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Film Friday- Black Clover

Film Friday- Black Clover

An original video animation produced by Xebec had its first trailer released on November 27, 2016, while an anime television series adaptation by Pierrot premiered on October 3, 2017.

Anime

An original video animation produced by Xebec that is based on the series was shown at the 2016 Jump Festa between November 27 and December 18, 2016. It was bundled with the 11th volume of the manga, which was released on May 2, 2017.

At the Black Clover Jump Festa event on December 18, 2016, an anime television series adaptation by Pierrot was announced. It is directed by Tatsuya Yoshihara, with Kazuyuki Fudeyasu writing scripts, Itsuko Takeda doing character designs, and Minako Seki composing the music. The anime premiered on October 3, 2017. Kankaku Piero is performing the opening theme, ”Haruka Mirai” (Distant Future), while the ending theme is “Aoi Honō” (Blue Flame) by Itowokashi. The series will run for 13 episodes. Crunchyroll is streaming the series. Funimation have licensed the series and will stream the English dub.

Main characters

Asta
Asta is an orphan who was left under the care of a church during his infancy. Since he has no magic power, he overcomes his weakness by training his physical strength. He is the wielder of the five-leaf clover grimoire and a member of the Black Bull squad. He uses an anti-magic sword that is capable of nullifying any form of magic called the Magic Cleaving Sword, and an anti-magic sword that is capable of absorbing and using other magic called the Magic Eating Sword. The Magic Eating sword was found in a dungeon and was not made by his Grimore, but it became part of it later, after Asta used it. According to the Witch Queen, Asta’s swords used to belong to the Elf Elder, a powerful mage who once nearly destroyed the world with the ancient demon that he conjured through forbidden magic. The anti-magic energy is constantly flowing through the swords, causing many people to be unable to wield the swords. However, since Asta was born without magic, he was unconsciously able to stop and start the flow of that power. After his arms were healed by the Witch Queen, the flow of the power has gone faster, resulting in Asta able to become the vessel to the force of anti-magic itself.
Yuno
Yuno is an orphan who was left under the care of a church during his infancy. He is the wielder of the four-leaf clover grimoire and a member of the Golden Dawn squad. He uses wind-based magics and the chosen partner of Sylph the wind of the 4 great attributes. Sylph, often tries to play around with Yuno, but due to his serious demeanor, he is often found complaining. His serious attitude was born when Asta was injured defending him as a child. When Yuno was being bullied, Asta jumped in, and fought them back. Yuno could only admire how Asta saved him, despite not having magic, and it made him feel ashamed and to make up, he trained himself to become his equal, in a moral sense.
Noelle Silva
Voiced by: Yuki Kana
Noelle Silva is a member of the Black Bull squad and the second daughter of the Clover Kingdom’s royal family, House Silva. She uses water-based magics but is unable to control it, which led to her disownment by her family. To cope with her uncontrollable magic, she uses an item to adjust her magic. It is later revealed that she unconsciously wishes to not hurt anyone, which is why her magic always misses, but she has begun to breakdown that barrier for the sake of protecting her friends.

Wednesday News- November 15, 2017

Wednesday News- November 15, 2017

News-

The Fall 2017 Manga Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2017-11-06/the-fall-2017-manga-guide/.123620

Shining Resonance Game Gets PS4 Remaster in March 2018- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-11-14/shining-resonance-game-gets-ps4-remaster-in-march/.124012

The Fall 2017 Light Novel Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2017-11-10/the-fall-2017-light-novel-guide/.123879

The Game Awards 2017 Nominees Revealed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-11-15/the-game-awards-2017-nominees-revealed/.124026

