From this forum post

I don't know a heck of a lot about this series, but from what I do know, it doesn't seem like this one is going to go well.

Title: Chaos Dragon - Sekiryu Seneki, Chaos Dragon: Red Dragon Campaign
Production: Connect / Silver Link
Genre: Fantasy, Action
Airs: July 2nd (today), 2015

Chaos Dragon is unique in it's original form. The story itself is rather generic, but this one started life as a tabletop RPG game between some notable names in the anime, and it's surrounding industries:
  • Kinoko Nasu (TYPEMOON: Fate/Stay Night, Tsukihime, Kara no Kyoukai)
  • Urobuchi Gen (Nitroplus: Saya no Uta, Fate/Zero, Madoka, Psycho-Pass)
  • Ryogo Narita (Light novelist: Baccano!, Durarara!!)
  • Izuki Kogyoku (Light novelist: ミミズクと夜の王 and other works)
  • Simdoriru (Illustrator, doujinshi artist)

I've read a few transcripts of the original play session, and I can say that the characters are based loosely off of something like a generalization of the player's works. Then the character is played however the person wants - Urobuchi takes a rather dark path of this, opting to have fun messing with the party as the antihero (sometimes more villain than hero). 

The concept of creating a series based off of a tabletop RPG game isn't new - the biggest example being Record of the Lodoss War, which was based off of the creator's Dungeons and Dragons campaigns. It's a unique form of storytelling that involves everybody involved, giving the resulting story an organic feel. Sometimes it won't make a whole lot of sense, especially on rolls - like failing a roll even with advantage would look like missing even when you're point blank. It results in a more unpredictable story, as the progression relies not only on the player's decisions, but on the roll of the dice. 

Summer (2015) Anime Previews: GATE

Image from here

Just like I did with Gakkou Gurashi, here's a break down of a series, and what could make or break it. Spoilers ahead, so read at your own caution.

Title: GATE(ゲート) 自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり (Jieitai Kanochi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri), Thus the JSDF fought there.
Production: A-1 Pictures
Genre: Fantasy, Action
Airs: July 3rd (03/07/15)

A fantasy-action series, with a generous helping of political bickering, GATE might be this summer's Hollywood-esque block buster of a series. You've got a goth-loli. You've got your elf. You've got cat girls, bunny girls, armies being decimated, dragons roasting people and much much more. It's a packed series that has a lot going for it, though that might be it's major problems. 

The Summer Season is upon us! Kicking off a long a storied tradition here on the blog is Gakkou Gurashi!


Title: がっこうぐらし!(Gakkou Gurashi!), Living at School!
Production: Lerche (script by Nitroplus)
Airs: 09/07/15 (July 9th)
Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life, Horror

Spoilers ahead in my discussion of the series. I know a bit about it, and I really think it can be a really good series, so long as there's a balance in all of this series' parts.

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