Snow White with the Red Hair: Episode 8 – “Memories Draw Spirals of the Past…”

Snow White with the Red Hair focuses on Shirayuki, an herbalist in a small village who has to flee because Prince Raj wants her to become his concubine due to the unusual color of her hair. During her journey, she becomes friends with Prince Zen, who ultimately helps Shirayuki to win her freedom from Raj.

Episode 8 starts off with Zen assigning Obi to serve as Shirayuki’s bodyguard. Now that people think that Shirayuki is Zen’s fiancée, she’s garnering more attention that may not necessarily be positive, so he wants to make sure that she’s protected. Shirayuki is hesitant at first, but she ends up agreeing to this arrangement. Early on in the episode, we see Obi helping her out with her duties, but he almost offends her when he asks Shirayuki if she wishes Zen wasn’t a prince.

These scenes with Shirayuki and Obi serve two purposes. First, they give Obi a chance to be closer to Shirayuki, which will probably lead him to realize that he has feelings for her. Second, Zen and Mitsuhide overhear Obi’s question to Shirayuki regarding whether or not she wishes Zen wasn’t a prince. That exchange causes Zen and Mitsuhide to think this over and lead into a flashback to the time when Mitsuhide first became Zen’s attendant.

I really enjoyed seeing this flashback, because it helped to provide backstory for Mitsuhide as well as for Zen. We’d seen bits and pieces of Zen’s past prior to this, but the flashback showed more of Zen’s attitude and behavior when he was younger. This flashback also helped to explain why Izana would have reservations about Zen befriending an unknown person from another land. Now that I have this piece of information, I have a better understanding about why Izana had treated Shirayuki the way he did when he first met her. But I have to admit that both Zen and Mitsuhide look rather cute when they were younger.

In a lot of respects, not much seemed to happen in this episode to propel the overarching story. But I suspect that both the flashback and Obi becoming Shirayuki’s bodyguard are setting the stage for where the story may be headed to next.

There are only four more episodes left for Snow White with the Red Hair. I expect that the climax of the series will be coming rather quickly, and I’m really looking forward to what that ends up being. Will it be something rather emotional that could potentially affect Zen and Shirayuki’s relationship?

Gatchaman Crowds Insight Is Now Available for Streaming on Hulu

The Fandom Post is reporting that the Gatchaman Crowds Insight anime is now available for streaming on Hulu. Subscribers can watch the series in high definition on their TV, mobile devices, and computer. New episodes are set to go up weekly on the service on Wednesdays at 3pm ET.

The story of Gatchaman Crowds Insight is described as:

Now a year after the so-called Tachikawa Incident in the summer of 2015, the CROWDS ability–a gift from Berg Katze to Ninomiya Rui, the ability to give the human mind shape and form–is widespread among the masses. The use of the ability is acknowledged and promoted by the Japanese Prime Minister himself, but he faces mounting frustration and suspicion from those who bear ill will against the CROWDS. One day, the prime minister’s flight is attacked by a mysterious group. The time has come for the winged warriors to stride into battle once more…

Source: The Fandom Post

Viewster Adds 10 Series to Its Streaming Lineup

Viewster has announced that it will add several anime series licensed by Sentai Filmworks to its lineup. The following series will be available in the United States and Canada:

  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei!
  • Fate/stay night
  • Highschool of the Dead
  • K-ON!
  • K-ON! Season 2
  • Log Horizon
  • No Game, No Life
  • Triage X
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

Log Horizon, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, and Triage X will also be streaming in Latin America and South Africa. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei! and No Game, No Life will also be available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa.

Viewster also announced that it has added Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex streaming in the United States and Canada.

Source: ANN

Austin’s Fantastic Fest to Show Belladonna of Sadness Anime Film

The Fantastic Fest film festival has announced its second wave of film screenings. Eiichi Yamamoto’s 1973 experimental anime film Belladonna of Sadness (Kanashimi no Belladonna) was included in that announcement.

The story of Belladonna of Sadness follows Jeanne after she is assaulted by a local lord on her wedding night. Vowing revenge, she makes a deal with the Devil. The Devil transforms Jeanne into a black-robed manifestation of her madness and desire.

