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Wednesday News- August 23, 2017

Wednesday News- August 23, 2017

News-

SNES/ Super Famicom Classic Edition Trailers Reveal New Features- https://www.animenewsnetwork.cc/news/2017-08-22/snes-super-famicom-classic-edition-trailers-reveal-new-features/.120424

Answerman: Do Japanese People Use Beds or Futons?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.cc/answerman/2017-08-23/.120427

Saint Seiya: Saintia Sho Anime’s Visual Unveiled- https://www.animenewsnetwork.cc/daily-briefs/2017-08-23/saint-seiya-saintia-sho-anime-visual-unveiled/.120443

Japanese Boys Vote on What Anime Characters Thay Want to Have Cheer Them on While Studying- http://www.anime-now.com/entry/2017/08/23/230051?utm_campaign=ANN

Anime-

  • Bakuon!! BD
  • Bakuon!! DVD
  • Beyond the Boundary -I’LL BE HERE- BD/DVD
  • Rainbow Days BD/DVDP

Manga-

  • Animal Land Graphic Novel (GN) 12
  • Anne Happy GN 6
  • Aoharu x Machine Gun GN 6
  • Blood Lad GN 9
  • BTOOOM! GN 18
  • Chihayafuru GN 4 (Digital)
  • A Centaur’s Life GN 12
  • Citrus GN 6
  • Clockwork Planet GN 4
  • Delicious in Dungeon GN 2
  • Demonizer Zilch GN 3
  • Dimension W GN 7
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 5 (Digital)
  • Fire Force GN 5
  • First Love Monster GN 7
  • Girls’ Last Tour GN 2
  • High School DxD GN 9
  • Inuyashiki GN 8A
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 3
  • Land of the Lustrous GN 2
  • Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade GN 6
  • Love and Lies GN 1
  • Murciélago GN 3
  • Princess Resurrection GN 17 (Digital)A
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 2: A Week at the Mansion GN 2
  • Real Girl GN 2 (Digital)
  • Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers GN 3
  • Spirits & Cat Ears GN 3
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 1
  • Trinity Seven GN 10
  • Tsuredure Children GN 2 (Digital)
  • Übel Blatt GN 9
  • What Did You Eat Yesterday? GN 12
  • Yowamushi Pedal GN 6

Other-

  • The Asterisk War Novel 4
  • A Certain Magical Index Novel 12
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! Novel 8
  • Goblin Slayer! Novel 3
  • The Irregular at Magic High School Novel 5
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Novel 3C
  • Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers Novel 2
  • Sword Art Online Novel 11P
  • Vampire Hunter D Novel 26

Character Special: Bleach- The Good Guys

Character Special: Bleach- The Good Guys

Ichigo Kurosaki

Ichigo Kurosaki (黒崎 一護 Kurosaki Ichigo) is the main protagonist of the Bleach series. An orange-haired high school student, Ichigo becomes a “substitute Soul Reaper” after unintentionally absorbing most of Rukia Kuchiki’s powers. His cynical nature at first makes him ill-disposed towards the duty, but, with the passage of time, he accepts and welcomes the strength his Soul Reaper powers give him. When creating the manga series, Kubo commented that Rukia Kuchiki, the first character he created, did not seem like a lead character, so he created Ichigo to be the series protagonist. Ichigo is voiced by Masakazu Morita in Japanese and Johnny Yong Bosch in English.

Rukia Kuchiki

Rukia Kuchiki (朽木 ルキア Kuchiki Rukia) is a Soul Reaper who is assigned hollow extermination duties in Karakura Town. Rukia meets Ichigo for the first time when she breaks into his house, not knowing that Ichigo can see her. Their relationship further complicates when Rukia tries to save Ichigo and unintentionally transfers too much of her Shinigami powers into him. Rukia is left with little powers left and cannot return to Soul Society. She assumes a temporary lifestyle as a regular human and enrolls into Ichigo’s high school and takes up residence in his closet, while teaching him how to be a substitute Soul Reaper in her place. Rukia was the first character of the series created by Kubo, her design being the one he decided to use for all the other Soul Reapers. Rukia is voiced by Fumiko Orikasa in Japanese and Michelle Ruff in English.

Orihime Inoue

Yasutora “Chad” Sado

Uryū Ishida

Uryū Ishida (石田 雨竜 Ishida Uryū) is a Quincy, a descendant of a line of near-extinct, priest-like, hollow-hunting archers, who were historical enemies of the Soul Reapers. He bears a deep grudge against all Soul Reapers, including Ichigo, and is an early antagonist in the series. He comes to view Ichigo differently over time, and eventually becomes a valuable ally and a friendly rival. As a Quincy, Uryū possesses the supernatural power to gather invisible “spirit particles” called reishi from the atmosphere. Once gathered, these particles can be shaped into spirit-energy constructs, foremost among them a bow and arrow, and to fuel various magical spells and superhuman abilities. Uryū is voiced by Noriaki Sugiyama in Japanese and Derek Stephen Prince in English.

Renji Abarai

Film Friday- D.N. Angel

Film Friday- D.N. Angel

Xebec adapted the manga into a 26-episode anime series which aired in Japan on TV Tokyo from April 3, 2003 until September 25, 2003. The anime was later adapted into second two volume manga series, a PlayStation 2 video game, and a series of drama CDs.

