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Manga Monday- Pandora Hearts

Manga Monday- Pandora Hearts

Pandora Hearts is a shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Jun Mochizuki. Individual chapters were serialized in Monthly GFantasy between May 2006 and March 2015, with bound volumes published by Square Enix. The series ended with twenty-four volumes having been released in Japan. It was originally licensed for an English language release by Broccoli Books, but was later dropped. It was relicensed by Yen Press. The eighth volume of Pandora Hearts was ranked 21st on the Tohan charts between March 24 and 30, 2009, and 19th between March 31 and April 6, 2009. Volume nine was ranked number one between July 27 and August 2.

Plot

Oz is the heir to the Vessalius house, one of the Four Great Dukedoms given excessive power by the country’s royalty. He lives a luxurious life alongside his younger sister Ada and valet and best friend Gilbert. This extravagant lifestyle is only diminished by the constant absence of Oz’s father Xai, who decided Oz and Ada should be raised by their uncle Oscar when they were still babies. When Oz goes to his Coming-of-Age Ceremony, he meets Sharon Rainsworth and her ominous servant Xerxes Break. Everything appears normal until the Coming-of-Age Ceremony rituals are completed and the giant clock that hasn’t worked in a century moves. Suddenly, a group of people in red cloaks known as the Baskervilles proceed to reveal themselves. The Baskervilles say Oz must be dragged into a supernatural prison called Abyss where monsters called Chains live, a place previously believed to have only existed in fairy tales. The Baskervilles then force Oz into the Abyss, claiming his existence to be a sin, although Oz is clueless as to the true meaning behind these words and the desire to acquire it becomes a driving force for the rest of the series.

Trapped in the Abyss, Oz finds out he can make contracts with Chains by drinking their blood. He does so with a Chain named Alice, infamously known as the Bloody Black Rabbit (or B-Rabbit for short), in order to escape the prison. By the time they escape from the Abyss, ten years have already passed. He is taken under the care of Sharon and Break, who he discovers are members of a Chain-research organization called Pandora that was established a century ago after a disaster known as the Tragedy of Sablier (in which the entire city of Sablier fell into the Abyss) by the Four Great Dukedoms. Wanting to understand why his existence is supposedly a sin, Oz helps Sharon and Break in their investigation in regards to the Intention of the Abyss, the ruler of the Abyss. They have the help of Alice and adult Gilbert, who has now been adopted into the Nightray dukedom and made a contract with the family’s chain, Raven. As they investigate, they learn that Alice, Gilbert, and Gilbert’s odd younger brother Vincent were involved with the Tragedy of Sablier. Additionally, they come into contact with the soul of Jack Vessalius, the legendary hero of the Tragedy of Sablier who prevented the entire world from being dragged into the Abyss after such a thing happened to Sablier. Jack was also the one who established Pandora. In the current time, he lay dormant in Oz’s body. Jack reveals that the one behind the Tragedy of Sablier was Glen Baskerville, the head of Baskervilles and his best friend.

Following a meeting with Duke Rufus Barma, Break reveals he became an illegal contractor thirty years prior and has met the Intention of the Abyss, who is in fact Alice’s twin sister. Duke Barma reveals that, according to his ancestor Arthur Barma’s memoirs, Jack has sealed Glen’s soul by placing it within his own mutilated body, split into five sealing stones. Following the destruction of two of the five sealing stones, Oz and Duke Barma trick foreign noble Isla Yura into conducting a second Coming-of-Age Ceremony for the former in his mansion, wherein one of the sealing stones is located. However, in the middle of the party, Yura and his sect start killing the guests in an attempt to reenact the Tragedy of Sablier. Although Oz and his friends manage to stop Yura’s cult from succeeding in their efforts, the sealing stone is destroyed by the Baskervilles and Gilbert’s adoptive younger brother, Elliot Nightray, is killed. This leads to Elliot’s valet Leo being taken away by Vincent, who reveals that Leo holds Glen Baskerville’s soul within him, and thus is the next successor of Baskerville clan. Blaming himself for Elliot’s death, Leo accepts his role as Glen Baskerville in order to destroy the Intention of the Abyss.

