Fate/Apocrypha to premiere July 1st in Japan and July 3rd on Netflix.

Fate/Apocrypha, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPEqcOosGPU: the setting is a parallel world to Fate/stay night where the Greater Grail mysteriously disappeared from Fuyuki after the Third Holy Grail War. After many years of silence, around the same time as the Fifth Holy Grail War would have happened, the Yggdmillennia, a family of magi, openly declares their secession from the Mage’s Association, and that they are in possession of the Grail. The Association dispatches fifty magi to retrieve it, and all but one are instantly slaughtered by a mysterious Servant. The one remaining manages to activate the reserve system of the Greater Grail, allowing for the summoning of fourteen Servants in total.

In the city of Trifas, two factions will fight for the control of the sacred relic, each of them possessing their own team of seven Servants: the Black Faction whose members are part of Yggdmillennia, protecting the Grail, and the Red Faction whose members were sent by the Mage’s Association, trying to take the Grail back. For an event of this scale, the Grail itself summons its own Servant, the holy Ruler, to oversee the conflict.

Bleach Manga is Coming to an End!

With 73 volumes of manga, 366 anime episodes, and 4 movies, Tite Kubo’s series Bleach is usually considered one of the “big 3” manga alongside One Piece and Naruto. Its popularity has led to video games, musicals and more. For many fans, Bleach first introduced them to anime and manga when it started its serialization in Weekly Shounen Jump in Aug. 2001.This most recent volume may be the most talked-about one yet, though, as fans were hit with some serious news: After a run of just under 15 years, the end is in sight! It brought an announcement that volume 74 will bring a conclusion to the epic franchise. It hasn’t been revealed yet just how many chapters remain, but this will mark the end of an era!

 

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Attack on Titan – TV Season 2 – Spring 2017

Attack on Titan 2nd Season to Air in Spring 2017! Fans have been promised a second season of the popular manga-turned-anime Attack on Titan / Shingeki no Kyojin but no further details have been confirmed till today. At an Attack on Titan: Junior High event held in Tokyo on July 3 local time, it was announced that the second season of the anime will air in Spring 2017. http://shingeki.tv/season2/

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ATTACK ON TITAN (SHINGEKI NO KYOJIN) PART 2 MOVIE

Premiered in the U.S. on October 20th

Plot: In a world where giant humanoid Titans prey on humans, a young man, his foster sister and a family friend join the legion to get revenge on the monsters that killed everyone in their town.

The story is told in Japanese with English subtitles.

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The titans, while less prominent in Part 2, and the actress playing Hanj Zoe were the only good parts of the second part of Attack On Titan.  Part 2 significantly deviated from the TV series storyline. And, while that would have been okay if it worked, unfortunately it didn’t.  Again, Part 2 had to compress 50% of the TV episodes into 99 minutes. But the shortcuts were ill advised. Either the writers should have adhered strictly to the TV series storyline or write a completely different plot for the movie. Sticking with the plot from the TV series while also altering major storylines in the movie resulted in a jumbled mess.

Backstories were added in Part 2 but they only added to the confusion. Eren Yeager had a brother? And, why is he so important that a character uttered this information with his dying words? Who cares? Apparently Eren didn’t because this tidbit of information was completely forgotten for the rest of the movie.

Before seeing the movie I set my expectations very low.  So watching Part 2 was actually an enjoyable experience up until the ending.  A major character’s motive did a 180 degree U-turn which was completely not credible and head-scratching.  Also, the Disney-esque ending is better left to Disney movies that don’t have giant monsters mutilating and eating people. I don’t expect a sequel or remake anytime soon since theatres showing Part 2 were scarce. No doubt this was a result of Part 1 doing poorly.