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Film Friday- Bungo Stray Dogs

Film Friday- Bungo Stray Dogs

Bungo Stray Dogs is a Japanese seinen manga series written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa, which has been serialized in the magazine Young Ace since 2012. The manga originated from Kafka Asagiri’s idea to gather multiple famous late authors and draw them as young adults and teenagers with supernatural powers. The series follows the members of the “Armed Detective Agency” and their everyday lives, mainly on the weretiger Atsushi Nakajima, who joins other gifted with supernatural powers and use them for different purposes including holding a business, solving mysteries, and carrying out missions assigned by the mafia.

Multiple light novels have been published. An anime television series adaptation by Bones aired in 2016 in two parts, the first part aired between 7 April 2016 and 23 June 2016, and the second part aired between 6 October 2016 and 22 December 2016. An anime film, Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple, was released on 3 March 2018. A third season aired between 12 April 2019 and 28 June 2019.

Anime series

An anime television series adaptation produced by Bones was directed by Takuya Igarashi and written by Yōji Enokido. Nobuhiro Arai and Hiroshi Kanno served as the chief animation directors, while the former also served as character designer along with Ryō Hirata. Taku Iwasaki composed the series’ music. Kazuhiro Wakabayashi was the series’ sound director at Glovision. Additionally, Yumiko Kondou was the art director, Yukari Goto was the anime’s color designer, Tsuyoshi Kanbayashi was the director of photography and Shigeru Nishiyama was the editor. Granrodeo performed the anime’s opening theme, titled “Trash Candy”, and Luck Life performed the anime’s ending theme, titled “Namae wo Yobu yo”.

The series was split into two halves: the first half, containing twelve episodes, premiered on 7 April 2016 and ended on 23 June 2016, being broadcast on Tokyo MX, Teletama, Chiba TV, tvk, GBS (Gifu Broadcasting), Mie TV, SUN, TVQ Kyushu, and BS11. The second half, also containing twelve episodes, premiered on 6 October 2016 and ended on 22 December 2016. The series has been licensed for streaming by Crunchyroll. As for the second half, Screen Mode sung the opening theme titled “Reason Living” while Luck Life once again sung the ending theme titled “Kaze ga Fuku Machi”.

An OVA was bundled with the 13th limited edition manga volume, which was released on 31 August 2017.

On 21 July 2018, it was announced that the series would receive a third season. The cast and staff would reprise their roles from the previous two seasons. The third season premiered from 12 April 2019 and ended on 28 June 2019, being broadcast on Tokyo MX, TVA, KBS, SUN, BS11, and Wowow. Granrodeo performed the third seasons’ opening theme “Setsuna no Ai” and Luck Life performed the third season’s ending theme “Lily”. Funimation released the simuldub on May 17, 2019.

The anime is licensed in North America by Crunchyroll with home video distribution by Funimation, and in the United Kingdom by Anime Limited.

Theatrical films

At the Mayo(w)i Inu-tachi no Utage Sono Ni event on 19 February 2017, a film project based on the manga series was announced. Titled Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple, the film premiered on 3 March 2018 with the staff and cast from the anime series returning to reprise their roles.

A new live-action film was announced in July 2019. It will be based on the stage plays from the series.

Atsushi Nakajima

In the story, he is 18 years old and used to live at an orphanage before the caretakers threw him out. Their words condemning him as “worthless” have since left trauma on him and drive his will to fight in order to find a reason to live, slowly gaining confidence as the series progresses. His ability is named Beast Beneath the Moonlight, which allows him to turn into a large white tiger with incredible strength, speed, regenerative capabilities and durability, although he has no control over it and retains no memory if he fully transforms (this lack of control is however repressed when he joins the Agency and the ability of the Agency’s president causes Atsushi to regain control over the tiger). Later, he learns to change his limbs to that of a tiger to enhance his physical abilities. Despite his lack of confidence, he has a pure and good heart and fights hard to protect others.

Osamu Dazai

A member of the Armed Detective Agency who takes Atsushi under his wing and is known for being a “suicide maniac” due to his wish to commit suicide and die comfortably one day, preferably with a beautiful woman. Under his carefree and relaxed demeanor, however, Dazai is extremely cunning, intelligent, skilled and brutal, once having been a feared executive of Port Mafia. His ability, No Longer Human, lets him completely nullify any supernatural ability by touch. In the main timeline, he is 22 years old.

Doppo Kunikida

Dazai’s partner, known for his meticulous planning, organisation and perfectionistic tendencies. He has a habit of writing and planning everything ahead in his signature notebook, with the front cover labelled “Ideals”. This notebook is linked to his ability, Lone Poet, which allows him to bring into existence any object he writes inside, as long as it isn’t larger than the notebook itself. Kunikida is, just as Dazai, 22 years old.

Ranpo Edogawa

The only Agency member without an ability and a self-proclaimed detective. Although he is 26 years old, and one of the oldest in the office, he lacks basic everyday skills, preferring to focus his intelligence on solving cases instead. His prodigious observational and deduction skills are nicknamed Super Deduction by him, which are supposedly activated when he puts on his glasses.

