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I'm the Young Adult Librarian at the West Regional Branch of the Mobile Public Library. I've been an otaku for about twenty years from starting the original Sailor Moon on Cartoon Network back in the mid-1990's.
Film Friday- Attack on Titan

Film Friday- Attack on Titan

A television anime adaptation produced by Wit Studio and Production I.G aired in Japan on MBS between April and September 2013 and a second season of the series premiered in April 2017. Four video game adaptations developed by Nitroplus staffers in collaboration with Production I.G were announced to be released as bonus content for the third and sixth volumes of the Blu-ray Disc release of the anime, with another game developed by Spike Chunsoft for the Nintendo 3DS. A two-part live-action film adaptation, Attack on Titan and Attack on Titan: End of the World, and a live-action web-series were released in 2015. An anime adaptation of the Junior High spin-off manga, produced by Production I.G, began airing in October 2015. Attack on Titan and all five spin-off manga are published in North America by Kodansha Comics USA, while the three novel series are published by Vertical. The anime has been licensed by Funimation for North America, by Manga Entertainment for the UK, and by Madman Entertainment for Australasia.

Attack on Titan has become a commercial success. As of April 2017, the manga has 66 million copies in print. The release of the anime also saw a boost in the series’ popularity, with it having received critical acclaim for its atmosphere and story. Although it also gained fame in neighboring Asian countries, the series’ themes have been a subject of controversy.

Anime

An anime television series adaptation produced by Wit Studio (a subsidiary of IG Port) aired on MBS between April 7, 2013 and September 29, 2013, directed by Tetsurō Araki with Yūki Kaji starring as Eren, Yui Ishikawa voicing Mikasa and Marina Inoue as Armin. Both Funimation and Crunchyroll simulcast the series on their respective websites, and Funimation began releasing the series on North American home video in 2014. The anime has been licensed in the UK by Manga Entertainment. Madman Entertainment acquired the show for distribution in Australia and New Zealand. The final episode was also aired in Japanese theaters. The anime had some production issues with needing more animators with Wit Studios’ character designer, Kyoji Asano tweeting and looking for active animators to work on the anime. An OVA version of the “Ilse’s Notebook” special chapter from tankōbon volume 5 was originally scheduled to be released on August 9, 2013, bundled with the volume 11 limited edition, but was postponed and included with a limited edition of volume 12, released on December 9, 2013, instead. The OVA was bundled on subtitled DVD with the English limited edition release of the 17th manga volume, released on December 1, 2015. A second OVA was released on April 9, 2014, bundled with the 13th volume of the series, this one focused on the members of the 104th Training Corps. Two additional OVA episodes, based on the Attack on Titan: No Regrets prequel manga, were bundled with the 15th and 16th volumes of the main series, released on December 9, 2014 and April 9, 2015, respectively. The anime previously aired on Adult Swim’s Toonami block. In Australia, the anime currently airs on SBS 2 on Tuesdays, in Japanese with English subtitles, with the first episode having aired on September 30.

The anime was compiled into two animated theatrical films with new voice acting from the same cast. The first film Attack on Titan – Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow covers the first 13 episodes and was released on November 22, 2014, while the second film Attack on Titan – Part 2: Wings of Freedom adapts the remaining episodes and adds new opening and ending footage. It was released on June 27, 2015. A rebroadcast of the first season was aired from January 9, 2016 on NHK’s BS Premium channel. The compilation films were also broadcast in January 2017 on MBS.

A second season of the anime series was announced on the opening day of the first theatrical film, which was originally set to be released in 2016. It was then confirmed in the January 2017 issue of the Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine that the second season would premiere in April 2017. Masashi Koizuka is directing the second season, with Araki now acting as chief director. It has also been licensed by Funimation. It will run for 12 episodes.

A television anime adaptation of the Attack on Titan: Junior High manga spin-off began airing in October 2015. The series was directed by Yoshihide Ibata at Production I.G, with series composition by Midori Gotou, character design by Yuuko Yahiro, and music by Asami Tachibana. Linked Horizon will be back to do the opening theme “Youth Like Fireworks”. The ending theme, “Ground’s Counterattack” (“Hangeki no Daichi”), is performed by the voice actors for Eren, Mikasa, and Jean. A rebroadcast of the series was aired during January 2016.

The second season of the anime series debuted on April 1, 2017. The season premiere was simulcast on Funimation, Crunchyroll, and the former’s VRV channel at 10:30 AM EST. That same day, it was also announced that the second season of Attack on Titan would premiere on Toonami on April 29. It was subsequently announced on April 3 that the second season would premiere one week earlier, on April 22 instead.

Wednesday News- May 24, 2017

Wednesday News- May 24, 2017

News-

My Hero Academia Shows Superpowers Aren’t Inherently Good or Evil- http://www.anime-now.com/entry/2017/05/23/230053?utm_campaign=ANN

The Complete Guide to 25 Years of Tenchi Muyo!- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2017-05-24/the-complete-guide-to-25-years-of-tenchi-muyo/.116203

Seven Seas Licenses Fauna and the Dragonewt’s Seven Kingdoms Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-05-23/seven-seas-licenses-fauna-and-the-dragonewt-seven-kingdoms-manga/.116500

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen Heads to PS4, Xbox One in Japan, West- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-05-23/dragon-dogma-dark-arisen-heads-to-ps4-xbox-one-in-japan-west/.116475

Anime-

  • Dimension W BD/DVD
  • Dimension W Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters Part 2 BD
  • Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters Part 2 DVD
  • Momokuri BD
  • Momokuri DVD
  • One Piece Collection 19 DVD Uncut

