NBC Universal Reveals Sixth ‘Starmyu’ Anime CD Preview

NBC Universal Reveals Sixth ‘Starmyu’ Anime CD Preview The debut this season of High School Star Musical, which is going by the name Starmyu, has gone over pretty well for its audience. Now the folks at NBC Universal Anime has put out its preview of its sixth CD that’s set for release on November 11th, 2015 in Japan. The tracklist for the release includes:

01 アヤナギ・ショウ・タイム
02 アヤナギ・ショウ・タイム ~鳳アレンジVer.~
03 アヤナギ・ショウ・タイム (Instrumental)
04 アヤナギ・ショウ・タイム ~鳳アレンジVer.~ (Instrumental)

The project is from an original plan by Rin Hinata and will be animated at C-Station. Shunsuke Tada is directing the project based on scripts by Sayaka Harara and character designs by Asami Watanabe.

The previously announced cast so far includes Natsuki Hanae as Yuuta Hoshiya,Kensho Ono as Tooru Nayuki, Arthur Lounsbery as Kaito Tsukikage, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Shou Taigeiji, Tomoaki Maeno as Yuu Kuga, Junichi Suwabe as Itsuki Ootori, Daisuke Hirakawa as Tsubasa Hiiragi, Nobuhiko Okamoto as Rui Tatsumi, Yūma Uchida as Eigo Sawatari, Kazuyuki Okitsu as Seishirō Inumine, KENN as Izumi Toraishi, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Akira Ugawa, Showtaro Morikubo as Kyōji Akatsuki, Kousuke Toriumi as Christian Leon Yuzuriha, Wataru Hatano as Sakuya Sazanami and Takehito Koyasu as Haruto Tsukigami.

Plot concept: The story involves a group of high school students at Ayana Academy, a school with music as its main focus. A trio of students are called Hanasakura-kai, designating the most talented from the music department. To get in, individuals must enter through a Star Frame class. The series tells the story of Yuuta Hoshiya*, Tooru Nayuki, Kaito Tsukikage, Shou Tengeiji, and Shuu Kuga as they aim for a position in the musical department after being spotted by Ootori, one of the Hanasakura-kai members.

Miss Monochrome Season 3 Episode #07 Anime Review

Miss Monochrome Season 3 Episode #07 Anime Review It’s time to enjoy Osaka.

What They Say:
“Disguise”

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
While I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the whole Momotaro approach the last time around as that’s a story element that was used heavily back in the 80’s and early 90’s when I first got into anime, it worked well enough to give Monochrome the push to move forward right with her first big concert. She’s been putting in the effort and practicing while getting really good help from those around her that have signed on to her goal. The result has been fun so it’s easy enough to give a pass to one of those pieces that just grinds me the wrong way with what it does. I totally get it as a big piece of Japanese folklore, but it doesn’t do a thing for me.

With the concert getting things moving at the start here with its big production values and very enthusiastic audience, it even works well enough that you can give it a pass for using the same song as always. Even more so because the episode isn’t about the actual concert but what she and Maneo are up to after it’s over at Osaka. It takes a fun turn with a look at how her top competition is doing as they get to ride with her for a bit, which provides for an idea of how difficult life is for one in that position with the way fans would glom onto her. Of course, Monochrome makes it her goal to let Kikuko have a good time seeing Osaka with her and comes up with a ridiculous costume. It’s light and silly with what it does and has a really cute Wooser nod in it that just adds to the fun for those that enjoy that series.

In Summary:
Naturally, there’s not a lot here outside of the feel good material with what Kikuko gets to experience with Monochrome and the very pleasant nature of both of them. It’s quite welcome to have her be as mellow as she is instead of being a cruel or mean top idol as it allows Monochrome to have something positive to aspire to. There are lots of small moments here that are nice, not much in the way of actual laughs or anything, but you get some good grins when it comes to Mana and Maneo more than anything else. I’m pulling for him on his dream of a second convenience store.

Grade: B-

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Apple TV via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

Overlord Episode #07 Anime Review

Overlord Episode #07 Anime Review Sometimes a hamster is just a hamster.

