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Month: November 2018

Wednesday News- November 7, 2018

Wednesday News- November 7, 2018

Why Do Edited for TV Dubs Change An Anime’s Music?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/answerman/2018-11-05/.139057

Bungo to Alchemist Game Inspires Stage Play in February- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-11-05/bungo-to-alchemist-game-inspires-stage-play-in-february/.139116

Dragon Quest Monsters Series Gets All-New Game, Terry’s Wonderland Smartphone Port- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-11-06/dragon-quest-monsters-series-gets-all-new-game-terry-wonderland-smartphone-port/.139136

J-Novel Club Teases 5 Manga, 5 Light Novel Releases- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-11-06/j-novel-club-teases-5-manga-5-light-novel-releases/.139142

Watch 56-Foot Goku Balloon Take His Test Flight Before the Big Day- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2018-11-05/watch-56-foot-goku-balloon-take-his-test-flight-before-the-big-day/.139098

Anime

  • Angel Links DVD
  • Black Clover Season 1 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Galaxy Angel Z BD
  • Handa-kun Essentials BD
  • Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World BD
  • Negima!? BD
  • Patlabor the Mobile Police Ultimate Collection BD
  • Pokémon Sun & Moon DVD
  • Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Part 2 BD/DVD

Manga

  • Anonymous Noise Graphic Novel (GN) 11
  • Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition Complete Series GN Box Set (Hardcover)
  • Black Clover GN 13
  • Black Torch GN 2
  • Bleach Manga Box Set 3
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 2
  • The Bride & the Exorcist Knight GN 2
  • Can I Kiss You Every Day? GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Can You Just Die, My Darling? GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Chihayafuru GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba GN 3
  • Dr. Stone GN 2
  • Dragon Ball That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha! GN 1
  • The Dungeon of Black Company GN 2
  • Edens Zero GN 1
  • Frau Faust GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Haikyu!! GN 29
  • Happiness GN 8
  • I am a Hero Omnibus GN 8
  • Idol Dreams GN 5
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Stardust Crusaders GN 9 (Hardcover)
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War GN 5
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid GN 7
  • My Boy in Blue GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • One Piece GN 88
  • Peach Girl Next GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side: P4 GN 4
  • Short Cake Cake GN 2
  • Sorry For My Familiar GN 3
  • Summer Wars Complete Edition GN
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil Storm! GN 5
  • Yokai Girls GN 5
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V GN 4

Other

  • Amagi Brilliant Park Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • emeth: Island of Golems Novel (Digital Only)
  • The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • Monster Girl Doctor Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Robotech Archives Macross Saga GN 3
  • World of Final Fantasy Maxima Xbox One Game

 

Manga Monday- Tokyo Mew Mew

Manga Monday- Tokyo Mew Mew

Tokyo Mew Mew is a Japanese shōjo manga series written by Reiko Yoshida and illustrated by Mia Ikumi. It was originally serialized in Nakayoshi from September 2000 to February 2003, and later published in seven tankōbon volumes by Kodansha from February 2001 to April 2003. It focuses on five girls infused with the DNA of endangered animals which gives them special powers and allows them to transform into “Mew Mews.” Led by Ichigo Momomiya, the girls protect the earth from aliens who wish to “reclaim” it.

Well received by English-language readers, several volumes of the manga series appeared in the Top 50 sales lists for graphic novels in their respective months of release. Critics praised the manga as a cute and entertaining series with free-flowing style and character designs. à la mode received praise as a good continuation of the series, but was also criticized for offering nothing new.

Plot

In Tokyo, Japan, a young girl named Ichigo Momomiya attends an endangered species exhibit with her “crush” Masaya Aoyama. After an earthquake, Ichigo and four other girls are bathed in a strange light. A cat appears before Ichigo, then merges with her. The next day, she begins acting like a cat and making cat puns. After meeting Ryô Shirogane and Keiichirô Akasaka, Ichigo learns that she was infused with the DNA of the Iriomote cat. Ryou and Keiichirou explain that this allows her to transform into Mew Ichigo, a powerful heroic cat girl. She is ordered to defeat Chimera Animas—alien parasites which infect animals and turn them into monsters. Ryou and Keiichirou instruct Ichigo to find the four other girls from the exhibit—the remaining Mew Mews.

