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Wednesday News- April 24, 2019

Wednesday News- April 24, 2019

Review- The Promised Neverland GN 8 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/the-promised-neverland/gn-8/.145928

Funimation Streams Saranzanmai Anime’s English Dub – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-04-23/funimation-streams-saranzanmai-anime-english-dub/.146041

Crunchyroll Adda Isekai Quartet Crossover Anime – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-04-23/crunchyroll-adds-isekai-quartet-crossover-anime/.146033

Famitsu Readers Vote Chrono Trigger as Top Video Game From Heisei Era – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-04-23/famitsu-readers-vote-chrono-trigger-as-top-video-game-from-heisei-era/.146013

Shelf Life: Ace Attorney – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2019-04-22/.145968

 

Manga Monday- Karneval

Manga Monday- Karneval

Karneval is a Japanese manga series by Tōya Mikanagi which originally started serialization in the monthly Josei Manga magazine Monthly Comic Zero Sum published by Ichijinsha on August 28, 2007. There are currently twenty-one volumes released in Japan. A 13-episode anime adaptation by Manglobe aired between April and June 2013. On August 22, 2014, North American manga publisher Yen Press announced the license of the manga, with the first volume to be published on March 24, 2015. Yen Press is releasing Karneval volumes in a 2-in-1 omnibus format.

Plot

Nai searches for someone important to him, with only an abandoned bracelet as a clue. Gareki steals and pick-pockets to get by from day to day. The two meet in a strange mansion where they are set up, and soon become wanted criminals by military security operatives. When Nai and Gareki find themselves desperate in a hopeless predicament, they encounter none other than the country’s most powerful defense organization, “Circus”.

Characters

Main characters

Nai 
is the main protagonist of the story. He claims to have always been living with a man named Karoku in a forest near Karasuna. When Karoku does not appear one day, Nai ventures outside and finds a trail of blood leading from their home to the sea, and a left-behind bracelet (Circus I.D.). Feeling scared and lonely, he sets out to try finding Karoku with only the abandoned bracelet as a clue. He eventually meets Gareki, who saves Nai from a mansion where a Varuga woman named Mine was keeping him captive. This marks the beginning of their travel together. Despite his unworldly ways, he has an acute sense of hearing that is more well-developed compared to other people’s. Akari, a research doctor at Circus reveals that Nai has the cellular structure of a human and a “niji”, a small, delicate creature found in the forest he came from, and that these cells have managed to coexist unlike the Varuga. He also said that Nai is successfully existing as a new species and that if they were to describe the person who accomplished this, they would certainly be called a genius and that to produce a being like Nai, the creator must have been very devoted.
Gareki 
A 15-year-old boy who gets money by robbing rich people’s mansions. He’s very intelligent and sharp, his strong point being his knowledge of mechanics. He is also a skilled shooter and likes to carry around a gun. Gareki distrusts people and isn’t very sociable, stating that he hates associating with others. However, despite his arrogant and distant attitude, he does have a more caring side that he doesn’t like showing, seeming to have a soft spot for his friends on the second ship and Nai. He originally thought to use Nai for his robbing schemes but later joins him to find Karoku. When Nai tells Gareki about Karoku knowing that they were together, Gareki realizes that Karoku wants to keep him away from Nai. Gareki works with the Circus organization to help defeat Kafta and Varuga, who killed Tsubaki and Yokata.

Film Friday- Children of the Whales

Film Friday- Children of the Whales

Children of the Whales is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Abi Umeda. The manga is licensed in North America by Viz Media. An anime television series adaptation by J.C. Staff aired in Japan from October to December 2017, and was released globally on Netflix in March 2018.

An anime adaptation of the series was announced in the February 2017 issue of Mystery Bonita on January 6, 2017. The anime adaptation, which was later confirmed to be a television series, is directed by Kyōhei Ishiguro and written by Michiko Yokote, with animation by J.C.Staff, character designs by Haruko Iizuka and music by Hiroaki Tsutsumi. It aired from October 8 to December 24, 2017, on Tokyo MX and other channels. It ran for 12 episodes and will have two OVA. It was released globally by Netflix in March 2018. The opening theme song “Sono Saki e” is performed by singer-songwriter RIRIKO, while the ending theme song “Hashitairo” is performed by rionos.

Characters

Chakuro
The protagonist of the story. Chakuro is a Marked boy who works as an archivist for the Elders in the Mud Whale, hoping that his records will improve life for future generations. Curious and gentle, he sometimes dreams to see the world outside the Mud Whale and immediately befriends Lykos after finding her on the abandoned island.
Lykos 
A mysterious girl found on an island that was about to be scavenged by the Mud Whale’s people for resources. “Lykos” is not really her name, it is actually a term used to describe a mysterious creature that feeds off the emotions of anyone that comes near it. Chakuro simply calls her “Lykos” for convenience’s sake. At first, she is reluctant to speak to anyone but with Chakuro’s help, she learns to express herself more openly.
Ouni 
Another Marked one who is said to possess the greatest potential for thymia in the Mud Whale. He is the leader of the Moles, a group of young people who gained their name because they often break the rules of the Mud Whale and thus spent a lot of time imprisoned in the belly of the ship. Obsessed with leaving the Mud Whale, Ouni has earned a reputation as a troublemaker. When Lykos is found by Chakuro, Ouni sees the opportunity to escape the Mud Whale. He later awakens an unknown power after seeing Nibi die.
Suoh 
An Unmarked one who works as an assistant for the Council of Elders. He is Chakuro’s friend and Sami’s elder brother, he often gives them advice for how they can help the Mud Whale’s people. He often clasps his hands, which Chakuro notes is his way to suppress his emotions.
Ginshu 
A girl who often helps in the everyday activities of the Mud Whale’s people, as a member of the Vigilante Corps.
Liontari 
An imperial soldier of the Allied Empire who stands out for his excessive emotions.
Shuan 
A mysterious man and the leader of the Vigilante Corps.
Sami 
Chakuro’s friend and Suō’s younger sister. She seems to harbor feelings for Chakuro and becomes mildly jealous of Lykos upon seeing how close she and Chakuro become. When a mysterious group of soldiers attack the Mud Whale, she shields Chakuro from their bullets and dies. She returns as a spirit, kisses, and confesses her feelings to Chakuro before disappearing.
Kicha 
A girl, member of the Moles.
Taisha
An Unmarked woman and mayor of the Mud Whale.

