This manga and the anime are very close so no need to give the plot differences because they are very few. An anime adaptation consisting of 112 television episodes was directed by Noriyuki Abe and co-produced by Fuji Television, Yomiko Advertising, and Studio Pierrot. The television series originally aired on Japan’s Fuji TV network from October 10, 1992 to December 17, 1994. It was later licensed in North America by Funimation in 2001, where it aired on popular Cartoon Network blocks including Adult Swim and later Toonami. The television series has also been broadcast in various other countries around the world. The Yu Yu Hakusho franchise has spawned two animated films, a series of original video animations (OVAs), audio albums, video games, and other merchandise.
The animated series won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize for best anime in 1994 and 1995. Yu Yu Hakusho has been watched by a large number of television viewers in Japan and a wide range of age groups in the United States. The anime has been given mostly positive reviews by critics in North America, complimenting its writing, characters, and amount of action.
The music in the series itself is good but the opening/closings never really did it for me but I will give you the first season opening just so you can say you’ve seen it!
Yu Yu Hakusho or the Ghost Files is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yoshihiro Togashi. The series tells the story of Yusuke Urameshi, a teenage delinquent who is struck and killed by a car while attempting to save a child’s life. After a number of tests presented to him by Koenma, the son of the ruler of the afterlife Underworld, Yusuke is revived and appointed the title of “Underworld Detective”, with which he must investigate various cases involving demons and apparitions in the human world. The manga becomes more focused on martial arts battles and tournaments as it progresses. Togashi began creating Yu Yu Hakusho around November 1990, basing the series on his interests in the occult and horror films and an influence of Buddhist mythology.
The manga was originally serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from December 1990 to July 1994. The series consists of 175 chapters collected in 19 tankōbon volumes. In North America, the manga ran completely in Viz’s Shonen Jump from January 2003 to January 2010. Yu Yu Hakusho has been well received, with the manga selling over 50 million copies in Japan alone and winning the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen manga in 1993.
This manga and series does an excellent balance of action and supernatural. The characters come from all kinds of backgrounds, with different kinds of abilities and some very different personalities. One of the main focuses of the series is what drives the characters to do what they do. Yusuke wants another chance at life, Kuwabara wants to defeat Yusuke, Kurama wants to make up for the evil that he has done in his long life, and Hiei, my favorite character!, wants to be strong enough to protect his sister and other things like revenge… But that’s it for this week’s Manga Monday so see you next week!
The anime of Skip beat was produced by Hal Film Maker, and began airing October 5, 2008. It ended airing with episode twenty-five on July 12, 2009. As the manga is still being written the ending of the series is just an end. Once the manga finishes maybe we will get more anime to full out the story. The anime adds so much with all the bright colors, making Kyoko’s over-the-top antics even more drama, and the music helps with the moods of the scenes.
Pied Piper has licensed the series and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the series on DVD and Blu-ray with an English dub. The Kickstarter campaign was successful meeting the goal and the stretch goal needed to produce the Blu-ray release. Which I did join in and I can’t wait to get my Blu-rays! The opening and ending are just so much fun that you just have to hear them for yourself:
Skip Beat! is a Japanese shōjo manga by Yoshiki Nakamura. It is the story of Kyoko Mogami, a 16-year-old girl who discovers that her childhood friend and romantic goal, Sho Fuwa, only keeps her around to act as a maid and to earn his living expenses, while he works his way to become the top pop idol in Japan. Furious and heartbroken, she vows revenge by beating him in show business.
In Japan, the manga was first published in Hakusensha’s shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume in February 2002, while in the United States, it began publishing under Viz Media’s Shojo Beat label in 2006. Thirty-eight volumes and one fanbook have been released in Japan, and thirty-three of the volumes have been released in the United States.
