Film Friday- Pandora Hearts

An anime adaptation produced by Xebec began airing on April 2, 2009, and finished airing on September 24, 2009. On February 11, 2010, NIS America announced it would release the anime series in North America. Nine OVAs were also broadcast in Japan, airing from July 24, 2009 to March 25, 2010.

Oz Vessalius

is the fifteen-year-old protagonist. He has blond hair and green eyes. He is from the prestigious Vessalius family. His father, Zai, is the reigning lord. His mother was killed by the Nightray family; despite this, he retains a bright, optimistic, and energetic personality. The story of Pandora Hearts begins when Oz turns fifteen. During the ceremony to celebrate his legal adulthood, Oz is dragged into the Abyss for the ‘sin of his existence’. There, he meets a young girl named Alice who turns out to be a Chain – a monster born in the Abyss. Oz makes a contract with her so they can both escape the abyss. Upon returning to the real world, he discovers that 10 years have passed. In order to find out what exactly his ‘sin’ is, he decides to work under Xerxes Break as part of Pandora. During this, it is shown that when he was young, he worked hard to gain praise and recognition from his father. However, he discovered that his father hated him to the point of not wanting to touch him. After experiencing this, Oz began to think that there is no guaranteed thing in the world. He thought of himself as weak. He decided that, in order to protect people, he should at least remain an obedient child and let harm come his way. After traveling into the Cheshire Cat’s lair, Oz meets Jack Vessalius and becomes his ‘medium’. Jack eventually speaks at Pandora’s headquarters and the public hail Oz as a ‘hero’. Oz finds that he can swap control of his body with Jack if he calls hard enough and may sometimes even see snippets of Jack’s memories. According to himself he is quite skilled with the sword, particularly in self-defense. However, he has very little real experience in fighting. Oz likes cute, younger girls and flirts with them frequently. He once wished to marry Sharon when they first met. Oz, himself, thinks of Alice as his precious someone, calling her his “sun”. He believes that Alice is the reason that he can still smile.
Jack tells Oz that he has the “right” or “prerequisite” over Alice’s powers and that a seal won’t restrain Alice’s powers any longer, giving Oz the ability to use B-Rabbit’s power, even without Alice’s permission or Gil’s help. Oz proves it when he is able to stop Alice’s B-Rabbit’s power temporarily on his own; another instance is when Oz is almost kidnapped by the Baskervilles at Lutwidge, and a more recent one is when he was able to summon B-Rabbit’s scythe to fight his assailants in Sablier’s illusion, despite the fact he had never used a scythe before. According to Lotti, Oz was supposed to be the vessel for the sake of hiding the existence of Jack Vessalius and should the vessel be broken, Jack’s existence will be brought to light and the further warping of Abyss’s will, who seeks him, will most probably interfere with the real world. Later, Oz reunites with Gilbert and immediately meets with the person behind Oz’s homicidal nature: Zai Vessalius , his father. it is said that Oz had a desire to destroy everything until Alice stopped him. According to Break, Oz may not be the real Oz Vessalius, as during his birth, Oz’s father took him away: it is suspected he might have done something to him or exchanged him with another baby. This is proven true when it is revealed that his body was Jack’s all along, and that he (Oz) is the true B-rabbit.

Alice

is heroine of the story with a height of 150 cm. Alice first appears as a chain that persuades Oz to form a contract with her in the Abyss. In fact, she is actually the infamous B-Rabbit (Blood-stained Black Rabbit), the most powerful chain in the Abyss. Alice’s goal is to find her lost memories, which plays a major role in the story. In human form, Alice has long dark brown hair with two side plaits. She has a huge appetite and loves meat especially. She is hotheaded and loud-spoken and says what she thinks without regard to the consequences. Despite this, she has a soft side, especially when Oz is involved. She hates when Oz leaves her alone, but to hide it she usually says, “I’m in a contract with you. You are my manservant, and as a manservant, what were you thinking, leaving me behind!?” or she just hits Oz and says, “Shut up”.
It also appears that she cares for Oz’s well-being, that she considers his health when using her powers. She bites his cheeks to make him feel better, copying a picture Sharon showed her thinking it was biting instead of a kiss. Also, in episode 20, she tells Sharon, who threatens her to tell her what she has on her mind, that she felt left out and ignored when Oz went to talk with Break without her and when he was happy to see his sister. Alice senses Oz is upset. Thinking that the biting was still a kiss (sort of), she bites him several times, pushing him to the floor to bite his ear that begins to bleed.
She was in Sablier when the city was dragged into the Abyss. Alice wanted to forget about that event, because it was a very painful one. In her memories we see Jack Vessalius, the hero of 100 years ago. It is revealed that she’s actually Lacie’s daughter. Lacie was impregnated by Levi Baskerville before being cast into the Abyss as a sacrifice for the ceremony of the new ‘Glen’ and Levi’s experiment, to gain the power of the Abyss through a vessel, Lacie’s child. While in the Abyss, Lacie gave birth to ‘twins’, Alice and Alice (Also referred to Alyss by fans to avoid confusion, though it is not official) who would be merged with the Core of the Abyss and called The Will of the Abyss by Levi. Alice is not the real B-Rabbit; Oz is the true B-Rabbit and was originally a stuffed animal that Alice was very close to and kept when imprisoned. After Jack began the Tragedy of Sablier he came to Alice’s tower to ask the Intention of the Abyss for more power. Alice refuses to allow Jack and the Intention to destroy the world and sever the chains and thus commits suicide stabbing herself with a pair of scissors. She only is “alive” in the present timeline because her body fused with B-Rabbit’s power, thus “becoming” B-Rabbit.

