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Film Friday- Get Backers

Film Friday- Get Backers

The manga of Get Backers was adapted into an animated television series in 2002. The Studio Deen production aired on the Tokyo Broadcasting System from October 5, 2002 until September 20, 2003, for a complete run of 49 episodes. It was also dubbed in English and broadcast by the anime television network Animax across its respective networks worldwide. The series was licensed for an English-language release in North America by TokyoPop, which released 27 volumes between February 10, 2004 and December 2, 2008. It has since lost the license to the property, and all existing releases are now out-of-print.

Ban Midou

is one of the main protagonists in GetBackers. His name comes from his mother’s surname “Midou” and the “Ban” from Japanese word for Savage. The “ban” can mean “barbarian” or “uncouth/vulgar”. This is the result of the first meeting between Paul and Ban. When der Kaiser first introduced the infant Ban to Paul, Ban kicked Paul in the face while being held by him, causing Paul to insist that the Ban of Yaban suited the child perfectly. der Kaiser agreed.

Known variously as “The Man with the Evil Eye” and “The Genius of Battles”, he is the “B” in the GetBackers. He is 18 years old in the manga and 21 years old in the anime. He is one quarter German is the grandchild of the “Last Witch of the 20th Century”. Ban is a brother-like figure to Himiko Kudo after she came to terms with her brother’s death, and later it is revealed in volume 38 of the manga that Ban is actually related to her by blood through the Witch Queen.

In the GetBackers duo, he is the one who thinks of the plans for their moves. Initially, Ginji Amano was seen to be a sidekick to him (in fact, when they first formed their partnership, Ban insisted that Ginji was only his sidekick), but as the story progressed, Ginji gradually held his own in their missions, and Ban acknowledged him as an equal.

Ban is very intelligent, having studied fighting techniques, science, history, music, art and magic from a very young age as a result of being hunted in Europe by shamans during his childhood. More often surprises everyone with his knowledge and abilities, such as being able to play the violin. He also bears a striking resemblance to his father. In fact, in the arcs where his hair is “down” (“Venus de Milo” and “Kiryuudo” arcs), he looks like der Kaiser during his Getbacker days with Paul. Another trait which both father and son share is that while they may appear cold and ruthless on the surface, they are actually very warm and caring towards their friends.

Ban inherited his powers from his grandmother. Ban utilizes two main abilities. His primary technique is the Evil Eye, which allows him to force anyone he makes eye contact with watch a one-minute-long illusion. It should only be used three times per day and cannot be used on the same person again for the next 24 hours. Furthermore, while the illusion only lasts for one minute, should Ban will it, the one affected by the Jagan can be placed inside a time-warp zone via the illusion created by the technique, meaning that to them, one minute in real life could last up to several hours in the Jagan’s influence. It is rare for Ban to use the Evil Eye to defeat his opponents, preferring to use it to aid in the retrieval process or to give clients happy/nightmarish dreams; however, he has been shown to use it in defeating Takuma Fudou’s insight during the blank second.

If the user were to use the Jagan a fourth time within a 24-hour period they would receive a penalty for using it. After the fourth use the user disappears both from the physical world and from the memories of all who know him. With this in mind, Ban requested one final duel with Akabane Kurodou. After an intense struggle, the two manage to strike each other, causing Ban to collapse and Akabane to disappear. However, Akabane had not died, as assumed, but instead, implanted a surgical scalpel into Ban’s chest as a “final favor”, given to Ban for allowing Akabane to see his own limits. Akabane later explained that because having Ban disappear would be a pity, he attempted to fool the “Archive” by faking Ban’s death and delaying Ban’s disappearance from using his fourth Jagan just long enough for Ginji to reach Babylon City and resolve everything, thus saving Ban from disappearing.

His second ability is the Snakebite. Because he is a direct descendant of the Witch clan, and was born under the star of Asclepius, he possesses incredible superhuman strength, which gives him a gripping force of 200 kilograms in each hand. It is also shown that he is strong enough to break open the doors of an armored steel truck and punch hard enough to create large craters in the ground or break walls, occasionally even collapsing multistory buildings. Ban can augment the strength of his Snakebite by reciting a certain chant in order to draw power from Asclepius, with the resulting force being sufficient enough to devastate even the most formidable of opponents with just a single blow. The full extent of the Asclepius curse upon Ban is expressed through his entire right arm degenerating into a grotesque state not unlike a demon’s limb, granting Ban even greater power but at the risk of losing himself to his savage instincts. Later Ban manages to transcend the Asclepius curse and draw out his full potential on his own, which is reflected by the manifestation of a single angel wing behind his right shoulder.

In the “Get Back the Lost Time” arc, his skills grow by leaps and bounds due to his learning abilities. Against Natsuhiko, he manages to execute a new move, “Snake Kill”, using his left hand.

Anime News Network praised the style of the Jagan in the manga to be a “horrifying nightmare”. The Tokyo Pop translation of the Ban Midou dialogues has been criticized for making him sound like a gangster.

Ginji Amano

Ginji Amano is the “G” in the GetBackers. He is 18 years old in the manga. Ginji was formerly the leader of a gang called “The VOLTS” in the Limitless Fortress, the fearsome Lightning Emperor.

He received the title Lightning Emperor because of his ability to control electricity. This control grants him several unique abilities such as amazing regenerative power and the ability to become a human magnet and battery. Despite Ginji’s dark past, his demeanor is one of an unassuming, energetic, and friendly boy with a strong sense of justice. He makes friends easily, often without trying and is trusting and open to an almost naive extent. However, when exposed to remnants of his past, he has a tendency to revert to his darker “Lightning Emperor” persona. For comical purposes, he also turns droopy and super deformed, most likely designed after a Tarepanda. He’s frequently beaten up by Ban for doing stupid things. As a child, his guardian was Takeru Teshimine, then ruler of the Limitless Fortress. Ginji founded the “VOLTS”, a gang led by The Lightning Emperor, and “The Four Kings of the VOLTS” to protect the Infinity Fortress from the monsters of the Beltline. During the era of the VOLTS, only one man (Midou Ban) is known to have defeated the Lightning Emperor, though not in a fight of physical strength. All Ban did was show him that he was causing pain to many. While they were fighting, Lightning Emperor summoned lightning which resulted in a huge blast. Though Ban escaped from the blast, he was able to see the infinite energy flowing in the Lightning Emperor, which made it impossible to beat him. Then, Ban remembered that the Lightning Emperor only appeared after Ban attacked one of his friends. He then showed him that though the Lightning Emperor said that he would protect everyone, he himself killed many since many were caught up in the blast. After seeing the devastation he caused, the Lightning Emperor shrieked and expelled all the power within him, turning back into Ginji. Ban noticed that he has changed and did not deliver the killing blow to Ginji as he sat in front of him, his head bowed and crying.

