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Wednesday News- April 15, 2020

Wednesday News- April 15, 2020

Crunchyroll Reveals Most-Watched Series for January to March 2020- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2020-04-14/crunchyroll-reveals-most-watched-series-for-january-to-march-2020/.158583

Junji Ito Launches New Genkai Chitai Horror Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-15/junji-ito-launches-new-genkai-chitai-horror-manga/.158600

Hinamatsuri Comendy Manga Ends With 19th Volume This Summer- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-15/hinamatsuri-comedy-manga-ends-with-19th-volume-this-summer/.158599

New Aria 15th Anniversary Anime Is Brand-New Theatrical Film- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-14/new-aria-15th-anniversary-anime-is-brand-new-theatrical-film/.158593

Anime

  • Ao-chan Can’t Study! BD
  • Ben-To Essentials BD
  • Black Blood Brothers Essentials BD
  • Cinderella Nine BD
  • Garo -Vanishing Line- Season 1 Complete Series Essentials BD

Manga

  • All-Out! GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Attack on Titan Graphic Novel (GN) 30
  • BTOOOM! Dark GN 26
  • BTOOOM! Light GN 26
  • Case Closed GN 74
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 24 (Digital Only)
  • The Dorm of Love and Secrets GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Farewell, My Dear Cramer GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Fragtime Omnibus GN
  • Ghostly Things GN 2
  • Goodbye, My Rose Garden GN 1
  • The Hero Life of a (Self-Proclaimed) “Mediocre” Demon! GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Himouto! Umaruchan GN 9
  • Hitorijime My Hero GN 7
  • Knights of Sidonia Master Edition GN 5
  • Komi Can’t Communicate GN 6
  • The Mermaid Prince GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • My Boyfriend in Orange GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • My Dress-Up Darling GN 1
  • My Roomie Is a Dino GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • My Room Is a Dungeon Rest Stop GN 2
  • Mysteria Romantica GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • The New Gate GN 1
  • Otherside Picnic GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Persona 5 GN 2
  • Pokémon Adventures Collector’s Edition GN 1
  • Prince of Lan Ling GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Ran the Peerless Beauty GN 7 (Digital Only) A (Digital Only)
  • Reborn as a Polar Bear GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Rodriquez + Tacowasa GN (Digital Only)
  • Sana and the Summer of Happiness GN (Digital Only)
  • Saturday: -Introduction- GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle GN 11
  • Surprise Attack Pink: Saturday Lunch Menu GN 1 (Digital Only)A
  • You Got Me, Sempai! GN 8 (Digital Only)

Other

  • By the Grace of the Gods Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious Novel 3C
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Isekai Novel (Digital Only)
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Novel 6A
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 19 (Digital Only)
  • Kirby Art & Style Collection Artbook
  • Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Novel 5
  • Seirei Gensouki – Spirit Chronicles Novel 9 (Digital Only)

 

Manga Monday- Initial D

Manga Monday- Initial D

Initial D is a Japanese street racing manga series written and illustrated by Shuichi Shigeno. It was serialized in Weekly Young Magazine from 1995 to 2013, with the chapters collected into 48 tankōbon volumes by Kodansha. The story focuses on the world of illegal Japanese street racing, where all the action is concentrated in the mountain passes and rarely in cities or urban areas, and with the drifting racing style emphasized in particular. Professional race car driver and pioneer of drifting Keiichi Tsuchiya helped with editorial supervision. The story is centered on the prefecture of Gunma, more specifically on several mountains in the Kantō region and in their surrounding cities and towns. Although some of the names of the locations the characters race in have been fictionalized, all of the locations in the series are based on actual locations in Japan.

Initial D has been adapted into several anime television and original video animations series by OB Studio Comet, Studio Gallop, Pastel, A.C.G.T and SynergySP. A live action film by Avex and Media Asia was released in 2005. Both the manga and anime series were initially licensed for English-language distribution in North America by Tokyopop (2002–2009), however, the anime license has since been picked up by Funimation, while the manga was relicensed by Kodansha USA in 2019.

Media

Manga

The first Initial D volume was released in Japan on November 6, 1995 and concluded on July 29, 2013. The manga has been translated officially into Chinese, French and English over its publication run. As of 2013, 48 volumes have been published.

