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Film Friday- Darker than Black

Film Friday- Darker than Black

Darker than Black, also known as Darker than Black: The Black Contractor, is an anime television series created and directed by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones. It premiered across Japan from April 5, 2007 on MBS, TBS, and its affiliated broadcast stations, with its satellite television premiere in Japan on Animax in May 2007. The music for the series is composed by Yoko Kanno.
A sequel titled Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor premiered in Japan on October 8, 2009.
On January 21, 2016, it was announced that Funimation, the North American distributor for the anime, no longer holds the license for the first season.

Anime

Season one

Darker than Black was conceptualized by Tensai Okamura and produced by Bones and Aniplex. The series premiered on Tokyo Broadcasting System and Mainichi Broadcasting System’s Thursday late night anime broadcasting timeslot, replacing the Sunrise series Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion on April 5, 2007, and similar to Code Geass incorporated corporate sponsorship of Japan News Network partners Pizza Hut and Nifty, where episodes of the series was streamed every week during the series’ broadcast run. It completed its initial run on September 27, 2007, and received its broadcasting satellite premiere on Animax from May 8, 2007 to October 23, 2007. The series was also aired in English on Animax Asia, Animax’s English language networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia from December 2008 onwards. The series made its North American television debut when it started airing on the Funimation Channel September 6, 2010.

The series has been released in Japan by Aniplex across nine DVDs, each containing three episodes, except for the first DVD, which had only two. The ninth and final DVD included an original video animation, which expanded upon the romantic relationships between characters. The DVDs were released between July 25, 2007 and March 26, 2008 by Aniplex. FUNimation received the license for the series in Region 1 and has released one DVD compilation with two more coming in the future. The first English DVD was released on November 25, 2008 and the second and third DVDs were released on January 20, 2009 and March 10, 2009 respectively. Volume 4 was released on May 5, 2009 with Volume 5 released on June 23, 2009. Volume 6 was released on August 11, 2009 and is now available. In May 2010, Funimation released the entire first season in a complete box set; it was originally released in March, but was recalled due to a defective disk. The Blu-ray Box was released in Japan on September 30, 2009 with a guidebook with several unreleased music tracks not available in the OSTs. The opening themes are “HOWLING” by abingdon boys school (eps 1-14) and “Kakusei Heroism ~The Hero Without A Name~” by An Cafe (eps 15-23,25) and the ending themes are “Tsukiakari” by Rie fu (eps 1-14) and “Dreams” by HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR (eps 15-24).

Season two

A document containing information about Bones staff and production details, was leaked onto the Japanese filesharing site uploader.jp, within the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet format, on July 2008. Among other details, including confidential contact information in regards to Bones staff members, it revealed that a second Darker than Black and Fullmetal Alchemist series was in production and were being directed by Tensai Okamura and Yasuhiro Irie respectively. This information regarding Fullmetal Alchemist, which had never been previously released, was later proven to be true on January 2009. In an official statement posted on Bones’ official website, co-founder and president Masahiko Minami claimed that the document was not released by the studio themselves but by an unnamed third-party. In a later statement, Minami also stated in regards to the two new series, “It hasn’t been decided yet. We are interested in doing them. As original science-fiction works, they were extremely fascinating. With these kinds of dramatic story lines, I feel that there’s a lot we could do potentially.” Six months later, however, the second series for Fullmetal Alchemist was confirmed to be in production with Yasuhiro Irie as director, thus confirming the document’s validity. The second Darker than Black series was confirmed in the 12th issue of Square Enix’s Young Gangan Magazine. In the 14th issue of Young Gangan, the title was revealed as Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor. The sequel began airing in October 2009 and ended in December 2009. At Anime Expo 2010, Funimation Entertainment announced that they had licensed the second season. The opening theme is “Tsukiakari no Michishirube” by Stereopony (eps 2-) and the ending theme is “From Dusk Till Dawn” by abingdon boys school.

OVA

These OVAs, also known as Darker than Black: Origins (DARKER THAN BLACK 外伝 Dākā Zan Burakku Gaiden?), are set in the time between the two series. Hei and Yin have left Tokyo and are on the run from the Syndicate. In the first episode, conflict ensues in Okinawa, where the agents from the Syndicate attempt to abduct Yin but are eventually unsuccessful. Hei and Yin then leave for Hong Kong. There are 4 OVAs in total, filling the gap with Hei and Yin left between season 1 and 2. The ending theme is “DARKER THAN BLACK” by Yasushi Ishii.

