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Manga Monday- Hamatora

Manga Monday- Hamatora

Hamatora is a Japanese mixed-media project. The project began with a manga series written by Yukino Kitajima and Yūki Kodama as the character designer, while Yū Wazu is adapting the design to the illustration. The manga, Hamatora: The Comic, started serialization in Shueisha’s Young Jump magazine in November 2013. An anime television series, Hamatora: The Animation, by the studio NAZ premiered on TV Tokyo and ran for twelve episodes between January 8 and March 26, 2014. It was followed by a second series by Lerche starting in July 2014, Re:_ Hamatora. Additionally, a role-playing game titled Hamatora: Look at Smoking World developed by FuRyu was released in July 2014. Other related titles include a light novel and a stage play.

The series takes place in the year 2014 when selected humans called Minimum Holders have been discovered to possess supernatural abilities. The story focuses on Minimum Holder Nice who forms a detective agency called “Hamatora” based in Yokohama and he starts gathering a large number of allies such as his partner Murasaki and assistant Hajime as well as enemies including several criminals. The anime stars Ryōta Ōsaka, Wataru Hatano, Hiroshi Kamiya, Emiri Katō, Kiyono Yasuno, Jun Fukuyama, and Yuichi Nakamura among others.

The series has earned mixed criticism from publications for manga and anime. While the elements of mystery have been praised, the themes and animation have been less well received. It has also been often compared with X-Men for its plot and characters.

Manga

A manga series, Hamatora: The Comic, written by Yukino Kitajima and illustrated by Yūki Kodama began serialization in Shueisha’s Young Jump magazine in November 2013. Its first tankōbon volume was released on February 19, 2014. The series is a prequel to the anime and focuses on Nice solving cases with Hajime while Murasaki works on bringing Nice back to the Facultas Academy.

Plot

The series takes place in Yokohama.

The story of Hamatora revolves around a 17-year-old teenager called Nice, who runs a private investigation agency called ‘Hamatora’ in Yokohama, Japan with his partners Hajime and later, Murasaki. In the world there is the existence of Select humans called Minimum Holders (ミニマムホルダー Minimamu Horudā) have been discovered to possess supernatural abilities known as ‘Minor Miracles’ or ‘The Minimum’. These people are trained in the Facultas Academy to develop their potential, and are given highly advanced classes and training to do so. As a result, those who graduate from Falcultas are given extreme benefits and privileges that enable them to be highly successful in life, such as being entitled to any job or career they want with ease. The existence of minimums and minimum holders is kept extremely confidential and secretive from the general population of the world.

The events of Hamatora The Comic takes place in the year 2013, with Nice having left Falcutas academy early in his first senior year. Due to Nice both being a genius and a prodigy, Murasaki, the second highest ranked graduate from Falcutase, is tasked with the mission of bringing Nice back to Falcultas by any means necessary. As Murasaki first meets Nice, his impressions of him leave Murasaki feeling insulted and angered that someone as easy going and immature like Nice could be superior to him. As Murasaki observes Nice on his jobs though, Murasaki finds himself assisting Nice and comes to see the potential Nice actually possesses as well as acknowledging his genius. He also dwells on Nice’s views on Falcultas’ workings and his opinion of how people with minimums are not slaves and are free to live their lives responsibly.

During the job where Sayuri Akatasuki requests for Nice and to rescue her sister Shizuku, a Minimum Holder who can generate fire, from a criminal family. Nice and Murasaki finish their job but Murasaki is tasked to leave Nice and to take Shizuku back to Facultas as part of the academy’s dark dealing with the mafia family. As Murasaki takes Shizuku to Falcutase, Nice, Hajime and Sayuri are attacked by Falcutas and the Hamatora office is destroyed. As Murasaki hands over Shizuku, he struggles on the decision he made and ends up trying to rescue Shizuku from Falcutas. Nice, who managed to save himself, Hajime and Sayuri before defeating the Facultas agents, ends up saving Murasaki, but during the confrontation with Falcutas and the mafia family, Shizuku apparently dies. In the week that follows, It is then revealed that Shizuku survived and faked her death so that she and Sayuri can live a new life without fearing her Minimum or Falcultas and the Mafia Family. Murasaki has since left Falcultas and has joined Nice as a Hamatora P.I. which is now located in Cafe Nowhere along with Birthday and Ratio’s ‘Odd Jobs’ Business and Honey and Three’s Bodyguard business.

During the anime, Murasaki has joined Nice as a Hamatora P.I. now based in the Cafe Nowhere in Yokohama where they prefer to sit around all day with their friends and wait for clients. During their Jobs, Nice finds similarities in the working of several crimes he investigates and the existence of non-innate Minimum Holders; people who possess a Minimum but where not born with it. Nice and Murasaki are warned by their friend, Art, a non-Minimum Holder who still managed to graduate from Falcultas, about a Minimum Holder serial killer who extracts the brains to create more Minimum Holders.

The culprit is Moral, a former professor from the Facultas Academy who wishes to give everybody Minimums in order to achieve equality. For this, he has to kill several Minimum Holders and use their brains to create a substance he calls ‘essence’ that enables him to create 24 non-innate Minimum Holders for every Minimum Holder brain he possesses. While his overall purpose in this is to create equality, what Moral truly wants is to save Nice, as he believes that Nice is tortured by solitude as he is the number one student of Falcultas, also calling him the accumulated wisdom of humanity, and therefore has no equal.

