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Film Friday- Anonymous Noise

Film Friday- Anonymous Noise

The manga has been recently adapted into an anime television series that aired from April to June 2017 and a live-action film. An anime television series adaptation was announced via the cover of the 10th issue of Hana to Yume in April 2016 and aired on April 11, 2017 on Tokyo MX, Kansai TV, and BS Fuji then finished on June 27, 2017. The anime is licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America for streaming and home video release that held world premiere screening of the first episode at Anime Boston on April 1, 2017 ahead of its release in Japan. Prior to the anime, an internet radio show to promote the series titled Fukumenkei Noise in NO hurry to Radio; began broadcasting on April 8, 2017. The show is hosted by Saori Hayami and Daiki Yamashita, the voice actors for Nino and Yuzu, respectively.

Live-action film

A live-action film adaptation was announced via the 21st issue of Hana to Yume in October 2016. Koichiro Miki is directing the film; he and Rie Yokota are writing the script. Principal photography began in November 2016. The film will be released on November 25, 2017 in Japan.

Main characters

Nino Arisugawa
Nino is a first-year high school student who has loved singing since young, being gifted with an extremely resonating voice. She was in love with her singing partner and neighbour Momo until he moved away suddenly, leading to the string of events that let her meet Kanade, whom she called Yuzu. After he leaves her too, she continues to sing for 6 years in hopes that her voice will reach them.
Kanade Yuzuriha 
Kanade is a second-year high school student who is known for drinking milk constantly. He nicknames Nino “Alice” from her surname. He initially had writer’s block until he met Nino, whose voice reignites his feelings and passion to keep composing, forming a masked band known as “in NO hurry to shout”. He has been in love with Nino but dates Miou from coercion on her part.

Wednesday News- March 28, 2018

Wednesday News- March 28, 2018

Toei Animation to Establish Department Focused on Dragon Ball- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-03-27/toei-animation-to-establish-department-focused-on-dragon-ball/.129582

Anime-
  • BLAME! BD
  • BLAME! DVD
  • Gintama Series 3 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Great Mazinger DVD
  • The Life of Budori Gusuko BD
  • Robot Carnival BD
  • Tenjho Tenge Complete Collection BD
  • Tomorrow’s Joe BD/DVD
  • Toriko the Movie: Secret Recipe of Gourmet God! BD
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! 3D: Bonds Beyond Time Steelbook BD
  • Zatch Bell Movies BD (Zatch Bell: 101st Devil and Zatch Bell: Attack of Mechavulcan)

Manga-

  • Beauty Bunny GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Blood Blockade Battlefront GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • CITY GN 1
  • Cutie Honey aGoGo! GN
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 16 (Digital Only)
  • Devils and Realist GN 14
  • Don’t Meddle With My Daughter GN 3
  • Drowning Love GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Kounodori: Dr. Stork GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Kuzumi-kun, Can’t You Read the Room? GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Laid-Back Camp GN 1
  • Liar x Liar GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • My Boyfriend in Orange GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • My Brother the Shut In GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sharingan Legend GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • New Game! GN 1
  • Shomin Sample GN 8
  • Soul Liquid Chambers GN 1
  • There’s a Demon Lord on the Floor GN 5
  • To Love Ru Omnibus GN 5-6
  • Until Your Bones Rot GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Waiting for Spring GN 5

Other-

  • The Alliance Alive Nintendo 3DS Game
  • Atelier Lydie & Suelle: The Alchemists & the Mysterious Paintings PlayStation 4/Nintendo Switch Game
  • Code:Realize Bouquet of Rainbows PlayStation 4 Game
  • Code:Realize Future Blessings PlayStation Vita Game
  • Demon King Daimaou Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • Durarara!! Novel 9
  • The Irregular at Magic High School Novel 7
  • Re:Zero Ex Novel 2
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil Novel 2
  • The Seven Deadly Sins Seven-Colored Recollections Novel (Hardcover)
  • Spice and Wolf Novel 19
  • The Witch and the Hundred Knight 2 PS4 Game

Manga Monday- Anonymous Noise

Manga Monday- Anonymous Noise

Anonymous Noise is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Ryoko Fukuyama. The series is published by Hakusensha in Japan and by Viz Media in the United States.

Manga and drama CD

Ryoko Fukuyama launched the series in the 10th issue of Hakusensha’s shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume on April 20, 2013. A drama CD was bundled with the 7th issue of Hana to Yume released on March 5, 2014. Fukuyama mentioned that the cast of the drama CD was based on her own recommendation, with most of the cast reprise their roles in the anime adaptation. North American publisher Viz Media announced their license to the series on October 2, 2016. The limited edition of the volume 13 was bundled with drama CD.

