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Film Friday- Chobits

Film Friday- Chobits

Plot

The series centers on the life of Hideki Motosuwa, a held-back student attempting to qualify for university by studying at Seki prep school in Tokyo. Besides a girlfriend, he dreams of having a persocom: an android used as a personal computer, which is expensive. On his way home one evening, he stumbles across a persocom in the form of a beautiful girl with floor-length hair lying against a pile of trash bags, and he carries her home, not noticing that a disk fell on the ground. Upon turning her on, she instantly regards Hideki with adoration. The only word the persocom seems capable of saying is “chi”, thus he names her that. Hideki assumes that there must be something wrong with her, and so the following morning he has his neighbor Hiromu Shinbo analyze her with his mobile persocom Sumomo. After Sumomo crashes during the attempt they conclude that she must be custom-built.

Shinbo introduces Hideki to Minoru Kokubunji, a twelve-year-old prodigy who specializes in the field of custom-built persocoms. Minoru’s persocoms, including Yuzuki, a fairly exceptional custom-built persocom, are not able to analyze Chi either, and thus they conclude that she may be one of the Chobits, a legendary series of persocoms rumoured to have free will and emotions. Although this is a possibility, Minoru is confident that it is only rumour. Yuzuki also adds that she does not resemble any persocom model in any available database and so she must be custom made after all.

A major part of the plot involves Hideki attempting to teach Chi words, concepts, and appropriate behaviours, in between his crammed schedule of school and work. At the same time, Chi seems to be developing feelings for Hideki, at an emotional depth she is not supposed to possess, and Hideki struggles with his feelings for her. The need to figure out more about Chi and her mysterious functions and past becomes a pull for the characters in the series.

Hideki’s feelings intensify for Chi regardless of her being a persocom and despite his friends’ painful experiences involving other persocoms. Chi becomes aware of her purpose through a picture book series called A City with No People which she finds in a bookstore. The books speak about many different things involving human and persocom relationships: persocoms and their convenience as friends and lovers, how there are things that they cannot do and questioning whether a relationship between a persocom and a human is really one-sided. It also speaks about the Chobits series; that they are different from other persocoms, and what they are incapable of doing unlike other persocoms. These picture books awaken Chi’s other self, her sibling Freya who is aware of their past and helps Chi realize what she must do when she decides who her “person just for me” is. Together, Chi and Hideki explore the relationship between human beings and persocoms, as well as their friends’ and their own.

Anime

Chobits was adapted as an anime television series by Madhouse. The series was directed by Morio Asaka with music by K-Taro Takanami and character designs by Hisashi Abe. The opening theme is “Let Me Be With You” by Round Table featuring Nino. The ending themes are “Raison d’être” (Reason to Be) by Rie Tanaka (episodes 1–13), “Ningyo-hime” (Mermaid Princess) by Rie Tanaka (episodes 14–25), and “Katakoto no Koi” (Awkward Love) by Rie Tanaka and Tomokazu Sugita (episode 26).

The series was broadcast in 26 episodes from 2 April 2002 to 24 September 2002 across Japan, East Asia, and Southeast Asia by the anime satellite television network, Animax and the terrestrial Tokyo Broadcasting System network. It was later released on 8 DVDs. The original episodes 9 and 18 are “recap” episodes, summarizing previous events. These episodes were re-numbered for the DVD release as episodes 8.5 and 16.5, respectively, and removed from their original sequence by being published together on the final DVD. As a result, the series is 24 episodes long on DVD. In addition, there are two DVD-only OVAs: a 27th episode recapping the series (numbered episode 24.5) and a 6-minute special, “Chobits: Plum and Kotoko Deliver”. The ending theme of the latter is “Book End Bossa” by Round Table featuring Nino.

The series was broadcast in Korea by AniOne TV, in France by Europe 2 TV, in Spain by both Animax España and Buzz Channel, in Portugal on Animax Portugal, and in Poland by Hyper. It is licensed in North America by Geneon, which has released the series in 7 DVDs. This release is redistributed in the United Kingdom by (on 6 DVDs instead of 7, placing the recap episodes and special as extras on disk 6)MVM Films, and in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment. It is also licensed in Taiwan by Proware Multimedia, in France and the Netherlands by Kaze Animation, in Germany by ADV Films and later Kaze Germany, and in Russia by MC Entertainment. At Anime Boston 2010, North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment announced that they have rescued Chobits and will release the series on DVD and Blu-ray on April 26, 2011 & May 10, 2011, respectively. The anime series made its US television debut on May 9, 2011 on the Funimation Channel.

