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Manga Monday- My Little Monster

Manga Monday- My Little Monster

My Little Monster is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Robico about the relationship between a girl named Shizuku Mizutani and a boy named Haru Yoshida. It was serialized in Kodansha’s Dessert magazine from August 23, 2008 to June 24, 2013.

Plot

My Little Monster focuses on the relationship between Shizuku Mizutani, who has absolutely no interests except in studying and her plans for the future, and a boy named Haru Yoshida, who sits next to Shizuku in class but rarely attends school. After Shizuku is tasked with delivering class printouts to Haru’s home, she meets Haru, who immediately greets her as a friend, starting their new relationship. Nicknamed “dry ice,” Shizuku is renowned as a girl who is emotionless and cold. However, when she met Haru she was touched by his innocence and his lack of knowledge towards human relationships. Though known as a violent and uncontrollable monster, Haru is actually kind and gentle. Haru immediately declares his love towards Shizuku, but it takes much longer for Shizuku to realize and accept her own feelings towards Haru. Together, as two previously unsocial beings, they help each other learn how to care for each other and relate with their friends and family.

Manga

The manga series is written and illustrated by Robico and published in the Kodansha magazine Dessert. It was serialized between the September 2008 issue, published on August 23, 2008, and the August 2013 issue, published on June 24, 2013. The series has also been released as 13 tankōbon volumes between January 13, 2009, and August 12, 2013. A limited edition version of the final volume was bundled with an OVA episode of the anime series on DVD. The series has been licensed in North America by Kodansha USA, who released the first volume on March 11, 2014. A spin-off manga series was published in Dessert between August 24 and November 22, 2013. Its chapters were collected in a 13th volume, released on January 10, 2014.

Film Friday- Fate/stay night

Film Friday- Fate/stay night

A 24-episode anime series created by Studio Deen aired in Japan between January and June 2006. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the television series and re-released the series on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray Disc. A film adaptation by Studio Deen was released in Japanese theaters on January 23, 2010. A second anime television series, Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, was produced by Ufotable and aired between October 2014 and June 2015, following the game’s second route as opposed to the first. A second manga adaptation began in 2015 focusing solely on the third route. Three consecutive films have also been announced which also adapt the Heaven’s Feel route of the visual novel.

Anime

The original Fate/stay night anime series aired between January 7 and June 17, 2006, containing 24 episodes; the story line follows mainly the Fate scenario but shows parts of other scenarios as well. When the anime adaptation was in the planning stages at Studio Deen, they were planning an original story, with Shielder, a heroine later used in Fate/Grand Order, as an important character, instead of adapting the events of the source material. It was animated by Studio Deen and produced by the Fate Project, which was formed in response to the popularity of the visual novel and included Geneon Entertainment, TBS, CREi, Type Moon, and Frontier Works. Kenji Kawai composed the original music for the series and also remixed four symphonic themes from the Fate/stay night visual novel for use in the anime: “Hizashi No Naka De” (not featured on the original anime soundtrack, but on the out tracks album La Sola), “Yakusoku Sareta Shouri No Tsurugi”, “Emiya”, and “This Illusion”, the last of which was retitled “disillusion”.

The series later received its international television premieres on the anime television network Animax in 2007, its English-language television premiere occurring on Animax’s English networks in Southeast Asia in June as well as its other networks in South Korea, Hong Kong and other regions. Geneon USA also licensed the series for distribution across North America. The English dub was produced at Bang Zoom! Entertainment. On July 3, 2008, Geneon Entertainment and Funimation Entertainment announced an agreement to distribute select titles in North America. While Geneon Entertainment still retains the license, Funimation Entertainment assumes exclusive rights to the manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution of select titles. Fate/stay night was one of several titles involved in the deal. Sentai Filmworks has since licensed the TV series and re-released the series on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray Disc in January 2013. Fate/stay night started airing in North America on the Anime Network On Demand channel on February 7, 2013.

The television series was re-released in Japan on January 22, 2010 in two 60-minute special edition DVD/Blu-ray volumes to commemorate the release of the film Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works. Fate/stay night TV reproduction I and II each recap 12 episodes from the anime and feature re-edited and re-compiled footage along with new opening and ending animation footage, with new ending songs by Jyukai and Sachi Tainaka. The opening song “disillusion -2010-” is a re-recording of the “disillusion” theme song from the television series.

