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Film Friday- Spice and Wolf

Film Friday- Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf is a Japanese light novel series written by Isuna Hasekura, with illustrations by Jū Ayakura. ASCII Media Works has published 21 novels since February 2006 under their Dengeki Bunko imprint. ASCII Media Works reported that as of October 2008, over 2.2 million copies of the first nine novels have been sold in Japan. The series has been called a “unique fantasy” by Mainichi Shimbun due to the plot focusing on economics, trade, and peddling rather than the typical staples of fantasy such as swords and magic. Yen Press licensed the light novels and is releasing them in English in North America. ASCII Media Works has published three volumes of a spin-off light novel series titled Wolf and Parchment since September 2016.

A manga adaptation illustrated by Keito Koume began serialization in the November 2007 issue of ASCII Media Works’ seinen manga magazine Dengeki Maoh. The manga was licensed by Yen Press, which has begun releasing the volumes in English. A 12-episode anime adaptation aired between January and March 2008, plus a single original video animation (OVA) episode released in May 2008. A second OVA was released in April 2009 as a prequel to the second anime season Spice and Wolf II, which aired 12 episodes between July and September 2009. Both anime seasons were released in English by Kadokawa Pictures USA and Funimation. Two visual novels based on the series for the Nintendo DS were released by ASCII Media Works in June 2008 and September 2009.

Anime

An anime adaptation produced by the animation studio Imagin aired in Japan between January 9 and March 26, 2008 on the Chiba TV Japanese television network; twelve of the thirteen episodes were broadcast, with episode seven being a DVD exclusive. The episodes are being released in six DVD compilation volumes in Japan; volume one contains three episodes while the subsequent volumes contain two episodes each. The volumes were released between April 2, 2008 and August 29, 2008 by Pony Canyon in Japan; volume three contains an original video animation (OVA) episode in addition to episode six of the television broadcast. A Blu-ray Disc box set of the series was released on January 30, 2009. The series is directed by Takeo Takahashi, written by Naruhisa Arakawa, and character designs are provided by Kazuya Kuroda. Takahashi was quoted as being a big fan of the novels. The opening theme is “Tabi no Tochū” by Natsumi Kiyoura, and the ending theme is “Ringo Hiyori: The Wolf Whistling Song” by Rocky Chack; both maxi singles were released on February 6, 2008. The anime’s original soundtrack was released on March 12, 2008. The anime is licensed for release in English by Kadokawa Pictures USA and Funimation Entertainment, and a complete thirteen-episode DVD box set was released on December 22, 2009. The series made its North American television debut on November 16, 2010 on the Funimation Channel.

A second season of the anime titled Spice and Wolf II aired twelve episodes in Japan between July 9 and September 24, 2009. Most of the staff from the first season returned, except for Toshimitsu Kobayashi replacing Kazuya Kuroda as the character designer and chief animation director, and Spice and Wolf II is animated by Brain’s Base instead of Imagin. The voice actors from the first season retained their roles. Another OVA, animated by Brain’s Base, was released bundled with a picture book entitled Spice and Wolf: Wolf and Gold Wheat written and illustrated by the same creators of the light novels and was released by ASCII Media Works on April 30, 2009 under their Dengeki Bunko Visual Novel imprint. Funimation licensed Spice and Wolf II and released the series in English on August 30, 2011. The second season made its North American television debut on August 31, 2011 on the Funimation Channel. On September 11, 2012, Funimation released a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of both seasons. The April 30, 2009 OVA is included on the season two disc as episode 00.

Kraft Lawrence
is a 25-year-old traveling merchant who goes from town to town buying and selling various things in order to make a living. When he was twelve, he became an apprentice to a merchant relative, and set out on his own at eighteen. His goal in life is to gather enough money to start his own shop, and he has already been traveling for seven years while gaining experience in the trade. He meets Holo one night and eventually agrees to her traveling with him. She helps him by providing her wisdom which helps to increase his profits and get him out of jams. As the series progresses, both Lawrence and Holo demonstrate a growing affection toward each other. Although Lawrence rarely shows different facial expressions, he truly cares for Holo. He shows his affection through his actions, such as when Holo gets captured by the Church and Lawrence completely panics.
Holo
is a wolf harvest deity originally from a place in the north known as Yoitsu, which draws parallels to the legendary land of Hyperborea. She made a promise with inhabitants from a town called Pasloe that she would ensure the town would have good wheat harvests year after year. However, as time went on, the townspeople slowly started to forsake Holo, regard her as unnecessary, and to resent the occasional bad harvests that Holo told Lawrence are necessary to rest the land. As such, Holo escapes from town in Lawrence’s wagon and started traveling with him to see how much the world has changed since she has been in Pasloe. Holo has chosen the form of a 15-year old girl, though she still retains her large white-tipped wolf tail, ears, and two sharp fangs. At times she can produce an ear-shattering howl. Her true form is that of a very large wolf which many people feared. In the anime she as a wolf looks to be about 30 feet high from the ground to her shoulders in episode 1, and about 10 feet high in the sewer in episode 6. In the novels she is large enough that she can carry Lawrence like a horse, and she can easily leap the walls of Ruvinheigen, but small enough to fit in Hans Remelio’s office with Remelio and Lawrence. In human form, she has a peculiar way of speaking, modeled after that of the oiran high-class courtesans. She is able to speak to humans as a wolf. Holo is fond of delicious food and alcohol, but especially loves something new in each novel. In volume 1 it is apples. In volume 2 it is apples preserved in honey. In volume 3 it is eel (i.e. lamprey). She takes pride in her tail and takes special care of it, constantly combing and maintaining it. In the novel, volume 1, page 65, it is described as hanging past the back of her knees. In the anime it is longer and reaches nearly to her ankles.
Holo refers to herself as “Holo The Wise Wolf”. She is typically very haughty and self-sufficient, though due to her isolation for hundreds of years in Pasloe, she gradually feels very lonely, and sometimes shows a more fragile side of herself. She relies on Lawrence for company as she fears loneliness, which is something that Lawrence is very aware of and tries to comfort her in his own way. Holo is also very aware of the different time spans that she and Lawrence have, as a human lifespan is like a blink of an eye for her kind. Holo is quite scared of that fact, but hides it with jokes. Although she jokes about her affections for Lawrence at first, she slowly but surely falls in love with him. At the end of the series, Holo settles down with Lawrence and they have a daughter, Myuri, who inherits her mother’s traits and is the main character of the sequel light novel Wolf and Parchment.

