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Manga Monday- Mushishi

Manga Monday- Mushishi

Mushishi is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Urushibara. It was serialized in Afternoon Seasons Zōkan from 1999 to 2002, and in Monthly Afternoon from December 2002 to August 2008. The individual chapters were collected and released into ten tankōbon volumes by Kodansha. Those volumes were localized to North America by Del Rey between January 2007 and August 2010. The series follows Ginko, a man who dedicates himself to keeping people protected from supernatural creatures called Mushi.

The Mushishi manga has been well received both by the public and critics. In Japan, it has frequently ranked in the weekly top ten list of best-selling manga, and the entire series has sold over 3.8 million copies. Both the manga and the anime have received several awards such as the Kodansha Manga Award and the Tokyo Anime Award, and numerous publications have praised them.

Manga

Written and illustrated by Yuki Urushibara, it debuted as an one-shot in Monthly Afternoon on January 25, 1999. Later, it was serialized in the Kodansha seinen manga magazine Afternoon Seasons Zōkan from 1999 to 2002. It moved to Monthly Afternoon on December 25, 2002 and was serialized until August 25, 2008. Kodansha collected the chapters into ten tankōbon, and published them under the Afternoon KC line from November 22, 2001, to November 21, 2008. On November 21, 2013, Kodansha started to re-release it under the aizōban format in their KC Deluxe line, concluding with the tenth on July 23, 2014.

At the 2006 Comic-Con, Del Rey Manga announced that it had licensed Mushishi for an English-language translation in North America. Del Rey published the first volume on January 30, 2007, and the last volume, a combined edition covering volumes 8 to 10, was released on July 27, 2010. Kodansha USA also released the manga in digital format between July 29, 2014, and August 12, 2014. The manga was also licensed in some countries such as in France by Kana, in Italy by Star Comics, in South Korea by Daewon C.I., and in Spain by Norma Editorial.

In addition, two additional chapters were published in the magazine on November 25, 2013 and December 25, 2013, respectively. They were encapsulated into a single tankōbon titled Mushishi Tokubetsu-hen: Hihamukage and released on April 23, 2014.

Manga Monday- Love Live!

Manga Monday- Love Live!

Love Live! School Idol Project is a Japanese multimedia project co-developed by ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki G’s Magazine, music label Lantis, and animation studio Sunrise. The project revolves around a group of nine schoolgirl friends who become idols in order to save their school from shutting down. It launched in the August 2010 issue of Dengeki G’s Magazine, and went on to produce music CDs, anime music videos, two manga adaptations, and video games. A 13-episode anime television series produced by Sunrise, directed by Takahiko Kyōgoku, and written by Jukki Hanada aired in Japan between January and March 2013, with a second season airing between April and June 2014. Both anime series and film are licensed in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand by NIS America, MVM Entertainment and Madman Entertainment, respectively. An animated film titled Love Live! The School Idol Movie was distributed by Shochiku and released in June 2015. A follow-up project focusing on a new set of idols, titled Love Live! Sunshine!!, launched in 2015. A second film, Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow, was released in Japan on January 4, 2019.

Print media

A manga adaptation titled Love Live!, written by Sakurako Kimino and illustrated by Arumi Tokita, began serialization in the January 2012 issue of Dengeki G’s Magazine. The manga ended serialization in the magazine’s May 2014 issue and was transferred to Dengeki G’s Comic starting with the June 2014 issue. The first tankōbon volume was released on September 27, 2012, and three volumes have been released as of May 27, 2014. The second manga titled Love Live! School Idol Diary, written by Kimino and illustrated by Masaru Oda, began serialization in the June 2014 issue of Dengeki G’s Comic. The first volume of School Idol Diary was released on September 26, 2014.

A light novel series titled Love Live! School Idol Diary is written by Kimino and contains illustrations by Yūhei Murota, Natsu Otono and Akame Kiyose. ASCII Media Works published 11 volumes between May 30, 2013 and August 29, 2014. A fan book titled History of Love Live! was released on September 10, 2014, which features the Love Live! articles published between the July 2010 and February 2013 issues of Dengeki G’s Magazine.