Anime

D.N.Angel was adapted into a 26-episode anime series produced by TV Tokyo, Dentsu and Xebec which aired in Japan on TV Tokyo from April 3 to September 25, 2003. The series was directed by Koji Yoshikawa and Nobuyoshi Habara.

The series was originally licensed for release in North America and the United Kingdom by ADV Films. While in the UK the series is no longer licensed, in North America Discotek Media have announced the rescue-licensing of the series. The series is licensed in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment.

Five pieces of theme music are used in the anime adaptation. The song Byakuya -True Light- (白夜 〜True Light〜, “White Night -True Light-“), by Shunichi Miyamoto, is used for the opening for twenty four episodes. Vic Mignogna, the English voice actor for Dark Mousy, covered the opening for the English dub. For the ending theme, Yasashii Gogo (やさしい午後, “Gentle Afternoon”) is used for the first twelve episodes, and Hajimari no Hi (はじまりの日, “The Day It Begins”) is used for episodes 13-23 and episode 25. Both songs are performed by Minawo. Episode 24 uses the song “Caged Bird”, by Shunichi Miyamoto, for its ending, while the final episode of the series uses Miyamoto’s song Michishirube (道標, “Guidepost”).

Main Characters

Daisuke Niwa

Character Voice:

  • Anime: Miyu Irino, Tomoko Kaneda (younger version)
  • Drama CD: Sōichirō Hoshi
  • English Dub: Kevin Corn

Daisuke Niwa (丹羽 大助 Niwa Daisuke) is the series protagonist who, after turning 14 and confessing his love to, and being rejected by his crush Risa Harada, discovers that a boy called Dark lives within him. Afterwards he transforms into Dark whenever he experiences feelings of love or intimacy with the girl he loves, but Dark can choose not to come out if he so wants. Initially this is Risa Harada, but after she rejects him, Daisuke finds himself falling in love with her twin sister, Riku Harada, who does return his feelings after realizing how kind-hearted and gentle he was. Perceptive, athletic, and artistic, Daisuke is also skilled in dodging traps, picking locks, and other thieving-type activities, due to the daily life-threatening trials his family has him undergo when he gets up in the morning and returns from school in the afternoons.

Though he regularly argues with his alter-ego Dark, he expresses concern for him when he is in danger or in pain. He misses Dark when they are separated within the series through magic, and their dynamic is that of an older/younger brother.

Dark Mousy

Character Voice:

  • Anime: Ryotaro Okiayu
  • Drama CD: Masaya Onosaka
  • English Dub: Vic Mignogna

Dark Mousy (ダーク・マウジー Dāku Maujī), is half of the Koku Yoku, an artwork created by the Hikari family, who has appeared in the first male of the Niwa generation for the last 300 years. Once Dark appears, his host will change into Dark whenever he is around the person he loves or thinks about them a great deal, though in the Anime, Dark can choose not to appear at such times. At the start of D.N.Angel, Dark had lain dormant for 40 years as his previous host, Daiki Niwa, only had one female offspring. When Emiko’s son, Daisuke, reached 14, he became Dark’s new “tamer” or host. Known to the public as “Kaitou Dark”, (translated as “Phantom Dark” in the ADV Films dub of the anime) Dark steals the cursed art pieces made by the Hikari family, which the Niwa family then seals away to prevent them from causing any more trouble. He primarily uses With as his wings, as using his own true wings causes Daisuke’s body tremendous harm. Though he and Daisuke often argue over missions and Risa and Riku Harada, its apparent that Dark cares for his host, taking care not to harm him by using too much of his magic and protecting him when possible. For fun Dark often teases his host Daisuki. Their relationship is often that of older/younger brothers.

Candid and confident, Dark can also appear to be arrogant and something of a playboy, flirting shamelessly with girls. Dark is a notorious flirt, but there are very few he truly cares about. In the anime, he said that he is willing to kiss anyone since it is like a greeting to him rather than something meaningful. After Dark’s reappearance, Daisuke’s crush, Risa Harada, falls in love with him and begins to pursue him. He initially flirts with her, seemingly to annoy Daisuke, and goes on several dates with her. In the anime, Dark rejects Risa’s feelings after telling her that he was once in love with her grandmother and only humored Risa’s attraction because she reminded him of his lost love.

In the manga, Dark is instead more attracted to Riku (the sight of Riku caused Dark to transform into Daisuke) while Daisuke was interested in Risa (the sight of Risa would cause Daisuke to change into Dark). His feelings later change and he starts to like Risa more, while a relationship strengthens between Daisuke and Riku. In both the manga and anime, Dark’s romantic feelings are unanswered.

Risa Harada

Character Voice:

  • Anime: Masumi Asano
  • Drama CD: Sakura Tange
  • English Dub: Luci Christian

Risa Harada (原田 梨紗 Harada Risa) is Daisuke Niwa’s friend and his initial object of affection. At the start of the series, she rejects his confession of love, feeling that he is too “normal” and only able to see him as her friend. After seeing Daisuke’s alter ego Dark, she falls in love with the thief and believes that he is the mysterious person she is destined to be with. Innocent, spoiled, and depicted as “girly-girl”, Risa is often seen as the opposite of her twin sister Riku, though both show the same stubbornness and tenacity, particularly when it comes to people they care about. She is initially confused with Riku and Daisuke falling in love, and so she becomes jealous, but realizes that she was more afraid of losing her older sister and her friend than wanting Daisuke for herself, and becomes supportive of their relationship.

