Browsed by
Category: manga

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

Manga Monday- Ergo Proxy: Centzon Hitchers and Undertaker

Manga Monday- Ergo Proxy: Centzon Hitchers and Undertaker

Manga

A manga spinoff called Centzon Hitchers and Undertaker was written by Manglobe and illustrated by Yumiko Harao. The manga was serialized in Shogakukan’s Monthly Sunday Gene-X from its March 2006 issue to the December 2006 issue. It was later released in two tankōbon format, the first in August 18, 2006, and the second on February 19, 2007.

It is set in a future where humans and AutoReiv androids coexist peacefully until a virus gives the robots self-awareness, causing them to commit a series of murders. Inspector Re-L Mayer is assigned to investigate, discovering there is a more complicated plot behind it that involves a humanoid species known as ‘Proxy’ who are the subject of secret government experiments.

Wednesday News- July 19, 2017

Wednesday News- July 19, 2017

News-

Shelf Life: Magi: The Kingdom of Magichttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2017-07-17/.118891#magi

Why the Swordplay in the New Touken Ranbu Anime Looks So Amazing- http://www.anime-now.com/entry/2017/07/19/230027?utm_campaign=ANN

Basilisk Sequel Novels Get TV Anime, Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-07-19/basilisk-sequel-novels-get-tv-anime-manga/.119037

Funimation Reveals Restaurant to Another World Anime’s English Dub Cast- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-07-19/funimation-reveals-restaurant-to-another-world-anime-english-dub-cast/.119026

Anime-

  • Chivalry of a Failed Knight Premium Edition BD/DVD Box Set
  • K: Return of Kings BD/DVD
  • K: Return of Kings DVD
  • Record of Lodoss War BD/DVD (OVA + Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight)
  • Three Leaves, Three Colors BD/DVD
  • Time Jam Valerian & Laureline DVD
  • WWW.WAGNARIA!! Volume 1 BD

Manga-

    • Aho Girl A Clueless Girl Graphic Novel (GN) 1C
    • Akame ga KILL! GN 11
    • Alive: The Final Evolution GN 19 (Digital)
    • The Betrayal Knows My Name GN 7
    • A Certain Magical Index GN 10
    • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody GN 3
    • Hana & Hina After School GN 2
    • Happiness GN 5
    • Hatsune Miku: Rin-Chan Now! GN 2
    • Horimiya GN 8Cite
    • Hotaru’s Way GN 1 (Digital)
    • In/Spectre GN 5
    • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? GN 7
    • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 1
    • Kasane GN 4 (Digital)
    • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! GN 4C
    • Kounodori: Dr. Stork GN 1 (Digital)
    • Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear GN 5
    • Liselotte & Witch’s Forest GN 5
    • Lord Marksman and Vanadis GN 4
    • Love’s Reach GN 1 (Digital)
    • Magika Swordsman and Summoner GN 7
    • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: The Glory of Losers GN 1
    • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun GN 8P
    • No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! GN 10
    • One-Punch Man GN 12 (Digital)
    • Peach Heaven GN 4 (Digital)
    • Princess Jellyfish GN 5
    • The Royal Tutor GN 2
    • School Rumble GN 21 (Digital)
    • Scum’s Wish GN 4
    • Sekirei GN 1
    • Smokin’ Parade GN 2
    • Spice and Wolf GN 13
    • Stitch! Best Friends Forever GN
    • Sweetness & Lightning GN 7
    • Taboo Tattoo GN 7
    • Terra Formars GN 18
    • Triage X GN 13
    • Twinkle Stars GN 3
    • Waiting for Spring GN 1

 

Manga Monday- Saiyuki

Manga Monday- Saiyuki

Saiyuki is a manga series by Kazuya Minekura which was serialized in G-Fantasy from 1997 to 2002. It spawned multiple manga sequels, anime adaptations, video games and other media. The story is loosely based on the Chinese novel Journey to the West.