Thursday News- March 26, 2020

Thursday News- March 26, 2020

BOFURI: I Don’t Want to get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense. Anime Gets 2nd Season- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-25/bofuri-i-dont-want-to-get-hurt-so-ill-max-out-my-defense-anime-gets-2nd-season/.157936

Dark Horse Reduces Releases, Allows Product Returns- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-26/dark-horse-reduces-releases-allows-product-returns/.157946

3rd Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel Anime Film Delayed to April 25- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-26/3rd-fate-stay-night-heaven-feel-anime-film-delayed-to-april-25/.157960

Wixoss Franchise Gets New TV Anime in 2020- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-26/wixoss-franchise-gets-new-tv-anime-in-2020/.157961

Anime

  • Appleseed XIII Essentials BD
  • Aquarion Evol Season 2 Essentials BD
  • Maria Watches Over Us BD
  • The Silver Guardian BD
  • Trickster Essentials BD

Manga

  • All You!! GN 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 16 (Digital Only)C
  • Angels of the Seashore GN (Digital Only)A(Digital Only)
  • An Archdemon’s Dilemma – How to Love Your Elf Bride GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Ascendance of a Bookworm GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • Bungō Stray Dogs Graphic Novel (GN) 14P
  • Cells at Work! Code Black GN 4
  • Cocoon Entwined GN 2
  • The Conditions of Paradise GN
  • Cosmo Familia GN 1
  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Days GN 17
  • Devils’ Line GN 14
  • A Devotion That Changes Worlds GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 19 (Digital Only)
  • Granny Girl Hinata-chan GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Harem Days The Seven-Starred Country GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • Hatsu*Haru GN 11P
  • Hayate the Combat Butler GN 3-4 (Digital Only)
  • Hell Warden Higuma GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • I Fell in Love After School GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • If I Could Reach You GN 4
  • Kin-iro Mosaic GN 10
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! GN 10
  • Laid-Back Camp GN 8
  • Lily Fairy Tail: Little Mermaid Met Hansel and Gretel GN (Digital Only)P
  • Lily Fairy Tail: Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty GN (Digital Only)
  • Living-Room Matsunaga-san GN 2
  • Machimaho: I Messed Up and Made the Wrong Person Into a Magical Girl! GN 5P
  • Ms. Itsuya GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Mushoku Tensei: Roxy Gets Serious GN 3
  • Mysteria Romantica GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected GN 13P
  • ne0;lation GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Nobo and Her? GN 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • The Rain and the Other Side of You GN (Digital Only)P
  • RIN-NE GN 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 37
  • Skeleton Knight in Another World GN 3
  • Smokin’ Parade GN 7
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? GN 7
  • Star⇄Crossed!! GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Still Sick GN 2
  • Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town GN 1
  • Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun GN 2
  • Triage X GN 19
  • Vampire Dormitory GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Watari-kun’s ****** Is about to Collapse GN 4 (Digital Only)Ple
  • Yuzu the Pet Vet GN 1

Other

  • A Certain Magical Index Novel 22
  • Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! Novel 8C
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 12
  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC game
  • Outbreak Company Novel 13 (Digital Only)
  • The White Cat’s Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King’s Lap Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • You Call That Service? Novel 2
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution PS4, Xbox One, PC game

Film Friday- Black Jack

Film Friday- Black Jack

Black Jack is a manga written and illustrated by Osamu Tezuka in the 1970s, dealing with the medical adventures of the title character, doctor Black Jack.

Black Jack consists of hundreds of short, self-contained stories that are typically about 20 pages long. Black Jack has also been animated into an OVA, two television series (directed by Tezuka’s son Makoto Tezuka) and two films. Black Jack is Tezuka’s third most famous manga, after Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion. In 1977, it won the 1st Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen. About.com’s Deb Aoki lists Black Jack as the best “re-issue of previously released material” of 2008. Osamu Dezaki’s anime film adaptation, Black Jack The Movie, won Best Animation Film at the 1996 Mainichi Film Awards.

Anime

The first televised appearance of Black Jack was in the 1980 remake of Tetsuwan Atom. Episode 27 of Astro Boy brought together three separate Tezuka creations, as Astro, Uran, Doctor Roget (Black Jack) and Penny (Pinoko) travel back through time to 15th Century Molavia (Silverland). In this storyline, Black Jack performs a life-saving operation on a critically injured Princess Sapphire (from Ribbon no Kishi), while Astro and Uran fend off Gor, a malevolent magician bent on usurping the throne. Characteristically, Roget/Black Jack refuses to operate until he is offered the key to the treasury vault, but later takes only one commemorative coin from the grateful court (which turns out to be worth $200,000,000 when he returns to Astro’s time).

Black Jack also made a cameo appearance in the theatrical film Phoenix 2772 as an interstellar prison warden, and is one of the main characters of the TV movie One Million-Year Trip: Bandar Book, in which he plays the role of a space pirate, somehow similar in concept to Leiji Matsumoto’s Captain Harlock.

OVA

In 1992, Tezuka’s protege Osamu Dezaki directed a theatrical film and a ten OVA series which were released between 1993 and 2000. Six OVAs, along with the film, were originally only available in dub-only VHS form in North America, but the ten OVAs have since been released on bilingual Region 1 DVD. Wizard selected the series as their “Anime Pick of the Month” for August 1997, calling it “one of the darkest and hardest-hitting made-for-video series of recent years.” A further two OVAs were released in 2011 and were referred to as Black Jack and Black Jack Final.

TV Series

In 2003, a four-episode TV promotional special aired called Black Jack Special: The 4 Miracles of Life.

From 11 October 2004 through to 6 March 2006 an original television series was aired called Black Jack, featuring 61 episodes. The series is an adaptation of Tezuka’s original manga. The TV show can currently be viewed for free on Viki (website) and Crunchyroll. Anime Sols has successfully crowd-funded the first 26 episodes of it for DVD release, starting from Episode 0. Right Stuf and Crunchyroll are currently selling extra copies of the first boxset through their website.

From 10 April 2006 through to 4 September of the same year, a sequel series of seventeen episodes was aired, called Black Jack 21 (Black Jack for the 21st century). Adapted from standalone manga chapters, Black Jack 21 features an all-new overarching story line involving Jack’s father and a powerful mysterious organization who try to assassinate Jack. Though the Black Jack 21 series has never been licensed in the U.S., there are several subtitled versions available on the internet.

The previous two anime, Black Jack and Black Jack 21, depart somewhat from the manga by changing the setting to the early 2000s, allowing for flat-screen LCD computer displays and other items not present in the 1973–83 manga. The episodes are based on chapters from the Black Jack manga, either in part or full, sometimes combining two stories in one episode, and also slightly modified to lighten stories’ serious issues and overtones. Background and supporting characters such as Largo the dog, Wato, Sharaku and Hige were added and used for comic relief or to support Pinoko when the doctor was not present.

On 1 October 2015, a twelve episode anime entitled Young Black Jack began to air, about Black Jack’s adventures as a medical student. It is based on the November 2011 and ongoing spin-off manga of the same title written by Yoshiaki Tabata and illustrated by Yūgo Ōkuma. More closely following the timeline of the original 1973–83 manga by Osamu Tezuka, the new anime is however somewhat discontinuous with the 2004 anime.

While Young Black Jack is set in the late 1960s against the backdrop of activism against the Vietnam War, the 2004 anime is set in the early 2000s, representing nearly a 40-year time difference, even though Black Jack appears to have aged less than 10 years between them.

