Browsed by
Month: August 2016

Wednesday News- August 31, 2017

Wednesday News- August 31, 2017

News-Recap-Anime

NEWS-

Berserk Episode 9 review- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/berserk/episode-9/.105911

One Piece Film Gold Earns 4.8 Billion Yen 37 days after- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-08-30/one-piece-film-gold-earns-4.8-billion-yen-after-37-days/.105902

The Sacred Blacksmith manga to end in 2 Chapters- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-08-29/the-sacred-blacksmith-manga-to-end-in-2-chapters/.105870

New Release Manga-

  • Attack on Titan: Lost Girls GN 1C
  • Magatsuki GN 4An
  • Monster Musume GN 9
  • Shomin Sample: I Was Abducted by an Elite All-Girls School as a Sample Commoner GN 2
  • Witch Craft Works GN9
  • Your Lie in April GN 9

New Release Anime-

  • Beelzebub Part 1 DVD
  • Demon Lord Dante DVD
  • Doamygar-D DVD
  • Eureka Seven BD/DVD
  • Getter Robo: Armageddon BD
  • True Tears DVD
  • Wagnaria!!3 Volume 2 BD
  • When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace BD/DVD

new mpl logo 2014 copy

 

 

Manga Monday- Jing King of Bandits

Manga Monday- Jing King of Bandits

NLSTM

Jing: King of Bandits , also known as King of Bandit Jing, is a Japanese manga series by Yuichi Kumakura about the adventures of the bandit Jing and his partner Kir.  The manga is licensed in English in North America by Tokyopop.

King of Bandits Jing is a series of short, usually disconnected stories starring the young boy who calls himself Jing, the Bandit King. Although Jing’s reputation seems to extend throughout the universe of the series, many enemies underestimate him, not expecting the “great” King of Bandits to be a “little kid”.

The stories vary a great deal, especially between the initial manga series and the sequel series, Jing: King of Bandits: Twilight Tales. In the initial series, stories often border on comical and cartoonish. Each arc includes a new treasure or object that Jing is seeking, a woman or girl who accompanies him somewhere along the way on his quest for this item, and an enemy that either wants to protect what it is he intends to steal, or get to it before he does. Settings also vary; Jing travels to a clockwork city, a desert with living lava, and even deliberately gets himself arrested to steal something from inside a maximum security prison, among other fantastic locales. He always escapes in the end of each arc, and always manages to steal his target, although not always in the way that the characters or the reader expects. Each arc also features the upset of some restrictive societal norm thanks to Jing’s intervention; rulers are dethroned, prison riots are caused, an entire corrupt religion is reduced to shambles.

Twilight Tales also ran seven volumes. Jing no longer manages to steal every treasure he sets out after in the arcs. In Twilight Tales, more often than not, Jing actually winds up fighting the sought object, or having to destroy it in some way. There is also a short arc featuring Jing’s past. In both these childhood arcs, Jing is already calling himself the King of Bandits. There is no fixed ending for either series.

A recurring theme in Jing: King of Bandits is references to alcoholic beverages. Chapters are referred to as “shots”. Each storyline arc features at least one person who is named after an alcoholic beverage. In addition, each town or city is named after a cocktail, and Jing and Kir’s “Kir Royale” attack is also a cocktail, observed by his catch phrase (in the English dub) “Gimme a Kir Royale” uttered almost every time before he uses it. (In the original Japanese dialogue he merely says “Kir Royale”.) More information about the specifics of each name can be found in the Tokyopop releases (Volumes 5 and 7).

