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Film Friday- Lovely Complex a.k.a Love Com

Film Friday- Lovely Complex a.k.a Love Com

The story has been adapted as a live-action movie released in 2006, a 24-episode anime television series broadcast in 2007, and an adventure game released for PlayStation 2 released in 2006. Two drama CDs have also been produced. The manga and the live-action movie are licensed in North America by Viz.

Anime

The anime television series was produced by Toei Animation and directed by Konosuke Uda, with music by Hironosuke Sato and character designs by Hideaki Maniwa. The opening theme songs were “Kimi + Boku = Love?” by Tegomass (episodes 1–13) and “Hey! Say!” by Hey! Say! 7 (episodes 14–24); the ending themes were “Kiss ~ Kaerimichi no Love Song~” by Tegomass (episodes 1–13) and “Bon Bon” by Hey! Say! 7 (episodes 14–24). It was broadcast on TBS, CBC, and MBS from 7 April 2007 to 29 September 2007.

The Italian distributor Dynit licensed the anime for a DVD release. In Italy was broadcast on 24 October 2010 on Rai 4 and ended on 17 April 2011.

In April 2012, Discotek Media announced that they will distribute the Love Com anime on DVD in North America in one subtitled boxset.

Movie

Love Com was adapted as a live-action movie directed by Kitaji Ishikawa with screenplay by Osamu Suzuki. It starred Ema Fujisawa as Risa Koizumi and Teppei Koike as Atsushi Ōtani. It was released in theaters on 2006-07-15, and on DVD on 2007-01-01. A subtitled DVD was released in English in North America by Viz Media on 2008-02-19.

Risa Koizumi

is not your average Japanese high school girl. Standing 172 centimetres (5 ft 8 in) tall, Risa stands taller than the average height of Japanese boys let alone Japanese girls (the average height for a female is 158 cm (5 ft 2 in)). In the anime she states that she has always been the tallest person in her class. Ironically, her surname means ‘small fountain’. She and other characters compare her to a giraffe. Risa can be impulsive and strong-willed at times, and is rarely willing to display her softer side. She had a crush on Suzuki before he started dating Chiharu. Risa starts developing feelings for Ōtani and soon admits to herself that she likes him. She then starts trying to confess. Failing the first time, Nobuko and Nakao try to help with Nobuko often giving Risa advice on what to do. Finally she very directly tells him. She immediately regrets it, and tells Ōtani to pretend it never happened, but in spite of herself she tells Ōtani once again that she likes him. Ōtani responds that he cannot see her as a girlfriend yet, so her new goal is to make Ōtani regret that and make him like her as well.

Atsushi Ōtani

is one of the main characters. He is very short for a boy, standing 156 centimetres (5 ft 1 in). The average height for a male in Japan is 172 cm (5 ft 8 in). Like Koizumi, Ōtani’s surname (roughly, “big valley”) is a pun on his diminutive stature. He can be thoughtless and rude but he is kind and a little silly at heart. Ironically, Ōtani also happens to be the star player of the school basketball team. He reveals he wants to go to University after graduation to get his teaching certificate. He dreams of teaching basketball to elementary school students.His ex-girlfriend is Mayu Kanzaki, the manager of his middle-school basketball team. She broke up with him for a much taller boyfriend, and this is one of the reasons Ōtani is sensitive about his height. He later finds out that his lack of height wasn’t the reason that she broke up with him; it was because she was in love with someone else already who just happened to be tall. He doesn’t know quite yet how he feels about Risa when she confesses her feelings for him, and responds that he can’t see her as a girlfriend (yet). He later realizes that he does care for her, and he kisses her. Later on in the series, Ōtani gets the wrong idea when Risa keep doing suspicious things with her co-worker Kohori, and then breaks up with her. However, after seeing how devoted she is to him, Ōtani reconsiders and they make up on Christmas Eve.