 

Wednesday News- November 27, 2019

Wednesday News- November 27, 2019

One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 Game Ships in Americas on March 27- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-25/one-piece-pirate-warriors-4-game-ships-in-americas-on-march-27/.153659

Taeko Watanabe’s Kaze Hikaru Shinsengumi Manga Ends in May- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-27/taeko-watanabe-kaze-hikaru-shinsengumi-manga-ends-in-may/.153730

The Fall 2019 Manga Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2019-10-28/the-fall-2019-manga-guide/.152717

Bung Stray Dogs Gets BEAST Spinoff Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-25/bungo-stray-dogs-gets-beast-spinoff-manga/.153670

Anime

  • 07-Ghost BD
  • Conception BD
  • Haikyu!! Season 3 BD
  • Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Season 1 Essentials BD
  • Kyo kara Maoh! R OVA Series BD
  • My Roommate is a Cat BD
  • Nanbaka Complete Series BD
  • Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond BD
  • One Piece: Episode of Skypiea BD/DVD
  • A Silent Voice Limited Edition BD
  • Space Adventure Cobra – The Movie BD
  • Star Blazers 2202 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Tada Never Falls in Love Premium Box Set BD
  • Zillion Essentials BD

Manga

  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Angels of Death Episode.0 Graphic Novel (GN) 3
  • Asahi-sempai’s Favorite GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey GN 3
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card GN 6
  • DAYS GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody GN 8
  • Fairy Tail: Happy’s Heroic Adventure GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • The Faraway Paladin GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Fire Force GN 17
  • For the Kid I Saw in My Dreams GN 3 (Hardcover)
  • Generation Witch GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Guilty GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • GUT’S GN 4-6 (Digital Only)
  • The Honor Student at Magic High School GN 10
  • How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? GN 1
  • If I Could Reach You GN 2
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Chronicle Episode Lyu GN 5
  • Kagerou Daze GN 13
  • Kakegurui twin GN 4
  • A Kiss, For Real GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Magic Knight Rayearth 25th Anniversary GN Box 1
  • Magic Knight Rayearth GN 1-3 (Digital Only)
  • The Magnificent Grand Scene GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Monster Wrestling GN 2
  • My Lucky Star GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Otherworldly Izakaya “Nobu” GN 5
  • Phantom Tales of the Night GN 2
  • Servamp GN 13
  • Seven Little Sons of the Dragon GN
  • Somari and the Guardian of the Forest GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Sweet Reincarnation GN 1
  • To Love-Ru GN 17-18
  • UQ Holder! GN 18
  • Witch Craft Works GN 13
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs GN 7

Other

  • Amagi Brilliant Park Novel 8 (Digital Only)
  • Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki Novel 2
  • Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? Novel 4
  • The Greatest Demon Lord is Reborn as a Typical Nobody Novel 1C
  • Katanagatari Novel 3 (hardcover)
  • Mikulife KEI’s Hatsune Miku artbook (hardcover)
  • Record of Wortenia War Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online Novel 5P

 

Manga Monday- Bungo Stray Dogs

Manga Monday- Bungo Stray Dogs

Bungo Stray Dogs is a Japanese seinen manga series written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa, which has been serialized in the magazine Young Ace since 2012. The manga originated from Kafka Asagiri’s idea to gather multiple famous late authors and draw them as young adults and teenagers with supernatural powers. The series follows the members of the “Armed Detective Agency” and their everyday lives, mainly on the weretiger Atsushi Nakajima, who joins other gifted with supernatural powers and use them for different purposes including holding a business, solving mysteries, and carrying out missions assigned by the mafia.

Multiple light novels have been published. An anime television series adaptation by Bones aired in 2016 in two parts, the first part aired between 7 April 2016 and 23 June 2016, and the second part aired between 6 October 2016 and 22 December 2016. An anime film, Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple, was released on 3 March 2018. A third season aired between 12 April 2019 and 28 June 2019. Kadokawa has compiled the series into seventeen tankōbon volumes as of May 2019. The series has been licensed for North America by Yen Press with the first volume being released on December 20, 2016.

Plot

The story focuses on a young adult named Atsushi Nakajima. After he had been kicked out of his orphanage, Atsushi accidentally stopped the suicide of a detective named Osamu Dazai believing he was drowning in the river. During his interactions with Dazai, Atsushi learns he is gifted with a supernatural ability capable of transforming him into a berserker white tiger in the moonlight; this made the orphanage torture him and a kick him out in the past. Dazai recruits him into the Agency and there he meets many other ability users as they tackle various cases and events taking place within the city of Yokohama, a place teeming with individuals with Supernatural Abilities. Atsushi becomes the target of the Port Mafia members, most notably Dazai’s former student, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, as there is a bounty on his head on the black market.

During Atsushi’s fights against the mafia, he also meets Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald, the leader of the Fellowship of the Guild who placed the bounty on his head. Fitzgerald reveals there is a supernatural book capable of changing reality linked with Atsushi’s tiger, hence putting a bounty on the black market. Fitzgerald disregards any superficial damage the Guild might bring to Yokohama in exchange for the book, having an airship named “Moby Dick” destroy the city. However, he is nearly killed by Atsushi and Akutagawa once joining forces while former mafia member Kyoka Izumi stops Moby Dick.

Another man known as Fyodor Dostoyevsky appears wishing to obtain the book too in order to erase all gifted people. He arranges a mortal fight between the detectives and the mafia but the true leader behind this organization, Natsume Soseki, stops the fight. While Atsushi and Akutagawa corner the virus’ originator, Dazai manages to arrest Dostoyevsky with Fitzgerald’s help. However, Dostoyevsky is later revealed to have orchestrated his own imprisonment in order to lead his followers. Pages of the book are later found by Dostoyevsky’s group The Decay of Angels who uses its powers to frame the Agency for a murder case. Dazai is imprisoned alongside Dostoyevsky and the government sends its military forces known as the Hunting Dogs to execute the members from the Agency. As the Agency faces defeat, they form an alliance with Fitzgerald and the mafia in exchange for one of their followers. Across the multiple fights, it is revealed there is another person above Dostoyevsky and that person must be stopped.

