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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.
Wednesday News- August 29, 2018

Wednesday News- August 29, 2018

King of Prism: Shiny Seven Stars Theatrical Anime, TV Series Casts Tatsuyuki Kobayashi- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-08-28/king-of-prism-shiny-seven-stars-theatrical-anime-tv-series-casts-tatsuyuki-kobayashi/.136012

Shelf Life: Tomorrow’s Joe: The Movie- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2018-08-27/.135929

Romancing SaGa 2 Stage Play’s Visual Unveiled- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-08-28/romancing-saga-2-stage-play-visual-unveiled/.136003

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Dive!! Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-08-28/sentai-filmworks-licenses-dive-anime/.136029

Onimusha: Warlords Gets HD Release on Switch/PS4/ Xbox One/ PC- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-08-28/onimusha-warlords-gets-hd-release-on-switch-ps4-xbox-one-pc/.136020

Anime

  • 18if BD/DVD
  • Angel Cop BD
  • Aura Battler Dunbine BD
  • Beast Fighter – The Apocalypse DVD
  • Cardcaptor Sakura movie 2: The Sealed Card DVD
  • Cat Girl Nuku Nuku BD
  • Code Geass Complete Series BD
  • Convenience Store Boy Friends BD/DVD
  • Devilman OVA Series BD
  • Eternal Alice DVD
  • Knight’s & Magic BD/DVD
  • My First Girlfriend is a Gal BD/DVD
  • My First Girlfriend is a Gal Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Naruto Shippūden Set 35 DVD Uncut
  • No Game, No Life Zero Premium Edition Box Set BD/DVD
  • No Game, No Life Zero BD
  • No Game, No Life Zero DVD
  • Psycho-Pass Season 1 Classics BD
  • The Vision of Escaflowne Complete Series BD

Manga

  • Ace of the Diamond GN 14
  • Aho Girl GN 8
  • Alice & Zoroku GN 4
  • Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle GN 4
  • Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage GN 5
  • Chi’s Sweet Adventures GN 2 (Color)
  • Citrus GN 8
  • Cutie Honey: The Classic Collection (Hardcover)
  • Defying Kurosaki-kun GN 3
  • Final Fantasy: Lost Stranger GN 1
  • Holy Corpse Rising GN 5
  • Hoshin Engi GN 22
  • Hotaru’s Way GN 6
  • How to Build a Dungeon: Book of the Demon King GN 4
  • I Want to Hold Aono-kun so Badly I Could Die GN 3
  • Is Kichijoji the Only Place to Live? GN 2
  • Liar x Liar GN 5
  • Magical Girl Apocalypse GN 15
  • My Monster Secret GN 12
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project GN 18
  • Peach Girl GN 1-8
  • Pokémon Adventures GN 8-14 (Gold and Silver)
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 3
  • Ultra Kaiju Anthropomorphic Project GN 1

Other

  • The Eccentric Master and the Fake Lover Novel
  • Fire Pro Wrestling World PlayStation 4 Game
  • For My Daughter I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Novel 7
  • Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Nintendo Switch Game
  • Orphen Novel 1
  • Seirei Gensouki – Spirit Chronicles Novel 1
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 PlayStation 4 Game

 

Manga Monday- Loveless

Manga Monday- Loveless

Loveless is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yun Kōga. It is serialized in the Japanese magazine Monthly Comic Zero Sum by Ichijinsha and collected in thirteen tankōbon as of July 2017. Kōga plans to end the manga at fifteen volumes. The most immediately noticeable aspect of the story is that many characters are kemonomimi—cat-like features (in this case, ears and tails) are universal from birth, so there are as many catboys, including the protagonist, as there are catgirls. People in the Loveless universe lose their animal features when they lose their virginity. Those who no longer have animal features are differentiated by society as “adults”.

Plot

In his first day at his new school, a then twelve-year-old Ritsuka Aoyagi meets a mysterious twenty-year-old male named Soubi Agatsuma. Soubi claims to be a good friend of Ritsuka’s brother, Seimei, who was murdered 2 years earlier. Upon the inspection of Seimei’s abandoned computer files, Ritsuka discovers that an organization called ‘Septimal Moon’ was responsible for Seimei’s death.

