Film Friday- Trinity Blood

The anime series, spanning 24 episodes, was produced by Gonzo and originally aired on WOWOW network.

Plot

When Earth’s population drastically increased, humanity, led by the United Nations, attempted to colonize Mars. During the colonization, they discovered two alien technologies: the Bacillus virus and the Crusnik nanomachines. The colonists injected the Bacillus in their bodies which transformed them into “Methuselahs”. They installed the Crusnik in the bodies of four test tube babies: Seth, Cain, Abel and Lilith whose enhanced bodies were the only ones able to survive the procedure.

Continuing wars on Earth eventually led to Armageddon, the apocalyptic event that happened 900 years before the start of the story, and the colonists returned to Earth to help with rebuilding. However, when the colonists returned to Earth, a war broke out between the Methuselahs and the humans who had remained on Earth. Abel, Cain, and Seth took the Methuselah’s side—while Lilith supported the Vatican, which guarded humanity. During the war, Cain went insane and killed Lilith. In grief, Abel took her body to the Vatican where she was buried. Abel remained at her side, weeping for her, for 900 years.

At the start of the story, the vampiric Methuselahs, still a major political and military force, continue to wage war on the “Terrans”, as they call the human inhabitants of Earth. The Roman Catholic Church is a major military power determined to protect humans from the Methuselahs, with its seat of power based in the Vatican. The Methuselahs have their capital in Byzantium, which is surrounded by a field of particles to filter out UV radiation, protecting the Methuselah population.

Both groups use “lost technologies”, such as airships, missiles, and computers, to engage in a cold war with one another. A third great power, Albion also plays a role in the war with its superior arsenal of lost technology and weapons and higher level of manufacturing ability versus the Vatican. The independent monarchy of Albion is a primarily human country, however the secret of their expertise in lost technology is found in the Ghetto, an underground city of enslaved Methuselah. It is these Methuselah who operate and manufacture the lost technology, but with the death of the Albion Queen, some of the enslaved vampires begin a rebellion for the freedom of all of the Ghetto residents.

The Trinity Blood anime television series premiered on the satellite network WOWOW on April 28, 2005 and ran through October 6, 2005, spanning a total of 24 episodes. Directed by Tomohiro Hirata, it featured character designs by Atsuko Nakajima and music by Takahito Eguchi. The satellite channel Animax also aired the series in English across its networks in Southeast Asia, South Asia and South Africa, and in Spanish and Portuguese across its networks throughout Latin America, respectively. The series also aired in Malaysia on ntv7, in Australia on the Australian Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, and in Spain on Buzz Channel.

Funimation, which owns the Region 1 license for the series, gave Trinity Blood a 90-minute US theatrical release to promote the series. The film was made by combining the first four episodes of the series. Named Trinity Blood: Genesis, the movie was released May 5, 2006 in conjunction with Anime Central in Chicago, IL, followed by a limited run in select theaters and at other anime conventions. The series was released on DVD in six volumes with English and Japanese audio and English subtitles. Each volume is available in a regular edition, a limited edition, and as part of the value priced Viridian Collection. They have also released the complete series as a complete series box set.

The Funimation English dub of the series premiered on Canadian television on the Razer network on July 6, 2006 and in the United States as part of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block on September 9, 2006. These dubbed episodes have also been made available on Netflix and for purchasing through iTunes, with the option to buy individual episodes or the entire series.

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Anime-

  • Chivalry of a Failed Knight Premium Edition BD/DVD Box Set
  • K: Return of Kings BD/DVD
  • K: Return of Kings DVD
  • Record of Lodoss War BD/DVD (OVA + Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight)
  • Three Leaves, Three Colors BD/DVD
  • Time Jam Valerian & Laureline DVD
  • WWW.WAGNARIA!! Volume 1 BD

Manga-

    • Aho Girl A Clueless Girl Graphic Novel (GN) 1C
    • Akame ga KILL! GN 11
    • Alive: The Final Evolution GN 19 (Digital)
    • The Betrayal Knows My Name GN 7
    • A Certain Magical Index GN 10
    • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody GN 3
    • Hana & Hina After School GN 2
    • Happiness GN 5
    • Hatsune Miku: Rin-Chan Now! GN 2
    • Horimiya GN 8Cite
    • Hotaru’s Way GN 1 (Digital)
    • In/Spectre GN 5
    • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? GN 7
    • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 1
    • Kasane GN 4 (Digital)
    • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! GN 4C
    • Kounodori: Dr. Stork GN 1 (Digital)
    • Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear GN 5
    • Liselotte & Witch’s Forest GN 5
    • Lord Marksman and Vanadis GN 4
    • Love’s Reach GN 1 (Digital)
    • Magika Swordsman and Summoner GN 7
    • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: The Glory of Losers GN 1
    • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun GN 8P
    • No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! GN 10
    • One-Punch Man GN 12 (Digital)
    • Peach Heaven GN 4 (Digital)
    • Princess Jellyfish GN 5
    • The Royal Tutor GN 2
    • School Rumble GN 21 (Digital)
    • Scum’s Wish GN 4
    • Sekirei GN 1
    • Smokin’ Parade GN 2
    • Spice and Wolf GN 13
    • Stitch! Best Friends Forever GN
    • Sweetness & Lightning GN 7
    • Taboo Tattoo GN 7
    • Terra Formars GN 18
    • Triage X GN 13
    • Twinkle Stars GN 3
    • Waiting for Spring GN 1

