Character Special- Neon Genesis Evangelion

Character Special- Neon Genesis Evangelion

Shinji Ikari

Shinji Ikari is the Third Child and the pilot of Unit 01. He is the son of Gendo and the “late” Yui Ikari. Abandoned by his father when he was a toddler, Shinji has grown up to be reclusive and withdrawn, choosing to often run away from difficult situations. He suffers from social anxiety at the beginning of the series, but is gradually freed from this as he socializes with his new classmates and fellow pilots. Shinji is emotionally hyper-sensitive and sometimes does as expected out of fear of rejection, but he has often rebelled and refused to pilot the Eva because of the extremely excruciating harm that has been done to him, or done to his friends. Over time and with encouragement from Misato, he learns to be less cowardly, more outspoken, and more confident, but his progress is nearly undone near the end of the series. At some point in the series he begins to confront his inner self, forming arguments and questions about life and reality. He becomes friends with Toji Suzuhara and Kensuke Aida, in addition to his complicated relationships with Rei, Asuka and Misato.

Rei Ayanami

Rei Ayanami is the First Child, and the pilot of Unit 00. At the start of the series, she is shown to be socially withdrawn, seemingly emotionless, and remote, with her only apparent relationship being with Gendo Ikari. As the series progresses, she and Shinji grow closer. It is eventually revealed that Rei is a vessel for the soul of Lilith Lilith, and was created specifically by Gendo to be used as a tool for accomplishing instrumentality; she is a clone made from the salvaged genes of Yui and is plagued by a sense of negative self-worth stemming from the realization that she is an expendable asset. Soulless clones of her are kept hidden in the deepest levels of NERV headquarters to be used as the supposed “cores” of the Dummy Plugs and as replacement bodies for Rei if she should die.

Asuka Langley Soryu

Asuka Langley Soryu is the Second Child and the pilot of Unit 02. She is of mixed German and Japanese descent. Asuka is brash, egotistical and often verbally abusive (especially to Shinji), and has an exaggeratedly high opinion of her appearance and her skill as an Eva pilot. Her attitude, however, is a front masking deep-seated insecurities stemming from her traumatic childhood. Asuka is openly infatuated with Ryoji Kaji, but is also attracted to Shinji; however, she cannot properly express her affections. After going against orders to fight the angel Arael, she is forced to confront traumatizing memories, ending in a mental collapse. She is then rendered incapable for the remainder of the series. For her protection, NERV hides Asuka within Unit-02 in a lake in the The End of Evangelion. When she awakens, she battles the Mass Production Evangelions. Though she defeats them, her triumph is short-lived as they later regenerate and dismember Unit-02 along with Asuka with the help of their replicas of The Lance of Longinus. After Shinji rejects The Third Impact, she appears on a beach alongside him. In the Rebuild of Evangelion series, her name is changed to Asuka Shikinami Langley and ranked as captain of the Euro airforce.

NERV staff

Misato Katsuragi

Misato Katsuragi is the chief operations officer at NERV. In the series, she initially holds the rank of captain, with a later promotion to major; in the first Rebuild of Evangelion movie, she holds the rank of lieutenant colonel and then colonel in the second movie. She is the field commander for the Eva pilots, issuing orders and giving battle strategies as well as handling some bureaucratic matters. She is also Shinji and Asuka’s guardian, letting them live in her apartment rather than have them live alone. While she is professional and diligent in her duties, she is a slob and a drunkard while off-duty. She is the only survivor of the Katsuragi Expedition, the scientific study led by her father which triggered the Second Impact; the cross pendant she wears was given to her by her father just before his death. She and Ryoji Kaji were lovers during college, and slowly rekindle their romance over the course of the TV series. She mourns for Kaji after learning of his assassination.

Gendo Ikari

Gendo Ikari  is the commander of NERV who is responsible for the research done on the Evas, Rei Ayanami, and the Human Instrumentality Project. He is the father of the Third Child, Shinji Ikari, and the guardian of Rei. His original surname was Rokubungi, but he changed it to Ikari following his marriage to Yui. At the start of the series, he is the only person having an effective connection to Rei. As the series progresses, his unscrupulous past is revealed, as is the intensity with which he loved Yui. It is later revealed that he wished to use the Human Instrumentality Project as a means of reuniting with his wife inside Unit 01, where all human consciousness would be merged into one, with the initiator of the project becoming god-like.

