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Author: Lynn Rainey

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.
Wednesday News- October 25, 2017

Wednesday News- October 25, 2017

News-

Crunchyroll Adds The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-10-25/crunchyroll-adds-the-melancholy-of-haruhi-suzumiya-anime/.123198

The Fall 2017 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2017/fall/.122073

Review: The Garden of Sinners Movies + OVAs -10 Streaming- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/the-garden-of-sinners/movies-ovas-1-10/.123065

Super NES Classic Style New 3DS XL Heads to North America on November 27- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-10-24/super-nes-classic-style-new-3ds-xl-heads-to-n-america-on-november-27/.123109

Anime-

  • Alderamin on the Sky BD/DVD
  • Bleach Set 3 BD
  • Fairy Tail Collection 10 BD/DVD
  • Fate/Grand Order: First Order BD
  • Flying Witch BD
  • Flying Witch DVD
  • Flying Witch Premium Edition BD/DVD
  • Log Horizon Complete Collection BD
  • Servamp Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Servamp Season 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Space Dandy Complete Series BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Aho Girl Graphic Novel (GN) 3
  • Alice & Zoroku GN 2
  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Assassin’s Creed: Awakening GN 2
  • Astra Lost in Space GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Emperor and I GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Fairy Tail S Tales From Fairy Tail GN 1
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Hatsune Miku: Bad∞End∞Night GN 3
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan GN 7
  • I Want to Hold Aono-kun So Badly I Could Die GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Imperfect Girl (Shōjo Fujūbun) GN 1
  • Kounodori: Dr. Stork GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear GN 6
  • Land of the Lustrous GN 3
  • Love and Lies GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Platinum End GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Please Tell Me! Galko-chan GN  4
  • Princess Resurrection GN 19 (Digital Only)
  • Mushoku Tensei – Jobless ReincarnationGN 6
  • Real Girl GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Red Riding Hood and the Big Sad Wolf GN 2
  • Shōjo Fight GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Toppu GP GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Tsuredure Children GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Yokai Rental Shop GN 1

Other-

  • Chaos;Child PS4/Vita Game
  • Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New MoonPS4/Switch/PC Game
  • Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New MoonPS4/Switch/PC Game

Other Tuesday- Kino’s Journey Light Novels

Other Tuesday- Kino’s Journey Light Novels

While there is a new manga about Kino’s Journey I was not able to find any accurate information about it which is why I did not write about it on Manga Monday.

Light novels

Kino’s Journey began as a series of light novels written by Keiichi Sigsawa, and illustrated by Kouhaku Kuroboshi. The series originally started serialization in MediaWorks’ now-defunct light novel magazine Dengeki hp with the release of volume six on March 17, 2000. The first volume of the series was published on July 10, 2000 by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko publishing imprint. As of October 10, 2014, 18 volumes have been published. The eighth volume of Kino’s Journey, originally published in October 2004, was Dengeki Bunko’s 1000th published novel. An additional volume entitled Kino’s Journey -the Beautiful World- Country of Theater -Kino- was only released as a promotional gift for the second animated movie. A collection of special chapters entitled Kino’s Journey: the Sigsawa’s World came with the first volume of ASCII Media Works’ light novel magazine Dengeki Bunko Magazine on April 10, 2008.

In commemoration of Dengeki Bunko’s 20th anniversary, Kino’s Journey was serialized weekly from April to September 2013 in several Japanese regional newspapers. The ten stories serialized during this period were included in the 17th volume published in October of the same year. The previous 16 volumes were released with new cover artwork also in commemoration of the anniversary.

The light novel series has also been translated into Chinese, Korean, and German. Tokyopop licensed the novels under the original title Kino no Tabi for release in North America, and the first volume was published on October 3, 2006. The chapter order of Tokyopop’s English release of the first volume differed from the original Japanese release. According to Tokyopop representatives, there are issues with the licensor that have left them unable to release further volumes of the series. Tokyopop used an image from the sixth chapter-title page from the original novel for use as the English novel cover.

The first volume of a spin-off of the regular series titled Gakuen Kino was published on July 10, 2006 under Dengeki Bunko; as of July 10, 2010, four volumes have been released. The series is a collection of parodies originally published in three spin-off magazines of Dengeki hp: Dengeki p, Dengeki h, and Dengeki hpa. The spin-off features Kino as a magical girl in a school setting. Gakuen Kino was translated into Chinese and Korean.

