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Film Friday- Neon Genesis Evangelion

Film Friday- Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva and stylized as EVΛNGELION, is a Japanese anime produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production and directed by Hideaki Anno. It was broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 1995 to March 1996. The original Japanese cast includes Megumi Ogata as Shinji Ikari, Megumi Hayashibara as Rei Ayanami, and Yūko Miyamura as Asuka Langley Soryu. The music was composed by Shirō Sagisu.

Evangelion is an apocalyptic anime, set in a futuristic Tokyo fifteen years after a worldwide cataclysm. The story centers on Shinji, a teenage boy who is recruited by his father into the shadowy organization Nerv to pilot a giant bio-machine mecha called an Evangelion in combat against monstrous beings known as Angels. The series explores the experiences and emotions of Evangelion pilots and members of Nerv as they attempt to prevent another catastrophe. In the series there are many references to psychoanalytic concepts, such as the oral stage, introjection, oral personality, ambivalence, and the death drive. It features religious symbolism throughout the series, including themes and imagery derived from Kabbalah, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Shinto.

Neon Genesis Evangelion gained widespread critical acclaim. Regarded as a critique and deconstruction of the mecha genre, the series has become a cultural icon and influenced an artistic and technical revival of the anime industry. Subsequent film, manga, home video and other products in the Evangelion franchise have achieved record sales in Japan and strong sales in overseas markets, and by 2013 gross revenues had reached over 150 billion yen (approximately $1.32 billion).

Plot

In 2015, fifteen years after a global cataclysm known as the Second Impact, teenager Shinji Ikari is summoned to the futuristic city of Tokyo-3 by his estranged father Gendo Ikari, the director of the special paramilitary force Nerv. Shinji witnesses the United Nations forces battling an Angel: one of a race of giant monstrous beings whose awakening was foretold by the Dead Sea Scrolls. Because of the Angels’ near-impenetrable force-fields, Nerv’s giant Evangelion bio-machines, synchronized to the nervous systems of their pilots and possessing their own force-fields, are the only weapons capable of keeping the Angels from annihilating humanity. Nerv officer Misato Katsuragi escorts Shinji into the Nerv complex beneath the city, where his father pressures him into piloting the Evangelion Unit-01 against the Angel. Without training, Shinji is quickly overwhelmed in the battle, causing the Evangelion to go berserk and savagely kill the Angel on its own.

Following hospitalization, Shinji moves in with Misato and begins settling into life in Tokyo-3. In his second battle, Shinji destroys an Angel but runs away after the battle, distraught. Misato confronts Shinji and he decides to remain a pilot. Evangelion Unit-00 is repaired and Shinji tries to befriend its pilot, a mysterious, and socially isolated teenage girl named Rei Ayanami. With Rei’s help, Shinji defeats another Angel. The pilot of Evangelion Unit-02, teenage girl Asuka Langley Soryu, loses her self-confidence following her defeat, and spirals into a deep depression. This is worsened by her next fight, against an Angel which attacks her mind. In the next battle, Rei self-destructs Unit-00 and dies to save Shinji’s life. Misato and Shinji later visit the hospital where they find Rei alive but claiming she is “the third Rei”. Misato forces Ritsuko to reveal the dark secrets of Nerv, the Evangelion boneyard and the Dummy Plug system which operates using clones of Rei.

Asuka is reduced to a catatonic state by her depression, and Kaworu Nagisa replaces her as pilot of Unit-02. Kaworu, who initially befriends Shinji, is revealed to be the final Angel. Kaworu fights Shinji, then realizes that he must die if humanity is to thrive and asks Shinji to kill him. Despite his initial hesitation, Shinji kills Kaworu. Soon after this act, Nerv and SEELE trigger the forced evolution of humanity, termed the “Human Instrumentality Project”, in which the souls of all mankind are merged into one through Rei. Shinji’s soul grapples with the reason for his existence and reaches an epiphany that he needs others to thrive, enabling him to destroy the wall of negative emotions that torment him. This allows him to be reunited with all of the main characters, who congratulate him.

