Wednesday News- September 19, 2018

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

Manga Monday- Flame of Recca

Manga Monday- Flame of Recca

Flame of Recca is a manga series written and illustrated by Nobuyuki Anzai, which was adapted into an anime series spanning forty-two episodes by Studio Pierrot. The manga was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from 1995 to 2002. The 329 chapters that composed the series were compiled into 33 tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan. Both the anime and manga were licensed for North American distribution in English by Viz Media.  Jason Thompson, author of Manga: The Complete Guide, described the manga version of Flame of Recca as “polished and quick-paced”, and that it “reads like a more carefully plotted, more extreme version of YuYu Hakusho.” Patricia Duffield, a columnist for Animerica Extra, felt the story and artwork continuously evolved with characters and their unique weapons. “Although the series seems to have a tendency toward male fan service, Flame of Recca can be as enjoyable for gals as it is for guys.” Duffield concluded, “If lots of ninja action with supernatural flair interests you, give Flame of Recca a try.”

Manga

The Flame of Recca manga was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from 1995 to 2002, with a total of 329 chapters. The series was compiled into 33 tankōbon (collected volumes) and was published by Shogakukan from September 18, 1995 to April 18, 2002. Shōnen Sunday also released the manga in 17 wideban volumes and, beginning in 2010, as part of its Comic Bunko label. The manga was licensed for North American distribution in English by Viz Media and United Kingdom distribution in English by Gollancz Manga. Viz released all 33 volumes from July 30, 2003 to November 10, 2009, while Gollancz released ten volumes between March 6 and November 28, 2006. Viz did not censor nudity in their publications of the manga, but starting from volume 20, the female characters’ nipples have been removed.

Plot

Flame of Recca follows the story of a teenage boy named Recca Hanabishi, who is interested in ninja and claims to be one himself. He often gets into fights because he made it publicly known that the person who manages to defeat him will earn his services as a loyal ninja. Despite this, he eventually pledges his loyalty and services as a ninja to Yanagi Sakoshita, a girl with the innate ability to heal any wound/injury, because of her kindness and compassion. Recca soon discovers that he possesses the innate ability to control/manipulate flames, and eventually learns that he is actually the son of the sixth generation leader of the Hokage, a ninja clan that was wiped out by Oda Nobunaga in 1576, roughly 400 years before the series’ present day.

The Hokage ninjas wielded mystical objects called madōgu, which are referred to as “psychic devices” or “mystical weapons” in the English versions of the series. Madōgu grant their users special abilities, such as allowing their users to manipulate certain elements (as in the case of the Fūjin, which allows its wielder to manipulate the element of wind) and enhancing their user’s strength/skills (as in the case of the Dosei no Wa, which increases its user’s physical strength and the Idaten, which increases its user’s running speed). Oda Nobunaga had invaded the Hokage in 1576 for the purpose of acquiring these weapons, and the series’ main antagonist, Kōran Mori, is searching for a madōgu that will grant him eternal life. Recca and his friends become entangled in Mori’s quest for eternal life as he attempts to kidnap Yanagi, believing that her healing powers will help him achieve immortality. This leads them to join the Ura Butō Satsujin, a tournament wherein the warriors that wield madōgu gather to battle each other. After winning the tournament, Recca and his teammates discover that Mori was on his way to acquire the Tendō Jigoku, a madōgu said to grant its user eternal life, and once again attempt to stop him.

 

 

Film Friday- Banana Fish

Film Friday- Banana Fish

Banana Fish is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akimi Yoshida. Serialized in Shōjo Comic from 1985 to 1994 and adapted into an anime television series in July 2018, the series follows Ash Lynx, a teenage gang leader in New York City. It takes its name from the J.D. Salinger short story “A Perfect Day for Bananafish”.

In October 2017, an anime adaptation was announced as part of Yoshida’s 40th anniversary commemoration project. Produced by MAPPA, the 24-episode series premiered on July 5, 2018 on Fuji TV’s Noitamina block in Japan, and Amazon Prime Video internationally. The production staff includes Hiroko Utsumi as director, Hiroshi Seko as script supervisor, and Akemi Hayashi as character designer. The adaption revises the setting of the series from the 1980s to the present day, adding modern references such as smartphones, and substituting the Vietnam War with the Iraq War. The opening theme is “found & lost” by Survive Said The Prophet, while the ending theme is “Prayer X” by King Gnu.

