Wednesday News- June 28, 2017

News-

DIVE!! Is about Shirtless Boys Giving Up Everything to Make Dreams Come True- http://www.anime-now.com/entry/2017/06/28/230026?utm_campaign=ANN

Our Most Anticipated Summer 2017 Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2017-06-28/our-most-anticipated-summer-2017-anime/.118131

Attack on Titan Anime Offers Survey Corps Certification Test- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-06-28/attack-on-titan-anime-offers-survey-corps-certification-test/.118094

Shelf Life- Ultra Maniac- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2017-06-26/.117964

Anime-

  • Assassination Classroom Season 2, Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Code Geass: Akito the Exiled OVA Series BD/DVDP
  • GoShogun: The Time Étranger BD
  • GoShogun: The Time Étranger DVD
  • Kan Colle BD/DVD
  • Magi: The Kingdom of Magic Complete Box Set BD
  • Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Complete Box Set BD
  • Naruto Shippūden Set 31 DVD Uncut
  • Origin ~Spirits of the Past~ BD/DVD
  • Samurai Warriors DVD
  • School-Live! BD
  • School-Live! DVD
  • Sea Prince and the Fire Child BD
  • Sword Art Online Box Set BD
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions BD
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions DVD

Manga-

  • Aoharu x Machine Gun GN 10 (Digital Only)A
  • Beasts of Abigaile GN 1
  • Clockwork Planet GN 3
  • Concrete Revolutio: The Complete Saga GN
  • The Emperor and I GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Freezing Omnibus GN 8
  • Gesellschaft Blume GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Giant Killing GN 2 (Digital)
  • Im: Great Priest Imhotep GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Land of the Lustrous GN 1
  • The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story GN
  • Nodame Cantabile GN 24 (Digital Only)
  • Nodame Cantabile GN 25 (Digital Only)
  • Persona 3 GN 4
  • Vinland Saga GN 9 (Hardcover)
  • Yozakura Quartet GN 14 (Digital)

Other-

  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls PS4/PC Game
  • RPG Maker Fes Nintendo 3DS Game
  • Valkyria Revolution PS4/PS Vita/Xbox One GameA

Manga Monday- Fafner in the Azure

Two manga adaptations of the Fafner in the Azure story have been released and they both share the same title as the TV series.

The first one is illustrated by Mikami Akitsu. It ran in Dengeki Daioh magazine from July 4, 2004 to December 26, 2004 and was collected into two tankōbon volumes by MediaWorks. Digital Manga Publishing licensed this manga for release in North America and published the volumes on July 7, 2010 and April 30, 2011.

The second one is illustrated by Tomomi Matsushita. It’s currently being serialized in Kodansha’s Monthly Shōnen Sirius magazine. As of November 2015, it has been collected into three tankōbon volumes.

Plot Summary: Tatsumiyajima is the central island in the middle of a small cluster of islands, in a sleepy backwater of the Japanese isles. Not much happens there, and the island’s young people go to school knowing that their lives are likely to remain peaceful and undisturbed. Or so they have been taught…but the truth is different. The fate of mankind is on the line, and Tatsumiyajima is the last line of defense against a hostile and incomprehensible enemy. At the center of it all, fighting for Humanity’s continued existence, is the giant robot Fafner, the dragon that guards this final treasure of mankind.

Wednesday News- June 21, 2017

News-

Fall in Love like a Comic!’s Chitose Yagami Ends Hapikon! Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-06-19/fall-in-love-like-a-comic-s-chitose-yagami-ends-hapikon-manga/.117708

Anime Network Streaming Website Switches to Cable, Video on Demand Only (Updated)- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-06-20/anime-network-streaming-website-switches-to-cable-video-on-demand-only/.117774

Cleanliness Boy! Aoyama-kun Anime’s Promo Video Reveals More Cast, Ending Song Artists- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-06-20/cleanliness-boy-aoyama-kun-anime-promo-video-reveals-more-cast-ending-song-artists/.117721

 

Anime-

  • The Big O BD
  • Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters Part 3 BD
  • Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters Part 3 DVD
  • Norn9: Norn + Nonette BD
  • Norn9: Norn + Nonette DVD
  • One Piece Season 9 Part 1 DVD
  • Ping Pong BD S.A.V.E. Edition
  • Sailor Moon S Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon S Part 2 DVD
  • The Seven Deadly Sins Season One, Part Two BD/DVD
  • The Seven Deadly Sins Season One, Part Two DVD

