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Wednesday News- July 5, 2017

Wednesday News- July 5, 2017

News-

The Summer 2017 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2017/summer/.118099

Anime Expo 2017- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/convention/2017/anime-expo/.118036

Shelf Life: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2017-07-03/.118308

Castlevania Animated Series Reveals Cast- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-07-04/castlevania-animated-series-reveals-cast/.118423

Anime-

  • The Boy and The Beast Collector’s Edition BD/DVD + UV
  • Card Captor Sakura Standard Edition BD
  • Gatchaman Fighter DVD
  • Hanasaku Iroha – Blossoms for Tomorrow Set 1 Standard Edition BD
  • Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home Standard Edition BD
  • Hyou-ka Part 1 BD/DVD

Manga-

  • 7th Garden GN 5
  • Alice & Zoroku GN 1
  • Alive GN 18 (Digital)
  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride GN 7
  • Anonymous Noise GN 3
  • Appleseed Alpha GN (Hardcover)
  • Berserk GN 38
  • Bleach GN 70
  • Blue Exorcist GN 17
  • DAYS GN 3 (Digital)
  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House GN 9
  • Fuuka GN 12 (Digital)
  • GTO: Paradise Lost GN 3 (Digital)
  • Haikyu!! GN 13
  • Honey So Sweet GN 7
  • Kasane GN 2 (Digital)
  • Magical Girl Apocalypse GN 12
  • Naruto Omnibus GN 19
  • Nichijou GN 9
  • Nisekoi GN 22
  • Nurse Hitomi’s Monster Infirmary GN 6P
  • Oresama Teacher GN 22
  • Plum Crazy! Tales of A Tiger-Striped Cat GN 1
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire GN 4
  • Pokémon XY GN 11
  • Rurouni Kenshin Omnibus GN 3
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN 4 (Digital)
  • Twin Star Exorcists GN 9
  • Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea GN
  • The Water Dragon’s Bride GN 2
  • World Trigger GN 16
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches GN 14

Other-

  • Occultic;Nine Novel 1

 

Manga Monday- Magic Knight Rayearth

Manga Monday- Magic Knight Rayearth

Magic Knight Rayearth is a Japanese manga series created by Clamp. Appearing as a serial in the manga magazine Nakayoshi from the November 1993 issue to the February 1995 issue, the chapters of Magic Knight Rayearth were collected into three bound volumes by Kodansha, and published from July 1994 to March 1995. A sequel was serialized in the same manga magazine from the March 1995 issue to the April 1996 issue, and was published by Kodansha in three bound volumes from to July 1995 to April 1996. The series follows three eighth-grade girls who find themselves transported from modern-day Japan into a magical world, where they are tasked with rescuing a princess.

Rayearth combines elements from the magical girl and mecha anime genres with parallel world fantasy.

In 1997, Tokyopop licensed Magic Knight Rayearth for an English-language translation in North America, and serialized it in its manga magazine MixxZine The English version of the manga was at first issued in a flipped left to right format, but was re-released in the original right to left format in later editions. The English version of the manga also at first continued the volume numbering through the two series, such that Magic Knight Rayearth II volumes #1-3 were numbered as volumes “#4-6” (i.e., the 2000/2001 release of Magic Knight Rayearth volume 4 has the same content as the 2003/2004 re-release’s Magic Knight Rayearth II volume 1).

It would appear that Tokyopop has lost their license for the series, as Dark Horse Comics announced at their San Diego Comic-Con International 2009 panel that they would be publishing the series in a new omnibus edition in honor of Clamp’s 20th anniversary. Dark Horse published the omnibus editions from July 6, 2011, to April 12, 2012.

The series is also licensed in French by Pika Édition.

Plot-

Magic Knight Rayearth focuses on three eighth-grade girls: tomboyish and headstrong Hikaru Shidou; the quick-tempered and no-nonsense only child Umi Ryuuzaki; and intelligent and ladylike Fuu Hououji. While on a field trip to the Tokyo Tower with their respective schools, the girls find themselves drawn into another world, Cephiro. There they learn that Cephiro is influenced by one’s will and that the Pillar maintains Cephiro through prayer. The girls are then tasked with rescuing the current Pillar, Princess Emeraude, from her abductor, the high priest and antagonist Zagato, after which they will be returned to Tokyo.

Guided by the creature Mokona on their quest, the girls discover their respective element-based magic and awaken the three Rune-Gods (魔神? Mashin), who can take the form of giant robots that the girls must pilot. As the girls progress on their journey, they overcome their differences, learning how to work together and accept each other as friends. After the girls find and destroy Zagato, they finally reach Emeraude, but they learn that she had fallen in love with Zagato, which had hindered her ability to pray solely for Cephiro’s well-being, and imprisoned herself as a result. Feeling responsible for her actions, she summoned the Magic Knights to kill her, as no one from Cephiro could harm the Pillar. Her dark side then takes over, seeking to destroy the Magic Knights for killing her love. After a short defensive fight against Princess Emeraude, the Magic Knights have no choice but to kill her. They then find themselves transported back to Tokyo.

