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Manga Monday- Cheeky Angel

Manga Monday- Cheeky Angel

Cheeky Angel is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiroyuki Nishimori. The story revolves around the adventures of 15-year-old schoolgirl Megumi Amatsuka, a popular and beautiful tomboy that always get into fights with a secret: she used to be a boy. Originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday, it has been collected into 20 tankōbon volumes.

It was adapted as a 50-episode anime television series produced by TMS Entertainment, which was broadcast on TV Tokyo between June 2002 and March 2003.

In 2001, the manga won the 46th Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen.

Manga

Cheeky Angel, written and illustrated by Hiroyuki Nishimori, was published in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday on June 2, 1999 and finished on August 27, 2003. The individual chapters were compiled and published by Shogakukan into twenty tankōbon volumes, released between September 18, 1999 and September 18, 2003.

The manga was published in English by Viz Media. The first volume was released on July 7, 2004, and the final volume on January 9, 2008. Viz Media re-published the series digitally between May 12, 2005 and February 23, 2016.

Story

At the age of nine, Megumi is an aggressive boy prone to always fighting. One day he saves a strange man from a gang of other children. In return, Megumi receives a magical book. After accidentally bleeding on the book, a genie named Pierrot appears and offers to grant him a wish. Megumi wishes to become a strong man’s man. Pierrot, a trickster, inadvertently turns Megumi into a woman. Megumi, furious, throws the book into the riverbank. Believing the only way to reverse the spell is to retrieve the book, Megumi begins a 6-year-long search but is told that she can find the book if she attends Furinkan High School.

Film Friday- E’s Otherwise

Film Friday- E’s Otherwise

E’s is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and drawn by Satoru Yuiga. It was originally serialized in Monthly GFantasy from 1997 through 2005, and later published in 16 tankōbon volumes by Square Enix from March 18, 2003 to February 27, 2010. The series focuses on Kai Kudō, an “Esper”, who is recruited by an organization called Ashurum to become a soldier to purportedly save other psychics from regular humans. After a mission in Gald goes wrong, Kai finds himself living with a man named Yuuki and his adopted sister Asuka. As he learns more about Ashurum, Kai finds himself wondering what their true goals are, and worrying about his ill sister, who is under Ashurum’s care.

The series was adapted into a twenty-six episode anime series entitled E’s Otherwise by Studio Pierrot. It debuted in Japan on April 1, 2003 on TV Tokyo; the final episode aired on September 23, 2003. Two light novels and three drama CDs related to the series have also been released in Japan.

Broccoli Books licensed the manga series for English-language publication in North America in 2006. ADV Films licensed the anime series for North American broadcast and distribution, with the English dubbed version of the series airing on Anime Network.