Cinelicious Pics restored Belladonna of Sadness in 4K resolution from its original 35mm negative, with plans to release the film in theaters, home video, and on demand in 2015. The film has not been widely released in the United States before, although it was screened in Los Angeles in 2009 and at Montreal’s Fantasia Fest in 2013. The Japan Cuts film festival also screened the film on July 10, 2015.

Osamu Tezuka produced the film, which was written and directed by his long-time creative partner Eiichi Yamamoto at Mushi Productions. Masahiko Satoh composed the film’s soundtrack.

The Fantastic Fest film festival will be taking place in the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas from September 24-October 1, 2015.

Source: ANN

Vertical Comics Licenses The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Manga

Anime News Network is reporting that Vertical Comics has licensed Maybe’s The Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) manga for release in 2016. Vertical marketing director Ed Chavez stated, “We’re excited to bring over this new fantasy manga series from MAYBE over to fans next year.” Amazon lists the first US$10.95 volume for release on May 17, 2016.

Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine describes the series as:

In war men become beasts. War makes gods out of beasts. When war ends gods…
Wolves walk the forest of despair, the wasteland of lamentation, the sea of bitterness, in the time of dark and light. To kill those who were once their friends.

Maybe launched the manga in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in June 2014, and Kodansha published the manga’s second volume in Japan on June 9, 2015.

Source: ANN

Discotek Media Announces Several New Licenses

Discotek Media has announced that it will release the Boys Over Flowers (Hana Yori Dango) television anime and movie, the 07-Ghost television anime, the Beelzebub television anime, the Kyousougiga anime, the Getter Robo: Armageddon video anime, the Z/X Ignition television anime, and the Karate Master (Karate Baka Ichidai) television anime.

It was also announced that Discotek will release Space Adventure Cobra – The Movie and The Venus Wars anime film on Blu-ray Disc (after releasing them on DVD). Both of these releases are scheduled for December 2015.

Both the Boys Over Flowers television anime and film will be released with a dub and subtitles.

Discotek plans to release Z/X Ignition in November 2015. It’s planning to release the complete series for 07-Ghost and Beezlebub on DVD in 2016. It plans to release Kyousougiga and Getter Robo: Armageddon on DVD and Blu-ray in 2016. No release date has been announced for Karate Master.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: “Food Wars!” Volume Seven

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

Food Wars! Volume 7 focuses on Soma Yukihira, who is a student at the elite Totsuki Culinary Academy. As a student, Soma is an underdog, but he never gives up on his dream. At this point in the series, he has qualified to participate in the school’s Fall Classic.

Food Wars! Volume 7

Written by: Yuto Tsukuda
Publisher: Shueisha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: August 11, 2015

Volume 11 spends all of its time on the first round of the Fall Classic, and tries to balance out the focus between the competitions in the A block and the B block. The first couple of chapters show the characters as they prepare their curry dishes, and then the remainder of the volume shows the judges trying most of the contestants’ entries.

Unfortunately, once the volume shifts to the judges trying to dishes, the story starts to bog down considerably. With each dish, the reader receives explanations for what each one is, as well as what kind of an effect the various ingredients have. There are some flashback sequences that are included every now and then to provide some character development, but it’s just not enough to help break up all of the exposition that appears in Food Wars! Volume 11. This kind of exposition works well when you’re reading one chapter a week in the Weekly Shonen Jump publication, but having to wade through several chapters in a row that are all done in this style becomes tedious rather quickly.

Although I have to say that there was one particular dish that was sampled that didn’t receive as dry of exposition, and that was the one made by Nao. The reactions to her dish actually provided some comic relief and at least helped to make that judging portion of Volume 11 a little more interesting to read. Unfortunately, Nao’s dish was presented rather early on in the judging, so it ended up highlighting just how tedious most of the tasting ended up being.

With some of the taste tasting, though, artist Shun Saeki tried utilizing the fanservice this series uses when people are so blown away by something that they eat. This usually consists of most of a person’s clothing exploding off of them as they savor the amazing taste. While it’s slightly amusing when it shows up once or twice, I felt it was overused in Food Wars! Volume 11 in order to try to hide how dull this portion of the story really is.

Overall, I think that Food Wars! Volume 11 will be best appreciated by readers who are fans of the series and have followed it since the beginning. As a whole, I think that Food Wars! can be best appreciated by foodies who should have a greater appreciation for all of the explanations about the foods and ingredients that appear in the series. Just as long as said foodies don’t have a problem with some of the fanservice that sometimes appears in the art.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media