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Film Friday- Attack on Titan

Film Friday- Attack on Titan

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday News- May 24, 2017

Wednesday News- May 24, 2017

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

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  • Rose Guns Days Season Two GN 3
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Film Friday- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Film Friday- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

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

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

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

Plot

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday News- May 17, 2017

Wednesday News- May 17, 2017

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Character Special- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Character Special- Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Valley of the Wind

Nausicaä

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

 

Jihl

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

 

Yupa Miralda

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

 

Mito

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

Tepa

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

Gram/Matriarch

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

 

Pejite

Asbel

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

 

Lastelle (Rastel)

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

 

Torumekia

Kushana

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

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

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

 

Kurotowa

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

The Emperor of Torumekia (the Vai Emperor)

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

The Three Princes of Torumekia

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

Dorok

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

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

The Dorok Emperors

Kulubaluka

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

The Late, “First” Dorok Emperor

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

Namulith/Namulis

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

Miralupa

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

Chikuku

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

Charuka

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

Mani tribe

Elder of the Mani tribe

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

Ketcha/Kecha

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

Forest People

Selm

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

Ceraine

Selm’s sister.

Worm Handlers

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

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

Others

God Warriors

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

Ohmus

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

Master of the Garden

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

Heedra

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

Master of the Crypt

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

Animals

Ohmu

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

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

Fox-squirrels

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

Teto

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

Horseclaws

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

Kai and Kui

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

Kest

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

Slug Worms

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

Wednesday News- May 10, 2017

Wednesday News- May 10, 2017

News-

Attack on Tita: Junior High BD + DVD- The Complete Series – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/attack-on-titan/junior-high/bd-dvd-the-complete-series-limited-edition/.115803

Yuki Kumagai’s Re: Creators Spinoff Manga Debuts in June – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-05-10/yuki-kumagai-re-creators-spinoff-manga-debuts-in-june/.115912

Hunter x Hunter Manga’s 34th Volume Listed for June 26 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-05-10/hunter-x-hunter-manga-34th-volume-listed-for-june-26/.115914

J-Novel Club Licenses Demon King Daimaou, Infinite Dendragram Light Novel Series – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-05-09/j-novel-club-licenses-demon-king-daimaou-infinite-dendrogram-light-novel-series/.115886

Anime-

  • Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club Season 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu BD
  • Momotaro, Sacred Sailors BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Genshiken: Second Season GN 10
  • In/Spectre GN 4
  • Interviews with Monster Girls GN 4
  • The Legend of Zelda Legendary Edition GN 4 (The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass)
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid GN 3
  • My Neighbor Seki GN 9
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Legend of the Piko-Piko Middle School Students GN 1
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Omnibus GN 3
  • Requiem of the Rose King GN 6
  • Ten Count GN 4
  • There’s a Demon Lord on the Floor GN 2

 

Character Special- Neon Genesis Evangelion

Character Special- Neon Genesis Evangelion

Shinji Ikari

Shinji Ikari is the Third Child and the pilot of Unit 01. He is the son of Gendo and the “late” Yui Ikari. Abandoned by his father when he was a toddler, Shinji has grown up to be reclusive and withdrawn, choosing to often run away from difficult situations. He suffers from social anxiety at the beginning of the series, but is gradually freed from this as he socializes with his new classmates and fellow pilots. Shinji is emotionally hyper-sensitive and sometimes does as expected out of fear of rejection, but he has often rebelled and refused to pilot the Eva because of the extremely excruciating harm that has been done to him, or done to his friends. Over time and with encouragement from Misato, he learns to be less cowardly, more outspoken, and more confident, but his progress is nearly undone near the end of the series. At some point in the series he begins to confront his inner self, forming arguments and questions about life and reality. He becomes friends with Toji Suzuhara and Kensuke Aida, in addition to his complicated relationships with Rei, Asuka and Misato.

