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Wednesday News- February 27, 2019

Wednesday News- February 27, 2019

Pokemon Sword/Shield Games Revealed for Switch in Late 2019- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-02-27/pokemon-sword-shield-games-revealed-for-switch-in-late-2019/.143969

Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Games’ Trailers Posted- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-02-26/final-fantasy-x-x-2-hd-remaster-final-fantasy-xii-the-zodiac-age-games-trailers-posted/.143902

Venus Versus Virus Creator Ends Hokago Kagura Vibes Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-02-26/venus-versus-virus-creator-ends-hokago-kagura-vibes-manga/.143908

Keiichi Hara’s Birthday Wonderland Film Unveils New Visual- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-02-27/keiichi-hara-birthday-wonderland-film-unveils-new-visual/.143954

Idol Group 9nine Goes on Hiatus- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-02-27/idol-group-9nine-goes-on-hiatus/.143963

Anime

  • Adieu Galaxy Express 999 BD
  • Aria the Scarlet Ammo AA Essentials BD
  • The Best of Tobor the Eighth Man Volume 1 DVD
  • Beyblade: V-Force BD
  • Galaxy Express 999 BD
  • Garo -Vanishing Line- Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Hina Logic – from Luck & Logic BD/DVD
  • Inukami! BD
  • Just Because! BD
  • Kino’s Journey BD
  • Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 2 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Luck & Logic Essentials BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam UC BD Box Complete Edition (import)
  • Twilight of the Cockroaches DVD
  • Yo-kai Watch Season 1 Volume 1 DVD
  • Yo-kai Watch Season 1 Volume 1 Limited Edition Gift Set DVD

Manga

  • ACCA 13-Territory Inspection Department GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Ace of Diamond GN 20 (Digital Only)
  • Alice & Zoroku Graphic Novel (GN) 5
  • All-Rounder Meguru GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride GN 10
  • Ani-Imo GN 5-7 (Digital Only)
  • Asakiyumemishi – The Tale of Genji GN 1-3 (Digital Only)
  • Baki GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Berserk Deluxe GN 1 (hardcover)
  • The Boy and The Beast GN 1-4 (Digital Only)
  • Captain Harlock The Classic Collection GN 3
  • Clockwork Planet GN 10
  • Creature! GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Defying Kurosaki-kun GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Fate/Zero GN 8
  • First Love Monster GN 5-6 (Digital Only)
  • GANTZ:G GN 3
  • He’s My Only Vampire GN 4-6 (Digital Only)
  • I am a Hero Omnibus GN 9
  • Im: Great Priest Imhotep GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • In/Spectre GN 9
  • Kira-kun Today (Kyō no Kira-kun) GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Kounodori: Dr. Stork GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Kuzumi-kun Can’t You Read the Room? GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Made in Abyss GN 5
  • Masamune-kun’s Revenge GN 9
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Elma’s Office Lady Diary GN 1
  • My Boyfriend in Orange GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn GN 11
  • Prison School GN 17-24 (Digital Only)
  • Shut-In Shoutarou Kominami Takes on the World GN
  • To Love Ru Darkness GN 9

Other

  • 5 Centimeters Per Second: one more side Novel
  • Dead or Alive 6 PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam game
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Novel 7 (Digital Only)
  • Infinite Stratos Novel 6 (Digital Only)
  • Jinrou Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Kokoro Connect Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • NieR: Automata Game of the Yorha Edition PlayStation 4, PC game

 

Manga Monday- Itazura na Kiss aka Playful Kiss

Manga Monday- Itazura na Kiss aka Playful Kiss

Itazura na Kiss is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Kaoru Tada. Itazura na Kiss was first serialized and published in 1990 by Shueisha through Bessatsu Margaret magazine. It became successful very quickly and became the manga series that Tada became known for in Japan. The manga became so popular that three live TV series have been made so far in 1996, 2005, and 2010, with a sequel of the 2005 drama in late 2007. In 2013, a remake of the Japanese live TV series, called Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo, was made. Despite its success, the manga was never completed due to the unexpected death of the author in a house accident while she was moving to another house with her husband and son. However the manga series continues to be published with the permission of the artist’s widower. On January 27, 2009, Digital Manga Publishing issued a press release announcing the acquisition of the license to publish Itazura na Kiss in English. They will be publishing the series in 12 omnibus editions; the first two are scheduled for November 2009 and March 2010, respectively. The last two volumes are available in their Akadot Retail store.

Plot

In this romantic comedy story, a high school girl named Kotoko Aihara finally tells a fellow senior named Naoki that she has loved him from afar since she saw him on their first day of high school. However, Naoki, a hottie “super-ikemen” (handsome male) who is smart and good at sports, rejects her offhand. Fate intervenes when a mild earthquake ruins Kotoko’s family house. While the house gets rebuilt, Kotoko and her dad stay at the home of her dad’s childhood bestfriend…whose son is Naoki. Naoki eventually falls for Kotoko and starts to have romantic, protective feelings for her.