The manga and anime were originally licensed for English releases in North America by Tokyopop. The company changed the names of the characters in the anime edition, and subsequently changed them in the manga to match. These name changes were to reflect the name changes that Sega implemented into the western releases of the Initial D A Stage video games due to name length limits. Tokyopop also cut out a character’s enjo kōsai relationship with another and edited sex scenes, appearing in volumes 1 and 9 in the original manga. In addition, “street slang” was interlaced in translations (a drift was described as “slammin'”, for example).

The manga also had some translation errors. One example was the technical term “Wastegate” (which is a mechanism used to regulate the boost pressure generated by a turbocharger) that was translated as “West Gate”. Another was an inaccurate explanation of how an engine’s displacement is calculated (the explanation given is how a ship’s displacement is calculated, which is totally different). Many of the explanations of automotive design and function, as well as the specification sheets of the various cars, were incorrect.

In August 2009, Kodansha announced that they would not be renewing their licensing agreements with Tokyopop, citing “tense relations” between the two companies. This meant that Tokyopop could no longer release new volumes of Kodansha manga properties, nor re-release Kodansha titles that were already printed. Tokyopop ceased the release of Initial D after volume 33, which was released on December 30, 2008. Volume 34 had a scheduled street date of April 7, 2009, but never released. In April 2019, ComiXology and Kodansha Comics announced that they have released volumes 1 to 38 digitally, while volumes 39 to 48 were released in July.

Reception

Commercial reception

As of July 2013, collected tankōbon volumes of the Initial D manga series sold 48 million copies. At an average price of ¥691, the manga has grossed approximately ¥33.2 billion ($416.09 million) in tankōbon volume sales. In addition, the total circulation of its manga chapters in Weekly Young Magazine issues between 6 November 1995 and 29 July 2013 amounted to approximately 1,037,447,413 copies, with those issues grossing approximately ¥228,994,579,120 ($2.856 billion) in sales revenue.

The Initial D anime series sold over 1 million DVD units in Japan up until 2008. At an average price of ¥5,184, video sales grossed approximately ¥5.2 billion up until 2008. Initial D Fifth Stage (2012) sold 157,598 home video units, grossing ¥408.3 million. In Japan, the live-action Hong Kong film sold 250,000 DVD units, grossing approximately ¥998 million ($13 million). In total, the franchise has sold approximately 1.41 million video units in Japan, grossing approximately ¥6.61 million ($83 million) in video sales revenue.

The Initial D Third Stage anime film grossed ¥520 million ($6.52 million) at the Japanese box office. The anime New Initial D the Movie trilogy grossed $2,660,288 at the East Asian box office. The live-action Initial D Hong Kong film grossed US$11 million at the worldwide box office. Combined, the Initial D films have grossed approximately $20.02 million at the worldwide box office.

Critical response

Initial D received praise. The Anime Review rated it A-, with the reviewer calling it “simply the best show I’ve seen in a long time.” Bamboo Dong of Anime News Network rated it B-, stating it “is the first time in a long while since I’ve been so fired up about a series, so I recommend to everyone to at least check this out.”

Some fans of Initial D reacted negatively to the Tokyopop’s extensive editing and changes made in the English-language version of the manga. Similar reactions were made towards their English dub’s script and voice acting, and the removal of the original music from the anime series. Tokyopop said that it was trying to Americanize the series so it could be aired on television, while at the same time keeping the Japanese spirit of the series.

According to Funimation officials, the re-release of the anime has “done well”. Reviews of the series note a marked improvement from the Tokyopop iteration, with most complaints leveled against the lack of anamorphic widescreen on the DVDs.

Initial D has drawn comparisons to the later Fast & Furious film franchise (debuted 2001), particularly Tokyo Drift (2006), for which Initial Ds consultant Keiichi Tsuchiya served as a stunt coordinator and stuntman and also made a cameo appearance in the film as a fisherman.

