Wednesday News- January 16, 2019

In/Spectre Supernatural Mystery Gets TV Anime by Brain’s Base- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-01-14/in-spectre-supernatural-mystery-gets-tv-anime-by-brain-base/.142034

Shelf Life: Princess Tutu- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2019-01-14/.141999

Cencoroll Anime’s Project Relaunch is TV Edit, More News Slated for March- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-01-15/cencoroll-anime-project-relaunch-is-tv-edit-more-news-slated-for-march/.142082

Masaaki Yuasa’s ‘Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara’ Anime Film Reveals Lead Cast, Character Details- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-01-14/masaaki-yuasa-kimi-to-nami-ni-noretara-anime-film-reveals-lead-cast-character-details/.142047

Our World is Ended PS4/Switch Version Slated for March in the West- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-01-14/our-world-is-ended-ps4-switch-version-slated-for-march-in-the-west/.142043

Anime

  • Black Clover Season 1 Part 3 BD/DVD
  • Black Clover Season 1 Part 3 Collector’s Box BD/DVD
  • Hunter x Hunter Set 5 BD
  • Hunter x Hunter Set 5 DVD
  • Overlord II Season 2 BD/DVD
  • Overlord II Season 2 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Rocket Girls BD

Manga

  • APOSIMZ Graphic Novel (GN) 2
  • Back Street Girls GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Baki GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Children of the Whales GN 8
  • Clockwork Planet GN 9
  • Creature! GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction GN 4
  • Die Wergelder GN 2
  • Fire Punch GN 5
  • He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Kira-kun Today GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • A Kiss, For Real GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Love Game Shuffle GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers GN 10
  • No Game, No Life GN 2
  • Shinobi Life GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Shōjo Fight GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Sota’s Knife GN 16-20 (Digital Only)
  • Squirming in the Darkness GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Sweetness and Lightning GN 11
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Ultraman GN 11
  • Wandering Island GN 2
  • Wu Zetian GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches GN Omnibus 17-18
  • Yokai Girls GN 6

Other

  •  Demon King Daimaou GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Infinite Dendrogram GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Onimusha: Warlords PS4/Xbox One Game

 

 

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Manga Monday- Princess Tutu

Princess Tutu is a Japanese magical girl anime series created by Ikuko Itoh in 2002 for animation studio Hal Film Maker. Inspired by ballet and fairy tales, particularly The Ugly Duckling and Swan Lake, the story follows a duck who is transformed into the mythical ballerina Princess Tutu in order to save the shattered heart of a storybook prince come to life.

The first season was broadcast in Japan in 2002 and the second in 2002 and 2003. It was also adapted into a two-volume manga. Both the manga and anime series were licensed by ADV Films in 2004 for distribution in North America, then by AEsir Holdings when ADV Films closed in 2009, but it’s upcoming Blu-ray Disc release will be distributed by Sentai Filmworks, as the latter two are parts of Section23 Films. The series explores the concepts of destiny and free will. Reviewers point out that although Princess Tutu is nominally a magical girl series, it is more of a “fairy tale set to ballet with a few magical girl elements mixed in,” and its use of dance in lieu of violence to solve conflicts carries “surprisingly effective emotional appeal.”

Manga

A manga adaptation of the anime series was written by Mizuo Shinonome and published in Japan by Akita Shoten in the shōnen manga magazine Champion Red. Two tankōbon volumes of the manga series were published in 2003. The Japanese manga series was translated to English and published in North America by ADV Manga in two volumes.

Note: The English language manga continues to use the Japanese name “Ahiru” rather than the name “Duck” used in the English language version of the anime television series.

Plot

Once there was a writer named Drosselmeyer, who had the power to make his stories come to life. But he died before he could finish his final tale, The Prince and the Raven, leaving the two title characters locked in an eternal battle. After many years, the Raven managed to break free into the real world, and the Prince pursued him. To seal away the Raven’s evil, Prince Siegfried shattered his own heart with his sword, causing him to lose all his memories and emotions.

Drosselmeyer, now a ghost, decides the story must have an ending. He finds it in the form of a little duck, who has fallen in love with Mytho, the empty remainder of Siegfried. He gives her a magic pendant that can transform her, first into an ordinary human girl, then into the graceful ballerina Princess Tutu, another character in the story. As Tutu, it’s Duck’s job to find all the scattered shards of Mytho’s heart and return them to him.

But not everyone wants Mytho to get his heart back. Rue, the Raven’s daughter reborn as a human, has fallen in love with him too, and worries he might not return her feelings if he has a heart. Her desire to stop him from regaining his emotions unleashes her ability to transform into Princess Kraehe, Tutu’s evil counterpart. Fakir, the boy who found and took care of Mytho after he escaped the story, also tries to stop Tutu, fearing that the story progressing means the Raven will return and Mytho will have to risk his life fighting it again.

What’s more, Duck learns that part of Princess Tutu’s story is that she can never confess her love to Mytho, or else she’ll turn into a speck of light and vanish. However, it becomes clear that Mytho wants his heart restored, so despite Fakir and Kraehe’s interference, she persists.

