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.

Film Friday- Psycho Pass

Film Friday- Psycho Pass

Psycho-Pass is an anime television series that was produced by Production I.G, directed by Naoyoshi Shiotani and Katsuyuki Motohiro and written by Gen Urobuchi. The series was aired on Fuji TV’s Noitamina programming block between October 2012 and March 2013.

Psycho-Pass originated from Production I.G.’s interest in making a successor to Mamoru Oshii’s achievements. The series was inspired by several live-action films. Chief director Katsuyuki Motohiro aimed to explore psychological themes in society’s youth using dystopian storylines. Multiple books and movies influenced Psycho-Pass with the most notable being the 1982 American science fiction film Blade Runner.

The series was licensed by Funimation in North America. A second season began airing in October 2014, with an animated film released in January 2015. A manga adaptation has been in serialization in Shueisha’s Jump Square magazine and several novels, including an adaptation and prequels to the original story, have been published. An episodic video game adaptation called Chimi Chara Psycho-Pass was developed by Nitroplus Staffers in collaboration with Production I.G. New novels and another manga were serialized in 2014.

The first anime, Psycho-Pass, was received generally positive in both Japan and the west with critics praising the characters’ roles and interactions set in the dystopia. The animation has also been praised despite issues in latter episodes which required to be fixed in the DVD volumes of the series. On the other hand, the second series, Psycho-Pass 2, received mixed critical response stemming from its heavy use of gore as well as the villain.

Story

The plot focuses on Akane Tsunemori, a new police Inspector at Unit One of the Public Safety Bureau’s Criminal Investigation Division. Akane is ashamed of shooting Shinya Kogami, an Enforcer under her watch during her first mission when she judges him a threat to an apprehended criminal’s life. Kogami thanks her for intervening in what could’ve been a murder, which influences Akane to stay. She is accompanied by veteran Inspector Nobuchika Ginoza, a strict man who looks down on Enforcers; Tomomi Masaoka, a middle-aged Enforcer who used to be a detective; Shusei Kagari, a carefree young man who was marked as a latent criminal in childhood; and Yayoi Kunizuka, a former musician turned into a latent criminal stemming from a relationship with a terrorist. Over the course of Akane’s early investigations, the group uncovers the works of Shogo Makishima, a prolific criminal mastermind. Makishima is a Criminally Asymptomatic – he is persistently assessed as having a low crime coefficient by the Sybil System in spite of his actions and plans, thus protecting him from Dominator shots.

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

Other Tuesday- Psycho Pass

Other Tuesday- Psycho Pass

Novels

A novelization of the series by Makoto Fukami has been published by Mag Garden in two volumes released on February 4 and April 4, 2013. Shiotani said the novels were more violent than the television series. A prequel titled Namae no Nai Kaibutsu (名前のない怪物?, lit. “The Monster with no Name“) was written by Aya Takaba, who worked on the television series. Before the novel was released, it was first published on the “Noitamina Novel” page on Noitamina’s official website. The novel was released on February 4, 2013.

A new series of novels focusing on four characters by Ryō Yoshigami began publication in the August issue of Hayakawa Publishing’s S-F Magazine on June 25, 2014. After the serialization ends, Hayakawa Bunko JA revised the novels and published them in October 2014. Other stories will focus on Choe Gu-sung, Shusei Kagari, Yayoi Kunizuka and Shion Karanomori. Hayakawa Bunko JA also published the Psycho Pass Genesis book in December 2014, which revealed the origins of Sybil and Tonomi Masaoka’s involvement.

Video games

Interactive visual novels titled Chimi Chara Psycho-Pass, which feature chibi versions of the series’ characters in original stories, were included with Blu-ray Disc volumes of the anime and are playable on any Blu-ray playing device. In May 2014, it was announced by Anime News Network that a video game based on the series, named Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness, was being developed by 5pb. for the Xbox One; with a PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 port announced in December 2015. The game features an original story written by Urobuchi, which takes place during the time period of the anime’s first six episodes and focuses on a new set of protagonists confronting a new enemy on a remote island. NIS America is localizing Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness for the PlayStation 4, Vita and an exclusive PC version via Steam for Fall 2016. The Xbox One version of the game will not be localized.

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.

Film Friday- Excel Saga

Film Friday- Excel Saga

The manga was adapted into an anime television series by Victor Entertainment, which was taglined Quack Experimental Animation. Directed by Shinichi Watanabe and featuring animation from J.C.Staff, the series premiered on TV Tokyo in 1999. TV Tokyo only aired twenty-five of the series’ twenty-six episodes, with the finale having been intentionally made too violent, obscene and long for broadcast on Japanese TV. As such, it was only included in the DVD release of the series, although it has since been broadcast in other markets.

