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Film Friday- Gunparade March

Film Friday- Gunparade March

The anime, Gunparade March: The New March, which was produced by J.C.Staff was broadcast on MBS from 6 February 2003 to 23 April 2003. It is licensed for distribution in the United States by Media Blasters as simply “Gunparade March”. A spin-off, Gunparade Orchestra, produced by Brain’s Base, was aired from 5 October 2005 to 29 March 2006. A trilogy of games, the Gunparade Orchestra Trilogy, were released for Playstation 2 in 2006.

Gunparade Orchestra

The story focuses and revolves around the 108th Guard Squad, stationed in Aomori, Aomori. A poorly equipped unit with very little military standing, it is often viewed as a ‘reject camp’ for pilots not making the grade for the elite units based in Hokkaido. The apparent helpless nature of this force is hardly a deterrent for the encroaching enemy armies, ever closing in on both the 108th and the rest of the empire. The young pilots of the 108th, who had dreamed on returning home, are plunged forcefully and unwillingly into a war.

Characters

Atsushi Hayami 
Atsushi is the main protagonists of the story and an HWT pilot. Hayami is probably one of the most shy and naive characters in Gunparade March. His personality renders him to be dubbed a “goof” among his colleagues and become somewhat an interest for several of the female characters. When he meets Mai, he develops an interest for her and gradually becomes infatuated with her. However, his timidity prevents him from admitting his true feelings and publicly, he considers her as a “good partner on the job”. As an HWT pilot, his attributes are quite balanced and this caused him to be teamed with Mai for piloting the two-seater “Tandem” HWT. However, Hayami tends to be nervous during battles and has the habit of messing up. He also seems to be well aware of the concept that the Genjyu feed upon Human’s fear and hatred for them which causes them to attack. This is shown when he elaborates a fairy tale (it is speculated that a fairy tale can bring one’s childhood innocence back which eliminates most of one’s hatred and fear) aloud while carrying Mai to a safe area when they were stranded in a forest full of Genjyu and the Genjyu were rendered motionless. Later on, the whole platoon tried to pair Mai and Hayami up by setting false tasks and trying to trap them into admitting each others true feelings. It initially appeared to be successful until Hayami’s naive personality ended the operation in failure. During the New Year’s Eve of 2001, Hayami admitted love to Mai and still pilots the Tandem with her.
Mai Shibamura
Mai is the main heroine of the story and an HWT pilot. Mai was a transfer pilot to the 5121st Platoon. She initially separated herself from everyone in the division but formed a friendship with Nonomi and eventually, the whole female crew of the platoon. She first saves Mibuya and Hayami when they were in the effective range of the PBE. Afterwards, she gained the gratitude of Hayami and a slight rivalry with Mibuya. Her skills as an HWT pilot are at near perfection. However, her teamwork is as relatively poor as her communication skills. Later on, Mai reveals that is the daughter of the head of Shibamura Industries. Despite that, she tries to lead a normal life and care for Nonomi, thinking she is responsible for her condition. When Hayami and Mai were stranded, she revealed why she came to join the army despite her status as being the daughter of the head of Shibamura. When she was in her old high school, she became infatuated with an elite HWT pilot but never admitted her feelings to him as he died fighting the Genjyu. Holding a grudge against the Genjyu, she trained to be an elite pilot and was eventually transferred to the 5121st platoon. After Hayami saves her, Mai begins to be infatuated with him but again, she is too shy to admit her true feelings to him.

Manga Monday- Gunparade March

Manga Monday- Gunparade March

Gunparade March is a Japanese video game that was later turned into a 3-volume manga and a 12-episode anime.
The video game, Kōkidō Gensō Gunparade March, was released on 28 September 2000, for the PlayStation. It was developed by Alfa System and published by Sony Computer Entertainment. Due to its creativity and attention to detail, it won the prestigious Seiun Award in 2001.
The manga by Hiroyuki Sanadura was serialized in the magazine Dengeki Daioh. The three volumes published by MediaWorks between 2001 and 2003 were translated by ADV Manga between 2004 and 2005.

Manga

The manga by Hiroyuki Sanadura was serialized in the magazine Dengeki Daioh. The three volumes published by MediaWorks between 2001 and 2003 were translated by ADV Manga between 2004 and 2005.

Plot

In 1945, World War II was abruptly ended when an alien race appeared on Earth and began to slaughter the human population. This alien force, known as the “Phantom Beasts” (or Genjyu in Japanese) had effectively taken over more than half of the Earth. The year is 1999 – 54 years later, mankind is still fighting to survive against the alien forces. Earth forces now use advanced mecha called Humanoid Walking Tanks (HWTs) to combat the invaders, but throughout the ordeal, far too many pilots have been killed in action. To ensure the future of the human race, the Japanese government enforced a student draft which recruited high school students to become HWT pilots. Gunparade March follows the lives of the 5121th Platoon, which consists mainly of drafted high school students and their struggle to defeat the Phantom Beasts and at the same time, lead a normal social life.

