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Film Friday- Mahoromatic

Film Friday- Mahoromatic

The manga proved popular, and was adapted into two anime series jointly by Gainax and Shaft: “Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden” and “Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful”.
The first series consisted of twelve episodes and ran from September 10, 2001 to January 28, 2002 on BS-i in Japan, and more or less followed the manga to the third volume.
The second series also followed the manga, culminating in the story’s end. This series ran from September 26, 2002 till January 16, 2003.
A television special, “Mahoromatic: Summer TV Special”, set in the days when Minawa had become a regular part of the household, was produced and aired around Summer 2003.
A two episode special entitled Mahoromatic: Tadaima Okaeri was announced on August 22, 2009. It aired on October 17 and October 24, 2009. It takes place during the second series, on days 270-268 of Mahoro’s life timer.
Originally the anime was licensed by Pioneer Entertainment (later Geneon Entertainment). As of October 2008, ADV Films had announced that they had regained licenses to both Mahoromatic, and Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful, through its new Japanese licensor Sentai Filmworks. Currently, the anime is now distributed by Sentai Filmworks (however, the Ep00 Special and Year End Special are absent). They also recently acquired the Mahoromatic: I’m Home special, with the English dub to be produced at Bang Zoom! Entertainment.
Mahoromatic including both seasons and the summer special is currently available through The Anime Network’s free video on demand service, found on many cable systems and DirecTV.

Mahoromatic: End of Year Special

Shown after Episode 10. These feature a refresher of all the events so far along with new conversations and discussions between characters. Both seasons one and two have this special.

Mahoromatic: Summer Special

Released after the second season, this episode takes place during the second season and revolves around the issue of Suguru’s ecchi no hon (dirty books). The Summer Special is the only special to be aired in the U.S.

Mahoromatic おかえり (Tadaima Okaeri—I’m Home)

Takes place during the second season between episodes 2 and 3, on days 270–268 of Mahoro’s life timer. Mahoro and Suguru, along with Suguru’s classmates, are preparing for a Hiryu town festival, when Feldlance attacks in an attempt to capture Minawa

Endings

Anime’s ending

The finale is set on a Saint-Earth colony world, 20 years after Mahoro’s “death” and the mutual defeat of Vesper and Management. Suguru left Japan, deciding never to return, and is now a renegade half-cyborg hunter of the last “Management holdouts.” He has only memories of Earth, and a sole companion who tries to kill him for the bounty on his head.

As Suguru is in critical condition, Mahoro reappears alive, asking to take him home.

Manga’s ending

The ending is set on Earth, 20 years after Mahoro’s death and the defeat of Management. Suguru has been working as a commander within Vesper, and has just returned to Earth from the final defeat of Management’s last vestiges.

Unbeknownst to Suguru, Mahoro was reborn as a baby shortly after her death as an android. She has grown up, and remembers Suguru. When Suguru returns from Vesper headquarters expecting to find an empty house, she is there waiting for him.

 

Film Friday- Captain Harlock

Film Friday- Captain Harlock

Captain Harlock  is a fictional character created by manga artist Leiji Matsumoto and the protagonist of the Space Pirate Captain Harlock manga series.

Harlock is the archetypical Romantic hero, a space pirate with an individualist philosophy of life. He is as noble as he is taciturn, rebellious, stoically fighting against totalitarian regimes, whether they be earth-born or alien. In his own words, he “fight[s] for no one’s sake… only for something deep in [his] heart.” He does not fear death, and is sometimes seen wearing clothing with the number 42 on it. In Japanese culture, the number 42 is associated with death (the numbers, pronounced separately as “four two,” sound like the word “shini”—meaning “dying/death”).

The character was created by Leiji Matsumoto in 1977 and popularized in the 1978 television series Space Pirate Captain Harlock. Since then, the character has appeared in numerous animated television series and films, the latest of which is 2013’s Space Pirate Captain Harlock.

History

Though there are slight variations in each telling of Harlock’s story, the essentials remain the same. Matsumoto presents a future (2977 AD) in which the Earth has achieved a vast starfaring civilization, but is slowly and steadily succumbing to ennui or despair, often due to defeat and subjugation by a foreign invader. Rising against the general apathy, Harlock denies defeat and leads an outlaw crew aboard his starship Arcadia to undertake daring raids against Earth’s oppressors. Even though they have defeated Earth and devastated its peoples, the invaders are often presented in a sympathetic light, being shown as having some justification for their actions.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock (1978 TV series)

In Space Pirate Captain Harlock, the Captain’s crew included the mysterious, alcohol-imbibing alien woman Miime, a robot, and a drunken doctor. The series presented a story arc in which a huge black metal sphere strikes Tokyo and ancient Mayan legends appear to be walking the Earth again. The invaders turn out to be the Mazone, a race of plant-based women who explored Earth in the mythic past and are now back to reclaim it. Only Harlock and his mismatched crew are brave and capable enough to face the enemy.

Captain Harlock – Mystery of the Arcadia

This 1978 short film is ostensibly a retelling of Episode 13 of the 1978 series, ‘The Witch’s Ocean Castle of Death.’ It consists primarily of recycled footage taken from this same episode, but presented in widescreen format. Some new alternate footage is added at the beginning of the story, and some soundtrack adjustments were made throughout.

Arcadia of My Youth

The Arcadia of My Youth feature film was released on July 28, 1982. The film, set in a different continuity from the original TV series, chronicles Harlock’s beginnings as a space pirate and his acquisition of the spaceship Arcadia. The movie also includes flashback material dealing with two of his 20th-century ancestors.