Story overview

The story is about 18 year old Takumi Fujiwara who is an average high school kid. His father, Bunta Fujiwara, owns a tofu shop and Takumi is the delivery boy. He uses his father’s Panda 1983 Toyota Sprinter Trueno GT Apex AE86 to do the deliveries. Takumi hated driving because he was forced to drive since he was in middle school. The deliveries train his extraordinary driving skills. His friends learn about his skills, and introduce Takumi into the world of Touge racing. Takumi eventually loves street racing, and driving altogether, and then he has only one priority: To become the best driver in the Gunma Prefecture.

 

Manga Monday- Arata: The Legend

Manga Monday- Arata: The Legend

Arata: The Legend is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yuu Watase. It began serialization in Weekly Shōnen Sunday in October 2008. Its individual chapters has been compiled into twenty-four tankōbon volumes as of September 2015.

An anime television series adaptation produced by Satelight and Korean studio JM Animation aired from April to July 2013.

 

Reception

Rebecca Bundy of Anime News Network gave the first volume an overall B+ for “Great art and character designs; plus, Watase’s ability to create interesting lore is as sharp as ever.” She also noted, however, that the “Pathetic, cowardly main character makes everything involving him painful to read.” Deb Aoki of About.com notes that the plot is “fairly formulaic fantasy fare that’s just a bit too predictable to offer fans something truly fresh and new” but that the series has her “hooked.” Todd Douglass of Blogcritics.org says that the first volume is “strongly recommended,” despite some reservations. Christopher Nadolsk of Mania.com says that the first volume offers “an entertaining and eye-pleasing escapist fantasy read.”

Plot

In a mystical world called Amawakuni, a ceremony marking the new governing princess is about to occur for the first time in 60 years. Only a maiden from the Hime Clan may take this position, but a boy called Arata must pose for the role, due to the lack of females born to this family. During the ceremony, the Twelve Shinshō, wielders of special swords called Hayagami, led by Kannagi, betrayed Princess Kikuri and attempted to assassinate her and Arata (an eyewitness) in a competition to become emperor. Kannagi frames Arata for the princess’ murder, yet Arata manages to escape and into the Kando Forest.

Meanwhile, in modern-day Japan, an athletic boy named Arata Hinohara is starting his new life in high school. He wants to put memories of his difficult past behind him, but things aren’t going to be simple when Masato Kadowaki, the bully from his old school, emerges. Feeling the world is untrustworthy, Hinohara walks into an alley, and soon finds himself in Amawakuni, where the world mistakes him for “Arata.” Having to run to Arata’s house, Hinohara learns from Arata’s grandmother that he and the other Arata have “switched lives” according to legend about Kando Forest. When Kannagi searches the house, Hinohara comes across a rusted sword, activates its power, and becomes a Shō. The sword is a Hayagami named Tsukuyo.

Kotoha, Arata’s childhood friend, offers Hinohara the princess’ charm before he is arrested. In a jail cell, Hinohara contacts Arata via the other charm Kotoha had given him, where he discovers the truth from Arata, and are forced to take each other’s roles. At the Imperial Court, Hinohara is found guilty, and exiled to Gatoya Island. On the trip to the island, Kotoha tags along and gives him his Hayagami. Also because of the charm’s power he is able to talk to Kikuri (who is just barely alive). She then asks him to govern the world as otherwise there will only be war. After escaping Gatoya Island, Hinohara and Kotoha with their new friend Kanate, a former bandit, they head to the mainland on a quest to restore order and save the princess.

Meanwhile, Arata emerges from the forest and finds himself in Japan. He has a run-in with the police because he is shirtless but is saved by Nao, Hinohara’s sister, and is taken into Hinohara’s family mistaking him for their “Arata”. He adjusts to high school where he befriends a strange girl named Imina Oribe. Imina is later revealed a maiden from the Hime Clan who winded up lost on Earth 15 years ago. Harunawa, an agent of the mysterious Six Shinshō, is ordered to eliminate Imina to prevent her from becoming Kikuri’s successor. Together Arata and Imina search for information (prophecies) on how to stop the Six Shinshō’s ambition to rule both Amawakuni and Earth.

