Manga Monday- Revolutionary Girl Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena is a manga by Chiho Saito and an anime directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara. The manga serial began in the June 1996 issue of Ciao and the anime was first broadcast in 1997. The anime and manga were created simultaneously, but, despite some similarities, they progressed in different directions.

Utena is a highly metaphysical, surreal and allegorical shōjo series. It contains a mix of borrowed visuals from Takarazuka theater, shadow puppetry and classic douseiai-style shōjo manga.

Manga plot

Utena is seen as having conflict with the staff of her current school and they call in her aunt, who is an interior decorator. Utena’s friend Kaido is introduced and the two seem to have a strong friendship. It is then explained that Utena may be as headstrong as she is because of her parents’ death at such an early age. Utena gets a letter from someone who has been sending her letters every year when the roses bloom. She says it started after she was rescued by her prince as a little girl. Kaido is intent on finding out who is sending her the letters. Later on Utena meets a co-worker of her aunt’s, Aoi Wakaouji. He seems to bear a strong resemblance as well as the same ring as Utena’s prince. She is drawn to him but only to have her hopes that Aoi is her prince shattered when she catches him and her aunt in a passionate moment. From there the scene from her childhood is recreated right in front of Kaido’s eyes. He informs her that he found that all the letters reveal themselves to be a picture of Aoi’s alma mater, an exclusive prep school. From this knowledge Utena decides to change schools. She leaves a heartbroken Kaido, who it seems has feelings for Utena, to find her prince.

On May 20, 2017, Shōgakukan announced that a new chapter will be published in the September issue of its magazine Flower (to be released on July 28, 2017). Shōgakukan didn’t precisely state if other chapters would be released past September. Chiho Saitō is still in charge of the drawing.

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Film Friday- Full Metal Panic!

Plot

The series follows Sousuke Sagara, a member of a covert anti-terrorist private military organization known as Mithril, tasked with protecting Kaname Chidori, a spirited Japanese high school girl. He moves to Japan to study at Chidori’s school, Jindai High School, with assistance from his comrades Kurz Weber and Melissa Mao. Having never experienced social interactions, Sousuke is found as a military maniac by his schoolmates as he interprets everyday situations from a combat perspective. He comes to relate with Chidori who realizes that Sousuke is protecting her, but he does not reveal the reasons due to orders as well as the fact that he does not know why Chidori is being targeted by different organizations.

Anime

Full Metal Panic!

The anime series was produced by Gonzo Digimation and originally aired in 2002 after its original air date was canceled because of the September 11 attacks. The series was licensed by ADV Films for North American release in 2003. The first three novels form the basis for the anime. The series was available on the Anime Network on Demand from 2003 to 2004.

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is a companion series to the anime series Full Metal Panic! by Kyoto Animation, and takes place between the first season and The Second Raid. Markedly different in tone to the first series, Fumoffu emphasizes the high school romantic comedy aspects of Full Metal Panic! with often crude humor and focuses on the romantic tension between Sousuke Sagara and Kaname Chidori. It frequently parodies itself and anime stereotypes. None of the mecha combat or political intrigue, which characterized much of the original Full Metal Panic!, can be seen in the series. The only reference to the mecha aspect of Full Metal Panic! is the Bonta-kun, which is one of the most prominent parodies in the anime. Sousuke uses spare Bonta-kun costumes to make highly effective suits of power armor, but they look like teddy bears wearing army gear and can only say: “Fu” and “Mo” in different combinations.

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid is the direct sequel to the original anime series. It was produced by Kyoto Animation and ran for 13 episodes. The series is based on the Ending Day by Day novels and takes place three months after the events that occurred in the Tuatha de Danaan at the end of the original Full Metal Panic! series. Mithril learns of a secret organization that has technology able to counter the ECS (Electronic Conceal System) mode. The organization, known as Amalgam, has access to Black Technology, which was obtained from the Whispered. Like the other intelligence agencies, Amalgam intends to obtain more. Sousuke’s mission to protect Chidori is terminated by Mithril, instead leaving her in the care of an anonymous agent known as Wraith.