Manga-

  • The Asterisk War GN 4
  • Bungō Stray Dogs GN 3
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! GN 9
  • Dorohedoro GN 21
  • Dragon’s Rioting GN 7
  • Erased GN 2 (Hardcover)
  • Golden Kamuy GN 1
  • Goodnight Punpun GN 6
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash GN 1
  • Handa-kun GN 6
  • Hatsune Miku: Acute GN
  • Hole Corpse Rising GN 3
  • The Honor Student at Magic High School GN 7
  • How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend GN 6
  • Inuyashiki GN 7
  • Kin-iro Mosaic GN 3
  • Kiss Him, Not Me! GN 11
  • Kitaro And The Great Tanuki War GN 4
  • Master Keaton GN 11
  • My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected @ comic GN 5
  • No Game No Life, Please! GN 1
  • Nodame Cantabile GN 23 (Digital)
  • Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi GN 7
  • Prison School GN 7
  • Real Account GN 7
  • School-Live! GN 7
  • Strike the Blood GN 7C
  • Today’s Cerberus GN 4
  • Tokyo Ghoul GN 13
  • your name.GN 1

Other-

  • Accel World Novel 10
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria Novel 3
  • Kingdom Hearts II Novel 1
  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes Novel 4
  • Log Horizon Novel 8
  • Magical Girl Raising Project Novel 1
  • Psycome Novel 4
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Novel 4
  • Sound! Euphonium Novel
  • Spice and Wolf Novel 18A

 

 

Manga Monday- Cardcaptor Sakura

Cardcaptor Sakura, abbreviated as CCS and also known as Cardcaptors, is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by the manga group Clamp. The manga was originally serialized in Nakayoshi from May 1996 to June 2000, and published in 12 tankōbon volumes by Kodansha from November 1996 to July 2000. The story focuses on Sakura Kinomoto, an elementary school student who discovers that she possesses magical powers after accidentally freeing a set of magical cards from the book they had been sealed in for years. She is then tasked with retrieving those cards in order to avoid an unknown catastrophe from befalling the world. A sequel by Clamp titled Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Edition focusing on Sakura in junior high school began serialization in Nakayoshi with the July 2016 issue.

The Cardcaptor Sakura manga series was popular with Japanese readers, ranking among the top five sellers during its release. The manga series was awarded the Seiun Award for Best Manga in 2001. Shaenon Garrity of The Comics Journal described the series as a quintessential shōjo manga, which is praised for its mature direction in the second half. Cardcaptor Sakura has been described as a “critical work” of manga by Christopher Butcher of Comics212. In a review by Lisa Anderson of Manga Life, the subplots in the series related to the interactions between characters were noted to be of special interest. Anderson praised how the manga, while at the onset begins with a costumed Sakura chasing after a Clow Card, takes a “rather big leap in another direction” when focusing on the characters. The manga is further lauded for its depth. Anime News Network (ANN) reviewer Robert Nguyen felt Cardcaptor Sakura is an “atypical shōjo” manga, which puts an “emphasis on the emotions of the character.” The original manga sold over 12 million copies as of 2016, while the sequel series had surpassed 1 million printed copies as of April 2017.

In Manga: The Complete Guide, Mason Templar states that the series is not “just one of the best kids’ manga in translation, it’s one of the very best manga available in English, period.” He praises Clamp for their creativity and shrewd business sense, in being able to create a series that “clearly has merchandising in line” and an “utterly forgettable premise” into a story that is “brimming with warmth and joy and wonder” and is “much more than the sum of its parts.” The manga is cited as being cute by critics, and in some cases too cute; however, Anderson stated that “much like Magic Knight Rayearth, even a cute story will have its depth and drama.” The artwork of the manga is praised for being detailed and having “beautifully drawn pictures of the Clow Cards themselves.” The cards are described as having “an artful blend of magical fantasy and reality.”

