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Wednesday News- February 28, 2018

Wednesday News- February 28, 2018

News-

Kodansha USA Licenses Starving Anonymous, Perfect World, Liar x Liar Manga Digitally- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-27/kodansha-usa-licenses-starving-anonymous-perfect-world-liar-x-liar-manga-digitally/.128342

March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2’s Video Previews March 3 Return- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-26/march-comes-in-like-a-lion-season-2-video-previews-march-3-return/.128278

Chrono Trigger Launches for Steam- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-27/chrono-trigger-launches-for-steam/.128329

2018 Pokemon Film’s Trailer Reveals Title, New Characters- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-27/2018-pokemon-film-trailer-reveals-title-new-characters/.128295

Anime-

  • Attack on Titan Season 2 BD/DVD
  • Attack on Titan Season 2 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Cinderella Boy DVD
  • Flip Flappers! BD
  • Flip Flappers! Premium Box Set BD
  • Izetta: The Last Witch BD/DVD
  • Library War BD
  • NieA_7 BD/DVD
  • Scar-red Rider XechS DVD
  • Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer BD
  • Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer DVD

Manga-

  • Again!! GN 1
  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride GN 8
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card GN 2
  • Clockwork Planet GN 7
  • Corpse Princess GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • Delicious in Dungeon GN 4
  • Devilman Grimoire GN 2
  • Dragon Head GN 1-10 (Digital Only)
  • Flowers of Evil Complete Omnibus GN 2
  • Freezing GN 10
  • Girls’ Last Tour GN 4
  • Kiss Him, Not Me GN 1 3
  • My Boyfriend in Orange GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • My Brother the Shut-in GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Pitch-Black Ten GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • PTSD Radio GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • A Polar Bear in Love GN 2
  • Rose Guns Days Season Three GN 3
  • Scum’s Wish GN 6
  • To Love Ru Darkness GN 3
  • Unmagical Girl GN 2

Other-

  • A Certain Magical Index GN 6
  • Clockwork Planet Novel 1
  • Nekomonogatari (White) Cat Tale Novel

 

Manga Monday- Paradise Kiss

Manga Monday- Paradise Kiss

Paradise Kiss, abbreviated to “ParaKiss”, is a manga series written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa. It appeared as a serial in the Japanese fashion magazine Zipper. Shodensha collected the chapters into five volumes.

This comic and anime are widely popular not only in Japan, but in many countries around the world. The Paradise Kiss manga and anime has been translated and dubbed or subtitled from Japanese to at least ten different languages, Vietnamese, Chinese (Taiwan), Korean, Finnish, French, Italian, Polish, Thai, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Cantonese (Hong Kong) and English. The English version was published by Vertical, Inc..

Paradise Kiss occurs in the same universe as Yazawa’s previous work, Neighborhood Story, which has not yet been published in English. However, Paradise Kiss is a stand-alone story, as only three of the supporting characters are featured, who were only small children in Gokinjo Monogatari. Some of the main characters from Gokinjo Monogatari also make appearances throughout Paradise Kiss.

Tokyopop licensed Paradise Kiss for an English-language release in North America and serialized it in its manga magazine Smile. After Tokyopop’s dissolving in 2011, New York based publishers Vertical, Inc. acquired the rights to the property with plans on releasing the series in a three-volume A5 sized set with new covers, color plates and newly commissioned translation set for Fall 2012. Madman Entertainment distributes the series in Australia and New Zealand. The series is also licensed in France by Kana, in Poland by Waneko and in Russia by Comics Factory.

Characters

Yukari “Caroline” Hayasaka

Yukari is a pretty high school senior that studies dutifully for her university entrance exams. She cannot find meaning in her repetitive life and feels that she has not truly lived at all. As a student at a prestigious high school, she begins with a snobbish attitude towards the fashion design students. After she is scouted by Arashi and “kidnapped” by Isabella, her attitude towards them begins to change to one of admiration for the students’ passion and drive. Her intense relationship with George pushes her to grab hold of her identity, despite the fact that she feels he is a cold and manipulative man. The members of ParaKiss support her as she discovers new depths to her ambitions (becoming a professional model) and personality. She is often referred to as “Caroline” or “Carrie” by the members of ParaKiss. (Before the group knew her name, they called her Caroline. The nickname stuck.) In the manga, she eventually marries Hiroyuki after George leaves to pursue fashion design in Paris. In the anime, she gets married to an unnamed boyfriend assumed to be Hiroyuki. In the live-action film, she rejects Hiroyuki and finds George while on a modelling job in New York.

