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Month: April 2020

Wednesday News- April 29, 2020

Wednesday News- April 29, 2020

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Voice Actors Do the ‘Hare Hare Yukai’ ED Dance From Home- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2020-04-27/the-melancholy-of-haruhi-suzumiya-voice-actors-do-the-hare-hare-yukai-ed-dance-from-home/.159029

The List: Top 5 Crunchyroll Anime You Should Binge-Watch Now- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2020-04-26/.158955

One Piece Anime’s English Dub Returns With Digital Release- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2020-04-28/one-piece-anime-english-dub-returns-with-digital-release/.159078

Miko Mitsuki’s Teito Hatsukoi Shinju Manga Ends in 9th Volume- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-28/miko-mitsuki-teito-hatsukoi-shinju-manga-ends-in-9th-volume/.159051

Review: My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Episode 4- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/my-next-life-as-a-villainess-all-routes-lead-to-doom/episode-4/.159013

Anime

  • Aria the Animation Autographed Kickstarter Edition BD
  • Aria the Animation Kickstarter Edition BD
  • Aria the Natural Kickstarter Edition BD 1
  • Aria the Natural Kickstarter Edition BD 2
  • Aria the OVA ~Arietta~, Aria the Origination, Aria the Avvenire Kickstarter Edition BDPl
  • BEM BD
  • Clannad Steelbook BD
  • Date A Live III BD/DVD
  • Date A Live Season 1 Essentials BD
  • Honey and Clover II BD
  • Kyo kara Maoh! Season 3 BD
  • Lupin III: the Last Job BDP
  • NG Knight Lamune & 40 BD
  • Nisekoi – False Love Complete Box Set BD
  • RobiHachi BD
  • Twin Star Exorcists Complete Series BD
  • W’z BD

Manga

  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 17 (Digital Only)
  • As Miss Beelzebub Likes Graphic Novel (GN) 9
  • BL Metamorphosis GN 1
  • A Certain Scientific Accelerator GN 10A
  • Cooking with Wild Game GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • A Devotion That Changes Worlds GN 5
  • Dragon Goes House-Hunting GN 4Pl
  • Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One GN 4
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Hayate the Combat Butler GN 5-6 (Digital Only)
  • Hi Score Girl GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • High-rise Invasion Omnibus GN 6
  • High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World GN 7P
  • Hotaru’s Way GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord GN 7Pl
  • I Fell in Love After School GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria GN 11P
  • Kemono Friends a la Carte GN 3
  • The King of Fighters: A New Beginning GN 2
  • Kounodori: Dr. Stork GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • The Last Saiyuki GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Let’s Kiss in Secret Tomorrow GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Loveless 2-in-1 Edition GN 1-4 (Digital Only)
  • Loveless GN 9-13 (Digital Only)
  • The Misfit of Demon King Academy: History’s Strongest Demon King Reincarnates and Goes to School with His Descendants GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Nameless Asterism GN 5
  • Overlord: Undead King Oh! GN 3
  • Re:Monster GN 4
  • RIN-NE GN 3-4 (Digital Only)
  • Seirei Gensouki – Spirit Chronicles GN 4 (Digital Only) (Digital
  • Silver Spoon GN 14P
  • Star⇄Crossed!! GN 1-3 (Digital Only)
  • Stealth Symphony GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Sweat and Soap GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Tales of Berseria GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • That Blue Summer GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Watari-kun’s ***** is About to Collapse GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Yowamushi Pedal GN 14
  • Yui Kamio Lets Loose GN 2 (Digital Only)P

Other

  • At Night, I Become a Monster Novel
  • Beatless Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! Novel 16
  • The Extraordinary, the Ordinary, and SOAP! Novel 1
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Novel 11 (Digital Only)P
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Novel 11
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Novel 5 (Digital Only)P
  • Octopath Traveler PC (Stadia) game
  • Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World Novel 3P
  • Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Novel 1
  • Sakura Wars PS4 game
  • Teogonia Novel 2 (Digital Only)P
  • Torture Princess – Fremd Torturchen Novel 4P

 

Manga Monday- My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

Manga Monday- My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!, also known as HameFura, is a Japanese light novel series written by Satoru Yamaguchi and illustrated by Nami Hidaka. It began serialization online in July 2014 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was acquired by Ichijinsha, who published the first light novel volume in August 2015 under their Ichijinsha Bunko Iris imprint. Nine volumes have been released as of April 2020. The light novel has been licensed in North America by J-Novel Club.

A manga adaptation with art by Hidaka has been serialized in Ichijinsha’s shōjo manga magazine Monthly Comic Zero Sum since August 2017. It has been collected in four tankōbon volumes and licensed in English by Seven Seas Entertainment. A spin-off manga began releasing during November 2019. An anime television series adaptation by Silver Link began airing in April 2020.

Manga

There have been two manga series associated with the light novel. The first, My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom, was first published in Japan during August 2017 and adapts the light novel series into manga format. The second, Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shite shimatta… Zettai Zetsumei! Hametsu Sunzen Hen, released its first issue in November 2019. This manga focuses on the question of what would happen if Katarina were to recover her memories when she was fifteen as opposed to during her childhood, leaving her without the friends and relationships that she garnered as a result of early planning against her bad ends.

Light novels

The first light novel volume was published by Ichijinsha under their Ichijinsha Bunko Iris imprint on August 20, 2015. As of April 2020, nine volumes have been published.

Reception

The light novel and manga have over 600,000 copies in print.

Plot

Catarina Claes, the young daughter of a noble family, one day bumps her head and regains memories of her past life as an otaku. It is then that she realizes she has been reborn into the world of the otome game Fortune Lover, reincarnated as the game’s villainess who, regardless of what route the player took in the original game, is doomed to be either killed or exiled. In order to avoid these routes that lead to doom, Catarina begins taking countermeasures to try and avoid things going the same way as the game. This, however, ends up having unexpected consequences on her relations with the other characters of the game’s world.

Film Friday- Arata: The Legend

Film Friday- Arata: The Legend

Arata: The Legend is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yuu Watase. It began serialization in Weekly Shōnen Sunday in October 2008. Its individual chapters has been compiled into twenty-four tankōbon volumes as of September 2015.

An anime television series adaptation produced by Satelight and Korean studio JM Animation aired from April to July 2013.

