The popular mobile game Granblue Fantasy is getting an anime adaptation, and fans are eagerly anticipating seeing their favorite characters on the small screen. However, did you know that a number of anime characters have already appeared in Granblue Fantasy as guest characters? This article is going to go over the anime that have shown up thus far, while also providing a little background on each series in case you decide to check them out.
While the Japanese equivalents of superheroes have been common in anime and manga for decades, more recently we have seen titles that draw direct inspiration from the American ‘”spandex and capes” aesthetic. Titles such as Tiger & Bunny, One Punch Man, Don’t Meddle in My Daughter (NSFW), and currently My Hero Academia refer to their good guys as “heroes,” their bad guys as “villains,” and just overall show the impact of both Marvel and DC’s superhero films on Japanese pop culture. If One Punch Man and its hero Saitama can be thought of as a take on Superman through the lens of manga, then My Hero Academia can be considered a Japanese cultural translation of Captain America.
Whether it’s her sharp, elegant features or her beautiful singing voice, Maki Nishikino tends to be among the most popular Love Live! School Idol Project and School Idol Festival characters. One of the frequently sought after qualities for an idol, real or fictional, is a sense of transition between innocence and adulthood, where the fiery passion burning within a girl can be interpreted as having both a product of purity and an increasing awareness of the temptations of the world. In this respect, there’s probably no one who toes that line better than Maki.
The fact that a new Voltron is coming seems almost inevitable. In the United States, Voltron is a quintessential part of pop culture. While the original Japanese versions, Golion and Dairugger, are more or less footnotes in the grand scheme of animation in Japan, Voltron is woven deeply into the nerd consciousness of America. Following in the footsteps of the 90s CG cartoon Voltron: The Third Dimension and the more recent Voltron Force, this newest iteration, titled Voltron: Legendary Defender, is being made by DreamWorks and set to premiere on Netflix on June 10th, 2016. To promote the series DreamWorks released a video showing the new Voltron’s combination sequence (a must for any super robot series), but one thing you might not have...
On April 3rd, 2016 the voice of Digimon, Wada Kouji, passed away at the age of 42 due to cancer of the pharynx. First diagnosed with cancer in 2003, Wada disappeared from the music world multiple times before coming back determined to show that the disease hadn’t defeated him. Each time he returned, his voice became weaker, clearly unable to deliver the soft yet powerful vocals that had originally made him famous. However, while his music changed it was clear that the heart, determination, and talent had never left.
Each Love Live! School Idol Project character has her supporters. Each girl’s quirks and habits are celebrated and repeated throughout the fandom, as ways to communicate with like-minded individuals and used as a beacon for expressing one’s love for both that character and Love Live! as a whole. However, out of all the characters, I feel that Kotori Minami has likely left the most lasting visual impression on not only the Love Live! fandom, but also Love Live!’s online presence as a whole. I find that there are three reasons why I think Kotori is such a memorable and visible part of Love Live!, which I’m going to elaborate on below.
In 2007, the anime Lucky Star proposed the idea that there had been at some point a fundamental shift in what it meant to be “tsundere.” A character archetype whose primary trait is a shift from hate to love for another, Lucky Star argues that tsundere can be roughly divided into two groups: traditional and modern. Since then, another related character archetype has been on the rise, which is the “yandere,” or a character who goes from being in love to being obsessed/psychotically dangerous. What I believe is that the yandere also has two main versions, such that there is a difference between a “traditional yandere” and a “modern yandere.”
Whether they’re original properties such as Guilty Gear or Arcana Heart, or they’re based on established media franchises such as Fist of the North Star or Melty Blood, there is a certain sub-genre of fighting games known to English-speaking audiences as “anime fighters.” I find this label fascinating for a number of reasons. First, whether it refers more to gameplay, visual aesthetics, or narrative elements varies depending on who’s using it. Second, certain values are placed onto “anime fighters,” such as big beams, characters soaring through the air, flurries of fists, cute girls, eclectic personalities, and elaborate visual flourishes, that often connect them to a general perception of “anime” among gamers. Third, the idea that some fighting games become “more”...