Manga-

  • Anne Happy GN 5
  • Big Order GN 2
  • BTOOOM! GN 17
  • Cardfight!! Vanguard GN 8
  • The Case Study of Vanitas GN 2
  • Corpse Party: Blood Covered GN 5
  • Delicious in Dungeon GN 1
  • Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju GN 1
  • Dimension W GN 6
  • Girls’ Last Tour GN 1
  • Golden Time GN 7
  • Karneval GN 7
  • Kase-san and… Bento GN
  • Kingdom Hearts II GN 4
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 2
  • Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade GN 5C
  • Missions of Love GN 14
  • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun GN 7
  • Murciélago GN 2
  • Non Non Biyori GN 7
  • Psycho-Pass: Inspector Shinya Kōgami GN 2
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life In Another World- Chapter 1: A Day in the Capital GN 2
  • Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers GN 2
  • Rose Guns Days Season Two GN 3
  • The Royal Tutor GN 1
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 20
  • Spirits & Cat Ears GN 2
  • Trinity Seven GN 9
  • Welcome to the Ballroom GN 5

Other-

  • A Certain Magical Index Novel 11P
  • Death March to the Paralle World Rhapsody Novel 2
  • Disgaea 5 Nintendo Switch Game
  • My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected Novel 2
  • Overlord Novel 4 (Hardcover)C
  • Samurai Warriors: Spirit of Sanada PS4 Game
  • Strike the Blood Novel 6
  • Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception PS4/PS Vita Game
  • Yana Toboso Artworks Black Butler Vol. 2 (Hardcover)
  • your name. Novel (Hardcover)

Other Tuesday- Attack on Titan Light Novels

Other Tuesday- Attack on Titan Light Novels

Novels

A light novel series titled Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, written by Ryō Suzukaze and illustrated by Thores Shibamoto, began on April 1, 2011. Its story is set before the events of the manga and it was published by Kodansha in three volumes. While the first tells the story of Angel, the blacksmith who develops the first prototypes of the Vertical Maneuvering Equipment, the following two follow a young man who was found as a baby in the stomach of a Titan. A second light novel series called Attack on Titan: Harsh Mistress of the City, written by Ryō Kawakami and illustrated by Range Murata, began on August 1, 2014. Vertical began releasing the novels in North America in the summer of 2014. A novel titled Attack on Titan: Lost Girls , written by Hiroshi Seko, was published on December 9, 2014. It comprises three short stories featuring Mikasa and Annie Leonhart, titled “Lost in the cruel world”, “Wall Sina, Goodbye”, and “Lost Girls”. It was also released in English by Vertical.

Before the Fall

Attack on Titan: Before the Fall is a light novel written by Ryō Suzukaze and illustrated by Thores Shibamoto. It initially follows the story of Angel, the blacksmith who develops the first prototypes of the Vertical Maneuvering Equipment, before focusing on a young man who was found as a baby in the stomach of a Titan. Three volumes of Before the Fall were published between December 2, 2011, and June 29, 2012. Vertical licensed the light novels in October 2013 for distribution in English.

Harsh Mistress of the City

Attack on Titan: Harsh Mistress of the City is written by Ryō Kawakami and illustrated by Range Murata. It depicts the aftermath of the fall of Wall Maria first shown at the beginning of the manga. The first volume of Kakuzetsu Toshi no Joou was published on August 1, 2014.

Lost Girls

Attack on Titan: Lost Girls is written by Hiroshi Seko. It comprises three short stories featuring Mikasa Ackerman and Annie Leonhart, titled “Lost in the cruel world”, “Wall Sina, Goodbye”, and “Lost Girls”. It was published in Japan on December 9, 2014, and in North America on June 28, 2016 by Vertical.

Manga Monday- Attack on Titan

Manga Monday- Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. The series began in Kodansha’s Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine on September 9, 2009, and has been collected into 21 tankōbon volumes as of December 2016. It is set in a world where humanity lives in cities surrounded by enormous walls; a defense against the Titans, gigantic humanoids that eat humans seemingly without reason. The story initially centers on Eren Yeager, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman and childhood friend Armin Arlert, who join the military to fight the Titans after their home town is invaded and Eren’s mother is eaten. However, as the story progresses and the truths about the Titans are slowly revealed to the reader, the narrative shifts to encompass Historia Reiss, squad leader Levi, Eren’s father Grisha, and other supporting characters. The spin-off light novel series Before the Fall began in December 2011 and has received a manga adaptation. Two additional light novel series and four additional spin-off manga series have also been created.

Manga

Hajime Isayama’s original manga serial, Attack on Titan commenced publication in Kodansha’s monthly publication Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine starting with the September 2009 issue. The first tankōbon collected volume was released on March 17, 2010. The most recent, volume 21, was released on December 9, 2016. In November 2014, the manga had 45 million copies in print. By September 2016, the number had increased to 60 million. The series’ twelfth collected volume was given a first printing of 2.2 million copies, making Attack on Titan one of only two manga series ever to get an initial print surpassing 2 million, the other being One Piece. Volume 13 has the highest initial first print of the series so far, with 2,750,000 copies. It is also the first print run record for its publisher, Kodansha.

