Manga Monday- Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. It was serialized in Square Enix’s Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine between August 2001 and June 2010; the publisher later collected the individual chapters into twenty-seven tankōbon volumes. The world of Fullmetal Alchemist is styled after the European Industrial Revolution. Set in a fictional universe in which alchemy is one of the most advanced scientific techniques, the story follows two alchemist brothers named Edward and Alphonse Elric, who are searching for the philosopher’s stoneto restore their bodies after a failed attempt to bring their mother back to life using alchemy.

The manga was published and localized in English by Viz Media in North America, Madman Entertainment in Australasia, and Chuang Yi in Singapore. Yen Press also has the rights for the digital release of the volumes in North America due to the series being a Square Enix title. The manga has sold over 70 million volumes worldwide, making it one of the best-selling manga series. The English release of the manga’s first volume was the top-selling graphic novel during 2005.

Manga

Written and drawn by Hiromu Arakawa, Fullmetal Alchemist was serialized in Square Enix’s monthly manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Gangan. Its first installment was published in the magazine’s August 2001 issue on July 12, 2001; publication continued until the series concluded in June 2010 with the 108th installment. A side-story to the series was published in the October 2010 issue of Monthly Shōnen Gangan on September 11, 2010. In the July 2011 issue of the same magazine, the prototype version of the manga was published. Square Enix compiled the chapters into twenty-seven tankōbon volumes. The first volume was released on January 22, 2002, and the last on November 22, 2010. A few chapters have been re-released in Japan in two “Extra number” magazines and Fullmetal Alchemist, The First Attack, which features the first nine chapters of the manga and other side stories. On July 22, 2011, Square Enix started republishing the series in kanzenban format.

Viz Media localized the tankōbon volumes in English in North America between May 3, 2005, and December 20, 2011. On June 7, 2011, Viz started publishing the series in omnibus format, featuring three volumes in one. Yen Press has the rights for the digital release of the volumes in North America since 2014 and on December 12, 2016 has released the series on the ComiXology website. Other English localizations were done by Madman Entertainment for Australasia and Chuang Yi in Singapore. The series has been also localized in Polish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Korean.

Light novels

Square Enix has published a series of six Fullmetal Alchemist Japanese light novels, written by Makoto Inoue. The novels were licensed for an English-language release by Viz Media in North America, with translations by Alexander O. Smith and illustrations—including covers and frontispieces—by Arakawa. The novels are spin-offs of the manga series and follow the Elric brothers on their continued quest for the philosopher’s stone. The first novel, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand, was animated as the episodes eleven and twelve of the first anime series. The fourth novel contains an extra story about the military called “Roy’s Holiday”. Novelizations of the PlayStation 2 games Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken AngelCurse of the Crimson Elixir, and The Girl Who Succeeds God have also been written, the first by Makoto Inoue and the rest by Jun Eishima.

Manga reception

Along with Yakitate!! Japan, the series won the forty-ninth Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen in 2004. It won the public voting for Eagle Award’s “Favourite Manga” in 2010 and 2011. The manga also received the Seiun Award for best science fiction comic in 2011.

In a survey from Oricon in 2009, Fullmetal Alchemist ranked ninth as the manga that fans wanted to be turned into a live-action film. The series is also popular with amateur writers who produce dōjinshi (fan fiction) that borrows characters from the series. In the Japanese market Super Comic City, there have been over 1,100 dōjinshi based on Fullmetal Alchemist, some of which focused on romantic interactions between Edward Elric and Roy Mustang. Anime News Network said the series had the same impact in Comiket 2004 as several female fans were seen there writing dōjinshi

Setting

Fullmetal Alchemist takes place in an alternate history, in the fictional country of Amestris. In this world, alchemy is one of the most-practiced sciences; Alchemists who work for the government are known as State Alchemists and are automatically given the rank of Major in the military. Alchemists have the ability, with the help of patterns called Transmutation Circles, to create almost anything they desire. However, when they do so, they must provide something of equal value in accordance with the Law of Equivalent Exchange. The only things Alchemists are forbidden from transmuting are humans and gold. There has never been a successful human transmutation; those who attempt it lose a part of their body and the result is a horrific inhuman mass. Attemptees are confronted by Truth, a pantheistic and semi-cerebral God-like being who tauntingly regulates all alchemy use and whose nigh-featureless appearance is relative to the person to whom Truth is conversing with; the series’ antagonist, Father, and some other characters, claim and believe that Truth is a personal God who punishes the arrogant, a belief that Edward denies, citing a flaw in Father’s interpretation of Truth’s works.

Attemptees of Human Transmutation are also thrown into the Gate of Truth, where they receive an overwhelming dose of information, but also allowing them to transmute without a circle. All living things possess their own Gate of Truth, and per the Gaea hypothesis heavenly bodies like planets also have their own Gates of Truth. It is possible to bypass the Law of Equivalent Exchange (to an extent) using a Philosopher’s Stone, a red, enigmatic substance. Philosopher’s Stones can be used to create Homunculi, artificial humans of proud nature. Homunculi have numerous superhuman abilities unique among each other and look down upon all humanity. With the exception of one, they do not age and can only be killed via the destruction of their Philosopher’s Stones.

There are several cities throughout Amestris. The main setting is the capital of Central City, along with other military cities such as the northern city of Briggs. Towns featured include Resembool, the rural hometown of the Elrics; Liore, a city tricked into following a cult; Rush Valley, a town that specializes in automail manufacturing; and Ishbal, a conservative-religion region that rejects alchemy and was destroyed in the Ishbalan Civil War instigated after a soldier shot an Ishbalan child. Outside of Amestris, there are few named countries, and none are seen in the main story. The main foreign country is Xing. Heavily reminiscent of China, Xing has a complex system of clans and emperors, as opposed to Amestris’s government-controlled election of a Führer. It also has its own system of alchemy, called Alkahestry, which is more medical and can be bi-located using kunai; in turn, it is implied that all countries have different forms of alchemy.

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Anime-

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  • Bleach Set 4 BD
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  • Yona Yona Penguin BD

Manga-

  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 8 (Digital Only0
  • Chihayafuru GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Children of the Whales GN 4
  • Crisis Girls GN 1
  • Dorohedoro GN 22
  • Gangsta: Cursed GN 4
  • Hoshin Engi GN 7 (Digital Only)
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  • RWBY Official Manga Anthology GN 1
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Other Tuesday- Character Special Shugo Chara!

Shugo Chara! is a Japanese shōjo manga created by the manga author duo Peach-Pit. The story centers on elementary schoolgirl Amu Hinamori, whose popular exterior, referred to as “cool and spicy” by her classmates, contrasts with her introverted personality. When Amu wishes for the courage to be reborn as her would-be self, she is surprised to find three colorful eggs the next morning, which hatch into three Guardian Characters: Ran, Miki, and Su.