Characters

Kai Kudō 
is the series protagonist. Orphaned before the start of the anime, his only remaining family member is his sickly sister Hikaru Kudō, who is noted to have extremely powerful psychic powers. It is also believed by Eiji Sagimiya that Kai also has the potential to become powerful as Hikaru, but either he hasn’t unlocked these powers out of dormancy yet or isn’t aware of them. He’s also extremely sensitive to sweets, to the point where even the mention or sight of it makes him uneasy. Kai and Hikaru were taken by ASHURUM in order to receive protection from people who hate espers, and in return Kai has to enroll into AESES, a psychic division with similarities to the Special forces in the U.S. military. However his stay was rendered short after a failed mission that resulted in the death of his partner and a devastating psychic explosion that throws him into Gald, a run-down city run by crime syndicates. Although he was met with distrust from Yuki Tokugawa, a Gald resident who hates espers, Kai is eventually accepted by him and his little foster sister Asuka Tokugawa, a young empath who develops a crush on him. It is during his stay in Gald where Kai starts seeing the kinder side of humanity. Toward the end of the anime, Kai helps his former rival Shen-Long Belvedere in restoring his twin sister’s personality, after being informed of ASHURUM’s true purposes, and is later aided in rescuing Hikaru from Eiji by Yuki. Kai confronts Eiji on his true motives, and engages in a final decisive battle for the fate of the world. It is not explicitly known what the outcome of the battle was, it is implied that Kai had won but it’s hotly debated whether he survived and is somewhere on the other side of the planet or he sacrificed his life to beat Eiji.
Hikaru Kudō
is Kai’s orphaned younger sister. Hikaru is an innocent, childlike girl who is an esper harboring immensely powerful psychic abilities, but due to an unknown illness she is unable to use them and remains bedridden for the duration of the anime until the end. Her frail condition led her to being hospitalized in ASHURUM’s hospital, where her stay is often frequented by visits from Kai or Eiji, her caretaker. Kai often worries about Hikaru’s well-being and occasionally experiences dreams about his younger sister. Later, Hikaru is taken away by Eiji, who wants to use her psychic abilities to wipe out most of Earth’s population because he claims that it’ll make espers like her “happy”. The plan is nearly successful, as Hikaru was put into a machine that enhances her telepathic abilities to the point it can cover and attack a vast area of people, but Kai, who was informed by Shen-Long, and Yuki Tokugawa intervened and rescued her from such a fate. She is later seen in Gald in perfect condition, watching the night stars with Asuka Tokugawa.
Shen-Long Belvedere
is the younger twin brother of Shin-Lu Belvedere, his older sister. He is a very powerful psychic, capable of telekinesis and teleportation. He also hates anyone who gets in his way, especially Kai, with whom he develops an antagonistic rivalry. Shen-Long hates normal humans because of the rough childhood they caused him and Shin-Lu, and is very protective of his sister. Shen-Long is revealed to be telepathically linked to Shin-Lu, after being affected by the intense pain of a telepathic attack that rendered his sister comatose. In a rage, he creates a devastating psychic explosion that wipes out the entire area, causing Kai to end up in Gald. Later, he finds that Shin-Lu had recovered, but was also brainwashed, causing him to search for ways to restore her old personality, siding with Kai to achieve this. Shen-Long also discovers that Eiji took in Hikaru, Kai’s younger sister, so he can use her powers to wipe out most of Earth’s population. At the end of the anime, Shen-Long engages in a vicious psychic battle with his older sister, and succeeds in snapping her out of her brainwashing at the cost of himself. It is unknown whether Shen-Long had survived this fate.
Shin-Lu Belvedere
is the older sister to her younger twin brother Shen-Long. She cares about her younger brother a lot as an older sister should, but she is frustrated with his condescending and sardonic attitude towards Kai Kudō, a newcomer recruited into ASHURUM. She initially began developing some sort of affection for Kai, as evidenced by baking a cake for him. During one of the first missions assigned to Kai’s division during the beginning of the anime, she was rendered comatose by a telepathic attack on her mind, which immediately affected Shen-Long because of their telepathic link. Later on she was revived, but upon being found by Shen-Long she revealed to be brain washed after recovering. Shin-Lu then engaged in a vicious psychic battle with her younger brother, but was seemingly snapped out of her brainwashing when she mortally wounded Shen-Long.
Yuki Tokugawa
is Asuka’s foster brother and one of the few residents of Gald, a run-down city led by crime syndicates. He takes odd jobs for money, which he uses to support his younger foster sister and himself. He also takes care of the orphaned kids that don’t have a family. When Kai Kudō winds up in Gald after a devastating explosion caused by Shen-Long Belvedere, Yuki instinctively distrusts him because of his esper heritage and even came close to shooting him, but allows Kai to stay at his house for a while and later becomes one of his strongest allies against ASHURUM. He later aids Kai in rescuing his younger sister Hikaru from Eiji’s clutches while Kai goes and distracts Eiji in a decisive battle.
Asuka Tokugawa
is a resident of a run-down city named Gald, and is the younger foster sister of Yuki. Orphaned before the start of the anime, she was among the first children in Gald that Yuki started taking care of, and now ended up living with him. Asuka adores animals and had developed a habit of taking in any strays that she finds. She is kind and caring, but dislikes being useless. Asuka often makes well-intended attempts to help around the house, but her cooking is horrible to the point Yuki has banned her from their kitchen, to her chagrin. She is later revealed to be an empath, a person who “senses” the feelings of others, as she explains to Kai. It was Asuka who introduces Kai to the kinder side of humanity, making him side with them in the end. After the events of the series, Asuka is shown standing with Kai’s sister Hikaru, showing her the stars for the first time.
Eiji Sagimiya 
is the mysterious head of ASHURUM, a corporation that protects espers, known as “E’s”, from those who would rather have them dead. He was the one who brought the Kudō siblings Kai and Hikaru to ASHURUM long after they were orphaned, bringing medical care for Hikaru, who became ill with an unknown sickness. At first Eiji is a kind but firm person, and protective of the espers under his care, and is even trusted by Kai. He oversees the activities of ASHURUM, organizing “missions” for the espers that seem to have a benefit for outside society, hoping the espers will eventually receive equal treatment. However, in reality he is revealed to be manipulative and has inner motives. He desires to destroy the majority of Earth’s population and reshape it into a world where only espers live, without having to deal with prejudice and racism against their kind, which was why he kept Hikaru and Kai because of their immensely powerful psychic abilities. However Kai found out from Shen-Long about Eiji’s involvement with Hikaru and intervened with his plans, resulting in a final decisive battle that revealed Eiji as one of the espers.
Maria
is a witch and the granddaughter of Erimiya. She befriends Yuki and later aids him in his quest to bring down ASHURUM.
Erimiya
is the grandfather of Maria, a witch, and the local wise man of Gald. He has precognitive abilities, and it is because of this why Eiji highly values him. He was kept hidden from those who seek to exploit him for his knowledge of the future or kill him. Erimiya serves as one of the key players in predicting the final battle between humanity and ASHURUM’s espers. He is responsible for telepathically attacking Shin-Lu and causing Shen-Long to go berserk and destroying much of Gald.

Manga Monday- E’s

Manga Monday- E’s

E’s is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and drawn by Satoru Yuiga. It was originally serialized in Monthly GFantasy from 1997 through 2005, and later published in 16 tankōbon volumes by Square Enix from March 18, 2003 to February 27, 2010. The series focuses on Kai Kudō, an “Esper”, who is recruited by an organization called Ashurum to become a soldier to purportedly save other psychics from regular humans. After a mission in Gald goes wrong, Kai finds himself living with a man named Yuuki and his adopted sister Asuka. As he learns more about Ashurum, Kai finds himself wondering what their true goals are, and worrying about his ill sister, who is under Ashurum’s care.

