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Thursday News- March 26, 2020

Thursday News- March 26, 2020

BOFURI: I Don’t Want to get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense. Anime Gets 2nd Season- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-25/bofuri-i-dont-want-to-get-hurt-so-ill-max-out-my-defense-anime-gets-2nd-season/.157936

Dark Horse Reduces Releases, Allows Product Returns- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-26/dark-horse-reduces-releases-allows-product-returns/.157946

3rd Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel Anime Film Delayed to April 25- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-26/3rd-fate-stay-night-heaven-feel-anime-film-delayed-to-april-25/.157960

Wixoss Franchise Gets New TV Anime in 2020- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-26/wixoss-franchise-gets-new-tv-anime-in-2020/.157961

Anime

  • Appleseed XIII Essentials BD
  • Aquarion Evol Season 2 Essentials BD
  • Maria Watches Over Us BD
  • The Silver Guardian BD
  • Trickster Essentials BD

Manga

  • All You!! GN 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 16 (Digital Only)C
  • Angels of the Seashore GN (Digital Only)A(Digital Only)
  • An Archdemon’s Dilemma – How to Love Your Elf Bride GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Ascendance of a Bookworm GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • Bungō Stray Dogs Graphic Novel (GN) 14P
  • Cells at Work! Code Black GN 4
  • Cocoon Entwined GN 2
  • The Conditions of Paradise GN
  • Cosmo Familia GN 1
  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Days GN 17
  • Devils’ Line GN 14
  • A Devotion That Changes Worlds GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 19 (Digital Only)
  • Granny Girl Hinata-chan GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Harem Days The Seven-Starred Country GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • Hatsu*Haru GN 11P
  • Hayate the Combat Butler GN 3-4 (Digital Only)
  • Hell Warden Higuma GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • I Fell in Love After School GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • If I Could Reach You GN 4
  • Kin-iro Mosaic GN 10
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! GN 10
  • Laid-Back Camp GN 8
  • Lily Fairy Tail: Little Mermaid Met Hansel and Gretel GN (Digital Only)P
  • Lily Fairy Tail: Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty GN (Digital Only)
  • Living-Room Matsunaga-san GN 2
  • Machimaho: I Messed Up and Made the Wrong Person Into a Magical Girl! GN 5P
  • Ms. Itsuya GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Mushoku Tensei: Roxy Gets Serious GN 3
  • Mysteria Romantica GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected GN 13P
  • ne0;lation GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Nobo and Her? GN 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • The Rain and the Other Side of You GN (Digital Only)P
  • RIN-NE GN 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 37
  • Skeleton Knight in Another World GN 3
  • Smokin’ Parade GN 7
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? GN 7
  • Star⇄Crossed!! GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Still Sick GN 2
  • Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town GN 1
  • Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun GN 2
  • Triage X GN 19
  • Vampire Dormitory GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Watari-kun’s ****** Is about to Collapse GN 4 (Digital Only)Ple
  • Yuzu the Pet Vet GN 1

Other

  • A Certain Magical Index Novel 22
  • Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! Novel 8C
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 12
  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC game
  • Outbreak Company Novel 13 (Digital Only)
  • The White Cat’s Revenge as Plotted from the Dragon King’s Lap Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • You Call That Service? Novel 2
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution PS4, Xbox One, PC game

Manga Monday- Spice and Wolf

Manga Monday- Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf  is a Japanese light novel series written by Isuna Hasekura, with illustrations by Jū Ayakura. ASCII Media Works has published 21 novels since February 2006 under their Dengeki Bunko imprint. ASCII Media Works reported that as of October 2008, over 2.2 million copies of the first nine novels have been sold in Japan. The series has been called a “unique fantasy” by Mainichi Shimbun due to the plot focusing on economics, trade, and peddling rather than the typical staples of fantasy such as swords and magic. Yen Press licensed the light novels and is releasing them in English in North America. ASCII Media Works has published three volumes of a spin-off light novel series titled Wolf and Parchment since September 2016.

