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Wednesday News- October 31, 2018

Wednesday News- October 31, 2018

Hitorijime My Hero Anime’s English Dub Trailer Streamed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-30/hitorijime-my-hero-anime-english-dub-trailer-streamed/.138827

New Live-Action LDK Film’s Teaser Highlights Love Triangle- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-30/new-live-action-ldk-film-teaser-highlights-love-triangle/.138811

Black Clover BD+ DVD- Season 1 Part 1-  https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/black-clover/bd-dvd-season-1/.138554

Happy Halloween- Anime Style- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2018-10-30/happy-halloween-anime-style/.138833

Nintendo Switch Console Sales Reach 21.74 Million Units Worldwide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-10-30/nintendo-switch-console-sales-reach-21.74-million-units-worldwide/.138826

Anime

  • Area 88 OVA DVD
  • Dagashi Kashi 2 BD/DVD
  • First Love Monster Essentials BD
  • Goshogun BD
  • Great Mazinger BD
  • Hitorijime My Hero BD
  • Metropolis Steelbook BD/DVD
  • Reborn! Volume 2 BD
  • Space Warrior Baldios BD
  • Taboo Tattoo Essentials BD
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST Season 2 + OVA BD/DVD
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST Season 2 + OVA Limited Edition BD/DVD

Manga

  • Aho Girl A Clueless Girl Graphic Novel (GN) 9
  • Animal Land GN 14
  • Anne-Happy GN 8
  • Aoharu x Machine Gun GN 13
  • APOSIMZ GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Battle Angel Alita: Holy Night GN (Digital Only)
  • Beware the Kamiki Brothers! GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • A Bride’s Story GN 6-9 (Digital Only)
  • A Certain Magical Index GN 15
  • Corpse Princess GN 19 (Digital Only)
  • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody GN 5
  • Demonizer Zilch GN 5
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! GN 12
  • Dreamin’ Sun GN 8
  • Durarara!! Re;Dollars Arc GN 3
  • Gabriel Dropout GN 5
  • Hakumei and Mikochi Tiny Little Life in the Woods GN 2
  • Hatsu*Haru GN 3
  • Heaven’s Design Team GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World GN 1
  • Hiro Mashima‘s Playground GN
  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord GN 2
  • Im: Great Priest Imhotep GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Infini-T Force GN 3
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria GN 5
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 7
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 7
  •  Mononoke Sharing GN 3
  • Murciélago GN 8
  • My Monster Secret GN 13
  • Napping Princess the Story of the Unknown Me GN 2
  • Nurse Hitomi’s Monster Infirmary GN 8
  • Princess Resurrection Nightmare GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Prison School GN 11
  • Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts GN 3
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil GN 4
  • Sekirei GN 6
  • Shibuya Goldfish GN 2
  • Silver Spoon GN 5
  • So I’m A Spider, So What? GN 4
  • Spirits & Cat Ears GN 7
  • Taboo Tattoo GN 12
  • Teasing Master Takagi-san GN 2
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 8
  • Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • To Love Ru Darkness GN 7
  • Triage X GN 16
  • Val x Love GN 4
  • Versailles of the Dead GN 1
  • Yokai Rental Shop GN 4
  • Zo Zo Zombie-kun GN 1

Other

  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride Supplement 1
  • Death Mark PlayStation 4/PlayStation Vita/Nintendo Switch Game
  • The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria Novel 4
  • Final Fantasy VII: On the Way to a Smile Novel
  • Gal Metal Nintendo Switch Game
  • Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One Novel 1
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 8
  • The Hero and His Elf Bride Open a Pizza Parlor in Another World Novel 1
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Novel 12
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria Novel 7
  • Kingdom Hearts The Story So Far PlayStation 4 Game
  • Mirai Novel (Hardcover)
  • No Game, No Life Novel 7
  • Onimonogatari Novel
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Novel 8
  • Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: The Wayward Journey Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Spice and Wolf Novel 20
  • True Tenchi Muyo! Novel 2
  • Wolf & Parchment Novel 3
  • Yomawari The Long Night Collection Nintendo Switch Game

 

Manga Monday- Your Lie in April

Manga Monday- Your Lie in April

Your Lie in April, known in Japan as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso or just simply Kimiuso, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa. The series was serialized in Kodansha’s Monthly Shōnen Magazine from April 2011 to May 2015.

