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Thursday News- July 16, 2020

Thursday News- July 16, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Anime

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

Manga

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

Other

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

Manga Monday- Reborn!

Manga Monday- Reborn!

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

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

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

Manga

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

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

Books

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

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

Reception

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

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

Plot

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manga Monday- I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

Manga Monday- I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

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

Manga

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

Novel

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

Plot

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

 

Wednesday News- July 1, 2020

Wednesday News- July 1, 2020

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

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

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

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

Anime

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

Manga

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

Other

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

 

Manga Monday- Cheeky Angel

Manga Monday- Cheeky Angel

Cheeky Angel is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Hiroyuki Nishimori. The story revolves around the adventures of 15-year-old schoolgirl Megumi Amatsuka, a popular and beautiful tomboy that always get into fights with a secret: she used to be a boy. Originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday, it has been collected into 20 tankōbon volumes.

It was adapted as a 50-episode anime television series produced by TMS Entertainment, which was broadcast on TV Tokyo between June 2002 and March 2003.

In 2001, the manga won the 46th Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen.

Manga

Cheeky Angel, written and illustrated by Hiroyuki Nishimori, was published in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday on June 2, 1999 and finished on August 27, 2003. The individual chapters were compiled and published by Shogakukan into twenty tankōbon volumes, released between September 18, 1999 and September 18, 2003.

The manga was published in English by Viz Media. The first volume was released on July 7, 2004, and the final volume on January 9, 2008. Viz Media re-published the series digitally between May 12, 2005 and February 23, 2016.

Story

At the age of nine, Megumi is an aggressive boy prone to always fighting. One day he saves a strange man from a gang of other children. In return, Megumi receives a magical book. After accidentally bleeding on the book, a genie named Pierrot appears and offers to grant him a wish. Megumi wishes to become a strong man’s man. Pierrot, a trickster, inadvertently turns Megumi into a woman. Megumi, furious, throws the book into the riverbank. Believing the only way to reverse the spell is to retrieve the book, Megumi begins a 6-year-long search but is told that she can find the book if she attends Furinkan High School.

Manga Monday- E’s

Manga Monday- E’s

E’s is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and drawn by Satoru Yuiga. It was originally serialized in Monthly GFantasy from 1997 through 2005, and later published in 16 tankōbon volumes by Square Enix from March 18, 2003 to February 27, 2010. The series focuses on Kai Kudō, an “Esper”, who is recruited by an organization called Ashurum to become a soldier to purportedly save other psychics from regular humans. After a mission in Gald goes wrong, Kai finds himself living with a man named Yuuki and his adopted sister Asuka. As he learns more about Ashurum, Kai finds himself wondering what their true goals are, and worrying about his ill sister, who is under Ashurum’s care.

The series was adapted into a twenty-six episode anime series entitled E’s Otherwise by Studio Pierrot. It debuted in Japan on April 1, 2003 on TV Tokyo; the final episode aired on September 23, 2003. Two light novels and three drama CDs related to the series have also been released in Japan.

Broccoli Books licensed the manga series for English-language publication in North America in 2006. ADV Films licensed the anime series for North American broadcast and distribution, with the English dubbed version of the series airing on Anime Network.

Media

Manga

Written and illustrated by Satoru Yuiga, E’s was first serialized in GFantasy in 1997. The individual chapters were then compiled into 16 tankōbon volumes by Square Enix The first volume was released on March 18, 2003 with the final volume released on February 27, 2010.

The series licensed for an English-language release in North America by Broccoli Books. However Broccoli International USA closed down at the end of 2008 and stopped all printing in progress and have halted release of new works. As of October 2007, the company has published four volumes of the series. The series is also licensed for regional language releases in German by Carlsen Comics and in Chinese by Tong Li Publishing.

Anime

Studio Pierrot adapted the manga series into a twenty-six episode anime series entitled E’s Otherwise. Directed by Masami Shimoda, the episodes debuted in Japan on April 1, 2003 on TV Tokyo; the final episode aired on September 23, 2003.

ADV Films licensed the anime series for North American distribution in 2004. It initially released the series across 6 DVD volumes, with the first volume released on February 15, 2005 and the final volume released March 21, 2006. On December 12, 2006, the company re-released the entire series in a single five-disc box set. ADV Films also released the series in Germany, with German dubbing provided by Elektrofilm.