There is a one episode OVA that takes place after Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. It’s a humorous stand-alone story. It focuses on the Captain of the Tuatha De Danaan: Teletha Tessa Testarossa, rather than the two main characters of the series. The OVA is based on short story Wari to Hima na Sentaichou no Ichi Nichi (A comparatively leisurely day of the squadron commander) in short story collection Dounimo Naranai Gori Muchuu (Helpless in the thick of it). The story is also told in chapters 13 & 14 in Full Metal Panic Sigma Volume 04.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory is the fourth TV series in the franchise. It will premiere in April 2018. During Anime Expo 2017, the series creator confirmed that Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory is a “continuation” that won’t contain any “explanation or expository episodes.” The pacing of the story is going to be “full throttle from the get-go” although it will still “follow the original work pretty closely.”

Live action films

A live action film adaptation was announced by Mandalay Pictures in April 2009, with Zac Efron rumored to be attached to the project. Efron has since confirmed a meeting took place regarding the project but added that the adaptation was unlikely to happen.

Writer and director Kenneth Lindbloom announced in an interview with ASO radio, released March 2012, that a fifteen-minute live action fan film, Full Metal Panic! Come Make My Day, was in post production and due to be released sometime in 2012. The project was undertaken by a group of professionals and enthusiast with the goal of creating a high-quality portfolio piece based on the Full Metal Panic! novel Come Make My Day.

Other Tuesday- Full Metal Panic! Light Novels

Full Metal Panic! is a series of light novels written by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Shiki Douji. The series follows Sousuke Sagara, a member of the covert anti-terrorist private military organization known as Mithril, tasked with protecting Kaname Chidori, a hot-headed Japanese high school girl.

Individual chapters are published on Monthly Dragon Magazine, followed by a paperback compilation released by Fujimi Shobo’s Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. The novels are split between stories focusing on Sousuke’s mission as a soldier of Mithril and comedic side stories centered on his life at Jindai High School.

The series has been adapted into different media; including three anime television series: Full Metal Panic! by Gonzo in 2002, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu and Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid by Kyoto Animation in 2003 and 2005 respectively. An OVA was also released in 2006; and five different manga series.

Tokyopop licensed the novels for English-language publication in North America and released parts of the series, while ADV Films licensed and dubbed the first season and the spin-off. The second season was licensed by Kadokawa Pictures USA with ADV Films producing the dub yet again. Mandalay Pictures acquired the film rights to the series in 2009. At Anime USA 2009, Funimation announced that it had acquired the rights to the first and second series of Full Metal Panic! and both were re-released and remastered on DVD and Blu-ray in 2010. The series began airing in North America on November 22, 2010, on the FUNimation Channel. The Fumoffu series made its North American television debut on the FUNimation Channel on November 15, 2010.

A spin-off to the light-novel series called Full Metal Panic! Another was serialized between 2011 and 2016. Another received a manga adaptation split in two series, the second of which is still being published.

Light novels

The light novel series Full Metal Panic! is written by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Shiki Douji. It was serialised by Fujimi Shobo in its monthly magazine Gekkan Dragon Magazine since June 1998 and published under the Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint in tankōbon format since September 1998. Gatoh often found delays in writing of the novels, which led to delays to the publication of the series’ volumes. The series focuses on Sergeant Sousuke Sagara’s arrival to the Jindai High School where he was assigned to protect the student Kaname Chidori while also acting as a student.

A total of twelve full length volumes have been released from September 18, 1998, to August 20, 2010. In parallel to the twelve volumes, nine autoconclusive light novels of the series (which form the short story collection) have also been published from December 17, 1998, to August 20, 2011. Finally two more volumes titled Side Arms focusing on the past of some characters (which form the side story collection) and the birth of Mithril and Amalgam have been published on April 20, 2004 and July 20, 2006. In contrast to the full length volumes, short story collection focuses on the comedy elements from the series. In January 2010, Gatoh wrote another of these stories in celebration of Gekkan Dragon Magazines 300th issue, which has been included in the last short story collection volume. Another series of spin-off novels has been released by Naoto Ōguro with supervision of Shoji Gatoh from August 20, 2011 to February 20, 2016, consisting of thirteen volumes and set years after the original series’ ending. The light novels have also been adapted into various manga, as well as three anime television series and an OVA episode for which Gatoh was also part of the staff.

