Browsed by
Month: May 2020

Film Friday- Zatch Bell!

Film Friday- Zatch Bell!

Zatch Bell!, also known in Japan as Golden Gash!, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Makoto Raiku. It was published in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday. The series follows mamodo Zatch Bell and his human partner Kiyo Takamine, as they try to win a tournament of Mamodo battles in order to make the former the king of the Mamodo world.

The manga was later adapted into a 150 episode anime television series titled Golden Gash Bell!! by Toei Animation. Konjiki no Gash Bell premiered on Fuji TV on April 6, 2003, and ran until March 26, 2006. In addition to an array of licensed merchandise, the series also spawned a series of video games and two animated films.

The Zatch Bell! manga has over 22 million copies in circulation. In 2003, it won the 48th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shōnen category.

Anime

The episodes of the Zatch Bell! anime series were directed by Tetsuji Nakamura and Yukio Kaizawa and produced by Toei Animation. The episodes were aired on Fuji Television between April 6, 2003, to March 26, 2006, and spanned 150 episodes. Viz Media obtained the foreign television, home video, and merchandising rights to the Zatch Bell! anime from Toei Studio on August 4, 2005. Subsequently, Viz Media contracted Studiopolis to create the English adaptation of the anime. The North American English dub has been edited and localized for young children aged 6 to 10 years in America. Viz Media has licensed its individual Zatch Bell! merchandising rights to several different companies, including a new toy line made by Mattel and a collectible card game released by Bandai in the United States and Japan.

The English adaptation of the Zatch Bell! anime premiered on Cartoon Network’s Toonami on March 5, 2005, to January 20, 2007 with seventy-seven episodes aired. Canada’s YTV began airing Zatch Bell! in September 2005 and ended on December 6, 2008, with episode 104. The series was released in fifty-one DVD compilations by Shogakukan between November 19, 2003, and March 7, 2007, in Japan. Thirteen DVD compilations of the English adaption of the anime have been released by Viz Media between November 8, 2005, and December 4, 2007. All the Viz Media home releases of Zatch Bell show only the North American edited English dub episodes and they are rated A for All Ages. New Video released a DVD box set, “Zatch Bell!: The Complete Seasons 1 & 2“, on December 3, 2013, that included the first 100 episodes of the North American edited English dub. On June 22, 2017, Starz announced that they would be offering episodes of the series for their Video on Demand service starting July 1, 2017.

All the international dubs of the anime outside of Japan are adapted from the North American edited English TV dub and are aimed mostly at young children between 6 to 10 years in those countries.

Films

The series spawned two films. The first film, “Gekijou Ban Konjiki no Gash Bell!! 101 Banme no Mamono”, lit. “Movie Golden Gash Bell!! Unlisted demon #101”), was released in Japanese theaters on August 7, 2004, and released on DVD on December 15, 2004. The movie tells the story of a mamodo named Wiseman who steals a mysterious white spell book in order to participate in the Mamodo battles in order to become the Mamodo King. Realizing his evil intentions if he becomes King, Kiyo, Zatch, and their comrades begun their battle against Wiseman.

The second film, “Gekijou Ban Konjiki no Gash Bell!! Mecabarukan no raishuu”, lit. “Movie Golden Gash Bell!! Attack of the Mechavulcan”), was released in Japanese theaters on August 6, 2005, and on DVD on January 2, 2006. The movie tells the story of Dr. M2 who travels from the future Mamodo world to the human world with his army of mechanical Vulcan 300 look-alikes.

Both films were released exclusively in Japan until March 27, 2018, when Discotek Media brought both movies to Blu-ray in North America. The titles were localized to Zatch Bell!: 101st Devil and Zatch Bell!: Attack of Mechavulcan, and contained the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. Each movie also received an individual DVD release on April 24.

Protagonists

Kiyo Takamine and Zatch Bell

Kiyo Takamine, known in the original version as Kiyomaro Takamine and his Mamodo partner Zatch Bell, known in the original version as Gash Bell, are the main protagonists of the series. Kiyo is a genius 14-year-old junior high school student with an IQ of over 180. His classmates eventually shunned him due to his high intelligence causing him to develop an introverted and apathetic demeanor to the point where he skips school on a regular basis. One day, Zatch, an overly cheerful amnesic boy, is sent by Kiyo’s father to live with Kiyo. Zatch’s personality slowly influences Kiyo causing him to become more outgoing and friendly and allowing him to befriend many people during the course of the series. Zatch’s past is slowly unraveled and reveals he is the son of the current Mamodo King and sealed within Zatch is a power known as Bao. Also brought to light is the fact that Zatch’s twin brother, Zeno Bell, was the one who erased Zatch’s memory in order to make him suffer. In battle, Zatch’s spells revolve around lightning. His most powerful spell, Bao, allows him to create a huge electrical dragon.

Megumi Oumi and Tia 

Megumi Oumi  and her Mamodo partner Tia, known as Tio in Japan, are friends and allies of Kiyo Takamine and Zatch Bell. Both Megumi and Tia have expressed romantic interest in Kiyo and Zatch, respectively. Megumi is a famous Japanese teen idol and pop singer who spends most of her time working. Tia is a young girl who believed no one could be trusted in the Mamodo tournament after being attacked by a friend of hers from the Mamodo World. When Kiyo and Zatch save Megumi and Tia from an attack by the same Mamodo, Tia begins to trust others again and allies with Kiyo and Zatch in order to make sure the Mamodo World would be ruled by a kind king. Tia’s spells consist mostly of defensive and regenerative spells which are used to support and heal their allies. Tia’s book is burned while protecting her friends from Clear Note’s spells. She had a crush on Zatch, despite her hobby of abusing him physically. They came in 5th place in the competition.

Parco Folgore and Kanchomé

Parco Folgore and his Mamodo Partner Kanchomé are friends and allies of Kiyo Takamine and Zatch Bell. Folgore is a famous superstar and film hero from Milan, Italy, known for his two hit songs Chichi o Moge! and Muteki Folgore!. Chichi wo Moge! was changed to Hey Hey Let’s Dance all Day by Viz Media and Muteki Folgore to Iron Man Folgore. Although appearing perverted, cowardly, and weak, Folgore is a person with high morale standards and is more insightful than he seems. In the past, Folgore was a short tempered and vicious man who was feared in town due to his ruthless nature. His parents threatened him with a shotgun to leave home out of fear. Folgore later changed his personality after watching a hippopotamus and oxpecker living in mutalism and developed his comedic personality. Kanchomé’s appearance is that of a young boy wearing a blanket sleeper, with large eyes and a duck bill. His personality tends toward childish and abrasive, often crying and whining like an infant. He greatly admires Folgore, believing him to be invincible. Kanchomé’s spells involve transformation and illusions. He later gains the ability to create clones with inhuman strength and a spell that can trap his opponents in an illusionary world giving him full control over their senses. Kanchomé’s book was burned by an attack by Clear Note. The duo came in 7th place overall.

