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Manga Monday- Drifters

Manga Monday- Drifters

Drifters is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. The manga started serialization in Shōnen Gahosha’s magazine, Young King Ours, on April 30, 2009. It centers on various historical figures summoned to an unknown world where their skills and techniques are needed by magicians in order to save their world from total destruction. An anime television adaptation aired between October 7, 2016 and December 23, 2016. A second season of the anime series has been announced.

Drifters is serialized in the Shōnen Gahosha Young King Ours magazine and sold under the same publisher in Japan. It is licensed in North America by Dark Horse Comics, in France by Éditions Tonkam, in Germany by Panini Comics, in Italy by J-POP, in Taiwan by Tong Li Comics and in Poland by Japonica Polonica Fantastica.

Plot

Shimazu Toyohisa, while involved at the Battle of Sekigahara, manages to mortally wound Ii Naomasa, but is critically injured in the process. As he walks from the field wounded and bleeding, Toyohisa finds himself transported to a corridor of doors, where a bespectacled man at a desk waits for him. This man, Murasaki, sends Toyohisa through the nearest door where he wakes up in another world. There, Toyohisa meets other great warriors like him who have been transported as well, to be part of a group known as “Drifters”.

This world contains both native humans and a number of fantastical races, including elves, dwarves, and hobbits. However, the world is at war, with the humans waging a losing conflict against another group of great warriors, the “Ends”, who wish to take over the world and kill all of the Drifters. Under the Ends’ command are many terrible creatures, including giants and dragons, which they use to destroy everything in their path. At the start of the series, the Ends’ army has control of the northern part of the continent, and are trying to invade the south through a pivotal fortress at the northernmost tip of a nation called Carneades. Meanwhile, the “Octobrist Organization”, a group of human magicians native to this world, attempts to bring together the many individual Drifters to save their world from the brutal Ends.

