Wednesday News- September 19, 2018

Shelf Life: Saiyuki Reload Blast- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2018-09-17/.136851

Review: Dr. Stone GN 1- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/dr-stone/gn-1/.136873

My Neighbor Totoro 30th Anniversary Ticket Giveaway!- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/giveaway/2018-09-17/my-neighbor-totoro-30th-anniversary-ticket/.136346

The List: 6 Anime Series to Help You Relive Your Goth Phase- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2018-09-15/.136831

Tamiki Wakaki’s King of Idol Manga Ends Serialization- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-09-18/tamiki-wakaki-king-of-idol-manga-ends-serialization/.136934

Anime

  • Alderamin on the Sky Essentials BD
  • Assassination Classroom Season 2 BD
  • Gosick Complete Series BD
  • Gunparade March DVD
  • Negima! BD
  • Saga of Tanya the Evil BD/DVD
  • Servamp Season 1 Essentials BD
  • Twin Star Exorcists Part 2 BD/DVD

Manga

  • 20th Century Boys The Perfect Edition GN 1
  • As Miss Beelzebub Likes GN 3
  • Back Street Girls GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Bungō Stray Dogs GN 8
  • Children of the Whales GN 6
  • CITY GN 31
  • Creature! GN 1-3
  • The Delinquent Housewife! GN 1
  • Erased GN 5 (Hardcover)
  • Fate/Zero GN 7
  • Getter Robo Devolution GN 2
  • Golden Kamuy GN 6
  • Hanger GN 2
  • High-rise Invasion Omnibus GN 2
  • High-rise Invasion GN 3
  • Hinamatsuri GN 1
  • Hinowa ga CRUSH! GN 1
  • Interviews with Monster Girls GN 6
  • Is It Wrong To Try To Pick Up Girls In A Dungeon? Odd Days Of Goddess GN
  • Kamikamikaeshi GN 4
  • Karate Heat GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Kin-iro Mosaic GN 7
  • Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Living-Room Matsunaga-san GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Mikagura School Suite GN 2
  • My Brother’s Husband GN 2 (Hardcover)
  • No Game No Life, Please! GN 4
  • One Week Friends GN 4
  • Otherworldly Izakaya “Nobu” GN 1
  • Perfect World GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Sadness Prayer GN 4
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 2: A Week at the Mansion GN 5
  • The Royal Tutor GN 9
  • Sunshine Sketch GN 9
  • A Terrified Teacher at Ghoul School! GN 4
  • Though You May Burn to Ash GN 3
  • To LOVEru DARKNESS GN 6
  • Übel Blatt GN 10
  • The Walls Between Us GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Yokai Girls GN 4

Other

  • Accel World Novel 15
  • Berserk Official Guidebook
  • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Novel 9
  • Goblin Slayer! Novel 5
  • The Irregular at Magic High School Novel 9
  • Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk Nintendo Switch Game
  • Overlord Novel 8 (Hardcover)
  • A Sister’s All You Need. Novel 2
  • Strike the Blood Novel 10
  • Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online Novel 2

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Film Friday- Sorcerer Stabber Orphen

The Sorcerous Stabber Orphen anime series was produced by TBS/Bandai and first released in Japan in 1999, then in North America on DVD by ADV Films in 2001. It features a combination of a fantasy setting, action and gag comedy. It is 24 episodes in length.

A second series called Sorcerous Stabber Orphen 2: Revenge, or Orphen Revenge was later broadcast. The second anime series was released on DVD in North America in December 2003 by ADV Films. It is 23 episodes in length. In 2009, Sentai Filmworks released a box set featuring the two seasons of Orphen in an economic box set.

A new TV anime adaptation has been announced to commemorate the series’ 25th anniversary.

Video game

A single player console role-playing video game was released for the PlayStation 2 in 2000 by Kadokawa Shoten in Japan as Sorcerous Stabber Orphen and by Activision in North America and Europe as Orphen: Scion of Sorcery. It included a whole new adventure and a few video scenes with more sophistication but a minor difference in the voices and personalities of the characters. Reviews of the game were mixed.