Manga

The Your Lie in April manga series is written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa, and began serialization on April 6, 2011 in Kodansha’s Monthly Shōnen Magazine. The first tankōbon was published by Kodansha on September 16, 2011, and the final volume was released in two editions, a regular edition and a limited edition, with the limited edition bundled with an OVA, and was released on May 15, 2015. The series is licensed in English in North America by Kodansha Comics, and the first volume was published on April 21, 2015.
A spin-off manga titled Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso: Coda was bundled with the release of the Blu-ray release of the anime series. It was later published in tankōbon format on August 17, 2016.

Plot

Piano prodigy Kōsei Arima dominated various music competitions and has become famous among child musicians, but also controversial. After the death of his abusive mother, who was also his coldhearted instructor who forced him to play the piano emotionlessly, he had a mental breakdown at the age of eleven while performing at a piano recital which resulted in him no longer being able to hear the sound of his piano even though his hearing was perfectly fine.
Four years later, Kōsei hasn’t touched the piano and views the world in monochrome, without any flair or color, resigning himself to living out his life with his good friends, Tsubaki and Watari, until, one day, a girl changes everything. Kaori Miyazono, an audacious, free-spirited, fourteen-year-old violinist whose playing style reflects her manic personality, helps Kōsei return to the music world and shows that it should be free and mold-breaking unlike the structured and rigid style Kōsei was used to, and as she continues to uplift him, he quickly realizes that he loves her, though she already likes Watari.
However, while performing together (Kōsei having been dragged into it by Kaori), Kaori suddenly collapses after a moving performance and is hospitalised. At first Kaori says that she is anaemic and just needs some routine testing, but this is revealed to be a lie when flashes of her past reveal her collapsing and bleeding many times before.
Finally Kaori is discharged and back to her happy, crazy-self, inviting Kōsei to play at a Gala with her. However, Kaori fails to show up on the day of the Gala, and as her health worsens, and she begins to give up on life. This time, Kōsei is the one who inspires her after playing a duet with Nagi Aiza, the pianist sister of a fellow rival of his named Takeshi Aiza. After shedding tears and listening to it, Kaori opts for a risky surgery that may kill her if it fails, just so that she can play with him one more time.
During the finals of the Eastern Japan Piano Competition, Kosei starts to play the piano, wishing that it would reach Kaori, but sees Kaori accompanying him during the play, indicating that she had died, since it was her last wish that she wanted to play with Kosei.
Kaori eventually dies due to the surgery, but leaves a letter to Kōsei, which is given to him by her parents at her funeral. The letter reveals that she was in love with Kōsei the whole time, and that her supposed feelings towards Watari were fabricated in order to get closer to Kōsei without emotionally injuring Tsubaki, who also has limerent feelings towards Kōsei. After finding this out, Tsubaki confronts Kosei and tells him that she will be by his side for the rest of her life.

 

Film Friday- Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Film Friday- Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

It was adapted into a live-action television drama which aired on Fuji TV from August–September 2013.

An animated promotional video (PV) was released by Liden Films on August 26, 2013. The video was directed by Seiki Takuno. Ryu Yamada was voiced by Ryōta Ōsaka, and Urara Shiraishi was voiced by Saori Hayami. In June 2014, Liden Films launched a website with news that it would be producing an original anime DVD (OAD). The OAD has two installments: the first was released on December 17, 2014 bundled with the manga volume 15, and the second is bundled with volume 17 for May 15, 2015. They were advertised as featuring all seven witches as well as hot springs scenes.
In November 2014, Liden films announced plans to produce a TV anime series with the voice characters to reprise their roles from the OAD project. The director is Tomoki Takuno, who did IDOLM@STER: XENOGLOSSIA, Love Live! School Idol Project, and the assistant director is Fumiaki Usui. The series writer is Michiko Yokote, and the chief animation director and character designer is Eriko Iida. Sound is being directed by Yota Tsuruoka and music composed by Masaru Yokoyama.
A 12-episode anime television adaptation produced by Liden Films and directed by Tomoki Takuno aired in Japan between April 12 and June 28, 2015. The opening theme song is “Kuchizuke Diamond” by WEAVER and the ending theme song is “CANDY MAGIC” by Mimi Meme Mimi.
The first DVD and Blu-ray Disc box sets of the anime television series included a crossover anime short Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo x Yankee-kun to Megane-chan adapted from the manga by the same author.
Crunchyroll will release the series on Blu-ray and DVD with an English dub.

