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Month: December 2018

Wednesday News- December 12, 2018

Wednesday News- December 12, 2018

This Week in Anime- Is Hero Mask Worth Watching?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2018-12-11/.140612

Review: Wolf & Parchment: New Theory Spice & Wolf Novel 3 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/wolf-and-parchment/new-theory-spice-and-wolf/novel-3/.140589

Jump-ing Ship – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-mike-toole-show/2018-12-09/.140586

Kei Toume’s Kuden Noise no Himegimi Manga Changes Magazines, Has New Title – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-12-11/kei-toume-kuden-noise-no-himegimi-manga-changes-magazines-has-new-title/.140357

Crunchyroll Streams 2 Haikyu!! Compilation Films – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-12-11/crunchyroll-streams-2-haikyu-compilation-films/.140666

Anime

  • Anime-Gataris BD
  • DIVE!! BD
  • Konohana Kitan BD
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam Ultra Edition BD
  • My Neighbor Totoro 30th Anniversary Edition BD
  • Princess Principal Premium Edition Box Set BD
  • Princess Tutu BD
  • Samurai Warriors Essentials BD
  • Trickster Complete Series BD

Manga

  • Accel World GN 8
  • After Hours GN 3
  • Again!! GN 6
  • As Miss Beelzebub Likes GN 4
  • The Boy and The Beast GN 4
  • BTOOOM! GN 23
  • Bungo Stray Dogs GN 9
  • CITY GN 4
  • Crocodile Baron GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Danganronpa 2: Ultimate Luck and Hope and Despair GN 1
  • Dead Mount Death Play GN 1
  • Escape Journey GN 2
  • Girls’ Last Tour GN 5
  • Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One GN 1
  • Hakumei and Mikochi Tiny Little Life in the Woods GN 3
  • Hatsu*Haru GN 4
  • The Honor Student at Magic High School GN 9
  • Horimiya GN 12
  • I’m Standing on a Million Lives GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • The Isolator GN 4
  • Kagerou Daze GN 11
  • Kamikamikaeshi GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Magi GN 33
  • NE NE NE GN
  • Noragami GN 19
  • One Week Friends GN 5
  • Persona 3 GN 8
  • Persona 4 GN 8
  • Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! GN
  • A Polar Bear in Love GN 4
  • School of Horns GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Silver Spoon GN 6
  • Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle GN 4
  • Spice and Wolf GN 16
  • Splatoon GN 5
  • The Strange Creature at Kuroyuri Apartments GN 2
  • Sword Art Online: Progressive GN 7
  • Ten Count GN 6
  • A Terrified Teacher at Ghoul School! GN 5
  • Tokyo Alice GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • The Walls Between Us GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • your name. Another Side:Earthbound GN 1
  • Yowamushi Pedal Omnibus GN 10

Other

  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride The Golden Yarn Novel
  • The Asterisk War Novel 8
  • Baccano! Novel 9 (Hardcover)
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! Novel 12
  • Dragon Quest Illustrations: 30th Anniversary Edition (Hardcover)
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 12 (Digital Only)
  • Gungrave VR PlayStation 4 Game
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Novel 6 (Digital Only)
  • I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level Novel 3
  • I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse Novel 11 (Digital Only)
  • Kagerou Daze Novel 8
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Novel 7
  • Lazy Dungeon Master Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes Novel 8
  • Reborn as a Vending Machine, I Now Wander the Dungeon Novel 3
  • Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers Novel 6
  • Sword Art Online Novel 1 5
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Novel 4

 

Manga Monday- My Love Story!!

Manga Monday- My Love Story!!

My Love Story!!, is a Japanese romantic comedy manga series written by Kazune Kawahara and illustrated by Aruko. The manga was serialized in Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret magazine and is being published in English by Viz Media.
The series debuted as a 100-page special in Bessatsu Margaret Sister in October 2011 before becoming serialised in Bessatsu Margaret, ending with a 100-page final chapter on July 13, 2016. The first volume was released by Shueisha on March 23, 2012, and the thirteenth and final volume was released on September 23, 2016. Viz Media has licensed the series and released the first volume on July 1, 2014.

