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Manga Monday- My Hero Academia

Manga Monday- My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia is an adventure manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 2014, and 18 volumes have been collected in tankōbon format. The series has been licensed for English-language release by Viz Media, and began serialization in their weekly digital manga anthology Weekly Shonen Jump on February 9, 2015.

The story follows Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without superpowers in a world where they are the norm, but who still dreams of becoming a superhero himself, and is scouted by the world’s greatest hero who shares his powers with Izuku after recognizing his value and enrolls him in a high school for heroes in training.

Manga

My Hero Academia is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. It began its serialization in the manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump in July 2014. As of November 2, 2017 the series been collected into sixteen tankōbon volumes. The series is licensed for English language release in North America by Viz Media, who published the first volume on August 4, 2015. As the series is published in Japan, it is also released simultaneously in English digitally by Viz Media’s Weekly Shōnen Jump. As of April 3rd 2017, 12 volumes have been released.

The manga was nominated for the 8th Manga Taishō in 2015.  Volume 1 reached the 7th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart with 71,575 copies sold. It sold out almost immediately on its first printing. Volume 2 reached the 6th place, with 167,531 copies and, by January 18, 2015, had sold 205,179 copies. As of March 2017, there were over 10 million copies of My Hero Academia in circulation. The story has been noted to take inspiration from elements in superhero comics, such as the aesthetics of its characters.

Main characters

Izuku Midoriya / Deku 
Nicknamed Deku (an alternate spelling of his name which could be interpreted as “one who can’t do anything”), he is a timid but kind boy who is extremely knowledgeable about heroes and dreams to be one himself like his idol, All Might, despite lacking a Quirk due to the trait required to have one being too diluted to be passed on in his family. However, when he steps up to save his childhood acquaintance Katsuki from an evil villain, All Might is inspired by his strength of spirit, and bestows upon him his Quirk “One For All”, a Quirk that becomes more powerful the more people it is given to, and results in the user being able to call upon great physical strength. Izuku must hide the nature of his Quirk and his connection to All Might to protect the secret of One For All, which many would want to steal. At first, Izuku was only able to use the full power of his strength for specific moments, resulting in him severely damaging whichever part of his body he used. However he has since learned to channel the power throughout his body rather than in short bursts, but currently can only withstand around 8% of it. He eventually managed to perfect its use in his legs, creating a kick-related fighting style unique from All Might’s punching style. He also begins to develop a mental connection to the previous users of One For All through the Quirk. Despite these limitations, he makes up for it with a keen sense of strategy (having written at least thirteen notebooks on other heroes, including his peers) and an instinctive desire to save people. He dislikes the nickname Kacchan has given him until Ochako, upon first hearing it, tells him that she assumed it was based on the word dekiru, roughly meaning “able to do it.” From this moment on, Izuku embraces the moniker, and ultimately adopts it as his Hero name.
Katsuki Bakugō 
Katsuki is one of Izuku’s childhood acquaintances and classmates in Class 1-A, whom Izuku calls Kacchan. He possesses the Quirk “Explosion”, which allows his palm sweat to become nitroglycerin and explode. He has made fun of Izuku for lacking a Quirk since childhood, despite them initially being close friends, and also the one who gave him his nickname as an insult. It was only after he grew up being praised by people around him for his Quirk and achievements that he became more egotistical and thought that others, particularly Izuku, are below him, becoming borderline sadistic and villainous. He started to bully and became truly hostile to Izuku when his attempts to reach out to Katsuki out of concern are misinterpreted by Katsuki into thinking he was looking down on him as someone in need of saving. In the beginning of the series, he thinks that he is the strongest hero, and dreams of becoming richer and more famous than All Might. He stops picking on Izuku after the latter’s attempt to save him from a villain, though he truly starts reflecting on himself only after Izuku defeated him in their battle training and seeing that many students possess greater and better skills than him.
Ochako Uraraka 
Ochako, spelled “Ochaco” in the anime, is Izuku’s best friend. Her Quirk is “Zero Gravity”, which allows her to make any object she touches with her fingertips float, although she will become nauseous if she uses the ability too much. Aside from Katsuki, she also refers Izuku as “Deku” but unlike the former, she calls him with his nickname out of affection, commenting that “Deku” gives the vibe of never giving up, and eventually switches to Deku-kun, a move that prompted him to accept the name. She comes from a family of construction workers, and because there is not much of a market for them, they are poor. Due to this, Ochako aspires to become a hero for money so she can give her parents an easy life, after her father dissuaded her from following their footsteps in order for her to achieve her own goals. Ochako originally meets Izuku prior to U.A.’s entrance exam, after she stops him from falling over when he tripped on his own foot. This caused Izuku to develop a large crush on her (as he had “talked” to a girl), to the point of blushing and stammering every time he is with her. Izuku eventually returns the favor by saving her during the entrance exam, and several other characters later deduce that Ochako returns Izuku’s feelings, given her anxiety when asked about it.
Tenya Iida / Ingenium 
The president of Class 1-A, a very studious boy who seems serious and scary at first glance, although he is just being honest and strict regarding qualifications to become a hero. During the entrance exam, he repeatedly chastises Izuku for what he perceives as disrespect. However, after he witnesses Izuku selflessly save Ochako during the exam, he comes to the (false) belief that Izuku deduced the true nature of the exam. Concluding Izuku is better than him, Tenya immediately apologizes for his behavior and befriends him, despite Izuku’s repeated attempts to tell him the truth. Tenya eventually becomes the class president after Izuku, who won by vote but was too nervous to hold the position, forfeited it to him. Tenya’s Quirk is “Engine”, which gives him super-speed via jet engines in his legs. He comes from a well-known family, who have been professional heroes for generations. His older brother in particular, Ingenium, inspired him to become a hero that will make his family proud. Originally using his own name as his Hero name, Tenya inherits his brother’s own name after he is crippled by Stain and forced to retire.
Shōto Todoroki 
A student in Class 1-A. His Quirk is “Fire and Ice”, which makes the left side of his body control fire and the right side ice, though over use of one side would cause him to overheat or become frostbitten respectively. He is considered the strongest student in the class. He is the youngest child of Endeavor, who was said to be the second top hero after All Might. However, his father only married his mother for her Quirk, in the hopes that he could sire a child who could exceed All Might, leading to an abuse-ridden childhood as all of his older siblings were unable to meet his expectations. Shōto’s mother soon became afraid that Shōto would become like his father, leading to her burning his not yet active fire side with scalding water in hopes of making his father uninterested in him. Because she was later institutionalized in a mental hospital for her actions, Shōto intends to become a top hero using only his mother’s Quirk instead of his father’s as his way to disavow the latter. During his fight with Izuku, Shōto finally started to try accepting his Fire Quirk as his own instead of his father’s. Afterward, he decided to overcome his inner struggle by meeting his mother, in the hope that they can get through their past together. So far Shōto has used his own name as his Hero name.
Toshinori Yagi 
The world’s greatest Hero, All Might’s real Quirk is unknown to the public and most people conclude that he has some strength-enhancing Quirk. He passes his quirk on to Izuku after seeing the boy’s bravery. He is a teacher at U.A. High School, doing his best to allow Izuku follow in his foot steps. His One For All Quirk enables him to pass on his powers to another, which he plans on doing as five years prior a fight with a Villain left All Might terribly injured to where he can only use his Quirk for three hours a day. This time limit later decreases gradually after passing his Quirk to Izuku, until it depletes completely. The nature of his Quirk is only known by Izuku, the school principal, Recovery Girl, and a select few other Pro Heroes (with Katsuki later finding it out), and must not be revealed at any cost in order not to destroy people’s symbol of peace. He is drawn in the style of American comic book superheroes rather than in the Japanese manga style of other characters, though the style changes to a more traditional manga form when he returns to his “true form”. After the final confrontation with his archenemy “All For One”, the same Villain who injured him, All Might succumbs to the point where he can only use his Quirk for a few seconds, and he retires from being a hero, dedicating himself solely to his duties as a teacher and to raise Izuku as his successor.