 

 

Film Friday- Inu x Boku SS

Film Friday- Inu x Boku SS

Inu × Boku SS, also known as Youko × Boku, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Cocoa Fujiwara. An anime adaptation by David Production aired in Japan between January and March 2012. The anime has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks for streaming, and home video release in North America.

A 12-episode anime adaptation by David Production aired in Japan between January 12 and March 29, 2012 and was simulcast on Crunchyroll. An original video animation episode was released with the seventh Blu-ray Disc volume on September 26, 2012. The series has been licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks. Hanabee Entertainment licensed the anime in Australia and New Zealand and released the series on Blu-ray and DVD in April 2013. MVM Films have licensed the series in the United Kingdom.

Characters

Ririchiyo Shirakiin
Part One
Room 4 tenant. Born 21st of February, she is 15 years old at the beginning of the story.
Ririchiyo is a young girl with long black hair and purple eyes, who is the descendant of an Oni. She leaves her home and moves into Maison de Ayakashi in order to live alone. She yearns to be independent and constantly worries about not being able to communicate with other people properly, due to her habit of rudely slighting people whenever they try to interact with her. As the daughter of a well-known and well-respected family, she felt she was only recognised for her family and not for herself; she was bullied by her peers and protected by her teachers and other adults who wished to be seen well by her family. This caused her to develop her bad habit and also incentivized her to move out. Her SS agent and servant is Sōshi Miketsukami, who has the blood of a fox-spirit. While at first she is exasperated by Sōshi’s extreme willingness to serve her and is reluctant to accept him as her SS, the two grow close and eventually fall in love, beginning a relationship. She dies at the age of 16 after Sōshi’s death, while fighting Mikoto and his army.
Part Two (23 years later)
A 15-year-old girl who moves into Room 1 of Maison de Ayakashi. Initially she has no memories of her past life due to the trauma of losing Sōshi. Unlike in Part One, she does not seem to be the victim of direct bullying, however she starts to distance herself from others when she learns that her peers were only friendly to her because they had to be.
After an encounter with the aged Renshō, she recovers some of her memories, but they are suppressed by Sōshi. Kagerō’s words causes her to remember everything, and her regret and her strong emotion of wanting to “go back” to their past are used by a yōkai called Sodehiki Mujina and she gets trapped along with Renshō in an ideal world that they created. Following this event, she decides to end her contract and relationship with Sōshi in order to sort out her feelings. Although struggling to come to terms with her past and current life, she resolves to uncover the truth about the “Night Parade of 100 Demons”.
Toward the end she learns that like her, Sōshi also has aspects that haven’t changed, and tells him that although she loves the Sōshi from her previous life, she still considers the Sōshi from her current life an important figure and that she still cares for him. While fighting Kuroe Karasuma, who loses her human self after being defeated by Mikoto, Ririchiyo is severely wounded and nearly dies. She gets Sōshi to scribe her letter to the past because of this.
Part Three
After receiving letters from the “if” world (where the “Night Parade of 100 Demons” took place) and Zange tells her what he saw in that future, Ririchiyo resolves to prevent the Night Parade from occurring. Due to the appearance of the time capsule from the future, the events following the burial of the time capsule do not occur and so she is not in a relationship with Sōshi. Rather, upon learning that Sōshi had died protecting Ririchiyo, she starts to distance herself from him.
The residents are notified on New Years that the “Night Parade of 100 Demons” has started, and Ririchiyo is taken back home by her father. However, realising how important her days at Maison de Ayakashi with the other residents were, she becomes determined to return to Ayakashi Hall, despite her father’s disagreement. Later she breaks into the Miketsukami house in order to rescue Sōshi (who was held captive there) and reconciles with him, asking him to tell her more about himself.
Ririchiyo seems to be physically weak throughout and has asthma to varying degrees of severity. Apparently, she is the weakest at arm wrestling out of the main female cast.
Sōshi Miketsukami
The assigned SS Agent to Ririchiyo and, in his own words, her servant and “Dog”. Sōshi is descended from the evil nine-tailed fox who was Sōshi’s past life. Ririchiyo helped him when she was little, although she’s initially unaware of it. Later on in the series, it’s revealed that his family had kept him under house arrest because they feared the powers of the kitsune, and in order to obtain freedom he learned to manipulate and appeal to others through obeying their whims. However, because of this, he was unable to form his own personality. It was not until he started corresponding with Ririchiyo through letters, under the guise of her fiance Kagerō, that he realized that he was in fact, capable of having emotion, and he began growing into his own person. He’s very calm, polite, and gentle to everyone he interacts with, but he bears particularly strong devotion to his Ririchiyo, blindly obeying her and protecting her with his life if the situation calls for it. He enters a relationship with her after she confesses her love for him, which was prompted by him reading a letter that detailed her feelings for him that she meant to put into a time capsule, but instead sent to him by mistake. What he wishes for is a family, which he never had. A notable feature is his heterochromia, in which his right eye is blue, while the other is dark gold.
He was killed in action at the end of Part 1 at age 23, protecting Ririchiyo from a band of evil yōkai. He is reincarnated but does not remember his previous life. After learning from Kagerō’s mother how important Ririchiyo was for the previous Sōshi, he researches about her and becomes Ririchiyo’s SS agent. After Ririchiyo regains her memories, she breaks her contract with him, in an attempt to protect him and also because she realizes he is not the same Sōshi she fell in love with.
Depressed because of how Ririchiyo break the contract with him, Sōshi is sulking in his room and still in contact with other SS agents such as Zange Natsume for a photo of Ririchiyo and other things. Because of his hatred, envy and jealousy towards his previous self because Ririchiyo loved and loves the previous him, Sōshi even tried to search for the time capsule his previous self left and destroyed it. Not having any memories from his previous life, he said and planned to destroy the thing the previous Sōshi left, which is a memory card. The memory card revealed to be full of Ririchiyo’s photos and letter from his childhood.
Sōshi, even though after cutting off his ties with Ririchiyo as her SS Agent, come to Ririchiyo’s rescue from the manipulated servant that is being controlled by the leader of the previous war. Before getting killed, Ririchiyo stepped in front of him and protected him, he remains besides Ririchiyo after being saved from dying. Because Ririchiyo said that even though she loves the previous him, he is also a very special person to her and that she is glad that he was born in this world. Sōshi said those words alone is enough and in return he’ll help her write a letter for the time capsule which they will send to the past for preventing their death.

