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Film Friday- Captain Harlock

Film Friday- Captain Harlock

Captain Harlock  is a fictional character created by manga artist Leiji Matsumoto and the protagonist of the Space Pirate Captain Harlock manga series.

Harlock is the archetypical Romantic hero, a space pirate with an individualist philosophy of life. He is as noble as he is taciturn, rebellious, stoically fighting against totalitarian regimes, whether they be earth-born or alien. In his own words, he “fight[s] for no one’s sake… only for something deep in [his] heart.” He does not fear death, and is sometimes seen wearing clothing with the number 42 on it. In Japanese culture, the number 42 is associated with death (the numbers, pronounced separately as “four two,” sound like the word “shini”—meaning “dying/death”).

The character was created by Leiji Matsumoto in 1977 and popularized in the 1978 television series Space Pirate Captain Harlock. Since then, the character has appeared in numerous animated television series and films, the latest of which is 2013’s Space Pirate Captain Harlock.

History

Though there are slight variations in each telling of Harlock’s story, the essentials remain the same. Matsumoto presents a future (2977 AD) in which the Earth has achieved a vast starfaring civilization, but is slowly and steadily succumbing to ennui or despair, often due to defeat and subjugation by a foreign invader. Rising against the general apathy, Harlock denies defeat and leads an outlaw crew aboard his starship Arcadia to undertake daring raids against Earth’s oppressors. Even though they have defeated Earth and devastated its peoples, the invaders are often presented in a sympathetic light, being shown as having some justification for their actions.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock (1978 TV series)

In Space Pirate Captain Harlock, the Captain’s crew included the mysterious, alcohol-imbibing alien woman Miime, a robot, and a drunken doctor. The series presented a story arc in which a huge black metal sphere strikes Tokyo and ancient Mayan legends appear to be walking the Earth again. The invaders turn out to be the Mazone, a race of plant-based women who explored Earth in the mythic past and are now back to reclaim it. Only Harlock and his mismatched crew are brave and capable enough to face the enemy.

Captain Harlock – Mystery of the Arcadia

This 1978 short film is ostensibly a retelling of Episode 13 of the 1978 series, ‘The Witch’s Ocean Castle of Death.’ It consists primarily of recycled footage taken from this same episode, but presented in widescreen format. Some new alternate footage is added at the beginning of the story, and some soundtrack adjustments were made throughout.

Arcadia of My Youth

The Arcadia of My Youth feature film was released on July 28, 1982. The film, set in a different continuity from the original TV series, chronicles Harlock’s beginnings as a space pirate and his acquisition of the spaceship Arcadia. The movie also includes flashback material dealing with two of his 20th-century ancestors.

Endless Orbit SSX

Arcadia of My Youth was followed by 22 episodes of the TV series Endless Orbit SSX starting in October 1982. Its official French title is simply Albator, although it early became popular among French speakers as Albator 84 since it was first aired in France as of 1984 and the 1978 series had been formerly named in French exactly the same: Albator. The series dealt with Harlock and company’s continuing struggle against the Illumidas occupying force, who still retained control of Earth at the end of the theatrical feature. Both film (Arcadia of My Youth) and second series (Endless Orbit SSX) feature a newly designed starship and lack most of the crew from the Space Pirate series, but are noteworthy for the presence of Emeraldas, a female counterpart to Harlock who originally appeared in a series of Matsumoto-penned graphic novels.

Harlock Saga

In the 1990s, Matsumoto released Harlock Saga, a mini-series based on Das Rheingold. The series recasts the Captain and his crew in roles with analogues in The Ring Cycle and pits them against a race of “gods” set on redesigning the universe to their liking.

Gun Frontier

On March 28, 2002 Gun Frontier, a buddy comedy set in the American Old West, began broadcasting in TV Tokyo. The series follows Franklin Harlock Jr. and Tochiro Ōyama as they search for a lost clan of Japanese immigrants. In contrast to other works, Harlock appears here as Tochiro’s sidekick.

Endless Odyssey

December 2002 saw the release of Space Pirate Captain Harlock: The Endless Odyssey, directed by Rintaro.

The story is set after the original TV series, with Harlock on a self-imposed exile and his crew either in jail or flying under the Jolly Roger. The series details Harlock’s return and his round-up of the Arcadia crew for a fight against the Noo, a mysterious and ancient evil which has caused the Earth to disappear, and who use fear to conquer their foes. As nearly every part of this series is geared to be a sequel to the original Captain Harlock TV series, Endless Odyssey reintroduces Tadashi Daiba to the Arcadia.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock (2013 movie)

On March 24, 2010, Toei Animation announced the release of the new Harlock movie, they announced a completed pilot for its planned computer-graphics remake of Leiji Matsumoto and Toei’s Space Pirate Captain Harlock manga and anime franchise, and it has revealed a preliminary image and the project’s staff. Mobile Suit Gundam UC author Harutoshi Fukui, Appleseed director Shinji Aramaki, Appleseed mechanical designer Atsushi Takeuchi, and Ninja Scroll character designer Yutaka Minowa worked on the new Space Pirate Captain Harlock pilot with Marza Animation Planet (formerly known as Sega Sammy Visual Entertainment).