 

 

Other Tuesday- Trinity Blood Light Novels

Written by Sunao Yoshida and illustrated by Thores Shibamoto, Trinity Blood consists of two six-volume sub-series. The first series is subtitled Rage Against the Moons (RAM), while the second series, which continues where the first leaves off, is subtitled Reborn on the Mars (ROM). The novels were first serialized in The Sneaker and published in their completed form by Kadokawa Shoten in 2001. Following the novels, a book containing backstory, world information and unreleased stories entitled Canon Summa Theologica, was released May 1, 2005.

In North America, the novels have been licensed for an English language release by Tokyopop. The series are on a four-month release schedule that alternates between Rage Against the Moons and Reborn on the Mars. Trinity Blood is being translated by Anastasia Moreno with adaptation by Jai Nitz. TimunMas translated and released the novels in Spanish in Spain. Canon has yet to receive a North American licensee, however it has a Taiwanese licensee for Chinese translation.

Trinity Blood Canon

Torinitei Buraddo Canon Shingaku Taizen was released in Japan on May 1, 2005 by Kadokawa Shoten and features four stories not in the original novels (Gunmetal Hound, Human Factor, ROM VII – Aurora’s Fang, and Stories Untold). A Traditional Chinese translation of the book, Trinity Blood Canon 聖魔之血 神學大全 , was released on February 10, 2010 by Taiwan Kadokawa, and is available in Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Manga Monday- Trinity Blood

Trinity Blood is a series of Japanese light novels written by Sunao Yoshida with illustrations by Thores Shibamoto and originally serialized in The Sneaker. Set 900 years after an apocalyptic war between humans and vampires, the series focuses on the ongoing cold war between the Vatican, the human government, and the “New Human Empire”, the government of the vampiric Methuselah. Fighting on the Vatican’s side is Abel Nightroad, a Crusnik – a vampire that feeds on vampires. The novels blend science fiction, fantasy, and political intrigue, with some in the Vatican and the Empire striving for peace, and the Rosen Kreuz Order doing anything in its power to stop it.

Trinity Blood has been adapted into both manga and anime series, with continuity differences between the three versions. His friend Yasui aided in completing the manga, with illustrations by Kiyo Kujō. The anime series, spanning 24 episodes, was produced by Gonzo and originally aired on WOWOW network.

Differences among adaptations

While the novels, manga, and anime series all cover the same basic story and feature many of the same characters, they do have some minor and major differences. Each has its own unique variation on the major story arcs, and in general the novels give the most detail concerning the political elements and background information on the stories. There are a few minor name changes and many details found in the novels are not given in the anime or manga.

Dietrich’s character design, as seen in the manga, is younger and more boyish than in the anime

The artwork also differs from all three versions, as the character designs were each created by different artists. There are similarities, however, as Shibamoto is responsible for the novel illustrations, while Kiyo Kujō based his work in the manga on Shibamoto’s original designs. In the anime series, Dietrich von Lohengrin’s cold, evil nature is reflected in his appearance, while in the manga he has a softer, bishōnen design that is incongruous with his actual nature. Similarly, Endre is described as looking like a boy of around 10–12 years old, while in the anime he is given an adult appearance. In additions to variants in appearances, there are differences in personalities relationships between the versions, and there are some characters that are unique to each adaptation. Sister Noelle, whose death devastates Abel in the anime series and in the novels, does not exist in the manga series. Alternatively, the anime does not mention Tres’ two “brothers”.

Depending on the adaptation, some events occur at varying points in the story, while other events are unique to a single adaptation. The anime series’ introductory-style episodes are based on the novel segments with the same names, but they are told in a different story. For example, in the novels, “From the Empire”, the chapter in which Abel meets Asthe is the third chapter, following Flight Night and Witch Hunt, However, in the anime, From the Empire is the eleventh episode, coming after the Star of Sorrow arc and the Silent Noise incident. Conversely, the manga starts right with the Star of Sorrow arc and Abel meeting Esther and Dietrich. The Neumann brothers and their related story elements are found only in the novels. In the novels, it was Abel who interrupted the Cardinal’s gathering, rather than Caterina or Leon, and the only people available to investigate the Silent Noise incident in Rome are Abel, Tres, and Leon.

