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Wednesday News- October 17, 2018

Wednesday News- October 17, 2018

Yomawari: The Long Night Collection Game Collection’s Clip Shows Fireworks Festival- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-15/yomawari-the-long-night-collection-game-collection-clip-shows-fireworks-festival/.138179

Crunchyroll Streams Kemono Friends Spinoff Anime Welcome to Japari Park- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-16/crunchyroll-streams-kemono-friends-spinoff-anime-welcome-to-japari-park/.138253

The List: 6 Spooky New Anime for October 2018- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2018-10-13/.137606

Funimation Offers Dream Festival! Anime for Digital Purchase- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-10-16/funimation-offers-dream-festival-anime-for-digital-purchase/.138242

Pokemon Go Game Add Sinnoh Pokemon- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-16/pokemon-go-game-adds-sinnoh-pokemon/.138240

Anime

  • Dance with Devils Essentials BD
  • Heavy Object Season 1 BD
  • The irregular at magic high school Complete Box Set BD
  • Jūni Taisen: Zodiac War Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Mamoru Hosoda Movie Collection BD (The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, Wolf Children, The Boy and The Beast)
  • Monochrome Factor DVD
  • Orange Essentials BD
  • The Seven Heavenly Virtues BD
  • Snow White with the Red Hair Complete Series BD
  • Terra Formars Revenge BD/DVD

Manga

  • Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 1 Graphic Novel (GN) Box Set
  • Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition GN 5 (Hardcover)
  • Cosplay Animal GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • DAYS GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction GN 3
  • Dragon’s Crown GN 2
  • Fairy Tale Battle Royale GN 1
  • Fire Force GN 12
  • Fire Punch GN 4
  • Frankenstein Junji Ito Story GN (Hardcover)
  • Giant Killing GN 14  (Digital Only)
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord GN 2
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Kanna’s Daily Life GN 3
  • Perfect World GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Persona 4 GN 8
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • To Your Eternity GN 7
  • Tokyo Ghoul GN Box Set
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 7
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN 3
  • The Voynich Hotel GN 2
  • Uzumaki Omnibus GN (Digital Only)

Other

  • An Archdemon’s Dilemma – How to Love Your Elf Bride Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Boogiepop Novel Omnibus 1-3
  • Dark Souls Remastered PlayStation 4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch/PC Game
  • Dark Souls Trilogy PlayStation 4/Xbox One Game
  • The Ghost in the Shell Global Neural Network GN (Hardcover)
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 11 (Digital Only)
  • Mega Man Official Complete Works Artbook (Hardcover)
  • The Reprise of the Spear Hero Novel 1
  • Soul Calibur VI PlayStation 4/Xbox One/PC Game
  • Warriors Orochi 4 PlayStation 4/Nintendo Switch/Xbox One Game

 

Manga Monday- Wolf Girl and Black Prince

Manga Monday- Wolf Girl and Black Prince

Wolf Girl and Black Prince is a Japanese shōjo manga series written by Ayuko Hatta.

Plot

Erika Shinohara is a high school student who desperately wants to fit in a clique so she would not become lonely. However, because her clique consists of girls who have boyfriends, she has to resort to tell lies about having one herself. To make them more authentic, Erika takes a photo of a random guy in the street. Unfortunately, the guy, Kyoya Sata, turns out to be the most popular boy from her school. Erika asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend, which he agrees to under one condition: that she become his “Wolf Girl” by acting like a pet to him.

To her dismay, Erika discovers that Kyoya is far more dark-hearted than the “princely” personality he feigns towards others; he frequently gives snarks, insults, and generally has a cynical view of the world. Despite this, Erika is slowly attracted and eventually falls in love with him. Kyoya in turn softens and finds out that he is attracted to her as well, something that is cemented when Erika quits being the Wolf Girl after a misunderstanding, which he responds by “promoting” her to become his actual girlfriend.