Ritsuko Akagi

Ritsuko Akagi is NERV’s head scientist and, along with Gendo and Fuyutsuki, is the only person at NERV fully aware of the Evas’ true nature and the purpose of the Instrumentality Project. She is a workaholic and heavy smoker, and has been friends with both Misato and Kaji since college. She is also sexually involved with Gendo, but is eventually betrayed by Gendo when she realizes that he was using her in the same way that he used her mother. As revenge, she destroys the Dummy Plug system and is shot dead in The End of Evangelion, when she tries and fails to activate NERV’s self-destruct mechanism to stop Gendo from initiating Third Impact.

Kozo Fuyutsuki

Kozo Fuyutsuki is NERV’s Deputy Commander and Gendo Ikari’s right-hand man. He does not especially like Gendo, but he is the closest thing to a confidant that Gendo has in the series.

Once a professor of metaphysical biology at Kyoto University, Fuyutsuki became interested in the research and theories undertaken by Yui Ikari, and became her sponsor and mentor. Shortly thereafter, he was directed by his superiors to initiate a similar arrangement with Gendo Rokobungi. Later, after the Second Impact, Fuyutsuki traveled with Gendo to the ruins of Antarctica, and began to suspect that Gendo and his associates in SEELE were more powerful and dangerous than he originally realized. In 2003, Fuyutsuki discovered for himself the true nature of the events leading up to Second Impact and SEELE’s involvement in initiating that catastrophe. Gendo led him into the GeoFront and Central Dogma, and asked Fuyutsuki to join him in “creating a new future for mankind.”

During a flashback scene in Evangelion: Death and Rebirth, Fuyutsuki mentions that SEELE had threatened to make him “disappear,” implying that his recruitment may have been extortionary. Although Fuyutsuki was never more than a mentor and friend to Yui, it is implied that he was in love with her to some degree, as he was shocked to learn that she was marrying Gendo. In The End of Evangelion Lilith/Rei takes the form of Yui to achieve Fuyutsuki’s Instrumentality.

Ryoji Kaji

Ryoji Kaji  appears to be a triple agent, working as the chief inspection officer for NERV (Internal Affairs) while secretly investigating NERV for the Japanese government, and at times seemingly acting as a cat’s-paw both for and against Gendo Ikari and SEELE – in addition, he appears to have his own personal agenda independent of any organization, searching for the “truth” behind NERV, SEELE and the Human Instrumentality Project. During college, he and Misato were lovers, but broke up at Misato’s insistence. Years later, they are reunited on the UN fleet ferrying Unit 02 and Asuka to Japan. After he returns to NERV headquarters, Kaji and Misato rekindle their romance following a period of teasing and insults, when Misato confesses that she broke up with him because she realized that he reminded her of her father. He is eventually shot and killed by an unnamed assailant after defying his employers one time too many, but not before giving Misato information regarding the truth of the Instrumentality Project.

Makoto Hyuga

Makoto Hyuga is a first lieutenant at NERV and one of the three main computer technicians directly serving under Commanders Ikari and Fuyutsuki in the command post of Central Dogma, the others being Aoba and Ibuki. Hyuga at first gives the impression of being something of a nerd, reading manga while on his break time, but is a highly skilled technician. His quick thinking and bravery help save NERV headquarters from the attack by Matariel, and he acts as a spy for Misato, helping her obtain information regarding NERV’s machinations. The true extent of his feelings for Misato is shown in The End of Evangelion as Rei/Lilith takes the form of Misato during Instrumentality and passionately kisses him; he gets reverted to LCL.

Maya Ibuki

Maya Ibuki is a first lieutenant at NERV and a computer technician who works primarily with Ritsuko Akagi. Her main role during the battles against the Angels is to constantly monitor the Eva pilots’ synchronization ratios and send various emergency commands to the Evas as ordered by Misato or Gendo. In spite of her profession, Maya despises violence of any sort, and is frequently shown becoming nauseated and averting her eyes during battles with the Angels. In The End of Evangelion, Maya is the only NERV officer who is shown refusing to fight back against the JSSDF invaders. Maya holds Ritsuko in very high regard, and always refers to her as “senpai” in the original anime; The End of Evangelion heavily implies that Maya is actually in love with Ritsuko. Rei/Lilith penetrates Maya’s AT field by assuming the form of Ritsuko. Maya exclaims “Ritsuko!/Senpai!”, eagerly returns “Ritsuko”‘s embrace, and immediately gets reverted to LCL.

Shigeru Aoba

Shigeru Aoba is a first lieutenant at NERV and a computer technician. At times a stereotypical metalhead, he is a cynical nihilist and plays guitar (he can also sometimes be seen playing air guitar). Of the three technicians seen regularly in Central Dogma, his character is explored the least in the series. In The End of Evangelion, during Instrumentality, Rei/Lilith appears to him not as any loved one but rather as a bombardment of Reis which forces their way through his AT Field while he cowers and screams in horror under his desk.