Anime-

  • 91 Days BD/DVD
  • 91 Days Limited Editions BD/DVD
  • Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Volume 1 BD
  • Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Volume 1 DVD
  • Haikyu!! Season 1 Complete Collection BD
  • Haikyu!! Season 1 Complete Collection DVD
  • In This Corner of the World BD/DVD
  • In This Corner of the World DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 1 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 1 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Pokémon Indigo League Season 1 BD
  • Rosario + Vampire Complete Series BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Anne Happy Graphic Novel (GN) 7
  • Aoba-kun’s Confessions GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • BTOOOM! GN 19
  • The Case Study of Vanitas GN 3
  • Chihayafuru GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Daigo The Beast: Umehara Fighting Gamers! GN 1
  • Delicious in Dungeon GN 3
  • Demonizer Zilch GN 4
  • Dimension W GN 8
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Drowning Love GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Fairy Tail GN 62
  • First Love Monster GN 8
  • Forbidden Scrollery GN 1
  • Frau Faust GN 2
  • Generation Witch GN 2
  • Girls’ Last Tour GN 3
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Holy Corpse Rising GN 4
  • House of the sun. GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • The Isolator GN 2
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? GN 8
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 3
  • Karneval GN 8
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 4
  • Kokkoku: Moment by Moment GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! GN 5
  • Love’s Reach GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Sempai GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid GN 5
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers GN 3
  • My Monster Secret GN 8
  • Peach Heaven GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Pokémon XY GN Box Set
  • A Polar Bear in Love GN 1
  • Puella Magi Tart Magica: The Legend of Jeanne d’Arc GN 5
  • Requiem of the Rose King GN 7
  • RIN-NE GN 25
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero GN 7
  • Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers GN 4
  • The Royal Tutor GN 4
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 23
  • Spirits & Cat Ears GN 4
  • A Strange and Mystifying Story GN 1
  • Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online GN 1
  • Today’s Cerberus GN 6
  • Trinity Seven GN 11
  • UQ Holder! GN 12
  • your name. GN 2

Other-

  • A Certain Magical Index Novel 13
  • Demon Gaze II PlayStation 4 / PlayStation Vita Game
  • Durarara!! Novel 8
  • Harvest Moon: Light of Hope PC Game
  • Magical Girl Raising Project Novel 2
  • Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon Nintendo 3DS Games
  • Re:Zero Ex Novel 1
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel 1
  • Sword Art Online ABEC Artworks
  • Tokyo Tattoo Girls PlayStation Vita Game
  • Wolf and Parchment Novel 1

Film Friday- Yona of the Dawn

Film Friday- Yona of the Dawn

An anime television series adaptation by Pierrot aired between October 7, 2014 and March 24, 2015, featuring the voice cast from the drama CD adaptation, along with new cast members.

Anime

A 24-episode anime television series adaptation produced by Pierrot aired between October 7, 2014 and March 24, 2015 on AT-X. Funimation has licensed the anime series for streaming and home video rights in North America. Beginning on March 17, 2015, Funimation streamed their dubbed version of the anime, starting with episode 13 while the first half of the season will be released at a later date. The first opening theme is an instrumental song by Kunihiko Ryo, called “Akatsuki no Yona”. The first ending theme is Yoru by Vistlip. The second opening theme is “Akatsuki no Hana”, by Cyntia. The second ending theme is “Akatsuki”, by Akiko Shikata. Three original video animations were bundled with the manga’s 19th, 21st and 22nd limited edition volumes, respectively. The first OVA was released on September 18, 2015, the second OVA was released on August 19, 2016 and the third OVA was released on December 20, 2016.