Jōji “George” Koizumi

George is a senior at Yazagaku fashion school with a gift for fashion design, particularly in haute couture. Although his personality can appear cold, he lives like a hedonist and has extravagant ideas on everything, most of which are not accepted by the mainstream. George is bisexual and explains himself as an “equal opportunity lover”. He refers to Yukari as both his muse and a tease. He wishes for her to become an independent woman that makes her own decisions and takes responsibility for them. His appearance is loosely based on Brian Slade of Velvet Goldmine, several references to the film are made by him in the manga. Yukari humorously questions if he is actually an alien because of his distinctive blue hair and eyes. The lifestyle that he lives is that of a wealthy young bachelor; he lives in a high-end loft and drives a vintage Jaguar. This lifestyle and his tuition are both paid for by George’s wealthy father, but because his mother was merely a mistress, he rarely sees him. His mother often complains that despite his ill will towards his father, he looks and acts just like him. In the end, he’s sad to leave Yukari behind but goes with Isabella to Paris to pursue fashion design.

Film Friday- Louie the Rune Soldier

Film Friday- Louie the Rune Soldier

The Rune Soldier anime consists of 24 episodes. The episodes are either a stand-alone adventure, or a story arc consisting of multiple episodes. In general the plot of each episode or story arc revolves around the group looking for, finding, and participating in an adventure. Probably due to interpretation or stylistic differences most episodes have a verbal spoken and written name that does not match exactly.

The anime had an NTSC release of September 13, 2005 by Section 23. There were 6 discs total.

As there is not much else written about the series I am going to summarize the first few episodes.

Episode 1 “The Hero Descends

The episode introduces the main characters, beginning with Melissa, Genie, and Merrill. While investigating a ruin they indicate their need for a magician to join them to open a magically sealed door. Three days later they have traveled to the town of Ohfun. Merrill and Genie individually meet Louie with mixed results. Merrill believes him to be a pervert because he was being chased by a group of angry women and that he falls, while thanking her, and pulls her shorts down. Genie meets Louie while she is being confronted by a group of their rival adventurers. They claim she has insulted them by running into one of them and not apologizing. Louie appears, impossibly wedged in a slight opening between the town wall and a building. He precedes to attack the three men using his fists. Genie sees Louie as a reckless thrill seeker.

Later, Melissia, Merrill, and Genie have met up at a tavern. Merrill reveals she has learned of a pub that magicians frequent. The next night, they meet up at the pub, and approach Ila. She in turn introduces them to Louie. All three refuse Louie in joining them. Ila and Louie inform them that Louie is likely the only magician willing to join them. As Louie tries to convince them of his worth, he irritates Genie and she confronts him. He refuses to back down and pulls out a magical device, that he drops and damages the pub. Luckily he was the only person left in the pub as everyone else fled. Later still the three girls meet at apparently a new tavern, they are drinking and angrily discuss Louie’s incompetence. Melissia then reveals she will be undergoing her “Sacred Ritual of Revealing,” the next day. This is a Mylee rite that reveals a Champion to whom the priestess must serve. She envisions a dashing knight, and gets lost in her daydream of their adventures together.
The next day opens on Melissia giving a sermon on Champions and heroes. She then speaks with Anna, Ganet, and Joan, three younger priestesses who believe she will be shown her champion. She calmly advises them that it may not be successful, and then when alone giggles and sings about getting her champion. The next scene shows Louie being released from jail and we find his adoptive father Master Carwes, arranged for his early release. He goes to the magician’s guild and tries to attend classes but cannot get the idea of adventuring out of his mind. He and Iila talk in his dorm room, about his apparent lack of talent and dedication to his studies. As they speak about the three adventurers, they both conclude that the adventurers are looking for a magician to complete their group. Louie leaps to the conclusion that they want his help, but cannot ask him directly. He tells Ila the only member of the group he knows how to find is Melissia since she is a Mylee priestess. Genie and Merrill meet up at Genie’s home outside Ohfun and their conversation turns to Louie. They decide to go see Melissia to see how her “Ritual of Revealing” has gone. Melissia is shown entering a sacred room of the Mylee temple with Chief Priestess Jenny officiating the rite. Melissia now alone and nude enters a pool of waist high water facing a statue of Mylee. To her delight, the deity speaks to her stating the next person she sees will be her champion. During the rite Louie arrives at the temple and is driven off by the three young priestesses. He then meets Genie and Merrill and after Genie pulls her sword on him, he runs away with Merrill and Genie in pursuit. As he navigates the temple he is constantly confronted by and attacked by a small army of young priestesses. He finally evades them and climbs to the top of the temple. Genie and Merrill are already there and begin to attack him. Louie pulls out his magic wand and begins to cast a spell, which backfires and destroys part of the temple roof. He falls through and lands in front of Melissia. Melissia screams, realizing Louie is her destined champion.