As Ritsuka quickly discovers, Seimei and Soubi acted as a pair involved in spell battles invoked by carefully selected words. Now Soubi is Ritsuka’s ‘sentouki’, or Fighter Unit, and Ritsuka is his ‘Sacrifice’. Together, they challenge Septimal Moon to find out the truth behind Seimei’s murder and the reason for Ritsuka’s amnesia, and form an intimate bond as they unravel the mystery.

Tokyopop licensed Loveless for an English-language release in North America. The first volume was published on February 7, 2006 and the eighth was released on September 1, 2008; Tokyopop then went out of business. In October 2011, Viz Media announced that they had acquired the license and would continue publishing the series from volume 9. Volume 13 is available for pre-orders online and is set for a June 12, 2018 release. The series is also licensed in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment, in France by Soleil Manga, in Germany by Egmont Manga & Anime, in Italy by J-POP, in Russia by Comics Factory, and in Brazil by NewPOP.

 

Film Friday- Nana

Film Friday- Nana

The manga was adapted into a live-action film in 2005, with a sequel released in 2006. An anime adaptation created by Madhouse aired on Nippon TV between April 5, 2006 and March 27, 2007. All Nana media has been licensed for English language release in North America by Viz Media. They serialized the manga in their Shojo Beat magazine until the August 2007 issue, while also publishing it in the tankōbon format. They released both films in 2008 and their English dub of the anime was broadcast on the Funimation Channel beginning in September 2009. Nana won the 2002 Shogakukan Manga Award for Shōjo manga and has sold over 43 million copies.

Anime

Nana was adapted into an anime series, directed by Morio Asaka, written by Tomoko Konparu, and animated by the studio Madhouse. The first and third openings and third ending songs are sung by Anna Tsuchiya for the band Black Stones, and Olivia sings the second opening and first and second endings for the band Trapnest as Reira Serizawa. The first DVD release was on July 7, 2006. The anime series was intended to be equal to the manga and it was adapted until the 12th tankoubon to avoid filler. According to Junko Koseki (editor of Nana in Shueisha) and Masao Maruyama (president of Madhouse) a second season is probably going to be aired once the manga series is finished.

The anime adaptation was also licensed for release in North America by Viz Media. Funimation got the broadcast rights to Viz Media’s dub and it premiered on the Funimation Channel on September 19, 2009.

Films

Two live-action film adaptations have been made for Nana. The first, Nana, was released on September 3, 2005. The film stars Mika Nakashima as the punk star Nana Osaki, Aoi Miyazaki as Hachi (Nana Komatsu), Ryuhei Matsuda as Ren Honjo, Tetsuji Tamayama as Takumi Ichinose, Hiroki Narimiya as Nobuo Terashima, and Matsuyama Kenichi as Shinichi Okazaki. The DVD edition was released on March 3, 2006. The film did quite well at the Japanese box office, grossing more than 4 billion yen, and staying in the top 10 for several weeks. A sequel, Nana 2, was announced right after the debuted. However, on August 4, 2006, Toho stated that shooting would begin mid-September and that the film was to be released on December 9, 2006. Aoi Miyazaki and Ryuhei Matsuda would not be reprising their respective roles as Nana Komatsu and Ren Honjo; as such, their roles were assigned to Yui Ichikawa and Nobuo Kyou, respectively. Some locations from the manga had been changed for the film, and there also were many plot differences. Additionally, the film’s ending is not the actual end of the manga; “Nana” is an ongoing story.

Nana Komatsu

known as Nana K., comes to Tokyo looking to find her dream, though she initially comes in order to stay in a relationship with her boyfriend, Shoji Endo. Unlike Osaki, however, she comes from a large and happy household, though her childish outlook prevents her from living on her own at first and she is prone to falling in love at first sight, usually towards older men. Due to her kindness and faithfulness, Nana Osaki nicknames her Hachi, after the dog Hachikō. Nana Komatsu matures as the series progresses and becomes extremely protective of Nana Osaki, who becomes increasingly dependent on Hachi for stability. Later on, Nana forms relationships with both Takumi and Nobu and winds up pregnant by one of them, though it is uncertain by whom. Although she is in love with both, she marries Takumi since he could readily provide for the child’s upbringing. During the scenes of future events, it is shown that Hachi’s daughter was born and her name is Satsuki (as per Ren’s advice). Nana is presumably still married to Takumi, although her marriage does not appear either to be happy or unhappy. They are separated, and Takumi lives in London with their other son, Ren. Though Junko suggests that Hachi should divorce Takumi, she says there’s no need for it.