It’s been a awhile since I have posted some music but I love the soundtracks for this series and there are the opening and closings.

Wednesday News- April 19, 2017

Wednesday News- April 19, 2017

News-

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Anime Film Reveals New Key Visual- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-04-18/fairy-tail-dragon-cry-anime-film-reveals-new-key-visual/.114980

The Spring 2017 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2017/spring/.114216

Seven Seas Licenses Yokai Girls Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-19/seven-seas-licenses-yokai-girls-manga/.115022

UVERworld Performs Liver-Action Gintama Film’s Theme Song- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-18/uverworld-performs-live-action-gintama-film-theme-song/.114993

Anime-

  • Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA BD/DVD
  • Dagashi Kashi BD/DVD
  • Gatchaman II DVD
  • My Hero Academia Season 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • My Hero Academia Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Ocean Waves BD
  • Ocean Waves DVD
  • Sailor Moon R The Movie BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon R The Movie DVD
  • Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle BD
  • Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle DVD
  • Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Akame ga KILL! GN 10
  • Alice in Murderland GN 6 (Hardcover)
  • Aoharu X Machinegun GN 4
  • Attack on Titan: Before the Fall GN 10
  • A Certain Magical Index GN 9
  • Dragonar Academy GN 11
  • Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition GN 12
  • Ghost Diary GN 1
  • Horimiya GN 7
  • Immortal Hounds GN 4
  • Kiss Him, Not Me! GN 10
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! GN 3
  • Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear GN 4
  • Liselotte & Witch’s Forest GN 4
  • Magatsuki GN 7
  • Scum’s Wish GN 3
  • Taboo Tattoo GN 6
  • Tohyo Game GN 3
  • Tokyo Ghoul GN 12
  • Welcome to the Ballroom GN 4
  • Yowamushi Pedal Omnibus GN 5

Other-

  • The Asterisk War Novel 3P
  • Baccano! Novel 4 (Hardcover)
  • Black Bullet Novel 6
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! Novel 7
  • Goblin Slayer! Novel 2
  • The Irregular at Magic High School Novel 4P
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Novel 8C
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Novel 2
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 7
  • Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers Novel 1
  • Sword Art Online: Alicization Running Novel 10
  • Tokyo Ghoul: Past Novel

Film Friday- Blood The Last Vampire, Blood +, Blood C and Blood C: The Last Dark

Film Friday- Blood The Last Vampire, Blood +, Blood C and Blood C: The Last Dark

Blood: The Last Vampire is a 2000 anime film produced by Production I.G and SPE Visual Works and directed by Hiroyuki Kitakubo. The film premiered in theaters in Japan on November 18, 2000. A single-volume manga sequel, titled Blood: The Last Vampire 2000 and written by Benkyo Tamaoki, was published in Japan in 2001 by Kadokawa Shoten, and in English by Viz Media in November 2002 under the title Blood: The Last Vampire 2002.

Plot

The story is set in 1966. Its main protagonist is a girl named Saya, who hunts bat-like creatures called chiropterans. Saya is introduced on a subway train, where she assassinates a man in a suit. Her American contacts or handlers arrive. One of them, David, begins to brief Saya on another mission, while the other, Louis, discovers that the man Saya has just killed was probably not a chiropteran.

Saya’s next mission begins at the American Yokota Air Base, which is active in the buildup to the Vietnam War. At least one chiropteran has managed to infiltrate the air base, and it is only a matter of time before they feed again, go into hibernation, and become untraceable. Saya is to pose as a school girl, infiltrate the high school adjacent to the base, and then track and kill the chiropterans.

Blood+

Blood+, pronounced “Blood Plus,” is an anime series produced by Production I.G and Aniplex and directed by Junichi Fujisaku. The series premiered in Japan on Sony’s anime satellite channel, Animax, as well as on terrestrial networks such as MBS, TBS, and RKB on October 8, 2005. The final episode aired on September 23, 2006. Blood+ is licensed for international distribution in several regions through Sony Pictures’ international arm, Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI).

Blood+ was inspired by the 2000 anime film Blood: The Last Vampire; however, there are only a few allusions and basic elements from the film.