 

Film Friday- Tokyo Ghoul

Film Friday- Tokyo Ghoul

A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by studio Pierrot aired on Tokyo MX between July 4, 2014, and September 19, 2014. A 12-episode second season, Tokyo Ghoul √A (pronounced Tokyo Ghoul Root A), which follows an original story, began airing on January 9, 2015, and concluded on March 27, 2015. In North America, Viz Media is publishing the manga while Funimation has licensed the anime series for streaming and home video distribution.

A live-action film based on the manga was released in Japan on July 29, 2017. An anime adaptation based on the sequel manga Tokyo Ghoul:re began airing from April 3, 2018, and concluded on December 25, 2018, with the series being split into two seasons.

Anime

A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by Pierrot aired on Tokyo MX between July 4 and September 19, 2014. It also aired on TV Aichi, TVQ, TVO, AT-X, and Dlife. The opening theme song is “Unravel” by TK from Ling tosite Sigure and the ending theme is “The Saints” by People in the Box. Funimation has licensed the anime series in North America. A second season, titled Tokyo Ghoul √A (read as “Root A”), aired in Japan between January 9 and March 27, 2015. The opening theme song is “Munou” by Österreich, while the ending theme is “Kisetsu wa Tsugitsugi Shinde Iku”  by Amazarashi. On March 10, 2017, it was announced that the anime will premiere on Adult Swim’s Saturday late-night action programming block, Toonami starting on March 25. Madman Entertainment announced that they had licensed the series in Australia and New Zealand, and simulcasted it on AnimeLab. Anime Limited licensed the series in the UK and Ireland, and later announced during MCM London Comic-Con that the series will be broadcast on Viceland UK.

An anime adaptation for Tokyo Ghoul:re was announced on October 5, 2017, and started airing on April 3, 2018. Toshinori Watanabe replaced Shuhei Morita as the director, while Chūji Mikasano returned to write scripts. Pierrot produced the animation, while Pierrot+ is credited for animation assistance. Atsuko Nakajima replaced Kazuhiro Miwa as the character designer. The opening theme of the first season is “Asphyxia” by Cö shu Nie and the ending theme is “Half” by Queen Bee. The series aired in two seasons, with the first 12 episodes airing from April 3, 2018, to June 19, 2018, and second season airing from October 9, 2018, to December 25, 2018. The opening theme of the second season is “Katharsis” by TK from Ling tosite Sigure, and the ending theme of the second season is “Rakuen no Kimi” by Österreich.

Live action film

A live-action film based on the manga was released in Japan on July 29, 2017. Kentarō Hagiwara directed the film. The cast included Masataka Kubota for the role of protagonist Ken Kaneki and Fumika Shimizu for the role of Touka Kirishima. Yū Aoi was cast as Rize Kamishiro, Nobuyuki Suzuki played Kotaro Amon and Yo Oizumi played Kureo Mado. A sequel film titled Tokyo Ghoul S is scheduled for release in Japan on July 19, 2019, with Maika Yamamoto replacing Fumika Shimizu as Touka Kirishima, and Shota Matsuda joining the cast as Shuu Tsukiyama.