Little is known of his past until the last volume of the manga where it is revealed that his mother, who Teshimine told Ginji was waiting for him in Babylon City, had created the world in which the GetBackers live. Her reason for doing this was that in the real world (Babylon City), Ginji had died as a child. Unbearably sad, she considered cloning him, but realized that it would not be the same child, she created a back-up of the world where he could live and grow.

When transformed into the Lightning Emperor, Ginji glows with a brilliant light and has bolts of electricity flowing around him. Although sharing the same body as that of Ginji, the Lightning Emperor is the polar opposite of the happy-go-lucky Ginji; his features harden and he becomes merciless towards almost anyone. He first came into being when Ginji was a young boy, as the Beltline Monsters invaded the lower levels of the Limitless Fortress. Ginji and a friend were attempting to escape from the hunters when Ginji’s friend was struck by an arrow. The whole invasion force was annihilated in an instant. From that point on, whenever Ginji is confronted with a difficult situation, emotionally or physically, the Lightning Emperor appears to make everything that troubles Ginji disappear. However, this ultimately causes more pain for the peaceful Ginji, as death is the last thing he wants.

In the “Get Back the Lost Time” arc, after the Lightning Emperor was successfully able to defeat the Voodoo King, it is revealed that the Lightning Emperor would never appear again as his reason for existing was over. The Lightning Emperor, who was born from the synchronization of Ginji’s rage and Mugenjou’s power, existed to defeat the person whose purpose was disrupting the plans of the “Archive” (the Voodoo King). His purpose was to protect the world without judgment from Good or Evil.

The source of the Lightning Emperor’s power is the limitless energy currents flowing through the Limitless Fortress, and as such, he draws as much power from them as he needs. Sometimes, though, this can put the Infinity Fortress in a bad situation if the Lightning Emperor calls for more power in a single instant than the tower is capable of producing. For this reason, he is dangerous to the “Brain Trust” in Babylon City who possess the “Archive” (the sum total of human knowledge past, present and future) as he could potentially erase the “Archive” if he blacked out the Limitless Fortress. Another reason why Ginji/the Lightning Emperor is so dangerous inside the Limitless Fortress is because his existence is “random” in the Babylon City Archives. This means his existence was not foretold and therefore his existence inside the Limitless Fortress changes all the prophecies made by the Brain Trust. The reason for this most likely has to do with his mother.

 

Manga Monday- Get Backers

Manga Monday- Get Backers

GetBackers is a Japanese manga series written by Yuya Aoki and illustrated by Rando Ayamine. The series was serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine from 1999 until 2007, totaling 39 volumes. The plot follows the “GetBackers”, a group that retrieves anything that was lost. The team is primarily composed of Ban Mido, a man born with the illusionary technique “Evil Eye”, and Ginji Amano the former leader of a gang called “The VOLTS”, a powerful group in the dangerous territory called the Infinity Fortress in Shinjuku.

Manga

The GetBackers manga series is written by Yuya Aoki and illustrated by Rando Ayamine. The series was serialized and published by Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine from 1999 in its 17th issue until its 12th issue from 2007, totaling twelve story arcs with the name of “Act” and a short number of side stories labelled as “Interlude” and “Birth”. The manga consists of 39 tankōbon with the first released on August 17, 1999, and the last one on April 17, 2007, while some of the last were also released in special editions. On February from 2009, Kodansha published a one-shot chapter from the series in their Magazine Special journal. An artbook of the manga titled G/B was released on March 15, 2005 by Kodansha. Additionally, a manga guidebook titled GetBackers The Last Piece was released on April 17, 2007 containing information about the series’ plot, characters, and popularity polls.

GetBackers is licensed for an English language release in North America by Tokyopop, who first announced it in the Anime Expo 2004 in July 2003. Tokyopop divided the manga in two parts: GetBackers featuring the first twenty-five and GetBackers: Infinity Fortress the following ones. GetBackers was published from February 10, 2004, to July 7, 2008. However, only the first two volumes of Infinity Fortress were released. On August 31, 2009, Tokyopop announced that they would not be completing the series as their licenses with Kodansha expired and Kodansha required that they immediately stop publication of all previously licensed series, including GetBackers. Because of this, the series is now considered to be out-of-print.

Plot

The series tells the story of Ginji Amano and Ban Mido, a pair of super powered individuals known as the “GetBackers”. The duo operates a freelance repossession service out of one of the seedier areas of Shinjuku, Tokyo. For a fee, they will recover any lost or stolen item for a client with “an almost 100% success rate”. The GetBackers’ job often leads them into bizarre and dangerous situations in order to “get back what shouldn’t be gone”. Their targets range from lost video games to misplaced components of an atomic bomb. The plot mostly revolves around their adventures, often complicated by the pair’s convoluted, individual pasts and a mysterious place known as the Infinity Fortress.