Kaworu Nagisa

Kaworu Nagisa is the Fifth Child, and the seventeenth Angel, Tabris. He is sent to NERV by SEELE as a replacement pilot for Unit 02 after Asuka’s synchronization ratio falls below viability; however, his true purpose is to hasten the Human Instrumentality Project’s implementation. He briefly interacts with Shinji, forming a close bond between the two. He breaks into Terminal Dogma with the intention to return to Adam and initiate the Third Impact. Upon discovering that the being there is actually Lilith and eventually deciding that humanity’s existence to more worthy of preservation, he implores Shinji to destroy him. After his death, Kaworu appears in the beginning and middle of Third Impact in The End of Evangelion.

Classmates

Toji Suzuhara

Toji Suzuhara is the Fourth Child. Toji is a tough boy, the stereotypical “jock,” and is in constant conflict with Asuka. His younger sister was injured in the battle between the third Angel, Sachiel, and Unit 01, and he beats Shinji up soon after for being indirectly responsible. However, after witnessing firsthand the suffering Shinji experiences piloting Unit 01 in the battle against Shamshel, Toji comes to respect Shinji, apologizes to Shinji for beating him up (his sister was angry at him for beating him up and demanded he apologize), and the two eventually become friends. When the Tokyo branch of NERV gains custody of Unit-03, Toji is identified as the Fourth Child and approached to become an EVA pilot; he agrees in order for his sister to receive better medical treatment. During the activation test for Unit-03, the EVA is possessed by the Angel Bardiel and the unit is destroyed by Unit-01 under the control of the Dummy Plug system when Shinji refuses to fight against the possessed EVA out of concern for the pilot. Unit-01 savagely destroys the possessed Evangelion under extreme protest of Shinji, and crushes the pilot’s cockpit capsule, causing Toji to lose his leg. In the manga, the incident results in Toji’s death. In Rebuild of Evangelion, Toji does not become a pilot; instead, Asuka pilots Unit-03.

Kensuke Aida

Kensuke Aida is an otaku, a military buff, Toji’s best friend, and one of the “Other Children,” Eva pilot candidates in the same class as Shinji, Toji, Rei, Asuka, and Hikari. His hobbies include camping in the mountains surrounding Tokyo-3 and playing at simulated war reenacting – by himself. Kensuke solidifies his friendship with Shinji after Shinji saves him and Toji during the fight against the fourth Angel, Shamshel. Kensuke dreams of becoming an Eva pilot and ceaselessly begs Shinji to pull strings in NERV so he can be selected as a pilot, despite Shinji telling him that he has no say in the matter. He also seems oblivious to the intense physical and psychological distress endured by Eva pilots. Nevertheless, Kensuke enjoys the privileges of being the friend of an Eva pilot. Like Toji, Kensuke has a crush on Misato Katsuragi. He is rarely seen without his camcorder at hand. In the PS2 Battle Orchestra game, Kensuke is the appointed pilot to the EVA Unit 04, wearing a green plugsuit.

Hikari Horaki

Hikari Horaki is the class representative of the class that Shinji and the other Eva pilots attend. She has a by-the-book demeanor and takes her responsibilities as “class rep” seriously. Although she frequently bickers with Toji, she reveals to Asuka that she has an enormous crush on Toji but is unable to openly express her feelings to him. She also appears to be Asuka’s only friend. Hikari is an accomplished cook who appears to take care of her two sisters. Like presumably every one of Shinji’s classmates, Hikari’s mother is dead. However, no references were ever made as to whether her father is, either. Her given name, and that of her unseen younger sister, Nozomi, and elder sister, Kodama, is also in reference to the names of the trains of the Tōkaidō Shinkansen line. In a Gainax artwork picture she is shown in an orange plugsuit as the pilot for EVA Unit-05. She is also featured in a live action deleted scene in The End of Evangelion.

Other characters

Pen Pen

Pen Pen, or Pen², is a “hot spring penguin” and Misato’s pet. He appears to be modeled after a crested penguin with some minor coloration change. He lives in a custom refrigerator in Misato’s apartment, enjoys taking warm baths, eating whatever food he can get, and going to hot springs. He also appears to have a relatively high degree of intelligence, as he is also shown watching TV and reading newspapers. In the manga, he is the result of a genetics experiment at Misato’s former workplace, and she adopted him after the experiment’s conclusion rather than let him be euthanised. His wingtips have retractable claws, which modern birds do not have.

