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Sunday, November 1, 2015

Hibike! Euphonium Season 2:

Hibike! Euphonium is getting a second season, just like its musical predecessor K-On!.  (which also used an exclamation point in its title, hmm. . .)

This is great news.  The one weakness of Euphonium was that it was too short, it hadn't resolved any of its hanging plot lines, and it just felt really dissatisfying when the curtain closed.  As far as the quality of the characters, music, plot, art, animation, etc were concerned, everything was grade A amazing.  So this will propel Hibike! Euphonium from the minor league of my rankings to the major league, all the way from 140th place to 84th.  If the season is better than I anticipated, I suppose the sky's the limit.  Who knows, maybe it will even get a season 3!

Euphonium getting another season is great news for anime as a whole, but there are other nice developments in other fields.  Little Busters and Clannad Tomoyo After Story are getting an official English release.  The fan translations had not covered the EX material or fully translated the Tomoyo After Story mini-game, so the official translation will bring new bonus material to both works.  The adult content will be removed, though, so it's a matter of two steps forward, one step back.  Oh well, at least this way more English speakers can become fans of key, the greatest eroge company in the world.

Supergirl's first new episode finally airs tomorrow.

Tales of Zestiria is out in English.  Though the characters are likable and pretty, the gameplay is so-so, the graphics are sub-par, and the plot feels too straightforward and simplistic.  I dislike that we're essentially fighting 'mind-controlled' enemies possessed by bundles of negative energy/emotion, which means there aren't actually any bad guys in the story and no decisions are being made except "there's a natural disaster in the area!"  "Really?  I guess we should send out our emergency response vehicles then."

When you're glorified fire fighters you don't feel much like heroes.  Oh well, it could have been worse.  The humorous skits, Tales' strongest point, are fantastic as always.  I wonder what Berseria has in store?

The Flash and Arrow are spending all of their episodes molding the cast for Legends of Tomorrow.  I don't mind, it's been fun watching how things develop.

The newest (and final entry to the Ghost in the Shell franchise?) Gits movie is finally ready for viewing outside Japan.

Last but not least, Fairy Tail came out with three new manga chapters all at once.  Hiro Mashima is a beast.  Keep it up, Hiro.  You are #1.

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