An animated film based on the storyline of the Unlimited Blade Works route from the visual novel was released in Japanese theaters on January 23, 2010 and produced by Studio Deen. The staff from the anime television series, including director Yuji Yamaguchi, returned to work on the film, with most of the voice cast reprising their roles. The film earned 280 million yen at the Japanese box office. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the Unlimited Blade Works film and released it on DVD and Blu-ray. As with the television series, the film was dubbed at Bang Zoom! The film has been shown on the Anime Network.

Following an anime adaptation of the Fate/Zero novel series, which aired between October 2011 and June 2012, Ufotable produced a second Fate/stay night anime television series based on the Unlimited Blade Works route from the visual novel. The anime is directed by Takahiro Miura and the original Japanese voice cast from the Studio Deen Fate/stay night anime and the Fate/Zeroanime reprise their roles in the new anime. The first half of the anime ran from October 4 to December 27, 2014, and the second half ran from April 4 to June 27, 2015. An advanced screening online premiered on September 28, 2014, in several countries across the world, including Japan, the United States, France, Germany, and South Korea. Aniplex of America has acquired streaming and home video rights to the 2014 series for North America, and has also announced an English dub of the first half of the series, which was released on DVD and limited Blu-ray on August 25, 2015. A ten-minute original video animation episode was featured on the Blu-ray release of the second half of the series, which was released on October 7, 2015; the episode was based on an alternate ending from the visual novel, titled “sunny day“. The first opening theme is “Ideal White” by Mashiro Ayano and the ending theme is “Believe” by Kalafina. A cover version of the song “This Illusion” from the visual novel was later used in this series as the ending theme for episode 12, and was performed by LiSA. The second opening theme is “Brave Shine” by Aimer and the second ending theme is “Ring Your Bell” by Kalafina. A remix of “Ring Your Bell”, titled “Ring Your Bell (in the silence)”, was used as the ending theme for episode 15. The song “Last Stardust”, performed by Aimer, was used as an insert song for episode 20.

Ufotable has also begun the release of a film trilogy based on the Heaven’s Feel route, the first of which was titled “Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower” and was released in Japan on October 14, 2017 and in the United States in November and December 2017. The film will be released again in the United States on June 5, 2018 and June 7 2018 with an English dub. The second film, titled Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly will be released in 2018.

Wednesday News- June 13, 2018

Wednesday News- June 13, 2018

Super Mario Party Switch Game Announced for October 5 Release- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-06-12/super-mario-party-switch-game-announced-for-october-5-release/.132815

Review: Flip Flappers Limited Edition Blu-ray- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/flip-flappers/limited-edition-blu-ray/.110757

The World Ends With You- Final Remix-  Launches for Switch This Fall- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-06-12/the-world-ends-with-you-final-remix-launches-for-switch-this-fall/.132823

B: The Beginning Anime Gets 2nd Season- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-06-12/b-the-beginning-anime-gets-2nd-season/.132816

Anime-

  • Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor BD/DVD
  • Berserk Season 2 BD/DVD
  • D.Gray-man Season 4 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Eromanga Sensei Volume 1 BD
  • New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 3: Dream BD/DVD
  • Pokémon – Advanced Battle Complete Collection DVD

Manga-

  • After Hours GN  2
  • Again!! GN 3
  • Aho Girl GN  7
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Captain Harlock The Classic Collection GN 1 (Hardcover)
  • CITY GN  2
  • DNA Doesn’t Tell Us GN  2 (Digital Only)
  • GANTZ:G GN 1
  • GTO: Paradise Lost GN  9
  • High Rise Invasion GN Omnibus 1
  • Hoshin Engi GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Kamikamikaeshi GN  1 (Digital Only)
  • Living-Room Matsunaga-san GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Loveless GN 13
  • Magi GN 30
  • Shokuryō Jinrui: Starving Anonymous GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle GN 1
  • Splatoon GN 3
  • To Your Eternity GN 5
  • Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku GN  5

Other-

  • Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! Novel 1
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 11
  • Super Bomberman R PlayStation 4 Shiny Edition

Other Tuesday- Fate/stay night

Other Tuesday- Fate/stay night

A series of light novels titled Fate/Zero, set as a prequel to Fate/stay night, were produced from 2006 to 2007, with an anime adaptation by Ufotable airing between October 2011 and June 2012. A spin-off magical girl manga series, Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya, began serialization in 2012 and has received multiple anime television series. Three fighting games have been released: Fate/unlimited codes for arcades and PlayStation 2, Fate/tiger colosseum and its sequel Fate/tiger colosseum Upper for PSP. A PSP RPG titled Fate/Extra was released on July 22, 2010, and a sequel and companion game, Fate/Extra CCC, was released on March 28, 2013. An online RPG titled Fate/Grand Order was released on Android on July 29, 2015, followed by an August 12 release on iOS; an anime film adaptation by Lay-duce was released on December 31, 2016.

