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Manga Monday- Assassination Classroom

Manga Monday- Assassination Classroom

Assassination Classroom is a Japanese comic science fiction manga series written and illustrated by Yūsei Matsui. The series was serialized on Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from July 2012 to March 2016 and is licensed in English by Viz Media. The series follows the daily lives of an extremely powerful octopus-like creature who also works as a junior high homeroom teacher, and his students dedicated to the task of assassinating him to prevent Earth from being destroyed. The students are considered “misfits” in their school and are taught in a separate building, the class he teaches is called 3-E. As of July 2016, twenty-one tankōbon volumes have been released in Japan with a circulation of 20 million copies.

The series began serialisation in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on July 2, 2012. The first collected tankōbon volume was published on November 2, 2012. The initial print run for the first volume was 300,000, but after several reprints over 1 million copies were printed. Volume 20 was released on June 3, 2016. 10 million copies are in circulation. A VOMIC (voiced comic) version, which added voice clips to the manga pages, was featured on the Sakiyomi Jan Bang! variety show between January and June 2013. The series has been licensed in English by Viz Media, who began releasing the series in physical and digital editions from December 2014. The series ended on March 16, 2016 with 180 chapters.

A spin-off manga, titled Koro Sensei Quest, is being written and illustrated by Kizuku Watanabe and Jō Aoto, and began serialization in Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump magazine on October 2, 2015.

Reception

Over one million copies of volume 1 have been printed, and individual volumes frequently appeared on the lists of best-selling manga in Japan. Volumes 2, 3, 4, 1, 5, and 6 placed 26th, 32nd, 36th, 37th, 41st, and 50th respectively on the list of the best-selling manga volumes of 2013, making it the seventh best-selling manga series in Japan of 2013 with 4.5 million copies sold. It was ranked second in Zenkoku Shotenin ga Eranda Osusume Comic 2013, a 2013 ranking of the top 15 manga recommended by Japanese bookstores. It was nominated for the 6th Manga Taishō. It placed second in male-oriented comics category on the list of “Book of the Year” by Media Factory and manga news magazine Da Vinci. Nippon Shuppan Hanbai elected it the best work of 2013 in their “Recommended Comic Books Across the Country Clerk’s Choice”. It was number one on the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey by Takarajimasha.

In February 2015, Asahi Shimbun announced that Assassination Classroom was one of nine nominees for the nineteenth annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.

Plot

Earth is threatened by an enormously powerful monster who apparently destroyed 70% of the Moon, leaving it permanently shaped like a crescent. The monster claims that within a year he will destroy the planet, but he offers mankind a chance to avert this fate. In class 3-E, the End Class of Kunugigaoka Junior High School, he starts working as a homeroom teacher where he teaches his students regular subjects, as well as the ways of assassination. The Japanese government promises a reward of ¥10 billion (i.e. 100 million USD) to whoever among the students succeeds in killing the monster, whom they have named “Koro-sensei” Korosensē, a pun on korosenai (unkillable) and sensei (teacher)). However, this proves to be an almost impossible task, as not only does he have several superpowers at his disposal, including the capacity of moving at Mach 20, but he is also the best teacher they’ve ever had, helping them to improve their grades, individual skills, and prospects for the future.

As the series goes on, the entire situation gets even more complicated as other assassins come after Koro-sensei’s life, some coveting the reward, others for personal reasons. The students eventually learn the secrets involving him, the Moon’s destruction and his ties with their previous homeroom teacher, including the true reason why he must be killed before the end of the school year. The series is narrated by Nagisa Shiota, one of the pupils in the class whose main strategy in killing Koro-sensei is making a list of all his weaknesses. At first, Nagisa appears to be one of the weaker members of Class 3-E, but he later emerges as one of the most skillful assassins in the class.

 

Film Friday- Food Wars

Film Friday- Food Wars

An anime adaptation by J.C.Staff aired between April 3, 2015 and September 25, 2015. A second season named Food Wars! The Second Plate aired between July 2, 2016 and September 24, 2016. The first cour of the third season, referred to as Food Wars! The Third Plate aired between October 4, 2017 and December 20, 2017. The second half aired between April 9, 2018 and June 25, 2018.