Wednesday News- April 26, 2017

Wednesday News- April 26, 2017

News-

New Case Closed Real Escape Game Confirmed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-04-24/new-case-closed-real-escape-game-confirmed/.115154

Review- That Wolf Boy is Mine! GN 4- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/that-wolf-boy-is-mine/gn-4/.114007

Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Posts Teaser Visual, Character Stills- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-26/live-action-tokyo-ghoul-film-posts-teaser-visual-character-stills/.115314

Mysterious Girlfriend X’s Riichi Ueshiba Launches New Manga in May- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-25/mysterious-girlfriend-x-riichi-ueshiba-launches-new-manga-in-may/.115202

Anime-

  • The Asterisk War Volume 4 BD
  • The Asterisk War Volume 4 Limited Edition BD
  • Crusher Joe: The Movie DVD
  • Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters Part 1 BD
  • Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters Part 1 BD
  • Fighting Foodons DVD
  • Freedom OVA BD/DVD
  • My Love Story!! Premium Edition Box Set BD/DVD
  • One-Punch Man BD
  • One-Punch Man DVD
  • One-Punch Man Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Prince of Stride: Alternative BD/DVD
  • Snow White with the Red Hair Season 2 BD/DVD
  • Ultra Maniac The Complete Series DVD
  • Utawarerumono: The False Faces BD
  • Utawarerumono: The False Faces DVD

Manga-

  • Attack on Titan GN 21
  • Devils and Realist GN 12
  • D-Frag! GN 11
  • Fairy Girls GN 4
  • Happiness GN 4
  • Magical Girl Apocalypse GN 11
  • Monster Musume GN 11
  • My Monster Secret GN 6
  • Tokyo ESP GN 8

Other-

  • Bakemonogatari Novel 3
  • Dragon Quest Heroes PlayStation 4/PC Game
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris Nintendo Switch/PlayStation 4 Game

Manga Monday- Darker than Black

Manga Monday- Darker than Black

Darker than Black, also known as Darker than Black: The Black Contractor, is an anime television series created and directed by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones. It premiered across Japan from April 5, 2007 on MBS, TBS, and its affiliated broadcast stations, with its satellite television premiere in Japan on Animax in May 2007. The music for the series is composed by Yoko Kanno. The series has also been adapted into two manga series, which are serialized in Monthly Asuka and in Young Gangan. A manga, illustrated by Nokiya, was serialized in Monthly Asuka. naoshi komi released the series to two tankōbon on August 8, 2007 and January 26, 2008 respectively. The series has been licensed for a North American release by Yen Press. A second manga, illustrated by Yuji Iwahara, the original character designer for the anime, finished serializing in Square Enix’s Young Gangan seinen magazine under the title Darker than Black: Jet Black Flower in March 2011. This is a separate one from the first and it is a new story taking place one year after the events of season 1 and it replaces the events of both the OVAs and season 2 completely.

Plot

Ten years ago, a mysterious spatial anomaly now known as “Heaven’s Gate” appeared in South America, shortly followed by the opening of “Hell’s Gate” in Tokyo altering the sky and wreaking havoc on the landscape. The real stars disappeared, replaced by false stars. During this time, people possessing various special abilities—called “Contractors”—emerged, each capable of different supernatural feats. Each Contractor has a corresponding fake star, which reacts to their activities. As such, Contractors are usually identified by their star’s Messier catalogue number. Kept secret from the masses, these individuals are known to murder in cold blood, smothering unnecessary emotions with logic and rationality. Their incredible abilities, however, are gained at the cost of their humanity; Contractors are thus named because of an involuntary compulsion to “pay the price” each time their power is used, which can range from eating particular foods or completing meaningless tasks, to self-harm and changing their bodies in peculiar ways. Various nations and organizations around the world train and utilize Contractors as spies and assassins, resulting in violent battles for valuable objects and information.

Following the disastrous Heaven’s War, the United States lost its dominant position as a superpower to a mysterious organization named the Syndicate. The story revolves around a Chinese contractor codenamed “Hei” as he undertakes various espionage and assassination missions in Tokyo under the direction of the aforementioned Syndicate. It eventually reveals a plan of the Syndicate to erase the existence of contractors, and a resistance put up by contractors from the Syndicate itself and various espionage agencies.