Other Characters

Ik-Soo  
He is a clumsy High Priest of the Kouka Kingdom and was Yoon’s guardian. He spends his days in isolation praying to the gods for guidance and for the happiness of the people. He reveals a prophecy to Yona that marks the start of her search for the Four Dragon Warriors.
Lee Geun-Tae 
He is the general of the Earth Tribe and the husband of Yun-Ho. He serves under Soo-Won’s rule after acknowledging Soo-Won’s strength during the Battle Game Festival held in Chishin. As a general who fought during Emperor Joo-Nam’s era (Yona and Soo-Won’s grandfather), he is a warrior dedicated to the battlefield and has been eager to fight on the front lines again. His tribe admires him, though he insists on them treating him like an ordinary citizen.
Son Mundok 
He is the former General and leader of the Wind Tribe. He is the adoptive grandfather of Hak. Before his retirement, he was known as a general whose strength was compared to General Yu-Hon’s. Despite his strict behavior and appearance, Mundok cares for everyone who lives within the Wind Tribe and the royal family, whom he showed deep loyalty to. He has a kind heart and adopted two orphans as his grandchildren: Hak and Tae-Yeon.
Kan Tae-Jun 
Tae-Jun is the second son of the Fire Tribe General Kan Soo-Jin. He was determined to make Yona his wife in order to inherit the throne of the Kouka Kingdom, though it is revealed that he has genuine feelings for her. Because of Hak intervening in his brash attempts to court Yona for years, he harbours a vendetta against Hak and actively tries to have him killed after Hak and Yona had escaped the castle. During his pursuit, he inadvertently caused both of them to fall from cliff, leading Tae-Jun to believe that he had killed Yona. This left Tae-Jun heavily depressed and guilty over the ordeal for months. He is finally reunited with Yona when his brother assigned him to capture bandits said to be driving off Fire Tribe soldiers from collecting taxes–which was really Yona and her group defending the poor from being abused by the military. Through his feelings for Yona, Tae-Jun fully repented his actions and resolves to change the lives of Fire Tribe people, earning him respect from his subordinates and Yona herself. He later remains a valuable ally to Yona and her group from that point onward, even agreeing to risk treason at her request.
Ahn Lili  
Lili is the only daughter of Water Tribe General Ahn Joon-Gi. She is a confident, spunky girl around Yona’s age with big ambitions to help solve the overwhelming drug problems that plague the Water Tribe. However, her efforts are impaired by her overly-protective father with whom she shares a distant, if strained relationship. She initially thought that Yona and her group were suspicious, and thus involved in the drug trade. However, upon shadowing them for a few hours and being saved by them when attacked by a drug addict, she comes to realize that they too are trying to achieve a similar goal to herself. With the combined efforts of herself, Yona’s group, and an incognito Soo-Won, they are successfully able to arrest the reigning drug lord in the Water Tribe. Lili, Yona’s group team up once again after this to fully quell the Water Tribe’s drug and slave trade in Kai (a neighbouring nation), resulting in Lili and Yona being kidnapped by the enemy and sold as slaves in retribution for their drug-ban efforts. They eventually break out from the slave camp, but Lili is caught once again and sent to be hung. She is rescued in the knick of time by Lili’s personal guards, Yona’s group and added aid from Soo-Won’s and Joon-Gi’s forces–mostly notably, a joint effort between Hak and Soo-Won. Her near-death experience and her anti-drug trade efforts resulted in Lili gaining a very strong respect from the people of the Water Tribe.
From that point onward, Lili becomes a common ally between Yona and Soo-Won. She boasts a close friendship and loyalty to Yona, but a blooming friendship with Soo-Won, along with a deep gratitude for his role in her rescue. She is one of the few characters outside of Yona’s companions who, not knowing her before her father’s death, is privy to Yona’s true identity as the true heir to the Kouka throne. She is also the only confidents of Soo-Won, and is considered a valid marriage option for him by her father and some of the other generals of Kouka. She is a neutral party on the conflict between Soo-Won and Yona, but has publicly announced her friendship and loyalty to Yona to thousands of Sky Tribe and Water Tribe troops.

 

Wednesday News- November 7, 2017

Wednesday News- November 7, 2017

News-

Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Game’s Character Trailer Previews English Subtitles- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-11-07/xenoblade-chronicles-2-game-character-trailer-previews-english-subtitles/.123712

The Fall 2017 Manga Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2017-11-06/the-fall-2017-manga-guide/.123620

Let Attack on Titan’s Levi Chastise You Everyday with New Calendar- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-11-07/let-attack-on-titan-levi-chastise-you-everyday-with-new-calendar/.123719

Fate/Apocrypha English Dub Debuts on Netflix in U.S., Canada- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-11-07/fate-apocrypha-english-dub-debuts-on-netflix-in-u.s-canada/.123731

Anime-

  • Cheer Boys!! BD/DVD
  • First Love Monster BD/DVD
  • Genocidal Organ BD/DVD + UV
  • Genocidal Organ DVD
  • Handa-kun BD/DVD
  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Collection 1 BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Collection 1 DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Collection 2 BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Collection 2 DVD
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena Set 2 BD
  • Speed Racer Collector’s Edition BD/DVD
  • To Heart 2 BD
  • To Heart 2 DVD
  • your name. BD/DVD
  • your name. DVD
  • your name. Limited Edition BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Ace of the Diamond Graphic Novel (GN) 6 (Digital Only)
  • Aoharu X Machinegun GN 7
  • Black Clover GN 9
  • Blade of the Immortal Omnibus GN 4
  • Bleach GN 71
  • Bleach Omnibus GN 21
  • Cardfight!! Vanguard GN 10
  • Corpse Party Book of Shadows GN
  • Descending Stories: Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū GN 4
  • Dragon’s Crown GN 1
  • Dreamin’ Sun GN 4
  • Erased GN 3 (Hardcover)
  • The Full-Time Wife Escapist GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Haikyu!! GN 17
  • I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Stardust Crusaders GN 5 (Hardcover)
  • Kounodori: Dr. Stork GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Murciélago GN 4
  • My Hero Academia GN 10
  • Nisekoi – False Love GN 24
  • One Piece GN 84
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby Alpha Sapphire (Pokémon Adventures) GN 4
  • Prison School GN 8
  • Puella Magi Oriko Magica: Sadness Prayer GN 3
  • Pumpkin Scissors GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • Real Girl GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Scum’s Wish GN 5
  • Seraph of the End GN 13
  • Sherlock: The Great Game #4
  • Spice and Wolf GN 14
  • Taboo Tattoo GN 8
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil GN 7
  • Toriko GN 40
  • Twinkle Stars GN 4
  • Yozakura Quartet GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Omnibus GN 12
  • Yusen: Ruten: An Era of Red GN 1 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Senran Kagura Estival Versus PlayStation 4 Game
  • Sonic Forces PlayStation 4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC Game
  • your name. Another Side:Earthbound Novel (Hardcover)

