Children who Chase Lost Voices or Journey to Agartha (Hoshi o Ou Kodomo in Japanese literally meaning Children Who Chase Stars) came out in 2011 in Japan. It is written, produced and directed by Makoto Shinkai. This is the same man that did Garden of Word. (which if you have not seen, go watch it) Actually any thing by Shinkai would be fine, I have never been disappointed with his movies.
Red River or Anatolia Story (Sora wa Akai Kawa no Hotori in Japanese literally meaning The Sky is on the Bank of the Red River) was first published in 1995 in Japan and published in 2009 in North America. The series ran for seven years till 2002. There was 8 drama CDs that were based on the series. They were released between 1997 and 2003. This is one of the few manga series that is still some what popular but never got an anime for it. There are two novel that came out in the 2007 and an art book that came out in 1999. But, that’s it. Continue reading “A Small Scale Game of Thrones”
Azumanga Dio, literally Great King Azumanga in English, was first published in 1999. It ran for 3 years till 2002. It was written and illustrated by Kiyohiko Azuma. The manga is done in four panel form, many say Azuma has mastered this form, and because of that the anime in 130 shorts put together in to 26 episodes. The anime was released in 2002. There have been two sound tracks that go along with the anime. There is also a puzzle game similar to mahjoun released for playstation. Continue reading “It’s All About Growing Up”
Baccano! is written by Ryogo Narita (writer of Durarara! you can read my review of it here) and illustrated by Katsumi Enami. It was first published in 2003 and is still on going. There is a two volume manga that is a side story for the series there is an other manga that is currently running that is an other side story for the series. There is also an anime that runs 16 episode, it came out in 2007. (I did a review of the anime you can check that out here) There is also are two drama CDs with two side stories on them. Also, there is a DS game that fallows the events of the anime and the second and third book.
The Edge of Tomorrow or Live. Die. Repeat. was released in 2014. It is based on the light novel All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. It stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt. It fallows the same basic plot of All You Need is Kill, except for Cruise’s character, who is a little different from is novel counter part.
Patema Inverted, Sakasama no Patema in Japanese, came out in 2013. It was released in 2014 in North America and Europe. It was originally released as a a four part OVA that spanned about 30 minutes and later it was made into an hour and a half movie. The move was written and directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura. Purple Cow Studios Japan was the animation studio.
Dragon Ball was first published in 1984. The manga ran for 11 years till 1995. I was written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. The original story was based off the Chinese classic Journey to the West. Dragon Ball has spawned five individual animes, that span 710 episodes and the current one is still airing with new episodes coming out weekly. There are multiple spin off manga series as well. There are 19 anime films and 8 tv specials. There are 40+ video games. Then there are all the sound tracks for all of the properties. There are more art and companion books then any one could count. If you haven’t noticed Dragon Ball is kind of a big deal.