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Film Friday- Sensual Phrase

Film Friday- Sensual Phrase

Sensual Phrase is a shōjo manga series created by Mayu Shinjo. The manga was published by Shogakukan in Shōjo Comic between 1997 and 2000, and collected in 18 bound volumes. It was adapted as a 44-episode anime television series by Studio Hibari, and as a series of novels. The series tells the story of Aine Yukimura, a high school student who becomes the lyricist for a Japanese rock band, and her relationship with the band’s lead singer, Sakuya Ookochi.

To promote the anime, a real-life band was formed: Λucifer, the band the story focuses on. The rival band, e.MU, seems to have been active before the manga was created. Both bands continued after the anime ended before disbanding. In the series, Λucifer’s original name is Lucifer, changed to Λucifer (using the Greek letter lambda) when the band decides to go international. For the purposes of the article this second name, Λucifer, is used. Japanese names are given in Western order, with family name last.

Production

In her blog, Shinjo noted that though she was the actual creator of Sensual Phrase, she was one of the last to know that the series would be adapted into an anime, and that by the time she knew, Shogakukan had already made the decision to do the series. She was also unaware that there were talks about a film adaptation of the series until two years after the proposal was rejected. When the anime was rerun on AT-X, she learnt of this through the channel’s official website. She left Shogakukan in 2007, despite the company’s threat to take all of her earlier series, including Sensual Phrase, out of print if she did so. Shinjo contacted a lawyer, and the threat was never carried out.

Sensual Phrase was adapted as an anime television series by Studio Hibari. It was directed by Hiroko Tokita, with music by Susumu Akitagawa and character designs by Yumi Nakayama. There were multiple opening and closing theme tunes, some of them credited to fictional bands Λucifer and e.MU, for which real-world counterparts were created. The anime was broadcast on TV Tokyo in 44 episodes from April 20, 1999 to March 25, 2000. It was later released on 11 videos by Pony Canyon.

Aine Yukimura

The main female protagonist of the series, Aine is a shy but innocent high school girl who does not know how to hide her feelings. Her home life is rocky, her parents seem to ignore her, and she is mostly left to her own devices. Hurt by this emotional neglect and lacking confidence in herself, she clings to and relies on Sakuya to protect and defend her and feels guilty about her inexperience and doubts. When Sakuya tells her parents that Aine will be living with him, they realize they are losing their daughter to a dangerous world. Sakuya eventually convinces Aine’s father that he loves her and will protect her, so they can live together. Aine has to fight to find her own place within the record label, and prove herself repeatedly. She comes to be seen as important to Sakuya’s emotional wellbeing and to the band, and earns her place with her innovative concepts and her lyrics. Towards the series end, following her rape and the death of her friend, band producer Hitoshi Takayama, she grows up, matures, and becomes stronger.

Sakuya Ookochi

The main character of the series, Sakuya is the highly talented lead singer of Λucifer. Seventeen and still in high school, he is also the band’s youngest member. He transfers to Aine’s high school to get closer to her. While he respects and trusts Yuki, the only other band member he is close to is Atsuro. He is known for his striking blue eyes, inherited from his American father. Sakuya is also rude, physical, and does not care about life, even when he begins to sing with the band Lucifer. Sakuya has spent most of his young teenage years paying off his mother’s debt at the club where she worked. Like his mother, he sang and played the piano for club guests. But to make more money, he also worked as a male escort prostitute on the side. He was able to do this because he appears older than his years. His harsh childhood experiences have caused Sakuya to lose trust in people. But when he meets high school girl Aine, he shows a new caring and sensitive attitude towards others, especially to Aine. When she first starts working for them he tells himself that he is selfishly using her, but before long his true feelings emerge. ~ See Sakuya’s one-shot and Vol. 10, Lucifer’s Legend. Sakuya also makes an appearance in “Love Celeb” as Kirara’s producer.

 

Wednesday News- March 27, 2019

Wednesday News- March 27, 2019

Mayonaka no Occult Komuin Anime’s Ad Previews Opening Song- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-03-27/mayonaka-no-occult-komuin-anime-ad-previews-opening-song/.145062

Nearly 200,000 Fans Vote in AnimeJapan’s ‘Most Wanted Anime Adaptation’ Poll- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-03-27/nearly-200000-fans-vote-in-animejapan-most-wanted-anime-adaptation-poll/.145085

Caladrius Blaze Game Listed for Switch by Rating Board- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-03-27/caladrius-blaze-game-listed-for-switch-by-ratings-board/.145069

Crunchyroll Sets 1st Price Increase in U.S., Britain, Australia, Nordics- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-03-27/crunchyroll-sets-1st-price-increase-in-u.s-britain-australia-nordics/.145070

Anime

  • Beyblade G Revolution BD
  • Bikini Warriors Essentials BD
  • DARLING in the FRANXX Part 1 BD/DVD
  • DARLING in the FRANXX Part 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko Part 1 BD
  • Kimagure Orange Road BD
  • Kite: Uncut and Kite: Liberator BD
  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Season 1 BD/DVD
  • My Hero Academia: Two Heroes BD/DVD
  • My Hero Academia: Two Heroes DVD
  • Naruto Shippūden DVD Set 37
  • Ninja Slayer Essentials BD
  • Perfect Blue BD/DVD
  • Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace Essentials BD
  • Saiyuki BD
  • Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 BD
  • Star Fleet BD
  • Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online BD 1
  • Yamibo – Darkness, the Hat, and the Travelers of the Books BD