The first Mew Mew Ichigo encounters is Minto Aizawa, a spoiled, wealthy girl and ballerina who is infused with the genes of the blue lorikeet; Retasu Midorikawa, a shy but smart girl who endures constant bullying from three girls and absorbs the genes of the finless porpoise; a hyper and yet young girl named Bu-Ling Huang who receives the genes of the golden lion tamarin; and Zakuro Fujiwara, a professional actress and model infused with the genes of the gray wolf.

The five Mew Mews battle the Chimera Animas and their alien controllers Quiche, Pie and Tart. Quiche falls in love with Ichigo where he tries to gain her love despite the fact that he is trying to eliminate the other Mew Mews. Pie and Tart later join Quiche in trying to destroy the Mew Mews.

As the fighting intensifies, the Mew Mews are tasked with finding “Mew Aqua”, a material created from pure water that contains immense power for combating the alien attacks and can be sensed by the Mew Mews. During a battle with Quiche at an aquarium, Ichigo is in danger of losing when the mysterious Blue Knight appears and rescues her. He returns periodically throughout the series, protecting Ichigo from various dangers. It is later revealed that the Blue Knight is in fact Masaya. Shortly after this discovery, Masaya collapses and transforms again. This time, he transforms into Deep Blue, the alien leader who wants to destroy humanity. After explaining to Ichigo that Masaya was a false form for temporary use, Deep Blue attacks the Mew Mews. Pie and Tart try to stop the other mew mews while Ichigo goes after Deep Blue. He and Quiche battle and Deep Blue wins. Masaya’s personality briefly reappears and he uses the Mew Aqua inside Deep Blue to save Ichigo and Tokyo, killing himself in the process. Crying over his body, Ichigo pours her power into Masaya to save his life, losing her own in the process. Masaya kisses her, changing her back to a human and revives her. Ryou gives Pie the remaining Mew Aqua to save the aliens’ world, after which Quiche, Pie, and Tart say their goodbyes and return to their own world.

Sequel

In the two-volume sequel Tokyo Mew Mew à La Mode, Ichigo and Masaya move to England to study endangered species. The remaining Mew Mews continue to eliminate the Chimera Animas left behind by the aliens. They face a new threat in the form of the Saint Rose Crusaders: humans with special powers who desire to conquer the world and create a utopia while taking over the remaining Chimera Animas. Berry Shirayuki becomes the sixth Mew Mew and temporarily takes Ichigo’s place as the leader. Berry is the first Mew Mew to be infused with the DNA of two endangered species, the Andean mountain cat and the Amami rabbit. As one of the strongest Mew Mews, Berry is targeted by two of the Crusaders, who attack her at school. Ichigo returns to provide assistance during this battle. For their final attack, two Crusaders hypnotize the citizens of Tokyo and set them against the Mew Mews. Berry and her childhood friend Tasuku Meguro use their new-found feelings of love to reverse the hypnosis and cause a change of heart in the Crusaders.

 

Film Friday- Your Lie in April

Film Friday- Your Lie in April

An anime television series adaptation by A-1 Pictures aired from October 2014 to March 2015 on Fuji TV’s Noitamina block. A live-action film adaptation of the same name was released in September 2016.

Anime

A-1 Pictures has aired the anime production of Your Lie in April. It premiered on October 10, 2014 in Japan and ended on March 20, 2015. The first opening theme song is “Hikaru Nara” by Goose house and the first ending theme song is “Kirameki” by wacci. The second opening song is “Nanairo Symphony” by Coalamode and the second ending theme is “Orange” by 7!! (Seven Oops). The original soundtracks are composed by Masaru Yokoyama.
In North America, Aniplex of America licensed the series within the region, who simulcasted the series on Crunchyroll, Aniplex Channel, Hulu and Viewster. In Australia and New Zealand, the series is licensed by Madman Entertainment, who streamed the series on AnimeLab. The series is licensed in the United Kingdom and Ireland by Anime Limited. The series was later made available on Netflix with the English dub, as well as English subtitles.