Kafk Sunbeam and Ponygon

Kafk Sunbeam, an engineer from Germany working on projects in Japan. He was introduced much further in the series and was revealed to be the partner of the small horse Mamodo Ponygon, known as Umagon in Japan. Ponygon looks like a small horse but has the personality of a dog, and can only communicate by bleating like a sheep. Because of this, Ponygon is unable to communicate his real name, Schneider, and is given the name Ponygon by Kiyo Takamine. In the Mamodo world, Ponygon hated other Mamodos after watching his father work as a riding animal and isolated himself from others. Zatch Bell eventually befriended Ponygon after they saved Ponygon’s father from a poisonous snake bite. Ponygon’s spells give him armor, increasing his speed and power with each spell. Eventually Ponygon gains the ability to manipulate fire and the ability to fly. During Clear Note’s assault, Sunbeam was forced to burn Ponygon’s book in order to stop his body from breaking down. They came in 4th place in the mamodo fight.

Sherry Belmont and Brago

Sherry Belmont, known in the original version as Sherry Belmondo, comes from an abusive background in a wealthy French family, raised by a mother who only cared about the family name. Sherry attempted to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge, but was saved and befriended by a poor girl named Koko, her first and best friend. During the events of the Mamodo battle, Koko became brainwashed by her Mamodo partner Zofis and destroyed the town. Sherry then meets her Mamodo, Brago and teams up with him in order to save Koko. Brago has a rough, antisocial attitude but is kind underneath. Upon saving Koko, Brago threatens Zofis into erasing Koko’s memories of the time she spent with Zofis in an act of mercy. Gratified, Sherry promises Brago she will make him the Mamodo King. After helping Kiyo and Zatch defeat Clear Note, Brago is defeated by Zatch in the final battle to determine the King. Brago’s spells are based on the manipulation of gravity, giving him the ability to increase gravity in a certain area or fire a gravitational well from his hand. Sherry assists in battle with her flail. They came in 2nd place overall.

 

Wednesday News- May 27, 2020

Wednesday News- May 27, 2020

Live-Action Rurouni Kenshin ‘Final Chapter’ Film Delayed to Spring 2021 Due to COVID-19- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-05-27/live-action-rurouni-kenshin-final-chapter-films-delayed-to-spring-2021-due-to-covid-19/.159971

Zelda: Twilight Princess Manga Enter Last Arc in June- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-05-26/zelda-twilight-princess-manga-enters-last-arc-in-june/.159916

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Anime Dominates Anime Trending’s Couple Polls- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2020-05-27/my-next-life-as-a-villainess-all-routes-lead-to-doom-anime-dominates-anime-trending-couple-polls/.159960

Review: Drifting Dragons episodes 1-12 streaming- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/drifting-dragons/episodes-1-12/.159860

New Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai Anime Unveals Cast, October  TV Premiere- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-05-27/new-dragon-quest-the-adventure-of-dai-anime-unveils-cast-october-tv-premiere/.159972

Anime

  • Battery the Animation BD
  • Black Clover Season 1 Complete Collection BD
  • City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes BD
  • Fractale Essentials BD
  • KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world!! Season 1 and OVA BD
  • Okami-san and Her Seven Companions Essentials BD
  • Poco’s Udon World BD
  • The Rising of The Shield Hero Season 1 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • The Rising of The Shield Hero Season 1 Part 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • The Rising of The Shield Hero Season 1 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • The Rising of The Shield Hero Season 1 Part 2 + Light Novel Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Run with the Wind BD
  • She and Her Cat -Everything Flows- BD
  • Why the Hell are You Here, Teacher!? BD

Manga

  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • Boys Over Flowers GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • Cells at Work! Code Black GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • A Certain Scientific Railgun GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • DAYS GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Graphic Novel (GN) 9
  • Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Happy Sugar Life GN 5
  • Hayate the Combat Butler GN 7-8 (Digital Only)
  • Hell Warden Higuma GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • I Fell in Love After School GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Im: Great Priest Imhotep GN 3
  • I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level GN 2
  • Kakegurui twin GN 6
  • Karneval GN 10
  • LDK GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • Makeup is Not (Just) Magic: A Manga Guide to Cosmetics and Skin Care GN (Digital Only)A (Digital Only)
  • The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan GN 12
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • My Senpai is Annoying GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • The New Gate GN 2
  • ne0;lation GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Nyankees GN 6
  • Overlord GN 12
  • Pleasure & Corruption GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • RIN-NE GN 5-6 (Digital Only)
  • Saki GN 20 (Digital Only)A
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 38 (Digital Only)
  • Something’s Wrong With Us GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • To Your Eternity GN 12 (Digital Only)P
  • Trinity Seven GN 20
  • Wave, Listen to Me! GN 1
  • Wave, Listen to Me! GN 2
  • Watari-kun’s ****** Is about to Collapse GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Woof Woof Story: I Told You to Turn Me Into a Pampered Pooch, Not Fenrir! GN 2
  • Yokai Girls GN 10
  • Yuzu the Pet Vet GN 2 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Adachi and Shimamura Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • The Alchemist Who Survived Now Dreams of a Quiet City Life Novel 3
  • The Asterisk War Novel 13
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Novel 6, 10 (Digital Only)
  • A Mysterious Job Called Oda Nobunaga Novel 1C
  • Penguindrum Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 PC game
  • Street Fighter World Warrior Encyclopedia Arcade Edition book (hardcover)
  • Strike the Blood Novel 15
  • Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town Novel 2P
  • Ultraman Ace Steelbook BD
  • Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen PS4, PS Vita game
  • Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition Switch game

Manga Monday- Zatch Bell!

Manga Monday- Zatch Bell!

Zatch Bell!, also known in Japan as Golden Gash!, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Makoto Raiku. It was published in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday. The series follows mamodo Zatch Bell and his human partner Kiyo Takamine, as they try to win a tournament of Mamodo battles in order to make the former the king of the Mamodo world.

The manga was later adapted into a 150 episode anime television series titled Golden Gash Bell!! by Toei Animation. Konjiki no Gash Bell premiered on Fuji TV on April 6, 2003, and ran until March 26, 2006. In addition to an array of licensed merchandise, the series also spawned a series of video games and two animated films.

