Wednesday News- March 21, 2018


Viz Adds Anime to go90 Streaming Service-

HIDIVE Announces Alice or Alice Simulcast-

Review: Love Live! Sunshine!! Season One BD/DVD-

FLCL 2 & 3 Video Reveals Titles, June 2 Premiere-


  • Chaos;Child BD/DVD
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  • Chihayafuru Season 2 DVD
  • Chihayafuru Season 2 Premium Edition Box Set BD/DVD
  • Hand Shakers BD/DVD
  • One Piece Season 9 Part 4 DVD


  • ACCA 13 Territory Inspection Department GN  2
  • Children of the Whales GN 3
  • DNA Doesn’t Tell Us GN 1
  • Dragon Half Omnibus GN  1
  • Flying Witch GN  5
  • Forbidden Scrollery GN 2
  • Fuuka GN 17 (Digital Only)
  • Giant Killing GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Golden Kamuy GN  4
  • Graineliers GN 2
  • Horimiya GN 10
  • I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Days of Goddess GN 1
  • Kasane GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 5
  • Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight GN 4
  • Love’s Reach GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Mononoke Sharing GN 1
  • Nirvana GN 2
  • Perfect World GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Spice and Wolf Novel 15
  • Sweet Blue Flowers GN  3
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil GN 8
  • Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty GN 3


  • Attack on Titan 2 PlayStation 4/Xbox One Game
  • Detective Pikachu Nintendo 3DS Game
  • Ichi the Killer BD
  • Magical Girl Raising Project Novel 3
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PlayStation 4 Game
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 10
  • Sisyphean Novel
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel 2


Manga Monday- Kimi ni Todoke

Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You  is a Japanese shōjo romance manga by Karuho Shiina. It has been published by Shueisha in Bessatsu Margaret since 2005 and collected in 29 tankōbon volumes as of November 13, 2017. In 2008, it won the Best Shōjo Manga award in the 32nd Annual Kodansha Manga Award. The series was also nominated for the first Manga Taisho awards in 2008.


Sawako Kuronuma – dubbed Sadako by her classmates for her resemblance to the character from The Ring – has always been feared and misunderstood because of her appearance; rumors around school report that she can see ghosts and curse people. However, despite her ominous appearance, she is actually a sweet and timid girl who only longs to be able to make friends and be liked by everyone else. When her idol, the popular boy Kazehaya, begins talking with her, everything changes. She finds herself in a new world, making new friends and talking to different people, and she can’t thank Kazehaya enough for giving her these opportunities. Slowly, but surely, a sweet love blossoms between the two as they overcome circumstances and obstacles that stand in their way.

Originally planned on being a one-shot to be compiled in her previous work, Crazy For You, Shiina decided to expand the story and make it into a full series. It has been running in Japan in Bessatsu Margaret since the September 2005 issue of the magazine, with 29 compiled volumes as of November 13, 2017. Shiina took a break starting in the March 2009 issue to have a baby; serialization resumed in the October issue. With the release of the September 2017 issue of Betsuma, on August 12, 2017, Kimi ni Todoke entered its final arc. The series is licensed by Viz Media for an English-language North American release. The manga will conclude in November 2017.