ONA

An ONA adaptation of comprising 12 episodes also known as Black Jack Internet or Black Jack Flash was released in 2001–2002 and only available via a subscription online download. The series was created using Flash animation which had the unique “Zapping system” and “Action system”. The “Zapping system” allowed gave the viewer an option to change the camera viewpoint and the “Action system” was used mostly for comical effect.

Films

In 1996, two films of the series were made: the first Black Jack The Movie and the second Black Jack: Capital Transfer To Heian.

In December 2005, a third film entitled Black Jack: The Two Doctors of Darkness was released. The film describes Black Jack’s attempts to prevent a group known as the Ghost of Icarus from starting a widespread, biological war which could wipe out humanity, while working alongside the infamous Dr. Kiriko.

Shorts

A 7-minute short called Dr. Pinoko no Mori no Bōken was shown before Black Jack: The Two Doctors of Darkness.

Black Jack

is a fictional character created by Osamu Tezuka, introduced in Weekly Shōnen Champion on November 19, 1973. He is the main character in the Black Jack manga franchise.

His odd appearance comes from a childhood incident, in which both he and his mother were terribly injured in an explosion. Although Kurō’s mother succumbed to her injuries, and Kurō’s own body was nearly torn to shreds, he was rescued, thanks to a miraculous operation by Dr. Honma. Although Kurō survived, part of his hair turned white due to stress and shock. The skin covering the left side of Kurō’s face is noticeably darker due to getting a skin graft from his best friend, who is half African. Kurō refused to have plastic surgery to match the skin color as a sign of respect for his friend. Marked by this experience, Kurō decided to become a surgeon himself, taking the name of Black Jack.

Despite his medical genius, Black Jack has chosen not to obtain a surgical license, choosing instead to operate from the shadows, free from rules and the corrupt bureaucratic establishment. Although he usually treats those he meets in chance encounters who have heard of his legendary skills, he occasionally travels to hospitals around the world to covertly assist terminally ill patients.

 

Wednesday News- March 18, 2020

Wednesday News- March 18, 2020

The Seven Deadly Sins Manga Ends on March 25- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2020-03-17/the-seven-deadly-sins-manga-ends-on-march-25/.157598

Bungo to Alchemist Anime’s New Video Previews urashimasakatasen’s Opening Song- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-17/bungo-to-alchemist-anime-new-video-previews-urashimasakatasen-opening-song/.157592

IDOLiSH7 Anime Season 2’s Video Previews Opening Song- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-16/idolish7-anime-season-2-video-previews-opening-song/.157577

‘Digimon Adventure:’ Reboot Anime Unveils New Trailer, Updated Cast- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-16/digimon-adventure-reboot-anime-unveils-new-trailer-updated-cast/.157572

Anime

  • Aquarion Logos Season 3 Essentials BD
  • Aquarion Complete Series Essentials DVD
  • Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • One Piece Stampede BD/DVD
  • Release the Spyce Premium Edition Box Set BD
  • Tales of the Abyss Essentials BD

Manga

  • 20th Century Boys The Perfect Edition Graphic Novel (GN) 7
  • Ajin – Demi-Human GN 14
  • BEASTARS GN 5
  • Delicious in Dungeon GN 8
  • Defying Kurosaki-kun GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • Flying Witch GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • GE – Good Ending GN 3 (Digital Only) (Digital Only)P
  • The Fox & Little Tanuki GN 1
  • The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún GN 8
  • Hell’s Paradise Jigokuraku GN 1
  • I’ll Win You Over, Senpai! GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • I’m Standing on a Million Lives GN 6
  • Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition GN 1 (Digital Only)Pl
  • Legend of Heaven’s Door GN 1
  • Levius/est GN 3
  • MabuSasa GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • The Merchant King GN 1P
  • My Boy in Blue GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • New Game! GN 8
  • No Guns Life GN 4
  • Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GN 9
  • Saint Young Men GN 2 (hardcover)P
  • Shibuya Goldfish GN 7
  • Something’s Wrong With Us GN 1
  • Still Sick GN 2
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 12P
  • What Did You Eat Yesterday? GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • Witch Hat Atelier GN 5
  • Wonderland GN 5

Other

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch game
  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest: Short Stories Novel (Digital Only)
  • Bibliophile Princess GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Can Someone Please Explain What’s Going On?! Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Isolator Novel 5 (hardcover)
  • Kingdom Hearts All-In-One Package PS4 game
  • La-Mulana Switch, PS4, Xbox One game
  • La-Mulana 1 & 2: Hidden Treasures Edition Switch, PS4, Xbox One game
  • La-Mulana 2 Switch, PS4, Xbox One game
  • The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Novel 9 (Digital Only)P (Digital Only)
  • Naruto x Boruto Ninja Tribes iOS, Android game
  • One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!! iOS, Android game
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 16
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel 8A

 

Film Friday- City Hunter

Film Friday- City Hunter

City Hunter is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tsukasa Hojo. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1985 to 1991 and collected into 35 tankōbon volumes by its publisher Shueisha. The manga was adapted into an anime television series by Sunrise Studios in 1987. The anime series was popular in numerous Asian and European countries.

City Hunter spawned a media franchise consisting of numerous adaptations and spin-offs from several countries. The franchise includes four anime television series, three anime television specials, two original video animations, several animated feature films (including a film released in February 2019), several live-action films (including a Hong Kong film starring Jackie Chan, and a French film), video games, and a live-action Korean TV drama. It also had a spin-off manga, Angel Heart, which in turn spawned its own anime television series and a live-action Japanese TV drama.

Anime

The series was adapted into an anime series produced by Sunrise, directed by Kanetsugu Kodama and broadcast by Yomiuri Television. City Hunter was broadcast for 51 episodes between April 6, 1987 and March 28, 1988 and released on 10 VHS cassettes between December 1987 and July 1988. City Hunter 2 was broadcast for 63 episodes between April 8 and July 14 and released on 10 VHS cassettes between August 1988 and March 1990. City Hunter 3 was broadcast for 13 episodes from October 15, 1989 to January 21, 1990 and released on 6 VHS cassettes between November 1990 and April 1991. City Hunter ’91 was broadcast between April 28 and October 10, 1991 and released on 6 VHS cassettes between February and July 1992. The series was later reissued as 20 video compilations.

A 32-disc DVD boxset, City Hunter Complete, was published by Aniplex and released in Japan on August 31, 2005. The set contained all four series, the TV specials and animated movies as well as an art book and figures of Ryo and Kaori. 26 of the discs comprising the four series were then released individually between December 19, 2007 and August 27, 2008. 30,000 box sets were sold, grossing ¥3 billion ($38 million), in Japan.

The series was licensed by ADV Films for release in North America. The first City Hunter series was released on the ADV Fansubs label in March 2000. The aim of this label was to provide cheaper subtitled-only VHS releases at a faster pace than usual. The series was scheduled for 13 tapes, consisting of four episodes each. The tapes could be ordered individually or as a subscription service.