Tokyopop licensed the Full Metal Panic! series for North America release, publishing the first regular light novel on September 11, 2007. The latest released volume is the fourth on February 1, 2011, which is a compilation from the original fourth and fifth full length volumes from the series. No short story collection volumes nor side story collection ones have been published and the company has shut down its publishing operations in North America on May 31, 2011. In 2015, at Anime Expo and San Diego Comic-Con, Tokyopop announced that it would be relaunching its publishing operations in North America in 2016 and that they will consider light novels, but nothing has been disclosed about Full Metal Panic! novels publication.

Manga Monday- Full Metal Panic!

Full Metal Panic! was adapted into a manga on several occasions. The first series entitled Full Metal Panic, was serialized in Monthly Comic Dragon by Retsu Tateo. The first Full Metal Panic! manga was collected in nine tankōbon volumes published from August 30, 2000, to July 1, 2005. Full Metal Panic! was one of the first manga licensed by ADV Manga, being announced in July 2003. They released all of its volumes from November 10, 2003 to April 11, 2006. A parallel series entitled Full Metal Panic! Comic Mission, was also written by Retsu Tateo and focuses on the comedy elements from the series. Seven volumes were published from November 1, 2003, to September 1, 2006.

Another spin-off series is Full Metal Panic! Overload! by Tomohiro Nagai. It was released in five volumes from January 30, 2001, to April 1, 2003. Overload was licensed by ADV Manga in December 2004, and all of its volumes were published in English from June 6, 2005, to May 24, 2006. Nagai also wrote Full Metal Panic! Surplus which is a single tankōbon manga published on July 1, 2003, focused more on the action elements from the franchise. Next manga adaptation Full Metal Panic! Sigma was written by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Hiroshi Ueda and focuses on the missions of Sousuke as a sergeant. The first volume was published on August 1, 2005, and the last volume, the nineteenth, was published on September 20, 2013. Its events are based from the fourth Full Metal Panic! light novel onwards.

Main characters

Sousuke Sagara

Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (Japanese); Chris Patton (English)

Sergent Sousuke Sagara is the male protagonist of the series. He is of Afghan Japanese heritage. While he is inherently Japanese due to his name, Sagara grew up in Helmajistan, a region in Afghanistan that was caught up in political strife. At age 8, he joined a guerrilla movement to survive, and was eventually recruited by Mithril. Sousuke only knows military life and as a result he does not handle the everyday occurrences of civilian life very well. He also has a tough time integrating into high school life as his social skills are not quite up to par. His military bearing and encyclopedic knowledge of weapons earns him the nickname ‘Military Maniac’. The basic problem this causes is, for instance, how he blows up the shoes lockers if there is any clue that someone has tampered with them. Sousuke can be quite insensitive at times, for example in volume 7 he bought a pregnancy test while out with Kaname and did not understand what was wrong, though his intentions are always in the right place. His deep feelings for Chidori Kaname are unavoidably clear by the beginning of TSR when he punches his fist through a laptop with the message of his direct order to not contact her anymore. Sousuke eventually decides to give up his life as a soldier and retires from Mithril, deciding that he wanted to be with Chidori instead. Upon his return, Sousuke confirms his feelings for Chidori and the two share a kiss in the school court yard.

Also, he was formerly known as ‘Kashim’ according to Gauron.

Kaname Chidori

Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (Japanese); Luci Christian (English)

Kaname Chidori is the female protagonist of the series. She is often described as, ‘The kind of girl everyone looks up to, but not even a boy wants as their girlfriend’, as a male fellow student put it. She’s very much the loud mouth, speak your mind kind of girl; a trait she picked up when she studied abroad in the United States. Until then, she feels like she must protect Sousuke from the harsh, cruel world of high school – a place where he doesn’t quite fit.

Sousuke is assigned to guard her as she is one of the “Whispered”. People that have in their subconscious very technologically advanced knowledge that numerous governments and other groups want to use for their own means.

She often uses a paper fan to hit Sousuke, besides berating him on how the kinds of weapons he uses are not exactly proper for a high school student. While she criticizes Sousuke for being too militaristic and overprotective, she appreciates it under life or death situations. Chidori develops serious feelings for Sousuke and is dejected when he is so obtuse in such matters. Eventually Chidori confesses her love to Sousuke and the latter reciprocates it. Towards the end, Chidori feels hollow upon learning Sousuke’s death and is shocked when Sousuke is revealed to be alive. Sousuke and Chidori finally kiss each other.