Manga Monday- The Heiress and The Chauffeur volume 1 review

Manga Monday- The Heiress and The Chauffeur volume 1 review

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Today’s post is on The Heiress and The Chauffeur volume 1 by Keiko Ishihara. It is the first in a duology. It is 192 pages long and is published by Shojo Beat. The cover has the two main characters on it looking at the reader. The story is told from third person close of the two main characters moving one to the other as the story goes. The intended reader is someone who likes cute shojo stories, historical romance, and pretty art. There is no foul language, no sexuality, and very mild violence in this volume. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- At an all-girls school during the Taisho era in Japan, rumors swirl that heiress Sayaka Yoshimura is having a forbidden love affair with her chauffeur, Shinobu Narutaki! Sayaka scoffs at the rumors, but could a romance between master and servant actually be brewing?
Sayaka wears a crimson ribbon that signals she is at the top of her class, and her classmates all revere her. So when Narutaki ignores decorum and breaks school rules to protect Sayaka, will she stand by him or dismiss him as the school demands?

Review- This is a very cute story. Sayaka is a cute heroine and Shinobu is very sweet. They were friends as children and now they are young adults with all the expectations of that on them. The stories in this volume are mostly about Shinobu being seen as less than because he is servant and is from a poor background. Sayaka is very modern because she believes that people are not where they come from or how much money they have. So she gets into trouble with her opinions but she gets rescued by Shinobu a lot. But it is a very sweet, cute story and I look forward to the next volume with them.

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money. 

Film Friday- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle

Film Friday- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle is a shōnen manga series written and illustrated by the manga artist group Clamp. The manga was adapted into an anime series, Tsubasa Chronicle, animated by Bee Train, which aired 52 episodes over two seasons during 2005 and 2006. Production I.G released an interlude film between the first two seasons titled The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom, as well as five original video animations between November 2007 and May 2009, which acted as a sequel to the second season. Various video games and drama CDs based on the series have been released. A sequel titled Tsubasa: WoRLD CHRoNiCLE started serialization in 2014. Funimation Entertainment licensed the anime for English release. They published all the TV episodes in DVD volumes as well as the film. The OVAs of Tsubasa were released in North America in January 2011.

The series begins by introducing childhood friends with quite a strong and close friendship: Syaoran, a young archaeologist who is investigating a ruin within the Kingdom of Clow, and Sakura, princess of the Kingdom of Clow and daughter of the late king Clow Reed. When Sakura visits Syaoran in the ruins, her spirit takes on the form of a pair of ghostly feathered wings that disintegrate to other dimensions. As she descends into a catatonic near death state, Syaoran meets the Dimensional Witch, Yūko Ichihara, to whom he begs for help to save Sakura. Yūko is also visited by two others who each have their own wish: Kurogane, a ninja who wishes to return to his home world after being banished from his world by Princess Tomoyo to allow him to learn what true strength is; and Fai D. Flowright, a magician who wishes to never return to his home world, Celes, to avoid his king, Ashura-ō. In exchange for the ability to travel across dimensions, Yūko demands that each pay with that they value most: Kurogane offers his sword Ginryū; Fai offers the tattoo that suppresses his enormous magical strength and power; and Syaoran offers all of Sakura’s memories that involve him. Yūko then presents them with a creature named Mokona Modoki that sends the group on a journey across dimensions in search of Sakura’s feathers. After obtaining the first feathers, Sakura awakens from her catatonic state and starts recovering her memories. During their adventures, the group gradually grows closer to the point that Fai jokingly labels them as relatives. As they travel, they learn that the feathers have their own unique abilities and can bestow several supernatural abilities to those who possess them.

