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Wednesday News- December 10, 2019

Wednesday News- December 10, 2019

Danganronpa’s Kazutaka Kodaka to Announce New Game on Monday- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-12-09/danganronpa-kazutaka-kodaka-to-announce-new-game-on-monday/.154122

Kochikama Manga Returns to Shonen Jump for Special 1-Shot- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-12-09/kochikame-manga-returns-to-shonen-jump-for-special-1-shot/.154136

Viz Manga, Manga Plus Add Agravity Boys Manga in English- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-12-09/viz-media-manga-plus-add-agravity-boys-manga-in-english/.154120

Steins; Gate: My Darling’s Embrace, Steins; Gate 0 Games Get New Western Releases- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-12-10/steins-gate-my-darling-embrace-steins-gate-0-games-get-new-western-releases/.154198

Re:Zero Anime’s Season 2 Slated for Next April After Updated 1st Season- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-12-10/re-zero-anime-season-2-slated-for-next-april-after-updated-1st-season/.154180

Anime

  • 18if Essentials BD
  • The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Season One Essentials BD
  • Gakuen Basara BD
  • Heavy Object Complete Series Essentials BD
  • KADO – The Right Answer Essentials BD
  • Millennium Actress BD/DVD
  • Seitokai Yakuindomo BD
  • Seven Mortal Sins Essentials BD
  • Snow White with the Red Hair Complete Series Classics BD

Manga

  • 1122: For a Happy Marriage GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • A.I.C.O. Incarnation GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • All Out!! GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Amber Silhouette GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Aria: The Masterpiece Graphic Novel (GN) 4
  • Arifureta: I Heart Isekai GN 1
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 9.
  • Don’t Count Your Tanukis GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Dragon Quest Monsters+ GN 5
  • Edens Zero GN 5
  • Ex-Enthusiasts: Motokare Mania GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Farewell, My Dear Cramer GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji GN 1
  • Gantz Omnibus GN 4
  • The Golden Sheep GN 2
  • Granblue Fantasy GN 2
  • Heavenly Delusion GN 1
  • The Ideal Sponger Life GN 4
  • I’m Standing on a Million Lives GN 8 (Digital Only)P
  • I Shall Survive Using Potions! GN (Digital Only)
  • Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight GN 10
  • Komi Can’t Communicate GN 4
  • Missions of Love GN 19
  • Pleasure & Corruption GN 1
  • Plus-Sized Elf GN 4
  • Our Dreams At Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 3: Truth of Zero GN 9
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero GN 12
  • Seven Days: Monday-Sunday (Seven Days: Monday-Thursday, Seven Days: Friday-Sunday) GN
  • Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle GN 10
  • Yuri Is My Job! GN 5.

Other

  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Novel 7
  • Deadly Premonition Origins Switch game
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 PC game
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Novel 5
  • Sexiled Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD PC game
  • WorldEnd:What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us? Novel 5

 

Film Friday- Gokusen

Film Friday- Gokusen

Gokusen is a manga series by Kozueko Morimoto. The story follows Kumiko Yamaguchi, the granddaughter of a yakuza boss and teacher at an all-male private high school. In 2008, an SP manga was out, featuring some of Yankumi’s (Kumiko) old students who are by now working adults.

In 2002, the manga was adapted into a television drama with Yukie Nakama in the title role. A second series was produced in 2005. The third season of the (live action) series was aired as Nippon Television’s 55th Anniversary Program in 2008.

A 13 episode animated adaptation by Madhouse ran on Nippon Television from January 6, 2004 to March 30, 2004.

A movie as part of the drama series was released in Japanese theaters on July 11, 2009.

Characters

Kumiko “Yankumi” Yamaguchi
is a 23-year-old university graduate and is newly hired at Shirokin Gakuen. She is very idealistic and wants to inspire her students and help them graduate high school. Since the age of 7, when her parents died, Kumiko has been living with her grandfather, who is the head of an influential Tokyo Ninkyo group. Despite this strange upbringing and the bizarre mannerisms she has picked up from it like her use of yakuza slang and a habit of running from the cops when she sees them, Kumiko is a good-hearted girl who has a strong faith in her students even when they think the world is against them. Her belief in them and her combat skills help her earn their respect. They give her the nickname “Yankumi,” something she greatly likes. It is also revealed that she is attracted to men in a fundoshi; going into a trance when she saw Shin in one. In the 2008 SP manga, Yankumi finally returned Sawada’s feeling after Sawada saved her from a gang of bikers. A running gag for the drama series is that with each new series almost everyone has completely forgotten she is next in line to run the yakuza, even when asking a fellow teacher from a previous series he replied only with a puzzled look on his face. Another running gag is in the beginning of each new series, she is shown incapable of teaching unless she is teaching the delinquents of the school and, more often than not, scaring her students with her unusual behavior.

Shirokin High School

Shin Sawada
18-year-old Shin is the leader of class 3-D (17-year-old leader of 2–4 in the manga). He is cool, level-headed, smart, and somewhat introverted. Everyone in the class looks up to him. When he was in middle school, he punched a teacher for refusing to apologise to an innocent student the teacher had been unfairly harassing. He knows right away that something is not normal about their new teacher and keeps an eye on her. He’s the first one who found out Yankumi’s true identity and later confesses to her [in the manga’s last chapter] that he is in love with her. In the manga, he is given the alias of “Young Master Red Lion” from Kyou. Shin’s father is a high ranking police official. At the end of the series he wanted to become a Yakuza lawyer so to be with Kumiko, and when he confessed to her, it appeared that everyone knew of his feelings for her, even the teachers, except for her. In the drama, his father is a senator. An amusing aspect of this series is that whenever he thinks he’s on a mission to save Kumiko, he always gets beaten up and she continuously has to come to his rescue. He never returned in the sequels in the live-action series as he decided to go abroad as a social worker. While in the Special Manga 2008, Sawada is a top student of Toudai University and he has a stable life and job. As he’s seen taking Yankumi out for a movie with his own car and constantly with her, stating why he was so cooperative with her back then was because he liked her at first sight and set up their casual meeting to turn it into a date. For the first time he is shown with emotion when one of Yankumi’s new students tricks her into fighting a gang of bikers and he goes off to save her – he managed to save her.