Eventually Fakir accepts Mytho’s choice and decides to help Tutu, even discovering her true identity as a Duck and becoming good friends with her. He also learns he’s a descendant of Drosselmeyer, meaning he too has the power to make what he writes a reality. Rue finds out she’s not the Raven’s daughter, but a human child he stole to serve him.

After most of Mytho’s heart is returned to him, the seal trapping the Raven begins to break. Finally able to feel love again, Mytho realizes he loves Rue – just as the Raven kidnaps her. Duck discovers her pendant is the final shard, meaning she must give up her life as a human to return it. She eventually finds the courage to do so, and becomes a humble duck again.

Mytho and the Raven battle once more. When the fight turns bleak, Mytho considers shattering his heart to seal the monster away again. Duck begins dancing to show him he must not give up. As she does, Fakir writes a story about how she never stops, no matter how many times the Raven’s minions attack her. Together they create hope, which gives Mytho the strength he needs to rescue Rue and defeat the Raven. Mytho asks Rue to be his princess and they return to his kingdom inside the story. Duck and Fakir continue their relationship, even though she’s stuck in her duck form. With nothing left to do, Drosselmeyer departs in search of another story.

 

Wednesday News- January 9, 2019

Review: Slumbering Beauty GNs 1-2- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/slumbering-beauty/gns-1-2/.141593

Viz Media to Screen Hunter x Hunter: The Last Mission Anime Film in U.S. Theaters on January 30- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-01-08/viz-media-to-screen-hunter-x-hunter-the-last-mission-anime-film-in-u.s-theaters-on-january-30/.141780

Shelf Life: Land of the Lustrous- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2019-01-07/.141680

Crunchyroll Preview 1st Rising of the Shield Hero Anime Episode Ahead of January 9 Official Debut- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-01-05/crunchyroll-previews-1st-rising-of-the-shield-hero-anime-episode-ahead-of-january-9-official-debut/.141684

Anime

  • Dragon Ball Super Part 6 BD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 6 DVD
  • Human Crossing BD
  • Kan Colle Kantai Collection BD
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam Collection 2 BD
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam Collection 2 DVD
  • Pokémon – Battle Frontier Complete Collection DVD
  • Twin Star Exorcists Part 4 BD

Manga

  • Alicia’s Diet Quest GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Graphic Novel (GN) 15
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage GN 7
  • Case Closed GN 69
  • Dragon Quest Monsters+ GN 1
  • Fuuka GN 20 (Digital Only)
  • Hayate the Combat Butler GN 33
  • Himouto! Umaru-chan GN 4
  • Kamikamikaeshi GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Kasane GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • Lovesick Ellie GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Pokémon Sun & Moon GN 3
  • Radiant GN 3
  • Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for my Retirement GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Spirit Circle GN 6
  • Starving Anonymous GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • The World’s Greatest First Love: The Case of Ritsu Onodera GN 11
  • Tokyo Alice GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Yo-kai Watch GN 10

Novel

 

Manga Monday-Bio-Booster Armor Guyver

Bio-Booster Armor Guyver or Guyver is a manga series written and illustrated by Yoshiki Takaya. The Guyver itself is a symbiotic techno-organic (or biomechanical) device that enhances the capabilities of its host.

The manga was originally serialized in Tokuma Shoten’s Monthly Shōnen Captain, the first appearance being in the February 18 magazine beginning in 1985. When Shōnen Captain was discontinued in 1997, the manga was picked up by Kadokawa Shoten who subsequently re-released all of the previous tankōbon originally published by Tokuma. The manga is currently serialized in Kadokawa’s Young Ace magazine. It has been licensed by Viz Media, Star Comics and Chuang Yi Publishing.

Plot

A test type Zoanoid escapes from the Cronos Corporation with three Guyver Units. Cronos soldiers attempt to recover the units from the test type, but are thwarted when the test type detonates a bomb that he has concealed in his bag. The Guyver Units are scattered in the blast. One of the lost Guyver Units, known as “Unit I”, lands near two young high school students, Shō Fukamachi and Tetsurō Segawa. The second one is retrieved by Cronos and merges with Oswald A. Lisker to become the second Guyver later on. The final unit falls into the hands of Agito Makishima, who merges with it at an unspecified time. Shō accidentally activates the unit which then painfully merges with him.

Over time, Shō learns more about the Guyver and its abilities. The Guyver is virtually invulnerable, with its only weak point being the Control Metal. With this part intact, it can rebuild the host from the data stored within. If this part is critically damaged, however, the host will be eaten alive by the unit and perish. This is disconcerting and Shō starts to question whether he will ever be free from the Guyver. The situation gradually gets worse with continuously more powerful Zoanoids appearing. This makes it increasingly difficult to protect his vulnerable friends.

As the story progresses it also takes a startling turn, in which Cronos succeeds in taking over the world and reshaping it according to its ideals. The Guyvers are then labeled to the public as a “vanguard of alien invaders”.

