Orange TV Anime Announced!

[Versão em português disponível no fim da publicação]


Not so long time ago I wrote a review about the manga Orange and the upcoming live-action movie. Now, Ichigo Takano‘s masterpiece is coming to Japanese televisions this summer (and hopefully Crunchyroll is going to stream it overseas).

Produced by TMS Entertainment and Telecom Animation Film, the anime series is going to be directed by Hiroshi Hamasaki (Gate, TerraFormars) and Nobuteru Yuki (Escaflowne) as character designer.

Crunchyroll Manga describes the series:

‘What can I do now to prevent a future without Kakeru?’ In the spring of my second year of high school, I received a letter from “myself”, ten years in the future. It urged the 16-year-old me to take action so I wouldn’t have the same regrets…”

Futabasha‘s Monthly Action magazine is also going to publish a one-shot special edition of the series on next April’s issue.

Orange Anime

Orange Anime first promo poster

In Brazil, the manga is currently being officially published by JBC.

If you haven’t read this wonderful manga yet, hurry up there’s still time!


[Portuguese translation below]

A não muito tempo atras, publiquei uma review (em inglês) sobre o mangá Orange e o filme live-action a ser lançado nos cinemas japoneses. E a grande noticia é que neste verão, a obra-prima de Ichigo Takano fará sua estréia também em Anime nas TVs nipônicas (e vamos torcer para que o Crunchyroll “streame” por aqui também).

Produzido pelas gigantes TMS Entertainment e Telecom Animation Film, a série de anime terá direção de Hiroshi Hamasaki (o mesmo de Gate e TerraFormars) e Nobuteru Yuki (The Vision of Escaflowne) como character designer.

Descrição via Crunchyroll Manga (tradução livre):
‘O que eu poderia fazer agora para impedir um futuro sem o Kakeru?’ Na primavera do meu segundo ano do colégio, eu recebi uma carta de mim mesma dez anos no futuro. Ela pedia que eu, então com 16 anos, tomasse medidas para que eu não tivesse os mesmos arrependimentos.”

A revista Monthly Action da editora Futabasha também publicará uma edição especial one-shot do manga em Abril deste ano.

Orange Anime

Primeiro poster da série animada de Orange

Vale lembrar que o mangá já está em publicação oficial no Brasil pela editora JBC. E se você ainda não leu este magnifico trabalho, corra que ainda dá tempo!


 

 

Kiwi…?

Hi everyone, how was your holidays? I hope you’re all having a terrific new year! And if you’re looking for a good anime series to start watching in 2016 I recommend “Erased“, currently being streamed by Crunchyroll (Yeah, I know. Felipe is turning me into an anime person).

This is how a Kiwi usually looks like when cutted in half

This is how a Kiwi usually looks like when cutted in half

As for me, right now I’m trying to get rid of the few pounds I gained during Christmas, New Year and birthday (it was last week, January 3) celebrations. You see I have this genetic tendency to obesity so I gotta keep my weight in track all the time. However, it’s harder than usual during holidays because of delicious food (specially cakes).

Lucky me, I can lose weight almost as fast as I gain it. I usually cut my calories intake, avoid certain types of food and keep doing my daily exercises. But since I’m a huge sweet tooth I can’t live happily without sugar. That’s why yesterday I went to the supermarket to buy sweet fruits and guess what? I realized I am totally retarded (lol)! Why, you ask? Well, I simply adore Kiwis, but I never saw it for sale anywhere. I thought maybe it was because some fruits are hard to find around here in Manaus and Kiwi was one of them but last night I found out that I had no clue how a Kiwi looked like inside its shell… -_-

Fortunately, this time I read the small tags under the shelves and discovered I could have always bought so many Kiwis before (if only I had read the tags), it has always been there, in my face! And it’s not even as expensive as many other fruits that aren’t regularly farmed here (like strawberries, strawberries are really expensive in Manaus).

...And this is how it looks inside its shell. Who would have known, right?

…And this is how it looks inside its shell. Who would have known, right?

So I bought some Kiwis and other fruits and discovered I’m a professional Kiwi peeler! All you have to do is cut it in two halves and, with the help of a spoon, gently separate the pulp from the shell.

Kiwis are wonderful berries. They have a monstrous amount of vitamin C, taste bittersweetly delicious and are really light in calories: Around 50 kcal per 100g. If you’re trying to lose weight like me, you should definitely add kiwis to your diet. There are many recipes around the web, but I personally like to eat it raw or juiced. It goes marvelously with pineapples and bananas.