A conglomeration of disused, condemned buildings clustered together to form a self-contained habitat, Limitless Fortress is subdivided into three specific tiers – Lower Town, the Beltline and Babylon City. Lower Town is the lowest in altitude, with several layers extending below ground level. The Beltline, the most dangerous area of The Limitless Fortress, is ruled by Der Kaiser, Ban’s father. Babylon City, the upper most level of the Limitless Fortress, is said to be where the Brain Trust resides, and is the home of Ginji’s mother. In actuality, Babylon City is what one might consider the real world, with everything else being a virtual reality creation. Only those who have won the Ogre Battle may enter Babylon City and when that happens, they can change the world as they see fit. Both Ban and Ginji go to the Fortress with Ban wishing to rescue a kidnapped Himiko from Kagami, and Ginji finding a possibility to meet his mother. Going to the Beltline, the GetBackers encounter various warriors taking orders from a being known as Voodoo King from Babylon City. The Voodoo King seeks to obtain three “keys” which will help him unlock the gates from Babylon City sealed by Ban’s grandmother several years ago. After finding the three keys: Shido’s chimera spirit, Himiko’s mirror and the GetBackers, the Voodoo King is faced by Ginji, Thunder Emperor alter-ego attacks him in a clash which destroys the Voodoo King and making Raitei disappear forever as he existed to balance the scales. With Voodoo King gone, Raitei’s purpose was fulfilled and he disappeared forever. Following this, both Ban and Ginji face each other in Ogre Battle with Ban giving up, impressed with Ginji’s will. Ginji goes to Babylon City where he meets his mother from a parallel universe, who explains how she created the Fortress and its surrounding world. Following a discussion between the two of them, the Fortress’ world remains unchanged except that the virtual people living become real beings. Ban and Ginji continue their retrieval job, ending the series when requested to go on a mission that will lead them to meet Ban’s mother.

The plot of the anime adaptation of GetBackers follows the manga’s closely until the first season’s ending. The second season features various stand alone episodes focused in the GetBackers’ missions, while also two story arcs, the second ending the anime series with an open ending.

 

Film Friday- The Promised Neverland

Film Friday- The Promised Neverland

An anime television series adaptation will premiere in January 2019 in the Noitamina programming block.

Characters-

Emma 
Emma is the main character of the series and one of the oldest children living at Grace Field House. Like Ray and Norman, she is 11-years-old and consistently gets perfect scores during their daily exams. She is identified by her ID number 63194 and known for her ample optimism as well as her capable athleticism.
Upon discovering the truth of the orphanage, Emma teams up with Norman and Ray to escape the house. Her strong sense of selflessness insists that every one escape together, even if most of their siblings are below 6-years-old, an aim that Ray deems crazy and plain reckless.
Ray 
Ray is one of the oldest children living at Grace Field House and, like Emma and Norman, is 11-years-old and consistently gets perfect scores during their daily exams. He is identified by his ID number 81194 and known for being an avid reader with high intellectual abilities, blunt skepticism and cunning.
Being the only biological child of their caretaker and “Mama” Isabella, he did not experience childhood amnesia, confirming his suspicions about the existence of demons and true nature of the house later when he was 6-years-old. Ray becomes Isabella’s spy in exchange for goods and the promise that him, Emma and Norman could live to the fullest of their lives, pledging to use the remaining 6 years of his life to orchestrate a plan that would lead to his two best friends finding out the truth themselves. After a confrontation from Norman, he becomes the children’s trump card just as Isabella betrays him. Although initially unwilling to accept Emma’s unrealistic goal of escaping with every child, he vows to never give up on them after their escape succeeds.
Norman 
Norman is one of the oldest orphans living at Grace Field House and, like Ray and Emma, is 11-years-old and consistently gets perfect scores during their daily exams. He is identified by his ID number 22194 and known for being a genius strategist and planner, as well as unbeatable at the game of tag.
He discovers the truth of the orphanage with Emma and teams up with Ray to devise a plan to escape. While he knows leaving with every child in the house is near to impossible, his love for Emma pushes him to continue trying. As the most intelligent out of the three, he is the first to find out Ray’s true identity as Isabella’s spy and prepare various back-up plans and escape routes. After Ray is betrayed by Isabella, Norman is forced to be shipped before his 12th birthday, accepting his fate of inevitable death to deceive her and let the rest of the children escape.

Mama/Isabella 
Known to the orphanage’s children as their “Mama”, Isabella is a 31-years-old young woman who takes care of everyone there. Prior to being installed into her current position, she was raised in a similar orphanage and had an ID number of 73584. While appearing extremely loving and affectionate to the children, she actually very manipulative, cunning, and shows much detachment to their tragic fate.

Manga Monday- The Promised Neverland

Manga Monday- The Promised Neverland

The Promised Neverland is a Japanese manga series written by Kaiu Shirai and illustrated by Posuka Demizu. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since August 1, 2016 with the individual chapters collected and published by Shueisha into eight tankōbon volumes as of January 2018. The story follows a group of orphaned children in their escape plan from a farm. Viz Media licensed the manga in North America and serialized The Promised Neverland in their digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine.

Set in year 2045, Emma is an 11-year-old orphan living in Grace Field House, a small orphanage housing her and her 37 siblings. Life had never been better; with food that tasted gourmet, plush beds, snow-white uniforms, the love of their “Mom” and caretaker Isabella, and the litany of daily exams that Emma always aced with her two best friends Ray and Norman. The orphans are basically allowed to do whatever they want, except to venture out of the compounds or the gate that connects the house to the outside world.

On a fateful night, another orphan named Conny is sent away to be adopted, but Emma and Norman follow her after noticing that she had left her stuffed rabbit toy Bernie back at the house. Sneaking out, they find Conny dead and the truth of the existence of this supposed orphanage to be a farm where human children are raised as food for demonic creatures. Worst still, Isabella is in allegiance with the demons, ripping away at everything the two ever thought they knew. Determined to break out of Grace Field House, Norman and Emma partner up with Ray to peel away at the façade of the farm and find a way to escape with all their other siblings.

Kaiu Shirai and Posuka Demizu launched The Promised Neverland in issue 34 of Shueisha’s shōnen manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump on August 1, 2016. It is Shirai and Demizu second collaboration; their first series was Popy no Negai. On July 25, 2016, Viz Media announced that they would digitally publish the first three chapters of the series on Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. Thereafter, they will publish the manga’s new chapters simultaneously with the Japanese release. The first printed volume in North America was released on December 5, 2017.