Manga

The chapters of the Trinity Blood manga series are illustrated by Kiyo Kujō and are based on the original light novel series written by Sunao Yoshida and illustrated by Thores Shibamoto. The ongoing series premiered in the shōjo manga anthology Monthly Asuka in 2004. Individual chapters are called “Acts”, and the chapter titles are based on film titles, except for chapter 22, the title of which comes from “the lyrics of the theme song of a certain pioneering kendo anime”. The individual chapters are collected and published in tankōbon volumes by Kadokawa Shoten, with the first released on March 17, 2004; as of March 24, 2015, 18 volumes were released.

The series is licensed for English-language release in North America by Tokyopop. In Australia and New Zealand, both the Chuang Yi and Tokyopop volumes are being released by Madman Entertainment through an importation agreement.

The first volume of the Trinity Blood manga reached the 30th spot on the Top 100 Graphic Novel sales for November 2006. Subsequent volumes have also all appeared in the top 100 spots in March, July, and November 2007.

Film Friday- Magic Knight Rayearth

The manga was adapted into two anime series in 1994 and an original video animation (OVA) in 1997.

Differences in the anime adaptation

The first season remains mostly faithful to the first arc of the manga aside from the inclusion of the original character Inouva and a multitude of subplots, but the second season shows a rapid departure. Most notable differences are the creation of two anime-only antagonists, Nova and Lady Debonair, who were born from the intense despair of Hikaru and the people of Cephiro respectively after the death of Princess Emeraude. It is also revealed by the Rune Gods that the girls were summoned back to Cephiro by their own will, most notably Hikaru’s as her strength of heart also allowed her to become the new Pillar, a position she rejects in a similar fashion to the manga.

Anime

The anime series aired first on Japan’s Yomiuri TV and on NNS in Tokyo on October 17, 1994, and ended on November 27, 1995. It was directed by Toshihiro Hirano and co-produced by Yomiuri TV and Tokyo Movie Shinsha (now TMS Entertainment). The anime had 2 seasons, lasting 49 episodes altogether. The TV series was licensed in the U.S. twice, first by The Ocean Group and second by Media Blasters and was dubbed by Bang Zoom! Entertainment. The anime series was also aired on the Philippine television network ABS-CBN in 1996, dubbing in Filipino language and aired every Sunday at 9:00 am at the first season and moved to 10:30 am in 1997 for the second season. At the time, it became popular to average Filipino female children and became one of the Philippines’ highest-rated anime television of the 20th century, and helping to revitalize Filipino interest in anime. It was later aired on GMA Network on November 26, 2001, but on a weekday basis and with a Tagalog dub produced by Telesuccess Productions. It was released on both VHS and DVD. On November 21, 2014, Discotek Media announced they have license the TV series and will re-release the series on DVD and Blu-ray.

OVA

A three-part OVA was released in Japan a few years after the end of the manga and the TV series (July 25, September 26, and December 10, 1997). The OVA was named simply Rayearth, and its story was quite different from the original. The characters are all the same, but the relationships, places and events changed radically.

In the OVA, Hikaru, Umi and Fuu are already friends who go to the same school and will soon be leaving for high school. Suddenly, a strange fairy (which turns out to be Mokona, the creature from the original series) appears in front of them. At the same time, strange monsters and wizards start to appear in the city of Tokyo. One of them is Clef, who tries to guide the three girls in order to let them become the Magic Knights, awaken their Mashin and fight against the evil wizards from Cephiro, who are trying to invade the human world. In this version, Ferio, who is a sorcerer under Princess Emeraude’s command, is not her brother. Eagle Vision fills that role instead, as well as being the main antagonist after he tricked Zagato to commit suicide in order to bring upon a false balance to Cephiro. His ties to Autozam are non-existent in this version, as he is a citizen of Cephiro from the start. He would put a spell on Emeraude to convince her that Zagato is still alive, so that the sorcerers of Cephiro can continue to exist on Earth as the two worlds would soon merge and each sorcerer would battle against the Magic Knights. Lantis is also introduced right away as being an ally to the Magic Knights and against Eagle’s plans. The only other characters that are in the OVA are Ascot and Alcyone, with none of the other characters are featured.

The OVA is licensed in the U.S. by Manga Entertainment, who opted to use a different New York-based voice cast for its English release, which was produced by Skypilot Entertainment.