Light novels

On November 22, 2006, Type-Moon announced a new installment in the Fate/stay night franchise, titled Fate/Zero, which is a prequel to Fate/stay night, stressing the events of the Fourth Holy Grail War and how its consequences affected the Fifth Holy Grail War. In contrast to Fate/stay nightFate/Zero is a series of light novels instead of a visual novel, and is told in a third-person narrative that follows the actions of multiple characters. The series is a collaboration between Type-Moon and a fellow developer, Nitroplus, and was written by Gen Urobuchi. The first volume was released on December 29, 2006. The second volume was released on March 31, 2007. The third volume was released on July 27, 2007. The fourth and final volume was released on December 29, 2007, along with the Fate/Zero Original Image Soundtrack “Return to Zero”. A manga adaptation began serializing in February 2011, followed by an anime adaptation by Ufotable, marking their debut with the franchise.

A light novel titled Fate/Apocrypha was also announced. It revolves around a parallel universe in which the events of Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero never occurred due to the removal of the Holy Grail after the Third War, resulting in a different Holy Grail War. The first volume was released on December 29, 2012. The second volume was released on August 16, 2013. The third volume was released on December 29, 2013. The fourth volume was released on May 30, 2014. The fifth and final volume was released on December 30, 2014. An anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures was announced for July 2017.

Video games

In 2007, Fate/tiger colosseum, a 3D fighting game based on Fate/stay night, was released for the PlayStation Portable by Capcom and cavia, inc. in cooperation with TYPE MOON. The characters are all rendered in a super deformed style. A sequel, Fate/tiger colosseum Upper, was released on August 28, 2008.

Another fighting game based on the franchise titled Fate/unlimited codes debuted at the 2008 Amusement Machine Operators’ Union (AOU) show in Japan. It was developed by Capcom in conjunction with Cavia and Eighting. The game was released in the arcades andhad an exclusive PlayStation 2 release on December 18, 2008. A pre-order version was also available, which includes a limited edition Saber Lily figure. Capcom also released a PlayStation Portable version titled Fate/unlimited codes Portable on June 18, 2009. A digital download of the game was released in North America on September 3, 2009. and in Europe on September 10, 2009 Characters from the sequel Fate/Hollow Ataraxia and the prequel Fate/Zero also make an appearance in the game.

A dungeon RPG adaptation of the series was announced in Famitsu and is produced by Image Epoch and Marvelous Entertainment titled Fate/Extra. Players take on the role of an unnamed male or female character that the player chooses to be one of seven chosen masters and control servants Saber, Archer, or Caster. The game was released for the PlayStation Portable in both regular and the “Type-Moon Box” editions. The limited, Type-Moon Box edition includes a Saber Figma figure from the game itself, a visual book and a limited edition soundtrack. While the original release was set for March 2010, the release date was pushed back to July 22, 2010 for further testing. In July 2011, Aksys Games confirmed it would be publishing Fate/Extra in North America. Saber appears as playable character in the Nitroplus fighting game Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel based on her appearance in Fate/Zero. An anime television series adaptation, titled Fate/Extra Last Encore and produced by Shaft, was announced for 2017.

An online free-to-play RPG based on the franchise at large, titled Fate/Grand Order, was announced. The game is centered around turn-based combat where the player, who takes on the role of an unnamed male or female Master, summons and commands Servants in battle against enemies. The story narrative is presented in a visual novel format, and each Servant has their own personal scenario which the player explores. A vast multitude of Servants are featured; some are original, while others return from preceding Fate works. It was first released on July 29, 2015, on Android, with a subsequent release on August 12 on iOS. An anime film adaptation by Lay-duce, titled Fate/Grand Order: First Order, was released on December 31, 2016.

Manga Monday- Fate/stay night

Manga Monday- Fate/stay night

A manga series adaptation by Datto Nishiwaki was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s Shōnen Ace magazine between the February 2006 and December 2012 issues. In 2007, the manga was licensed for an English-language release in North America by Tokyopop. Fate/stay night is a Japanese visual novel developed by Type-Moon, which was originally released as an adult game for Windows. A version of Fate/stay night rated for ages 15 and up titled Fate/stay night Réalta Nua (Irish for “new stars”), which features the Japanese voice actors from the anime series, was released for the PlayStation 2 and later for download on Windows as a trilogy covering the three main story lines. Réalta Nua was also ported to the PlayStation Vita. On October 28, 2005, Type-Moon released a sequel to Fate/stay night, titled Fate/hollow ataraxia. Its plot is set half a year after the events of Fate/stay night.

