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Film Friday- Banana Fish

Film Friday- Banana Fish

Banana Fish is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akimi Yoshida. Serialized in Shōjo Comic from 1985 to 1994 and adapted into an anime television series in July 2018, the series follows Ash Lynx, a teenage gang leader in New York City. It takes its name from the J.D. Salinger short story “A Perfect Day for Bananafish”.

In October 2017, an anime adaptation was announced as part of Yoshida’s 40th anniversary commemoration project. Produced by MAPPA, the 24-episode series premiered on July 5, 2018 on Fuji TV’s Noitamina block in Japan, and Amazon Prime Video internationally. The production staff includes Hiroko Utsumi as director, Hiroshi Seko as script supervisor, and Akemi Hayashi as character designer. The adaption revises the setting of the series from the 1980s to the present day, adding modern references such as smartphones, and substituting the Vietnam War with the Iraq War. The opening theme is “found & lost” by Survive Said The Prophet, while the ending theme is “Prayer X” by King Gnu.

Main characters

Ash Lynx  

 

The alias of Aslan Jade Callenreese, a seventeen-year-old leader of a gang of teenagers in New York City. Formerly a sex slave, enforcer, and heir to the criminal empire of Dino Golzine, Ash joined the mob at the age of seven after running away from his home in Cape Cod. Ash breaks from Golzine to solve the mystery of “banana fish,” which drove his brother to insanity in Vietnam. Ash commands extraordinary intellect, charisma, and tactical foresight, in addition to being an expert marksman and knife fighter. His physical appearance is based on Stefan Edberg and, as the series progresses, River Phoenix.
Eiji Okumura  

 

A nineteen-year-old Japanese college student and former competitive pole vaulter, Eiji was forced into early retirement due to injury, and now works as Ibe’s assistant. He travels to New York to complete a report on street gangs, where he becomes a friend and close confidant to Ash. Eiji is kind and gentle, though frequently stubborn and naïve. Ash’s closeness to Eiji is frequently exploited by his enemies, who correctly intuit that Ash’s willingness to sacrifice himself to protect Eiji is his sole weakness. Eiji’s appearance is based on the actor Hironobu Nomura.

Ash’s and Eiji’s affiliates

Shunichi Ibe (

 

A Japanese photojournalist who comes to New York City to do a report on street gangs.
Max Lobo

 

The alias of Max Glenreed. A Vietnam War veteran, freelance journalist, and former New York City Police Department officer. Deployed in the same platoon as Ash’s older brother Griffin, Ash initially blames Max for his brother’s mental illness, though he later becomes one of Ash’s closest confidants in his investigation of banana fish. His physical appearance is based on Harrison Ford.
Griffin Callenreese
Ash’s older brother. A veteran of the Vietnam War, Griffin became severely mentally handicapped after being used as a test subject for banana fish. Later killed in the crossfire of a confrontation with Golzine’s men.
Alexis Dawson
A pathologist at the University of California. As a student, he and his brother Abraham accidentally created banana fish while attempting to synthesize LSD.
Jessica Randy
A journalist and Max’s ex-wife. Jessica takes Ash’s group in during their investigation of banana fish, and later joins the group for their final battle against Golzine. She and Max reconcile their relationship towards the end of the series.

Corsican mafia

“Papa” Dino Golzine

 

A kingpin in Unione Corse who aims to expand his power by selling banana fish to the United States government. Ash’s former patron and later adopted father, he has groomed Ash since he was a child to be his sex slave and heir to his criminal empire.
Frederick Arthur

 

A vindictive and cruel ex-member of Ash’s street gang, who allies himself with Golzine in order to usurp Ash.
Abraham Dawson
The younger brother of Alexis, who defied his brother’s wishes to destroy banana fish, and continues to develop and weaponize the drug for the Corsican mob into his adulthood. As a doctor during the Vietnam War, he tested banana fish on unknowing soldiers, including Griffin.
Manorheim
The director of a federal mental health facility secretly funded by the Union Corse, who experiments on violent criminals to observe the effects of banana fish.
Blanca

 

The alias of Sergei Varishkov, a Kazakh assassin and former KGB lieutenant who defected from the Soviet Union after his wife, a political dissenter, is murdered. Prior to the events of the series, he is employed by Golzine to train Ash to become Golzine’s heir. He subsequently retires to the Caribbean but is called out of retirement by Golzine to capture Ash. A highly effective killer who dutifully carries out any contract he is hired for, he is hired by Yut-Lung to murder Eiji, but refuses to do so and defects to Ash’s gang.
Eduardo L. Fox
A sadistic mercenary and former member of the French Foreign Legion, hired by Golzine to capture Ash.