Characters

Shō Fukamachi / Guyver I  

The main protagonist of the series, Shō is seventeen years old and a second-year student at Narisawa high school. He has black hair and a slim build. He fights Cronos to protect his friends and family than from any need to see the enemy brought to justice. Had he not become host for a Guyver Unit, he would have happily continued in ignorance of Cronos. He cares deeply for Mizuki Segawa with the intensity of first love and Tetsuro Segawa, Mizuki’s older brother, is his closest friend. As he is the host for the first Unit activated, he is known as “Guyver I”.

Tetsurō Segawa  

A large-framed, chubby third-year student, Tetsuro is Shō’s closest friend. He is highly intelligent and can think rapidly when he has to. He is a rabid science fiction fan and the leader of the sci-fi society in the school, which gives him the background knowledge to make numerous accurate guesses about the Guyver armor, Zoanoids and Cronos. He wears his hair short and has glasses.

Mizuki Segawa  

Mizuki is a typical schoolgirl. At the beginning of the story, she has a crush on Agito Makishima, but later begins to appreciate Shō more. She is somewhat short even for a Japanese girl, very slender and wears her hair in a page-boy cut that emphasizes her large eyes.

Agito Makishima / Guyver III 

Agito is of medium build and muscular; he is a third-year student at the same high school the others attend, but looks older. Portrayed as an anti-hero, he almost never allows sentiment to stand in his way. He appears shrewd and calculating. At one point a candidate-member of the Cronos Elite, he is now viewed by them as a traitor. Even though he may have activated his Unit before Oswald A. Lisker, the second Guyver, he did not openly appear in his Guyver armor until after Lisker was eliminated and thus he was dubbed “Guyver III”. Agito shows a frightening knowledge of what the Guyver can do throughout the series. After the Cronos conquest, Agito leads a resistance organization known as “Zeus No Ikazuchi” or “Zeus’ Thunderbolts”, as he plans to overthrow Cronos and steal their power (as the god Zeus did to his father, Cronos).

Shizu Onuma / Griselda  

Shizu Onuma and her family have been serving the Makishima family for many years, tending to their properties and caring for Agito in his youth. Although she is by nature kind and gentle, she can be extremely dangerous when she is acting in his interests since her devotion to him is total and overriding any other consideration. She gave her body to the ambition of Agito and leads the processed “Liberatus” of the Zeus’ Thunderbolts organization, having been transformed into the proto-zoalord Griselda. She capable of protecting the Liberatus from the psychic control of Cronos’ overlords, although her lifespan has been greatly diminished by the transformation.

Fumio Fukamachi 

Fumio is a widower and Shō’s father, but almost nothing else is known about him. He is captured and used by Cronos as a guinea pig and turned into a Guyver-killer Zoanoid to entrap Shō. He ends up being killed by Guyver I in battle.

Aptom  

He is a battle creature that hunts down other Zoanoids created by Cronos (except Lost Numbers). By absorbing small amounts of DNA from other Zoanoids, he can replicate their forms and powers, as well as mix the attributes of several Zoanoids in one body. He can regenerate himself even if only small pieces of him are left. Since discovering this ability, he begins killing Zoanoids to take their powers and bio-matter in order to become the most powerful battle creature and becomes a renegade from Cronos. In time, he comes to ally himself with the Guyvers in various battles. Aptom was one of the lost number commandos along with his two compatriots, Somlum and Dyme, who were killed in battle with Guyver I. This leads Aptom to carry a vendetta against Shō. Over time, Aptom questions his own motives and considers Cronos’ part in his suffering. He was originally developed as a Zoanoid with the ability to morph into different types of Zoanoids and possess the power of the types he morphs into, but the project failed and he became a Lost Number. Dr. Barcas was interested in Aptom’s abilities and carried out further experiments on him. This freed Aptom from the mental control of the Zoalords and gave him the ability to rapidly evolve. Aptom also has other unexpected abilities, including the ability to regenerate himself even from the smallest remaining piece of his tissue and the ability to clone himself, each clone having its own consciousness. Throughout the story, he has gone through several different chosen forms after absorbing multiple Zoanoids. His human shape is of a muscular man with a distinctive scar that runs down the left side of his face from hairline to jaw. He often dresses in a leather jacket, jeans and sunglasses.

Toshiaki Hayami / Bio-Freezer

One of Dr. Odagiri’s assistants, and the one who manipulated security footage at the Relic’s Point base to cover Agito Makishima sneeking Shō Fukamachi and Mizuki Segawa in. He is later the sole survivor of that group of scientists that escaped in the relic, along with the Segawa siblings and Agito Makishima’s aids, after the destruction of the Relic’s point base. The scientists were infected by a deadly virus as Cronos’ means of keeping them under control. The only way to escape death is to be supplied with regular shots or to become Zoanoids. The only way to become a Zoanoid and yet not be slaves to the Zoalords is to become a Lost Number. Since supplies of the medicine were running out, they resorted to attempt to becoming Lost Numbers. Hayami was the only scientist that survived the process, becoming “Bio-Freezer”. He possesses the unique power to affect the temperature of the environment around him to a certain extent. Aptom finds him and, once he realizes what Hayami is, brings him to meet the Guyvers and their friends. Unfortunately, later on his mission with Sho to save Aptom from the three rogue Zoalords, he sacrifices himself to save the latter, knowing that he was going to die anyway, due to flaws in the make-shift optimization process.