Main characters

Ash Lynx  

 

The alias of Aslan Jade Callenreese, a seventeen-year-old leader of a gang of teenagers in New York City. Formerly a sex slave, enforcer, and heir to the criminal empire of Dino Golzine, Ash joined the mob at the age of seven after running away from his home in Cape Cod. Ash breaks from Golzine to solve the mystery of “banana fish,” which drove his brother to insanity in Vietnam. Ash commands extraordinary intellect, charisma, and tactical foresight, in addition to being an expert marksman and knife fighter. His physical appearance is based on Stefan Edberg and, as the series progresses, River Phoenix.
Eiji Okumura  

 

A nineteen-year-old Japanese college student and former competitive pole vaulter, Eiji was forced into early retirement due to injury, and now works as Ibe’s assistant. He travels to New York to complete a report on street gangs, where he becomes a friend and close confidant to Ash. Eiji is kind and gentle, though frequently stubborn and naïve. Ash’s closeness to Eiji is frequently exploited by his enemies, who correctly intuit that Ash’s willingness to sacrifice himself to protect Eiji is his sole weakness. Eiji’s appearance is based on the actor Hironobu Nomura.

Ash’s and Eiji’s affiliates

Shunichi Ibe (

 

A Japanese photojournalist who comes to New York City to do a report on street gangs.
Max Lobo

 

The alias of Max Glenreed. A Vietnam War veteran, freelance journalist, and former New York City Police Department officer. Deployed in the same platoon as Ash’s older brother Griffin, Ash initially blames Max for his brother’s mental illness, though he later becomes one of Ash’s closest confidants in his investigation of banana fish. His physical appearance is based on Harrison Ford.
Griffin Callenreese
Ash’s older brother. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Griffin became severely mentally handicapped after being used as a test subject for banana fish. Later killed in the crossfire of a confrontation with Golzine’s men.
Alexis Dawson
A pathologist at the University of California. As a student, he and his brother Abraham accidentally created banana fish while attempting to synthesize LSD.
Jessica Randy
A journalist and Max’s ex-wife. Jessica takes Ash’s group in during their investigation of banana fish, and later joins the group for their final battle against Golzine. She and Max reconcile their relationship towards the end of the series.

Corsican mafia

“Papa” Dino Golzine

 

A kingpin in Unione Corse who aims to expand his power by selling banana fish to the United States government. Ash’s former patron and later adopted father, he has groomed Ash since he was a child to be his sex slave and heir to his criminal empire.
Frederick Arthur

 

A vindictive and cruel ex-member of Ash’s street gang, who allies himself with Golzine in order to usurp Ash.
Abraham Dawson
The younger brother of Alexis, who defied his brother’s wishes to destroy banana fish, and continues to develop and weaponize the drug for the Corsican mob into his adulthood. As a doctor during the Vietnam War, he tested banana fish on unknowing soldiers, including Griffin.
Manorheim
The director of a federal mental health facility secretly funded by the Union Corse, who experiments on violent criminals to observe the effects of banana fish.
Blanca

 

The alias of Sergei Varishkov, a Kazakh assassin and former KGB lieutenant who defected from the Soviet Union after his wife, a political dissenter, is murdered. Prior to the events of the series, he is employed by Golzine to train Ash to become Golzine’s heir. He subsequently retires to the Caribbean but is called out of retirement by Golzine to capture Ash. A highly effective killer who dutifully carries out any contract he is hired for, he is hired by Yut-Lung to murder Eiji, but refuses to do so and defects to Ash’s gang.
Eduardo L. Fox
A sadistic mercenary and former member of the French Foreign Legion, hired by Golzine to capture Ash.

