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Wednesday News- January 17, 2018

Wednesday News- January 17, 2018

News-

Your Daily Streaming Reviews Schedule: Winter 2018- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/site-news/2018-01-15/your-daily-streaming-reviews-schedule-winter-2018/.126439

Dragon Ball Super English Dub Adds Cast for ‘Future Trucks’ Arc- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-01-16/dragon-ball-super-english-dub-adds-cast-for-future-trunks-arc/.126506

Review: Orange Limited Edition Blu-Ray/DVD- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/orange/limited-edition-blu-ray/dvd/.126467

Anime-

  • Berserk Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Berserk Season 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • The Cat Returns BD/DVD
  • The Cat Returns DVD
  • Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Season 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • The Morose Mononokean BD/DVD
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas BD/DVD
  • My Neighbors the Yamadas DVD
  • Whisper of the Heart BD/DVD
    Whisper of the Heart DVD

Manga-

  • A Certain Scientific Accelerator GN 7
  • Chihayafuru GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Children of the Whales GN 2
  • Deathtopia GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Fire Punch GN 1
  • Juana in the Seven Kingdoms of the Dragonewts GN 1
  • Kasane GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Maria Holic GN 13
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers GN 4
  • My Monster Secret GN 9
  • Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn GN 9
  • The Prince’s Black Poison GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Real Girl GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • RWBY GN
  • Terra Formars GN 20
  • Waiting for Spring GN 4
  • Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty GN 2

Other-

  • Digimon Story: Cybersleuth – Hacker’s Memory PlayStation 4/PlayStation Vita Game
  • Kirby: Battle Royale Nintendo 3DS Game
  • Playing to Win in a VRMMO Novel 6 (Digital Only)
  • Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition PlayStation 4 Game

Film Friday- Parasyte

Film Friday- Parasyte

An anime television series adaptation by Madhouse, titled Parasyte -the maxim-, aired in Japan between October 2014 and March 2015. The English-language dub aired on Adult Swim’s Toonami block in America between October 2015 and April 2016. The manga has been adapted into two live-action films in Japan in 2014 and 2015.

Plot

Parasyte centers on a male 17-year-old high school student named Shinichi Izumi, who lives with his mother and father in a quiet neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan. One night, strange worm-like creatures with drills as a ‘head’ called Parasytes appear on Earth, taking over the brains of human hosts by entering through their ears or noses. One Parasite attempts to crawl into Shinichi’s nose while he sleeps, but fails as Shinichi wakes up, and enters his body by burrowing into his arm instead. In the Japanese version, it takes over his right hand and is named Migi, after the Japanese word for ‘right’; Tokyopop’s version-(English dub), in which the images are flipped horizontally, has the Parasite take over Shinichi’s left hand and it is named Lefty.

Because Shinichi was able to prevent Migi from travelling further up into his brain, both beings retain their separate intellect and personality. As the duo encounter other Parasites, they capitalize on their strange situation and gradually form a strong bond, working together to survive. This gives them an edge in battling other Parasites who frequently attack the pair upon realization that Shinichi’s human brain is still intact. Shinichi feels compelled to fight other Parasites, who devour humans as food, while enlisting Migi’s help.

Parasites

The series’ antagonists, the Parasites are creatures of unknown origin which start off as worm-like creatures that instinctively enter the body of the nearest life form and travel to the brain to completely assimilate it while destroying the host’s identity in the process. From there, using the vital organs of the host bodies to survive, the Parasites would be driven with a need to kill humans and Parasites with failed host bodies. After assimilating their host, Parasites exhibit a variety of abilities that make them dangerous adversaries: the immediate area around their entry site (typically the head) is morphed into a versatile “parasite tissue” which can take a variety of offensive and defensive forms, and a parasite that successfully takes over a host’s brain can then maximize the physical potential of that host. In general, Parasite intelligence is comparable to humans, though their thought process is strictly rational and cold, with very little emotion. They are also capable of learning extremely quickly depending on their environment – Migi, for example, mastered Japanese after one night of reading books on the subject. While most Parasites initially acted alone, causing a chain of multiple grisly deaths coined the “mincemeat murders”, they eventually form groups for safety in numbers. By the time of the final chapter, Shinichi speculating that they might have been created as an evolutionary countermeasure to humans, the surviving Parasites are assumed to have gone into hiding and adopt themselves further into human society to keep their activities to a minimum.

