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Manga Monday- D. N. Angel

Manga Monday- D. N. Angel

D.N.Angel is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yukiru Sugisaki. The ongoing manga premiered in Japan in the Kadokawa Shoten shōjo magazine Monthly Asuka in November 1997. The series went on an extended hiatus after the August 2005 issue, returning in the April 2008 issue. Kadokawa Shoten has collected the individual chapters and published them in 15 tankōbon volumes so far. The manga series is licensed for English language release in North America and the United Kingdom by Tokyopop, which has released 13 volumes of the series as of 2011.


The aforementioned commander of the police is a classmate of Daisuke’s named Satoshi Hiwatari. Hiwatari suffers from his own version of the phantom-thief curse, and a bond forms between Hiwatari and Daisuke because of their similar afflictions. Hiwatari carries the alter-ego named Krad. However, though Dark and Krad hate one another, Hiwatari and Daisuke maintain a strained but genuine friendship, despite Dark’s constant moaning. Dark steals certain artistic objects of value, works made by Satoshi’s ancestors, because they contain dangerous magical properties. Some of them, such as “The Second Hand of Time” and “Argentine” also have personalities of their own. Some of the objects that he steals are quite dangerous. Dark’s method of stealing is based on garnering attention; before stealing, Emiko will send out a warning of what will be stolen.


Written and illustrated by Yukiru Sugisaki, D.N.Angel premiered in Japan in the November 1997 issue of the Kadokawa Shoten magazine Monthly Asuka. New chapters were serialized monthly until Sugisaki put the series on an extended hiatus after the August 2005 issue. The series eventually returned to serialization, starting in the April 2008 issue of Monthly Asuka, where it continues to run. The individual chapters are collected and published in tankōbon volumes by Kadokawa Shoten. The first volume was released on November 13, 1997; as of September 2010, 15 volumes have been released.

Tokyopop licensed the series for an English-language release in North America and the United Kingdom, with the first volume of the series released there on April 6, 2004. On November 8, 2005, Tokyopop released a box set containing the first two volumes of the series. A total of 13 volumes have been translated and released as of December 8, 2009. However, Tokyopop announced that its North American division would close on May 31, 2011, leaving the fate of the manga’s localization in question. In 2014, Viz Media picked up the digital publication rights to the manga for Kindle.

In August 2003, while the primary series was on hiatus, a second manga series, D.N.Angel TV Animation Series began serialization in Monthly Asuka. Also written by Sugisaki, the short series was based on the anime adaptation, which had diverged from the storyline of the manga series. D.N.Angel TV Animation Series finished its serialization in the October 2003 issue. It was published in two tankōbon volumes by Kadokawa Shoten.

Film Friday- Cromartie High School

Film Friday- Cromartie High School

The series aired in the United States on the cable network G4 on its Barbed Wire Biscuit late-night block and on the UK satellite channel Rockworld TV. There are also many pop culture (especially music) parodies in the characters, chapter names, episode names, CD covers, and DVD covers of this series.


