Wednesday News- June 20, 2018

Cells at Work Anime’s TV Ads Preview Theme Songs- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-06-19/cells-at-work-anime-tv-ads-preview-theme-songs/.133096

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Debuts on September 25 in North America, Europe, Australia- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-06-19/valkyria-chronicles-4-debuts-on-september-25-in-n-america-europe-australia/.133106

The List: 6 Anime to Watch With Your Dad- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2018-06-16/.132982

Uma Mususme Producer Wants to Make New Series- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-06-19/uma-musume-producer-wants-to-make-new-series/.133103

Anime-

  • BanG Dream! BD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 4 BD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 4 DVD
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Limited Edition Season 1 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 1 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • The Royal Tutor BD/DVD
  • Seven Mortal Sins BD/DVD
  • A Spirit of The Sun BD

Manga-

  • Cosplay Animal GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Drowning Love GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Fuuka GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • Golden Kamuy Graphic Novel (GN) 5
  • Hoshin Engi GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Karate Heat GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Konohana Kitan GN 1
  • Love and Lies GN 6
  • Magatsuki Omnibus GN 9-10
  • Masamune-kun’s Revenge GN 8
  • Perfect World GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Pumpkin Scissors GN 21 (Digital Only)
  • Sweet Blue Flowers GN 4
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 6
  • To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts GN 6
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 5

Other-

  • Infinite Stratos GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia (Hardcover)
  • The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition (Hardcover)
  • The Lost Child Nintendo Switch/PlayStation 4 Game
  • Mario Tennis Aces Nintendo Switch Game
  • New Gundam Breaker PlayStation 4 Game
  • Outbreak Company GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Robotech Comic 2

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Film Friday- Lovely Complex a.k.a. Love Com

The story has been adapted as a live-action movie released in 2006, a 24-episode anime television series broadcast in 2007, and an adventure game released for PlayStation 2 released in 2006. Two drama CDs have also been produced. The manga and the live-action movie are licensed in North America by Viz.

Anime

The anime television series was produced by Toei Animation and directed by Konosuke Uda, with music by Hironosuke Sato and character designs by Hideaki Maniwa. The opening theme songs were “Kimi + Boku = Love?” by Tegomass (episodes 1–13) and “Hey! Say!” by Hey! Say! 7 (episodes 14–24); the ending themes were “Kiss ~ Kaerimichi no Love Song~” by Tegomass (episodes 1–13) and “Bon Bon” by Hey! Say! 7 (episodes 14–24). It was broadcast on TBS, CBC, and MBS from 7 April 2007 to 29 September 2007.

The Italian distributor Dynit licensed the anime for a DVD release. In Italy was broadcast on 24 October 2010 on Rai 4 and ended on 17 April 2011.

In April 2012, Discotek Media announced that they will distribute the Love Com anime on DVD in North America in one subtitled boxset.

Movie

Love Com was adapted as a live-action movie directed by Kitaji Ishikawa with screenplay by Osamu Suzuki. It starred Ema Fujisawa as Risa Koizumi and Teppei Koike as Atsushi Ōtani. It was released in theaters on 2006-07-15, and on DVD on 2007-01-01. A subtitled DVD was released in English in North America by Viz Media on 2008-02-19.

Risa Koizumi

is not your average Japanese high school girl. Standing 172 centimetres (5 ft 8 in) tall, Risa stands taller than the average height of Japanese boys let alone Japanese girls (the average height for a female is 158 cm (5 ft 2 in)). In the anime she states that she has always been the tallest person in her class. Ironically, her surname means ‘small fountain’. She and other characters compare her to a giraffe. Risa can be impulsive and strong-willed at times, and is rarely willing to display her softer side. She had a crush on Suzuki before he started dating Chiharu. Risa starts developing feelings for Ōtani and soon admits to herself that she likes him. She then starts trying to confess. Failing the first time, Nobuko and Nakao try to help with Nobuko often giving Risa advice on what to do. Finally she very directly tells him. She immediately regrets it, and tells Ōtani to pretend it never happened, but in spite of herself she tells Ōtani once again that she likes him. Ōtani responds that he cannot see her as a girlfriend yet, so her new goal is to make Ōtani regret that and make him like her as well.

Atsushi Ōtani

is one of the main characters. He is very short for a boy, standing 156 centimetres (5 ft 1 in). The average height for a male in Japan is 172 cm (5 ft 8 in). Like Koizumi, Ōtani’s surname (roughly, “big valley”) is a pun on his diminutive stature. He can be thoughtless and rude but he is kind and a little silly at heart. Ironically, Ōtani also happens to be the star player of the school basketball team. He reveals he wants to go to University after graduation to get his teaching certificate. He dreams of teaching basketball to elementary school students.His ex-girlfriend is Mayu Kanzaki, the manager of his middle-school basketball team. She broke up with him for a much taller boyfriend, and this is one of the reasons Ōtani is sensitive about his height. He later finds out that his lack of height wasn’t the reason that she broke up with him; it was because she was in love with someone else already who just happened to be tall. He doesn’t know quite yet how he feels about Risa when she confesses her feelings for him, and responds that he can’t see her as a girlfriend (yet). He later realizes that he does care for her, and he kisses her. Later on in the series, Ōtani gets the wrong idea when Risa keep doing suspicious things with her co-worker Kohori, and then breaks up with her. However, after seeing how devoted she is to him, Ōtani reconsiders and they make up on Christmas Eve.