Gilbert Nightray

also known as Gil or Raven. He is Oz’s best friend and loyal servant. Oz is his most important person, for whom he is willing to sacrifice anything; this protectiveness is compounded by the fact that he was brainwashed by Miranda Barma to protect Jack Vessalius (and therefore Oz, who is his medium) even if it means killing. When Gil is drunk, he reverts to his fourteen-year-old self, an insecure crybaby. He cares deeply about the hat that Ada gave him. He is a great cook, terrified of cats, unable to quit smoking in eight attempts, and constantly afraid that as Oz grows, he will be left behind.
Gil is shown to have become close to Alice, despite his constant arguing with her. Though at first wanting to kill her. Gil saves Alice when she falls down in a small rockslide later.
Gil was Glen’s servant 100 years ago in order to fulfill his duty of being the next Glen after Oswald, and he is also a Baskerville, due to his ability to be greatly wounded, but not killed. He was nearly killed by Jack and in order to save him, his brother Vincent opened a path to the Abyss. (It is later revealed that Gil was killed in order to serve as Glen’s new vessel, and when Vincent interrupted the ceremony the Tragedy occurred.) He was taken in as a servant by the current Vessalius family fifteen years ago, after he was discovered injured and amnesiac in the Vessalius gardens. He came to be Oz’s closest friend, and was invited to be a part of the boy’s coming-of-age ceremony. During the ceremony, Zwei uses her chain Doldum to control his body and forces him to attack Oz. After he regains consciousness, he recognizes one of the Baskervilles as Oz’s father and when Oz attacks the man with a sword, Gilbert takes the wound and falls unconscious.
Gil remains loyal to Oz during his time in the Abyss. Shortly after the ceremony, he is approached by Xerxes Break who arranges his adoption into the Nightray family in exchange for inside information on the family’s doings. He views this as a betrayal, since the Nightrays are the prime suspects in the assassination of Oz’s mother, but he agrees to join the family when he learns that contracting their chain ‘Raven’ might give him the power to rescue Oz. He trains in gunmanship and eventually kills the Nightray family before the chain deems him worthy to contract with it.
Once he obtains the chain, he takes the name Raven and goes to work for Break as a member of Pandora. When Oz returns from the Abyss, Gil is the first one at his side. Initially, Oz is unaware that ‘Raven’ is Gil, but during the second battle with Zwei his true identity is revealed. Gilbert uses his chain’s power to bind B-Rabbit, keeping Alice in her human form and preventing Oz’s seal from moving when they are not in battle.
It is shown in Retrace 45 that he has always had the right to make the contract with Raven, which leads him to gaining the chain. It is also said that Gilbert had been poisoned on a targeted attack against the Nightrays by a mysterious headhunter. Gil has gotten all of his memories back of Sablier and the Tragedy from 100 years ago, his true master is Glen, whose soul lies within Leo, and Gilbert shot Oz by Glen’s commands, however he broke free and burn down his own arm.

 

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Wednesday News- October 17, 2018

Yomawari: The Long Night Collection Game Collection’s Clip Shows Fireworks Festival- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-15/yomawari-the-long-night-collection-game-collection-clip-shows-fireworks-festival/.138179

Crunchyroll Streams Kemono Friends Spinoff Anime Welcome to Japari Park- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-16/crunchyroll-streams-kemono-friends-spinoff-anime-welcome-to-japari-park/.138253

The List: 6 Spooky New Anime for October 2018- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2018-10-13/.137606

Funimation Offers Dream Festival! Anime for Digital Purchase- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-10-16/funimation-offers-dream-festival-anime-for-digital-purchase/.138242

Pokemon Go Game Add Sinnoh Pokemon- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-16/pokemon-go-game-adds-sinnoh-pokemon/.138240

Anime

  • Dance with Devils Essentials BD
  • Heavy Object Season 1 BD
  • The irregular at magic high school Complete Box Set BD
  • Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Mamoru Hosoda Movie Collection BD (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Boy and The Beast)
  • Monochrome Factor DVD
  • Orange Essentials BD
  • The Seven Heavenly Virtues BD
  • Snow White with the Red Hair Complete Series BD
  • Terra Formars Revenge BD/DVD

Manga

  • Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 1 Graphic Novel (GN) Box Set
  • Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition GN 5 (Hardcover)
  • Cosplay Animal GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • DAYS GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction GN 3
  • Dragon’s Crown GN 2
  • Fairy Tale Battle Royale GN 1
  • Fire Force GN 12
  • Fire Punch GN 4
  • Frankenstein Junji Ito Story GN (Hardcover)
  • Giant Killing GN 14  (Digital Only)
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord GN 2
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Kanna’s Daily Life GN 3
  • Perfect World GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Persona 4 GN 8
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • To Your Eternity GN 7
  • Tokyo Ghoul GN Box Set
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 7
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN 3
  • The Voynich Hotel GN 2
  • Uzumaki Omnibus GN (Digital Only)

Other

  • An Archdemon’s Dilemma – How to Love Your Elf Bride Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Boogiepop Novel Omnibus 1-3
  • Dark Souls Remastered PlayStation 4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch/PC Game
  • Dark Souls Trilogy PlayStation 4/Xbox One Game
  • The Ghost in the Shell Global Neural Network GN (Hardcover)
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 11 (Digital Only)
  • Mega Man Official Complete Works Artbook (Hardcover)
  • The Reprise of the Spear Hero Novel 1
  • Soul Calibur VI PlayStation 4/Xbox One/PC Game
  • Warriors Orochi 4 PlayStation 4/Nintendo Switch/Xbox One Game

 

Manga Monday- Pandora Hearts

Pandora Hearts is a shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Jun Mochizuki. Individual chapters were serialized in Monthly GFantasy between May 2006 and March 2015, with bound volumes published by Square Enix. The series ended with twenty-four volumes having been released in Japan. It was originally licensed for an English language release by Broccoli Books, but was later dropped. It was relicensed by Yen Press. The eighth volume of Pandora Hearts was ranked 21st on the Tohan charts between March 24 and 30, 2009, and 19th between March 31 and April 6, 2009. Volume nine was ranked number one between July 27 and August 2.