Plot

Saiyuki is the story of four anti-hero-like heroes: the monk Genjyo Sanzo, the monkey king Son Goku, the half-demon Sha Gojyo, and the man who turned into a demon Cho Hakkai (formerly known as Cho Gonou). They have been dispatched by the Sanbutsushin (the Three Aspects of Buddha, who relay the orders of heaven) to travel to India to stop the possible resurrection of the Ox-Demon-King, Gyumaoh. Along the way they are beset by inept assassins, bad weather, and their own tragic personal pasts. Meanwhile, the villains, two unlikely confidants, Gyokumen Koushou (Gyumaoh’s concubine, a demon) and a mad scientist, Dr. Nii Jianyi (a human), continue their attempts to restore the long-dead king. These experiments, a forbidden mixture of science and magic, spawn the “Minus Wave”, infecting all of the demons in Shangri-La with madness, shattering the fragile peace that once existed between humans and demons.

Manga

The Saiyuki manga comprises five separate series. The original series comprised nine volumes, and was serialized in the manga magazine Monthly GFantasy from February 18, 1997 to January 18, 2002. The second series began in June 1999, and was called Saiyuki Gaiden. Saiyuki Gaiden comprised four volumes and ran for ten years in the Japanese shōjo manga magazine Zero Sum Ward.This second series takes place in Heaven, 500 years before the first Saiyuki series. The plot is based around the four main characters of Saiyuki in their past lives, and details exactly what it was they did to get thrown out of heaven. In 2002, a third series was made entitled Saiyuki Reload that lasted 10 volumes long. The third series was serialized in the monthly Japanese Jousei manga magazine Monthly Comic Zero Sum and completed its run in 2009 in the August edition.The third series spun out a fourth series called Saiyuki Reload Blast which is currently being serialized in Monthly Comic Zero Sum. The fifth and final series made titled Saiyuki Ibun started in 2009, and is currently running in Zero Sum Ward. The fifth series follows Priest Koumyou Sanzo in his days before inheriting the Sanzo Title.

Wednesday News- July 12, 2017

Wednesday News- July 12, 2017

News-

Crunchyroll to Stream My First Girlfriend is a Gal Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-07-11/crunchyroll-to-stream-my-first-girlfriend-is-a-gal-anime/.118439

The Summer 2017 Anime Preview Guide Continued- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2017/summer/.118099

Crunchyroll Partners with NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan to Co-Develop Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-07-12/crunchyroll-partners-with-nbcuniversal-entertainment-japan-to-co-develop-anime/.118652

Fairy Tail Staff Celebrates Manga’s End While Creator Continues Work- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-07-11/fairy-tail-staff-celebrates-manga-end-while-creator-continues-work/.118642

Anime-

  • GATE BD
  • GATE DVD
  • Junjo Romantica Season 1 BD
  • Kumamiko BD/DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam MS Igloo BD Collection (Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War, Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: Apocalypse 0079, Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: Jūryoku Sensen)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam MS Igloo DVD Collection (Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: The Hidden One Year War, Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO: Apocalypse 0079, Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO 2: Jūryoku Sensen)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky DVD

Manga-

  • Blade of the Immortal Omnibus GN 3
  • Case Closed GN 63
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 4 (digital only)
  • Dreamin’ Sun GN 2
  • The Full-Time Wife Escapist GN 4 (digital only)
  • Ghost Diary GN 2
  • Immortal Hounds GN 5C
  • Interviews with Monster Girls GN 5
  • Kasane GN 3 (digital only)
  • The Legend of Zelda Legendary Edition GN 5 (The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords)C
  • NTR: Netsuzou Trap GN 3
  • Persona 3 GN 5
  • RIN-NE GN 24C
  • The Sacred Blacksmith GN 10C
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 21
  • The World’s Greatest First Love: The Case of Ritsu Onodera GN 7C
  • Yozakura Quartet GN 15 (digital only)

Other-

  • The Art of Posuka DemizuCi
  • The Art of Splatoon (Hardcover)
  • Bluesteel Blasphemer Novel 2 (Digital)
  • Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age PS4 Game
  • Infinite Dendrogram Novel 1 (Digital)

