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Manga Monday- Drifters

Manga Monday- Drifters

Drifters is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. The manga started serialization in Shōnen Gahosha’s magazine, Young King Ours, on April 30, 2009. It centers on various historical figures summoned to an unknown world where their skills and techniques are needed by magicians in order to save their world from total destruction. An anime television adaptation aired between October 7, 2016 and December 23, 2016. A second season of the anime series has been announced.

Drifters is serialized in the Shōnen Gahosha Young King Ours magazine and sold under the same publisher in Japan. It is licensed in North America by Dark Horse Comics, in France by Éditions Tonkam, in Germany by Panini Comics, in Italy by J-POP, in Taiwan by Tong Li Comics and in Poland by Japonica Polonica Fantastica.

Plot

Shimazu Toyohisa, while involved at the Battle of Sekigahara, manages to mortally wound Ii Naomasa, but is critically injured in the process. As he walks from the field wounded and bleeding, Toyohisa finds himself transported to a corridor of doors, where a bespectacled man at a desk waits for him. This man, Murasaki, sends Toyohisa through the nearest door where he wakes up in another world. There, Toyohisa meets other great warriors like him who have been transported as well, to be part of a group known as “Drifters”.

This world contains both native humans and a number of fantastical races, including elves, dwarves, and hobbits. However, the world is at war, with the humans waging a losing conflict against another group of great warriors, the “Ends”, who wish to take over the world and kill all of the Drifters. Under the Ends’ command are many terrible creatures, including giants and dragons, which they use to destroy everything in their path. At the start of the series, the Ends’ army has control of the northern part of the continent, and are trying to invade the south through a pivotal fortress at the northernmost tip of a nation called Carneades. Meanwhile, the “Octobrist Organization”, a group of human magicians native to this world, attempts to bring together the many individual Drifters to save their world from the brutal Ends.

