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  1. Considering the recent release of the sequel and my almost undying love for the series, it's about time I finally make a topic about this and introduce you to a unassuming golden nugget. Little Witch Academia was a short created by Trigger, the same studio you may recognize as the minds behind Kill la Kill, Inferno Cop and Ninja Slayer. The series and both films that comprise it were created and directed by Yoh Yoshinari, a former Gainax animator known for his exuberant, elastic style that's quite evident in his work: he was an animator and character designer for Gainax anime such as Gurren Lagann along with Panty & Stocking. Both of the films center around a teenage girl by the name of Akko Kagari, who enrolls Luna Nova Academy, a school for young witches. She later meets her two (somewhat) reluctant best friends, Lotte Yanson and Sucy Manabaran. Misadventures that later result in near death experiences ensue. Let's dig in in the two films. Little Witch Academia (2013) Note: half of these things don't appear in the actual film. Especially that guy with flowing hair or the hot air balloon. Disappointed? I feel you. This received a fair amount of hype surrounding its release in April 2013, and I remember every bit of it. To give some background, this was a short film funded by the Young Animator's Training Project, and later aired at Anime Mirai 2013 before being released in Japanese theaters and online shortly after. I'll just give a synopsis from MyAnimeList so you'll have a view of the short's events: At least somewhere in this thread, you're at least somewhat getting Harry Potter vibes. Despite the universe taking place in a boarding school filled with wizards, please don't compare it with HP. Both are quite different in terms of stories and characters, so drop that preconception before you get to watching this film or its sequel. Despite it's half-hour long runtime, Little Witch Academia is an innocent, uplifting and just a magical breeze throughout. Although its story isn't its strong suit and the characters come off as underdeveloped due to how short it is, there's still plenty of fun to be had here. The animation, backgrounds and general art design is absolutely sumptuous, especially when you put into account that it was done by relatively young animators who were putting their work into this. It doesn't even necessarily feel like an anime to me, the whole time it felt like I was watching a Disney film. Almost everybody's movements is silky smooth, nor does it ever seem like it was majorly budget constrained. Every penny was put to optimal use here for the animation. The color palette is a joy to look at as well, everything pops out at you without looking garish. And that's only just some of what it has to offer. That, and I forgot to mention the music. Michiru Oshima's score is seriously gorgeous, especially for a relatively low-key project such as this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN1HjISTTBw So yeah, putting it short, if you're bored or want to cheer yourself up, LWA is definitely something worth watching that will definitely lift your spirits afterward. It's something that awakens the child inside of me like few things can, despite me acknowledging its flaws. It's innocent, adorable, exciting and above all inspiring fun. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=662DVAVks3g Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade (2015) As some of you probably already know, LWA had a sequel in development after the runaway success of the original short. After many teases intensifying throughout this year, The Enchanted Parade was finally aired at Anime Expo 2015 a couple days ago. I haven't watched it for myself despite having the means to watch it, but I will definitely set aside time for myself to do so and give my thoughts later on. This time around, The Enchanted Parade is an hour long, and has an ostensibly different plot from Akko and co.'s previous escapade: The Manga There's a nifty one-shot manga that serves as a prequel to the events of the first LWA. You can read it here, it's honestly pretty good. So yeah, that's pretty much it from me. Hopefully this topic somewhat convinced you to check out the series if you haven't already, and if it did, then more power to you! Please go check it out for yourself, I promise that you won't regret it. The Enchanted Parade is available on HorribleSubs, so go check it our there. Both movies have English subtitles, even if I wonder how good a dub would be. For people who are already LWA fans, discuss anything pertaining to the series here!
  2. Yes, you read that right. Pretty Cure. What is Pretty Cure, you may ask? For those who don't know, it's a magical girl anime produced by Toei Animation. You may know them for their work on One Piece, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball, Yu-Gi-Oh and heck even the cutscenes for Sonic CD. Yes, that was them. They've also made a quite interesting series called Pretty Cure (abbreviated as PreCure by some). Think of it if Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z had a baby. You've got Pretty Cure. Sure, the series has changed over the years and has focused more on the importance of friendship and teamwork. But since it is a series targeted towards kids, you can see why that is. The series recently hit it's 10th anniversary and with that came a new animation effort as well as a twist on the series' usual plot that's sure to spice things up a bit! I personally think it's a great time for new viewers to come in since the new season just started a few weeks ago. "But Swift! I haven't seen other seasons! How will the plot make sense?" Well fear not friend, this series is one to always welcome new viewers as each season has it's own continuity and set of original characters and villains. There's no need to watch older seasons to understand the plot. What's going on this season? Queen Mirage, the evil queen of the Phantom Empire absolutely despises love and happiness and wants to transform the world into a cruel, miserable place. It's up to our new heroes, Cure Lovely and Cure Princess to put a stop to her plans, protecting world peace (and happiness)! So why should you watch this series? I think it's a great lighthearted series suited for anyone looking for a fun show to watch. It has a very tongue-in cheek sense of humor and is most definitely a show to make you smile on even the worst of days! Feel free to talk about everything Pretty Cure in this thread. This isn't necessarily for the latest season, so if you want to talk about past seasons, the movies, or just your thoughts, go ahead!
