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Film Friday- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle

Film Friday- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle

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

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

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

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

Character Special- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Bad guys and Others

Character Special- Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle Bad guys and Others

The Bad Guys

Fei-Wang Reed

Fei-Wang Reed is a powerful magician who is after Sakura’s inner powers. Therefore, he scatters her soul into multiple feathers throughout various worlds to make it get stronger as Syaoran is able to return them to her. In order to ensure Syaoran’s success, he tried to make Fai D. Flowright and Kurogane his allies to assist Syaoran, but is only successful with the former. He is later revealed to be the creator of the clones of Syaoran and Sakura, having created them as backups if the originals were killed, and manages to turn the Syaoran clone into his own subordinate. He is stated to be a direct descendant of the powerful sorcerer Clow Reed by the witch Yūko Ichihara who opposes him. Though he already possesses the power to cross dimensions to transport Syaoran to different worlds like Sakura, he seeks to increase the power of Sakura to revive Yūko who was kept on the brink of death and her time being frozen by Clow, and thus claim himself Clow’s superior. He is ruthless in pursuing this dream and does not care how much blood has to be shed to get his wish come true.

Fei-Wang is located in an area cut off from time in the ruins of the Kingdom of Clow created by the original Syaoran when he wished to turn back time after he placed a death seal on the original Sakura. As a result of this wish, Fei-Wang took the original Syaoran and Sakura prisoner to set up his plan. When the original Syaoran manages to rescue the original Sakura from the death seal, Fei-Wang obtains the powers from the two Sakuras to revive Yūko, breaking a logic that starts causing all the worlds to be destroyed. This leads to a battle against two Syaorans, the two Sakuras, Fai and Kurogane, in which the clones manage to undo Fei-Wang’s damage to the world. In the course of the battle, Fei-Wang is mortally wounded by Kurogane, and his body starts disintegrating leading to the belief he was created by a powerful magician. However, before disappearing, he traps the two Syaorans and Watanuki in a void, while stating he wanted to tell Yūko something. In the original Japanese series, Fei-Wang is voiced by Kazuhiro Nakata. For the English dub of the anime adaptation, Fei-Wang Reed is voiced by Randy Tallman in first season and by R Bruce Elliott in the second season and the OVAs.

Xing Huo

Xing Huo is Fei-Wang Reed’s assistant who commonly appears alongside him discussing his plans. Not much about her is known besides the fact she is a “failed creation” of him. While in the manga she keeps interested in seeing the original Syaoran imprisoned, in the anime adaptation she acts as an agent from Fei-Wang during the last episodes. When the original Syaoran is freed from Fei-Wang’s prison, Xing Huo betrays Fei-Wang, as she transports him go to Yūko’s shop with him being unable to use such type of magic. A connection between her and Clow Reed is implied, with Yūko stating her motives were the same as his, and besides is able to use his magic. She is killed by Fei-Wang shortly afterward, who considers the betrayal as inevitable due to her origins. She is voiced by Sanae Kobayashi in Japanese and Laura Bailey in English.

Kyle Rondart

An agent of Fei Wang Reed, Kyle Rondart is first introduced in Jade Country as a doctor who was helping the village with their problems around the time the children started vanishing. Despite appearing to be a kind person, it is then revealed that out that through hypnotism he was the one that sends the children to the old castle to dig out Sakura’s feather. Due to interference from Syaoran’s group, Kyle loses the feather, and disappears with the destruction from Princess Emerald’s castle. He reappears various times throughout the series, following Syaoran’s group until kidnapping the Sakura’s soulless body and taking it to Fei-Wang. When the original Syaoran’s group manages to get to Fei-Wang and get their chance to kill him, Kyle is used to save him, dying at the moment. Following his death, his body disappears as Fei-Wang comments he was an artificial being. He is voiced by Mitsuru Miyamoto in Japanese and Troy Baker in English.

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Yūko Ichihara

Yūko Ichihara, also known as the Dimensional Witch or the Space-Time Witch, is a witch who resides in a modern-day Japan’s shop. In her shop, she can grant people their wishes if they can pay the equivalent price. Although Yūko is extremely powerful, to the point of being able to create gods, she cannot act without the request of another beforehand, regardless of whether the events she wishes to pass are selfless or not. She works against the sorcerer Fei-Wang Reed, knowing his purposes and helping Syaoran’s group in their journey only when they pay a price. Before the series’ start, Yūko met the sorcerer Clow Reed and both created the two Mokona Modoki in anticipation for the series’ events. Near the series’ ending, Yūko is revealed to have had her own time had been stopped by the late Clow Reed to prevent her death. Fei-Wang manages to obtain the power to achieve his goal of reviving Yūko. Just then, Yūko rebuilds the destroyed bodies from the Syaoran and Sakura clones in order to give their choice for them to be reborn as normal humans. For this purpose, she gives her life for Sakura’s payment with Clow having done the same for Syaoran’s. As they are reborn in the past, Yūko is revealed to have died. Yūko Ichihara is voiced by Sayaka Ohara in Japanese and Colleen Clinkenbeard in English.