Peach-Pit uses Amu to explore differences between one’s true self and the self that is presented to others. Like Jun Sakurada in Peach-Pit’s previous work, Rozen Maiden, Amu tackles issues such as alienation and fitting in at school. Unlike most heroines in other magical girl series, Amu is neither the perfect sweetheart nor a complete klutz. Amu gets grumpy and frequently talks back to others in contrast to the polite schoolgirls that fill the genre.

Amu’s Guardian Characters—Ran, Miki, Su, and later Diamond—aid her in her quest of self-discovery. Each Guardian Character represents an aspect of Amu’s true self. Ran represents Amu’s desire to be more honest and athletic, Miki represents Amu’s desire to be more level headed and artistic, Su represents Amu’s desire to be more caring and improve her domestic skills, while Diamond represents Amu’s desire to shine in front of others and be a good speaker. Moreover, the Guardian Characters are more than mere mascots who help Amu learn about her true self. They can also perform a “Character Change” where Amu’s personality is replaced by an entirely different one.

However, Amu is not the only one with Guardian Characters. Each of the Guardians—Tadase Hotori, Nadeshiko Fujisaki, Kukai Soma, and Yaya Yuiki—have their own Guardian Characters. Amu also encounters Ikuto Tsukiyomi and Utau Hoshina(Tsukiyomi), two siblings who also have Guardian Characters and are employed by the Easter Company to search for the Embryo.

Eventually, Nadeshiko Fujisaki and Kukai Soma leave the Guardians and are replaced by Rima Mashiro and Kairi Sanjo, respectively. Kairi later leaves and is replaced by Nagihiko Fujisaki, Nadeshiko’s real identity.

Main characters

Amu Hinamori 

Amu Hinamori , the series’ protagonist, is a student of Seiyo Elementary. Amu’s classmates see her as “cool and spicy” Amu can be identified as a Tsundere (Mean and Cold to opening up to other people), but Amu’s true character is shy and timid. Part of the reason for this misunderstanding is the trendy punk goth clothing her mother buys for her as well as the way she expresses her shyness. However, when Amu wishes for the courage to become her would-be self, three colorful eggs appear. When they hatch, they reveal Amu’s Guardian Characters: Ran, Miki, and Su.

Amu becomes a member of the Guardians, the school’s student council, and discovers that each member has a Guardian Character. Amu’s position with the Guardians is the Joker. Her task as the Joker is to search for and purify X Eggs and X Characters (also, in the second season, she purifies Mystery Eggs, the corrupted forms of people’s would-be selves). Ran, Miki, and Su help Amu with her task through a process called Character Transformation, which is enabled by the Humpty Lock and grants Amu special abilities depending on the Guardian Character. Later on, Amu also creates a fourth egg, known as Diamond. In the second season, when Amu shows her true potential, the Humpty Lock increases in power. Thus, new transformation scenes are used…

Amu’s main love interests are Tadase Hotori and Tsukiyomi Ikuto. Throughout the first half of the series, Amu had a crush on Tadase and blushed every time she was in his presence. She initially regarded Ikuto as a jerk and pervert, but she grew close to him as he aided her countless times. When Ikuto first confesses his love to her, she thinks he is teasing her and dismisses it. When Tadase asks Amu if it is okay for him to fall in love with her, she is thrilled at the progress in their relationship but soon finds herself drawn to Ikuto. She was saddened when Ikuto decided to leave in search of his father. Because of this, she realizes that she truly loves Ikuto. After he confesses to her and kisses her close to the lips, she refuses to admit her feelings for him, which prompts Ikuto to make a deal with her that he will get her to fall in love with him. In chapter 48, Amu confesses to Tadase’s older self that she had liked Tadase for his outer character. Although they have a much better relationship than before, Amu remains stubborn about her feelings for Ikuto. In the final chapter of Shugo Chara Encore, she is happy to reunite with him and is seen holding hands with him at Sanjou and Nikaidou’s wedding. Amu’s primary rival is Utau Hoshina, Ikuto’s younger sister, who is jealous that Ikuto shows an interest in Amu instead of her. They soon become good friends after Utau leaves Easter. In the end, she chooses Ikuto in the manga. However, it is heavily implied that she ends up with Tadase in the anime.

Amu gains the Dumpty Key from Yoru and uses it to unlock the Humpty Lock. In some of the later chapters, when Amu opens the Humpty Lock with the Dumpty Key, she and Tadase see more of Ikuto’s past. Their journey ends when Amu Character transforms with Diamond, and she and Ikuto fight briefly. Ran, Miki, Su, and Diamond all combine their powers, making Amu character transform into Amulet Fortune and Ikuto character transform into Seven Seas Treasure.

Amu ventures to the Eggs’ Cradle, a place where unborn and “lost” Shugo Chara reside, in order to search for four colored shards representing each of her Shugo Chara in an attempt to bring Ran, Miki and Su back. In chapter 44, Diamond tells Amu that Ran, Miki and Su have “disappeared” and that she will help Amu find them as her “navigator”. Diamond becomes Amu’s guide in the Eggs’ Cradle in Amu’s search for the four coloured shards. She finally comes to terms with the loss of her Guardian Characters at the end of the journey, however as she returns she realizes that she has Ran, Miki, Su and Diamond back in Egg form much to her relief and later joy as they are born again later in Shugo Chara Encore.