Television drama

A live-action drama began airing on August 10, 2013 on Saturdays on Fuji TV at 11:10pm. It stars Yusuke Yamamoto as the title character Ryū Yamada, and Mariya Nishiuchi as Urara Shiraishi. Its theme song is “Time Machine Nante Iranai” by former AKB48 headliner Atsuko Maeda. She described the song as “cheerful and fun” and hopes it will liven up the show. Sponsors include Samsung, which included the show’s characters in their related commercials broadcast at the time.

Main characters

Ryuu Yamada

is an apathetic delinquent who finds high school boring and is failing in his school’s academics. That is until he crashes into Shiraishi, the student academic ace of the school, at the stairs and ends up swapping bodies with her. They discover that a kiss activates the swap, and that Yamada can swap with others, although he later learns that it is actually a duplication power; that is, he can copy the power of the witch that he has kissed He later confesses his developed feelings for Shiraishi which she returns and the two began dating. After Yamada recovers his full memories, it is revealed that they became a couple during their first year. At the series conclusion set ten years later, Yamada works as a successful businessman in development. He proposes to Shiriashi who happily accepts and the two become married. Yamada’s favorite food is yakisoba bread, and he even has a stuffed toy based on it named Sobasshimi. He is portrayed by Yusuke Yamamoto in the live-action adaptation, and voiced by Ryōta Ōsak in Japanese and by Newton Pittman in English

Urara Shiraishi

is introduced as the student ace; she holds the highest grades in her class, but is bullied by other students who are envious of her academic success. Her decision not to go to college worries the teachers and the student council. When she discovers her body-swapping powers with Yamada, the two resolve each other’s problems in school; she begins to make friends and have a social life. Toranosuke Miyamura appoints her the president of the Supernatural Studies Club. After numerous adventures with Yamada, she eventually agrees to be his girlfriend. Later memories show she and Yamada had started dating since their first year in high school. She was first attracted to Yamada when she was isolated in high school and he called her out for being boring. She then accepted the role of the “Original Witch” who enabled the witch powers at the school, so she could be with Yamada, but at the cost of having everyone except for Yamada forget her and that she would forget him when she leaves school during her senior year. When she returns for graduation, Yamada’s comment about her being boring again as well as later kissing Yamada enables her to recover her memories. Ten years later, she has become a successful businesswoman, but has been awaiting Yamada’s marriage proposal. The final chapter covers their wedding, and some years later, talking with their two children about their story. She is portrayed by Mariya Nishiuchi in the drama series, and is voiced by Saori Hayami in Japanese and by Mikaela Krantz in English in the anime. At her panel at Anime Expo 2015, Yoshikawa said that Shiraishi was her favorite Yamada-kun character to draw, and that her favorite feature to draw was her hair.

 

Wednesday News- October 24, 2018

Wednesday News- October 24, 2018

Fairy Tail City Hero Spinoff Manga Launches on Friday- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-22/fairy-tail-city-hero-spinoff-manga-launches-on-friday/.138450

Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us Anime Film’s Full English Trailer Streamed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-23/pokemon-the-movie-the-power-of-us-anime-film-full-english-trailer-streamed/.138526

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Kyoto Animeation’s Tsurune Anime – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-23/sentai-filmworks-licenses-kyoto-animation-tsurune-anime/.138523

Fairy Tail Final Season: Episode 3 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/fairy-tail-final-season/episode-3/.138446

New Hakuoki Musical About Kazama Chikae Debuts in April 2019- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-22/new-hakuoki-musical-about-kazama-chikage-debuts-in-april-2019/.138470

Anime

  • 91 Days Essentials BD
  • Accel World: Infinite Burst BD
  • Accel World: Infinite Burst DVD
  • Concrete Revolutio BD/DVD
  • Endride Complete Series BD
  • Made in Abyss BD
  • Tsukiuta. THE ANIMATION Essentials BD
  • Witch Hunter Robin Complete Series DVD