Chinese mafia

Yut-Lung Lee

 

The youngest son of the Lee family, the largest crime family in China. Possessing an encyclopedic knowledge of herbs and poisons, he allies with Golzine to determine the chemical composition of banana fish. Yut-Lung possesses a deep grudge towards his brothers, who raped and murdered his concubine mother, and eventually violently deposes them. He is hostile towards Ash and Eiji and frequently attempts to capture and murder the latter.
Shorter Wong

 

A Chinese American gang leader who controls Chinatown. A close friend and ally to Ash, the two met while in juvenile prison together. Shorter is sociable and gregarious, in contrast to Ash’s stoicism. He is injected with banana fish by Golzine’s men and ordered to kill Eiji, though he is able to ask Ash to kill him before he is able to do so.
Sing Soo-Ling

 

A fourteen-year-old Chinese American boy who assumes control of the Chinatown gang upon Shorter’s death. He becomes a reluctant ally to Ash, after initially blaming him for Shorter’s death. Though outwardly child-like and carefree, he is a skilled tactician and leader.
Lao Yen-Thai

 

Sing’s half-brother. Though Sing forgives Ash for killing Shorter, Lao continues to distrust him and resents Sing’s deference to Ash in the ongoing gang war. In the final scene of the story, Lao stabs and kills Ash.

Street gangs

Alex
The second-in-command in Ash’s gang.
Skip

 

An African-American boy, and member of Ash’s gang. Killed in a confrontation with Golzine’s men.
Bones
Lieutenants in Ash’s gang assigned to protect Eiji.
Cain Blood
The leader of Black Sabbath, an African American gang that controls Harlem. Though initially neutral, he later allies with Ash in his battles against Arthur and Golzine.

New York City Police Department

Jenkins 
A diabetic homicide detective assigned to investigate deaths caused by banana fish.
Charlie Dickenson

 

A homicide detective. A friend of Max, the two met while in a police academy. In a romantic relationship with Nadia, Shorter Wong’s older sister.
Manga Monday- Maison Ikkoku

Manga Monday- Maison Ikkoku

Maison Ikkoku is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. It was serialized in Big Comic Spirits from November 1980 to April 1987, with the chapters collected into 15 tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan. Maison Ikkoku is a bitter-sweet comedic romance involving a group of madcap people who live in a boarding house in 1980s Tokyo. The story focuses primarily on the gradually developing relationships between Yusaku Godai, a poor student down on his luck, and Kyoko Otonashi, a young, recently widowed boarding house manager.

Written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi, Maison Ikkoku was serialized in Big Comic Spirits as 162 chapters between 1980 and 1987. The chapters were collected and published into 15 tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan from May 1, 1982 to July 1, 1987. The series has since been re-released in several different editions. A 10 volume wide-ban edition was released between September 1, 1992 and June 1, 1993, 10 bunkoban from 1996 to 1997, and 15 shinsōban throughout 2007.

North American publisher Viz Media originally released the series, adapted into English by Gerard Jones, in a monthly comic book format from June 1993. This release was collected into 14 graphic novels. The images were “flipped” to read left-to-right, causing the art to be mirrored, and some chapters were out of order or completely missing. Four of the five missing chapters were published in Animerica Extra Vol. 3 Number 1 and Vol. 3 Number 2. Viz later re-released the series in its original format and chapter order across 15 volumes. These were released between September 24, 2003 and February 14, 2006.

Maison Ikkoku has over 25 million collected volumes in circulation. Jason Thompson claimed that while Maison Ikkoku was not the first men’s love-com, it is “almost certainly the best” and definitely Rumiko Takahashi’s best work. He also stated that because the main character is a university student, Maison Ikkoku is “slightly more sophisticated” compared to Kimagure Orange Road. Anime News Network (ANN) gave the manga an “A” for its story and an “A-” for its art, stating that the series shows off Takahashi’s skill; “with a clear cut and rather simple plot, she is able to concentrate on the characters, using them to drive the story, while at the same time ensuring the proper reader reaction intended for each scene.” They remarked that the story focuses on Yusaku and Kyoko’s relationship, with the other characters used only “to create conflicts, exposition, and comedic relief.”