Traveling across the mainland, Kannagi reluctantly joins Hinohara’s group when a vengeful Akachi stole his Hayagami. Kotoha eventually learns Hinohara’s true identity as the duo becomes closer. Upon realizing the situation, Kadowaki is also summoned in Amawakuni and becomes a Shō as he activates a Hayagami, a spear named Orochi. Determined to fight Hinohara, Kadowaki repeatedly encounters him on his journey. Having two Shinshō members, Yorunami and Kugura submitted, Hinohara soon discovers his destiny as Emperor Of Hinowa – the origin of all Hayagami – he embarks with Mikusa and Rami, relatives from the Hime and Uneme Clan. Hinohara later confronts Yataka, a Shinshō who loved Kikuri. Yataka receives a change of heart, and accompanies Hinohara’s quest to redeem himself. Hinohara comes to know Mikusa is a fake maiden hiding from the Shinshō. After Kannagi retrieves his Hayagami from Akachi, Hinohara is lured into a conspiracy on Muroya Island by a fellow traveler Hiruha who has been manipulated by the Six Shinshō. Following Rami and Hiruha’s deaths, the gang resolves in defeating the Six Shinshō, those who are actually humans from Earth’s past.

The Six Shinshō and Kadowaki apparently become Hinohara’s most formidable opponents on his quest. As Hinohara tries to suppress his personal conflicts after Kotoha was seriously injured by his demon transformation when Kadowaki subjugated Kanate, Kadowaki also faces his own predicament. Nasuke, a rogue Shō helps Hinohara before submitting to him. Back on Earth, Harunawa soon goes on full out assault at school and infecting the city, in order to enlarge his demon powers. Imina harnesses her Amatsuriki abilities to counter the outbreak to protect Arata and the Hinohara family.

Wednesday News- April 8, 2020

Wednesday News- April 8, 2020

Dragon Marked for Death Game Gets PC Version on April 21- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-07/dragon-marked-for-death-game-gets-pc-version-on-april-21/.158384

Crunchyroll to Steam Re:Zero The Frozen Bond, Shadowverse Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-06/crunchyroll-to-stream-re-zero-the-frozen-bond-shadowverse-anime/.158351

3 New Manga Launch in Shonen Jump This Spring- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-06/3-new-manga-launch-in-shonen-jump-this-spring/.158298

The Spring 2020 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2020/spring/.158161

Anime

  • After War Gundam X Collection 1 BD
  • Anime-Gataris Essentials BD
  • Aria the Natural Season 2 Part 1 BD
  • Casshern Sins Essentials BD
  • Cat Planet Cuties Essentials BD
  • Chaos;HEAd Essentials BD
  • Fruits Basket Classics BD
  • The Helpful Fox Senko-san BD
  • Hinomaru Sumo Part 2 BD
  • No Game, No Life Collector’s Edition BD
  • Revue Starlight BD

Manga

  • 12 Beast Graphic Novel (GN) 7
  • Animeta! GN 3
  • Ao Haru Ride GN 10
  • Bloom Into You GN 7
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 11
  • Boruto GN 8
  • Chihayafuru GN 19 (Digital Only)
  • A Condition Called Love GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Creature! GN 21 (Digital Only)
  • Discommunication GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Drifting Dragons GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Edens Zero GN 7
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 35
  • Goodbye! I’m Being Reincarnated! GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Granblue Fantasy GN 4
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan GN 12
  • An Incurable Case of Love GN 3
  • Inside Mari GN 6
  • The Island of Giant Insects GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Jujutsu Kaisen GN 3
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! GN 3
  • Oda Cinnamon Nobunaga GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • One Piece GN 93
  • Orient GN 1 (Digital Only)C
  • Platinum End GN 11
  • Primitive Boyfriend GN 1
  • Prince Freya GN 1
  • A Side Character’s Love Story GN 3 (Digital Only)A
  • Smile Down the Runway GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: Reckless Journey GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Suzuki Just Wants a Quiet Life GN 1
  • Takane & Hana GN 14
  • To Be Next to you GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • To Love Ru Darkness GN 15
  • We Never Learn GN 9
  • Which Hana? GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • World Trigger GN 20
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 23

Other

  • Altina the Sword Princess Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Ascendance of a Bookworm Part 2 Novel 1
  • Demon Lord, Retry! Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Disaster Report 4 PS4, Switch, PC gameA
  • The Engagement of Marielle Clarac Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Final Fantasy VII Remake PS4 game
  • Her Majesty’s Swarm Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • The Holy Knight’s Dark Road Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Novel 9
  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Novel 8
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 9
  • Infinite Dendrogram Novel 11 (Digital Only)
  • The Irregular at Magic High School Novel 15
  • The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Novel 8P

 

Manga Monday- The Seven Deadly Sins

Manga Monday- The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins is a Japanese fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki. It has been serialized in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine since October 2012, with the chapters collected into forty tankōbon volumes as of September 17, 2019. The manga features a setting similar to the European Middle Ages, with its titular group of knights representing the seven deadly sins.