The manga was nominated for the 10th Manga Taishō awards in January 2017, and gets 43 points from the “Executive Committee” of Manga Taishō awards and it was also nominated for the 11th edition of the Manga Taishō awards in 2018 and it received 26 points in total. As of August 2017, the manga had 1.5 million in print. By October 2017, the number had increased to 2.1 million. As of April 4, 2018, the first 8 volumes had 4.2 million copies in print. Anime News Network’s Rebecca Silverman enjoyed the first manga volume and gave it a A-, saying, “Tense pacing, interesting literary connections, art and story work well together, strong plot and foreshadowing.” In January 2018, the manga won the 63rd Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shōnen category.

As of May 28, 2018, the manga had 5 million copies in print worldwide.

Film Friday- Death Note

Film Friday- Death Note

The series was adapted into three live-action films released in Japan on June 17, 2006, November 3, 2006, and February 2, 2008, and a television drama in 2015. A miniseries entitled Death Note: New Generation and a fourth film were released in 2016. An American film was released on Netflix on August 25, 2017.

Death Note media is licensed and released in North America by Viz Media, with the exception of the video games and soundtracks. The episodes from the anime first appeared in North America as downloadable from IGN, before Viz Media licensed it and it aired on YTV’s Bionix anime block in Canada and on Adult Swim in the United States with a DVD release following. The live-action films briefly played in certain North American theaters in 2008, before receiving home video releases. In 2015, the collected volumes of the Death Note manga had over 30 million copies in circulation.

Anime

The Death Note anime, directed by Tetsurō Araki and animated by Madhouse, began airing in Japan on October 3, 2006, and finished its run on June 26, 2007, totaling 37 twenty-minute episodes. It begins in the year 2006, instead of 2003. The series aired on the Nippon Television network “every Tuesday at 23:34”. The series was co-produced by Madhouse, Nippon Television, Shueisha, D.N. Dream Partners and VAP.

In North America, the series has been licensed by Viz for residents in the United States to use “Download-to-Own” and “Download-to-Rent” services while it was still airing in Japan. This move is seen as “significant because it marks the first time a well known Japanese anime property will be made legally available to domestic audiences for download to own while the title still airs on Japanese television”. The downloadable episodes contain the original Japanese audio track and English subtitles, and is available through IGN’s Windows-only Direct2Drive service. DVDs of the series have also been released, containing both an English dubbed audio track, produced by Ocean Productions, and the original Japanese audio track with optional English subtitles. Viz announced at Anime Expo 2007 that the first DVD was officially released on November 20, 2007, in both regular and special editions, and also confirmed at Comic-Con International 2007 that the first 15,000 copies of each DVD contains collectible figures.

Death Note was slated to make its North American television premiere in Canada, as part of YTV’s Bionix block, on September 7, 2007. However, the show was removed from the schedule at the last minute and the Canadian premiere was pushed back to October 26, 2007, at 10:00 p.m. The series premiered in the U.S. on October 20, 2007, at 11:30 p.m. on Adult Swim and ran until January 10, 2010, when its contract expired. The last episode aired on YTV, July 4, 2008, and would later air on Adult Swim two days later. The show was removed from YTV’s schedule on July 5, 2008, with its last airing being a rerun of the final episode at 1:30 a.m. ET. Soon after, Bionix became a 2-hour block on Saturday nights. The show also streamed online free on Adult Swim Video, with a new episode available every Saturday afternoon, on the day of its broadcast premiere.

A two-hour animated Death Note Relight: Visions of a God TV special aired on Nippon Television in Japan on August 31, 2007, at 8:00 p.m. It is a recap which takes place after the series end, where a Shinigami approaches Ryuk in the Shinigami realm in order to learn more about the human world. Instead, Ryuk tells him of all the events leading up to the last story arc, about Light Yagami and his rival L. Originally, this special was advertised as a retelling told from Ryuk’s point of view, but it does not give a different point of view from what was originally told. However, it contains updated dialog, as well as a few new scenes.

The Japanese broadcaster NTV aired the Death Note: Relight: L’s Successors special on August 22, 2008. Like the first special, this new compilation summarized a part of the 2006–2007 anime television series. Specifically, it recounted the final half of the suspenseful supernatural story, including the investigators Near and Mello’s confrontations with the vigilante Kira. This version features more updates than the previous one, most notably omission of the mafia plot.

Live-action films

Death Note was adapted into a series of live-action films in 2006. The first two films were directed by Shūsuke Kaneko and the third was by Hideo Nakata and produced by Nippon Television, CG production of all three films were done by Digital Frontier and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures Japan. The first film, simply titled Death Note, premiered in Japan on June 17, 2006 and topped the Japanese box office for two weeks, pushing The Da Vinci Code into second place. The first movie briefly played in certain North American theaters on May 20–21, 2008 The film was broadcast in Canadian theaters for one night only on September 15, 2008. The DVD was released on September 16, 2008, one day after the Canadian showing. The sequel, Death Note: The Last Name, premiered in Japan on November 3, 2006. It was featured in U.S. theaters in October 2008. A spin-off from the films named L: Change the World was released in Japan on February 9, 2008. It is focused on the final 23 days of L’s life, as he solves one final case involving a bio-terrorist group. Two dubbed versions of the film were shown in the United States on April 29 and 30, 2009.

In August 2016, a three-part miniseries entitled Death Note: New Generation was announced as a part of the Death Note live-action film series and aired in September. It bridges the 10-year gap between the previous films and the then-upcoming 2016 film.

A fourth Japanese Death Note movie was released in 2016 and featured a cyber-terrorism setting with the inclusion of six Death Notes brought into the human world.

An American adaptation was released on Netflix on August 25, 2017. The film was directed by Adam Wingard and was written by Charles Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides and Jeremy Slater. It starred Nat Wolff, Lakeith Stanfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Whigham, Paul Nakauchi, Jason Liles and Willem Dafoe.

TV drama

In April 2015, it was announced that a live action television series based on Death Note manga would begin airing from July 2015 on NTV. Masataka Kubota stars as Light Yagami and Kento Yamazaki as L in the series.