Ran 
Ran is the first to hatch from Amu’s eggs and represents Amu’s desire to be more honest, confident and athletic. Ran is frequently cheering Amu on. During Character Change, Amu gains, thus, and increased her athletic abilities. During Character Transformation, Amu becomes Amulet Heart, with a cheerleader inspired outfit. In chapter 38, Ran undergoes a new Character Transformation, along with Miki, Su, and Diamond; becoming Amulet Fortune. In chapter 44, she disappears along with Miki and Su, and later Diamond as well when Amu no longer needs them. In Shugo Chara Encore at the very end of the last chapter, she and Amu’s other Shugo Chara emerge hatch again at Sanjou and Nikaidou’s wedding much to Amu’s joy. 
Miki 
The second Guardian Character to hatch is Miki. Miki represents Amu’s desire to be more sharp, level headed, and artistic. Miki is also the one to help Amu make fashion choices. Reflecting Amu’s love interests, Miki has shown an interest in Tadase’s Guardian Character, Kiseki, Ikuto’s Guardian Character, Yoru, Kukai’s Guardian Character, Daichi, and Nagihiko’s Guardian Character, Rhythm. During Character Change, Amu gains increased artistic abilities. During Character Transformation, Amu becomes Amulet Spade. In chapter 38, Miki undergoes a new Character Transformation, along with Ran, Su, and Diamond; becoming Amulet Fortune. In Shugo Chara! Doki, Miki is the only one out of Amu’s Guardian Characters to be able to sense Mystery Eggs clearly. In chapter 44, she disappears along with Ran and Su, and later Diamond as well when Amu no longer needs them. In Shugo Chara Encore, she returns along with the others and together catch the wedding bouquet for Amu who accidentally threw it back in the air again. 
Su 
The third Guardian Character, Su, represents Amu’s desire to be more caring, sensitive and improve her domestic skills. However, Su is prone to silly mistakes. She is very fond of Amu’s teacher, Yuu Nikaidou. Amu gains an improvement in cooking and cleaning skills during Character Change, as well as becoming “too girly”. During Character Transformation, Amu becomes Amulet Clover with an outfit just like Su’s. In chapter 38, Su undergoes a new Character Transformation with Ran, Miki, and Diamond; becoming Amulet Fortune. In chapter 44, she disappears along with Miki and Ran, and later Diamond as well when Amu no longer needs them. She and the others make an unexpected return toward the end of the last chapter of Shugo Chara Encore as they appear to be reborn again from Amu’s feelings. 
Diamond 
Diamond is Amu’s fourth Guardian Character. Diamond represents Amu’s desire to be more calm and optimistic. Unlike most Guardian Characters, she is supposedly the most powerful. She becomes an X Egg when Amu dislikes all the changes that were happening in the spring. While collecting X Eggs with Yukari, Utau finds Diamond’s egg inside the box. She soon hatches into a X Character. Unusually, she is not shaped like the usual X Character; she looks like a normal Guardian Character, but with a white X-shaped clip covering her black diamond-shaped clip. Because of this, Amu doesn’t know Diamond’s true name. In the Japanese versions, Diamond’s name is shortened to Dia. Utau uses X-Diamond to extract heart’s egg of other people by character changing with her. X-Diamond can Character Transform with Utau, becoming Dark Jewel, however, the transformation does not last very long. When Amu is finally able to prove to Diamond that she does have enough confidence to shine she reverts into her true original form. Together they undergo a Character Transformation, becoming Amulet Diamond. Afterward, Diamond returns to her egg until she sees that Amu “shines again”, but secretly comes out as a spirit at times. Diamond is shown to be an air-headed character. In chapter 38, Diamond comes back when Amu “shines”. After character transforming and fighting with Ikuto, she, Ran, Miki, and Su combine powers with Amu; becoming Amulet Fortune. In chapter 44, Diamond tells Amu that Ran, Miki and Su have “disappeared” and that she will help Amu find them as her “navigator”. Diamond becomes Amu’s guide in the Eggs’ Cradle in Amu’s search for the four colored shards. Coming to terms with herself and the future, Amu accepts the loss of her Guardian Characters and Diamond disappears as well, guaranteeing that the four of them will always be watching over her. In Shugo Chara Encore, Diamond and the other three have hatched again and save Amu’s catching of the thrown bouquet. When Amu Character Changes with Diamond in Shugo Chara Party’s Shugo Chara Dokki Doki, Amu doesn’t really do much but smile and sparkle, disappointing Ran, Miki, and Su. 

Tadase Hotori 

Tadase Hotori  is a boy in the same year as Amu and serves as King’s Chair of the Guardians. Like Amu, he is actually a shy person and is not good at public speaking; instead, he Character Changes with his Guardian Character, Kiseki. Although he is popular with the girls, when a girl confesses their love to Tadase, he will have Kiseki reject her. However, whenever he hears the word “ouji”, or anything resembling the word “ouji”, he Character Changes into an egotistical king who seeks world domination. Amu develops a crush on Tadase soon after she transfers into the school. His love interest is Amulet Heart, Amu’s Character Transformation with Ran, but it later becomes Amu herself. In episode 39, Kiseki’s egg turns into an X Egg because Tadase lost his self-esteem by not being able to find the Embryo. With the help of Amulet Heart, Tadase turns back to normal. Tadase has known Ikuto and Utau since childhood, but he does not talk about it in detail until the Guardians are about to face Utau in their final battle. Amu and Tadase reconcile soon after, though. Later on, he agrees to help Amu save Ikuto from Easter. Tadase confesses his love for Amu in chapter 28 (episode 74 in the anime) behind Amu’s house while Ikuto was hiding in Amu’s closet. Ikuto overheard and made fun of Tadase, only to protect him, which he knew nothing about. When Tadase was facing against Ikuto in chapter 35, his staff becomes a sword called Royal Sword in episode 99. Tadase ventures into the Eggs’ Cradle with Amu, but subsequently gets separated from Amu due to a meteor shower. The future Tadase, who looks like Tsukasa helps Amu and reveals himself to be Tadase. In episode 127 of the anime, he kisses Amu on the cheek and tells her that he’ll always be by her side.

Kiseki 
Kiseki is Tadase’s Guardian Character. Kiseki was born for a combination of Tadase’s desire to be stronger and the dream of world domination. Because of this, Kiseki is extremely egotistical and often demanding, and doesn’t like obeying others. He frequently calls other Guardian Characters to go on “Special Secret Meetings.” A running gag is that the other Guardian Character will almost always ignore him when he starts up a meeting. Kiseki is aware of Tadase’s crush on Amu and acts the same way as Amu’s Guardian Characters whenever Tadase seems to be confessing to Amu. Kiseki holds a grudge against Ikuto’s Guardian Character, Yoru. During Character Change, Tadase gains the confidence to overcome his shyness. However, sometimes Tadase will become an egotistical person who seeks world domination. Although Tadase could not Character Transform with Kiseki at first, they later gain this ability with the help of Amu after Kiseki’s egg gets tainted with an X, becoming Platinum Royal.