Plot

The series is initially set in September 2005 Okinawa City (Koza) on Okinawa Island near the US Kadena Air Base. Over the course of the series, Saya travels across the world, from Japan to Vietnam, Russia, France and finally the US.

Under the care of her adoptive family, Saya Otonashi had been living the life of an anemic amnesiac, but otherwise ordinary schoolgirl. However, her happy life is shattered when she is attacked by a Chiropteran, a hematophagous bat-like creature that lives by feeding on human blood. Saya learns that she is the only one who can defeat them, as her blood causes their bodies to crystallize and shatter. Armed with her special katana, Saya embarks on a journey with her family, allies, and her chevalier Haji, to rid the world of the Chiropteran threat and recover her identity. The course of the journey reveals the background history of the Chiropterans and Saya’s past, which extends into the mid-19th century.

Blood-C

Blood-C is a horror anime co-produced by studio Production I.G and mangaka group CLAMP. It is the second anime series in the Blood franchise following the 2005–2006 series Blood+. The original 12-episode series aired during 2011, with a movie Blood-C: The Last Dark releasing in Japanese theaters the following year. The anime was subsequently adapted into two manga, a 2011 novelization, a 2015 stage play set between the events of Blood-C and The Last Dark, and a live-action prequel set for release in 2017.

Blood-C focuses on Saya Kisaragi, an outwardly normal girl who serves as the shrine maiden to a country town; in reality, she is a skilled swordswoman charged by her father to defeat Elder Bairns, monsters who feed on human blood. As her battles grow more desperate and more people she cares for fall victim to the Elder Bairns, Saya begins finding faults in her reality, and eventually uncovers a disturbing truth about herself, the town and her surviving friends.

Blood-C was designed to share only thematic similarities with earlier Blood projects. CLAMP was brought on board to both design the characters and help create the scenario. It featured several new elements to the Blood franchise, such as being primarily set within a high school environment. The Elder Bairns were inspired by the Great Old Ones from H. P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos, and modeled after traditional Japanese monsters. Its bloody violence, a stylistic choice following the series’ themes, resulted in censorship in Japan and eventual blacklisting in China. The series has received mixed to positive reviews from journalists.

Blood-C: The Last Dark

Blood-C: The Last Dark is a 2012 Japanese animated horror film based on the 2011 anime series Blood-C, acting as a conclusion to the series’ storyline. The film was co-produced by studio Production I.G, creators of the Blood franchise, and mangaka group CLAMP. While most of the staff were not involved in the anime series, original writers Nanase Ohkawa and Junichi Fujisaku wrote the script.

Blood-C: The Last Dark is set six months after the events of Blood-C; in the universe of Blood-C humanity is secretly preyed upon by a race called the Elder Bairns, whose feeding is kept under control by an ancient agreement called Shrovetide. The Last Dark follows Saya Kisaragi as she pursues Fumito Nanahara—the human guardian of Shrovetide who manipulated and betrayed her—through Tokyo with the help of an underground organization called SIRRUT.

The Last Dark was planned from the outset of the Blood-C project, and once plans were finalized it developed alongside the series. While it concluded the Blood-C storyline, it adopted a very different tone, and included thematic and visual references to Blood: The Last Vampire. The movie also featured a character from CLAMP’s manga series xxxHolic as a cameo. Its home media releases were respectively handled by Aniplex (Japan), Funimation (North America), Manga Entertainment (Europe) and Madman Entertainment (Australia). Reception to the film was mixed, receiving praise for its animation and music, while many faulted its story as being underdeveloped or straying too far from the series.

Wednesday News- April 12, 2017

Wednesday News- April 12, 2017

News-

Girl’s High Creator Tows Oshima Lauches Manga about Bathouse- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-11/girl-high-creator-towa-oshima-launches-manga-about-bathhouse/.114621

Crunchyroll Streams Room Mate TV Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-12/crunchyroll-streams-room-mate-tv-anime/.114699

Slime-Shaped PS4 Controller Ready Just in Time for Dragon Quest XI- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-04-11/slime-shaped-ps4-controller-ready-just-in-time-for-dragon-quest-xi/.114665

The Spring 2017 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2017/spring/.114216

Anime-

  • Is the order a rabbit?? Season 2 BD
  • Is the order a rabbit?? Season 2 DVD
  • Toriko Parts 1-4 DVD

Manga-

Other-

  • Choose Your Path! Attack on Titan Adventure

Film Friday- S · A: Special A

Film Friday- S · A: Special A

In 2007, Hana to Yume announced an anime adaptation of Special A, animated by Gonzo and AIC;the animated series ran for 24 episodes from April 6, 2008 to September 14, 2008 in Japan.
In 2013, Hana to Yume released a single volume sequel called Special A – Street Fight.