The second part of the series deals with the complications caused by Princess Emeraude’s death. Set a year later, it opens with the three protagonists struggling with their guilt and despair over their role in her death. Meeting again at Tokyo Tower, they find themselves transported mysteriously to Cephiro again, and discover that only a single piece of Cephiro remains, which holds a castle where the survivors gather to take refuge. With the Pillar gone, Cephiro is, for the most part, defenseless, and the girls are saddened to learn that a new Pillar must be chosen by the Pillar system before the whole planet is destroyed. Three warring planets begin their attempts to conquer Cephiro: Autozam, a technologically advanced world which intends to use the Pillar system to remove the pollution in its air; Fahren, whose childish ruler Lady Aska plans to turn it into a world of her whims; and Chizeta, an overpopulated world whose sibling rulers Tatra and Tarta see Cephiro as a potential colony.

As the Magic Knights help defend the castle, they each agree that the fate of the planet should not be the responsibility of only one person which, like Princess Emeraude, effectively prevents that person from ever being able to live and love freely. What’s more, they are certain that when a new Pillar in chosen, something may eventually hinder them from praying solely for Cephiro’s well-being, cause them to summon new Magic Knights to kill them, and bring Cephiro to near-destruction again until a new pillar is chosen, much like Emeraude, which would cause the cycle of events to continue endlessly. Some of the survivors believe this idea as well, particularly Lantis, a powerful magic swordsman and Zagato’s younger brother, who wishes to end the Pillar system for those reasons.

Eventually, Mokona narrows the candidates down to two: Hikaru and the sickly Eagle Vision of Autozam, who is friends with Lantis and, as such, wishes to end the Pillar system for him with his eternal sleep. As the two undergo the test to become the new Pillar in a recreation of Tokyo, Mokona reveals itself to be the creator of Cephiro and its laws, which it had created after sadly witnessing the violence and destructive nature of the people on its earlier creation, Earth. It was responsible for bringing the three girls back to Cephiro. In the end, Hikaru becomes the new Pillar of Cephiro, and brings Eagle Vision back to Cephiro with the help of Fuu and Umi, against Mokona’s insistence that only one may return. Hikaru then rebels against the Pillar system, decreeing once and for all that the fate of the planet should not be the responsibility of one person. Mokona accepts their decision and leaves with the three Mashin. The manga concludes with the three girls’ return to a new Cephiro to visit their loved ones, as they work with the rulers of the other planets to solve their planets’ problems, and contemplate Mokona’s wish to allow the three protagonists to bring change to Cephiro.

Film Friday- Gin Tama

Film Friday- Gin Tama

The series has been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) by Sunrise and was featured at Jump Festa 2006 Anime Tour in 2005. This was followed by a full anime series, which debuted on April 4, 2006, on TV Tokyo and finished on March 25, 2010. A sequel titled Gintama first premiered in Japan on April 4, 2011 and ended on March 26, 2012, before returning once again for a brief run from October 4, 2012 to March 28, 2013. A continuation of the TV anime series titled Gintama° began airing on April 8, 2015, and ended on March 30, 2016. Two animated films have also been produced. Besides the anime series, there have been various light novels and video games based on Gin Tama. A live action film adaptation of the same name is scheduled for release in Japan in 2017. A new anime series continuing after the events in the Gintama° anime series, named Gintama. premiered on January 9, 2017.

The anime and its DVDs have been featured, at various time, in Top Ten of their respective media, while TV Tokyo has announced that the first Gin Tama anime was responsible for high sales overseas along with the anime adaptation from Naruto. Publications for manga, anime and others have commented on the Gin Tama manga. Positive response have focused on the comedy and characters from the series, while negative responses concern the manga’s artwork.

Two original video animations (OVA) of Gin Tama were developed by Sunrise for the Jump Festa Anime Tour 2005 and 2008. The first one, having the same title, is composed of various autoconclusive stories meant to introduce the characters from the series. The second OVA titled Shiroyasha Kotan is initially set in the war between aliens and samurais and it is later revealed to be a hoax. On September 30, 2009, a DVD named Gintama Jump Anime Tour 2008 & 2005 was published by Aniplex. It contains the 2005 and 2008 OVAs and an audio commentary. On Weekly Shōnen Jumps 34th issue of 2014, it was announced that Gin Tama anime will return for a one-episode special for the year’s Jump Special Anime Festa tour. The anime special DVD will be bundled with limited edition of the 58th manga volume to be released on April 3, 2015. It was announced in Weekly Shōnen Jumps 8th issue of 2016 that the 65th and 66th volumes of the manga will be bundled with an original animation DVD each, the 65th manga volume scheduled to release on August 4, 2016, and the 66th manga volume scheduled to release on November 4, 2016. Both OADs will adapt the Love Potion arc in the manga.

Anime series

Gintama

An anime adaptation by Sunrise debuted on TV Tokyo on April 4, 2006. The first ninety-nine episodes were initially directed by Shinji Takamatsu. Episodes 100 to 105 were directed by Takamatsu and Yoichi Fujita, while the following episodes are being directed only by Fujita. The subtitle for the Gintama anime could be loosely translated as “The starting point is the utmost importance for anything, so trying to outdo oneself is just about right.” During January 2009, Fujita mentioned he was not going to work in the fourth season of the series starting in such year. However, in February 2009, it was confirmed that the anime would continue for a fourth year, once again directed by Fujita. The series ended on March 25, 2010 with a total of 201 episodes.