Wednesday News- May 10, 2017

Wednesday News- May 10, 2017

News-

Attack on Tita: Junior High BD + DVD- The Complete Series – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/attack-on-titan/junior-high/bd-dvd-the-complete-series-limited-edition/.115803

Yuki Kumagai’s Re: Creators Spinoff Manga Debuts in June – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-05-10/yuki-kumagai-re-creators-spinoff-manga-debuts-in-june/.115912

Hunter x Hunter Manga’s 34th Volume Listed for June 26 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-05-10/hunter-x-hunter-manga-34th-volume-listed-for-june-26/.115914

J-Novel Club Licenses Demon King Daimaou, Infinite Dendragram Light Novel Series – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-05-09/j-novel-club-licenses-demon-king-daimaou-infinite-dendrogram-light-novel-series/.115886

Anime-

  • Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club Season 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu BD
  • Momotaro, Sacred Sailors BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Genshiken: Second Season GN 10
  • In/Spectre GN 4
  • Interviews with Monster Girls GN 4
  • The Legend of Zelda Legendary Edition GN 4 (The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass)
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid GN 3
  • My Neighbor Seki GN 9
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Legend of the Piko-Piko Middle School Students GN 1
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Omnibus GN 3
  • Requiem of the Rose King GN 6
  • Ten Count GN 4
  • There’s a Demon Lord on the Floor GN 2

 

Character Special- Neon Genesis Evangelion

Character Special- Neon Genesis Evangelion

Shinji Ikari

Shinji Ikari is the Third Child and the pilot of Unit 01. He is the son of Gendo and the “late” Yui Ikari. Abandoned by his father when he was a toddler, Shinji has grown up to be reclusive and withdrawn, choosing to often run away from difficult situations. He suffers from social anxiety at the beginning of the series, but is gradually freed from this as he socializes with his new classmates and fellow pilots. Shinji is emotionally hyper-sensitive and sometimes does as expected out of fear of rejection, but he has often rebelled and refused to pilot the Eva because of the extremely excruciating harm that has been done to him, or done to his friends. Over time and with encouragement from Misato, he learns to be less cowardly, more outspoken, and more confident, but his progress is nearly undone near the end of the series. At some point in the series he begins to confront his inner self, forming arguments and questions about life and reality. He becomes friends with Toji Suzuhara and Kensuke Aida, in addition to his complicated relationships with Rei, Asuka and Misato.

Rei Ayanami

Rei Ayanami is the First Child, and the pilot of Unit 00. At the start of the series, she is shown to be socially withdrawn, seemingly emotionless, and remote, with her only apparent relationship being with Gendo Ikari. As the series progresses, she and Shinji grow closer. It is eventually revealed that Rei is a vessel for the soul of Lilith Lilith, and was created specifically by Gendo to be used as a tool for accomplishing instrumentality; she is a clone made from the salvaged genes of Yui and is plagued by a sense of negative self-worth stemming from the realization that she is an expendable asset. Soulless clones of her are kept hidden in the deepest levels of NERV headquarters to be used as the supposed “cores” of the Dummy Plugs and as replacement bodies for Rei if she should die.

Asuka Langley Soryu

Asuka Langley Soryu is the Second Child and the pilot of Unit 02. She is of mixed German and Japanese descent. Asuka is brash, egotistical and often verbally abusive (especially to Shinji), and has an exaggeratedly high opinion of her appearance and her skill as an Eva pilot. Her attitude, however, is a front masking deep-seated insecurities stemming from her traumatic childhood. Asuka is openly infatuated with Ryoji Kaji, but is also attracted to Shinji; however, she cannot properly express her affections. After going against orders to fight the angel Arael, she is forced to confront traumatizing memories, ending in a mental collapse. She is then rendered incapable for the remainder of the series. For her protection, NERV hides Asuka within Unit-02 in a lake in the The End of Evangelion. When she awakens, she battles the Mass Production Evangelions. Though she defeats them, her triumph is short-lived as they later regenerate and dismember Unit-02 along with Asuka with the help of their replicas of The Lance of Longinus. After Shinji rejects The Third Impact, she appears on a beach alongside him. In the Rebuild of Evangelion series, her name is changed to Asuka Shikinami Langley and ranked as captain of the Euro airforce.

NERV staff

Misato Katsuragi

Misato Katsuragi is the chief operations officer at NERV. In the series, she initially holds the rank of captain, with a later promotion to major; in the first Rebuild of Evangelion movie, she holds the rank of lieutenant colonel and then colonel in the second movie. She is the field commander for the Eva pilots, issuing orders and giving battle strategies as well as handling some bureaucratic matters. She is also Shinji and Asuka’s guardian, letting them live in her apartment rather than have them live alone. While she is professional and diligent in her duties, she is a slob and a drunkard while off-duty. She is the only survivor of the Katsuragi Expedition, the scientific study led by her father which triggered the Second Impact; the cross pendant she wears was given to her by her father just before his death. She and Ryoji Kaji were lovers during college, and slowly rekindle their romance over the course of the TV series. She mourns for Kaji after learning of his assassination.