Naoko Akagi

Naoko Akagi was Ritsuko’s mother. She was the creator of the MAGI system and the former GEHIRN head technician. Naoko was involved in a romantic relationship with the recently widowed Gendo Ikari while working at GEHIRN. However, after Rei I called her an “old hag” and said that Gendo himself called Naoko that frequently, she realized that he had merely been using her affections to ensure her performance for him. In a fit of rage, Naoko strangled Rei I to death and then committed suicide. Soon afterward, GEHIRN was disbanded and the organization NERV was formed in its place. In vol. 10 of the manga, Naoko is shown to commit suicide after killing Rei I. Ritsuko witnesses both Rei’s murder and Naoko’s suicide.

Yui Ikari

Yui Ikari  was a student of genetic engineering at Kyoto University, where she met her future husband Gendo and her mentor and trusted friend Kozo Fuyutsuki. Afterwards, she joined the UN Artificial Evolution Laboratory (the future GEHIRN) in Hakone, Japan, and played an integral role in the E Project. She served as the test subject for the Contact Experiment of Unit 01 in 2004, but “disappeared” during testing. Though proclaimed dead, a part of her (her “soul”) lives on within Unit 01.

The final volume of the Evangelion manga reveals that Yui had made a conscious choice to remain with EVA unit 01 during the test that caused her disappearance. She confided her choice only to Fuyutsuki days prior to the test happening and made him promise never to reveal it to Gendo.

Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu

Kyoko Zeppelin Soryu, Asuka’s mother, was a key scientist in the German division of GEHIRN (what would later become NERV’s Third Branch) and the development of Unit 02, the first Production Type (the second and third of which were later produced by the two American branches of NERV). She was the subject of the Contact Experiment with Unit 02, but during the experiment her soul bonded with the EVA, causing severe mental damage to Kyoko. She became mentally unstable, believing that one of Asuka’s dolls was her daughter. She was admitted to a mental institution shortly after the experiment. Her husband had an affair with Kyoko’s own doctor, which eventually prompted Kyoko’s suicide in 2005.

In the manga version, Kyoko and her husband were unable to conceive a child, and divorced after he had an affair. He remarried and had a daughter, while Kyoko visited a sperm bank and became pregnant. She tried to poison Asuka to spite her ex-husband and his other child, referring to Asuka coldly as “that girl.” At one point, Kyoko tried to strangle Asuka. After the failed contact experiment, her violence was instead transferred to Asuka’s doll, as she was clearly in a dissociative state from the trauma. In the Rebuild of Evangelion movies, however, her story is omitted.

Keel Lorenz

Keel Lorenz is the leader of SEELE, represented as SEELE 01 in the monoliths and the main antagonist of the series. Among his most defining characteristics are his ancient appearance and the futuristic visor that he wears throughout the series. Little is revealed about him in the series, but he is believed to hold great political power in the UN. At some time between Second Impact and 2015, most of his body below the neck was replaced with cybernetic implants. Although he uses his visor to see, production drawings show that he still has eyes. The inspiration for his name (and, arguably, his character) originates from Konrad Lorenz, a zoologist known especially for his research on animal psychology. In the manga, his name is given as Lorenz Kiel.

Manga Monday- Neon Genesis Evangelion

Manga Monday- Neon Genesis Evangelion

Neon Genesis Evangelion is a long-running manga series by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (story & art) and Gainax’s co-founder Hideaki Anno (original work) and published by Kadokawa Shoten. It began in the February issue of Shōnen Ace in December 1994 and ended in June 2013. It consists of 14 volumes, each composed of several “stages” or chapters.

Initially released before the anime series of the same name, the manga was quickly outpaced and only reached its conclusion in June 2013, over 15 years after the conclusion of the TV series.

History

Neon Genesis Evangelion was created after a meeting between Hideaki Anno and King Records in 1993. Although the anime series was conceived first, the manga was the first to be released, to boost public interest in the upcoming TV series while it was still under production. Due to severe production delays, the anime ultimately aired a full 10 months after the manga first appeared in Shōnen Ace.

When the series finally appeared on TV in October 1995, Sadamoto’s manga storyline had completed what would later become volumes 1 to 3, matching the storyline of episodes 5 and 6 of the TV series. The anime rapidly outpaced the manga, to the point that the chapters comprising volume 4 (which included content corresponding to TV episode 8) were not released until over a year after the TV series had finished airing.