Reiko Tamura
An extremely intelligent, calculating Parasite and one of the story’s main antagonists. She originally infected and took on the identity of a woman named Ryōko Tamiya, one of Shinichi’s high school teachers while suggesting a beneficial ceasefire. Unlike most of her kind, she is motivated by scientific inclinations with a drive to understand her kind’s biology, origin, and purpose. She learned that she is pregnant with a normal human infant as a consequence of being impregnated by Mr. A, deeming it interesting while forced to quit to avoid unwanted attention resulting from it. Though she intended to kill Shinichi soon after, she lets him and Migi live unmolested largely because she finds them an interesting anomaly worthy of study. After killing off Ryōko’s parents when they saw through her, the Parasite alters her face and creates the identity of “Reiko Tamura” while aligning herself with Takeshi Hirokawa. She eventually gives birth to Mr. A’s baby and later kills three of her fellow Parasites when they deemed her actions with a hired detective a threat to their plans. It was after Reiko killed the maddened detective to save her child that she allowed the police to brutally gun her down in a park instead of trying to resist or escape. The baby survives because of her protection and decision not to fight back against or run away from the police.
Tamura is portrayed by Eri Fukatsu in the film.
Mr. B
A Parasite who attacks Shinichi and tries to coerce Migi into relocating to his arm in order to extend his own lifespan. To his surprise, Migi kills him on the pretense that relocation is too risky to try.
Mr. A 
An highly aggressive Parasite formerly aligned with Reiko Tamura. When first introduced, he (or rather, his host body) fathers a child with Reiko as part of the latter’s experiment. Described by Migi as “not one of our smart ones” and called a fool by Reiko, Mr. A is extremely impulsive and animalistic. He has little capacity for subtlety or deception, and no qualms about killing humans in the presence of numerous witnesses. Shinichi is forced to battle Mr. A when he attempts to hunt Shinichi down and kill him at school. Though Shinichi and Migi mortally wound him, they are forced to flee before they could kill him. Mr. A attempts to find Reiko to transfer himself to her body and survive, but she rigs the room to explode to completely destroy him to preserve her human cover.
Hideo Shimada
Hideo is a Parasite with a teenager’s body who decides to integrate with human society. Hideo enrolls in Shinichi’s high school on Reiko’s suggestion and expresses a desire to become friends with Shinichi, who does not trust him. Although Hideo is a relatively peaceful Parasite, he has no qualms about brutalizing or even killing bullies who try to start fights with him, and he continues to hunt humans despite claiming to be learning to eat like a person. But when Yuko uncovered his secret and confronts him about it, Hideo ends up being exposed to paint-thinner during the confrontation as Yuko manages to escape. The paint-thinner’s chemical make-up disrupts Hideo’s Parasite cells, causing him to go on an involuntary killing spree across the school. He is killed after he escapes to the roof, when Shinichi, using Migi to enhance his right arm’s strength, throws a well-aimed stone through his chest, destroying his heart.
Shimada is played by Masahiro Higashide in the film.

Wednesday News- January 10, 2018

Wednesday News- January 10, 2018

The Winter 2018 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2018/winter/.125962

Shelf Life: Squid Girlhttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2018-01-08/.126152

1st Tiger & Bunny Director Keiichi Sato Not Working on New Anime Series- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-01-10/1st-tiger-and-bunny-director-keiichi-sato-not-working-on-new-anime-series/.126268

Review: Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch Novel 1- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/record-of-lodoss-war/novel-1/.125958

Anime-

  • My-HiME Complete Series BD/DVD
  • My-Otome Complete Series BD/DVD
  • My-HiME OVA Series (My-Otome Zwei and My-Otome 0~S.ifr~)
  • Naisho no Tsubomi DVD
  • Naruto Shippuden Set 33 DVD Uncut
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Case Closed GN 65
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • Fuuka GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • The High School Life of a Fudanshi GN 3
  • His Favorite GN 10
  • I am a Hero GN 5
  • I’m in Love and It’s the End of the World GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Imperfect Girl GN 2
  • Infini-T Force GN 2
  • Kokkoku: Moment by Moment GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Lovesick Ellie GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Nurse Hitomi’s Monster Infirmary GN 7
  • Peach Heaven GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Spirit Circle GN 2
  • The World’s Greatest First Love: The Case of Ritsu Onodera GN 9
  • Yokai Rental Shop GN 2

Other-

  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • Infinite Dendrogram Novel 4 (Digital Only)

Film Friday- Hetalia: Axis Powers

Film Friday- Hetalia: Axis Powers

As of January 8, 2010, the anime series’ international distribution is being handled by Funimation. The series was later adapted into drama CDs, and an anime series created by Studio Deen has also begun streaming online.

Anime

An anime adaptation of Hetalia: Axis Powers was announced on July 24, 2008. It is directed by Bob Shirohata (Gravitation, Diamond Daydreams) and is animated by Studio Deen. It was originally scheduled for broadcast on Kids Station on January 24, 2009 but was later canceled. The cancellation only affected the Kids Stations broadcasts; plans to make the series available through mobile phone and Internet streaming were not affected. The controversies arose when numerous Korean protesters called for the cancellation of the series, claiming that the personified character of Korea was an insulting representation of Koreans. Kids Station claimed that the Korea character does not appear in the anime and that it was “unaware of the criticism in Korea,” and cited “various circumstances” as being behind the decision to cancel its airing of the anime, but they did not provide further information as to the nature of these circumstances. A second 26-episode season of Hetalia: Axis Powers was announced on April 16, 2009, and a third was announced on December 10, 2009. As of March 7, 2010, the title of the anime has been changed to Hetalia: World Series. A fourth season had been announced for Hetalia and premiered on September 10, 2010. This season featured the new characters Denmark and Norway.