What if you could change the past? Orange – Manga series

[Warning: this post is gonna be gloomier than usual]
If time traveling was possible, where would you like to go? Straight to the past so you could erase all of your regrets? Or maybe to the future, so you could learn the consequences of all your actions beforehand?

These fundamental issues are the main scenario where Orange, a Shoujo/slice of life/drama manga by Takano Ichigo, takes place.

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“Orange” by Takano Ichigo

Plot: Naho, a sixteen year old girl receives a mysterious letter from her own future self containing many advises in how to prevent one of her friend’s death in a short time from there – by suicide. It’s a very touching story, with wonderful art style that makes you reconsider your life and ponder about that most fatal question “What if…?” What if a single thing you’ve done differently could have a huge impact such as saving a life?

One leaf clover: I think I’ve lost already too many people in my life. Surely there are ones out there whose lost much more than I did but, among my family and friends, I’m probably the one who has experienced death and all its devastating consequences more often. When I was 10 I lost my maternal grandfather and he was a very important person to me. Since my parents got divorced when I was a baby, my grandfather was the only father figure I ever had. Moreover, he was also my best friend –  We used to spend a lot of time together; telling stories, reading, singing and talking about ordinary things of life. When he passed (he had a stroke) I felt way too lonely. Even though I had a very supportive family, nothing and none could fill that gap. But I guess it is like that with mostly everyone, right? People cannot be replaced. But the ten-year-old-me just couldn’t bear with it in a proper way. And I shut myself in.

Time passed, I was able to make a few new friends but I also lost many of them… To life, in this case. Then when I was 13, I met someone at school whom I though could finally fill that gap in me. He also had a gap to be filled and we became instant friends. I like to compare our relationship to Peter Pan and Wendy’s – we certainly really liked each other but we were too young (and maybe too damaged) to understand its meaning and, after 4 years of a close (and a little twisted I must add) friendship, we decided to split. Adolescence sure is complicated.

I needed to make this whole introduction because, even though I was no longer his friend, I would think of him from time to time and wonder if he was doing well and one day a mutual friend of ours came to speak to me. She said that friend asked her if I was still mad at him and in case I wasn’t that he would like to speak to me again. I told her it was ok and short after that he called me.

We talked for many hours just like we would back then when we were children. We saw each other a couple of times in person later but I don’t think I wanted to be too close anymore, maybe I was still mad at him after all. And then a few months after messaging me for the last time, saying how great he was feeling, that he quitted smoking, joined some kind of troupe and how wonderful life was, he committed suicide.

Almost ten years have passed since that but I don’t think I was ever able to completely recover from it, and it gets even worse in December (he was born in December).

And last year my paternal grandmother also died of cancer. We were not very close but the fact that people would always say how similar we were to each other, how my father’s relationship with her (and with me) wasn’t so great at that time and how I was the last person to talk to her before she died shook me up a bit. And I gotta mention her birthday was also in December. Yes, I do have a few issues with December (January as well).

Those three were probably the more impactful losses I had. But besides them, I still have been to more funerals than I wished or I’d like to recall.

Now I get to those “What if’s”:

What if I knew my grandpa suffered from hypertension and was really worried about my mother being under a complicated surgery back then? Could I have done anything to prevent his death? Could I? If only I knew he would never wake up again? I deeply regret I haven’t shared that milk chocolate with him the night before.

What if I have putted aside any grudge against my friend and had been more interested in what was really going on in his life, would I have seen earlier the many signs that something wasn’t right I only realized after his death? I was a psychology student back then, I should have recognized that euphoric state he was in the last message.

What if I knew all those things beforehand? What if? Would I be able to save them? Would I be able to fix anything I ever did wrong and/or I regret in my life?

It’s difficult to answer and it’s impossible nevertheless. Albert Einstein said “time is an illusion” therefore we can’t turn it back. And even if we could, wouldn’t we be destroying things we have in the present? So many things happened to me after all that, so many people I met and so many goals I achieved. Would I risk it all? I cannot really tell.

Maybe everything happens for a reason, maybe everything that happens in our lives have a greater meaning, for the better and worse. I guess all we can do is to move forward and try to cherish everyday we have, with the things and the people we have right now.

Maybe because I had so many losses in my life – some to death, some to life, some to people themselves – That I used to think “failure is death“. I used to be absolutely terrified of failing to the point I wouldn’t even try. But lately I realized it’s not like that. Failure is something that gives us the opportunity to make things again and try to make them not only right this time but also better. If we never fail nor ever get to know how devastating is to lose what we love, how would we be able to learn value the moments we spare with them and value life itself?

All those things were pounding in my head while I was reading Orange. Sometimes I really wish I could turn back time and turn all the wrongs right, but maybe I don’t really have to.

