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I'm the Young Adult Librarian at the West Regional Branch of the Mobile Public Library. I've been an otaku for about twenty years from starting the original Sailor Moon on Cartoon Network back in the mid-1990's.
Wednesday News- December 12, 2018

Wednesday News- December 12, 2018

This Week in Anime- Is Hero Mask Worth Watching?-

Review: Wolf & Parchment: New Theory Spice & Wolf Novel 3 –

Jump-ing Ship –

Kei Toume’s Kuden Noise no Himegimi Manga Changes Magazines, Has New Title –

Crunchyroll Streams 2 Haikyu!! Compilation Films –


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  • Samurai Warriors Essentials BD
  • Trickster Complete Series BD


  • Accel World GN 8
  • After Hours GN 3
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  • As Miss Beelzebub Likes GN 4
  • The Boy and The Beast GN 4
  • BTOOOM! GN 23
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  • CITY GN 4
  • Crocodile Baron GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Danganronpa 2: Ultimate Luck and Hope and Despair GN 1
  • Dead Mount Death Play GN 1
  • Escape Journey GN 2
  • Girls’ Last Tour GN 5
  • Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One GN 1
  • Hakumei and Mikochi Tiny Little Life in the Woods GN 3
  • Hatsu*Haru GN 4
  • The Honor Student at Magic High School GN 9
  • Horimiya GN 12
  • I’m Standing on a Million Lives GN 4 (Digital Only)
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  • Kagerou Daze GN 11
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  • Noragami GN 19
  • One Week Friends GN 5
  • Persona 3 GN 8
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  • Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! GN
  • A Polar Bear in Love GN 4
  • School of Horns GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Silver Spoon GN 6
  • Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle GN 4
  • Spice and Wolf GN 16
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  • The Strange Creature at Kuroyuri Apartments GN 2
  • Sword Art Online: Progressive GN 7
  • Ten Count GN 6
  • A Terrified Teacher at Ghoul School! GN 5
  • Tokyo Alice GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • The Walls Between Us GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • your name. Another Side:Earthbound GN 1
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Manga Monday- My Love Story!!

Manga Monday- My Love Story!!

My Love Story!!, is a Japanese romantic comedy manga series written by Kazune Kawahara and illustrated by Aruko. The manga was serialized in Shueisha’s Bessatsu Margaret magazine and is being published in English by Viz Media.
The series debuted as a 100-page special in Bessatsu Margaret Sister in October 2011 before becoming serialised in Bessatsu Margaret, ending with a 100-page final chapter on July 13, 2016. The first volume was released by Shueisha on March 23, 2012, and the thirteenth and final volume was released on September 23, 2016. Viz Media has licensed the series and released the first volume on July 1, 2014.


It won the award for Best Shōjo Manga at the 37th Kodansha Manga Awards. It was number one on the Book of the Year list of Female-Oriented Comics from January to June, 2013 by Da Vinci magazine and number five in the annual list of 2012. It was nominated for the 6th Manga Taishō. In Takarajimasha’s 2013 edition of the guidebook Kono Manga ga Sugoi!, a survey with more than 400 manga professionals, it was selected as the best series for female readers; in the 2014 edition, it was the 15th best. The fifth volume was the 53rd best-selling manga volume of the first half of 2014. It was also nominated for the 18th Annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize “Reader Award”. In 2016, the manga won in the Shōjo category at the 61st Shogakukan Manga Awards.


The story follows Takeo Gōda, a tall and muscular student who doesn’t have much luck with women, as every girl he likes ends up falling for his best friend, Makoto Sunakawa, who is charming and good-looking. This all changes when he saves Rinko Yamato, a petite shy girl who, above all other expectations, falls in love with Takeo, beginning a unique love story.


Takeo Gōda  Related image
The protagonist of the story and a first-year student at Shuei High School. He is very tall and muscular, easily dwarfing everyone around him. Women tend to find his appearance off-putting or frightening, likening him to a bear or gorilla, but Takeo nevertheless has many friends due to his popularity among men, who are inspired by his strength, physique, and vitality. Despite his hulking appearance and strength, Takeo has an affable personality and is actually extremely kind and selfless, quickly helping others without a second thought throughout the story and never holding a grudge for things people say about him. Near the beginning of the story, he saves Rinko from a groper and quickly develops feelings for her, but mistakenly thinks that she likes Makoto. Rinko later on confesses her love to Takeo, to which he gladly accepted.