The series was adapted into an anime television series that ran for three seasons by A-1 Pictures and Studio Deen. A film titled The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky premiered in August 18, 2018.

The manga has been licensed by Kodansha USA for English publication in North America, while the chapters are released digitally by Crunchyroll in over 170 countries as they are published in Japan. Netflix acquired the exclusive English streaming rights for the anime series while Funimation currently has the home video rights.

As of December 2018, The Seven Deadly Sins had over 30 million copies in circulation. The manga won the 39th Kodansha Manga Award for the shōnen category in 2015.

Plot

The Seven Deadly Sins are a band of knights in the land of Britannia who disbanded ten years earlier after being framed for plotting a coup of the Liones Kingdom, the Holy Knights who sequestered them then taking control in the wake of a rebellion they organized. Liones’ third princess, Elizabeth Liones, finds the Seven Deadly Sins’ leader, Meliodas, before they search out his comrades so they can clear their names and liberate Liones from the Holy Knights, who were manipulated by a demon named Fraudrin in unsealing the Demon Race from their prison. As the Sins fight against the Ten Commandments led by his brother Zeldris, Meliodas is revealed to be the Demon King’s cursed son whose destiny is tied to Elizabeth’s.

Media

Manga

Written and illustrated by Nakaba Suzuki, The Seven Deadly Sins began as a one-shot pilot chapter published on November 22, 2011 in Weekly Shōnen Magazine’s 52 issue of the year. The manga started serialization in the magazine’s 45 issue of 2012, released on October 10, 2012. The chapters have been collected into 40 tankōbon volumes as of February 17, 2020. The first of three planned story arcs was completed with chapter 100 and Suzuki has originally projected that the series would run for 20 to 30 volumes. The series is licensed for English language release in North America by Kodansha USA, who published the first volume on March 11, 2014. In February 2020, Suzuki posted on his Twitter account that the manga has “one more volume left” after volume 40. Suzuki has mentioned in an afterword that side stories are also planned for based on the remaining characters. The manga will be finished on March 25, 2020. As the series is published in Japan, it is also released simultaneously in English digitally by Crunchyroll in over 170 countries.

A special issue of Weekly Shōnen Magazine, published on October 19, 2013, featured a small crossover between The Seven Deadly Sins and Hiro Mashima’s Fairy Tail, where each artist drew a yonkoma (four-panel comic) of the other’s series. An actual crossover chapter between the two ran in the magazine’s combined 4/5 issue of 2014, which was released on December 25, 2013. Nakaba wrote a one-shot for the November 2014 issue of the shōjo manga magazine Nakayoshi, released on October 3, 2014. He also created a comedic one-shot depicting how Meliodas and Hawk first met that ran in the October 20, 2014 issue of Magazine Special. From February 24 to May 10, 2015, two more spin-off manga by Nakaba were available on the smartphone and tablet application Manga Box. Naku na, Tomo yo is about Hendrickson and Dreyfus’ younger years, while Gilthunder no Shinjitsu is set after the Vaizel Fight Festival arc and follows Gilthunder. An original 40-page manga by Nakaba Suzuki will be distributed during screenings of The Seven Deadly Sins the Movie: Prisoners of the Sky movie.

Spin-off manga

A comedic spin-off series by Juichi Yamaki, titled Mayoe! The Seven Deadly Sins Academy! and imagining the characters as high school students, ran in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine from August 9, 2014 to October 8, 2016. It was collected into four tankōbon volumes. The Seven Deadly Sins Production, a comedic spin-off by Chiemi Sakamoto that imagines the characters as actors performing in a live-action TV show, ran in Aria from November 28, 2015 to October 28, 2017. It was collected into four tankōbon volumes.

