Film Friday- Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time

Film Friday- Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time

An English version was licensed by Viz Media under the title Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time. The storyline initially follows the characters and events from the first installment of the video game series. An anime series titled Harukanaru Toki no Naka de ~Hachiyou Shou~ was developed by Yumeta Company with Aki Tsunaki directing, with 26 episodes broadcast from October 5, 2004 to March 29, 2005. The anime received an English dub titled Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time: A Tale of the Eight Guardians.

Characters

Main characters

Akane Motomiya
A modern high school girl, Akane is transported to the Heian era and recognized as the Ryuujin no Miko, or Priestess of the Dragon God. She carries the power of the Dragon God within her body such that she can purify impurities from contact. Though reluctant to use her powers as priestess, Akane is determined to do the right thing. She is innocent and kindhearted, which sometimes leads her into trouble.

The Eight Guardians

Minamoto no Yorihisa
One of Princess Fuji’s bodyguards, who comes to protect Akane as well. He becomes one of the Eight Guardians, as Seiryū of Heaven. He is the strong, silent type and will do anything his mistress asks of him.
Tenma Morimura
A little bit of a tough guy, Tenma is Akane’s close friend from school. He is one of the Eight Guardians, as Seiryū of Earth. He cares deeply for Akane and loves her, but doesn’t really show it in the beginning. As the series progresses, he begins to reveal his feelings. He has a sister named Ran, who disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
Inori
A hotheaded young man whose one goal in life is to destroy demons for ruining his and his sister’s lives. He is Suzaku of Heaven, one of the Eight Guardians.
Shimon Nagareyama
One of Akane’s good friends from school, Shimon is a smart, cute, and very loyal. Along with Akane and Tenma, he is transported to the Heian era. Besides confused as an oni at first, having traits such as blond hair and blue eyes, he is recognized as one of the Eight Guardians, Suzaku of Earth.
Fujiwara no Takamichi 
Hardworking, studious, and chivalrous to all women, Takamichi works in the palace archives in Kyou. He becomes one of the Eight Guardians, as Byakko of Heaven.
Tachibana no Tomomasa
Tomomasa is a general in Kyou, known for being flirtatious, nonchalant, and popular with the ladies. He is one of the last to become a Guardian, as Byakko of Earth.
Eisen
Eisen is the younger brother of the current emperor of Kyou. Though he had been eligible to inherit the throne, Eisen gave up his position to become a monk. He is an accomplished musician and is a sweet, thoughtful, timid man. Eisen fell deeply in love with Akane when they first met, and is willing to sacrifice his life for her safety. He is Genbu of Heaven, one of the Eight Guardians.
Abe no Yasuaki 
A cool,intense guy and one of the Eight Guardians as Genbu of Earth, Yasuaki is a gifted apprentice to the famous sorcerer Abe no Seimei. Despite his expressionless exterior, Yasuaki is childlike in the sense he doesn’t quite understand emotions; He even shed tears with a blank face when Akane was upset with him on one occasion. He holds Akane with high regard, and develops a certain fondness for her.