Manga Monday- Trinity Blood

Manga Monday- Trinity Blood

Trinity Blood is a series of Japanese light novels written by Sunao Yoshida with illustrations by Thores Shibamoto and originally serialized in The Sneaker. Set 900 years after an apocalyptic war between humans and vampires, the series focuses on the ongoing cold war between the Vatican, the human government, and the “New Human Empire”, the government of the vampiric Methuselah. Fighting on the Vatican’s side is Abel Nightroad, a Crusnik – a vampire that feeds on vampires. The novels blend science fiction, fantasy, and political intrigue, with some in the Vatican and the Empire striving for peace, and the Rosen Kreuz Order doing anything in its power to stop it.

Trinity Blood has been adapted into both manga and anime series, with continuity differences between the three versions. His friend Yasui aided in completing the manga, with illustrations by Kiyo Kujō. The anime series, spanning 24 episodes, was produced by Gonzo and originally aired on WOWOW network.

Differences among adaptations

While the novels, manga, and anime series all cover the same basic story and feature many of the same characters, they do have some minor and major differences. Each has its own unique variation on the major story arcs, and in general the novels give the most detail concerning the political elements and background information on the stories. There are a few minor name changes and many details found in the novels are not given in the anime or manga.

Dietrich’s character design, as seen in the manga, is younger and more boyish than in the anime

The artwork also differs from all three versions, as the character designs were each created by different artists. There are similarities, however, as Shibamoto is responsible for the novel illustrations, while Kiyo Kujō based his work in the manga on Shibamoto’s original designs. In the anime series, Dietrich von Lohengrin’s cold, evil nature is reflected in his appearance, while in the manga he has a softer, bishōnen design that is incongruous with his actual nature. Similarly, Endre is described as looking like a boy of around 10–12 years old, while in the anime he is given an adult appearance. In additions to variants in appearances, there are differences in personalities relationships between the versions, and there are some characters that are unique to each adaptation. Sister Noelle, whose death devastates Abel in the anime series and in the novels, does not exist in the manga series. Alternatively, the anime does not mention Tres’ two “brothers”.

Depending on the adaptation, some events occur at varying points in the story, while other events are unique to a single adaptation. The anime series’ introductory-style episodes are based on the novel segments with the same names, but they are told in a different story. For example, in the novels, “From the Empire”, the chapter in which Abel meets Asthe is the third chapter, following Flight Night and Witch Hunt, However, in the anime, From the Empire is the eleventh episode, coming after the Star of Sorrow arc and the Silent Noise incident. Conversely, the manga starts right with the Star of Sorrow arc and Abel meeting Esther and Dietrich. The Neumann brothers and their related story elements are found only in the novels. In the novels, it was Abel who interrupted the Cardinal’s gathering, rather than Caterina or Leon, and the only people available to investigate the Silent Noise incident in Rome are Abel, Tres, and Leon.

Manga

The chapters of the Trinity Blood manga series are illustrated by Kiyo Kujō and are based on the original light novel series written by Sunao Yoshida and illustrated by Thores Shibamoto. The ongoing series premiered in the shōjo manga anthology Monthly Asuka in 2004. Individual chapters are called “Acts”, and the chapter titles are based on film titles, except for chapter 22, the title of which comes from “the lyrics of the theme song of a certain pioneering kendo anime”. The individual chapters are collected and published in tankōbon volumes by Kadokawa Shoten, with the first released on March 17, 2004; as of March 24, 2015, 18 volumes were released.

The series is licensed for English-language release in North America by Tokyopop. In Australia and New Zealand, both the Chuang Yi and Tokyopop volumes are being released by Madman Entertainment through an importation agreement.

The first volume of the Trinity Blood manga reached the 30th spot on the Top 100 Graphic Novel sales for November 2006. Subsequent volumes have also all appeared in the top 100 spots in March, July, and November 2007.