Erika and Kyoya go through their high school years as a couple while having to face many challenges, including love rivals for each other, misunderstandings, and jealousy. They also learn to understand and change for the benefit of each other. In the process, they befriend three people who form a part of a group: Erika’s self-reliant best friend, Ayumi Sanda; Kyoya’s hot-blooded best friend, Takeru Hibiya; and the flamboyant Nozomi Kamiya, who becomes their classmate during their second year. Near the end of the series, the couple also have to face the truth of a long-distance relationship when Erika has to move to Kyoto to attend a vocational school for glass making; the two ultimately decide on working it out somehow.
Seven years after graduation, the group have attained each of their preferred professions, with Erika herself becoming a glass maker. She has also married Kyoya, with whom she has a daughter, Yuina.

 

Wednesday News- October 10, 2018

Wednesday News- October 10, 2018

Goblin Slayer Anime Listed With 12 Episodes – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-10-08/goblin-slayer-anime-listed-with-12-episodes/.137858

The List: 10 Spooky Manga for October 2018 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2018-10-06/.137607

Convention Report: Anime Fest @ NYCC 2018 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/convention/2018/report-anime-fest@nycc/.137926

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Film Earns 1.6 Billion Yen at Japanese Box Office – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-09/my-hero-academia-two-heroes-film-earns-1.6-billion-yen-at-japanese-box-office/.137915

Moriarty the Patriot Manga Has Project in the Works – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-10-08/moriarty-the-patriot-manga-has-project-in-the-works/.137890

Anime

  • Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON Season 1 Part 4 BD/DVD
  • Nanbaka Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Prison School Essentials BD
  • Recovery of an MMO Junkie BD/DVD
  • World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman Essentials BD
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven WitchesEssentials BD
  • Zillion BD/DVD

Manga

  • Ajin – Demi-Human Graphic Novel (GN) 12
  • APOSIMZ GN 1
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Case Closed GN 68
  • Coyote GN 1
  • Drowning Love GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • GANTZ:G GN 2
  • Himouto! Umaruchan GN 3
  • I’m Standing on a Million Lives GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Kira-kun Today GN 1
  • Magi GN 32
  • How to Treat Magical Beasts GN 2
  • Satoko and Nada GN  1
  • Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle GN 3
  • Spirit Circle GN 5
  • To Your Eternity GN  7 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Alice GN  4 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN  3 (Digital Only)
  • World’s End Harem GN 3

Other

  • Cat Quest Nintendo Switch Game
  • Disgaea 1 Complete NintendoSwitch/PlayStation 4 Game
  • Garo Makaisenki Season 2 Collection 2 BD
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Novel 5  (Digital Only)
  • I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse Novel 10  (Digital Only)
  • Lazy Dungeon Master Novel 2  (Digital Only)
  • Luigi’s Mansion Nintendo 3DS Game
  • NieR Automata Long Story Short Novel
  • Punch Line PlayStation 4/PlayStation Vita Game
  • Street Fighter: The Novel: Where Strength Lies (Paperback)
  • The World Ends With You: Final RemixNintendo Switch Game

 

Manga Monday- Pandora Hearts

Manga Monday- Pandora Hearts

Pandora Hearts is a shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Jun Mochizuki. Individual chapters were serialized in Monthly GFantasy between May 2006 and March 2015, with bound volumes published by Square Enix. The series ended with twenty-four volumes having been released in Japan. It was originally licensed for an English language release by Broccoli Books, but was later dropped. It was relicensed by Yen Press. The eighth volume of Pandora Hearts was ranked 21st on the Tohan charts between March 24 and 30, 2009, and 19th between March 31 and April 6, 2009. Volume nine was ranked number one between July 27 and August 2.