On January 8, 2010, Funimation announced it had acquired the rights to release the first and second seasons of Hetalia in the United States and Canada. Funimation later began streaming Hetalia on their website, Hulu, and YouTube with Japanese audio and English subtitles and announced that characters would have accents in the English dub. Via Twitter, Funimation clarified that the series was rated TV-MA due to “some instances of profanity, crude humor and adult situations”, and that they base ratings on entire series rather than individual episodes. The first DVD was released on September 14, 2010. Funimation have announced at Otakon 2010, that they have the license the Hetalia: World Series and will simulcast the episodes and release them on DVD in 2011. In the UK, the series will be distributed by Manga Entertainment.

Certain Animate stores will carry Hetalia-themed Purikura booths for a limited time, with a total of 10 anime sticker options.

The series has made its North American television debut on December 23, 2010 on the Funimation Channel.

The fifth season of Hetalia, titled Hetalia: The Beautiful World, was announced in the September 2012 edition of Comic Birz. It was announced that it would be produced by a new staff and utilize a new illustrative style. Romania also appeared as a new character. On June 21, 2013, Hetalia: The Beautiful World concluded. It was released in an English dubbed version on July 22, 2014 by Funimation.

A sixth season of Hetalia, titled Hetalia: The World Twinkle, was announced in the January 2015 edition of Comic Birz. It began airing in July 2015 and concluded in October 2015. It was released with an English dub on November 8, 2016 by Funimation.

Movie

A feature-length animated film adaptation was announced on September 23, 2009, and was released on June 5, 2010. The film is entitled Paint it, White! and the eight main characters as well as supporting characters such as Liechtenstein, Sealand, Prussia, Finland, Cuba, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Romano, Belarus, Ukraine, Greece, Poland, Canada, Iceland, Spain and Baltics are set to appear in the film – the main plot of the movie involves a vast majority of characters being transformed into grey-white faceless aliens called Pictonians. At Otakon 2010, Funimation Entertainment announced the license of the film. The English dubbed version made its premiere at the Anime Weekend Atlanta convention, taking place from September 30 to October 2, 2011. It was released on November 22, 2011, and each DVD came with a green bandana as a bonus.

Allied Forces

The Allied Powers consist primarily of the characters America, England, France, Russia, Canada, and China. These characters are often depicted as comically failing to reach consensus in their war meetings. The representations of countries that were also part of the historical Allies of World War Two make additional appearances.

America 

is an energetic young man. In the series, he was found by France and England (at first) before France left him in England’s care after America chose the latter over the former, then later grows distant from him which eventually leads to him fighting for his independence.

America is very similar in appearance to his brother, Canada, who is often mistaken for America. America has blond hair, starry blue eyes, glasses representing Texas, and a noticeable cowlick representing Nantucket. In the World War II sections of the anime and manga, America wears an American Army Air Force Officer uniform, and a vintage leather flight jacket. He is the self-proclaimed leader of the Allied Forces, and his catchphrase is “I’m the hero!”

Although his ideas for solving international problems are often absurd, and he is usually oblivious to the opinions of others, it has been stated that he acts this way purposely. America’s ideas and inventions are grand, but rarely go anywhere. He is often portrayed as loud, obnoxious, egotistical, immature, childlike and interfering with other characters’ businesses with little regard for whom his actions affect. Yet despite his misgivings, he is shown to be a kind-hearted person who cares deeply for his friends. He is also shown to be extremely intelligent in several fields.

He is a brave adventurer and natural explorer, wanting to try things no one has ever done before, and he usually spends his free time either trying new foods, being around friends, or making movies and has a fascination with superheroes which he aspires to be himself. He has a prominent case of phasmophobia, which is ironic considering his friendly acquaintance with an alien named Tony, who lives in his house.

America is frequently seen clutching a hamburger or eating while speaking, yet he is self-conscious of his unhealthy habits and tries several yet ineffective diets to stay healthy. He also has uncanny superhuman strength, being able to lift objects several times his size.

In the anime series, his voice actor is Katsuyuki Konishi in Japanese and Eric Vale in English, both of whom also voice Canada. As a child, America’s voice actress is Ai Iwamura in Japanese and Luci Christian in English.

United Kingdom

More commonly known as England or Britain is the personification of England and acting representation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He is depicted as an irritable man with big, bushy eyebrows drawn with five lines. While before he was a zealous privateer, he is now a cynical and sharp-tongued gentleman some of his notable character traits include his terrible cooking skills, inability to hold his liquor, foul mouth, ability to see supernatural creatures, and (in)ability to perform magic curses on his enemies.

He is usually recognized for his rather large eyebrows, blond hair (more in a punk-like style), green eyes, and his green Royal Artillery Officer’s uniform. In the English release of the anime, when asked why they opted to choose the name “Britain” over “England”, Funimation explained that it was a request from the Japanese studio. Tokyopop, the English publisher of the manga, refers to him as “England.”

Britain is most antagonistic towards France, with whom he shares a long rivalry, and has strong mixed feelings towards America, his former charge.