 

Film Friday- Assassination Classroom

Film Friday- Assassination Classroom

A single original video animation adaptation by Brain’s Base based on the series was screened at the Jump Super Anime Tour on October to November 2013. This was followed by an anime television adaptation by Lerche, which began airing on Fuji TV in January 2015. This adaptation has been licensed by Funimation for release in North America. The series was obtained by Madman Entertainment for digital distribution in Australia and New Zealand. A live action film adaptation was released on March 21, 2015, and a sequel, titled Assassination Classroom: Graduation, was released on March 25, 2016.

Anime

An original video animation based on the series was produced by Brain’s Base for the Jump Super Anime Tour and shown at 5 Japanese cities between October 6 and November 24, 2013. An anime television series based on the manga began airing on Fuji TV from January 9, 2015 and ran for 22 episodes. The anime television was directed by Seiji Kishi at Lerche, with Kazuki Morita as character designer and Makoto Uezu as the lead scriptwriter. An OVA episode was included on the first BD/DVD volume released on March 27, 2015, following a screening at Jump Special Anime Fest in November 2014. The anime has been licensed by Funimation, who are simulcasting the series as it airs and began a broadcast dub version from February 18, 2015. The first opening theme is “Seishun Satsubatsu-ron” while the second opening theme is “Jiriki Hongan Revolution”); both are performed by 3-E Utatan. The ending theme is “Hello, shooting star” by Moumoon. The second season of the anime began airing on January 7, 2016, and ran for 25 episodes. Anime Limited has licensed both seasons in the UK. On June 30, 2016, they announced two anime films, one titled Assassination Classroom the Movie: 365 Days, the other one Koro Sensei Quest and both aired on November 19, 2016. When Koro Sensei Quest aired they announced an anime adaption which will be the sequel of the movie, and more details will be revealed soon.
In the Philippines, a locally dubbed version started airing on March 12, 2018 in GMA Network with an alternate title, “Invincible Teacher”

Film

A live-action film was released in Japan on March 21, 2015. It opened at number one on the Japanese box office with $3.42 million and as of April 5, 2015, has grossed over $20 million. It was the tenth highest-grossing Japanese film at the Japanese box office in 2015, with ¥2.77 billion (US$23 million). A second film, titled Assassination Classroom: Sotsugyō-hen, was released on March 25, 2016. In English, the title of the sequel is Assassination Classroom: Graduation.

Video games

A video game based on the series, Assassination Classroom: Koro-sensei’s Great Besiegement!!, was developed by Bandai Namco Games and released on Nintendo 3DS in Japan on March 12, 2015.
Koro-sensei appears as a playable character in J-Stars Victory VS, originally released in Japan for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on March 19, 2014, with an international version, J-Stars Victory VS+, released for PS3, PS Vita, and PlayStation 4 in Summer 2015.