During their journey in Tokyo, the group discovers that Syaoran is in reality a clone imbued with half the heart of the original Syaoran. Several years ago, Fei-Wang Reed, the wizard who caused Sakura to lose her memories, took the original Syaoran prisoner and created the clone to collect Sakura’s feathers. Shortly after the original Syaoran breaks free of Fei-Wang’s hold, the clone loses his heart and becomes an emotionless puppet that follows Fei-Wang’s will, betraying the group. The original Syaoran joins in the group’s journey with Sakura wishing to save the clone. Foreseeing a future in which Fai kills the original Syaoran forced by Fei-Wang’s curse, Sakura gets stabbed in his place, but at the same time splits her body and soul, sending each to different worlds, Seresu and the Dream World, respectively. In the Dream World, the Syaoran clone destroys Sakura’s soul when trying to get the feathers. Before her soul perishes, Sakura reveals that she too is a clone of the original Sakura who was also taken prisoner by Fei-Wang. Fei-Wang then takes Sakura’s body to use its stored power. The group departs to rescue the two Sakuras learning from Yūko that Fei-Wang is in an alternate dimension from the Kingdom of Clow. Such parallel dimension is the result of Syaoran’s wish to save the original Sakura from Fei-Wang’s curse years ago. In order to grant his wish, Syaoran became Fei-Wang’s prisoner and Yūko’s assistant, Kimihiro Watanuki, was used to replace Syaoran within his original world’s history.

The group battles Fei-Wang who destroys the Syaoran clone when he betrays him. He then uses the immeasurably strong ability and strength of the two Sakuras to resurrect Yūko, accidentally frozen in time by Clow Reed himself to halt her death, therein proving himself Clow’s superior. Yūko uses her life and Clow’s magic as payment to make the clones reborn in the past to live together. As the two know all of the series’ events would repeat, the clones seal themselves in Yūko’s shop until the battle against him. The group manages to kill Fei-Wang, who traps Syaoran in a void between time and space, dragging both his clone and Watanuki along as a consequence of their connection. With their creator’s death, both clones of Sakura and Syaoran fade away leaving behind two feathers. Syaoran and Watanuki escape from the void for a price: Syaoran must continue traveling through the dimensions forever, while Watanuki must stay in Yūko’s shop. The group rests in the Kingdom of Clow where Fai, Kurogane, and Mokona decide to join Syaoran once again in hope of finding a way to bring back the clones who still exist as the two feathers. Before departing on their separate ways, Syaoran and Sakura confess their mutually strong, close and pure romantic love for each other as they hope to meet again.

Character Special- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Bad guys and Others

Character Special- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Bad guys and Others

The Bad Guys

Fei-Wang Reed

Fei-Wang Reed is a powerful magician who is after Sakura’s inner powers. Therefore, he scatters her soul into multiple feathers throughout various worlds to make it get stronger as Syaoran is able to return them to her. In order to ensure Syaoran’s success, he tried to make Fai D. Flowright and Kurogane his allies to assist Syaoran, but is only successful with the former. He is later revealed to be the creator of the clones of Syaoran and Sakura, having created them as backups if the originals were killed, and manages to turn the Syaoran clone into his own subordinate. He is stated to be a direct descendant of the powerful sorcerer Clow Reed by the witch Yūko Ichihara who opposes him. Though he already possesses the power to cross dimensions to transport Syaoran to different worlds like Sakura, he seeks to increase the power of Sakura to revive Yūko who was kept on the brink of death and her time being frozen by Clow, and thus claim himself Clow’s superior. He is ruthless in pursuing this dream and does not care how much blood has to be shed to get his wish come true.

Fei-Wang is located in an area cut off from time in the ruins of the Kingdom of Clow created by the original Syaoran when he wished to turn back time after he placed a death seal on the original Sakura. As a result of this wish, Fei-Wang took the original Syaoran and Sakura prisoner to set up his plan. When the original Syaoran manages to rescue the original Sakura from the death seal, Fei-Wang obtains the powers from the two Sakuras to revive Yūko, breaking a logic that starts causing all the worlds to be destroyed. This leads to a battle against two Syaorans, the two Sakuras, Fai and Kurogane, in which the clones manage to undo Fei-Wang’s damage to the world. In the course of the battle, Fei-Wang is mortally wounded by Kurogane, and his body starts disintegrating leading to the belief he was created by a powerful magician. However, before disappearing, he traps the two Syaorans and Watanuki in a void, while stating he wanted to tell Yūko something. In the original Japanese series, Fei-Wang is voiced by Kazuhiro Nakata. For the English dub of the anime adaptation, Fei-Wang Reed is voiced by Randy Tallman in first season and by R Bruce Elliott in the second season and the OVAs.