Nana Osaki

also known as Nana O., is the vocalist of the band Black Stones, also known as Blast. She considers the band Trapnest as her rival, most likely due to the facts that Ren decides to leave Blast for Trapnest and her roommate marrying Trapnest’s leader. Though Nana may look like a tough punk rocker, she has a kind heart and is a devoted friend. However, she can be possessive and dark, easily becoming emotional to the extent where she has trouble breathing. She is particularly insecure about losing people close to her, readily admitting to using means like bringing Nobu and Nana Komatsu together so she can keep Hachi with her. Abandoned by her mother and raised by her grandmother, Nana never knew the identity of her biological father. Nana was expelled from high school after she was falsely accused of prostitution. Despite these hardships, Nana “polishes the shards of her dreams” and is determined to be successful as the lead vocalist of Blast. She gets engaged to her first love, Ren. In the future scenes (Chapter 58) it can be interpreted that Nana ran away from Japan and cut all ties with her friends. This may be triggered by the death of Ren, her fiance, and the events that followed. Her favorite designer is Vivienne Westwood, and her favorite band is the Sex Pistols.

Wednesday News- August 22, 2018

Wednesday News- August 22, 2018

News-

Final Fairy Tail TV Anime Reveals Visual, October 7 Premiere- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-08-21/final-fairy-tail-tv-anime-reveals-visual-october-7-premiere/.135727

This Week in Anime Is ‘How NOT To Summon a Demon Lord’ Worth Watching?– https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2018-08-21/.135700

Game Marketing Seminar Reveals Girls Prefer Nintendo Switch Over PS4- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2018-08-21/game-marketing-seminar-reveals-girls-prefer-nintendo-switch-over-ps4/.135735

Review: Accomplishments of the Duke’s Daughter GN 1- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/accomplishments-of-the-duke-daughter/gn-1/.135556

Devil May Cry 5 Trailer Reveals March 8 Release Date- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-08-21/devil-may-cry-5-trailer-reveals-march-8-release-date/.135739

Anime-

  • Armed Girl’s Machiavellism BD
  • Armed Girl’s Machiavellism Premium Edition Box Set BD
    Gamers! BD/DVD
  • High School DxD Classics BD
  • Oreimo 2 BD
  • Sakura Quest Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Season 1 Complete Collection BD

Manga-

  • ACCA 13 Territory Inspection Department Graphic Novel (GN) 4
  • Again!! GN 4
  • Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor GN 4
  • Angels of Death GN 4
  • Aoharu X Machinegun GN 4
  • Arpeggio of Blue Steel GN 13
  • Attack on Titan: Before the Fall GN 14
  • Attack on Titan Colossal Edition 4
  • Black Butler GN 26
  • BTOOOM! GN 22
  • The Case Study of Vanitas GN 4
  • Chio’s School Road GN 1
  • DAYS GN 9
  • Dimension W GN 11
  • Devils’ Line Novel 11
  • Final Fantasy: Lost Stranger GN 1
  • Forbidden Scrollery GN 4
  • Gantz Omnibus GN 1
  • Giant Killing GN
  • Hatsu*Haru GN 2
  • Hoshin Engi GN 21
  • Intertwining Lives GN
  • Keeping His Whims in Check GN
  • Key Ring Lock GN
  • Love and Lies GN 7
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt GN 8
  • Perfect World GN 5
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 3: Truth of Zero GN 4
  • RWBY Official Manga Anthology GN 2
  • Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GN 3
  • Scum’s Wish GN 8
  • Silver Spoon GN 4
  • Stray Bullet Baby GN
  • Tales of Wedding Rings GN 3
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil Storm! GN 4
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 7
  • To Your Eternity GN 6
  • Today’s Cerberus GN 10
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 6
  • Trap in a Skirt GN
  • Trinity Seven GN 14
  • Yowamushi Pedal Omnibus GN 9