The Zatch Bell! manga has over 22 million copies in circulation. In 2003, it won the 48th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shōnen category.

Reception

As of June 2008, the manga had over 22 million copies in circulation. In 2003, the manga won the Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen title of the year. The Zatch Bell! anime series ranked twentieth in animage’s anime popularity poll in 2005. The anime ranked 64th of the Top 100 anime in 2005 according to a web poll conducted by TV Asahi.

Mania.com’s Jarred Pine’s review of the first volume said that the art style was odd yet crude. He also mentioned the art style and explosive action scenes with moments of humor save the series from being recycled material. Anime News Network’s Zac Bertschy review of the anime adaption described it as “…mind-numbingly over-the-top, so enthusiastically bizarre, that it’s difficult to not get sucked into its strange little world” but criticized how it was like a “battle your way to the top while learning important lessons about teamwork and courage” anime. He commented how the “sheer exuberance and energy” saves the show from being a bland anime and how it would be the perfect show for kids. IGN’s review of the series was mostly negative. IGN’s Jason Van Horn criticized the animation, plot, and dubbed voice acting. IGN’s JKB stated the books are more interesting than the animation.

Common Sense Media describes the story as “isn’t just about violence”. They also say that there is always challenges, adversities, and questions of identity that the characters face especially Zatch and Kiyo. They compliment how the characters often think aloud when talking about their painful experiences or flashbacks. They applaud on how each of the characters problems in the series are not far off on what kids deal with today. They criticized how the battles uses visuals, languages, sound effects, and dramatic effects that often get drawn out and sometimes become hard to watch. Overall, they said with the graphic violence and the internal struggles that the different characters face throughout the series some parents may not find Zatch Bell! appropriate for their children under ten years old.

Manga

Written and drawn by Makoto Raiku, Zatch Bell! premiered in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday magazine on January 10, 2001. In December 2005, the series was put on hiatus due to the author injuring his hand. The series resumed its serialization on issue No. 11 of Weekly Shōnen Sunday in February 2006. The series finished its serialization on December 26, 2007. The manga spanned a total of 323 individual chapters and 33 tankōbon volumes.

The series was licensed for an English language release by Viz Media. The first two volumes of the series were released on August 2, 2005. Viz has discontinued the series after volume 25, released on June 9, 2009.

In March 2011, Makoto Raiku released a one-shot chapter of Zatch Bell to promote the re-release of the manga in a new bunkoban format by Kodansha. Sixteen volumes were published between March 8, 2011, and June 7, 2012.

In July 2018, Raiku began releasing a digital sixteen-volume “Complete Edition” of Zatch Bell through his digital publishing company BIRGDIN BOARD Corp. The re-releases consisted of new cover art drawn by Raiku himself, color pages from the original Weekly Shonen Sunday serialization, and a special bonus chapter in each volume called “Zatch Cafe” that features the characters from that volume’s cover. After successful sales and demand from fans, the Zatch Bell Complete Edition began to be released in kanzenban format through Kraken in July 2019, featuring everything that was contained in the digital release. There are no plans for an international release at this time.

Synopsis

Setting

Mamodo (魔物, Mamono, lit. “demon”) are mystical creatures with supernatural powers from the parallel Mamodo world. Every 1,000 years, one hundred Mamodo are transported to Earth to compete for the kingship of their world. Each Mamodo’s set of spells are sealed away in a spell book that requires a human companion to read aloud in order to cast them. Only one human can read that Mamodo’s book, whereupon he or she becomes its book owner and partner. Spells cast by the Mamodo produce various effects; along with direct attacks and defenses, there are also spells that temporarily enhance the Mamodo’s abilities, such as agility; render the enemy immobile, or even empower an object they carry. Spells in each book are typically different for each Mamodo, but there are others that carry identical spells—an example of this is Zatch Bell and his twin brother, Zeno Bell. The human and their Mamodo usually start out with one spell but unlock more through experience and hard work. Additionally, the spell book responds to the user’s strong emotions, so that a spell may be generated with greater energy and fervor. The object of the Mamodo battle is to eliminate opponents by burning their spell book. A Mamodo whose spell book has been burnt is then forced to return to the Mamodo world and lose all claim to the position as king. The last Mamodo standing without their book destroyed becomes the new Mamodo king for the next thousand years.

Plot

Taking place mostly in modern-day Japan, the story follows Kiyo Takamine, a 14-year-old boy in junior high school. His father, Seitaro Takamine, discovers an unconscious child named Zatch Bell while in a forest in England, and sends Zatch to live with Kiyo. Unlike the other Mamodo, Zatch lost his memory of the Mamodo world. Kiyo first learns about the spell book when he reads a spell causing Zatch to fire lightning from his mouth. As Kiyo and Zatch begin to encounter different Mamodos and learn more about the Mamodo battles, they discover that there are those who do not wish to fight and there are those who fight for the wrong reasons. After meeting a Mamodo named Kolulu and seeing how this kind Mamodo was forced to fight due to the power of her spells, Zatch decides to become a kind king in order to stop the battle from ever happening again. As the story progresses, Zatch and Kiyo meet other Mamodos that share similar views to them and become allies. They meet allies such as Megumi Oumi and Tia in which they specialize in defensive spells such as different types of shields. Kiyo and Zatch meet Folgore and Kanchomé (Canchome) who are both comic relief characters and they only have transformation spells such as Kanchomé being able to turn himself really big. Zatch met Kafk Sunbeam and Umagon earlier in England. Umagon is a Mamodo who specializes in transformation spells that can put armor around his body and increase his speed. Shery (Sherie) Belmont and Brago who was originally Zatch and Kiyo’s rival in the series later becomes their allies and he has gravity type spells.