Oni Clan

Akuram
The leader of the Oni Clan, who summoned Akane to Kyou in order to utilize her power to gain full domination over the city. Akuram is said to be the most powerful of recent leaders of the Oni Clan, and his power stretches to such a level that even his close associates aren’t sure how to deal with it. Akuram inherited the mask of the Oni Clan, allowing him to lead them, because he had the greatest potential to do so as a young boy. Even now he is still young despite his position. On one occasion the mask is shattered, breaking his spell and forcing him to retreat, and it seems that the mask itself is a way of focusing the magic of the Oni.
Akuram’s motivation is not always clear. Sometimes it appears that he simply wants to dominate all of Kyou, however on occasion he suggests that part of his motivation is revenge for the deaths of many of his kinsfolk over the past generations of conflict between the Oni and the people of Kyou. His interest in Akane seems to be predominately a matter of obtaining power, although he often refers to her as ‘his’ Miko, and gets quite angry when any of his subordinates bring harm to her without his permission.
Ikutidaru 
Ikutidaru is Akuram’s right hand man and probably the oldest of the surviving oni. Of all of the oni clan he has the greatest sense of conscience, and is often torn between his loyalty to his people and his love for Inori’s older sister Seri. In the anime, he once disobeyed Akuram and had his eye removed as punishment for the crime (although in the manga it is not yet explained how he came to lose his eye). Despite the fact he does not always agree with the things Akuram orders, he often carries them out with resolute seriousness, even though at times it makes Kyou’s predicament worse. He has a strongly protective – almost paternal – instinct where Sefuru is concerned (although Sefuru is rarely appreciative of that fact). In the ongoing manga, Ikutidaru is currently working with Akane and Yorihisa against Akuram as they try to break the curse Akuram has placed over them. His defection was inspired largely by the way in which Sefuru was injured by Akuram when he was discarded.
Shirin
The only female among the surviving members of the Oni Clan, Shirin holds a strong affection for Akuram which will allow her to do pretty much anything he tells her to do. She is very jealous of Akane because of Akuram’s interest in her, and on one occasion goes behind Akuram’s back and assaults the Miko because of this jealousy. Akuram seems to have no affection for her, discarding her from the clan towards the end, however in the anime conclusion Shirin offers to exchange her life for Akane’s in order to be with Akuram in the afterlife. Although this ending only occurred in the anime, not in the manga. Shirin’s key power is the ability to use her beauty to seduce and then manipulate the actions of men, and therefore she is angered by Takamichi who refuses to submit to her seduction spell. She and Takamichi maintain a chemistry throughout the story on account of this, with Takamichi once saving her life despite her attempts to kill him. Shirin’s physical attacks often involve a rose, whose vines and thorns she can manipulate at will.
Sefuru
Sefuru is the youngest surviving Oni, probably no more than fourteen or fifteen years old. He is technically half and half, since his mother was a normal resident of Kyou. Sefuru is bitter and hates the people of Kyou because his mother abandoned him based on his appearance when he was just a small child. It was at this time that Akuram took him in and began to train him to use him for his own purpose. For this reason, despite his half blood, Sefuru has been accepted as an Oni by the rest of the clan. However, he has a deep rooted fear of being abandoned and alone again, which often drives him to desperate acts. At one point he befriends Shimon, thinking that he’s an Oni in the same situation, though he becomes indignant when he thinks that Shimon has betrayed the Oni by joining up with people in the city and is even more perturbed when he discovers that Shimon is one of the Hachiyou. Despite his aggression, however, Shimon is sure that Sefuru is more hurt than anyone by the encounter, and refuses to bear him a grudge. In the end, Sefuru is shown with Ikutidaru, Seri and their new baby, indicating that his hatred is based in his loneliness, and all he really needed was a proper place to belong. In the manga, which is still ongoing, Sefuru is discarded by Akuram and taken in in his injured state by Inori’s sister Seri on Ikutidaru’s request.
Morimura Ran
Technically not a blood member of the oni clan, Ran is actually Tenma’s long lost sister from modern day Kyouto. She was summoned into Kyou by Akuram some time earlier, but was too frightened to be able to connect with Ryuujin and become Ryuujin no Miko. In her despair, she reached out instead to the black dragon Kokuryuu and became engulfed by its power, erasing her memories of her past life and putting her under Akuram’s control. Ran continues to battle with her alter-ego throughout both manga and anime, though perhaps more significantly in the manga. Probably on account of her association with the oni clan, Ran’s name is also occasionally written in Katakana as and features this way on the anime credits. However, in the manga it is given in kanji, as shown above.

Wednesday News- July 18, 2018

Wednesday News- July 18, 2018

Netflix Acquires Live-Action Jin-Roh Film- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-17/netflix-acquires-live-action-jin-roh-film/.134366

My Hero Academia: One’s Justice Game’s Subtitled Previews Battle, Story Mode- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-17/my-hero-academia-one-justice-game-subtitled-previews-battle-story-mode/.134371

Shelf Life: Like the Clouds, Like the Wind- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2018-07-16/.134277

Review: K: Seven Stories R:B -Blaze- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/k/seven-stories/r-b-blaze/.134051

Anime-

  • Alice & Zoroku BD/DVD
  • Granblue Fantasy the Animation Volume 2 BD
  • Long Riders! BD
  • Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON Season 1 Part 3 BD/DVD
  • Nanbaka Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Puzzle & Dragons X Part 3 BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Akame ga KILL! Graphic Novel (GN) 15
  • All Out!! GN 6
  • The Bride & the Exorcist Knight GN 1
  • Children of the Whales GN 5
  • Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction GN 2
  • Fate/Zero GN 6
  • Fire Punch GN 3
  • Fuuka GN 19
  • Gabriel Dropout GN 4
  • Golosseum GN 2
  • Hanger GN 1
  • Himouto! Umaruchan GN 2
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria GN 4
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 6
  • Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight GN 6
  • Land of the Lustrous GN 6
  • Love’s Reach GN 10
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers GN 7
  • Murciélago GN 7
  • My Boy GN 2
  • Perfect World GN 4
  • A Polar Bear in Love GN 3
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero GN 9
  • Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts GN 2
  • Sekirei GN 5
  • Taboo Tattoo GN 11
  • Umineko When They Cry Episode 7 GN 3
  • Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty GN 5
  • The Wizard and His Fairy GN 4