Endless Orbit SSX

Arcadia of My Youth was followed by 22 episodes of the TV series Endless Orbit SSX starting in October 1982. Its official French title is simply Albator, although it early became popular among French speakers as Albator 84 since it was first aired in France as of 1984 and the 1978 series had been formerly named in French exactly the same: Albator. The series dealt with Harlock and company’s continuing struggle against the Illumidas occupying force, who still retained control of Earth at the end of the theatrical feature. Both film (Arcadia of My Youth) and second series (Endless Orbit SSX) feature a newly designed starship and lack most of the crew from the Space Pirate series, but are noteworthy for the presence of Emeraldas, a female counterpart to Harlock who originally appeared in a series of Matsumoto-penned graphic novels.

Harlock Saga

In the 1990s, Matsumoto released Harlock Saga, a mini-series based on Das Rheingold. The series recasts the Captain and his crew in roles with analogues in The Ring Cycle and pits them against a race of “gods” set on redesigning the universe to their liking.

Gun Frontier

On March 28, 2002 Gun Frontier, a buddy comedy set in the American Old West, began broadcasting in TV Tokyo. The series follows Franklin Harlock Jr. and Tochiro Ōyama as they search for a lost clan of Japanese immigrants. In contrast to other works, Harlock appears here as Tochiro’s sidekick.

Endless Odyssey

December 2002 saw the release of Space Pirate Captain Harlock: The Endless Odyssey, directed by Rintaro.

The story is set after the original TV series, with Harlock on a self-imposed exile and his crew either in jail or flying under the Jolly Roger. The series details Harlock’s return and his round-up of the Arcadia crew for a fight against the Noo, a mysterious and ancient evil which has caused the Earth to disappear, and who use fear to conquer their foes. As nearly every part of this series is geared to be a sequel to the original Captain Harlock TV series, Endless Odyssey reintroduces Tadashi Daiba to the Arcadia.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock (2013 movie)

On March 24, 2010, Toei Animation announced the release of the new Harlock movie, they announced a completed pilot for its planned computer-graphics remake of Leiji Matsumoto and Toei’s Space Pirate Captain Harlock manga and anime franchise, and it has revealed a preliminary image and the project’s staff. Mobile Suit Gundam UC author Harutoshi Fukui, Appleseed director Shinji Aramaki, Appleseed mechanical designer Atsushi Takeuchi, and Ninja Scroll character designer Yutaka Minowa worked on the new Space Pirate Captain Harlock pilot with Marza Animation Planet (formerly known as Sega Sammy Visual Entertainment).

The official trailer/pilot was aired at the Kawaii-Kon Anime festival in Hawaii on April 17, 2010, as a special presentation courtesy of Director Shinji Aramaki. This is the first time it has been seen/aired in the United States. The CG animated film is tentatively schedule for international release in 2012.

On January 31, 2013 during the presentation of its upcoming film lineup, Toei announced that the anime will be out in Fall 2013. According to the news source Oricon, this film has Toei Animation’s highest production budget ever at the equivalent of over 30 million U.S. dollars.

The film premiered in Japan on September 7, 2013. It also film premiered on Netflix under the title Harlock: Space Pirate with Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish audio and with English, Portuguese and Spanish subtitles.

Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage

On August 2014, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his debut, Matsumoto launched the manga Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage, illustrated by Kōichi Shimahoshi, in the pages of Akita Shoten’s Champion Red magazine. Dimensional Voyage is a retelling of the original 1978 Space Pirate Captain Harlock manga.

 

Film Friday- Cells at Work!

Film Friday- Cells at Work!

An anime television series adaptation by David Production debuted on July 8, 2018. An anime television series adaptation was announced in January 2018. It is directed by Kenichi Suzuki and animated by David Production, with scripts written by Suzuki and Yūko Kakihara, character designs by Takahiko Yoshida and music by Kenichirō Suehiro. The anime series premiered on July 8, 2018 on Tokyo MX and other channels. The series ran for 13 episodes. Aniplex of America have licensed the series in North America, who simulcasted it on Crunchyroll. The series was simulcast in Australia and New Zealand on AnimeLab. MVM Entertainment acquired the series for distribution in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The opening theme is “Mission! Ken – Kō – Dai – Ichi” by Kana Hanazawa, Tomoaki Maeno, Daisuke Ono and Kikuko Inoue, while the ending theme is “CheerS” by ClariS.

Characters

Erythrocyte (AE3803) / Red Blood Cell  
A red blood cell who has just started her job, delivering oxygen, carbon dioxide and different nutrients all over the body. She meets Neutrophil when he saves her from an attacking pneumococcus bacterium. She is clumsy and gets lost often, but determined to perform to the best of her ability. It is later revealed that she had encountered Neutrophil when they were younger, after he saved her from a bacterium.
Neutrophil / White Blood Cell  
A type of white blood cell, whose job is to kill pathogens infecting the body. Despite his ruthless occupation, he’s actually quite soft-spoken and gentle. When he was still in school as a young cell, he saved AE3803 from a bacterium after she got lost in a training exercise.
Macrophage  
A type of white blood cell. She and her kind appear as lovely maids in big dresses, armed with a variety of large weapons to fight various invasive pathogens, and are often shown smiling cheerfully even in the middle of combat. While inside blood vessels, she and her kind take on the role of monocytes, and wear hazmat suits over their dresses.
Killer T Cell  
A type of white blood cell that recognizes and kills various foreign matter and unhealthy cells. He is aggressive, pompous and rowdy, brutally taking pleasure in slaughtering pathogens and unhealthy cells. He especially looks down on white blood cells forming various relationships with non-white blood cells, like Neutrophil’s close friendship with Red Blood Cell. He is the sergeant of the Killer T Cells and is a harsh teacher to his students, the Naive T Cells. He has negative relationships with Helper T Cell and NK Cell, the former being his superior in the Killer T Division. In his youth, he was considered to be weak like the rest of the young T Cells, being only able to survive and complete training through the help of Helper T Cell, which at least made him stronger.
Platelet  
A type of cell responsible for reconstructing the body from various injuries. They are depicted as cute children, due to their small cell size and act as construction and repair crew within the body. One platelet serves as their leader and she is most prominently featured in the show.
Helper T Cell  
A type of T Cell that determines strategy and courses of action for dealing with foreign invaders. He is the main commander of the Killer T Cells and has an intellectual and smooth disposition, putting him at big odds with the rough and tough Killer T Cell, despite having underwent T Cell training together with him.
Regulatory T Cell 
A type of T Cell that mediates and regulates the correct function and magnitude of immunological responses. She usually acts as Helper T Cell’s secretary, though she is capable of fighting when necessary. She went through T Cell training alongside Killer T Cell and Helper T Cell.