ADV later released the series on DVD. The first series was released as two boxsets of 5 discs on July 29, 2003. City Hunter 2 was released as another two boxsets of five discs on October 28, and November 18, 2003. City Hunter 3 was released as a single boxset on December 2, 2003 and City Hunter ’91 was released on December 16, 2003.

For the 30th anniversary of the original manga, buyers of all 12 volumes of City Hunter XYZ edition were entitled receive a “motion graphic anime” DVD. The DVDe adapted a special Angel Heart chapter entitled Ryo’s proposal and was voiced by the original City Hunter cast. On April 20, 2019, Discotek Media announced that they have licensed the entire City Hunter animated franchise, including the 2019 movie, Shinjuku Private Eyes. The first 26 episodes will be released February 25, 2020.

Theatrical movies and OVAs

Three theatrical movies and OVAs were produced: .357 Magnum was released on June 17, 1989, Bay City Wars was released on August 25, 1990 and Million Dollar Conspiracy was released on August 25, 1990.

ADV Films released a DVD containing Bay City Wars and Million Dollar Conspiracy as well as a bonus television episode on June 3, 2003.

A new theatrical movie produced by Aniplex that is set in present-day Shinjuku titled City Hunter the Movie: Shinjuku Private Eyes premiered in Japan on February 8, 2019, after Sunrise and Kenji Kodama returned to animate and direct the film, respectively. Teruo Satoh and Takahiko Kyōgoku served as episode directors, while Kumiko Takahashi designed the characters and Taku Iwasaki composed the music. The film debuted #4 at the Japanese box office, where it has grossed ¥1,404,747,320 ($12.16 million) as of 17 March 2019. The film earned ¥1,502,665,440 ($13,608,142) by April 15, 2019, in two months since its release, becoming the third top-grossing Japanese anime film of 2019 up until then, and it had grossed ¥1.53 billion ($14 million) in Japan by the end of 2019. Shinjuku Private Eyes was set to release in France on 13 June 2019. Philippe Lacheau, the director and star of the French live-action film adaptation Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon, is involved with the French distribution of Shinjuku Private Eyes. Discotek Media will premiere the English dub of the movie at Otakon 2019.

Television movies

Three television movies were produced: Secret Service was broadcast on January 5, 1996 which was followed by Goodbye My Sweetheart on April 25, 1997 and The Death of Vicious Criminal Saeba Ryo on April 23, 1999.

ADV Films released Goodbye, My Sweetheart as City Hunter: The Motion Picture in North America as their first release from the franchise.

Live action

Chinese films

In 1993, a live-action Hong Kong theatrical adaptation of the series was released. The film was directed by Wong Jing and starred Jackie Chan as Ryo Saeba, Wang Zuxian as Kaori, and Japanese idol Kumiko Goto. During filming of the movie, Chan dislocated his shoulder. The movie has been criticised by Chan. Fortune Star and 20th Century Fox later released it on R1 DVD along with other budget classic HK films.

Saviour of the Soul is a live-action Hong Kong film from 1991 that uses the characters from City Hunter but changes the plot. In 1996, Mr. Mumble kept the concept of City Hunter but changed the characters’ names.

A new Chinese film based on City Hunter is also in development. It was announced in 2016 that it would be directed by Hong Kong filmmaker Stanley Tong and is set to star Chinese actor Huang Xiaoming as Ryo Saeba.

French film

A separate French action-comedy film Nicky Larson et le Parfum de Cupidon (lit. “Nicky Larson and Cupid’s Perfume”) was released in France on February 6, 2019. The French adaptation has Philippe Lacheau as director as well as the star, playing the title character Nicky Larson (as Ryo Saeba is known in the French dubs of the anime series). Elodie Fontan appears beside Lacheau as Laura Marconi (Kaori Makimura), while Tarek Boudali, Julien Arruti, and Didier Bourdon also appear in the film as per its initial promotional material. Pamela Anderson also appears in the film.

Television series

A planned live-action television series of City Hunter was announced in 2008, to be produced and distributed by Fox Television Studios and South Korean media company SSD. Jung Woo-sung, was scheduled to play Ryo alongside Hollywood-based stars, with location filming in Seoul and Tokyo. In 2011, the series was adapted into a Korean television series of the same name by SBS, starring Lee Min-ho and Park Min-young. The series is available to watch with English subtitles on the streaming service Hulu.
In 2015, the spin-off manga Angel Heart received its own live-action Japanese TV drama adaptation.

Video games

City Hunter was released by Sunsoft for the PC Engine in March 1990.
Ryo appears as a playable character in the fighting game Jump Force.

Characters

Ryo Saeba
is the main protagonist of the series. At the age of three, Ryo was the only survivor of a plane crash in Central America. He was raised as a guerilla fighter and has no knowledge of his prior identity. After the war, Ryo makes his way to the United States, before eventually moving to Tokyo.
In Japan, he forms the “City Hunter” team with Hideyuki Makimura, but after Hideyuki’s death, Kaori takes his place as Ryo’s new partner. A highly skilled gunman, Ryo is known for executing the “one-hole shot”, a series of shots that all land in exactly the same spot on the target. His preferred weapon is the Colt Python .357 Magnum.
Ryo invented the nickname Umibozu for his fellow colleague Hayato Ijuin, and he answered giving Ryo his own, “The Stallion of Shinjuku” (an ironic name, because Ryo is a real pervert who tries to hit on any beautiful woman he meets or sees, failing every time). Ryo is an accomplished marksman with revolvers, semiautomatic guns, machine-pistols, rifles, carbines and crossbows; he knows hand-to-hand combat very well and drives as a real daredevil when needed; his car is a Mini.
Kaori Makimura
is Ryo Saeba’s partner. She is primarily responsible for arranging clients and other managerial tasks. Ryo’s skirt-chasing rouses her ire more than once. Though the partners frequently pick on fights or arguments, they actually form a great team together.
Hideyuki Makimura 
is Kaori’s older brother and Ryo’s partner at the beginning of the series. Kaori is not related to him by blood, his father had adopted her when she was a child. He’s a former police detective with a strong sense of justice. Kaori become Ryo’s partner and takes over her brother’s role after he is murdered by gangsters. His last wish before he died was for Ryo to take care of his sister.
Umibōzu 
is another “sweeper” working the rounds in Tokyo. Umibozu is a Special Forces enemy of Ryo’s from the Central America conflict. Despite being on opposing forces, the two develop a friendship and mutual respect. Between his jobs, Umibozu works as waiter at the Cat’s Eye cafe, owned by Miki, his former fellow soldier and lover. He goes by the professional name Falcon and his real name is Hayato Ijuin, hence his professional name; the nickname Umibōzu was given by Ryo. His favorite weapons are the S&W M29 .44 Magnum six-inch revolver, the Saco-Defense M60 machine-gun (sometimes he uses the M249) and the M1A6 bazooka. Despite his fearsome appearance he has a phobia of kittens, he’s very shy with women and much more unselfish than Ryo. his sight is very low because a fight he had with Ryo in Central America, when Ryo was a guerrilla fighter and Umibozu was a mercenary; since then, Umibozu wants a duel with Ryo to close that story; during the series, his sight will end forever and he’ll have to learn how to use the other four senses to move and fight; however, he decides to not retire before finishing their matter. Later Shin Kaibara, Ryo’s adoptive father and former guerrilla fighter who became a drug lord, comes in Japan; his drug was tested on Ryo during his youth, causing him to attack Umibozu and his unit; when Umibozu learns this from Bloody Mary, a Ryo’s old acquaintance and daughter of the other Ryo’s fatherly figure in the jungle, he joins Ryo and Kaori against Kaibara. During the last story arc he marries Miki, but she’s shot by enemy soldiers deployed by a new enemy of Ryo; Umibozu enters the firefight trusting Miki won’t die.
The Umibozu is a yokai (spirit) from japanese folklore; he’s said to turn ships upside down if someone aboard talks to him; he is portrayed bald as a bōzu (buddhist monk); the char Umi means sea.
Saeko Nogami
is a Tokyo police detective who often outsources certain tasks to the City Hunter team. Ryo keeps a long and detailed list where Saeko owes him for the various favours he’s done for her, which she always manages to avoid.

