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Wednesday News- March 21, 2018

Wednesday News- March 21, 2018

News-

Viz Adds Anime to go90 Streaming Service- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-03-20/viz-adds-anime-to-go90-streaming-service/.129246

HIDIVE Announces Alice or Alice Simulcast- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-03-20/hidive-announces-alice-or-alice-simulcast/.129263

Review: Love Live! Sunshine!! Season One BD/DVD- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/love-live-sunshine/season-one-bd/dvd/.129099

FLCL 2 & 3 Video Reveals Titles, June 2 Premiere- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-03-20/flcl-2-and-3-video-reveals-titles-june-2-premiere/.129243

Anime-

  • Chaos;Child BD/DVD
  • Chihayafuru Season 2 BD
  • Chihayafuru Season 2 DVD
  • Chihayafuru Season 2 Premium Edition Box Set BD/DVD
  • Hand Shakers BD/DVD
  • One Piece Season 9 Part 4 DVD

Manga-

  • ACCA 13 Territory Inspection Department GN  2
  • Children of the Whales GN 3
  • DNA Doesn’t Tell Us GN 1
  • Dragon Half Omnibus GN  1
  • Flying Witch GN  5
  • Forbidden Scrollery GN 2
  • Fuuka GN 17 (Digital Only)
  • Giant Killing GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Golden Kamuy GN  4
  • Graineliers GN 2
  • Horimiya GN 10
  • I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Days of Goddess GN 1
  • Kasane GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 5
  • Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight GN 4
  • Love’s Reach GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Mononoke Sharing GN 1
  • Nirvana GN 2
  • Perfect World GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Spice and Wolf Novel 15
  • Sweet Blue Flowers GN  3
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil GN 8
  • Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty GN 3

Other-

  • Attack on Titan 2 PlayStation 4/Xbox One Game
  • Detective Pikachu Nintendo 3DS Game
  • Ichi the Killer BD
  • Magical Girl Raising Project Novel 3
  • Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom PlayStation 4 Game
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 10
  • Sisyphean Novel
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel 2

Light Novel Tuesday- Kimi ni Todoke

Light Novel Tuesday- Kimi ni Todoke

Kimi ni Todoke has been adapted into two series of light novels in Japan released by Shueisha, one under their Cobalt imprint and one under their newer Mirai Bunko imprint. Fifteen volumes have been released so far in the Cobalt imprint series; the first was released on August 1, 2007 and most recent on January 30, 2015. They are being written by Kanae Shimokawa, who also novelized the Nana movie and Yukan Club. Thirteen volumes of the Mirai Bunko version have been released thus far; the first on March 1, 2011 and most recent on June 5, 2015.

A separate volume was released September 11, 2009. The volume took the place of the manga in Bessatsu Margaret magazine while Karuho Shiina took a break due to her pregnancy; it contains the story of Kazehaya and Sawako’s first meeting, before the events of the manga.