In Japan, Aniplex distributes the anime in DVD format. A total of thirteen volumes were released for the first season, between July 26, 2006 and June 26, 2007. The second season was released over another set of thirteen volumes between July 25, 2007 and July 23, 2008. Season 3 was also released in thirteen volumes from August 27, 2008 to August 26, 2009. The fourth season was collected released in thirteen DVD volumes from October 28, 2009 to October 27, 2010.

In November 2008, an agreement was reached between TV Tokyo and the streaming video service Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll would stream English-subtitled episodes for free one week after they had aired in Japan. Paying subscribers can watch new episodes an hour after they air in Japan. On January 8, 2009, Crunchyroll uploaded their first episode (episode 129) to the service. Alongside new episodes each week, Crunchyroll also uploads episodes from the beginning of the series. The anime is licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks, with distribution from Section23 Films. Section23 Films’ Chris Oarr commented that only the first two seasons were licensed, with an option on the rest. The first collection containing thirteen English-subtitled episodes was released on DVD, April 27, 2010. Only 49 episodes were released before the releases stalled. However, shortly after licensing the Gin Tama film, Sentai Filmworks announced that based on the film’s performance, they would consider releasing more of the series in North America, possibly with an English dub. An English subtitled version of the series began airing on Shorts HD on July 12, 2015. On July 1, 2016, Crunchyroll announced that they will re-release the series on Blu-ray and DVD with an English dub.

Yorinuki Gintama-san

On April 5, 2010, TV Tokyo stations began airing high-definition reruns of older episodes of Gintama under the title Yorinuki Gintama-san, the title being a parody of the “best of” reruns of the anime Sazae-san. In addition to being broadcast in HD, new opening and ending animations and themes have been made. The opening and ending for episodes 1-9 are Does’s “Bakuchi Dancer” and “Bokutachi no Kisetsu”. Starting with episode 10 and going to 26, the opening was changed to Joe Inoue’s “Kaze no Gotoku” and the ending was changed to Vijandeux’s “WAVE”. Starting with episode 27, the opening changed to Chiaki Kuriyama’s “Kanōsei Girl”  and the ending changed to Azu’s “IN MY LIFE”. Starting with episode 40, the opening changed to FLiP’s “Karto Niago” and the ending changed to Piko’s “Sakurane”.

Gintama’

In March 2010, Yoichi Fujita hinted the anime would continue once the staff get enough material to work on it. Shinji Takamatsu claimed the TV series “is absolutely not over. It hasn’t even begun yet! It will definitely return.” In December 2010, Shueisha stated that the Gintama anime would resume in April 2011. Gintama, the sequel to the original Gintama anime, premiered in Japan on April 4, 2011. The main staff from the first TV series remain in Gintama with Fujita as the director. Crunchyroll simulcasted the premiere of Gintama to subscribers from its site. The first DVD from the series was released on July 27, 2011. The episode released on September 26, 2011 contains Sket Dance as a crossover special. The series ended on March 26, 2012 with a total of 51 episodes, which were collected in thirteen DVDs by Aniplex.

Gintama’: Enchousen

The series premiered in TV Tokyo on October 4, 2012. It is a continuation of the second Gintama’ anime that ended in March 2012. The main staff from the second TV series remain in Gintama with Yoichi Fujita as the director. The series ended on March 28, 2013 with a total of 13 episodes The episodes were collected in a total of four DVDs from December 19, 2012 to May 22, 2013.

Gintama°

On December 21, 2014 during Jump Festa’s super stage event, it was announced that a new Gintama TV series was in the works for an April 2015 premiere. Cast of Yorozuya; Tomokazu Sugita (Gintoki), Daisuke Sakaguchi (Shinpachi), and Rie Kugimiya (Kagura) attended the event. A key visual was also revealed.

The new series aired on TV Tokyo and its affiliates for 51 episodes from April 8, 2015 to March 30, 2016, which also aired the previous seasons.

Crunchyroll began streaming an English dub of the first 12 episodes of the series on February 1, 2017. 12 additional episodes will be added weekly.

Gintama.

A new season of Gintama was announced via Weekly Shōnen Jump in September 2016. On November 27, 2016, it was announced that the new season would premiere on January 9, 2017 on TV Tokyo and its affiliates. The staff from the Gintama° anime series will return to reprise their roles in the new season.

Films

Animation

There have been two films based on the franchise. The first one is Gintama: Shinyaku Benizakura-Hen, a retelling of the story arc from Gin Tama in which Kotaro Katsura is attacked by a member of the army Kiheitai, and Odd Jobs Gin start searching for him. One of the TV commercials of the film teases that the “true last scene” of the anime is in the film. It premiered on April 24, 2010, picking up US$2.118.342 on 90 screens during its first days, and earned US$12.86 million in total. Sentai Filmworks released the film in both DVD and Blu-ray format in North America on May 29, 2012 as Gintama: The Motion Picture. Manga Entertainment distributed the film in the United Kingdom while Madman Entertainment published it in Australia.

A second film was announced in August 2012 by the Weekly Shonen Jump with the script being written this time by Hideaki Sorachi. It is titled Gintama: The Movie: The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya and follows Gintoki as he travels to a future where he has to deal with a mysterious group of sorcerers. It was released in Japan on July 6, 2013. Although the film is marketed as “Final” director Yoichi Fujita commented they would make a continuation if it became a hit. The film managed to surpass the success from its predecessor.