Film Friday- Hellsing

Film Friday- Hellsing

An anime series of the same name was produced by Gonzo. Directed by Umanosuke Iida, the series was based on the manga, but used a screenplay by Chiaki J. Konaka and was significantly different from the manga in terms of plot, though it used some of the same characters and similar character designs. Spanning 13 episodes, it was broadcast on Japan’s Fuji Television from October 10, 2001, to January 16, 2002.

An original video animation (OVA) entitled Hellsing Ultimate was produced by Geneon. It followed the manga storyline more closely than the anime series. The series spanned 10 episodes, released in Japan between February 10, 2006 and December 26, 2012. In North America the series ran from December 5, 2006 to October 28, 2014.

Anime

Following the release of the manga, Gonzo produced a thirteen-episode anime series that uses the same characters and settings, but narrates a different story from its source manga. Written by Chiaki J. Konaka and directed by Umanosuke Iida, the series premiered on Fuji Television on October 11, 2001 and ran until its conclusion on January 17, 2002. The series is licensed for English language release in North America by Geneon Entertainment, in the United Kingdom previously by ADV Films until September 2009 and as of January 2013, Manga Entertainment has the license, and in Australia by Madman Entertainment. Geneon’s English dub of the series aired in the United States on Starz’s Encore Action channel from December 21, 2003 to March 15, 2004 and in Canada on G4techTV Canada’s Anime Current block in 2007.

The series uses two pieces of theme music. “Logos Naki World” (A World Without God) by Yasushi Ishii is used as the opening theme for all thirteen episodes. Mr. Big performs the song “Shine” for the series ending theme.

OVAs

Hellsing Ultimate, known as Hellsing in Japan, is an original video animation (OVA) anime series animated by animation studios Satelight (OVAs I–IV), Madhouse (OVAs V–VII) and Graphinica & Kelmadick (OVAs VIII–X), and produced by Geneon. The first fifty-minute episode was released on Region 2 DVD in Japan on February 10, 2006. The ending of each episode uses various pieces of instrumental music composed by Hayato Matsuo and performed by the Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra up through OVA V. OVAs VI and VII feature vocal closing themes by Japanese rock group Suilen, titled “Magnolia” and “Shinto-Shite” respectively.

On July 27, 2011, Hellsing OVA VIII was released in Japan after one year and eight months, along with the first episode of The Dawn. Episode IX was released on February 15, 2012. The tenth and final episode was released in December 2012. On August 23, 2014, Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block announced that Toonami would air the show beginning on September 13 at 3:00 a.m.

The soundtrack for Hellsing is one of my favorites so I have attached below the intro song to the original series, Enjoy!

Film Friday- Kino’s Journey: the Beautiful World

Film Friday- Kino’s Journey: the Beautiful World

Kino’s Journey: the Beautiful World, shortened to Kino’s Journey, is a Japanese light novel series written by Keiichi Sigsawa, with illustrations by Kouhaku Kuroboshi. The series originally started serialization in volume five of MediaWorks’ now-defunct light novel magazine Dengeki hp on March 17, 2000. The first volume of the series was published on July 10, 2000 by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Bunko publishing imprint. As of October 2014, 18 volumes have been published, and over 8 million copies of the novels have been sold in Japan.[1] In Kino’s Journey, the protagonist, Kino, accompanied by a talking motorcycle named Hermes, travels through a mystical world of many different countries and forests, each unique in its customs and people. A spin-off light novel series titled Gakuen Kino began with the first volume published on July 10, 2006 by ASCII Media Works; four volumes have been released as of July 2010.

A 13-episode anime adaptation produced by A.C.G.T and Genco aired between April and July 2003 on WOWOW in Japan. Two visual novels for the PlayStation 2 were released by ASCII Media Works, the first in July 2003, and the second in December 2005. There have also been two 30-minute animated films produced, the first in February 2005, and the second in April 2007. A Kino’s Journey light novel was only released as a promotional gift for the second animated movie. Additional merchandise includes three art books, three picture books, and a drama CD. In 2017, two manga adaptations and a new anime series have been announced.