Drifters

The titular Drifters are heroes, leaders, and great warriors from different eras and cultures that have been brought to an unknown world by Murasaki, where they are meant to fight the Ends. A common element to the Drifters is that, although they are driven by violence, victory, and conquest, most of them are not cruel and do not tolerate the hurting of innocents. Unlike the Ends, the Drifters have no magic abilities unless they were born with them, and therefore must largely rely on their technology and tenacity to survive.
Murasaki 
A mysterious and calm bespectacled man who is responsible for the appearance of the Drifters, using them as a means to right the wrong of the Ends’ conquest of the unknown world. He is seen sitting in the middle of the door corridor, smoking, and reading a newspaper that gives news of the events relating to the Drifters. In the corridor, he is associated with and accompanied by light.
Shimazu Toyohisa
The leader of the Drifters. Historically, he died in 1600 during the Battle of Sekigahara. When he first arrived in the new world, he was critically injured, only to be brought to Nobunaga and Yoichi’s hideout by the young elves, Marsha and Mark. Although impulsive and reckless, Toyohisa possesses a fearless, determined, and chivalrous spirit, assisting the elves and dwarves by liberating them from the Orte Empire. Born and raised in a war-torn era, Toyohisa has a keen sense for battle and tactics, though he remains unaware of these talents himself. Toyohisa primarily uses a nodachi in battle, though he is seen carrying a wakizashi. He also carries a Tanegashima on the back of his waist, which he only uses when his swords are infeasible to use against his enemies.
Oda Nobunaga
A famous warlord who conquered most of Japan during Sengoku period. He is known for being the daimyō who took the first step of unification of the Japan, and the first Japanese military commander to utilize arquebuses in battles, using one as his main weapon in battle as a Drifter. Historically, he died during the Honnō-ji incident, the mutiny conducted by Akechi Mitsuhide. As a Drifter, he has only aged six months since arriving in the new world. Nobunaga is highly ambitious and cunning, desiring to establish a multiracial federation in the new world with Toyohisa as their leader. Nobunaga acts as the group’s military strategist.
Nasu no Yoichi
A very effeminate man of nineteen. His full name is Nasu Suketaka Yoichi, though he is simply known as Nasu no Yoichi. Although he lived hundreds of years before Nobunaga and Toyohisa, Yoichi is the youngest in the group. Born as the youngest of eleven siblings, Yoichi is a powerful warrior and military commander who served Minamoto no Yoshitsune during the Genpei War. Yoichi’s exploits were recorded throughout Japanese history, including in The Tale of the Heike, though Nobunaga notes that Yoichi acts very differently from these historical accounts. During the Genpei War, he was forced to commit several dishonorable acts by Yoshitsune, despite having a strong belief of Bushido. Now as a Drifter, Yoichi resolves to maintain his honorable nature, and he is the most level-headed of the trio. Yoichi acts as the group’s archer, killing fleeing enemies.
Hannibal Barca
A famous Carthiginian military commander. Now a Drifter and elderly, he is first seen arguing with Scipio Africanus over the latter’s “plagiarism” of Cannae at the Battle of Zama. Despite nearly being killed by the Black King’s army, Hannibal still insists that victory is still possible. After being separated from Scipio, Hannibal becomes depressed and senile, but he is still able to articulate battle tactics to his fellow Drifters via indirect means. He acts as Nobunaga’s military advisor since being left in Toyohisa’s group’s care.
Scipio Africanus
Hannibal’s Roman adversary during the Second Punic War. As a Drifter, he is as old as Hannibal, who he is seen constantly arguing with, claiming that “a winner takes all” since he won at Zama. Nevertheless, Scipio respects Hannibal greatly. Originally traveling with Hannibal and the Wild Bunch gang, he was accidentally separated from them and is currently in the company of Naoshi Kanno and Tamon Yamaguchi.
Butch Cassidy
Leader of the Wild Bunch gang. He, along with Sundance Kid, was transported from Bolivia, and is now fighting against the Black King and his armies. Unlike his partner, Butch has a hot-blooded and wild personality. He favors the use of firearms, particularly a pair of pistols, in battle.
Sundance Kid
A member of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch. He, along with Butch, was transported from Bolivia, and is now fighting against the Black King and his armies. Unlike his leader, Kid possesses a calm and collected personality. Kid favors the use of firearms in battle, such as shotguns and a Gatling gun.
Naoshi Kanno
During a battle with the Black King, with the Drifters’ side under attack by dragons, Japanese World War II fighter pilot Naoshi Kanno is transported into the world in his plane. When the dragons’ attacks trigger memories of the bombing of Tokyo, he attacks the dragons in anger. His plane later crashed and he soon found himself worshiped as a god by a tribe of anthropomorphic dogs, only to be found by Scipio, who decides to use his status to unite the various anthropomorphic animal tribes under him to bolster the Drifters’ army. He does not initially trust Butch or Sundance Kid, as they are American, but Butch manages to convince him that they are Bolivian instead. He is addressed as Sugano Nao in the Dark Horse translation, an alternate reading of his name.
Tamon Yamaguchi
An admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. Tamon arrived in the new world along with the aircraft carrier Hiryū, and has since formed an uneasy alliance with the leaders of Gu-Binnen, a merchant guild, assisting them against the war with the Orte Empire by leading the guild’s griffin naval forces.

 

Film Friday- Terra Formars

Film Friday- Terra Formars

Viz Media began publishing an English translation in 2014. Two original video animations (OVAs), abridging the Bugs 2 arc were released in 2014, and an animated television series, covering the Annex 1 arc was also shown in 2014. A live action film adaptation directed by Takashi Miike was released in 2016.

Anime

An anime adaptation produced by Liden Films began airing on September 26, 2014, and finished airing on December 19, 2014 with a total of 13 episodes. The anime is licensed in the United Kingdom by Kazé UK and in North America by Viz Media. Madman Entertainment acquired the series for release in Australia and New Zealand.

A sequel to the anime titled Terra Formars: Revenge was announced in November 2015, with changes to the series’ main staff and the main cast returning to reprise their roles. Liden Films and TYO Animations produced the sequel. The anime premiered on April 2, 2016.

