ADN, Wakanim, Crunchyroll: the animated ones from October 26 to November 2: Code Geass, Jujutsu Kaisen, Akudama Drive, …
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JUJUTSU KAISEN (CRUNCHYROLL)
Suffering, regrets, humiliations … In Jujutsu Kaisen, the negative feelings that humans have are gradually transformed into plagues hiding in our existence. Extending all over the world, they are capable of leading people to terrible misfortunes and, sometimes, even to death. Additionally, these creatures can only be exorcised by another plague. Ordinary high school student, Yûji Itadori is however endowed with an extraordinary physical strength. One day, to save a friend attacked by a plague, he eats one of the fingers of the two-faced demon, Ryômen Sukuna, which in turn becomes a plague. From then on, he shares his body with the demon. However, against all odds, Yuji is still able to maintain control of his body. But despite this, he is condemned to death by the exorcist organization … A decision that can only be postponed on one condition: find all of Sukuna’s fingers in order to ward off the threat once and for all. all!
Published last February in France by Ki-oon editions, Jujutsu Kaisen is undoubtedly the lively event of the fall! Gege Akutami’s work was featured in Weekly Shônen Jump magazine before being published in bound volumes. This dark fantasy tale featuring demons and exorcists is very exciting, enjoying a remarkable dynamism! The animated adaptation is produced by studio Mappa (Attack on Titan season 4) and directed by Sunghoo Park (The God of High School), a guarantee of high quality. Three episodes are already available on Crunchyroll and we can’t wait to see the rest! The hero, Yuji Itadori, is as charismatic as he is hilarious. You will also love the secondary characters, the fascinating Satoru Gojo and Megumi Fushiguro. In short, Jujutsu Kaisen, a tasty mix of action, humor and fantasy, is certainly one of the most enjoyable anime around! It is in some ways reminiscent of the masterpiece Devilman Crybaby, which seems to be a notable influence.
GEASS CODE (DNA, NETFLIX)
If you envisioned Death Note’s Light Yagami as being the finest Japanese animation strategist, Lelouch Lamperouge might just change your mind. In an uchronic Japan enslaved by the Holy Empire of Britannia, this young man with blue blood swears to kill his father the emperor, responsible for his mother’s death seven years earlier. It was during a military altercation that he was entrusted with an immense power capable of helping him to satisfy his vengeance: that of imposing his will on anyone who met his gaze.
Winner of fifteen grand prizes, Code Geass is certainly one of the most popular original animes of all time. Its universe which perfectly mixes science fiction, drama and fantasy, as well as its flawless scenario, snaps you from the first to the fiftieth and last episode. Alliances, betrayals, lies and mech fights punctuate this political and social conflict without ever suffering the slightest downtime. Unpredictable until the last second, we take pleasure in following the evolution of his tactical hero, ready to do anything to bring peace back to his country. A pearl in terms of psychological thriller that would convince the most reluctant of the genre.
AKUDAMA DRIVE (WAKANIM)
Fans of the Danganronpa license can be delighted to find the game’s creator, Kodaka Kazutaka, at the helm of a brand new sci-fi project. Akudama Drive takes us into a post-war world, divided following the clash of the Kanto and Kansai regions. The latter, now independent, saw its crime rate increase following the appearance of new scoundrels called the Akudama.
With its varied palette of characters, anti-heroes with strange supernatural abilities, this original series guarantees large-scale action scenes and well-crafted and promising storylines. Technical matter, the anime boasts of great animation quality and brilliant original dubbing. Add to that a cyberpunk universe that is not unlike that of Psycho-Pass, as well as a soundtrack with rock and metal echoes, and you will have only one desire: to climb on the Akudama motorcycle to cross the Kansai in search of thrills. The first episodes are already available on Wakanim and promise to hook you up for the entire season to come!
THE GYMNASTIC SAMURAI (WAKANIM)
The story of Gymnastics Samurai takes place in 2002 and takes us to the heart of the brilliant Japanese men’s gymnastics team. Aragaki Shôtarô (29), a former member of the team who dedicated his life to the discipline, can no longer perform well enough. Despite everything, he continued to train hard when one day coach Amakusa asked him to retire. Shôtarô hesitates, but his daughter Rei supports him. However, a meeting will change the fate of the Aragaki family.
After the recent Yuri on Ice, which tells the story of a young skater, the Mappa studio (Zombie Land Saga, Attack on Titan season 4) takes us into the world of gymnastics! However, the anime is not limited to sports as it follows a character forced to retire, forced into an introspection that will question his entire life. In addition, the story does not focus on performance, like many sports animated, but much more on human relations and the consequences of suddenly stopping the practice of a high level sport for a competitor. Realistic and moving, Gymnastic Samurai is a very nice surprise concocted by the animation team of Zombie Land Saga.
In an alternate future, the city of Shizume sees seven clans with psychic powers clash, each associated with a color. If peace seems to be gradually being established, war is relaunched when a member of the Red Clan is brutally murdered. A security video taken at the scene of the crime immediately identifies the culprit: Yashiro Isana, a student with no history, who nevertheless swears to have nothing to do with the murder. A very unconvincing defense for the comrades of the deceased who set out in pursuit of him. But that’s without counting on the blue clan, determined to intervene …
Lovers of stories of crimes and organizations like Durarara !! or the very recent Ikebukuro West Gate Park, then K (Project) is for you! Loosely adapted from Rei Rairaku’s manga series, the anime delivers the intense story of revenge in the midst of a gang war, in which you will be hard pressed to choose sides. His endearing characters, his humor, and his atypical colorization are just as many strengths that make the work devilishly effective! Do not be put off by the first fairly introductory episodes, the series is getting better!