AniWeekly 4/19/2015: A Case of the Hestias

Happy Sunday, everyone, and welcome to a new installment of AniWeekly. We’re in the middle of the new anime season, and it appears that the internet’s contacted an acute case of the Hestias.

Yes, Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? is a hit, with fans (and fan artists) trying to replicate Hestia’s signature “boob string. ” We posted our impressions on the series a few days ago, so check it out!

In The News

Alphonse takes Himeji. Last week, a replica of Patlabor‘s Patlabor AV-98 Ingram made its rounds around Tokyo as part of a traffic safety campaign. Notable stops for the unit included Hyogo Prefecture’s Himeji Castle and the Japan Self-Defense Forces’ Tsuiki Air Field.

Kadokawa’s restructuring in a big way. Nikkei reported that Kadokawa will undergo major restructuring. The company will consolidate its operations to five departments, with editorial staff being merged into each division. Last month, Kadokawa started offering early retirement to roughly 300 senior editorial staff members.

While some brands will remains, many will be dissolved. Nikkei confirmed that Fujimi Shobo (light novel brand) and Kadokawa Shoten are on the chopping block.

Devilman, arise! A new Devilman project is in the works. The film will be screened in theaters across Japan this fall.

Moon, miscommunicaiton power! Make up! Last week, news tore through the web proclaiming that a new Sailor Moon Crystal season is in the works.

Sadly this turned out to be a miscommunication. We reached out to Toei, who confirmed that the “second season” was an airing of the show’s Black Moon Arc.

From The AniBlogging Community

Beware, the slit-mouthed woman. The Kuchisake-onna or “Slit-mouthed woman,” is a popular urban legend in Japan. She’s been the subject of stories, manga, and movies. But what makes this malevolent mistress so frightening? Japan Powered takes a look at the tale and its implications in today’s society.

The new season doesn’t suck! Feeling a bit down about online negativity this season? You’re not alone. L.B. Bryant from Otaku Review wrote a short editorial regarding the darker elements that arise each season, and how we should all just sit back and take things as they come.

Take me to Tokyo! Viewster is giving away a free trip for two to Tokyo. To enter, just post a photo that shows your love of Japan to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #TakeMeToTokyo. The contest ends on May 31.

A rapid-fire burst of recommendations! Otaku Journalist gives a rundown of what she’s watching this season in a rapid-fire series of micro-reviews.

Nailed it! Nick from Wrong Every Time posted a brilliant editorial about how there’s no such thing as an “objective review.”

We can’t stress how much we need to say this, especially in today’s editorial climate. Humans are creatures of bias and opinion by nature, and the best thing we can do is be transparent about the matter, rather than try to strive for some impossible “100% objective” mark.

For those who want more on the matter, Jimquisition’s Jim Sterling did a brilliant short video with a “100% objective” review of Final Fantasy XIII.

Weekly Fun Stuff!

Find the Dragon Balls! Look out for ’em all! YouTuber Collectif Plissken posted a gorgeous tribute to Akira Toriyama’s Dragon Ball to celebrate the property’s 30th anniversary. The feature is a three-minute short that traces Goku’s journeys across the land.

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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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