Wednesday News- January 10, 2018

The Winter 2018 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2018/winter/.125962

Shelf Life: Squid Girlhttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2018-01-08/.126152

1st Tiger & Bunny Director Keiichi Sato Not Working on New Anime Series- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-01-10/1st-tiger-and-bunny-director-keiichi-sato-not-working-on-new-anime-series/.126268

Review: Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch Novel 1- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/record-of-lodoss-war/novel-1/.125958

Anime-

  • My-HiME Complete Series BD/DVD
  • My-Otome Complete Series BD/DVD
  • My-HiME OVA Series (My-Otome Zwei and My-Otome 0~S.ifr~)
  • Naisho no Tsubomi DVD
  • Naruto Shippuden Set 33 DVD Uncut
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Case Closed GN 65
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • Fuuka GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • The High School Life of a Fudanshi GN 3
  • His Favorite GN 10
  • I am a Hero GN 5
  • I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Imperfect Girl GN 2
  • Infini-T Force GN 2
  • Kokkoku: Moment by Moment GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Lovesick Ellie GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Nurse Hitomi’s Monster Infirmary GN 7
  • Peach Heaven GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Spirit Circle GN 2
  • The World’s Greatest First Love: The Case of Ritsu Onodera GN 9
  • Yokai Rental Shop GN 2

Other-

  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • Infinite Dendrogram Novel 4 (Digital Only)

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Manga Monday- Hetalia: Axis Powers

Hetalia: Axis Powers is a Japanese webcomic, later adapted as a manga and an anime series, by Hidekaz Himaruya. The series’ main presentation is as an often over-the-top allegory of political and historic events as well as more general cultural comparisons. Characters are personifications of countries, regions such as Hong Kong and micronations with little reference to other national personifications. Both positive and negative cultural stereotypes form part of each character’s personality.

The main storyline’s events occur during World War II, but the vast majority of the comics take place during other historical events, modern holidays, or at no specific time whatsoever. The series often uses satire and light-hearted comedy to reinterpret well-known events as well as less common historical and cultural trivia. Historical, political, economic, and military interaction between countries is generally represented in Hetalia as social interactions and misunderstandings between the characters.

Himaruya originally created Hetalia as an online webcomic, and so far six tankōbon have been published by Gentosha Comics, the first on March 28, 2008, the second on December 10, 2008, the third on May 20, 2010, the fourth on June 30, 2011, and the fifth on July 31, 2012. English translations of the first two volumes have been published by Tokyopop in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Both printed volumes published so far have topped The New York Times manga best seller list. As of May 2012 the English-language version of the manga was published by Tokyopop via Right Stuf Inc.

Manga

The original Hetalia: Axis Powers webcomic was adapted into six tankōbon and published by Gentosha Comics under the manga imprint Birz Extra. The first volume was released on March 28, 2008, the second on December 10, 2008, the third on May 20, 2010, the fourth on June 30, 2011, and the fifth on July 31, 2012. There is soon to be a seventh volume of the Hetalia manga books, although this seventh book will be the first volume of Hetalia: World Stars. Every tankōbon except the first were released as a standard edition and a special edition that included an extra small booklet. The first two volumes sold over a million copies by late 2009.

In January 2009 Anime News Network reported that the series would also begin serialization in Gentosha’s seinen manga magazine Comic Birz starting in the April issue, but this was later announced to be a publishing error. The Gentosha press release on which ANN had based their article actually referred to a new series by Himaruya, Chibisan Date. Amazon.com has listed Hetalia: Axis Powers as being licensed by Tokyopop for a North American release, with the first volume released on September 21, 2010. After Tokyopop withdrew from the English language market in 2011, Right Stuf has been publishing the Hetalia manga in English since May 2012. On July 7, 2013, Tokyopop announced via their Facebook page that Tokyopop and Right Stuf are teaming up to being out Hetalia Volumes 4 and 5 in Winter 2013.

Characters

So far, over 60 countries and territories have been depicted. There have also been historical figures depicted, such as (but not limited to) Maria Theresa, Roman emperors, Napoleon Bonaparte, Leonardo Da Vinci and Jeanne d’ Arc. There are also personifications of other figures, like General Winter, the United Nations, Italy’s tanks and every country’s Mr. Newspaper.

