Love Live Sunshine – Shining

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.

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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.

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Alderamin on the Sky – The Invincible, Lazy General

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.

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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…

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Rewrite – Twisted Literature

Welcome to Kazamatsuri, a city in Japan that has devoted itself to trying to promote a greener Earth. The city is surrounded in forests, is home to companies devoted to afforestation, and holds a massive annual festival devoted to nature.

It is in this city that our story begins with protagonist Kotarou Tennouji awakening from a strange nightmare. In his nightmare, he is running through a ruined version of Kazamatsuri and when he enters the forest on its borders, he encounters a strange girl with ribbons, who promptly kills him. After he awakens, he starts seeing this girl for brief moments, and one day he wakes up with bitemarks on his arm. In his pursuit of some explanation, he’s drawn to the Occult Research Club at school.

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New Game – Game Dev: The Anime

Summer’s anime season is at its end, which means a few things. It means Winnipeg now has to brace for snow. It means that game releases are about to start hitting fast and furious. But most importantly, it means it’s time to start reviewing anime!

New Game is a slice of life anime about a young woman who decides to apply for a character design job at the company who made one of her favourite games. We start the show with Suzukaze Aoba showing up for her first day at work and having to come to terms with the odd-ball personalities of Eagle Jump Software’s eccentric design team.

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