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Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works DVD Review by shadebug

 

Whenever I walk around cons I always see Fate/Stay Night posters and merch about and I keep thinking to myself that I should really learn more about it. The problem is that 24 episodes, a visual novel or all the manga take time to watch/read/do-what-you-do-with-a-visual-novel, and I've got far too many cartoons about people sitting around to be watching to waste my time on one of the most popular franchises of all time. Then the DVD for the movie (out today) landed on my desk and one very specific prayer was answered.


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New Titles 'Trigger-ed' in 2013 by Marian Streeter

If you haven’t seen "Little Witch Academia", jump on the bandwagon because you’re missing out! This 2013 film is beautiful, not only for its lovely color scheme, but also for its amazingly fluid, dynamic and creative animation.

It’s about a young girl, Akko Kagari, who is awed by an exuberant and dazzling childhood hero named Shiny Chariot that inspires her to become an amazing witch like her someday. While attending the academy, Akko has a great desire to prove herself and her skills (though she needs more practice with...well just about everything in the spell book), especially to a more advanced and skillful rival of hers. All she needs is her chance to shine. Everything seems to be looking up one day when her class is assigned an exciting treasure hunt for rare items in an old dungeon tower, that is until her, her friends, Lotte and Sucy, and practically everyone in the entire school is in danger. Will Akko be able to save the day? That’s for you to find out.

The film is only about 26 minutes long, (too short if you ask me) which has people asking if this is some sort of a new series coming out and when the next episode will be released. But it’s not. Alas, it’s only a short, but despite that fact, the film moves and transitions quite nicely without feeling rushed. In a matter of minutes, the viewer can already find him or herself sucked into the world of LWA (Little Witch Academia) very easily and effortlessly. All respect for the director and creator, Yoh Yoshinari for his work on this along with writer, Masahiko Otsuka and the rest of Trigger. LWA was made for Anime Mirai 2013 and was released to theaters at the beginning of March 2013. It was later streamed by Trigger on Youtube with English subtitles. See the full youtube video at the bottom!

For those who don’t know, Trigger is a newer company/studio founded on August 22, 2011 by Hiro Imaishi and Masahiko Otsuka, former employees of Gainax studio. Right now, the studio is putting together its next big animation production, this time it being an anime series by the name of “Kill la Kill” Concepts are below. The website for it is now up at Kill La Kill.

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Excited?! Watch the full video of Little Witch Academia...

Also, check this early trailer for Kill la Kill...

Hadouken! by Steve Russell

Remember that awesome Street Fighter short movie from 2010? Turns out the film makers have been granted the rights by Capcom to develop their concepts into a fully fledged TV, and online, show.

They're already 3/4 of the way to their funding goal, naturally going the Kickstarter route, and only need a little bit more to make their punchy, kicky, Street Fighter-y dreams come true. There's a whole range of incentives, as there always are with Kickstarter campaigns and you can check them all out by hitting the link here

Above: The original Street Fighter: Legacy fan film