The series was adapted into a twenty-six episode anime series entitled E’s Otherwise by Studio Pierrot. It debuted in Japan on April 1, 2003 on TV Tokyo; the final episode aired on September 23, 2003. Two light novels and three drama CDs related to the series have also been released in Japan.

Broccoli Books licensed the manga series for English-language publication in North America in 2006. ADV Films licensed the anime series for North American broadcast and distribution, with the English dubbed version of the series airing on Anime Network.

Media

Manga

Written and illustrated by Satoru Yuiga, E’s was first serialized in GFantasy in 1997. The individual chapters were then compiled into 16 tankōbon volumes by Square Enix The first volume was released on March 18, 2003 with the final volume released on February 27, 2010.

The series licensed for an English-language release in North America by Broccoli Books. However Broccoli International USA closed down at the end of 2008 and stopped all printing in progress and have halted release of new works. As of October 2007, the company has published four volumes of the series. The series is also licensed for regional language releases in German by Carlsen Comics and in Chinese by Tong Li Publishing.

Anime

Studio Pierrot adapted the manga series into a twenty-six episode anime series entitled E’s Otherwise. Directed by Masami Shimoda, the episodes debuted in Japan on April 1, 2003 on TV Tokyo; the final episode aired on September 23, 2003.

ADV Films licensed the anime series for North American distribution in 2004. It initially released the series across 6 DVD volumes, with the first volume released on February 15, 2005 and the final volume released March 21, 2006. On December 12, 2006, the company re-released the entire series in a single five-disc box set. ADV Films also released the series in Germany, with German dubbing provided by Elektrofilm.

The anime series uses two pieces of theme music. “Jōhō” performed by Suitei-Shōjo is used for the series opening theme, while “Tonight/Midnight” by Chicochair is used for the ending theme.

Plot

Kai and Hikaru are protected by a corporation called ASHURUM, from a society that fears E’s. ASHURUM is 1 of the 12 corporations that rule the world. Found by Eiji, Kai was selected to be in ASHURUM’s special force AESES and had to undergo intensive training in different areas, such as combat, hacking, and psychic training.

When Kai had free time he visited Hikaru at the hospital. Hikaru’s condition never improved, however. After a year, Shen-long warned Kai that Eiji actually only wanted his sister, because she was said to possess amazing psychic powers, but she was not able to use them due to her illness. Shen-long then went on to tell Kai that Eiji was just hoping that Kai would have those amazing powers too.

Kai didn’t believe Shen-long and goes on a mission to Gald city, with the other E’s, to infiltrate a hideout of guerillas that is said to have been using E’s against their will. Kai finds some civilians caught in the middle of the battle. While trying to save a little girl, one of the civilians that is afraid of E’s, shoots and kills Kai’s partner.

Kai, still shocked from the death of his partner, tries to help the civilians, but meets up with Shen-long. In a rage, Shen-long unleashes a psychic blast that decimates half the city.

Later, Kai, washed up ashore, was found by a girl named Asuka. After being brought back to health, Kai was told by Yuuki, Asuka’s brother, that he would not have his psychic powers back to the level they were unless he goes back to ASHURUM. However, after spending some time in the city with its residents, Kai decides to stay with Asuka and Yuuki for a while. As it turns out, ASHURUM has been brain-washing Kai and the other E’s in order to make them more powerful. Eiji plans to use Hikaru to destroy the human race to ‘speed up evolution’ so that only E’s survive.

 

Wednesday News- June 17, 2020

Wednesday News- June 17, 2020

The Spring 2020 Light Novel Guise Part II- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2020-06-15/the-spring-2020-light-novel-guide-part-i/i/.160527

Fire Force Anime Season 2 Premieres on July 3- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2020-06-17/fire-force-anime-season-2-premieres-on-july-3/.160721

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Anime

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Manga

  • 20th Century Boys Perfect Edition Graphic Novel (GN) 8
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Manga Monday- Dr. Slump

Manga Monday- Dr. Slump

Dr. Slump is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. It was serialized in Shueisha’s anthology magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1980 to 1984, with the chapters collected into 18 tankōbon volumes. The series follows the humorous adventures of the little girl robot Arale Norimaki, her creator Senbei Norimaki, and the other residents of the bizarre Penguin Village.

The manga was adapted into an anime television series by Toei Animation that ran on Fuji TV from 1981 to 1986 for 243 episodes. A remake series was created thirteen years after the manga ended, consisting of 74 episodes that were broadcast from 1997 to 1999. The series has also spawned several novels, video games and eleven animated films.

Dr. Slump launched Toriyama’s career. It was awarded the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen and shōjo manga in 1981 and has sold over 35 million copies in Japan. The manga was released in North America by Viz Media from 2004 to 2009. Discotek Media released the first five films in North America in 2014.

Manga

Akira Toriyama’s Dr. Slump was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from issue No. 5/6 on February 4, 1980 to No. 39 on September 10, 1984. Its 236 individual chapters were collected into 18 tankōbon volumes under the Jump Comics imprint. It was reassembled as a 9-volume aizōban edition in 1990, a 9-volume bunkoban edition in 1995, and a 15-volume kanzenban edition in 2006. Viz Media licensed the series for North America in 2004, and published the first volume on March 3, 2005 with translation done by Alexander O. Smith and some censorship. All 18 original volumes have been released in North America as of May 5, 2009.

