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Month: January 2019

Wednesday News- January 9, 2019

Wednesday News- January 9, 2019

Review: Slumbering Beauty GNs 1-2- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/slumbering-beauty/gns-1-2/.141593

Viz Media to Screen Hunter x Hunter: The Last Mission Anime Film in U.S. Theaters on January 30- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-01-08/viz-media-to-screen-hunter-x-hunter-the-last-mission-anime-film-in-u.s-theaters-on-january-30/.141780

Shelf Life: Land of the Lustrous- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2019-01-07/.141680

Crunchyroll Preview 1st Rising of the Shield Hero Anime Episode Ahead of January 9 Official Debut- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-01-05/crunchyroll-previews-1st-rising-of-the-shield-hero-anime-episode-ahead-of-january-9-official-debut/.141684

Anime

  • Dragon Ball Super Part 6 BD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 6 DVD
  • Human Crossing BD
  • Kan Colle Kantai Collection BD
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam Collection 2 BD
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam Collection 2 DVD
  • Pokémon – Battle Frontier Complete Collection DVD
  • Twin Star Exorcists Part 4 BD

Manga

  • Alicia’s Diet Quest GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Graphic Novel (GN) 15
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage GN 7
  • Case Closed GN 69
  • Dragon Quest Monsters+ GN 1
  • Fuuka GN 20 (Digital Only)
  • Hayate the Combat Butler GN 33
  • Himouto! Umaru-chan GN 4
  • Kamikamikaeshi GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Kasane GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • Lovesick Ellie GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Pokémon Sun & Moon GN 3
  • Radiant GN 3
  • Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for my Retirement GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Spirit Circle GN 6
  • Starving Anonymous GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • The World’s Greatest First Love: The Case of Ritsu Onodera GN 11
  • Tokyo Alice GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Yo-kai Watch GN 10

Novel

 

Manga Monday- Princess Tutu

Manga Monday- Princess Tutu

Princess Tutu is a Japanese magical girl anime series created by Ikuko Itoh in 2002 for animation studio Hal Film Maker. Inspired by ballet and fairy tales, particularly The Ugly Duckling and Swan Lake, the story follows a duck who is transformed into the mythical ballerina Princess Tutu in order to save the shattered heart of a storybook prince come to life.

The first season was broadcast in Japan in 2002 and the second in 2002 and 2003. It was also adapted into a two-volume manga. Both the manga and anime series were licensed by ADV Films in 2004 for distribution in North America, then by AEsir Holdings when ADV Films closed in 2009, but it’s upcoming Blu-ray Disc release will be distributed by Sentai Filmworks, as the latter two are parts of Section23 Films. The series explores the concepts of destiny and free will. Reviewers point out that although Princess Tutu is nominally a magical girl series, it is more of a “fairy tale set to ballet with a few magical girl elements mixed in,” and its use of dance in lieu of violence to solve conflicts carries “surprisingly effective emotional appeal.”

Manga

A manga adaptation of the anime series was written by Mizuo Shinonome and published in Japan by Akita Shoten in the shōnen manga magazine Champion Red. Two tankōbon volumes of the manga series were published in 2003. The Japanese manga series was translated to English and published in North America by ADV Manga in two volumes.

Note: The English language manga continues to use the Japanese name “Ahiru” rather than the name “Duck” used in the English language version of the anime television series.

Plot

Once there was a writer named Drosselmeyer, who had the power to make his stories come to life. But he died before he could finish his final tale, The Prince and the Raven, leaving the two title characters locked in an eternal battle. After many years, the Raven managed to break free into the real world, and the Prince pursued him. To seal away the Raven’s evil, Prince Siegfried shattered his own heart with his sword, causing him to lose all his memories and emotions.

Drosselmeyer, now a ghost, decides the story must have an ending. He finds it in the form of a little duck, who has fallen in love with Mytho, the empty remainder of Siegfried. He gives her a magic pendant that can transform her, first into an ordinary human girl, then into the graceful ballerina Princess Tutu, another character in the story. As Tutu, it’s Duck’s job to find all the scattered shards of Mytho’s heart and return them to him.

But not everyone wants Mytho to get his heart back. Rue, the Raven’s daughter reborn as a human, has fallen in love with him too, and worries he might not return her feelings if he has a heart. Her desire to stop him from regaining his emotions unleashes her ability to transform into Princess Kraehe, Tutu’s evil counterpart. Fakir, the boy who found and took care of Mytho after he escaped the story, also tries to stop Tutu, fearing that the story progressing means the Raven will return and Mytho will have to risk his life fighting it again.