Moral kills Art and starts assuming his identity to dismiss the Hamatora from the case. He starts a riot in order to expose the existence of Minimum Holders, and Momoka also leaks information exposing the existence of Facultas Academy and Minimum Holder identities, causing a disturbance in society as normal people treat Minimum Holders in a hostile manner while Minimum Holders fight back to ensure their right to exist. After discovering Moral took Art’s face, Nice confronts him in person to get revenge for his best friend’s death. The two face off in a ship that Moral is using to perform terrorist attacks on non-Minimum Holders. As Nice defeats Moral, the murderer is killed by a resurrected Art. As revealed in Re: Hamatora, Art survived Moral’s attack thanks to Regeneration Minimum and has since been collecting new abilities. He becomes the leader of a gang called Freemum composed of Minimum Holders who are against the Minimum Agency. Using Freemum and Momoka, Art succeeds in leaving Nice as his only potential enemy. He tries killing Nice to trigger Hajime’s Nihilist Minimum which erases all Minimums in Yokohama. Shortly afterwards, Nice is revived by the powers of Art’s late brother, Skill. His heart had been transplanted by Moral years ago during an incident. As a result, the people in Yokohama recover their lost Minimums thanks to Skill’s own power. Nice defeats Art and six months later they reconcile.

 

Film Friday – Glass Mask

Film Friday – Glass Mask

Glass Mask is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Suzue Miuchi, serialized in Hana to Yume from January 1976, and collected in 49 tankōbon volumes as of October 2012. The story has also been adapted into anime and a live-action television series. As of 2006, the collected volumes had 50 million copies in Japan, making it the second best-selling shōjo manga ever. The title refers poetically to the mask of faces that actors wear – while expressing emotions that are not their own, the mask they wear (their acting) is as fragile as glass. If the actors are distracted, their mask will “break” and show on stage the actors’ true feelings.

Anime

There have been several anime adaptions since the manga began its serialization. The first adaptation was a 23-episode TV series produced by Eiken in 1984 which was directed by Gisaburō Sugii with animation contributions from Shingo Araki and character designs by Atsuko Nakajima. The main voice cast featured Masako Katsuki as Maya Kitajima, Taeko Nakanishi as Chigusa Tsukikage, Minori Matsushima as Ayumi Himekawa and Nachi Nozawa as Masumi Hayami. The opening and ending theme, Garasu no Kamenand Pāpuru Raito was performed by Mariko Ashibe. This adaptation was broadcast by Nippon TV.

A three episode OVA, titled as Garasu no Kamen: Sen no Kamen wo Motsu Shōjo, was the remake of the first 3 arcs of the manga series. The OVA was released by TMS Entertainment in 1998. The voice cast from the 1984 series was not used and instead featured Megumi Ogata as Maya Kitajima, Keiko Toda as Chigusa Tsukikage, Naoko Matsui as Ayumi Himekawa and Jūrōta Kosugi as Masumi Hayami. The OVA was directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi with scripts written by Nobuaki Kishima, Tomoko Konparu and Yoshiyuki Suga as well as animation character designs by Satoshi Hirayama and Masako Gouto.

In 2005, TMS Entertainment, the company who produced the OVA began a TV series which was directed by Mamoru Hamatsu with series composition done by Toshimichi Saeki, animation character designs by Satoshi Hirayama and music composed by Tamiya Terashima. This adaptation was broadcast by TV Tokyo and there were 2 opening themes, Promise which was performed by Candy for episodes 1-26 and zero by Aiko Ikuta for episodes 27-51. There were 4 ending themes which were Yasashii Sayonara for episodes 1-13 by Aina, Step One by Sister Q for episodes 14-24, Sunao ni Narenakute by Splash Candy for episodes 27-39 and Hello Hello by Core of Soul for episodes 40-51. Like the other adaptations, the voice cast was not reused and Maya Kitajima was voiced by Sanae Kobayashi, Chigusa Tsukikage by Toshiko Fujita, Akiko Yajima as Ayumi Himekawa and Masumi Hayami was voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa. The original voice actor for Maya Kitajima in the 1984 adaptation returned to voice Ayumi’s mother, Utako Himekawa.
The 2005 adaptation was licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks, and distributed by Section23 Films. The first half of the season was released on DVD, on January 19, 2010; however, the second half of the season has been cancelled reportedly due to low sales.
In 2013, a 17-episode short flash series was launched by DLE. The series reimagined Maya and Ayumi as a pair of rival delinquent girls vying to become the new leader of the Crimson Goddess gang.
In 2016, a 13-episode parody version, which “re-imagines the manga and its characters in a school gag comedy focused on satirizing modern society”, and with the title 3-Nen D-Gumi Glass no Kamen, was broadcast on Tokyo MX starting on October 3.

Film

In 2013, an animated film dubbed It’s Glass Mask But… the Movie: Female Spy’s Love! The Purple Rose Has a Dangerous Scent!? was released. Like the flash series, the film was a parody which reimagined Maya and Ayumi as a pair of students who become junior spies after their mentor, Chigusa, is kidnapped.

Live-action

A live-action version adapted the first 38 volumes of the series in 1997, and continued in 1998 as “Garasu no Kamen 2.” Both productions starred Yumi Adachi as Maya Kitajima.

