AniWeekly 12/21/2014: Robots, Holidays, and Comfort Food

Happy Holidays, everyone! With just a few days left before Santa makes his big trip, people are packing into stores and scouring the web for that perfect gift. It’s stressful, it’s crazy, and there’s always that chance that your gift could fall victim to the dreaded re-gifting process.

This year, though, we’re here to help. We’ve put together a holiday gift guide that covers all the bases, from the practical to the fanciful. If you’re at a loss for ideas, definitely give it a look!

With the shameless self-promotion out of the way, let’s get this party started!

An anime about making anime… what a world we live in! Fans and critics agree that Shirobako is one of the most engaging experiences this anime season. It’s a series with fantastic characters and a great story, that revolves around the world of anime. What’s not to love?

It seems that 91.8 The Fan agrees with this, as they dissect the show in their regular “Wandering Witch” column.

Truly, it was a Cruel Angel’s Thesis. We saw what happened when a self-proclaimed “guy who knows shit about anime” reviewed Welcome to the NHK. So, what happens when this same person takes on Neon Genesis Evangelion?

In a nutshell, it’s magic.

Comfort food that won’t clog your arteries! Everybody has their form of anime comfort food. It could be a favorite show, or a series that brings a fan back for that regular go-round, before retreating to the furthest reaches of the mind. It’s the shows that make us feel good, and remind us that there’s always something to make us smile a bit. Lauren Orsini from Otaku Journalist shares a few of her “comfort food” shows, all of which should be on any fan’s radar.

The Fruit of Grisaia is apparently pretty irresistible. In the past week, we’ve seen Sekai Project’s KickStarter drive for The Grisaia Trilogy rocket to truly impressive levels. In just four days, the drive raised a staggering $273,347, a staggering 70% more than its initial $160,000 goal. How high can it go? At this point, all we can do is wait.

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3,2,1 let’s jam! Hulu subscribers are in for a dose of space-hopping fun. Cowboy Bebop was added to the service earlier today, meaning that everybody now has the chance to catch up with the Bebop crew again.

Yokai Watch is coming west! You read that right. Last week, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino announced that the über popular anime will be making its way west[6]. At the moment, little is known, aside from the fact that Jibanyan and Whisper’s names will remain unchanged in the west, while other yokai will receive name alterations.

Assassination Classrom: dire name, hilarious series. Last week, FUNimation announced that they licensed Assassination Classroom for North American streaming. The first episode will hit FUNimation’s streaming service on January 9th at 1:00PM Eastern, with new episodes airing every Friday at 12:20PM Eastern.

Princess Leia, as explained by a five-year old. To close things off, we’re going to highlight a delightful animated short, in which a man discusses the whole “Slave Leia” bit from Return of the Jedi with his five-year old daughter. Hands down, it’s one of the most adorable things I’ve had a chance to watch all year.

About the author

Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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