A comedic spin-off of the series, titled Attack on Titan: Junior High and written by Saki Nakagawa, began serialization in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine‘s May 2012 issue. It follows the main characters as they battle the Titans while in junior high school. Another manga series based on the prequel light novels Attack on Titan: Before the Fall started running in Kodansha’s Monthly Shōnen Sirius from August 2013, drawn by Satoshi Shiki. An additional spin-off based on the No Regrets visual novel was serialized in the shōjo manga magazine Aria, titled Attack on Titan: No Regrets. It is written by Gun Snark and illustrated by Hikaru Suruga. It focuses on the origins of Captain Levi, one of the most prominent characters in the main series. A yonkoma spin-off, called Spoof on Titanand drawn by hounori, was released on Kodansha’s Manga Box smartphone and tablet application from December 2013 to December 30, 2014 in both Japanese and English. A manga adaptation of Hiroshi Seko’s Attack on Titan: Lost Girls novel, written and illustrated by Ryōsuke Fuji, began publication in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine on August 9, 2015.

In North America, the series is published in English by Kodansha Comics USA. They published the first volume on June 19, 2012,. The fifteenth was released on April 7, 2015. By July 2015, the manga had 2.5 million copies in circulation in North America. The first three spin-off manga have also been licensed by Kodansha Comics USA, who published the first volume of each between March and June 2014. It announced its license to Spoof on Titan at the New York Comic Con in October 2015, and its acquisition of Lost Girls in March 2016.

Film Friday- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Film Friday- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is a 1984 Japanese animated epic science fantasy adventure film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, based on his own 1982 manga of the same name. Isao Takahata produced the film for Tokuma Shoten and Hakuhodo, with Topcraft animating. Joe Hisaishi, in his first collaboration with Miyazaki, composed the film’s musical score. The film stars the voices of Sumi Shimamoto, Goro Naya, Yoji Matsuda, Yoshiko Sakakibara and Iemasa Kayumi.

Taking place in a post-apocalyptic world in the far future, the film tells the story of Nausicaä (Shimamoto), the young princess of the Valley of the Wind. She becomes embroiled in a struggle with Tolmekia, a kingdom that tries to use an ancient weapon to eradicate a jungle of mutant giant insects, and attempts to stop the Tolmekians from enraging these creatures.

The film was released in Japan on 11 March 1984. While created before Studio Ghibli was founded, the film is considered to be the beginning of the studio and is often included as part of the Studio’s works, including the Studio Ghibli Collection DVDs and Blu-rays. Widely acclaimed for its story, themes, characters and animation, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is frequently ranked as one of the greatest animated films of all time.

Plot

One thousand years have passed since the Seven Days of Fire, an apocalyptic war that destroyed civilization and created the vast Toxic Jungle, a poisonous forest swarming with giant mutant insects. In the kingdom of the Valley of the Wind, a prophecy predicts a saviour “clothed in blue robes, descending onto a golden field, to join bonds with the great Earth and guide the people to the pure lands at last”. Nausicaä, the princess of the Valley of the Wind, explores the jungle and communicates with its creatures, including the gigantic, armored trilobite-like creatures called Ohm. She hopes to understand the jungle and find a way for it and humans to co-exist.

One night, during a visit by the Valley’s swordsmaster Lord Yupa, a cargo aircraft from the kingdom of Tolmekia crashes in the Valley. Nausicaä tries to rescue a passenger, the wounded Princess Lastelle of Pejite, who pleads with Nausicaä to destroy the cargo before dying. The cargo is an embryo of a Giant Warrior, one of the lethal bioweapons that caused the Seven Days of Fire. The Tolmekians, a military state, seized the embryo and Lastelle from Pejite, but their plane was attacked by mutant insects and crashed. One of the insects emerges wounded from the wreckage and seems poised to attack the frightened villagers, but Nausicaä uses a small bullroarer to calm it and guides it away from the Village on her jet-powered glider.

The next morning, Tolmekian troops, led by Princess Kushana and Officer Kurotowa, kill Nausicaä’s father and take the Giant Warrior embryo. Kushana plans to mature the Giant Warrior and use it to burn the Toxic Jungle. Nausicaä kills several Tolmekian soldiers before Yupa intervenes. Kushana announces her decision to leave for the Tolmekian capital with Nausicaä and five hostages from the Valley. Before they leave, Yupa discovers a secret garden of jungle plants reared by Nausicaä; according to Nausicaä’s findings, plants that grow in clean soil and water are not toxic, but the jungle’s soil has been tainted by humankind.

An agile Pejite interceptor shoots down the Tolmekian ship carrying Kushana and her detachment. It crash-lands in the jungle, disturbing several Ohm, which Nausicaä soothes. She leaves to rescue Asbel, the Pejite pilot and twin brother of Lastelle, but both are swallowed by quicksand and arrive in a non-toxic area below the jungle. Nausicaä realizes that the jungle plants purify the polluted topsoil, producing clean water and soil underground.

Nausicaä and Asbel return to Pejite but find the capital ravaged by insects. A band of surviving Pejites reveal that they lured the creatures to eradicate the Tolmekians, and are doing the same in the Valley to recapture the Giant Warrior. They capture Nausicaä, not allowing her to warn the village about the incoming attack, but with the help of Asbel and his mother, Nausicaä escapes on a glider. While flying home, she finds a team of Pejite soldiers using a wounded baby Ohm to lead a furious herd of thousands of Ohm into the Valley. The Tolmekians deploy tanks and later the Giant Warrior against the herd, but their tanks’ firepower cannot stop the Ohm, and the Giant Warrior, hatched prematurely, disintegrates.

Nausicaä liberates the baby Ohm and gains its trust. Her dress stained by its blue blood, she and the baby Ohm stand before the raging herd and are both run over, killing Nausicaä. The herd calms, and the Ohm use their golden tentacles to resuscitate her. She walks atop the hundreds of golden Ohm tentacles as through golden fields, revealing Nausicaä to be the saviour from the prophecy. The Ohm and Tolmekians leave the Valley and the Pejites remain with the Valley people, helping them to rebuild. Meanwhile, deep underneath the Toxic Jungle, a new non-toxic tree sprouts next to Nausicaä’s lost aviation goggles.