Wanting to be with Dark, Risa begins taking great risks to try to see him during his thieving adventures. Dark initially accepts her affections, then rejects her when he realizes she truly loves him. However, Risa refuses to give him up and after noting that she has “become a lady” he agrees to go on a date with her. During the date, she is kidnapped by Argentine who takes her to his world and demands that she, as Dark’s “maiden”, help him become more like Dark.

Satoshi Hiwatari is also seen as showing a bit of concern for her in the manga, deliberately transforming into Krad—something he normally fights—to try and save her when he sees her falling from a tower during Argentine’s attack.

As the series progresses, Risa’s attitude and childish behavior dies down a bit, though she retains her girly nature. She has made several accounts of being more responsible than she was at the beginning of the series. Stated by Riku herself that her sister was just ‘too nice’, example being when they were children Risa gave up her bunny to Riku who had lost her teddy bear despite loving her bunny a lot. Risa also cares about both Riku and Daisuke, feeling that Daisuke has finally ‘got his act together’ and sees him in a new light. Risa has made many mature decisions and has shown that, despite her selfishness, she can be just as kind as her twin sister, Riku.

In the anime adaptation, Risa’s crush on Dark appears to die down towards the end of the series, because in the anime, Dark had already fallen in love 40 years ago with the twins’ grandmother, Rika. Instead, she finds an interest in Satoshi at the end. Not wanting to tarnish those feelings or end up as a replacement, Risa gradually stopped pursuing Dark as a romantic interest. In the manga, however, this plot does not exist. Her feelings for Dark still remain strong, even when Dark told her that he wasn’t human.

Riku Harada

Character Voice:

  • Anime: Sara Nakayama
  • Drama CD: Yuka Imai
  • English Dub: Hilary Haag

Riku Harada (原田 梨紅 Harada Riku) is Risa Harada’s twin sister, and a friend of Daisuke Niwa. Athletic and intelligent, Riku is depicted as a tomboy, who is more serious, and down-to-earth than her sister. Though more outspoken than Risa, Riku can be shy and Risa notes that her sister doesn’t realize just how popular she is. Though the girls are different in personality, Riku is protective of her sister and they share a tight bond. When Risa is kidnapped by the Argentine, Riku falls into a coma.

Though Riku initially appears to only see Daisuke as a friend, its soon revealed that she harbors romantic feelings for him, though he initially can only see Risa. After her sister rejects him, Riku begins to see him less as clumsy and unreliable, coming to see his strengths and admitting to the feelings she herself had been denying. While trying to sort out her feelings, she remembers that they had met as children when he’d helped her retrieve her precious teddy bear from over a fence one night. Eventually she admits her feelings, but initially is disbelieving when Daisuke tells her he feels the same. Realizing he is speaking the truth, they become a couple.

Riku intensely dislikes Dark, feeling he is nothing but a thief and a playboy, however when Risa is in danger and he promises he will bring her back, she begins to soften her stance towards him. She also sometimes compares him to Daisuke, though she does not yet know that Daisuke is Dark.

In the anime adaptation, Riku is more uncertain of her relationship with Daisuke, temporarily hating that he calls both her and Risa “Harada-san”. She thought Dark stole her first kiss but it was actually Daisuke. When Dark was going to kiss Riku, Dark turned back to Daisuke. At the end of the anime, Riku is the only person not in the Niwa or Hikari/Hiwatari family to know that Daisuke is Dark.

Antagonists

Satoshi Hiwatari

Character Voice:

  • Anime: Akira Ishida
  • Drama CD: Tomokazu Seki
  • English Dub: Greg Ayres

Satoshi Hiwatari (日渡 怜 Hiwatari Satoshi) or Satoshi Hikari (氷狩 怜 Hikari Satoshi) is the police commander in charge of capturing Dark. He is extremely intelligent, Satoshi graduated from high school at the age of eight, and obtained a college degree at the age of 13. He enrolled in Daisuke’s middle in order to be closer to Daisuke, whom he knew was Dark’s alter ego. Calm and composed, he often pays little mind to those around him and rarely shows his emotions causing others to find him distant and cold. Daisuke seems unaffected by his distant nature, and insists on becoming his friend. Reluctant at first, Satoshi comes to accept Daisuke’s friendship, though later withdraws from school to try to distance himself from Daisuke again out of fear. He eventually returns to offer to aid rescuing Risa from Argentine. Satoshi is the last heir of the Hikari family, which created powerful artworks that the Niwa family has been stealing for years via Dark. In the anime version, Kosuke made a play on words with Satoshi’s last name being synonymous with light (also pronounced ‘hikari’), though the kanji for Satoshi’s family name actually means ‘ice hunter’.
Although he is just as capable of creating artwork as his ancestors have been, he avoids doing so. This is both to go against his fate and to avoid creating any more dangerous artworks. In the anime, he was shown painting in flashbacks of when he was a child and getting praise from his adopted father before the man became abusive.