Rei Ayanami

Rei Ayanami is the First Child, and the pilot of Unit 00. At the start of the series, she is shown to be socially withdrawn, seemingly emotionless, and remote, with her only apparent relationship being with Gendo Ikari. As the series progresses, she and Shinji grow closer. It is eventually revealed that Rei is a vessel for the soul of Lilith Lilith, and was created specifically by Gendo to be used as a tool for accomplishing instrumentality; she is a clone made from the salvaged genes of Yui and is plagued by a sense of negative self-worth stemming from the realization that she is an expendable asset. Soulless clones of her are kept hidden in the deepest levels of NERV headquarters to be used as the supposed “cores” of the Dummy Plugs and as replacement bodies for Rei if she should die.

Asuka Langley Soryu

Asuka Langley Soryu is the Second Child and the pilot of Unit 02. She is of mixed German and Japanese descent. Asuka is brash, egotistical and often verbally abusive (especially to Shinji), and has an exaggeratedly high opinion of her appearance and her skill as an Eva pilot. Her attitude, however, is a front masking deep-seated insecurities stemming from her traumatic childhood. Asuka is openly infatuated with Ryoji Kaji, but is also attracted to Shinji; however, she cannot properly express her affections. After going against orders to fight the angel Arael, she is forced to confront traumatizing memories, ending in a mental collapse. She is then rendered incapable for the remainder of the series. For her protection, NERV hides Asuka within Unit-02 in a lake in the The End of Evangelion. When she awakens, she battles the Mass Production Evangelions. Though she defeats them, her triumph is short-lived as they later regenerate and dismember Unit-02 along with Asuka with the help of their replicas of The Lance of Longinus. After Shinji rejects The Third Impact, she appears on a beach alongside him. In the Rebuild of Evangelion series, her name is changed to Asuka Shikinami Langley and ranked as captain of the Euro airforce.

NERV staff

Misato Katsuragi

Misato Katsuragi is the chief operations officer at NERV. In the series, she initially holds the rank of captain, with a later promotion to major; in the first Rebuild of Evangelion movie, she holds the rank of lieutenant colonel and then colonel in the second movie. She is the field commander for the Eva pilots, issuing orders and giving battle strategies as well as handling some bureaucratic matters. She is also Shinji and Asuka’s guardian, letting them live in her apartment rather than have them live alone. While she is professional and diligent in her duties, she is a slob and a drunkard while off-duty. She is the only survivor of the Katsuragi Expedition, the scientific study led by her father which triggered the Second Impact; the cross pendant she wears was given to her by her father just before his death. She and Ryoji Kaji were lovers during college, and slowly rekindle their romance over the course of the TV series. She mourns for Kaji after learning of his assassination.

Gendo Ikari

Gendo Ikari  is the commander of NERV who is responsible for the research done on the Evas, Rei Ayanami, and the Human Instrumentality Project. He is the father of the Third Child, Shinji Ikari, and the guardian of Rei. His original surname was Rokubungi, but he changed it to Ikari following his marriage to Yui. At the start of the series, he is the only person having an effective connection to Rei. As the series progresses, his unscrupulous past is revealed, as is the intensity with which he loved Yui. It is later revealed that he wished to use the Human Instrumentality Project as a means of reuniting with his wife inside Unit 01, where all human consciousness would be merged into one, with the initiator of the project becoming god-like.

Ritsuko Akagi

Ritsuko Akagi is NERV’s head scientist and, along with Gendo and Fuyutsuki, is the only person at NERV fully aware of the Evas’ true nature and the purpose of the Instrumentality Project. She is a workaholic and heavy smoker, and has been friends with both Misato and Kaji since college. She is also sexually involved with Gendo, but is eventually betrayed by Gendo when she realizes that he was using her in the same way that he used her mother. As revenge, she destroys the Dummy Plug system and is shot dead in The End of Evangelion, when she tries and fails to activate NERV’s self-destruct mechanism to stop Gendo from initiating Third Impact.

Kozo Fuyutsuki

Kozo Fuyutsuki is NERV’s Deputy Commander and Gendo Ikari’s right-hand man. He does not especially like Gendo, but he is the closest thing to a confidant that Gendo has in the series.