Supporting characters

Azalie Cait Sith  
is Orphen’s foster sister, best friend – and the Bloody August. They were in the same orphanage and came to the Tower of Fang together, believed to be magical prodigies. She tutored him extensively, and gave him special attention. She was a great sorcerer – considered to be one of the greatest in her generation, and is referred to as the “Demon Sorceress” by some at the Tower. However, she had two sides to her. There was the kind, loving Azalie, and then the, as Orphen says, “scary” Azalie. After having her love declaration to her mentor rejected, she seemed to be almost obsessed with her studies; she wanted more power, and one of her experiments turned her into Bloody August – a name given to the dragon that first appeared in August. In the novels, Azalie is returned to a human state fairly early in the series, but her mind has been warped by her time spent as the beast and the cruelties endured by those in the Tower who had been hunting her. Vengeful, her main goal is to destroy the Tower, which leads her to becoming a major antagonist in the series. She becomes increasingly unstable and Orphen is often torn between his attachment to her and his horror at her remorseless violence.

Leki  

is a cub who is found and adopted by Cleao, although perhaps it could be said that Leki adopted Cleao, as adult Deep Dragons are more powerful and intelligent by far than humans. Like all Deep Dragons, Leki resembles a wolf rather than a reptilian dragon, and when he uses his innate powers, his eyes will glow a bright green color. As Leki is still very young, he often exhibits young animal-like tendencies, such as chasing after a butterfly. He protects and defends Cleao whenever he feels the need to, or when Cleao orders him. She’s very good to him; in fact, Cleao often treats him better than her two male companions, Orphen and Majic. Leki will not only protect Cleao, but anyone who he sees in danger. In the first anime, Leki’s collar belongs to one of the three artifacts from the Aisle of Balthanders, the Bracelet of Nomafrozis. In the novel, Leki is eventually able to use telepathy to speak with his human companions and released Cleao’s hidden magical potential by linking his mind with hers. Throughout the novel series, Leki grows from a small cub to the size of a large dog.

Volkan  

Is one of the two short-statured brothers who follow along with Orphen on his quest. He frequently refers to himself the “Masmaturian Bulldog”. Volkan always comes up with their plans (which usually turn out to be poorly thought out, utterly bad ideas, and almost never work). He hates Orphen (whom he refers to as “the black wizard”) and his companions, and always finds a way to ruin whatever they had in mind. It is his fault that Orphen often must use his magic on them to make them go away (himself and Dortin). Volkan wants only power and money. Any scheme he has in mind has the end result of getting him one of the two. None of his schemes ever work, however. He constantly bosses Dortin around in a very comical fashion.

Dortin  

Is Volkan’s younger brother. Dortin and Volkan are often viewed as comic relief throughout the series. They are two trolls who are always low on money, and seem to always find a way to mess up whatever Orphen is trying to accomplish. They work in Cleao’s basement, cutting up food and whatnot; she is their employer. In regards to his character, Dortin is the voice of reason (that is never paid any attention to) on his and Volkan’s quests. He is kind and knowledgeable, but his swirling glasses give him a rather geekish appearance. When Volkan messes up, Dortin always tries to tell Orphen he had no part in Volkan’s schemes, but they both wind up being victims of Orphen’s magical blasts anyway. Dortin is shown to be quite caring and loyal, as he begs Orphen for help in saving his brother from mushroom poisoning and, later, in defying Volkan’s “order” to run from danger when a friend needed his help.

 

Wednesday News- September 12, 2018

Hirō Nakamichi’s Hōkago Saikoro Club Manga Gets TV Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-09-11/hiro-nakamichi-hokago-saikoro-club-manga-gets-tv-anime/.136524

Review: Love Me, My Knight GNs 1-2- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/love-me-my-knight-gns-1-2/.135771

IDOLiSH 7 DUO Re:vale Gets 1st Full Album- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2018-09-11/idolish-7-duo-re-vale-gets-1st-full-album/.136641

Joshi Kausei Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime in 2009- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-09-11/joshi-kausei-comedy-manga-gets-tv-anime-in-2019/.136635

The Last Remnant Remastered Game Announced for December With Video (Update)- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-09-11/the-last-remnant-remastered-game-announced-for-december-with-video/.136633

Anime

  • Action Heroine Cheer Fruits BD
  • AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across the Blue BD
  • The Garden of Sinners Box Set BD
  • ReLIFE Classics BD
  • Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 Classics BD
  • Vatican Miracle Examiner BD
  • Yona of the Dawn Complete Series BD