Film Friday- Marmalade Boy

Film Friday- Marmalade Boy

The series was adapted by Toei Animation as a 76-episode anime television series which aired on TV Asahi and Fuji TV in 1994 to 1995. This was followed by a prequel theatrical anime movie in 1995. The series was also adapted as a 30-episode live-action television series that was broadcast in Taiwan in 2002. They were also unable to renew the license for the first twenty-four episodes of the anime.

Toei Animation adapted Marmalade Boy into a 76-episode anime television series which aired on TV Asahi in 1994 to 1995. This was followed by a prequel theatrical anime movie in 1995. The anime series was licensed for Region 1 DVD release by Tokyopop, which released the series in four box sets. Tokyopop’s license had since expired, leaving the anime out of print, until May 6, 2017, when Discotek Media announced they have licensed the anime, and would release the series in two DVD sets. The first set (episodes 1-38) has been released on August 29, 2017, and the second set (episodes 39-76) on November 28, 2017. An SD on BD Set has been announced for 2018.

The movie for the anime acts as a prequel to the story. Taking place as a flashback after Yuu kisses Miki in the nurse’s office, he recalls the first time he met Miki, shortly after his parents told him of their impending divorce and spouse swap. He found Miki practicing tennis in the park and spent the rest of the day following her around, eventually finding out she was to be his new stepsister. According to this movie, Yuu was in love with Miki before the family’s meeting. The second Discotek set, as well as the upcoming SD on BD set has the movie packaged in there.

Miki Koishikawa 

is a lively high school student, who is on the Toryo High School tennis team. She is cheerful, friendly, supportive, outspoken, a big girly girl and good-hearted. On the other hand, she can also be insecure, whiny, clingy, and very emotionally dependent on others. She had a part-time job working in an ice cream parlor, called Bobson’s. Later, she works in a small decoration shop.

When she was in junior high, she confessed her love to a male friend of hers named Ginta, but it was a disaster and Miki ended up heartbroken. Eventually she got over it and became friends with him again.

While Miki was in high school, her parents went on a trip to Hawaii and decided to swap spouses with another couple. The other couple had a son the same age as Miki, and they all moved into a large house to live together. That boy was Yuu Matsuura, and Miki started to fall in love with him as they came to know each other better. However, Miki was very uncertain of herself and became jealous because Yuu was always surrounded by other girls, several of them being very beautiful and mature while Miki believes herself to be only average-looking and childish. She and Yuu eventually became a couple, but they didn’t tell their parents because they believed their parents would disapprove. They confessed their love to each other in episode 25, and started dating in episode 26. Due to Yuu being away in New York, and Miki tired of worrying all the time, she broke up with him in episode 62. But the two got back together in episode 71 when he returned for summer break. A misunderstanding causes Yuu to believe that they are half-siblings, and he breaks up with her without telling her the real reason, thinking the truth would be more painful. But after some time trying to make the right decision, they decide to marry and ask for their parents’ approval. There, they learn that they are not related and receive their parents’ blessing. By the end of the anime, they marry; at the end of the manga, they make plans to marry after college.

Yuu Matsuura 

is the male protagonist of the series. Miki gives him the “Marmalade Boy” moniker as she thinks that he is like marmalade – pretty looking, and sweet only on the surface, yet bitter. Compared to Miki, Yuu’s character is almost a complete opposite to hers, as he tends to be more detached, less emotional, and less open about his feelings. He admits to admiring Miki’s ability to show her emotions clearly, and it being one of the reasons he fell in love with her. Yuu is smart and naturally athletic, being able to excel in almost every sport although he did not join any clubs in order to focus on his studies. Yuu’s dream is to become an architect and in the anime he leaves to attend St. Andrews high school near New York City to study it there. Yuu teases Miki a lot, but this is his way of showing affection for her. His first kiss with Miki is a complete surprise for her because she had only met him a few days prior at an introductory dinner attended by both their families. The Marmalade Boy Movie, which is a prequel to the TV series and set a few days before this dinner, reveals that Yuu fell in love with Miki before they actually met. It shows that he saw Miki when she was out and followed her, witnessing her interactions with the Gastman Team, all without her knowledge.

One of Yuu’s biggest goals, in addition to being an architect, is to uncover his paternity. A series of unfortunate events leads him to believe that Youji is not his biological father. Nobody knows of his quest at first, especially Miki, as he researches various individuals who may or may not have fathered him, accumulating with him believing that Jin is his father, and Miki to be his half-sister. However, it is revealed that Youji is his true father and is free to continue his and Miki’s relationship. At the end of the anime, they marry; in the manga, they are making plans to marry after college.

