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Manga Monday- Blue Exocist

Manga Monday- Blue Exocist

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Blue Exorcist  is a Japanese supernatural action manga series written and illustrated by Kazue Katō. The manga has been serialized in Jump SQ magazine by Shueisha since April 2009, with individual chapters collected into sixteen tankōbon volumes as of January 4, 2016. The story revolves around Rin Okumura, a teenager who discovers he is the son of Satan born from a human woman and is the inheritor of Satan’s powers. When Satan kills Rin’s guardian, Rin decides to become an exorcist in order to defeat his father.

The series has been well received by readers with sales having received a boost thanks to the anime’s release. Publications for manga and anime compared the series with other shonen manga but still praised the series’ story and artwork.

The story revolves around 15-year-old Rin Okumura, who, along with his younger twin brother Yukio, was raised by Father Shiro Fujimoto, an Exorcist. One day, Rin learns that he and Yukio are the sons of Satan. Witnessing Shiro dying to protect him, Rin draws the demon-slaying sword Kurikara, which restrains his demonic powers. From that moment on, Rin not only gains demonic features like fangs and a tail, but also the power to ignite into blue flames that destroy almost anything they touch.

Rin wishes to become an Exorcist like his guardian to become stronger and defeat Satan. He enrolls at the prestigious True Cross Academy exorcist cram school, which is actually the Japanese branch of an international organization dedicated to protect the human realm, Assiah, from the demonic realm, Gehenna. Much to his surprise, he finds that Yukio, is already a veteran Exorcist and is one of his teachers. Thus begins Rin’s journey to become an Exorcist, accompanied by his brother and his fellow students who quickly become his close friends.

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Opps!

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So no anime post for today or for the past two weeks! WordPress ate my blog posts XP!! But I’ve got everything going again and normal posting will be back next week, sorry for the computer issues.

Wednesday News- October 26, 2017

Wednesday News- October 26, 2017

News-Recap-Anime

News-

Skip Beat! English Dub to have 4 Dubbed Songs- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-10-25/skip-beat-english-dub-to-have-4-dubbed-songs/.108076

Funimation Reveals English Dub Cast for Joker Game Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-10-25/funimation-reveals-english-dub-cast-for-joker-game-anime/.108062

RWBY Manga Slated for Viz’s Shonen Jump on October 31- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2016-10-24/rwby-manga-slated-for-viz-shonen-jump-on-october-31/.108056

Seven Seas Adds Yurino Tsuskigase’s Otome Mania!! Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-10-24/seven-seas-adds-yurino-tsukigase-otome-mania-manga/.108049

Anime-

  • Hana Yori Dango DVD
  • Hunter x Hunter Box Sets BD/DVD
  • In Search of the Lost Future BD/DVD
  • Juden Chan Recharged BD/DVD
  • Owarimonogatari Volume 1 BD
  • The Perfect Insider BD/DVD
  • Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie BD

Manga-

  • A Certain Magical Index Volume 7
  • A Certain Scientific Accelerator Volume 4
  • Akame ga KILL! Volume 8
  • Aoharu X Machinegun Volume 1
  • Appleseed Alpha
  • Barakamon Volume 12
  • Bloody Cross Volume 12
  • Freezing Volume 11-12
  • Genshiken: Second Season Volume 9
  • Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition Volume 6
  • Immortal Hounds, Volume 2
  • Kiss Him, Not Me Volume 7
  • Missions of Love Volume 13
  • Monster Girl Encyclopedia
  • Monster Girl Encyclopedia Volume 1
  • Noragami: Stray God Volume 17
  • Scumbag Loser
  • Scum’s Wish Volume 1
  • The Asterisk War Volume 2
  • The Devil Is a Part-Timer! High School! Volume 5
  • The Devil Is a Part-Timer! Volume 7
  • Today’s Cerberus Volume 1
  • Tohyo Game Volume 1
  • Witch Buster Volume 17-18
  • Your Lie in April Volume 10

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Film Friday- The Slayers

Film Friday- The Slayers

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The self-titled first season of the anime is a derivative of the light novel’s first three volumes. Slayers NEXT was adapted from the events of volumes 4-8, whereas Slayers TRY is an original story. A fourth season, Slayers AGAIN, was rumored following the success of TRY, but early scheduling conflicts caused interest in the project to dissipate. A fourth anime series, Slayers Revolution, premiered in Japan on July 2, 2008. Megumi Hayashibara performed both the opening and ending theme songs. The new plot is told across two 13-episode arcs and follows an original storyline that has subplots based on events in the novels, with series director Takashi Watanabe and production studio J.C.Staff reprising their duties from the three original TV series. A fifth Slayers series titled Slayers Evolution-R is the second 13-episode arc of Slayers Revolution and was aired on AT-X starting on January 12, 2009 in Japan.