What They Say:
Momonga and his group continue to Carne Village. There they see that the villagers are working toward fortifying their defenses against possible future enemies. Nphirea meets up with Enri and asks her about this man named Ains Ooal Gown.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Momonga presses onward in this foreign world, looking to make connections with the game he once played. As it turns out, there are connections to be had all over the place, whether or not they’re of the sort Momonga is hoping for. Although the goal is to get his name out there, he goes by more than one name, and doesn’t necessarily want them to be identified as the same person. This comes up in an interesting callback to when Momonga did some rescuing under the name Ains Ooal Gown as he meets Nphirea’s friend, who happens to be Enri, the girl he bestowed with an item to summon goblins and a rare potion. Between these connections and the conversations had as Momonga was assuming each identity, Nphirea is able to discern that Momon is this same Ains, and that he’s even more than simply the very powerful warrior he appears to be. This isn’t what Momonga was hoping for, but at least Nphirea isn’t someone who would do anything to cause problems for him, and it only serves as a reminder that people assuming multiple identities had better not allow for any evidence that groups them together to spill out. This is a world of real, thinking people, after all. This series of connections was more involved and creative than I was expecting, so I give it credit for being pulled off in the way it was. I could see the case being made for it being a bit too contrived to all work out so perfectly, but in a way that just further serves to show how the unexpected and random can occur in a natural, organic world like this.

On the other hand, in his efforts to further make himself known, Momonga seeks out the Wise King of the Forest, which sounds like it should be fearsome enough to make its conqueror instantly famous. The result is underwhelming to say the least, but to comedic effect that actually serves a more important purpose of bringing forth our weekly confirmation that Momonga is still essentially a human being underneath various levels of both physical and mental disparity from his existence in the world he was originally from. This is probably a good indication that it will stay that way for the foreseeable future, if for no better reason than that Momonga now has a big, silly pet and can hardly be taken seriously as anything akin to a real monster as long as he has amusing, embarrassed reactions to its presence and the inherent charming effect it has on him.

As it seems that his journey with Nphirea could be wrapping up, though, the party sans its expert fighters comes face to face with the cutesy and oh-so-evil Clementine, who has been seeking out Nphirea and pals since they were introduced, getting distracted on the way by things to kill. Nothing about Clementine or the other big villains has seemed especially interesting or original in their brief screen time, but now that at least she is front and center in the story, the chance to show a lot more than the most superficial qualities of a villain has presented itself. Perhaps more importantly, it also requires Momonga to step in and save his newish comrades and really face off against a worthy opponent and someone characterized by true evil, which is all new to him.

In Summary:
This episode takes various turns, but overall it’s a quieter one leading up to what will probably become a few episodes of the most serious and eventful conflict of the series thus far. Some connections are interesting, and of course Momonga gets a big, cute pet to take with him.

Grade: B

Streamed By: FUNimation

Review Equipment:
Roku 3, Sceptre X425BV-FHD 42″ Class LCD HDTV.

Superior Spider-Man #18 Review

Superior Spider-Man #18 Review Octavius just can’t catch a break.

Creative Staff:
Story: Dan Slott
Art: Ryan Stegman, Livesay

What They Say:
Superior Spider-Man vs. Spider-Man 2099. Who will be the most superior Spider in the Multi-verse? Plus, secrets uncovered in time!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The arrival of the Spider-Man from 2099 certainly threw a few wrenches into the works in the previous issue but it’s also tied to some other far-reaching events that will begin here. The formation of Alchemax is certainly something I’ve wondered how it would be handled at some point and bringing us into those events with Tiberius Stone in 2013 definitely works well as we can definitely see that the family line is pretty twisted. Having Miguel arrive and putting him into the position of having to save him in order to protect his own existence certainly works as well to make for something fun, far reaching and complicated at the same time. Amid all the other events going on.

While Miguel was the focus before, it’s more Octavius this time around as he realizes that this other guy knows who Spider-Man really is, which complicates things, and the situation gets very intense quickly since Miguel makes a flip remark that Octavius takes very, very personally. With Miguel also getting lip from Tyler Stone in the future, it’s a wonder he doesn’t want it all to just end. Keeping everyone else in the mix at the moment that are oblivious to all of this only makes it even more of a mess in a way, but it works well as in the end we get a big split as everyone ends up going their separate ways in the confusion. For Octavius, he’s juggling a lot of things and it’s really getting overwhelming for him in a way that he’s not used to, especially after showing how he can do it in a superior way for so long compared to Parker. I do like that he makes his focus on rescuing his tech from Horizon Labs though as it plays to his true self-interest.