Chinese mafia

Yut-Lung Lee

 

The youngest son of the Lee family, the largest crime family in China. Possessing an encyclopedic knowledge of herbs and poisons, he allies with Golzine to determine the chemical composition of banana fish. Yut-Lung possesses a deep grudge towards his brothers, who raped and murdered his concubine mother, and eventually violently deposes them. He is hostile towards Ash and Eiji and frequently attempts to capture and murder the latter.
Shorter Wong

 

A Chinese American gang leader who controls Chinatown. A close friend and ally to Ash, the two met while in juvenile prison together. Shorter is sociable and gregarious, in contrast to Ash’s stoicism. He is injected with banana fish by Golzine’s men and ordered to kill Eiji, though he is able to ask Ash to kill him before he is able to do so.
Sing Soo-Ling

 

A fourteen-year-old Chinese American boy who assumes control of the Chinatown gang upon Shorter’s death. He becomes a reluctant ally to Ash, after initially blaming him for Shorter’s death. Though outwardly child-like and carefree, he is a skilled tactician and leader.
Lao Yen-Thai

 

Sing’s half-brother. Though Sing forgives Ash for killing Shorter, Lao continues to distrust him and resents Sing’s deference to Ash in the ongoing gang war. In the final scene of the story, Lao stabs and kills Ash.

Street gangs

Alex
The second-in-command in Ash’s gang.
Skip

 

An African-American boy, and member of Ash’s gang. Killed in a confrontation with Golzine’s men.
Bones
Lieutenants in Ash’s gang assigned to protect Eiji.
Cain Blood
The leader of Black Sabbath, an African American gang that controls Harlem. Though initially neutral, he later allies with Ash in his battles against Arthur and Golzine.

New York City Police Department

Jenkins 
A diabetic homicide detective assigned to investigate deaths caused by banana fish.
Charlie Dickenson

 

A homicide detective. A friend of Max, the two met while in a police academy. In a romantic relationship with Nadia, Shorter Wong’s older sister.
Wednesday News- September 12, 2018

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

 

Manga Monday- Banana Fish

Manga Monday- Banana Fish

Banana Fish is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akimi Yoshida. Serialized in Shōjo Comic from 1985 to 1994 and adapted into an anime television series in July 2018, the series follows Ash Lynx, a teenage gang leader in New York City. It takes its name from the J.D. Salinger short story “A Perfect Day for Bananafish.

Banana Fish was first published in May 1985 in a supplementary issue of Shōjo Comic, and ran until April 1994. The series was collected in Japan as nineteen tankōbon and eleven bunkobon published by Shogakukan, who also published an official art book titled Angel Eyesas well as Rebirth: The Banana Fish Official Guidebook.

North American publisher VIZ Media licensed two editions of an English-language translation. The first, published from 1999 to 2002 and spanning the first seven volumes, features flipped artwork and censors some expletives. The second, published from 2004 to 2007 and spanning the full 19 volumes, is printed in the original right-to-left format and includes a re-translated script. The series was additionally printed in both of Viz’s now defunct manga magazines, Pulp and Animerica Extra. In 2018, shortly after the release of the anime adaption of Banana Fish, Viz announced plans to reprint the series.

Side stories

A total of five side stories were published. In Japan, these stories were collected in a single bunkobon titled Another Story, while the 19th volume of the VIZ Media English-language translation includes Angel Eyes and Garden of Light.

Fly Boy in the Sky

Originally published in 1984 — a year before Banana Fish was first published — Fly Boy in the Sky tells the story of how Ibe and Eiji met. During a high jump competition, Eiji attempts and fails a complicated jump. Ibe, watching a televised broadcast, is impressed by the performance but notices that Eiji appears to be depressed. Ibe seeks out Eiji to interview him, and to photograph his jumps for an exhibit.

During the interview, Eiji opens up about how he has fallen into a professional slump. When Ibe asks Eiji about why he looks sad when he competes, he responds that it is because he feels nothing when he jumps. Upon viewing the photos Ibe has taken of Eiji’s jump, both men observe that what Eiji is really feeling is a sense of weightlessness; Ibe remarks that the bliss on Eiji’s face looks like a “home run ball up in the sky.”

Ura Banana

A comedic fourth wall-breaking story, where Ash and Eiji discuss fan mail the series has received with creator Akimi Yoshida.