Wednesday News- July 12, 2017

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Anime-

  • GATE BD
  • GATE DVD
  • Junjo Romantica Season 1 BD
  • Kumamiko BD/DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam MS Igloo BD Collection (Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War, Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: Apocalypse 0079, Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: Jūryoku Sensen)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam MS Igloo DVD Collection (Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War, Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: Apocalypse 0079, Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: Jūryoku Sensen)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky DVD

Manga-

  • Blade of the Immortal Omnibus GN 3
  • Case Closed GN 63
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 4 (digital only)
  • Dreamin’ Sun GN 2
  • The Full-Time Wife Escapist GN 4 (digital only)
  • Ghost Diary GN 2
  • Immortal Hounds GN 5C
  • Interviews with Monster Girls GN 5
  • Kasane GN 3 (digital only)
  • The Legend of Zelda Legendary Edition GN 5 (The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords)C
  • NTR: Netsuzou Trap GN 3
  • Persona 3 GN 5
  • RIN-NE GN 24C
  • The Sacred Blacksmith GN 10C
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 21
  • The World’s Greatest First Love: The Case of Ritsu Onodera GN 7C
  • Yozakura Quartet GN 15 (digital only)

Other-

  • The Art of Posuka DemizuCi
  • The Art of Splatoon (Hardcover)
  • Bluesteel Blasphemer Novel 2 (Digital)
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age PS4 Game
  • Infinite Dendrogram Novel 1 (Digital)

Manga Monday- Magic Knight Rayearth

Magic Knight Rayearth is a Japanese manga series created by Clamp. Appearing as a serial in the manga magazine Nakayoshi from the November 1993 issue to the February 1995 issue, the chapters of Magic Knight Rayearth were collected into three bound volumes by Kodansha, and published from July 1994 to March 1995. A sequel was serialized in the same manga magazine from the March 1995 issue to the April 1996 issue, and was published by Kodansha in three bound volumes from to July 1995 to April 1996. The series follows three eighth-grade girls who find themselves transported from modern-day Japan into a magical world, where they are tasked with rescuing a princess.

Rayearth combines elements from the magical girl and mecha anime genres with parallel world fantasy.

In 1997, Tokyopop licensed Magic Knight Rayearth for an English-language translation in North America, and serialized it in its manga magazine MixxZine The English version of the manga was at first issued in a flipped left to right format, but was re-released in the original right to left format in later editions. The English version of the manga also at first continued the volume numbering through the two series, such that Magic Knight Rayearth II volumes #1-3 were numbered as volumes “#4-6” (i.e., the 2000/2001 release of Magic Knight Rayearth volume 4 has the same content as the 2003/2004 re-release’s Magic Knight Rayearth II volume 1).

It would appear that Tokyopop has lost their license for the series, as Dark Horse Comics announced at their San Diego Comic-Con International 2009 panel that they would be publishing the series in a new omnibus edition in honor of Clamp’s 20th anniversary. Dark Horse published the omnibus editions from July 6, 2011, to April 12, 2012.

The series is also licensed in French by Pika Édition.

Plot-

Magic Knight Rayearth focuses on three eighth-grade girls: tomboyish and headstrong Hikaru Shidou; the quick-tempered and no-nonsense only child Umi Ryuuzaki; and intelligent and ladylike Fuu Hououji. While on a field trip to the Tokyo Tower with their respective schools, the girls find themselves drawn into another world, Cephiro. There they learn that Cephiro is influenced by one’s will and that the Pillar maintains Cephiro through prayer. The girls are then tasked with rescuing the current Pillar, Princess Emeraude, from her abductor, the high priest and antagonist Zagato, after which they will be returned to Tokyo.

Guided by the creature Mokona on their quest, the girls discover their respective element-based magic and awaken the three Rune-Gods (魔神? Mashin), who can take the form of giant robots that the girls must pilot. As the girls progress on their journey, they overcome their differences, learning how to work together and accept each other as friends. After the girls find and destroy Zagato, they finally reach Emeraude, but they learn that she had fallen in love with Zagato, which had hindered her ability to pray solely for Cephiro’s well-being, and imprisoned herself as a result. Feeling responsible for her actions, she summoned the Magic Knights to kill her, as no one from Cephiro could harm the Pillar. Her dark side then takes over, seeking to destroy the Magic Knights for killing her love. After a short defensive fight against Princess Emeraude, the Magic Knights have no choice but to kill her. They then find themselves transported back to Tokyo.

The second part of the series deals with the complications caused by Princess Emeraude’s death. Set a year later, it opens with the three protagonists struggling with their guilt and despair over their role in her death. Meeting again at Tokyo Tower, they find themselves transported mysteriously to Cephiro again, and discover that only a single piece of Cephiro remains, which holds a castle where the survivors gather to take refuge. With the Pillar gone, Cephiro is, for the most part, defenseless, and the girls are saddened to learn that a new Pillar must be chosen by the Pillar system before the whole planet is destroyed. Three warring planets begin their attempts to conquer Cephiro: Autozam, a technologically advanced world which intends to use the Pillar system to remove the pollution in its air; Fahren, whose childish ruler Lady Aska plans to turn it into a world of her whims; and Chizeta, an overpopulated world whose sibling rulers Tatra and Tarta see Cephiro as a potential colony.