Plot

Honoka Kōsaka is a girl who attends Otonokizaka Academy. When the school is scheduled to be closed due to a lack of applicants, Honoka becomes determined to save it. Honoka goes to UTX, where her little sister planned to go for high school, and sees a crowd watching a music video of A-Rise, UTX’s school idol group. Learning that school idols are popular, Honoka and her friends follow A-Rise’s footsteps and start their own school idol group called μ’s (ミューズ Myūzu, pronounced “muse”) to attract new students. Once they successfully prevent Otonokizaka Academy from closing, the girls from μ’s set their sights higher. They participate in Love Live, the ultimate school idol competition featuring the best groups in the country. Despite winning the competition, the girls from μ’s disband soon after for their own personal reasons, and because the third-years are graduating.

 

 

Manga Monday- Angelic Layer

Manga Monday- Angelic Layer

Angelic Layer is a manga series released by Clamp. The manga is published in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten, and in English originally by Tokyopop, but has since been re-licensed by Dark Horse Comics. It is the group’s first work to use a quite different art style unseen in any other CLAMP series, which uses a more distinctly pared down style. There is less emphasis on detail and more on accentuated posing and gestures. This kind of artwork would later be used in series like Chobits and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle.

Angelic Layer takes place in the same universe as Clamp’s later work Chobits, which similarly deals with the relationship between humans, human-created devices, toys, and godlike power. Several characters also appear in Clamp’s Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle including most of the main characters, as well as the angel Blanche.

Plot

The primary protagonist is Misaki Suzuhara. Despite her short appearance she is a seventh grader who just moved to Tokyo to live with her aunt, Shouko Asami. After arriving in the city outside of Tokyo Station, Misaki watches a battle between two dolls on a big live-screen called Angelic Layer, a highly popular game in which players (called Deus) buy and custom-design dolls known as Angels that are moved by mental control when on a field called the “layer.”

Interested in learning about Angelic Layer, an eccentric man wearing a white lab coat and glasses, calling himself “Icchan“, encourages Misaki to purchase and create her own angel. She wants the angel to be “a short girl, but strong and happy”, and names it Hikaru, based on Hikaru Shidō from Clamp’s Magic Knight Rayearth (a manga in Angelic Layer’s world). Even though she’s clueless about the game, Misaki soon competes in tournaments and is assisted and watched carefully by Icchan. Later, Icchan’s identity is revealed as Ichiro Mihara, the co-creator of Angelic Layer.

Misaki begins studying at the Eriol Academy, an educational institution which include grades from kindergarten through high school. There she becomes friends with Hatoko Kobayashi, a very intelligent and mature kindergarten girl who is a famous Deus and an Angelic Layer expert. Her incredibly fast angel Suzuka is a favourite contender in tournaments. Misaki also befriends Hatoko’s older brother Kōtarō and his friend Tamayo Kizaki, a girl fascinated by martial arts. Both turn out to be Misaki’s classmates.

While adjusting to her new surroundings, Misaki is also gripped by her past. Her thoughts often dwell on her mother, whom she has not seen since pre-school. Eventually, Misaki learns that her mother was key in the development of Angelic Layer, which she worked on in an attempt to develop a perfect prosthesis for her multiple sclerosis, which has confined her to a wheelchair. Her mother is also the Deus of Athena and the champion of Angelic Layer.

The differences in the anime series: Misaki names her angel of her favorite doll from childhood. The ending to the manga also has different couplings. In the manga, Misaki’s mother does not have multiple sclerosis. Icchan plays an important role in the Chobits storyline, but this connection was reduced to a single scene in the anime; the Chobits anime was also made by a different company. Kaede’s younger brother Minoru is also a Chobits character.

