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Manga Monday- Gals!

Manga Monday- Gals!

 

Gals! is a shōjo manga written and illustrated by Mihona Fujii. The manga was published by Shueisha and serialized in Ribon from 1998 to 2002. The manga was also published in the U.S. by CMX.

Plot

The series revolves around the kogal subculture in Japan. The title character, Ran Kotobuki is the self-proclaimed “world’s greatest gal.” As a teenager in Shibuya, she is determined to live out the gal lifestyle for the rest of her life, and she has gained a reputation as the most respected gal in all of Shibuya. However, she comes from a family of police officers—her grandparents, her parents, and her older brother are all officers, and her younger sister is set on following in their footsteps. Ran has other dreams for her future, but as frequently shown, she has acquired the family’s sense of justice and spirit. Her two friends, Miyu and Aya, also have their own problems and circumstances.

Wednesday News- September 20, 2017

Wednesday News- September 20, 2017

News-

Steins; Gate Elite Game Teased as ‘Full Animation Adventure’- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-09-20/steins-gate-elite-game-teased-as-full-animation-adventure/.121586

Live-Action Anonymous Noise Film’s Trailer Previews Theme Song- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-09-20/live-action-anonymous-noise-film-trailer-previews-theme-song/.121596

Cardcaptor Sakura’s Clear Card Arc TV Anime Slated for January 7- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-09-20/cardcaptor-sakura-clear-card-arc-tv-anime-slated-for-january-7/.121617

Why is Sentai Filmworks Phasing out DVDs?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/answerman/2017-09-20/.121593

Anime-

  • Matoi the Sacred Slayer BD
  • Matoi the Sacred Slayer DVD
  • One Piece Collection 20 DVD Uncut
  • Ranma 1/2 OVA and Movie Collection DVD
  • Ranma 1/2 OVA and Movie Collection Limited Edition BD

Manga-

  • Alice in Murderland Graphic Novel (GN) 7 (Hardcover)A
  • As the Gods Will: The Second Series GN 20 (Digital Only)P
  • The Asterisk War GN 5
  • Barakamon GN 14
  • Big Order GN 3Pl
  • Bungo Stray Dogs GN 4C
  • Bloom Into You GN 3
  • A Bride’s Story GN 4P
  • Bungo Stray Dogs GN 9 (Hardcover)
  • Descending Stories GN 19
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! GN 10
  • Dragon’s Rioting GN 8C
  • Dreamin’ Sun GN 3
  • Fuuka GN 14 (Digital Only)P
  • Golden Kamuy GN 2C
  • Goodnight Punpun GN 7A
  • The High School Life of a Fudanshi GN 2Pl
  • Handa-Kun GN 7
  • Hotaru’s Way GN 3 (Digital Only)A
  • House of the sun. GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend GN 7C
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 2An
  • Kasane GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Kin-iro Mosaic GN 4Ci
  • Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight GN 1A
  • Master Keaton GN 12Ple
  • My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected GN 6
  • No Game No Life, Please! GN 2
  • Nichijou GN 10
  • Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi GN 8
  • Plum Crazy! Tales of A Tiger-Striped Cat GN 2A
  • Peach Heaven GN 6 (Digital Only)P
  • Puella Magi Homura Tamura GN 3Ci
  • Puella Magi Tart Magica: The Legend of Jeanne d’Arc GN 4A
  • Rose Guns Days Season Three GN 1P
  • The Royal Tutor GN 3
  • School-Live! GN 8A
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 22
  • Strike the Blood GN 8
  • Sweet Blue Flowers GN 1A
  • Sword Art Online: Mother’s Rosary GN 3Pl
  • Sword Art Online: Phantom Bullet GN 3
  • Today’s Cerberus GN 5
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN 7 (Digital Only)Pl
  • Welcome to the Ballroom GN 7C

Other-

  • Accel World Novel 11A
  • Baccano! Novel 5 (Hardcover)
  • Black Bullet Novel 7
  • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Novel 3
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Novel 9P
  • Marvel vs CAPCOM PlayStation 4/Xbox One/PC GameCit
  • Mary Skelter PlayStation Vita Game
  • My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected Novel 3
  • Overlord Novel 5 (Hardcover)
  • Strike the Blood Novel 7

Manga Monday- Hunter x Hunter

Manga Monday- Hunter x Hunter

Hunter × Hunter (abbreviated: HxH) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine and journal since March 3, 1998, although the manga has frequently gone on extended hiatuses since 2006. As of June 2017, 360 chapters have been collected into 34 volumes by Shueisha. The story focuses on a young boy named Gon Freecss, who discovers that his father, who he was told was dead, is actually alive and a world-renowned Hunter, a licensed profession for those who specialize in fantastic pursuits such as locating rare or unidentified animal species, treasure hunting, surveying unexplored enclaves, or hunting down lawless individuals. Despite being abandoned by his father, Gon departs upon a journey to follow in his footsteps, pass the rigorous Hunter Examination, and eventually find his father. Along the way, Gon meets various other Hunters and also encounters the paranormal. The original inspiration for the manga came from Togashi’s own collecting hobby.