Xing Huo

Xing Huo is Fei-Wang Reed’s assistant who commonly appears alongside him discussing his plans. Not much about her is known besides the fact she is a “failed creation” of him. While in the manga she keeps interested in seeing the original Syaoran imprisoned, in the anime adaptation she acts as an agent from Fei-Wang during the last episodes. When the original Syaoran is freed from Fei-Wang’s prison, Xing Huo betrays Fei-Wang, as she transports him go to Yūko’s shop with him being unable to use such type of magic. A connection between her and Clow Reed is implied, with Yūko stating her motives were the same as his, and besides is able to use his magic. She is killed by Fei-Wang shortly afterward, who considers the betrayal as inevitable due to her origins. She is voiced by Sanae Kobayashi in Japanese and Laura Bailey in English.

Kyle Rondart

An agent of Fei Wang Reed, Kyle Rondart is first introduced in Jade Country as a doctor who was helping the village with their problems around the time the children started vanishing. Despite appearing to be a kind person, it is then revealed that out that through hypnotism he was the one that sends the children to the old castle to dig out Sakura’s feather. Due to interference from Syaoran’s group, Kyle loses the feather, and disappears with the destruction from Princess Emerald’s castle. He reappears various times throughout the series, following Syaoran’s group until kidnapping the Sakura’s soulless body and taking it to Fei-Wang. When the original Syaoran’s group manages to get to Fei-Wang and get their chance to kill him, Kyle is used to save him, dying at the moment. Following his death, his body disappears as Fei-Wang comments he was an artificial being. He is voiced by Mitsuru Miyamoto in Japanese and Troy Baker in English.

Other-

Yūko Ichihara

Yūko Ichihara, also known as the Dimensional Witch or the Space-Time Witch, is a witch who resides in a modern-day Japan’s shop. In her shop, she can grant people their wishes if they can pay the equivalent price. Although Yūko is extremely powerful, to the point of being able to create gods, she cannot act without the request of another beforehand, regardless of whether the events she wishes to pass are selfless or not. She works against the sorcerer Fei-Wang Reed, knowing his purposes and helping Syaoran’s group in their journey only when they pay a price. Before the series’ start, Yūko met the sorcerer Clow Reed and both created the two Mokona Modoki in anticipation for the series’ events. Near the series’ ending, Yūko is revealed to have had her own time had been stopped by the late Clow Reed to prevent her death. Fei-Wang manages to obtain the power to achieve his goal of reviving Yūko. Just then, Yūko rebuilds the destroyed bodies from the Syaoran and Sakura clones in order to give their choice for them to be reborn as normal humans. For this purpose, she gives her life for Sakura’s payment with Clow having done the same for Syaoran’s. As they are reborn in the past, Yūko is revealed to have died. Yūko Ichihara is voiced by Sayaka Ohara in Japanese and Colleen Clinkenbeard in English.

Kimihiro Watanuki

Kimihiro Watanuki is Yūko Ichihara’s employee who is the protagonist of xxxHolic. While he does not interact with the protagonists in his first appearances, when he appears in the Dream World, he meets Sakura who finds him similar to the original Syaoran. The original Syaoran acknowledges such fact, but Watanuki does not know its meaning as he once paid all of his memories to Yūko as a price to locate Fei-Wang who had imprisoned the original Syaoran. Watanuki and the original Syaoran were originally the same being, Watanuki being created when Syaoran paid the price for turning back time. A dimensional rift being created because of this, Watanuki was then born to Syaoran’s parents instead of him, while he was taken hostage by Fei-Wang, until his payment for the wish was fulfilled. As Fei-Wang dies, Watanuki is trapped into a void alongside the two Syaorans due to Fei-Wang’s curse. Following the clone’s death, Watanuki and Syaoran divide a payment to escape from the void; Watanuki decides his payment is to be made unable to leave Yūko’s shop, as after her death, he decides to succeed her job, waiting for the day she might return. Watanuki is voiced by Jun Fukuyama in Japanese and Todd Haberkorn in English.

