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To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 3 Review

Volume 2 of To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts  certainly left the reader with quite the cliffhanger; Cain Madhouse had unleashed a horde of incarnates on the nobles of Northern Patria in the city of Whitechurch, Nancy was shot by Cain at that same gathering, and Hank revealed his true incarnate form after seeing Nancy shot by Cain. It was truly a night to remember in Whitechurch. So I was elated when I was able to finally pick up To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 3 and see just where this crazy night would take us. Except it didn’t quite do that. To The Abandoned Sacred Beasts Volume 3 picks up a full year after the...


20 Questions: The Erica Mendez Edition

While in attendance at Colorado Anime Fest 2017, we were graced by the talent of Erica Mendez. So graceful was she that we were allowed not only the opportunity to interview her, but film said interview. Observe with your very eyes said interview! On a serious note, Erica Mendez was an absolute pleasure to work with. Very professional but extremely kind at the same time. It truly was a privilege to get the opportunity to sit down with her and chat the way we did. So I’d like to say thank you to the organizers at Colorado Anime Fest, Erica, and to those of you who took the time to watch...


Sentai Filmworks Licenses Three New Series for Spring 2017 Season

We haven’t seen a lot of competition for new series in the anime seasons since Crunchyroll and FUNimation became besties last year. However, that seems to be changing this season. Sentai Filmworks has announced the acquisition of three series (at the time of writing) that are airing as part of the Spring 2017 anime season. Each series will be simulcast on Anime Strike, Amazon’s dedicated anime streaming service. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the series Sentai Filmworks has grabbed for the upcoming season along with their provided synopses. Kabukibu! Unlike other kids his age, freshman Kurogo Kurusu finds his true passion in kabuki, a form of classical...


Full Ghost in the Shell Trailer Released

We’ve seen plenty of teasers for the upcoming Ghost in the Shell live action adaptation. However, today is break from what we’ve seen so far. Finally, Paramount Pictures has released a full trailer for the upcoming Ghost in the Shell film. Paramount Pictures has hosted the full trailer on their Youtube channel and you can check it out here: While we’ve seen a lot from the previous teaser trailers, the majority of the content involved action scenes without much explanation. This new trailer gives us the best look into what to expect from the film’s plot. The film seems to share a villain with Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. By villain, I mean...


Bokksu January 2017 Unboxing and Review

A new year, a new year of snack boxes from Bokksu! Fortunately for subscribers, Bokksu is kicking the year off with a really solid box. The theme for January 2017 box is “Maru”, which translates to “circle” in Japan. Maru is associated with “goodness” in Japan, so Bokksu decided to ship a box full of goodness straight to us. In case video reviews are more your speed, you can check out our video review on the BentoByte YouTube channel. All that being said, let’s dive in! The Natural Yeast Bread Hokkaido Cream is about as much of a mouth-full as the name of the snack. This pastry roll was absolutely...


Aooni The Animation Trailer Released

Good news for fans of horror series out there. The upcoming feature film adaption of AoOni (which translates Blue Demon) put out a new trailer today, which you can view below: The feature film will follow an original story line that borrows themes from the source material. And by themes, I mean the basic premise seems to be the same; a bunch of students (and a teacher) get trapped in a close quarters situation with a murderous, strangely-shaped blue monster that’s trying to kill them all. AoOni is something of an internet success story. What began as a freeware horror game available to all on the internet has grown in popularity to the...


December 2016 Bokksu Review

Gotta say, I’m a big fan of the kind people over at Bokksu. They’ve sent us yet another of their Japanese sweets boxes, this one being the December 2016 box. As we’ve mentioned before, Bokksu is a little different in that the focus of the box is to send you sweets and treats from specific regions in Japan. Less focus on what you may find anywhere in the country, more Mom & Pop sweet shop sorts of snacks. So without further delay, let’s jump on in to the review. One more small delay though. I have to mention this every time we get a box from Bokksu; the box and...