 

Wednesday News- July 31, 2019

Wednesday News- July 31, 2019

Nintendo Switch Console Sells 36.87 Million Units Worldwide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-07-30/nintendo-switch-console-sells-36.87-million-units-worldwide/.149524

Bakemonogatari Manga Enters Hiatus Due to Author’s Sudden Illness- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-07-31/bakemonogatari-manga-enters-hiatus-due-to-author-sudden-illness/.149552

Monster hunter World: Iceborne Game Launches for PC in January 2020- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-07-31/monster-hunter-world-iceborne-game-launches-for-pc-in-january-2020/.149558

Answerman: How Do Japanese Guest Get Invited To Conventions?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/answerman/2019-07-31/.149540

Anime

  • Elfen Lied Steelbook BD
  • Love Stage!! BD
  • Lupin the 3rd: Blood Seal of the Eternal Mermaid BD
  • Maken-Ki! Season 1 Essentials BD
  • New Cutey Honey OAV BD
  • Noragami Aragoto Classics BD
  • Pocket Monsters: Diamond & Pearl DVD
  • Sakura Quest Complete Series BD
  • Space Battleship Tiramisu Zwei Season 2 BD
  • Yowamushi Pedal Re:RIDE, Yowamushi Pedal Re: ROAD BD

Manga

  • The Alchemist Who Survived Now Dreams of a Quiet City Life GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Asahi-sempai’s Favorite GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Back Street Girls GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Cocoon Entwined GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • D-Frag! Graphic Novel (GN) 13
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 19 (Digital Only)
  • Dragon Zakura 2 GN 1-3 (Digital Only)
  • Drowning Love GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Fairy Tale Battle Royale GN 3
  • Farewell, My Dear Cramer GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Harukana Receive GN 4
  • High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World! GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Hotaru’s Way GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Insufficient Direction GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Kalyx GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Killing Me! GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid GN 8
  • Mob Psycho 100 GN 3
  • My Boy in Blue GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! GN 1
  • My Sadistic Boyfriend GN 4 (Digital Only)P (Digital Only)
  • Precarious Woman Executive Miss Black General GN 4
  • Princess Resurrection Nightmare GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san GN 1
  • The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 1 (Digital Only)Ple
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? GN 6 (Digital Only)C
  • Torture Princess – Fremd Torturchen GN (Digital Only)
  • To Love-Ru GN 15-16
  • UQ Holder! GN 17
  • Woof Woof Story – I Told You to Turn Me Into a Pampered Pooch, Not Fenrir! GN 1 (Digital Only)C (Digital Only)
  • Yuri Life GN (Digital Only)
  • Zo Zo Zombie (Zo Zo Zo Zombie-kun) GN 1-4 (Digital Only))

Other

  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 10
  • Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Special Edition Complete PS4, Switch game
  • London Detective Mysteria PC game
  • Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Novel 2
  • Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Novel 3C (Digital Only)
  • Seriously Seeking Sister! Ultimate Vampire Princess Just Wants Little Sister; Plenty of Service Will Be Provided! Novel (Digital Only)
  • Voices of a Distant Star Novel

 

Manga Monday- Love Hina

Manga Monday- Love Hina

Love Hina is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Ken Akamatsu. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine from October 21, 1998 to October 31, 2001, with the chapters collected into 14 tankōbon volumes by Kodansha. The series tells the story of Keitarō Urashima and his attempts to find the girl with whom he made a childhood promise to enter the University of Tokyo. The manga was licensed for an English-language release in North America and the United Kingdom by Tokyopop, in Australia by Madman Entertainment, and in Singapore by Chuang Yi. Two novelizations of Love Hina, written by two anime series screenwriters, were also released in Japan by Kodansha. Both novels were later released in North America and the United Kingdom by Tokyopop.

The series has proved extremely popular around the world, both commercially and critically. In Japan, the manga sold over 16 million copies; over 1 million anime DVDs were also sold. The English release of the manga has been reprinted many times. Both anime and manga have received numerous industry awards in Japan and North America, as well as praise from critics.

Reception

Love Hina won the Kodansha Manga Award for best shōnen title in 2001. It was selected as the “Best Manga, USA Release” at both the 2002 and 2004 Anime Expo conventions. In 2003, the title was among the top ten graphic novels on Nielsen BookScan’s list and one of the first graphic novels to ever appear in the general trade paperback list. The pop culture website ICv2 voted Love Hina “Anime Product of the Year” in 2002.