Live-action film  

On August 24, 2015, the domain ‘kimiuso-movie.jp’ was registered under Toho, a Japanese film production and distribution company, which made fans believe that a movie adaptation was in the works. Speculations were confirmed in September 2015 when the main cast was announced for the live-action adaptation of the series: Kento Yamazaki as Kōsei Arima, Suzu Hirose as Kaori Miyazono, E-girls’ Anna Ishii as Tsubaki Sawabe, and Taishi Nakagawa as Ryōta Watari. While the original story depicts the characters in their junior high year, it is announced that they will be in their second-year of high school in the film. The adaptation, slated to be released in Japan in September 2016, will be written by Strawberry Night’s live-action scriptwriter Yukari Tatsui, and directed by Paradise Kiss’s live-action director Takehiko Shinjō.

Stage play

In the May issue of Monthly Shōnen Magazine, it was announced that a stage play adaptation of the manga was green-lit, and set to run on August the same year. The stage play was announced to be held at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo from August 24, 2017 to September 3, 2017, and at the Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka from September 7, 2017 to September 10, 2017. The stage play is directed by Naohiro Ise, and written by Kaori Miura. It was also revealed that the play would have live musical performances, with Yuta Matsumura performing the piano, and Shuko Kobayashi performing the violin. The main cast was announced, and stars: Shintarō Anzai as Kōsei Arima, Arisa Matsunaga as Kaori Miyazono, Misato Kawauchi as Tsubaki Sawabe, Masanari Wada as Ryōta Watari, Haruka Yamashita as Emi Igawa, and Shōjirō Yokoi as Takeshi Aiza. Additional cast was later announced, with: Takako Nakamura as Yuriko Ochiai, Shun Mikami as Akira Takayanagi, Haruka Igarashi as Nao Kashiwagi, Kuniko Kodama as Hiroko Seto, and Ryōko Tanaka as Saki Arima.

Characters

Kōsei Arima 
is a former child prodigy in playing piano, dubbed the “Human Metronome” for his near-inhuman mechanical accuracy, a product of his mother’s overly strict methods of teaching. His ability to play the piano with unparalleled precision led him to win many competitions across Japan and even be invited to play abroad. When his mother died, the resulting psychological trauma caused him to be unable to hear the sound of his piano playing, and he gave up on it. Two years later, he takes up the piano again after being convinced by Kaori Miyazono to become her accompanist. Influenced by her emotional and unrestrained playing style, Kōsei eventually finds himself falling in love with her. He, however, does not confess his feelings due to her liking his best friend, Ryota Watari.
It is later revealed in Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso: Coda, a side story from Kōsei and Tsubaki’s childhood, that his inspiration for playing so beautifully in his first competition was to cheer up Tsubaki after the passing of her grandmother.
Kaori Miyazono 
is Tsubaki’s classmate; she is a free-spirited violinist who has drawn much criticism from judging panels due to her unwillingness to adhere strictly to the score, but is highly favored by audiences that hear her playing. Kaori first met Kōsei when she asked Tsubaki to set her up with Watari. As their friendship grew, she eventually convinced Kōsei to play the piano again, first as her accompanist and later in a piano competition. It is revealed at the end of the anime, in a letter addressed to Kōsei, that she had asked to be set up with Watari in order to meet Kōsei, knowing that Watari and Tsubaki were good friends of his.
Tsubaki Sawabe 
Kōsei’s childhood friend and next-door neighbor, who treats him like a little brother. She is athletic and is part of the softball club at school. Often dismayed at Kōsei’s inability to move on from his mother’s death, she attempts to get him to play the piano again in order to make a clear decision about his future. She first denies her feelings for him but after undergoing several stages of denial, she falls in love with him, which she confesses to him later on.
Ryōta Watari 
is Kōsei’s and Tsubaki’s childhood friend, and is the captain of the school’s soccer team. He is extremely popular with girls, and usually adopts a frivolous attitude. However, he does come up with good insights every so often. Kaori was his love interest and when they are together, they are shown to be acting lovey-dovey, which makes Kōsei jealous. Kōsei later tells him about his feelings for Kaori, and he soon accepts this and gives him advice.