As the number of Mamodos decreases, Zatch and his allies encounter a Mamodo called Zofis who takes control of several Mamodo who were sealed in stone tablets from the previous battle to decide the king. With Kiyo and Zatch needing more allies, they meet Dr. Riddles and Kido. They helped teach the main allies how to unlock new spells such as Zatch unlocking the sixth spell. Kiyo and Zatch with friends make their way to South America to fight off Zofis and the thousand year Mamodos. Many characters fell and got their book burned. The most notable one was Kido who was sent back to the Mamodo world after fighting Belgium E.O. Ultimately, Sherry and Brago came to help to fight Zofis. Zofis took control of Sherry’s friend Koko who Zofis makes her do evil things such as burning a whole town. Sherry and Brago beat Zofis but not without the help of Kiyo and friends. Sherry gets Koko back to normal and the battle in South America is over. After the battle against Zofis, the whole world is put in danger after a giant Mamodo named Faudo is brought to life by a Mamodo named Riou. Riou was looking for Mamodos that have enough strength to help activate Faudo. So he puts a curse on Li-en and Wonrei who Kiyo and Zatch befriend in the middle of the series. The protagonists make their way to Faudo to try to destroy it and to save their friends. The battle in Faudo was the toughest battle for the characters up to that point in the story. Kiyo almost died against Riou, and many of Zatch’s friends got sent back to the Mamodo world such as Wonrei. Faudo is then taken over by a Mamodo that looks like Zatch, who turns out to be Zatch’s evil twin brother Zeno Bell. Zatch and Zeno have a big fight inside of Faudo. Through Zeno’s flashback, he resented Zatch because their Father King Bell bestowed Zatch the power of Bao, which is Zatch’s strongest spell. Zeno at a young age had to train everyday and always got punished while Zatch lived with another family peacefully. Ultimately, Zeno comprehends that Zatch also suffered too and apologizes for what he has done to Zatch. Zeno gets his book burned and is sent back to the Mamodo world.

Finally, when the number of Mamodos have decreased to ten, an evil and powerful Mamodo named Clear Note appears. With Clear Note’s immense strength the protagonists have to train to fight against Clear Note in the King’s Festival. The King’s Festival is where the final ten Mamodo have to fight to be king. Most notably before the Zatch and Kiyo fought Clear Note, Kanchome got sent back to the Mamodo world when he was ambushed by Clear Note. With Kancome gone before the big fight it Kiyo, Megumi, and Sunbeam vowed to win against Clear Note for Kanchome and Folgore’s sake. Past Mamodos whom Kiyo and Zatch have encountered came to help out. They helped out in a form of spells because Kiyo’s spell book unlocked all of the Mamodo’s spells. Kiyo used Kido’s strongest spell, Wonrei’s strongest spell, and many more spells from their past allies After many sacrifices, Clear Note is defeated leaving Zatch and his ally Brago as the remaining Mamodos. After Kiyo’s graduation ceremony, Zatch and Brago battle and Zatch is crowned the Mamodo King. As a prize for helping Zatch become king, Kiyo is given two options: either getting a wish and forgetting about Zatch, or get nothing but keep his memories of Zatch. He chooses the latter option. Three weeks later, a letter is sent from the Mamodo to their human partners. Zatch’s letter reveals that all is well in the Mamodo world.

 

Film Friday- Nodame Cantabile

Film Friday- Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile is a manga by Tomoko Ninomiya. It was serialized in Japan by Kodansha in the magazine Kiss from July 2001 to October 2009 and collected in 23 tankōbon volumes. A two-volume sequel, called Nodame Cantabile: Encore Opera Chapter, which began serialization in the December 2009 issue of Kiss, was released in 2010. It is licensed in North America by Del Rey Manga. The series depicts the relationship between two aspiring classical musicians, Megumi “Nodame” Noda and Shinichi Chiaki, as university students and after graduation. It received the 2004 Kodansha Manga Award for best shōjo manga.

The series has been adapted as four different television series: as an award-winning Japanese live-action drama that aired in 2006 followed by a sequel television special that aired in January 2008, as an anime series spanning three seasons with the first broadcast in 2007, the second in 2008 and the third in 2010. Two live-action movie sequels to the Japanese television drama, with the same actors, were produced with release dates of 18 December 2009 and April 2010. In addition, several soundtrack albums of classical music have been released, as well as three video games. A South Korean drama live action adaptation aired on the KBS network in 2014.

In 2016 a one-shot epilogue chapter was published in the April edition of Kiss.

Live-action drama

Nodame Cantabile has been adapted as a live-action television drama broadcast in 11 hour-long episodes from 16 October – 25 December 2006, on Fuji TV, covering events up to volume 9 of the manga. This was followed by a four-hour sequel television special, Nodame Cantabile New Year’s Special in Europe, adapting further events in the manga after Chiaki and Nodame move to Paris, broadcast on Fuji TV on 4 and 5 January 2008. These were directed by Hideki Takeuchi from scripts by Rin Etou, and starred Hiroshi Tamaki as Shinichi Chiaki and Juri Ueno as Megumi “Nodame” Noda.

Music direction was by Daisuke Mogi with original music by Takayuki Hattori, with several works of classical music featured in each episode. The orchestral music was performed by Nodame Orchestra, which consisted of members specially selected for the live-action drama with professional support from the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. The Orchestra was conducted by James DePriest, Permanent Conductor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Orchestra, who would later have his name and likeness used in the Nodame storyline as the musical director of the fictional Roux-Marlet Orchestra. The opening theme for both the drama series and special was the First movement from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, and the ending theme was Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, both performed by the Nodame Orchestra conducted by Toshiaki Umeda.

An episode of PuriGorota: Uchū no Yūjō Daibōken, the fictional anime series that Nodame watches, was created by J.C.Staff for the drama. The anime was written and directed by Ken’ichi Kasai, the director of the first season of the Nodame Cantabile anime. Segments of the PuriGorota anime were shown during episode 4 of the Nodame Cantabile drama, with the complete anime released as a DVD extra with the Nodame Cantabile anime series.

Two live-action movie sequels to the television drama with the same actors were produced, with the first film being released in December 2009, while the second film was released in April 2010. Filming began in May 2009 and lasted for five months, and included location filming in Vienna. On 4 May 2009, the drama began airing in the Philippines on the GMA Network. In South Korea the drama aired on MBC’s cable channel where it achieved peak ratings of 2%, which is a record high for a foreign cable drama.

A South Korean adaptation titled Naeil’s Cantabile starring Joo Won, Shim Eun-kyung and Park Bo-gum aired on KBS2 in 2014.

Anime

Nodame Cantabile was also adapted as an anime television series, produced by Fuji TV and animated by J.C.Staff. The series was broadcast on Fuji and associated stations in the Noitamina time slot. The first season, titled Nodame Cantabile, was broadcast in 23 episodes from 11 January – 28 June 2007, and the second season, called Nodame Cantabile: Paris Chapter, was broadcast in 11 episodes from 8 October – 18 December 2008. Both seasons were also later aired in Japan on the satellite television network Animax. The first season was directed by Ken’ichi Kasai and the second season by Chiaki Kon, and starred Ayako Kawasumi as Megumi “Nodame” Noda and Tomokazu Seki as Shin’ichi Chiaki. An original video animation episode was included with the limited edition volume 22 of the manga when it was published in Japan on 10 August 2009, and a third and final anime season, called Nodame Cantabile: Finale began airing in January 2010.