Manga

  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride GN 9
  • D-Frag! GN 12
  • Don’t Be Cruel GN 7
  • Dragon Goes House-Hunting GN 1
  • Escape Journey GN 1
  • Golosseum GN 3
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 2
  • Hayate the Combat Butler GN 32
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess GN 4
  • Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai GN 4
  • Peach Girl GN 9-18 (Digital Only)
  • Persona 3 GN 7
  • Persona 4 GN 7
  • Pokémon Sun & Moon (Pocket Monsters Special) GN 2
  • Radiant GN 1
  • Sailor Moon Eternal Edition GN 1
  • Splatoon GN 4
  • Tomo-chan is a Girl! GN 1
  • Toradora! GN 8
  • Tokyo Alice GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Waiting for Spring GN 8 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Black Clover: Quartet Knights PS4 Game
  • Der Werwolf – The Annals of Veight Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! Novel  3
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Novel 1
  • Infinite Dendrogram Novel 7
  • The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Novel 6
  • Mercenaries Saga Chronicles Nintendo Switch Game
  • Pompom Pokémon

 

Film Friday- Loveless

A 12-episode anime television series adaptation was made by J.C. Staff, broadcast in a post-midnight slot on TV Asahi and ABC from April 2005 to June 2005. The anime series was licensed and released in the US by Media Blasters in a set of 3 DVDs in early 2006. A 12-episode anime adaptation was made by J.C.Staff, and first aired in Japan from April 2005 to June 2005. The episodes covered approximately volumes 1–4, due to production starting in August 2004—about four months before volume 5 was published. Because the source material hadn’t finished its serialization, and with a limit of 12 episodes, the anime adaptation has quite a few differences. The most notable is the series finale, which was written specifically for the anime and left the storyline open to the possibility of a future sequel. The opening theme music was “Tsuki no Curse” and the ending theme was “Michiyuki”; both were composed by Yuki Kajiura and arranged by Masayuki Sakamoto, and performed by Kaori Hikita. Media Blasters licensed and released an English subtitled version in early 2006. On April 26, 2011 Media Blasters re-released the series with an English dub titling it as “Loveless: Vocal Collection”. The series is also licensed in German by Tokyopop.

Ritsuka Aoyagi 

is twelve years old and the protagonist of the story. He was named after the lunar day “Rikka,” which fell on May 5 in the year 2005. His “true name” is Loveless, although it is yet to be seen on his body as the other teams’ names are. He enjoys taking photographs and “making memories.”In the first volume, the story alludes to an abrupt change of personality occurring in Ritsuka two years prior. It is seen often through flashbacks, when his mother beats him and denies that he is truly Ritsuka and that he is actually someone else in his body. Before this change, he was a popular, yet academically average student; he doesn’t get along with his classmates, and he purposely points out their faults. In contrast to this, he is the perfect student now. In addition to the personality change, he suffers a loss in memory. The cause of these drastic changes is still unknown, although he has regular therapy sessions to determine why.On his first day at his new school, Ritsuka meets Soubi Agatsuma. Soubi confuses him with his sudden intimacy and puzzling claims that he was Seimei’s friend and Fighter Unit. As Ritsuka discovers, Seimei’s impromptu will dictates that Soubi shall “become Ritsuka’s” upon his death. Ritsuka and Soubi’s relationship is complex, but in many ways Ritsuka admires Soubi. However, Ritsuka has trouble trusting others, and Soubi’s various secrets continue to have an adverse effect on this. Despite his young age and inexperience, Ritsuka is very intelligent and approaches things with startling maturity. The circumstances of his life encourage his lack of innocence; however, there have been notable incidents that bare his naïveté, particularly in sexual love and healthy relationships. Despite this, he still has firm opinions and unrelenting ideas about those subjects. It is these opinions that clash dramatically with adults and authority figures around him, most notably Soubi. Ritsuka is a pacifist, and strongly opposes violence under any circumstance. Love is an uncomfortable subject for Ritsuka. He is wary of compliments, and doesn’t like affection. Ritsuka’s inner conflict over believing Soubi’s declarations of love becomes a source of great tension and bitterness in their relationship.