Production

Initial sketches for the series were created between September and December 1997, after the completion of A.I. Love You. Early storyboards with initial character designs were created between December 1997 and January 1998, and further character designs and location sketches followed between January and April 1998. The last storyboards before serialization were created between April and August 1998.

Around six months before the start of serialization, character designs were still going through several revisions before being settled upon. Several characters underwent complete redesigns and name changes. At one stage the character Naru was named Midori, and she was supposed to fall through a hole in the floor naked, bump her head on Keitaro and lose her memory. Naru’s name was changed many times before the author settled on Naru Narusegawa, and her final design is similar to Saati Namba from A.I. Love You. Mitsune “Kitsune” Konno’s money-grubbing nature and her older, jaded, and more mature personality were originally intended to be used for Kaolla Su. Shinobu Maehara’s nature was settled on from the beginning of the series, however her physical appearance and age were extensively redesigned as the series concept was shaped. In her early design, Shinobu had a similar appearance to Forty Namba from A.I. Love You.

Throughout the run of the manga, the series used digital editing processes. After a rough sketch of a page was created, the page layout and basic detail were drawn and scanned into an Apple Macintosh. The major page elements were then shaded or filled with patterns, and elements that were drawn separately were added digitally to the page. The manga also used a series of “banked images”, which were basic line drawings of locations, such as a characters room. Instead of redrawing a location from scratch every time it was used, these banked images could be used as a base, and extra detail added to them depending on the requirements for the scene.

Both of these techniques lead to characters having white outlines when copied digitally onto the scene. Parts of Hinata Inn and other locations used were inspired by real life locations and designed from photographs collected during research.

Plot

The story is a shōnen comedy that takes place in the Kanagawa Prefecture, and centers on Keitarō Urashima and his attempts to fulfill a childhood promise that he made with a girl to enter the University of Tokyo together. However, he has forgotten the name of the girl he made the promise to and hopes to be accepted into the university in order to find her. Having failed the entrance exam twice and with his parents no longer willing to support him, he goes to stay at his grandmother’s hotel, only to find that it has been converted into a female-only apartment. The tenants are about to kick him out when his aunt appears and announces that his grandmother has given him the title to the apartments. Much to their dismay Keitarō becomes the new manager of the family-owned girls’ dorm Hinata House and must now balance his new responsibilities in addition to studying for the university entrance exam.

At Hinata House, Keitarō meets Naru Narusegawa, who is also studying to enter the university. Naru ranks first in the whole of Japan on the practice exams, and Keitarō convinces her to help him study. As the two of them grow closer through their studies, and after Keitarō accidentally reads a small section of Naru’s diary, he becomes increasingly convinced that Naru may be the girl with whom he made the promise. On the second day of the university exam, Keitarō asks Naru about the promise and is stunned when she tells him he is mistaken. Despite their studying, and Naru’s mock exam results, they both fail the exams. The pair then have an argument and independently run off to Kyoto to clear their heads. While on their trip they settle their differences and meet Mutsumi Otohime, who lives in Okinawa and is also studying for the university exams.

After returning from Kyoto, Keitarō and Naru decide to retake the exams. After a while, Mutsumi moves to Tokyo, and the three begin to study together. During this period, Naru becomes convinced that Mutsumi is Keitarō’s promised girl, but Mutsumi states that she made a childhood promise with Naru, not Keitarō. During the next round of university exams, Keitarō believes he has failed them once again and runs away before finding out his results. After learning of this, Naru chases after him without checking her exam results either, and they are followed by the rest of the residents of Hinata House who announce that Keitarō and Naru both passed the exams along with Mutsumi. Unfortunately for him, Keitarō has an accident at the University of Tokyo opening ceremony and is unable to attend classes for three months. After recovering from his injuries, Keitarō decides to study overseas with Noriyasu Seta. As Keitarō is about to leave, Naru finally confesses her feelings to him at the airport and decides to wait for him to return.

When Keitarō returns, he and Naru finally begin to express their feelings for each other. After they deal with new obstacles, Grandma Hina returns to Hinata House and reveals Naru is the girl of Keitarō’s promise. Three years later, a wedding ceremony (with a new girl, Ema Maeda, presented) is held at Hinata House for Naru and Keitarō as they finally fulfill their childhood promise to each other.