Plot

Oz is the heir to the Vessalius house, one of the Four Great Dukedoms given excessive power by the country’s royalty. He lives a luxurious life alongside his younger sister Ada and valet and best friend Gilbert. This extravagant lifestyle is only diminished by the constant absence of Oz’s father Xai, who decided Oz and Ada should be raised by their uncle Oscar when they were still babies. When Oz goes to his Coming-of-Age Ceremony, he meets Sharon Rainsworth and her ominous servant Xerxes Break. Everything appears normal until the Coming-of-Age Ceremony rituals are completed and the giant clock that hasn’t worked in a century moves. Suddenly, a group of people in red cloaks known as the Baskervilles proceed to reveal themselves. The Baskervilles say Oz must be dragged into a supernatural prison called Abyss where monsters called Chains live, a place previously believed to have only existed in fairy tales. The Baskervilles then force Oz into the Abyss, claiming his existence to be a sin, although Oz is clueless as to the true meaning behind these words and the desire to acquire it becomes a driving force for the rest of the series.

Trapped in the Abyss, Oz finds out he can make contracts with Chains by drinking their blood. He does so with a Chain named Alice, infamously known as the Bloody Black Rabbit (or B-Rabbit for short), in order to escape the prison. By the time they escape from the Abyss, ten years have already passed. He is taken under the care of Sharon and Break, who he discovers are members of a Chain-research organization called Pandora that was established a century ago after a disaster known as the Tragedy of Sablier (in which the entire city of Sablier fell into the Abyss) by the Four Great Dukedoms. Wanting to understand why his existence is supposedly a sin, Oz helps Sharon and Break in their investigation in regards to the Intention of the Abyss, the ruler of the Abyss. They have the help of Alice and adult Gilbert, who has now been adopted into the Nightray dukedom and made a contract with the family’s chain, Raven. As they investigate, they learn that Alice, Gilbert, and Gilbert’s odd younger brother Vincent were involved with the Tragedy of Sablier. Additionally, they come into contact with the soul of Jack Vessalius, the legendary hero of the Tragedy of Sablier who prevented the entire world from being dragged into the Abyss after such a thing happened to Sablier. Jack was also the one who established Pandora. In the current time, he lay dormant in Oz’s body. Jack reveals that the one behind the Tragedy of Sablier was Glen Baskerville, the head of Baskervilles and his best friend.

Following a meeting with Duke Rufus Barma, Break reveals he became an illegal contractor thirty years prior and has met the Intention of the Abyss, who is in fact Alice’s twin sister. Duke Barma reveals that, according to his ancestor Arthur Barma’s memoirs, Jack has sealed Glen’s soul by placing it within his own mutilated body, split into five sealing stones. Following the destruction of two of the five sealing stones, Oz and Duke Barma trick foreign noble Isla Yura into conducting a second Coming-of-Age Ceremony for the former in his mansion, wherein one of the sealing stones is located. However, in the middle of the party, Yura and his sect start killing the guests in an attempt to reenact the Tragedy of Sablier. Although Oz and his friends manage to stop Yura’s cult from succeeding in their efforts, the sealing stone is destroyed by the Baskervilles and Gilbert’s adoptive younger brother, Elliot Nightray, is killed. This leads to Elliot’s valet Leo being taken away by Vincent, who reveals that Leo holds Glen Baskerville’s soul within him, and thus is the next successor of Baskerville clan. Blaming himself for Elliot’s death, Leo accepts his role as Glen Baskerville in order to destroy the Intention of the Abyss.

The Baskervilles and Pandora clash as Leo attacks the latter. Upon destroying the fourth sealing stone, the fourth seal is revealed to contain Glen’s head rather than Jack’s. Duke Barma then declares he has deciphered an entire code within Arthur Barma’s memoirs, which, once decoded, reveal Jack is actually the one who caused the Tragedy of Sablier. Oz then witnesses Jack’s memories. It is revealed from such that Jack’s motivation for instigating the Tragedy was to merge the world with the Abyss and be reunited with Lacie, who was the younger sister of the previous Glen (originally known as Oswald), as well as Alice and the Intention of the Abyss’s mother. Gilbert is also revealed to be a Baskerville who was originally chosen to be the next Glen a century ago. Following this revelation, Oz learns that he is actually the real B-Rabbit and used to be a sentient but still lifeless black rabbit doll that belonged to Lacie until she left him in the care of the Core of the Abyss, of whom gave him life. During the Tragedy of Sablier, Oz was turned into the most powerful Chain in existence, capable of destroying the world, by the Intention of the Abyss in order to help Jack fulfill his goal of plunging the entire world into the Abyss. Meanwhile, Oswald takes over Leo’s body and decides to go back into the past to kill Lacie before she met Jack, which would prevent the birth of the Intention of the Abyss, Oz, and Jack’s complete slippage of sanity following Lacie’s death, thus averting the Tragedy.

Accepting his real origin, Oz decides to prevent Oswald from changing the past with the help of his friends. They come up with a plan to stop the world from falling into the Abyss without changing the past by destroying the Intention of the Abyss’ body. Oz’s uncle Oscar Vessalius dies on their quest, as well as Break. Traveling back one hundred years into the past during the Tragedy, Alice tries to convince the Core of the Abyss to cut her ties with her twin sister while Oz tries to convince Oswald to reconsider altering the past and focus on helping them stop Jack instead. Alice’s words causes the Core to go berserk out of fear of being left alone, which results with the dimensions distorting even more and Oz and the rest being sent further back into the past, before Oswald and Lacie became Baskervilles. In the end, Oswald can’t bring himself to kill his sister and passes on, returning control to Leo. Using Oz’s illegal contractor seal, they reach the Core of the Abyss and manage to convince the Core to cut her ties with the Intention of the Abyss and restore the world back to normal. Oz and Alice pass away with hopeful dispositions to ensure the safety and security of the world, Gilbert promising them that he will wait for them until they are reincarnated and he can see them again. After the incident, Pandora is disbanded, the Baskervilles establish a new bond with the Core of the Abyss, and Sharon and the rest who have survived move on with their lives. Approximately a century later, Vincent brings the reincarnated Oz and Alice to Gilbert before dying in his brother’s arms. Gilbert and Oz both begin crying upon seeing each other for the first time in a hundred years, and Gilbert happily welcomes him and Alice back.