 

 

 

 

Manga Monday- Children of the Whales

Manga Monday- Children of the Whales

Children of the Whales is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Abi Umeda. The manga is licensed in North America by Viz Media. An anime television series adaptation by J.C. Staff aired in Japan from October to December 2017, and was released globally on Netflix in March 2018.

Abi Umeda launched the series in the July 2013 issue of Akita Shoten’s shōjo manga magazine Monthly Mystery Bonita on June 6, 2013. The series has been collected into 13 volumes as of October 2018. Viz Media announced during their panel at Anime Boston 2017 that they have licensed the manga.

Synopsis

The story focuses on a boy called Chakuro, who lives on a giant vessel called a Mud Whale that drifts over the sea of sand. In the Mud Whale, society is divided into two kinds of people: the Marked, who can move objects with their minds using a strange power called “thymia”, at the expense of shortened lifespans, and the Unmarked, people who lack thymia but enjoy longer lifespans. Chakuro and his friends have never seen anyone from the outside world, and they spend their days yearning to explore and learn about it. In year 93 of the vessel’s exile, the Mud Whale encounters a lonely island and Chakuro finds a girl inside, starting an adventure that changes the lives of everyone.

 

Film Friday- One Piece

Film Friday- One Piece

The manga spawned a media franchise, having been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) produced by Production I.G in 1998, and an anime series produced by Toei Animation, which began broadcasting in Japan in 1999. Additionally, Toei has developed thirteen animated feature films, one OVA and thirteen television specials. Several companies have developed various types of merchandising and media, such as a trading card game and numerous video games. The manga series was licensed for an English language release in North America and the United Kingdom by Viz Media and in Australia by Madman Entertainment. The anime series was licensed by 4Kids Entertainment for an English-language release in North America in 2004, before the license was dropped and subsequently acquired by Funimation in 2007.

Toei Animation produces an anime television series based on the One Piece manga. The series, which premiered in Japan on Fuji Television on October 20, 1999, has aired more than 800 episodes, and has been exported to various countries around the world. Two cross-over episodes with the anime adaptation of Toriko were aired. The first of these, which was also the first episode of Toriko, aired on April 3, 2011. A second special, which also crossed over with Dragon Ball Z, aired on April 7, 2013.

On June 8, 2004, 4Kids Entertainment acquired the license for distribution of One Piece in North America. 4Kids contracted Viz Media to handle home video distribution. 4Kids’ in-house musicians wrote a new background score and theme song nicknamed “Pirate Rap”. 4Kids’ dub mandated edits for content and length, which reduced the first 143 episodes into 104. Initially, 4Kids originally created an English version of the first opening theme, “We Are!” It premiered in the United States on September 18, 2004, in first-run syndication on the Fox network as part of the weekend programming block Fox Box, and later aired on Cartoon Network on their weekday afternoon programming block Toonami in April 2005. Production was halted in 2006 after episode 143/104. Viz also ceased its home video release of the series after volume 11. On July 22, 2010, an interview with Anime News Network and Mark Kirk, senior vice-president of digital media for 4Kids Entertainment, revealed that 4Kids acquired One Piece as part of a package deal with other anime, and that the company did not screen the series before licensing it. However, once 4Kids realized One Piece was not appropriate for their intended demographic, the company decided to edit it into a more child-oriented series until they had an opportunity to legally drop the license. Kirk said the experience of producing One Piece “ruined the company’s reputation”. Since then, 4Kids established a stricter set of guidelines, checks, and balances to determine which anime the company acquires.

On April 13, 2007, Funimation licensed the series and started production on an English-language release of One Piece. In an interview with voice actor Christopher Sabat, he stated that Funimation had been interested in acquiring One Piece from the very beginning, and produced a “test episode,” in which Sabat portrayed the character of Helmeppo and Eric Vale played the part of the main character, Monkey D. Luffy. (They would later go on to provide the English voices for Roronoa Zoro and Sanji, respectively.) After resuming production of the renewed English dub, which featured less censorship because of fewer restrictions on cable programming, Funimation released its first uncut, bilingual DVD box set containing 13 episodes on May 27, 2008. Similarly sized sets followed with fourteen sets released. The Funimation-dubbed episodes premiered on Cartoon Network on September 29, 2007 and aired until its removal on March 22, 2008. On October 28, 2011, Funimation posted a press release on their official website confirming the acquisition of episodes 206–263, and the aspect ratio, beginning with episode 207, would be changed to the 16:9 widescreen format. On May 18, 2013, the uncut series began airing on Adult Swim’s revived Toonami late-night programming block from episode 207 onward. One Piece was removed from the Toonami block after March 18, 2017.