This is another one of those shōjo series that bucks the tropes and makes it great. The little blurb at the top just gives the outline for the first episode. It does not touch the real story. In the beginning Kyoko is doing everything for revenge, when Sho breaks her heart he unlocks Pandora’s box in Kyoko, but over the course of the story she discovers more about herself. The real story is about Kyoko discovering who she is and that she is good enough to be a star. And it is does not talk about Ren Tsuruga, who is the real love interest for Kyoko. Of course they have a secret history that Kyoko does not remember for reasons. The manga is on-going in Japan but the quality has just gotten better over the series. With great character growth, a slow-burn of a love story, and sweet revenge there is something for everyone to love about Skip Beat!
Gun X Sword, is produced by AIC A.S.T.A. The series is directed by Gorō Taniguchi and written by Hideyuki Kurata.
The story is set on the “Planet of Endless Illusion”, a place where rogues of all sorts gather. The protagonist, Van, travels the world searching for a man with a clawed right hand who killed his bride. He is joined by several other travelers along the way, each linked to the clawed man by a personal loss.
The series aired on TV Tokyo from July 4, 2005 to December 26 of the same year, totaling 26 episodes. It was published here in the US in March 2007 by Geneon Entertainment.
On the surface this looks like just another Mecha anime but if you scratch the surface you find a great science fiction adventure. With interesting characters and a villain, who believes that he is the good guy, the plot more complex than just some Mecha anime. The humor is lighter in this series than some others, that said the making fun of the Power Rangers is really hilarious and a wonderful break, and at time feels out of place with the characters. But the fight scenes are just great. With the mecha and non-armoured fighters gives the battles a real sense of danger. The mystery and adventure of Gun X Sword makes this anime one I look forward to watching with everyone!
This Friday Film does not have a manga so on these Manga Monday’s I will give a review of a manga instead. This week I will be review Oruan High School Host Club Volume 1.
Today’s post is on Ouran High School Host Club volume 1 by Bisco Hatori. It is 168 pages long and is published by Shojo Beat Manga. The cover has two of the main characters on it looking cool. The intended reader is someone who likes extreme humor, light romance, and interesting characters. There is no sex, no language, and no violence in this volume. The story is told from the third person of Haruhi the main character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.
From the back of the book- In this screwball romantic comedy, a poor girl at a rich kids’ school ends up working for the school’s swankiest club- and gets mistaken for a boy!
One day, Haruhi, a scholarship student at exclusive Ouran High School, breaks an $80,000 vase that belongs to the “Host Club,” a mysterious campus consisting of six super-rich (and gorgeous) guys. To pay back to damages, she is forced to work for the club, and it’s there that she discovers just how wealthy the members are and how different the rich are from everyone else…
Review- This is one of the funniest, best written, and all around best mangas that I have ever read. The character’s have real depth, the plot is very light and funny, but it is so funny. Haruhi has one of the driest sense of humor that I have ever read. She is just the best. Tamaki is wonderful. He is one of my favorite hero’s of all time. Hatori takes all the shojo and romance tropes and she lampshades them. That said it is a romance comedy manga. When Tamaki ‘discovers’ that Haruhi is a girl is one of the funniest moments that I have ever read, period. The first volume is all about setting up the plot and getting to know Haruhi and some about Tamaki. So expect lots of character development in later volumes.
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.
Media Factory announced an anime adaptation on March 21, 2014. It premiered on July 7, 2014 in TV Tokyo, followed by TV Osaka, TV Aichi, TSC, TV Hokkaido, TVQ, AT-X over the rest of the week. The opening theme, titled “Kimi Janakya Dame Mitai” is composed and performed by Masayoshi Ōishi, and the ending theme “Uraomote Fortune” is performed by Ari Ozawa under her character name, Chiyo Sakura. It is a twelve episode series from July 7 to September 22, 2014. On July 25, 2014, Sentai Filmworks announced it has licensed the series for home video release. Media Factory will be releasing it on Blu-ray and DVD formats in Japan starting on September 24, 2014 across six volumes. Mini-OVA specials bundled with each Blu-ray/DVD volume, there are six and they are three minutes long.