After his mother’s death, Satoshi was adopted by the Hiwatari family. His adoptive father appears to be aware of the Hikari and in the anime adaptation attempts to use the power of the artworks for his own purposes, eventually getting killed by one of the artworks he tries to harness the power of. Satoshi is shown to have a strong dislike for his stepfather, and refuses to play along when the man tries to pass the two of them off as a close family.

Much as Daisuke houses the soul of Dark Mousy, Satoshi holds that of his opposite, Krad. Unlike Dark, Krad is homicidal and cares nothing for Satoshi, causing Satoshi to regularly fight to keep him inside. It is suggested that Satoshi wears glasses as a way of helping him keep Krad in check, as he notes that he does not actually need them and once they are removed he almost immediately feels Krad trying to emerge.

In the manga version, Satoshi and Daisuke are inconvenient but genuine friends who both try to protect each other from their alter egos, and their friendship is tested and strengthened by their mutual afflictions. However, the closer they grow to friendship, the more complicated their rivalries become. Satoshi has an intense dislike for Dark, similar to Dark’s dislike of Krad. It is told bluntly by Satoshi to Daisuke that if the curse continues as is, then Satoshi will be killed by Krad.
In the anime, It has been stated by Dark that Daisuke is the one who causes Satoshi to turn into Krad. Satoshi wants to be close to Daisuke despite the danger of Krad to both of them.

Several times in both manga and anime, it is made apparent just how little Krad cares for Satoshi. Whereas Daisuke is spared the pain of enduring the magic used by Dark via With, and Dark trying to keep the magic use to a minimum, Krad often uses the max amount of power he can summon, and when he takes over his white wings rip from Satoshi’s back causing him great pain, and leaving two narrow injures on his back where the wings once were.

Krad

Character Voice:

  • Anime: Takeshi Kusao
  • Drama CD: Taiki Matsuno
  • English Dub: Illich Guardiola

Krad (クラッド Kuraddo) is an entity similar to Dark, living inside his “tamer” Satoshi Hiwatari. He is Dark’s opposite in many ways, including his name (‘Dark’ spelled backwards), having blond hair, wearing white attire, and always speaking very politely using an extremely formal speech pattern. Krad is Dark’s and, by extension, Daisuke’s worst enemy, repeatedly attempting to kill them both. Though Krad refers to Hiwatari as Master Satoshi and as “his everything”, he shows little regard for Hiwatari’s wishes and well-being. He ignores Hiwatari’s repeated attempts to get him to leave Daisuke alone and regularly uses his magic without limit, causing Hiwatari to collapse in agony. Like Daisuke, Hiwatari has little control over his transformation though he can force Krad to go back inside his body at times.

Wednesday News- August 16, 2017

Wednesday News- August 16, 2017

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“Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness: Has a Date with Android in Japan- http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/08/16/psycho-pass-mandatory-happiness-has-a-date-with-android-in-japan

“Ys VIII” Trailer Highlights Series Mainstay Adol Christin- http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/08/16-1/ys-viii-trailer-highlights-series-mainstay-adol-christin

“Godzilla: Monster Planet: Trailer Shows Fierce Battles in Future Earth- http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/08/16-1/godzilla-monster-planet-trailer-shows-fierce-battles-in-future-earth

Kodansha Comics Complete “School Rumble” Manga Release- http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/08/15/kodansha-comics-complete-school-rumble-manga-release

Film Friday- Cromartie High School

Film Friday- Cromartie High School

The series aired in the United States on the cable network G4 on its Barbed Wire Biscuit late-night block and on the UK satellite channel Rockworld TV. There are also many pop culture (especially music) parodies in the characters, chapter names, episode names, CD covers, and DVD covers of this series.