Characters

  • Maya Kitajima
    A talented young actress (a 13-year-old at the beginning of the story) who originally worked as a waitress in a Chinese restaurant alongside her mother. Her father died when she was a little girl and her mother, Haru (Louise in the French anime), who is mentally unstable, considers Maya useless due to Maya’s tendency to be sidetracked by anything to do with acting while in the middle of working). She is discovered by the former diva Chigusa Tsukikage and starts a promising, yet thorny acting career under the older woman’s wing. Her mother discourages her daughter from an acting career, believing that her daughter would be a laughingstock. She even refused to attend a school play Maya was in because Maya’s role was that of a pitiful and wretched minor character. So Maya gave the role more depth and sadness to a character who was originally meant to be portrayed as laughable and pathetic. Later on, Maya is given the opportunity to make a living as an actress. Tsukikage cuts off Maya’s ties with her mother, making the decision of becoming an actress. However, Maya is consistently given encouragement through an anonymous fan who sends her a bouquet of purple roses which is none other than Hayami Masumi, whom Maya shows an immense hatred towards, especially since he took malicious enjoyment in bringing down Tsukikage’s acting school. A few years later, Haru dies of Tubercolis and blindness, trautimizing Maya for many weeks. Maya’s talent for acting comes from both her natural skill and emotional personality, unlike Ayumi whose skills are more technically driven; in fact, Maya practically ‘becomes’ her characters when she plays, so brutal her training methods are and so intensely she performs. During the beginning of her training sessions, Maya has always displayed unconventional performances of the assigned tasks, such as laying on the floor to “sit on” a toppled chair. People often note how unremarkable Maya is until she takes the stage. In fact, the prodigy actress Ayumi comments that Maya knows how to captivate the audience, even though she isn’t aware of doing so. Despite having enormous potential and raw talent, Maya often doesn’t recognize her abilities. She thinks of herself as unremarkable and “useless”, as her mother constantly referred to her as, though she is compelled to pursue a career in acting because “acting is all she has”. She also harbors moments of inferiority in comparison to Ayumi, who is beautiful, talented, and rich. Despite all this, Maya doesn’t harbor any malice or ill will toward Ayumi, though Ayumi is secretly competitive toward Maya. Maya has three nicknames. One is “The Stage Storm,” referring to her innate ability to drown out other actors’ importance in a play even while in a bit part. Tsukikage refers to Maya as “the girl with a thousand masks” in tribute to her versatility whenever taking on character roles. And she is addressed as “little child” by Masumi Hayami, a diminutive nickname he’s given to her due to their broad disparity in age and height, to satirize her naivete, and eventually out of true affection.
  • Ayumi Himekawa
    Maya’s biggest rival, the honor-bound and noble Ayumi was born as the daughter of a very famous actress, Utako Himekawa (once the student of Tsukikage) and a successful director and producer, Mitsugu Himekawa, and has been touted as a prodigy from an early age. Ever since learning she got her first acting role just because of her family links, Ayumi has striven to shine on her own and never falls into arrogance. Ayumi becomes aware of Maya’s prodigious gift for acting when they first meet in a practice session; from then on she views the younger girl as a life-rival. She is ambitious enough to try to surpass her own mother, who is a widely recognized actress. People have jokingly told Utako that her daughter will steal the role of the Crimson Goddess from her. Even though Ayumi is young, she believes that she will re-vitalize the renowned role. Thus, she takes it upon herself to get as much experience as she can by trying out for any roles, including minor ones. At first, when Ayumi took on the role of Tom in The Prince and the Pauper, the children in attendance didn’t like the performance because they were used to seeing Ayumi as a beautiful young woman rather than a dirty and homely boy. Yet Ayumi soon draws the children’s favor by begging for “money” in a hat, to which the children offer her their candy. The people behind the stage were surprised that Ayumi would do such a thing, particularly since Ayumi generally would have thought such things beneath her. Her passion to become the Crimson Goddess is undeniable, however, as she continually strives for perfection to attain the role. Even though critics generally favour her over Maya, Ayumi is upset at being unable to reach the sort of emotional peaks Maya does when she performs.
  • Chigusa Tsukikage
    Maya’s mentor and a former street urchin. She once was a very talented and beloved actress, most notable for her role at the legendary play “Crimson Goddess” whose performance was so acclaimed that its author left the rights over it solely to her in his will, but she got horribly scarred in an onstage accident (a lamp lighter hit her and burned half her face off) and had to leave the acting scene, opening an acting school instead. She has very weak health and is hospitalized several times during the story. Yet she is a woman of unstoppable will, refusing to give the rights of “The Crimson Goddess” to Masumi Hayami and his father, as according to her, currently there is not an actress suitable for the main role. After finding potential in Maya, she takes her under her wing despite her mother’s objections and strives to shape her into the best actress ever, so she can contest with Ayumi for the leading role in “The Crimson Goddess”. Tsukikage understands that an actress’s face is her most important feature, and she covers Maya when Maya’s incensed mother tries to throw a kettle in her daughter’s face.
  • Masumi Hayami
    A abused stepson of the president of the Daito Entertainments, His real father died by accidentally falling off a building when he was 2 years old. He is brutally attempting to obtain the performance rights for “The Crimson Goddess” from Chigusa, efforts which ultimately lead to her acting school burned. When he sees Maya act as Beth in “Little Women” despite a high fever, he is impressed with her strong will and devotion to her acting dreams. He secretly sends her purple roses and financial support as encouragement (thus Maya refers to her anonymous fan as “The Purple Roses Man”; her friends call him Daddy Long-Legs), but acts mocking, cynical and even cruel in front of her to conceal his anonymous identity. Originally a normal, happy child, his cold exterior grew from the death of his mother, Aya, when he was a child, and his bad relationship with his stepfather Eisuke, who is responsible for the Crimson Goddess author’s death. As the manga proceeds, he becomes more and more infatuated with Maya and finally falls deeply in love with her. He doesn’t reveal either his alternate identity or his true feelings for many reasons, one of which is the belief that Maya hates him since he indirectly caused her mother’s death.