Plot

In Kino’s Journey, the protagonist, Kino, accompanied by a talking motorcycle named Hermes, travels through a mystical world of many different countries and forests, each unique in its customs and people. She only spends three days and two nights in every town, without exception, on the principle that three days is enough time to learn almost everything important about a place, while leaving time to explore new lands. Kino says in The Land of Visible Pain that this principle is probably a lie, specifically noting “if I stay any longer, I’m afraid I will settle down.” The recurring theme of the anime and novels is described by the phrase, “The world is not beautiful, therefore it is [beautiful].” Kino’s Journey explores what the anime director Ryūtarō Nakamura described as “a radical sense of ‘beauty,” and brutality, loneliness, nonsense, oppression and tragedy are often juxtaposed against compassion and a fairy-tale atmosphere.

For protection and hunting, Kino carries a .44 single action revolver (called “the Cannon”, based on a Colt M1851) that uses liquid explosives in place of gunpowder and a .22 automatic pistol (named “the Woodsman”, based on a Colt Woodsman). Later in Kino’s adventures in the novels, Kino also uses a pump action shotgun (based on a Winchester M1897) and a semi-automatic sniper rifle (called “the Flute”, based on an Arisaka Type 99 rifle), along with a variety of other tools, including knives. In the anime, Kino is shown to carry no fewer than five knives, including one which can fire .22 bullets from its hilt. Kino is an unusually quick draw and practices every day before dawn.

Technology in this world exists, sometimes to the level of science fiction, although anachronisms are common (for example, the same land that has talking robots also appears to have phonographs, yet simultaneously the world has only begun to develop heavier-than-air flight). The level of technology also varies from country to country. The world is not heavily magical (the only “magical” elements include land that moves, a talking motorcycle, and a talking dog), although it has a certain fairy-tale quality.

Wednesday News- October 25, 2017

Wednesday News- October 25, 2017

News-

Crunchyroll Adds The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-10-25/crunchyroll-adds-the-melancholy-of-haruhi-suzumiya-anime/.123198

The Fall 2017 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2017/fall/.122073

Review: The Garden of Sinners Movies + OVAs -10 Streaming- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/the-garden-of-sinners/movies-ovas-1-10/.123065

Super NES Classic Style New 3DS XL Heads to North America on November 27- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-10-24/super-nes-classic-style-new-3ds-xl-heads-to-n-america-on-november-27/.123109

Anime-

  • Alderamin on the Sky BD/DVD
  • Bleach Set 3 BD
  • Fairy Tail Collection 10 BD/DVD
  • Fate/Grand Order: First Order BD
  • Flying Witch BD
  • Flying Witch DVD
  • Flying Witch Premium Edition BD/DVD
  • Log Horizon Complete Collection BD
  • Servamp Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Servamp Season 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Space Dandy Complete Series BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Aho Girl Graphic Novel (GN) 3
  • Alice & Zoroku GN 2
  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Assassin’s Creed: Awakening GN 2
  • Astra Lost in Space GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Emperor and I GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Fairy Tail S Tales From Fairy Tail GN 1
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Hatsune Miku: Bad∞End∞Night GN 3
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan GN 7
  • I Want to Hold Aono-kun So Badly I Could Die GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Imperfect Girl (Shōjo Fujūbun) GN 1
  • Kounodori: Dr. Stork GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Kuma Miko: Girl Meets Bear GN 6
  • Land of the Lustrous GN 3
  • Love and Lies GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Platinum End GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Please Tell Me! Galko-chan GN  4
  • Princess Resurrection GN 19 (Digital Only)
  • Mushoku Tensei – Jobless ReincarnationGN 6
  • Real Girl GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Red Riding Hood and the Big Sad Wolf GN 2
  • Shōjo Fight GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Toppu GP GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Tsuredure Children GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Yokai Rental Shop GN 1

Other-

  • Chaos;Child PS4/Vita Game
  • Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New MoonPS4/Switch/PC Game
  • Nights of Azure 2: Bride of the New MoonPS4/Switch/PC Game

Film Friday- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle

Film Friday- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle is a shōnen manga series written and illustrated by the manga artist group Clamp. The manga was adapted into an anime series, Tsubasa Chronicle, animated by Bee Train, which aired 52 episodes over two seasons during 2005 and 2006. Production I.G released an interlude film between the first two seasons titled The Princess in the Birdcage Kingdom, as well as five original video animations between November 2007 and May 2009, which acted as a sequel to the second season. Various video games and drama CDs based on the series have been released. A sequel titled Tsubasa: WoRLD CHRoNiCLE started serialization in 2014. Funimation Entertainment licensed the anime for English release. They published all the TV episodes in DVD volumes as well as the film. The OVAs of Tsubasa were released in North America in January 2011.