 

Wednesday News- July 24, 2019

Wednesday News- July 24, 2019

The Demon Prince of Momochi House Manga Ends on August 24

The Demon Prince of Momochi House Manga Ends on August 24 –https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-07-24/the-demon-prince-of-momochi-house-manga-ends-on-august-24/.149288

Funimation Streams Miss Caretaker of Sunohara-sou Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-07-24/funimation-streams-miss-caretaker-of-sunohara-sou-anime/.149296

Answerman: What Will Happen to Kyoyo Animation?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/answerman/2019-07-24/.149242

This Week in Anime: Dr. Stone Breaks the Mold of Shonen Jump Adventures- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2019-07-23/.149251

Anime

  • Armored Trooper Votoms OVA Collection 2 BD
  • Assassination Classroom Season 1 Classics BD
  • Cutie Honey Universe BD
  • Cutie Honey Universe Premium Box Set BD
  • Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress Season 1 Essentials BD
  • Nichijou BD
  • Noragami Season 1 Classics BD

Manga

  • Angels of Death GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • The Bride & the Exorcist Knight Graphic Novel (GN) 4
  • Btooom! GN 25 (Digital Only)
  • Buffalo 5 Girls GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Can You Just Die, My Darling? GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • A Certain Magical Index GN 18
  • A Certain Scientific Railgun: Astral Buddy GN 2
  • Children of the Whales GN 1-11 (Digital Only)
  • Citrus GN 10
  • The Diary of Ochibi-san GN 1-8 (Digital Only)
  • DIVE!! GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Dreamin’ Sun GN 9
  • ēlDLIVE GN 10 (Digital Only)P
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 15 (Digital Only)P (
  • Eromanga Sensei GN 3
  • Gleipnir GN 3
  • Goblin Slayer! Brand New Day GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Great Cleric GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Harem Days the Seven-Starred Country GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • How to Treat a Lady Knight Right GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • I’m Standing on a Million Lives GN 2
  • Inside Mari GN 5
  • Interspecies Reviewers GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Investor Z GN 1-3 (Digital Only)
  • Love in Focus GN 3
  • Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen GN 1 (Digital Only)P
  • Murciélago GN 11
  • My Boyfriend in Orange GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • New Game! GN 6
  • Nyankees GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Our Dreams At Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare GN 2
  • Persona 3 GN 10
  • Ride-On King GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts GN 6
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Sekirei GN 9
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 33
  • Shinobi Life GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Somari and the Guardian of the Forest (Somali and the Forest Spirit) GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Heed My Call, Beast! Part 2 GN 2
  • Teasing Master Takagi-san GN 1-5 (Digital Only) (Digital
  • Teasing Master Takagi-san GN 5
  • The Tenth Prism GN 1-3 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Alice GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • To Your Eternity GN 10
  • Umineko When They Cry Episode 8: Twilight of the Golden Witch GN 2
  • Waiting for Spring GN 11
  • Witchcraft Works GN 12
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches Omnibus GN 19-20
  • Zo Zo Zombie (Zo Zo Zo Zombie-kun) GN 4

Other

  • Amagi Brilliant Park Novel 6 (Digital Only)
  • Bottom-Tier Character Tomozaki Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Date A Live Rio Reincarnation PS4 gameP
  • Defeating the Demon Lord’s a Cinch If You’ve Got a Ringer Novel 4Pl
  • Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? Novel 3
  • Durarara!! Novel 13 (Digital Only)
  • Fire Emblem: Three Houses Switch game
  • Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One Novel 2
  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Novel 8 (Digital Only)P (Digital Only)
  • I Shall Survive Using Potions! Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Kill la Kill IF PS4, Switch, PC game
  • Last Round Arthurs: Scum Arthur and Heretic Merlin Novel 1P
  • Lazy Dungeon Master Novel 6 (Digital Only)P
  • Pokémon Rumble Rush PS4, Switch, PC game
  • Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online Novel 4
  • Toradora! Novel 6
  • WorldEnd:What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us? Novel 4

 

Manga Monday- Soul Eater

Manga Monday- Soul Eater

Soul Eater is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Atsushi Ōkubo. Set at the “Death Weapon Meister Academy”, the series revolves around three teams, each consisting of a weapon meister and (at least one) weapon that can transform into a humanoid. Trying to make the latter a “death scythe” and thus fit for use by the academy’s headmaster Shinigami, the personification of death, they must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and one witch, in that order; otherwise, they will have to start all over again.