Plot

Oz is the heir to the Vessalius house, one of the Four Great Dukedoms given excessive power by the country’s royalty. He lives a luxurious life alongside his younger sister Ada and valet and best friend Gilbert. This extravagant lifestyle is only diminished by the constant absence of Oz’s father Xai, who decided Oz and Ada should be raised by their uncle Oscar when they were still babies. When Oz goes to his Coming-of-Age Ceremony, he meets Sharon Rainsworth and her ominous servant Xerxes Break. Everything appears normal until the Coming-of-Age Ceremony rituals are completed and the giant clock that hasn’t worked in a century moves. Suddenly, a group of people in red cloaks known as the Baskervilles proceed to reveal themselves. The Baskervilles say Oz must be dragged into a supernatural prison called Abyss where monsters called Chains live, a place previously believed to have only existed in fairy tales. The Baskervilles then force Oz into the Abyss, claiming his existence to be a sin, although Oz is clueless as to the true meaning behind these words and the desire to acquire it becomes a driving force for the rest of the series.

Trapped in the Abyss, Oz finds out he can make contracts with Chains by drinking their blood. He does so with a Chain named Alice, infamously known as the Bloody Black Rabbit (or B-Rabbit for short), in order to escape the prison. By the time they escape from the Abyss, ten years have already passed. He is taken under the care of Sharon and Break, who he discovers are members of a Chain-research organization called Pandora that was established a century ago after a disaster known as the Tragedy of Sablier (in which the entire city of Sablier fell into the Abyss) by the Four Great Dukedoms. Wanting to understand why his existence is supposedly a sin, Oz helps Sharon and Break in their investigation in regards to the Intention of the Abyss, the ruler of the Abyss. They have the help of Alice and adult Gilbert, who has now been adopted into the Nightray dukedom and made a contract with the family’s chain, Raven. As they investigate, they learn that Alice, Gilbert, and Gilbert’s odd younger brother Vincent were involved with the Tragedy of Sablier. Additionally, they come into contact with the soul of Jack Vessalius, the legendary hero of the Tragedy of Sablier who prevented the entire world from being dragged into the Abyss after such a thing happened to Sablier. Jack was also the one who established Pandora. In the current time, he lay dormant in Oz’s body. Jack reveals that the one behind the Tragedy of Sablier was Glen Baskerville, the head of Baskervilles and his best friend.

Following a meeting with Duke Rufus Barma, Break reveals he became an illegal contractor thirty years prior and has met the Intention of the Abyss, who is in fact Alice’s twin sister. Duke Barma reveals that, according to his ancestor Arthur Barma’s memoirs, Jack has sealed Glen’s soul by placing it within his own mutilated body, split into five sealing stones. Following the destruction of two of the five sealing stones, Oz and Duke Barma trick foreign noble Isla Yura into conducting a second Coming-of-Age Ceremony for the former in his mansion, wherein one of the sealing stones is located. However, in the middle of the party, Yura and his sect start killing the guests in an attempt to reenact the Tragedy of Sablier. Although Oz and his friends manage to stop Yura’s cult from succeeding in their efforts, the sealing stone is destroyed by the Baskervilles and Gilbert’s adoptive younger brother, Elliot Nightray, is killed. This leads to Elliot’s valet Leo being taken away by Vincent, who reveals that Leo holds Glen Baskerville’s soul within him, and thus is the next successor of Baskerville clan. Blaming himself for Elliot’s death, Leo accepts his role as Glen Baskerville in order to destroy the Intention of the Abyss.

The Baskervilles and Pandora clash as Leo attacks the latter. Upon destroying the fourth sealing stone, the fourth seal is revealed to contain Glen’s head rather than Jack’s. Duke Barma then declares he has deciphered an entire code within Arthur Barma’s memoirs, which, once decoded, reveal Jack is actually the one who caused the Tragedy of Sablier. Oz then witnesses Jack’s memories. It is revealed from such that Jack’s motivation for instigating the Tragedy was to merge the world with the Abyss and be reunited with Lacie, who was the younger sister of the previous Glen (originally known as Oswald), as well as Alice and the Intention of the Abyss’s mother. Gilbert is also revealed to be a Baskerville who was originally chosen to be the next Glen a century ago. Following this revelation, Oz learns that he is actually the real B-Rabbit and used to be a sentient but still lifeless black rabbit doll that belonged to Lacie until she left him in the care of the Core of the Abyss, of whom gave him life. During the Tragedy of Sablier, Oz was turned into the most powerful Chain in existence, capable of destroying the world, by the Intention of the Abyss in order to help Jack fulfill his goal of plunging the entire world into the Abyss. Meanwhile, Oswald takes over Leo’s body and decides to go back into the past to kill Lacie before she met Jack, which would prevent the birth of the Intention of the Abyss, Oz, and Jack’s complete slippage of sanity following Lacie’s death, thus averting the Tragedy.