This manga is so much fun! You will end up reading it twice because there is so much going on in the background that you start reading the background stories and forget about what going with Jing and Kir. The stories are usually short but they are important because character development happens over the course of the manga. The setting is very unique with fantasy themes sometimes, sci-fi others, and even a prison break story. Jing has some of the most fun and unique manga that I personally own. Now I have a question for my readers, would you like me to review manga in this Manga Monday space? I would like to but if you guys don’t want to read reviews then I won’t do them. Just leave me a comment about what you think!

new mpl logo 2014 copy

Film Friday- Kamisama Kiss

Film Friday- Kamisama Kiss

KSK_key

An anime television series adaptation of Kamisama Kiss was produced by TMS Entertainment and directed by Akitaro Daichi. It began airing on October 1, 2012. The anime has been licensed for streaming by Funimation Entertainment. The series ended at around the 30th chapter of the manga volume. The opening theme is “Kamisama Hajimemashita” (神様はじめました, lit. “Nice to Meet You, God”) and the ending theme “Kamisama Onegai” (神様お願, lit. “Please, God”), both performed by Hanae. There are two OVA episodes, which first aired on August 26, 2013, bundled with the 16th volume of the manga. One of the included episodes is based on the story from the 15th volume, while the other contains an all-new original story. The 17th issue of Hakusensha’s Hana to Yume magazine announced on August 2014 that the manga series inspired a second anime season, which began airing on January 5, 2015. The opening theme is “Kamisama no Kamisama” (神様の神様, lit. “God of God”) and the ending theme “Ototoi Oide” (おとといおいで, lit. “Come Another Day”), both once again performed by Hanae. A four-part original animation DVD (OAD) known as “Kako-hen” (過去, lit. “Past Arc”) began airing on August 20, 2015, and is based on the “past arc” of the series, spanning from the 14th through 17th volumes of the manga series. The story follows Nanami as she goes back in time to find a cure for Tomoe’s curse which he had placed on himself so he could become human and live out his life with Yukiji. A new OAD, titled Kamisama, Kekkon Zenya, will be bundled with the Kamisama Hajimemashita 25.5 official fanbook, which is scheduled for release on December 20, 2016.

The anime follows the manga word for word, so the purest will be happy. This is one of the anime that we will be watching in Saturday anime at West Regional Branch of the Mobile Public Library. I, personally, can’t wait! The one thing that the anime gives that is special is the music. Both seasons openings and closings are great and fit the series so well. There they all are for your listening pleasure!

 

new mpl logo 2014 copy

 

Wednesday News- August 23, 2016

Wednesday News- August 23, 2016

News-Recap-Anime

Best and Worst of the season so far- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2016-08-23/the-best-and-worst-of-the-season-so-far-week-of-aug-12-18/.105695

Persona 5 Game’s Ad Highlights Anne Takamaki- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-08-23/persona-5-game-ad-highlights-anne-takamaki/.105674

Shonen Jump Authors Comment of the Ending Bleach- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2016-08-22/shonen-jump-authors-comment-on-bleach-ending/.105535

Final Fantasy XV Trailer Reveals English Voice Cast- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-08-22/final-fantasy-xv-trailer-reveals-english-voice-cast/.105652

New Release Anime-

  • CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon Collection 2 DVDP
  • Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom: Warrior Spirit of the Blue Sky BD/DVD
  • Hal BD/DVD
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan Season 1 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians Season 3 S.A.V.E. Edition DVD
  • Ikki Tousen: Xtreme Xecutor Season 4 S.A.V.E. Edition DVD
  • Laughing Under the Clouds BD/DVD
  • Nisekoi: 2 Volume 2 BD

New Release Manga-

  • Anne Happy GN 2
  • Corpse Party: Blood Covered GN 2
  • Dimension W GN 3
  • Dragons Rioting GN 4
  • Emma GN 5 (Hardcover)
  • Fairy Tail: Blue Mistral GN 3
  • Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition GN 4
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan GN 5
  • Hour of the Zombie GN 2
  • L DK GN 6
  • Merman in My Tub GN 4
  • Monster Musume GN 9
  • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun GN 4
  • Not Lives GN 3
  • RG Veda Omnibus GN 1
  • School-Live! GN 4
  • Tokyo ESP GN 6
  • Trinity Seven GN 6
  • Yowamushi Pedal GN 3