While the book gives us a few touches of other areas, such as Anna getting into contact with Octavius as well as Mary Jane attempting to get through, the other big area of focus is in having Grady doing some minor visits through the Time Door to try and figure out what Tiberius did to make all this happen because he’s obviously guilty. Well, he really is and that certainly adds some importance to events, but it all starts circling back to Horizon Labs again with what’s going on there, particularly with Miguel as he learns after bringing Lyla back with him that what’s going on there will be the real game changer for the timeline if he doesn’t stop more bad time travel stuff from going down. Time travel is always a wonky thing, but they’re playing it very well here by just having fun with it.

In Summary:
The dynamic between Octavius and Miguel is a lot of fun since Miguel realizes that Peter’s not quite the nice guy he thought he was and acts accordingly while Octavius is frustrated by not knowing what Miguel is all about, especially since Miguel knows that it’s Parker underneath. For someone who likes to be a few steps ahead, it just makes him all the more intense and prone to mistakes. Which we see that he’s made a few of already and is trying to correct when it comes to Horizon Labs. This issue continues to have a lot of moving pieces and it handles it well overall with the balance of characters and stories, though I’ll admit I wish we had a little more quiet time before it all began. But I continue to be excited to see what the Stone family may have in store and how, by the end of this arc, I’ll better understand the events of the Spider-Man 2099 series I started reading last year.

Grade: B+

Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Marvel Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: September 18th, 2013
MSRP: $2.99

Royal Blood Hardcover Graphic Novel Review

Royal Blood Hardcover Graphic Novel Review And you thought Game of Thrones was messed up!

Creative Staff:
Story: Alejandro Jodorowsky
Art: Dongzi Liu

What They Say:
Royal Blood – a shakespearean tragedy of betrayal, lust and warring kingdoms, from acclaimed creator Alexander Jodorowsky!

Wounded, betrayed and left for dead, King Alvar returns to his kingdom to regain his stolen throne. Hungry for revenge, Alvar finds himself in the middle of a bloody political game for power. To keep his throne he must crush his enemies who would destroy him with their machinations. But his own horrific appetites may prove his undoing…

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
The story opens with a battle, and king Alvar is shot with an arrow and wounded. Escorted away by his cousin Alfred, it’s clear the battle will be lost if the troops lose morale with the king wounded. Thus, Alvar asks Alfred, who looks almost identical to him, to take up his armor and pretend to be him. But Alfred is not loyal and sees this as a sign from God that he should be king. Tossing dirt into Alvar’s wound so it will not heal, Alfred abandons Alvar and steals his crown. A strange woman finds Alvar and takes him to safety, and in a fever dream Alvar and the woman make love, he thinking her to be his wife Violena.

Ten years later, we find Alvar is half-wild and mad, and he and the woman produced a daughter named Sambra. When her goat is killed, Sambra wants to bury despite her parents’ protest. As she digs, the arrow that wounded Alvar so long ago is uncovered and his lost memories returned. He shuns his new wife and rejects Sambra, leaving to take back his throne. Before hanging herself, the woman in a monologue reveals she raped days before Alvar appeared, and one of those men are Sambra’s true father. Thus begins the woman’s revenge in death.

Alvar returns to his castle and kills Alfred, as a reluctant Violena looks on. Her loyalty is to who wears the crown, and she is the king’s wife, and as far as she was concerned Alfred was Alvar and they produced a son, who is not a far cry from Joffrey Baratheon. Enraged at this and her son’s denial to cover up that he killed Alfred, Alvar cuts out the boy’s tongue. And then we cut to another ten year jump where times are tumultuous and Sambra’s mother looks on from the afterlife, her revenge about to truly begin with Alvar being unable to resist a young woman, and he meets such a woman on a bear hunt, and it sets it motion tumultuous events, excommunication, sin, betrayal, disfigurement, and a whole slew of Shakespearean tragedy.