Plot-

Cardcaptor Sakura takes place in the fictional Japanese city of Tomoeda which is somewhere near Tokyo. Ten-year-old Sakura Kinomoto accidentally releases a set of magical cards known as Clow Cards from a book in her basement created and named after the sorcerer Clow Reed. Each card has its own unique ability and can assume an alternate form when activated. The guardian of the cards, Cerberus, emerges from the book and chooses Sakura to retrieve the missing cards. As she finds each card, she battles its magical personification and defeats it by sealing it away. Cerberus acts as her guide, while her best friend and second cousin, Tomoyo Daidouji films her exploits and provides her with battle costumes. Sakura’s older brother Toya Kinomoto watches over her, while pretending that he is unaware of what is going on.

Syaoran Li, a boy Sakura’s age and descendant of Clow Reed, arrives from Hong Kong to recapture the cards himself. While initially antagonistic, he comes to respect Sakura and begins aiding her to capture the cards. Once Sakura captures all of the cards, she is tested by Yue the judge, the cards’ second guardian, to determine if she is worthy of becoming the cards’ true master; Yue is also the true form of Yukito Tsukishiro, Toya’s best friend. Aided by her teacher Kaho Mizuki, Sakura passes the test and becomes the new master of the Clow Cards.

Wednesday News- June 14, 2017

News-

Production I.G’s Perfect Bones Anime Lists New Tiles, 2018 Launch on Netflix- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-06-13/production-i.g-perfect-bones-anime-lists-new-title-2018-launch-on-netflix/.117393

The Royal Tutor’s Original Anime Ending Made Manga Creator Cry- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-06-13/the-royal-tutor-original-anime-ending-made-manga-creator-cry/.117435

Why Eren from Attack on Titan Is Such a Captivating Character- http://www.anime-now.com/entry/2017/06/13/230007?utm_campaign=ANN

Ancien and the Magic Tablet Anime Film’s Fantasia Festival Trailer Streamed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-06-13/ancien-and-the-magic-tablet-anime-film-fantasia-festival-trailer-streamed/.117392

Anime-

  • Chivalry of a Failed Knight BD
  • Chivalry of a Failed Knight DVD
  • Outlaw Star Collector’s Edition BD/DVD
  • Outlaw Star BD/DVD
  • Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn BD/DVD
  • Transformers: The Japanese Collection DVD

Manga-

  • Ace of Diamond GN 4 (Digital)
  • Alive GN 17 (Digital)
  • After Hours GN 1
  • Air Gear GN 36
  • Chihayafuru GN 3 (Digital)
  • Complex Age GN 5
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 3 (Digital)
  • Don’t Be Cruel: plus+ GN
  • Dragonar Academy GN 12
  • Fate/Zero GN 5
  • Finder: Target in Sight GN 1A
  • Fire Force GN 4
  • Flying Witch GN 2
  • Magi GN 24
  • Masamune-kun’s Revenge GN 5
  • Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter GN 8
  • Mysterious Girlfriend X GN 6
  • Nodame Cantabile GN 22 (Digital)
  • One Piece Omnibus GN 20
  • Red Riding Hood and the Big Sad Wolf GN 1
  • Species Domain GN 2
  • Tales of Zestiria GN 1Cite
  • Yozakura Quartet
  • GN 13 (Digital)

Other-

  • Manga in Theory and Practice: The Craft of Creating Manga by Hirohiko Araki (Hardcover)

Manga Monday- RahXephon

The manga was illustrated and written by Takeaki Momose. Momose was one of the candidates for character designer on the series, but Izubuchi wanted Akihiro Yamada to do the original designs, and Hiroki Kanno got the job of adapting them for animation. With the manga Momose got the opportunity to re-design the characters into his own style and make changes in characterization and story, as well as adding “fan service”.

The scenario of the manga adaptation is similar to RahXephon series with some minor and major differences. In the anime series, Reika is a mysterious and distant figure; in the manga Reika is a more comical figure who grew up as Ayato’s adoptive sister with a darker origin. The anime series shows Megumi competing with Haruka for Ayato’s affections, while this role is taken by Reika in the manga. The rate of time dilation is also different in the manga version, as the year outside Tokyo is 2033 instead of 2027.

The manga release started before the anime broadcast, so that the ending in one medium would not trail too far behind the other. The first chapter, or “mission”, appeared in the magazine Monthly Sunday Gene-X in the October 2001 issu (released 19 September 2001); the final chapter was released two months after the airing of the last anime episode, in the December 2002 issue (released 19 November 2002).