As the Magic Knights help defend the castle, they each agree that the fate of the planet should not be the responsibility of only one person which, like Princess Emeraude, effectively prevents that person from ever being able to live and love freely. What’s more, they are certain that when a new Pillar in chosen, something may eventually hinder them from praying solely for Cephiro’s well-being, cause them to summon new Magic Knights to kill them, and bring Cephiro to near-destruction again until a new pillar is chosen, much like Emeraude, which would cause the cycle of events to continue endlessly. Some of the survivors believe this idea as well, particularly Lantis, a powerful magic swordsman and Zagato’s younger brother, who wishes to end the Pillar system for those reasons.

Eventually, Mokona narrows the candidates down to two: Hikaru and the sickly Eagle Vision of Autozam, who is friends with Lantis and, as such, wishes to end the Pillar system for him with his eternal sleep. As the two undergo the test to become the new Pillar in a recreation of Tokyo, Mokona reveals itself to be the creator of Cephiro and its laws, which it had created after sadly witnessing the violence and destructive nature of the people on its earlier creation, Earth. It was responsible for bringing the three girls back to Cephiro. In the end, Hikaru becomes the new Pillar of Cephiro, and brings Eagle Vision back to Cephiro with the help of Fuu and Umi, against Mokona’s insistence that only one may return. Hikaru then rebels against the Pillar system, decreeing once and for all that the fate of the planet should not be the responsibility of one person. Mokona accepts their decision and leaves with the three Mashin. The manga concludes with the three girls’ return to a new Cephiro to visit their loved ones, as they work with the rulers of the other planets to solve their planets’ problems, and contemplate Mokona’s wish to allow the three protagonists to bring change to Cephiro.

Film Friday- Gin Tama

The series has been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) by Sunrise and was featured at Jump Festa 2006 Anime Tour in 2005. This was followed by a full anime series, which debuted on April 4, 2006, on TV Tokyo and finished on March 25, 2010. A sequel titled Gintama first premiered in Japan on April 4, 2011 and ended on March 26, 2012, before returning once again for a brief run from October 4, 2012 to March 28, 2013. A continuation of the TV anime series titled Gintama° began airing on April 8, 2015, and ended on March 30, 2016. Two animated films have also been produced. Besides the anime series, there have been various light novels and video games based on Gin Tama. A live action film adaptation of the same name is scheduled for release in Japan in 2017. A new anime series continuing after the events in the Gintama° anime series, named Gintama. premiered on January 9, 2017.

The anime and its DVDs have been featured, at various time, in Top Ten of their respective media, while TV Tokyo has announced that the first Gin Tama anime was responsible for high sales overseas along with the anime adaptation from Naruto. Publications for manga, anime and others have commented on the Gin Tama manga. Positive response have focused on the comedy and characters from the series, while negative responses concern the manga’s artwork.

Two original video animations (OVA) of Gin Tama were developed by Sunrise for the Jump Festa Anime Tour 2005 and 2008. The first one, having the same title, is composed of various autoconclusive stories meant to introduce the characters from the series. The second OVA titled Shiroyasha Kotan is initially set in the war between aliens and samurais and it is later revealed to be a hoax. On September 30, 2009, a DVD named Gintama Jump Anime Tour 2008 & 2005 was published by Aniplex. It contains the 2005 and 2008 OVAs and an audio commentary. On Weekly Shōnen Jumps 34th issue of 2014, it was announced that Gin Tama anime will return for a one-episode special for the year’s Jump Special Anime Festa tour. The anime special DVD will be bundled with limited edition of the 58th manga volume to be released on April 3, 2015. It was announced in Weekly Shōnen Jumps 8th issue of 2016 that the 65th and 66th volumes of the manga will be bundled with an original animation DVD each, the 65th manga volume scheduled to release on August 4, 2016, and the 66th manga volume scheduled to release on November 4, 2016. Both OADs will adapt the Love Potion arc in the manga.

Anime series

Gintama

An anime adaptation by Sunrise debuted on TV Tokyo on April 4, 2006. The first ninety-nine episodes were initially directed by Shinji Takamatsu. Episodes 100 to 105 were directed by Takamatsu and Yoichi Fujita, while the following episodes are being directed only by Fujita. The subtitle for the Gintama anime could be loosely translated as “The starting point is the utmost importance for anything, so trying to outdo oneself is just about right.” During January 2009, Fujita mentioned he was not going to work in the fourth season of the series starting in such year. However, in February 2009, it was confirmed that the anime would continue for a fourth year, once again directed by Fujita. The series ended on March 25, 2010 with a total of 201 episodes.