Main Characters

Arata Hinohara 
The main protagonist, along with Arata. Arata Hinohara is a shy high school freshman from modern-day Japan. He is athletic, and used to run track in middle school. He’s had life difficulties in trusting others that leaves his family worrying about him overtime. After being bullied by Kadowaki, betrayed by his friend Suguru, and feeling sorrowful, Hinohara is sucked into another world, Amawakuni, where he poses as the Arata from Amawakuni, who has been framed for the princess’ murder. Soon after his entrance into the new world, he becomes a Shō, one chosen to wield the Hayagami Tsukuyo, the god of light, in the form of a sword. He promises Kikuri to help restore her power. Having to escape Gatoya Island, after Hinohara purified Tsutsuga, he embarks on a quest to govern the world from war. Along the road, Hinohara begins understand what he really must believe in. He eventually falls in love with Kotoha. In the manga, Kadowaki had place a Kimon mark on Hinohara that tampers his emotions, until he matures enough to break it. When his Hayagami fully awakens, he gains three techniques which he can produce: ultimate-chain, flash-wave, and Sun-of-the-World; dispel darkness out of people’s hearts. He is also blessed with the title Emperor Of Hinowa. With this new revelation, “Arata’s” name for murdering the princess has been cleared throughout Amawakuni.
Arata
Arata, from Amawakuni, is outgoing, full of energy, and is bored easily. At birth, his grandmother Makari, claimed that he was a girl but still raised him as boy. He is part of the Hime Clan, which provides the princesses to maintain balance in the world. With no other girls to succeed the current princess, Arata poses as a girl to become Kikuri’s successor. At the succession ceremony, he witnesses Kikuri’s assassination and is quickly framed for murder. He runs into the Kando Forest, where he switch places with Arata Hinohara from modern-day Japan. He puts his best efforts in going to school and trying to adapt in the new world, especially the family he never had. He and Hinohara are able to contact each other once in a while link through the princess’ two charms which Kotoha had given them both. In the manga, Arata uses an odd cellphone strap infused with Amatsuriki to fight Harunawa in the real world. Now Arata looks to avenge his deceased family and protect Imina.
Kotoha 
Kotoha is Arata’s childhood friend, even though her family the Uneme Clan has served the Hime Clan for years. She wishes to help others, and has the healing powers that all women of Uneme Clan have. She accompanies Hinohara on his quest. Like almost everyone else in Awamakuni, she thinks that Hinohara is the Arata from the Hime Clan whom lost his memories after being “swallowed” by the Kando Forest, but later learns his true identity in chapter 41. In the anime, she figures it out when noticing his reactions to her and by the sudden appearance of Kadowaki. She had romantic feelings for Arata but shifts to Hinohara when Arata rejected her, and is the first person to have belief in Hinohara. As the series progresses, Kotoha’s healing powers have become stronger.
Kannagi
One of the Twelve Shinshō, he wields the Hayagami Homura, the god of fire. He incites the coup d’etat against the princess so that the Shinshō can use their Hayagami without limitations and frames Arata for the murder. Kannagi is determined to become emperor for the sake of Emisu, whom he loved. At first, he leads the manhunt for Arata, but later accepts Hinohara’s pity to accompany on his quest in order to get revenge on Akachi for killing all his Zokushō, and having his Hayagami stolen. Kannagi swore to Honi that he will make things right again. In chapter 119, he finally retrieves his Hayagami, along saving an orphan who resembles Emisu. After Akachi’s defeat, Kannagi now pledges to watch over the other Emisu and resume his desire to become emperor; though Hinohara understands him.
Mikusa
She is a strong warrior who disguised herself as a male her whole life due to circumstances and labeled as a fake member of the Hime Clan. At first, she tried to avenge Kikuri, but Hinohara was able to prove his innocence. She doesn’t trust others easily and is unsure how to respond to Hinohara and company in chapter 65. Mikusa does not know how to behave like a woman at first, but after developing affections for Hinohara, she starts to become more feminine. After deciding Hinohara’s group is trustworthy she opens up towards the others. The only person she shows a softer side to was Rami. It was discovered in chapter 105 that Mikusa had been found near Kando Forest by Kikuri and was adopted into the Hime Clan 15 years ago, meaning she’s the one who switched places with Imina and is Japanese.
Yataka
One of the Twelve Shinshō. He wields the Hayagami Zekuu, the god of void in the form of a mirror. He is able to reflect a person’s true character. He’s very proper and conducts himself in a professional and chivalrous manner. Yataka’s first formal meeting with Princess Kikuri was when she requested he bring her to her home to visit her dying mother. They soon became a couple afterwards and he began seeing the world as pure and beautiful. However, one day Kikuri left him without telling him. He believed Kikuri betrayed him and grew resentful. After finding out the truth behind Kikuri’s betrayal, Yataka suffered even more. Kotoha reveals to him that Kikuri must have suffered during this ordeal because she truly wished to be with him. Now convince of Kikuri’s reasons, Yataka tried to submit to Hinohara, but he rejected him saying he should instead atone for his actions. Okima takes his position for the time-being while Yataka accompanies Hinohara to help recover Kikuri.

 

Thursday News- April 23, 2020

Thursday News- April 23, 2020

The Promised Neverland Anime’s 2nd Season Delayed to January 20201 Due to COVID-19- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-23/the-promised-neverland-anime-2nd-season-delayed-to-january-2021-due-to-covid-19/.158866

Viz’s Shonen Jump Published Bone Collection manga in English Digitally- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-22/viz-shonen-jump-publishes-bone-collection-manga-in-english-digitally/.158842

Netflix Streams Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Anime on May 1- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-22/netflix-streams-monthly-girls-nozaki-kun-anime-on-may-1/.158847

Review Episode 3 My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/my-next-life-as-a-villainess-all-routes-lead-to-doom/episode-3/.158752

Otomate’s Cupid Parasite Game Ships in Japan on August 20- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-22/otomate-cupid-parasite-game-ships-in-japan-on-august-20/.158853

Anime

  • BanG Dream! Season 2 BD
  • BlazBlue Alter Memory Essentials BD
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 5 BD
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 5 DVD
  • C – Control – The Money and Soul of Possibility Essentials BD
  • Sword Art Online: Alicization BD

Manga

  • Blue Flag Graphic Novel (GN) 1
  • Cardcaptor Sakura Collector’s Edition GN 3-4 (hardcover)
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card GN 7 (Digtial Only)
  • A Certain Magical Index GN 21
  • Chio’s School Road GN 8
  • Dolly Kill Kill GN 1
  • Fire Force GN 18 (Digtial Only)A
  • Flying Witch GN 8
  • Gabriel Dropout GN 15
  • GE – Good Ending GN 4 (Digtial Only)
  • Golden Kamuy GN 15
  • The Ideal Sponger Life GN 5
  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord GN 5
  • I’ll Win You Over, Sempai! GN 3 (Digtial Only)A
  • I’m a “Behemoth,” an S-Ranked Monster, But Mistaken for a Cat, I Live As an Elf Girl’s Pet GN 1
  • Loner Life in Another World GN 1
  • Kaiju Girl Caramelise GN 3 (Digtial Only)
  • Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition GN 2 (Digtial Only)
  • My Monster Secret GN 20
  • Perfect World GN 1
  • Plunderer GN 4
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 12 (Digtial Only)A
  • Reborn as a Polar Bear GN 3
  • Sailor Moon Eternal Edition GN 8
  • Saint Young Men GN 5 (Digtial Only)
  • Saturday: Luna Chikai’s Hands-On Yuri Company GN 5 (Digtial Only)
  • Shōjo Fight GN 10 (Digtial Only)
  • Shomin Sample GN 12
  • Shoulder a Coffin, Kuro Side Story GNA
  • Teasing Master Takagi-san GN 8
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 16
  • Ultraman GN 13
  • A Witch’s Printing Office GN 2
  • Yokai Girls GN 10
  • Zo Zo Zombie GN 7