Despite an ostensible publishing schedule of one “stage” (chapter) each month in Shōnen Ace, Sadamoto’s actual publication schedule was irregular as he divided his time between other projects, releasing a new volume roughly every year and a half. For example, between the publication in Japan of volume 4 and volume 5, two years elapsed. While the manga ran for more than 18 years, only 14 volumes were published.

In 2008, it was announced that the Neon Genesis Evangelion manga was approaching its conclusion. In July 2009, it was moved to a new Shoten seinen magazine, Young Ace, where it was published until the January 2010 issue. At that point Sadamoto stopped writing the manga, putting the publication on hiatus in order to work on the latest Rebuild of Evangelion film. The December 2010 issue of Young Ace announced that the manga would resume that winter (early 2011); the April 2011 issue announced the next stage would be published April 4, 2011.

On February 12, 2012, half of the 90th Stage was published, retelling events as seen in episode 26 from The End of Evangelion. This was reportedly the final chapter. On May 2, 2012, Kadokawa Shoten announced that the 13th volume of the manga would be released on November 2, 2012, with ANN noting that “neither Sadamoto nor Kadokawa has confirmed that the 13th manga volume is still the final one.”

Film Friday- Moribito

Film Friday- Moribito

Media Blasters has confirmed that they acquired the rights to the anime. The series premiered on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming block in the U.S. at 1:30 a.m. on August 24, 2008 EST, but was dropped from the schedule without warning or explanation on January 15, 2009 after two runs of the first ten episodes. The program returned to Adult Swim during the summer 2009 line-up with an airing of the entire series.

Anime

The series has been adapted into a 26 episode anime television series, produced by Production I.G and directed by Kenji Kamiyama, which premiered in Japan on NHK from April 7, 2007. The anime was based entirely on the first novel in the Guardian series and greatly expands the midsection of the novel.

At the Tokyo International Anime Fair 2007 in March, Geneon announced that they have acquired the license to the anime and Scholastic announced they have US distribution rights to the novels. After Geneon discontinued its distribution division, the rights transferred to Media Blasters. The series premiered in the United States at 1:30 a.m. on August 24, 2008 on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block, but was dropped from the schedule without warning or explanation on January 15, 2009 after two runs of the first ten episodes.

On June 13, 2009, the series was back on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim block in the United States at 1:30am Sundays, but was moved to 2:30a.m. Eastern time, swapping it with Fullmetal Alchemist in November 2009.

Characters

The series primarily features Balsa and Chagum. Balsa is a wandering spear-wielder from the kingdom of Kanbal. Despite claiming to be a simple bodyguard-for-hire, in reality she wields her spear in order to save lives in atonement for the eight lives that were taken to protect her when she was a child. Chagum is a young prince of the New Yogo Empire, who throughout the series struggles to protect his empire from ruin.

In the first novel, Balsa agrees to become the bodyguard of Prince Chagum as her eighth and final job after she happens to save his life. Chagum, the second prince of the Imperial family of Yogo, carries a powerful spirit within him and has become the target of assassination by his father, the Emperor. Balsa must protect Chagum from relentless assassins as well as the spirit within her young charge as he attempts to master and understand his own powers.

During their journey, Balsa and Chagum are aided primarily by Balsa’s childhood friend, a Yakue healer named Tanda, and his teacher, Madame Torogai. Chagum’s tutor, the star reader Shuga, is also featured as a prominent supporting character and strives to learn the truth behind the spirit contained in Chagum’s body and restore the prince to his rightful place when he begins to suspect that Chagum is still alive.

Wednesday News- May 3, 2017

Wednesday News- May 3, 2017

News-

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Anime-

  • Garo: Crimson Moon Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Grimgar, Ashes and Illusions BD/DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team DVD
  • Nurse Witch Komugi R BD
  • Nurse Witch Komugi R DVD
  • One Piece Film Gold BD/DVD Combo + UV
  • One Piece Film Gold DVD
  • One Piece: Heart of Gold TV Special BD/DVD
  • One Piece: Heart of Gold TV Special DVD
  • The Red Turtle BD
  • The Red Turtle DVD
  • Rio – Rainbow Gate! Reshuffled BD
  • Rio – Rainbow Gate! Reshuffled DVD