Other-

  • The Asterisk War Novel 7
  • Baccano! Novel 8 (Hardcover)
  • A Certain Magical Index Novel 16
  • Defeating the Demon Lord’s a Cinch If You’ve Got a Ringer Novel 1
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! Novel 11
  • Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? Novel (Hardcover)
  • Infinite Stratos Novel 3
  • I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level Novel 2
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Novel 6
  • Kokoro Connect Novel 1
  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes Novel 7
  • Little Dragon’s Cafe PS4/Switch Game
  • Orphen Novel 1
  • Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon Novel 2
  • Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers Novel 6
  • Shenmue I & II PS4 Game
  • Sword Art Online Alicization Uniting Novel 14
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Novel 3

 

Manga Monday- Nana

Manga Monday- Nana

Nana is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa. It was serialized in Cookie magazine from July 2000 until June 2009 when it went on indefinite hiatus, with its chapters collected into 21 tankōbon volumes published by Shueisha. The series derives its title from the name of the two main characters, both of whom are called Nana. Nana Komatsu is a small town girl who goes to Tokyo to follow her boyfriend and college friends, with the hope of having her dream life. Nana Osaki was in a popular punk rock band in her hometown. She goes to Tokyo with the goal of making it big as a singer. The two Nanas meet on the train ride to the city. Later, they run into each other again when they happen to check out the same apartment, and the girls decide to become roommates. The series chronicles their friendship and their lives as each chases her dreams.

Written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa, Nana premiered in Cookie in 2000 where it ran until June 2009, when the series was put on hiatus due to Yazawa falling ill. Yazawa returned from the hospital in early April 2010, but has not specified when or if she will resume the manga. The individual chapters have been collected and published into 21 tankōbon volumes in Japan by Shueisha.

Nana is licensed for English-language release in North America by Viz Media. It was serialized in Viz’s manga anthology Shojo Beat, premiering in the July 2005 debut issue and continuing until the August 2007 issue. They published all 21 collected volumes as of July 6, 2010.

Plot

Nana Komatsu has a habit of falling in love at first sight all the time, and depending on other people to help her. When her friends, and then her boyfriend, leave for Tokyo, she decides to join them a year later after having saved enough money at the age of twenty.

Nana Osaki, the other Nana, is the punk-styled lead vocalist of a band called Black Stones (BLAST for short). She had lived with her boyfriend, bassist Ren Honjo since she was 16, but when Ren is offered a chance to debut in Tokyo as a replacement member of a popular band called Trapnest, Nana chooses to continue on with BLAST and to cultivate her own career instead of following Ren, as she has too much ambition to be relegated to a rockstar’s girlfriend. She eventually leaves for Tokyo at the age of twenty to start her musical career.

The two Nanas meet on a train by chance, both on their way to Tokyo. After a string of coincidences, they come to share an apartment. Despite having contrasting personalities and ideals, the Nanas respect each other and become close friends. While BLAST begins to gain popularity at live gigs, the two Nanas face many other issues together, especially in the areas of friendship and romance. The story of Nana revolves heavily around the romance and relationships of the two characters as one seeks fame and recognition while the other seeks love and happiness.

 

Film Friday- Maison Ikkoku

Film Friday- Maison Ikkoku

Maison Ikkoku was adapted into a ninety-six-episode anime television series created by Studio Deen that ran on Fuji TV from March 26, 1986 to March 2, 1988. A Final Chapter movie, three OVAs, and a music special were also produced, with a live-action movie made by Toei in 1986. A live-action TV special aired in May 2007 on TV Asahi, with a finale aired in July 2008. Both the manga and anime have been released in North America by Viz Media. Maison Ikkoku has been both critically and commercially successful, with over 25 million copies in circulation.

Maison Ikkoku was adapted into a ninety-six episode anime television series by Studio Deen and aired on Fuji TV from March 26, 1986 to March 2, 1988. The series was directed by Kazuo Yamazaki for the first 26 episodes, Takashi Anno from episode 27 until 52 and Naoyuki Yoshinaga for the remainder of the series. The production staff had previously worked on the anime adaption of Takahashi’s previous work, Urusei Yatsura. After production of that series was completed, the team moved straight onto Maison Ikkoku and the series took over Urusei Yatsura’s timeslot. A new HD remaster of the series has been created and released on two Blu-Ray boxsets in Japan. The first box was released on December 25, 2013 and the second box followed on April 23, 2014.

