Coppelion             Coppelion Anime Image

Original Manga Creator: Tomonori Inoue, Director/ Character Designer: Shingo Suzuki, Series Composition: Makoto Nakamura, Scripts: N/A, Chief Animation Director: Makoto Furuta

Voice Actors: Haruka Tomatsu (Ibara Naruse), Kana Hanazawa (Aoi Fukasaku), Satomi Akesaka (Taeko Nomura), Yui Horie (Kanon Ozu), Rikiya Koyama (Onihei Mishima), Maaya Sakamoto (Shion Ozu)

Studio: GoHands 

In the year 2016 a meltdown at a nuclear power plant caused Tokyo to suffer huge radioactive contamination which has resulted in the city being put under a blockade. 20 years later and the city is still abandoned but there have been distress signals received from the former bustling metropolis.

 Coppelion Ruins of Tokyo

The Japanese government allow the creation of a new unit in the 3rd Division of Japan’s Ground Self-Defence Force which consists of people with special skills to enter the city and find the survivors. An academy was set up to train a new generation of people to be able to enter the city. We follow a team of three high school girls have been sent to the city.

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World Conquest: Stratagem Star (Sekai Seifuku – Bouryaku no Zvezda) Winter 2014 First Impressions

World Conquest: Stratagem Star (Sekai Seifuku – Bouryaku no Zvezda)Sekai Seifuku Key Image

Director/Series Composition: Tensai Okamura, Series Composition/Script: Meteor Hoshizora, Original Character Designer: Kouhaku Kuroboshi, Music: Tatsuya Kato

Voice Actors: Natsuki Hanae (Asuta Jimon), Misaki Kuno (Kate Hoshimiya), Mao Ichimichi (Renge Komadori), Mariya Ise (Itsuka Shikabane), Kana Hanazawa (Natasha), Erii Yamazaki (Robo-ko). Kousuke Toriumi (Yasube Morozumi), Minako Kotobuki (Miki Shirasagi)

Studio: A-1 Pictures


The central premise is one most anime fans have probably wondered about… What would a world ruled by a cute moe girl look like?


Zevda Real World Conquest

The world has been conquered. We see rubble strewn everywhere and there is no sound, only silence. The destruction and lack of life is a testament to some epic struggle in the past but in the distance…

Zevda Power City


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No Matter How I Look at it, It’s Yous Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular First Impression

No Matter How I Look at it, It’s Yous Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular (Watashi gaIt's Not My Fault I'm Unpopular Anime Image Motenai no wa Dou Kangaete mo Omaera ga Warui!)      

Director: Shin Oonuma, Series Composition: Takao Yoshioka, Character Designer: Hideki Furukawa

Voice Actors: Izumi Kitta (Tomoko Kuroki), Kana Hanazawa (Yuu Naruse), Yuichi Nakamura (Tomoki Kuroki)

Studio: Silver Link

 It's Not My Fault I'm Not Popular Tomoko by Herself

Tomoko Kuroki has never been a popular girl and is quite lonely since she spends most of her time playing otome games (maiden games) where the female characters are the centre of attention and get a hot guy at the end. Although she’s brilliant at Otome games, those skills don’t translate into the real world with real guys. 

But she tries! With her entry into high school she dreams of becoming as popular as the protagonist of one of her games and developing a romantic connection with a boy. 

She aims to achieve her goal by becoming sociable by any means necessary but breaking out of her shell is proving harder to do than she thought. Merely talking to others leaves her in a state of panic and every time she is ignored or rebuffed she falls further into depression. Can she break the cycle of loneliness and negative thoughts and blossom?

Three episodes in and it’s looking very unlikely but I hope to God she can because this is making me upset.

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The Garden of Words Anime Film Trailer

The Garden of Words                  Garden of Words Film Poster             

Japanese Title: 言の葉の庭 

Romaji: Kotonoha no Niwa

Release Date: May 31st, 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: N/A

Director: Makoto Shinkai

Writer: Makoto Shinkai

Starring: Kana Hanazawa (Yukino), Miyu Irino (Takao)

Did the end of 5 Centimeters Per Second leave you teary-eyed? Was The Place Promised in Our Early Days emotionally rough? Brace yourself for more sadness fuel as Makoto Shinkai is back!