Main characters

Takashi Kamiyama (神山 高志 Kamiyama Takashi)
  • Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese); Ben Pronsky (English)
  • Japanese live-action movie actor: Takamasa Suga
The main character of the series, originally just another above-average student until he decided to enroll at Cromartie. Everyone else at Cromartie assumes that he’s the toughest kid in school, since a rabbit would never go into a den of lions. He has ambitions to change the school for the sake of bettering its student body. In secret, he is an amateur comedian who writes and sends jokes to be heard on special radio stations under the penname of “Honey Boy” (ハチミツ Hachimitsu). In later episodes, he becomes the number one boss in Japan after winning the National Boss Championship, only winning after being the only one to answer the first question correctly. He later defeats the legendary biker Sadaharu in a race.
Shinjiro Hayashida (林田 慎二郎 Hayashida Shinjirō)
  • Voiced by: Takuma Suzuki (Japanese); Illich Guardiola (English)
  • Japanese movie actor: Mitsuki Koga
Kamiyama’s first friend at Cromartie, noted for his purple mohawk. Hayashida is the one delinquent that helps Kamiyama blend into the bewildering environment of Cromartie High. Although streetwise, he is dumber than the gorilla and doesn’t even understand basic math. His signature purple mohawk was revealed to be fake in episode 17, but in episode 8 you can see him take it off for a brief second.
Akira Maeda (前田 彰 Maeda Akira)
  • Voiced by: Tetsu Inada (Japanese); Andy McAvin (English)
  • Japanese movie actor: Hiroshi Yamamoto
A delinquent who claims he was always getting into fights and never lost a single one (he claims to have won a 5-against-1 fight), he is ignored and disrespected because he lacks a nickname. (In the manga, he chooses the nickname “Dragon of Razors” with the help of Hokuto’s lackey, who himself decides on “The American Dream”, though no one else seems to acknowledge those names.) Often the most conservative of Kamiyama’s friends (and really, quite possibly the only one who actually possesses common sense), he is also frequently abducted by delinquents from Bass High School and is often the unwilling host of Cromartie High gatherings at his house. He bears a great resemblance to his mother, whose appearance normally horrifies everyone else. His name is a parody of a famous Japanese wrestler.
Shinichi Mechazawa (メカ沢 新一 Mekazawa Shin’ichi)
  • Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (Japanese); Jay Hickman (English)
  • Japanese movie actor: Shinji Takeda (voice)
One of the most notorious delinquents of Cromartie. Though there is a rumor that he may be perhaps a robot, no one but the main characters (Kamiyama, Hayashida, Maeda, etc.) seems to notice, including himself. At one point he ends up in a motorcycle accident and is repaired, only to end up combined with his motorcycle into an even stronger motorcycle, complete with missiles and rocket boosters. He is also known as a smooth-talker and is considered very charismatic, regularly getting first place in popularity polls. He has a little brother, identical but one-fifth his size, named Beta, also known as Mini Mechazawa.
Beta Mechazawa (メカ沢 β Mekazawa Bēta)
Also known as Mini Mechazawa or just “Beta,” he is the little yet older brother of Shinichi Mechazawa. Mechazawa Beta, who can only say “Meka-ratta” despite being “more advanced”, is also a cellphone. Meka-ratta is a parody of the lead character from Obake no Q-tarō, a ghost who is unable to speak human language and hence can only say “bake-ratta.” Like Mechazawa, he is often mistaken for something else, such as a tea canister, and is stepped on often due to his small size.
Freddie (フレディ Furedi)
  • Japanese movie actor: Hiroyuki Watanabe
A mute with a nearly uncanny resemblance to Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the band Queen. Hayashida claimed that as long as he attended, Cromartie would be the “Olympics for delinquents”. Although he never speaks and people assume he is a mute, Freddie actually has a good singing voice and the only occasion people can hear his voice is when he sings (as seen in the manga episode of Mechazawa’s birthday). The bottom of the microphone stand is broken, referring to Freddie Mercury’s gimmick. He also rides to school on an incredibly large, incredibly powerful, possibly wild horse named Black Dragon (Kokuryu in Japan, a reference to Raoh’s horse Kokuoh in Fist of the North Star), which waits outside the bathroom while he’s “doing his business”.
Gorilla (ゴリラ Gorira, Hiromi Go (豪 ヒロミ Gō Hiromi))
A gorilla who appears often at Cromartie High. He sometimes wears a watch and is considered smarter than most of the main characters. It has been revealed that his superior is a monkey. He is also an extremely talented sushi chef. His real name is a parody of a famous Japanese singer. He has also a sister who looks just like him but has prettier eyes and red/pink flower on her left ear.
Yutaka Takenouchi (竹之内 豊 Takenouchi Yutaka)
  • Voiced by: Ryō Naitō (Japanese); John Gremillion (English)
  • Japanese movie actor: Yoshihiro Takayama
The leader of Cromartie High’s first-year students. Known to be an incredible fighter and a reliable person. His weakness (unknown to everyone else) is motion sickness. Though he loves field trips and excursions in general, he hates having to travel, because he gets sick very easily, and struggles with all of his might not to vomit. His name is a parody of a famous Japanese actor. His parents are unseen.
Takeshi Hokuto (北斗 武士 Hokuto Takeshi)
  • Voiced by: Norihisa Mori (Japanese); Jason Douglas (English)
  • Japanese movie actor: Noboru Kaneko
A son of a chairman for a major zaibatsu, who is also the chairman of the board for several high schools throughout Japan. He used his father’s influence to rule every school he goes to, until he came to Cromartie, not knowing that the school is municipal. He also arrives wearing the wrong uniform (white, instead of the standard black). Despite his setbacks, he continues to plot how to rule this school, if not all of Japan or even the world. As a result of his luxurious, extravagant life, he thinks all people below him are pigs.
Hokuto’s lackey (北斗の子分 Hokuto no kobun)
  • Voiced by: Akio Suyama (Japanese); Greg Ayres (English)
  • Japanese movie actor: Sadayoshi Shimane
Nameless in the series. While he does have a name, no one seems to be interested in knowing it (including Hokuto himself), and they simply refer to him as “you”, “other guy”, or just “Hokuto’s lackey”. There was actually a controversy among the students, when he said he did not want to be called “Hokuto’s lackey”. Every time he tries to say his name though, something generally absurd happens and cuts the event short. In the manga, he helps Maeda come up with the nickname “Dragon of Razors”, and Maeda suggests for Hokuto’s lackey the nickname “The American Dream” (アメリカンドリーム Amerikandorīmu). They are both satisfied with their new nicknames, but no one else acknowledges them.
Masked Takenouchi (マスクド竹之内 Masukudo Takenouchi)
  • Voiced by: Takaya Kuroda (Japanese); George Manley (English)
  • Japanese movie actor: Itsuji Itao
Before coming to Cromartie, he was a hijacker who tried to commandeer the plane that students of Cromartie High School were taking to go on a field trip to Kyushu. Being agoraphobic, he feels quite uneasy among strangers. When talking with Takenouchi about this problem, he ends up in a situation where he succeeds in the hijacking, but ends up staying in Japan. In the meantime, Takenouchi ends up in the Nevada desert in America. To maintain anonymity, he constantly wears a white wrestling mask, with the kanji character for bamboo, 竹 (The first character in “Takenouchi”), which leaves everyone in Cromartie High with the impression that he is Takenouchi, although no one questions his presence even after being seen alongside the real Takenouchi. He frequently imparts elderly knowledge (being presumedly in his 30s) to the other students when they face contentious issues. In the manga, he becomes the successor of pillow-jutsu, the fictional technique of softening pillows with a sharp blow with a long stick, but this is given only very brief mention in the opening animation of the anime.
Noboru Yamaguchi (山口 ノボル Yamaguchi Noboru)
  • Voiced by: Yuuto Kazama (Japanese); James Reed Faulkner (English)
  • Japanese movie actor: Shoichiro Matsumoto
The leader of Destrade High School’s first-year students. He has the nickname of “The Unsinkable Battleship”, which is coincidentally the nickname of professional wrestler Stan Hansen who is extremely popular in Japan, and is mentioned to be a member of a bike gang called “Earth, Wind, Fire, and Water” in his spare time. (“Ash, Wind, Fire” in Japan; both are parodies of an American Funk band Earth, Wind & Fire.) His cronies believe that he hates jokes, since he’s always so serious. In truth, he is a connoisseur of sophisticated humor, despising the sophomoric jokes that his friends prefer. He is also a postcard comedian (someone who sends jokes in the mail to be heard on the radio). His pen name is “Ajishio Taro” (roughly, “Salt Boy”), and he is rivaled only by Kamiyama, who he initially knows only as “Honey Boy.” He is easily recognized by his large afro hairstyle and his ever-constant sunglasses.