In Summary:
Jodorowsky is no stranger to fantasy, he was in the past year much talked about with the documentary on his failed effort to direct Dune, which eventually went to David Lynch, but the ideas he put forth were exciting and creative to the point where many wish he had directed the sci-fi fantasy classic. In this book, he channels works like Game of Thrones and the tumultuous nature of royals clashing and intrigue with a story that moves through twenty years deftly, and brought to visual life by Liu’s stunning artwork. This is one of the most gorgeous looking books I’ve read this year, and it’s the sort of art that if a Lord of the Rings comic were to be released now, this is the artwork you’d want.

They describe this tale as Shakespearean and boy, does it go there and a half. There’s one potential plot point involving sort-of incest that may squick some readers out, so there’s your warning on that. Alvar, for all intents and purposes, starts out as a noble king and the events that happen twist him to someone far from noble and ultimately to someone heartless. This book can be brutal in places, and is also not for those bothered by gore.

If you like the intense drama of historical fantasy a la George R.R. Martin and okay with the plot going to uncomfortable and dark places,  you will like this book. And hey, it can help kill the time waiting for the next season of GoT to arrive.

Grade: B

Age Rating: 17+
Released By: Titan Comics
Release Date: November 18th, 2014
MSRP: $12.74

Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 7: Kill the Moon Review

Doctor Who Season 8 Episode 7: Kill the Moon Review The Impossible Girl faces an Impossible Choice and this time she must do so because of her Impossible companion.

What They Say:
In the near future, the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the moon. Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack, and a terrible dilemma. When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Kill the Moon may just be an almost definitive episode that wraps up much of what I love about the modern Doctor Who series in a bow using what I dislike of modern Sci-Fi writing (including more than a few Doctor Who episodes. This created a final product that helped create an environment for me to take almost a year off from the series before sliding back into the show after watching most of the rest of the episodes from the start of the franchise re-launch. I can’t put all the blame on this episode by itself for that pause, but the episode does reflect some of what had me alright with taking so much time off.

Oddly enough considering my hiatus, I enjoyed a great deal of this episode on its face and have spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out how this season was just not clicking with me and I think I may have some of the answers, though not all. I think part of my problem is that I simply don’t have a handle on the 12th Doctor and it has taken me time to be comfortable with the fact that, unlike so many of the other Doctors that I have loved, the writing team this time around appears to have decided to spend more time having him discover who he is as opposed to having the new Doctor having a chance to have pretty good fleshing out in the first or second episodes of their appearance and then roll on from there more or less defined in their persona.
The premise of the episode worked pretty well for me for the most part, with the pre-opening tease of a crisis of a monumental decision that pit a single life versus the future of humanity being used to build a sense of urgency right from the get go. This situation is then further compounded by Clara stating that the man she relies on in such situations has left which leaves her to figure out the solution without any idea of how it may play out as she has come to rely on his future knowledge, while attempting to serve as a moral compass to a man who often seems to be murky about that concept at the best of times.

Frankly given the Doctor’s own performance in many of these situations it may be more that Clara relies on the Doctor to bear the weight of the decisions and that this reliance and shifting of responsibility seems to actually at the heart of this episode as almost everything from the start to finish revolve around some sort of responsibility for actions taken or for what comes from actions not taken. Events are kicked into motion as Clara demands that the Doctor take responsibility for telling Courtney Woods (the youth he previously took on a trip in the TARDIS only to find that she gets space and/or time sick) that she isn’t special which Courtney has used as an excuse for a recent bout of behavior that has gotten her in trouble (well, more than usual as she also has been aided by having swiped the Doctor’s psychic paper to help her).

When confronted by Courtney as well as Clara the Doctor appears to change his tune about the role he played in her current state of mind and he decides to offer Courtney the chance to be the first woman on the moon if that will placate her desire to feel she is special. The part I really love is that, depending on how one looks at the episode, this could be the Doctor offering to help a youth out (and possibly helping her have the ‘special’ future the Doctor already knew she would have of being President of the United States) and making amends for his own tendency to speak his thoughts without any sort of a filter as to how they may be taken. Alternately though, this episode could also possibly be one giant lesson by the Doctor (probably more to Clara then Courtney, though given her future that he mentions one she should also glean from) on just what it means in his eyes to be ‘special’, and the horrible burden that is asked out of those few beings out of the entirety of the universe who find the curse placed upon them of having to live up to the moment that will then define them as such.