Soubi Agatsuma 

is a twenty-year-old student, studying Japanese art. He is a former student of Shichisei Gakuen (“Seven Moons Academy”), a school for fighters, where Ritsu Minami was his teacher. He arrived at the school and became Ritsu’s student after the death of his brother, who was Ritsu’s former partner. Ritsu raised Soubi and, incidentally, was the person that took his ears. Whether it was a consensual act or not wasn’t specified. It is hinted by another teacher at the school that Ritsu took Soubi’s virginity because Soubi had his mother’s face, which made Ritsu desire him. Ritsu explains to Soubi that he took his ears to make him a better fighter. Soubi is later partnered with Seimei. He doesn’t enjoy this, feeling attached to Ritsu and resenting that Seimei is younger than he is. Seimei notices this and mocks Soubi for feeling attached to Ritsu. He later carved the name ‘Beloved’ into Soubi’s neck, making him his fighter unit. As ordered, Soubi contacted Ritsuka after Seimei’s death. He introduced Ritsuka to the world of fighters and sacrifices and told Ritsuka he would be his Fighter Unit. He fought beside Seimei for some time, and many people believe that he is Beloved’s Fighter Unit. The appearance of Nisei in the manga, however, proves this to be false later in the manga. Soubi now fights for Ritsuka as Loveless, which is considered taboo because there is not a fighter-sacrifice bond between them. There is also a severe loss of strength, and in Soubi’s case, his markings bleed in battle. Soubi was revealed to not have a true name at all—in fact, Ritsu comments that he is a blank slate, and whatever marking he is given becomes his name. Since Seimei carved Beloved into his skin, it became his name. When given a command to break the windows, courtesy of Seimei, in volume 8, it is shown that he cannot disobey, no matter how strongly he is against it. Soubi appears to know much more about Seimei and his cause of death than he will divulge. Despite Ritsuka’s insistence that he tell him everything he knows, Soubi refuses. In volume 5 of the manga, he even says, “Seimei is my God.” He openly declares that he lives his life by Seimei’s orders, but still says he’ll obey Ritsuka’s every order, which is not necessarily true. Because Seimei told Soubi not to tell Ritsuka about the seven moons he cannot tell him.

 

 

Wednesday News- September 5, 2018

Crunchyroll Adds 3 Square Enix Manga in September- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-09-04/crunchyroll-adds-3-square-enix-manga-in-september/.136300

B-Project Anime’s 2nd Season Reveal MooNs Visual- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-09-05/b-project-anime-2nd-season-reveals-moons-visual/.136368

Fall in Love Like a Comic’s Chitose Yagami Ends Honey Days Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-09-04/fall-in-love-like-a-comic-chitose-yagami-ends-honey-days-manga/.136313

This Week in Anime: Is Banana Fish Trying Too Hard To Be Shocking?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2018-09-04/.136312

Hunter x Hunter Manga Returns From 5-Month Hiatus on September 22- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-09-04/hunter-x-hunter-manga-returns-from-5-month-hiatus-on-september-22/.136334

Anime

  • Bungo Stray Dogs Season 2 BD/DVD
  • Death Parade Classics BD
  • Frame Arms Girl BD
  • The Future Diary Complete Series + OVA Classics BD
  • Glass Mask BD
  • High School DxD New Classics BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 10th Anniversary Ultra Edition BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie: A Wakening of the Trailblazer DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Special Edition OVA BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Special Edition OVA DVD
  • New Game!! Season 2 BD/DVD

Manga

  • Anonymous Noise Graphic Novel (GN) 10
  • Astra Lost in Space GN 4
  • Beware the Kamiki Brothers! GN 5
  • Boruto GN 4
  • Can You Just Die, My Darling? GN 4
  • Cosplay Animal GN 4
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba GN 2
  • Dr. Stone GN 1
  • Haikyu!! GN 27
  • Hoshin Engi GN 23
  • I’m Standing on a Million Lives GN 2
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War GN 4
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers GN 8
  • My Boy in Blue GN 2
  • One Piece Omnibus GN 25
  • Peach Girl Next GN 1
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side: P4 GN 3
  • The Prince’s Romance Gambit GN 2
  • Queen’s Quality GN 5
  • Seraph of the End GN 15
  • Skip Beat! GN 41
  • Those Summer Days GN 4
  • Twin Star Exorcists GN 13
  • The Young Master’s Revenge GN 3

Other

  • 428: Shibuya Scramble PS4 Game
  • Amagi Brilliant Park Novel 1
  • Boogiepop at Dawn Novel 6
  • Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age PS4/PC Game
  • Gear Drive Novel 1
  • God Wars: The Complete Legend Nintendo Switch Game
  • The Master of Ragnarok and Blesser of Einherjar Novel 3
  • Outbreak Company Novel 5
  • SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy Nintendo Switch
  • Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: White Dog Squad/Yo-Kai Watch Blasters: Red CAT Corps Nintendo 3DS Games
  • Zone of the Enders: The 2nd Runner M∀RS PS4 Game

 

 

Film Friday- Nana

The manga was adapted into a live-action film in 2005, with a sequel released in 2006. An anime adaptation created by Madhouse aired on Nippon TV between April 5, 2006 and March 27, 2007. All Nana media has been licensed for English language release in North America by Viz Media. They serialized the manga in their Shojo Beat magazine until the August 2007 issue, while also publishing it in the tankōbon format. They released both films in 2008 and their English dub of the anime was broadcast on the Funimation Channel beginning in September 2009. Nana won the 2002 Shogakukan Manga Award for Shōjo manga and has sold over 43 million copies.