The official trailer/pilot was aired at the Kawaii-Kon Anime festival in Hawaii on April 17, 2010, as a special presentation courtesy of Director Shinji Aramaki. This is the first time it has been seen/aired in the United States. The CG animated film is tentatively schedule for international release in 2012.

On January 31, 2013 during the presentation of its upcoming film lineup, Toei announced that the anime will be out in Fall 2013. According to the news source Oricon, this film has Toei Animation’s highest production budget ever at the equivalent of over 30 million U.S. dollars.

The film premiered in Japan on September 7, 2013. It also film premiered on Netflix under the title Harlock: Space Pirate with Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish audio and with English, Portuguese and Spanish subtitles.

Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage

On August 2014, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his debut, Matsumoto launched the manga Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage, illustrated by Kōichi Shimahoshi, in the pages of Akita Shoten’s Champion Red magazine. Dimensional Voyage is a retelling of the original 1978 Space Pirate Captain Harlock manga.

 

Wednesday News- November 28, 2018

Wednesday News- November 28, 2018

‘Parasite Eve’ Trademark Filed Under Square Enix in Europe- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-11-26/parasite-eve-trademark-filed-under-square-enix-in-europe/.139987

The Fall 2018 Manga Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2018-11-26/the-fall-2018-manga-guide/.139963

What Are Japanese “Family Restaurants” Like?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/answerman/2018-11-26/.139579

New Type-Moon Anime by Troyca to Air on December 31- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-11-27/new-type-moon-anime-by-troyca-to-air-on-december-31/.140015

Anime

  • Dinosaur King Season 1 BD
  • Dinosaur King Season 2 BD
  • Hells BD
  • King’s Game BD/DVD
    Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon BD
  • Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars Essentials BD
  • Sound! Euphonium 2 Volume 2 BD
  • Tales of the Abyss Complete Series BD/DVD
  • Three Leaves, Three Colors Essentials BD
  • UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2 BD

Manga

  • Ace of Diamond GN 17 (Digital Only)
  • Absolute Duo GN 4
  • All-Rounder Meguru GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Ao-Chan Can’t Study GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest GN 3
  • Blissful Land GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Devilman VS. Hades GN 3
  • Futaribeya GN 2
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 3
  • The High School Life of a Fudanshi GN 4
  • Is Kichijoji the Only Place to Live? GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Kakafukaka GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Kira-kun Today GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Liar x Liar GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Nirvana GN 3
  • Peach Mermaid GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Persona 3 GN 8
  • Pokémon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl/Platinum GN 1-11 (Digital Only)
  • Real Account Omnibus GN 9-11
  • Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GN 4
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 29
  • Those Summer Days GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Tsuredure Children GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku GN 3
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs GN 4

Other

  • Defeating the Demon Lord’s a Cinch (If You’ve Got a Ringer) Novel 2
  • Der Werwolf – The Annals of Veight Novel 2
  • Mega Man X Complete Works Artbook (Hardcover)
  • My Hero Academia Card Game
  • Outbreak Company Novel 6
  • Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography–Beyond the Fantasy (Hardcover)

 

Manga Monday- Space Pirate Captain Harlock

Manga Monday- Space Pirate Captain Harlock

Space Pirate Captain Harlock  is a manga series written and illustrated by Leiji Matsumoto. It was serialized in Play Comic from 1977 to 1979, with the chapters collected into five tankōbon volumes by Akita Shoten. The series follows the titular Captain, an outcast turned space pirate after he rebelled against Earth’s Government and humanity’s general apathy. On August 2014, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Matsumoto’s debut, he launched a retelling manga, Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage, illustrated by Kōichi Shimahoshi, which features some significant plot differences. Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the manga in North America.

Plot

In the future, in 2977 AD, humanity has achieved a vast starfaring civilization, but is slowly and steadily succumbing to ennui or despair, often due to defeat and subjugation by a foreign invader. Rising against the general apathy, Harlock denies defeat and leads an outlaw crew aboard his starship Arcadia to undertake daring raids against Earth’s oppressors. Their primary oppressors are the Mazone, a race of organic plant-based alien women who explored Earth in the mythic past and are now back to reclaim it.

Characters

The Captain

Harlock is the archetypal romantic hero, a space pirate with an individualist philosophy of life. He is as noble as he is taciturn, rebellious, stoically fighting against totalitarian regimes, whether they be earthborn or alien. In his own words, he “fight[s] for no one’s sake, only for something deep in [his] heart.”