Manga-

  • Anonymous Noise GN 2A
  • Arpeggio of Blue Steel GN 10
  • Bleach Omnibus GN 19
  • Cells at Work! GN 4
  • D.Gray-man GN 25
  • Dragon Ball Super GN 1
  • Dreamin’ Sun GN 1
  • Haikyu!! GN 11
  • Hatsune Miku Bad End Night GN 1
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3: Stardust Crusaders GN 3 (Hardcover)
  • Maid-sama! Omnibus GN 8
  • Magical Girl Site GN 2
  • My Brother’s Husband GN 1 (Hardcover)
  • My Hero Academia GN 8
  • My Love Story!! GN 12
  • Nichijou GN 8
  • Nisekoi – False Love GN 21
  • One Piece GN 82
  • Toriko GN 38
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Omnibus GN 10

Other-

  • 009-1: The End of the Beginning Live-Action Film
  • Black Butler The Movie Live-Action Film

Other Tuesday- Moribito

Other Tuesday- Moribito

The Moribito series is a twelve volume series of Japanese fantasy novels, written by Nahoko Uehashi. The first novel in the series, Guardian of the Spirit, has been adapted into numerous media, including a radio drama, manga series, and an anime adaption. Scholastic released the first novel in English in June, 2008. The English translation of the first book, published by Arthur A. Levine Books, appeared in the summer of 2008; the second book’s translation appeared in April 2009. Due to unsatisfactory sales, publishing of the series in the U.S. has since been indefinitely suspended by Scholastic.

Setting

Moribito is set in a fantasy analogue of historical Asia. The setting includes several nations, such as Kanbal, a rugged, Himalayan-like kingdom, and New Yogo, a fertile empire that combines elements of feudal Japan and Southwest China. The supernatural plays very prominently into the world of the series, with the physical world being referred to as Sagu and a parallel spirit world being referred to as Nayug.

 

 

Manga Monday- Moribito

Manga Monday- Moribito

The manga adaptation of Seirei no Moribito is based on the anime adaptation of the novels. The series was adapted by Saki Futatsugi and Nahoko Uehashi and illustrated by Kamui Fujiwara.

Serialized in Shounen Gangan by Square Enix in 2007, the manga was later collected into three volumes.

List of Chapters

Volume 1

  • 1. Balsa, the Female Bodyguard
  • 2. Sudden Departure
  • 3. An Approaching Danger
  • 4. The Hunter and the Hunted
  • 5. The Counterattack

Volume 2

  • 6. The Water Guardian
  • 7. The Power of the Shaman
  • 8. The True History
  • 9. The Small Storyteller
  • 10. The Reunion with Torogai

Volume 3

  • 11. Living in the Hunting Cave in Winter
  • 12. Trial Season
  • 13. Attacking Claws
  • 14. Concluding Notes
  • 15. A Fight to the Death
  • Final Chapter: To a New Path

Film Friday- Darker than Black

Film Friday- Darker than Black

Darker than Black, also known as Darker than Black: The Black Contractor, is an anime television series created and directed by Tensai Okamura and animated by Bones. It premiered across Japan from April 5, 2007 on MBS, TBS, and its affiliated broadcast stations, with its satellite television premiere in Japan on Animax in May 2007. The music for the series is composed by Yoko Kanno.
A sequel titled Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor premiered in Japan on October 8, 2009.
On January 21, 2016, it was announced that Funimation, the North American distributor for the anime, no longer holds the license for the first season.

Anime

Season one

Darker than Black was conceptualized by Tensai Okamura and produced by Bones and Aniplex. The series premiered on Tokyo Broadcasting System and Mainichi Broadcasting System’s Thursday late night anime broadcasting timeslot, replacing the Sunrise series Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion on April 5, 2007, and similar to Code Geass incorporated corporate sponsorship of Japan News Network partners Pizza Hut and Nifty, where episodes of the series was streamed every week during the series’ broadcast run. It completed its initial run on September 27, 2007, and received its broadcasting satellite premiere on Animax from May 8, 2007 to October 23, 2007. The series was also aired in English on Animax Asia, Animax’s English language networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia from December 2008 onwards. The series made its North American television debut when it started airing on the Funimation Channel September 6, 2010.

The series has been released in Japan by Aniplex across nine DVDs, each containing three episodes, except for the first DVD, which had only two. The ninth and final DVD included an original video animation, which expanded upon the romantic relationships between characters. The DVDs were released between July 25, 2007 and March 26, 2008 by Aniplex. FUNimation received the license for the series in Region 1 and has released one DVD compilation with two more coming in the future. The first English DVD was released on November 25, 2008 and the second and third DVDs were released on January 20, 2009 and March 10, 2009 respectively. Volume 4 was released on May 5, 2009 with Volume 5 released on June 23, 2009. Volume 6 was released on August 11, 2009 and is now available. In May 2010, Funimation released the entire first season in a complete box set; it was originally released in March, but was recalled due to a defective disk. The Blu-ray Box was released in Japan on September 30, 2009 with a guidebook with several unreleased music tracks not available in the OSTs. The opening themes are “HOWLING” by abingdon boys school (eps 1-14) and “Kakusei Heroism ~The Hero Without A Name~” by An Cafe (eps 15-23,25) and the ending themes are “Tsukiakari” by Rie fu (eps 1-14) and “Dreams” by HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR (eps 15-24).

