Warning: This post contains minor spoilers and discussion of sensitive issues.
Anime is no stranger to controversy – last season threw up Goblin Slayer and this time we have another isekai anime adapted from a light novel. Its titled ‘The Rising of the Shield Hero‘ and has caused quite a stir on social media for more than one reason.
The 47-minute pilot episode introduces us to a 20-year-old university student named Iwatani Naofumi who picks up a book about an ancient legend when he suddenly sees a bright light and ends up – you guessed it – summoned to another world.
Iwatani soon learns that he’s one of four heroes summoned to save the Kingdom of Melromarc from wave after wave of calamity, and is essentially forced to fight monsters and gain experience before the next wave.
Anime set in a high school can be exhaustingly unimaginitive – there are so many ecchi harems and romantic comedies that reuse the same formula every season, and it gets incredibly tiring. So I tend to avoid school anime unless it has some kind of unique element, and Fastest Finger First is a show that I can’t really compare to anything else.
Years of watching them with my grandmother has caused me to enjoy TV quiz shows such as The Chase, Eggheads, and Tipping Point, so I was really excited to find out there’s an anime about competitive quiz teams – but did it live up to the hype?
Anime that revolves around otaku culture is nothing new – in fact, the earliest instance was a very unique OVA from 1991 titled Otaku no Video, which combines an anime story with live action interviews featuring real otaku in order to create a rather loose retelling of how critically acclaimed anime studio Gainax was founded.
More than thirteen years later we saw Genshiken, Welcome to the NHK, OreImo and a wide variety of other series dealing with the anime, manga and visual novel fandoms. And somewhere inbetween, we had Comic Party – a visual novel derived anime from 2001 that essentially spawned a genre but has been seen by fewer than 15,000 MyAnimeList users.
I first came across Comic Party about three years ago when I was searching for more otaku-focused anime, although I only got around to watching it last week. I came out of the series with mixed feelings, but I certainly don’t regret sitting through it.
I very rarely grace the cinema with my presence. When I think back to my childhood, I recall it being full of advertisements for products I’ll never buy and trailers for movies I’ll never watch, and end up wondering if the ‘big screen’ can really provide a better experience than a DVD or Blu-Ray disc.
I also have ASD Level 1, or Aspergers Syndrome as its more commonly known, and attending events with sizeable amounts of people can be incredibly challenging for me, not to mention the sensory overload that can come with it. I was able to attend my first two anime events this year and had a great time, but I haven’t been to a cinema screening in almost a decade.
But when I heard the premise of Mamoru Hosoda’s new film, Mirai, at MCM Comic Con Scotland in September, it undoubtedly resonated with me, and I felt the urge to watch it as soon as possible
So, what is Mirai? Its a slice of life film with elements of adventure, fantasy and drama that deals with the familial relationship between siblings, accepting the realities of life and all the emotion that comes with those topics.
As an older brother myself who gets along very well with my sister, I wanted to see how much I could relate to. So, last week I took the plunge and bought a ticket to one of the first UK showings at a Vue Cinema venue in Leeds!