The manga is published by Square Enix and was first released as three separate one-shots serialized in two Gangan Powered special editions and one Gangan Wing in 2003. The manga started regular serialization in Square Enix’s Monthly Shōnen Gangan manga magazine from May 12, 2004 to August 12, 2013. The manga has been licensed for distribution in North America by Yen Press. The English translation of Soul Eater was serialized in Yen Press’ Yen Plus manga anthology magazine starting in July 2008, and the first manga volume was released in October 2009. A manga series that runs alongside the main series, titled Soul Eater Not!, began serialization in Monthly Shōnen Gangan on January 12, 2011.

A single drama CD was produced on August 31, 2005, which came bundled with an art book. A 51-episode anime adaptation produced by Bones aired on TV Tokyo in Japan from April 2008 to March 2009; Funimation licensed the anime series for North American distribution. An action-adventure video game by Square Enix for the Wii was released in September 2008, and an action video game for the Nintendo DS was released in October 2008. Another action game was released in January 2009 on the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable.

Plot

Soul Eater is set at Death Weapon Meister Academy  for short — located in the fictional Death City in Nevada, United States. The school is run by Shinigami, also known as Death, as a training facility for humans with the ability to transform into weapons, as well as the wielders of those weapons, called meisters. Attending this school are Maka Albarn and her scythe partner Soul Eater; assassin Black Star and his partner Tsubaki Nakatsukasa, who can turn into various ninja weapons; and Shinigami’s son, Death the Kid, and his pistol partners Liz and Patty Thompson. The goal of the school’s meister students is to have their weapons defeat and absorb the souls of 99 evil humans and one witch, which dramatically increases the power of the weapon and turns them into “death scythes” used by Shinigami.

Maka and Soul Eater battle the witch Medusa, who forces Crona, her child and meister of the demon sword Ragnarok, to collect non-evil human souls and eventually transform into a kishin, an evil god. Medusa and her cohorts attack DWMA to revive Asura, the first kishin who nearly plunged the entire world into madness before being sealed beneath DWMA by Shinigami. Despite the combined efforts of Maka, Black Star, and Death the Kid, Medusa’s group successfully revives Asura, who leaves to spread chaos around the world after a brief battle with Shinigami. After Medusa is seemingly killed by meister and DWMA teacher Franken Stein, while Crona surrenders to DWMA and enrolls there.

As a result of Asura’s spreading madness, Medusa’s sister Arachne comes out of hiding and reforms her organization, Arachnophobia, which poses a serious threat to DWMA. Shinigami calls in death scythes from around the world to aid in the fight against Arachnophobia. During this time, Medusa reappears with her soul possessing the body of a young girl, and forms a truce with DWMA so they can annihilate Arachnophobia together. The DWMA students and Medusa’s entourage infiltrate Arachnophobia’s headquarters, where Maka kills Arachne, only for Medusa to betray DWMA, possess Arachne’s body, and brainwash Crona into rejoining her. Meanwhile, Death the Kid is captured by Noah, an artificial construct created from the Book of Eibon. Following this, Maka uses Arachne’s soul to turn Soul Eater into a death scythe. The duo become part of the newly formed meister unit Spartoi along with their friends, who rescue Death the Kid and defeat Noah.