Crew of the Arcadia

Tadashi Daiba 
is the audience surrogate, the viewer’s gateway to Harlock’s world. The 14-year-old son of a scientist who was killed by the Mazone, he joined the Arcadia crew following the death of his father. He lost his mother in a disaster on the Neptunian moon Triton when her pleas for help were ignored by the indifferent government. Tadashi is sometimes in conflict with Harlock early in the series, but he would become a trusted part of Harlock’s senior staff as the series progressed.

Kei Yuki 
A young human woman with blonde hair who was already part of Harlock’s crew at the time Tadashi came aboard. She first met Harlock when he raided a ship that was transporting her back to Earth as a prisoner after she had assaulted a military officer who had belittled her father’s death. There is a slight intimation that she harbors a crush on Harlock (though this would be made more definite in the later SSX series), and initially seems inclined romantically towards Tadashi Daiba, though the two eventually settle into a platonic friendship. She is the Arcadia‘s chief navigator and science officer and the second-youngest crew member after Tadashi.

Miime 
A mysterious brooding female alien with blue skin and body-length blue hair. Like all of her race, Miime has no mouth or other facial features outside of almond shaped yellow eyes. Like others of her race, she uses alcohol as a non-intoxicating foodstuff and uses her psychic and psionic powers as a means of reducing pain of injuries. Originally from the planet Jura, she became the last of her species after being saved by Harlock and crew. In gratitude, Miime became part of the crew of the Arcadia and pledged her life to Harlock’s support and safety, becoming the pirate’s nearest companion. Having no mouth, she can still “speak” and still absorb liquids through the general mouth area. Although not provided an official position aboard the Arcadia, she will help Doctor Zero tend to injured crew members in times of crisis. Her empathic nature makes her a valuable counselor (for example, when she consoles Miss Masu following the loss of the latter’s estranged fiancé) and is capable of quelling pain/anxiety of all onboard by the strumming of her lap harp. In the 1999 Harlock Saga OVA, she is refashioned to appear as a more humanoid woman and provided a different back story, making her a member of the Nibelung clan; here, her preferred musical instrument is the pipe organ and somehow possesses the ability to control time. In 2002’s Endless Odyssey OVA her original look and history return. Miime is depicted as more distinctly alien but with a face featuring a mouth in the 2013 feature film.

Yattaran 
Harlock’s first mate on the Arcadia, he is usually portrayed as comic relief in the series, but when a battle against alien threats become imminent he will be at the captain’s side. He is also a brilliant mathematician and has a major interest in building plastic model kits of ships (he was even seen building a scale model of the Arcadia in one episode). Yattaran is based on manga artist Kaoru Shintani (best known for Area 88) who, in his early career worked for Matsumoto building models for reference.

Doctor Zero 
Chief Medical Officer. Like Yattaran, he serves as comic relief when he argues with the ship’s cook, Miss Masu, over his raids of Masu’s kitchen to get his beverage of choice, sake. He has a pet cat called Mi-kun (named Miaou in the French version), which he adopted after the then-kitten’s mother, which was injured and apparently dying, brought him to Zero’s office, and was later brought with Zero on board the Arcadia. Doctor Zero’s cat, Mi-kun also appears in Space Battleship Yamato as Doctor Sado’s cat. Mi-kun also makes on-off appearances in several other anime such as Queen Millennia and Galaxy Express 999. Mi-kun is based on Matsumoto’s own pet cat, the latest of which is named Mi-kun III.

Maji
Chief Engineer.

Miss Masu
Chief steward. Masu Tsunajima is a cantankerous spinster who is intolerant of her kitchen being raided by Doctor Zero or his cat. She is also a comic relief character in the series, although her back story had her intended to marry her fiancé, Gozo Otowara, before circumstances prevented the wedding from taking place. Masu believed she had been stood up, until she learned the truth years later and reconciled with Gozo in a brief communication before Gozo was killed by the Mazone.

Tochirō Ōyama
Harlock’s old friend and chief builder of the Arcadia. He died of illness prior to the events of the series, but his consciousness survives within the ship’s computer.

 

Film Friday- Cells at Work!

Film Friday- Cells at Work!

An anime television series adaptation by David Production debuted on July 8, 2018. An anime television series adaptation was announced in January 2018. It is directed by Kenichi Suzuki and animated by David Production, with scripts written by Suzuki and Yūko Kakihara, character designs by Takahiko Yoshida and music by Kenichirō Suehiro. The anime series premiered on July 8, 2018 on Tokyo MX and other channels. The series ran for 13 episodes. Aniplex of America have licensed the series in North America, who simulcasted it on Crunchyroll. The series was simulcast in Australia and New Zealand on AnimeLab. MVM Entertainment acquired the series for distribution in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The opening theme is “Mission! Ken – Kō – Dai – Ichi” by Kana Hanazawa, Tomoaki Maeno, Daisuke Ono and Kikuko Inoue, while the ending theme is “CheerS” by ClariS.