Wednesday News- July 5, 2017

Wednesday News- July 5, 2017

News-

The Summer 2017 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2017/summer/.118099

Anime Expo 2017- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/convention/2017/anime-expo/.118036

Shelf Life: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2017-07-03/.118308

Castlevania Animated Series Reveals Cast- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-07-04/castlevania-animated-series-reveals-cast/.118423

Anime-

  • The Boy and The Beast Collector’s Edition BD/DVD + UV
  • Card Captor Sakura Standard Edition BD
  • Gatchaman Fighter DVD
  • Hanasaku Iroha – Blossoms for Tomorrow Set 1 Standard Edition BD
  • Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home Standard Edition BD
  • Hyou-ka Part 1 BD/DVD

Manga-

  • 7th Garden GN 5
  • Alice & Zoroku GN 1
  • Alive GN 18 (Digital)
  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride GN 7
  • Anonymous Noise GN 3
  • Appleseed Alpha GN (Hardcover)
  • Berserk GN 38
  • Bleach GN 70
  • Blue Exorcist GN 17
  • DAYS GN 3 (Digital)
  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House GN 9
  • Fuuka GN 12 (Digital)
  • GTO: Paradise Lost GN 3 (Digital)
  • Haikyu!! GN 13
  • Honey So Sweet GN 7
  • Kasane GN 2 (Digital)
  • Magical Girl Apocalypse GN 12
  • Naruto Omnibus GN 19
  • Nichijou GN 9
  • Nisekoi GN 22
  • Nurse Hitomi’s Monster Infirmary GN 6P
  • Oresama Teacher GN 22
  • Plum Crazy! Tales of A Tiger-Striped Cat GN 1
  • Pokémon Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire GN 4
  • Pokémon XY GN 11
  • Rurouni Kenshin Omnibus GN 3
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN 4 (Digital)
  • Twin Star Exorcists GN 9
  • Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea GN
  • The Water Dragon’s Bride GN 2
  • World Trigger GN 16
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches GN 14

Other-

  • Occultic;Nine Novel 1

 

Manga Monday- Magic Knight Rayearth

Manga Monday- Magic Knight Rayearth

Magic Knight Rayearth is a Japanese manga series created by Clamp. Appearing as a serial in the manga magazine Nakayoshi from the November 1993 issue to the February 1995 issue, the chapters of Magic Knight Rayearth were collected into three bound volumes by Kodansha, and published from July 1994 to March 1995. A sequel was serialized in the same manga magazine from the March 1995 issue to the April 1996 issue, and was published by Kodansha in three bound volumes from to July 1995 to April 1996. The series follows three eighth-grade girls who find themselves transported from modern-day Japan into a magical world, where they are tasked with rescuing a princess.

Rayearth combines elements from the magical girl and mecha anime genres with parallel world fantasy.

In 1997, Tokyopop licensed Magic Knight Rayearth for an English-language translation in North America, and serialized it in its manga magazine MixxZine The English version of the manga was at first issued in a flipped left to right format, but was re-released in the original right to left format in later editions. The English version of the manga also at first continued the volume numbering through the two series, such that Magic Knight Rayearth II volumes #1-3 were numbered as volumes “#4-6” (i.e., the 2000/2001 release of Magic Knight Rayearth volume 4 has the same content as the 2003/2004 re-release’s Magic Knight Rayearth II volume 1).

It would appear that Tokyopop has lost their license for the series, as Dark Horse Comics announced at their San Diego Comic-Con International 2009 panel that they would be publishing the series in a new omnibus edition in honor of Clamp’s 20th anniversary. Dark Horse published the omnibus editions from July 6, 2011, to April 12, 2012.

The series is also licensed in French by Pika Édition.

Plot-

Magic Knight Rayearth focuses on three eighth-grade girls: tomboyish and headstrong Hikaru Shidou; the quick-tempered and no-nonsense only child Umi Ryuuzaki; and intelligent and ladylike Fuu Hououji. While on a field trip to the Tokyo Tower with their respective schools, the girls find themselves drawn into another world, Cephiro. There they learn that Cephiro is influenced by one’s will and that the Pillar maintains Cephiro through prayer. The girls are then tasked with rescuing the current Pillar, Princess Emeraude, from her abductor, the high priest and antagonist Zagato, after which they will be returned to Tokyo.

