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Wednesday News- April 24, 2019

Wednesday News- April 24, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

 

Film Friday- Children of the Whales

Film Friday- Children of the Whales

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

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

Characters

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

 

 

 

 

Film Friday- One Piece

Film Friday- One Piece

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reception

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Thursday News- April 11, 2019

Thursday News- April 11, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Anime

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

Manga

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

Other

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

 

 

Thursday Special- One Piece

Thursday Special- One Piece

Straw Hat Pirates

Jolly roger of the Straw Hat Pirates

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

Monkey D. Luffy

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

Roronoa Zoro

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

 

Nami

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

Usopp

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

Vinsmoke Sanji

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

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

Tony Tony Chopper

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

Nico Robin

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

Franky

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

Brook

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

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

Jimbei

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

 

Tuesday Special- One Piece

Tuesday Special- One Piece

Premise

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

Setting

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

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

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

Devil Fruits

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

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

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

Haki

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

 

Film Friday- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Film Friday- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

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

Anime

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

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

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

Film Friday- Sensual Phrase

Film Friday- Sensual Phrase

Sensual Phrase is a shōjo manga series created by Mayu Shinjo. The manga was published by Shogakukan in Shōjo Comic between 1997 and 2000, and collected in 18 bound volumes. It was adapted as a 44-episode anime television series by Studio Hibari, and as a series of novels. The series tells the story of Aine Yukimura, a high school student who becomes the lyricist for a Japanese rock band, and her relationship with the band’s lead singer, Sakuya Ookochi.

To promote the anime, a real-life band was formed: Λucifer, the band the story focuses on. The rival band, e.MU, seems to have been active before the manga was created. Both bands continued after the anime ended before disbanding. In the series, Λucifer’s original name is Lucifer, changed to Λucifer (using the Greek letter lambda) when the band decides to go international. For the purposes of the article this second name, Λucifer, is used. Japanese names are given in Western order, with family name last.

Production

In her blog, Shinjo noted that though she was the actual creator of Sensual Phrase, she was one of the last to know that the series would be adapted into an anime, and that by the time she knew, Shogakukan had already made the decision to do the series. She was also unaware that there were talks about a film adaptation of the series until two years after the proposal was rejected. When the anime was rerun on AT-X, she learnt of this through the channel’s official website. She left Shogakukan in 2007, despite the company’s threat to take all of her earlier series, including Sensual Phrase, out of print if she did so. Shinjo contacted a lawyer, and the threat was never carried out.

Sensual Phrase was adapted as an anime television series by Studio Hibari. It was directed by Hiroko Tokita, with music by Susumu Akitagawa and character designs by Yumi Nakayama. There were multiple opening and closing theme tunes, some of them credited to fictional bands Λucifer and e.MU, for which real-world counterparts were created. The anime was broadcast on TV Tokyo in 44 episodes from April 20, 1999 to March 25, 2000. It was later released on 11 videos by Pony Canyon.

Aine Yukimura

The main female protagonist of the series, Aine is a shy but innocent high school girl who does not know how to hide her feelings. Her home life is rocky, her parents seem to ignore her, and she is mostly left to her own devices. Hurt by this emotional neglect and lacking confidence in herself, she clings to and relies on Sakuya to protect and defend her and feels guilty about her inexperience and doubts. When Sakuya tells her parents that Aine will be living with him, they realize they are losing their daughter to a dangerous world. Sakuya eventually convinces Aine’s father that he loves her and will protect her, so they can live together. Aine has to fight to find her own place within the record label, and prove herself repeatedly. She comes to be seen as important to Sakuya’s emotional wellbeing and to the band, and earns her place with her innovative concepts and her lyrics. Towards the series end, following her rape and the death of her friend, band producer Hitoshi Takayama, she grows up, matures, and becomes stronger.

