Wednesday News- July 18, 2018

Netflix Acquires Live-Action Jin-Roh Film- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-17/netflix-acquires-live-action-jin-roh-film/.134366

My Hero Academia: One’s Justice Game’s Subtitled Previews Battle, Story Mode- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-17/my-hero-academia-one-justice-game-subtitled-previews-battle-story-mode/.134371

Shelf Life: Like the Clouds, Like the Wind- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2018-07-16/.134277

Review: K: Seven Stories R:B -Blaze- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/k/seven-stories/r-b-blaze/.134051

Anime-

  • Alice & Zoroku BD/DVD
  • Granblue Fantasy the Animation Volume 2 BD
  • Long Riders! BD
  • Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON Season 1 Part 3 BD/DVD
  • Nanbaka Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Puzzle & Dragons X Part 3 BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Akame ga KILL! Graphic Novel (GN) 15
  • All Out!! GN 6
  • The Bride & the Exorcist Knight GN 1
  • Children of the Whales GN 5
  • Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction GN 2
  • Fate/Zero GN 6
  • Fire Punch GN 3
  • Fuuka GN 19
  • Gabriel Dropout GN 4
  • Golosseum GN 2
  • Hanger GN 1
  • Himouto! Umaruchan GN 2
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria GN 4
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 6
  • Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight GN 6
  • Land of the Lustrous GN 6
  • Love’s Reach GN 10
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers GN 7
  • Murciélago GN 7
  • My Boy GN 2
  • Perfect World GN 4
  • A Polar Bear in Love GN 3
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero GN 9
  • Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts GN 2
  • Sekirei GN 5
  • Taboo Tattoo GN 11
  • Umineko When They Cry Episode 7 GN 3
  • Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty GN 5
  • The Wizard and His Fairy GN 4

Other-

  • Demon King Daimaou Novel 6
  • Durarara!! Novel 10
  • Magical Girl Raising Project Novel 4
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil Novel 3
  • Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded PS4/Switch Game
  • Unwanted Undead Novel 2

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Film Friday- The Story of Saiunkoku

The anime adaptation series, produced by Madhouse and directed by Jun Shishido, was broadcast on the Japanese television network NHK on Saturday mornings. The first season began airing on April 8, 2006, and completed its run on February 24, 2007, airing a total of 39 episodes. The second season, titled Saiunkoku Monogatari Second Series began airing on April 7, 2007 and consists of another 39 episodes, ending its run on March 8, 2008.

Produced by Madhouse and directed by Jun Shishido, the anime adaptation of The Story of Saiunkoku premiered in Japan on NHK on April 8, 2006. The first season ran for 39 episodes until its conclusion on February 24, 2007. The second season, referred to as Saiunkoku Monogatari 2nd Series, premiered on April 7, 2007 and ran for another 39 episodes until its conclusion on March 8, 2008.

In May 2007, Geneon Entertainment announced it had acquired the license to releases the anime in North America with English language options. In September 2007, after only two volumes had been released, Geneon closed its North America operations. In July 2008, Funimation announced that it will distribute several Geneon titles, including The Story of Saiunkoku.

The series uses three pieces of theme music. “Hajimari no Kaze” by Ayaka Hirahara is used for the opening theme for both the first and second seasons. For the ending theme, “Saikō no Kataomoi” by Sachi Tainaka is used for the first season, while “Asu e” by Teruya Miho is used for the second season.

Shūrei Hong

is the daughter and only child of Shōka Hong. She is sixteen years old when the story begins. As a descendant of the direct line, she has the title hime, which means ‘Princess’ or ‘Lady’. Despite the high social status of her family, Shūrei grew up in relatively impoverished circumstances. Her father’s job brought little income, and much of the wealth of their family home was given to the needy during the devastating war for the imperial succession eight years ago. Without domestic servants, Shūrei became adept at household chores such as needlework, cooking and cleaning, traits unusual in a lady of her theoretical rank. She has also held a number of odd jobs to earn money, such as professional erhu player, accountant at Kōchō’s brothel in the Red Light District, and teacher at the local temple. When she is taken to the imperial palace, she becomes the concubine of the Emperor, who only likes males, as the rumors say. Slowly, a relationship begins to form.

Shūrei is the first woman in the history of Saiunkoku to have taken and passed the Imperial Exams with the third highest score, allowing her to obtain the “Tanka” spot. Along with Eigetsu, she was appointed by the Emperor as the new governor of the Sa Province. Shūrei later accepts a position as an official in the Censorate or Inspector in the capital.

