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Manga Monday- Tokyo Ghoul

Manga Monday- Tokyo Ghoul

Tokyo Ghoul is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Sui Ishida. It was serialized in Shueisha’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump between September 2011 and September 2014, and it has been collected in fourteen tankōbon volumes as of August 2014. A sequel titled Tokyo Ghoul:re was serialized in the same magazine between October 2014 and July 2018, and was later collected into sixteen tankōbon volumes. A prequel titled Tokyo Ghoul [Jack] ran online on Jump Live.

Manga

Tokyo Ghoul started as a manga series, written and drawn by Sui Ishida. It began serialization in 2011’s 41st issue of Weekly Young Jump, published by Shueisha on September 8, 2011, and the final chapter appeared in 2014’s 42nd issue, released on September 18, 2014. The series has been collected in fourteen tankōbon volumes, released under Shueisha’s Young Jump Comics imprint between February 17, 2012, and October 17, 2014. The series has been licensed for an English release by Viz Media and the first volume was released on June 16, 2015.

In August 2013, a prequel spin-off manga titled Tokyo Ghoul [Jack] was released on Jump Live digital manga. The story spans 7 chapters and focuses on Arima Kishō and Taishi Fura 12 years before the events of Tokyo Ghoul. The manga features several characters from the main series including the above stated Kishō Arima, Taishi Fura, and future key characters Itsuki Marude and Yakumo “Yamori” Ōmori.

On October 17, 2014, a full-color illustration book known as Tokyo Ghoul Zakki was released along with the 14th and final volume of the manga. Zakki includes all promotional images, Volume covers and unreleased concept art with commentary by the creator Sui Ishida.

A sequel titled Tokyo Ghoul:re began serialization in 2014’s 46th issue of Weekly Young Jump, published on October 16, 2014. The series is set 2 years after the end of the original series and introduces a new set of characters. This series was concluded on July 19, 2018, with Volume 16.

Setting

Tokyo Ghoul is set in an alternate reality where ghouls, creatures that look like normal people but can only survive by eating human flesh, live amongst the human population in secrecy, hiding their true nature in order to evade pursuit from the authorities. Ghouls have powers including enhanced strength and regenerative abilities – a regular ghoul produces 4–7 times more kinetic energy in their muscles than a normal human, they also have several times the RC cells. A ghoul’s skin is resistant to ordinary piercing weapons, and it has at least one special predatory organ called a kagune (Japanese: 赫子), which it can manifest and use as a weapon during combat. Another distinctive trait of ghouls is that when they are excited or hungry, the color of their sclera in both eyes turns black and their irises red. This mutation is known as kakugan (赫眼, “red eye”).

A half-ghoul can either be born naturally as a ghoul and a human’s offspring, or artificially created by transplanting some ghoul organs into a human. In both cases, a half-ghoul is usually much stronger than a pure-blood ghoul. In the case of a half-ghoul, only one of the eyes undergoes the “red eye” transformation. Natural born half-ghouls are very rare, and creating half-ghouls artificially initially has a low success rate.

There is also the case of half-humans, hybrids of ghouls and humans that can feed like normal humans and lack a Kagune while possessing enhanced abilities, like increased speed and reaction speed, but shortened lifespans. Naturally born half-ghouls can also eat like normal humans or like full ghouls.

To hunt down the ghouls, several government-sponsored organizations such as the CCG were created worldwide, but struggle, due to the immense power of certain ghouls.

 

Manga Monday- The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

Manga Monday- The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! is a Japanese light novel series written by Satoshi Wagahara, with illustrations by Oniku (written as 029). ASCII Media Works has published 24 volumes since February 2011. The story is about a demon king named Sadao Maou seeking to conquer the world of Ente Isla, but when confronted by the Hero Emilia, he is forced to retreat through a gate that transports him to modern day Tokyo, Japan. To survive and find a way to return to Ente Isla, Satan gains part-time employment at a fast food restaurant called MgRonald. There have been two manga adaptations published by ASCII Media Works in Dengeki Daioh and Dengeki Maoh. A 13-episode anime adaptation produced by White Fox and directed by Naoto Hosoda aired between April and June 2013.