Manga

  • Ace of Diamond GN 16 (Digital Only)
  • Aho Girl GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Baki GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Batman and the Justice League Graphic Novel (GN) 1
  • Beauty Bunny GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Creature! GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Defying Kurosaki-kun GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • ēlDLIVE GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Fairy Tail: Lightning Gods GN 4
  • Flowers of Evil Complete GN Omnibus 4
  • Forest of Piano GN 1-7 (Digital Only)
  • Harukana Receive GN 2
  • Heart Break Club GN 10Is Kichijoji the Only Place to Live? GN  4  (Digital Only)
  • Liar x Liar GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Machimaho: I Messed Up and Made the Wrong Person Into a Magical Girl! GN 1
  • Made in Abyss GN 4
  • Magical Girl Apocalypse GN 16
  • Mikami-sensei’s Way of Love GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Mob Psycho 100 GN 1
  • Nameless Asterism GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Plus-Sized Elf GN 1
  • Pokémon Adventures GN 23-29 (FireRed & LeafGreen) (Digital Only)
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • There’s a Demon Lord on the Floor GN 6

Other

  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Infinite Stratos GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Kokoro Connect GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero One’s Justice PlayStation 4 Game
  • Super Mario Encyclopedia: The Official Guide to the First 30 Years (Hardcover)
  • The Unwanted Undead Adventurer GN 3 (Digital Only)

 

 

Manga Monday- Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Manga Monday- Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches is a finished manga series written and illustrated by Miki Yoshikawa. The series has been published by Kodansha in their Weekly Shonen Magazine since February 22, 2012 to February 22, 2017. The series has been licensed in Chinese by the Taiwanese publishing company Tong Li. On October 26, 2013, Crunchyroll announced a partnership with Kodansha where it would distribute chapters digitally to 170 countries. The series has been licensed for North American release by Kodansha USA, who began releasing the series in 2015. The series concluded in February 2017 with 28 compiled volumes. It concluded on February 22, 2017 after running for exactly 5 years.

Plot

Ryū Yamada is known as a delinquent in his high school; he has been bored of classes after one year of attending school. One day, he accidentally falls from a flight of stairs onto Urara Shiraishi, the ace student of the school. Yamada wakes up to find that he has swapped bodies with her. The two try to reverse the change and discover that kissing triggers the body swap. On the suggestion of student council vice-president Toranosuke Miyamura, they revive the Supernatural Studies club. The supernatural-phenomenon-obsessed Miyabi Itō soon joins the club. The club encounters other “witches” with different powers that are activated with a kiss. A transfer student, Kentarō Tsubaki, becomes a part of the club after nearly causing a fire to the old schoolhouse. Upon discovering the identity of the seventh witch, Yamada supposedly has his memories of the witches erased, but it instead affects the witches and the students involved. While the student council tries to impede his progress, Yamada restores the memories of the witches with a kiss, and gathers the seven witches for a ceremony where he wishes for the powers to go away. He confesses his love to Urara and they become a couple.
He is recruited to the new student council where he learns that he still has his witch copying power, but that there are more witches. Although the student council tries to shield each other from the powers while discovering and allying with the witches, they find themselves facing opposition from students controlled by the Japanese chess club, which has male students with new kinds of witch powers. The student council receives a vote of no confidence and must face a recall election. In the process of infiltrating the Japanese chess club, Yamada learns of a witch who was connected to his past. He works a deal with childhood friend-turned-rival Ushio Igarashi where he wishes for his memories to return; in exchange, Ushio would take seventh witch Nancy’s ability. When the Japanese chess club continues to manipulate the campaign, Yamada uses his copied seventh witch power to erase the recent events, but Ushio beats him to the punch and they are both forgotten by the students.
Yamada returns to the Supernatural Studies club as the school has to deal with new witches following the new school year. He also learns there are gaps in his and his schoolmates’ memories of what happened at the end of his first school year, including those of whom he was dating at the time. Yamada then tries to find out the truth of what happened. He ultimately gathers the male witches to hold a ceremony to restore everyone’s memories. As he goes through his senior year of high school, he plans to apply to a prestigious university. However, when Urara suddenly disappears from his life along with the witches powers and everyone else’s memories of her, Yamada discovers she was the original witch. Urara had agreed to the witch powers in order to have a relationship with Yamada, but on the condition that her memories of him to be erased again when she leaves school. However, when she returns at graduation, Yamada finds a way to get her to remember again.
Ten years later, Yamada has become a successful businessman and adult who is looked up to by his coworkers and keeps in touch with his high school friends, but has yet to propose to Urara. The two get married and some years later, share their story with their two children.