Guided by the creature Mokona on their quest, the girls discover their respective element-based magic and awaken the three Rune-Gods (魔神? Mashin), who can take the form of giant robots that the girls must pilot. As the girls progress on their journey, they overcome their differences, learning how to work together and accept each other as friends. After the girls find and destroy Zagato, they finally reach Emeraude, but they learn that she had fallen in love with Zagato, which had hindered her ability to pray solely for Cephiro’s well-being, and imprisoned herself as a result. Feeling responsible for her actions, she summoned the Magic Knights to kill her, as no one from Cephiro could harm the Pillar. Her dark side then takes over, seeking to destroy the Magic Knights for killing her love. After a short defensive fight against Princess Emeraude, the Magic Knights have no choice but to kill her. They then find themselves transported back to Tokyo.

The second part of the series deals with the complications caused by Princess Emeraude’s death. Set a year later, it opens with the three protagonists struggling with their guilt and despair over their role in her death. Meeting again at Tokyo Tower, they find themselves transported mysteriously to Cephiro again, and discover that only a single piece of Cephiro remains, which holds a castle where the survivors gather to take refuge. With the Pillar gone, Cephiro is, for the most part, defenseless, and the girls are saddened to learn that a new Pillar must be chosen by the Pillar system before the whole planet is destroyed. Three warring planets begin their attempts to conquer Cephiro: Autozam, a technologically advanced world which intends to use the Pillar system to remove the pollution in its air; Fahren, whose childish ruler Lady Aska plans to turn it into a world of her whims; and Chizeta, an overpopulated world whose sibling rulers Tatra and Tarta see Cephiro as a potential colony.

As the Magic Knights help defend the castle, they each agree that the fate of the planet should not be the responsibility of only one person which, like Princess Emeraude, effectively prevents that person from ever being able to live and love freely. What’s more, they are certain that when a new Pillar in chosen, something may eventually hinder them from praying solely for Cephiro’s well-being, cause them to summon new Magic Knights to kill them, and bring Cephiro to near-destruction again until a new pillar is chosen, much like Emeraude, which would cause the cycle of events to continue endlessly. Some of the survivors believe this idea as well, particularly Lantis, a powerful magic swordsman and Zagato’s younger brother, who wishes to end the Pillar system for those reasons.

Eventually, Mokona narrows the candidates down to two: Hikaru and the sickly Eagle Vision of Autozam, who is friends with Lantis and, as such, wishes to end the Pillar system for him with his eternal sleep. As the two undergo the test to become the new Pillar in a recreation of Tokyo, Mokona reveals itself to be the creator of Cephiro and its laws, which it had created after sadly witnessing the violence and destructive nature of the people on its earlier creation, Earth. It was responsible for bringing the three girls back to Cephiro. In the end, Hikaru becomes the new Pillar of Cephiro, and brings Eagle Vision back to Cephiro with the help of Fuu and Umi, against Mokona’s insistence that only one may return. Hikaru then rebels against the Pillar system, decreeing once and for all that the fate of the planet should not be the responsibility of one person. Mokona accepts their decision and leaves with the three Mashin. The manga concludes with the three girls’ return to a new Cephiro to visit their loved ones, as they work with the rulers of the other planets to solve their planets’ problems, and contemplate Mokona’s wish to allow the three protagonists to bring change to Cephiro.