Once a professor of metaphysical biology at Kyoto University, Fuyutsuki became interested in the research and theories undertaken by Yui Ikari, and became her sponsor and mentor. Shortly thereafter, he was directed by his superiors to initiate a similar arrangement with Gendo Rokobungi. Later, after the Second Impact, Fuyutsuki traveled with Gendo to the ruins of Antarctica, and began to suspect that Gendo and his associates in SEELE were more powerful and dangerous than he originally realized. In 2003, Fuyutsuki discovered for himself the true nature of the events leading up to Second Impact and SEELE’s involvement in initiating that catastrophe. Gendo led him into the GeoFront and Central Dogma, and asked Fuyutsuki to join him in “creating a new future for mankind.”

During a flashback scene in Evangelion: Death and Rebirth, Fuyutsuki mentions that SEELE had threatened to make him “disappear,” implying that his recruitment may have been extortionary. Although Fuyutsuki was never more than a mentor and friend to Yui, it is implied that he was in love with her to some degree, as he was shocked to learn that she was marrying Gendo. In The End of Evangelion Lilith/Rei takes the form of Yui to achieve Fuyutsuki’s Instrumentality.

Ryoji Kaji

Ryoji Kaji  appears to be a triple agent, working as the chief inspection officer for NERV (Internal Affairs) while secretly investigating NERV for the Japanese government, and at times seemingly acting as a cat’s-paw both for and against Gendo Ikari and SEELE – in addition, he appears to have his own personal agenda independent of any organization, searching for the “truth” behind NERV, SEELE and the Human Instrumentality Project. During college, he and Misato were lovers, but broke up at Misato’s insistence. Years later, they are reunited on the UN fleet ferrying Unit 02 and Asuka to Japan. After he returns to NERV headquarters, Kaji and Misato rekindle their romance following a period of teasing and insults, when Misato confesses that she broke up with him because she realized that he reminded her of her father. He is eventually shot and killed by an unnamed assailant after defying his employers one time too many, but not before giving Misato information regarding the truth of the Instrumentality Project.

Makoto Hyuga

Makoto Hyuga is a first lieutenant at NERV and one of the three main computer technicians directly serving under Commanders Ikari and Fuyutsuki in the command post of Central Dogma, the others being Aoba and Ibuki. Hyuga at first gives the impression of being something of a nerd, reading manga while on his break time, but is a highly skilled technician. His quick thinking and bravery help save NERV headquarters from the attack by Matariel, and he acts as a spy for Misato, helping her obtain information regarding NERV’s machinations. The true extent of his feelings for Misato is shown in The End of Evangelion as Rei/Lilith takes the form of Misato during Instrumentality and passionately kisses him; he gets reverted to LCL.

Maya Ibuki

Maya Ibuki is a first lieutenant at NERV and a computer technician who works primarily with Ritsuko Akagi. Her main role during the battles against the Angels is to constantly monitor the Eva pilots’ synchronization ratios and send various emergency commands to the Evas as ordered by Misato or Gendo. In spite of her profession, Maya despises violence of any sort, and is frequently shown becoming nauseated and averting her eyes during battles with the Angels. In The End of Evangelion, Maya is the only NERV officer who is shown refusing to fight back against the JSSDF invaders. Maya holds Ritsuko in very high regard, and always refers to her as “senpai” in the original anime; The End of Evangelion heavily implies that Maya is actually in love with Ritsuko. Rei/Lilith penetrates Maya’s AT field by assuming the form of Ritsuko. Maya exclaims “Ritsuko!/Senpai!”, eagerly returns “Ritsuko”‘s embrace, and immediately gets reverted to LCL.

Shigeru Aoba

Shigeru Aoba is a first lieutenant at NERV and a computer technician. At times a stereotypical metalhead, he is a cynical nihilist and plays guitar (he can also sometimes be seen playing air guitar). Of the three technicians seen regularly in Central Dogma, his character is explored the least in the series. In The End of Evangelion, during Instrumentality, Rei/Lilith appears to him not as any loved one but rather as a bombardment of Reis which forces their way through his AT Field while he cowers and screams in horror under his desk.

