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Anime Corner #1: A look at some of the anime of the 2014 Fall Season.
The real stars of Shirobako, donuts.
The 2014 Fall Anime Season, in Part
As those of you who have read some of my other hubs are aware, I am a big fan of anime, and a big booster for the medium of animation. That said, I am usually rather behind the curve when it comes to current anime. Simply put, I don't really enjoy watching shows on my computer (and typically refuse to do so on my phone); I also have an abnormally large DVD/ blu-ray collection that is in a constant state of severe backlog (more so now than usual). So, watching current shows as they stream on Crunchyroll, Hulu or the like has been an extreme rarity for me. I did so, using YouTube, about two years ago for the delightful Tamako Market, though it should be noted that at the time I was actually able to watch a few of those episodes on the TV. However, due to an unusual set of circumstances, the 2014 Fall season saw me both introduced to at least five currently running shows AND unable to make ANY headway on my DVD and blu-ray collections; as such, I decided to go ahead and watch a few shows online. Using a combination of YouTube, Crunchyroll and Hulu, I can now say that I have seen three of the anime which aired in their entirety in the Fall 2014 season, as well as the first cour of three shows that will be running through the Winter 2015 season; I was disappointed but mildly entertained by one of those shows, fully entertained by four of them, and flat-out loved one, and so I wanted to make sure to do my part to share these shows with other anime fans, and hopefully a few open-minded non-fans. This should provide a fair cross-section of anime genres, though by no means an exhaustive one; represented are: a flat-out absurd sendup of sentai shows and shows that wallow in fanservice; a magical-girl series with pretensions of being a romance drama; a hard-to-define series that is more or less equal parts harem romance, action comedy, supernatural drama, and meta commentary on all of the above; a fan-servicey action/ fantasy epic with sorta-mechas; a four-minute-per-episode slice-of-life comedy about married life; and a workplace dramedy. The shows in question are: Ore, Twintail ni Narimasu (licensed by FUNimation as Gonna Be the Twintail!!); Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal (licensed by Viz as Sailor Moon Crystal); Inou-Battle wa Nichijou-kei no Naka de (variously streaming as When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace and the more literal Inou Battle within Everyday Life); Cross Ange: Tenshi to Ryuu no Rondo (licensed by Sentai Filmworks as CROSS ANGE: Rondo of Angel and Dragon); Danna ga Nani o Itteiru ka Wakaranai Ken (I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying); and Shirobako (licensed by Sentai Filmworks under the original title). Anyway, I will give my thoughts on each of these series, as well as make a few rankings for shows that excel (or fail) in certain areas; this should set the template for future installments, which should hopefully be more expansive. And now, on with the shows...
After writing this hub, I was reminded that Sailor Moon Crystal has actually been airing on an alternate-week schedule since the Summer season, and so the first half technically is not fully part of the Fall season. Even so, I still watched it with the Fall season; the second half will similarly be watched and reviewed with the Spring season. I do apologize for the mistake; now, on with the reviews!
Second Author's Note
Sorry to say it, but it appears that--since I posted this article--several of my video links have been broken. I have generally avoided using video links in my hubs for exactly this reason; it appears that recent developments in Japan may make it harder to enjoy anything anime-related on these shores that isn't bought and paid for, including series openers and enders on YouTube. While I am all for protecting one's intellectual property, it is a shame when it destroys free promotion for the series (not unlike what I was providing). Ah, well, you can't always get what you want. Again, I do apologize for the slightly reduced entertainment value of this hub, but I sincerely expect that you may still find plenty here of interest. Enjoy!
Gonna Be the Twin-tail!!