Youichi Minami
He is one of Shin’s friends. He always gets into fights, like everyone else. He had gotten into a fight with Ichiro Tsuruta, and was beaten by him. Minami is the tough guy of the group. In the anime and manga he is often seen with Noda, indicating a close friendship. In the drama he was a ladies man, but in the anime/manga he was considered the ugliest.

 

Haruhiko “Uchi” Uchiyama
He is the guy with a weird purple hairstyle. In the drama, he has long hair that he bleached blonde. He’s also one of Shin’s friends. He was lost in Okinawa when they had a trip there and he gave Kumiko and Shin a lot of problems during that time. When they finally found him, Kumiko smacked him until his face was swollen. In the drama, he is a tough guy with a soft spot for his mother. His nickname is Uchi. In the manga, he is the first of the group to get a girlfriend when he starts a relationship with a horror-obsessed girl named Shiori. She constantly terrifies him with horror stunts. After a while, he seems to embrace her love of horror, even thinking about becoming a monster movie make-up artist.

Teruo “Kuma” Kumai
Large and tough, Kumai (called “Kuma”, or “Bear” by everyone) always seems to be getting into trouble. He’s either getting into fights, or being accused of theft, or being attacked by a rival school. Kuma and Shin are best friends. They grew up together, and Kuma calls Shin “Shin-chan”. Even Kuma’s mother was friends with Kumiko before she became a teacher. He is also the only former student of Yankumi’s shown in the second and third drama seasons. He eventually marries his first love and later becomes a father. Throughout the seasons he helps Yankumi when he sees her students getting into some kind of trouble and becomes a mentor to them as well. In each new series of the drama there is always a kid who greatly resembles Kuma in Yankumi’s class.

 

Takeshi Noda
He is also one of Shin’s friends. He was the one who thought of giving Kumiko “Yankumi” as her nickname. Takeshi Noda is a member of class 2–4. Although not typically a main cast member, in one episode (in the drama), he becomes obsessed with the teacher Shizuka Fujiyama. Hurt when she threw away a present he gave her, Noda takes a picture of her at her secret second job: hostess of a bar. He then sends the picture to the head teacher and almost gets Shizuka put on probation for a week, to be fired if class 3-D does not get at least a 30 on their English mid-finals. In the manga, he is the first of his classmates to figure out that Shin likes Yankumi and gets Shin to admit so. In the manga, he is much more involved than in the anime or drama. He is also much smarter in the manga, like one instance when Ms. Fujiyama was being stalked, Noda made many suggestions as to how the stalker could follow Ms. Fujiyama. One thing he has in common with his drama counterpart is his sense in fashion, as demonstrated in the chapter of the manga “Protect our F-cup”, where he dresses Yamaguchi in his sister’s clothing in which Uchiyama and the others (first in disgust) found that the outfit worked well with her. He is often seen with Minami in the anime and manga, indicating a friendship between them, possibly being best friends. In the anime and manga he is accused of being a thief (similar to Uchi’s situation in the drama).

Shizuka Fujiyama 
is another female teacher hired by Shirokin Gakuin at the same time as Yankumi. In the drama, Fujiyama teaches English. In the anime she teaches music. One of her students once attempted suicide and she learned a lesson because of that incident. She started a choir club in school. In the drama, Fujiyama wears her normal clothes all the time, but in the anime and manga she wears a tracksuit like Yankumi does. Fujiyama used to teach middle school students, and is very happy to be teaching at a high school. She jokes about which boys are cute, and whom she would sleep with. In the manga, she developed a crush on Kyo-san and tries to meet him, but she doesn’t believe he’s her “knight”. Since she daydreamed him younger looking.

Goro Sawatari
The School’s Vice-Principal is Yankumi’s main nemesis amongst the school staff. In episode 13 he was the 3rd person to find out about Yankumi’s secret only to realize that she resigned. Also he tried to use a camera when he witnessed a fight only to be caught by Kyo. He is only majorly featured in the drama and anime. In the drama, despite initially antagonistic towards Yankumi and her class, he was undeniably portrayed as more benevolent than his anime incarnation. His state of benevolence was shown to be more prominent in Gokusen 2, where among the last few episodes, he deliberately informed Yankumi that her class attempted to boycott their graduation unless she calls off her resignation. It would seem that the drama-version Sawatori has grown to respect the headstrong and dignified educator that Yankumi is, despite knowing that he also risked getting fired in the process (he was poised for promotion). He was later seen a month after graduation, apparently assigned to another school (claiming to have resigned from the last one). He has a wife in the drama who runs an arranged marriage business, though he is constantly seen enjoying himself with younger women. A running gag in the drama is that he is able to instantly retain his status as Vice-Principal with each new school, even leading Yankumi to question how he does that.

Gonzou Shirakawa
The School’s Principal. He does have a great knack for popping up suddenly at unusual times to point out useful information. In the manga and anime, the Koucho is this happy little bald guy who likes to wear bow ties. He knows that Yankumi is next in line to the yakuza, and discovered that was one of the main reasons he hired her, because he knew she would be able to easily handle that class.