Other

  • Accel World Novel 21
  • The Art of Junji Itoh: Twisted Visions Artbook (hardcover)P
  • Ascendance of a Bookworm Part 2 Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Baccano! Novel 13 (hardcover)
  • Bloom Into You: Regarding Saeki Sayaka Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki Novel 3
  • Code:Realize ~Future Blessings~ Switch game
  • Combatants Will Be Dispatched! Novel 3
  • The Combat Baker and Automaton Waitress Novel 5 (Digital Only)
  • Der Werwolf – The Annals of Veight Novel 7 (Digital Only)
  • Isekai Rebuilding Project Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Kobold King Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Naruto Shippūden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Road to Boruto Switch game
  • Sword Art Online Novel 19
  • Trials of Mana PS4, Switch, PC game
  • Yakuza Kiwami Xbox One, PC game

 

Film Friday- Initial D

Film Friday- Initial D

Initial D is a Japanese street racing manga series written and illustrated by Shuichi Shigeno. It was serialized in Weekly Young Magazine from 1995 to 2013, with the chapters collected into 48 tankōbon volumes by Kodansha. The story focuses on the world of illegal Japanese street racing, where all the action is concentrated in the mountain passes and rarely in cities or urban areas, and with the drifting racing style emphasized in particular. Professional race car driver and pioneer of drifting Keiichi Tsuchiya helped with editorial supervision. The story is centered on the prefecture of Gunma, more specifically on several mountains in the Kantō region and in their surrounding cities and towns. Although some of the names of the locations the characters race in have been fictionalized, all of the locations in the series are based on actual locations in Japan.

Initial D has been adapted into several anime television and original video animations series by OB Studio Comet, Studio Gallop, Pastel, A.C.G.T and SynergySP. A live action film by Avex and Media Asia was released in 2005. Both the manga and anime series were initially licensed for English-language distribution in North America by Tokyopop (2002–2009), however, the anime license has since been picked up by Funimation, while the manga was relicensed by Kodansha USA in 2019.

Anime

Avex has released the anime in several parts called Stages. One noticeable feature is that it uses Eurobeat music as background music in race scenes, especially by Italian singers.

  • Initial D (referred to retroactively by fans as “First Stage”) — 26 episodes (1998)
  • Initial D Second Stage — 13 episodes (1999)
  • Initial D Extra Stage — 2-episode OVA side-story focusing on Impact Blue (2000)
  • Initial D Third Stage — a 104-minute movie (2001)
  • Initial D Fourth Stage — 24 episodes (2004–2006)
  • Initial D Extra Stage 2 — a 50-minute OVA side-story focusing on Mako and Iketani (2008)
  • Initial D Fifth Stage — 14 episodes (2012–2013)
  • Initial D: Final Stage — 4 episodes (TV), compilation movie (DVD/Blu-ray) (2014)
  • New Initial D the Movie – Legend 1: Awakening — feature movie (2014)
  • New Initial D the Movie – Legend 2: Racer — feature movie (2015)
  • New Initial D the Movie – Legend 3: Dream — feature movie (2016)

The Battle Stages are Musical Films serving as a compilation of the racing action scenes in the preceding series reanimated and remastered with more advanced CGI and stripped of all but minimal character dialog. It also features hidden battles that were only featured in the manga and not in the anime such as Keisuke’s race against Smiley,

  • Initial D Battle Stage — a 50-minute movie (2002)
  • Initial D Battle Stage 2 — a 1-hour movie (2007)
  • Note that Battle Stage 2 is a compilation of races from Fourth Stage with unchanged CGI, even for the hidden battles.

In 1998, Initial D was adapted into an animated television series produced by OB Planning and Prime Direction. The first episode premièred on Fuji TV on April 8, 1998. The initial series ran for 26 weekly episodes with the finale airing on December 5, 1998.

The second series, named “Second Stage”, aired from October 14, 1999 to January 20, 2000 with a one-week break over the New Year period. This was followed by animated feature film in 2001 and an OVA documenting all battles from the previous three stages, with the battles from First Stage being re-animated.

Initial D: Third Stage was a feature film covering the story arcs between the second and fourth stage, released in Japan on January 13, 2001. It earned a distribution income of ¥520 million ($6.52 million) at the Japanese box office.

In 2004, Initial D: Fourth Stage aired on SkyPerfecTV’s pay-per-view service, airing two episodes back-to-back every two months. 24 episodes were made until the final episodes were aired in February 2006.

Following Second Stage in 2000, Initial D: Extra Stage was aired as a spinoff to the original series. This story focused on the all-female Impact Blue team of Usui Pass and their point of view of the recent events of Second Stage and the upcoming Third Stage movie. This was followed by Extra Stage 2 in 2008, which look at the relationship between Impact Blue’s Mako Sato and Iketani of the SpeedStars (following on from the original side-story in the manga).

Eight years after the release of “Fourth Stage” in 2004, Animax aired “Initial D: Fifth Stage”. Animax has aired the series on a pay-per-view basis on SKY PerfecTV!’s Perfect Choice Premier 1 channel. The first two episodes aired on November 9, 2012. The rest of the episodes were broadcast two per month till May 10, 2013.

In 2014, “Initial D: Final Stage” became the latest installment in the anime series. Animax has aired its first two episodes on a pay-per-view basis on its own brand new ANIMAX PLUS channel, on May 16, 2014, on its new subscription VOD service, which allows subscribers to watch all the latest anime series. Initial D Final Stage will start right after where Fifth Stage left off. There are a total of four episodes that makes up this mini stage. The final two episodes were broadcast on June 22, 2014.

Since the anime’s original run, Japanese musical group m.o.v.e has performed all of the opening and some ending themes of the series. This followed on from the success of one of their first hits, “Around the World”, which was used as the first opening of First Stage. Their latest single to be used in the series is called “Outsoar The Rainbow” and it is used as Final Stage’s opening. They had another recent unreleased song, “Days”. It was played on the finale of “Final Stage”.