Ryūki Shi

is the reigning emperor of Saiunkoku, Ryūki Shi is nineteen years old when the story begins. As the youngest of the previous Emperor’s six sons, each from a different mother, he had been an unlikely candidate to ascend to the throne. In childhood, Ryūki was badly treated by his mother and most of his half-brothers, who would beat him and lock him in a storage house for days in a row. Second Prince Seien was the only member of the family who showed kindness to him. Ryūki often took refuge in the garden or the imperial archives; in the latter location, he first encountered Shōka Hong, who tutored the young prince and encouraged War General Sou-Taifu to teach him swordsmanship.

Ryūki ultimately rose to the throne due to his father’s dying wish, after Seien was exiled for treason and the other four princes killed each other over the succession. Secretly hoping for many years that Seien would return and take his place as Emperor, Ryūki play-acted as a stupid Emperor and avoided any involvement in politics or government, wandering the palace for hours so no one would be able to find him. He even spread rumors that he preferred the company of men to fuel speculation he could not produce an heir.

His avoidance of responsibility comes to an end when he meets Shūrei, who tells him of her dreams of making a better life for the nation’s people. Charmed by her earnest and nurturing personality, he decides to undertake the task of becoming a respectable Emperor. Ryūki’s devotion to Shūrei reveals a capacity for subterfuge and cunning that may have helped him survive the fight for the succession. He initially pretended to be ignorant so that he could study along with Shūrei. Although he has an extreme fear of darkness and solitude because of his childhood experiences, he uses that fear as an excuse to sleep in her room at the palace. When someone tries to poison Shūrei, Ryūki conceals the plot from her and even takes the poison in her place, as part of his plan to identify the culprit. After she returns home, he passes a law allowing women to take the official exams, which brings Shūrei back to the palace and enables her to pursue her dreams.

Ryūki’s romantic pursuit of Shūrei has been complicated by his lack of experience in courting women, as well as Shūrei’s initial belief that he was homosexual and therefore more interested in Seiran. Even after discovering Seiran’s true identity, Ryūki harbors some jealousy that Seiran spends more time with Shūrei and is a closer confidant of hers. After she leaves the palace, Ryūki sends her many absurd gifts such as boiled eggs, blocks of ice, and even a straw voodoo doll. Before sending Shūrei to Sa province as co-governor, Ryūki privately tells her that she is the only woman he wants to marry.

Ryūki eventually tells Shūrei that he cannot wait for her forever because part of his responsibilities as the Emperor requires him to marry. As a result, he extracts a promise from her that he can convince her to marry before a specified time, she will become his consort. After years of convincing Shūrei, he finally succeeded and Shūrei finally accepted Ryūki’s marriage proposal. Shūrei eventually dies soon after she gives birth to her and Ryūki’s daughter.

Seiran Si

is a young man in his early twenties and is the sole remaining retainer in the personal household of Shōka Hong, who took him in thirteen years ago. Since then, Seiran has repaid that kindness by protecting Shōka’s family, performing repairs on the house, and taking small outside jobs to earn money. He is a very skilled fighter and swordsman, and despite his amiable disposition, can be ruthless to those who endanger those he loves. He has known Shūrei since her childhood and is very protective of her, but prefers to watch and help from the shadows.

Seiran is later revealed to be Seien Shi, Ryuuki’s second-eldest brother, who had been known as the “flower” of the royal princes due to his physical and intellectual superiority as well as for his kind heart. Ryuuki deeply admires and cares for him, recalling that Seien had been the only brother who had shown him kindness as a boy, and the possibility of Seien’s return is one of the reasons why Ryuuki does not take his responsibilities as a king seriously. Because of Seien’s qualities, his maternal relatives conspired to make him the next Emperor. The plot failed, resulting in Seien’s exile along with his mother, Lady Suzuran, who was later killed by assassins sent by the other imperial concubines to kill them both. Left alone in the distant Sa province, he joined Satsujinzoku, a murderous band of thieves who nicknamed him “The Little Whirlwind”. Ensei Ro joined the group as well, and the two destroyed the band from within. Afterward, Shouka found the young prince in the wilderness and took him in, giving him the new personal name ‘Seiran’, as well as the surname ‘Shi’, which was homophonous with his original surname.

Seiran has since embraced this new persona and does not discuss his past, although some characters become quietly aware of his former identity. Though he claims to be 21 years old, he is actually 26 years old at the start of the series.