The Baskervilles and Pandora clash as Leo attacks the latter. Upon destroying the fourth sealing stone, the fourth seal is revealed to contain Glen’s head rather than Jack’s. Duke Barma then declares he has deciphered an entire code within Arthur Barma’s memoirs, which, once decoded, reveal Jack is actually the one who caused the Tragedy of Sablier. Oz then witnesses Jack’s memories. It is revealed from such that Jack’s motivation for instigating the Tragedy was to merge the world with the Abyss and be reunited with Lacie, who was the younger sister of the previous Glen (originally known as Oswald), as well as Alice and the Intention of the Abyss’s mother. Gilbert is also revealed to be a Baskerville who was originally chosen to be the next Glen a century ago. Following this revelation, Oz learns that he is actually the real B-Rabbit and used to be a sentient but still lifeless black rabbit doll that belonged to Lacie until she left him in the care of the Core of the Abyss, of whom gave him life. During the Tragedy of Sablier, Oz was turned into the most powerful Chain in existence, capable of destroying the world, by the Intention of the Abyss in order to help Jack fulfill his goal of plunging the entire world into the Abyss. Meanwhile, Oswald takes over Leo’s body and decides to go back into the past to kill Lacie before she met Jack, which would prevent the birth of the Intention of the Abyss, Oz, and Jack’s complete slippage of sanity following Lacie’s death, thus averting the Tragedy.

Accepting his real origin, Oz decides to prevent Oswald from changing the past with the help of his friends. They come up with a plan to stop the world from falling into the Abyss without changing the past by destroying the Intention of the Abyss’ body. Oz’s uncle Oscar Vessalius dies on their quest, as well as Break. Traveling back one hundred years into the past during the Tragedy, Alice tries to convince the Core of the Abyss to cut her ties with her twin sister while Oz tries to convince Oswald to reconsider altering the past and focus on helping them stop Jack instead. Alice’s words causes the Core to go berserk out of fear of being left alone, which results with the dimensions distorting even more and Oz and the rest being sent further back into the past, before Oswald and Lacie became Baskervilles. In the end, Oswald can’t bring himself to kill his sister and passes on, returning control to Leo. Using Oz’s illegal contractor seal, they reach the Core of the Abyss and manage to convince the Core to cut her ties with the Intention of the Abyss and restore the world back to normal. Oz and Alice pass away with hopeful dispositions to ensure the safety and security of the world, Gilbert promising them that he will wait for them until they are reincarnated and he can see them again. After the incident, Pandora is disbanded, the Baskervilles establish a new bond with the Core of the Abyss, and Sharon and the rest who have survived move on with their lives. Approximately a century later, Vincent brings the reincarnated Oz and Alice to Gilbert before dying in his brother’s arms. Gilbert and Oz both begin crying upon seeing each other for the first time in a hundred years, and Gilbert happily welcomes him and Alice back.

 

Film Friday- Noragami

Film Friday- Noragami

An anime television series adaptation by Bones aired in Japan beginning from January 5, 2014 to March 23, 2014, with a total of 12 episodes. The second season, entitled Noragami Aragoto aired in Japan from October 2, 2015 to December 25, 2015, with a total of 13 episodes.

Anime

The Noragami television series adaptation is produced by Bones and directed by Kotaro Tamura with character designs by Toshihiro Kawamoto. Prior to the series’ television premiere, its first episode was screened at 2013’s Anime Festival Asia on November 10, 2013. The anime began airing in Japan on January 5, 2014, on Tokyo MX and later on MBS, BS11 and TVA, running for 12 episodes.

Besides the television series, two additional episodes were released on DVDs bundled with limited editions of the 10th and 11th manga volumes, published February 17 and July 17, 2014. Funimation licensed the anime for streaming in North America. Madman Entertainment licensed the anime for distribution in Australia and New Zealand. The opening theme song is “Goya no Machiawase”, performed by Hello Sleepwalkers. The ending theme song is “Heart Realize” with composition by Supercell and performed by Tia. Season two, Noragami Aragoto, has 13 episodes, and began airing on October 2, 2015. The opening theme song is “Kyōran Hey Kids!!” by The Oral Cigarettes, and the ending theme song is “Nirvana” by Tia. The second season’s finale aired on December 25, 2015.

