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Film Friday- Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

Film Friday- Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

A 26-episode anime adaptation produced by J.C.Staff aired between April and September 2010.

The October 2009 issue of LaLa announced that a 26 episode anime television adaptation of the series would be produced. It was broadcast in TBS and BS-TBS during Spring 2010. The April 2010 issue of LaLa revealed the broadcast date to be on April 1, 2010 at 1:55 midnight. The adaptation was also present at the Tokyo International Anime Fair with Ayumi Fujimura, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Kana Hanazawa and Yū Kobayashi’s attendance. The anime series is licensed by Sentai Filmworks, with The Anime Network currently streaming the series on their video portal. Anime distributor Section23 Films released the first subtitled-only set on DVD, June 7, 2011. The second subtitled-DVD set was released on August 2, 2011 A complete collection on DVD was released on October 9, 2012. Sentai Filmworks & Section23 will re-release the series on DVD and Blu-ray, with an English dub on January 27, 2015.

The staff list was announced and Hiroaki Sakurai directed the series with series composition done by Mamiko Ikeda who previously worked on the series composition for Emma: A Victorian Romance series and most recently the Rental Magica series and Hanasakeru Seishōnen, while the animation character designs by Yuki Imoto and music composed by Tōru Motoyama. The series was animated by J.C.Staff who previously worked on Honey and CloverToradora! and Nodame Cantabile. Ayumi Fujimura and Nobuhiko Okamoto took on the role of Misaki Ayuzawa and Takumi Usui respectively.

Main characters

Misaki Ayuzawa 

The titular character of the story, 16-year-old Misaki Ayuzawa is the first female student council president at Seika High. She is known for her extremely bossy and strict attitude towards boys, and relentless attempts to reform them to live up to what she considers are acceptable standards of behavior. Though many of the male students fear and hate her, the ones who get to know her come to see that she is actually very fair and willing to help anyone who needs it.
She eventually becomes widely respected for her good grades, her great athletic skill, and her many accomplishments as president. Her negative attitude towards males is mostly attributed to her father amassing a huge debt and then disappearing. Misaki became determined to make sure her sickly and helpless mother, Minako would not have to work so hard to support both Misaki and her younger sister, Suzuna. After her father left, she studied hard and learned martial arts and became Seika’s president. To this extent, she secretly, and at first reluctantly, works as a maid-waitress at Café Maid Latte. Misaki is always driven to do her best regardless of the endeavor, and has a strong sense of justice, though she also has a tendency to be too selfless for her own good.
At Café Maid Latte, Misaki is called “Misa-chan” by her coworkers and customers. Misaki was shown being the most passionate with her job when she was dressed as a male and appealing to woman, saying she would like a guy like herself.
Despite her initial annoyance towards Usui and her belief that his interest in her stems from being the only one who knows she works as a maid-waitress, she is in love with him. However, Misaki always denies her feelings for him and becomes awkward whenever a potentially intimate moment arises between them. In chapter 57, she eventually confesses her feelings for him and they become a couple, though secretly at Misaki’s insistence to preserve her reputation as the student council president. When Usui reveals that he is to transfer to Miyabigaoka, she openly reveals their relationship to the students at Seika High, despite the potential damage it may cause to her appearance. When told that Usui would be going to England, Misaki is shocked but keeps her composure and openly accepts his choice. After Usui stops texting her from England she seeks the help of the Miyabigaoka High School President, Tora Igarashi, for a way to travel to him. The deal between the two is for Misaki to travel to see Usui, but in return she must tell Usui to not cut all ties between himself and the Walker Family; benefiting Igarashi in him being in contact of a person of noble blood such as Usui. Usui and Misaki reunite in England and return home to Japan to finish out their high school years. In chapter 81, Misaki and Usui get engaged, and in chapter 85, Misaki becomes a diplomat/lawyer while Usui becomes a respected doctor and they get married.

Takumi Usui 

The most popular male student in Seika High, Takumi Usui  is a 17-year-old boy who appears to take little interest in anything and prefers to observe things as they unfold. He has blond hair, which he inherited from his mother, and is extremely handsome, so much that even a few boys at Seika High are infatuated with him solely because of that. He also inexplicably wears glasses only at home. Usui proves to be extraordinarily talented in a number of different fields, including cooking, the violin, chess, martial arts and table etiquette. He also gets excellent grades and is an excellent athlete. However, he reveals very few details about his past willingly. He has taken an interest in Misaki because she stands from everyone else and her hard work makes her unique. He expresses his feelings mainly by teasing her and passing perverted comments to see her funny expressions, and she nicknames him “perverted outer-space alien” as a running gag in the series is Misaki wondering whether Usui is even human when he comes out relatively unscathed from a fall that would mortally injure someone on spot. Usui was also the first Seika student to discover Misaki’s maid secret and even though he is concerned about her risky work habits, she brushes it off as him wanting to blackmail her. As he has been in love with Misaki since the first time they met, he dislikes it and becomes jealous, though he has trouble expressing it, whenever other boys get her attention, including Shintani and Tora.
At Misaki’s insistence, Usui reveals that he is an illegitimate child. His mother, a Japanese-English woman from the wealthy Walker family, had an affair with an unknown Japanese man (later revealed to be a butler of the Walker family); his mother died in childbirth. To conceal his origins, his maternal English grandfather sent Usui to live with his mother’s Japanese grandmother’s family, resulting in little contact with his older half-brother. Adopted by his mother’s cousin, Usui’s education was primarily through tutors, partially explaining his academic excellence (as shown when he checkmates the vice president of the Miyabigaoka high school chess club in very few moves). However, he became bored of the isolation and randomly selected a standard high school to attend; after enrolling in Seika High, he moved into a high-rise condo where he lives alone. During his first year at Seika, he quickly became popular among the girls, but not being interested in them, he systematically rejected them whenever they confessed to him, thus earning Misaki’s resentment of him. Within his class, even his classmates respect him and he is called “Usui-san”.
In chapter 32, Usui confesses to Misaki during the school’s firework festival and they share a kiss, though the relationship does not become formalized until Misaki herself confesses her love to him in chapter 57. He is forced to transfer to Miyabigaoka High School for his third year of high school., though he still makes an effort to go out of his way to see Misaki every day. When in England, Usui texts Misaki every day and continues to tease her, such as by asking for the color of her underwear, until his brother takes his phone away. The event triggers Misaki’s deal with Tora Igarashi so she could go to England and meet with Usui, while Usui himself struggles in his confinement by his brother and maternal grandfather, the latter of whom still disowns him for being an illegitimate child. He eventually reunites with Misaki and reveals their relationship in front of the nobility. Usui is allowed to head back to Japan only if he agrees to keep his relations with the Walker family. Despite never attaining his grandfather’s approval, Usui is wed to Misaki in chapter 85 and becomes a doctor for his family.