Episode 2 “The First Experience

The girls confront Louie in Genie’s home and Melissia reveals her revelation that Louie is her champion, much to her despair. Even Louie doubts the validity of this revelation. He then uses it to convince the girls to take him on their adventure. Melissia indicates she is forced to go with him if it his wish. In preparing for the adventure Louie receives a charm for his magic wand, from his adoptive father Master Carwes, and sword training from Genie. Upon leaving for the adventure Louie receives what will become a recurring task of carrying the party’s equipment and provisions. Upon reaching the ruins Louie is left to move rubble from the entrance, only Genie helps out with moving the final, and largest stone. Louie then attempts to open the sealed door with his magic, but is forced to read some cheat note to complete it. Upon entering and exploring the underground ruins, the group come to a dead end room and begin to search for secret doors, Louie, by luck alone, effortlessly finds a hidden door, and envisions finding a mountain of treasure that will earn him the affections of all three girls. Instead he finds a small group of monsters called goblins. He tries to flee and rejoin the girls who were on the other side of the room. When he is struck on the back of the head he loses control of himself and begins to brawl with the goblins. While he successfully defeats them, the girls have a running dialogue of their despair at Louie not accepting his role as their magician, instead of their fighter. Louis breaks his magic wand by using it like a club. In the end they find no treasure, but Louie comments on his happiness to have been on the adventure. This provokes Merrill to punch him.

Episode 3 “The Big Scuffle

The group returns to Ohfun. The girls are still angry from not finding any treasure and use Louie’s needing a wand to use magic to abandon him until he can find a replacement wand. The girls are individually shown complaining about Louie to people they know in town. They meet up an inn and Ila and Louie meet them. Ila proceeds to give Louie three useless magical items: a cloak that can make him invisible, but is too small, a box containing an illusion of a cooked chicken, and a whistle than can call demons to your location, but does not allow you to control them. When Merrill comments on how useless each one is, Ila comments that they would be more useful than non-existent teammates. This angers the three girls and Louie, perceiving their hostility, quickly excuses himself and Ila. This leads to the girls “grudgingly” helping Louie out when he decides to stock up on gear and get the wood required for his new wand. In the end, not being able to live with Louie’s probable death upon entering the Phantom Forest alone hanging on their collective conscience, they decide to accompany him.

Episode 4 “The Phantom Forest

The group has made their way into the forest and are finishing up a group of monsters summoned when Louie blew the whistle. After cleaning up and preparing to obtain the wood he needs, Louie notices a presence and gives chase to it, despite the girls’ protests. A chase ensues, and Louie is soon captured by the presence – a female elf named Ceresia. Breaking free of his bonds, he turns the tables on her and captures her, after which the team questions her. Louie’s simple nature soon finds the party prisoners in the elven village whose lands the forest is a part of. Not wanting to see what vile fate the elves have in store for them, and to show them that humans are not monsters the elves thought them to be, Louie blows the whistle, summoning more monsters, and causing the village to panic. The party takes advantage of the confusion by breaking out, and instead of running for it Louie beats the summoned monsters with a wild boar carcass and later with his fists. They bid Ceresia farewell and return to Ohfun.

Episode 5 “Inexperienced Extracurricular Activities

One of Melissa’s duties as a priestess of Mylee is to help train the young priestesses. Melissa goes to some ruins with 3 trainees to help them get experience in defeating monsters. Merill and Genie decide to come along for support and Louie, unable to resist the pull of adventure, tags along too. It turns out the ruins are infested with zombies, and once inside the floor collapses and Melissa and Louie get stuck together. They eventually find their way out, and the rest of the group leaves Louie floundering trying to find his magic wand.

 

 

Wednesday News- February 21, 2018

Wednesday News- February 21, 2018

News-

Ni no Kuno II Game’s Video Previews 1at 15 Minutes- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-20/ni-no-kuni-ii-game-video-previews-1st-15-minutes/.128038

Bleach Live-Action Film’s Teaser Shows Ichigo’s 1st Hollow Battle- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-20/bleach-live-action-film-teaser-shows-ichigo-1st-hollow-battle/.128057

Kodansha USA Lists Dragon Head Manga as Digital Release- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-20/kodansha-usa-lists-dragon-head-manga-as-digital-release/.128055

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Gets Anime Tie-In Short- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-19/sword-art-online-fatal-bullet-gets-anime-tie-in-short/.128006

Anime-

  • All Out!! Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 3 BD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 3 DVD
  • Food Wars! The Second Plate Premium Box Set BD/DVD
  • Non Non Biyori Complete Collection BD

Manga-

  • All Out!! Graphic Novel (GN) 5 (Digital Only)
  • Aoharu X Machinegun GN 9
  • Bloom Into You GN 4
  • Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage GN 3
  • Chihayafuru GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Cosplay Animal GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Fuuka GN 16 (Digital Only)
  • Giant Spider & Me – A Post-Apocalyptic Tale GN 1
  • Hotaru’s Way GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Kasane GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Kase-san and… An Apron GN
  • Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade Novel 8
  • Lord Marksman and Vanadis GN 6
  • Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka GN 2
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt GN 6
  • NTR: Netsuzou Trap GN 4
  • The Prince’s Black Poison GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GN 1
  • Red Colored Elegy GN
  • Silver Spoon GN 1
  • Tales of Zestiria GN 4
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 4
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 3
  • The Voices of a Distant Star GN