Private Opinion

A prequel that tells the story of how Blanca and Ash met. Golzine, seeking a private tutor to break Ash’s rebellious streak, blackmails Blanca into taking Ash under his tutelage. Initially, Blanca is convinced that Ash is too violent and unruly to be trained. When he encounters Ash after he has been beaten and sexually assaulted by one of Golzine’s men, Blanca decides that he will protect Ash by teaching him how to fight. Blanca concludes that Ash’s ruthless streak stems from having been deprived of love and that only through finding love will his true potential be unlocked.

Angel Eyes

A prequel that tells the story of how Ash and Shorter Wong met. Ash is admitted to juvenile prison when Golzine refuses to post his bail, where he is made cellmates with Shorter. Shortly after Ash’s arrival, rumors begin to circulate that Arthur has placed an assassin in the prison. Shorter suspects the assassin to be Ash, after observing him single-handedly fighting off Ricardo and Frankie, two prisoners seemingly targeting Ash for prison rape. Ash tells Shorter that he knew Frankie was an assassin sent by Arthur to kill him; knowing that being under the protection of another inmate would complicate any attempt on his life, Ash had sex with Ricardo to force Frankie to make a move. When Shorter tells Ash that his manipulation makes him no better than the people he hates, Ash lashes out, though the incident prompts him to open up to Shorter. When Shorter is released from prison several months later, Ash happily bids him goodbye as a friend; Shorter notes that it was the first time that he ever saw Ash laugh and that Ash’s face when he smiled was “angelic.”

Garden of Light

A postscript set seven years the events of Banana FishGarden of Light follows Akira Ibe, the niece of Shunichi Ibe, as she visits New York City. She stays with Eiji, now an accomplished photographer living in Greenwich Village, as he prepares for a major gallery show. Eiji has remained close friends with Sing, now a student at CUNY who continues to run the Chinese mafia with Yut-Lung. While viewing Eiji’s photo albums, Akira notes that there are multiple missing pictures marked with the letter “A”. Akira learns that these are photos of Ash, and is told the story of Ash’s death and his relationship with Eiji. Eiji takes his photographs of Ash out of storage and places a portrait of Ash in his gallery show.

Plot

The main story of Banana Fish consists of six parts, published across 19 volumes:

  • “Prologue” (volume 1)
  • “The Mystery of Banana Fish” (volumes 1–6)
  • “Ash’s Counterattack” (volumes 7–11)
  • “The Return of Golzine” (volumes 12–14)
  • “The Final Battle” (volumes 15–18)
  • “Epilogue” (volumes 18–19)

Part 1: Prologue

During the Vietnam War in 1973, American soldier Griffin Callenreese fires on his own squadron in a dazed frenzy. He is subdued when Max Glenreed, a friend and fellow soldier, shoots him in the legs; as Griffin collapses, he speaks the words “banana fish.”

Part 2: The Mystery of Banana Fish

12 years later, Griffin — now severely mentally handicapped — is cared for by his younger brother Ash, the leader of a gang of street kids in New York City. One night, Ash encounters a mortally wounded man who gives him a vial of an unknown substance and an address in California; the man utters the words “banana fish” before dying.

Ash begins to investigate “banana fish,” though he is impeded by Dino Golzine, a Corsican mob boss who had groomed Ash as a sex slave and heir to his criminal empire. In the course of his investigation, Ash acquires several allies: Eiji Okumura and Shunichi Ibe, who have traveled from Japan to report on street gangs; Shorter Wong, a gang leader who controls Chinatown; and Max Glenreed, who Ash encounters in prison while detained on a false murder charge. When Griffin is shot and killed in a fight with Golzine’s men, the group sets out to solve the mystery of “banana fish” together.

Ash and his allies travel to the address in California, finding a mansion occupied by a man revealed to be Yut-Lung Lee, the youngest son of China’s largest crime family. They later encounter the home’s true occupant: a doctor who informs them that “banana fish” is an untraceable drug that brainwashes its users. Golzine intends to sell the drug to the United States government, which seeks to use it to overthrow communist governments in South America. The group is subsequently captured by Golzine’s men, who inject Shorter with banana fish and instruct him to kill Eiji. When Shorter begs Ash to kill him in a moment of lucidity, Ash fatally shoots him.