Characters

Erythrocyte (AE3803) / Red Blood Cell  
A red blood cell who has just started her job, delivering oxygen, carbon dioxide and different nutrients all over the body. She meets Neutrophil when he saves her from an attacking pneumococcus bacterium. She is clumsy and gets lost often, but determined to perform to the best of her ability. It is later revealed that she had encountered Neutrophil when they were younger, after he saved her from a bacterium.
Neutrophil / White Blood Cell  
A type of white blood cell, whose job is to kill pathogens infecting the body. Despite his ruthless occupation, he’s actually quite soft-spoken and gentle. When he was still in school as a young cell, he saved AE3803 from a bacterium after she got lost in a training exercise.
Macrophage  
A type of white blood cell. She and her kind appear as lovely maids in big dresses, armed with a variety of large weapons to fight various invasive pathogens, and are often shown smiling cheerfully even in the middle of combat. While inside blood vessels, she and her kind take on the role of monocytes, and wear hazmat suits over their dresses.
Killer T Cell  
A type of white blood cell that recognizes and kills various foreign matter and unhealthy cells. He is aggressive, pompous and rowdy, brutally taking pleasure in slaughtering pathogens and unhealthy cells. He especially looks down on white blood cells forming various relationships with non-white blood cells, like Neutrophil’s close friendship with Red Blood Cell. He is the sergeant of the Killer T Cells and is a harsh teacher to his students, the Naive T Cells. He has negative relationships with Helper T Cell and NK Cell, the former being his superior in the Killer T Division. In his youth, he was considered to be weak like the rest of the young T Cells, being only able to survive and complete training through the help of Helper T Cell, which at least made him stronger.
Platelet  
A type of cell responsible for reconstructing the body from various injuries. They are depicted as cute children, due to their small cell size and act as construction and repair crew within the body. One platelet serves as their leader and she is most prominently featured in the show.
Helper T Cell  
A type of T Cell that determines strategy and courses of action for dealing with foreign invaders. He is the main commander of the Killer T Cells and has an intellectual and smooth disposition, putting him at big odds with the rough and tough Killer T Cell, despite having underwent T Cell training together with him.
Regulatory T Cell 
A type of T Cell that mediates and regulates the correct function and magnitude of immunological responses. She usually acts as Helper T Cell’s secretary, though she is capable of fighting when necessary. She went through T Cell training alongside Killer T Cell and Helper T Cell.

 

Wednesday News- November 21, 2018

Wednesday News- November 21, 2018

Netflix Announces December Premiere Dates for Baki, Sirius the Jaeger, Hi Score Girl Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-11-20/netflix-announces-december-premiere-dates-for-baki-sirius-the-jaeger-hi-score-girl-anime/.139762

Funimation Reveals Cast, Staff, Streaming for New 2019 Fruits Basket TV Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-11-19/funimation-reveals-cast-staff-streaming-for-new-2019-fruits-basket-tv-anime/.139680

Shelf Life: Terraformars Revenge- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2018-11-19/.139649

Review: The Ancient Magus’ Bride GN 9- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/the-ancient-magus-bride/gn-9/.139676

Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Gets Deluxe Edition for PS4 in January with All 8 DLC Characters- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-11-20/dragon-ball-fighterz-game-gets-deluxe-edition-for-ps4-in-january-with-all-8-dlc-characters/.139693

Anime

  • Blend S BD
  • Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond BD/DVD
  • Fate/Apocrypha Box Set 1 BD
  • Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower BD
  • Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower Limited Edition BD
  • Fireworks BD/DVD
  • Fireworks DVD
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Box Set 1 BD
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Box Set 2 BD
  • Garo -Vanishing Line- Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Hello Kitty & Friends Let’s Learn Together Collection 1 DVD
  • Hello Kitty & Friends Let’s Learn Together Collection 2 DVD
  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Take on Me (Eiga Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Take On Me) BD/DVD
  • The Morose Mononokean Essentials BD
  • Myriad Colors Phantom World Essentials BD
  • Space Patrol Luluco Essentials BD

Manga

  • Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor Graphic Novel (GN) 5
  • All Out!! GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Are You Lost? GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Back Street Girls GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Battle Angel Alita: Holy Night & Other Stories GN (Hardcover)
  • Beasts of Abigaile GN 4
  • Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage GN 6
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card GN 5
  • Children of the Whales GN 7
  • The Delinquent Housewife! GN 2
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Golosseum GN 4
  • Good Dog, Cerberus! GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • I Hear the Sunspot: Limit GN 1
  • Inside Mari GN 1
  • Juana and the Dragonewt’s Seven Kingdoms GN 3
  • Land of the Lustrous GN 7
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt GN 9
  • Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai GN 5
  • Ōoku: The Inner Chambers GN 14
  • Otherworldly Izakaya “Nobu” GN 2
  • PEZ GN
  • Ran And The Gray World GN 1
  • RWBY Official Manga Anthology GN 3
  • Shōjo Fight! GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Shomin Sample GN 9
  • UQ Holder! GN 15
  • Wonderland GN 1
  • Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku GN 3 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Apparently it’s My Fault That My Husband Has The Head of a Beast Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Alita: Battle Angel: Iron City Novel
  • Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! Novel 4
  • Durarara!! Novel 11
  • ECHO Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Eyes of Bayonetta 2 Artbook (Hardcover)
  • I Want to Eat Your Pancreas Novel
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 11 (Digital Only)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild–Creating a Champion (Hardcover)
  • Monogatari Series Novel Box Set
  • Outbreak Company Novel 6 (Digital Only)
  • Street Fighter Classic GN 3
  • Toradora! Novel 33

 

Manga Monday- Cells at Work!