In May 2009, Funimation, Toei Animation, Shueisha, and Fuji Television announced they would simulcast stream the series within an hour of the weekly Japanese broadcast at no charge. Originally scheduled to begin on May 30, 2009, with episode 403, a lack of security resulted in a leak of the episode, and Funimation delayed the offer until episode 415 on August 29, 2009.

On February 12, 2013, it was announced that Manga Entertainment would start releasing the Funimation dub of One Piece in the United Kingdom in a DVD box set format. Crunchyroll began simulcasting the series on November 2, 2013, for the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.

Reception

The anime adaptations have also been very well-received. The first episode of the anime adaptation earned a viewer ratings percentage of 12.4, behind Pokémon and ahead of Ojamajo Doremi. As of 2017, One Piece is among the top 10 anime in viewer ratings every week in Japan. On several occasions the One Piece anime has topped Japan’s DVD sales.

In a review of the second DVD release of 4Kids Entertainment’s dub, Todd Douglass, Jr. of DVD Talk called its adaptation a “shabby treatment” resulting in an “arguably less enjoyable rendition”. Douglass said that the 4Kids original opening was “a crappy rap song” and that the removal of whole scenes leaves a “feeling that something is missing”. He later went on to say that “Fans of the ‘real’ One Piece will want to skip picking […] up [4Kids Entertainment’s One Piece DVDs] until an uncut release is announced”, and also stated that “kids may get into this version because it’s what they have seen on TV”. Margaret Veira of activeAnime praised the TV series’ “great” animation, stating that “It gives life and stays true to the style and characters of the manga.” She notes the fight scenes in particular have “a lot of energy to them”. Patrick King of Animefringe comments that the art style of One Piece is “very distinctive and fresh”.

In a review of the first Funimation DVD release for Mania Entertainment, Bryce Coulter comments that One Piece is “not your typical pirate adventure” and that mixed with “the right amount of random fun along with a shonen style storyline” it becomes “an appealing and fun romp”. In a review of Funimation’s second DVD release for Mania Entertainment, Bryce Coulter comments that “You can tell that they are giving One Piece the attention that was neglected by 4Kids” and that “One Piece is a great tale of high-seas fun that will leave you wanting more!”

In Indonesia, Global TV was reprimanded by the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) for airing the anime television series. Nina Armando, member of the KPI and a lecturer at the University of Indonesia, said the show should not be aired at times when children are likely to watch.

In the United States, where it is available on the Hulu streaming platform, One Piece was 2018’s most binge-watched television show in the states of Illinois and Wisconsin.

The first opening of the One Piece anime television series, “We Are!”, won the Animation Kobe Theme Song Award of the year 2000. In February 2001, One Piece placed 9th among anime television series in Japan. In 2001, the readers of Animage, a popular Japanese anime magazine, voted the anime television series in 5th place of The Readers’ Picks for the Anime that should be remembered in the 21st Century. In June 2002, Animage readers voted One Piece to be the 16th best new anime of the year 2001, and gave it another 16th place in 2004 in the category Favorite Anime Series. In a 2005 web poll by Japanese television network TV Asahi One Piece was voted 6th most popular animated TV series. Before the poll, Asahi TV broadcast another list based on a nationwide survey in which One Piece placed 4th among teenagers. In 2006, it was elected 32nd of the Top 100 Japanese anime by TV Asahi and 21st by its viewers. Funimation’s first DVD release of the series “One Piece: Season 1 First Voyage” was nominated for the Fifth Annual TV DVD Awards.

 

Thursday News- April 11, 2019

Thursday News- April 11, 2019

An Incurable Case of Love‘s Maki Enjoji Launches New Manga Series in June- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-04-10/an-incurable-case-of-love-maki-enjoji-launches-new-manga-series-in-june/.145556

Reki Kawahara Reflecys on 10 Years of Sword Art Online- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-04-10/reki-kawahara-reflects-on-10-years-of-sword-art-online/.145564

2nd Live-Action Tokyo Ghoul Film’s Trailer Highlights Obsessive Ghoul Tsukiyama- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-04-10/2nd-live-action-tokyo-ghoul-film-trailer-highlights-obsessive-ghoul-tsukiyama/.145583

Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight Manga List With Live-Action Film- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-04-11/kiss-me-at-the-stroke-of-midnight-manga-listed-with-live-action-film/.145593

Shelf Life: Galaxy Express 999: The moviehttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2019-04-08/.145477

Anime

  • Black Clover Season 1 Part 4 BD/DVD
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 1 BD
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 1 DVD
  • Is It Wrong to Expect a Hot Spring in a Dungeon? BD
  • Mirai BD/DVD
  • Mirai DVD
  • Pokémon – Diamond and Pearl 4-Movie Collection BD
  • Pokémon – Diamond and Pearl 4-Movie Collection DVD
  • Princess Resurrection Complete Collection BD
  • Sky Wizards Academy Essential BD
  • Sword of the Stranger Essentials BD