Accepting his real origin, Oz decides to prevent Oswald from changing the past with the help of his friends. They come up with a plan to stop the world from falling into the Abyss without changing the past by destroying the Intention of the Abyss’ body. Oz’s uncle Oscar Vessalius dies on their quest, as well as Break. Traveling back one hundred years into the past during the Tragedy, Alice tries to convince the Core of the Abyss to cut her ties with her twin sister while Oz tries to convince Oswald to reconsider altering the past and focus on helping them stop Jack instead. Alice’s words causes the Core to go berserk out of fear of being left alone, which results with the dimensions distorting even more and Oz and the rest being sent further back into the past, before Oswald and Lacie became Baskervilles. In the end, Oswald can’t bring himself to kill his sister and passes on, returning control to Leo. Using Oz’s illegal contractor seal, they reach the Core of the Abyss and manage to convince the Core to cut her ties with the Intention of the Abyss and restore the world back to normal. Oz and Alice pass away with hopeful dispositions to ensure the safety and security of the world, Gilbert promising them that he will wait for them until they are reincarnated and he can see them again. After the incident, Pandora is disbanded, the Baskervilles establish a new bond with the Core of the Abyss, and Sharon and the rest who have survived move on with their lives. Approximately a century later, Vincent brings the reincarnated Oz and Alice to Gilbert before dying in his brother’s arms. Gilbert and Oz both begin crying upon seeing each other for the first time in a hundred years, and Gilbert happily welcomes him and Alice back.

 

Wednesday News- October 3, 2018

Wednesday News- October 3, 2018

Funimation Sets Subtitles, Dubbed Premiere Dates for New Fairy Tail Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-10-01/funimation-sets-subtitled-dubbed-premiere-dates-for-new-fairy-tail-anime/.137573

This Week in Anime: Is Dragon Pilot Worth Watching?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2018-10-02/.137576

Funimation Announces Fall Simuldub Premiere Dates- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-02/funimation-announces-fall-simuldub-premiere-dates/.137601

Crunchyroll Streams Between the Sky and Sea, Run with the Windhttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-02/crunchyroll-streams-between-the-sky-and-sea-run-with-the-wind/.137587

Hulu Adds Sword Art Online: Alicization, Tokyo Ghoul: re Anime Simulcasts for Fall- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-02/hulu-adds-sword-art-online-alicization-tokyo-ghoul-re-anime-simulcasts-for-fall/.137605

Anime

  • The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Season 1 BD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 5 BD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 5 DVD
  • Free! Movie Collection Limited Edition Box Set BD/DVD (Free! -Take Your Marks-, Free! The Movie -Timeless Medley- the Bond, Free! The Movie -Timeless Medley- the Promise, High Speed! -Free! Starting Days-)
  • Free! -Take Your Marks- The Movie BD/DVD
  • Galaxy Angel BD
  • High Speed! -Free! Starting Days- The Movie BD/DVD
  • Hyou-ka Complete Series BD
  • Pokémon Movies 1-3 BD (Pokemon: The First Movie, Pokemon 2000 – The Movie, Pokemon 3 – The Movie)
  • Pokémon Movies 1-3 DVD (Pokemon: The First Movie, Pokemon 2000 – The Movie, Pokemon 3 – The Movie)Pop Team Epic Season 1 BD
  • Rosario + Vampire Complete Series Essentials BD
  • Sailor Moon S The Movie BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon S The Movie DVD