Manga

The Fate/stay night manga, illustrated by Datto Nishiwaki, was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s manga magazine Shōnen Ace between the February 2006 and December 2012 issues. It is an adaptation of the Fate/stay night visual novel, and the manga combines the Fate and Unlimited Blade Works scenarios of the visual novel as well as elements from the Heaven’s Feel scenario while ultimately following the Fate scenario. The manga was licensed for an English-language release in North America by Tokyopop in 2007. In April 2011, Tokyopop announced that they were shutting down their North American manga publishing division, and volume 11 became the last volume to be released by Tokyopop. In 2014, Viz Media’s Viz Select imprint announced that they would be releasing the Fate/stay night manga digitally. Twenty tankōbon volumes were released in Japan between May 26, 2006 and November 26, 2012. A second Fate/stay nightmanga based entirely on the Heaven’s Feel route and illustrated by Task Ohna began serialization in the June 2015 issue of Young Ace.

Himuro no Tenchi Fate/School Life is a comedy 4-koma manga revolving around the normal life at school of the minor characters of Fate/stay night and Fate/Hollow Ataraxia, specifically the character Kane Himuro, classmate of Fate/stay night protagonist Shirō Emiya. It is serialized in Manga 4-koma Kings Palette and currently three volumes have been published by Ichijinsha.

A spin-off manga series Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya written and illustrated by Hiroyama Hiroshi was first serialized in Comp Ace in 2008 and later released into two bound volumes. The series features Illya as a main character where she’s living an alternate life as a school girl. However, she is chosen by the Magical Stick Ruby and is involved in a quarrel between Rin and Luvia. A sequel series titled Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei! was serialized from 2009 to 2012 and released in five bound volumes. A third manga series titled Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!! began serialization in 2012.

Story

The seven sorcerers, known as Masters, are aided by seven beings known as Servants, reincarnations of legendary heroes from all times. These resurrected souls possess superhuman characteristics and wield powerful artifacts or abilities called Noble Phantasms, symbols of their heroism during life. Only one Servant can be summoned in each war from one of seven classes: SaberArcherLancerBerserkerRiderAssassin, and Caster, each representing their distinctive role in battle. The Servants are summoned by the power of the Grail itself and aid their Masters in doing battle, protecting them from harm and killing other Servants or Masters. In return for their aid, the Servants also seek their own wish from the Holy Grail, should their Master become victorious.Fuyuki City is the setting for a secret and violent war among competing magi. For the past two centuries, seven sorcerers have gathered and engage in a battle royale known as the Holy Grail War, each gambling his or her own life to obtain the Holy Grail, a legendary chalice capable of granting wishes. The past four Holy Grail Wars have typically occurred every fifty years or so. However, the fifth war has started prematurely, with the most recent concluding less than a decade ago.

Shirō Emiya is a serious yet helpful, hardworking, and honest teenager and a student at Fuyuki High, whose parents died in a fire years ago, around the time of the conclusion of the Fourth Holy Grail War. He was then adopted by Kiritsugu Emiya. When he was a child, his adoptive father told him how he had failed at his life ambition to become a “Ally of Justice”. Shirō affirms to his adoptive father that he intends to devote his life to achieving that distant ideal, much to Kiritsugu’s chagrin. To do this, Shirō pleads with a begrudging Kiritsugu to teach him sorcery; but being born without the capabilities of a magus, Shirō proves to be talentless in almost all the fundamental sorcerous disciplines. Kiritsugu dies in Shirō’s youth. From then on, he grows up as an orphan in the occasional company of Taiga Fujimura, his English teacher at Fuyuki High, and Sakura Matō, his underclassman.