Wednesday News- July 11, 2018

News-

New York Comic Con to Host Cowboy Bebop Writer, Character & Mecha Designers- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-10/new-york-comic-con-to-host-cowboy-bebop-writer-character-and-mecha-designers/.134110

Nelke and the Legendary Alchemists Game Slated for 2018 in Japan- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-10/nelke-and-the-legendary-alchemists-game-slated-for-2018-in-japan/.134105

Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Game Gets Franchise’s 1st Stage Play- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-10/magia-record-puella-magi-madoka-magica-side-story-game-gets-franchise-1st-stage-play/.134085

Darling in the Franxx 4-Panel Spinoff Manga Ends- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-09/darling-in-the-franxx-4-panel-spinoff-manga-ends/.134047

Indivisible Game’s Opening Movie Clip Previews Animation by Studio Trigger- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-09/indivisible-game-opening-movie-clip-previews-animation-by-studio-trigger/.134040

Anime-

  • Ai: Tenchi Muyo! BD/DVD
  • Garo: Divine Flame BD/DVD
  • The irregular at magic high school The Movie: The Girl Who Summons the Stars BD
  • Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu BD
  • Love and Lies BD
  • The Tibetan Dog BD

Manga-

  • Case Closed Graphic Novel (GN) 67
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 1
  • Hoshin Engi GN 15
  • Kamikamikaeshi GN 2
  • Kiss Him, Not Me GN 14
  • Little Devils GN 1
  • Pokémon Adventures Black 2 And White 2 GN 9
  • Pokemon Horizon Sun and Moon GN 1
  • RIN-NE GN 27
  • Shokuryō Jinrui: Starving Anonymous GN 5
  • Sorry For My Familiar GN 2
  • Spirit Circle GN 4
  • Tokyo Alice GN 1
  • Waiting for Spring GN 7

Other-

  • Amigurumi San-X Crochet Pattern
  • Attack on Titan Character Encyclopedia
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 7
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 9
  • Muv-Luv PlayStation Vita Game
  • Muv-Luv Alternative PlayStation Vita Game
  • Shining Resonance Refrain PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch Game

Film Friday- Death Note

The series was adapted into three live-action films released in Japan on June 17, 2006, November 3, 2006, and February 2, 2008, and a television drama in 2015. A miniseries entitled Death Note: New Generation and a fourth film were released in 2016. An American film was released on Netflix on August 25, 2017.

Death Note media is licensed and released in North America by Viz Media, with the exception of the video games and soundtracks. The episodes from the anime first appeared in North America as downloadable from IGN, before Viz Media licensed it and it aired on YTV’s Bionix anime block in Canada and on Adult Swim in the United States with a DVD release following. The live-action films briefly played in certain North American theaters in 2008, before receiving home video releases. In 2015, the collected volumes of the Death Note manga had over 30 million copies in circulation.

Anime

The Death Note anime, directed by Tetsurō Araki and animated by Madhouse, began airing in Japan on October 3, 2006, and finished its run on June 26, 2007, totaling 37 twenty-minute episodes. It begins in the year 2006, instead of 2003. The series aired on the Nippon Television network “every Tuesday at 23:34”. The series was co-produced by Madhouse, Nippon Television, Shueisha, D.N. Dream Partners and VAP.

In North America, the series has been licensed by Viz for residents in the United States to use “Download-to-Own” and “Download-to-Rent” services while it was still airing in Japan. This move is seen as “significant because it marks the first time a well known Japanese anime property will be made legally available to domestic audiences for download to own while the title still airs on Japanese television”. The downloadable episodes contain the original Japanese audio track and English subtitles, and is available through IGN’s Windows-only Direct2Drive service. DVDs of the series have also been released, containing both an English dubbed audio track, produced by Ocean Productions, and the original Japanese audio track with optional English subtitles. Viz announced at Anime Expo 2007 that the first DVD was officially released on November 20, 2007, in both regular and special editions, and also confirmed at Comic-Con International 2007 that the first 15,000 copies of each DVD contains collectible figures.

Death Note was slated to make its North American television premiere in Canada, as part of YTV’s Bionix block, on September 7, 2007. However, the show was removed from the schedule at the last minute and the Canadian premiere was pushed back to October 26, 2007, at 10:00 p.m. The series premiered in the U.S. on October 20, 2007, at 11:30 p.m. on Adult Swim and ran until January 10, 2010, when its contract expired. The last episode aired on YTV, July 4, 2008, and would later air on Adult Swim two days later. The show was removed from YTV’s schedule on July 5, 2008, with its last airing being a rerun of the final episode at 1:30 a.m. ET. Soon after, Bionix became a 2-hour block on Saturday nights. The show also streamed online free on Adult Swim Video, with a new episode available every Saturday afternoon, on the day of its broadcast premiere.