Wednesday News- December 4, 2019

Wednesday News- December 4, 2019

Follow Vulpix’s Journey Across Hokkaido on 15 Pokemon Manhole Covers- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-12-02/follow-vulpix-journey-across-hokkaido-on-15-pokemon-manhole-covers/.153909

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Games Gets Switch Version in Spring 2020- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-12-03/the-legend-of-heroes-trails-of-cold-steel-iii-game-gets-switch-version-in-spring-2020/.153938

One Piece Gets New Novel About Nami- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-12-03/one-piece-gets-new-novel-about-nami/.153919

PlayStation Awards 2019 Winners Announced- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-12-03/playstation-awards-2019-winners-announced/.153930

Anime

  • Bleach Set 5 BD
  • Chain Chronicle: The Light of Haecceitas BD
  • Is This a Zombie? Complete Series BD/DVD
  • K-ON! Ultimate Collection BD
  • Kiss Him, Not Me! Essentials BD
  • Koro Sensei Quest! Essentials BD
  • Mai Mai Miracle BD
  • Meiji Tokyo Renka BD
  • Seven Senses of the Re’Union BD
  • Tsuki ga Kirei Essentials BD

Manga

  • Ao Haru Ride Graphic Novel (GN) 8
  • An Archdemon’s Dilemma: How to Love Your Elf-Bride GN 2
  • Ascendance of a Bookworm GN 2
  • Attack on Titan GN 29
  • Dragon Ball Super GN 7
  • Drifting Dragons GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Drifting Net Café GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Emanon GN 3
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 33
  • GUT’S GN 7-10 (Digital Only)
  • Happy Sugar Life GN 3
  • Harukana Receive GN 5
  • Inside Mari GN 6
  • Jujutsu Kaisen GN 1
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! GN 9
  • LDK GN 14
  • Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka GN 8
  • Marginal Operation GN 1
  • Mizukagekusa GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia GN 22
  • My Sweet Girl GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • One-Punch Man GN 18
  • One Piece Omnibus Edition GN 30
  • Our Fake Marriage GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Paradise Kiss 20th Anniversary Edition GN
  • Penguindrum GN 1
  • Platinum End GN 10
  • Queen’s Quality GN 8
  • Smile Down the Runway GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Takane & Hana GN 12
  • To Write Your Words GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Vinland Saga GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • We Never Learn GN 7
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 21

Other

  • Cooking with Wild Game Novel 5 (Digital Only)
  • Heroland PS4, Switch, PC game
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Novel 7
  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Novel 6
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 7
  • The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Novel 6
  • The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Novel 10 (Digital Only)
  • Raging Loop PC game
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Novel 11
  • Reincarnated as a Sword Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • SaGa SCARLET GRACE: AMBITIONS PS4, Switch, PC, iOS, Android game
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel 7 (Digital Only)
  • Waku Waku Sweets Switch game
  • Wolf & Parchment Novel 4
  • You Call That Service? Novel 1

 

Film Friday- Bungo Stray Dogs

Film Friday- Bungo Stray Dogs

Bungo Stray Dogs is a Japanese seinen manga series written by Kafka Asagiri and illustrated by Sango Harukawa, which has been serialized in the magazine Young Ace since 2012. The manga originated from Kafka Asagiri’s idea to gather multiple famous late authors and draw them as young adults and teenagers with supernatural powers. The series follows the members of the “Armed Detective Agency” and their everyday lives, mainly on the weretiger Atsushi Nakajima, who joins other gifted with supernatural powers and use them for different purposes including holding a business, solving mysteries, and carrying out missions assigned by the mafia.

Multiple light novels have been published. An anime television series adaptation by Bones aired in 2016 in two parts, the first part aired between 7 April 2016 and 23 June 2016, and the second part aired between 6 October 2016 and 22 December 2016. An anime film, Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple, was released on 3 March 2018. A third season aired between 12 April 2019 and 28 June 2019.

Anime series

An anime television series adaptation produced by Bones was directed by Takuya Igarashi and written by Yōji Enokido. Nobuhiro Arai and Hiroshi Kanno served as the chief animation directors, while the former also served as character designer along with Ryō Hirata. Taku Iwasaki composed the series’ music. Kazuhiro Wakabayashi was the series’ sound director at Glovision. Additionally, Yumiko Kondou was the art director, Yukari Goto was the anime’s color designer, Tsuyoshi Kanbayashi was the director of photography and Shigeru Nishiyama was the editor. Granrodeo performed the anime’s opening theme, titled “Trash Candy”, and Luck Life performed the anime’s ending theme, titled “Namae wo Yobu yo”.

The series was split into two halves: the first half, containing twelve episodes, premiered on 7 April 2016 and ended on 23 June 2016, being broadcast on Tokyo MX, Teletama, Chiba TV, tvk, GBS (Gifu Broadcasting), Mie TV, SUN, TVQ Kyushu, and BS11. The second half, also containing twelve episodes, premiered on 6 October 2016 and ended on 22 December 2016. The series has been licensed for streaming by Crunchyroll. As for the second half, Screen Mode sung the opening theme titled “Reason Living” while Luck Life once again sung the ending theme titled “Kaze ga Fuku Machi”.

An OVA was bundled with the 13th limited edition manga volume, which was released on 31 August 2017.

On 21 July 2018, it was announced that the series would receive a third season. The cast and staff would reprise their roles from the previous two seasons. The third season premiered from 12 April 2019 and ended on 28 June 2019, being broadcast on Tokyo MX, TVA, KBS, SUN, BS11, and Wowow. Granrodeo performed the third seasons’ opening theme “Setsuna no Ai” and Luck Life performed the third season’s ending theme “Lily”. Funimation released the simuldub on May 17, 2019.

The anime is licensed in North America by Crunchyroll with home video distribution by Funimation, and in the United Kingdom by Anime Limited.

Theatrical films

At the Mayo(w)i Inu-tachi no Utage Sono Ni event on 19 February 2017, a film project based on the manga series was announced. Titled Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple, the film premiered on 3 March 2018 with the staff and cast from the anime series returning to reprise their roles.

A new live-action film was announced in July 2019. It will be based on the stage plays from the series.

Atsushi Nakajima

In the story, he is 18 years old and used to live at an orphanage before the caretakers threw him out. Their words condemning him as “worthless” have since left trauma on him and drive his will to fight in order to find a reason to live, slowly gaining confidence as the series progresses. His ability is named Beast Beneath the Moonlight, which allows him to turn into a large white tiger with incredible strength, speed, regenerative capabilities and durability, although he has no control over it and retains no memory if he fully transforms (this lack of control is however repressed when he joins the Agency and the ability of the Agency’s president causes Atsushi to regain control over the tiger). Later, he learns to change his limbs to that of a tiger to enhance his physical abilities. Despite his lack of confidence, he has a pure and good heart and fights hard to protect others.