Other Tuesday- Character Special Gin Tama

Other Tuesday- Character Special Gin Tama

Gintoki Sakata

Shinpachi Shimura

Shinpachi Shimura is one of the main protagonists of the series and is a teenager who joins Gintoki’s freelancer business to learn the ways of the samurai. He stays at his family’s dojo along with his older sister Tae Shimura. Both used to live there with their father who died when they were still children. In order to make their living, Shinpachi started working in a restaurant in which he met Gintoki when he was being tripped by aliens. Gintoki defeats the ambassador and his guards, not to stand up for Shinpachi, but to get revenge for his spilled parfait. Gintoki attempts to frame Shinpachi for the crime, and to make up for it, Gintoki helps Shinpachi save his older sister Tae from becoming part of a brothel as his father left them with an enormous debt. Although he commonly criticizes Gintoki’s lazy behaviour, Shinpachi comes to regard him as a very important person to him in the same fashion as Kagura. Shinpachi also regards himself as the comic relief character from the series, but tends to take that as something important. As the readers’ perspective, Sorachi notes that while he can be weak he will take action when necessary resulting in his growth across the series.

Shinpachi is easily identified by his glasses which he wears as result of hypnotizing himself to eat Tae’s poor meals. When trying to identify Shinpachi, several characters tend to notice first his glasses even though he may not be using them; Gintoki comments that the reason for this is that most of Shinpachi’s design are his glasses. Despite his timid appearance, Shinpachi is a more than competent swordsman of his family’s Kakidō-Ryu, the type of swordsmanship his dojo teaches. Shinpachi is also the captain of the “Otsu’s Imperial Guard,” an Otsu’s fan club, and takes his role seriously. Other members of the fan club treat him with utmost respect, something he is not usually treated with. His fanaticism for Otsu started prior to her career when he was inspired by the effort she gave in her songs. His character is loosely based on historical figure of Nagakura Shinpachi who Sorachi had previously used in one of his previous manga. Although he shares the last name from the Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, Sorachi picked that last name to fit his samurai heritage. He is voiced by Daisuke Sakaguchi in the Japanese version and by Mark X. Laskowski in the English dub of the movie, and Cole Howard in the English dub of the anime. In live-action, he will be portrayed by Masaki Suda.

Kagura

Kagura is the female protagonist of the series. She is a young alien girl who belongs to the Yato Clan, one of the strongest and most bloodthirsty of the Amanto races, although Kagura rejects that part of herself. She came to Earth to earn money for her family, and to escape her violent Yato heritage. She found work fighting for a gang of hoodlums, but when they ordered her to kill her target, she ran away. Not long afterwards, she meets Gintoki and Shinpachi, when they accidentally run over her with Gintoki’s scooter. After they help her to make a clean break from the gang, she intimidates Gintoki into hiring her. Kagura and Gintoki have an odd brother-sister-like relationship and she commonly imitates his bad habits.

The Yato have “translucent” skin that is highly sensitive to sunlight, so Kagura carries an umbrella at all times. The parasol is also the Yato clan’s weapon of choice; Kagura’s umbrella is bulletproof and fires bullets from its tip. Because of her Yato blood, she is extremely strong and can stop a speeding motorscooter with one hand. However, she cannot control her strength perfectly; most of her pets, with the exception of Sadaharu, have all met an untimely demise at her hands. Kagura also has an unusually strong appetite, making her capable of consuming large quantity of food within a matter of seconds. Nevertheless, her tastes are endearingly plain.

Kagura is also somewhat of a tomboy, as she speaks in a blunt or perverted way. This is due to Sorachi not finding the too feminine characters believable and instead made Kagura from an anti-female lead perspective resulting in Kagura being the first female lead in manga to throw up. In the absence of Gintoki and Shinpachi, she is often seen partaking in games with various neighborhood boys. She regards Shisengumi’s Sougo Okita as a rival and often competes against him. Her speech often ends in -aru, characteristic of the Japanese’s impression of a Chinese accent. In Japanese, Kagura speaks in a stereotypical dialect that is associated with Chinese immigrants. In the English-translated manga, she punctuates her sentences with “yup”, “uh-huh”, “nope”, and the like. Her character is based on Princess Kaguya from the story The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter while her name comes from a place the island of Hokkaido. In a Newtype poll, Kagura ranked #21 for the top 30 most popular female anime character from the 2000s. Kagura was ranked #3 for most cheerful anime character in Animedia magazine’s 2010 character awards. She is voiced by Rie Kugimiya in the Japanese version and by Luci Christian in the English dub of the movie, and Jocelyne Loewen in the English dub of the anime. In live action, she will be portrayed by Kanna Hashimoto.