Wednesday News- June 13, 2018

Super Mario Party Switch Game Announced for October 5 Release- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-06-12/super-mario-party-switch-game-announced-for-october-5-release/.132815

Review: Flip Flappers Limited Edition Blu-ray- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/flip-flappers/limited-edition-blu-ray/.110757

The World Ends With You- Final Remix-  Launches for Switch This Fall- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-06-12/the-world-ends-with-you-final-remix-launches-for-switch-this-fall/.132823

B: The Beginning Anime Gets 2nd Season- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-06-12/b-the-beginning-anime-gets-2nd-season/.132816

Anime-

  • Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor BD/DVD
  • Berserk Season 2 BD/DVD
  • D.Gray-man Season 4 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Eromanga Sensei Volume 1 BD
  • New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 3: Dream BD/DVD
  • Pokémon – Advanced Battle Complete Collection DVD

Manga-

  • After Hours GN  2
  • Again!! GN 3
  • Aho Girl GN  7
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Captain Harlock The Classic Collection GN 1 (Hardcover)
  • CITY GN  2
  • DNA Doesn’t Tell Us GN  2 (Digital Only)
  • GANTZ:G GN 1
  • GTO: Paradise Lost GN  9
  • High Rise Invasion GN Omnibus 1
  • Hoshin Engi GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Kamikamikaeshi GN  1 (Digital Only)
  • Living-Room Matsunaga-san GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Loveless GN 13
  • Magi GN 30
  • Shokuryō Jinrui: Starving Anonymous GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle GN 1
  • Splatoon GN 3
  • To Your Eternity GN 5
  • Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku GN  5

Other-

  • Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! Novel 1
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 11
  • Super Bomberman R PlayStation 4 Shiny Edition

Film Friday- Haikyu!!

Haikyuu!! had an anime television series adaptation by Production I.G aired from April 2014 to September 2014, which has been licensed for digital and home release in North America by Sentai Filmworks The second season of the anime aired from October 2015 to March 2016. A third season aired from October 2016 to December 2016.

Anime

An anime television series produced by Production I.G premiered on April 6, 2014 on MBS, other JNN stations, and with English subtitles on Crunchyroll. From episodes 1-13, the opening theme song is “Imagination” by Spyair, while the ending theme song is “Tenchi Gaeshi” by Nico Touches the Walls. For episodes 14 through 25, the opening is “Ah Yeah” by Sukima Switch, and the ending is “LEO” by Tacica. “Ah Yeah” is also used as the ending for episode 14, which has no opening. The anime has been licensed for digital and home video release by Sentai Filmworks

A second season premiered on October 4, 2015. For episodes 1 through 13, the opening theme song is “I’m a Believer” by Spyair, while the ending theme song is “Climber” by Galileo Galilei. For episodes 14 through 25, the opening theme song is “FLY HIGH” by Burnout Syndromes, while the ending theme song is “Hatsunetsu (Fever)” by Tacica.

A third season, titled Haikyū!! Karasuno High School vs Shiratorizawa Academy, premiered on October 8, 2016. The opening theme song is “Hikariare” by Burnout Syndromes, while the ending theme song is “Mashi Mashi” by Nico Touches the Walls. Sentai Filmworks has also licensed the third season.

Compilation films

Supplementary compilation films have been released following the airing of the anime. After the first season and before the second season was aired in 2015, two compilation films were released. The first movie, Gekijō-ban Haikyu!! Owari to Hajimari was released on July 3, 2015 and the second movie, Gekijō-ban Haikyu!! Shōsha to Haisha premiered on September 18, 2015. Two more compilation films were announced to be unveiled in fall 2017 after the third season aired in 2016. Both films were released in September: the first film, Haikyu!! Sainō to Sense on the 15th and the second film, Haikyu!! Concept no Tatakai on the 29th.

Karasuno High School

The word ‘Karasu’ in the school name “Karasuno” means ‘crow’. This is why the volleyball flag has the word “Fly” on it. The team was referred to as “Flightless Ravens” or “Fallen Crows”, since they were formerly a strong team which even went to the nationals, but has been on the decline lately. Their team doesn’t have any play style, instead, opting to be open and always trying out new styles to play.