Wednesday News- May 17, 2017

Wednesday News- May 17, 2017

News-

Fire Emblem Echoes Trailer Highlights Game’s 2 Heroes- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-05-14/fire-emblem-echoes-trailer-highlights-game-2-heroes/.116084

Pet Girl of Sakurasou Creator, Sword Art Online: Progressive Manga Artist Work on New Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-05-16/pet-girl-of-sakurasou-creator-sword-art-online-progressive-manga-artist-work-on-new-anime/.116165

Fruits Basket Gets 1at U.S. Blu-ray Disc Release in August- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-05-16/fruits-basket-gets-1st-u.s-blu-ray-disc-release-in-august/.116153

My Litlle Monster Manga Gets Live-Action Film Starring Masaki Suda, Tao Tsuchiya- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-05-14/my-little-monster-manga-gets-live-action-film-starring-masaki-suda-tao-tsuchiya/.116091

Anime-

  • Ajin: Demi-Human BD
  • Ajin: Demi-Human DVD
  • Ajin: Demi-Human Premium Edition BD/DVD
  • Digimon Adventure tri.: Reunion BD/DVD
  • Digimon Adventure tri.: Reunion DVD
  • Divine Gate BD/DVD
  • Gangsta. BD/DVD
  • Gangsta. Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Girls und Panzer der Film BD/DVD
  • HaruChika BD/DVD
  • Pokémon – Advanced Complete Collection DVD
  • The Seven Deadly Sins Season 1 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • The Seven Deadly Sins Season 1 Part 1 DVD
  • Wandaba Style DVD

Manga-

  • Bloom Into You GN 2
  • Cage of Eden GN 21
  • Clockwork Planet GN 2
  • Gangsta: Cursed GN 2
  • The Girl From The Other Side Siuil, A Run GN 2
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt GN 3
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero GN 6
  • Ultraman GN 8

Other-

  • Akiba’s Beat PlayStation 4 / PlayStation Vita Game
  • Cooking Mama: Sweet Shop Nintendo 3DS Game
  • Fire Emblem Echoes -Shadows of Valencia- Nintendo 3DS Game
  • Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds PlayStation Vita Game
  • Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy PlayStation Vita / PC Game

Character Special- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Character Special- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Valley of the Wind

Nausicaä

The main character. Princess of the Valley of the Wind. A brave, caring person, she has a special connection with animals. From a young age she explores the ecosystem of her world and as a result considers it folly to fight the Sea of Corruption. Because of her exploration of its flora and fauna and her scientific experiments with the samples she brings back to her laboratory, she comes to the conclusion that the ecosystem of their world is misunderstood by most of the people who inhabit it. Sees war as pointless, but accepts the responsibilities she has towards her people and their allies, responsibilities that increase as her father’s condition deteriorates. Her ultimate responsibility is towards the world as a whole and her actions transcend the narrow scope of tribal politics and warfare in which she becomes embroiled. Throughout most of the story she is portrayed as a sixteen-year-old girl but there are flashbacks to her earlier childhood.

 

Jihl

Nausicaä’s father. King of the Valley of the Wind. Shown as a bedridden old man throughout his appearances except in flashbacks. The manga and film differ in his ultimate fate. In the manga his death is attributed to long-term poisoning caused by the Sea of Corruption. In the movie he is sniped down during an invasion of the Valley of the Wind by Torumekian troops.

 

Yupa Miralda

Also referred to as Master Yupa, or Lord Yupa. An explorer and the greatest swordsman in the Periphery. A mentor figure to Nausicaä, he travels with Asbel and Ketcha in the early parts of the story. In the manga he sacrifices himself protecting Kushana from the vengeful Mani Tribe in the final days of the war.

 

Mito

The sergeant-at-arms and King Jihl’s chief retainer. His primary role is piloting the Valley’s gunship in support of Nausicaä’s mission.

Tepa

A young wind-rider who attempts to fill Nausicaä’s role back in the Valley after she leaves.

Gram/Matriarch

The oldest and most prominent of the Valley’s “wise women”. In the anime, she is the first to realize Nausicaa to be the “Blue-Clad One” of prophecy; in the manga, the Dorok Mani-tribe Elder is the first one to acknowledge this.

 

Pejite

Asbel

Prince of Pejite, forced to journey in exile after Princess Kushana invades Pejite. He becomes Nausicaa’s and later Yupa’s, friend and ally throughout the manga.

 

Lastelle (Rastel)

Princess of Pejite and Asbel’s twin sister. Dies at the beginning of the movie, fleeing from Kushana’s invasion.

 

Torumekia

Kushana

Princess of Torumekia. She cares deeply for the men under her command and commands their unwavering loyalty, but is portrayed as brutal and harsh to her enemies.

Hideaki Anno, who worked on the film of Nausicaä, had planned to do a manga side-story centered around Kushana’s military exploits, but Miyazaki denied him access, believing that Anno was intending to use her to “play war games.“,etc.

Kushana has been noted as a complex antagonist. Susan J. Napier and Patrick Drazen note a parallel between the character of Kushana, the rival warrior princess, and that of Nausicaä – Napier describes Kushana as Nausicaä’s “shadow”, noting that Kushana is not shown with any “alleviating, ‘feminine’ virtues” as Nausicaä is, but that they share the same tactical brilliance. Drazen describes this as a “feminine duality”. Miyazaki has described the two characters as being “two sides of the same coin”, but Kushana has “deep, physical wounds”.