Other-

  • The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria GN 2
  • Garo Kiba BD
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 5
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria Novel 5
  • Log Horizon Novel 10
  • Metal Gear Survive PlayStation 4/Xbox One/PC Game
  • Occultic;Nine Novel 3
  • Psycome Novel 6
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Novel 6
  • Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet PlayStation 4/Xbox One/PC Game

Manga Monday- Louis the Rune Soldier

Manga Monday- Louis the Rune Soldier

Rune Soldier is an anime and manga series based on the original light novel series by Ryo Mizuno, which features soldier Louie as the hero. The series takes place on the continent of Alecrast on the world called Forcelia, and is related to the novel, anime, and manga series Sword World. It is a sibling series to Record of Lodoss War (which is also directed by Mizuno), taking place on a continent north of Lodoss Island.

Characters

Louie 
A member of the Magician’s Guild in Ohfun and the adopted son of Carwes the guild’s master. Muscular and a little on the dumb side; Louie is prone to getting drunk in bars, chasing after girls, and brawling when he should be studying his magic. As a result, he tends to use brute force instead of magic, much to the chagrin of his companions (for example, on his first adventure, Louie lost his temper when a troop of goblins clubbed him on the head and then broke his wand when he used it to club them back). Despite his shortcomings as a wizard, Louie possesses a strong sense of justice and is unfailingly loyal to those he considers his friends. Louie’s stupidity mostly results as a lack of planning and forethought, he’s actually a lot smarter than he usually appears to be, often figuring things out that others overlook. While it isn’t mentioned in the anime (other than Louie’s strong resemblance to him) it is strongly hinted in the manga that Louie is the illegitimate son of the King.
Melissa 
Adventurer and priestess to Mylee, god of war. Naive and idealistic, Melissa’s dream is to serve a chosen hero of her patron god which of course causes her great despair when Mylee reveals her destined champion is Louie (in the anime she frequently says “This is against my will” several times an episode). Throughout the course of the series, Melissa gradually begins to realize that perfect heroes don’t exist and by the end of the series not only fully accepts Louie as her chosen hero but may also have developed feelings for him as well.
Genie 
Adventurer and former soldier of Ohfun. She has a rather cool demeanor but Louie’s stupid behavior tends to push her to the point of violence. A highly adept warrior, Genie’s favorite weapon is a broadsword as big as herself and likewise is strong enough to slug it out on the same level as Louie. As the story progresses, Genie comes to respect Louie as a friend when she finds that he, unlike most men, doesn’t look down on her because she is a woman and even teaches him basic sword fighting.
Merrill 
Adventurer, thief and part-time job worker with a fanatical obsession for money. When not adventuring, Merrill is either raising funds for the next adventure through various part-time jobs or looking at any scheme to get rich, including running booths at various events in Ohfun. Like Genie, Merril is driven crazy by Louie’s behavior and frequently explodes in violence at him.
Aila 
Member of the Magician’s Guild and Louie’s friend. Despite many attempts to get Louie on a date, especially considering her rather voluptuous frame, their relationship remains platonic and open much to her dismay. Although highly knowledgeable in magic theory and magical item lore (her chief area of study), Aila herself claims to be inferior to Louie in raw magical prowess. She also tends to go to pieces and pass out whenever trouble surfaces on adventures she tags along with. In the manga, Aila’s character is more sultry than in the anime and she especially enjoys getting Louie flustered by flirting with him.
Celecia 
A beautiful elf girl the group met while journeying through a forest.

 

Film Friday- Revolutionary Girl Utena

Film Friday- Revolutionary Girl Utena

The anime series is divided into four story arcs, in each of which Utena comes to face a different challenge at Ohtori Academy. In all of them, Utena must defend her title as the owner of the Rose Bride, with the intention of protecting Anthy. The duels almost always occur when someone with the Rose Crest ring challenges the current Engaged, though the Engaged may challenge other Duelists as well. No refusal is accepted. The matches occur in the dueling arena, a large, high platform in the academy’s outskirts, which is only open to duelists. The Rose Bride pins roses to the Duelists’ jackets. They then sword fight until one duelist wins by knocking away the opponent’s rose with his or her blade.

(The story arc names below link to more details than given here as well as the episodes.)