Anime

In 2007’s 21st issue of Hana to Yume, it was announced that S.A would have a 24 episode anime adaptation. The anime began airing in Japan on April 6, 2008.

The anime has been picked up for release in North America by Sentai Filmworks; it is distributed by Section23 Films. The first part of season 1 came out on November 10, 2009, and the second collection was released on January 19, 2010. A complete collection was released on April 4, 2011. The series was re-issued again featuring a new English dub on July 16, 2013. In Italy was broadcast on Rai 4 on May 22, 2011 at 10.30am and ended October 30, 2011.

Characters

Hikari Hanazono
Hikari is the accomplished protagonist of the story and is ranked 2nd in the school. She is energetic and kindhearted, but rather dense to more subtle matters, in particular love. Unlike her peers, she comes from an ordinary family and her father is a carpenter. When she was six years old she experienced her first defeat and humiliation when she lost to Kei Takishima in a pro-wrestling match. In order to beat Kei, Hikari convinced her father to allow her to attend Kei’s prestigious elite school and strives to defeat Kei at anything, from academics to athletics. She is completely unaware of Kei’s strong feelings towards her but later she realizes that she loves Kei.
Kei Takishima
Kei is Hikari’s rival and holds the 1st position in the entire school; he is good at everything he does and is always a smooth winner. Kei has been in love with Hikari since they were children, but Hikari has been too distracted by their rivalry to realize his feelings for her. While he maintains a stoic and cool facade most of the time, he loses his composure whenever Hikari is in trouble or gets too close to another boy. He is the son of the CEO of Takishima Corporation.
Jun Yamamoto
Jun is ranked 3rd in school and is the son of a music producer and a talented vocalist. Like Megumi, he is very possessive of Ryuu and seems to worry Ryuu as much as he worries about the two of them. Jun is rather shy around girls, which resulted in a split personality that enables him to charm almost all women effortlessly. Unlike the rest of his friends, he tends to be quiet and rarely gets involved with any disputes. He also becomes the object of Sakura Ushikubo’s love, who is introduced halfway through the anime series. Jun later returns Sakura’s love.
Megumi Yamamoto
Megumi holds the 4th position in school and is the older twin sister of Jun. She and her brother are very close to Ryuu, whom they have known since they were children. Megumi refuses to speak so as to preserve her singing voice and writes what she wishes for people to know on a sketchpad. When she sings, her voice is so devastatingly powerful at a close range that everyone who stands near ends up dazed and disoriented afterward. She develops feelings for Yahiro Saiga, and they later become a couple.
Tadashi Karino
Tadashi ranks 5th in school and is the son of the school’s director. He suffers from a bit of wanderlust, likes to travel alone and do whatever he wants or sees fit. Tadashi seems to end up as the character most comically attacked (frequently by Akira) because of his careless comments or reckless behavior. He enjoys eating sweets, especially food made by Akira. Though Tadashi loves Akira, he isn’t certain how to tell her directly, though they later manage to become a couple after realizing they feel the same way for one another.
Akira Toudou
Akira holds the 6th position in school and is very fond of Hikari; as a result, she is very protective of her–especially when it comes to Kei and Hikari being together. She loves afternoon tea and is very fond of cute girls. Despite being in love with Tadashi, Akira constantly beats him up (which he takes humorously). She is the daughter of the owner of an airline company. She and Kei were childhood friends of Yahiro, though their friendship broke apart because of Yahiro’s controlling behavior.
Ryuu Tsuji
Ryuu ranks 7th in the school and is the son of the CEO of a sports car company. He is an animal lover and is very good at handling children. The twins are unusually close to him because they have been together since childhood. It is hinted that perhaps he is smarter than 7th place (he is shown in an episode to finish 1000 questions in 10 minutes and get them all correct), but spends the majority of the time during exams worrying about Jun and Megumi, who tend to become bored or sleep during tests. He also gets extremely angry when his friends’ happiness is threatened.