 

Wednesday News- March 11, 2020

Wednesday News- March 11, 2020

Ghostly Things Manga Ends in April- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-10/ghostly-things-manga-ends-in-april/.157366

Japanese Console Game Market Grows for 3rd Straight Year- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-10/japanese-console-game-market-grows-for-3rd-straight-year/.157345

You Can Watch Crunchyroll Streams in 1080p For Free- It’s Just Not Advertised- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2020-03-10/you-can-watch-crunchyroll-streams-in-1080p-for-free-its-just-not-advertised/.157362

Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~ Switch Game Launches on April 23- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-10/code-realize-~future-blessings~-switch-game-launches-on-april-23/.157360

Anime

  • Bleach Set 6 BD
  • Garo: Crimson Moon Season 2 Complete Series Essentials BD
  • King’s Game The Animation Essentials BD
  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ultimate Collection BD
  • Mysteria Friends BD

Manga

  • Arifureta: I Heart Isekai Graphic Novel (GN) 2
  • Cells at Work and Friends! GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • The Dorm of Love and Secrets GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Farewell, My Dear Cramer GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Gal Gohan GN 2
  • Giant Killing GN 19 (Digital Only)
  • GIGANT GN 1
  • The Golden Sheep GN 3
  • The King of Fighters: A New Beginning GN 1
  • Knight of the Ice GN 1
  • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • My Roomie Is a Dino GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • My Status as an Assassin Obviously Exceeds the Hero’s GN 1
  • Noragami: Stray God GN 21
  • Penguindrum GN 2
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 8
  • Record of Grancrest War GN 6
  • RIN-NE GN 32
  • Sasahito GN 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • Shaman GN 1-3 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • Transformers GN 1 (hardcover)
  • The Unwanted Undead Adventurer GN 2 (Digital Only)

Other

  • I Had That Same Dream Again Novel (Digital Only)
  • The Invincible Shovel Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Langrisser I & II PS4, Switch game
  • My Hero One’s Justice 2 PS4, Xbox One, Switch game
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA Novel 2
  • Nioh 2 PS4 game
  • Reincarnated as a Sword Novel 5 (Digital Only)

 

Film Friday- Black Lagoon

Film Friday- Black Lagoon

Black Lagoon is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rei Hiroe. It has been published in Shogakukan’s Monthly Sunday Gene-X since 2002, and eleven collected volumes have been released so far. It was later adapted into an anime television series by Madhouse, that aired from April to June 2006 for twelve episodes. A second season, subtitled “The Second Barrage”, ran for twelve weeks starting on October 2, 2006. A five volume original video animation series, titled Roberta’s Blood Trail, was released from July 2010 to June 2011.

In North America, Viz Media began releasing an English translation of the manga on August 12, 2008. The anime was dubbed and originally licensed in English by Geneon Entertainment in July 2006. Funimation has acquired the distribution rights to the series since a distribution agreement with Geneon in July 2008. Funimation later licensed the OVA, which also was licensed by Kazé in the UK, for release in spring 2013.

Anime

An anime adaptation of Black Lagoon covering 9 arcs of the manga was produced by Madhouse, Geneon Entertainment and Shogakukan and directed and written by Sunao Katabuchi, with Masanori Shino designing the characters and EDISON composing the music. The series aired for the first time on Chiba TV from April 8, 2006, to June 24, 2006 (and later on 15 other terrestrial stations), for twelve episodes. A second season, labelled Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage and consisting of twelve more episodes, ran for the first time on Sendai Television from October 2, 2006, to December 18, 2006. The second season focuses less on character development than the first season and more on the jobs they do. A five-volume original video animation titled Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail that covered the El Baile de la muerte arc of the manga was released in July 2010.

In North America, Geneon Entertainment announced the license to the series in July 2006. In September 2007, Geneon announced that they had ceased in-house distribution of its series. On July 3, 2008, Geneon and Funimation announced an agreement to distribute select titles in North America. While Geneon would still retain the license, Funimation would assume exclusive rights to the manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution of select titles. Black Lagoon was one of several titles involved in the deal.

The first season was released on three DVDs, each containing four episodes, between August and December 2006. The second season mirrored this, being released from January to June 2007. The Blu-ray Disc releases of the two seasons included a total of seven short omake specials, each no longer than five minutes, that depict the characters in various humorous situations. In 2010, the series was released in four, two for each season, boxsets from August to September.

Geneon’s North American dub was released on three DVD compilations, each containing four episodes, between May 22 and September 18, 2007. After being released individually, with volume one having a limited edition version containing a steelbook box that comes with a bonus disc with slots for all 3 volumes, the boxset of the entire first season was released December 30, 2008. The fourth bonus disc, available in the season one box set or the volume one steelbook edition, has a 15-minute behind the scenes with the English crew and voice actors, the “Red Fraction” music video performed by Mell, promotional videos, the creditless opening and ending, and Japanese opening. The Second Barrage volumes were released in the same manner, with the box set released in North America on April 14, 2009, case with episodes 13–24 on three discs with English/Japanese audio and English subtitles. The box set/steelbook version bonus disc includes promotional videos and the creditless opening and ending. At Anime Expo 2010, Funimation announced their licensing of the Roberta’s Blood Trail OVA, which was later released in 2013. The first and second seasons were re-released on Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack on December 4, 2012. A Blu-Ray release of all 29 episodes was released on June 4, 2019.

Geneon USA’s English dub premiered on G4techTV Canada as part of its Anime Current block on October 26, 2007 and STARZ Edge as part of its Animidnight late Tuesday night/Early Wednesday morning late-prime Japanese Anime programming block, began airing it on February 29, 2008 to American audiences. The series returned to American television on the Funimation Channel on February 15, 2013. The series began airing in Adult Swim’s Toonami block on March 22, 2014. The anime has also aired in Australia on the Sci Fi Channel, in Italy on MTV Italy, in Russia on 2×2 TV-channel, in Sweden on ZTV, on Animax in Spain and Portugal, and in Germany on Animax and Tele 5.