The following countries are the 8 main roles in this manga.

Axis Powers

The Axis Powers, the main characters of the Hetalia series. From left to right: Japan, North Italy, Germany

The Axis Powers group of characters consists primarily of Germany, Italy, and Japan (the Axis Powers of World War Two), who are also the protagonists of the series.

Italy Veneziano,

usually shortened to just Italy is the primary protagonist and the title character, portrayed as a bright, energetic, and mostly sweet young man. In the series, he is depicted at various points as the infant grandson of the Roman Empire and is recognized as one of the weakest characters in the series as well as a carefree and cowardly soldier who often surrenders without a fight, usually by waving a white flag. His artistry and love of pasta and pizza are references to stereotypical Italian culture. He uses his adorable ways and cute face to charm girls he meets. He is portrayed as a “loveable loser”. Despite looking weak and helpless, Italy is viewed as being strong as a child, being able to defeat Turkey single-handedly during his golden days. According to Himaruya, Italy is strong, but because of his cowardice he doesn’t show his strength.
Italy Veneziano represents the northern half of the country, while his older brother Romano represents the southern half. Hence, their full character names are Italy Veneziano and Italy Romano respectively.
In the anime series, both Veneziano and Romano are voiced by Daisuke Namikawa in Japanese. In English, Veneziano is voiced by Todd Haberkorn and Romano is voiced by Ian Sinclair. Young Italy, from a common segment on the show called Chibitalia, is voiced by Aki Kanada in Japanese and Brina Palencia in English.

Germany 

is viewed as a hard-working, efficient, bureaucratic, and serious man. In the series, Germany is primus inter pares among the Axis Powers, and takes responsibility for the training of Italy and Japan. He is tall, muscular, with blond hair and blue eyes (possibly a reference to the National-Socialist concept of an Aryan Master Race) and usually wears military fatigues, uniforms, or formal wear. Although he has a tendency to act aggressively to other characters he encounters (in particular Italy and Japan), he can sometimes show a kinder side to his personality. Another aspect of his character is his relative inexperience with relationships, leading him to be very by-the-book as a result of the belief that things will go wrong if he does not follow instructions to the letter. Despite this, as the series progresses, he forms a close friendship with Italy. In the anime series, he is voiced by Hiroki Yasumoto in Japanese and Patrick Seitz in English.

Japan 

is a reclusive and hard-working man. He seems to have a problem with others being in his personal space, for he gets uncomfortable if anyone touches him or gets too close, though he does seem to have gotten used to this to some extent. In the series, he is shown to be inexperienced with the Western world, and prone to culture shock; but he also finds fascination in the ways of other nations since he takes photographs of cultural oddities in other countries’ lands. A young man, his character design features dark brown eyes and black hair, common physical traits among Japanese people; and has the attire of an officer of the Japanese Navy. He often tries to adopt the cultures of other countries he meets such as France, or when other countries meet him such as America. He “senses the mood and refrains from speaking”. Generally quiet, he is often depicted with the attitude of a businesslike old man. In the anime series, he is voiced by Hiroki Takahashi in Japanese and Christopher Bevins in English. Young Japan is voiced by Alexis Tipton in English.

Wednesday News- January 3, 2018

News-

Austin Film Critics Nominate your name., Blade of the Immortalhttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-01-02/austin-film-critics-nominate-your-name-blade-of-the-immortal/.125981

The Winter 2018 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2018/winter/.125962

SP  Baby GNs 1-2 Review- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/sp-baby/gns-1-2/.125895

7 Favorite Anime Duos of 2017- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2017-12-30/.125322

 

Manga Monday- Fist of the North Star

Fist of the North Star is a Japanese manga series written by Buronson and illustrated by Tetsuo Hara. Serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1983 to 1988, the 245 chapters were initially collected in 27 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha. Set in a post-apocalyptic world that has been destroyed by a nuclear war, the story centers on a warrior named Kenshiro, the successor of a deadly martial art style known as Hokuto Shinken, which gives him the ability to kill most adversaries from within through the use of the human body’s secret vital points, often resulting in an exceptionally violent and gory death. Kenshiro dedicates his life to fighting against the various ravagers who threaten the lives of the weak and innocent, as well as rival martial artists, including his own “brothers” from the same clan.

