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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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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.

Film Friday- One Punch Man

Film Friday- One Punch Man

An anime television adaptation by Madhouse aired in Japan between October and December 2015. It was dubbed in English during the summer of 2016, and later that year a planned second season was announced.

An anime adaptation was announced in the 15th issue of Weekly Young Jump on March 10, 2015. The series’ first season was directed by Shingo Natsume at Madhouse and written by Tomohiro Suzuki. The series also features character designs by Chikashi Kubota, who also serves as chief animation director, music by Makoto Miyazaki and art design by Shigemi Ikeda and Yukiko Maruyama. Ken Hashimoto serves as the series color key artist, Akane Fushihara is the director of photography and Kashiko Kimura serves as the series editor, and Shoji Hata does sound design. The opening theme song is “The Hero!! ~Ikareru Ken ni Honō o Tsukero~” (THE HERO!! ~怒れる拳に火をつけろ~, “The Hero!! Set Fire to the Furious Fist”) by JAM Project, and the closing theme is “Hoshi Yori Saki ni Mitsukete Ageru” (星より先に見つけてあげる, “I’ll Find It Before the Stars for You”) by Hiroko Moriguchi.

One-Punch Man‘s first season aired in Japan between October 5, 2015 and December 21, 2015 on TV Tokyo, airing at later dates on TVO, TVQ, KBS, BS Japan, and AT-X, and ran for 12 episodes. The season streamed on Niconico and was simulcast on Hulu, Daisuki, and Viz Media’s Neon Alley service. A preview screening was held in the Saitama City Cultural Center on September 6, 2015. The series is licensed by Viz Media in North America, and by Kaze UK in the United Kingdom. An original video animation was released with the tenth manga volume on December 4, 2015. Additional OVA episodes are included with Blu-ray Disc & DVD volumes of the season, the first of which was released on December 24, 2015. Murata announced in the last weeks of the first season’s airing schedule that he was working on making a second season a reality, but had not confirmed it was in development as of December 2015. A second season was later confirmed in September 2016 and is currently in production. Viz Media announced that they were working on an English-language dub of One-Punch Man at Anime Boston 2016. On July 1 of the same year, It was announced during Toonami’s Anime Expo panel that the series would begin airing on July 16, 2016.

Saitama

The title character is a bald-headed 25-year-old man who has been bored of fighting because he is easily able to defeat enemies with a single punch. He lives in an apartment in City Z. Three years prior to the start of the series (and when he had hair) he was applying for jobs as a salaryman, where he defeats a crab-like monster that attempted to kill a child. He says he became a hero for the fun of it. Saitama’s abilities consist of superhuman speed, strength, stamina, and durability, which he attributes to a daily training regimen of 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, 100 squats and a 10 km run, eating right, and not using the air conditioner or heater to reinforce his mental fortitude. He enters the Hero Association at the lowest C-class tier and rank due to his miserable performance on the written exam and essay, but had broken all the records on the physical portion of the test. He soon advances from doing superheroic deeds, although many of his efforts are not fully recognized because of collateral damage or because he was working with other higher-tiered superheroes. He does not mind letting others have the credit though as demonstrated in his actions following the fight against the Deep Sea King. In the Dark Matter Thieves story arc, he is not bothered by the telekinesis user that throws rocks against him, and has one of the times where he has used his “serious punch”. He becomes friends with S-Class members Bang and King. He knows that King is physically not a superhero, but encourages King to continue projecting his public image of being one; he also visits King’s place and plays video games with him. His superhero name in the association is Bald Cape.

Genos

Genos is a 19-year-old cyborg who becomes Saitama’s disciple after bearing witness to Saitama’s easy victory over Mosquito Girl. Four years prior to the start of the story line, his family was killed by a rampaging cyborg. Genos was nearly killed in the attack and his body was destroyed so, to keep him alive to stop the rampaging cyborg for justice, a scientist named Dr. Kuseno took Genos in and modified his body to make him a cyborg with destructive capabilities. However, Genos remains steadfastly convinced that justice demanded vengeance against and destruction of the cyborg. His perfect score on the entrance exam for the Hero Association places him in S-Class, but he still considers Saitama to be his master and goes with him whenever he is not summoned to other missions. He lives with Saitama after offering a sizable down payment for his share of the rent. His superhero name in the Hero Association is Demon Cyborg

Film Friday- Super Gals!