Anime

An anime adaptation was announced on October 2014 by Shueisha. The anime was directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani at J.C.Staff with Shogo Yasukawa as the series scriptwriter and starred Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as the main character, Sōma Yukihira. Crunchyroll began streaming the anime on April 3, 2015. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime for digital and home video release in North America. For the first fourteen episodes, of the first season. The show’s opening theme was “Kibō no Uta”  by Ultra Tower, and the ending theme was “Spice”  by Tokyo Karankoron. From episode fifteen onwards, the opening theme was “Rising Rainbow” by Misokkasu, while the ending theme was “Sacchan’s Sexy Curry” by Seiko Oomori. A 25-minute original video animation was bundled with the 19th volume of the manga, which was released on July 4, 2016.

A 13-episode second season, titled Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Second Plate aired between July 2, 2016 and September 24, 2016. The second season’s opening theme song is “Rough Diamonds” by SCREEN mode, and the ending theme song is “Snowdrop” by Nano Ripe.

The first cour of the third season aired between October 4, 2017 and December 20, 2017. The first opening theme song was “Braver” by Zaq, and the ending theme song is “Kyokyo Jitsujitsu” by Nano Ripe. The second half aired between April 9, 2018 and June 25, 2018. The second opening theme is “Symbol” by Luck Life, and the ending theme song is “Atoria” by Fo’xTails.

Video games

Food Wars! has produced two games released in Japan. Shokugeki no Soma: The Dish of Friendship and Bonds is a visual novel developed by FuRyu and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It was released for the Nintendo 3DS on December 17, 2015. A teaser trailer was revealed on May 24, 2015.

The game features an original story that takes place in Europe while characters from the series interact among each other. In addition, the characters will be voiced by their respective voice actors from the anime. Gameplay requires little interaction from the player as most of the duration of the game is spent on reading the text that appears on the screen which represents either the dialogue between the various characters or the thoughts of the protagonist. Like many other visual novels, players will go through all kinds of situational events as the original story unfold.

Shokugeki no Soma: The Ultimate Recipe is a mobile game published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game was released for iOS and Android on August 17, 2015.

Soma Yukihira

is a 15-year-old chef who has been working at his father Joichiro’s diner, Yukihira Family Restaurant, since he was a young child. His main goal in cooking is to provide the customer with any dish they order anytime they want. When his father closes the diner to work overseas, Soma enrolls in the Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute. Although his future classmate and entrance exam judge Erina Nakiri refuses to accept his dish, Erina’s grandfather, the dean of the academy, accepts him, after which he declares in front of the entering class ceremony that he will win the top spot in the school. He resides in Polaris Dorm, room 303.

Like his father, Soma enjoys experimenting (although they often have horrible results), sees failure as a learning opportunity, and is normally laid-back until during cooking matches, where he can get quite serious. Due to undergoing regular cooking matches with the far superior Joichiro, Soma has grown not to be afraid of any cooking challenge no matter how insurmountable it seems. He does not have a particular specialty, but rather utilizes his rare creativity to create free-style and innovative dishes to clash with other chefs in order to continuously improve himself.

Erina Nakiri

is a 15-year-old first-year student at Totsuki and the granddaughter of the school’s director Senzaemon. She was the valedictorian of Totsuki’s junior high and is the youngest student to join the school’s Council of Ten Masters. She has long blond hair. She is renowned for her extremely delicate and refined palate, called Divine Tongue (anime: God’s Tongue), where she tries foods from the top restaurants in Japan; those whose dishes are judged incompetent have their reputations forever tarnished. During the tasting process, she imagines vivid scenarios such as relaxing in the hot springs and encountering a lowland gorilla in the same springs, or meditating on a waterfall and having a jukebox drop on her head.

At the start of the series, she conducts the entrance exam for transfer student candidates who must make a dish involving eggs, causing every candidate except for Soma to withdraw. Although she internally recognizes that Soma’s dish was impressive, she rejects him because of his “commoner” background, but is later annoyed that Soma was admitted to the school anyway. She then vows to make his life miserable.