A comedic yonkoma titled The Seven Deadly Sins: King’s Road to Manga and written by Masataka Ono that depicts King as an aspiring manga artist, began on February 20, 2016 in Magazine Special before transferring to the Manga Box app on February 1, 2017 and ending later that year. Its chapters were collected into three tankōbon volumes. A manga adaptation of Mamoru Iwasa’s novel Seven Days was serialized in Shōnen Magazine Edge from January 17 to September 2017 and shows how Ban and Elaine met in more detail. It is illustrated by Yō Kokukuji, titled The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days ~The Thief and the Holy Girl~ and was collected into two tankōbon volumes.

Reception

As of August 2014, the collected volumes of The Seven Deadly Sins had 5 million copies in circulation. By January 2015, this number had grown to 10 million sold. As of June 2018, the series has 28 million copies in circulation, and over 30 million copies in circulation as of December 2018. The first collected volume of the series sold 38,581 copies in its first week, ranking number 13 on the Oricon manga chart. Its second volume ranked 5 selling 106,829 in its first week, while its third debuted at number 4 with 135,164 copies. The thirteenth volume had the manga’s best debut week to date, selling 442,492 for first place on the chart. The series was the ninth best-selling manga of 2014, with over 4.6 million copies sold that year. For the first half of 2015, The Seven Deadly Sins was the number one best-selling series. It finished the year in second place with over 10.3 million copies sold, behind only One Piece. It was the sixth best-selling of 2016, with over 5 million copies sold, and the seventh of 2017, with close to 3.6 million copies sold. The 2014 edition of Kono Manga ga Sugoi!, which surveys people in the manga and publishing industry, named The Seven Deadly Sins the fifth best manga series for male readers. The title was named Best Shōnen Manga at the 39th Kodansha Manga Awards alongside Yowamushi Pedal. It was also nominated for the 2014 Manga Taishō award and as Best Youth Comic at the 42nd Angoulême International Comics Festival in France.

The North American releases of volumes two and four charted on The New York Times Manga Best Seller list at number seven and nine respectively. Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network (ANN) gave the first volume a B grade, calling the art interesting and the story a “neat take on the basic knights-in-shining-armor.” She saw influence from Akira Toriyama in Meliodas and 1970s shōjo manga in the female characters. However, Silverman felt the art had issues with perspective and commented that Elizabeth lacked character development. Both Silverman and Danica Davidson of Otaku USA warned that Meliodas’ perverted actions towards Elizabeth, which are used for comedic relief, could possibly be misinterpreted by some readers. In a brief review, Jason Thompson claimed that the series follows common shōnen manga elements, making its plot twists and dialog predictable. He did however like the art and the series’ European setting.

The first DVD volume of the anime debuted at number one on Oricon’s Japanese animation DVD chart with 3,574 copies sold. With 32,762 copies sold of the five volumes released at the time, The Seven Deadly Sins was the 30th best-selling anime of the first half of 2015. Reviewing the first anime for ANN, Theron Martin felt that the series has a slow start with generic shōnen action fare but the storytelling picks up significantly in the second half. He had strong praise for the music and enjoyed the main cast and their interactions, but not the common archetypal villains. Martin noted that the art has a “semi-cartoonish look” that one would expect in a series that “skews a bit younger,” but The Seven Deadly Sins graphic violence and minimal fan service prove its “anything but a kiddie show.”

The novel The Seven Deadly Sins -Gaiden- Sekijitsu no Ōto Nanatsu no Negai was the 33rd best-selling light novel of the first half of 2015, with 61,939 copies sold.

In October 2017, Netflix revealed that The Seven Deadly Sins anime was the fourth most binge-watched show within its first 24 hours of release on their platform.