After Dr. Slump ended in 1984, its characters returned for an extended cameo in Toriyama’s next series Dragon Ball, in which Arale and Son Goku briefly team up to defeat General Blue during the Red Ribbon Army storyline. A Dr. Slump follow-up manga was written by Takao Koyama and illustrated by Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru, with supervision by Toriyama. It was serialized in V Jump from February 21, 1993 to September 1996 under the title The Brief Return of Dr. Slump. It was collected into four tankōbon volumes.

To promote the release of the first Dr. Slump – Arale-chan anime DVD box set, Akira Toriyama illustrated a special one-shot colored spin-off manga titled Dr. Mashirito – Abale-chan published in the April 2007 issue of Monthly Shōnen Jump. The story centers around an evil counterpart of Arale created by Dr. Mashirito Jr., named Abale.

Reception

As of 2008, the collected volumes of Dr. Slump had sold over 35 million copies in Japan alone. Only a year after its debut, the series was awarded the 1981 Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen and shōjo manga. Viz Media’s North American release of the first volume of Dr. Slump was nominated for the 2005 Quill Award in the Graphic Novel category. The first anime adaptation of Dr. Slump was also popular, holding the coveted Saturday 6pm timeslot for five years. With a 36.9% average household rating, its December 16, 1981 episode is the third most watched anime since the television ratings group Video Research began keeping track on September 26, 1977. In 1982, it was voted the 13th Favorite Anime in Japanese magazine Animages fourth annual Anime Grand Prix. In 2001, Animage ranked it number 48 on its list of the Top 100 Anime. TV Asahi released two Top 100 Anime lists in 2005, in the web poll Dr. Slump ranked number 34, while a nationwide poll of multiple age groups named it number 29. The following year, a list created from polling 100 celebrities had it in the 25th position. A running gag in Dr. Slump that utilizes feces has been reported as an inspiration for the Pile of Poo emoji. Ian Jones-Quartey, a former producer of the American animated series Steven Universe and creator of OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, is a fan of Dragon Ball and Dr. Slump, and uses Toriyama’s vehicle designs as reference for his own. He also stated that “We’re all big Toriyama fans on [Steven Universe], which kind of shows a bit.”

Mike Toole of Anime News Network called Dr. Slump “the greatest manga of all time”, filled with “parody, gags, and fart jokes that everyone from toddlers to grandparents can enjoy together”. Jason Thompson referred to Dr. Slump as the best series Toriyama has created, claiming it is better drawn and more creative than Dragon Ball. He also reports that it is considered “the last non-manufactured hit” by many in the Japanese manga industry, particularity among Weekly Shōnen Jump titles. In their review, Publishers Weekly stated “Toriyama has created his own demented sitcom, and his fantastic imagination and comic invention never let up”, “The [English] translation is a bit flat, but the uncommonly good storytelling more than makes up for it.” Eduardo M. Chavez of Mania Entertainment summarized Dr. Slump as a “quirky slap-stick comedy entirely based in fantasy.” He thinks that while Toriyama’s usual art style uses “SD” characters, Dr. Slump also shows hints that he can draw realistic. He noted that “little nuances”, particularity puns, are lost in translation from Japanese to English and expressed disdain for Viz’s censorship, saying it took away from the honesty of the series. Chavez feels that what the characters do never crosses the line into inappropriate; “The jokes might not be wholesome, but they are genuinely funny and harmless”; and went on to say that the series fills the void for “all ages manga” in bookstores and libraries.

Reviewing the first five movies, Carl Kimlinger of Anime News Network summarized Dr. Slump as “random silly adventures […] delivered with a lot of surreal nonsense humor, only the most basic sense of continuity, and not a whiff of substance or seriousness.” He felt that much of the humor comes simply from the visuals; stating that the vintage hand-done art and animation provide a “warmth” and “raises Slump’s visuals above” other anime. However, he called the background music “non-descript” and stated that the films are only for viewers who are familiar with the series, as they provide no exposition.

Plot

Dr. Slump is set in Penguin Village, a place where humans co-exist with all sorts of anthropomorphic animals and other objects. In this village lives Senbei Norimaki, an inventor. In the first chapter, he builds what he hopes will be the world’s most perfect little girl robot, named Arale Norimaki. However, she turns out to be in severe need of eyeglasses. She is also very naïve, and in later issues she has adventures such as bringing a huge bear home, having mistaken it for a pet. To Senbei’s credit, she does have super-strength. In general, the manga focuses on Arale’s misunderstandings of humanity and Senbei’s inventions, rivalries, and romantic misadventures. In the middle of the series, a recurring villain named Dr. Mashirito appears as a rival to Senbei.

Film Friday- Dr. Slump

Film Friday- Dr. Slump

Dr. Slump is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. It was serialized in Shueisha’s anthology magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1980 to 1984, with the chapters collected into 18 tankōbon volumes. The series follows the humorous adventures of the little girl robot Arale Norimaki, her creator Senbei Norimaki, and the other residents of the bizarre Penguin Village.