Characters

Koro-sensei 
Koro-sensei is the main protagonist and anti-hero of the series. He is the homeroom teacher of Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Junior High School. He is initially thought to be the perpetrator of the explosion of the Moon, which has rendered it permanently in a crescent shape; this is later revealed to be false, as the true culprit was a mouse implanted with his cells that had been sent to the moon as part of an experiment. Despite not having the intention to get killed, he offered to governments all over the world a chance to kill him under the condition that he is allowed to be the homeroom teacher of Class 3-E until the end of the year, when he will destroy the Earth unless he is killed. He is dedicated to his task as a teacher and imparting his knowledge of assassination to the students, despite knowing full well that he is their target. However, he is able to connect with each student individually, which is why all of his students respect him, despite knowing that he will destroy the planet in a year. He takes a form similar to an octopus with eight tentacles and his skin color changes depending on his mood. He is able to move at a maximum speed of Mach 20 (15345.383 miles per hour), which allows him to travel across the world in a short amount of time and makes him a hard target to hit. He is also intelligent to the point that he could teach almost every subject to all of his students single-handedly. He does however have a number of weaknesses, mainly to special rubber knives and BB pellets specifically designed to work against his body.
While he is initially believed to be an alien, he later reveals that he was once a legendary human assassin who was the first ‘God of Death’. After being betrayed by his apprentice, he was captured and sent to a facility where a series of experiments were performed on him, transforming his body. Koro-sensei was born in the slums of an unknown third world country, where he soon learned he had a natural talent for killing and an inborn lack of empathy. He became an assassin, murdering anyone for the right price, even world leaders and the heads of entire militaries. However, after being captured and used as a guinea pig, he begins to learn compassion and empathy from a female titan intern with whom he becomes close. His decision to become a teacher involves his promise to the intern who thought that he was suitable to become one, later revealed to be Class 3-E’s former teacher, Aguri Yukimura, who was selected to be his observer during the experiments performed on him. According to Koro-sensei, his lifespan will be over by the end of the school year in March, and if he is not killed by then, the whole planet will perish with him due to the explosive release of the anti-matter in his body that was generated by the experiments performed on him. After a vicious clash with Kōtarō Yanagisawa, the scientist responsible for his current condition, and his former apprentice, the second ‘God of Death’, and using all of his energy left to save one of his students who was mortally injured during the confrontation, an exhausted Koro-sensei bids farewell to his students and finally allows them to kill him, with Nagisa ultimately doing so by stabbing him in the heart. After being assassinated, his body disintegrates into multiple floating orbs of light while his clothes are left behind.
Koro-sensei’s name is a pun on the words korosenai and sensei.
Koro-sensei appears as a playable character in the video game J-Stars Victory VS.
Nagisa Shiota 
Nagisa is one of the students in Class 3-E, the main student character, and the manga’s narrator. Nagisa is seen as one of the weakest students in the class due to his small stature and mediocre physical abilities that are comparable to some of the girls in the class. However, he is actually the most talented to become an assassin out of all the students, something that is acknowledged by Koro-sensei and Karasuma. He is able to draw closer whilst hiding his blood lust to make a surprise attack and is able to make his opponents falter through his blood lust alone. Nagisa usually writes down Koro-sensei’s weaknesses, which at first seem minor (since they do not look like major weaknesses). However, some of them are eventually revealed to be useful as the students are almost able to kill Koro-sensei because of one of these weaknesses. Outwardly friendly and polite to his friends and everyone, he hides a somewhat darker side of him as an assassin that is not noticeable during daily classes and is only revealed during training and assassination time. When engaged in battle, Nagisa becomes a brutal assassin who would throw away his life if it meant killing his target. According to Karasuma, whenever Nagisa unleashes his killing intent, he is not training and truly goes for a kill.
At home, Nagisa lives with his chronically absent father and abusive mother. His mother tries to live vicariously through him by making him follow her exact life plan for him, because she experienced a lot of failure in life, and was also never allowed to look like a “pretty girl” by her parents. This causes her to constantly tell him she wishes he was born a girl and make him grow his hair long, which she only lets him tie up because if she unties it he still looks like a girl. His mother is also the foundation for his assassination talents, because whenever he tries to defy her when she is in what he perceives as a “gloomy” moment, she grabs and screams at him, so he learned to tell the difference between her “cheerful” and “gloomy” moments, in order to prevent some of her abuse. Nagisa realizes that this is similar to the “Wavelengths of Consciousness” that the “God of Death”, the world’s best assassin, talks about. After this realization, he tells Koro-sensei he has the talent to be an assassin in a career planning meeting. His home life improves and his desire to be an assassin wanes after he saves his mother from an assassin, which in turn gave him time to realize his talents can be used to save people and she realized that she cannot hold onto him forever. When the time comes for Class 3-E to finally end Koro-sensei’s life, Nagisa offers to deal the killing blow, which he regrettably does. During the graduation ceremony, Nagisa learns, much to his joy, that before his death, Koro-sensei talked with his father as well and helped him reconcile with his mother. During his time with Koro-sensei, Nagisa eventually realizes that he wants to be a teacher like him. After completing his studies, he becomes an intern at Gokuraka Private High School assigned to a dysfunctional class full of male delinquents and gang members, much to his chagrin. Nevertheless, he sets to work teaching and rehabilitating delinquent students while intimidating them into compliance with his blood lust. In addition, Kaede implies that he will begin teaching at the old Class 3-E building in the future. He is also shown to have trimmed his long hair, although he sadly notes that he has not grown significantly taller at all since then. When Sumire Hara asks Kayano how things are between her and Nagisa, she bashfully replies that he is focused on his career at the moment.
Kaede Kayano / Akari Yukimura
is one of Nagisa’s classmates and close friends, being the one who is mostly seen with him. She has an apparent affinity for pudding, once attempting to assassinate Koro-sensei with a giant pudding with explosives inside. She experiences a slight inferiority complex when it comes to sex appeal, especially her bust size, as she usually gets flustered towards girls with large breasts. Kaede is the smallest student in Class 3-E and is even shorter than Nagisa and Manami. She is also the student who comes up with Koro-sensei’s name.
At the start of winter, she reveals her true identity to be professional method actress Akari Yukimura, the younger sister of Aguri Yukimura, the former Class 3-E teacher. Believing Koro-sensei to be her sister’s killer, she stole and implanted tentacles from Shiro’s facility onto the back of her neck and changed her identity in order to infiltrate Class 3-E, using her acting skills to hide her extensive blood lust from everyone until she was ready to make her move. However, using her tentacles in battle puts her life at risk, just like what happened with Itona, and before she dies, Koro-sensei manages to remove them from her body once Nagisa calms her down with a kiss, shocking her to the point of passing out. It is also revealed that the time she spent with Koro-sensei and Class 3-E made her urge for vengeance falter over time and made her believe that there was more to Koro-sensei’s past than what she had assumed. She then spends the winter break recovering at a hospital, and upon returning, decides to hide her newfound feelings for Nagisa in order to not give him trouble during their mission to assassinate Koro-sensei. During Koro-sensei’s battle with Yanagisawa and the second God of Death, Kayano attempts to intervene, making use of the kinetic vision she obtained during the time she implanted the tentacles in her body, but is mortally wounded by the enemy, and to save her life, Koro-sensei performs an intricate surgery to restore her body up to the cellular level in order to save her life, a procedure he developed to ensure that the tragedy that happened with her sister would not be repeated, but exhausting himself in the process. After Koro-sensei’s death, she resumes her acting career, becoming even more famous than before. When Sumire Hara asks Kayano how things are between her and Nagisa, she bashfully replies that he is focused on his career at the moment.
Karma Akabane 
is one of Nagisa’s closest friends and considered to be the strongest and smartest among the Class 3-E students. He is the first one to be able to inflict injuries on Koro-sensei during their first meeting. He was suspended from school prior to Koro-sensei’s arrival by his class’ homeroom teacher due to his extremely violent behavior. Unlike most students in the class that were relegated there due to their low grades, Karma is one of the school’s most gifted students as he is the only one able to match Gakushū in terms of test results and grades, but developed a rebellious attitude due to his previous teacher’s betrayal after he severely wounded a top third-year student while saving a bullied student from Class 3-E, as despite believing he has done the right thing, his teacher revealed that he was only siding with him due to his grades to increase his reputation and did not want to be held responsible for what happened. Karma then brutally beat the teacher, leading to his transfer to Class 3-E. Because of this experience, Karma originally distrusts Koro-sensei, but Karma begins to accept him after realizing Koro-sensei is unlike the other treacherous teachers at the school. After the battle to decide whether they should kill Koro-sensei or not, he grows closer to Nagisa and even begins addressing him without any prefixes. He is also one of two to tease Kaede about her feelings towards Nagisa together with Rio. After graduation, he decides to enlist on a government test with the intent of carving his own territory in politics.