Victor Entertainment contacted Shōnen Gahosha about adapting Excel Saga into an anime, and the two companies approached Rikdo. Shinichi Watanabe was chosen as director. Watanabe added his own alter ego, Nabeshin, and expanded several elements. He says that the Great Will in the manga was “conveyed just as words,” and he himself developed its appearance, eventually settling on the “swirling, talking cosmos.” He also increased Pedro’s role in the story from a single frame in the manga. Watanabe says he was pleased with that aspect of his work, noting that “Pedro’s situation was considered unsuitable for broadcast in Japan”. The anime production staff was given the freedom to do anything they wanted as long as they kept the theme of the series intact, and Rikdo requested they created a separate timeline. Rikdo would later become influenced by the anime series due to its quick broadcast in comparison to the monthly schedule of the manga. The anime makes frequent use of parody and in-jokes as comedic devices, with each episode having a genre-based theme. This extends to the animation, with several characters designed in the style of other works, such as those by Leiji Matsumoto. Kotono Mitsuishi was chosen to play the role of Excel, and Watanabe was impressed with Mitsuishi’s rapid delivery of her lines, saying that “she really pushed herself to the limit and beyond.” He also says, “at times she was too fast, and there was plenty of time left to match the lip-synch”. In such cases, either he would add new material or Mitsuishi would ad-lib. At first Rikdo felt stunned and uncomfortable at hearing Excel speak, but he called the casting “amazing” and was pleased to hear his favourite voice actors read lines from his work.

An anime adaption was produced by J.C.Staff and directed by Shinichi Watanabe. Twenty five episodes were broadcast on TV Tokyo between October 7, 1999 and March 30, 2000. At the publisher’s request, the anime series follows a different storyline from the manga, however Rikdo was pleased with the adaptation. Victor Entertainment produced the music of the series, which was composed and arranged by Toshio Masuda and directed by Keiichi Nozaki. Director Shinichi Watanabe wrote the lyrics for the opening and closing themes,. The opening theme which were performed by Yumiko Kobayashi and Mikako Takahashi who were credited as The Excel♥Girls . The lyrics for the opening theme Love (Loyalty) were written “on the train, five minutes before the deadline”. The closing theme was Menchi’s Bolero of Sorrow The two themes were released together as a CD single on November 3, 1999.

A twenty-sixth episode, Going Too Far, was deliberately created to be too violent and obscene for broadcast in Japan and was instead included as a DVD bonus. Watanabe commented that it “felt good to go past the limits of a TV series”, although he thinks it “is not something that you should do too often”. In Japan the series was released on 12 DVDs between March 1, 2000 and January 24, 2001.

The series was licensed for an English language release in North America and the United Kingdom by ADV Films and in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment. The English adaptation initially starred Jessica Calvello, with Larissa Wolcott taking over the role after episode thirteen after Calvello had damaged her voice during production. In North America, ADV released the series on six DVDs between June 11, 2002 and April 8, 2003. A complete collection of the series was released on July 6, 2004 as Excel Saga – The Imperfect collection and re-released in different packaging on August 1, 2006 as Excel Saga – Complete Collection. In the UK, the series was first released between May 19, 2003 and March 15, 2004. A complete box set was later released as Excel Saga – Complete Box Set on July 2, 2007. The UK license for the series expired in January 2008. The series was broadcast on UK TV channel Rapture TV from January 2, 2007.

On October 30, 2010, Excel Saga was re-licensed in North America by Funimation Entertainment, who re-released the complete series to DVD on May 17, 2011.

Wednesday News- March 22, 2017

Wednesday News- March 22, 2017

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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
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Manga Monday- Excel Saga

Manga Monday- Excel Saga

Excel Saga is a manga series written and illustrated by Rikdo Koshi. It has been serialized in Young King OURs since 1995, and its individual chapters were collected and published in tankōbon volumes by Shōnen Gahosha. The series follows the attempts of Across, a “secret ideological organization,” to conquer the city of Fukuoka as a first step towards world domination. The title character of the series, Excel, is a key member of the group working towards this goal, while the city is defended by a shadowy government agency led by Dr. Kabapu.