Drifters

The titular Drifters are heroes, leaders, and great warriors from different eras and cultures that have been brought to an unknown world by Murasaki, where they are meant to fight the Ends. A common element to the Drifters is that, although they are driven by violence, victory, and conquest, most of them are not cruel and do not tolerate the hurting of innocents. Unlike the Ends, the Drifters have no magic abilities unless they were born with them, and therefore must largely rely on their technology and tenacity to survive.
Murasaki 
A mysterious and calm bespectacled man who is responsible for the appearance of the Drifters, using them as a means to right the wrong of the Ends’ conquest of the unknown world. He is seen sitting in the middle of the door corridor, smoking, and reading a newspaper that gives news of the events relating to the Drifters. In the corridor, he is associated with and accompanied by light.
Shimazu Toyohisa
The leader of the Drifters. Historically, he died in 1600 during the Battle of Sekigahara. When he first arrived in the new world, he was critically injured, only to be brought to Nobunaga and Yoichi’s hideout by the young elves, Marsha and Mark. Although impulsive and reckless, Toyohisa possesses a fearless, determined, and chivalrous spirit, assisting the elves and dwarves by liberating them from the Orte Empire. Born and raised in a war-torn era, Toyohisa has a keen sense for battle and tactics, though he remains unaware of these talents himself. Toyohisa primarily uses a nodachi in battle, though he is seen carrying a wakizashi. He also carries a Tanegashima on the back of his waist, which he only uses when his swords are infeasible to use against his enemies.
Oda Nobunaga
A famous warlord who conquered most of Japan during Sengoku period. He is known for being the daimyō who took the first step of unification of the Japan, and the first Japanese military commander to utilize arquebuses in battles, using one as his main weapon in battle as a Drifter. Historically, he died during the Honnō-ji incident, the mutiny conducted by Akechi Mitsuhide. As a Drifter, he has only aged six months since arriving in the new world. Nobunaga is highly ambitious and cunning, desiring to establish a multiracial federation in the new world with Toyohisa as their leader. Nobunaga acts as the group’s military strategist.
Nasu no Yoichi
A very effeminate man of nineteen. His full name is Nasu Suketaka Yoichi, though he is simply known as Nasu no Yoichi. Although he lived hundreds of years before Nobunaga and Toyohisa, Yoichi is the youngest in the group. Born as the youngest of eleven siblings, Yoichi is a powerful warrior and military commander who served Minamoto no Yoshitsune during the Genpei War. Yoichi’s exploits were recorded throughout Japanese history, including in The Tale of the Heike, though Nobunaga notes that Yoichi acts very differently from these historical accounts. During the Genpei War, he was forced to commit several dishonorable acts by Yoshitsune, despite having a strong belief of Bushido. Now as a Drifter, Yoichi resolves to maintain his honorable nature, and he is the most level-headed of the trio. Yoichi acts as the group’s archer, killing fleeing enemies.
Hannibal Barca
A famous Carthiginian military commander. Now a Drifter and elderly, he is first seen arguing with Scipio Africanus over the latter’s “plagiarism” of Cannae at the Battle of Zama. Despite nearly being killed by the Black King’s army, Hannibal still insists that victory is still possible. After being separated from Scipio, Hannibal becomes depressed and senile, but he is still able to articulate battle tactics to his fellow Drifters via indirect means. He acts as Nobunaga’s military advisor since being left in Toyohisa’s group’s care.
Scipio Africanus
Hannibal’s Roman adversary during the Second Punic War. As a Drifter, he is as old as Hannibal, who he is seen constantly arguing with, claiming that “a winner takes all” since he won at Zama. Nevertheless, Scipio respects Hannibal greatly. Originally traveling with Hannibal and the Wild Bunch gang, he was accidentally separated from them and is currently in the company of Naoshi Kanno and Tamon Yamaguchi.
Butch Cassidy
Leader of the Wild Bunch gang. He, along with Sundance Kid, was transported from Bolivia, and is now fighting against the Black King and his armies. Unlike his partner, Butch has a hot-blooded and wild personality. He favors the use of firearms, particularly a pair of pistols, in battle.
Sundance Kid
A member of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch. He, along with Butch, was transported from Bolivia, and is now fighting against the Black King and his armies. Unlike his leader, Kid possesses a calm and collected personality. Kid favors the use of firearms in battle, such as shotguns and a Gatling gun.
Naoshi Kanno
During a battle with the Black King, with the Drifters’ side under attack by dragons, Japanese World War II fighter pilot Naoshi Kanno is transported into the world in his plane. When the dragons’ attacks trigger memories of the bombing of Tokyo, he attacks the dragons in anger. His plane later crashed and he soon found himself worshiped as a god by a tribe of anthropomorphic dogs, only to be found by Scipio, who decides to use his status to unite the various anthropomorphic animal tribes under him to bolster the Drifters’ army. He does not initially trust Butch or Sundance Kid, as they are American, but Butch manages to convince him that they are Bolivian instead. He is addressed as Sugano Nao in the Dark Horse translation, an alternate reading of his name.
Tamon Yamaguchi
An admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. Tamon arrived in the new world along with the aircraft carrier Hiryū, and has since formed an uneasy alliance with the leaders of Gu-Binnen, a merchant guild, assisting them against the war with the Orte Empire by leading the guild’s griffin naval forces.

 

Wednesday News- May 15, 2019

Wednesday News- May 15, 2019

2nd Made in Abyss Compilation Film Opens in U.S. on May 27 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-05-14/2nd-made-in-abyss-compilation-film-opens-in-u.s-on-may-27/.146694

Review: My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Novels 1-3 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/my-next-life-as-a-villainess/all-routes-lead-to-doom/novels-1-3/.146584

Shelf Life: Adieu Galaxy Express 999https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2019-05-13/.146625#express

Review: The Magnificent KOTOBUKI Episodes 1-12 streaming – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/the-magnificent-kotobuki/episodes-1-12/.146639

Review: Collide Chapters 1-4 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/collide/chapters-1-4/.146606

Anime

  • Armored Trooper Votoms OVA Collection BD 1
  • Guilty Crown Essentials BD
  • Lucky Star Essentials BD
  • Princess Mononoke Collector’s Edition BD

Manga

  • Fire-Hot Aunt GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Edition Graphic Novel (GN) 5 (hardcover)
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord GN 4
  • Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World GN 2
  • Kira-kun Today GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Love Massage: Melting Beauty GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka GN 6
  • Pokémon Sun & Moon GN 4
  • Ran the Peerless Beauty GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Record of Grancrest War GN 3
  • Requiem of the Rose King GN 10
  • Sailor Moon Eternal Edition GN 4
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 32
  • Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Heed My Call, Beast! GN 1
  • Sota’s Knife GN 21-39 (Digital Only)
  • A Strange and Mystifying Story GN 7
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Yōkai Watch GN 11

Other

  • Amagi Brilliant Park Novel 5 (Digital Only)
  • The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan Novel 1
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 14 (Digital Only)
  • Toradora! Novel 5

 

Manga Monday- Terra Formars

Manga Monday- Terra Formars

Terra Formars is a Japanese manga series written by Yū Sasuga and Michio Fukuda. Illustrated by Michio Fukuda. It is serialized in Shueisha’s magazine Weekly Young Jump since 2011. Also, a spin-off manga titled Terra for Police started on May 10, 2014 in Jump X.