Film Friday- Super Gals!

An anime adaptation produced by Studio Pierrot entitled Super Gals! Kotobuki Ran aired in Japan on TV Tokyo between April 1, 2001 and March 31, 2002, running a length of 52 episodes. The series aired on Sundays from 8:30 to 9:00, and the timeslot was taken over by another TV anime entitled Ultra Lightining Express Hikarian after this anime finished. Episodes 1-26 had been licensed and dubbed for North American distribution by ADV Films under the name Super Gals! and was distributed on DVD from 2003 to 2004. The Right Stuf International announced at Anime Expo 2006 that they had licensed all the episodes, including 27-52 and released a subtitled boxset containing the remaining 26 episodes on January 16, 2007. A box set containing all 52 episodes was also released in 2010

Characters

Ran Kotobuki 
Ran Kotobuki is the title character of the series and its main protagonist. She is a very strong-willed, athletic, and attractive gal who rules the streets of Shibuya. Although she comes from a long line of police officers, she is ditzy and absent-minded when it comes to school and the only subject she gets good grades on is physical education and her poorest subjects are mathematics and literature. When she was in elementary school, she was enthusiastic about becoming a police officer, but quit the ambition after learning that she won’t be able to dye her hair or wear her favorite accessories. She is usually obsessed with anything that is trendy or catches her eye, usually brown-nosing guys who find her cute to buy them, and is also quite gluttonous. But inside her heart, she has a strong sense of justice that runs in her blood and is extremely intimidating and tough when she’s in combat mode. She is a role model to the junior students at Hounan High for her social status as a magnificent gal for justice and her very understanding nature for teens who are learning to cope, but some who looked upon her with jealousy and anger. Despite being an underachiever, Ran is very smart and has a good memory on what she is interested in (such as shopping). There is a running gag in the manga that some of her friends say that if only she used that (memory, concentration, etc.) on studying, she’d get somewhere in life. She also has a foreign friend, Vivian Lin, a Taiwanese celebrity who looks amazingly like her, whom she met during a school trip to Taiwan (only shown in two stories of the manga). Ran wishes that she has soft hair, but according to Rui Otahata, Rei Otohata’s cousin, her hair is damaged and dry due to the amount of bleach she pours on it.
Miyu Yamazaki 
Miyu is an independent, headstrong, and very kind-hearted classmate of Ran and one of her closest friends. However, behind her romantic and cute cover lies a dark past. When she was in third grade, her parents divorced (her father is currently remarried) and she lived with her mother, who paid more attention to looking for a new man rather than to see Miyu grow up (she despised Miyu because she reminded her of her divorced husband). She once was the leader of a street gang called the “Resistance”, often wreaking mayhem and irritation during middle school and had a rough-mannered and threatening personality that Ran despised. One day, Yamato (by then a rookie cop) saved her from a tough situation, and his dedication to helping with Miyu’s problems made her fall in love with him. Because of that, she left the life of crime and became a much more polite girl after Yamato told her his wish for her to be good and eventually became great friends with Ran. However, she remains an incredible fighter and can get back to her previous violent self when someone completely upsets her and when she becomes uncharacteristically furious. In conversation, she has a habit of referring to herself in the third person, though occasionally uses first person in more serious situations. Ran often remarks how Miyu is “lovey-dovey” with Yamato and there is a running gag on both series when they are interrupted when they are trying to kiss, usually by Ran. When her mom eventually moved out, she moved into a new apartment and married Yamato in Hawaii in the manga.
Aya Hoshino 
Aya is one of the top students in Ran’s class, but she was secretly doing enjo kōsai to earn money according to the first chapter/episode, since her parents were very strict about her being in number one in academics and wouldn’t let her do any part-time jobs or go out. Ran found out and confronted her about it, fortunately making her realize that she was doing the wrong thing before Aya could actually “do it” with somebody. Since then, Aya became good friends with Ran and Miyu. She is a shy but honest and studious individual who enjoys academics while also longing for excitement every now and then, which is thankfully provided by Ran. Aya strengthens and changes during course of the series. She’s usually a crybaby when it comes to sad or happy moments, but she grows braver and learns to stand on her own.
Rei Otohata 
Rei Otohata is a student at Meisho Daichi High School (Champion High School in ADV’s dub). He is also known as “#1”, because he was featured in a magazine as being the coolest and most handsome teenage guy in the area. He rides a motorcycle and is good friends with Yuya. He has a cold and detached demeanor, and is constantly annoyed by Ran. He has trouble expressing his feelings towards others.
Yuya Aso 
Yuya is also a student at Meisho Daichi High School, and he is known as “#2” or “Second Place”, as he was the runner-up to Rei in a popularity magazine poll. He and Rei are friends. Early in the series, he develops a crush on Ran, even role-playing what it would be nice to date her, but Ran is oblivious to the fact. The crush gets worse when Tatsuki joins in and confesses successfully to Ran. As time passes, he helps Mami Honda out to the point that Mami starts falling for him, even though he still has a crush on Ran. Near the end of the series, he gets over Ran, and ends up dating Mami.
Tatsuki Kuroi 
Tatsuki Kuroi (also nicknamed Tatsukichi) is a wild and kind student at Machida West High School, and he calls himself “the parapara king of Machida” (also known as “Machida Black”, since the “kuro” in his last name means “black”). In the manga he is also called Blackwell (the literal translation of his surname). He is often nicknamed “Monkey Boy” since his personality is very similar to that of a monkey. He becomes Ran’s boyfriend, although she studiously avoids anything remotely approaching intimacy other than hugging or holding hands. thus calming him. He likes to use English words and phrases in his conversations. Sometimes he says a phrase in English then he will say then same phrase in Japanese, or he will say a phrase that the first part is in Japanese, and then the second part in English, and then he will say the same phrase again, but switch what is in Japanese and what is in English (example: “Black nichiyōbi“, “Black Sunday”, and then “Kuroi Sunday”). He also likes to call Yuya “brother” in English.