The anime series uses two pieces of theme music. “Jōhō” performed by Suitei-Shōjo is used for the series opening theme, while “Tonight/Midnight” by Chicochair is used for the ending theme.

Plot

Kai and Hikaru are protected by a corporation called ASHURUM, from a society that fears E’s. ASHURUM is 1 of the 12 corporations that rule the world. Found by Eiji, Kai was selected to be in ASHURUM’s special force AESES and had to undergo intensive training in different areas, such as combat, hacking, and psychic training.

When Kai had free time he visited Hikaru at the hospital. Hikaru’s condition never improved, however. After a year, Shen-long warned Kai that Eiji actually only wanted his sister, because she was said to possess amazing psychic powers, but she was not able to use them due to her illness. Shen-long then went on to tell Kai that Eiji was just hoping that Kai would have those amazing powers too.

Kai didn’t believe Shen-long and goes on a mission to Gald city, with the other E’s, to infiltrate a hideout of guerillas that is said to have been using E’s against their will. Kai finds some civilians caught in the middle of the battle. While trying to save a little girl, one of the civilians that is afraid of E’s, shoots and kills Kai’s partner.

Kai, still shocked from the death of his partner, tries to help the civilians, but meets up with Shen-long. In a rage, Shen-long unleashes a psychic blast that decimates half the city.

Later, Kai, washed up ashore, was found by a girl named Asuka. After being brought back to health, Kai was told by Yuuki, Asuka’s brother, that he would not have his psychic powers back to the level they were unless he goes back to ASHURUM. However, after spending some time in the city with its residents, Kai decides to stay with Asuka and Yuuki for a while. As it turns out, ASHURUM has been brain-washing Kai and the other E’s in order to make them more powerful. Eiji plans to use Hikaru to destroy the human race to ‘speed up evolution’ so that only E’s survive.

 

Wednesday News- June 17, 2020

Wednesday News- June 17, 2020

The Spring 2020 Light Novel Guise Part II- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2020-06-15/the-spring-2020-light-novel-guide-part-i/i/.160527

Fire Force Anime Season 2 Premieres on July 3- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2020-06-17/fire-force-anime-season-2-premieres-on-july-3/.160721

The List: 5 Anime We’re Excited for in 2020- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2020-06-14/.160575

Yu Yu Hakusho Comes the GRAND SUMMONERS in New Collaboration- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/advertorial/2020-06-17/yu-yu-hakusho-comes-to-grand-summoners-in-new-collaboration/.160653

Anime

  • Domestic Girlfriend BD
  • Mysteria Friends Premium Box Set BD
  • Tales of Zestiria the X Complete Series Essentials BD
  • YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world. Part 1 BD
  • YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world. Part 2 BD

Manga

  • 20th Century Boys Perfect Edition Graphic Novel (GN) 8
  • Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Blue Flag GN 2
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Canis Dear Mr. Rain GN
  • Dance in the Vampire Bund: Age of Scarlet Order GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction GN 8
  • Dolly Kill Kill GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 25 (Digital Only)
  • Don’t Call Me Daddy GN
  • Drifting Classroom Perfect Edition GN 3 (hardcover)
  • Flower Demon Door of the Sakaimeya GN 25 (Digital Only)
  • GE – Good Ending GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Golden Kamuy GN 16
  • Granblue Fantasy GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Hinamatsuri GN 8
  • I’ll Win You Over, Sempai! GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition GN 4 (Digital Only)Pl
  • Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear GN 1
  • Lily Fairy Tale: Little Red Cap and Cinderella GN (Digital Only)
  • Love on the Other Side: A Nagabe Short Story Collection GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Maga Tsuki GN 11-13 (Digital Only)
  • Maison Ikkoku Collector’s Edition GN 1
  • Masamune-kun’s Revenge GN 11
  • Men’s Life: Her Secret Life in the Boy’s Dormitory GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • My Boy GN 1-5 (Digital Only)
  • No Vampire, No Happy Ending GN 1
  • Satoko and Nada GN 3
  • Shōjo Fight GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • SHWD GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 3 (Digital Only)P
  • Suzuki Just Wants a Quiet Life GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • That Blue Summer GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Tomo-chan is a Girl! GN 7
  • Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Weathering With You GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • When Budding Lilies Bloom GN (Digital Only)
  • Witch Hat Atelier GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs GN 9P