Main Characters

Ken Kaneki
The main protagonist of the story, Ken Kaneki is a nineteen-year-old black haired university freshman that receives an organ transplant from Rize, who was trying to kill him before she was struck by a fallen I-beam and seemingly killed. After the operation Kaneki develops ghoul-like tendencies and characteristics, and his rationality begins to wane. As one that now doesn’t belong to humans or ghouls he struggles to keep his ghoul identity secret, always fighting against his ghoul side while trying to continue to live like a normal human. He later works as a waiter for Anteiku under Yoshimura’s guidance. After his fight with a CCG investigator named Amon he gains the name Eye Patch because of his mask’s design and becomes somewhat famous after a ghoul saw him defeating the investigator. He loves to read and is normally quiet and reserved but can also be calculating when fighting. He has a bad trait of easily trusting strangers which sometimes puts him in life-threatening situations. After being kidnapped by the ghoul run organization known as Aogiri Tree, he is mercilessly tortured by a sadistic ghoul named Yakumo Ōmori (Yamori), and later develops similar traits to his torturer. While being tortured he has hallucinations of Rize in which she mocks him about his mother, leading to him finally embracing his inner ghoul. In the manga at chapter 61, Kaneki’s hair slowly changes color from black to white. In the anime, Tokyo ghoul, his hair changes instantly after eating Rize and accepting his ghoul side. He then goes on and eats his torturer, Yakumo Ōmori. His view on strength changes and he goes on a power hungry path by cannibalizing other ghouls in order to get stronger. The continued cannibalization led him to become a half kakuja, where he develops a centipede shaped kagune and gains the alias Centipede. After the incident at Kanō’s Lab, Kaneki begins to regret this path and begins reflecting on his actions and motives.
After being defeated and captured by Arima, Ken loses his memories and is given the new identity of Haise Sasaki, member and ace of the Mado Squad, and mentor of the Quinx Squad, a special unit composed of artificial ghouls. Despite having a new identity, Haise still retains some traits from his former self, like the love for reading and the determination to protect his companions with his life. When pressured to the limit, Haise has glimpses of his former self and unlocks his powers as a ghoul, forcing the CCG to strike him with RC suppressors to calm him down. Haise usually has an internal conflict with his past self, fearing that one day he would lose his current life with all his new friends and personality, which intensifies as he obtains more information about his former life until the raid at the Tsukiyama Headquarters, when he finally regains his memories and accepts his identity as Kaneki, not only showing a ruthless demeanor when facing his enemies, but a cold attitude toward his current and former allies as well. Haise’s achievements allow him to quickly climb among the CCG’s ranks, being promoted to First Class after the raid at the human auction and receiving a special promotion to Associate Special Class after single-handedly driving away the One-Eyed Owl during the raid at the Tsukiyama Headquarters, becoming known as the Black Reaper, until he betrays the CCG to help Tōka rescue Hinami from the Cochlea, releasing the other ghouls imprisoned there in the occasion. After Kaneki defeats Arima, he claims for himself the title of One-Eyed King, who according to Eto, has the potential to break the current status quo between ghouls and humans. For that purpose, he assembles the surviving members of Aogiri, the inmates from Cochlea rescued by him, several rogue CCG Investigators, and his old friends from Anteiku into a new organization called “Black Goat” which hopes to bring peace between humans and ghouls. After his fight with Juzo, he lost all his limbs and after all of his personalities argue about what to do, he consumes all the oggai squad (a new group of artificial ghouls made by Kano) and becomes a giant mass of kagune. He was later rescued by Tōka and the members of the Quinx squad. After regaining consciousness, he reunited with his best friend, Hideyoshi, whom he thought was dead.
Touka Kirishima
An eighteen-year-old ghoul of the 20th ward, Touka works part-time as a waitress in Anteiku and attends high school. She blends in well with human society and believes that keeping one’s ghoul identity is of top most priority. She is a cold and highly aggressive person, stemming from the fugitive life she had to live after CCG killed her father when she was very young. She is very dangerous and a powerful fighter who is more than a match for either Shū Tsukiyama or Nishiki Nishio on even grounds, though not nearly as strong as Renji. She reluctantly became Kaneki’s guide to the ghoul world and his training partner, although she doesn’t like Kaneki much and has no qualms expressing her dislike towards him. She later comes to be known as Rabbit after her attack on some investigators, killing one of them in the process. She takes up the role as Hinami’s guardian after her parents are killed by investigators and is fiercely protective of her. Touka is also shown to be self-aware, as after she killed an investigator that was involved in the murder of Hinami’s mother, she admits that a murderer such as herself deserved to die because killing for revenge is wrong. Despite her overall harsh personality and lack of kindness or empathy, she takes her job as a part of the Anteiku stability team very seriously. She also has a younger brother whom she raised before they both started to live in the 20th ward; her brother later joined Aogiri Tree because he did not like her peaceful way of living. Later on, Touka has revealed to Yoshimura that she has an interest in biology, particularly where humans and ghouls are concerned, and expressed that she would want to be a teacher in the future. After the time-skip, she is seen running a new coffee shop called “:re” with Renji. Touka also appears to have matured some in that she is calmer and has a less aggressive demeanor than in her teenage years. She is fully aware of Kaneki’s new identity, but is unwilling to force him to remember his past, although she admits that she is ready to support him should it happens and he decides to reunite with her, which he does once he defects from the CCG, mending their relationship and later becoming lovers. After consummating their relationship, it is later revealed that Touka is pregnant with their child and they got married.
Rize Kamishiro
Rize was a girl with glasses that Ken encountered who tried to eat him after luring him out on a date with her. Parts of her body are transplanted into Ken after she is struck by fallen iron construction parts. Before the construction incident, Rize was a member of V, assigned to breed with the members of the Washū family, but escaped with Furuta’s help. She was a very powerful, fearless and merciless ghoul, often preventing other ghouls from hunting in areas which she stole from them. She came to the 20th ward after wreaking havoc in the 11th ward, attracting the CCG Investigators to it. Before leaving, she killed the ghouls that were in charge and caused a shift in power. She is known as the “Binge Eater” by investigators and like Ken, she was very fond of reading. Originally believed to be killed during her encounter with Ken, it is later revealed that she is still alive and her body was used to produce materials for Ghoul/Human experiments by Dr. Kanō, with Ken’s transformation into a ghoul being the result of one of them. She is later rescued by Yomo. However, she is captured by Nimura Furuta and subsequently merged with the Dragon. She is eventually killed by Kaneki in his attempt to put an end to the Dragon’s rampage over Tokyo.
Shū Tsukiyama
A troublesome ghoul of the 20th ward with a well-known reputation: ghouls wouldn’t even get involved with him. He is known as the “Gourmet” by investigators and is one of the most difficult ghouls to capture, especially because he hails from a powerful and rich family of ghouls with connections in the government. He is a part of the “Ghoul Restaurant” under the alias MM. He is a very powerful, cunning, smug, and fashionable ghoul and was also an acquaintance of Rize. Like both Ken and Rize, he is an avid reader. He sometimes says words or phrases in either English, Spanish, French or Italian, and develops an obsession for Ken because of his seemingly unique quality of being human and ghoul. He is very athletic and proficient in martial arts. After being a part of Kaneki’s team post-Aogiri he considers himself Kaneki’s best friend; at this point it was never clear if he had truly seen Kaneki as more than just food. After the time-skip, Shū gets devastated with Kaneki’s disappearance until he is informed of his new identity as Haise and starts conspiring to have him remember his past, until his family’s secret is exposed and his entire clan is put on the CCG’s hit list. He is cornered by Kaneki, who apparently attacks him without mercy, but does not give him a fatal blow, allowing him to escape and be rescued by Chie, Yomo, and Tōka. He later helps out Naki and Miza Kusakari as they are being attacked by investigators.