Like in the manga, Tokyopop change elements of the anime to suit Western audiences. As well as changing the names and used western slang, the company also changed the anime’s music from the series’ staple eurobeat tracks to originally developed tracks of rap and hip-hop via Stu Levy (DJ Milky), the Tokyopop CEO and an in-house musician.

In 2006, Funimation Entertainment announced that it would be distributing the DVDs of the anime (since Tokyopop’s original distributor went bankrupt). This new distribution was marked by slightly revised packaging and two box sets corresponding to the licensed seasons Tokyopop had dubbed, although the DVDs themselves were exactly the same as the original Tokyopop release.

Tokyopop had completed an English dubbed version of Third Stage, and reportedly screened it at the Big Apple Anime Fest on August 29, 2003. They briefly mentioned that their version of Third Stage would retain the original Japanese soundtrack, in contrast to their treatment of the anime series. This version of the film was never released on DVD, nor was it ever mentioned by Tokyopop past the original announcement.

At the New York Anime Festival 2009, Funimation Entertainment announced that it would be re-releasing and re-dubbing Initial D: First Stage, Second Stage, Extra Stage, Third Stage, and Fourth Stage. Their release included a brand new English dub and retained the original music from the Japanese in an uncut format. Funimation released the series out of order, with the Third and Fourth Stages releasing before the First and Second Stages. Funimation has not specified whether or not they will dub and release Extra Stage 2 (the first Extra Stage was included in the Second Stage box set) or either of the Battle Stages, nor have they made a decision about 5th Stage and Final Stage.

Live-action film

Fujino Store Tofu Shop in Gunma, which was renamed and modeled to Fujiwara Tofu Shop for the live-action film.

A live-action film based on Initial D was released on June 23, 2005 in Asia. The movie was jointly produced by Japan’s Avex Inc. and Hong Kong’s Media Asia Group. It was directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, whose credits include the 2002 Hong Kong blockbuster Infernal Affairs. The adaptation featured Taiwanese singer Jay Chou as Takumi Fujiwara and Hong Kong stars Edison Chen as Ryosuke Takahashi and Shawn Yue as Takeshi Nakazato. Despite many changes to the original story, the movie was met with critical acclaim and was nominated for multiple awards, including Best Picture, at the Hong Kong Film Awards and Golden Horse Awards, winning many of them.

A sequel has been in discussion since the following year after the movie has debuted. However, a concrete conclusion could not be reached due to several obstacles which includes the storyline, filming locations, casts, and safety reasons. As of March 2015, director and producer, Andrew Lau, has once again reconfirmed in an exclusive interview that a sequel will surely follow but is tight-lipped on the release date. Jay Chou and Edison Chen will reprise their roles in the sequel.

Synopsis

The first battle of the series, Keisuke Takahashi (FD3S) vs. Takumi Fujiwara (AE86), as seen in the anime.

The protagonist, Takumi Fujiwara, is a student working as a gas station attendant with his best friend Itsuki. Itsuki is enthusiastically interested in being a street racer. The team he feels closest to and hopes to join is the Akina Speedstars, where the team leader Iketani Koichiro is also working at the same pump station. Unbeknownst to his colleagues, Takumi helps out his Father Bunta as a tofu delivery driver for his father’s store before sunrise each morning, passively building an impressive amount of skill of over 5 years behind the wheel of the family car, an aging Toyota Sprinter Trueno (AE86).

Shortly after the story begins, the Red Suns, a highly experienced racing team from Mount Akagi led by Ryosuke Takahashi, challenge the local Speedstars team to a set of races on Mount Akina. Dispirited after watching the Red Suns’ superior performance during a practice run, the Speedstars expect to lose. Later that night, the Red Suns’ #2 driver, Keisuke Takahashi, heading home after the last practice run, is defeated soundly by a mysterious Sprinter Trueno, despite driving a much more powerful Mazda RX-7(FD3S). An investigation into the identity of the driver leads to Bunta Fujiwara, Takumi’s father. While trying to do his best for the team on Mount Akina, Iketani suffers a crash and damages his car and injures himself. He is unable to take part in the race to represent his team. The Speedstars beg Bunta to help them defeat the Red Suns, and he initially refuses, later relenting to “maybe” show up at the race. At the same time, Takumi asks Bunta if he can borrow the car for a day to take a trip to the beach with a potential girlfriend (Natsuki Mogi), and Bunta seizes the moment by granting permission (plus a full tank of fuel) on the condition that Takumi defeats Keisuke.

On the night of the race, the Trueno does not show up, and the Speedstars enlist a backup driver (Kenji) for the first run. At the last moment before the race starts, the AE86 arrives. Takumi steps out of the car to the bewilderment of the Speedstars, who were expecting Bunta. He easily defeats Keisuke by utilizing a dangerous “Gutter run” (putting both the right/left tires into the gutters to prevent centrifugal force pushing the car outward) technique on the mountain road’s hairpin corners.

The Red Suns’ embarrassing defeat sets up the plot for the rest of the series: drivers from neighboring prefectures come to challenge Takumi and the “Legendary Eight-Six of Akina” and thus prove themselves as racers. Eventually, the plot moves away from Mount Akina as Takumi becomes bored with racing solely on that road. He joins an expedition racing team (Project.D) formed by the disbanded Red Suns and challenges more difficult opponents on their home courses in the pursuit of his dream to be “the fastest driver out there”.

 

Wednesday News- April 15, 2020

Wednesday News- April 15, 2020

Crunchyroll Reveals Most-Watched Series for January to March 2020- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2020-04-14/crunchyroll-reveals-most-watched-series-for-january-to-march-2020/.158583

Junji Ito Launches New Genkai Chitai Horror Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-15/junji-ito-launches-new-genkai-chitai-horror-manga/.158600

Hinamatsuri Comendy Manga Ends With 19th Volume This Summer- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-15/hinamatsuri-comedy-manga-ends-with-19th-volume-this-summer/.158599

New Aria 15th Anniversary Anime Is Brand-New Theatrical Film- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-14/new-aria-15th-anniversary-anime-is-brand-new-theatrical-film/.158593

Anime

  • Ao-chan Can’t Study! BD
  • Ben-To Essentials BD
  • Black Blood Brothers Essentials BD
  • Cinderella Nine BD
  • Garo -Vanishing Line- Season 1 Complete Series Essentials BD

Manga

  • All-Out! GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Attack on Titan Graphic Novel (GN) 30
  • BTOOOM! Dark GN 26
  • BTOOOM! Light GN 26
  • Case Closed GN 74
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 24 (Digital Only)
  • The Dorm of Love and Secrets GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Farewell, My Dear Cramer GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Fragtime Omnibus GN
  • Ghostly Things GN 2
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Manga Monday- Initial D

Manga Monday- Initial D

Initial D is a Japanese street racing manga series written and illustrated by Shuichi Shigeno. It was serialized in Weekly Young Magazine from 1995 to 2013, with the chapters collected into 48 tankōbon volumes by Kodansha. The story focuses on the world of illegal Japanese street racing, where all the action is concentrated in the mountain passes and rarely in cities or urban areas, and with the drifting racing style emphasized in particular. Professional race car driver and pioneer of drifting Keiichi Tsuchiya helped with editorial supervision. The story is centered on the prefecture of Gunma, more specifically on several mountains in the Kantō region and in their surrounding cities and towns. Although some of the names of the locations the characters race in have been fictionalized, all of the locations in the series are based on actual locations in Japan.