 

Film Friday- Wolf Girl and Black Prince

Film Friday- Wolf Girl and Black Prince

Wolf Girl and Black Prince is a Japanese shōjo manga series written by Ayuko Hatta. It was adapted into a drama CD in 2013. In 2014, the May issue of Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret magazine announced that an anime television had been green-lit. The anime ran from October 2, 2014 to December 21, 2014 lasting twelve episodes. The opening theme is “LOVE GOOD TIME” by SpecialThanks and the ending theme is “Wolf Heart” by Oresama. An OVA was released on 4 October 2015.

Live-action film

A live-action film adaptation directed by Ryūichi Hiroki premiered in Japanese theaters on May 28, 2016. It was grossed US$10,639,039 at japan box office.

Characters

Erika Shinohara
The main protagonist of the series. Erika often tells tall tales about her having a boyfriend and takes a photo of a random guy to show as proof. However, the guy turns out to be Kyoya Sata, who also goes to her school. After some pleading, he agrees to pretend to be her boyfriend under the condition that she become his “pet dog.” She eventually falls for him, despite his cruel attitude towards her and desperately tries to win his affection.
Kyōya Sata 
At the beginning, when Erika suggested her idea of faking lovers, Kyōya agrees to it with a “Prince Charming” attitude. However, shortly after, he blackmails, torments and makes her his “dog”. Gradually, he starts to genuinely care for her and becomes jealous whenever she gets close to other guys. He also develops a protective attitude towards her. As the series continues, he realizes his actual feelings for her and that she is not just a way to “pass time”. He is actually more of tsundere hiding under the disguise of a sadist. Once Kyōya learns that he could lose Erika to Yū, he goes after her during their date and confesses his feelings for her. Kyōya also has an older sister who more or less shares his sadistic tendencies, and a fun-loving, rather hare-brained mother.
Ayumi Sanda 
Known also as San-chan, Sanda is a short-haired girl and initially the only one of Erika’s friends to know the “fake boyfriend” situation. She is the complete opposite of Erika, being mature, self-reliant, and quiet. She is also the classmate of Kyouya during their first year. Though Sanda had a short interest in Kyoya, she considers her friendship with Erika to be more important than her crush. Later into the series, she also becomes close to Takeru.
In the film adaptation, Sanda studies in a separate, all-girls, school from Erika, making her a stranger to Kyoya.
Takeru Hibiya 
Kyōya’s best friend from middle school who is inheriting his family’s cafe business. He is a hot blooded man with a simple and clear personality. He fully supports Erika and Kyoya’s relationship, being relieved that Kyoya is finally able to befriend someone other than himself. Later into the series, Takeru becomes close to Sanda, which initially causes Nozomi’s jealousy, as he thinks that their and Erika and Kyoya’s relationships will make him the only single in their group.
Nozomi Kamiya 
Nozomi is a super flashy guy and belongs in the same year as Kyouya and Erika. Also, he is a sort of a playboy type. He can easily remember the names he just acquainted to, especially cute girls name. When he first sees Kyōya, Nozomi believes he is the same as himself, even when he learns that Kyōya and Erika are dating. He tries to get him to come around to his way of thinking; that it is no fun being held down by one girl. However, Kyōya refuses and says how pointless it is to have meaningless flings with various girls, causing Nozomi to give up. He also decided that he should find someone special to him as Erika is to Kyōya. Since then, he becomes a part of their group and even briefly becomes worried that he will be left as the “third wheel” after finding out that Takeru and Ayumi are attracted to each other.
In the film adaptation, Nozomi’s personality is combined with that of Yoshito Kimura, a minor character who wants to date Erika just so he can get his revenge at Kyoya. Because of this, he never befriends Erika nor becoming a part of her group.