Anime OVAs

  • The first OVA series, Slayers Special, consists of three individual episodes directed by Hiroshi Watanabe. The first episode was released in Japan on July 25, 1996 by Kadokowa Shoten and J.C.Staff, approximately 10 months following broadcast of the final episode of the original anime series.
  • A second three-episode OVA series, Slayers Excellent  followed in 1998, also directed by Wantabe and produced by J.C.Staff.

Anime films

  • Slayers The Motion Picture, also known as Slayers Perfect (or Slayers the Movie: Perfect Edition) and originally released in Japan simply as Slayers, is a 1995 film written by Kazuo Yamazaki, based on an original story by Hajime Kanzaka, and directed by Yamazaki and Hiroshi Watanabe.
  • Slayers Return, also known as Slayers Movie 2 – The Return, is a 1996 film written by Kanzaka and directed by Kunihiko Yuyama and Hiroshi Watanabe.
  • Slayers Great is a 1997 film written by Kanzaka and directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, Hiroshi Watanabe and Yoshimatsu Takahiro.
  • Slayers Gorgeous  is a 1998 film written by Kanzaka and directed by Hiroshi Watanabe.
  • Slayers Premium is a 2001 short film written and directed by Junichi Satō.

All films were produced by J.C.Staff and licensed for home video release in North America by ADV Films. Slayers Return was adapted into a manga version.

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Character Special- Zelgadis Greywords

Character Special- Zelgadis Greywords

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Zelgadis Greywords is a sorcerer who begins as a retainer for his ancestor Rezo, an enemy of Lina. He is a chimera made of rock, golem, “brau” (English “blow”) demon, and human. Zelgadis specializes in Shamanistic magic, which pulls its power from the astral, or spiritual, plane. His elemental spells, including Stone Spiker and the mighty Ra-Tilt, are formidable. Since he is part blow demon, he is unable to cast black magic, as doing so would require him to call upon the power of another demonic being——which, in the Slayers universe, is akin to willing oneself out of existence. Though he is not as learned in the art as Lina, Zelgadis’ even combination of physical force and magical finesse render him among the most fearsome warriors.

Zelgadis is an enigma to his comrades, due to his quiet and asocial nature. Despite traveling with Lina and her friends, he considers himself separate from them and even a little bit evil, as “the heartless mystical swordsman” of the group. When he was a teenager, Rezo transformed him into a three-part chimera. He travels with the Slayers to find a spell that can change him back into a human. Despite the incredible abilities bestowed upon him by the transformation, he dislikes his appearance; his skin is stone hard, tinged blue-grey with pebbles scattered across its surface, and his hair is as stiff as steel wire. During Slayers Evolution-R, Rezo informs Zelgadis that he knows of no cure to return him to human. It is unclear whether this means that Zelgadis will forever remain a chimera, or if Rezo’s knowledge was simply limited in that respect; but Hajime Kanzaka, the author of the series, has stated in past interviews that Zelgadis would probably eventually find his cure.

Out of everyone in the group, Zelgadis seems closest to Amelia. This becomes more clear in Slayers NEXT, as he becomes upset whenever she is hurt, and almost sacrifices his own life protecting her from Gaav. In later seasons, they become quite close and he opens up to her. When they part at the end of the last episode of Slayers TRY, the third season of the anime, she apparently gives him “The Lady’s Favour” in the form of one of the pink bracelets from her standard costume.

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Character Special- Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun

Character Special- Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun

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Amelia Wil Tesla Seyruun  is a young priestess and the princess of Seyruun. She longs to be a “hero of justice” and quixotically pursues her quest for justice by following Lina and fighting those who appear to be villains. Amelia’s naïve tendency to believe whatever she is told sometimes leads her to mistake friend and foe. In the novels, Amelia is the same age as Lina, but in the anime and manga franchise, Amelia is a year younger than Lina and smaller (though very busty, much to Lina’s annoyance). Her perspective on good and evil matures significantly as the series progresses. Although Lina is often annoyed with Amelia for her naïveté, her desire to learn the Dragon Slave, and her larger bust size, eventually Lina comes to accept her as a friend and treats her like a little sister.