Initial D has been adapted into several anime television and original video animations series by OB Studio Comet, Studio Gallop, Pastel, A.C.G.T and SynergySP. A live action film by Avex and Media Asia was released in 2005. Both the manga and anime series were initially licensed for English-language distribution in North America by Tokyopop (2002–2009), however, the anime license has since been picked up by Funimation, while the manga was relicensed by Kodansha USA in 2019.

Media

Manga

The first Initial D volume was released in Japan on November 6, 1995 and concluded on July 29, 2013. The manga has been translated officially into Chinese, French and English over its publication run. As of 2013, 48 volumes have been published.

The manga and anime were originally licensed for English releases in North America by Tokyopop. The company changed the names of the characters in the anime edition, and subsequently changed them in the manga to match. These name changes were to reflect the name changes that Sega implemented into the western releases of the Initial D A Stage video games due to name length limits. Tokyopop also cut out a character’s enjo kōsai relationship with another and edited sex scenes, appearing in volumes 1 and 9 in the original manga. In addition, “street slang” was interlaced in translations (a drift was described as “slammin'”, for example).

The manga also had some translation errors. One example was the technical term “Wastegate” (which is a mechanism used to regulate the boost pressure generated by a turbocharger) that was translated as “West Gate”. Another was an inaccurate explanation of how an engine’s displacement is calculated (the explanation given is how a ship’s displacement is calculated, which is totally different). Many of the explanations of automotive design and function, as well as the specification sheets of the various cars, were incorrect.

In August 2009, Kodansha announced that they would not be renewing their licensing agreements with Tokyopop, citing “tense relations” between the two companies. This meant that Tokyopop could no longer release new volumes of Kodansha manga properties, nor re-release Kodansha titles that were already printed. Tokyopop ceased the release of Initial D after volume 33, which was released on December 30, 2008. Volume 34 had a scheduled street date of April 7, 2009, but never released. In April 2019, ComiXology and Kodansha Comics announced that they have released volumes 1 to 38 digitally, while volumes 39 to 48 were released in July.

Reception

Commercial reception

As of July 2013, collected tankōbon volumes of the Initial D manga series sold 48 million copies. At an average price of ¥691, the manga has grossed approximately ¥33.2 billion ($416.09 million) in tankōbon volume sales. In addition, the total circulation of its manga chapters in Weekly Young Magazine issues between 6 November 1995 and 29 July 2013 amounted to approximately 1,037,447,413 copies, with those issues grossing approximately ¥228,994,579,120 ($2.856 billion) in sales revenue.

The Initial D anime series sold over 1 million DVD units in Japan up until 2008. At an average price of ¥5,184, video sales grossed approximately ¥5.2 billion up until 2008. Initial D Fifth Stage (2012) sold 157,598 home video units, grossing ¥408.3 million. In Japan, the live-action Hong Kong film sold 250,000 DVD units, grossing approximately ¥998 million ($13 million). In total, the franchise has sold approximately 1.41 million video units in Japan, grossing approximately ¥6.61 million ($83 million) in video sales revenue.

The Initial D Third Stage anime film grossed ¥520 million ($6.52 million) at the Japanese box office. The anime New Initial D the Movie trilogy grossed $2,660,288 at the East Asian box office. The live-action Initial D Hong Kong film grossed US$11 million at the worldwide box office. Combined, the Initial D films have grossed approximately $20.02 million at the worldwide box office.

Critical response

Initial D received praise. The Anime Review rated it A-, with the reviewer calling it “simply the best show I’ve seen in a long time.” Bamboo Dong of Anime News Network rated it B-, stating it “is the first time in a long while since I’ve been so fired up about a series, so I recommend to everyone to at least check this out.”

Some fans of Initial D reacted negatively to the Tokyopop’s extensive editing and changes made in the English-language version of the manga. Similar reactions were made towards their English dub’s script and voice acting, and the removal of the original music from the anime series. Tokyopop said that it was trying to Americanize the series so it could be aired on television, while at the same time keeping the Japanese spirit of the series.

According to Funimation officials, the re-release of the anime has “done well”. Reviews of the series note a marked improvement from the Tokyopop iteration, with most complaints leveled against the lack of anamorphic widescreen on the DVDs.

Initial D has drawn comparisons to the later Fast & Furious film franchise (debuted 2001), particularly Tokyo Drift (2006), for which Initial Ds consultant Keiichi Tsuchiya served as a stunt coordinator and stuntman and also made a cameo appearance in the film as a fisherman.

Story overview

The story is about 18 year old Takumi Fujiwara who is an average high school kid. His father, Bunta Fujiwara, owns a tofu shop and Takumi is the delivery boy. He uses his father’s Panda 1983 Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex AE86 to do the deliveries. Takumi hated driving because he was forced to drive since he was in middle school. The deliveries train his extraordinary driving skills. His friends learn about his skills, and introduce Takumi into the world of Touge racing. Takumi eventually loves street racing, and driving altogether, and then he has only one priority: To become the best driver in the Gunma Prefecture.

 

Manga Monday- Arata: The Legend

Manga Monday- Arata: The Legend

Arata: The Legend is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yuu Watase. It began serialization in Weekly Shōnen Sunday in October 2008. Its individual chapters has been compiled into twenty-four tankōbon volumes as of September 2015.

An anime television series adaptation produced by Satelight and Korean studio JM Animation aired from April to July 2013.

 

Reception

Rebecca Bundy of Anime News Network gave the first volume an overall B+ for “Great art and character designs; plus, Watase’s ability to create interesting lore is as sharp as ever.” She also noted, however, that the “Pathetic, cowardly main character makes everything involving him painful to read.” Deb Aoki of About.com notes that the plot is “fairly formulaic fantasy fare that’s just a bit too predictable to offer fans something truly fresh and new” but that the series has her “hooked.” Todd Douglass of Blogcritics.org says that the first volume is “strongly recommended,” despite some reservations. Christopher Nadolsk of Mania.com says that the first volume offers “an entertaining and eye-pleasing escapist fantasy read.”