 

Wednesday News- February 20, 2019

Wednesday News- February 20, 2019

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion Recap Film Trilogy Available for Digital Purchase on Amazon- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-02-19/code-geass-lelouch-of-the-rebellion-recap-film-trilogy-available-for-digital-purchase-on-amazon/.143642

Some of the 13th Annual Seiyu Awards Winners Announced- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-02-19/some-of-the-13th-annual-seiyu-awards-winners-announced/.143621

‘4-Gatsu no Kimi, Spica.’ Manga Gets 2 New Chapters- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-02-19/4-gatsu-no-kimi-spica-manga-gets-2-new-chapters/.143615

Sentai Filmworks Confirms English Dub for Haikyu!! Season 3- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-02-19/sentai-filmworks-confirms-english-dub-for-haikyu-season-3/.143636

Viz Media to Release The World Next Door Game on March 28- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-02-19/viz-media-to-release-the-world-next-door-game-on-march-28/.143608

Anime

  • Dagashi Kashi Season 1 Essentials BD
  • K-ON Complete Collection Premium Box Set BD
  • Mazinger Z: Infinity BD
  • Mazinger Z: Infinity DVD
  • Parasyte -the maxim- Complete Collection BD
  • Prince of Stride: Alternative Essentials BD
  • Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru Season 2 BD/DVD
  • Teasing Master Takagi-san (Karakai Jōzu no Takagi-san) The Complete Series BD

Manga

  • ACCA 13-Territory Inspection Department Graphic Novel (GN) 6
  • Ajin – Demi-Human GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Back Street Girls GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Barakamon GN 17
  • A Certain Scientific Railgun: Astral Buddy GN 1
  • Chi’s Sweet Adventure GN 3
  • Chio’s School Road GN 3
  • DAYS GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Dimension W GN 13
  • Durarara!! Re;Dollars Arc GN 4
  • Fairy Tale Battle Royale GN 2
  • Final Fantasy: Lost Stranger GN 2
  • Fire Force GN 14
  • Forbidden Scrollery GN 6
  • Freezing GN 12
  • Gabriel Dropout GN 6
  • Girls’ Last Tour GN 6
  • Golden Kamuy GN 8
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 4
  • Hakumei and Mikochi Tiny Little Life in the Woods GN 4
  • Hatsu*Haru GN 5
  • Hinamatsuri GN 2
  • Holy Corpse Rising GN 6
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Chronicle Episode Lyu GN 2
  • Kakegurui twin GN 1
  • A Kiss, For Real GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Laid-Back Camp GN 5
  • Living-Room Matsunaga-san GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt GN 10
  • Overlord GN 9
  • Perfect World GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Prison School GN 12
  • Ran and the Gray World GN 2
  • RWBY Official Manga Anthology GN 4
  • Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GN 5
  • School-Live! GN 10
  • Shibuya Goldfish GN 3
  • Silver Spoon GN 7
  • Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization GN 2
  • Tales of Wedding Rings GN 5
  • Though You May Burn to Ash GN 4
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 9
  • To Love-Ru GN 11-12
  • Trinity Seven GN 15.5
  • Urusei Yatsura GN 1
  • Val x Love GN 5
  • World’s End Harem GN 4

Other

  • An Archdemon’s Dilemma – How to Love Your Elf Bride Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • A Certain Magical Index Novel 18
  • Ao Oni: Forever Novel (Digital Only)
  • Death end re;Quest PlayStation 4 game
  • The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria Novel 5
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 13 (Digital Only)
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria Novel 8
  • My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected Novel 7
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Novel 9
  • Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online Novel 3
  • Welcome to Japan, Ms. Elf! Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Woof Woof Story – I Told You to Turn Me Into a Pampered Pooch, Not Fenrir! Novel 1