The original manga was published in English by Viz Communications as a monthly comic book, and later by Gutsoon! Entertainment as a series of colorized graphic novels, although neither translation was completed.

Plot

Part 1

In the 1990s, civilization was ruined as a result of a worldwide nuclear war and many creatures died out. However, mankind survived and entered an age where the strong ruled over the weak, as the few survivors fought over whatever supply of food and uncontaminated water remained in the wasteland of the world.

Kenshiro, successor to the ancient assassination art of Hokuto Shinken, wanders into a village in search of water when he is caught in a trap and imprisoned by the local defense force. In prison, he befriends a young orphaned girl named Rin who nursed him back to health. When the village is attacked by a biker gang and Rin is taken hostage by their leader, Ken breaks free from his cell and rescues Rin, defeating the gang leader with his deadly martial art technique. Kenshiro leaves the village and continues his journey, now accompanied by a young boy named Bat. He becomes involved against the King organization after witnessing the many atrocities they have committed. As he infiltrates the gang’s stronghold in the city of Southern Cross, he finds out that the leader of King is his old nemesis, the Nanto Seiken master Shin, the man who engraved the seven scars on Kenshiro’s chest and kidnapped his fiancée Yuria. Kenshiro emerges victorious against Shin, only to find out from Shin that Yuria is no longer with him, having taken her own life in despair by jumping off the roof of Shin’s palace.

After Shin’s downfall, Kenshiro settles in an oasis where he is reunited with Rin, who wandered off searching for Kenshiro after leaving her village. Having acquired a reputation as a saviour after defeating other organizations such as the Golan army and Jackal’s gang, Kenshiro is hired by a certain village to serve as their guardian against the Fang Clan, a group of bandits who are terrorizing the locals. With the help of village leader Mamiya, a female warrior who bears a striking resemblance to his lost love Yuria, as well as fellow guardian Rei, the successor to the Nanto Suichōken style, Kenshiro succeeds in vanquishing the Fangs.

However, Kenshiro learns that his three former brothers-in-training in the ways of Hokuto Shinken are still alive and sets off on a journey to find them. He finds out that Jagi, the second youngest, seeks vengeance against him after being disfigured in a past altercation. Jagi is quickly eliminated and Kenshiro goes on to search for the second eldest, a gentle healer named Toki who surrendered the Hokuto Shinken succession after becoming terminally ill due to exposure to nuclear fallout. Kenshiro finds out that Toki is being kept prisoner in the dungeon city of Cassandra, which is controlled by a ruthless warlord known as the Ken-Oh (King of the Fist), who seeks to conquer the post-apocalyptic world by imprisoning everyone who could oppose him. Ken-Oh is in fact the eldest of the four Hokuto brothers, Raoh, who has broken the law of Hokuto Shinken by killing his master after refusing to surrender the succession. After freeing Toki, Kenshiro returns to Mamiya’s village to defend it from Raoh, but the long gruelling battle ends in a stalemate and the two warriors are forced to settle their differences another day. Rei is fatally wounded as a result of a previous battle with Raoh and he spends the last few days of his life tracking down his nemesis Juda, successor of Nanto Kōkakuken, who once tormented Mamiya in the past. After defeating Juda, Rei goes on to die, at peace with himself.

With Raoh still recovering from his wounds, another warlord, the Nanto Hōōken successor Thouzer, proclaims himself as the Holy Emperor, having enslaved children in order to construct a mausoleum for himself and his deceased master. Kenshiro joins a resistance movement led by the Nanto Hakuroken successor Shew, who sacrified his eyesight in the past to rescue a young Kenshiro. When Shew is captured and executed by Thouzer, Kenshiro confronts Thouzer and foils his ambitions. With Thouzer now gone, Raoh recovers from his wounds and goes on to resume his reign of conquest. Toki, who is on the verge of dying, uses his remaining strength to challenge Raoh as part of a childhood promise they made to each other, but is ultimately no match for him. Raoh can’t bring himself to land a killing blow on his own brother, and spare Toki’s life. With Toki no longer in condition to fight, Kenshiro is left as the only one who can defeat Raoh.