Yuki Ochimura ni Ojou-sama!, a crossover between Kaichou wa Maid-Sama! and Yuki wa Jigoku ni Ochiru no Ka released by the Hiro Fujiwara in 2016 is set 12 years after the marriage & it is revealed that Usui & Misaki have a 10-year-old daughter called Sara and an 8-year-old son called Rui.

Wednesday News- May 23, 2018

Wednesday News- May 23, 2018

Silent Mobius QD Manga Ends Next Month- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-05-21/silent-mobius-qd-manga-ends-next-month/.131835

Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Anime Film’s English Dub Cast Revealed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-05-22/haikara-san-here-comes-miss-modern-anime-film-english-dub-cast-revealed/.131873

GOG Adds Visual Novels from Sekai Project, MangaGamer- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-05-22/gog-adds-visual-novels-from-sekai-project-mangagamer/.131870

[New Life+] Young Again in Another World Light Novel Series Gets October TV Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-05-21/new-life-young-again-in-another-world-light-novel-series-gets-october-tv-anime/.131846

Anime-

  • RIN-NE 3 BD
  • RIN-NE 3 DVD
  • Tsugumomo BD/DVD

Manga-

  • Ace of the Diamond GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Arakawa Under the Bridge GN 3
  • Ayanashi GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Baccano! GN 3
  • Can You Just Die, My Darling? GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Delicious in Dungeon GN 5
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! GN 11
  • Devilman The Classic Collection GN 1 (Hardcover)
  • Dimension W GN 10
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 17 (Digital Only)
  • The Dungeon of Black Company GN 1
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Forbidden Scrollery GN 3
  • Golosseum GN 1
  • Himouto! Umaru-chan GN 1
  • Hoshin Engi GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • How to Treat Magical Beasts GN 1
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? GN 9
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! GN 6
  • Kounodori: Dr. Stork GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid GN 6
  • My Brother the Shut-in GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Liar x Liar GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • The Royal Tutor GN 7
  • Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts GN 1
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil GN 2
  • Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GN 2
  • Scum’s Wish GN 7
  • Spirits & Cat Ears GN 6
  • Tales of Wedding Rings GN 2
  • Triage X GN 15
  • Trinity Seven GN 13
  • Yokai Rental Shop GN 3

Other-

 

Manga Monday- Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

Manga Monday- Kaichou wa Maid-sama!

Maid Sama! is a shōjo manga series by Hiro Fujiwara. It was serialized in Hakusensha’s monthly shōjo manga magazine, LaLa. There are 18 published volumes under the Hana to Yume Comics imprint in Japan. At their Anime Expo 2008 panel, North American publisher Tokyopop announced its various newly licensed series and that Kaichō wa Maid-sama! would be titled Maid-sama!.

Maid Sama! is written and illustrated by Hiro Fujiwara. This series was serialized in Hakusensha’s shōjo manga magazine LaLa, and the serial chapters collected into volumes. The first volume was released on September 5, 2006.
Outside Japan, the series was once licensed by Tokyopop, and it’s been relicensed by Viz Media in North America, JPF in Poland, Pika Édition in France, Carlsen Verlag in Germany, Panini Comics in Italy, Mexico and Brazil, and Everglory Publishing Co in Taiwan. In Indonesia, the series was published by M&C Comic.
The series ended on September 24, 2013.

Plot

Once an all-boys school, Seika High, infamous for its rowdy students, has recently become a co-ed school. However, with the female population still remaining a minority even after the change over the recent years, Misaki Ayuzawa works hard to make the school a better place for girls. She puts a lot of effort into academics and athletics, and earns the trust of the teachers. Eventually, she becomes the first female student council president. Misaki has gained a reputation, among the male students body as a strict boy-hating demon dictator and as a shining hope for the teachers and fellow female students. However, despite her reputation, she secretly works part-time at a maid café in order to support her ill mom and sister by returning the huge debt their father had left them.

Unfortunately, Misaki’s secret is soon discovered by Takumi Usui, a popular boy at Seika High. Instead of exposing it to the school, though, Usui keeps it for himself and even becomes a regular customer at the café, much to Misaki’s chagrin. Known for being a genius in pretty much everything from academics to athletics and for having rejected numerous confession of his female peers, Usui takes a liking to Misaki because all the other girls only care about Usui’s looks. After going through various awkward situations, including being confronted by a forgotten childhood friend of hers, Misaki falls in love with Usui, who reciprocates, and the two soon become a couple.

However, their relationship is troubled by Usui’s difficult familial past coming back to haunt him. Being an illegitimate child of a wealthy English noble family, Usui technically cannot form a relationship with anyone not in his social standing, Misaki included. Misaki has to see Usui being forced to transfer to a prestigious rival school Miabigaoka, and then away from Japan completely when his family takes him back to England. By working through complicated and difficult ways, however, Misaki manages to find her way back to Usui, who concludes that he will continue his relationship with Misaki no matter what. At the end of the year, on graduation day, all the staff in Maid Latte come and Misaki finally reveals her secret also saying that she has no regrets. In the epilogue, after solving the differences with Usui’s family, Misaki and Usui finally hold their wedding ten years later.

Film Friday- Fullmetal Alchemist

Film Friday- Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist has been adapted into two anime television series, two animated films—all animated by Bones studio—and light novels. Funimation dubbed the television series, films and video games. The series has generated original video animations, video games, supplementary books, a collectible card game, and a variety of action figures and other merchandise. A live action film based on the series was also released in 2017. In two TV Asahi web polls, the anime was voted the most popular anime of all time in Japan. At the American Anime Awards in February 2007, it was eligible for eight awards, nominated for six, and won five. Reviewers from several media conglomerations had positive comments on the series, particularly for its character development, action scenes, symbolism and philosophical references.

Themes

The series explores social problems, including discrimination, scientific advancement, political greed, brotherhood, family, and war. Scar’s backstory and his hatred of the state military references the Ainu people, who had their land taken by other people. This includes the consequences of guerrilla warfare and the amount of violent soldiers a military can have. Some of the people who took the Ainus’ land were originally Ainu; this irony is referenced in Scar’s use of alchemy to kill alchemists even though it was forbidden in his own religion. The Elrics being orphans and adopted by Pinako Rockbell reflects Arakawa’s beliefs about the ways society should treat orphans. The characters’ dedication to their occupations reference the need to work for food. The series also explores the concept of equivalent exchange; to obtain something new, one must pay with something of equal value. This is applied by alchemists when creating new materials and is also a philosophical belief the Elric brothers follow.

Plot

Edward and Alphonse Elric live in the rural town of Resembool with their mother Trisha, their father Van Hohenheim having left without a reason. Edward since bore a grudge against their father as he and Alphonse showed a talent for alchemy before Trisha died of the plague. After finishing their alchemy training under Izumi Curtis, the brothers attempt to bring their mother back with alchemy. But the transmutation backfires and in law with equivalent exchange, Edward lost his left leg while Alphonse was dragged into the Gate of Truth. Edward sacrifices his right arm to retrieve Alphonse’s soul, binding it to a suit of armor with a blood seal. Edward is invited by Roy Mustang to become a State Alchemist to research a way to restore Alphonse’s body, passing his exams while given the title of Fullmetal Alchemist back on his prosthetic automail limbs and use of metal in his alchemy. The Elrics spent the next three years searching for the mythical Philosopher’s Stone to achieve their goals. One such lead resulted in them exposing a corrupt religious leader in the city of Liore while unaware of events occurring behind the scenes by the mysterious Homunculi.