Film Friday- Hunter x Hunter

Film Friday- Hunter x Hunter

In 1999, Hunter × Hunter was adapted into a 62-episode anime television series produced by Nippon Animation and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi. The show premiered on Japan’s Fuji TV and ran until 2001. Three separate original video animations (OVAs) totaling 30 episodes were subsequently produced by Nippon Animation and released in Japan from 2002 to 2004. A second anime television series by Madhouse aired on Nippon Television from October 2011 to September 2014, with two animated theatrical films released in 2013. There are also numerous audio albums, video games, musicals, and other media based on Hunter × Hunter. The manga has been translated into English and released in North America by Viz Media since April 2005. Both television series were also licensed by Viz, with the first series having aired on the Funimation Channel in 2009 and the second series premiering on Adult Swim’s Toonami block since April 16, 2016.

Anime

First series (1999)

The first Hunter × Hunter anime adaptation was produced by the company Nippon Animation and directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi, who had previously directed the Rurouni Kenshin television series. A total of 62 episodes of Hunter × Hunter were broadcast on the Japanese terrestrial television network Fuji Television from October 16, 1999 to March 31, 2001 during the same Saturday evening timeslot as the anime version of Togashi’s previous series YuYu Hakusho. Additionally, Hunter × Hunter has aired on the satellite television station Animax. Although it closely follows the manga, the violence in the anime version is lessened for younger audiences. Marvelous Entertainment has released all episodes of the series in Japan on DVD in 13 separate volumes between September 20, 2000 and September 19, 2001.