Ginta Suou 

is Miki’s best male friend and a member of the Toryo tennis team. Miki has had a crush on him since junior high and confessed her feelings to Ginta in a note. However, the note was found by Ginta’s classmates, and Ginta downplayed it, without knowing at the time that she was watching, although he felt the same way about Miki.

Although he did find out that Miki had witnessed his denial of any interest in her, he was unable to tell her how he really felt until high school. The romantic tension between them comes to a head with Yuu’s appearance, which makes them realize that they still have feelings for each other. He decides to go along with Yuu’s ex-girlfriend Arimi’s proposal that they pose as a couple in order to drive a wedge between Miki and Yuu. In the process however, he starts to develop genuine feelings for Arimi, which she later reciprocates.

Meiko Akizuki 

is Miki’s best female friend. Meiko is the only child of wealthy parents and is very mature and beautiful. However, her family life is troubled because her parents are unfaithful to each other and constantly argue. She falls in love with Shinichi Namura after realizing that he has the maturity that she craves, but their relationship as teacher/student proves to be a huge hindrance. After finally gaining her parents’ approval, they are able to marry.

Arimi Suzuki 

is a former classmate of Yuu’s at his previous high school. She convinces Yuu to be her “boyfriend” for three months, during which they act as a couple on a trial basis. Arimi attempts to make Yuu to fall in love with her during this time, but fails. At the end of the three months, he still thought of her as a friend.

Miki’s indecisiveness about Ginta and Yuu frustrates her, as she does not think that Yuu deserves someone who cannot commit to one person. Arimi teams up with Ginta in an attempt to drive Yuu and Miki apart from each other. However, she eventually realizes that Yuu’s behavior around Miki indicates that he does like her, so she stops her pursuit of him. Some time later, she develops feelings for Ginta and they become a couple.

Wednesday News- April 24, 2018

Wednesday News- April 24, 2018

Live-Action Antiquarian Bookshop Biblia’s Case Files Film Reveals Teaser Poster, November Opening- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-04-24/live-action-antiquarian-bookshop-biblia-case-files-film-reveals-teaser-poster-november-opening/.130759

2nd Live-Action Gintama Film’s Teaser Streamed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-04-24/2nd-live-action-gintama-film-teaser-streamed/.130797

Review: PTSD Radio GNs 1-2- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/ptsd-radio/gns-1-2/.130453

1st Fate/stay night Heaven’s Feel Film’s English Dub Debuts in U.S. Theaters on June 5- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-04-24/1st-fate-stay-night-heaven-feel-film-english-dub-debuts-in-u.s-theaters-on-june-5/.130774

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R Gets Nintendo Switch Release in 2018- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-04-24/guilty-gear-xx-accent-core-plus-r-gets-nintendo-switch-release-in-2018/.130771

Anime-

  • ClassicaLoid BD
  • Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 4: Loss BD/DVD
  • Digimon Adventure tri.- Chapter 4: Loss DVD
  • KADO – The Right Answer BD/DVD
  • Koro Sensei Quest! BD/DVD
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon MaidBD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon Super S BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon Super S DVD
  • Sailor Moon Super S Limited Edition BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Aho Girl A Clueless Girl  GN 6
  • Akame ga KILL! GN 14
  • Aoharu x Machine Gun GN 10
  • Astra Lost in Space GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • As Miss Beelzebub Likes GN 1
  • Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle GN 2
  • Beauty Bunny GN 5(Digital Only)
  • Bloodivores GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage GN 4
  • A Certain Magical Index GN 13
  • Defying Kurosaki-kun GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • ēlDLIVE GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Hachune Miku’s Everyday Vocaloid Paradise GN  3
  • The Honor Student at Magic High School GN 8
  • Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia GN 3
  • Kin-iro Mosaic GN 6
  • Kokkoku: Moment by Moment GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Made in Abyss GN 2
  • Magical Girl Raising Project GN 2
  • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun GN 9
  • Murciélago GN 6
  • Mushoku Tensei – Jobless Reincarnation GN 7
  • My Brother the Shut-in GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected GN 8
  • Napping Princess GN  1
  • Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi GN 10
  • Outbreak Company Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Overlord GN 6
  • Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn GN 10
  • PTSD Radio GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 3: Truth of Zero GN 3
  • Sekirei GN 4
  • Silver Spoon GN  2
  • Taboo Tattoo GN  10
  • To Your Eternity GN 4
  • Today’s Cerberus GN 8
  • Until Your Bones Rot GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Val x Love GN 2
  • Witchcraft Works GN 11
  • Yowamushi Pedal Omnibus GN 8

Other-

  • The Asterisk War Novel 6
  • Baccano! Novel 7 (Hardcover)
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! Novel 10
  • Gal*Gun 2 PlayStation 4 GameAn
  • I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level Novel 1
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Novel 5
  • Perfect Blue: Awaken from a Dream Novel
  • Power Rangers Kyuukyuu Sentai Gogofive DVD
  • Psychedelica of The Black Butterfly PlayStation Vita GamePl
  • Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon Novel 1
  • Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers Novel 4
  • Strangulation Kubishime Romanticist Novel
  • Sword Art Online Alicization Dividing Novel 13
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Novel 2

Manga Monday- Marmalade Boy

Manga Monday- Marmalade Boy

Marmalade Boy is a shōjo manga by Wataru Yoshizumi. It was published by Shueisha in the magazine Ribon from May 1992 to October 1995 and collected in eight tankōbon volumes.  The manga was published in English by Tokyopop, which also licensed the anime series. Tokyopop has since lost the license to the manga series, as Shueisha refused to renew it, leaving the releases out of print.

Marmalade Boy first premiered in the May 1992 issue of Ribon where it was serialized monthly until its conclusion in the October 1995 issue. The 39 unnamed chapters were collected and published in eight tankōbon volumes by Shueisha starting on December 12, 1992; the last volume was released February 20, 1996. Shueisha later republished the series in six special edition volumes. The first special edition volume was released on March 15, 2004, with new volumes published monthly until the final volume was released on August 11, 2004.