What’s more, Duck learns that part of Princess Tutu’s story is that she can never confess her love to Mytho, or else she’ll turn into a speck of light and vanish. However, it becomes clear that Mytho wants his heart restored, so despite Fakir and Kraehe’s interference, she persists.

Eventually Fakir accepts Mytho’s choice and decides to help Tutu, even discovering her true identity as a Duck and becoming good friends with her. He also learns he’s a descendant of Drosselmeyer, meaning he too has the power to make what he writes a reality. Rue finds out she’s not the Raven’s daughter, but a human child he stole to serve him.

After most of Mytho’s heart is returned to him, the seal trapping the Raven begins to break. Finally able to feel love again, Mytho realizes he loves Rue – just as the Raven kidnaps her. Duck discovers her pendant is the final shard, meaning she must give up her life as a human to return it. She eventually finds the courage to do so, and becomes a humble duck again.

Mytho and the Raven battle once more. When the fight turns bleak, Mytho considers shattering his heart to seal the monster away again. Duck begins dancing to show him he must not give up. As she does, Fakir writes a story about how she never stops, no matter how many times the Raven’s minions attack her. Together they create hope, which gives Mytho the strength he needs to rescue Rue and defeat the Raven. Mytho asks Rue to be his princess and they return to his kingdom inside the story. Duck and Fakir continue their relationship, even though she’s stuck in her duck form. With nothing left to do, Drosselmeyer departs in search of another story.

 

Film Friday- Bio-Booster Armor Guyver

Film Friday- Bio-Booster Armor Guyver

Guyver has been adapted into a single OVA titled Guyver: Out of Control (1986, based loosely on the first volume), a 12-episode anime OVA series (1989 to 1992, based on the first four volumes), two live action movies (1991’s The Guyver and 1994’s Guyver 2: Dark Hero) as well as a 26-episode anime series (2005 to 2006, based on the first ten volumes).

Guyver: Out of Control

Guyver: Out of Control is a 1986 short horror original video animation based on the manga. It was released in the U.S. and Canada in 1993 by L.A. Hero under the Dark Image Entertainment label. It has since been out of print in North America. The story follows high school students Shō Fukamachi and Mizuki Segawa who accidentally discover one of three Bio Booster Armor units stolen from the Chronos Corporation. When Shō and Mizuki are attacked by a Zoanoid, the unit comes into contact with Shō and bonds with him, transforming him into Guyver I and promptly destroying the Zoanoid assailant. Meanwhile, a female Chronos agent named Valcuria acquires a second unit and becomes Guyver II. She then abducts Mizuki in order to challenge Shō for the Guyver I unit. On Anime News Network, Justin Sevakis called it an “extremely dated piece of pulp that still somehow manages to be fun”.

Characters

Cronos

Genzo Makishima  

Director of Cronos’ Japan Branch, he is in charge when the Japan Branch loses the Guyver Units. While initially one of the people in charge of developing new Zoanoids, Genzo has, unknown to him, fallen behind in this category as well once Dr. Barcas begins designing Hyper Zoanoids, Zoanoids of highly enhanced capabilities. His failures to retrieve the Units as well as come up with any significantly new Zoanoid designs results in Commander Richart Guyot relieving him of duty. Genzo is then used as a guinea pig for the new “Enzyme” Zoanoid prototype, a Zoanoid specifically designed to destroy the Guyver Armor by dissolving it with its acid. After he retrieves Guyver I’s Control Metal in battle, he is ordered by Guyot to self-destruct when the dissolving Guyver I attacks Enzyme.

Oswald A. Lisker / Guyver II 

A Cronos agent, or as he describes himself to Shō, “an inspector from Cronos HQ”. Lisker was in Japan to supervise the transfer of the inactive Guyver Units to Cronos headquarters and was considerably annoyed to discover Makishima had managed to lose them. When one damaged unit was recovered, he insisted on taking a look at it and involuntarily became its host. As the second known activated Unit, he was called “Guyver II”. A man vain of both looks and martial arts skills, he decided to take on the task of retrieving the Unit Shō had bonded with. His Control Metal, which had been damaged when the Unit was initially lost, malfunctioned under the stress of combat. Shō took advantage of his weakened state and struck the metal, causing further malfunction. The control metal burst out of his head and the organism that made up the armor began to consume Lisker’s body. Shō then used his Mega-Smasher to put him out of his misery. Lisker is tall, with curly blond hair.

