Film Friday- Land of the Lustrous

An anime promotional video was released in July 2013 by Studio Hibari, and an anime television series adaptation by Orange aired between October and December 2017.

Anime

An anime television series adaptation aired in Japan between October 7 and December 23, 2017. Takahiko Kyōgoku is directing the anime at the Orange CG animation studio. Toshiya Ono is in charge of the series scripts. Yohichi Nishikawa is creating the concept art. Asako Nishida is designing the characters. The opening theme is “Kyōmen no Nami” by Yurika and the ending theme is “Kirameku Hamabe” by Yuiko Ōhara. Sentai Filmworks have licensed the series and streamed the anime on Anime Strike. MVM Films has licensed the series in the UK. The series ran for 12 episodes, which will be released across six DVD and Blu-ray sets in Japan.

Characters

Phosphophyllite 

Known as “Phos” for short. One of the weaker jewel people, with a hardness of 3.5. Declared as too weak for battle, Phos is tasked with creating an encyclopedia logging new information. As Phos keeps experiencing hardships in battle, their limbs, along with their memories, are gradually lost and replaced with other elements, including agate legs, arms made from gold and platinum alloy, a lapis lazuli head and a synthetic pearl eye.

Cinnabar

An aloof jewel person who is even weaker than Phos, with a hardness of 2, but carries a powerful poison in their body. Because this poison taints the environment and erases memories stored inside affected jewel shards, Cinnabar is kept on night watch, but yearns to escape the night.

Diamond 

A kind-hearted jewel person who has the maximum hardness of 10, but is still fragile against enemy attacks.

Bort 

An intimidating diamond-class jewel person who is powerful in combat and is the most durable of the jewels. They are also very protective of Diamond.

 

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Wednesday News- August 15, 2018

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Anime-

  • Assassination Classroom Season 1 BD
  • Classroom of the Elite Season 1 BD
  • Ergo Proxy Complete Series Classics BD
  • Eromanga Sensei BD Volume 2
  • Eureka Seven: Hi – Evolution 1 Movie BD/DVD
  • Overlord Season 1 Classics BD
  • Outlaw Star Classics BD
  • planetarian OVAs + Movie BD/DVD
  • The Seven Deadly Sins Season 1 Complete Collection BD

Manga-

  • Aoba-kun’s Confessions GN 7
  • Arakawa Under the Bridge Graphic (GN) 4
  • Back Street Girls GN 1-3
  • Bloom Into You GN 5
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 4
  • Drowning Love GN 10
  • Fire Force GN 11
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Edition GN 2 (Hardcover)
  • In/Spectre GN 8
  • Kamikamikaeshi GN 3
  • Kasane GN 13
  • Lovesick Ellie GN 13
  • Magi GN 31
  • Moteki GN 2
  • RG Veda GN 3
  • Species Domain GN 5
  • Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle GN 2
  • A Strange and Mystifying Story GN 4
  • That Blue Sky Feeling GN 1
  • Those Summer Days GN 3
  • Tokyo Alice GN 2
  • Toppu GP GN 3

Other-

  • An Archdemon’s Dilemma – How to Love Your Elf Bride Novel 1
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 10
  • I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse Novel 9
  • Kaiju Mono BD
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero GN 12
  • Vampire Hunter D Novel 3

Manga Monday- Land of the Lustrous

Land of the Lustrous is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Haruko Ichikawa and published from 2012 onwards. It is published by Kodansha in Monthly Afternoon magazine and eight volumes compiling the chapters have been released so far. Set in a world inhabited by “jewel people,” it chronicles their efforts to find the place where they belong and defend their way of life.

Synopsis

In a place inhabited by jewels that take the form of people, Phosphophyllite (Phos) is weak (with one of the lowest hardnesses) and considered useless by their peers. Phos asks their aloof but wise colleague Cinnabar for help after they receive an assignment to create a natural history encyclopedia, thus beginning their friendship and personal growth. Meanwhile, the “jewel people” are at war with the Lunarians (Moon people) who want to take advantage of their luxury value.

Manga

The Land of the Lustrous manga began serialization in Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon magazine on October 25, 2012. The first tankōbon volume was released on July 23, 2013, and the most recent volume, volume 8, was released on November 22, 2017. Volume 4 was released in two editions, a regular edition and a special edition, which included a card game. Volume 6 and Volume 7 were also released in two editions, with volume 6 being released with an additional limited edition, and volume 7 being released with an additional special edition.