Viz Media licensed the Hunter × Hunter anime for distribution in the Region 1 market, with English voice-work handled by The Ocean Group at Blue Water Studios in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The series was released on four DVD boxed sets from December 9, 2008 to December 1, 2009. Starting with the second set, Viz partnered with Warner Home Video to distribute the DVDs. Hunter × Hunter began airing in the United States on the Funimation Channel in the spring of 2009.

Original video animations

When the Hunter × Hunter anime covered most of its source material by 2001, Nippon Animation made the decision to end the adaptation rather than continue it with filler. Due to fans’ unsatisfied reactions to the conclusion of the television series, three subsequent OVAs were produced by Nippon Animation. These carried the plot from where the broadcast left off during the Yorknew City arc and covered the Greed Island arc. The first OVA series was directed by Satoshi Saga and ran for eight episodes in four released volumes from January 17 to April 17, 2002. The second OVA series, Hunter × Hunter: Greed Island, was directed by Yukihiro Matsushita and ran for eight episodes in four released volumes from February 19 to May 21, 2003. The third OVA series, Hunter × Hunter: G.I. Final, was directed by Makoto Sato and ran for 14 episodes in seven released volumes from March 3 to August 18, 2004. After the original anime’s initial run on Animax, the OVAs were aired successively. Viz has shown no intention of releasing English versions of the OVAs.

Second series (2011)

A new Hunter × Hunter anime adaptation was announced in July 2011. Instead of continuing the story from the OVA series, it restarts the story from the beginning of the manga in an attempt to adapt it more accurately. The series is directed by Hiroshi Kōjina, produced by Madhouse, scripted by Jun Maekawa, and character designs were created by Takahiro Yoshimatsu. The series began airing Sunday mornings on Nippon Television starting October 2, 2011. It switched to airing at 1:29 am on Tuesday nights from October 8, 2013 onwards. The series ended on September 23, 2014 after 148 episodes. An hour after each episode aired in Japan, American website Crunchyroll provided English subtitled simulcasts in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. The series started airing on Animax Asia on April 24 2012. On October 9, 2015, Viz Media announced their license to the reboot anime at their panel at New York Comic Con. They will release the anime on DVD/Blu-ray with an English dub. On April 1, 2016, it was announced that the series will premiere on Adult Swim’s Toonami block, which began airing on April 16, 2016.

Films

Before the first anime television series was created, a short film adaptation of Hunter × Hunter was shown as part of the 1998 “Jump Super Anime Tour” alongside similar adaptations of Seikimatsu Leader den Takeshi! and One Piece. Produced by Studio Pierrot and directed by Noriyuki Abe, it depicts the early events of the manga up to Gon’s ocean voyage from Whale Island.

A film adaptation by the second television anime’s staff called Hunter × Hunter: Phantom Rouge, featuring an original story, was announced in March 2012. It was released on January 12, 2013 by Toho. It centers around Gon and his friends efforts to retrieve Kurapika’s eyes which were stolen by Omokage, the original person with the No. 4 spider tattoo. The film is based on an unpublished story manga creator Yoshihiro Togashi wrote around 10 years before.

A second film was announced following the first one’s debut titled Hunter × Hunter: The Last Mission. The film has some focus on Netero, the chairman of the Hunter Association as Gon and his friends discover the dark secrets behind his past. The movie was released on December 27, 2013. The DVD and Blu-ray was released on July 23, 2014.

Plot

The story follows a young boy named Gon Freecss, who was told all his life that both his parents were dead. But when he learns from Kite, an apprentice of his father Ging Freecss, that he is still alive and has since become an accomplished Hunter, Gon leaves his home on Whale Island (くじら島 Kujira Tō) to take the Hunter Examination in order to become a Hunter like him. During the exam, Gon meets and soon befriends three of the other applicants: Kurapika, the last remaining member of the Kurta clan who wishes to become a Hunter in order to avenge his clan and recover their scarlet-glowing eyes that were plucked from their corpses by a band of thieves known as the Phantom Troupe. Leorio, a prospective physician who, in order to pay for medical school, desires the financial benefits that Hunters receive. And Killua Zoldyck, another twelve-year-old boy who has left his former life as a member of the world’s most notorious assassin family. Among many other examinees, Gon continuously encounters Hisoka, a mysterious and deadly transmuter who takes an interest in him. After passing by many trials together, Gon and his friends end up passing the exam except for Killua, who fails after killing another applicant due to being controlled by his brother, Illumi, and runs away to his family’s estate in shame.