A two-hour animated Death Note Relight: Visions of a God TV special aired on Nippon Television in Japan on August 31, 2007, at 8:00 p.m. It is a recap which takes place after the series end, where a Shinigami approaches Ryuk in the Shinigami realm in order to learn more about the human world. Instead, Ryuk tells him of all the events leading up to the last story arc, about Light Yagami and his rival L. Originally, this special was advertised as a retelling told from Ryuk’s point of view, but it does not give a different point of view from what was originally told. However, it contains updated dialog, as well as a few new scenes.

The Japanese broadcaster NTV aired the Death Note: Relight: L’s Successors special on August 22, 2008. Like the first special, this new compilation summarized a part of the 2006–2007 anime television series. Specifically, it recounted the final half of the suspenseful supernatural story, including the investigators Near and Mello’s confrontations with the vigilante Kira. This version features more updates than the previous one, most notably omission of the mafia plot.

Live-action films

Death Note was adapted into a series of live-action films in 2006. The first two films were directed by Shūsuke Kaneko and the third was by Hideo Nakata and produced by Nippon Television, CG production of all three films were done by Digital Frontier and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures Japan. The first film, simply titled Death Note, premiered in Japan on June 17, 2006 and topped the Japanese box office for two weeks, pushing The Da Vinci Code into second place. The first movie briefly played in certain North American theaters on May 20–21, 2008 The film was broadcast in Canadian theaters for one night only on September 15, 2008. The DVD was released on September 16, 2008, one day after the Canadian showing. The sequel, Death Note: The Last Name, premiered in Japan on November 3, 2006. It was featured in U.S. theaters in October 2008. A spin-off from the films named L: Change the World was released in Japan on February 9, 2008. It is focused on the final 23 days of L’s life, as he solves one final case involving a bio-terrorist group. Two dubbed versions of the film were shown in the United States on April 29 and 30, 2009.

In August 2016, a three-part miniseries entitled Death Note: New Generation was announced as a part of the Death Note live-action film series and aired in September. It bridges the 10-year gap between the previous films and the then-upcoming 2016 film.

A fourth Japanese Death Note movie was released in 2016 and featured a cyber-terrorism setting with the inclusion of six Death Notes brought into the human world.

An American adaptation was released on Netflix on August 25, 2017. The film was directed by Adam Wingard and was written by Charles Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides and Jeremy Slater. It starred Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham, Paul Nakauchi, Jason Liles and Willem Dafoe.

TV drama

In April 2015, it was announced that a live action television series based on Death Note manga would begin airing from July 2015 on NTV. Masataka Kubota stars as Light Yagami and Kento Yamazaki as L in the series.

Wednesday News- July 4, 2018

News-

The Summer 2018 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2018/summer/.133660

Nekopara Game’s PS4 Version Delayed Worldwide, Switch Version Delayed in Europe- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-03/nekopara-game-ps4-version-delayed-worldwide-switch-version-delayed-in-europe/.133741

Shelf Life: Initial D Legend 3: Dreamhttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2018-07-02/.133643

Crunchyroll Adds 7 More Summer Simulcast Series- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-03/crunchyroll-adds-7-more-summer-simulcast-series/.133755

The Lovable New Thieves of Persona 5 the Animation- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2018-07-03/.133736

Anime-

  • Assassination Classroom The Movie: 365 Days (Ansatsu Kyōshitsu: 365-Nichi no Jikan) BD/DVD
  • A Centaur’s Life BD/DVD
  • In Another World With My Smartphone BD/DVD
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders DVD
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Limited Edition BD
  • Magic of Stella BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Collection 1 BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Collection 1 DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE Memory of Eden OVA BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE Memory of Eden OVA DVD
  • Sweet Blue Flowers BD

Manga-

  • Anonymous Noise GN 9
  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest GN 2
  • Attack on Titan GN 25
  • Beware the Kamiki Brothers! GN 3
  • Bleach GN 73
  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House GN 12
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba GN 1
  • Dragon Ball Super GN 3
  • Giant Spider & Me – A Post-Apocalyptic Tale GN 2
  • Go For It, Nakamura! GN 1
  • Haikyu!! GN 25
  • Hoshin Engi GN 14
  • I’m Standing on a Million Lives GN 1
  • Lone Wolf and Cub Gallary Edition Hardcover GN
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War GN 3
  • Kenka Bancho Otome: Love’s Battle Royale GN 2
  • A Kiss, For Real GN 2
  • Moteki GN 2
  • Mushroom Girls in Love GN
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes GN 1
  • Naruto Omnibus GN 23
  • One-Punch Man GN 14
  • Rurouni Kenshin Omnibus GN 7
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 27
  • The Water Dragon’s Bride GN 6
  • World’s End Harem GN 2
  • Yo-kai Watch GN 9
  • You Got Me, Sempai! GN 3

Other-

  • One Piece Color Walk Compendium East Blue to Skypeia ArtbookCit

 

Film Friday- My Little Monster

An anime adaptation by Brain’s Base aired from October 1 to December 24, 2012. It was also streamed on Crunchyroll during its original run.