An OVA adaptation of the manga’s Earth Arc was planned for a May 2017 release, but was delayed to an August 2018 release instead.

Film

A live-action film based on Terra Formars was developed with Takashi Miike directing. It was released on April 29, 2016.

BUGS 2

Shokichi Komachi 
is one of the three Japanese members of the BUGS 2 expedition sent to Mars and one of the only two who survived. Despite disliking conflict, has a strong sense of justice. When he was 15 years old, he saw his childhood friend Nanao’s stepfather abusing her and killed the man with his bare hands to protect her. After being released from juvenile prison, he underwent the bugs procedure to follow after her.
He was 22 years old when he was sent to the second expedition and after seeing almost all his companions killed by the Terraformars including Nanao, he swore to one day return and enact his revenge. He indeed returns 20 years later as the Japanese leader of Annex I’s squad 1. Komachi’s powers are based on the Asian giant hornet, giving him enhanced strength and the ability to inflict lethal doses of poison with his stings. He is mortally wounded by Joseph during their fight, but he manages to kill him thanks to an overdose of the transformation drug keeping his body together.
Ichiro Hiruma  
The other survivor of the BUGS 2 expedition when he was 18, Hiruma swore to never return to Mars after what happened. Being the eldest of eleven siblings, he tried to betray the rest of the BUGS 2 crew along with one of his comrades, Victoria Wood, in order to gain more money by bringing a roach egg, but the egg hatched faster than expected and killed Victoria. He was saved by Shokichi and they fiercely fought the rest of the roaches. He eventually becomes the Prime Minister of Japan and works to enforce his country’s position among the countries leading the Annex I mission. Hiruma’s powers are based on the sleeping chironomid that just like its larva, bestows him with a seemingly invulnerable carapace along enhanced strength.
Nanao Akita 
Shokichi’s childhood friend and love interest who, after her stepfather was killed by Shokichi, joined the BUGS 2 crew. All she wanted was a peaceful life with Shokichi after returning to Earth, but tragically she was the first victim of the Terraformars when one of the roaches snapped her neck, dying in Shokichi’s arms. Her powers were based on the silk moth, but died before being able to show them, until one of the Terraformars managed to copy her powers twenty years later.
Donatello K. Davis
The Captain of the BUGS 2 mission and Michelle’s father. His powers were based on the Paraponera clavata, an ant so ferocious that even Army Ants will steer clear of its path, and is believed to be the world’s strongest insect. He was capable of splitting in two the previously untouchable roaches with the pure strength of his arms or crush their heads with one hand. His power allowed him to fight off a horde of roaches singlehanded, giving time for his crew to escape. He was murdered by Victoria Wood. His daughter Michelle inherited his ant powers. Twenty years later, Michelle faces a roach that stole his powers.

 

Wednesday News- May 15, 2019

Wednesday News- May 15, 2019

2nd Made in Abyss Compilation Film Opens in U.S. on May 27 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-05-14/2nd-made-in-abyss-compilation-film-opens-in-u.s-on-may-27/.146694

Review: My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Novels 1-3 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/my-next-life-as-a-villainess/all-routes-lead-to-doom/novels-1-3/.146584

Shelf Life: Adieu Galaxy Express 999https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2019-05-13/.146625#express

Review: The Magnificent KOTOBUKI Episodes 1-12 streaming – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/the-magnificent-kotobuki/episodes-1-12/.146639

Review: Collide Chapters 1-4 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/collide/chapters-1-4/.146606

Anime

  • Armored Trooper Votoms OVA Collection BD 1
  • Guilty Crown Essentials BD
  • Lucky Star Essentials BD
  • Princess Mononoke Collector’s Edition BD