Shōyō Hinata
Hinata is a first-year student at Karasuno High School. He was initially a wing spiker in junior high school and is currently a middle blocker. His play style makes him an excellent decoy, and even though he wants to become the ace (since it is flashy), he learns the importance of a decoy in the team, and plays it excellently. He is generally upbeat, clumsy, and weak, however he is very athletic and has extraordinary jumping ability and amazing reflexes. He is able to play immensely well with the help of Kageyama. Although he is a beginner and has a small stature, he is determined to become a strong player and thus manages to grow rapidly through each match. Together with Kageyama, he forms the “weird duo”, due to their unnaturally fast quick attack.
Tobio Kageyama 
Kageyama is a first-year student at Karasuno High School. He is currently a setter and was referred to as the “King of the Court” in junior high. While Kageyama exhibits prodigious talents as a player, he also has an arrogant demeanor and an inability to cooperate with teammates, instead opting to order them around, thus earning his nickname “King of the Court”. Unable to stand his attitude, his middle school team mates opted to stop playing with him in the middle of a match, which end up as a huge blow to him. After enrolling in Karasuno High School and joining the volleyball club where he meets Hinata, his opinions start to change and he begins to understand the importance of teamwork in a team sport. He tends to hide his feelings thus having bad social skills and frequently calls Hinata a “dumbass”. Together with Hinata, he forms the “weird duo”, due to their unnaturally fast quick attack.
Daichi Sawamura
Sawamura is the captain of the volleyball club and a third-year student at Karasuno High School. He is a wing spiker, and very dependable at receiving. As the captain he’s able to build a solid foundation of the team. He is kind, dependable, and doesn’t get easily discouraged, but all of his teammates also fear annoying him because he turns alarmingly terrifying when angry. He also believes in his teammates, allowing them time to grow, even waiting for them to get over their fights and issues, instead of trying to push them forward before time.
Kōshi Sugawara
Sugawara is the vice captain of the volleyball club and a third-year student at Karasuno High School. He used to be the main setter of the team, but since Kageyama’s addition to the team he has spent lesser time as setter on the court, and instead has played as pinch server. Sugawara has a refreshing and cheerful personality but his tactics are considered dangerous by opponents.
Asahi Azumane 
Azumane is a third-year student at Karasuno High School and a wing spiker in the volleyball club. He’s considered to be the team’s ace. Despite his large physique (which makes people believe that he’s not really a high school student), spiking power and mature demeanor, he is very timid, and is often referred to as having a “glass heart”.
Ryūnosuke Tanaka
Tanaka is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and a wing spiker. He is loud, fierce and abrasive, but respects his seniors and looks out for his juniors. While on the court, he displays amazing mental strength, even when he is continuously targeted by the opposite team. Unfortunately, his behavior and appearance makes girls scared of him, and often gets him into trouble with others, needing Sawamura to stop him. He and Nishinoya adore their manager Shimizu.
Yū Nishinoya
Nishinoya is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and a libero. He is called “Karasuno’s Guardian Deity” because of his excellent and amazing skills as a libero, having won the “Best Libero” award while he was still in middle school. He has a very energetic personality and is ridiculously strong-hearted. He does tend to get carried away because he has so much passion and intensity. He is also mentioned to be the backbone of the team because whenever he is on the court, he assures all of his teammates that even if they get blocked, he will be there to pass it up so they are able to spike as many times as they need to win the point. He is also extremely loud and motivational, and is one of the only people able to bring the team up in good spirits right before matches against the better teams in the prefecture. He’s also the shortest player on the team. Like Tanaka, he adores Shimizu, in the episode he is introduced in, he mentions one of the main reasons he came to Karasuno in the first place was because he liked the girls’ uniforms.
Chikara Ennoshita 
Ennoshita is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and a wing spiker. Despite his plain appearance, he is seen as the “leader” of the second-year students and possibly the only one able to control Nishinoya and Tanaka apart from Sawamura; being more responsible and able to say many things straightforwardly without drawback. Prior to the main storyline, he was one of many students who dropped out of the volleyball team due to high standards and extreme practice sessions of Coach Ukai Sr.. Eventually, due to his love for volleyball, he returns to the team to find that the coach has left.
Hisashi Kinoshita
Kinoshita is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and a wing spiker. He, along with Ennoshita and Narita, were one of many students who left the volleyball club during Ukai Sr.’s time coaching. He later starts specializing in jump float serve.
Kazuhito Narita 
Narita is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and a middle blocker. He also left the volleyball team temporarily.
Kei Tsukishima
Tsukishima is a first-year student at Karasuno High School and a middle blocker. He looks down on Hinata at the beginning, stating that he should not rely on his jump. He often teases his teammates and also teases Kageyama by calling him “The King”, which angers him to the core. Despite his negative attitude and flippant view on volleyball, Tsukishima is a very analytic and smart blocker, along with his great height, which gives the team a great advantage. Though he also has a stand-offish demeanor and seems to not care about his teammates, it is revealed that he loves volleyball, cares a lot for the sport, and has stayed friends with Yamaguchi not because he felt obliged to because he defended Yamaguchi from bullies in elementary school, but because genuinely cares for him and enjoys playing volleyball with him. Later in the story, it’s revealed that he had an older brother that used to join Karasuno’s volleyball team. He is the tallest player on the team and is nicknamed “Tsukki” by Yamaguchi.
Tadashi Yamaguchi
Yamaguchi is a first year student at Karasuno High School and a middle blocker. He usually clings to Tsukishima after Tsukishima saved him from bullies at 3rd grade, despite being told to shut up numerous times. He is shy, but friendly, and tries his best to contribute to the team. With the help of Makoto Shimada, he has recently become a pinch server due to his ability to do the “jump float serve”.

