A Singaporean Guide to Legal Anime: Spring 2018

Last Updated: 10 April 2018, 3:00am

3 months sure do fly by fast don’t they? Winter 2018 anime is already over and the engine for Spring 2018 is already up and running! Well, this post will more or less be the same as my previous guide post on legal anime in Singapore! This time of course, the list will be focusing on Spring 2018! (I will also include leftovers from Winter 2018). Out of the 81 anime TV series in spring (including shorts), we will be getting 13 of them! SWEET.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I WILL include titles from Amazon Prime Video but do take note that they are having licensing issues (or so they say) whereby despite having the title in their library, some episodes are available while other certain episodes are not.

2Eg. Koi wa Ameagari no You ni (After The Rain)


 

*SORTED ALPHABETICALLY*

BEATLESS

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Studio: Diomedéa
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi
Available On: Amazon Prime Video
Synopsis: Most of the world’s needs are fulfilled by humanoid robots called hIE’s. One day, 17-year-old Arato Endo meets the android Lacia and becomes her owner. She is one of five androids with advanced AI. Each of the five units have their own motivations, and fight to gain each other’s abilities. What will the relationship between man and machine be moving forward? That is something Arato must find. (Source: Prime Video)

 

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Studio: Trigger
Genre: Sci-fi, Mecha
Available On: Aniplus (Airs/Stream every Sunday, 1:00am), Crunchyroll (Stream available every sunday, 12:00am)
Synopsis: In a world where children pilot robots called Franxx to fend off giant lifeforms, ex-prodigy Hiro struggles with his existence. Then a girl known as “Zero Two” suddenly appears before him. (Source: Aniplus)

 

Crossing Time
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Studio: EKACHI EPILKA
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life
Available On: Crunchyroll (Stream available every Tuesday 1:15am)
Synopsis: “Clank, clank, clank, clank…” Today, the railroad crossing bar goes down again, stopping someone on their way somewhere. The various stories of youth, eros, art, first love, etc that occur during the time spent waiting at a railroad crossing… All railroad crossings, all the time. Bringing you a variety of short stories about railroad crossings!(Source: Crunchyroll)

 

Grancrest Senkigrancrest

Studio: A1-Pictures
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Romance
Available On: Aniplus (Airs every Saturday, 1:00am, Stream available 00:30am)
Synopsis: A lone mage named Siluca and a vagrant knight named Theo make an oath as master and retainer, with hopes of bringing reform to a land riddled with war and chaos. (Source: Aniplus)

 

Gundam Build Divers
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Studio: Sunrise
Genre: Action, Mecha, Sci-Fi
Available On: YouTube (New episode uploaded every Tuesday)
Synopsis: The Gunpla Force Battle Tournament is a big event held in GBN once per year. Competing in the final round are Avalon, led by the champion Kyoya Kujo, and the elite 7th Panzer Division led by the cunning Rommel. Starting with Kyoya’s Gundam AGE II Magnum, a variety of Gunpla take to the field to determine which is the strongest force!
(Source: Gundam.Info)

 

Hoozuki no Reitetsu 2
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Studio: Studio DEEN
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Available On: Aniplus (Airs/Stream every Sunday, 1:30am)
Synopsis: With the post-war population explosion resulting in a ferocious increase of evil spirits and the dead flooding to the netherworld, the understaffed Hell faces a chaos of unprecedented scale. Demon Ogre Hozuki – the remarkable chief deputy to the king of Hell, King Enma – tends to all manner of affairs in place of the lazy king. And so begins the busy everyday lives of Hozuki and the dead in the depths of Hell.
(Source: Aniplus)

 

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi
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Studio: GONZO
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Available On: Animax (Airs every Mondays 11:00pm, no stream available)
Synopsis: What will you do when a god appears before you claiming a debt your late grandfather left behind? Follow Aoi as she cooks for spirits at the Tenjinya inn to redeem her freedom from the nether realms! (Source: Animax)

 