  3. Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt is a Japanese anime series produced by Gainax, who also produced series' such as Gurren Lagann and FLCL, and is directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi. An English dub of the series was also produced and released by Funimation. The show revolves around the exploits of the Anarchy sisters, Panty and Stocking, angels who were kicked out of Heaven due to their bad behavior. They are sent to Daten City, a place located on the border between Heaven and Hell, which is attacked by evil spirits referred to as "Ghosts". Under the watchful eye of the reverend Garterbelt, the two are tasked with collecting enough Heaven Coins to buy their way back into Heaven by destroying Ghosts using their powers, including the ability to transform their lingere into weapons. However, Panty and Stocking are constantly sidetracked by their respective interests in men and sugar. Well, there goes the summing up of the series, so it's time for my personal opinions on the show, which I literally just finished about an hour before writing this (I'm a dub guy, just in case you were wondering). It's complete insanity, and so hilariously funny. The humor is largely immature, usually resorting to toilet humor, but that doesn't harm it. It's an escape. I feel like I don't need to think whenever I watch it, I just take it in and laugh my ass off in the process. The characters on offer are enough to keep me invested, and the constant parody and references to other pieces of media, such as Phoenix Wright, and Ghostbusters, is always good. The animation style really mixes up many different things, from the traditional anime styling you'd expect that appears in the transformation scenes, to the things more typical in western animation, which appear much more often. The South Park parody in 'If Angels Wore Swimsuits' is so hilarious, I laughed so hard at that. Now, the fanservice...personally, I don't mind it, mostly because I expected it. It's played largely for laughs, I mean, these girls are 'angels', and the only way to activate their powers is to do a striptease and pole dance. It's ridiculous, and something that, clearly, if you take to serious, you won't enjoy. ​I'd definitely recommend this series to anyone and everyone, just be clear though, it definitely isn't for everyone. that fact has been made clear to me. Hopefully a second season will materialize some day, it'd be a crying shame if it didn't.
  4. Dengeki daisy is something I started to read recently, and I found out that there wasnt an anime. I wasnt happy about it but thats just how it goes. So any others manga that should be mentioned?
  5. I tried a showcase topic once before, but after a severe case of artist block and other unavoidable problems, it was left abandoned. I'm back in the drawing game, and wanted to try something different for a showcase thread, so assuming it's okay to do so, I'm starting a new one. This new version also comes with a comic/story featuring me and two of my other mascot characters as we search a tower constructed be my own imagination. Pictures I draw either get featured in the background or become part of this comic/story. I'll let the other me explain some more. But first... Prologue: Cast: Daniel http://imageshack.us/a/img841/7474/profile0000.jpg Axcel http://imageshack.us/a/img10/7573/profile0001.jpg Danfield http://imageshack.us/a/img7/4307/profile0002.jpg The Beginning: Danfields Desktop? After the story concludes, a segment begins, hosted by Danfield. He'll show other peaces of art that couldn't be featured in the story. However, due to him oversleeping, I'll have to do the first installment for him. First up, a collection of art you may have seen around the SSMB already. The Sonic Stadium Music Adventure 2012 Album Cover Act 10: http://imageshack.us/a/img402/812/album2012finalk.png Black Eyed Version - http://imageshack.us/a/img203/6086/album2012black.png Red Eyed Version - http://imageshack.us/a/img687/4059/album2012red.png The Sonic Stadium Music Adventure 2012 Album Back Cover Act 10: http://imageshack.us/a/img707/2194/album2012rcfinal.png Werehog-A-Thon: http://imageshack.us/a/img585/8451/were.png Mod-Ponies: http://imageshack.us/a/img703/8162/modponies.png Hourly-Comic: http://imageshack.us/a/img16/4296/hourlycomic.jpg SSMB Toon Concepts: http://imageshack.us/a/img51/420/img275w.jpg http://imageshack.us/a/img833/7614/img276a.jpg Okay, how about some new stuff? Sonic 4 Ep 2 Oversized Chaos: JezMM Character, Alice: Toon Felix in colour: And that's about it for this edition. I'll get that lazy cat to do his job next time!
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