Other-

  • Demon King Daimaou Novel 6
  • Durarara!! Novel 10
  • Magical Girl Raising Project Novel 4
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil Novel 3
  • Touhou Genso Wanderer Reloaded PS4/Switch Game
  • Unwanted Undead Novel 2

Manga Monday- Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time

Manga Monday- Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time

Harukanaru Toki no Naka de is a Japanese shojo manga series written by Tohko Mizuno who also worked on the video game of the same name, which was developed by Ruby Party and published by Koei. The manga was serialized in LaLa DX magazine from July 1999 to January 2010, and published by Hakusensha in 17 volumes.

Setting

Although an exact time period is not given for Akane’s arrival in Heian Kyou, it seems likely that the story is set in the earlier part of the era, when families such as the Tachibana-ke, Fujiwara-ke and Minamoto-ke were all in some prominence. Though the Fujiwara-ke and Minamoto-ke continued to hold significant position through until the Genpei war, the Tachibana-ke faded out of favor during the 9th and 10th centuries. This suggests that Harukanaru Toki no Naka de is set sometime in the 9th or 10th centuries. This would also fit with later continuations of the Harukanaru Toki no Naka de plot, since Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 2 is set a century later, and features prominently once more the Fujiwara-ke and Minamoto-ke, as well as the Taira-ke. The third installment, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3 is set in the period of the Genpei War, which came to an end in 1185. If it can be considered that the third installment is set a century on from the second, this would indicate that the original Harukanaru Toki no Naka de storyline is most probably set in the latter half of the 10th century.

Plot

On her walk to school, ordinary Kyoto High school student Motomiya Akane hears a voice calling to her from an old well in an abandoned historical estate. The voice is that of the oni leader Akuram, and Akane finds herself summoned into another world that resembles the city of Kyoto during the Heian Period (approx. 800-1200). Here she is asked to be the Ryuujin no Miko, a legendary figure who possesses the power of the gods. Akane is told that she must defend this world, called Kyou, from the encroachment of the Oni Clan before she can return home. Fortunately, her school friends Tenma and Shimon are on hand to help her out and along with six Kyou natives they become members of the Hachiyou, a group of specially chosen men who act as the Miko’s protectors.

 

Film Friday- The Promised Neverland

Film Friday- The Promised Neverland

An anime television series adaptation will premiere in January 2019 in the Noitamina programming block.

Characters-

Emma 
Emma is the main character of the series and one of the oldest children living at Grace Field House. Like Ray and Norman, she is 11-years-old and consistently gets perfect scores during their daily exams. She is identified by her ID number 63194 and known for her ample optimism as well as her capable athleticism.
Upon discovering the truth of the orphanage, Emma teams up with Norman and Ray to escape the house. Her strong sense of selflessness insists that every one escape together, even if most of their siblings are below 6-years-old, an aim that Ray deems crazy and plain reckless.
Ray 
Ray is one of the oldest children living at Grace Field House and, like Emma and Norman, is 11-years-old and consistently gets perfect scores during their daily exams. He is identified by his ID number 81194 and known for being an avid reader with high intellectual abilities, blunt skepticism and cunning.
Being the only biological child of their caretaker and “Mama” Isabella, he did not experience childhood amnesia, confirming his suspicions about the existence of demons and true nature of the house later when he was 6-years-old. Ray becomes Isabella’s spy in exchange for goods and the promise that him, Emma and Norman could live to the fullest of their lives, pledging to use the remaining 6 years of his life to orchestrate a plan that would lead to his two best friends finding out the truth themselves. After a confrontation from Norman, he becomes the children’s trump card just as Isabella betrays him. Although initially unwilling to accept Emma’s unrealistic goal of escaping with every child, he vows to never give up on them after their escape succeeds.
Norman 
Norman is one of the oldest orphans living at Grace Field House and, like Ray and Emma, is 11-years-old and consistently gets perfect scores during their daily exams. He is identified by his ID number 22194 and known for being a genius strategist and planner, as well as unbeatable at the game of tag.
He discovers the truth of the orphanage with Emma and teams up with Ray to devise a plan to escape. While he knows leaving with every child in the house is near to impossible, his love for Emma pushes him to continue trying. As the most intelligent out of the three, he is the first to find out Ray’s true identity as Isabella’s spy and prepare various back-up plans and escape routes. After Ray is betrayed by Isabella, Norman is forced to be shipped before his 12th birthday, accepting his fate of inevitable death to deceive her and let the rest of the children escape.