Plot

Nino Arisugawa is a young girl who loves singing and is gifted with an extremely resonating voice. As a child, she experiences two heart-wrenching partings: one with her first love and neighbour Momo Sakaki, and another with Kanade “Yuzu” Yuzuriha, a young composer who helped her reignite her hope that her voice will one day reach Momo. Each of the two boys made a promise with Nino to find her one day through her unique singing voice, a promise that she clings on to for six years as she enters her first year of high school.

As a high schooler, Yuzu has secretly formed a band “in NO hurry to shout”, but experiences writer’s block without the inspiration of Nino’s voice, almost forcing the band to disband until they reunite during Nino’s orientation as a first-year high school student. When Miou Suguri, Yuzu’s girlfriend with a one-sided love for him recognises his love for Nino, she decides to quit the band and let the latter replace her instead. Coupled with Miou’s voice lessons and her feelings, Nino strives to improve her singing skills in an attempt to get the attention of Momo, who has changed his last name to Kiryuu and is now a professional composer. With music at the core, how will the love triangle play out?

Film Friday- The Irregular at Magic High School

Film Friday- The Irregular at Magic High School

The year 2013, an anime adaptation by Madhouse was announced and was broadcast between April and September 2014. The Irregular at Magic High School franchise had been localized for English by two companies: The light novels and one of the manga adaptations are licensed by Yen Press while Aniplex of America licensed the anime series. The anime series was simulcasted on four networks, and was later made available on Netflix.

Plot

The series is set in a world with an alternate history, where magic exists and has been polished through modern technology. However, the ability to use magic is determined by genetics, limiting the amount of magicians in existence. Following the Third World War, the world’s superpowers shifted to these four nations: The United States of North America (USNA), New Soviet Union, the Great Asian Alliance, and Japan. In Japan, the magic community is informally governed by the ten master clans in lieu of the government. Due to the limited amount of magicians, they are treated as commodity and are forced to enter magic related schools and professions. Nine magic high schools exist in Japan; they each specialize in different aspects of magic and are simply referred to by their numbers.

The story follows Tatsuya Shiba, a bodyguard to his sister Miyuki Shiba who is also a candidate to succeed the master clan, Yotsuba. They enroll into First High School which segregates its students based on their magical abilities. Miyuki is enlisted as a first course student and is viewed as one of the best students, while Tatsuya is in the second course and considered to be magically inept. However, Tatsuya’s technical knowledge, combat abilities, and unique magic techniques causes people to view him as an irregular to the school’s standardized rankings.

Anime

An anime adaptation of the light novel was announced during the Dengeki Bunko Fall Festival on October 6, 2013. It is directed by Manabu Ono and animated by Madhouse. It premiered on Tokyo Metropolitan Television, Gunma TV, and Tochigi TV on April 6, 2014; nine other networks and three streaming services broadcast the series afterwards. The final episode premiered on September 28. The individual episodes were later encapsulated into ten DVD and Blu-ray volumes released between July 2014 and April 2015.

In March 2014, Aniplex of America announced its acquisition for streaming rights to the anime series; much later they unveiled their plans to release the series into three Blu-ray volumes which segregate the episodes by story arcs. Four networks simulcasted the series with English subtitles: these include Aniplex Channel, Crunchyroll, Hulu, and Daisuki. In June 2014, the Australasia distributor, Hanabee Entertainment, announced its licensing of the series for streaming and home media release. Months later, Netflix made the series available on their network. Animax Asia also began broadcasting the series in July 2015.

Three related media to the anime were created. The first is a super deformed short series titled Get to Know Magic Studies! by Aniplex. These shorts were uploaded on Aniplex’s YouTube channel, and was later English subtitled and uploaded on Aniplex of America’s channel. An internet radio show titled The Irregular at Magic High School Web Radio Full Bloom! Bloom Broadcasting Committee, premiered on March 23, 2014 and is hosted by Sora Amamiya and Yuiko Tatsumi, the voice actresses for Honoka Mitsui and Shizuku Kitayama respectively; the radio show episodes was later made available for purchase on CD. The third is a radio drama DVD which was released in December 2014 and is based on the light novel’s Recollection Arc.

An anime film called The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie: The Girl Who Calls the Stars was revealed in the 19th light novel volume which was released in March 2016. The film is scripted by the series creator, Tsutomu Satō, and premiered in Japan on June 17, 2017.