new mpl logo 2014 copy

Manga Monday- Kamisama Hajimemashita

Manga Monday- Kamisama Hajimemashita

tumblr_nduhrgwtaR1t04032o5_1280

Kamisama Hajimemashita or ‘How I became a God’ is a 25 volume manga by Julietta Suzuki. It was published from February 20, 2008May 20, 2016 in Japan and is still being released here in the US by Shojo Beat which is owned by Viz Media. The basic plot is: After Nanami’s father runs away due to gambling debts and she is evicted from her apartment, Nanami meets a strange man hanging from a tree because he is being chased by a dog. The man’s name is Mikage. She saves Mikage from a dog and tells him her story. He gives Nanami his house as a thank you for saving him. She accepts the offer because she is homeless. When Nanami arrives at Mikage’s home, she is shocked to see that it is not a normal home but a shrine for worship. After that she is greeted by both Onikiri and Kotetsu who are the keepers of the shrine. She then meets Tomoe, Mikage’s familiar, and she learns that Mikage used to be the Earth Deity of the shrine and has bestowed upon her his mark so that she may be the new deity. At first Nanami is reluctant, but as she lives with Tomoe, Onikiri and Kotetsu she begins to understand and works hard in her new position as the Earth Deity. As the story progresses Nanami finds herself falling in love with Tomoe, but he rejects her because the love between a human and a yokai is taboo. Despite saying that, Tomoe finds himself falling in love with her too.

This is mostly a supernatural comedy manga with strong romance themes.  Nanami is a great heroine with a heart of gold, Tomoe is a great foil for her, and the side characters add so much favor to overall story. I love this manga and it’s one that if you like any of the above things you need to give it a try!

new mpl logo 2014 copy

Film Friday – XXXholic anime

Film Friday – XXXholic anime

maxresdefault

The anime series of XXXholic originally ran from April 6, 2006September 28, 2006 with 24 episodes. April 3, 2008June 26, 2008. The series has more than one anime with the second being XXXholic- Kei originally ran from April 3, 2008June 26, 2008 with 13 episodes. Then there is xxxHolic: Shunmuki February 17, 2009June 23, 2009 with 2 episodes (I don’t get that but whatever I guess…). And finally we have xxxHolic: Rō with 2 episodes too which aired on February 24, 2013 and April 16, 2013. This series is just too good to not have more than one series! The anime does not end when the manga does but it does tell a complete story arc so that’s okay! Again the characters are we’re going to be watching for on Saturday anime at the Library!

new mpl logo 2014 copy

Wednesday News- August 17, 2016

Wednesday News- August 17, 2016

News-Recap-Anime

News:

Otomate Party Details 9 Upcoming Otome Games- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-08-15/otomate-party-details-9-upcoming-otome-games/.105409

Full Metal Panic! Teases ‘Important Announcement’ with Voice Cast- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2016-08-15/full-metal-panic-teases-important-announcement-with-voice-cast/.105399

Attack on Titan Game Trailer Confirms Its Story Goes Beyond 1st Anime Season- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-08-16/attack-on-titan-game-trailer-confirms-its-story-goes-beyond-1st-anime-season/.105442

New Manga Releases:

  • Dorohedoro Volume 19
  • Kiss Him Not Me 6
  • Maria Holic GN 2
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Omnibus GN 1
  • That Wolf-Boy Is Mine! GN 1
  • The Gate of Sorrows
  • To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts GN 2
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 8
  • Ultraman Volume 5
  • Your Lie in April Volume 9

New Anime Releases:

  • Sailor Moon DVD/BD
  • Assassination Classroom Season 1 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Blood Blockade Battlefront Season 1 Part 2 BD/DVD Limited EditionCi
  • Charlotte Volume 1 BD
  • Punch Line DVD/BD
  • Trinity Seven DVD/BD

new mpl logo 2014 copy

Manga Monday- XXXholic

Manga Monday- XXXholic

yuuko-watanuki

×××Holic  is a manga written and illustrated by the group of manga artists known as Clamp. The series, which crosses over with another Clamp work, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, revolves around Kimihiro Watanuki, a high-school student disturbed by his ability to see the supernatural, and Yūko Ichihara, a witch who owns a wish-granting shop. When Watanuki asks Yūko to remove his ability to see spirits, she grants it on the condition that he pay for his wish by working for her. Clamp created xxxHolic link the supernatural and fantasy series. They are currently working on a spin-off series xxxHolic: Rei. The original manga is 19 volume long.