Manga

A manga adaptation, illustrated by Akio Hiiragi, started serialization in the February 2012 issue of ASCII Media Works’ shōnen manga magazine Dengeki Daioh. The first tankōbon volume was published on June 27, 2012. Yen Press began publishing the manga in North America in 2015. A spin-off manga series, illustrated by Kurone Mishima and titled The Devil Is a Part-Timer! High School!, began serialization in the July 2012 issue of ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki Maoh magazine. Its chapters have been compiled in five tankōbon volumes, released between January 26, 2013 and April 24, 2015. A four-panel manga anthology volume was published by ASCII Media Works on June 27, 2013.

Plot

The Demon Lord Satan seeks to conquer the world of Ente Isla by annexing its four continents with the help of his demon generals Alciel, Lucifer, Malacoda, and Adramelech. After being confronted by the hero Emilia and her companions, after they had killed Malacoda and Adramelech, Satan Jacob and Alciel escape the world of Ente Isla through a gate to modern Tokyo, Japan. However, due to the lack of magic in the modern contemporary world, both Satan and Alciel change into forms representing what they would look like if they were human. In order to survive, Satan takes a part-time job in a fast food restaurant named MgRonald, while Alciel serves as his houseman. One day, Satan, who now goes by Sadao Maō, meets a girl who is actually Emilia in the form of Emi Yusa. The story then unfolds and explores the personalities of each of the characters and their moral values. More characters show up from Ente Isla and they too face the new world dilemmas, often comically.

 

Manga Monday- Maria Holic

Manga Monday- Maria Holic

Maria†Holic is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Minari Endō, the author of Dazzle. The manga was first serialized in the Japanese seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive on June 27, 2006, and is published by Media Factory. The manga was initially licensed by Tokyopop in North America and picked up by One Peace Books in 2016 after Tokyopop lost the license in 2011. It has also been released digitally by BookWalker, Kadokawa’s online digital shopfront. The first anime adaptation animated by Shaft aired in Japan between January and March 2009. A second anime season, Maria†Holic: Alive, premiered on April 8, 2011. Both seasons of the anime series have been licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

Plot

Maria Holic revolves around a high school girl named Kanako Miyamae, who is scared of boys and breaks out in hives if a boy touches her. During her second year of high school, she enrolls in an all-girls school hoping to find a female romantic partner. However, her ideal candidate, Mariya Shidō, turns out to be a sadistic cross-dressing boy.

Manga

Maria Holic is written and illustrated by Minari Endō. It started serialization in Media Factory’s seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive on June 27, 2006. The manga concluded on November 27, 2014. 14 tankōbon volumes have been released in Japan, with the final volume being released on January 23, 2015. The manga was licensed by Tokyopop, and the first volume was available in September 2009. However, they only managed to publish the first six volumes before they lost the license. Kadokawa has released the entire series digitally in English via their website BookWalker. In 2016, One Peace Books started releasing a 3-in-1 omnibus version as well as individual volumes from volume seven onwards in English.

Drama CDs

A drama CD was released on July 25, 2008 and was produced by Frontier Works. A drama CD was also bundled with the limited edition of volume five of the manga.

 

Thursday News- May 6, 2019

Thursday News- May 6, 2019

Cross Infinite World Licenses Nao Tamaki’s Labyrinth Angel Light Novels – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-06-06/cross-infinite-world-licenses-nao-tamaki-labyrinth-angel-light-novels/.147530

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom Game’s PC Release Slated for July 25 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-06-05/monster-boy-and-the-cursed-kingdom-game-pc-release-slated-for-july-25/.147460

The Internet Reacts to Pokemon Sword/Shield Monster Reveals – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-06-05/the-internet-reacts-to-pokemon-sword-shield-monster-reveals/.147526

All-Rounder Meguru’s Horoki Endo Launches New Manga in August – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-06-05/all-rounder-meguru-hiroki-endo-launches-new-manga-in-august/.147504

Anime

  • Black Lagoon The Complete Collection Classics BD
  • Brothers Conflict Essentials BD
  • Godannar BD
  • Hellsing Ultimate BD
  • Laughing Under the Clouds Essentials BD
  • No-Rin Essentials BD
  • Royal Space Force – The Wings of Honnêamise BD
  • Soul Eater The Complete Series Classics BD