Megumi Tadokoro

is Soma’s classmate at Totsuki and next-door dormmate at Polaris. Hoping to help her family’s bed-and-breakfast the Shokei’en Inn, she leaves her snowy harbor town in the Tōhoku region, and enrolls in Totsuki’s junior high program. However, her shyness and stage fright causes her to perform poorly; she ranks at the bottom of the class and is placed on academic probation at the start of her first high school year, It also takes her three months to pass the Polaris Dorm entrance exam. After meeting Soma, she boosts her courage and confidence, and she improves her grades. She enjoys making comfort foods which impart feelings of familial love and nostalgia in those who taste her dishes. She has experience with dried and pickled vegetables, having dealt with them back in her home town. Outside of cooking, she is also a table tennis player, winning prefectural tournaments in elementary school and having turned down going to a sports junior high.

During the first-year cooking camp, she is fired by alumni judge Shinomiya for altering his dish. When Soma tries to stand up for her, challenging Shinomiya to a shokugeki, director Gin Dojima arranges for Megumi to face Shinomiya in the competition. Although she initially loses that match, the other alums, including Gin Dojima, pitch in their support, and she is retained. She later qualifies for the main tournament in the Fall Classic.

 

Wednesday News- February 13, 2019

Wednesday News- February 13, 2019

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Manga Monday- Food Wars

Manga Monday- Food Wars

Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma is a Japanese shōnen manga series written by Yūto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki. Yuki Morisaki also works as a Contributor, providing the recipes for the series. Individual chapters have been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since November 26, 2012, with tankōbon volumes being released by Shueisha. As of May 2018, 29 volumes have been released in Japan. The series is licensed by Viz Media, who has been releasing the volumes digitally since March 18, 2014, and released the first volume in print on August 5, 2014.

Manga

The manga began as a one-shot in Shueisha’s Weekly Shounen Jump in April 2012 and then began as a series in November 2012. The first tankōbon volume was published on April 4, 2013. As of October 2018, thirty-one volumes have been published. Viz Media has licensed the manga for North America and published the first volume on August 5, 2014.

Plot

Teenager Soma Yukihira aspires to become a full-time chef in his father Joichiro’s family restaurant and surpass his father’s culinary skills, but Joichiro gets a new job that requires him to travel around the world, and closes his shop. Joichiro has Soma enroll in Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute, an elite culinary school where students engage in food competitions called shokugeki (anime: food war). He secures himself a spot at the school, despite the objections of Erina Nakiri, the talented granddaughter of the school’s dean. Soma is assigned to Polaris Dormitory where he meets other aspiring chefs, including Megumi Tadokoro. The story follows his adventures as he interacts with his peers and challenges Totsuki’s students as well as others in shokugeki competitions. Learning that his father was not only a student of Totsuki, but also the second seat in the Council of Ten; Soma plans on becoming the best at the academy.

Soma and the other first-year students participate in a cooking camp judged by the school’s alumni that expels about a third of the entering class. He enters the Fall Classic, a competition that takes the top 60 first-year students, pares them down to eight students who then compete in a single elimination tournament. The first-years then participate in week-long stagiaire internships at local restaurants, as well as a large-scale school-wide Moon Festival. When Erina’s father Azami takes over the school, Soma and Erina form a rebel faction to challenge the establishment.

Characters and Setting

The series is set mainly at Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute, an elite culinary school located in Tokyo, Japan, which only a handful of students graduate each year. Its students mostly come from Totsuki’s junior high school, but transfers are taken provided they pass the entrance exam. The campus is a wide-ranging resort with many research societies (clubs); cooking classrooms, and large arenas used for competitions. Housing varies, but the most affordable is the Polaris Dormitory, where characters have to impress the dorm matron with a dish in order to secure residence. Totsuki also runs a chain of resort hotels; with the biggest being the Totsuki resort; run by Gin Dojima, which is visited during the course of Soma’s first year at Totsuki.

The top student chefs occupy seats on the Council of Ten Masters. Students can initiate a shokugeki with any other student or alumni; a cooking fight with stipulations on the line. Battles fought in this way could be for cooking utensils, research society facilities, council membership, or even expulsion from the school.

Reception

It was number twelve on the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey and it was number three in the Nationwide Bookstore Employees’ Recommended Comics of 2014. The Anime News Network gave the anime series a B; citing the art as being very good, and that Soma is a very likeable protagonist. They however opined that the amount of fanservice might put some readers off, and considered some instances of fanservice uncomfortable and unnecessary.