Today I have many great friends, the greatest I could ever ask for. I value the family members I still have as the most precious thing in the world and I have Felipe, who’s filled any gaps my soul could possibly still have. And I’m very thankful and feel blessed for having every single one of them in my life. And well, who knows what else future can also bring?

Now back to Orange, a live action movie is coming to Japan Theaters on December 12 and a long trailer was recently released by Warner Music, featuring the song “Mirai” by Kubokuro:

As far as I could see on this video, I’d say the movie is gonna be very faithful to the manga series. Let’s hope it’ll get to the Western countries as soon as possible.

And anyway, I truly recommend Orange, but have some tissues nearby. Best wishes to you all!


And to all the beloved ones I’ve lost: I’m sure you are doing great, thanks for had been a memorable part of my life! We’ll surely meet someday again and have a wonderful time together. ❤

 

Anime Review: Tokyo Ghoul

Last weekend I watched two full seasons of an anime called Tokyo Ghoul.

It’s based on a homonyms manga series (which I’m reading now) written and illustrated by Ishida Sui and adapted by Pierrot Studios. I simply couldn’t stop watching it till the end of season two.

Main character Ken Kaneki in almost Kakuja form (gotta watch/read to know what a kakuja is)

Main character Ken Kaneki in almost Kakuja form (gotta watch/read to know what a kakuja is)

In a parallel world where humans live along flesh eater creatures called “ghouls” (whom are basically a mix between a zombie and a vampire) a shy young man called Ken Kaneki has his life completely changed after he suffers an accident and have some of his organs transplanted, becoming half human and half ghoul.
The ghouls also have an organized hierarchical society and are hunted down by a human organization called CCG (Commission of Counter Ghoul). Since the ghouls usually have human identities they usually wear masks under “ghoul form” so they won’t be recognized by CCG members.

The Ghuol Rize Kamishiro

The Ghoul Rize Kamishiro

Although there are the ghouls side and the humans side, the concepts of good and evil are not so explicit – each side has its own reasons, goals, heroes and villains.

The plot may sound a bit cliché at first but it has deeply emotional moments and as the story and characters develop it becomes really breathtaking!

Tokyo Ghoul Anime first season scene

Tokyo Ghoul Anime first season scene

The opening theme “unravell” composed by TK from Ling Tosite Sigure is that kind of song that sticks to your head (but you like it), its lyrics are amazing and I could relate a lot with it (as I also related a lot with Ken Kaniki issues). You should definitely add Tokyo Ghoul to your “to watch/read” list.

A brazilian fandub group named The Kira Justice has made an English version of the “Unravel” song that is very close to the original Japanese lyrics. You can watch it here:

And here are the lyrics adapted by The Kira Justice:
Oh please just tell me
what’s really going on
Just who’s inside of me
Cause i don’t really know
 I feel so broken feel so broken
and lost inside this world
And all you do is laugh without seeing a thing

I’m feeling so damaged and deceived
I hold my breath and then
I can’t untie, can’t untie myself
As I watch everything

FREEZE!

I’m breakable, unbreakable
I’m shakeable, unshakable

But finding you, just struck me down
Inside this dirty and twisted world I’m fading
Growing transparent and disappearing
Don’t look for me, don’t even look at me anymore

Inside this world I can’t let myself hurt you
But there is just one thing that I ask you to
Please, don’t forget me, remember who I am
And who I used to be

And loneliness it comes to stay
It’s widening along the way
And memories that made me smile
They now come back and make me cry

Now I can’t move, I can’t get loose
Now I can’t move, I can’t get loose
Now I can’t move, I can’t get loose
Oh, Unravel Ghoul!

Although I have been changed
I know I can’t be saved
As two become one,
Also two are now just gone

I’m breakable, unbreakable
I’m shakeable, unshakable
Please don’t let me contaminate

Inside this dirty and twisted world I’m fading
Growing transparent and disappearing
Don’t look for me, don’t even look at me anymore

Inside this trap I can’t let none hurt you
So run away and let me tell you this too
Please, don’t forget me, remember who I am
And who I used to be

Please don’t forget me
Please don’t forget me
Please don’t forget me
Please don’t forget me

As I see how I’ve changed I stop paralyzed
I find out I’m so far from my paradise
Please, don’t forget me, remember who I am…

Oh please just tell me
Oh please just tell me
Just who’s inside of me
Cause i don’t really know

WARNING: As you can probably guess by the images, it has lot of blood involved.

10 Japanese Doramas You Must Watch

I’m totally a Japanese Dorama freak! Not that I dislike Korean Doramas, it’s just that since I can’t speak a single word in Korean and I can speak a bit of Japanese I kinda feel better watching the Japanese ones.

