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Month: November 2016

Wednesday News- November 30, 2016

Wednesday News- November 30, 2016

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Pokemon Sun & Moon Started Star in Animated Shorts- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2016-11-29/pokemon-sun-and-moon-starters-star-in-animated-shorts/.109250

Shounen Hollywood Anime Gets Expanded ‘Complete Edition’ Of Final Episode- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-11-29/shonen-hollywood-anime-gets-expanded-complete-edition-of-final-episode/.109284

Universal Confirms Nintendo Attractions Are Coming to Both Orlanga & Hollywood Parks- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-11-29/universal-confirms-nintendo-attractions-are-coming-to-both-orlando-and-hollywood-parks/.109302

Anime-

  • Death Parade Limited Edition BD/DVDPl
  • Death Parade BD/DVD
  • God Eater Volume 1BD
  • Heaven’s Lost Property the Movie: The Angeloid of Clockwork BD/DVD Anime ClassicsP
  • Heavy Object Season 1 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine Season 2 Premium Edition BD/DVD Box Set
  • Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine Season 2 BD
  • Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine Season 2 DVD
  • Okami-san and Her Seven Companions BD/DVD S.A.V.E. Edition
  • Rideback BD/DVD S.A.V.E. Edition
  • Sakura Wars: The Movie BD/DVD S.A.V.E. Edition
  • SHIMONETA Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • SHIMONETA BD/DVD
  • Senran Kagura BD/DVD S.A.V.E. Edition

Manga-

  • Animal Land GN 11
  • Anne-Happy GN 3
  • Danganronpa: The Animation GN 3
  • Dragon’s Rioting GN 5
  • Fairy Tail GN 57
  • Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends GN 2
  • Happiness GN 2
  • Holy Corpse Rising GN 1
  • Oh My Goddess! Omnibus GN 5
  • Scumbag Loser GN
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 17
  • Sweetness & Lightning GN 3C
  • Sword Art Online: Girls Ops GN 3
  • Welcome to the Ballroom GN 2
  • What Did You Eat Yesterday? GN 11

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What is this Japanese thing? Light Novels

What is this Japanese thing? Light Novels

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A light novel (ライトノベル raito noberu) is a style of Japanese novel primarily, but not exclusively, targeting middle- and high-school students (young adult demographic). “Light novel” is a wasei-eigo, or a Japanese term formed from words in the English language. Such short, light novels are often called ranobe (ラノベ) or LN in the West. They are typically not more than 40,000–50,000 words long (the shorter ones being equivalent to a novella in US publishing terms), are rarely more than a few hundred pages, often have dense publishing schedules, are usually published in bunkobon size (A6, 10.5 cm × 14.8 cm), and are often illustrated, mostly with manga style art. The text is often serialized in anthology magazines before collection in book form. A light novel is a prose book with illustrations. It is called “light” because the content tends to be easy-reading and the size is small and portable.

Light novels are an evolution of pulp magazines. To please their audience, in the 1970s, most of the Japanese pulp magazines, which had already changed from the classic style to the popular anime style covers, began to put illustrations in the beginning of each story and included articles about popular anime, movies, and video games. The narrative evolved to please the new generations and became fully illustrated with the popular style. The popular serials are printed in novels.

In recent years, light novels’ stories have been popular choices for adaptation into manga, anime, and live-action films, though in the case of the former two, usually only the first two novels are adapted. The higher the popularity of the light novels are, the longer the manga will continue to adapt. Light novels are often serialized in literary magazines such as Faust, Gekkan Dragon Magazine, The Sneaker and Dengeki hp, or media franchise magazines like Comptiq and Dengeki G’s Magazine.

Popular literature has a long tradition in Japan. Even though cheap, pulp novels resembling ranobe were present in Japan for years prior, the creation of Sonorama Bunko in 1975 is considered by some to be a symbolic beginning. Science fiction and horror writers like Hideyuki Kikuchi or Baku Yumemakura started their careers through such imprints.

In the 1980s, epic novels by Yoshiki Tanaka — The Heroic Legend of Arslan — took young male Japanese audiences by storm. Also, RPG-inspired Record of Lodoss War novels achieved popularity. All of those were later animated.

The 1990s saw the smash-hit Slayers series which merged fantasy-RPG elements with comedy. Some years later MediaWorks founded a pop-lit imprint called Dengeki Bunko, which produces well-known light novel series to this day. The Boogiepop series was their first major hit which soon was animated and got many anime watchers interested in literature.

Dengeki Bunko writers continued to slowly gain attention until the small light novel world experienced a boom around 2006. After the huge success of the Haruhi Suzumiya series, suddenly the number of publishers and readers interested in light novels skyrocketed.

