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Manga Monday- Darker than Black

Manga Monday- Darker than Black

Darker than Black, also known as Darker than Black: The Black Contractor, is an anime television series created and directed by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones. It premiered across Japan from April 5, 2007 on MBS, TBS, and its affiliated broadcast stations, with its satellite television premiere in Japan on Animax in May 2007. The music for the series is composed by Yoko Kanno. The series has also been adapted into two manga series, which are serialized in Monthly Asuka and in Young Gangan. A manga, illustrated by Nokiya, was serialized in Monthly Asuka. naoshi komi released the series to two tankōbon on August 8, 2007 and January 26, 2008 respectively. The series has been licensed for a North American release by Yen Press. A second manga, illustrated by Yuji Iwahara, the original character designer for the anime, finished serializing in Square Enix’s Young Gangan seinen magazine under the title Darker than Black: Jet Black Flower in March 2011. This is a separate one from the first and it is a new story taking place one year after the events of season 1 and it replaces the events of both the OVAs and season 2 completely.

Plot

Ten years ago, a mysterious spatial anomaly now known as “Heaven’s Gate” appeared in South America, shortly followed by the opening of “Hell’s Gate” in Tokyo altering the sky and wreaking havoc on the landscape. The real stars disappeared, replaced by false stars. During this time, people possessing various special abilities—called “Contractors”—emerged, each capable of different supernatural feats. Each Contractor has a corresponding fake star, which reacts to their activities. As such, Contractors are usually identified by their star’s Messier catalogue number. Kept secret from the masses, these individuals are known to murder in cold blood, smothering unnecessary emotions with logic and rationality. Their incredible abilities, however, are gained at the cost of their humanity; Contractors are thus named because of an involuntary compulsion to “pay the price” each time their power is used, which can range from eating particular foods or completing meaningless tasks, to self-harm and changing their bodies in peculiar ways. Various nations and organizations around the world train and utilize Contractors as spies and assassins, resulting in violent battles for valuable objects and information.

Following the disastrous Heaven’s War, the United States lost its dominant position as a superpower to a mysterious organization named the Syndicate. The story revolves around a Chinese contractor codenamed “Hei” as he undertakes various espionage and assassination missions in Tokyo under the direction of the aforementioned Syndicate. It eventually reveals a plan of the Syndicate to erase the existence of contractors, and a resistance put up by contractors from the Syndicate itself and various espionage agencies.

 

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

Manga Monday- Chobits

Manga Monday- Chobits

Chobits is a Japanese manga created by the Japanese manga collective Clamp. It was published by Kodansha in Young Magazine from the 43rd issue for 2000 to the 48th issue for 2002 and collected in eight bound volumes. Chobits was adapted as a 26-episode-long anime television series broadcast on TBS and Animax from April to September 2002. In addition, it has spawned two video games as well as various merchandise such as figurines, collectable cards, calendars, and artbooks.

The series tells the story of Hideki Motosuwa, who finds an abandoned persocom, or personal computer with human form, which he names “Chi” after the only word it initially can speak. As the series progresses, they explore the mysteries of Chi’s origin together and questions about the relationship between human beings and computers. The manga is set in the same universe as Angelic Layer, taking place a few years after the events of that story, and like Angelic Layer, it explores the relationship between humans and electronic devices shaped like human beings. Chobits branches off as a crossover into many other stories in different ways, such as Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle, xxxHolic and Kobato.

Development

Clamp—a creative team consisting of Satsuki Igarashi, Ageha Ohkawa, Tsubaki Nekoi and Mokona—wrote and illustrated Chobits, which is the first of their manga to be targeted towards older male readers (seinen manga). The idea for Chobits originated from the group’s experiences with computers, which would present indecipherable error messages when experiencing difficulties, to which they added a “sexier spin” to the concept. After completing their previous manga series Cardcaptor Sakura, the group successfully pitched Chobits to the Japanese manga magazine Young Magazine. Clamp completed fourteen pages per week for Chobitss weekly serialization, totaling fifty-six pages a month. The title of the manga has its origins in “Chobi”, the name of a cat at the place of Nekoi’s former employment, which the group made into “Chobits”, as the characters Elda and Freya were twins.