After Gon and the others convince Killua to rejoin their side, Leorio and Kurapika depart temporarily for their own personal reasons, while Gon and Killua set for the Heavens Arena (天空闘技場 Tenkū Tōgijō), a skyscraper where thousands of martial artists compete daily in fighting tournaments, seeking to improve themselves, and gain monetary rewards. There they meet a kung fu master named Wing, who trains them in utilizing Nen, a Qi-like life energy used by its practicers to manifest parapsychological abilities, and is also considered to be the final requirement to pass the Hunter Exam. Sometime later, Gon and his friends reunite again in Yorknew City (ヨークシンシティ Yōkushin Shiti) where they have a clash with the Phantom Troupe. In the occasion, some of the members of the band of thieves are killed by Kurapika and he is forced to give up the chance of hunting down the rest. In order to rescue Gon and Killua, who were captured by them, but not without succeeding in sealing the powers of their leader Chrollo Lucilfer.

A few days later, Gon and Killua achieve their objective and begin playing Greed Island, an extremely rare and expensive video game with Nen-like properties following some clues about Ging’s whereabouts. While exploring the game, it is revealed that its scenario is actually set somewhere in the real world, created with Nen by none other than Ging himself. Outclassed by the difficulty of the challenges in the game at first, they are soon joined and trained by Biscuit Krueger, an experienced teacher of Nen and kung fu master. During their stay on Greed Island, Killua takes a short break to apply for the Hunter Examination again, this time passes with success. The trio then complete the game together against all odds and Gon obtains the right to choose the artifacts from the game necessary to reunite with his father.

However, Gon decides to have Killua accompany him to meet his father using the aritfacts, but they send them to meet Kite instead. The duo then decide to help with Kite’s research, and upon discovering a giant insect limb the group discovers that it came from a man-sized Chimera Ant queen. An insect that devours other creatures and then gives birth to progeny that inherit the characteristics of the different species it has eaten. The queen washes up onto an island nation called the Neo-Green Life (N.G.L.) Autonomous Region, where she quickly develops a taste for humans and builds a colony powerful enough to overcome the population, specially when its offspring learn the power of Nen after consuming some Hunters. Upon facing the Chimera Ants, Kite sacrifices himself to allow Gon and Killua to flee and alert the Hunter Association. After months of preparation, the Association sends a team of some of their most powerful Hunters, including Netero, the president of the Association himself to defeat the Ants and their king Meruem, whose subjects secretly overthrew the government of the nearby Republic of East Gorteau as part of their plan of subduing all of mankind. Despite losing to Meruem in combat, Netero ends up killing him with a bomb implanted in his body that poisons him to death soon after. In the occasion, Gon has a showdown with Neferpitou, the Ant who killed Kite and despite having exacted his revenge is hospitalized and in critical condition.

After the Chimera Ant incident is resolved, the Hunter Association’s top echelons the Zodiacs, from which Ging is a member, begin the process of choosing Netero’s replacement as Chairman, while Killua returns home to ask for his younger sister Alluka to save Gon’s life. However, his family is unwilling to risk losing Alluka or having her dangerous powers used against them, but after evading his older brother Illumi’s attempts to intercept him, Killua manages to bring Alluka to Gon’s side and have him fully recovered, before sealing her powers completely to ensure that she can have a normal life. Killua then parts ways with Gon, as he wants to travel the world with Alluka who had never seen the outside world before, while Gon himself finally meets his father and learns the true nature of his quest.