In one strip he notes that he has an older brother named Scotland. Himaruya has confirmed that England represents both the United Kingdom and England, while Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales are his siblings. Among England’s other ‘relations’ are Sealand, a micronation whom England considers to be an annoying little brother due to his continued attempts to get other countries to recognize him as an independent country.

England’s voice actor is Noriaki Sugiyama, and his English voice actor was Scott Freeman but due to some legal issues, Funimation cut off all ties with him. He was replaced by Taliesin Jaffe in The World Twinkle.

France 

is an overly-romantic, carefree man. In the series, he is shown to have a long-held rivalry with England, whom he raised. He makes sexual passes at many characters. France explains away his long history of military defeats as a joke from God, but he believes he is gifted with his “charms” and his supreme cooking skills. He regards himself as the eldest brother among the European nations and is referred to as such by some of them, though he calls Spain his elder brother in turn. Most of the time he does not bother remembering to speak English, instead using French, the “Language of Love”. He has long blond hair, clear blue eyes, and usually wears a purple cathedral cloak.

In the anime series, he is voiced by Masaya Onosaka in Japanese and J. Michael Tatum in English.

Russia,

previously known as The Soviet Union, is the tallest of all the nations, and has a thick muscular body. He has wavy silver hair, purple eyes, a large nose, wears a thick winter coat and a silk scarf. Russia has a seemingly kind demeanor, but has suffered mental trauma following the strain of his bloody history, and as a result he has the innocence and cruelty of a child; sometimes he casts an aura of pure evil around him whenever such malicious thoughts enter his mind. He often terrifies the other countries without even trying, especially when he was the Soviet Union. He would abuse the Baltics and still stalks them in the modern day, especially Lithuania. Occasionally, he stalks China, while in a panda costume; and he holds a subtle rivalry with the Western nations, especially America. His primary target of resentment is General Winter, because despite using the cold to his advantage in war, he is also attacked by him every year. Russia has also been known to want Lithuania and other countries to become one with him. Russia also has two sisters: his older sister, Ukraine and his younger sister, Belarus. He becomes gloomy and depressed when either of them are on his mind because Ukraine left him to try to make friends in the EU and Belarus, is obsessed with the idea of forcing him to marry her. She seems to be the only other country which Russia fears. Russia happily promises that eventually “all will become one with Russia”. He dreams of living in a warm place surrounded by sunflowers, and vodka is his fuel. He says “kolkolkol” to threaten his subordinates when he is angered. Russia is often seen carrying a metal faucet pipe.

In the anime series, he is voiced by Yasuhiro Takato in Japanese and Jerry Jewell in English.

China 

is the oldest nation in the Allies, being depicted as immortal as well as being over four (or five) thousand years old, and is regarded as the eldest sibling among the East Asian nations. He is the big brother of Japan and often depicted with a panda. His boss was introduced as a green Chinese dragon with an intimidating appearance. During the fight between the Axis and Allies, he fights Germany and Japan with a wok and ladle, which became his weapon of choice which also serves as a stereotype that China serves good food. He is a big fan of Hello Kitty and tends to end his sentences with the suffix -aru, a Japanese racist stereotype of how Chinese people speak. However, he replaces the customary -aru with the suffix -ahen, which means opium, when speaking to England, as a reference to the Opium Wars. He is kind of disturbed by and distrustful of Russia, reflecting Tsarist Russia invaded China and occupied Vladivostock before.(Since it’s a comic mainly talking about stories until WW2, it doesn’t matter with the Russia-China Alliance after all.)

In the anime series, he is voiced by Yuki Kaida (who also voices for Taiwan) in Japanese and Clarine Harp in English.

Wednesday News- January 3, 2018

Wednesday News- January 3, 2018

News-

Austin Film Critics Nominate your name., Blade of the Immortalhttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-01-02/austin-film-critics-nominate-your-name-blade-of-the-immortal/.125981

The Winter 2018 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2018/winter/.125962

SP  Baby GNs 1-2 Review- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/sp-baby/gns-1-2/.125895

7 Favorite Anime Duos of 2017- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2017-12-30/.125322

 

Film Friday- Fist of the North Star

Film Friday- Fist of the North Star

Fist of the North Star was adapted into two anime television series produced by Toei Animation, which together aired on Fuji TV and its affiliates from 1984 through 1988, comprising a combined total of 152 episodes. Several films, OVAs and video games have been produced as well, including a series of spin-offs centering on other characters from the original story. English adaptations of other Fist of the North Star media have been licensed to other companies, including the TV series and the 1986 film.

Part 2

The peace that follows Raoh’s downfall does not last long and the world returns to turmoil several years later. Kenshiro rejoins his former travelling companions, Bat and Rin, in their battle against an oppressive Empire, fighting under the banner of the Hokuto Army. The Hokuto Army learns that the Empire has been taken over by an usurper named Jakoh, who has imprisoned the Celestial Empress and has been blackmailing her bodyguard, the Gento Kōken successor Falco, to do his evil bidding. The Hokuto Army fight their way into the central capital and free the Empress, who is in fact Rin’s long-lost twin sister Rui. With Rui now freed, Falco turns on Jakoh and kills him, foiling his ambitions.