Manga

  • Attack on Titan Graphic Novel (GN) 27
  • Case Closed GN 70
  • Crocodile Baron GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Disney Pirates of the Caribbean: The Adventures of Jack Sparrow GN
  • Fire-Hot Aunt GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 5
  • I’m Standing on a Million Lives GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Kitaro’s Yokai Battles GN
  • Knights of Sidonia Master Edition GN 1
  • Land of the Lustrous GN 8
  • Love Massage: Melting Beauty Treatment GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic GN 35
  • My Pink Is Overflowing GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • My Sweet Girl GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • O Maidens in Your Savage Season GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle GN 6
  • Space Battleship Yamato The Classic Collection GN (hardcover)
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN 6
  • Witch Hat Atelier GN 1
  • World’s Greatest First Love GN 12

Other

  • Battle Divas: The Unshakable Winter Blossom Princess Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Cooking with Wild Game Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! Novel 6 (Digital Only)
  • NieR: Automata Short Story Long Novel
  • Neo Atlas 1469 Nintendo Switch game
  • Seirei Gensouki – Spirit Chronicles Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • Strongest Gamer – Let’s Play in Another World Novel 2 (Digital Only)

 

 

Thursday Special- One Piece

Thursday Special- One Piece

Straw Hat Pirates

Jolly roger of the Straw Hat Pirates

The protagonists of the One Piece series are all the members of the Straw Hat Pirates (麦わらの一味 Mugiwara no Ichimi), a crew of nine pirates captained by Monkey D. Luffy. The crew’s number increases throughout the series, as Luffy recruits new members. Once Usopp joins the Straw Hat Pirates, they gain their own ship, the Going Merry, which is later destroyed and replaced by a larger and more powerful vessel, the Thousand Sunny created by their shipwright Franky. Two years later, the Straw Hats gain a new fleet, called the Straw Hat Grand Fleet, consisting of 5,640 pirates from seven different crews; Luffy objects to the idea of being a fleet commander, and organizes his new army in a way that they may act independently, but when one crew is in trouble, the others must do what they can to help them.

Monkey D. Luffy

Monkey D. Luffy is the primary protagonist of the One Piece series. At age seven, he admires and tries to join the pirates of the “Red Haired” Shanks. Ridiculed and rejected, he inadvertently eats their treasure, the Paramecia-type Gum-Gum Fruit, which gives his body the properties of rubber. His reckless efforts ultimately lead him into grave peril causing Shanks to lose an arm while rescuing him. After this, Luffy gives up on joining Shanks, resolving instead to start a crew of his own and become King of the Pirates. Displeased by Shanks spoiling his grandson, Garp takes Luffy to be raised by Curly Dadan and her mountain bandits, who he strong-arms into taking him in. During Luffy’s time there, he becomes a sworn brother with Garp’s other ward Ace, and local runaway noble Sabo. Ten years later, and still wearing Shanks’ treasured head covering, Luffy forms and captains his own pirate crew called The Straw Hat Pirates and sets sail for the Grand Line, quickly gaining infamy as “Straw Hat” Luffy. Eventually, after his strength proves insufficient to save Ace from execution, he spends two years on a secluded island, before entering in the New World, learning the use of the three colors of Haki as well as Gear Fourth from Silvers Rayleigh, before heading to the New World.

Roronoa Zoro

is a swordsman who uses up to three swords simultaneously, holding one in each hand and a third in his mouth. To fulfill a promise to Kuina, his deceased childhood rival, he aims to replace “Hawk Eye” Mihawk as the world’s greatest swordsman.Traveling the seas in search of Mihawk and making a living as a bounty hunter, he becomes infamously known as “Pirate Hunter” Zoro. Eventually, he comes into conflict with Helmeppo. To prevent the harm of innocent civilians, Zoro allows himself to be incarcerated temporarily, while Helmeppo plots to have him killed. Zoro is saved from execution by Luffy in exchange for becoming his first crewman. At that point, Zoro makes it clear that he would turn on his captain if he ever stepped between him and his dream. However, Zoro grows fond of his crew and after several defeats in their defense, his priorities change and he convinces Mihawk to take him on as a student.

 

Nami

Adopted and raised by navy seaman turned tangerine farmer Bellemere, Nami and her older sister Nojiko witness their mother being murdered by the infamous Arlong, whose pirate gang occupies their island and extracts tribute from the population. Striking a deal with him, Nami, still a child, but already an accomplished cartographer who dreams of drawing a complete map of the world, joins the pirates, hoping to buy freedom for her village eventually. Growing up as a pirate-hating pirate, drawing maps for Arlong, and stealing treasure from other pirates, Nami becomes an excellent burglar, pickpocket, and navigator with an exceptional ability to forecast weather. After Arlong betrays her, and he and his gang are defeated by the Straw Hat Pirates, Nami joins them in pursuit of her dream and acquires infamy herself as “Cat Burglar” Nami.

Usopp

During his early childhood, Usopp is abandoned by his father, Yasopp, who leaves to join the Red-Haired Pirates. Then, as Banchina, his mother, falls ill, Usopp starts telling tall tales, expressing his hope that his father will return and take them out to sea. Even after his mother dies, Usopp does not blame his father for leaving. Despite his cowardly disposition, he strives to become a great pirate himself. He is a gifted inventor, painter, and sculptor. In combat, he relies primarily on slingshots to fire various kinds of ammunition with great precision in coordination with a set of lies and different other weapons giving him a unique fighting style named “The Usopp Arsenal”. To help the Straw Hats rescue Nico Robin, he achieves notoriety under his alter-ego “Sniper King, the King of Snipers”, a hero sniper wearing a golden mask and cape. Eventually, after helping the Straw Hats liberate Dressrosa from Don Quixote Doflamingo’s rule, he becomes infamous as “God” Usopp

Vinsmoke Sanji

Once a prince of Germa Kingdom, Vinsmoke Sanji was routinely picked on by his genetically enhanced siblings and was locked away by his father Judge for being a disgrace. With help from his sister, he escaped and fled the kingdom after it entered the East Blue and his father permitted it.