Manga

  • Ace of Diamond GN 21 (Digital Only)
  • Alice in Murderland GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Ao-chan Can’t Study! GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Arpeggio of Blue Steel Graphic Novel (GN) 14
  • As Miss Beelzebub Likes GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Asahi-sempai’s Favorite GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Black Panther and Sweet 16 GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Bloom Into You GN 6
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • BTOOOM! GN 24 (Digital Only)
  • A Centaur’s Life GN 16
  • City GN 5
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Dragon Quest Monsters+ GN 2
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • First Love Monster GN 7-8 (Digital Only)
  • He’s My Only Vampire GN 7-1 0 (Digital Only)
  • Hotaru’s Way GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Hour of the Zombie GN 8
  • I Want to Hold Aono-kun so Badly I Could Die GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Inside Mari GN 3
  • Kakafukaka GN 5
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • My Boy in Blue GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • My Monster Secret GN 15
  • New Game! GN 5
  • No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • One Week Friends GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Plunderer GN 1
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 3: Truth of Zero GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Seto Utsumi GN 4
  • Taboo Tattoo GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • A Terrified Teacher at Ghoul School! GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Alice GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Triage X GN 17 (Digital Only)
  • Wonderland GN 2
  • Yuri Is My Job! GN 2
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs GN 5

Other

  • Danganronpa Trilogy PlayStation 4 game
  • FUN! FUN! Animal Park Nintendo Switch game
  • Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists ~Ateliers of the New World~ PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC game
  • No Game, No Life Novel 8
  • Skeleton Knight in Another World Novel 8
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World Nintendo Switch game

 

 

Manga Monday- Sensual Phrase

Manga Monday- Sensual Phrase

Sensual Phrase is a shōjo manga series created by Mayu Shinjo. The manga was published by Shogakukan in Shōjo Comic between 1997 and 2000, and collected in 18 bound volumes. It was adapted as a 44-episode anime television series by Studio Hibari, and as a series of novels. The series tells the story of Aine Yukimura, a high school student who becomes the lyricist for a Japanese rock band, and her relationship with the band’s lead singer, Sakuya Ookochi.

Manga

Written and illustrated by Mayu Shinjo, Sensual Phrase premiered in Shōjo Comic in 1997, where it was serialized monthly until its conclusion in 2000. The individual chapters were collected and published in 17 tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan from June 1997 through January 2001. An additional volume was released on April 24, 2003 containing a sequel chapter to the story and additional unrelated short stories. Shogakukan republished the serialized chapters across six shinsoban hard cover editions in 2003, and re-released the original 17 volumes in 2006 with new covers

Sensual Phrase is licensed for English-language release in North America by Viz Media, including the special final volume. Viz Media published the first volume of the series on March 24, 2004; the final volume was released on February 13, 2007.

The series is licensed for regional language publication by Editorial Ivréa in Spain and Latin America, Pika Edition in France, Egmont Manga & Anime in Germany, and Star Comics in Italy. It was serialized in Germany in Manga Twister, and in Italy in Amici.

Light novels

Five novels based on the manga were published by Shogakukan:

  • 90-nichi no Densetsu, published December 1, 1999
  • Hong Kong Kyoushikyoku, published July 25, 2000
  • Ao no Meikyu, published November 26, 2001
  • Owarinaki Shinwa, published February 2001
  • Engage Song, published June 3, 2003

Plot

Aine Yukimura is a seventeen-year-old high school student who writes sensual song lyrics and hopes to become a songwriter. One day, two school friends talk her into entering her best lyrics into a contest. When someone bumps into her in the street, she drops her lyrics and is almost run over by a passing car. It is driven by Sakuya Ookochi, lead singer of the hard rock band Lucifer, which is known for its sensual lyrics. Aine does not know who he is, but falls in love. He makes sure she is not hurt, and gives her an all-access pass to that night’s show. After she leaves, he finds her lyrics and takes them back to the band with a plan in mind.

That night, Aine listens from the back of the audience. As she turns to leave, she hears Sakuya singing her lyrics. She runs to the stage to see if he is the driver of the car. She is swept off her feet. At first, people tell her Sakuya is never serious about women, and she thinks he might be toying with her. Later, he kidnaps her and convinces her to become the band’s lyricist, and she thinks he is playing with her but for business reasons, not romance. Sakuya then transfers to Aine’s high school, wanting to protect and work with her. Initially, he sees her as an innocent he can tease, but his feelings for her soon grow. Seeing her talent, and wanting to win the girl, Sakuya campaigns for Aine to become the band’s official lyricist. His manager initially objects, but relents on seeing the continued excellence of Aine’s lyrics. She becomes their lyricist, using the male pseudonym Yukihiko Aine to protect her identity and the band’s image.

Aine and Sakuya’s relationship gets off to a rocky start, when they do not communicate their real feelings. Aine tries to hide her feelings for Sakuya, thinking he sees the two of them only as co-workers. She believes he wants to preserve her virginal imagination so that she will continue to write hit songs for the band. This seems confirmed when he rejects her advances. Although Sakuya is not subtle by nature, he attempts to express his feelings for her by writing a ballad called “Little Bird” or “Love Melody”, but she continues to misunderstand. Finally, after filming the music video “Drug”, he corners her and confesses his feelings.