Reception

It was number one on the 2013 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey. It was placed second in Zenkoku Shotenin ga Eranda Osusume Comic 2013, a 2013 ranking of the top 15 manga recommended by Japanese bookstores. It was nominated for the 6th Manga Taishō. The 6th volume reached the number one place on the Oricon weekly manga chart in the week of August 19–25, 2013, with 317,248 copies. As of February 2015, Terra Formars 11 first volumes have sold over 10 million copies. As of August 2015, the series had sold 13 million copies. As of April 2018, the manga had over 16 million copies in print.

Plot

In an attempt to colonize Mars, 21st century scientists are tasked with terraforming the planet. Their goal is to seed the planet with a modified algae to absorb sunlight and purify the atmosphere, and cockroaches, whose corpses spread the algae across the planet as they feed.

Five hundred years later, the first manned ship to Mars lands and its six crew members are attacked by giant mutated humanoid cockroaches with incredible physical strength, later labeled “Terraformars”; the crew is wiped out after sending a warning back to Earth. Two years later, BUGS II, a multinational expedition of genetically modified humans, is sent to collect 10 samples of both sexes of roaches, and exterminate the mutated bugs to take control of the red planet. Only two survivors manage to return to Earth, one swearing to return and avenge their fallen companions. As a third expedition is assembled questions are raised about the true origin of the Terraformars and their connection with an unknown disease afflicting mankind, the Alien Engine Virus, or A.E. Virus. To fight the Terraformars’ strength and agility, members of the second and third expedition undergo genetic modification to inherit the characteristics of other organisms, only possible after having a special organ implanted with a 36% chance of surviving the surgery itself.

The third expedition ends with most of its crew members killed as well, be it by fighting the Terraformars, or amongst themselves in the multi-sided conflict between the various factions aboard the ship, each with own opposing interests. Despite that, the few survivors manage to collect enough samples for the research on a cure to the A.E. Virus and return home. However, a new fight against the Terraformars begins when it is revealed that the creatures arrived on Earth long before, and after multiplying on an alarming rate and adapting themselves far better to their new environment than they did to their homeworld, they start their plan to take over the planet.

 

Wednesday News- May 8, 2019

Wednesday News- May 8, 2019

Funimation Screen Live-Action Kingdom Film in N.America in Summer – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-05-07/funimation-screens-live-action-kingdom-film-in-n-america-in-summer/.146493

Shelf Life: Kokkokuhttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2019-05-06/.146417

Review: Detective Pikachu – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/detective-pikachu/.146449

Arc of Alchemist PS4 Game Delayed to Winter in the West – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-05-07/arc-of-alchemist-ps4-game-delayed-to-winter-in-the-west/.146463

Anime

  • Jormungand Complete Series Essentials BD
  • Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- Season 1 Part 1 BD
  • Kamisama Kiss Season 2 Essentials BD
  • My Hero Academia Season 3 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • My Hero Academia Season 3 Part 1 DVD
  • My Hero Academia Season 3 Part 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Please Twins BD

Manga

  • Anonymous Noise Graphic Novel (GN) 14
  • Baki GN 24-25 (Digital Only)
  • Black Clover GN 15
  • Black Torch GN 4
  • Blissful Land GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Can You Just Die, My Darling? GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba GN 6
  • Disney Manga: Descendants – Evie’s Wicked Runway GN 1
  • Dragon Ball Super GN 5
  • Dr. Stone GN 5
  • The Dungeon of Black Company GN 3
  • Haikyu!! GN 32
  • Heart Break Club GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • High-rise Invasion Omnibus GN 4
  • Hitorijime My Hero GN 3
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable GN 1 (hardcover)
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War GN 8
  • Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- GN 3
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers GN 12
  • Momo’s Iron Will GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Mononoke Sharing GN 4
  • One Piece GN 90
  • One-Punch Man GN 16
  • Our Dreams At Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare GN 1
  • Shortcake Cake GN 4
  • Snow White with the Red Hair GN 1
  • Twin Star Exorcists GN 15
  • Versailles of the Dead GN 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • Wonderland GN 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • World’s End and Apricot Jam GN 4 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Classroom of the Elite Novel 1
  • Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • I Shall Survive Using Potions! Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Lazy Dungeon Master Novel 5 (Digital Only)
  • NieR Automata World Guide Artbook 1 (hardcover)
  • Persona 5 : The original art book (digital)C
  • Puyo Puyo Champions Switch/PS4/Xbox One/PC game
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 PC game