 

Film Friday- Noragami

An anime television series adaptation by Bones aired in Japan beginning from January 5, 2014 to March 23, 2014, with a total of 12 episodes. The second season, entitled Noragami Aragoto aired in Japan from October 2, 2015 to December 25, 2015, with a total of 13 episodes.

Anime

The Noragami television series adaptation is produced by Bones and directed by Kotaro Tamura with character designs by Toshihiro Kawamoto. Prior to the series’ television premiere, its first episode was screened at 2013’s Anime Festival Asia on November 10, 2013. The anime began airing in Japan on January 5, 2014, on Tokyo MX and later on MBS, BS11 and TVA, running for 12 episodes.

Besides the television series, two additional episodes were released on DVDs bundled with limited editions of the 10th and 11th manga volumes, published February 17 and July 17, 2014. Funimation licensed the anime for streaming in North America. Madman Entertainment licensed the anime for distribution in Australia and New Zealand. The opening theme song is “Goya no Machiawase”, performed by Hello Sleepwalkers. The ending theme song is “Heart Realize” with composition by Supercell and performed by Tia. Season two, Noragami Aragoto, has 13 episodes, and began airing on October 2, 2015. The opening theme song is “Kyōran Hey Kids!!” by The Oral Cigarettes, and the ending theme song is “Nirvana” by Tia. The second season’s finale aired on December 25, 2015.

Main characters

Yato  
is a war god who wants to build his own shrine. In the past, he was a god of calamity. He wears a tracksuit and scarf and refers to himself as “Yato God” (Yatogami). He calls himself a “delivery god” and often writes his cell number in public areas in case someone needs his help. He usually charges five yen (about five cents in U.S. currency), which is what Japanese people usually give when praying at a shrine. Yato is gullible and often wastes his money on scams and good-luck charms that allegedly bring happiness. As he “stopped” being a god of calamity due to his dislike of violence, he is forgotten by most humans. This results in Yato developing athazagoraphobia (the fear of being forgotten). Hiyori, a human girl, and Yato’s current Regalia (weapon), Yukine, are the two closest people to him, and he is protective of both. He shares a fatherly relationship with Yukine, calling Yukine his child at one point, and becomes extremely attached to Hiyori; romantic feelings are hinted at. Yato also shares a close relationship with Kofuku, the God of Poverty, who is there for him when he is in need of help. Yato’s actual name is Yaboku, “Yato” being a name that a previous Regalia mistakenly gave him due to a kanji mix-up. He has been using the name ever since.
Hiyori Iki  
is a human girl in her third year (9th grade) of middle school, and a high school first-year (10th grade) starting from chapter 25 of the manga. After saving Yato from a bus accident, she becomes a Half-Phantom, involuntarily falling asleep due to her soul slipping out of her body. She is somehow stuck between the human world and the afterlife, something she asks Yato to fix. Because of this, she starts spending more time with him, and he becomes the closest person to her, to the point where she is able to recognize him by scent. Despite it being her best chance to return to normal, Hiyori refuses to have her bond to Yato cut, as it means she will forget him. It is hinted that she has feelings for Yato, as she feels jealous when he almost drunkenly kisses Bishamon, the God of War. Hiyori shares a sisterly relationship with Yukine, and tutors him when he expresses a desire to learn. Hikyori Iki is also the main character and narrator of the story, especially so in the manga.
Yukine  
is Yato’s current Regalia. His Regalia name is “Sekki”. His Regalia form is a katana. Yukine died at a young age, making him miss normal life as a teenager. Every time he sins in any way, Yato suffers injuries. Even though Yato is his master, Yukine does not really show Yato respect as much as how he actually respects him. After being saved by Hiyori and undergoing an ablution, he becomes more obedient and extremely loyal to Yato, wanting to be a proper Regalia for him. Like Yato, Yukine treasures Hiyori’s existence, and fears that Hiyori will forget them when she grows up. Yukine later evolves into a Blessed Vessel when he saves Yato from certain death, proving his loyalty to him. He takes the shape of twin katanas.

Wednesday News- October 10, 2018

Goblin Slayer Anime Listed With 12 Episodes – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-10-08/goblin-slayer-anime-listed-with-12-episodes/.137858

The List: 10 Spooky Manga for October 2018 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2018-10-06/.137607

Convention Report: Anime Fest @ NYCC 2018 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/convention/2018/report-anime-fest@nycc/.137926

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Film Earns 1.6 Billion Yen at Japanese Box Office – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-09/my-hero-academia-two-heroes-film-earns-1.6-billion-yen-at-japanese-box-office/.137915

Moriarty the Patriot Manga Has Project in the Works – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-10-08/moriarty-the-patriot-manga-has-project-in-the-works/.137890

Anime

  • Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON Season 1 Part 4 BD/DVD
  • Nanbaka Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Prison School Essentials BD
  • Recovery of an MMO Junkie BD/DVD
  • World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman Essentials BD
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven WitchesEssentials BD
  • Zillion BD/DVD

Manga

  • Ajin – Demi-Human Graphic Novel (GN) 12
  • APOSIMZ GN 1
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Case Closed GN 68
  • Coyote GN 1
  • Drowning Love GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • GANTZ:G GN 2
  • Himouto! Umaruchan GN 3
  • I’m Standing on a Million Lives GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Kira-kun Today GN 1
  • Magi GN 32
  • How to Treat Magical Beasts GN 2
  • Satoko and Nada GN  1
  • Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle GN 3
  • Spirit Circle GN 5
  • To Your Eternity GN  7 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Alice GN  4 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN  3 (Digital Only)
  • World’s End Harem GN 3