Manga

  • Again!! GN 5
  • Ao Haru Ride GN 1
  • Are You Lost? GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Arte GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • BECK GN 15-22 (Digital Only)
  • Bleach GN 74
  • Bleach Omnibus GN 24
  • Blue Exorcist GN 20
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 1
  • Can You Just Die, My Darling? GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Captain Harlock The Classic Collection GN 2 (Hardcover)
  • Crisis Girls GN 2
  • Descending Stories: Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju GN 9
  • Eromanga Sensei GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 26
  • Futaribeya GN 1
  • Haikyu!! GN 28
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan GN 9
  • Juni Taisen: Zodiac War GN 1
  • Kamakura Monogatari GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • A Kiss, For Real GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Konohana Kitan GN 2
  • Kuroko’s Basketball Omnibus GN 14
  • My Boy in Blue GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia GN 15
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes GN 2
  • Naruto Omnibus GN 24
  • Natsume’s Book of Friends GN 22
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas Zero’s Journey GN
  • OL Visual Kei GN 1 Parts 1 & 2 (Digital Only)
  • Peach Girl Next GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • The Prince’s Romance Gambit GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Pop Team Epic GN
  • The Promised Neverland GN 6
  • Rurouni Kenshin Omnibus GN 8
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days GN 1
  • Seven Shakespeares GN 5-6 (Digital Only)
  • Takane & Hana GN 5
  • Waiting for Spring GN 8
  • Wakako-zake GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Water Dragon’s Bride GN 7
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 14

Other

  • Corpse Prison Movie 1 BD
  • Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise PlayStation 4 Game
  • Mega Man 11 PlayStation 4/Xbox One/Nintendo Switch/PC Game

 

Manga Monday- Noragami

Manga Monday- Noragami

Noragami is a Japanese manga series by Adachitoka. It began serialization in Kodansha’s Monthly Shōnen Magazine in January 2011’s issue. The series has been collected into eighteen tankōbon volumes as of February 2017.

Manga

Noragami started as a manga series, authored by Adachitoka and published by Kodansha. The series premiered in Monthly Shōnen Magazine‘s January 2011 issue, released on December 6, 2010, and has been compiled into seventeen tankōbon volumes between July 15, 2011 and July 15, 2016. The ninth volume was released simultaneously with a limited edition, bundled with a drama CD. Volumes 10 and 11 were released simultaneously with limited editions, each containing an anime episode on DVD. Extra chapters of the series have been published in the spin-off publication, Monthly Shōnen Magazine + since 2011 and as of November 15, 2013, they have been compiled into one volume under the title Noragami ShūishūBoth the main series and spin-off series have been licensed in North America by Kodansha USA, under the title Noragami: Stray God and Noragami: Stray Stories respectively. The first volume of Noragami: Stray God was released on September 2, 2014, with 17 volumes released as of October 25, 2016. The first volume of Noragami: Stray Stories was released in December 2015.

Noragami was the 14th top selling manga series in Japan during the first half of 2014.

Plot

Hiyori Iki is a normal middle school student until she was involved in a bus accident while trying to protect a stranger. This incident causes her soul to frequently slip out of her body, and she becomes aware of the existence of two parallel worlds: the Near Shore, where regular humans and creatures reside, and the Far Shore, where demons and human souls linger. Through her soul, she meets the strange, nameless god without a shrine, Yato. Yato is determined to make a name for himself out there by accepting any wishes for 5 yen, including Hiyori’s to fix her body. Along with Yato’s Regalia — a weapon from a human soul named by the god in question — Yukine, the trio go through many adventures struggling with their friendship, identity and pasts.

 

Wednesday News- September 26, 2018

Wednesday News- September 26, 2018

Funimation Adds Ulysses, Goblin Slayer, Senran Kagura, Radiant anime to Fall Season Dub Lineup- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-09-25/funimation-adds-ulysses-goblin-slayer-senran-kagura-radiant-anime-to-fall-season-dub-lineup/.137295

Pokemon GO Game Reveals All-New Mythical Pokemon Meltan- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-09-25/pokemon-go-game-reveals-all-new-mythical-pokemon-meltan/.137282

Kill la Kill Game Reveals Story About Satsuki, Teases New Form- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-09-25/kill-la-kill-game-reveals-story-about-satsuki-teases-new-form/.137280