 

Kurotowa

Kushana’s aide and a spy for the Emperor, at first. He switches allegiance to Kushana when he realizes the Emperor will probably kill him after he fulfills his usefulness. He was once a pilot and shows his flying skill when he evades Asbel’s attack on the Torumekian fleet and shoots him down. Kurotowa prides himself in being a cynical survivor, but he also feels irresistibly attracted to the idealism and purity of spirit of Nausicaä.

The Emperor of Torumekia (the Vai Emperor)

Fearless, ruthless, as well as would even assassinate his own children should he perceive them to be a threat to his authority. After the Daikaisho he personally leads the remnants of the Tourmekian army to Shuwa in an attempt to take possession of the Crypt’s secrets. He and Nausicaä confront the Master of the Crypt together and he sacrifices himself by taking the full force of the Crypt’s last light himself in order to save Nausicaä. As he dies, he repents and declares Kushana his successor, warning her not to make the same mistakes that he did, saying that killing even one treacherous noble will lead to a path of endless killing.

The Three Princes of Torumekia

The first prince dies when his airship is attacked by insects. The two other princes are shown to be similar to the first, but state that their behavior was an act to convince their father that they were stupid and therefore, not a threat. The two are content to stay with the Master of the Garden, away from politics and safe from war.

Dorok

This theocratic empire and its characters are exclusive to the manga and do not appear in the film. Throughout most of the story depicted in the manga, authority is divided between the hereditary ruling class and the priesthood.

Eriko Ogihara-Schuck identifies the Dorok as a religious group, not present in the anime, with a dualistic world view that parallels Christian apocalypticism. Ogihara Schuck writes that the Dorok are responsible for the creation of the Sea of Corruption in the manga, whereas the Sea of Corruption is attributed to pollution resulting from the Seven Days of Fire in the anime. She attributes Nausicaä’s motivation for sealing the Crypt in Dorok holy city of Shuwa in the manga to a belief that humans should no longer selfishly attempt to control the natural world and on a more abstract level attributes Nausicaä’s motivation to a desire to counter the Dorok’s dualistic world view, a worldview which divides the world into purity and corruption, light and dark. Ogihara-Schuck observes that Nausicaa’s thinking reflects Miyazaki’s own world view and conforms to Miyazaki’s expressed opposition to dividing the world into a good and evil dichotomy.

The Dorok Emperors

Kulubaluka

The family name of the dynasty of Dorok kings that ruled before being dethroned in a coup d’état by the first “Holy Emperor”. Only mentioned in the story in textual references.

The Late, “First” Dorok Emperor

Name not revealed: once a pupil of the Master of the Garden, but departed with four Heedra to save the world, then usurped authority over the Dorok lands through a coup d’état. Originally a just and honest ruler, but eventually came to hate the peasants for their “incorrigible stupidity” and also apparently fell under the sway of the Master of the Crypt. Father of the two brothers Namulith and Miralupa upon whom he bestowed dual reign of the Dorok Empire. Died prior to the main events depicted in the manga, from a failed attempt to prolong his life. Appears as an illustrated character only in recollections of other characters and is mentioned retrospectively in dialogue.

Namulith/Namulis

“The Emperor the Elder “, Co-regent of the Holy Dorok Empire with Miralupa, his younger brother. He is charismatic and a warrior, but has none of his younger brother’s psychic abilities. Namulith is over a century old, surviving by having his brain periodically transplanted into cloned bodies. Namulith assassinates Miralupa, usurps the authority of the priests and takes the title “Divine Emperor (神聖皇帝 shinseiKōtei?)” when he assumes the sole reign of what remains of the Holy Dorok Empire. Namulith captures Kushana, hoping to marry her and thus claim the two empires. He eventually tires of life as he sees that everything seems to always go as the Master of the Crypt says they will and so passes on the burden of rule to Nausicaa after he is badly wounded by the attack of the God Warrior.

Miralupa

“The Emperor the Younger”, Co-regent of the Holy Dorok Empire with Namulith, his elder brother. Miralupa’s connection to the ruling Dorok theocracy and his psychic powers give him an edge in the early part of the series. Although he is the younger of the two, he appears much older than his brother because he still inhabits his original body, kept alive by painful life extension treatments. After a reversal of his and his brother’s fortunes, Miralupa is assassinated by Namulith. His spirit is redeemed and saved by Nausicaä. He had repeatedly tried to destroy her, but her purity of spirit prevailed and she returned good for evil.

Chikuku

A young boy with strong telepathy. He was the disciple and assistant of an elderly holy man. This mystical hermit, feeling the approach of his death, left Chikuku in Nausicaä’s strong and capable hands. Chikuku becomes loyal to Nausicaa and fiercely protective of her. His weapon of choice is a blow gun that he uses to fire sharp darts. He uses his highly developed telepathy to help Nausicaä communicate with those with whom she does not share a common language. In volume 6, Chikuku rallies the Dorok people to disobey the Emperor Namulith and follow the path of Nausicaä instead. At this time he also reveals for the first time his true full name: Luwa Chikuku Kulubaluka, with Kulubaluka being the name of the emperor who reigned before Namulis’s father staged a coup.

