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.

 

Film Friday- Bio Booster Armor Guyver

Guyver has been adapted into a single OVA titled Guyver: Out of Control (1986, based loosely on the first volume), a 12-episode anime OVA series (1989 to 1992, based on the first four volumes), two live action movies (1991’s The Guyver and 1994’s Guyver 2: Dark Hero) as well as a 26-episode anime series (2005 to 2006, based on the first ten volumes).

Guyver: Out of Control

Guyver: Out of Control is a 1986 short horror original video animation based on the manga. It was released in the U.S. and Canada in 1993 by L.A. Hero under the Dark Image Entertainment label. It has since been out of print in North America. The story follows high school students Shō Fukamachi and Mizuki Segawa who accidentally discover one of three Bio Booster Armor units stolen from the Chronos Corporation. When Shō and Mizuki are attacked by a Zoanoid, the unit comes into contact with Shō and bonds with him, transforming him into Guyver I and promptly destroying the Zoanoid assailant. Meanwhile, a female Chronos agent named Valcuria acquires a second unit and becomes Guyver II. She then abducts Mizuki in order to challenge Shō for the Guyver I unit. On Anime News Network, Justin Sevakis called it an “extremely dated piece of pulp that still somehow manages to be fun”.

Characters

Cronos

Genzo Makishima  

Director of Cronos’ Japan Branch, he is in charge when the Japan Branch loses the Guyver Units. While initially one of the people in charge of developing new Zoanoids, Genzo has, unknown to him, fallen behind in this category as well once Dr. Barcas begins designing Hyper Zoanoids, Zoanoids of highly enhanced capabilities. His failures to retrieve the Units as well as come up with any significantly new Zoanoid designs results in Commander Richart Guyot relieving him of duty. Genzo is then used as a guinea pig for the new “Enzyme” Zoanoid prototype, a Zoanoid specifically designed to destroy the Guyver Armor by dissolving it with its acid. After he retrieves Guyver I’s Control Metal in battle, he is ordered by Guyot to self-destruct when the dissolving Guyver I attacks Enzyme.

Oswald A. Lisker / Guyver II 

A Cronos agent, or as he describes himself to Shō, “an inspector from Cronos HQ”. Lisker was in Japan to supervise the transfer of the inactive Guyver Units to Cronos headquarters and was considerably annoyed to discover Makishima had managed to lose them. When one damaged unit was recovered, he insisted on taking a look at it and involuntarily became its host. As the second known activated Unit, he was called “Guyver II”. A man vain of both looks and martial arts skills, he decided to take on the task of retrieving the Unit Shō had bonded with. His Control Metal, which had been damaged when the Unit was initially lost, malfunctioned under the stress of combat. Shō took advantage of his weakened state and struck the metal, causing further malfunction. The control metal burst out of his head and the organism that made up the armor began to consume Lisker’s body. Shō then used his Mega-Smasher to put him out of his misery. Lisker is tall, with curly blond hair.

Zoalords

  • Archanfel  
Quite easily the most powerful being on Earth, Archanfel appears to be a young, fair-haired man with pointy ears and cat-slitted eyes. He is the founder, creator and ruler of Cronos. He is an extremely powerful psychic and possesses amazing battle abilities. Archanfel was created by “the Creators” to be the leader of all the Zoanoids and the people on Earth. The Zoacrystals that give Zoalords their powers were all cultivated using Archanfel’s crystal as a base.
Quoted from book 14, page 16:
“And then… cleaving and cultivating one of Archanfel’s Zoacrystals, we created eleven others. Accepting one of them, I became a Zoalord. In the centuries since then, I have searched for the ten chosen people who would become Zoalords as well.”
Although powerful, he has been increasingly dormant since prehistoric days. When the Creators withdrew from Earth, they attempted to destroy it with a gigantic meteorite which was stopped by Archanfel at great cost to himself.
  • Hamilcar Barcas 
Co-founder of Cronos and the second eldest member of the Council of Twelve. He is responsible for designing and creating the first Hyper Zoanoids and completing the final work on most of the Zoalords. He is over 400 years old and is, in fact, the person who awoke Archanfel from his long slumber. He is widely believed to be the top scientist of Cronos and is said to have greater telepathic prowess than any other Zoalord, save for Archanfel. His seniority among the others has resulted in many of the Zoalords to look up at him with much respect and as such he is occasionally referred to as “Old Bal” by those closest to him.
  • Sinn Rubeo Amniculus  
Discovered by Barcas 370 years ago in Armenia. He is a close friend of Freidrich von Purgstall and commands Cloud Gate after his death. He is considered to be the third-in-command of Cronos after Barcas. His brief appearance as a Zoalord showcased his incredible capabilities by being able to target various missiles in long range and in all directions, then destroy them with precision.
  • Friedrich von Purgstall 
Discovered by Barcas 215 years ago in Vienna. He generally seems to be more compassionate toward the civilian population than the other Zoalords. He is one of the weakest in close-range battle, but his lightning-based power can be formidable. Laser weapons are ineffective against him, as he can absorb and redirect the attacks. Unintended for hand-to-hand fighting, his physical defense is minimal. He was murdered by the rogue trio of Zoalords after being severely weakened from his battle with Guyver I.

