General Japan News
It's been a good while since Shout! Factory announced their plan to release Zyuranger on DVD, and the company has revealed an image of the show's cover art. Based on the design, the cover doesn't look too bad-- even if the color blue dominates the image. Considering that the show's title screen and eye-catchers were mostly blue, the designers were able to pick a color that matched the series' design. Also, I found it neat that they added the caption "Before Power Rangers there was..." to the top of the piece, since it shows that the Sentai franchise has been around for a long time.
We neglected to cover Log Horizon back when it debuted, beyond first look by Karen, who came away distinctly unimpressed. That was a missed opportunity, because, like many a good show, Log Horizon was very much a slow, thoughtful burn in ways that its other peers in the burgeoning "Trapped In A Videogame" anime subgenres were not.
In fact, for many a longtime online RPG player, myself included, Log Horizon was the show they were hoping to see when Sword Art Online and its ilk opened the floodgates: An anime that knew and cared about how MMORPGs work, and more importantly, used that knowledge to enhance the story it told.
Now that we're into the second season, I'm happy to report that that's still the case.
We have a few weeks until October returns to the shadows, and it's time to learn about the 39th Sentai show's title. Going by the name of Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, the next installment in the franchise'll likely feature a ninja motif.
Come to think of it, this motif might result in a team-up film where the Hurricanger and the Kakuranger make an appearance, since it's a good opportunity to have three ninja-themed Sentai teams on screen. Seeing that the Kyoryuger got to join forces with the Abaranger and the Zyuranger in Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters, there's a small chance the Ninninger could receive a similar treatment down the road.
Shirobako is many things--a story about a struggling animation studio, an anime production starting to go haywire, the promise of five young women in the pursuit of their dreams, and that is just to list a few. Shirobako, to me, is the love letter of the anime creation process as shared and dramatized by the same creators to the people that watch it. Still, it's an anime about an anime. How much that speaks to each of us has a lot more to do with who we are rather than what Shirobako is, so this special anime starts out on an usual note.
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