Charuka

A Priest and commander of the Dorok armies. Though at first he fears the appearance of the “Blue-Clad One” as the prophesized warrior come to destroy Miralupa and the Dorok Empire, he later sees that Nausicaä is in reality a good person after she helps him attempt to destroy the engineered mold that was threatening to overwhelm the Dorok lands. Charuka then regrets and aids her during the rest of her journey and was willing to give up his life to save the Dorok people from the Emperor’s tyranny. Charuka was saved by Nausicaä as he was about to be executed and later worked with Nausicaä and Chikuku to bring the survivors of the Daikaisho to safety. He valued the lives of the Dorok people above all else.

Mani tribe

Elder of the Mani tribe

Makes the Ohmu attack Kushana’s forces by using a captured, injured baby Ohmu. After Nausicaä stops the attack, he recognizes her as the “Blue-Clad One”, a savior from old legends. Dies using his psychic powers to save Nausicaä from Miralupa, who considers the legends heresy.

Ketcha/Kecha

An interpreter from the Mani tribe who befriends Asbel and Yupa.

Forest People

Selm

A man of the forest who helps Yupa, Asbel and Ketcha when they crash into the forest. He is with Nausicaä in spirit many times when she needs his guidance, including at the end when she confronts the Master of the Crypt. Yupa notices that he has the “same gaze as Nausicaa”.

Ceraine

Selm’s sister.

Worm Handlers

A people who dwell on the fringes of the Sea of Corruption, domesticating the slug-worms and living as scavenger merchants and mercenaries. Generally viewed as disgusting and treated as outcasts and an “untouchable” race by all the other societies, they are also at first the only people who have had encounters with the Forest People, whom the Worm Handlers greatly respect and idolize. They are originally hired by both the Doroks and Torumekians as soldiers, but later come to view Nausicaä as their goddess and savior, accompanying her to the Crypt and protecting her during the final battle.

Miyazaki has said that he invented these people from the very start, to represent inequality and to explore the nobility of those whose existence may be abhorrent to the rest of society. He described them as being of the lowest caste but regrets not being able to explore them more deeply in spite of the length of the saga.

Others

God Warriors

Gargantuan biomechanical beings, Daniel Haas has referred to them as “man-made living weapons”,[7] considered to have been the primary instruments of destruction during the Seven Days of Fire. While the ceramic skeletons of God Warriors are a common sight across the landscape, the creatures are believed extinct at the beginning of the story. They have the ability to fly by “twisting space” and can fire devastating energy beams. These abilities are fueled by nuclear energy and contact with them is known to cause radiation poisoning, which suggests that the Seven Days of Fire may have been at least partially a nuclear holocaust. The characters of the manga refer to the radiation emitted by the God Warriors as “poisonous light.” As later proven no conventional weapons work on them and all attempts to destroy them were futile.

Ohmus

A God Warrior who is accidentally activated by those who find him. He is passed around while barely sentient until he is given to Nausicaä by Namulith. At first he has the mentality of a child or toddler. He assumes Nausicaä is his mother and sees confirmation of that assumption when she presents him with his missing core component. Nausicaä gives him the name Ohma, meaning innocence in the Eftal language. Nausicaä acts out the role of his mother, to control his destructive powers and to adjust his single minded perception of the divisions in the world. Soon afterwards Ohma starts deteriorating and rotting away until his death, although a reason is never given it is assumed that it Is due to the continued use of his nuclear powers(The fire of heaven). Through their interactions Ohma’s intelligence increases drastically and he begins to mature: discoursing about justice and how he was tasked with judging mankind. Together they travel to Shuwa where Nausicaä instructs him to deliver the final blow to the heart of the Crypt, once she discovers the nature of the entities in the Crypt and their designs for the future of the world. Ohmus dies from the massive damage received while battling the crypt.

Master of the Garden

A mysterious entity tasked with preserving the knowledge of the ancient world within an isolated and concealed area referred to as “the Garden”, an idyllic place containing plants and animals long extinct in the outside world and samples of literature, music, as well as advanced sciences. The Master, an engineered life-form who has lived for over a thousand years, cures Nausicaä of her radiation poisoning and reveals to her the plan of the previous civilization: to purify the Earth of toxins using the genetically-engineered Sea of Corruption, then use the old sciences and creatures contained within the Garden to rebuild the world. Though he attempts to persuade Nausicaä to remain in the Garden, her will is very strong and he permits her to leave, saying that the door of the Garden will always be open for her should she ever choose to come back. Nausicaä gives him her name when she leaves, saying that he is cruel yet kind.

Heedra

Powerful, biologically-engineered creatures (possibly with biomechanical additions) from before the Seven Days of Fire. Used for menial tasks as well as artificial soldiers. While not capable of destruction on as vast a scale as the God Warriors, they are far more numerous and easier to maintain. Heedra are extremely strong and difficult to kill: they can only be killed by destroying their “core”, apparently located in the head just behind the uppermost of their three eyes, or blasting a Heedra into pieces. The cloned bodies of the Dorok Holy Emperor and the Master of the Garden are also referred to as Heedra, suggesting the name may in fact be a catch-all term for genetically engineered humanoids.

Master of the Crypt

The man made, deitylike entity at the centre of the Crypt. Depository of the ancient society’s technologies and science. Tasked with purifying the earth. Serving as an Ark for the old mankind which is to re-emerge once the purification is complete. Nausicaä rejects its designs for the future of the planet and with the assistance of the Vai Emperor and using Ohma’s final powers, destroys it.

Animals

Ohmu

Enormous creatures Miyazaki created by combining insects and arthropods, which exist in a perpetual larval form until their lives end. They were created specifically to represent a new ecosystem for the story, simultaneously stimulating a sense of wonder and alienation. He chose their form in an effort to defy easy identification with existing life forms, to make it more difficult to discern their thoughts from their appearance and to resist empathy.