 

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.

 

Film Friday- Kiss Him Not Me

An anime adaptation by Brain’s Base aired in Japan between October and December 2016. An audio drama adaptation of the first chapter was released on January 13, 2015.

Anime

An anime television adaptation of the manga was announced in the Bessatsu Friend magazine’s April 2016 issue. Brain’s Base produced the anime, with Hiroshi Ishiodori directing, Michiko Yokote handled the series composition and Kazuhiko Tamura designed the characters. The series aired in Japan between October 6, 2016 and December 22, 2016 and simulcast by Crunchyroll, and Funimation streamed an English dub. The opening theme is “Prince×Prince” by From4to7, while the ending theme is “Dokidoki no Kaze” by Rie Murakawa. Anime Limited has licensed the series in the UK.

Characters

Main characters

Kae Serinuma 
A fujoshi in her second year of high school and part of the history club, who becomes excited over the sight of two boys together. Initially possessing a chubby appearance, Kae loses weight after a week of mourning over the death of her favorite anime character, becoming attractive as a result. Despite becoming the object of affection for several boys as a result, she still thoroughly enjoys her otaku hobbies and is unsure how to deal with the attention she gets from the boys.
Yūsuke Igarashi 
One of Kae’s classmates, who is part of the soccer club. He is characterized as “the boy next door” type and is the most competitive out of Kae’s suitors. He was polite with Kae before losing weight but he only became interested in her because of her appearance. After spending more time with Kae, he gets to know her more as a person, making him realize how admirable and interesting Kae actually is, and causing him to truly fall in love with her.
Nozomu Nanashima 
One of Kae’s classmates, who is categorized as a “bad boy tsundere” type. He used to be a soccer player when he was much younger, but lost confidence following an incident with Yūsuke. Although he portrays a tough exterior, he is actually quite soft-hearted and very kind when he wants to be. He has a younger sister and is good at housekeeping.
Shima Nishina 
An androgynous first year girl who is the descendant of a rich family and is skilled in both sports and arts. According to the boys, she is “Takarazuka-like prince type”. Like Kae, she is also a fujoshi and even runs her own dōjin circle. Having had trouble being respected for her art due to her family’s status, Shima came to admire Kae from even before her transformation after she complimented her work thus receiving the motivation to pursue drawing. She is bisexual in the manga, but the anime portrays her as having more of a platonic friendship with Kae rather than a romantic one although her actions do hint more towards romantic feelings. Her flirtatious personality does not change thus she is still considered a member of Kae’s harem, even as a girl.
Hayato Shinomiya 
is a first year student and member of the health committee, who started having a crush on Kae after she lost weight. He has an effeminate appearance, prone to blushing and getting flustered, and is often characterized as a tsundere by the other boys. He owns a female iguana named Thor, whom he cares for dearly.
Asuma Mutsumi
A third year student who is president of the history club and one of the few people who liked Kae before she lost her weight, but doesn’t realize it until later on in the series. While more laid back and less competitive than the other boys, he can become aggressive when someone picks on Kae. He’s very open minded and doesn’t seem to notice nor mind any of Kae’s otaku eccentricities.

 

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.

 

Film Friday- InuYasha

It was adapted into two anime television series produced by Sunrise. The first was broadcast for 167 episodes on Yomiuri TV and Nippon TV in Japan from October 16, 2000, until September 13, 2004. The second series, called Inuyasha: The Final Act, began airing five years later on October 3, 2009, to cover the rest of the manga series and ended on March 29, 2010, after 26 episodes. Four feature films and an original video animation have also been released. Other merchandise include video games and a light novel. Viz Media licensed the manga, the two anime series, and movies for North America. Both Inuyasha and Inuyasha: The Final Act aired in the United States on Adult Swim (and later on its revived Toonami block) from 2002 until 2015.

Anime

Inuyasha

The first Inuyasha anime adaptation produced by Sunrise was released in Japan on Animax on October 16, 2000, and ran for 167 episodes until its conclusion on September 13, 2004. It was also broadcast on Yomiuri TV and Nippon Television. In East Asia and South Asia it was aired on Animax’s English-language networks. Avex collected the episodes in a total of seven series of DVDs volumes distributed in Japan between May 30, 2001 and July 27, 2005.

