amazing development, after the jump!