Kodansha Comics announced during their 2016 New York Comic-Con panel that they have licensed the manga in North America in English. The first volume was released on June 27, 2017.

Volume 1 reached the 47th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and, as of July 27, 2013, has sold 21,204 copies; volume 2 reached the 35th place and, as of February 2, 2014, has sold 44,511 copies;[ volume 3 reached the 30th place and, as of August 31, 2014, has sold 56,765 copies.

It was number 10 on the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey. It was number 48 on the 15th Book of the Year list by Da Vinci magazine in 2014. It was nominated for the eight Manga Taishō in 2015.

 

Film Friday- Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits

A 26-episode anime television series adaptation by Gonzo premiered on April 2, 2018 and was announced in November 2017. The series is directed by Yoshiko Okuda at Gonzo, with scripts handled by Tomoko Konparu, characters designs done by Yōko Satō and music composed by Takurō Iga. It premiered on April 2, 2018 on the Tokyo MX and BS Fuji stations. It will run for two cours, in which 3 episodes released in 8 of its DVD/Blu-ray release, as the ninth release has 2 episodes for a total of 26 episodes. The opening theme is “Tomoshibi no Manimani”, performed by Nao Tōyama and the first ending theme is “Sai -color-“, performed by Manami Numakura. The second opening theme is “Utsushiyo no Yume” by Nano, and the second ending theme is “Shiranai Kimochi” performed by Megumi Nakajima. Both Crunchyroll and Funimation are streaming the series. A stage play adaptation was announced in March 2017 during a pre-screening event for the anime adaptation.

Oryō

A Snow Woman servant of Tenjin-ya who works as a guest room attendant and appears to function as the Head Maid. She considers Aoi an unfit bride for Odanna out of jealousy. She further considers it her duty to prevent Aoi’s marriage to Odanna. She is in love with Odanna and has been known to call herself his mistress. After disgracing herself trying to get Aoi killed she falls ill with a fever and her unpopularity with the other servants is revealed when Aoi is the only one willing to look after her. Following this she becomes closer to Aoi and treats her like a friend.

Akatsuki

Tenjin-ya’s clerk known for his rough and meddlesome behaviour. He has a younger sister named Suzuran. His Ayakashi form is a giant purple spider with thick legs and red eyes.

Byakuya

A wise and strict servant in charge of Tenjin-ya’s finances. As Aoi frequently makes no profits running Moonflower he thinks she should give up and marry Odanna. He hated Shiro with a passion because not only did he owe Odanna 100 million yen he also cost Tenjin-ya enormous amounts of money over the years on broken furniture, unpaid bills and the theft of food and alcohol from the kitchen.

Chibi

A type of Ayakashi known as a Kappa with the appearance of a green turtle with a blue shell that acts similar to a pigeon but can speak. Chibi is a specific Kappa Aoi is fond of feeding in the park. She thinks of him as sly and ends up taking him with her to Tenjin-ya as a pet.

 

 

Manga Monday- Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits

Kakuriyo no Yadomeshi is a Japanese light novel series written by Midori Yūma and illustrated by Laruha. Fujimi Shobo have published seven volumes since 2015 under their Fujimi L Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation with art by Wako Ioka has been serialized in Enterbrain’s josei manga magazine B’s Log Comic since 2016. It has been collected in four tankōbon volumes.

Viz Media announced at their Anime Central 2018 panel that they had licensed the manga.

Plot

Aoi Tsubaki is a college student who has the ability to see Ayakashi, a trait she inherited from her deceased grandfather. One day, when Aoi walks past a torii shrine, she sees an Ayakashi sitting there who announces that it is hungry. However, after giving it food, Aoi is kidnapped by the Ayakashi, an Ogre named Odanna. He takes her to the Hidden Realm, a world where all the Ayakashi live. He tells Aoi that her grandfather owed him a debt, and as compensation, she must marry him. Aoi negotiates with the Ogre instead, asking to work at Odanna’s inn, the Tenjin’ya.

Characters

Aoi Tsubaki

A human girl who inherited the ability to see Ayakashi from her grandfather, Shiro, who also taught her how to cook from a young age. She has a caring personality but has shown she can be stubborn and brave, preferring to work to pay her grandfathers debts rather than marry Odanna. Her greatest regret is that she was unable to share a final meal with her grandfather and that his last meal was poor quality hospital food.