Season two

A document containing information about Bones staff and production details, was leaked onto the Japanese filesharing site uploader.jp, within the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet format, on July 2008. Among other details, including confidential contact information in regards to Bones staff members, it revealed that a second Darker than Black and Fullmetal Alchemist series was in production and were being directed by Tensai Okamura and Yasuhiro Irie respectively. This information regarding Fullmetal Alchemist, which had never been previously released, was later proven to be true on January 2009. In an official statement posted on Bones’ official website, co-founder and president Masahiko Minami claimed that the document was not released by the studio themselves but by an unnamed third-party. In a later statement, Minami also stated in regards to the two new series, “It hasn’t been decided yet. We are interested in doing them. As original science-fiction works, they were extremely fascinating. With these kinds of dramatic story lines, I feel that there’s a lot we could do potentially.” Six months later, however, the second series for Fullmetal Alchemist was confirmed to be in production with Yasuhiro Irie as director, thus confirming the document’s validity. The second Darker than Black series was confirmed in the 12th issue of Square Enix’s Young Gangan Magazine. In the 14th issue of Young Gangan, the title was revealed as Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor. The sequel began airing in October 2009 and ended in December 2009. At Anime Expo 2010, Funimation Entertainment announced that they had licensed the second season. The opening theme is “Tsukiakari no Michishirube” by Stereopony (eps 2-) and the ending theme is “From Dusk Till Dawn” by abingdon boys school.

OVA

These OVAs, also known as Darker than Black: Origins (DARKER THAN BLACK 外伝 Dākā Zan Burakku Gaiden?), are set in the time between the two series. Hei and Yin have left Tokyo and are on the run from the Syndicate. In the first episode, conflict ensues in Okinawa, where the agents from the Syndicate attempt to abduct Yin but are eventually unsuccessful. Hei and Yin then leave for Hong Kong. There are 4 OVAs in total, filling the gap with Hei and Yin left between season 1 and 2. The ending theme is “DARKER THAN BLACK” by Yasushi Ishii.

Wednesday News- April 26, 2017

Wednesday News- April 26, 2017

News-

New Case Closed Real Escape Game Confirmed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-04-24/new-case-closed-real-escape-game-confirmed/.115154

Review- That Wolf Boy is Mine! GN 4- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/that-wolf-boy-is-mine/gn-4/.114007

Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film Posts Teaser Visual, Character Stills- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-26/live-action-tokyo-ghoul-film-posts-teaser-visual-character-stills/.115314

Mysterious Girlfriend X’s Riichi Ueshiba Launches New Manga in May- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-04-25/mysterious-girlfriend-x-riichi-ueshiba-launches-new-manga-in-may/.115202

Anime-

  • The Asterisk War Volume 4 BD
  • The Asterisk War Volume 4 Limited Edition BD
  • Crusher Joe: The Movie DVD
  • Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters Part 1 BD
  • Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters Part 1 BD
  • Fighting Foodons DVD
  • Freedom OVA BD/DVD
  • My Love Story!! Premium Edition Box Set BD/DVD
  • One-Punch Man BD
  • One-Punch Man DVD
  • One-Punch Man Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Prince of Stride: Alternative BD/DVD
  • Snow White with the Red Hair Season 2 BD/DVD
  • Ultra Maniac The Complete Series DVD
  • Utawarerumono: The False Faces BD
  • Utawarerumono: The False Faces DVD

Manga-

  • Attack on Titan GN 21
  • Devils and Realist GN 12
  • D-Frag! GN 11
  • Fairy Girls GN 4
  • Happiness GN 4
  • Magical Girl Apocalypse GN 11
  • Monster Musume GN 11
  • My Monster Secret GN 6
  • Tokyo ESP GN 8

Other-

  • Bakemonogatari Novel 3
  • Dragon Quest Heroes PlayStation 4/PC Game
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris Nintendo Switch/PlayStation 4 Game

Manga Monday- Darker than Black

Manga Monday- Darker than Black

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

Plot

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

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

 

Film Friday- Chobits

Film Friday- Chobits

Plot

The series centers on the life of Hideki Motosuwa, a held-back student attempting to qualify for university by studying at Seki prep school in Tokyo. Besides a girlfriend, he dreams of having a persocom: an android used as a personal computer, which is expensive. On his way home one evening, he stumbles across a persocom in the form of a beautiful girl with floor-length hair lying against a pile of trash bags, and he carries her home, not noticing that a disk fell on the ground. Upon turning her on, she instantly regards Hideki with adoration. The only word the persocom seems capable of saying is “chi”, thus he names her that. Hideki assumes that there must be something wrong with her, and so the following morning he has his neighbor Hiromu Shinbo analyze her with his mobile persocom Sumomo. After Sumomo crashes during the attempt they conclude that she must be custom-built.