Rinko Yamato
A girl whom Takeo saves from a groper on a train. After Takeo saves her, she immediately fell in love with him. Unlike most girls, who find Takeo frightening, Rinko admires his strength, confidence, and kindness, and she doesn’t seem to pay any mind to his unusual size or appearance. She attends Koizumi Girls’ Academy and is very skilled in baking and making sweets. Rinko is the first girl who has been called “a nice girl” by Makoto, presumably since she’s the first to look past Takeo’s appearance. It is later revealed in an extra chapter, the true reason why she really fell in love with him was because Takeo saved her when she was younger and met her for the very first time, though he mistook her for a guy when she was lost in a dark cave before meeting her again on the train, unaware that she was the same person he met many years ago.


Film Friday- Mahoromatic

Film Friday- Mahoromatic

The manga proved popular, and was adapted into two anime series jointly by Gainax and Shaft: “Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden” and “Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful”.
The first series consisted of twelve episodes and ran from September 10, 2001 to January 28, 2002 on BS-i in Japan, and more or less followed the manga to the third volume.
The second series also followed the manga, culminating in the story’s end. This series ran from September 26, 2002 till January 16, 2003.
A television special, “Mahoromatic: Summer TV Special”, set in the days when Minawa had become a regular part of the household, was produced and aired around Summer 2003.
A two episode special entitled Mahoromatic: Tadaima Okaeri was announced on August 22, 2009. It aired on October 17 and October 24, 2009. It takes place during the second series, on days 270-268 of Mahoro’s life timer.
Originally the anime was licensed by Pioneer Entertainment (later Geneon Entertainment). As of October 2008, ADV Films had announced that they had regained licenses to both Mahoromatic, and Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful, through its new Japanese licensor Sentai Filmworks. Currently, the anime is now distributed by Sentai Filmworks (however, the Ep00 Special and Year End Special are absent). They also recently acquired the Mahoromatic: I’m Home special, with the English dub to be produced at Bang Zoom! Entertainment.
Mahoromatic including both seasons and the summer special is currently available through The Anime Network’s free video on demand service, found on many cable systems and DirecTV.

Mahoromatic: End of Year Special

Shown after Episode 10. These feature a refresher of all the events so far along with new conversations and discussions between characters. Both seasons one and two have this special.

Mahoromatic: Summer Special

Released after the second season, this episode takes place during the second season and revolves around the issue of Suguru’s ecchi no hon (dirty books). The Summer Special is the only special to be aired in the U.S.

Mahoromatic おかえり (Tadaima Okaeri—I’m Home)

Takes place during the second season between episodes 2 and 3, on days 270–268 of Mahoro’s life timer. Mahoro and Suguru, along with Suguru’s classmates, are preparing for a Hiryu town festival, when Feldlance attacks in an attempt to capture Minawa


Anime’s ending

The finale is set on a Saint-Earth colony world, 20 years after Mahoro’s “death” and the mutual defeat of Vesper and Management. Suguru left Japan, deciding never to return, and is now a renegade half-cyborg hunter of the last “Management holdouts.” He has only memories of Earth, and a sole companion who tries to kill him for the bounty on his head.

As Suguru is in critical condition, Mahoro reappears alive, asking to take him home.

Manga’s ending

The ending is set on Earth, 20 years after Mahoro’s death and the defeat of Management. Suguru has been working as a commander within Vesper, and has just returned to Earth from the final defeat of Management’s last vestiges.

Unbeknownst to Suguru, Mahoro was reborn as a baby shortly after her death as an android. She has grown up, and remembers Suguru. When Suguru returns from Vesper headquarters expecting to find an empty house, she is there waiting for him.