Reception

The anime series has received internationally positive reviews. With Chris Beveridge of Anime on DVD going so far as to say:

“To my surprise, knowing practically nothing about the show beyond a two minute clip at a convention, Black Lagoon manages to kick all kinds of ass. In English no less. The draw of a full bitrate 5.1 mix got me to watch it in English only to find that with most of the characters being western and in settings outside of Japan it works very well.”

Escapist Magazine contributor Tom Tonthat reviewed both seasons of Black Lagoon separately. Both seasons received a positive review with the stylized action scenes and the strong female characters’ being praised, while also criticizing the somewhat repetitive nature of the plot.

The Lagoon Company

The entire Lagoon Company. From left to right: Benny, Rock, Revy and Dutch.

The Lagoon Company is a mercenary/pirate group that is the main focus of the series, hired by the many criminal organisations operating in and around Roanapur to locate, acquire and smuggle items by sea.

Rokuro Okajima / Rock

the main character in the series. In the anime version, but not in the manga, he is also the narrator of the story.

He was a 25-year-old Japanese salaryman for Asahi Industries in Tokyo until he was taken hostage by the crew of the Black Lagoon during their raid on the ship he was on. He joined the Lagoon Company after his department chief Kageyama abandoned him (Kageyama declared him dead) in an attempt to cover up the smuggling operation in which Rock had been an unwitting participant. Rock is a caring and good-natured everyman despite being on the business end of guns from friend and foe alike, and often seems surprised at the dangers of the Southeast Asian crime world. He still wears his tie, dress shirt, and dress pants because although now a pirate, he still retains his business persona. He prefers to use words over weapons when interacting with others. Rock, after joining the Lagoon company, has wondered if he is experiencing Stockholm syndrome.

Within the Lagoon Company, Rock is usually responsible for account management, diplomacy, negotiation, interpretation, and the occasional errand. Having once worked in the resource investigation department of Asahi Industries, Rock is also skilled in geology. He is also a natural linguist, being effectively bilingual in Japanese, his native language, and English as well as being familiar with other languages, including Spanish, Romanian, and Russian. He also has a surprisingly high tolerance for alcohol, owing to the heavy-drinking lifestyle of a ladder-climbing salaryman. Rock’s charismatic personality has earned him the interest of several figures in Roanapur, including Balalaika, Mr. Chang, Rowan “Jackpot” Pigeon, Yolanda, Eda (who develops a crush on him), and young Garcia Lovelace. In many ways, Rock is the heart of the Lagoon Company, serving as a balance for his more callous teammates and as an average counterbalance in the world of darkness that is Roanapur. Dutch has stated that he believes Lagoon Company is complete with Rock not holding a gun, saying his bullets are the kind to ricochet back at them.

Despite his lack of combat experience, Rock has come through every adventure, kidnapping and firefight with only a few bruises, surviving personal confrontations with most of Roanapur’s most dangerous criminals at some point. Rock eventually begins to enjoy his life as a pirate and becomes even more comfortable with corruption. This comes to the fore when Mr Chang personally enlists Rock to locate Roberta before she is killed by US Special Forces, as he demonstrates a duplicitous, ruthless side of his personality clearly influenced by Revy and Roanapur. He devises a scheme to extract the US soldiers from the city to draw Roberta out, accounting even for Garcia’s loyalty, Roberta’s psychosis and the personal vendattas amongst the criminals, treating the entire plan like a gambling game. He is forced back towards kindness in the extra missing pages of chapter 76 after an angered Fabiola shoots him with a blank round. In “The Wired Red Wild Card” arc, he is last seen driving a car with Revy.

While Rock has a family in Tokyo, he does not have connection to them due to their somewhat cold attitude towards him. It was later revealed that he did not pass his college entrance exams on his first try, leading his family to lower their expectations of him. It is known that he has a father, a mother, and an older brother who was academically capable and thus attained a job in the Japanese government. He was born in the 49th year of the Shōwa period, according to the manga version, which corresponds to 1975-1976.

Revy

sometimes referred by her real name of Rebecca Lee, is the co-protagonist of the series. She does most of the fighting for the Lagoon Company. Very little is revealed about her past. Revy is a Chinese American approximately 20-22 years old from Chinatown, Manhattan, near Mott Street, who spent most of her youth as a criminal. Flashbacks throughout the series reveal that she may have honed her skills with firearms by shooting at cans, and that her first murder may have involved shooting her abusive father, using a pillow as a silencer. Revy is very confident, grumpy, aggressive, cynical, and emotionally unstable. Unlike Rock, she is undiplomatic, believing in the use of brute force and violence to get her way. In contrast to this, she is revealed to be highly ticklish. She is also a heavy smoker and drinker. Of all the characters in the series, Revy is recognized as the most foul-mouthed character, yelling constant profanity.

She is a sadistic killer without a conscience who will murder anyone at the slightest provocation, even unarmed civilians. She has a loving but bullying attitude towards Rock, the newest and most friendly crew member of the Black Lagoon; though she respects him later in the series, she is mostly threatening towards him, having nearly murdered him on two occasions and threatening him with death on several others. However, she does act to save Rock from critical situations, and later on she admits to considering Rock as family to Balalaika. It is likely that she is attracted to Rock, based on her reactions to Eda’s teasing, which appear to be jealousy. Her attraction is further suggested in the last scenes of Season 2 when Eda asked her if she had gotten anywhere with Rock, instead of denying it with a short comment as usual she said she rather not say causing Eda to laugh at her hopelessness when it comes to men.

Revy is also very protective of Rock. An example can be found in her anger and resolve to kill Chaka after he beats Rock. She has also lied or gone against her “nature” in order to save him; such as when he was kidnapped by Takenaka and she lied about him having the documents they required when she actually had them the whole time, or when she stood up to Balalaika when she held Rock at gunpoint after he opposed her plan to destroy the Washimine clan. She also went to Japan as his bodyguard (when Rock acted as Balalaika’s interpreter), but as pointed out by Benny the only real reason she went was to look after him because she was worried about him.

According to CIA agents on Basilan Island, Revy is still notorious in the NYPD (particularly at the fictional 27th Precinct).

Revy is one of the deadliest fighters in the series, whose skill with firearms and ability to dodge bullets is almost superhuman and unparalleled. There are only a few other characters, such as Roberta and Ginji, that can hold their ground against her in combat. In episode 11 of the first season Revy concedes to Mr. Chang that she does not possess his level of skill but hopes to attain it eventually. Her weapons of choice are a pair of modified Beretta 92FS’s; which are made out of stainless steel and had their barrels extended from 4.9″ to 5.9″ each (the 5.9″ is the combat MOD barrel) and also adapted for silencers. They are engraved with the words “9mm Sword Cutlass” on both sides, the Jolly Roger of the pirate Calico Jack (which is also inlaid into the ivory grips), and a manufacture inscription in Thai. Due to her ambidextrous marksmanship skills, she is nicknamed “Two Hands” by the denizens of Roanapur, which is based on Douglas E. Winter’s novel Run. Revy is also proficient in the use of other weapons, such as high-powered rifles and the M79 grenade launcher. Constantly living on the edge of life combined with the tragedies of her past, Revy has developed a rather bleak outlook on life, relying only on her own power, skills, and money.