However, Rin is taken captive by the remnant of Jakoh’s forces and is sent off to the mysterious Kingdom of Shura, a brutal land of warriors ruled by three overlords who have all mastered the ways of Hokuto Ryūken, a martial art which branched off from the same clan alongside Hokuto Shinken into the ways of darkness. Kenshiro defeats Han, the third-ranking overlord, who reveals that the Kingdom of Shura was Kenshiro’s birthplace. Moreover, Kenshiro also learns that Hyou, the second overlord, is his biological older brother, who lost his memories of Kenshiro after being separated as children and was corrupted into the ways of evil. Following a long gruelling battle, Hyou recovers his memories and reconciles with his long-lost brother. Kenshiro seeks out the highest-ranking and most powerful of the three overlords, Kaioh, who is in fact Raoh’s biological older brother. Kaioh plans a conquest to rule the post-apocalyptic world in the name of evil by wiping out the followers of Hokuto Shinken. With Hyou’s help, Kenshiro uncovers the sealed testament of the Hokuto Shinken founder, Shuken, which holds the secret to overcoming Kaioh’s ultimate technique.

Kenshiro emerges victorious over Kaioh and rescues Rin, leaving her under Bat’s care as he goes on an adventure with Raoh’s orphaned son Ryu. Meanwhile, a villain named Bolge appears, seeking revenge against Kenshiro for blinding him in a fight a long time ago. Bat brands himself with Kenshiro’s seven scars and fights in his place, only to be crucified by Bolge and tortured to near-death. Kenshiro rescues Bat, then fights and kills Bolge, while Rin regains her memories and professes her love to a recovering Bat. Afterwards, Kenshiro leaves and continues his role as the Post-Apocalyptic Savior, defending the weak and fighting off the greedy and violent, as the world finally begins to recover from the nuclear war.

Wednesday News- December 27, 2017

Wednesday News- December 27, 2017

News-

Shelf Life: Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamotohttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2017-12-25/.125709

Sokyu no Fafner The Beyonf Anime Project’s 4-Minute Promo Streamed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-12-27/sokyu-no-fafner-the-beyond-anime-project-4-minute-promo-streamed/.125792

Hugtto! Precure Reveals Characters, Visuals, February 4 Premiere- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-12-26/hugtto-precure-reveals-characters-visuals-february-4-premiere/.125776

Shaman King‘ Trademark Listed under Kodansha (Update)- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2017-12-26/shaman-king-trademark-listed-under-kodansha/.125772

Anime-

  • Barefoot Gen Movies 1-2 BD
  • Barefoot Gen Movies 1-2 DVD
  • The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Part 1 BD/DVD
  • The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Kiznaiver BD
  • Lupin III: Part II Collection 2 DVD
  • Occultic;Nine BD 2
  • Photon: The Idiot Adventures DVD
  • Project ARMS DVD
  • Riddle Story of Devil S.A.V.E. Edition Edition
  • Squid Girl Premium Edition Box Set BD/DVD
  • Yowamushi Pedal The Movie BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Absolute Duo Graphic Novel (GN) 2
  • Attack on Titan: Before the Fall GN 12
  • DAYS GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Drowning Love GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • The Full-Time Wife Escapist GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Giant Killing GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • House of the sun. GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • I Want to Hold Aono-kun so Badly I Could Die GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Kounodori: Dr. Stork GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Land of the Lustrous GN 12
  • Love and Lies GN 3
  • Love’s Reach GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Girl Site GN 4
  • My Boyfriend in Orange GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Night Beyond the Tricornered Window GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn GN 9
  • Peach Heaven GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Pitch-Black Ten GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Species Domain GN 4
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 3
  • Unmagical Girl GN 1
  • Witchcraft Works GN 10

Film Friday- Say ‘I love you’

Film Friday- Say ‘I love you’

An anime adaptation by Zexcs aired between October 6 and December 30, 2012; the anime is licensed by Sentai Filmworks. A live action film was released on July 12, 2014.

Anime

An anime adaptation by Zexcs began premiered on Tokyo MX October 6, 2012. The series was later aired on tvk, BS11 and AT-X. It was later licensed by Sentai Filmworks for release in North America. The opening song is “Friendship” by Ritsuko Okazaki and the ending theme is “Slow Dance” by Suneohair.

Film

The wraparound jacket band of the 11th volume of the manga announced in 2013 that a live action film was greenlit for release in 2014. The film was both directed and written by Asako Hyuga. Haruna Kawaguchi and Sota Fukushi were cast as Mei Tachibana and Yamato Kurosawa respectively. The film was released in Japan on July 12, 2014. Its main theme song is “Happily” by One Direction.