Characters – 

Sawako Kuronuma 
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (anime), Mikako Tabe (live-action)
Sawako is a shy yet honest girl in search of friendship, but her resemblance to the horror film character Sadako Yamamura makes this difficult. Her shy and modest nature prevents her from correcting people’s misconceptions, to the point that most of the school believes her name is, in fact, “Sadako.” She is rather short – a characteristic inherited from her father, who is only 160 cm tall – but during a soccer match at the school’s sports festival, it is revealed that she is surprisingly fast, to the point that some people believe she is teleporting. A running gag is that she takes everything people say very seriously, and tends to over-analyze a situation. When she is deep in thought, her dark appearance often terrifies her peers.
Sawako has always desired friends and acceptance, and thanks to Kazehaya’s kindness, she gradually begins to open up to her classmates and talk to different people. She is grateful to Kazehaya, and idolizes him for giving her the opportunities to make many close friends, which come to include Yano, Yoshida, Kazehaya and Ryu. Forever humble and unassuming, Sawako is very modest towards her newfound friendships that Yoshida actually has to tell her point-blank: “Did you know? Without realizing it … we were already friends!” Yano and Yoshida admit that Sawako’s ‘like’ for Kazehaya is probably stronger than the ‘like’ she expresses for themselves.
In chapter 34, Kazehaya practically confesses his feelings right in front of her, but Sawako believes it is just a misunderstanding and that he simply likes her as a friend. After everything is cleared up, the couple officially starts dating, though rumors pop up that Sawako somehow used black magic to get him. In chapter 71, she overhears her classmate asking if Shota and her are steadily dating, and she becomes confused about their relationship. After Shota turns away when she grabs his coat, she cries and admits that she wants to be with him, and asks if he is still in love with her. In her shock, Shota kisses her 4 times.
Shota Kazehaya 
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (anime), Haruma Miura (live-action)
Kazehaya is Sawako’s outgoing and friendly classmate, and also her idol. His popularity is so widespread that during middle school, the many girls that liked him had to form a “Kazehaya is Everyone’s” alliance in order to maintain some level of peace among his admirers; more than half of these girls now attend his high school. Kazehaya falls in love with Sawako shortly after meeting her, and admits (though not to Sawako) his feelings, unaware that she feels the same for him. During their second year of high school, he begins to wonder if she actually does like him as she does not give him chocolates on Valentine’s Day, not knowing that she had been too nervous to give him any. After the ordeal, he seemingly becomes calmer and shows a depressed and expressionless face more often. However, after being confronted by Ryu (influenced by Chizuru) and Pin, Kazehaya goes to Sawako as his friends jokingly remark that he likes Sawako; however, Kazehaya takes the remark seriously and agrees, subsequently confessing directly to Sawako. However, after Sawako’s misunderstanding of his confession, he believes she rejected him. However, in chapter 40, he is finally able to confess his feelings to her, and they are officially dating. Kazehaya is prone to become easily jealous and overprotective of Sawako, and deeply treasures her. He seems to avoid Sawako because he wants to be careful in loving her because in chapter 58, the two almost end up kissing and he is worried that Sawako may end up thinking too much about it. In chapter 71, Sawako starts asking if he is still in love with her, he quickly kisses her.
Ayane Yano 
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (anime), Natsuna Watanabe (live-action)
Ayane is a close friend of Sawako. She is the arguably the most mature of the group and she has a boyfriend in college as well as having her ears pierced multiple times. Initially Shiina conceived of Yano and Yoshida as a pair, and in the first two chapters the two are difficult to tell apart. She then redrafted the characters, combing Yano’s hair and styling it in a fashion that looks like a pony-tail. Kurumi starts a rumor that Ayane played around with more than 100 guys in middle school, and that she and Yoshida are thug underlings of Sawako’s in high school. Perceptive and intelligent, Ayane tends to take just enough information to leave others wondering, thus forcing them to move forward. She was also able to figure out that it was Ume who spread the rumors, getting Ume to admit it, and discovering that Sawako, “liked” Kazehaya. Although she is usually calm and collected, she is easily infuriated if someone hurts Sawako and does not hesitate to attack the one she believes is responsible (frequently Kazehaya) with kicks and sharp words. She is also fairly intimidating when angry, being called scary by Chizuru a number of times. Later on she breaks up with her boyfriend, who had begun to become too possessive of her: calling her all times of the day, wondering what she has been up to, and checking if she has been with any guys. After she suggests they break up, he slaps her across the face, and when he tries to apologize and asks her back, she realizes that the man she liked was not her boyfriend but rather who he was when they started dating. After Sawako and Shota finally become a couple, Ayane comforts the girls that were potentially Sawako’s rivals. When Chizuru tells her she is too nice, Ayane denies it, but is surprised when Pin affirms she is nice, and she starts developing feelings for him. When schoolmate Mogi confesses to her, she agrees to date him, which shocks everybody. However, it appears that she is not in love with him, and her feelings towards Pin seem to increase. However, starting from chapter 59, it has been strongly hinted that Kento has feelings for Ayane. In chapter 71, she told Sawako that she’ll go home with Kento. After that, Pin tells Sawako that maybe they got together already.
Chizuru Yoshida 
Voiced by: Yuko Sanpei (anime), Misako Renbutsu (live-action)
Yoshida is another close friend of Sawako. She is the tomboy of the group, and she even admits this when Ryu calls them brothers, where she argues about who is the older rather than that she is not a ‘brother’. She can be very emotional at times, usually seen humorously crying after a touching moment between her friends. She has a soft spot for innocent mannered people, so she takes a near instant liking to Sawako. In Kurumi’s fake rumors it was passed around that she was a former Yankee, though Chizuru just takes the rumor as a means of scaring people off or as a joke for her friends. One of the rumors states that Chizuru holds a record of ninety nine straight wins on being able to beat a guy on a one on one fight (Chizuru took credit of this rumor, she herself stated that her streak was broken when she lost to her hundredth opponent, Ryu Sanada). Chizuru is mostly on the slower side of things; she did not realize that Sawako liked Kazehaya until after the Kurumi confrontation and that Kazehaya liked Sawako (even though she and Ayane planned many events for them) until late in the series, after they started their second year of high school. She is a close childhood friend with Ryu Sanada, her neighbor, and she went to the same middle school as Kazehaya and Ryu. Because of this, Ryu’s family regards Chizuru and her family as their own and vice versa. She has a crush on Ryu’s brother, Toru, since she was very young knowing the age gap between them. When Toru visits with his fiancée, she realizes that he will only see their relationship as just siblings. She is very dense to the fact that Ryu loves her, even interpreting him saying “I love you” as an expression of their friendship. When he confesses to her again, this time making it clear, it shocks her to the point where it becomes difficult to talk to him normally as she never thought about him like that and believes that they can’t go back to how they were before ever again. But she begins to grow feelings for Ryu and in chapter 88 she confesses to Ryu and he kisses her.
Ryu Sanada 
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura (anime), Haru Aoyama (live-action)
Ryu is also member of Sawako’s group of friends. He is the son of the ramen shop owner of Chizuru Yoshida’s favourite ramen shop. He is quiet most of the time and rarely talks, but still can communicate well with Sawako, as they both don’t talk much anyways. Ryu and Kazehaya became friends when they were on the baseball team during middle school. He is also close childhood friends with Chizuru and does not deny having feelings for her, such as simply smiling when Sawako asks if he and Chizuru are dating. He later confirms his love when he confesses that he likes Chizuru to Sawako. While his love is one-sided, he is very patient with Chizuru realizing that Chizuru probably won’t like him in a romantic sense, at least not right away. He’s more than willing to comfort Chizuru if she’s depressed, though he would rather have her mad at him as he knows Chizuru can vent out her emotions better. Ryu also seems to like animals a lot; when Shota was going to walk “Maru”, his adopted puppy, home with Sawako, Chizuru pulled Ryu away telling him he’s going to walk with Ayane and her instead. While being pulled away from Shota’s puppy, he cried out for it. A running gag in the series is that he has a very hard time remembering a person’s name (with the exception of Kazehaya and Chizuru as he’s known them for a long time, and after some time later Sawako and Ayane). In chapter 43, he casually tells Chizuru that he loves her and she is totally shocked. However, in chapter 59, he truly confesses his love for her, but she replies saying, “I have never looked at you in that way”. In response, he smiles and says, “I know.”
Kazuichi “Pin” Arai 
Voiced by: Yūki Ono (anime), Arata (live-action)
Arai is the temporary homeroom teacher for Sawako’s class, taking over when the previous homeroom teacher became sick during the summer holidays while Sawako was helping him. Sawako, being formal, always refers to him as “Arai-sensei,” while almost everyone else refers to him by his nickname, “Pin.” Pin is a great fan of baseball as well as the school baseball team’s coach. He used to be part of Kazehaya’s father’s league team, so he has known Shota since when he was young. A loud and eccentric man prone to believing the silliest things, Pin apparently enjoys interrupting people. He nicknames the puppy that Sawako and Kazehaya find by the river “Pedro Martínez” after the legendary baseball pitcher, which Sawako suggests be shortened to “Maru”. A running gag through the series, despite being a teacher he is prone to actions that are more suited to a teenager, such as eagerly running to the bathroom when he heard about a fight yet became depressed when Sawako and her friends were making up rather than fighting. He and Ayane tend to run into each other a lot, often bickering loudly as they walk away, though on rare occasions he will give her advice (though it comically ends in his ruining the moment to praise himself). He also has a false impression that Sawako is an exorcist. But for how he acts, Arai is rather insightful and is very helpful when it comes to his students, especially when he was suggesting career paths for Sawako, Ayane and Chizuru that best suit their talents and abilities. Pin also has a habit of believing girls in Sawakos year fancy him and often turns them down when they speak to him, stating that he’s just too old for them.