 

Wednesday News- April 5, 2017

Wednesday News- April 5, 2017

News-

Crunchyroll Adds The Royal Tutor Anime-http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-04/crunchyroll-adds-the-royal-tutor-anime/.114356

Review: Boruto: Naruto Next Generations- http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/boruto-naruto-next-generations-gn-1/.114238

7 Times Technology Went Horribly Wrong- http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2017-04-01/.114159

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Grimoire of Zero, Kabukibu! Anime- http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-04/sentai-filmworks-licenses-grimoire-of-zero-kabukibu-anime/.114363

Anime-

  • Girls Beyond the Wasteland BD
  • Girls Beyond the Wasteland DVD
  • Hyperdimension Neptunia BD/DVD S.A.V.E. Edition
  • Martian Successor Nadesico BD
  • Matrain Successor Nadesico DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 (Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory and Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Afterglow of Zeon) BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 (Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory and Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Afterglow of Zeon) DVD
  • Naruto Shippūden Set 30 DVD Uncut

Manga-

  • 7th Garden GN 4
  • Astro Boy Omnibus GN 7
  • Ajin – Demi-Human GN 9
  • Assassination Classroom GN 15
  • Black Clover GN 6
  • Blade of the Immortal Omnibus GN 2
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations GN 1
  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House GN 8
  • Fire Force GN 3
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 17
  • Haikyu!! GN 10
  • Hatsune Miku: Rin-Chan Now! GN 1
  • Honey So Sweet GN 6
  • I am a Hero Omnibus GN 3
  • Kuroko’s Basketball Omnibus GN 5
  • Naruto Omnibus GN 18
  • Pokémon XY GN 10
  • Rurouni Kenshin Omnibus GN 2
  • Shigeru Mizuki‘s Kitaro: The Great Tanuki War GN
  • So Cute It Hurts!! GN 12
  • Twin Star Exorcists GN 8
  • The Water Dragon’s Bride GN 1
  • World Trigger GN 15
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches GN 13
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 5
  • Yu-Gi-Oh Arc-V GN 1

Other-

  • Ghost in the Shell: Five New Short Stories
  • Persona 5 PlayStation 4 / PlayStation 3 GameP

 

 

Film Friday- Psycho Pass

Film Friday- Psycho Pass

Psycho-Pass is an anime television series that was produced by Production I.G, directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani and Katsuyuki Motohiro and written by Gen Urobuchi. The series was aired on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block between October 2012 and March 2013.

Psycho-Pass originated from Production I.G.’s interest in making a successor to Mamoru Oshii’s achievements. The series was inspired by several live-action films. Chief director Katsuyuki Motohiro aimed to explore psychological themes in society’s youth using dystopian storylines. Multiple books and movies influenced Psycho-Pass with the most notable being the 1982 American science fiction film Blade Runner.

The series was licensed by Funimation in North America. A second season began airing in October 2014, with an animated film released in January 2015. A manga adaptation has been in serialization in Shueisha’s Jump Square magazine and several novels, including an adaptation and prequels to the original story, have been published. An episodic video game adaptation called Chimi Chara Psycho-Pass was developed by Nitroplus Staffers in collaboration with Production I.G. New novels and another manga were serialized in 2014.

The first anime, Psycho-Pass, was received generally positive in both Japan and the west with critics praising the characters’ roles and interactions set in the dystopia. The animation has also been praised despite issues in latter episodes which required to be fixed in the DVD volumes of the series. On the other hand, the second series, Psycho-Pass 2, received mixed critical response stemming from its heavy use of gore as well as the villain.

Story

The plot focuses on Akane Tsunemori, a new police Inspector at Unit One of the Public Safety Bureau’s Criminal Investigation Division. Akane is ashamed of shooting Shinya Kogami, an Enforcer under her watch during her first mission when she judges him a threat to an apprehended criminal’s life. Kogami thanks her for intervening in what could’ve been a murder, which influences Akane to stay. She is accompanied by veteran Inspector Nobuchika Ginoza, a strict man who looks down on Enforcers; Tomomi Masaoka, a middle-aged Enforcer who used to be a detective; Shusei Kagari, a carefree young man who was marked as a latent criminal in childhood; and Yayoi Kunizuka, a former musician turned into a latent criminal stemming from a relationship with a terrorist. Over the course of Akane’s early investigations, the group uncovers the works of Shogo Makishima, a prolific criminal mastermind. Makishima is a Criminally Asymptomatic – he is persistently assessed as having a low crime coefficient by the Sybil System in spite of his actions and plans, thus protecting him from Dominator shots.