Plot

In a mystical world called Amawakuni, a ceremony marking the new governing princess is about to occur for the first time in 60 years. Only a maiden from the Hime Clan may take this position, but a boy called Arata must pose for the role, due to the lack of females born to this family. During the ceremony, the Twelve Shinshō, wielders of special swords called Hayagami, led by Kannagi, betrayed Princess Kikuri and attempted to assassinate her and Arata (an eyewitness) in a competition to become emperor. Kannagi frames Arata for the princess’ murder, yet Arata manages to escape and into the Kando Forest.

Meanwhile, in modern-day Japan, an athletic boy named Arata Hinohara is starting his new life in high school. He wants to put memories of his difficult past behind him, but things aren’t going to be simple when Masato Kadowaki, the bully from his old school, emerges. Feeling the world is untrustworthy, Hinohara walks into an alley, and soon finds himself in Amawakuni, where the world mistakes him for “Arata.” Having to run to Arata’s house, Hinohara learns from Arata’s grandmother that he and the other Arata have “switched lives” according to legend about Kando Forest. When Kannagi searches the house, Hinohara comes across a rusted sword, activates its power, and becomes a Shō. The sword is a Hayagami named Tsukuyo.

Kotoha, Arata’s childhood friend, offers Hinohara the princess’ charm before he is arrested. In a jail cell, Hinohara contacts Arata via the other charm Kotoha had given him, where he discovers the truth from Arata, and are forced to take each other’s roles. At the Imperial Court, Hinohara is found guilty, and exiled to Gatoya Island. On the trip to the island, Kotoha tags along and gives him his Hayagami. Also because of the charm’s power he is able to talk to Kikuri (who is just barely alive). She then asks him to govern the world as otherwise there will only be war. After escaping Gatoya Island, Hinohara and Kotoha with their new friend Kanate, a former bandit, they head to the mainland on a quest to restore order and save the princess.

Meanwhile, Arata emerges from the forest and finds himself in Japan. He has a run-in with the police because he is shirtless but is saved by Nao, Hinohara’s sister, and is taken into Hinohara’s family mistaking him for their “Arata”. He adjusts to high school where he befriends a strange girl named Imina Oribe. Imina is later revealed a maiden from the Hime Clan who winded up lost on Earth 15 years ago. Harunawa, an agent of the mysterious Six Shinshō, is ordered to eliminate Imina to prevent her from becoming Kikuri’s successor. Together Arata and Imina search for information (prophecies) on how to stop the Six Shinshō’s ambition to rule both Amawakuni and Earth.

Traveling across the mainland, Kannagi reluctantly joins Hinohara’s group when a vengeful Akachi stole his Hayagami. Kotoha eventually learns Hinohara’s true identity as the duo becomes closer. Upon realizing the situation, Kadowaki is also summoned in Amawakuni and becomes a Shō as he activates a Hayagami, a spear named Orochi. Determined to fight Hinohara, Kadowaki repeatedly encounters him on his journey. Having two Shinshō members, Yorunami and Kugura submitted, Hinohara soon discovers his destiny as Emperor Of Hinowa – the origin of all Hayagami – he embarks with Mikusa and Rami, relatives from the Hime and Uneme Clan. Hinohara later confronts Yataka, a Shinshō who loved Kikuri. Yataka receives a change of heart, and accompanies Hinohara’s quest to redeem himself. Hinohara comes to know Mikusa is a fake maiden hiding from the Shinshō. After Kannagi retrieves his Hayagami from Akachi, Hinohara is lured into a conspiracy on Muroya Island by a fellow traveler Hiruha who has been manipulated by the Six Shinshō. Following Rami and Hiruha’s deaths, the gang resolves in defeating the Six Shinshō, those who are actually humans from Earth’s past.

The Six Shinshō and Kadowaki apparently become Hinohara’s most formidable opponents on his quest. As Hinohara tries to suppress his personal conflicts after Kotoha was seriously injured by his demon transformation when Kadowaki subjugated Kanate, Kadowaki also faces his own predicament. Nasuke, a rogue Shō helps Hinohara before submitting to him. Back on Earth, Harunawa soon goes on full out assault at school and infecting the city, in order to enlarge his demon powers. Imina harnesses her Amatsuriki abilities to counter the outbreak to protect Arata and the Hinohara family.

Film Friday- The Seven Deadly Sins

Film Friday- The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins is a Japanese fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki. It has been serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine since October 2012, with the chapters collected into forty tankōbon volumes as of September 17, 2019. The manga features a setting similar to the European Middle Ages, with its titular group of knights representing the seven deadly sins.

The series was adapted into an anime television series that ran for three seasons by A-1 Pictures and Studio Deen. A film titled The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky premiered in August 18, 2018.

The manga has been licensed by Kodansha USA for English publication in North America, while the chapters are released digitally by Crunchyroll in over 170 countries as they are published in Japan. Netflix acquired the exclusive English streaming rights for the anime series while Funimation currently has the home video rights.

As of December 2018, The Seven Deadly Sins had over 30 million copies in circulation. The manga won the 39th Kodansha Manga Award for the shōnen category in 2015.

Anime

In April 2014, the 20th issue of Weekly Shōnen Magazine announced that The Seven Deadly Sins was being adapted into an anime television series. The series debuted on MBS and other Japan News Network stations on October 5, 2014. The staff was revealed in the combined 36/37 issue of the year: created by A-1 Pictures, directed by Tensai Okamura, written by Shōtarō Suga (Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne), with Keigo Sasaki (Blue Exorcist) providing character designs and Hiroyuki Sawano composing the music. The show’s first opening theme song is “Netsujō no Spectrum” performed by Ikimono-gakari for the first twelve episodes and the second opening theme is “Seven Deadly Sins” performed by Man with a Mission, while the first ending theme titled “7-Seven” is a collaboration between Flow and Granrodeo, the second ending theme from episode thirteen onwards is “Season” the major label debut of Alisa Takigawa.

A second anime series was confirmed on September 27, 2015 to air in 2016. This turned out to be a four-week anime television special featuring an original story by Nakaba Suzuki, titled The Seven Deadly Sins: Signs of Holy War, that began airing on August 28, 2016 on MBS and TBS. The special was produced by A-1 Pictures, directed by Tomokazu Tokoro, and written by Yuniko Ayana and Yuichiro Kido, featuring character designs by Keigo Sasaki. The music was composed by Hiroyuki Sawano and Takafumi Wada. Its opening theme song is “Classic” by the rock band Mucc and its ending theme is “Iroasenai Hitomi” by Alisa Takigawa. A commercial following the final episode confirmed a second anime series has been green-lit.