 

Film Friday- Mob Psycho 100

Film Friday- Mob Psycho 100

An anime television series adaptation produced by Bones aired between July and September 2016. The English dub of the series was released by Funimation in December 2016. A live-action series adaptation premiered on January 18, 2018. A second season of the anime series will air in January 2019.

Anime

On December 2, 2015, it was announced in shonen magazine Ura Sunday that the webcomic would be adapted into an anime television series. The anime adaptation was produced by Bones and directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa. Hiroshi Seko wrote the scripts, Yoshimichi Kameda designed the characters, and Kenji Kawai composed the music. The series aired between July 12, 2016, and September 27, 2016, on Tokyo MX, later airing on ytv, BS Fuji and TV Asahi Channel 1. The opening theme song, titled “99”, was performed by Mob Choir, while the ending theme song, titled “Refrain Boy”, was performed by ALL OFF. The series was simulcast on Crunchyroll, while Funimation broadcast the show’s simuldub. The series had gotten an English dub by Bang Zoom! in December 2016, with Funimation handling distribution. The series was simulcast on Animax in Southeast Asia. The Bang Zoom!-produced dub has been released on Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack with a limited edition on December 5, 2017, and will be broadcast on Toonami on Adult Swim starting on October 27, 2018. Madman Entertainment will be importing Funimation’s release in Australia and New Zealand, and Manga Entertainment will also distribute the series in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Following a screening of three Bones films, attendees reported that Bones teased that progress is being made on a further Mob Psycho 100 anime project. In October 2017, an event anime titled Mob Psycho 100 Reigen -The Miraculous Unknown Psychic-  was revealed. It is a 60-minute compilation of the anime series and features new scenes centered on Arataka Reigen. The event anime was screened twice at the Maihama Amphitheater in Chiba on March 18, 2018, and will later be released on home video. At the end of the event, a second season of the anime series was announced, with the staff and cast returning to reprise their roles. Mob Psycho 100 is to return January 2019.

Live-action series

A live-action television series adaptation directed by Kōichi Sakamoto and produced by Fuminori Kobayashi premiered on January 12, 2018 on Netflix and January 18, 2018 on TV Tokyo’s “MokuDora 25” timeslot, which runs from 1:00 to 1:30am on Fridays. Tatsuomi Hamada is portraying Shigeo Kageyama.

 

Film Friday- Tokyo Mew Mew

Film Friday- Tokyo Mew Mew

The series was adapted into a 52 episode anime series by Studio Pierrot. It debuted in Japan on April 6, 2002, on both TV Aichi and TV Tokyo; the final episode aired on March 29, 2003. Two video games were also created for the series: a puzzle adventure game for the Game Boy Advance system and a role-playing video game for the PlayStation. 4Kids Entertainment licensed the anime series for North American broadcast under the name Mew Mew Power. Heavily edited and dubbed, 23 episodes of Mew Mew Power aired on Cartoon Network and 4Kids TV in the United States and the entire 26 episodes aired on YTV in Canada. 4Kids Entertainment was unable to license the remaining 26 episodes of the series, thus were unable to complete its broadcast. They have never released the series to home video.  The anime adaptation received high ratings while airing in Japan, resulting in numerous marketing tie-ins. Despite criticism for extensive editing that removed most of the Japanese elements, the Mew Mew Power dub became the highest rated 4Kids show during its broadcast. It was licensed for regional release in several other countries instead of the original Japanese series.

Ichigo Momomiya

is the series’ main protagonist and the leader of the Mew Mews. She has short red hair which is usually tied up in pigtails. Ichigo (13 years old at the beginning of the series) is merged with the DNA of the Iriomote Wild Cat, giving her the ability to transform into Mew Ichigo, a powerful and heroic cat girl with pink hair. The transformation also causes her to exhibit various feline mannerisms while in her human form. At first, her cat ears and tail appear when she is excited, but eventually her cat DNA grows strong enough that when she kisses anything, she turns into a small black cat. She remains in a cat form until someone (human or animal) kisses her.

At the start of the series, Ichigo has a crush on Masaya Aoyama. Although she believes that he is oblivious to her feelings, he later returns them and they begin dating. Midway through the series, Ichigo gains a mysterious protector, the Blue Knight. Throughout the series, Ichigo repeatedly rejects repeated advances by Quiche and although she can not accept his final declaration of love, she cries over his death and holds him as he dies. Ichigo dies after transferring her own life force into Masaya after Masaya kills himself and Deep Blue. She is subsequently revived by the last of the mew aqua which was housed within Masaya. Before Masaya goes off to study abroad in England at the end of the series, Ichigo participates in a mock wedding with Masaya. Tokyo Mew Mew a La Mode reveals that Ichigo lost all of her Mew Mew powers because of the Mew Aqua’s influence and joined Masaya in England, but returned to Japan when her powers began to manifest again to aid in the battle against the Saint Rose Crusaders.