Ōdanna

An Ogre who runs the inn Tenjin-ya in the Hidden Realm. He is known to be cold and merciless but is also loved and respected by his servants because of his kindness and large heart. He knew Shiro, Aoi’s grandfather, for many years and considered him a friend. As a result of Shiro owing him almost 100 million yen Odanna accepted Shiro’s offer of marriage to Aoi as payment. Other Ayakashi refer to him as either “Ogre God” or “Master Innkeeper”.

Ginji

A Nine-tailed fox Ayakashi who was the first Ayakashi in the Hidden Realm to show Aoi real kindness. He can shapeshift into any of nine physical appearances including a handsome man, a young boy, a beautiful woman and a baby fox with nine tails. He runs a small restaurant in Tenjin-ya’s annex building but does not receive many customers. He asks Aoi to take over the restaurant after tasting her human style food. He has a closer relationship with Odanna than the other servants, close enough that he is able to use his adorable young boy form to trick Odanna into buying him treat.

 

Film Friday- Get Backers

The manga of Get Backers was adapted into an animated television series in 2002. The Studio Deen production aired on the Tokyo Broadcasting System from October 5, 2002 until September 20, 2003, for a complete run of 49 episodes. It was also dubbed in English and broadcast by the anime television network Animax across its respective networks worldwide. The series was licensed for an English-language release in North America by TokyoPop, which released 27 volumes between February 10, 2004 and December 2, 2008. It has since lost the license to the property, and all existing releases are now out-of-print.

Ban Midou

is one of the main protagonists in GetBackers. His name comes from his mother’s surname “Midou” and the “Ban” from Japanese word for Savage. The “ban” can mean “barbarian” or “uncouth/vulgar”. This is the result of the first meeting between Paul and Ban. When der Kaiser first introduced the infant Ban to Paul, Ban kicked Paul in the face while being held by him, causing Paul to insist that the Ban of Yaban suited the child perfectly. der Kaiser agreed.

Known variously as “The Man with the Evil Eye” and “The Genius of Battles”, he is the “B” in the GetBackers. He is 18 years old in the manga and 21 years old in the anime. He is one quarter German is the grandchild of the “Last Witch of the 20th Century”. Ban is a brother-like figure to Himiko Kudo after she came to terms with her brother’s death, and later it is revealed in volume 38 of the manga that Ban is actually related to her by blood through the Witch Queen.

In the GetBackers duo, he is the one who thinks of the plans for their moves. Initially, Ginji Amano was seen to be a sidekick to him (in fact, when they first formed their partnership, Ban insisted that Ginji was only his sidekick), but as the story progressed, Ginji gradually held his own in their missions, and Ban acknowledged him as an equal.

Ban is very intelligent, having studied fighting techniques, science, history, music, art and magic from a very young age as a result of being hunted in Europe by shamans during his childhood. More often surprises everyone with his knowledge and abilities, such as being able to play the violin. He also bears a striking resemblance to his father. In fact, in the arcs where his hair is “down” (“Venus de Milo” and “Kiryuudo” arcs), he looks like der Kaiser during his Getbacker days with Paul. Another trait which both father and son share is that while they may appear cold and ruthless on the surface, they are actually very warm and caring towards their friends.

Ban inherited his powers from his grandmother. Ban utilizes two main abilities. His primary technique is the Evil Eye, which allows him to force anyone he makes eye contact with watch a one-minute-long illusion. It should only be used three times per day and cannot be used on the same person again for the next 24 hours. Furthermore, while the illusion only lasts for one minute, should Ban will it, the one affected by the Jagan can be placed inside a time-warp zone via the illusion created by the technique, meaning that to them, one minute in real life could last up to several hours in the Jagan’s influence. It is rare for Ban to use the Evil Eye to defeat his opponents, preferring to use it to aid in the retrieval process or to give clients happy/nightmarish dreams; however, he has been shown to use it in defeating Takuma Fudou’s insight during the blank second.

If the user were to use the Jagan a fourth time within a 24-hour period they would receive a penalty for using it. After the fourth use the user disappears both from the physical world and from the memories of all who know him. With this in mind, Ban requested one final duel with Akabane Kurodou. After an intense struggle, the two manage to strike each other, causing Ban to collapse and Akabane to disappear. However, Akabane had not died, as assumed, but instead, implanted a surgical scalpel into Ban’s chest as a “final favor”, given to Ban for allowing Akabane to see his own limits. Akabane later explained that because having Ban disappear would be a pity, he attempted to fool the “Archive” by faking Ban’s death and delaying Ban’s disappearance from using his fourth Jagan just long enough for Ginji to reach Babylon City and resolve everything, thus saving Ban from disappearing.