The chapters were subsequently released in three compilation volumes which were translated and published internationally. These volumes contain the following chapters and extras. In addition, each publisher may have added certain notes and advertisements in the front and back of the volumes.

Wednesday News- June 7, 2017

News-

Tsuredure Children Anime Premieres on July 4- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-06-05/tsuredure-children-anime-premieres-on-july-4/.117013

Welcome to the Ballroom Anime’s 5th Promo Video Streamed With English Subtitles- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-06-07/welcome-to-the-ballroom-anime-5th-promo-video-streamed-with-english-subtitles/.117150

Monogatari Series Novels’ New ‘Monster Season’ Begins on July 15- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-06-06/monogatari-series-novels-new-monster-season-begins-on-july-15/.117074

Anime Expo Holds World Premiere of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc Prologue Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-06-06/anime-expo-holds-world-premiere-of-cardcaptor-sakura-clear-card-arc-prologue-anime/.117078

Anime-

  • Akira Collector’s Case BD/DVDP
  • Fairy Tail Collection 8 BD/DVD
  • Kino’s Journey DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam – The Movie Trilogy BD
  • RWBY BD/DVD Volume 4
  • RWBY DVD Volume 4
  • Sound of the Sky BD

Manga-

  • Assassination Classroom GN 16
  • Black Clover GN 7
  • Captive Hearts Of Oz GN 2
  • Bloody Mary GN 7
  • Devil’s Line GN 7
  • Drowning Love GN 2 (digital only)
  • Everyone’s Getting Married GN 5
  • Fairy Tail Rhodonite GN 1
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 18
  • Haikyu!! GN 12
  • Kamisama Kiss GN 24
  • Kuroko’s Basketball Omnibus GN 6
  • Noragami GN 18
  • One Piece Omnibus GN 20
  • Nodame Cantabile GN 21 (digital only)C
  • Please Tell Me! Galko-chan GN 3
  • Princess Resurrection GN 15 (digital only)
  • Seraph of the End GN 12
  • So Cute It Hurts!! GN 13
  • Sweetness and Lightning GN 6
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 6

Other-

  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 1

Manga Monday- Ultra Maniac

Ultra Maniac is a manga series written by Wataru Yoshizumi. The romantic comedy series features 7th grader Ayu Tateishi, a tennis club member, and her transfer student friend, Nina Sakura, who is actually a trainee witch from the magical kingdom. It premiered in Shueisha’s Ribon manga magazine in February 2001 and ran until January 2004. It was also published in five collected volumes by Shueisha. Viz Media licensed and released an English translation of the series in North America.

Ayu Tateishi is a well-adjusted middle-schooler in her second year, until the fateful day when she finds a dejected looking Nina Sakura outside of the school. Nina explains that she lost something very dear to her earlier that day. Ayu offers to help Nina look for her lost item, but Nina seems reluctant to say what the item is that she lost, and runs off. On her way home Ayu finds what seems to be a mini-computer underneath the bench she knew Nina to be at earlier that day. After returning the item to Nina, Nina struggles to decide whether to let Ayu in on the ‘big secret’ she keeps.

In order to see if Ayu is trustworthy, she starts to follow Ayu around and eventually decides she can trust Ayu. Nina reveals that she is actually from the Magic Kingdom and is a magic girl. Ayu, however, doesn’t believe Nina and thinks she is a bit crazy at first. Ayu herself had always shunned the ideas of magic and fairy tales, even admitting she had never read Harry Potter, so having someone tell her they are a witch truly isn’t something she can easily accept. After several mishaps with her magic, Nina proves she is a magic girl, and a failure who came to Earth as her last chance to prove that she can get things right. These first mishaps and the fact that Nina has shared her secret with Ayu, Nina attaches herself to Ayu as a friend and does everything she can to help Ayu with getting the attention of her crush, Tetsushi Kaji. As their adventures continue many friends from the Magic Kingdom come and visit Nina to the chagrin of Ayu.