Sakuya Ookochi

The main character of the series, Sakuya is the highly talented lead singer of Λucifer. Seventeen and still in high school, he is also the band’s youngest member. He transfers to Aine’s high school to get closer to her. While he respects and trusts Yuki, the only other band member he is close to is Atsuro. He is known for his striking blue eyes, inherited from his American father. Sakuya is also rude, physical, and does not care about life, even when he begins to sing with the band Lucifer. Sakuya has spent most of his young teenage years paying off his mother’s debt at the club where she worked. Like his mother, he sang and played the piano for club guests. But to make more money, he also worked as a male escort prostitute on the side. He was able to do this because he appears older than his years. His harsh childhood experiences have caused Sakuya to lose trust in people. But when he meets high school girl Aine, he shows a new caring and sensitive attitude towards others, especially to Aine. When she first starts working for them he tells himself that he is selfishly using her, but before long his true feelings emerge. ~ See Sakuya’s one-shot and Vol. 10, Lucifer’s Legend. Sakuya also makes an appearance in “Love Celeb” as Kirara’s producer.

 

Wednesday News- March 27, 2019

Wednesday News- March 27, 2019

Mayonaka no Occult Komuin Anime’s Ad Previews Opening Song- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-03-27/mayonaka-no-occult-komuin-anime-ad-previews-opening-song/.145062

Nearly 200,000 Fans Vote in AnimeJapan’s ‘Most Wanted Anime Adaptation’ Poll- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-03-27/nearly-200000-fans-vote-in-animejapan-most-wanted-anime-adaptation-poll/.145085

Caladrius Blaze Game Listed for Switch by Rating Board- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-03-27/caladrius-blaze-game-listed-for-switch-by-ratings-board/.145069

Crunchyroll Sets 1st Price Increase in U.S., Britain, Australia, Nordics- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-03-27/crunchyroll-sets-1st-price-increase-in-u.s-britain-australia-nordics/.145070

Anime

  • Beyblade G Revolution BD
  • Bikini Warriors Essentials BD
  • DARLING in the FRANXX Part 1 BD/DVD
  • DARLING in the FRANXX Part 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko Part 1 BD
  • Kimagure Orange Road BD
  • Kite: Uncut and Kite: Liberator BD
  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Season 1 BD/DVD
  • My Hero Academia: Two Heroes BD/DVD
  • My Hero Academia: Two Heroes DVD
  • Naruto Shippūden DVD Set 37
  • Ninja Slayer Essentials BD
  • Perfect Blue BD/DVD
  • Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace Essentials BD
  • Saiyuki BD
  • Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 BD
  • Star Fleet BD
  • Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online BD 1
  • Yamibo – Darkness, the Hat, and the Travelers of the Books BD

Manga

  • Ace of Diamond GN 21 (Digital Only)
  • Alice in Murderland GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Ao-chan Can’t Study! GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Arpeggio of Blue Steel Graphic Novel (GN) 14
  • As Miss Beelzebub Likes GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Asahi-sempai’s Favorite GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Black Panther and Sweet 16 GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Bloom Into You GN 6
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • BTOOOM! GN 24 (Digital Only)
  • A Centaur’s Life GN 16
  • City GN 5
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Dragon Quest Monsters+ GN 2
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • First Love Monster GN 7-8 (Digital Only)
  • He’s My Only Vampire GN 7-1 0 (Digital Only)
  • Hotaru’s Way GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Hour of the Zombie GN 8
  • I Want to Hold Aono-kun so Badly I Could Die GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Inside Mari GN 3
  • Kakafukaka GN 5
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • My Boy in Blue GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • My Monster Secret GN 15
  • New Game! GN 5
  • No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • One Week Friends GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Plunderer GN 1
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 3: Truth of Zero GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Seto Utsumi GN 4
  • Taboo Tattoo GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • A Terrified Teacher at Ghoul School! GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Alice GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Triage X GN 17 (Digital Only)
  • Wonderland GN 2
  • Yuri Is My Job! GN 2
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs GN 5

Other

  • Danganronpa Trilogy PlayStation 4 game
  • FUN! FUN! Animal Park Nintendo Switch game
  • Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists ~Ateliers of the New World~ PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC game
  • No Game, No Life Novel 8
  • Skeleton Knight in Another World Novel 8
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World Nintendo Switch game