 

Film Friday- Chobits

Film Friday- Chobits

Plot

The series centers on the life of Hideki Motosuwa, a held-back student attempting to qualify for university by studying at Seki prep school in Tokyo. Besides a girlfriend, he dreams of having a persocom: an android used as a personal computer, which is expensive. On his way home one evening, he stumbles across a persocom in the form of a beautiful girl with floor-length hair lying against a pile of trash bags, and he carries her home, not noticing that a disk fell on the ground. Upon turning her on, she instantly regards Hideki with adoration. The only word the persocom seems capable of saying is “chi”, thus he names her that. Hideki assumes that there must be something wrong with her, and so the following morning he has his neighbor Hiromu Shinbo analyze her with his mobile persocom Sumomo. After Sumomo crashes during the attempt they conclude that she must be custom-built.

Shinbo introduces Hideki to Minoru Kokubunji, a twelve-year-old prodigy who specializes in the field of custom-built persocoms. Minoru’s persocoms, including Yuzuki, a fairly exceptional custom-built persocom, are not able to analyze Chi either, and thus they conclude that she may be one of the Chobits, a legendary series of persocoms rumoured to have free will and emotions. Although this is a possibility, Minoru is confident that it is only rumour. Yuzuki also adds that she does not resemble any persocom model in any available database and so she must be custom made after all.

A major part of the plot involves Hideki attempting to teach Chi words, concepts, and appropriate behaviours, in between his crammed schedule of school and work. At the same time, Chi seems to be developing feelings for Hideki, at an emotional depth she is not supposed to possess, and Hideki struggles with his feelings for her. The need to figure out more about Chi and her mysterious functions and past becomes a pull for the characters in the series.

Hideki’s feelings intensify for Chi regardless of her being a persocom and despite his friends’ painful experiences involving other persocoms. Chi becomes aware of her purpose through a picture book series called A City with No People which she finds in a bookstore. The books speak about many different things involving human and persocom relationships: persocoms and their convenience as friends and lovers, how there are things that they cannot do and questioning whether a relationship between a persocom and a human is really one-sided. It also speaks about the Chobits series; that they are different from other persocoms, and what they are incapable of doing unlike other persocoms. These picture books awaken Chi’s other self, her sibling Freya who is aware of their past and helps Chi realize what she must do when she decides who her “person just for me” is. Together, Chi and Hideki explore the relationship between human beings and persocoms, as well as their friends’ and their own.

Anime

Chobits was adapted as an anime television series by Madhouse. The series was directed by Morio Asaka with music by K-Taro Takanami and character designs by Hisashi Abe. The opening theme is “Let Me Be With You” by Round Table featuring Nino. The ending themes are “Raison d’être” (Reason to Be) by Rie Tanaka (episodes 1–13), “Ningyo-hime” (Mermaid Princess) by Rie Tanaka (episodes 14–25), and “Katakoto no Koi” (Awkward Love) by Rie Tanaka and Tomokazu Sugita (episode 26).

The series was broadcast in 26 episodes from 2 April 2002 to 24 September 2002 across Japan, East Asia, and Southeast Asia by the anime satellite television network, Animax and the terrestrial Tokyo Broadcasting System network. It was later released on 8 DVDs. The original episodes 9 and 18 are “recap” episodes, summarizing previous events. These episodes were re-numbered for the DVD release as episodes 8.5 and 16.5, respectively, and removed from their original sequence by being published together on the final DVD. As a result, the series is 24 episodes long on DVD. In addition, there are two DVD-only OVAs: a 27th episode recapping the series (numbered episode 24.5) and a 6-minute special, “Chobits: Plum and Kotoko Deliver”. The ending theme of the latter is “Book End Bossa” by Round Table featuring Nino.

The series was broadcast in Korea by AniOne TV, in France by Europe 2 TV, in Spain by both Animax España and Buzz Channel, in Portugal on Animax Portugal, and in Poland by Hyper. It is licensed in North America by Geneon, which has released the series in 7 DVDs. This release is redistributed in the United Kingdom by (on 6 DVDs instead of 7, placing the recap episodes and special as extras on disk 6)MVM Films, and in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment. It is also licensed in Taiwan by Proware Multimedia, in France and the Netherlands by Kaze Animation, in Germany by ADV Films and later Kaze Germany, and in Russia by MC Entertainment. At Anime Boston 2010, North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment announced that they have rescued Chobits and will release the series on DVD and Blu-ray on April 26, 2011 & May 10, 2011, respectively. The anime series made its US television debut on May 9, 2011 on the Funimation Channel.

It’s been a awhile since I have posted some music but I love the soundtracks for this series and there are the opening and closings.