Light novels became an important part of the Japanese 2D culture in late 2000s. The number of ranobe series put out every year increases, the most celebrated artists from pixiv illustrate them and the most successful works are animated and made into manga and live action movies.

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Manga Monday- The Vision of Escaflowne

Manga Monday- The Vision of Escaflowne

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When high school girl Hoshino Hitomi dabbles with tarot cards she suddenly finds herself on a strange world called Gaea. With her new found friend, Van Fanel, the young prince of the devastated kingdom of Fanelia, Hitomi becomes involved in the battle against the Zaibach forces, an evil empire bent on conquering the planet. So begins the epic saga that was spawned by one the most acclaimed anime series of the past decade.

Three alternate retellings of The Vision of Escaflowne have been released in manga form, with first two manga series developed at the same time as the anime. Due to the radical changes in the anime series during production, these two manga series are very different from the original anime series and each other. The first series, also titled The Vision of Escaflowne was one of the first manga series to appear in the then new Shōnen Ace magazine from Kadokawa Shoten. Despite the anime series itself being on hold, Sunrise gave artist Katsu Aki the existing production and character designs, resulting in the first manga series having the heavy shōnen feel and curvaceous Hitomi that was originally planned for the anime series. Given free rein to change the story however he wanted, Aki’s version is a violent saga focused primarily on fighting and has Hitomi transforming into a “curvaceous nymph” that is the power source of the mecha Escaflowne. The series premiered in Shōnen Ace’s first issue on October 24, 1994 and ran until November 26, 1997. The thirty-eight chapters were collected and published by Kadokawa across eight tankōbon volumes. It was licensed for released in North America by Tokyopop with the first volume released on July 10, 2003. The Tokyopop English editions were also imported for distribution in Australia by Madman Entertainment.

In 1996, with the premiere of the anime series, Messiah Knight — The Vision of Escaflowne was created. This shōjo oriented adaptation was written by Yuzuru Yashiro and serialized in Asuka Fantasy DX from April 8, 1996 through January 18, 1997. Unlike the first manga, it focused more on the interaction of the characters and severely toned down the violence to the point that the mecha are not used for battle at all and The Escaflowne only appears near the end of the series. It was abruptly canceled after only 10 chapters and the end of the anime, due to the slowing popularity of the series. The individual chapters were released in two tankōbon volumes, at which time the series was retitled Hitomi — The Vision of Escaflowne.

A final manga retelling, Escaflowne — Energist’s Memories, was a collaborative effort of various manga artist around Japan to create 15 “mini-stories” related to the anime series. The single volume manga was published in January 1997 under Kadokawa’s Asuka comics DX shōjo imprint. Artist’s who contributed to the volume include: Tammy Ohta, Yayoi Takeda, Kahiro Okuya, Daimoon Tennyo, Kazumi Takahashi, Masaki Sano, and Kyo Watanabe.

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Film Friday- Samurai Deeper Kyo

Film Friday- Samurai Deeper Kyo

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The anime series was acquired by Media Blasters under its AnimeWorks label in 2003. briefly aired on Encore network channels in the United States.

The TV adaptation takes extreme liberties with the plot, and only vaguely follows the plot of the manga. Kyo is an artificial construct, born of Kyoshiro’s attempt to purge violence and cruelty from himself i.e. Kyo is the dark half of Kyoshiro’s soul in a Mibu-made homunculus . While Kyo is resealed inside Kyoshiro after losing a sword fight to him, the circumstances behind it are different. Kyoshiro confronts Kyo at the Battle of Sekigahara in order to stop his bloody rampage, rather than to protect Sakuya. Apart from these and flashbacks to his time with Muramasa, Akira and Hotaru, the anime provides fewer details of Kyo’s past. The character of Yuya is often relegated to a peripheral character, while the role of the kenyou is enhanced.

The anime is a great deal of fun but mentally separate the manga from it. Once you do that, you can enjoy this series. My only problem is that Yuya is not as important as she is in the manga. She is the reason that so much happens in the series. But that said I still love this series. It is so much fun and takes the story into a new place. I own the soundtrack, so I must share the opening theme song.

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Wednesday News- November 23, 2016

Wednesday News- November 23, 2016

News-Recap-Anime

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Anime Fans Rank Most Attractive Black-Haired Female Characters- http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2016-11-22/anime-fans-rank-most-attractive-black-haired-female-characters/.108993

Final Fantasy XV ‘101 Trailer’ Shows Characters, Gameplay Basics- http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-11-22/final-fantasy-xv-101-trailer-shows-characters-gameplay-basics/.109089

Sentai Filmworks to Release Girls und Panzer: This is the Real Anzio BAttle! OVA- http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-11-22/sentai-filmworks-to-release-girls-und-panzer-this-is-the-real-anzio-battle-ova/.109091