Following their time with the State Alchemist Shou Tucker, which taught them a horrific lesson, the Elric brothers had a near-death experience from encountering an Ishbalan serial killer labeled as Scar who targets State Alchemists for his people’s genocide in the Ishbalan civil war. After returning to Resembool to have Edward’s limbs repaired by their childhood friend and mechanic, Winry Rockbell, the Elrics meet the guilt-ridden former State Alchemist Dr. Marcoh who provided them with clues to learn that a Philosopher’s Stone is created from human souls. After the Homunculi hindered them by destroying the hidden laboratory, the brothers are joined by Winry as they attempt to find an alternate means to restore themselves. At the same time, Mustang’s friend Maes Hughes continued the Elrics’ research and ends up murdered by a disguised Envy when he learned of the Homunculi’s plan.

After their defeat at the hands of Scar, the Elric Brothers decide to visit their teacher Izumi Curtis in the city of Dublith, hoping that she might be able to train them in higher forms of alchemy. which backfires when she discovers their failed attempt at Human Transmutation. Izumi tells the Elrics how she committed human transmutation on her stillborn child, following which she expels them as her apprentices, though following a determined argument, she allows them to stay with her for extra training. following which Alphonse is captured by the rogue homunculus Greed, who then ends up being captured by Amestris’ president King Bradley, who is revealed to be the homunculus Wrath. When Greed refuses to rejoin his fellow Homunculi, Greed is consequently melted down by and reabsorbed within the Homunculi’s creator, Father.

After running into the Xingese prince Lin Yao, who is also after a Philosopher’s Stone to cement his position as heir to his country’s throne, the Elrics and Winry return to Central City where they learn of Hughes’s death with Lieutenant Maria Ross framed for the murder. Mustang fakes Maria’s death and smuggles her out of the country with Lin’s help so he can focus on the Homunculi. The events that follow result in the death of Lust, revealing that a Philosopher’s Stone forms a Homunculus’s core along with an upcoming event the Homunculi are working towards. Meanwhile, Scar forms a small band with the Xingese princess May Chang, who also seeks the stone, and a former military officer named Yoki whom the Elrics exposed as a corrupt official.

Following an attempt to capture Gluttony using Lin’s sensory skills, the Homunculus end up accidentally swallowing Edward, Lin, and Envy into his void-like stomach, with the two humans learning the Homunculi orchestrated Ametris’s history over the centuries. Gluttony takes Alphonse to meet Father as the others manage to escape from Gluttony’s stomach, meeting Father who considered killing Lin for not being one of the human sacrifice like the Elrics. But Father instead makes Lin the vessel of a new incarnation of Greed with the Elrics attempting to escape upon seeing Scar. Edward has Envy admit to having caused the Ishbalan civil war. Soon after, with Winry used against them as a hostage, the Elrics are allowed to continue their quest as long as they no longer oppose Father. Mustang receives a similar threat with his subordinates scattered to the other military branches. At the same time, finding Dr. Marcoh held captive, Scar spirited him out of Central as Scar’s group head north.

The Elrics eventually reach Fort Briggs under the command of General Olivier Armstrong, revealing what they know following the discovery of an underground tunnel beneath Briggs made by the Homunculus Sloth. The brothers soon learn from Hughes’s research that Father created Amestris to amass a large enough population to create a massive Philosopher’s Stone. Forced to work with Solf J. Kimblee, a murderous former State Alchemist and willing ally of the Homunculi in tracking down Scar, the Elrics make their move to save Winry and split up with Kimblee’s chimera subordinates joining them. As Edward is joined by Lin and Greed, who regained his former self’s memories, Alphonse encounters Honenheim in Liore. Honenheim reveals he was made an immortal when Father, once simply known as Homunculus, arranged the fall of Xeres four centuries ago to create his body while giving half of the sacrificed souls to him. Honenheim also explains he left his family to stop Father from sacrificing the Amestrisan people to achieve godhood by absorbing the being beyond the Gate of Truth on the Promised Day.

The Promised Day arrives and Father prepares to initiate his plan using an eclipse and capture the human sacrifices to trigger the transmutation, the protagonists having assembled days prior and orchestrate an all-out attack on Central with Sloth, Envy, and Wrath killed in the process while Gluttony was devoured by Pride. But despite the opposition, Father manages to activate the nationwide transmutation once the Elrics, Izumi, Hohenheim are gathered along with Mustang after being forced by Pride to perform Human Transmutation. But Hohenheim and Scar activate countermeasures to save the Amestrians, causing Father to become unstable from housing the absorbed superior being within him without the souls needed to subdue it. Father is confronted above ground where the protagonists battle him to wear down his Philosopher’s Stone while he attempts to replenish himself, Edward managing to defeat the gravely weakened Pride before joining the fray.

Alphonse, whose armor is all but destroyed, sacrifices his soul to restore Edward’s right arm while Greed leaves Lin’s body and sacrifices himself to weaken Father’s body enough for Edward to destroy Father’s Philosopher’s Stone. This causes Father to implode out of reality while dragged into the Gate of Truth from which he was created. Edward sacrifices his ability to perform alchemy to retrieve a fully restored Alphonse, Lin receiving a Philosopher’s Stone while promising May to be a just ruler. Hohenheim takes his leave and visits Trisha’s grave where he dies with a smile on his face. The Elrics return home months later, still motivated by those they failed to save in learning new forms of alchemy to prevent repeated tragedies. This leads to the Elrics leaving Ametris two years later to learn about other cultures and their knowledge, with Alphonse leaving for Xing in the east while Edward heads westward. The epilogue finishes with a family photo of Alphonse, May, Edward, Winry, and Ed’s and Winry’s son and daughter.

