When it comes to Japanese media, it seems that Vocaloid technology has become quite a huge hit in Japanese pop culture. By synthesizing voices and creating 3-D holograms, Japan has seen some growth in the possibility of idols that never age and have average users create music through them. There are actually a fair amount of characters within the Vocaloid lineup, including Hatsune Miku (Hatsune being her surname), and despite fans’ countless attempts to have them recreate other popular songs, real musicians likewise have also attempted to recreate their songs!
But even though the Vocaloid programs have visual appearances of an animated idol and are quite popular in J-Pop, they don’t officially have an anime… or do they?
I have reviewed things that appealed to a large female audience in results, but not anything that was targeted originally for them! So for this review, I will be looking at a series that’s not only targeted for a female audience, but a series based on visual novel targeted for girls!
The gods will never be any more cute after this anime.
When it comes to Japanese pop culture, Nobunaga Oda appears to be everyone’s favorite historic figure to place in parody situations. While I am a fairly new anime fan who didn’t watch as seriously until about 3 years ago, I have seen Nobunaga portrayed (in no particular order) as a reincarnated weapon, a woman in an alternative universe of Japan, a woman from an alternative universe who was transported to modern Japan, and a Pokemon master.
Considering all the weird things Nobunaga Oda has been in Japanese media, it honestly doesn’t surprise me that he’s a mecha pilot in this series; but at least he’s a man, a general, and is accompanied by several other historic figures from the Sengoku period of 16th century Japan… plus various Western figures who span over 1500 years of history!
Nobunaga Oda (center) along with Mitsuhide Akechi (right) and Hideyoshi Toyotomi get ready for another Sengoku parody!
The summer simulcasts are approaching on Crunchyroll, and among them are many premieres of series that have already made their debut! And while some folks are heavily anticipating some things over others, I will be closely watching the continuation of Hamatora!
But before I get into new stuff, let’s talk about what Hamatora’s all about before the second season starts!
Re: Hamatora is coming to Crunchyroll in July!
According to Japanese myth and folklore, the souls of the departed are sent to Jigoku (the equivalent of Hell) where they are judged by the Great King Enma. Those who believe this common Asian myth fear Enma, as he is the one who chooses to send them to Heaven or Hell; and from what little I know about what happens in Jigoku according to myth, I wouldn’t want to be there either.
However, in this dark comedy anime, a spin on the afterlife is told in the eyes of Hell’s ruler. And it’s not King Enma! For here in the alternative realm of Jigoku, it is not the Great King, but the Great King’s Assistant Hozuki, who is to be feared!
Hell’s gone slapstick humorous? Not on Hozuki’s watch.