Anime

An anime adaptation was announced in the July 2012 issue of Kodansha’s Dessert magazine. The series was produced by Brain’s Base under the direction of Hiro Kaburaki with Noboru Takagi as script supervisor. It aired between October 1 and December 24, 2012. An OVA episode was released on DVD with the final manga volume on August 12, 2013. NIS America licensed the anime for release in North America. The opening theme is “Q&A Recital!” by Haruka Tomatsu and the ending theme is “White Wishes” by 9nine.

Live-action film

A live-action film adaptation is planned for release in April 2018. It stars Masaki Suda as Haru and Tao Tsuchiya as Shizuku.

Main characters

Shizuku Mizutani 
Shizuku is a high school girl who focuses all her time on academics so that she can have a future career with a 10 million yen annual income. She has considered cold by many for her no-nonsense and blunt attitude, and has no friends, but after encountering Haru, she starts expressing more of her emotions, standing up to situations that seem wrong like when Haru had been used by his alleged friends for money. Although she is bothered by Haru and his antics, some of which are romantic gestures towards her, she develops feelings for him. She is proud of being number one in her class, but after meeting Haru, whom she thought would be her academic rival, she no longer enjoys the thrill of topping that list. Her classmate Asako Natsume calls her “Mitty”and becomes her first female friend. Although she styles her hair in pigtails and dresses rather plainly, preferring wool underwear and clothing that she gets from sales from retail stores, there are occasions where she has let her hair down, although Haru prefers the tails because he would be unable to find her.
Throughout the story, Shizuku often questions why she is attracted to Haru and likes him so much. In the manga, she admits to Haru that she was jealous of his personality and that he will never understand her feelings. When Haru runs away, she blames herself for it. However, when he returns, he wants her to share to him her feelings. Haru tells her that he is going away for a year, so she is without him for her third year of high school. Nevertheless, she stills remains faithful to Haru and continues on with her life. She marries Haru after college, and there is a teaser at the end of the manga that shows her working at a legal agency.
Haru Yoshida 
Haru, the title character, has a reputation of being a trouble maker, having been suspended from school for getting in a scuffle with schoolmates, and staying away from school even after the suspension was lifted. When he meets Shizuku, the first schoolmate to ever do something for him, he immediately considers her his first real friend and does many antics to be with her, following her around at school, and pulling her away from her routine life. He tells her that he likes her and might even be in love with her, which often flusters Shizuku. He has a spontaneous and carefree personality and often takes his frustrations out physically on other people. Academically, he is very smart, having entered high school as the top-ranked student but skipping out on the entrance ceremony, having studied most of the high school curriculum while he was sitting out most of middle school, and frequently topping the school’s exam scores, much to Shizuku’s frustration. He has a rooster named Nagoya, later bringing and housing it in school (with the reluctant approval from his teacher).
He cares for Shizuku deeply, and gets jealous of Yamaken’s interactions with Shizuku. Later on, he and Shizuku end up in different classes for their second-year of high school, but this does not change their romantic intimacy. He shuns his father’s rich and famous family background, and went to live with his aunt Kyoko (Mitchan’s mother) who had been cast out of the family. It was from Kyoko that he started learning how to find someone to love. When he attends his brother Yuzan’s birthday party with the socialites, he and Shizuku have a falling out and he stops attending Shizuku’s school. But he eventually comes back and reconciles with Shizuku. He then takes the entirety of the third year off to work with his aunt’s research group and also as a deep sea fisherman. In the final chapters, after Shizuku has gone to college, he and Shizuku get married.