Manga

  • After the Rain Graphic Novel (GN) 4
  • Ao Haru Ride GN 5
  • Alicia’s Diet Quest GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Arte GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Baki GN 26-27 (Digital Only)
  • Boruto GN 6
  • Chihayafuru GN 17 (Digital Only)
  • Classmates GN 1
  • Danganronpa 2: Ultimate Luck and Hope and Despair GN 3
  • Descendents Dizzy’s New Fortune GN 6
  • Disney Manga: Descendants – Evie’s Wicked Runway GN 2
  • Dragon Ball GN Complete Box Set
  • Dragon Ball Z GN Complete Box Set
  • Edens Zero GN 3
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 30
  • Made in Abyss GN 6
  • Missions of Love GN 17 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia GN 19
  • My Sweet Girl GN 3
  • One Piece Omnibus Edition GN 28
  • Persona 4 GN 10
  • The Promised Neverland GN 10
  • Queen’s Quality GN 7
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • The Run-Away Student Ninja Hayate GN 1
  • Seraph of the End GN 17
  • Sweetness & Lightning GN 12
  • Takane & Hana GN 9
  • The Tale of Genji GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • We Never Learn GN 4
  • World’s End and Apricot Jam GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 18

Other

  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Novel 9 (Digital Only)
  • Bakemonogatari Novels 1-3 (Digital Only)
  • Division Maneuver Novel 1
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 14 (Digital Only)
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Novel 4
  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Novel 3
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 4
  • Kizumonogatari Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa PS4, Switch, PC game
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II PS4 game
  • The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Novel 3
  • Nekomonogatari (Black) Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Nisemonogatari Novels 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • Octopath Traveler PC game
  • Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth 3DS game
  • Thundercats The Complete Series DVD

 

Wednesday News- May 29, 2019

Wednesday News- May 29, 2019

Review: The Promised Neverland Gn 9 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/the-promised-neverland/gn-9/.147171

Dimension W Manga Ends in June – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-05-27/dimension-w-manga-ends-in-june/.147149

Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle Game’s Video Previews Features, Story Mode – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-05-28/attack-on-titan-2-final-battle-game-video-previews-features-story-mode/.147202

Nichijou Anime’s English Dub Video Previews Mio – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-05-27/nichijou-anime-english-dub-video-previews-mio/.147187

Anime

  • Chio’s School Road BD
  • DARLING in the FRANXX Essentials BD/DVD 2
  • Eden of the East Essentials BD
  • Junji Ito “Collection” BD
  • Kämpfer BD
  • Maken-Ki! 2 Essentials BD
  • Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms Limited-Edtion BD
  • Nagasarete Airantou BD
  • Rage of Bahamut Genesis Essentials BD
  • Sonic X The Complete Series BD
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re BD/DVD 1
  • The Twelve Kingdoms The Complete Series BD

Manga

  • All Out!! GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • All-Rounder Meguru GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Asahi-sempai’s Favorite GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Back Street Girls GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Banana Fish GN 8-13 (Digital Only)
  • Battle Royale: Angels’ Border GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Boys Over Flowers Season 2 GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Chi’s Sweet Adventure Graphic Novel (GN) 4
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Eve And Eve GN
  • Forbidden Scrollery GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Gleipnir GN 2
  • God Sider Second GN 1-9 (Digital Only)
  • Holy Corpse Rising GN 7
  • Hotaru’s Way GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • I’m Standing on a Million Lives GN 1
  • Inside Mari GN 4
  • Kakegurui twin GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Kin-iro Mosaic GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Girl Site GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka GN 1-6 (Digital Only)
  • Masamune-kun’s Revenge GN 10
  • My Boy in Blue GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • My Monster Secret GN 16
  • My Sadistic Boyfriend GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Ojojojo Omnibus GN 2
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero GN 11
  • Servamp GN 12
  • Shibuya Goldfish GN 4(Digital Only)
  • Shinobi Life GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Tales of Wedding Rings GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Alice GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Trinity Seven GN 16 (Digital Only)
  • The Walls Between Us GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Yokai Rental Shop GN 1-4 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Demon King Daimaou Novel 11 (Digital Only)
  • Der Werwolf – The Annals of Veight Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • Division Maneuver Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Novel 3
  • Lapis x Labyrinth PS4, Switch game
  • Little Friends: Dogs & Cats Switch game
  • Monster Girl Doctor Novel 4
  • Our World Is Ended PS4, Switch, PC game

 

 

Manga Monday- Nichijou

Manga Monday- Nichijou

Nichijou  (lit. Everyday) is a Japanese comedy manga series written and illustrated by Keiichi Arawi. The manga began serialization in the December 2006 issue of Kadokawa Shoten’s manga magazine Shōnen Ace, and was also serialized in Comptiq between the March 2007 and July 2008 issues. Kadokawa Shoten later published all chapters of the series in ten tankōbon volumes from July 2007 to December 2015. Set in a suburban Japanese town, Nichijou is populated by an ensemble set of characters, featuring moments from their everyday lives which alternate between the mundane and the strange, without much focus on a narrative.