 

Wednesday News- October 23, 2019

Wednesday News- October 23, 2019

Funimation to Add Robotech TV Series Films to Catalog- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-10-21/funimation-to-add-robotech-tv-series-films-to-catalog/.152460

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Game’s Introduction Video Streamed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-10-22/dragon-ball-z-kakarot-game-introduction-video-streamed/.152488

Daily Lives of High School Boys’ Yasunobu Yamauchi Launches Fantasy Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-10-22/daily-lives-of-high-school-boys-yasunobu-yamauchi-launches-fantasy-manga/.152478

Masami Kurumada Teases ‘Special Series’ of Saint Seiya Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-10-22/masami-kurumada-teases-special-series-of-saint-seiya-manga/.152461

Anime

  • Angels of Death BD
  • Bakugan Battle Planet Origin of Species DVD
  • Brave Witches Essentials BD
  • Double Decker! Doug & Kirill Complete Series and OVAs DVD
  • Fate/Extra Last Encore Box Set BD
  • Hundred Essentials BD
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion BD
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?: Arrow of the Orion DVD
  • Kase-san and Morning Glories BD
  • Love Live! 9th Anniversary Forever Edition 1st-Press Limited Edition BD (import)
  • WorldEnd:What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us? Essentials BD

Manga

  • 1122: For a Happy Marriage GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • A.I.C.O. Incarnation GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Atsumori-kun’s Bride-to-be GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Berserk Deluxe Edition Graphic Novel (GN) 3 (hardcover)
  • Boys Over Flowers Season 2 GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • City GN 6
  • Disney Manga: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas – Zero’s Journey GN 3C
  • Drowning Love GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • ēlDLIVE GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • The High School Life of a Fudanshi GN 5
  • I am a Hero Omnibus GN 11
  • In/Spectre GN 10
  • Konohana Kitan GN 6
  • Love and Lies GN 8
  • Love Me, My Knight GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Nicola Traveling Around the Demons’ World GN 1
  • Seto Utsumi GN 8
  • Tomo-chan is a Girl! GN 5
  • Vampire Dormitory GN 2 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Darkstalkers Official Complete Works Art Book
  • Destiny Connect: Tick-Tock Travelers Switch, PS4 game
  • Infinite Dendrogram Novel 10 (Digital Only)
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III PS4 game
  • Mary Skelter 2 Switch game
  • Outbreak Company Novel 11 (Digital Only)
  • Otherworldly Izakaya “Nobu” Novel 4
  • Raging Loop PS4, Switch game
  • SCP Foundation: Iris Through the Looking Glass Novel (Digital Only)
  • Toradora! Novel 7

 

Manga Monday- Glass Mask

Manga Monday- Glass Mask

Glass Mask is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Suzue Miuchi, serialized in Hana to Yume from January 1976, and collected in 49 tankōbon volumes as of October 2012. The story has also been adapted into anime and a live-action television series. As of 2006, the collected volumes had 50 million copies in Japan, making it the second best-selling shōjo manga ever. The title refers poetically to the mask of faces that actors wear – while expressing emotions that are not their own, the mask they wear (their acting) is as fragile as glass. If the actors are distracted, their mask will “break” and show on stage the actors’ true feelings.

After not publishing a new chapter of the story for more than two years, Miuchi re-launched Glass Mask in Hakusensha’s Bessatsu Hana to Yume magazine in July 2008. Miuchi has announced that she intends to end the series soon.

Plot

Glass Mask is a saga depicting the devotion of Maya Kitajima to the performing arts as a professional stage actress, and her competition with her skilled rival, Ayumi Himekawa. They are both pursuing the degree of acting proficiency and career success required to play the lead role of the legendary stage play “The Crimson Goddess” (“Kurenai Tennyo”). Maya is not particularly beautiful or smart in school, but her passion for acting is all-consuming, to the point where she literally puts her own life on the line several times for the sake of a role. Always told by her mother that she was good for nothing, Maya wants to prove to the world and to herself that she has worth. On the other hand, everyone expects the gifted and multi-talented Ayumi to succeed, so she is determined to reach the top on her own without the help of her prestigious parents.

As the story unfolds it encompasses the tangled human relationships of many characters, including Maya’s mentor, Chigusa Tsukikage, who discovered Maya’s tremendous talent for acting during her search for a successor capable of performing the role of “The Crimson Goddess”, and Masumi Hayami, the young president of Daito, who often interacts with Maya as a crafty and cold-hearted entrepreneur, while giving her faithful support and warm encouragement in the disguise of an anonymous fan (“The Purple Rose Person”, or “murasaki no bara no hito” as Maya calls him for his trademark gift of purple roses). Hajime Onodera, a director for Daito, wants the rights to “Kurenai Tennyo,” which were given to Tsukikage by the playwright; since Tsukikage refuses to sell him the rights, Onodera tries to drive Tsukikage’s acting school out of business through a series of nefarious schemes. Since Onodera is working for Hayami, Maya (unaware that Hayami is “The Purple Rose”) hates him. Though there is an age difference of eleven years, Masumi falls in love with Maya and gives her encouragement in subtle ways.