Zoalords

  • Archanfel  
Quite easily the most powerful being on Earth, Archanfel appears to be a young, fair-haired man with pointy ears and cat-slitted eyes. He is the founder, creator and ruler of Cronos. He is an extremely powerful psychic and possesses amazing battle abilities. Archanfel was created by “the Creators” to be the leader of all the Zoanoids and the people on Earth. The Zoacrystals that give Zoalords their powers were all cultivated using Archanfel’s crystal as a base.
Quoted from book 14, page 16:
“And then… cleaving and cultivating one of Archanfel’s Zoacrystals, we created eleven others. Accepting one of them, I became a Zoalord. In the centuries since then, I have searched for the ten chosen people who would become Zoalords as well.”
Although powerful, he has been increasingly dormant since prehistoric days. When the Creators withdrew from Earth, they attempted to destroy it with a gigantic meteorite which was stopped by Archanfel at great cost to himself.
  • Hamilcar Barcas 
Co-founder of Cronos and the second eldest member of the Council of Twelve. He is responsible for designing and creating the first Hyper Zoanoids and completing the final work on most of the Zoalords. He is over 400 years old and is, in fact, the person who awoke Archanfel from his long slumber. He is widely believed to be the top scientist of Cronos and is said to have greater telepathic prowess than any other Zoalord, save for Archanfel. His seniority among the others has resulted in many of the Zoalords to look up at him with much respect and as such he is occasionally referred to as “Old Bal” by those closest to him.
  • Sinn Rubeo Amniculus  
Discovered by Barcas 370 years ago in Armenia. He is a close friend of Freidrich von Purgstall and commands Cloud Gate after his death. He is considered to be the third-in-command of Cronos after Barcas. His brief appearance as a Zoalord showcased his incredible capabilities by being able to target various missiles in long range and in all directions, then destroy them with precision.
  • Friedrich von Purgstall 
Discovered by Barcas 215 years ago in Vienna. He generally seems to be more compassionate toward the civilian population than the other Zoalords. He is one of the weakest in close-range battle, but his lightning-based power can be formidable. Laser weapons are ineffective against him, as he can absorb and redirect the attacks. Unintended for hand-to-hand fighting, his physical defense is minimal. He was murdered by the rogue trio of Zoalords after being severely weakened from his battle with Guyver I.

 

Wednesday News- January 2, 2018

Wednesday News- January 2, 2018

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Anime’s TV Ad Streamed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-12-31/demon-slayer-kimetsu-no-yaiba-anime-tv-ad-streamed/.141519

Best Anime of 2018- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2018-12-26/the-best-anime-of-2018/.141324

Roundup of Newly Revealed Print Counts for Manga, Light Novel Series- December 2018- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-01-01/roundup-of-newly-revealed-print-counts-for-manga-light-novel-series-december-2018/.141402

In Memoriam- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-12-31/in-memoriam/.141477

J-Novel Club Licenses 3 More Manga Series- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-12-31/j-novel-club-licenses-3-more-manga-series/.141528

Manga

  • Aho Girl A Clueless Girl GN 10
  • Anonymous Noise GN 12
  • Blue Exorcist GN 21
  • Can I Kiss You Every Day? GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Can You Just Die, My Darling? GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • A Certain Scientific Accelerator GN 8
  • Chihayafuru GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House GN 13
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba GN 4
  • Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju GN 1 0
  • Devilman Grimoire GN 5
  • Dr. Stone GN 3
  •  Dragon Ball Super GN 4
  • Gantz GN 2
  • Haikyu!! GN 30
  • High-rise Invasion Omnibus GN 3
  • Hungry For You – Endo Yasuko Stalks the Night GN 2
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War GN 6
  • Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- GN 1
  • Magika Swordsman and Summoner GN 1 0
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes GN 3
  • One-Punch Man GN 15
  • The Prince’s Romance Gambit GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 1
  • Rurouni Kenshin Omnibus GN 9
  • Skip Beat! Omnibus GN 13
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN 4
  • Twin Star Exorcists GN 14
  • The Water Dragon’s Bride GN 8

Other

  • Monster Hunter Illustrations Book 2 (Hardcover)