The manga and anime series were initially licensed in North America by Bandai Entertainment in July 2011, but both releases were cancelled due to the company’s downsizing. The manga series was later licensed for publication in English by Vertical, with the first volume released in March 2016.

Manga

Nichijou began as a manga series written and illustrated by Keiichi Arawi. It uses a combination of normal comic format and four-panel comic strips. Originally, the manga was meant to be a short, stand-alone series which was serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s Shōnen Ace magazine between the May and October 2006 issues. Starting with the December 2006 issue, the manga began regular serialization in Shōnen Ace, and was also serialized in Kadokawa’s Comptiq magazine between the March 2007 and July 2008 issues. The first tankōbon volume was released in Japan on July 26, 2007. The manga series ended with its tenth volume, which was released on December 10, 2015, along with a limited edition commemorating the tenth anniversary of the series, which included a 120-page companion book.

Bandai Entertainment initially licensed the manga in July 2011, but later cancelled its release by October due to downsizing of the company. JManga, an American digital manga platform, was able to release the first four volumes of the manga through its website before shutting down in May 2013. The manga series was later licensed for publication in English by Vertical, which released all ten volumes in 2016 and 2017. Beginning in January 2012, the manga has been released in Finland by Punainen Jättiläinen under the name Arki, which is Finnish for “weekday”. It was translated into Finnish by Antti Kokkonen. The Nichijou manga series sold 1,005,300 tankōbon volumes in 2011, reaching 49th place in the year’s best-selling manga series chart released by Oricon.

Plot

Nichijou follows the everyday lives of various people in the town of Tokisadame,[1] mainly focusing on the energetic Yūko Aioi, the bright and cheerful Mio Naganohara, the quiet and deadpan Mai Minakami, the anxious robot Nano Shinonome, her young creator the Professor, and a talking cat named Sakamoto, along with an ensemble cast of characters. Random and/or outlandish events regularly occur throughout the series, mainly through the mundane situations each character undergoes.

In the anime series, Nano receives the most prominent story arc out of all the characters; the first half of Nichijou pertains to her desire to become a student in high school, while the second half deals with her own fear of being revealed to be an android while at school with Yūko, Mio, and Mai. Vignettes which are mostly unrelated to the main focus of the series are placed throughout each episode, some of them adapted from Arawi’s manga Helvetica Standard.

 

Wednesday News- May 22 , 2019

Wednesday News- May 22 , 2019

Review: Made in Abyss Movie 2: Wandering Twilighthttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/made-in-abyss/movie-2/.146875

Crunchyroll Adds Kyo Kara Maoh! Anime Seasons 1-2 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-05-22/crunchyroll-adds-kyo-kara-maoh-anime-seasons-1-2/.146964

Crest of the Stars– The Complete Series DVD – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/crest-of-the-stars-the-complete-series/dvd/.146842

God Wars: The Complete Legend Game’s PC Version Launches on June 14 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-05-21/god-wars-the-complete-legend-game-pc-version-launches-on-june-14/.146953

Anime

  • Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! Essentials BD
  • Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko Part 2 BD
  • Land of the Lustrous BD
  • Pokémon Sun & Moon Adventures BD
  • Sagrada Reset BD
  • Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online BD 2
  • Yuri Kuma Arashi Essentials BD

