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Month: May 2020

Thursday News- May 7, 2020

Thursday News- May 7, 2020

List of Shows, Films, Manga, Games Affected by COIVD-19 (Updated May 7)- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-21/list-of-shows-films-manga-games-affected-by-covid-19/.158799

World-Famous Met Museum Offers 400,000 Art Pieces for Free in Animal Crossing- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2020-05-06/world-famous-met-museum-offers-400000-art-pieces-for-free-in-animal-crossing/.159254

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime’ Novels to Enter Final Arc in 18th Volume- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-05-06/that-time-i-got-reincarnated-as-a-slime-novels-to-enter-final-arc-in-18th-volume/.159308

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition Switch Game’s Trailer Previews Characters, New Epilogue- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-05-05/xenoblade-chronicles-definitive-edition-switch-game-trailer-previews-characters-new-epilogue/.159278

Anime

  • After War Gundam X Collection 2 BD
  • Aria the Natural Season 2 Part 2 BD
  • Black Clover Season 2 Part 4 BD/DVD
  • Kono Oto Tomare!: Sounds of Life Season 1 BD
  • Overlord II Classics BD
  • Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru Complete Series BD

Manga

  • The Alchemist Who Survived Now Dreams of a Quiet City Life Graphic Novel (GN) 2P
  • All-Rounder Meguru GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • Aoharu x Machine Gun GN 17
  • A Condition Called Love GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Daytime Shooting Star GN 6A
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba GN 12
  • Dr. Stone GN 11
  • Éclair Blanche (Éclair: A Girls’ Love Anthology That Resonates in Your Heart) GNP
  • The Faraway Paladin GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Haikyu!! GN 38
  • How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? GN 3  (Digital Only)P (Digital Only)
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond Is Unbreakable GN 5 (hardcover)
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War GN 14
  • Kaiju Girl Caramelise GN 3
  • LDK GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • Love Me, Love Me Not GN 2
  • The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Moonlight Moratorium GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia Smash!! GN 4
  • Mysteria Romantica GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Not Your Idol GN 1
  • Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Orient GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World GN 2
  • The Rose of Versailles GN 2 (hardcover)
  • Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru GN 2
  • Shortcake Cake GN 8
  • A Side Character’s Love Story GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san GN 4
  • Smile Down the Runway GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Snow White with the Red Hair GN 7
  • Sweet Reincarnation GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • To Be Next to you GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • To Your Eternity GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Twin Star Exorcists GN 18
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs GN 9 (Digital Only)

Other

  • An Archdemon’s Dilemma – How to Love Your Elf Bride Novel 5
  • The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan Novel 5 (Digital Only)
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 14++ (Digital Only)
  • Infinite Dendrogram Novel 6
  • Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear Novel 1 (Digital Only)A
  • Lazy Dungeon Master Novel 10 (Digital Only)
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Novel 1
  • One Piece: Ace’s Story Novel 1
  • Restaurant to Another World Novel 4 (Digital Only)

 

Manga Monday- The Prince of Tennis

Manga Monday- 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.

Reception

The Prince of Tennis has become a successful franchise. As of March 2008, the first 40 volumes of the manga had sold over 40 million copies in Japan. As of January 2012, the manga had over 51 million copies in circulation.

Carl Kimlinger from Anime News Network reviewed the first DVD box set released by Viz Media, and commented that “Prince of Tennis is among the dregs of the genre.” They go on to say that it is “boring” and “lacks the human drama necessary to get audiences to care who wins or loses.” ‘Anime on DVD’, however, comments that the show “takes the usual themes in sports shows and applies them masterfully.” DVD Talk takes more of a nonchalant view, commenting that the “series is okay but not great” and that it has some charm, which will make you not regret watching it. Active Anime also gave praise to the series, saying that it “holds some surprising twists to the regular sports drama formula”, and praised the suspenseful matches and innovative techniques.

Despite the reviews, the series is popular in Japan. When TV Asahi, a television network in Japan, conducted a survey for the one hundred most popular animated television series, The Prince of Tennis anime came in twenty-seventh place. They also conducted an online web poll, in which The Prince of Tennis placed eighteenth. Nearly a year later, TV Asahi once again conducted an online poll for the top one hundred anime, and this time, The Prince of Tennis anime advanced in rank and came in eighth place. They also surveyed Japanese celebrities for their favorite anime, where the series only came in sixty-eighth out of the top one hundred.

Media

Manga

The Prince of Tennis is written and illustrated by Takeshi Konomi. The manga was first published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan on July 19, 1999. The series was put under hiatus when Konomi was injured in an accident during July 2006, but publication resumed in September 2006. The series finished on March 3, 2008, Shueisha collected its 379 individual chapters into forty-two tankōbon volumes published from January 7, 2000 to June 4, 2008.