Wednesday News- March 21, 2018

Wednesday News- March 21, 2018

News-

Viz Adds Anime to go90 Streaming Service- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-03-20/viz-adds-anime-to-go90-streaming-service/.129246

HIDIVE Announces Alice or Alice Simulcast- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-03-20/hidive-announces-alice-or-alice-simulcast/.129263

Review: Love Live! Sunshine!! Season One BD/DVD- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/love-live-sunshine/season-one-bd/dvd/.129099

FLCL 2 & 3 Video Reveals Titles, June 2 Premiere- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-03-20/flcl-2-and-3-video-reveals-titles-june-2-premiere/.129243

Anime-

  • Chaos;Child BD/DVD
  • Chihayafuru Season 2 BD
  • Chihayafuru Season 2 DVD
  • Chihayafuru Season 2 Premium Edition Box Set BD/DVD
  • Hand Shakers BD/DVD
  • One Piece Season 9 Part 4 DVD

Manga-

  • ACCA 13 Territory Inspection Department GN  2
  • Children of the Whales GN 3
  • DNA Doesn’t Tell Us GN 1
  • Dragon Half Omnibus GN  1
  • Flying Witch GN  5
  • Forbidden Scrollery GN 2
  • Fuuka GN 17 (Digital Only)
  • Giant Killing GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Golden Kamuy GN  4
  • Graineliers GN 2
  • Horimiya GN 10
  • I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Days of Goddess GN 1
  • Kasane GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 5
  • Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight GN 4
  • Love’s Reach GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Mononoke Sharing GN 1
  • Nirvana GN 2
  • Perfect World GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Spice and Wolf Novel 15
  • Sweet Blue Flowers GN  3
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil GN 8
  • Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty GN 3

Other-

  • Attack on Titan 2 PlayStation 4/Xbox One Game
  • Detective Pikachu Nintendo 3DS Game
  • Ichi the Killer BD
  • Magical Girl Raising Project Novel 3
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PlayStation 4 Game
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 10
  • Sisyphean Novel
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel 2

Manga Monday- The Irregular at Magic High School

Manga Monday- The Irregular at Magic High School

The Irregular at Magic High School, known in Japanese as Mahōka Kōkō no Rettōsei, is a Japanese web novel series by Tsutomu Satō. It was published on Shōsetsuka ni Narō, an internet web novel website, between October 2008 and March 2011. Satō reached a deal with Dengeki Bunko and began releasing his work in a light novel format beginning July 2011. In 2013, each story arc received a manga adaptation with varying manga artists and publishers.

The Irregular at Magic High School was adapted into a manga series with storyboards by Fumino Hayashi and illustrations by Tsutomu Satō; it was serialized between GFantasys January 2012 and October 2013 issues. Square Enix collected the individual chapters into four tankōbon volumes and released them between September 2012 and December 2013. After the conclusion of the first manga adaptation, it was immediately followed up with two more adaptations beginning in GFantasys November 2013 issue; the two adaptations were based on the light novel’s Nine Schools Competition Arc and Yokohama Disturbance Arc story arcs. The Nine Schools Competition Arc is illustrated by Tsuna Kitaumi and is currently ongoing. It was collected into four tankōbon volumes released between April 2014 and October 2015. Meanwhile, the Yokohama Disturbance Arc is illustrated by Gin Amau and ended in the October 2015 issue. It was collected into five tankōbon volumes released between April 2014 to November 2015. A manga adaptation subtitled and based on the Recollection Arc was serialized between Dengeki Daiohs April 2014 and September 2015 issue. It is illustrated by Waki Ikawa and was collected into three tankōbon volumes under the Dengeki Comics Next imprint. In the final chapter of the Yokohama Arc, Amau announced he will adapt the Visitor Arc, the next part of the story. Yuzuki N Dash will launch a new manga in Dengeki Daioh focusing on the President Election Arc on April 27, 2018.

The Honor Student at Magic High School

A spin-off manga titled The Honor Student at Magic High School  by Yu Mori premiered in Dengeki Daiohs June 2012 issue. It is currently ongoing, and was collected into seven tankōbon volumes under the Dengeki Comics Next imprint. Yen Press licensed the series’ tankōbon volumes for a North American release; the first volume is localized in November 2015

The story takes place in an alternate history where magic exists and is polished through modern technology. It follows Tatsuya and Miyuki Shiba, siblings who enroll into First High magic high school. While keeping their connections to the infamous Yotsuba clan secret, they attempt to live their daily life in peace where Tatsuya is shunned for his apparent ineptness and Miyuki is validated for her magical abilities.