Wednesday News- December 5, 2018

Wednesday News- December 5, 2018

Rumiko Takahashi to Launch New Manga Series Early Next Spring-

23rd Detective Conan Film Opens in April, Centers on Kaito Kid, Makoto Kyōgoku-

Review: Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization GN 1 –

Sentai Filmworks Announces English Dub for To Love-Ru Anime –

Funimation, Hulu Sign First-Look Streaming Deal for New Anime –


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    Den-noh Coil Complete Collection BD
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  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam Collection 1 BD
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  • Naruto Shippūden Set 36 DVD Uncut
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  • The Silver Guardian BD


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  • Juni Taisen: Zodiac War GN 2
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  • My Boy in Blue GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia GN 16
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  • One Piece Omnibus GN 26
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  • Tomo-chan is a Girl! GN 2
  • We Never Learn GN 1
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 15
  • The Young Master’s Revenge GN 4


  • Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Novel 1
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  • Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City Novel 1
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  • Castlevania Season 1
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  • Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight PS4 Game
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  • Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection PS4 Games
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Switch Game


Manga Monday- Mahoromatic

Manga Monday- Mahoromatic

Mahoromatic is a Japanese manga series about a female android former soldier, Mahoro. Driven by guilt from her actions during her combat days, she decides to dedicate the rest of her life to serving the son of her late commander as a maid.


Mahoro Andou (CODE: V1046-R MAHORO)
is an android created by VESPER to fight an alien invasion by Saint during the 1980s. She is fast and immensely powerful, and is considered to be a formidable opponent by her enemies. Being an android, she has a limited life span. At the beginning of the story, she has just 398 days to live, and is given the choice to do anything she wants by VESPER. She chooses to become a maid for Suguru Misato: his father was her superior officer who was also killed (as collateral damage) when she killed an alien who had taken him hostage. Mahoro has a very sunny disposition and is friendly to just about everyone—she becomes a welcome regular at the market and becomes famous at Suguru’s school when it is made known that she is working for him. She also quickly becomes an excellent cook, able to emulate and recreate dishes from the best restaurants. She is also quite devoted to Suguru, with feelings for him reminiscent of both a doting mother and a shy girlfriend. She is, however, extremely hostile towards anything perverted. A good portion of the story’s humour comes from Mahoro chasing after Suguru’s secret stash of pornographic magazines which, given her training, she is easily able to find. She is well known for this attitude from her catch phrase: “Ecchi na no wa ikenai to omoimasu” (“I think that dirty thoughts are bad”). Mahoro and Shikijo-sensei’s dislike of one another stems from the fact that Shikijo is constantly trying to engage in an illicit relationship with Suguru. As such, Mahoro is very protective of Suguru when it comes to Shikijo’s advances towards him. Mahoro is very concerned about appearances, refusing to wear normal clothes given her position as a maid. She is also obsessed with her small breasts, and some stories actually deal with her rivalry with Shikijo (who has very large breasts), as well as her techniques and requests to VESPER for larger breasts. Mahoro retains access to many of her weapons and gadgets from her VESPER days, and is able to pull out her gun at any time. She also has access to the “silpheed”, which when worn on her back allows her to fly, as well as her support mech, Slash. She is able to call both the Silpheed and Slash at a moment’s notice from the badge she wears on her maid uniform. In addition, she also has access to a fully equipped and armed BMW sports convertible and MV Agusta motorcycle. Mahoro was created using Saint alien technology, giving her a true soul and a pure heart. Later in the series it is revealed that Mahoro is directly connected to the memories of Matthew, who on some occasions supplies Mahoro with advice. She had no family name until the name Andou (short for android) was created by Suguru.

Suguru Misato
is a junior high school student living in Tokyo. He lost both his parents earlier—his mother (who was half Saint), and years later, his father. While he believed his father was killed in an accident during a business trip, he was actually a commander (and Mahoro’s commanding officer) in VESPER and was killed-in-action during the alien war. Although relatives offered to take him in, he refused and lived alone prior to Mahoro’s arrival. He is smart and has an IQ of 130. He makes a favorable impression on members of the opposite sex. Suguru had a whole stash of dirty magazines which were all thrown away when Mahoro first arrived. Although he continues to try to smuggle them in and hide them, Mahoro will often find them—leading to comical confrontations between the two. Suguru uses a whole range of creative tactics to conceal his magazines, and is capable of running away very fast when being chased. Suguru hired a maid because of the filthy state of his house. He was expecting an older woman, and Mahoro’s arrival completely surprised him. At the end of the series Mahoro and Suguru have fallen in love.

