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Wednesday News- April 19, 2017

Wednesday News- April 19, 2017

News-

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

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

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

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

Anime-

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

Manga-

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

Other-

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

Other Tuesday- Blood +

Other Tuesday- Blood +

Two Japanese light novel series were commission and created for the Blood+ anime series produced by Production I.G and Aniplex. The first, also named Blood+, written by Ryō Ikehata with illustrations by Chizu Hashii, is a four volume series and the official novel adaptation of the anime series. It expands on the events of the anime and gives greater background information on the battle against chiropterans. The first volume was released in Japan on May 1, 2006 by Kadokawa Shoten under their male-oriented Sneaker Bunko label. The remaining volumes released every four months until the final volume was released on May 1, 2007.

The second adaptation, Blood+: Russian Rose, is a two-volume series written by Karino Minazuki and illustrated by Ryō Takagi. It was released at the same time as Blood+, with the first volume released on May 1, 2006 and the second on September 1, 2006. The series, published under Kadokawa’s more female-oriented Beans Bunko label, details Saya and Hagi’s lives at the start of the 20th century and the Russian Revolution.

Both novel series have been licensed for release in English in North America by Dark Horse Comics. Dark Horse released the first translated Blood+ novel on March 19, 2008.

Wednesday News- April 5, 2017

Wednesday News- April 5, 2017

News-

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

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

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

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

Anime-

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

Manga-

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

Other-

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

 

 

Other Tuesday- Psycho Pass

Other Tuesday- Psycho Pass

Novels

A novelization of the series by Makoto Fukami has been published by Mag Garden in two volumes released on February 4 and April 4, 2013. Shiotani said the novels were more violent than the television series. A prequel titled Namae no Nai Kaibutsu (名前のない怪物?, lit. “The Monster with no Name“) was written by Aya Takaba, who worked on the television series. Before the novel was released, it was first published on the “Noitamina Novel” page on Noitamina’s official website. The novel was released on February 4, 2013.

A new series of novels focusing on four characters by Ryō Yoshigami began publication in the August issue of Hayakawa Publishing’s S-F Magazine on June 25, 2014. After the serialization ends, Hayakawa Bunko JA revised the novels and published them in October 2014. Other stories will focus on Choe Gu-sung, Shusei Kagari, Yayoi Kunizuka and Shion Karanomori. Hayakawa Bunko JA also published the Psycho Pass Genesis book in December 2014, which revealed the origins of Sybil and Tonomi Masaoka’s involvement.

Video games

Interactive visual novels titled Chimi Chara Psycho-Pass, which feature chibi versions of the series’ characters in original stories, were included with Blu-ray Disc volumes of the anime and are playable on any Blu-ray playing device. In May 2014, it was announced by Anime News Network that a video game based on the series, named Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness, was being developed by 5pb. for the Xbox One; with a PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 port announced in December 2015. The game features an original story written by Urobuchi, which takes place during the time period of the anime’s first six episodes and focuses on a new set of protagonists confronting a new enemy on a remote island. NIS America is localizing Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness for the PlayStation 4, Vita and an exclusive PC version via Steam for Fall 2016. The Xbox One version of the game will not be localized.

Wednesday News- March 22, 2017

Wednesday News- March 22, 2017

News-

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

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

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

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

 

Anime-

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

Manga-

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

Other-

  • Accel World Novel 9
  • Durarara!! Novel 6
  • Log Horizon Novel 7
  • Re:Zero Novel 3vel 6A
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Wednesday News- March 8, 2017

Wednesday News- March 8, 2017

News-

Yen Press to Publish The Royal Tutor, Kakegurui, Sekirei Manga in Print- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-03-07/yen-press-to-publish-the-royal-tutor-kakegurui-sekirei-manga-in-print/.113115

What Do Miko (Shrine Maiden) Actually Do?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/answerman/2017-03-08/.113120

Inuyasha Stage Play Reveals Cast Visuals for Kagome, Kikyo- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-03-08/inuyasha-stage-play-reveals-cast-visuals-for-kagome-kikyo/.113130

Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds PS Vita Game Slated for May in N. American, Europe- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-03-07/hakuoki-kyoto-winds-ps-vita-game-slated-for-may-in-n-america-europe/.113123

Anime-

  • Miss Hokusai BD/DVD/Digital HDP
  • Miss Hokusai DVD
  • Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation BD
  • Phantasy Star Online 2: The Animation DVD
  • STARMYU BD/DVD
  • Turn A Gundam Collection 2 BD
  • Wanna Be the Strongest in the World BD/DVD S.A.V.E.
  • Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi – The World’s Greatest First Love DVD
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Season 1 Complete Collection BD
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Season 1 Complete Collection DVD
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Season 1 Volume 2 BD
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Season 1 Volume 2 DVD

