By Paul Browne
The anime series Tiger & Bunny delivered a fresh take on the concept of superheroes. Set in a fictionalized version of New York, the series focuses on the work of sponsored heroes – in particular the veteran Kotetsu T. Kaburagi aka “Wild Tiger” and his new young rookie partner Barnaby Brooks Jr. aka “Bunny”.
It’s a familiar theme of two protagonists with different ways of working forced to partner up, but which also weaved in some compelling plot issues, including solving the mystery of who killed Barnaby’s parents. Their exploits also form part of a TV show which showcases their heroic feats, while also awarding points for their good deeds.
Tiger & Bunny enjoyed a variety of bands contributing theme songs across the series, including Unison Square Garden, Aobouzu and Tamaki. But it was guitar outfit NOVELS who took care of musical duties for the opening theme from episode 14 onwards.
Originally formed in 2007 in Okazaki as THE NOVELS, this 4-piece rock outfit put out their debut album From the Bad Lands for Mrs. Witherspoon in 2009 on independent label muff tone. Following the release of their second album My Blood Is Your Blood in 2010, the outfit signed to the Toy's Factory label (notable for such artists as Dempagumi.inc, BABYMETAL and Sekai no Owari) and simultaneously shortened their name to NOVELS. Continue Reading
~ First of all for those of you attending MCM Belfast Comic Con this weekend we will be there! We'll be bringing attendees the Anime Limited Panel at 2pm in the MCM Theatre and you'll also have an opportunity to purchase a variety of our titles including the recently released titles including Wings Of Honneamise and Kill la Kill Box 2 at the event. We'll be posting updates during the event on our social channels where possible so do keep an eye out for those.
~ In case you missed it earlier today we shared the first international trailer for our forthcoming release, Miss Hokusai. Watch it HERE.
~ The latest episode of Seraph Of The End, The Heroic Legend Of Arslan and Plastic Memories are available to watch now. Click on the images below to watch them. Continue Reading
To celebrate the announcement of Miss Hokusai having been selected for the Official Feature Film Competition at the 39th Annecy International Animation Film Festival, today we're excited to be able to share the first English language (subtitled) trailer with you. You can watch it below.
In addition to this we can also confirm today that Miss Hokusai will be coming to UK cinemas in Autumn 2015. (We know a lot of you can probably guess where one or two of the locations might be, but there will be more details on where you'll be able to catch the film in the coming months.)
By Meghan Ellis.
There are two things that jump out at you when you first play Hakuoki, whether you’re familiar with the visual novel genre or not; firstly, that it’s been made by people who obviously really love what they’re doing, and secondly that this game is going to school players in 19th century Japanese politics.
This doesn’t seem like an obvious premise for a dating sim, but that’s what Hakuoki is at its core. As somewhat of an otome game connoisseur (otome or otoge being a genre of story-based games aimed at young Japanese women), Hakuoki blew me away with its seamless blend of attractive young samurai and the difficulties an outcast militia would face in the strict world of late Edo-period Japan. Yes, you can romance these handsome samurai, but what kept me playing until 3am on multiple occasions was genuine concern over the rising tensions between the Imperialist and Shogunate factions, and how my ragtag warriors were going to be caught in the (literal) crossfire.
And don’t worry if you’re not an expert in Japanese history: the game features an excellently in-depth encyclopedia which features both insightful information into the overall situation as well as motivations for important characters’ actions and behaviour. It’s really easy to switch between these tidbits of knowledge and the main game itself; as a whole, Hakuoki runs really well on mobile devices, with easy to grasp touch screen controls and an uncomplicated UI. An added bonus over previous iterations is the screenshot function, allowing you to take a sneaky snapshot of your favourite warrior to set as your wallpaper, or lockscreen if you’re really daring. Or, you can capture some of the comedic relief scenes, which are a welcome tension-break in the world of handsome young ronin. I won’t spoil what’s going on here in the picture at right but it’s a familiar set-up for any anime fan. Continue Reading
The latest episodes of our simulcasts are available to UK & Ireland. Click on the images below to watch them.
(You can find details on the first 3 episodes of the above shows by clicking on the pictures above as well.)