The series has been well received. The light novels appeared on Sugoi Japan’s 2015 polls and since 2011, is one of the top selling series in Japan with 5.3 million copies sold as of 2014. In addition, its manga and anime adaptations also appeared on top selling charts. English reviewers had mixed to negative reception towards the anime adaptation. The complex technicality of magic within the series was received warmly but the exposition was criticized for being heavy, unclear, and poorly executed.

Film Friday- Kimi ni Todoke

Film Friday- Kimi ni Todoke

Two anime adaptations of Kimi ni Todoke were aired in Japan, produced by Production I.G. The second season of the anime was announced in Betsuma Magazine, began airing in Japan on January 4, 2011 and lasted for 12 episodes. A live action film adaptation was released in 2010 starring Mikako Tabe and Haruma Miura.

Anime

The first season of the Kimi ni Todoke anime adaptation aired between October 2009 and March 2010. A second season was announced in the November 2010 issue of Betsuma magazine. The second season aired in Japan on NTV on January 2011. Both seasons of the anime are produced by Production I.G. and directed by Hiro Kaburagi. The music is done by S.E.N.S. Project, with the opening sung by Tomofumi Tanizawa and the ending by Chara. NIS America announced at Anime Expo 2011 that they have licensed the first season of Kimi ni Todoke. They released the first season on DVD/Blu-ray on January 10, 2012, and released the second season later that year.

Live-action film 

The February 2010 issue of Bessatsu Margaret (released in January 2010), announced that a live-action film adaptation of the series had been approved. Mikako Tabe and Haruma Miura starred in the film, released in Japanese theatres on September 25, 2010 and directed by Naoto Kumazawa. The Live-action movie was released on Blu-ray and DVD on March 11, 2011.

Characters- 

Yoshiyuki “Zen” Arai 
Voiced by: Takuma Suzuki
The original home room teacher of Sawako’s class. He and Pin have the same surname, but are not related. To distinguish between the two teachers Yoshiyuki Arai is nicknamed “Zen”, which is an alternate reading of the kanji for “Yoshi”. He seems to be afraid of Sawako and the rumors surrounding her as “Sadako”. Early in the series, he falls ill and has to take a leave of absence from school; because of that, students often believe that Sawako has cursed him. Arai is newly-wed and eventually retires from teaching in order to help his wife’s family business (a sake brewery), resulting in Pin taking over his class permanently.
Shino 
Voiced by: Kanae Oki
The only link to Sawako’s past, Shino was her elementary school classmate and the only person who Sawako talks to as the series begins. During elementary school, by mistake, Shino called Sawako “Sadako.” When they attended the same middle school, the boys in their class, afraid by Sawako’s appearance, heard rumors that she was known as “Sadako,” and since then it became her nickname. It is because of this, that Shino feels guilty about the rumors circulating over Sawako that started from her calling her “Sadako.” Thus she cares about Sawako and whether she is fitting into high school. Shino is in a different class and regrets that she doesn’t get to see Sawako very much. She is a cipher, appearing only occasionally as a catalyst for Sawako’s interactions with other people. Perhaps for story reasons, Sawako is too modest to consider her as a friend.
According to Shiina, Shino was an unnamed character in the manga, but was named by the staff for the anime. Shiina also wrote that “Shino-chan in the anime is really cute.”
Chigusa Takahashi 
Voiced by: Yurin
A classmate of Sawako, Takahashi sits behind Sawako after the seating arrangements change for the third term of first year. She enjoys teasing Sawako and Ayane remarks that Takahashi is eccentric.
According to Shiina, she was just Takahashi-san in the manga, but has the given name Chigusa in the anime show and from volume 10 onwards.
Yagi
A classmate of Sawako who sits next to her after the seating arrangements change during the third term of first year. He often consults her on supposedly spiritual or occult concerns.
Mogi 
Mogi is a new character introduced in the recent chapters of the manga. He is a boy from Class 2-B. In Chapter 54, he asks Ayane to date him, to which she immediately agrees. Ayane breaks up with him in Chapter 59.
Wednesday News- March 14, 2018

Wednesday News- March 14, 2018

News-

Lupin III’s 5th Anime Series’ Video Previews Inori Minase’s Hacker Girl Role- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-03-13/lupin-iii-5th-anime-series-video-previews-inori-minase-hacker-girl-role/.128924

Review: Clockwork Planet Novel 1- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/clockwork-planet/novel-1/.128889

Review: Ace Attorney BD/DVD Part 1- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/ace-attorney/bd/dvd-part-1/.128798

MangaGamer Launches Kickstarter for Original Koropokkur Game With Clannad Designer Hinoue- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-03-13/mangagamer-launches-kickstarter-for-original-koropokkur-game-with-clannad-designer-hinoue/.128934