Kaworu Nagisa

Kaworu Nagisa is the Fifth Child, and the seventeenth Angel, Tabris. He is sent to NERV by SEELE as a replacement pilot for Unit 02 after Asuka’s synchronization ratio falls below viability; however, his true purpose is to hasten the Human Instrumentality Project’s implementation. He briefly interacts with Shinji, forming a close bond between the two. He breaks into Terminal Dogma with the intention to return to Adam and initiate the Third Impact. Upon discovering that the being there is actually Lilith and eventually deciding that humanity’s existence to more worthy of preservation, he implores Shinji to destroy him. After his death, Kaworu appears in the beginning and middle of Third Impact in The End of Evangelion.

Classmates

Toji Suzuhara

Toji Suzuhara is the Fourth Child. Toji is a tough boy, the stereotypical “jock,” and is in constant conflict with Asuka. His younger sister was injured in the battle between the third Angel, Sachiel, and Unit 01, and he beats Shinji up soon after for being indirectly responsible. However, after witnessing firsthand the suffering Shinji experiences piloting Unit 01 in the battle against Shamshel, Toji comes to respect Shinji, apologizes to Shinji for beating him up (his sister was angry at him for beating him up and demanded he apologize), and the two eventually become friends. When the Tokyo branch of NERV gains custody of Unit-03, Toji is identified as the Fourth Child and approached to become an EVA pilot; he agrees in order for his sister to receive better medical treatment. During the activation test for Unit-03, the EVA is possessed by the Angel Bardiel and the unit is destroyed by Unit-01 under the control of the Dummy Plug system when Shinji refuses to fight against the possessed EVA out of concern for the pilot. Unit-01 savagely destroys the possessed Evangelion under extreme protest of Shinji, and crushes the pilot’s cockpit capsule, causing Toji to lose his leg. In the manga, the incident results in Toji’s death. In Rebuild of Evangelion, Toji does not become a pilot; instead, Asuka pilots Unit-03.

Kensuke Aida

Kensuke Aida is an otaku, a military buff, Toji’s best friend, and one of the “Other Children,” Eva pilot candidates in the same class as Shinji, Toji, Rei, Asuka, and Hikari. His hobbies include camping in the mountains surrounding Tokyo-3 and playing at simulated war reenacting – by himself. Kensuke solidifies his friendship with Shinji after Shinji saves him and Toji during the fight against the fourth Angel, Shamshel. Kensuke dreams of becoming an Eva pilot and ceaselessly begs Shinji to pull strings in NERV so he can be selected as a pilot, despite Shinji telling him that he has no say in the matter. He also seems oblivious to the intense physical and psychological distress endured by Eva pilots. Nevertheless, Kensuke enjoys the privileges of being the friend of an Eva pilot. Like Toji, Kensuke has a crush on Misato Katsuragi. He is rarely seen without his camcorder at hand. In the PS2 Battle Orchestra game, Kensuke is the appointed pilot to the EVA Unit 04, wearing a green plugsuit.

Hikari Horaki

Hikari Horaki is the class representative of the class that Shinji and the other Eva pilots attend. She has a by-the-book demeanor and takes her responsibilities as “class rep” seriously. Although she frequently bickers with Toji, she reveals to Asuka that she has an enormous crush on Toji but is unable to openly express her feelings to him. She also appears to be Asuka’s only friend. Hikari is an accomplished cook who appears to take care of her two sisters. Like presumably every one of Shinji’s classmates, Hikari’s mother is dead. However, no references were ever made as to whether her father is, either. Her given name, and that of her unseen younger sister, Nozomi, and elder sister, Kodama, is also in reference to the names of the trains of the Tōkaidō Shinkansen line. In a Gainax artwork picture she is shown in an orange plugsuit as the pilot for EVA Unit-05. She is also featured in a live action deleted scene in The End of Evangelion.

Other characters

Pen Pen

Pen Pen, or Pen², is a “hot spring penguin” and Misato’s pet. He appears to be modeled after a crested penguin with some minor coloration change. He lives in a custom refrigerator in Misato’s apartment, enjoys taking warm baths, eating whatever food he can get, and going to hot springs. He also appears to have a relatively high degree of intelligence, as he is also shown watching TV and reading newspapers. In the manga, he is the result of a genetics experiment at Misato’s former workplace, and she adopted him after the experiment’s conclusion rather than let him be euthanised. His wingtips have retractable claws, which modern birds do not have.

