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Manga Monday- Trinity Blood

Manga Monday- Trinity Blood

Trinity Blood is a series of Japanese light novels written by Sunao Yoshida with illustrations by Thores Shibamoto and originally serialized in The Sneaker. Set 900 years after an apocalyptic war between humans and vampires, the series focuses on the ongoing cold war between the Vatican, the human government, and the “New Human Empire”, the government of the vampiric Methuselah. Fighting on the Vatican’s side is Abel Nightroad, a Crusnik – a vampire that feeds on vampires. The novels blend science fiction, fantasy, and political intrigue, with some in the Vatican and the Empire striving for peace, and the Rosen Kreuz Order doing anything in its power to stop it.

Trinity Blood has been adapted into both manga and anime series, with continuity differences between the three versions. His friend Yasui aided in completing the manga, with illustrations by Kiyo Kujō. The anime series, spanning 24 episodes, was produced by Gonzo and originally aired on WOWOW network.

Differences among adaptations

While the novels, manga, and anime series all cover the same basic story and feature many of the same characters, they do have some minor and major differences. Each has its own unique variation on the major story arcs, and in general the novels give the most detail concerning the political elements and background information on the stories. There are a few minor name changes and many details found in the novels are not given in the anime or manga.

Dietrich’s character design, as seen in the manga, is younger and more boyish than in the anime

The artwork also differs from all three versions, as the character designs were each created by different artists. There are similarities, however, as Shibamoto is responsible for the novel illustrations, while Kiyo Kujō based his work in the manga on Shibamoto’s original designs. In the anime series, Dietrich von Lohengrin’s cold, evil nature is reflected in his appearance, while in the manga he has a softer, bishōnen design that is incongruous with his actual nature. Similarly, Endre is described as looking like a boy of around 10–12 years old, while in the anime he is given an adult appearance. In additions to variants in appearances, there are differences in personalities relationships between the versions, and there are some characters that are unique to each adaptation. Sister Noelle, whose death devastates Abel in the anime series and in the novels, does not exist in the manga series. Alternatively, the anime does not mention Tres’ two “brothers”.

Depending on the adaptation, some events occur at varying points in the story, while other events are unique to a single adaptation. The anime series’ introductory-style episodes are based on the novel segments with the same names, but they are told in a different story. For example, in the novels, “From the Empire”, the chapter in which Abel meets Asthe is the third chapter, following Flight Night and Witch Hunt, However, in the anime, From the Empire is the eleventh episode, coming after the Star of Sorrow arc and the Silent Noise incident. Conversely, the manga starts right with the Star of Sorrow arc and Abel meeting Esther and Dietrich. The Neumann brothers and their related story elements are found only in the novels. In the novels, it was Abel who interrupted the Cardinal’s gathering, rather than Caterina or Leon, and the only people available to investigate the Silent Noise incident in Rome are Abel, Tres, and Leon.

Manga

The chapters of the Trinity Blood manga series are illustrated by Kiyo Kujō and are based on the original light novel series written by Sunao Yoshida and illustrated by Thores Shibamoto. The ongoing series premiered in the shōjo manga anthology Monthly Asuka in 2004. Individual chapters are called “Acts”, and the chapter titles are based on film titles, except for chapter 22, the title of which comes from “the lyrics of the theme song of a certain pioneering kendo anime”. The individual chapters are collected and published in tankōbon volumes by Kadokawa Shoten, with the first released on March 17, 2004; as of March 24, 2015, 18 volumes were released.

The series is licensed for English-language release in North America by Tokyopop. In Australia and New Zealand, both the Chuang Yi and Tokyopop volumes are being released by Madman Entertainment through an importation agreement.

The first volume of the Trinity Blood manga reached the 30th spot on the Top 100 Graphic Novel sales for November 2006. Subsequent volumes have also all appeared in the top 100 spots in March, July, and November 2007.

Film Friday- Magic Knight Rayearth

Film Friday- Magic Knight Rayearth

The manga was adapted into two anime series in 1994 and an original video animation (OVA) in 1997.

Differences in the anime adaptation

The first season remains mostly faithful to the first arc of the manga aside from the inclusion of the original character Inouva and a multitude of subplots, but the second season shows a rapid departure. Most notable differences are the creation of two anime-only antagonists, Nova and Lady Debonair, who were born from the intense despair of Hikaru and the people of Cephiro respectively after the death of Princess Emeraude. It is also revealed by the Rune Gods that the girls were summoned back to Cephiro by their own will, most notably Hikaru’s as her strength of heart also allowed her to become the new Pillar, a position she rejects in a similar fashion to the manga.