Ohkawa designed Hideki and Chi first. Chi’s design as a personal computer resulted from Ohkawa’s wish to increase the sense of “emotional discomfort” around becoming emotionally involved with something considered to be merely a lifeless machine. The characterization of the protagonist Hideki proved to be difficult for her; in the beginning, she considered an “aloof” man who gradually warms up emotionally or a sex-obsessed man. She decided that neither characterization would be a good fit for Chi and settled on one of a penniless and benevolent student. In keeping with the conventions of the romantic comedy genre, the group had planned to introduce conventional characters, such as an older female neighbor and a physically attractive friend from childhood; in the case of Chobits, the “childhood friend” never appeared. The artwork was done in ballpoint pen to evoke the sense of “rough” lines, and colored pages were done in acrylic gouache.

Wednesday News- April 12, 2017

Wednesday News- April 12, 2017

News-

Girl’s High Creator Tows Oshima Lauches Manga about Bathouse- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-11/girl-high-creator-towa-oshima-launches-manga-about-bathhouse/.114621

Crunchyroll Streams Room Mate TV Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-12/crunchyroll-streams-room-mate-tv-anime/.114699

Slime-Shaped PS4 Controller Ready Just in Time for Dragon Quest XI- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-04-11/slime-shaped-ps4-controller-ready-just-in-time-for-dragon-quest-xi/.114665

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

Anime-

  • Is the order a rabbit?? Season 2 BD
  • Is the order a rabbit?? Season 2 DVD
  • Toriko Parts 1-4 DVD

Manga-

Other-

  • Choose Your Path! Attack on Titan Adventure

Manga Monday- Blood +

Manga Monday- Blood +

There are the three manga series released for Blood+. Blood+ is a fifty-episode anime series produced by Production I.G and Aniplex that originally aired in Japan from October 8, 2005 through September 23, 2006. To lead up the premiere of the series, Production I.G commissioned the creation of three different manga series to tie into the anime. The first manga series, also titled Blood+, and written by Asuka Katsura, is a five-volume series that first premiered in Beans Ace Magazine in July 2005. It covers the same story events as the anime series. Blood+: Adagio was written by Kumiko Suekane. It is a two-volume series that premiered in the September 2005 issue of Shōnen Ace and follows Saya and Hagi’s experiences during the Russian Revolution. The third series, Blood+: Kowloon Nights, released in Japan as Blood+ Yakōjōshi, is a single tankōbon series by Hirotaka Kisaragi. It premiered in the September issue of Asuka Ciel. Set in Shanghai, it follows Hagi as he searches for Saya and the complications he must deal with. Unlike the other Blood+ manga adaptations, which are seinen and shōnen works respectively, Blood+: Kowloon Nights is a shōjo manga, particularly of the shōnen-ai (or Boy’s Love) genre.

For all three series, the tankōbon volumes were published by Kadokawa Shoten. All three manga adaptations have been licensed for an English language release in North America by Dark Horse Comics.

 

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

 

 

Manga Monday- S · A: Special A

Manga Monday- S · A: Special A

S · A: Special A, also known as Special A or S.A, is a shōjo manga by Maki Minami. The series started serialization in the bimonthly magazine The Hana to Yume in 2003, and moved to the biweekly magazine Hana to Yume in 2004, after running for four chapters. The series ended after 99 chapters on March 19, 2009.

Special A has been licensed for English-language release in North America by Viz Media and in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment. The series has also been licensed in Germany, Italy, Poland, France and Taiwan. In 2013, Hana to Yume released a single volume sequel called Special A – Street Fight.

Plot

Hikari Hanazono has always been second to Kei Takishima. When they were six years old, their pro-wrestling loving fathers introduced them to each other. Assuming that she was the best in wrestling, young Hikari challenged Kei to a wrestling match only to be thoroughly defeated by him. Ever since that fateful incident, Hikari swore to beat Kei in school grades, sporting events or any competition. To do this, she has enrolled in the same school as Kei since elementary. Now she attends Hakusenkan, an ultra elite school for the wealthy, that costs her carpenter father a lot of money. Hikari and Kei are the top two students in the school, with Kei holding firmly to that number one position. While Hikari considers Kei to be a rival and important friend, she is completely unaware that Kei has strong feelings for her.