A manga adaptation illustrated by Keito Koume began serialization in the November 2007 issue of ASCII Media Works’ seinen manga magazine Dengeki Maoh. The manga was licensed by Yen Press, which has begun releasing the volumes in English. A 12-episode anime adaptation aired between January and March 2008, plus a single original video animation (OVA) episode released in May 2008. A second OVA was released in April 2009 as a prequel to the second anime season Spice and Wolf II, which aired 12 episodes between July and September 2009. Both anime seasons were released in English by Kadokawa Pictures USA and Funimation. Two visual novels based on the series for the Nintendo DS were released by ASCII Media Works in June 2008 and September 2009.

Manga

A manga adaptation illustrated by Keito Koume began serialization in the November 2007 issue of ASCII Media Works’ seinen manga magazine Dengeki Maoh. The first tankōbon volume was released by ASCII Media Works under their Dengeki Comics imprint on March 27, 2008; 16 volumes have been published as of February 2018. Yen Press licensed the manga series at New York Comic Con 2009, and began releasing the series in English in North America.

A manga adaption of Wolf and Parchment by Hidori began serialization in the July 2019 issue of Dengeki Maoh.

Plot

Spice and Wolf’s story revolves around Kraft Lawrence, a 25-year-old traveling merchant who peddles various goods from town to town to make a living in a stylized, fictional world, with a historical setting with European influences. His main goal in life is to gather enough money to start his own shop, and he already has been traveling for seven years while gaining experience in the trade. One night when stopped at the town of Pasloe, he finds in his wagon a wolf-deity named Holo who is over 600 years old. She takes the form of a 15-year-old girl, except for a wolf’s tail and ears. She introduces herself as the town’s goddess of harvest, who has kept it blessed with good harvests of wheat for many years. Holo has experienced increasing isolation and disillusionment at the townpeople’s move away from her protection towards their own methods of increasing the harvest. She is especially hurt at their forgetting of the promise made between her and a farmer when she arrived in the village and their criticism of her as a “fickle god” for needing to replenish the soil with smaller harvests. Because of these changes, she wants to go back to her homeland in the north called Yoitsu; she believes the people have already forsaken her and that she has kept her promise to maintain the good harvests. Holo also wants to travel to see how the world has changed while she has remained in one place for many years. She manages to bargain her way out of the village by making a deal with Lawrence to take her with him. As they travel, her wisdom helps increase his profits, but at the same time, her true nature draws unwanted attention from the Church.

 

Wednesday News- March 18, 2020

Wednesday News- March 18, 2020

The Seven Deadly Sins Manga Ends on March 25- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2020-03-17/the-seven-deadly-sins-manga-ends-on-march-25/.157598

Bungo to Alchemist Anime’s New Video Previews urashimasakatasen’s Opening Song- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-17/bungo-to-alchemist-anime-new-video-previews-urashimasakatasen-opening-song/.157592

IDOLiSH7 Anime Season 2’s Video Previews Opening Song- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-16/idolish7-anime-season-2-video-previews-opening-song/.157577

‘Digimon Adventure:’ Reboot Anime Unveils New Trailer, Updated Cast- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-16/digimon-adventure-reboot-anime-unveils-new-trailer-updated-cast/.157572

Anime

  • Aquarion Logos Season 3 Essentials BD
  • Aquarion Complete Series Essentials DVD
  • Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Attack on Titan Season 3 Part 2 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • One Piece Stampede BD/DVD
  • Release the Spyce Premium Edition Box Set BD
  • Tales of the Abyss Essentials BD

Manga

  • 20th Century Boys The Perfect Edition Graphic Novel (GN) 7
  • Ajin – Demi-Human GN 14
  • BEASTARS GN 5
  • Delicious in Dungeon GN 8
  • Defying Kurosaki-kun GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • Flying Witch GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • GE – Good Ending GN 3 (Digital Only) (Digital Only)P
  • The Fox & Little Tanuki GN 1
  • The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún GN 8
  • Hell’s Paradise Jigokuraku GN 1
  • I’ll Win You Over, Senpai! GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • I’m Standing on a Million Lives GN 6
  • Kakushigoto: My Dad’s Secret Ambition GN 1 (Digital Only)Pl
  • Legend of Heaven’s Door GN 1
  • Levius/est GN 3
  • MabuSasa GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • The Merchant King GN 1P
  • My Boy in Blue GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • New Game! GN 8
  • No Guns Life GN 4
  • Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GN 9
  • Saint Young Men GN 2 (hardcover)P
  • Shibuya Goldfish GN 7
  • Something’s Wrong With Us GN 1
  • Still Sick GN 2
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 12P
  • What Did You Eat Yesterday? GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • Witch Hat Atelier GN 5
  • Wonderland GN 5