But beginning a romance and being the girlfriend of a high-profile star is not easy. As the series progresses, Aine finds herself the frequent target of Sakuya’s enemies, including rival bands and obsessed fans.

Ralph Grazer, Sakuya’s older half-brother, is an American media mogul who heads a business empire in the United States and is branching into Asian markets. Ralph has a grudge against Sakuya, whom he has never met although their father has pushed them to make contact. Ralph goes to Japan, and uses blackmail to force Aine to break up with Sakuya and work for him instead. Sakuya takes time out from the band to confront his biological father, the man had who had raped his mother. Sakuya travels to America to learn the family business, which gives him the knowledge and power to take Ralph’s position as head of the media corporation. Sakuya returns to Japan and forces Ralph to sign a contract under which he will recover his position in return for releasing Aine. Ralph, used to getting whatever and whomever he wants, is confused by this tactic and by Sakuya’s love for Aine. He returns to the United States to start over and relearn from their father. Ralph returns twice more in the manga, but no longer necessarily as Sakuya’s enemy.

Lucifer continues to grow, becoming a major hit. Renamed Λucifer, the band prepares to tour America and Europe. Sakuya and Aine attempt to balance their love and professional lives. Aine’s feelings for Sakuya and her ability to write lyrics are tested. The band hires Hitoshi Takayama as producer to prepare for international fame. At first, Hitoshi thinks Aine is nothing more than an outspoken groupie, with no place on band premises or in Sakuya’s life. But as he gets to know her he falls in love, hiding his feelings by pretending to be homosexual. As Hitoshi plans the band’s six-month move to England to set the stage for capturing European fans, he attempts to break up both Sakuya and Aine’s relationship and another couple, one of the band’s guitarists, Atsuro, and his girlfriend Yuuka. Yuki, another guitarist, soon puts a stop to this plan, letting Takayama know that band members owe their success to their families and lovers.

Kaito Yoshioka, president of a rival label, resents Λucifer’s success. He decides to use Aine to break up the band, and brutally rapes her in an attempt to break Sakuya. Hitoshi finds Aine and takes her to his home to try to comfort her, helping her avoid Sakuya out of shame, self-loathing and fear of being rejected. When Aine tries to commit suicide that night, Takayama tells Sakuya. Sakuya loses his voice and desire to sing, and leaves the band. Yuki realizes that the only way to protect the band is to sign with Sakuya’s half-brother Ralph’s label, taking the band international. Meanwhile, Sakuya tries to kill Yoshioka, but Ralph stops him. He reminds Sakuya that Aine needs him to be with her, not in prison. Ralph avenges Aine by having Yoshioka investigated for tax evasion and fraud, which destroys his company.

Aine is in a near-catatonic state, and Sakuya takes her into hiding to care for her. When she again attempts suicide, he cuts his own wrist telling her he will die with her if that is what she really wants. Aine snaps out of her depression and begins to heal emotionally. Takayama finds Sakuya, and with Yuki makes several attempts to persuade Sakuya to return to the band. Aine realizes that Sakuya is avoiding music and is afraid that she will be hurt again because of him. She convinces him to return to the world they both love. Takayama’s death in a car accident tramatizes and pushes Sakuya to rejoin the band and sign the contract. Ralph tells Sakuya that, when he takes over from their father, he wants Sakuya to head the company’s media business. Sakuya refuses, saying he would rather be a producer. After Takayama’s death, Λucifer performs its final concert in Japan before moving to New York City. While they are overseas, Aine studies to take Takayama’s place and become a producer. At the end of the series, Sakuya and Aine are married with a son. ~ See one-shot of Atsuro and Yuuka’s wedding, and one-shot ‘King Egoist’ in Love Celeb for the announcement of Sakuya and Aine’s second child ~

 

Film Friday- Clockwork Planet

Film Friday- Clockwork Planet

Clockwork Planet is a Japanese light novel series, written by Yuu Kamiya and Tsubaki Himana, and illustrated by Shino. Kodansha has published four volumes since April 2, 2013 under their Kodansha Ranobe Bunko imprint. The story is set in a clockpunk fantasy version of the world, in which the entire planet is run by clockwork. The main characters are five people (a machine otaku, two automata, a young technician and a bodyguard) who, after a month of meeting, become the world’s most infamous terrorists.

A manga adaptation illustrated by Kuro was serialized in Kodansha’s shōnen manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Sirius since 2013 and ended in August 2018. It has been collected in ten tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Xebec aired from April 6 to June 22, 2017.

Anime

An anime adaptation of the light novel series was announced in December 2015, which was later confirmed to be an anime television series adaptation in December 2016. The series is directed by Tsuyoshi Nagasawa and written by Kenji Sugihara, with animation by Xebec, character designs by Shuichi Shimamura and mechanical designs by Kenji Teraoka. The music is composed by Shū Kanematsu, Hanae Nakamura, Kaori Nakano and Satoshi Hōno. The opening theme titled “Clockwork Planet” is sung by fripSide, while the ending theme titled “Anti Clockwise” is sung by After The Rain. It aired from April 6 to June 22, 2017, on TBS and BS-TBS Crunchyroll licensed and streamed the series, and Funimation dubbed the series and released it on home video in North America. The series ran for 12 episodes.