Manga-

  • Anonymous Noise GN 1
  • Bleach GN 69
  • Bloody Mary GN 6
  • A Certain Scientific Accelerator GN 5
  • Everyone’s Getting Married GN 4
  • Haikyu!! GN 9
  • Hunter X Hunter GN 33
  • Ichi-F: A Worker’s Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant GN
  • Interviews with Monster Girls GN 3
  • Kimi ni Todoke GN 26
  • The Legend of Zelda Legendary Edition GN 3 (The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past)
  • Masamune-kun’s Revenge GN 4
  • Natsume’s Book of Friends GN 20
  • Nichijou GN 7
  • Ninja Slayer Kills GN 4
  • Nisekoi GN 20
  • One Piece Omnibus GN 19
  • One-Punch Man GN 11
  • Persona 3 GN 3
  • Persona 4 GN 6
  • Platinum End GN 2
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire (Pokémon Adventures) GN 3
  • Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel GN
  • Skip Beat! GN 38
  • Tegami Bachi GN 20
  • Welcome to the Ballroom GN 3
  • Yo-kai Watch GN 7

Other Releases

  • Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey PS4 Game
  • Fate/Complete Character Material Artbook 2
  • Fate/Grand Order Original Soundtrack I CD (Import)
  • Naruto: Sasuke’s Story Novel
  • NieR Automata PS4 game
  • Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale Original Soundtrack CD (Import)

Other Tuesday- Vampire Hunter D Light Novels

Other Tuesday- Vampire Hunter D Light Novels

Beginning in 1983, Kikuchi has so far written 31 Vampire Hunter novels spanning 44 volumes. All of the official publications in the series were originally published by Asahi Sonorama until the Sonorama branch went out of business in September 2007. The release of D – Throng of Heretics in October 2007 under the Asahi Bunko – Sonorama Selection label marked the transition to the new publisher, Asahi Shimbun Publishing, a division of Asahi Sonorama’s parent company. From December 2007 through January 2008, Asahi Shimbun Publishing reprinted the complete Vampire Hunter catalogue under the Sonorama Selection label.
On May 11, 2005, the first official English translation was released under DH Press, translated by Kevin Leahy. As of November 2016, 21 novels have been translated into and released in English, spanning 24 volumes.
In January 2011, Hideyuki Kikuchi published the first spinoff set in the Vampire Hunter universe, a series of prequels titled Another Vampire Hunter: The Noble Greylancer, illustrated by Ayami Kojima, artist and character designer for the Castlevania series of video games. It takes place over 5,000 years before Vampire Hunter D and focuses on expanding the history of the Nobility, following the exploits of the vampire warrior Lord Greylancer.
In 2013, Viz Media’s Haikasoru imprint released the first official English translation of the prequel series, retitled Noble V: Greylancer, translated by Takami Nieda with newly commissioned cover artwork by Vincent Chong.

Plot-

D wanders through a far-future post-nuclear Earth that combines elements of pulp genres: western, science fiction, horror, high fantasy, H. P. Lovecraftian mythos, folklore and occult science. The planet, once terrified by the elegant but cruel Nobles (vampires), ancient demons, mutants and their technological creations, is now slowly returning to a semblance of order and human control — thanks in part to the decadence that brought about the downfall of the vampire race, to the continued stubbornness of frontier dwellers and, to the rise of a caste of independent hunters-for-hire who eliminate supernatural threats.

The year is approximately 12,090 AD. Some time in 1999, a nuclear war occurred. The Nobility were vampires that planned for a possible nuclear war and sequestered all that was needed to rebuild civilization in their shelters. They use their science combined with magic to restore the world in their image. Nearly all magical creatures are engineered, with a very small number being demons who survived the holocaust. Despite their technology being great enough to create a blood substitute as food, they still prefer to feed on humans. As such, they create a civilization where vampires and humans coexist, eventually developing the planet into parklands and cities. The society eventually stagnates when vampire technology perfects scientific prophecy, which determines they are at their zenith of existence and thus are doomed to fall, overthrown by humans. The human race was also transformed at this time, with fear for the vampires being woven into the genetic level, and the inability to remember vampire weaknesses such as garlic and crucifixes.

 

Manga Monday- Fushigi Yuugi

Manga Monday- Fushigi Yuugi

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Today’s Manga Monday is on Fushigi Yuugi and excellent shojo series from a master of her craft!

Fushigi Yūgi, also known as Fushigi Yûgi: The Mysterious Play or Curious Play, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yuu Watase. Shogakukan published Fushigi Yûgi in Shōjo Comic in its original serialized form from May 1992 through June 1996. Viz Media released the manga series in English in North America starting in 1999. Spanning eighteen volumes, Fushigi Yûgi tells the story of two teenaged girls, Miaka and Yui, who are pulled into The Universe of the Four Gods, a mysterious book at the National Library. It is essentially based on four mythological creatures of China.