After cleaning his school’s kyūdō dojo late one night, Shirō stumbles upon two Servants, Archer and Lancer, battling in the school courtyard. Upon accidentally revealing himself, Shirō runs away. To avoid compromising the war’s secrecy, Lancer hunts down and pierces Shirō’s heart with his Noble Phantasm, a long, red spear. Shirō is then discovered in a near-death state by Rin Tōsaka. For the sake of her sister Sakura Matō who has feelings for him, she uses an heirloom filled with concentrated magic to restore his damaged heart and leaves before he awakens. Shaken and dazed, Shirō picks up the heirloom and returns home only to be assaulted a second time by Lancer. Shirō weakly defends himself against Lancer using posters he strengthens with magic, but is soon overwhelmed by the powerful Servant’s attack. Before Lancer can inflict another fatal blow, a magical mark on Shirō’s hand begins to light up and a magical circle inside the shed begins to glow. A young woman clad in armor with an invisible sword appears in a flash of light and blocks Lancer’s attack. After driving Lancer away from Shirō, she introduces herself as the Servant Saber, and formally announces her intention to fight under Shirō for the Holy Grail.

Meanwhile, Rin has realized that Lancer will return to finish what he started and rushes to the aid of Shirō, only to discover that Shirō is safe and has gained his own Servant. From here on, the story splits into three paths known as routes, and those are: FateUnlimited Blade Works, and Heaven’s Feel.

Film Friday- Lovely Complex a.k.a Love Com

Film Friday- Lovely Complex a.k.a Love Com

The story has been adapted as a live-action movie released in 2006, a 24-episode anime television series broadcast in 2007, and an adventure game released for PlayStation 2 released in 2006. Two drama CDs have also been produced. The manga and the live-action movie are licensed in North America by Viz.

Anime

The anime television series was produced by Toei Animation and directed by Konosuke Uda, with music by Hironosuke Sato and character designs by Hideaki Maniwa. The opening theme songs were “Kimi + Boku = Love?” by Tegomass (episodes 1–13) and “Hey! Say!” by Hey! Say! 7 (episodes 14–24); the ending themes were “Kiss ~ Kaerimichi no Love Song~” by Tegomass (episodes 1–13) and “Bon Bon” by Hey! Say! 7 (episodes 14–24). It was broadcast on TBS, CBC, and MBS from 7 April 2007 to 29 September 2007.

The Italian distributor Dynit licensed the anime for a DVD release. In Italy was broadcast on 24 October 2010 on Rai 4 and ended on 17 April 2011.

In April 2012, Discotek Media announced that they will distribute the Love Com anime on DVD in North America in one subtitled boxset.

Movie

Love Com was adapted as a live-action movie directed by Kitaji Ishikawa with screenplay by Osamu Suzuki. It starred Ema Fujisawa as Risa Koizumi and Teppei Koike as Atsushi Ōtani. It was released in theaters on 2006-07-15, and on DVD on 2007-01-01. A subtitled DVD was released in English in North America by Viz Media on 2008-02-19.

Risa Koizumi

is not your average Japanese high school girl. Standing 172 centimetres (5 ft 8 in) tall, Risa stands taller than the average height of Japanese boys let alone Japanese girls (the average height for a female is 158 cm (5 ft 2 in)). In the anime she states that she has always been the tallest person in her class. Ironically, her surname means ‘small fountain’. She and other characters compare her to a giraffe. Risa can be impulsive and strong-willed at times, and is rarely willing to display her softer side. She had a crush on Suzuki before he started dating Chiharu. Risa starts developing feelings for Ōtani and soon admits to herself that she likes him. She then starts trying to confess. Failing the first time, Nobuko and Nakao try to help with Nobuko often giving Risa advice on what to do. Finally she very directly tells him. She immediately regrets it, and tells Ōtani to pretend it never happened, but in spite of herself she tells Ōtani once again that she likes him. Ōtani responds that he cannot see her as a girlfriend yet, so her new goal is to make Ōtani regret that and make him like her as well.

Atsushi Ōtani

is one of the main characters. He is very short for a boy, standing 156 centimetres (5 ft 1 in). The average height for a male in Japan is 172 cm (5 ft 8 in). Like Koizumi, Ōtani’s surname (roughly, “big valley”) is a pun on his diminutive stature. He can be thoughtless and rude but he is kind and a little silly at heart. Ironically, Ōtani also happens to be the star player of the school basketball team. He reveals he wants to go to University after graduation to get his teaching certificate. He dreams of teaching basketball to elementary school students.His ex-girlfriend is Mayu Kanzaki, the manager of his middle-school basketball team. She broke up with him for a much taller boyfriend, and this is one of the reasons Ōtani is sensitive about his height. He later finds out that his lack of height wasn’t the reason that she broke up with him; it was because she was in love with someone else already who just happened to be tall. He doesn’t know quite yet how he feels about Risa when she confesses her feelings for him, and responds that he can’t see her as a girlfriend (yet). He later realizes that he does care for her, and he kisses her. Later on in the series, Ōtani gets the wrong idea when Risa keep doing suspicious things with her co-worker Kohori, and then breaks up with her. However, after seeing how devoted she is to him, Ōtani reconsiders and they make up on Christmas Eve.