The series primarily focuses on Hikari and her constant attempts to defeat her one and only rival, Kei, and how she finds love in their rivalry. However, Special A also follows the stories of the other five members of the S.A class – Akira Toudou, Tadashi Karino, Megumi and Jun Yamamoto, and Ryuu Tsuji – and their relationships. Yahiro Saiga and Sakura Ushikubo, two students from the rival academy Kokusen, also become recurring characters in the series.

Setting

Hakusenkan (or Private Hakusen Academy) is the best school in the prefecture. The classes are separated into A–F based on grades. The A class is only open for the top students in each grade. The top seven within the A class, from first year to third year, are known as the Special A or SA class (hence the title). The members of SA are highly respected and are often seen being elaborately greeted by other students with the exception of few that dislike the SA. The SA class has its own building, a 19th-century styled greenhouse dubbed “The School’s Paradise”. They also have a kitchen, where Akira makes her afternoon tea. Class attendance is optional, but Hikari is the only one who chooses to attend classes. Their uniform is also different from the standard uniform. The members of the SA have been close friends since elementary school.

Wednesday News- March 29, 2017

Wednesday News- March 29, 2017

News-

GKIDS, Fathom Events Plan U.S. Theatrical Screenings for 6 Ghibli Films- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-03-28/gkids-fathom-events-plan-u.s-theatrical-screenings-for-6-ghibli-films/.114059

Saiyuki Reload Blast Anime Casts Junichi Suwabe, Chiwa Saito- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-03-28/saiyuki-reload-blast-anime-casts-junichi-suwabe-chiwa-saito/.114053

Knight & Magic Anime Premieres in July- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-03-28/knight-and-magic-anime-premieres-in-july/.113838

Valkyria Revolution Game Slated for the West in June With Limited Edition- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-03-28/valkyria-revolution-game-slated-for-the-west-in-june-with-limited-edition/.114034

Anime-

  • Babel II OVA DVDP
  • Boruto -Naruto the Movie- BD/DVD
  • Boruto -Naruto the Movie- DVD
  • Diabolik Lovers More, Blood BD
  • Diabolik Lovers More, Blood DVD
  • Fairy Tail Collection 7 BD/DVD
  • Heavy Object Season 1 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Horus, Prince of the Sun BD
  • Inari Kon Kon BD/DVD S.A.V.E. Edition
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? BD
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? DVD
  • Luck & Logic Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Steins;Gate: The Movie – Load Region of Déjà Vu BD/DVD
  • Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Cells at Work! GN 3
  • Flying Witch GN 1
  • LDK GN 9
  • Monster Musume: I ♥ Monster Girls GN 4
  • The Other Side of Secret GN 4
  • Real Account GN 6
  • Servamp GN 9
  • Species Domain GN 1
  • Sweetness & Lightning GN 5
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil GN 5

Other-

  • Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix PlayStation 4 Game

Manga Monday- Psycho Pass

Manga Monday- Psycho Pass

The story takes place in an authoritarian future dystopia, where omnipresent public sensors continuously scan the mental states of every passing citizen. Collected data on both present mentality and aggregated personality data is used to gauge the probability of that citizen committing a crime, the rating referred to as that citizen’s Psycho-Pass. Authorities are alerted whenever excessive ratings are detected, and officers of the Public Safety Bureau are dispatched with weapons called “Dominators”, energy pistols that modulate their power in response to the target’s Psycho Pass. The story follows Akane Tsunemori and Shinya Kogami among other members of Unit One of the Public Safety Bureau’s Criminal Investigation Division.

A manga adaptation illustrated by Hikaru Miyoshi, titled Inspector Akane Tsunemori, began serialization in Shueisha’s Jump Square magazine from November 2, 2012. Its first tankōbon volume was released by Shueisha on February 4, 2013. In November 2013, it was announced that 380,000 copies of the manga were shipped in Japan with three volumes.

Another manga titled Psycho-Pass: Inspector Shinya Kogami premiered in the August issue of Mag Garden’s Monthly Comic Blade magazine on June 30, 2014. Natsuo Sai is illustrating the series and the story is written by Midori Gotou and Production I.G.

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
  • C