 

Wednesday News- June 19, 2019

Wednesday News- June 19, 2019

Hakubo Anime Film’s New Trailer Streamed – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-06-17/hakubo-anime-film-new-trailer-streamed/.147932

Crunchyroll’s Simulcast of Dr. Stone Anime Debuts on July 5 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-06-19/crunchyroll-simulcast-of-dr-stone-anime-debuts-on-july-5/.148005

Women Pick Their Most Anticipated Summer 2019 Anime Films – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-06-18/women-pick-their-most-anticipated-summer-2019-anime-films/.147991

Crunchyroll Adds Fire Force Anime for Summer Simulcast (Update)- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-06-18/crunchyroll-adds-fire-force-anime-for-summer-simulcast/.147977

Anime

  • Basquash! BD
  • Buddy Complex Essentials BD
  • Daimidaler: Prince vs. Penguin Empire Essentials BD
  • Love Tyrant BD
  • Modest Heroes BD/DVD
  • Noein Essentials BD
  • One Piece Special – Adventure of Nebulandia BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon Sailor Stars BD/DVD Set 1
  • Sailor Moon Sailor Stars DVD Set 1
  • Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Limited Edition BD/DVD Set 1

Manga

  • 20th Century Boys The Perfect Edition Graphic Novel (GN) 4
  • Again!! GN 9
  • Alice in Murderland GN 11 (hardcover)
  • Animeta! GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • APOSIMZ GN 3
  • Are You Lost? GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • As Miss Beelzebub Likes GN 6
  • Ascendance of a Bookworm GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 GN Box
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 6
  • BTOOOM! GN 25
  • Bungō Stray Dogs GN 11
  • A Certain Scientific Accelerator GN 9
  • DAYS GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • Dead Mount Death Play GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Defying Kurosaki-kun GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Divine Raiment Magical Girl Howling Moon GN 1
  • For the Kid I Saw in My Dreams GN 2 (hardcover)
  • Gangsta: Cursed GN 5
  • Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One GN 2
  • Golden Kamuy GN 10
  • Hakumei & Mikochi – Tiny Little Life in the Woods GN 6
  • Happiness GN 9
  • Hatsu*Haru GN 7
  • Harem Days The Seven-Starred Country GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Heaven’s Design Team GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Infinite Dendrogram GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Kaiju Girl Caramelise GN 1
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 10
  • Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World! GN 1
  • Little Miss P GN
  • The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Monster And The Beast GN 1
  • My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected GN 11
  • Nurse Hitomi’s Monster Infirmary GN 9
  • O Maidens in Your Savage Season GN 2
  • One Week Friends GN 7
  • Prison School GN 13
  • Saint Young Men GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Seto Utsumi GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Silver Spoon GN 9
  • Starving Anonymous GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online GN 3
  • A Terrified Teacher at Ghoul School! GN 7
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 11
  • Ultraman GN 12
  • Whenever Our Eyes Meet GN
  • The Witch’s House – The Diary of Ellen GN 2
  • Yuri Bear Storm GN 3