Other

  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons Switch game
  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest: Short Stories Novel (Digital Only)
  • Bibliophile Princess GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Can Someone Please Explain What’s Going On?! Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Isolator Novel 5 (hardcover)
  • Kingdom Hearts All-In-One Package PS4 game
  • La-Mulana Switch, PS4, Xbox One game
  • La-Mulana 1 & 2: Hidden Treasures Edition Switch, PS4, Xbox One game
  • La-Mulana 2 Switch, PS4, Xbox One game
  • The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Novel 9 (Digital Only)P (Digital Only)
  • Naruto x Boruto Ninja Tribes iOS, Android game
  • One Piece Bon! Bon! Journey!! iOS, Android game
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 16
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel 8A

 

Manga Monday- Black Jack

Manga Monday- Black Jack

Black Jack is a manga written and illustrated by Osamu Tezuka in the 1970s, dealing with the medical adventures of the title character, doctor Black Jack.

Black Jack consists of hundreds of short, self-contained stories that are typically about 20 pages long. Black Jack has also been animated into an OVA, two television series (directed by Tezuka’s son Makoto Tezuka) and two films. Black Jack is Tezuka’s third most famous manga, after Astro Boy and Kimba the White Lion. In 1977, it won the 1st Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen. About.com’s Deb Aoki lists Black Jack as the best “re-issue of previously released material” of 2008. Osamu Dezaki’s anime film adaptation, Black Jack The Movie, won Best Animation Film at the 1996 Mainichi Film Awards.

Manga

The manga series was first serialized from 1973 to 1983. Each volume was divided into 12 to 15 chapters; each chapter is about 20-some pages long. The first episode was called “I Need a Doctor!”, and the last episode was called “A Question of Priority”. Most of the manga series had never been directly adapted into anime form until a Black Jack Special was aired in 2003, thus initiating the Black Jack anime series in 2004, and the Black Jack 21 series in 2006.

Vertical Inc. has released translated volumes of the series in the United States, starting with Vol. 1 in September 2008 and finishing with Vol. 17 in November 2011. These collected volumes include a dozen or so stories each in the original unflipped format, and the stories will be published in the same order as the Japanese Black Jack collections. Vertical has also released limited editions of the first three volumes that include bonus stories not printed in any other edition.

Two translated volumes had been previously published by Viz Communications, but those editions are now out of print.

There is also a series called Black Jack ALIVE which was published in 2005, this series was created from numerous artists adding stories onto the original series. A chapter from this series was published in the last volume of “Magetsukan Kitan”. In 2013, he is celebrating his 40 anniversary since his first appearance, along with Princess Knight’s 60th, and Astro boy’s 50th.

A manga called Say Hello to Black Jack has no connection with the Black Jack series, along with its sequel Shin Black Jack ni Yoroshiku.

A 2005 remake of the series was titled Black Jack – Kuroi Ishi.

Another manga called Black Jack NEO was published by a different author. It may be another remake. Not much information is known.

Young Black Jack is another manga, written by Yoshiaki Tabata and illustrated by Yūgo Ōkumaby, featuring Tezuka characters, that started in 2011. The story follows Black Jack as a medical student in the 1960s.

Plot

Most of the stories involve Black Jack doing some good deed, for which he rarely gets recognition—often curing the poor and destitute for free, or teaching the arrogant a lesson in humility. They sometimes end with a good, humane person enduring hardship, often unavoidable death, to save others.