Dutch

is the African American leader of the Lagoon Company and captain of the ex-U.S. Navy PT boat Black Lagoon. Age 30s-40s, he is a former Marine who fought in the Vietnam War. Shortly before the war ended (presumably in 1973), Dutch went AWOL, escaping to Thailand to work as a mercenary.

Dutch first appears where he scolds Revy for taking Rock as a hostage when she had no real plan for obtaining any ransom. Because of this, Dutch apologizes and tries to take care of Rock until they find a safe place to abandon him. As Rock later proves to be incredibly useful, Dutch allows Revy to invite him into the Lagoon Company. Dutch tends to stay away from the fighting associated with Lagoon Company’s activities. Instead, he gives orders and negotiates contracts with clients from the many criminal groups of Roanapur. However, Dutch is very capable in combat, skillfully wielding a Remington 870 Marine Magnum shotgun and a Smith & Wesson 629 revolver. Despite his amoral lifestyle, Dutch is polite and laid-back character, and most of the time, is very considerate. He has a close association with Balalaika of Hotel Moscow, having saved her life during one of Roanapur’s gang wars.

His body is heavily muscled, and he is always seen wearing a pair of sunglasses, typically dressed in camouflage pants and wearing a flak jacket. He appears to be in his 30s, but is most likely in his 40s, given his apparent military service in Vietnam given the setting of Black Lagoon in the 1990s. In the “Baile de los Muertos” saga in the manga, it is suggested that Dutch lied about his Vietnam service and could just simply be a mercenary with no past. However a U.S soldier advised Benny to be wary of Dutch, because a man like Dutch never lies without a serious reason.

Benny

is a dropout from a college in Florida where he studied until getting into trouble with the FBI and the mafia. About 25-year-old, Benny would have ended up dead if Revy had not saved him. He works as the Lagoon Company’s mechanic, computer specialist, and researcher. He also functions as the Lagoon’s driver and appears to be the owner of the 1969 Dodge Coronet R/T (later replaced with a 1965 Pontiac GTO) that Lagoon Company travels around Roanapur in. He is Jewish, or at least of Jewish descent as he puts it, and is often called “Benny-Boy” by Dutch. Benny joined the Lagoon Company two years before Rock after Revy rescued him. Benny has a level-headed and anxiety-free personality. He readily admits to Rock that the two of them are not gunfighters in any way, shape, or form. Unlike Rock, however, Benny is willing to turn a blind eye to Revy and Dutch’s barbaric methods. Benny also tends to be possessive of his computers and will not let anyone else touch them. In the second season, he met Greenback Jane and after impressing her with his computer abilities, began an online relationship with her. Jane returns to Roanapur following the teams completion of the Lovelace Incident and Benny meets up with her. Possibly based on Jake Adelstein.

 

Wednesday News- March 4, 2020

Wednesday News- March 4, 2020

Anime Expo Goes Forward as Planned- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-04/anime-expo-goes-forward-as-planned/.157120

Moriarty the Patriot Anime Unveils Visual, Main Staff- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-03/moriarty-the-patriot-anime-unveils-visual-main-staff/.157088

Hayate the Combat Butler Creator’s Fly Me to the Moon Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime in October- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-04/hayate-the-combat-butler-creator-fly-me-to-the-moon-comedy-manga-gets-tv-anime-in-october/.157129

New Fruits Basket Anime’s Season 2 Unveils April 6 Debut, Creator’s Message, New Visual- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-04/new-fruits-basket-anime-season-2-unveils-april-6-debut-creator-message-new-visual/.157131

MARS RED Vampire TV Anime’s 1st Promo Video Unveils Cast- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-04/mars-red-vampire-tv-anime-1st-promo-video-unveils-cast/.157134

Anime

  • AFTERLOST BDP
  • Anemone: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution BD/DVDCi
  • Aria the Animation Season 1 BD
  • Black Clover Season 2 Part 3 BD/DVD
  • Black Clover Season 2 Part 3 Collector’s Box BD/DVD
  • Grimms Notes the Animation BD
  • Honey and Clover Season 1 BD
  • Kamen no Maid Guy BD
  • Konohana Kitan Essentials BD
  • Mix Part 1 BD
  • Yū Yū Hakusho Season 4 Steelbook BD

Manga

  • Afterschool Bitchcraft Graphic Novel (GN) 1
  • All-Rounder Meguru GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Aria The Masterpiece GN 5
  • Bakemonogatari GN 3
  • Black Clover GN 20
  • Blissful Land GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • A Condition Called Love GN 1
  • Creature! GN 20 (Digital Only)A
  • Daytime Shooting Star GN 5
  • Demon Lord, Retry! GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House GN 15
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba GN 11
  • D.Gray-man GN 26
  • Don’t Count Your Tanukis GN 9 (Digital Only)A
  • Dragon Ball Super GN 8
  • Dr. Stone GN 10
  • Haikyu!! GN 37
  • The Hands of Horus GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War GN 13
  • Kizuna: Hand of God Unbound by the Heavens GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Love Me, Love Me Not GN 1
  • Marginal Operation GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Moonlight Moratorium GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Niwa-kun’s Love and Rampage GN 1
  • One-Punch Man GN 19
  • Pen Love GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Pleasure & Corruption GN 1
  • The Promised Neverland GN 14
  • Ryoji Renjo: Gourmet Detective GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru GN 1
  • A Side Character’s Love Story GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Smile Down the Runway GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Snow White with the Red Hair GN 6
  • A Tale of Two Meteors GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • To Be Next to you GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Vampire Knight: Memories GN 4
  • The Vampires Next Door GN 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • The White Book GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Who Wants to Play? GN 1 (Digital Only)

Other

  • An Archdemon’s Dilemma – How to Love Your Elf Bride Novel 4
  • Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill Novel 5 (Digital Only)
  • The Combat Baker and His Automaton Waitress Novel 4 (Digital Only)C
  • Crest of the Stars Novel 1 (hardcover)
  • Granblue Fantasy: Versus PS4 game
  • Infinite Dendrogram Novel 5
  • My Hero Academia School Briefs Novel 4
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Switch game

 

 

Film Friday- Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Film Friday- Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica often referred to simply as Madoka Magica, is a Japanese anime television series created by Magica Quartet, an artist collective consisting of director Akiyuki Shinbo, screenwriter Gen Urobuchi, character designer Ume Aoki, and producer Atsuhiro Iwakami. The story follows a group of female middle school students who choose to become magical girls, subsequently battling surreal enemies known as “witches.” In consequence, they learn of the anguish and peril associated with their new role.

