Last week we visited the AnimagiC anime convention in Bonn (Germany) together with a friend and owner of this German blog. For me AnimagiC is always a highlight because of its rich program and famous guests. This year 8 different groups were performing plays of their own invention; in 4 cinemas visitors could watch the newest anime releases and premieres; and there was live music by Japanese artists Aimer, AiRI, ZWEI and Mashiro Ayano. Especially Aimer has made a very convincing live performance and is known for her music in Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, Zankyou no Terror, Bleach and many other animes.
And as always, here are some of the cosplayers we met there.
This year as well we found the time to visit the Japan Day street festival in Düsseldorf/Germany. It is an open street festival celebrating Japanese culture, including pop-culture, music and material arts. It is a great opportunity for fans of Anime, Manga and Japanese culture in general to meet up and have fun. More than 600,000 visitors took this opportunity this year. Here are some pictures:
Kaiser and Favaro are both bounty hunters within a world shared by humans, angels and demons. They were close friends in their childhood but turned into enemies after the events in which both of their fathers were killed. Being of fundamentally different character they now once again have to cooperate as they both promised to help the mysterious demon girl Amira on her journey to Helheim. Things get even more complicated when word spreads that the first half of the key to the seal of Bahamut, a monster that laid waste to the world 2000 years ago, was stolen.
Shingeki no Bahamut Genesis is set in a quite interesting medieval fantasy world. The dispute between angels and demons is overshadowed by the fear of the possibility of Bahamut’s return, while there are different fractions that each has their own agenda that is slowly revealed to the viewer. Humorous characters are used to lighten up the mood within the story, which otherwise could have been more dark and epic. If this is for better or worse is for the viewer to decide. There clearly went a lot of work into the design of the different characters, races and costumes, yet a 12 episode series can only offer a small glimpse into such a rich and interesting universe. Many things that are introduced to the story are only briefly glossed over or are left unexplained. More episodes or a second season would have offered more opportunities to delve deeper into this world and its characters.
This year we attended Gamescom again, which is the world’s biggest games convention held annually in Cologne, Germany. There we could test and/or got a first glimpse at exciting new announced games such as Assassin’s Creed Rogue, Dragon Age Inquisition, Borderlands PreSequel, The Wicher 3, Dying Light, Dead Island 2 and many more. In addition to that, it was interesting to get in touch with developers and designers in the Business Area.
And as always, there were some beautiful cosplayers we got to meet. Enjoy.
The story is set in a world inhabited by humanoid titans that hunt and devour humans without reason or remorse. For more than one hundred years humanity could only survive within a country surrounded by thick concentric walls. One day an especially tall titan called the Colossus mysteriously appears and breaches the outermost wall, Wall Maria, enabling smaller titans to invade. Many lives are lost and the whole area has to be evacuated behind Wall Rose, the middle wall. Young Eren Yeager and his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman lose their mother on that day and join the military to pursue their revenge on the titans.
Attack on Titan is arguably the best anime of 2013. The tense and hopeless situation of the people living in this ruthless world portrays an astonishing dark atmosphere. As even the military is no match for the titans, even many main characters die after being introduced, which makes for an unpredictable story. As it unfolds, many mysteries regarding the titans, the walls and this world are revealed and keep viewers interested. Action-filled, dark and bloody animes with solid plots tend to be popular especially among international anime fans. Still, Attack on Titan is not only successful because it fits perfectly into this slot, but also because it does so well in animation and its implementation. Therefore I think this anime deserves its hype.
On Sunday, god forsook the world. It happened 15 years ago and since then children stopped being born and humans stopped dying. God sent to this world one final miracle: the gravekeepers. Only burials by gravekeepers can grant a peaceful slumber for the restless dead. In this world 12 year old Ai-chan leads a peaceful life in a small rural village. She has taken over the role of gravekeeper from her deceased mother. Her small world is shaken when a wondering man who calls himself Hampnie Hambart, the man-eating toy, comes to her village and slaughters everyone. From there on her journey beginns.
Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi tells a very unique and original story. It is the story of bright and innocent Ai-chan, who journeys a dark and lonely word in a quest to “save the world”. It is especially this innocence and optimism that is a beacon of hope to the troubled people she meets and helps along the way. As she visits different places, the viewer slowly gets to know more about this interesting world and the hardships of its people. Together with beautiful animations, it creates a breathtaking atmosphere. However, contrary to early impressions many get from the first episode, this anime’s focus is not on fighting and action within a zombie apocalypse. This caused disappointment for many viewers. I however, am quite pleased with the way this anime unfolds and its original take to an end-time story.
Last week we were at the AnimagiC 2013 anime convention in Bonn Germany. Many great Japanese bands like ZWEI, JAM Project, Shiroku and Eir Aoi came to perform. There were also many other fun performances and multiple anime cinemas. All in all it was a fun day and a very well organized convention. As always, here are some of the amazing cosplayers we came across.
We at Animeph are constantly looking for skilled writers and passionate fans as an addition to our team. If you feel motivated to contribute to Animeph and be an active part of the community, don’t hesitate to visit the Contact Page and write an email. Below is a short introduction of John, the most recent member of our team:
Hello! I’m John Malapitan, a new author and editor. I have been watching Anime and reading Manga since the first time I was introduced to it at Anime Expo 2007 at Long Beach, CA. I recently went to AX again just a few days ago at Los Angeles, CA; I plan to go every year from now on! I am currently a first year college student studying biochemistry. I have been a “Closet Anime Fan” because a lot of my friends thought it was I guess “Childlike”, but now I want to socialize with the community more and add my input, specifically to romance anime; I have seen from Aishiteruze Baby to modern romances like Amagami SS, Midori Days etc. I also enjoy watching others like Railgun, Oreimo, Hyouka, Ano Hana, SAO, Attack on Titan etc. I’m planning to add content to the Anime Review section, and also talk with the people using this site! I hope we can get along!