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Month: November 2016

Character Special- Kyohei Takano

Character Special- Kyohei Takano

The next best character and second main character for The Wallflower is Kyohei Takano! He’s great so learn a little more about him here-

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Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (Japanese); Josh Grelle (English) Live-Action: Kazuya Kamenashi.

The male protagonist of the series. While he says that all he cares about is getting free (or the lowest amount required to be paid) rent, he has a soft spot for Sunako and empathizes with her more so than the others. He is the most popular of the boys, and always has trouble keeping down a part-time job because his fans will chase after him, or his boss (male or female) will sexually harass him. Kyohei’s personality in the series often shown to be a fighter and dangerous one. Kyohei is cocky, short-tempered, and the only one tough enough to fight on the same level as Sunako. His hair is modeled after Tackey of Tackey & Tsubasa. He also tends to succumb to food and money. Since Sunako is the only girl who is able to understand his true personality regardless of his good looks, he gradually develops an obvious attraction towards her, even going as far as kissing her for no apparent reason. In latest chapters he seems to be aware of his feelings to at least a small degree, looking at a loss when it seems Sunako loves a guy (she doesn’t) and when witnessing said guy hugging a girl he rushes to find Sunako after buying chocolates ‘for himself’ (to console her- he doesn’t eat a single one). He seems to have softened towards her more in chapter 91, telling her she’s fine just the way she is when she’s upset, scolding her for lying on a dangerous place and telling the ‘old man’ who talked to her not to fill Sunako’s head with too many strange ideas, that he and the others would be worried if she went to the underworld.

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Character Special- Sunako Nakahara

Character Special- Sunako Nakahara

This is a favorite character from an incredible series and once again I feel the need to do a series of character studies of the two main characters Starting with Sunako Nakahara!

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Voiced by: Yukiko Takaguchi (Japanese); Hannah Alcorn (English) Portrayed by Aya Ōmasa in live-action drama.

Sunako Nakahara (中原 スナコ Nakahara Sunako?), the title character of the series, has an obsession with darkness and a morbid fascination with blood, horror movies, and similarly dark things but it wasn’t until she was rejected by her first love that she openly expressed it and became even more isolated from the rest of the world. She hates excessive light exposure and also does poorly in hot weather, though the latter is because she grew up in northern Japan. She has three “friends”; a skeleton called Josephine (with husband, sergeant George) and two anatomical figures named Hiroshi-kun and Akira-kun. While she suffers from severely low self-esteem, she is actually quite beautiful (most of her physical imperfections are a result of her self-imposed isolation from the world) and a frighteningly tough fighter, being able to lift someone twice her size with one hand, she is also surprisingly wise for someone her age and will give good advice to her friends (even if she doesn’t realize it). She is also shown to be quite blunt saying what is on her mind with no hesitation, unless she is asking the “radiant beings” for a favor. She is portrayed (mostly) throughout the manga in chibi form as a sort of visual metaphor for how she and others see herself; becoming beautiful when her mood becomes bold or confident. Somewhat surprisingly, she is a very good cook, very athletic, intelligent, and a good pianist. She refers to beautiful people as “creatures of light” and “ugly” people, such as herself, as “creatures of darkness”, in the translation in America. Whenever she sees a “creature of light”, she gets nosebleeds, and they’re usually severe when she sees Kyohei. Despite her negative attitude, once she is driven to do something, Sunako is quite capable of doing things that no one expects her to complete. There is also a possibility that she may have supernatural abilities i.e. plants wilting near her and windows shattering. She is also the niece of Mine Nakahara; she is called ” Auntie ” by Kyohei, Yuki, Ranmaru, and Takenaga.

Her relationship with Kyohei is somewhat unclear, saying that she always wants to kill him, and even going to the extent of turning into a lady temporarily to get him back. Her reason is that “she’s the only person who can kill him”. She has not, however, thought of or mentioned killing him for many chapters, not even after he kissed her. Recent chapters have seen her forget her first crush, and she is now more open to other people, including her peers and teachers at school. She’s also having less and less nosebleeds and though protests at first, doesn’t greatly mind spending time with Kyohei. During chapter 100, Sunako’s Curse, Sunako is seen kissing Kyohei (the first time she has initiated a kiss) after she put a curse on him, of living spirits. In the chapter A Present For You, she is seen giving Kyohei a hand-made present to remind him of the good memories with his mother. She also thinks of her housemates as more than just that, as stated in a previous chapter of the manga she thought that they were “Closest friends.” She is also shown to be very protective of her friends even going to the point of trying to murder or kill the person who hurt them (even if she does try to kill Kyohei).

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Manga Monday- The Wallflower

Manga Monday- The Wallflower

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The Wallflower (Yamato nadeshiko Shichi Henge, lit. “Perfect Girl Evolution”) is a manga series written by Tomoko Hayakawa. The individual chapters have been serialized in Bessatsu Friend since 2000, and in 36 tankōbon volumes in Japan by Kodansha. The series was licensed for an English language release in North America by Del Rey Manga and in Singapore by Chuang Yi, under the name My Fair Lady. The series ended in January 2015 after 36 volumes.

The Wallflower is about a girl named Sunako who was called ugly by the first and only person to whom she confessed her love. This incident sparks a life change, and as a result Sunako shuns all forms of beauty, both in herself as well as in life. Concerned by her change for the worst, Sunako’s aunt, the owner of a huge mansion where four very handsome high school students live (for free), demands the boys to transform her niece into the “perfect lady,” and in return they will be able to continue living there for free. They are given a deadline and if they are unable to uphold their deal then they would have to either pay a lump sum of cash or vacate the premises.