Anime

Nana was adapted into an anime series, directed by Morio Asaka, written by Tomoko Konparu, and animated by the studio Madhouse. The first and third openings and third ending songs are sung by Anna Tsuchiya for the band Black Stones, and Olivia sings the second opening and first and second endings for the band Trapnest as Reira Serizawa. The first DVD release was on July 7, 2006. The anime series was intended to be equal to the manga and it was adapted until the 12th tankoubon to avoid filler. According to Junko Koseki (editor of Nana in Shueisha) and Masao Maruyama (president of Madhouse) a second season is probably going to be aired once the manga series is finished.

The anime adaptation was also licensed for release in North America by Viz Media. Funimation got the broadcast rights to Viz Media’s dub and it premiered on the Funimation Channel on September 19, 2009.

Films

Two live-action film adaptations have been made for Nana. The first, Nana, was released on September 3, 2005. The film stars Mika Nakashima as the punk star Nana Osaki, Aoi Miyazaki as Hachi (Nana Komatsu), Ryuhei Matsuda as Ren Honjo, Tetsuji Tamayama as Takumi Ichinose, Hiroki Narimiya as Nobuo Terashima, and Matsuyama Kenichi as Shinichi Okazaki. The DVD edition was released on March 3, 2006. The film did quite well at the Japanese box office, grossing more than 4 billion yen, and staying in the top 10 for several weeks. A sequel, Nana 2, was announced right after the debuted. However, on August 4, 2006, Toho stated that shooting would begin mid-September and that the film was to be released on December 9, 2006. Aoi Miyazaki and Ryuhei Matsuda would not be reprising their respective roles as Nana Komatsu and Ren Honjo; as such, their roles were assigned to Yui Ichikawa and Nobuo Kyou, respectively. Some locations from the manga had been changed for the film, and there also were many plot differences. Additionally, the film’s ending is not the actual end of the manga; “Nana” is an ongoing story.

Nana Komatsu

known as Nana K., comes to Tokyo looking to find her dream, though she initially comes in order to stay in a relationship with her boyfriend, Shoji Endo. Unlike Osaki, however, she comes from a large and happy household, though her childish outlook prevents her from living on her own at first and she is prone to falling in love at first sight, usually towards older men. Due to her kindness and faithfulness, Nana Osaki nicknames her Hachi, after the dog Hachikō. Nana Komatsu matures as the series progresses and becomes extremely protective of Nana Osaki, who becomes increasingly dependent on Hachi for stability. Later on, Nana forms relationships with both Takumi and Nobu and winds up pregnant by one of them, though it is uncertain by whom. Although she is in love with both, she marries Takumi since he could readily provide for the child’s upbringing. During the scenes of future events, it is shown that Hachi’s daughter was born and her name is Satsuki (as per Ren’s advice). Nana is presumably still married to Takumi, although her marriage does not appear either to be happy or unhappy. They are separated, and Takumi lives in London with their other son, Ren. Though Junko suggests that Hachi should divorce Takumi, she says there’s no need for it.

Nana Osaki

also known as Nana O., is the vocalist of the band Black Stones, also known as Blast. She considers the band Trapnest as her rival, most likely due to the facts that Ren decides to leave Blast for Trapnest and her roommate marrying Trapnest’s leader. Though Nana may look like a tough punk rocker, she has a kind heart and is a devoted friend. However, she can be possessive and dark, easily becoming emotional to the extent where she has trouble breathing. She is particularly insecure about losing people close to her, readily admitting to using means like bringing Nobu and Nana Komatsu together so she can keep Hachi with her. Abandoned by her mother and raised by her grandmother, Nana never knew the identity of her biological father. Nana was expelled from high school after she was falsely accused of prostitution. Despite these hardships, Nana “polishes the shards of her dreams” and is determined to be successful as the lead vocalist of Blast. She gets engaged to her first love, Ren. In the future scenes (Chapter 58) it can be interpreted that Nana ran away from Japan and cut all ties with her friends. This may be triggered by the death of Ren, her fiance, and the events that followed. Her favorite designer is Vivienne Westwood, and her favorite band is the Sex Pistols.