Valkyria Forsberg-Lisker / Guyver II Female 

Valkyria is a former member of Cronos and the step-sister of the late Oswald A. Lisker. Her mother was Astrid Forsberg and her stepfather was US Senator Robert P. Lisker. Their marriage was arranged by Cronos to unite the powerful American and Swedish Cronos families together. Robert was quite cold to Valkyria, but initially Oswald acted like a big brother to her. After her mother’s death she came to resent the submissive role she had been dealt and proceeded to work her way up the ranks of Cronos to avoid being used as a pawn the way her mother was. Her goal to show up her brother was destroyed upon his death, shattering her. She stole the artificial control medallion (that was being developed by Cronos to create their own pseudo-Guyver units) and became “Guyver II Female”. She resisted any of Cronos’ attempts to stop her and has teamed with the former Zoalord Richard Guyot. She is plagued by bouts of fatigue and dizziness even in human form as a result of becoming a Guyver.

Apollon 

A mysterious figure that has begun collecting Zoacrystals from the deceased Zoalords. He appears to wear a dark armor made from the same material as Guyver’s control metal. He has demonstrated mind control, an ability only seen used by Uranus or Zoalord. He also mimicked Caerleon’s self division by manipulation of ‘unfolded space’. Dr Barcas has speculated that Apollon could be a vanguard of the Uranus. He also appears to be on a tight schedule. He is likely based upon apollyon. Even though the katakana is closer to Apollon, the kanji that is often used beside it is abyss.

 

Wednesday News- January 2, 2018

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime’s TV Ad Streamed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-12-31/demon-slayer-kimetsu-no-yaiba-anime-tv-ad-streamed/.141519

Best Anime of 2018- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2018-12-26/the-best-anime-of-2018/.141324

Roundup of Newly Revealed Print Counts for Manga, Light Novel Series- December 2018- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-01-01/roundup-of-newly-revealed-print-counts-for-manga-light-novel-series-december-2018/.141402

In Memoriam- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-12-31/in-memoriam/.141477

J-Novel Club Licenses 3 More Manga Series- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-12-31/j-novel-club-licenses-3-more-manga-series/.141528

Manga

  • Aho Girl A Clueless Girl GN 10
  • Anonymous Noise GN 12
  • Blue Exorcist GN 21
  • Can I Kiss You Every Day? GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Can You Just Die, My Darling? GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • A Certain Scientific Accelerator GN 8
  • Chihayafuru GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House GN 13
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba GN 4
  • Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju GN 1 0
  • Devilman Grimoire GN 5
  • Dr. Stone GN 3
  •  Dragon Ball Super GN 4
  • Gantz GN 2
  • Haikyu!! GN 30
  • High-rise Invasion Omnibus GN 3
  • Hungry For You – Endo Yasuko Stalks the Night GN 2
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War GN 6
  • Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- GN 1
  • Magika Swordsman and Summoner GN 1 0
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes GN 3
  • One-Punch Man GN 15
  • The Prince’s Romance Gambit GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 1
  • Rurouni Kenshin Omnibus GN 9
  • Skip Beat! Omnibus GN 13
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN 4
  • Twin Star Exorcists GN 14
  • The Water Dragon’s Bride GN 8

Other

  • Monster Hunter Illustrations Book 2 (Hardcover)

 

Manga Monday- Kiss Him Not Me

Kiss Him, Not Me, known in Japan as Watashi ga Motete Dōsunda, is a Japanese romantic comedy shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Junko. It is published by Kodansha since 2013 on Bessatsu Friend magazine. Fourteen volumes compiling the chapters have been released so far. It is published online in English by Crunchyroll and the volumes will be published by Kodansha USA.

Reception

Volume 3 of the manga reached the 44th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and, as of June 15, 2014, has sold 17,994 copies; volume 4 reached the 43rd place and, as of September 14, 2014, has sold 22,107 copies; volume 5 reached the 17th place and, as of January 18, 2015, has sold 41,112 copies.

The manga won Best Shōjo Manga at the 40th Kodansha Manga Awards. It was number four on the 2015 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Female Readers survey.

Plot

Kae Serinuma is a fujoshi, a female manga and anime geek who loves reading yaoi material and imagining men together in romantic relationships, both fictional and real. When one of her favourite anime characters is killed off, Kae is so shocked that she locks herself in her room for a whole week. When she eventually comes out, she discovers that she has lost a lot of weight. She becomes a beautiful girl that catches the eye of four boys at her school: Yūsuke Igarashi, Nozomu Nanashima, Hayato Shinomiya, and Asuma Mutsumi. Despite learning about Kae’s bizarre tendencies, the four boys, along with another fujoshi girl named Shima Nishina, all fall for Kae and begin competing with each other for her affection, much to Kae’s frustration as she wants them to fall in love with each other.