Manga Monday- Cells at Work!

Cells at Work! is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akane Shimizu. It features the anthropomorphized cells of a human body, with the two main protagonists being a red blood cell, and a neutrophil she frequently encounters. The manga was serialized in Kodansha’s shōnen manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Sirius starting in March 2015.

Manga

The manga was launched in Kodansha’s shōnen manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Sirius in March 2015. Kodansha has collected the manga into five tankōbon volumes as of October 2017. The manga received a spinoff in the May 2017 issue of Nakayoshi called Hataraku Saikin by Haruyuki Yoshida, which follows the lives of good and bad bacteria in the intestines. Another spinoff, titled Hatarakanai Saibō by Moe Sugimoto, about immature red blood cells (erythroblasts) that do not want to work, was launched in the September 2017 issue of Monthly Shōnen Sirius. Kodansha USA announced that it had licensed Cells at Work! in North America on March 21, 2016. The manga is also licensed in Taiwan by Tong Li Publishing. The manga received another spinoff titled Hataraku Saibō Black, set in a “black” environment of a human body suffering an unhealthy lifestyle, that runs in Weekly Morning since June 7, 2018. It is written by Shigemitsu Harada, with illustrations by Issei Hatsuyoshi and supervision by Shimizu.

Plot

The story takes place inside the human body, where trillions of anthropomorphic cells each do their job to keep the body healthy. The series largely focuses on two such cells; a rookie red blood cell, AE3803, who often gets lost during deliveries, and a relentless white blood cell, U-1146, who fights against any germs that invade the body.

 

Film Friday- Mob Psycho 100

Film Friday- Mob Psycho 100

An anime television series adaptation produced by Bones aired between July and September 2016. The English dub of the series was released by Funimation in December 2016. A live-action series adaptation premiered on January 18, 2018. A second season of the anime series will air in January 2019.

Anime

On December 2, 2015, it was announced in shonen magazine Ura Sunday that the webcomic would be adapted into an anime television series. The anime adaptation was produced by Bones and directed by Yuzuru Tachikawa. Hiroshi Seko wrote the scripts, Yoshimichi Kameda designed the characters, and Kenji Kawai composed the music. The series aired between July 12, 2016, and September 27, 2016, on Tokyo MX, later airing on ytv, BS Fuji and TV Asahi Channel 1. The opening theme song, titled “99”, was performed by Mob Choir, while the ending theme song, titled “Refrain Boy”, was performed by ALL OFF. The series was simulcast on Crunchyroll, while Funimation broadcast the show’s simuldub. The series had gotten an English dub by Bang Zoom! in December 2016, with Funimation handling distribution. The series was simulcast on Animax in Southeast Asia. The Bang Zoom!-produced dub has been released on Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack with a limited edition on December 5, 2017, and will be broadcast on Toonami on Adult Swim starting on October 27, 2018. Madman Entertainment will be importing Funimation’s release in Australia and New Zealand, and Manga Entertainment will also distribute the series in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Following a screening of three Bones films, attendees reported that Bones teased that progress is being made on a further Mob Psycho 100 anime project. In October 2017, an event anime titled Mob Psycho 100 Reigen -The Miraculous Unknown Psychic-  was revealed. It is a 60-minute compilation of the anime series and features new scenes centered on Arataka Reigen. The event anime was screened twice at the Maihama Amphitheater in Chiba on March 18, 2018, and will later be released on home video. At the end of the event, a second season of the anime series was announced, with the staff and cast returning to reprise their roles. Mob Psycho 100 is to return January 2019.

Live-action series

A live-action television series adaptation directed by Kōichi Sakamoto and produced by Fuminori Kobayashi premiered on January 12, 2018 on Netflix and January 18, 2018 on TV Tokyo’s “MokuDora 25” timeslot, which runs from 1:00 to 1:30am on Fridays. Tatsuomi Hamada is portraying Shigeo Kageyama.

