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Film Friday- Ghost Hunt

Film Friday- Ghost Hunt

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An anime adaptation of the manga was created by J.C.Staff and premiered on October 3, 2006 in Japan on TV Tokyo where it ran for twenty-five episodes until its conclusion. The anime is licensed for English release on Region 1 DVD by Funimation Entertainment, which also uses the name Ghost Hunt.

Live action film

In November 2013, production companies Twins Japan and Kadokawa Shoten announced that a live action film adaptation of Ghost Hunt was in production. The film will be directed by Yoshitaka Yamaguchi with Atsuyuki Shimoda and Shotaro Oikawa writing the screenplay. Shinichiro Inoue will serve as executive producer, and Adrian Chaw will serve as co-executive producer. The film will star Maya Fukuzawa as Mai Taniyama, Mizuki Yamamoto as Masako Hara, and Yosuke Kamamura as Hōshō Takigawa. Additional casting has yet to be announced. The film was slated for a summer 2014 release, but until now, no announcement has been made.

The Two Main Characters-

Mai Taniyama is a 16-year-old first-year high school student who becomes involved with Shibuya Psychic Research (SPR) after she accidentally breaks an expensive video camera that was being used by the SPR in an investigation of an old building at her school. In the same incident, she is saved from a falling bookcase by Lin Koujo, who is injured instead. To repay her debt, she fills in for Lin to assist SPR’s manager Kazuya Shibuya. After the conclusion of the first case, she is offered a paycheck for her work and a part-time position at SPR. As the series progresses, it is revealed that Mai has ESP abilities, which include postcognitive dreams and clairvoyance. Mai also demonstrates an instance of astral projection, when she gives Masako a key to comfort her after she is kidnapped by Urado and his men. As she is still unfamiliar with her newly discovered powers, Mai is often not confident in her abilities and often does not disclose the full details of her dreams, where someone that resembles Naru frequently appears and guides her. The other members of the SPR teach her some useful techniques, which she utilizes in the series. She develops feelings for Naru as well as the other ‘Naru’ who appears in her dreams. In the anime television series, Mai Taniyama is voiced by Kaori Nazuka in Japanese and Cherami Leigh in English.

Kazuya Shibuya  is a 17-year-old paranormal researcher and manager of Shibuya Psychic Research. Mai nicknames him “Naru” for his narcissistic attitude; this nickname generally comes to be adopted by their colleagues. Though appearing cold and critical in front of his friends, he does care for them deeply and earns their trust and respect. Initially, it appears that he has no spiritual powers. However, later it is revealed that Naru is actually the famed paranormal researcher and psychic, Oliver Davis, and that he has very strong psychokinetic abilities, which Masako Hara has witnessed. Although Naru has been taught how to manage his psychic abilities by Lin Koujo, it takes such a large toll on his body that the one time he does use it in the series, he collapses and is hospitalized. It is also revealed that Naru had a twin brother named Eugene (that Mai sees in her dreams as “dream Naru”), who originally helped Naru to control his abilities. They were nicknamed Gene and Noll; when Mai gives him the nickname Naru (‘Na-ru’), he is taken aback because (in Japanese) it sounds similar to Noll (‘No-ru’). Naru and his brother were orphans who were later adopted by the Davis’s, paranormal researchers in England. Naru learns that his brother has died, and using psychometry, is led to Japan. It is discovered that Gene was run over by a car driven by an unknown woman, and his body was thrown into a lake to destroy any evidence of the accident. Mai Taniyama seems to be his most likely love interest, though a relationship between them is never confirmed at the end of the series. The original author Fuyumi Ono stated almost as if apologetically to her fans that she ‘does not do happy endings’. In the anime television series, Kazuya Shibuya is voiced by Yuuki Tai in Japanese and Todd Haberkorn in English.

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Wednesday News- December 7, 2016

Wednesday News- December 7, 2016

News-Recap-Anime

News-

Persona 5 English Dub Trailer Introduces Futaba Sakura- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2016-12-06/persona-5-english-dub-trailer-introduces-futaba-sakura/.109579

Bungo Stray Dogs‘ Most Powerful Tale Is Its Prequel- http://www.anime-now.com/entry/2016/12/07/000049?utm_campaign=ANN

Shelf Life: Hana Yori Dango- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2016-12-05/.109462

Anime-

  • Bikini Warriors BD/DVD
  • Black Jack The Movie BD
  • Eat-Man DVD
  • Fairy Tail Part 22 BD/DVD
  • Jungle Emperor Leo BD
  • The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior BD
  • Little Busters! EX BD
  • Little Busters! EX DVD
  • Lupin III: Operation Return the Treasure DVD
  • Ninja Slayer BD/DVD
  • School Days BD
  • Seiyu’s Life! DVD
  • Show By Rock!! BD/DVD
  • Sonic X Season 3 DVD

Manga-

  • Assassination Classroom GN 13
  • Black Clover GN 4
  • Bloody Mary GN 5
  • Blue Exorcist GN 16
  • Devil’s Line GN 4
  • Everyone’s Getting Married GN 3
  • Fairy Tail: Twin Dragons of Sabertooth GN 1
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 15
  • Haikyu!! GN 6
  • Kuroko’s Basketball Omnibus GN 3
  • Magatsuki GN 6
  • Masamune-kun’s Revenge GN 3
  • Monster Musume GN 10
  • One Piece Omnibus GN 18
  • The Other Side of Secret GN 3
  • Persona 4 GN 4
  • Persona 4 GN 5
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire (Pocket Monsters Special) GN 22P
  • Pokémon XY Pocket Comics GN
  • So Cute It Hurts!! GN 10
  • Ultimo GN 12
  • Yo-kai Watch GN 6
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 3

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Other Tuesday- Ghost Hunt Light Novel Series

Other Tuesday- Ghost Hunt Light Novel Series

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Ghost Hunt , originally titled Akuryō Series , is a light novel series written by Fuyumi Ono. It follows the adventures of Shibuya Psychic Research as they investigate mysterious occurrences all over Japan with a team of other spiritualists and clever assistants. Although the last novel was published in 1994, the story was left incomplete.