Characters

Main characters

Takashi Kamiyama (神山 高志 Kamiyama Takashi)
  • Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese); Ben Pronsky (English)
  • Japanese live-action movie actor: Takamasa Suga
The main character of the series, originally just another above-average student until he decided to enroll at Cromartie. Everyone else at Cromartie assumes that he’s the toughest kid in school, since a rabbit would never go into a den of lions. He has ambitions to change the school for the sake of bettering its student body. In secret, he is an amateur comedian who writes and sends jokes to be heard on special radio stations under the penname of “Honey Boy” (ハチミツ Hachimitsu). In later episodes, he becomes the number one boss in Japan after winning the National Boss Championship, only winning after being the only one to answer the first question correctly. He later defeats the legendary biker Sadaharu in a race.
Shinjiro Hayashida (林田 慎二郎 Hayashida Shinjirō)
  • Voiced by: Takuma Suzuki (Japanese); Illich Guardiola (English)
  • Japanese movie actor: Mitsuki Koga
Kamiyama’s first friend at Cromartie, noted for his purple mohawk. Hayashida is the one delinquent that helps Kamiyama blend into the bewildering environment of Cromartie High. Although streetwise, he is dumber than the gorilla and doesn’t even understand basic math. His signature purple mohawk was revealed to be fake in episode 17, but in episode 8 you can see him take it off for a brief second.
Akira Maeda (前田 彰 Maeda Akira)
  • Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese); Andy McAvin (English)
  • Japanese movie actor: Hiroshi Yamamoto
A delinquent who claims he was always getting into fights and never lost a single one (he claims to have won a 5-against-1 fight), he is ignored and disrespected because he lacks a nickname. (In the manga, he chooses the nickname “Dragon of Razors” with the help of Hokuto’s lackey, who himself decides on “The American Dream”, though no one else seems to acknowledge those names.) Often the most conservative of Kamiyama’s friends (and really, quite possibly the only one who actually possesses common sense), he is also frequently abducted by delinquents from Bass High School and is often the unwilling host of Cromartie High gatherings at his house. He bears a great resemblance to his mother, whose appearance normally horrifies everyone else. His name is a parody of a famous Japanese wrestler.
Shinichi Mechazawa (メカ沢 新一 Mekazawa Shin’ichi)
  • Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (Japanese); Jay Hickman (English)
  • Japanese movie actor: Shinji Takeda (voice)
One of the most notorious delinquents of Cromartie. Though there is a rumor that he may be perhaps a robot, no one but the main characters (Kamiyama, Hayashida, Maeda, etc.) seems to notice, including himself. At one point he ends up in a motorcycle accident and is repaired, only to end up combined with his motorcycle into an even stronger motorcycle, complete with missiles and rocket boosters. He is also known as a smooth-talker and is considered very charismatic, regularly getting first place in popularity polls. He has a little brother, identical but one-fifth his size, named Beta, also known as Mini Mechazawa.
Beta Mechazawa (メカ沢 β Mekazawa Bēta)
Also known as Mini Mechazawa or just “Beta,” he is the little yet older brother of Shinichi Mechazawa. Mechazawa Beta, who can only say “Meka-ratta” despite being “more advanced”, is also a cellphone. Meka-ratta is a parody of the lead character from Obake no Q-tarō, a ghost who is unable to speak human language and hence can only say “bake-ratta.” Like Mechazawa, he is often mistaken for something else, such as a tea canister, and is stepped on often due to his small size.
Freddie (フレディ Furedi)
  • Japanese movie actor: Hiroyuki Watanabe
A mute with a nearly uncanny resemblance to Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the band Queen. Hayashida claimed that as long as he attended, Cromartie would be the “Olympics for delinquents”. Although he never speaks and people assume he is a mute, Freddie actually has a good singing voice and the only occasion people can hear his voice is when he sings (as seen in the manga episode of Mechazawa’s birthday). The bottom of the microphone stand is broken, referring to Freddie Mercury’s gimmick. He also rides to school on an incredibly large, incredibly powerful, possibly wild horse named Black Dragon (Kokuryu in Japan, a reference to Raoh’s horse Kokuoh in Fist of the North Star), which waits outside the bathroom while he’s “doing his business”.
Gorilla (ゴリラ Gorira, Hiromi Go (豪 ヒロミ Gō Hiromi))
A gorilla who appears often at Cromartie High. He sometimes wears a watch and is considered smarter than most of the main characters. It has been revealed that his superior is a monkey. He is also an extremely talented sushi chef. His real name is a parody of a famous Japanese singer. He has also a sister who looks just like him but has prettier eyes and red/pink flower on her left ear.
Yutaka Takenouchi (竹之内 豊 Takenouchi Yutaka)
  • Voiced by: Ryō Naitō (Japanese); John Gremillion (English)
  • Japanese movie actor: Yoshihiro Takayama
The leader of Cromartie High’s first-year students. Known to be an incredible fighter and a reliable person. His weakness (unknown to everyone else) is motion sickness. Though he loves field trips and excursions in general, he hates having to travel, because he gets sick very easily, and struggles with all of his might not to vomit. His name is a parody of a famous Japanese actor. His parents are unseen.
Takeshi Hokuto (北斗 武士 Hokuto Takeshi)
  • Voiced by: Norihisa Mori (Japanese); Jason Douglas (English)
  • Japanese movie actor: Noboru Kaneko
A son of a chairman for a major zaibatsu, who is also the chairman of the board for several high schools throughout Japan. He used his father’s influence to rule every school he goes to, until he came to Cromartie, not knowing that the school is municipal. He also arrives wearing the wrong uniform (white, instead of the standard black). Despite his setbacks, he continues to plot how to rule this school, if not all of Japan or even the world. As a result of his luxurious, extravagant life, he thinks all people below him are pigs.
Hokuto’s lackey (北斗の子分 Hokuto no kobun)
  • Voiced by: Akio Suyama (Japanese); Greg Ayres (English)
  • Japanese movie actor: Sadayoshi Shimane
Nameless in the series. While he does have a name, no one seems to be interested in knowing it (including Hokuto himself), and they simply refer to him as “you”, “other guy”, or just “Hokuto’s lackey”. There was actually a controversy among the students, when he said he did not want to be called “Hokuto’s lackey”. Every time he tries to say his name though, something generally absurd happens and cuts the event short. In the manga, he helps Maeda come up with the nickname “Dragon of Razors”, and Maeda suggests for Hokuto’s lackey the nickname “The American Dream” (アメリカンドリーム Amerikandorīmu). They are both satisfied with their new nicknames, but no one else acknowledges them.
Masked Takenouchi (マスクド竹之内 Masukudo Takenouchi)
  • Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda (Japanese); George Manley (English)
  • Japanese movie actor: Itsuji Itao
Before coming to Cromartie, he was a hijacker who tried to commandeer the plane that students of Cromartie High School were taking to go on a field trip to Kyushu. Being agoraphobic, he feels quite uneasy among strangers. When talking with Takenouchi about this problem, he ends up in a situation where he succeeds in the hijacking, but ends up staying in Japan. In the meantime, Takenouchi ends up in the Nevada desert in America. To maintain anonymity, he constantly wears a white wrestling mask, with the kanji character for bamboo, 竹 (The first character in “Takenouchi”), which leaves everyone in Cromartie High with the impression that he is Takenouchi, although no one questions his presence even after being seen alongside the real Takenouchi. He frequently imparts elderly knowledge (being presumedly in his 30s) to the other students when they face contentious issues. In the manga, he becomes the successor of pillow-jutsu, the fictional technique of softening pillows with a sharp blow with a long stick, but this is given only very brief mention in the opening animation of the anime.
Noboru Yamaguchi (山口 ノボル Yamaguchi Noboru)
  • Voiced by: Yuuto Kazama (Japanese); James Reed Faulkner (English)
  • Japanese movie actor: Shoichiro Matsumoto
The leader of Destrade High School’s first-year students. He has the nickname of “The Unsinkable Battleship”, which is coincidentally the nickname of professional wrestler Stan Hansen who is extremely popular in Japan, and is mentioned to be a member of a bike gang called “Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water” in his spare time. (“Ash, Wind, Fire” in Japan; both are parodies of an American Funk band Earth, Wind & Fire.) His cronies believe that he hates jokes, since he’s always so serious. In truth, he is a connoisseur of sophisticated humor, despising the sophomoric jokes that his friends prefer. He is also a postcard comedian (someone who sends jokes in the mail to be heard on the radio). His pen name is “Ajishio Taro” (roughly, “Salt Boy”), and he is rivaled only by Kamiyama, who he initially knows only as “Honey Boy.” He is easily recognized by his large afro hairstyle and his ever-constant sunglasses.