Characters

Main

Naoto Miura 
is a high school student and a machine otaku. He has a hearing ability better than other people, which is why he wears headphones with a noise-canceling ability. Naoto is not interested in human girls, but he is romantically attracted to RyuZU, who is an automaton.
RyuZU 
is an automaton that “Y” left behind. She is Unit 1 of the “Initial-Y Series” and was manufactured about 1,000 years ago, but was broken 206 years ago and has been in a non-functional state ever since. After Naoto repaired the failure inside her that nobody could fix, she treats him like her own master. Contrary to her beautiful appearance, RyuZU has an incredibly sharp mouth. Her supreme command is “One Who Follows”.
Marie Bell Breguet 
is the youngest president of Breguet company and a first-class clock technician. She is a self confident genius girl with a sharp mouth. After she and Naoto stopped the Kyoto purge, she faked her own death and decided to keeping the clockwork in the planet safe.
Vainney Halter 
is Marie’s bodyguard and a former soldier. He specializes in fighting with a mechanized body of latest technology. He has been with and supported Marie for a long time.
AnchoR 
is another automaton part of the “Initial-Y Series” that is listed as Unit 4, RyuZU’s “younger sister”. She was the only automaton that was manufactured as a weapon among the “Initial-Y Series”, giving her the strongest combat ability. Her supreme command is “One Who Annihilates”.
Y
is a genius engineer who is said to have rebuilt the entire functions on Earth with gears. He also created a series of automatons called “Initial-Y Series”, but the blueprints of his creations have long been lost.

 

Wednesday News- March 20, 2019 (late)

Wednesday News- March 20, 2019 (late)

Did That Time I Got Reincarnated as as Slime Peak Too Early? – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2019-03-21/.144779

Live-Action Hot Gimmick Film Reveals Teaser Video, Poster Visual- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-03-20/live-action-hot-gimmick-film-reveals-teaser-video-poster-visual/.144778

Yakuza 5 Launches for PS4 in Japan on June 20 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-03-21/yakuza-5-launches-for-ps4-in-japan-on-june-20/.144804

Okazu- kun Manga Gets Live-Action Film This Summer- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-03-21/okazu-kun-manga-gets-live-action-film-this-summer/.144782

Anime

  • Burst Angel Complete Series Essentials BD
  • DamePri Anime Caravan Complete Collection BD
  • Dies irae BD
  • Dimension W Essentials BD
  • Freezing Vibration Season 1 Essentials BD
  • Freezing Vibration Season 2 Essentials BD
  • Hakumei and Mikochi Complete Collection BD
  • One Piece Episode of Sabo BD/DVD
  • Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us BD
  • Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us DVD
  • Ultimate Otaku Teacher Complete Series BD

manga

  • 20th Century Boys The Perfect Edition Graphic Novel (GN) 3
  • Again!! GN 7
  • Aho Girl GN 11
  • A Kiss, For Real GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Alice in Murderland GN 10
  • All Out!! GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Angels of Death Episode.0 GN 1
  • Aria The Masterpiece GN 1
  • As Miss Beelzebub Likes GN 5
  • Back Street Girls GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • BTOOOM!! GN 24
  • Bungo Stray Dogs GN 10
  • Children of the Whales GN 9
  • Chio’s School Road GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Citrus GN 9
  • Creature! GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • The Delinquent Housewife! GN 4
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! GN 13
  • Dragon Goes House-Hunting GN 2
  • Eromanga Sensei GN 2
  • Gangsta. GN 1-8 (Digital Only)
  • Gangsta. GN 8
  • Gleipnir GN 1
  • Harem Days The Seven-Starred Country GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Hitorijime My Hero GN 2
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 9
  • Kira-kun Today (Kyō no Kira-kun) GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 8
  • Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade GN 11
  • Love in Focus GN 1
  • Magical Girl Raising Project GN 6
  • Mob Psycho 100 GN 2
  • My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected GN 10
  • No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! GN 13
  • One Week Friends GN 6
  • Plunderer GN 1
  • Ran the Peerless Beauty GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 3: Truth of Zero GN 6
  • Sailor Moon Eternal Edition GN 3
  • Smokin’ Parade GN 5
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? GN 5
  • Sword Art Online: Girls Ops GN 5
  • Taboo Tattoo GN 13
  • A Terrified Teacher at Ghoul School! GN 6
  • Total Eclipse Of The Eternal Heart GN
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Total Eclipse Of The Eternal Heart GN (Digital Only)
  • Triage X GN 17
  • UQ Holder! GN 16
  • Versailles of the Dead GN 5

Other

  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride The Silver Yarn Novel
  • The Asterisk War Novel 9
  • Defeating the Demon Lord’s a Cinch If You’ve Got a Ringer Novel 3
  • Demon King Daimaou Novel 10 (Digital Only)
  • Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! Novel 5
  • Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? Novel 2
  • Fate/EXTELLA LINK PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC game
  • The FLCL Archives Artbook
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 13 (Digital Only)
  • Invaders of the Rokujouma!? Novel 20 (Digital Only)
  • The Irregular at Magic High School Novel 11
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Novel 13
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Novel
  • Samurai Pizza Cats Official Fan Book
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC game
  • SNK 40th Anniversary Collection PlayStation 4 game
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel 5
  • Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • True Tenchi Muyo! Novel 3
  • WorldEnd:What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us? Novel 3

 

Manga Monday- Clockwork Planet

Manga Monday- Clockwork Planet

Clockwork Planet is a Japanese light novel series, written by Yuu Kamiya and Tsubaki Himana, and illustrated by Shino. Kodansha has published four volumes since April 2, 2013 under their Kodansha Ranobe Bunko imprint. The story is set in a clockpunk fantasy version of the world, in which the entire planet is run by clockwork. The main characters are five people (a machine otaku, two automata, a young technician and a bodyguard) who, after a month of meeting, become the world’s most infamous terrorists.