On 6 February 2009, the series received its English language television premiere on Animax Asia across its networks in Southeast Asia and South Asia, airing the series with its original Japanese audio and English subtitles. and later its air in English Dubbed on 12 June 2009.

The music director for both seasons was Suguru Matsutani. As with the live-action drama, several works of classical music were featured in each episode, performed by the Nodame Orchestra. The opening theme of season one was “Allegro Cantabile” by Suemitsu & The Suemith, and the ending themes were “Konna ni Chikaku de…” by Crystal Kay (episodes 1–12), “Sagittarius” by Suemitsu & the Nodame Orchestra (episodes 13–22), and “Allegro Cantabile” by Suemitsu & The Suemith (episode 23). The opening theme for the second season was “Sky High” by The Gospellers (with melody taken from the Third movement of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and the ending theme was “Tokyo et Paris” by Emiri Miyamoto x solita. The opening theme for the final season is “Manazashi Daydream” by Yuu Sakai and the ending theme is “Kaze to Oka no Ballad ” by Real Paradis with Nodame Orchestra.

The first season was released on 8 DVDs between April and November 2007. A box set was released in February 2008 with an additional 15-minute original video animation, taking place between episodes 8 and 9. The series has been licensed in Russia and South Korea. The first DVD of the second season was released on 24 December 2008.

Plot

Shinichi Chiaki, an arrogant, multilingual perfectionist, is the top student at Momogaoka College of Music and has secret ambitions to become a conductor. Born into a musical family, he is talented in piano and violin and once lived abroad in the music capitals of the world as a young boy (namely Prague), but is trapped in Japan because of his childhood phobia of airplanes and the ocean. In contrast, Megumi Noda, or “Nodame”, is a piano student at Momogaoka, notorious for messiness and eccentric behavior. Despite being very talented, Nodame prefers to play by ear rather than according to the musical score; thus, she is regarded as sloppy and playful.

When they meet by accident, Nodame quickly falls in love, but it takes much longer for Chiaki to even begin to appreciate Nodame’s unusual qualities. Their relationship causes them both to develop and grow. Along the way, they meet some crazy people (like Masumi, Mine, and Stresemann) and make lasting friendships. Because of Nodame, Chiaki gets the opportunity to lead a student orchestra and begins to have a broader appreciation of people’s musical abilities. Because of Chiaki, Nodame faces her fears and enters a piano competition. Opportunities open up as both begin taking risks, stretching themselves far more than they ever thought possible.

After graduation, Nodame succeeds in curing Chiaki from his phobias and they both move to Paris, where Nodame continues her piano studies at the Conservatoire de Paris while Chiaki starts a professional career as a conductor. In Europe, they encounter new friends and rivals, as well as keep in touch with their friends from Japan.

 

Wednesday News- May 20 , 2020

Wednesday News- May 20 , 2020

 

Kentarō Katayama Denpa teki na Kanojo Novels Get Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-05-19/kentaro-katayama-denpa-teki-na-kanojo-novels-get-manga/.159678

Netflix Streams Cardcaptor Sakura Anime in U.S., Canada on June 1- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-05-19/netflix-streams-cardcaptor-sakura-anime-in-u.s-canada-on-june-1/.159699

Phantasy Star Online 2 Game Launches on PC in N. American on May 27- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2020-05-19/phantasy-star-online-2-game-launches-on-pc-in-n-america-on-may-27/.159697

The List: 5 Worst Anime Relationships- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2020-05-17/.159596

Anime

  • King of Thorn Essentials BD
  • Promare BD/DVD
  • Promare DVD
  • Promare Steelbook BD/DVD
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets Season 1 BD/DVD
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets Season 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Senryū Girl BD

Manga

  • BEASTARS Graphic Novel (GN) 6
  • A Certain Scientific Railgun: Astral Buddy GN 3 (Digital Only)A
  • A Devotion That Changes Worlds GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Dolly Kill Kill GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Flower Demon Door of the Sakaimeya GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • GE – Good Ending GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Granny Girl Hinata-chan GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Hell’s Paradise: Jigokuraku GN 2
  • I’ll Win You Over, Sempai! GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Knight of the Ice GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Levius/est GN 4
  • New Game! GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Nobo and Her? GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • No Guns Life GN 5
  • Ping Pong GN 1
  • Ran And The Gray World GN 7
  • The Reprise of the Spear Hero GN 2
  • Saiyuki GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 38 (Digital Only)
  • Something’s Wrong With Us GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Space Brothers GN 36 (Digital Only)
  • Species Domain GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • That Blue Summer GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • To Your Eternity GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Urusei Yatsura GN 6
  • The Way of the Househusband GN 3
  • Yozakura Quartet GN 25 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Banner of the Stars Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Bibliophile Princess Novel 2 (Digital Only)A
  • Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill Novel 6 (Digital Only)
  • The Wonderful 101: Remastered Switch, PS4, PC game

Manga Monday- Nodame Cantabile

Manga Monday- Nodame Cantabile

Nodame Cantabile is a manga by Tomoko Ninomiya. It was serialized in Japan by Kodansha in the magazine Kiss from July 2001 to October 2009 and collected in 23 tankōbon volumes. A two-volume sequel, called Nodame Cantabile: Encore Opera Chapter, which began serialization in the December 2009 issue of Kiss, was released in 2010. It is licensed in North America by Del Rey Manga. The series depicts the relationship between two aspiring classical musicians, Megumi “Nodame” Noda and Shinichi Chiaki, as university students and after graduation. It received the 2004 Kodansha Manga Award for best shōjo manga.

The series has been adapted as four different television series: as an award-winning Japanese live-action drama that aired in 2006 followed by a sequel television special that aired in January 2008, as an anime series spanning three seasons with the first broadcast in 2007, the second in 2008 and the third in 2010. Two live-action movie sequels to the Japanese television drama, with the same actors, were produced with release dates of 18 December 2009 and April 2010. In addition, several soundtrack albums of classical music have been released, as well as three video games. A South Korean drama live action adaptation aired on the KBS network in 2014.

In 2016 a one-shot epilogue chapter was published in the April edition of Kiss.