Part 3: Ash’s Counterattack

The group, with assistance from Ash’s and Shorter’s gangs, escape Golzine’s compound. Ash uses stock manipulation to destroy the value Golzine’s legitimate businesses and withdraws $50 million from their accounts, making it appear as though Golzine has embezzled the money. Golzine is forced to leave the United States to answer to his superiors in France.

In the power vacuum created by Golzine’s absence, Ash secures promises of neutrality from Cain Blood, the boss of Harlem’s street gangs, and Sing Soo-Ling, who has taken over the Chinatown gang. He begins to methodically take out the Corsican-affiliated street gangs, emerging victorious but gravely wounded in a final battle. He is placed in a psychiatric facility for treatment, which is revealed to be funded by the Unione Corse, who fake Ash’s death so they may use him as a test subject to observe the effects of banana fish on a live brain. Ash is able to escape from the facility, just as Golzine returns from Europe to reassert control of the Corsican mob.

Part 4: The Return of Golzine

Yut-Lung, having used banana fish to put his older brother in a vegetative state, enters into an alliance with Golzine. Yut-Lung eliminates Golzine’s co-conspirators in the banana fish project, while Golzine eliminates the other members of the Lee family syndicate, making the two men the de facto leaders of the Corsican and Chinese mobs.

Golzine and Yut-Lung contract Blanca, a retired assassin who trained Ash, and threaten to kill Eiji unless Ash returns to Golzine and ends his investigation of banana fish. Ash agrees to their terms, accepting that he cannot defeat Blanca, and is reunited with Golzine as his advisor and legally-adopted son. At a party thrown by Golzine, Ash is rescued by Eiji, with the support of Sing’s, Cain’s, and Ash’s gangs.

Part 5: The Final Battle

Ash retreats to the American Museum of Natural History, though Eiji and multiple members of Ash’s gang are captured in the ensuing chase. Ash captures Yut-Lung and releases him in return for the freedom of the hostages.

Ash and his allies later repel an assault by Eduardo Foxx, a mercenary hired by Golzine, though multiple members of their gang are captured. The group tracks the prisoners to the psychiatric facility where Ash was previously imprisoned. In a climactic battle, Foxx and Golzine are killed, and all evidence of the banana fish project is destroyed.

Part 6: Epilogue

Max publishes an investigation of Golzine’s child sex ring in Newsweek, prompting a massive scandal in Washington that implicates multiple politicians.

Sing convinces Yut-Lung to end his pursuit of Eiji and Ash. The two agree to work together to reassert control of Chinatown.

Ash, wracked with guilt over the violence he has exposed Eiji to, ceases contact with him. Eiji and Ibe return to Japan, though just before his departure, Eiji entrusts a letter for Ash to Sing. In the letter, Eiji says that while he understands why they can no longer see each other, “my soul is always with you.” While distracted by the letter, Ash is stabbed by Lao Yen-Thai, Sing’s lieutenant who never forgave Ash for killing Shorter Wong. Ash dies, smiling and clutching Eiji’s letter.

 

Film Friday- Sorcerer Stabber Orphen

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 5, 2018

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

 

 

Light Novel Tuesday- Sorcerous Stabber Orphen

Light Novel Tuesday- Sorcerous Stabber Orphen

The series Orphen came about when author Yoshinobu Akita with Yuuya Kusaka as illustrator created a series of light novels called “Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi.” It consists of 20 novels which were first published by Fujimi Shobo under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunko label in the Monthly Dragon Magazine between 1994–2003, and was the basis for the first anime and manga series.

Two years after the beginning of the main novel series, Yoshinobu Akita created a second series called “Majutsushi Orphen Mubouhen,” which is a collection of side-stories that depicted more light-hearted and comedic adventures that took place during Orphen’s journey. The novel series spanned 13 volumes between 1996–2003, which were published the same way as the first series.

As of late 2012, T.O Entertainment have released a brand new series of the Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi novels. Orphen is now older and is married to Cleao, both of whom give birth to three daughters that become Sorcerers. Majic is a Sorcerer lecturer at the new school that Orphen runs. Orphen is known as the “Demon King” due to his exploits in the original novels. The books are published in a standard version and also a special edition version which comes with a behind the scenes booklet about the book and a Drama CD which is based on the new novel series itself. The original Orphen novel series received a reprint as well.