Naoko Akagi

Naoko Akagi was Ritsuko’s mother. She was the creator of the MAGI system and the former GEHIRN head technician. Naoko was involved in a romantic relationship with the recently widowed Gendo Ikari while working at GEHIRN. However, after Rei I called her an “old hag” and said that Gendo himself called Naoko that frequently, she realized that he had merely been using her affections to ensure her performance for him. In a fit of rage, Naoko strangled Rei I to death and then committed suicide. Soon afterward, GEHIRN was disbanded and the organization NERV was formed in its place. In vol. 10 of the manga, Naoko is shown to commit suicide after killing Rei I. Ritsuko witnesses both Rei’s murder and Naoko’s suicide.

Yui Ikari

Yui Ikari  was a student of genetic engineering at Kyoto University, where she met her future husband Gendo and her mentor and trusted friend Kozo Fuyutsuki. Afterwards, she joined the UN Artificial Evolution Laboratory (the future GEHIRN) in Hakone, Japan, and played an integral role in the E Project. She served as the test subject for the Contact Experiment of Unit 01 in 2004, but “disappeared” during testing. Though proclaimed dead, a part of her (her “soul”) lives on within Unit 01.

The final volume of the Evangelion manga reveals that Yui had made a conscious choice to remain with EVA unit 01 during the test that caused her disappearance. She confided her choice only to Fuyutsuki days prior to the test happening and made him promise never to reveal it to Gendo.

Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu

Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu, Asuka’s mother, was a key scientist in the German division of GEHIRN (what would later become NERV’s Third Branch) and the development of Unit 02, the first Production Type (the second and third of which were later produced by the two American branches of NERV). She was the subject of the Contact Experiment with Unit 02, but during the experiment her soul bonded with the EVA, causing severe mental damage to Kyoko. She became mentally unstable, believing that one of Asuka’s dolls was her daughter. She was admitted to a mental institution shortly after the experiment. Her husband had an affair with Kyoko’s own doctor, which eventually prompted Kyoko’s suicide in 2005.

In the manga version, Kyoko and her husband were unable to conceive a child, and divorced after he had an affair. He remarried and had a daughter, while Kyoko visited a sperm bank and became pregnant. She tried to poison Asuka to spite her ex-husband and his other child, referring to Asuka coldly as “that girl.” At one point, Kyoko tried to strangle Asuka. After the failed contact experiment, her violence was instead transferred to Asuka’s doll, as she was clearly in a dissociative state from the trauma. In the Rebuild of Evangelion movies, however, her story is omitted.

Keel Lorenz

Keel Lorenz is the leader of SEELE, represented as SEELE 01 in the monoliths and the main antagonist of the series. Among his most defining characteristics are his ancient appearance and the futuristic visor that he wears throughout the series. Little is revealed about him in the series, but he is believed to hold great political power in the UN. At some time between Second Impact and 2015, most of his body below the neck was replaced with cybernetic implants. Although he uses his visor to see, production drawings show that he still has eyes. The inspiration for his name (and, arguably, his character) originates from Konrad Lorenz, a zoologist known especially for his research on animal psychology. In the manga, his name is given as Lorenz Kiel.

Film Friday- Moribito

Film Friday- Moribito

Media Blasters has confirmed that they acquired the rights to the anime. The series premiered on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block in the U.S. at 1:30 a.m. on August 24, 2008 EST, but was dropped from the schedule without warning or explanation on January 15, 2009 after two runs of the first ten episodes. The program returned to Adult Swim during the summer 2009 line-up with an airing of the entire series.

Anime

The series has been adapted into a 26 episode anime television series, produced by Production I.G and directed by Kenji Kamiyama, which premiered in Japan on NHK from April 7, 2007. The anime was based entirely on the first novel in the Guardian series and greatly expands the midsection of the novel.