Plot-

Believing the World to be corrupt, the secret organization Across plans to conquer the world. The first step in the plan for world domination is to begin by focusing on one city in order to minimize setbacks. Across consists of the leader of the organization, Il Palazzo, and officers Excel and Hyatt. Excel and Hyatt live in an apartment building in the city, along with their pet dog Menchi, who is also their emergency food supply, and are later joined by Elgala, another Across officer. Living in the neighboring apartment are three guys: Iwata, Sumiyoshi and Watanabe, and other building dwellers such as co-worker Matsuya, and later Ropponmatsu, who all work for the Department of City Security under Dr. Kabapu, who intends to stop Across. Eventually the members of Across begin making appeals directly to the City’s citizens before Il Palazzo publicly declares the existence of Across and its intentions to the public. Hyatt is captured and Excel and Elgala are later held in an immigrant detention center before being rescued by Il Palazzo, who begins the new phase of his plans.

Since its August 2003 release in North America, the manga has been among the 50 top-selling graphic novels on three occasions.

Film Friday- Appleseed

Film Friday- Appleseed

Appleseed is a Japanese cyberpunk-style OVA adaptation of the manga of the same name created by Masamune Shirow. The anime takes place in a non-determined future. The anime, produced by Bandai Visual in 1988 and animated by Gainax. The anime departs greatly from the manga’s storyline, sharing only the characters and setting.

Plot-

After World War III, the General Management Control Office constructs an experimental city known as Olympus. It is inhabited by humans, cyborgs, and bioroids. Bioroids are genetically engineered beings created to serve Mankind. They oversee all the administration duties of Olympus. Olympus was meant to be a utopian society, but for some, it feels more like a cage. Calon Mautholos, an Olympus city police officer, is one of the many who feel that way.

Calon secretly conspires with a terrorist, A. J. Sebastian, to destroy Gaia, a super computer that runs the various utilities and networks of Olympus. Out to stop them are Olympus City ESWAT (Enhanced SWAT) team members Deunan Knute and Briareos Hecatonchires. Deunan and Briareos are determined to stop the terrorist plot by any means necessary.

Appleseed  is a 2004 Japanese computer animated anime science fiction action film directed by Shinji Aramaki and based on the Appleseed manga created by Masamune Shirow. It features the voice acting of Ai Kobayashi, Jūrōta Kosugi, Mami Koyama, Yuki Matsuoka, and Toshiyuki Morikawa. The film tells the story of Deunan Knute, a former soldier, who searches for data that can restore the reproductive capabilities of bioroids, a race of genetically engineered clones. Although it shares characters and settings with the original manga, this film’s storyline is a re-interpretation, not a true adaptation. This Appleseed film should not be confused with the 1988 OVA which was also inspired by the manga. Appleseed received a theatrical release on April 17, 2004.

Appleseed XIII  is a 2011 Japanese CGI anime adaptation of Masamune Shirow’s science fiction manga series Appleseed. Composed of 13 episodes, the series retold the exploits of ES.W.A.T. member Deunan and her cyborg partner Briareos. The series was produced by Production I.G and under the direction of Takayuki Hamana with Junichi Fujisaku as script supervisor. All 13 episodes were compiled into two feature-length films. The first feature film titled Appleseed XIII: Tartaroswas announced by Shochiku and released on June 13, 2011. The second film, Appleseed XIII: Ouranos was released on October 24, 2011.

A North American release of the TV series was released in June 2013. It was licensed by Funimation.

Wednesday News- March 15, 2017

Wednesday News- March 15, 2017

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Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Opens on July 29- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-03-14/live-action-tokyo-ghoul-film-opens-on-july-29/.113397

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Rumiko Takahashi’s Manga Top 200 Million Copies in Print Worldwide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-03-15/rumiko-takahashi-manga-top-200-million-copies-in-print-worldwide/.113452

Sword Art Online: Ordinal Scale English Dub Screenings Begin April 22 in U.S.- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-03-14/sword-art-online-ordinal-scale-english-dub-screenings-begin-april-22-in-u.s/.113434

Anime-

  • Appleseed XIII BD/DVD S.A.V.E. Edition
  • Ben-To BD/DVD S.A.V.E. Edition
  • K: Missing Kings BD/DVD
  • K: Missing Kings DVD
  • Kokoro Connect BD
  • Kokoro Connect DVD
  • Wolf Children Collector’s Edition BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Complex Age GN 4
  • Don’t Be Cruel: Akira Takanashi’s Story GN 1P
  • Finder GN 8
  • Hana & Hina After School GN 1
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess GN 1
  • Maria Holic GN 9
  • Mysterious Girlfriend X GN 5
  • Ranma 1/2 Omnibus GN 19
  • RG Veda Omnibus GN 2
  • RIN-NE GN 23
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 19
  • The Seven Princes of the Thousand Year Labyrinth GN 2

Other-

  • Danganronpa 1-2 Reload PS4 Game