Hunter × Hunter has been a huge critical and financial success and has become one of Shueisha’s best-selling manga series, having sold 66 million copies in Japan alone as of 2014.

Hunters are licensed, elite members of humanity who are capable of tracking down secret treasures, rare beasts, or even other individuals. To obtain a license one must pass the rigorous annual Hunter Examination run by the Hunter Association, which has a success rate of less than one in a hundred-thousand. A Hunter may be awarded up to three stars; a single star for making “remarkable achievements in a particular field”; they may then be upgraded to two stars for “holding an official position” and mentoring another Hunter up to single star level; and finally upgraded to three stars for “remarkable achievements in multiple fields.”

Nen is the ability to control one’s own life energy or aura, which is constantly emitted from them whether they know it or not. There are four basic Nen techniques; Ten  maintains the aura in the body, strengthening it for defense, Zetsu shuts the aura flow off, useful for concealing one’s presence and relieving fatigue, Ren  enables a user to produce more Nen, and Hatsu is a person’s specific use of Nen. Nen users are classified into six types based on their Hatsu abilities; Enhancers strengthen and reinforce their natural physical abilities, Emitters project aura out of their bodies, Manipulators control objects or living things, Transmuters change the type or properties of their aura, Conjurers create objects out of their aura, and Specialists  have unique abilities that do not fall into the previous categories. A Nen user can enter into a Contract whereby pledging to follow certain Limitations , their abilities are strengthened in relation to how strict they are. An example of this is Kurapika who, in order to have an unbreakable chain that will hold members of the Phantom Troupe no matter what, offered his life should he use it on anyone other than its members.

 

Wednesday News- September 13, 2017

Wednesday News- September 13, 2017

News-

The Best and Worst Pokemon Movies of All Time- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2017-08-16/the-best-and-worst-pokemon-movies-of-all-time/.120164

What Are School Culture Festivals Really Like?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/answerman/2017-09-13/.121278

English Version of Digimon Links Smartphone Game Listed on Google Play- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-09-13/english-version-of-digimon-links-smartphone-game-listed-on-google-play/.121309

Your Chance to See The Hayao Miyazaki’s first feature Film You Probably Haven’t Heard of- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/advertorial/2017-09-11/your-chance-to-see-the-hayao-miyazaki-first-feature-film-you-probably-havent-heard-of/.121009

Anime-

  • Chihayafuru Season 1 BD
  • Chihayafuru Season 1 DVD
  • Chihayafuru Season 1Premium Box Set
  • Tamako Love Story BD

Manga-

  • Blame! Master Edition GN 5 (Digital)
  • Complex Age GN 6
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 6 (Digital)
  • Don’t Be Cruel GN 5
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 1 (Digital)
  • Hayate the Combat Butler GN 30
  • Kase-san and… Shortcake GN
  • Kiss Him, Not Me! GN 12
  • Love’s Reach GN 3 (Digital)
  • Love Stage!! GN 7
  • Magical Sempai GN 1 (Digital)
  • Mikagura School Suite GN 1
  • Non Non Biyori GN 8
  • Psycho-Pass: Inspector Shinya Kōgami GN 3P
  • Rogue Samurai GN 2 (Digital)

Other-

  • Occultic;Nine Novel 2A
  • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA PlayStation 4/PlayStation Vita Game

Manga Monday- Aria

Manga Monday- Aria

Aria is a utopian science fantasy manga by Kozue Amano. The series was originally titled Aqua when it was published by Enix in the magazine Monthly Stencil, being retitled when it moved to Mag Garden’s magazine Comic Blade. Aqua was serialized in Stencil from 2001 to 2002 and collected in two tankōbon volumes. Aria was serialized in Comic Blade from November 2002 to April 2008 and collected in twelve volumes.

