This Week in Anime [Week 7, 2021]

This Week in Anime [Week 7, 2021]

Date Published: Fri, 19th Feb, 2021

It's week 7 of 2021 and the anime community is in full bustle! As always, we've gone digging around and scoured every source of interest to deliver to you the best of the best of what's making rounds out there! So, without further ado, let's get right to the juicy stuff!

Here's what stood out in Week 7 of 2021:

1. Dota jumps from PC to the Big Screen!

2. Demon Slayer S2 too much for kids?

3. B: The Beginning is Back!

4. Trending in Japan: Temizuya!

 

1. Dota jumps from PC to the Big Screen!

Everyone's favourite MMO has finally been animated as a TV series and is coming to Netflix in the form of "Dota: Dragon's Blood"! Dota 2, an MMORPG that's been going strong since its release way back in June of 2013, is getting the Netflix treatment that so many other games and works have been getting: a TV series all to itself. If you haven't yet been introduced to the brilliance that is Dota 2, we'd suggest you go on Steam and add it to your library! Just be prepared to donate months of your life to the addiction that will follow.

Dota 2 pits its players in 5v5 multiplayer battles with the players divided into two factions- the Radiant in the bottom left and the Dire in the top right. With over 100 characters to choose from, each character having varying proficiency in 3 criteria: Strength, Intelligence and Agility. While the lore of Dota is far too complex to mention here (remember, each hero has his/her own lore), this makes the Netflix series all the more awaited!

Personally, we're most excited for the following heroes' background stories:
•Tidehunter and Kunkka
•Shadow Demon and Shadow Fiend
•Silencer
•Nightwalker
•Sven and Viper (nothing in common; just our personal favourite heroes!)
If you're a fellow Dota gamer, we'd love to hear which lore you're most excited for!

Before we go further off-track with excitement, here's what Netflix has said about the series so far:
"The sweeping fantasy series tells the story of Davion, a renowned Dragon Knight devoted to wiping the scourge from the face of the world. Following encounters with a powerful, ancient eldwurm as well as the noble Princess Mirana on a secret mission of her own, Davion becomes embroiled in events much larger than he could have ever imagined.”
And here is the trailer for Dota: Dragon's Blood!
https://youtu.be/JM-NqFX2jU8

The show will air on the 25th of March, just over a month from now!

 

2. Demon Slayer S2 too much for kids?

At least according to Japanese parents, it is. We'll explain. Season two of the show will feature an "Entertainment District Arc". If you still don't get it, we're talking about "Yuukaku",  better known in the west as the Red Light District, featuring prostitution and other adult services unfit for children. When one remembers that the age rating for the anime (and its movie) has always been "TV-12", perhaps it's possible to understand where this backlash comes from. Demon slayer has been careful enough to even avoid using any particularly harsh language in the first season, so perhaps having an arc take place in such a mature setting seems to some adults as reason to mandate a higher maturity rating for the anime.

Here's what the synopsis for season 2 of Demon Slayer has been advertised as:
"Tanjiro and his friends accompany the Hashira Tengen Uzui to an entertainment district where Tengen’s female ninja agents were gathering information on a demon before they suddenly disappeared. In order to investigate, Tanjiro and the others disguise themselves as women to sneak in!"
While some parents are pointing out things like "I cannot explain a brothel to a child!", others have pointed out the opportunity for the anime to use this arc to teach children about Japanese culture; something that the anime has very accurately portrayed so far.

Koyoharu Gotouge, creator of Demon Slayer has received word of the backlash and has made the following statements to put concerned parents at easy:
•“There is no description of what goes on in a brothel in the original story, so there is no need to explain it vividly” and, 
•“I just explained that it was a place where beautiful women gathered and worked”.

While the reception of his comments has been mostly positive (and logically so, because the anime really has no business to change its theme and it's just parents being overly cautious), some parents remain indignant about their stance. Whatever the case, it's good to know that parents are still very involved in the upbringing of their children, especially in a country as busy as Japan. We're sure that once season 2 is out, these parents will realize there was nothing to worry about in the first place. We just hope that the second season isn't overly censored in fear of these claims, especially for the international release.

 

3. B: The Beginning is Back!

Production I.G's 2018 show, B: The Beginning is getting a sequel! It's called B: The Beginning Succession, and as with the first headline of this week, we have Netflix to thank for its creation. Although the original 12 episode anime came to an end, fans have long been clamoring to get a follow up. Production I.G is notorious for making brilliant and highly successful anime which never get a follow up, and this was the case for 3 years until Netflix stepped in the save the scene.

In case you haven't heard of B: The Beginning, this is what the official site has to say about its plot:
Set in a futuristic world, crime runs rampant through the island city of Cremona. However among these, a new figure “Killer B” takes justice into their own hands. Killing anyone he sees fit this vigilante throws things into chaos. So Keith Flick, a legendary investigator of the Royal Investigation Service (RIS) enters and sets upon saving the city. With the help of his sidekick Lily Hoshina and surprisingly from Killer B himself. The detective unravels plots far beyond expectations, as he learns no one can be trusted entirely.
And believe us, the show really does "unravel plots far beyond expectations!"

While the series has more or less ended on a note with its story resolves, B: The Beginning presented a curious case where the possibility to continue its plot was most definitely always an option. It is thus very satisfying to see Netflix made good on this opportunity. Since their season 2 synopsis can spoil a few things for those who're just going to go watch the first season, we're giving you an editorialized version of what Netflix has said about the second season of the show:
"In the months since the [events of the first season], Keith returns to the RIS to conduct his own investigation, and Koku is living a peaceful life with Yuna. They are visited by [someone], who was once supposed to have broken up with Kurou in death at the Faura Blanca Institute…"
Make of that what you will!

For those who have indeed watched the first season, this is the trailer for the second season:
https://youtu.be/afN1XtfszYU

Also, we are most pleased to inform you that this is a continuation in the truest fashion; meaning that all the core staff from season 1 are returning to reprise their roles- just under a new director.
March the 18th is the day to be on the wait for, our dear readers! The 12 episode sequel will be coming to Netflix in just under a month!!!

 

4. Trending in Japan!

Situated a short ways off from Kyoto City is a cozy little torn by the name of "Nagaokakyo" which holds one of the most scenic temples in all of Japan called "Yokoku-ji". This temple gets visitors from all over Japan throughout the year, but not just for praying: it's the temple's Temizuya that attracts so much attention. If you aren't acquainted with what a Temizuya is, it is a well found near Japanese shrines which is used by all attendees to wash their hands prior to entering the main building as a way to purify themselves. What makes this Temizuya so special is the gorgeous manner in which it is decorated with the natural aesthetics of the location. Lots of Japanese have been featuring this on their Facebook cover photos and Instagram feeds, which has raised even more attention for the temple!

The nearby foliage is also a reason for many to visit, as the temple is surrounded by beautiful foliage which becomes particular scenic around fall, when all the leaves take on a deep orange-brown hue which imparts a surreal feel to the entire area! Nearby Japanese gardens only serve to further accentuate the beauty of the scenery. If any of our viewers ever plan in visiting Japan, a trip to Yokoku-ji will leave you with an experience to remember for a lifetime!

Anime Fact of the Week!
Eucliwood Hellscyth from Is This a Zombie? has 22 voice actresses in 22 episodes. The character herself is mostly mute. However, all her speaking lines are all imagined by the protagonist, resulting in different voices for each fantasy!

And that's it for this week folks! We'll catch you next week with more anime related news: same time, same place! Keep living your passion, dear readers!

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