Spinoff – The Crimson Goddess

The play within Glass Mask, the Crimson Goddess, will be adapted in 2020 as a “creative opera”.

 

Film Friday- Tenchi Muyo!

Film Friday- Tenchi Muyo!

Tenchi Muyo! is a Japanese anime, light novel and manga franchise. The original series began with a six-episode OVA called Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki created by Masaki Kajishima and directed by Hiroki Hayashi, and released in Japan on September 25, 1992. The series was released by Pioneer LDC in the United Kingdom in 1994. As its popularity grew, it spurred a seventh episode titled Tenchi Muyo! Special: The Night Before the Carnival (also known as the Tenchi Special) and a stand-alone Tenchi Muyo! Mihoshi Special. A second OVA series was directed by Kenichi Yatagai that was released in 1994, and a third OVA series, also directed by Yatagai, was released in 2003.

A fourth OVA series was produced in Japan, with the first collection released on November 30, 2016. The following episodes were planned to be released with an interval of three months each, and the final part of the series arrived August 30, 2017.

On July 12, 2019, it was announced that a fifth OVA series is currently in development, with Masaki Kajishima again serving as chief director and Hideki Shirane writing and overseeing scripts.

A twenty-six-episode anime television series called Tenchi Universe was released in 1995 retelling and expanding upon the original six-episode story. Tenchi in Tokyo was created in 1997, and is another alternate version of the original story. The latest version of the series called Ai Tenchi Muyo!, was broadcast on Tokyo MX in 2014.

Spin-off series of Tenchi Muyo! were also created. Magical Girl Pretty Sammy is an example that was adapted into a manga series. The franchise has also spawned soundtrack CDs and other merchandise released both in Japan and in the United States.

Media

OVA

The first OVA was titled Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki and was created by Masaki Kajishima. The series was divided into 4 OVAs. The fourth OVA released its last episode on September 13, 2017.

TV series

After the first OVA series aired, AIC began looking into TV adaptations beyond the Mihoshi Special. In 1995 Tenchi Universe a 26-episode anime television series was created by Hiroshi Negishi, animated by AIC and produced by Pioneer. It was loosely based on the first six episodes of the OVA series and the Mihoshi Special. Two years later, another AIC production followed suit called Tenchi in Tokyo, which aired through 1997 and also ran 26 episodes. It borrowed characters and some plot devices from the previous incarnations, but with a noticeable art shift and very different concepts, such as centering on Tenchi’s high school and being a priest in Tokyo. The most recent series Ai Tenchi Muyo! aired in October 2014. The series commemorated the 20th anniversary of the franchise and was sponsored by the city of Takahashi, Okayama.

Films

An anime film titled Tenchi the Movie: Tenchi Muyo in Love, created by Hiroshi Negishi, is a continuation of the Tenchi Universe TV series. A second film, Tenchi the Movie 2: The Daughter of Darkness, was adapted from a novel written by Naoko Hasegawa. The third film, titled Tenchi Forever! The Movie, is the sequel to Tenchi Muyo in Love and was adapted into a manga titled Tenchi Muyo! In Love 2: Eternal Memory.

Novels

Kajishima has written several books based on the franchise, including the ongoing Tenchi Muyo! GXP: Galaxy Police Transporter novel series, the novels Shin Tenchi Muyo! Jurai, Shin Tenchi Muyo! Yosho, and Shin Tenchi Muyo! Washu, and recently, the Paradise Wars spinoff. There are also a number of dōjinshi by and interviews with Kajishima, as well as a companion book, 101 Questions and Answers of Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Oh-Ki. Naoko Hasegawa wrote a series of thirteen light novels continuing from the first OVA series, starting with “One Visitor After Another: Hexagram Of Love” in 1993.

Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the light novels Shin Tenchi Muyo! Jurai, Shin Tenchi Muyo! Yosho, Shin Tenchi Muyo! Washu for a North American release.

Video games

Numerous video games have been released based on the franchise, such as Tenchi Muyo! Game Hen for the Super Famicom.

Radio

A radio drama was released titled Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki Manatsu no Carnival.

Stage play

On AnimeJapan 2019, it was announced on AIC Rights’ booth that a stage play based on the first season of Ryo-Ohki is in development, scheduled to premiere in 2019. On May 17th, the cast and staff was announced, with Kazuhiro Igarashi writing the script and Kazuma Sato starring as Tenchi Masaki. It is scheduled to go from July 17th to the 21st on the Shinjukumura Live venue, in Tokyo.

Spin-offs

The first Tenchi spinoff is the Magical Girl Pretty Sammy series, a magical girl series where Sasami is the lead character. The first use of Pretty Sammy was in the Tenchi Muyo! Sound File, a Japanese-only music video release. The same animation was used in the ending of the Tenchi Muyo! Mihoshi Special. In 1995, a three episode Pretty Sammy OVA series began, where Sasami, who is known as Sasami Kawai, magically becomes Pretty Sammy. The second Pretty Sammy series is a TV series, which came out in 1996, also known as Magical Project S. This series is in a separate continuity from the OVA series. Pretty Sammy also appears in the Mihoshi Special toward the end of Mihoshi’s story, and in an alternate reality sequence in the Tenchi Universe series.