Wednesday News- November 20, 2019

Wednesday News- November 20, 2019

Funimation Adds Gravitation OVA, Big Windup! 2, Looking up at the Half-Moon,  A Town Where You Live, Anime to Catalog- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-18/funimation-adds-gravitation-ova-big-windup-2-looking-up-at-the-half-moon-a-town-where-you-live-anime-to-catalog/.153429

Dragon Quest X Game Launches for Browsers in Japan in 2020- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-11-19/dragon-quest-x-game-launches-for-browsers-in-japan-in-2020/.153466

The Game Awards 2019 Nominees Revealed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-19/the-game-awards-2019-nominees-revealed/.153469

Babylon Anime’s 3rd Arc Delayed Until December 30- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-19/babylon-anime-3rd-arc-delayed-until-december-30/.153445

Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun Manga Switches to New Captain Tsubasa Magazine Next Spring- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-11-19/captain-tsubasa-rising-sun-manga-switches-to-new-captain-tsubasa-magazine-next-spring/.153436

Anime

  • Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly BD
  • Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly Limited Edition BDCite
  • Fruits Basket Season 1 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Fruits Basket Season 1 Part 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory BD
  • Harukana Receive BD
  • Hidamari Sketch Picture Perfect Collection
  • Hyou-ka Complete Series Essentials BD
  • Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai BD
  • Recovery of an MMO Junkie Essentials BD

Manga

  • BEASTARS Graphic Novel (GN) 3
  • Bungo Stray Dogs: Another Story GN 1
  • Children of the Whales GN 13
  • Citrus+ GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Cosplay Animal GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Darkstalkers: Rise of the Night Warriors GN (hardcover)C
  • Defying Kurosaki-kun GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro GN 1
  • Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest GN 2
  • Generation Witch GN 5
  • Gleipnir GN 5
  • The Great Cleric GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • H.P. Lovecraft‘s At The Mountains Of Madness GN 2
  • Hanger GN 3
  • How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? GN 1 (Digital Only)P l
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord GN 6 (Digital Only)C
  • I’m Standing on a Million Lives GN 4
  • Kaiju Girl Caramelise GN 2
  • Kemono Friends à la Carte GN 1
  • Levius/est GN 1
  • My Monster Secret GN 18
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! GN 2
  • No Guns Life GN 2
  • Ran And The Gray World GN 5
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 35
  • Shomin Sample GN 11
  • Stravaganza GN 2
  • Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers Underworld Warriors GN (hardcover)
  • Tales of Berseria GN 1
  • Teasing Master Takagi-san GN 6
  • Urusei Yatsura GN 4
  • Wonderland GN 4A

Other

  • 86 Novel 3
  • Altina the Sword Princess Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • An Archdemon’s Dilemma – How to Love Your Elf Bride Novel 8 (Digital Only)
  • Classroom of the Elite Novel 3
  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes Novel 10
  • Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension Novel 6 (Digital Only)
  • Raging Loop Switch game
  • Reincarnated as a Sword Novel 3
  • Shenmue III PS4, PC game

 

Manga Monday- Inu x Boku SS

Manga Monday- Inu x Boku SS

Inu × Boku SS, also known as Youko × Boku, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Cocoa Fujiwara. An anime adaptation by David Production aired in Japan between January and March 2012. The anime has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks for streaming, and home video release in North America.

Inu × Boku SS was written and illustrated by Cocoa Fujiwara. It was serialized in Square Enix’s Gangan Joker online magazine between the May 2009 and March 2014 issues. Square Enix published 11 tankōbon volumes between April 22, 2010 and July 22, 2014. Yen Press licensed the manga and began publishing the series in North America in October 2013.

Plot

Part One “Prologue”

Volumes 1 to 4.

