For all you Black Butler fans out here, here’s some wonderful news!! Aniplex began streaming a TV spot for the Black Butler: Book of Murder original video anime (OVA) on Wednesday. The video (above) features some footage from the Black Butler: Book of Circus TV anime.
Synopsis:At the Queen’s behest, young master Ciel Phantomhive hosts a lavish banquet…
The magazine had previously announced that the final compiled volume of the manga will be released on December 25, with limited edition versions being bundled with a day-by-day calendar for 2015
*This is a non-spoiler review of both seasons of Spice and Wolf
When I first found out about Spice and Wolf I was skeptical. I had heard that the series revolved around monetary and economic principles, and wondered how entertaining a like that could be. I’d also heard that there was a lot of dialog in this this series. I feared…
Disclaimer: My photos were taken on my old phone, so sorry for crappy quality, or unprofessional like shots. I also only went on Thursday so this is not a comprehensive coverage. I am also not objective and only really looked for anime stuff.
It was a split minute decision. I had been ok that I might not go to NYCC just one week before it started, but a friend of a friend was selling their Thursday ticket to the con, and I decided I might as well go. I’m so glad that I did. It was a really good (if rather exhausting) experience. I arrived at the venue around 10:45. Lines were rather mind boggling keeping in mind that the con only opened at 12 that day. After like one hour in line, I finally got in.
Obviously the majority of the con is focused on American comics, but there were a lot venues to visit. There was the Exhibitor Show Floor where big companies like Viz, IDW, Dark Horse, Bandai Namco, Marvel etc where selling their merchandise, as well as small vendors selling posters, figurines of all types, cosplay shops, comic books and many more. There were panels to visit (following the absorption of New York Anime Festival to NYCC, apparently anime centric panels took a hit), Artist Alley, and an area just for getting autographs from famous celebrities. I managed to watch a bit of the Korra panel from outside the room (that panel is so popular that you have to camp out hours in advance to think of getting into that room). I saw ep 2 of Book 4 a day before it released! Was so awesome.
I just mostly wandered around, getting some anime merchandise as well as free stuff the anime centric companies were giving out. There weren’t many cosplayers out in force on Thursday but here are some pics I took (before my phone died).
I also managed to snag one of only 100 tickets to meet Takeshi Obata sensei (artist of hit series such as Hikaru no Go, Death Note, Barakamon etc), and get a signed shikishi personalised to me. I had brought my treasured copy of Hikaru no Go volume 1 to be signed as well! I basically idled around the Viz booth for like an hour and a half to be able to get a ticket. The line for the tickets literally formed within seconds of the Viz staff designating the start of the line. I also got two signed art by Alice X.Zhang, an official artist for the Doctor Who Comic. Ironically, her Sherlock art was stolen and being sold as a poster by someone that same weekend in Hydrebad Comic Con :(
All in all, there is only so much you can do in just one day, but it was rather fun and managed to get my hands on some really cool stuff.
My NYCC Adventures Disclaimer: My photos were taken on my old phone, so sorry for crappy quality, or unprofessional like shots.
*This is a review of the first season of Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (Suisei no Gargantia).
Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet (Suisei no Gargantia)was another show that I found while digging around through different genres of anime late last year. When I found this series, I hadn’t heard anything especially good about it so I…
About The Anime:-
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, magic, Military
Rating: PG-13 (Teen or Older)
Barsburg Empire’s Military Academy is popularly known for training elites who promise to bring Victory to their Empire. ‘Zaiphon’ is an ability that all soldiers get to use in battle, and the type of Zaiphon depends on the true nature of a soldier. Teito Klein is one of the…
About The Anime:-
Genre: Comedy, School, Music, Slice of Life.
Yui Hirasawa is a young, carefree girl who is about to enter high school. One day while pondering over as to what club she should join, her attention is captured by a poster advertising the ‘Light Music Club’. Not taking the serious hard work into consideration, she quickly signs up for the club. Later…
After I finished the chapter 399 I was not able to sit and wait for the new chapter as Muzaka seems to be all in for some heavy blood-spill. Chapter 340 started with continuation of the previous chapter, with Grui & Gaitan approaching their family members; Lunark & Kentas, (as the previous Lord Muzaka referred them).
For a moment I was pretty convinced with myself that Grui was a girl…
So i just finished this much-awaited and hyped anime series called Aldnoah.Zero, and… Don’t worry I am not going to do a review or post spoilers. I am here to talk about something that struck me after watching the very first episode. Yeah if you guessed it correctly, full marks to you. I am talking about the reference to Asimov.
Isaac Asimov. Prolific science fiction author. The one to introduce…
About The Manga:-
Genre: Comedy, Romance, School Life, Shoujo
Author: Hatta Ayuko
Artist: Hatta Ayuko
Attempting to not be an outcast among her friends, Erika, takes a picture of a boy (whom she does not know at all) and shows it to her friends claiming that he is her boyfriend. Unfortunately for Erika, that guy is actually a student who goes to the same school as her!…
Prithwijit Sarkar, a.k.a. Prince, is an amazing artist. He is a student of Biotechnology, but even with his hectic schedule he takes out time for his hobby he is devoted to. He is currently residing in Tamil Nadu, India. Follow him on Instagram and his newly launched Facebook page.