Volume 1 has sold 139,657 copies as of April 28, 2013; volume 2 has sold 176,682 copies as of June 16, 2013; volume 3 has sold 238,590 copies as of August 18, 2013, volume 4 has sold 252,975 copies, as of September 22, 2013; volume 5 has sold 271,570 copies as of December 22, 2013; volume 6 has sold 277,726 copies as of February 23, 2014; and volume 7 has sold 279,364 copies as of April 20, 2014. As of May 2, 2018, it was revealed that the manga had 14 million copies in print.

 

Film Friday- Fruits Basket

Film Friday- Fruits Basket

The series was also adapted into a 26-episode anime series, directed by Akitaro Daichi. A new anime television series adaptation produced by TMS Entertainment and directed by Yoshihide Ibata will premiere in April 2019.

Anime

Directed by Akitaro Daichi, the twenty-six episode Fruits Basket anime series was animated and produced by Studio Deen. It premiered on TV Tokyo on July 5, 2001, with the final episode airing on December 27, 2001. Some parts of the plot deviated from the manga and were portrayed differently, such as Momiji and Shigure’s behaviors. Throughout production, Daichi and Takaya ran into disagreements, including the cast, coloring details, and Daichi’s storytelling style, leading Takaya to disliking the series.

The series was released in Japan in nine individual DVD volumes by King Records, with each volume containing three episodes except for the first volume, which contained two. The first volume was released on September 29, 2001, with subsequent volumes released on a monthly basis until the final volume was released on May 22, 2002. A series box set was released on April 25, 2007, containing all twenty-six episodes, as well a message card from Natsuki Takaya, a 60-page deluxe booklet, and a bonus Fruits Basket CD soundtrack.

Funimation aired the series with their English dub on the Funimation Channel as well as on Colours TV and also licensed it for Region 1 DVD release. It released it in the form of four individual volumes containing 6-7 episodes and a complete series box set. On November 20, 2007, Funimation re-released the series as part of their lower priced Viridian line, with the new release containing the complete series in a thin-packed box set, and then in August 1, 2017 on an upscaled Blu-ray in a standard and collector’s edition. In the United Kingdom, FUNimation originally distributed the series through MVM Entertainment, but then changed distributors in November 2006 to Revelation Films. Revelation re-released the four individual volumes under their label. They also released the series box set on January 22, 2007. MVM re-licensed the series in late 2011. In Region 4, the series was released as a complete series box set by Madman Entertainment on October 15, 2003.

A new anime adaptation has been announced. Funimation announced that the new adaptation would air in April 2019, and would adapt the entire manga. The adaptation will also include a new cast and staff, with TMS Entertainment handling the production. Yoshihide Ibata is directing the series, with Taku Kishimoto handling series composition and Masaru Shindou handling character designs. Funimation has also licensed the series for streaming and home video distribution.

Other

In 1999 the magazine Hana to Yume released a special Fruits Basket drama CD which had a four-chapter original story and short talk sections between each section. Released before the anime came out, this CD had a completely different voice cast. The CD was a promotional item with a limited run and is now unavailable. As well as the drama CD, there have been two music CD releases of Fruits Basket to coincide with the anime adaptation, Memory for You and Four Seasons (also known as Song for Ritsuko Okazaki).

Natsuki Takaya has created one art book and two fan books for Fruits Basket. The art book, containing 101 pages of illustrations, was published by Hakusensha on April 16, 2004. The first fan book, Fruits Basket Fan Book – Cat, which contained 192 pages of story summaries, character biographies, and activities, was published in Japan on May 19, 2005. Tokyopop released it in English on September 11, 2007. The second fan book, Fruits Basket Fan Book – Banquet, was published in Japan on March 19, 2007 and contained 187 pages; it was scheduled to be published in English by Tokyopop on April 27, 2010.

Fruits Basket has also resulted in the creation of a variety of merchandise, including plushies of the various zodiac animals, wall calendars, clothing items, key chains, wall scrolls, buttons, figurines, and school supplies. A collectible card game based on the series was also created and published by Score Entertainment which can be used for playing Dai Hin Min as well as other games.