Ikuto Tsukiyomi 

Ikuto Tsukiyomi is a teenage boy in high school, contracted by Easter to find the Embryo. He often helps Amu even though he works for Easter. Ikuto actually despises Easter and tries to wrench himself free from them by trying to find the Embryo to grant that wish. He possesses the Dumpty Key which pairs with Amu’s Humpty Lock which at first did not fit in the keyhole. Like his father, Ikuto is a skilled violinist. He is the current owner of the Dumpty Key, which originally belonged to Aruto, his father, although Tadase’s father had it for a little while. His father is presumed to be dead, but Ikuto refuses to believe it and has set out on finding him. As her status as the only daughter of the past president of the Easter Company, his mother was forced to marry the company’s director after her husband’s violin was found in a foreign country. From her second marriage, she bound her children into working for Easter. Ikuto’s personality is aloof, mysterious, and a little naughty. He likes teasing people, especially Amu and Tadase. He is also the older brother of Utau Hoshina. As the series goes on, he grows very strong feelings for Amu — he confessed that he loves her in the same chapter Tadase did, although she believes that he is teasing her. He later surrendered himself to Easter, not wanting to get anyone else involved in the mess he made. In the manga timeline, it is shown he character transformed with a new black Guardian Egg to become Death Rebel, shocking Amu. In chapter 38, he character transforms with Yoru and the black egg into Seven Seas Treasure. In chapter 39, it’s said that Ikuto may have two eggs, one is possibly still inside him. In one of the later chapters, Ikuto calls Amu ‘princess’ and she replies by asking him to thank her for making him get back to normal. Ikuto swears that this time he will be the one to protect her. In chapter 43, Ikuto confesses to Amu he will never see her again as he is going to search for his father. Ikuto returns for Yukari Sanjo and Yuu Nikaidou’s wedding. Amu is very happy and relieved to see him. He promises that he would show Amu sides of him that she has not seen, but only when he returns for her when she is older, he then later kisses her on the nose. At the wedding Ikuto and Amu are seen holding hands and Amu says she knows she can reach the future without letting go of his hand.

Yoru 
Yoru is Ikuto’s cat-like Guardian Character and represents Ikuto’s desire to be free. Yoru often goes out by himself and enjoys causing trouble for the Guardians and their Guardian Characters for fun. When Ikuto and Yoru undergo a Character Transformation, they become Black Lynx. Yoru became hysterical when Ikuto does the Death Rebel Character Transformation in chapter 31. During this time, he also could not track Ikuto because the hypnotizing tuning fork confuses him. Later on, when Racquel and Tadase find Ikuto being controlled by Easter, Yoru takes the Dumpty Key and gives it to Amu. In chapter 38, he along with the black egg, combine powers with Ikuto to become Seven Seas Treasure. In chapter 46, Amu finds a dazed Yoru in the Eggs’ Cradle. He and Amu fall out of the Egg’s cradle and see Ikuto. In chapter 48, when Yoru sees how happy Ikuto is, he comments him for having become a “true alley cat”, and goes back to being a heart’s egg inside of Ikuto. 

Utau Hoshina/Tsukiyomi 

Utau Hoshina is a junior high student model turned singing idol. She is actually Ikuto’s younger sister, Utau Tsukiyomi. Utau had tried to find the Embryo to release her brother from Easter, but she never succeeded. Utau is very attracted to Ikuto and becomes extremely jealous of Amu because Ikuto shows an interest in her. However, she eventually accepts Amu and they become friends. She becomes good friends with Kukai in the anime and manga, and soon starts a relationship with him.

She was the vocalist of the indie band “Black Diamond” which is produced by her manager, Yukari Sanjo, as a method of using the CDs of their music to draw the eggs out of children and make them into X Eggs. She only sang in Black Diamond whilst in a x-chara change with x-Diamond. X-Diamond was found during one of her x-egg withdrawal sessions. Utau mainly uses X-Diamond to extract the heart’s egg of other people since X-Diamond can withdraw more x-eggs than Il can and El refuses to do anything. X-Diamond can Character Transform with Utau, and become Dark Jewel, however, the transformation lasts only a short period of time. When the plan fell apart, Utau quit Easter with her manager and became a singer on her own, without Easter contracting her.

Il 
The devilish Iru is the first of Utau’s two Character Guardians introduced in the story. Iru seems mean and unkind, but it’s just her character. Sometimes she can be helpful and sincere, but she dislikes nagging. She represents Utau’s energetic and playful side. During Character Transformation, Utau becomes Lunatic Charm, with the attack Nightmare Lorelei and later, Lilin Trident. When Iru felt lonely because Eru wasn’t there for her to tease and when she felt that Utau was ignoring her because of Diamond, she Character Transforms with Amu, becoming Amulet Devil.
El 
El is Utau’s second Guardian Character and is the complete angelic opposite of Il. El often nags, likes correcting people about their choices that she considers wrong herself, and helps those who are troubled by love. Because El was treated badly by Il and ignored by Utau, she left home and wound up in Amu’s care. El can perform a Character Transformation with Amu, resulting in Amulet Angel, which surprised Utau. However, as Amu is not El’s real owner, the Character Transformation remains powerless with no real abilities. Whenever El performs a Character Transformation with Amu, Amu usually ends up being embarrassed due to El’s over-the-top antics. Eru finally performed a Character Transformation with Utau, forming Seraphic Charm. Later in the manga series, Utau uses White Wing to help the Guardians help Ikuto.

Manga Monday- Shugo Chara!

Shugo Chara!, also known as My Guardian Characters, is a Japanese shōjo manga series created by the manga author duo, Peach-Pit. The story centers on elementary school girl Amu Hinamori, whose popular exterior, referred to as “cool and spicy” by her classmates, contrasts with her introverted personality. When Amu wishes for the courage to be reborn as her would-be self, she is surprised to find three colorful eggs the next morning, which hatch into three Guardian Characters: Ran, Miki, and Su.

Shugo Chara! is serialized in the magazine Nakayoshi and published by Kodansha in Japan. Del Rey has licensed the English language manga rights, releasing the first volume on March 27, 2007. It won the 2008 Kodansha Manga Award for best children’s manga.

Manga

In December 2005, Peach Pit announced that they were working on a new shōjo manga series called Shugo Chara! The first chapter was published in the February 2006 edition of Nakayoshi magazine. The first volume collection was then republished on July 6, 2006 by Nakayoshi publisher Kodansha. In addition to the regular volumes, the series is being released in limited editions in Japan, each of which include different cover art from the regular editions, metallic foil sleeves, and a set of postcards featuring Amu in various outfits and poses following the color theme of the dust jackets. Del Rey Manga announced that it acquired the English language rights to Shugo Chara! during Manga NEXT 2006 and released the first volume on March 27, 2007. Kodansha USA published the entire series in 2011.
The series was put on hiatus along with two other series, Rozen Maiden and Zombie-Loan, in December 2008 due to a sudden illness and hospitalization. One month later, Peach-Pit announced that all three series will resume and thanked their fans for the support during the illness. There is a spin-off manga series called Shugo Chara Chan!, featuring drawings by Mizushima Naftaren, which is in yonkoma (4-panel) comics style and focuses on Amu’s guardians. Currently there are three volumes. There is no special edition version of the spin-off series. The January issue of Kodansha’s Nakayoshi magazine confirmed on December 1, 2009, that Peach-Pit would be ending the Shugo Chara! manga in the next issue on December 28. A sequel series was later announced, titled Shugo Chara! Encore!, and ran between April and September 2010 issues of Nakayoshi.