Wednesday News- August 9, 2017

Wednesday News- August 9, 2017

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“Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds” Brings Historical Romance to PC on August 24- http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/08/09/hakuoki-kyoto-winds-brings-historical-romance-to-pc-on-august-24

“Kino’s Journey” Anime Character Designs Showcased- http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/08/09/kinos-journey-anime-character-designs-showcased

Fall Festival To Reveal Next Stage of “Sword Art Online” Plans- http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/08/09-1/fall-festival-to-reveal-next-stage-of-sword-art-online-plans

Gosho Aoyama’s “Detective Conan” Manga Reaches Its 1,000th Chapter This Week- http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2017/08/08-1/gosho-aoyamas-detective-conan-manga-reaches-its-1000th-chapter-this-week

Film Friday- Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040

Film Friday- Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 is a Japanese anime series produced by Anime International Company (AIC). A retelling of the 1987 original video animation Bubblegum Crisis, the series premiered on TV Tokyo on October 8, 1998 where it ran for 26 episodes until its conclusion on March 31, 1999. Toshiba EMI released the episodes on both VHS and Laserdisc across 13 volumes, each containing two episodes. The first volume was released on January 21, 1999; the final volume was released July 26, 2000. The series was later released on DVD, however the Japanese versions were simply the American DVD releases encoded to play for Region 2.

Plot-

The story takes place in Tokyo where much of the manual labor is done by robots called Boomers, which are run by a mega-corporation Genom. Linna Yamazaki, a new office worker, observes a Boomer that has “gone rogue”, causing destruction and attacking people. Although the AD Police are called in to stop the rogue Boomers, a renegade group called the Knight Sabers dressed in cybernetic, armored Hardsuits appear and save the day. Yamazaki joins the group which consists of: Priss, a rock star; Sylia, a boutique store owner and the group’s leader; and Nene, a computer whiz who also works within the AD Police as a dispatch operator.

Over the course of the series, the Knight Sabers go after the rogue boomers, which frustrates the AD Police officers Leon McNichol and his partner Daley Wong. Genom is not happy with the development. its leader Quincy Rosenkreutz and advisor Brian J. Mason seek to unlock more boomer technology. Meanwhile, the girls must deal with Sylia’s younger brother Mackey. Leon pursues Priss with romantic intentions, but does not know of her connection to the Knight Sabers.

Mason uncovers and reactivates Galatea, a humanoid based on Sylia’s DNA who is able to control all boomers. Genom cuts AD Police’s funding, resulting in a strike, however, Galatea’s influence causes boomers everywhere to go rogue, trapping the Knight Sabers and the AD Police folks inside their own building. The Knight Sabers follow and defeat Galatea at a satellite orbiting Earth.

List of Hardsuits

Hardsuits are powered battle armour developed by Sylia Stingray and Nigel Kirkland. Initially they are suits of armour that the four Knight Sabers step into while wearing body stockings as close contact with skin and “plumbing” connections are required. Sylia states that the reason there are no male knight sabers is because it was easier to find women who shared a similar shape to her than to redesign hardsuits for a different anatomy. After the suits are lost the replacement suits are instead applied to the naked women as a viscous liquid silver-coloured ‘biometal’ that morphs into the coloured hardsuit. The hardsuits and the motoslave are revealed late in the series to be a form of boomer, that the very first set of suits (not seen in the series) were all lost due to their wearers not being well suited for their use and that Sylia had to find people like her whose consciousness could meld with the boomers’ nascent consciousness (itself based on Sylia’s consciousness due to her father’s development process) in order to optimise their function. This requirement is revealed when the Knight Sabers receive psychic messages from Galatea and at times the four women are sometimes able to communicate telepathically. Sylia notes that the highly limited power supply of the hardsuits was to prevent them going rogue.