 

Character Special- InuYasha Part 2

Recurring characters

Kikyo

was a powerful, high-ranking priestess who lived fifty years prior to the events of the series. Kikyo was given the task by demon slayers to guard and purify the Shikon Jewel. She fell in love with Inuyasha, who considered using the Shikon Jewel to turn him completely human so it would fade and she could live with him as a normal human. However, having had an indirect role in his creation, Kikyo is mortally wounded by Naraku posing as Inuyasha and believed the real Inuyasha betrayed her. Kikyo found Inuyasha, who also fell for Naraku’s deception when he assumed Kikyo’s form to antagonize the half-demon into attacking the village, and sealed him to the Sacred Tree. Though Naraku had expected her to use it to save her life, and corrupt it so he can have it, Kikyo dies after requesting to have the Shikon Jewel be burned with her body on the funeral pyre. Though Kikyo intended to keep it safe within her soul, the Shikon Jewel is brought back to the feudal era through her modern-day reincarnation, Kagome Higurashi. She is then revived by a demon witch Urassue with a deep grudge against Inuyasha for his apparent betrayal and supposedly inflicting her with deep, fatal wounds on her chest and left shoulder. She tried to drag Inuyasha to hell as revenge. Later, upon knowing that Naraku was the one who tricked her and Inuyasha to hate each other, Kikyo set her goal to destroy him by allowing the evil man to complete the Shikon Jewel; fragment by fragment and then purify him along with it.

She is killed once more when she got caught in Naraku’s trap at the sacred mountain of Mt. Hakurei, where she was struck through with Naraku’s venomous tentacles and fell into a river polluted with toxic miasma. She was eventually found in a waterfall, and healed by her own modern-day reincarnation, though only for a short time. After being fatally hurt at the hands of Naraku yet again, she had spent her final moments with Inuyasha before she passed on for a third and final time; her spirit being carried among the twinkling stars by her Soul Collectors.

Sesshomaru

is a powerful dog demon, feared throughout the feudal era. Born of a great demon bloodline, he is the older half-brother of Inuyasha. Chronologically, he is over 200 years old, while according to the official Inuyasha Profiles guide by Rumiko Takahashi, his appearance is equivalent to that of a 19-year-old male. He appears as a tall and handsome young man. He has fair skin, golden eyes with slit pupils, waist-length white hair (in the anime, his hair reaches as far as his knees), and a purple crescent moon on his forehead. Sesshomaru’s true form is that of a giant red-eyed white dog. He produces an acidic poison that is mainly released from his claws in the Dokkasō attack. While in his true form, the Dokkasō attack is transferred to his fangs.

Sesshomaru holds his father in high esteem for being a powerful demon and desires to take his legendary sword, Tessaiga, for himself. He displayed an animosity towards Inuyasha for being named by their father to have ownership of Tessaiga. However, in order to teach Sesshomaru compassion, his father bestows him Tenseiga, a sword that cannot harm the living yet can bring back someone from the dead only once. Because it was a weapon that could not harm, Sesshomaru keeps the weapon as a decorative piece on his person for occasional use. He is accompanied by Jaken and A-Un, and later a human girl Rin after she treated his injuries. He earns his own sword Bakusaiga later in the series along with a newly regenerated left arm. Sesshomaru initially targets Inuyasha due to his obsession with possessing the Tessaiga, but he later shifts his focus to Naraku, his pride having been injured due to Naraku repeatedly manipulating him and Inuyasha against each other and having killed Kagura.

Jaken

is a small green imp-like demon who is extremely loyal to Sesshomaru, often praising his master’s greatness, although Sesshomaru usually ignores and sometimes abuses him. Jaken himself is not especially powerful, but he wields the Staff of Two Heads, a fire-throwing staff that Sesshomaru gives him. The manga explains little about Jaken’s past, but the anime shows that Jaken was once a lord among similar demons.

Rin

is an eight-year-old orphan girl who is always barefoot. She finds Sesshomaru in the woods beneath a huge tree and tends to his injuries. After witnessing some bandits brutally murder her parents, Rin is sent into a period of shock, only communicating with hand gestures and friendly smiles. Rin is mortally wounded during the wolf demons’ raid of her village. Sesshomaru finds Rin’s lifeless body and, uncharacteristically revives her using Tenseiga. After this, Rin starts to speak and remains in company with Sesshomaru, Jaken, and A-Un. Despite his established contempt for humans, Sesshomaru continually protects Rin for the rest of the series, even showing genuine grief during The Final Act when Rin’s soul is lost in the netherworld, though his mother is able to save her. Throughout the series, she is known for her kindness and loyalty to Sesshomaru, and develops a good relationship with Kohaku over the course of the series.

A-Un

is a two-headed dragon demon with some horse-like features and Sesshomaru’s beast of burden who is one of two yōkai in the series and is explicitly stated to be a herbivore, like Totosai’s ox. Despite traveling with Sesshomaru for centuries, he has no name until Rin gives him one, calling the right head “A” and the left head “Un”. A-Un can fire yōkai energy from both mouths. The right head shoots blue beams of lightning, while the left shoots green lightning that can control clouds and possibly the weather and has the ability to fly like Sesshomaru. A grey cloud-like gas trails from his legs in flight, similar to Kirara’s flames.