Other

  • Accel World Novel 18
  • The Asterisk War Novel 10
  • Bloodstained: PS4, Xbox One, PC game Novel 2
  • Bungō Stray Dogs Novel 1
  • A Certain Magical Index Novel 19
  • The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria Novel 6
  • The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious Novel 1
  • I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse Novel 14 (Digital Only)
  • Infinite Dendrogram Novel 9 (Digital Only)
  • The Irregular at Magic High School Novel 12
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria Novel 9
  • Katanagatari Novel 2 (hardcover)
  • My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected Novel 7.5
  • The Night is Short Walk On, Girl Novel
  • Outbreak Company Novel 9 (Digital Only)
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Novel 10
  • Restaurant to Another World Novel 1
  • Sword Art Online: Progressive Novel 6
  • Woof Woof Story – I Told You to Turn Me Into a Pampered Pooch, Not Fenrir! Novel 2

 

Light Novel Tuesday- Tokyo Ghoul

Light Novel Tuesday- Tokyo Ghoul

Light novels

Four light novels have been released thus far and all are written by Shin Towada, with illustrations done by series creator Sui Ishida.

On June 19, 2013, Tokyo Ghoul: Days was released, Illustrations were done by the series creator Sui Ishida and written by Shin Towada and serves as sidestory/spin off that focuses on the daily lives of characters from the Tokyo Ghoul series.

Tokyo Ghoul: Void was released on June 19, 2014, and fills in the 6 month time gap between volumes 8 and 9 of the first series.

The third novel Tokyo Ghoul: Past was released on December 19, 2014. Past takes place before the events of the main series and focuses on further backstory of certain Tokyo Ghoul characters, including Touka Kirishima, Ayato Kirishima, and series protagonist Ken Kaneki.

The fourth novel, Tokyo Ghoul:re: quest  was released on December 19, 2016. It takes place during the events of Tokyo Ghoul :re, focusing on the Quinx, CCG, and other characters.

Plot

The story follows Ken Kaneki, a college student who barely survives a deadly encounter with Rize Kamishiro, his date who reveals herself as a ghoul. He is taken to the hospital in critical condition. After recovering, Kaneki discovers that he underwent a surgery that transformed him into a half-ghoul. This was accomplished because some of Rize’s organs were transferred into his body, and now, like normal ghouls, he must consume human flesh to survive. The ghouls who manage the coffee shop “Anteiku” take him in and teach him to deal with his new life as a half-ghoul. Some of his daily struggles include fitting into the ghoul society, as well as keeping his identity hidden from his human companions, especially from his best friend Hideyoshi Nagachika.

The prequel series Tokyo Ghoul [Jack] follows the youths of Kishō Arima and Taishi Fura, two characters from the main series who become acquainted when they join forces to investigate the death of Taishi’s friend by the hands of a ghoul, leading to Taishi eventually following Arima’s path and joining the CCG (Commission of Counter Ghoul), the federal agency tasked into dealing with crimes related to ghouls as well.

The sequel series Tokyo Ghoul:re follows an amnesiac Kaneki under the new identity of Haise Sasaki (the result of horrific brain damage sustained from Kishō Arima). He is the mentor of a special team of CCG investigators called “Quinx Squad” that underwent a similar procedure as his, allowing them to obtain the special abilities of Ghouls in order to fight them, but still being able to live as normal humans.

 

Manga Monday- Tokyo Ghoul

Manga Monday- Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. It was serialized in Shueisha’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump between September 2011 and September 2014, and it has been collected in fourteen tankōbon volumes as of August 2014. A sequel titled Tokyo Ghoul:re was serialized in the same magazine between October 2014 and July 2018, and was later collected into sixteen tankōbon volumes. A prequel titled Tokyo Ghoul [Jack] ran online on Jump Live.

Manga

Tokyo Ghoul started as a manga series, written and drawn by Sui Ishida. It began serialization in 2011’s 41st issue of Weekly Young Jump, published by Shueisha on September 8, 2011, and the final chapter appeared in 2014’s 42nd issue, released on September 18, 2014. The series has been collected in fourteen tankōbon volumes, released under Shueisha’s Young Jump Comics imprint between February 17, 2012, and October 17, 2014. The series has been licensed for an English release by Viz Media and the first volume was released on June 16, 2015.