Osamu Dazai

A member of the Armed Detective Agency who takes Atsushi under his wing and is known for being a “suicide maniac” due to his wish to commit suicide and die comfortably one day, preferably with a beautiful woman. Under his carefree and relaxed demeanor, however, Dazai is extremely cunning, intelligent, skilled and brutal, once having been a feared executive of Port Mafia. His ability, No Longer Human, lets him completely nullify any supernatural ability by touch. In the main timeline, he is 22 years old.

Doppo Kunikida

Dazai’s partner, known for his meticulous planning, organisation and perfectionistic tendencies. He has a habit of writing and planning everything ahead in his signature notebook, with the front cover labelled “Ideals”. This notebook is linked to his ability, Lone Poet, which allows him to bring into existence any object he writes inside, as long as it isn’t larger than the notebook itself. Kunikida is, just as Dazai, 22 years old.

Ranpo Edogawa

The only Agency member without an ability and a self-proclaimed detective. Although he is 26 years old, and one of the oldest in the office, he lacks basic everyday skills, preferring to focus his intelligence on solving cases instead. His prodigious observational and deduction skills are nicknamed Super Deduction by him, which are supposedly activated when he puts on his glasses.

 

Wednesday News- November 27, 2019

Wednesday News- November 27, 2019

One Piece Pirate Warriors 4 Game Ships in Americas on March 27- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-25/one-piece-pirate-warriors-4-game-ships-in-americas-on-march-27/.153659

Taeko Watanabe’s Kaze Hikaru Shinsengumi Manga Ends in May- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-27/taeko-watanabe-kaze-hikaru-shinsengumi-manga-ends-in-may/.153730

The Fall 2019 Manga Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2019-10-28/the-fall-2019-manga-guide/.152717

Bung Stray Dogs Gets BEAST Spinoff Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-25/bungo-stray-dogs-gets-beast-spinoff-manga/.153670

Anime

  • 07-Ghost BD
  • Conception BD
  • Haikyu!! Season 3 BD
  • Juni Taisen: Zodiac War Season 1 Essentials BD
  • Kyo kara Maoh! R OVA Series BD
  • My Roommate is a Cat BD
  • Nanbaka Complete Series BD
  • Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond BD
  • One Piece: Episode of Skypiea BD/DVD
  • A Silent Voice Limited Edition BD
  • Space Adventure Cobra – The Movie BD
  • Star Blazers 2202 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Tada Never Falls in Love Premium Box Set BD
  • Zillion Essentials BD

Manga

  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Angels of Death Episode.0 Graphic Novel (GN) 3
  • Asahi-sempai’s Favorite GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey GN 3
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card GN 6
  • DAYS GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody GN 8
  • Fairy Tail: Happy’s Heroic Adventure GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • The Faraway Paladin GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Fire Force GN 17
  • For the Kid I Saw in My Dreams GN 3 (Hardcover)
  • Generation Witch GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Guilty GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • GUT’S GN 4-6 (Digital Only)
  • The Honor Student at Magic High School GN 10
  • How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? GN 1
  • If I Could Reach You GN 2
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Chronicle Episode Lyu GN 5
  • Kagerou Daze GN 13
  • Kakegurui twin GN 4
  • A Kiss, For Real GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Magic Knight Rayearth 25th Anniversary GN Box 1
  • Magic Knight Rayearth GN 1-3 (Digital Only)
  • The Magnificent Grand Scene GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Monster Wrestling GN 2
  • My Lucky Star GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Otherworldly Izakaya “Nobu” GN 5
  • Phantom Tales of the Night GN 2
  • Servamp GN 13
  • Seven Little Sons of the Dragon GN
  • Somari and the Guardian of the Forest GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Sweet Reincarnation GN 1
  • To Love-Ru GN 17-18
  • UQ Holder! GN 18
  • Witch Craft Works GN 13
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs GN 7

Other

  • Amagi Brilliant Park Novel 8 (Digital Only)
  • Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki Novel 2
  • Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? Novel 4
  • The Greatest Demon Lord is Reborn as a Typical Nobody Novel 1C
  • Katanagatari Novel 3 (hardcover)
  • Mikulife KEI’s Hatsune Miku artbook (hardcover)
  • Record of Wortenia War Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online Novel 5P

 

Film Friday- Inu x Boku SS

Film Friday- Inu x Boku SS

Inu × Boku SS, also known as Youko × Boku, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Cocoa Fujiwara. An anime adaptation by David Production aired in Japan between January and March 2012. The anime has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks for streaming, and home video release in North America.

A 12-episode anime adaptation by David Production aired in Japan between January 12 and March 29, 2012 and was simulcast on Crunchyroll. An original video animation episode was released with the seventh Blu-ray Disc volume on September 26, 2012. The series has been licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks. Hanabee Entertainment licensed the anime in Australia and New Zealand and released the series on Blu-ray and DVD in April 2013. MVM Films have licensed the series in the United Kingdom.

