Puella Magi Madoka Magica Official English Dub Trailer

The English dub of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, licensed and performed, by Aniplex of America is coming to a close. This trailer was released on December 16, and the official DVD/BD releases will be on shelves from February 16, and finish the set on June 12, 2012.

Thoughts? Good or bad?


Nisemonogatari coming this January

Oh me oh my, so this is what Shaft has been cooking up lately (other than the Negima movie and Kizumonogatari).  So it has just been recently announced that Akiyuki Shinbo and Shaft have been working on a sequel to Bakemonogatari which has been titled Nisemonogatari. According to ANN, it is set in the early 21 century and will be focusing on Koyomi Araragi’s two sisters, named the “Fire Sisters”, Tsukihi and Karen Araragi. As I mentioned before, it is being directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and the character design’s will be done by Akio Watanabe, the man behind the character design’s for Bakemonogatari and The World God Only Knows. The website and the first trailer for the series can be found here.

All I have to say is hell fucking yes!!!! Bakemonogatari is my all-time favorite Shaft show and finding out there is a sequel coming out very soon focusing around the Araragi sisters, two characters I hoped would have had more screen time in Bakemonogatari, is just some incredible news. This is now my most anticipated series coming out next year. Can not wait to sink into this series and spend some time with a new Shaft series.


The Ending to Madoka Magica Simply Explained

This will be sort of an extension to my last post. To understand Madoka Magica’s theme, it should be clear exactly what happened in the end, and it’s not all written out for everyone to see. The ending to Madoka Magica is multi-layered since it has several things to take into consideration.

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The Growing Pheonomena that is Madoka Magica

Warning: This post contains spoilers to Puella Magi Madoka Magica

There’s a lot to say about Puella Magi Madoka Magica, arguably being the most popular anime of Winter 2010-2011, which at first was thought to be a common and simple magical girl show that would ultimately carry the aura of a show done by SHAFT. In truth, it turns out to be synonymous with that of Neon Genesis Evangelion, by taking its own genre and twisting it to it around completely. Madoka Magica carries the essence of a SHAFT-ed show with Shinbo’s directing, and maintains a dark atmosphere for most of the show which for most magical-girl anime is outlandish. And the reception that the show has received is absolutely staggering; reaching ranks of the mid 40’s of both MyAnimeList and AnimeNewsNetwork. It’s a great show that has taken the spotlight for the last season.  Read more of this post

Puella Magi Madoka Magica to Continue Airing April 21st!

"It's about damn time!"

After its six week hiatus, the SHAFT anime Puella Magi Madoka Magica will continue broadcasting at the MBS TV station on Thursday, April 21st. Both the eleventh and twelfth episode will broadcast back-to-back in a one hour block at 12:40 PM and 1:10 PM respectively. The last two episodes were halted due to obvious circumstances caused by the earthquake disaster.

So for all you Madoka fans (myself included), your ever-growing anticipation will be satisfied in a short while.

Bakemonogatari Animation: Compensation or Creativity?

"It's not like I want to be low budget"

There is [used to be] a lot of talk up in the air about Bakemonogatari, one of SHAFT’s most popular works, directed by Akiyuki Shinbo. As most of us know, if you’re familiar with the anime he’s done, Shinbo likes to use a distinct and idiosyncratic animation style in most of if not all the anime he’s directed. The most prominent of these shows are Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei, Maria Holic, Dance in the Vampire Bund, Arakawa Under the Bridge, and Bakemonogatari, with Bakemonogatari and SZS at the top. Now, if you don’t know exactly what can define Shinbo’s directing style, it’s simply energetic, jittery, and surreal use of brief camera shots of the characters, little character movement, a lot of dialogue, stylized shots of ambiguous “art,” and shots of the surrounding environment. And for the time, around the time of SZS and Maria Holic, this style was considered unique and quirky, while others generally found it distasteful (silly them). However, ever since the release of Bakemonogatari, I’ve noticed that a lot of people are saying different.
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