While serving as an apprentice cook on a passenger ship, nine-year-old Sanji stands up to a boarding party of pirates led by the infamous “Red Foot” Zeff. During the encounter, Sanji is swept into the sea by a massive wave. Zeff jumps in after him because of their common dream of finding the All Blue, a legendary sea, containing every kind of fish in the world. While castaways together, the pirate saves Sanji’s life yet again by giving him all of their food. After their eventual rescue, Sanji stays with Zeff for several years and helps him build a floating restaurant, the Baratie . Zeff in turn makes him a first-rate cook and teaches him his kick-based fighting style.Mirroring Zeff, Sanji will never refuse a starving person a meal, and when fighting only uses his legs, to protect the hands he needs to cook. He also develops an unusual weakness for women, and makes it a principle never to harm one, even if it means his death. Eventually, he becomes infamous under the name of “Black Leg” Sanji,and, while training for a period of two years in Emporio Ivankov’s Kamabakka Queendom, develops the Sky Walk, a variant of the Six Powers technique Moonwalk , which allows him to essentially run through air.

Tony Tony Chopper

Tony Tony Chopper is a doctor and a blue-nosed reindeer. The power of the Zoan-type Human-Human Fruit  provides him with the ability to transform into a full sized reindeer or a reindeer-human hybrid. A self-developed drug he calls Rumble Ball  enables him to perform even more transformations. When complimented, Chopper acts really sad and sometimes yells at the animal who complimented him to stop trying to make him happy.[ A running gag within the series is when other characters mistake him as a Tanuki, and he angrily corrects them, pointing out his is a Tonakai.

Nico Robin

Being raised in Ohara, home of the world’s oldest and largest library, Nico Robin becomes an archaeologist at the age of eight. At some point she gains the power of the Paramecia-type Flower-Flower Fruit, which allows her to have temporary copies of parts of her body, including her eyes and ears, which spring up on surfaces near her. Behind her teachers’ backs she acquires from them the outlawed knowledge of how to translate the ancient stones called Ponegliffs, which are scattered around the world. She comes to share their goal of finding the illusive Real Ponegliff, which is said to tell the world’s lost history. However, the World Government finds out about these efforts and sends a battlefleet to stop them. Only Robin escapes the devastating attack that claims the lives of the island’s entire population, including that of her mother. Called “Devil Child”, traumatized, and with a bounty on her head, Robin lives a life on the run, unable to trust anyone. To survive, she cooperates with various pirates and other outlaws, until eventually joining forces with Sir Crocodile, leading Baroque Works with him, using the codename “Ms. All-Sunday”. and becoming their vice-president. After Baroque Works falls apart, with nowhere else to go, she tags along with the Straw Hat Pirates and grows so fond of them that she gives herself up to the Government in order to save them. Only after they discover her motives, and declare open war on her powerful nemesis to get her back, does she come to realize that she has finally found people who will never sell her out, and becomes a part of the crew. After the two-year period where the Straw Hats be separated, Robin further hones her Devil Fruit powers to the point she can create a full-bodied duplicate of herself.

Franky

The son of pirate parents who abandon him at age nine, Cutty Flam, nicknamed Franky, is taken in as an apprentice by a shipwright who secretly holds the plans for a devastating ancient weapon. Franky’s recklessness eventually provides an opportunity for World Government agents seeking these plans. Attempting to rescue his master, Franky suffers severe injuries and only survives by rebuilding parts of his body using pieces of scrap metal, turning himself into a cola-powered cyborg with super-human strength. After gaining notoriety as “Cyborg” Franky, and to fulfill his dream of sailing a ship he built around the world, he constructs the Thousand Sunny, a brigantine-rigged sloop-of-war, for the Straw Hat Pirates and joins the crew.

Brook

Already a pirate before the time of Roger, “Humming” Brook first enters the Grand Line as vice-captain of the music-themed Rumbar Pirates. Leaving their pet, the infant whale Laboon at Reverse Mountain, they promise to return after sailing around the world. Instead, they are annihilated, with one exception. The power of the Paramecia-type Revive-Revive Fruit allows “Dead Bones” Brook to rise again and live a second life as a skeleton. Fifty years later, Brook’s goal is still to fulfill his late crew’s promise, and to that end he joins the Straw Hat Pirates. He is an excellent musician, who says that he can play any instrument, although he is usually seen playing the violin. He can even influence people with his music to the point of making them fall asleep. While separated from the other Straw Hats, and incognito as “Soul King” Brook, he gains world fame, filling concert halls with fans.He is also a skilled fencer who uses a shikomizue (a Japanese cane sword) in battle. His reduced weight allows him to jump extraordinarily high and to run across water. Eventually, he learns how to use his devil fruit ability to leave his skeleton body and explore his surroundings as a disembodied soul.

The idea of a skeleton musician was first conceived by Oda in 2000, about the time of Laboon’s introduction and more than half a decade before the first appearance of Brook.