Main characters

Yato  
is a war god who wants to build his own shrine. In the past, he was a god of calamity. He wears a tracksuit and scarf and refers to himself as “Yato God” (Yatogami). He calls himself a “delivery god” and often writes his cell number in public areas in case someone needs his help. He usually charges five yen (about five cents in U.S. currency), which is what Japanese people usually give when praying at a shrine. Yato is gullible and often wastes his money on scams and good-luck charms that allegedly bring happiness. As he “stopped” being a god of calamity due to his dislike of violence, he is forgotten by most humans. This results in Yato developing athazagoraphobia (the fear of being forgotten). Hiyori, a human girl, and Yato’s current Regalia (weapon), Yukine, are the two closest people to him, and he is protective of both. He shares a fatherly relationship with Yukine, calling Yukine his child at one point, and becomes extremely attached to Hiyori; romantic feelings are hinted at. Yato also shares a close relationship with Kofuku, the God of Poverty, who is there for him when he is in need of help. Yato’s actual name is Yaboku, “Yato” being a name that a previous Regalia mistakenly gave him due to a kanji mix-up. He has been using the name ever since.
Hiyori Iki  
is a human girl in her third year (9th grade) of middle school, and a high school first-year (10th grade) starting from chapter 25 of the manga. After saving Yato from a bus accident, she becomes a Half-Phantom, involuntarily falling asleep due to her soul slipping out of her body. She is somehow stuck between the human world and the afterlife, something she asks Yato to fix. Because of this, she starts spending more time with him, and he becomes the closest person to her, to the point where she is able to recognize him by scent. Despite it being her best chance to return to normal, Hiyori refuses to have her bond to Yato cut, as it means she will forget him. It is hinted that she has feelings for Yato, as she feels jealous when he almost drunkenly kisses Bishamon, the God of War. Hiyori shares a sisterly relationship with Yukine, and tutors him when he expresses a desire to learn. Hikyori Iki is also the main character and narrator of the story, especially so in the manga.
Yukine  
is Yato’s current Regalia. His Regalia name is “Sekki”. His Regalia form is a katana. Yukine died at a young age, making him miss normal life as a teenager. Every time he sins in any way, Yato suffers injuries. Even though Yato is his master, Yukine does not really show Yato respect as much as how he actually respects him. After being saved by Hiyori and undergoing an ablution, he becomes more obedient and extremely loyal to Yato, wanting to be a proper Regalia for him. Like Yato, Yukine treasures Hiyori’s existence, and fears that Hiyori will forget them when she grows up. Yukine later evolves into a Blessed Vessel when he saves Yato from certain death, proving his loyalty to him. He takes the shape of twin katanas.

Wednesday News- October 3, 2018

Wednesday News- October 3, 2018

Funimation Sets Subtitles, Dubbed Premiere Dates for New Fairy Tail Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-10-01/funimation-sets-subtitled-dubbed-premiere-dates-for-new-fairy-tail-anime/.137573

This Week in Anime: Is Dragon Pilot Worth Watching?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2018-10-02/.137576

Funimation Announces Fall Simuldub Premiere Dates- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-02/funimation-announces-fall-simuldub-premiere-dates/.137601

Crunchyroll Streams Between the Sky and Sea, Run with the Windhttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-02/crunchyroll-streams-between-the-sky-and-sea-run-with-the-wind/.137587

Hulu Adds Sword Art Online: Alicization, Tokyo Ghoul: re Anime Simulcasts for Fall- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-02/hulu-adds-sword-art-online-alicization-tokyo-ghoul-re-anime-simulcasts-for-fall/.137605