Also created by Masaki Kajishima, the 1997 OVA series Photon: The Idiot Adventures is related to the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki universe, or more specifically, its recent installment, Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar. Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar copies a number of elements from Photon: The Idiot Adventures, such as Koros, Aho energy, having a princess named Lashara, and a young hero with such strong superhuman abilities he’s practically invincible.

The 1999 series Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure is related to the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki universe, due to the blatant use of the “Lighthawk Wings” associated with the Jurai dynasty in Tenchi Muyo. The creator of both Dual! and Tenchi Muyo!, Masaki Kajishima, confirmed that Dual! does relate to Tenchi Muyo!, and is in fact an alternate version of the Tenchi Muyo! universe. Guardians of Order published a line of English-language Tenchi Muyo role-playing game books based on the various series in the Tenchi franchise starting in 2000.

Tenchi Muyo! GXP was released in Japan in 2001. The series takes place during the Kajishima version of the OVA continuity, and is set a year after the events of the third OVA series (despite being released first chronologically). The main character is Seina Yamada, a friend of Tenchi Masaki who accidentally joined the Galaxy Police. Many characters from Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki make appearances in this series, including the use of Seiryo Tennan as a major character and a full-fledged Tenchi Muyo! crossover in episode 17.

Battle Programmer Shirase is a 2003 spin-off of the Pretty Sammy OVA and TV series, keeping the character Misao Amano from Pretty Sammy, and with the main character Akira Shirase, Misao’s great-uncle; however, it bears little in common with either Pretty Sammy series because it has neither magic, nor Sasami, nor Misao’s alter ego Pixy Misa.

Sasami: Magical Girls Club aired in Japan in 2006. The third spin-off featuring Sasami (known here as Sasami Iwakura) as the main character.

The most recent Tenchi spin-off series is called Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar which follows the tale of Tenchi’s half-brother Kenshi Masaki as he finds himself in a foreign world that uses humanoid machines to fight their wars.

 

Wednesday News- October 16, 2019

Wednesday News- October 16, 2019

The Fall 2019 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2019/fall/.151713

Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack Game Collection Launches in West on January 14- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-10-15/atelier-dusk-trilogy-deluxe-pack-game-collection-launches-in-west-on-january-14/.152276

Stand My Heroes Anime’s English Dub Cast Revealed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-10-15/stand-my-heroes-anime-english-dub-cast-revealed/.152277

Crunchyroll Joins Forces With WEBTOON for New Animated Content- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-10-15/crunchyroll-joins-forces-with-webtoon-for-new-animated-content/.152260

Anime

  • Chaos;Child Essentials BD
  • Genius Party & Genius Party Beyond BD
  • Golden Kamuy Season Two BD/DVD
  • Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues BD
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil, The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST BD

Manga

  • Cardcaptor Sakura Collector’s Edition Graphic Novel (GN) 2 (hardcover)
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card GN 6
  • Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction GN 7
  • Dreamin’ Sun GN 10
  • Drifting Classroom Perfect Edition GN 1 (hardcover)
  • The Drops of God GN 1-11 (Digital Only)
  • Fire Punch GN 8
  • Gleipnir GN 4
  • Golden Kamuy GN 12
  • The Great Cleric GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Hakumei & Mikochi – Tiny Little Life in the Woods GN 7
  • Heavenly Delusion GN 1
  • Himouto! Umaruchan GN 7
  • Hinamatsuri GN 5
  • Hitorijime My Hero GN 5
  • Mikami-sensei’s Way of Love GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Mythical Beast Investigator GN 2
  • No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! GN 14
  • O Maidens in Your Savage Season GN 4
  • Peach Girl Next GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Persona 3 GN 11
  • Ryuko GN 2
  • Sailor Moon Eternal Edition GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Saint Young Men GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Shinobi Life GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Shōjo Fight GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 11
  • Today’s Menu for Emiya Family GN 3
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 13
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN 11
  • Yozakura Quartet GN 24 (Digital Only)

Other

  • The Alchemist Who Survived Now Dreams of a Quiet City Life Novel 1A
  • The Asterisk War Novel 11
  • Demon King Daimaou Novel 13 (Digital Only)
  • Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Complete Edition Switch, PC game
  • Grandia HD Remaster PC game
  • Grandia II HD Remaster PC game
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Novel 10 (Digital Only)
  • The Irregular at Magic High School Novel 13C
  • Kokoro Connect Novel 7 (Digital Only)
  • Ring Fit Adventure Switch game
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 14
  • Skeleton Knight in Another World Novel 3
  • Strike the Blood Novel 13
  • There Was No Secret Evil-Fighting Organization (srsly?!), So I Made One MYSELF! Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Complete Edition PS4, PC game

 

Manga Monday- Tenchi Muyo!

Manga Monday- Tenchi Muyo!