Live-action

In June 2016, Shueisha announced the series will have a live-action adaptation of the series. It is slated to premiere in 2017. Direction of the film as well as the script is being handled by Yūichi Fukuda. Additionally, Shueisha said that Gintoki will be portrayed by Shun Oguri.

Wednesday News- June 28, 2017

Wednesday News- June 28, 2017

News-

DIVE!! Is about Shirtless Boys Giving Up Everything to Make Dreams Come True- http://www.anime-now.com/entry/2017/06/28/230026?utm_campaign=ANN

Our Most Anticipated Summer 2017 Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2017-06-28/our-most-anticipated-summer-2017-anime/.118131

Attack on Titan Anime Offers Survey Corps Certification Test- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-06-28/attack-on-titan-anime-offers-survey-corps-certification-test/.118094

Shelf Life- Ultra Maniac- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2017-06-26/.117964

Anime-

  • Assassination Classroom Season 2, Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Code Geass: Akito the Exiled OVA Series BD/DVDP
  • GoShogun: The Time Étranger BD
  • GoShogun: The Time Étranger DVD
  • Kan Colle BD/DVD
  • Magi: The Kingdom of Magic Complete Box Set BD
  • Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Complete Box Set BD
  • Naruto Shippūden Set 31 DVD Uncut
  • Origin ~Spirits of the Past~ BD/DVD
  • Samurai Warriors DVD
  • School-Live! BD
  • School-Live! DVD
  • Sea Prince and the Fire Child BD
  • Sword Art Online Box Set BD
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions BD
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions DVD

Manga-

  • Aoharu x Machine Gun GN 10 (Digital Only)A
  • Beasts of Abigaile GN 1
  • Clockwork Planet GN 3
  • Concrete Revolutio: The Complete Saga GN
  • The Emperor and I GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Freezing Omnibus GN 8
  • Gesellschaft Blume GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Giant Killing GN 2 (Digital)
  • Im: Great Priest Imhotep GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Land of the Lustrous GN 1
  • The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story GN
  • Nodame Cantabile GN 24 (Digital Only)
  • Nodame Cantabile GN 25 (Digital Only)
  • Persona 3 GN 4
  • Vinland Saga GN 9 (Hardcover)
  • Yozakura Quartet GN 14 (Digital)

Other-

  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls PS4/PC
  • RPG Maker Fes Nintendo 3DS
  • Valkyria Revolution PS4/PS Vita/Xbox One

Other Tuesday- Character Special Gin Tama

Other Tuesday- Character Special Gin Tama

Gintoki Sakata

Shinpachi Shimura

Shinpachi Shimura is one of the main protagonists of the series and is a teenager who joins Gintoki’s freelancer business to learn the ways of the samurai. He stays at his family’s dojo along with his older sister Tae Shimura. Both used to live there with their father who died when they were still children. In order to make their living, Shinpachi started working in a restaurant in which he met Gintoki when he was being tripped by aliens. Gintoki defeats the ambassador and his guards, not to stand up for Shinpachi, but to get revenge for his spilled parfait. Gintoki attempts to frame Shinpachi for the crime, and to make up for it, Gintoki helps Shinpachi save his older sister Tae from becoming part of a brothel as his father left them with an enormous debt. Although he commonly criticizes Gintoki’s lazy behaviour, Shinpachi comes to regard him as a very important person to him in the same fashion as Kagura. Shinpachi also regards himself as the comic relief character from the series, but tends to take that as something important. As the readers’ perspective, Sorachi notes that while he can be weak he will take action when necessary resulting in his growth across the series.

Shinpachi is easily identified by his glasses which he wears as result of hypnotizing himself to eat Tae’s poor meals. When trying to identify Shinpachi, several characters tend to notice first his glasses even though he may not be using them; Gintoki comments that the reason for this is that most of Shinpachi’s design are his glasses. Despite his timid appearance, Shinpachi is a more than competent swordsman of his family’s Kakidō-Ryu, the type of swordsmanship his dojo teaches. Shinpachi is also the captain of the “Otsu’s Imperial Guard,” an Otsu’s fan club, and takes his role seriously. Other members of the fan club treat him with utmost respect, something he is not usually treated with. His fanaticism for Otsu started prior to her career when he was inspired by the effort she gave in her songs. His character is loosely based on historical figure of Nagakura Shinpachi who Sorachi had previously used in one of his previous manga. Although he shares the last name from the Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, Sorachi picked that last name to fit his samurai heritage. He is voiced by Daisuke Sakaguchi in the Japanese version and by Mark X. Laskowski in the English dub of the movie, and Cole Howard in the English dub of the anime. In live-action, he will be portrayed by Masaki Suda.

Kagura

Kagura is the female protagonist of the series. She is a young alien girl who belongs to the Yato Clan, one of the strongest and most bloodthirsty of the Amanto races, although Kagura rejects that part of herself. She came to Earth to earn money for her family, and to escape her violent Yato heritage. She found work fighting for a gang of hoodlums, but when they ordered her to kill her target, she ran away. Not long afterwards, she meets Gintoki and Shinpachi, when they accidentally run over her with Gintoki’s scooter. After they help her to make a clean break from the gang, she intimidates Gintoki into hiring her. Kagura and Gintoki have an odd brother-sister-like relationship and she commonly imitates his bad habits.