Mahou Shoujo Ore
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Studio: Pierrot Plus
Genre: Comedy, Magic, Fantasy
Available On: Crunchyroll (Stream available every Monday 10:00pm)
Synopsis: “Love makes a girl stronger.” Saki Uno is working hard as part of the new idol unit, Magical Twin. The one she admires most is Mohiro Mikage, who’s the older brother of her idol unit partner Sakuyo, and he’s also a member of the top idol unit STAR☆PRINCE. She would be willing to do anything for him, and one day, those feelings brought on a miracle. Saki ended up turning into a magical girl when she strongly wished to protect someone… But what she turned into wasn’t exactly what she was expecting… (Source: Crunchyroll)

 

Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu
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Studio: A1-Pictures
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Supernatural
Available On: Animax (Airs every Saturday 3:30pm, no stream available)
Synopsis: The second season of Nanatsu no Taizai. (Source: Animax)

 

Persona 5 The Animation
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Studio: Cloverworks (Previously known as Kōenji Studio)
Genre: Action, Supernatural, Fantasy
Available On: Aniplus (Airs every Sunday 2:00am / Stream every Sunday 01:00am)
Synopsis: Ren Amamiya is an ordinary high school student in Tokyo during the day, and part of the group known as Phantom Thieves who maneuver the city in the after hours. (Source: Aniplus)

 

Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru
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Studio: Seven Arcs
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Available On: Animax (Airs every Friday 11:00pm, no stream available)
Synopsis: Could “science + magic” be the ultimate equation for Gayus and Gigina to fight against dragons? (Source: Animax)

 

Steins;Gate 0
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Studio: White Fox
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Available On: Aniplus (Airs/Stream Every Thursday 02:30am)
Synopsis: Okabe struggles to recover from a failed attempt at rescuing Kurisu. He decides to abandon his lively scientist alter ego to forget the past. He is pulled back into the past by meeting an acquaintance of Kurisu, who is testing a device that stores the memory of a human & creates a simulation of them with their characteristics and personalities. Okabe begins testing and finds out that the simulation of Kurisu has brought back anguish and some new unexpected tragedies. (Source: Aniplus)

 

Tokyo Ghoul:re
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Studio: Studio Pierrot
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Supernatural, Psychological
Available On: Aniplus (Airs/Stream Every Wednesday 12:00am)
Synopsis: Two years have passed since the CCG’s raid on Anteiku. Although the atmosphere in Tokyo has changed drastically due to the increased influence of the CCG, ghouls continue to pose a problem as they have begun taking caution, especially the terrorist organization Aogiri Tree, who acknowledge the CCG’s growing threat to their existence. (Source: Aniplus)


 

And there we go! Did I miss anything? I probably did, considering my habit of overlooking things (hehe). As of 10 April, Crunchyroll has not released all the info on what anime they will be simulcasting so this will be updated in due time!

A Singaporean Guide to Legal Anime: Winter 2018

Anime doesn’t magically appear out of thin air. Hundreds of people put time, effort and money into making the anime we all love. I know many of us wish to support the industry when we can but are unable to do so due to various reasons. 

I am a Singaporean who absolutely loves anime. I live, breath and think about anime more than I probably should. I know many Singaporeans aside from myself are also anime fans, many on the same level as me or even more hardcore! We love to watch anime but face a major issue. It is VERY hard to find official releases in Singapore for seasonal anime. It is especially weird because ODEX has shown how successful the anime film industry can be in Singapore over the past few years but for some odd reason, official releases of anime TV series (especially simulcasts) seem to have never broken through on the mainstream!

On 11 January 2018, I saw many Singaporeans discussing the first episode of Violet Evergarden and sharing screenshots. I was confused since I knew Violet Evergarden was officially being simulcasted by NETFLIX but had not been released yet at the time of the discussions. I asked around and found that they had watched a fansubbed version of the episode on streaming sites. When asked if they knew that Violet Evergarden is being officially streamed by NETFLIX, many didn’t know!

This got me thinking that MAYBE, the reason that official simulcasts of anime TV series hasn’t broken through to the mainstream is due to information of what is available legally isn’t disseminated to most Singaporeans! Maybe, just maybe, if people are more aware of what is available legally and support them, the anime distributors in Singapore will bring more variety of anime in eventually because of the positive feedback!