Other

  • Cat Quest Nintendo Switch Game
  • Disgaea 1 Complete NintendoSwitch/PlayStation 4 Game
  • Garo Makaisenki Season 2 Collection 2 BD
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Novel 5  (Digital Only)
  • I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse Novel 10  (Digital Only)
  • Lazy Dungeon Master Novel 2  (Digital Only)
  • Luigi’s Mansion Nintendo 3DS Game
  • NieR Automata Long Story Short Novel
  • Punch Line PlayStation 4/PlayStation Vita Game
  • Street Fighter: The Novel: Where Strength Lies (Paperback)
  • The World Ends With You: Final RemixNintendo Switch Game

 

Manga Monday- Noragami

Noragami is a Japanese manga series by Adachitoka. It began serialization in Kodansha’s Monthly Shōnen Magazine in January 2011’s issue. The series has been collected into eighteen tankōbon volumes as of February 2017.

Manga

Noragami started as a manga series, authored by Adachitoka and published by Kodansha. The series premiered in Monthly Shōnen Magazine‘s January 2011 issue, released on December 6, 2010, and has been compiled into seventeen tankōbon volumes between July 15, 2011 and July 15, 2016. The ninth volume was released simultaneously with a limited edition, bundled with a drama CD. Volumes 10 and 11 were released simultaneously with limited editions, each containing an anime episode on DVD. Extra chapters of the series have been published in the spin-off publication, Monthly Shōnen Magazine + since 2011 and as of November 15, 2013, they have been compiled into one volume under the title Noragami ShūishūBoth the main series and spin-off series have been licensed in North America by Kodansha USA, under the title Noragami: Stray God and Noragami: Stray Stories respectively. The first volume of Noragami: Stray God was released on September 2, 2014, with 17 volumes released as of October 25, 2016. The first volume of Noragami: Stray Stories was released in December 2015.

Noragami was the 14th top selling manga series in Japan during the first half of 2014.

Plot

Hiyori Iki is a normal middle school student until she was involved in a bus accident while trying to protect a stranger. This incident causes her soul to frequently slip out of her body, and she becomes aware of the existence of two parallel worlds: the Near Shore, where regular humans and creatures reside, and the Far Shore, where demons and human souls linger. Through her soul, she meets the strange, nameless god without a shrine, Yato. Yato is determined to make a name for himself out there by accepting any wishes for 5 yen, including Hiyori’s to fix her body. Along with Yato’s Regalia — a weapon from a human soul named by the god in question — Yukine, the trio go through many adventures struggling with their friendship, identity and pasts.

 

Film Friday- We Were There

We Were There is a Japanese romance anime by Yuki Obata. It is licensed for an English language release in North America by Viz Media. It was adapted into a 26-episode anime television series which aired from July 3 to December 25, 2006. A 2-part live action film adaptation was released in Japanese cinemas in 17 March 2012(Part 1) and 21 April 2012(Part 2), starring Toma Ikuta and Yuriko Yoshitaka.

Anime

We Were There was adapted into an anime series by Artland which premiered in Japan on July 23, 2006. It aired for twenty-six episodes until its conclusion on December 25, 2006. The episodes were released to nine Region 2 DVD volumes by Pony Canyon, with each volume containing three episodes, except the final volume which contained two. The first volume was released on October 4, 2006 and the last on June 6, 2007.

Film

In May 2011, production on a live-action film adaption of the manga was announced. The film will be released in two parts. The film is being directed by Takahiro Miki and stars Ikuta Toma and Yoshitaka Yuriko. It is expected to be released in Japanese theaters in the spring of 2012.

Characters

  • Nanami “Nana” Takahashi
    the series protagonist, is a girl who falls in love during high school with the popular Motoharu Yano. They struggle with issues of trusting one another as the shadow of Yano’s dead girlfriend, who was with another guy at the time she died, looms over them. In the manga it is shown that Yano stopped contacting her after half a year following his departure to Tokyo, which eventually led to their breaking up. She eventually begins dating Takeuchi, Yano’s best friend, but is unable to forget her former love. She is shown to be very sweet and caring, and she supports Yano unconditionally, even putting her own feelings and needs aside. At one point, Yano even confesses to Takeuchi that he believes she is strong enough to carry on without him. She is described as having a “baby-like” face by both Yano and Takeuchi and being cute rather than beautiful.
  • Motoharu “Moto” Yano 
    is a popular boy whose girlfriend was killed in a car crash while out with another guy. He has a hard time trusting Nanami, and displays jealousy and possessiveness, but he is also shown to be really childish and willing to receive affection (Nanami even compares him with a cat at one point). As the series progresses, he wrestles with his feelings for his dead girlfriend versus those for the living Nanami, whom he even calls “Nana-chan” at times. Yano moves to Tokyo with his mother, Yoko, but after half a year he stops contacting Nanami, effectively breaking up with her. Eventually it is revealed that his mother killed herself, after which he disappeared. He reappears four years later, living with Yuri Yamamoto but still remembering Nanami. The tragedies he had to cope with left him in a deep state of despair, making him blame himself and believe there is something wrong with his way of loving. He eventually manages to recover with Nanami and Takeuchi’s help.

 

  • Masafumi “Take” Takeuchi 
    is Yano’s close friend and becomes a friend and confidant for Nanami after she begins dating Yano. As the series progresses, he finds himself falling in love with her, leaving him unsure how to proceed. When Yano breaks up with Nanami, they begin dating. He eventually proposes, but she turns him down. He is a really understanding, calm and nice person and cares deeply for both Nanami and Yano (whom he calls “Moto”). After being rejected by Nanami, he decides to do his best to support her and bring Yano back to her.