Gendo Ikari

Gendo Ikari  is the commander of NERV who is responsible for the research done on the Evas, Rei Ayanami, and the Human Instrumentality Project. He is the father of the Third Child, Shinji Ikari, and the guardian of Rei. His original surname was Rokubungi, but he changed it to Ikari following his marriage to Yui. At the start of the series, he is the only person having an effective connection to Rei. As the series progresses, his unscrupulous past is revealed, as is the intensity with which he loved Yui. It is later revealed that he wished to use the Human Instrumentality Project as a means of reuniting with his wife inside Unit 01, where all human consciousness would be merged into one, with the initiator of the project becoming god-like.

Ritsuko Akagi

Ritsuko Akagi is NERV’s head scientist and, along with Gendo and Fuyutsuki, is the only person at NERV fully aware of the Evas’ true nature and the purpose of the Instrumentality Project. She is a workaholic and heavy smoker, and has been friends with both Misato and Kaji since college. She is also sexually involved with Gendo, but is eventually betrayed by Gendo when she realizes that he was using her in the same way that he used her mother. As revenge, she destroys the Dummy Plug system and is shot dead in The End of Evangelion, when she tries and fails to activate NERV’s self-destruct mechanism to stop Gendo from initiating Third Impact.

Kozo Fuyutsuki

Kozo Fuyutsuki is NERV’s Deputy Commander and Gendo Ikari’s right-hand man. He does not especially like Gendo, but he is the closest thing to a confidant that Gendo has in the series.

Once a professor of metaphysical biology at Kyoto University, Fuyutsuki became interested in the research and theories undertaken by Yui Ikari, and became her sponsor and mentor. Shortly thereafter, he was directed by his superiors to initiate a similar arrangement with Gendo Rokobungi. Later, after the Second Impact, Fuyutsuki traveled with Gendo to the ruins of Antarctica, and began to suspect that Gendo and his associates in SEELE were more powerful and dangerous than he originally realized. In 2003, Fuyutsuki discovered for himself the true nature of the events leading up to Second Impact and SEELE’s involvement in initiating that catastrophe. Gendo led him into the GeoFront and Central Dogma, and asked Fuyutsuki to join him in “creating a new future for mankind.”

During a flashback scene in Evangelion: Death and Rebirth, Fuyutsuki mentions that SEELE had threatened to make him “disappear,” implying that his recruitment may have been extortionary. Although Fuyutsuki was never more than a mentor and friend to Yui, it is implied that he was in love with her to some degree, as he was shocked to learn that she was marrying Gendo. In The End of Evangelion Lilith/Rei takes the form of Yui to achieve Fuyutsuki’s Instrumentality.

Ryoji Kaji

Ryoji Kaji  appears to be a triple agent, working as the chief inspection officer for NERV (Internal Affairs) while secretly investigating NERV for the Japanese government, and at times seemingly acting as a cat’s-paw both for and against Gendo Ikari and SEELE – in addition, he appears to have his own personal agenda independent of any organization, searching for the “truth” behind NERV, SEELE and the Human Instrumentality Project. During college, he and Misato were lovers, but broke up at Misato’s insistence. Years later, they are reunited on the UN fleet ferrying Unit 02 and Asuka to Japan. After he returns to NERV headquarters, Kaji and Misato rekindle their romance following a period of teasing and insults, when Misato confesses that she broke up with him because she realized that he reminded her of her father. He is eventually shot and killed by an unnamed assailant after defying his employers one time too many, but not before giving Misato information regarding the truth of the Instrumentality Project.

Makoto Hyuga

Makoto Hyuga is a first lieutenant at NERV and one of the three main computer technicians directly serving under Commanders Ikari and Fuyutsuki in the command post of Central Dogma, the others being Aoba and Ibuki. Hyuga at first gives the impression of being something of a nerd, reading manga while on his break time, but is a highly skilled technician. His quick thinking and bravery help save NERV headquarters from the attack by Matariel, and he acts as a spy for Misato, helping her obtain information regarding NERV’s machinations. The true extent of his feelings for Misato is shown in The End of Evangelion as Rei/Lilith takes the form of Misato during Instrumentality and passionately kisses him; he gets reverted to LCL.