Wednesday News- August 9, 2017

Wednesday News- August 9, 2017


“Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds” Brings Historical Romance to PC on August 24-

“Kino’s Journey” Anime Character Designs Showcased-

Fall Festival To Reveal Next Stage of “Sword Art Online” Plans-

Gosho Aoyama’s “Detective Conan” Manga Reaches Its 1,000th Chapter This Week-

Manga Monday- Cromartie High School

Manga Monday- Cromartie High School

Cromartie High School by Eiji Nonaka, is a Japanese comedy manga, which was adapted into an anime and a 2005 live-action movie titled Cromartie High – The Movie directed by Yūdai Yamaguchi. It follows the everyday life of Takashi Kamiyama and his odd classmates at Cromartie High School, an infamous school for delinquents. Both the manga and anime have been released in North America by ADV Manga and ADV Films respectively. However, the manga is not yet completely published in North America due to restructuring issues at ADV. Discotek Media has since licensed the anime, after ADV’s closing in 2009. The manga won the 2002 Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen. The series is a parody of Japanese “yankii” (juvenile delinquent) manga of the 1970s and 1980s. The style of art resembles Ryoichi Ikegami’s works such as Crying Freeman or Sanctuary.


Film Friday- Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040

Film Friday- Bubblegum Crisis: Tokyo 2040

Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 is a Japanese anime series produced by Anime International Company (AIC). A retelling of the 1987 original video animation Bubblegum Crisis, the series premiered on TV Tokyo on October 8, 1998 where it ran for 26 episodes until its conclusion on March 31, 1999. Toshiba EMI released the episodes on both VHS and Laserdisc across 13 volumes, each containing two episodes. The first volume was released on January 21, 1999; the final volume was released July 26, 2000. The series was later released on DVD, however the Japanese versions were simply the American DVD releases encoded to play for Region 2.