Jimbei

is a yakuza-esque whale shark fishman.A master of Fishman Karate, he is capable of manipulating water as if it were a tangible cloth, an ability more usually associated with merfolk.Jimbei can communicate with fish and enlist the help of whale sharks. After growing up in a rough part of Fishman Island, Jimbei first joins the island’s royal army and later the Sun Pirates; he becomes captain following the death of Fisher Tiger. In exchange for the World Government granting him Warlord-status, Jinbe eventually disbands the crew. He resigns the position to side against the Government during its war with the Whitebeard Pirates, the protectors of Fishman Island. Two years later, he turns down an invitation to join the Straw Hat Pirates, stating that he needs to take care of unfinished business before joining them. After cutting ties with Big Mom, he eventually joins the Straw Hat Pirates as the crew’s helmsman, although they are separated when he goes to help his old crew, escape from Big Mom.

 

Tuesday Special- One Piece

Tuesday Special- One Piece

Premise

The series focuses on Monkey D. Luffy, a young man who, inspired by his childhood idol and powerful pirate “Red Haired” Shanks, sets off on a journey from the East Blue Sea to find the famed treasure One Piece and proclaim himself the King of the Pirates. In an effort to organize his own crew, the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy rescues and befriends a swordsman named Roronoa Zoro, and they head off in search of the One Piece. They are joined in their journey by Nami, a navigator and thief; Usopp, a sniper and a liar; and Sanji, a womanizing chef. They acquire a ship named the Going Merry and engage in confrontations with notorious pirates of the East Blue. As Luffy and his crew set out on their adventures, others join the crew later in the series, including Tony Tony Chopper, a doctor and anthropomorphized reindeer; Nico Robin, an archaeologist and former assassin; Franky, a cyborg shipwright; Brook, a skeletal musician and swordsman; and Jinbe, a fishman helmsman; and they also acquire a new ship named the Thousand Sunny.

Setting

The world of One Piece is populated by humans and many other races such as “fishmen” (a race of fish/human hybrids, similar to mermen and mermaids), dwarves, Minkmen (a race of humanoid animals), and giants. It is covered by two vast oceans, which are divided by a massive mountain range called the Red Line, which is also the only continent in the world. The Grand Line, a sea that runs perpendicular to the Red Line, further divides them into four seas: North Blue, East Blue, West Blue and South Blue. Surrounding the Grand Line are two regions called Calm Belts, similar to horse latitudes, which experience almost no wind or ocean currents and are the breeding ground for huge sea creatures called sea kings. Because of this, the calm belts are very effective barriers for those trying to enter the Grand Line. However, navy ships, members of an intergovernmental organization known as the World Government, are able to use a sea-prism stone to mask their presence from the sea kings and can simply pass through the calm belts. All other ships are forced to take a more dangerous route, going through a mountain at the first intersection of the Grand Line and the Red Line, a canal system known as Reverse Mountain. Sea water from each of the four seas runs up that mountain and merges at the top to flow down a fifth canal and into the first half of the Grand Line. The second half of the Grand Line, beyond the second intersection with the Red Line, is known as the New World.

The currents and weather of the Grand Line’s open sea are extremely unpredictable, whereas in the vicinity of islands the climate is stable. The magnetic fields within the Grand Line cause normal compasses to malfunction, making it even more difficult to navigate, and instead a special compass called a Log Pose must be used. The Log Pose functions by locking on to one island’s magnetic field and then locking on to another island’s magnetic field. The time for it to set depends on the island. This process can be bypassed by obtaining an Eternal Pose, a Log Pose variation that is permanently set to a specific island and never changes.

The world of One Piece includes anachronisms, such as the Transponder Snail, snail-like animals that can be attached to electric equipment and function as rotary phones, fax machines, surveillance cameras, and similar devices. Dials, the shells of certain sky-dwelling animals, can be used to store kinetic energy, wind, sound, images, heat, and the like and have various applications.

Devil Fruits

A Devil Fruit is a type of fruit that, when eaten, grants a power to the eater. A person may only eat one Devil Fruit during their lifetime, as eating a second devil fruit will swiftly end their life. There are three categories of Devil Fruits;

  • Paramecia is a category of fruits that give the user superhuman abilities.
  • Zoan fruits allow the user to fully or partially transform into a specific animal. As well as real-life animals, some Zoan fruits allow the user to transform into mythical creatures. Through an unknown technique developed by Dr. Vegapunk, certain items can “eat” a Devil Fruit like Mr. 4’s Bazooka Lassoo, Spandam’s sword Funkfreed, Caesar Clown’s pet slime Slimy, and non-canon items like Shuzo’s bazooka Alpacacino and Patrick Redfield’s pen Pato.
  • Logia fruits give control over, and allow the user “to change their living body structure into the powers of nature”.

Devil Fruits are said to be incarnations of the sea devil himself, and as a result, Devil Fruit users cannot swim in sea water, as “they are hated by the sea”. Sea-prism stone also has this effect. When even partially submerged in sea water, they lose all their strength and coordination, although some abilities remain. For example, Luffy is still able to stretch after being totally submerged. Moving water, such as rain or waves, does not have this effect. When a Devil Fruit user dies, the powers reincarnate into a new Devil Fruit. For unknown reasons, Devil Fruit users cannot eat a second Devil Fruit because it would cause their bodies to burst, although Blackbeard managed to get a second Devil Fruit power through an unknown method. Devil Fruit powers can be in a stage called “Awakened”, where the user can turn anything around them, besides their own bodies, into what their Devil Fruit power is.

