Wednesday News- November 22, 2017

News-

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Anime Adds More Returning Cast- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-11-21/cardcaptor-sakura-clear-card-anime-adds-more-returning-cast/.124323

Kakegurui Manga Gets Live-Action TV Series- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-11-21/kakegurui-manga-gets-live-action-tv-series/.124339

Is URAHARA This Season’s Hidden Gem?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2017-11-21/.124288

School- Live! Manga Get Live-Action Film- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-11-21/school-live-manga-gets-live-action-film/.124338

Anime-

  • The Future Diary Complete Series + OVA BD/DVD
  • Haikyu!! Season 1 Complete Collection Premium Box Set BD/DVD
  • Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto BD
  • Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto DVD
  • Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto Premium Box Set BD/DVD
  • Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu-hen BD
  • Myriad Colors Phantom World BD/DVD
  • Myriad Colors Phantom World Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • New Game! Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Porco Rosso BD/DVD
  • Porco Rosso DVD
  • The Secret World of Arrietty BD/DVD
    The Secret World of Arrietty DVD
  • Tales of Zestiria the X Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Tales of Zestiria the X Season 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Arakawa Under the Bridge Graphic Novel (GN) 1
  • Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition GN 1 (Hardcover)
  • Cells at Work! GN 5
  • Children of the Whales GN 1
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • How to Build a Dungeon: Book of the Demon King GN 3
  • Kasane GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight GN 2
  • Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade GN 7
  • Maria Holic GN 12
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt GN 5
  • Neo Parasyte m GN
  • Ōoku: The Inner Chambers GN 13
  • Pandora Hearts “Pandora Box” GN Collection
  • Princess Resurrection GN 20 (Digital Only)
  • Real Girl GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Red Riding Hood and the Big Sad Wolf GN 2
  • Sleeping Beauty GN 1
  • Space Brothers GN 30 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Until Your Bones Rot GN 2 (Digital Only)

Other-

  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes Novel 5
  • Tokyo Ghoul Illustrations Zakki (Hardcover)

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Manga Monday- Black Clover

Black Clover is a Japanese fantasy shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Yūki Tabata. The series is published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine in Japan, and Viz Media is publishing it in their Weekly Shonen Jump digital anthology magazine in the United States. The story centers around a young boy named Asta, seemingly born without any magic power, something that is unknown in the world he lives in. With his ambition, newfound abilities, and friends, he aims to be the Wizard king.

Yūki Tabata launched Black Clover in the twelfth issue of Shueisha’s shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump on February 16, 2015. The manga is Tabata’s second series in Weekly Shōnen Jump: his first series, Hungry Joker, was launched in the magazine on November 12, 2012, where it ran for 24 chapters before being cancelled in 2013.

On February 9, 2015, Viz Media announced that they would publish the first three chapters of the series in their Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine as part of their “Jump Start” program. On March 30, 2015, they announced that the series would join their weekly lineup, beginning with chapter 4 on April 6, and publishing at an accelerated rate until the chapters were current with Japan. Plans to release the series in print were announced in during their panel at New York Comic Con on October 9, 2015.

Plot

Asta and Yuno are orphans who were raised together from birth after being abandoned at a church orphanage on the outskirts of the Clover Kingdom at the same time. In a world where everyone has the natural ability to perform a kind of magic, or a Magical Power, Asta is the only person born without any, leading him to train physically as compensation. Conversely, Yuno was born as a prodigy with immense magical power and the talent to control it. When they are 15, Asta and Yuno are granted the ability to become wizards known as Magic Knights by receiving grimoires, with which all magical power is channeled. Yuno is granted a wind-based grimoire held by the kingdom’s first Wizard King, while Asta does not receive one. However, when a thief incapacitates Yuno to try and sell his grimoire on the black market, Asta summons his own grimoire, which contains the rare and mysterious Anti-Magic (enabling him to cancel out all magical effects), to defeat him. The story then follows the two boys in their time within separate squads in the Magic Knights, as they build a friendly rivalry to try and become the Wizard King themselves.

Film Friday- Yona of the Dawn

An anime television series adaptation by Pierrot aired between October 7, 2014 and March 24, 2015, featuring the voice cast from the drama CD adaptation, along with new cast members.

Anime

A 24-episode anime television series adaptation produced by Pierrot aired between October 7, 2014 and March 24, 2015 on AT-X. Funimation has licensed the anime series for streaming and home video rights in North America. Beginning on March 17, 2015, Funimation streamed their dubbed version of the anime, starting with episode 13 while the first half of the season will be released at a later date. The first opening theme is an instrumental song by Kunihiko Ryo, called “Akatsuki no Yona”. The first ending theme is Yoru by Vistlip. The second opening theme is “Akatsuki no Hana”, by Cyntia. The second ending theme is “Akatsuki”, by Akiko Shikata. Three original video animations were bundled with the manga’s 19th, 21st and 22nd limited edition volumes, respectively. The first OVA was released on September 18, 2015, the second OVA was released on August 19, 2016 and the third OVA was released on December 20, 2016.