 

 

Manga Monday- The Rising of the Shield Hero

Manga Monday- The Rising of the Shield Hero

The Rising of the Shield Hero is a Japanese light novel series written by Aneko Yusagi. Originally published as a web novel, the series has since been published by Media Factory with an expanded story-line featuring illustrations by Seira Minami. As of February 25, 2019, twenty-one volumes have been published.

The novel series was adapted into a manga series by Aiya Kyū and published by Media Factory, with thirteen volumes released as of April 23, 2019. Both the novel and manga series were licensed by One Peace Books and were published in North America starting in September 2015. The 25-episode anime television series adaptation produced by Kinema Citrus premiered in January 2019. The anime series is licensed in North America by the Crunchyroll-Funimation partnership.

Manga

The light novel series was adapted into a manga series by Aiya Kyū and published by Media Factory, with thirteen volumes released as of April 23, 2019. In an interview, the manga artist said, “Comic Flapper’s editorial department told me about the opportunity, and I gleefully took it.” Both the novel and manga series were licensed by One Peace Books and were published in North America starting in September 2015.

Plot

Naofumi Iwatani was summoned into a parallel world along with three other people to become the world’s Heroes. Each of the heroes were respectively equipped with their own legendary equipment when summoned. Naofumi happened to receive the Legendary Shield, the sole defensive equipment, while the others received weapons capable of attacking. Unlike the other heroes who are fully supported by the kingdom and gain several strong allies each, Naofumi’s luck turns to the worse after his single companion, later revealed to be none other than Princess Myne, betrays him, and leaves him devoid of all assistance and supplies after she falsely accuses him of raping her.

Shunned by everyone from the King to peasants, Naofumi is forced to train as a hero alone while working to make ends meet, until he buys from a slave trader a young tanuki demi-human girl named Raphtalia and an egg that hatches into a bird creature whom he names “Filo”, both quickly growing into adulthood and becoming powerful warriors under his care. As they little by little gain the trust and gratitude of the people with their heroic actions, Naofumi and his companions work hard to fulfill their mission as saviors of the world, while unraveling its deepest secrets.

 

Wednesday News- May 1, 2019

Wednesday News- May 1, 2019

Review: Ingress Episodes 1-3- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/ingress/episodes-1-3/.146202

Review: Dame x Prince Anime Caravan Blu-ray- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/dame-prince-anime-caravan/blu-ray/.146234

New Shura no Toki Manga Arc Launches in May- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-04-30/new-shura-no-toki-manga-arc-launches-in-may/.146246

Live-Action Hot Gimmick: Girl Meets Boy Film’s Trailer Previews Theme Song- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-04-29/live-action-hot-gimmick-girl-meets-boy-film-trailer-previews-theme-song/.146249

 

 

Manga Monday- Demon Slayer

Manga Monday- Demon Slayer

Demon Slayer is a Japanese manga series by Koyoharu Gotōge. The series is published in English by Viz Media. An anime television series adaptation by Ufotable premiered on April 6, 2019.

Manga

Koyoharu Gotōge launched the manga in 2016’s 11th issue of Shueisha’s shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump on February 15, 2016. A side story for the manga was published in the first issue of Shonen Jump GIGA on July 20, 2016.
Viz Media published the first three chapters of the series in its digital magazine Weekly Shonen Jump as part of the “Jump Start” program, but did not pick the series up for continued serialization. Viz announced their license to the series during their panel at San Diego Comic-Con on July 20, 2017.

Reception

The series ranked 14th on a list of manga recommended by Japanese bookstore employees in 2017, and 19th on a list of the top manga of 2018 for male readers put together by Kono Manga ga Sugoi!. As of June 4, 2018, the series had 2.5 million copies in print worldwide.

Plot

Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted, intelligent boy who lives with his family and makes money by selling charcoal. Everything changes when his family is attacked and slaughtered by demons (oni). Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko are the sole survivors of the incident, though Nezuko is now a demon, but surprisingly still shows signs of human emotion and thought. Tanjiro becomes a demon slayer to help his sister turn human again, and to avenge the loss of his family.