Sadaharu

Sadaharu is an abandoned inugami who is collected by Kagura. He is named by Kagura, after her first pet. He was originally owned by a pair of miko sisters (Ane and Mone) who left him due to economical problems. Sadaharu chomps on anything smaller than itself, such as Gintoki’s and other people’s heads. Kagura seems to be the only one who can control him, for she has immense strength. Though he is dangerous when Gintoki first receives him, he becomes quite tame in the later chapters. He sometimes obeys Gintoki at certain points, and helps the main characters in many occasions. Kagura and Gintoki are often seen riding on his back, as he is big enough to carry two full-grown adults. The name Sadaharu is actually often used by Kagura for all her pets, whom all are dead. This Sadaharu is currently the 27th. He is voiced by Mikako Takahashi in the Japanese version and by Kyle Colby Jones in the English dub of the movie.

Tae Shimura

Tae Shimura is Shinpachi’s older sister, referring to her as “Big Sis”. She runs the Kakidōkan Dojo, the family dojo, with her brother, working part-time to pay for the upkeep. She is usually addressed as “Otae”(O) is an honorific used to refer to women. Kagura always addresses her as “Big sister”  or “Boss”. She often mercilessly beats up Kondo Isao and Gintoki whenever they anger her, but she has a good side of her own. She almost always smile in front of her friends, one that might called “a fake smile”, since that she is actually feeling sad inside but she does not want to acknowledge it.

Her cooking skills are terrible, with her “special” tamagoyaki being so inedible that Kondo suffered amnesia after eating it and others are barely able to swallow it down. She has strong principles and believes in maintaining what is precious, even if it means throwing away honor and dignity. She believes that if apologies were enough, seppuku would not exist. She is voiced by Satsuki Yukino in the Japanese version and by Shelley Calene-Black in the English dub of the movie, and Janyse Jaud in the English dub of the anime. In live action, she will be portrayed by Masami Nagasawa.

Otose

Otose, whose real name is Ayano Terada, is Gintoki’s landlady. Despite constant arguments over Gintoki’s general inability to pay his rent, she is confident in his defense of her.[ They both met shortly after the end of the war between samurais and Amanto when Gintoki swore to protect her after he ate food offerings that were meant for her dead husband. She was very pretty when she was young and worked at a restaurant. She secretly fed poor children dumplings for free, and was fired. She is one of the four “emperors” that rule the Kabuki District and has the personal title “Empress of the Kabuki District”. She is voiced by Kujira in the Japanese version and by Shelley Calene-Black in the English dub of the movie.

Manga Monday- Gin Tama

Manga Monday- Gin Tama

Gin Tama, also styled as Gintama, is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi and serialized, beginning on December 8, 2003, in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump. Set in Edo which has been conquered by aliens named Amanto, the plot follows life from the point of view of samurai Gintoki Sakata, who works as a freelancer alongside his friends Shinpachi Shimura and Kagura in order to pay the monthly rent. Sorachi added the science fiction setting to develop characters to his liking after his editor suggested doing a historical series.

The manga has been licensed by Viz Media in North America. In addition to publishing the individual volumes of the series, Viz serialized its first chapters in their Shonen Jump manga anthology. It debuted in the January 2007 issue, and was serialized at a rate of one chapter a month. Sentai Filmworks initially licensed the series. In Japan, the Gin Tama manga has been popular, selling over 50 million copies, making it one of the best-selling manga series.

Shueisha has been collecting the chapters in tankōbon volumes with the first being published on April 2, 2004. Sixty-eight volumes have been released in Japan. In North America tankōbon were published under Viz’s “Shonen Jump Advanced” imprint. The first volume was published on July 3, 2007, while on August 2, 2011 Viz published the twenty-third volume. Publication of the series by Viz Media ended with that volume with no reasons given.