Anime production company CoMix Wave Films posted the first trailer for acclaimed director Makoto Shinkai’s newest film The Garden of Words (Kotonoha no Niwa) on Wednesday and fan reaction was quick (check out Anime UK News for an interview with Makoto Shinkai where he answsered one of my questions. We love his work over there!).

“We met, for each of us to walk forward.

Takao is a 15-year-old boy with dreams of becoming a professional shoe designer and was skipping high school, sketching shoes in a Japanese garden when he encounters a mysterious older woman named Yukino who is 27. Without arranging it they end up meeting again and again, but only on rainy days, deepening their relationship and opening up to each other. But the end of the rainy season soon approaches…

Hmm… Another visually gorgeous film about loneliness then. The trailer is gorgeous and I like the music a lot. Even the theme song by Motohiro Hata (Kids on the Slope). The audio and visuals evokes a feeling of emotional intensity but maybe that’s trace memory in me from Shinkai’s other films… Who are the staff and seiyuu?

Shinkai is famous for his mastery of telling melancholy stories of love and separation and has gained a lot of respect for creating a lot of his early titles almost single-handedly. This one is a little different. We know that it is directed and written by Makoto Shinkai over at CoMix Wave Films and he is aided by Kenichi Tsuchiya who takes charge of character design and animation direction. This looks to be Tsuchiya’s biggest role yet. Art designer Hiroshi Takiguchi is a little more experienced having worked on the background art one the excellent films Mai Mai Miracle and Sword of the Stranger.

Kana Hanazawa takes the female lead as Yukino. She has appeared in a lot of titles I like including Bakemonogatari/Nisemonogatari (Nadeko Sengoku), Occult Academy (Kozue Naruse), Haganai (Kobato Hasegawa) and Psycho-Pass (Akane Tsunemori). The male lead is performed by Miyu Irino who voiced Shin in Shinkai’s last film Children Who Chase Lost Voices, Akira Tsubaki in Mysterious Girlfriend X (yes, I watched that and regretted wasting my time…) and he put in a good performance as Seigen Hayami in Un-Go.

Anyway, the film gets its theatrical release on May 31st and it is getting a manga adaptation courtesy of Midori Motohashi in Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon magazine starting in April. For a more in-depth look at the trailer, visit Otherwhere!

Aura: Maryūinkōga Saigo no Tatakai Trailer

Aura: Maryūinkōga Saigo no Tatakai                           Aura Movie Poster

Japanese Title: AURA ~魔竜院光牙最後の闘い

Romaji: Aura: Maryūinkōga Saigo no Tatakai

Release Date:  Spring 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: N/A

Director: Seiji Kishi

Writer: Jun Kumagai (Script), Romeo Tanaka (Original Light Novel)

Starring: Kana Hanazawa (Ryōko Satō), Nobunaga Shimazaki (Ichirō Satō)

A promotional video for the big-screen anime adaptation of Romeo Tanaka’s 2008 light novel Aura: Maryūinkōga Saigo no Tatakai. It looks like any other high school fantasy anime but Romeo Tanaka is the man behind one of this year’s funniest anime TV series, Humanity has Declined.

This film centres on a high school freshman named Ichirō Satō who forgets his book at school and sneaks back in at night. There he encounters a beautiful girl who claims to be a witch from a parallel world. Is she real or just a delusion?

The film is directed by Seiji Kishi who was the director of Humanity has Declined, a gentle if surreal anime released this summer which I liked a lot and Persona 4 The Animation, a cool adaptation of the videogame.The script has been written by Makoto Uezu (Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka?) and Jun Kumagai (Persona 4, Humanity has Declined).

The anime will premiere next year in Japan.

Steins;Gate The Movie Trailer

Steins;Gate The Movie                                                                         

Japanese Title: 劇場版 シュタインズ・ゲート 負荷Steins;Gate Movie Poster領域のデジャヴ

Romaji: Shutainzu Ge-to: Fuka Ryouiki no Deja Bu

Release Date:  Spring 2013 (Japan)

Running Time: N/A

Director: Kanji Wakabayashi (Director), Hiroshi Hamasaki, Takuya Satō (Chief Directors),

Writer: Jukki Hanada

Starring: Mamoru Miyano (Rintarou Okabe), Asami Imai (Kurisu Makise) Kana Hanazawa (Mayuri Shiina), Halko Momoi (Faris Nyannyan), Tomokazu Seki (Itaru Hashida), Yu Kobayashi (Ruka Urushibara), Yukari Tamura (Suzuha Amane), Saori Goto (Moeka Kiryuu)