Other Characters

Ik-Soo  
He is a clumsy High Priest of the Kouka Kingdom and was Yoon’s guardian. He spends his days in isolation praying to the gods for guidance and for the happiness of the people. He reveals a prophecy to Yona that marks the start of her search for the Four Dragon Warriors.
Lee Geun-Tae 
He is the general of the Earth Tribe and the husband of Yun-Ho. He serves under Soo-Won’s rule after acknowledging Soo-Won’s strength during the Battle Game Festival held in Chishin. As a general who fought during Emperor Joo-Nam’s era (Yona and Soo-Won’s grandfather), he is a warrior dedicated to the battlefield and has been eager to fight on the front lines again. His tribe admires him, though he insists on them treating him like an ordinary citizen.
Son Mundok 
He is the former General and leader of the Wind Tribe. He is the adoptive grandfather of Hak. Before his retirement, he was known as a general whose strength was compared to General Yu-Hon’s. Despite his strict behavior and appearance, Mundok cares for everyone who lives within the Wind Tribe and the royal family, whom he showed deep loyalty to. He has a kind heart and adopted two orphans as his grandchildren: Hak and Tae-Yeon.
Kan Tae-Jun 
Tae-Jun is the second son of the Fire Tribe General Kan Soo-Jin. He was determined to make Yona his wife in order to inherit the throne of the Kouka Kingdom, though it is revealed that he has genuine feelings for her. Because of Hak intervening in his brash attempts to court Yona for years, he harbours a vendetta against Hak and actively tries to have him killed after Hak and Yona had escaped the castle. During his pursuit, he inadvertently caused both of them to fall from cliff, leading Tae-Jun to believe that he had killed Yona. This left Tae-Jun heavily depressed and guilty over the ordeal for months. He is finally reunited with Yona when his brother assigned him to capture bandits said to be driving off Fire Tribe soldiers from collecting taxes–which was really Yona and her group defending the poor from being abused by the military. Through his feelings for Yona, Tae-Jun fully repented his actions and resolves to change the lives of Fire Tribe people, earning him respect from his subordinates and Yona herself. He later remains a valuable ally to Yona and her group from that point onward, even agreeing to risk treason at her request.
Ahn Lili  
Lili is the only daughter of Water Tribe General Ahn Joon-Gi. She is a confident, spunky girl around Yona’s age with big ambitions to help solve the overwhelming drug problems that plague the Water Tribe. However, her efforts are impaired by her overly-protective father with whom she shares a distant, if strained relationship. She initially thought that Yona and her group were suspicious, and thus involved in the drug trade. However, upon shadowing them for a few hours and being saved by them when attacked by a drug addict, she comes to realize that they too are trying to achieve a similar goal to herself. With the combined efforts of herself, Yona’s group, and an incognito Soo-Won, they are successfully able to arrest the reigning drug lord in the Water Tribe. Lili, Yona’s group team up once again after this to fully quell the Water Tribe’s drug and slave trade in Kai (a neighbouring nation), resulting in Lili and Yona being kidnapped by the enemy and sold as slaves in retribution for their drug-ban efforts. They eventually break out from the slave camp, but Lili is caught once again and sent to be hung. She is rescued in the knick of time by Lili’s personal guards, Yona’s group and added aid from Soo-Won’s and Joon-Gi’s forces–mostly notably, a joint effort between Hak and Soo-Won. Her near-death experience and her anti-drug trade efforts resulted in Lili gaining a very strong respect from the people of the Water Tribe.
From that point onward, Lili becomes a common ally between Yona and Soo-Won. She boasts a close friendship and loyalty to Yona, but a blooming friendship with Soo-Won, along with a deep gratitude for his role in her rescue. She is one of the few characters outside of Yona’s companions who, not knowing her before her father’s death, is privy to Yona’s true identity as the true heir to the Kouka throne. She is also the only confidents of Soo-Won, and is considered a valid marriage option for him by her father and some of the other generals of Kouka. She is a neutral party on the conflict between Soo-Won and Yona, but has publicly announced her friendship and loyalty to Yona to thousands of Sky Tribe and Water Tribe troops.