ADV Manga released English translations of the first three volumes of Aria in 2004, before dropping the license. Tokyopop then acquired the English-language rights to Aqua as well as Aria. Tokyopop released the two volumes of Aqua on October 2007 and February 2008, and six volumes of Aria between January 2008 and December 2010.

Story

Aqua and Aria take place in the early 24th century, starting in 2301 AD, in the city of Neo-Venezia on the planet Aqua—formerly Mars, which was renamed after being terraformed into a habitable planet covered in oceans around 150 years beforehand. Neo-Venezia, based on Venice in both architecture and atmosphere, is a harbor city of narrow canals instead of streets, traveled by unmotorized gondolas.

At the start of Aqua, a young woman named Akari arrives from Manhome (formerly Earth) to become a trainee gondolier with Aria Company, one of the three most prestigious water-guide companies in the city. Her dream is to become an undine, a gondolier who acts as a tour guide. As she trains, Akari befriends her mentor Alicia, trainees and seniors from rival companies – Aika, Alice, Akira and Athena and others in the Neo-Venezia city. Aqua covers Akari’s arrival on Aqua and her early training as a Pair, or apprentice, while Aria continues her training as a Single, or journeyman, culminating in the graduation of her, Aika, and Alice as full Prima undines.

Each chapter is a slice of life episode of Akari’s exploration of the worlds of gondoliering, Neo-Venezia, and Aqua itself. Amano frequently uses several pages of lush art to depict an environment, showing the wonder of both everyday activities as well as one-of-a-kind events. It has been described by reviewers as very similar in tone and effect to Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō.

Wednesday News- September 6

Wednesday News- September 6

News-

Anime-
  • Fairy Tail Collection 9 BD/DVD
  • The Good Witch of the West BD
  • The Good Witch of the West DVD
  • Gosick Part 2 BD/DVD
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan Season 2 BD/DVD
  • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: A New Translation BD
  • Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars BD/DVD
  • Tsukiuta. THE ANIMATION BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Anonymous Noise Graphic Novel (GN) 4
  • Arpeggio of Blue Steel GN 11
  • Bloody Mary GN 8
  • Boruto GN 2
  • Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage GN 1
  • Death Note All-In-One Edition GN
  • Everyone’s Getting Married GN 6
  • Golden Time GN 8
  • GTO: Paradise Lost GN 5 (Digital)
  • Haikyu!! GN 15
  • Kimi ni Todoke GN 27
  • Kounodori: Dr. Stork GN 3 (Digital)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers GN 2
  • My Love Story!! GN 13
  • Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sharingan Legend GN 1
  • Nisekoi – False Love GN 23
  • One Piece Omnibus GN 21
  • One-Punch Man GN 12
  • Pumpkin Scissors GN 13 (Digital)
  • Queen’s Quality GN 1
  • Skip Beat! GN 39
  • Sweetness and Lightning GN 8
  • Tales of Zestiria GN 2
  • Waiting for Spring GN 2A
  • Yozakura Quartet GN 16 (Digital)P
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V GN 2

Other-

  • Knack II PlayStation 4 Game
  • Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth Playstation 4/Playstation Vita Game

Manga Monday- Samurai Gun

Manga Monday- Samurai Gun

Samurai Gun is a manga series written and illustrated by Kazuhiro Kumagai and serialized in Weekly Young Jump. It was adapted into a 13-episode anime series directed by Kazuhito Kikuchi. The anime is licensed in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany by ADV Films, which co-financed the series’ production. There has been no announcement of the manga being translated into the English language. As the title suggests, it features samurai using guns.

Plot

It is the beginning of the industrial revolution, and feudal Japan is in turmoil. The ruling Shogun are wielding their abusive powers to instill fear and dominance over their oppressed subjects. Beatings, imprisonment, rape and even murder are the adopted tactics chosen to maintain their reign. The bloodshed must end. A group of Samurai have banded together, and, with the development of new weapons and new technology, they have both the will and the hardware to stand up and fight. Ichimatsu is one of these fighters. By day, he works incognito at a local tavern, in the evenings he frequents the brothels, and by the dark of night, he doles out some big-time, gun-barrel justice. He is here to help. He is Samurai Gun.

Characters

Ichimatsu 

is one of the samurai guns and the main protagonist of the series. During the day, he works at a local tavern. During the night, however, he delivers merciless justice under the name of “Samurai Gun”. Voiced by Illich Guardiola in the English adaptation and Showtaro Morikubo in the Japanese version.