The Yato have “translucent” skin that is highly sensitive to sunlight, so Kagura carries an umbrella at all times. The parasol is also the Yato clan’s weapon of choice; Kagura’s umbrella is bulletproof and fires bullets from its tip. Because of her Yato blood, she is extremely strong and can stop a speeding motorscooter with one hand. However, she cannot control her strength perfectly; most of her pets, with the exception of Sadaharu, have all met an untimely demise at her hands. Kagura also has an unusually strong appetite, making her capable of consuming large quantity of food within a matter of seconds. Nevertheless, her tastes are endearingly plain.

Kagura is also somewhat of a tomboy, as she speaks in a blunt or perverted way. This is due to Sorachi not finding the too feminine characters believable and instead made Kagura from an anti-female lead perspective resulting in Kagura being the first female lead in manga to throw up. In the absence of Gintoki and Shinpachi, she is often seen partaking in games with various neighborhood boys. She regards Shisengumi’s Sougo Okita as a rival and often competes against him. Her speech often ends in -aru, characteristic of the Japanese’s impression of a Chinese accent. In Japanese, Kagura speaks in a stereotypical dialect that is associated with Chinese immigrants. In the English-translated manga, she punctuates her sentences with “yup”, “uh-huh”, “nope”, and the like. Her character is based on Princess Kaguya from the story The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter while her name comes from a place the island of Hokkaido. In a Newtype poll, Kagura ranked #21 for the top 30 most popular female anime character from the 2000s. Kagura was ranked #3 for most cheerful anime character in Animedia magazine’s 2010 character awards. She is voiced by Rie Kugimiya in the Japanese version and by Luci Christian in the English dub of the movie, and Jocelyne Loewen in the English dub of the anime. In live action, she will be portrayed by Kanna Hashimoto.

Sadaharu

Sadaharu is an abandoned inugami who is collected by Kagura. He is named by Kagura, after her first pet. He was originally owned by a pair of miko sisters (Ane and Mone) who left him due to economical problems. Sadaharu chomps on anything smaller than itself, such as Gintoki’s and other people’s heads. Kagura seems to be the only one who can control him, for she has immense strength. Though he is dangerous when Gintoki first receives him, he becomes quite tame in the later chapters. He sometimes obeys Gintoki at certain points, and helps the main characters in many occasions. Kagura and Gintoki are often seen riding on his back, as he is big enough to carry two full-grown adults. The name Sadaharu is actually often used by Kagura for all her pets, whom all are dead. This Sadaharu is currently the 27th. He is voiced by Mikako Takahashi in the Japanese version and by Kyle Colby Jones in the English dub of the movie.

Tae Shimura

Tae Shimura is Shinpachi’s older sister, referring to her as “Big Sis”. She runs the Kakidōkan Dojo, the family dojo, with her brother, working part-time to pay for the upkeep. She is usually addressed as “Otae”(O) is an honorific used to refer to women. Kagura always addresses her as “Big sister”  or “Boss”. She often mercilessly beats up Kondo Isao and Gintoki whenever they anger her, but she has a good side of her own. She almost always smile in front of her friends, one that might called “a fake smile”, since that she is actually feeling sad inside but she does not want to acknowledge it.

Her cooking skills are terrible, with her “special” tamagoyaki being so inedible that Kondo suffered amnesia after eating it and others are barely able to swallow it down. She has strong principles and believes in maintaining what is precious, even if it means throwing away honor and dignity. She believes that if apologies were enough, seppuku would not exist. She is voiced by Satsuki Yukino in the Japanese version and by Shelley Calene-Black in the English dub of the movie, and Janyse Jaud in the English dub of the anime. In live action, she will be portrayed by Masami Nagasawa.

Otose

Otose, whose real name is Ayano Terada, is Gintoki’s landlady. Despite constant arguments over Gintoki’s general inability to pay his rent, she is confident in his defense of her.[ They both met shortly after the end of the war between samurais and Amanto when Gintoki swore to protect her after he ate food offerings that were meant for her dead husband. She was very pretty when she was young and worked at a restaurant. She secretly fed poor children dumplings for free, and was fired. She is one of the four “emperors” that rule the Kabuki District and has the personal title “Empress of the Kabuki District”. She is voiced by Kujira in the Japanese version and by Shelley Calene-Black in the English dub of the movie.

Manga Monday- Gin Tama

Manga Monday- Gin Tama

Gin Tama, also styled as Gintama, is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi and serialized, beginning on December 8, 2003, in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump. Set in Edo which has been conquered by aliens named Amanto, the plot follows life from the point of view of samurai Gintoki Sakata, who works as a freelancer alongside his friends Shinpachi Shimura and Kagura in order to pay the monthly rent. Sorachi added the science fiction setting to develop characters to his liking after his editor suggested doing a historical series.

The manga has been licensed by Viz Media in North America. In addition to publishing the individual volumes of the series, Viz serialized its first chapters in their Shonen Jump manga anthology. It debuted in the January 2007 issue, and was serialized at a rate of one chapter a month. Sentai Filmworks initially licensed the series. In Japan, the Gin Tama manga has been popular, selling over 50 million copies, making it one of the best-selling manga series.