Teresa “Tessa” Testarossa

Voiced by: Yukana (Japanese); Hilary Haag (English)

Teresa Testarossa is the Captain of the Mithril’s submarine Tuatha de Danaan. She is a young girl of 16 who has a crush on Sousuke and bears the weight of Mithril’s mission – to make the world safer by destroying terrorist organizations and drug facilities. Tessa is young, and therefore, hasn’t lost that optimism that she can make a difference. She is also stubborn and will try her hardest to prove wrong those who tell her she can’t do something. Still, most of her crew sees her as weak and frail – someone who never got her hands dirty on the battle field and therefore can’t defend herself.

Kurz Weber

Voiced by: Shin’ichiro Miki (Japanese); Vic Mignogna (English)

Sergent Kurz Weber first appears to your typical lady’s man, yet he is often the one giving Sousuke advice about life and love. He’s a laid back kind of guy who won’t dodge responsibility if it comes his way, and is one of the finest snipers in Mithril. Kurz is shot down by his mentor Casper in Volume 13 of the Manga. Later on it was found out that he survived.

Melissa Mao

Voiced by: Michiko Neya (Japanese); Allison Keith (English)

Sergent Major Melissa Mao is the superior officer of both Sousuke and Kurz and demands respect for her role. She is also a spunky woman who loves beer, smokes a lot, and wishes she could be free spirited and optimistic like Tessa. She was originally a member of the Marines, signing her recruitment contract on the day she was supposed to marry a businessman her father had pushed onto her. Eventually, she left the Marines and joined Mithril, where she met Kurz and Sousuke as new recruits. The two were downplaying their skills intentionally, Kurz pretending to be a terrible shot and Sousuke purposefully scoring low on written exams. Eventually, she realized what they were doing and picked them out of the camp to be her new teammates.

Gauron

Voiced by: Masahiko Tanaka (Japanese); Mike MacRae (English)

Gauron is Full Metal Panic’s main antagonist. He’s an especially twisted and violent mercenary deeply involved in the black market and global terrorism. Despite possessing an extremely vile personality, his ruthless cunning and mastery of the Lambda Drive system make him a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. In combat, his vehicle of choice is the super AS called Venom.

Film Friday- Snow White with the Red Hair

An anime adaptation produced by Warner Bros., Hakusensha, Showgate, The Klockworx Co. Ltd., Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, Docomo Anime Store, BS Fuji and Bones aired the first half of the season in Japan between July 6, 2015 and September 21, 2015. The second half of the season aired in Japan between January 11, 2016 and March 28, 2016.

Anime

An anime television series adaptation was announced in 2015 April issue of Hakusensha’s LaLa magazine. The anime adaptation is produced by Warner Bros., Hakusensha, Showgate, The Klockworx Co. Ltd., Hakuhodo DY Media Partners, Docomo Anime Store, BS Fuji and Bones, which handled the animation. The anime was directed by Masahiro Andō and the script was written by Deko Akao with character designs by Kumiko Takahashi. The opening theme is “Yasashii Kibou” by Saori Hayami and the ending theme is “Kizuna ni Nosete” by Eyelis. Funimation has licensed the series for online streaming in North America. AnimeLab has secured streaming rights in Australia & New Zealand. An Original Anime DVD (OAD) bundled with limited edition of 15th volume of the original manga. The 30-minute OAD features the same cast and staff with the anime television series. It adapts three chapters from the original manga (chapter 41, special chapter from volume 7, and special chapter from volume 11), and will not air as part of the anime television series. The OAD ending theme is “Ginsekai” by Eyelis.

The second season of the anime television series aired in Japan from January 11, 2016 to March 28, 2016. The opening theme is “Sono Koe ga Chizu ni Naru” by Saori Hayami and Ending theme is “Page ~Kimi to Tsudzuru Monogatari~” by Eyelis.