Maya Ibuki

Maya Ibuki is a first lieutenant at NERV and a computer technician who works primarily with Ritsuko Akagi. Her main role during the battles against the Angels is to constantly monitor the Eva pilots’ synchronization ratios and send various emergency commands to the Evas as ordered by Misato or Gendo. In spite of her profession, Maya despises violence of any sort, and is frequently shown becoming nauseated and averting her eyes during battles with the Angels. In The End of Evangelion, Maya is the only NERV officer who is shown refusing to fight back against the JSSDF invaders. Maya holds Ritsuko in very high regard, and always refers to her as “senpai” in the original anime; The End of Evangelion heavily implies that Maya is actually in love with Ritsuko. Rei/Lilith penetrates Maya’s AT field by assuming the form of Ritsuko. Maya exclaims “Ritsuko!/Senpai!”, eagerly returns “Ritsuko”‘s embrace, and immediately gets reverted to LCL.

Shigeru Aoba

Shigeru Aoba is a first lieutenant at NERV and a computer technician. At times a stereotypical metalhead, he is a cynical nihilist and plays guitar (he can also sometimes be seen playing air guitar). Of the three technicians seen regularly in Central Dogma, his character is explored the least in the series. In The End of Evangelion, during Instrumentality, Rei/Lilith appears to him not as any loved one but rather as a bombardment of Reis which forces their way through his AT Field while he cowers and screams in horror under his desk.

Kaworu Nagisa

Kaworu Nagisa is the Fifth Child, and the seventeenth Angel, Tabris. He is sent to NERV by SEELE as a replacement pilot for Unit 02 after Asuka’s synchronization ratio falls below viability; however, his true purpose is to hasten the Human Instrumentality Project’s implementation. He briefly interacts with Shinji, forming a close bond between the two. He breaks into Terminal Dogma with the intention to return to Adam and initiate the Third Impact. Upon discovering that the being there is actually Lilith and eventually deciding that humanity’s existence to more worthy of preservation, he implores Shinji to destroy him. After his death, Kaworu appears in the beginning and middle of Third Impact in The End of Evangelion.

Classmates

Toji Suzuhara

Toji Suzuhara is the Fourth Child. Toji is a tough boy, the stereotypical “jock,” and is in constant conflict with Asuka. His younger sister was injured in the battle between the third Angel, Sachiel, and Unit 01, and he beats Shinji up soon after for being indirectly responsible. However, after witnessing firsthand the suffering Shinji experiences piloting Unit 01 in the battle against Shamshel, Toji comes to respect Shinji, apologizes to Shinji for beating him up (his sister was angry at him for beating him up and demanded he apologize), and the two eventually become friends. When the Tokyo branch of NERV gains custody of Unit-03, Toji is identified as the Fourth Child and approached to become an EVA pilot; he agrees in order for his sister to receive better medical treatment. During the activation test for Unit-03, the EVA is possessed by the Angel Bardiel and the unit is destroyed by Unit-01 under the control of the Dummy Plug system when Shinji refuses to fight against the possessed EVA out of concern for the pilot. Unit-01 savagely destroys the possessed Evangelion under extreme protest of Shinji, and crushes the pilot’s cockpit capsule, causing Toji to lose his leg. In the manga, the incident results in Toji’s death. In Rebuild of Evangelion, Toji does not become a pilot; instead, Asuka pilots Unit-03.

Kensuke Aida

Kensuke Aida is an otaku, a military buff, Toji’s best friend, and one of the “Other Children,” Eva pilot candidates in the same class as Shinji, Toji, Rei, Asuka, and Hikari. His hobbies include camping in the mountains surrounding Tokyo-3 and playing at simulated war reenacting – by himself. Kensuke solidifies his friendship with Shinji after Shinji saves him and Toji during the fight against the fourth Angel, Shamshel. Kensuke dreams of becoming an Eva pilot and ceaselessly begs Shinji to pull strings in NERV so he can be selected as a pilot, despite Shinji telling him that he has no say in the matter. He also seems oblivious to the intense physical and psychological distress endured by Eva pilots. Nevertheless, Kensuke enjoys the privileges of being the friend of an Eva pilot. Like Toji, Kensuke has a crush on Misato Katsuragi. He is rarely seen without his camcorder at hand. In the PS2 Battle Orchestra game, Kensuke is the appointed pilot to the EVA Unit 04, wearing a green plugsuit.