Wednesday News- June 6, 2018

Code Vein Game’s Trailer Reveals September Release Date- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-06-05/code-vein-game-trailer-reveals-september-release-date/.132464

Review- Sailor Moon SuperS Part 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/sailor-moon-supers/part-1/.132346

FLCL Returns in Two New Flavors- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2018-06-05/.132467

Encouragement of the Climb Anime Premieres on July 2- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-06-05/encouragement-of-the-climb-anime-premieres-on-july-2/.132475

Anime-

  • Anonymous Noise BD
  • Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic BD/DVD
  • Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic DVD
  • Kabukibu! BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE Collection 2 BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE Collection 2 DVD
  • My Hero Academia Season 2 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • My Hero Academia Season 2 Part 2 Limited Edition BD/DVD
    Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side Premium Edition BD/DVD

Manga-

  • ACCA 13 Graphic Novel (GN) 3
  • Akame ga KILL! ZERO GN 7
  • Angels of Death GN 3
  • Astra Lost in Space GN 3
  • Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle GN 3
  • Beware the Kamiki Brothers! GN 2
  • Blue Exorcist GN 19
  • BTOOOM! GN 21
  • Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju GN 7
  • DNA Doesn’t Tell Us GN 2
  • Durarara!! Re;Dollars Arc GN 1
  • Haikyu!! GN 24
  • Eclair GN
  • Fate/Zero GN 6
  • Flying Witch GN 6
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 24
  • Haikyu!! GN 24
  • Hoshin Engi GN 10
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 6
  • Kuroko’s Basketball GN Omnibus 12
  • Laid-Back Camp GN 2
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Kanna’s Daily Life GN 2
  • My Hero Academia GN 13
  • My Solo Exchange Diary GN 13
  • One Piece GN Omnibus 24
  • Princess Jellyfish GN 9
  • The Promised Neverland GN 4
  • Queen’s Quality GN 4
  • Satan’s Secretary GN 1
  • Stupid Love Comedy GN 1
  • Takane & Hana GN 3
  • Vinland Saga GN 10 (Hardcover)
  • Yokai Girls GN 3
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 12
  • You Got Me, Sempai! GN 2
  • The Young Master’s Revenge GN 2

Other-

  • As the Gods Will BD/DVD
  • Demon King Daimaou Novel 5
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Novel 11
  • Napping Princess Novel
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition: Taishi PlayStation 4/PC Game
  • Sushi Striker: The Way of the Sushido Nintendo Switch Game

Film Friday- Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

A 26-episode anime adaptation produced by J.C.Staff aired between April and September 2010.

The October 2009 issue of LaLa announced that a 26 episode anime television adaptation of the series would be produced. It was broadcast in TBS and BS-TBS during Spring 2010. The April 2010 issue of LaLa revealed the broadcast date to be on April 1, 2010 at 1:55 midnight. The adaptation was also present at the Tokyo International Anime Fair with Ayumi Fujimura, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Kana Hanazawa and Yū Kobayashi’s attendance. The anime series is licensed by Sentai Filmworks, with The Anime Network currently streaming the series on their video portal. Anime distributor Section23 Films released the first subtitled-only set on DVD, June 7, 2011. The second subtitled-DVD set was released on August 2, 2011 A complete collection on DVD was released on October 9, 2012. Sentai Filmworks & Section23 will re-release the series on DVD and Blu-ray, with an English dub on January 27, 2015.

The staff list was announced and Hiroaki Sakurai directed the series with series composition done by Mamiko Ikeda who previously worked on the series composition for Emma: A Victorian Romance series and most recently the Rental Magica series and Hanasakeru Seishōnen, while the animation character designs by Yuki Imoto and music composed by Tōru Motoyama. The series was animated by J.C.Staff who previously worked on Honey and CloverToradora! and Nodame Cantabile. Ayumi Fujimura and Nobuhiko Okamoto took on the role of Misaki Ayuzawa and Takumi Usui respectively.

Main characters

Misaki Ayuzawa 

The titular character of the story, 16-year-old Misaki Ayuzawa is the first female student council president at Seika High. She is known for her extremely bossy and strict attitude towards boys, and relentless attempts to reform them to live up to what she considers are acceptable standards of behavior. Though many of the male students fear and hate her, the ones who get to know her come to see that she is actually very fair and willing to help anyone who needs it.
She eventually becomes widely respected for her good grades, her great athletic skill, and her many accomplishments as president. Her negative attitude towards males is mostly attributed to her father amassing a huge debt and then disappearing. Misaki became determined to make sure her sickly and helpless mother, Minako would not have to work so hard to support both Misaki and her younger sister, Suzuna. After her father left, she studied hard and learned martial arts and became Seika’s president. To this extent, she secretly, and at first reluctantly, works as a maid-waitress at Café Maid Latte. Misaki is always driven to do her best regardless of the endeavor, and has a strong sense of justice, though she also has a tendency to be too selfless for her own good.
At Café Maid Latte, Misaki is called “Misa-chan” by her coworkers and customers. Misaki was shown being the most passionate with her job when she was dressed as a male and appealing to woman, saying she would like a guy like herself.
Despite her initial annoyance towards Usui and her belief that his interest in her stems from being the only one who knows she works as a maid-waitress, she is in love with him. However, Misaki always denies her feelings for him and becomes awkward whenever a potentially intimate moment arises between them. In chapter 57, she eventually confesses her feelings for him and they become a couple, though secretly at Misaki’s insistence to preserve her reputation as the student council president. When Usui reveals that he is to transfer to Miyabigaoka, she openly reveals their relationship to the students at Seika High, despite the potential damage it may cause to her appearance. When told that Usui would be going to England, Misaki is shocked but keeps her composure and openly accepts his choice. After Usui stops texting her from England she seeks the help of the Miyabigaoka High School President, Tora Igarashi, for a way to travel to him. The deal between the two is for Misaki to travel to see Usui, but in return she must tell Usui to not cut all ties between himself and the Walker Family; benefiting Igarashi in him being in contact of a person of noble blood such as Usui. Usui and Misaki reunite in England and return home to Japan to finish out their high school years. In chapter 81, Misaki and Usui get engaged, and in chapter 85, Misaki becomes a diplomat/lawyer while Usui becomes a respected doctor and they get married.