Some time later, Netero’s son Beyond assembles an expedition to the Dark Continent (暗黒大陸 Ankoku Tairiku). The forbidden, vast area outside of the known world that is sponsored by the Kingdom of Kakin. Fearing that the expedition may bring disaster to the world, just like it occurred in previous attempts, the world’s five greatest powers accept that Kakin join their ranks in exchange for full authority over its findings. To accompany Beyond and prevent him from doing something unexpected, the Zodiacs decide to watch over him and invite Kurapika and Leorio to join them. Replacing Ging and the former Vice-Chairman Pariston, who assembled their own team by Beyond’s request.

Film Friday- Aria the Animation

Film Friday- Aria the Animation

The series has been adapted as an anime television series, with a first season broadcast in 2005, a second season in 2006, an OVA released September 2007, and a third season in 2008 that ended around the same time as the manga serialization.

The anime is licensed in North America by The Right Stuf International, which released all three seasons a box sets under its Nozomi Entertainment imprint between 30 September 2008 and 2 March 2010.

The series is set in the 24th century on a terraformed Mars, now named Aqua, and follows a young woman named Akari Mizunashi as she trains as an apprentice gondolier (known as Undines). The series has been praised for its calm pacing, optimistic worldview, beautiful art, and, for the anime, the quality of the soundtrack. A new OVA, called Aria the Avvenire, was released in the 10th anniversary Blu-Ray Box sets of the anime series between 24 December 2015 and 24 June 2016.