Mama/Isabella 
Known to the orphanage’s children as their “Mama”, Isabella is a 31-years-old young woman who takes care of everyone there. Prior to being installed into her current position, she was raised in a similar orphanage and had an ID number of 73584. While appearing extremely loving and affectionate to the children, she actually very manipulative, cunning, and shows much detachment to their tragic fate.

Wednesday News- July 11, 2018

Wednesday News- July 11, 2018

News-

New York Comic Con to Host Cowboy Bebop Writer, Character & Mecha Designers- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-10/new-york-comic-con-to-host-cowboy-bebop-writer-character-and-mecha-designers/.134110

Nelke and the Legendary Alchemists Game Slated for 2018 in Japan- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-10/nelke-and-the-legendary-alchemists-game-slated-for-2018-in-japan/.134105

Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Game Gets Franchise’s 1st Stage Play- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-10/magia-record-puella-magi-madoka-magica-side-story-game-gets-franchise-1st-stage-play/.134085

Darling in the Franxx 4-Panel Spinoff Manga Ends- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-09/darling-in-the-franxx-4-panel-spinoff-manga-ends/.134047

Indivisible Game’s Opening Movie Clip Previews Animation by Studio Trigger- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-09/indivisible-game-opening-movie-clip-previews-animation-by-studio-trigger/.134040

Anime-

  • Ai: Tenchi Muyo! BD/DVD
  • Garo: Divine Flame BD/DVD
  • The irregular at magic high school The Movie: The Girl Who Summons the Stars BD
  • Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu BD
  • Love and Lies BD
  • The Tibetan Dog BD

Manga-

  • Case Closed Graphic Novel (GN) 67
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 1
  • Hoshin Engi GN 15
  • Kamikamikaeshi GN 2
  • Kiss Him, Not Me GN 14
  • Little Devils GN 1
  • Pokémon Adventures Black 2 And White 2 GN 9
  • Pokemon Horizon Sun and Moon GN 1
  • RIN-NE GN 27
  • Shokuryō Jinrui: Starving Anonymous GN 5
  • Sorry For My Familiar GN 2
  • Spirit Circle GN 4
  • Tokyo Alice GN 1
  • Waiting for Spring GN 7

Other-

  • Amigurumi San-X Crochet Pattern
  • Attack on Titan Character Encyclopedia
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 7
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 9
  • Muv-Luv PlayStation Vita Game
  • Muv-Luv Alternative PlayStation Vita Game
  • Shining Resonance Refrain PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch Game

Manga Monday- The Promised Neverland

Manga Monday- The Promised Neverland

The Promised Neverland is a Japanese manga series written by Kaiu Shirai and illustrated by Posuka Demizu. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since August 1, 2016 with the individual chapters collected and published by Shueisha into eight tankōbon volumes as of January 2018. The story follows a group of orphaned children in their escape plan from a farm. Viz Media licensed the manga in North America and serialized The Promised Neverland in their digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.

Set in year 2045, Emma is an 11-year-old orphan living in Grace Field House, a small orphanage housing her and her 37 siblings. Life had never been better; with food that tasted gourmet, plush beds, snow-white uniforms, the love of their “Mom” and caretaker Isabella, and the litany of daily exams that Emma always aced with her two best friends Ray and Norman. The orphans are basically allowed to do whatever they want, except to venture out of the compounds or the gate that connects the house to the outside world.

On a fateful night, another orphan named Conny is sent away to be adopted, but Emma and Norman follow her after noticing that she had left her stuffed rabbit toy Bernie back at the house. Sneaking out, they find Conny dead and the truth of the existence of this supposed orphanage to be a farm where human children are raised as food for demonic creatures. Worst still, Isabella is in allegiance with the demons, ripping away at everything the two ever thought they knew. Determined to break out of Grace Field House, Norman and Emma partner up with Ray to peel away at the façade of the farm and find a way to escape with all their other siblings.

Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu launched The Promised Neverland in issue 34 of Shueisha’s shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump on August 1, 2016. It is Shirai and Demizu second collaboration; their first series was Popy no Negai. On July 25, 2016, Viz Media announced that they would digitally publish the first three chapters of the series on Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. Thereafter, they will publish the manga’s new chapters simultaneously with the Japanese release. The first printed volume in North America was released on December 5, 2017.

The manga was nominated for the 10th Manga Taishō awards in January 2017, and gets 43 points from the “Executive Committee” of Manga Taishō awards and it was also nominated for the 11th edition of the Manga Taishō awards in 2018 and it received 26 points in total. As of August 2017, the manga had 1.5 million in print. By October 2017, the number had increased to 2.1 million. As of April 4, 2018, the first 8 volumes had 4.2 million copies in print. Anime News Network’s Rebecca Silverman enjoyed the first manga volume and gave it a A-, saying, “Tense pacing, interesting literary connections, art and story work well together, strong plot and foreshadowing.” In January 2018, the manga won the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shōnen category.