Takumi Usui 

The most popular male student in Seika High, Takumi Usui  is a 17-year-old boy who appears to take little interest in anything and prefers to observe things as they unfold. He has blond hair, which he inherited from his mother, and is extremely handsome, so much that even a few boys at Seika High are infatuated with him solely because of that. He also inexplicably wears glasses only at home. Usui proves to be extraordinarily talented in a number of different fields, including cooking, the violin, chess, martial arts and table etiquette. He also gets excellent grades and is an excellent athlete. However, he reveals very few details about his past willingly. He has taken an interest in Misaki because she stands from everyone else and her hard work makes her unique. He expresses his feelings mainly by teasing her and passing perverted comments to see her funny expressions, and she nicknames him “perverted outer-space alien” as a running gag in the series is Misaki wondering whether Usui is even human when he comes out relatively unscathed from a fall that would mortally injure someone on spot. Usui was also the first Seika student to discover Misaki’s maid secret and even though he is concerned about her risky work habits, she brushes it off as him wanting to blackmail her. As he has been in love with Misaki since the first time they met, he dislikes it and becomes jealous, though he has trouble expressing it, whenever other boys get her attention, including Shintani and Tora.
At Misaki’s insistence, Usui reveals that he is an illegitimate child. His mother, a Japanese-English woman from the wealthy Walker family, had an affair with an unknown Japanese man (later revealed to be a butler of the Walker family); his mother died in childbirth. To conceal his origins, his maternal English grandfather sent Usui to live with his mother’s Japanese grandmother’s family, resulting in little contact with his older half-brother. Adopted by his mother’s cousin, Usui’s education was primarily through tutors, partially explaining his academic excellence (as shown when he checkmates the vice president of the Miyabigaoka high school chess club in very few moves). However, he became bored of the isolation and randomly selected a standard high school to attend; after enrolling in Seika High, he moved into a high-rise condo where he lives alone. During his first year at Seika, he quickly became popular among the girls, but not being interested in them, he systematically rejected them whenever they confessed to him, thus earning Misaki’s resentment of him. Within his class, even his classmates respect him and he is called “Usui-san”.
In chapter 32, Usui confesses to Misaki during the school’s firework festival and they share a kiss, though the relationship does not become formalized until Misaki herself confesses her love to him in chapter 57. He is forced to transfer to Miyabigaoka High School for his third year of high school., though he still makes an effort to go out of his way to see Misaki every day. When in England, Usui texts Misaki every day and continues to tease her, such as by asking for the color of her underwear, until his brother takes his phone away. The event triggers Misaki’s deal with Tora Igarashi so she could go to England and meet with Usui, while Usui himself struggles in his confinement by his brother and maternal grandfather, the latter of whom still disowns him for being an illegitimate child. He eventually reunites with Misaki and reveals their relationship in front of the nobility. Usui is allowed to head back to Japan only if he agrees to keep his relations with the Walker family. Despite never attaining his grandfather’s approval, Usui is wed to Misaki in chapter 85 and becomes a doctor for his family.

Yuki Ochimura ni Ojou-sama!, a crossover between Kaichou wa Maid-Sama! and Yuki wa Jigoku ni Ochiru no Ka released by the Hiro Fujiwara in 2016 is set 12 years after the marriage & it is revealed that Usui & Misaki have a 10-year-old daughter called Sara and an 8-year-old son called Rui.