Wednesday News- August 29, 2018

King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars Theatrical Anime, TV Series Casts Tatsuyuki Kobayashi- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-08-28/king-of-prism-shiny-seven-stars-theatrical-anime-tv-series-casts-tatsuyuki-kobayashi/.136012

Shelf Life: Tomorrow’s Joe: The Movie- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2018-08-27/.135929

Romancing SaGa 2 Stage Play’s Visual Unveiled- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-08-28/romancing-saga-2-stage-play-visual-unveiled/.136003

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Dive!! Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-08-28/sentai-filmworks-licenses-dive-anime/.136029

Onimusha: Warlords Gets HD Release on Switch/PS4/ Xbox One/ PC- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-08-28/onimusha-warlords-gets-hd-release-on-switch-ps4-xbox-one-pc/.136020

Anime

  • 18if BD/DVD
  • Angel Cop BD
  • Aura Battler Dunbine BD
  • Beast Fighter – The Apocalypse DVD
  • Cardcaptor Sakura movie 2: The Sealed Card DVD
  • Cat Girl Nuku Nuku BD
  • Code Geass Complete Series BD
  • Convenience Store Boy Friends BD/DVD
  • Devilman OVA Series BD
  • Eternal Alice DVD
  • Knight’s & Magic BD/DVD
  • My First Girlfriend is a Gal BD/DVD
  • My First Girlfriend is a Gal Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Naruto Shippūden Set 35 DVD Uncut
  • No Game, No Life Zero Premium Edition Box Set BD/DVD
  • No Game, No Life Zero BD
  • No Game, No Life Zero DVD
  • Psycho-Pass Season 1 Classics BD
  • The Vision of Escaflowne Complete Series BD

Manga

  • Ace of the Diamond GN 14
  • Aho Girl GN 8
  • Alice & Zoroku GN 4
  • Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle GN 4
  • Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage GN 5
  • Chi’s Sweet Adventures GN 2 (Color)
  • Citrus GN 8
  • Cutie Honey: The Classic Collection (Hardcover)
  • Defying Kurosaki-kun GN 3
  • Final Fantasy: Lost Stranger GN 1
  • Holy Corpse Rising GN 5
  • Hoshin Engi GN 22
  • Hotaru’s Way GN 6
  • How to Build a Dungeon: Book of the Demon King GN 4
  • I Want to Hold Aono-kun so Badly I Could Die GN 3
  • Is Kichijoji the Only Place to Live? GN 2
  • Liar x Liar GN 5
  • Magical Girl Apocalypse GN 15
  • My Monster Secret GN 12
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project GN 18
  • Peach Girl GN 1-8
  • Pokémon Adventures GN 8-14 (Gold and Silver)
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 3
  • Ultra Kaiju Anthropomorphic Project GN 1

Other

  • The Eccentric Master and the Fake Lover Novel
  • Fire Pro Wrestling World PlayStation 4 Game
  • For My Daughter I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Novel 7
  • Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Nintendo Switch Game
  • Orphen Novel 1
  • Seirei Gensouki – Spirit Chronicles Novel 1
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 PlayStation 4 Game

 

Film Friday- Maison Ikkoku

Maison Ikkoku was adapted into a ninety-six-episode anime television series created by Studio Deen that ran on Fuji TV from March 26, 1986 to March 2, 1988. A Final Chapter movie, three OVAs, and a music special were also produced, with a live-action movie made by Toei in 1986. A live-action TV special aired in May 2007 on TV Asahi, with a finale aired in July 2008. Both the manga and anime have been released in North America by Viz Media. Maison Ikkoku has been both critically and commercially successful, with over 25 million copies in circulation.

Maison Ikkoku was adapted into a ninety-six episode anime television series by Studio Deen and aired on Fuji TV from March 26, 1986 to March 2, 1988. The series was directed by Kazuo Yamazaki for the first 26 episodes, Takashi Anno from episode 27 until 52 and Naoyuki Yoshinaga for the remainder of the series. The production staff had previously worked on the anime adaption of Takahashi’s previous work, Urusei Yatsura. After production of that series was completed, the team moved straight onto Maison Ikkoku and the series took over Urusei Yatsura’s timeslot. A new HD remaster of the series has been created and released on two Blu-Ray boxsets in Japan. The first box was released on December 25, 2013 and the second box followed on April 23, 2014.