The manga was adapted into an anime television series by Toei Animation that ran on Fuji TV from 1981 to 1986 for 243 episodes. A remake series was created thirteen years after the manga ended, consisting of 74 episodes that were broadcast from 1997 to 1999. The series has also spawned several novels, video games and eleven animated films.

Dr. Slump launched Toriyama’s career. It was awarded the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen and shōjo manga in 1981 and has sold over 35 million copies in Japan. The manga was released in North America by Viz Media from 2004 to 2009. Discotek Media released the first five films in North America in 2014.

Anime

The Dr. Slump manga was adapted into two separate anime television series by Toei Animation, both of which aired on Fuji TV. The first, Dr. Slump – Arale-chan, ran from April 8, 1981 to February 19, 1986 and spanned 243 episodes. The second anime, simply titled Doctor Slump, ran from November 26, 1997 to September 22, 1999 and lasted seventy-four episodes

The first anime was released on home video for the first time in 2007, remastered, in two 22-disc DVD sets; Slump the Box N’Cha on March 23, which contains the first 120 episodes, and Slump the Box Hoyoyo on September 14, which contains the remainder. Likewise, the second series was released the following year as Slump the Box 90’s on March 21. The first anime was then released in twenty 2-disc sets (the last was 3-disc) of roughly twelve episodes each, titled Slump the Collection; the first three sets on October 9, 2008, the next five on November 28, the next six on December 21, and the last six on January 30, 2009. The first episode of the original anime was adapted into English by Harmony Gold USA in 1984, but the pilot was never picked up.

Films

Toei has also created eleven animated films based on Dr. Slump, beginning with Hello! Wonder Island on July 18, 1981. They continued to produce one film a year until 1985; “Hoyoyo!” Space Adventure on July 10, 1982, Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo! The Great Race Around the World on March 13, 1983, Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo! The Secret of Nanaba Castle on December 22, 1984, and Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo! The City of Dreams, Mechapolis on July 13, 1985.

In 1993, Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: N-cha! Clear Skies Over Penguin Village and Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: N-cha! From Penguin Village with Love were released on March 6 and July 10 respectively. In 1994, Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo!! Follow the Rescued Shark… and Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: N-cha!! Excited Heart of Summer Vacation were released on March 12 and July 9 respectively. On March 6, 1999, Arale’s Surprise Burn was produced.

Toriyama’s 2007 one-shot was adapted into a five-minute short titled Dr. Slump: Dr. Mashirito and Abale-chan that was shown alongside the theatrically released One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta. In 2008, all eleven films were released in a remastered DVD box set titled Slump the Box Movies on September 21. On June 12, 2013, Discotek Media announced they acquired the first five Dr. Slump films for release in North America. They released all five in a two-disc DVD box set in Japanese with English subtitles on July 29, 2014.

Video games

A series of three Dr. Slump – Arale-chan video games called Hoyoyo Bomber, Gatchan! Kazi Kazi and Ncha! Bycha, by Animest was released as Game & Watch clones in 1982. A Dr. Slump video game was released in 1983 for the Arcadia 2001. Dr. Slump Bubble Blitz was released for the NEC PC-6001 in 1984 by Enix. An action game, simply titled Dr. Slump, for the PlayStation based on the second television series was released on March 18, 1999 by Bandai. Dr. Slump: Arale-Chan was released on October 30, 2008 for the Nintendo DS. Arale appears in the 1988 Famicom game Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden. In the Nintendo DS game Jump Super Stars, Arale and Dr. Mashirito are player characters, while Senbei appears as a support character. They both return in the sequel, Jump Ultimate Stars while Senbei, Midori, Gatchan, Obotchaman and Unchi-kun are support characters. Arale appears as a playable character in J-Stars Victory VS.

Arale appears in several Dragon Ball video games as well. She and several other Dr. Slump characters appear in Dragon Ball: Daimaō Fukkatsu, she alone is a hidden battle in Dragon Ball 3: Goku Den, and she and Senbei briefly appear in Dragon Ball Z: Super Goku Den — Totsugeki-Hen. Arale is a playable character, and Penguin Village is a playable map, in Dragon Ball Z: Sparking! Meteor for the PlayStation 2 and Wii. In the PS2 game Super Dragon Ball Z, Suppaman appears in the background of the city level; after breaking the porta-potty, Suppaman will roll off on his skateboard. Arale can also be unlocked as a playable character in Dragon Ball: World’s Greatest Adventure for the Wii, Dragon Ball DS 2: Charge! Red Ribbon Army for the DS, and Dragon Ball Fusions for the Nintendo 3DS. Finally, she, along with Gatchan and Senbei Norimaki, appear as non-playable characters in the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows game Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, as does Penguin Village.

Other media

There have been several light novels based on Dr. Slump. The first two, Novel!? Dr. Slump released in July 1981 and Novel!? Dr. Slump Strikes Back released in April 1982, were written by Masaki Tsuji, who also wrote for the anime adaptation. A novel written by Shun’ichi Yukimuro and based on the second movie was released on July 15, 1982. The Sun fell in Penguin Village and Ghostbusters, released on October 1989 and June 27, 1997 respectively, are original works written by Genichiro Takahashi, but draw from the world of Dr. Slump.