15-year-old Ririchiyo Shirakiin is anything but a normal girl — she’s an Atavist, a human with demon or yōkai ancestors, possessing similar powers to them and with the ability to be reincarnated if killed. Coupled with insecurities about herself and her most noticeable habit of a sharp tongue, she moves into the Maison de Ayakashi, better known as Ayakashi Hall or Ayakashikan (妖館), a high-security apartment building where people like her reside and are each guarded by their own Secret Service (SS) bodyguard. Despite not requesting for a bodyguard, she finds herself served by Sōshi Miketsukami, the descendant of a nine-tailed fox who devotes his life to her. Although initially unwilling to accept him as her bodyguard, the two grow close and Sōshi helps Ririchiyo suppress her bad habit as well as establish valuable connections with the residents at Ayakashi Hall. Ririchiyo also inevitably helps Sōshi become more emotional and to be more perceptive of the world, which he had not acquired due to his house arrest and isolation, and the two eventually fall in love and begin a relationship. Instead of fulfilling her goal to be alone, Ririchiyo has instead surrounded herself with supportive friends. Unfortunately, this sudden peace is interrupted when Karuta Roromiya, Kagerō Shoukiin’s SS, is attacked and heavily wounded by a fellow Atavist named Mikoto Inugami. Mikoto tries to recruit her for the “Night Parade of 100 Demons”, an army of Atavists that have lost their human sanity and have become senseless yōkai. Karuta eventually loses herself as well and becomes part of the army, attacking her friends. Sōshi is killed by Mikoto in front of Ririchiyo while trying to protect her.

Part Two “If”

Volumes 5 to 8.
Set 23 years after the end of Part 1. Nearly every one of the residents of Ayakashi Hall is revealed to have been killed because of incidents involving the “Night Parade of 100 Demons” and have reincarnated. Only Renshō Sorinozuka has survived, growing to be 41 years old. 15 year old Ririchiyo Shirakiin leaves her home and moves into Ayakashi Hall hoping to be alone, and to fix her bad habit of speaking and acting sharply, but meets Sōshi Miketsukami who becomes her SS. Ririchiyo initially has no recollection of her past life due to the trauma of his death, but slowly starts remembering after her encounter with Renshō. Once she remembers everything, Ririchiyo decides to break off her contract and relationship with the current Sōshi, realising that she loved the Sōshi in her previous life, not her current life. Soon the residents of Ayakashi Hall discover that after years of calm, the “Night Parade of 100 Demons” is about to start again, signalling that it has become an unstoppable cycle. While the residents of Ayakashi Hall work to stop Mikoto and the Night Parade, a middle schooler Banri Watanuki befriends Mikoto, not realising who he is. Later, after learning that Mikoto has gone back to 23 years ago using the Millenium Cherry Blossom Tree, the group decide to send a time capsule, containing letters, to the past.

“Interlude”

Volumes 8 and 9.
5 short stories, each focusing on one or more of the main characters. Set sometime during Part 1.

Part Three “Awaken in Spring”

Volumes 9 to 11.
The setting jumps back to 23 years ago, in the first timeline, where the group are about to bury the time capsule containing letters to their future selves. They dig a hole for the time capsule, only to find that there is already a box buried in the ground. Within the box, they find letters from themselves to themselves, but which they have no recollection of writing. With the help of Zange’s ability, they learn about their future, and decide to do all they can to defeat Mikoto and his army. As this timeline follows a different path from the first timeline, Ririchiyo and Sōshi are not in a relationship, and, because her letter told her that Sōshi had died protecting her, Ririchiyo decides to keep her distance from Sōshi. The group manage to prevent the attack on Karuta and all seems quiet for a while. Although most of the residents are called back home as Mikoto starts attacking other Atavists and Ayakashi Hall is no longer safe, they manage to regroup and return to Ayakashi Hall. And, after rescuing Sōshi from his house, where he was held captive, Ririchiyo and Sōshi reconnect and begin a relationship.
They learn that Mikoto is acquainted with Shimon Satorigahara, an elderly Atavist who is considered the leader of the Atavist community, with the ability to perceive the thoughts and memories of others. It is revealed that Mikoto had been repeating the “Night Parade of 100 Demons” over and over again in the same timeline, turning Atavists into senseless Yōkai and making them kill each other, in order to gift their bodies to Shimon, who can read their stories and memories for enjoyment. However Kagerō manages to gather Atavists from all over the country to fight Mikoto’s army, and Sōshi kills Mikoto, ending the “Night Parade of 100 Demons” and lifting his curse, causing the senseless Yōkai to return to their Atavist form. As Shimon reads Mikoto’s memories, she realises that Mikoto had loved her all along. The residents and their SS bodyguards continue towards a new life together, with everyone alive and well.

Film Friday- To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts

Film Friday- To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts

To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Maybe. The series is published by Kodansha in Japan and by Vertical in North America. An anime television series adaptation by MAPPA aired from 1 July 2019 to 16 September 2019.

Anime

An anime television series adaptation was announced on 5 February 2019. The series is animated by MAPPA and directed by Jun Shishido, with Shigeru Murakoshi handled the series composition, Daisuke Niinuma designed the characters, and Yoshihiro Ike composed the music. The series aired from 1 July 2019 to 16 September 2019 on Tokyo MX, BS11, and MBS. The opening theme song is “Sacrifice” by Mafumafu, while the ending theme song is “HHOOWWLL” by Gero×ARAKI. Crunchyroll streamed the series. It ran for 12 episodes. On 1 October 2019, Crunchyroll announced that the series would receive an English dub.

