MANGA.TOKYO is not just about the latest anime news. We are fans, just like you, and our office is always bristling with heated anime discussions (you don’t want to join our arguments. You can see figures flying all over the place). Our desks are full with manga and we try to get tickets to all the latest events. We love going to anisong concerts and we spend almost all our money in the latest anime merchandise. And while we do all that, we make sure to have an article about it on MANGA.TOKYO to share these experiences with you.
Summer 2016 was very busy. Our episodic review list had 13 titles, but we also published so many articles we are proud of that we wanted to share with you our favorites. After much discussion, we managed to settle on 5 articles from four main categories: Interviews. Events. Otaku Articles (Features). Otaku Reviews & Anime Series Reviews.
Here they are: our top articles from the Summer 2017 season!
It takes courage to take upon you the task of directing a live action movie of a beloved manga and anime. We have seen so many times the fandom backlash on how the movies and series ‘destroy’ their favorite series, the most recent example being the Netflix adaptation of Death Note.
MANGA.TOKYO posted a very interesting interview with the director who took it on himself to turn Gintama into a live action movie, Yuichi Fukuda.
Creating The Live Action Gintama: Interview With Director Yuichi Fukuda
How do you sit opposite an anisong legend and talk to him about anime and music? MANGA.TOKYO had the pleasure of conducting an interview with legendary singer Hironobu Kageyama, who this year is celebrating his 40-year anniversary from his debut.
We conducted the interview at Magic Spice, the soup curry restaurant in Shimokitazawa that Kageyama and the other members of JAM Project love.
Interview with JAM Project’s Hironobu Kageyama | Part 1 of 2
Speaking of legendary anime figures, this is one interview that all Pokemon fans should read. Rica Matsumoto is the voice of Ash and the singer of many opening theme songs for the popular series!
Pokémon the Movie 20: I Choose You! | Interview With Rica Matsumoto
Shiena Nishizawa is part of the new wave of pop-rock artists that is taking Japan by storm. Just before the release of her first album, Break your Fate, she shared with us her thoughts on anime, music, and her overseas concerts.
Shiena Nishizawa Shares Her Feelings About Performing Overseas
In one of our favorite exclusive interviews, we sat down with anisong artist TRUE and talked about music, art, and her favorite dish, curry.
Exclusive Interview With Anisong Artist TRUE: The Joy of Creating Anisongs
The second season of Attack on Titan was one of the most anticipated series of the Spring 2017 season (you can read our series review here). Our writer Christine decided to let the anime run its course before analyzing one of the best episodes in recent anime history, Episode 31, ‘Warrior.’ In her words: ‘It excelled in terms of animation, music, cinematography, and climax.’
Why Attack On Titan’s ‘Warrior’ Is One Of The Best Things That Has Happened To Mainstream Anime Culture
Fullmetal Alchemist is one of the most classic anime titles in the history of the medium. Even if you haven’t read the manga, you have probably seen the likes of Edward Elric and his brother Alphonse somewhere in the aniverse. Yet, did you know that FMA has been adapted into an anime twice? The first season aired in 2003, and the second season in 2009. Read all about the two adaptations in our otaku article.
Introduction to Fullmetal Alchemist: A Manga With Two Different Anime Adaptations
What was once a strictly Japanese sub-culture has recently been spreading its wings around the world. Anime, manga, light novels, and Japanese video games are now dominating overseas cartoon and comics markets. Anime movies are shown in international festivals and more light novels are being licensed in the west with every passing year. This article takes at the influence of otaku fandom all around the world.
The Otaku Culture in Japan and Around the World
Sometimes, our writers are so enamored with a series that they just want to share their excitement with the MANGA.TOKYO readers. That is exactly what happened with Naja and My Hero Academia (Boku no Hero Academia). If you want to know even more about the series, it was part of our Spring – Summer 2017 episodic reviews.
10 Reasons You Should Be Watching My Hero Academia
Our most recent columns is the one we call ‘MANGA vs ANIME’. Our writers take important scenes from our favorite anime and compare them to the original manga or light novel. One of our most popular articles from this column examines the differences between the novel and Episode 7, ‘The Temperature of the Heart’ (Kokoro no Ondo), of the first anime season of Sword Art Online.