At the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2007 in March, Geneon announced that they have acquired the license to the anime and Scholastic announced they have US distribution rights to the novels. After Geneon discontinued its distribution division, the rights transferred to Media Blasters. The series premiered in the United States at 1:30 a.m. on August 24, 2008 on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block, but was dropped from the schedule without warning or explanation on January 15, 2009 after two runs of the first ten episodes.

On June 13, 2009, the series was back on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block in the United States at 1:30am Sundays, but was moved to 2:30a.m. Eastern time, swapping it with Fullmetal Alchemist in November 2009.

Characters

The series primarily features Balsa and Chagum. Balsa is a wandering spear-wielder from the kingdom of Kanbal. Despite claiming to be a simple bodyguard-for-hire, in reality she wields her spear in order to save lives in atonement for the eight lives that were taken to protect her when she was a child. Chagum is a young prince of the New Yogo Empire, who throughout the series struggles to protect his empire from ruin.

In the first novel, Balsa agrees to become the bodyguard of Prince Chagum as her eighth and final job after she happens to save his life. Chagum, the second prince of the Imperial family of Yogo, carries a powerful spirit within him and has become the target of assassination by his father, the Emperor. Balsa must protect Chagum from relentless assassins as well as the spirit within her young charge as he attempts to master and understand his own powers.

During their journey, Balsa and Chagum are aided primarily by Balsa’s childhood friend, a Yakue healer named Tanda, and his teacher, Madame Torogai. Chagum’s tutor, the star reader Shuga, is also featured as a prominent supporting character and strives to learn the truth behind the spirit contained in Chagum’s body and restore the prince to his rightful place when he begins to suspect that Chagum is still alive.

Wednesday News- May 3, 2017

Wednesday News- May 3, 2017

News-

Welcome to the Ballroom Anime’s Video Previews Unison Square Garden Song- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-05-02/welcome-to-the-ballroom-anime-video-previews-unison-square-garden-song/.115604

Revolutionary Girl Utena [Complete Box Set]- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/revolutionary-girl-utena-complete-box-set/gn-1-5/.115427

BAKEMONOGATARI: Monster Tale Novel 1- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/bakemonogatari/monster-tale/novel-1/.115277

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

Anime-

  • Garo: Crimson Moon Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions BD/DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team DVD
  • Nurse Witch Komugi R BD
  • Nurse Witch Komugi R DVD
  • One Piece Film Gold BD/DVD Combo + UV
  • One Piece Film Gold DVD
  • One Piece: Heart of Gold TV Special BD/DVD
  • One Piece: Heart of Gold TV Special DVD
  • The Red Turtle BD
  • The Red Turtle DVD
  • Rio – Rainbow Gate! Reshuffled BD
  • Rio – Rainbow Gate! Reshuffled DVD

Manga-

  • Anonymous Noise GN 2A
  • Arpeggio of Blue Steel GN 10
  • Bleach Omnibus GN 19
  • Cells at Work! GN 4
  • D.Gray-man GN 25
  • Dragon Ball Super GN 1
  • Dreamin’ Sun GN 1
  • Haikyu!! GN 11
  • Hatsune Miku Bad End Night GN 1
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3: Stardust Crusaders GN 3 (Hardcover)
  • Maid-sama! Omnibus GN 8
  • Magical Girl Site GN 2
  • My Brother’s Husband GN 1 (Hardcover)
  • My Hero Academia GN 8
  • My Love Story!! GN 12
  • Nichijou GN 8
  • Nisekoi – False Love GN 21
  • One Piece GN 82
  • Toriko GN 38
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Omnibus GN 10

Other-

  • 009-1: The End of the Beginning Live-Action Film
  • Black Butler The Movie Live-Action Film

Film Friday- Darker than Black

Film Friday- Darker than Black

Darker than Black, also known as Darker than Black: The Black Contractor, is an anime television series created and directed by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones. It premiered across Japan from April 5, 2007 on MBS, TBS, and its affiliated broadcast stations, with its satellite television premiere in Japan on Animax in May 2007. The music for the series is composed by Yoko Kanno.
A sequel titled Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor premiered in Japan on October 8, 2009.
On January 21, 2016, it was announced that Funimation, the North American distributor for the anime, no longer holds the license for the first season.