 

 

Manga Monday- Assassination Classroom

Manga Monday- Assassination Classroom

Assassination Classroom is a Japanese comic science fiction manga series written and illustrated by Yūsei Matsui. The series was serialized on Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from July 2012 to March 2016 and is licensed in English by Viz Media. The series follows the daily lives of an extremely powerful octopus-like creature who also works as a junior high homeroom teacher, and his students dedicated to the task of assassinating him to prevent Earth from being destroyed. The students are considered “misfits” in their school and are taught in a separate building, the class he teaches is called 3-E. As of July 2016, twenty-one tankōbon volumes have been released in Japan with a circulation of 20 million copies.

The series began serialisation in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on July 2, 2012. The first collected tankōbon volume was published on November 2, 2012. The initial print run for the first volume was 300,000, but after several reprints over 1 million copies were printed. Volume 20 was released on June 3, 2016. 10 million copies are in circulation. A VOMIC (voiced comic) version, which added voice clips to the manga pages, was featured on the Sakiyomi Jan Bang! variety show between January and June 2013. The series has been licensed in English by Viz Media, who began releasing the series in physical and digital editions from December 2014. The series ended on March 16, 2016 with 180 chapters.

A spin-off manga, titled Koro Sensei Quest, is being written and illustrated by Kizuku Watanabe and Jō Aoto, and began serialization in Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump magazine on October 2, 2015.

Reception

Over one million copies of volume 1 have been printed, and individual volumes frequently appeared on the lists of best-selling manga in Japan. Volumes 2, 3, 4, 1, 5, and 6 placed 26th, 32nd, 36th, 37th, 41st, and 50th respectively on the list of the best-selling manga volumes of 2013, making it the seventh best-selling manga series in Japan of 2013 with 4.5 million copies sold. It was ranked second in Zenkoku Shotenin ga Eranda Osusume Comic 2013, a 2013 ranking of the top 15 manga recommended by Japanese bookstores. It was nominated for the 6th Manga Taishō. It placed second in male-oriented comics category on the list of “Book of the Year” by Media Factory and manga news magazine Da Vinci. Nippon Shuppan Hanbai elected it the best work of 2013 in their “Recommended Comic Books Across the Country Clerk’s Choice”. It was number one on the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey by Takarajimasha.

In February 2015, Asahi Shimbun announced that Assassination Classroom was one of nine nominees for the nineteenth annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.

Plot

Earth is threatened by an enormously powerful monster who apparently destroyed 70% of the Moon, leaving it permanently shaped like a crescent. The monster claims that within a year he will destroy the planet, but he offers mankind a chance to avert this fate. In class 3-E, the End Class of Kunugigaoka Junior High School, he starts working as a homeroom teacher where he teaches his students regular subjects, as well as the ways of assassination. The Japanese government promises a reward of ¥10 billion (i.e. 100 million USD) to whoever among the students succeeds in killing the monster, whom they have named “Koro-sensei” Korosensē, a pun on korosenai (unkillable) and sensei (teacher)). However, this proves to be an almost impossible task, as not only does he have several superpowers at his disposal, including the capacity of moving at Mach 20, but he is also the best teacher they’ve ever had, helping them to improve their grades, individual skills, and prospects for the future.

As the series goes on, the entire situation gets even more complicated as other assassins come after Koro-sensei’s life, some coveting the reward, others for personal reasons. The students eventually learn the secrets involving him, the Moon’s destruction and his ties with their previous homeroom teacher, including the true reason why he must be killed before the end of the school year. The series is narrated by Nagisa Shiota, one of the pupils in the class whose main strategy in killing Koro-sensei is making a list of all his weaknesses. At first, Nagisa appears to be one of the weaker members of Class 3-E, but he later emerges as one of the most skillful assassins in the class.

 

Film Friday- Food Wars

Film Friday- Food Wars

An anime adaptation by J.C.Staff aired between April 3, 2015 and September 25, 2015. A second season named Food Wars! The Second Plate aired between July 2, 2016 and September 24, 2016. The first cour of the third season, referred to as Food Wars! The Third Plate aired between October 4, 2017 and December 20, 2017. The second half aired between April 9, 2018 and June 25, 2018.

Anime

An anime adaptation was announced on October 2014 by Shueisha. The anime was directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani at J.C.Staff with Shogo Yasukawa as the series scriptwriter and starred Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as the main character, Sōma Yukihira. Crunchyroll began streaming the anime on April 3, 2015. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime for digital and home video release in North America. For the first fourteen episodes, of the first season. The show’s opening theme was “Kibō no Uta”  by Ultra Tower, and the ending theme was “Spice”  by Tokyo Karankoron. From episode fifteen onwards, the opening theme was “Rising Rainbow” by Misokkasu, while the ending theme was “Sacchan’s Sexy Curry” by Seiko Oomori. A 25-minute original video animation was bundled with the 19th volume of the manga, which was released on July 4, 2016.