Shueisha has been collecting the chapters in tankōbon volumes with the first being published on April 2, 2004. Sixty-eight volumes have been released in Japan. In North America tankōbon were published under Viz’s “Shonen Jump Advanced” imprint. The first volume was published on July 3, 2007, while on August 2, 2011 Viz published the twenty-third volume. Publication of the series by Viz Media ended with that volume with no reasons given.

In 2003, Hideaki Sorachi was an up-and-coming manga artist who had already created two one-shots for the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. Although he was preparing to write his first serialized series, his editor suggested he create a manga series based on the Shinsengumi, mostly inspired by an upcoming TV-drama about the 1860s troupe as depicted by idol actors. Sorachi attempted to create this series since he admitted to liking the Shinsengumi, but ultimately failed to get anything off the ground. Instead of abandoning the idea completely, he remained focused on the historical Japanese era but began to create his own story, adding in elements of science fiction and fictionalizing many of the figures from the era to create a story more to his own liking. The original title of the series was meant to be “Yorozuya Gin-san“, but it did not have any impact on Sorachi. After great debate, he decided to go with the name Gin Tama after discussing it with his family, deciding on a name that sounded close to the edge without being completely off it. Although Sorachi considered the one-shot “Samuraider” to be very poor, the setting of such one-shot served as the base for Gin Tama such as the addition of alien characters. Sorachi liked the Bakumatsu and Sengoku periods due to how both were eras of change and thus presented the positive and negative points of humanity. The series was then set in an alternate Bakumatsu to give a bigger significance to the characters’ bushido as in that time samurais were at the low point of their lives.

The main character of the series was originally meant to be Tshiro Hijikata as Sorachi was a fan of the Shinsengumi, most notably from Hijikata Toshizō (the Shinsengumi who was the base for the one of Gin Tama), after he saw the film Burn! Sword!. When Sorachi could not “shake off” Hijikata’s initial design, he decided not to use him as the lead character, but added him along with the Shinsengumi to the story. The pilot chapter from the series had a different plot to the one from the serialization: Shinpachi already met Gintoki in the story and there were more Shinsengumi to the story such as one based on Harada Sanosuke. As all these new Shinsengumi were older than most of the recurring characters from the series, Sorachi removed them thinking they were not entertaining. When asked by a fan, Sorachi mentioned that most characters from the series are based on real-life Edo citizens while Gintoki’s character is roughly based on the folk hero Sakata Kintoki.

When starting serialization the manga was unpopular and was close to being cancelled. Although Sorachi was pleased with the first tankōbon selling all of its copies, he later learned Shueisha was afraid of poor sales which resulted in the minimum printed. In order to increase its popularity, the author introduce new characters, the Shinsengumi, who felt memorable to his assistants. Sorachi had little hope on the manga’s popularity, as he noted that people used to tell him the manga would not surpass the number of two tankōbon volumes. However, once the third volume was released, Sorachi found that he did not have “any fresh material to use.” During the first year of the series, Sorachi believed that the source of the popularity of Gin Tama was partially connected to the Shinsengumi drama. While the drama ran during the first year of the series, when the manga was mostly shorter stories that established the characters and the world, he felt uncomfortable of making things related to the drama. By the second year and beyond, he became more daring in his stories and concepts, creating longer storylines that included more drama while keeping his sense of humor and satirization of modern Japan by way of his fictionalized past. Although Sorachi has already planned the series’ ending, he is not sure when the manga is going to reach that point due to the characters requiring development to behave the way he wants.

When working on a chapter of Gintama, Sorachi sometimes has problems finishing the manuscript, leaving his supervisor to take it before he can revise it. He figures out what to write by staying in his room or going for a walk. Although he commented that some of his ideas are “random,” he focuses on the fact that they are all related to the manga, and when he has problems coming up with ideas, Sorachi is often helped by his editor. Thinking of Gin Tama as a “non-sense manga,” before writing a chapter, Sorachi decides whether it should be a comedy or a drama. Sorachi defines Gin Tama as a “science fiction human drama pseudo-historical comedy.”

When Sorachi is illustrating Gin Tama, he usually uses a felt-tip pen, a fountain pen, a brush-tip pen, and a multiliner, but for the major characters he only uses a felt-tip pen and a fountain pen, and does their outlines with a multiliner-0.8.

Film Friday- Fafner in the Azure

Film Friday- Fafner in the Azure

Fafner in the Azure is a 2004 Japanese mecha drama anime series produced by Xebec in collaboration with Starchild Records. It is directed by Nobuyoshi Habara and written by Yasuo Yamabe, Kazuki Yamanobe and Tow Ubukata with character designs from Hisashi Hirai and mecha designs by Naohiro Washio. It aired in TV Tokyo from July 4, 2004 to December 26, 2004 for 26 episodes.

The story focuses on a group of children who pilot the titular Fafners in an escalating war against giant aliens called Festum. The anime is subtitled Dead Aggressor. A television special subtitled RIGHT OF LEFT aired on December 29, 2005, a feature film subtitled HEAVEN AND EARTH had a theatrical release in Japan on December 25, 2010 and a sequel subtitled EXODUS, which aired in MBS and several stations on January 8, 2015. The series heavily borrow elements from Norse Mythology, referencing some of the terminology used.