The Last General of Nanto appears and decides to side with Kenshiro in order to defeat Raoh, sending out her five guardians, the Goshasei, after Raoh. Kenshiro and Raoh both learn that the General’s true identity is Yuria, who was rescued by the Goshasei after her attempted suicide in Southern Cross and was hidden away. After a series of numerous events and battles, Kenshiro emerges victorious over Raoh and he is finally reunited with Yuria. However, the victory is bittersweet, as Yuria, having affected by radiation sickness, has only a few years left to live. Kenshiro leaves his friends and spends the final few years of Yuria’s life with her.

Wednesday News- December 27, 2017

News-

Shelf Life: Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamotohttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2017-12-25/.125709

Sokyu no Fafner The Beyonf Anime Project’s 4-Minute Promo Streamed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-12-27/sokyu-no-fafner-the-beyond-anime-project-4-minute-promo-streamed/.125792

Hugtto! Precure Reveals Characters, Visuals, February 4 Premiere- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-12-26/hugtto-precure-reveals-characters-visuals-february-4-premiere/.125776

Shaman King‘ Trademark Listed under Kodansha (Update)- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-12-26/shaman-king-trademark-listed-under-kodansha/.125772

Anime-

  • Barefoot Gen Movies 1-2 BD
  • Barefoot Gen Movies 1-2 DVD
  • The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Part 1 BD/DVD
  • The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Kiznaiver BD
  • Lupin III: Part II Collection 2 DVD
  • Occultic;Nine BD 2
  • Photon: The Idiot Adventures DVD
  • Project ARMS DVD
  • Riddle Story of Devil S.A.V.E. Edition Edition
  • Squid Girl Premium Edition Box Set BD/DVD
  • Yowamushi Pedal The Movie BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Absolute Duo Graphic Novel (GN) 2
  • Attack on Titan: Before the Fall GN 12
  • DAYS GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Drowning Love GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • The Full-Time Wife Escapist GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Giant Killing GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • House of the sun. GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • I Want to Hold Aono-kun so Badly I Could Die GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Kounodori: Dr. Stork GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Land of the Lustrous GN 12
  • Love and Lies GN 3
  • Love’s Reach GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Girl Site GN 4
  • My Boyfriend in Orange GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn GN 9
  • Peach Heaven GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Pitch-Black Ten GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Species Domain GN 4
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 3
  • Unmagical Girl GN 1
  • Witchcraft Works GN 10

Manga Monday- Say ‘I love you’

Say “I love you”. is a Japanese manga by Kanae Hazuki. In North America, the manga is published by Kodansha Comics USA. The manga is both written and illustrated by Kanae Hazuki and began serialization in Japan in Kodansha’s Dessert magazine. It was later obtained by Kodansha Comics USA for publishing in North America starting in April 2014. The sixth manga volume was released in two versions, a regular edition and a special edition with the latter being bundled with a special CD. The eleventh manga volume was also released in both regular and limited editions with the latter being bundled with an original video animation DVD. Seventeen tankōbon volumes have been released as of October 11, 2016. The manga will end serialization on July 24.

Plot

Quiet and unassuming Mei Tachibana has spent her high school years without making friends or getting a boyfriend because of a childhood incident that left her believing that people will betray each other sooner or later. She encounters a popular boy named Yamato Kurosawa, he becomes interested in her, and it is through their tentative friendship and blossoming relationship that Mei ultimately begins to branch out and befriend others.