The series begins by introducing childhood friends with quite a strong and close friendship: Syaoran, a young archaeologist who is investigating a ruin within the Kingdom of Clow, and Sakura, princess of the Kingdom of Clow and daughter of the late king Clow Reed. When Sakura visits Syaoran in the ruins, her spirit takes on the form of a pair of ghostly feathered wings that disintegrate to other dimensions. As she descends into a catatonic near death state, Syaoran meets the Dimensional Witch, Yūko Ichihara, to whom he begs for help to save Sakura. Yūko is also visited by two others who each have their own wish: Kurogane, a ninja who wishes to return to his home world after being banished from his world by Princess Tomoyo to allow him to learn what true strength is; and Fai D. Flowright, a magician who wishes to never return to his home world, Celes, to avoid his king, Ashura-ō. In exchange for the ability to travel across dimensions, Yūko demands that each pay with that they value most: Kurogane offers his sword Ginryū; Fai offers the tattoo that suppresses his enormous magical strength and power; and Syaoran offers all of Sakura’s memories that involve him. Yūko then presents them with a creature named Mokona Modoki that sends the group on a journey across dimensions in search of Sakura’s feathers. After obtaining the first feathers, Sakura awakens from her catatonic state and starts recovering her memories. During their adventures, the group gradually grows closer to the point that Fai jokingly labels them as relatives. As they travel, they learn that the feathers have their own unique abilities and can bestow several supernatural abilities to those who possess them.

During their journey in Tokyo, the group discovers that Syaoran is in reality a clone imbued with half the heart of the original Syaoran. Several years ago, Fei-Wang Reed, the wizard who caused Sakura to lose her memories, took the original Syaoran prisoner and created the clone to collect Sakura’s feathers. Shortly after the original Syaoran breaks free of Fei-Wang’s hold, the clone loses his heart and becomes an emotionless puppet that follows Fei-Wang’s will, betraying the group. The original Syaoran joins in the group’s journey with Sakura wishing to save the clone. Foreseeing a future in which Fai kills the original Syaoran forced by Fei-Wang’s curse, Sakura gets stabbed in his place, but at the same time splits her body and soul, sending each to different worlds, Seresu and the Dream World, respectively. In the Dream World, the Syaoran clone destroys Sakura’s soul when trying to get the feathers. Before her soul perishes, Sakura reveals that she too is a clone of the original Sakura who was also taken prisoner by Fei-Wang. Fei-Wang then takes Sakura’s body to use its stored power. The group departs to rescue the two Sakuras learning from Yūko that Fei-Wang is in an alternate dimension from the Kingdom of Clow. Such parallel dimension is the result of Syaoran’s wish to save the original Sakura from Fei-Wang’s curse years ago. In order to grant his wish, Syaoran became Fei-Wang’s prisoner and Yūko’s assistant, Kimihiro Watanuki, was used to replace Syaoran within his original world’s history.

The group battles Fei-Wang who destroys the Syaoran clone when he betrays him. He then uses the immeasurably strong ability and strength of the two Sakuras to resurrect Yūko, accidentally frozen in time by Clow Reed himself to halt her death, therein proving himself Clow’s superior. Yūko uses her life and Clow’s magic as payment to make the clones reborn in the past to live together. As the two know all of the series’ events would repeat, the clones seal themselves in Yūko’s shop until the battle against him. The group manages to kill Fei-Wang, who traps Syaoran in a void between time and space, dragging both his clone and Watanuki along as a consequence of their connection. With their creator’s death, both clones of Sakura and Syaoran fade away leaving behind two feathers. Syaoran and Watanuki escape from the void for a price: Syaoran must continue traveling through the dimensions forever, while Watanuki must stay in Yūko’s shop. The group rests in the Kingdom of Clow where Fai, Kurogane, and Mokona decide to join Syaoran once again in hope of finding a way to bring back the clones who still exist as the two feathers. Before departing on their separate ways, Syaoran and Sakura confess their mutually strong, close and pure romantic love for each other as they hope to meet again.