In North America, Viz Media announced the acquisition of the series in February 2004. The first volume was released on April 21, 2004. As of July 5, 2011, the forty-two volumes have been published.

A 4-panel manga parody, entitled the Prince of After School, began on November 4, 2008 in Jump Square.

A sequel to the manga series, entitled New Prince of Tennis, was announced in the December issue of Jump Square, published on November 4, 2008. The series began serialization in Jump Square on March 4, 2009. The story is set several months after the end of the first manga, and features Ryoma returning to Japan after his stay in America.

Plot

The chapters of The Prince of Tennis manga series are written and illustrated by Takeshi Konomi, and were serialized in Japan’s manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from July 1999 to March 2008. A sequel to the series entitled New Prince of Tennis began serialization in Japan in the monthly magazine Jump Square on March 4, 2009. The story centers around a cocky tennis prodigy named Ryoma Echizen, who, upon his father’s urging, enrolls in a private middle school called Seishun Academy (“Seigaku” for short), which, besides being famous for its strong tennis team, is his father’s alma mater. The storyline of the first manga series revolves around Seigaku striving to become the National middle school tennis champions, while the sequel takes place several months after their National victory.

 

Film Friday- My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

Film Friday- 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.

Anime

An anime adaptation of the light novel series was announced by Ichijinsha on October 19, 2018. The anime was later announced to be a television series on July 18, 2019. The series is animated by Silver Link and directed by Keisuke Inoue, with Megumi Shimizu handling series composition, and Miwa Oshima designing the characters. Natsumi Tabuchi, Hanae Nakamura, Tatsuhiko Saiki, Miki Sakurai, and Shu Kanematsu composed the music. It premiered on April 4, 2020 on MBS, Tokyo MX, BS11, J Tele, and other channels. angela performs the series’ opening theme song “Shōjo no Route wa Hitotsu Janai!”, while Shouta Aoi peforms the series’ ending theme song “Bad End.” Crunchyroll is streaming the series.

Characters

Catarina Claes

The main character, a 17-year-old otaku who has been reincarnated as the villain character of the game Fortune Lover. Having extensive knowledge of Fortune Lover, including the fact that all the routes in the game lead to either her death or exile, she takes drastic measures to avoid such outcomes, such as trying to establish good relationships with her peers and take up gardening as a profession should her exile come to pass.

Geordo Stuart

A prince who is Catarina’s fiancé during her childhood. In the game, he was blamed for Catarina getting the scar on her forehead and she locks him away. The good ending shows he exiles Catarina and marries the heroine, the bad ending has him kill Catarina and abandoning the heroine due to guilt of killing his fiancée. He is afraid of snakes, something Catarina capitalizes on in order to both protect herself and to boost Alan’s self-esteem.

Keith Claes

Catarina’s adoptive brother. A powerful magic user of earth magic. In the game, Catarina torments and ignores him which makes him a womanizer. In the good path, he has Catarina exiled and abandons his womanizing ways to be with the Heroine, the bad has him killing her in a fit of rage before disappearing forever. To avoid those endings, Catarina goes out of her way to be a good sister to him, which does improve their relationships but also saddles Keith with the thankless task of having to keep Catarina out of trouble, mostly to no avail.

Alan Stuart

Geordo’s brother and Mary’s fiancé. He was a sickly child and jealous of his twin brother which made him become an introvert. However, he is a very skilled musician on the piano and loves flowers. His path in the game is actually the only one that Catarina has no doom flag as Mary is the rival for the Heroine and both paths have happier endings. Catarina uses her knowledge of Fortune Lover to become friends with Mary, something that infuriates Alan, as he thinks Mary is ignoring him in favor of Catarina, and challenges Catarina to a series of competitions, which Catarina wins handily. As time passes, however, Catarina earns Alan’s respect and they become friends.

Nicol Ascart

Georgo and Alan’s childhood friend and Sophia’s brother. He is considered handsome by all who see him, with a smile that can charm both males and females. In his path in the game, Sophia is the rival for his affection, hinting a possible illicit romance path.

 

Mary Hunt

Alan’s fiancée who is skilled with gardening. However, when Catarina says a line in the game before Alan praising her garden, it appears to have a consequence that appears to have Mary falling for Catarina, giving the otome game a Yuri path.

 

Sophia Ascart

Nicol’s sister, who loves reading romance novels. She is considered cursed and unnatural due to her silver hair which Catarina comments flows and shines like silk in the light. It appears Sophia also develops an interest in Catarina as well.

Maria Campbell

A girl who, in Fortune Lover, was the main heroine and original bullying target for Catarina. Due to Catarina becoming much nicer and charismatic, Maria ironically ends up falling in love with her, which in turn gives Maria a route of her own.