Characters

Ririchiyo Shirakiin
Part One
Room 4 tenant. Born 21st of February, she is 15 years old at the beginning of the story.
Ririchiyo is a young girl with long black hair and purple eyes, who is the descendant of an Oni. She leaves her home and moves into Maison de Ayakashi in order to live alone. She yearns to be independent and constantly worries about not being able to communicate with other people properly, due to her habit of rudely slighting people whenever they try to interact with her. As the daughter of a well-known and well-respected family, she felt she was only recognised for her family and not for herself; she was bullied by her peers and protected by her teachers and other adults who wished to be seen well by her family. This caused her to develop her bad habit and also incentivized her to move out. Her SS agent and servant is Sōshi Miketsukami, who has the blood of a fox-spirit. While at first she is exasperated by Sōshi’s extreme willingness to serve her and is reluctant to accept him as her SS, the two grow close and eventually fall in love, beginning a relationship. She dies at the age of 16 after Sōshi’s death, while fighting Mikoto and his army.
Part Two (23 years later)
A 15-year-old girl who moves into Room 1 of Maison de Ayakashi. Initially she has no memories of her past life due to the trauma of losing Sōshi. Unlike in Part One, she does not seem to be the victim of direct bullying, however she starts to distance herself from others when she learns that her peers were only friendly to her because they had to be.
After an encounter with the aged Renshō, she recovers some of her memories, but they are suppressed by Sōshi. Kagerō’s words causes her to remember everything, and her regret and her strong emotion of wanting to “go back” to their past are used by a yōkai called Sodehiki Mujina and she gets trapped along with Renshō in an ideal world that they created. Following this event, she decides to end her contract and relationship with Sōshi in order to sort out her feelings. Although struggling to come to terms with her past and current life, she resolves to uncover the truth about the “Night Parade of 100 Demons”.
Toward the end she learns that like her, Sōshi also has aspects that haven’t changed, and tells him that although she loves the Sōshi from her previous life, she still considers the Sōshi from her current life an important figure and that she still cares for him. While fighting Kuroe Karasuma, who loses her human self after being defeated by Mikoto, Ririchiyo is severely wounded and nearly dies. She gets Sōshi to scribe her letter to the past because of this.
Part Three
After receiving letters from the “if” world (where the “Night Parade of 100 Demons” took place) and Zange tells her what he saw in that future, Ririchiyo resolves to prevent the Night Parade from occurring. Due to the appearance of the time capsule from the future, the events following the burial of the time capsule do not occur and so she is not in a relationship with Sōshi. Rather, upon learning that Sōshi had died protecting Ririchiyo, she starts to distance herself from him.
The residents are notified on New Years that the “Night Parade of 100 Demons” has started, and Ririchiyo is taken back home by her father. However, realising how important her days at Maison de Ayakashi with the other residents were, she becomes determined to return to Ayakashi Hall, despite her father’s disagreement. Later she breaks into the Miketsukami house in order to rescue Sōshi (who was held captive there) and reconciles with him, asking him to tell her more about himself.
Ririchiyo seems to be physically weak throughout and has asthma to varying degrees of severity. Apparently, she is the weakest at arm wrestling out of the main female cast.
Sōshi Miketsukami
The assigned SS Agent to Ririchiyo and, in his own words, her servant and “Dog”. Sōshi is descended from the evil nine-tailed fox who was Sōshi’s past life. Ririchiyo helped him when she was little, although she’s initially unaware of it. Later on in the series, it’s revealed that his family had kept him under house arrest because they feared the powers of the kitsune, and in order to obtain freedom he learned to manipulate and appeal to others through obeying their whims. However, because of this, he was unable to form his own personality. It was not until he started corresponding with Ririchiyo through letters, under the guise of her fiance Kagerō, that he realized that he was in fact, capable of having emotion, and he began growing into his own person. He’s very calm, polite, and gentle to everyone he interacts with, but he bears particularly strong devotion to his Ririchiyo, blindly obeying her and protecting her with his life if the situation calls for it. He enters a relationship with her after she confesses her love for him, which was prompted by him reading a letter that detailed her feelings for him that she meant to put into a time capsule, but instead sent to him by mistake. What he wishes for is a family, which he never had. A notable feature is his heterochromia, in which his right eye is blue, while the other is dark gold.
He was killed in action at the end of Part 1 at age 23, protecting Ririchiyo from a band of evil yōkai. He is reincarnated but does not remember his previous life. After learning from Kagerō’s mother how important Ririchiyo was for the previous Sōshi, he researches about her and becomes Ririchiyo’s SS agent. After Ririchiyo regains her memories, she breaks her contract with him, in an attempt to protect him and also because she realizes he is not the same Sōshi she fell in love with.
Depressed because of how Ririchiyo break the contract with him, Sōshi is sulking in his room and still in contact with other SS agents such as Zange Natsume for a photo of Ririchiyo and other things. Because of his hatred, envy and jealousy towards his previous self because Ririchiyo loved and loves the previous him, Sōshi even tried to search for the time capsule his previous self left and destroyed it. Not having any memories from his previous life, he said and planned to destroy the thing the previous Sōshi left, which is a memory card. The memory card revealed to be full of Ririchiyo’s photos and letter from his childhood.
Sōshi, even though after cutting off his ties with Ririchiyo as her SS Agent, come to Ririchiyo’s rescue from the manipulated servant that is being controlled by the leader of the previous war. Before getting killed, Ririchiyo stepped in front of him and protected him, he remains besides Ririchiyo after being saved from dying. Because Ririchiyo said that even though she loves the previous him, he is also a very special person to her and that she is glad that he was born in this world. Sōshi said those words alone is enough and in return he’ll help her write a letter for the time capsule which they will send to the past for preventing their death.

Wednesday News- November 20, 2019

Wednesday News- November 20, 2019

Funimation Adds Gravitation OVA, Big Windup! 2, Looking up at the Half-Moon,  A Town Where You Live, Anime to Catalog- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-18/funimation-adds-gravitation-ova-big-windup-2-looking-up-at-the-half-moon-a-town-where-you-live-anime-to-catalog/.153429

Dragon Quest X Game Launches for Browsers in Japan in 2020- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-11-19/dragon-quest-x-game-launches-for-browsers-in-japan-in-2020/.153466

The Game Awards 2019 Nominees Revealed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-19/the-game-awards-2019-nominees-revealed/.153469

Babylon Anime’s 3rd Arc Delayed Until December 30- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-19/babylon-anime-3rd-arc-delayed-until-december-30/.153445

Captain Tsubasa: Rising Sun Manga Switches to New Captain Tsubasa Magazine Next Spring- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-11-19/captain-tsubasa-rising-sun-manga-switches-to-new-captain-tsubasa-magazine-next-spring/.153436