The first ten episodes of the series aired in Japan on TBS and MBS between January and March 2011, while the final two episodes were delayed until April 2011 due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. A manga adaptation of the series and various spin-off manga series have been published by Houbunsha and licensed in North America by Yen Press. A novelization by Nitroplus was released in August 2011, and a dedicated magazine titled Manga Time Kirara Magica was launched by Houbunsha in June 2012. A video game for the PlayStation Portable was released in March 2012 and another for PlayStation Vita was released in December 2013. A film series has also been produced; it consists of two films recapping the anime series and released in October 2012. A third film featuring an original story was released on October 26, 2013, and a concept film acting as a trailer for a new project was screened in December 2015. A smartphone game, Magia Record, launched in August 2017, and an anime adaptation premiered in January 2020.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica has received widespread critical acclaim; critics praised the complex narrative, visuals, artistic direction, and soundtrack of the series as well as its unconventional approach to the magical girl subgenre. It became a commercial success; each Blu-ray Disc volume sold more than 50,000 copies in Japan. The series garnered a variety of awards, such as the Television Award at the 16th Animation Kobe Awards, as well as 12 Newtype Anime Awards and the Grand Prize for animation in the 2011 Japan Media Arts awards.

Characters

Madoka Kaname 
is the titular protagonist of the 2011 anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica and its related media. In the anime, she initially lives a normal and happy life, but is then faced with the decision of becoming a magical girl.

Madoka is a kind and gentle 14-year-old girl who comes from a loving family. A second-year at middle school, her life changes when she encounters the incubator Kyubey, who offers to transform her into a magical girl. She sees herself as a person without special qualities or talents, and after seeing her schoolmate Mami Tomoe fighting against witches, aspires to become a magical girl like her. She is a kind and gentle person that is averse to fighting. She hopes that the magical girls will support each other, sometimes even putting her own life at risk to help them. After witnessing Mami’s death, she grows uncertain about becoming a magical girl, growing ever more hesitant as the true cost of the role is revealed to her.
In previous timelines, Madoka became a magical girl in a pink dress wielding a rose branch bow and arrow. In the drama CD, “Memories of You”, it is revealed that the wish in the first timeline was to save a cat named Amy from death. However, every time, she was either killed or transformed into a witch named Kriemhild Gretchen, the Witch of Salvation, one that became ever more powerful with each time reset, as Madoka’s power also increased and if created would, by the end of that same week, consume all life on Earth in order to create a paradise where there is no free will or individuality to cause strife or conflict. In the current timeline before the final episode, Kyubey claims that Madoka has an impossibly large amount of potential for magic, going so far as to claim that she could become a god. The reason for this is unclear, since her life so far has been relatively average and free of tragedies. This is later revealed to be due to her accumulated misfortune, which was caused as a result of her classmate Homura Akemi repeatedly resetting time, with Madoka’s fate getting worse with each timeline, making her magic power grow exponentially with each reset. In the first timeline, she still possesses a high amount of power, being able to defeat Walpurgisnacht, though dying in the process. Subsequently, by the current timeline, she has the potential to be the most powerful magical girl to date. Towards the end, she learns of this and Homura’s efforts to save her.
After seeing the suffering of magical girls throughout history, Madoka decides to make her wish: to prevent all magical girls from the past, present, future and all other timelines, from ever becoming witches. The laws of the universe are rewritten such that at the moment that a soul gem becomes black with anguish, Madoka appears and purifies it before the magical girl passes on. As a result of this wish, she becomes an omnipotent being named Ultimate Madoka, that exists for all time, erasing her pre-ascension existence from the world; leaving only Homura – and to some extent her little brother – with the memory of her. Madoka becomes only a concept in the new world, one named the Law of Cycles. Magical girls absorbed into the Law of Cycles regain knowledge of their lives in previous timelines.
At the end of Rebellion, Ultimate Madoka was usurped by Homura and had her human and goddess selves split, with her role as a martyr being forced onto the Incubators. Homura places human Madoka in a new universe where she and her friends can live normal lives unaware of their pasts, though Madoka regains her memories at the last second and her final conversation with Homura implies that it is only a matter of time before Madoka merges with her goddess self once more and must face her friend in battle.

Film Friday- Heat Guy J

Film Friday- Heat Guy J

Heat Guy J is a Japanese anime television series created and directed by Escaflowne director Kazuki Akane and animated by Satelight.

Heat Guy J was licensed and distributed in the U.S. in 2003 by Pioneer. It was re-released by Funimation in the fall of 2009. The first 13 episodes of the show also was broadcast on the cable channel MTV2. A one volume manga was created based on the series, and was licensed and distributed by Tokyopop. The show was picked up for a UK DVD release by Manga Entertainment starting in March 2006. It was packaged in double DVD sets to make up for the long delayed release of the series.

Characters

Special Services

  • Daisuke Aurora
    – Department of Security, Central Headquarters Special Services Employee, age 21

    Nicknamed “Dais” (or “Dice”). Cool and laid back, Daisuke is one half of the Special Services Bureau’s investigative team. He prefers action to paperwork, but when he’s not out on the street fighting crime, he’s often seen in various states of in-action.
    Although he never really shows it, Daisuke is quite compassionate and has a strong sense of justice. However, he has deep and painful memories of the vanishing of his mother and his father (a politician) being murdered by an android. The only memento of his father is a bullet pendant he wears around his neck.
  • J
    – Special Services Android, 3, Appearance of a 40-year-old Man

    An android with incredible power, J was created in cooperation between a government facility and a civilian enterprise; androids are illegal in Judoh, but a special exception is made for J, much to the dismay of wary city officials. Despite his hulking size, J can run at enormous speeds and packs a powerful punch. However, after prolonged bouts of action, J must cool himself down by venting a great deal of superheated air from pipes mounted on his shoulders, making a sound like a howling wolf. J is maintained by the Civilian Enterprises Sect technician Antonia Bellucci. It is said that J is modeled after Antonia’s father. This is probably why J seems to be so human sometimes, with a noble character and strong beliefs on things like how a man should act.
  • Kyoko Milchan
    – Department of Security, Central Headquarters Special Services Auditor/Accountant, age 21

    A young auditor and accountant for Special Services, Kyoko is strait-laced and always plays by the rules. This causes her stress when dealing with Daisuke, whom she often scolds. However, she eventually develops feelings towards Daisuke, after letting go of her crush on his brother Shun.
  • Shun Aurora 
    – Government Investigative Office of Department of Security, Central Headquarters General Manager, age 27

    Daisuke’s older brother and the General Manager of Special Services, Shun prides himself on his rational and logical thinking. Shun’s logical nature is usually in conflict with Daisuke’s more impulsive personality. This causes a gap between the two brothers, despite the fact that Shun raised Daisuke after their father’s death at the hand of an android. Another point of contention between them is Shun’s inability to forgive his mother for leaving their family when Shun was 9 and Daisuke 3. Shun is responsible for the partnership of his brother with J.
  • Phia Oliveira
    – Central Headquarters, General Manager’s Secretary, age 27

    Phia is Shun’s head secretary over at the Special Services office. She is very reliable although she seems to take enjoyment in seeing Shun and Daisuke argue.