Minawa Andou 
is first introduced in Mahoromatic ~Something More Beautiful~. Clumsy and anemic, she ends up living with Mahoro and Suguru and going to school under the pretext of being Mahoro’s younger sister. She has a habit of apologizing for everything she does, even if she has done nothing wrong. She claims to be a runaway member of The Management, but is later revealed to have been sent to gather information on VESPER’s battle android Mahoro after being promised a heart in return. Mahoro, however, convinces her that the fact that she can cry means she already has a heart. Suguru’s friend Hamaguchi develops a crush on her, and, despite her shortcomings, it is later insinuated that they form a relationship. It was later revealed that Minawa is not an android but a cyborg, and her body is in horrible shape due to all the experiments performed on her. Near the end of the series she leaves earth so she can get treatment at Saint’s home world. At the end of the anime, it is suggested she was completely healed and is with Hamaguchi. She had no name until one was created by Suguru, so she could pretend to be Mahoro’s little sister.

is known as a “support mech” and assists Mahoro during combat. He has the form of a panther and can be summoned at any time by Mahoro. Although he can speak, his mouth never moves except during times when he expresses emotions. Although used for combat in the past, he often now acts as a guard dog around the Misato residence and a friend to the Misato’s dog—a role he was not thrilled to take in the beginning. He is friendly but tough and will lend a helping paw when asked. Although Mahoro is Slash’s master, he will now take commands from Suguru: since Suguru is Mahoro’s employer, he is also her master and thus Slash’s master as well. Near the end of the anime series, he was used to wipe out Management and was last seen standing at the side of the fallen Vesper leader. However,(in the manga) he firmly stood by Mahoro’s side, as she uses her final powers to destroy the asteroid to save mankind.


Film Friday- Captain Harlock

Film Friday- Captain Harlock

Captain Harlock  is a fictional character created by manga artist Leiji Matsumoto and the protagonist of the Space Pirate Captain Harlock manga series.

Harlock is the archetypical Romantic hero, a space pirate with an individualist philosophy of life. He is as noble as he is taciturn, rebellious, stoically fighting against totalitarian regimes, whether they be earth-born or alien. In his own words, he “fight[s] for no one’s sake… only for something deep in [his] heart.” He does not fear death, and is sometimes seen wearing clothing with the number 42 on it. In Japanese culture, the number 42 is associated with death (the numbers, pronounced separately as “four two,” sound like the word “shini”—meaning “dying/death”).

The character was created by Leiji Matsumoto in 1977 and popularized in the 1978 television series Space Pirate Captain Harlock. Since then, the character has appeared in numerous animated television series and films, the latest of which is 2013’s Space Pirate Captain Harlock.


Though there are slight variations in each telling of Harlock’s story, the essentials remain the same. Matsumoto presents a future (2977 AD) in which the Earth has achieved a vast starfaring civilization, but is slowly and steadily succumbing to ennui or despair, often due to defeat and subjugation by a foreign invader. Rising against the general apathy, Harlock denies defeat and leads an outlaw crew aboard his starship Arcadia to undertake daring raids against Earth’s oppressors. Even though they have defeated Earth and devastated its peoples, the invaders are often presented in a sympathetic light, being shown as having some justification for their actions.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock (1978 TV series)

In Space Pirate Captain Harlock, the Captain’s crew included the mysterious, alcohol-imbibing alien woman Miime, a robot, and a drunken doctor. The series presented a story arc in which a huge black metal sphere strikes Tokyo and ancient Mayan legends appear to be walking the Earth again. The invaders turn out to be the Mazone, a race of plant-based women who explored Earth in the mythic past and are now back to reclaim it. Only Harlock and his mismatched crew are brave and capable enough to face the enemy.

Captain Harlock – Mystery of the Arcadia

This 1978 short film is ostensibly a retelling of Episode 13 of the 1978 series, ‘The Witch’s Ocean Castle of Death.’ It consists primarily of recycled footage taken from this same episode, but presented in widescreen format. Some new alternate footage is added at the beginning of the story, and some soundtrack adjustments were made throughout.

Arcadia of My Youth

The Arcadia of My Youth feature film was released on July 28, 1982. The film, set in a different continuity from the original TV series, chronicles Harlock’s beginnings as a space pirate and his acquisition of the spaceship Arcadia. The movie also includes flashback material dealing with two of his 20th-century ancestors.