 

Wednesday News- March 11, 2020

Wednesday News- March 11, 2020

Ghostly Things Manga Ends in April- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-10/ghostly-things-manga-ends-in-april/.157366

Japanese Console Game Market Grows for 3rd Straight Year- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-10/japanese-console-game-market-grows-for-3rd-straight-year/.157345

You Can Watch Crunchyroll Streams in 1080p For Free- It’s Just Not Advertised- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2020-03-10/you-can-watch-crunchyroll-streams-in-1080p-for-free-its-just-not-advertised/.157362

Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~ Switch Game Launches on April 23- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-10/code-realize-~future-blessings~-switch-game-launches-on-april-23/.157360

Anime

  • Bleach Set 6 BD
  • Garo: Crimson Moon Season 2 Complete Series Essentials BD
  • King’s Game The Animation Essentials BD
  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Ultimate Collection BD
  • Mysteria Friends BD

Manga

  • Arifureta: I Heart Isekai Graphic Novel (GN) 2
  • Cells at Work and Friends! GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • The Dorm of Love and Secrets GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Farewell, My Dear Cramer GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Gal Gohan GN 2
  • Giant Killing GN 19 (Digital Only)
  • GIGANT GN 1
  • The Golden Sheep GN 3
  • The King of Fighters: A New Beginning GN 1
  • Knight of the Ice GN 1
  • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • My Roomie Is a Dino GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • My Status as an Assassin Obviously Exceeds the Hero’s GN 1
  • Noragami: Stray God GN 21
  • Penguindrum GN 2
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 8
  • Record of Grancrest War GN 6
  • RIN-NE GN 32
  • Sasahito GN 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • Shaman GN 1-3 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • Transformers GN 1 (hardcover)
  • The Unwanted Undead Adventurer GN 2 (Digital Only)

Other

  • I Had That Same Dream Again Novel (Digital Only)
  • The Invincible Shovel Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Langrisser I & II PS4, Switch game
  • My Hero One’s Justice 2 PS4, Xbox One, Switch game
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA Novel 2
  • Nioh 2 PS4 game
  • Reincarnated as a Sword Novel 5 (Digital Only)

 

Manga Monday- City Hunter

Manga Monday- City Hunter

City Hunter is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tsukasa Hojo. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1985 to 1991 and collected into 35 tankōbon volumes by its publisher Shueisha. The manga was adapted into an anime television series by Sunrise Studios in 1987. The anime series was popular in numerous Asian and European countries.

City Hunter spawned a media franchise consisting of numerous adaptations and spin-offs from several countries. The franchise includes four anime television series, three anime television specials, two original video animations, several animated feature films (including a film released in February 2019), several live-action films (including a Hong Kong film starring Jackie Chan, and a French film), video games, and a live-action Korean TV drama. It also had a spin-off manga, Angel Heart, which in turn spawned its own anime television series and a live-action Japanese TV drama.

Manga

The series ran in Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1985’s 13th issue until 1990. The series was printed in 35 collected volumes by Shueisha under the Jump Comics range between January 15, 1986 and April 15, 1992. In these volumes the series is grouped into 55 different stories or “episodes” instead of as their original individual chapters. Each story is centred on a different female character or “heroine”. The series was an 18 volume edition by Shueisha from June 18, 1996 to October 17, 1997. A third edition of 32 volumes was published by Tokuma Shoten from December 16, 2003 to April 15, 2005. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the series, a fourth edition City Hunter XYZ edition is being published by Tokuma Shoten across Twelve volumes. The first volume was published on July 18, 2015. The eighth volume was published on October 20, 2015.

Takehiko Inoue was an assistant on the series.

Attempts were made to license the series for the American comic market during the 1980s; however, Hojo insisted the manga should be released in the right-to-left format. In 2002 Coamix created an American subsidiary, Gutsoon! Entertainment. City Hunter was a flagship title in their Raijin Comics Anthology. Raijin switched from a weekly format to a monthly format before being cancelled after 46 issues.

The series is currently available to read in Japanese as an iPhone application by Rainbow Apps.

In 2001, Hojo started a spin-off series titled Angel Heart. The series takes place in a universe parallel to City Hunter, where the character of Kaori Makimura is killed and her heart transplanted into Xiang-Ying, Angel Heart’s protagonist.

A spin-off manga titled Kyō Kara City Hunter was launched July 25, 2017 in Tokuma Shoten’s Monthly Comic Zenon magazine. It is centered around a 40-year-old unmarried woman who is a fan of Ryō Saeba and the City Hunter manga, and suddenly dies in a train accident and is reincarnated into the world of City Hunter.