Wednesday News- April 19, 2017

Wednesday News- April 19, 2017

News-

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Anime Film Reveals New Key Visual- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-04-18/fairy-tail-dragon-cry-anime-film-reveals-new-key-visual/.114980

The Spring 2017 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2017/spring/.114216

Seven Seas Licenses Yokai Girls Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-19/seven-seas-licenses-yokai-girls-manga/.115022

UVERworld Performs Liver-Action Gintama Film’s Theme Song- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-18/uverworld-performs-live-action-gintama-film-theme-song/.114993

Anime-

  • Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA BD/DVD
  • Dagashi Kashi BD/DVD
  • Gatchaman II DVD
  • My Hero Academia Season 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • My Hero Academia Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Ocean Waves BD
  • Ocean Waves DVD
  • Sailor Moon R The Movie BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon R The Movie DVD
  • Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle BD
  • Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle DVD
  • Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Akame ga KILL! GN 10
  • Alice in Murderland GN 6 (Hardcover)
  • Aoharu X Machinegun GN 4
  • Attack on Titan: Before the Fall GN 10
  • A Certain Magical Index GN 9
  • Dragonar Academy GN 11
  • Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition GN 12
  • Ghost Diary GN 1
  • Horimiya GN 7
  • Immortal Hounds GN 4
  • Kiss Him, Not Me! GN 10
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! GN 3
  • Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear GN 4
  • Liselotte & Witch’s Forest GN 4
  • Magatsuki GN 7
  • Scum’s Wish GN 3
  • Taboo Tattoo GN 6
  • Tohyo Game GN 3
  • Tokyo Ghoul GN 12
  • Welcome to the Ballroom GN 4
  • Yowamushi Pedal Omnibus GN 5

Other-

  • The Asterisk War Novel 3P
  • Baccano! Novel 4 (Hardcover)
  • Black Bullet Novel 6
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! Novel 7
  • Goblin Slayer! Novel 2
  • The Irregular at Magic High School Novel 4P
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Novel 8C
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Novel 2
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 7
  • Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers Novel 1
  • Sword Art Online: Alicization Running Novel 10
  • Tokyo Ghoul: Past Novel

Manga Monday- Chobits

Manga Monday- Chobits

Chobits is a Japanese manga created by the Japanese manga collective Clamp. It was published by Kodansha in Young Magazine from the 43rd issue for 2000 to the 48th issue for 2002 and collected in eight bound volumes. Chobits was adapted as a 26-episode-long anime television series broadcast on TBS and Animax from April to September 2002. In addition, it has spawned two video games as well as various merchandise such as figurines, collectable cards, calendars, and artbooks.

The series tells the story of Hideki Motosuwa, who finds an abandoned persocom, or personal computer with human form, which he names “Chi” after the only word it initially can speak. As the series progresses, they explore the mysteries of Chi’s origin together and questions about the relationship between human beings and computers. The manga is set in the same universe as Angelic Layer, taking place a few years after the events of that story, and like Angelic Layer, it explores the relationship between humans and electronic devices shaped like human beings. Chobits branches off as a crossover into many other stories in different ways, such as Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, xxxHolic and Kobato.

Development

Clamp—a creative team consisting of Satsuki Igarashi, Ageha Ohkawa, Tsubaki Nekoi and Mokona—wrote and illustrated Chobits, which is the first of their manga to be targeted towards older male readers (seinen manga). The idea for Chobits originated from the group’s experiences with computers, which would present indecipherable error messages when experiencing difficulties, to which they added a “sexier spin” to the concept. After completing their previous manga series Cardcaptor Sakura, the group successfully pitched Chobits to the Japanese manga magazine Young Magazine. Clamp completed fourteen pages per week for Chobitss weekly serialization, totaling fifty-six pages a month. The title of the manga has its origins in “Chobi”, the name of a cat at the place of Nekoi’s former employment, which the group made into “Chobits”, as the characters Elda and Freya were twins.

Ohkawa designed Hideki and Chi first. Chi’s design as a personal computer resulted from Ohkawa’s wish to increase the sense of “emotional discomfort” around becoming emotionally involved with something considered to be merely a lifeless machine. The characterization of the protagonist Hideki proved to be difficult for her; in the beginning, she considered an “aloof” man who gradually warms up emotionally or a sex-obsessed man. She decided that neither characterization would be a good fit for Chi and settled on one of a penniless and benevolent student. In keeping with the conventions of the romantic comedy genre, the group had planned to introduce conventional characters, such as an older female neighbor and a physically attractive friend from childhood; in the case of Chobits, the “childhood friend” never appeared. The artwork was done in ballpoint pen to evoke the sense of “rough” lines, and colored pages were done in acrylic gouache.