Kimihiro Watanuki

Kimihiro Watanuki is Yūko Ichihara’s employee who is the protagonist of xxxHolic. While he does not interact with the protagonists in his first appearances, when he appears in the Dream World, he meets Sakura who finds him similar to the original Syaoran. The original Syaoran acknowledges such fact, but Watanuki does not know its meaning as he once paid all of his memories to Yūko as a price to locate Fei-Wang who had imprisoned the original Syaoran. Watanuki and the original Syaoran were originally the same being, Watanuki being created when Syaoran paid the price for turning back time. A dimensional rift being created because of this, Watanuki was then born to Syaoran’s parents instead of him, while he was taken hostage by Fei-Wang, until his payment for the wish was fulfilled. As Fei-Wang dies, Watanuki is trapped into a void alongside the two Syaorans due to Fei-Wang’s curse. Following the clone’s death, Watanuki and Syaoran divide a payment to escape from the void; Watanuki decides his payment is to be made unable to leave Yūko’s shop, as after her death, he decides to succeed her job, waiting for the day she might return. Watanuki is voiced by Jun Fukuyama in Japanese and Todd Haberkorn in English.

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Manga Monday- Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

Manga Monday- Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle

Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle is a shōnen manga series written and illustrated by the manga artist group Clamp. It takes place in the same fictional universe as many of Clamp’s other manga series, most notably xxxHolic. It was serialized in the Kodansha publication Weekly Shōnen Magazine from May 2003 until October 2009, and was collected in twenty-eight tankōbon volumes. Tsubasa was conceived when four Clamp artists wanted to create a manga series that connected all their previous works. They took the designs for the main protagonists from their earlier manga called Cardcaptor Sakura.

The manga was licensed for English language release by Del Rey Manga, who has released all of its volumes since April 27, 2004. The series has been well received by Japanese and English readers, and it reached high positions on various best-seller lists; the series has sold over twenty million manga volumes in Japan. Both the manga and anime have had positive response from critics, who praised its connections to previous works and its artwork. The plot twists in later parts of the story have resulted in mixed reactions due to positive focus on the impact on the plot and negative one based on how confusing they are.

The plot follows how Sakura, the princess of the Kingdom of Clow, loses all her memories and how Syaoran, a young archaeologist who is her childhood friend, goes on a quest to save her. The Dimensional Witch Yūko Ichihara instructs him to go with two people, Kurogane and Fai D. Flowright. They search for Sakura’s memories, which were scattered in various worlds in the form of feathers, as gathering them will help save her soul. In exchange for the ability to travel across dimensions, Yūko demands that each pay with that they value most: Kurogane offers his sword Ginryū; Fai offers the tattoo that suppresses his enormous magical strength and power; and Syaoran offers all of Sakura’s memories that involve him. Yūko then presents them with a creature named Mokona Modoki that sends the group on a journey across dimensions in search of Sakura’s feathers. After obtaining the first feathers, Sakura awakens from her catatonic state and starts recovering her memories. During their adventures, the group gradually grows closer to the point that Fai jokingly labels them as relatives. As they travel, they learn that the feathers have their own unique abilities and can bestow several supernatural abilities to those who possess them.

 

 

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Manga Monday- Claymore volume: The Silver-Eyed Slayer

Manga Monday- Claymore volume: The Silver-Eyed Slayer

Today’s post is on Claymore volume 1 by Norihiro Yagi. It is the first in the long running Claymore series. It is 187 pages long and is published by Shonen Jump Advanced. The cover is a close up of the main character Clare. The intended reader is someone who likes dark plots, high action, and strong female characters. There is mild foul language, no sex, and lots of violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the main character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- In a world where monsters called Yoma prey on humans and live among them in disguise, humanity’s only hope is a new breed of warrior known as Claymores. Half human, hlaf monster, these silver-eyes slayers posses supernatural strength, but are condemned to fight their savage impulses or lose their humanity completely.
A village is gripped by fear and paranoia when a Yoma claims six lives. The Claymore who is send to slay the creature isn’t what the villagers expect at all. In fact, she seems more monster than human.


Review- A good start to a series. The story starts with the villagers arguing about sending for a Claymore but as much as they fear the Claymores they fear the Yoma even more. Clare comes and she is a quiet warrior with no interest in anything more than her prey. The blurb does not give anything about the story. We get some world building with more than just the monsters. We get to see what happens when a Claymore loses the battle to control the monster within. The second main character is a young boy who Clare saves and wants to help her with saving others but as he is just a human the only thing that he can do is cook for her. I look forward to seeing where this series is going to go.

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.

Film Friday- One Punch Man

Film Friday- One Punch Man

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

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

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

Saitama

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

Genos

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

Manga Monday- One Punch Man

Manga Monday- One Punch Man

One-Punch Man is an ongoing Japanese superhero parody webcomic created by an author using the pseudonym One which began publication in early 2009. The series quickly went viral, surpassing 7.9 million hits in June 2012. The Japanese shortened name Wanpanman is a play on the long-running children’s character Anpanman, wanpan being a contraction of wanpanchi (“one punch”). One-Punch Man tells the story of Saitama, an extremely overpowered superhero, who has grown bored by the absence of challenge in his fight against evil and seeks to find a worthy opponent.