Daimon 

is another samurai gun who works many missions with Ichimatsu. His cover during the day is a teacher and owes a large tab to the tavern owner Ichimatsu works for. Voiced by Ty Mahany in the English adaptation and Katsuyuki Konishi in the Japanese version.

Wednesday News- August 30, 2017

Wednesday News- August 30, 2017

News-

Live-Action Film Gets New English-Subtitle Trailer, November 3 Theatrical Release- http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-08-30/live-action-blade-of-the-immortal-film-gets-new-english-subtitled-trailer-november-3-theatrical-release/.120740

Code: Geass: Akito the Exiled BD+DVD- http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/code-geass/akito-the-exiled/bd-dvd/.120522

Sengoku Night Blood TV Anime Reveals Key Visual, Staff- http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-08-30/sengoku-night-blood-tv-anime-reveals-key-visual-staff/.120737

Konohana Kitan Anime Premieres October 4- http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-08-30/konohana-kitan-anime-premieres-october-4/.120736

Anime-

  • Endride Part 2 BD/DVD
  • A Journey Through Fairyland DVD
  • Marmalade Boy Collection 1 DVD
  • Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective DVD
  • Nutcracker Fantasy DVD
  • Pokemon XY& Z Set 1 DVD
  • Ushio & Tora BD
  • Ushio & Tora DVD
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz BD
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz DVD

Manga-

  • Absolute Duo GN 1
  • Aho Girl GN 2
  • Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor GN 1
  • Alive GN 21 (Digital)
  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 3 (Digital)
  • Black Panther and Sweet 16 GN 1 (Digital)
  • Cardfight!! Vanguard GN 9
  • A Certain Scientific Accelerator GN 6
  • Corpse Princess GN 12 (Digital)
  • DAYS GN 4 (Digital)
  • Don’t Meddle With My Daughter GN 1
  • Elegant Yokia Apartment Life GN 1 (Digital)
  • Furari GN (Hardcover)
  • Giant Killing GN 5 (Digital)
  • House of the sun. GN 6 (Digital)
  • Kigurumi Guardains GN 1
  • The Manga Guide to… Microprocessors GN
  • Monster Musume GN 12
  • Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn GN 8
  • Saki GN 11 (Digital)
  • Toilent-Bound Hanako-kun GN 1 (Digital)

Other-

  • Demon King Daimaou Novel 2 (Digital)
  • Everybody’s Golf Playstation 4
  • Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Nintendo Switch
  • Nisemonogatari Novel 2
  • Mikagura School Suite Stride After School Novel 1
  • Warriors All-Stars Playstation 4
  • Yakuza Kiwami Playstation 4

Manga Monday- Vampire Knight

Manga Monday- Vampire Knight

Vampire Knight is a Japanese shōjo manga series written by Matsuri Hino. The series premiered in the January 2005 issue of LaLa magazine and has officially ended. Chapters are collected and published in collected volumes by Hakusensha, concluding with nineteen volumes released in Japan. The manga series is licensed in English by Viz Media, who has released all nineteen volumes. The English adaptation premiered in the July 2006 issue of Viz’s Shojo Beat magazine, with the collected volumes being published on a quarterly basis.

Two drama CDs were created for the series, as well as a twenty-six episode anime adaptation.

Manga

The first chapter of Matsuri Hino’s Vampire Knight premiered in the January 2005 issue of LaLa. The individual chapters were collected and published in tankōbon volumes by Hakusensha, in nineteen volumes which were released in Japan. The series is licensed for an English language release in North America by Viz Media. In addition to publishing the individual volumes, the series was serialized in Viz’s Shojo Beat manga anthology from the July 2006 issue until the magazine was discontinued after the August 2009 issue. It is licensed for English release in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment, which released fifteen volumes. The final volume was released in English on October 14, 2014 by Viz Media.

Since the manga’s conclusion, Hino began releasing a series of special chapters, which takes place after the end of the final volume. On November 8, 2013, Hino released the first special chapter titled “Life ( Inochi)“, which was licensed and released digitally by Viz Media on December 9, 2014. The second special chapter, titled “I Like You (あなたのことが好きです Anata no koto ga sukidesu)“, was released on February 10, 2015. On December 10, 2015, the third special chapter, titled “Love’s Desire (愛の望み Ai no nozomi)“, was released. On February 10, 2016, the fourth and final special chapter, “Between the End of One’s Life and Heaven (命の終わりと天国の間 Inochi no owari to tengoku no aida)“, was released. The Lala issue also announced that a volume compiling the special chapters will be released in June 2016. It also announced that Hino will also be releasing a brand new, spin-off manga called “Vampire Knight Memories”, which began in June.