Wednesday News- May 16, 2018

Wednesday News- May 16, 2018

Silver Spoon Manga Gets New Chapter on May 23- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-05-15/silver-spoon-manga-gets-new-chapter-on-may-23/.131582

Review: Kaguya-sama: Love is War GN 1&2- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/kaguya-sama/love-is-war/gn-1/.131199

Rurouni Kenshin Gets New Stage Play in October- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-05-16/rurouni-kenshin-gets-new-stage-play-in-october/.131614

Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku Episode 5- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/wotakoi-love-is-hard-for-otaku/episode-5/.131604

Anime-

  • All Out!! Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Bleach Set 4 BD
  • ēlDLIVE BD/DVD
  • One Piece Season 9 Part 5 DVD
  • Tsuki ga Kirei BD/DVD
  • Yona Yona Penguin BD

Manga-

  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 8 (Digital Only0
  • Chihayafuru GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Children of the Whales GN 4
  • Crisis Girls GN 1
  • Dorohedoro GN 22
  • Gangsta: Cursed GN 4
  • Hoshin Engi GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Hungry For You – Endo Yasuko Stalks the Night GN 1
  • Juana and the Dragonewts’ Seven Kingdoms GN 2
  • Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight GN 5
  • Love’s Reach GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Girl Site GN 6
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt GN 7
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers GN 6
  • One-Punch Man GN 14
  • Perfect World GN 2
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero GN 8
  • RWBY Official Manga Anthology GN 1
  • Ultraman GN 10
  • Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty GN 4
  • The Wizard and His Fairy GN 1

Other-

  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Novel 2
  • Attack on Titan Choose Your Path Adventure GN 2
  • Dragon’s Crown Pro PlayStation 4 Game
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 6
  • Hyrule Warriors: Definitive Edition Nintendo Switch Game
  • In Another World With My Smartphone GN 8
  • Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time PlayStation 4, PC Game (Digital)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey Redux Nintendo 3DS Game

Other Tuesday- Character Special: Fullmetal Alchemist

Other Tuesday- Character Special: Fullmetal Alchemist

Edward Elric 

Edward “Ed” Elric, the “Fullmetal Alchemist”, is the youngest State Alchemist in history, joining the program at the age of 12. He and his younger brother, Alphonse, scour the world in search of the Philosopher’s Stone, in the hopes of restoring their bodies. Edward lost his left leg in a futile attempt to revive his mother, Trisha, using Alchemy, and lost his right arm in exchange for attaching Alphonse’s soul to a suit of armor. Edward now employs the use of metal prosthetics, known as automail, as replacement limbs. However, as attempting to resurrect a human opens a portal called the Gate of Truth to allow the committer/s to see the Truth , Edward gained great knowledge of the universe as well as the powerful ability to perform transmutations without transmutation circles. Edward is smart, brave and even bold, but also has a prideful tendency to be harsh and arrogant. He harbors a sharp sensitivity to his short height; a recurring gag in both manga and the anime series is for Edward to overly react to people who call him short.

Alphonse Elric 

Alphonse “Al” Elric, is Edward’s younger brother. Together, both of them scour the country in search of the Philosopher’s Stone in the hopes of restoring their bodies. Unlike Ed, who lost one of his legs in the failed attempt to revive the brothers’ mother, Al lost his entire body. At the last moment, and at the cost of one of his arms, Ed sealed Al’s soul in a giant suit of armor, making Al almost invulnerable.

Winry Rockbell 

Winry Rockbell, a childhood friend of Edward and Alphonse Elric, lives in Resembool with her grandmother, Pinako Rockbell, who raised her after the death of her parents during the Ishbal War. Her parents were killed by Scar in a blind rage. Winry is a practicing and gifted automail mechanic, following in her grandmother’s footsteps, continually designing and maintaining Edward Elric’s automail prosthetics. Winry is often used as an unwitting hostage by the homunculi to ensure the Elrics’ subservience to the State. A running gag in the series is that she will violently attack Edward whenever he upsets her in some way, usually whenever he breaks his automail in combat. She and Edward get married in the concluding moments of the manga. In the first anime, her parents were executed by a younger Roy Mustang under Military order.

Roy Mustang 

Colonel Roy Mustang, the “Flame Alchemist”, is a State Alchemist and Edward’s direct superior. He is promoted to Brigadier General at the end of the series and is a General in the epilogue. He aims towards becoming the next Führer of Amestris, heavily relying on the support of his loyal subordinates to propel him along that path. Mustang would find this path interrupted by the murder of his best friend and confidant, Maes Hughes, afterward, beginning an almost behind-the-scenes investigation into finding the true culprit.

Riza Hawkeye 

First Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye is Roy Mustang’s most trusted and dearest subordinate. She often carries out many of the tasks he is too lazy to do, acts as his personal assistant, and protects him from danger. She holds a strong sense of admiration for him, even willing to put her own life at risk; Roy returns this, and occasionally refers to her as “My Queen”, his chess code name for her. She also doubles as his voice of reason, keeping cool in heated situations, and scolding him when he allows his emotions to get in the way. Riza and Roy seem to share a close relationship as she identifies him as her most precious person. Riza specializes in firearms, particularly sniper rifles, and can hit nearly any target with lethal accuracy. In the series, she adopts a dog named Black Hayate from Kain Fuery that she raises with stern discipline; when Hayate urinates indoors, she fires a number of warning rounds at the wall around the dog to reinforce that doing so is against established protocol.

In the form of a tattoo on her back, Riza bears the final notes to her father’s work on Flame Alchemy, and his legacy as an alchemist and Mustang’s teacher. After seeing what Mustang was capable of during the Ishbal War with such ability, Riza begs Roy to burn the tattoo, fearing the damage future flame alchemists could cause. Riza is reassigned as King Bradley’s personal assistant to be used as a hostage when Mustang learns the homunculi control the State. When she discovers that King Bradley’s adopted son, Selim, is a homunculus as well, she sends her discovery to Mustang in code as soon as she can. She eventually defects from the military to help Mustang overthrow King Bradley. Arakawa received various questions regarding the future of her relationship with Mustang and commented that, while Hawkeye stays with Mustang, a marriage would still be possible despite military regulations.

Manga Monday- Fullmetal Alchemist

Manga Monday- Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa. It was serialized in Square Enix’s Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine between August 2001 and June 2010; the publisher later collected the individual chapters into twenty-seven tankōbon volumes. The world of Fullmetal Alchemist is styled after the European Industrial Revolution. Set in a fictional universe in which alchemy is one of the most advanced scientific techniques, the story follows two alchemist brothers named Edward and Alphonse Elric, who are searching for the philosopher’s stoneto restore their bodies after a failed attempt to bring their mother back to life using alchemy.

The manga was published and localized in English by Viz Media in North America, Madman Entertainment in Australasia, and Chuang Yi in Singapore. Yen Press also has the rights for the digital release of the volumes in North America due to the series being a Square Enix title. The manga has sold over 70 million volumes worldwide, making it one of the best-selling manga series. The English release of the manga’s first volume was the top-selling graphic novel during 2005.

Manga

Written and drawn by Hiromu Arakawa, Fullmetal Alchemist was serialized in Square Enix’s monthly manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Gangan. Its first installment was published in the magazine’s August 2001 issue on July 12, 2001; publication continued until the series concluded in June 2010 with the 108th installment. A side-story to the series was published in the October 2010 issue of Monthly Shōnen Gangan on September 11, 2010. In the July 2011 issue of the same magazine, the prototype version of the manga was published. Square Enix compiled the chapters into twenty-seven tankōbon volumes. The first volume was released on January 22, 2002, and the last on November 22, 2010. A few chapters have been re-released in Japan in two “Extra number” magazines and Fullmetal Alchemist, The First Attack, which features the first nine chapters of the manga and other side stories. On July 22, 2011, Square Enix started republishing the series in kanzenban format.