Priss’s Hardsuit is specifically designed for the alley-style, hit and run fighting tactics she prefers. Her red-accented dark blue suit’s main weapon is a set of “knuckle bombs”. These are essentially shaped-charge explosive devices on the knuckles of her gauntlets, with which she beats against a Boomer until she can tear inside where its “core” (its heart) resides and destroy it from the inside out. Until Linna’s arrival, Priss was the primary combatant of the team and it is her suit that is used in Linna’s first test simulation.
Linna’s hardsuit is a green color accented with orange trim, and is extremely maneuverable. As the newest suit of the group, it has some of the most advanced features, including a pair of long, ribbon-like cutters with nanometer-thick mono-molecular edges that can slice through almost anything. This newness is a double-edged sword however, for it fails on its first mission with almost tragic consequences for its owner. Linna’s suit also has heavily armored gauntlets, but she does not carry the knuckle bombs that Priss’s suit has.
Designed more for field support and data acquisition than for combat, Nene’s hardsuit is an unusual reddish-pink and purple. Her weaponry includes a railgun that can shoot high sectional density armor-piercing metal spikes into her opponents, armored gauntlets, and an incredibly powerful computer system and scanner array that lets her handle almost any field intelligence operations required of her. Nene tries to prove herself as a fighter several times but overestimates her physical prowess and endangers herself and others. Eventually her suit is upgraded with several automatic functions that greatly increase her ability as a fighter.
Sylia’s Hardsuit is not often seen in the series, as Sylia does not engage in actual combat as often as the other Knight Sabers. However, when she does, her hardsuit is equipped with a retractable Katar style sword blade that she uses to inflict fatal damage to any boomer who makes the mistake of getting too close to her, and her combat style is even more savage and brutal than Priss’s. Her suit is primarily a silver/white color with teal and pink accents. It also sports active stealth systems, and she is known to carry remotely detonated explosive charges.

Wednesday News- August 2, 2017

Wednesday News- August 2, 2017

News-

Netflix to Stream LeSean Thomas’ Cannon Busters Animated Series- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-08-02/netflix-to-stream-lesean-thomas-cannon-busters-animated-series/.119640

Netflix Reveals Visuals for Sword Gai: The Animation Series- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-08-02/netflix-reveals-visuals-for-sword-gai-the-animation-series/.119639

Netflix to Premiere Kakegurui Anime Outside of Japan in 2018- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-08-02/netflix-to-premiere-kakegurui-anime-outside-of-japan-in-2018/.119638

Hideo Iura’s Keiji Yugami Detective Manga Gets Live-Action Series in October- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-08-01/hideo-iura-keiji-yugami-detective-manga-gets-live-action-series-in-october/.119586

Anime-

  • Blue Exorcist The Movie BD
  • Fruits Basket BD
  • Fruits Basket Sweet Sixteen Anniversary Edition BD
  • Junjō Romantica 2 BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin: Chronicle of Char and Sayla BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin: Chronicle of Char and Sayla DVD
  • Sword Art Online Box Set DVD

Manga-

  • Alive Graphic Novel (GN) 20 (Digital Only)
  • Assassination Classroom GN 17
  • Attack on Titan GN 22
  • Behind the Scenes!! GN 4
  • Black Clover GN 8
  • Bleach Omnibus GN 20
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 19
  • GTO: Paradise Lost GN 4 (Digital Only)C
  • Haikyu!! GN 14A
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Stardust Crusaders GN 4 (Hardcover)
  • Kasane GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Kaze Hikaru GN 25
  • Kounodori: Dr. Stork GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Kuroko’s Basketball Omnibus GN 7
  • Love’s Reach GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Dance GN 2
  • Magical Girl Site GN 3
  • Maid-sama! Omnibus GN 9A
  • My Hero Academia GN 9
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Omnibus GN 4
  • One Piece GN 83
  • Persona 3 GN 6
  • Platinum End GN 3
  • She and Her Cat GN 1
  • So Cute It Hurts!! GN 14
  • There’s a Demon Lord on the Floor GN 3A
  • Toriko GN 39P
  • Vampire Knight: Memories GN 1
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 7
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Omnibus GN 11

Other-

  • Shin Godzilla BD/DVD + UVP
  • Shin Godzilla DVDC

Film Friday- Ergo Proxy

Film Friday- Ergo Proxy

Ergo Proxy is a science fiction suspense anime television series, produced by Manglobe, directed by Shukō Murase and written by Dai Satō. The anime originally aired from February 25 to August 12, 2006 on the WOWOW satellite network, lasting 23 episodes.