His second ability is the Snakebite. Because he is a direct descendant of the Witch clan, and was born under the star of Asclepius, he possesses incredible superhuman strength, which gives him a gripping force of 200 kilograms in each hand. It is also shown that he is strong enough to break open the doors of an armored steel truck and punch hard enough to create large craters in the ground or break walls, occasionally even collapsing multistory buildings. Ban can augment the strength of his Snakebite by reciting a certain chant in order to draw power from Asclepius, with the resulting force being sufficient enough to devastate even the most formidable of opponents with just a single blow. The full extent of the Asclepius curse upon Ban is expressed through his entire right arm degenerating into a grotesque state not unlike a demon’s limb, granting Ban even greater power but at the risk of losing himself to his savage instincts. Later Ban manages to transcend the Asclepius curse and draw out his full potential on his own, which is reflected by the manifestation of a single angel wing behind his right shoulder.

In the “Get Back the Lost Time” arc, his skills grow by leaps and bounds due to his learning abilities. Against Natsuhiko, he manages to execute a new move, “Snake Kill”, using his left hand.

Anime News Network praised the style of the Jagan in the manga to be a “horrifying nightmare”. The Tokyo Pop translation of the Ban Midou dialogues has been criticized for making him sound like a gangster.

Ginji Amano

Ginji Amano is the “G” in the GetBackers. He is 18 years old in the manga. Ginji was formerly the leader of a gang called “The VOLTS” in the Limitless Fortress, the fearsome Lightning Emperor.

He received the title Lightning Emperor because of his ability to control electricity. This control grants him several unique abilities such as amazing regenerative power and the ability to become a human magnet and battery. Despite Ginji’s dark past, his demeanor is one of an unassuming, energetic, and friendly boy with a strong sense of justice. He makes friends easily, often without trying and is trusting and open to an almost naive extent. However, when exposed to remnants of his past, he has a tendency to revert to his darker “Lightning Emperor” persona. For comical purposes, he also turns droopy and super deformed, most likely designed after a Tarepanda. He’s frequently beaten up by Ban for doing stupid things. As a child, his guardian was Takeru Teshimine, then ruler of the Limitless Fortress. Ginji founded the “VOLTS”, a gang led by The Lightning Emperor, and “The Four Kings of the VOLTS” to protect the Infinity Fortress from the monsters of the Beltline. During the era of the VOLTS, only one man (Midou Ban) is known to have defeated the Lightning Emperor, though not in a fight of physical strength. All Ban did was show him that he was causing pain to many. While they were fighting, Lightning Emperor summoned lightning which resulted in a huge blast. Though Ban escaped from the blast, he was able to see the infinite energy flowing in the Lightning Emperor, which made it impossible to beat him. Then, Ban remembered that the Lightning Emperor only appeared after Ban attacked one of his friends. He then showed him that though the Lightning Emperor said that he would protect everyone, he himself killed many since many were caught up in the blast. After seeing the devastation he caused, the Lightning Emperor shrieked and expelled all the power within him, turning back into Ginji. Ban noticed that he has changed and did not deliver the killing blow to Ginji as he sat in front of him, his head bowed and crying.

Little is known of his past until the last volume of the manga where it is revealed that his mother, who Teshimine told Ginji was waiting for him in Babylon City, had created the world in which the GetBackers live. Her reason for doing this was that in the real world (Babylon City), Ginji had died as a child. Unbearably sad, she considered cloning him, but realized that it would not be the same child, she created a back-up of the world where he could live and grow.

When transformed into the Lightning Emperor, Ginji glows with a brilliant light and has bolts of electricity flowing around him. Although sharing the same body as that of Ginji, the Lightning Emperor is the polar opposite of the happy-go-lucky Ginji; his features harden and he becomes merciless towards almost anyone. He first came into being when Ginji was a young boy, as the Beltline Monsters invaded the lower levels of the Limitless Fortress. Ginji and a friend were attempting to escape from the hunters when Ginji’s friend was struck by an arrow. The whole invasion force was annihilated in an instant. From that point on, whenever Ginji is confronted with a difficult situation, emotionally or physically, the Lightning Emperor appears to make everything that troubles Ginji disappear. However, this ultimately causes more pain for the peaceful Ginji, as death is the last thing he wants.