A animated theatrical film titled The Final Chapter was released on February 6, 1988, as a double feature with Urusei Yatsura Movie 5: The Final Chapter. On September 25, 1988, an original video animation that summarizes the story was released. A video titled Karaoke Music Parade and collecting all the TV anime’s opening and ending animations was released on November 1989. Shipwrecked on Ikkoku Island was released on January 31, 1991 and adapts a story of the manga, while Prelude Maison Ikkoku: When the Cherry Blossoms Return in the Spring utilizes all the flashbacks of Kyoko’s life before she moved to Maison Ikkoku and was released on June 25, 1992.

The anime was licensed for a North American release by Viz Media in 1994, and was put on two-episode VHS dub releases, but Viz dropped the English dub after 36 episodes. The remaining subtitled-only VHS releases went on until volume 32, without finishing the series. Viz released the series as 8 DVD boxsets from June 1, 2003 until June 4, 2006, with the latter episodes newly dubbed. In the newer episodes, Godai was given a new voice actor, as Jason Gray-Stanford was replaced by Brad Swaile. Other characters such as Kozue and Ikuko were also recast.

Yusaku Godai

is the protagonist of the series. He begins as a poor 20-year-old rōnin studying for his college entrance exams after failing in the past year. He eventually gets into a third-tier college (with Kyoko’s support). He is kindhearted and handsome, but indecisive and spacey. Godai is often “played” by the other tenants of Ikkoku, who habitually take advantage of him (e.g. they use his room for frequent drinking binges and steal food from his care packages). He falls in love with Kyoko at first sight, but initially lacks the courage (when sober at least) to tell her how he feels. Instead, he daydreams a lot and does several silly things (for example, he runs into road posts). But Godai is an honorable man who is worthy of Kyoko, as his love for her is a lasting and devoted love. He has, several times, tried making a move on Kyoko, but couldn’t bring himself to do so; such actions make Kyoko think of him as a perfect gentleman. At the end, the married Godai and Kyoko finally found happiness and have a daughter, which they give the name Haruka Godai.

Kyoko Otonashi

is the second protagonist of the series. She is a beautiful, 22-year-old widow who takes on the task of managing a broken-down boarding house. She is sweet and polite, but also has a violent, frightening side that emerges when she is jealous or angry, or dealing with her meddling and equally stubborn parents. She soon develops affection for Godai, and has a tendency to dote over him (with the other tenants teasing her for acting like a “good wife”) and becomes jealous over him (though she lies to herself and denies that it is jealousy). However, it is hard for her to forget about her late husband Soichiro (who died just six months after their wedding), and her memories of her husband sometimes put her in a melancholy mood. Kyoko’s love for him is sometimes reflected in dialogues with her dog, who bears the same name as her late husband. She believes Godai to be pure-hearted and not a pervert, unlike the other tenants, who try warning her about him. At the end, she is happily married to Godai and a new mother to their daughter Haruka. Otonashi literally means “without a sound,” but is also a pun on otto-nashi, or “without a husband,” in reference to her status as a widow.

Shun Mitaka 

in sharp contrast to Yusaku, is wealthy, educated, and hails from an elite family. Mitaka works as a ladies’ tennis coach more out of love for the sport than any need for financial support. To everyone’s surprise, he is revealed to be 31 years old by his parents, which would mean he was 26 at the beginning of the series. Nevertheless, he is remarkably handsome, and his teeth have a trademark sparkle whenever he smiles. Kyoko begins to take tennis lessons from him early in the series, and Shun begins to court her. His biggest obstacle in the beginning is his morbid fear of dogs, which makes it difficult for him to be with Kyoko when her dog, Soichiro, is around. While very interested in and devoted to Kyoko, he is very popular with other women and has a reputation as a womanizer, a reputation not entirely undeserved (most of his more grievous actions have innocent explanations, but Shun has admitted to dating many women). Kyoko’s mother strongly approves of him as a potential future husband for Kyoko (to Yusaku’s chagrin).

Shun recognizes Yusaku as a rival for Kyoko’s affection (and vice versa), and the two are usually antagonistic towards each other. Shun’s actions towards Yusaku are somewhere between magnanimous and condescending, depending on if Kyoko is around, and he is not above trying to position Kozue as a wedge between Yusaku and Kyoko. But while Shun and Yusaku are rivals, they both share moments where they bond over their mutual frustration over Kyoko’s reluctance to fall in love with anyone. Kyoko generally likes Shun and regards him as a suitor, but is apprehensive about his forwardness and occasionally feels pressured by him (Shun does not want to force a relationship with her, but will often “bend the rules”). It can be unclear whether Shun is interested more in Kyoko herself or in “saving” Kyoko from what he sees as a degrading life as a widow in Maison Ikkoku, putting him in the stereotypical role of the “knight in shining armor.”