Endless Orbit SSX

Arcadia of My Youth was followed by 22 episodes of the TV series Endless Orbit SSX starting in October 1982. Its official French title is simply Albator, although it early became popular among French speakers as Albator 84 since it was first aired in France as of 1984 and the 1978 series had been formerly named in French exactly the same: Albator. The series dealt with Harlock and company’s continuing struggle against the Illumidas occupying force, who still retained control of Earth at the end of the theatrical feature. Both film (Arcadia of My Youth) and second series (Endless Orbit SSX) feature a newly designed starship and lack most of the crew from the Space Pirate series, but are noteworthy for the presence of Emeraldas, a female counterpart to Harlock who originally appeared in a series of Matsumoto-penned graphic novels.

Harlock Saga

In the 1990s, Matsumoto released Harlock Saga, a mini-series based on Das Rheingold. The series recasts the Captain and his crew in roles with analogues in The Ring Cycle and pits them against a race of “gods” set on redesigning the universe to their liking.

Gun Frontier

On March 28, 2002 Gun Frontier, a buddy comedy set in the American Old West, began broadcasting in TV Tokyo. The series follows Franklin Harlock Jr. and Tochiro Ōyama as they search for a lost clan of Japanese immigrants. In contrast to other works, Harlock appears here as Tochiro’s sidekick.

Endless Odyssey

December 2002 saw the release of Space Pirate Captain Harlock: The Endless Odyssey, directed by Rintaro.

The story is set after the original TV series, with Harlock on a self-imposed exile and his crew either in jail or flying under the Jolly Roger. The series details Harlock’s return and his round-up of the Arcadia crew for a fight against the Noo, a mysterious and ancient evil which has caused the Earth to disappear, and who use fear to conquer their foes. As nearly every part of this series is geared to be a sequel to the original Captain Harlock TV series, Endless Odyssey reintroduces Tadashi Daiba to the Arcadia.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock (2013 movie)

On March 24, 2010, Toei Animation announced the release of the new Harlock movie, they announced a completed pilot for its planned computer-graphics remake of Leiji Matsumoto and Toei’s Space Pirate Captain Harlock manga and anime franchise, and it has revealed a preliminary image and the project’s staff. Mobile Suit Gundam UC author Harutoshi Fukui, Appleseed director Shinji Aramaki, Appleseed mechanical designer Atsushi Takeuchi, and Ninja Scroll character designer Yutaka Minowa worked on the new Space Pirate Captain Harlock pilot with Marza Animation Planet (formerly known as Sega Sammy Visual Entertainment).

The official trailer/pilot was aired at the Kawaii-Kon Anime festival in Hawaii on April 17, 2010, as a special presentation courtesy of Director Shinji Aramaki. This is the first time it has been seen/aired in the United States. The CG animated film is tentatively schedule for international release in 2012.

On January 31, 2013 during the presentation of its upcoming film lineup, Toei announced that the anime will be out in Fall 2013. According to the news source Oricon, this film has Toei Animation’s highest production budget ever at the equivalent of over 30 million U.S. dollars.

The film premiered in Japan on September 7, 2013. It also film premiered on Netflix under the title Harlock: Space Pirate with Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish audio and with English, Portuguese and Spanish subtitles.

Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage

On August 2014, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his debut, Matsumoto launched the manga Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage, illustrated by Kōichi Shimahoshi, in the pages of Akita Shoten’s Champion Red magazine. Dimensional Voyage is a retelling of the original 1978 Space Pirate Captain Harlock manga.


Wednesday News- November 28, 2018

Wednesday News- November 28, 2018

‘Parasite Eve’ Trademark Filed Under Square Enix in Europe-

The Fall 2018 Manga Guide-

What Are Japanese “Family Restaurants” Like?-

New Type-Moon Anime by Troyca to Air on December 31-


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Manga Monday- Space Pirate Captain Harlock

Manga Monday- Space Pirate Captain Harlock

Space Pirate Captain Harlock  is a manga series written and illustrated by Leiji Matsumoto. It was serialized in Play Comic from 1977 to 1979, with the chapters collected into five tankōbon volumes by Akita Shoten. The series follows the titular Captain, an outcast turned space pirate after he rebelled against Earth’s Government and humanity’s general apathy. On August 2014, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Matsumoto’s debut, he launched a retelling manga, Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage, illustrated by Kōichi Shimahoshi, which features some significant plot differences. Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the manga in North America.