Reception

By 2016, the City Hunter manga series had sold over 50 million tankobon volumes worldwide. In addition, the series was circulated in an estimated 900 million copies of Weekly Shōnen Jump manga magazine between 1985 and 1991, with those Jump issues generating an estimated $2 billion. The series was voted the 19th “Most Powerful” series to have featured in Shonen Jump. In a 2005 poll held by TV Asahi, City Hunter was voted #66 out of the 100 most popular animated TV series, as voted by TV viewers. A TV Asahi web-poll put City Hunter at #65.

In Manga: The Complete Guide, Jason Thompson described the manga stories as “well told and entertaining”. Writing for Mania.com, Eduardo M. Chavez describes the series as “funny, sexy, action packed and at times just plain whacked” and praises the mix of action and comedy. Patrick King of Animefringe described the series as “not the most intellectually stimulating piece of fiction I’ve experienced lately” but called it “a blast to read”.

The characters Ryo and Kaori proved popular with fans. In the reader voted Animage Anime Grand Prix Saeba Ryo was voted second in the Best Male Character section in 1988. In 1989, 1990 and 1991 he was first place. In 1992 he was voted sixth place. Kaori Makamura was voted fifteenth in the best Female Character category in 1988 before climbing to eighth in 1989. Kaori then placed fifth in 1990 before falling to sixth and eleventh in 1991 and 1992 respectively.

The Motion Picture has been praised for the quality of its English dub but criticised for changing the characters names.

The first anime ending theme, “Get Wild” by TM Network, and a later 1989 remix, sold a combined 515,010 singles in Japan. The anime series was also popular in France, where it was dubbed as Nicky Larson and 140 episodes aired in the early 1990s.

Plot

The series follows the exploits of Ryo Saeba, a “sweeper” who is always found chasing beautiful girls and a private detective who works to rid Tokyo of crime, along with his associate or partner, Hideyuki Makimura. Their “City Hunter” business is an underground jack-of-all-trades operation, contacted by writing the letters “XYZ” on a blackboard at Shinjuku Station.

One day, Hideyuki is murdered, and Ryo must take care of Hideyuki’s sister, Kaori, a tomboy who becomes his new partner in the process. However, Kaori is very susceptible and jealous, often hitting Ryo with a giant hammer when he does something perverted. The story also follows the behind-the-scenes romance between Ryo and Kaori and the way they cooperate throughout each mission.

Wednesday News- March 4, 2020

Wednesday News- March 4, 2020

Anime Expo Goes Forward as Planned- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-04/anime-expo-goes-forward-as-planned/.157120

Moriarty the Patriot Anime Unveils Visual, Main Staff- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-03/moriarty-the-patriot-anime-unveils-visual-main-staff/.157088

Hayate the Combat Butler Creator’s Fly Me to the Moon Comedy Manga Gets TV Anime in October- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-04/hayate-the-combat-butler-creator-fly-me-to-the-moon-comedy-manga-gets-tv-anime-in-october/.157129

New Fruits Basket Anime’s Season 2 Unveils April 6 Debut, Creator’s Message, New Visual- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-04/new-fruits-basket-anime-season-2-unveils-april-6-debut-creator-message-new-visual/.157131

MARS RED Vampire TV Anime’s 1st Promo Video Unveils Cast- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-03-04/mars-red-vampire-tv-anime-1st-promo-video-unveils-cast/.157134

Anime

  • AFTERLOST BDP
  • Anemone: Eureka Seven Hi-Evolution BD/DVDCi
  • Aria the Animation Season 1 BD
  • Black Clover Season 2 Part 3 BD/DVD
  • Black Clover Season 2 Part 3 Collector’s Box BD/DVD
  • Grimms Notes the Animation BD
  • Honey and Clover Season 1 BD
  • Kamen no Maid Guy BD
  • Konohana Kitan Essentials BD
  • Mix Part 1 BD
  • Yū Yū Hakusho Season 4 Steelbook BD