Fafner in the Azure (2004)

At the beginning of the story, much of the world has been destroyed by the Festum and the remote Japanese island of Tatsumiyajima (竜宮島?, lit. Dragon Palace Island) has only remained unscathed by virtue of an advanced cloaking shield. The island’s young people continue with their daily lives unaware of these events, but after many years of peace a lone Festum discovers Tatsumiya and attacks. The adults activate Tatsumiya’s hidden defense systems and attempt to repel the attacker but to no avail. Many of them are killed by the Festum in a process of assimilation. In desperation, they order the deployment of a mecha called the Fafner Mark Elf, but its pilot is killed en route to the hangar. Left with no further options, they send a young boy named Kazuki Makabe as the replacement pilot assisted by Sōshi Minashiro from within the Siegfried System.

The Festum is destroyed, but with Tatsumiya Island’s whereabouts exposed, the adults choose to relocate the island. Production is accelerated on additional Fafner units and more children are recruited to pilot them. It is also revealed that the cloaking was not meant to conceal Tatsumiya Island from only the Festum, but from the rest of humanity who would seek to use its technology in the greater war against them.

Fafner in the Azure: Right of Left (2005)

A prequel to the first series. Yumi Ikoma and Ryou Masaoka are children who have been selected to take part in a top secret mission, to be the pilots of the first Fafner combat units; the last chance of survival for the human race. The enemy is ruthless, remorseless and is able to read the minds of humans. Therefore, the details of this mission are kept a secret even from the personnel involved. The young pilots must use all their courage and faith in order to survive and complete their mission or the fate of mankind would be compromised.

Fafner in the Azure: Heaven and Earth (2010)

The year is 2148. Two years after the end of the original Fafner in the Azure TV series, Tatsumiya Island and its surviving residents have returned to some semblance of recovery. However, things have become desperate for our hero, Kazuki; nearly blind now, and partially crippled from his battles with the Festum two years earlier, he clings to the promise his fallen friend Sōshi made to him to return to the island and set things right again. Kazuki’s hopes flare when a lifeform is detected within an unmanned submarine that comes floating into Tatsumiya Bay one night, but the person aboard isn’t Sōshi; it is a mysterious “boy” named Misao Kurusu who may not be entirely human, and who claims to have been sent by Sōshi. With Misao’s arrival, hostilities break out anew between the Human Army and the Festum, and the Fafner pilots are thrown into the most desperate battle of their lives – this time, with the fate of TWO races riding on their shoulders.

Fafner in the Azure: Exodus (2015)

2150 A.D. The fight against the Festum, a silicon-based alien lifeform that destroyed much of the world, enters a new phase. The first Azure Operation crushed the Artic Mir, scattering its pieces around the world. Soon those fragments began to act of their own volution. While the majority of the Mir wage war, embracing a hatred for mankind, some of the Festum chose to co-exist with humanity. There were humans who also thought it was possible. Mankind and the Festum, co-existing. The concept questioned the very reason for the war, giving birth to even more hatred. This is no longer simply a fight between humans and the Festum.

Under such circumstances, Tatsumiya Island disappeared from the front lines, going silent. Through the encounter with Misao Kurusu two years ago, the island had a means to converse with the Mir. It gave the island a unique capability. The children of ALVIS, prepared for battle, sought a way to better understand the enemy.

And now, a new chapter is about to begin on the island. A girl who understands the Festum language. A girl the Festum protected. When the two meet, they will open the door to a new world…

Wednesday News- June 21, 2017

Wednesday News- June 21, 2017

News-

Fall in Love like a Comic!’s Chitose Yagami Ends Hapikon! Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-06-19/fall-in-love-like-a-comic-s-chitose-yagami-ends-hapikon-manga/.117708

Anime Network Streaming Website Switches to Cable, Video on Demand Only (Updated)- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-06-20/anime-network-streaming-website-switches-to-cable-video-on-demand-only/.117774

Cleanliness Boy! Aoyama-kun Anime’s Promo Video Reveals More Cast, Ending Song Artists- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-06-20/cleanliness-boy-aoyama-kun-anime-promo-video-reveals-more-cast-ending-song-artists/.117721

 

Anime-

  • The Big O BD
  • Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters Part 3 BD
  • Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters Part 3 DVD
  • Norn9: Norn + Nonette BD
  • Norn9: Norn + Nonette DVD
  • One Piece Season 9 Part 1 DVD
  • Ping Pong BD S.A.V.E. Edition
  • Sailor Moon S Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon S Part 2 DVD
  • The Seven Deadly Sins Season One, Part Two BD/DVD
  • The Seven Deadly Sins Season One, Part Two DVD

Manga-

  • The Asterisk War GN 4
  • Bungō Stray Dogs GN 3
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! GN 9
  • Dorohedoro GN 21
  • Dragon’s Rioting GN 7
  • Erased GN 2 (Hardcover)
  • Golden Kamuy GN 1
  • Goodnight Punpun GN 6
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash GN 1
  • Handa-kun GN 6
  • Hatsune Miku: Acute GN
  • Hole Corpse Rising GN 3
  • The Honor Student at Magic High School GN 7
  • How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend GN 6
  • Inuyashiki GN 7
  • Kin-iro Mosaic GN 3
  • Kiss Him, Not Me! GN 11
  • Kitaro And The Great Tanuki War GN 4
  • Master Keaton GN 11
  • My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected @ comic GN 5
  • No Game No Life, Please! GN 1
  • Nodame Cantabile GN 23 (Digital)
  • Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi GN 7
  • Prison School GN 7
  • Real Account GN 7
  • School-Live! GN 7
  • Strike the Blood GN 7C
  • Today’s Cerberus GN 4
  • Tokyo Ghoul GN 13
  • your name.GN 1

Other-

  • Accel World Novel 10
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria Novel 3
  • Kingdom Hearts II Novel 1
  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes Novel 4
  • Log Horizon Novel 8
  • Magical Girl Raising Project Novel 1
  • Psycome Novel 4
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Novel 4
  • Sound! Euphonium Novel
  • Spice and Wolf Novel 18A

 

 

Manga Monday- Fafner in the Azure

Manga Monday- Fafner in the Azure

Two manga adaptations of the Fafner in the Azure story have been released and they both share the same title as the TV series.