In 2008, the all-male theatrical troupe Gekidan Studio Life announced it would be producing a theatrical adaptation of Fruits Basket, using only performers who would be making their stage debuts. The production is expected to run for two weeks at the Galaxy Theater in Tokyo starting February 25, 2009.

Tohru Honda
aged 16–18, is an orphaned high school student who, at the start of the story, lives in a tent before she encounters the Sohma family. More specifically, she begins living with Shigure, Yuki, and Kyo Sohma in exchange for housekeeping. She loves to cook, describes herself as an excellent housekeeper, and has an after-school job as an office janitor in an effort to pay her tuition fees and avoid being a burden to her grandfather. Throughout both the manga and anime series, it is noticeable from those around her that she has a good heart and genuinely cares about those in her life. Although knowing the Sohma’s curse, Tohru embraces the family and their secret.
Kyo Sohma
aged 16–18, is cursed by the cat, an animal not in the Chinese zodiac, but which legend says would have been if it had not been tricked by the Rat into missing the induction feast. In an author’s note, Natsuki Takaya described the character of Kyo as a powerful force that pulled the story of Fruits Basket along. In spite of his cold and aggressive nature, Kyo’s heart later softens upon realizing Tohru’s care for him be sincere. Their bond not only encourages Kyo to have a change of heart, but it also allows Kyo to trust in Tohru when he’s to expose what it means to be excluded from the zodiac.
Yuki Sohma
 aged 16–18, is the Rat of the Chinese zodiac and younger brother of Ayame. Yuki is depicted as an attractive, reserved, and accomplished young man with many admirers, but who finds being friendly difficult. He’s been able to confide to Tohru without problem and has expressed vulnerability as one who has the Sohma curse.

 

Wednesday News- February 6, 2019

Wednesday News- February 6, 2019

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Anime

  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Part 1 BD
  • Deadman Wonderland Essentials BD
  • FLCL Classics BD
  • Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club Season 1 Essentials BD
  • Free! Eternal Summer Season 2 Essentials BD
  • Lu over the wall BD/DVD
  • Lu over the wall DVD
  • Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms BD/DVD
  • Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower BD
  • Re:Zero Season 1 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Samurai 7 Complete Series Classics BD
  • Samurai Champloo Classics BD
  • Space Runaway Ideon BD
  • Steins;Gate Classics BD

Manga

  • Ao Haru Ride Graphic Novel (GN) 3
  • Black Clover GN 14
  • Black Torch GN 3
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 4
  • Can I Kiss You Every Day? GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Edens Zero GN 2
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 28
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord GN 3
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders GN 10 (Hardcover)
  • Juni Taisen: Zodiac War GN 3
  • Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World GN 1
  • Liar x Liar GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Sempai GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia GN 17
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Kanna’s Daily Life GN 4
  • One Piece GN 89
  • Oresama Teacher GN 25
  • The Promised Neverland GN 8
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Red Riding Hood’s Wolf Apprentice GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Soul Liquid Chambers GN 3
  • Shortcake Cake GN 3
  • Takane & Hana GN 7
  • We Never Learn GN 2
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 17
  • You Got Me, Sempai! GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Yozakura Quartet GN 22 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Arifureta Zero Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Boogiepop Novel Omnibus 4-6
  • God Eater 3 PlayStation 4 Game
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 9
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Novel 1-2
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 1-2
  • Robotech Archives Sentinels Volume 1
  • Seirei Gensouki – Spirit Chronicles Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Toradora! Novel 4
  • Yo-kai Watch 3 3DS Game

 

Manga Monday- Fruits Basket

Manga Monday- Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket, sometimes abbreviated Furuba, or Furuba, is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya. It was serialized in the semi-monthly Japanese magazine Hana to Yume, published by Hakusensha, from 1998 to 2006. The series tells the story of Tohru Honda, an orphan girl who, after meeting Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Sohma, learns that twelve members of the Sohma family are possessed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac and are cursed to turn into their animal forms when they are weak, stressed, or when they are embraced by anyone of the opposite sex that is not possessed by a zodiacal spirit. The title comes from the name of a popular game played in Japanese elementary schools, which is alluded to in the series.