 

Wednesday News- November 15, 2017

News-

The Fall 2017 Manga Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2017-11-06/the-fall-2017-manga-guide/.123620

Shining Resonance Game Gets PS4 Remaster in March 2018- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-11-14/shining-resonance-game-gets-ps4-remaster-in-march/.124012

The Fall 2017 Light Novel Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2017-11-10/the-fall-2017-light-novel-guide/.123879

The Game Awards 2017 Nominees Revealed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-11-15/the-game-awards-2017-nominees-revealed/.124026

Anime-

  • 91 Days BD/DVD
  • 91 Days Limited Editions BD/DVD
  • Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Volume 1 BD
  • Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Volume 1 DVD
  • Haikyu!! Season 1 Complete Collection BD
  • Haikyu!! Season 1 Complete Collection DVD
  • In This Corner of the World BD/DVD
  • In This Corner of the World DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 1 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 1 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Pokémon Indigo League Season 1 BD
  • Rosario + Vampire Complete Series BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Anne Happy Graphic Novel (GN) 7
  • Aoba-kun’s Confessions GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • BTOOOM! GN 19
  • The Case Study of Vanitas GN 3
  • Chihayafuru GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Daigo The Beast: Umehara Fighting Gamers! GN 1
  • Delicious in Dungeon GN 3
  • Demonizer Zilch GN 4
  • Dimension W GN 8
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Drowning Love GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Fairy Tail GN 62
  • First Love Monster GN 8
  • Forbidden Scrollery GN 1
  • Frau Faust GN 2
  • Generation Witch GN 2
  • Girls’ Last Tour GN 3
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Holy Corpse Rising GN 4
  • House of the sun. GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • The Isolator GN 2
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? GN 8
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 3
  • Karneval GN 8
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 4
  • Kokkoku: Moment by Moment GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! GN 5
  • Love’s Reach GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Sempai GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid GN 5
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers GN 3
  • My Monster Secret GN 8
  • Peach Heaven GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Pokémon XY GN Box Set
  • A Polar Bear in Love GN 1
  • Puella Magi Tart Magica: The Legend of Jeanne d’Arc GN 5
  • Requiem of the Rose King GN 7
  • RIN-NE GN 25
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero GN 7
  • Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers GN 4
  • The Royal Tutor GN 4
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 23
  • Spirits & Cat Ears GN 4
  • A Strange and Mystifying Story GN 1
  • Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online GN 1
  • Today’s Cerberus GN 6
  • Trinity Seven GN 11
  • UQ Holder! GN 12
  • your name. GN 2

Other-

  • A Certain Magical Index Novel 13
  • Demon Gaze II PlayStation 4 / PlayStation Vita Game
  • Durarara!! Novel 8
  • Harvest Moon: Light of Hope PC Game
  • Magical Girl Raising Project Novel 2
  • Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon Nintendo 3DS Games
  • Re:Zero Ex Novel 1
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel 1
  • Sword Art Online ABEC Artworks
  • Tokyo Tattoo Girls PlayStation Vita Game
  • Wolf and Parchment Novel 1

Manga Monday-Yona of the Dawn

Yona of the Dawn is a Japanese manga series by Mizuho Kusanagi, serialized in Hakusensha’s shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume from August 2009. It has been collected in twenty-four tankōbon volumes.

Plot

The story follows the redemption of Yona, the sole princess to the Kingdom of Kouka. Yona lives the carefree life of a princess in Hiryuu Castle, being sheltered by her pacifistic father, King Il, and protected by her bodyguard and childhood friend Son Hak. During a party being held for her sixteenth birthday, her other childhood friend and love interest Soo-Won comes to pay tribute to her. Intending to tell her father that she cannot forget her love for Soo-Won, she visits King Il’s chambers and witnesses him being killed by Soo-Won, who reveals that he will now properly rule Kouka. Hak intervenes and saves Yona, and they escape from the castle to Hak’s birthplace, the Village of Wind. Under the suggestion of Hak’s grandfather Son Mundok, Yona and Hak search for an oracle named Ik-Soo, who then tells them the legend of the first king of Kouka, Hiryuu, and the Four Dragon Warriors who unified the kingdom. Yona and Hak, joined by Ik-Soo’s assistant Yoon, begin a journey to find the descendants of the legendary Four Dragon Warriors in order to survive and save the Kingdom of Kouka.

Manga

Mizuho Kusanagi launched the series in Hakusensha’s Hana to Yume manga magazine on August 4, 2009. The series has been collected into 24 bound volumes. On October 9, 2015, North American manga publisher Viz Media announced at their New York Comic Con panel that they have licensed the manga and will begin releasing it in summer 2016. The series went on hiatus starting with 2016’s eleventh issue, on April 25, 2016, due to the earthquakes in Kumamoto, where Kusanagi lives. It resumed in the twelfth issue on May 20, 2016.

Main characters

Yona 

Yona is the sole princess of Kingdom of Kouka. Her mother was killed by insurgents when she was young, leaving her father, King Il to raise her up with Son Hak and Soo-Won. Being a princess, she was initially dependent, spoiled and, naive. However, after her father’s death and Soo-Won’s betrayal, she decided to be more independent and become strong enough to fight and protect herself.
As such, she requested Hak to teach her archery and sword. While astoundingly hesitant to kill, she eventually overcame this hesitation during the battle against Kum-Ji. She is said to be the reincarnation of Hiryuu, the first king of the Kingdom of Kouka, who also had red hair. Being the reincarnation of Hiryuu, the four legendary dragons’ blood will react the moment they lay their eyes upon her and they will hear the voices of the original four dragons’ oath to protect Hiryuu. Yona travels around the country to learn about the outside world as well as protect her country and her people in secret. Although Yona cannot forgive Soo-Won, some part of her still cares about him and she admits she doesn’t wish to seek revenge against him. Over time, she seems to move past her previous affections for Soo-won and develop new feelings for Hak, which she fully realizes are romantic by chapter 110. She later resolves to someday release him of his role as her bodyguard, and return his freedom to him so that he can live out his life in whichever way he wants. She primarily uses the bow and arrow in combat and later learns to wield a sword.
Son Hak  

He is Yona’s childhood best friend and bodyguard, as well as the former general of the Wind Tribe. He is known as the “Thunder Beast” for his astounding lightning-fast fighting skills, earning him the title of the strongest soldier in the Kingdom of Kouka. His talent had already been recognized since he was thirteen years old and he was the first person to defeat a general in combat at such a young age. He was orphaned as either a young child or an infant, and was adopted by the previous Wind Tribe general, Son Mundok, as his grandson. He is falsely rumoured to be the murderer of King Il and to have kidnapped Yona, due to them disappearing from the palace the night of his death without public explanation.
Hak is usually sarcastic and nonchalant, occasionally teasing Yona, although he actually cares deeply for her and vows to protect her at all costs. He was a good friend of Soo-Won before his betrayal, and seems to have loved Yona from a young age. However, knowing that Yona had feelings for Soo-Won, Hak has been suppressing his own feelings in favor of Yona and Soo-Won living happily together. He vowed to be Soo-Won’s right-hand man if Soo-Won were to marry Yona and become king. Though he suppresses it for a long time, he was deeply hurt by Soo-Won’s betrayal and has had an arguably harder time coming to terms with it than even Yona. Hak is shown to be extremely protective of Yona early on, but he later grows out of it and begins taking pride in her fiery side. In combat, Hak uses a guandao (a glaive-like bladed pole weapon) as his main weapon, though he also appears to be highly proficient with bows, swords and hand-to-hand combat.
Yoon 

He is an orphan boy who was taken by the monk, Ik-Soo, as an apprentice, when he was a child. Because of his cute face and expertise at cooking and making medicine, he is often mistaken for or teased to be a girl. He found Yona and Hak when they fell from the cliff after being attacked by Tae-Jun’s ambush. He initially disliked Yona for being an ignorant princess, but after witnessing Yona’s bravery and willingness to educate herself, he apologized. His initial hatred for nobles stemmed from the fact that Ik-Soo was banished from the kingdom by Soo-Won’s father, and as well from his own poverty-stricken upbringing. He always dreamed of going on a journey so that he could learn more about medicine and the world, but never did so before due to the fact that he did not want to leave Ik-Soo. After some convincing, Yoon decided to leave and start travelling with Yona and Hak. Once the Four Dragons are assembled, he becomes something of a medic and caretaker for the group, and harbours a close, sibling-like relationship with Yona. He is the only true non-combatant in the group, though he is capable of making explosives.
Soo-Won 

He is Yona’s cousin as well as her first love; a pretty boy with golden hair. After Yona’s mother died, Soo-Won was the one who encouraged Yona and promised to be by her side in her mother’s place, and he was Hak’s best friend and confident. When around others, he maintains an outward personality of clumsy and air-headed to hide his true intelligence and shrewdness. According to Soo-Won, his father was killed by Yona’s father, King Il (although it was covered up to be seen as an accident). This, along with the country suffering under Il’s pacifist rule, lead Soo-Won to conspire with the Fire Tribe to kill Yona’s father, and take over the throne. With King Il dead, Yona missing and presumed dead, Soo-Won is crowned the new king. Even though he seemingly hates King Il and declared he will dispose of anyone who gets in his way, Soo-Won still genuinely cares for both Yona and Hak. He hides the fact that Yona is still alive from his followers, and pointedly avoids arresting or attacking Hak when given the opportunity. Despite the underhanded method he chose to gain the throne, he has actually been somewhat of a good influence on Kouka, hence, Yona decides she does not want to seek revenge on him.

Dragon Warriors

Kija 

The descendant and inheritor of White Dragon’s claw. Kija spent most of his life isolated in his hidden village whose people venerated him. He is naive and gullible, with a crippling fear of bugs. Out of all four dragons, Kija was the most immediately loyal to Yona, having been raised on the tale of Hiryuu and feeling a strong duty as the White Dragon. As all the previous White Dragons were raised much the same as he was and bore the same eagerness to serve Hiryuu, Kija is the unknowing vessel of the departed spirits of several generations of White Dragons. His father–the generation of White Dragon before himself–was so upset that a new dragon had been born, he slashed Kija across the back shortly after his birth. As such, he was kept away from Kija until the moment he died and Kija still bears the scars across his back well into adulthood. Originally, he often bickered with Hak, believing that an outsider has no place protecting Hiryuu’s incarnation and taking offence to Hak’s “White Snake” nickname for him. However, as time went on, they develop respect, trust and friendship over their mutual desire to protect Yona. He also harbours a small crush on Yona, but instead actively chooses not to interfere with her growing affections for Hak. Kija wields his dragon claw in combat, which grows massive in size and is said to be able to cut through anything. When not in combat, he wraps his claw in bandage to avoid attracting attention.
Shin-Ah 

The descendant and inheritor of the Blue Dragon’s eyes. In contrast to Kija’s people, Shin-Ah’s village feared the inheritors of the Blue Dragon’s powers, believing them to be cursed. So much so that when Shin-Ah was born, his mother killed herself. Because the villagers believe that those who look the dragon in the eyes will turn into stone, Shin-Ah had a lonely childhood and thus, grew very quiet and socially-awkward. He was raised by the previous Blue Dragon, Ao, who taught him swordsmanship and his duty to protect the village. Soon after Ao’s death, Shin-ah used the power of his eyes to protect his village from approaching soldiers, killing all of them. This forced the entire clan into hiding. He saves Yona from a malicious villager when she got lost in the caves and eventually chooses to leave the village with her. While growing up Shin-Ah was referred to only as the Blue Dragon and did not have a name until Yona named him. Shin-Ah’s eyes are able to see great distances and disrupt the nerves of anyone glares at until it kills them. After using these eyes, however, Shin-Ah’s body becomes paralyzed for short time. To avoid making eye contact, Shin-Ah covers his face with mask, though he later takes to wearing a blindfold to avoid the attention his mask attracts. Shin-Ah is usually accompanied by his pet squirrel, Ao, named after the previous Blue Dragon. Shin-Ah is extremely loyal to Yona, due to the fact that she gave him a name and was one of the first people to treat him with kindness in over a decade. He mainly wields a sword in battle, choosing not to use his powers for anything other than a last resort.
Jae-Ha 
The descendant and inheritor of the Green Dragon’s right leg. Jae-Ha was kept prisoner in his village until he eventually escaped and joined a pirate crew. Jae-Ha tries to avoid Yona because he did not want to be constrained by his duty, and he initially declines Yona’s invitation to join her. However, he is intrigued by Yona’s spirit and determination, and despite his concerns that his dragon blood is influencing him, he leaves the pirate crew and joins Yona on her journey. Jae-Ha is laid back, flamboyant and a womanizer. He is aware of Hak’s feelings for Yona and likes to tease him about it, much to Hak’s frequent annoyance. Despite his earlier reservations about joining them, Jae-Ha eventually becomes a surrogate older brother to the group, and develops a close friendship with Hak–who only ever refers to him as “Tareme”, often translated to “Droopy Eyes”. He harbours some romantic affection toward Yona himself, but chooses not to pursue her due to their age gap and out of respect for Hak and the obvious feelings Yona holds for him. Jae-Ha’s dragon leg allows him to jump incredibly distances which allows him to travel quickly and see things from up high. However, his power is useless when he is under water. He can enlarge his leg, however he does not like to do so since he dislikes the look of the dragon’s leg. Jae-Ha mainly utilizes his powerful leg for close-combat and throws daggers as ranged weapons.
Zeno 
The Yellow Dragon warrior. In contrast to the other dragon warriors, Yona did not have to go searching for him as he wandered into their camp. Zeno is cheerful and upbeat, and is usually smiling–behaviours adopted from his late wife, Kaya. Seemingly air-headed, Zeno is actually the most observant of the group, quickly noticing changes or anything unusual. It is revealed that Zeno is the original Yellow Dragon Warrior who served King Hiryuu (making him about two thousand years old) and that he has been spying on Yona ever since she fled the castle. He also visited the young Dragon Warriors when Yona was born, which is only very vaguely recalled by Kija, who was four at the time. Zeno admits that, unlike the other three dragons, he did not sense any ‘awakening’ when he first saw Yona and does not initially show any special abilities. Zeno’s dragon power is immortality; his body regenerates, even if he is beheaded or burned alive. When he uses this power, dragon scales cover his body and he becomes as strong as the White Dragon and can jump as high as the Green Dragon. Zeno used to live in Hiryuu palace and functioned as Kouka’s first Priest, but he was forced to leave when the public started to notice that he did not age. Zeno usually wields a shield in combat to protect Yun and Yona from projectile attacks. He often reserves his power for a last resort, as they do entail him to very seriously injure himself before activation.

Film Friday- Hellsing

An anime series of the same name was produced by Gonzo. Directed by Umanosuke Iida, the series was based on the manga, but used a screenplay by Chiaki J. Konaka and was significantly different from the manga in terms of plot, though it used some of the same characters and similar character designs. Spanning 13 episodes, it was broadcast on Japan’s Fuji Television from October 10, 2001, to January 16, 2002.

An original video animation (OVA) entitled Hellsing Ultimate was produced by Geneon. It followed the manga storyline more closely than the anime series. The series spanned 10 episodes, released in Japan between February 10, 2006 and December 26, 2012. In North America the series ran from December 5, 2006 to October 28, 2014.

Anime

Following the release of the manga, Gonzo produced a thirteen-episode anime series that uses the same characters and settings, but narrates a different story from its source manga. Written by Chiaki J. Konaka and directed by Umanosuke Iida, the series premiered on Fuji Television on October 11, 2001 and ran until its conclusion on January 17, 2002. The series is licensed for English language release in North America by Geneon Entertainment, in the United Kingdom previously by ADV Films until September 2009 and as of January 2013, Manga Entertainment has the license, and in Australia by Madman Entertainment. Geneon’s English dub of the series aired in the United States on Starz’s Encore Action channel from December 21, 2003 to March 15, 2004 and in Canada on G4techTV Canada’s Anime Current block in 2007.

The series uses two pieces of theme music. “Logos Naki World” (A World Without God) by Yasushi Ishii is used as the opening theme for all thirteen episodes. Mr. Big performs the song “Shine” for the series ending theme.

OVAs

Hellsing Ultimate, known as Hellsing in Japan, is an original video animation (OVA) anime series animated by animation studios Satelight (OVAs I–IV), Madhouse (OVAs V–VII) and Graphinica & Kelmadick (OVAs VIII–X), and produced by Geneon. The first fifty-minute episode was released on Region 2 DVD in Japan on February 10, 2006. The ending of each episode uses various pieces of instrumental music composed by Hayato Matsuo and performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra up through OVA V. OVAs VI and VII feature vocal closing themes by Japanese rock group Suilen, titled “Magnolia” and “Shinto-Shite” respectively.

On July 27, 2011, Hellsing OVA VIII was released in Japan after one year and eight months, along with the first episode of The Dawn. Episode IX was released on February 15, 2012. The tenth and final episode was released in December 2012. On August 23, 2014, Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block announced that Toonami would air the show beginning on September 13 at 3:00 a.m.

The soundtrack for Hellsing is one of my favorites so I have attached below the intro song to the original series, Enjoy!

Wednesday News- November 7, 2017

News-

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Game’s Character Trailer Previews English Subtitles- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-11-07/xenoblade-chronicles-2-game-character-trailer-previews-english-subtitles/.123712

The Fall 2017 Manga Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2017-11-06/the-fall-2017-manga-guide/.123620

Let Attack on Titan’s Levi Chastise You Everyday with New Calendar- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-11-07/let-attack-on-titan-levi-chastise-you-everyday-with-new-calendar/.123719

Fate/Apocrypha English Dub Debuts on Netflix in U.S., Canada- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-11-07/fate-apocrypha-english-dub-debuts-on-netflix-in-u.s-canada/.123731

Anime-

  • Cheer Boys!! BD/DVD
  • First Love Monster BD/DVD
  • Genocidal Organ BD/DVD + UV
  • Genocidal Organ DVD
  • Handa-kun BD/DVD
  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Collection 1 BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Collection 1 DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Collection 2 BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Collection 2 DVD
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena Set 2 BD
  • Speed Racer Collector’s Edition BD/DVD
  • To Heart 2 BD
  • To Heart 2 DVD
  • your name. BD/DVD
  • your name. DVD
  • your name. Limited Edition BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Ace of the Diamond Graphic Novel (GN) 6 (Digital Only)
  • Aoharu X Machinegun GN 7
  • Black Clover GN 9
  • Blade of the Immortal Omnibus GN 4
  • Bleach GN 71
  • Bleach Omnibus GN 21
  • Cardfight!! Vanguard GN 10
  • Corpse Party Book of Shadows GN
  • Descending Stories: Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū GN 4
  • Dragon’s Crown GN 1
  • Dreamin’ Sun GN 4
  • Erased GN 3 (Hardcover)
  • The Full-Time Wife Escapist GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Haikyu!! GN 17
  • I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Stardust Crusaders GN 5 (Hardcover)
  • Kounodori: Dr. Stork GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Murciélago GN 4
  • My Hero Academia GN 10
  • Nisekoi – False Love GN 24
  • One Piece GN 84
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire (Pokémon Adventures) GN 4
  • Prison School GN 8
  • Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Sadness Prayer GN 3
  • Pumpkin Scissors GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • Real Girl GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Scum’s Wish GN 5
  • Seraph of the End GN 13
  • Sherlock: The Great Game #4
  • Spice and Wolf GN 14
  • Taboo Tattoo GN 8
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil GN 7
  • Toriko GN 40
  • Twinkle Stars GN 4
  • Yozakura Quartet GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Omnibus GN 12
  • Yusen: Ruten: An Era of Red GN 1 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Senran Kagura Estival Versus PlayStation 4 Game
  • Sonic Forces PlayStation 4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC Game
  • your name. Another Side:Earthbound Novel (Hardcover)

Manga Monday- Hellsing

Hellsing is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. It chronicles the efforts of the mysterious and secret Hellsing Organization, as it combats vampires, ghouls, and other supernatural foes who threaten England.

The series premiered in Young King OURs in 1997 and ended in September 2008. The individual chapters were subsequently collected and published in 10 tankōbon volumes by Shōnen Gahōsha. The series was licensed for English language release in North America by Dark Horse Comics, in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment, and in Singapore by Chuang Yi. In 2001, Hirano began publishing chapters of a prequel series, Hellsing: The Dawn, in special editions of Young King OURs, with six chapters released as of September 2008.

Manga

The series premiered in Young King OURs in 1997 and ran for eleven years until the final chapter was released in the November 2008 issue. The individual chapters are collected and published in tankōbon volumes by Shōnen Gahōsha, with 10 volumes (the complete series) having been released. The series is licensed for an English language release in North America by Dark Horse Comics. The first volume was released on December 1, 2003 and as of May 19, 2010, the company has published the entire translated series, at ten volumes. Chuang Yi is releasing the series in English in Singapore, with six volumes released as of October 2008, and through an agreement with the company, Madman Entertainment is re-releasing those volumes in Australia and New Zealand. Hellsing is also licensed for regional language releases in France by Tonkam, in Italy by Dynit, in Hungary by Mangafan, in Germany by Panini Comics, in Spain by Norma Editorial, in Poland by Japonica Polonica Fantastica and in Denmark and Sweden by Mangismo.

Crossfire

Crossfire is a three-chapter side story about Iscariot Members Heinkel Wolfe and Yumie Takagi, with cameos of Alexander Anderson and Enrico Maxwell. Crossfire follows Heinkel Wolfe and Yumie Takagi, a Catholic nun and an assassin who work for the Iscariot organization. They call themselves “earthly agents of divine punishment”. Crossfire also has cameos by Alexander Anderson and Enrico Maxwell, the head of Iscariot. Across the three chapters, Heinkel and Yumie face a variety of opposition, including Islamic terrorists, communist revolutionaries, and finally, an obscure pagan cult.

Crossfire as a side work was discontinued by Kouta Hirano, but it was republished in the first three volumes of Hellsing as an extra. The Crossfires story was adapted into a drama CD and included in Hellsing Ultimate OVA 6 and 7.

Hellsing: The Dawn

In 2001, Hirano began publishing chapters of a prequel series, Hellsing: The Dawn, in special editions of Young King OURs, of which six chapters have been released as of May 2009. The Dawn features a fourteen-year-old Walter C. Dornez and Alucard, in the form of a young girl, attacking Millennium’s base of operations in Nazi-controlled Poland in September 1944, during the Warsaw Uprising. Publication was scheduled to resume after the conclusion of the main Hellsing series, but there have been no new chapters since the manga’s conclusion. Chapters of The Dawn were animated as part of the Hellsing Ultimate OVA series. The three animated entries to The Dawn were released in conjunction with 8th, 9th, and 10th OVAs.

Film Friday- Kino’s Journey: the Beautiful World

Kino’s Journey: the Beautiful World, shortened to Kino’s Journey, is a Japanese light novel series written by Keiichi Sigsawa, with illustrations by Kouhaku Kuroboshi. The series originally started serialization in volume five of MediaWorks’ now-defunct light novel magazine Dengeki hp on March 17, 2000. The first volume of the series was published on July 10, 2000 by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko publishing imprint. As of October 2014, 18 volumes have been published, and over 8 million copies of the novels have been sold in Japan.[1] In Kino’s Journey, the protagonist, Kino, accompanied by a talking motorcycle named Hermes, travels through a mystical world of many different countries and forests, each unique in its customs and people. A spin-off light novel series titled Gakuen Kino began with the first volume published on July 10, 2006 by ASCII Media Works; four volumes have been released as of July 2010.