Main characters

Shirayuki
Voiced by: Saori Hayami (Japanese); Brina Palencia (English)
Shirayuki is the main protagonist of the story. Born with rare red hair, she often has to hide it due to how it easily attracts attention. She escapes from the kingdom of Tanbarun after its prince orders her to become his concubine. Independent and persistent, she meets Zen on her second day in the kingdom of Clarines and befriends him after tending to his wounds. Later, she is accepted as a royal pharmacist and trains under Garack and Ryu. Shirayuki has demonstrated her abilities as a pharmacist in various situations, particularly in identifying and controlling disease outbreaks in foreign areas. She has a close relationship with Zen, and falls in love with him over the course of the story despite opposition due to their difference in social status. She moves into the east wing of Wistal Castle in chapter 49, and is later reassigned as a pharmacist to Lyrias for two years in chapter 53.
Zen Wistalia
Voiced by: Ryōta Ōsaka (Japanese); Josh Grelle (English)
Zen is the second prince of Clarines, and meets Shirayuki on a trip outside the castle. Shortly after befriending her, he is poisoned by an apple meant for Shirayuki, but obtains the antidote with her help. Initially, Zen is often seen escaping his duties to experience Clarines first-hand, though he has since taken more responsibility over official work. He has a close relationship with his three aides, Mitsuhide, Kiki, and Obi, and has both their respect and genuine loyalty. Over the course of the story, he falls in love with Shirayuki, and rescues her from various dangers.
Mitsuhide Lowen
Voiced by: Yūichirō Umehara (Japanese); Ian Sinclair (English)
Mitsuhide is one of Zen’s closest aides, he was appointed by Prince Izana to watch over Zen (despite initially wanting to be Izana’s retainer) and is a skilled swordsman. Though their relationship was initially rocky, he is seen by Zen as both a close friend and reliable aide. He is extremely loyal though somewhat clumsy at times, as well as a little silly. In chapter 92 he is offered a marriage proposal by Kiki Seiran, which he declines.
Kiki Seiran
Voiced by: Kaori Nazuka (Japanese); Jamie Marchi (English)
Kiki is one of Zen’s closest aides, and arrives at the castle some time after Mitsuhide. As the heir to the household of the Seiran family, her father expects her to return home to assume responsibility after her time serving Zen. Reserved, independent and intelligent, Kiki is extremely loyal to protecting Zen (and later Shirayuki as she becomes part of Zen’s life) and is most often seen with Mitsuhide. She has stated (to Zen) that when the time comes, she will propose to Mitsuhide. Like Mitsuhide, she is skilled at swordplay and is often seen training the soldiers or dueling with him. In chapter 92 Kiki confesses and proposes to Mitsuhide, which he later declines.
Obi
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto; (Japanese); Austin Tindle (English)
Obi is one of Zen’s self-proclaimed aides. Originally sent by Marquis Haruka as a way to scare Shirayuki out of the castle, he later pledges himself to Zen after being discovered. It is hinted that he has feelings for Shirayuki, but his loyalty to both Zen and Shirayuki prevents him from acting out on his feelings. Obi has a relatively mysterious past as a loner, but finds himself drawn to protecting Zen, Shirayuki, and their respective goals. He later becomes Zen’s official messenger. With his quick movements and reflexes, he is often sent by Zen to protect Shirayuki at times when he cannot leave his royal duties. He has been seen using the alias “Nanaki”.

Wednesday News- February 7, 2018

News-

Crunchyroll Adds English Dubs for March Comes in like a Lion, Occultic; Nine- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-06/crunchyroll-adds-english-dubs-for-march-comes-in-like-a-lion-occultic-nine/.127423

Review: Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Volume 1 Blu-ray – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/blue-exorcist/kyoto-saga/volume-1/.127434

Review: Kakegurui Episodes 1-12 streaming – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/kakegurui/episodes-1-12/.127351

Live-Action Princess Jellyfish Show Casts Yumi Adachi as Nomu- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-06/live-action-princess-jellyfish-show-casts-yumi-adachi-as-nomu/.127424