Manga

  • Afterschool Bitchcraft Graphic Novel (GN) 1
  • All-Rounder Meguru GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Aria The Masterpiece GN 5
  • Bakemonogatari GN 3
  • Black Clover GN 20
  • Blissful Land GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • A Condition Called Love GN 1
  • Creature! GN 20 (Digital Only)A
  • Daytime Shooting Star GN 5
  • Demon Lord, Retry! GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Demon Prince of Momochi House GN 15
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba GN 11
  • D.Gray-man GN 26
  • Don’t Count Your Tanukis GN 9 (Digital Only)A
  • Dragon Ball Super GN 8
  • Dr. Stone GN 10
  • Haikyu!! GN 37
  • The Hands of Horus GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War GN 13
  • Kizuna: Hand of God Unbound by the Heavens GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Love Me, Love Me Not GN 1
  • Marginal Operation GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Moonlight Moratorium GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Niwa-kun’s Love and Rampage GN 1
  • One-Punch Man GN 19
  • Pen Love GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Pleasure & Corruption GN 1
  • The Promised Neverland GN 14
  • Ryoji Renjo: Gourmet Detective GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru GN 1
  • A Side Character’s Love Story GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Smile Down the Runway GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Snow White with the Red Hair GN 6
  • A Tale of Two Meteors GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • To Be Next to you GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Vampire Knight: Memories GN 4
  • The Vampires Next Door GN 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • The White Book GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Who Wants to Play? GN 1 (Digital Only)

Other

  • An Archdemon’s Dilemma – How to Love Your Elf Bride Novel 4
  • Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill Novel 5 (Digital Only)
  • The Combat Baker and His Automaton Waitress Novel 4 (Digital Only)C
  • Crest of the Stars Novel 1 (hardcover)
  • Granblue Fantasy: Versus PS4 game
  • Infinite Dendrogram Novel 5
  • My Hero Academia School Briefs Novel 4
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Switch game

 

 

Manga Monday- Black Lagoon

Manga Monday- Black Lagoon

Black Lagoon is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rei Hiroe. It has been published in Shogakukan’s Monthly Sunday Gene-X since 2002, and eleven collected volumes have been released so far. It was later adapted into an anime television series by Madhouse, that aired from April to June 2006 for twelve episodes. A second season, subtitled “The Second Barrage”, ran for twelve weeks starting on October 2, 2006. A five volume original video animation series, titled Roberta’s Blood Trail, was released from July 2010 to June 2011.

In North America, Viz Media began releasing an English translation of the manga on August 12, 2008. The anime was dubbed and originally licensed in English by Geneon Entertainment in July 2006. Funimation has acquired the distribution rights to the series since a distribution agreement with Geneon in July 2008. Funimation later licensed the OVA, which also was licensed by Kazé in the UK, for release in spring 2013.

Manga

Written and illustrated by Rei Hiroe, a pilot chapter of Black Lagoon was published in Shogakukan’s Monthly Sunday Gene-X‘s April 2001 issue and the main series premiered in the May 2002 issue. Chapters run monthly and are later collected into tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan. The first was released on December 12, 2002, and to date eleven have been published, the last in 2018. The series first went on hiatus in May 2010. It resumed in January 2013, before being put back on hiatus in January 2014. In the January 2017 release of Monthly Sunday Gene-X, it was announced that the manga will resume in May 2017; it went on hiatus again in September 2018. The December issue of Monthly Sunday GX revealed that Hiroe would resume the series in spring 2019, however the series did not resume its publication as planned. In June 2019, Monthly Sunday GX announced the manga will resume in September.

The manga has been licensed for an English-language release in North America by Viz Media. The first volume was released on August 12, 2008. Black Lagoon has also received domestic releases in many other countries; in France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Mexico, Poland and Finland, by Kabuto, Carlsen, Jade Dynasty, Panini Comics, Chuang Yi, Haksan Publishing, Norma Editorial, Grupo Editorial Vid, Waneko and Punainen jättiläinen respectively.

Reception

As of February 2014, the first nine volumes of the manga had over 6 million copies in print in Japan. The first eleven volumes had over 7 million copies in print as of November 2018. About.com’s Deb Aoki listed Viz Media’s English release of Black Lagoon as the best new seinen manga of 2008, along with Gantz.

Plot

The story follows a team of pirate mercenaries known as the Lagoon Company, that smuggles goods in and around the seas of Southeast Asia in the early to mid 1990s. Their base of operations is located in the fictional harbor city of Roanapur in southeast Thailand near the border of Cambodia (somewhere in the Amphoe Mueang Trat district, likely on the mainland north/northeast of the Ko Chang island or on the island itself). The city is home to the Japanese Yakuza, the Chinese Triad, the Russian mafia, the Colombian cartel, the Italian mafia, a wide assortment of pickpockets, thugs, mercenaries, thieves, assassins, and gunmen. The city also has a large Vietnamese refugee population following the Vietnamese refugees exodus after the Communist takeover of Vietnam in 1975.