As of May 28, 2018, the manga had 5 million copies in print worldwide.

Film Friday- The Story of Saiunkoku

Film Friday- The Story of Saiunkoku

The anime adaptation series, produced by Madhouse and directed by Jun Shishido, was broadcast on the Japanese television network NHK on Saturday mornings. The first season began airing on April 8, 2006, and completed its run on February 24, 2007, airing a total of 39 episodes. The second season, titled Saiunkoku Monogatari Second Series began airing on April 7, 2007 and consists of another 39 episodes, ending its run on March 8, 2008.

Produced by Madhouse and directed by Jun Shishido, the anime adaptation of The Story of Saiunkoku premiered in Japan on NHK on April 8, 2006. The first season ran for 39 episodes until its conclusion on February 24, 2007. The second season, referred to as Saiunkoku Monogatari 2nd Series, premiered on April 7, 2007 and ran for another 39 episodes until its conclusion on March 8, 2008.

In May 2007, Geneon Entertainment announced it had acquired the license to releases the anime in North America with English language options. In September 2007, after only two volumes had been released, Geneon closed its North America operations. In July 2008, Funimation announced that it will distribute several Geneon titles, including The Story of Saiunkoku.

The series uses three pieces of theme music. “Hajimari no Kaze” by Ayaka Hirahara is used for the opening theme for both the first and second seasons. For the ending theme, “Saikō no Kataomoi” by Sachi Tainaka is used for the first season, while “Asu e” by Teruya Miho is used for the second season.

Shūrei Hong

is the daughter and only child of Shōka Hong. She is sixteen years old when the story begins. As a descendant of the direct line, she has the title hime, which means ‘Princess’ or ‘Lady’. Despite the high social status of her family, Shūrei grew up in relatively impoverished circumstances. Her father’s job brought little income, and much of the wealth of their family home was given to the needy during the devastating war for the imperial succession eight years ago. Without domestic servants, Shūrei became adept at household chores such as needlework, cooking and cleaning, traits unusual in a lady of her theoretical rank. She has also held a number of odd jobs to earn money, such as professional erhu player, accountant at Kōchō’s brothel in the Red Light District, and teacher at the local temple. When she is taken to the imperial palace, she becomes the concubine of the Emperor, who only likes males, as the rumors say. Slowly, a relationship begins to form.

Shūrei is the first woman in the history of Saiunkoku to have taken and passed the Imperial Exams with the third highest score, allowing her to obtain the “Tanka” spot. Along with Eigetsu, she was appointed by the Emperor as the new governor of the Sa Province. Shūrei later accepts a position as an official in the Censorate or Inspector in the capital.

Ryūki Shi

is the reigning emperor of Saiunkoku, Ryūki Shi is nineteen years old when the story begins. As the youngest of the previous Emperor’s six sons, each from a different mother, he had been an unlikely candidate to ascend to the throne. In childhood, Ryūki was badly treated by his mother and most of his half-brothers, who would beat him and lock him in a storage house for days in a row. Second Prince Seien was the only member of the family who showed kindness to him. Ryūki often took refuge in the garden or the imperial archives; in the latter location, he first encountered Shōka Hong, who tutored the young prince and encouraged War General Sou-Taifu to teach him swordsmanship.

Ryūki ultimately rose to the throne due to his father’s dying wish, after Seien was exiled for treason and the other four princes killed each other over the succession. Secretly hoping for many years that Seien would return and take his place as Emperor, Ryūki play-acted as a stupid Emperor and avoided any involvement in politics or government, wandering the palace for hours so no one would be able to find him. He even spread rumors that he preferred the company of men to fuel speculation he could not produce an heir.

His avoidance of responsibility comes to an end when he meets Shūrei, who tells him of her dreams of making a better life for the nation’s people. Charmed by her earnest and nurturing personality, he decides to undertake the task of becoming a respectable Emperor. Ryūki’s devotion to Shūrei reveals a capacity for subterfuge and cunning that may have helped him survive the fight for the succession. He initially pretended to be ignorant so that he could study along with Shūrei. Although he has an extreme fear of darkness and solitude because of his childhood experiences, he uses that fear as an excuse to sleep in her room at the palace. When someone tries to poison Shūrei, Ryūki conceals the plot from her and even takes the poison in her place, as part of his plan to identify the culprit. After she returns home, he passes a law allowing women to take the official exams, which brings Shūrei back to the palace and enables her to pursue her dreams.