Anime-

  • D.Gray-man Season 4 Part 1 DVD
  • New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 2: Racer BD/DVD
  • My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Complete Collection BD
  • Tales of Zestiria the X Season 2 BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Aoba-kun’s Confessions GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest GN 1
  • Barakamon GN 15
  • Blade of the Immortal Omnibus GN 5
  • Devilman VS. Hades GN 1
  • Genshiken: Second Season GN 12
  • The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún GN 4
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • GTO: Paradise Lost GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Hatsune Miku: Rin-Chan Now! GN 4
  • Infini-T Force GN 2
  • Kokkoku: Moment by Moment GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear GN 7
  • Land of the Lustrous GN 5
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess GN 3
  • Lovesick Ellie GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers GN 5
  • Monster Musume GN 13
  • Prison School GN 9
  • RIN-NE GN 26
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 25
  • Sorry For My Familiar GN 1
  • Splatoon GN 2
  • Shokuryō Jinrui: Starving Anonymous GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • To Your Eternity GN 3
  • Tsuredure Children GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Twinkle Stars GN 5
  • UQ Holder! GN 15

Other-

  • The 25th Ward: The Silver Case PlayStation 4 Game
  • Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms PlayStation Vita Game
  • Neko Atsume Kitty Collector Activity Book
  • Neko Atsume Kitty Collector Haiku
  • Pokémon Seek and Find Hoenn Activity Book (Hardcover)
  • Pokémon Seek and Find Johto Activity Book (Hardcover)

Light Novel Tuesday- Kimi ni Todoke

Light Novel Tuesday- Kimi ni Todoke

Kimi ni Todoke has been adapted into two series of light novels in Japan released by Shueisha, one under their Cobalt imprint and one under their newer Mirai Bunko imprint. Fifteen volumes have been released so far in the Cobalt imprint series; the first was released on August 1, 2007 and most recent on January 30, 2015. They are being written by Kanae Shimokawa, who also novelized the Nana movie and Yukan Club. Thirteen volumes of the Mirai Bunko version have been released thus far; the first on March 1, 2011 and most recent on June 5, 2015.

A separate volume was released September 11, 2009. The volume took the place of the manga in Bessatsu Margaret magazine while Karuho Shiina took a break due to her pregnancy; it contains the story of Kazehaya and Sawako’s first meeting, before the events of the manga.

Characters-

Ume “Kurumi” Kurumizawa 
Voiced by: Aya Hirano (anime), Mirei Kiritani (live-action)
A girl who appears friendly and sweet to everyone around her, she has had a huge crush on Kazehaya since their first year of middle school; as a result, she understands his personality well, despite the fact they were never close friends. From when she was first seen, for many chapters she was known only as “Kurumi”, which Sawako mistook to be her given name. She dislikes her given name, Ume, because it sounds old-fashioned and prefers to be called her nickname, “Kurumi.” Kurumi is extremely jealous of Sawako, which led her to spread fake rumors of Sawako’s only friends at the time, Yoshida and Yano, using Sawako’s name. Kurumi does not attend the same class as Sawako or Kazehaya. During the next series of events it comes out that the middle school “Kazehaya is Everyone’s” alliance had been Kurumi’s idea, in order to preserve her own chances with Kazehaya. She eventually confesses her love to Kazehaya, but receives an expected rejection. Because she is always surprised with Sawako’s naiveté, Kurumi, in her own words, “You just don’t get it, do you?! Sawako-chan, when I’m talking to you … I get irritated and say what I really mean…”, and regards her as a rival for Kazehaya’s affection. Following Kazehaya’s rejection, she becomes colder to her classmates, but is able to finally express her feelings and personality. When Sawako hesitates on expressing her feelings, Kurumi tells Sawako that Sawako is not worthy of being a rival, but changes her mind after hearing that Sawako and Shota have become a couple. She even defends Sawako against some other jealous girls, and got angry at Miura Kento for saying unnecessary things to Sawako that had caused a rift between Sawako and Shota. Despite Kurumi’s harsh personality, she is deep down, a stubborn, clear minded young woman who had stooped to unfair tricks to win a person’s heart but has since learned better.
Kento Miura 
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (anime)
A student who sits next to Sawako at the beginning of their second year. Miura considers himself fairly popular among the girls, but he immediately expresses an interest in Sawako that Kazehaya becomes a little jealous. Miura assumes Kazehaya likes Sawako because he feels sorry for her, and tries to persuade Kazehaya to not be as involved in Sawako’s life. His interference with Sawako and Kazehaya’s developing relationship irritates Ayane. He expresses gratitude over the fact that the two began dating before he fell in love with her. In recent chapters, however, it hints that Kento may be developing a sort of attraction for Ayane and has helped her through some difficult times. He tends to help girls with broken relationships, as he continues to grow feelings for Ayane, he seeks advices from Sawako and Kazehaya. It is from Kazehaya that Kento finds out that Ayane has been slapped by one of her ex-boyfriends.
Tomoko “Tomo” Endo  and Eriko “Ekko” Hirano 
Voiced by: Mayuki Makiguchi (Eriko Hirano), Voiced by: Miho Miyagawa (Tomoko Endou)
Endou and Hirano are classmates of Sawako, and also members of her study group. After Sawako begins to open up, Endou and Hirano become some of her first friends and try to find ways to encourage her to be less formal around them. They both become close friends of Sawako, who shows her appreciation of their friendship by making them Christmas gifts in addition to those she makes for her parents, Ayane, Chizuru, and Kazehaya.
Soichi “Joe” Jonouchi 
Voiced by: Masahiro Yamanaka
One of Sawako’s classmates, easily swayed by other people. He generally appears in the background. Jounouchi is very attached to Kazehaya, which usually results in him unwittingly interrupting conversations between Sawako and Kazehaya. At one point, he is rejected after confessing to a girl he liked and is comforted by Kazehaya. After hearing about how Yano broke up with her boyfriend, he sets his attention on her though she is not interested in him. It appears Joe is a character used for comedic value, often blundering with simple tasks or interrupting serious moments. He does not seem to take hints nor does he often realize his mistakes when they are pointed out.
Toru Sanada 
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano
Tōru is Ryu’s older brother by eight years and Chizuru’s crush since she was young. Although he is Ryu’s brother and they resemble one another, their personalities are nearly opposite. Tōru resembles Kazehaya personality-wise and looks extremely refreshing, except much more mature. He lives three hours away from his parents’ house but much to Chizuru’s surprise, on his visit with the family he introduced his fiancee. He cares about Ryu and Chizuru a lot, and eventually tells Chizuru he loves her like a little sister. He calls Chizuru by the nickname “Chii” because a person has to smile when saying it, and he wanted to cheer her up.