I’m always watching some Dorama series (way more than anime or other TV shows) and I made a list of the ones I found more interesting on the past few monthes that you certainly won’t regret seeing. Here it goes:

1 – Switch Girl and Switch Girl 2: Probably one of the cutest doramas I’ve ever watched and very loyal to the manga version. It’s about a girl with ON and OFF modes that can be switched according to the situation. With the amazing Mariya Nishiuchi, who is one of my favourite japanese actresses and co-starring Renn Kiriyama as her romantic partner Arata.

Mariya Nishiuchi as Tamya Nika from Switch Girl

Mariya Nishiuchi as Tamiya Nika from Switch Girl

2 – Detarame Hero: Meaning something like “random Hero”. It’s Funny and yet touching story about the transformation of a slob guy into a real hero after being putted in charge of his 8-year-old nephew and the acquisition of some “strange pills” that provide super powers to those who eat them. Starring Ryuta Sato as the protagonist Kenta.

3 – No Dropping Out: The story of a 35-year-old woman with a mysterious past that returns to finish high school and ends up changing the life of many people, including herself. Starring Ryoko Yonekura as the 35-years-old Baba Ayako.

4 – Death Note: It starts really bad but gets really awesome. It’s not very loyal to the manga or the anime story but it keeps it interesting. The fans opinions about it are very controversal, some of them love it and some of them hate it. So it’s the kinda of thing you really must watch to draw your own conclusions. Starring Kubota Masataka as Raito Yagami (his “Kira face” is pretty awesome), Kento Yamazaki as L and Hinako Sano as Misa Amane. I also wrote 2 reviews about it here and here if you want to learn more.

Raito Yagami and Ryukuu from Death Note

Raito Yagami (Masataka) and Ryukuu from Death Note

5 – Yamada-kun and the seven witches: Also based on a manga/anime, somewhat loyal to the original story. With Yusuke Yamamoto as Yamada Ryu and also starring Mariya Nishiuchi as the first witch Urara Shiraishi. As expect from the doramas she works, with lots of funny moments.

6 – Rebound: It criticizes japanese over skinny standards through the very funny story of a young woman who struggles with her weight to keep her job at a fashion magazine. Things got messy when she falls in love with a Pâtisserie chef. Starring Aibu Saki as Oba Nobuko.

7 – Wild Mom (Abarenbou Mama): Very touching but also very fun Dorama. It’s about a young woman who suddenly becomes her husband’s son “new mommy”. Starring Aya Ueto as Ayu.

8 – Itazura na Kiss (Misschievous kiss) – Love in Tokyo and Itazura na Kiss 2 – Love in Okinawa: It’s a very good adaptation of a manga series and probably one of the funniest dorama series I’ve watched lately.  It’s about a plain girl who falls in love with the most handsome and intelligent boy of her class (kind cliché, I know – but certainly worths watching). It’s nice to see how their relationship develops from nothing (or despise, maybe?) into real love. Starring Yuki Furukawa (I also adore him) as Irie Naoki and the cute Honoka Miki as Kotoko.

Honoka Miki as Kotoko from Itazura na Kiss

Honoka Miki as Kotoko from Itazura na Kiss

9 – Last Cinderella: About a middle age woman who lives a lonely life when suddenly a beard thread appears on her face. Her friends say it’s because she’s too manly. It kinda criticizes japanese patriarchal society as well. I really like one of its theme songs called “Last Love” by Rihwa.

Starring Ryoko Shinohara, co-starring Naohito Fujiki as Rintaro Tachibana and the ubberly cute Miura Haruma! ❤

Ryoko Shinohara as Toyama Tomoya from Last Cinderella

Ryoko Shinohara as Sakura Toyama from Last Cinderella

10 – Kokoro ga Pokitto ne: And at last but not least you definitely must watch Kokoro ga Pokitto ne. It’s a very emotional story about 4 very different people whose lives got completely entwined. With an amazing cast like:

Abe Sadao as Kojima Haruta (I didn’t know this actor before but he totally won my heart with this role)
Mizuhara Kiko as Hayama Miyako
Fujiki Naohito as Otake Shin (He also appears in Last Cinderella)
Yamaguchi Tomoko as Kamoda Shizuka
Tokunaga Eri as Itoyama Fumi
Yamashita Rio as Makino Eriko
Nagase Tasuku as Tomita Ryo
Ikezu Shoko as Shoji Kayoko

You should probably prepare your tissues, tears may come out :~


Most of these Doramas can be legally watched through Crunchyroll 😉