In August 2013, a prequel spin-off manga titled Tokyo Ghoul [Jack] was released on Jump Live digital manga. The story spans 7 chapters and focuses on Arima Kishō and Taishi Fura 12 years before the events of Tokyo Ghoul. The manga features several characters from the main series including the above stated Kishō Arima, Taishi Fura, and future key characters Itsuki Marude and Yakumo “Yamori” Ōmori.

On October 17, 2014, a full-color illustration book known as Tokyo Ghoul Zakki was released along with the 14th and final volume of the manga. Zakki includes all promotional images, Volume covers and unreleased concept art with commentary by the creator Sui Ishida.

A sequel titled Tokyo Ghoul:re began serialization in 2014’s 46th issue of Weekly Young Jump, published on October 16, 2014. The series is set 2 years after the end of the original series and introduces a new set of characters. This series was concluded on July 19, 2018, with Volume 16.

Setting

Tokyo Ghoul is set in an alternate reality where ghouls, creatures that look like normal people but can only survive by eating human flesh, live amongst the human population in secrecy, hiding their true nature in order to evade pursuit from the authorities. Ghouls have powers including enhanced strength and regenerative abilities – a regular ghoul produces 4–7 times more kinetic energy in their muscles than a normal human, they also have several times the RC cells. A ghoul’s skin is resistant to ordinary piercing weapons, and it has at least one special predatory organ called a kagune (Japanese: 赫子), which it can manifest and use as a weapon during combat. Another distinctive trait of ghouls is that when they are excited or hungry, the color of their sclera in both eyes turns black and their irises red. This mutation is known as kakugan (赫眼, “red eye”).

A half-ghoul can either be born naturally as a ghoul and a human’s offspring, or artificially created by transplanting some ghoul organs into a human. In both cases, a half-ghoul is usually much stronger than a pure-blood ghoul. In the case of a half-ghoul, only one of the eyes undergoes the “red eye” transformation. Natural born half-ghouls are very rare, and creating half-ghouls artificially initially has a low success rate.

There is also the case of half-humans, hybrids of ghouls and humans that can feed like normal humans and lack a Kagune while possessing enhanced abilities, like increased speed and reaction speed, but shortened lifespans. Naturally born half-ghouls can also eat like normal humans or like full ghouls.

To hunt down the ghouls, several government-sponsored organizations such as the CCG were created worldwide, but struggle, due to the immense power of certain ghouls.

 

Film Friday- Maria Holic

Film Friday- Maria Holic

Maria†Holic is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Minari Endō, the author of Dazzle. The manga was first serialized in the Japanese seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive on June 27, 2006, and is published by Media Factory. The manga was initially licensed by Tokyopop in North America and picked up by One Peace Books in 2016 after Tokyopop lost the license in 2011. It has also been released digitally by BookWalker, Kadokawa’s online digital shopfront. The first anime adaptation animated by Shaft aired in Japan between January and March 2009. A second anime season, Maria†Holic: Alive, premiered on April 8, 2011. Both seasons of the anime series have been licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

Anime

An anime adaption directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and Yukihiro Miyamoto and produced by Shaft aired in Japan between January 5 and March 23, 2009 on Chiba TV, containing twelve episodes. The first episode of the anime was aired as a special broadcast on Animate TV from December 26, 2008 to January 4, 2009 and on AT-X on December 30, 2008. The anime series has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks and is being distributed by Section23 Films. The complete collection was released on DVD, February 23, Sentai Filmworks re-released the first season on DVD and Blu-ray with an English dub on January 28, 2014. The opening theme is “Hanaji” by Yū Kobayashi, and the ending theme is a cover version of Yellow Magic Orchestra’s 1983 single “Kimi ni, Mune Kyun” performed by Asami Sanada, Marina Inoue, and Yū Kobayashi, the voice actresses of the main characters.

A second anime season titled Maria Holic: Alive, under the direction of Akiyuki Shinbo and Tomokazu Tokoro, began airing on April 8, 2011. The first BD/DVD volume for Maria Holic: Alive, which contains unaired bonus footage, was released on July 27, 2011. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the second season and simulcasted the series on the Anime Network video website. The anime opening themes for Maria Holic: Alive are “Mōsō Senshi Miyamae Kanako” by Tomokazu Sugita (episodes 1 through 4) and “Runrunriru Ranranrara” by Yū Kobayashi, and the ending theme is a cover version of Linda Yamamoto’s song “Dōnimo Tomaranai” by Ame no Kisaki Gasshōdan. There is also a special ending song for episode 12, sung by Yū Kobayashi, titled “Don’t Mind, Don’t Mind!” and was released on the same single as the other theme songs of the anime.