In Japan, Aniplex distributes the anime in DVD format. A total of thirteen volumes were released for the first season, between July 26, 2006 and June 26, 2007. The second season was released over another set of thirteen volumes between July 25, 2007 and July 23, 2008. Season 3 was also released in thirteen volumes from August 27, 2008 to August 26, 2009. The fourth season was collected released in thirteen DVD volumes from October 28, 2009 to October 27, 2010.

In November 2008, an agreement was reached between TV Tokyo and the streaming video service Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll would stream English-subtitled episodes for free one week after they had aired in Japan. Paying subscribers can watch new episodes an hour after they air in Japan. On January 8, 2009, Crunchyroll uploaded their first episode (episode 129) to the service. Alongside new episodes each week, Crunchyroll also uploads episodes from the beginning of the series. The anime is licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks, with distribution from Section23 Films. Section23 Films’ Chris Oarr commented that only the first two seasons were licensed, with an option on the rest. The first collection containing thirteen English-subtitled episodes was released on DVD, April 27, 2010. Only 49 episodes were released before the releases stalled. However, shortly after licensing the Gin Tama film, Sentai Filmworks announced that based on the film’s performance, they would consider releasing more of the series in North America, possibly with an English dub. An English subtitled version of the series began airing on Shorts HD on July 12, 2015. On July 1, 2016, Crunchyroll announced that they will re-release the series on Blu-ray and DVD with an English dub.

Yorinuki Gintama-san

On April 5, 2010, TV Tokyo stations began airing high-definition reruns of older episodes of Gintama under the title Yorinuki Gintama-san, the title being a parody of the “best of” reruns of the anime Sazae-san. In addition to being broadcast in HD, new opening and ending animations and themes have been made. The opening and ending for episodes 1-9 are Does’s “Bakuchi Dancer” and “Bokutachi no Kisetsu”. Starting with episode 10 and going to 26, the opening was changed to Joe Inoue’s “Kaze no Gotoku” and the ending was changed to Vijandeux’s “WAVE”. Starting with episode 27, the opening changed to Chiaki Kuriyama’s “Kanōsei Girl”  and the ending changed to Azu’s “IN MY LIFE”. Starting with episode 40, the opening changed to FLiP’s “Karto Niago” and the ending changed to Piko’s “Sakurane”.

Gintama’

In March 2010, Yoichi Fujita hinted the anime would continue once the staff get enough material to work on it. Shinji Takamatsu claimed the TV series “is absolutely not over. It hasn’t even begun yet! It will definitely return.” In December 2010, Shueisha stated that the Gintama anime would resume in April 2011. Gintama, the sequel to the original Gintama anime, premiered in Japan on April 4, 2011. The main staff from the first TV series remain in Gintama with Fujita as the director. Crunchyroll simulcasted the premiere of Gintama to subscribers from its site. The first DVD from the series was released on July 27, 2011. The episode released on September 26, 2011 contains Sket Dance as a crossover special. The series ended on March 26, 2012 with a total of 51 episodes, which were collected in thirteen DVDs by Aniplex.

Gintama’: Enchousen

The series premiered in TV Tokyo on October 4, 2012. It is a continuation of the second Gintama’ anime that ended in March 2012. The main staff from the second TV series remain in Gintama with Yoichi Fujita as the director. The series ended on March 28, 2013 with a total of 13 episodes The episodes were collected in a total of four DVDs from December 19, 2012 to May 22, 2013.

Gintama°

On December 21, 2014 during Jump Festa’s super stage event, it was announced that a new Gintama TV series was in the works for an April 2015 premiere. Cast of Yorozuya; Tomokazu Sugita (Gintoki), Daisuke Sakaguchi (Shinpachi), and Rie Kugimiya (Kagura) attended the event. A key visual was also revealed.

The new series aired on TV Tokyo and its affiliates for 51 episodes from April 8, 2015 to March 30, 2016, which also aired the previous seasons.

Crunchyroll began streaming an English dub of the first 12 episodes of the series on February 1, 2017. 12 additional episodes will be added weekly.

Gintama.

A new season of Gintama was announced via Weekly Shōnen Jump in September 2016. On November 27, 2016, it was announced that the new season would premiere on January 9, 2017 on TV Tokyo and its affiliates. The staff from the Gintama° anime series will return to reprise their roles in the new season.

Films

Animation

There have been two films based on the franchise. The first one is Gintama: Shinyaku Benizakura-Hen, a retelling of the story arc from Gin Tama in which Kotaro Katsura is attacked by a member of the army Kiheitai, and Odd Jobs Gin start searching for him. One of the TV commercials of the film teases that the “true last scene” of the anime is in the film. It premiered on April 24, 2010, picking up US$2.118.342 on 90 screens during its first days, and earned US$12.86 million in total. Sentai Filmworks released the film in both DVD and Blu-ray format in North America on May 29, 2012 as Gintama: The Motion Picture. Manga Entertainment distributed the film in the United Kingdom while Madman Entertainment published it in Australia.