One of the factors that led to my choosing this recent anime season to get into watching streaming series was the fact that I was introduced to several of these series via my gaming group. I had of course heard of several of them on my own, since I regularly peruse the Anime News Network, and some were on my radar, but the actual trigger to watching them was being introduced to one or more episodes at game. Perhaps no one show embodies this fact more than this one, a rollicking fan-service-laden sentai series that is so over-the-top absurd, with such an absurd premise, that I see it as a parody of the genre. In fact, it was introduced to me (and most of the group) in conjunction with Sailor Moon Crystal; we were just starting a Slayers d20 game refitted for the Sailor Moon universe, and we started the first games with these two shows to "get into the spirit"--magical girl shows are the sister of sentai shows, after all, and the first cousins of mecha shows (which also arguably get a nod in Twin-tail!!). To really go into detail about the premise of Twin-tail!! is probably an exercise in futility, since it can be largely summed up with a statement that will either intrigue you or send you screaming for the hills: Souji Mitsuka is a high-school student tasked with defending his greatest love--twintails--against an alien menace bent on stealing the "Twintails Attribute" for themselves, which he does by donning "Tail Gear" and becoming Tailred, a short girl with a huge pair of gorgeous... twintails. That's really it, in a nutshell. Souji is joined eventually by two other warriors, Tailblue and Tailyellow, and they are all aided by the super-busty, super-perverted alien Twoearle, and the entire series is every bit as silly as it sounds. However, amazingly enough, it does not generally come across as trashy, and is actually a heck of a lot of fun. Like I said, I personally watched the show as a parody, both of shows like Sailor Moon and Voltron and of perverted fanservice-fests that are a-dime-a-dozen nowadays. I may be wrong about that, but I'm willing to give the show's creators the benefit of the doubt. Anyway, this show was a delightful surprise for me, and frankly a big part of the reason I decided to spend some serious time on streaming shows for once. The animation is pretty good, and the character designs generally appealing; the use is music is good, and I enjoy both the opener and ender. The show WILL NOT BE TO ALL TASTES; that said, if you are in the mood for a short, lighthearted series that will make you grin, you could surely do worse than Twin-tail!!
Will purchase? Definitely, when the S.A.V.E. Edition is on sale.
Sailor Moon Crystal
And now for the highest-profile show on this list, a show which I had been rather eagerly anticipating even back when it was still being rumored, and the one show here that I was likely to stream if only to not fall too far behind in the conversation, Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal. I am sorry to say it, but this series has so far been, not to put too fine a point on it, a disappointment. And I'm not even a dyed-in-the-wool Sailor Moon fan. Actually, a show like this--a highly-anticipated reboot of a beloved two-decades-old franchise with legions of fans worldwide--cannot be reviewed independently of what one personally brings to the table, and so I suppose I should take a minute to note my own familiarity (or lack thereof) with the franchise. I have only very recently finished my first viewing of the original Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon anime, and only this week started on the sequel series, Sailor Moon R (4 episodes so far). I have also seen the movie for R, Promise of the Rose. So, I went into Crystal with the first series fresh on my mind, but without the fifteen+ years of marination in the mind that most of my anime-loving friends had. From that perspective, I still managed to be severely disappointed. The animation of the new series has been the source of much debate; I'm no animator, but from my perspective the series is still a bit less fluid, and the CG elements a bit less cleanly integrated, than one would hope from a show with this much expectation riding on it. As to the visual style, it takes some getting used to, though it is based on the original designs from the manga and is certainly pretty; the style is, however, awkward for character motion, and staying on-model was more an issue here than it should have been. The use of sound and music, however, was quite good; I liked both the opening and closing themes, and the opener in particular grew on me (though I still VASTLY prefer the opener to the original series, "Moonlight Densetsu"). My biggest issue with the series thus far though has been the writing, in particular as regards to characterization. In thirteen episodes, the series had far less characterization than any of the other series on this list, even Twin-tail!! That's right, I went there. Part of this is no doubt due to the fact that a story that originally was told over forty-six episodes is now told over thirteen; the roughly thirty-two pre-Sailor Venus episodes are condensed to six, while the remaining fourteen get seven. This also helps explain why Venus ALONE of the Sailor Senshi gets almost as much characterization here as she did the first go-round. That said, a single four-minute episode of I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying provides as much characterization for the Tsunashis as Venus gets in those seven episodes; that Mercury, Jupiter and Mars get no more than she does, and that Tuxedo Kamen gets even less, is damn-near inexcusable. Also, Sailor Moon herself, Usagi Tsukino, doesn't get nearly as much balance to her characterization as she did the first go-round, and both she and the show suffer for it. Usagi is a whiny, klutzy, gluttonous crybaby who goes all googly-eyed over Tuxedo Kamen, to the point that it often affects her ability to fight; she also is a capable senshi with a great deal of innate power. The first series did a fine job of balancing these extremes to make Usagi a pretty likeable heroine, but the writers of Crystal apparently either did not know or care how to do this, and here she's actually quite irritating. Strangely enough, the one character who got BETTER characterization in the first half of Crystal was the freaking villain, Queen Beryl. The show's priorities must have been really out of whack for a phenomenon like that to take effect. Anyway, though it may seem I'm just dumping on this show, it wasn't that bad; it's just that, when the stakes are this high, there's no excuse for half-assing it. Maybe the showrunners should have re-watched Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, for an example of a reboot done right. The first cour of this show is certainly watchable, and I got some enjoyment from it, but of the six shows covered here, this was the one that I didn't look forward to.