A manga adaptation illustrated by Kuro was serialized in Kodansha’s shōnen manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Sirius since 2013 and ended in August 2018. It has been collected in ten tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Xebec aired from April 6 to June 22, 2017.

Light novels

The first light novel volume was published on April 2, 2013 by Kodansha under their Kodansha Ranobe Bunko imprint. As of December 29, 2015, four volumes have been published. North American online light novel publisher J-Novel Club have licensed the light novel. Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the Light Novels in North America for print.

Plot

At an unspecified point in time, Earth collapses. Despite it being almost inevitable that humankind would definitely die out, a genius engineer known only as “Y” manages to rebuild Earth entirely with gears and clockwork mechanisms, renaming it “Clockwork Planet”. 1,000 years later, original cities of Earth’s countries are flourishing inside the planet’s surface gears. Naoto Miura, a high school student living in Grid: Kyoto who is in love with mechanics, is dragged into a world crisis when a mechanical crate crashes into his apartment. There, he meets RyuZU, a broken automaton who is part of the Initial-Y Series, a series of automaton created personally by Y himself. Using his superior sense of hearing, Naoto fixes her in three hours despite RyuZU having been broken for 206 years as nobody was able to revive her. Promising loyalty to him, the two are eventually found out by Dr. Marie Bell Breguet, a princess of a noble family and the youngest person to become a master engineer in an international separate government organization “Meister Guild”, and her automaton bodyguard Vainney Halter. With the faulty Core Tower, a central tower in every Grid city that controls its gear functions, Naoto pinpoints the problem with his sense of hearing alone in ten minutes, fixing it along with other engineers of the Meister Guild and thwarting the government’s attempts to purge the city and destroy lives. As the government’s illegal technological experimentation is still at large, the pairs join forces to carry out justice and prevent further purges. A month after their encounter, all four appear in Akihabara, Tokyo, having become the world’s most infamous terrorists in their quest.

 

Film Friday- Full Moon o Sagashite

Film Friday- Full Moon o Sagashite

The manga is published in North America in English by Viz Media. The series was adapted into an anime television series produced by Nihon Ad Systems, which ended before the manga was completed, as well as an OVA distributed with an issue of Ribon. The anime series was broadcast on TV Tokyo and was also licensed for retail release in North America by Viz Media, though only the first 28 episodes were released.

Anime

The series was adapted as a 52-episode anime television series by Studio Deen, directed by Toshiyuki Kato. It was broadcast on TV Tokyo from April 6, 2002 to March 29, 2003. The adaptation follows the manga closely until Mitsuki’s first singing audition, before diverging. Several characters have different histories and personalities, and because the television series concluded before the manga was finished, the anime ended with a different resolution.
The television series is licensed by Viz Media, which released seven DVDs (the first 28 episodes), under the title Full Moon before putting further releases on indefinite hold, citing low sales potential. The songs are subtitled only, resulting in a dub that switches between English dialogue and Japanese singing.
Full Moon O Sagashite has two openings, and four endings. “I Love U” by The Scanty is used as the opening song for the first 26 episodes, while the group’s song “Rock ‘n’ Roll Princess” is used for the rest. Changin’ My Life performs all four ending themes: “New Future” used for the first six episodes and the last episode 52, “Myself” is used for episodes 7-26, “Eternal Snow” is used for episodes 27-42, and “Love Chronicle” is used in episodes 43-51.

OVA

Full Moon O Sagashite: Cute Cute Adventure is a ten-minute anime OVA that was distributed with the November 2002 issue of Ribon, the magazine in which the manga was serialized. It was produced by Studio Deen, and stars myco as Mitsuki and Chieko Honda as Meroko, as in the television series, but Hiromi Ōtsuda as Takuto. Set before the series ends, it features Takuto and Meroko trying to make their way to the studio in stuffed animal forms after Mitsuki accidentally leaves them home while rushing to work.