 

Wednesday News- October 17, 2018

Wednesday News- October 17, 2018

Yomawari: The Long Night Collection Game Collection’s Clip Shows Fireworks Festival- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-15/yomawari-the-long-night-collection-game-collection-clip-shows-fireworks-festival/.138179

Crunchyroll Streams Kemono Friends Spinoff Anime Welcome to Japari Park- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-16/crunchyroll-streams-kemono-friends-spinoff-anime-welcome-to-japari-park/.138253

The List: 6 Spooky New Anime for October 2018- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2018-10-13/.137606

Funimation Offers Dream Festival! Anime for Digital Purchase- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-10-16/funimation-offers-dream-festival-anime-for-digital-purchase/.138242

Pokemon Go Game Add Sinnoh Pokemon- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-16/pokemon-go-game-adds-sinnoh-pokemon/.138240

Anime

  • Dance with Devils Essentials BD
  • Heavy Object Season 1 BD
  • The irregular at magic high school Complete Box Set BD
  • Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Mamoru Hosoda Movie Collection BD (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Boy and The Beast)
  • Monochrome Factor DVD
  • Orange Essentials BD
  • The Seven Heavenly Virtues BD
  • Snow White with the Red Hair Complete Series BD
  • Terra Formars Revenge BD/DVD

Manga

  • Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 1 Graphic Novel (GN) Box Set
  • Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition GN 5 (Hardcover)
  • Cosplay Animal GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • DAYS GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction GN 3
  • Dragon’s Crown GN 2
  • Fairy Tale Battle Royale GN 1
  • Fire Force GN 12
  • Fire Punch GN 4
  • Frankenstein Junji Ito Story GN (Hardcover)
  • Giant Killing GN 14  (Digital Only)
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord GN 2
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Kanna’s Daily Life GN 3
  • Perfect World GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Persona 4 GN 8
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • To Your Eternity GN 7
  • Tokyo Ghoul GN Box Set
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 7
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN 3
  • The Voynich Hotel GN 2
  • Uzumaki Omnibus GN (Digital Only)

Other

  • An Archdemon’s Dilemma – How to Love Your Elf Bride Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Boogiepop Novel Omnibus 1-3
  • Dark Souls Remastered PlayStation 4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch/PC Game
  • Dark Souls Trilogy PlayStation 4/Xbox One Game
  • The Ghost in the Shell Global Neural Network GN (Hardcover)
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 11 (Digital Only)
  • Mega Man Official Complete Works Artbook (Hardcover)
  • The Reprise of the Spear Hero Novel 1
  • Soul Calibur VI PlayStation 4/Xbox One/PC Game
  • Warriors Orochi 4 PlayStation 4/Nintendo Switch/Xbox One Game

 

Manga Monday- Wolf Girl and Black Prince

Manga Monday- Wolf Girl and Black Prince

Wolf Girl and Black Prince is a Japanese shōjo manga series written by Ayuko Hatta.

Plot

Erika Shinohara is a high school student who desperately wants to fit in a clique so she would not become lonely. However, because her clique consists of girls who have boyfriends, she has to resort to tell lies about having one herself. To make them more authentic, Erika takes a photo of a random guy in the street. Unfortunately, the guy, Kyoya Sata, turns out to be the most popular boy from her school. Erika asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend, which he agrees to under one condition: that she become his “Wolf Girl” by acting like a pet to him.

To her dismay, Erika discovers that Kyoya is far more dark-hearted than the “princely” personality he feigns towards others; he frequently gives snarks, insults, and generally has a cynical view of the world. Despite this, Erika is slowly attracted and eventually falls in love with him. Kyoya in turn softens and finds out that he is attracted to her as well, something that is cemented when Erika quits being the Wolf Girl after a misunderstanding, which he responds by “promoting” her to become his actual girlfriend.

Erika and Kyoya go through their high school years as a couple while having to face many challenges, including love rivals for each other, misunderstandings, and jealousy. They also learn to understand and change for the benefit of each other. In the process, they befriend three people who form a part of a group: Erika’s self-reliant best friend, Ayumi Sanda; Kyoya’s hot-blooded best friend, Takeru Hibiya; and the flamboyant Nozomi Kamiya, who becomes their classmate during their second year. Near the end of the series, the couple also have to face the truth of a long-distance relationship when Erika has to move to Kyoto to attend a vocational school for glass making; the two ultimately decide on working it out somehow.
Seven years after graduation, the group have attained each of their preferred professions, with Erika herself becoming a glass maker. She has also married Kyoya, with whom she has a daughter, Yuina.