Score so far: 6.5/10
Will purchase? Likely not for a while, until I get a really good deal on it. The one Sailor Moon title I can say unequivocally I will not pre-order.
When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace; or, Inou-Battle within Everyday Life
This series was the second one from the Fall season (after Twin-Tail!!) that I began watching on my own, and could be seen as a huge part of why my shows watched ended up snowballing to six. One of the handful of shows from that season I took note of upon its release, I saw my first episode of this at a friend's place before one of our game nights, and officially added it to the list of shows I must watch. I think it was actually the sixth episode, though (maybe fifth), so I had to backtrack--this also is one of the only two shows so far this season for which I have re-watched an episode (the other being I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying). This is a very hard-to-define show: it definitely plays out a harem romance scenario, as all four of the main female characters and two supporting characters get the hots for the main male character at some point during the show; it also works as a comedy, both as action-comedy and as romance-comedy; the show has a strong vein of supernaturally-charged drama running below the surface and off to the side; and this series has satirical leanings, openly poking fun at all the genres contained therein, as well many other specific trappings of anime. For example, the obligatory pool episode is extremely notable for how it goes about its business, with certain moments being clear winks at the audience that the showrunners are aware of just how tired and cliched this trope is. The fact that the main guy, July Andou, is an actively-practicing chuunibyou (a term loosely translated as "Eighth Grader Syndrome" and used to describe one who actively leads a life of delusion) helps the show make many of its more satiric points, as does the fact that he is never, ever allowed to look cool for too long. The basic premise of this show is that, six months ago, a five-member high school Literature Club (albeit with one grade-schooler) suddenly awakened an assortment of super powers. Tsundere-ish Tomoyo Kanzaki, a former chuuni herself, gained the ability to stop, slow or speed up time, called Closed Clock. Quiet waifu-type Hatoko Kushikawa gained mastery over all the elements, Over Element. The obligatory loli character, grade-schooler Chifuyu Himeki, gained the power to create ANYTHING, World Create. Busty, reserved rich girl Sayumi Takanashi gained the ability to return anything to a previous state, Route of Origin. And July... The lamest power possible, Dark and Dark, a black flame that produces no heat and has no practical use at all. They also learn that the class president, Mirei Kudou, has a power of her own--the ability to steal the powers of others, called Grateful Robber (incidentally, the names were all Andou's idea). With all this power, these individuals... go about their daily lives. Later in the series, we learn about other individuals with power, and about something called the Fairy War, and though the series ends pretty well there is definite room for a spinoff centering on some of those characters. There is also room for a sequel series with a post-harem-hookup romance of the sort hardly ever explored outside Clannad: After Story, so here's hoping. Anyway, this was a truly delightful series, and I am serious in my hope for a sequel and/ or spinoff, provided they maintain the quality of writing and characterization in this series. Even though each of the characters is a stand-in for a certain overused anime trope, they extend beyond those limitations to become fleshed-out, interesting characters. Tomoyo has tsundere tendencies, but her reasons for this are pretty clear before long, and she is not nearly so violent and stubborn as tsundere often are. Hatoko may be a waifu, but you hardly EVER see a waifu erupt in a torrent of pent-up frustration as she does in the scene ANN cited as one of the most memorable for the year 2014. Etc. The show is extremely clever as well, and it seldom gets so caught up in its cleverness that it forgets the other important stuff, like characterization. I enjoyed the visual style, with its tinge of moe, and the music was quite good overall. In short, this is a quality series, and it is damn-near criminal that it has not yet been licensed for American release, one of only two on this list (the other being I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying). Be sure to check it out, and if anybody from Sentai, FUNimation, Viz or NISA is reading this, do be sure to tell your bosses to snap this series up soon.