Shinbo introduces Hideki to Minoru Kokubunji, a twelve-year-old prodigy who specializes in the field of custom-built persocoms. Minoru’s persocoms, including Yuzuki, a fairly exceptional custom-built persocom, are not able to analyze Chi either, and thus they conclude that she may be one of the Chobits, a legendary series of persocoms rumoured to have free will and emotions. Although this is a possibility, Minoru is confident that it is only rumour. Yuzuki also adds that she does not resemble any persocom model in any available database and so she must be custom made after all.

A major part of the plot involves Hideki attempting to teach Chi words, concepts, and appropriate behaviours, in between his crammed schedule of school and work. At the same time, Chi seems to be developing feelings for Hideki, at an emotional depth she is not supposed to possess, and Hideki struggles with his feelings for her. The need to figure out more about Chi and her mysterious functions and past becomes a pull for the characters in the series.

Hideki’s feelings intensify for Chi regardless of her being a persocom and despite his friends’ painful experiences involving other persocoms. Chi becomes aware of her purpose through a picture book series called A City with No People which she finds in a bookstore. The books speak about many different things involving human and persocom relationships: persocoms and their convenience as friends and lovers, how there are things that they cannot do and questioning whether a relationship between a persocom and a human is really one-sided. It also speaks about the Chobits series; that they are different from other persocoms, and what they are incapable of doing unlike other persocoms. These picture books awaken Chi’s other self, her sibling Freya who is aware of their past and helps Chi realize what she must do when she decides who her “person just for me” is. Together, Chi and Hideki explore the relationship between human beings and persocoms, as well as their friends’ and their own.

Anime

Chobits was adapted as an anime television series by Madhouse. The series was directed by Morio Asaka with music by K-Taro Takanami and character designs by Hisashi Abe. The opening theme is “Let Me Be With You” by Round Table featuring Nino. The ending themes are “Raison d’être” (Reason to Be) by Rie Tanaka (episodes 1–13), “Ningyo-hime” (Mermaid Princess) by Rie Tanaka (episodes 14–25), and “Katakoto no Koi” (Awkward Love) by Rie Tanaka and Tomokazu Sugita (episode 26).

The series was broadcast in 26 episodes from 2 April 2002 to 24 September 2002 across Japan, East Asia, and Southeast Asia by the anime satellite television network, Animax and the terrestrial Tokyo Broadcasting System network. It was later released on 8 DVDs. The original episodes 9 and 18 are “recap” episodes, summarizing previous events. These episodes were re-numbered for the DVD release as episodes 8.5 and 16.5, respectively, and removed from their original sequence by being published together on the final DVD. As a result, the series is 24 episodes long on DVD. In addition, there are two DVD-only OVAs: a 27th episode recapping the series (numbered episode 24.5) and a 6-minute special, “Chobits: Plum and Kotoko Deliver”. The ending theme of the latter is “Book End Bossa” by Round Table featuring Nino.

The series was broadcast in Korea by AniOne TV, in France by Europe 2 TV, in Spain by both Animax España and Buzz Channel, in Portugal on Animax Portugal, and in Poland by Hyper. It is licensed in North America by Geneon, which has released the series in 7 DVDs. This release is redistributed in the United Kingdom by (on 6 DVDs instead of 7, placing the recap episodes and special as extras on disk 6)MVM Films, and in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment. It is also licensed in Taiwan by Proware Multimedia, in France and the Netherlands by Kaze Animation, in Germany by ADV Films and later Kaze Germany, and in Russia by MC Entertainment. At Anime Boston 2010, North American anime distributor Funimation Entertainment announced that they have rescued Chobits and will release the series on DVD and Blu-ray on April 26, 2011 & May 10, 2011, respectively. The anime series made its US television debut on May 9, 2011 on the Funimation Channel.

It’s been a awhile since I have posted some music but I love the soundtracks for this series and there are the opening and closings.