Manga Monday- Death Note

Manga Monday- Death Note

Death Note is a Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The story follows Light Yagami, a high school student who stumbles across a mysterious otherworldly notebook: the “Death Note”, which belonged to the Shinigami Ryuk, and grants its user the power to kill anyone whose name and face he knows. The series centers around Light’s subsequent attempts to use the Death Note to change the world into a utopian society without crime and the subsequent efforts of L, a reclusive international criminal profiler, to apprehend him and end his reign of terror.

Death Note was first serialized in Shueisha’s manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from December 2003 to May 2006. The 108 chapters were collected and published into 12 tankōbon volumes between May 2004 and October 2006. An anime television adaptation aired in Japan from October 3, 2006, to June 26, 2007. A light novel based on the series, written by Nisio Isin, was also released in 2006.

Manga

The Death Note manga series was first serialized in the Japanese manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump published by Shueisha in December 2003. The series has since ended in Japan with a total of 108 chapters. Later, the individual chapters were collected into twelve separate tankōbon. In April 2005, Death Note was licensed for publication in North America by Viz Media, and the first English language volume was released on October 10, 2005. In February 2008, a one-shot special was released. Set two years after the manga’s epilogue, it sees the introduction of a new Kira and the reactions of the main characters in response to the copycat’s appearance. Several Death Note yonkoma (four-panel comics) appeared in Akamaru Jump. The yonkoma were written to be humorous. The Akamaru Jump issues that printed the comics include 2004 Spring, 2004 Summer, 2005 Winter, and 2005 Spring. In addition Weekly Shōnen Jump Gag Special 2005 included some Death Note yonkoma in a Jump Heroes Super 4-Panel Competition.

In addition, a guidebook for the manga was also released on October 13, 2006. It was named Death Note 13: How to Read and contained data relating to the series, including character profiles of almost every character that is named, creator interviews, behind the scenes info for the series and the pilot chapter that preceded Death Note. It also reprinted all of the yonkoma serialized in Akamaru Jump and the Weekly Shōnen Jump Gag Special 2005. Its first edition could be purchased with a Death Note-themed diorama which includes five finger puppets inspired by Near’s toys. The five finger puppets are Kira, L, Misa, Mello, and Near. In North America, 13: How to Read was released on February 19, 2008. As of February 2011, the manga has been re-released in omnibus format, dubbed “Black Edition”. On October 4, 2016, all 12 original manga volumes and the February 2008 one-shot were released in a single All-in-One Edition, consisting of 2,400 pages in a single book. The All-in-One Edition was released in English on September 6, 2017, resulting in the February 2008 one-shot being released in English for the first time.

Light novels

A light novel adaptation of the series has been written by Nisio Isin, called Death Note Another Note: The Los Angeles BB Murder Cases. The novel was released by Shueisha on August 1, 2006. It serves as a prequel to the manga series, with Mello narrating the story of L’s first encounter with Naomi Misora during the Los Angeles “BB Serial Murder Case” mentioned in volume 2 of the manga. Beside Naomi’s character, the novel focuses on how L works and one of the criminals L has to chase down. Insight was given into Watari’s orphanage and how the whole system of geniuses such as L, Mello, Beyond Birthday, Matt and Near were put to work. Viz released the novel in English on February 19, 2008. The film L: Change the World was also adapted into a light novel with the same name on December 25, 2007 by “M”, While the novel is similar to the movie, there are many significant changes to the plot (for example, Near is not a Thai boy, but the same Near that appears in the manga). It also reveals more information about L and his past. Viz released it on October 20, 2009.

Film Friday- Fate/stay night

Film Friday- Fate/stay night

A 24-episode anime series created by Studio Deen aired in Japan between January and June 2006. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the television series and re-released the series on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray Disc. A film adaptation by Studio Deen was released in Japanese theaters on January 23, 2010. A second anime television series, Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, was produced by Ufotable and aired between October 2014 and June 2015, following the game’s second route as opposed to the first. A second manga adaptation began in 2015 focusing solely on the third route. Three consecutive films have also been announced which also adapt the Heaven’s Feel route of the visual novel.

Anime

The original Fate/stay night anime series aired between January 7 and June 17, 2006, containing 24 episodes; the story line follows mainly the Fate scenario but shows parts of other scenarios as well. When the anime adaptation was in the planning stages at Studio Deen, they were planning an original story, with Shielder, a heroine later used in Fate/Grand Order, as an important character, instead of adapting the events of the source material. It was animated by Studio Deen and produced by the Fate Project, which was formed in response to the popularity of the visual novel and included Geneon Entertainment, TBS, CREi, Type Moon, and Frontier Works. Kenji Kawai composed the original music for the series and also remixed four symphonic themes from the Fate/stay night visual novel for use in the anime: “Hizashi No Naka De” (not featured on the original anime soundtrack, but on the out tracks album La Sola), “Yakusoku Sareta Shouri No Tsurugi”, “Emiya”, and “This Illusion”, the last of which was retitled “disillusion”.

The series later received its international television premieres on the anime television network Animax in 2007, its English-language television premiere occurring on Animax’s English networks in Southeast Asia in June as well as its other networks in South Korea, Hong Kong and other regions. Geneon USA also licensed the series for distribution across North America. The English dub was produced at Bang Zoom! Entertainment. On July 3, 2008, Geneon Entertainment and Funimation Entertainment announced an agreement to distribute select titles in North America. While Geneon Entertainment still retains the license, Funimation Entertainment assumes exclusive rights to the manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution of select titles. Fate/stay night was one of several titles involved in the deal. Sentai Filmworks has since licensed the TV series and re-released the series on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray Disc in January 2013. Fate/stay night started airing in North America on the Anime Network On Demand channel on February 7, 2013.

The television series was re-released in Japan on January 22, 2010 in two 60-minute special edition DVD/Blu-ray volumes to commemorate the release of the film Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works. Fate/stay night TV reproduction I and II each recap 12 episodes from the anime and feature re-edited and re-compiled footage along with new opening and ending animation footage, with new ending songs by Jyukai and Sachi Tainaka. The opening song “disillusion -2010-” is a re-recording of the “disillusion” theme song from the television series.