Tomo-chan Is a Girl! Manga Ends With 8th Volume- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-09-25/tomo-chan-is-a-girl-manga-ends-with-8th-volume/.137261

Miki Aihara’s Hot Gimmick Manga Gets Live-Action Film in 2019- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-09-24/miki-aihara-hot-gimmick-manga-gets-live-action-film-in-2019/.137200

Anime

  • Angel Cop DVD
  • Brave Witches BD/DVD
  • Bubblegum Crisis BD
  • Devilman OVA Series DVD
  • Gintama Series 3 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • High School DxD BorN Season 3 Classics BD
  • Marmalade Boy Complete Collection BD
  • Monkey Magic DVD
  • One Piece Collection 22 DVD Uncut
  • Princess Principal BD
  • Reborn! Volume 1 BD
  • Scum’s Wish BD
  • SHIMONETA: A Boring World Where the Concept of Dirty Jokes Doesn’t Exist Essentials BD
  • Stellvia Complete Series BD
  • Tetsujin 28 Complete Series BD
  • Tokyo Ghoul √A Classics BD
  • WorldEnd What do you do at the end of the world? Are you busy? Will you save us? BD/DVD

Manga

  • 12 Beast GN 6
  • Ace of Diamond GN 15
  • After the Rain GN 1
  • Ao-chan Can’t Study! GN 1
  • Barakamon GN 16
  • Beauty Bunny GN 7
  • A Bride’s Story GN 1-5
  • Boys Over Flowers Season 2 GN 9
  • A Centaur’s Life GN 15
  • Defying Kurosaki-kun GN 4
  • Dementia 21 GN
  • Devilman Grimoire GN 4
  • Dragon Half Omnibus GN 2
  • Generation Witch GN 3
  • The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún GN 5
  • Hinowa ga CRUSH! GN 1
  • Hachune Miku’s Everyday Vocaloid Paradise GN 4
  • Hour of the Zombie GN 7
  • Is Kichijoji the Only Place to Live? GN 3
  • Kaoru Mori: Anything and Something GN 16
  • Liar x Liar GN 6
  • Loveless Omnibus GN 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8
  • Loveless GN 9-13
  • Magical Girl Site GN 7
  • Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka GN 4
  • My Boyfriend in Orange GN 5
  • New Game! GN 3
  • No Game No Life, Please! GN 4
  • Not Lives GN 10
  • Oh My Goddess! GN 16-26
  • Precarious Woman Executive Miss Black General GN 2
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 4
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 28
  • Soul Liquid Chambers GN 2
  • Sota’s Knife GN 12-15
  • To Love Ru Omnibus GN 9-10
  • Wake Up, Sleeping Beauty GN 6

 

Other

  • Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen Novel 4
  • Demon King Daimaou Novel 7
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ Nintendo Switch Game
  • Metal Max Xeno PlayStation 4 Game
  • Super Sentai Chōjin Sentai Jetman Complete Series DVD
  • Valkyria Chronicles 4 PlayStation 4

 

 

 

Manga Monday- We Were There

Manga Monday- We Were There

We Were There is a Japanese romance manga by Yuki Obata, which chronicles the relationship between Motoharu Yano and Nanami Takahashi, starting from their teenage years and continuing during their early twenties. It has been serialized in Betsucomi from 2002 to 2012. The series went on hiatus in early 2008, but resumed publication in June 2009. It is licensed for an English language release in North America by Viz Media. In 2005, the manga won the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo. The manga has sold over 10 million copies in Japan.

Manga

Written and illustrated by Yuki Obata, We Were There has been serialized in Betsucomi since its debut in 2002. The series went on hiatus after the January 2008 issue, and resumed serialization in the July 2009 issue. The individual chapters are collected and published in tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan, with the first volume released on October 26, 2002. Fifteen volumes were released. The last chapter appeared on the February 13 issue of Betsucomi.