  • Student Council Saga
Episodes 1 to 13. This first part of the series introduces Utena, Anthy and most of the main characters. It depicts how Utena ends up winning the Rose Bride, and her initial duels against the Student Council members. They in turn insist for various reasons on fighting in order to defeat Utena and win Anthy in order to gain the power to revolutionize the world.
  • Black Rose Saga
Episodes 14 to 24. After repelling the Student Council’s attempts to take Anthy, Utena faces another obstacle, Souji Mikage. Disguised as a genius 18-year-old school counselor, he uses his powers of persuasion and knowledge of psychology to put people under his control by coaxing them to confide their deepest hostilities and fears. Almost always, these people are students whose problems stem from conflict with Utena, Anthy and the Student Council. He then sends them, wearing black Rose Crest rings on their fingers and frozen, black roses on their chests to fight Utena. This arc also introduces Akio Ohtori.
  • Akio Ohtori Saga
Episodes 25 to 33. After solving the Mikage situation, Utena must fight rematches against the Student Council, whose members attain new abilities upon meeting Akio. At the same time, she finds herself the target of Akio’s seduction, creating a rift between her and Anthy.
  • Apocalypse Saga
Episodes 34 to 39. As the conflict escalates, the dark secrets of the duels and Akio and Anthy’s true intentions behind them are unveiled, and Utena confronts Akio in a final duel to free Anthy from his influence.

A movie, Adolescence of Utena, was released in theatres in 1999. A number of stage productions based on the franchise were also produced in the mid-1990s, including the “Comédie Musicale Utena la fillette révolutionnaire”, staged by an all-female Takarazuka-style cast.

The main character is Utena Tenjou, a tomboyish teenage girl who was so impressed by a kind prince in her childhood that she decided to become a prince herself, expressed in her manner of dress and personality. She attends Ohtori Academy, where she meets a student named Anthy Himemiya, a girl who is in an abusive relationship with another student. Utena fights to protect Anthy and is pulled into a series of sword duels with the members of the Student Council. Anthy is referred to as the “Rose Bride” and is given to the winner of each duel. It is said that the winner of the tournament will receive a mysterious “power to revolutionize the world”, and the current champion is constantly challenged for the right to possess the Rose Bride.

Other Tuesday- Revolutionary Girl Utena Character Special

Other Tuesday- Revolutionary Girl Utena Character Special

Character Special:

Utena Tenjou
Utena is a tomboyish, courageous and naïve character who lives to emulate the idealized prince figure from her childhood. She is forthright, honest and friendly. Nearly all the girls in school adore her. She both subverts and conforms to the stereotypes she embodies as a noble warrior and a naïve magical girl in danger of becoming a damsel in distress. The series chronicles her journey to protect her friend Anthy and become a truly noble Prince. Utena’s relationship with Anthy, going from close friends to family to blooming into love, is one of the most important themes in the series; both Utena and Anthy were confirmed to be in love by director Kunihiko Ikuhara. In the manga, Utena’s relationship with Anthy is only that of friendship and it’s hinted she has feelings for Touga. In the movie, Utena went to Ohtori to find Touga after the two apparently broke up. She mistakenly believes Anthy is the cause for the breakup, but soon forms a relationship with Anthy. Their relationship becomes more sexually-tinged compared to the TV series. The characters are seen kissing both in the TV show credits and the movie. Her Dueling Rose is white.
Anthy Himemiya
A mysterious, shy girl whose vapid expression and superficial politeness mask a complex, darker personality. It is said that she has no thoughts or desires of her own; she will do anything her master expects of her. Because of her “doormat” behavior, other characters tend to project their wants or desires onto her, and she is always the target of their eventual rage. Her past and current personality are simultaneously tragic and sinister, and her personality shifts between selfless love, passive-aggressiveness, cruelty and learned helplessness. Like Utena, Anthy also subverts and conforms to the stereotypes she embodies as both a damsel in distress and a witch. Near the end of the series she betrays Utena and stabs her with the sword of Dios as she cannot accept a prince that is a girl. When, despite this, Utena tries to save Anthy and takes the Swords of Hatred in her place, Anthy in a way has been revolutionized by Utena and is no longer in control by Akio nor is she longer the Rose Bride. She leaves the school to find Utena. In the manga she forms a strong friendship with Utena and nothing more. In the movie, Anthy’s role as the Rose Bride is more explicit as it’s shown she will have sex with whomever is the current champion. In the movie, Anthy is portrayed as much less manipulative and more open.
Akio Ohtori
Anthy’s sensual and mysterious older brother, the acting chairman of the academy, and the main antagonist of the series. His incestuous and power-driven relationship with Anthy is key to understanding her behavior. Although almost non-present in the first season of the TV show, he later plays a pivotal role in the second and third seasons. Akio’s given name is derived from the Japanese name of Venus as the Morning Star, which is identified with Lucifer. In the TV series, Akio used to be Dios and was the reason and cause of Anthy’s suffering and Utena’s desire to be a noble prince. Akio schemed from the start in order to take Utena’s Sword, since he no longer has the power of nobility or to gain the same power he used to have when he was Dios. In the manga, Dios and Akio are not the same character but gods who became separated after Akio killed Dios to gain full power. In the movie, Akio is already dead and Dios is created by Anthy’s magic.