An animated film based on the storyline of the Unlimited Blade Works route from the visual novel was released in Japanese theaters on January 23, 2010 and produced by Studio Deen. The staff from the anime television series, including director Yuji Yamaguchi, returned to work on the film, with most of the voice cast reprising their roles. The film earned 280 million yen at the Japanese box office. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the Unlimited Blade Works film and released it on DVD and Blu-ray. As with the television series, the film was dubbed at Bang Zoom! The film has been shown on the Anime Network.

Following an anime adaptation of the Fate/Zero novel series, which aired between October 2011 and June 2012, Ufotable produced a second Fate/stay night anime television series based on the Unlimited Blade Works route from the visual novel. The anime is directed by Takahiro Miura and the original Japanese voice cast from the Studio Deen Fate/stay night anime and the Fate/Zeroanime reprise their roles in the new anime. The first half of the anime ran from October 4 to December 27, 2014, and the second half ran from April 4 to June 27, 2015. An advanced screening online premiered on September 28, 2014, in several countries across the world, including Japan, the United States, France, Germany, and South Korea. Aniplex of America has acquired streaming and home video rights to the 2014 series for North America, and has also announced an English dub of the first half of the series, which was released on DVD and limited Blu-ray on August 25, 2015. A ten-minute original video animation episode was featured on the Blu-ray release of the second half of the series, which was released on October 7, 2015; the episode was based on an alternate ending from the visual novel, titled “sunny day“. The first opening theme is “Ideal White” by Mashiro Ayano and the ending theme is “Believe” by Kalafina. A cover version of the song “This Illusion” from the visual novel was later used in this series as the ending theme for episode 12, and was performed by LiSA. The second opening theme is “Brave Shine” by Aimer and the second ending theme is “Ring Your Bell” by Kalafina. A remix of “Ring Your Bell”, titled “Ring Your Bell (in the silence)”, was used as the ending theme for episode 15. The song “Last Stardust”, performed by Aimer, was used as an insert song for episode 20.

Ufotable has also begun the release of a film trilogy based on the Heaven’s Feel route, the first of which was titled “Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower” and was released in Japan on October 14, 2017 and in the United States in November and December 2017. The film will be released again in the United States on June 5, 2018 and June 7 2018 with an English dub. The second film, titled Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly will be released in 2018.

Manga Monday- Fate/stay night

Manga Monday- Fate/stay night

A manga series adaptation by Datto Nishiwaki was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s Shōnen Ace magazine between the February 2006 and December 2012 issues. In 2007, the manga was licensed for an English-language release in North America by Tokyopop. Fate/stay night is a Japanese visual novel developed by Type-Moon, which was originally released as an adult game for Windows. A version of Fate/stay night rated for ages 15 and up titled Fate/stay night Réalta Nua (Irish for “new stars”), which features the Japanese voice actors from the anime series, was released for the PlayStation 2 and later for download on Windows as a trilogy covering the three main story lines. Réalta Nua was also ported to the PlayStation Vita. On October 28, 2005, Type-Moon released a sequel to Fate/stay night, titled Fate/hollow ataraxia. Its plot is set half a year after the events of Fate/stay night.

Manga

The Fate/stay night manga, illustrated by Datto Nishiwaki, was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s manga magazine Shōnen Ace between the February 2006 and December 2012 issues. It is an adaptation of the Fate/stay night visual novel, and the manga combines the Fate and Unlimited Blade Works scenarios of the visual novel as well as elements from the Heaven’s Feel scenario while ultimately following the Fate scenario. The manga was licensed for an English-language release in North America by Tokyopop in 2007. In April 2011, Tokyopop announced that they were shutting down their North American manga publishing division, and volume 11 became the last volume to be released by Tokyopop. In 2014, Viz Media’s Viz Select imprint announced that they would be releasing the Fate/stay night manga digitally. Twenty tankōbon volumes were released in Japan between May 26, 2006 and November 26, 2012. A second Fate/stay nightmanga based entirely on the Heaven’s Feel route and illustrated by Task Ohna began serialization in the June 2015 issue of Young Ace.

Himuro no Tenchi Fate/School Life is a comedy 4-koma manga revolving around the normal life at school of the minor characters of Fate/stay night and Fate/Hollow Ataraxia, specifically the character Kane Himuro, classmate of Fate/stay night protagonist Shirō Emiya. It is serialized in Manga 4-koma Kings Palette and currently three volumes have been published by Ichijinsha.

A spin-off manga series Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya written and illustrated by Hiroyama Hiroshi was first serialized in Comp Ace in 2008 and later released into two bound volumes. The series features Illya as a main character where she’s living an alternate life as a school girl. However, she is chosen by the Magical Stick Ruby and is involved in a quarrel between Rin and Luvia. A sequel series titled Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei! was serialized from 2009 to 2012 and released in five bound volumes. A third manga series titled Fate/Kaleid liner Prisma Illya 3rei!! began serialization in 2012.

Story

The seven sorcerers, known as Masters, are aided by seven beings known as Servants, reincarnations of legendary heroes from all times. These resurrected souls possess superhuman characteristics and wield powerful artifacts or abilities called Noble Phantasms, symbols of their heroism during life. Only one Servant can be summoned in each war from one of seven classes: SaberArcherLancerBerserkerRiderAssassin, and Caster, each representing their distinctive role in battle. The Servants are summoned by the power of the Grail itself and aid their Masters in doing battle, protecting them from harm and killing other Servants or Masters. In return for their aid, the Servants also seek their own wish from the Holy Grail, should their Master become victorious.Fuyuki City is the setting for a secret and violent war among competing magi. For the past two centuries, seven sorcerers have gathered and engage in a battle royale known as the Holy Grail War, each gambling his or her own life to obtain the Holy Grail, a legendary chalice capable of granting wishes. The past four Holy Grail Wars have typically occurred every fifty years or so. However, the fifth war has started prematurely, with the most recent concluding less than a decade ago.