A 13-episode second season, titled Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Second Plate aired between July 2, 2016 and September 24, 2016. The second season’s opening theme song is “Rough Diamonds” by SCREEN mode, and the ending theme song is “Snowdrop” by Nano Ripe.

The first cour of the third season aired between October 4, 2017 and December 20, 2017. The first opening theme song was “Braver” by Zaq, and the ending theme song is “Kyokyo Jitsujitsu” by Nano Ripe. The second half aired between April 9, 2018 and June 25, 2018. The second opening theme is “Symbol” by Luck Life, and the ending theme song is “Atoria” by Fo’xTails.

Video games

Food Wars! has produced two games released in Japan. Shokugeki no Soma: The Dish of Friendship and Bonds is a visual novel developed by FuRyu and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It was released for the Nintendo 3DS on December 17, 2015. A teaser trailer was revealed on May 24, 2015.

The game features an original story that takes place in Europe while characters from the series interact among each other. In addition, the characters will be voiced by their respective voice actors from the anime. Gameplay requires little interaction from the player as most of the duration of the game is spent on reading the text that appears on the screen which represents either the dialogue between the various characters or the thoughts of the protagonist. Like many other visual novels, players will go through all kinds of situational events as the original story unfold.

Shokugeki no Soma: The Ultimate Recipe is a mobile game published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game was released for iOS and Android on August 17, 2015.

Soma Yukihira

is a 15-year-old chef who has been working at his father Joichiro’s diner, Yukihira Family Restaurant, since he was a young child. His main goal in cooking is to provide the customer with any dish they order anytime they want. When his father closes the diner to work overseas, Soma enrolls in the Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute. Although his future classmate and entrance exam judge Erina Nakiri refuses to accept his dish, Erina’s grandfather, the dean of the academy, accepts him, after which he declares in front of the entering class ceremony that he will win the top spot in the school. He resides in Polaris Dorm, room 303.

Like his father, Soma enjoys experimenting (although they often have horrible results), sees failure as a learning opportunity, and is normally laid-back until during cooking matches, where he can get quite serious. Due to undergoing regular cooking matches with the far superior Joichiro, Soma has grown not to be afraid of any cooking challenge no matter how insurmountable it seems. He does not have a particular specialty, but rather utilizes his rare creativity to create free-style and innovative dishes to clash with other chefs in order to continuously improve himself.

Erina Nakiri

is a 15-year-old first-year student at Totsuki and the granddaughter of the school’s director Senzaemon. She was the valedictorian of Totsuki’s junior high and is the youngest student to join the school’s Council of Ten Masters. She has long blond hair. She is renowned for her extremely delicate and refined palate, called Divine Tongue (anime: God’s Tongue), where she tries foods from the top restaurants in Japan; those whose dishes are judged incompetent have their reputations forever tarnished. During the tasting process, she imagines vivid scenarios such as relaxing in the hot springs and encountering a lowland gorilla in the same springs, or meditating on a waterfall and having a jukebox drop on her head.

At the start of the series, she conducts the entrance exam for transfer student candidates who must make a dish involving eggs, causing every candidate except for Soma to withdraw. Although she internally recognizes that Soma’s dish was impressive, she rejects him because of his “commoner” background, but is later annoyed that Soma was admitted to the school anyway. She then vows to make his life miserable.

Megumi Tadokoro

is Soma’s classmate at Totsuki and next-door dormmate at Polaris. Hoping to help her family’s bed-and-breakfast the Shokei’en Inn, she leaves her snowy harbor town in the Tōhoku region, and enrolls in Totsuki’s junior high program. However, her shyness and stage fright causes her to perform poorly; she ranks at the bottom of the class and is placed on academic probation at the start of her first high school year, It also takes her three months to pass the Polaris Dorm entrance exam. After meeting Soma, she boosts her courage and confidence, and she improves her grades. She enjoys making comfort foods which impart feelings of familial love and nostalgia in those who taste her dishes. She has experience with dried and pickled vegetables, having dealt with them back in her home town. Outside of cooking, she is also a table tennis player, winning prefectural tournaments in elementary school and having turned down going to a sports junior high.

During the first-year cooking camp, she is fired by alumni judge Shinomiya for altering his dish. When Soma tries to stand up for her, challenging Shinomiya to a shokugeki, director Gin Dojima arranges for Megumi to face Shinomiya in the competition. Although she initially loses that match, the other alums, including Gin Dojima, pitch in their support, and she is retained. She later qualifies for the main tournament in the Fall Classic.

 

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Manga Monday- Food Wars

Manga Monday- Food Wars

Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma is a Japanese shōnen manga series written by Yūto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki. Yuki Morisaki also works as a Contributor, providing the recipes for the series. Individual chapters have been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since November 26, 2012, with tankōbon volumes being released by Shueisha. As of May 2018, 29 volumes have been released in Japan. The series is licensed by Viz Media, who has been releasing the volumes digitally since March 18, 2014, and released the first volume in print on August 5, 2014.