Will purchase? I would surely love to. I'll even likely pre-order this series if NIS America gets it; Sentai or Viz can wait for Right Stuf's 12 Days of Anime Sale, while FUNimation, Eastern Star, Nozomi/ Lucky Penny or Maiden Japan are wild cards. Please, whoever picks this one up, don't let it be Aniplex or Pony Canyon.
CROSS ANGE: Rondo of Angel and Dragon
Next up is the one series from the Fall season I picked up entirely on my own volition. To put it simply, THAT CAST. True, Megumi Hayashibara and Kouichi Yamadera were only in one episode of the first cour, and Michiko Neya's character bites it after just two, but that still leaves Yui Horie, Eri Kitamura, Nana Mizuki, Ami Koshimizu, Mamoru Miyano, Houko Kuwashima, etc. etc. Also, ANN's reviews of the show have been generally kind, and I liked what I'd seen of the character designs and artwork, so I gave the first cour of the series a shot. And, what can I say, it's pretty durned good. This is an action/ fantasy series that tries to be pretty epic in scope, and in this it generally succeeds. The first twelve episodes are dripping with world-building, and all indications are that the start of the second cour will continue this process. About that world-building: CROSS ANGE takes place in an alternate world where people live in peace and harmony, partly through use of a power called "Light of Mana," which powers buildings and vehicles, and also functions much like psychokinesis, with other abilities such as long-distance communication and the ability to create shields. In this perfect, ordered world, occasional humans are born without the ability to use mana, but with the ability to disrupt it; called "Norma," these individuals are considered sub-human and are shipped off and forgotten. On her 16th birthday, during her "Baptism," Lady Angelese Ikaluga Misurugi is exposed in front of the entire empire for a truth that she herself had never known--that she was a Norma. Turns out, her parents (the ruling Emperor and Empress) and her devoted maid Momoka had made sure that she would never need Mana, and the jig was up when her brother Julio blocked her father's efforts to create the illusion that she could use it. Thus the deeply racist Angelese, now called Ange, comes face-to-face with the ugly underbelly of the perfect world she held so dear, and has to completely reevaluate everything she knew. She learns firsthand that the Norma are shipped off to a facility on the edge of the world called Arzenal, where they pilot paramail ("a mecha by any other name...") to shoot and kill dragon invaders from another dimension. Needless to say, this does not come easily for Ange, and MINOR SPOILER ALERT she has Norma blood on her hands very, very soon. I really dug the way this show takes time for its characters, and the aforementioned Michiko Neya character arguably gets about as much development in the episode that she stars in as most characters in the entire first cour of Sailor Moon Crystal. Ange stands out in particular as one of the best-written, most fully-realized characters between these six shows, and easily undergoes the greatest transformation, from deeply racist, haughty, benevolent-in-the-way-that-the-entitled-are-benevolent-but-honestly-spoiled-and-selfish princess to moderately selfless, capable warrior keenly aware of what it's like to be the victim of racism and selfish thinking. And that's just in the first season--I can't wait to see if Ange continues the transformation far enough to actually become truly likeable rather than just someone you root for out of empathy (she's getting there). I should also note that my excitement about the pedigree of this series was not unfounded; not only is the voice acting solid, but the show is freaking gorgeous. The character designs ARE appealing, but so are the almost painterly backgrounds; the motion is pretty fluid, and CG use is remarkably well-integrated. And the music is great; the opening theme in particular is pretty awesome, and both the theme and animation make it my favorite opener of the season. Apparently the song, "Kindan no Resistance (Forbidden Resistance)" is not only sung but written by Nana Mizuki, the seiyuu who voices Ange, which works all the better for setting the tone of the show. I understand that there were some production issues for the second cour's theme, which gives me a slight sense of impending disappointment for the series' second half, though I still look forward to hearing another theme from the incomparable Yoko Takahashi (again with that pedigree...). Anyway, the show is not perfect. There are times where the characters get on one's nerves, and Ange in particular can be hard to get behind, but strangely enough I got on board with her so much more easily than with Usagi Tsukino. The main issue with the series, however, is that it relies more than it needs to on fanservice. There isn't really a huge amount, and to one who watches a lot of anime it's well-handled and not too distracting, but it's enough to likely turn off a lot of casual viewers who might otherwise have gotten into the show, and that's a shame. At any rate, the show has so far been a fun ride, warts and all, and I eagerly await Sentai Filmworks' release (which I hope will come frontloaded with both a quality English dub and a blu-ray treatment, since this show is way too freakin' gorgeous to be DVD-only, and too widely accessible to be limited to folks like me that prefer the Japanese dub).