In the future, in 2977 AD, humanity has achieved a vast starfaring civilization, but is slowly and steadily succumbing to ennui or despair, often due to defeat and subjugation by a foreign invader. Rising against the general apathy, Harlock denies defeat and leads an outlaw crew aboard his starship Arcadia to undertake daring raids against Earth’s oppressors. Their primary oppressors are the Mazone, a race of organic plant-based alien women who explored Earth in the mythic past and are now back to reclaim it.


The Captain

Harlock is the archetypal romantic hero, a space pirate with an individualist philosophy of life. He is as noble as he is taciturn, rebellious, stoically fighting against totalitarian regimes, whether they be earthborn or alien. In his own words, he “fight[s] for no one’s sake, only for something deep in [his] heart.”

Crew of the Arcadia

Tadashi Daiba 
is the audience surrogate, the viewer’s gateway to Harlock’s world. The 14-year-old son of a scientist who was killed by the Mazone, he joined the Arcadia crew following the death of his father. He lost his mother in a disaster on the Neptunian moon Triton when her pleas for help were ignored by the indifferent government. Tadashi is sometimes in conflict with Harlock early in the series, but he would become a trusted part of Harlock’s senior staff as the series progressed.

Kei Yuki 
A young human woman with blonde hair who was already part of Harlock’s crew at the time Tadashi came aboard. She first met Harlock when he raided a ship that was transporting her back to Earth as a prisoner after she had assaulted a military officer who had belittled her father’s death. There is a slight intimation that she harbors a crush on Harlock (though this would be made more definite in the later SSX series), and initially seems inclined romantically towards Tadashi Daiba, though the two eventually settle into a platonic friendship. She is the Arcadia‘s chief navigator and science officer and the second-youngest crew member after Tadashi.

A mysterious brooding female alien with blue skin and body-length blue hair. Like all of her race, Miime has no mouth or other facial features outside of almond shaped yellow eyes. Like others of her race, she uses alcohol as a non-intoxicating foodstuff and uses her psychic and psionic powers as a means of reducing pain of injuries. Originally from the planet Jura, she became the last of her species after being saved by Harlock and crew. In gratitude, Miime became part of the crew of the Arcadia and pledged her life to Harlock’s support and safety, becoming the pirate’s nearest companion. Having no mouth, she can still “speak” and still absorb liquids through the general mouth area. Although not provided an official position aboard the Arcadia, she will help Doctor Zero tend to injured crew members in times of crisis. Her empathic nature makes her a valuable counselor (for example, when she consoles Miss Masu following the loss of the latter’s estranged fiancé) and is capable of quelling pain/anxiety of all onboard by the strumming of her lap harp. In the 1999 Harlock Saga OVA, she is refashioned to appear as a more humanoid woman and provided a different back story, making her a member of the Nibelung clan; here, her preferred musical instrument is the pipe organ and somehow possesses the ability to control time. In 2002’s Endless Odyssey OVA her original look and history return. Miime is depicted as more distinctly alien but with a face featuring a mouth in the 2013 feature film.

Harlock’s first mate on the Arcadia, he is usually portrayed as comic relief in the series, but when a battle against alien threats become imminent he will be at the captain’s side. He is also a brilliant mathematician and has a major interest in building plastic model kits of ships (he was even seen building a scale model of the Arcadia in one episode). Yattaran is based on manga artist Kaoru Shintani (best known for Area 88) who, in his early career worked for Matsumoto building models for reference.

Doctor Zero 
Chief Medical Officer. Like Yattaran, he serves as comic relief when he argues with the ship’s cook, Miss Masu, over his raids of Masu’s kitchen to get his beverage of choice, sake. He has a pet cat called Mi-kun (named Miaou in the French version), which he adopted after the then-kitten’s mother, which was injured and apparently dying, brought him to Zero’s office, and was later brought with Zero on board the Arcadia. Doctor Zero’s cat, Mi-kun also appears in Space Battleship Yamato as Doctor Sado’s cat. Mi-kun also makes on-off appearances in several other anime such as Queen Millennia and Galaxy Express 999. Mi-kun is based on Matsumoto’s own pet cat, the latest of which is named Mi-kun III.

Chief Engineer.