Ryūki’s romantic pursuit of Shūrei has been complicated by his lack of experience in courting women, as well as Shūrei’s initial belief that he was homosexual and therefore more interested in Seiran. Even after discovering Seiran’s true identity, Ryūki harbors some jealousy that Seiran spends more time with Shūrei and is a closer confidant of hers. After she leaves the palace, Ryūki sends her many absurd gifts such as boiled eggs, blocks of ice, and even a straw voodoo doll. Before sending Shūrei to Sa province as co-governor, Ryūki privately tells her that she is the only woman he wants to marry.

Ryūki eventually tells Shūrei that he cannot wait for her forever because part of his responsibilities as the Emperor requires him to marry. As a result, he extracts a promise from her that he can convince her to marry before a specified time, she will become his consort. After years of convincing Shūrei, he finally succeeded and Shūrei finally accepted Ryūki’s marriage proposal. Shūrei eventually dies soon after she gives birth to her and Ryūki’s daughter.

Seiran Si

is a young man in his early twenties and is the sole remaining retainer in the personal household of Shōka Hong, who took him in thirteen years ago. Since then, Seiran has repaid that kindness by protecting Shōka’s family, performing repairs on the house, and taking small outside jobs to earn money. He is a very skilled fighter and swordsman, and despite his amiable disposition, can be ruthless to those who endanger those he loves. He has known Shūrei since her childhood and is very protective of her, but prefers to watch and help from the shadows.

Seiran is later revealed to be Seien Shi, Ryuuki’s second-eldest brother, who had been known as the “flower” of the royal princes due to his physical and intellectual superiority as well as for his kind heart. Ryuuki deeply admires and cares for him, recalling that Seien had been the only brother who had shown him kindness as a boy, and the possibility of Seien’s return is one of the reasons why Ryuuki does not take his responsibilities as a king seriously. Because of Seien’s qualities, his maternal relatives conspired to make him the next Emperor. The plot failed, resulting in Seien’s exile along with his mother, Lady Suzuran, who was later killed by assassins sent by the other imperial concubines to kill them both. Left alone in the distant Sa province, he joined Satsujinzoku, a murderous band of thieves who nicknamed him “The Little Whirlwind”. Ensei Ro joined the group as well, and the two destroyed the band from within. Afterward, Shouka found the young prince in the wilderness and took him in, giving him the new personal name ‘Seiran’, as well as the surname ‘Shi’, which was homophonous with his original surname.

Seiran has since embraced this new persona and does not discuss his past, although some characters become quietly aware of his former identity. Though he claims to be 21 years old, he is actually 26 years old at the start of the series.

Wednesday News- July 4, 2018

Wednesday News- July 4, 2018

News-

The Summer 2018 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2018/summer/.133660

Nekopara Game’s PS4 Version Delayed Worldwide, Switch Version Delayed in Europe- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-03/nekopara-game-ps4-version-delayed-worldwide-switch-version-delayed-in-europe/.133741

Shelf Life: Initial D Legend 3: Dreamhttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2018-07-02/.133643

Crunchyroll Adds 7 More Summer Simulcast Series- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-07-03/crunchyroll-adds-7-more-summer-simulcast-series/.133755

The Lovable New Thieves of Persona 5 the Animation- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2018-07-03/.133736

Anime-

  • Assassination Classroom The Movie: 365 Days (Ansatsu Kyōshitsu: 365-Nichi no Jikan) BD/DVD
  • A Centaur’s Life BD/DVD
  • In Another World With My Smartphone BD/DVD
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders DVD
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Limited Edition BD
  • Magic of Stella BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Collection 1 BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 Collection 1 DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE Memory of Eden OVA BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE Memory of Eden OVA DVD
  • Sweet Blue Flowers BD

Manga-

  • Anonymous Noise GN 9
  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest GN 2
  • Attack on Titan GN 25
  • Beware the Kamiki Brothers! GN 3
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  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House GN 12
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Manga Monday- The Story of Saiunkoku

Manga Monday- The Story of Saiunkoku

The Story of Saiunkoku is a series of Japanese light novels written by Sai Yukino and illustrated by Kairi Yura. As of July 2011, the eighteenth and final volume was released, concluding the series. Four side story anthologies have also been released, collecting stories originally published in The Beans magazine.

A manga version, also illustrated by Kairi Yura, is serialized in Beans Ace, which is published by Kadokawa Shoten. However, when Beans Ace ended, the manga was moved to Monthly Asuka. Currently, nine tankōbon volumes have been released. The series has been licensed by Viz Media for an English release in North America as part of their Shojo Beat imprint.