Anime

  • Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly BD
  • Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly Limited Edition BDCite
  • Fruits Basket Season 1 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Fruits Basket Season 1 Part 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory BD
  • Harukana Receive BD
  • Hidamari Sketch Picture Perfect Collection
  • Hyou-ka Complete Series Essentials BD
  • Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai BD
  • Recovery of an MMO Junkie Essentials BD

Manga

  • BEASTARS Graphic Novel (GN) 3
  • Bungo Stray Dogs: Another Story GN 1
  • Children of the Whales GN 13
  • Citrus+ GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Cosplay Animal GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Darkstalkers: Rise of the Night Warriors GN (hardcover)C
  • Defying Kurosaki-kun GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Don’t Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro GN 1
  • Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest GN 2
  • Generation Witch GN 5
  • Gleipnir GN 5
  • The Great Cleric GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • H.P. Lovecraft‘s At The Mountains Of Madness GN 2
  • Hanger GN 3
  • How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? GN 1 (Digital Only)P l
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord GN 6 (Digital Only)C
  • I’m Standing on a Million Lives GN 4
  • Kaiju Girl Caramelise GN 2
  • Kemono Friends à la Carte GN 1
  • Levius/est GN 1
  • My Monster Secret GN 18
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! GN 2
  • No Guns Life GN 2
  • Ran And The Gray World GN 5
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 35
  • Shomin Sample GN 11
  • Stravaganza GN 2
  • Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers Underworld Warriors GN (hardcover)
  • Tales of Berseria GN 1
  • Teasing Master Takagi-san GN 6
  • Urusei Yatsura GN 4
  • Wonderland GN 4A

Other

  • 86 Novel 3
  • Altina the Sword Princess Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • An Archdemon’s Dilemma – How to Love Your Elf Bride Novel 8 (Digital Only)
  • Classroom of the Elite Novel 3
  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes Novel 10
  • Mixed Bathing in Another Dimension Novel 6 (Digital Only)
  • Raging Loop Switch game
  • Reincarnated as a Sword Novel 3
  • Shenmue III PS4, PC game

 

Film Friday- To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts

Film Friday- To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts

To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Maybe. The series is published by Kodansha in Japan and by Vertical in North America. An anime television series adaptation by MAPPA aired from 1 July 2019 to 16 September 2019.

Anime

An anime television series adaptation was announced on 5 February 2019. The series is animated by MAPPA and directed by Jun Shishido, with Shigeru Murakoshi handled the series composition, Daisuke Niinuma designed the characters, and Yoshihiro Ike composed the music. The series aired from 1 July 2019 to 16 September 2019 on Tokyo MX, BS11, and MBS. The opening theme song is “Sacrifice” by Mafumafu, while the ending theme song is “HHOOWWLL” by Gero×ARAKI. Crunchyroll streamed the series. It ran for 12 episodes. On 1 October 2019, Crunchyroll announced that the series would receive an English dub.

Characters

Hank Henriette 
Former Captain of the Incarnates who was left for dead near the end of the war. Two years later, he became a Beast Hunter, hunting down the surviving Incarnates across Patria before they cause more destruction. He is capable of transforming into a werewolf under moonlight, and fights with a giant spear.
Nancy Schaal Bancroft
The daughter of John William Bancroft, she holds Hank responsible for his death and tries to shoot Hank the first time she meets him. Schaal wields an elephant gun and reluctantly decides to help Hank in exchange for learning the truth of the Incarnates and what caused them to go insane.
Cain Madhouse
Formerly a nobleman named Cain Withers, he was Vice Captain of the Incarnates who betrayed Elaine near the end of the war, shooting her through the chest before fleeing with the surviving Incarnate soldiers. He is called the vampire Incarnate, the immortal king of blood and the night.
Elaine Bluelake 
A doctor whose research gave birth to the Incarnates, and also developed a means to kill them at the end of the war. However, she was shot through the chest by Cain before she could do the job. Her body was never found.
Claude Withers
A human and the Captain of Coup de Grace, an Incarnate Extermination Squad authorized by the government. He takes his job seriously and swears he will not smile until he has killed every Incarnate beast. Unknown to most people, he is the younger brother of Cain and has sworn to kill him for his rebellion.
Liza Runecastle
A spy from the Northern Union who feeds information to Hank about the Incarnates.
Miglieglia
A young white-haired girl with gold eyes and a black dress who travels with Cain.

 

Wednesday News- November 13, 2019

Wednesday News- November 13, 2019

Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle Manga Takes 2-Month Break- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-11/battle-angel-alita-mars-chronicle-manga-takes-2-month-break/.153151

Katamari Damacy Creator Keita Takahashi’s Wattam PS4-PC Game Launches on December 17- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-11/katamari-damacy-creator-keita-takahashi-wattam-ps4-pc-game-launches-on-december-17/.153171

Pokemon Sword/Shield Games’ ‘Final’ Promo Video Streamed (Updated)- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-11/pokemon-sword-shield-games-final-promo-video-streamed/.153169

Wolf Girl & Black Prince‘s Ayuko Hatta Launches New Manga on December 13- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-11-12/wolf-girl-and-black-prince-ayuko-hatta-launches-new-manga-on-december-13/.153183

Anime

  • Bungo Stray Dogs Seasons 1 & 2 BD
  • Gosick Complete Series Essentials BD
  • Izetta: The Last Witch Essentials BDA
  • Natsu no Arashi! BD
  • Radiant Season 1 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Set 2 BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon Sailor Stars Set 2 DVD
  • Shomin Sample Essentials BD
  • Spirited Away Collector’s Edition BD
  • Valkyrie Drive: Mermaid Essentials BD