Wednesday News- October 18, 2017

Wednesday News- October 18, 2017

News-

This Week in Anime: How Does the Kino’s Journey Remake Compare to the Original Series?https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2017-10-17/.122817

Detective Cona 30th Anniversary Book is a Year and a Half in the Making- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-10-18/detective-conan-30th-anniversary-book-is-a-year-and-a-half-in-the-making/.122892

News: Nintendo Explains Why Mini Super Famicom Lack EarthBound RPG- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-10-17/nintendo-explains-why-mini-super-famicom-lacks-earthbound-rpg/.122824

News: Kodansha Comins Publishes Until Your Bones Rot Manga Digitally- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-10-17/kodansha-comics-publishes-until-your-bones-rot-manga-digitally/.122844

Anime-

  • Howl’s Moving Castle BD/DVD
  • Howl’s Moving Castle DVD
  • Hunter x Hunter Set 3 BD
  • Hunter x Hunter Set 3 DVD
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service BD/DVD
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service DVD
  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Rikka Version (Takanashi Rikka • Kai ~Gekijō-ban Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!~) BD/DVD
  • My Neighbor Totoro BD/DVD
  • My Neighbor Totoro DVD
  • Orange BD/DVD
  • Orange Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Ponyo BD/DVD
  • Ponyo DVD
  • Princess Mononoke BD/DVD
  • Princess Mononoke DVD
  • Spirited Away BD/DVD
  • Spirited Away DVD
  • Super Lovers Season 1 BD/DVD
  • WWW.WAGNARIA!! Volume 2 BD

Manga-

  • Beasts of Abigaile Graphic Novel GN 2
  • Disney Fairies Tinker Bell’s Secret GN
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Ghost Diary GN 3
  • Hachune Miku’s Everyday Vocaloid Paradise (Hachune Miku no Nichijō Roipara!) GN 1
  • Hatsune Miku: Rin-Chan Now! GN 3
  • Helvetica Standard Bold GN (Color)
  • Hotaru’s Way GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • House of the sun. GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Inuyashiki GN 9
  • Kasane GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai GN 3
  • Peach Heaven GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Terra Formars GN 19
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 1
  • Ultraman GN 9
  • Until Your Bones Rot GN 1 (Digital Only)

Other-

  • Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth 3DS Game
  • The Evil Within 2 PS4/Xbox One/PC Game
  • Fire Emblem Warriors 3DS/Switch Game
  • Garo TV Colletion BD
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 9

Manga Monday- Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

Manga Monday- Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle is a shōnen manga series written and illustrated by the manga artist group Clamp. It takes place in the same fictional universe as many of Clamp’s other manga series, most notably xxxHolic. It was serialized in the Kodansha publication Weekly Shōnen Magazine from May 2003 until October 2009, and was collected in twenty-eight tankōbon volumes. Tsubasa was conceived when four Clamp artists wanted to create a manga series that connected all their previous works. They took the designs for the main protagonists from their earlier manga called Cardcaptor Sakura.

The manga was licensed for English language release by Del Rey Manga, who has released all of its volumes since April 27, 2004. The series has been well received by Japanese and English readers, and it reached high positions on various best-seller lists; the series has sold over twenty million manga volumes in Japan. Both the manga and anime have had positive response from critics, who praised its connections to previous works and its artwork. The plot twists in later parts of the story have resulted in mixed reactions due to positive focus on the impact on the plot and negative one based on how confusing they are.

The plot follows how Sakura, the princess of the Kingdom of Clow, loses all her memories and how Syaoran, a young archaeologist who is her childhood friend, goes on a quest to save her. The Dimensional Witch Yūko Ichihara instructs him to go with two people, Kurogane and Fai D. Flowright. They search for Sakura’s memories, which were scattered in various worlds in the form of feathers, as gathering them will help save her soul. In exchange for the ability to travel across dimensions, Yūko demands that each pay with that they value most: Kurogane offers his sword Ginryū; Fai offers the tattoo that suppresses his enormous magical strength and power; and Syaoran offers all of Sakura’s memories that involve him. Yūko then presents them with a creature named Mokona Modoki that sends the group on a journey across dimensions in search of Sakura’s feathers. After obtaining the first feathers, Sakura awakens from her catatonic state and starts recovering her memories. During their adventures, the group gradually grows closer to the point that Fai jokingly labels them as relatives. As they travel, they learn that the feathers have their own unique abilities and can bestow several supernatural abilities to those who possess them.