Lagoon Company transports goods for various clients in the 80-foot (24 m) Elco-type PT boat Black Lagoon. It has a particularly friendly relationship with the Russian crime syndicate Hotel Moscow. The team takes on a variety of missions—which may involve violent firefights, hand-to-hand combat, and nautical battles—in various Southeast Asian locations, even going as far as Phu Quoc island of Vietnam. When they are not working, the members of the Lagoon Company spend much of their down time at The Yellow Flag, a bar in Roanapur which is often destroyed in firefights.

 

Manga Monday- Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Manga Monday- Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Puella Magi Madoka Magica often referred to simply as Madoka Magica, is a Japanese anime television series created by Magica Quartet, an artist collective consisting of director Akiyuki Shinbo, screenwriter Gen Urobuchi, character designer Ume Aoki, and producer Atsuhiro Iwakami. The story follows a group of female middle school students who choose to become magical girls, subsequently battling surreal enemies known as “witches.” In consequence, they learn of the anguish and peril associated with their new role.

The first ten episodes of the series aired in Japan on TBS and MBS between January and March 2011, while the final two episodes were delayed until April 2011 due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. A manga adaptation of the series and various spin-off manga series have been published by Houbunsha and licensed in North America by Yen Press. A novelization by Nitroplus was released in August 2011, and a dedicated magazine titled Manga Time Kirara Magica was launched by Houbunsha in June 2012. A video game for the PlayStation Portable was released in March 2012 and another for PlayStation Vita was released in December 2013. A film series has also been produced; it consists of two films recapping the anime series and released in October 2012. A third film featuring an original story was released on October 26, 2013, and a concept film acting as a trailer for a new project was screened in December 2015. A smartphone game, Magia Record, launched in August 2017, and an anime adaptation premiered in January 2020.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica has received widespread critical acclaim; critics praised the complex narrative, visuals, artistic direction, and soundtrack of the series as well as its unconventional approach to the magical girl subgenre. It became a commercial success; each Blu-ray Disc volume sold more than 50,000 copies in Japan. The series garnered a variety of awards, such as the Television Award at the 16th Animation Kobe Awards, as well as 12 Newtype Anime Awards and the Grand Prize for animation in the 2011 Japan Media Arts awards.

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Houbunsha has published several manga series based on Puella Magi Madoka Magica. A direct adaptation of the anime series was illustrated by Hanokage and published in three four-chapter tankōbon volumes that were released between February 12 and May 30, 2011. The manga has been licensed in North America by Yen Press. A side story manga titled Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice, which was written by Masaki Hiramatsu and illustrated by Takashi Tensugi, was serialized in Manga Time Kirara Forward between March 2011 and January 2013. A third manga titled Puella Magi Oriko Magica, which was written by Kuroe Mura, was released in two tankōbon volumes on May 12, 2011, and June 12, 2011. Both Kazumi Magica and Oriko Magica have been licensed by Yen Press in North America. The first volume of Kazumi Magica was released in May 2013. Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Wraith Arc, which was written and illustrated by Hanokage, began serialization in the 20th issue of Manga Time Kirara Magica released on June 10, 2015. The plot describes the events that happened between Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Eternal and Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion.

The first volume of an official anthology comic featuring illustrations by guest artists was released on September 12, 2011. A dedicated monthly magazine published by Houbunsha and titled Manga Time Kirara Magica was launched on June 8, 2012; it features various manga stories, including spin-off stories of Oriko Magica. A film comic adaptation of the series titled Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Film Memories went on sale on May 26, 2012. Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story, another manga by Hanokage, was published in three tankōbon volumes between October 12 and November 12, 2012, and was licensed by Yen Press in 2014. The first volume of Puella Magi Suzune Magica, which was written and illustrated by Gan, was released on November 12, 2013, before being serialized in Manga Time Kirara Magica on November 22, 2013. Puella Magi Homura Tamura, which was written and illustrated by Afro, is serialized in Manga Time Kirara Magica; its first volume was released in October 2013 and was licensed by Yen Press. Puella Magi Homura’s Revenge! , written by Kawazukuu and illustrated by Masugitsune, was serialized in Manga Time Kirara Magica and released two volumes in December 2013; Yen Press licensed the manga.