Wednesday News- March 29, 2017

Wednesday News- March 29, 2017

News-

GKIDS, Fathom Events Plan U.S. Theatrical Screenings for 6 Ghibli Films- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-03-28/gkids-fathom-events-plan-u.s-theatrical-screenings-for-6-ghibli-films/.114059

Saiyuki Reload Blast Anime Casts Junichi Suwabe, Chiwa Saito- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-03-28/saiyuki-reload-blast-anime-casts-junichi-suwabe-chiwa-saito/.114053

Knight & Magic Anime Premieres in July- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-03-28/knight-and-magic-anime-premieres-in-july/.113838

Valkyria Revolution Game Slated for the West in June With Limited Edition- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-03-28/valkyria-revolution-game-slated-for-the-west-in-june-with-limited-edition/.114034

Anime-

  • Babel II OVA DVDP
  • Boruto -Naruto the Movie- BD/DVD
  • Boruto -Naruto the Movie- DVD
  • Diabolik Lovers More, Blood BD
  • Diabolik Lovers More, Blood DVD
  • Fairy Tail Collection 7 BD/DVD
  • Heavy Object Season 1 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Horus, Prince of the Sun BD
  • Inari Kon Kon BD/DVD S.A.V.E. Edition
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? BD
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? DVD
  • Luck & Logic Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Steins;Gate: The Movie – Load Region of Déjà Vu BD/DVD
  • Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Cells at Work! GN 3
  • Flying Witch GN 1
  • LDK GN 9
  • Monster Musume: I ♥ Monster Girls GN 4
  • The Other Side of Secret GN 4
  • Real Account GN 6
  • Servamp GN 9
  • Species Domain GN 1
  • Sweetness & Lightning GN 5
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil GN 5

Other-

  • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix PlayStation 4 Game

Film Friday- Excel Saga

Film Friday- Excel Saga

The manga was adapted into an anime television series by Victor Entertainment, which was taglined Quack Experimental Animation. Directed by Shinichi Watanabe and featuring animation from J.C.Staff, the series premiered on TV Tokyo in 1999. TV Tokyo only aired twenty-five of the series’ twenty-six episodes, with the finale having been intentionally made too violent, obscene and long for broadcast on Japanese TV. As such, it was only included in the DVD release of the series, although it has since been broadcast in other markets.

Victor Entertainment contacted Shōnen Gahosha about adapting Excel Saga into an anime, and the two companies approached Rikdo. Shinichi Watanabe was chosen as director. Watanabe added his own alter ego, Nabeshin, and expanded several elements. He says that the Great Will in the manga was “conveyed just as words,” and he himself developed its appearance, eventually settling on the “swirling, talking cosmos.” He also increased Pedro’s role in the story from a single frame in the manga. Watanabe says he was pleased with that aspect of his work, noting that “Pedro’s situation was considered unsuitable for broadcast in Japan”. The anime production staff was given the freedom to do anything they wanted as long as they kept the theme of the series intact, and Rikdo requested they created a separate timeline. Rikdo would later become influenced by the anime series due to its quick broadcast in comparison to the monthly schedule of the manga. The anime makes frequent use of parody and in-jokes as comedic devices, with each episode having a genre-based theme. This extends to the animation, with several characters designed in the style of other works, such as those by Leiji Matsumoto. Kotono Mitsuishi was chosen to play the role of Excel, and Watanabe was impressed with Mitsuishi’s rapid delivery of her lines, saying that “she really pushed herself to the limit and beyond.” He also says, “at times she was too fast, and there was plenty of time left to match the lip-synch”. In such cases, either he would add new material or Mitsuishi would ad-lib. At first Rikdo felt stunned and uncomfortable at hearing Excel speak, but he called the casting “amazing” and was pleased to hear his favourite voice actors read lines from his work.