Kohaku

is Sango’s eleven-year-old brother who, like his family, is also a demon exterminator. Disguised as a young nobleman, Naraku summons Sango’s family and companions to slay a false demon on Kohaku’s first day on the job, then controls him with a spider web and makes him kill all of the other exterminators, with Sango surviving solely by sheer luck. While Kohaku is seemingly killed by the castle’s guards, Naraku resurrects him as an amnesiac puppet to use against his sister using a shard from the jewel. After several encounters with Sango and her friends, Kohaku begins to recover his painful memories, and seeks to atone for the sins he committed while under Naraku’s control by doing whatever he can to kill him. Kagura helps him escape from Naraku, and later joins with Kikyo to use his shard to destroy Naraku. After Kikyo’s death, he begins traveling with Sesshomaru’s group. During a confrontation with Naraku, the piece of his Shikon Jewel was taken, but Kohaku survived thanks to Kikyo’s power allowing him to live. At the end of the series, Kohaku travels with Kirara to continue his demon-slaying job to help those in need.

Naraku

is the main antagonist of the series, having caused the misery of most of the main cast. He was born fifty years ago from the desires of a gravely burned bandit named Onigumo, who was found by Kikyo who tended to his wounds. As the injuries had severely crippled him, Onigumo forms a pact with the surrounding demons attracted to his darkness to consume him in return for his soul to occupy a new body created from their merged bodies so that he could satisfy his frustrated lust for Kikyo. However, with Onigumo buried deep in his subconscious, the newly born Naraku acted against his human self’s desire as he arranged for Kikyo’s demise and her falling out with Inuyasha in the expectation that events would corrupt the Shikon Jewel. When Kikyo had the jewel burned with her corpse, Naraku bides his time until the Shikon Jewel is brought back to the feudal era by the priestess’s reincarnation, Kagome Higurashi.

While Naraku originally appears in the form of a hooded figure wearing a robe made from a baboon pelt, which is also utilized by his Golems, he later permanently assumes the guise of the young lord Kagewaki Hitomi.

Naraku’s basic abilities are shape shifting and absorbing his opponents, later gaining new abilities as he enhances himself over the course of the series. Unlike other half-demons, Naraku can choose what time of the month he loses his demonic powers where he is reduced to a human head attached to multiple demons. Much to his distaste, Naraku permanently has a spider-shaped birthmark on his back that is a constant reminder of the humanity that constitutes his being. Naraku possesses several poisonous abilities, such as producing a deadly miasma and the poisonous Saimyōshō wasps, the latter used chiefly to prevent Miroku from uncovering his Wind Tunnel.

It is revealed near the end of the series that the Demon of the Shikon Jewel has been the true enemy of the entire story, manipulating Naraku as an instrument he created to assure his continued existence.

Demon of the Shikon Jewel

is the incredibly powerful dragon yōkai created from numerous demons from ancient time that battled the priestess Midoriko before forcing the priestess to trap their souls in what became the Shikon Jewel. From his spirit was born the evil called Magatsuhi.

In the manga, he was created when many minor demons possessed a mortal man who secretly desired Midoriko and formed into one demon in order to kill her, similar to how Onigumo loved Kikyō and created Naraku. However, unlike to Naraku, he was not a half-demon but a full demon completely devoid of human feelings. In fact, while Onigumo’s deadly body was completely devoured by demons and his evil soul used as their adhesive, the human who loved Midoriko was only incorporated on the base of the dragon’s neck, where you can see only his head and right hand.

It was only after Naraku’s death that he reveals the Shikon Jewel’s intention to trap Naraku and Kagome, then replacing him and Midoriko, to prolong its existence. Then, after Naraku’s death, he became the ultimate enemy of Inuyasha inside the jewel: he has been the true enemy of the entire story, manipulating Naraku as nothing more than an instrument he created to assure his continued existence. In fact, while being the main antagonist, Naraku himself has never found happiness and wanted Kikyo’s love. He had promised to satisfy Naraku’s desire once the jewel had been completed, but in reality he did nothing but manipulate him to his liking. In fact, once the jewel has been completed, he did not satisfy this desire.

Inuyasha fights through him to reach Kagome before holding the composing demons off. In the manga, he is destroyed forever by Inuyasha when he cuts the point of light in the darkness inside the Shikon Jewel with Meido Zangetsuha, which is the key to destroy the jewel’s evil. In fact, with Inuyasha’s attack at this very point, the purity of the Jewel called Naohi annihilates forever the evil corrupting presence within it, then the Jewel’s shimmering and voice completely stopped. Instead, in the anime version, Kagome destroys the demon for good when she made a selfless wish for the Shikon Jewel to be erased from existence.

 

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Character Special- InuYasha Part 1

Main characters

Inuyasha

is the main character of the series. Born of a dog-demon father and a human mother, his appearance equivalent to that of a fifteen-year-old boy. As a half-demon, he had a difficult and lonely childhood, as demons and humans despised him for his mixed bloodline. He has dog ears, claws, superhuman strength, and other demonic abilities. He sports a red garment called the Robe of the Fire-Rat and is always barefoot.