Most of Amelia’s lessons in justice and heroism came from her father Prince Philionel of Seyruun, the “ultimate pacifist”. After the murder of her mother, Amelia vowed never to use blades, though she once used the Sword of Light to channel the Ra-Tilt. Naga the Serpent is Amelia’s long-lost older sister, the crown princess Gracia. This is played to comedic effect in Slayers Evolution-R, with the amnesiac character “Nama” ironically alluding to the relation. Amelia becomes close friends with everyone in the group, but it is clear that early on she starts to develop feelings for Zelgadis. Their first meeting was not a very good one, but they become quite close as they tend to be paired during missions. Amelia teases him playing chess, or angrily beats him over his maltreatment of innocent forest animals, and gets away without so much as an angry glare.

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Character Special- Gourry Gabriev

Character Special- Gourry Gabriev

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Gourry Gabriev is a wandering swordsman who meets Lina at the beginning of the series, and accompanies her from then on as a self-appointed bodyguard. A characterization of Gourry from his manga profile is “as loyal as man’s best friend, but not quite as smart”. Gourry is somewhat less than scholarly and appears to have memory deficiencies. However, his skills as a swordsman are unmatched throughout the franchise, especially when armed with his family’s magic blade, the Sword of Light, also known as Gorun Nova. He has a high magic capacity and the potential to cast spells that rival Lina’s power, but because of his faulty memory and disinterest, he cannot remember spells well enough to ever use them. His kindness, absolute loyalty to Lina, and consideration for others are his best traits. Gourry eventually falls in love with Lina, which he expresses through his promise that he will guard her for the rest of his life. He is not as shy about his feelings as Lina is, and unlike her he won’t violently deny it when asked. He doesn’t act on them, though, and he seems content with merely watching out for Lina’s well-being. They do share a kiss in the final episode of Slayers NEXT, the second series of the anime, though neither remembers it.

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Character Special- Lina Inverse

Character Special- Lina Inverse

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I love Slayers so much that I want to do individual posts about the main characters! So here’s the first one.

Lina Inverse is the primary protagonist of the series and the central figure of the Slayers franchise. Although still a teenager, she is a powerful sorceress with a great love of money, treasure, and food. In the anime and manga, she is known to comically overuse immensely destructive spells. Her specialty is black magic, a destructive magic that calls upon the power of a demon or monster. Her signature spell, the Dragon Slave, comes from the power of the Demon King Shabranigdo, while the Ragna Blade and her most powerful spell the Giga Slave call upon the Lord of Nightmares. During the series, Lina and the Slayers face down and defeat many powerful demons, including a fragment of Shabranigdo, Hellmaster Phibrizzo, and Darkstar. Gourry has been Lina’s constant companion since the opening of the series, and never leaves her for very long. Lina once risks the destruction of the world by casting the unpredictable Giga Slave in order to save Gourry’s life. Although the two appear to be in love with each other, and even share a forgotten kiss at the end of Slayers NEXT, there is no romantic development between them.

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Manga Monday- The Slayers

Manga Monday- The Slayers

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Slayers is a Japanese light novel series written by Hajime Kanzaka and illustrated by Rui Araizumi. The novels had been serialized in Dragon Magazine, and were later adapted into several manga titles, anime television series, anime films, OVA series, role-playing video games, and other media. Slayers follows the adventures of teenage sorceress Lina Inverse and her companions as they journey through their world. Using powerful magic and swordsmanship they battle overreaching wizards, demons seeking to destroy the world, and an occasional hapless gang of bandits. The anime series is considered to be one of the most popular of the 1990s.