Humans

Mitsuki Kōyama
A 12-year-old girl who dreams of becoming a pop singer, but who has a tumor in her vocal cords which restricts her ability to sing. She grew up in an orphanage, and then later went to live with her strict grandmother, Fuzuki, who forbade her from singing. When Mitsuki learns that she’ll die if her vocal cords aren’t removed, she refuses the surgery, saying she is more afraid of never singing again than she is of dying. With Takuto’s help, she transforms into Fullmoon, a 16-year-old pop idol, completely free of cancer and able to sing. As Fullmoon, she is discovered by Seed Records during an audition, and in both the manga and anime she is depicted as releasing several hit singles. The anime ending theme songs are all supposedly sung by Fullmoon. Mitsuki chooses the stage name Fullmoon because mitsuki means “full moon” in Japanese, and because her childhood friend, Eichi Sakurai, wants to become an astronomer, and the name reminds her of him. Mitsuki decided to become a singer when she was ten years old, because she made a promise with Eichi that they would fulfill their dreams the next time they met.
Mitsuki desires to become a singer because she wants to tell Eichi that she loves him. Mitsuki lost contact with Eichi when he moved from the orphanage to America. In the manga, after he leaves, Mitsuki wanted to call him in America to tell him her feelings but later finds out on television that his airplane crashed right after takeoff in the ocean and sees his name on the list of the deceased. Although she knew about his death all along, she went into denial and pretended to not know due to her intense pain. Eventually, the shinigami find out about Eichi’s death, and Mitsuki is forced to admit to herself that Eichi is gone forever. In the anime, Mitsuki does not learn about Eichi’s death until two years later, when she travels to America with Ms. Oshige and Dr. Wakaoji. She finds out from his adoptive grandparents that Eichi and his adoptive parents died in a car crash. Upon learning his death, Mitsuki runs away and goes to Eichi’s grave, wanting to die and be with Eichi. Upon her return to Japan, she becomes extremely depressed and decides to give up on singing, despite numerous attempts to convince her otherwise. However, after Izumi’s attempt to take her soul and hearing Takuto talk about his memories and how he regrets committing suicide, Mitsuki decides to sing again so she can live her life to the fullest.
In the manga, it is revealed that Mitsuki can see the shinigami if there is a soul of a dead person surrounding her. Mitsuki realizes that the soul is Eichi, who has been watching over her since he died. She is hit with the Scythe of Fate, which removes Eichi’s soul from her body. In the anime, it is never explained why she can see the shinigami. Izumi offers a theory that her illness, which made her close to death, and her belief in escaping her impending fate, made her capable of seeing the shinigami.
Halfway through the series, Mitsuki realizes that she loves Takuto but feels guilty for it because she is afraid of forgetting Eichi. With the help of Meroko, she decides that she loves them both and is able to confess to Takuto, as well as accept that Eichi would have wanted her to be happy. By the end of the series, she is cured of her illness and is able to pursue a singing career and relationship with Takuto, but keeps Eichi in a special place in her heart. Mitsuki’s corkscrew hairstyle was inspired by Ai Kago of the group Morning Musume. Mitsuki herself is modeled on one of Arina Tanemura’s assistants, Airi Teito.
Eichi Sakurai 
Mitsuki’s childhood friend and first love. In the anime, he is six years older than her; in the manga, he is four years older. He is a kind and gentle boy, and dreams of becoming an astronomer. In the manga, Eichi used to hate the moon because it saw him cry after his grandfather’s death, but after meeting Mitsuki, he grew to love the moon. After his parents died, Eichi lived with his grandfather. When he died as well, Eichi moved to the orphanage where he met Mitsuki. They became fast friends, and he eventually fell in love with her, confessing his feelings just before moving to America. Mitsuki was heartbroken when he left, as she could not yet confess her true feelings to him. Part of the reason she wanted to become a singer was to find him.
In the manga, Eichi dies when his flight to America crashes, which Mitsuki learns when she watched the news of the crash and saw his name on the list of the deceased. In the anime, Eichi dies in a car accident a few months after moving, which Mitsuki doesn’t find out until she travels to America two years later. In the manga, Takuto’s first assignment was taking Eichi’s soul, but Eichi refused to depart the world and said that only one girl could take or release his soul. He becomes a ghost and watches over Mitsuki, which gives her the power to see shinigami. He stays with her until the end of the manga, when he sees that Mitsuki is happy with her career and with Takuto, and leaves with a smile and with tears in his eyes.
Takuto Kira 
is Meroko’s partner and trainee, and they are assigned to take Mitsuki’s soul. His shinigami costume is a cat outfit plus a backpack with wings, without which, as a trainee shinigami, he cannot fly. Takuto is capable of transforming into an anthropomorphic cat plushie. Moved by Mitsuki’s plight, he transforms her into the 16-year-old Fullmoon. Takuto falls in love with Mitsuki as the story goes on, and despite the 12 year age difference between them, they become a couple at the end. As the series progresses, he remembers his past as Takuto Kira, the lead singer of ROUTE:L, the band that both Mitsuki’s father and her doctor were in. After a malignant tumor in his throat took his voice, he attempted suicide by jumping from the top floor of the hospital, witnessed by Dr. Wakaōji. He remained in a coma for the next two years. In the manga, a twelve year-old Takuto named Mitsuki before she was born, and later met her at the orphanage when she was four years old and promised to protect her. At the end of the series, Takuto saves Mitsuki’s life, violating fate and his duty as a shinigami.
At the end of the manga, he is seen as a human again in the hospital, having lost three months of memories. Three years later, he reunites with Mitsuki during her concert. Mitsuki jumps off stage mid-song and confesses her feelings to him. They kiss amid cheers from the concert crowd. In the anime, the circumstances of Takuto’s death are changed: he is in a motorbike accident and dies rather than remaining in a coma. After being given a second chance at life, Takuto has no memory of his former lives as human or shinigami, but still carries the cat charm Mitsuki gave him. In the final scene, Meroko (now an angel) leads Mitsuki to Takuto. Mitsuki calls out to him, and he recognizes her.
Meroko Yui
is a rabbit shinigami with long ears, capable of transforming into an anthropomorphic bunny stuffed toy. Her shinigami costume in the manga is black; whereas, in the anime it is red. Meroko is particularly insecure in relationships. At one point she laments, “I’ve finally run away from love… but when I fell in love and lost it, I realized that there’s no place to run anywhere, anymore. Do I have to repeat this forever? Is this my punishment?” (bonus story in manga volume 3,A Kiss for Meroko). This insecurity gives her jealousy towards Mitsuki. Meroko is Takuto’s partner and has an unrequited infatuation with him. Her jealousy in the manga causes her to act out almost violently against Mitsuki. In the anime, she is more passive; however, the anime depicts her love for Takuto as being much deeper and more permanent than the manga (possibly because Izumi is a villain in the anime, while he is mostly a good guy in the manga.) Meroko is Izumi’s former partner; in the manga, it is Izumi who selects her unique costume so it will match his. Both the manga and the anime reveal that Izumi and Meroko kissed shortly before he betrayed her by ending their shinigami partnership. Meroko is forced to train Takuto as a replacement. The anime does not address Meroko’s past, while the manga does: As a human, Meroko was named Moe Rikyō (里匡 萌 Rikyō Moe), and was the best friend of Mitsuki’s grandmother, Fuzuki. Fuzuki was in an arranged engagement to another man, but both she and Moe fell in love with Seijuro Koga, a handsome violinist. However, Seijuro returned only Fuzuki’s affections and arranged things so the two could be engaged. Fuzuki’s loutish ex-fiancé was passed on to Moe, who, shocked by the new arrangements, sought out Fuzuki to verify the truth. At the same time, Fuzuki broke off her relationship with Seijuro and was giving him a final kiss when Moe arrived. The upset Moe ran away; soon afterwards, her new fiancé attempted to rape her. Feeling betrayed by her friend, Moe committed suicide. In the manga, Meroko learns Seijuro is Mitsuki’s grandfather and assumes Mitsuki is the descendant of Fuzuki’s betrayal. In a rage, Meroko tries to take Mitsuki’s soul with a whip, but Takuto intervenes. It is later revealed that Fuzuki did not marry Seijuro but later married another man, with whom she raised Hazuki Kouyama, Mitsuki’s mother; Seijuro married another woman, and their child was Aoi Koga, Mitsuki’s father.
Meroko eventually makes amends in the manga both by befriending Fuzuki in her rabbit form and by appearing silently as Moe, allowing Fuzuki a chance to explain and apologize although shinigami law prevents her from replying.
The manga ends with Meroko and Izumi reconciling their relationship as well as becoming shinigami partners once more because she realizes it was always Izumi whom she loved the most. In the anime, Meroko is exiled from the shinigami and resolves to become a ghost in order to save Takuto; in reward for this kindness, she is made into an angel and given Takuto’s soul to deliver a second chance.