Shun marries Asuna Kujo, a girl from a wealthy, important family whom his parents want him to marry, after thinking he drunkenly slept with her and got her pregnant. However, it was actually his dog whom got one of her dogs pregnant. While to him it came about as a shotgun wedding, he does not seem to fully regret it and at the end of the series they have twin girls, Moe and Mie Mikata, and another unborn child on the way.

 

Wednesday News- August 15, 2018

Wednesday News- August 15, 2018

First Nation Teens Keeps Language Alive by Dubbing Sailor Moon- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2018-08-13/first-nation-teen-keeps-language-alive-by-dubbing-sailor-moon/.135433

Review: Black Torch volume 1https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/black-torch/gn-1/.135289

Dark Souls: Remastered Game Launches for Switch in October- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-08-14/dark-souls-remastered-game-launches-for-switch-in-october/.135471

KADO- The Right Answer Anime Wins MPTE Animation Award- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-08-14/kado-the-right-answer-anime-wins-mpte-animation-award/.135462

Those Who Hunt Elves’ Yu Yagami Lauches manga of Orphen’s Comedy Spinoff Novels- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-08-14/those-who-hunt-elves-yu-yagami-launches-manga-of-orphen-comedy-spinoff-novels/.135460

Anime-

  • Assassination Classroom Season 1 BD
  • Classroom of the Elite Season 1 BD
  • Ergo Proxy Complete Series Classics BD
  • Eromanga Sensei BD Volume 2
  • Eureka Seven: Hi – Evolution 1 Movie BD/DVD
  • Overlord Season 1 Classics BD
  • Outlaw Star Classics BD
  • planetarian OVAs + Movie BD/DVD
  • The Seven Deadly Sins Season 1 Complete Collection BD

Manga-

  • Aoba-kun’s Confessions GN 7
  • Arakawa Under the Bridge Graphic (GN) 4
  • Back Street Girls GN 1-3
  • Bloom Into You GN 5
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 4
  • Drowning Love GN 10
  • Fire Force GN 11
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Edition GN 2 (Hardcover)
  • In/Spectre GN 8
  • Kamikamikaeshi GN 3
  • Kasane GN 13
  • Lovesick Ellie GN 13
  • Magi GN 31
  • Moteki GN 2
  • RG Veda GN 3
  • Species Domain GN 5
  • Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle GN 2
  • A Strange and Mystifying Story GN 4
  • That Blue Sky Feeling GN 1
  • Those Summer Days GN 3
  • Tokyo Alice GN 2
  • Toppu GP GN 3

Other-

  • An Archdemon’s Dilemma – How to Love Your Elf Bride Novel 1
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 10
  • I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse Novel 9
  • Kaiju Mono BD
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero GN 12
  • Vampire Hunter D Novel 3

Manga Monday- Maison Ikkoku

Manga Monday- Maison Ikkoku

Maison Ikkoku is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. It was serialized in Big Comic Spirits from November 1980 to April 1987, with the chapters collected into 15 tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan. Maison Ikkoku is a bitter-sweet comedic romance involving a group of madcap people who live in a boarding house in 1980s Tokyo. The story focuses primarily on the gradually developing relationships between Yusaku Godai, a poor student down on his luck, and Kyoko Otonashi, a young, recently widowed boarding house manager.

Written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi, Maison Ikkoku was serialized in Big Comic Spirits as 162 chapters between 1980 and 1987. The chapters were collected and published into 15 tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan from May 1, 1982 to July 1, 1987. The series has since been re-released in several different editions. A 10 volume wide-ban edition was released between September 1, 1992 and June 1, 1993, 10 bunkoban from 1996 to 1997, and 15 shinsōban throughout 2007.

North American publisher Viz Media originally released the series, adapted into English by Gerard Jones, in a monthly comic book format from June 1993. This release was collected into 14 graphic novels. The images were “flipped” to read left-to-right, causing the art to be mirrored, and some chapters were out of order or completely missing. Four of the five missing chapters were published in Animerica Extra Vol. 3 Number 1 and Vol. 3 Number 2. Viz later re-released the series in its original format and chapter order across 15 volumes. These were released between September 24, 2003 and February 14, 2006.

