5 Brand New Anime

Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge

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Haimura Kiri is an ordinary boy with the exception of loving hair, or more specifically, cutting it. After hearing about a ‘Hair Queen’, Mushiyanokouji Iwai, and sets eyes on her for the first time, he falls madly in love… with her long untamed hair. After their creepy encounter, he finds out that her hair is cursed and cannot be cut.

However, our young hair loving hero will not quit so easily. Instead he comes to learn about “Cursed Killing Tools”, and that his very own family scissors happens to be one (great gift to give a kid, huh?).

Our hair fetish hero choses to protect the Queen but the audience is left to speculate over if or when he will be taken over by his killing tool.

Usually the dubbing of anime and is imprecise. With this anime the voices suit the characters.

Should you watch it? Shouldn’t you watch it? This is a fine anime and I’d recommend trying it out if you’re into the Action/Fantasy/Romance and Seinen genre. Its appeal lies in its slick comedy and each episode has a little of everything.

Devil Survivor 2

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Hibiki Kuze signs up to a strange website called Nicaea, where he views videos of his friends dying. He also views his own death. To survive, he signs a pact with Nicaea who enables him to see and summon his very own demon from a cell phone. Hibiki Kuze is able to summon a particularly strong demon which catches the eye of a secret organization set to help save the world.

This anime is based on the Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 video game. If you’ve played any of the Shin Megami Tensei games, you will know they are solid, well-rounded. Keeping to the game as much as possible, the anime adaption does well at explaining certain details to the audience, even if they’ve never played the game before. The story unfolds mainly as it does in the game, with the rare alteration here and there to make it more TV friendly. The plot is interesting and thought provoking and you’re eager to find out more as the story progresses.

The action sequences are spot on but the emotional scenes are drawn out and are less than tolerable. It’s a serious anime with a decent amount of thrills. Slightly predictable but not boring.

An anime delivered in a demonic filled package that I hope continues to impress.

Kakumeiki Valvrave

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In the future, 70% of the human race lives in Dyson Sphere, a city in outer space. There are two army states, Dorushia Military Pact Federation and the Atlantic Ring United States, as well as a neutral nation called Jiouru. After Dorushia invades Jiouru we are introduced to Haruto, an average a school boy who, through a series of events, ends up piloting a humanoid mecha suit.

The story isn’t all that original with its foreseeable plot lines. The art work is what really saves this anime; it’s beautifully done with expertly illustrated action scenes. The voice acting is appropriate without the usual overemphasis of anime voice overs.

Depending on how the story continues, this could either be a hit or miss anime. In terms of mecha genre anime it’s not the best.

If you’re a fan of cultivated mecha action anime, with a touch of romance and a slight bit of comedy, you might want to give this a try.

RDG: Red Data Girl

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15 year old Suzuhara Izumiko is the last representative of a Himegami goddess. She’s shy and clumsy and every electronic device she touches, she destroys. Her caretaker, Sagara Yukimasa recommends that she go attend a special school in Tokyo where his son, Miyuki is forced into being Suzuhara’s guardian. Miyuki resents this at first but as the story develops, so does his understanding of Suzuhara.

The story is entertaining with an element of adventure. The artwork and soundtracks blend well to create an atmosphere suited to the anime.

This is thought provoking anime backed by heart. Each character is unique and plays a role in moving the story forward. Things really start to pick up after the fourth episode.

Based on Shinto Legends, this anime is excellent.

Shingeki no Kyojin

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A long, long time ago titans came close to eradicating the human race. At that time, humans built a huge city with massive walls to protect themselves from the titans. 100 years later, an extremely large titan reappears and breaks down a wall in an outer city. Hero Elen, and his adopted sister Mikasa, witness a horrifying event that leaves Elen determined kill every last titan.

As far as the story is concerned, it’s exciting, well-paced and enjoyable. The artwork is striking and the titans look truly disturbing. The action is lacking in the first few episodes but even that does not slow this anime down. There’s an atmosphere, a building up to what could possibly be a memorable outcome. The voice acting is wonderful. Viewers will feel every characters emotion and be moved by Elen’s will to endure.

Be warned: There is blood and gore and as the show continues it will most likely become more graphic.

Highly recommended!

25 year old writer/blogger from Johannesburg with a particular interest in all things bookish and geeky.

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  • Henry Alvarado

    I’ll try to see the others, but I’m watching Shingeki no Kyojin and it’s really amazing, I can’t wait to continue enjoying with it!!!

    • kel88

      I think they all look pretty amazing! Cant wait til I have time to watch them, especially Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge