Film Friday- Earl and Fairy

The Earl and the Fairy (Hakushaku to Yōsei) is a completed series of light novels written by Mizue Tani and published in Japan by Shueisha. An anime adaptation was broadcast from September to December 2008. An anime adaptation of the light novels was announced in February 2008. It ran from September 2008 through December 2008. There are 12 episodes. Kōichirō Sōtome directed the anime while the series composition was done by Noriko Nagao. The animated character designs will be done by Maki Fujii while the animation will be done by Artland. The anime is licensed by Discotek Media.

Characters

Kelpie
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu

An impolite and arrogant water horse[Celtic folklore] who aggressively pursues Lydia. Bound by the moon spell, which drives away unwanted advances from fairies, Kelpie must bring Lydia the “moon” in order to win her over, although it’s clear to everyone but Kelpie she has no interest in him. He follows Lydia all the way to London to bring her back to Scotland. Despite his aggressiveness, Kelpie genuinely loves and cares for Lydia, and comforts her when she’s confused (though she protests at times). His true form is that of a black horse, while his human form is that of an attractive young man with dark hair and eyes (his pupils are white swirls). His eyes are able to bewitch both men and women alike, and he has relatively strong magical powers. He has the ability to purify water and cleanse toxins.”Kelpie” is the name of his species, and not his given name Cain. He and Lydia first met in Scotland. At the time, a middle-aged woman came to Lydia with her tale of a young man whom she was in love with. Lydia discovers that the man is a Kelpie; the younger brother of the Kelpie that wants to marry Lydia. After being convinced of their love, Lydia eventually aids the woman and younger Kelpie in their relationship. Despite first appearances, Kelpie (for the sake of the rest of this article, Kelpie shall refer to the main story’s Kelpie) demonstrates considerable concern for Lydia. He has saved Lydia (and inadvertently, Edgar and Co. as well) on several occasions, and has gotten hurt on one occasion in her defense. He recuperates quickly when in water. At least twice, he has tried to protect Lydia by taking her from Edgar’s side, as he believes that her being by Edgar is dangerous for Lydia. He is also considerate of Lydia’s feelings; rather than blaming her when she broke the spirit of their deal (that she would stay in the fairy world with him if Kelpie would save Edgar), he told her that he would wait until she no longer had anything holding her back in the human world. He continues to stand by Lydia even after she chooses Edgar over himself, and once told Lydia that she is the first fairy doctor to have obtained a Kelpie; (Kelpies are, as a rule, feared by most other beings as they feed on almost anything they can kill, including fairies). When Edgar first meets Kelpie, he takes an instant dislike to the fairy because of Kelpie’s good looks. Because Edgar believes that most of his own allure comes from his charming looks and silver tongue, he’s wary of other men with similar beauty. Typically Kelpies will take a female human form. Kelpie’s own male form with his dark locks of hair may be a nod to the Manx [Glashtyn].

Ermine
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara

Raven’s half-sister and Edgar’s dear friend. Edgar would do anything for her if it will make her happy. She is a beautiful woman who has fine fighting skills (though she is not on par with Raven), with short black hair, snow-white skin, and a womanly allure that “is not dimmed by her wearing male clothes” most of the time. She was in love with Edgar, and the Prince used this fact to his advantage and turned her spy against Edgar. Later, she confesses her betrayal to Edgar and commits suicide by jumping into the sea. Later, she is revived by the Selkies on Ulysses’s command, and becomes a Selkie. After reuniting with Edgar’s group, she serves him for a further amount of time before betraying him yet again. The reason for her betrayal is yet unknown, but she claims to Kelpie that her soul’s master is and always will be Edgar. In addition, she attempts to discreetly tip the scales in Edgar and co.’s favor when she can, such as by dropping hints to Kelpie; she tells him that there’s a reason why she must not be kicked out of Prince’s organization yet, but does not state it openly. While she does not openly express her affection for Raven, she has been shown to worry about him. Later on, Ermine relates to Lydia that when they were still under the Prince’s organization, she was the woman “given” to Edgar (as his sexual partner). Edgar, however, refused to touch her because he understood that it was the Prince’s way of training Edgar’s sexual inclinations to match his own. When the Prince realized this, he raped her in front of Edgar.Lydia believes that Ermine is the one whom Edgar truly loves (she bases this conclusion on a few things, like how Edgar is never flirtatious towards her – Lydia takes this as a sign that Edgar loves her so deeply he cannot bring himself to be shallow with Ermine – as well as him muttering her name before falling into sleep while holding Lydia). As such, even after she is vaguely conscious of her feelings towards Edgar, she continues to reject acknowledging them as it would be too painful for her to be with Edgar if his heart is with another. However, it was truly hinted in the light novel how Edgar had only considered Ermine as family, wanting her to be a woman just like others.

Paul Ferman
Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya

Paul is a human in his late-twenties who is trying to become a great artist. He was invited to Edgar’s ball, and met Lydia there. While helping Lydia, getting Kelpie off of her, the moon ring accidentally slipped onto his finger, and wouldn’t come off. He seems to be on friendly terms with Lydia, though it makes both Kelpie and Edgar uneasy. His inspiration for art are the fairies, and he has always loved them but cannot see them, so he doesn’t know if they are real or not, but likes to believe they are. His father was killed by the Prince’s organization, and he has since joined an organization – the Scarlet Moon – that opposes the Prince’s. Paul had once aspired to be a poet, but after meeting Edgar as a child, he is persuaded by Edgar to pursue painting instead. Paul is devoted to Edgar for that piece of advice and encouragement. Later, Edgar tells Lydia in private that he persuaded Paul to do so because his poetry was so horrible that he would never make a living through it, while bad art could find at least find a buyer or two. However, despite his slightly dismissive words, Edgar remains a faithful customer of Paul’s. After finding out that Edgar had inherited the Prince’s memories, he still decides to be loyal to Edgar, and states that Edgar was merely another victim, who sacrificed himself to protect his friends.

Professor Carlton- Lydia’s father
Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa 

He cares for his daughter deeply but isn’t above calling her a tomboy. He works as a professor in a London university, specializing in gems and minerals. Unlike the “younger” generation of researchers, he is not only knowledgeable on the scientific aspects of his specialization, but is also heavily interested in the romantic aspects of it; he has extensive knowledge on several famous gems and their stories. He is accepting of the slightly dangerous nature of Lydia’s job, and respects her decision in working as Edgar’s consultant. He is, however, extremely suspicious of Edgar’s intentions towards his young daughter, because he believes that noblemen would not seriously pursue women born into the lower classes. Because he has been living apart from Lydia, it comes as something of a shock to him that she is already of marriageable age. When he went to Mannon Island, he found Edgar and Lydia escaping from pursuers. Edgar takes the opportunity to glibly proclaim his undying love for her and ask for her hand in marriage, although Lydia immediately and heatedly protests the joke. This apparently “shocks” Carlton into realizing that Lydia has grown up. Lydia has observed that his constant protests that she is “still a child” may reflect this. However, he has lately approved of Lydia’s and Edgar’s engagement. He eloped with Lydia’s mother, Aurora, but the circumstances of their courtship are unknown to Lydia (who is understandably curious). In a sidestory, however, it transpires that he merely intended to “rescue” Aurora from her dismal fate in the Makhil family, and that Aurora was the one who proposed to him. He is extremely embarrassed about having been proposed to (instead of the other way around, as was the norm at the time), and intends to carry that particular secret to his grave.

Aurora- Lydia’s mother 

She died before the beginning of the series. Lydia looks up to her, and she is the inspiration behind Lydia’s determination to become a good fairy doctor. Aurora was born in the Highlands, to the McKeel family (which has deep connections with fairy folk). However, she later learns that she was not her parents’ true daughter, but a changeling. This is because of a deal that was made with a family of fairies. According to lore, a Seer sleeps in the Highlands, who will one day awake to lead the battle against the “Prince of Disaster”. In order to awake however, he requires life energy that is more potent in women, and more importantly, women carrying fairy blood. In order to ensure that such a woman is available for the Seer’s awakening during times of crisis, the McKeel family has for generations traded their first-borns with a particular fairy family’s first-borns, and essentially cross-mated them, thereby strengthening the life energy of the resulting offspring. Aurora was one such changeling, but she rejected her fate and instead fled her homeland with Professor Carlton. She died young, supposedly due to an illness. However, unknown to even Professor Carlton, she had once ventured into the Highlands and opened the Seer’s coffin (19 years before the beginning of the series), and as such had her life drastically shortened.

Tompkins
Voiced by: Chafurin

Edgar’s kind butler who gives him advice regarding his love life here and there. He has Merrow blood, and his face vaguely resembles a fish’s. He also states that he has a fin on his back. When he met the leader of the Merrows for the first time, the leader mistook him for his ancestor, and said that “he is almost human now”. He takes pride in being able to accomplish any task related to his duties that Edgar gives him, no matter how rushed the deadline or how ludicrous it is.

Ulysses
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano

A mysterious, young blonde man who has the power to see and communicate with fairies, just like Lydia. Unlike Lydia, however, his fae powers do not stop there, and he has been shown to be able to command fairies such as spectral hounds, a type of Unseelie Court (malicious fairy). This is later revealed to be because he is of the Blue Knight Earl’s direct bloodline. He was, however, not recognized as an heir because his parents were not wed. He has, in fact, attempted to obtain the Sword of the Merrow before (and hence establish himself as the Blue Knight Earl). But because he interpreted the last line of the fairies’ riddle as the Merrow requiring a blood sacrifice in exchange for the sword as Edgar did initially, he was washed out to sea by the Merrow. He was the one to command the Selkies to revive Ermine as a Selkie when she committed suicide by jumping into the sea.

Jimmy

Has the appearance of a young boy with glasses and dark hair, but is really the favorite servant of Ulysses, being a member of the Unseelie Court. He is a spectral hound, and can shapeshift at will.Before Lydia and the others knew what he was, he spied on them by acting as a messenger and friend of Slade and the Scarlet Moon organization, under Edgar.

Prince

A character shrouded in mystery. The original Prince was created in the Highlands, by making a human baby drink the essences of powerful Unseelie Court. By doing so, the human baby was infused with the knowledge and ability to manipulate Unseelie Court, as well as their arcane magic. As a human, the Prince ages; however, through the use of Freyr (a red gem created by a powerful wyrm), he is able to transfer his memories and abilities to the next Prince, a candidate who is chosen and carefully groomed. The candidate is forced to learn and memorize all the current Prince’s knowledge as well as mannerisms. As the grooming process goes on, the candidate eventually begins to lose his original personality. As such, when the Prince’s memories are transferred, the candidate effectively believes himself to be the true Prince. The “Prince” (really the current generation Prince) is the main antagonist of much of the beginning of the series, although he only makes his appearance in one of the later novels. He is apparently heavily disabled (he moves in a wheelchair and is wrapped in bandages due to burn scars), and as such only sends his henchmen at the beginning. Later, when Edgar inherits the Prince’s memories out of necessity, he instead begins to be hunted by those who seek death of the Prince. He also battles with the Prince’s memories within him, and is deeply uneasy that he would eventually change into the Prince.

Gladys Ashenbert

The last of the Ashenbert main bloodline. (Ulysses is considered to be from a side-branch of the main family.) She is mentioned several times throughout the series, and died about a hundred years before the beginning of the series. As a woman, she was never officially recognized by the King of England as the Earl of Ibrazel.It is revealed that she made herself into a “living sacrifice” in order to strengthen the London Bridge’s barrier against Unseelie Court.

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Wednesday News- December 12, 2017

News-Recap-Anime

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Ni no Kuni II Game’s Release Date Moved Back to March 23- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-12-12/ni-no-kuni-ii-game-release-date-moved-back-to-march-23/.125180

The Amibition of Oda Nobuna Novelist to Pen Romance of Three Kingdoms Work in 2018- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-12-12/the-ambition-of-oda-nobuna-novelist-to-pen-romance-of-three-kingdoms-work-in-2018/.125116

Sequels Dominate Most Anticipated Winter 2018 Anime Poll- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-12-12/sequels-dominate-most-anticipated-winter-2018-anime-poll/.125183

Nintendo Switch Console Sales Reach 10 Million Globally- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-12-12/nintendo-switch-console-sales-reach-10-million-globally/.125178

Anime-

  • Chaika the Coffin Princess Complete Series BD
  • D.Gray-man Season 3 Part 2
  • Trickster Part 1 BD/DVD
  • When They Cry Complete Series BD

Manga-

  • Aho Girl A Clueless Girl GN 4
  • Aoba-kun’s Confessions GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Black Panther and Sweet 16 GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Blame! GN 6
  • A Centaur’s Life GN 13
  • Chihayafuru GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • The Children Nowadays GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Clockwork Planet GN 6
  • Dance in the Vampire Bund Omnibus GN 7
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 12 (Digital Only)
  •  Don’t Be Cruel Deluxe Edition GN 6
  • Drowning Love GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Finder Deluxe Edition GN 4
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • House of the sun. GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Itsuwaribito GN 22
  • Kigurumi Guardians GN 3
  • Kokkoku: Moment by Moment GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Magi GN 27
  • Peach Heaven GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Princess Jellyfish Omnibus GN 7
  • PTSD Radio GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Splatoon GN 1

Other-

  • Aria Neo-Venezia Guidebook
  • Garo TV Collection 2 BD
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 4
  • Okami HD Xbox One/PS4 Game

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Film Friday- The Ancient Magus’ Bride

Wit Studio produced a three-part prequel OVA of the manga and is doing the production for an anime television series adaptation that began airing in October 2017.

Characters

Chise Hatori
The protagonist and titular character of the story. She is the apprentice and future bride to Elias Ainsworth. Her father and brother abandoned the family when she was young, and her mother committed suicide in front of her. Feeling unwanted by her relatives, she sold herself into slavery so that she did not have to worry about anything, with Elias purchasing her. She is a Sleigh Beggy, a special magus who can draw magic from her surroundings and within herself, at the cost of dying young because of the strain in her body, hence why Elias took her in, hoping to prevent her death. She has about three years left to live naturally at most.
Elias Ainsworth
The Child of Thorns, Chise’s master and fiancé, once apprenticed to Master Lindenbaum. A being with both fae and human elements, his origins are a mystery. Known as the Thorn Sorcerer, the other faeries see him as an abomination, something he does not mind. Besides using glamour to hide his appearance, he can control and also turn himself into shadows, and when angry enough, he takes on a more monstrous form. He can even change his head to a human’s using magic. Despite claiming to lack human emotions, after some time caring for Chise he has slowly developed a true fondness for her. However, his innate lack of understanding certain human emotions makes Lindenbaum call him a child. He dislikes children. He says they do not have magic powers, but they are talented in being able to see the true nature of things, so sometimes he is found out. He is called “Pilum Muralis” by the wizards.
Ruth 
Introduced in chapter nine, he is Chise’s familiar, a black grim who was originally a church guard dog who chased away grave robbers and evil spirits. He was formally called Yuris and used to be owned by Isabel in chapter ten. He thinks of himself as a human, thus able to maintain human form, until he remembers who he is in chapter twelve. He shares a mental link with Chise and considers her a sister.
Angelica Varley
Introduced in chapter two, she is an old acquaintance of Elias. She is a witch and a technician of the Magus Craft. She has a daughter named Alucia Barlei.
Her father was a technician of the Magus Craft. Even though her father was a magician, Angelica, who only had the quality of a sorcerer, could not directly learn the ways of her father. She worked hard to find her own method of performing magic.
Silver
Introduced in chapter two, she is the fairy landlady of the house where Elias and Chise reside. Originally a banshee (chapter twenty four), she is now silent and takes care of the housekeeping duties in the household.
Lindenbaum
Introduced in chapter three, he is Elias’s magician Master, commonly referred as Lindel, lives in the Land of Dragons, the last sanctuary of dragons. He is the caretaker of the dragon’s nest. His title is Echoes, Song of Flowers and has lived for hundreds of years.

Wednesday News- December 6, 2017

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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Anime Listed With 26 Episodes- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-12-04/cardcaptor-sakura-clear-card-anime-listed-with-26-episodes/.124857

Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Film Tops Japan’s Box Office- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-12-05/live-action-fullmetal-alchemist-film-tops-japan-box-office/.124817

Black Clover Fantasy Action manga, Anime Get PS4 Game- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-12-05/black-clover-fantasy-action-manga-anime-get-ps4-game/.124870

Radiant Historia: Perfect Chronology 3DS Game’s Trailer Shows Battle- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-12-04/radiant-historia-perfect-chronology-3ds-game-trailer-shows-battle/.124846

Anime-

  • Clannad and Clannad After Story Complete Collection BD
  • Digimon Adventure tri. Confession BD/DVD
  • Digimon Adventure tri. Confession DVD
  • Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East Complete Collection BD
  • New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 1: Awakening BD/DVD
  • Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Mob Psycho 100 BD/DVD
  • Mob Psycho 100 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz BD/DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz DVD
  • One Piece Collection 21 DVD Uncut
  • Pokémon – Advanced Challenge Complete Collection VD
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena Set 3 BD
  • Sailor Moon Crystal Set 3 BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon Crystal Set 3 DVD
  • Sailor Moon Crystal Set 3 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Taboo Tattoo BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor Graphic Novel (GN) 2
  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Assassination Classroom GN 19
  • Astra Lost in Space GN 1
  • Ayanashi GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Blood Blockade Battlefront GN 8
  • Bloody Mary GN 9
  • Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage GN 2
  • Dragon Ball Super GN 2
  • Dragonar Academy GN 13
  • Drifting Dragons GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Everyone’s Getting Married GN 7
  • Fire Force GN 7
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 21
  • The Full-Time Wife Escapist GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Haikyu!! GN 18
  • Helvetica Standard Italic Gn
  • Hozuki’s Coolheadedness GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Kuroko’s Basketball Omnibus GN 9
  • Magika Swordsman and Summoner GN 8
  • One Piece Omnibus GN 22
  • Platinum End GN 4
  • Pumpkin Scissors GN 16 (Digital Only)
  • The Promised Neverland GN 21
  • Queens Quality GN 2
  • Real Girl GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • To Love Ru Omnibus GN 1-2
  • Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty GN 1
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 9
  • Yozakura Quartet GN 19 (Digital Only)

Other-

  • Castle in the Sky Picture Book (Hardcover)
  • Princess Mononoke Picture Book (Hardcover)
  • Raiden V PlayStation 4 Game
  • Tokyo Xanadu eX+ PlayStation 4 Game

Film Friday- Peach Girl

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The series was adapted as a Taiwanese drama in 2002 and a Japanese animated television series in 2005. On mid-March of 2016, the live-action film adaptation was announced. The film was released in Japan on May 20, 2017. The animated TV series is distributed by Funimation Entertainment in North America.

Characters

Momo Adachi
The main character. Her given name means ‘peach’ in Japanese. She has tanned skin and light hair (derived from her constant swimming in chlorinated pools while on the swim team), mistakenly giving others the impression that she is a “beach bunny”, lover of the Ganguro style, or sexually promiscuous. On the contrary, Momo is a shy, insecure girl. She has loved Toji for many years, although later on she finds herself falling in love with Kairi. When she found out Toji disliked girls with tan skin, she started to avoid swimming pools and wore a lot of sunblock to get her skin to its original color (presumed to be fair). Later on, Momo finds out that Toji never said he disliked girls with tan skin. Her friend (Ryoko) from junior high had made that up because she had liked him too. She is often confused later on when she likes both Toji and Kairi at the same time, causing several disputes between the two boys.
Sae Kashiwagi
The main antagonist who does everything to ruin Momo’s life. Her fair features (pale skin, dark hair) serve as a contrast for Momo; her “innocent” appearance belies her scheming, mischievous, trouble making nature. She is the one who spreads malicious gossip about Momo; something Momo knows, but has trouble dealing with, as people are more apt to believe in Sae than the ‘airheaded ganguro girl’ to the point that Toji believed Sae over Momo (who was currently his girlfriend). She often uses the gossip to make people dislike Momo, as a result of her own jealousy and insecurity. She spreads rumors that she is dating Toji, and that Momo is trying to steal him from her when it is actually the other way around. She really is mean and doesn’t care for Momo and isn’t her “real” friend. All she wants is popularity in school, to humiliate Momo, and to get Toji all for herself. She will stop at nothing to complete this task. Later, she dates a male model named Jigoro and in the end exploits him to help break up Toji and Momo, the nastiest scheme she has ever plotted. She begins to repent after she falls in love with Ryo and understands the hurtful feeling that she caused Momo, when Ryo seemingly gets her pregnant (it later turns out to be a medical condition that simulates pregnancy) and subsequently abandons her.
Kairi Okayasu
A popular and carefree classmate of Momo’s. Sae goes after him after Momo lies that she likes him to protect her and Toji’s relationship, but he is the only boy to see straight through Sae for what she really is. He has the reputation of being a playboy, something he is not exactly proud of. He thought that Momo was the one who once gave him CPR when he had nearly drowned at the beach when they were younger; only to later find out he had been saved by the local male lifeguard. His interest in her is renewed when Sae spreads rumors about them being a couple; he adds to this by claiming he has kissed Momo. When Momo is upset by his rumor, he tries to make the rumor true by kissing her unexpectedly in the beginning of the series.
After the two start dating, his insecurities about relationships are revealed to stem from his unrequited love for Misao, the school nurse and Kairi’s former tutor. However, after he confesses and is shot down by her, he actually feels relieved and confident to pursue his relationship with Momo. He begins fighting over her with Toji and in the end they get back together.

The English-language manga uses the non standard romanization “Kiley Okayasu“. Other groups, such as FUNimation, Kodansha, and non-English language publishers, use “Kairi”.

Kazuya “Toji” Tojigamori 

A boy who has been Momo’s crush since junior high school although she never then confessed to him due to a friend saying he “doesn’t like girls with tan skin”. He overhears Momo confess her love for him to Kairi and then eventually dates Momo but Sae wants him for herself. He has a good heart, but tends to be hard headed and oblivious to what is in front of him, believing what Sae says over what Momo says, much to the frustration of Momo. Sae later blackmails Toji into dating her using pictures of Momo and Jigoro in a hotel bed together. He then breaks up with Momo. After this Momo starts dating Kairi.

The Tokyopop manga renders his family name as “Toujikamori”.

Misao Aki 

The school nurse and a big sister figure for Momo. Misao was once Kairi’s tutor and crush, and an old flame of Ryo’s. Although she dated and broke up with him, she still loves him.

Ryo Okayasu
Kairi’s older brother who works in the video game industry. He serves as a male counterpart to Sae, only he is significantly more dangerous. Ryo is in love with Misao, and dated her briefly, but Misao broke up with him because of his cold and manipulating attitude which is revealed when he smacks Sae after hurting Misao.
Sae meets him and quickly falls for him because of their obvious similarities, though Ryo barely takes the relationship seriously and treats Sae poorly. When Sae tells him she is pregnant with his child he gives her money. Ryo is quite touched by Sae when she tells him she wants to make a family with him that will love him. After they find out Sae had a false pregnancy, the two split. However, Ryo stills feels happy about what Sae told him, and seems to be interested in having kids.
Goro Ooji
He is called Jigoro (ジゴロー Jigorō) and is a male model who is smitten with Sae and unaware of her true personality. She uses him in her schemes against Momo.
Morika
A young woman who once dated both Okayasu brothers, Morika has a grudge against Ryo and tries to use Kairi against him. Morika hires some thugs to beat up Ryo as revenge for using her.

 

Wednesday News- November 29, 2017

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Hetalia Get Its 1st Official Manga Anthology- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-11-27/hetalia-gets-its-1st-official-manga-anthology/.124471

Shelf Life: Joker Gamehttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2017-11-27/.124499

Studio Ghibli Appoints Kiyofumi Nakajima as New President- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-11-28/studio-ghibli-appoints-kiyofumi-nakajima-as-new-president/.124586

Saori Hayami Performs Ending Theme for Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-11-28/saori-hayami-performs-ending-theme-for-cardcaptor-sakura-clear-card-anime/.124594

Anime-

  • Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid Complete Series BD/DVD Anime Classics
  • GoshogunThe Complete TV Series DVD
  • Kiddy Girl-AND BD/DVD
  • Marmalade Boy Collection 2 DVD
  • Squid Girl BD
    Squid Girl DVD
  • Swan Lake DVD

Manga-

  • ACCA 13 GN 1
  • All Out!! GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Anonymous Noise GN 5
  • Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon GN
  • Beauty Bunny GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Black Panther and Sweet 16 GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Cosplay Animal GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Crimson Prince GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Deathtopia GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Devils and Realist GN 13
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Don’t Meddle With My Daughter GN 2
  • Drowning Love GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Giant Killing GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Grimms Manga Tales GN
  • Hana & Hina After School GN 3
  • House of the sun. GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Idol Dreams GN 4
  • Lovesick Ellie GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Kounodori: Dr. Stork GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka GN 1
  • My Brother the Shut-in GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sharingan Legend GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Not Lives GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Peach Heaven GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Plum Crazy! Tales of A Tiger-Striped Cat GN 3
  • Re:Monster GN 3
  • Sekirei GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • The Seven Princes of the Thousand-Year Labyrinth GN 4
  • Shomin Sample GN 7
  • SP Baby GN 1
  • Sweetness and Lightning GN 9
  • Tales of Zestiria GN 3
  • To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts GN 5
  • There’s a Demon Lord on the Floor GN 5
  • Tsuredure Children GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Waiting for Spring GN 3
  • Welcome to the Ballroom GN 3

Other-

  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica Ultimate Best CD + DVD (Import)
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Nintendo Switch Game

Film Friday- Black Clover

An original video animation produced by Xebec had its first trailer released on November 27, 2016, while an anime television series adaptation by Pierrot premiered on October 3, 2017.

Anime

An original video animation produced by Xebec that is based on the series was shown at the 2016 Jump Festa between November 27 and December 18, 2016. It was bundled with the 11th volume of the manga, which was released on May 2, 2017.

At the Black Clover Jump Festa event on December 18, 2016, an anime television series adaptation by Pierrot was announced. It is directed by Tatsuya Yoshihara, with Kazuyuki Fudeyasu writing scripts, Itsuko Takeda doing character designs, and Minako Seki composing the music. The anime premiered on October 3, 2017. Kankaku Piero is performing the opening theme, ”Haruka Mirai” (Distant Future), while the ending theme is “Aoi Honō” (Blue Flame) by Itowokashi. The series will run for 13 episodes. Crunchyroll is streaming the series. Funimation have licensed the series and will stream the English dub.

Main characters

Asta
Asta is an orphan who was left under the care of a church during his infancy. Since he has no magic power, he overcomes his weakness by training his physical strength. He is the wielder of the five-leaf clover grimoire and a member of the Black Bull squad. He uses an anti-magic sword that is capable of nullifying any form of magic called the Magic Cleaving Sword, and an anti-magic sword that is capable of absorbing and using other magic called the Magic Eating Sword. The Magic Eating sword was found in a dungeon and was not made by his Grimore, but it became part of it later, after Asta used it. According to the Witch Queen, Asta’s swords used to belong to the Elf Elder, a powerful mage who once nearly destroyed the world with the ancient demon that he conjured through forbidden magic. The anti-magic energy is constantly flowing through the swords, causing many people to be unable to wield the swords. However, since Asta was born without magic, he was unconsciously able to stop and start the flow of that power. After his arms were healed by the Witch Queen, the flow of the power has gone faster, resulting in Asta able to become the vessel to the force of anti-magic itself.
Yuno
Yuno is an orphan who was left under the care of a church during his infancy. He is the wielder of the four-leaf clover grimoire and a member of the Golden Dawn squad. He uses wind-based magics and the chosen partner of Sylph the wind of the 4 great attributes. Sylph, often tries to play around with Yuno, but due to his serious demeanor, he is often found complaining. His serious attitude was born when Asta was injured defending him as a child. When Yuno was being bullied, Asta jumped in, and fought them back. Yuno could only admire how Asta saved him, despite not having magic, and it made him feel ashamed and to make up, he trained himself to become his equal, in a moral sense.
Noelle Silva
Voiced by: Yuki Kana
Noelle Silva is a member of the Black Bull squad and the second daughter of the Clover Kingdom’s royal family, House Silva. She uses water-based magics but is unable to control it, which led to her disownment by her family. To cope with her uncontrollable magic, she uses an item to adjust her magic. It is later revealed that she unconsciously wishes to not hurt anyone, which is why her magic always misses, but she has begun to breakdown that barrier for the sake of protecting her friends.

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)

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