Hajime Ninomae wrote a novel adaptation of the series that was illustrated by Yūpon and published by Nitroplus on August 14, 2011. Pre-release copies were available at Comiket 80 on August 12, 2011. A book titled Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Beginning Story, which is based on Gen Urobuchi’s original draft treatment for the anime, was released in November 2011.

Plot

In the fictional city of Mitakihara, Japan, a middle school student named Madoka Kaname and her friend Sayaka Miki encounter a small, cat-like creature named Kyubey. It offers a contract in which a girl may have any wish granted in exchange for obtaining magical powers and being tasked with fighting witches. Meanwhile, a transfer student and magical girl named Homura Akemi tries to stop Madoka from making the contract with Kyubey. Madoka and Sayaka then meet Mami Tomoe, an upperclassman at the same school who is also a magical girl. Noticing their indecisiveness on whether to become a magical girl, Mami offers to take Madoka and Sayaka along on her witch hunts so they may learn of the responsibilities that come with being a magical girl.

However, after witnessing Mami’s death at the hands of a witch, Madoka realizes the life of a magical girl is filled with danger, anguish, and suffering. This is further enforced by the appearance of Kyoko Sakura, a veteran magical girl whose wish indirectly caused the death of her family. Madoka also discovers magical girls give up their souls to form their Soul Gems, the source of their magic, and that when Soul Gems become too tainted with despair, magical girls change into witches.

Sayaka decides to become a magical girl after learning that doing so would allow her to heal a young musician who she admires. However, her classmate Hitomi Shizuki confesses to him first, causing Sayaka to become disillusioned and fall into an inescapable despair that turns her into a witch. Kyubey reveals to Madoka that he is of an alien race that has been harvesting the emotions of magical girls for centuries to use as energy to counteract the spread of entropy, and thus stave off the heat death of the universe. Madoka also learns that Homura is a magical girl from a different timeline who has repeated the same month countless times to try to save Madoka from a grisly fate.

Madoka and Kyoko attempt to reverse Sayaka’s transformation, but the plan fails and Kyoko is forced to sacrifice herself to allow Madoka to escape, leaving Homura as the only remaining magical girl. Following this, an extremely powerful witch known as Walpurgisnacht approaches the city. Homura attempts to stop it, but is defeated. She prepares to rewind time to repeat the month again, but Madoka stops her. With the past month’s events in mind, Madoka decides to become a magical girl and makes a wish to stop the creation of all witches in the past, present, and future. The scope of this wish rewrites history and the laws of the universe, and her existence as a human is erased from time. She transcends into a cosmic phenomenon called “The Law of Cycles”, which appears to all magical girls at the moment before they become witches and rescues them by taking them to a heavenly paradise. A new reality, in which Homura is the only one who remembers Madoka, is formed. Homura vows to continue fighting in honor of Madoka.

 

Manga Monday- Heat Guy J

Manga Monday- Heat Guy J

Heat Guy J is a Japanese anime television series created and directed by Escaflowne director Kazuki Akane and animated by Satelight.

Heat Guy J was licensed and distributed in the U.S. in 2003 by Pioneer. It was re-released by Funimation in the fall of 2009. The first 13 episodes of the show also was broadcast on the cable channel MTV2. A one volume manga was created based on the series, and was licensed and distributed by Tokyopop. The show was picked up for a UK DVD release by Manga Entertainment starting in March 2006. It was packaged in double DVD sets to make up for the long delayed release of the series.

Manga

Coinciding with the anime series in 2002, a manga version of Heat Guy J was released. It was eventually distributed in the U.S. by Tokyopop in 2005. It was written and drawn by Chiaki Ogishima. While the main characters and general setup were similar to the anime, the manga has its own unique storyline and supporting characters. There is only one volume in the series, and it includes several pages of bonus material related to the show.

Plot

Heat Guy J chronicles the adventures of a young Special Services officer named Daisuke Aurora and his android partner known simply as “J”. The pair live and work in the fictional, futuristic Metropolis of “Judoh” (Jewde), where the understaffed and underfunded Special Services Division of the Bureau of Urban Safety has its headquarters.