Plot

Story

Saiunkoku is a world of eight provinces or houses, each named after a different color.

Set in the fictional empire of Saiunkoku, the story centers on Shurei Hong (Kou), a descendant of a noble family that has fallen on hard times. Her father works as a librarian in the Imperial palace, a post which offers prestige and respect, but little compensation. Shurei teaches in the temple school and works odd jobs to make ends meet, but her dream is to pass the imperial examinations and take a post in government, a path forbidden to women.

The new Emperor, Ryuuki Shi, has gained a reputation for being uninterested in courtly matters and for flaunting his love for men. So the Emperor’s Grand Adviser makes a startling offer for her to join the imperial household for six months as the young Emperor’s consort and teach the Emperor to be a responsible ruler. She easily accepts the invitation as she will receive a reward of 500 gold coins if she succeeds. The mysterious Seiran, a young man who was adopted by her father, goes with her as Ryuuki’s bodyguard. Entering the imperial palace revives Shuurei’s dream of being a court official.

The story details the hardships of creating change, especially as a woman, Shurei’s growing relationship with the Emperor and other members of the court, the intrigues of imperial politics, and her commitment to better herself and her country.

Setting

According to legend, Saiunkoku was once infested by demons who threw the country into turmoil. A brave young warrior named Gen Sō (蒼玄 Sō Gen) gathered together the Eight Enlightened Sages of Color and drove away the demons.

Sō Gen then forged the nation of Saiunkoku and became its first emperor. After Sō Gen’s death, the eight sages disappeared, but according to legend they still exist among the people. A beautiful shrine was built for the Eight Colored Sages and still stands within the Imperial City.

Saiunkoku had always been divided into eight provinces named after colors of the rainbow. Six hundred years ago, the Emperor commanded each ruling clan to change its name to match its province. Commoners were forbidden to use the same family names as nobles.

List of Saiunkoku’s provinces
  • Ran ( Ran, Blue) — The most powerful clan in Saiunkoku, it plays a dominant role in national politics.
  • Kou ( , Crimson) — Equal power to Ran clan, with which it is known as the ‘highest of nobility’.
  • Heki ( Heki, Jade Green) — The family known to master both arts and literature.
  • Ko ( Kō/Ki, Yellow) – This clan is known for being the merchants capitol. During times of war they are known as War Merchants, for selling weapons and so on.
  • Haku ( Haku, White) – Military family
  • Koku ( Koku, Black) – Military family
  • Sa ( Sa, Brown) — The clan which held the least power in the land, trying to take their family honor higher up to a powerful degree.
  • Shi ( Shi, Purple) — The Imperial family.
  • Hyou ( Hyou, Light Indigo) — A mysterious clan with a talent for sorcery, although rarely playing any political role it also had one of great influence over the people. It was founded by the first emperor’s sister. Women from the Imperial Family are sent there to practice on how to become well-mannered.

Light novels

Written by Sai Yukino and illustrated by Kairi Yura, the light novel series The Story of Saiunkoku has been serialized in The Beans since 2003. The individual chapters are collected and published in full novel volumes by Kadokawa Shoten with the first volume released in Japan on October 31, 2003. As of April 2010, 16 volumes have been released for the series.

Manga

Written by Sain Yukino and illustrated by Kairi Yura, a manga adaptation of The Story of Saiunkoku began serialization in Beans Ace in 2005 where it continues to run. However, on October 9, 2009, the magazine ended its publication and the series continued in Monthly Asuka till 2012. The individual chapters are published in tankōbon volumes by Kadokawa Shoten, with the first released in June 2006. As of April 2012, nine volumes have been released. The series has been licensed by Viz Media for an English release beginning in November 2010.

Side stories

Sai Yukino has written a series of short side stories for The Story of Saiunkoku which are published in collected volumes by Kadokawa Shoten. The first volume was released in April 2005; as of May 2009, four volumes have been released.

Film Friday- Death Note

Film Friday- Death Note

The series was adapted into three live-action films released in Japan on June 17, 2006, November 3, 2006, and February 2, 2008, and a television drama in 2015. A miniseries entitled Death Note: New Generation and a fourth film were released in 2016. An American film was released on Netflix on August 25, 2017.

Death Note media is licensed and released in North America by Viz Media, with the exception of the video games and soundtracks. The episodes from the anime first appeared in North America as downloadable from IGN, before Viz Media licensed it and it aired on YTV’s Bionix anime block in Canada and on Adult Swim in the United States with a DVD release following. The live-action films briefly played in certain North American theaters in 2008, before receiving home video releases. In 2015, the collected volumes of the Death Note manga had over 30 million copies in circulation.