Wednesday News- October 18, 2017

Wednesday News- October 18, 2017

News-

This Week in Anime: How Does the Kino’s Journey Remake Compare to the Original Series?https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2017-10-17/.122817

Detective Cona 30th Anniversary Book is a Year and a Half in the Making- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-10-18/detective-conan-30th-anniversary-book-is-a-year-and-a-half-in-the-making/.122892

News: Nintendo Explains Why Mini Super Famicom Lack EarthBound RPG- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-10-17/nintendo-explains-why-mini-super-famicom-lacks-earthbound-rpg/.122824

News: Kodansha Comins Publishes Until Your Bones Rot Manga Digitally- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-10-17/kodansha-comics-publishes-until-your-bones-rot-manga-digitally/.122844

Anime-

  • Howl’s Moving Castle BD/DVD
  • Howl’s Moving Castle DVD
  • Hunter x Hunter Set 3 BD
  • Hunter x Hunter Set 3 DVD
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service BD/DVD
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service DVD
  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Rikka Version (Takanashi Rikka • Kai ~Gekijō-ban Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai!~) BD/DVD
  • My Neighbor Totoro BD/DVD
  • My Neighbor Totoro DVD
  • Orange BD/DVD
  • Orange Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Ponyo BD/DVD
  • Ponyo DVD
  • Princess Mononoke BD/DVD
  • Princess Mononoke DVD
  • Spirited Away BD/DVD
  • Spirited Away DVD
  • Super Lovers Season 1 BD/DVD
  • WWW.WAGNARIA!! Volume 2 BD

Manga-

  • Beasts of Abigaile Graphic Novel GN 2
  • Disney Fairies Tinker Bell’s Secret GN
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Ghost Diary GN 3
  • Hachune Miku’s Everyday Vocaloid Paradise (Hachune Miku no Nichijō Roipara!) GN 1
  • Hatsune Miku: Rin-Chan Now! GN 3
  • Helvetica Standard Bold GN (Color)
  • Hotaru’s Way GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • House of the sun. GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Inuyashiki GN 9
  • Kasane GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai GN 3
  • Peach Heaven GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Terra Formars GN 19
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 1
  • Ultraman GN 9
  • Until Your Bones Rot GN 1 (Digital Only)

Other-

  • Etrian Odyssey V: Beyond the Myth 3DS Game
  • The Evil Within 2 PS4/Xbox One/PC Game
  • Fire Emblem Warriors 3DS/Switch Game
  • Garo TV Colletion BD
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 9

Film Friday- Hakuōki

Film Friday- Hakuōki

Two new films were released in 2013 and 2014. First film was released in August 2013 and was released on DVDs February 2014. The film is a retelling of both seasons in greater detail and with a slightly different ending. The second film was released on March 8, 2014. The anime television series and films have been licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America.

Hakuōki is a otome video game series by Idea Factory, first designed for the PlayStation 2 and then later ported to PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS, and Nintendo 3DS. It has been adapted into anime series animated by Studio Deen; the first season began airing in Japan on the TV Kanagawa and UHF stations on April 4, 2010. The second season began airing on October 10, 2010 and ended on December 12, 2010. The series has also been adapted as two different manga series. A third series based on the prequel, Hakuōki Reimeiroku aired in summer of 2012.

Plot

Chizuru Yukimura heads to Kyoto to search for her father, finding herself attacked by mad men before they are cut down by members of the Shinsengumi who take her into custody for interrogation. Upon learning that she is a girl and the daughter of a doctor who developed the Water of Life elixir that turns those that drink it into invincible blood lusting berserkers called Rasetsu, the Shinsengumi decide to keep her as an aide in their search. In time, as the Shinsengumi aid the shogunate in the Bakufu, Chizuru begins to develop a bond with the Shinsengumi and its aloof member Toshizo Hijikata. However, as time passes, Chizuru and Shinsengumi confront a mysterious faction who call themselves Oni (Demons) and that Chizuru is also an Oni with father revealed to be experimenting on the Water of Life to create the Rasetsu to wipe out the human race.