Characters

Kanako Miyamae 
Kanako is the protagonist of the story. She is a second year high school transfer student to Ame no Kisaki, a Catholic-based all-girls academy. Kanako has an inherent fear of men which began in elementary school when a piece of her recorder and P.E. uniform were stolen. When coming into physical contact with any man, she instantaneously breaks out in hives. This has significantly contributed to her fear of boys. Kanako is almost solely interested in girls in regards to her ideal romantic relationships. She instantly and constantly suffers from nosebleeds—a visible indication of sexual perverseness frequently used in anime and manga. Her reason for transferring to Ame no Kisaki is to look for her one true love. Kanako begins her reflections on her situation with the phrase “Dear mother in heaven.” Kanako is also quite tall (standing at 175 cm or 5’9″), making her height (and her weight) emotional weak spots. She also takes constant verbal abuse from Mariya and his maid, Matsurika. She is often called a ‘pervert’, or ‘lesbian’, or other nicknames they happen to give her.
Mariya Shidō 
Mariya is the title character of the story. He is a cross-dressing boy who attends Ame no Kisaki as a girl as a means to win the chairmanship of both the all-male and all-female schools where his late grandmother served as the ex-chairman for both. He deeply respects and loves his grandmother and does not care about actually winning chairmanship. He simply wishes to honor his grandmother’s request. He appears to genuinely care about others though this facade is often hidden through some excuse he has crafted for himself. When Kanako first meets Mariya, she is instantly attracted to his playful femininity and kind attitude. He often teases Kanako by playing with his long blonde hair, speaking in a soft voice, and smiling sweetly. However, Mariya turns out to be quite sadistic in nature and generally adjusts his personality to reflect whatever situation he is in. Mariya’s beauty and feminine gestures are so convincing that the entire school, including the faculty, have no idea of his true gender. Mariya is quite short, reaching at most up to the height at the tip of Kanako’s nose (160 cm or 5’3″), and shorter than Matsurika. Because of the switching with his sister his original name was Shizu instead.

 

Manga Monday- The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

Manga Monday- The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! is a Japanese light novel series written by Satoshi Wagahara, with illustrations by Oniku (written as 029). ASCII Media Works has published 24 volumes since February 2011. The story is about a demon king named Sadao Maou seeking to conquer the world of Ente Isla, but when confronted by the Hero Emilia, he is forced to retreat through a gate that transports him to modern day Tokyo, Japan. To survive and find a way to return to Ente Isla, Satan gains part-time employment at a fast food restaurant called MgRonald. There have been two manga adaptations published by ASCII Media Works in Dengeki Daioh and Dengeki Maoh. A 13-episode anime adaptation produced by White Fox and directed by Naoto Hosoda aired between April and June 2013.

Manga

A manga adaptation, illustrated by Akio Hiiragi, started serialization in the February 2012 issue of ASCII Media Works’ shōnen manga magazine Dengeki Daioh. The first tankōbon volume was published on June 27, 2012. Yen Press began publishing the manga in North America in 2015. A spin-off manga series, illustrated by Kurone Mishima and titled The Devil Is a Part-Timer! High School!, began serialization in the July 2012 issue of ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Maoh magazine. Its chapters have been compiled in five tankōbon volumes, released between January 26, 2013 and April 24, 2015. A four-panel manga anthology volume was published by ASCII Media Works on June 27, 2013.

Plot

The Demon Lord Satan seeks to conquer the world of Ente Isla by annexing its four continents with the help of his demon generals Alciel, Lucifer, Malacoda, and Adramelech. After being confronted by the hero Emilia and her companions, after they had killed Malacoda and Adramelech, Satan Jacob and Alciel escape the world of Ente Isla through a gate to modern Tokyo, Japan. However, due to the lack of magic in the modern contemporary world, both Satan and Alciel change into forms representing what they would look like if they were human. In order to survive, Satan takes a part-time job in a fast food restaurant named MgRonald, while Alciel serves as his houseman. One day, Satan, who now goes by Sadao Maō, meets a girl who is actually Emilia in the form of Emi Yusa. The story then unfolds and explores the personalities of each of the characters and their moral values. More characters show up from Ente Isla and they too face the new world dilemmas, often comically.

 

Manga Monday- Maria Holic

Manga Monday- Maria Holic

Maria†Holic is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Minari Endō, the author of Dazzle. The manga was first serialized in the Japanese seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive on June 27, 2006, and is published by Media Factory. The manga was initially licensed by Tokyopop in North America and picked up by One Peace Books in 2016 after Tokyopop lost the license in 2011. It has also been released digitally by BookWalker, Kadokawa’s online digital shopfront. The first anime adaptation animated by Shaft aired in Japan between January and March 2009. A second anime season, Maria†Holic: Alive, premiered on April 8, 2011. Both seasons of the anime series have been licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

Plot

Maria Holic revolves around a high school girl named Kanako Miyamae, who is scared of boys and breaks out in hives if a boy touches her. During her second year of high school, she enrolls in an all-girls school hoping to find a female romantic partner. However, her ideal candidate, Mariya Shidō, turns out to be a sadistic cross-dressing boy.