Hikari Horaki

Hikari Horaki is the class representative of the class that Shinji and the other Eva pilots attend. She has a by-the-book demeanor and takes her responsibilities as “class rep” seriously. Although she frequently bickers with Toji, she reveals to Asuka that she has an enormous crush on Toji but is unable to openly express her feelings to him. She also appears to be Asuka’s only friend. Hikari is an accomplished cook who appears to take care of her two sisters. Like presumably every one of Shinji’s classmates, Hikari’s mother is dead. However, no references were ever made as to whether her father is, either. Her given name, and that of her unseen younger sister, Nozomi, and elder sister, Kodama, is also in reference to the names of the trains of the Tōkaidō Shinkansen line. In a Gainax artwork picture she is shown in an orange plugsuit as the pilot for EVA Unit-05. She is also featured in a live action deleted scene in The End of Evangelion.

Other characters

Pen Pen

Pen Pen, or Pen², is a “hot spring penguin” and Misato’s pet. He appears to be modeled after a crested penguin with some minor coloration change. He lives in a custom refrigerator in Misato’s apartment, enjoys taking warm baths, eating whatever food he can get, and going to hot springs. He also appears to have a relatively high degree of intelligence, as he is also shown watching TV and reading newspapers. In the manga, he is the result of a genetics experiment at Misato’s former workplace, and she adopted him after the experiment’s conclusion rather than let him be euthanised. His wingtips have retractable claws, which modern birds do not have.

Naoko Akagi

Naoko Akagi was Ritsuko’s mother. She was the creator of the MAGI system and the former GEHIRN head technician. Naoko was involved in a romantic relationship with the recently widowed Gendo Ikari while working at GEHIRN. However, after Rei I called her an “old hag” and said that Gendo himself called Naoko that frequently, she realized that he had merely been using her affections to ensure her performance for him. In a fit of rage, Naoko strangled Rei I to death and then committed suicide. Soon afterward, GEHIRN was disbanded and the organization NERV was formed in its place. In vol. 10 of the manga, Naoko is shown to commit suicide after killing Rei I. Ritsuko witnesses both Rei’s murder and Naoko’s suicide.

Yui Ikari

Yui Ikari  was a student of genetic engineering at Kyoto University, where she met her future husband Gendo and her mentor and trusted friend Kozo Fuyutsuki. Afterwards, she joined the UN Artificial Evolution Laboratory (the future GEHIRN) in Hakone, Japan, and played an integral role in the E Project. She served as the test subject for the Contact Experiment of Unit 01 in 2004, but “disappeared” during testing. Though proclaimed dead, a part of her (her “soul”) lives on within Unit 01.

The final volume of the Evangelion manga reveals that Yui had made a conscious choice to remain with EVA unit 01 during the test that caused her disappearance. She confided her choice only to Fuyutsuki days prior to the test happening and made him promise never to reveal it to Gendo.

Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu

Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu, Asuka’s mother, was a key scientist in the German division of GEHIRN (what would later become NERV’s Third Branch) and the development of Unit 02, the first Production Type (the second and third of which were later produced by the two American branches of NERV). She was the subject of the Contact Experiment with Unit 02, but during the experiment her soul bonded with the EVA, causing severe mental damage to Kyoko. She became mentally unstable, believing that one of Asuka’s dolls was her daughter. She was admitted to a mental institution shortly after the experiment. Her husband had an affair with Kyoko’s own doctor, which eventually prompted Kyoko’s suicide in 2005.

In the manga version, Kyoko and her husband were unable to conceive a child, and divorced after he had an affair. He remarried and had a daughter, while Kyoko visited a sperm bank and became pregnant. She tried to poison Asuka to spite her ex-husband and his other child, referring to Asuka coldly as “that girl.” At one point, Kyoko tried to strangle Asuka. After the failed contact experiment, her violence was instead transferred to Asuka’s doll, as she was clearly in a dissociative state from the trauma. In the Rebuild of Evangelion movies, however, her story is omitted.

Keel Lorenz

Keel Lorenz is the leader of SEELE, represented as SEELE 01 in the monoliths and the main antagonist of the series. Among his most defining characteristics are his ancient appearance and the futuristic visor that he wears throughout the series. Little is revealed about him in the series, but he is believed to hold great political power in the UN. At some time between Second Impact and 2015, most of his body below the neck was replaced with cybernetic implants. Although he uses his visor to see, production drawings show that he still has eyes. The inspiration for his name (and, arguably, his character) originates from Konrad Lorenz, a zoologist known especially for his research on animal psychology. In the manga, his name is given as Lorenz Kiel.