Wednesday News- March 14, 2018


Lupin III’s 5th Anime Series’ Video Previews Inori Minase’s Hacker Girl Role-

Review: Clockwork Planet Novel 1-

Review: Ace Attorney BD/DVD Part 1-

MangaGamer Launches Kickstarter for Original Koropokkur Game With Clannad Designer Hinoue-


  • D.Gray-man Season 4 Part 1 DVD
  • New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 2: Racer BD/DVD
  • My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Complete Collection BD
  • Tales of Zestiria the X Season 2 BD/DVD


  • Aoba-kun’s Confessions GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest GN 1
  • Barakamon GN 15
  • Blade of the Immortal Omnibus GN 5
  • Devilman VS. Hades GN 1
  • Genshiken: Second Season GN 12
  • The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún GN 4
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • GTO: Paradise Lost GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Hatsune Miku: Rin-Chan Now! GN 4
  • Infini-T Force GN 2
  • Kokkoku: Moment by Moment GN 6 (Digital Only)
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  • Land of the Lustrous GN 5
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess GN 3
  • Lovesick Ellie GN 4 (Digital Only)
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  • Monster Musume GN 13
  • Prison School GN 9
  • RIN-NE GN 26
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 25
  • Sorry For My Familiar GN 1
  • Splatoon GN 2
  • Shokuryō Jinrui: Starving Anonymous GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • To Your Eternity GN 3
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  • Twinkle Stars GN 5
  • UQ Holder! GN 15


  • The 25th Ward: The Silver Case PlayStation 4 Game
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  • Pokémon Seek and Find Hoenn Activity Book (Hardcover)
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Manga Monday- Shaman King

Shaman King is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiroyuki Takei. This manga follows the adventures of Yoh Asakura as he attempts to hone his shaman skills to become the Shaman King by winning the Shaman Fight. Takei chose shamanism as the main theme of the series because he wanted a topic that had never been attempted before in manga.

The Shaman King manga was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump between 1998 and 2004. The individual chapters were collected and released in 32 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha.

In North America, Viz Media obtained the English-language license for the manga and published chapters of Shaman King in its Shonen Jump magazine from March 2003 to August 2007.

In Japan, the manga has been popular, selling over 26 million volumes. Both the manga and anime have been featured, at various times, in “top ten” lists of their respective media. The Shaman King anime has been watched by a large number of television viewers in Japan. Publications about manga, anime and other media have commented on the Shaman King manga, with positive comments on the series.


The plot of Shaman King revolves around Yoh Asakura, a shaman, a medium between the worlds of the living and the dead. Yoh seeks to become the Shaman King, the one who is able to contact the Great Spirit, and will gain the ability to reshape the world in any way they wish, and for this purpose he must to win the Shaman Fight, a battle held once every 500 years between competing shamans. Anna Kyoyama, Yoh’s fiancée, soon enters the scene and prescribes a brutal training regimen to prepare him for the tournament. Thus begins the plot that will lead Yoh on a journey that will lead him to befriend Ryu, Tao Ren, Horohoro, Faust VIII, Lyserg Diethel, and Joco McDonnell (known as Chocolove McDonnell).

During the Shaman Fight, Yoh encounters Hao Asakura, a strong shaman who wishes to eradicate humans and create a world for shamans. At the end of the shaman battles, the remaining teams consist of Yoh and his friends, the X-Laws and Hao’s team. The remaining teams choose to forfeit the tournament, crowning Hao with the title of Shaman King. As Hao is led away, Yoh and his allies decide to attack Hao while he is merging with the Great Spirit, which is in a coma. To conquer Hao, Yoh and his friends must defeat The Patch Tribe members who are obligated to serve under the new Shaman King.