 

Wednesday News- November 14, 2018

Wednesday News- November 14, 2018

The Game Awards 2018 Nominees Revealed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-11-13/the-game-awards-2018-nominees-revealed/.139443

A Certain Scientific Railgun Season 3 Slated for 2019- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-11-13/newtype-a-certain-scientific-railgun-season-3-slated-for-2019/.139397

Live-Action Hollywood Alita: Battle Angel Film’s Trailer Previews Battle Scenes- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-11-13/live-action-hollywood-alita-battle-angel-film-trailer-previews-battle-scenes/.139429

Dropkick on my Devil Staff: Anime Needs to Sell 500 More Boxes for 2nd Season- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-11-13/dropkick-on-my-devil-staff-anime-needs-to-sell-500-more-boxes-for-2nd-season/.139400

How do you watch anime and read manga – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/survey/812/

Anime

  • And you thought there is never a girl online? Essentials BD
  • Beyblade: Metal Fusion DVD
  • Beyblade: Metal Masters DVD
  • Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth- BD/DVD
  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Knocking on Heaven’s Door Steelbook BD
  • Drifters Complete Series Classics BD
  • Gatchaman Crowds Complete Collections BD
  • Joker Game Essentials BD
  • Made in Abyss Premium Box Set BD
  • One Piece Collection 23 DVD Uncut
  • ReLIFE Final Arc BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon Super S Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon Super S Part 2 DVD
  • A Sister’s All You Need BD
  • Twin Star Exorcists Part 3 BD/DVD

Manga

  • ACCA 13 Territory Inspection Department Graphic Novel (GN) 5
  • Akame ga KILL! ZERO GN 8
  • Alice in Murderland GN 9 (Hardcover)
  • Alicia’s Diet Quest GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Angels of Death GN 5
  • Blade of the Immortal Omnibus GN 7
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • A Bride’s Story GN 10 (Hardcover)
  • Chio’s School Road GN 2
  • Delicious in Dungeon GN 6
  • Devilman The Classic Collection GN 2 (Hardcover)
  • Dimension W GN 12
  • Forbidden Scrollery GN 5
  • Frau Faust GN 5
  • Fruits Basket Another GN 2
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Edition GN 3 (Hardcover)
  • Goblin Slayer! GN 4
  • Golosseum GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • High School DxD GN 11
  • Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia GN 4
  • Interspecies Reviewers GN 1
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Chronicle Episode Lyu GN 1
  • Kamakura Monogatari GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! GN 7
  • Laid-Back Camp GN 4
  • Land of the Lustrous GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • LDK GN 12
  • Little Witch Academia GN 2
  • Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade GN 10
  • Love at Fourteen GN 8
  • Mermaid Boys GN 3
  • Mikagura School Suite GN 3
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: The Glory of Losers GN 9
  • Nekogahara GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! GN 12
  • Overlord GN 8
  • Pokémon Horizon Sun and Moon GN 2
  • Pokémon Pocket Comics Classic GN
  • The Prince’s Black Poison GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Radiant GN 2
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 3: Truth of Zero GN 5
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Manga Monday- Mob Psycho 100

Manga Monday- Mob Psycho 100

Mob Psycho 100 is a Japanese webmanga created by ONE, which began publication on Ura Sunday on April 18, 2012, and concluded on December 22, 2017. A Chinese translation started publication in Taiwan on April 16, 2014. It has been available online on Shogakukan’s mobile app MangaONE since December 2014. Dark Horse Comics has licensed the series for English publication. In 2017, the manga won the 62nd Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shōnen category. A spin-off manga series titled Reigen launched in the MangaONE mobile app on March 19, 2018.

Plot

Shigeo Kageyama is an average middle school boy, nicknamed Mob (meaning “background character”) for lacking a sense of presence. Although he looks like an inconspicuous person, he is in fact a powerful esper. As he grows older, Mob realizes that his psychic powers are strengthening and becoming more dangerous. To avoid his power getting out of control, he constantly lives a life under an emotional shackle. Mob wants to live a normal life just like the others, but a barrage of trouble keeps coming after him. With the suppressed emotions growing inside Mob little by little, his power threatens to break through its limits.