Manga

Maria Holic is written and illustrated by Minari Endō. It started serialization in Media Factory’s seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive on June 27, 2006. The manga concluded on November 27, 2014. 14 tankōbon volumes have been released in Japan, with the final volume being released on January 23, 2015. The manga was licensed by Tokyopop, and the first volume was available in September 2009. However, they only managed to publish the first six volumes before they lost the license. Kadokawa has released the entire series digitally in English via their website BookWalker. In 2016, One Peace Books started releasing a 3-in-1 omnibus version as well as individual volumes from volume seven onwards in English.

Drama CDs

A drama CD was released on July 25, 2008 and was produced by Frontier Works. A drama CD was also bundled with the limited edition of volume five of the manga.

 

Film Friday- The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

Film Friday- The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! is a Japanese light novel series written by Satoshi Wagahara, with illustrations by Oniku (written as 029). ASCII Media Works has published 24 volumes since February 2011. The story is about a demon king named Sadao Maou seeking to conquer the world of Ente Isla, but when confronted by the Hero Emilia, he is forced to retreat through a gate that transports him to modern day Tokyo, Japan. To survive and find a way to return to Ente Isla, Satan gains part-time employment at a fast food restaurant called MgRonald. There have been two manga adaptations published by ASCII Media Works in Dengeki Daioh and Dengeki Maoh. A 13-episode anime adaptation produced by White Fox and directed by Naoto Hosoda aired between April and June 2013.

Anime

A 13-episode anime television series adaptation of The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, produced by White Fox and directed by Naoto Hosoda, aired between April 4 and June 27, 2013. The anime has Masahiro Yokotani as the script supervisor and Atsushi Ikariya adapts 029’s characters designs. Funimation streamed the series as it aired and released it on home video in summer 2014. The opening theme is “Zero!!” by Minami Kuribayashi. There are three ending theme songs, “Gekka”, “Star Chart”, and “Tsumabiku Hitori”, all by Nano Ripe.

Characters

Shirō Ashiya  / Alciel
Ashiya is one of Satan’s Generals, who was also transported to modern day Japan with him. Extremely loyal to Satan, Alciel takes care of the domestic duties at home and researches ways to regain their magical powers. On Earth, Alciel assumes the form of Shirō Ashiya who operates as Sadao’s housekeeper. Anytime he fails in his duties, he is extremely disappointed in himself for not doing a better job at helping his master, even suffering emotional breakdowns. He is also extremely frugal in his spending habits, once resorting to eating a large amount of leftover udon that was about to expire (which resulted in a severely upset stomach).
Chiho Sasaki
Chiho is a high school student who is Sadao’s friend and fellow employee at MgRonald. She has feelings for Sadao. Chiho is an average teenage girl of short stature who sports a highly curvaceous figure, a fact which is noted by several people and envied by other girls, especially Emi. She can hear and understand the language of Ente Isla due to accidentally being targeted with a communication spell intended for Emi, because the spell was set to target those who were thinking about Sadao constantly. She later learns how to use the magic spell Idea Link to allow her to alert the others if she is ever in danger.
Hanzō Urushihara
Lucifer is a fallen angel and one of Satan’s generals. After Satan was transported to the human world, Lucifer and Olba struck a deal in order to defeat Satan, with Olba promising to return Lucifer to heaven. After they are defeated by Satan, however, Lucifer moves into the apartment belonging to Sadao and Shirō. He is good with technology and loves playing video games. As a result of committing a series of robberies with Olba before being defeated by Sadao, he must remain in seclusion to avoid the police. To his irritation, he is usually referred to as a hikikomori or NEET, even when guests are present. His mother is the current leader of the angels, Ignora, and his father was the ancient demon lord, Sataniel.
Suzuno Kamazuki
Sadao’s next door neighbor. She is always wearing a kimono. Suzuno is the grand inquisitor of the Church in Ente Isla that, like Emi, came to kill Sadao. Unlike Emi, she apparently has trouble adjusting to the modern life of Japan and is easily found having trouble, especially with Japan’s technology. She has coped with Japan, but with the old style of Japan. She briefly teamed up with Sariel to eliminate both Sadao and Emi after Sariel reminded her of her duties as grand inquisitor, but after seeing Sadao concerned for Chiho and realizing that she values her friendship with Emi and Chiho, she ultimately turns against Sariel by helping Chiho evacuate the area while Satan and Sariel battle one another. She wields a giant mallet, which can be retracted into her flower-shaped hairpin.