After Yoh and his friends overcome the ten Patch Tribe members, Hao is awakened as the new Shaman King. He defeats Yoh and all his friends and absorbs their souls. Inside the Great Spirit, Yoh, Ren, Horohoro, Lyserg, and Chocolove battle against Hao using the five legendary spirits: the Spirit of Earth, the Spirit of Thunder, the Spirit of Rain, the Spirit of Fire, and the Spirit of Wind. When former associates of Yoh and his friends begin appearing in the Great Spirit, it is revealed that the Great Spirit granted Hao’s wish for someone to bring back his mother’s spirit. With Anna’s help, Hao’s mother is brought to the Great Spirit. Hao’s mother tells him that, in order to be saved, he must forgive the humans for murdering her. Hao decides to postpone his plan to eradicate humans and to observe how Yoh and his friends will change the world.

Seven years later, Hana Asakura waits at a station for the five legendary warriors and his parents, Yoh and Anna.


Before creating Shaman King, Takei, an assistant of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin, exchanged ideas about the series with the other assistants. As a colleague of Watsuki, he worked primarily as a manga assistant, only focusing on his own projects during his days off. He was influenced by street art from hip-hop and rap culture, which is apparent in his manga artwork. For drawing, he used calligraphy inks and pen nibs. When illustrating, he used Copic brand color markers.

He chose shamanism as the principal topic of the series because he wanted to choose a subject that had never been approached in manga before. He said he incorporated his own personality and beliefs in Shaman King. He has an interest in the topic, and “choosing shamanism as the subject of this story seemed like a natural extension of that.” For the title, he said he used “shaman”, an English word, due to the fact that “the nuance is really great” and because he could not find a Japanese word with the accurate meaning of the word “shaman”. Another reason to have shamanism as the main subject was because he could explore elements from different cultures and their relationship with the dead and the spirits.

Takei created the stories after he created the characters because he believed the “stories are born because of the existence of the characters”. In addition, he felt that “the most important thing [to create a character] is to have originality”. Through his characters he wanted to show different cultures, backgrounds and values. When asked “how do shamans of pacifistic religions ever win the Shaman Fight?” he answered that the Shaman Fight is fought using the “strength of the soul”. Takei declared “the final message of Shaman King is that fighting is no good.”


The chapters of Shaman King were written and illustrated by Takei and were published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from June 30, 1998 to an abruptly and improvised end on August 30, 2004. The first 275 chapters were collected into 31 tankōbon volumes; the first of which was released on December 3, 1998, with the 31st being released on October 4, 2004. The release of volume 32—intended for publication on December 3, 2004—was delayed and Shueisha reported they would only publish volume 32 if they receive evidence of demand from approximately 50,000 people. The release of the last ten chapters in tankōbon format happened on January 5, 2005. A spin-off to Shaman King, Funbari Poem, lasted for five chapters—all of which were included in volume 32. Taking place seven years after the end of the manga series, it features Hana Asakura, son of Yoh and Anna, and his journey with Ryu to find the Five Elemental Warriors for a reunion before the opening of the Funbari Hot Springs Inn.

Takei declared it was not a decrease on the series profitability that was the reason for its cancellation, but a “fatigue” he had been through because he was no more able to follow his fans’ wishes. In the author’s opinion, Shaman King was being “normalized” by the desire of his readers with the introduction of typical shōnen aspects and losing its originality. In 2007 he revealed he was planning to end the series with the final he initially envisioned to be published in another Shueisha magazine in the end of the year or in the beginning of 2008. Eventually the entire series was reprinted in 27 kanzenban volumes with the title Shaman King Kanzen-Ban (or “Perfect Edition”), concluding with the “true ending” to the series. The new series finale was also posted on the official Kanzen-Ban website, in addition to the print editions. The first volume of the Perfect Edition was released on March 4, 2008, with the last (volume 27) being published on April 3, 2009. Five years after the end of the series, when the Shaman King Kanzen-Ban was finished, Takei said, “After making the readers waiting so much for this, the last thing I wanted to do was to disappoint them”. He thought the ending was a “huge responsibility”. This edition served to make corrections and adjustments and, for Takei, it was something “fun,” as it was different from scratch. Shaman King has also been published as part of the Shueisha Jump Remix series of magazine-style books. Sixteen volumes of Shaman King were released under the Shueisha Jump Remix series between April 1 and October 28, 2011.

Viz Media licensed the series for an English-language release in North America; the chapters initially serialized in the American Shonen Jump, beginning in third issue in 2003 and ceasing its serialization in the August 2007 issue. From then, it was exclusively published through graphic novel format and Viz said it was done in order to speed up the series’ publication. Volume 1 was released in August or September 2003, and volume 32 was released to conclude the series on January 4, 2011. In Australasian region, Madman Entertainment licensed and published the series between February 10, 2009 and September 10, 2011. The manga has also been licensed in some countries such as in Brazil by Editora JBC, in France by Kana, in Germany by Carlsen Comics, in Italy by Star Comics, in Norway by Schibsted Forlagene, in Russia by Comix-ART, in Singapore by Chuang Yi, in Spain by Editores de Tebeos, in Sweden by Bonnierförlagen, and in Vietnam by Kim Đồng Publishing House.