A second film was announced in August 2012 by the Weekly Shonen Jump with the script being written this time by Hideaki Sorachi. It is titled Gintama: The Movie: The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya and follows Gintoki as he travels to a future where he has to deal with a mysterious group of sorcerers. It was released in Japan on July 6, 2013. Although the film is marketed as “Final” director Yoichi Fujita commented they would make a continuation if it became a hit. The film managed to surpass the success from its predecessor.

Live-action

In June 2016, Shueisha announced the series will have a live-action adaptation of the series. It is slated to premiere in 2017. Direction of the film as well as the script is being handled by Yūichi Fukuda. Additionally, Shueisha said that Gintoki will be portrayed by Shun Oguri.

Wednesday News- July 5, 2017

News-

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Anime-

  • The Boy and The Beast Collector’s Edition BD/DVD + UV
  • Card Captor Sakura Standard Edition BD
  • Gatchaman Fighter DVD
  • Hanasaku Iroha – Blossoms for Tomorrow Set 1 Standard Edition BD
  • Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home Standard Edition BD
  • Hyou-ka Part 1 BD/DVD

Manga-

  • 7th Garden GN 5
  • Alice & Zoroku GN 1
  • Alive GN 18 (Digital)
  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride GN 7
  • Anonymous Noise GN 3
  • Appleseed Alpha GN (Hardcover)
  • Berserk GN 38
  • Bleach GN 70
  • Blue Exorcist GN 17
  • DAYS GN 3 (Digital)
  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House GN 9
  • Fuuka GN 12 (Digital)
  • GTO: Paradise Lost GN 3 (Digital)
  • Haikyu!! GN 13
  • Honey So Sweet GN 7
  • Kasane GN 2 (Digital)
  • Magical Girl Apocalypse GN 12
  • Naruto Omnibus GN 19
  • Nichijou GN 9
  • Nisekoi GN 22
  • Nurse Hitomi’s Monster Infirmary GN 6P
  • Oresama Teacher GN 22
  • Plum Crazy! Tales of A Tiger-Striped Cat GN 1
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire GN 4
  • Pokémon XY GN 11
  • Rurouni Kenshin Omnibus GN 3
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN 4 (Digital)
  • Twin Star Exorcists GN 9
  • Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea GN
  • The Water Dragon’s Bride GN 2
  • World Trigger GN 16
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches GN 14

Other-

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Other Tuesday- Character Special Gin Tama

Gintoki Sakata

Shinpachi Shimura

Shinpachi Shimura is one of the main protagonists of the series and is a teenager who joins Gintoki’s freelancer business to learn the ways of the samurai. He stays at his family’s dojo along with his older sister Tae Shimura. Both used to live there with their father who died when they were still children. In order to make their living, Shinpachi started working in a restaurant in which he met Gintoki when he was being tripped by aliens. Gintoki defeats the ambassador and his guards, not to stand up for Shinpachi, but to get revenge for his spilled parfait. Gintoki attempts to frame Shinpachi for the crime, and to make up for it, Gintoki helps Shinpachi save his older sister Tae from becoming part of a brothel as his father left them with an enormous debt. Although he commonly criticizes Gintoki’s lazy behaviour, Shinpachi comes to regard him as a very important person to him in the same fashion as Kagura. Shinpachi also regards himself as the comic relief character from the series, but tends to take that as something important. As the readers’ perspective, Sorachi notes that while he can be weak he will take action when necessary resulting in his growth across the series.

Shinpachi is easily identified by his glasses which he wears as result of hypnotizing himself to eat Tae’s poor meals. When trying to identify Shinpachi, several characters tend to notice first his glasses even though he may not be using them; Gintoki comments that the reason for this is that most of Shinpachi’s design are his glasses. Despite his timid appearance, Shinpachi is a more than competent swordsman of his family’s Kakidō-Ryu, the type of swordsmanship his dojo teaches. Shinpachi is also the captain of the “Otsu’s Imperial Guard,” an Otsu’s fan club, and takes his role seriously. Other members of the fan club treat him with utmost respect, something he is not usually treated with. His fanaticism for Otsu started prior to her career when he was inspired by the effort she gave in her songs. His character is loosely based on historical figure of Nagakura Shinpachi who Sorachi had previously used in one of his previous manga. Although he shares the last name from the Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, Sorachi picked that last name to fit his samurai heritage. He is voiced by Daisuke Sakaguchi in the Japanese version and by Mark X. Laskowski in the English dub of the movie, and Cole Howard in the English dub of the anime. In live-action, he will be portrayed by Masaki Suda.