Manga

The manga began as a one-shot in Shueisha’s Weekly Shounen Jump in April 2012 and then began as a series in November 2012. The first tankōbon volume was published on April 4, 2013. As of October 2018, thirty-one volumes have been published. Viz Media has licensed the manga for North America and published the first volume on August 5, 2014.

Plot

Teenager Soma Yukihira aspires to become a full-time chef in his father Joichiro’s family restaurant and surpass his father’s culinary skills, but Joichiro gets a new job that requires him to travel around the world, and closes his shop. Joichiro has Soma enroll in Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute, an elite culinary school where students engage in food competitions called shokugeki (anime: food war). He secures himself a spot at the school, despite the objections of Erina Nakiri, the talented granddaughter of the school’s dean. Soma is assigned to Polaris Dormitory where he meets other aspiring chefs, including Megumi Tadokoro. The story follows his adventures as he interacts with his peers and challenges Totsuki’s students as well as others in shokugeki competitions. Learning that his father was not only a student of Totsuki, but also the second seat in the Council of Ten; Soma plans on becoming the best at the academy.

Soma and the other first-year students participate in a cooking camp judged by the school’s alumni that expels about a third of the entering class. He enters the Fall Classic, a competition that takes the top 60 first-year students, pares them down to eight students who then compete in a single elimination tournament. The first-years then participate in week-long stagiaire internships at local restaurants, as well as a large-scale school-wide Moon Festival. When Erina’s father Azami takes over the school, Soma and Erina form a rebel faction to challenge the establishment.

Characters and Setting

The series is set mainly at Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute, an elite culinary school located in Tokyo, Japan, which only a handful of students graduate each year. Its students mostly come from Totsuki’s junior high school, but transfers are taken provided they pass the entrance exam. The campus is a wide-ranging resort with many research societies (clubs); cooking classrooms, and large arenas used for competitions. Housing varies, but the most affordable is the Polaris Dormitory, where characters have to impress the dorm matron with a dish in order to secure residence. Totsuki also runs a chain of resort hotels; with the biggest being the Totsuki resort; run by Gin Dojima, which is visited during the course of Soma’s first year at Totsuki.

The top student chefs occupy seats on the Council of Ten Masters. Students can initiate a shokugeki with any other student or alumni; a cooking fight with stipulations on the line. Battles fought in this way could be for cooking utensils, research society facilities, council membership, or even expulsion from the school.

Reception

It was number twelve on the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey and it was number three in the Nationwide Bookstore Employees’ Recommended Comics of 2014. The Anime News Network gave the anime series a B; citing the art as being very good, and that Soma is a very likeable protagonist. They however opined that the amount of fanservice might put some readers off, and considered some instances of fanservice uncomfortable and unnecessary.

Volume 1 has sold 139,657 copies as of April 28, 2013; volume 2 has sold 176,682 copies as of June 16, 2013; volume 3 has sold 238,590 copies as of August 18, 2013, volume 4 has sold 252,975 copies, as of September 22, 2013; volume 5 has sold 271,570 copies as of December 22, 2013; volume 6 has sold 277,726 copies as of February 23, 2014; and volume 7 has sold 279,364 copies as of April 20, 2014. As of May 2, 2018, it was revealed that the manga had 14 million copies in print.

 

Film Friday- Fruits Basket

Film Friday- Fruits Basket

The series was also adapted into a 26-episode anime series, directed by Akitaro Daichi. A new anime television series adaptation produced by TMS Entertainment and directed by Yoshihide Ibata will premiere in April 2019.

Anime

Directed by Akitaro Daichi, the twenty-six episode Fruits Basket anime series was animated and produced by Studio Deen. It premiered on TV Tokyo on July 5, 2001, with the final episode airing on December 27, 2001. Some parts of the plot deviated from the manga and were portrayed differently, such as Momiji and Shigure’s behaviors. Throughout production, Daichi and Takaya ran into disagreements, including the cast, coloring details, and Daichi’s storytelling style, leading Takaya to disliking the series.

The series was released in Japan in nine individual DVD volumes by King Records, with each volume containing three episodes except for the first volume, which contained two. The first volume was released on September 29, 2001, with subsequent volumes released on a monthly basis until the final volume was released on May 22, 2002. A series box set was released on April 25, 2007, containing all twenty-six episodes, as well a message card from Natsuki Takaya, a 60-page deluxe booklet, and a bonus Fruits Basket CD soundtrack.

Funimation aired the series with their English dub on the Funimation Channel as well as on Colours TV and also licensed it for Region 1 DVD release. It released it in the form of four individual volumes containing 6-7 episodes and a complete series box set. On November 20, 2007, Funimation re-released the series as part of their lower priced Viridian line, with the new release containing the complete series in a thin-packed box set, and then in August 1, 2017 on an upscaled Blu-ray in a standard and collector’s edition. In the United Kingdom, FUNimation originally distributed the series through MVM Entertainment, but then changed distributors in November 2006 to Revelation Films. Revelation re-released the four individual volumes under their label. They also released the series box set on January 22, 2007. MVM re-licensed the series in late 2011. In Region 4, the series was released as a complete series box set by Madman Entertainment on October 15, 2003.