The English dub of the anime was licensed to be released in North America by Viz Media. The series was first ran on Adult Swim (although it had originally been planned for Cartoon Network’s Toonami) from August 31, 2002, to October 27, 2006, with reruns from 2006 to 2014. When Toonami became a block on Adult Swim, Inuyasha aired there from November 2012 to March 1, 2014, when the network announced that they had lost the broadcast rights to the series. On August 25, 2017, Starz announced that they would be offering episodes of the series for their Video on Demand service starting September 1, 2017. The series aired in Canada on YTV’s Bionix programming block from September 5, 2003, to December 1, 2006. Viz collected the series in a total of 55 DVD volumes, while seven box sets were also released.

Inuyasha: The Final Act

In 2009’s 34th issue of Weekly Shōnen Sunday, published July 22, 2009, it was officially announced that a 26-episode anime adaption of volumes 36 to the end of the manga would be made by the first anime’s same cast and crew and would air on Japan’s YTV. The following week, Viz Media announced it had licensed the new adaptation, titled Inuyasha: The Final Act. The series premiered on October 3, 2009 in Japan with the episodes being simulcast via Hulu and Weekly Shōnen Sunday in the United States. In other parts of Asia the episodes were aired the same week on Animax Asia. The anime completed its run on March 29, 2010. Aniplex collected the series into a total of seven DVDs released between December 23, 2009 and June 23, 2010.

Viz Media released the series in two DVD or Blu-ray sets that include an English dub. The first thirteen episodes comprising set 1 were released on November 20, 2012, and the last thirteen episodes were released on February 12, 2013. The series began broadcasting in the United States and Canada on Viz Media’s online network, Neon Alley, on October 2, 2012. On October 24, 2014, it was announced that Adult Swim would air The Final Act on the Toonami block, beginning on November 15, at 2:00 a.m. EST.

Films

The series spawned four animated films which feature original plot, rather than being based specifically on the manga, written by Katsuyuki Sumisawa who wrote the anime episodes. The films have also been released with English subtitles and dubbed audio tracks to Region 1 DVD by Viz Media.

  • 2001.12.16. InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
  • 2002.12.21. InuYasha the Movie: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass
  • 2003.12.20. InuYasha the Movie: Swords of an Honorable Ruler
  • 2004.12.23. InuYasha the Movie: Fire on the Mystic Island

The four films have earned together over US$20 million in Japanese box offices.

Video games

Three video games based on the series were released for the WonderSwan: Inuyasha: Kagome no Sengoku Nikki (Inuyasha: Kagome’s Warring States Diary), Inuyasha: Fūun Emaki (Inuyasha: The Sealed Scroll Picture) and Inuyasha: Kagome no Yume Nikki (Inuyasha: Kagome’s Dream Diary).

A single title, Inuyasha: Naraku no Wana! Mayoi no Mori no Shōtaijō (Inuyasha: Naraku’s Trap! Invitation to the Forest of Illusion), was released for the Game Boy Advance on January 23, 2003 in Japan.

Inuyasha has been adapted into a mobile game released for Java and Brew handsets on 21 June 2005,

Two titles were released for the PlayStation, an RPG simply titled Inuyasha, and the fighting game Inuyasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale, with the latter being also released in North America. For the PlayStation 2 the two released games were the RPG Inuyasha: The Secret of the Cursed Mask and the fighting game Inuyasha: Feudal Combat, that also received an English version. An English only RPG, Inuyasha: Secret of the Divine Jewel, was released for the Nintendo DS on January 23, 2007.

Inuyasha appeared in the crossover video game Sunday vs Magazine: Shūketsu! Chōjō Daikessen as a playable character.

Inuyasha’s sword, Tessaiga, has appeared in Monster Hunter, as a craftable weapon using items gained from a special event.

An English-language original collectible card game created by Score Entertainment that was first released on October 20, 2004.

Novel

A light novel, written by Tomoko Komparu and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi, has been published by Shogakukan.

Live-action

In 2000, a Japanese live-action play was shown from April through May in the Akasaka ACT Theater in Tokyo around the time the anime was first in production. The play’s script follows the general plot line of the original manga, with a few minor changes to save time. A second run of the play ran from January through February in 2001 at the Akasaka ACT Theater in Tokyo. In February 2017, it was announced that a new stage play adaptation of Inuyasha will be performed at Tennozu Galaxy Theater in Tokyo from April 6 to 15, featuring Yutaka Kyan from Golden Bomber as Inuyasha and Nogizaka46’s Yumi Wakatsuki as Kagome.

The Chinese TV series The Holy Pearl is loosely based on Inuyasha. It stars Gillian Chung and Purba Rgyal in lead roles.

 

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.