 

Wednesday News- March 13, 2019

Wednesday News- March 13, 2019

Crunchyroll, Adult Swim Announce Toonami Programming Partnership With Distribution Deal- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-03-12/crunchyroll-adult-swim-announce-toonami-programming-partnership-with-distribution-deal/.144452

Shel Life: Garo: Vanishing Line- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2019-03-11/.144379

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime : Episode 23- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/that-time-i-got-reincarnated-as-a-slime/episode-23/.144440

This Week in Anime: The Promised Neverland is Only Getting More Intense- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2019-03-12/.144422

Hayap Miyazaki Directs Next Film Without Deadline for Finishing- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-03-12/hayao-miyazaki-directs-next-film-without-deadline-for-finishing/.144450

Anime

  • Armored Trooper Votoms TV Collection BD
  • Death March to The Parallel World Rhapsody Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Hunter × Hunter -The Last Mission- BD/DVD
  • Hunter × Hunter -The Last Mission- DVD
  • Scrapped Princess Essentials BD

Manga

  • After the Rain Graphic Novel (GN) 3
  • Blade of the Immortal Omnibus GN 8
  • The Bride & the Exorcist Knight GN 3
  • Devils and Realist GN 15
  • Fate/Zero GN 8
  • Fire-Hot Aunt GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: The Complete Four-Panel Comics GN 1
  • The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún GN 6
  • Harukana Receive GN 3
  • The Ideal Sponger Life GN 1
  • Love Massage: Melting Beauty Treatment GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers GN 11
  • Machimaho: I Messed Up and Made the Wrong Person Into a Magical Girl! GN 2
  • My Boy GN 3
  • Peach Girl Next GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Precarious Woman Executive Miss Black General GN 3
  • RIN-NE GN 29
  • That Blue Sky Feeling GN 2
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 9
  • Tomo-chan is a Girl! GN 3
  • Tsuredure Children GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • World’s End and Apricot Jam GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs GN 5 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Amagi Brilliant Park Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • The Caligula Effect: Overdose PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC game
  • The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Novel 6 (Digital Only)
  • One Piece: World Seeker PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC game

 

Manga Monday- Full Moon o Sagashite

Manga Monday- Full Moon o Sagashite

Full Moon o Sagashite  (literally “Searching for the Full Moon”) is a Japanese shōjo manga by Arina Tanemura. According to the furigana, the kanji 満月 in the title are read furu mūn (“full moon”) and not mangetsu or mitsuki, the Japanese words for the full moon. In North America, the series is officially titled Full Moon, although the full Japanese title is still shown on the front covers of all volumes.
The manga was serialized in Shueisha’s shojo manga magazine Ribon from January 2002 to June 2004 and collected in seven tankōbon volumes. The manga is published in North America in English by Viz Media.
Starting in January 2012, Full Moon O Sagashite was reprinted in four bunkoban volumes with new covers. The manga is licensed in North America in English by Viz Media as Full Moon, although the full title is given on the front cover.