Manga

  • Fire-Hot Aunt GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Edition Graphic Novel (GN) 5 (hardcover)
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord GN 4
  • Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World GN 2
  • Kira-kun Today GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Love Massage: Melting Beauty GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka GN 6
  • Pokémon Sun & Moon GN 4
  • Ran the Peerless Beauty GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Record of Grancrest War GN 3
  • Requiem of the Rose King GN 10
  • Sailor Moon Eternal Edition GN 4
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 32
  • Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Heed My Call, Beast! GN 1
  • Sota’s Knife GN 21-39 (Digital Only)
  • A Strange and Mystifying Story GN 7
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Yōkai Watch GN 11

Other

  • Amagi Brilliant Park Novel 5 (Digital Only)
  • The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan Novel 1
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 14 (Digital Only)
  • Toradora! Novel 5

 

Manga Monday- Terra Formars

Manga Monday- Terra Formars

Terra Formars is a Japanese manga series written by Yū Sasuga and Michio Fukuda. Illustrated by Michio Fukuda. It is serialized in Shueisha’s magazine Weekly Young Jump since 2011. Also, a spin-off manga titled Terra for Police started on May 10, 2014 in Jump X.

Reception

It was number one on the 2013 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey. It was placed 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. The 6th volume reached the number one place on the Oricon weekly manga chart in the week of August 19–25, 2013, with 317,248 copies. As of February 2015, Terra Formars 11 first volumes have sold over 10 million copies. As of August 2015, the series had sold 13 million copies. As of April 2018, the manga had over 16 million copies in print.

Plot

In an attempt to colonize Mars, 21st century scientists are tasked with terraforming the planet. Their goal is to seed the planet with a modified algae to absorb sunlight and purify the atmosphere, and cockroaches, whose corpses spread the algae across the planet as they feed.

Five hundred years later, the first manned ship to Mars lands and its six crew members are attacked by giant mutated humanoid cockroaches with incredible physical strength, later labeled “Terraformars”; the crew is wiped out after sending a warning back to Earth. Two years later, BUGS II, a multinational expedition of genetically modified humans, is sent to collect 10 samples of both sexes of roaches, and exterminate the mutated bugs to take control of the red planet. Only two survivors manage to return to Earth, one swearing to return and avenge their fallen companions. As a third expedition is assembled questions are raised about the true origin of the Terraformars and their connection with an unknown disease afflicting mankind, the Alien Engine Virus, or A.E. Virus. To fight the Terraformars’ strength and agility, members of the second and third expedition undergo genetic modification to inherit the characteristics of other organisms, only possible after having a special organ implanted with a 36% chance of surviving the surgery itself.

The third expedition ends with most of its crew members killed as well, be it by fighting the Terraformars, or amongst themselves in the multi-sided conflict between the various factions aboard the ship, each with own opposing interests. Despite that, the few survivors manage to collect enough samples for the research on a cure to the A.E. Virus and return home. However, a new fight against the Terraformars begins when it is revealed that the creatures arrived on Earth long before, and after multiplying on an alarming rate and adapting themselves far better to their new environment than they did to their homeworld, they start their plan to take over the planet.

 

Film Friday- The Rising of the Shield Hero

Film Friday- The Rising of the Shield Hero

The Rising of the Shield Hero is a Japanese light novel series written by Aneko Yusagi. Originally published as a web novel, the series has since been published by Media Factory with an expanded story-line featuring illustrations by Seira Minami. As of February 25, 2019, twenty-one volumes have been published.

The novel series was adapted into a manga series by Aiya Kyū and published by Media Factory, with thirteen volumes released as of April 23, 2019. Both the novel and manga series were licensed by One Peace Books and were published in North America starting in September 2015. The 25-episode anime television series adaptation produced by Kinema Citrus premiered in January 2019. The anime series is licensed in North America by the Crunchyroll-Funimation partnership.