Characters-

Ume “Kurumi” Kurumizawa 
Voiced by: Aya Hirano (anime), Mirei Kiritani (live-action)
A girl who appears friendly and sweet to everyone around her, she has had a huge crush on Kazehaya since their first year of middle school; as a result, she understands his personality well, despite the fact they were never close friends. From when she was first seen, for many chapters she was known only as “Kurumi”, which Sawako mistook to be her given name. She dislikes her given name, Ume, because it sounds old-fashioned and prefers to be called her nickname, “Kurumi.” Kurumi is extremely jealous of Sawako, which led her to spread fake rumors of Sawako’s only friends at the time, Yoshida and Yano, using Sawako’s name. Kurumi does not attend the same class as Sawako or Kazehaya. During the next series of events it comes out that the middle school “Kazehaya is Everyone’s” alliance had been Kurumi’s idea, in order to preserve her own chances with Kazehaya. She eventually confesses her love to Kazehaya, but receives an expected rejection. Because she is always surprised with Sawako’s naiveté, Kurumi, in her own words, “You just don’t get it, do you?! Sawako-chan, when I’m talking to you … I get irritated and say what I really mean…”, and regards her as a rival for Kazehaya’s affection. Following Kazehaya’s rejection, she becomes colder to her classmates, but is able to finally express her feelings and personality. When Sawako hesitates on expressing her feelings, Kurumi tells Sawako that Sawako is not worthy of being a rival, but changes her mind after hearing that Sawako and Shota have become a couple. She even defends Sawako against some other jealous girls, and got angry at Miura Kento for saying unnecessary things to Sawako that had caused a rift between Sawako and Shota. Despite Kurumi’s harsh personality, she is deep down, a stubborn, clear minded young woman who had stooped to unfair tricks to win a person’s heart but has since learned better.
Kento Miura 
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano (anime)
A student who sits next to Sawako at the beginning of their second year. Miura considers himself fairly popular among the girls, but he immediately expresses an interest in Sawako that Kazehaya becomes a little jealous. Miura assumes Kazehaya likes Sawako because he feels sorry for her, and tries to persuade Kazehaya to not be as involved in Sawako’s life. His interference with Sawako and Kazehaya’s developing relationship irritates Ayane. He expresses gratitude over the fact that the two began dating before he fell in love with her. In recent chapters, however, it hints that Kento may be developing a sort of attraction for Ayane and has helped her through some difficult times. He tends to help girls with broken relationships, as he continues to grow feelings for Ayane, he seeks advices from Sawako and Kazehaya. It is from Kazehaya that Kento finds out that Ayane has been slapped by one of her ex-boyfriends.
Tomoko “Tomo” Endo  and Eriko “Ekko” Hirano 
Voiced by: Mayuki Makiguchi (Eriko Hirano), Voiced by: Miho Miyagawa (Tomoko Endou)
Endou and Hirano are classmates of Sawako, and also members of her study group. After Sawako begins to open up, Endou and Hirano become some of her first friends and try to find ways to encourage her to be less formal around them. They both become close friends of Sawako, who shows her appreciation of their friendship by making them Christmas gifts in addition to those she makes for her parents, Ayane, Chizuru, and Kazehaya.
Soichi “Joe” Jonouchi 
Voiced by: Masahiro Yamanaka
One of Sawako’s classmates, easily swayed by other people. He generally appears in the background. Jounouchi is very attached to Kazehaya, which usually results in him unwittingly interrupting conversations between Sawako and Kazehaya. At one point, he is rejected after confessing to a girl he liked and is comforted by Kazehaya. After hearing about how Yano broke up with her boyfriend, he sets his attention on her though she is not interested in him. It appears Joe is a character used for comedic value, often blundering with simple tasks or interrupting serious moments. He does not seem to take hints nor does he often realize his mistakes when they are pointed out.
Toru Sanada 
Voiced by: Wataru Hatano
Tōru is Ryu’s older brother by eight years and Chizuru’s crush since she was young. Although he is Ryu’s brother and they resemble one another, their personalities are nearly opposite. Tōru resembles Kazehaya personality-wise and looks extremely refreshing, except much more mature. He lives three hours away from his parents’ house but much to Chizuru’s surprise, on his visit with the family he introduced his fiancee. He cares about Ryu and Chizuru a lot, and eventually tells Chizuru he loves her like a little sister. He calls Chizuru by the nickname “Chii” because a person has to smile when saying it, and he wanted to cheer her up.

Wednesday News- March 7, 2018

Wednesday News- March 7, 2018

News- 

Crunchyroll Adds 1st 7 English-Dubbed Granblue Fantasy Episodes- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-03-06/crunchyroll-adds-1st-7-english-dubbed-granblue-fantasy-episodes/.128614

Shelf Life: Typhoon Noruda- 

Butlers: Chitose Momotose Monigatari Anime Premieres April 11-
Fairy Tail’s Hiro Mashima Teases ‘Various Announcements’ in April- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-03-06/north-american-anime-manga-releases-march-4-10/.128633
Anime-
  • Bungo Stray Dogs Limited Edition Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Bungo Stray Dogs Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Fairy Tail: Dragon CryBD/DVD
  • Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry DVD
  • Fairy Tail Zero BD/DVD
  • Girlish Number BD
  • Kiss Him, Not Me! BD/DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam UC BD Collection
  • Mobile Suit Gundam UC DVD Collection
  • Trickster Part 2 BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Ace of Diamond GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • All-Rounder Meguru GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Anonymous Noise GN 7
  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest GN  1
  • Astra Lost in Space GN 2
  • Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition GN 2 (Hardcover)
  • Beasts of Abigaile GN 3
  • Black Panther and Sweet 16 GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Bleach GN 72
  • Bloody Mary GN 10
  • Boruto GN 3
  • Btooom! GN 20
  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House GN 11
  • Devils’ Line GN 10
  • Dimension W GN  9
  • Dragon Half Omnibus GN 1
  • Drifting Dragons GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Frau Faust GN 4
  • Haikyu!! GN 21
  • Hunter X Hunter GN 34
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War GN  1
  • Nirvana GN  2
  • One Piece Omnibus GN 23
  • One-Punch Man GN 13
  • Pokémon Adventures Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire GN 6
  • Psycho-Pass: Inspector Shinya Kōgami GN 4
  • Pumpkin Scissors GN 19 (Digital Only)
  • Queen’s Quality GN 3
  • Skip Beat! GN 40
  • Tales of Wedding Rings GN  1
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil GN 8
  • Today’s Cerberus GN 7
  • Trinity Seven GN 12
  • Yokai Girls GN 2
  • The Young Master’s Revenge GN 1
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V GN  3