The series, which is heavily influenced by philosophy and Gnosticism, features a combination of 2D digital cel animation, 3D computer modeling, and digital special effects. After its release in Japan, the anime was licensed for a DVD release by Geneon Entertainment USA, with a subsequent broadcast on Fuse TV. The show was also distributed to Australian, British and Canadian anime markets. Since its release, Ergo Proxy has received mostly favorable reviews which praised its visuals and themes.

Story

The story begins in a futuristic domed city called Romdeau, built to protect its citizens after a global ecological disaster thousands of years prior. In this utopia, humans and androids known as AutoReivs coexist peacefully under a total management system. A series of murders committed by robots and AutoReivs infected with the Cogito virus (which causes them to become self-aware) begins to threaten the delicate balance of Romdeau’s social order. Behind the scenes, the government has been conducting secret experiments on a mysterious humanoid life form called a “Proxy.” The Proxy beings (described as almighty, god-like, immortal, omnipotent) are believed to hold the very key to the survival of humanity.

Re-L (also represented by the spelling “R.E.A.L.” in the Romdeau citizen database) Mayer is assigned to investigate some of the murders with her AutoReiv partner, Iggy. She encounters two unknown and highly powerful creatures. She later learns that a Proxy was involved. The other central character, an immigrant named Vincent Law, is revealed to be connected in some ways with this Proxy. After being hunted down, Vincent lives in a commune on the outside of the dome for a while. During the massacre of the commune by Raul Creed of the Security Bureau, Vincent leaves the area for Mosk, his birthplace, in an attempt to recover his memories. Re-L later rejoins him to try to discover the truth behind the Proxies and the domes. It is revealed among other things that domes are all created by Proxies as well as the people inhabiting them who are created in special incubators.

In the Romdeau arcology, the government is divided between several entities: the Intelligence Bureau, the Health & Welfare Bureau, and the Security Bureau, are named in the series, all under the control of an Administrator who is referred to as the “Regent” and grandfather of “R.E.A.L.”

The primary AutoReiv types are referred to as either ‘Companion’ or ‘Entourage,’ depending on their role. There are others designed for leisure or combat functions; AutoReivs seem to be constructed of varying degrees of cybernetic complexity, as witnessed by AutoReivs on occasion producing blood splatter when shot and killed.

The humans in the city are grown in artificial wombs but are still biologically related to their ancestors. Numerous times throughout the series it is stated that the humans living in the domes have no capacity to reproduce naturally, or at least that’s what they have been told. Likewise, when a new person is grown, they are done so to fulfill a specific purpose, thus ensuring that person’s future-place in society through a “raison d’être” (i.e., a “reason for existence”).

Wednesday News- July 26, 2017

Wednesday News- July 26, 2017

News-

Maiden Japan Licenses To Heart 2 Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-07-25/maiden-japan-licenses-to-heart-2-anime/.119313

Testament of Sister New Devil English Dub Stars Lauren Landa, Chris Hackney- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-07-25/testament-of-sister-new-devil-english-dub-stars-lauren-landa-chris-hackney/.119317

Toonami Regains Half Hour of Programming- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-07-25/toonami-regains-half-hour-of-programming/.119314

Senran Kagura Game Series to Announce New Title on August 1- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-07-26/senran-kagura-game-series-to-announce-new-title-on-august-1/.119338

Anime-

  • And you thought there is never a girl online? Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • And you thought there is never a girl online? BD/DVD
  • Captain Harlock: Arcadia my My Youth: Endless Orbit SSX DVD
  • Chivalry of a Failed Knight Premium Edition Box Set BD/DVD
  • Dancouga DVD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 1 BD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 1 BD
  • Fatal Fury: The Movie BD
  • Goku: Midnight Eye DVD
  • Monster Musume Premium Edition Box Set BD/DVD
  • Monster Musume BD
  • Monster Musume DVD
  • Psybuster DVD
  • RIN-NE Season 2 BD
  • RIN-NE Season 2 DVD

Manga-

  • All-Rounder Meguru Graphic Novel (GN) 4 (Digital)
  • Aphorism GN 11 (Digital)
  • Battle Rabbits GN 4
  • A Certain Scientific Railgun GN 12
  • Crimson Prince GN 11 (Digital)
  • Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju GN 2
  • Disney Fairies: Vidia and the Fairy Crown GN
  • élDLIVE GN 2 (Digital)
  • Fairy Tail GN 61
  • Generation Witch GN 1
  • Giant Killing GN 3 (Digital)
  • Hatsune Miku: Bad∞End∞Night GN 2
  • Maria Holic GN 10
  • My Monster Secret GN 7
  • Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sharingan Legend GN 11 (Digital)
  • Princess Resurrection GN 16 (Digital)
  • Queen Emeraldas GN 2 (Hardcover)
  • Sekirei GN 11 (Digital)
  • The Seven Princes of the Thousand Year Labyrinth GN 3
  • A Springtime with Ninjas GN 4 (Digital)
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil GN 6
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN 5 (Digital)
  • UQ Holder! GN 11
  • Wolfsmund GN 8

Other-

  • Collar X Malice PlayStation Vita Game
  • Durarara!! Novel 7
  • Fate/EXTELLA: The Umbral Star Nintendo Switch/PC Game
  • Hey! Pikmin Nintendo 3DS Game
  • Kagerou Daze Novel 7
  • Miitopia Nintendo 3DS Game
  • Your Lie in April A Six Person Etude Novel