In 2001, Inuyasha won the Animage Grand Prix for Best Male Character.

Kagome Higurashi

is the narrator and coprotagonist of the series. Brave and kind girl who believes in never turning her back on someone in trouble, she develops a close relationship with Inuyasha over the course of the series and begins to fall in love with him during their quest to collect the Shikon shards and defeat Naraku, though she finds herself competing with the revived Kikyo for his affections. Although physically weak, she becomes stronger and skilled in archery as the series progresses, and eventually learns to master her immensely strong spiritual powers.

At the beginning of the series, Kagome is a fifteen-year-old junior high school student who was born in 1982 in modern Japan. She is the reincarnation of the deceased (and later resurrected) priestess Kikyo, and thus resembles the priestess in looks. Kagome has the Shikon Jewel unknowingly hidden inside her body until her fifteenth birthday, when a demon pulls her into the Bone Eater’s Well at her family’s shrine and takes her 500 years into the past. They emerge in the Feudal Era about fifty years after Kikyo’s death, where the demon tears the jewel from Kagome’s body.

Miroku

is an eighteen-year-old lecherous Buddhist monk who travels the countryside performing spiritual services, such as exorcisms and demon exterminations. Miroku can attack enemies with his khakkhara and sutra scrolls, but his greatest weapon is the Wind Tunnel embedded in the palm of his right hand, which is actually a hereditary curse originally inflicted upon his grandfather by Naraku.

However, Miroku remains notorious for his recurring lechery, usually manifesting as shameless flattery, semi-surreptitious groping, and asking every woman he meets to bear him a child. While he learned these bad habits from the monk Mushin, who raised him after his father was engulfed into his own Wind Tunnel, Miroku also has the more serious motive of wanting an heir to continue his journey if he dies without defeating Naraku, and over time Miroku falls in love with Sango.

Sango

is a sixteen-year-old demon slayer. She hails from a village that practices the act as their profession and is also the original home of the Shikon Jewel. While travelling, she wears a traditional woman’s kimono, over which she wears long skirt, most likely “mo-bakama”, and traditional woman’s arm guards and leg guards, and straw sandals. As a demon slayer, Sango dresses in a black skin-tight jumpsuit, and pink armor plates made of demon parts, and a red sash. Of her broad repertoire of tools and tricks for fighting demons, Sango usually wields her most powerful weapon called the Hiraikotsu (飛来骨, “Flying Return Bone”), a human-sized boomerang made of purified demon bones. Her other weapons include a short sword, a concealed blade and various poisons. She is always accompanied by the demon-cat Kirara, her mount.

Sango has suffered more heavily at the hands of Naraku than most; her brother Kohaku was possessed by Naraku and manipulated into killing their father and comrades and wounding her, while her village was destroyed in an attack by Naraku’s minions. Kohaku was subsequently killed, but resurrected as a puppet by Naraku through a Shikon Jewel shard. Left for dead at first, Sango is tricked by Naraku into thinking Inuyasha destroyed her village; after she learns the truth, she and Kirara become the final members of Inuyasha’s team. At first she is motivated solely by the desire to free her brother from Naraku’s influence, but overtime she develops mutual affection and loyalty for the entire group.

Though she harbors disdain for Miroku initially (given his lecherous attitude towards women) Sango gradually develops feelings for him and each of them often risks their lives to protect the other. She accepts Miroku’s roundabout proposal of marriage in the sixth season, and spends much of the seventh season trying to keep him out of danger, as his Wind Tunnel has grown to the point that it might consume him if he uses it again. After Naraku is defeated, she and Miroku marry; by the time Kagome returns to the feudal era, they have three children.

Shippo

is a young orphaned kitsune, who attempts to steal the Shikon Jewel from Inuyasha and Kagome, wanting to become stronger and avenge his father’s death. Though his plan fails, Inuyasha and Kagome aid him after hearing his story, and he becomes their companion. Shippo normally appears to be a young boy with certain fox-like features: his legs, feet, ears, and tail. He can shape-shift, but his other forms (such as a large flying balloon) are temporary and often ineffective, usually given away by his lingering fox tail. He can also create illusory duplicates of himself, as well as weak Foxfire magic and toy-based tricks such as his giant spinning top attack.

Kirara

is Sango’s faithful companion who usually appears to be a small kitten-sized feline with two tails, but can become large enough to carry several passengers whenever the need arises. She is a spiritual entity, like the kitsunes; her full-sized form has fangs and flames, while in her small form, she is small and cute.

 

Manga Monday- InuYasha

Inuyasha, also known as Inuyasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale , is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. It premiered in Weekly Shōnen Sunday on November 13, 1996, and concluded on June 18, 2008, with the chapters collected into 56 tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan.

The series begins with Kagome Higurashi, a 15-year-old schoolgirl from Tokyo who is transported to the Sengoku period of Japan after falling into a well in her family shrine, where she meets the half dog-demon, Inuyasha. When a monster from that era tries to take the magical Shikon Jewel embodied in Kagome, she inadvertently shatters the Jewel into many pieces that are dispersed across Japan. Inuyasha and Kagome start traveling to recover it before the powerful demon Naraku finds all the shards. Inuyasha and Kagome gain several allies during their journey, including Shippo, Miroku, Sango and Kirara. In contrast to the typically comedic nature of much of Takahashi’s previous work, Inuyasha deals with a darker and more serious subject matter, using the setting of the Sengoku period to easily display the violent content while still retaining some comedic elements.