The fact that the TARDIS just happens to land on a shuttle heading to the moon at a critical point kind of feels less like a situation of the TARDIS pulling the Doctor where he needs to go than in this case like the Doctor having an idea what he is intending to aim at. How this episode plays out to each viewer I think depends greatly on how the audience reads both this arrival and some of the Doctor’s dialogue which seems to be a bit ambiguous at times, which given the man he seems to be is almost certainly a deliberate choice by the writing team to help cloak just who this Doctor is at heart (or perhaps it is just me wildly reading into things, which is also very possible).

As the Doctor goes about gathering information about what is going on we see hints that either he is a master of psychology or else is very callous toward his companions through his reaction to the threat of force against them while at the same time he haves no trouble acting in a way that may cause him to be seen as a fool as he assesses what has lead this shuttle to the moon which may also play into a persona that lowers the guard of those threatening the use of force. Through this exchange it is revealed that the moon seems to have changed its weight over the last decade, throwing everything in Earth’s orbit and much of the areas anywhere near large bodies of water into chaos.

The sudden change of gravity on the moon wrecking havoc on the Earth isn’t then deemed as dangerous and climactic enough by the writing team, so of course there are almost medium dog sized spider things that took out a previous exploration team on the moon adding pressure to the investigation to help keep the sense of tension built from the pre-open tease.

And for the most part, this all works well when getting back to that teased moment as the story displays how the Doctor has decide that he is going to divorce himself from this event in Earth’s history (or future…time travel makes for tricky tenses) and he makes a show of telling Clara he feels it is time should took a burden on herself, and this is it. This leaves Clara trapped both on the giant rock psychologically and physically with the TARDIS having dematerialized and having no escape from facing the impossible position of finding herself owning the responsibility for whatever outcome proceeds from this decision to either kill an innocent creature and hope the moon stays together or to roll the dice and chance that the worst case scenarios won’t come to pass for the Earth if the trio leave it alone to finish whatever it is that is causing the moon to fall apart.

Frankly through this point I found myself going along with the theme and pace of events as I felt the writers did a credible job of developing an oppressive and menacing atmosphere for the most part while placing enough dangers in the path to keep me focused in. To their credit I was able to suspend disbelief for the most part and go along with a plausible (enough, considering) reason for why everyone on the show wasn’t bouncing around in low G, which has the benefit of not just underscore a credible disaster but which is also very budget friendly as it demanded that the characters move as if they are on Earth (minus one scene used for effect). I was even with them through the reveal of what the spidery creatures were and how they play into the overall mystery (even if they seemed a bit too convenient for creating drama) through the big reveal, which I think I’ve seen somewhere in Sci-fi before but which was done well enough that it still worked here.

What broke the episode for me was the moment where it turns out that despite all the heavy drama, the overwhelming danger and all sorts of potential –and frankly horrible- possibilities that were postulated that there turned out to be not just a ‘right’ answer, but that the writers weren’t content for it to just be correct and they went farther and made it so perfect as to remove any negative consequence at all to the decision that Clara winds up making. I really, really despise this manner of storytelling on its face as creating situations with no fallout to great moments of peril and decisions made feels completely cheep to me. Perhaps it is just me, but if I am really going to buy into a character and their trials I can’t just see happy ending that happens basically undercut all the strife they went through in making a decision and still feel that the strife mattered.

It also doesn’t help that with almost certainty there would be consequences in the real world even for the ‘right’ choice having been made in the face of the potential negative results. At the very least there would have been an outcry from the people on Earth who thought they had a voice in the decision and suddenly find that they didn’t which is glossed over by the Doctor, Clara and Courtney simply flying off in the TARDIS almost immediately after the end of the decision is shown (though perhaps the consequence is that this event may have played a role in the creation of the Order of the Silence that went to war with the previous Doctor).