Student Council

Touga Kiryuu
President of the Student Council and Ohtori’s resident playboy, Touga is an arrogant and handsome young man whose desire to be powerful drives him to cruel, unscrupulous deeds and whose manipulative abilities are second only to Akio. He is the only regular Council Member who deliberately involves himself in Akio’s plans. Despite his talent and intelligence, Touga eventually realizes that he’s not as influential as Akio, and this causes him to change his ways as he tries to discover a new method to gain power. In the manga his sexual behavior is downplayed and he becomes a servant to Utena in order to help her as well as get close to her. In the movie, he used to be Utena’s boyfriend but something happened that caused them to drift apart. In the movie, instead of Dios, Touga is the main motivation for Utena to go to Ohtori. He is gentle and noble but it is shown in a flashback that he was raped by his adopted father, which explains his loose sexual morals. An episode was planned that focused on this aspect of Touga’s past in the TV series, but due to Takehito Koyasu’s absence this plot point never came to be. His Dueling Rose is red.
Kyouichi Saionji
Vice-president of the Student Council and captain of the kendo team. Kyouichi is temperamental, egotistical, prone to angry rages, and often cruel. Kyouichi’s lack of self-control stems from insecurity, a lifelong rivalry against Touga from which he is always at the losing end, and the fear that everyone and everything he knows will eventually die. He is obsessed with Anthy because he views the Rose Bride as a mindless doll who will never disobey him, and thus be with him forever. His Dueling Rose is green.
Miki Kaoru
Miki is an ingenuous and polite seventh grader who befriends Utena, despite their role as possible opponents in the duels. He is especially known for his skill with the piano. In spite (or because of) his genius, he is lonely, sheltered and insecure, and seeks a person who is just as pure and talented as him. With the exception of their two duels, Miki is mostly a friend to Utena. In the anime he has a crush on Anthy, whereas in the manga he has a crush on Utena. His Dueling Rose is light blue.
Juri Arisugawa
The captain of the academy’s fencing team, Juri is one of Ohtori’s most highly respected students, and even the teachers appear to be in awe of her. Her aloof, intimidating manner hides her secret love for her childhood friend, Shiori. Of the Student Council Duelists, she is thought to be the most noble, and thus the one with the most potential to become a Prince, but her nobility and the strength that comes with it are constantly undermined by her desires and despair. In the manga she is deeply in love with Touga and hates Utena for being a rival to his heart. Her Dueling Rose is orange.
Nanami Kiryuu
Touga’s dramatic younger sister, often used as comic relief throughout the series. Her love for her brother borders on obsession and incest, and she is often seen using devious means to punish the people who take Touga’s attentions away from her. Despite this, she displays a certain childish innocence in her desires, that is distinctly at odds with Akio and Anthy’s relationship. Though her motivations are considered the least ambitious out of all the Duelists, they are no less real to her, and she suffers just as much as all the other Student Council members throughout the series, being a constant victim of her brother’s manipulations. She is only shown in a photo in the manga and has no role in the movie, but is briefly shown as a cow, referring to one of the “gag” episodes of the series where Nanami turns into a cow. Her Dueling Rose is yellow.
Ruka Tsuchiya
A master swordsman, Ruka is the former captain of the fencing team and a former member of the Student Council. His cunning, manipulative behavior belies a hidden desperation to live and help the one he loves, and his influence on Juri becomes one of the major turning points for her character. His Dueling Rose is dark blue.