Anime

An anime adaptation was announced in June 2017. The television series is produced by Kinema Citrus and directed by Takao Abo, with Keigo Koyanagi handling series composition, Masahiro Suwa designing the characters and Kevin Penkin composing the music. The series premiered on January 9, 2019 on AT-X and other channels. It will run for 25 episodes. The first opening theme is “RISE,” performed by MADKID, while the first ending theme is “Kimi no Namae” performed by Chiai Fujikawa. The second opening theme is “FAITH,” performed by MADKID, while the second ending theme is “While I’m Next to You” performed by Fujikawa. For episode 4, Asami Setō sang an insert song titled “Falling Through Starlight” as her character Raphtalia. Both Crunchyroll and Funimation are streaming the anime. Crunchyroll streamed the show in both the original Japanese version and the English dub. However, Funimation indefinitely delayed its release on its streaming service.

Main characters

Naofumi Iwatani 
Naofumi is the Hero of the Shield, he was a university student who was summoned from another world after finding a book about the Four Heroes. Originally an open minded person, he becomes cynical and mistrustful of others due to being looked down by his fellow heroes, subjected to religious prejudice from citizens, and being robbed and falsely accused of rape by Myne. It is only after Raphtalia defended him and proclaimed her loyalty that Naofumi began to slowly open up to those around him and realizing his mistakes. Viewing his role as a Hero burdensome, having been summoned against his will, Naofumi shows little remorse in using underhanded tactics to ensure the survival of his party despite the criticism of his fellow Heroes/allies. Generally reluctant to trust strangers, often asking to be paid upfront or using slave curses to prevent lying, he tries his best to live up to the expectations of those who have placed their faith in him or treat him as an equal.
After defeating Kyo and ending the threat of the Spirit Tortoise, Naofumi is given control of Raphtalia’s hometown. He soon plans to rebuild and make a makeshift army to fight against the Waves and remaining Guardian Beasts, purchasing the original displaced inhabitants and other slaves to repopulate. He often enjoys pretending to be the villain, much to Raphtalia’s annoyance and the amusement of his allies, and working as a merchant/craftsman in his spare time. Believing he’ll one day return home, he considers himself a foster parent to Raphtalia and Filo and desires to make sure they can protect themselves in his absence.
Although Naofumi has a slow start because of the public’s perception of him and being unable to attack enemies directly, he is still able to keep up with his fellow heroes and even outshine them due to unlocking a wide variety of shields that boost his allies and passive skills. Given his high defenses, he is able to shrug off most attacks and displays immunity to most poisons, being only vulnerable to attacks that use his stats against him such as Hengen Muso. His strongest shield, the Shield of Wrath, allows him to counterattack opponents with cursed flames that rise with his anger at the cost of temporarily decreasing his stats and threatening to allow his inner darkness to take control.
Raphtalia 
The Vassal Katana Hero and Tanuki Demi-human. Originally living in a village on Melromarc’s coast, Raphatalia was left orphaned in the wake of the first Wave to strike the world. Shortly after, she and her fellow villagers were captured and sold into slavery by Melromarc’s Royal Knights. First purchased by a nobleman, she is physically and emotionally tortured out of racial resentment towards Demi-humans and left a shell of her former self. Near death and suffering from panic attacks, she was sold back and later purchased by Naofumi who, unable to fight himself and spite towards Malty, desired to use her as his sword in the coming Waves.
Under Naofumi’s protection, Raphtalia becomes a skilled swordfighter and is able to find closure from her past traumas. Able to see past Naofumi’s cynical nature, she falls in love with him and does her best to help him overcome his resentment towards others and losing himself to the Shield of Wrath, even volunteering to have her slave curse re-applied after it is forcibly removed as a sign of devotion. It is later revealed that through her Tanuki herritage, she is a heir to the throne of Q’Ten Lo, her father having eloped to Meloromarc and putting her at odds with her distant relatives.
Technically a 10 year old girl, being a Demi-human, Raphtalia’s body is able to age to that of a young women as her levels increase. Due to this, she often gets annoyed when Naofumi treats her as his daughter or is oblivious to her feelings; the latter believing she is only focused on getting stronger. While traveling in Kizuna’s world, she is chosen as the wielder of the Vassal Katana (Sever Star Hammer in the Web Novel). She also specializes in Light/Dark magic and is able to turn herself and allies invisible or generate illusions.
Filo
A Filolial Queen. Hatching her from an egg purchased from the Slave Trader, Filo is the youngest of Naofumi’s allies. She is part of a monster species called Filolials that enjoy pulling carts, and having been raised by a Hero, develops into a Queen. As a Queen, she resembles a large flightless owl and possesses higher attack strength and speed than normal members of her species. In addition, she possesses the unique ability to shapeshift into a young blonde girl with wings, retaining the strength of her true form.
Young and boisterous, she has a short attention span, has a ravenous appetite, and often fights Raphtalia and Gaelion for Naofumi’s attention, much to his and others annoyance. Also highly impressionable, she has been shown to pick up on some of Naofumi’s habits much to Raphtalia’s distress. A capable learner, she is able to use advanced wind magic spells and many of the teachings of Hengen Muso with minimal instruction. Her skills are recognized by her Queen predecessor, Fitoria, and is given some of her power.
In spite of her sometimes overbearing personality, Filo is able to quickly make friends with others and takes other Filolials on as her underlings. True to her Filolial instincts, her favorite hobby is to pull a custom cart Naofumi made for her. While in Kizuna’s world, due to Filolial’s not existing, she is transformed into a species called a Humming Fairy, losing her strength in favor of being able to fly and cast magic through singing.