In 2003, Hideaki Sorachi was an up-and-coming manga artist who had already created two one-shots for the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. Although he was preparing to write his first serialized series, his editor suggested he create a manga series based on the Shinsengumi, mostly inspired by an upcoming TV-drama about the 1860s troupe as depicted by idol actors. Sorachi attempted to create this series since he admitted to liking the Shinsengumi, but ultimately failed to get anything off the ground. Instead of abandoning the idea completely, he remained focused on the historical Japanese era but began to create his own story, adding in elements of science fiction and fictionalizing many of the figures from the era to create a story more to his own liking. The original title of the series was meant to be “Yorozuya Gin-san“, but it did not have any impact on Sorachi. After great debate, he decided to go with the name Gin Tama after discussing it with his family, deciding on a name that sounded close to the edge without being completely off it. Although Sorachi considered the one-shot “Samuraider” to be very poor, the setting of such one-shot served as the base for Gin Tama such as the addition of alien characters. Sorachi liked the Bakumatsu and Sengoku periods due to how both were eras of change and thus presented the positive and negative points of humanity. The series was then set in an alternate Bakumatsu to give a bigger significance to the characters’ bushido as in that time samurais were at the low point of their lives.

The main character of the series was originally meant to be Tshiro Hijikata as Sorachi was a fan of the Shinsengumi, most notably from Hijikata Toshizō (the Shinsengumi who was the base for the one of Gin Tama), after he saw the film Burn! Sword!. When Sorachi could not “shake off” Hijikata’s initial design, he decided not to use him as the lead character, but added him along with the Shinsengumi to the story. The pilot chapter from the series had a different plot to the one from the serialization: Shinpachi already met Gintoki in the story and there were more Shinsengumi to the story such as one based on Harada Sanosuke. As all these new Shinsengumi were older than most of the recurring characters from the series, Sorachi removed them thinking they were not entertaining. When asked by a fan, Sorachi mentioned that most characters from the series are based on real-life Edo citizens while Gintoki’s character is roughly based on the folk hero Sakata Kintoki.

When starting serialization the manga was unpopular and was close to being cancelled. Although Sorachi was pleased with the first tankōbon selling all of its copies, he later learned Shueisha was afraid of poor sales which resulted in the minimum printed. In order to increase its popularity, the author introduce new characters, the Shinsengumi, who felt memorable to his assistants. Sorachi had little hope on the manga’s popularity, as he noted that people used to tell him the manga would not surpass the number of two tankōbon volumes. However, once the third volume was released, Sorachi found that he did not have “any fresh material to use.” During the first year of the series, Sorachi believed that the source of the popularity of Gin Tama was partially connected to the Shinsengumi drama. While the drama ran during the first year of the series, when the manga was mostly shorter stories that established the characters and the world, he felt uncomfortable of making things related to the drama. By the second year and beyond, he became more daring in his stories and concepts, creating longer storylines that included more drama while keeping his sense of humor and satirization of modern Japan by way of his fictionalized past. Although Sorachi has already planned the series’ ending, he is not sure when the manga is going to reach that point due to the characters requiring development to behave the way he wants.

When working on a chapter of Gintama, Sorachi sometimes has problems finishing the manuscript, leaving his supervisor to take it before he can revise it. He figures out what to write by staying in his room or going for a walk. Although he commented that some of his ideas are “random,” he focuses on the fact that they are all related to the manga, and when he has problems coming up with ideas, Sorachi is often helped by his editor. Thinking of Gin Tama as a “non-sense manga,” before writing a chapter, Sorachi decides whether it should be a comedy or a drama. Sorachi defines Gin Tama as a “science fiction human drama pseudo-historical comedy.”

When Sorachi is illustrating Gin Tama, he usually uses a felt-tip pen, a fountain pen, a brush-tip pen, and a multiliner, but for the major characters he only uses a felt-tip pen and a fountain pen, and does their outlines with a multiliner-0.8.