Plot

In modern-day Tokyo, Kagome Higurashi lives on the grounds of her family’s Shinto shrine with her mother, grandfather and little brother. On her fifteenth birthday, when she goes to retrieve her cat, Kagome is dragged into the enshrined Bone Eater’s Well by a centipede demon that emerged from it. But rather than hit the bottom, Kagome finds herself in the past during Japan’s Sengoku period. The demon is revealed to have originally been defeated fifty years prior by a warrior priestess named Kikyo who is the keeper of the Shikon Jewel, an artifact created by the sacrifice of a priestess named Midoriko which grants its holder’s desires. As her resemblance to Kikyo pointed out by her younger sister Kaede, Kagome is revealed to be the priestess reincarnated with the Shikon Jewel contained in her own body after Kikyo had it placed on her funeral pyre in an attempt to keep it safe in death. Kagome then came across a youth pinned by a sacred arrow on a tree, learning he is a half-dog demon (yōkai) named Inuyasha whom Kikyo trapped as her final act when he attempted to steal the jewel. Though Kagome frees Inuyasha to kill the centipede demon, the half-demon subdued by a magical necklace to keep him in line, the Shikon Jewel was extracted from her body, and it later was taken by a crow demon before it was accidentally shattered into many shards that fell across Japan and into the possession of those who gain the individual shards’ power.

After Inuyasha gains his father’s sword Tessaiga, placing him at odds with his older brother Sesshomaru, he aids Kagome in collecting the shards and dealing with the threats they cause as they are joined by young fox demon Shippo. But when Kikyo was partially revived while revealed to have been Inuyasha’s lover, her version of how their falling out occurred brings the events into question. It was when the group is joined by the perverted cursed monk Miroku that the events which resulted in Inuyasha’s imprisonment and Kikyo’s death were caused by a devious half-demon named Naraku who also cursed Miroku’s bloodline. The evolving Naraku is revealed to have been born from the soul of an evil man named Onigumo inhabiting a body created by countless demons as part of a pact to acquire the Shikon Jewel for his own ends, seeking out the shard while absorbing demons to increase his power and remove any weaknesses. Inuyasha’s group is soon joined after by Sango, a demon slayer whose clan was killed when her younger brother Kohaku fell under Naraku’s control and is kept alive by a Jewel shard. Over time, Inuyasha enhances Tessaiga into stronger forms while contends with Naraku’s minion incarnations like Kagura and the reanimated Band of Seven. Inuyasha’s team is loosely allied by Sesshomaru who took an orphaned girl named Rin as a ward, the resurrected Kikyo, and a wolf-demon named Koga who seeks to avenge his comrades while flirting with Kagome.

While Naraku momentarily removes his heart in the form of the Infant, who later attempts to overthrow Naraku through his vessel Moryomaru, Kohaku regains his freewill and memories and attempts to help out of guilt for indirectly killing his father. During that time, Sesshomaru settles things with Inuyasha to enable his brother to perfect Tessaiga to its optimal abilities. Eventually, Koga is forced to stand on the sidelines while Kikyo uses the last of her life force to give Kohaku a second chance at life as Naraku finally reassembles the Shikon Jewel. Although Inuyasha and his allies defeat him, realizing his true desire is for Kikyo’s love despite his hatred towards her and that it can never be granted, Naraku uses his wish to trap himself and Kagome in the Shikon Jewel. Revealed to be sentient, the Shikon Jewel intends to have Kagome make a selfish wish so she and Naraku will be trapped in conflict and prolong its existence. But with Inuyasha by her side, Kagome wishes for the Shikon Jewel to disappear. The action, though, causes Kagome to return to her time with the Well sealed, and she and Inuyasha lose contact for three long years.

In that time, the Sengoku period changes drastically: Sango and Miroku have three children together; Kohaku resumes his journey to become a strong demon slayer with Kirara as his companion; and Shippo attains the seventh rank as a fox demon. Rin lives with Kaede to get her re-accustomed to living with humans in case she so chooses. Back in the present, Kagome graduates from high school before finally managing to get the Bone Eater’s Well in her backyard to work again. Kagome returns to the Sengoku period, where she stays with Inuyasha and becomes his wife.

Development

Rumiko Takahashi wrote Inuyasha after finishing Ranma ½. In contrast to her previous works, Takahashi wanted to do a darker storyline distant from her comedy series. In order to portray violent themes softly, the story was set in the Sengoku Era, when wars were common. For the designs of samurai or castles, no notable research was made by the author who considered such topics common knowledge. By June 2001, a clear ending to the series was not established as Takahashi still was not sure about how to end the relationship between Inuyasha and Kagome. Furthermore, Takahashi stated that she did not have an ending to previous manga she wrote during the beginning, having figured them out as their serialization progressed.