The series was licensed for an English language release in North America by Tokyopop. The individual chapters were serialized by the company’s manga anthology, Smile, from December 2001 through April 2002. Tokyopop released the first collected volume of the series on April 23, 2002, releasing new volumes monthly until the final volume was released August 5, 2003. It was one of the first manga series that Tokyopop released in the original Japanese orientation, in which the book is read from right to left, and with the original sound effects left in place. Tokyopop’s volumes of the series are out of print. Shueisha refused to renew the company’s license of the series after becoming part-owner of rival publisher Viz Media. It is also licensed for regional language releases in France by Glenat, in Mexico by Grupo Editorial Vid, in Spain by Planeta DeAgostini Comics, in Italy by Planet Manga, and in Germany by Egmont.

In the week of March 31, 2013, a sequel to Marmalade Boy titled Marmalade Boy Little went on sale in the year’s fifth issue of Cocohana. While Miki and Yuu make appearances, the new series, set 13 years after the end of the earlier one, focuses on Rikka Matsuura and Saku Koishikawa, Yuu and Miki’s respective sister and brother.

Novels

The final volume of original Japanese release of the Marmalade Boy Japanese light novels. Marmalade Boy was adapted into a series of Japanese light novels by Yumi Kageyama, with Wataru Yoshizumi acting as illustrator. The ten volume series was published under Shueisha’s Cobalt Bunko label from July 1994 through March 1996.

Plot

Miki Koishikawa’s ordinary life as a sophomore in high school is turned upside down when her parents suddenly announce that they are getting divorced in order to swap partners with a couple they met back in Hawaii. They seek her approval of the shocking change, and while at a restaurant during dinner where Miki meets the other couple as well as their teenage son Yuu Matsura, who is around her age, she reluctantly agrees to the arrangement. At first, Yuu appears to be a complete jerk who takes every opportunity to make fun of and tease Miki, but he actually turns out to be fun and attractive, and Miki finds herself falling in love with him. Little by little, she accepts her new family arrangement and opens up to Yuu as they become best friends.

After a while, Miki and Yuu’s relationship starts to become complicated because of the former relationships that they’ve had and developed with other characters. These include Miki’s long time classmate and former crush from middle school, Ginta Suou, and Yuu’s former girlfriend from his previous school, Arimi Suzuki. A secondary subplot develops when Miki’s best friend, Meiko Akizuki, herself starts to have her own problems because of the relationship she has gotten into with one of the school teachers, Shin’ichi Namura.

Throughout the series, Miki and Yuu’s relationship is further developed and tried, influenced by the other characters around them and the relationships that they develop with these characters.

Film Friday- Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan

Film Friday- Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan

An anime adaptation by Studio Deen began airing in Japan on July 5, 2010. Also, a second season called Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan – Demon Capital  began airing in Japan on July 3, 2011. The anime episodes have been streamed on Viz Media’s anime streaming site, Viz Anime, since July 2010, while the first manga volume was released February 2011.  A Drama CD was released in December 2009.

The anime series, produced by Studio Deen, premiered on July 5, 2010 and is licensed for North America by Viz Media under the name Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan. New episodes, subtitled in English, are made available for streaming on their website several hours after they air in Japan. The opening themes are Fast Forward and Sunshine performed by Monkey Majik and the ending themes are Sparky☆Start and Symphonic Dream performed by Katate Size (Aya Hirano, Yui Horie and Ai Maeda). The anime is slated to be released on eight DVDs. The second season, Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan – Demon Capital, premiered in Japan on July 3, 2011 and was made available for streaming with English subtitles the next day. The season follows Rikuo as he trains for his upcoming battle with Hagoromo Gitsune.

The English dub of the series was posted for streaming on Viz Media’s online network, Neon Alley, which starting on October 2, 2012.