Wednesday News- May 30, 2018

The Spring 2018 Manga Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2018-05-28/the-spring-2018-manga-guide/.132117

Valkyrie Profile: Lenneth Game Launches in the West- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-05-29/valkyrie-profile-lenneth-game-launches-in-the-west/.132146

Code Geass Writer, Director Confirm Return for ‘Next’ Sequel- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-05-29/code-geass-writer-director-confirm-return-for-next-sequel/.132177

My Hero Academia Creator Kohei Horikoshi to Attend San Diego’s Comic-Con Int’l- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-05-29/my-hero-academia-creator-kohei-horikoshi-to-attend-san-diego-comic-con-intl/.132167

Anime-

  • Fist of the North Star The Movie BD
  • Granblue Fantasy the Animation Volume 1 BD
  • Like the Clouds, Like the Wind BD
  • Lupin III: Part IV English-Dubbed BD
  • Monster Rancher English Collection BD
  • Oreimo BD
  • Show By Rock!!# + Shorts BD/DVD
  • Star Ocean EX Complete Series BD
  • Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side BD
  • Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side DVD
  • Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side Premium Edition BD/DVD
  • Tokyo Underground Complete Series BD

Manga-

  • Boarding School Juliet GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Hoshin Engi GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Graphic Novel (GN) 1
  • Kasane GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • A Kiss, For Real GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Merman in My Tub GN 7
  • New Game! GN 2
  • Peach Mermaid GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • The Prince’s Black Poison GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Shōjo Fight! GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Spirits & Cat Ears GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Shokuryō Jinrui: Starving Anonymous GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • To Love-Ru GN 7-8
  • Tsuredure Children GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Waiting for Spring GN 6

Other-

  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride Official Guide Book Merkmal
  • The Dark Maidens Novel
  • Harvest Moon: Light of Hope PlayStation 4/Nintendo Switch Game
  • Kabukimonogatari Novel
  • Little Princess in Fairy Forest Novel (Digital Only)
  • Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection PlayStation 4 Game

Film Friday- Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist has been adapted into two anime television series, two animated films—all animated by Bones studio—and light novels. Funimation dubbed the television series, films and video games. The series has generated original video animations, video games, supplementary books, a collectible card game, and a variety of action figures and other merchandise. A live action film based on the series was also released in 2017. In two TV Asahi web polls, the anime was voted the most popular anime of all time in Japan. At the American Anime Awards in February 2007, it was eligible for eight awards, nominated for six, and won five. Reviewers from several media conglomerations had positive comments on the series, particularly for its character development, action scenes, symbolism and philosophical references.

Themes

The series explores social problems, including discrimination, scientific advancement, political greed, brotherhood, family, and war. Scar’s backstory and his hatred of the state military references the Ainu people, who had their land taken by other people. This includes the consequences of guerrilla warfare and the amount of violent soldiers a military can have. Some of the people who took the Ainus’ land were originally Ainu; this irony is referenced in Scar’s use of alchemy to kill alchemists even though it was forbidden in his own religion. The Elrics being orphans and adopted by Pinako Rockbell reflects Arakawa’s beliefs about the ways society should treat orphans. The characters’ dedication to their occupations reference the need to work for food. The series also explores the concept of equivalent exchange; to obtain something new, one must pay with something of equal value. This is applied by alchemists when creating new materials and is also a philosophical belief the Elric brothers follow.

Plot

Edward and Alphonse Elric live in the rural town of Resembool with their mother Trisha, their father Van Hohenheim having left without a reason. Edward since bore a grudge against their father as he and Alphonse showed a talent for alchemy before Trisha died of the plague. After finishing their alchemy training under Izumi Curtis, the brothers attempt to bring their mother back with alchemy. But the transmutation backfires and in law with equivalent exchange, Edward lost his left leg while Alphonse was dragged into the Gate of Truth. Edward sacrifices his right arm to retrieve Alphonse’s soul, binding it to a suit of armor with a blood seal. Edward is invited by Roy Mustang to become a State Alchemist to research a way to restore Alphonse’s body, passing his exams while given the title of Fullmetal Alchemist back on his prosthetic automail limbs and use of metal in his alchemy. The Elrics spent the next three years searching for the mythical Philosopher’s Stone to achieve their goals. One such lead resulted in them exposing a corrupt religious leader in the city of Liore while unaware of events occurring behind the scenes by the mysterious Homunculi.

Following their time with the State Alchemist Shou Tucker, which taught them a horrific lesson, the Elric brothers had a near-death experience from encountering an Ishbalan serial killer labeled as Scar who targets State Alchemists for his people’s genocide in the Ishbalan civil war. After returning to Resembool to have Edward’s limbs repaired by their childhood friend and mechanic, Winry Rockbell, the Elrics meet the guilt-ridden former State Alchemist Dr. Marcoh who provided them with clues to learn that a Philosopher’s Stone is created from human souls. After the Homunculi hindered them by destroying the hidden laboratory, the brothers are joined by Winry as they attempt to find an alternate means to restore themselves. At the same time, Mustang’s friend Maes Hughes continued the Elrics’ research and ends up murdered by a disguised Envy when he learned of the Homunculi’s plan.

After their defeat at the hands of Scar, the Elric Brothers decide to visit their teacher Izumi Curtis in the city of Dublith, hoping that she might be able to train them in higher forms of alchemy. which backfires when she discovers their failed attempt at Human Transmutation. Izumi tells the Elrics how she committed human transmutation on her stillborn child, following which she expels them as her apprentices, though following a determined argument, she allows them to stay with her for extra training. following which Alphonse is captured by the rogue homunculus Greed, who then ends up being captured by Amestris’ president King Bradley, who is revealed to be the homunculus Wrath. When Greed refuses to rejoin his fellow Homunculi, Greed is consequently melted down by and reabsorbed within the Homunculi’s creator, Father.