Anime

The anime series aired first on Japan’s Yomiuri TV and on NNS in Tokyo on October 17, 1994, and ended on November 27, 1995. It was directed by Toshihiro Hirano and co-produced by Yomiuri TV and Tokyo Movie Shinsha (now TMS Entertainment). The anime had 2 seasons, lasting 49 episodes altogether. The TV series was licensed in the U.S. twice, first by The Ocean Group and second by Media Blasters and was dubbed by Bang Zoom! Entertainment. The anime series was also aired on the Philippine television network ABS-CBN in 1996, dubbing in Filipino language and aired every Sunday at 9:00 am at the first season and moved to 10:30 am in 1997 for the second season. At the time, it became popular to average Filipino female children and became one of the Philippines’ highest-rated anime television of the 20th century, and helping to revitalize Filipino interest in anime. It was later aired on GMA Network on November 26, 2001, but on a weekday basis and with a Tagalog dub produced by Telesuccess Productions. It was released on both VHS and DVD. On November 21, 2014, Discotek Media announced they have license the TV series and will re-release the series on DVD and Blu-ray.

OVA

A three-part OVA was released in Japan a few years after the end of the manga and the TV series (July 25, September 26, and December 10, 1997). The OVA was named simply Rayearth, and its story was quite different from the original. The characters are all the same, but the relationships, places and events changed radically.

In the OVA, Hikaru, Umi and Fuu are already friends who go to the same school and will soon be leaving for high school. Suddenly, a strange fairy (which turns out to be Mokona, the creature from the original series) appears in front of them. At the same time, strange monsters and wizards start to appear in the city of Tokyo. One of them is Clef, who tries to guide the three girls in order to let them become the Magic Knights, awaken their Mashin and fight against the evil wizards from Cephiro, who are trying to invade the human world. In this version, Ferio, who is a sorcerer under Princess Emeraude’s command, is not her brother. Eagle Vision fills that role instead, as well as being the main antagonist after he tricked Zagato to commit suicide in order to bring upon a false balance to Cephiro. His ties to Autozam are non-existent in this version, as he is a citizen of Cephiro from the start. He would put a spell on Emeraude to convince her that Zagato is still alive, so that the sorcerers of Cephiro can continue to exist on Earth as the two worlds would soon merge and each sorcerer would battle against the Magic Knights. Lantis is also introduced right away as being an ally to the Magic Knights and against Eagle’s plans. The only other characters that are in the OVA are Ascot and Alcyone, with none of the other characters are featured.

The OVA is licensed in the U.S. by Manga Entertainment, who opted to use a different New York-based voice cast for its English release, which was produced by Skypilot Entertainment.

Wednesday News- July 5, 2017

Wednesday News- July 5, 2017

News-

The Summer 2017 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2017/summer/.118099

Anime Expo 2017- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/convention/2017/anime-expo/.118036

Shelf Life: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2017-07-03/.118308

Castlevania Animated Series Reveals Cast- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-07-04/castlevania-animated-series-reveals-cast/.118423

Anime-

  • The Boy and The Beast Collector’s Edition BD/DVD + UV
  • Card Captor Sakura Standard Edition BD
  • Gatchaman Fighter DVD
  • Hanasaku Iroha – Blossoms for Tomorrow Set 1 Standard Edition BD
  • Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home Standard Edition BD
  • Hyou-ka Part 1 BD/DVD

Manga-

  • 7th Garden GN 5
  • Alice & Zoroku GN 1
  • Alive GN 18 (Digital)
  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride GN 7
  • Anonymous Noise GN 3
  • Appleseed Alpha GN (Hardcover)
  • Berserk GN 38
  • Bleach GN 70
  • Blue Exorcist GN 17
  • DAYS GN 3 (Digital)
  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House GN 9
  • Fuuka GN 12 (Digital)
  • GTO: Paradise Lost GN 3 (Digital)
  • Haikyu!! GN 13
  • Honey So Sweet GN 7
  • Kasane GN 2 (Digital)
  • Magical Girl Apocalypse GN 12
  • Naruto Omnibus GN 19
  • Nichijou GN 9
  • Nisekoi GN 22
  • Nurse Hitomi’s Monster Infirmary GN 6P
  • Oresama Teacher GN 22
  • Plum Crazy! Tales of A Tiger-Striped Cat GN 1
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire GN 4
  • Pokémon XY GN 11
  • Rurouni Kenshin Omnibus GN 3
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN 4 (Digital)
  • Twin Star Exorcists GN 9
  • Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea GN
  • The Water Dragon’s Bride GN 2
  • World Trigger GN 16
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches GN 14

Other-

  • Occultic;Nine Novel 1

 

Manga Monday- Magic Knight Rayearth

Manga Monday- Magic Knight Rayearth

Magic Knight Rayearth is a Japanese manga series created by Clamp. Appearing as a serial in the manga magazine Nakayoshi from the November 1993 issue to the February 1995 issue, the chapters of Magic Knight Rayearth were collected into three bound volumes by Kodansha, and published from July 1994 to March 1995. A sequel was serialized in the same manga magazine from the March 1995 issue to the April 1996 issue, and was published by Kodansha in three bound volumes from to July 1995 to April 1996. The series follows three eighth-grade girls who find themselves transported from modern-day Japan into a magical world, where they are tasked with rescuing a princess.