Sword Art Online Novel VS Anime: Episode 7 ‘The Temperature of the Heart’
Tokyo Ghoul was always present in our Summer 2017 news and reports, one way or the other. With all the hype about the live action movie, MANGA.TOKYO covered the world premiere and the Japanese premiere. But our favorite report was the one from the first performance of the stage play Tokyo Ghoul ~Aruiwa, Chouetsuteki Bishokugaku wo Meguru Meisouroku~ that was held on 29 June at Theatre1010 in Tokyo.
If you are a fan of Tokyo Ghoul, you will love the photos from this event.
Tokyo Ghoul Stage Play Dress Rehearsal and Press Conference Report
ChouCho has established herself as a heavyweight anisong name since her debut in 2011. Since then, she has performed many popular theme songs, including Girls und Panzer and Hyouka. Recently, she sang the opening of the anime movie Fate/kaleid liner Prisma ☆ Illya: Oath Under Snow.
MANGA.TOKYO went to her live concert entitled ChouCho Acoustic Live ‘naked garden’ vol.2, and brought you an amazing photo report.
ChouCho Acoustic Concert Oozed With the Feeling of Summer
Our editor, Kobayashi-san, visited U-TREASURE and made his very own Evangelion-inspired ring using a NERV-branded laser-engraving machine. Of course, he took a camera with him and brought back an amazing gallery and a report video!
We Made Our Own Neon Genesis Evangelion Silver Jewelry
MANGA.TOKYO loves cosplay so much that we couldn’t decide which of our articles to include in this list. We have so many reports from cosplay events and so many photos. We decided on a gallery from Comiket 02, but if you want to see all our cosplay galleries, just click here!
[Comiket 92] 21 Beautiful Comiket Cosplayers! The Flowers that Bloomed After the Rain Of The 2nd Day
This summer, MANGA.TOKYO visited its first overseas events. We covered the first stretch of the Anime World Matsuri at Los Angeles’ Anime Expo and we also reported the two concerts from Anisong World Matsuri’s east coast debut in Washington D.C. at Otakon 2017. Here is day one of the festivities, when Otakon veterans JAM Project and T.M. Revolution performed at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center for a crowd of 3000 eager fans!
Anisong World Matsuri in Washington DC: JAM Project and T.M. Revolution
We have to admit that we don’t have nearly as much reviews of manga as we have for anime. But we plan to change that. One of our favorite manga reviews here on MANGA.TOKYO is Naja’s take on Volume 1 of Kou Yoneda’s Twittering Birds Never Fly.
Manga Review: Twittering Birds Never Fly Vol 1
The same goes for anime. We want to bring you more reviews of past series. In two of our most read series reviews, Christina talks about two hidden gems, The Flowers of Evil (Aku no Hana) and Michiko to Hatchin.
Michiko to Hatchin Series Review
The Flowers of Evil (Aku no Hana) Series Review
We were so excited that New Game! was coming back for a second season that we wanted to refresh our memories on how Aoba joined Eagle Jump and how she spent her first year at the game development company. Here is our review for the first season of the awfully cute series.
New Game! (Season 1) Series Review
MANGA.TOKYO tries to broaden its reviews and cover more than anime and manga. We also want to bring you detailed and useful reviews of light novels and live action series and movies. Our favorite live action review from this season was SaNy’s take on The Anthem of the Heart.
The Anthem of the Heart Review: Did the Live Action Adaptation Ruin the Anime?
The Best of Summer
The summer season is over and we are now busy preparing all our Fall 2017 articles. We will cover episodic reviews of more than 10 titles from the new season and prepare a First Impressions article that will include all the new titles.
If you want to start building your new anime to-watch list, you can check out what the readers of MT are recommending for this season:
Top 15 Fall 2017 Anime According to You
MANGA.TOKYO will be here, updated every day with the latest anime and otaku news. This is going to be another amazing season and we will give you all the info you need to enjoy it even more.
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