Reception

It won the award for Best Shōjo Manga at the 37th Kodansha Manga Awards. It was number one on the Book of the Year list of Female-Oriented Comics from January to June, 2013 by Da Vinci magazine and number five in the annual list of 2012. It was nominated for the 6th Manga Taishō. In Takarajimasha’s 2013 edition of the guidebook Kono Manga ga Sugoi!, a survey with more than 400 manga professionals, it was selected as the best series for female readers; in the 2014 edition, it was the 15th best. The fifth volume was the 53rd best-selling manga volume of the first half of 2014. It was also nominated for the 18th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize “Reader Award”. In 2016, the manga won in the Shōjo category at the 61st Shogakukan Manga Awards.

Story

The story follows Takeo Gōda, a tall and muscular student who doesn’t have much luck with women, as every girl he likes ends up falling for his best friend, Makoto Sunakawa, who is charming and good-looking. This all changes when he saves Rinko Yamato, a petite shy girl who, above all other expectations, falls in love with Takeo, beginning a unique love story.

Characters

Takeo Gōda  Related image
The protagonist of the story and a first-year student at Shuei High School. He is very tall and muscular, easily dwarfing everyone around him. Women tend to find his appearance off-putting or frightening, likening him to a bear or gorilla, but Takeo nevertheless has many friends due to his popularity among men, who are inspired by his strength, physique, and vitality. Despite his hulking appearance and strength, Takeo has an affable personality and is actually extremely kind and selfless, quickly helping others without a second thought throughout the story and never holding a grudge for things people say about him. Near the beginning of the story, he saves Rinko from a groper and quickly develops feelings for her, but mistakenly thinks that she likes Makoto. Rinko later on confesses her love to Takeo, to which he gladly accepted.

Rinko Yamato
A girl whom Takeo saves from a groper on a train. After Takeo saves her, she immediately fell in love with him. Unlike most girls, who find Takeo frightening, Rinko admires his strength, confidence, and kindness, and she doesn’t seem to pay any mind to his unusual size or appearance. She attends Koizumi Girls’ Academy and is very skilled in baking and making sweets. Rinko is the first girl who has been called “a nice girl” by Makoto, presumably since she’s the first to look past Takeo’s appearance. It is later revealed in an extra chapter, the true reason why she really fell in love with him was because Takeo saved her when she was younger and met her for the very first time, though he mistook her for a guy when she was lost in a dark cave before meeting her again on the train, unaware that she was the same person he met many years ago.

 

Film Friday- Mahoromatic

Film Friday- Mahoromatic

The manga proved popular, and was adapted into two anime series jointly by Gainax and Shaft: “Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden” and “Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful”.
The first series consisted of twelve episodes and ran from September 10, 2001 to January 28, 2002 on BS-i in Japan, and more or less followed the manga to the third volume.
The second series also followed the manga, culminating in the story’s end. This series ran from September 26, 2002 till January 16, 2003.
A television special, “Mahoromatic: Summer TV Special”, set in the days when Minawa had become a regular part of the household, was produced and aired around Summer 2003.
A two episode special entitled Mahoromatic: Tadaima Okaeri was announced on August 22, 2009. It aired on October 17 and October 24, 2009. It takes place during the second series, on days 270-268 of Mahoro’s life timer.
Originally the anime was licensed by Pioneer Entertainment (later Geneon Entertainment). As of October 2008, ADV Films had announced that they had regained licenses to both Mahoromatic, and Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful, through its new Japanese licensor Sentai Filmworks. Currently, the anime is now distributed by Sentai Filmworks (however, the Ep00 Special and Year End Special are absent). They also recently acquired the Mahoromatic: I’m Home special, with the English dub to be produced at Bang Zoom! Entertainment.
Mahoromatic including both seasons and the summer special is currently available through The Anime Network’s free video on demand service, found on many cable systems and DirecTV.

Mahoromatic: End of Year Special

Shown after Episode 10. These feature a refresher of all the events so far along with new conversations and discussions between characters. Both seasons one and two have this special.

Mahoromatic: Summer Special

Released after the second season, this episode takes place during the second season and revolves around the issue of Suguru’s ecchi no hon (dirty books). The Summer Special is the only special to be aired in the U.S.

Mahoromatic おかえり (Tadaima Okaeri—I’m Home)

Takes place during the second season between episodes 2 and 3, on days 270–268 of Mahoro’s life timer. Mahoro and Suguru, along with Suguru’s classmates, are preparing for a Hiryu town festival, when Feldlance attacks in an attempt to capture Minawa

Endings

Anime’s ending

The finale is set on a Saint-Earth colony world, 20 years after Mahoro’s “death” and the mutual defeat of Vesper and Management. Suguru left Japan, deciding never to return, and is now a renegade half-cyborg hunter of the last “Management holdouts.” He has only memories of Earth, and a sole companion who tries to kill him for the bounty on his head.