Score so far: 8/10
Will purchase? Definitely, in two years when it is reasonably priced on Right Stuf's 12 Days of Anime Sale.
I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying
And now we have, far-and-away, the shortest show on this list. You can literally watch the whole show in one sitting (I watched it in three, spaced throughout the day). This was another show I had seen on ANN's early previews for the fall season and marked as one to watch; this also was one my friend showed me before game one night (we saw a couple episodes, I think they were 3-5, with "Drunker Devil" being a definite). This is a delightful little series of three-and-a-half minute episodes revolving around the day-to-day events in the life of a married couple, twentysomething office worker Kaoru Tsunashi and her slightly younger and practically NEET otaku husband Hajime. The two seem too mismatched for words, and yet they are oddly cute together, and though neither one seems capable of stirring up any great enthusiasm about the other, it is clear they love each other in their own way. In a way, I can't help but see this as the kind of marriage Genshiken's Harunobu Madarame and Saki Kasukabe would have had if they had ended up together, at least if they both toned down their sharper edges first. This show also recalls Lucky Star and Hidamari Sketch with its cute, simple character designs that are slightly chibiform at all times, as well as its slice-of-life structure. It's a charming and delightful show, well worth a look, and I for one am already looking forward to the sequel series that's due out in Spring. I am particularly interested in seeing where they go from the final moments of the last episode; after a meta introduction in which Hajime discusses final anime episodes with his "friend" Nozomu--whose wife Rino is Kaoru's good friend--a potential development gets played for comedy before segueing into an utterly adorable, heartwarming final scene. It is also worth noting that the catchy, uptempo tune that ends each episode is pretty great. Anyway, it saddens me deeply that this show has not yet been licensed in America, but maybe the second season will make the show seem worth the pickup; as before, if any of my readers know someone who can make this show available here on DVD or Blu-ray, please do so at your earliest convenience.
Will purchase? I would love to, but I am not holding my breath that it'll be picked up. If it is, I'll be torn between pre-ordering and waiting for a better price. This seems like a good fit for Sentai or Nozomi/ Lucky Penny, maybe for NIS America or Maiden Japan.
And now, last but most certainly not least, we have the true standout of this season's pack, Shirobako. A workplace dramedy about the making of an original anime, Exodus, at down-on-its luck studio Musashino Animation (Musani to their peers), the series centers primarily on rookie production assistant Aoi Miyamori as she navigates her first anime production; also given a good deal of screentime are her coworkers and her quartet of dear friends, Ema Yasuhara (an animator working at Musani), Misa Toudou (who is working on CG rendering at a company specializing in CG automobiles), Shizuka Sakaki (an aspiring voice actress working as a barmaid while doing the occasional voiceover for overdubs or commercials), and Midori Imai (a college student and aspiring screenwriter). The five girls made an anime together while in high school, and all are moving forward in life with at least a pretty solid notion that they want to do it again (though all have doubts about how to get there). From that description, I feel that this show could be summed up as having taken the best parts of Animation Runner Kuromi, Genshiken, and K-On! and arranged them artfully in a shiny new package, without any of the baggage that keeps each of those shows from mass appeal. Anyway, this is a very intriguing show, most informative about the ins and outs of the animation business; it also is a lot of fun, between the generally positive characters and the often uptempo (and well-used) music. It makes creative use of fantasy within the day-to-day activities of its leads, is beautifully detailed in its art, and makes use of lightly moe but generally pleasing character designs. Fanservice is practically nonexistent, and even though the show takes place in a world where otaku roam freely, most otaku-style references are pretty innocuous, to the point where the show should have potential to appeal to people often turned off by such things, especially those who are at all interested in stories about the artistic process. In short, this is a show I can highly recommend to a pretty wide audience, and I am thrilled that it is already licensed by Sentai Filmworks; as with CROSS ANGE, I surely do hope they don't hold off on the blu-ray release for this title. Here's hoping round two, in which we see a new anime go into production from the start, will be just as great.