Manga

The 136 chapters of Fruits Basket were originally serialized in Japan by Hakusensha in Hana to Yume from July 1998 to November 2006. These were collected in 23 tankōbon volumes, with the final volume published in Japan on March 19, 2007.

The series is licensed in English in North America and the United Kingdom by Tokyopop and in Singapore by Chuang Yi. The Singapore edition is licensed to be imported to Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment. All 23 English-language volumes have been released in North America and Singapore. In addition, Tokyopop released a box set containing the first four volumes in October 2007, and started re-releasing earlier volumes in “Ultimate Editions” combining two sequential volumes in a single larger hard-cover volume with new cover art. The first Ultimate Edition release met with mixed reviews, however, because they exactly reproduce the first two volumes without correcting changed page numbers or prior errors. As of June 2008, six Ultimate Editions have been released, covering the first twelve volumes of the series. After Tokyopop ceased publication, the series was re-licensed by Yen Press, with plans to release it as twelve omnibus editions corresponding Hakuensha’s collector’s editions.

Chuang Yi also publishes in Singapore a Simplified Chinese edition as well as English. In Europe, Fruits Basket is licensed in French by Delcourt, in Spanish by Norma Editorial, in Italian by Dynit, in Dutch by Glénat, in German and Swedish by Carlsen Comics, in Finnish by Sangatsu Manga, and in Polish by Japonica Polonica Fantastica, and in Danish by Mette Holm [Carlson Manga]. In Latin America, Editorial Vid has released the complete series in Mexico in Spanish, and Editora JBC has released the complete series in Portuguese in Brazil with the first volume released in April 2005.

On September 4, 2015, the first two volumes of Fruits Basket: Collector’s Edition were released in Japan under the Hana to Yume Comics Special imprint. It is to extend to twelve volumes in total. On the same day, a sequel series, Fruits Basket another, began serialization in HanaLaLaOnline. The series is planned to run for 2-3 volumes. Starting in June 2016, Fruits Basket: Collector’s Edition was released in English by Yen Press.

Plot

When high school student Tohru Honda’s mother dies in a car crash, Tohru decides to live with her grandfather. Renovations on the house and unsupportive and unkind family members cause her to move out of her grandfather’s house temporarily and, since she has nowhere else to go, Tohru begins living in a tent and supporting herself. That is, until she finds a home in the least likely of places, inhabited by her popular classmate Yuki Sohma and his cousin Shigure. The first day Tohru moves into the Sohma house, an orange haired teenager crashes through the roof of her new bedroom and starts attacking Yuki. This newcomer is Kyo, Yuki and Shigure’s aggressively angry cousin. Once Kyo loses quickly to Yuki, he tries to fight him again. When he’s about to attack, Tohru tries to stop him, but slips on an article of clothing, making her fall onto Kyo’s back. When this happens, Tohru discovers something big about the Sohmas.

The Sohmas live with a curse. Twelve members of the family (not including Kyo, who is the cat) are possessed by spirits of the Chinese zodiac and turn into their zodiac animal when they are weak, under stress, embarrassed, or when hugged by someone of the opposite sex.

When Tohru discovers the Sohmas’ secret, she promises not to tell and is allowed to keep living with them. Although the Sohmas’ curse is deeper and darker than Tohru realized, her presence and her acceptance of them soon becomes a large, positive influence on those possessed by the zodiac. She sets out to break the curse and, on the way, meets and discovers the Sohma’s vengeful zodiac spirits. Each has a different personality, just like the animals in the Chinese zodiac. One by one, Tohru’s existence changes the Sohma clan’s lives forever.

 

Film Friday- Buso Renkin

Film Friday- Buso Renkin

The manga has been adapted into an anime television series, which was produced by Xebec and was broadcast on Japanese television network TV Tokyo from 2006 to 2007. In December 2007, the anime was announced for North American DVD release by Viz Media. In 2009, the series made its American television debut on the Funimation Channel, with American broadcast rights acquired by Funimation from Viz Media. The series has also spawned two drama CDs, two light novels, a PlayStation 2 video game, and many types of Buso Renkin-themed merchandise.