 

Wednesday News- May 8, 2019

Wednesday News- May 8, 2019

Funimation Screen Live-Action Kingdom Film in N.America in Summer – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-05-07/funimation-screens-live-action-kingdom-film-in-n-america-in-summer/.146493

Shelf Life: Kokkokuhttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2019-05-06/.146417

Review: Detective Pikachu – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/detective-pikachu/.146449

Arc of Alchemist PS4 Game Delayed to Winter in the West – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-05-07/arc-of-alchemist-ps4-game-delayed-to-winter-in-the-west/.146463

Anime

  • Jormungand Complete Series Essentials BD
  • Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- Season 1 Part 1 BD
  • Kamisama Kiss Season 2 Essentials BD
  • My Hero Academia Season 3 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • My Hero Academia Season 3 Part 1 DVD
  • My Hero Academia Season 3 Part 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Please Twins BD

Manga

  • Anonymous Noise Graphic Novel (GN) 14
  • Baki GN 24-25 (Digital Only)
  • Black Clover GN 15
  • Black Torch GN 4
  • Blissful Land GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Can You Just Die, My Darling? GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba GN 6
  • Disney Manga: Descendants – Evie’s Wicked Runway GN 1
  • Dragon Ball Super GN 5
  • Dr. Stone GN 5
  • The Dungeon of Black Company GN 3
  • Haikyu!! GN 32
  • Heart Break Club GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • High-rise Invasion Omnibus GN 4
  • Hitorijime My Hero GN 3
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable GN 1 (hardcover)
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War GN 8
  • Kakuriyo -Bed & Breakfast for Spirits- GN 3
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers GN 12
  • Momo’s Iron Will GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Mononoke Sharing GN 4
  • One Piece GN 90
  • One-Punch Man GN 16
  • Our Dreams At Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare GN 1
  • Shortcake Cake GN 4
  • Snow White with the Red Hair GN 1
  • Twin Star Exorcists GN 15
  • Versailles of the Dead GN 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • Wonderland GN 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • World’s End and Apricot Jam GN 4 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Classroom of the Elite Novel 1
  • Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • I Shall Survive Using Potions! Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Lazy Dungeon Master Novel 5 (Digital Only)
  • NieR Automata World Guide Artbook 1 (hardcover)
  • Persona 5 : The original art book (digital)C
  • Puyo Puyo Champions Switch/PS4/Xbox One/PC game
  • Yakuza Kiwami 2 PC game

 

 

Light Novel Tuesday- The Rising of the Shield Hero

Light Novel Tuesday- The Rising of the Shield Hero

The Rising of the Shield Hero is a Japanese light novel series written by Aneko Yusagi. Originally published as a web novel, the series has since been published by Media Factory with an expanded story-line featuring illustrations by Seira Minami. As of February 25, 2019, twenty-one volumes have been published.