Characters

Shigeo Kageyama 
is an eighth grade Esper with powerful psychic abilities. His helmet hairstyle is his defining physical feature. He is not good at reading the atmosphere, and since childhood, has rarely felt or displayed intense emotion. He thinks his power is not necessary in his life, so he avoids using it. He suppresses his emotions to keep his power in control, but when the percentage of his accumulated feelings reaches 100, he is overcome by the strongest emotion he is feeling at the time and unleashes the full extent of his powers. He works at Reigen’s spirit counsel for 300 yen an hour. When he was asked to join the Telepathy Club so they wouldn’t be disbanded, he was introduced to the Body Improvement Club, which he then joined to become popular, in order to impress his secret love. He is also credited as Salt Middle School’s urabanchō (裏番長 is roughly translated as “secret school gang leader”) known as White T Poison but this fact remains unknown to many including himself. Shigeo also possesses an unknown power as explained by the narrator during his battle with Teruki which far surpasses even the height of his abilities, but is uncontrollable and only awakens when unconscious.
Arataka Reigen  
Mob’s master, a self-proclaimed psychic who has his own spirit counsel (the “Talk About Spirits Agency”), which is cheap compared to competitors. He wasn’t getting much business, but after setting up a homepage on the internet, the number of assignments has increased. He is essentially a con artist and excels in persuasion, speech, and perception, as well as massage and whack-a-mole. He is clever and agile, claiming to have a greenbelt of Shaolin boxing. He is very afraid of cockroaches and likes dogs. Reigen solves his clients’ problems with a variety of skills (including Reigen’s “secret technique”); if that doesn’t work, he’ll call in Mob to deal with it. Even though he is a fraud, he treats Mob’s inner turmoil very seriously, and gives him pertinent suggestions. For better or worse, he is Mob’s mentor.
Dimple 
An upper class evil spirit, devious and sly, characterized by the circular blush on his cheeks. In order to become a god worshiped by people, he established a religion/cult called (LOL), which was dissolved by Mob. After his defeat, his power fell off remarkably, and Mob came to regard him as reasonably harmless. Dimple thinks Mob might be a great springboard to godhood, so he stayed with Mob in order to exploit him, however this plan failed. Later in the series, he attempts the same thing with Mob’s brother, Ritsu. Dimple claims to be Mob’s partner. He can possess the bodies of others and release the full potential of his host, but he tries to avoid breaking the host’s body.
Ritsu Kageyama  
Mob’s younger brother, grade 7. He is clever and competent, excelling at both academic and athletic performance. Having a handsome face, he is popular among girls. He is also a member of the Student Council. The only thing he’s lacking is psychic power. Because Mob is a strong Esper and Ritsu witnessed his immense power while growing up, Ritsu has always had an inferiority complex and an obsessive longing for psychic power of his own. He eventually developed his own psychic powers and became a fairly powerful esper but not as powerful as his big brother, as the strength of Ritsu’s psychic abilities are tied to his feelings of grief and guilt. After his abilities first awaken he allows Dimple to possess him in order to quickly gain control of his power, but ends up attracting the attention of Claw.
Teruki Hanazawa   
Black Vinegar Middle School’s “ura banchou” (“hidden boss”), known to most as Teru. Also a strong Esper, he originally held scorn for people without psychic power, calling them “commoners.” Accustomed to using his power freely in daily life, be it exams or sports, he excels at it all. Coupled with his handsome looks, he is very popular. He’ll do a pigeon-toed pose when he fights seriously. After he is lectured and defeated by Mob, his perspective on psychic power changes, and he becomes more friendly to others. Teru later becomes the mentor for several low-leveled psychics that were captured by Claw. Teru always wanted to hang out with Mob and tries his best to be more kind and understanding to the people around him.

Claw

Touichirou Suzuki 
The leader of Claw. Touichirou is a ruthless and cunning man who founded Claw for the sole purpose of world domination and use everyone he can to achieve this goal. Being an incredibly powerful psychic on par with Mob, he seeks to put the rest of humanity under his thumb. Touichirou is not entirely without a heart, however, as he also seeks to find his ex-wife who left him many years ago.
Shou Suzuki 
The son of Touichirou Suzuki. Initially thought to be some random trainer sent to the 7th division from Claw’s HQ, he is revealed to have been scouting potential psychics for some unknown reason. Shou is an extremely powerful psychic, capable of easily smashing Ishiguro’s gravity orbs with little effort. Shou states that he can always find a way to deal with the psychic powers of his opponents. One of Shou’s most notable techniques allows him to refract light around him, rendering him invisible to the naked eye.

 

Film Friday- Tokyo Mew Mew

Film Friday- Tokyo Mew Mew

The series was adapted into a 52 episode anime series by Studio Pierrot. It debuted in Japan on April 6, 2002, on both TV Aichi and TV Tokyo; the final episode aired on March 29, 2003. Two video games were also created for the series: a puzzle adventure game for the Game Boy Advance system and a role-playing video game for the PlayStation. 4Kids Entertainment licensed the anime series for North American broadcast under the name Mew Mew Power. Heavily edited and dubbed, 23 episodes of Mew Mew Power aired on Cartoon Network and 4Kids TV in the United States and the entire 26 episodes aired on YTV in Canada. 4Kids Entertainment was unable to license the remaining 26 episodes of the series, thus were unable to complete its broadcast. They have never released the series to home video.  The anime adaptation received high ratings while airing in Japan, resulting in numerous marketing tie-ins. Despite criticism for extensive editing that removed most of the Japanese elements, the Mew Mew Power dub became the highest rated 4Kids show during its broadcast. It was licensed for regional release in several other countries instead of the original Japanese series.