The Slayers vs. Orphen novel was a special collaborative novel between Yoshinobu Akita and Hajime Kanzaka and was published in 2005. It was later reprinted in 2013.

During their panel at Anime Expo 2018, J-Novel Club announced that they have licensed the light novels.

Main characters

Orphen  
is known for his arrogance, gruff demeanor, short temper, and near-obsessive drive to finish what he is working on as soon as possible without distraction. He also strives to remain stoic and detached from others save his closest friends and allies. However, he has a strong sense of humanity and even though he will complain, he will not abandon a person in need nor tolerate the slaughter of innocent. He is partly an anti-hero throughout the entire series. In the anime, the only time his attitude changes is when the subject of Azalie is brought up. He will do anything for Azalie, as they have quite a history together, but Orphen keeps his feelings and the story about Azalie to himself at first, only opening up later in the series. However, in the novels, he opens up about Azalie fairly quickly. He and Azalie were brought to the school together because it was believed that they possessed a strong amount of magical power within them. This proved correct; Orphen was a magic prodigy. Orphen eventually becomes the greatest sorcerer in the world. His true name is Krylancelo Finrandi, and the sorcerers from the Tower of Fang (Hartia, Azalie, Leticia, Childman, and Flameheart) still refer to him like that. In the novels, Orphen is characterized slightly differently, being more rough, profane and seemingly unstable than his anime portrayal. He suffers from increasing megalomania and what seems to be a type of dissociative identity disorder in which he sometimes thinks of Krylancelo and Orphen as different people. However, through the company of his apprentice, Majic and the heiress Cleao Everlasting, he steadily becomes more at peace with himself and learns to accept who he is. In the novels, he gains the dark magic of a Deep Dragon and the power of Swedenborg(a Demon God), though this can tax on his sanity when he utilizes it for too long. By the end of the original novella series, Orphen is living in relative obscurity on the outskirts of the continent with his wife, Cleao Everlasting and their daughters, Ratsbane, Edge and Ratchet. By the age of 40, he becomes the head founder of his own magic academy known the Swedenborg School of Sorcery.
Cleao Everlasting 
is the main female protagonist that joins Orphen on his journey. In the first anime, she carries the Sword of Baltanders, which was entrusted to her by her father on her fifteenth birthday, and lets Orphen hold onto it as long as he does not object to her tagging along. Cleao also carries in her backpack a Deep Dragon wolf-cub named Leki. She and Orphen constantly quarrel, but she does so to hide her growing affection for him and secretly longs for him from afar. She and Orphen eventually marry at the end of the original novels and have three daughters. She trains with a long sword and quickly becomes proficient with it as she journeys with Orphen and Majic, even able to duel on even grounds with other highly skilled swordsmen. It is later discovered that Cleao has magical potential, which is unlocked due to Leki merging his mind with hers and she eventually seeks training from Leticia to develop her latent abilities, which she completed in a year’s time. She also learns how to handle a gun.
Majic Lin 
is Orphen’s apprentice, and the second male lead. He is a childhood friend of Cleao’s, but in the manga they are not close friends since she’s three years older than he is, and she also spent a long time at boarding school. In the anime, they were in the same grade in school, but she has since moved on to boarding school. Majic deals with the torment from both Cleao and Orphen on their journey together to save Azalie. His father is paying Orphen to teach him, which at first seems a waste of money to his father. When Orphen repairs a glass that fell with his magic before the father’s eyes, the father’s opinion about his money being “thrown out the window” disappears. Majic appears to be a good student, learning as much as he can, and retaining all of what he learns, although his anxiety tends to get the better of him when it comes time to prove himself. Orphen, however, sees significant potential in Majic and encourages him in his training. This gives him courage, which makes his power stronger. Majic looks up to Orphen, and refers to him as “master” upon Orphen’s request. All sorcerers call their “teachers”, who teach them sorcery, “master.” By the end of the novels, Majic has become a famous, world-renowned sorcerer and even takes on Ratsbane, Orphen and Cleao’s firstborn child, as his apprentice.