Viz Media localized the tankōbon volumes in English in North America between May 3, 2005, and December 20, 2011. On June 7, 2011, Viz started publishing the series in omnibus format, featuring three volumes in one. Yen Press has the rights for the digital release of the volumes in North America since 2014 and on December 12, 2016 has released the series on the ComiXology website. Other English localizations were done by Madman Entertainment for Australasia and Chuang Yi in Singapore. The series has been also localized in Polish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and Korean.

Light novels

Square Enix has published a series of six Fullmetal Alchemist Japanese light novels, written by Makoto Inoue. The novels were licensed for an English-language release by Viz Media in North America, with translations by Alexander O. Smith and illustrations—including covers and frontispieces—by Arakawa. The novels are spin-offs of the manga series and follow the Elric brothers on their continued quest for the philosopher’s stone. The first novel, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Land of Sand, was animated as the episodes eleven and twelve of the first anime series. The fourth novel contains an extra story about the military called “Roy’s Holiday”. Novelizations of the PlayStation 2 games Fullmetal Alchemist and the Broken AngelCurse of the Crimson Elixir, and The Girl Who Succeeds God have also been written, the first by Makoto Inoue and the rest by Jun Eishima.

Manga reception

Along with Yakitate!! Japan, the series won the forty-ninth Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen in 2004. It won the public voting for Eagle Award’s “Favourite Manga” in 2010 and 2011. The manga also received the Seiun Award for best science fiction comic in 2011.

In a survey from Oricon in 2009, Fullmetal Alchemist ranked ninth as the manga that fans wanted to be turned into a live-action film. The series is also popular with amateur writers who produce dōjinshi (fan fiction) that borrows characters from the series. In the Japanese market Super Comic City, there have been over 1,100 dōjinshi based on Fullmetal Alchemist, some of which focused on romantic interactions between Edward Elric and Roy Mustang. Anime News Network said the series had the same impact in Comiket 2004 as several female fans were seen there writing dōjinshi

Setting

Fullmetal Alchemist takes place in an alternate history, in the fictional country of Amestris. In this world, alchemy is one of the most-practiced sciences; Alchemists who work for the government are known as State Alchemists and are automatically given the rank of Major in the military. Alchemists have the ability, with the help of patterns called Transmutation Circles, to create almost anything they desire. However, when they do so, they must provide something of equal value in accordance with the Law of Equivalent Exchange. The only things Alchemists are forbidden from transmuting are humans and gold. There has never been a successful human transmutation; those who attempt it lose a part of their body and the result is a horrific inhuman mass. Attemptees are confronted by Truth, a pantheistic and semi-cerebral God-like being who tauntingly regulates all alchemy use and whose nigh-featureless appearance is relative to the person to whom Truth is conversing with; the series’ antagonist, Father, and some other characters, claim and believe that Truth is a personal God who punishes the arrogant, a belief that Edward denies, citing a flaw in Father’s interpretation of Truth’s works.

Attemptees of Human Transmutation are also thrown into the Gate of Truth, where they receive an overwhelming dose of information, but also allowing them to transmute without a circle. All living things possess their own Gate of Truth, and per the Gaea hypothesis heavenly bodies like planets also have their own Gates of Truth. It is possible to bypass the Law of Equivalent Exchange (to an extent) using a Philosopher’s Stone, a red, enigmatic substance. Philosopher’s Stones can be used to create Homunculi, artificial humans of proud nature. Homunculi have numerous superhuman abilities unique among each other and look down upon all humanity. With the exception of one, they do not age and can only be killed via the destruction of their Philosopher’s Stones.

There are several cities throughout Amestris. The main setting is the capital of Central City, along with other military cities such as the northern city of Briggs. Towns featured include Resembool, the rural hometown of the Elrics; Liore, a city tricked into following a cult; Rush Valley, a town that specializes in automail manufacturing; and Ishbal, a conservative-religion region that rejects alchemy and was destroyed in the Ishbalan Civil War instigated after a soldier shot an Ishbalan child. Outside of Amestris, there are few named countries, and none are seen in the main story. The main foreign country is Xing. Heavily reminiscent of China, Xing has a complex system of clans and emperors, as opposed to Amestris’s government-controlled election of a Führer. It also has its own system of alchemy, called Alkahestry, which is more medical and can be bi-located using kunai; in turn, it is implied that all countries have different forms of alchemy.

Film Friday- Shugo Cara!

Film Friday- Shugo Cara!

Shugo Chara! has also been adapted into a fifty-one episode anime television series of the same title produced by Satelight under the direction of Kenji Yasuda and debuted on October 6, 2007 on TV Tokyo. On July 20, 2008, Anime News Network reported that the Shugo Chara! anime would be continued for a second year under the title Shugo Chara!! Doki—, the first episode airing on October 10, 2008; the official anime website later announced an October 4, 2008 start date.

On October 3, 2009, Shugo Chara! began featuring another series. The new program, Shugo Chara Party! containing Shugo Chara!!! Dokki Doki and Shugo Chara Pucchi Puchi! follow the current anime series as its power-up. The last episode aired on March 26, 2010.

Anime

Shugo Chara! was adapted into an anime television series of the same title in 2007. The television series is produced by Satelight under the direction of Kenji Yasuda and was first broadcast on the Japanese network, TV Tokyo. Consisting of fifty-one episodes, the first episode, “A Guardian Character is Born!”, aired on October 6, 2007. The episodes are rebroadcast by five other networks within a few days after the initial broadcast on TV Tokyo.

Six pieces of theme music by the J-pop group Buono! are used for the first season—two opening themes and four closing themes. The opening theme for the first twenty-six episodes is “Kokoro no Tamago”; and the last twenty-five episodes, “Minna Daisuki”. The closing theme for the first twelve episodes is “Honto no Jibun”; episodes thirteen to twenty-six, “Ren’ai Rider”; episodes twenty-seven to thirty-nine, “Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!”; and the last twelve episodes, “Gachinko de Ikō!”. There are also four insert songs, all sung by Nana Mizuki: “Meikyū Butterfly”, first sung in episode 12; “Black Diamond”, first in episode 39; “Heartful Song”, first in episode 47; and “Taiyou ga Niau yo”, first in episode 93.