Anime

  • The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Season 1 BD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 5 BD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 5 DVD
  • Free! Movie Collection Limited Edition Box Set BD/DVD (Free! -Take Your Marks-, Free! The Movie -Timeless Medley- the Bond, Free! The Movie -Timeless Medley- the Promise, High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-)
  • Free! -Take Your Marks- The Movie BD/DVD
  • Galaxy Angel BD
  • High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- The Movie BD/DVD
  • Hyou-ka Complete Series BD
  • Pokémon Movies 1-3 BD (Pokemon: The First Movie, Pokemon 2000 – The Movie, Pokemon 3 – The Movie)
  • Pokémon Movies 1-3 DVD (Pokemon: The First Movie, Pokemon 2000 – The Movie, Pokemon 3 – The Movie)Pop Team Epic Season 1 BD
  • Rosario + Vampire Complete Series Essentials BD
  • Sailor Moon S The Movie BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon S The Movie DVD

Manga

  • Again!! GN 5
  • Ao Haru Ride GN 1
  • Are You Lost? GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Arte GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • BECK GN 15-22 (Digital Only)
  • Bleach GN 74
  • Bleach Omnibus GN 24
  • Blue Exorcist GN 20
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 1
  • Can You Just Die, My Darling? GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Captain Harlock The Classic Collection GN 2 (Hardcover)
  • Crisis Girls GN 2
  • Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju GN 9
  • Eromanga Sensei GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 26
  • Futaribeya GN 1
  • Haikyu!! GN 28
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan GN 9
  • Juni Taisen: Zodiac War GN 1
  • Kamakura Monogatari GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • A Kiss, For Real GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Konohana Kitan GN 2
  • Kuroko’s Basketball Omnibus GN 14
  • My Boy in Blue GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia GN 15
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes GN 2
  • Naruto Omnibus GN 24
  • Natsume’s Book of Friends GN 22
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas Zero’s Journey GN
  • OL Visual Kei GN 1 Parts 1 & 2 (Digital Only)
  • Peach Girl Next GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • The Prince’s Romance Gambit GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Pop Team Epic GN
  • The Promised Neverland GN 6
  • Rurouni Kenshin Omnibus GN 8
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days GN 1
  • Seven Shakespeares GN 5-6 (Digital Only)
  • Takane & Hana GN 5
  • Waiting for Spring GN 8
  • Wakako-zake GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Water Dragon’s Bride GN 7
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 14

Other

  • Corpse Prison Movie 1 BD
  • Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise PlayStation 4 Game
  • Mega Man 11 PlayStation 4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch/PC Game

 

Manga Monday- Noragami

Manga Monday- Noragami

Noragami is a Japanese manga series by Adachitoka. It began serialization in Kodansha’s Monthly Shōnen Magazine in January 2011’s issue. The series has been collected into eighteen tankōbon volumes as of February 2017.

Manga

Noragami started as a manga series, authored by Adachitoka and published by Kodansha. The series premiered in Monthly Shōnen Magazine‘s January 2011 issue, released on December 6, 2010, and has been compiled into seventeen tankōbon volumes between July 15, 2011 and July 15, 2016. The ninth volume was released simultaneously with a limited edition, bundled with a drama CD. Volumes 10 and 11 were released simultaneously with limited editions, each containing an anime episode on DVD. Extra chapters of the series have been published in the spin-off publication, Monthly Shōnen Magazine + since 2011 and as of November 15, 2013, they have been compiled into one volume under the title Noragami ShūishūBoth the main series and spin-off series have been licensed in North America by Kodansha USA, under the title Noragami: Stray God and Noragami: Stray Stories respectively. The first volume of Noragami: Stray God was released on September 2, 2014, with 17 volumes released as of October 25, 2016. The first volume of Noragami: Stray Stories was released in December 2015.

Noragami was the 14th top selling manga series in Japan during the first half of 2014.

Plot

Hiyori Iki is a normal middle school student until she was involved in a bus accident while trying to protect a stranger. This incident causes her soul to frequently slip out of her body, and she becomes aware of the existence of two parallel worlds: the Near Shore, where regular humans and creatures reside, and the Far Shore, where demons and human souls linger. Through her soul, she meets the strange, nameless god without a shrine, Yato. Yato is determined to make a name for himself out there by accepting any wishes for 5 yen, including Hiyori’s to fix her body. Along with Yato’s Regalia — a weapon from a human soul named by the god in question — Yukine, the trio go through many adventures struggling with their friendship, identity and pasts.