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Thursday News- July 16, 2020

Thursday News- July 16, 2020

Netflix’s Dragon’s Dogma Anime Reveals Staff, Visual, September Debut- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-07-14/netflix-dragon-dogma-anime-reveals-staff-visual-september-debut/.161814

Sekai Games Produces Physical Release for fault- milestone one Game- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-07-15/sekai-games-produces-physical-release-for-fault-milestone-one-game/.161839

Fortune Quest Fantasy Light Novel Series Ends, Spinoffs Announced- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-07-15/fortune-quest-fantasy-light-novel-series-ends-spinoffs-announced/.161845

Monster Musume Manga Gets Novel on August 29- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-07-15/monster-musume-manga-gets-novel-on-august-29/.161833

Kimi wa Kanata Anime Film’s Teaser Reveals November 27 Opening Date- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-07-14/kimi-wa-kanata-anime-film-teaser-reveals-november-27-opening-date/.161836

Anime

  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 6 BD
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Set 6 DVD
  • Eiken BD
  • Eiken DVD
  • Fafner Complete Series + Movie Essentials BDC
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Prisma Phantasm BD
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya: Sekka no Chikai BD
  • Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Complete Box Set BD
  • InuYasha Set 1 BD
  • Kochoki BD
  • The Ones Within BD
  • Strike Witches Season 1 Essentials BD
  • Strike Witches Season 2 Essentials BD
  • Teasing Master Takagi-san Essentials BD

Manga

  • Ace of the Diamond GN 27 (Digital Only)
  • Akira 35th Anniversary Box Set Graphic Novel (GN; hardcover)
  • Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey GN 5
  • Case Closed GN 75
  • Cells at Work: Platelets! GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • A Certain Scientific Railgun: Astral Buddy GN 3
  • Dance in the Vampire Bund: Age of Scarlet Order GN 2
  • A Devotion That Changes Worlds GN 8 (Digital Only)A
  • Flower Demon Door of the Sakaimeya GN 3 (Digital Only)C
  • Giant Killing GN 21 (Digital Only)
  • Granblue Fantasy GN 5
  • Granny Girl Hinata-chan GN 5 (Digital Only)P
  • Hellsing Deluxe GN 1 (hardcover)
  • The Hero Life of a (Self-Proclaimed) “Mediocre” Demon! GN 4 (Digital Only)C
  • Himouto! Umaruchan GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • I’m Standing on a Million Lives GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Love on the Other Side: A Nagabe Short Story Collection GNC
  • A Man and His Cat GN 2
  • Men’s Life: Her Secret Life in The Boys’ Dormitory GN 2 (Digital Only)C
  • My Boy GN 6
  • Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Persona 5 GN 3
  • Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal Edition GN 8 (Digital Only)i
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 9
  • Record of Grancrest War GN 7
  • RIN-NE GN 34
  • Splatoon Squid Kids Comedy Show GN 1
  • The Strongest Sage With the Weakest Crest GN 1 (Digital Only)n i
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 16 (Digital Only)P
  • Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! GN 3
  • Wandering Witch GN 1

Other

  • Adachi and Shimamura Novel 1
  • Final Fantasy XV: The Dawn of the Future Novel (hardcover)A
  • The Extraordinary, the Ordinary, and SOAP! Novel 2 (Digital Only)A
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 13
  • Lazy Dungeon Master Novel 11 (Digital Only)
  • Paper Mario: The Origami King Switch gameP
  • Professor Layton and the Unwound Future HD for Mobile iOS, Android game
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 11
  • Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Novel 7 (Digital Only)C
  • Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town Switch, PC gameA
  • void tRrLM(); //Void Terrarium PS4, Switch game
  • A Wild Last Boss Appeared! Novel 1A

Manga Monday- Reborn!

Manga Monday- Reborn!

Reborn!, known in Japan as Katekyō Hitman Reborn!, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Amano. The manga is about a young boy, Tsunayoshi Sawada, who discovers that he is next in line to become boss of the Vongola family, a powerful Mafia organization. The Vongolas’ most powerful hitman, a gun-toting infant named Reborn, is sent to teach Tsuna how to be a boss.

The manga’s chapters were serialized in Japan in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from May 2004 to November 2012 and have been published in forty-two tankōbon volumes. An anime adaptation of the series by Artland aired on TV Tokyo from October 7, 2006, to September 25, 2010. Viz Media licensed the manga and the streaming rights for the television series for an English-language release. Discotek Media licensed the home video rights for the television series for subbed-only releases. A number of video games, light novels, and other products were also created based on the series.