A second year of episodes, under the title Shugo Chara!! Doki—, began airing the week after the fifty-first episode, on October 4, 2008; previously, Anime News Network reported that it was scheduled for October 10, 2008 on AT-X. Two opening themes sung by Shugo Chara Egg! and another two by Guardians 4 have been used; the opening theme for the first twelve episodes is “Minna no Tamago”; the second is “Shugo Shugo!”, used in episodes sixty-five to episode seventy-six; and the third opening is “Omakase♪Guardian” , by Guardians 4. The fourth and final opening is “School Days” sung by Guardians 4. The ending theme is “Rottara Rottara” by Buono!. A second ending theme, “Co-no-Mi-chi”, also by Buono!, took its place from episode 69 to 76. The third ending, “MY BOY”, also sung by Buono!, started showing from episode 77 to 89. The fourth ending theme is called “Take it Easy!”, also sung by Buono!, took its place from episode 90 and on wards. The opening theme for the Shugo Chara!!! Dokki Doki segment is “Watashi no Tamago” performed by Shugo Chara! Egg, while the opening for Shugo Chara! Party itself is “Party Time!” by Guardians 4. The first ending is “Bravo! Bravo!” performed by Buono!.
Crunchyroll announced on November 19, 2008 that it will be streaming Shugo Chara! with English subtitles along with other anime series from TV Tokyo.
On August 25, 2009, Anime News Network reported that a new series will premiere in Japan on October 3, 2009. This series is titled Shugo Chara Party! featuring anime and live-action segments contains the Anime Shugo Chara!!! Dokki Doki, the “power-up” of the Shugo Chara!! Doki— anime as its main segment and Shugo Chara Pucchi Puchi!, anime shorts starring Ran, Miki, Su, and Diamond. Director Kenji Yasuda continued to oversee both Shugo Chara!!! Dokki Doki and Shugo Chara Pucchi Puchi!.

Wednesday News- May 9, 2018

Wednesday News- May 9, 2018

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Anime-

  • Ace Attorney Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Batman Ninja BD/DVD
  • Batman Ninja Steelbook BD
  • Batman Ninja DVD
  • Is It Wrong to Expect a Hot Spring in a Dungeon?! (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (OAV) BD
  • Is It Wrong to Expect a Hot Spring in a Dungeon?! (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (OAV)DVD
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V Season 2 BD

Manga-

  • Ajin – Demi-Human GN 11
  • The Bride Was a Boy GN
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Edition GN 1 (Hardcover)
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 9 (Ditigal Only)
  • GTO: Paradise Lost GN 8 (Ditigal Only)
  • Happiness GN 7
  • Heaven’s Design Team GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • I am a Hero Omnibus GN 6
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria GN 3
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 5
  • Pokémon Sun & Moon GN 1
  • Requiem of the Rose King GN 8
  • Sherlock: The Great Game GN
  • Star Wars: Lost Stars GN 1
  • A Strange and Mystifying Story GN 3
  • Sweetness and Lightning GN 10
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs GN  1

Other-

  • Megadimension Neptunia VIIR PlayStation 4 Game
  • Parasyte Live-Action Parts 1 & 2 BD/DVD
  • Toradora! Novel 1
  • Wolf & Parchment: New Theory Spice & Wolf Novel  2

Other Tuesday- Character Special Shugo Chara!

Other Tuesday- Character Special Shugo Chara!

Shugo Chara! is a Japanese shōjo manga created by the manga author duo Peach-Pit. The story centers on elementary schoolgirl Amu Hinamori, whose popular exterior, referred to as “cool and spicy” by her classmates, contrasts with her introverted personality. When Amu wishes for the courage to be reborn as her would-be self, she is surprised to find three colorful eggs the next morning, which hatch into three Guardian Characters: Ran, Miki, and Su.

Peach-Pit uses Amu to explore differences between one’s true self and the self that is presented to others. Like Jun Sakurada in Peach-Pit’s previous work, Rozen Maiden, Amu tackles issues such as alienation and fitting in at school. Unlike most heroines in other magical girl series, Amu is neither the perfect sweetheart nor a complete klutz. Amu gets grumpy and frequently talks back to others in contrast to the polite schoolgirls that fill the genre.

Amu’s Guardian Characters—Ran, Miki, Su, and later Diamond—aid her in her quest of self-discovery. Each Guardian Character represents an aspect of Amu’s true self. Ran represents Amu’s desire to be more honest and athletic, Miki represents Amu’s desire to be more level headed and artistic, Su represents Amu’s desire to be more caring and improve her domestic skills, while Diamond represents Amu’s desire to shine in front of others and be a good speaker. Moreover, the Guardian Characters are more than mere mascots who help Amu learn about her true self. They can also perform a “Character Change” where Amu’s personality is replaced by an entirely different one.

However, Amu is not the only one with Guardian Characters. Each of the Guardians—Tadase Hotori, Nadeshiko Fujisaki, Kukai Soma, and Yaya Yuiki—have their own Guardian Characters. Amu also encounters Ikuto Tsukiyomi and Utau Hoshina(Tsukiyomi), two siblings who also have Guardian Characters and are employed by the Easter Company to search for the Embryo.

Eventually, Nadeshiko Fujisaki and Kukai Soma leave the Guardians and are replaced by Rima Mashiro and Kairi Sanjo, respectively. Kairi later leaves and is replaced by Nagihiko Fujisaki, Nadeshiko’s real identity.

Main characters

Amu Hinamori 

Amu Hinamori , the series’ protagonist, is a student of Seiyo Elementary. Amu’s classmates see her as “cool and spicy” Amu can be identified as a Tsundere (Mean and Cold to opening up to other people), but Amu’s true character is shy and timid. Part of the reason for this misunderstanding is the trendy punk goth clothing her mother buys for her as well as the way she expresses her shyness. However, when Amu wishes for the courage to become her would-be self, three colorful eggs appear. When they hatch, they reveal Amu’s Guardian Characters: Ran, Miki, and Su.

Amu becomes a member of the Guardians, the school’s student council, and discovers that each member has a Guardian Character. Amu’s position with the Guardians is the Joker. Her task as the Joker is to search for and purify X Eggs and X Characters (also, in the second season, she purifies Mystery Eggs, the corrupted forms of people’s would-be selves). Ran, Miki, and Su help Amu with her task through a process called Character Transformation, which is enabled by the Humpty Lock and grants Amu special abilities depending on the Guardian Character. Later on, Amu also creates a fourth egg, known as Diamond. In the second season, when Amu shows her true potential, the Humpty Lock increases in power. Thus, new transformation scenes are used…

Amu’s main love interests are Tadase Hotori and Tsukiyomi Ikuto. Throughout the first half of the series, Amu had a crush on Tadase and blushed every time she was in his presence. She initially regarded Ikuto as a jerk and pervert, but she grew close to him as he aided her countless times. When Ikuto first confesses his love to her, she thinks he is teasing her and dismisses it. When Tadase asks Amu if it is okay for him to fall in love with her, she is thrilled at the progress in their relationship but soon finds herself drawn to Ikuto. She was saddened when Ikuto decided to leave in search of his father. Because of this, she realizes that she truly loves Ikuto. After he confesses to her and kisses her close to the lips, she refuses to admit her feelings for him, which prompts Ikuto to make a deal with her that he will get her to fall in love with him. In chapter 48, Amu confesses to Tadase’s older self that she had liked Tadase for his outer character. Although they have a much better relationship than before, Amu remains stubborn about her feelings for Ikuto. In the final chapter of Shugo Chara Encore, she is happy to reunite with him and is seen holding hands with him at Sanjou and Nikaidou’s wedding. Amu’s primary rival is Utau Hoshina, Ikuto’s younger sister, who is jealous that Ikuto shows an interest in Amu instead of her. They soon become good friends after Utau leaves Easter. In the end, she chooses Ikuto in the manga. However, it is heavily implied that she ends up with Tadase in the anime.