On November 10, 2011, a series of one-shot called “zero stories” detailing Yoh and other characters backstories started to be serialized in Jump X. In the same issue the first “zero story” was published, Shueisha announced the serialization of a sequel, focusing on Hana Asakura’s development as a shaman; Shaman King: Flowers started on April 10, 2012. Both series concluded in the final issue of Shueisha’s Jump X on October 10, 2014. Two volumes of Shaman King: Zero were released on May 10, 2012 and January 19, 2015 respectively. The Flowers series was compiled into six tankōbon released between August 10, 2012 and December 19, 2014.

In December 2017, Kodansha’s magazine Shonen Magazine Edge, in which Takei is publishing his ongoing manga Nekogahara, announced the company acquired “Shaman King” trademark from Shueisha. A website was created and opened on January 1, 2018, and it announced Kodansha is celebrating the series’ 20th anniversary. As such, Kodansha will republished the manga as ebooks with new cover artwork, and a new arc will be published beginning Spring 2018 in Shonen Magazine Edge.

Wednesday News- March 7, 2018


Crunchyroll Adds 1st 7 English-Dubbed Granblue Fantasy Episodes-

Shelf Life: Typhoon Noruda- 

Butlers: Chitose Momotose Monigatari Anime Premieres April 11-
Fairy Tail’s Hiro Mashima Teases ‘Various Announcements’ in April-
  • Bungo Stray Dogs Limited Edition Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Bungo Stray Dogs Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Fairy Tail: Dragon CryBD/DVD
  • Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry DVD
  • Fairy Tail Zero BD/DVD
  • Girlish Number BD
  • Kiss Him, Not Me! BD/DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam UC BD Collection
  • Mobile Suit Gundam UC DVD Collection
  • Trickster Part 2 BD/DVD


  • Ace of Diamond GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • All-Rounder Meguru GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Anonymous Noise GN 7
  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest GN  1
  • Astra Lost in Space GN 2
  • Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition GN 2 (Hardcover)
  • Beasts of Abigaile GN 3
  • Black Panther and Sweet 16 GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Bleach GN 72
  • Bloody Mary GN 10
  • Boruto GN 3
  • Btooom! GN 20
  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House GN 11
  • Devils’ Line GN 10
  • Dimension W GN  9
  • Dragon Half Omnibus GN 1
  • Drifting Dragons GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Frau Faust GN 4
  • Haikyu!! GN 21
  • Hunter X Hunter GN 34
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War GN  1
  • Nirvana GN  2
  • One Piece Omnibus GN 23
  • One-Punch Man GN 13
  • Pokémon Adventures Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire GN 6
  • Psycho-Pass: Inspector Shinya Kōgami GN 4
  • Pumpkin Scissors GN 19 (Digital Only)
  • Queen’s Quality GN 3
  • Skip Beat! GN 40
  • Tales of Wedding Rings GN  1
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil GN 8
  • Today’s Cerberus GN 7
  • Trinity Seven GN 12
  • Yokai Girls GN 2
  • The Young Master’s Revenge GN 1
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V GN  3


  • The Art of The Secret World of Arrietty(Hardcove)
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition PlayStation 4 Game
  • Gintama Live-Action Film BD/DVD
  • Gintama Live-Action Film DVD
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 7 (Digital Only)

Manga Monday- Paradise Kiss

Paradise Kiss, abbreviated to “ParaKiss”, is a manga series written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa. It appeared as a serial in the Japanese fashion magazine Zipper. Shodensha collected the chapters into five volumes.

This comic and anime are widely popular not only in Japan, but in many countries around the world. The Paradise Kiss manga and anime has been translated and dubbed or subtitled from Japanese to at least ten different languages, Vietnamese, Chinese (Taiwan), Korean, Finnish, French, Italian, Polish, Thai, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese (Hong Kong) and English. The English version was published by Vertical, Inc..

Paradise Kiss occurs in the same universe as Yazawa’s previous work, Neighborhood Story, which has not yet been published in English. However, Paradise Kiss is a stand-alone story, as only three of the supporting characters are featured, who were only small children in Gokinjo Monogatari. Some of the main characters from Gokinjo Monogatari also make appearances throughout Paradise Kiss.

Tokyopop licensed Paradise Kiss for an English-language release in North America and serialized it in its manga magazine Smile. After Tokyopop’s dissolving in 2011, New York based publishers Vertical, Inc. acquired the rights to the property with plans on releasing the series in a three-volume A5 sized set with new covers, color plates and newly commissioned translation set for Fall 2012. Madman Entertainment distributes the series in Australia and New Zealand. The series is also licensed in France by Kana, in Poland by Waneko and in Russia by Comics Factory.


Yukari “Caroline” Hayasaka

Yukari is a pretty high school senior that studies dutifully for her university entrance exams. She cannot find meaning in her repetitive life and feels that she has not truly lived at all. As a student at a prestigious high school, she begins with a snobbish attitude towards the fashion design students. After she is scouted by Arashi and “kidnapped” by Isabella, her attitude towards them begins to change to one of admiration for the students’ passion and drive. Her intense relationship with George pushes her to grab hold of her identity, despite the fact that she feels he is a cold and manipulative man. The members of ParaKiss support her as she discovers new depths to her ambitions (becoming a professional model) and personality. She is often referred to as “Caroline” or “Carrie” by the members of ParaKiss. (Before the group knew her name, they called her Caroline. The nickname stuck.) In the manga, she eventually marries Hiroyuki after George leaves to pursue fashion design in Paris. In the anime, she gets married to an unnamed boyfriend assumed to be Hiroyuki. In the live-action film, she rejects Hiroyuki and finds George while on a modelling job in New York.