Wednesday News- May 31, 2017

News-

New Hell Girl Anime’s 2nd Promo Reveals July 14 Premiere- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-05-31/new-hell-girl-anime-2nd-promo-reveals-july-14-premiere/.116831

All the Eye Powers in the Naturo universe so far- http://www.anime-now.com/entry/2017/05/31/230009?utm_campaign=ANN

NieR: Automata Game’s Worldwide Digital Sales, Shipments Exceed 1.5 Million- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-05-30/nier-automata-game-worldwide-digital-sales-shipments-exceed-1.5-million/.116778

Hunter x Hunter Manga Resumes on June 26- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-05-30/hunter-x-hunter-manga-resumes-on-june-26/.116676

Anime-

  • Arcadia of My Youth BD
  • Arcadia of My Youth DVD
  • The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya BD/DVD
  • Endride Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Gosick BD/DVD
  • Hi-sCool! Seha Girls BD/DVD
  • Himouto! Umaruchan BD
  • Himouto! Umaruchan DVD
  • Himouto! Umaruchan Premium Box Set BD/DVD
  • Lupin III: Island of Assassins BD/DVD
  • Shōnen Maid BD/DVD
  • Speed Racer BD
  • Speed Racer DVD

Manga-

  • Fairy Tail GN 60
  • The High School Life of a Fudanshi GN 1
  • Ninja Slayer GN 8
  • Shomin Sample GN 5

Other-

  • The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku Novel
  • The Seven Deadly Sins The Seven Scars Left Behind Novel
  • Tekken 7 PlayStation 4 / Xbox One / PC Game

Manga Monday- Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. The series began in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine on September 9, 2009, and has been collected into 21 tankōbon volumes as of December 2016. It is set in a world where humanity lives in cities surrounded by enormous walls; a defense against the Titans, gigantic humanoids that eat humans seemingly without reason. The story initially centers on Eren Yeager, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman and childhood friend Armin Arlert, who join the military to fight the Titans after their home town is invaded and Eren’s mother is eaten. However, as the story progresses and the truths about the Titans are slowly revealed to the reader, the narrative shifts to encompass Historia Reiss, squad leader Levi, Eren’s father Grisha, and other supporting characters. The spin-off light novel series Before the Fall began in December 2011 and has received a manga adaptation. Two additional light novel series and four additional spin-off manga series have also been created.

Manga

Hajime Isayama’s original manga serial, Attack on Titan commenced publication in Kodansha’s monthly publication Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine starting with the September 2009 issue. The first tankōbon collected volume was released on March 17, 2010. The most recent, volume 21, was released on December 9, 2016. In November 2014, the manga had 45 million copies in print. By September 2016, the number had increased to 60 million. The series’ twelfth collected volume was given a first printing of 2.2 million copies, making Attack on Titan one of only two manga series ever to get an initial print surpassing 2 million, the other being One Piece. Volume 13 has the highest initial first print of the series so far, with 2,750,000 copies. It is also the first print run record for its publisher, Kodansha.

A comedic spin-off of the series, titled Attack on Titan: Junior High and written by Saki Nakagawa, began serialization in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine‘s May 2012 issue. It follows the main characters as they battle the Titans while in junior high school. Another manga series based on the prequel light novels Attack on Titan: Before the Fall started running in Kodansha’s Monthly Shōnen Sirius from August 2013, drawn by Satoshi Shiki. An additional spin-off based on the No Regrets visual novel was serialized in the shōjo manga magazine Aria, titled Attack on Titan: No Regrets. It is written by Gun Snark and illustrated by Hikaru Suruga. It focuses on the origins of Captain Levi, one of the most prominent characters in the main series. A yonkoma spin-off, called Spoof on Titanand drawn by hounori, was released on Kodansha’s Manga Box smartphone and tablet application from December 2013 to December 30, 2014 in both Japanese and English. A manga adaptation of Hiroshi Seko’s Attack on Titan: Lost Girls novel, written and illustrated by Ryōsuke Fuji, began publication in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine on August 9, 2015.

In North America, the series is published in English by Kodansha Comics USA. They published the first volume on June 19, 2012,. The fifteenth was released on April 7, 2015. By July 2015, the manga had 2.5 million copies in circulation in North America. The first three spin-off manga have also been licensed by Kodansha Comics USA, who published the first volume of each between March and June 2014. It announced its license to Spoof on Titan at the New York Comic Con in October 2015, and its acquisition of Lost Girls in March 2016.