Characters

Hank Henriette 
Former Captain of the Incarnates who was left for dead near the end of the war. Two years later, he became a Beast Hunter, hunting down the surviving Incarnates across Patria before they cause more destruction. He is capable of transforming into a werewolf under moonlight, and fights with a giant spear.
Nancy Schaal Bancroft
The daughter of John William Bancroft, she holds Hank responsible for his death and tries to shoot Hank the first time she meets him. Schaal wields an elephant gun and reluctantly decides to help Hank in exchange for learning the truth of the Incarnates and what caused them to go insane.
Cain Madhouse
Formerly a nobleman named Cain Withers, he was Vice Captain of the Incarnates who betrayed Elaine near the end of the war, shooting her through the chest before fleeing with the surviving Incarnate soldiers. He is called the vampire Incarnate, the immortal king of blood and the night.
Elaine Bluelake 
A doctor whose research gave birth to the Incarnates, and also developed a means to kill them at the end of the war. However, she was shot through the chest by Cain before she could do the job. Her body was never found.
Claude Withers
A human and the Captain of Coup de Grace, an Incarnate Extermination Squad authorized by the government. He takes his job seriously and swears he will not smile until he has killed every Incarnate beast. Unknown to most people, he is the younger brother of Cain and has sworn to kill him for his rebellion.
Liza Runecastle
A spy from the Northern Union who feeds information to Hank about the Incarnates.
Miglieglia
A young white-haired girl with gold eyes and a black dress who travels with Cain.

 

Wednesday News- November 13, 2019

Wednesday News- November 13, 2019

Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle Manga Takes 2-Month Break- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-11/battle-angel-alita-mars-chronicle-manga-takes-2-month-break/.153151

Katamari Damacy Creator Keita Takahashi’s Wattam PS4-PC Game Launches on December 17- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-11/katamari-damacy-creator-keita-takahashi-wattam-ps4-pc-game-launches-on-december-17/.153171

Pokemon Sword/Shield Games’ ‘Final’ Promo Video Streamed (Updated)- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-11/pokemon-sword-shield-games-final-promo-video-streamed/.153169

Wolf Girl & Black Prince‘s Ayuko Hatta Launches New Manga on December 13- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-12/wolf-girl-and-black-prince-ayuko-hatta-launches-new-manga-on-december-13/.153183

Anime

  • Bungo Stray Dogs Seasons 1 & 2 BD
  • Gosick Complete Series Essentials BD
  • Izetta: The Last Witch Essentials BDA
  • Natsu no Arashi! BD
  • Radiant Season 1 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Set 2 BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Set 2 DVD
  • Shomin Sample Essentials BD
  • Spirited Away Collector’s Edition BD
  • Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid Essentials BD

Manga

  • 1122: For a Happy Marriage GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Angels of Death Graphic Novel (GN) 8
  • Anne Happy GN 10
  • Arpeggio of Blue Steel GN 15
  • Blade of the Immortal Omnibus GN 10
  • Blue Morning GN 8
  • Chio’s School Road GN 6
  • Classmates GN 3.
  • Delicious in Dungeon GN 7
  • Don’t Count Your Tanukis GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Farewell, My Dear Cramer GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Fruits Basket Another GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Freezing GN 13
  • Fruits Basket Another GN 3
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Edition GN 7 (hardcover)
  • Giant Killing GN 17 (Digital Only)
  • GUT’S GN 1-3 (Digital Only)
  • Hatsu*Haru GN 9
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria GN 9
  • Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World GN 4
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 10
  • Love and Lies GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • The Magnificent Grand Scene GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • My Boyfriend in Orange GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • My Monster Secret GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • Nyankees GN 4
  • Our Wonderful Days GN 1
  • Overlord: The Undead King Oh! GN 1
  • Queen Bee GN 3 (Digital Only)P
  • Ran the Peerless Beauty GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Record of Grancrest War GN 5
  • The Reprise of the Spear Hero GN 1
  • Requiem of the Rose King GN 11
  • RIN-NE GN 31
  • Sailor Moon Eternal Edition GN 6
  • Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GN 8
  • Sekirei GN 10
  • Skeleton Knight in Another World GN 2
  • Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san GN 2P
  • A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow GN 1
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • The Unwanted Undead Adventurer GN 1 (Digital Only)P
  • Witch Hat Atelier GN 4
  • You Got Me, Sempai! GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Zo Zo Zombie (Zo Zo Zo Zombie-kun) GN 5

Other

  • Arifureta Zero Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • The Art of Splatoon 2 book (hardcover)P
  • Ascendance of a Bookworm Part 2 Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Dirty Way to Destroy the Goddess’s Hero Novel 2
  • Dragon Ball: A Visual History artbook
  • The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 14 (Digital Only)
  • Infinite Stratos GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Pokémon Shield Switch game
  • Pokémon Sword Switch game
  • Romancing SaGa 3 PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, Switch, PC, iOS, Android game
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel 7
  • Skeleton Knight in Another World Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re Call to Exist PS4, PC game
  • Transformers: A Visual History artbook (hardcover)

 

Manga Monday- To Abandoned Sacred Beasts

Manga Monday- To Abandoned Sacred Beasts

To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Maybe. The series is published by Kodansha in Japan and by Vertical in North America. An anime television series adaptation by MAPPA aired from 1 July 2019 to 16 September 2019.

Manga

Manga artist duo Maybe launched the series in the July 2014 issue of Kodansha’s shōnen manga magazine Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine on 9 June 2014. The series took a one-month break in August 2015 (it was not published in the September issue on 8 August) before resuming serialization in the October issue on 9 September 2015.

North American manga publisher Vertical announced their license to the series on 27 August 2015, scheduling the release of the first volume for May 2016. Before they selected the series’ current title, Vertical was originally going to publish the manga as The Abandoned Sacred Beasts.

Ten volumes have been released as of July 2019, and the first volume was published in English in May 2016.

Reception

The first volume of the series reached 39th place on the weekly Oricon comics rankings, with 22,468 copies sold; the second volume reached 31st place, with 18,638 copies sold; the third volume reached 39th place, with 28,018 copies sold; and the fourth volume reached 24th place, with 32,728 copies sold.