In the “Get Back the Lost Time” arc, after the Lightning Emperor was successfully able to defeat the Voodoo King, it is revealed that the Lightning Emperor would never appear again as his reason for existing was over. The Lightning Emperor, who was born from the synchronization of Ginji’s rage and Mugenjou’s power, existed to defeat the person whose purpose was disrupting the plans of the “Archive” (the Voodoo King). His purpose was to protect the world without judgment from Good or Evil.

The source of the Lightning Emperor’s power is the limitless energy currents flowing through the Limitless Fortress, and as such, he draws as much power from them as he needs. Sometimes, though, this can put the Infinity Fortress in a bad situation if the Lightning Emperor calls for more power in a single instant than the tower is capable of producing. For this reason, he is dangerous to the “Brain Trust” in Babylon City who possess the “Archive” (the sum total of human knowledge past, present and future) as he could potentially erase the “Archive” if he blacked out the Limitless Fortress. Another reason why Ginji/the Lightning Emperor is so dangerous inside the Limitless Fortress is because his existence is “random” in the Babylon City Archives. This means his existence was not foretold and therefore his existence inside the Limitless Fortress changes all the prophecies made by the Brain Trust. The reason for this most likely has to do with his mother.

 

Wednesday News- August 1, 2018

Primo TV to Premiere New Captain Tsubasa Anime’s English Dub on August 5- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-31/primo-tv-to-premiere-new-captain-tsubasa-anime-english-dub-on-august-5/.134898

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Anime-

  • Babel II OVA BD
  • Bananya DVD
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: The Sealed Card BD
  • The Law of Ueki BD
  • Mazinger Edition Z: The Impact! Complete BD
  • Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Part 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Welcome to Pia Carrot!! 2 DX DVD
  • Wild 7 Another DVD

Manga-

  • Attack on Titan: Junior High Graphic Novel (GN) 5
  • Clockwork Planet GN 8
  • Dreamin’ Sun GN 7
  • Hoshin Engi GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • I am a Hero Omnibus GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Made in Abyss GN 3
  • Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka GN 3
  • The Manga Guide to … Cryptography GN
  • Non Non Biyori GN 10
  • Precarious Woman Executive Miss Black General GN 1
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil GN 9
  • UQ Holder! GN 14

Other-

  • Dawn of the Mapmaker: The Surveyor Girl and the Forbidden Knowledge Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Lazy Dungeon Master Novel 1
  • Occultic;Nine Novel 3
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel 3
  • Super Sentai Timeranger DVD
  • Warioware Gold Nintendo 3DS Game
  • WorldEnd:What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us? Novel 1

 

Manga Monday- Get Backers

GetBackers is a Japanese manga series written by Yuya Aoki and illustrated by Rando Ayamine. The series was serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine from 1999 until 2007, totaling 39 volumes. The plot follows the “GetBackers”, a group that retrieves anything that was lost. The team is primarily composed of Ban Mido, a man born with the illusionary technique “Evil Eye”, and Ginji Amano the former leader of a gang called “The VOLTS”, a powerful group in the dangerous territory called the Infinity Fortress in Shinjuku.

Manga

The GetBackers manga series is written by Yuya Aoki and illustrated by Rando Ayamine. The series was serialized and published by Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine from 1999 in its 17th issue until its 12th issue from 2007, totaling twelve story arcs with the name of “Act” and a short number of side stories labelled as “Interlude” and “Birth”. The manga consists of 39 tankōbon with the first released on August 17, 1999, and the last one on April 17, 2007, while some of the last were also released in special editions. On February from 2009, Kodansha published a one-shot chapter from the series in their Magazine Special journal. An artbook of the manga titled G/B was released on March 15, 2005 by Kodansha. Additionally, a manga guidebook titled GetBackers The Last Piece was released on April 17, 2007 containing information about the series’ plot, characters, and popularity polls.