Manga

The Nodame Cantabile manga was written and illustrated by Tomoko Ninomiya. It was serialized by Kodansha in the biweekly josei (aimed at younger adult women) manga magazine Kiss from 10 July 2001, to 10 October 2009. The untitled chapters have been collected in 23 tankōbon volumes. It was licensed in North America by Del Rey Manga, which released 16 of the 23 volumes. In 2016 Kodansha USA announced that they received the rights to the series for digital release. It is licensed in France by Pika Édition, in South Korea by Daiwon C.I., in Thailand by NED Comics, in Indonesia by Elex Media Komputindo, and in Taiwan by Tong Li Comics. All volume covers feature Nodame with a musical instrument.

Starting in May 2008, Japanese serialization changed from biweekly to monthly because of Ninomiya’s pregnancy. Serialization went on hiatus starting October 2008 following the birth of her son and Ninomiya’s subsequent diagnosis of having carpal tunnel syndrome, but resumed again with the 10 March 2009 issue of Kiss on an irregular schedule depending on her continued recovery. In June 2009, the series went on hiatus again when Ninomiya was hospitalized with acute appendicitis, and resumed serialization in the 25 July issue. In July 2009, Asahi Shimbun reported that the manga was scheduled to end in the spring of 2010, coinciding with the release of the final live-action movie. However, the series ended with chapter 136 in the 10 October 2009 issue of the magazine.

Starting in late 2009, a sequel titled Nodame Cantabile – Encore Opera Chapter started running in the same magazine. It ended in September 2010. The numbering of the volumes follow right after the original series so they start at volume 24.

On 25 February 2016 in the April 2016 edition of Kiss, Ninomiya published, a one shot set five years after the last installment, it has been described as a final coda to Nodame and Chiaki’s story.

Reception

The manga of Nodame Cantabile received the 2004 Kodansha Manga Award for shōjo manga, and was a jury recommendation at both the 2005 and 2008 Japan Media Arts Festivals. It was a finalist for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2005 and 2006, but did not win. In 2006, the English translation was named by the New York Public Library as one of the Books for the Teen Age. The series sold 2.8 million copies in 2008, making it the 8th best-selling manga series in Japan that year. Volume 17 was the third best-selling manga on the Oricon charts for 2007, and volumes 20 and 21 were the 6th and 7th best-selling manga on the Oricon charts for 2008, respectively, selling 1.2 million copies each. According to an Oricon survey men and women aged 10–40, Nodame Cantabile was the second “most interesting” manga series published during 2008. The series and its associated music albums are credited with increasing sales of classical music in Japan. As a whole, the series is a best-seller in Japan, having sold over 37 million copies as of March 2015.

The English translation of Nodame Cantabile has been praised for its quirky, interesting characters, sense of humor, and clean art. Dirk Deppey in The Comics Journal praised Ninomiya’s storytelling, saying she “has a solid sense of when to accentuate the highs and lows with just the right note, and understands that one can only do this by not hitting such notes very often”, resulting in “an understated soap opera” that is “a seamless and enjoyable storytelling experience.” Reviewers have called Ninomiya’s character development subtle, while noting it is the character interactions that drive the story, and that “each character has a real and lasting effect on others.” Reviewers also cite Ninomiya’s ability to depict “scenes of people playing music that no one can hear” and her sense of humor as factors in the series’ appeal. Ninomiya has been criticized for not handling transitions between storylines well, for sometimes letting the characters derail the story, and for art and backgrounds that are sometimes too plain. Matt Thorn criticized the English translation for inaccuracies of tone.

The live-action drama received the 2007 Japanese Drama Academy Awards for Best Drama, Best Lead Actress (Juri Ueno), Best Direction (Hideki Takeuchi), Best Music (Takayuki Hattori), and Best Title Song; the show was also recognized overseas as Best Miniseries at the 2nd Seoul Drama Festival. Juri Ueno also was named Best Newcomer at the Élan d’or Awards for her performance, and the next year was named Best Actress at the International Drama Festival in Tokyo Awards for reprising her role as Nodame in the television special. The New Year’s Special in Europe received an average household rating of 20.3% and 21.0% for the two nights it was broadcast in Japan, making it them the highest-rated drama episodes of the week. The first soundtrack album for the drama, Nodame Orchestra LIVE!, reached number seven on the Oricon album chart, breaking the record for highest ranked classical music album.

The opening episode of the anime series broke the record for audience share for its time-slot. The first DVD volume debuted at number 3 on the Oricon chart for anime the week it went on sale.

Although the anime has not been licensed in English, it has still received notice from English reviewers, who praised the character development and chemistry, the balance between drama and comedy, voice acting, and especially the music—both the performances and how it was presented. Reviewers did complain that the visual design of some secondary characters were too similar.

In 2006, a cafe based on Nodame Cantabile opened in Harajuku, Tokyo, including live music from the live-action drama and sets from the show.

Film Friday- Basara

Film Friday- Basara

Basara is a Japanese fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Yumi Tamura. The story takes place in a future Japan, reduced to a barren desert by a catastrophe at the end of the 21st century. The main character is Sarasa, a girl whose twin brother, Tatara, is prophesied to be the “child of destiny” who will bring back the country’s independence and stop the tyrannical rule of the Empire, namely the Red King. When Tatara is killed, Sarasa pretends to be him in order to keep the downtrodden from losing hope.

The manga was serialized in Shogakukan’s Bessatsu Shōjo Comic magazine from September 1990 to June 1998. Shogakukan collected the individual chapters into 27 bound volumes under the Flower Comics imprint from March 1991 to March 2000. The manga won the 38th Shogakukan Manga Award in the shōjo category in 1993. Viz Media licensed the manga for an English-language release in North America; they published 27 volumes from August 2003 to May 2008.

Basara was adapted into a 13-episode anime television series titled Legend of Basara, which aired in Japan from April to June 1998. It was produced by KSS and directed by Noburu Takamoto.

The manga was also adapted into several stage plays in Japan, the first of which premiered in 2012. A filmed performance was released on DVD in July 2013. The second stage play was performed at Theater 1010 in Tokyo from January 9 to January 14, 2014. The third stage play was performed at Kinokuniya Hall in Tokyo from January 25 to January 28, 2019.