Character Special: Bleach- The Bad Guys… well some of them

Character Special: Bleach- The Bad Guys… well some of them

Hollows

Sōsuke Aizen

Bounts

The Bounts (バウント bounto) are a group of humans with special abilities. They are the main antagonists during the anime-exclusive Bount and Bount Assault on Soul Society arcs. The Bounts live eternally due to an accident during a scientific experiment earlier in the Soul Society, where they were created, and began to eat the souls of human beings to gain more power. They each have a unique weapon known as a Doll, a familiar which is its creator’s power given physical form. Dolls are mostly self-sufficient creatures when released, although they tend to be used as weapons in various ways such as a large battle axe or a snake, as a sword and whip. Their leader Kariya, motivated by the destruction of himself and all connected to him, plans to invade the Soul Society along with the remaining Bounts to destroy it and themselves. However, with the exception of his friend Gō Koga, Kariya managed to have his forces wiped out by the Soul Reapers prior to himself being killed by Ichigo Kurosaki. IGN criticized the Bounts as being “lame bad guys,” noting that the bittō (the Bounts’ mosquito-like creatures that collect souls) in particular were like “something straight out of a bad sci-fi movie,” but admitted the Bounts were “decent plot devices” to develop the other characters.

Xcution

Xcution (エクスキューション Ekusukyūshon) is a secret organization in Naruki City that makes itself known to Ichigo seventeen months after he loses his Soul Reaper powers and serve as the main antagonists in the first arc after the timeskip. The group is made up of humans whose preborn encounter with hollows resulted in them becoming outcasts who possess a power known as Fullbring (完現術(フルブリング) Furuburingu, lit. “Final Manifestation Art”), an ability to manipulate the “soul” of an object to bring out its full potential. But a Fullbringer’s true power comes from enhancing the soul of an object they are compatible with, such as a prized possession. However, the effects of a Fullbringer’s power will cease once the user is dead. Using Tsukishima’s Fullbring, Xcution’s other members had placed themselves in a fabricated notion that they need a Soul Reaper to become normal humans and train Ichigo to use Fullbring. But once Tsukishima restored their memories, the group reveals their real intention to take Ichigo’s Fullbring powers. Though Xcution got Ichigo’s Fullbring, they were scattered after Ginjō’s death.

Wandenreich

The Wandenreich (見えざる帝国(ヴァンデンライヒ) Vandenraihi, “Invisible Empire”) are a group of Quincies under Yhwach who serve as the antagonists of the final storyline of the series. Their attire usually consists of long white trench coats fitted with numerous buttons, a cape, a belt (usually a piece individual to each member), and a five-pointed cross, the Quincy Zeichen, somewhere upon the uniform. The Wandenreich named their group from the act of hiding themselves and their fortress Silbern (銀架城 (ジルバーン) Jirubān, German for “Silver”, Japanese for “Silver-Wrought Castle”) within a pocket dimension in the Seireitei’s shadows called Schatten Bereich (影の領域 (シャッテン・ベライヒ) Shatten Beraihi, “Shadow Realm”). Apparently founded by the survivors of the Quincy massacre a millennium ago, the Wandenreich have been preparing to exact revenge on the Soul Reapers once amassing enough power to do so once their leader is revived. In the aftermath of Aizen’s defeat, the Wandenreich conquered Hueco Mundo and captured numerous Arrancars (including the former Espada Tier Harribel) to serve as their personal Vanguards and foot soldiers. The Wandereich orchestrated two invasions on the Soul Society, the first leading to the notable deaths of Squad One’s Lieutenant Chōjirō Sasakibe and Head-Captain Yamamoto. After having absorbed the Soul King and altered the Royal Palace by submerging it with the Silbern, renamed the Wahrwelt (真世界城 (ヴァールヴェルト) Vāruveruto, German for “True World”, Japanese for “True World Castle”) the Wandenreich plans to create a new world order as envisioned by Yhwach, which would require a total genocide by destroying the Soul Society, the Real World and Hueco Mundo, and create this new world for Quincys from the ashes of destruction he intends to cause in all the spiritual and physical world as Askin Nakk Le Vaar thought, but the truth is that, after absorbing Ichigo’s powers after defeating him and the last two Sternritters survivors, Yhmach reveals his true goal is to eliminate all life in existence for bringing ruin and death to all living begins (including his children, the Quincys) in existence, for all eternity.