GetBackers is licensed for an English language release in North America by Tokyopop, who first announced it in the Anime Expo 2004 in July 2003. Tokyopop divided the manga in two parts: GetBackers featuring the first twenty-five and GetBackers: Infinity Fortress the following ones. GetBackers was published from February 10, 2004, to July 7, 2008. However, only the first two volumes of Infinity Fortress were released. On August 31, 2009, Tokyopop announced that they would not be completing the series as their licenses with Kodansha expired and Kodansha required that they immediately stop publication of all previously licensed series, including GetBackers. Because of this, the series is now considered to be out-of-print.

Plot

The series tells the story of Ginji Amano and Ban Mido, a pair of super powered individuals known as the “GetBackers”. The duo operates a freelance repossession service out of one of the seedier areas of Shinjuku, Tokyo. For a fee, they will recover any lost or stolen item for a client with “an almost 100% success rate”. The GetBackers’ job often leads them into bizarre and dangerous situations in order to “get back what shouldn’t be gone”. Their targets range from lost video games to misplaced components of an atomic bomb. The plot mostly revolves around their adventures, often complicated by the pair’s convoluted, individual pasts and a mysterious place known as the Infinity Fortress.

A conglomeration of disused, condemned buildings clustered together to form a self-contained habitat, Limitless Fortress is subdivided into three specific tiers – Lower Town, the Beltline and Babylon City. Lower Town is the lowest in altitude, with several layers extending below ground level. The Beltline, the most dangerous area of The Limitless Fortress, is ruled by Der Kaiser, Ban’s father. Babylon City, the upper most level of the Limitless Fortress, is said to be where the Brain Trust resides, and is the home of Ginji’s mother. In actuality, Babylon City is what one might consider the real world, with everything else being a virtual reality creation. Only those who have won the Ogre Battle may enter Babylon City and when that happens, they can change the world as they see fit. Both Ban and Ginji go to the Fortress with Ban wishing to rescue a kidnapped Himiko from Kagami, and Ginji finding a possibility to meet his mother. Going to the Beltline, the GetBackers encounter various warriors taking orders from a being known as Voodoo King from Babylon City. The Voodoo King seeks to obtain three “keys” which will help him unlock the gates from Babylon City sealed by Ban’s grandmother several years ago. After finding the three keys: Shido’s chimera spirit, Himiko’s mirror and the GetBackers, the Voodoo King is faced by Ginji, Thunder Emperor alter-ego attacks him in a clash which destroys the Voodoo King and making Raitei disappear forever as he existed to balance the scales. With Voodoo King gone, Raitei’s purpose was fulfilled and he disappeared forever. Following this, both Ban and Ginji face each other in Ogre Battle with Ban giving up, impressed with Ginji’s will. Ginji goes to Babylon City where he meets his mother from a parallel universe, who explains how she created the Fortress and its surrounding world. Following a discussion between the two of them, the Fortress’ world remains unchanged except that the virtual people living become real beings. Ban and Ginji continue their retrieval job, ending the series when requested to go on a mission that will lead them to meet Ban’s mother.

The plot of the anime adaptation of GetBackers follows the manga’s closely until the first season’s ending. The second season features various stand alone episodes focused in the GetBackers’ missions, while also two story arcs, the second ending the anime series with an open ending.

 

Film Friday- Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time

An English version was licensed by Viz Media under the title Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time. The storyline initially follows the characters and events from the first installment of the video game series. An anime series titled Harukanaru Toki no Naka de ~Hachiyou Shou~ was developed by Yumeta Company with Aki Tsunaki directing, with 26 episodes broadcast from October 5, 2004 to March 29, 2005. The anime received an English dub titled Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time: A Tale of the Eight Guardians.

Characters

Main characters

Akane Motomiya
A modern high school girl, Akane is transported to the Heian era and recognized as the Ryuujin no Miko, or Priestess of the Dragon God. She carries the power of the Dragon God within her body such that she can purify impurities from contact. Though reluctant to use her powers as priestess, Akane is determined to do the right thing. She is innocent and kindhearted, which sometimes leads her into trouble.