This is a fun, funny, supernatural story about a boy who just wants to be like everyone else. But of course nothing is easy for Watanuki. This story is very moving as Watanuki starts off hating anything to do with the spirit world and in the end he knows that he just cannot leave it. The art is just amazing for this series. The manga is much longer than than anime but never fear the anime, which I talk about on Friday, is amazing too. The characters are some of the best parts of the this series. From Watanuki, who is so over-the-top in everything, to Yuko, who has seen it all, you get lots of different personalities and drives. And the story is fascinating. The mix of traditional shintoism and the modern world, add a little bit of horror and you have a winner of a series!

new mpl logo 2014 copy

Friday Film- Rurouni Kenshin

Friday Film- Rurouni Kenshin

3ded47e35be0b32f4ea2b2b1baf1e038

Today’s Friday Film is on Rurouni Kenshin the TV series. The series was 95 episodes long and originally aired from January 10, 1996September 8, 1998. The plot is basically the same as the manga but after the Kyoto Arc they do split. The three seasons of the series all have names with the first season being the Tokyo Arc, which is just setting up the world and the characters. The second season being The Kyoto Arc with an epic villain and lots of character growth. The third season is called The Christian Rebellion Arc is not the manga. The manga is very straight forward with no filler chapters but when the anime was being made the manga was still being written so sometimes there are filler episodes. Mostly the filler is for character development and humor but sometimes it can just drag on. But in spite of that it is a solid classic anime series about sword-fighting with over-the-top battles and a very fun time.

There are movies set in the Rurouni Kenshin universe. They are called Samurai X and there are four of them. Trust and Betrayal are set before the series and tell Kenshin’s backstory with Tomoe. Samurai X: The Motion Picture happens around the beginning of the anime but the timeline is not clear. Samurai X: Reflection are set after the series and was intended to be the end of Kenshin’s story but it is not considered canon because the characters act so different from the rest of the series.

You can enjoy Kenshin’s story with just the TV series and that is what we will be watching here at Mobile Public Library.

new mpl logo 2014 copy

Wednesday News- August 10, 2016

Wednesday News- August 10, 2016

Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with everything that is coming out and news in general in the anime world but fear not! Mobile Public Library will get it all and give to you in one blog post. Every Wednesday I will publish the news and what new releases to expect to see on shelves for both manga and anime.

News!

Indonesia Takes 1at Place at World Cosplay Summit 2016- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2016-08-09/indonesia-takes-1st-place-at-world-cosplay-summit-2016/.105197

Special Shin Godzilla Screening Allows Shouting, Cosplay, Light Sticks- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2016-08-09/special-shin-godzilla-screening-allows-shouting-cosplay-light-sticks/.105148

Hulu Ends Free Streaming as Yahoo Launches Own Service With Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-08-09/hulu-ends-free-streaming-as-yahoo-launches-own-service-with-anime/.105163

Kouta Hirano’s Drifters TV Anime Premieres Ovtober 7- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2016-08-09/kouta-hirano-drifters-tv-anime-premieres-october-7/.105171

New Releases Manga-

  • Arata: The Legend Graphic Novel (GN) 24
  • Attack on Titan: Before the Fall GN 8P
  • Devils and Realist GN 1
  • Fairy Tail GN 55
  • Itsuwaribito GN 18
  • Magi GN 19
  • Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter GN 3
  • Otherworld Barbara GN (Hardcover)
  • Ten Count GN 1
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil GN 3
  • Tsubasa GN Omnibus 9

New Anime Releases-

  • Absolute Duo BD/DVD
  • Barakamon BD/DVD
  • Garo the Animation Season 1 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Gunslinger Girl Season 1 and 2 + OVA Anime Classics BD/DVD
  • Sound! Euphonium Collector’s Edition 3 BD/DVD
  • Wake Up, Girls! BD/DVD

new mpl logo 2014 copy

An