My other problem with this ‘perfect’ end is that the solution by the writing staff as how not to undercut so many previous stories that have already happened which were set in the future (and again, time travel and tenses don’t mix well at all) proved a bridge to far for me to jump. There is an old saw I’ve seen that a story can ask its audience to accept one impossible thing in the telling but that any more may be asking too much. While I don’t know if that is always true or not, for me it came into play here (the obvious provision being that I’ve already bought into the premise of a 2000 year old time traveling alien over time ant that being baked into the cake as it were, leaving each story free to have a go at its own one impossible thing to build around) for me as the ‘what happens to the moon after’ revelation was one impossible thing too much and it kind of broke the somewhat tenuous connection I’ve developed with this new Doctor and the stories that have been told to date.

Obviously as I am writing this I did come back, and while I still can’t stand the way the episode made sure that the events with the moon wouldn’t wind up having re-written time (as the series puts it) I just feel that the need to return to ‘normal’ just pulled me completely out of the narrative. I think though that after some time away I have a better appreciation for why Clara feels as angry at the Doctor at the end as she does as I had been so taken out of the flow in my initial viewing that I simply couldn’t relate to her (justified) indignation as I’d hit a major stumbling block and hadn’t recovered. Its only in coming back and watching with a bit of a gap that I wonder if the Doctor isn’t trying to make Clara more like him, something that the previous Doctor had been outright accused of by one of his companions when the Doctor made him face a momentous choice.

This now has me wondering if perhaps being the last of his kind in the universe (minus whatever happened to Gallifrey, the 10th incarnation’s ‘daughter’ and …other possible surprises) has him subconsciously (or worse, consciously) trying to create someone to fill that void and so he is pushing Clara in that direction. I think there certainly is enough material in both his actions as well as dialogue in the season so far for me to buy into this particular line of thought, but it may simply be that this time he may be testing his companion to see if she can choose a decision that the Doctor would and perhaps see if she is ready to understand some of the burden he accepts when making such choices.

Whatever the case may be, it creates a situation where it seems that the writers are looking to define Clara more than the Doctor in this episode which feels a bit weird in this case to me as I felt Clara was pretty defined already. Perhaps by doing so they are trying to polish up the mirror which the Doctor (and the audience) use to see himself while keeping himself from losing sight of who he wants to be in his best moments and Kill the Moon provides that opportunity while throwing out what might be hints as to what kind of man this Doctor is.
Or it may simply be a chance for the writers to do a big show with a big effect, create some tension in the characters, and have a throwback moment for long time fans with a yo-yo while also providing the bonus of leaving enough material to have some fans read too much into events.

In Summary:
Kill the Moon brings an obvious world of tension and urgency to the table with an impending crisis on the moon leading to a danger for all living on Earth but the real meat of the material is the tension and urgency that is developed between the Doctor and Clara as Clara finds herself put into a position of having to make a Doctor like choice without the aid of having any idea how the future is supposed to unfurl, or even the comfort of having someone she trusts around to bounce an idea off. With a possible end of the road in sight for the Earth it may be this special relationship that is in the most trouble as a mostly very well written episode challenges to travelers who may now be seeing what the bounds of their bonds really are.

Grade: B+

FUNimation Adds Seven Fall 2014 Anime Simulcasts

FUNimation Adds Seven Fall 2014 Anime Simulcasts FUNimation went big today in their announcements for the fall 2014 anime season. With them already simulcasting One Piece and Fairy Tail, they also recently listed up Psycho-Pass 2 and selector spread WIXOSS. Now they’ve added seven more simulcast to the season with premiere dates and times where they’re finalized:

Gonna be the Twin-Tails!! (a.k.a. Ore Twintail ni Narimasu)

Streaming Thursdays at 1:46pm CT/ 2:46 ET

Plot Concept: Soji is an average high school boy and devoted lover of pigtails. But when monsters with a thirst for human spirit energy invade earth, Soji (along with the help of a mysterious pig-tailed stranger) must transform into a pigtailed girl to defeat them.