Steins;Gate was an anime I had difficulty watching last year. I felt it was a little to dry and dull. I persevered and eventually got into the twisting and intelligent psychological time travel story and by the time the final episode rolled by I was won over and it became my second favourite anime of 2011. Then a movie was announced and it was back to mixed feelings for me because the final episode of the TV series was perfect, the sequence when the credits rolled was beautiful. Here is the trailer for the forthcoming movie. The TV anime had the perfect ending, what is going on here? It looks apocalyptic!


Alas, there is no synopsis which is quite frustrating.

The film has the vocal talents of Mamoru Miyano (Fuse: A Gun Girl’s Detective Story) who voiced Okabe and the incredibly beautiful Kana Hanazawa who voiced Mayuri, a character who won me over with her incredible cuteness. They are supported by the equally wonderful Halko Momoi who voices Faris and who lent her voiced Maromi in the excellent Paranoia Agent. She also composed and performed the awesome song Mail Me which was used in Suicide Club. I CANNOT GET ENOUGH OF THE SONG!!!! Anyway…

This big screen adaptation is directed by Kanji Wakabayashi (Jomungand) with Takuya Satō and Hiroshi Kamasaki acting as chief director. Between Satō and Kamasaki they have worked on a number of titles I love like Armitage III, Kino’s Journey, Spriggan, Perfect Blue and Paranoia Agent. The film has been written by Jukki Hanada, the man who handled series composition on the TV anime as well as the highly regarded Robotics;Notes and the hilarious Nichijou.

Nerawareta Gakuen (School in the Crosshairs) Full Trailer

Nerawareta Gakuen (School in the Crosshairs)      Nerawareta Gakuen Poster

Japanese Title: ねらわれた 学園

Romaji: Nerawareta Gakuen lit. Aimed School

Release Date:  19th October 2012 (Japan)

Running Time: N/A

Director: Ryousuke Nakamura

Writer: Taku Mayumura (Original Story), Yuko Naito, Ryosuke Nakamura (Screenplay)

Starring: Mayu Watanabe, Yuutaro Honjou, Kana Hanazawa, Daisuke Ono

A full trailer for the forthcoming anime movie adaptation of Taku Maymura’s popular 1973 sci-fi novel Nerawareta Gakuen (School in the Crosshairs) has been released by the production studio Sunrise (Cowboy Bebop, Colorful). It looks stunning. Just watch.

It is spring and another new school year and another school for 8th grade junior high school student Ryoichi Kyogoku (Ono) who has recently moved to Kamakura. Things might be boring but Kyogoku is a telepath and has been ordered by his father to use this ability to scan other people’s minds and take over the school.

Being good looking and charismatic, he wins major popularity at the school which allows him to initiate his plans. He secretly manipulates his followers and pushes aside anyone who gets in his way but there is one student who seems unaffected – Seki. Does Seki have what it takes to save everyone?

This is the first anime movie adaptation and it looks spectacular – a rich mix of colours seen in the likes of Makoto Shinkai’s works. It is being produced by Sunrise’s Studio 8 (Accel World) with Ryosuke Nakamura acting as director and scriptwriter. Nakamua earned my attention with his work on Mōryō no Hako. He has also worked on other favourite anime titles of mine like Monster and Occult Academy. The music production group supercell (familiar from the Bakemonogatari themes) providing the theme song which can be heard in the trailer. Music composer Shusei Murai, who also worked on Mōryō no Hako, is here. Character designer Mieko Hosoi has worked on an interesting catalogue of titles including The Tatami Galaxy and The House of Five Leaves. It stars the voices of Kana Hanazawa (Anri in Durarara!! and Kobato in the anime of the same name and, most importantly for me, Mayuri in Steins;Gate) and Daisuke Ono (Itsuki in the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise) while AKB48 member Mayu Watanabe takes another role.

This is not the first time that the book has been adapted into different formats multiple times with two live-action films made in 1981 and 1997 and four live-action television dramas. Interestingly, the 1981 film was directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi who made the wonderful and surreal horror film House. For those of us in the UK this October it can be seen at Scotland Loves Anime.