Other

  • Classroom of the Elite Novel 4.5
  • Her Majesty’s Swarm Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • The Invincible Shovel Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Girl Raising Project Novel 8
  • Namco Museum Archives Vol 1 PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC game
  • Namco Museum Archives Vol 2 PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC game
  • Wild Times With a Fake Fake Princess Novel 1 (Digital Only)

 

Manga Monday- Dr. Slump

Manga Monday- Dr. Slump

Dr. Slump is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. It was serialized in Shueisha’s anthology magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1980 to 1984, with the chapters collected into 18 tankōbon volumes. The series follows the humorous adventures of the little girl robot Arale Norimaki, her creator Senbei Norimaki, and the other residents of the bizarre Penguin Village.

The manga was adapted into an anime television series by Toei Animation that ran on Fuji TV from 1981 to 1986 for 243 episodes. A remake series was created thirteen years after the manga ended, consisting of 74 episodes that were broadcast from 1997 to 1999. The series has also spawned several novels, video games and eleven animated films.

Dr. Slump launched Toriyama’s career. It was awarded the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen and shōjo manga in 1981 and has sold over 35 million copies in Japan. The manga was released in North America by Viz Media from 2004 to 2009. Discotek Media released the first five films in North America in 2014.

Manga

Akira Toriyama’s Dr. Slump was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from issue No. 5/6 on February 4, 1980 to No. 39 on September 10, 1984. Its 236 individual chapters were collected into 18 tankōbon volumes under the Jump Comics imprint. It was reassembled as a 9-volume aizōban edition in 1990, a 9-volume bunkoban edition in 1995, and a 15-volume kanzenban edition in 2006. Viz Media licensed the series for North America in 2004, and published the first volume on March 3, 2005 with translation done by Alexander O. Smith and some censorship. All 18 original volumes have been released in North America as of May 5, 2009.

After Dr. Slump ended in 1984, its characters returned for an extended cameo in Toriyama’s next series Dragon Ball, in which Arale and Son Goku briefly team up to defeat General Blue during the Red Ribbon Army storyline. A Dr. Slump follow-up manga was written by Takao Koyama and illustrated by Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru, with supervision by Toriyama. It was serialized in V Jump from February 21, 1993 to September 1996 under the title The Brief Return of Dr. Slump. It was collected into four tankōbon volumes.

To promote the release of the first Dr. Slump – Arale-chan anime DVD box set, Akira Toriyama illustrated a special one-shot colored spin-off manga titled Dr. Mashirito – Abale-chan published in the April 2007 issue of Monthly Shōnen Jump. The story centers around an evil counterpart of Arale created by Dr. Mashirito Jr., named Abale.

Reception

As of 2008, the collected volumes of Dr. Slump had sold over 35 million copies in Japan alone. Only a year after its debut, the series was awarded the 1981 Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen and shōjo manga. Viz Media’s North American release of the first volume of Dr. Slump was nominated for the 2005 Quill Award in the Graphic Novel category. The first anime adaptation of Dr. Slump was also popular, holding the coveted Saturday 6pm timeslot for five years. With a 36.9% average household rating, its December 16, 1981 episode is the third most watched anime since the television ratings group Video Research began keeping track on September 26, 1977. In 1982, it was voted the 13th Favorite Anime in Japanese magazine Animages fourth annual Anime Grand Prix. In 2001, Animage ranked it number 48 on its list of the Top 100 Anime. TV Asahi released two Top 100 Anime lists in 2005, in the web poll Dr. Slump ranked number 34, while a nationwide poll of multiple age groups named it number 29. The following year, a list created from polling 100 celebrities had it in the 25th position. A running gag in Dr. Slump that utilizes feces has been reported as an inspiration for the Pile of Poo emoji. Ian Jones-Quartey, a former producer of the American animated series Steven Universe and creator of OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, is a fan of Dragon Ball and Dr. Slump, and uses Toriyama’s vehicle designs as reference for his own. He also stated that “We’re all big Toriyama fans on [Steven Universe], which kind of shows a bit.”