Anime-

  • Keijo!!!!!!!! BD/DVD
  • Keijo!!!!!!!! Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir Season 1 DVD
  • Pokémon XY & Z Set 2 DVD
  • Pom Poko BD/DVD
  • Pom Poko DVD
  • Tales from Earthsea BD/DVD
  • Tales from Earthsea DVD
  • Yuri!!! on Ice BD/DVD
  • Yuri!!! on Ice Limited Edition BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Ace of Diamond Graphic Novel (GN) 8 (Digital Only)
  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Assassination Classroom GN 20
  • Behind the Scenes!! GN 5
  • Big Order GN 4
  • Black Clover GN 10
  • Black Panther and Sweet 16 GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Bleach Omnibus GN 22
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 22
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash GN 3
  • Haikyu!! GN 20
  • Hozuki’s Coolheadedness GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Stardust Crusaders GN 6 (Hardcover)
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 4
  • Kemono Friends: Welcome to Japari Park GN
  • Kuroko’s Basketball Omnibus GN 10
  • Magical Sempai GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia GN 11
  • No Game No Life, Please! GN 3
  • One Piece GN 85
  • Oresama Teacher GN 23
  • The Promised Neverland GN 2
  • Pumpkin Scissors GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil GN 1
  • Sekirei GN 3
  •  SP Baby GN 2
  • Taboo Tattoo GN 9
  • Takane & Hana GN 1
  • Toriko GN 41
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches GN 15
  • Yozakura Quartet GN 20 (Digital Only)
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 10
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Omnibus GN 13

Other-

  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Novel 1
  • Dragon Quest Builders Nintendo Switch Game
  • Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis Novel
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia PlayStation 4 Game
  • Shadow of the Colossus PlayStation 4 Game
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] PlayStation 4 Game

 

Manga Monday- Snow White with the Red Hair

Snow White with the Red Hair is a Japanese shōjo manga written by Sorata Akizuki. It was serialized in Hakusensha’s bi-monthly shōjo manga magazine, LaLa DX but has since moved to monthly LaLa and is published in collected volumes by Hakusensha.

Plot

Shirayuki is a normal herbalist in the kingdom of Tanbarun with one unique feature: her beautiful red hair. Due to her unusual hair color, Shirayuki was raised to always be careful of showing her hair in new surroundings and grew to be an independent young woman. However, her hair gets her noticed by Prince Raj, who orders her to become his concubine. Refusing his orders, she cuts her hair and leaves it behind as part of what he wanted and escapes to the neighboring kingdom of Clarines. On her way there, she meets and befriends Prince Zen and his two aides Mitsuhide and Kiki. When Zen is poisoned by an apple meant for Shirayuki gifted by Raj, Shirayuki successfully obtains the antidote and decides to accompany the trio to Clarines. Shortly thereafter, Shirayuki passes an exam for a position to train in the palace as a herbalist. Shirayuki and her friends find a place in Clarines and carries out her duties as a court herbalist. Over the course of the story, Zen and Shirayuki begin to fall in love with each other and eventually begin a romantic relationship, in spite of opposition due to their difference in social status.

Manga

The manga was serialized in Hakusensha’s monthly shōjo manga magazine, LaLa DX in 2006 but has since moved to LaLa and is published in collected volumes by Hakusensha. As of April 2017, 17 volumes have been published in Japan. It has been licensed in France by Kana and in Taiwan by Sharp Point Press. The eleventh volume ranked 21st in Oricon’s weekly manga ranking for the week of January 6.

Film Friday- The Record of Lodoss War

Anime

  • 1990 Record of Lodoss War  13 episode OVA
  • 1998 Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight 27 episode TV series
  • 1998 Welcome to Lodoss Island!  3-part parodic movie
  • 2014 Record of Lodoss War: Is That Delicious?  13 episode TV series

Home video releases

The original OVA series and the TV series had both been released in North America through Central Park Media on VHS and on DVD. The OVA and TV series were slated for a Blu-ray release through Media Blasters, but they have now dropped all plans to re-release the series. On April 14, 2017, Funimation announced their license to both the OVA series and the Chronicles of the Heroic Knight TV series and will release the OVA on both Blu-ray and DVD and the TV series on DVD in one set on July 18, 2017

Record of Lodoss War recounts the adventures of a youth by the name of Parn, the son of a dishonored knight. Part of his motivation for adventuring is to find out what happened to his father, and to restore his family’s honor. Despite his inexperience, Parn is considered the leader, who is accompanied by his childhood best friend Etoh, his friend and sometimes advisor Slayn (and later by Slayn’s lover Leylia), and his newfound mentor Ghim. They are accompanied by Parn’s romantic interest, the high elf Deedlit, who comes from the Forest of No Return seeking an answer to her people’s isolationism and an end to what she sees as a slow march to extinction; and a thief named Woodchuck. Throughout the series, Parn comes into contact with friends and foes alike. His allies include King Kashue, King Fahn, Shiris, and Orson; his enemies include Emperor Beld, Ashram, and the evil necromancer Wagnard.