Main characters

Rikuo Nura  
Rikuo is the third and current head of the Nura Clan. He is the son of Rihan and Wakana Nura, and grandson of Nurarihyon. Although he appears to be an average 13-year-old, he is 1/4 yōkai, and is destined to take over the title of Master of all yōkai from his grandfather, though the main conflict for the first portion of the series lies in his rejection of the idea.
As a child, Rikuo respected and looked up to yōkai, playing pranks on members of the Nura house and often declaring he would become more yōkai-like and take over as the Third Head. However, after a discussion at school, he came to realize the evil nature of yōkai deeds and decided to set himself firmly on the path of living a strictly human life. Since then, he has attempted to become more like a normal human by doing all sorts of good deeds. Even though he appreciates all that his yōkai underlings do for him, he is nevertheless desperate to prevent his school friends from learning of his connection to yōkai. Despite this, in times of impending danger, his yōkai blood awakens and he changes into his yōkai form. He is later able to transform at will, provided that it is nighttime or he is in the dark and reverts to normal in sunlight (specifically, since he only has one fourth of yōkai blood in him, he can only keep his yōkai form for six hours – one fourth of a day). After being tested by Gyuki, Rikuo he decides to accept the position of the Third Head and save both humans and yōkai.
In contrast to his yōkai form, which is confident, strong and inspires “Fear” among his allies, leading many of them to join him, the human Rikuo is seemingly weak but very clever. He is easily able to manipulate one of the council members into isolating himself during a meeting and rationalize against the dissolving of the Gyuki Clan. Though originally he had no recollection of changing to his yōkai form, by the time he faced Gyuki, he admitted to pretending to have no recollection to distance himself from the world of yōkai. Later, he is shown interacting and communicating with his yōkai form. Together they plan to form a Hyakki Yakō of their own. He decides to leave the human side of things to his human form and handle the yōkai-side of things as his yōkai self.
After losing to his grandfather, he is taken to the yōkai village of Tono to train. There, he learns how to use his Fear against other yōkai. He departs for Kyoto to face Hagoromo Gitsune in order to save Yura and avenge his father. After losing to Tsuchigumo, he undergoes three days of training with Gyuki. It is during this training that he first learns how to use the technique of Matoi with Zen. Finally having accepted that he is both human and yōkai, Rikuo becomes even more powerful.
Rikuo’s primary weapon is the spirit blade Nenekirimaru, which was designed to only harm yōkai. However, the blade broke when he tried to hurt Abe no Seimei. Rikuo has since asked a member of the Keikain House to create a more powerful blade for him and it is currently being forged. For the time being, Rikuo uses the tree branch he used to defeat both of Kidomaru’s yōkai bodyguards when they attacked him at the Tono Village.
Tsurara Oikawa 
Tsurara is a Yuki Onna who is Rikuo’s trusted attendant and part of Rikuo’s new “Hyakki Yakō” who follows him to school disguised as Tsurara Oikawa. She is affectionate towards Rikuo and is jealous when other girls pay him attention. Other members of the Nura household believe the situation would become worse if Tsurara were to see what other females did to Rikuo. She is overprotective of Rikuo when he is his “day” or human form and expresses great concern for his well being, which is the reason why she is always around him at school (which causes misunderstandings and concern on Kana’s part). She also acts as a cook and, though her food is delicious, most of the time it is chilled or cold. Prior to Rikuo awakening for the first time, she was “easy pickings” for his pranks. She also admires Rikuo’s yōkai form because she finds him very reliable and magnificent. Tsurara is the daughter of Setsura, who was attracted to Nurarihyon in his prime; Tsurara seems to have inherited her mother’s trait for falling for the Supreme Commanders of the Nura Clan. She is oblivious to the fact Shima has a crush on her.
She also has a fear of Yura as she is an onmyōji and a rivalry with Kana (going so far as to nearly freeze her). However she protects Kana as her death would sadden Rikuo. Tsurara is confident that she’ll eventually win Rikuo’s heart since they both have yōkai lifespans. She goes to Kyoto to protect the Investigation group along with Aotabo. Later, she rejoins Rikuo but is kidnapped by Tsuchigumo. She is later freed by Rikuo and performs Matoi with him, becoming the second of his subordinates to do so. After the defeat of Hagoromo Gitsune, and Abe no Seimei’s departure from Kyoto, Tsurara returns to the Nura house. When Rikuo becomes the new head of the Nura Clan, Tsurara is “promoted” into the elite class of the family, becoming one of the clan’s new subcommanders under Rikuo. As a result of her new position, she is given command over one of the clan’s territories (which was under her mother’s supervision) and is currently working to build up her own “clan” and gain subordinates in order to strength Rikuo’s Hyakki Yakō. The Tsurara Clan currently consists of 20 demons that appear from bowls for shaved ice and the yōkai who served under her mother.
In an omake where her mother demands that she take the lips of the third heir, she is stuck with Rikuo in a confined space after an accident in the storage room and is apparently almost kissed by him before being interrupted by Aotabo barging in to rescue them. Tsurara is left thinking there is hope for a chance of Rikuo loving her.
Yura Keikain 
An onmyōji of the Keikain House who specializes in shikigami, she can control four of them at the same time which impresses even Nurarihyon. She was trained by Akifusa and raised to see yōkai as evil, and seeks to complete her training by defeating Nurarihyon and then inheriting the household. When her brother reveals Rikuo to be a yōkai and Nurarihyon’s grandson, she says she can accept it if it’s him. She has returned to Kyoto to deal with Hagoromo Gitsune and has currently retreated to the Keikain main house.
She fights against yōkai using shikigami; Rokuson the deer, Bukyoku the samurai, Tanro the white wolf and Rentei the koi fish, which she merges with it to form a holy-water cannon. Recently she has also added Kyomon, the elephant, to her arsenal. She is also the only member of the Keikain house who can summon and use “Hagun” to increase her own powers, and is the first since Hidemoto to be able to do so. It is because of this ability that Yura has been designated as the heir and future head of Keikain House. This also implies that after she dies, Yura will become part of Hagun, like Hidemoto did.
Kana Ienaga 
Kana is Rikuo’s childhood friend and neighbor. She first appears in the original Nurarihyon no Mago One-Shot as Yura Usami and says she hates things relating to yōkai and spirit mediums. Kana appears to be somewhat a magnet for drawing in yokai as they usually come after her. She is hinted to have some affection for Rikuo, as she gets jealous on seeing Rikuo and Tsurara together. Rikuo made a promise to help her if she is ever in need. After being kidnapped by a yōkai on her 13th birthday, she was saved by “Night” Rikuo and was taken to a yōkai party. The next morning Kana asked Rikuo if he was friends with his yōkai form and blushed when Rikuo asked why. It is evident that she has fallen for “Night” Rikuo to the point that she blushes whenever she thinks of him. However, it is also hinted that she is starting to like Rikuo as she is much concerned and distracted when Tsurara is close to him. After learning that Rikuo and his yōkai form are one and the same entity, Kana’s affections are no longer divided.

Wednesday News- April 18, 2018

Wednesday News- April 18, 2018

News- 

Shelf Life: March Comes in Like a Lion Season 1 Part 1- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2018-04-16/.130383

Review: Queen’s Quality GN 1-
https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/queen-quality/gn-1/.120383

Magical Girl Ore-
https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/magical-girl-ore/.130399

Shaman King Manga’s New Arc Gets 3 Prologue Chapters Before May Debut- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-04-17/shaman-king-manga-new-arc-gets-3-prologue-chapters-before-may-debut/.130488

Anime-

  • Interviews with Monster Girls BD/DVD
  • Haikyu!! Second Season BD
  • Haikyu!! Second Season DVD
  • Haikyu!! Second Season Premium Box Set BD/DVD
  • Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON Season 1 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Urara Meirochou BD

Manga-

  • Again!! GN 2
  • Cosplay Animal GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Days GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction GN 1
  • Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju GN 6
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Fairy Tail S Tales From Fairy Tail GN 2
  • Fire Punch GN 2
  • Giant Killing GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Goblin Slayer! GN 2
  • Imperfect Girl GN 3
  • Kagerou Daze GN  9
  • Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear GN 8
  • Peach Mermaid GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Prince’s Black Poison GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • The Royal Tutor GN 6
  • Spirit Circle GN 3
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 5
  • To Love Ru Darkness GN  4
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 4
  • World’s End Harem GN 1
  • Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku GN 1

Other-

  • Infinite Stratos Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes Novel 6
  • Monster Girl Doctor Novel 2
  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life PlayStation 4 Game

Manga Monday- Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan

Manga Monday- Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, known in Japan as Nurarihyon’s Grandson, is a manga series written and illustrated by Hiroshi Shiibashi. The series was first published in Shueisha as a oneshot in 2007. The manga has been continuously serialized in the Japanese manga anthology Weekly Shōnen Jump since March 2008 and has been collected into 25 tankōbon volumes as of December 2012. Viz Media acquired the licensing rights for a North American release of the manga and anime adaptations.