The first one is illustrated by Mikami Akitsu. It ran in Dengeki Daioh magazine from July 4, 2004 to December 26, 2004 and was collected into two tankōbon volumes by MediaWorks. Digital Manga Publishing licensed this manga for release in North America and published the volumes on July 7, 2010 and April 30, 2011.

The second one is illustrated by Tomomi Matsushita. It’s currently being serialized in Kodansha’s Monthly Shōnen Sirius magazine. As of November 2015, it has been collected into three tankōbon volumes.

Plot Summary: Tatsumiyajima is the central island in the middle of a small cluster of islands, in a sleepy backwater of the Japanese isles. Not much happens there, and the island’s young people go to school knowing that their lives are likely to remain peaceful and undisturbed. Or so they have been taught…but the truth is different. The fate of mankind is on the line, and Tatsumiyajima is the last line of defense against a hostile and incomprehensible enemy. At the center of it all, fighting for Humanity’s continued existence, is the giant robot Fafner, the dragon that guards this final treasure of mankind.

Film Friday- Cardcaptor Sakura

Film Friday- Cardcaptor Sakura

The series was adapted into a 70-episode anime television series by Madhouse that aired on Japan’s satellite television channel NHK BS2 from April 1998 to March 2000. Additional media produced include two anime films, as well as video games, art books, picture books, and film comics. An anime television series adaptation of Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Edition has been announced for January 2018. Tokyopop initially released the manga in English in North America from March 2000 to August 2003. After Tokyopop’s license for Cardcaptor Sakura expired, Dark Horse Manga acquired the license and released the series in omnibus editions from October 2010 to September 2012.

Nelvana licensed the TV series and first film for North American broadcast and distribution, renaming it Cardcaptors, which first aired on Kids’ WB from June 2000 to December 2001. All 70 episodes were dubbed; while other English-speaking territories received the full run, the version aired on American television was heavily edited into 39 episodes. Cardcaptors also aired on Cartoon Network, Teletoon and Nickelodeon. The TV series and films were sub-licensed by Geneon, which released them unedited with English subtitles. The TV series was also later released by Madman Entertainment in Australia and New Zealand.

Critics praised the manga for its creativity and described it as a quintessential shōjo manga, as well as a critical work for manga in general. The manga series was awarded the Seiun Award for Best Manga in 2001. The anime television series was praised for transcending its target audience of young children and being enjoyable to older viewers. The artwork in the anime was also a focus of attention, described as above average for a late-1990s TV series, and Sakura’s magic-casting scenes were complimented for being nearly unique because of the regular costume changes. The anime television series won the Animage Grand Prix award for Best Anime in 1999. The American edit of Cardcaptors, however, was heavily panned by critics for cutting out character backgrounds essential to understanding the plot.

2018 series

An anime television series adaptation of the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Edition sequel manga has been announced for January 2018, with Asaka, Ohkawa and Madhouse returning from the original anime series to direct, write and produce the new adaptation, respectively. The main cast from the original anime also returns to reprise their roles.

Films

Madhouse produced two, 82-minute anime films as an extension to the anime television series series. The first, Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie, was released on August 21, 1999. Set between the first and second seasons of the TV series, the film shows Sakura and her friends going to Hong Kong where they encounter a vengeful spirit who was hurt by Clow Reed in the past. It was released to VHS, LD and DVD in Japan by Bandai Visual in February 2000. Nelvana released an English dubbed version of the film, retaining the same name and story changes as its main Cardcaptors dub, although it was dubbed with no visual edits and was released in cut and uncut versions. As with the TV series, Pioneer Entertainment also released the film with the original Japanese audio and English subtitles, and also released a bilingual DVD containing both audio tracks. Both the edited and unedited versions were released on VHS and DVD in March 2002. Discotek Media released the first film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on September 30, 2014 in North America.

The second film, Cardcaptor Sakura Movie 2: The Sealed Card, was released in Japan on July 15, 2000. It provided a conclusion to the TV series, in which Syaoran returns to Tokyo in hopes of getting Sakura’s answer to his love confession, but her own confession is interrupted by the appearance of a 53rd Clow Card. It was released to LD (as a limited edition) and DVD in January 2001, and to VHS in July 2001. It was released in North America to DVD by Pioneer in November 2003 and featured an English dub by Bang Zoom! Entertainment instead of Nelvana and Ocean Studios, now with Kari Wahlgren as Sakura, and this time retaining the original character names and the content unedited and uncut. The films as released by Pioneer (later renamed Geneon) remained in print in North America until late 2007. A bonus short film titled Leave it to Kero! was played with the theatrical screening of the second film.