Wednesday News- June 27, 2018

Review: Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Complete Series Blu-ray- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/miss-kobayashi-dragon-maid/complete-series-blu-ray/.115829

Top-Selling Media Franchises in Japan: 2018 (First Half)- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-06-26/top-selling-media-franchises-in-japan-2018/.133430

Review: Saint Seiya: Saintia Sho  Gns 1-2- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/saint-seiya/saintia-sho/gns-1-2/.133279

Review: Devilman: The Classic Collection GN 1- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/devilman/the-classic-collection/gn-1/.132926

Anime-

  • Bananya BD
  • Clockwork Planet BD/DVD
  • Eat-Man The Complete Series BD
  • Grimoire of Zero BD
  • Grimoire of Zero Premium Edition Box Set BD
  • Haruka Nogizaka’s Secret (Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu) BD
  • Haruka Nogizaka’s Secret Purezza(Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu: Purezza) BD
  • Hunter x Hunter Set 4 BD
  • Hunter x Hunter Set 4 DVD
  • Kenka Banchō Otome: Girl Beats BoysBD/DVD
  • Like the Clouds, Like the Wind DVD
  • Lupin the 3rd: Bye Bye, Lady Liberty BD
  • Lupin III: Part IV Dub DVD
  • Owarimonogatari Volume 3 BD
  • Sakura Quest Part 1 BD/DVD
    Sister Princess BD
    Sister Princess: Re Pure BD
    Skip Beat! BD
  • Space Warrior Baldios The Movie DVD
  • Strawberry Panic! Complete Series BD

Manga-

  • Air Gear GN 37
  • As Miss Beelzebub Likes GN 2
  • Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition GN 4 (Hardcover)
  • Big Order GN 5
  • BTOOOM! GN 21
  • Bungō Stray Dogs GN  7
  • Captive Hearts Of Oz GN 4
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card GN 4
  • Caterpillar Girl & Bad Texter Boy GN 1
  • A Certain Scientific Railgun GN 13
  • Claudine GN
  • Devilman Grimoire GN 3
  • The Elder Sister-like One GN 2
  • Fire Force GN 10
  • Flowers of Evil Complete GN Omnibus 3
  • Freezing GN 11
  • Getter Robo Devolution GN 1
  • Goblin Slayer! GN 3
  • Hatsu*Haru GN 1
  • Horimiya GN 11
  • Hoshin Engi GN 13
  • LDK GN 11
  • Little Witch Academia GN 1
  • Magika Swordsman and Summoner GN 9
  • Mermaid Boys GN  2
  • Missions of Love GN 15
  • Mononoke Sharing GN  2
  • My Monster Secret GN 11
  • Not Lives GN 9
  • NTR: Netsuzou Trap GN 5
  • One Week Friends GN 3
  • Prison School GN 10
  • Shibuya Goldfish GN 1
  • The Strange Creature at Kuroyuri Apartments GN 1
  • A Terrified Teacher at Ghoul School! GN 3
  • Though You May Burn to Ash GN 2
  • To Love Ru Darkness GN 5
  • Today’s Cerberus GN 9
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN 1
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs GN 2

Other-

  • Accel World Novel 14
  • Clockwork Planet Novel 2
  • Garo Special Beast of the Demon Night Live-Action TV Series BD
  • Hanamonogatari Novel
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord GN 1
  • The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria Novel 3
  • The Irregular at Magic High School Novel 8
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Chronicle Novel 1
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria Novel 6
  • The Isolator Novel 4 (Hardcover)
  • Monster Musume Monster Girl Papercrafts
  • Prison School Live-Action TV Series BD/DVD
  • Psychedelica of the Ashen Hawk PlayStation Vita Game
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-Novel  7
  • Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online Novel 1
  • True Tenchi Muyo! Novel 1
  • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA Nintendo Switch Game

Film Friday- Fate/stay night

A 24-episode anime series created by Studio Deen aired in Japan between January and June 2006. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the television series and re-released the series on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray Disc. A film adaptation by Studio Deen was released in Japanese theaters on January 23, 2010. A second anime television series, Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, was produced by Ufotable and aired between October 2014 and June 2015, following the game’s second route as opposed to the first. A second manga adaptation began in 2015 focusing solely on the third route. Three consecutive films have also been announced which also adapt the Heaven’s Feel route of the visual novel.

Anime

The original Fate/stay night anime series aired between January 7 and June 17, 2006, containing 24 episodes; the story line follows mainly the Fate scenario but shows parts of other scenarios as well. When the anime adaptation was in the planning stages at Studio Deen, they were planning an original story, with Shielder, a heroine later used in Fate/Grand Order, as an important character, instead of adapting the events of the source material. It was animated by Studio Deen and produced by the Fate Project, which was formed in response to the popularity of the visual novel and included Geneon Entertainment, TBS, CREi, Type Moon, and Frontier Works. Kenji Kawai composed the original music for the series and also remixed four symphonic themes from the Fate/stay night visual novel for use in the anime: “Hizashi No Naka De” (not featured on the original anime soundtrack, but on the out tracks album La Sola), “Yakusoku Sareta Shouri No Tsurugi”, “Emiya”, and “This Illusion”, the last of which was retitled “disillusion”.