After running into the Xingese prince Lin Yao, who is also after a Philosopher’s Stone to cement his position as heir to his country’s throne, the Elrics and Winry return to Central City where they learn of Hughes’s death with Lieutenant Maria Ross framed for the murder. Mustang fakes Maria’s death and smuggles her out of the country with Lin’s help so he can focus on the Homunculi. The events that follow result in the death of Lust, revealing that a Philosopher’s Stone forms a Homunculus’s core along with an upcoming event the Homunculi are working towards. Meanwhile, Scar forms a small band with the Xingese princess May Chang, who also seeks the stone, and a former military officer named Yoki whom the Elrics exposed as a corrupt official.

Following an attempt to capture Gluttony using Lin’s sensory skills, the Homunculus end up accidentally swallowing Edward, Lin, and Envy into his void-like stomach, with the two humans learning the Homunculi orchestrated Ametris’s history over the centuries. Gluttony takes Alphonse to meet Father as the others manage to escape from Gluttony’s stomach, meeting Father who considered killing Lin for not being one of the human sacrifice like the Elrics. But Father instead makes Lin the vessel of a new incarnation of Greed with the Elrics attempting to escape upon seeing Scar. Edward has Envy admit to having caused the Ishbalan civil war. Soon after, with Winry used against them as a hostage, the Elrics are allowed to continue their quest as long as they no longer oppose Father. Mustang receives a similar threat with his subordinates scattered to the other military branches. At the same time, finding Dr. Marcoh held captive, Scar spirited him out of Central as Scar’s group head north.

The Elrics eventually reach Fort Briggs under the command of General Olivier Armstrong, revealing what they know following the discovery of an underground tunnel beneath Briggs made by the Homunculus Sloth. The brothers soon learn from Hughes’s research that Father created Amestris to amass a large enough population to create a massive Philosopher’s Stone. Forced to work with Solf J. Kimblee, a murderous former State Alchemist and willing ally of the Homunculi in tracking down Scar, the Elrics make their move to save Winry and split up with Kimblee’s chimera subordinates joining them. As Edward is joined by Lin and Greed, who regained his former self’s memories, Alphonse encounters Honenheim in Liore. Honenheim reveals he was made an immortal when Father, once simply known as Homunculus, arranged the fall of Xeres four centuries ago to create his body while giving half of the sacrificed souls to him. Honenheim also explains he left his family to stop Father from sacrificing the Amestrisan people to achieve godhood by absorbing the being beyond the Gate of Truth on the Promised Day.

The Promised Day arrives and Father prepares to initiate his plan using an eclipse and capture the human sacrifices to trigger the transmutation, the protagonists having assembled days prior and orchestrate an all-out attack on Central with Sloth, Envy, and Wrath killed in the process while Gluttony was devoured by Pride. But despite the opposition, Father manages to activate the nationwide transmutation once the Elrics, Izumi, Hohenheim are gathered along with Mustang after being forced by Pride to perform Human Transmutation. But Hohenheim and Scar activate countermeasures to save the Amestrians, causing Father to become unstable from housing the absorbed superior being within him without the souls needed to subdue it. Father is confronted above ground where the protagonists battle him to wear down his Philosopher’s Stone while he attempts to replenish himself, Edward managing to defeat the gravely weakened Pride before joining the fray.

Alphonse, whose armor is all but destroyed, sacrifices his soul to restore Edward’s right arm while Greed leaves Lin’s body and sacrifices himself to weaken Father’s body enough for Edward to destroy Father’s Philosopher’s Stone. This causes Father to implode out of reality while dragged into the Gate of Truth from which he was created. Edward sacrifices his ability to perform alchemy to retrieve a fully restored Alphonse, Lin receiving a Philosopher’s Stone while promising May to be a just ruler. Hohenheim takes his leave and visits Trisha’s grave where he dies with a smile on his face. The Elrics return home months later, still motivated by those they failed to save in learning new forms of alchemy to prevent repeated tragedies. This leads to the Elrics leaving Ametris two years later to learn about other cultures and their knowledge, with Alphonse leaving for Xing in the east while Edward heads westward. The epilogue finishes with a family photo of Alphonse, May, Edward, Winry, and Ed’s and Winry’s son and daughter.

Wednesday News- May 23, 2018

Silent Mobius QD Manga Ends Next Month- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-05-21/silent-mobius-qd-manga-ends-next-month/.131835

Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Anime Film’s English Dub Cast Revealed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-05-22/haikara-san-here-comes-miss-modern-anime-film-english-dub-cast-revealed/.131873

GOG Adds Visual Novels from Sekai Project, MangaGamer- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-05-22/gog-adds-visual-novels-from-sekai-project-mangagamer/.131870

[New Life+] Young Again in Another World Light Novel Series Gets October TV Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-05-21/new-life-young-again-in-another-world-light-novel-series-gets-october-tv-anime/.131846