Crona resurfaces in a city in Russia, destroying it and the death scythe stationed there, before being provoked by Medusa into killing her and getting taken by insanity. Maka is ordered by Shinigami to hunt down Crona; while searching for Crona with her powers, she unwittingly detects Asura’s location on the cartoonish moon within the atmosphere. DWMA launches an attack on the moon to defeat Asura, aided by the witches after Death the Kid convinces them to establish a temporary alliance. During the battle, Crona absorbs Asura’s body before being overtaken by him. Maka, Black Star, and Kid eventually restore Crona’s sanity and defeat Asura by sealing him on the moon with his own blood; Crona willingly remains with Asura to keep him imprisoned, and Maka promises to one day rescue Crona. The DWMA forces return to Earth, where Death the Kid becomes the new Shinigami following his father’s death, and establishes a peace treaty with the witches.

 

Wednesday News- July 17, 2019

Wednesday News- July 17, 2019

Doraemon: Story of Seasons Game’s English Promo Video Streamed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-07-15/doraemon-story-of-seasons-game-english-promo-video-streamed/.149017

The List: 7 More Deadly Games of Survival- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2019-07-13/.148964

Astra Lost in Space is Off to a Stellar Start- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2019-07-16/.149025

New Strike Witches Anime Film Reveals Video, Visual- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-07-16/new-strike-witches-anime-film-reveals-video-visual/.149045

Pokemon Go Game Launches One Piece, Kumamoto Collaboration- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-07-16/pokemon-go-game-launches-one-piece-kumamoto-collaboration/.149026

Anime

  • Asura Cryin’ DVD 2
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations BD 2
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations DVD 2
  • Claymore Essentials BD
  • Fuuka Complete Series BD
  • RIN – Daughters of Mnemosyne Essentials BD
  • Witchblade Essentials BD

Manga

  • Angels of Death Graphic Novel (GN) 7
  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Arte GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Barakamon GN 18
  • BEASTARS GN 1
  • Cocoon Entwined GN 1
  • Count Fujiwara’s Suffering GN
  • Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction GN 6
  • DIVE!! GN 3
  • Fire Punch GN 7
  • Futaribeya GN 5
  • Gabriel Dropout GN 7
  • Goblin Slayer! Brand New Day GN 1
  • High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World GN 4P
  • Interspecies Reviewers GN 2
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria GN 8
  • Killing Me! GN 1
  • Kino’s Journey GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Mikami-sensei’s Way of Love GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Mizukagekusa GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Nyankees GN 3
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 4
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil GN 7
  • Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san GN 1
  • Sky Hawk GN
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? GN 6P
  • The Survived Alchemist With a Dream of Quiet Town Life GN 1
  • Terra Formars GN 21P
  • Torture Princess – Fremd Torturen GN
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Triage X GN 18
  • Woof Woof Story – I Told You to Turn Me Into a Pampered Pooch, Not Fenrir! GN 1
  • Yuri Is My Job! GN 4
  • Yuri Life GN

Other

  • 009-1: The End of the Beginning BD
  • 86 Novel 2P
  • The Dirty Way to Destroy the Goddess’s Hero Novel 1
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2: Fragments Before Novel
  • Ghost in the Shell: Global Neural Network GN (Digital Only)
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Novel 9 (Digital Only)P (Digital Only
  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes Novel 9
  • The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Novel 8 (Digital Only)
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Novel 4  (Digital Only)

Manga Monday- Overlord

Manga Monday- Overlord

Overlord is a Japanese light novel series written by Kugane Maruyama and illustrated by so-bin. It began serialization online in 2010, before being acquired by Enterbrain. Thirteen volumes have been published since July 30, 2012. A manga adaptation by Satoshi Ōshio, with art by Hugin Miyama, began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten’s manga magazine Comp Ace from November 26, 2014. Both the light novels and the manga are licensed in North America by Yen Press, with a release date of November 8, 2016.

Reception

In June 2015, prior to the release of the anime and manga, the light novel series had about 600,000 copies in print in Japan with eight volumes. By August 1, 2015, the light novel and manga series had a total of 1 million copies in circulation in Japan. On August 4, a 600,000-copy reprint of the novels was announced. As of August 20, 2015, the nine-volume Overlord light novel series and two-volume manga series have, together, more than 1.5 million copies in circulation in Japan. As of September 18, 2015, Overlord light novel and manga has over 2 million copies in circulation. As of May 2016, the Overlord light novel series had 2.5 million copies in print. Overlord has since been named the top-selling light novel series of 2015. As of April 2018, the light novel and manga combined had over 7 million copies in print.