As Suguru is in critical condition, Mahoro reappears alive, asking to take him home.

Manga’s ending

The ending is set on Earth, 20 years after Mahoro’s death and the defeat of Management. Suguru has been working as a commander within Vesper, and has just returned to Earth from the final defeat of Management’s last vestiges.

Unbeknownst to Suguru, Mahoro was reborn as a baby shortly after her death as an android. She has grown up, and remembers Suguru. When Suguru returns from Vesper headquarters expecting to find an empty house, she is there waiting for him.

 

Wednesday News- December 5, 2018

Wednesday News- December 5, 2018

Rumiko Takahashi to Launch New Manga Series Early Next Spring- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-12-04/rumiko-takahashi-to-launch-new-manga-series-early-next-spring/.140351

23rd Detective Conan Film Opens in April, Centers on Kaito Kid, Makoto Kyōgoku- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-12-04/23rd-detective-conan-film-opens-in-april-centers-on-kaito-kid-makoto-kyogoku/.140266

Review: Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization GN 1 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/sword-art-online/hollow-realization/gn-1/.139992

Sentai Filmworks Announces English Dub for To Love-Ru Anime – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-12-04/sentai-filmworks-announces-english-dub-for-to-love-ru-anime/.140319

Funimation, Hulu Sign First-Look Streaming Deal for New Anime – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-12-04/funimation-hulu-sign-first-look-streaming-deal-for-new-anime/.140359

Anime

  • Akame ga KILL! Complete Collection BD
  • Banner of the Stars DVD
  • Cheer Boys!! Essentials BD
  • Crest of the Stars DVD
    Den-noh Coil Complete Collection BD
  • Digimon Adventure tri.: Future BD/DVD
  • Digimon Adventure tri.: Future DVD
  • Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 1 BD
  • Kumamiko Essentials BD
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam Collection 1 BD
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam Collection 1 DVD
  • Naruto Shippūden Set 36 DVD Uncut
  • Rainbow Days Essentials BD
  • The Silver Guardian BD

Manga

  • Accomplishments of the Duke’s Daughter GN 2
  • Ao Haru Ride GN 2
  • Are You Lost? GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Astra Lost in Space GN 5
  • Attack on Titan GN 26
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 3
  • Can I Kiss You Every Day? GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 27
  • Forest of Piano GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Juni Taisen: Zodiac War GN 2
  • Kimi ni Todoke GN 30
  • Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight GN 8
  • Kuroko’s Basketball Omnibus GN 15
  • Lord Marksman and Vanadis GN 9
  • My Boy in Blue GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia GN 16
  • New Game! GN 4
  • One Piece Omnibus GN 26
  • Platinum End GN 7
  • Pop Team Epic Second Season GN
  • The Promised Neverland GN 7
  • Queen’s Quality GN 6
  • Red Riding Hood’s Wolf Apprentice GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days GN 2
  • Takane & Hana GN 6
  • Tomo-chan is a Girl! GN 2
  • We Never Learn GN 1
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 15
  • The Young Master’s Revenge GN 4

Other

  • Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Novel 1
  • Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Novel 2
  • Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City Novel 1
  • Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City Novel 2
  • Castlevania Season 1
  • Monster Hunter Illustrations Book 1 (Hardcover)
  • Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight PS4 Game
  • Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight PS4 Game
  • Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection PS4 Games
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Switch Game

 

Manga Monday- Mahoromatic

Manga Monday- Mahoromatic

Mahoromatic is a Japanese manga series about a female android former soldier, Mahoro. Driven by guilt from her actions during her combat days, she decides to dedicate the rest of her life to serving the son of her late commander as a maid.