Anime-

  • Aquarion Logos Season 3 Part 1 BD/DVD Anime ClassicsP
  • The Asterisk War Volume 2 Limited Edition BDC
  • The Asterisk War Volume 2 BD
  • Gatchaman Crowds insight BD
  • Gatchaman Crowds insight DVD
  • Good Luck! Ninomiya-kun DVD
  • Haganai NEXT BD/DVD Anime Classics
  • Last Exile -Fam, The Silver Wing- BD/DVD Anime Classics
  • Prison School Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Prison School BD/DVD
  • Sonic X Seasons 1 and 2 DVD
  • Summer Wars Collector’s Edition BD/DVD Anime Classics
  • Tales of Vesperia ~The First Strike~ BD/DVD Anime Classic

Manga-

  • Black Butler GN 23
  • Border GN 4
  • BTOOOM! GN 15
  • Corpse Party: Blood Covered GN 3
  • Dimension W GN 4
  • Forget Me Not GN 5
  • Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition GN 7
  • How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend GN 4
  • I Don’t Like You At All, Big Brother!! Omnibus GN 5P
  • In/Spectre GN 1
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? GN 6
  • Karneval GN 6P
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! GN 1
  • Magia the Ninth GN 1
  • Merman in My Tub GN 5
  • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun GN 5C
  • No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! GN 9
  • Please Tell Me! Galko-chan GN 1
  • Prison School GN 5
  • Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Sadness Prayer GN 1
  • Real Account GN 5
  • Rose Guns Days Season Two GN 1
  • School-Live! GN 5
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil GN 4P
  • To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts GN 3
  • Trinity Seven GN 7
  • Tsubasa: WoRLD CHRoNiCLE GN 3
  • Twinkle Stars GN 1
  • Until Death Do Us Part GN 13

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Manga Monday- Samurai Deeper Kyo

Manga Monday- Samurai Deeper Kyo

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Samurai Deeper Kyo is a manga series written and illustrated by Akimine Kamijyo. Set during the Edo period of Japan’s history, Samurai Deeper Kyo follows Demon Eyes Kyo , a feared samurai seeking to regain his body after his soul is sealed inside the body of his rival, Mibu Kyoshiro. Kyo is joined in his search by the bounty-hunter Shiina Yuya, the heir to the Tokugawa shogunate Benitora; and Sanada Yukimura, a known rival of the Tokugawa.

Samurai Deeper Kyo was serialized from October 15, 1999 to May 10, 2006 in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine, and collected over 38 volumes. The manga was adapted into an animated television series in 2002. The Studio Deen production aired on TV Tokyo from July 2, 2002 until December 23, 2002, for a total of 26 episodes. Both the manga and anime have been licensed in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The manga was acquired by Tokyopop in 2002. However, by 2009, Kodansha allowed its licensing contracts to expire, preventing Tokyopop from continuing the English version of the series. Samurai Deeper Kyo was shortly thereafter picked up by Del Rey Manga, who have completed the series by releasing volumes 35 and 36 in a single volume and volumes 37 and 38 in a single volume.

This is my favorite series of all time. I love everything about it. From Kyo and Yuya to the over-the-top plot and action scenes. I own all 38 volumes and all the anime in its special wooden box. I own the soundtrack because I love this series so much. I have gotten into nerd fights over this series. It has everything you could want: awesome action scenes, love conquers all story, hot guys, a kick-ass heroine, and so much more! If you can get your hands on it you need to read this series.

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Film Friday- Pretear

Film Friday- Pretear

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The series was adapted into a thirteen episode anime series by Hal Film Maker, Kadokawa Shoten, and Rondo Robe. It aired in Japan on WOWOW from April 4, 2001 until June 27, 2001. Geneon released the series episodes across four volumes in Japan in both VHS video and DVD forms. ADV Films had licensed and released the anime series.

A high school girl named Himeno Awayuki is attempting to adjust to her new life after her widowed father remarries wealthy widow Natsue. While taking a short cut to school, Himeno jumps out of a bush and lands on Hayate, the Knight of Wind. After some arguing Himeno wants to punch Hayate, but he blocks her hand causing a powerful light. Later she meets the other Leafe Knights who tell her that the red snow that has been falling on the town recently is being caused by the Princess of Disaster who is awakening, and that she is using demon larva to absorb Leafe, the essence of all life. They ask Himeno to become the Prétear and help them protect the world. Himeno is initially reluctant, believing they are trying to play a trick on her. When a larva attacks them and begins stealing leafe, Himeno agrees to help. Hayate tells her to take his hand and she merges with him to become the Wind Prétear. After adjusting to her new powers, Himeno is able to defeat the larva.