Amu gains the Dumpty Key from Yoru and uses it to unlock the Humpty Lock. In some of the later chapters, when Amu opens the Humpty Lock with the Dumpty Key, she and Tadase see more of Ikuto’s past. Their journey ends when Amu Character transforms with Diamond, and she and Ikuto fight briefly. Ran, Miki, Su, and Diamond all combine their powers, making Amu character transform into Amulet Fortune and Ikuto character transform into Seven Seas Treasure.

Amu ventures to the Eggs’ Cradle, a place where unborn and “lost” Shugo Chara reside, in order to search for four colored shards representing each of her Shugo Chara in an attempt to bring Ran, Miki and Su back. In chapter 44, Diamond tells Amu that Ran, Miki and Su have “disappeared” and that she will help Amu find them as her “navigator”. Diamond becomes Amu’s guide in the Eggs’ Cradle in Amu’s search for the four coloured shards. She finally comes to terms with the loss of her Guardian Characters at the end of the journey, however as she returns she realizes that she has Ran, Miki, Su and Diamond back in Egg form much to her relief and later joy as they are born again later in Shugo Chara Encore.

Ran 
Ran is the first to hatch from Amu’s eggs and represents Amu’s desire to be more honest, confident and athletic. Ran is frequently cheering Amu on. During Character Change, Amu gains, thus, and increased her athletic abilities. During Character Transformation, Amu becomes Amulet Heart, with a cheerleader inspired outfit. In chapter 38, Ran undergoes a new Character Transformation, along with Miki, Su, and Diamond; becoming Amulet Fortune. In chapter 44, she disappears along with Miki and Su, and later Diamond as well when Amu no longer needs them. In Shugo Chara Encore at the very end of the last chapter, she and Amu’s other Shugo Chara emerge hatch again at Sanjou and Nikaidou’s wedding much to Amu’s joy.
Miki 
The second Guardian Character to hatch is Miki. Miki represents Amu’s desire to be more sharp, level headed, and artistic. Miki is also the one to help Amu make fashion choices. Reflecting Amu’s love interests, Miki has shown an interest in Tadase’s Guardian Character, Kiseki, Ikuto’s Guardian Character, Yoru, Kukai’s Guardian Character, Daichi, and Nagihiko’s Guardian Character, Rhythm. During Character Change, Amu gains increased artistic abilities. During Character Transformation, Amu becomes Amulet Spade. In chapter 38, Miki undergoes a new Character Transformation, along with Ran, Su, and Diamond; becoming Amulet Fortune. In Shugo Chara! Doki, Miki is the only one out of Amu’s Guardian Characters to be able to sense Mystery Eggs clearly. In chapter 44, she disappears along with Ran and Su, and later Diamond as well when Amu no longer needs them. In Shugo Chara Encore, she returns along with the others and together catch the wedding bouquet for Amu who accidentally threw it back in the air again.
Su 
The third Guardian Character, Su, represents Amu’s desire to be more caring, sensitive and improve her domestic skills. However, Su is prone to silly mistakes. She is very fond of Amu’s teacher, Yuu Nikaidou. Amu gains an improvement in cooking and cleaning skills during Character Change, as well as becoming “too girly”. During Character Transformation, Amu becomes Amulet Clover with an outfit just like Su’s. In chapter 38, Su undergoes a new Character Transformation with Ran, Miki, and Diamond; becoming Amulet Fortune. In chapter 44, she disappears along with Miki and Ran, and later Diamond as well when Amu no longer needs them. She and the others make an unexpected return toward the end of the last chapter of Shugo Chara Encore as they appear to be reborn again from Amu’s feelings.
Diamond 
Diamond is Amu’s fourth Guardian Character. Diamond represents Amu’s desire to be more calm and optimistic. Unlike most Guardian Characters, she is supposedly the most powerful. She becomes an X Egg when Amu dislikes all the changes that were happening in the spring. While collecting X Eggs with Yukari, Utau finds Diamond’s egg inside the box. She soon hatches into a X Character. Unusually, she is not shaped like the usual X Character; she looks like a normal Guardian Character, but with a white X-shaped clip covering her black diamond-shaped clip. Because of this, Amu doesn’t know Diamond’s true name. In the Japanese versions, Diamond’s name is shortened to Dia. Utau uses X-Diamond to extract heart’s egg of other people by character changing with her. X-Diamond can Character Transform with Utau, becoming Dark Jewel, however, the transformation does not last very long. When Amu is finally able to prove to Diamond that she does have enough confidence to shine she reverts into her true original form. Together they undergo a Character Transformation, becoming Amulet Diamond. Afterward, Diamond returns to her egg until she sees that Amu “shines again”, but secretly comes out as a spirit at times. Diamond is shown to be an air-headed character. In chapter 38, Diamond comes back when Amu “shines”. After character transforming and fighting with Ikuto, she, Ran, Miki, and Su combine powers with Amu; becoming Amulet Fortune. In chapter 44, Diamond tells Amu that Ran, Miki and Su have “disappeared” and that she will help Amu find them as her “navigator”. Diamond becomes Amu’s guide in the Eggs’ Cradle in Amu’s search for the four colored shards. Coming to terms with herself and the future, Amu accepts the loss of her Guardian Characters and Diamond disappears as well, guaranteeing that the four of them will always be watching over her. In Shugo Chara Encore, Diamond and the other three have hatched again and save Amu’s catching of the thrown bouquet. When Amu Character Changes with Diamond in Shugo Chara Party’s Shugo Chara Dokki Doki, Amu doesn’t really do much but smile and sparkle, disappointing Ran, Miki, and Su.

Tadase Hotori 

Tadase Hotori  is a boy in the same year as Amu and serves as King’s Chair of the Guardians. Like Amu, he is actually a shy person and is not good at public speaking; instead, he Character Changes with his Guardian Character, Kiseki. Although he is popular with the girls, when a girl confesses their love to Tadase, he will have Kiseki reject her. However, whenever he hears the word “ouji”, or anything resembling the word “ouji”, he Character Changes into an egotistical king who seeks world domination. Amu develops a crush on Tadase soon after she transfers into the school. His love interest is Amulet Heart, Amu’s Character Transformation with Ran, but it later becomes Amu herself. In episode 39, Kiseki’s egg turns into an X Egg because Tadase lost his self-esteem by not being able to find the Embryo. With the help of Amulet Heart, Tadase turns back to normal. Tadase has known Ikuto and Utau since childhood, but he does not talk about it in detail until the Guardians are about to face Utau in their final battle. Amu and Tadase reconcile soon after, though. Later on, he agrees to help Amu save Ikuto from Easter. Tadase confesses his love for Amu in chapter 28 (episode 74 in the anime) behind Amu’s house while Ikuto was hiding in Amu’s closet. Ikuto overheard and made fun of Tadase, only to protect him, which he knew nothing about. When Tadase was facing against Ikuto in chapter 35, his staff becomes a sword called Royal Sword in episode 99. Tadase ventures into the Eggs’ Cradle with Amu, but subsequently gets separated from Amu due to a meteor shower. The future Tadase, who looks like Tsukasa helps Amu and reveals himself to be Tadase. In episode 127 of the anime, he kisses Amu on the cheek and tells her that he’ll always be by her side.