Plot

100 years after settlers on the continent of Patria established a democratic nation, the discovery of an energy source called Somnium ore sparked a conflict. The nation of Patria split between the industrial Northern Union and the mining towns of the Southern Confederation, and began fighting a civil war. While the South had greater numbers, the North had a secret weapon: The Incarnates, soldiers who could transform into giant mythical beasts and single-handedly destroy enemy emplacements. However, when the war ended and a peace treaty was negotiated, the Incarnates were supposed to be destroyed. Instead, an officer named Cain betrayed his superiors and fled with the surviving Incarnates across the continent. Two years later, an Incarnate named Hank has made it his mission to hunt down the surviving Incarnates, assisted by a young woman named Schaal who blames him for killing her father.

 

Film Friday- Galaxy Express 999

Film Friday- Galaxy Express 999

Galaxy Express 999 is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Leiji Matsumoto, later adapted into a number of anime films and television series. It is set in a spacefaring, high-tech future in which humans have learned how to transfer their minds and emotions with perfect fidelity into mechanical bodies, thus achieving practical immortality.

The manga won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen in 1978. The anime series won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize in 1981.

Matsumoto was inspired to create Galaxy Express 999 by the idea of a steam train running through the stars in the novel Night on the Galactic Railroad by Kenji Miyazawa.

Film versions

Galaxy Express 999

The film version of Galaxy Express 999, released in 1979. Maetel and Tetsuro again set out for the home planet of the Mechanized Empire, visiting four planets. Planet Maetel is a mechanized world where machine bodies are made.

Godiego performed the film’s theme song “The Galaxy Express 999”.

Adieu Galaxy Express 999

Adieu Galaxy Express 999 is a 1981 sequel to the film adaptation. Adieu presents an entirely new storyline which takes place three years after the destruction of Planet Maetel. The Machine Empire now has even more of a stranglehold over the Galaxy. Rumors are afoot of Maetel becoming its new Queen. Tetsuro, now a fifteen-year-old freedom fighter, is shocked when a messenger brings him news that the 999 is returning, and that Maetel wants him to board it. Tetsuro narrowly makes his way to the 999 and departs Earth, now a battlefield.

Although Tetsuro finds that Maetel isn’t present on the 999, he does meet Metalmena, a machine woman who has replaced the waitress Claire. Also, a mysterious Ghost Train has been traveling the universe and nearly crashes into the 999. The 999 then pouts about the humiliation of being overtaken by the Ghost Train. The 999 heads to the planet La Metal, portrayed here as the birthplace of Prometheum and Maetel. Here Tetsuro helps in the resistance, befriending a cat-like teenaged-boy named Meowdar. While exploring the ruins of an old castle, Tetsuro discovers a portrait of a beautiful, blonde queen who looks very much like Maetel. He learns that it is, in fact, La Metal’s Queen Prometheum, even though she looks nothing like she did at their last confrontation. As the 999 departs, Maetel finally makes her appearance.

Shortly after leaving La Metal, the 999 is forced to dock at a station where Tetsuro meets a mysterious machine-man named Faust. When Tetsuro attacks him, Faust causes Tetsuro to drop into a flashback where he must relive his mother’s death. The 999 continues on to the planet Mosaic, the last stop before Great Andromeda, capital of the mechanized empire. Here Tetsuro finds the Ghost Train and is nearly killed.

The 999 finally makes its way to Great Andromeda where Faust greets Tetsuro once more. Meanwhile, Maetel travels down to the center of the planet where Prometheum’s consciousness still exists. Maetel is put in charge of the mechanized empire, just as the rumors said. But, again, she intends to put an end to the operations, and attempts to shut Prometheum’s machinery down. She reveals the horrible truth to Tetsuro that the energy the machine people use is actually drained from living human beings, and that they were transported there by the Ghost Train. Tetsuro is shocked to find his old friend Meowdar among a pile of dead, drained bodies. Metalmena shows indifference to Meowdar’s death, until Tetsuro reveals the source of the energy she has been existing on. As a patrol of guards comes to arrest the group, Metalmena, disgusted and enraged by what she has learned, attacks and destroys them, apparently at the cost of her own life.

Prometheum proves that she cannot be killed with just the flip of a switch, and all seems hopeless. At about the same time, a space anomaly called Siren the Witch approaches Great Andromeda, attracted to its abundant energy and absorbing all machine energy. With Great Andromeda collapsing, the 999 is set to depart, but Tetsuro must face Faust one last time. After dealing Faust a fatal blow, it is revealed to Tetsuro that Faust is actually Tetsuro’s father (In the manga and television series, it is never made clear what became of Tetsuro’s father). The 999 heads back to La Metal where Maetel and Tetsuro separate for the last time, and “the boy [Tetsuro] becomes a man”.

Two songs written and performed by Mary MacGregor, ‘Love Light’ and the ending theme “Sayonara” were used for the film. Kumiko Kaori recorded a Japanese version of the ending song.

Helen McCarthy in 500 Essential Anime Movies called it a “dense, fascinating story”.

Maetel Legend

This two-part OVA from 2000 serves as a prelude for Galaxy Express 999 and explains the series’ backstory. Maetel, the protagonist, is the daughter of Queen Prometheum of the Planet La Metal (both from Queen Millennia), a wandering planet, and one of the first civilizations to have mechanized their bodies. As Queen Promethium becomes fearful of the natural decline of her people’s lifespan on their freezing world, which has fallen out of orbit, she decides to mechanize them all, in order to enable her people to survive the harsh climate. The complete series was released on DVD by Central Park Media.