Characters

Mei Tachibana
Voiced by: Ai Kayano (Japanese); Caitlynn French (English)Live-action Actor: Haruna Kawaguchi

Since Mei used to be constantly bullied as a child and her classmates blamed her for an accident she never did, she decides to never befriend anyone again and all she needed to survive was herself. At first, she is viewed by others as “freakishly gloomy” and someone who “doesn’t speak” but in addition to being anti-social and clumsy, she is also observant, kind, honest, supportive, and funny . As she eventually falls in love with Yamato Kurosawa, she starts to believe that not everyone is selfish and finally begins to have true friends

Yamato Kurosawa
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese); Leraldo Anzaldua (English)Live-action Actor: Sota Fukushi

One of the most popular boys in his school. He was known for having kissed almost every girl in his school. When he first meets Mei, she kicks him. He then gives her his cellphone number. When a stalker harasses Mei, she calls Yamato for help and when he arrives, he kisses Mei to get the stalker to go away. Over time, Yamato falls in love with Mei and they start dating. He cares for Mei more than anything and her feelings matter the most to him. Asami describes Yamato as someone who thinks of others more than anyone else, protects what should be protected, and cares for others despite having his own problems to deal with. He even sleeps with Aiko because she was depressed. When it comes to his career choice, after encouragement from Mei, he decides to become a photographer, with help from Kitagawa.

Asami Oikawa
Voiced by: Risa Taneda (Japanese); Monica Rial (English)Live-action Actor: Rima Nishizaki

Mei’s classmate and friend who has complex feelings about her large chest. She hates it when people always stare at them and that no one seems to like her for who she is. She idolizes Yamato because he defended her from boys teasing her about her chest in middle school, and wishes for a prince of her own to protect her. She starts to date Kenji after he confesses he likes her for who she is, not just the size of her breasts.

Kenji Nakanishi
Voiced by: Nobunaga Shimazaki (Japanese); Greg Ayres (English)Live-action Actor: Tasuku Nagase

One of Mei’s classmates, and a good friend of Yamato’s. He is perverted and has a big crush on Asami. Using Mei’s help, He eventually confesses to her. The two become a couple.

Aiko Mutō
Voiced by: Yumi Uchiyama (Japanese); Carli Mosier (English) Live-action Actor Rika Adachi

A classmate of Yamato and Mei’s. She’s brazen and bad-mouthed, but has a nice and friendly side. She’s liked Yamato ever since he told her that her natural self was the prettiest, but he doesn’t reciprocate her feelings. She strongly believes that love requires self-sacrifice and effort, which prompts her to go to extreme lengths for her boyfriends, for example she used multiple cosmetics to look pretty despite breaking out for her old boyfriend. She lost 20 kg to try to get Yamato to become her boyfriend, but this caused her to have scars due to sudden weight loss. After Mei stands up for her, she learns to accept Mei as a friend and supports her through tough times. She ends up dating Masashi.

Masashi Tachikawa 
Voiced by: Junji Majima (Japanese); Clint Bickham (English)Live-action Actor: Ryosuke Yamamoto

Aiko’s lover and the only one she feels she can show her “entire” body to. He loved her even when she was fat.

Wednesday News- December 20, 2017

Wednesday News- December 20, 2017

News-

Celebrate 50 Years of Shonen Jump’s Best Theme Songs- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-12-19/celebrate-50-years-of-shonen-jump-best-theme-songs/.125456

First Impressions: Okami HD (PS4, PC)- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2017-12-18/first-impressions-okami-hd/.125446

Review: Kiddy Girl- AND Sub. Blu-Ray + DVD- The Complete Series- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/kiddy-girl-and/sub.blu-ray-dvd-the-complete-series/.125428

Shojo Beat Licenses Suu Morishita’s Shortcake Cake Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-12-19/shojo-beat-licenses-suu-morishita-shortcake-cake-manga/.125511

Anime-

  • Ai no Kusabi Unchained BD
  • Ai no Kusabi Unchained DVD
  • CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon Complete Series BD
  • Dragonar Academy BD/DVD S.A.V.E. Edition
  • The Familiar of Zero Complete Series BD
  • Hundred BD/DVD
  • Koyomimonogatari BD
  • March comes in like a lion Volume 1 BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Collector’s Ultra Edition BD
  • Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale BD
  • Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale DVD
  • Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale Limited Edition BD
  • To Love-Ru Complete Series BD

Manga-

  • Akame ga KILL! ZERO GN 6
  • All Out!! GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Angels of Deathtopia GN 7 (Digital Only)Death GN 1
  • Aoharu X Machinegun GN 8
  • Arpeggio of Blue Steel GN 12
  • Bungo Stray Dogs GN 5
  • Attack on Titan GN 23
  • Attack on Titan: No Regrets Complete Color Edition GN (Hardcover)
  • Captive Hearts Of Oz GN 3
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card GN 1
  • The Count Of Monte Cristo GN
  • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody GN 4
  • Deathtopia GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Dragon’s Rioting GN 9
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Flying Witch GN 4
  • Goblin Slayer! GN 1
  • Ghost in the Shell Deluxe Edition Manga Box Set (Hardcover)
  • Golden Kamuy GN 3
  • Graineliers GN 1
  • Happiness GN 6
  • High School DxD GN 10
  • How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend GN 8
  • Inuyashiki GN 10
  • Kagerou Daze GN 8
  • Kasane GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Kin-iro Mosaic GN 5
  • Living-Room Matsunaga-san GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Girl Apocalypse GN 13
  • Magical Girl Raising Project GN 1
  • The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan GN 11
  • My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected GN 7
  • No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! GN 11
  • Not Lives GN 7
  • Of the Red, the Light, and the Ayakashi GN 9
  • One Week Friends GN 1
  • The Prince’s Black Poison GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 2: A Week at the Mansion GN 4
  • Real Girl GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Rose Guns Days Season Three GN 2
  • Say I Love You. GN 18
  • School-Live! GN 9
  • Shiver GN (Hardcover)
  • A Silent Voice Manga Box Set
  • Smokin’ Parade GN 3
  • So I’m A Spider, So What? GN 1
  • Sweet Blue Flowers GN 2
  • Strike the Blood GN 9
  • Sword Art Online Calibur GN
  • A Terrified Teacher at Ghoul School GN 1
  • To Your Eternity GN 2
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 2
  • Tsuredure Children GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Umineko When They Cry Episode 7 GN 1
  • Until Your Bones Rot GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Yowamushi Pedal Omnibus GN 7