Wednesday News- June 6, 2018

Wednesday News- June 6, 2018

Code Vein Game’s Trailer Reveals September Release Date- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-06-05/code-vein-game-trailer-reveals-september-release-date/.132464

Review- Sailor Moon SuperS Part 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/sailor-moon-supers/part-1/.132346

FLCL Returns in Two New Flavors- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2018-06-05/.132467

Encouragement of the Climb Anime Premieres on July 2- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-06-05/encouragement-of-the-climb-anime-premieres-on-july-2/.132475

Anime-

  • Anonymous Noise BD
  • Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic BD/DVD
  • Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic DVD
  • Kabukibu! BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE Collection 2 BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE Collection 2 DVD
  • My Hero Academia Season 2 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • My Hero Academia Season 2 Part 2 Limited Edition BD/DVD
    Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side Premium Edition BD/DVD

Manga-

  • ACCA 13 Graphic Novel (GN) 3
  • Akame ga KILL! ZERO GN 7
  • Angels of Death GN 3
  • Astra Lost in Space GN 3
  • Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle GN 3
  • Beware the Kamiki Brothers! GN 2
  • Blue Exorcist GN 19
  • BTOOOM! GN 21
  • Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju GN 7
  • DNA Doesn’t Tell Us GN 2
  • Durarara!! Re;Dollars Arc GN 1
  • Haikyu!! GN 24
  • Eclair GN
  • Fate/Zero GN 6
  • Flying Witch GN 6
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 24
  • Haikyu!! GN 24
  • Hoshin Engi GN 10
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 6
  • Kuroko’s Basketball GN Omnibus 12
  • Laid-Back Camp GN 2
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Kanna’s Daily Life GN 2
  • My Hero Academia GN 13
  • My Solo Exchange Diary GN 13
  • One Piece GN Omnibus 24
  • Princess Jellyfish GN 9
  • The Promised Neverland GN 4
  • Queen’s Quality GN 4
  • Satan’s Secretary GN 1
  • Stupid Love Comedy GN 1
  • Takane & Hana GN 3
  • Vinland Saga GN 10 (Hardcover)
  • Yokai Girls GN 3
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 12
  • You Got Me, Sempai! GN 2
  • The Young Master’s Revenge GN 2

Other-

  • As the Gods Will BD/DVD
  • Demon King Daimaou Novel 5
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Novel 11
  • Napping Princess Novel
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition: Taishi PlayStation 4/PC Game
  • Sushi Striker: The Way of the Sushido Nintendo Switch Game

Manga Monday- Lovely Complex a.k.a. Love Com

Manga Monday- Lovely Complex a.k.a. Love Com

Love Com, also known as Lovely Complex, is a romantic comedy shōjo manga by Aya Nakahara. It was published by Shueisha in Bessatsu Margaret from 2001 to 2006 and collected in 17 tankōbon volumes. The series is about the romance between a tall girl and a short boy who are treated as a comedy duo by their classmates. In 2004, it received the 49th Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo.

The manga was written and illustrated by Aya Nakahara. It was initially serialized in Japan by Shueisha in the shōjo manga magazine Bessatsu Margaret from September 2001 to December 2006. The untitled chapters were collected in 17 tankōbon volumes. The manga is licensed in English in North America by Viz Media, with 16 volumes published as of January 2010. The Viz edition is licensed for distribution in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment, which released volume one in May 2008. The series is also licensed in France by Delcourt, in Italy by Planet Manga, in Mexico by Grupo Editorial Vid, in Spain by Planeta DeAgostini, in Taiwan by Tong Li Publishing, in Hungary by Mangafan and in Vietnam by TVM Comics.

Plot

Love Com is a love story between a boy and a girl in Sakai, Osaka. The girl, Risa Koizumi, is 172 centimetres (5 ft 8 in) tall—much taller than the average Japanese girl. The boy, Atsushi Ōtani, is 156 cm (5 ft 1 in)—way below the height of the average Japanese boy. Because of this, the pair are called the “All Hanshin Kyojin” after a popular comedy duo that has a similar height difference. The difference in their heights is extremely exaggerated (in the opening credits of the anime, for example, the top of Ōtani’s head doesn’t even reach Risa’s chin when it should be approximately level with her mouth.)

