Notabilities: Itou Tomohiko is an accomplished director with a wide range of series he’s had under his belt, primarily at A-1 Pictures and Madhouse. Occult Academy, Silver Spoon and Sword Art Online are his leading directorial statements, but he’s worked as a storyboard artist and episode director for a number of distinct shows, from Madoka Magica to Michiko to Hatchin and his Madhouse gigs on Death Note, Kurozuka (Araki Tetsurou shows) to Monster, Kobato, Kurozuka and more!
So, it’s fair to say we’re in good hands visually, but what about the writing? Well, I can’t speak to the quality of the mangaka, but he has a distinct focus on psychological thrillers, and this is his most recent, and appraised work, though unfortunately it’s an ongoing manga, so don’t hope too high for a solid resolution.
The series composer adapting BokuMachi is Kishimoto Taku, who worked with this same director before on Silver Spoon, and interestingly, Haikyuu, but the most relevant link, is that he worked on the much revered Usagi Drop.
So, expectations are high, the premise looks unorthodox, it’s not a sword-magic-boobs-highschool show, so lets dive in!
So, for the final part of the loot posts, I’ll be covering those coveted pieces of plastic that we call figures. Both of the Gundam Plastic Model (Gunpla) variety, and the regular variety.
The above picture, of the 1/1 scale Gundam statue, was taken in Odaiba in Tokyo, an artificial island connected to the mainland via the Rainbow Bridge, which contains many shopping centres, including what is called the Gundam Front.
So, that’s where I ended up buying some of the Gunpla. What about the figures? Well, most of them were purchased in Akihabara, in Mandarake and other stores, and also a few were acquired in China in a shopping centre that had a floor dedicated to anime-related goods.
The BDs and DVDs here aren’t actually ones I bought in Japan, as their video region is not the same that is used over here in the UK, and, well, their prices are quite above an amount I feel comfortable spending with.
Okay, I’ll own up and admit to it: my attempt at 12 Years of Anime this time around has more or less been a flop, with only four total posts out of the designated twelve. However, I thought I would at least put out something appropriate since it is Christmas Day…
As you may know, from my two previous Zael in Japan posts, I was in Tokyo, which also means I was in Akihabara, and therefore, I ended up picking up a whole load of anime merchandise. Since Christmas is the time we open up and enjoy our presents, I thought I would share my budding anime loot collection, which in truth has only been in existence for a few months, starting with the MCM Comic Con back in October.
I hope you enjoy reading about and looking at my merchandise pictures, I’ll be updating over the next few days, as otherwise this would get incredibly long to read in one sitting..
June: When Symphogear set the shores of AniTwitter ablaze / Zael in Japan
Hello again everyone. Due to a variety of factors I’m sorry that days 4 and 5 were skipped. That’s not a good enough reason to bow completely out of 12 Days of Anime, so let’s just pretend it never happened and continue from day 6, which corresponds to June.
(Next part of the Japan travel stories on page 2.)