Other-

  • Accel World Novel 12
  • The Asterisk War Novel 5
  • Baccano! Novel 6 (Hardcover)
  • Chi’s Sweet Coloring Book
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! Novel 9
  • Goblin Slayer! Novel 4
  • The Irregular at Magic High School Novel 6
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Novel 10
  • Kingdom Hearts II Novel 2
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Novel 4
  • Monster Girl Doctor Novel 1
  • Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch Novel
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 10
  • Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers Novel 3
  • S:Es Novel (Hardcover)
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil Novel 1
  • Street Fighter: The Novel: Where Strength Lies
  • Sword Art Online Alicization Rising Novel 12
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Novel 1

Film Friday- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

Film Friday- JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure

A six-volume original video animation adaptation of the later half of the series’ third story arc was released from 1993 to 1994 by studio A.P.P.P., followed by another seven-volume series covering earlier parts of the arc from 2000 to 2002. A.P.P.P. also produced a theatrical film of the first arc in 2007. In 2012 an anime television series produced by David Production began broadcast on Tokyo MX and covered the first two-story arcs of the manga in 26 episodes. A second 48-episode season covering the third arc was broadcast in 2014 and 2015, and a 39 episode season adapting the fourth aired between April and December 2016.

Plot

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure tells the story of the Joestar family, a family whose various members discover they are destined to take down supernatural foes using unique powers that they possess. The manga is split up into 8 unique parts, each following the story of one member of the Joestar family, who inevitably has a name that can be abbreviated to the titular “JoJo”. The first six parts of the series take place within a single continuity, while parts 7 and 8 take place in an alternate continuity.