A radio drama adaptation was broadcast at around the same time the anime was airing. Arale was voiced by Yuko Hara, keyboardist of the popular rock band Southern All Stars.

In 2014, two commercials featuring Dr. Slump were created by Toei for Suzuki. The commercials advertise the car manufacturer’s Kei SUV Hustler and include new acting from Mami Koyama as Arale and Kumiko Nishihara as Gatchan.

In celebration of the anime adaptation’s 35th anniversary, the Dr. Slump – Arale-chan N’Cha! Best album containing music from the series was released on June 1, 2016.

Arale Norimaki

is a robot built by Senbei Norimaki who looks like a young girl. She is known for her naïveté, energetic personality, lack of common sense, and amazing strength. Senbei tries to convince the other citizens of Penguin Village that she is just a normal human girl, and it seems to work, despite her superhuman athletic ability. Among her strengths, she can use abilities that range from the terrain splitting Chikyūwari to the beam-like N’chahō. However, she is nearsighted and needs to wear glasses.

Senbei Norimaki

is Penguin Village’s goofy genius inventor who is able to invent the most brilliant and ridiculous inventions. As a running gag, his appearance transforms into a more handsome, taller version of himself when he is being serious. He is 28 years old and uses the unusual greeting “N’Cha”, which Arale adopts. After creating Arale, he alternatively tells the village residents that she is either his younger sister or his daughter, depending on the occasion.

Senbei’s name is a pun on the word for a rice cracker and with his family name, Norimaki Senbei, it refers to a rice cracker wrapped in nori seaweed.  In Dragon Ball, he attempts to fix Son Goku’s Dragon Radar. Senbei also makes a brief non-speaking role in the Dragon Ball film The Great Mystical Adventure.

Akane Kimidori

is a rebellious 13-year-old girl who quickly becomes Arale’s best friend. She often plays pranks on Senbei who considers her a bad influence on Arale. She starts dating Tsukutsun Tsun late in the series, and a look ten years into the future shows they got married. She has a brief appearance in the Dragon Ball series.

 

Taro Soramame

is Arale’s older “bad boy” friend at school. The 15-year-old is usually seen smoking cigarettes and trying to act “cool.” After graduating from high school, he becomes a police officer. He starts dating Tsururin Tsun,whom he eventually marries ten years in the future.  He briefly appears in Dragon Ball, shown on a date with Tsururin.

 

Film Friday- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

Film Friday- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Coolkyousinnjya. The series began serialization in Futabasha’s Monthly Action magazine in May 2013, and is licensed in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment. Two spin-off manga, one by Mitsuhiro Kimura and the other by Ayami Kazama, are serialized in Monthly Action. An anime television series produced by Kyoto Animation aired in Japan between January and April 2017. A second anime season has been greenlit.

Characters

 

 

Kobayashi 
A normal programmer and office worker who suddenly finds herself living with a dragon after removing a divine sword from it on a drunken night. While typically stoic and kind-hearted, she can get wild when drunk and has a particular fascination with maids. She is occasionally mistaken as a boy, due to her lack of feminine features, particularly her flat chest. Her first name is unknown.
Tohru
A female dragon of the Chaos faction who comes from another world called the dragon realm who is capable of using magic to perform such tasks as “perception-blocking”, which causes people to simply overlook her, repairing damage she may have caused, or transforming between a dragon and a human. After her life is saved by Kobayashi, she falls in love with her and starts living in her flat as a maid. She usually retains her horns when changing into human shape, and occasionally retains her tail. She is commonly mistaken for a cosplayer due to her appearance. A running gag involves her attempting to feed Kobayashi pieces of her tail (which she can regenerate) with her cooking as a sign of affection and a sign of love.
Kanna Kamui 
Tohru’s friend from the dragon realm who was exiled from her world for pulling too many pranks on other dragons and wound up living with Kobayashi as well. Although she is much older than she appears, she is very young by dragon standards, equivalent to a primary school student at Oborozuka Elementary School, which she attends as a third grade student bearing Kobayashi’s surname. She initially assumes that Kobayashi seduced Tohru into staying and wanted her to return to their original world. She grows increasingly attached to Kobayashi as the series progresses, viewing her as a mother figure. Kanna’s basis and tribal attire are inspired by the culture of the indigenous natives of Hokkaido and claims to be from Ushishir. She bears feather-like horns and a thin tail ending in a bulb, and is capable of recharging her depleted magical energy with electricity.