Jōji “George” Koizumi

George is a senior at Yazagaku fashion school with a gift for fashion design, particularly in haute couture. Although his personality can appear cold, he lives like a hedonist and has extravagant ideas on everything, most of which are not accepted by the mainstream. George is bisexual and explains himself as an “equal opportunity lover”. He refers to Yukari as both his muse and a tease. He wishes for her to become an independent woman that makes her own decisions and takes responsibility for them. His appearance is loosely based on Brian Slade of Velvet Goldmine, several references to the film are made by him in the manga. Yukari humorously questions if he is actually an alien because of his distinctive blue hair and eyes. The lifestyle that he lives is that of a wealthy young bachelor; he lives in a high-end loft and drives a vintage Jaguar. This lifestyle and his tuition are both paid for by George’s wealthy father, but because his mother was merely a mistress, he rarely sees him. His mother often complains that despite his ill will towards his father, he looks and acts just like him. In the end, he’s sad to leave Yukari behind but goes with Isabella to Paris to pursue fashion design.

Wednesday News- February 28, 2018


Kodansha USA Licenses Starving Anonymous, Perfect World, Liar x Liar Manga Digitally-

March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2’s Video Previews March 3 Return-

Chrono Trigger Launches for Steam-

2018 Pokemon Film’s Trailer Reveals Title, New Characters-


  • Attack on Titan Season 2 BD/DVD
  • Attack on Titan Season 2 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Cinderella Boy DVD
  • Flip Flappers! BD
  • Flip Flappers! Premium Box Set BD
  • Izetta: The Last Witch BD/DVD
  • Library War BD
  • NieA_7 BD/DVD
  • Scar-red Rider XechS DVD
  • Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer BD
  • Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer DVD


  • Again!! GN 1
  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride GN 8
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card GN 2
  • Clockwork Planet GN 7
  • Corpse Princess GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • Delicious in Dungeon GN 4
  • Devilman Grimoire GN 2
  • Dragon Head GN 1-10 (Digital Only)
  • Flowers of Evil Complete Omnibus GN 2
  • Freezing GN 10
  • Girls’ Last Tour GN 4
  • Kiss Him, Not Me GN 1 3
  • My Boyfriend in Orange GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • My Brother the Shut-in GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Pitch-Black Ten GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • PTSD Radio GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • A Polar Bear in Love GN 2
  • Rose Guns Days Season Three GN 3
  • Scum’s Wish GN 6
  • To Love Ru Darkness GN 3
  • Unmagical Girl GN 2


  • A Certain Magical Index GN 6
  • Clockwork Planet Novel 1
  • Nekomonogatari (White) Cat Tale Novel


Manga Monday- Louie the Rune Soldier

Rune Soldier is an anime and manga series based on the original light novel series by Ryo Mizuno, which features soldier Louie as the hero. The series takes place on the continent of Alecrast on the world called Forcelia, and is related to the novel, anime, and manga series Sword World. It is a sibling series to Record of Lodoss War (which is also directed by Mizuno), taking place on a continent north of Lodoss Island.


A member of the Magician’s Guild in Ohfun and the adopted son of Carwes the guild’s master. Muscular and a little on the dumb side; Louie is prone to getting drunk in bars, chasing after girls, and brawling when he should be studying his magic. As a result, he tends to use brute force instead of magic, much to the chagrin of his companions (for example, on his first adventure, Louie lost his temper when a troop of goblins clubbed him on the head and then broke his wand when he used it to club them back). Despite his shortcomings as a wizard, Louie possesses a strong sense of justice and is unfailingly loyal to those he considers his friends. Louie’s stupidity mostly results as a lack of planning and forethought, he’s actually a lot smarter than he usually appears to be, often figuring things out that others overlook. While it isn’t mentioned in the anime (other than Louie’s strong resemblance to him) it is strongly hinted in the manga that Louie is the illegitimate son of the King.
Adventurer and priestess to Mylee, god of war. Naive and idealistic, Melissa’s dream is to serve a chosen hero of her patron god which of course causes her great despair when Mylee reveals her destined champion is Louie (in the anime she frequently says “This is against my will” several times an episode). Throughout the course of the series, Melissa gradually begins to realize that perfect heroes don’t exist and by the end of the series not only fully accepts Louie as her chosen hero but may also have developed feelings for him as well.
Adventurer and former soldier of Ohfun. She has a rather cool demeanor but Louie’s stupid behavior tends to push her to the point of violence. A highly adept warrior, Genie’s favorite weapon is a broadsword as big as herself and likewise is strong enough to slug it out on the same level as Louie. As the story progresses, Genie comes to respect Louie as a friend when she finds that he, unlike most men, doesn’t look down on her because she is a woman and even teaches him basic sword fighting.
Adventurer, thief and part-time job worker with a fanatical obsession for money. When not adventuring, Merrill is either raising funds for the next adventure through various part-time jobs or looking at any scheme to get rich, including running booths at various events in Ohfun. Like Genie, Merril is driven crazy by Louie’s behavior and frequently explodes in violence at him.
Member of the Magician’s Guild and Louie’s friend. Despite many attempts to get Louie on a date, especially considering her rather voluptuous frame, their relationship remains platonic and open much to her dismay. Although highly knowledgeable in magic theory and magical item lore (her chief area of study), Aila herself claims to be inferior to Louie in raw magical prowess. She also tends to go to pieces and pass out whenever trouble surfaces on adventures she tags along with. In the manga, Aila’s character is more sultry than in the anime and she especially enjoys getting Louie flustered by flirting with him.
A beautiful elf girl the group met while journeying through a forest.