Ichigo Momomiya

is the series’ main protagonist and the leader of the Mew Mews. She has short red hair which is usually tied up in pigtails. Ichigo (13 years old at the beginning of the series) is merged with the DNA of the Iriomote Wild Cat, giving her the ability to transform into Mew Ichigo, a powerful and heroic cat girl with pink hair. The transformation also causes her to exhibit various feline mannerisms while in her human form. At first, her cat ears and tail appear when she is excited, but eventually her cat DNA grows strong enough that when she kisses anything, she turns into a small black cat. She remains in a cat form until someone (human or animal) kisses her.

At the start of the series, Ichigo has a crush on Masaya Aoyama. Although she believes that he is oblivious to her feelings, he later returns them and they begin dating. Midway through the series, Ichigo gains a mysterious protector, the Blue Knight. Throughout the series, Ichigo repeatedly rejects repeated advances by Quiche and although she can not accept his final declaration of love, she cries over his death and holds him as he dies. Ichigo dies after transferring her own life force into Masaya after Masaya kills himself and Deep Blue. She is subsequently revived by the last of the mew aqua which was housed within Masaya. Before Masaya goes off to study abroad in England at the end of the series, Ichigo participates in a mock wedding with Masaya. Tokyo Mew Mew a La Mode reveals that Ichigo lost all of her Mew Mew powers because of the Mew Aqua’s influence and joined Masaya in England, but returned to Japan when her powers began to manifest again to aid in the battle against the Saint Rose Crusaders.

Minto Aizawa

Minto Aizawa is a blue-haired girl who is the second Mew Mew to be introduced in the series. Infused with the genes of a Blue Lorikeet, Minto grows a bird’s tail and a pair of bird wings when she transforms into Mew Mint. Initially depicted as spoiled, snobbish, and self-centered because of her wealth due to her being born into a rich family, she is shown to be an empathetic person who cares deeply about her friends as the series progresses. In the beginning, Minto called Ichigo a Vulgar person. Minto idolizes fellow Mew Mew Zakuro Fujiwara. Minto owns a pet Pomeranian named Miki.

Retasu Midorikawa

is a green-haired girl who is the third member of the Mew Mews formally introduced to the readers. Infused with the DNA of a Finless Porpoise, Retasu’s legs can change into a porpoise’s tail while she is underwater, greatly improving her swimming ability and giving her an appearance of a mermaid. In the anime adaptation, this change can only occur when Retasu is in the presence of Mew Aqua. Retasu is portrayed as a shy and intelligent character lacking self-confidence and is the subject of frequent bullying from three girls. She is afraid of her Mew Mew powers at first, causing them to go out of control at her school until she is calmed by Ichigo and Minto. The other members of the group consider Retasu to be a kind and selfless person. As the series progresses, Retasu becomes a more confident person through the other Mew Mews’ regular encouragement. In the anime, Retasu has a strong love interest towards Ryou and kissed him once, that only Bu-Ling is aware of their relationship.

Bu-Ling Huang

is a blonde-haired girl who is the fourth Mew Mew introduced to the readers and the youngest of the bunch. Infused with the DNA of a Golden Lion Tamarin, Bu-Ling grows a monkey tail and ears while transformed, and fights with a pair of rings. Bu-Ling is introduced as being a busker due to her acrobatic skills to earn money for her family. The other Mew Mews agree that her monkey DNA is a perfect match for her personality as she is full of energy and loves having fun, to the point Minto considers her very immature or childish. A running gag when it comes to referencing the Mew Mews’ DNA had Bu-Ling thinking that her DNA is a lion where she is always corrected that she has the DNA of a Golden Lion Tamarin. Despite her age, Bu-Ling is raising her five younger siblings and managing the family finances while their father is training in the mountains. The manga never mentions Bu-Ling’s mother while the anime adaptation states that she died. Midway through the series, Bu-Ling befriends Tart when he captures her and holds her hostage. She is reluctant to fight Tart during the final battle until he affirms they have no choice, and cries over him after he is defeated. Bu-Ling kisses Tart at the end of the series and tells him she does not want it “to be goodbye.” He replies by saying that he may return to see her. In the anime adaptation, the relationship between Bu-Ling and Tart is expanded and the circumstances of their initial friendship changes – instead of being saved by the Mew Mews, Tart himself saves Bu-Ling from an underground cavern when he realizes that she is suffocating from a lack of oxygen.

Zakuro Fujiwara

is a purple-haired girl who is the last of the main Mew Mews introduced and the oldest of the group. As with the others, she first appears at the endangered animal exhibit without being named. Zakuro tends to be a loner and initially refuses to join the other Mew Mews, but changes her mind after they come to her aid. Infused with the DNA of a Gray Wolf, Zakuro has a wolf tail and ears while in her Mew Mew form. Zakuro is a professional model and is presented as a mature character. As her biggest fan Minto effuses, Zakuro has “long, glossy, raven hair” with “dark, intelligent, yet sensitive eyes” and “long, strong and thin legs”. Zakuro’s background is more developed in the anime adaptation and she is said to be estranged from her family since leaving home two years earlier.