Plot

The main protagonist of the story, Amu Hinamori, is a female student attending Seiyo Elementary. At first glance, her classmates refer to her attitude and appearance as “cool and spicy” and rumors speculate about her personal life. However, her real personality is that of a very shy girl who has trouble showing her true personality. One night, Amu wishes for the courage to show her “would-be” self, and the next morning, she finds three brightly colored eggs — pink, blue, and green — in her bed. These eggs hatch into three Guardian Characters, or “Shugo Charas”: Ran (pink), Miki (blue), and Su (green). The Guardian Characters aid Amu in discovering who she truly is and help fulfill Amu’s dreams. Amu’s life becomes much more complex, as she struggles to deal with her “would-be” selves and Seiyo Elementary’s Guardians, who each have a Guardian Character of their own. People with Guardian Characters can “chara-nari” (character transform) or “character change”. Each transformation has special powers, mainly for attacking or defending. Character changes have special powers too, but have more practical uses. Later on, they recruit Amu as the “Joker” to search for X Eggs and X Characters, the corrupted forms of people’s dreams, so the Guardians can purify their dreams. In Japanese, the egg is shortened.
Meanwhile, the Easter Company is extracting people’s eggs, in search of a special egg called the Embryo. The Embryo is believed to grant any wish to the one who possesses it. However, the process creates X Eggs and X Characters. Later on in the series, a fourth (yellow) egg named Diamond is born. Unlike Amu’s other Guardian Characters, she is only seen a few times in the series. Due to Amu’s mixed feelings before Diamond was born, she becomes an X character and is “stolen” by idol singer Hoshina Utau, who uses Diamond to character change for her concerts, planned by Easter as part of their plan to get the Embryo. Later on, Diamond is purified and becomes a regular Guardian Character. She would then appear in times of heavy crisis.

 

Wednesday News- May 9, 2018

1st Fate/stay night Heaven’s Feel Film’s Enlgish-dubbed Trailer streamed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-05-08/1st-fate-stay-night-heaven-feel-film-english-dubbed-trailer-streamed/.131329

Is Love Really Difficulty for Otaku? Male Nerds Weigh In on Experiences- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2018-05-08/is-love-really-difficult-for-otaku-male-nerds-weigh-in-on-experiences/.131289

Review: Obessions of an Otome Gamer eBook 1Elementary Achool Years– https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/obsessions-of-an-otome-gamer/ebook-1/.130902

Kakuriyo- Bed & Breakfast for Spirits– Stage Play Reveals Main Cast- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-05-08/kakuriyo-bed-and-breakfast-for-spirits-stage-play-reveals-main-cast/.131327

Is Tada Never Falls In Love Worth Your Time?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2018-05-08/.131296

Anime-

  • Ace Attorney Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Batman Ninja BD/DVD
  • Batman Ninja Steelbook BD
  • Batman Ninja DVD
  • Is It Wrong to Expect a Hot Spring in a Dungeon?! (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (OAV) BD
  • Is It Wrong to Expect a Hot Spring in a Dungeon?! (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (OAV)DVD
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Season 2 BD

Manga-

  • Ajin – Demi-Human GN 11
  • The Bride Was a Boy GN
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Edition GN 1 (Hardcover)
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 9 (Ditigal Only)
  • GTO: Paradise Lost GN 8 (Ditigal Only)
  • Happiness GN 7
  • Heaven’s Design Team GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • I am a Hero Omnibus GN 6
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria GN 3
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 5
  • Pokémon Sun & Moon GN 1
  • Requiem of the Rose King GN 8
  • Sherlock: The Great Game GN
  • Star Wars: Lost Stars GN 1
  • A Strange and Mystifying Story GN 3
  • Sweetness and Lightning GN 10
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs GN  1

Other-

  • Megadimension Neptunia VIIR PlayStation 4 Game
  • Parasyte Live-Action Parts 1 & 2 BD/DVD
  • Toradora! Novel 1
  • Wolf & Parchment: New Theory Spice & Wolf Novel  2

Manga Monday- My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia is an adventure manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 2014, and 18 volumes have been collected in tankōbon format. The series has been licensed for English-language release by Viz Media, and began serialization in their weekly digital manga anthology Weekly Shonen Jump on February 9, 2015.

The story follows Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without superpowers in a world where they are the norm, but who still dreams of becoming a superhero himself, and is scouted by the world’s greatest hero who shares his powers with Izuku after recognizing his value and enrolls him in a high school for heroes in training.

Manga

My Hero Academia is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. It began its serialization in the manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump in July 2014. As of November 2, 2017 the series been collected into sixteen tankōbon volumes. The series is licensed for English language release in North America by Viz Media, who published the first volume on August 4, 2015. As the series is published in Japan, it is also released simultaneously in English digitally by Viz Media’s Weekly Shōnen Jump. As of April 3rd 2017, 12 volumes have been released.

The manga was nominated for the 8th Manga Taishō in 2015.  Volume 1 reached the 7th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart with 71,575 copies sold. It sold out almost immediately on its first printing. Volume 2 reached the 6th place, with 167,531 copies and, by January 18, 2015, had sold 205,179 copies. As of March 2017, there were over 10 million copies of My Hero Academia in circulation. The story has been noted to take inspiration from elements in superhero comics, such as the aesthetics of its characters.