Other-

  • The Art of The Secret World of Arrietty(Hardcove)
  • Final Fantasy XV Royal Edition PlayStation 4 Game
  • Gintama Live-Action Film BD/DVD
  • Gintama Live-Action Film DVD
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 7 (Digital Only)

Wednesday News- February 28, 2018

Wednesday News- February 28, 2018

News-

Kodansha USA Licenses Starving Anonymous, Perfect World, Liar x Liar Manga Digitally- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-27/kodansha-usa-licenses-starving-anonymous-perfect-world-liar-x-liar-manga-digitally/.128342

March Comes in Like a Lion Season 2’s Video Previews March 3 Return- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-26/march-comes-in-like-a-lion-season-2-video-previews-march-3-return/.128278

Chrono Trigger Launches for Steam- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-27/chrono-trigger-launches-for-steam/.128329

2018 Pokemon Film’s Trailer Reveals Title, New Characters- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-27/2018-pokemon-film-trailer-reveals-title-new-characters/.128295

Anime-

  • Attack on Titan Season 2 BD/DVD
  • Attack on Titan Season 2 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Cinderella Boy DVD
  • Flip Flappers! BD
  • Flip Flappers! Premium Box Set BD
  • Izetta: The Last Witch BD/DVD
  • Library War BD
  • NieA_7 BD/DVD
  • Scar-red Rider XechS DVD
  • Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer BD
  • Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer DVD

Manga-

  • Again!! GN 1
  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride GN 8
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card GN 2
  • Clockwork Planet GN 7
  • Corpse Princess GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • Delicious in Dungeon GN 4
  • Devilman Grimoire GN 2
  • Dragon Head GN 1-10 (Digital Only)
  • Flowers of Evil Complete Omnibus GN 2
  • Freezing GN 10
  • Girls’ Last Tour GN 4
  • Kiss Him, Not Me GN 1 3
  • My Boyfriend in Orange GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • My Brother the Shut-in GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Pitch-Black Ten GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • PTSD Radio GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • A Polar Bear in Love GN 2
  • Rose Guns Days Season Three GN 3
  • Scum’s Wish GN 6
  • To Love Ru Darkness GN 3
  • Unmagical Girl GN 2

Other-

  • A Certain Magical Index GN 6
  • Clockwork Planet Novel 1
  • Nekomonogatari (White) Cat Tale Novel

 

Wednesday News- February 21, 2018

Wednesday News- February 21, 2018

News-

Ni no Kuno II Game’s Video Previews 1at 15 Minutes- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-20/ni-no-kuni-ii-game-video-previews-1st-15-minutes/.128038

Bleach Live-Action Film’s Teaser Shows Ichigo’s 1st Hollow Battle- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-20/bleach-live-action-film-teaser-shows-ichigo-1st-hollow-battle/.128057

Kodansha USA Lists Dragon Head Manga as Digital Release- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-20/kodansha-usa-lists-dragon-head-manga-as-digital-release/.128055

Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet Gets Anime Tie-In Short- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-02-19/sword-art-online-fatal-bullet-gets-anime-tie-in-short/.128006

Anime-

  • All Out!! Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 3 BD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 3 DVD
  • Food Wars! The Second Plate Premium Box Set BD/DVD
  • Non Non Biyori Complete Collection BD