The series is licensed for English language release in North America by Viz Media, which released the first volume on November 3, 2008 under its “Shojo Beat” imprint. Four volumes were released in English. It is licensed for regional language releases in France by Soleil Productions, in Germany by Egmont Manga & Anime and in Argentina and Spain by Editorial Ivrea.

Plot

Nanami Takahashi, a teenage girl in her first year of high school, hopes to make new friends quickly. The center of attention at her school is Motoharu Yano, a very popular boy, whom Nanami dislikes at the beginning, due to his apparent superficiality. However, she soon falls in love with him, but Yano is still affected by the loss of his girlfriend, Nana Yamamoto. Nana was killed in a car crash a year before the beginning of the story. Because she was with her ex-boyfriend at the time of her death, Yano suspects she was cheating on him. Due to this, he is unable to trust people or to talk about his relationship with her; instead, he chooses to pretend he does not care very much about the situation.

Nanami confesses her love to Yano, but is rejected when he is unable to tell her if he loves her back. Despite that, she is still willing to support him and reassures him she will always be by his side. Soon, Yano realizes he has fallen in love with her as well, so they start going out. However, Yano’s secrets (including the fact that he slept with Nana’s little sister, Yuri, after the accident and his unwillingness to talk about his feelings for his dead girlfriend) make Nanami unsure to the point that she decides to end the relationship, believing she is unable to make him happy. The story becomes even more complicated when Masafumi Takeuchi, Yano’s best friend, also falls in love with Nanami and becomes Yano’s rival.

Due to these circumstances, Nanami is confused over whom she should choose, but she soon realizes that Yano is the one she genuinely loves. She agrees to start going out with him again, on the condition that she can find out more about the relationship between Nana and Yano and his true feelings about what had happened. Their romance takes an unexpected turn when Yano finds out that his mother, Yoko, wants to move to Tokyo. Upon hearing this, Nanami tells him to make a decision without taking her into consideration. The anime ends with Yano’s departure; however, the two of them decide to continue their relationship.

The manga picks up four years later. It is revealed that Yano and Nanami kept in touch for about six months, then he stopped contacting her and disappeared without a trace. Tired of waiting, hurt and confused, Nanami starts a relationship with Takeuchi. Even so, she is still in love with Yano and unable to forget about their common past. She befriends a co-worker named Akiko Sengenji, who is revealed to be one of Yano’s classmates from the Tokyo high school he transferred to. In a series of flashbacks it is shown that Yano was forced to work part-time when his mother was diagnosed with cancer, but kept everything hidden from Nanami, not wanting to worry her. Following an unexpected visit from Michiko, her former friend and wife of Yano’s father, Yoko became increasingly paranoid, fearing he would leave her. When Yano announced his decision to go and visit Nanami, she accused him of being insensitive. After a short, but violent fight, Yoko hung herself; as in Nana’s case, Yano blamed himself for her death and therefore decided to sever all the ties with his past.

Sengenji is also in love with Yano, but, despite this, she sees Nanami as a friend, not as a rival. She is the one who reveals Yano’s whereabouts to Nanami (including the fact that he adopted his father’s name, Nagakura) and later the fact that he lives with Yuri Yamamoto. As a result, Nanami rejects Takeuchi when he proposes to her, feeling that it wouldn’t be fair to marry him. Upon meeting Nanami for the first time in more than five years, Yano claims he is in love with another woman. However, when he and Nanami meet again, she tells him that she knows about the relationship between him and Yuri. He then admits that he only stays with Yuri because her mother is dying and he feels he can’t leave her alone. He also tells Nanami about his mother’s suicide, and also about his panic attacks. During this meeting, it is hinted that he’s still in love with her.

Meanwhile, Takeuchi decides to continue his relationship with Nanami, but only as friends. He tells her that she will eventually reach Yano and asks her to wait for him. He also starts to push Yano to admit his own feelings for Nanami and points out that no matter how strong she seems, she is unable to deal with the situation by herself. Nanami and Yano have an unexpected meeting, during which Yano finally confesses he wanted her to hold him back instead of letting him leave with his mother. Shortly after, Yuri’s mother dies, which prompts Yuri to end her relationship with Yano. She reveals to him that her sister Nana never cheated on him and that she only wanted to have a proper break-up with her ex-boyfriend at the time of the accident.