Miss Masu
Chief steward. Masu Tsunajima is a cantankerous spinster who is intolerant of her kitchen being raided by Doctor Zero or his cat. She is also a comic relief character in the series, although her back story had her intended to marry her fiancé, Gozo Otowara, before circumstances prevented the wedding from taking place. Masu believed she had been stood up, until she learned the truth years later and reconciled with Gozo in a brief communication before Gozo was killed by the Mazone.

Tochirō Ōyama
Harlock’s old friend and chief builder of the Arcadia. He died of illness prior to the events of the series, but his consciousness survives within the ship’s computer.


Film Friday- Cells at Work!

Film Friday- Cells at Work!

An anime television series adaptation by David Production debuted on July 8, 2018. An anime television series adaptation was announced in January 2018. It is directed by Kenichi Suzuki and animated by David Production, with scripts written by Suzuki and Yūko Kakihara, character designs by Takahiko Yoshida and music by Kenichirō Suehiro. The anime series premiered on July 8, 2018 on Tokyo MX and other channels. The series ran for 13 episodes. Aniplex of America have licensed the series in North America, who simulcasted it on Crunchyroll. The series was simulcast in Australia and New Zealand on AnimeLab. MVM Entertainment acquired the series for distribution in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The opening theme is “Mission! Ken – Kō – Dai – Ichi” by Kana Hanazawa, Tomoaki Maeno, Daisuke Ono and Kikuko Inoue, while the ending theme is “CheerS” by ClariS.


Erythrocyte (AE3803) / Red Blood Cell  
A red blood cell who has just started her job, delivering oxygen, carbon dioxide and different nutrients all over the body. She meets Neutrophil when he saves her from an attacking pneumococcus bacterium. She is clumsy and gets lost often, but determined to perform to the best of her ability. It is later revealed that she had encountered Neutrophil when they were younger, after he saved her from a bacterium.
Neutrophil / White Blood Cell  
A type of white blood cell, whose job is to kill pathogens infecting the body. Despite his ruthless occupation, he’s actually quite soft-spoken and gentle. When he was still in school as a young cell, he saved AE3803 from a bacterium after she got lost in a training exercise.
A type of white blood cell. She and her kind appear as lovely maids in big dresses, armed with a variety of large weapons to fight various invasive pathogens, and are often shown smiling cheerfully even in the middle of combat. While inside blood vessels, she and her kind take on the role of monocytes, and wear hazmat suits over their dresses.
Killer T Cell  
A type of white blood cell that recognizes and kills various foreign matter and unhealthy cells. He is aggressive, pompous and rowdy, brutally taking pleasure in slaughtering pathogens and unhealthy cells. He especially looks down on white blood cells forming various relationships with non-white blood cells, like Neutrophil’s close friendship with Red Blood Cell. He is the sergeant of the Killer T Cells and is a harsh teacher to his students, the Naive T Cells. He has negative relationships with Helper T Cell and NK Cell, the former being his superior in the Killer T Division. In his youth, he was considered to be weak like the rest of the young T Cells, being only able to survive and complete training through the help of Helper T Cell, which at least made him stronger.
A type of cell responsible for reconstructing the body from various injuries. They are depicted as cute children, due to their small cell size and act as construction and repair crew within the body. One platelet serves as their leader and she is most prominently featured in the show.
Helper T Cell  
A type of T Cell that determines strategy and courses of action for dealing with foreign invaders. He is the main commander of the Killer T Cells and has an intellectual and smooth disposition, putting him at big odds with the rough and tough Killer T Cell, despite having underwent T Cell training together with him.
Regulatory T Cell 
A type of T Cell that mediates and regulates the correct function and magnitude of immunological responses. She usually acts as Helper T Cell’s secretary, though she is capable of fighting when necessary. She went through T Cell training alongside Killer T Cell and Helper T Cell.


Wednesday News- November 21, 2018

Wednesday News- November 21, 2018

Netflix Announces December Premiere Dates for Baki, Sirius the Jaeger, Hi Score Girl Anime-

Funimation Reveals Cast, Staff, Streaming for New 2019 Fruits Basket TV Anime-

Shelf Life: Terraformars Revenge-

Review: The Ancient Magus’ Bride GN 9-

Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Gets Deluxe Edition for PS4 in January with All 8 DLC Characters-


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