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan is written and illustrated by Hiroshi Shiibashi and has been serialized in the manga anthology Weekly Shōnen Jump since March 2008. As of December 4, 2012, the series has been collected into 24 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha, with the first being released on August 4, 2008. In the thirtieth issue (2012) of Weekly Shōnen Jump, it was announced that the manga would be leaving the magazine for the conclusion to its final story arc which will run in the seasonally published Jump NEXT! Starting on August 11, 2012 the first of three chapters will be published with a 64-page chapter, and will continue in October and December. The manga was licensed for an English language release by Viz Media who publishes the series chapter wise in its manga anthology Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha since the magazine’s launch on January 30, 2012, and in bound volumes since February 1, 2011. As of February 5, 2013, 13 English-language volumes have been released. The first tankobon was translated by localization company AltJapan Co., Ltd.

The covers of each volume make a continuing picture of all the characters.

Plot

Rikuo Nura is 3/4 human and 1/4 yōkai, in which he has a human form in the day but transforms into his yōkai form at night. He lives in a house full of yōkai along with his yōkai grandfather. Trying to escape his fate, he does good deeds in order to avoid becoming a yōkai, despite his grandfather’s wish that Rikuo succeed him as the Third Head of the Nura Clan. Rikuo is different because he helps humans. He eventually comes to terms with his yōkai blood and decides to take up the position of the Third Head of the Nura Clan. Multiple factions aim to stop him or usurp his position, and he must gather friends and allies, a new Hyakki Yakō under his banner of “Fear”.

Storyline

Gyuki’s Test Arc
The Kiyojuji Paranormal Patrol travels to Mt. Nejireme at the invitation of a supposed yōkai specialist. However, the invitation turns out to have been a trap by the head of the Gyuki Clan. Separated, the members of the Kiyojuji Paranormal Patrol must deal with yōkai of the Gyuki Clan and Rikuo ultimately faces Gyuki himself. Rikuo learns that Gyuki set up the trap because he didn’t want the Nura Clan, which he greatly cherishes, to suffer under the influence of a weak leader.The two clash and Gyuki is overwhelmed by Rikuo’s night form. Afterward, Rikuo decides to take up the mantle of Nurarihyon and officially become the next Nura Clan head.
Shikoku Arc
When one of the board members of the Nura Clan is attacked and killed, and Nurarihyon subsequently disappears without notice, the Nura Clan is thrown into chaos. Trying to keep them together, Rikuo encounters a rival faction from the Shikoku area who intend to take over the Nura Clan’s territory. Their leader, Tamazuki, is ruthless and willing to sacrifice his subordinates to further his own goals. Rikuo and his Hyakki Yakō battle with Tamazuki and his Hachijuuhakki Yakō (consisting of 88 demons, instead of the 100 of a Hyakki Yakō) and emerge victorious.However, Rikuo decides to spare Tamazuki after the battle at the request of his father – who Nurarihyon had gone to visit. Tamazuki is spared under the condition that he build a memorial in honor of the subordinates who died by his hand.
Past Arc
The story of Rikuo’s grandparents Nurarihyon and Yohime, the creation of the spirit blade Nenekirimaru and the battle against Hagoromo Gitsune 400 years ago.
Tono Arc
When Haguromo Gitsune resurfaces in Kyoto, Rikuo is determined to fight her and take revenge for his father’s death – as well as rescue Yura, who has gone to aid the rest of the Keikain family in protecting Kyoto. However, as he is still too inexperienced and weak, his grandfather asks the head of the yōkai Tono Village to take in and train Rikuo. After an encounter with one of the Kyoto Yokai, Rikuo comes to realize what sort of power the yōkai Nurarihyon possesses and, having grown stronger, leaves along with several Tono Yokai to return to the Nura House and prepare for the assault on Kyoto.
Kyoto Arc
Rikuo, along with the vast majority of the Nura Clan and several yōkai from Tono, invade Kyoto. Nearly all of the onmyoji barriers around the city have been destroyed by Kyoto Yokai, and the Keikain House itself struggles to fight against Hagoromo Gitsune’s forces. They ultimately join forces with Rikuo’s Hyakki Yakō to replace the fallen barriers and stop Hagoromo Gitsune from giving birth to a new evil.
Hundred Tales Clan Arc
After the battle with Hagoromo Gitsune’s forces and the resurrected Abe no Seimei, also known as Nue, Rikuo and the Nura Clan are challenged by the remnants of the Hundred Tales Clan and its executives. The clan was once led by a human named Sanmoto Gorozaemon who grew in power by spreading stories about yōkai and in turn created them. The group was destroyed by Rihan and the Nura Clan 350 years ago. Now, the clan is encroaching on the Nura Clan’s territory and working to revive Sanmoto’s main body, which resides in hell.
Gokadoin House Arc
Following the battle with Sanmoto Gorozaemon and his Hundred Tales Clan, it was revealed that the onmyoji sect known as the Gokadoin House is composed of Abe no Seimei’s descendants who used Seimei’s forbidden research on immortality to prolong their lives. When the Gokadoin house starts mobilizing to “purify” the land of yōkai and humans, Rikuo starts to establish an alliance between the various yokai clans throughout Japan.

Film Friday- Ao Haru Ride

Film Friday- Ao Haru Ride

An anime television series, produced by Production I.G and directed by Ai Yoshimura, premiered in Japan at midnight on 7 July 2014. A live-action film adaptation was released in December 2014. A drama CD has been released as a tie-in with the 10th volume of the manga. An OAD has been released as a tie-in with the 11th volume of the manga. Translations of manga volumes have been released in Germany, France, Italy, Taiwan, Poland, and Mexico.

Anime

An anime television series adaptation, produced by Production I.G and directed by Ai Yoshimura, premiered in Japan on 7 July 2014. Weekly broadcasts started at midnight on Tokyo Metropolitan Television (Tokyo MX). The opening theme for the series was performed by a collaboration between two Vocaloid creators CHiCO and HoneyWorks, while the ending theme was performed by Japanese rock band, Fujifabric. In addition, the three-member girl band Chelsy provided an insert song for the series. An Original Anime DVD is also slated for release tie-in with the 11th volume of the manga series. The anime has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks. It premiered with subtitles in 2015 on Anime Network On Demand.