A digital manga remake of the series, illustrated by Yusuke Murata, began publication on Shueisha’s Young Jump Web Comics website in 2012. The chapters are periodically collected and printed into tankōbon volumes, with twelve released as of December 2, 2016. Viz Media has licensed the remake for English serialization in its Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine.

One-Punch Man had 2.2 million copies in print in November 2013, 3.2 million copies in April 2014, and 4.5 million copies in November 2014. By November 2016, this number had grown to 11.1 million copies in print. The series was one of ten nominated for the seventh annual Manga Taishō Awards in 2014. As of July 2017, the manga had 13 million copies in print.

Once released in the United States, both the first and second volumes debuted on the New York Times Manga Best Sellers list, at first and second place, respectively, and stayed there for two weeks. Volume one dropped to second place for the third week, while volume two fell off the list altogether. Volume one was still on the list for a fourth week. The series was nominated for an Eisner Award in 2015.

Plot

On an unnamed Earth-like super-continent planet, strange monsters and supervillains have been mysteriously appearing and causing disasters. To combat them, the world’s heroes have risen to fight them. Saitama is one such hero, hailing from the metropolis of Z-City and easily defeating monsters and villains with a single punch. However, he has become bored with his superhuman power and only gets truly excited when fighting strong opponents that can challenge him. Over the course of the series, Saitama encounters various superheroes, supervillains, and monsters. He gains a disciple in the form of the cyborg Genos and eventually joins the Hero Association in order to gain official recognition. He smashes an incoming meteor, defeats boss villains like the Deep Sea King. When the alien Dark Matter Thieves invade and destroy City A, Saitama defeats their leader Lord Boros using a serious punch.

Saitama gets to know other super heroes in the group, becoming friends with old martial artist Bang and a superhero named King who is actually a cowardly nonviolent otaku. When the Hero Association executive Sitch tries to recruit villains to become superheroes, a villain named Garo emerges and starts beating down many of the other heroes, prompting the association to make a small effort to stop him. In order to learn more about martial arts, Saitama enters a tournament. More ferocious monsters start showing up in the various cities, wearing down many of the heroes. A group of them kidnap an Association sponsor’s son. The Hero Association learns that that the monsters have organized into a Monster Association, and that they are also recruiting members by having fighters and others ingest monster cells that transform them into monsters that have far more power.

Over the interwining course of Garo and the Hero Association, it is discovered that the monsters have made their headquarters in the abandoned area of Z-City, which happens to be inhabited by Saitama alone. Garo encounters all the S-Class, or the ranked strongest, heroes, and proceeds to continue his ‘monstrification’ process during the battles. Finally he encounters Saitama(Who had come annoyed at the noise from the fight), whose attitude and strength infuriates and eventually destroys Garo’s will, then reveals his vision for the future. Saitama, out of character, understands his pain, and under the threat by the defeated heroes to kill Garo, Garo leaves before anyone can catch him.

Film Friday- Super Gals!

Film Friday- Super Gals!

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

Characters

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

Wednesday News- September 27, 2017

Wednesday News- September 27, 2017

News-

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Anime-

  • Crusher Joe: The OVA’s DVDP
  • Dance with Devils BD/DVD
  • Hyou-ka Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Joker Game BD/DVD
  • Kaiba BD/DVD
  • Naruto Shippūden Set 32 DVD Uncut
  • Occultic;Nine Volume 1
  • Project A-Ko 2: Plot of the Daitokuji Finalcial Group DVD
  • Project A-ko 3: Cinderella Rhapsody DVD
  • Project A-Ko 4: Final DVD
  • Puzzle & Dragons X Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Soul Link DVD
  • Ushio & Tora Premium Box Set BD/DVD

Manga-

  • 12 Beast GN 5
  • All Out!! GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Aphorism GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Crimson Prince GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Days GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Deathtopia GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Flying Witch GN 3
  • Frau Faust GN 1
  • Giant Killing GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • In/Spectre GN 6
  • Infini-T Force GN 1
  • Marai Holic GN 11
  • Otome Mania!! GN 2
  • Princess Jellyfish GN 6
  • Princess Resurrection GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • Real Girl GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Sekirei GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Shojo Fight GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Species Domain GN 3
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil Storm! GN 1
  • Tokyo Ghoul [Jack] GN (Digital Only)
  • Tsuredure Children GN 3 (Digital Only)

Other-

  • Blue Reflection PS4/PC Game
  • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony PS4/Vita/PC Game
  • Ghost in the Shell: The Official Movie Novelization
  • Gundam Versus PS4 Game
  • I Became the Secretary of a Hero! Volume 1 (Digital Only)
  • Monster Girl Encyclopedia Volume 2 (Hardcover)
  • Pokken Tournament DX Switch Game
  • Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash PS4 Game
  • Summon Night 6: Lost Borders PS4/Vita Game
  • A Small Charred Face Novel