Haki

Haki is a latent ability that every living being in the world of One Piece possesses; very few manage to awaken it, and even fewer master it. There are three varieties of Haki: Color of Observation or Mantra allows one to sense the presence of other beings and to have a form of limited precognition. (This is a great advantage in combat because the user can foresee his opponent’s attacks). Color of Arms  allows one to envelop body parts and even inanimate forms with a force akin to an invisible armor that possesses defensive and offensive properties. It also allows one to inflict harm upon Devil Fruit users. The rare Color of the Conquering King is an ability that, unlike the other two Haki, only a few gifted people have. (If a person is not gifted, then no matter how much they train they will never be able to use it). The Color of the Conquering King enables one to overpower the will of the weak-willed. It can be used to mind-control or even render the victim unconscious. Note that strong willed people can withstand, or even completely ignore, the effects of this Haki, even if they do not possess this ability themselves. This Haki can also have physical impacts, such as causing tremors and destruction to the user’s surrounding area. It is shown that when it is used too much Haki will stop working for certain periods of time, so it can’t be in use constantly.

 

Manga Monday- One Piece

Manga Monday- One Piece

 

One Piece is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since July 22, 1997, and has been collected into 92 tankōbon volumes. The story follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a boy whose body gained the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit. With his crew of pirates, named the Straw Hat Pirates, Luffy explores the Grand Line in search of the world’s ultimate treasure known as “One Piece” in order to become the next Pirate King. One Piece has received praise for its storytelling, art, characterization, and humor. Several volumes of the manga have broken publishing records, including the highest initial print run of any book in Japan. The official website for Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece manga announced that the manga has set a Guinness World Record for “the most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author”. As of March 2019, the manga has sold over 450 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling manga series in history. It became the best-selling manga for the eleventh consecutive year in 2018. One Piece is one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all time, estimated to have generated over $20 billion in total franchise revenue, from the manga, anime, films, games and merchandise.

Manga

Written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda, One Piece has been serialized in the manga anthology Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 22, 1997. The chapters have been collected into tankōbon volumes by Shueisha since December 24, 1997. In total, there are 938 chapters and 92 tankōbon volumes. Oda teamed up with Akira Toriyama to create a single crossover of One Piece and Toriyama’s Dragon Ball. Entitled Cross Epoch, the one-shot was published in the December 25, 2006, issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump and the April 2011 issue of the English Shonen Jump. Oda collaborated with Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro, author of Toriko, for a crossover one-shot of their series titled Taste of the Devil Fruit, which ran in the April 4, 2011, issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump. The spinoff series One Piece Party, written by Ei Andō in a super deformed art style, began serialization in the January 2015 issue of Saikyō Jump.

The One Piece manga was licensed for an English language release by Viz Media, who published it via chapters in the manga anthology Shonen Jump, since the magazine’s launch in November 2002, and in bound volumes since June 30, 2003. In 2009, Viz announced the release of five volumes per month during the first half of 2010 to catch up with the serialization in Japan. Following the discontinuation of the print Shonen Jump, Viz began releasing One Piece chapterwise in its digital successor Weekly Shonen Jump on January 30, 2012. In the United Kingdom, the volumes were published by Gollancz Manga, starting in March 2006, until Viz Media took it over after the fourteenth volume. In Australia and New Zealand, the English volumes have been distributed by Madman Entertainment since November 10, 2008.

In Poland, Japonica Polonica Fantastica is publishing the manga, Glénat in France, Panini Comics in Mexico, LARP Editores and later by Ivrea in Argentina, Planeta de Libros in Spain, and Edizioni Star Comics in Italy.

The One Piece manga was a finalist for the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize three times in a row from 2000 to 2002, with the highest number of fan nominations in the first two years. The German translation of its 44th volume won the Sondermann audience award in the international manga category, a yearly comic award given in seven categories by the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Frankfurter Rundschau, Spiegel Online and Comicforum, at the Fair’s Comics Centre in 2005. In a 2008 poll by Oricon, Japanese teenagers voted it the most interesting manga. The manga was nominated for Favorite Manga Series in Nickelodeon Magazines 2009 Comics Awards. In 2012, One Piece won the 41st Japan Cartoonists Association Award Grand Prize, alongside Kimuchi Yokoyama’s Nekodarake Nice. Da Vinci magazine named One Piece number three on their list of 2013’s top manga, which was voted on 4,619 professional book reviewers, bookstore employees, and Da Vinci readers. On June 15, 2015, it was announced that Eiichiro Oda and One Piece had set the Guinness World Record for “The most copies published for the same comic book series by a single author” with 320,866,000 copies printed worldwide as of December 2014.

Reception

Manga

One Piece is the best-selling manga series in history; it sold 100 million collected tankōbon volumes by February 2005, and over 200 million by February 2011, before selling over 365 million copies sold in Japan and 440 million copies worldwide as of May 2018. According to Oricon, One Piece has been the best-selling manga series every year since 2008 when the company began its manga chart, and it became the best-selling manga for the tenth consecutive year in 2017. Due to promotions for the Strong World film, all 56 volumes of the manga released at the time charted on Oricon’s list of the top 200 manga for the week of December 7–13, 2009. Up until February 2012, One Piece had grossed at least ¥112,126,800,000 ($1,404,220,000) in manga tankōbon sales revenue.