Film

A live action film directed by Takahiro Miki was released on 13 December 2014. It stars Tsubasa Honda as Futaba Yoshioka and Masahiro Higashide as Kou Mabuchi. Izumi Fujimoto plays Yūri Makita, Yua Shinkawa plays Shūko Murao and Ryō Yoshizawa plays Aya Kominato. The film has grossed ¥1.90 billion (about US$16.0 million) at the Japanese box office.

Main characters

Futaba Yoshioka 
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida

Since middle school, Futaba has always believed that boys were too rough and violent. Kou Tanaka was the only exception, and Futaba wanted to know him better. The two share brief, sentimental memories, including a plan to go to the summer festival together. After accidentally telling Naitou, Kou’s friend, that she hates all boys within Kou’s hearing proximity, she worries about his opinion of her but convinces herself that he understands he is an exception. The summer festival arrives, and Kou doesn’t show up. Returning from the summer vacation, Futaba hears that Kou transferred to another school without explanation. Futaba realizes how much she liked Kou and regrets not telling him how she felt.In high school, Futaba’s character is drastically different. No longer feminine or cute, she makes herself as unattractive as possible. Futaba was an outcast in middle school because the girls were jealous of her popularity with boys. Determined to have friends in high school, she sacrifices her true, girly self for her classmates’ approval but in the middle of the first year she decides to be true to herself. Futaba is strong-willed, stubborn and passionate. She eventually falls in love with Kou again (they also share some kisses during a school festival). However, she constantly worries that he has no feelings for her and believes that she’s clinging to the past. After confessing and being rejected by Kou (Chapter 28), she decides to move on and dates Toma. By chapter 45, she decides to reconcile with Kou and they start dating afterwards. Futaba is portrayed by Tsubasa Honda in the film.

Kou Mabuchi 
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji

During his time in middle school with Futaba, Kou Tanaka was rather small and gentle. He became very fond of her throughout their experiences together but seemingly disappeared during a summer break. Making an appearance in Futaba’s high school, it is revealed that he was unable to attend the summer festival because of familial issues. No longer “Kou Tanaka”, he is now referred to as “Kou Mabuchi”. His personality has also taken a turn, for he is now more masculine, sarcastic, and crude. In addition, he has extremely pessimistic views about his brother and himself. Despite these changes, Kou remains a kind person. When Kominato visited his house and found his secret box full of things from middle school, Kou confessed to Kominato that he still likes Futaba. To him, Futaba seems to be a remainder of his happier days — the days before his family experiences turmoil. He is trapped between his sympathy for Narumi, his old junior high school mate from Nagasaki, and his feelings for Futaba. When he settled things up, Futaba is already Kikuchi’s girlfriend. Realizing that Futaba is already Kikuchi’s girlfriend, he comes to realize how many people he has hurt in his life. He discusses to Kominato about how he had hurt everyone around him that he dearly cared about especially Narumi, Futaba, and himself. At the same time, Narumi comes to final confrontation with Mabuchi saying that she will never stop loving him and pleads to make him understand that she is the right person to be with Mabuchi, and how Futaba does not understand him at all. Mabuchi, however, cannot stop thinking about or loving Futaba, therefore, he decides to reject Narumi’s feelings, but still considers her as a friend along with an apology for hurting her. Narumi leaves Mabuchi a kiss saying that she doesn’t want to end things in a negative way, and decides to let him go. As Mabuchi becomes more honest with others including himself, he finally realizes that he doesn’t need to hide his feelings anymore and decides to finally pursue Futaba in order to be with her. He and Futaba later on reconcile and start dating. Kou is portrayed by Masahiro Higashide in the film.

Yūri Makita 
Voiced by: Ai Kayano

Introduced in the first chapter, Yūri’s high school life is parallel to Futaba’s middle school life. She is very cute, causing her to be despised by many girls in her class, and she is often left alone. Yūri gets by very well, however, for she prefers to be hated for who she truly is than to be liked for someone she isn’t. Yūri and Futaba soon become best friends. She falls in love with Kou after he helps her during a class leader’s camp. Yūri greatly treasures her friendship with Futaba, but often gets jealous of Futaba’s closeness with Kou. After getting rejected, she finally moves on and is now dating one of Toma’s friends, Uchiyama. Yūri is portrayed by Izumi Fujimoto in the film.

Shūko Murao 
Voiced by: Mikako Komatsu

Much like Yūri, Shūko is another “lone wolf”. She is very beautiful but has a cold exterior that drives others away. Due to experiences in middle school, Shūko fails to trust girls. Eventually, her trust in female relationships is restored after becoming friends with Futaba and Yūri. She softens up and also becomes close friends with Kō and Aya as well, so close that Aya mistakenly implied her having feelings for him. She has been in love with Tanaka-sensei, Kou’s older brother, since her first year of high school after attending a guidance session between the two of them but is soon rejected due to their teacher-student relationship (Chapter 27). In Chapter 48, she finally accepts Aya’s feelings and they start dating. Shūko is portrayed by Yua Shinkawa in the film.

Yōichi Tanaka 
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa

Kou’s older brother by eight years. He works as an English teacher at Futaba’s high school. Entering high school, Futaba was initially interested in Yōichi as he reminded her of Kou. However, she was unaware that the two were brothers. Yōichi knows about Shūko’s crush on him but always rebuffs her advances, telling her that he will never see her as anything more than a student. However, he never hesitates to help her in times of need and is happy whenever he sees that she is fitting in. He enjoys a playful ‘rivalry’ with Aya over Shūko. He often gives Futaba advice whenever she feels unsure about herself or about Kou. Although it is hinted that he actually does have feelings for Shuko him saying to Aya “Before I can’t keep my feelings under control, I’ve been hoping for some great guy to come by and swoop Murao off her feet.”Yōichi is portrayed by Yū Koyanagi in the film.