A new anime adaptation has been announced. Funimation announced that the new adaptation would air in April 2019, and would adapt the entire manga. The adaptation will also include a new cast and staff, with TMS Entertainment handling the production. Yoshihide Ibata is directing the series, with Taku Kishimoto handling series composition and Masaru Shindou handling character designs. Funimation has also licensed the series for streaming and home video distribution.

Other

In 1999 the magazine Hana to Yume released a special Fruits Basket drama CD which had a four-chapter original story and short talk sections between each section. Released before the anime came out, this CD had a completely different voice cast. The CD was a promotional item with a limited run and is now unavailable. As well as the drama CD, there have been two music CD releases of Fruits Basket to coincide with the anime adaptation, Memory for You and Four Seasons (also known as Song for Ritsuko Okazaki).

Natsuki Takaya has created one art book and two fan books for Fruits Basket. The art book, containing 101 pages of illustrations, was published by Hakusensha on April 16, 2004. The first fan book, Fruits Basket Fan Book – Cat, which contained 192 pages of story summaries, character biographies, and activities, was published in Japan on May 19, 2005. Tokyopop released it in English on September 11, 2007. The second fan book, Fruits Basket Fan Book – Banquet, was published in Japan on March 19, 2007 and contained 187 pages; it was scheduled to be published in English by Tokyopop on April 27, 2010.

Fruits Basket has also resulted in the creation of a variety of merchandise, including plushies of the various zodiac animals, wall calendars, clothing items, key chains, wall scrolls, buttons, figurines, and school supplies. A collectible card game based on the series was also created and published by Score Entertainment which can be used for playing Dai Hin Min as well as other games.

In 2008, the all-male theatrical troupe Gekidan Studio Life announced it would be producing a theatrical adaptation of Fruits Basket, using only performers who would be making their stage debuts. The production is expected to run for two weeks at the Galaxy Theater in Tokyo starting February 25, 2009.

Tohru Honda
aged 16–18, is an orphaned high school student who, at the start of the story, lives in a tent before she encounters the Sohma family. More specifically, she begins living with Shigure, Yuki, and Kyo Sohma in exchange for housekeeping. She loves to cook, describes herself as an excellent housekeeper, and has an after-school job as an office janitor in an effort to pay her tuition fees and avoid being a burden to her grandfather. Throughout both the manga and anime series, it is noticeable from those around her that she has a good heart and genuinely cares about those in her life. Although knowing the Sohma’s curse, Tohru embraces the family and their secret.
Kyo Sohma
aged 16–18, is cursed by the cat, an animal not in the Chinese zodiac, but which legend says would have been if it had not been tricked by the Rat into missing the induction feast. In an author’s note, Natsuki Takaya described the character of Kyo as a powerful force that pulled the story of Fruits Basket along. In spite of his cold and aggressive nature, Kyo’s heart later softens upon realizing Tohru’s care for him be sincere. Their bond not only encourages Kyo to have a change of heart, but it also allows Kyo to trust in Tohru when he’s to expose what it means to be excluded from the zodiac.
Yuki Sohma
 aged 16–18, is the Rat of the Chinese zodiac and younger brother of Ayame. Yuki is depicted as an attractive, reserved, and accomplished young man with many admirers, but who finds being friendly difficult. He’s been able to confide to Tohru without problem and has expressed vulnerability as one who has the Sohma curse.

 

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Anime

  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Part 1 BD
  • Deadman Wonderland Essentials BD
  • FLCL Classics BD
  • Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club Season 1 Essentials BD
  • Free! Eternal Summer Season 2 Essentials BD
  • Lu over the wall BD/DVD
  • Lu over the wall DVD
  • Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms BD/DVD
  • Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower BD
  • Re:Zero Season 1 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Samurai 7 Complete Series Classics BD
  • Samurai Champloo Classics BD
  • Space Runaway Ideon BD
  • Steins;Gate Classics BD

Manga

  • Ao Haru Ride Graphic Novel (GN) 3
  • Black Clover GN 14
  • Black Torch GN 3
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 4
  • Can I Kiss You Every Day? GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Edens Zero GN 2
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 28
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord GN 3
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders GN 10 (Hardcover)
  • Juni Taisen: Zodiac War GN 3
  • Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World GN 1
  • Liar x Liar GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Sempai GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia GN 17
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Kanna’s Daily Life GN 4
  • One Piece GN 89
  • Oresama Teacher GN 25
  • The Promised Neverland GN 8
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Red Riding Hood’s Wolf Apprentice GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Soul Liquid Chambers GN 3
  • Shortcake Cake GN 3
  • Takane & Hana GN 7
  • We Never Learn GN 2
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 17
  • You Got Me, Sempai! GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Yozakura Quartet GN 22 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Arifureta Zero Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Boogiepop Novel Omnibus 4-6
  • God Eater 3 PlayStation 4 Game
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 9
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Novel 1-2
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 1-2
  • Robotech Archives Sentinels Volume 1
  • Seirei Gensouki – Spirit Chronicles Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Toradora! Novel 4
  • Yo-kai Watch 3 3DS Game