Film Friday- Blood The Last Vampire, Blood +, Blood C and Blood C: The Last Dark

Film Friday- Blood The Last Vampire, Blood +, Blood C and Blood C: The Last Dark

Blood: The Last Vampire is a 2000 anime film produced by Production I.G and SPE Visual Works and directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo. The film premiered in theaters in Japan on November 18, 2000. A single-volume manga sequel, titled Blood: The Last Vampire 2000 and written by Benkyo Tamaoki, was published in Japan in 2001 by Kadokawa Shoten, and in English by Viz Media in November 2002 under the title Blood: The Last Vampire 2002.

Plot

The story is set in 1966. Its main protagonist is a girl named Saya, who hunts bat-like creatures called chiropterans. Saya is introduced on a subway train, where she assassinates a man in a suit. Her American contacts or handlers arrive. One of them, David, begins to brief Saya on another mission, while the other, Louis, discovers that the man Saya has just killed was probably not a chiropteran.

Saya’s next mission begins at the American Yokota Air Base, which is active in the buildup to the Vietnam War. At least one chiropteran has managed to infiltrate the air base, and it is only a matter of time before they feed again, go into hibernation, and become untraceable. Saya is to pose as a school girl, infiltrate the high school adjacent to the base, and then track and kill the chiropterans.

Blood+

Blood+, pronounced “Blood Plus,” is an anime series produced by Production I.G and Aniplex and directed by Junichi Fujisaku. The series premiered in Japan on Sony’s anime satellite channel, Animax, as well as on terrestrial networks such as MBS, TBS, and RKB on October 8, 2005. The final episode aired on September 23, 2006. Blood+ is licensed for international distribution in several regions through Sony Pictures’ international arm, Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI).

Blood+ was inspired by the 2000 anime film Blood: The Last Vampire; however, there are only a few allusions and basic elements from the film.

Plot

The series is initially set in September 2005 Okinawa City (Koza) on Okinawa Island near the US Kadena Air Base. Over the course of the series, Saya travels across the world, from Japan to Vietnam, Russia, France and finally the US.

Under the care of her adoptive family, Saya Otonashi had been living the life of an anemic amnesiac, but otherwise ordinary schoolgirl. However, her happy life is shattered when she is attacked by a Chiropteran, a hematophagous bat-like creature that lives by feeding on human blood. Saya learns that she is the only one who can defeat them, as her blood causes their bodies to crystallize and shatter. Armed with her special katana, Saya embarks on a journey with her family, allies, and her chevalier Haji, to rid the world of the Chiropteran threat and recover her identity. The course of the journey reveals the background history of the Chiropterans and Saya’s past, which extends into the mid-19th century.

Blood-C

Blood-C is a horror anime co-produced by studio Production I.G and mangaka group CLAMP. It is the second anime series in the Blood franchise following the 2005–2006 series Blood+. The original 12-episode series aired during 2011, with a movie Blood-C: The Last Dark releasing in Japanese theaters the following year. The anime was subsequently adapted into two manga, a 2011 novelization, a 2015 stage play set between the events of Blood-C and The Last Dark, and a live-action prequel set for release in 2017.

Blood-C focuses on Saya Kisaragi, an outwardly normal girl who serves as the shrine maiden to a country town; in reality, she is a skilled swordswoman charged by her father to defeat Elder Bairns, monsters who feed on human blood. As her battles grow more desperate and more people she cares for fall victim to the Elder Bairns, Saya begins finding faults in her reality, and eventually uncovers a disturbing truth about herself, the town and her surviving friends.

Blood-C was designed to share only thematic similarities with earlier Blood projects. CLAMP was brought on board to both design the characters and help create the scenario. It featured several new elements to the Blood franchise, such as being primarily set within a high school environment. The Elder Bairns were inspired by the Great Old Ones from H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, and modeled after traditional Japanese monsters. Its bloody violence, a stylistic choice following the series’ themes, resulted in censorship in Japan and eventual blacklisting in China. The series has received mixed to positive reviews from journalists.

Blood-C: The Last Dark

Blood-C: The Last Dark is a 2012 Japanese animated horror film based on the 2011 anime series Blood-C, acting as a conclusion to the series’ storyline. The film was co-produced by studio Production I.G, creators of the Blood franchise, and mangaka group CLAMP. While most of the staff were not involved in the anime series, original writers Nanase Ohkawa and Junichi Fujisaku wrote the script.