Characters

Akari Mizunashi  
Voiced by: Erino Hazuki
A native of Japan on Manhome (Earth) who immigrates to Aqua when she is 15 to become an undine. While not as skillful at rowing a gondola as Alice nor as familiar with the history of her adopted city as Aika, Akari makes friends quickly and easily converses with customers and other strangers. She is depicted as optimistic and cheerful, finding enjoyment in things or events that others think humdrum and mundane, for which Aika and Alice call her “mysterious”; in the anime, Aika and Alice separately comment that Akari seems to attract mysterious phenomena to her. Akari often says Hohe or Hahi, which is her short version of “wow.” When Akari used gondola simulations on Manhome, she accidentally learned how to row backwards and has to relearn the proper method when she starts at Aria Company; however, as Alicia puts it, “When rowing backward, Akari-chan is unrivaled!”
Most chapters of the manga and episodes of the anime are framed with narration taken from e-mails written by Akari. In the anime, the recipient is a young girl named Ai, a customer in the first episode who becomes Akari’s pen pal, but in the manga the recipient is someone she does not name and is referred to as zenryaku but has never seen.
At the start of Aqua, Akari arrives on Aqua as a new Pair (apprentice) at Aria Company. In chapter 5 of Aqua, when Aika is promoted to Single (journeyman), Alicia tests and promotes Akari as well. Later, in chapter 58 of Aria and episode 12 of Aria the Origination, after Aika is promoted to Prima (full undine), Alicia gives Akari the test for Prima. When Akari passes, she is given the title “Aquamarine” (遙かなる蒼 Harukanaru Ao, lit. “Distant Blue”).
Alicia Florence 
Voiced by: Sayaka Ohara
The only other undine with Aria Company, Alicia is one of the Three Water Fairies of Neo-Venezia, known by the title “Snow White”. At the start of the series, she is 19 years old and the most popular undine in the city, noted especially for her graceful rowing style. She was promoted to Prima at 15, the youngest ever to do so. Like Akari, she is relaxed and easy-going, but she also likes to tease others, especially her childhood friend Akira. Her favorite phrase is ara ara (“Well Well”) and she frequently giggles, to Akira’s annoyance. According to Grandma Akino, she is an excellent undine because of her ability to enjoy everything.
At the end of the series, Alicia announces her upcoming marriage (though to whom is never stated) and retirement to take an administrative position with the Gondola Association. She tells Akari she had put off her Prima exam because she had been planning to retire after that, and did not want to leave her student and friend. According to issue No. 6 of Monthly Undine, after her retirement, “Snow White” is designated the 8th “honored appellation” by the Gondola Association, as an undine who made great contributions to the industry.
Aika S. Granzchesta
Voiced by: Chiwa Saitō
The first friend Akari makes on Aqua, Aika is 16 when they meet. Aika is a Pair and then Single at Himeya Company. She is the only daughter and heir of Himeya Company’s owners, but does not enjoy the distinction as she feels the company’s employees fawned on her too much. Aika speaks bluntly and often responds to Akari’s idealistic comments with “Embarrassing remarks are not allowed!”. Despite their contrasting personalities, she gets along well with Akari and Alice, but frequently squabbles with her mentor, Akira, whom she resembles. Aika considers herself reliable, especially compared to distractible Akari and antisocial Alice, but both her friends call her a crybaby for her tendency to tear up when emotional. She is proud of her gondola skill as an undine, and can be very competitive about it. She also greatly admires Alicia, and finds any excuse to visit Aria Company—and once tells Akari that if not for her family obligations, she would have joined Aria Company. Over the course of the series, Aika develops feelings for Al.
In chapter 58, Aika becomes a Prima, taking the title “Rosen Queen”. She takes charge of a newly opened Himeya branch office, in preparation for one day taking on the whole company.
Akira E. Ferrari 
Voiced by: Junko Minagawa
One of Neo-Venezia’s Three Water Fairies, and a native of Aqua. As a Prima undine, Akira is called the “Crimson Rose” (真紅の薔薇 Shinku no Bara) and is famed for her conversational skills. She has many admirers among her customers, especially her female ones, but she considers herself very feminine. In flashbacks, Akira is shown as very tomboyish when young, to the point of using a male pronoun for “I”and being mistaken for a boy by Akatsuki. Akira is mentor to Aika, who calls her the Demon Instructor for her strictness and her loud, brusque personality. Akira is particularly harsh with Aika because she believes there is potential in her, and Aika admits that it is only due to Akira’s strictness and honesty that she has become a good undine.
Akira and Alicia are childhood friends, and their relationship mirrors Aika and Akari’s, though Alicia teases Akira far more than Akari does Aika. Akira still resents that Alicia became a Prima before her. Upon Alicia’s retirement at the end of the series, Akira becomes the undisputed top undine in Neo-Venezia.
Alice Carroll 
Voiced by: Ryō Hirohashi
Alice is a 14-year-old undine for Orange Planet. She first appears (in volume 3 of Aria/episode 3 of Aria the Animation) as a standoffish, detached girl. Aika later describes her as anti-social and complains about her tendency to put on a grim face and speak in a quiet voice. Alice speaks in a deadpan manner, though she frequently uses dekkai as an intensifier. Although initially only a Pair, her rowing already surpasses both Aika and Akari’s—for which skill she was scouted by Orange Planet despite her young age. Despite working for rival companies, Alice, Akari, and Aika often practice together, and Alice sincerely enjoys the others’ company, though this does not stop her from telling them to be quiet when they argue. Because of her age and lower status, Aika often addresses her as “kōhai-chan”. Through her friendship with Akari and Aika, Alice lightens up as the series progresses, though she still struggles with her detachment.
For a long time, Alice was not confident in her singing skills, until Athena advises her simply enjoy what she sings and not worry about her performance. In volume 11 of Aria, after Alice graduates from middle school, she is promoted to Prima straight from Pair, the first undine to do so, and is given the title “Orange Princess”. Her name comes from Lewis Carroll, author of Alice in Wonderland.
Athena Glory
Voiced by: Tomoko Kawakami
One of Neo-Venezia’s Three Water Fairies, known by the title “Siren” for her beautiful singing voice. She is Alice’s mentor at Orange Planet. She is quiet most of the time and often appears to be an airhead who does not pay attention to her surroundings (in the anime, she is shown more than once forgetting to duck while rowing under a bridge), but she genuinely cares about Alice. Athena has a strange laugh that comes out sounding as though she is angry. She was a trainee undine with Alicia and Akira, and joined them in joint practice sessions much like Akari, Aika, and Alice do now. At the conclusion of the series, Athena semi-retires from being an undine in order to debut as an opera singer.