Shirō Emiya is a serious yet helpful, hardworking, and honest teenager and a student at Fuyuki High, whose parents died in a fire years ago, around the time of the conclusion of the Fourth Holy Grail War. He was then adopted by Kiritsugu Emiya. When he was a child, his adoptive father told him how he had failed at his life ambition to become a “Ally of Justice”. Shirō affirms to his adoptive father that he intends to devote his life to achieving that distant ideal, much to Kiritsugu’s chagrin. To do this, Shirō pleads with a begrudging Kiritsugu to teach him sorcery; but being born without the capabilities of a magus, Shirō proves to be talentless in almost all the fundamental sorcerous disciplines. Kiritsugu dies in Shirō’s youth. From then on, he grows up as an orphan in the occasional company of Taiga Fujimura, his English teacher at Fuyuki High, and Sakura Matō, his underclassman.

After cleaning his school’s kyūdō dojo late one night, Shirō stumbles upon two Servants, Archer and Lancer, battling in the school courtyard. Upon accidentally revealing himself, Shirō runs away. To avoid compromising the war’s secrecy, Lancer hunts down and pierces Shirō’s heart with his Noble Phantasm, a long, red spear. Shirō is then discovered in a near-death state by Rin Tōsaka. For the sake of her sister Sakura Matō who has feelings for him, she uses an heirloom filled with concentrated magic to restore his damaged heart and leaves before he awakens. Shaken and dazed, Shirō picks up the heirloom and returns home only to be assaulted a second time by Lancer. Shirō weakly defends himself against Lancer using posters he strengthens with magic, but is soon overwhelmed by the powerful Servant’s attack. Before Lancer can inflict another fatal blow, a magical mark on Shirō’s hand begins to light up and a magical circle inside the shed begins to glow. A young woman clad in armor with an invisible sword appears in a flash of light and blocks Lancer’s attack. After driving Lancer away from Shirō, she introduces herself as the Servant Saber, and formally announces her intention to fight under Shirō for the Holy Grail.

Meanwhile, Rin has realized that Lancer will return to finish what he started and rushes to the aid of Shirō, only to discover that Shirō is safe and has gained his own Servant. From here on, the story splits into three paths known as routes, and those are: FateUnlimited Blade Works, and Heaven’s Feel.

Film Friday- Haikyuu!!

Film Friday- Haikyuu!!

Haikyuu!! had an anime television series adaptation by Production I.G aired from April 2014 to September 2014, which has been licensed for digital and home release in North America by Sentai Filmworks The second season of the anime aired from October 2015 to March 2016. A third season aired from October 2016 to December 2016.

Anime

An anime television series produced by Production I.G premiered on April 6, 2014 on MBS, other JNN stations, and with English subtitles on Crunchyroll. From episodes 1-13, the opening theme song is “Imagination” by Spyair, while the ending theme song is “Tenchi Gaeshi” by Nico Touches the Walls. For episodes 14 through 25, the opening is “Ah Yeah” by Sukima Switch, and the ending is “LEO” by Tacica. “Ah Yeah” is also used as the ending for episode 14, which has no opening. The anime has been licensed for digital and home video release by Sentai Filmworks

A second season premiered on October 4, 2015. For episodes 1 through 13, the opening theme song is “I’m a Believer” by Spyair, while the ending theme song is “Climber” by Galileo Galilei. For episodes 14 through 25, the opening theme song is “FLY HIGH” by Burnout Syndromes, while the ending theme song is “Hatsunetsu (Fever)” by Tacica.

A third season, titled Haikyū!! Karasuno High School vs Shiratorizawa Academy, premiered on October 8, 2016. The opening theme song is “Hikariare” by Burnout Syndromes, while the ending theme song is “Mashi Mashi” by Nico Touches the Walls. Sentai Filmworks has also licensed the third season.

Compilation films

Supplementary compilation films have been released following the airing of the anime. After the first season and before the second season was aired in 2015, two compilation films were released. The first movie, Gekijō-ban Haikyu!! Owari to Hajimari was released on July 3, 2015 and the second movie, Gekijō-ban Haikyu!! Shōsha to Haisha premiered on September 18, 2015. Two more compilation films were announced to be unveiled in fall 2017 after the third season aired in 2016. Both films were released in September: the first film, Haikyu!! Sainō to Sense on the 15th and the second film, Haikyu!! Concept no Tatakai on the 29th.

Karasuno High School

The word ‘Karasu’ in the school name “Karasuno” means ‘crow’. This is why the volleyball flag has the word “Fly” on it. The team was referred to as “Flightless Ravens” or “Fallen Crows”, since they were formerly a strong team which even went to the nationals, but has been on the decline lately. Their team doesn’t have any play style, instead, opting to be open and always trying out new styles to play.