The first Seven Deadly Sins anime series was licensed for English release by Netflix as its second exclusive anime, following their acquisition of Knights of Sidonia. All 24 episodes were released on November 1, 2015 in both subtitled or English dub formats. The Signs of Holy War arc, labeled as “Season 2”, has also been licensed by Netflix and was released on February 17, 2017. On February 14, 2017, Funimation announced that they acquired the first anime for home video distribution for US and Canada and released the series on Blu-ray and DVD later in the year. Part One of the first season was released on Blu-Ray on May 15th, 2017 with Part Two being released June 20th the same year. The complete entirety of the first season was released on August 14th, 2018. Madman Entertainment is importing Funimation’s release into Australia and New Zealand, with a release scheduled for January 2019.

A second season, titled The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments, was announced at the “Nanatsu no Taizai FES” event in July 2017 and premiered on January 13, 2018. Takeshi Furuta and Takao Yoshioka replaced Tensai Okamura and Shōtarō Suga as director and series composer, respectively, while the other main staff members returned from the first season to reprise their roles. The Revival of the Commandments arc, labeled as “Season 3”, was released on October 15, 2018 on Netflix. The first opening theme song of the series titled “Howling” is a collaboration between Flow and Granrodeo, and first ending theme song is “Beautiful” performed by Anly. The second opening theme titled “Ame ga Furu kara, Niji ga Deru” by Sky Peace and second ending theme titled “Chikai” by Sora Amamiya.

A third season, titled The Seven Deadly Sins: Wrath of the Gods premiered on October 9, 2019 on TV Tokyo and BS TV Tokyo. The new season will be headed towards the story’s climax. The third season is animated by Studio Deen with Susumu Nishizawa and Rintarō Ikeda replacing Takeshi Furuta and Takao Yoshioka as director and series composer, respectively. Hiroyuki Sawano, Kohta Yamamoto, and Takafumi Wada are returning to reprise their roles as the music composers. The first opening theme song is “ROB THE FRONTIER” by Uverworld, and the first ending theme song is “Regeneration” by Sora Amamiya. The second opening theme song is “delete” by SID and the second ending theme is “Good day” by Kana Adachi.

A fourth season, titled The Seven Deadly Sins: Anger’s Judgement will premiere in October 2020 on TV Tokyo and BS TV Tokyo, with the main cast members reprising their roles.

Original video animation

An original video animation (OVA) titled “Ban’s Additional Chapter”was included with the limited edition of volume 15 of the manga, released on June 17, 2015. A second OVA composed of nine humorous shorts was shipped with the limited edition of the sixteenth volume of the manga, released on August 12, 2015.

Film

An anime film, titled The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky, premiered in Japanese theaters on August 18, 2018. It is directed by Yasuto Nishikata and written by Makoto Uezu, featuring an original story by Nakaba Suzuki and Noriyuki Abe serving as chief director. The other main staff members returned from the anime series to reprise their roles in the film. The movie features three original characters called Sorada (voiced by Tsubasa Yonaga), Elatte (voiced by Haruka Tomatsu), and Bellion (voiced by Toshiyuki Morikawa). It was released later by Netflix in all regions on December 31, 2018.

Video games

A video game titled Seven Deadly Sins: Unjust Sin was developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment and released for the Nintendo 3DS on February 11, 2015. A game titled The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia was developed by Bandai Namco for the PlayStation 4. It was released in North America and Europe on February 9, 2018. A mobile game titled The Seven Deadly Sins: Grand Cross of Light and Darkness was developed by Netmarble and released in Japan and Korea in June 4, 2019. On March 3, the game was released globally for Android and iOS.

Other media

Four light novels based on The Seven Deadly Sins have been published; The Seven Deadly Sins -Gaiden- The Seven Wishes of the Royal City from Old Times by Shuka Matsuda on December 17, 2014; The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days by Mamoru Iwasa on December 26, 2014; The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Scars They Left Behind by Shuka Matsuda on October 16, 2015; and The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven-Colored Recollections by Shuka Matsuda on October 17, 2016. Vertical released Seven Scars They Left Behind in North America in May 2017, with Seven-Colored Recollections set to follow in March 2018.

An illustration collection titled Rainbow of Sin and an official fan book were both released on February 17, 2015, while a guidebook for the anime called Ani-Sin was released on April 17, 2015.

Main characters

Meliodas

The series’ male main protagonist and leader of the Seven Deadly Sins, who bears the sin of wrath as a Dragon symbol on his left shoulder. Despite being called the Sin of Wrath, displaying it whenever those dear to him are endangered or killed, Meliodas conceals his rage under the façade of a mellow trickster who is often seen fondling Elizabeth one way or another. When found by Elizabeth at the start of the series, who seeks his help in reuniting the Deadly Sins after their disbandment ten years prior, Meliodas reveals to be doing the same thing. Despite his adolescent appearance, Meliodas is actually a Demon who is over three thousand years old. Meliodas is later revealed to be the son of the Demon King and original leader of the Ten Commandants, possessing the fragment of his father’s soul embodying Love. But Meliodas turned his back on his people when he fell in love with the Goddess Elizabeth, killing two of his fellow Commandments and causing the Holy War to occur. The Demon King allowed the Supreme Deity of the Goddess race to curse Meliodas with immortality, with the Demon King cursing Elizabeth with perpetual death and reincarnation to make his son suffer every time he is reunited with her. Due to the curse’s nature, Meliodas’ soul ends up in Purgatory with the Demon King feasting on his emotions before reviving him, gradually reverting to his former self as a result.

After Elizabeth begins regaining her memories as the goddess Elizabeth, Meliodas resolves to become the new demon king to break their curses. He disbands the Deadly Sins and enters an alliance with Zeldris after promising to use his status to release his brother’s love Gelda, revealing to have absorbed the Commandment of Pacifism and intending to absorb the other commandments. Despite becoming a vessel for the Demon King before managing to force him out of his body, Meliodas freed him and Elizabeth from their curses though he would leave the living world because his power as a demon king. But the victory is short-lived as the Demon King possesses Zeldris and restores Elizabeth’s curse, prompting the Sins’ final battle with the Demon King. After killing his father, Meliodas sacrifices his demon king powers to completely destroy the commandments to prevent the Demon King from reviving.

As Seven Deadly Sins’ captain once revered by his kin as the most powerful demon, Meliodas is immensely powerful and agile. His signature ability is called Full Counter, which reflects magical attacks back at the attacker with far greater power, the only drawbacks being that he can only use it as a counter and that it is ineffective against physical attacks. Meliodas can also tap into his demonic power, manifesting versatile dark energy from his body to increase his offence and defence at the cost of entering a berserk state. Meliodas initially carried a sword hilt called the Dragon Handle before it was stolen by Helbram and later revealed to be a fragment of the Coffin of Eternal Darkness, which was used to seal away the Demon clan. He later regains his Sacred Treasure Demon Sword Lostvayne, a curved short-sword that allows him to create up to four weaker clones of himself that compensate for their lack in power by using Full Counter to its full potential.