Wednesday News- April 11, 2018

Wednesday News- April 11, 2018

News-

The Spring 2018 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2018/spring/.129741

Review: Kenka Bancho Otome: Love’s battle Royale GN 1- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/kenka-bancho-otome/love-battle-royale/gn-1/.129643

Love and Lies Promo Video Preview Anime DVD’s 2 Episodes- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-04-10/love-and-lies-promo-video-previews-anime-dvd-2-episodes/.130190

Is Violet Evergarden Worth Watching?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2018-04-10/.130163

Detective Conan Gets Spinoff Manga Centering on Toru Amuro- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-04-10/detective-conan-gets-spinoff-manga-centering-on-toru-amuro/.130125

Anime-

  • ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. BD/DVD
  • Ajin: Demi-Human Season 2 BD
  • Ajin: Demi-Human Season 2 DVD
  • Ajin: Demi-Human Season 2 Premium Edition Box Set BD/DVD
  • March comes in like a lion Volume 2 BD
  • Super Lovers 2 BD/DVD
  • Puzzle & Dragons X Part 2 BD/DVD

Manga-

  • A.I.C.O. Incarnation GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor GN 3
  • Alice in Murderland GN 8 (Hardcover)
  • Angels of Death GN 2
  • Attack on Titan GN 24
  • Baccano! GN 2
  • The Betrayal Knows My Name GN 8
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Bungo Stray Dogs GN 6
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card GN 3
  • Case Closed GN 66
  • The Elder Sister-like One GN 1
  • Erased GN 4 (Hardcover)
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • GTO: Paradise Lost GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Hatsune Miku: Future Delivery GN 2
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan GN 8
  • In/Spectre GN 7
  • The Isolator GN 3
  • Itsuwaribito GN 23
  • Love and Lies GN 5
  • Lovesick Ellie GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Love at Fourteen GN 7
  • Magi GN 29
  • Magical Girl Apocalypse GN 14
  • Mermaid Boys GN 1
  • Monster Tamer Girls GN 1
  • My Boy GN 1
  • My Monster Secret GN 10
  • One Week Friends GN 2
  • Shokuryō Jinrui: Starving Anonymous GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • So I’m A Spider, So What? GN 2
  • Spirits & Cat Ears GN 5
  • Strike the Blood GN 10
  • A Terrified Teacher at Ghoul School! GN 2
  • Though You May Burn to Ash GN 1
  • Umineko When They Cry Episode 7 GN 2
  • your name. GN 3

Other-

  • Accel World Novel 13
  • Arifureta Zero Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Dark Rose Valkyrie PC Game (Digital Only)
  • GARO Red Requiem BD
  • Pokémon Seek and Find Legendary Pokémon Activity Book

Manga Monday- Ao Haru Ride

Manga Monday- Ao Haru Ride

Blue Spring Ride is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Io Sakisaka. It began serialization in the February 2011 issue of Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret and ended in February 2015.

Manga

Blue Spring Ride is written and illustrated by Io Sakisaka. Serialization began in the February 2011 issue of Shueisha’s manga magazine Bessatsu Margaret. The first tankōbon volume was released on 13 April 2011, and the twelfth volume was released on December 12, 2014 along with the anime’s 13th and final episode. The manga series ended on 13 February 2015.

Tokyo Pop released a German translation of the first volume in December 2012 and, as of June 2014, has released seven volumes under the title Blue Spring Ride. Kana released a French translation of the first volume on 5 July 2013 and, as of July 2014, has released six volumes under the title Blue Spring Ride. Panini Comics released an Italian translation of the first volume in September 2013 and, as of May 2014, has released five volumes under the title Ao haru ride – A un passo da te. Tong Li Publishing released a Chinese translation of the first volume in January 2013 and, as of June 2014, has released seven volumes under the title 閃爍的青春. Waneko released a Polish translation of the first volume in February 2014 and, as of June 2014, has released three volumes under the title Ścieżki Młodości. Viz Media announced during their Anime Boston2018 panel that they will publish the manga in English. The manga has sold over 5.84 million copies as of 9 May 2014.

Plot

Futaba Yoshioka is a 17-year-old high school student who has an inferiority complex, as she has the need to fit with her female friends by acting brash towards the male students, due to a history of attracting the latter which made other girls jealous and ostracize her, as a result causing her to feel that her life is nothing interesting. She finally abandons her facade when she befriends fellow outcast Yuri Makita, who is adamant in keeping her “cutesy” personality in exchange for being ostracized. At the same time, Futaba is surprised when she reunites with Kou Tanaka, whom she befriended during middle school and with whom she had mutual love until he abruptly moved away to Nagasaki to live with his late mother. She is disappointed, however, as the new Kou is going with his mother’s surname “Mabuchi” and seems to be a completely different person than she knew back then, as he is now a rude, cold, and sneaky individual. Kou enrolls in the school under supervision of his brother, Yoichi Tanaka, who teaches at the school.

However, Futaba and Kou have to work together when they apply for the class representative positions, assisted by event representatives Yuri, the also-outcast Shuko Murao who harbors feelings for the elder Tanaka brother, and her admirer, Aya Kominato. The five attend the leadership training and are able to form a bond. After the training, Yuri realizes that she has fallen in love with Kou and confesses during summer festival, but is rejected. Instead, she decides to support Futaba’s attempt to woo him and ends up falling in love with Uchiyama, a member of the school band. Meanwhile, after an embarrassing first meeting, Futaba is admired by Toma Kikuchi, Uchiyama’s bandmate, who begins inroads to make her turn from Kou and fall for him. He gets his attempt when Kou’s middle school friend from Nagasaki, Yui Narumi moves to Tokyo and begs him to take care of her. This causes Futaba to think that anymore attempt to woo Kou is futile, and, after a formal rejection from him, accept Kikuchi’s confession.

Nevertheless, Futaba struggles to erase Kou from her mind and be serious in her relationship with Kikuchi. Kou, who is revealed to have always loved Futaba after all those years, realizes that Narumi is dragging him back and decides to end their relationship. As Futaba’s relationship with Kikuchi becomes complicated with Kou making moves towards her, she chooses to separate from Kikuchi at the end of the school year. With Kikuchi out of the picture for Christmas, Futaba agrees to meet Kou in the same place where they promised to meet years before until his transfer, but it is cut short when Kou is involved in an accident. At the hospital, Futaba and Kou declare their love for each other.

The new couple’s first task together is helping Kominato confess to Murao. At the start of the new school year, Tanaka also decides to move to the United States to pursue further education and discover new things, wishing his brother happiness out from sulking about their mother’s death. To assure his family that he is well, Kou reverts his surname back to Tanaka. The series ends with Futaba and Kou seeking refuge from the rain at a temple like they did years before, which Futaba interprets as the evidence that something interesting has finally started for her.