 

Wednesday News- December 20, 2017

News-

Celebrate 50 Years of Shonen Jump’s Best Theme Songs- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-12-19/celebrate-50-years-of-shonen-jump-best-theme-songs/.125456

First Impressions: Okami HD (PS4, PC)- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2017-12-18/first-impressions-okami-hd/.125446

Review: Kiddy Girl- AND Sub. Blu-Ray + DVD- The Complete Series- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/kiddy-girl-and/sub.blu-ray-dvd-the-complete-series/.125428

Shojo Beat Licenses Suu Morishita’s Shortcake Cake Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-12-19/shojo-beat-licenses-suu-morishita-shortcake-cake-manga/.125511

Anime-

  • Ai no Kusabi Unchained BD
  • Ai no Kusabi Unchained DVD
  • CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon Complete Series BD
  • Dragonar Academy BD/DVD S.A.V.E. Edition
  • The Familiar of Zero Complete Series BD
  • Hundred BD/DVD
  • Koyomimonogatari BD
  • March comes in like a lion Volume 1 BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Collector’s Ultra Edition BD
  • Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale BD
  • Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale DVD
  • Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale Limited Edition BD
  • To Love-Ru Complete Series BD

Manga-

  • Akame ga KILL! ZERO GN 6
  • All Out!! GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Angels of Deathtopia GN 7 (Digital Only)Death GN 1
  • Aoharu X Machinegun GN 8
  • Arpeggio of Blue Steel GN 12
  • Bungo Stray Dogs GN 5
  • Attack on Titan GN 23
  • Attack on Titan: No Regrets Complete Color Edition GN (Hardcover)
  • Captive Hearts Of Oz GN 3
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card GN 1
  • The Count Of Monte Cristo GN
  • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody GN 4
  • Deathtopia GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Dragon’s Rioting GN 9
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Flying Witch GN 4
  • Goblin Slayer! GN 1
  • Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Edition Manga Box Set (Hardcover)
  • Golden Kamuy GN 3
  • Graineliers GN 1
  • Happiness GN 6
  • High School DxD GN 10
  • How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend GN 8
  • Inuyashiki GN 10
  • Kagerou Daze GN 8
  • Kasane GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Kin-iro Mosaic GN 5
  • Living-Room Matsunaga-san GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Girl Apocalypse GN 13
  • Magical Girl Raising Project GN 1
  • The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan GN 11
  • My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected GN 7
  • No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! GN 11
  • Not Lives GN 7
  • Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi GN 9
  • One Week Friends GN 1
  • The Prince’s Black Poison GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 2: A Week at the Mansion GN 4
  • Real Girl GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Rose Guns Days Season Three GN 2
  • Say I Love You. GN 18
  • School-Live! GN 9
  • Shiver GN (Hardcover)
  • A Silent Voice Manga Box Set
  • Smokin’ Parade GN 3
  • So I’m A Spider, So What? GN 1
  • Sweet Blue Flowers GN 2
  • Strike the Blood GN 9
  • Sword Art Online Calibur GN
  • A Terrified Teacher at Ghoul School GN 1
  • To Your Eternity GN 2
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 2
  • Tsuredure Children GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Umineko When They Cry Episode 7 GN 1
  • Until Your Bones Rot GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Yowamushi Pedal Omnibus GN 7

Other-

  • Accel World Novel 12
  • The Asterisk War Novel 5
  • Baccano! Novel 6 (Hardcover)
  • Chi’s Sweet Coloring Book
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! Novel 9
  • Goblin Slayer! Novel 4
  • The Irregular at Magic High School Novel 6
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Novel 10
  • Kingdom Hearts II Novel 2
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Novel 4
  • Monster Girl Doctor Novel 1
  • Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch Novel
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 10
  • Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers Novel 3
  • S:Es Novel (Hardcover)
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil Novel 1
  • Street Fighter: The Novel: Where Strength Lies
  • Sword Art Online Alicization Rising Novel 12
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Novel 1

Manga Monday- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki. It was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1987 to 2004 before being transferred to the monthly seinen magazine Ultra Jump in 2005. The current story arc, JoJolion, started in 2011. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is currently Shueisha’s second largest manga series with its chapters collected into 120 tankōbon volumes and counting.

The JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga has over 100 million copies in print, making it one of the best-selling manga series in history, and has spawned a large media franchise that includes several novelizations and video games, action figures, a jewelry line, and even snack foods. From 2003 to 2005, Super Techno Arts released both OVA series in North America. Viz Media released a translation of the third part of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure in North America from 2005 to 2010, but began publishing the series from the beginning in 2015.