 

 

Wednesday News- March 20, 2019 (late)

Wednesday News- March 20, 2019 (late)

Did That Time I Got Reincarnated as as Slime Peak Too Early? – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2019-03-21/.144779

Live-Action Hot Gimmick Film Reveals Teaser Video, Poster Visual- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-03-20/live-action-hot-gimmick-film-reveals-teaser-video-poster-visual/.144778

Yakuza 5 Launches for PS4 in Japan on June 20 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-03-21/yakuza-5-launches-for-ps4-in-japan-on-june-20/.144804

Okazu- kun Manga Gets Live-Action Film This Summer- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-03-21/okazu-kun-manga-gets-live-action-film-this-summer/.144782

Anime

  • Burst Angel Complete Series Essentials BD
  • DamePri Anime Caravan Complete Collection BD
  • Dies irae BD
  • Dimension W Essentials BD
  • Freezing Vibration Season 1 Essentials BD
  • Freezing Vibration Season 2 Essentials BD
  • Hakumei and Mikochi Complete Collection BD
  • One Piece Episode of Sabo BD/DVD
  • Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us BD
  • Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us DVD
  • Ultimate Otaku Teacher Complete Series BD

manga

  • 20th Century Boys The Perfect Edition Graphic Novel (GN) 3
  • Again!! GN 7
  • Aho Girl GN 11
  • A Kiss, For Real GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Alice in Murderland GN 10
  • All Out!! GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Angels of Death Episode.0 GN 1
  • Aria The Masterpiece GN 1
  • As Miss Beelzebub Likes GN 5
  • Back Street Girls GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • BTOOOM!! GN 24
  • Bungo Stray Dogs GN 10
  • Children of the Whales GN 9
  • Chio’s School Road GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Citrus GN 9
  • Creature! GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • The Delinquent Housewife! GN 4
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! GN 13
  • Dragon Goes House-Hunting GN 2
  • Eromanga Sensei GN 2
  • Gangsta. GN 1-8 (Digital Only)
  • Gangsta. GN 8
  • Gleipnir GN 1
  • Harem Days The Seven-Starred Country GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Hitorijime My Hero GN 2
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 9
  • Kira-kun Today (Kyō no Kira-kun) GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 8
  • Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade GN 11
  • Love in Focus GN 1
  • Magical Girl Raising Project GN 6
  • Mob Psycho 100 GN 2
  • My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected GN 10
  • No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! GN 13
  • One Week Friends GN 6
  • Plunderer GN 1
  • Ran the Peerless Beauty GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 3: Truth of Zero GN 6
  • Sailor Moon Eternal Edition GN 3
  • Smokin’ Parade GN 5
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? GN 5
  • Sword Art Online: Girls Ops GN 5
  • Taboo Tattoo GN 13
  • A Terrified Teacher at Ghoul School! GN 6
  • Total Eclipse Of The Eternal Heart GN
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Total Eclipse Of The Eternal Heart GN (Digital Only)
  • Triage X GN 17
  • UQ Holder! GN 16
  • Versailles of the Dead GN 5

Other

  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride The Silver Yarn Novel
  • The Asterisk War Novel 9
  • Defeating the Demon Lord’s a Cinch If You’ve Got a Ringer Novel 3
  • Demon King Daimaou Novel 10 (Digital Only)
  • Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! Novel 5
  • Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? Novel 2
  • Fate/EXTELLA LINK PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC game
  • The FLCL Archives Artbook
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 13 (Digital Only)
  • Invaders of the Rokujouma!? Novel 20 (Digital Only)
  • The Irregular at Magic High School Novel 11
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Novel 13
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Novel
  • Samurai Pizza Cats Official Fan Book
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC game
  • SNK 40th Anniversary Collection PlayStation 4 game
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel 5
  • Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • True Tenchi Muyo! Novel 3
  • WorldEnd:What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us? Novel 3