With the Girls und Pazner Anzio OVA release date approaching, we thought it might be a good idea to do a “primer” for the OVA. The anime only showed a short scene of a defeated Anzio and an exuberant Oarai, but the actual battle was not shown. The OVA covers events leading up to and the actual 2nd round Sensha-do Tournament match between Oarai and Anzio itself.
Not one, but two Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio (Arpeggio of Blue Steel) movies were just announced. The first movie will be a compilation of the TV anime’s 12 episodes while the second movie will consist of “new material”. Both movies are expected to be released sometime next year. Good news for fans of the anime, but gives little hope for manga fans who want a “reboot” anime adaptation faithful to the original manga source material.
We’re pretty much aware of the Tank Destroyers that are shown in GuP such as the Jagdpanther and the Stug III Aus F, but one area I’ve found neglected in the area of WWII historical books is the US Tank Destroyer Units. This has been partially remedied by the following book:
The Tank Killers by Harry Yeide [rating 4/5] [Bear]
The book follows the development of the US Tank Destroyers from their conceptual development in the prewar though their initiation to battle in North African till the end of the war in the ETO and their eventual dissolution at wars end. It provides a broad overview of their history as well as look at the lives of the men who operated them. It also argues that, while the TD doctrine itself was fatally flawed, the TD units acquitted themselves well on the battlefield even though they were rarely used as they were theoretically intended to be. It provides appendices showing which units participated in which campaigns and a short history of each unit. The only reason I rate is a 4 is in comparison to masterpieces like Atkinson’s. It is still well worth the read.
Quick update on Kantai Collection (aka KanColle) anime. All the anime season preview sites and Summer 2014 charts I previously reviewed had KanColle anime listed for this upcoming summer season. Starting about a week ago, those same sites and updated versions of charts removed the show from the 2014 Summer listings. The reasons given are that with the summer anime season just two weeks away, there has been a noticeable lack of any recent news, updates let alone a released PV for the show.
When the anime was announced in September 2013, it was stated that producers were aiming for broadcast “next summer or later”. The recent dearth of any new information not to mention lack of PV certainly do bode ill for the anime airing this summer. At this point, I think it safe to assume that the anime will air “later”. Question now is, what is “later”? Fall 2014 season? Winter 2015 season? For KanColle fans, such as myself, hopefully “later” means the Fall 2014 season.
Here is the latest news that’s out (in English at least) about the upcoming Anzio OVA.
This was the news on AnimeNews Network and a PV released back in April 2014
Here is a later news and PV on the Fandom Post by Chris Beveridge.
Hopefully we will be able to review the OVA as soon as someone has a TL available (end of July maybe?)
We have been waiting for this for a long time now but the PV’s look really good!
The Forgotten Soldier by Guy Sajer [Rating – 5/5. Reviewer – daikama]
The Forgotten Soldier describes the experience of Guy Sajer, a Frenchman drafted into the German Army at age 16 and ends up serving on the Eastern Front. The book is masterfully written, drawing the reader into the “story” early on. It’s easy to imagine yourself alongside Mr. Sajer as he goes through basic training, experiences his first battle, and ultimately fights for survival as the Soviet Army begins to overwhelm the Germans. I jest only in part that I actually felt cold while reading his account of the bitter Russian winters. To my surprise, I found myself almost as interested in the outcome of Mr. Sajer’s relationship with Paula as much as his accounts of combat. It is that intense focus on Mr. Sajer “the person” as much as Mr. Sajer “the soldier” that, for me, distinguishes “The Forgotten Soldier” from other books in the same genre… and that was Mr. Sajer’s intent.
- An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson [Rating – 5/5. Reviewer – daikama]
- The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944 by Rick Atkinson [Rating – 5/5. Reviewer – daikama]
- The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945 by Rick Atkinson [Rating – 4.5/5. Reviewer – daikama]
The Liberation Trilogy is a three-part series by Rick Atkinson’ covering the US North African and European campaigns in World War II. The first book is An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943, the second, The Day of Battle: The War in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944, and the final book, The Guns at Last Light: The War in Western Europe, 1944-1945. The series has received wide-spread acclaim, with Atkinson winning a Pulitzer Prize for the first book, An Army at Dawn.