Black Rose Duelists

Souji Mikage
Souji is the pink-haired head of the popular Mikage Seminar at Ohtori Academy. He wishes to kill Anthy and install a gravely ill boy, Mamiya Chida, as the Rose Bride in order to save him from terminal illness. Mikage uses manipulation and psychology to control students close to the Council members in order to create a Duelist who can beat Utena.
Kanae Ohtori
Akio’s fiancée, daughter of the school’s Trustee Chairman. She has a strained relationship with Anthy, who she finds “creepy and intolerable”, and considers Anthy an obstacle to her relationship with Akio. Though she loves Akio very much, she feels distant from him and becomes the first Black Rose Duelist.
Kozue Kaoru
Miki’s twin sister, Kozue feels overshadowed by her brother’s talents and reacts by sleeping with many different men. She’s extremely possessive of Miki to the point where she physically hurts anyone who tries to hurt or “steal” him. In the manga, Kozue’s brother complex is purely innocent and she acts more like Nanami does in the TV series. In the movie, Kozue is in a implied incestuous relationship with her brother but Miki is shown breaking it up. Later on, Kozue is shown as a car implying she is either also helping Miki to escape Ohtori or simply helping Utena and Anthy.
Shiori Takatsuki
Shiori is the catalyst for Juri’s current broken state of mind. She simultaneously idolizes Juri for her brilliance and feels envious of her for it. Her extreme lack of self-worth is the reason for the rocky relationship between the two, and it reaches a breaking point when Ruka re-enters Ohtori Academy. According to Kunihiko Ikuhara, Shiori was ironically also in love with Juri the entire time but she believes Juri’s affection towards her was out of pity, not love. She thus wants to remain in control of their relationship by never confessing to Juri so she will be the winner of their rivalry. In the movie, she is the main antagonist who manipulates Juri’s feelings for her so Juri can duel with Utena.
Mitsuru Tsuwabuki
Nanami’s most devoted lackey, a boy in fourth grade. Mitsuru is obsessed with serving Nanami and wishes to be her adored “brother”. He is extremely confused about love, sex and adulthood in general. Mitsuru’s fruitless attempts to experiment makes him a Black Rose Duelist.
Wakaba Shinohara
Wakaba is the most outwardly cheerful person in the series and is Utena’s best friend, but she feels surrounded by “special” people and doesn’t know how to become special herself. Wakaba sees herself as a perfectly average person and is only happy when she takes care of people because she does not feel like she has any other talents. Wakaba does not realize the importance of her role in the story — her crush on Kyouichi Saionji and his rejection caused Utena to become involved in the duels in the first place, and her empathy and passion rescued Utena from a slump after the first Touga duel.
Keiko Sonoda
Keiko is one of Nanami’s sidekicks who follows her only because she has a crush on Touga. Her jealousy, though as simple as Nanami’s, is strong enough for Souji to take advantage of her mind.

Manga Monday- Revolutionary Girl Utena

Manga Monday- Revolutionary Girl Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena is a manga by Chiho Saito and an anime directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara. The manga serial began in the June 1996 issue of Ciao and the anime was first broadcast in 1997. The anime and manga were created simultaneously, but, despite some similarities, they progressed in different directions.

Utena is a highly metaphysical, surreal and allegorical shōjo series. It contains a mix of borrowed visuals from Takarazuka theater, shadow puppetry and classic douseiai-style shōjo manga.

Manga plot

Utena is seen as having conflict with the staff of her current school and they call in her aunt, who is an interior decorator. Utena’s friend Kaido is introduced and the two seem to have a strong friendship. It is then explained that Utena may be as headstrong as she is because of her parents’ death at such an early age. Utena gets a letter from someone who has been sending her letters every year when the roses bloom. She says it started after she was rescued by her prince as a little girl. Kaido is intent on finding out who is sending her the letters. Later on Utena meets a co-worker of her aunt’s, Aoi Wakaouji. He seems to bear a strong resemblance as well as the same ring as Utena’s prince. She is drawn to him but only to have her hopes that Aoi is her prince shattered when she catches him and her aunt in a passionate moment. From there the scene from her childhood is recreated right in front of Kaido’s eyes. He informs her that he found that all the letters reveal themselves to be a picture of Aoi’s alma mater, an exclusive prep school. From this knowledge Utena decides to change schools. She leaves a heartbroken Kaido, who it seems has feelings for Utena, to find her prince.

On May 20, 2017, Shōgakukan announced that a new chapter will be published in the September issue of its magazine Flower (to be released on July 28, 2017). Shōgakukan didn’t precisely state if other chapters would be released past September. Chiho Saitō is still in charge of the drawing.

Film Friday- Full Metal Panic!

Film Friday- Full Metal Panic!

Plot

The series follows Sousuke Sagara, a member of a covert anti-terrorist private military organization known as Mithril, tasked with protecting Kaname Chidori, a spirited Japanese high school girl. He moves to Japan to study at Chidori’s school, Jindai High School, with assistance from his comrades Kurz Weber and Melissa Mao. Having never experienced social interactions, Sousuke is found as a military maniac by his schoolmates as he interprets everyday situations from a combat perspective. He comes to relate with Chidori who realizes that Sousuke is protecting her, but he does not reveal the reasons due to orders as well as the fact that he does not know why Chidori is being targeted by different organizations.

Anime

Full Metal Panic!

The anime series was produced by Gonzo Digimation and originally aired in 2002 after its original air date was canceled because of the September 11 attacks. The series was licensed by ADV Films for North American release in 2003. The first three novels form the basis for the anime. The series was available on the Anime Network on Demand from 2003 to 2004.

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu is a companion series to the anime series Full Metal Panic! by Kyoto Animation, and takes place between the first season and The Second Raid. Markedly different in tone to the first series, Fumoffu emphasizes the high school romantic comedy aspects of Full Metal Panic! with often crude humor and focuses on the romantic tension between Sousuke Sagara and Kaname Chidori. It frequently parodies itself and anime stereotypes. None of the mecha combat or political intrigue, which characterized much of the original Full Metal Panic!, can be seen in the series. The only reference to the mecha aspect of Full Metal Panic! is the Bonta-kun, which is one of the most prominent parodies in the anime. Sousuke uses spare Bonta-kun costumes to make highly effective suits of power armor, but they look like teddy bears wearing army gear and can only say: “Fu” and “Mo” in different combinations.