 

Film Friday- Pandora Hearts

Film Friday- Pandora Hearts

An anime adaptation produced by Xebec began airing on April 2, 2009, and finished airing on September 24, 2009. On February 11, 2010, NIS America announced it would release the anime series in North America. Nine OVAs were also broadcast in Japan, airing from July 24, 2009 to March 25, 2010.

Oz Vessalius

is the fifteen-year-old protagonist. He has blond hair and green eyes. He is from the prestigious Vessalius family. His father, Zai, is the reigning lord. His mother was killed by the Nightray family; despite this, he retains a bright, optimistic, and energetic personality. The story of Pandora Hearts begins when Oz turns fifteen. During the ceremony to celebrate his legal adulthood, Oz is dragged into the Abyss for the ‘sin of his existence’. There, he meets a young girl named Alice who turns out to be a Chain – a monster born in the Abyss. Oz makes a contract with her so they can both escape the abyss. Upon returning to the real world, he discovers that 10 years have passed. In order to find out what exactly his ‘sin’ is, he decides to work under Xerxes Break as part of Pandora. During this, it is shown that when he was young, he worked hard to gain praise and recognition from his father. However, he discovered that his father hated him to the point of not wanting to touch him. After experiencing this, Oz began to think that there is no guaranteed thing in the world. He thought of himself as weak. He decided that, in order to protect people, he should at least remain an obedient child and let harm come his way. After traveling into the Cheshire Cat’s lair, Oz meets Jack Vessalius and becomes his ‘medium’. Jack eventually speaks at Pandora’s headquarters and the public hail Oz as a ‘hero’. Oz finds that he can swap control of his body with Jack if he calls hard enough and may sometimes even see snippets of Jack’s memories. According to himself he is quite skilled with the sword, particularly in self-defense. However, he has very little real experience in fighting. Oz likes cute, younger girls and flirts with them frequently. He once wished to marry Sharon when they first met. Oz, himself, thinks of Alice as his precious someone, calling her his “sun”. He believes that Alice is the reason that he can still smile.
Jack tells Oz that he has the “right” or “prerequisite” over Alice’s powers and that a seal won’t restrain Alice’s powers any longer, giving Oz the ability to use B-Rabbit’s power, even without Alice’s permission or Gil’s help. Oz proves it when he is able to stop Alice’s B-Rabbit’s power temporarily on his own; another instance is when Oz is almost kidnapped by the Baskervilles at Lutwidge, and a more recent one is when he was able to summon B-Rabbit’s scythe to fight his assailants in Sablier’s illusion, despite the fact he had never used a scythe before. According to Lotti, Oz was supposed to be the vessel for the sake of hiding the existence of Jack Vessalius and should the vessel be broken, Jack’s existence will be brought to light and the further warping of Abyss’s will, who seeks him, will most probably interfere with the real world. Later, Oz reunites with Gilbert and immediately meets with the person behind Oz’s homicidal nature: Zai Vessalius , his father. it is said that Oz had a desire to destroy everything until Alice stopped him. According to Break, Oz may not be the real Oz Vessalius, as during his birth, Oz’s father took him away: it is suspected he might have done something to him or exchanged him with another baby. This is proven true when it is revealed that his body was Jack’s all along, and that he (Oz) is the true B-rabbit.