Manga Monday- Neon Genesis Evangelion

Manga Monday- Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a long-running manga series by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (story & art) and Gainax’s co-founder Hideaki Anno (original work) and published by Kadokawa Shoten. It began in the February issue of Shōnen Ace in December 1994 and ended in June 2013. It consists of 14 volumes, each composed of several “stages” or chapters.

Initially released before the anime series of the same name, the manga was quickly outpaced and only reached its conclusion in June 2013, over 15 years after the conclusion of the TV series.

History

Neon Genesis Evangelion was created after a meeting between Hideaki Anno and King Records in 1993. Although the anime series was conceived first, the manga was the first to be released, to boost public interest in the upcoming TV series while it was still under production. Due to severe production delays, the anime ultimately aired a full 10 months after the manga first appeared in Shōnen Ace.

When the series finally appeared on TV in October 1995, Sadamoto’s manga storyline had completed what would later become volumes 1 to 3, matching the storyline of episodes 5 and 6 of the TV series. The anime rapidly outpaced the manga, to the point that the chapters comprising volume 4 (which included content corresponding to TV episode 8) were not released until over a year after the TV series had finished airing.

Despite an ostensible publishing schedule of one “stage” (chapter) each month in Shōnen Ace, Sadamoto’s actual publication schedule was irregular as he divided his time between other projects, releasing a new volume roughly every year and a half. For example, between the publication in Japan of volume 4 and volume 5, two years elapsed. While the manga ran for more than 18 years, only 14 volumes were published.

In 2008, it was announced that the Neon Genesis Evangelion manga was approaching its conclusion. In July 2009, it was moved to a new Shoten seinen magazine, Young Ace, where it was published until the January 2010 issue. At that point Sadamoto stopped writing the manga, putting the publication on hiatus in order to work on the latest Rebuild of Evangelion film. The December 2010 issue of Young Ace announced that the manga would resume that winter (early 2011); the April 2011 issue announced the next stage would be published April 4, 2011.

On February 12, 2012, half of the 90th Stage was published, retelling events as seen in episode 26 from The End of Evangelion. This was reportedly the final chapter. On May 2, 2012, Kadokawa Shoten announced that the 13th volume of the manga would be released on November 2, 2012, with ANN noting that “neither Sadamoto nor Kadokawa has confirmed that the 13th manga volume is still the final one.”

Film Friday- Moribito

Film Friday- Moribito

Media Blasters has confirmed that they acquired the rights to the anime. The series premiered on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block in the U.S. at 1:30 a.m. on August 24, 2008 EST, but was dropped from the schedule without warning or explanation on January 15, 2009 after two runs of the first ten episodes. The program returned to Adult Swim during the summer 2009 line-up with an airing of the entire series.

Anime

The series has been adapted into a 26 episode anime television series, produced by Production I.G and directed by Kenji Kamiyama, which premiered in Japan on NHK from April 7, 2007. The anime was based entirely on the first novel in the Guardian series and greatly expands the midsection of the novel.

At the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2007 in March, Geneon announced that they have acquired the license to the anime and Scholastic announced they have US distribution rights to the novels. After Geneon discontinued its distribution division, the rights transferred to Media Blasters. The series premiered in the United States at 1:30 a.m. on August 24, 2008 on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block, but was dropped from the schedule without warning or explanation on January 15, 2009 after two runs of the first ten episodes.

On June 13, 2009, the series was back on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block in the United States at 1:30am Sundays, but was moved to 2:30a.m. Eastern time, swapping it with Fullmetal Alchemist in November 2009.

Characters

The series primarily features Balsa and Chagum. Balsa is a wandering spear-wielder from the kingdom of Kanbal. Despite claiming to be a simple bodyguard-for-hire, in reality she wields her spear in order to save lives in atonement for the eight lives that were taken to protect her when she was a child. Chagum is a young prince of the New Yogo Empire, who throughout the series struggles to protect his empire from ruin.

In the first novel, Balsa agrees to become the bodyguard of Prince Chagum as her eighth and final job after she happens to save his life. Chagum, the second prince of the Imperial family of Yogo, carries a powerful spirit within him and has become the target of assassination by his father, the Emperor. Balsa must protect Chagum from relentless assassins as well as the spirit within her young charge as he attempts to master and understand his own powers.