The Eight Guardians

Minamoto no Yorihisa
One of Princess Fuji’s bodyguards, who comes to protect Akane as well. He becomes one of the Eight Guardians, as Seiryū of Heaven. He is the strong, silent type and will do anything his mistress asks of him.
Tenma Morimura
A little bit of a tough guy, Tenma is Akane’s close friend from school. He is one of the Eight Guardians, as Seiryū of Earth. He cares deeply for Akane and loves her, but doesn’t really show it in the beginning. As the series progresses, he begins to reveal his feelings. He has a sister named Ran, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
Inori
A hotheaded young man whose one goal in life is to destroy demons for ruining his and his sister’s lives. He is Suzaku of Heaven, one of the Eight Guardians.
Shimon Nagareyama
One of Akane’s good friends from school, Shimon is a smart, cute, and very loyal. Along with Akane and Tenma, he is transported to the Heian era. Besides confused as an oni at first, having traits such as blond hair and blue eyes, he is recognized as one of the Eight Guardians, Suzaku of Earth.
Fujiwara no Takamichi 
Hardworking, studious, and chivalrous to all women, Takamichi works in the palace archives in Kyou. He becomes one of the Eight Guardians, as Byakko of Heaven.
Tachibana no Tomomasa
Tomomasa is a general in Kyou, known for being flirtatious, nonchalant, and popular with the ladies. He is one of the last to become a Guardian, as Byakko of Earth.
Eisen
Eisen is the younger brother of the current emperor of Kyou. Though he had been eligible to inherit the throne, Eisen gave up his position to become a monk. He is an accomplished musician and is a sweet, thoughtful, timid man. Eisen fell deeply in love with Akane when they first met, and is willing to sacrifice his life for her safety. He is Genbu of Heaven, one of the Eight Guardians.
Abe no Yasuaki 
A cool,intense guy and one of the Eight Guardians as Genbu of Earth, Yasuaki is a gifted apprentice to the famous sorcerer Abe no Seimei. Despite his expressionless exterior, Yasuaki is childlike in the sense he doesn’t quite understand emotions; He even shed tears with a blank face when Akane was upset with him on one occasion. He holds Akane with high regard, and develops a certain fondness for her.

Oni Clan

Akuram
The leader of the Oni Clan, who summoned Akane to Kyou in order to utilize her power to gain full domination over the city. Akuram is said to be the most powerful of recent leaders of the Oni Clan, and his power stretches to such a level that even his close associates aren’t sure how to deal with it. Akuram inherited the mask of the Oni Clan, allowing him to lead them, because he had the greatest potential to do so as a young boy. Even now he is still young despite his position. On one occasion the mask is shattered, breaking his spell and forcing him to retreat, and it seems that the mask itself is a way of focusing the magic of the Oni.
Akuram’s motivation is not always clear. Sometimes it appears that he simply wants to dominate all of Kyou, however on occasion he suggests that part of his motivation is revenge for the deaths of many of his kinsfolk over the past generations of conflict between the Oni and the people of Kyou. His interest in Akane seems to be predominately a matter of obtaining power, although he often refers to her as ‘his’ Miko, and gets quite angry when any of his subordinates bring harm to her without his permission.
Ikutidaru 
Ikutidaru is Akuram’s right hand man and probably the oldest of the surviving oni. Of all of the oni clan he has the greatest sense of conscience, and is often torn between his loyalty to his people and his love for Inori’s older sister Seri. In the anime, he once disobeyed Akuram and had his eye removed as punishment for the crime (although in the manga it is not yet explained how he came to lose his eye). Despite the fact he does not always agree with the things Akuram orders, he often carries them out with resolute seriousness, even though at times it makes Kyou’s predicament worse. He has a strongly protective – almost paternal – instinct where Sefuru is concerned (although Sefuru is rarely appreciative of that fact). In the ongoing manga, Ikutidaru is currently working with Akane and Yorihisa against Akuram as they try to break the curse Akuram has placed over them. His defection was inspired largely by the way in which Sefuru was injured by Akuram when he was discarded.
Shirin
The only female among the surviving members of the Oni Clan, Shirin holds a strong affection for Akuram which will allow her to do pretty much anything he tells her to do. She is very jealous of Akane because of Akuram’s interest in her, and on one occasion goes behind Akuram’s back and assaults the Miko because of this jealousy. Akuram seems to have no affection for her, discarding her from the clan towards the end, however in the anime conclusion Shirin offers to exchange her life for Akane’s in order to be with Akuram in the afterlife. Although this ending only occurred in the anime, not in the manga. Shirin’s key power is the ability to use her beauty to seduce and then manipulate the actions of men, and therefore she is angered by Takamichi who refuses to submit to her seduction spell. She and Takamichi maintain a chemistry throughout the story on account of this, with Takamichi once saving her life despite her attempts to kill him. Shirin’s physical attacks often involve a rose, whose vines and thorns she can manipulate at will.
Sefuru
Sefuru is the youngest surviving Oni, probably no more than fourteen or fifteen years old. He is technically half and half, since his mother was a normal resident of Kyou. Sefuru is bitter and hates the people of Kyou because his mother abandoned him based on his appearance when he was just a small child. It was at this time that Akuram took him in and began to train him to use him for his own purpose. For this reason, despite his half blood, Sefuru has been accepted as an Oni by the rest of the clan. However, he has a deep rooted fear of being abandoned and alone again, which often drives him to desperate acts. At one point he befriends Shimon, thinking that he’s an Oni in the same situation, though he becomes indignant when he thinks that Shimon has betrayed the Oni by joining up with people in the city and is even more perturbed when he discovers that Shimon is one of the Hachiyou. Despite his aggression, however, Shimon is sure that Sefuru is more hurt than anyone by the encounter, and refuses to bear him a grudge. In the end, Sefuru is shown with Ikutidaru, Seri and their new baby, indicating that his hatred is based in his loneliness, and all he really needed was a proper place to belong. In the manga, which is still ongoing, Sefuru is discarded by Akuram and taken in in his injured state by Inori’s sister Seri on Ikutidaru’s request.
Morimura Ran
Technically not a blood member of the oni clan, Ran is actually Tenma’s long lost sister from modern day Kyouto. She was summoned into Kyou by Akuram some time earlier, but was too frightened to be able to connect with Ryuujin and become Ryuujin no Miko. In her despair, she reached out instead to the black dragon Kokuryuu and became engulfed by its power, erasing her memories of her past life and putting her under Akuram’s control. Ran continues to battle with her alter-ego throughout both manga and anime, though perhaps more significantly in the manga. Probably on account of her association with the oni clan, Ran’s name is also occasionally written in Katakana as and features this way on the anime credits. However, in the manga it is given in kanji, as shown above.