 

Manga Monday- Sorcerous Stabber Orphen

Manga Monday- Sorcerous Stabber Orphen

Sorcerous Stabber Orphen is a series of Japanese fantasy adventure novel and manga, two anime television series (Sorcerous Stabber Orphen and Sorcerous Stabber Orphen 2: Revenge), and a video game.

Manga

The manga adaptation was created by writer Yoshinobu Akita and artist Hajime Sawada. The first volume was released stateside by ADV Manga in March, 2005. It tells us about Azalie, Orphen’s foster sister and best friend from six years ago, much sooner than the anime does. In the first manga, we are told almost exactly what the eighth episode (titled “Azalie”) of Sorcerous Stabber Orphen tells us about her. The story in the manga follows the anime but more the Novels almost exactly, except for information coming up earlier, or later.

The Sorcerous Stabber Orphen manga was created by Yoshinobu Akita and Yuuya Kusaka. The manga is split into two separate series: Majutsushi Orphen Haguretabi, which is six volumes long so far, and the two volume side story known as Majutsushi Orphen MAX. The first volume of the manga series was released in 2005 by ADV Manga.

There is also a special manga that was released called “Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Special Parody,” or “Majutsushi O-fuen Haguretabi Spesharu Paarodi.” It is a collection of doujinshi of Orphen put into one volume of Orphen.

A new ongoing manga adaptation based on the main novels (or “Stray” arc) was created and released by Yoshinobu Akita and illustrator Muraji in March 2017. In July 2018, Seven Seas Entertainment announced their acquisition of the manga’s license for English distribution.

In August 2018, a manga adaptation based on the light novel spin-off series, “Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Reckless Arc” or “Majutsushi Orphen: Mubouhen”, was released. It will be written and illustrated by Yu Yagami (The author of Those Who Hunt Elves).

Synopsis

Krylancelo Finrandi once attended the most prestigious school of sorcery on Kiesalhima continent, the Tower of Fang. He was sent there as a young child from an orphanage, along with another orphan girl called Azalie. Throughout the years, the two were very close, with Azalie becoming more and more powerful and Krylancelo looking up to her as a sister/mother figure and a best friend. It isn’t until one day, Azalie’s thirst for knowledge and extracurricular experimentation backfire, and she is horribly transfigured into a hideous creature, a dragon-like beast that departs the Tower in an animal fury, leaving Krylancelo behind. The Fang Tower, however, is unsympathetic. They promote the belief that Azalie is dead in order to cover the grievous error that resulted in her unimaginable transformation, a terrible scandal that would surely destroy the school’s reputation and authority. People whom Krylancelo thought were his friends suddenly seem as though they are strangers, even enemies, going along with the Tower’s pretense rather than challenge their authority. Furious that they will do nothing to help her and are instead determined to track down the Bloody August and destroy it before the truth can come to light, Krylancelo renounces his former self, declaring Krylancelo to be dead and that he is, instead, Orphen.

After five years, he finds himself living in the quiet town of Totokanta and taking on a student – Majic Lin, his landlord’s son. Life is quiet and fairly lazy until the day Cleao Everlasting comes home from boarding school, and stumbles into Orphen’s quietly laid plans for the sword that sits on her family’s mantle: the Sword Of Baltanders. It turns out that the sword is actually one of three magical artifacts that Orphen will need if he is to save Azalie, and, in fact, was the very sword Azalie used in her experiment that ended with her unfortunate transformation. Before he can obtain it, however, the Bloody August assaults the town looking for the sword, and soon after, Tower’s forces show up as well.

To find the other Baltander’s relics, Orphen sets off with his apprentice, little miss Everlasting and two short-statured misfits, but at all times they need to stay ahead of the Tower of Fang and its sorcerers, who all believe that bringing Azalie back to her former state would reveal their oversight in containing her increasingly dangerous magic, a mistake so great it could bring the Tower down – and, of course, ahead of Azalie herself who, as the dragon is more powerful than both Orphen and the Tower. Orphen is driven solely by the need to transform Azalie back into her human self at even the cost of his life. But restoring Azalie ends up being only the beginning…

 

Film Friday- Loveless

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.