During their journey, Balsa and Chagum are aided primarily by Balsa’s childhood friend, a Yakue healer named Tanda, and his teacher, Madame Torogai. Chagum’s tutor, the star reader Shuga, is also featured as a prominent supporting character and strives to learn the truth behind the spirit contained in Chagum’s body and restore the prince to his rightful place when he begins to suspect that Chagum is still alive.

Wednesday News- May 3, 2017

Wednesday News- May 3, 2017

News-

Welcome to the Ballroom Anime’s Video Previews Unison Square Garden Song- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-05-02/welcome-to-the-ballroom-anime-video-previews-unison-square-garden-song/.115604

Revolutionary Girl Utena [Complete Box Set]- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/revolutionary-girl-utena-complete-box-set/gn-1-5/.115427

BAKEMONOGATARI: Monster Tale Novel 1- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/bakemonogatari/monster-tale/novel-1/.115277

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

Anime-

  • Garo: Crimson Moon Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions BD/DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team DVD
  • Nurse Witch Komugi R BD
  • Nurse Witch Komugi R DVD
  • One Piece Film Gold BD/DVD Combo + UV
  • One Piece Film Gold DVD
  • One Piece: Heart of Gold TV Special BD/DVD
  • One Piece: Heart of Gold TV Special DVD
  • The Red Turtle BD
  • The Red Turtle DVD
  • Rio – Rainbow Gate! Reshuffled BD
  • Rio – Rainbow Gate! Reshuffled DVD

Manga-

  • Anonymous Noise GN 2A
  • Arpeggio of Blue Steel GN 10
  • Bleach Omnibus GN 19
  • Cells at Work! GN 4
  • D.Gray-man GN 25
  • Dragon Ball Super GN 1
  • Dreamin’ Sun GN 1
  • Haikyu!! GN 11
  • Hatsune Miku Bad End Night GN 1
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3: Stardust Crusaders GN 3 (Hardcover)
  • Maid-sama! Omnibus GN 8
  • Magical Girl Site GN 2
  • My Brother’s Husband GN 1 (Hardcover)
  • My Hero Academia GN 8
  • My Love Story!! GN 12
  • Nichijou GN 8
  • Nisekoi – False Love GN 21
  • One Piece GN 82
  • Toriko GN 38
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Omnibus GN 10

Other-

  • 009-1: The End of the Beginning Live-Action Film
  • Black Butler The Movie Live-Action Film

Other Tuesday- Moribito

Other Tuesday- Moribito

The Moribito series is a twelve volume series of Japanese fantasy novels, written by Nahoko Uehashi. The first novel in the series, Guardian of the Spirit, has been adapted into numerous media, including a radio drama, manga series, and an anime adaption. Scholastic released the first novel in English in June, 2008. The English translation of the first book, published by Arthur A. Levine Books, appeared in the summer of 2008; the second book’s translation appeared in April 2009. Due to unsatisfactory sales, publishing of the series in the U.S. has since been indefinitely suspended by Scholastic.

Setting

Moribito is set in a fantasy analogue of historical Asia. The setting includes several nations, such as Kanbal, a rugged, Himalayan-like kingdom, and New Yogo, a fertile empire that combines elements of feudal Japan and Southwest China. The supernatural plays very prominently into the world of the series, with the physical world being referred to as Sagu and a parallel spirit world being referred to as Nayug.

 

 

Manga Monday- Moribito

Manga Monday- Moribito

The manga adaptation of Seirei no Moribito is based on the anime adaptation of the novels. The series was adapted by Saki Futatsugi and Nahoko Uehashi and illustrated by Kamui Fujiwara.

Serialized in Shounen Gangan by Square Enix in 2007, the manga was later collected into three volumes.

List of Chapters

Volume 1

  • 1. Balsa, the Female Bodyguard
  • 2. Sudden Departure
  • 3. An Approaching Danger
  • 4. The Hunter and the Hunted
  • 5. The Counterattack

Volume 2

  • 6. The Water Guardian
  • 7. The Power of the Shaman
  • 8. The True History
  • 9. The Small Storyteller
  • 10. The Reunion with Torogai

Volume 3

  • 11. Living in the Hunting Cave in Winter
  • 12. Trial Season
  • 13. Attacking Claws
  • 14. Concluding Notes
  • 15. A Fight to the Death
  • Final Chapter: To a New Path