Manga Monday- Kimi ni Todoke

Manga Monday- Kimi ni Todoke

Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You  is a Japanese shōjo romance manga by Karuho Shiina. It has been published by Shueisha in Bessatsu Margaret since 2005 and collected in 29 tankōbon volumes as of November 13, 2017. In 2008, it won the Best Shōjo Manga award in the 32nd Annual Kodansha Manga Award. The series was also nominated for the first Manga Taisho awards in 2008.

Plot- 

Sawako Kuronuma – dubbed Sadako by her classmates for her resemblance to the character from The Ring – has always been feared and misunderstood because of her appearance; rumors around school report that she can see ghosts and curse people. However, despite her ominous appearance, she is actually a sweet and timid girl who only longs to be able to make friends and be liked by everyone else. When her idol, the popular boy Kazehaya, begins talking with her, everything changes. She finds herself in a new world, making new friends and talking to different people, and she can’t thank Kazehaya enough for giving her these opportunities. Slowly, but surely, a sweet love blossoms between the two as they overcome circumstances and obstacles that stand in their way.

Originally planned on being a one-shot to be compiled in her previous work, Crazy For You, Shiina decided to expand the story and make it into a full series. It has been running in Japan in Bessatsu Margaret since the September 2005 issue of the magazine, with 29 compiled volumes as of November 13, 2017. Shiina took a break starting in the March 2009 issue to have a baby; serialization resumed in the October issue. With the release of the September 2017 issue of Betsuma, on August 12, 2017, Kimi ni Todoke entered its final arc. The series is licensed by Viz Media for an English-language North American release. The manga will conclude in November 2017.