The Ohmu play a very important role in the story of Nausicaä. The Ohmu are greatly feared by many people in Nausicaä’s world: though they are ordinarily docile, killing any insect while in the forest will drive any nearby Ohmu into a berserk rage, signified by their eyes changing to bright red as opposed to blue when they are calm. Due to their great size, they can destroy entire settlements in this state and the spores from forest plants which they scatter as they move can kill crops and render an area unsuitable for human life if left unchecked. However, the molted exoskeletons of the creatures are stronger than ceramics, capable of resisting most human weaponry and thus highly sought-after as material for weapons, tools, as well as structures. The Ohmu possess a hive mind with which certain sensitive people may communicate. They also appear to have empathic powers as well: able to discern emotions through their tentacle feelers as they have done with Nausicaä herself. While most of the giant insects in the Sea of Corruption are driven by basic instinct, the Ohmu exhibit a greater level of intelligence.

Fox-squirrels

Small, catlike wild animals, generally considered impossible to domesticate. These creatures also make a brief cameo appearance in Castle in the Sky.

Teto

Nausicaä’s fox-squirrel. Initially hostile. In the beginning of the manga and the film Nausicaä’s gains his trust and loyalty through her connection with living things and he accepts and accompanies her on her various destinations. Late in the series of the manga she betrays this trust when she continues travelling towards Shuwa with Ohma, in spite of noticing the detrimental influence Ohma has on Teto’s health. He dies from exposure to the radiation that God Warrior generates. She interrupts her journey to bury him and as a result encounters the Master of the Garden.

Horseclaws

Large, flightless birds genetically-engineered as replacements for horses, which are now entirely extinct in the world of Nausicäa. They are commonly used as beasts-of-burden and as riding animals. They were the inspiration from Hironobu Sakaguchi for the making of chocobos

Kai and Kui

A mated pair of horseclaws, originally belonging to Lord Yupa but given to Nausicäa to aid her on her journeys. Kai is killed saving Nausicäa, after which Kui lays their egg.

Kest

An Ibex, chief assistant to the Master of the Garden and serves as Nausicaä’s guide during her stay. He is very intelligent, able to converse with the Master and Nausicaä. After Nausicaä leaves, Kest follows after her to bring her leggings and Kushana’s cape before returning to the Garden.

Slug Worms

Slugs the size of small dogs, adept at tracking by scent. The Wormhandler people derive their name from their practice of domesticating and using these creatures. While they appear harmless, they are considered unclean creatures by many non-Wormhandlers.

Manga Monday- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Manga Monday- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is a manga by Japanese anime director Hayao Miyazaki that ran from 1982 to 1994. It tells the story of Nausicaä, a princess of a small kingdom on a post-apocalyptic Earth with a bioengineered ecological system, who becomes involved in a war between kingdoms while an environmental disaster threatens humankind. The manga was serialized intermittently in Animage from 1982 to 1994 and the individual chapters were collected and published by Tokuma Shoten in seven tankōbon volumes. It was serialized with an English translation in North America by Viz Media from 1988 to 1996 as a series of 27 comic book issues and has been published in collected form multiple times. Since its initial serialization, Nausicaä has become a commercial success, particularly in Japan, where at least 11 million copies have been sold.

Setting

The story is set in the future at the closing of the ceramic era, 1,000 years after the Seven Days of Fire, a cataclysmic global war, in which industrial civilization self-destructed. Although humanity survived, the land surface of the Earth is still heavily polluted and the seas have become poisonous. Most of the world is covered by the Sea of Corruption, a bioengineered toxic forest of fungal life and plants which is steadily encroaching on the remaining open land. It is protected by large mutant insects, including the massive Ohmu. Humanity clings to survival in the polluted lands beyond the forest, periodically engaging in bouts of internecine fighting for the scarce resources that remain. The ability for space travel has been lost but the earth-bound remnants of humanity can still use gliders and powered aircraft for exploration, transportation and warfare. (Powered land vehicles are completely nonexistent, with humanity regressed to dependence on riding animals and beasts-of-burden.)

Plot

The Dorok prophecy: “And that one shall come to you garbed in raiment of blue and descending upon a field of gold…”

Nausicaä is the princess of the Valley of the Wind, a state on the periphery of what was once known as Eftal, a kingdom destroyed by the Sea of Corruption, a poisonous forest, 300 years ago. An inquisitive young woman, she explores the territories surrounding the Valley on a jet-powered glider, and studies the Sea of Corruption.

When the Valley goes to war, she takes her ailing father’s place as military chief. The leaders of the Periphery states are vassals to the Torumekian Emperor and are obliged to send their forces to help when he invades the neighboring Dorok lands. The Torumekians have a strong military, but the Doroks, whose ancestors bioengineered the progenitors of the Sea of Corruption, have developed a genetically modified version of a mold from the Sea of Corruption. When the Doroks introduce this mold into battle, its rapid growth and mutation result in a daikaisho (roughly translated from Japanese as “great tidal wave”), which floods across the land and draws the insects into the battle, killing as many Doroks as Torumekians. In doing so, the Sea of Corruption spreads across most of the Dorok nation, uprooting or killing vast numbers of civilians and rendering most of the land uninhabitable.