Additionally, individual volumes of One Piece have broken publishing and sales records in Japan. In 2009, Volume 56 had the highest initial print run of any manga: 2.85 million copies. Volume 57’s print run of 3 million copies in 2010 was the highest first print for any book of any subject in Japan—a record that was broken several times by subsequent volumes and currently held by Volume 67’s 4.05 million initial printing in 2012. Volume 60 was the first book to sell over two million copies in its opening week on Oricon book rankings, and later became the first book to sell over three million copies since the chart began in 2008.

One Piece has also sold well in North America, charting on Publishers Weeklys list of bestselling comics for April/May 2007 and numerous times on The New York Times Manga Best Seller list. On ICv2s list of Top 25 Manga Properties Fall 2008 for North America, which is compiled by interviews with retailers and distributors, Nielsen BookScan’s Top 20 Lists of graphic novels and ICv2s own analysis of information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, One Piece came in 15th place. It rose to second place on their Top 25 Manga Properties Q3 2010 list.

Life-size reproductions of the main characters’ two pirate ships: the Going Merry (left) and the Thousand Sunny (right)

Allen Divers of Anime News Network comments in 2003 that the art style One Piece employs “initially seems very cartoonish with much of the character designs showing more North American influence than that from its Japanese origins”. Adding that the “artwork and settings come across as timeless in their presentation”. He also notes that the influence of Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball) shines through in Oda’s style of writing with its “huge epic battles punctuated by a lot of humor” and that, in One Piece, he “manages to share a rich tale without getting bogged down by overly complicated plots”. Rebecca Silverman of the same site stated that one of the series’ strengths is to “blend action, humor, and heavy fare together” and praised the art, but stated that the panels could get too crowded for easy reading. The website active Anime describes the artwork in One Piece as “wonderfully quirky and full of expression”. Splashcomics comments that Oda’s “pleasantly bright and dynamic”art style suits the story’s “funny and exciting” atmosphere.

EX Media lauds Oda’s art for its “crispy” monochrome pictures, “great use of subtle shade changes” on color pages, “sometimes exquisite” use of angles, and for its consistency. Shaenon K. Garrity, who at some point edited the series for English Shonen Jump, said that, while doing so, her amazement over Oda’s craft grew steadily. She states that “he has a natural, playful mastery of the often restrictive weekly-manga format,” notes that “interesting things [are] going on deep in the narrative structure,” and recommends “sticking through to the later volumes to see just how crazy and Peter Max-y the art gets”. Mania Entertainment writer Jarred Pine comments that “One Piece is a fun adventure story, with an ensemble cast that is continuing to develop, with great action and character drama.” He praised Oda’s artwork as “imaginative and creative” and comments that “Oda’s imagination just oozes all of the panels “. He also notes that “Oda’s panel work […] features a lot of interesting perspectives and direction, especially during the explosive action sequences which are always a blast,” though he complains that the panels can sometimes get “a little chaotic”.

 

Film Friday- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Film Friday- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is a Japanese fantasy light novel series written by Fuse, and illustrated by Mitz Vah. It was serialized online between 2013 and 2016 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was acquired by Micro Magazine, who published the first light novel volume in 2014. Twelve volumes have been released as of July 2018. The light novel has been licensed in North America by Yen Press, who published the first volume in December 2017. It has received a manga adaptation published by Kodansha along a manga spin-off published by Micro Magazine and an anime television series adaptation by 8-Bit.

Anime

An anime television series adaptation aired from October 2, 2018 to March 26, 2019 on Tokyo MX and other channels. The series is animated by 8-Bit and directed by Yasuhito Kikuchi, with Atsushi Nakayama as assistant director, Kazuyuki Fudeyasu handling series composition, Ryouma Ebata designing the characters, and Takahiro Kishida providing monster designs. Elements Garden is composing the series’ music. The first opening theme is “Nameless story” performed by Takuma Terashima, while the first ending theme is “Another colony” performed by True. The second opening theme is “Megurumono”performed by Terashima, while the second ending theme is “Little Soldier”  performed by Azusa Tadokoro. The series is simulcast by Crunchyroll with Funimation streaming an English dub as it airs. The series will run for 25 episodes. An original animation DVD was originally scheduled to be released in March 29, 2019, bundled with the 11th manga volume, but it was delayed to December 2019, bundled with the 13th manga volume.

A second season has been announced and is scheduled to air in 2020, with the staff and cast members reprising their roles. 8-Bit will still animate the series.

Rimuru Tempest / Satoru Mikami
A human on Earth who was reincarnated as a powerful Slime due to certain requests he made as he died. He has the skill Devour (Predator in the anime), which allows him to eat almost anything and obtain skills and items from the devoured object. He can even mimic the appearance of any item he has devoured. After the defeat of Orc Lord, he established Tempest (Jura Tempest Federation in the anime), a nation of monsters in Great Forest of Jura that seeks co-existence of monsters with other living races.
Veldora Tempest
A powerful dragon known as the “Storm Dragon” who befriended the young Rimuru. Veldora was trapped in an “Endless Prison” by a beautiful Hero, when he was distracted by her looks. He was freed by Rimuru, when Rimuru took him into his storage space, so that they could jointly analyze the Endless Prison spell to break it. He was a “Calamity” type monster.
Shizue Izawa
Shizue, also known by her nickname Shizu, is a Japanese girl who was summoned into this world, during the Bombing of Tokyo. Her summoning was considered a failure, and she was abandoned after having a fire spirit, Ifrit, bound to her body. Soon after she gained the title “Conquerer of Flames”. She figures out that Rimuru was also once from Japan and in their short time together, they become good friends. After passing away, her body is devoured by Rimuru, giving him a human form.