Yano decides to start over with Nanami and tries to contact her on the telephone. He fails several times due to her busy schedule, but eventually reaches her. During their conversation, a severely over-worked and anaemic Nanami falls down from a flight of stairs and is brought to the hospital injured and unconscious. Terrified by the possibility of losing her as well, Yano rushes to her side – as a result, the two of them are reunited. The finale of the manga shows Yano proposing to Nanami and then visiting Yamamoto Nana’s grave site with her.

 

Wednesday News- September 19, 2018

Wednesday News- September 19, 2018

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Manga Monday- Flame of Recca

Manga Monday- Flame of Recca

Flame of Recca is a manga series written and illustrated by Nobuyuki Anzai, which was adapted into an anime series spanning forty-two episodes by Studio Pierrot. The manga was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from 1995 to 2002. The 329 chapters that composed the series were compiled into 33 tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan. Both the anime and manga were licensed for North American distribution in English by Viz Media.  Jason Thompson, author of Manga: The Complete Guide, described the manga version of Flame of Recca as “polished and quick-paced”, and that it “reads like a more carefully plotted, more extreme version of YuYu Hakusho.” Patricia Duffield, a columnist for Animerica Extra, felt the story and artwork continuously evolved with characters and their unique weapons. “Although the series seems to have a tendency toward male fan service, Flame of Recca can be as enjoyable for gals as it is for guys.” Duffield concluded, “If lots of ninja action with supernatural flair interests you, give Flame of Recca a try.”

Manga

The Flame of Recca manga was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from 1995 to 2002, with a total of 329 chapters. The series was compiled into 33 tankōbon (collected volumes) and was published by Shogakukan from September 18, 1995 to April 18, 2002. Shōnen Sunday also released the manga in 17 wideban volumes and, beginning in 2010, as part of its Comic Bunko label. The manga was licensed for North American distribution in English by Viz Media and United Kingdom distribution in English by Gollancz Manga. Viz released all 33 volumes from July 30, 2003 to November 10, 2009, while Gollancz released ten volumes between March 6 and November 28, 2006. Viz did not censor nudity in their publications of the manga, but starting from volume 20, the female characters’ nipples have been removed.

Plot

Flame of Recca follows the story of a teenage boy named Recca Hanabishi, who is interested in ninja and claims to be one himself. He often gets into fights because he made it publicly known that the person who manages to defeat him will earn his services as a loyal ninja. Despite this, he eventually pledges his loyalty and services as a ninja to Yanagi Sakoshita, a girl with the innate ability to heal any wound/injury, because of her kindness and compassion. Recca soon discovers that he possesses the innate ability to control/manipulate flames, and eventually learns that he is actually the son of the sixth generation leader of the Hokage, a ninja clan that was wiped out by Oda Nobunaga in 1576, roughly 400 years before the series’ present day.

The Hokage ninjas wielded mystical objects called madōgu, which are referred to as “psychic devices” or “mystical weapons” in the English versions of the series. Madōgu grant their users special abilities, such as allowing their users to manipulate certain elements (as in the case of the Fūjin, which allows its wielder to manipulate the element of wind) and enhancing their user’s strength/skills (as in the case of the Dosei no Wa, which increases its user’s physical strength and the Idaten, which increases its user’s running speed). Oda Nobunaga had invaded the Hokage in 1576 for the purpose of acquiring these weapons, and the series’ main antagonist, Kōran Mori, is searching for a madōgu that will grant him eternal life. Recca and his friends become entangled in Mori’s quest for eternal life as he attempts to kidnap Yanagi, believing that her healing powers will help him achieve immortality. This leads them to join the Ura Butō Satsujin, a tournament wherein the warriors that wield madōgu gather to battle each other. After winning the tournament, Recca and his teammates discover that Mori was on his way to acquire the Tendō Jigoku, a madōgu said to grant its user eternal life, and once again attempt to stop him.