The Ohmu and other forest insects respond to this development and sacrifice themselves to pacify the expansion of the mold, which is beyond human control. Nausicaä resigns herself to joining in their fate. However, one of the Ohmu encapsulates her inside itself in a protective serum, allowing her to survive the mold. She is recovered by her companions, people she met after leaving the Valley and who have joined her on her quest for a peaceful coexistence. The fact that the mold can be manipulated and used as a weapon disturbs Nausicaä. Her treks into the forest have already taught her that the Sea of Corruption is actually purifying the polluted land. The Forest People, humans who have learned to live in harmony with the Sea of Corruption, confirm this is the purpose of the Sea of Corruption and one of them shows Nausicaä a vision of the restored Earth at the center of the forest. Nausicaä travels deeper into Dorok territory, where her coming has long been prophesied, to seek those responsible for manipulating the mold. There, she encounters a dormant God Warrior who, upon activation, assumes she is his mother and places his destructive powers at her disposal. Faced with this power and its single minded and childlike visions of the world, she engages the creature, names him and persuades him to travel with her to Shuwa, the Holy City of the Doroks.

Here she enters the Crypt, a giant monolithic construct from before the Seven Days of Fire. She learns that the last scientists of the industrial era had foreseen the end of their civilization. They created the Sea of Corruption to clean the land of pollution, altered human genes to cope with the changed ecology, stored their own personalities inside the Crypt and waited for the day when they could re-emerge, leaving the world at the mercy of their artificially created caretaker. However, their continual manipulation of the population and the world’s environment is at odds with Nausicaä’s belief in the natural order. She argues that mankind’s behaviour has not been improved significantly by the activities of those inside the crypt. Strife and cycles of violence have continued to plague the world in the thousand years following their interference. She orders the God-Warrior to destroy its progenitors, forcing humanity to live or die without further influence from the old society’s technology.

Film Friday- Neon Genesis Evangelion

Film Friday- Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion, commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva and stylized as EVΛNGELION, is a Japanese anime produced by Gainax and Tatsunoko Production and directed by Hideaki Anno. It was broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 1995 to March 1996. The original Japanese cast includes Megumi Ogata as Shinji Ikari, Megumi Hayashibara as Rei Ayanami, and Yūko Miyamura as Asuka Langley Soryu. The music was composed by Shirō Sagisu.

Evangelion is an apocalyptic anime, set in a futuristic Tokyo fifteen years after a worldwide cataclysm. The story centers on Shinji, a teenage boy who is recruited by his father into the shadowy organization Nerv to pilot a giant bio-machine mecha called an Evangelion in combat against monstrous beings known as Angels. The series explores the experiences and emotions of Evangelion pilots and members of Nerv as they attempt to prevent another catastrophe. In the series there are many references to psychoanalytic concepts, such as the oral stage, introjection, oral personality, ambivalence, and the death drive. It features religious symbolism throughout the series, including themes and imagery derived from Kabbalah, Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, and Shinto.

Neon Genesis Evangelion gained widespread critical acclaim. Regarded as a critique and deconstruction of the mecha genre, the series has become a cultural icon and influenced an artistic and technical revival of the anime industry. Subsequent film, manga, home video and other products in the Evangelion franchise have achieved record sales in Japan and strong sales in overseas markets, and by 2013 gross revenues had reached over 150 billion yen (approximately $1.32 billion).

Plot

In 2015, fifteen years after a global cataclysm known as the Second Impact, teenager Shinji Ikari is summoned to the futuristic city of Tokyo-3 by his estranged father Gendo Ikari, the director of the special paramilitary force Nerv. Shinji witnesses the United Nations forces battling an Angel: one of a race of giant monstrous beings whose awakening was foretold by the Dead Sea Scrolls. Because of the Angels’ near-impenetrable force-fields, Nerv’s giant Evangelion bio-machines, synchronized to the nervous systems of their pilots and possessing their own force-fields, are the only weapons capable of keeping the Angels from annihilating humanity. Nerv officer Misato Katsuragi escorts Shinji into the Nerv complex beneath the city, where his father pressures him into piloting the Evangelion Unit-01 against the Angel. Without training, Shinji is quickly overwhelmed in the battle, causing the Evangelion to go berserk and savagely kill the Angel on its own.

Following hospitalization, Shinji moves in with Misato and begins settling into life in Tokyo-3. In his second battle, Shinji destroys an Angel but runs away after the battle, distraught. Misato confronts Shinji and he decides to remain a pilot. Evangelion Unit-00 is repaired and Shinji tries to befriend its pilot, a mysterious, and socially isolated teenage girl named Rei Ayanami. With Rei’s help, Shinji defeats another Angel. The pilot of Evangelion Unit-02, teenage girl Asuka Langley Soryu, loses her self-confidence following her defeat, and spirals into a deep depression. This is worsened by her next fight, against an Angel which attacks her mind. In the next battle, Rei self-destructs Unit-00 and dies to save Shinji’s life. Misato and Shinji later visit the hospital where they find Rei alive but claiming she is “the third Rei”. Misato forces Ritsuko to reveal the dark secrets of Nerv, the Evangelion boneyard and the Dummy Plug system which operates using clones of Rei.

Asuka is reduced to a catatonic state by her depression, and Kaworu Nagisa replaces her as pilot of Unit-02. Kaworu, who initially befriends Shinji, is revealed to be the final Angel. Kaworu fights Shinji, then realizes that he must die if humanity is to thrive and asks Shinji to kill him. Despite his initial hesitation, Shinji kills Kaworu. Soon after this act, Nerv and SEELE trigger the forced evolution of humanity, termed the “Human Instrumentality Project”, in which the souls of all mankind are merged into one through Rei. Shinji’s soul grapples with the reason for his existence and reaches an epiphany that he needs others to thrive, enabling him to destroy the wall of negative emotions that torment him. This allows him to be reunited with all of the main characters, who congratulate him.

Wednesday News- May 10, 2017

Wednesday News- May 10, 2017

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