What would you do if you received a letter claiming to be from yourself 10 years in the future giving you advice on the decisions to make, offering you a chance to prevent yourself from experiencing some pretty big regrets? Would that decision change when the events described in the letter start coming true?
This is the situation that 16 year old student Naho Takamiya finds herself in, as she and her close circle of friends prepare to start another school year together when a new student, Naruse Kakeru, transfers into their class. The letter that Naho receives references him, and she begins to wonder… could it be real?
It’s time for another card-game-turned-anime: Ange Vierge. In Ange Vierge, there are five worlds with extremely strongly define themes – for the most part. For example, the Black World is full of demons and vampires and the white world has an extremely defined tech theme. The Blue World is our Earth as we know it, a mixed bag of everything, and is the only world among the five that doesn’t have one defined theme. One day, out of nowhere, all four of the other worlds are suddenly connected to Earth and start gradually converging, destined to collide destroying everything. At the same time, strange forces known as the Ouroboros appear, determined to speed up the process, hastening all worlds towards destruction.
Fortunately, girls from all worlds start developing special abilities. These ‘Progress’ girls are gathered together on Seiran Island, a remote island isolated in the Pacific which has been turned into an academic facility devoted specifically to their training. You see, it was discovered that these girls possess the powers to not only defeat the Ouroboros, but also that the energy generated by their abilities help to delay the inevitable collapse.
War came suddenly, as gates opened in the sky and legions of aliens called simply ‘the Unknown’ poured out from it. In order to preserve humanity’s future, children all over Japan were put into cold-sleep to be awakened when the carnage ended. Unfortunately, the war lasted longer than anyone expected and these children woke to a Japan under perpetual siege.
Fortunately, the children awakened this way had developed mystical powers during their long sleep, said to be somehow related to whatever they dreamed of while they were sleeping. Their powers, known as ‘Worlds’, were then put to use by the defense forces to protect the Japanese islands against the mysterious invaders, with the various defense academies being ranked according to their effectiveness in battle.
If you had come to me a few months ago and told me ‘watch a school idol show, you’ll love it!’… I’d have thought you might be just a little crazy. It seemed like a such a narrow genre, and while the comedy idol light show Locodol was fun in a simplistic way, I didn’t see how a show that took that genre seriously could possibly keep my attention. And, I would’ve thought you were even more crazy if you’d told me my wife would be equally interested.
So it was quite a surprise when, during the Ai-Kon Summer Anime Showcase, we both turned to each other at the end of episode one of Love Live Sunshine and said ‘We need to watch more’. Love Live Sunshine is a followup to the extremely popular Love Live School Idol Project. The show follows Chika Takami as she tries to put together a school idol troupe, having taken sudden inspiration from the original Love Live’s idol group μ’s and chronicles the groups progress as Chika and her group, Aquors, try to follow in μ’s footsteps.
Alderamin on the Sky is about a fantasy world that is on the verge of an industrial revolution – if only religion weren’t determined to hold it back. Our story takes place in the Katjvarnan Empire, who are at war with the neighboring Kioka Republic and have been for what seems like an eternity. It is centred around two unlikely friends: Yatorishino Igsem and Ikta Solork.
Ikta is a student of science – forbidden knowledge deemed heretical by the continent’s primary religion – and a man who has a deep disdain for heroes, for the military, and for the Empire itself. Yatori, on the other hand, is the scion of the prestigious Igsem family, one of the most famous families in the Empire, and loyal protectors of the Katvjarnan royal family. Yet the two seem so close they almost don’t even need words to communicate.
Our story starts with Ikta helping Yatori cheat her way into the military academy she wishes to attend. Things don’t go as planned when the boat taking them to the academy is caught in a storm and sinks…