Blood-C: The Last Dark is set six months after the events of Blood-C; in the universe of Blood-C humanity is secretly preyed upon by a race called the Elder Bairns, whose feeding is kept under control by an ancient agreement called Shrovetide. The Last Dark follows Saya Kisaragi as she pursues Fumito Nanahara—the human guardian of Shrovetide who manipulated and betrayed her—through Tokyo with the help of an underground organization called SIRRUT.

The Last Dark was planned from the outset of the Blood-C project, and once plans were finalized it developed alongside the series. While it concluded the Blood-C storyline, it adopted a very different tone, and included thematic and visual references to Blood: The Last Vampire. The movie also featured a character from CLAMP’s manga series xxxHolic as a cameo. Its home media releases were respectively handled by Aniplex (Japan), Funimation (North America), Manga Entertainment (Europe) and Madman Entertainment (Australia). Reception to the film was mixed, receiving praise for its animation and music, while many faulted its story as being underdeveloped or straying too far from the series.

Wednesday News- April 12, 2017

Wednesday News- April 12, 2017

News-

Girl’s High Creator Tows Oshima Lauches Manga about Bathouse- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-11/girl-high-creator-towa-oshima-launches-manga-about-bathhouse/.114621

Crunchyroll Streams Room Mate TV Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-12/crunchyroll-streams-room-mate-tv-anime/.114699

Slime-Shaped PS4 Controller Ready Just in Time for Dragon Quest XI- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-04-11/slime-shaped-ps4-controller-ready-just-in-time-for-dragon-quest-xi/.114665

The Spring 2017 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2017/spring/.114216

Anime-

  • Is the order a rabbit?? Season 2 BD
  • Is the order a rabbit?? Season 2 DVD
  • Toriko Parts 1-4 DVD

Manga-

Other-

  • Choose Your Path! Attack on Titan Adventure

Other Tuesday- Blood +

Other Tuesday- Blood +

Two Japanese light novel series were commission and created for the Blood+ anime series produced by Production I.G and Aniplex. The first, also named Blood+, written by Ryō Ikehata with illustrations by Chizu Hashii, is a four volume series and the official novel adaptation of the anime series. It expands on the events of the anime and gives greater background information on the battle against chiropterans. The first volume was released in Japan on May 1, 2006 by Kadokawa Shoten under their male-oriented Sneaker Bunko label. The remaining volumes released every four months until the final volume was released on May 1, 2007.

The second adaptation, Blood+: Russian Rose, is a two-volume series written by Karino Minazuki and illustrated by Ryō Takagi. It was released at the same time as Blood+, with the first volume released on May 1, 2006 and the second on September 1, 2006. The series, published under Kadokawa’s more female-oriented Beans Bunko label, details Saya and Hagi’s lives at the start of the 20th century and the Russian Revolution.

Both novel series have been licensed for release in English in North America by Dark Horse Comics. Dark Horse released the first translated Blood+ novel on March 19, 2008.

Manga Monday- Blood +

Manga Monday- Blood +

There are the three manga series released for Blood+. Blood+ is a fifty-episode anime series produced by Production I.G and Aniplex that originally aired in Japan from October 8, 2005 through September 23, 2006. To lead up the premiere of the series, Production I.G commissioned the creation of three different manga series to tie into the anime. The first manga series, also titled Blood+, and written by Asuka Katsura, is a five-volume series that first premiered in Beans Ace Magazine in July 2005. It covers the same story events as the anime series. Blood+: Adagio was written by Kumiko Suekane. It is a two-volume series that premiered in the September 2005 issue of Shōnen Ace and follows Saya and Hagi’s experiences during the Russian Revolution. The third series, Blood+: Kowloon Nights, released in Japan as Blood+ Yakōjōshi, is a single tankōbon series by Hirotaka Kisaragi. It premiered in the September issue of Asuka Ciel. Set in Shanghai, it follows Hagi as he searches for Saya and the complications he must deal with. Unlike the other Blood+ manga adaptations, which are seinen and shōnen works respectively, Blood+: Kowloon Nights is a shōjo manga, particularly of the shōnen-ai (or Boy’s Love) genre.

For all three series, the tankōbon volumes were published by Kadokawa Shoten. All three manga adaptations have been licensed for an English language release in North America by Dark Horse Comics.