The manga adaption and its anime derivative Chronicles of the Heroic Knight continues the adventures of Parn for the first eight episodes, but then focuses on Spark and his adventures to complete a quest tasked onto him to protect Neese, the daughter of Slayn and Leylia. He is accompanied by his own cast of friends in the form of Leaf, Garrack, Greevus, Aldo, and Ryna. The television series shares similarities with the plot of the OVA, such as Wagnard seeking to kidnap Neese in order to use her as a reagent for the resurrection of Naneel, a priestess and the Avatar of Kardis who was slain by Leylia’s mother, the high priestess Neese a short time after the battle with the demonic god. Leylia was the reincarnation of Naneel, but when she lost her virginity she was no longer capable of being the doorway or reagent needed to unseal Naneel.

The third series, Legend of Crystania, places the former villain Ashram into the seat of a would-be hero who is placed under a spell by a “god beast” of Crystania. The series then focuses on Pirotess, his dark elven lover, as she tries to find a way to free him from the clutches of the spell and to restore him back to his living self.

Wednesday News- January 31, 2018

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Review: Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School- Future Arc BD+ DVD- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/danganronpa-3/the-end-of-hope-peak-high-school-future-arc/bd-dvd/.126723
Anime-
  • Napping Princess BD/DVD
  • Napping Princess DVD
  • Project ARMS DVD
  • Tanaka-kun is Always Listless BD
  • Tanaka-kun is Always Listless DVD
    Tanaka-kun is Always Listless Premium Box Set BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Akame ga KILL! Graphic Novel (GN) 13
  • Baccano! GN 1
  • Black Butler GN 25
  • A Certain Magical Index GN 12
  • The Full-Time Wife Escapist GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Gabriel Dropout GN 2
  • Giant Killing GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia GN 2
  • Immortal Hounds GN 6
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria GN 2
  • Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight GN 3
  • Kuma Miko GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Kuzumi-kun Can’t You Read the Room? GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Living-Room Matsunaga-san GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Maria Holic GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • Murciélago GN 5
  • Now Playing GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Oh, My Sweet Alien! GN
  • Overlord GN 5
  • Pirates Of The Caribbean Dead Man’s Chest GN
  • Plum Crazy! Tales of A Tiger-Striped Cat GN 4
  • Real Girl GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 3: Truth of Zero GN 2
  • The Royal Tutor GN 5
  • Sekirei GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • Sword Art Online: Progressive GN 6
  • To Love-Ru Omnibus GN 3-4
  • To Love Ru Darkness GN 2
  • Until Your Bones Rot GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Val x Love GN 1
  • Welcome to the Ballroom GN 9

Other-

  • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Novel 4
  • Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Dissidia Final Fantasy PlayStation 4 Game
  • My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected Novel 4
  • Overlord Novel 6 (Hardcover)
  • Power Rangers Seijuu Sentai Gingaman DVD
  • Strike the Blood Novel 8

 

Other Tuesday- The Record of Lodoss War Light Novels

The first volume forms the basis for the first eight episodes of the Record of Lodoss War OVA series, as well as the Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch manga series. The second was also adapted in manga form, and as a four-CD radio drama. The final five episodes of the OVA series are loosely based on the story told across the third and fourth novels and, having caught up with the ongoing novelization at that point, feature an original ending. The Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight TV series is a more faithful adaptation of volumes three to seven. The first collection of short stories was adapted into the Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit’s Tale manga series.

Mizuno later went on to pen two new series of novels: a prequel titled Legend of Lodoss (1994 to 2002) and a sequel titled Record of Lodoss War Next Generation (1998 to 2006), the first of which forms the basis for the Record of Lodoss War: The Lady of Pharis manga series.

Record of Lodoss War Online

The Japanese online game company GameOn announced that it acquired the global license to make an online game for computers and mobile phones based on the Record of Lodoss War fantasy franchise from Kadokawa Production and Slowcurve. Ryo Mizuno, the novelist and co-creator of the franchise, will serve as a supervisor on the development of the online game. GameOn plans to release the game outside Japan. GameOn also said that the new game will not be browser-based. The game, Record of Lodoss War Online was released in February 2016.