The series later received its international television premieres on the anime television network Animax in 2007, its English-language television premiere occurring on Animax’s English networks in Southeast Asia in June as well as its other networks in South Korea, Hong Kong and other regions. Geneon USA also licensed the series for distribution across North America. The English dub was produced at Bang Zoom! Entertainment. On July 3, 2008, Geneon Entertainment and Funimation Entertainment announced an agreement to distribute select titles in North America. While Geneon Entertainment still retains the license, Funimation Entertainment assumes exclusive rights to the manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution of select titles. Fate/stay night was one of several titles involved in the deal. Sentai Filmworks has since licensed the TV series and re-released the series on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray Disc in January 2013. Fate/stay night started airing in North America on the Anime Network On Demand channel on February 7, 2013.

The television series was re-released in Japan on January 22, 2010 in two 60-minute special edition DVD/Blu-ray volumes to commemorate the release of the film Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works. Fate/stay night TV reproduction I and II each recap 12 episodes from the anime and feature re-edited and re-compiled footage along with new opening and ending animation footage, with new ending songs by Jyukai and Sachi Tainaka. The opening song “disillusion -2010-” is a re-recording of the “disillusion” theme song from the television series.

An animated film based on the storyline of the Unlimited Blade Works route from the visual novel was released in Japanese theaters on January 23, 2010 and produced by Studio Deen. The staff from the anime television series, including director Yuji Yamaguchi, returned to work on the film, with most of the voice cast reprising their roles. The film earned 280 million yen at the Japanese box office. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the Unlimited Blade Works film and released it on DVD and Blu-ray. As with the television series, the film was dubbed at Bang Zoom! The film has been shown on the Anime Network.

Following an anime adaptation of the Fate/Zero novel series, which aired between October 2011 and June 2012, Ufotable produced a second Fate/stay night anime television series based on the Unlimited Blade Works route from the visual novel. The anime is directed by Takahiro Miura and the original Japanese voice cast from the Studio Deen Fate/stay night anime and the Fate/Zeroanime reprise their roles in the new anime. The first half of the anime ran from October 4 to December 27, 2014, and the second half ran from April 4 to June 27, 2015. An advanced screening online premiered on September 28, 2014, in several countries across the world, including Japan, the United States, France, Germany, and South Korea. Aniplex of America has acquired streaming and home video rights to the 2014 series for North America, and has also announced an English dub of the first half of the series, which was released on DVD and limited Blu-ray on August 25, 2015. A ten-minute original video animation episode was featured on the Blu-ray release of the second half of the series, which was released on October 7, 2015; the episode was based on an alternate ending from the visual novel, titled “sunny day“. The first opening theme is “Ideal White” by Mashiro Ayano and the ending theme is “Believe” by Kalafina. A cover version of the song “This Illusion” from the visual novel was later used in this series as the ending theme for episode 12, and was performed by LiSA. The second opening theme is “Brave Shine” by Aimer and the second ending theme is “Ring Your Bell” by Kalafina. A remix of “Ring Your Bell”, titled “Ring Your Bell (in the silence)”, was used as the ending theme for episode 15. The song “Last Stardust”, performed by Aimer, was used as an insert song for episode 20.

Ufotable has also begun the release of a film trilogy based on the Heaven’s Feel route, the first of which was titled “Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower” and was released in Japan on October 14, 2017 and in the United States in November and December 2017. The film will be released again in the United States on June 5, 2018 and June 7 2018 with an English dub. The second film, titled Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly will be released in 2018.

Wednesday News- June 20, 2018

Cells at Work Anime’s TV Ads Preview Theme Songs- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-06-19/cells-at-work-anime-tv-ads-preview-theme-songs/.133096

Valkyria Chronicles 4 Debuts on September 25 in North America, Europe, Australia- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-06-19/valkyria-chronicles-4-debuts-on-september-25-in-n-america-europe-australia/.133106

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Uma Mususme Producer Wants to Make New Series- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-06-19/uma-musume-producer-wants-to-make-new-series/.133103

Anime-

  • BanG Dream! BD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 4 BD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 4 DVD
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Limited Edition Season 1 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 1 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • The Royal Tutor BD/DVD
  • Seven Mortal Sins BD/DVD
  • A Spirit of The Sun BD