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid

Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid is the direct sequel to the original anime series. It was produced by Kyoto Animation and ran for 13 episodes. The series is based on the Ending Day by Day novels and takes place three months after the events that occurred in the Tuatha de Danaan at the end of the original Full Metal Panic! series. Mithril learns of a secret organization that has technology able to counter the ECS (Electronic Conceal System) mode. The organization, known as Amalgam, has access to Black Technology, which was obtained from the Whispered. Like the other intelligence agencies, Amalgam intends to obtain more. Sousuke’s mission to protect Chidori is terminated by Mithril, instead leaving her in the care of an anonymous agent known as Wraith.

There is a one episode OVA that takes place after Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid. It’s a humorous stand-alone story. It focuses on the Captain of the Tuatha De Danaan: Teletha Tessa Testarossa, rather than the two main characters of the series. The OVA is based on short story Wari to Hima na Sentaichou no Ichi Nichi (A comparatively leisurely day of the squadron commander) in short story collection Dounimo Naranai Gori Muchuu (Helpless in the thick of it). The story is also told in chapters 13 & 14 in Full Metal Panic Sigma Volume 04.

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory

Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory is the fourth TV series in the franchise. It will premiere in April 2018. During Anime Expo 2017, the series creator confirmed that Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory is a “continuation” that won’t contain any “explanation or expository episodes.” The pacing of the story is going to be “full throttle from the get-go” although it will still “follow the original work pretty closely.”

Live action films

A live action film adaptation was announced by Mandalay Pictures in April 2009, with Zac Efron rumored to be attached to the project. Efron has since confirmed a meeting took place regarding the project but added that the adaptation was unlikely to happen.

Writer and director Kenneth Lindbloom announced in an interview with ASO radio, released March 2012, that a fifteen-minute live action fan film, Full Metal Panic! Come Make My Day, was in post production and due to be released sometime in 2012. The project was undertaken by a group of professionals and enthusiast with the goal of creating a high-quality portfolio piece based on the Full Metal Panic! novel Come Make My Day.

Wednesday News- February 7, 2018

Wednesday News- February 7, 2018

News-

Crunchyroll Adds English Dubs for March Comes in like a Lion, Occultic; Nine- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-06/crunchyroll-adds-english-dubs-for-march-comes-in-like-a-lion-occultic-nine/.127423

Review: Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Volume 1 Blu-ray – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/blue-exorcist/kyoto-saga/volume-1/.127434

Review: Kakegurui Episodes 1-12 streaming – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/kakegurui/episodes-1-12/.127351

Live-Action Princess Jellyfish Show Casts Yumi Adachi as Nomu- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-06/live-action-princess-jellyfish-show-casts-yumi-adachi-as-nomu/.127424

Anime-

  • Keijo!!!!!!!! BD/DVD
  • Keijo!!!!!!!! Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Miraculous Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir Season 1 DVD
  • Pokémon XY & Z Set 2 DVD
  • Pom Poko BD/DVD
  • Pom Poko DVD
  • Tales from Earthsea BD/DVD
  • Tales from Earthsea DVD
  • Yuri!!! on Ice BD/DVD
  • Yuri!!! on Ice Limited Edition BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Ace of Diamond Graphic Novel (GN) 8 (Digital Only)
  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Assassination Classroom GN 20
  • Behind the Scenes!! GN 5
  • Big Order GN 4
  • Black Clover GN 10
  • Black Panther and Sweet 16 GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Bleach Omnibus GN 22
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 22
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash GN 3
  • Haikyu!! GN 20
  • Hozuki’s Coolheadedness GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Stardust Crusaders GN 6 (Hardcover)
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 4
  • Kemono Friends: Welcome to Japari Park GN
  • Kuroko’s Basketball Omnibus GN 10
  • Magical Sempai GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia GN 11
  • No Game No Life, Please! GN 3
  • One Piece GN 85
  • Oresama Teacher GN 23
  • The Promised Neverland GN 2
  • Pumpkin Scissors GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil GN 1
  • Sekirei GN 3
  •  SP Baby GN 2
  • Taboo Tattoo GN 9
  • Takane & Hana GN 1
  • Toriko GN 41
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches GN 15
  • Yozakura Quartet GN 20 (Digital Only)
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 10
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Omnibus GN 13

Other-

  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Novel 1
  • Dragon Quest Builders Nintendo Switch Game
  • Perfect Blue: Complete Metamorphosis Novel
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia PlayStation 4 Game
  • Shadow of the Colossus PlayStation 4 Game
  • Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] PlayStation 4 Game