Kiseki 
Kiseki is Tadase’s Guardian Character. Kiseki was born for a combination of Tadase’s desire to be stronger and the dream of world domination. Because of this, Kiseki is extremely egotistical and often demanding, and doesn’t like obeying others. He frequently calls other Guardian Characters to go on “Special Secret Meetings.” A running gag is that the other Guardian Character will almost always ignore him when he starts up a meeting. Kiseki is aware of Tadase’s crush on Amu and acts the same way as Amu’s Guardian Characters whenever Tadase seems to be confessing to Amu. Kiseki holds a grudge against Ikuto’s Guardian Character, Yoru. During Character Change, Tadase gains the confidence to overcome his shyness. However, sometimes Tadase will become an egotistical person who seeks world domination. Although Tadase could not Character Transform with Kiseki at first, they later gain this ability with the help of Amu after Kiseki’s egg gets tainted with an X, becoming Platinum Royal.

Ikuto Tsukiyomi 

Ikuto Tsukiyomi is a teenage boy in high school, contracted by Easter to find the Embryo. He often helps Amu even though he works for Easter. Ikuto actually despises Easter and tries to wrench himself free from them by trying to find the Embryo to grant that wish. He possesses the Dumpty Key which pairs with Amu’s Humpty Lock which at first did not fit in the keyhole. Like his father, Ikuto is a skilled violinist. He is the current owner of the Dumpty Key, which originally belonged to Aruto, his father, although Tadase’s father had it for a little while. His father is presumed to be dead, but Ikuto refuses to believe it and has set out on finding him. As her status as the only daughter of the past president of the Easter Company, his mother was forced to marry the company’s director after her husband’s violin was found in a foreign country. From her second marriage, she bound her children into working for Easter. Ikuto’s personality is aloof, mysterious, and a little naughty. He likes teasing people, especially Amu and Tadase. He is also the older brother of Utau Hoshina. As the series goes on, he grows very strong feelings for Amu — he confessed that he loves her in the same chapter Tadase did, although she believes that he is teasing her. He later surrendered himself to Easter, not wanting to get anyone else involved in the mess he made. In the manga timeline, it is shown he character transformed with a new black Guardian Egg to become Death Rebel, shocking Amu. In chapter 38, he character transforms with Yoru and the black egg into Seven Seas Treasure. In chapter 39, it’s said that Ikuto may have two eggs, one is possibly still inside him. In one of the later chapters, Ikuto calls Amu ‘princess’ and she replies by asking him to thank her for making him get back to normal. Ikuto swears that this time he will be the one to protect her. In chapter 43, Ikuto confesses to Amu he will never see her again as he is going to search for his father. Ikuto returns for Yukari Sanjo and Yuu Nikaidou’s wedding. Amu is very happy and relieved to see him. He promises that he would show Amu sides of him that she has not seen, but only when he returns for her when she is older, he then later kisses her on the nose. At the wedding Ikuto and Amu are seen holding hands and Amu says she knows she can reach the future without letting go of his hand.

Yoru 
Yoru is Ikuto’s cat-like Guardian Character and represents Ikuto’s desire to be free. Yoru often goes out by himself and enjoys causing trouble for the Guardians and their Guardian Characters for fun. When Ikuto and Yoru undergo a Character Transformation, they become Black Lynx. Yoru became hysterical when Ikuto does the Death Rebel Character Transformation in chapter 31. During this time, he also could not track Ikuto because the hypnotizing tuning fork confuses him. Later on, when Racquel and Tadase find Ikuto being controlled by Easter, Yoru takes the Dumpty Key and gives it to Amu. In chapter 38, he along with the black egg, combine powers with Ikuto to become Seven Seas Treasure. In chapter 46, Amu finds a dazed Yoru in the Eggs’ Cradle. He and Amu fall out of the Egg’s cradle and see Ikuto. In chapter 48, when Yoru sees how happy Ikuto is, he comments him for having become a “true alley cat”, and goes back to being a heart’s egg inside of Ikuto.

Utau Hoshina/Tsukiyomi 

Utau Hoshina is a junior high student model turned singing idol. She is actually Ikuto’s younger sister, Utau Tsukiyomi. Utau had tried to find the Embryo to release her brother from Easter, but she never succeeded. Utau is very attracted to Ikuto and becomes extremely jealous of Amu because Ikuto shows an interest in her. However, she eventually accepts Amu and they become friends. She becomes good friends with Kukai in the anime and manga, and soon starts a relationship with him.

She was the vocalist of the indie band “Black Diamond” which is produced by her manager, Yukari Sanjo, as a method of using the CDs of their music to draw the eggs out of children and make them into X Eggs. She only sang in Black Diamond whilst in a x-chara change with x-Diamond. X-Diamond was found during one of her x-egg withdrawal sessions. Utau mainly uses X-Diamond to extract the heart’s egg of other people since X-Diamond can withdraw more x-eggs than Il can and El refuses to do anything. X-Diamond can Character Transform with Utau, and become Dark Jewel, however, the transformation lasts only a short period of time. When the plan fell apart, Utau quit Easter with her manager and became a singer on her own, without Easter contracting her.

Il 
The devilish Iru is the first of Utau’s two Character Guardians introduced in the story. Iru seems mean and unkind, but it’s just her character. Sometimes she can be helpful and sincere, but she dislikes nagging. She represents Utau’s energetic and playful side. During Character Transformation, Utau becomes Lunatic Charm, with the attack Nightmare Lorelei and later, Lilin Trident. When Iru felt lonely because Eru wasn’t there for her to tease and when she felt that Utau was ignoring her because of Diamond, she Character Transforms with Amu, becoming Amulet Devil.
El 
El is Utau’s second Guardian Character and is the complete angelic opposite of Il. El often nags, likes correcting people about their choices that she considers wrong herself, and helps those who are troubled by love. Because El was treated badly by Il and ignored by Utau, she left home and wound up in Amu’s care. El can perform a Character Transformation with Amu, resulting in Amulet Angel, which surprised Utau. However, as Amu is not El’s real owner, the Character Transformation remains powerless with no real abilities. Whenever El performs a Character Transformation with Amu, Amu usually ends up being embarrassed due to El’s over-the-top antics. Eru finally performed a Character Transformation with Utau, forming Seraphic Charm. Later in the manga series, Utau uses White Wing to help the Guardians help Ikuto.