Maison Ikkoku has over 25 million collected volumes in circulation. Jason Thompson claimed that while Maison Ikkoku was not the first men’s love-com, it is “almost certainly the best” and definitely Rumiko Takahashi’s best work. He also stated that because the main character is a university student, Maison Ikkoku is “slightly more sophisticated” compared to Kimagure Orange Road. Anime News Network (ANN) gave the manga an “A” for its story and an “A-” for its art, stating that the series shows off Takahashi’s skill; “with a clear cut and rather simple plot, she is able to concentrate on the characters, using them to drive the story, while at the same time ensuring the proper reader reaction intended for each scene.” They remarked that the story focuses on Yusaku and Kyoko’s relationship, with the other characters used only “to create conflicts, exposition, and comedic relief.”

Plot

The story mainly takes place at Maison Ikkoku, a worn and aging boarding house in a town called Clock Hill, where 20-year-old college applicant Yusaku Godai lives. Though honest and good-natured, he is weak-willed and often taken advantage of by the offbeat and mischievous tenants who live with him: Yotsuya, Akemi Roppongi and Hanae Ichinose. As he is about to move out, he is stopped at the door by the beautiful Kyoko Otonashi, who announces she will be taking over as manager. Godai immediately falls in love with her and decides to stay. Godai and the other tenants find out that despite her young age, Kyoko is a widow who had married her high school teacher, who tragically died shortly thereafter. Godai empathizes with Kyoko and endeavors to free her from her sadness. He manages to work up enough courage to confess his love to her, and it begins to look as if a relationship between them might appear. However, Kyoko meets the rich, handsome and charming tennis coach Shun Mitaka at her tennis club. Mitaka quickly declares his intention to court Kyoko and states that he is very patient, and can wait until her heart is ready.

Godai, not willing to give up, continues to chase Kyoko. But through a series of misunderstandings, he is seen by Kyoko and Mitaka walking with the cute and innocent Kozue Nanao. For the rest of the series, Kozue is mistakenly perceived as being Godai’s girlfriend (by Kozue herself as well). Angered by this, Kyoko begins to openly date Mitaka. Despite the misunderstandings, Kyoko and Godai clearly have feelings for each other, and their relationship grows over the course of the series. Godai eventually manages to get into college and, with the help of Kyoko’s family, he begins student-teaching at Kyoko’s old high school. Almost mirroring Kyoko’s meeting of her husband, Godai catches the attention of precocious and brazen student Ibuki Yagami, who immediately begins pursuing him. Her outspoken approach stands in stark contrast to Kyoko, which helps Kyoko come face to face with her feelings for Godai.

Meanwhile, Mitaka’s endeavors have been hindered by his phobia of dogs, as Kyoko owns a large white dog named Soichiro in honor of her late husband. He eventually overcomes his phobia but, when he is about to propose to Kyoko, his family begins to goad him into a marriage with the pure and innocent Asuna Kujo. Feeling the pressure, Mitaka begins to pursue Kyoko with increased aggression. He slowly realizes that she has decided on Godai and is waiting for him to find a job and propose. Mitaka is completely pulled out of the race when he ends up thinking he slept with Asuna and her later announcing a pregnancy. Taking responsibility, he proposes to Asuna, but finds out too late that it was her dog who was pregnant, not her.

As things begin to really go well for Godai, Kozue Nanao makes a reappearance in his life. Kozue tells Godai and the other Ikkoku tenants that she is thinking of marrying another man, even though Godai had proposed to her (which is another misunderstanding). Kyoko, feeling foolish and betrayed, slaps Godai and demands that he move out. When Godai refuses, he wakes up the next morning to find her gone and her room empty. Godai tries to explain himself by visiting Kyoko every day, even though she won’t answer the door. After she calms down a bit, Kyoko checks on the house and runs into the other tenants. They try to convince her to return.