Anime

The Death Note anime, directed by Tetsurō Araki and animated by Madhouse, began airing in Japan on October 3, 2006, and finished its run on June 26, 2007, totaling 37 twenty-minute episodes. It begins in the year 2006, instead of 2003. The series aired on the Nippon Television network “every Tuesday at 23:34”. The series was co-produced by Madhouse, Nippon Television, Shueisha, D.N. Dream Partners and VAP.

In North America, the series has been licensed by Viz for residents in the United States to use “Download-to-Own” and “Download-to-Rent” services while it was still airing in Japan. This move is seen as “significant because it marks the first time a well known Japanese anime property will be made legally available to domestic audiences for download to own while the title still airs on Japanese television”. The downloadable episodes contain the original Japanese audio track and English subtitles, and is available through IGN’s Windows-only Direct2Drive service. DVDs of the series have also been released, containing both an English dubbed audio track, produced by Ocean Productions, and the original Japanese audio track with optional English subtitles. Viz announced at Anime Expo 2007 that the first DVD was officially released on November 20, 2007, in both regular and special editions, and also confirmed at Comic-Con International 2007 that the first 15,000 copies of each DVD contains collectible figures.

Death Note was slated to make its North American television premiere in Canada, as part of YTV’s Bionix block, on September 7, 2007. However, the show was removed from the schedule at the last minute and the Canadian premiere was pushed back to October 26, 2007, at 10:00 p.m. The series premiered in the U.S. on October 20, 2007, at 11:30 p.m. on Adult Swim and ran until January 10, 2010, when its contract expired. The last episode aired on YTV, July 4, 2008, and would later air on Adult Swim two days later. The show was removed from YTV’s schedule on July 5, 2008, with its last airing being a rerun of the final episode at 1:30 a.m. ET. Soon after, Bionix became a 2-hour block on Saturday nights. The show also streamed online free on Adult Swim Video, with a new episode available every Saturday afternoon, on the day of its broadcast premiere.

A two-hour animated Death Note Relight: Visions of a God TV special aired on Nippon Television in Japan on August 31, 2007, at 8:00 p.m. It is a recap which takes place after the series end, where a Shinigami approaches Ryuk in the Shinigami realm in order to learn more about the human world. Instead, Ryuk tells him of all the events leading up to the last story arc, about Light Yagami and his rival L. Originally, this special was advertised as a retelling told from Ryuk’s point of view, but it does not give a different point of view from what was originally told. However, it contains updated dialog, as well as a few new scenes.

The Japanese broadcaster NTV aired the Death Note: Relight: L’s Successors special on August 22, 2008. Like the first special, this new compilation summarized a part of the 2006–2007 anime television series. Specifically, it recounted the final half of the suspenseful supernatural story, including the investigators Near and Mello’s confrontations with the vigilante Kira. This version features more updates than the previous one, most notably omission of the mafia plot.

Live-action films

Death Note was adapted into a series of live-action films in 2006. The first two films were directed by Shūsuke Kaneko and the third was by Hideo Nakata and produced by Nippon Television, CG production of all three films were done by Digital Frontier and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures Japan. The first film, simply titled Death Note, premiered in Japan on June 17, 2006 and topped the Japanese box office for two weeks, pushing The Da Vinci Code into second place. The first movie briefly played in certain North American theaters on May 20–21, 2008 The film was broadcast in Canadian theaters for one night only on September 15, 2008. The DVD was released on September 16, 2008, one day after the Canadian showing. The sequel, Death Note: The Last Name, premiered in Japan on November 3, 2006. It was featured in U.S. theaters in October 2008. A spin-off from the films named L: Change the World was released in Japan on February 9, 2008. It is focused on the final 23 days of L’s life, as he solves one final case involving a bio-terrorist group. Two dubbed versions of the film were shown in the United States on April 29 and 30, 2009.

In August 2016, a three-part miniseries entitled Death Note: New Generation was announced as a part of the Death Note live-action film series and aired in September. It bridges the 10-year gap between the previous films and the then-upcoming 2016 film.

A fourth Japanese Death Note movie was released in 2016 and featured a cyber-terrorism setting with the inclusion of six Death Notes brought into the human world.

An American adaptation was released on Netflix on August 25, 2017. The film was directed by Adam Wingard and was written by Charles Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides and Jeremy Slater. It starred Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham, Paul Nakauchi, Jason Liles and Willem Dafoe.

TV drama

In April 2015, it was announced that a live action television series based on Death Note manga would begin airing from July 2015 on NTV. Masataka Kubota stars as Light Yagami and Kento Yamazaki as L in the series.