Manga-

  • Cosplay Animal GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Drowning Love GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Fuuka GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • Golden Kamuy Graphic Novel (GN) 5
  • Hoshin Engi GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Karate Heat GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Konohana Kitan GN 1
  • Love and Lies GN 6
  • Magatsuki Omnibus GN 9-10
  • Masamune-kun’s Revenge GN 8
  • Perfect World GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Pumpkin Scissors GN 21 (Digital Only)
  • Sweet Blue Flowers GN 4
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 6
  • To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts GN 6
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 5

Other-

  • Infinite Stratos GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia (Hardcover)
  • The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition (Hardcover)
  • The Lost Child Nintendo Switch/PlayStation 4 Game
  • Mario Tennis Aces Nintendo Switch Game
  • New Gundam Breaker PlayStation 4 Game
  • Outbreak Company GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Robotech Comic 2

Film Friday- Lovely Complex a.k.a. Love Com

The story has been adapted as a live-action movie released in 2006, a 24-episode anime television series broadcast in 2007, and an adventure game released for PlayStation 2 released in 2006. Two drama CDs have also been produced. The manga and the live-action movie are licensed in North America by Viz.

Anime

The anime television series was produced by Toei Animation and directed by Konosuke Uda, with music by Hironosuke Sato and character designs by Hideaki Maniwa. The opening theme songs were “Kimi + Boku = Love?” by Tegomass (episodes 1–13) and “Hey! Say!” by Hey! Say! 7 (episodes 14–24); the ending themes were “Kiss ~ Kaerimichi no Love Song~” by Tegomass (episodes 1–13) and “Bon Bon” by Hey! Say! 7 (episodes 14–24). It was broadcast on TBS, CBC, and MBS from 7 April 2007 to 29 September 2007.

The Italian distributor Dynit licensed the anime for a DVD release. In Italy was broadcast on 24 October 2010 on Rai 4 and ended on 17 April 2011.

In April 2012, Discotek Media announced that they will distribute the Love Com anime on DVD in North America in one subtitled boxset.

Movie

Love Com was adapted as a live-action movie directed by Kitaji Ishikawa with screenplay by Osamu Suzuki. It starred Ema Fujisawa as Risa Koizumi and Teppei Koike as Atsushi Ōtani. It was released in theaters on 2006-07-15, and on DVD on 2007-01-01. A subtitled DVD was released in English in North America by Viz Media on 2008-02-19.

Risa Koizumi

is not your average Japanese high school girl. Standing 172 centimetres (5 ft 8 in) tall, Risa stands taller than the average height of Japanese boys let alone Japanese girls (the average height for a female is 158 cm (5 ft 2 in)). In the anime she states that she has always been the tallest person in her class. Ironically, her surname means ‘small fountain’. She and other characters compare her to a giraffe. Risa can be impulsive and strong-willed at times, and is rarely willing to display her softer side. She had a crush on Suzuki before he started dating Chiharu. Risa starts developing feelings for Ōtani and soon admits to herself that she likes him. She then starts trying to confess. Failing the first time, Nobuko and Nakao try to help with Nobuko often giving Risa advice on what to do. Finally she very directly tells him. She immediately regrets it, and tells Ōtani to pretend it never happened, but in spite of herself she tells Ōtani once again that she likes him. Ōtani responds that he cannot see her as a girlfriend yet, so her new goal is to make Ōtani regret that and make him like her as well.

Atsushi Ōtani

is one of the main characters. He is very short for a boy, standing 156 centimetres (5 ft 1 in). The average height for a male in Japan is 172 cm (5 ft 8 in). Like Koizumi, Ōtani’s surname (roughly, “big valley”) is a pun on his diminutive stature. He can be thoughtless and rude but he is kind and a little silly at heart. Ironically, Ōtani also happens to be the star player of the school basketball team. He reveals he wants to go to University after graduation to get his teaching certificate. He dreams of teaching basketball to elementary school students.His ex-girlfriend is Mayu Kanzaki, the manager of his middle-school basketball team. She broke up with him for a much taller boyfriend, and this is one of the reasons Ōtani is sensitive about his height. He later finds out that his lack of height wasn’t the reason that she broke up with him; it was because she was in love with someone else already who just happened to be tall. He doesn’t know quite yet how he feels about Risa when she confesses her feelings for him, and responds that he can’t see her as a girlfriend (yet). He later realizes that he does care for her, and he kisses her. Later on in the series, Ōtani gets the wrong idea when Risa keep doing suspicious things with her co-worker Kohori, and then breaks up with her. However, after seeing how devoted she is to him, Ōtani reconsiders and they make up on Christmas Eve.