Wednesday News- April 24, 2019

Wednesday News- April 24, 2019

Review- The Promised Neverland GN 8 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/the-promised-neverland/gn-8/.145928

Funimation Streams Saranzanmai Anime’s English Dub – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-04-23/funimation-streams-saranzanmai-anime-english-dub/.146041

Crunchyroll Adda Isekai Quartet Crossover Anime – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-04-23/crunchyroll-adds-isekai-quartet-crossover-anime/.146033

Famitsu Readers Vote Chrono Trigger as Top Video Game From Heisei Era – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-04-23/famitsu-readers-vote-chrono-trigger-as-top-video-game-from-heisei-era/.146013

Shelf Life: Ace Attorney – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2019-04-22/.145968

 

Manga Monday- Karneval

Manga Monday- Karneval

Karneval is a Japanese manga series by Tōya Mikanagi which originally started serialization in the monthly Josei Manga magazine Monthly Comic Zero Sum published by Ichijinsha on August 28, 2007. There are currently twenty-one volumes released in Japan. A 13-episode anime adaptation by Manglobe aired between April and June 2013. On August 22, 2014, North American manga publisher Yen Press announced the license of the manga, with the first volume to be published on March 24, 2015. Yen Press is releasing Karneval volumes in a 2-in-1 omnibus format.

Plot

Nai searches for someone important to him, with only an abandoned bracelet as a clue. Gareki steals and pick-pockets to get by from day to day. The two meet in a strange mansion where they are set up, and soon become wanted criminals by military security operatives. When Nai and Gareki find themselves desperate in a hopeless predicament, they encounter none other than the country’s most powerful defense organization, “Circus”.

Characters

Main characters

Nai 
is the main protagonist of the story. He claims to have always been living with a man named Karoku in a forest near Karasuna. When Karoku does not appear one day, Nai ventures outside and finds a trail of blood leading from their home to the sea, and a left-behind bracelet (Circus I.D.). Feeling scared and lonely, he sets out to try finding Karoku with only the abandoned bracelet as a clue. He eventually meets Gareki, who saves Nai from a mansion where a Varuga woman named Mine was keeping him captive. This marks the beginning of their travel together. Despite his unworldly ways, he has an acute sense of hearing that is more well-developed compared to other people’s. Akari, a research doctor at Circus reveals that Nai has the cellular structure of a human and a “niji”, a small, delicate creature found in the forest he came from, and that these cells have managed to coexist unlike the Varuga. He also said that Nai is successfully existing as a new species and that if they were to describe the person who accomplished this, they would certainly be called a genius and that to produce a being like Nai, the creator must have been very devoted.
Gareki 
A 15-year-old boy who gets money by robbing rich people’s mansions. He’s very intelligent and sharp, his strong point being his knowledge of mechanics. He is also a skilled shooter and likes to carry around a gun. Gareki distrusts people and isn’t very sociable, stating that he hates associating with others. However, despite his arrogant and distant attitude, he does have a more caring side that he doesn’t like showing, seeming to have a soft spot for his friends on the second ship and Nai. He originally thought to use Nai for his robbing schemes but later joins him to find Karoku. When Nai tells Gareki about Karoku knowing that they were together, Gareki realizes that Karoku wants to keep him away from Nai. Gareki works with the Circus organization to help defeat Kafta and Varuga, who killed Tsubaki and Yokata.

Manga Monday- Children of the Whales

Manga Monday- Children of the Whales

Children of the Whales is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Abi Umeda. The manga is licensed in North America by Viz Media. An anime television series adaptation by J.C. Staff aired in Japan from October to December 2017, and was released globally on Netflix in March 2018.

Abi Umeda launched the series in the July 2013 issue of Akita Shoten’s shōjo manga magazine Monthly Mystery Bonita on June 6, 2013. The series has been collected into 13 volumes as of October 2018. Viz Media announced during their panel at Anime Boston 2017 that they have licensed the manga.

Synopsis

The story focuses on a boy called Chakuro, who lives on a giant vessel called a Mud Whale that drifts over the sea of sand. In the Mud Whale, society is divided into two kinds of people: the Marked, who can move objects with their minds using a strange power called “thymia”, at the expense of shortened lifespans, and the Unmarked, people who lack thymia but enjoy longer lifespans. Chakuro and his friends have never seen anyone from the outside world, and they spend their days yearning to explore and learn about it. In year 93 of the vessel’s exile, the Mud Whale encounters a lonely island and Chakuro finds a girl inside, starting an adventure that changes the lives of everyone.