 

Thursday News- April 2, 2020

Thursday News- April 2, 2020

Tokyo Mew Mew Magical Girl Manga Gets All-New Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-02/tokyo-mew-mew-magical-girl-manga-gets-all-new-anime/.158225

This Week in Games-Assorted Tomfoolery: https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-x-button/2020-04-02/this-week-in-games-assorted-tomfoolery/.158206

Crunchyroll to Stream Dropkick on My Devil!! Dasj, Tsugumomo2, More Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-02/crunchyroll-to-stream-dropkick-on-my-devil-dash-tsugumomo2-more-anime/.158237

Tiger & Bunny Anime Gets 2nd Season in 2022- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-04-02/tiger-and-bunny-anime-gets-2nd-season-in-2022/.158236

Anime

  • Angel’s 3Piece BD
  • AntiMagic Academy “The 35th Test Platoon” BD
  • Aria: The Scarlet Ammo Essentials BD
  • Fire Force Season 1 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Lupin the IIIrd: Fujiko’s Lie BD
  • The Promised Neverland BD
  • To Love-Ru Season 1 BD
  • Transformers Complete Original Series DVD
  • Urahara Essentials BD
  • Wise Man’s Grandchild BD/DVD
  • Wise Man’s Grandchild Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • The Wonderful Adventures of Nils BD
  • Yamada’s First Time – B Gata H Kei Essentials BD

Manga

  • 1122: For a Happy Marriage GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Ace of the Diamond GN 25 (Digital Only)
  • Atsumori-kun’s Bride-to-be GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey Graphic Novel (GN) 4
  • Can I Really Buy You With Money? GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Dance in the Vampire Bund: Age of Scarlet Order GN 1
  • Delay GN (Digital Only)
  • Dimension W GN 16
  • Droplets of Melting Snow GN (Digital Only)
  • Embrace Me, Kiss Me More GN (Digital Only)
  • Fire in his Fingertips: A Flirty Fireman Ravishes Me with his Smoldering Gaze GN 1
  • For the Kid I Saw in My Dreams GN 4 (hardcover)
  • Im: Great Priest Imhotep GN 2
  • Incessantly Falling GN (Digital Only)
  • Irresistible Person GN (Digital Only)
  • Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World! GN 4
  • Let’s Kiss in Secret Tomorrow GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Liar Lover GN (Digital Only)
  • Loner Life in Another World GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Made in Abyss GN 8
  • The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Mob Psycho 100 GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Parallel Paradise GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Reincarnated as a Sword GN 2
  • Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts GN 9
  • Sayuri’s Blues GN (Digital Only)
  • Space Brothers GN 35 (Digital Only)
  • A Sign of Affection GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • That Blue Summer GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • UQ Holder! GN 19
  • Vampire Hunter D GN 29
  • World’s End Harem GN 8

Other

  • 86 Novel 4
  • Bubble Bobble 4 Friends Switch game
  • The Dirty Way to Destroy the Goddess’s Heroes Novel 3
  • The Economics of Prophecy Novel 2 (Digital Only)A
  • Full Metal Panic! GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Infinite Dendrogram Novel 5
  • Infinite Stratos Novel 12 (Digital Only)
  • I Shall Survive Using Potions! Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Novel 6 (Digital Only)
  • Owarimonogatari Part 2 Novel
  • Persona 5 Royal PS4 game
  • Record of Wortenia War Novel 5 (Digital Only)
  • Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Resurrection at Nineteen Novel 2
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel 8
  • The Unwanted Undead Novel 5
  • The World’s Least Interesting Master Swordsman Novel 2 (Digital Only)
Manga Monday- Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

Manga Monday- Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic is a Japanese fantasy adventure manga series written and illustrated by Shinobu Ohtaka. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from June 2009 to October 2017, with the individual chapters collected and published into 37 tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan.

An anime television adaptation by A-1 Pictures aired in Japan from October 2012 to March 2013 and a second season titled Magi: The Kingdom of Magic aired from October 2013 to March 2014.

In North America, the manga has been licensed for an English-language release by Viz Media and the anime series by Aniplex of America. It has also been licensed by Kazé in United Kingdom and by Madman Entertainment in Australia.

A spin-off series titled Magi: Adventure of Sinbad, written by Ohtaka and illustrated by Yoshifumi Ohtera, began serialization in Weekly Shōnen Sunday in May 2013, before being moved to Shogakukan’s website Ura Sunday, where it was published from September 2013 to April 2018.

In 2014, the Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic received the 59th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shōnen category. As of April 2016, the manga had over 23 million copies in print.