Manga

  • 10 Dance Graphic Novel (GN) 3
  • Angels of Death Episode.0 GN 2
  • Anne-Happy GN 9
  • Ao-chan Can’t Study! GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Arte GN 1 (Digital Only)P (Digital
  • Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey GN 1
  • Children of the Whales GN 10
  • Chio’s School Road GN 4
  • Creature! GN 14-18
  • Defying Kurosaki-kun GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! GN 3
  • Dimension W GN 14
  • Elfen Lied Omnibus GN 1
  • Forbidden Scrollery GN 7
  • Graineliers GN 3
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 6
  • Happy Sugar Life GN 1
  • Hinowa ga CRUSH! GN 2
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Chronicle Episode Lyu GN 3
  • Kakafukaka GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Kakegurui twin GN 2
  • Kin-iro Mosaic GN 9
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 9
  • Laid-Back Camp GN 6
  • Little Witch Academia GN 3
  • Love in Focus GN 2
  • The Magnificent Grand Scene GN 6P (Digital Only)
  • Mega Man MasterMix GN 1
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt GN 11
  • My Boy GN 4
  • My Solo Exchange Diary GN 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • Ōoku: The Inner Chambers GN 15
  • Overlord GN 10
  • Persona 4 GN 10
  • Ping Pong Dash!! GN 11-15 (Digital Only)
  • Possessed by a Ghost GN 1
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 3
  • Ran And The Gray World GN 3
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 3: Truth of Zero GN 7
  • Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GN 6
  • Secret of My Uniform GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Seto Utsumi GN 6 (Digital Only)P (Digital Only)
  • Shibuya Goldfish GN 4
  • Shoulder a Coffin, Kuro GN 7
  • Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization GN 3
  • Tales of Wedding Rings GN 6P
  • Teacup Toy Boy GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Though You May Burn to Ash GN 5
  • The Twisted King and I GN 1
  • Trinity Seven GN 16
  • Urusei Yatsura GN 2
  • Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki GN 4 (Digital Only)P
  • Yuri Is My Job! GN 3

Other

  • Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland PS4, Switch, PC gameP
  • Ascendance of a Bookworm Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Novel 8
  • Goblin Slayer Novel 7
  • The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Novel 7 (Digital Only)
  • Mushoku Tensei – Jobless Reincarnation Novel 1
  • Neptunia Shooter PC game
  • Overlord Novel 10 (hardcover)
  • The Art and Making of Pokémon Detective Pikachu art book
  • A Sister’s All You Need. Novel 4
  • Strike the Blood Novel 12
  • Sword Art Online Novel 16
  • Torture Princess – Fremd Torturchen Novel 1
  • Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki Novel (hardcover)

 

 

Manga Monday- Drifters

Manga Monday- Drifters

Drifters is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. The manga started serialization in Shōnen Gahosha’s magazine, Young King Ours, on April 30, 2009. It centers on various historical figures summoned to an unknown world where their skills and techniques are needed by magicians in order to save their world from total destruction. An anime television adaptation aired between October 7, 2016 and December 23, 2016. A second season of the anime series has been announced.

Drifters is serialized in the Shōnen Gahosha Young King Ours magazine and sold under the same publisher in Japan. It is licensed in North America by Dark Horse Comics, in France by Éditions Tonkam, in Germany by Panini Comics, in Italy by J-POP, in Taiwan by Tong Li Comics and in Poland by Japonica Polonica Fantastica.

Plot

Shimazu Toyohisa, while involved at the Battle of Sekigahara, manages to mortally wound Ii Naomasa, but is critically injured in the process. As he walks from the field wounded and bleeding, Toyohisa finds himself transported to a corridor of doors, where a bespectacled man at a desk waits for him. This man, Murasaki, sends Toyohisa through the nearest door where he wakes up in another world. There, Toyohisa meets other great warriors like him who have been transported as well, to be part of a group known as “Drifters”.

This world contains both native humans and a number of fantastical races, including elves, dwarves, and hobbits. However, the world is at war, with the humans waging a losing conflict against another group of great warriors, the “Ends”, who wish to take over the world and kill all of the Drifters. Under the Ends’ command are many terrible creatures, including giants and dragons, which they use to destroy everything in their path. At the start of the series, the Ends’ army has control of the northern part of the continent, and are trying to invade the south through a pivotal fortress at the northernmost tip of a nation called Carneades. Meanwhile, the “Octobrist Organization”, a group of human magicians native to this world, attempts to bring together the many individual Drifters to save their world from the brutal Ends.