Main characters

Izuku Midoriya / Deku 
Nicknamed Deku (an alternate spelling of his name which could be interpreted as “one who can’t do anything”), he is a timid but kind boy who is extremely knowledgeable about heroes and dreams to be one himself like his idol, All Might, despite lacking a Quirk due to the trait required to have one being too diluted to be passed on in his family. However, when he steps up to save his childhood acquaintance Katsuki from an evil villain, All Might is inspired by his strength of spirit, and bestows upon him his Quirk “One For All”, a Quirk that becomes more powerful the more people it is given to, and results in the user being able to call upon great physical strength. Izuku must hide the nature of his Quirk and his connection to All Might to protect the secret of One For All, which many would want to steal. At first, Izuku was only able to use the full power of his strength for specific moments, resulting in him severely damaging whichever part of his body he used. However he has since learned to channel the power throughout his body rather than in short bursts, but currently can only withstand around 8% of it. He eventually managed to perfect its use in his legs, creating a kick-related fighting style unique from All Might’s punching style. He also begins to develop a mental connection to the previous users of One For All through the Quirk. Despite these limitations, he makes up for it with a keen sense of strategy (having written at least thirteen notebooks on other heroes, including his peers) and an instinctive desire to save people. He dislikes the nickname Kacchan has given him until Ochako, upon first hearing it, tells him that she assumed it was based on the word dekiru, roughly meaning “able to do it.” From this moment on, Izuku embraces the moniker, and ultimately adopts it as his Hero name.
Katsuki Bakugō 
Katsuki is one of Izuku’s childhood acquaintances and classmates in Class 1-A, whom Izuku calls Kacchan. He possesses the Quirk “Explosion”, which allows his palm sweat to become nitroglycerin and explode. He has made fun of Izuku for lacking a Quirk since childhood, despite them initially being close friends, and also the one who gave him his nickname as an insult. It was only after he grew up being praised by people around him for his Quirk and achievements that he became more egotistical and thought that others, particularly Izuku, are below him, becoming borderline sadistic and villainous. He started to bully and became truly hostile to Izuku when his attempts to reach out to Katsuki out of concern are misinterpreted by Katsuki into thinking he was looking down on him as someone in need of saving. In the beginning of the series, he thinks that he is the strongest hero, and dreams of becoming richer and more famous than All Might. He stops picking on Izuku after the latter’s attempt to save him from a villain, though he truly starts reflecting on himself only after Izuku defeated him in their battle training and seeing that many students possess greater and better skills than him.
Ochako Uraraka 
Ochako, spelled “Ochaco” in the anime, is Izuku’s best friend. Her Quirk is “Zero Gravity”, which allows her to make any object she touches with her fingertips float, although she will become nauseous if she uses the ability too much. Aside from Katsuki, she also refers Izuku as “Deku” but unlike the former, she calls him with his nickname out of affection, commenting that “Deku” gives the vibe of never giving up, and eventually switches to Deku-kun, a move that prompted him to accept the name. She comes from a family of construction workers, and because there is not much of a market for them, they are poor. Due to this, Ochako aspires to become a hero for money so she can give her parents an easy life, after her father dissuaded her from following their footsteps in order for her to achieve her own goals. Ochako originally meets Izuku prior to U.A.’s entrance exam, after she stops him from falling over when he tripped on his own foot. This caused Izuku to develop a large crush on her (as he had “talked” to a girl), to the point of blushing and stammering every time he is with her. Izuku eventually returns the favor by saving her during the entrance exam, and several other characters later deduce that Ochako returns Izuku’s feelings, given her anxiety when asked about it.
Tenya Iida / Ingenium 
The president of Class 1-A, a very studious boy who seems serious and scary at first glance, although he is just being honest and strict regarding qualifications to become a hero. During the entrance exam, he repeatedly chastises Izuku for what he perceives as disrespect. However, after he witnesses Izuku selflessly save Ochako during the exam, he comes to the (false) belief that Izuku deduced the true nature of the exam. Concluding Izuku is better than him, Tenya immediately apologizes for his behavior and befriends him, despite Izuku’s repeated attempts to tell him the truth. Tenya eventually becomes the class president after Izuku, who won by vote but was too nervous to hold the position, forfeited it to him. Tenya’s Quirk is “Engine”, which gives him super-speed via jet engines in his legs. He comes from a well-known family, who have been professional heroes for generations. His older brother in particular, Ingenium, inspired him to become a hero that will make his family proud. Originally using his own name as his Hero name, Tenya inherits his brother’s own name after he is crippled by Stain and forced to retire.
Shōto Todoroki 
A student in Class 1-A. His Quirk is “Fire and Ice”, which makes the left side of his body control fire and the right side ice, though over use of one side would cause him to overheat or become frostbitten respectively. He is considered the strongest student in the class. He is the youngest child of Endeavor, who was said to be the second top hero after All Might. However, his father only married his mother for her Quirk, in the hopes that he could sire a child who could exceed All Might, leading to an abuse-ridden childhood as all of his older siblings were unable to meet his expectations. Shōto’s mother soon became afraid that Shōto would become like his father, leading to her burning his not yet active fire side with scalding water in hopes of making his father uninterested in him. Because she was later institutionalized in a mental hospital for her actions, Shōto intends to become a top hero using only his mother’s Quirk instead of his father’s as his way to disavow the latter. During his fight with Izuku, Shōto finally started to try accepting his Fire Quirk as his own instead of his father’s. Afterward, he decided to overcome his inner struggle by meeting his mother, in the hope that they can get through their past together. So far Shōto has used his own name as his Hero name.
Toshinori Yagi 
The world’s greatest Hero, All Might’s real Quirk is unknown to the public and most people conclude that he has some strength-enhancing Quirk. He passes his quirk on to Izuku after seeing the boy’s bravery. He is a teacher at U.A. High School, doing his best to allow Izuku follow in his foot steps. His One For All Quirk enables him to pass on his powers to another, which he plans on doing as five years prior a fight with a Villain left All Might terribly injured to where he can only use his Quirk for three hours a day. This time limit later decreases gradually after passing his Quirk to Izuku, until it depletes completely. The nature of his Quirk is only known by Izuku, the school principal, Recovery Girl, and a select few other Pro Heroes (with Katsuki later finding it out), and must not be revealed at any cost in order not to destroy people’s symbol of peace. He is drawn in the style of American comic book superheroes rather than in the Japanese manga style of other characters, though the style changes to a more traditional manga form when he returns to his “true form”. After the final confrontation with his archenemy “All For One”, the same Villain who injured him, All Might succumbs to the point where he can only use his Quirk for a few seconds, and he retires from being a hero, dedicating himself solely to his duties as a teacher and to raise Izuku as his successor.

Wednesday News- May 2, 2018

News-

Ryotaro Okiayu, Aimi Tanaka, Sayaka Senbongi Join Food Wars! The Third Plate Anime’s Cast- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-05-01/ryotaro-okiayu-aimi-tanaka-sayaka-senbongi-join-food-wars-the-third-plate-anime-cast/.130986

Review: Perfect World GN 1- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/perfect-world/gn-1/.130592

The Spring 2018 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2018/spring/.129741

Anonymous Noise Anime’s English Dub Cast Revealed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-05-01/anonymous-noise-anime-english-dub-cast-revealed/.131072

Serial Experiments Lain’s Chiaki J. Konaka Discusses Writing Game, Anime’s Stories- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2018-05-01/serial-experiments-lain-chiaki-j-konaka-discusses-writing-game-anime-stories/.131027

Anime-

  • Atom The Beginning BD
  • Ayakashi DVD
  • Fair, then Partly Piggy BD/DVD
  • Mary and The Witch’s Flower BD/DVD
  • Mary and The Witch’s Flower DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE Collection 1 BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE Collection 1 DVD
  • Naruto Shippūden Set 34 DVD
  • Space Warrior Baldios Movie BD
  • Toriko the Movie: Secret Recipe of Gourmet God! DVD
  • Zatch Bell: 101st Devil DVD
  • Zatch Bell: Attack of Mechavulcan DVD