So I’ve decided to do a seasonal guide for Singaporeans on where they can watch legal anime (even if there is only a few). Yes, it costs money to watch them but I hope my fellow Singaporeans can show their support for their beloved anime! Now, without further ado!


*SORTED ALPHABETICALLY*

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Genre: Sci-fi, Mecha
Available On: AniplusHD Channel (Airs every Sunday, 1:00am), Aniplus On Demand (Stream available after episode airs)
Synopsis: In a world where children pilot robots called Franxx to fend off giant lifeforms, ex-prodigy Hiro struggles with his existence. Then a girl known as “Zero Two” suddenly appears before him. (Source: Aniplus)

 

Devilman: Crybaby
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Genre: Action, Horror
Available On: Netflix (All 10 Episodes already available)
Synopsis: With demons reawakened and humanity in turmoil, a sensitive demon boy is led into a brutal, degenerate war against evil by his mysterious friend Ryo. (Source: Netflix)

 

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Genre: Action, Fantasy
Available On: Aniplus Channel (Airs every Saturday, 1:00am), Aniplus On Demand (Stream available 00:30, 30 minutes before broadcast airs)
Synopsis: A lone mage named Siluca and a vagrant knight named Theo make an oath as master and retainer, with hopes of bringing reform to a land riddled with war and chaos. (Source: Aniplus)

 

Karakai Jozu no Takagi-san
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Genre: Comedy, Romance, Slice of Life
Available On: Animax (Airs every Monday, 11:30pm)
Synopsis: Middle-school student Nishikata suffers constant humiliation at the hands of Takagi, his classmate who sits next to him and who loves teasing him. He vows to do the same to her but always fails miserably in the face of her witty antics. As they continue to joke around every day in class, will Nishikata ever succeed in getting back at Takagi? And amidst all this “fun”, could there be something more than friendship blossoming?. (Source: Animax)

 

Pop Team Epic
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Genre: Comedy
Available On: Aniplus (Airs every Sunday, 1:30am), Aniplus On Demand (Stream available after episode airs)
Synopsis: Popuko and Pipimi are two 14-year-old girls in this story about current affairs, ironies and jokes, no-holds barred style. (Source: Aniplus)

 

The Ancient Magus’ Bride
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Genre: Fantasy
Available On: AniplusHD Channel (Airs every Sunday, 3:00am), Aniplus On Demand (Stream available 2:30am, 30 minutes before broadcast airs), Crunchyroll (Stream available every Sunday 2:30am onwards)
Synopsis: Hatori Chise has lived a life full of neglect and abuse, devoid of anything resembling love. Far from the warmth of family, she has had her share of troubles and pitfalls. Just when all hope seems lost, a fateful encounter awaits her. When a man with the head of a beast, wielding strange powers, obtains her through a slave auction, Chise’s life will never be the same again. (Source: Aniplus)

 

The Ryuo’s Work is Never Done!
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Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Game
Available On: Animax (Airs every Monday, 11:00pm)
Synopsis: 16-year-old Yaichi Kuzuryu is the strongest Shogi player in history, who holds the top title of “Ryuo” (Dragon King). One fateful day, the Shogi-loving elementary school student Ai Hinatsuru suddenly appears before him, claiming that he once promised to be her master. Yaichi has totally forgotten about this promise, but through their interactions, he will soon discover her potential for the game and also reignite his own passion that made him a Shogi master. (Source: Animax)

 

Touken Ranbu Hanamaru Season 2
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Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Slice of Life
Available On: Aniplus (Airs every Monday, 1:00am), Aniplus On Demand (Stream available Monday 00:00, 1 hour before broadcast airs)
Synopsis: The year is 2205. The “historical revisionists” have begun attacks on the past in their plot to change history. The Saniwa, who have been charged with protecting history, can imbue life into objects. Strongest among these are the Touken Danshi. The story revolves around their cheerful lives. (Source: Aniplus)

 