Manga

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic is written and illustrated by Shinobu Ohtaka. It began serialization in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday magazine on June 3, 2009. In October 2015, the manga entered its final arc. In August 2016, Ohtaka announced that the manga was halfway through its final arc. The series finished on October 11, 2017. The first tankōbon volume was released on December 18, 2009; Thirty-seven volumes have been published as of November 17, 2017.

In North America, Viz Media announced in February 2013 the English-language release of the manga, with the first volume being released on August 13. As of August 13, 2019, Viz Media has published the thirty-seven individual tankōbon volumes.

An spin-off series titled Magi: Adventure of Sinbad, written by Ohtaka and illustrated by Yoshifumi Ohtera was released as an additional material with the first volume of the anime series. It was later expanded into a regular series, which began serializing in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from May 18 to June 26, 2013, and later moved to Shogakukan’s webcomic site Ura Sunday, from September 18, 2013 to April 25, 2018.

Reception

Four months after the series’ anime adaptation announcement in June 2012, the print circulation of the manga went from 3 million copies of the first 12 volumes to over 6.5 million copies of the first 14 volumes in October of the same year. As of October 2013, the manga had over 13 million copies in circulation. The numbers increased to over 18 million copies in print as of May 2015, and over 23 million copies in print as of April 2016. In Japan, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic was the 9th top selling manga series for 2012; 4th in 2013; 8th in 2014; 20th in 2015 and 2016; and 10th in 2017, its final serialization year. The series won the award for best shōnen manga at the 59th Shogakukan Manga Awards in 2014.

In his review of the first volume of the manga, L.B Bryant noted “not only is it a shonen title but it’s a GOOD shonen title” and recommended it be picked up. Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network ranked the first volume as a B. Silverman criticized how the fanservice was handled and pointed out that the story felt more like a role-playing game than a manga, and that it seemed as if Ohtaka was not sure about the story’s direction. She compared Aladdin to One Pieces protagonist Monkey D. Luffy and commented that Ohtaka’s art improved since her last series Sumomomo Momomo. Silverman concluded, “overall those looking for a good old shounen adventure story about a couple of plucky kids (with bonus burly djinn!) pursuing their dreams should give this a shot. It isn’t perfect, but it is a good time.” Leroy Douresseaux of Comic Book Bin also ranked the first volume as a B, and compared Ohtaka’s art style to Yuuki Iinuma’s Itsuwaribito. She described Magi as a “straight-forward, fun to read adventure, part Prince of Persia and part Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

IGN listed Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic among the best anime series of the 2010s, and wrote that it is “a fun watch and has a surprising amount of action for those that are fans of shonen.

Synopsis

Setting

The series is largely based on numerous stories from 1001 Arabian Nights, most notably the tales of Aladdin, Ali Baba, and Sinbad the Sailor.

The story is set in an alternate recreation of the ancient Old World with several regions and nations having some resemblances with real-life counterparts from that time. In this world, all living beings possess an essence known as Rukh and when they die, this essence returns to the huge flow (also known as “guidance”) of Rukh that gives life to all subsequent beings in an eternal cycle of rebirth called “Fate”. Once a person is overcome with sadness, anger, and hopelessness, their Rukh becomes corrupted, unstable, and black, and deviates from the main guidance in a process known as “Fall into Depravity”.

There are also several magic castles full of treasures and traps known as “Dungeons” and each of them is the lair of a powerful magic being, a Djinn. Individuals that manage to overcome the trials of a Dungeon and earn the allegiance of its Djinn are known as Dungeon Capturers, gaining the ability to use its powers infused in a personal item of theirs known as a “Metal Vessel” and create less potent “Household Vessels” for their companions as well.

People can use the Rukh in their bodies to create an energy known as Magoi to power their magical weapons and abilities. This energy must be used with care, as despite the fact that an individual’s magoi can be restored with feeding and rest, once fully exhausted it causes their death. Among those that can perform magic with their own Magoi there is a rare class of magicians known as Magi, that can also use Magoi from the Rukh around them, greatly increasing their capabilities. A Magi usually chooses Dungeon Capturers to offer guidance and protection making them into their King Vessels. There are several nations in history that were founded or improved by the rule of such individuals.

 

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
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  • 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

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  • Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! Novel 8C
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  • One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC game
  • Outbreak Company Novel 13 (Digital Only)
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  • 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

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  • 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