Minto Aizawa

Minto Aizawa is a blue-haired girl who is the second Mew Mew to be introduced in the series. Infused with the genes of a Blue Lorikeet, Minto grows a bird’s tail and a pair of bird wings when she transforms into Mew Mint. Initially depicted as spoiled, snobbish, and self-centered because of her wealth due to her being born into a rich family, she is shown to be an empathetic person who cares deeply about her friends as the series progresses. In the beginning, Minto called Ichigo a Vulgar person. Minto idolizes fellow Mew Mew Zakuro Fujiwara. Minto owns a pet Pomeranian named Miki.

Retasu Midorikawa

is a green-haired girl who is the third member of the Mew Mews formally introduced to the readers. Infused with the DNA of a Finless Porpoise, Retasu’s legs can change into a porpoise’s tail while she is underwater, greatly improving her swimming ability and giving her an appearance of a mermaid. In the anime adaptation, this change can only occur when Retasu is in the presence of Mew Aqua. Retasu is portrayed as a shy and intelligent character lacking self-confidence and is the subject of frequent bullying from three girls. She is afraid of her Mew Mew powers at first, causing them to go out of control at her school until she is calmed by Ichigo and Minto. The other members of the group consider Retasu to be a kind and selfless person. As the series progresses, Retasu becomes a more confident person through the other Mew Mews’ regular encouragement. In the anime, Retasu has a strong love interest towards Ryou and kissed him once, that only Bu-Ling is aware of their relationship.

Bu-Ling Huang

is a blonde-haired girl who is the fourth Mew Mew introduced to the readers and the youngest of the bunch. Infused with the DNA of a Golden Lion Tamarin, Bu-Ling grows a monkey tail and ears while transformed, and fights with a pair of rings. Bu-Ling is introduced as being a busker due to her acrobatic skills to earn money for her family. The other Mew Mews agree that her monkey DNA is a perfect match for her personality as she is full of energy and loves having fun, to the point Minto considers her very immature or childish. A running gag when it comes to referencing the Mew Mews’ DNA had Bu-Ling thinking that her DNA is a lion where she is always corrected that she has the DNA of a Golden Lion Tamarin. Despite her age, Bu-Ling is raising her five younger siblings and managing the family finances while their father is training in the mountains. The manga never mentions Bu-Ling’s mother while the anime adaptation states that she died. Midway through the series, Bu-Ling befriends Tart when he captures her and holds her hostage. She is reluctant to fight Tart during the final battle until he affirms they have no choice, and cries over him after he is defeated. Bu-Ling kisses Tart at the end of the series and tells him she does not want it “to be goodbye.” He replies by saying that he may return to see her. In the anime adaptation, the relationship between Bu-Ling and Tart is expanded and the circumstances of their initial friendship changes – instead of being saved by the Mew Mews, Tart himself saves Bu-Ling from an underground cavern when he realizes that she is suffocating from a lack of oxygen.

Zakuro Fujiwara

is a purple-haired girl who is the last of the main Mew Mews introduced and the oldest of the group. As with the others, she first appears at the endangered animal exhibit without being named. Zakuro tends to be a loner and initially refuses to join the other Mew Mews, but changes her mind after they come to her aid. Infused with the DNA of a Gray Wolf, Zakuro has a wolf tail and ears while in her Mew Mew form. Zakuro is a professional model and is presented as a mature character. As her biggest fan Minto effuses, Zakuro has “long, glossy, raven hair” with “dark, intelligent, yet sensitive eyes” and “long, strong and thin legs”. Zakuro’s background is more developed in the anime adaptation and she is said to be estranged from her family since leaving home two years earlier.

 

Film Friday- Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Film Friday- Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

It was adapted into a live-action television drama which aired on Fuji TV from August–September 2013.

An animated promotional video (PV) was released by Liden Films on August 26, 2013. The video was directed by Seiki Takuno. Ryu Yamada was voiced by Ryōta Ōsaka, and Urara Shiraishi was voiced by Saori Hayami. In June 2014, Liden Films launched a website with news that it would be producing an original anime DVD (OAD). The OAD has two installments: the first was released on December 17, 2014 bundled with the manga volume 15, and the second is bundled with volume 17 for May 15, 2015. They were advertised as featuring all seven witches as well as hot springs scenes.
In November 2014, Liden films announced plans to produce a TV anime series with the voice characters to reprise their roles from the OAD project. The director is Tomoki Takuno, who did IDOLM@STER: XENOGLOSSIA, Love Live! School Idol Project, and the assistant director is Fumiaki Usui. The series writer is Michiko Yokote, and the chief animation director and character designer is Eriko Iida. Sound is being directed by Yota Tsuruoka and music composed by Masaru Yokoyama.
A 12-episode anime television adaptation produced by Liden Films and directed by Tomoki Takuno aired in Japan between April 12 and June 28, 2015. The opening theme song is “Kuchizuke Diamond” by WEAVER and the ending theme song is “CANDY MAGIC” by Mimi Meme Mimi.
The first DVD and Blu-ray Disc box sets of the anime television series included a crossover anime short Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo x Yankee-kun to Megane-chan adapted from the manga by the same author.
Crunchyroll will release the series on Blu-ray and DVD with an English dub.

Television drama

A live-action drama began airing on August 10, 2013 on Saturdays on Fuji TV at 11:10pm. It stars Yusuke Yamamoto as the title character Ryū Yamada, and Mariya Nishiuchi as Urara Shiraishi. Its theme song is “Time Machine Nante Iranai” by former AKB48 headliner Atsuko Maeda. She described the song as “cheerful and fun” and hopes it will liven up the show. Sponsors include Samsung, which included the show’s characters in their related commercials broadcast at the time.