Reborn! is one of the best-selling Weekly Shōnen Jump manga, with several volumes top sellers in Japan. Reviewers praised its humor, storylines, fights and the infant characters’ design. However, they said it grew more violent after volume eight, becoming a typical shōnen series.

Manga

Reborn!s prototypes, by Akira Amano, appeared in seinen magazines until a one-shot was published on November 17, 2003 in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump. The manga was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from May 24, 2004 to November 12, 2012, and individual chapters were published in collected volumes by Shueisha from October 4, 2004 to March 4, 2013. The series is licensed in North America and the United Kingdom by Viz Media, who published the manga under the Shonen Jump Advanced imprint. The first volume was published October 3, 2006, and Viz’ last volume—the sixteenth—was published July 6, 2010. Reborn! is licensed in Brazil by Panini Comics, in France by Glénat, in Germany by Tokyopop, in Singapore by Chuang Yi, in Spain by Planeta DeAgostini and in Taiwan by Tong Li Publishing.

A spin-off manga titled Vongola GP Kuru! created by Toshinori Takayama was serialized in Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump from December 2010 to November 2012. It was compiled into three volumes released in 2012 on June 4, September 4 and December 4 respectively.

Books

A book, Katekyō Hitman Reborn! Official Character Book Vongola 77, was published on October 4, 2007, in Japan. Based on the manga, it covers 77 incidents since Reborn joined the Sawada household. The book profiles major characters, with brief side stories not appearing in the manga and color posters by Akira Amano. Katekyō Hitman Reborn! Sōshūhen: Vongola Family, a book focusing on Tsuna, Reborn and Tsuna’s Guardians was released on October 30, 2009. On April 2, 2010 an artbook, Reborn Colore!, was published.

Five Reborn! light novels by Hideaki Koyasu and illustrated by Akira Amano, originally serialized in Jump Square, were published by Shueisha. In the first, Hidden Bullet 1: Mukuro’s Illusions, published on March 12, 2007, Mukuro Rokudo takes over Kokuyo High. The second, Hidden Bullet 2: X-Fiamma, published on February 5, 2008, recaps the mystery of Xanxus. A third, Hidden Bullet 3: Millefiore Panic, published on July 3, 2009, focuses on the Millefiore and Vongola families. The fourth and fifth novels were published on April 30, 2010 and May 2, 2011, respectively.

Reception

The Reborn! manga is popular in Japan and, according to Mainichi Shimbun, has one of the greatest number of cosplayers in the country. In 2007 it was the tenth-bestselling series in Weekly Shōnen Jump, with a total of seven million copies sold; in 2008, its sales increased to 15 million copies. Reborn! was among Japan’s top-selling series for several years. In 2008 the manga sold 3.3 million copies, the country’s fourth-bestselling series. In 2009 it was the sixth-bestselling series in Japan, with sales of 3,694,323 copies. In 2010 Reborn! was the eighth-bestselling series, with sales of 3,479,219 copies. The manga was the 24th-bestselling series in 2012, with sales of 1,844,824 copies. Overall, it has sold over 30 million copies. Reborn!s second light novel was the third-bestseller in Japan in 2008, with sales of 106,229 copies. The anime’s DVDs are also popular, sometimes making the Japanese Animation DVD Rankings.

Reborn! has been reviewed a number of times. According to Carlo Santos of Anime News Network, although the manga’s first volume had a weak plot and its art was “downright messy and crowded” there was “volatile chemistry” between Tsuna and Reborn. Popcultureshock.com said that the series was aimed at girls because of the number of male characters, and cited its good combination of artwork and humor. A. E. Sparrow of IGN liked its lampooning of the “Mafia concept” and the manga’s artwork, saying the “cartoonish characters exist alongside chiseled, well-sculpted figures”. The series’ change in tone evoked a variety of responses; in a ninth-volume review Sparrow said the series “is quickly becoming a great shōnen read in no small part due to this current storyline”, noting its evolution since Tsuna began to grow up and the fights became more violent. According to Comicbookbin.com, although the fights were well-done and the series was still funny, volume eight of the manga was too violent and ordinary readers might find it strange. Ben Leary of Mania Entertainment was lukewarm about the series’ darker tone since the eighth volume. Praising the fights and the handling of the tournament between the Vongola and the Varia, he missed the series’ comedy and hoped it would return after the tournament.