Manga-

  • All Out!! Graphic Novel (GN) 5 (Digital Only)
  • Aoharu X Machinegun GN 9
  • Bloom Into You GN 4
  • Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage GN 3
  • Chihayafuru GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Cosplay Animal GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Fuuka GN 16 (Digital Only)
  • Giant Spider & Me – A Post-Apocalyptic Tale GN 1
  • Hotaru’s Way GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Kasane GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Kase-san and… An Apron GN
  • Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade Novel 8
  • Lord Marksman and Vanadis GN 6
  • Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka GN 2
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt GN 6
  • NTR: Netsuzou Trap GN 4
  • The Prince’s Black Poison GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GN 1
  • Red Colored Elegy GN
  • Silver Spoon GN 1
  • Tales of Zestiria GN 4
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 4
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 3
  • The Voices of a Distant Star GN

Other-

  • The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria GN 2
  • Garo Kiba BD
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 5
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Sword Oratoria Novel 5
  • Log Horizon Novel 10
  • Metal Gear Survive PlayStation 4/Xbox One/PC Game
  • Occultic;Nine Novel 3
  • Psycome Novel 6
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Novel 6
  • Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet PlayStation 4/Xbox One/PC Game

Other Tuesday- Full Metal Panic! Light Novels

Other Tuesday- Full Metal Panic! Light Novels

Full Metal Panic! is a series of light novels written by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Shiki Douji. The series follows Sousuke Sagara, a member of the covert anti-terrorist private military organization known as Mithril, tasked with protecting Kaname Chidori, a hot-headed Japanese high school girl.

Individual chapters are published on Monthly Dragon Magazine, followed by a paperback compilation released by Fujimi Shobo’s Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. The novels are split between stories focusing on Sousuke’s mission as a soldier of Mithril and comedic side stories centered on his life at Jindai High School.

The series has been adapted into different media; including three anime television series: Full Metal Panic! by Gonzo in 2002, Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu and Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid by Kyoto Animation in 2003 and 2005 respectively. An OVA was also released in 2006; and five different manga series.

Tokyopop licensed the novels for English-language publication in North America and released parts of the series, while ADV Films licensed and dubbed the first season and the spin-off. The second season was licensed by Kadokawa Pictures USA with ADV Films producing the dub yet again. Mandalay Pictures acquired the film rights to the series in 2009. At Anime USA 2009, Funimation announced that it had acquired the rights to the first and second series of Full Metal Panic! and both were re-released and remastered on DVD and Blu-ray in 2010. The series began airing in North America on November 22, 2010, on the FUNimation Channel. The Fumoffu series made its North American television debut on the FUNimation Channel on November 15, 2010.

A spin-off to the light-novel series called Full Metal Panic! Another was serialized between 2011 and 2016. Another received a manga adaptation split in two series, the second of which is still being published.

Light novels

The light novel series Full Metal Panic! is written by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Shiki Douji. It was serialised by Fujimi Shobo in its monthly magazine Gekkan Dragon Magazine since June 1998 and published under the Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint in tankōbon format since September 1998. Gatoh often found delays in writing of the novels, which led to delays to the publication of the series’ volumes. The series focuses on Sergeant Sousuke Sagara’s arrival to the Jindai High School where he was assigned to protect the student Kaname Chidori while also acting as a student.

A total of twelve full length volumes have been released from September 18, 1998, to August 20, 2010. In parallel to the twelve volumes, nine autoconclusive light novels of the series (which form the short story collection) have also been published from December 17, 1998, to August 20, 2011. Finally two more volumes titled Side Arms focusing on the past of some characters (which form the side story collection) and the birth of Mithril and Amalgam have been published on April 20, 2004 and July 20, 2006. In contrast to the full length volumes, short story collection focuses on the comedy elements from the series. In January 2010, Gatoh wrote another of these stories in celebration of Gekkan Dragon Magazines 300th issue, which has been included in the last short story collection volume. Another series of spin-off novels has been released by Naoto Ōguro with supervision of Shoji Gatoh from August 20, 2011 to February 20, 2016, consisting of thirteen volumes and set years after the original series’ ending. The light novels have also been adapted into various manga, as well as three anime television series and an OVA episode for which Gatoh was also part of the staff.

Tokyopop licensed the Full Metal Panic! series for North America release, publishing the first regular light novel on September 11, 2007. The latest released volume is the fourth on February 1, 2011, which is a compilation from the original fourth and fifth full length volumes from the series. No short story collection volumes nor side story collection ones have been published and the company has shut down its publishing operations in North America on May 31, 2011. In 2015, at Anime Expo and San Diego Comic-Con, Tokyopop announced that it would be relaunching its publishing operations in North America in 2016 and that they will consider light novels, but nothing has been disclosed about Full Metal Panic! novels publication.