Manga

  • 1122: For a Happy Marriage GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Angels of Death Graphic Novel (GN) 8
  • Anne Happy GN 10
  • Arpeggio of Blue Steel GN 15
  • Blade of the Immortal Omnibus GN 10
  • Blue Morning GN 8
  • Chio’s School Road GN 6
  • Classmates GN 3.
  • Delicious in Dungeon GN 7
  • Don’t Count Your Tanukis GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Farewell, My Dear Cramer GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Fruits Basket Another GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Freezing GN 13
  • Fruits Basket Another GN 3
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Edition GN 7 (hardcover)
  • Giant Killing GN 17 (Digital Only)
  • GUT’S GN 1-3 (Digital Only)
  • Hatsu*Haru GN 9
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria GN 9
  • Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World GN 4
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 10
  • Love and Lies GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • The Magnificent Grand Scene GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • My Boyfriend in Orange GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • My Monster Secret GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • Nyankees GN 4
  • Our Wonderful Days GN 1
  • Overlord: The Undead King Oh! GN 1
  • Queen Bee GN 3 (Digital Only)P
  • Ran the Peerless Beauty GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Record of Grancrest War GN 5
  • The Reprise of the Spear Hero GN 1
  • Requiem of the Rose King GN 11
  • RIN-NE GN 31
  • Sailor Moon Eternal Edition GN 6
  • Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GN 8
  • Sekirei GN 10
  • Skeleton Knight in Another World GN 2
  • Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san GN 2P
  • A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow GN 1
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • The Unwanted Undead Adventurer GN 1 (Digital Only)P
  • Witch Hat Atelier GN 4
  • You Got Me, Sempai! GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Zo Zo Zombie (Zo Zo Zo Zombie-kun) GN 5

Other

  • Arifureta Zero Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • The Art of Splatoon 2 book (hardcover)P
  • Ascendance of a Bookworm Part 2 Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Dirty Way to Destroy the Goddess’s Hero Novel 2
  • Dragon Ball: A Visual History artbook
  • The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 14 (Digital Only)
  • Infinite Stratos GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Pokémon Shield Switch game
  • Pokémon Sword Switch game
  • Romancing SaGa 3 PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One, Switch, PC, iOS, Android game
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel 7
  • Skeleton Knight in Another World Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re Call to Exist PS4, PC game
  • Transformers: A Visual History artbook (hardcover)

 

Film Friday- Galaxy Express 999

Film Friday- Galaxy Express 999

Galaxy Express 999 is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Leiji Matsumoto, later adapted into a number of anime films and television series. It is set in a spacefaring, high-tech future in which humans have learned how to transfer their minds and emotions with perfect fidelity into mechanical bodies, thus achieving practical immortality.

The manga won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen in 1978. The anime series won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize in 1981.

Matsumoto was inspired to create Galaxy Express 999 by the idea of a steam train running through the stars in the novel Night on the Galactic Railroad by Kenji Miyazawa.

Film versions

Galaxy Express 999

The film version of Galaxy Express 999, released in 1979. Maetel and Tetsuro again set out for the home planet of the Mechanized Empire, visiting four planets. Planet Maetel is a mechanized world where machine bodies are made.

Godiego performed the film’s theme song “The Galaxy Express 999”.

Adieu Galaxy Express 999

Adieu Galaxy Express 999 is a 1981 sequel to the film adaptation. Adieu presents an entirely new storyline which takes place three years after the destruction of Planet Maetel. The Machine Empire now has even more of a stranglehold over the Galaxy. Rumors are afoot of Maetel becoming its new Queen. Tetsuro, now a fifteen-year-old freedom fighter, is shocked when a messenger brings him news that the 999 is returning, and that Maetel wants him to board it. Tetsuro narrowly makes his way to the 999 and departs Earth, now a battlefield.

Although Tetsuro finds that Maetel isn’t present on the 999, he does meet Metalmena, a machine woman who has replaced the waitress Claire. Also, a mysterious Ghost Train has been traveling the universe and nearly crashes into the 999. The 999 then pouts about the humiliation of being overtaken by the Ghost Train. The 999 heads to the planet La Metal, portrayed here as the birthplace of Prometheum and Maetel. Here Tetsuro helps in the resistance, befriending a cat-like teenaged-boy named Meowdar. While exploring the ruins of an old castle, Tetsuro discovers a portrait of a beautiful, blonde queen who looks very much like Maetel. He learns that it is, in fact, La Metal’s Queen Prometheum, even though she looks nothing like she did at their last confrontation. As the 999 departs, Maetel finally makes her appearance.

Shortly after leaving La Metal, the 999 is forced to dock at a station where Tetsuro meets a mysterious machine-man named Faust. When Tetsuro attacks him, Faust causes Tetsuro to drop into a flashback where he must relive his mother’s death. The 999 continues on to the planet Mosaic, the last stop before Great Andromeda, capital of the mechanized empire. Here Tetsuro finds the Ghost Train and is nearly killed.

The 999 finally makes its way to Great Andromeda where Faust greets Tetsuro once more. Meanwhile, Maetel travels down to the center of the planet where Prometheum’s consciousness still exists. Maetel is put in charge of the mechanized empire, just as the rumors said. But, again, she intends to put an end to the operations, and attempts to shut Prometheum’s machinery down. She reveals the horrible truth to Tetsuro that the energy the machine people use is actually drained from living human beings, and that they were transported there by the Ghost Train. Tetsuro is shocked to find his old friend Meowdar among a pile of dead, drained bodies. Metalmena shows indifference to Meowdar’s death, until Tetsuro reveals the source of the energy she has been existing on. As a patrol of guards comes to arrest the group, Metalmena, disgusted and enraged by what she has learned, attacks and destroys them, apparently at the cost of her own life.

Prometheum proves that she cannot be killed with just the flip of a switch, and all seems hopeless. At about the same time, a space anomaly called Siren the Witch approaches Great Andromeda, attracted to its abundant energy and absorbing all machine energy. With Great Andromeda collapsing, the 999 is set to depart, but Tetsuro must face Faust one last time. After dealing Faust a fatal blow, it is revealed to Tetsuro that Faust is actually Tetsuro’s father (In the manga and television series, it is never made clear what became of Tetsuro’s father). The 999 heads back to La Metal where Maetel and Tetsuro separate for the last time, and “the boy [Tetsuro] becomes a man”.

Two songs written and performed by Mary MacGregor, ‘Love Light’ and the ending theme “Sayonara” were used for the film. Kumiko Kaori recorded a Japanese version of the ending song.