The seductive Akemi, sensing that Kyoko is still hesitant, threatens to seduce Godai if Kyoko doesn’t want him. She later tells the other tenants that she only said that to threaten Kyoko into coming back. This backfires when Godai is spotted leaving a love hotel with Akemi (he was only there to lend her money). It results in Kozue resolving to marry the other man. As Kyoko is about to return to Ikkoku, she learns that Godai has ended it with Kozue, but she thinks he slept with Akemi. She insults him, tells him that she hates him, and runs away. Godai follows her explaining that she doesn’t trust him and that, despite the other girls, she never considered one important thing: Godai’s own feelings. He passionately tells her that he loves only her: From the first moment he saw her and forevermore, she is the only woman in his eyes. The two spend the night together. Having cleared his last barrier of getting a teaching job, Godai proposes to Kyoko and, with the blessings of both families, they get married. The story ends as Godai and Kyoko arrive home with their newborn daughter, Haruka, and Kyoko tells her that Maison Ikkoku is the place where they first met.

 

Film Friday- Land of the Lustrous

Film Friday- Land of the Lustrous

An anime promotional video was released in July 2013 by Studio Hibari, and an anime television series adaptation by Orange aired between October and December 2017.

Anime

An anime television series adaptation aired in Japan between October 7 and December 23, 2017. Takahiko Kyōgoku is directing the anime at the Orange CG animation studio. Toshiya Ono is in charge of the series scripts. Yohichi Nishikawa is creating the concept art. Asako Nishida is designing the characters. The opening theme is “Kyōmen no Nami” by Yurika and the ending theme is “Kirameku Hamabe” by Yuiko Ōhara. Sentai Filmworks have licensed the series and streamed the anime on Anime Strike. MVM Films has licensed the series in the UK. The series ran for 12 episodes, which will be released across six DVD and Blu-ray sets in Japan.

Characters

Phosphophyllite 

Known as “Phos” for short. One of the weaker jewel people, with a hardness of 3.5. Declared as too weak for battle, Phos is tasked with creating an encyclopedia logging new information. As Phos keeps experiencing hardships in battle, their limbs, along with their memories, are gradually lost and replaced with other elements, including agate legs, arms made from gold and platinum alloy, a lapis lazuli head and a synthetic pearl eye.

Cinnabar

An aloof jewel person who is even weaker than Phos, with a hardness of 2, but carries a powerful poison in their body. Because this poison taints the environment and erases memories stored inside affected jewel shards, Cinnabar is kept on night watch, but yearns to escape the night.

Diamond 

A kind-hearted jewel person who has the maximum hardness of 10, but is still fragile against enemy attacks.

Bort 

An intimidating diamond-class jewel person who is powerful in combat and is the most durable of the jewels. They are also very protective of Diamond.

 

Manga Monday- Land of the Lustrous

Manga Monday- Land of the Lustrous

Land of the Lustrous is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Haruko Ichikawa and published from 2012 onwards. It is published by Kodansha in Monthly Afternoon magazine and eight volumes compiling the chapters have been released so far. Set in a world inhabited by “jewel people,” it chronicles their efforts to find the place where they belong and defend their way of life.

Synopsis

In a place inhabited by jewels that take the form of people, Phosphophyllite (Phos) is weak (with one of the lowest hardnesses) and considered useless by their peers. Phos asks their aloof but wise colleague Cinnabar for help after they receive an assignment to create a natural history encyclopedia, thus beginning their friendship and personal growth. Meanwhile, the “jewel people” are at war with the Lunarians (Moon people) who want to take advantage of their luxury value.

Manga

The Land of the Lustrous manga began serialization in Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon magazine on October 25, 2012. The first tankōbon volume was released on July 23, 2013, and the most recent volume, volume 8, was released on November 22, 2017. Volume 4 was released in two editions, a regular edition and a special edition, which included a card game. Volume 6 and Volume 7 were also released in two editions, with volume 6 being released with an additional limited edition, and volume 7 being released with an additional special edition.

Kodansha Comics announced during their 2016 New York Comic-Con panel that they have licensed the manga in North America in English. The first volume was released on June 27, 2017.

Volume 1 reached the 47th place on the weekly Oricon manga chart and, as of July 27, 2013, has sold 21,204 copies; volume 2 reached the 35th place and, as of February 2, 2014, has sold 44,511 copies;[ volume 3 reached the 30th place and, as of August 31, 2014, has sold 56,765 copies.

It was number 10 on the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey. It was number 48 on the 15th Book of the Year list by Da Vinci magazine in 2014. It was nominated for the eight Manga Taishō in 2015.