Wednesday News- June 10, 2020

Wednesday News- June 10, 2020

Hiro Mashima’s Edens Zero Manga Will Have ‘Important Announcement’- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2020-06-10/hiro-mashima-edens-zero-manga-will-have-important-announcement/.160457

The List: 5 Korean Animation Companies Anime Fans Should Know- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2020-06-07/.160321

Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld Part 1 Anime Debuts on July 11 After COVID-19 Delay- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-06-10/sword-art-online-alicization-war-of-underworld-part-2-anime-debuts-on-july-11-after-covid-19-delay/.160458

One Way Heroics Plus Game Gets Switch Release in June- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-06-08/one-way-heroics-plus-game-gets-switch-release-in-june/.160372

New Live-Action Blood-C Sequel’s Trailer Reveals Theme Song, July 11 Opening- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-06-09/new-live-action-blood-c-film-sequel-trailer-reveals-theme-song-july-11-opening/.160409

Anime

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  • Bungo Stray Dogs Season 3 BD/DVD
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  • Michiko and Hatchin Complete Series Essentials BD
  • Mob Psycho 100 II BD/DVDP
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  • Non Non Biyori Vacation BD
  • One Piece Season 10 Part 1 DVD
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Season 1 BD

Manga

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Manga Monday- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

Manga Monday- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Coolkyousinnjya. The series began serialization in Futabasha’s Monthly Action magazine in May 2013, and is licensed in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment. Two spin-off manga, one by Mitsuhiro Kimura and the other by Ayami Kazama, are serialized in Monthly Action. An anime television series produced by Kyoto Animation aired in Japan between January and April 2017. A second anime season has been greenlit.

The manga had over 1.2 million copies in print as of February 2018.

Plot

As office worker and programmer Kobayashi gets ready for work, she is greeted by a large dragon right outside her front door. The dragon immediately transforms into a human girl in a maid outfit, and introduces herself as Tohru. It turns out, that during a drunken excursion into the mountains the night before, Kobayashi had encountered the dragon, who claimed to have come from another world. Subsequently, Kobayashi had removed a holy sword from Tohru’s back, earning her gratitude. With Tohru having no place to stay, Kobayashi offers to let the dragon stay at her home and become her personal maid, to which she agrees.

Despite being efficient at housework, Tohru’s unorthodox methods of housekeeping often end up scaring Kobayashi and bringing more trouble than help. Additionally, Tohru’s presence attracts other dragons, gods, and mythical beings to her new home. One of these dragons, Kanna, shows up at Kobayashi’s door, demanding that Kobayashi return Tohru to the other world. It is then revealed that she’d been exiled from the other world, and having nowhere else to stay, Kobayashi takes her in and becomes her guardian. As both Tohru and Kanna settle into the human world, Kobayashi starts to think of them as family.

Film Friday- Fire Force

Film Friday- Fire Force

Fire Force is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Atsushi Ōkubo. It is published by Kodansha and has been serialized in the Weekly Shōnen Magazine since September 23, 2015, with the chapters collected into twenty-three tankōbon volumes as of May 2020.

An anime television series adaptation by David Production aired from July 5 to December 27, 2019 on the Super Animeism block. A second season is set to premiere in July 2020.

Anime

An anime television series adaptation by studio David Production was announced on November 14, 2018. The series is directed by Yuki Yase, with Yamato Haijima handling the series’ scripts, Hideyuki Morioka designing the characters and Kenichiro Suehiro composing the music. The series aired from July 5 to December 27, 2019 on Japan News Network stations MBS and TBS as part of the Super Animeism block. It ran for 24 episodes. Due to the Kyoto Animation arson attack on July 18, 2019, Episode 3, which was originally scheduled to air on July 19, 2019, was postponed to July 26, 2019. The opening theme is “Inferno” by Mrs. Green Apple and the ending theme is “veil” by Keina Suda. The second opening theme is “MAYDAY” by Coldrain feat. Ryo from Crystal Lake from their album The Side Effects and the second ending is “Nо̄nai” by Lenny code fiction.

A second season has been announced, and it will premiere in July 2020. The official announcements describe the continuation as the “2nd chapter” of the anime series. In May 2020, a promotional video for the second season was released. The second season will be directed by Tatsumi Minakawa (replacing Yuki Yase from the previous season). The opening theme will be “SPARK-AGAIN”, performed by Aimer.

Funimation has licensed the series for streaming on FunimationNow. The series was simulcast in Southeast Asia on Aniplus Asia. On July 19, 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere on Adult Swim’s Toonami block on July 27, 2019.

Stage Play

A stage-play adaptation of the series was announced on January 7, 2020, confirming the cast for the play and is scheduled to run on July 31 to August 2 at the Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka and on August 7 to August 9 at KT Zepp Yokohama in Kanagawa. The play is directed by Sho Kubota, the scriptwriter is Yusei Naruse, and music composer is Masaki Miyoshi. The protagonist Shinra Kusakabe will be played by Hikaru Makishima.

Special Fire Force Company 8

Special Fire Force Company 8 (第8特殊消防隊, Dai Hachi Tokushu Shōbōtai) is a Special Fire Force located in Tokyo, having the fewest resources and members since it was formed in a rush compared to the other Special Fire Force Companies. While having the same task as the other branches, Company 8’s has an additional mission in the observation of the other companies in case any of them are hiding vital information from the entire organization for personal reasons.