Violet Evergarden
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Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Available On: Netflix (Every Thursday)
Synopsis: A certain point in time, in the continent of Telesis. The great war which divided the continent into North and South has ended after four years, and the people are welcoming a new generation. Violet Evergarden, a young girl formerly known as “the weapon”, has left the battlefield to start a new life at CH Postal Service. There, she is deeply moved by the work of “Auto Memories Dolls”, who carry people’s thoughts and convert them into words. Violet begins her journey as an Auto Memories Doll, and comes face to face with various people’s emotions and differing shapes of love. There are words Violet heard on the battlefield, which she cannot forget. These words were given to her by someone she holds dear, more than anyone else. She does not yet know their meaning but she searches to find it. (Source: ANN)

 

Yuru Camp△ (Laid-Back Camp)
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Genre: Slice of Life
Available On: Crunchyroll (Stream available Friday 12:00am)
Synopsis: Nadeshiko, a high school student who had moved from Shizuoka to Yamanashi, decides to see the famous, 1000 yen-bill-featured Mount Fuji. Even though she manages to bike all the way to Motosu, she’s forced to turn back because of worsening weather. Unable to set her eyes on her goal, she faints partway to her destination. When she wakes up, it’s night, in a place she’s never been before, with no way of knowing how to get home. Nadeshiko is saved when she encounters Rin, a girl who is out camping by herself. This outdoorsy girls story begins with this first encounter between Nadeshiko and Rin. (Source: Crunchyroll)


 

If I missed anything out, let me know! In the future, if any new anime is picked up, I will be sure to add it in!

This list was last edited on 11 January 2018 9:00pm.

 

 

Clazi’s Incoherent Thoughts 1: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution 1

Now… Where do I start? On the 16th of October, I saw that Hi-Evolution 1 (from here onward will be referred to as “HE 1”) tickets were being sold for the 21st of October but the thing was, I hadn’t watched the series at all before much less even know anything about it. Not to mention the HE 1 ticket was ridiculously expensive at 55 SGD (40.5 USD). So I did what any sane person would do. I bought the ticket. Within the days building up to HE 1, I binged through the entirety of Eureka Seven. Yep, all 50 episodes alright. I didn’t even skip the opening songs. So when I came into the cinema about to watch HE 1, I was pretty confident that I knew what the story was about since the anime was fresh in my memory. So I relaxed, sat back and as the lights went off in the cinema.

WORDPRESS 1WARNING: THIS IS A RECAP FILM SO I DON’T THINK I’M SPOILING ANYTHING AS LONG AS YOU’VE ALREADY WATCHED THE MAIN TV SERIES

 

HE 1 starts off absolutely stunningly. Beautiful visuals, great sounds and overall the atmosphere is one of chaos that just sucks you into the battlefield. This lasts a good 20 minutes or so. This scene is a prologue and takes place 10 years before the actual series itself so it was mostly relatively new content. You get to see some of the characters from the main series as their younger selves and all that fine jazz. Did I enjoy the prologue? HELL YEAH I DID. The only issue I had was that they changed a certain person’s death scene from the original series but hey, it looked way cooler. Not going to say much about the prologue as it is new material and I don’t want to spoil anything for those who have yet to watch

Then time skips forward and the film starts off from episode 25 of the main series. Then everything just goes…. eh. I’ll start of with what I disliked first then move on to what I liked about the film later.

Now if there’s one thing I’d always expect a recap film to do is to refresh your memory of events within the anime series. Now there might be a few revisions here and there (there were some changes in dialogue within HE 1 for certain scenes from the original anime) but usually, it wouldn’t affect or change the plot at all. And it didn’t. The changes HE 1 makes in the character dialogues don’t affect or change the story at all. The problem however, was how it was presented. 

When I said HE 1 starts off from episode 25, I meant it. But they didn’t move forward, they moved backward. Now I don’t have a problem with this per se. I could’ve just taken it as a sort of episode 25.5 but in the form of a movie. However, HE 1 had this ridiculous idea to jumble up the order of how they did their flashback sequence. The way it does it’s flashbacks are absolutely convoluted and confusing. It makes even me, a person who just watched the entire series in the past 4 days, confused on the order of events from episode 1 to 25. Can you imagine how a person who hasn’t watched Eureka Seven for years would feel?