–Interview by Tanya Kaushik
TK: When and how did you start drawing?
PS: I actively started drawing anime fan art last year (January 2013). I enjoy drawing anime characters from my favorite shows. I used to draw a lot when I was a kid, but then left it in-between, due to several reasons like board exams, college applications etc.
Well, I was never much of a social bee *cough* antisocial *cough*. In my spare time I started watching anime and then ended up watching a whole bunch of series. I was just so moved by some of shows that I just felt like pouring my heart into drawing fan art of my favorite anime series, as a token of my gratitude. That’s how I started drawing.
TK: What makes your art different than other artists out there?
PS: Well, to be blunt, I really love colorful imagery. A lot. Can’t seem to associate myself with black & white/charcoal sketches. So pretty much all of my drawings are bursting with color. Along with that, I guess I am still perfecting my coloring skills, to make traditional drawings look pretty much digital, or so I’ve been told. It’s difficult, but not impossible. ;)
All my drawings are completed using only Crayola color pencils (10/10 recommend them btw), but I do wish to try digital drawing some time because the effects are so beautiful *_*
TK: ‘Jigoku Shoujo’ is clearly your favorite anime to draw. Why is that?
PS: Ah well. Kinda personal but what the heck.
Jigoku Shoujo, or Hell Girl, is a really dark, tragic anime series. And it’s not like the Clannad sad-types, the show just keeps getting sadder and sadder. Stories are really episodic and realistic, each episode depicting something that is wrong with the world. And towards the end of the season, you are told the background story about how the Hell Girl came to be, and that is really shattering.
I’ve grown up in a not-so-happy family environment. Every family has problems, mine were a bit over-the-top. Watching something that is sadder than your circumstances makes you think: there are much bigger problems that people have to deal with, compared to what you go through. If anything, it taught me empathy. I look at the world differently now, thanks to that anime. That’s why I love Jigoku Shoujo, and the reason why I draw her so much <3
TK: Your detailing is intricate and fascinating. How do you manage to achieve such perfection? How much time did it took you to complete this piece?
PS: The more I love the anime, the more time I invest in the drawing. I’m a really patient person, and a wannabe-perfectionist by nature. I put my body, mind and soul into this drawing, and its clearly one of my all time favorites. Spent a LOT of time on it, especially ’cause it was on an A3 paper (so huge x_x). Plus the fact that I had college. It took me 15 days to complete this, juggling classes and work and still finding time to draw. But every second was worth it – I didn’t even realize ’cause the time just flew by! XD
TK: Some of your artworks have these effects that are almost impossible to believe that they are done by using only traditional art. From where do you get ideas to make something like them?
PS: Well these were both coloring practices to be honest. They were from reference, from the anime itself (took screenshots and drew them out). I didn’t expect them to be coveted by so many! I was just experimenting with light and dark, incorporating more white patches to give off a nice lighting effect.
And yes, they are colored traditionally, with color pencils. They took a lot of time, but at the end it didn’t even matter, ’cause I was happy with the final outcome. Toldya it wasn’t impossible ;D
TK: How much time do you devote in practicing or making new sketches in a day? Do you even practice or an idea just hits your head and start making it?
PS: Depends. I’m a severe workaholic, and I hardly ever get time to draw during the semester. I need to make my time for my hobby. In fact, most of the time, I actually stay up till 3am-4am just so that I can draw. Drawing is a stress buster for me! :) And, yes I practice coloring most of the time, ’cause practice makes perfect, but yeah, ideas from time to time as well.
TK: Who is your favorite artist?
PS: Oh, loads. I’m really active on my Instagram, and it helped me meet and socialize (and befriend!) some really talented anime artists, celebrity artists and emerging managakas. They are like beautifully gifted, and their work sometimes inspires me as well.
TK: What are you working on right now?
PS: Well, loads of stuff. Right now working on a deadly drawing of Kurumi Tokisaki, from Date a Live, that is taking me forever to color.
Apart from that, stuff I want to draw: Kuroko from Kuroko’s Basket, Kaneki and Rize from Tokyo Ghoul, Nike and Livi from Soredemo Sekai wa Utsukushii, Ef: A tale of memories, Jibril from No Game No Life, Mikorin from Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki Kun, Chitoge x Raku from Nisekoi, Misaki Mei from Another, Shuurei x Ryuuki from Sauinkoku Monogatari, Sata x Erika from Ookami Shoujo to Kuro Ouji and many more.
And my forever pending art requests: Fairy Tail, another Fairy Tail, Maid Sama, Skip Beat, Guilty Crown, and omg sh*t I forgot the rest *dies*
Here’s the Kurumi I’m working on:
TK: You are just starting in your career as an artist. What is your motto that keeps you pushing ahead?
PS: Not planning to pursue art as a career. I’m majoring in Biology, hoping to do something significant in the area of genetics and maybe cancer therapy ahaha. Art’s remaining a hobby and a stress reliever for now, but let’s see. My love for anime is what keeps me pushing forward. :’)
Here are few more artworks by Prithwijit:Interview With An Artist: Prithwijit Sarkar Prithwijit Sarkar, a.k.a. Prince, is an amazing artist. He is a student of Biotechnology, but even with his hectic schedule he takes out time for his hobby he is devoted to.