Shinra Kusakabe
Shinra is a Second Class Fire Soldier who joined the Special Fire Force Company 8 to achieve his goal to save people and is determined to find out the cause of his family’s death twelve years earlier. As a third generation case of Spontaneous Human Combustion, his Ignition Ability, nicknamed the Devil’s Footprints, allows him to generate and unleash powerful continuous bursts of flames from his feet which in turn grants him the ability to fly in the air, augmenting the power of his kicks, and high-speed movements. His powers are further enhanced when the Adolla Burst awakened within him, able to move at the speed of light while momentarily dissolving his body, thus being revealed as the Fourth of the Eight Pillars that the Evangelist seeks and making him a fourth generation as well. With further training Shinra learns to create a fast and sharply focused blast of fire with his fingers. He calls the blast “Shinrabansho” using a combination of his name (Shin), man (ban) and his brother’s name (Sho). Shinra also suffers from a condition known as nervous laughter, which caused him to grin during tense or fearful situations which in turn makes him look menacing, although he learns to control it.
Akitaru Ōbi
Battalion Captain of Company 8, he is a role-model firefighter and despite being one of its non-powered members, he is at peak human condition and more than willing to get up close and personal with Infernals while battling them, even physically grappling with them at times despite the high risk to himself. Normally calm and cheerful, he can turn furious in an instant should he encounter someone toying with human life. He is also well aware that “putting to rest” Infernals was just a better alternative for the word “killing”, thus he warns the younger members of Company 8 never to display their weapons in public, especially when an Infernal’s next of kin is around.
Takehisa Hinawa
Company 8 Lieutenant and a second generation who manipulates his flames through the use of his firearms, controlling the power, speed and trajectory of the bullets he fires to the point where he can turn the damage output of a normal bullet into that of a tank shell. An extremely intimidating character, he is stoic, strict and blunt with his words, but does care for his allies as shown with his interactions with Shinra after the latter reveals his younger brother’s role within the enemy group and is surprisingly a good cook. During his time in the Tokyo Army, he encountered Maki, whom he would later recruit into Fire Force Company 8 after leaving the military, and witnessed the death of his best friend who had suddenly transformed into an Infernal.
Maki Oze
A second generation who was a member of the Tokyo army before joining the Special Fire Force to better help others. While an experienced combatant, Maki uses her second generation powers to create living fireballs which also use to power her Iron Owl projectile weapons. Apart from that, she is also able to control flames from a long distance, allowing her to extinguish, absorb or force away any form of fire. While she has a gentle demeanor, she snaps when someone comments on her being un-feminine, due to her muscular physique (she will commonly delude herself into thinking she was called an ogre or gorilla) and will become very aggressive.
Iris
One of the two surviving nuns of St. Raffles Convent fire, Iris is a follower of the Holy Sol Temple who joined Company 8 as a medic and is one of its non-powered members. She is adamant in her faith and usually gives prayers to dying Infernals as her way of easing their last moments of suffering. She is also trained in basic first aid. Iris is later revealed to be a subject in Sister Sumire’s experiments involving the Doppelgänger-type Infernals, becoming the Eighth Pillar as a result.
Arthur Boyle
Arthur is an oblivious third generation with delusions of being a king, abandoned by his parents who left to travel the world after their small restaurant burned to the ground. An exceptionally strong Fire Soldier, Arthur’s Ignition Ability relies on his delusions, which allows him to fabricate and control plasma which he uses in the formation of his sword Excalibur, allowing him to cut, weld and manipulate electricity. The more detached he is from reality, the more powerful he become. He and Shinra developed a bitter rivalry back in their training days, which did not disappear even after both joined the same company although the rivalry has since toned down to a more friendly one. He is based on the fictional character of the same name that has everything he has, except that his Excalibur is similar to a lightsaber.
Tamaki Kotatsu
Formerly a Fire Soldier and sister of Company 1 until her being an unwitting accessory to Rekka Hoshimiya’s crimes got her transferred to Company 8 following her suspension, Tamaki is a third generation whose Ignition Ability, nicknamed “Nekomata”, generates pink flames around her in the shape of cat features which she can use for close-range combat or as a signal flare. She has feelings for Shinra after the latter saved her from Rekka. She is cursed to be involved in uncomfortable situations to which she calls “Lucky Lecher Lure Syndrome”, which serves as a running gag in the series.
Victor Licht
Originally Haijima Industries’ Head of Incendiary Research before being assigned a position in Company 8 due to a government order, Victor is a mad scientist obsessed with the Adolla Burst. He is also an associate of Joker’s. While morally ambiguous at best, his selfish intentions does not deter him from helping his new comrades.
Vulcan Joseph
An engineer famously known as the God of Fire and Smithing, his family having a bitter history with Haijima Industries as the company stole their plans for the power generator Amaterasu which worsened by his grandfather’s apprentice Dr. Giovanni working for the company around his grandfather and father mysteriously became Infernals. Vulcan originally wanted nothing to do with the Fire Force, turning down Giovanni’s numerous recruitment attempts. It was only after Giovanni stole the Key to Amaterasu which his family guarded for ages that Vulcan breaks his vow and becomes Fire Force Company 8’s mechanic to protect his new family and find Lisa.
Lisa Isaribe
Previously an Ashen Flame member under Dr. Giovanni who was code-named Feeler, relating to her ability as a Third Generation pyrokinetic to manifest tentacles for various purposes. Traumatized from watching her parents killed by an Infernal, her powers awakened by an Infernal Bug, she created the Lisa Isaribe identity to infiltrate Vulcan’s home and find the Key to Amaterasu before exposing herself after her superior decided to get the item personally. Lisa resumed her Ashen Knight duties until Company 8 ventures into the Netherworld, used by Giovanni as a hostage before abandoning her. She joins the Fire Force soon after.