To give an idea of what they did, let me give you an example. For this, we will be ignoring the prologue sequence. Take “A” as the earliest flashback in the recap, “L” as the “present” (episode 25) and every other letter being every other flashback shown. The ACTUAL TIMELINE would look something like this:

A > B > C > D > E > F > G > H > I > J > K > L

How HE 1 arranges the flashbacks in a fashion like this:

L > K > E > G > B > H > D > C > I > J > F > B > A > L

But wait you say! I repeated some letters! Well, HE 1 does repeat some scenes. A recap of a flashback. In a recap film. A recap film has a recap within the recap film itself. I don’t even know what to say to that. I have even yet to mention how the order of their flashbacks makes absolutely no sense. The painful truth is that my example wasn’t even that accurate. There are WAY MORE JUMPS in the film than my example. The transitions itself are very confusing as they use transition cards that say “8 hours later”, “20 days earlier” or “3 hours ago” etc. This would be fine, if they didn’t do it so many times and somewhat in a random fashion that it would confuse some viewers on the sequence of events. It confused me a little and I literally just saw the series a few days prior.

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This really affects the viewer experience as we are constantly thrown from one point in the timeline to another with no real flow or pattern to it. Regardless, another thing that irked me (though not as significantly as bouncing around in the timeline) is the fact that they reused all the shots from the anime series in their original aspect ratio. Now, I am not a video editing expert nor am I somebody well versed in how to do fancy stuff like making widescreen HD remaster and all that fancy stuff but as a viewer, it is very off-putting when you’re watching a glorious, extravagant and beautiful widescreen 30 minute opening sequence but then when you’re at the flashbacks, the show reverts to its original 960×720 aspect ratio. It’s a small issue but one that stands out nonetheless especially when the transition cards fill up the entirety of the screen. There probably is a reason for this and I do know this is just me nitpicking the technical aspects of the film when I’m not well versed in it nor am I qualified to make a good opinion on them.

Now, onto what I thought was good about HE 1 albeit it isn’t much. Throughout the film, there are monologues/narrations by Renton that delve deeper into why he did certain things (even if some of the things he did do are really dumb) and his reactions to the consequences of his actions. This gives deeper insight into Renton and you get to see what Renton’s thought process is like. The flashbacks also had a lot of Charles and Ray in it. Anything with Charles and Ray in it is good hands down. Don’t give me that sass.

WORDPRESS 1Seriously Charles and Ray are the best couple in the series by far

The soundtrack itself is relatively the same, meaning that it was really damn good. So take nothing away from that, the music still fits well into the film.

That’s really all I have to say about the film really in terms of what I think it did good and bad.


 

My overall thoughts? I’m biased as all hell and still enjoyed and loved the film. I’m no machine, when I like something, I tend to overlook its cons and still enjoy it for what it is. That’s the same with Eureka Seven. I binged all 50 episode in 4 days but I never saw it as a chore or an obligation. I saw it as a need. I loved the show from beginning to end, always wanting more and more until I reached the end and got a satisfying conclusion but even then, deep in my heart, I still wanted more. I got more from Hi Evolution 1. And I still want even more. Thankfully, I will get more Eureka Seven from the upcoming second Hi Evolution movie.

WORDPRESS 1I would watch this movie a million more times just to see more Eureka

To conclude? Do I think the movie is worth watching for someone with only a slight interest in Eureka Seven? Not really. Save that money and go watch another movie like Mary and The Witch’s Flower or  In This Corner of The World (both bloody fantastic movies by the way). But if you’re the same kind of person as me and just want more Eureka Seven even if it is a convoluted mess of a recap film with an amazing first 30 minutes? Go ahead! Don’t hold yourself back!


That’s all I have to say and I do plan on writing more posts like these about random stuff about anime that pops on my mind from time to time. Cya next time friends.