Art book

On April 15, 2004, Shueisha released a seventy-page art book for the series entitled The Arina Tanemura Collection: The Art of Full Moon. Viz Media released an English language edition in North America on October 21, 2008.

Plot

Twelve-year-old Mitsuki Kouyama is a talented middle school girl who dreams of becoming a singer, but she is afflicted with sarcoma, which is curable only through a surgery that could ruin her vocal cords, and lose her ability to sing. The tumor in her throat already affects her ability to breathe well and sing loudly. Her grandmother also hates music and is completely opposed to Mitsuki’s wish to audition. Mitsuki’s dreams seem impossible to achieve, until one day she is visited by two shinigami, whom only she could see. The shinigami, Takuto and Meroko, inadvertently tip Mitsuki off that she has only one year left to live.
Mitsuki then realizes she cannot wait any longer to fulfill her dream, so she runs away from home and the shinigami, to try to audition for a singing competition. However, the shinigami stops her before she is able to audition. She moves Takuto, the male shinigami, to agree to a compromise: if Mitsuki promises to go quietly when her year is up, he would help her become a singer, so she could leave the world with no regrets. Takuto gives her the ability to transform into a completely healthy 16-year-old, so that she could meet the age requirements of the audition, and sing without hindrance.
Despite heavy competition, Mitsuki wins over the judges with her excellent voice and her enthusiasm for singing, sealing a contract with Seed Records. To conceal her true identity, she chooses the stage name “Fullmoon”.
Mitsuki had decided to become a singer two years before, when she was 10 years old. She had made a promise with Eichi Sakurai, a 16-year-old boy she met at her orphanage, that the next time they met, they would both be closer to their dreams. Eichi wanted to become an astronomer and Mitsuki wanted to become a singer. Shortly after, Eichi was adopted and emigrated to America before Mitsuki could express her feelings for him. Mitsuki hopes that by becoming a famous idol, Eichi would be able to hear her sing and realize her feelings for him. This is a tale of growing up, falling in love, awareness of life and death, and desire to move forward.

 

Film Friday- Made in Abyss

Film Friday- Made in Abyss

Made in Abyss is a manga series by Akihito Tsukushi about a young girl who finds and befriends a humanoid robot and descends with him into the titular Abyss in search of her mother. It has been serialized online in Takeshobo’s digital publication Web Comic Gamma since 2012 and has been collected into seven tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Kinema Citrus aired its first season from July 7 to September 29, 2017, and a sequel film is in production.

Reception

Made in Abyss has been met with critical acclaim and widely considered to be one of the best anime shows of 2017. Nick Creamer of Anime News Network praised the anime for being adventure-focused, as well as its efficiency in establishing its premise. Creamer also praises it for its artwork and music that highlights the beauty and terror of the Abyss. Julian Malerman of THEM Anime Reviews praises the show for being a well-executed emotional drama saying “The manner in which the show approaches this conclusion is often brutal and alienating, but the final answer is simple and pure. It sings.”
The series was awarded Anime of the Year and Best Score at Crunchyroll’s 2017 Anime Awards.

Main

Riko 
is an energetic and trouble-prone 12-year-old girl who wants to emulate her late mother, a legendary Cave Raider named Lyza the Annihilator who disappeared in the Abyss ten years ago. Riko is currently a Cave Raider-in-training at the Belchero Orphanage. Despite strict orphanage policy on turning over all finds to pay for operating costs, she has secretly taken possession of one of her finds, the Star Compass, which she hopes to use in her exploration of the Abyss. Her mother gave birth to her during a mission in the Abyss. As a result of the Curse, she wears glasses as she develops a headache if she does not view the world through a crystal lens.
Reg 
An amnesic robot with the appearance of a human boy, down to having a belly button. Having no memory of his own name, he was named Reg after a dog Riko used to own. Surprisingly, he can consume organic food despite being classified as a machine. His mechanical arms are extensible, and can also fire a deadly energy beam capable of melting even stone, which Riko dubs the “Incinerator”.
Nanachi 
is a Hollow with somewhat rabbit-like features. As a human child, Nanachi and a young girl named Mitty were sent down to the sixth layer in one of Bondrewd’s experiments. On their return, Nanachi’s humanity was partially lost, while Mitty lost all of her humanity and became a grotesque, immortal assortment of flesh and misshapen limbs. Nanachi escaped with Mitty from Bondrewd’s laboratory to spare her the pain of his cruel experiments, cared for her until after her death, and then agreed to join Riko and Reg on their travels to the lower layers. Nanachi uses gender-neutral pronouns, and the writer has left Nanachi’s gender intentionally ambiguous.
Mitty 
A strange, amorphous creature that lives with Nanachi on the 4th Layer of The Abyss. In the past, Mitty was a normal human girl (with red hair and dark skin) who lived with Nanachi and a large group of other orphan children in a mechanical, cave-like area. Because of the gruesome experiments performed by Bondrewd that she had to endure in the past, her appearance resembles that of a misshapen cat with a large mouth, one eye, and the personality of a friendly dog. Her condition also made her “immortal”, where a stab wound or other injuries cannot affect her in any way; after a while, in order to avoid leaving Mitty all alone, Nanachi (who was originally against the decision) ultimately decides to have Reg shoot and kill Mitty with his Incinerator so she could finally be at peace.