Wednesday News- June 6, 2018

Wednesday News- June 6, 2018

Code Vein Game’s Trailer Reveals September Release Date- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-06-05/code-vein-game-trailer-reveals-september-release-date/.132464

Review- Sailor Moon SuperS Part 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/sailor-moon-supers/part-1/.132346

FLCL Returns in Two New Flavors- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2018-06-05/.132467

Encouragement of the Climb Anime Premieres on July 2- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-06-05/encouragement-of-the-climb-anime-premieres-on-july-2/.132475

Anime-

  • Anonymous Noise BD
  • Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic BD/DVD
  • Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic DVD
  • Kabukibu! BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE Collection 2 BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam AGE Collection 2 DVD
  • My Hero Academia Season 2 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • My Hero Academia Season 2 Part 2 Limited Edition BD/DVD
    Sword Oratoria: Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side Premium Edition BD/DVD

Manga-

  • ACCA 13 Graphic Novel (GN) 3
  • Akame ga KILL! ZERO GN 7
  • Angels of Death GN 3
  • Astra Lost in Space GN 3
  • Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle GN 3
  • Beware the Kamiki Brothers! GN 2
  • Blue Exorcist GN 19
  • BTOOOM! GN 21
  • Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju GN 7
  • DNA Doesn’t Tell Us GN 2
  • Durarara!! Re;Dollars Arc GN 1
  • Haikyu!! GN 24
  • Eclair GN
  • Fate/Zero GN 6
  • Flying Witch GN 6
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 24
  • Haikyu!! GN 24
  • Hoshin Engi GN 10
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 6
  • Kuroko’s Basketball GN Omnibus 12
  • Laid-Back Camp GN 2
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Kanna’s Daily Life GN 2
  • My Hero Academia GN 13
  • My Solo Exchange Diary GN 13
  • One Piece GN Omnibus 24
  • Princess Jellyfish GN 9
  • The Promised Neverland GN 4
  • Queen’s Quality GN 4
  • Satan’s Secretary GN 1
  • Stupid Love Comedy GN 1
  • Takane & Hana GN 3
  • Vinland Saga GN 10 (Hardcover)
  • Yokai Girls GN 3
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 12
  • You Got Me, Sempai! GN 2
  • The Young Master’s Revenge GN 2

Other-

  • As the Gods Will BD/DVD
  • Demon King Daimaou Novel 5
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Novel 11
  • Napping Princess Novel
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition: Taishi PlayStation 4/PC Game
  • Sushi Striker: The Way of the Sushido Nintendo Switch Game

Manga Monday- Lovely Complex a.k.a. Love Com

Manga Monday- Lovely Complex a.k.a. Love Com

Love Com, also known as Lovely Complex, is a romantic comedy shōjo manga by Aya Nakahara. It was published by Shueisha in Bessatsu Margaret from 2001 to 2006 and collected in 17 tankōbon volumes. The series is about the romance between a tall girl and a short boy who are treated as a comedy duo by their classmates. In 2004, it received the 49th Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo.

The manga was written and illustrated by Aya Nakahara. It was initially serialized in Japan by Shueisha in the shōjo manga magazine Bessatsu Margaret from September 2001 to December 2006. The untitled chapters were collected in 17 tankōbon volumes. The manga is licensed in English in North America by Viz Media, with 16 volumes published as of January 2010. The Viz edition is licensed for distribution in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment, which released volume one in May 2008. The series is also licensed in France by Delcourt, in Italy by Planet Manga, in Mexico by Grupo Editorial Vid, in Spain by Planeta DeAgostini, in Taiwan by Tong Li Publishing, in Hungary by Mangafan and in Vietnam by TVM Comics.

Plot

Love Com is a love story between a boy and a girl in Sakai, Osaka. The girl, Risa Koizumi, is 172 centimetres (5 ft 8 in) tall—much taller than the average Japanese girl. The boy, Atsushi Ōtani, is 156 cm (5 ft 1 in)—way below the height of the average Japanese boy. Because of this, the pair are called the “All Hanshin Kyojin” after a popular comedy duo that has a similar height difference. The difference in their heights is extremely exaggerated (in the opening credits of the anime, for example, the top of Ōtani’s head doesn’t even reach Risa’s chin when it should be approximately level with her mouth.)

During summer school, a very tall student named Ryouji Suzuki (from another class) shows up and Risa immediately falls for him because he is tall. There is a girl that Atsushi likes as well, so Risa and Atsushi decide to put aside their differences and help each other get their love interests. Their efforts fail spectacularly as Suzuki and the girl whom Ōtani had a crush on – Chiharu Tanaka – end up becoming a couple. All is not lost though, since Risa and Ōtani become close friends. As they get to know each other better, Risa’s feelings for Atsushi begin to blossom, and her love life gets complicated from there on.

One notable fact about Love Com is that instead of speaking standard Japanese, almost all characters speak in Kansai-ben. Many native Osakan voice actors are employed in the anime. While having one or two characters speaking Kansai-ben is common in many anime shows, having all characters doing so is unusual in media produced for a nationwide audience.

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”.