Anime adaptation

In Japan, the Buso Renkin manga was adapted into an anime series which ran on TV Tokyo; it was directed by Takao Kato, written by Akatsuki Yamatoya, and produced by Xebec. Buso Renkin aired between October 4, 2006, and March 28, 2007. The episodes were later released by Geneon Universal Entertainment in nine DVD compilations between January 25, 2007, and September 21, 2007. DVD box sets containing all twenty-six episodes were released on November 26, 2009, and on February 27, 2013. Geneon Universal Entertainment released an animation soundtrack CD for Buso Renkin on January 25, 2007.
On December 8, 2007, Viz Media announced the release of the English dub, which would be released in two DVD sets of thirteen episodes each. The first set containing episodes one to thirteen was released on April 29, 2008. The second set containing episodes fourteen to twenty-six was released on October 7, 2008. Funimation launched Buso Renkin on their Funimation Channel on April 27, 2009, marking the series’ American television debut. On December 20, 2009, the first three episodes from the series were officially uploaded to Hulu and Viz Media’s portal. Two episodes were uploaded weekly thereafter; the final episode was uploaded on March 8, 2010. Beginning on October 2, 2012, Buso Renkin was streamed on Neon Alley.

Related media

Shueisha released two drama CDs for Buso Renkin. The first CD was released on May 26, 2005, and the second CD was released on October 6, 2006. It also released two “Expert CDs”, which features the radio drama, opening and ending themes and unreleased soundtrack songs. The first CD, Expert CD 1, was released on March 28, 2007. The second CD, Expert CD 2, was released on June 8, 2007.
Two light novels were written by Kaoru Kurosaki, illustrated by Watsuki, and published under the Jump J Books line by Shueisha. The first one, Buso Renkin Double Slash, was published in October 31, 2006, and Buso Renkin Slash Zeta  was released on May 25, 2007. A guidebook titled Buso Renkin Infinity was published by Shueisha on May 2, 2007.
Two Nintendo DS fighting games, Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars, have featured characters from the series. A PlayStation 2 video game developed and published by Marvelous Entertainment was released on June 28, 2007, under the title Buso Renkin Youkoso Papillon Park e. In Japan, action figures, T-shirts, a trading card game series, key chains, straps, and a variety of other products were sold as merchandise for the series.

Kazuki Muto 
A 16-year-old boy who was killed by a homunculi when trying to save Tokiko Tsumura. When Tokiko replaces his heart with a buso renkin to revive him, he decides to help in the fight against the homunculi and is later asked to be an Alchemist Warrior by Captain Bravo, which he accepts due to his will to protect his sister Mahiro and his friends. His buso renkin is Sunlight Heart, a spear-lance; it has a cloth that turns into energy which allows to be used as propulsion or as a blinding light.
Tokiko Tsumura
A 17-year-old alchemic warrior. Seven year prior the series events, all the people in her school except for her are killed by homunculi, and she is rescued by Mamoru Sakimori. As such, she is serious almost all the time. The incident also left her with a scar, which could have been removed by using alchemy, but she decides to keep it as a reminder of her will to fight. Her buso renkin is Valkyrie Skirt, an execution scythe that attach to her thighs and is controlled via her synapses.
Koushaku Chouno 
A 19-year-old genius student. He is deathly ill with an unspecified disease, and learns about the process of making homunculi through research notes from his great-great-grandfather, experimenting with various animals first. Later, he turns himself into a human-type homunculus and renames himself Papillon. He kills his all family, but is subsequently killed by Kazuki.He is later revived by L.X.E., and wants to fight Kazuki once more; he is first prevented because he is still ill, and then because Kazuki is being chased by the Re-Extermination Squad. To prevent Kazuki’s death, Papillon re-creates the white kakugane using Alexandra Powered’s research. He and Kazuki finally have their showdown, but in the end he loses to Kazuki, who refuses to kill him again. His buso renkin is Near-Death Happiness , a black gunpowder that can assume any form—it takes the form of butterfly wings as a reflection of his soul—and be detonated remotely.