Wednesday News- February 21, 2018


Ni no Kuno II Game’s Video Previews 1at 15 Minutes-

Bleach Live-Action Film’s Teaser Shows Ichigo’s 1st Hollow Battle-

Kodansha USA Lists Dragon Head Manga as Digital Release-

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Gets Anime Tie-In Short-


  • All Out!! Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 3 BD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 3 DVD
  • Food Wars! The Second Plate Premium Box Set BD/DVD
  • Non Non Biyori Complete Collection BD


  • All Out!! Graphic Novel (GN) 5 (Digital Only)
  • Aoharu X Machinegun GN 9
  • Bloom Into You GN 4
  • Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage GN 3
  • Chihayafuru GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Cosplay Animal GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Fuuka GN 16 (Digital Only)
  • Giant Spider & Me – A Post-Apocalyptic Tale GN 1
  • Hotaru’s Way GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Kasane GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Kase-san and… An Apron GN
  • Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade Novel 8
  • Lord Marksman and Vanadis GN 6
  • Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka GN 2
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt GN 6
  • NTR: Netsuzou Trap GN 4
  • The Prince’s Black Poison GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GN 1
  • Red Colored Elegy GN
  • Silver Spoon GN 1
  • Tales of Zestiria GN 4
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 4
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 3
  • The Voices of a Distant Star GN


  • The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria GN 2
  • Garo Kiba BD
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 5
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria Novel 5
  • Log Horizon Novel 10
  • Metal Gear Survive PlayStation 4/Xbox One/PC Game
  • Occultic;Nine Novel 3
  • Psycome Novel 6
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Novel 6
  • Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet PlayStation 4/Xbox One/PC Game

Other Tuesday- Revolutionary Girl Utena Character Special

Character Special:

Utena Tenjou
Utena is a tomboyish, courageous and naïve character who lives to emulate the idealized prince figure from her childhood. She is forthright, honest and friendly. Nearly all the girls in school adore her. She both subverts and conforms to the stereotypes she embodies as a noble warrior and a naïve magical girl in danger of becoming a damsel in distress. The series chronicles her journey to protect her friend Anthy and become a truly noble Prince. Utena’s relationship with Anthy, going from close friends to family to blooming into love, is one of the most important themes in the series; both Utena and Anthy were confirmed to be in love by director Kunihiko Ikuhara. In the manga, Utena’s relationship with Anthy is only that of friendship and it’s hinted she has feelings for Touga. In the movie, Utena went to Ohtori to find Touga after the two apparently broke up. She mistakenly believes Anthy is the cause for the breakup, but soon forms a relationship with Anthy. Their relationship becomes more sexually-tinged compared to the TV series. The characters are seen kissing both in the TV show credits and the movie. Her Dueling Rose is white.
Anthy Himemiya
A mysterious, shy girl whose vapid expression and superficial politeness mask a complex, darker personality. It is said that she has no thoughts or desires of her own; she will do anything her master expects of her. Because of her “doormat” behavior, other characters tend to project their wants or desires onto her, and she is always the target of their eventual rage. Her past and current personality are simultaneously tragic and sinister, and her personality shifts between selfless love, passive-aggressiveness, cruelty and learned helplessness. Like Utena, Anthy also subverts and conforms to the stereotypes she embodies as both a damsel in distress and a witch. Near the end of the series she betrays Utena and stabs her with the sword of Dios as she cannot accept a prince that is a girl. When, despite this, Utena tries to save Anthy and takes the Swords of Hatred in her place, Anthy in a way has been revolutionized by Utena and is no longer in control by Akio nor is she longer the Rose Bride. She leaves the school to find Utena. In the manga she forms a strong friendship with Utena and nothing more. In the movie, Anthy’s role as the Rose Bride is more explicit as it’s shown she will have sex with whomever is the current champion. In the movie, Anthy is portrayed as much less manipulative and more open.
Akio Ohtori
Anthy’s sensual and mysterious older brother, the acting chairman of the academy, and the main antagonist of the series. His incestuous and power-driven relationship with Anthy is key to understanding her behavior. Although almost non-present in the first season of the TV show, he later plays a pivotal role in the second and third seasons. Akio’s given name is derived from the Japanese name of Venus as the Morning Star, which is identified with Lucifer. In the TV series, Akio used to be Dios and was the reason and cause of Anthy’s suffering and Utena’s desire to be a noble prince. Akio schemed from the start in order to take Utena’s Sword, since he no longer has the power of nobility or to gain the same power he used to have when he was Dios. In the manga, Dios and Akio are not the same character but gods who became separated after Akio killed Dios to gain full power. In the movie, Akio is already dead and Dios is created by Anthy’s magic.