A animated theatrical film titled The Final Chapter was released on February 6, 1988, as a double feature with Urusei Yatsura Movie 5: The Final Chapter. On September 25, 1988, an original video animation that summarizes the story was released. A video titled Karaoke Music Parade and collecting all the TV anime’s opening and ending animations was released on November 1989. Shipwrecked on Ikkoku Island was released on January 31, 1991 and adapts a story of the manga, while Prelude Maison Ikkoku: When the Cherry Blossoms Return in the Spring utilizes all the flashbacks of Kyoko’s life before she moved to Maison Ikkoku and was released on June 25, 1992.

The anime was licensed for a North American release by Viz Media in 1994, and was put on two-episode VHS dub releases, but Viz dropped the English dub after 36 episodes. The remaining subtitled-only VHS releases went on until volume 32, without finishing the series. Viz released the series as 8 DVD boxsets from June 1, 2003 until June 4, 2006, with the latter episodes newly dubbed. In the newer episodes, Godai was given a new voice actor, as Jason Gray-Stanford was replaced by Brad Swaile. Other characters such as Kozue and Ikuko were also recast.

Yusaku Godai

is the protagonist of the series. He begins as a poor 20-year-old rōnin studying for his college entrance exams after failing in the past year. He eventually gets into a third-tier college (with Kyoko’s support). He is kindhearted and handsome, but indecisive and spacey. Godai is often “played” by the other tenants of Ikkoku, who habitually take advantage of him (e.g. they use his room for frequent drinking binges and steal food from his care packages). He falls in love with Kyoko at first sight, but initially lacks the courage (when sober at least) to tell her how he feels. Instead, he daydreams a lot and does several silly things (for example, he runs into road posts). But Godai is an honorable man who is worthy of Kyoko, as his love for her is a lasting and devoted love. He has, several times, tried making a move on Kyoko, but couldn’t bring himself to do so; such actions make Kyoko think of him as a perfect gentleman. At the end, the married Godai and Kyoko finally found happiness and have a daughter, which they give the name Haruka Godai.

Kyoko Otonashi

is the second protagonist of the series. She is a beautiful, 22-year-old widow who takes on the task of managing a broken-down boarding house. She is sweet and polite, but also has a violent, frightening side that emerges when she is jealous or angry, or dealing with her meddling and equally stubborn parents. She soon develops affection for Godai, and has a tendency to dote over him (with the other tenants teasing her for acting like a “good wife”) and becomes jealous over him (though she lies to herself and denies that it is jealousy). However, it is hard for her to forget about her late husband Soichiro (who died just six months after their wedding), and her memories of her husband sometimes put her in a melancholy mood. Kyoko’s love for him is sometimes reflected in dialogues with her dog, who bears the same name as her late husband. She believes Godai to be pure-hearted and not a pervert, unlike the other tenants, who try warning her about him. At the end, she is happily married to Godai and a new mother to their daughter Haruka. Otonashi literally means “without a sound,” but is also a pun on otto-nashi, or “without a husband,” in reference to her status as a widow.

Shun Mitaka 

in sharp contrast to Yusaku, is wealthy, educated, and hails from an elite family. Mitaka works as a ladies’ tennis coach more out of love for the sport than any need for financial support. To everyone’s surprise, he is revealed to be 31 years old by his parents, which would mean he was 26 at the beginning of the series. Nevertheless, he is remarkably handsome, and his teeth have a trademark sparkle whenever he smiles. Kyoko begins to take tennis lessons from him early in the series, and Shun begins to court her. His biggest obstacle in the beginning is his morbid fear of dogs, which makes it difficult for him to be with Kyoko when her dog, Soichiro, is around. While very interested in and devoted to Kyoko, he is very popular with other women and has a reputation as a womanizer, a reputation not entirely undeserved (most of his more grievous actions have innocent explanations, but Shun has admitted to dating many women). Kyoko’s mother strongly approves of him as a potential future husband for Kyoko (to Yusaku’s chagrin).