An anime adaption was produced by J.C.Staff and directed by Shinichi Watanabe. Twenty five episodes were broadcast on TV Tokyo between October 7, 1999 and March 30, 2000. At the publisher’s request, the anime series follows a different storyline from the manga, however Rikdo was pleased with the adaptation. Victor Entertainment produced the music of the series, which was composed and arranged by Toshio Masuda and directed by Keiichi Nozaki. Director Shinichi Watanabe wrote the lyrics for the opening and closing themes,. The opening theme which were performed by Yumiko Kobayashi and Mikako Takahashi who were credited as The Excel♥Girls . The lyrics for the opening theme Love (Loyalty) were written “on the train, five minutes before the deadline”. The closing theme was Menchi’s Bolero of Sorrow The two themes were released together as a CD single on November 3, 1999.

A twenty-sixth episode, Going Too Far, was deliberately created to be too violent and obscene for broadcast in Japan and was instead included as a DVD bonus. Watanabe commented that it “felt good to go past the limits of a TV series”, although he thinks it “is not something that you should do too often”. In Japan the series was released on 12 DVDs between March 1, 2000 and January 24, 2001.

The series was licensed for an English language release in North America and the United Kingdom by ADV Films and in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment. The English adaptation initially starred Jessica Calvello, with Larissa Wolcott taking over the role after episode thirteen after Calvello had damaged her voice during production. In North America, ADV released the series on six DVDs between June 11, 2002 and April 8, 2003. A complete collection of the series was released on July 6, 2004 as Excel Saga – The Imperfect collection and re-released in different packaging on August 1, 2006 as Excel Saga – Complete Collection. In the UK, the series was first released between May 19, 2003 and March 15, 2004. A complete box set was later released as Excel Saga – Complete Box Set on July 2, 2007. The UK license for the series expired in January 2008. The series was broadcast on UK TV channel Rapture TV from January 2, 2007.

On October 30, 2010, Excel Saga was re-licensed in North America by Funimation Entertainment, who re-released the complete series to DVD on May 17, 2011.

Wednesday News- March 22, 2017

Wednesday News- March 22, 2017

News-

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom: Novel 1- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/how-a-realist-hero-rebuilt-the-kingdom/novel-1/.113627

Go Behind-the-Scenes of Ghost in the Shell’s Amazing Props- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-03-22/go-behind-the-scenes-of-ghost-in-the-shell-amazing-props/.113718.

Do Japanese Fans Care What’s Popular Overseas?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/answerman/2017-03-22/.113730

No Game, No Life Zero Anime Film Slated for July 15- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-03-22/no-game-no-life-zero-anime-film-slated-for-july-15/.113740

 

Anime-

  • Attack on Titan: Junior High Limited Edition BD/DVDPl
  • Attack on Titan: Junior High BD/DVD
  • BlazBlue Alter Memory BD/DVD S.A.V.E. Edition
  • Girls und Panzer: This is the Real Anzio Battle! BD/DVD
  • Mezzo DVD
  • Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel DVD

Manga-

  • Accel World GN 7
  • Akame ga KILL! ZERO GN 5
  • The Asterisk War GN 3
  • Barakamon GN 13
  • Blame! GN 3
  • Blood Lad GN 8
  • The Boy and The Beast GN 3
  • Bungō Stray Dogs GN 2
  • A Centaur’s Life GN 11
  • Clockwork Planet GN 1
  • Danganronpa: The Animation GN 4
  • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody GN 2
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! GN 8
  • Dragon’s Rioting GN 6C
  • Forget Me Not GN 7
  • Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition GN 11
  • Goodnight Punpun GN 5
  • Handa-kun GN 5A
  • He’s My Only Vampire GN 10
  • The Honor Student at Magic High School GN 6
  • How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend GN 5
  • Kin-iro Mosaic GN 2
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 1
  • Lord Marksman and Vanadis GN 3
  • Love at Fourteen GN 6
  • Master Keaton GN 10
  • Merman in My Tub GN 6
  • My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected @ comic GN 4P
  • Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi GN 6
  • Prison School GN 6
  • School-Live! GN 6
  • Strike the Blood GN 6
  • Sword Art Online: Progressive GN 5A
  • Terra Formars GN 17
  • That Wolf-Boy Is Mine! GN 4
  • Today’s Cerberus GN 3
  • Twinkle Stars GN 2
  • Twittering Birds Never Fly GN 3
  • Übel Blatt GN 8
  • UQ Holder! GN 10

Other-

  • Accel World Novel 9
  • Durarara!! Novel 6
  • Log Horizon Novel 7
  • Re:Zero Novel 3vel 6A
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