  • Slayers (one volume, illustrated by Rui Araizumi, original story, published in 1995, reedited in 2001, also known as Slayers Medieval Mayhem)
  • Chōbaku Mahōden Slayers (eight volumes, illustrated by Shoko Yoshinaka, adapted from Slayers main novels volumes 1-8, fourth volume adapted from Slayers Return movie, 1995–2001, also known as Super Explosive Demon Story Slayers)
  • Slayers Special (four volumes, illustrated by Tommy Ohtsuka and Yoshimiro Kamada, adapted from Slayers Special novels, 2000–2001)
  • Slayers Premium (one volume, illustrated by Tommy Ohtsuka, adapted from the movie of the same name, 2002)
  • Slayers Knight of the Aqualord (six volumes, illustrated by Tommy Ohtsuka and Yoshimiro Kamada, original storyline, 2003–2005)
  • Slayers Revolution (one volume, illustrated by Issei Hyouji, adapted from the anime series of the same name, 2008)
  • Shin Slayers: Falces no Sunadokei (three volumes, illustrated by Asashi, 2008)
  • Slayers Legend (two-volume compilation from old Slayers manga, with chapters from Slayers and Chōbaku Mahōden Slayers)
  • Slayers Evolution-R (one volume, published in Monthly Dragon Age, illustrated by Issei Hyouji, adapted from the anime series of the same name, 2009)

Between July 26, 2008 and March 2009, a new manga series entitled Slayers Light Magic  was serialised in Kadokawa Shoten’s Kerokero Ace. The series was written by Yoshijirō Muramatsu and illustrated Shin Sasaki, and set in a technological world instead of a fantasy world.

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Film Friday- The Melody of Oblivion

Film Friday- The Melody of Oblivion

 

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The Melody of Oblivion  is an anime series by J.C.Staff, with some involvement from Gainax. The series is 24 episodes long, and originally aired between April 7, 2004 and September 21, 2004.

The Melody of Oblivion is a series rife with cultural references ranging from Zen archery and Bushido to the Bible’s Book of Revelation, stories of Greek Mythology, and images from Borge’s “The Garden of Forking Paths” can be seen in the series.

Melody of Oblivion’s premise is that in the 20th century, humanity waged and lost a war against beings known only as the Monsters. In the 21st century, the Monsters rule the earth, but they have reconstructed society such that virtually no one born after the war ended is aware that it ever happened. Children are disappearing mysteriously. Only the Warriors of Melos are still fighting against the Monsters. The series focuses on Bocca, a teenager who chooses the path of the Warrior. In doing so, he gains the power to fight back at the horrors he sees, but it costs him his place in society.

Melos Warriors are the only ones who can see the ephemeral “Melody”, personified as a girl who appears at important times and shows emotion but does not speak. The Melos, as they are also referred to, fight primarily with bows and arrows infused with the energies of their spirit (seemingly described in Italian words and phrases used in musical notation). The visible marks (Sacred Scars) that they employ in this infusion process appear as tattoos on their person.

Opposing the Melos Warriors are the Monsters themselves and their human lackeys, the Monster Union. The former are always shown as normal looking human beings, however this is not what they truly look like. If a normal person (one who is not a Melos Warrior) looks at their true form, they will automatically transmogrify into a bizarre object (such as stone statues or puppets, but varying with whatever monster is being viewed.) It should also be noted that all the monsters mirror creatures of Greek Mythology, such as Horu, the first monster featured, who is referred to by Kurofune as a “disgusting cow” and is said to have been sealed in a labyrinth. This, along with the fact that a pair of bull horns and legs manifest when he is around, implies he is the legendary Minotaur. Several other featured monsters are Medusa, Hecate, Talos, and Pan. All monsters seem to have some control over reality itself and can only be killed by Melos Arrows.

The Monster Union, which is part Satanic cult and part ultra-fascist secret society, is composed of people who have been given power and authority in exchange for providing a steady supply of human sacrifices to their Monster overlords, and keeping the majority of humanity in the dark as to who holds the real power and what really goes on in the world. The process of imbuing Monster Union members with their powers leaves a visible mark on the body identical to a hot iron brand mark.

Melody of Oblivion has a very distinctive soundtrack featuring prominent virtuoso violin by Hijiri Kuwano and acoustic guitar solos and other classical-style music. The music was composed and arranged by Yoshikazu Suo and Hijiri Kuwano. The theme music is titled “The Spirit of Flamenco”. There are also more disturbing synth and amplified guitar pieces during scenes of creeping horror. The show itself is also full of musical references, from the Melos Warriors’ given names (Kurofune Ballad being the most obvious) to the Italian musical vocabulary which flashes on the Melos Warrior ‘targeting interface’ during battle (animato, con fuoco, passionato, energico, etc.).

This anime has so much going that when I first watched I had to go and re-watch episodes to really get everything. With music being a very important part of the story I’ve added some pieces from the soundtrack to give you an idea about creepy this series can be.

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