 

  • Yuri Yamamoto
    is the younger sister of Nana, Yano’s late girlfriend. She suffers a lot because of her unrequited love for Yano. A week after Nana’s death, Yano had sex with her. She originally believed he was simply using her, but later suspects he was pitying her. After Yano begins dating Nanami, she becomes an obstacle for their relationship as Yano continues displaying some closeness with her. After her mother gets sick, Yano moves in with her. When her mother dies, she decides to let Yano go and ends their relationship. She also reveals to Yano the truth about her sister’s feelings for him (her sister actually loved Yano but wanted to tell her ex-boyfriend about it, thus, she decided to go on a drive with her ex-boyfriend but they died in a car accident).

 

  • Akiko “Aki” Sengenji
    is Yano’s former classmate from Tokyo. She is also in love with Yano, but is well aware of the fact that he only sees her as a friend. Therefore, she does not see Nanami as a rival. She is the one who reveals Yano’s whereabouts to Nanami and is shown to have a hard time dealing with the whole story – she confesses at one point that she would be unable to wait for someone as long as Nanami did.

 

  • Nana Yamamoto 
    is Yano’s girlfriend who died in a car accident before the start of the series. Despite the fact she was older than Yano, she had a really childish personality, therefore being considered stupid by most of Yano’s friends. She was the first woman Yano ever loved, which made her one of the most important obstacles in the relationship between him and Nanami.

Wednesday News- October 3, 2018

Funimation Sets Subtitles, Dubbed Premiere Dates for New Fairy Tail Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-10-01/funimation-sets-subtitled-dubbed-premiere-dates-for-new-fairy-tail-anime/.137573

This Week in Anime: Is Dragon Pilot Worth Watching?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2018-10-02/.137576

Funimation Announces Fall Simuldub Premiere Dates- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-02/funimation-announces-fall-simuldub-premiere-dates/.137601

Crunchyroll Streams Between the Sky and Sea, Run with the Windhttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-02/crunchyroll-streams-between-the-sky-and-sea-run-with-the-wind/.137587

Hulu Adds Sword Art Online: Alicization, Tokyo Ghoul: re Anime Simulcasts for Fall- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-02/hulu-adds-sword-art-online-alicization-tokyo-ghoul-re-anime-simulcasts-for-fall/.137605

Anime

  • The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Season 1 BD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 5 BD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 5 DVD
  • Free! Movie Collection Limited Edition Box Set BD/DVD (Free! -Take Your Marks-, Free! The Movie -Timeless Medley- the Bond, Free! The Movie -Timeless Medley- the Promise, High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-)
  • Free! -Take Your Marks- The Movie BD/DVD
  • Galaxy Angel BD
  • High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- The Movie BD/DVD
  • Hyou-ka Complete Series BD
  • Pokémon Movies 1-3 BD (Pokemon: The First Movie, Pokemon 2000 – The Movie, Pokemon 3 – The Movie)
  • Pokémon Movies 1-3 DVD (Pokemon: The First Movie, Pokemon 2000 – The Movie, Pokemon 3 – The Movie)Pop Team Epic Season 1 BD
  • Rosario + Vampire Complete Series Essentials BD
  • Sailor Moon S The Movie BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon S The Movie DVD

Manga

  • Again!! GN 5
  • Ao Haru Ride GN 1
  • Are You Lost? GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Arte GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • BECK GN 15-22 (Digital Only)
  • Bleach GN 74
  • Bleach Omnibus GN 24
  • Blue Exorcist GN 20
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 1
  • Can You Just Die, My Darling? GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Captain Harlock The Classic Collection GN 2 (Hardcover)
  • Crisis Girls GN 2
  • Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju GN 9
  • Eromanga Sensei GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 26
  • Futaribeya GN 1
  • Haikyu!! GN 28
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan GN 9
  • Juni Taisen: Zodiac War GN 1
  • Kamakura Monogatari GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • A Kiss, For Real GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Konohana Kitan GN 2
  • Kuroko’s Basketball Omnibus GN 14
  • My Boy in Blue GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia GN 15
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes GN 2
  • Naruto Omnibus GN 24
  • Natsume’s Book of Friends GN 22
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas Zero’s Journey GN
  • OL Visual Kei GN 1 Parts 1 & 2 (Digital Only)
  • Peach Girl Next GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • The Prince’s Romance Gambit GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Pop Team Epic GN
  • The Promised Neverland GN 6
  • Rurouni Kenshin Omnibus GN 8
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days GN 1
  • Seven Shakespeares GN 5-6 (Digital Only)
  • Takane & Hana GN 5
  • Waiting for Spring GN 8
  • Wakako-zake GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Water Dragon’s Bride GN 7
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 14

Other

  • Corpse Prison Movie 1 BD
  • Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise PlayStation 4 Game
  • Mega Man 11 PlayStation 4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch/PC Game

 

Manga Monday- We Were There

We Were There is a Japanese romance manga by Yuki Obata, which chronicles the relationship between Motoharu Yano and Nanami Takahashi, starting from their teenage years and continuing during their early twenties. It has been serialized in Betsucomi from 2002 to 2012. The series went on hiatus in early 2008, but resumed publication in June 2009. It is licensed for an English language release in North America by Viz Media. In 2005, the manga won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo. The manga has sold over 10 million copies in Japan.

Manga

Written and illustrated by Yuki Obata, We Were There has been serialized in Betsucomi since its debut in 2002. The series went on hiatus after the January 2008 issue, and resumed serialization in the July 2009 issue. The individual chapters are collected and published in tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan, with the first volume released on October 26, 2002. Fifteen volumes were released. The last chapter appeared on the February 13 issue of Betsucomi.

The series is licensed for English language release in North America by Viz Media, which released the first volume on November 3, 2008 under its “Shojo Beat” imprint. Four volumes were released in English. It is licensed for regional language releases in France by Soleil Productions, in Germany by Egmont Manga & Anime and in Argentina and Spain by Editorial Ivrea.