Rayearth combines elements from the magical girl and mecha anime genres with parallel world fantasy.

In 1997, Tokyopop licensed Magic Knight Rayearth for an English-language translation in North America, and serialized it in its manga magazine MixxZine The English version of the manga was at first issued in a flipped left to right format, but was re-released in the original right to left format in later editions. The English version of the manga also at first continued the volume numbering through the two series, such that Magic Knight Rayearth II volumes #1-3 were numbered as volumes “#4-6” (i.e., the 2000/2001 release of Magic Knight Rayearth volume 4 has the same content as the 2003/2004 re-release’s Magic Knight Rayearth II volume 1).

It would appear that Tokyopop has lost their license for the series, as Dark Horse Comics announced at their San Diego Comic-Con International 2009 panel that they would be publishing the series in a new omnibus edition in honor of Clamp’s 20th anniversary. Dark Horse published the omnibus editions from July 6, 2011, to April 12, 2012.

The series is also licensed in French by Pika Édition.

Plot-

Magic Knight Rayearth focuses on three eighth-grade girls: tomboyish and headstrong Hikaru Shidou; the quick-tempered and no-nonsense only child Umi Ryuuzaki; and intelligent and ladylike Fuu Hououji. While on a field trip to the Tokyo Tower with their respective schools, the girls find themselves drawn into another world, Cephiro. There they learn that Cephiro is influenced by one’s will and that the Pillar maintains Cephiro through prayer. The girls are then tasked with rescuing the current Pillar, Princess Emeraude, from her abductor, the high priest and antagonist Zagato, after which they will be returned to Tokyo.

Guided by the creature Mokona on their quest, the girls discover their respective element-based magic and awaken the three Rune-Gods (魔神? Mashin), who can take the form of giant robots that the girls must pilot. As the girls progress on their journey, they overcome their differences, learning how to work together and accept each other as friends. After the girls find and destroy Zagato, they finally reach Emeraude, but they learn that she had fallen in love with Zagato, which had hindered her ability to pray solely for Cephiro’s well-being, and imprisoned herself as a result. Feeling responsible for her actions, she summoned the Magic Knights to kill her, as no one from Cephiro could harm the Pillar. Her dark side then takes over, seeking to destroy the Magic Knights for killing her love. After a short defensive fight against Princess Emeraude, the Magic Knights have no choice but to kill her. They then find themselves transported back to Tokyo.

The second part of the series deals with the complications caused by Princess Emeraude’s death. Set a year later, it opens with the three protagonists struggling with their guilt and despair over their role in her death. Meeting again at Tokyo Tower, they find themselves transported mysteriously to Cephiro again, and discover that only a single piece of Cephiro remains, which holds a castle where the survivors gather to take refuge. With the Pillar gone, Cephiro is, for the most part, defenseless, and the girls are saddened to learn that a new Pillar must be chosen by the Pillar system before the whole planet is destroyed. Three warring planets begin their attempts to conquer Cephiro: Autozam, a technologically advanced world which intends to use the Pillar system to remove the pollution in its air; Fahren, whose childish ruler Lady Aska plans to turn it into a world of her whims; and Chizeta, an overpopulated world whose sibling rulers Tatra and Tarta see Cephiro as a potential colony.

As the Magic Knights help defend the castle, they each agree that the fate of the planet should not be the responsibility of only one person which, like Princess Emeraude, effectively prevents that person from ever being able to live and love freely. What’s more, they are certain that when a new Pillar in chosen, something may eventually hinder them from praying solely for Cephiro’s well-being, cause them to summon new Magic Knights to kill them, and bring Cephiro to near-destruction again until a new pillar is chosen, much like Emeraude, which would cause the cycle of events to continue endlessly. Some of the survivors believe this idea as well, particularly Lantis, a powerful magic swordsman and Zagato’s younger brother, who wishes to end the Pillar system for those reasons.

Eventually, Mokona narrows the candidates down to two: Hikaru and the sickly Eagle Vision of Autozam, who is friends with Lantis and, as such, wishes to end the Pillar system for him with his eternal sleep. As the two undergo the test to become the new Pillar in a recreation of Tokyo, Mokona reveals itself to be the creator of Cephiro and its laws, which it had created after sadly witnessing the violence and destructive nature of the people on its earlier creation, Earth. It was responsible for bringing the three girls back to Cephiro. In the end, Hikaru becomes the new Pillar of Cephiro, and brings Eagle Vision back to Cephiro with the help of Fuu and Umi, against Mokona’s insistence that only one may return. Hikaru then rebels against the Pillar system, decreeing once and for all that the fate of the planet should not be the responsibility of one person. Mokona accepts their decision and leaves with the three Mashin. The manga concludes with the three girls’ return to a new Cephiro to visit their loved ones, as they work with the rulers of the other planets to solve their planets’ problems, and contemplate Mokona’s wish to allow the three protagonists to bring change to Cephiro.