Space Symphony Maetel

Following on from Maetel Legend, this 13-part OVA from 2004 reveals that the newly created machine people of La Metal began to mechanise galaxy after galaxy against the will of many humans, and ended up creating rebellions and revolutions. Maetel is asked to return to La Metal to succeed her mother, only to discover the many hardships her mother has inflicted on the humans.

In this series, Captain Harlock and Emeraldas (Maetel’s sister) also appear, and work together to assassinate Prometheum, along with Maetel. Parallels with Galaxy Express 999 are prevalent. Instead of a boy who wants a mechanized body meeting her, she met a boy who has a grudge against Prometheum and detests being mechanized.

The final lines of dialog reveal that this is a prequel to the 1979 film Galaxy Express 999.

Galaxy Railways: Letter From An Abandoned Planet

This OVA series was released from December 30, 2006 to January 5, 2007 (on SKY PerfectTV!) in Japan. The story takes place between Seasons 1 and 2 of Galaxy Railways: Crossroad to Eternity, and presumably after the events of Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy, where the Earth has since been destroyed. The OVAs featured Maetel, Tetsuro, and the Conductor, with their original voice actors from the Galaxy Express 999 television series.

For unknown reasons, this series started production earlier than Galaxy Railways: Crossroad to Eternity, but was aired much later.

Characters

  • Tetsuro Hoshino
    The main character of Galaxy Express 999, Tetsuro is a poor Earth boy who witnessed his mother die at the hands of Count Mecha. With his mother’s dying wish being for him to obtain a machine body, Tetsuro embarks on the Galaxy Express with Maetel. Tetsuro has also been mentioned in the new Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage manga.

 

 

  • Maetel:
    The mysterious blonde woman who accompanies Tetsuro on the Galaxy Express 999. Maetel is in actuality the daughter of Queen Prometheum, ruler of the mechanized empire. In the movie version, Maetel is responsible for bringing youths from around the universe to the mechanized homeworld where they are turned into mechanized human components to serve the mechanized empire, whereas in the television series, she is grooming them to grow up to become generals in her mother’s imperial military. Maetel is secretly plotting with her father, Dr. Ban (who is contained within the pendant around her neck) to destroy the machine empire, and finally does so (in the movie) when it is Tetsuro’s turn to be turned into a bolt. Maetel’s soul exists in the body of a human copy, which she occupies until it grows old and she exchanges it for a new one. It is explained in the movie version that she occupies a clone of the body of Tetsuro’s mother, which explains the resemblance between the two.

 

  • Conductor
    The Conductor is the main crew member of the Galaxy Express 999. He is an alien being with an invisible body; only his eyes can be seen while he is wearing his conductor uniform. The Conductor prefers to go ‘strictly by the book’ and frequently cites the Galaxy Express rule book, but occasionally ends up bending the rules and getting into adventures with Tetsuro and Maetel.

 

  • Claire:
    The dining car waitress on the 999, Claire has a machine body made of clear crystal glass. Unlike others who gave up their humanity by choice, Claire was forced into this existence by her vain mother. She works on the 999 in order to save up enough money to buy back her human body, which is stored on Pluto.[7] Claire quickly befriends Tetsuro and sacrifices herself for him when a hallucination taking the guise of his mother tries to pull him out of the train. Her body is shattered, all that remains is a single glass tear which Tetsuro holds with him as a memento.[7] In the movie version, Claire has a somewhat larger role, but suffers the same fate, sacrificing herself for Tetsuro when Prometheum tries to kill him (a machine girl named “Mirai” (“Future”) has this role in the television series). Claire returns to life in both Eternal Fantasy and the new Galaxy Express manga published by Matsumoto in the 1990s.

 

  • Captain Harlock:
    Famous space pirates who are idolized by Tetsuro. Both have only minor cameos in the original manga and television series, but have significantly larger roles in the movies and assist in defeating the machine empire.

 

  • Antares:
    A well known bandit who sneaks aboard the 999 after their stop on the planet Titan. Antares despises machine people for the death of his wife and has many unexploded bullets lodged within his abdomen. He warns Tetsuro to “shoot first, ask questions later”.[9] In the manga and television series he lives in a large home with his many children; in the movie he lives on Titan with other bandits and many children orphaned by Count Mecha. In the movie version he assists Tetsuro in his quest to kill Count Mecha at the Time Castle, and is killed when the bullets in his body explode after taking multiple shots from the Count.

 

  • Count Mecha:
    The wealthy machine man who murdered Tetsuro’s mother. In the manga and television series, he is a minor aristocrat, and is killed by Tetsuro before he leaves Earth. In the movie version he appears to have considerably more power, and rules the Time Castle. Acquiring a machine body to get revenge on Count Mecha is Tetsuro’s primary motivation in the movie version, and he accomplishes his goal with the assistance of Antares while on the planet Heavy Melder.

 

  • Queen Prometheum:
    Maetel’s mother, and ruler of the mechanized empire. Once a gentle woman, Prometheum created the machine empire believing it would be good for humanity. Prometheum has considerably difference physical characteristics in each of her appearances, appearing as a humanoid in the television series and movie, and a two-faced head in the manga. Prometheum is destroyed with the destruction of Andromeda in the manga and television series, and killed by Claire in the movie version. Her spirit occupies the planet Great Andromeda in Adieu Galaxy Express 999 but perishes when that planet is destroyed by Siren the Witch.