Manga-

  • Anonymous Noise GN 8
  • Battle Divas – The Incorruptible Battle Blossom Princess Novel 1
  • Beware the Kamiki Brothers! GN 1
  • Black Clover GN 11
  • Bleach Omnibus GN 23
  • Chi’s Sweet Adventures GN 1 (Color)
  • Everyone’s Getting Married GN 8
  • Haikyu!! GN 23
  • Hoshin Engi GN 5
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Stardust Crusaders GN 7 (Hardcover)
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War GN 2
  • Kimi ni Todoke GN 29
  • Lord Marksman and Vanadis GN 7
  • Mia and the Forbidden Medicine Report Novel 1
  • Nameless Asterism GN 7
  • Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sharingan Legend GN 3
  • One Piece GN 86
  • Oresama Teacher GN 24
  • Strawberry Panic! Novel 2
  • Strongest Gamer – Let’s Play in Another World Novel 1
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 26
  • Toriko GN 42
  • Twin Star Exorcists GN 12

Other-

  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze Nintendo Switch Game

Manga Monday- Marmalade Boy

Marmalade Boy is a shōjo manga by Wataru Yoshizumi. It was published by Shueisha in the magazine Ribon from May 1992 to October 1995 and collected in eight tankōbon volumes.  The manga was published in English by Tokyopop, which also licensed the anime series. Tokyopop has since lost the license to the manga series, as Shueisha refused to renew it, leaving the releases out of print.

Marmalade Boy first premiered in the May 1992 issue of Ribon where it was serialized monthly until its conclusion in the October 1995 issue. The 39 unnamed chapters were collected and published in eight tankōbon volumes by Shueisha starting on December 12, 1992; the last volume was released February 20, 1996. Shueisha later republished the series in six special edition volumes. The first special edition volume was released on March 15, 2004, with new volumes published monthly until the final volume was released on August 11, 2004.

The series was licensed for an English language release in North America by Tokyopop. The individual chapters were serialized by the company’s manga anthology, Smile, from December 2001 through April 2002. Tokyopop released the first collected volume of the series on April 23, 2002, releasing new volumes monthly until the final volume was released August 5, 2003. It was one of the first manga series that Tokyopop released in the original Japanese orientation, in which the book is read from right to left, and with the original sound effects left in place. Tokyopop’s volumes of the series are out of print. Shueisha refused to renew the company’s license of the series after becoming part-owner of rival publisher Viz Media. It is also licensed for regional language releases in France by Glenat, in Mexico by Grupo Editorial Vid, in Spain by Planeta DeAgostini Comics, in Italy by Planet Manga, and in Germany by Egmont.

In the week of March 31, 2013, a sequel to Marmalade Boy titled Marmalade Boy Little went on sale in the year’s fifth issue of Cocohana. While Miki and Yuu make appearances, the new series, set 13 years after the end of the earlier one, focuses on Rikka Matsuura and Saku Koishikawa, Yuu and Miki’s respective sister and brother.

Novels

The final volume of original Japanese release of the Marmalade Boy Japanese light novels. Marmalade Boy was adapted into a series of Japanese light novels by Yumi Kageyama, with Wataru Yoshizumi acting as illustrator. The ten volume series was published under Shueisha’s Cobalt Bunko label from July 1994 through March 1996.

Plot

Miki Koishikawa’s ordinary life as a sophomore in high school is turned upside down when her parents suddenly announce that they are getting divorced in order to swap partners with a couple they met back in Hawaii. They seek her approval of the shocking change, and while at a restaurant during dinner where Miki meets the other couple as well as their teenage son Yuu Matsura, who is around her age, she reluctantly agrees to the arrangement. At first, Yuu appears to be a complete jerk who takes every opportunity to make fun of and tease Miki, but he actually turns out to be fun and attractive, and Miki finds herself falling in love with him. Little by little, she accepts her new family arrangement and opens up to Yuu as they become best friends.

After a while, Miki and Yuu’s relationship starts to become complicated because of the former relationships that they’ve had and developed with other characters. These include Miki’s long time classmate and former crush from middle school, Ginta Suou, and Yuu’s former girlfriend from his previous school, Arimi Suzuki. A secondary subplot develops when Miki’s best friend, Meiko Akizuki, herself starts to have her own problems because of the relationship she has gotten into with one of the school teachers, Shin’ichi Namura.

Throughout the series, Miki and Yuu’s relationship is further developed and tried, influenced by the other characters around them and the relationships that they develop with these characters.

Wednesday News- April 24, 2018

Live-Action Antiquarian Bookshop Biblia’s Case Files Film Reveals Teaser Poster, November Opening- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-04-24/live-action-antiquarian-bookshop-biblia-case-files-film-reveals-teaser-poster-november-opening/.130759

2nd Live-Action Gintama Film’s Teaser Streamed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-04-24/2nd-live-action-gintama-film-teaser-streamed/.130797

Review: PTSD Radio GNs 1-2- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/ptsd-radio/gns-1-2/.130453

1st Fate/stay night Heaven’s Feel Film’s English Dub Debuts in U.S. Theaters on June 5- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-04-24/1st-fate-stay-night-heaven-feel-film-english-dub-debuts-in-u.s-theaters-on-june-5/.130774

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R Gets Nintendo Switch Release in 2018- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-04-24/guilty-gear-xx-accent-core-plus-r-gets-nintendo-switch-release-in-2018/.130771

Anime-

  • ClassicaLoid BD
  • Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 4: Loss BD/DVD
  • Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 4: Loss DVD
  • KADO – The Right Answer BD/DVD
  • Koro Sensei Quest! BD/DVD
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon MaidBD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon Super S BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon Super S DVD
  • Sailor Moon Super S Limited Edition BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Aho Girl A Clueless Girl  GN 6
  • Akame ga KILL! GN 14
  • Aoharu x Machine Gun GN 10
  • Astra Lost in Space GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • As Miss Beelzebub Likes GN 1
  • Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle GN 2
  • Beauty Bunny GN 5(Digital Only)
  • Bloodivores GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage GN 4
  • A Certain Magical Index GN 13
  • Defying Kurosaki-kun GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • ēlDLIVE GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Hachune Miku’s Everyday Vocaloid Paradise GN  3
  • The Honor Student at Magic High School GN 8
  • Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia GN 3
  • Kin-iro Mosaic GN 6
  • Kokkoku: Moment by Moment GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Made in Abyss GN 2
  • Magical Girl Raising Project GN 2
  • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun GN 9
  • Murciélago GN 6
  • Mushoku Tensei – Jobless Reincarnation GN 7
  • My Brother the Shut-in GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected GN 8
  • Napping Princess GN  1
  • Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi GN 10
  • Outbreak Company Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Overlord GN 6
  • Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn GN 10
  • PTSD Radio GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 3: Truth of Zero GN 3
  • Sekirei GN 4
  • Silver Spoon GN  2
  • Taboo Tattoo GN  10
  • To Your Eternity GN 4
  • Today’s Cerberus GN 8
  • Until Your Bones Rot GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Val x Love GN 2
  • Witchcraft Works GN 11
  • Yowamushi Pedal Omnibus GN 8

