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This Week in Anime [Week 15, 2021]

This Week in Anime [Week 15, 2021]

Date Published: Thurs 15th April, 2021

Good day dear readers and welcome to issue 15 of This Week in Anime. This week brought with it many new additions to the world of anime, which we are eager to add to your weekend agenda should any of them take your fancy. Prospects for developments seem bleak in Japan with Tokyo recently reporting a spike of 729 Covid-19 cases- an increase which the city hasn't seen since February the 4th. Osaka is even more badly affected, with a recent report indicating a 1209 increase in the number of cases. Needless to say, it's difficult to find anything except the coronavirus trending in Japan this week.

Here's your Rapid Rundown for this week:

1. To Your Eternity Anime Kicks Off!

2. Vivy Proxy: Prototype Confirmed!

3. Edens Zero Gets 25 Episodes!

1. To Your Eternity Anime Kicks Off!

To Your Eternity is a manga which has undergone serialization in the Weekly Shonen magazine since 2016; this duration alone is enough indication to comment on its remarkable quality as a work of art. Late last year, an announcement was made about an upcoming anime for the manga, and to say that people were excited for it is the understatement of the year. While the manga may mislead some- at first glance- in appearing to be just another slice of life story, this couldn't be further from the truth. This fact was made readily apparent to all who watched the pilot episode released on Monday.

The anime grabs your attention right from the getgo and keeps you starting at the screen up till the very last second. The episode doesn't have an opening; nor does it flash bright lights to gain your interest. The OST is mesmerizing and serene and the animation complements the overarching tone beautifully. You'll be blinking through tears by the end of the episode, and the writer feels no shame in admitting the same. Don't expect this show to obey any cliches of the anime world.

Only one episode of the anime has been released as of the time of writing, and the second one will air on the 19th, meaning that any interested parties have plenty of time to get acquainted. We'd also like to mention that enough content for the story exists to fill up 14 volumes worth of manga, meaning that there's a sizable amount of story to tell. Compounded with the fact that "the first part" of the series ended in a 2020 issue, there's more still to expect in the future and if episode 1 is any indication of what to expect, consider us subscribed for the long haul!

Here's the synopsis of the series as obtained from its wiki, but please note that it spoils some of the content in the first episode:

"It, a mysterious immortal being, is sent to the Earth with no emotions nor identity. However, It is able to take the shape of those around that have a strong impetus. At first, It is a sphere. Then, It imitates the form of a rock. As the temperature drops and snow falls atop the moss, It inherits the moss. When an injured, lone wolf comes limping by and lays down to die, It takes on the form of the animal. Finally, It gains consciousness and begins to traverse the empty tundra until It meets a boy. The boy lives alone in a ghost town, which the adults abandoned long ago in search of the paradise said to exist far beyond the endless sea of white tundra. However, their efforts were for naught, and now the boy is in a critical state. Acquiring the form of the boy, It sets off on a never-ending journey, in search of new experiences, places, and people."

Here's to hoping that the 19 remaining episodes of the anime don't leave us as heartbroken as the first one did.


2. Vivy Proxy: Prototype Confirmed!

Before we get to what Vivy Proxy: Prototype is, we first need to introduce you to the bombshell that is Vivy: Fluorite Eye's Song. The anime, which currently holds a stellar IMDB rating of 8.8, is an action sci-fi centered around a futuristic world which has created its first fully autonomous Artificial Intelligence called Vivy. What once started off as a dream to bring joy to the denizens of a theme park transforms into a journey to stop an impending war between humans and A.I.

The first three episodes of the anime have aired and can be streamed on most platforms, with the fourth one to be released on the 17th (i.e. tomorrow for you readers)! Binge watching the first four episodes over Saturday morning is already part of our agenda, since we're rather intrigued by the whole thing, so make of that what you will, dear readers! The animation, in particular, has caught our eye.

Now to the big news; Vivy is getting a light novel based off its anime! To add more hype, wait till we tell you who's on the staff that's working on it; Tappei Nagatsuki, author of the well-renowned Re:Zero series will be writing it, along with Eiji Umehara. Loundraw, the illustrator for I want to eat your Pancreas, will also be putting his skills on display through the drawings in the novel! Set for release on the 30th of this month, the light novel will be based off the anime so if you can read Japanese, you'll get your fix without ever having to wait weekly for the next episode!

3. Edens Zero Gets 25 Episodes!

Well, here's news for Fairy Tail fans to rejoice: the Edens Zero anime is confirmed to have a 25 episode run, according to official sources for the anime. The anime, naturally, is based off the manga of the same name and is made by Hiro Mashima, creator of Fairy Tail. While this series doesn't exactly have any characters from the original show, Hiro didn't even try to make the new MC look different from Natsu; I mean, just look at him!

The anime's first two episodes have already been released for those interested, although the official premiere of the anime for international audiences is scheduled to be this fall over Netflix. The synopsis for the show, as released by Kodansha Comics, is as follows:

"At Granbell Kingdom, an abandoned amusement park, Shiki has lived his entire life among machines. But one day, Rebecca and her cat companion Happy appear at the park's front gates. Little do these newcomers know that this is the first human contact Granbell has had in a hundred years!

As Shiki stumbles his way into making new friends, his former neighbors stir at an opportunity for a robo-rebellion… And when his old homeland becomes too dangerous, Shiki must join Rebecca and Happy on their spaceship and escape into the boundless cosmos."

And with that, we're just about done for this week's segment, but we do have loads of interesting Japan facts for you, which we will include for each week that Japan remains under cooldown due to the C-crisis.

Here's this week's Japan Fact:
While the Japanese are perhaps the most particular countrymen in the world when it comes to manners and etiquette, slurping down ramen is considered a sign of praise and contentment towards the cook. Just remember to lean forward while doing it, or you'll get sauce all over your clothes!

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