During summer school, a very tall student named Ryouji Suzuki (from another class) shows up and Risa immediately falls for him because he is tall. There is a girl that Atsushi likes as well, so Risa and Atsushi decide to put aside their differences and help each other get their love interests. Their efforts fail spectacularly as Suzuki and the girl whom Ōtani had a crush on – Chiharu Tanaka – end up becoming a couple. All is not lost though, since Risa and Ōtani become close friends. As they get to know each other better, Risa’s feelings for Atsushi begin to blossom, and her love life gets complicated from there on.

One notable fact about Love Com is that instead of speaking standard Japanese, almost all characters speak in Kansai-ben. Many native Osakan voice actors are employed in the anime. While having one or two characters speaking Kansai-ben is common in many anime shows, having all characters doing so is unusual in media produced for a nationwide audience.

Film Friday- Haikyuu!!

Film Friday- Haikyuu!!

Haikyuu!! had an anime television series adaptation by Production I.G aired from April 2014 to September 2014, which has been licensed for digital and home release in North America by Sentai Filmworks The second season of the anime aired from October 2015 to March 2016. A third season aired from October 2016 to December 2016.

Anime

An anime television series produced by Production I.G premiered on April 6, 2014 on MBS, other JNN stations, and with English subtitles on Crunchyroll. From episodes 1-13, the opening theme song is “Imagination” by Spyair, while the ending theme song is “Tenchi Gaeshi” by Nico Touches the Walls. For episodes 14 through 25, the opening is “Ah Yeah” by Sukima Switch, and the ending is “LEO” by Tacica. “Ah Yeah” is also used as the ending for episode 14, which has no opening. The anime has been licensed for digital and home video release by Sentai Filmworks

A second season premiered on October 4, 2015. For episodes 1 through 13, the opening theme song is “I’m a Believer” by Spyair, while the ending theme song is “Climber” by Galileo Galilei. For episodes 14 through 25, the opening theme song is “FLY HIGH” by Burnout Syndromes, while the ending theme song is “Hatsunetsu (Fever)” by Tacica.

A third season, titled Haikyū!! Karasuno High School vs Shiratorizawa Academy, premiered on October 8, 2016. The opening theme song is “Hikariare” by Burnout Syndromes, while the ending theme song is “Mashi Mashi” by Nico Touches the Walls. Sentai Filmworks has also licensed the third season.

Compilation films

Supplementary compilation films have been released following the airing of the anime. After the first season and before the second season was aired in 2015, two compilation films were released. The first movie, Gekijō-ban Haikyu!! Owari to Hajimari was released on July 3, 2015 and the second movie, Gekijō-ban Haikyu!! Shōsha to Haisha premiered on September 18, 2015. Two more compilation films were announced to be unveiled in fall 2017 after the third season aired in 2016. Both films were released in September: the first film, Haikyu!! Sainō to Sense on the 15th and the second film, Haikyu!! Concept no Tatakai on the 29th.

Karasuno High School

The word ‘Karasu’ in the school name “Karasuno” means ‘crow’. This is why the volleyball flag has the word “Fly” on it. The team was referred to as “Flightless Ravens” or “Fallen Crows”, since they were formerly a strong team which even went to the nationals, but has been on the decline lately. Their team doesn’t have any play style, instead, opting to be open and always trying out new styles to play.