Main characters

Ryuu Yamada

is an apathetic delinquent who finds high school boring and is failing in his school’s academics. That is until he crashes into Shiraishi, the student academic ace of the school, at the stairs and ends up swapping bodies with her. They discover that a kiss activates the swap, and that Yamada can swap with others, although he later learns that it is actually a duplication power; that is, he can copy the power of the witch that he has kissed He later confesses his developed feelings for Shiraishi which she returns and the two began dating. After Yamada recovers his full memories, it is revealed that they became a couple during their first year. At the series conclusion set ten years later, Yamada works as a successful businessman in development. He proposes to Shiriashi who happily accepts and the two become married. Yamada’s favorite food is yakisoba bread, and he even has a stuffed toy based on it named Sobasshimi. He is portrayed by Yusuke Yamamoto in the live-action adaptation, and voiced by Ryōta Ōsak in Japanese and by Newton Pittman in English

Urara Shiraishi

is introduced as the student ace; she holds the highest grades in her class, but is bullied by other students who are envious of her academic success. Her decision not to go to college worries the teachers and the student council. When she discovers her body-swapping powers with Yamada, the two resolve each other’s problems in school; she begins to make friends and have a social life. Toranosuke Miyamura appoints her the president of the Supernatural Studies Club. After numerous adventures with Yamada, she eventually agrees to be his girlfriend. Later memories show she and Yamada had started dating since their first year in high school. She was first attracted to Yamada when she was isolated in high school and he called her out for being boring. She then accepted the role of the “Original Witch” who enabled the witch powers at the school, so she could be with Yamada, but at the cost of having everyone except for Yamada forget her and that she would forget him when she leaves school during her senior year. When she returns for graduation, Yamada’s comment about her being boring again as well as later kissing Yamada enables her to recover her memories. Ten years later, she has become a successful businesswoman, but has been awaiting Yamada’s marriage proposal. The final chapter covers their wedding, and some years later, talking with their two children about their story. She is portrayed by Mariya Nishiuchi in the drama series, and is voiced by Saori Hayami in Japanese and by Mikaela Krantz in English in the anime. At her panel at Anime Expo 2015, Yoshikawa said that Shiraishi was her favorite Yamada-kun character to draw, and that her favorite feature to draw was her hair.

 

Film Friday- Wolf Girl and Black Prince

Film Friday- Wolf Girl and Black Prince

Wolf Girl and Black Prince is a Japanese shōjo manga series written by Ayuko Hatta. It was adapted into a drama CD in 2013. In 2014, the May issue of Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret magazine announced that an anime television had been green-lit. The anime ran from October 2, 2014 to December 21, 2014 lasting twelve episodes. The opening theme is “LOVE GOOD TIME” by SpecialThanks and the ending theme is “Wolf Heart” by Oresama. An OVA was released on 4 October 2015.

Live-action film

A live-action film adaptation directed by Ryūichi Hiroki premiered in Japanese theaters on May 28, 2016. It was grossed US$10,639,039 at japan box office.

Characters

Erika Shinohara
The main protagonist of the series. Erika often tells tall tales about her having a boyfriend and takes a photo of a random guy to show as proof. However, the guy turns out to be Kyoya Sata, who also goes to her school. After some pleading, he agrees to pretend to be her boyfriend under the condition that she become his “pet dog.” She eventually falls for him, despite his cruel attitude towards her and desperately tries to win his affection.
Kyōya Sata 
At the beginning, when Erika suggested her idea of faking lovers, Kyōya agrees to it with a “Prince Charming” attitude. However, shortly after, he blackmails, torments and makes her his “dog”. Gradually, he starts to genuinely care for her and becomes jealous whenever she gets close to other guys. He also develops a protective attitude towards her. As the series continues, he realizes his actual feelings for her and that she is not just a way to “pass time”. He is actually more of tsundere hiding under the disguise of a sadist. Once Kyōya learns that he could lose Erika to Yū, he goes after her during their date and confesses his feelings for her. Kyōya also has an older sister who more or less shares his sadistic tendencies, and a fun-loving, rather hare-brained mother.
Ayumi Sanda 
Known also as San-chan, Sanda is a short-haired girl and initially the only one of Erika’s friends to know the “fake boyfriend” situation. She is the complete opposite of Erika, being mature, self-reliant, and quiet. She is also the classmate of Kyouya during their first year. Though Sanda had a short interest in Kyoya, she considers her friendship with Erika to be more important than her crush. Later into the series, she also becomes close to Takeru.
In the film adaptation, Sanda studies in a separate, all-girls, school from Erika, making her a stranger to Kyoya.
Takeru Hibiya 
Kyōya’s best friend from middle school who is inheriting his family’s cafe business. He is a hot blooded man with a simple and clear personality. He fully supports Erika and Kyoya’s relationship, being relieved that Kyoya is finally able to befriend someone other than himself. Later into the series, Takeru becomes close to Sanda, which initially causes Nozomi’s jealousy, as he thinks that their and Erika and Kyoya’s relationships will make him the only single in their group.
Nozomi Kamiya 
Nozomi is a super flashy guy and belongs in the same year as Kyouya and Erika. Also, he is a sort of a playboy type. He can easily remember the names he just acquainted to, especially cute girls name. When he first sees Kyōya, Nozomi believes he is the same as himself, even when he learns that Kyōya and Erika are dating. He tries to get him to come around to his way of thinking; that it is no fun being held down by one girl. However, Kyōya refuses and says how pointless it is to have meaningless flings with various girls, causing Nozomi to give up. He also decided that he should find someone special to him as Erika is to Kyōya. Since then, he becomes a part of their group and even briefly becomes worried that he will be left as the “third wheel” after finding out that Takeru and Ayumi are attracted to each other.
In the film adaptation, Nozomi’s personality is combined with that of Yoshito Kimura, a minor character who wants to date Erika just so he can get his revenge at Kyoya. Because of this, he never befriends Erika nor becoming a part of her group.