Characters – 

Sawako Kuronuma 
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (anime), Mikako Tabe (live-action)
Sawako is a shy yet honest girl in search of friendship, but her resemblance to the horror film character Sadako Yamamura makes this difficult. Her shy and modest nature prevents her from correcting people’s misconceptions, to the point that most of the school believes her name is, in fact, “Sadako.” She is rather short – a characteristic inherited from her father, who is only 160 cm tall – but during a soccer match at the school’s sports festival, it is revealed that she is surprisingly fast, to the point that some people believe she is teleporting. A running gag is that she takes everything people say very seriously, and tends to over-analyze a situation. When she is deep in thought, her dark appearance often terrifies her peers.
Sawako has always desired friends and acceptance, and thanks to Kazehaya’s kindness, she gradually begins to open up to her classmates and talk to different people. She is grateful to Kazehaya, and idolizes him for giving her the opportunities to make many close friends, which come to include Yano, Yoshida, Kazehaya and Ryu. Forever humble and unassuming, Sawako is very modest towards her newfound friendships that Yoshida actually has to tell her point-blank: “Did you know? Without realizing it … we were already friends!” Yano and Yoshida admit that Sawako’s ‘like’ for Kazehaya is probably stronger than the ‘like’ she expresses for themselves.
In chapter 34, Kazehaya practically confesses his feelings right in front of her, but Sawako believes it is just a misunderstanding and that he simply likes her as a friend. After everything is cleared up, the couple officially starts dating, though rumors pop up that Sawako somehow used black magic to get him. In chapter 71, she overhears her classmate asking if Shota and her are steadily dating, and she becomes confused about their relationship. After Shota turns away when she grabs his coat, she cries and admits that she wants to be with him, and asks if he is still in love with her. In her shock, Shota kisses her 4 times.
Shota Kazehaya 
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (anime), Haruma Miura (live-action)
Kazehaya is Sawako’s outgoing and friendly classmate, and also her idol. His popularity is so widespread that during middle school, the many girls that liked him had to form a “Kazehaya is Everyone’s” alliance in order to maintain some level of peace among his admirers; more than half of these girls now attend his high school. Kazehaya falls in love with Sawako shortly after meeting her, and admits (though not to Sawako) his feelings, unaware that she feels the same for him. During their second year of high school, he begins to wonder if she actually does like him as she does not give him chocolates on Valentine’s Day, not knowing that she had been too nervous to give him any. After the ordeal, he seemingly becomes calmer and shows a depressed and expressionless face more often. However, after being confronted by Ryu (influenced by Chizuru) and Pin, Kazehaya goes to Sawako as his friends jokingly remark that he likes Sawako; however, Kazehaya takes the remark seriously and agrees, subsequently confessing directly to Sawako. However, after Sawako’s misunderstanding of his confession, he believes she rejected him. However, in chapter 40, he is finally able to confess his feelings to her, and they are officially dating. Kazehaya is prone to become easily jealous and overprotective of Sawako, and deeply treasures her. He seems to avoid Sawako because he wants to be careful in loving her because in chapter 58, the two almost end up kissing and he is worried that Sawako may end up thinking too much about it. In chapter 71, Sawako starts asking if he is still in love with her, he quickly kisses her.
Ayane Yano 
Voiced by: Miyuki Sawashiro (anime), Natsuna Watanabe (live-action)
Ayane is a close friend of Sawako. She is the arguably the most mature of the group and she has a boyfriend in college as well as having her ears pierced multiple times. Initially Shiina conceived of Yano and Yoshida as a pair, and in the first two chapters the two are difficult to tell apart. She then redrafted the characters, combing Yano’s hair and styling it in a fashion that looks like a pony-tail. Kurumi starts a rumor that Ayane played around with more than 100 guys in middle school, and that she and Yoshida are thug underlings of Sawako’s in high school. Perceptive and intelligent, Ayane tends to take just enough information to leave others wondering, thus forcing them to move forward. She was also able to figure out that it was Ume who spread the rumors, getting Ume to admit it, and discovering that Sawako, “liked” Kazehaya. Although she is usually calm and collected, she is easily infuriated if someone hurts Sawako and does not hesitate to attack the one she believes is responsible (frequently Kazehaya) with kicks and sharp words. She is also fairly intimidating when angry, being called scary by Chizuru a number of times. Later on she breaks up with her boyfriend, who had begun to become too possessive of her: calling her all times of the day, wondering what she has been up to, and checking if she has been with any guys. After she suggests they break up, he slaps her across the face, and when he tries to apologize and asks her back, she realizes that the man she liked was not her boyfriend but rather who he was when they started dating. After Sawako and Shota finally become a couple, Ayane comforts the girls that were potentially Sawako’s rivals. When Chizuru tells her she is too nice, Ayane denies it, but is surprised when Pin affirms she is nice, and she starts developing feelings for him. When schoolmate Mogi confesses to her, she agrees to date him, which shocks everybody. However, it appears that she is not in love with him, and her feelings towards Pin seem to increase. However, starting from chapter 59, it has been strongly hinted that Kento has feelings for Ayane. In chapter 71, she told Sawako that she’ll go home with Kento. After that, Pin tells Sawako that maybe they got together already.