The light novel ranked first in 2017 in Takarajimasha’s annual light novel guide book Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!, in the tankōbon category. It ranked fourth in 2018.

In reviewing the anime adaptation, Kotaku called the Overlord anime a “magnificent power fantasy” which “brings up a very relatable theme for anyone who has played an MMORPG before.” However, a review by Monsters and Critics claimed that “fans were not too happy with the CGI animation” produced by studio Madhouse for the third season and the “biggest disappoint was Overlord Season 3 Episode 12, which animated the epic scene showing the Dark Youngs.”

Plot

In the year 2126, a Dive Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game or DMMORPG called Yggdrasil was released. It stands out among all other DMMORPGs due to its unusually high ability for the player to interact with the game. After an intense 12-year run the game servers are about to be shut down. Within the game exists a guild, Ainz Ooal Gown, once consisting of 41 members and credited as one of the strongest guilds in the game. Now only 4 of the members remain, the other 37 having quit the game. Of those 4 only one, an elder lich character named Momonga, continues to play as the guild leader and maintaining their headquarters, The Great Tomb of Nazarick. He invites the remaining guild members but of those only one appears and only for a short while before leaving. While saddened by this, he accepts the reality that his friends have their other lives (both lives are real) to take care of and decides to stay logged in until the servers shut down.

When the shut-down time arrives, however, Momonga finds that the game hasn’t vanished. Instead it appears as if Yggdrasil has been recreated as its own reality along with its various NPCs having been brought to life while Momonga has been trapped in the form of his game avatar, leaving him unable to use the normal player functions, such as General Message, or even to log out. With no other option, Momonga sets out to learn if anyone from the real world is also in this new world with him. Taking on the name of Ainz Ooal Gown, a message to any other players, Momonga begins exploring the world in an attempt to figure out what has happened while searching for anyone or anything that could help him solve this mystery, while ensuring the safety of Nazarick.

 

Wednesday News- July 10, 2019

Wednesday News- July 10, 2019

Review: Neon Genesis Evangelion Episodes 1-26 streaming- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/neon-genesis-evangelion/episodes-1-26/.148638

One Piece Stampede Anime Film Get Novel in August- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-07-10/one-piece-stampede-anime-film-gets-novel-in-august/.148850

Nintendo Switch Lite Announced for Release on September 20- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-07-10/nintendo-switch-lite-announced-for-release-on-september-20/.148862

Kadokawa Reveals Maesetsu! Original Anime with Lucky Star Creator Kagami Yoshimizu- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-07-10/kadokawa-reveals-maesetsu-original-anime-with-lucky-star-creator-kagami-yoshimizu/.148860

Anime

  • In Another World With My Smartphone Essentials BD
  • Island Complete Series BD
  • Pet Shop of Horrors BD
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Essentials BD

Manga

  • Blade of the Immortal Omnibus Graphic Novel (GN) 9
  • Case Closed GN 71
  • Descendants Complete Collection GN
  • Don’t Count Your Tanukis GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Himouto! Umaruchan GN 6
  • Hitorijime My Hero GN 4
  • King’s Game GN 2 (Digital Only)A
  • Kira-kun Today GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Knights of Sidonia Master Edition GN 2
  • Konohana Kitan GN 5
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess GN 5
  • The Magnificent Grand Scene GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Magus of the Library GN 1
  • Mythical Beast Investigator GN 1
  • RIN-NE GN 30
  • Skeleton Knight in Another World GN 1
  • Tomo-chan is a Girl! GN 4
  • Usagi Yojimbo Limited Edition GN 33C
  • World’s End and Apricot Jam GN 6 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Novel 6
  • Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 1 Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! Novel 7 (Digital Only)
  • Dragon Quest Builders 2 PS4, Switch game
  • Full Metal Panic! Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • God Eater 3 Switch game
  • Record of Wortenia War Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Senran Kagura Peach Ball PS4, Switch game
  • Welcome to Japan, Ms. Elf! Novel 2 (Digital Only)C (Digital Only)