Plot

In Reborn! a boy, Tsunayoshi “Tsuna” Sawada, is chosen to become the tenth boss of the Vongola Family, as he is the great-great-great-great grandson of the first Vongola boss—who moved to Japan from Italy. Timoteo, the Vongola IX—the current head of the family—, sends Reborn, an infant hitman from Italy, to train the reluctant Tsuna. Reborn’s chief teaching method is the “Dying Will Bullet” (死ぬ気弾, Shinukidan), which causes a person to be “reborn” with a stronger self to execute his dying wish. The clumsy, underachieving Tsuna becomes stronger, more confident and willing, making him a suitable Vongola family boss despite his continued reluctance. He makes several friends, including his love interest Kyoko Sasagawa.

Tsuna gets out of many scrapes on his way to becoming the Vongola boss, fighting escaped Mafia convicts posing as Kokuyo Junior High School students. The Varia, the Vongola assassin squad, want their boss, Xanxus, to be the Vongola boss and initiate a competition with Tsuna. To defeat the Varia, Reborn recruits Tsuna’s schoolmates as Vongola guardians: Hayato Gokudera, an explosives expert who wants to be Tsuna’s right-hand man; Takeshi Yamamoto, an athlete who likes baseball and cluelessly thinks of the Mafia as a game; Ryohei Sasagawa, captain of the school boxing club and Kyoko’s older brother, and head prefect Kyoya Hibari. Lambo, a weak infant hitman who wants to kill Reborn; and Chrome Dokuro, a girl with links to the criminal Mukuro Rokudo, also join them.

After defeating the Varia, Tsuna and his friends are transported to the future to face the Millefiore family, who are killing the Vongolas. They discover that the Arcobaleno, the seven strongest infants, are dead except for Lal Mirch. When Tsuna and the Vongola guardians fight the Millefiore, they learn that Shoichi Irie, a comrade of Tsuna’s future self, sent them to the future because the future Tsuna said they were the only ones able to defeat Millefiore leader Byakuran. Byakuran, who has obtained knowledge from parallel worlds, wants to obtain all the Mafia rings to become omniscient.

Tsuna and his group defeat Byakuran and return to the present, where they learn that he is to be installed as Vongola X. The ceremony is disrupted by the Shimon Family, who have sworn revenge on the Vongola founding father for allegedly betraying the first Shimon boss. Tsuna confronts the Shimon Family on a secluded island; the Vindice, a group of former Arcobaleno who protect the laws of the mafia, are involved in the fight and imprison the losers. After several battles it is learned that Daemon Spade, an illusionist, and first Vongola generation guardian, was manipulating Shimon, using the conflict to control Mukuro Rokudo and remake the Vongolas in his image. The combined strength of Tsuna and Shimon’s leader, Enma Kozato, defeats him.

After Tsuna reconciles with Shimon, Reborn and the other Arcobaleno compete among themselves to remove their curse. Each Arcobaleno chooses a representative to fight for them and the winner will be able to undo the curse. The Vindice enter the competition, informing Reborn and Tsuna that the tournament is a front for the selection of a new Arcobaleno; the previous Arcobaleno die or become Vindice. Tsuna joins the remaining teams to defeat Bermuda, a former Arcobaleno, and the Vindice. On the final day of the Representative Battle of the Rainbow, Tsuna defeats Bermuda and his team. Checker Face, who inflicted the Arcobaleno Curse of the Rainbow, reveals his true identity as Kawahira, administrator of the humankind’s ultimate power, Tri-ni-set. Finding another way to keep the Tri-ni-set safe, Kawahira agrees to entrust it to future generations and remove the curse.

After the Arcobaleno battle, Tsuna refuses to become the tenth head of the Vongola Family and Reborn leaves. A week after his departure, Tsuna realizes that he is still his no-good self; nothing has changed. Reborn returns to train Tsuna as Neo-Vongola Primo, similar to Vongola Decimo; Tsuna remembers that he now has friends he can rely on and has been changed by his experiences, thanks to his tutor and partner Reborn.