Student Council

Touga Kiryuu
President of the Student Council and Ohtori’s resident playboy, Touga is an arrogant and handsome young man whose desire to be powerful drives him to cruel, unscrupulous deeds and whose manipulative abilities are second only to Akio. He is the only regular Council Member who deliberately involves himself in Akio’s plans. Despite his talent and intelligence, Touga eventually realizes that he’s not as influential as Akio, and this causes him to change his ways as he tries to discover a new method to gain power. In the manga his sexual behavior is downplayed and he becomes a servant to Utena in order to help her as well as get close to her. In the movie, he used to be Utena’s boyfriend but something happened that caused them to drift apart. In the movie, instead of Dios, Touga is the main motivation for Utena to go to Ohtori. He is gentle and noble but it is shown in a flashback that he was raped by his adopted father, which explains his loose sexual morals. An episode was planned that focused on this aspect of Touga’s past in the TV series, but due to Takehito Koyasu’s absence this plot point never came to be. His Dueling Rose is red.
Kyouichi Saionji
Vice-president of the Student Council and captain of the kendo team. Kyouichi is temperamental, egotistical, prone to angry rages, and often cruel. Kyouichi’s lack of self-control stems from insecurity, a lifelong rivalry against Touga from which he is always at the losing end, and the fear that everyone and everything he knows will eventually die. He is obsessed with Anthy because he views the Rose Bride as a mindless doll who will never disobey him, and thus be with him forever. His Dueling Rose is green.
Miki Kaoru
Miki is an ingenuous and polite seventh grader who befriends Utena, despite their role as possible opponents in the duels. He is especially known for his skill with the piano. In spite (or because of) his genius, he is lonely, sheltered and insecure, and seeks a person who is just as pure and talented as him. With the exception of their two duels, Miki is mostly a friend to Utena. In the anime he has a crush on Anthy, whereas in the manga he has a crush on Utena. His Dueling Rose is light blue.
Juri Arisugawa
The captain of the academy’s fencing team, Juri is one of Ohtori’s most highly respected students, and even the teachers appear to be in awe of her. Her aloof, intimidating manner hides her secret love for her childhood friend, Shiori. Of the Student Council Duelists, she is thought to be the most noble, and thus the one with the most potential to become a Prince, but her nobility and the strength that comes with it are constantly undermined by her desires and despair. In the manga she is deeply in love with Touga and hates Utena for being a rival to his heart. Her Dueling Rose is orange.
Nanami Kiryuu
Touga’s dramatic younger sister, often used as comic relief throughout the series. Her love for her brother borders on obsession and incest, and she is often seen using devious means to punish the people who take Touga’s attentions away from her. Despite this, she displays a certain childish innocence in her desires, that is distinctly at odds with Akio and Anthy’s relationship. Though her motivations are considered the least ambitious out of all the Duelists, they are no less real to her, and she suffers just as much as all the other Student Council members throughout the series, being a constant victim of her brother’s manipulations. She is only shown in a photo in the manga and has no role in the movie, but is briefly shown as a cow, referring to one of the “gag” episodes of the series where Nanami turns into a cow. Her Dueling Rose is yellow.
Ruka Tsuchiya
A master swordsman, Ruka is the former captain of the fencing team and a former member of the Student Council. His cunning, manipulative behavior belies a hidden desperation to live and help the one he loves, and his influence on Juri becomes one of the major turning points for her character. His Dueling Rose is dark blue.

Black Rose Duelists

Souji Mikage
Souji is the pink-haired head of the popular Mikage Seminar at Ohtori Academy. He wishes to kill Anthy and install a gravely ill boy, Mamiya Chida, as the Rose Bride in order to save him from terminal illness. Mikage uses manipulation and psychology to control students close to the Council members in order to create a Duelist who can beat Utena.
Kanae Ohtori
Akio’s fiancée, daughter of the school’s Trustee Chairman. She has a strained relationship with Anthy, who she finds “creepy and intolerable”, and considers Anthy an obstacle to her relationship with Akio. Though she loves Akio very much, she feels distant from him and becomes the first Black Rose Duelist.
Kozue Kaoru
Miki’s twin sister, Kozue feels overshadowed by her brother’s talents and reacts by sleeping with many different men. She’s extremely possessive of Miki to the point where she physically hurts anyone who tries to hurt or “steal” him. In the manga, Kozue’s brother complex is purely innocent and she acts more like Nanami does in the TV series. In the movie, Kozue is in a implied incestuous relationship with her brother but Miki is shown breaking it up. Later on, Kozue is shown as a car implying she is either also helping Miki to escape Ohtori or simply helping Utena and Anthy.
Shiori Takatsuki
Shiori is the catalyst for Juri’s current broken state of mind. She simultaneously idolizes Juri for her brilliance and feels envious of her for it. Her extreme lack of self-worth is the reason for the rocky relationship between the two, and it reaches a breaking point when Ruka re-enters Ohtori Academy. According to Kunihiko Ikuhara, Shiori was ironically also in love with Juri the entire time but she believes Juri’s affection towards her was out of pity, not love. She thus wants to remain in control of their relationship by never confessing to Juri so she will be the winner of their rivalry. In the movie, she is the main antagonist who manipulates Juri’s feelings for her so Juri can duel with Utena.
Mitsuru Tsuwabuki
Nanami’s most devoted lackey, a boy in fourth grade. Mitsuru is obsessed with serving Nanami and wishes to be her adored “brother”. He is extremely confused about love, sex and adulthood in general. Mitsuru’s fruitless attempts to experiment makes him a Black Rose Duelist.
Wakaba Shinohara
Wakaba is the most outwardly cheerful person in the series and is Utena’s best friend, but she feels surrounded by “special” people and doesn’t know how to become special herself. Wakaba sees herself as a perfectly average person and is only happy when she takes care of people because she does not feel like she has any other talents. Wakaba does not realize the importance of her role in the story — her crush on Kyouichi Saionji and his rejection caused Utena to become involved in the duels in the first place, and her empathy and passion rescued Utena from a slump after the first Touga duel.
Keiko Sonoda
Keiko is one of Nanami’s sidekicks who follows her only because she has a crush on Touga. Her jealousy, though as simple as Nanami’s, is strong enough for Souji to take advantage of her mind.