 

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Manga Monday- Buso Renkin

Manga Monday- Buso Renkin

Buso Renkin is a manga series written and drawn by Nobuhiro Watsuki. It follows Kazuki Muto, who becomes an alchemical warrior in the battle against alchemical monsters known as homunculi. Watsuki envisioned the manga as his last shōnen manga, and then he tried to do as much as he could with that genre. It was serialized in Shueisha’s magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from June 2003 to April 2005. The individual chapters were republished by Shueisha in ten tankōbon volumes. The series has been licensed by Viz Media for North American release.
In Japan, the Buso Renkin manga has sold over 3 million volumes and was nominated for a Seiun Award. It received a mixed reception from manga and anime publications. Watsuki’s art received the most positive comments from reviewers, while other aspects of the manga, such as its action and characters, have divided critics’ opinions. The anime, which critics described as a generic shōnen fighting series, received mostly negative reception.

Manga

The chapters of Buso Renkin were written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki and were serialized in Shueisha’s shōnen magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from June 23, 2003, to April 25, 2005. Only the first 79 chapters were serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump; the final chapter was published in another magazine from Shueisha in two installments. Shueisha published the individual chapters in a series of ten tankōbon (collected volumes), which were released between January 5, 2004, and April 4, 2006. In North America, Viz Media released the manga’s ten tankōbon volumes between August 1, 2006, and February 5, 2008. The manga has been licensed in Brazil by Editora JBC, France by Glénat, in Germany by Tokyopop Germany, in Italy by Panini Comics, and in Spain by Planeta DeLibros.

Plot

The narrative of Buso Renkin follows Kazuki Muto, who saves Tokiko Tsumura and is killed by an alchemical monster known as a homunculus. Tokiko, an alchemist warrior, feels responsible and revives him by replacing his destroyed heart with a kakugane (核鉄). The kakugane is an alchemical device which, when activated, takes a weapon form based on its user’s personality, forming a buso renkin—the only thing that can destroy a homunculus. Kazuki creates his own buso renkin and joins Tokiko in the fight against the homunculi and their master, Koushaku Chouno. Chouno, who has renamed himself “Papillon”, is killed by Kazuki, but is later resurrected by the L.X.E., a humanoid homunculi group led by Chouno’s great-great-grandfather Bakushaku Chouno, now calling himself Dr. Butterfly. In various battles, Kazuki, Tokiko and Captain Bravo (their team leader) destroy most of the L.X.E.’s members. After learning that Dr. Butterfly believes him to be weak and useless, Papillon rebels against the L.X.E. and kills Dr. Butterfly.
Before his death, Dr. Butterfly drains the energy of the students at Kazuki’s school to heal and revive Victor, a being superior to humans and homunculi. Victor is confronted by Kazuki, but Victor is not interested in fighting and leaves. During the battle, however, Kazuki’s kakugane is revealed to be the same type as the Victor’s—a black kakugane created by the Alchemist Army as a prototype to the philosopher’s stone. The black kakugane absorbs human life forces; to prevent this from happening, Kazuki’s death is ordered by the Alchemist Army. Captain Bravo tries to kill Kazuki, but Tokiko finds him alive. A team is commissioned to confirm Kazuki’s death, but Kazuki, Tokiko and Gouta Nakamura (an Alchemist Warrior and former protégé of Tokiko’s) fight their way past the members of the Re-Extermination Squad. Later, Kazuki’s death is postponed because, as the Alchemists’ leader explains, their top priority is to defeat Victor.
Kazuki and Tokiko find the white kakugane, which can negate the effects of the black kakugane and is guarded by Victor’s daughter Victoria, who is herself a humanoid homunculus. During the Alchemist Army’s final battle against Victor, Kazuki applies the white kakugane to Victor, but it only weakens him. To protect humankind from both of them, Kazuki propels himself and Victor to the moon. Later, Papillion creates a white kakugane to heal Kazuki. The Alchemist Army rescues Kazuki, creates another white kakugane and restores Victor’s humanity. Reunited with his daughter, Victor asks the Alchemist Army to turn him into a homunculus and tells them that he and his daughter will lead all the homunculi to the moon. The Alchemist Army dedicates itself to research a way to revert homunculi back into humans, ending their war activities. All Warriors abdicate their kakugane. Kazuki and Tokiko return to their daily lives together while Papillon becomes an urban legend throughout Japan.