The novel series was adapted into a manga series by Aiya Kyū and published by Media Factory, with thirteen volumes released as of April 23, 2019. Both the novel and manga series were licensed by One Peace Books and were published in North America starting in September 2015. The 25-episode anime television series adaptation produced by Kinema Citrus premiered in January 2019. The anime series is licensed in North America by the Crunchyroll-Funimation partnership.

Light novel

Originally published as a web novel, the series has been re-written with an expanded story-line. The series is currently published by Media Factory and features illustrations by Seira Minami. As of February 25, 2019, twenty-one volumes have been published. The spin-off novel The Reprise of the Spear Hero were licensed by One Peace Books. The light novel series has over 3.3 million volumes in print as of December 2018, and the manga series has 1 million tankobon volumes in print as of January 2019.

 

 

Manga Monday- The Rising of the Shield Hero

Manga Monday- The Rising of the Shield Hero

The Rising of the Shield Hero is a Japanese light novel series written by Aneko Yusagi. Originally published as a web novel, the series has since been published by Media Factory with an expanded story-line featuring illustrations by Seira Minami. As of February 25, 2019, twenty-one volumes have been published.

The novel series was adapted into a manga series by Aiya Kyū and published by Media Factory, with thirteen volumes released as of April 23, 2019. Both the novel and manga series were licensed by One Peace Books and were published in North America starting in September 2015. The 25-episode anime television series adaptation produced by Kinema Citrus premiered in January 2019. The anime series is licensed in North America by the Crunchyroll-Funimation partnership.

Manga

The light novel series was adapted into a manga series by Aiya Kyū and published by Media Factory, with thirteen volumes released as of April 23, 2019. In an interview, the manga artist said, “Comic Flapper’s editorial department told me about the opportunity, and I gleefully took it.” Both the novel and manga series were licensed by One Peace Books and were published in North America starting in September 2015.

Plot

Naofumi Iwatani was summoned into a parallel world along with three other people to become the world’s Heroes. Each of the heroes were respectively equipped with their own legendary equipment when summoned. Naofumi happened to receive the Legendary Shield, the sole defensive equipment, while the others received weapons capable of attacking. Unlike the other heroes who are fully supported by the kingdom and gain several strong allies each, Naofumi’s luck turns to the worse after his single companion, later revealed to be none other than Princess Myne, betrays him, and leaves him devoid of all assistance and supplies after she falsely accuses him of raping her.

Shunned by everyone from the King to peasants, Naofumi is forced to train as a hero alone while working to make ends meet, until he buys from a slave trader a young tanuki demi-human girl named Raphtalia and an egg that hatches into a bird creature whom he names “Filo”, both quickly growing into adulthood and becoming powerful warriors under his care. As they little by little gain the trust and gratitude of the people with their heroic actions, Naofumi and his companions work hard to fulfill their mission as saviors of the world, while unraveling its deepest secrets.

 

Manga Monday- Demon Slayer

Manga Monday- Demon Slayer

Demon Slayer is a Japanese manga series by Koyoharu Gotōge. The series is published in English by Viz Media. An anime television series adaptation by Ufotable premiered on April 6, 2019.

Anime

An anime television series adaptation by studio Ufotable was announced in Weekly Shōnen Jump on June 4, 2018. The series premiered on April 6, 2019 on Tokyo MX, GTV, GYT, BS11, and other channels. Haruo Sotozaki is directing the anime with scripts by the Ufotable staff. Yuki Kajiura and Go Shiina are composing the music, and Akira Matsushima is the character designer. Hikaru Kondo is the producer. LiSA is performing the first opening theme “Gurenge”, while the first ending theme is “from the edge” by FictionJunction feat. LiSA. The series will air for 26 episodes. Aniplex of America announced that they have licensed the series, and streaming on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and FunimationNow. AnimeLab will simulcast the series in Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to airing, the first five episodes screened theatrically in Japan for two weeks from March 29, 2019, under the title Kimetsu no Yaiba: Kyōdai no Kizuna. Aniplex of America screened the film at the Aratani Theatre in Los Angeles on March 31, 2019. Madman Entertainment and AnimeLab screened the film in select theatres in Australia on April 2, 2019.