Elizabeth Liones

is the main viewpoint character of the story and primary female protagonist, originally from the Danafor kingdom before it was destroyed and she was adopted by Baltra Liones as third princess of Liones. She becomes an ally of the Seven Deadly Sins when seeking their help after the Great Holy Knights seized control of the kingdom, serving as a waitress in Meliodas’ bar. Despite being frail and not a fighter, Elizabeth is very courageous and willing to protect others at the cost of her own health, like allowing Hendrickson to acquire her blood to free the Demon Race from the Coffin of Eternal Darkness. Still, being only a young teenager, she is fairly gullible and easily influenced, and always tricked by Meliodas’ jokes. She doesn’t seem to mind how often he caresses, molests, or harasses her sexually, however, and has even fallen in love with him due to a sense of familiarity with and nostalgia for him.

Elizabeth is later revealed to be the 106th reincarnation of the Goddess Elizabeth, Meliodas’ first love and daughter of the Supreme Deity of the Goddess Race. But their forbidden romance ended with her killed and cursed by the Demon King to reincarnate endlessly as a means to further punish Meliodas by forcing him to watch Elizabeth endlessly die in various ways and find her all over again. This enables Elizabeth to miraculously heal the living through her right eye’s tears, later manifesting abilities that only those of the Goddess Race possess at times of great stress. Elizabeth eventually regains full memory of her previous incarnations and her full Goddess power is unleashed, activating her curse to kill her three days as the second Holy War is able to commence. This forces Meliodas to take a gambit of acquiring his father’s power to break Elizabeth’s curse, with Merlin briefly restoring the curse in secret as a means to force Meliodas to kill his father.

Liz
Elizabeth’s previous incarnation, nicknamed Liz, initially was a warrior from an enemy country and prisoner of war, captured during a surprise attack on Danafall. But she was saved from execution by Meliodas and ended up in his custody as a Danafall knight, assuming he only wanted her for her body before eventually opening up and becoming Meliodas’ lover. Liz eventually died during the fall of Danafall. Mortally injured by Fraudrin, she told Meliodas with her final breath to never forsake his principles. Meliodas is later given Liz’s sword, which he initially refused to take, by Elizabeth and uses it until its blade eventually shatters.

Hawk

is a talking pig and Meliodas’s pet/companion, introduced as the Boar Hat’s ‘captain of the Order of Scraps Disposal’ as he eats the disgusting table scraps. Hawk found Meliodas in a ditch sixteen years prior, and the two established a mobile bar together, having been together ever since. They often engage in harmless banter, with Hawk frequently seen scolding Meliodas for his perverted actions towards Elizabeth. Though mostly serving as comic relief by acting overly arrogant, he yet aids Elizabeth and the Sins several times, utilizing headbutts and other modest attacks on weaker enemies and transporting wounded allies. In the Kingdom Infiltration Arc, Hawk sacrifices himself to block a fatal attack of Hendrickson’s aimed at Meliodas, and his death caused much anguish for Elizabeth and the Sins. But Hawk mysteriously revives from his remains as a piglet before regaining his normal size through excessive eating. Besides Meliodas, Hawk gets particularly well along with Ban and Merlin. Later, the latter equips him with a Balor Power Eye that allows him to detect the power level of anyone he sees.
During his training in Istal, Hawk learns that he temporarily acquires the traits of whatever magical creature he eats, obtaining their powers until he digests them. It is later revealed that Hawk is a denizen of Purgatory and the younger brother of Wild, the latest of the creatures that the Demon King used as a means of spying on Meliodas from Purgatory.

Wednesday News- April 8, 2020

Wednesday News- April 8, 2020

Dragon Marked for Death Game Gets PC Version on April 21- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-07/dragon-marked-for-death-game-gets-pc-version-on-april-21/.158384

Crunchyroll to Steam Re:Zero The Frozen Bond, Shadowverse Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-06/crunchyroll-to-stream-re-zero-the-frozen-bond-shadowverse-anime/.158351

3 New Manga Launch in Shonen Jump This Spring- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-06/3-new-manga-launch-in-shonen-jump-this-spring/.158298

The Spring 2020 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2020/spring/.158161

Anime

  • After War Gundam X Collection 1 BD
  • Anime-Gataris Essentials BD
  • Aria the Natural Season 2 Part 1 BD
  • Casshern Sins Essentials BD
  • Cat Planet Cuties Essentials BD
  • Chaos;HEAd Essentials BD
  • Fruits Basket Classics BD
  • The Helpful Fox Senko-san BD
  • Hinomaru Sumo Part 2 BD
  • No Game, No Life Collector’s Edition BD
  • Revue Starlight BD

Manga

  • 12 Beast Graphic Novel (GN) 7
  • Animeta! GN 3
  • Ao Haru Ride GN 10
  • Bloom Into You GN 7
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 11
  • Boruto GN 8
  • Chihayafuru GN 19 (Digital Only)
  • A Condition Called Love GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Creature! GN 21 (Digital Only)
  • Discommunication GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Drifting Dragons GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Edens Zero GN 7
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 35
  • Goodbye! I’m Being Reincarnated! GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Granblue Fantasy GN 4
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan GN 12
  • An Incurable Case of Love GN 3
  • Inside Mari GN 6
  • The Island of Giant Insects GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Jujutsu Kaisen GN 3
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! GN 3
  • Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • One Piece GN 93
  • Orient GN 1 (Digital Only)C
  • Platinum End GN 11
  • Primitive Boyfriend GN 1
  • Prince Freya GN 1
  • A Side Character’s Love Story GN 3 (Digital Only)A
  • Smile Down the Runway GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Reckless Journey GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Suzuki Just Wants a Quiet Life GN 1
  • Takane & Hana GN 14
  • To Be Next to you GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • To Love Ru Darkness GN 15
  • We Never Learn GN 9
  • Which Hana? GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • World Trigger GN 20
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 23

Other

  • Altina the Sword Princess Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Ascendance of a Bookworm Part 2 Novel 1
  • Demon Lord, Retry! Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Disaster Report 4 PS4, Switch, PC gameA
  • The Engagement of Marielle Clarac Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake PS4 game
  • Her Majesty’s Swarm Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • The Holy Knight’s Dark Road Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Novel 9
  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Novel 8
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 9
  • Infinite Dendrogram Novel 11 (Digital Only)
  • The Irregular at Magic High School Novel 15
  • The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Novel 8P