Chizuru Yoshida 
Voiced by: Yuko Sanpei (anime), Misako Renbutsu (live-action)
Yoshida is another close friend of Sawako. She is the tomboy of the group, and she even admits this when Ryu calls them brothers, where she argues about who is the older rather than that she is not a ‘brother’. She can be very emotional at times, usually seen humorously crying after a touching moment between her friends. She has a soft spot for innocent mannered people, so she takes a near instant liking to Sawako. In Kurumi’s fake rumors it was passed around that she was a former Yankee, though Chizuru just takes the rumor as a means of scaring people off or as a joke for her friends. One of the rumors states that Chizuru holds a record of ninety nine straight wins on being able to beat a guy on a one on one fight (Chizuru took credit of this rumor, she herself stated that her streak was broken when she lost to her hundredth opponent, Ryu Sanada). Chizuru is mostly on the slower side of things; she did not realize that Sawako liked Kazehaya until after the Kurumi confrontation and that Kazehaya liked Sawako (even though she and Ayane planned many events for them) until late in the series, after they started their second year of high school. She is a close childhood friend with Ryu Sanada, her neighbor, and she went to the same middle school as Kazehaya and Ryu. Because of this, Ryu’s family regards Chizuru and her family as their own and vice versa. She has a crush on Ryu’s brother, Toru, since she was very young knowing the age gap between them. When Toru visits with his fiancée, she realizes that he will only see their relationship as just siblings. She is very dense to the fact that Ryu loves her, even interpreting him saying “I love you” as an expression of their friendship. When he confesses to her again, this time making it clear, it shocks her to the point where it becomes difficult to talk to him normally as she never thought about him like that and believes that they can’t go back to how they were before ever again. But she begins to grow feelings for Ryu and in chapter 88 she confesses to Ryu and he kisses her.
Ryu Sanada 
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura (anime), Haru Aoyama (live-action)
Ryu is also member of Sawako’s group of friends. He is the son of the ramen shop owner of Chizuru Yoshida’s favourite ramen shop. He is quiet most of the time and rarely talks, but still can communicate well with Sawako, as they both don’t talk much anyways. Ryu and Kazehaya became friends when they were on the baseball team during middle school. He is also close childhood friends with Chizuru and does not deny having feelings for her, such as simply smiling when Sawako asks if he and Chizuru are dating. He later confirms his love when he confesses that he likes Chizuru to Sawako. While his love is one-sided, he is very patient with Chizuru realizing that Chizuru probably won’t like him in a romantic sense, at least not right away. He’s more than willing to comfort Chizuru if she’s depressed, though he would rather have her mad at him as he knows Chizuru can vent out her emotions better. Ryu also seems to like animals a lot; when Shota was going to walk “Maru”, his adopted puppy, home with Sawako, Chizuru pulled Ryu away telling him he’s going to walk with Ayane and her instead. While being pulled away from Shota’s puppy, he cried out for it. A running gag in the series is that he has a very hard time remembering a person’s name (with the exception of Kazehaya and Chizuru as he’s known them for a long time, and after some time later Sawako and Ayane). In chapter 43, he casually tells Chizuru that he loves her and she is totally shocked. However, in chapter 59, he truly confesses his love for her, but she replies saying, “I have never looked at you in that way”. In response, he smiles and says, “I know.”
Kazuichi “Pin” Arai 
Voiced by: Yūki Ono (anime), Arata (live-action)
Arai is the temporary homeroom teacher for Sawako’s class, taking over when the previous homeroom teacher became sick during the summer holidays while Sawako was helping him. Sawako, being formal, always refers to him as “Arai-sensei,” while almost everyone else refers to him by his nickname, “Pin.” Pin is a great fan of baseball as well as the school baseball team’s coach. He used to be part of Kazehaya’s father’s league team, so he has known Shota since when he was young. A loud and eccentric man prone to believing the silliest things, Pin apparently enjoys interrupting people. He nicknames the puppy that Sawako and Kazehaya find by the river “Pedro Martínez” after the legendary baseball pitcher, which Sawako suggests be shortened to “Maru”. A running gag through the series, despite being a teacher he is prone to actions that are more suited to a teenager, such as eagerly running to the bathroom when he heard about a fight yet became depressed when Sawako and her friends were making up rather than fighting. He and Ayane tend to run into each other a lot, often bickering loudly as they walk away, though on rare occasions he will give her advice (though it comically ends in his ruining the moment to praise himself). He also has a false impression that Sawako is an exorcist. But for how he acts, Arai is rather insightful and is very helpful when it comes to his students, especially when he was suggesting career paths for Sawako, Ayane and Chizuru that best suit their talents and abilities. Pin also has a habit of believing girls in Sawakos year fancy him and often turns them down when they speak to him, stating that he’s just too old for them.