A 13-episode anime adaptation produced by A.C.G.T and Genco aired between April and July 2003 on WOWOW in Japan. Two visual novels for the PlayStation 2 were released by ASCII Media Works, the first in July 2003, and the second in December 2005. There have also been two 30-minute animated films produced, the first in February 2005, and the second in April 2007. A Kino’s Journey light novel was only released as a promotional gift for the second animated movie. Additional merchandise includes three art books, three picture books, and a drama CD. In 2017, two manga adaptations and a new anime series have been announced.

Plot
In Kino’s Journey, the protagonist, Kino, accompanied by a talking motorcycle named Hermes, travels through a mystical world of many different countries and forests, each unique in its customs and people. She only spends three days and two nights in every town, without exception, on the principle that three days is enough time to learn almost everything important about a place, while leaving time to explore new lands. Kino says in The Land of Visible Pain that this principle is probably a lie, specifically noting “if I stay any longer, I’m afraid I will settle down.” The recurring theme of the anime and novels is described by the phrase, “The world is not beautiful, therefore it is [beautiful].” Kino’s Journey explores what the anime director Ryūtarō Nakamura described as “a radical sense of ‘beauty,” and brutality, loneliness, nonsense, oppression and tragedy are often juxtaposed against compassion and a fairy-tale atmosphere.

For protection and hunting, Kino carries a .44 single action revolver (called “the Cannon”, based on a Colt M1851) that uses liquid explosives in place of gunpowder and a .22 automatic pistol (named “the Woodsman”, based on a Colt Woodsman). Later in Kino’s adventures in the novels, Kino also uses a pump action shotgun (based on a Winchester M1897) and a semi-automatic sniper rifle (called “the Flute”, based on an Arisaka Type 99 rifle), along with a variety of other tools, including knives. In the anime, Kino is shown to carry no fewer than five knives, including one which can fire .22 bullets from its hilt. Kino is an unusually quick draw and practices every day before dawn.

Technology in this world exists, sometimes to the level of science fiction, although anachronisms are common (for example, the same land that has talking robots also appears to have phonographs, yet simultaneously the world has only begun to develop heavier-than-air flight). The level of technology also varies from country to country. The world is not heavily magical (the only “magical” elements include land that moves, a talking motorcycle, and a talking dog), although it has a certain fairy-tale quality.

Other Tuesday- Kino’s Journey Light Novels

While there is a new manga about Kino’s Journey I was not able to find any accurate information about it which is why I did not write about it on Manga Monday.

Light novels

Kino’s Journey began as a series of light novels written by Keiichi Sigsawa, and illustrated by Kouhaku Kuroboshi. The series originally started serialization in MediaWorks’ now-defunct light novel magazine Dengeki hp with the release of volume six on March 17, 2000. The first volume of the series was published on July 10, 2000 by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko publishing imprint. As of October 10, 2014, 18 volumes have been published. The eighth volume of Kino’s Journey, originally published in October 2004, was Dengeki Bunko’s 1000th published novel. An additional volume entitled Kino’s Journey -the Beautiful World- Country of Theater -Kino- was only released as a promotional gift for the second animated movie. A collection of special chapters entitled Kino’s Journey: the Sigsawa’s World came with the first volume of ASCII Media Works’ light novel magazine Dengeki Bunko Magazine on April 10, 2008.

In commemoration of Dengeki Bunko’s 20th anniversary, Kino’s Journey was serialized weekly from April to September 2013 in several Japanese regional newspapers. The ten stories serialized during this period were included in the 17th volume published in October of the same year. The previous 16 volumes were released with new cover artwork also in commemoration of the anniversary.

The light novel series has also been translated into Chinese, Korean, and German. Tokyopop licensed the novels under the original title Kino no Tabi for release in North America, and the first volume was published on October 3, 2006. The chapter order of Tokyopop’s English release of the first volume differed from the original Japanese release. According to Tokyopop representatives, there are issues with the licensor that have left them unable to release further volumes of the series. Tokyopop used an image from the sixth chapter-title page from the original novel for use as the English novel cover.

The first volume of a spin-off of the regular series titled Gakuen Kino was published on July 10, 2006 under Dengeki Bunko; as of July 10, 2010, four volumes have been released. The series is a collection of parodies originally published in three spin-off magazines of Dengeki hp: Dengeki p, Dengeki h, and Dengeki hpa. The spin-off features Kino as a magical girl in a school setting. Gakuen Kino was translated into Chinese and Korean.

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