Shōyō Hinata
Hinata is a first-year student at Karasuno High School. He was initially a wing spiker in junior high school and is currently a middle blocker. His play style makes him an excellent decoy, and even though he wants to become the ace (since it is flashy), he learns the importance of a decoy in the team, and plays it excellently. He is generally upbeat, clumsy, and weak, however he is very athletic and has extraordinary jumping ability and amazing reflexes. He is able to play immensely well with the help of Kageyama. Although he is a beginner and has a small stature, he is determined to become a strong player and thus manages to grow rapidly through each match. Together with Kageyama, he forms the “weird duo”, due to their unnaturally fast quick attack.
Tobio Kageyama 
Kageyama is a first-year student at Karasuno High School. He is currently a setter and was referred to as the “King of the Court” in junior high. While Kageyama exhibits prodigious talents as a player, he also has an arrogant demeanor and an inability to cooperate with teammates, instead opting to order them around, thus earning his nickname “King of the Court”. Unable to stand his attitude, his middle school team mates opted to stop playing with him in the middle of a match, which end up as a huge blow to him. After enrolling in Karasuno High School and joining the volleyball club where he meets Hinata, his opinions start to change and he begins to understand the importance of teamwork in a team sport. He tends to hide his feelings thus having bad social skills and frequently calls Hinata a “dumbass”. Together with Hinata, he forms the “weird duo”, due to their unnaturally fast quick attack.
Daichi Sawamura
Sawamura is the captain of the volleyball club and a third-year student at Karasuno High School. He is a wing spiker, and very dependable at receiving. As the captain he’s able to build a solid foundation of the team. He is kind, dependable, and doesn’t get easily discouraged, but all of his teammates also fear annoying him because he turns alarmingly terrifying when angry. He also believes in his teammates, allowing them time to grow, even waiting for them to get over their fights and issues, instead of trying to push them forward before time.
Kōshi Sugawara
Sugawara is the vice captain of the volleyball club and a third-year student at Karasuno High School. He used to be the main setter of the team, but since Kageyama’s addition to the team he has spent lesser time as setter on the court, and instead has played as pinch server. Sugawara has a refreshing and cheerful personality but his tactics are considered dangerous by opponents.
Asahi Azumane 
Azumane is a third-year student at Karasuno High School and a wing spiker in the volleyball club. He’s considered to be the team’s ace. Despite his large physique (which makes people believe that he’s not really a high school student), spiking power and mature demeanor, he is very timid, and is often referred to as having a “glass heart”.
Ryūnosuke Tanaka
Tanaka is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and a wing spiker. He is loud, fierce and abrasive, but respects his seniors and looks out for his juniors. While on the court, he displays amazing mental strength, even when he is continuously targeted by the opposite team. Unfortunately, his behavior and appearance makes girls scared of him, and often gets him into trouble with others, needing Sawamura to stop him. He and Nishinoya adore their manager Shimizu.
Yū Nishinoya
Nishinoya is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and a libero. He is called “Karasuno’s Guardian Deity” because of his excellent and amazing skills as a libero, having won the “Best Libero” award while he was still in middle school. He has a very energetic personality and is ridiculously strong-hearted. He does tend to get carried away because he has so much passion and intensity. He is also mentioned to be the backbone of the team because whenever he is on the court, he assures all of his teammates that even if they get blocked, he will be there to pass it up so they are able to spike as many times as they need to win the point. He is also extremely loud and motivational, and is one of the only people able to bring the team up in good spirits right before matches against the better teams in the prefecture. He’s also the shortest player on the team. Like Tanaka, he adores Shimizu, in the episode he is introduced in, he mentions one of the main reasons he came to Karasuno in the first place was because he liked the girls’ uniforms.
Chikara Ennoshita 
Ennoshita is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and a wing spiker. Despite his plain appearance, he is seen as the “leader” of the second-year students and possibly the only one able to control Nishinoya and Tanaka apart from Sawamura; being more responsible and able to say many things straightforwardly without drawback. Prior to the main storyline, he was one of many students who dropped out of the volleyball team due to high standards and extreme practice sessions of Coach Ukai Sr.. Eventually, due to his love for volleyball, he returns to the team to find that the coach has left.
Hisashi Kinoshita
Kinoshita is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and a wing spiker. He, along with Ennoshita and Narita, were one of many students who left the volleyball club during Ukai Sr.’s time coaching. He later starts specializing in jump float serve.
Kazuhito Narita 
Narita is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and a middle blocker. He also left the volleyball team temporarily.
Kei Tsukishima
Tsukishima is a first-year student at Karasuno High School and a middle blocker. He looks down on Hinata at the beginning, stating that he should not rely on his jump. He often teases his teammates and also teases Kageyama by calling him “The King”, which angers him to the core. Despite his negative attitude and flippant view on volleyball, Tsukishima is a very analytic and smart blocker, along with his great height, which gives the team a great advantage. Though he also has a stand-offish demeanor and seems to not care about his teammates, it is revealed that he loves volleyball, cares a lot for the sport, and has stayed friends with Yamaguchi not because he felt obliged to because he defended Yamaguchi from bullies in elementary school, but because genuinely cares for him and enjoys playing volleyball with him. Later in the story, it’s revealed that he had an older brother that used to join Karasuno’s volleyball team. He is the tallest player on the team and is nicknamed “Tsukki” by Yamaguchi.
Tadashi Yamaguchi
Yamaguchi is a first year student at Karasuno High School and a middle blocker. He usually clings to Tsukishima after Tsukishima saved him from bullies at 3rd grade, despite being told to shut up numerous times. He is shy, but friendly, and tries his best to contribute to the team. With the help of Makoto Shimada, he has recently become a pinch server due to his ability to do the “jump float serve”.