Alice

is heroine of the story with a height of 150 cm. Alice first appears as a chain that persuades Oz to form a contract with her in the Abyss. In fact, she is actually the infamous B-Rabbit (Blood-stained Black Rabbit), the most powerful chain in the Abyss. Alice’s goal is to find her lost memories, which plays a major role in the story. In human form, Alice has long dark brown hair with two side plaits. She has a huge appetite and loves meat especially. She is hotheaded and loud-spoken and says what she thinks without regard to the consequences. Despite this, she has a soft side, especially when Oz is involved. She hates when Oz leaves her alone, but to hide it she usually says, “I’m in a contract with you. You are my manservant, and as a manservant, what were you thinking, leaving me behind!?” or she just hits Oz and says, “Shut up”.
It also appears that she cares for Oz’s well-being, that she considers his health when using her powers. She bites his cheeks to make him feel better, copying a picture Sharon showed her thinking it was biting instead of a kiss. Also, in episode 20, she tells Sharon, who threatens her to tell her what she has on her mind, that she felt left out and ignored when Oz went to talk with Break without her and when he was happy to see his sister. Alice senses Oz is upset. Thinking that the biting was still a kiss (sort of), she bites him several times, pushing him to the floor to bite his ear that begins to bleed.
She was in Sablier when the city was dragged into the Abyss. Alice wanted to forget about that event, because it was a very painful one. In her memories we see Jack Vessalius, the hero of 100 years ago. It is revealed that she’s actually Lacie’s daughter. Lacie was impregnated by Levi Baskerville before being cast into the Abyss as a sacrifice for the ceremony of the new ‘Glen’ and Levi’s experiment, to gain the power of the Abyss through a vessel, Lacie’s child. While in the Abyss, Lacie gave birth to ‘twins’, Alice and Alice (Also referred to Alyss by fans to avoid confusion, though it is not official) who would be merged with the Core of the Abyss and called The Will of the Abyss by Levi. Alice is not the real B-Rabbit; Oz is the true B-Rabbit and was originally a stuffed animal that Alice was very close to and kept when imprisoned. After Jack began the Tragedy of Sablier he came to Alice’s tower to ask the Intention of the Abyss for more power. Alice refuses to allow Jack and the Intention to destroy the world and sever the chains and thus commits suicide stabbing herself with a pair of scissors. She only is “alive” in the present timeline because her body fused with B-Rabbit’s power, thus “becoming” B-Rabbit.

Gilbert Nightray

also known as Gil or Raven. He is Oz’s best friend and loyal servant. Oz is his most important person, for whom he is willing to sacrifice anything; this protectiveness is compounded by the fact that he was brainwashed by Miranda Barma to protect Jack Vessalius (and therefore Oz, who is his medium) even if it means killing. When Gil is drunk, he reverts to his fourteen-year-old self, an insecure crybaby. He cares deeply about the hat that Ada gave him. He is a great cook, terrified of cats, unable to quit smoking in eight attempts, and constantly afraid that as Oz grows, he will be left behind.
Gil is shown to have become close to Alice, despite his constant arguing with her. Though at first wanting to kill her. Gil saves Alice when she falls down in a small rockslide later.
Gil was Glen’s servant 100 years ago in order to fulfill his duty of being the next Glen after Oswald, and he is also a Baskerville, due to his ability to be greatly wounded, but not killed. He was nearly killed by Jack and in order to save him, his brother Vincent opened a path to the Abyss. (It is later revealed that Gil was killed in order to serve as Glen’s new vessel, and when Vincent interrupted the ceremony the Tragedy occurred.) He was taken in as a servant by the current Vessalius family fifteen years ago, after he was discovered injured and amnesiac in the Vessalius gardens. He came to be Oz’s closest friend, and was invited to be a part of the boy’s coming-of-age ceremony. During the ceremony, Zwei uses her chain Doldum to control his body and forces him to attack Oz. After he regains consciousness, he recognizes one of the Baskervilles as Oz’s father and when Oz attacks the man with a sword, Gilbert takes the wound and falls unconscious.
Gil remains loyal to Oz during his time in the Abyss. Shortly after the ceremony, he is approached by Xerxes Break who arranges his adoption into the Nightray family in exchange for inside information on the family’s doings. He views this as a betrayal, since the Nightrays are the prime suspects in the assassination of Oz’s mother, but he agrees to join the family when he learns that contracting their chain ‘Raven’ might give him the power to rescue Oz. He trains in gunmanship and eventually kills the Nightray family before the chain deems him worthy to contract with it.
Once he obtains the chain, he takes the name Raven and goes to work for Break as a member of Pandora. When Oz returns from the Abyss, Gil is the first one at his side. Initially, Oz is unaware that ‘Raven’ is Gil, but during the second battle with Zwei his true identity is revealed. Gilbert uses his chain’s power to bind B-Rabbit, keeping Alice in her human form and preventing Oz’s seal from moving when they are not in battle.
It is shown in Retrace 45 that he has always had the right to make the contract with Raven, which leads him to gaining the chain. It is also said that Gilbert had been poisoned on a targeted attack against the Nightrays by a mysterious headhunter. Gil has gotten all of his memories back of Sablier and the Tragedy from 100 years ago, his true master is Glen, whose soul lies within Leo, and Gilbert shot Oz by Glen’s commands, however he broke free and burn down his own arm.

 

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