Other Tuesday- The Record of Lodoss War Light Novels

Other Tuesday- The Record of Lodoss War Light Novels

The first volume forms the basis for the first eight episodes of the Record of Lodoss War OVA series, as well as the Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch manga series. The second was also adapted in manga form, and as a four-CD radio drama. The final five episodes of the OVA series are loosely based on the story told across the third and fourth novels and, having caught up with the ongoing novelization at that point, feature an original ending. The Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight TV series is a more faithful adaptation of volumes three to seven. The first collection of short stories was adapted into the Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit’s Tale manga series.

Mizuno later went on to pen two new series of novels: a prequel titled Legend of Lodoss (1994 to 2002) and a sequel titled Record of Lodoss War Next Generation (1998 to 2006), the first of which forms the basis for the Record of Lodoss War: The Lady of Pharis manga series.

Record of Lodoss War Online

The Japanese online game company GameOn announced that it acquired the global license to make an online game for computers and mobile phones based on the Record of Lodoss War fantasy franchise from Kadokawa Production and Slowcurve. Ryo Mizuno, the novelist and co-creator of the franchise, will serve as a supervisor on the development of the online game. GameOn plans to release the game outside Japan. GameOn also said that the new game will not be browser-based. The game, Record of Lodoss War Online was released in February 2016.

Wednesday News- January 10, 2018

Wednesday News- January 10, 2018

The Winter 2018 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2018/winter/.125962

Shelf Life: Squid Girlhttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2018-01-08/.126152

1st Tiger & Bunny Director Keiichi Sato Not Working on New Anime Series- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-01-10/1st-tiger-and-bunny-director-keiichi-sato-not-working-on-new-anime-series/.126268

Review: Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch Novel 1- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/record-of-lodoss-war/novel-1/.125958

Anime-

  • My-HiME Complete Series BD/DVD
  • My-Otome Complete Series BD/DVD
  • My-HiME OVA Series (My-Otome Zwei and My-Otome 0~S.ifr~)
  • Naisho no Tsubomi DVD
  • Naruto Shippuden Set 33 DVD Uncut
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Case Closed GN 65
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • Fuuka GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • The High School Life of a Fudanshi GN 3
  • His Favorite GN 10
  • I am a Hero GN 5
  • I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Imperfect Girl GN 2
  • Infini-T Force GN 2
  • Kokkoku: Moment by Moment GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Lovesick Ellie GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Nurse Hitomi’s Monster Infirmary GN 7
  • Peach Heaven GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Spirit Circle GN 2
  • The World’s Greatest First Love: The Case of Ritsu Onodera GN 9
  • Yokai Rental Shop GN 2

Other-

  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • Infinite Dendrogram Novel 4 (Digital Only)

Other Tuesday- Fist of the North Star

Other Tuesday- Fist of the North Star

Novels

An original novel was written by Buronson and Tetsuo Hara titled Shōsetsu Hokuto no Ken: Jubaku no Machi which was published by Jump Novel in Japan on December 13, 1996. The novel was the basis of the later three-episode OVA series New Fist of the North Star. A novelization of the movie Legend of Raoh: Chapter of Love in Death written by Eiichi Sakaki was published by Tokuma Novels on March 10, 2006.

There has also been two cell phone novels released via the mobile site Hokuto no Ken DX. Raoh Gaiden, a novelization of the manga of the same name, and Kenshiro Gaiden, an original novel by Jotaro Higashi.

Live-action film

An American-produced live-action movie version of Fist of the North Star was released in 1995, directed by Tony Randel based on a script by Peter Atkins and Wynne McLaughlin. The movie, loosely based on the Shin storyline of the manga, stars Gary Daniels as Kenshiro, Costas Mandylor as Shin and Japanese actress Isako Washio as Yuria, with Malcolm McDowell as Ryuken and Chris Penn as “Jackal” (actually a renamed Jagi). It also featured a cameo by professional wrestler Big Van Vader as Goliath, and Kevin Arbouet as “Rao” (unrelated to the actual Raoh from the manga). The movie was released straight-to-video in the US and Japan (though it did receive a premiere on HBO). The Japanese dubbed version used the original voice actors from the 1980s anime series.

Video games

The four Hokuto no Ken video games for the Famicom.