Helen McCarthy in 500 Essential Anime Movies called it a “dense, fascinating story”.

Maetel Legend

This two-part OVA from 2000 serves as a prelude for Galaxy Express 999 and explains the series’ backstory. Maetel, the protagonist, is the daughter of Queen Prometheum of the Planet La Metal (both from Queen Millennia), a wandering planet, and one of the first civilizations to have mechanized their bodies. As Queen Promethium becomes fearful of the natural decline of her people’s lifespan on their freezing world, which has fallen out of orbit, she decides to mechanize them all, in order to enable her people to survive the harsh climate. The complete series was released on DVD by Central Park Media.

Space Symphony Maetel

Following on from Maetel Legend, this 13-part OVA from 2004 reveals that the newly created machine people of La Metal began to mechanise galaxy after galaxy against the will of many humans, and ended up creating rebellions and revolutions. Maetel is asked to return to La Metal to succeed her mother, only to discover the many hardships her mother has inflicted on the humans.

In this series, Captain Harlock and Emeraldas (Maetel’s sister) also appear, and work together to assassinate Prometheum, along with Maetel. Parallels with Galaxy Express 999 are prevalent. Instead of a boy who wants a mechanized body meeting her, she met a boy who has a grudge against Prometheum and detests being mechanized.

The final lines of dialog reveal that this is a prequel to the 1979 film Galaxy Express 999.

Galaxy Railways: Letter From An Abandoned Planet

This OVA series was released from December 30, 2006 to January 5, 2007 (on SKY PerfectTV!) in Japan. The story takes place between Seasons 1 and 2 of Galaxy Railways: Crossroad to Eternity, and presumably after the events of Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy, where the Earth has since been destroyed. The OVAs featured Maetel, Tetsuro, and the Conductor, with their original voice actors from the Galaxy Express 999 television series.

For unknown reasons, this series started production earlier than Galaxy Railways: Crossroad to Eternity, but was aired much later.

Characters

  • Tetsuro Hoshino
    The main character of Galaxy Express 999, Tetsuro is a poor Earth boy who witnessed his mother die at the hands of Count Mecha. With his mother’s dying wish being for him to obtain a machine body, Tetsuro embarks on the Galaxy Express with Maetel. Tetsuro has also been mentioned in the new Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage manga.

 

 

  • Maetel:
    The mysterious blonde woman who accompanies Tetsuro on the Galaxy Express 999. Maetel is in actuality the daughter of Queen Prometheum, ruler of the mechanized empire. In the movie version, Maetel is responsible for bringing youths from around the universe to the mechanized homeworld where they are turned into mechanized human components to serve the mechanized empire, whereas in the television series, she is grooming them to grow up to become generals in her mother’s imperial military. Maetel is secretly plotting with her father, Dr. Ban (who is contained within the pendant around her neck) to destroy the machine empire, and finally does so (in the movie) when it is Tetsuro’s turn to be turned into a bolt. Maetel’s soul exists in the body of a human copy, which she occupies until it grows old and she exchanges it for a new one. It is explained in the movie version that she occupies a clone of the body of Tetsuro’s mother, which explains the resemblance between the two.

 

  • Conductor
    The Conductor is the main crew member of the Galaxy Express 999. He is an alien being with an invisible body; only his eyes can be seen while he is wearing his conductor uniform. The Conductor prefers to go ‘strictly by the book’ and frequently cites the Galaxy Express rule book, but occasionally ends up bending the rules and getting into adventures with Tetsuro and Maetel.

 

  • Claire:
    The dining car waitress on the 999, Claire has a machine body made of clear crystal glass. Unlike others who gave up their humanity by choice, Claire was forced into this existence by her vain mother. She works on the 999 in order to save up enough money to buy back her human body, which is stored on Pluto.[7] Claire quickly befriends Tetsuro and sacrifices herself for him when a hallucination taking the guise of his mother tries to pull him out of the train. Her body is shattered, all that remains is a single glass tear which Tetsuro holds with him as a memento.[7] In the movie version, Claire has a somewhat larger role, but suffers the same fate, sacrificing herself for Tetsuro when Prometheum tries to kill him (a machine girl named “Mirai” (“Future”) has this role in the television series). Claire returns to life in both Eternal Fantasy and the new Galaxy Express manga published by Matsumoto in the 1990s.

 

  • Captain Harlock:
    Famous space pirates who are idolized by Tetsuro. Both have only minor cameos in the original manga and television series, but have significantly larger roles in the movies and assist in defeating the machine empire.

 

  • Antares:
    A well known bandit who sneaks aboard the 999 after their stop on the planet Titan. Antares despises machine people for the death of his wife and has many unexploded bullets lodged within his abdomen. He warns Tetsuro to “shoot first, ask questions later”.[9] In the manga and television series he lives in a large home with his many children; in the movie he lives on Titan with other bandits and many children orphaned by Count Mecha. In the movie version he assists Tetsuro in his quest to kill Count Mecha at the Time Castle, and is killed when the bullets in his body explode after taking multiple shots from the Count.

 

  • Count Mecha:
    The wealthy machine man who murdered Tetsuro’s mother. In the manga and television series, he is a minor aristocrat, and is killed by Tetsuro before he leaves Earth. In the movie version he appears to have considerably more power, and rules the Time Castle. Acquiring a machine body to get revenge on Count Mecha is Tetsuro’s primary motivation in the movie version, and he accomplishes his goal with the assistance of Antares while on the planet Heavy Melder.

 

  • Queen Prometheum:
    Maetel’s mother, and ruler of the mechanized empire. Once a gentle woman, Prometheum created the machine empire believing it would be good for humanity. Prometheum has considerably difference physical characteristics in each of her appearances, appearing as a humanoid in the television series and movie, and a two-faced head in the manga. Prometheum is destroyed with the destruction of Andromeda in the manga and television series, and killed by Claire in the movie version. Her spirit occupies the planet Great Andromeda in Adieu Galaxy Express 999 but perishes when that planet is destroyed by Siren the Witch.