Anime-

  • RIN-NE 3 BD
  • RIN-NE 3 DVD
  • Tsugumomo BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Ace of the Diamond GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Arakawa Under the Bridge GN 3
  • Ayanashi GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Baccano! GN 3
  • Can You Just Die, My Darling? GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Delicious in Dungeon GN 5
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! GN 11
  • Devilman The Classic Collection GN 1 (Hardcover)
  • Dimension W GN 10
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 17 (Digital Only)
  • The Dungeon of Black Company GN 1
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Forbidden Scrollery GN 3
  • Golosseum GN 1
  • Himouto! Umaru-chan GN 1
  • Hoshin Engi GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • How to Treat Magical Beasts GN 1
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? GN 9
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! GN 6
  • Kounodori: Dr. Stork GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid GN 6
  • My Brother the Shut-in GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Liar x Liar GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • The Royal Tutor GN 7
  • Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts GN 1
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil GN 2
  • Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GN 2
  • Scum’s Wish GN 7
  • Spirits & Cat Ears GN 6
  • Tales of Wedding Rings GN 2
  • Triage X GN 15
  • Trinity Seven GN 13
  • Yokai Rental Shop GN 3

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Other Tuesday- Character Special: Fullmetal Alchemist

Edward Elric 

Edward “Ed” Elric, the “Fullmetal Alchemist”, is the youngest State Alchemist in history, joining the program at the age of 12. He and his younger brother, Alphonse, scour the world in search of the Philosopher’s Stone, in the hopes of restoring their bodies. Edward lost his left leg in a futile attempt to revive his mother, Trisha, using Alchemy, and lost his right arm in exchange for attaching Alphonse’s soul to a suit of armor. Edward now employs the use of metal prosthetics, known as automail, as replacement limbs. However, as attempting to resurrect a human opens a portal called the Gate of Truth to allow the committer/s to see the Truth , Edward gained great knowledge of the universe as well as the powerful ability to perform transmutations without transmutation circles. Edward is smart, brave and even bold, but also has a prideful tendency to be harsh and arrogant. He harbors a sharp sensitivity to his short height; a recurring gag in both manga and the anime series is for Edward to overly react to people who call him short.

Alphonse Elric 

Alphonse “Al” Elric, is Edward’s younger brother. Together, both of them scour the country in search of the Philosopher’s Stone in the hopes of restoring their bodies. Unlike Ed, who lost one of his legs in the failed attempt to revive the brothers’ mother, Al lost his entire body. At the last moment, and at the cost of one of his arms, Ed sealed Al’s soul in a giant suit of armor, making Al almost invulnerable.

Winry Rockbell 

Winry Rockbell, a childhood friend of Edward and Alphonse Elric, lives in Resembool with her grandmother, Pinako Rockbell, who raised her after the death of her parents during the Ishbal War. Her parents were killed by Scar in a blind rage. Winry is a practicing and gifted automail mechanic, following in her grandmother’s footsteps, continually designing and maintaining Edward Elric’s automail prosthetics. Winry is often used as an unwitting hostage by the homunculi to ensure the Elrics’ subservience to the State. A running gag in the series is that she will violently attack Edward whenever he upsets her in some way, usually whenever he breaks his automail in combat. She and Edward get married in the concluding moments of the manga. In the first anime, her parents were executed by a younger Roy Mustang under Military order.

Roy Mustang 

Colonel Roy Mustang, the “Flame Alchemist”, is a State Alchemist and Edward’s direct superior. He is promoted to Brigadier General at the end of the series and is a General in the epilogue. He aims towards becoming the next Führer of Amestris, heavily relying on the support of his loyal subordinates to propel him along that path. Mustang would find this path interrupted by the murder of his best friend and confidant, Maes Hughes, afterward, beginning an almost behind-the-scenes investigation into finding the true culprit.

Riza Hawkeye 

First Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye is Roy Mustang’s most trusted and dearest subordinate. She often carries out many of the tasks he is too lazy to do, acts as his personal assistant, and protects him from danger. She holds a strong sense of admiration for him, even willing to put her own life at risk; Roy returns this, and occasionally refers to her as “My Queen”, his chess code name for her. She also doubles as his voice of reason, keeping cool in heated situations, and scolding him when he allows his emotions to get in the way. Riza and Roy seem to share a close relationship as she identifies him as her most precious person. Riza specializes in firearms, particularly sniper rifles, and can hit nearly any target with lethal accuracy. In the series, she adopts a dog named Black Hayate from Kain Fuery that she raises with stern discipline; when Hayate urinates indoors, she fires a number of warning rounds at the wall around the dog to reinforce that doing so is against established protocol.

In the form of a tattoo on her back, Riza bears the final notes to her father’s work on Flame Alchemy, and his legacy as an alchemist and Mustang’s teacher. After seeing what Mustang was capable of during the Ishbal War with such ability, Riza begs Roy to burn the tattoo, fearing the damage future flame alchemists could cause. Riza is reassigned as King Bradley’s personal assistant to be used as a hostage when Mustang learns the homunculi control the State. When she discovers that King Bradley’s adopted son, Selim, is a homunculus as well, she sends her discovery to Mustang in code as soon as she can. She eventually defects from the military to help Mustang overthrow King Bradley. Arakawa received various questions regarding the future of her relationship with Mustang and commented that, while Hawkeye stays with Mustang, a marriage would still be possible despite military regulations.