Main characters

Sarasa

The protagonist, a 15-year-old girl who takes the name of her murdered twin brother Tatara, who was known as the child of fate. As Tatara, she wields the sword of Byakko and leads the survivors of Byakko Village. Even among her allies few people know she is a girl.
Sarasa hopes to create a land that is fertile, full of flora, and free of strife. Though she is quick to cry and psychologically weak in some respects, over the course of the story she develops undeniable skills in leadership and swordplay, and becomes the central figure of the Tatara Army.
Byakko sword: One of the four swords descended from the Basarano rebels. It was Genshou, Tatara’s and Sarasa’s great-grandfather’s, weapon.
The name Sarasa refers to calico cloth.
Shinbashi
Sarasa’s pet owl, the runt of his hatching. Sarasa is unwilling to let the other chicks crowd him out, and decides to take care of him.
The Red King, Shuri
The 17-year-old youngest son of the Emperor, he rules over Saikoku (western Japan) which includes Chugoku, Shikoku and Kyūshū. In the early parts of the story Shuri stands out as brutally cruel to those who do not obey him, because he is responsible for the destruction of Byakko Village and the murder of Tatara. Later he meets Sarasa, unaware that they are enemies, and falls in love with her.
Though he is merciless to his enemies, Shuri is a capable ruler and very proud of his realm. He is big-hearted, with a free-spirited personality and is generally quite personable, though he tends to be overly competitive. Shuri is an expert swordsman.

Anime

A 13-episode anime adaptation, titled Legend of Basara, aired in Japan from April 2 to June 8, 1998. It was produced by KSS and directed by Norihiro Takamoto. While generally very faithful to the manga, some material from further into the story was cut, such as Senju’s assassination attempt and the Suzuno Murder Race episode. The anime roughly covers volumes 1–5 of the manga. The anime was released on home video in Japan, first on VHS and later on DVD. The opening theme is “Endless Loop” by Rouage.

 

Wednesday News- May 13, 2020

Wednesday News- May 13, 2020

Tokyopop Reveals New Release Dates for Delayed Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-05-12/tokyopop-reveals-new-release-dates-for-delayed-manga/.159368

The List: Top 5 CLAMP Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2020-05-10/.159399

Sekai Games to Release faultmilestone one for PS4 on May 22- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-05-13/sekai-games-to-release-fault-milestone-one-for-ps4-on-may-22/.159508

World’s End Harem Gets 3rd Spinoff Manga With Reverse Harem Story- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-05-13/world-end-harem-gets-3rd-spinoff-manga-with-reverse-harem-story/.159499

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV Game’s Trailer Previews Story- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-05-12/the-legend-of-heroes-trails-of-cold-steel-iv-game-trailer-previews-story/.159480

Anime

  • Code:Breaker Essentials BD
  • Devil May Cry Essentials BD
  • Howl’s Moving Castle Steelbook BD/DVD
  • Maid Sama! BD
  • Ponyo Steelbook BD/DVD
  • Vampire Hunter D OVA Steelbook BD

Manga

  • Ace of the Diamond GN 26 (Digital Only)
  • Ascendance of a Bookworm GN 4 (Digital Only)A
  • Beyond the Clouds GN 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • Cat Shit One Graphic Novel (GN) 1
  • City GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • The Dorm of Love and Secrets GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Dungeon Builder: The Demon King’s Labyrinth is a Modern City! GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Flying Witch GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Edition GN 9 (hardcover)
  • Giant Killing GN 20 (Digital Only)
  • Given GN 2
  • The Hero Life of a (Self-Proclaimed) “Mediocre” Demon! GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear GN 1 (Digital Only)A (Digital Only)
  • Masamune-kun’s Revenge GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • The Mermaid Prince GN 4 (Digital Only)A
  • Pokémon Sun & Moon GN 7
  • RIN-NE GN 33
  • Sarazanmai: Reo and Mabu GN (Digital Only)
  • Shed that Skin, Ryugasaki-san! GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Splatoon GN 9
  • To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • Transformers GN 2 (hardcover)
  • A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow GN 3
  • Wandering Witch GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Yo-kai Watch GN 14

Other

  • Classroom of the Elite Novel 5 (Digital Only)
  • Cooking with Wild Game Novel 7 (Digital Only)C
  • Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Mega Mix Switch game
  • Outer Ragna Novel 2 (Digital Only)A

 

Manga Monday- Basara

Manga Monday- Basara

Basara is a Japanese fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Yumi Tamura. The story takes place in a future Japan, reduced to a barren desert by a catastrophe at the end of the 21st century. The main character is Sarasa, a girl whose twin brother, Tatara, is prophesied to be the “child of destiny” who will bring back the country’s independence and stop the tyrannical rule of the Empire, namely the Red King. When Tatara is killed, Sarasa pretends to be him in order to keep the downtrodden from losing hope.

The manga was serialized in Shogakukan’s Bessatsu Shōjo Comic magazine from September 1990 to June 1998. Shogakukan collected the individual chapters into 27 bound volumes under the Flower Comics imprint from March 1991 to March 2000. The manga won the 38th Shogakukan Manga Award in the shōjo category in 1993. Viz Media licensed the manga for an English-language release in North America; they published 27 volumes from August 2003 to May 2008.

Basara was adapted into a 13-episode anime television series titled Legend of Basara, which aired in Japan from April to June 1998. It was produced by KSS and directed by Noburu Takamoto.

The manga was also adapted into several stage plays in Japan, the first of which premiered in 2012. A filmed performance was released on DVD in July 2013. The second stage play was performed at Theater 1010 in Tokyo from January 9 to January 14, 2014. The third stage play was performed at Kinokuniya Hall in Tokyo from January 25 to January 28, 2019.

Overview

In Basara’s post-apocalyptic setting, Japan has been controlled by a succession of corrupt and oppressive rulers of Saffron Clan. The current one is the Golden Emperor, a sovereign so obsessed with maintaining his power that he has had most of his children killed. He later appointed territories to the remaining children, allowing them to rule as subordinate kings and expend their energies in rivalries among each other, instead of trying to dethrone him. As a result, most of the Kings neglect the people they rule.

Though the peasants have been downtrodden for decades, they have not completely lost their rebellious spirit. Four swords named for the Ssu Ling gods—Byakko, Suzaku, Seiryū and Genbu—forged for fallen rebel leaders two generations past, are the symbols of underground resistance groups across Japan. The sword of Byakko is kept in Byakko Village, and according to a prophet, a child of fate who will lead a revolution will be born there. When twins are born—a girl and a boy—the prophet says that one of them is the child of destiny. Villagers believe the boy, Tatara, is the child of destiny, but ultimately the girl, Sarasa, is the leader. When the local ruler, the Red King, destroys her village and has her brother beheaded, she assumes his name and duty to lead her people in rebellion.

Sarasa undergoes psychological strain over having to pretend to be a boy. As such, she often visits hot springs to “let her hair down.” During these visits, she runs into a mysterious young man named Shuri, and they fall in love with each other.

