By Andy Hanley.
As its WIT Studio anime adaptation picks up the pace with an eye towards its return for a second batch of episodes in the autumn, this seems like a opportunity as any to discuss the source material for Seraph of the End, available in print in English from Viz Media.
A look through the four volumes currently available in English shows how close an adaptation of the manga WIT Studio’s animated effort is – it manages to bring over the frenetic pacing and frequently shifting setting of the early part of the story perfectly, and captures the main cast of characters with just as much assured confidence in terms of voice, mannerisms and character design.
Perhaps the biggest change in the source material so far comes in the opening scenes of the first episode – while the anime puts its full focus onto the apocalyptic events which kick off the story, evoking the sheer horror of the virus that wipes out huge swathes of humanity, Seraph of the End’s original manga prefers to look at this event from a more personal perspective, spending most of its time with Yu, the new arrival at an orphanage. It’s a change that makes sense given the increased visual impact of which animation can be capable, but it does mean that the manga grants a better sense of why Yu’s drive for revenge against the vampires overwhelms every other facet of his character.
That aside, the manga and anime iterations of the series make for fine bedfellows, both offering the entertainment, action and occasional moments of humour, while the manga also allows us a glimpse of events yet to come in the anime. In fact it has to be said that the artist for the manga, Yamato Yamamoto (whose previous major work was illustrating both the light novel and manga versions of Kure-nai), does a stand-up job of breathing life into Seraph of the End’s intense bursts of action in particular – many a manga has turned into a confusing mess when things get “busy” on the page, but this series manages to remain clear, concise yet kinetic when swords or axes clash with the terrifying speed and power of high-ranked vampires. It might not be able to match the intense presentation of a TV anime series, but it has plenty going for it. Indeed, you could probably argue that ink and paper has the advantage when it comes to illustrating the dark magnificence of the demon-infused Cursed Gear, the usage of which often serves as one of the visual centrepieces of the series.
If you can’t get enough of the setting of Seraph of the End, then both its manga and anime outings will keep you equally sated, while this December will also see the prequel story to Vampire Reign - named Guren Ichinose's Catastrophe at 16 – arriving in English courtesy of Vertical Comics. This story, also penned by author of the main story Takaya Kagami, is set nine years before the manga and focuses upon the formative years of Moon Demon Company leader Guren Ichinose to provide further insight into the events which shape Seraph of the End’s world and characters. All in all, this should provide plenty for you to get your teeth into, if you’ll pardon the pun.
Andy Hanley is editor-in-chief of the UK Anime Network. Seraph of the End –Vampire Reign– can be viewed in streaming form on Viewster. The Seraph of the End manga is available in print from Viz Media, and prequel light novel series Guren Ichinose's Catastrophe at 16 is being published by Vertical Comics from December 2015.
This past weekend was a very big one for Anime Limited at MCM London Comic Con, and this weeks newswire will bring you up to date on what we announced over the weekend, include an important update to anyone who purchased Kill la Kill Box 3 from our booth at the event and more! Read on below for all the details.
~ First of all we want to extend a big thank you to everyone who visited our booth at MCM London Comic Con this past weekend and attended any or all of the panels we were involved with during the event. You have no idea how much your passion helps fuel us throughout the weekend.
~ In case you missed what we announced over the weekend, we kicked things off on Friday morning with an announcement that made a lot of people to a double take as we revealed we'll be releasing Sword Art Online II in the UK in Blu-ray and DVD. (You can read find our SAOII announcement HERE.)
This was followed up later in the day with the news that we'll be releasing the film Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress on Blu-ray and DVD. (See our announcement HERE.)
On Saturday morning, hot on the heels of us releasing the first season a few weeks ago, we revealed that we will be releasing the series Durarara!! x2 on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK. You can find our announcement HERE.)
And finally on Sunday morning we announced that we will be bringing the series Aldnoah.Zero to the UK on both DVD and Blu-ray. (Announcement HERE.)
~ Following up on those announcements, we wanted to address a few of the frequently asked questions here on the Newswire that came up over the weekend. Continue Reading
Continuing our announcement this weekend we are happy to reveal to that we will be releasing the popular series ALDNOAH.ZERO on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK.
The series will be released on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray and Collector’s Edition DVD formats starting with Part 1 of 2 in late 2015.
The Knights of Mars fall from the skies.
Spurring on their giants made of steel.
In order to eradicate the humans of Earth.
This is ALDNOAH.ZERO.
Creators of overwhelming power have gathered to make this epic tale a reality.
Featuring striking action, world-building where no detail has been overlooked, and an almost palpable sense of the terror or war, and personal rama resulting from the intertwining of genuine, earnest emotion. This will be an utterly new robot anime that both sticks to the tried-and-true, yer also is unlike anything seen before.
We will have more details about our release of ALDNOAH.ZERO in the coming months. Please stay tuned to our website and social media channels for more details as they become available.
You watch a preview of the show from when it broadcasting below.
Anthony Thomas on an educational app with a difference
The Chinese language is notoriously difficult to learn. A colleague of the man behind A Dictionary of the Chinese Language, one of the first important works of its kind, noted that learning Chinese required “bodies of brass” and “heads of oak”. Yet, he managed to grasp the lingo enough to introduce the printing press in several Chinese-speaking states, as well as convert locals to Christianity in the 1800s. These days, if you want to conquer Chinese, all you really need is a single finger of pointiness and an iPad, at least as far as new app Hanzi Hero is concerned.
Created by Somerset start-up Three Tall Cranes, Hanzi Hero aims to make the mammoth task of remembering hanzi (Chinese characters) that little bit more fun. The app presents “lessons” in the form of chapters in an on-going comic. The story follows the bizarre adventures of a teenager who’s recently moved to Beijing and has a basic grasp of Mandarin and hanzi. When he bumps into two mysterious natives slugging it out in the streets, he’s suddenly enrolled in a crash course in China’s written language, whether he wants to or not! Continue Reading
Continuing our exciting announcements this weekend we are now happy to announce that we are bringing the sequel to the very popular series Durarara!!, Durarara!! X2 to the UK on both Blu-ray and DVD formats starting later this year.
Durarara!! x2 is set 6 months following the events at the conclusion of the original Durarara!! series, reuniting the wonderful cast of characters and introducing new ones (including some that were at least referenced in the first season) along the way. All is peaceful in Ikebukero, but you know that won’t last long (and it doesn’t!) From a serial killer named “Hollywood” terrorising the streets, to there being a bounty on the headless rider with what remains of the local gangs getting involved, even Izaya’s sisters (first introduced in episode 25 of the original series) are now in the the mix!
"Durarara!! is a personal favourite series of mine and I'm thrilled we're able to bring the sequel to the UK" said Andrew Partridge, president of Anime Limited. "We know a lot of people will be excited to get their hands on this series and this us being able to share this news not on the heels our recent release of the first series is great! It's the perfect time to become a fan of the series and be ready for the second season when we release it later this year."
Anime Limited have previously released the first series of Durarara!! on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK. As per the release of the first season, the release of Durarara!! x2 will include both the original Japanese language audio (with subtitles) and English language dub as well.
We will have more details about our release of the Durarara!! X2 in the coming months. Please stay tuned to our website and our social media channels for more details as they become available.