Written and illustrated by Shiho Inada, the manga adaptation premiered in Amie magazine in 1998, then moved to sister publication Nakayoshi. After this, the series moved to being published in volumes only. The series was completed in September 2010 with the twelfth and final volume. The manga is licensed for an English-language release in North America by Del Rey Manga, which has released 11 volumes of the series to date. Ghost Hunt is licensed for release in the United Kingdom by Tanoshimi.

Ghost Hunt follows the ghost hunting adventures of Mai Taniyama, a first-year high school student who becomes involved with Shibuya Psychic Research (SPR) and its young manager, Kazuya Shibuya. Mai nicknames Kazuya Shibuya “Naru” because of his narcissistic (narushishisuto) attitude, and the nickname is generally adopted by all those who come to eventually work with SPR: Buddhist monk Houshou Takigawa; shrine maiden Ayako Matsuzaki; celebrity teen psychic Masako Hara; and Catholic priest John Brown.

Ghost Hunt also explores the paranormal abilities of the characters, particularly focusing on Mai’s “latent psychic abilities,” demonstrated by her dreaming about information relevant to their cases. She is often joined in her dreams by someone whom she assumes to be Naru, who acts as a spirit guide, but who is later revealed to be someone quite unexpected.

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Manga Monday- Review of XXXHolic Volume 1

Manga Monday- Review of XXXHolic Volume 1

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Today’s post is on XXXholic volume 1 by CLAMP. It is published by DEL REY and is 176 pages long. The cover has the two main character looking smokey and mysterious. The intended reader is someone who is interested in huge plots, interesting characters, and very beautiful art. There is no language, no sex, and no violence. The story is told in third person but it sticks with Watanuki so we see what he sees. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Watanuki Kimihiro is haunted by visions of ghosts and spirits. Seemingly by chance, he encounters a mysterious witch named Yuko, who claims that she can help. In desperation he accepts, but realizes that he’s just been tricked into working for Yuko in order to pay off the cost of her services. Soon he’s employed in her little shop- a job that turns out to be nothing like his previous work experience!
Most of Yuko’s customer’s live in Japan, but Yuko and Watanuki are about to have some unusual visitors named Sakura and Syaoran from a land called Clow…
Review- In my great re-read slash finish for the first time I have just bought all of XXXHolic. I love the authors/artists CLAMP. The manga is full of Japanese lore and legends so I loved all the volumes that I had read. In this we get an idea about the world that Watanuki lives in. He is tormented by ghost and other spirits all his life. Yuko does explain that she can free him of this but she does not tell him how much that would cost. A lot of money but since Watanuki is a student without any family the way he can pay her is to work for her. Of course there is more going on than that and Yuko knows it. The art is some of the most beautiful of CLAMP’s in my opinion. I look forward to going on this journey with Watanuki all the way to the end this time.

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.
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Film Friday- The Vision of Escaflowne

Film Friday- The Vision of Escaflowne

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The Vision of Escaflowne (Japanese: 天空のエスカフローネ Hepburn: Tenkū no Esukafurōne, lit. Escaflowne of the Heavens) is a 26-episode Japanese anime television series produced by Sunrise Studios and directed by Kazuki Akane. It premiered in Japan on April 2, 1996 on TV Tokyo, and the final episode aired on September 24, 1996. Sony’s anime satellite channel, Animax also aired the series, both in Japan and on its various worldwide networks, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Southeast Asia. The series is licensed for Region 1 release by Bandai Entertainment.

The series follows a teenage high school girl named Hitomi, who finds herself pulled from Earth to the planet Gaea when a boy named Van appears on the high school track while battling a dragon. In Gaea, she is caught in the middle of a war as the Zaibach Empire attempts to take over Gaea. Van (King of Fanelia), with aid from Allen (an Asturian Knight), commands his mystical mech Escaflowne in the struggle to stop the Zaibach Empire. Hitomi’s fortune telling powers blossom in Gaea as she becomes the key to awakening Escaflowne and to stopping Zaibach’s plans.

While the anime series was in production, two very different manga retellings were also developed and released: a shōnen version of the story entitled The Vision of Escaflowne and a shōjo retelling titled Hitomi — The Vision of Escaflowne. In addition, a second shōjo adaptation called Escaflowne — Energist’s Memories was released as a single volume in 1997. The story was novelized in a series of six light novels by Yumiko Tsukamoto, Hajime Yatate, and Shoji Kawamori. A movie adaptation, entitled simply Escaflowne, was released on June 24, 2000, but bears only a basic resemblance to the original series. Four CD soundtracks and a drama CD have also been released in relation to the series.

Three pieces of theme music are used for the series. “No Need for Promises” (約束はいらない Yakusoku wa Iranai), performed by Maaya Sakamoto, is used for the series opening theme for the entire series, except the first episode in which no opening sequence is used. Performed by Hiroki Wada, “Mystic Eyes” is used for the ending theme for the first twenty-five episodes, while the final episode uses Yoko Kanno’s instrumental piece “The Story of Escaflowne ~ End Title” (ザ ストーリー オブ エスカフローネ~エンド タイトル Za Sutoorii Obu Esukafuroone ~ Endo Taitoru).

This series is just so amazing, it has everything you could want. There is mecha action, betrayal, true love, Issac Newton, knights, and some incredible music. The first time I watched this series I watch it all in two days. It was an wonderful ride and an anime classic that you must watch.

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