Plot

Nanami Takahashi, a teenage girl in her first year of high school, hopes to make new friends quickly. The center of attention at her school is Motoharu Yano, a very popular boy, whom Nanami dislikes at the beginning, due to his apparent superficiality. However, she soon falls in love with him, but Yano is still affected by the loss of his girlfriend, Nana Yamamoto. Nana was killed in a car crash a year before the beginning of the story. Because she was with her ex-boyfriend at the time of her death, Yano suspects she was cheating on him. Due to this, he is unable to trust people or to talk about his relationship with her; instead, he chooses to pretend he does not care very much about the situation.

Nanami confesses her love to Yano, but is rejected when he is unable to tell her if he loves her back. Despite that, she is still willing to support him and reassures him she will always be by his side. Soon, Yano realizes he has fallen in love with her as well, so they start going out. However, Yano’s secrets (including the fact that he slept with Nana’s little sister, Yuri, after the accident and his unwillingness to talk about his feelings for his dead girlfriend) make Nanami unsure to the point that she decides to end the relationship, believing she is unable to make him happy. The story becomes even more complicated when Masafumi Takeuchi, Yano’s best friend, also falls in love with Nanami and becomes Yano’s rival.

Due to these circumstances, Nanami is confused over whom she should choose, but she soon realizes that Yano is the one she genuinely loves. She agrees to start going out with him again, on the condition that she can find out more about the relationship between Nana and Yano and his true feelings about what had happened. Their romance takes an unexpected turn when Yano finds out that his mother, Yoko, wants to move to Tokyo. Upon hearing this, Nanami tells him to make a decision without taking her into consideration. The anime ends with Yano’s departure; however, the two of them decide to continue their relationship.

The manga picks up four years later. It is revealed that Yano and Nanami kept in touch for about six months, then he stopped contacting her and disappeared without a trace. Tired of waiting, hurt and confused, Nanami starts a relationship with Takeuchi. Even so, she is still in love with Yano and unable to forget about their common past. She befriends a co-worker named Akiko Sengenji, who is revealed to be one of Yano’s classmates from the Tokyo high school he transferred to. In a series of flashbacks it is shown that Yano was forced to work part-time when his mother was diagnosed with cancer, but kept everything hidden from Nanami, not wanting to worry her. Following an unexpected visit from Michiko, her former friend and wife of Yano’s father, Yoko became increasingly paranoid, fearing he would leave her. When Yano announced his decision to go and visit Nanami, she accused him of being insensitive. After a short, but violent fight, Yoko hung herself; as in Nana’s case, Yano blamed himself for her death and therefore decided to sever all the ties with his past.

Sengenji is also in love with Yano, but, despite this, she sees Nanami as a friend, not as a rival. She is the one who reveals Yano’s whereabouts to Nanami (including the fact that he adopted his father’s name, Nagakura) and later the fact that he lives with Yuri Yamamoto. As a result, Nanami rejects Takeuchi when he proposes to her, feeling that it wouldn’t be fair to marry him. Upon meeting Nanami for the first time in more than five years, Yano claims he is in love with another woman. However, when he and Nanami meet again, she tells him that she knows about the relationship between him and Yuri. He then admits that he only stays with Yuri because her mother is dying and he feels he can’t leave her alone. He also tells Nanami about his mother’s suicide, and also about his panic attacks. During this meeting, it is hinted that he’s still in love with her.

Meanwhile, Takeuchi decides to continue his relationship with Nanami, but only as friends. He tells her that she will eventually reach Yano and asks her to wait for him. He also starts to push Yano to admit his own feelings for Nanami and points out that no matter how strong she seems, she is unable to deal with the situation by herself. Nanami and Yano have an unexpected meeting, during which Yano finally confesses he wanted her to hold him back instead of letting him leave with his mother. Shortly after, Yuri’s mother dies, which prompts Yuri to end her relationship with Yano. She reveals to him that her sister Nana never cheated on him and that she only wanted to have a proper break-up with her ex-boyfriend at the time of the accident.

Yano decides to start over with Nanami and tries to contact her on the telephone. He fails several times due to her busy schedule, but eventually reaches her. During their conversation, a severely over-worked and anaemic Nanami falls down from a flight of stairs and is brought to the hospital injured and unconscious. Terrified by the possibility of losing her as well, Yano rushes to her side – as a result, the two of them are reunited. The finale of the manga shows Yano proposing to Nanami and then visiting Yamamoto Nana’s grave site with her.

 

Film Friday- Flame of Recca

Flame of Recca is a manga series written and illustrated by Nobuyuki Anzai, which was adapted into an anime series spanning forty-two episodes by Studio Pierrot. The series has also been adapted into two video games; Flame of Recca: The Game for the Game Boy Advance and Flame of Recca: Final Burning for the PlayStation 2. The anime has since been picked up by Discotek Media who re-released the series on DVD in 2015. Though it begins by following the same basic storyline, the Flame of Recca anime series ends right after the Ura Butō Satsujin ends, while the manga goes on to include the subplot involving the Tendō Jigoku. The anime also omits certain characters from the story, and several of the characters’ physical appearances are slightly different from the manga.

Anime

Flame of Recca was adapted into a 42-episode anime series produced by Studio Pierrot, and aired in Japan from July 19, 1997 to July 10, 1998 on Fuji Television. Flame of Recca was also aired on the satellite network Animax in Japan and Asia. Pony Canyon has released the entire series on DVD and laserdisc, while Geneon released it in two DVD boxsets on April 22 and June 24, 2005 in Japan. In North America, Viz Media released the series in ten separate DVD volumes between October 26, 2004 and January 9, 2007.

There are several notable differences between the anime and manga, such as the character designs (e.g. Fūko has purple-violet hair in the anime, but has brown hair in the manga) and in the storyline itself (e.g. In the anime, Yanagi’s healing powers are first revealed when she heals Recca after he gets injured while protecting her and a child from being crushed under metal pipes, but in the manga, Yanagi heals Recca when he gets injured while protecting her from a group of male students who were forcing her to go with them). The anime was aired in the Philippines by GMA Network in 1999.