The story takes place in Tokyo where much of the manual labor is done by robots called Boomers, which are run by a mega-corporation Genom. Linna Yamazaki, a new office worker, observes a Boomer that has “gone rogue”, causing destruction and attacking people. Although the AD Police are called in to stop the rogue Boomers, a renegade group called the Knight Sabers dressed in cybernetic, armored Hardsuits appear and save the day. Yamazaki joins the group which consists of: Priss, a rock star; Sylia, a boutique store owner and the group’s leader; and Nene, a computer whiz who also works within the AD Police as a dispatch operator.

Over the course of the series, the Knight Sabers go after the rogue boomers, which frustrates the AD Police officers Leon McNichol and his partner Daley Wong. Genom is not happy with the development. its leader Quincy Rosenkreutz and advisor Brian J. Mason seek to unlock more boomer technology. Meanwhile, the girls must deal with Sylia’s younger brother Mackey. Leon pursues Priss with romantic intentions, but does not know of her connection to the Knight Sabers.

Mason uncovers and reactivates Galatea, a humanoid based on Sylia’s DNA who is able to control all boomers. Genom cuts AD Police’s funding, resulting in a strike, however, Galatea’s influence causes boomers everywhere to go rogue, trapping the Knight Sabers and the AD Police folks inside their own building. The Knight Sabers follow and defeat Galatea at a satellite orbiting Earth.

List of Hardsuits

Hardsuits are powered battle armour developed by Sylia Stingray and Nigel Kirkland. Initially they are suits of armour that the four Knight Sabers step into while wearing body stockings as close contact with skin and “plumbing” connections are required. Sylia states that the reason there are no male knight sabers is because it was easier to find women who shared a similar shape to her than to redesign hardsuits for a different anatomy. After the suits are lost the replacement suits are instead applied to the naked women as a viscous liquid silver-coloured ‘biometal’ that morphs into the coloured hardsuit. The hardsuits and the motoslave are revealed late in the series to be a form of boomer, that the very first set of suits (not seen in the series) were all lost due to their wearers not being well suited for their use and that Sylia had to find people like her whose consciousness could meld with the boomers’ nascent consciousness (itself based on Sylia’s consciousness due to her father’s development process) in order to optimise their function. This requirement is revealed when the Knight Sabers receive psychic messages from Galatea and at times the four women are sometimes able to communicate telepathically. Sylia notes that the highly limited power supply of the hardsuits was to prevent them going rogue.

Priss’s Hardsuit is specifically designed for the alley-style, hit and run fighting tactics she prefers. Her red-accented dark blue suit’s main weapon is a set of “knuckle bombs”. These are essentially shaped-charge explosive devices on the knuckles of her gauntlets, with which she beats against a Boomer until she can tear inside where its “core” (its heart) resides and destroy it from the inside out. Until Linna’s arrival, Priss was the primary combatant of the team and it is her suit that is used in Linna’s first test simulation.
Linna’s hardsuit is a green color accented with orange trim, and is extremely maneuverable. As the newest suit of the group, it has some of the most advanced features, including a pair of long, ribbon-like cutters with nanometer-thick mono-molecular edges that can slice through almost anything. This newness is a double-edged sword however, for it fails on its first mission with almost tragic consequences for its owner. Linna’s suit also has heavily armored gauntlets, but she does not carry the knuckle bombs that Priss’s suit has.
Designed more for field support and data acquisition than for combat, Nene’s hardsuit is an unusual reddish-pink and purple. Her weaponry includes a railgun that can shoot high sectional density armor-piercing metal spikes into her opponents, armored gauntlets, and an incredibly powerful computer system and scanner array that lets her handle almost any field intelligence operations required of her. Nene tries to prove herself as a fighter several times but overestimates her physical prowess and endangers herself and others. Eventually her suit is upgraded with several automatic functions that greatly increase her ability as a fighter.
Sylia’s Hardsuit is not often seen in the series, as Sylia does not engage in actual combat as often as the other Knight Sabers. However, when she does, her hardsuit is equipped with a retractable Katar style sword blade that she uses to inflict fatal damage to any boomer who makes the mistake of getting too close to her, and her combat style is even more savage and brutal than Priss’s. Her suit is primarily a silver/white color with teal and pink accents. It also sports active stealth systems, and she is known to carry remotely detonated explosive charges.

Wednesday News- August 2, 2017

Wednesday News- August 2, 2017


Netflix to Stream LeSean Thomas’ Cannon Busters Animated Series-

Netflix Reveals Visuals for Sword Gai: The Animation Series-

Netflix to Premiere Kakegurui Anime Outside of Japan in 2018-

Hideo Iura’s Keiji Yugami Detective Manga Gets Live-Action Series in October-


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  • Sword Art Online Box Set DVD


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