Other-

  • The Asterisk War Novel 6
  • Baccano! Novel 7 (Hardcover)
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! Novel 10
  • Gal*Gun 2 PlayStation 4 GameAn
  • I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level Novel 1
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Novel 5
  • Perfect Blue: Awaken from a Dream Novel
  • Power Rangers Kyuukyuu Sentai Gogofive DVD
  • Psychedelica of The Black Butterfly PlayStation Vita GamePl
  • Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon Novel 1
  • Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers Novel 4
  • Strangulation Kubishime Romanticist Novel
  • Sword Art Online Alicization Dividing Novel 13
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Novel 2

Manga Monday- Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, known in Japan as Nurarihyon’s Grandson, is a manga series written and illustrated by Hiroshi Shiibashi. The series was first published in Shueisha as a oneshot in 2007. The manga has been continuously serialized in the Japanese manga anthology Weekly Shōnen Jump since March 2008 and has been collected into 25 tankōbon volumes as of December 2012. Viz Media acquired the licensing rights for a North American release of the manga and anime adaptations.

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan is written and illustrated by Hiroshi Shiibashi and has been serialized in the manga anthology Weekly Shōnen Jump since March 2008. As of December 4, 2012, the series has been collected into 24 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha, with the first being released on August 4, 2008. In the thirtieth issue (2012) of Weekly Shōnen Jump, it was announced that the manga would be leaving the magazine for the conclusion to its final story arc which will run in the seasonally published Jump NEXT! Starting on August 11, 2012 the first of three chapters will be published with a 64-page chapter, and will continue in October and December. The manga was licensed for an English language release by Viz Media who publishes the series chapter wise in its manga anthology Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha since the magazine’s launch on January 30, 2012, and in bound volumes since February 1, 2011. As of February 5, 2013, 13 English-language volumes have been released. The first tankobon was translated by localization company AltJapan Co., Ltd.

The covers of each volume make a continuing picture of all the characters.

Plot

Rikuo Nura is 3/4 human and 1/4 yōkai, in which he has a human form in the day but transforms into his yōkai form at night. He lives in a house full of yōkai along with his yōkai grandfather. Trying to escape his fate, he does good deeds in order to avoid becoming a yōkai, despite his grandfather’s wish that Rikuo succeed him as the Third Head of the Nura Clan. Rikuo is different because he helps humans. He eventually comes to terms with his yōkai blood and decides to take up the position of the Third Head of the Nura Clan. Multiple factions aim to stop him or usurp his position, and he must gather friends and allies, a new Hyakki Yakō under his banner of “Fear”.

Storyline

Gyuki’s Test Arc
The Kiyojuji Paranormal Patrol travels to Mt. Nejireme at the invitation of a supposed yōkai specialist. However, the invitation turns out to have been a trap by the head of the Gyuki Clan. Separated, the members of the Kiyojuji Paranormal Patrol must deal with yōkai of the Gyuki Clan and Rikuo ultimately faces Gyuki himself. Rikuo learns that Gyuki set up the trap because he didn’t want the Nura Clan, which he greatly cherishes, to suffer under the influence of a weak leader.The two clash and Gyuki is overwhelmed by Rikuo’s night form. Afterward, Rikuo decides to take up the mantle of Nurarihyon and officially become the next Nura Clan head.
Shikoku Arc
When one of the board members of the Nura Clan is attacked and killed, and Nurarihyon subsequently disappears without notice, the Nura Clan is thrown into chaos. Trying to keep them together, Rikuo encounters a rival faction from the Shikoku area who intend to take over the Nura Clan’s territory. Their leader, Tamazuki, is ruthless and willing to sacrifice his subordinates to further his own goals. Rikuo and his Hyakki Yakō battle with Tamazuki and his Hachijuuhakki Yakō (consisting of 88 demons, instead of the 100 of a Hyakki Yakō) and emerge victorious.However, Rikuo decides to spare Tamazuki after the battle at the request of his father – who Nurarihyon had gone to visit. Tamazuki is spared under the condition that he build a memorial in honor of the subordinates who died by his hand.
Past Arc
The story of Rikuo’s grandparents Nurarihyon and Yohime, the creation of the spirit blade Nenekirimaru and the battle against Hagoromo Gitsune 400 years ago.
Tono Arc
When Haguromo Gitsune resurfaces in Kyoto, Rikuo is determined to fight her and take revenge for his father’s death – as well as rescue Yura, who has gone to aid the rest of the Keikain family in protecting Kyoto. However, as he is still too inexperienced and weak, his grandfather asks the head of the yōkai Tono Village to take in and train Rikuo. After an encounter with one of the Kyoto Yokai, Rikuo comes to realize what sort of power the yōkai Nurarihyon possesses and, having grown stronger, leaves along with several Tono Yokai to return to the Nura House and prepare for the assault on Kyoto.
Kyoto Arc
Rikuo, along with the vast majority of the Nura Clan and several yōkai from Tono, invade Kyoto. Nearly all of the onmyoji barriers around the city have been destroyed by Kyoto Yokai, and the Keikain House itself struggles to fight against Hagoromo Gitsune’s forces. They ultimately join forces with Rikuo’s Hyakki Yakō to replace the fallen barriers and stop Hagoromo Gitsune from giving birth to a new evil.
Hundred Tales Clan Arc
After the battle with Hagoromo Gitsune’s forces and the resurrected Abe no Seimei, also known as Nue, Rikuo and the Nura Clan are challenged by the remnants of the Hundred Tales Clan and its executives. The clan was once led by a human named Sanmoto Gorozaemon who grew in power by spreading stories about yōkai and in turn created them. The group was destroyed by Rihan and the Nura Clan 350 years ago. Now, the clan is encroaching on the Nura Clan’s territory and working to revive Sanmoto’s main body, which resides in hell.
Gokadoin House Arc
Following the battle with Sanmoto Gorozaemon and his Hundred Tales Clan, it was revealed that the onmyoji sect known as the Gokadoin House is composed of Abe no Seimei’s descendants who used Seimei’s forbidden research on immortality to prolong their lives. When the Gokadoin house starts mobilizing to “purify” the land of yōkai and humans, Rikuo starts to establish an alliance between the various yokai clans throughout Japan.