Unknown to Sarasa, Shuri is really the Red King, upon whom she has sworn revenge for destroying her village and killing her family. The Red King is likewise unaware that Sarasa, in her alter ego, is the rebel leader he is trying to kill. As the story progresses, the pair’s relationship deepens even as their struggle becomes more bloody.

 

Film Friday- The Prince of Tennis

Film Friday- The Prince of Tennis

The Prince of Tennis is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Takeshi Konomi. The manga was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from July 1999 to March 2008. A total of 379 chapters were published and collected into 42 tankōbon volumes.

The manga was adapted into an anime television series directed by Takayuki Hamana, animated by Trans Arts and co-produced by Nihon Ad Systems and TV Tokyo. The anime was broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 10, 2001 to March 30, 2005, spanning a total of 178 episodes, as well as a theatrical movie. In April 2006, an original video animation (OVA) continuation of the anime began to be released on DVD. The beginning of the second OVA series was released on June 22, 2007, roughly three months after the end of the first. The second OVA ended on January 25, 2008, and the third and final OVA started on April 25, 2008.

In North America, Viz Media licensed both The Prince of Tennis manga and anime series for an English-language release.

The series developed into a media franchise and has had numerous other adaptations outside of the animated incarnation. Since April 2003, more than fifteen stage musicals have been produced for the series. An animated movie was released in 2005, as well as a live action movie in 2006. The franchise has also had a long-running radio show, numerous video games, well over 250 soundtracks and CDs, and other merchandise. As of January 2012, the manga had over 51 million copies in circulation.

A sequel titled New Prince of Tennis, began serialization in Jump Square in March 2009, with the story taking place several months after the end of the original manga.

Anime

An anime television series animated by Trans Arts, co-produced by Nihon Ad Systems and directed by Takayuki Hamana, was broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 10, 2001 to March 30, 2005, spanning a total of 178 episodes.

In April 2006, an original video animation (OVA) continuation of the anime began to be released over a span of seven DVDs. The beginning of the second OVA series was released on June 22, 2007, roughly 3 months after the end of the first. The second OVA finished on January 25, 2008, containing six episodes over a span of three DVDs. The third OVA started on April 25, 2008, and finished on January 23, 2009. A fourth OVA titled “Another Story” was released on May 26, 2009, which included two episodes: “Fū’un Shōnen Atobe” which showed Hyotei’s current team’s freshman years, and “Naniwa no Ōjisama”, where Seigaku goes to Osaka for a practice match with Shitenhoji. The second DVD in “Another Story” was released on September 25, 2009.

On April 24, 2007, Viz Media released the first The Prince of Tennis box set in the United States. Viz Media has also opted to not include the Japanese opening and ending themes, instead using electric guitar music. However, the original music themes can be found in the DVD extras of disc 3. As of January 15, 2008, four box sets have been released by Viz. The four box sets contain the first 50 episodes of the series. In contrast, Japan has released a total of 45 DVD volumes for the entire 178 episodes of the anime series.

The New Prince of Tennis, a sequel anime that picks up where the previous series ended, ran from January 4, 2012 to March 28, 2012.

Musicals

Beginning in 2003, a series of Prince of Tennis musicals began. Each year sees two musicals based on the storyline come out in the summer and winter, with a ‘Dream Live’ performance each Spring, featuring numerous actors and past songs. Each storyline musical adapts a single arc of the manga, typically one specific match against a team. Due to the aging of the actors, all the main characters have been recast several times.

Films

Tennis no Ōjisama – Futari no Samurai is the first animated film of the series. It was released in Japan on January 29, 2005, and co-aired with a short movie, Tennis no Oujisama: Atobe Kara no Okurimono.

The Prince of Tennis: Tennis no Ouji-sama Eikoku-shiki Teikyū-jō Kessen! is the second movie directed by Shunsuke Tada. It was released in Japan on September 3, 2011.

On May 13, 2006, the live-action adaptation film, The Prince of Tennis, was released in Japan.

Video games

The Prince of Tennis franchise has spawned many different video games. The vast majority of these are either tennis games or dating sims, and they are spread across several different video game consoles. The first of these games was released for the PlayStation console on February 20, 2002, and is the only game which holds the simple Prince of Tennis title – all of the following game titles are preceded by the “Prince of Tennis” title. This was followed by Genius Boys Academy, which was released for the Game Boy Advance on April 25, 2002. Since then, several other video games have been released for different gaming consoles, including one more PlayStation game, three Game Boy Advance games, five Nintendo DS games, and thirteen PlayStation 2 games. The latest games to be released were Nintendo DS’s Girls, be gracious on March 5, 2009, followed by Boys, be glorious on March 26, 2009.

Additionally, characters from The Prince of Tennis appeared in the Shōnen Jump based video games Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars. All of the games have so far only been released in Japan.

Dramas

There also are two Chinese dramas based on “The Prince of Tennis” story, with the titles of “The Prince of Tennis” and “Go for It! The Prince of Tennis”. The first is the first season, while the second is the second season. There are some differences due to localization for names and cultural themes, including all the characters being renamed, but is still recognizable from its story and the characters’ portrayal. The first season covers from when Ryoma first appears in the series up to the end of their equivalent of the Tokyo Prefecturals, while the second season picks up from the end of the first season and goes to the end of their equivalent of the Kanto Tournament. Due to being based off the anime, Josei Shonan is included. In addition, hints of the live-action movie is present.

A third Chinese drama, produced by Netflix in 2019, is called The Prince of Tennis. It is set in China. A reticent talented teenage tennis player returns to China after spending his childhood overseas–the show does not specify where he spends his childhood–but he is trapped under the shadows of his father who used to be a top tennis player. When he joins a high school in China, he learns the importance of friendship and teamwork, and perhaps even gains his self-identity.

Other media

The series has produced a half-hour weekly radio show, over 300 music CDs and a large selection of merchandise. Including a trading card game and figures. Three live events, “TeniPuri Perfect Live” in 2003, “The 100 song marathon” in 2008 and “Tenipuri Festa” in 2009, were held by the TeniPuri voice actors and Konomi Takeshi himself.

The 1986 J-pop song “Valentine Kiss” by Sayuri Kokushō was covered multiple times by multiple characters in the series. From February 2004 through February 2010, a total of nine different versions of the song were released (seven individually, and the final two together). The first one, featuring the character Keigo Atobe (voiced by Junichi Suwabe) reached No. 14 on the Oricon charts.