A thirteen-volume Japanese light novel series also followed Fushigi Yûgi: Shōgakukan published the novels from January 30, 1998 to September 26, 2003. On October 25, 2003, Watase began releasing a prequel to the manga series, Fushigi Yûgi Genbu Kaiden, and ended in May 2013. Another prequel to the manga series, Fushigi Yûgi Byakko Ibun was published in February 2015.

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Written and illustrated by Yuu Watase, Fushigi Yûgi originally appeared in serial form in the monthly manga magazine Shōjo Comic. It premiered in the May 1992 issue and ran for over four years, with the final chapter appearing in the June 1996 issue. The series was simultaneously published in eighteen collected volumes by Shogakukan, with new volumes being released on a quarterly schedule.

In 1992, Viz Media licensed the manga for an English language release in North America. The series was originally released in a flipped trade paperback format, starting in August 1998. Several characters have both Japanese pronunciations and Chinese pronunciations. In 1998 Watase visited the United States and met with Viz staff members at their San Francisco headquarters. Viz kept the original Chinese names of characters at the request of Watase. Bill Flanagan, the editor of the English version, asked Watase if he should use the Chinese names for popular characters such as Tai Yi-Jun (Taitsukun) and she also asked for the Chinese names to be used there. The characters with names remaining in Japanese in the English version are the characters such as Tamahome who have Japanese pronunciations of ancient constellations; there was never any intention of them having Chinese names.

This caused some confusion for fans as the anime version uses the Japanese names. For example, in the manga, Hotohori’s country is named “Hong-Nan” rather than the “Konan” found in the anime series. After eight volumes, Viz stopped publication of Fushigi Yûgi, reviving it in June 2003 when it released the first two volumes in unflipped standard manga size volumes. The remaining volumes were released on a quarterly schedule, including the remaining ten volumes. The final volume of the series was released in April 2006. The dates and ISBN numbers given for the first eight volumes in the table on the link above are for the second edition releases.

Viz also serialized Fushigi Yûgi in their manga anthology magazine, Animerica Extra, starting with the October 1998 debut issue and running until the December 2004 issue, the magazine’s final issue. In January 2009, Viz is slated to re-release the series as part of their “VIZBIG” line, which usually combines two or three individual volumes of the original release into a single, larger volume.

Novels

Over a series of five years, Megumi Nishizaki wrote thirteen Japanese light novels based on Fushigi Yûgi. Illustrated by Yuu Watase, Fushigi Yûgi Gaiden primarily explores the lives the various Celestial Warriors before they are seen in the manga. The only two novels to be set after the manga, Eikō Den (Jōkan) and Eikō Den (Gekan), later became the basis for the third Fushigi Yûgi original video animation, Fushigi Yûgi Eikoden. Originally published by Shogakukan, none of the novels have been licensed for English release.

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Other Tuesday- Ghost Hunt Light Novel Series

Other Tuesday- Ghost Hunt Light Novel Series

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Ghost Hunt , originally titled Akuryō Series , is a light novel series written by Fuyumi Ono. It follows the adventures of Shibuya Psychic Research as they investigate mysterious occurrences all over Japan with a team of other spiritualists and clever assistants. Although the last novel was published in 1994, the story was left incomplete.

Written and illustrated by Shiho Inada, the manga adaptation premiered in Amie magazine in 1998, then moved to sister publication Nakayoshi. After this, the series moved to being published in volumes only. The series was completed in September 2010 with the twelfth and final volume. The manga is licensed for an English-language release in North America by Del Rey Manga, which has released 11 volumes of the series to date. Ghost Hunt is licensed for release in the United Kingdom by Tanoshimi.

Ghost Hunt follows the ghost hunting adventures of Mai Taniyama, a first-year high school student who becomes involved with Shibuya Psychic Research (SPR) and its young manager, Kazuya Shibuya. Mai nicknames Kazuya Shibuya “Naru” because of his narcissistic (narushishisuto) attitude, and the nickname is generally adopted by all those who come to eventually work with SPR: Buddhist monk Houshou Takigawa; shrine maiden Ayako Matsuzaki; celebrity teen psychic Masako Hara; and Catholic priest John Brown.

Ghost Hunt also explores the paranormal abilities of the characters, particularly focusing on Mai’s “latent psychic abilities,” demonstrated by her dreaming about information relevant to their cases. She is often joined in her dreams by someone whom she assumes to be Naru, who acts as a spirit guide, but who is later revealed to be someone quite unexpected.

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