Characters

Mahoro Andou (CODE: V1046-R MAHORO)
is an android created by VESPER to fight an alien invasion by Saint during the 1980s. She is fast and immensely powerful, and is considered to be a formidable opponent by her enemies. Being an android, she has a limited life span. At the beginning of the story, she has just 398 days to live, and is given the choice to do anything she wants by VESPER. She chooses to become a maid for Suguru Misato: his father was her superior officer who was also killed (as collateral damage) when she killed an alien who had taken him hostage. Mahoro has a very sunny disposition and is friendly to just about everyone—she becomes a welcome regular at the market and becomes famous at Suguru’s school when it is made known that she is working for him. She also quickly becomes an excellent cook, able to emulate and recreate dishes from the best restaurants. She is also quite devoted to Suguru, with feelings for him reminiscent of both a doting mother and a shy girlfriend. She is, however, extremely hostile towards anything perverted. A good portion of the story’s humour comes from Mahoro chasing after Suguru’s secret stash of pornographic magazines which, given her training, she is easily able to find. She is well known for this attitude from her catch phrase: “Ecchi na no wa ikenai to omoimasu” (“I think that dirty thoughts are bad”). Mahoro and Shikijo-sensei’s dislike of one another stems from the fact that Shikijo is constantly trying to engage in an illicit relationship with Suguru. As such, Mahoro is very protective of Suguru when it comes to Shikijo’s advances towards him. Mahoro is very concerned about appearances, refusing to wear normal clothes given her position as a maid. She is also obsessed with her small breasts, and some stories actually deal with her rivalry with Shikijo (who has very large breasts), as well as her techniques and requests to VESPER for larger breasts. Mahoro retains access to many of her weapons and gadgets from her VESPER days, and is able to pull out her gun at any time. She also has access to the “silpheed”, which when worn on her back allows her to fly, as well as her support mech, Slash. She is able to call both the Silpheed and Slash at a moment’s notice from the badge she wears on her maid uniform. In addition, she also has access to a fully equipped and armed BMW sports convertible and MV Agusta motorcycle. Mahoro was created using Saint alien technology, giving her a true soul and a pure heart. Later in the series it is revealed that Mahoro is directly connected to the memories of Matthew, who on some occasions supplies Mahoro with advice. She had no family name until the name Andou (short for android) was created by Suguru.

Suguru Misato
is a junior high school student living in Tokyo. He lost both his parents earlier—his mother (who was half Saint), and years later, his father. While he believed his father was killed in an accident during a business trip, he was actually a commander (and Mahoro’s commanding officer) in VESPER and was killed-in-action during the alien war. Although relatives offered to take him in, he refused and lived alone prior to Mahoro’s arrival. He is smart and has an IQ of 130. He makes a favorable impression on members of the opposite sex. Suguru had a whole stash of dirty magazines which were all thrown away when Mahoro first arrived. Although he continues to try to smuggle them in and hide them, Mahoro will often find them—leading to comical confrontations between the two. Suguru uses a whole range of creative tactics to conceal his magazines, and is capable of running away very fast when being chased. Suguru hired a maid because of the filthy state of his house. He was expecting an older woman, and Mahoro’s arrival completely surprised him. At the end of the series Mahoro and Suguru have fallen in love.

Minawa Andou 
is first introduced in Mahoromatic ~Something More Beautiful~. Clumsy and anemic, she ends up living with Mahoro and Suguru and going to school under the pretext of being Mahoro’s younger sister. She has a habit of apologizing for everything she does, even if she has done nothing wrong. She claims to be a runaway member of The Management, but is later revealed to have been sent to gather information on VESPER’s battle android Mahoro after being promised a heart in return. Mahoro, however, convinces her that the fact that she can cry means she already has a heart. Suguru’s friend Hamaguchi develops a crush on her, and, despite her shortcomings, it is later insinuated that they form a relationship. It was later revealed that Minawa is not an android but a cyborg, and her body is in horrible shape due to all the experiments performed on her. Near the end of the series she leaves earth so she can get treatment at Saint’s home world. At the end of the anime, it is suggested she was completely healed and is with Hamaguchi. She had no name until one was created by Suguru, so she could pretend to be Mahoro’s little sister.

Slash
is known as a “support mech” and assists Mahoro during combat. He has the form of a panther and can be summoned at any time by Mahoro. Although he can speak, his mouth never moves except during times when he expresses emotions. Although used for combat in the past, he often now acts as a guard dog around the Misato residence and a friend to the Misato’s dog—a role he was not thrilled to take in the beginning. He is friendly but tough and will lend a helping paw when asked. Although Mahoro is Slash’s master, he will now take commands from Suguru: since Suguru is Mahoro’s employer, he is also her master and thus Slash’s master as well. Near the end of the anime series, he was used to wipe out Management and was last seen standing at the side of the fallen Vesper leader. However,(in the manga) he firmly stood by Mahoro’s side, as she uses her final powers to destroy the asteroid to save mankind.