Chizuru Yukimura 
Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)
Chizuru is the main protagonist of the series. She comes to Kyoto in search of her missing father, Kodo Yukimura, a practitioner of Western medicine. Unknown to Chizuru, her father under orders from the Shogunate develops the Water of Life, an elixir that increases the drinker’s healing abilities, speed, and strength yet could turn the drinker into a mindless killing monster called a Rasetsu. At the beginning of the series, she is seen being chased by two men, who were suddenly attacked by two Rasetsu. She witnesses Hajime Saito kill off the Rasetsu and is then taken to the Shinsengumi headquarters by Toshizo Hijikata, where they allow her to stay, because they too were in search of her father. Eventually, she falls in love with Hijikata Toshizo.
Chizuru has a secret unknown to herself: she is in fact a pureblood member of the Oni Ichizoku (the Demon Clan), and the head of the Oni of the East is of Yukimura descent. Because Oni have scattered and declined in numbers over the centuries, Chikage Kazama seeks her out to create a lineage of pure-blooded Oni. She is the wielder of a short sword which is a mate to with Kaoru’s katana. They are part of the Yukimura Family’s heirloom.
Toshizo Hijikata
Voiced by: Shinichiro Miki (Japanese); Andrew Love (English)
Hijikata is the Vice-commander of the Shinsengumi and makes most of the Shinsengumi’s decisions. He is called Oni-fukuchou (Demon Vice-commander) and is both feared and respected by his men. He is also often referred to as “Toshi” by Kondo. Hijikata is the one who brought Chizuru back to the Shinsengumi headquarters the night she witnessed a Rasetsu on the loose that attacked two men chasing her. He is responsible for her welfare, and even though he acts as if this were to his dismay, he cares for Chizuru’s safety, and is often shown protecting her during battles. Hijikata drinks the Water of Life and becomes a Rasetsu in order to defeat Chikage, fueled by rage after seeing fellow Shinsengumi warrior Genzaburo Inoue dead. Even though Inoue had been killed by Satchō warriors (Satsuma-Chōshū alliance), Hijikata takes it out on Chikage, starting a duel as Chikage goads him. At the end of Season 2 he acknowledge his love for Chizuru. At the end of the anime series he either dies from a combination of the Water of Life and wounds that he attained through a battle with Chikage Kazama, or he lives (as suggested by the fact that his body didn’t disappear). His ending is ambiguous. But hinted that he’s still alive as wiping Chizuru’s tear and saying her name while smiling at her. He is based on the historical Hijikata Toshizō.
Souji Okita
Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (Japanese); Blake Shepard (English)
Okita is the First Division Captain and a peerless swordsman. He suffers from tuberculosis, and is later visited by Nagumo Kaoru who gives him a bottle of the Water of Life to cure his tuberculosis. Driven by guilt at being incapacitated by his illness, Okita drinks the elixir. Although he becomes a Rasetsu, the Shinsengumi discover that he does not benefit from accelerated healing when wounded by silver weapons, thus discovering the weakness of Rasetsu. Souji was sent away because his illness got worse, but he later showed up to confront Hijikata about Kondo’s death. He was last seen protecting Hijikata from rogue samurais, and turned into ashes after killing all the rogues. He is based on the historical Okita Sōji.
Hajime Saito 
Voiced by: Kōsuke Toriumi (Japanese); Leraldo Anzaldua (English)
Saito is the leader of the Third Division who is a master of the left hand sword technique and is a skilled swordsman who evens Okita’s skills. He is taciturn but also very loyal, polite, and wise. He often analyzes the situation before attacking to figure out which actions are necessary to complete the mission. Saito left the Shinsengumi apparently to join Itou’s group, but later it turns out that he was commanded by Hijikata to infiltrate Itou’s group for information concerning Itou’s plans. In the anime he is seen making a final charge against the enemy as his comrades are all slain. He is based on the historical Saitō Hajime.
Heisuke Todo 
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Japanese); Greg Ayres (English)
Heisuke is the Eighth Division captain of the Shinsengumi. He is around the same age as Chizuru and is very protective of her, before he died. He leaves the Shinsengumi, following Itou along with Hajime Saito, but later returns. He too has taken the Water of Life to recover from injuries. He is based on the historical Tōdō Heisuke.
Sanosuke Harada 
Voiced by: Kōji Yusa (Japanese); Illich Guardiola (TV), Phil Hyde (Movies) (English)
Harada is the Tenth Division Captain and prefers the spear to the sword, but he is seen carrying both. In the anime he has a fierce rivalry with Kyō Shiranui, pitting his spear against Shiranui’s pistol. He is based on the historical Harada Sanosuke.
Chikage Kazama
Voiced by: Kenjirō Tsuda (Japanese); Corey Hartzog (English)
Member of the Bakumatsu, enemies of the Shinsengumi. He is the strongest Oni of the West and is after Chizuru, so that they can mate and create stronger Oni. His reasons for this are unknown, but his attempts to take Chizuru have so far been thwarted by the interference of the Shinsengumi. Despite being arrogant and cynical, he is not entirely cold-blooded as he later saves Chizuru (although this might have been for his own purposes) and even escorted her back to the estate rather than harassing her. Kazama is usually followed by his two demon companions Amagiri and Shiranui, and it is implied by Sen-hime that he is a royal blood, like her. In his Oni form, he grows white horns and his hair fades to match. His eyes also become yellow. But later in the series and OVA he is seen to truly love Chizuru.