Drifters

The titular Drifters are heroes, leaders, and great warriors from different eras and cultures that have been brought to an unknown world by Murasaki, where they are meant to fight the Ends. A common element to the Drifters is that, although they are driven by violence, victory, and conquest, most of them are not cruel and do not tolerate the hurting of innocents. Unlike the Ends, the Drifters have no magic abilities unless they were born with them, and therefore must largely rely on their technology and tenacity to survive.
Murasaki 
A mysterious and calm bespectacled man who is responsible for the appearance of the Drifters, using them as a means to right the wrong of the Ends’ conquest of the unknown world. He is seen sitting in the middle of the door corridor, smoking, and reading a newspaper that gives news of the events relating to the Drifters. In the corridor, he is associated with and accompanied by light.
Shimazu Toyohisa
The leader of the Drifters. Historically, he died in 1600 during the Battle of Sekigahara. When he first arrived in the new world, he was critically injured, only to be brought to Nobunaga and Yoichi’s hideout by the young elves, Marsha and Mark. Although impulsive and reckless, Toyohisa possesses a fearless, determined, and chivalrous spirit, assisting the elves and dwarves by liberating them from the Orte Empire. Born and raised in a war-torn era, Toyohisa has a keen sense for battle and tactics, though he remains unaware of these talents himself. Toyohisa primarily uses a nodachi in battle, though he is seen carrying a wakizashi. He also carries a Tanegashima on the back of his waist, which he only uses when his swords are infeasible to use against his enemies.
Oda Nobunaga
A famous warlord who conquered most of Japan during Sengoku period. He is known for being the daimyō who took the first step of unification of the Japan, and the first Japanese military commander to utilize arquebuses in battles, using one as his main weapon in battle as a Drifter. Historically, he died during the Honnō-ji incident, the mutiny conducted by Akechi Mitsuhide. As a Drifter, he has only aged six months since arriving in the new world. Nobunaga is highly ambitious and cunning, desiring to establish a multiracial federation in the new world with Toyohisa as their leader. Nobunaga acts as the group’s military strategist.
Nasu no Yoichi
A very effeminate man of nineteen. His full name is Nasu Suketaka Yoichi, though he is simply known as Nasu no Yoichi. Although he lived hundreds of years before Nobunaga and Toyohisa, Yoichi is the youngest in the group. Born as the youngest of eleven siblings, Yoichi is a powerful warrior and military commander who served Minamoto no Yoshitsune during the Genpei War. Yoichi’s exploits were recorded throughout Japanese history, including in The Tale of the Heike, though Nobunaga notes that Yoichi acts very differently from these historical accounts. During the Genpei War, he was forced to commit several dishonorable acts by Yoshitsune, despite having a strong belief of Bushido. Now as a Drifter, Yoichi resolves to maintain his honorable nature, and he is the most level-headed of the trio. Yoichi acts as the group’s archer, killing fleeing enemies.
Hannibal Barca
A famous Carthiginian military commander. Now a Drifter and elderly, he is first seen arguing with Scipio Africanus over the latter’s “plagiarism” of Cannae at the Battle of Zama. Despite nearly being killed by the Black King’s army, Hannibal still insists that victory is still possible. After being separated from Scipio, Hannibal becomes depressed and senile, but he is still able to articulate battle tactics to his fellow Drifters via indirect means. He acts as Nobunaga’s military advisor since being left in Toyohisa’s group’s care.
Scipio Africanus
Hannibal’s Roman adversary during the Second Punic War. As a Drifter, he is as old as Hannibal, who he is seen constantly arguing with, claiming that “a winner takes all” since he won at Zama. Nevertheless, Scipio respects Hannibal greatly. Originally traveling with Hannibal and the Wild Bunch gang, he was accidentally separated from them and is currently in the company of Naoshi Kanno and Tamon Yamaguchi.
Butch Cassidy
Leader of the Wild Bunch gang. He, along with Sundance Kid, was transported from Bolivia, and is now fighting against the Black King and his armies. Unlike his partner, Butch has a hot-blooded and wild personality. He favors the use of firearms, particularly a pair of pistols, in battle.
Sundance Kid
A member of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch. He, along with Butch, was transported from Bolivia, and is now fighting against the Black King and his armies. Unlike his leader, Kid possesses a calm and collected personality. Kid favors the use of firearms in battle, such as shotguns and a Gatling gun.
Naoshi Kanno
During a battle with the Black King, with the Drifters’ side under attack by dragons, Japanese World War II fighter pilot Naoshi Kanno is transported into the world in his plane. When the dragons’ attacks trigger memories of the bombing of Tokyo, he attacks the dragons in anger. His plane later crashed and he soon found himself worshiped as a god by a tribe of anthropomorphic dogs, only to be found by Scipio, who decides to use his status to unite the various anthropomorphic animal tribes under him to bolster the Drifters’ army. He does not initially trust Butch or Sundance Kid, as they are American, but Butch manages to convince him that they are Bolivian instead. He is addressed as Sugano Nao in the Dark Horse translation, an alternate reading of his name.
Tamon Yamaguchi
An admiral of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. Tamon arrived in the new world along with the aircraft carrier Hiryū, and has since formed an uneasy alliance with the leaders of Gu-Binnen, a merchant guild, assisting them against the war with the Orte Empire by leading the guild’s griffin naval forces.