Protagonists

Recca Hanabishi 

the primary protagonist of the series, is a teenager obsessed with ninjas and anything related to ninjas. Recca was born the second son of Ōka, the leader of the Hokage ninja clan that existed over 400 years ago. Recca’s older half-brother, Kurei, was supposed to be the heir to the leadership because he was the eldest and was born with the ability to control fire, but Recca also exhibited the same abilities as an infant, and is declared the true heir of the Hokage leadership. In an attempt to save him during the slaughter of the Hokage ninja clan, his mother (Kagerō) used a forbidden technique that opened a portal that would transport him into the future, where the Flame of Recca storyline begins. Recca’s flame power is derived from eight Flame Dragons named Saiha, Nadare, Homura, Setsuna, Madoka, Rui, Kokuu, and Resshin. Recca’s powers were apparently so strong that they had to be sealed with a wrist guard. In the end, the eighth dragon Resshin (actually Recca’s father Ōka) reveals that Recca’s flame has no original form (something every Flame Master’s flame is supposed to have, such as Ōka’s and Kurei’s phoenix flame), thus Recca is the true cursed child, fated to end the Hokage. Ōka reveals that if Recca becomes the ninth dragon, he would become “a stupid, useless dragon with no ability whatsoever, a waste of space inside Kurei”. After the destruction of the Tendo Jigoku, every remaining madogu disintegrated to naught, as well as Recca and Kurei’s flame powers.His appearance varies slightly between the anime and manga, as in the manga, his hair has a red highlight and bright blue eyes, and in the anime his hair is a dull blue highlight and his eyes are a similar color.

Yanagi Sakoshita 

is a teenage girl gifted with the innate ability to heal any kind of physical injury, and Recca immediately offers to serve her as her loyal ninja after seeing her compassion when she healed a severely injured puppy in a local park (in the anime series, she heals Recca after a pile of metal pipes collapsed on top of him). She is the prime objective of the series’ main antagonist, Kōran Mori, as he believes that her healing powers will help him attain eternal life. In the manga, it is revealed that she is the reincarnation of Sakura-hime, the daughter of Oyakata and princess of Sawaki clan, who lived over 400 years before the series’ actual story-line.

Fūko Kirisawa

a tomboyish teenage girl, is Recca’s childhood friend who has always aspired to defeat him in battle so that he would serve her as her ninja. She initially gets irritated by the fact that Recca chose to become Yanagi’s ninja just because he wanted to. For this reason, she decides to accept the aid of Kagerō, who offers to lend her a powerful madōgu that controls wind called Fūjin in order to enable her to defeat Recca. In actuality, Kagerō implanted a stone in the Fūjin that allowed her to brainwash Fūko, but Recca manages to defeat Fūko and destroy the sphere. Fūko ends up being friends with both Yanagi and Recca after the incident, and she also keeps the Fūjin and wields it throughout the rest of the series.Fūko is often described as tomboyish by other characters, and is often laughed at or teased when she shows or says something sensitive or feminine. Fūko greatly respects human life, and hates those who take it for granted. This characteristic is shown on several occasions, the first being when one of her opponents, Fujimaru, states that he would do anything and kill anyone – even women and children – to achieve victory. Fūko’s character design varies in the adaptations of the series. While she has brown hair and green eyes in the manga and both of the Flame of Recca video games, she has red violet hair and blue eyes in the anime series.

Antagonist

Kurei 

is Recca’s older half brother. He was born in 1571 (four years prior to Recca’s birth), and is the firstborn son of Flame Master Ōka and his mistress Reina. He was initially recognized as the next leader of the Hokage clan due to his innate flame powers, but the Hokage elders label him as a cursed child when his younger half-brother, Recca Hanabishi, also exhibits the same powers. Kurei was supposed to be killed in order to save the clan, but due to Kagerō’s intervention, Kurei and his mother are exiled instead. Kurei then eventually attempts to kill Recca, and ends up imprisoned for his crime. He eventually escapes the prison when it is destroyed during Oda Nobunaga’s raid on the Hokage village, and he jumps into the time portal Kagerō opened in order to save Recca by sending him into the future.Kurei is then found and adopted by Tsukino Mori, the wife of one of the series’ main antagonists, Kōran Mori. Kōran raises Kurei to become a “machine”, repeatedly telling him that he does not need human emotions and that he should just throw them away. Upon seeing how much Kurei loved his mother, Kōran has her transferred to a different house and keeps her under house arrest. When Kurei ends up falling in love with Kurenai, Kōran Mori’s adopted daughter, Kōran has her killed. This causes Kurei to despise his adoptive father, but since Kōran is holding his mother hostage, he obeys Kōran’s orders. Kurei is the leader of the Uruha, a group of skilled warriors hired to serve Kōran Mori and to assist Kurei in missions that Kōran orders him to undertake. Like his father and his half-brother, Kurei has the innate power to produce and manipulate fire. The main form of his flame is the Phoenix, and is shown to be of a different color compared to Recca’s (Kurei’s flames are purple in the anime series and a different shade of red in the Flame of Recca video games). Kurei has the ability to absorb souls into his flame, and use them to produce humanoid flames that fight for him and obey his commands. The first time Kurei absorbed a soul into his flame was when he absorbed Kurenai’s soul right after Kōran killed her. The second instance of this was when he absorbed the soul of a loyal member of the Uruha named Jisho (this is not shown in neither the anime nor the video games). His power is not limited to absorbing just one soul at a time, as shown by his absorption of several souls after an opponent slaughters many men in the latter part of the manga.Kurei is also capable of executing non-flame based techniques such as Wakemi, a technique that allows him to produce multiple, solid duplicates of himself that possess his powers and skills. In the last part of the manga, he is shown to be able to use the Jikuryūri, a technique that allows its user to open a portal in time.