Film Friday- I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

Film Friday- I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, also known as Let Me Eat Your Pancreas, is a novel by the Japanese writer Yoru Sumino. Initially serialized as a web novel in the user-generated site Shōsetsuka ni Narō in 2014, the book was published in print in 2015 by Futabasha. A manga adaptation ran from 2016 to 2017. A live-action film titled Let Me Eat Your Pancreas premiered in 2017, and an anime film adaptation titled I Want to Eat Your Pancreas on 1 September, 2018.

Anime film

A Japanese animated film adaptation of the novel, titled I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, was announced in August 2017.

The film is written for the screen and directed by Shin’ichirō Ushijima and produced by Keiji Mita at Studio VOLN, with music composed by Hiroko Sebu. Yūichi Oka provides the character designs and serves as chief supervising animator. Yukako Ogawa is the background supervisor and is assisted by Yoshito Watanabe. Sound effects are produced by Noriko Izumo under the direction of Jōji Hata. Compositing for the film was supervised by Hiroshi Saitō and directed by Mayuko Koike. Koremi Kishi serves as the 3D CG director, and Yoshinori Horikawa is the color designer. The film is edited by Yumi Jingugi.

The film’s theme song is “Fanfare” and the ending is “Shunkashūtō”. Both songs are by the band Sumika, who also played voice acting roles in the film.

The film is distributed by Aniplex in Japan, and premiered in theaters on September 1, 2018. Aniplex of America announced at Anime Expo 2018 that they would release the film theatrically in North America, premiering it at the Animation Is Film Festival in Los Angeles on October 21, 2018. Aniplex of America later announced at Anime NYC 2018 that the film would be screened in the United States subtitled on February 7, 2019, and with an English dub on February 10, 2019, in collaboration with Fathom Events. Madman Entertainment announced at SMASH! 2018 they would be releasing the film in Australia and New Zealand, premiering the film at Madman Anime Festival in Melbourne on September 16, 2018, with a wider release premiering from October 18, 2018. In the United Kingdom, the film premiered at Scotland Loves Anime on October 14, 2018, winning the Audience Award at the festival, and is distributed by Manga Entertainment in the region.

Live-action film

A Japanese live-action film based on the novel, titled Let Me Eat Your Pancreas, starring Takumi Kitamura and Minami Hamabe in the lead roles premiered in Japan on July 28, 2017. The film was also shown in South Korea at the Busan International Film Festival in October 2017, and in Malaysia on November 9, 2017, where it was distributed by GSC Movies.

Manga Monday- I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

Manga Monday- I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas, also known as Let Me Eat Your Pancreas, is a novel by the Japanese writer Yoru Sumino. Initially serialized as a web novel in the user-generated site Shōsetsuka ni Narō in 2014, the book was published in print in 2015 by Futabasha. A manga adaptation ran from 2016 to 2017. A live-action film titled Let Me Eat Your Pancreas premiered in 2017, and an anime film adaptation titled I Want to Eat Your Pancreas on 1 September, 2018.

Manga

Izumi Kirihara began serializing a manga adaptation in Futabasha’s Monthly Action magazine on August 25, 2016, and ended the series on May 25, 2017. The chapters were compiled into two collected tankōbon volumes, published on February 10, 2017, and June 20, 2017. The manga is also licensed by Seven Seas, who released the first volume on January 22, 2019.

Novel

Yoru Sumino originally published the novel as a web novel on the user-generated content site Shōsetsuka ni Narō in 2014, before Futabasha republished it with cover art by loundraw on June 19, 2015. English publisher Seven Seas Entertainment announced their license to the novel on March 15, 2018, and it was released on November 20, 2018.

Plot

An aloof boy comes across a book in a hospital waiting room. He soon discovers that it is a diary kept by his very popular classmate who reveals to him that she is secretly suffering from a fatal pancreatic illness.

 

Film Friday- Cheeky Angel

Film Friday- 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.

Reception

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

J.P. Arevalo describes the anime as having ” laugh-out-loud humor” and praised its blend of drama and comedy.

Characters

Megumi Amatsuka
While Megumi is physically a very attractive female, she still retains her masculine mannerisms and fighting abilities, which she uses very often, attracting the ‘Megu-chan Protection Club’, a group of misfit admirers. Nobody else knows she used to be a boy but was transformed into a girl; initially only Megumi’s best friend, Miki, knew her secret, however the protection club quickly finds out. Out of all the men in Furinkan High, the only one who seems to make any headway is Genzō Soga for his unparalleled willingness to do anything to prove himself to Megumi. A tomboy at heart, if she unintentionally displays any sort of affection for anyone, she is very quick to deny everything. At the end of the manga, it is revealed that she was and always had been a girl. She wished to be a boy because when they were younger, despite being stronger than Genzō, he injured himself to protect her, saying that it was a man’s duty to protect a woman, and she wanted to protect Miki from any harm. She confesses her love to Genzo at the end of the series, and kisses him.