Tenchi Muyo! is a Japanese anime, light novel and manga franchise. The original series began with a six-episode OVA called Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki  created by Masaki Kajishima and directed by Hiroki Hayashi, and released in Japan on September 25, 1992. The series was released by Pioneer LDC in the United Kingdom in 1994. As its popularity grew, it spurred a seventh episode titled Tenchi Muyo! Special: The Night Before the Carnival (also known as the Tenchi Special) and a stand-alone Tenchi Muyo! Mihoshi Special. A second OVA series was directed by Kenichi Yatagai that was released in 1994, and a third OVA series, also directed by Yatagai, was released in 2003.

A fourth OVA series was produced in Japan, with the first collection released on November 30, 2016. The following episodes were planned to be released with an interval of three months each, and the final part of the series arrived August 30, 2017.

On July 12, 2019, it was announced that a fifth OVA series is currently in development, with Masaki Kajishima again serving as chief director and Hideki Shirane writing and overseeing scripts.

A twenty-six-episode anime television series called Tenchi Universe was released in 1995 retelling and expanding upon the original six-episode story. Tenchi in Tokyo was created in 1997, and is another alternate version of the original story. The latest version of the series called Ai Tenchi Muyo!, was broadcast on Tokyo MX in 2014.

Spin-off series of Tenchi Muyo! were also created. Magical Girl Pretty Sammy is an example that was adapted into a manga series. The franchise has also spawned soundtrack CDs and other merchandise released both in Japan and in the United States.

Concept

Masaki Kajishima and Hiroki Hayashi, who both worked on the Bubblegum Crisis OVAs, cite the show as being the inspiration for Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki. In an interview with AIC, Hayashi described Bubblegum Crisis as “a pretty gloomy anime. Serious fighting, complicated human relationships, and dark Mega Tokyo.” They thought it would be fun to create some comedy episodes with ideas like the girls going to the hot springs, but it was rejected by the sponsors. He also said that there was a trend to have a bunch of characters of one gender and a single one of the other gender, and asked what if Mackey (Sylia’s brother) was a main character, reversing the Bubblegum scenario. This became the basis for Tenchi Muyo!.

In designing Ryoko, Kajishima and Hayashi were inspired by the American sitcom I Dream of Jeannie and wanted to use her in their works. In the first episode, Tenchi would open the sealed cave, which was a reference to the Jeannie’s bottle, and a “cute witch” would jump out. Hayashi said that Tenchi is “sort of” based on Mackey, and that after Tenchi and Ryoko, the other girls were designed to be characters to balance the picture in the very early concepts of the series, and that they are original characters.

Manga

Hitoshi Okuda wrote two manga series based on the OVA series. The first manga is titled No Need for Tenchi and was published by Kadokawa Shoten and serialized in Dragon Comic Jr. magazine from December 16, 1994 to June 9, 2000. The series was collected into 12 tankōbon volumes. The second series titled The All-New Tenchi Muyo! was also published by Kadokawa Shoten and serialized in Dragon Comic Age magazine from July 26, 2000 to December 9, 2005. The series was collected into 10 tankōbon volumes.

Film Friday- Wise Man’s Grandchild

Film Friday- Wise Man’s Grandchild

Wise Man’s Grandchild  is a Japanese light novel series written by Tsuyoshi Yoshioka and illustrated by Seiji Kikuchi. It began serialization online in January 2015 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was acquired by Enterbrain, who have published ten volumes since July 2015 under their Famitsu Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation with illustration by Shunsuke Ogata began serialization on Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace Up website from March 2016. It has been collected in twelve tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Silver Link aired from April 10 to June 26, 2019.

Anime

An anime adaptation of the series was announced in September 2017. The anime, which was later confirmed to air on television, is directed by Masafumi Tamura and written by Tatsuya Takahashi, featuring animation by Silver Link with character designs by Yuki Sawairi and music by Kow Otani. The series aired from April 10 to June 26, 2019 on AT-X, ABC, Tokyo MX and BS11. i☆Ris performed the series’ opening theme song “Ultimate☆Magic”, while Nanami Yoshi sang the series’ ending theme song “Attoteki Vivid Days.” Funimation has licensed the series, and produced a dub as it airs.

Shin Wolford
A Japanese salaryman who was killed by a truck and reborn into another world with his memories intact. Raised and trained by Merlin Wolford, Melida Bowen and Michel Collins, thereby making his magical and combat skills beyond S-rank. Shin can also create and modify magical gear to what can be considered National Treasure level equipment. Being raised in the woods however, his social and worldly skills are a bit lacking. He has leadership of his own Ultimate Magic Research Society and obviously top S-rank. Sicily was enamored with Shin from their first meeting and is overjoyed when she becomes his fiancée. Like his grandfather, Shin can cast magic without verbal or somatic components (since he considers aloud spell names embarrassing) and has created many unique spells like the gate and extra dimensional storage spaces. His element compress in water & heat, and his strongest arsenal is Hydrogen Bomb. Based on recollection of his previous world, Shin’s knowledge of science and astronomy revolutionize the world’s magic tools. Over the summer break, Shin and his grandparents did intensive training with the Ultimate Magic Research Society to prepare for massive demon outbreaks while deployed in a special unit called the Ultimate Magicians, hopefully to prevent other students from getting conscript into war. Soon afterwards, Shin’s (Earth-modern) appliances prompted in opening his own shopping mall. His title is Demon Lord, which he does not like.