Score so far: 9/10
Will purchase? Hells yeah. I'll even consider pre-ordering it if Sentai releases it straightaway like their upcoming release of Love, Chuunibyou and Other Delusions, as a limited edition blu-ray set. However, for budgetary reasons, I'll probably wait for Right Stuf's 12 Days of Anime Sale.
I did indeed pre-order both halves of Shirobako; I have part 1, and expect part 2 this week. I can hardly wait!
And Now... Some Awards
Whew, this hub is bigger than I thought it would be. I surely do appreciate those of you who are still with me. I would now like to name a few areas in which the above anime were particularly notable, either for good or for bad. As always, I hope you've found this hub useful, and I wish you happy viewing!
Best Character Development
CROSS ANGE: Rondo of Angel and Dragon--Ange
No other character this season made such a major journey from one place to another in terms of who they were. Speaking more generally, several characters from this series, and most of the characters from Shirobako, deserve commendation for being very well-written and defined; arguably the cast of When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace also could be considered runners-up, with Tomoyo Kanzaki and Hatoko Kushikawa deserving particular note.
CROSS ANGE: Rondo of Angel and Dragon
Frankly, this series has this award in the bag--this is the kind of opener I like to see, a slight excess of nudity notwithstanding. The music is awesome, the song gets you pumped, and the animation is an excellent introduction to the series. Honestly, all five of the shows with openers had really good ones, and it was really hard to choose a runner-up, but...
Runner-up: Gonna Be the Twin-tail!!
I had to give it to this one. It's a fun, high-energy number that perfectly sets the tone for the series, has little waste in the opening animation, and just generally does the job an opener is supposed to do. Shirobako, When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace, and even Sailor Moon Crystal all had excellent openers, though.
I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying
This super-short closer is fun, upbeat, and a perfect end to a super-short series that is also fun and upbeat. The animation is pretty minimal, but really this is to be expected from closers. This season, however, did see several exceptions to that rule; frankly, much as with the openers there wasn't a dud in the bunch. It's hard to choose a runner-up here, but I guess it's a toss-up between...
Shirobako and Gonna Be the Twin-tail!!
The former was a good song with creative and amusing animation, the latter gains points for actually utilizing animation productively even as the credits roll. All six closers, however, did just about exactly what they needed to, and that's always nice.
Sailor Moon Crystal--Writing, Characterization, the Series in General
Sorry, but I had to get in one more shot. There seriously was nothing more disappointing than a reboot that plays more like a best-of reel than a serious, fleshed-out series. There were some other minor disappointments, though.
Runner-up: CROSS ANGE: Rondo of Angel and Dragon--Megumi Hayashibara and Kouichi Yamadera were NOT even supporting players
I know, this is more on me than anything, but I was really looking forward to seeing the pair that gave us "Ranko" Saotome and Ryouga Hibiki, Faye Valentine and Spike Spiegel, give us yet another pair of iconic characters; instead each one gets a few lines in the opening episode. My other big disappointment was that When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace was a GOOD rather than a GREAT series. It had potential, and went in some really interesting directions, but never fully committed to most of those. It's still a new favorite of mine, but it is sad to think what might have been.
Shirobako, episode 1: Aoi at a traffic light
Shirobako starts off all light and frothy, as we see five cute high-school girls making an anime in an intro that forcefully reminds of the Light Music Club in K-On! Then, we get the equally peppy opening number. Then... Aoi in a car, at a traffic light, looking dog-tired and ready to snap. My friend and I watching this both immediately knew we were watching something a little different, a little special, and I fully believe that that impression was right on the money. Anyone who has ever worked (or sat at a traffic light), fully understands Aoi's expression in the above picture; this sort of attention to detail, including facial expressions, is just one reason I do love this show, but it sure is a good one.
Most Desperately in Need of an American Licensor
When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace
FUNimation has Gonna Be the Twintail!! Viz Media has Sailor Moon Crystal. Sentai Filmworks has CROSS ANGE: Rondo of Angel and Dragon and Shirobako. But someone really NEEDS to pick up both this series and I Can't Understand My Husband! Fingers crossed...