Numerous video game titles based on the Fist of the North Star have been produced since the 1986 release of Enix adventure game, simply titled Hokuto no Ken for the PC-88. The earlier games in the franchise were released by Sega for the Mark III and Mega Drive and by Toei Animation for the Nintendo’s Famicom, Game Boy and Super Famicom. These titles included side-scrolling action games, role-playing video games and competitive-style fighting games. The two Sega titles were released overseas without the Hokuto no Ken license under the titles of Black Belt and Last Battle, while a couple of the Toei titles, namely Fist of the North Star for the NES and Fist of the North Star: 10 Big Brawls for the King of Universe for the Game Boy, had American releases with the license intact. Further games were released for the Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Arcade, PlayStation 2 and Nintendo DS among other platforms. In 2000, Konami released an arcade game based on the franchise titled Fighting Mania. Another arcade game, a 2D fighting game simply titled Fist of the North Star, was produced by Sega and Arc System Works in 2005. Both games saw international distributions, although the PS2 version of the fighting game was released exclusively in Japan. Tecmo Koei produced a Dynasty Warriors spinoff focusing on the events from the first half of the manga, titled Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage. It which was released in Japan on March 25, 2010, and later in North America on November 2, 2010, and Europe on November 5, 2010. A sequel, Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2, expanded on the first game and incorporated the events from the second half of the manga. It was released in Japan on December 20, 2012, and in North America on February 5, 2013. On August 25, 2017, Sega announced a new game, Hokuto ga Gotoku, for release in 2018 on PlayStation 4. The game is being developed by the team behind the Yakuza series and features similar gameplay and elements.

In addition to traditional video games, the franchise has inspired a series of typing software, an online MMORPG, and numerous pachinko and pachislot machines, mainly produced by Sega Sammy Holdings.

Reception and legacy

Fist of the North Star was one of Weekly Shōnen Jump’s most popular titles during the 1980s. It is one of the best-selling manga series in history, having sold approximately 100 million copies. In a poll conducted by TV Asahi in 2005, the Fist of the North Star anime series ranked 26 in a list of Top 100 Anime series. In a second poll in 2006, it ranked 89. In a celebrity version of the poll, it ranked 15.

Anime News Network was critical of the anime series, comparing it to “the Go Nagai steaming pile of crap Violence Jack“.

Berserk creator Kentaro Miura has named Fist of the North Star as the work that has had the biggest impact on his own.

Wednesday News- December 12, 2017

Wednesday News- December 12, 2017

News-Recap-Anime

News-

Ni no Kuni II Game’s Release Date Moved Back to March 23- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-12-12/ni-no-kuni-ii-game-release-date-moved-back-to-march-23/.125180

The Amibition of Oda Nobuna Novelist to Pen Romance of Three Kingdoms Work in 2018- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-12-12/the-ambition-of-oda-nobuna-novelist-to-pen-romance-of-three-kingdoms-work-in-2018/.125116

Sequels Dominate Most Anticipated Winter 2018 Anime Poll- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-12-12/sequels-dominate-most-anticipated-winter-2018-anime-poll/.125183

Nintendo Switch Console Sales Reach 10 Million Globally- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-12-12/nintendo-switch-console-sales-reach-10-million-globally/.125178

Anime-

  • Chaika the Coffin Princess Complete Series BD
  • D.Gray-man Season 3 Part 2
  • Trickster Part 1 BD/DVD
  • When They Cry Complete Series BD

Manga-

  • Aho Girl A Clueless Girl GN 4
  • Aoba-kun’s Confessions GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Black Panther and Sweet 16 GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Blame! GN 6
  • A Centaur’s Life GN 13
  • Chihayafuru GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • The Children Nowadays GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Clockwork Planet GN 6
  • Dance in the Vampire Bund Omnibus GN 7
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 12 (Digital Only)
  •  Don’t Be Cruel Deluxe Edition GN 6
  • Drowning Love GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Finder Deluxe Edition GN 4
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • House of the sun. GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Itsuwaribito GN 22
  • Kigurumi Guardians GN 3
  • Kokkoku: Moment by Moment GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Magi GN 27
  • Peach Heaven GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Princess Jellyfish Omnibus GN 7
  • PTSD Radio GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Splatoon GN 1

Other-

  • Aria Neo-Venezia Guidebook
  • Garo TV Collection 2 BD
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 4
  • Okami HD Xbox One/PS4 Game

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