 

 

Film Friday- Hakuōki

Film Friday- Hakuōki

Two new films were released in 2013 and 2014. First film was released in August 2013 and was released on DVDs February 2014. The film is a retelling of both seasons in greater detail and with a slightly different ending. The second film was released on March 8, 2014. The anime television series and films have been licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America.

Hakuōki is a otome video game series by Idea Factory, first designed for the PlayStation 2 and then later ported to PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS. It has been adapted into anime series animated by Studio Deen; the first season began airing in Japan on the TV Kanagawa and UHF stations on April 4, 2010. The second season began airing on October 10, 2010 and ended on December 12, 2010. The series has also been adapted as two different manga series. A third series based on the prequel, Hakuōki Reimeiroku aired in summer of 2012.

Plot

Chizuru Yukimura heads to Kyoto to search for her father, finding herself attacked by mad men before they are cut down by members of the Shinsengumi who take her into custody for interrogation. Upon learning that she is a girl and the daughter of a doctor who developed the Water of Life elixir that turns those that drink it into invincible blood lusting berserkers called Rasetsu, the Shinsengumi decide to keep her as an aide in their search. In time, as the Shinsengumi aid the shogunate in the Bakufu, Chizuru begins to develop a bond with the Shinsengumi and its aloof member Toshizo Hijikata. However, as time passes, Chizuru and Shinsengumi confront a mysterious faction who call themselves Oni (Demons) and that Chizuru is also an Oni with father revealed to be experimenting on the Water of Life to create the Rasetsu to wipe out the human race.