Shun recognizes Yusaku as a rival for Kyoko’s affection (and vice versa), and the two are usually antagonistic towards each other. Shun’s actions towards Yusaku are somewhere between magnanimous and condescending, depending on if Kyoko is around, and he is not above trying to position Kozue as a wedge between Yusaku and Kyoko. But while Shun and Yusaku are rivals, they both share moments where they bond over their mutual frustration over Kyoko’s reluctance to fall in love with anyone. Kyoko generally likes Shun and regards him as a suitor, but is apprehensive about his forwardness and occasionally feels pressured by him (Shun does not want to force a relationship with her, but will often “bend the rules”). It can be unclear whether Shun is interested more in Kyoko herself or in “saving” Kyoko from what he sees as a degrading life as a widow in Maison Ikkoku, putting him in the stereotypical role of the “knight in shining armor.”

Shun marries Asuna Kujo, a girl from a wealthy, important family whom his parents want him to marry, after thinking he drunkenly slept with her and got her pregnant. However, it was actually his dog whom got one of her dogs pregnant. While to him it came about as a shotgun wedding, he does not seem to fully regret it and at the end of the series they have twin girls, Moe and Mie Mikata, and another unborn child on the way.

 

Wednesday News- August 22, 2018

News-

Final Fairy Tail TV Anime Reveals Visual, October 7 Premiere- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-08-21/final-fairy-tail-tv-anime-reveals-visual-october-7-premiere/.135727

This Week in Anime Is ‘How NOT To Summon a Demon Lord’ Worth Watching?– https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2018-08-21/.135700

Game Marketing Seminar Reveals Girls Prefer Nintendo Switch Over PS4- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2018-08-21/game-marketing-seminar-reveals-girls-prefer-nintendo-switch-over-ps4/.135735

Review: Accomplishments of the Duke’s Daughter GN 1- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/accomplishments-of-the-duke-daughter/gn-1/.135556

Devil May Cry 5 Trailer Reveals March 8 Release Date- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-08-21/devil-may-cry-5-trailer-reveals-march-8-release-date/.135739

Anime-

  • Armed Girl’s Machiavellism BD
  • Armed Girl’s Machiavellism Premium Edition Box Set BD
    Gamers! BD/DVD
  • High School DxD Classics BD
  • Oreimo 2 BD
  • Sakura Quest Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Season 1 Complete Collection BD

Manga-

  • ACCA 13 Territory Inspection Department Graphic Novel (GN) 4
  • Again!! GN 4
  • Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor GN 4
  • Angels of Death GN 4
  • Aoharu X Machinegun GN 4
  • Arpeggio of Blue Steel GN 13
  • Attack on Titan: Before the Fall GN 14
  • Attack on Titan Colossal Edition 4
  • Black Butler GN 26
  • BTOOOM! GN 22
  • The Case Study of Vanitas GN 4
  • Chio’s School Road GN 1
  • DAYS GN 9
  • Dimension W GN 11
  • Devils’ Line Novel 11
  • Final Fantasy: Lost Stranger GN 1
  • Forbidden Scrollery GN 4
  • Gantz Omnibus GN 1
  • Giant Killing GN
  • Hatsu*Haru GN 2
  • Hoshin Engi GN 21
  • Intertwining Lives GN
  • Keeping His Whims in Check GN
  • Key Ring Lock GN
  • Love and Lies GN 7
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt GN 8
  • Perfect World GN 5
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 3: Truth of Zero GN 4
  • RWBY Official Manga Anthology GN 2
  • Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GN 3
  • Scum’s Wish GN 8
  • Silver Spoon GN 4
  • Stray Bullet Baby GN
  • Tales of Wedding Rings GN 3
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil Storm! GN 4
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 7
  • To Your Eternity GN 6
  • Today’s Cerberus GN 10
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 6
  • Trap in a Skirt GN
  • Trinity Seven GN 14
  • Yowamushi Pedal Omnibus GN 9

Other-

  • The Asterisk War Novel 7
  • Baccano! Novel 8 (Hardcover)
  • A Certain Magical Index Novel 16
  • Defeating the Demon Lord’s a Cinch If You’ve Got a Ringer Novel 1
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! Novel 11
  • Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? Novel (Hardcover)
  • Infinite Stratos Novel 3
  • I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level Novel 2
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Novel 6
  • Kokoro Connect Novel 1
  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes Novel 7
  • Little Dragon’s Cafe PS4/Switch Game
  • Orphen Novel 1
  • Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon Novel 2
  • Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers Novel 6
  • Shenmue I & II PS4 Game
  • Sword Art Online Alicization Uniting Novel 14
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Novel 3

 

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.