August von Earlshide
The son of King Diseum and the crown prince, he also goes by “Aug” or “Gus” to his friends. He is respected by his peers and, like his father, considers one’s abilities to take precedent over their peerage, but does not use his influence unless necessary. Aug inherited his father’s traits. Shin and Aug have a cousin-like relationship. Aug enjoys watching when Shin gets in over his head during social actions and likes to manipulate Shin to act on his plan. He also keeps Shin prudent from introducing new magic and tools that would throw the world out of balance. Aug’s childhood friends, Julius and Thor, feel pressured because he talks to Shin casually. Even Elizabeth is irritated by their closeness until Aug ease her mind when he provokes Shin to confess to Sicily. His title is Thunder God and is the 2nd S-rank.

Sizilien “Sicily” von Claude
A beautiful, timid; soft-spoken blue-hair girl being called a Saint, and is the third daughter and fourth child of the Viscount Claude. Sicily is unassuming with what many consider the loveliest features. She is smitten with Shin the first time she meets him after he rescues her and Maria from a group of thugs. As she and Shin started going out she tends to be a little aggressive towards him and others. Sicily excels in healing magic and thanks to Shin’s tutoring her forte is now only second best to Shin’s. She is the 4th S-rank and received the title Holy Maiden for being a savior of Swedes Kingdom civilians increasing her popularity, including her and Shin’s engagement. She’s now targeted by Zest and his scout, as she is deemed to be Shin’s weakness.

Maria von Messina
A red-hair second daughter of a Countess and is a friend to Sicily. Maria is a very up front and vocal lady; she is also an obsessive fangirl of Merlin and Melida. She teases Sicily over her crush of Shin and tries to offer her support in their relationship. Due to her indifference, Shin doesn’t treat her as a nobleman’s daughter. Her title is Valkyrie and is the 3rd S-rank.

 

Wednesday News- October 9, 2019

Wednesday News- October 9, 2019

Chihayafuru Anime Season 3’s Video Previews Arata Wataya- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-10-08/chihayafuru-anime-season-3-video-previews-arata-wataya/.152010

The Fall 2019 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2019/fall/.151713

Premiere Report: Sword Art Online Aliciaztion: War of the Underworld- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2019-10-07/premiere-report-sword-art-online-alicization-war-of-underworld/.151970

The List: 5 Best Anime Opening Songs of Summer 2019- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2019-10-06/.151851

PlayStation 5 Console Launches in Holiday Season 2020- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-10-08/playstation-5-console-launches-in-holiday-season-2020/.152009

Anime

  • Ai: Tenchi Muyo! Shorts Essentials BDP
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations BD Set 3
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations DVD Set 3A
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 9 BDP
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 9 DVD
  • Phoenix Perfect Collection BD
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re Part 2 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Tsuredure Children Essentials BD
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie BDP
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie DVD

Manga

  • Boarding School Juliet Graphic Novel (GN) 8
  • The Cartoonist and Her Orc Editor GN 3P (Digital Only)
  • Case Closed GN 72
  • Cells at Work! and Friends! GN 1 (Digital Only)A (Digital Only)
  • Escape GN 1 (Digital Only)P
  • Farewell, My Dear Cramer GN 3 (Digital Only)P
  • Granblue Fantasy GN 1
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom GN 2 (Digital Only)P
  • How to Train Your Devil GN 1
  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord GN 4P
  • Infinite Dendrogram GN 2 (Digital Only) (Digital Only)Plea
  • Inside Mari GN 5
  • Knights of Sidonia Master Edition GN 3
  • Komi Can’t Communicate GN 3Pl
  • Love Me, My Knight GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • My Pink Is Overflowing GN 4 (Digital Only)Pl
  • O Maidens in Your Savage Season GN 4 (Digital Only)Pl
  • Plus-Sized Elf GN 3
  • Queen Bee GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle GN 9
  • That Blue Sky Feeling GN 3
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 12 (Digital Only)e
  • World Trigger GN 19 (Digital Only)Pl

Other

  • Alliance Alive HD Remastered PS4, Switch gameP
  • Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill Novel 3 (Digital Only)P
  • Crest of the Stars Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Gun Gun Pixies Day One Edition Switch game
  • Hanamonogatari Novel (Digital Only)
  • Kabukimonogatari Novel (Digital Only)
  • Koimonogatari Novel (Digital Only)
  • Koyomimonogatari Novels 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • Middle-Aged Businessman, Arise in Another World! Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Novels 4 (Digital Only)
  • Nekomonogatari (White) Novel (Digital Only)
  • Otorimonogatari Novel (Digital Only)
  • Root Letter: Last Answer Day One Edition PS4 game
  • Spirit Hunter: NG PS4, PS Vita, Switch, PC game
  • Torture Princess – Fremd Torturchen Novel 2
  • Tsukimonogatari Novel (Digital Only)

 

Light Novel Tuesday- Wise Man’s Grandchild

Light Novel Tuesday- Wise Man’s Grandchild

Wise Man’s Grandchild  is a Japanese light novel series written by Tsuyoshi Yoshioka and illustrated by Seiji Kikuchi. It began serialization online in January 2015 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was acquired by Enterbrain, who have published ten volumes since July 2015 under their Famitsu Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation with illustration by Shunsuke Ogata began serialization on Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace Up website from March 2016. It has been collected in twelve tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Silver Link aired from April 10 to June 26, 2019.

Light novel

Tsuyoshi Yoshioka originally started the series as a web novel. The series was acquired for print publication by Enterbrain, who published the first light novel on July 30, 2015.