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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.

 

Thursday News- May 6, 2019

Thursday News- May 6, 2019

Cross Infinite World Licenses Nao Tamaki’s Labyrinth Angel Light Novels – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-06-06/cross-infinite-world-licenses-nao-tamaki-labyrinth-angel-light-novels/.147530

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom Game’s PC Release Slated for July 25 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-06-05/monster-boy-and-the-cursed-kingdom-game-pc-release-slated-for-july-25/.147460

The Internet Reacts to Pokemon Sword/Shield Monster Reveals – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-06-05/the-internet-reacts-to-pokemon-sword-shield-monster-reveals/.147526

All-Rounder Meguru’s Horoki Endo Launches New Manga in August – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-06-05/all-rounder-meguru-hiroki-endo-launches-new-manga-in-august/.147504

Anime

  • Black Lagoon The Complete Collection Classics BD
  • Brothers Conflict Essentials BD
  • Godannar BD
  • Hellsing Ultimate BD
  • Laughing Under the Clouds Essentials BD
  • No-Rin Essentials BD
  • Royal Space Force – The Wings of Honnêamise BD
  • Soul Eater The Complete Series Classics BD

Manga

  • After the Rain Graphic Novel (GN) 4
  • Ao Haru Ride GN 5
  • Alicia’s Diet Quest GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Arte GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Baki GN 26-27 (Digital Only)
  • Boruto GN 6
  • Chihayafuru GN 17 (Digital Only)
  • Classmates GN 1
  • Danganronpa 2: Ultimate Luck and Hope and Despair GN 3
  • Descendents Dizzy’s New Fortune GN 6
  • Disney Manga: Descendants – Evie’s Wicked Runway GN 2
  • Dragon Ball GN Complete Box Set
  • Dragon Ball Z GN Complete Box Set
  • Edens Zero GN 3
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 30
  • Made in Abyss GN 6
  • Missions of Love GN 17 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia GN 19
  • My Sweet Girl GN 3
  • One Piece Omnibus Edition GN 28
  • Persona 4 GN 10
  • The Promised Neverland GN 10
  • Queen’s Quality GN 7
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • The Run-Away Student Ninja Hayate GN 1
  • Seraph of the End GN 17
  • Sweetness & Lightning GN 12
  • Takane & Hana GN 9
  • The Tale of Genji GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • We Never Learn GN 4
  • World’s End and Apricot Jam GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 18

Other

  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Novel 9 (Digital Only)
  • Bakemonogatari Novels 1-3 (Digital Only)
  • Division Maneuver Novel 1
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 14 (Digital Only)
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Novel 4
  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Novel 3
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 4
  • Kizumonogatari Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa PS4, Switch, PC game
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II PS4 game
  • The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Novel 3
  • Nekomonogatari (Black) Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Nisemonogatari Novels 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • Octopath Traveler PC game
  • Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth 3DS game
  • Thundercats The Complete Series DVD

 

Light Novel Tuesday- The Devil is Part-Timer!

Light Novel Tuesday- The Devil is 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.

Light novels

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! began as a light novel series written by Satoshi Wagahara, with illustrations by the artist 029 (Oniku). Wagahara originally entered the first novel in the series, originally titled Maōjō wa Rokujō Hitoma!, into ASCII Media Works’ 17th Dengeki Novel Prize in 2010 and the novel won the Silver Prize. The first novel was published by ASCII Media Works on February 10, 2011, under their Dengeki Bunko imprint, and 20 main novels have been released as of December 7, 2018. Two prequel novels have also been published, in addition to two bonus novels. In an interview with Publishers Weekly, Yen Press announced their plans to publish the light novels in 2015.

Characters

Main characters

Sadao Maou
Satan Jacob is the Demon Lord from Ente Isla. Due to the actions of the Hero Emilia Justina and her companions, he was transported to modern day Japan with Ashiya and changed into human form. To survive in Japan, he adopts a Japanese name similar to his original name, Sadao Maou, and works part-time at a MgRonald franchise, eventually being promoted to a full-time position as the Assistant Shift Manager. He and other demons can turn into their original forms when people around them are filled with despair. However, when he changes his form to his devil form, he uses his powers for good deeds such as repairing the city, which always makes the characters confused due to his position as the Devil King. Throughout the series his current personality is often called into question, though it is later shown that he had always been like that, and was never once this “Evil Overlord” that the people of Ente Isla had grown to fear and hate; in actuality he did the “evil” things he did to help his people, the other demons. As he told Emilia when he saved Chiho, he just wants to protect the people under his care and around him. When he was younger, he was saved and taught by Emi’s mother, Lailah. She also gave him a fragment of Sephiroth that would later become his and Emi’s appointed daughter Alas Ramus.
Emi Yusa
Emilia is the hero with thigh-length magenta hair who fended off Satan. After forcing Satan to retreat from Ente Isla, Emilia Justina follows him to modern day Japan to ensure that he is destroyed. Like Maou, she loses most of her magical powers upon her arrival and is forced to assume a Japanese name, Emi Yusa, and find employment as a call center agent. Her father was human and her mother was an archangel. However, during her childhood, Lucifer, one of Maou’s generals, led an army of demons to attack her village, resulting in the death of her father. This is revealed to be the reason she wants to kill Maou. However, it was later revealed that her father was alive. Emi is later fired from her job at the call center and gets a new job at MgRonald where she works with Maou and Chiho. She also later develops feelings for Maou in the light novels.