Gintama 2017 to Stream on Crunchyroll

A lo! A new year comes along with a anime season! With the Winter 2017 anime season ready to kick off, it’s time to get a bunch of announcements about what is going to be streaming on which service. While the list is nowhere near divided as it used to be since Crunchyroll and FUNimation have become BFFs, it merits a review. In a not so surprising announcement, Crunchyroll has confirmed that it will be streaming the newest season of Gintama. The new season is being called Gintama 2017 since there are so many seasons of the series at this point. Slated to air as part of Crunchyroll’s Winter 2017 line up, the series will premiere...


Attack on Titan Season 2 Confirmed for Spring 2017

This is a pleasant surprise. Yesterday we got an official release date for the second season of Kono Subarashii Sekai Ni Shukufuku Wo! (Konosuba). Today we got an even large announcement in that the long awaited Attack on Titan season 2 has been confirmed to be airing in the Spring of 2017. The news that Attack on Titan season 2 would air in the Spring of 2017 is something we had heard before. However, news about the continuation of the main anime series has been scarce to say the least (that news came out almost half a year ago), so we started to be a bit concerned that the series might be behind schedule and...


Konosuba Season 2 Air Date Announced

Monday’s are usually garbage but I find myself pretty happy on this particular Monday. Naturally so, as the second season of Kono Subarashii Sekai Ni Shukufuku Wo! (known forth as Konosuba) has had it’s premiere date confirmed! The second season of the fantasy, comedy, trapped-in-a-game series will premiere January 12th of 2017 at 1:05 AM JST. All of the voice actors (seiyu) for the main cast of Kazuma, Aqua, Megumin, and Darkness have been confirmed to be returning along with Wiz and Yunyun (who was only featured in the OVA). While no plans have been announced regarding the simulcasting of the series, there’s not a doubt in my mind that we will...


New Code Geass Movies and Possibly a Series Announced

So this is pretty huge news. On November 27th at an event celebrating the tenth anniversary of the October 10th premiere of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion, news regarding the future of the Code Geass series was revealed. News that wasn’t expect by many and certainly not by myself.  Be warned, some events that are spoilers to the original series are addressed below. The first announcement came in regards to a planned series of Code Geass films. The trilogy of movies will encompass the content of the combined 50 episodes of Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion and Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 (or at least what they can fit into three movies)....


Nanbaka Season 2 to be Simulcast on Crunchyroll

Interesteing news today coming from the official website for the anime adaptation of Nanbaka. The second season of the series has been confirmed to be a part of the 2017 Winter anime season and will begin airing in January of next year. The more interesting development is just how the show will be airing. From what we’ve gathered, it sounds like Nanbaka season 2 will be airing exclusively online rather than as part of a traditional block on television. The official site also released a promotional image for the second season of Nanbaka which you can see below: While the method of airing in Japan has changed, overseas it doesn’t sound like it’s going...


World Trigger Author Takes Indefinite Hiatus

Bad news for fans of World Trigger. There were bad signs last week when fans found that the series was missing from last week’s issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine and apparently the issue from last week has not yet been resolved. It seems that series creator Daisuke Ashihara has been rendered unable to work due to issues with his personal health. While it’s certainly sad to hear that Daisuke Ashihara is in a state where his health is keeping him from work, it’s not entirely surprising as the creator has had issues with his health in the past. Fans might remember that back in September of 2014, Ashihara had to take a week hiatus...


Drifters Episode 5 Review

Drifters Episode 5 was perhaps the most direct episode of the series we’ve seen to date. While interesting, the plot followed a very linear path as we watched Toyohisa and his group progress from one battle to another. While it’s a bit different than what we’ve seen, I wouldn’t call it a back thing. The episode was broken into two categories: combat and planning. Within the combat sections we saw two battles happen as well as the aftermath of the slaughter at the beginning of the episode. Seeing the Drifters organize the Elves into a militia and enable the abused people to fight back was fantastic. It was like watching...


Drifters Episode 4 Review

Drifters Episode 4 was different than anything we’ve seen from the series so far. Being that we’re only four episodes in, that shouldn’t be too surprising. Every episode could feasibly be different at this point and to some extent they are. However there has been one thing each episode has had in common until now: pacing. Drifters Episode 4 really pumped the breaks and brought the pace of the series down to something of crawl, focusing on different groups of characters actions at the same point in time. Additionally, the majority of this episode was spent on dialogue between characters rather than events or actions that actually pushed the story...