 

Film Friday- Pandora Hearts

Film Friday- Pandora Hearts

An anime adaptation produced by Xebec began airing on April 2, 2009, and finished airing on September 24, 2009. On February 11, 2010, NIS America announced it would release the anime series in North America. Nine OVAs were also broadcast in Japan, airing from July 24, 2009 to March 25, 2010.

Oz Vessalius

is the fifteen-year-old protagonist. He has blond hair and green eyes. He is from the prestigious Vessalius family. His father, Zai, is the reigning lord. His mother was killed by the Nightray family; despite this, he retains a bright, optimistic, and energetic personality. The story of Pandora Hearts begins when Oz turns fifteen. During the ceremony to celebrate his legal adulthood, Oz is dragged into the Abyss for the ‘sin of his existence’. There, he meets a young girl named Alice who turns out to be a Chain – a monster born in the Abyss. Oz makes a contract with her so they can both escape the abyss. Upon returning to the real world, he discovers that 10 years have passed. In order to find out what exactly his ‘sin’ is, he decides to work under Xerxes Break as part of Pandora. During this, it is shown that when he was young, he worked hard to gain praise and recognition from his father. However, he discovered that his father hated him to the point of not wanting to touch him. After experiencing this, Oz began to think that there is no guaranteed thing in the world. He thought of himself as weak. He decided that, in order to protect people, he should at least remain an obedient child and let harm come his way. After traveling into the Cheshire Cat’s lair, Oz meets Jack Vessalius and becomes his ‘medium’. Jack eventually speaks at Pandora’s headquarters and the public hail Oz as a ‘hero’. Oz finds that he can swap control of his body with Jack if he calls hard enough and may sometimes even see snippets of Jack’s memories. According to himself he is quite skilled with the sword, particularly in self-defense. However, he has very little real experience in fighting. Oz likes cute, younger girls and flirts with them frequently. He once wished to marry Sharon when they first met. Oz, himself, thinks of Alice as his precious someone, calling her his “sun”. He believes that Alice is the reason that he can still smile.
Jack tells Oz that he has the “right” or “prerequisite” over Alice’s powers and that a seal won’t restrain Alice’s powers any longer, giving Oz the ability to use B-Rabbit’s power, even without Alice’s permission or Gil’s help. Oz proves it when he is able to stop Alice’s B-Rabbit’s power temporarily on his own; another instance is when Oz is almost kidnapped by the Baskervilles at Lutwidge, and a more recent one is when he was able to summon B-Rabbit’s scythe to fight his assailants in Sablier’s illusion, despite the fact he had never used a scythe before. According to Lotti, Oz was supposed to be the vessel for the sake of hiding the existence of Jack Vessalius and should the vessel be broken, Jack’s existence will be brought to light and the further warping of Abyss’s will, who seeks him, will most probably interfere with the real world. Later, Oz reunites with Gilbert and immediately meets with the person behind Oz’s homicidal nature: Zai Vessalius , his father. it is said that Oz had a desire to destroy everything until Alice stopped him. According to Break, Oz may not be the real Oz Vessalius, as during his birth, Oz’s father took him away: it is suspected he might have done something to him or exchanged him with another baby. This is proven true when it is revealed that his body was Jack’s all along, and that he (Oz) is the true B-rabbit.

Alice

is heroine of the story with a height of 150 cm. Alice first appears as a chain that persuades Oz to form a contract with her in the Abyss. In fact, she is actually the infamous B-Rabbit (Blood-stained Black Rabbit), the most powerful chain in the Abyss. Alice’s goal is to find her lost memories, which plays a major role in the story. In human form, Alice has long dark brown hair with two side plaits. She has a huge appetite and loves meat especially. She is hotheaded and loud-spoken and says what she thinks without regard to the consequences. Despite this, she has a soft side, especially when Oz is involved. She hates when Oz leaves her alone, but to hide it she usually says, “I’m in a contract with you. You are my manservant, and as a manservant, what were you thinking, leaving me behind!?” or she just hits Oz and says, “Shut up”.
It also appears that she cares for Oz’s well-being, that she considers his health when using her powers. She bites his cheeks to make him feel better, copying a picture Sharon showed her thinking it was biting instead of a kiss. Also, in episode 20, she tells Sharon, who threatens her to tell her what she has on her mind, that she felt left out and ignored when Oz went to talk with Break without her and when he was happy to see his sister. Alice senses Oz is upset. Thinking that the biting was still a kiss (sort of), she bites him several times, pushing him to the floor to bite his ear that begins to bleed.
She was in Sablier when the city was dragged into the Abyss. Alice wanted to forget about that event, because it was a very painful one. In her memories we see Jack Vessalius, the hero of 100 years ago. It is revealed that she’s actually Lacie’s daughter. Lacie was impregnated by Levi Baskerville before being cast into the Abyss as a sacrifice for the ceremony of the new ‘Glen’ and Levi’s experiment, to gain the power of the Abyss through a vessel, Lacie’s child. While in the Abyss, Lacie gave birth to ‘twins’, Alice and Alice (Also referred to Alyss by fans to avoid confusion, though it is not official) who would be merged with the Core of the Abyss and called The Will of the Abyss by Levi. Alice is not the real B-Rabbit; Oz is the true B-Rabbit and was originally a stuffed animal that Alice was very close to and kept when imprisoned. After Jack began the Tragedy of Sablier he came to Alice’s tower to ask the Intention of the Abyss for more power. Alice refuses to allow Jack and the Intention to destroy the world and sever the chains and thus commits suicide stabbing herself with a pair of scissors. She only is “alive” in the present timeline because her body fused with B-Rabbit’s power, thus “becoming” B-Rabbit.