Characters

Tanjirō Kamado 
The oldest son of a charcoal-seller; His entire family was attacked by a demon while he was selling charcoal, with only his sister Nezuko surviving. His goal is to find a cure for her, and turn her back into a human, and it is to this end that he decides to join the Demon Slayer Corps. He initially trained under Urokodaki, learning the “Breath of Water” sword-style, but has since begun to branch out; He began to use his family’s Dance of the Fire God, as a more powerful form of fighting, but later merged it with the Breath of Water techniques, to create a more sustainable fighting style. His skull is extremely thick and his head-butts are often used as gags through the series. He is a kind-hearted boy and often feels sadness for demons and their victims. His endless optimism and simple nature often has people enjoy his company, but at the same time, it also puts him at odds with certain personalities. His sword is black.

Nezuko Kamado
The Daughter of a charcoal-seller and Tanjiro’s younger sister. She was with her family, when they were attacked and killed by a demon. She alone survived, but the attack left her transformed into a demon. However, unlike many new-born demons, Nezuko has managed to maintain some form of her earlier consciousness, which allowed her to recognize Tanjiro as her brother and not hurt him. Further reinforcement by Urokodaki, has helped her develop into demon who does not consume human flesh. She regains energy from sleep and only harms demons. She is unable to speak as a demon, but she is also made to wear a wooden gag as a precaution from biting anyone. She has several powers, including regeneration, superhuman strength, Growing and shrinking rapidly and a technique that causes her blood that is outside her body to burn. Tanjiro generally carries her around in a wooden box, as being in the sun would cause her to burn up.

Zenitsu Agatsuma
A cowardly boy, who joined the Demon Slayer Corps at around the same time as Tanjiro. He trained in the Breath of Lightning, by the former Lightning Pillar, but was only able to learn the first technique, and because of this he often belittles himself, despite the fact that he is not untalented. He joins up with Tanjiro on a mission and since then, he has tagged along with him, partially because he thinks Nezuko is beautiful. His cowardly personality initially hinders him, but he later learns to push his fears aside and take action when he must. His sword is yellow.

Inosuke Hashibira 
A young boy, who was raised by a wild boar. He uses as self-designed style, Breath of the Beast, along with two broken swords in battle; When he gets new swords, he purposely breaks them in order to match his preference and fighting style (Much to the sword-maker’s anger). He is brash and prone to reacting violently, and while he appears dim, he has proven himself in battle, time after time. He is extremely muscular and rugged, which contrasts with his oddly, effeminate face, which he normally hides under a boar’s head. When he first meets Tanjiro, he treats him as an enemy, but he quickly becomes friends as they fight together. He often challenges Tanjiro to competitions which are accepted in good-spirit. Unlike Tanjiro and Zenitsu, he never official took the test to joint the Demon Slayer Corps, but has since been acknowledged as part of them, having joined with Tanjiro’s group. His swords are violet.

Giyū Tomioka
The Present Water Pillar; He is the first Demon Slayer that Tanjiro comes across. He, initially tries to kill Nezuko, but reconsiders after seeing her protect an unconscious Tanjiro. He has them both go to Urokodaki, in the hopes that Tanjiro will master the Breath of the Water, and follow in his footsteps as a pillar, as well as fulfil his goal of curing Nezuko. He does not think of himself as a true pillar, despite mastering the Breath of Water, believing that one of his peers, Sabito, who died saving other Demon Slayers-in-training, was the one truly suited for the role. He has developed an additional technique to the Breath of Water, which he alone knows.

 

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