Part 1 Phantom Blood
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure volumes 1 to 5. In the 1880s in Great Britain, the young Jonathan Joestar meets his new adopted brother Dio Brando, who only wants to usurp Jonathan as heir to the Joestar family. However, his attempts are thwarted and he resorts to using an ancient Stone Mask which transforms him into a vampire. Jonathan, with Italian Hamon master Will A. Zeppeli and former street thug Robert E.O. Speedwagon at his side, must now find a way to stop Dio using his newly found affinity for the Ripple martial arts now that Dio’s sights are set on nothing less than world domination.
Part 2 Battle Tendency
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure volumes 5 to 12. In New York City in 1938, Joseph Joestar, grandson of Jonathan, who has a natural affinity for the Hamon technique, becomes entangled in his grandfather’s destiny when the Pillar Men, supernatural beings of impossible power, awaken after failed experiments by Nazi German special forces. Joseph ultimately teams up with Caesar Zeppeli, Will’s grandson, and Caesar’s teacher Lisa Lisa, a woman mysteriously tied to Joseph, to stop the Pillar Men from obtaining a mystical artifact in Lisa Lisa’s possession that will grant them complete immortality and bring about the end of the world at their hands, so long as Joseph can master the Hamon technique to beat the Pillar Men in a rematch for the antidotes to poisons they implanted in his body.
Part 3 Stardust Crusaders
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure volumes 12 to 28. In 1989, Jotaro Kujo, a Japanese high school student, places himself in jail because he believes he is possessed by an evil spirit. His mother Holly calls on her father Joseph Joestar to talk sense into Jotaro, and with the help of his ally the Egyptian fortune teller Mohammed Avdol, reveals that Jotaro has in fact developed a supernatural ability known as a Stand that has run through the family due to the revival of their ancestor’s foe Dio. After thwarting an assassination attempt by transfer student Noriaki Kakyoin who is under Dio’s thrall, Jotaro and Joseph discover that Holly is dying from her own Stand. Jotaro resolves to hunt down Dio, and Joseph leads him, Avdol, and Kakyoin to Egypt, using their Stands to battle more Stand-wielding assassins along the way, gaining allies in the French swordsman Jean Pierre Polnareff who wishes to avenge the death of his sister, and the stray dog Iggy, before 50 days elapse and Holly dies.
Part 4 Diamond Is Unbreakable
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure volumes 29 to 47. In the fictional Japanese town of Morioh in 1999, Jotaro arrives to reveal to Josuke Higashikata that he is the illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar and to warn him that Morioh is beginning to be filled with Stand users due to a mystical Bow and Arrow that bestows Stands on those struck by the arrowheads. After Josuke takes revenge on a Stand user who killed his grandfather, he agrees to help Jotaro hunt down the holder of the Bow and Arrow, gaining allies in Josuke’s friend Koichi Hirose, who is hit by the arrow, Okuyasu Nijimura, whose brother was using the Arrow until it was stolen from him, the famous manga artist Rohan Kishibe, and even his estranged father Joseph Joestar. Along the way, the group deals with the various new Stand users throughout Morioh, including several of Josuke, Koichi, and Okuyasu’s classmates, until the death of one of their friends leads to the discovery that one of the new Stand users is the serial killer, Yoshikage Kira.
Part 5 Vento Aureo
Le Bizzarre Avventure di GioGio volumes 47 to 63. In 2001, Koichi Hirose is sent by Jotaro to Naples to investigate Giorno Giovanna, whom Jotaro has discovered is Dio’s son fathered before his defeat in Cairo 12 years earlier, to see if the boy has a Stand and if he is evil. Koichi ultimately discovers the boy’s Stand and his pure goals for reforming the mafia from the inside out, and Jotaro lets him live his life. Giorno ultimately joins a squad of Passione, a Stand-using mafia, led by Bruno Bucciarati, who leads Giorno, Leone Abbacchio, Guido Mista, Narancia Ghirga, and Pannacotta Fugo on a mission to Capri to retrieve his former superior’s riches, being attacked by rival mafioso along the way, and then are tasked by Passione’s boss to escort his daughter Trish Una throughout Italy and protect her from others in the gang who wish to use her to find out his identity.
Part 6 Stone Ocean
Stone Ocean volumes 1 to 17 (JoJo volumes 64 to 80). In 2011 near Port St. Lucie, Florida, Jolyne Cujoh is arrested and sent to the Green Dolphin St. Prison for murder. Her estranged father Jotaro visits her and reveals that she has been set up in order for one of Dio’s disciples to kill her within the prison. After revealing that a gift he gave her has awoken her latent Stand powers to protect her, he is attacked, and his Stand is stolen from him by the prison chaplain Enrico Pucci, Dio’s disciple. Jolyne works with fellow inmate Ermes Costello, who has also had a Stand awoken in her, to retrieve her father’s Stand, gaining allies in the boy Emporio Alniño, other inmates Narciso Anasui and Weather Report, and the sentient Stand-using plankton Foo Fighters to save her father and stop Pucci before he can use his Stand to recreate the universe in Dio’s image.
Part 7 Steel Ball Run
Steel Ball Run volumes 1 to 24 (JoJo volumes 81 to 104). In an alternate timeline in 1890, Gyro Zeppeli travels to the United States to take part in a cross-country horse race known as the Steel Ball Run. His skill in a mystical martial art known as Spin, which he controls with steel balls, garners the interest of former jockey turned paraplegic Johnny Joestar, particularly after a Spin-infused ball briefly restores Johnny’s ability to walk. Johnny travels with Gyro on the race to learn the art of Spin from him in hopes he can be cured, but they soon discover that the race is a ploy set up by Funny Valentine, the President of the United States, to search the country for the scattered parts of a holy corpse that imbue their holders with a Stand, so the President can use the entire corpse to his own patriotic ends, even if it means the disruption of other dimensions with his Stand’s ability. Gyro and Johnny work together, along with fellow racers Mountain Tim and Hot Pants and race organizer Stephen Steel and his wife Lucy, to stop the President from his plans, as they threaten the very world, all while dealing with Valentine’s hired assassins in the race, including the charismatic racer Diego Brando.
Part 8 JoJolion
JoJolion is currently being published, beginning with the 105th overall volume of JoJo. In 2012, in the same universe as Steel Ball Run, the town of Morioh has been devastated by the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, which has caused mysterious faults colloquially known as the “Wall Eyes” to appear in town. Local college student Yasuho Hirose is near one of the Wall Eyes when she discovers a young man buried in the rubble, and a strange bite mark on him. She nicknames him “Josuke”, as he cannot remember his own name, and after following a lead that he may be “Yoshikage Kira”, an attack by a Stand user leads them to find the real Yoshikage Kira’s corpse. Josuke is put in the care of the Higashikata family, whose patriarch Norisuke IV seems to know more about Josuke than he initially lets on, but Josuke himself discovers that the Higashikata family and Yoshikage Kira’s family are linked due to Johnny Joestar’s marriage to Rina Higashikata in the late 19th century. Josuke and Yasuho ultimately discover that Josuke is in fact Yoshikage Kira, mysteriously fused with another person, and Yoshikage Kira possessed the knowledge to cure a curse that has plagued the Higashikata family for centuries. Norisuke IV wants that knowledge back to save his grandchild from the same fate he and his family has suffered, but a mysterious race of rock men and Norisuke IV’s own son Jobin seem to be conspiring against them to both prevent Josuke from regaining his memories and from lifting the curse on the Higashikata family.