While the four of them manage to make Sunako physically beautiful enough to become a lady, the problem lies with her attitude and interests (which Sunako has no intention of changing). Up until the most recent release in the story, they manage to convince Sunako’s aunt that her niece is indeed a lady befitting the mansion in which they live (and prevent the rent from skyrocketing to triple the required amount). However, in reality Sunako has not changed at all. Sunako has the tendency to spurt out in a nose bleed when seen by bright creatures, especially around Kyohei.

It is a humorous tale following Sunako and the four boys through unusual and ridiculous situations where Sunako is confronted with many unwanted experiences of being a lady, while also channeling the idea of self and beauty.

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Film Friday- Blue Exocist

Film Friday- Blue Exocist

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The series was adapted into an anime television series by A-1 Pictures during 2011 and adapted into an anime film (Ao no Exorcist Gekijouban) in December 2012. Viz Media has licensed the manga for North American production, with the first volume released in April 5, 2011. Aniplex of America also released the anime’s DVDs in English regions. A second season, titled Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc, is scheduled for release in January 2017.

Inspired by a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, Kato tried to work the angle of brothers fighting monsters into a story. She eventually decided on making the story about demons and exorcists, thus conceiving Blue Exorcist. Due to exorcists being the main idea of the story, the manga features a lot of Biblical references. In an interview with Anime News Network, Kato said, “I should not run away from these references if I’m working in the Exorcist genre.” An ending was planned by Kato but the exact length of the series has yet to be decided based on the manga’s popularity in Japan.

An anime adaption for the manga was announced on November 27, 2010 on Shueisha’s Jump SQ official website. The anime was produced by A-1 Pictures with Hitoshi Okamura as the producer. Originally, the series was scheduled to air on April 10, 2011 on MBS, replacing Star Driver: Kagayaki no Takuto; however, due to the March 11, 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami the series’ broadcast was delayed until April 17, 2011. The anime ended on October 2, 2011.

Four pieces of theme music are used for the episodes: two opening themes and two ending themes. The opening theme for the first 12 episodes is “Core Pride” by Japanese rock band Uverworld, while the opening theme from episode 13 onwards is “In My World” by Japanese rock band ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D. The ending theme for the first 12 episodes is “Take Off” by South Korean boy band 2PM, while the ending theme from episode 13 through episode 25 is “Wired Life” by Japanese singer Meisa Kuroki.

Aniplex announced they would simulcast the series in North America through video sites Hulu, Crunchyroll, Anime News Network and Netflix starting on April 20, 2011. Aniplex of America released Blue Exorcist on DVD in four sets, starting by releasing the first DVD on October 18, 2011. An Original Animated Video  has also been released in 2011, called Ao No Exorcist: Kuro no Iede. The series began broadcasting in the United States and Canada on Viz Media’s online network, Neon Alley, on October 2, 2012. The series began airing on Adult Swim’s Toonami block on February 23, 2014 and finished airing on August 10, 2014.

A sequel anime, titled Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Impure King Arc, has been announced for January 2017. Koichi Hatsumi will direct the sequel, with Toshiya Ono writing the scripts, Keigo Sasaki designing the characters, and Hiroyuki Sawano and Kohta Yamamoto composing the series’ soundtrack. A-1 Pictures will return to produce the animation. It was announced that there will be 5 new characters in the second season.

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Wednesday News- November 2, 2016

Wednesday News- November 2, 2016

News-Recap-Anime

News-

1st Cardcaptor Sakura Film Returns to Japanse Theaters in January- http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2016-11-01/1st-cardcaptor-sakura-film-returns-to-japanese-theaters-in-january/.108365

Atelier Firis RPG Previews PS Vita Gameplay in Video- http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-10-31/atelier-firis-rpg-previews-ps-vita-gameplay-in-video/.108302

Assassination Classroom Anime Film’s 3rd Teaser Video Previews Original Scene, Theme Song- http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-10-30/assassination-classroom-anime-film-3rd-teaser-video-previews-original-scene-theme-song/.108276

Anime-

  • Arpeggio of Blue Steel – Ars Nova BD/DVDP
  • Big Windup! Season 2 DVD
  • Ergo Proxy Complete Series BDP
  • Kimba the White Lion DVD Anime ElementsP
  • King of Thorn BD/DVD S.A.V.E. EditionP
  • To Love Ru: Darkness 2 BD/DVD
  • Mobile Suit V Gundam Collection 2 BD/DVD
  • Psychic School Wars BD/DVD
  • Sonic X Seasons 1 and 2 DVD
  • Snow White with the Red Hair Season 1 BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Bleach GN 68
  • Bleach GN Omnibus 17
  • Cells at Work! GN 1
  • Devil Survivor GN 8
  • Dragon Ball Full Color GN 7
  • Haikyu!! GN 5
  • Hour of the Zombie GN 3
  • Interviews with Monster Girls GN 1
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders GN 1 (Hardcover)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time GN Legendary Edition 1
  • Maid-sama! GN Omnibus 6
  • Missions of Love GN 13
  • My Girlfriend is a T-Rex GN 1
  • My Hero Academia GN 6
  • Nichijou GN 5
  • Nisekoi – False Love GN 18
  • One Piece GN 80
  • One-Punch Man GN 9
  • Oresama Teacher GN 21
  • Shuriken and Pleats GN 2
  • That Wolf-Boy Is Mine! GN 2
  • Toriko GN 36
  • World Trigger GN 13
  • Your Lie in April GN 10
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GN Omnibus 8

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