 

Wednesday News- May 15, 2019

Wednesday News- May 15, 2019

2nd Made in Abyss Compilation Film Opens in U.S. on May 27 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-05-14/2nd-made-in-abyss-compilation-film-opens-in-u.s-on-may-27/.146694

Review: My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Novels 1-3 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/my-next-life-as-a-villainess/all-routes-lead-to-doom/novels-1-3/.146584

Shelf Life: Adieu Galaxy Express 999https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2019-05-13/.146625#express

Review: The Magnificent KOTOBUKI Episodes 1-12 streaming – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/the-magnificent-kotobuki/episodes-1-12/.146639

Review: Collide Chapters 1-4 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/collide/chapters-1-4/.146606

Anime

  • Armored Trooper Votoms OVA Collection BD 1
  • Guilty Crown Essentials BD
  • Lucky Star Essentials BD
  • Princess Mononoke Collector’s Edition BD

Manga

  • Fire-Hot Aunt GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Edition Graphic Novel (GN) 5 (hardcover)
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord GN 4
  • Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World GN 2
  • Kira-kun Today GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Love Massage: Melting Beauty GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka GN 6
  • Pokémon Sun & Moon GN 4
  • Ran the Peerless Beauty GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Record of Grancrest War GN 3
  • Requiem of the Rose King GN 10
  • Sailor Moon Eternal Edition GN 4
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 32
  • Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Heed My Call, Beast! GN 1
  • Sota’s Knife GN 21-39 (Digital Only)
  • A Strange and Mystifying Story GN 7
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Yōkai Watch GN 11

Other

  • Amagi Brilliant Park Novel 5 (Digital Only)
  • The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan Novel 1
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 14 (Digital Only)
  • Toradora! Novel 5

 

Manga Monday- Terra Formars

Manga Monday- Terra Formars

Terra Formars is a Japanese manga series written by Yū Sasuga and Michio Fukuda. Illustrated by Michio Fukuda. It is serialized in Shueisha’s magazine Weekly Young Jump since 2011. Also, a spin-off manga titled Terra for Police started on May 10, 2014 in Jump X.

Reception

It was number one on the 2013 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey. It was placed second in Zenkoku Shotenin ga Eranda Osusume Comic 2013, a 2013 ranking of the top 15 manga recommended by Japanese bookstores. It was nominated for the 6th Manga Taishō. The 6th volume reached the number one place on the Oricon weekly manga chart in the week of August 19–25, 2013, with 317,248 copies. As of February 2015, Terra Formars 11 first volumes have sold over 10 million copies. As of August 2015, the series had sold 13 million copies. As of April 2018, the manga had over 16 million copies in print.

Plot

In an attempt to colonize Mars, 21st century scientists are tasked with terraforming the planet. Their goal is to seed the planet with a modified algae to absorb sunlight and purify the atmosphere, and cockroaches, whose corpses spread the algae across the planet as they feed.

Five hundred years later, the first manned ship to Mars lands and its six crew members are attacked by giant mutated humanoid cockroaches with incredible physical strength, later labeled “Terraformars”; the crew is wiped out after sending a warning back to Earth. Two years later, BUGS II, a multinational expedition of genetically modified humans, is sent to collect 10 samples of both sexes of roaches, and exterminate the mutated bugs to take control of the red planet. Only two survivors manage to return to Earth, one swearing to return and avenge their fallen companions. As a third expedition is assembled questions are raised about the true origin of the Terraformars and their connection with an unknown disease afflicting mankind, the Alien Engine Virus, or A.E. Virus. To fight the Terraformars’ strength and agility, members of the second and third expedition undergo genetic modification to inherit the characteristics of other organisms, only possible after having a special organ implanted with a 36% chance of surviving the surgery itself.

The third expedition ends with most of its crew members killed as well, be it by fighting the Terraformars, or amongst themselves in the multi-sided conflict between the various factions aboard the ship, each with own opposing interests. Despite that, the few survivors manage to collect enough samples for the research on a cure to the A.E. Virus and return home. However, a new fight against the Terraformars begins when it is revealed that the creatures arrived on Earth long before, and after multiplying on an alarming rate and adapting themselves far better to their new environment than they did to their homeworld, they start their plan to take over the planet.