Kagura

Kagura is the female protagonist of the series. She is a young alien girl who belongs to the Yato Clan, one of the strongest and most bloodthirsty of the Amanto races, although Kagura rejects that part of herself. She came to Earth to earn money for her family, and to escape her violent Yato heritage. She found work fighting for a gang of hoodlums, but when they ordered her to kill her target, she ran away. Not long afterwards, she meets Gintoki and Shinpachi, when they accidentally run over her with Gintoki’s scooter. After they help her to make a clean break from the gang, she intimidates Gintoki into hiring her. Kagura and Gintoki have an odd brother-sister-like relationship and she commonly imitates his bad habits.

The Yato have “translucent” skin that is highly sensitive to sunlight, so Kagura carries an umbrella at all times. The parasol is also the Yato clan’s weapon of choice; Kagura’s umbrella is bulletproof and fires bullets from its tip. Because of her Yato blood, she is extremely strong and can stop a speeding motorscooter with one hand. However, she cannot control her strength perfectly; most of her pets, with the exception of Sadaharu, have all met an untimely demise at her hands. Kagura also has an unusually strong appetite, making her capable of consuming large quantity of food within a matter of seconds. Nevertheless, her tastes are endearingly plain.

Kagura is also somewhat of a tomboy, as she speaks in a blunt or perverted way. This is due to Sorachi not finding the too feminine characters believable and instead made Kagura from an anti-female lead perspective resulting in Kagura being the first female lead in manga to throw up. In the absence of Gintoki and Shinpachi, she is often seen partaking in games with various neighborhood boys. She regards Shisengumi’s Sougo Okita as a rival and often competes against him. Her speech often ends in -aru, characteristic of the Japanese’s impression of a Chinese accent. In Japanese, Kagura speaks in a stereotypical dialect that is associated with Chinese immigrants. In the English-translated manga, she punctuates her sentences with “yup”, “uh-huh”, “nope”, and the like. Her character is based on Princess Kaguya from the story The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter while her name comes from a place the island of Hokkaido. In a Newtype poll, Kagura ranked #21 for the top 30 most popular female anime character from the 2000s. Kagura was ranked #3 for most cheerful anime character in Animedia magazine’s 2010 character awards. She is voiced by Rie Kugimiya in the Japanese version and by Luci Christian in the English dub of the movie, and Jocelyne Loewen in the English dub of the anime. In live action, she will be portrayed by Kanna Hashimoto.

Sadaharu

Sadaharu is an abandoned inugami who is collected by Kagura. He is named by Kagura, after her first pet. He was originally owned by a pair of miko sisters (Ane and Mone) who left him due to economical problems. Sadaharu chomps on anything smaller than itself, such as Gintoki’s and other people’s heads. Kagura seems to be the only one who can control him, for she has immense strength. Though he is dangerous when Gintoki first receives him, he becomes quite tame in the later chapters. He sometimes obeys Gintoki at certain points, and helps the main characters in many occasions. Kagura and Gintoki are often seen riding on his back, as he is big enough to carry two full-grown adults. The name Sadaharu is actually often used by Kagura for all her pets, whom all are dead. This Sadaharu is currently the 27th. He is voiced by Mikako Takahashi in the Japanese version and by Kyle Colby Jones in the English dub of the movie.

Tae Shimura

Tae Shimura is Shinpachi’s older sister, referring to her as “Big Sis”. She runs the Kakidōkan Dojo, the family dojo, with her brother, working part-time to pay for the upkeep. She is usually addressed as “Otae”(O) is an honorific used to refer to women. Kagura always addresses her as “Big sister”  or “Boss”. She often mercilessly beats up Kondo Isao and Gintoki whenever they anger her, but she has a good side of her own. She almost always smile in front of her friends, one that might called “a fake smile”, since that she is actually feeling sad inside but she does not want to acknowledge it.

Her cooking skills are terrible, with her “special” tamagoyaki being so inedible that Kondo suffered amnesia after eating it and others are barely able to swallow it down. She has strong principles and believes in maintaining what is precious, even if it means throwing away honor and dignity. She believes that if apologies were enough, seppuku would not exist. She is voiced by Satsuki Yukino in the Japanese version and by Shelley Calene-Black in the English dub of the movie, and Janyse Jaud in the English dub of the anime. In live action, she will be portrayed by Masami Nagasawa.

Otose

Otose, whose real name is Ayano Terada, is Gintoki’s landlady. Despite constant arguments over Gintoki’s general inability to pay his rent, she is confident in his defense of her.[ They both met shortly after the end of the war between samurais and Amanto when Gintoki swore to protect her after he ate food offerings that were meant for her dead husband. She was very pretty when she was young and worked at a restaurant. She secretly fed poor children dumplings for free, and was fired. She is one of the four “emperors” that rule the Kabuki District and has the personal title “Empress of the Kabuki District”. She is voiced by Kujira in the Japanese version and by Shelley Calene-Black in the English dub of the movie.