Mike Toole of Anime News Network called Dr. Slump “the greatest manga of all time”, filled with “parody, gags, and fart jokes that everyone from toddlers to grandparents can enjoy together”. Jason Thompson referred to Dr. Slump as the best series Toriyama has created, claiming it is better drawn and more creative than Dragon Ball. He also reports that it is considered “the last non-manufactured hit” by many in the Japanese manga industry, particularity among Weekly Shōnen Jump titles. In their review, Publishers Weekly stated “Toriyama has created his own demented sitcom, and his fantastic imagination and comic invention never let up”, “The [English] translation is a bit flat, but the uncommonly good storytelling more than makes up for it.” Eduardo M. Chavez of Mania Entertainment summarized Dr. Slump as a “quirky slap-stick comedy entirely based in fantasy.” He thinks that while Toriyama’s usual art style uses “SD” characters, Dr. Slump also shows hints that he can draw realistic. He noted that “little nuances”, particularity puns, are lost in translation from Japanese to English and expressed disdain for Viz’s censorship, saying it took away from the honesty of the series. Chavez feels that what the characters do never crosses the line into inappropriate; “The jokes might not be wholesome, but they are genuinely funny and harmless”; and went on to say that the series fills the void for “all ages manga” in bookstores and libraries.

Reviewing the first five movies, Carl Kimlinger of Anime News Network summarized Dr. Slump as “random silly adventures […] delivered with a lot of surreal nonsense humor, only the most basic sense of continuity, and not a whiff of substance or seriousness.” He felt that much of the humor comes simply from the visuals; stating that the vintage hand-done art and animation provide a “warmth” and “raises Slump’s visuals above” other anime. However, he called the background music “non-descript” and stated that the films are only for viewers who are familiar with the series, as they provide no exposition.

Plot

Dr. Slump is set in Penguin Village, a place where humans co-exist with all sorts of anthropomorphic animals and other objects. In this village lives Senbei Norimaki, an inventor. In the first chapter, he builds what he hopes will be the world’s most perfect little girl robot, named Arale Norimaki. However, she turns out to be in severe need of eyeglasses. She is also very naïve, and in later issues she has adventures such as bringing a huge bear home, having mistaken it for a pet. To Senbei’s credit, she does have super-strength. In general, the manga focuses on Arale’s misunderstandings of humanity and Senbei’s inventions, rivalries, and romantic misadventures. In the middle of the series, a recurring villain named Dr. Mashirito appears as a rival to Senbei.

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Manga Monday- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

Manga Monday- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Coolkyousinnjya. The series began serialization in Futabasha’s Monthly Action magazine in May 2013, and is licensed in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment. Two spin-off manga, one by Mitsuhiro Kimura and the other by Ayami Kazama, are serialized in Monthly Action. An anime television series produced by Kyoto Animation aired in Japan between January and April 2017. A second anime season has been greenlit.

The manga had over 1.2 million copies in print as of February 2018.

Plot

As office worker and programmer Kobayashi gets ready for work, she is greeted by a large dragon right outside her front door. The dragon immediately transforms into a human girl in a maid outfit, and introduces herself as Tohru. It turns out, that during a drunken excursion into the mountains the night before, Kobayashi had encountered the dragon, who claimed to have come from another world. Subsequently, Kobayashi had removed a holy sword from Tohru’s back, earning her gratitude. With Tohru having no place to stay, Kobayashi offers to let the dragon stay at her home and become her personal maid, to which she agrees.

Despite being efficient at housework, Tohru’s unorthodox methods of housekeeping often end up scaring Kobayashi and bringing more trouble than help. Additionally, Tohru’s presence attracts other dragons, gods, and mythical beings to her new home. One of these dragons, Kanna, shows up at Kobayashi’s door, demanding that Kobayashi return Tohru to the other world. It is then revealed that she’d been exiled from the other world, and having nowhere else to stay, Kobayashi takes her in and becomes her guardian. As both Tohru and Kanna settle into the human world, Kobayashi starts to think of them as family.