Written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure began serialization in Weekly Shōnen Jump in its combined issue #1-2 of 1987, which was published on January 1, 1987. The chapters are collected and published into tankōbon volumes by Shueisha, with the first released on August 10, 1987. The series is broken into arcs or parts, each of which stars a different descendant of the Joestar family. During Part 5, which takes place in Italy, the series’ title was occasionally written in Italian as Le Bizzarre Avventure di GioGio. After volume 63, each parts’ tankōbon have started the number count back at one; see Stone Ocean, Steel Ball Run and JoJolion. The series was switched to the magazine Ultra Jump in 2005, during Steel Ball Run, with the chapters now published monthly. JoJolion, the current arc, began on May 19, 2011. A sōshūhen edition that aims to recreate the manga as it was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump with color pages, promotional text, and next chapter previews, began being published in October 2012. That same year, the first three Parts of the series were digitally colored and released as digital downloads for smartphones and tablet computers. A hardcover re-release of the first three Parts, including colored pages from their original serialization, was collected under the title JoJonium between December 4, 2013, and March 4, 2015.

Araki makes frequent references to real-life musicians and fashion designers in the series, causing its English publisher to take stricter legal precautions than usual.

In the early 1990s Viz Media had planned to release an English-language version of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure in North America as “The Strange Adventures of Jojo“, evident by an advertisement in their newsletter at the time, Viz-In. It is suspected the plans were canned after Baoh, another series by Hirohiko Araki, sold poorly. The series was brought up again for talks in 2002, for release as individual monthly chapters. However, by this time, that publication format for manga was becoming less popular in North America.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure finally received a North American release in 2005, in the graphic novel format, similar to its Japanese tankōbon. However, it is only of the series’ third part, Stardust Crusaders, which is the most popular and well-known. Originally published bimonthly, the volumes were later reduced to a quarterly release. The first volume was released on November 8, 2005, and the last on December 7, 2010. Viz’s release changed the names of several characters due to copyright concerns and included some censorship, with scenes of animal violence redrawn by Araki himself. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has also seen domestic releases in Italy by Star Comics, in France by J’ai Lu and Tonkam, Taiwan by Da Ran Culture Enterprise and Tong Li Publishing, and in Malaysia by Comics House.

In 2013, Viz revealed that they planned to release the third part digitally and expressed interest in further material of the series, however, they explained the difficulties due to the numerous blatant references to real-life musicians and fashion designers. Viz Media began publishing the JoJonium edition of Phantom Blood digitally in September 2014, with a three-volume hardcover print edition that includes color pages following throughout 2015. They then licensed the four-volume part 2 Battle Tendency, which they began publishing digitally in March 2015 and in print in November 2015. Viz began re-releasing Stardust Crusaders in the hardcover format in fall 2016. At Anime Expo 2016, Viz Media announced they will be publishing part 4 Diamond is Unbreakable.

Wednesday News- December 12, 2017

News-Recap-Anime

News-

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

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

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

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

Anime-

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

Manga-

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

Other-

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

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Manga Monday- Earl and Fairy

The Earl and the Fairy (Hakushaku to Yōsei) is a completed series of light novels written by Mizue Tani and published in Japan by Shueisha. The story is serialized in Cobalt magazine and illustrated by Asako Takaboshi (Ayuko). As of March 2011, four volumes of the manga adaptation of the series have been released by Shueisha under their Margaret Comics imprint. Viz Media has published the series under the name of “The Earl and The Fairy” in their Shojo Beat Manga label.

Story

The story, set in Victorian Britain, follows the adventures of 17-year-old Lydia Carlton, nicknamed the “Fairy Doctor” due to her interest and understanding of fairies. Her life takes a 180-degree turn when she meets Edgar J.C Ashenbert, the “Legendary Blue Knight Earl” and his crew on a sea voyage to London. Edgar hires her as an advisor during his quest to obtain a treasured sword that was supposed to be handed down to him by his family.