Wednesday News- July 25, 2018

News-

Live-Action Waiting for Spring Film Reveals Visuals, December Opening- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-24/live-action-waiting-for-spring-film-reveals-visuals-december-opening/.134619

Yuri!!! on Ice Staff Offer Art, Memories of Olympic Figure Skater Denis Ten- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2018-07-24/yuri-on-ice-staff-offer-art-memories-of-olympic-figure-skater-denis-ten/.134601

Best and Worst Manga of 2018 Results- Comic-Con International- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2018-07-24/best-and-worst-manga-of-2018-results-comic-con-international/.134599

Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko Stage Play With SKE48 Idols- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-24/katana-maidens-toji-no-miko-gets-stage-play-with-ske48-idols/.134635

Final Fairy Tail TV Anime Reveals Visuals, Confirms October Premiere- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-24/final-fairy-tail-tv-anime-reveals-visual-confirms-october-premiere/.134631

Anime-

  • Battle Girl High School Complete Collection BD
  • Saiyuki Reload Blast BD/DVD Combo Pack
  • Twin Star Exorcists BD/DVD Part 1
  • Twin Star Exorcists BD/DVD Part 1 plus Collector’s Box

Manga-

  • Ace of the Diamond GN 13
  • Akame ga KILL! GN 15
  • Cardfight!! Vanguard Graphic Novel (GN) 12
  • Blood Blockade Battlefront GN 10
  • Defying Kurosaki-kun GN 2
  • Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! GN 1
  • Gabriel Dropout GN 4
  • Hakumei & Mikochi: Timy Little Life in the Woods GN 1
  • Hoshin Engi GN 17
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria GN 4
  • Is Kichioji the Only Place to Live? GN 1
  • Kokkoku: Moment by Moment GN 8
  • Liar x Liar GN 4
  • Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade GN 9
  • Murciélago GN 7
  • Overlord GN 7
  • Pokémon Adventures GN 1-7
  • The Prince’s Black Poison GN 7
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 2
  • Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts GN 2
  • School of Horns GN 1
  • Servamp GN 11
  • Shōjo Fight GN 4
  • So I’m A Spider, So What? GN 3
  • Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online GN 2
  • Taboo Tattoo GN 11
  • Until Your Bones Rot GN 7
  • Val x Love GN 2
  • The Voynich Hotel GN 1
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches GN 16

Other-

  • Final Fantasy Ultimania Archive GN 1
  • How not ot Summon a Demon Lord Novel 4
  • I am a Hero Live-Action Movie BD/DVD
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil Novel 3