Gilbert Nightray

also known as Gil or Raven. He is Oz’s best friend and loyal servant. Oz is his most important person, for whom he is willing to sacrifice anything; this protectiveness is compounded by the fact that he was brainwashed by Miranda Barma to protect Jack Vessalius (and therefore Oz, who is his medium) even if it means killing. When Gil is drunk, he reverts to his fourteen-year-old self, an insecure crybaby. He cares deeply about the hat that Ada gave him. He is a great cook, terrified of cats, unable to quit smoking in eight attempts, and constantly afraid that as Oz grows, he will be left behind.
Gil is shown to have become close to Alice, despite his constant arguing with her. Though at first wanting to kill her. Gil saves Alice when she falls down in a small rockslide later.
Gil was Glen’s servant 100 years ago in order to fulfill his duty of being the next Glen after Oswald, and he is also a Baskerville, due to his ability to be greatly wounded, but not killed. He was nearly killed by Jack and in order to save him, his brother Vincent opened a path to the Abyss. (It is later revealed that Gil was killed in order to serve as Glen’s new vessel, and when Vincent interrupted the ceremony the Tragedy occurred.) He was taken in as a servant by the current Vessalius family fifteen years ago, after he was discovered injured and amnesiac in the Vessalius gardens. He came to be Oz’s closest friend, and was invited to be a part of the boy’s coming-of-age ceremony. During the ceremony, Zwei uses her chain Doldum to control his body and forces him to attack Oz. After he regains consciousness, he recognizes one of the Baskervilles as Oz’s father and when Oz attacks the man with a sword, Gilbert takes the wound and falls unconscious.
Gil remains loyal to Oz during his time in the Abyss. Shortly after the ceremony, he is approached by Xerxes Break who arranges his adoption into the Nightray family in exchange for inside information on the family’s doings. He views this as a betrayal, since the Nightrays are the prime suspects in the assassination of Oz’s mother, but he agrees to join the family when he learns that contracting their chain ‘Raven’ might give him the power to rescue Oz. He trains in gunmanship and eventually kills the Nightray family before the chain deems him worthy to contract with it.
Once he obtains the chain, he takes the name Raven and goes to work for Break as a member of Pandora. When Oz returns from the Abyss, Gil is the first one at his side. Initially, Oz is unaware that ‘Raven’ is Gil, but during the second battle with Zwei his true identity is revealed. Gilbert uses his chain’s power to bind B-Rabbit, keeping Alice in her human form and preventing Oz’s seal from moving when they are not in battle.
It is shown in Retrace 45 that he has always had the right to make the contract with Raven, which leads him to gaining the chain. It is also said that Gilbert had been poisoned on a targeted attack against the Nightrays by a mysterious headhunter. Gil has gotten all of his memories back of Sablier and the Tragedy from 100 years ago, his true master is Glen, whose soul lies within Leo, and Gilbert shot Oz by Glen’s commands, however he broke free and burn down his own arm.

 

Film Friday- Noragami

Film Friday- Noragami

An anime television series adaptation by Bones aired in Japan beginning from January 5, 2014 to March 23, 2014, with a total of 12 episodes. The second season, entitled Noragami Aragoto aired in Japan from October 2, 2015 to December 25, 2015, with a total of 13 episodes.

Anime

The Noragami television series adaptation is produced by Bones and directed by Kotaro Tamura with character designs by Toshihiro Kawamoto. Prior to the series’ television premiere, its first episode was screened at 2013’s Anime Festival Asia on November 10, 2013. The anime began airing in Japan on January 5, 2014, on Tokyo MX and later on MBS, BS11 and TVA, running for 12 episodes.

Besides the television series, two additional episodes were released on DVDs bundled with limited editions of the 10th and 11th manga volumes, published February 17 and July 17, 2014. Funimation licensed the anime for streaming in North America. Madman Entertainment licensed the anime for distribution in Australia and New Zealand. The opening theme song is “Goya no Machiawase”, performed by Hello Sleepwalkers. The ending theme song is “Heart Realize” with composition by Supercell and performed by Tia. Season two, Noragami Aragoto, has 13 episodes, and began airing on October 2, 2015. The opening theme song is “Kyōran Hey Kids!!” by The Oral Cigarettes, and the ending theme song is “Nirvana” by Tia. The second season’s finale aired on December 25, 2015.

Main characters

Yato  
is a war god who wants to build his own shrine. In the past, he was a god of calamity. He wears a tracksuit and scarf and refers to himself as “Yato God” (Yatogami). He calls himself a “delivery god” and often writes his cell number in public areas in case someone needs his help. He usually charges five yen (about five cents in U.S. currency), which is what Japanese people usually give when praying at a shrine. Yato is gullible and often wastes his money on scams and good-luck charms that allegedly bring happiness. As he “stopped” being a god of calamity due to his dislike of violence, he is forgotten by most humans. This results in Yato developing athazagoraphobia (the fear of being forgotten). Hiyori, a human girl, and Yato’s current Regalia (weapon), Yukine, are the two closest people to him, and he is protective of both. He shares a fatherly relationship with Yukine, calling Yukine his child at one point, and becomes extremely attached to Hiyori; romantic feelings are hinted at. Yato also shares a close relationship with Kofuku, the God of Poverty, who is there for him when he is in need of help. Yato’s actual name is Yaboku, “Yato” being a name that a previous Regalia mistakenly gave him due to a kanji mix-up. He has been using the name ever since.
Hiyori Iki  
is a human girl in her third year (9th grade) of middle school, and a high school first-year (10th grade) starting from chapter 25 of the manga. After saving Yato from a bus accident, she becomes a Half-Phantom, involuntarily falling asleep due to her soul slipping out of her body. She is somehow stuck between the human world and the afterlife, something she asks Yato to fix. Because of this, she starts spending more time with him, and he becomes the closest person to her, to the point where she is able to recognize him by scent. Despite it being her best chance to return to normal, Hiyori refuses to have her bond to Yato cut, as it means she will forget him. It is hinted that she has feelings for Yato, as she feels jealous when he almost drunkenly kisses Bishamon, the God of War. Hiyori shares a sisterly relationship with Yukine, and tutors him when he expresses a desire to learn. Hikyori Iki is also the main character and narrator of the story, especially so in the manga.
Yukine  
is Yato’s current Regalia. His Regalia name is “Sekki”. His Regalia form is a katana. Yukine died at a young age, making him miss normal life as a teenager. Every time he sins in any way, Yato suffers injuries. Even though Yato is his master, Yukine does not really show Yato respect as much as how he actually respects him. After being saved by Hiyori and undergoing an ablution, he becomes more obedient and extremely loyal to Yato, wanting to be a proper Regalia for him. Like Yato, Yukine treasures Hiyori’s existence, and fears that Hiyori will forget them when she grows up. Yukine later evolves into a Blessed Vessel when he saves Yato from certain death, proving his loyalty to him. He takes the shape of twin katanas.