Chizuru Yukimura 
Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)
Chizuru is the main protagonist of the series. She comes to Kyoto in search of her missing father, Kodo Yukimura, a practitioner of Western medicine. Unknown to Chizuru, her father under orders from the Shogunate develops the Water of Life, an elixir that increases the drinker’s healing abilities, speed, and strength yet could turn the drinker into a mindless killing monster called a Rasetsu. At the beginning of the series, she is seen being chased by two men, who were suddenly attacked by two Rasetsu. She witnesses Hajime Saito kill off the Rasetsu and is then taken to the Shinsengumi headquarters by Toshizo Hijikata, where they allow her to stay, because they too were in search of her father. Eventually, she falls in love with Hijikata Toshizo.
Chizuru has a secret unknown to herself: she is in fact a pureblood member of the Oni Ichizoku (the Demon Clan), and the head of the Oni of the East is of Yukimura descent. Because Oni have scattered and declined in numbers over the centuries, Chikage Kazama seeks her out to create a lineage of pure-blooded Oni. She is the wielder of a short sword which is a mate to with Kaoru’s katana. They are part of the Yukimura Family’s heirloom.
Toshizo Hijikata
Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (Japanese); Andrew Love (English)
Hijikata is the Vice-commander of the Shinsengumi and makes most of the Shinsengumi’s decisions. He is called Oni-fukuchou (Demon Vice-commander) and is both feared and respected by his men. He is also often referred to as “Toshi” by Kondo. Hijikata is the one who brought Chizuru back to the Shinsengumi headquarters the night she witnessed a Rasetsu on the loose that attacked two men chasing her. He is responsible for her welfare, and even though he acts as if this were to his dismay, he cares for Chizuru’s safety, and is often shown protecting her during battles. Hijikata drinks the Water of Life and becomes a Rasetsu in order to defeat Chikage, fueled by rage after seeing fellow Shinsengumi warrior Genzaburo Inoue dead. Even though Inoue had been killed by Satchō warriors (Satsuma-Chōshū alliance), Hijikata takes it out on Chikage, starting a duel as Chikage goads him. At the end of Season 2 he acknowledge his love for Chizuru. At the end of the anime series he either dies from a combination of the Water of Life and wounds that he attained through a battle with Chikage Kazama, or he lives (as suggested by the fact that his body didn’t disappear). His ending is ambiguous. But hinted that he’s still alive as wiping Chizuru’s tear and saying her name while smiling at her. He is based on the historical Hijikata Toshizō.
Souji Okita
Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (Japanese); Blake Shepard (English)
Okita is the First Division Captain and a peerless swordsman. He suffers from tuberculosis, and is later visited by Nagumo Kaoru who gives him a bottle of the Water of Life to cure his tuberculosis. Driven by guilt at being incapacitated by his illness, Okita drinks the elixir. Although he becomes a Rasetsu, the Shinsengumi discover that he does not benefit from accelerated healing when wounded by silver weapons, thus discovering the weakness of Rasetsu. Souji was sent away because his illness got worse, but he later showed up to confront Hijikata about Kondo’s death. He was last seen protecting Hijikata from rogue samurais, and turned into ashes after killing all the rogues. He is based on the historical Okita Sōji.
Hajime Saito 
Voiced by: Kōsuke Toriumi (Japanese); Leraldo Anzaldua (English)
Saito is the leader of the Third Division who is a master of the left hand sword technique and is a skilled swordsman who evens Okita’s skills. He is taciturn but also very loyal, polite, and wise. He often analyzes the situation before attacking to figure out which actions are necessary to complete the mission. Saito left the Shinsengumi apparently to join Itou’s group, but later it turns out that he was commanded by Hijikata to infiltrate Itou’s group for information concerning Itou’s plans. In the anime he is seen making a final charge against the enemy as his comrades are all slain. He is based on the historical Saitō Hajime.
Heisuke Todo 
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese); Greg Ayres (English)
Heisuke is the Eighth Division captain of the Shinsengumi. He is around the same age as Chizuru and is very protective of her, before he died. He leaves the Shinsengumi, following Itou along with Hajime Saito, but later returns. He too has taken the Water of Life to recover from injuries. He is based on the historical Tōdō Heisuke.
Sanosuke Harada 
Voiced by: Kōji Yusa (Japanese); Illich Guardiola (TV), Phil Hyde (Movies) (English)
Harada is the Tenth Division Captain and prefers the spear to the sword, but he is seen carrying both. In the anime he has a fierce rivalry with Kyō Shiranui, pitting his spear against Shiranui’s pistol. He is based on the historical Harada Sanosuke.
Chikage Kazama
Voiced by: Kenjirō Tsuda (Japanese); Corey Hartzog (English)
Member of the Bakumatsu, enemies of the Shinsengumi. He is the strongest Oni of the West and is after Chizuru, so that they can mate and create stronger Oni. His reasons for this are unknown, but his attempts to take Chizuru have so far been thwarted by the interference of the Shinsengumi. Despite being arrogant and cynical, he is not entirely cold-blooded as he later saves Chizuru (although this might have been for his own purposes) and even escorted her back to the estate rather than harassing her. Kazama is usually followed by his two demon companions Amagiri and Shiranui, and it is implied by Sen-hime that he is a royal blood, like her. In his Oni form, he grows white horns and his hair fades to match. His eyes also become yellow. But later in the series and OVA he is seen to truly love Chizuru.

Wednesday News- October 11, 2017

Wednesday News- October 11, 2017

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Manga Monday- Claymore volume: The Silver-Eyed Slayer

Manga Monday- Claymore volume: The Silver-Eyed Slayer

Today’s post is on Claymore volume 1 by Norihiro Yagi. It is the first in the long running Claymore series. It is 187 pages long and is published by Shonen Jump Advanced. The cover is a close up of the main character Clare. The intended reader is someone who likes dark plots, high action, and strong female characters. There is mild foul language, no sex, and lots of violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the main character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- In a world where monsters called Yoma prey on humans and live among them in disguise, humanity’s only hope is a new breed of warrior known as Claymores. Half human, hlaf monster, these silver-eyes slayers posses supernatural strength, but are condemned to fight their savage impulses or lose their humanity completely.
A village is gripped by fear and paranoia when a Yoma claims six lives. The Claymore who is send to slay the creature isn’t what the villagers expect at all. In fact, she seems more monster than human.


Review- A good start to a series. The story starts with the villagers arguing about sending for a Claymore but as much as they fear the Claymores they fear the Yoma even more. Clare comes and she is a quiet warrior with no interest in anything more than her prey. The blurb does not give anything about the story. We get some world building with more than just the monsters. We get to see what happens when a Claymore loses the battle to control the monster within. The second main character is a young boy who Clare saves and wants to help her with saving others but as he is just a human the only thing that he can do is cook for her. I look forward to seeing where this series is going to go.

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.