Shōyō Hinata
Hinata is a first-year student at Karasuno High School. He was initially a wing spiker in junior high school and is currently a middle blocker. His play style makes him an excellent decoy, and even though he wants to become the ace (since it is flashy), he learns the importance of a decoy in the team, and plays it excellently. He is generally upbeat, clumsy, and weak, however he is very athletic and has extraordinary jumping ability and amazing reflexes. He is able to play immensely well with the help of Kageyama. Although he is a beginner and has a small stature, he is determined to become a strong player and thus manages to grow rapidly through each match. Together with Kageyama, he forms the “weird duo”, due to their unnaturally fast quick attack.
Tobio Kageyama 
Kageyama is a first-year student at Karasuno High School. He is currently a setter and was referred to as the “King of the Court” in junior high. While Kageyama exhibits prodigious talents as a player, he also has an arrogant demeanor and an inability to cooperate with teammates, instead opting to order them around, thus earning his nickname “King of the Court”. Unable to stand his attitude, his middle school team mates opted to stop playing with him in the middle of a match, which end up as a huge blow to him. After enrolling in Karasuno High School and joining the volleyball club where he meets Hinata, his opinions start to change and he begins to understand the importance of teamwork in a team sport. He tends to hide his feelings thus having bad social skills and frequently calls Hinata a “dumbass”. Together with Hinata, he forms the “weird duo”, due to their unnaturally fast quick attack.
Daichi Sawamura
Sawamura is the captain of the volleyball club and a third-year student at Karasuno High School. He is a wing spiker, and very dependable at receiving. As the captain he’s able to build a solid foundation of the team. He is kind, dependable, and doesn’t get easily discouraged, but all of his teammates also fear annoying him because he turns alarmingly terrifying when angry. He also believes in his teammates, allowing them time to grow, even waiting for them to get over their fights and issues, instead of trying to push them forward before time.
Kōshi Sugawara
Sugawara is the vice captain of the volleyball club and a third-year student at Karasuno High School. He used to be the main setter of the team, but since Kageyama’s addition to the team he has spent lesser time as setter on the court, and instead has played as pinch server. Sugawara has a refreshing and cheerful personality but his tactics are considered dangerous by opponents.
Asahi Azumane 
Azumane is a third-year student at Karasuno High School and a wing spiker in the volleyball club. He’s considered to be the team’s ace. Despite his large physique (which makes people believe that he’s not really a high school student), spiking power and mature demeanor, he is very timid, and is often referred to as having a “glass heart”.
Ryūnosuke Tanaka
Tanaka is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and a wing spiker. He is loud, fierce and abrasive, but respects his seniors and looks out for his juniors. While on the court, he displays amazing mental strength, even when he is continuously targeted by the opposite team. Unfortunately, his behavior and appearance makes girls scared of him, and often gets him into trouble with others, needing Sawamura to stop him. He and Nishinoya adore their manager Shimizu.
Yū Nishinoya
Nishinoya is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and a libero. He is called “Karasuno’s Guardian Deity” because of his excellent and amazing skills as a libero, having won the “Best Libero” award while he was still in middle school. He has a very energetic personality and is ridiculously strong-hearted. He does tend to get carried away because he has so much passion and intensity. He is also mentioned to be the backbone of the team because whenever he is on the court, he assures all of his teammates that even if they get blocked, he will be there to pass it up so they are able to spike as many times as they need to win the point. He is also extremely loud and motivational, and is one of the only people able to bring the team up in good spirits right before matches against the better teams in the prefecture. He’s also the shortest player on the team. Like Tanaka, he adores Shimizu, in the episode he is introduced in, he mentions one of the main reasons he came to Karasuno in the first place was because he liked the girls’ uniforms.
Chikara Ennoshita 
Ennoshita is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and a wing spiker. Despite his plain appearance, he is seen as the “leader” of the second-year students and possibly the only one able to control Nishinoya and Tanaka apart from Sawamura; being more responsible and able to say many things straightforwardly without drawback. Prior to the main storyline, he was one of many students who dropped out of the volleyball team due to high standards and extreme practice sessions of Coach Ukai Sr.. Eventually, due to his love for volleyball, he returns to the team to find that the coach has left.
Hisashi Kinoshita
Kinoshita is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and a wing spiker. He, along with Ennoshita and Narita, were one of many students who left the volleyball club during Ukai Sr.’s time coaching. He later starts specializing in jump float serve.
Kazuhito Narita 
Narita is a second-year student at Karasuno High School and a middle blocker. He also left the volleyball team temporarily.
Kei Tsukishima
Tsukishima is a first-year student at Karasuno High School and a middle blocker. He looks down on Hinata at the beginning, stating that he should not rely on his jump. He often teases his teammates and also teases Kageyama by calling him “The King”, which angers him to the core. Despite his negative attitude and flippant view on volleyball, Tsukishima is a very analytic and smart blocker, along with his great height, which gives the team a great advantage. Though he also has a stand-offish demeanor and seems to not care about his teammates, it is revealed that he loves volleyball, cares a lot for the sport, and has stayed friends with Yamaguchi not because he felt obliged to because he defended Yamaguchi from bullies in elementary school, but because genuinely cares for him and enjoys playing volleyball with him. Later in the story, it’s revealed that he had an older brother that used to join Karasuno’s volleyball team. He is the tallest player on the team and is nicknamed “Tsukki” by Yamaguchi.
Tadashi Yamaguchi
Yamaguchi is a first year student at Karasuno High School and a middle blocker. He usually clings to Tsukishima after Tsukishima saved him from bullies at 3rd grade, despite being told to shut up numerous times. He is shy, but friendly, and tries his best to contribute to the team. With the help of Makoto Shimada, he has recently become a pinch server due to his ability to do the “jump float serve”.

Manga Monday- Haikyu!!

Manga Monday- Haikyu!!

Haikyu!! is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate. Individual chapters have been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since February 2012, with bound volumes published by Shueisha. The series was initially published as a one-shot in Shueisha’s seasonal Jump NEXT! magazine prior to serialization. As of April 2018, thirty-one volumes have been released in Japan. The manga has been licensed in North America by Viz Media. Haikyu!! has sold over 28 million copies.

Manga

Written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate, the series has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since February 2012. As of December 2014, the series has sold over twelve million volumes. At their panel at New York Comic Con, North American publisher Viz Media announced their license of the manga and released the series in 2016.

Plot

Junior high school student Shōyō Hinata gains a sudden love of volleyball after seeing a national championship match on TV. Although short in height, he becomes determined to follow in the footsteps of the championship’s star player, nicknamed the “Little Giant”, after seeing his plays. He creates a volleyball club and begins practicing by himself. Eventually 3 other members join the team by his last year of middle school, pushing Hinata to persuade his two friends who are in different clubs to join just for the tournament. However, they are defeated in their first tournament game after being challenged by the championship favorite team, which includes the so-called “King of the Court” Tobio Kageyama, in the first round. Though Hinata’s team suffers a miserable defeat, he vows to eventually surpass Kageyama and defeat him. Fast-forward to highschool, Hinata enters Karasuno Highschool with the hopes of joining their volleyball club. Unfortunately for him, the very person he swore to surpass appears before him as one of his new teammates. At first Hinata and Kageyama are unable to work together, causing the team captain to kick them out of the club. The two decide to challenge the elder members of the team to a match, hoping that if they win they will prove they can work together and be allowed to rejoin. The team captain accepts the challenge, and working with another member of the team, Hinata and Kageyama win the match and are let back into the club. By combining the genius-like qualities of Kageyama with Hinata’s sheer athleticism, the duo create an invincible brand-new volleyball tactic. Their new combo allows them to get over their differences and creates a strange alliance between the two filled with fun and laughter for them and their teammates. Thus begins the Karasuno boys’ volleyball team’s journey to the top.