Anime

Season one

Darker than Black was conceptualized by Tensai Okamura and produced by Bones and Aniplex. The series premiered on Tokyo Broadcasting System and Mainichi Broadcasting System’s Thursday late night anime broadcasting timeslot, replacing the Sunrise series Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion on April 5, 2007, and similar to Code Geass incorporated corporate sponsorship of Japan News Network partners Pizza Hut and Nifty, where episodes of the series was streamed every week during the series’ broadcast run. It completed its initial run on September 27, 2007, and received its broadcasting satellite premiere on Animax from May 8, 2007 to October 23, 2007. The series was also aired in English on Animax Asia, Animax’s English language networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia from December 2008 onwards. The series made its North American television debut when it started airing on the Funimation Channel September 6, 2010.

The series has been released in Japan by Aniplex across nine DVDs, each containing three episodes, except for the first DVD, which had only two. The ninth and final DVD included an original video animation, which expanded upon the romantic relationships between characters. The DVDs were released between July 25, 2007 and March 26, 2008 by Aniplex. FUNimation received the license for the series in Region 1 and has released one DVD compilation with two more coming in the future. The first English DVD was released on November 25, 2008 and the second and third DVDs were released on January 20, 2009 and March 10, 2009 respectively. Volume 4 was released on May 5, 2009 with Volume 5 released on June 23, 2009. Volume 6 was released on August 11, 2009 and is now available. In May 2010, Funimation released the entire first season in a complete box set; it was originally released in March, but was recalled due to a defective disk. The Blu-ray Box was released in Japan on September 30, 2009 with a guidebook with several unreleased music tracks not available in the OSTs. The opening themes are “HOWLING” by abingdon boys school (eps 1-14) and “Kakusei Heroism ~The Hero Without A Name~” by An Cafe (eps 15-23,25) and the ending themes are “Tsukiakari” by Rie fu (eps 1-14) and “Dreams” by HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR (eps 15-24).

Season two

A document containing information about Bones staff and production details, was leaked onto the Japanese filesharing site uploader.jp, within the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet format, on July 2008. Among other details, including confidential contact information in regards to Bones staff members, it revealed that a second Darker than Black and Fullmetal Alchemist series was in production and were being directed by Tensai Okamura and Yasuhiro Irie respectively. This information regarding Fullmetal Alchemist, which had never been previously released, was later proven to be true on January 2009. In an official statement posted on Bones’ official website, co-founder and president Masahiko Minami claimed that the document was not released by the studio themselves but by an unnamed third-party. In a later statement, Minami also stated in regards to the two new series, “It hasn’t been decided yet. We are interested in doing them. As original science-fiction works, they were extremely fascinating. With these kinds of dramatic story lines, I feel that there’s a lot we could do potentially.” Six months later, however, the second series for Fullmetal Alchemist was confirmed to be in production with Yasuhiro Irie as director, thus confirming the document’s validity. The second Darker than Black series was confirmed in the 12th issue of Square Enix’s Young Gangan Magazine. In the 14th issue of Young Gangan, the title was revealed as Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor. The sequel began airing in October 2009 and ended in December 2009. At Anime Expo 2010, Funimation Entertainment announced that they had licensed the second season. The opening theme is “Tsukiakari no Michishirube” by Stereopony (eps 2-) and the ending theme is “From Dusk Till Dawn” by abingdon boys school.

OVA

These OVAs, also known as Darker than Black: Origins (DARKER THAN BLACK 外伝 Dākā Zan Burakku Gaiden?), are set in the time between the two series. Hei and Yin have left Tokyo and are on the run from the Syndicate. In the first episode, conflict ensues in Okinawa, where the agents from the Syndicate attempt to abduct Yin but are eventually unsuccessful. Hei and Yin then leave for Hong Kong. There are 4 OVAs in total, filling the gap with Hei and Yin left between season 1 and 2. The ending theme is “DARKER THAN BLACK” by Yasushi Ishii.