In Search of the Lost Future (a.k.a. Ushinawareta Mirai o Motomete)

First episode available October 4th, 2014 – Streaming Saturdays at 12:30pm CT/ 1:30pm ET

Plot concept: A series of increasingly strange events have been reported at Uchihama Academy’s soon-to-be-replaced aging school building. When the student council grows concerned about the spectral encounters, puzzling sleep disorders, and bizarre mishaps, they enlist the aid of the Astronomy Club to crack the case before it’s too late. One evening after school, club member Sou Akiyama is rocked by a sudden earthquake – and an encounter with a beautiful and mysterious naked girl who appears to know him even though he has no recollection of ever meeting her.  The next day, the very same girl arrives at his school as a transfer student who’s interested in joining the Astronomy Club. In the blink of an eye, Sou’s fate – along with the fates of all the girls in his club – begin to change in very dramatic and mysterious ways.

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai (name subject to change)

Streaming date and time coming soon!

Plot concept: Kyotaro Kakei is a shy student at a prestigious academy known for its massive library. The sole member of the school’s library club, Kyotaro’s always been better with books than girls – until a text message from the mysterious “Shepherd” hints that his fate will soon be changing. Life gets wild in a hurry after a vision allows Kyotaro to rescue Tsugumi, a beautiful girl who also received a text message from the “Shepherd.” Soon, Tsugumi announces her intentions to join the Library Club and, with Kyotaro’s help, make school life much more interesting! It doesn’t take long for a host of other pretty girls to follow Tsugumi’s lead and join the club in the hopes of spicing up their boring academy lives. But just who is this “Shepherd,” what does he or she have to do with the Library Club’s sudden popularity, and how in the world will Kyotaro survive being surrounded by all these girls!?

GARO THE ANIMATION (a.k.a. Garo: Honō no Kokuin)

Streaming time and information coming soon.

Plot concept: The King’s close advisor implemented a large-scale witch-hunt. The tragic victims of this hunt were not witches, however, but Makai Knights and Makai Priests. One Makai Priestess gave birth to a child while being burned at the stake. That child carried the bloodlines of the Golden Knight. Although he was saved by his father, a Makai Knight himself, the newborn, León Luís, suffered greatly from the unjust death of his mother. And so he vowed to learn the ways of a Makai Knight from his father, Germán Luís, and use his training to seek revenge. During his battles against the demons known as “Horrors,” León must gradually approach reality and accept the truth.

Meanwhile, the powerful former adviser to the King, Mendoza, banished Prince Alfonso and his mother while the king was bedridden. Eager to reclaim his kingdom and save his people, Alfonso embarks on a quest to find the legendary Knight – but destiny holds a twist of fate in store for him.

Together, León and Alfonso begin long and difficult journey filled with many hardships.

Rage of Bahamut: Genesis (a.k.a. Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis)

First episode available on October 5th – Streaming Sundays at 10:30am CT/ 11:30am ET

Plot concept: Two thousand years ago, the black-and-silver-winged dragon, Bahamut, terrorized the magical land of Mistarcia. The humans, god, and demons that inhabited the land united forces against the fiend and sealed its power into a key which was split in two, one half protected by gods and the other protected by demons. Now, Mistarcia is a peaceful realm – until a human woman steals the god’s half of the key. Based on the immensely popular digital card game, Rage of Bahamut is an exciting blend of action and fantasy brought to you by the creators of Space Dandy and Tokyo Ghoul.

Laughing Under the Clouds (a.k.a. Donten ni Warau)

First episode available on October 6th at 10am CT/ 11am ET – Streaming Fridays at 1:28pm CT/ 2:28pm ET

Plot concept: When swords were outlawed in the eleventh year of the Meiji era, the mighty samurai population began to dwindle. Those who rejected the ban on blades rebelled, causing violent unrest to erupt throughout the countryside. To combat the rise in criminal activity, an inescapable lake prison was constructed. Three young men, born of the Kumo line, were given the duty of delivering criminals to their place of confinement – but could there be more to their mission than meets the eye?

Lord Marksman and Vanadis (a.k.a. Madan no Ou)

First episode available on October 4th – Streaming Saturdays at 9am CT/ 10am ET

Plot concept: Tigre, a young noble, is captured by a beautiful female general from an enemy country. But her curves aren’t the only dangerous thing about her. She’s backed by an army of lovely warrior-goddesses called the Vanadis. Discover Tigre’s fate in this action-packed blend of fantasy and fanservice.