Miki Hanakain
Miki is Megumi’s childhood friend and would do anything to help her. She is the only one that remembers the former Megumi and knows of the transformation. She does everything she can to turn Megumi into a better more feminine girl and even goes so far as to threaten to stop being Megumi’s friend if she cuts her hair. Miki is extremely loyal to Megumi and has been at her side since pre-school, she even accepted an arranged marriage just so she could go to the same high school as Megumi.

Keiko Tanaka
A spoiled brat and Megumi’s rival. She shows up later in the series. She suffers a form of superiority complex. She hates Megumi because she realizes that everyone around her thinks Megumi is more beautiful than she is. Now she follows Megumi where ever she goes in hope of dis-proving Megumi’s beauty.

Megumi’s father
His real name is unknown. Megu-papa is perverted like Yasuda, frequently seen entering Megumi’s room through secret entrances he creates without Megumi’s permission.

Tsubasa Amatsuka
Megumi’s mother. Her work requires her to travel around the world, so she’s rarely home.

 

 

Genzō Soga
A very stubborn punk who has become Megumi’s biggest admirer. The strongest in terms of physical power, Genzō is feared by many at school and various gangs in the city. The manga begins with Megumi, upset that this punk has mistreated his most recent girlfriend, beating Genzō up, the first person to do it since at least grade-school. Soon after that incident, Genzō quickly falls head over heels in love for Megumi. On his 16th birthday, Genzō proposed to Megumi but he was rejected. In the manga, it is revealed that Genzō received his scar protecting Megu from falling glass while she was rescuing Miki from kidnappers. Genzō often refers to Megumi as Megu-chan as a sign affection. At the end of the manga, Megumi reciprocates his feelings, and the two kiss.

 

 

Wednesday News- July 1, 2020

Wednesday News- July 1, 2020

Misaki Saito Ends Keishichō Battōka Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-06-30/misaki-saito-ends-keishicho-battoka-manga/.161229

Sunrise Registers ‘Love Live! Superstar!!’ Trademark- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2020-06-30/sunrise-registers-love-live-superstar-trademark/.161231

Sonic the Hedgehog Film Opens at #6 in Japan, But Ghibli Takes Top 3- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-07-01/sonic-the-hedgehog-film-opens-at-no.6-in-japan-but-ghibli-takes-top-3/.161298

Game Review- Pokémon Sword and Shield: Isle of Armor- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/game/pokemon-sword-and-shield-isle-of-armor/.161213

Anime

  • After the Rain BD
  • Astroganger BD
  • Black Clover Season 2 Part 5 BD
  • Black Clover Season 2 Part 5 Artbook BD
  • Bleach Set 7 BD
  • City Hunter Season 1 Part 2 BD
  • Crusher Joe: The Movie BD
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Limited Edition BD
  • Lupin III: Goodbye Partner BD
  • Midnight Occult Civil Servants BD
  • Ninja Scroll BD
  • Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl BD
  • Run with the Wind Premium Box Set BD
  • Sengoku Basara – Samurai Kings: The Last Party Season 2 Part 5 BD

Manga

  • A Devotion That Changes Worlds GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • Infinite Dendrogram GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Koimonogatari Graphic Novel (GN) 1
  • Konohana Kitan GN 8
  • Love Me for Who I Am GN 1
  • Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! GN 5 (Digital Only)C
  • Otherworldly Izakaya “Nobu” GN 7
  • Suzuki Just Wants a Quiet Life GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • To Love Ru Darkness GN 16 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack PS4 game
  • Full Metal Panic! Novel 7 (Digital Only)
  • Hello, I am a Witch and my Crush Wants me to Make a Love Potion! Novel (Digital Only) (Digital Only)
  • The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Switch gameC
  • My Next Life as a Villainness: All Routes Lead to Doom! Novel 6 (Digital Only)
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA Novel 3 (Digital Only).
  • One-Punch Man: Road to Hero 2.0 iOS, Android game
  • The Wonderful 101: Remastered PS4, PC, Switch game

 

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

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