Film Friday- We Were There

Film Friday- We Were There

We Were There is a Japanese romance anime by Yuki Obata. It is licensed for an English language release in North America by Viz Media. It was adapted into a 26-episode anime television series which aired from July 3 to December 25, 2006. A 2-part live action film adaptation was released in Japanese cinemas in 17 March 2012(Part 1) and 21 April 2012(Part 2), starring Toma Ikuta and Yuriko Yoshitaka.

Anime

We Were There was adapted into an anime series by Artland which premiered in Japan on July 23, 2006. It aired for twenty-six episodes until its conclusion on December 25, 2006. The episodes were released to nine Region 2 DVD volumes by Pony Canyon, with each volume containing three episodes, except the final volume which contained two. The first volume was released on October 4, 2006 and the last on June 6, 2007.

Film

In May 2011, production on a live-action film adaption of the manga was announced. The film will be released in two parts. The film is being directed by Takahiro Miki and stars Ikuta Toma and Yoshitaka Yuriko. It is expected to be released in Japanese theaters in the spring of 2012.

Characters

  • Nanami “Nana” Takahashi
    the series protagonist, is a girl who falls in love during high school with the popular Motoharu Yano. They struggle with issues of trusting one another as the shadow of Yano’s dead girlfriend, who was with another guy at the time she died, looms over them. In the manga it is shown that Yano stopped contacting her after half a year following his departure to Tokyo, which eventually led to their breaking up. She eventually begins dating Takeuchi, Yano’s best friend, but is unable to forget her former love. She is shown to be very sweet and caring, and she supports Yano unconditionally, even putting her own feelings and needs aside. At one point, Yano even confesses to Takeuchi that he believes she is strong enough to carry on without him. She is described as having a “baby-like” face by both Yano and Takeuchi and being cute rather than beautiful.
  • Motoharu “Moto” Yano 
    is a popular boy whose girlfriend was killed in a car crash while out with another guy. He has a hard time trusting Nanami, and displays jealousy and possessiveness, but he is also shown to be really childish and willing to receive affection (Nanami even compares him with a cat at one point). As the series progresses, he wrestles with his feelings for his dead girlfriend versus those for the living Nanami, whom he even calls “Nana-chan” at times. Yano moves to Tokyo with his mother, Yoko, but after half a year he stops contacting Nanami, effectively breaking up with her. Eventually it is revealed that his mother killed herself, after which he disappeared. He reappears four years later, living with Yuri Yamamoto but still remembering Nanami. The tragedies he had to cope with left him in a deep state of despair, making him blame himself and believe there is something wrong with his way of loving. He eventually manages to recover with Nanami and Takeuchi’s help.

 

  • Masafumi “Take” Takeuchi 
    is Yano’s close friend and becomes a friend and confidant for Nanami after she begins dating Yano. As the series progresses, he finds himself falling in love with her, leaving him unsure how to proceed. When Yano breaks up with Nanami, they begin dating. He eventually proposes, but she turns him down. He is a really understanding, calm and nice person and cares deeply for both Nanami and Yano (whom he calls “Moto”). After being rejected by Nanami, he decides to do his best to support her and bring Yano back to her.

 

  • Yuri Yamamoto
    is the younger sister of Nana, Yano’s late girlfriend. She suffers a lot because of her unrequited love for Yano. A week after Nana’s death, Yano had sex with her. She originally believed he was simply using her, but later suspects he was pitying her. After Yano begins dating Nanami, she becomes an obstacle for their relationship as Yano continues displaying some closeness with her. After her mother gets sick, Yano moves in with her. When her mother dies, she decides to let Yano go and ends their relationship. She also reveals to Yano the truth about her sister’s feelings for him (her sister actually loved Yano but wanted to tell her ex-boyfriend about it, thus, she decided to go on a drive with her ex-boyfriend but they died in a car accident).

 

  • Akiko “Aki” Sengenji
    is Yano’s former classmate from Tokyo. She is also in love with Yano, but is well aware of the fact that he only sees her as a friend. Therefore, she does not see Nanami as a rival. She is the one who reveals Yano’s whereabouts to Nanami and is shown to have a hard time dealing with the whole story – she confesses at one point that she would be unable to wait for someone as long as Nanami did.

 

  • Nana Yamamoto 
    is Yano’s girlfriend who died in a car accident before the start of the series. Despite the fact she was older than Yano, she had a really childish personality, therefore being considered stupid by most of Yano’s friends. She was the first woman Yano ever loved, which made her one of the most important obstacles in the relationship between him and Nanami.