The anime has so much going on that I just love! The story about forgiveness, choosing good over evil, seeing the best in people, and of course being the best magical girl you can be. The romance is more important in this anime than manga and it has a wonderful pay off in the end. Himeno and Hayate are one of my OTP’s.  The music is great so here is the opening and closing songs! I like Lucky Star better but they both work with the series so well.

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Wednesday News- November 16, 2016

Wednesday News- November 16, 2016

News-Recap-Anime

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Live-Action Full Alchemist Flim’s Teaser Shows Ryosuke Yamada as Ed & CG Al- http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-11-15/live-action-fullmetal-alchemist-film-teaser-shows-ryosuke-yamada-as-ed-and-cg-al/.108858

Interview: The Cast of Sailor Moon R: The Movie- http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2016-11-15/interview-the-cast-of-sailor-moon-r-the-movie/.108839

Manga Review- Cell at Work! GN 1- http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/cells-at-work/gn-1/.108757

Anime-

  • Aoharu x Machinegun BDP
  • Aoharu x Machinegun DVD
  • Castle Town Dandelion BD/DVD
  • Chaos Dragon BD/DVD
  • Charlotte Volume 2 BD
  • Sailor Moon S Part 1 BD/DVD Limited Edition
  • Sailor Moon S Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon S Part 1 DVD
  • Ultimate Otaku Teacher Season 1 Part 1 BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Livingstone GN 4P
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt GN 1
  • Ōoku: The Inner Chambers GN 12
  • Sunny GN 6 (Hardcover)P
  • Terra Formars GN 15
  • Tokyo ESP GN 7
  • Ultraman GN 6
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches GN 11

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Manga Monday- Pretear

Manga Monday- Pretear

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Prétear , also called Prétear – The New Legend of Snow White, is a manga series written by Junichi Sato and illustrated by Kaori Naruse. Spanning four volumes, the manga series was originally published in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten from May 2000 through July 2001. It was published in English in North America by ADV Manga.

Himeno is a high school freshman who’s having trouble adjusting to the lifestyle of the very rich. Her father Kaoru is a one-time famous author of young girls’ novels. One of his greatest fans was Natsue, a wealthy woman who liked Kaoru so much that she snatched him up from the rundown apartment and married him! But Himeno’s life is far from rosy. Her dad tends to take the side of Natsue rather than her, and Natsue’s two daughters from a previous marriage aren’t very fond of their new stepsister. One day, Himeno takes a shortcut to school and meets a young boy. When she takes the boy’s hand, she’s transported to a fantasy world that lies on the brink of extinction. And the one person that can stop it is the girl called “Pretear.”

This is my second favorite series in the whole world. The manga and the anime have different stories in more than just the details. The main villain different, Himeno’s ultimate attack is revealed earlier, and the romance is more in the background than in the anime but I feel that Himeno gets a lot of character growth in the manga but more romance in the anime.

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Film Friday- The Wallflower

Film Friday- The Wallflower

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Nippon Animation adapted part of the manga series into a twenty-five episode anime series which aired on TV Tokyo and TV Aichi from October 3, 2006 through March 27, 2007. The anime adaptation has been licensed for Region 1 release by A.D. Vision, who paid $500,000. In 2008, The WallFlower became one of over 30 ADV titles whose North American rights were transferred to Funimation Entertainment.

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Because the manga’s creator, Tomoko Hayakawa, is an avid admirer of J-Rock singer Kiyoharu, it was decided that Kiyoharu would perform the theme music for The Wallflower anime. His songs, “Slow” and “Carnation” play over the opening and ending themes, respectively. The songs were a collaboration between Kiyoharu and Takeshi Miyo. The background orchestral music was written by two respectable Japanese composers, Hiromi Mizutani and Yasuharu Takanashi.

The opening theme “Slow” plays over recycled footage from the first episode, and is more of a love ballad. Episode 14 onwards shows the second version of the opening sequence which portrays more original footages. Whether this change was made due to growing popularity or the initial reception is unknown.

The first closing theme, “Carnation”, the more upbeat of the two, is set to a small computer animation of Hiroshi dancing in the corner as the credits scroll up the page.

Changing, the second ending theme by Bon-Bon Blanco, presents the viewers with an even faster rhythm while preserving the use of computer animation (Hiroshi, Josephine and Akira dancing to the song) in the sequence.

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Live action drama

In the 18th issue of Bessatsu Friend, it was announced that a live action drama adaption of the manga has been green-lit for airing in January 2009. On November 30, the cast was announced for the live action drama. Actor and member of the J-pop group KAT-TUN, Kazuya Kamenashi stars as Kyohei, while actress Aya Ōmasa plays the lead role as Sunako. This is broadcast on TBS with the opening theme, KAT-TUN’s “Love Yourself (Kimi ga Kirai na Kimi ga Suki).” They added one more main character, Nakahara Takeru, the landlady’s son.

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