Plot

The story mainly takes place at Maison Ikkoku, a worn and aging boarding house in a town called Clock Hill, where 20-year-old college applicant Yusaku Godai lives. Though honest and good-natured, he is weak-willed and often taken advantage of by the offbeat and mischievous tenants who live with him: Yotsuya, Akemi Roppongi and Hanae Ichinose. As he is about to move out, he is stopped at the door by the beautiful Kyoko Otonashi, who announces she will be taking over as manager. Godai immediately falls in love with her and decides to stay. Godai and the other tenants find out that despite her young age, Kyoko is a widow who had married her high school teacher, who tragically died shortly thereafter. Godai empathizes with Kyoko and endeavors to free her from her sadness. He manages to work up enough courage to confess his love to her, and it begins to look as if a relationship between them might appear. However, Kyoko meets the rich, handsome and charming tennis coach Shun Mitaka at her tennis club. Mitaka quickly declares his intention to court Kyoko and states that he is very patient, and can wait until her heart is ready.

Godai, not willing to give up, continues to chase Kyoko. But through a series of misunderstandings, he is seen by Kyoko and Mitaka walking with the cute and innocent Kozue Nanao. For the rest of the series, Kozue is mistakenly perceived as being Godai’s girlfriend (by Kozue herself as well). Angered by this, Kyoko begins to openly date Mitaka. Despite the misunderstandings, Kyoko and Godai clearly have feelings for each other, and their relationship grows over the course of the series. Godai eventually manages to get into college and, with the help of Kyoko’s family, he begins student-teaching at Kyoko’s old high school. Almost mirroring Kyoko’s meeting of her husband, Godai catches the attention of precocious and brazen student Ibuki Yagami, who immediately begins pursuing him. Her outspoken approach stands in stark contrast to Kyoko, which helps Kyoko come face to face with her feelings for Godai.

Meanwhile, Mitaka’s endeavors have been hindered by his phobia of dogs, as Kyoko owns a large white dog named Soichiro in honor of her late husband. He eventually overcomes his phobia but, when he is about to propose to Kyoko, his family begins to goad him into a marriage with the pure and innocent Asuna Kujo. Feeling the pressure, Mitaka begins to pursue Kyoko with increased aggression. He slowly realizes that she has decided on Godai and is waiting for him to find a job and propose. Mitaka is completely pulled out of the race when he ends up thinking he slept with Asuna and her later announcing a pregnancy. Taking responsibility, he proposes to Asuna, but finds out too late that it was her dog who was pregnant, not her.

As things begin to really go well for Godai, Kozue Nanao makes a reappearance in his life. Kozue tells Godai and the other Ikkoku tenants that she is thinking of marrying another man, even though Godai had proposed to her (which is another misunderstanding). Kyoko, feeling foolish and betrayed, slaps Godai and demands that he move out. When Godai refuses, he wakes up the next morning to find her gone and her room empty. Godai tries to explain himself by visiting Kyoko every day, even though she won’t answer the door. After she calms down a bit, Kyoko checks on the house and runs into the other tenants. They try to convince her to return.

The seductive Akemi, sensing that Kyoko is still hesitant, threatens to seduce Godai if Kyoko doesn’t want him. She later tells the other tenants that she only said that to threaten Kyoko into coming back. This backfires when Godai is spotted leaving a love hotel with Akemi (he was only there to lend her money). It results in Kozue resolving to marry the other man. As Kyoko is about to return to Ikkoku, she learns that Godai has ended it with Kozue, but she thinks he slept with Akemi. She insults him, tells him that she hates him, and runs away. Godai follows her explaining that she doesn’t trust him and that, despite the other girls, she never considered one important thing: Godai’s own feelings. He passionately tells her that he loves only her: From the first moment he saw her and forevermore, she is the only woman in his eyes. The two spend the night together. Having cleared his last barrier of getting a teaching job, Godai proposes to Kyoko and, with the blessings of both families, they get married. The story ends as Godai and Kyoko arrive home with their newborn daughter, Haruka, and Kyoko tells her that Maison Ikkoku is the place where they first met.

 

Manga Monday- Anonymous Noise

Manga Monday- Anonymous Noise

Anonymous Noise is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Ryoko Fukuyama. The series is published by Hakusensha in Japan and by Viz Media in the United States.

Manga and drama CD

Ryoko Fukuyama launched the series in the 10th issue of Hakusensha’s shōjo manga magazine Hana to Yume on April 20, 2013. A drama CD was bundled with the 7th issue of Hana to Yume released on March 5, 2014. Fukuyama mentioned that the cast of the drama CD was based on her own recommendation, with most of the cast reprise their roles in the anime adaptation. North American publisher Viz Media announced their license to the series on October 2, 2016. The limited edition of the volume 13 was bundled with drama CD.

Plot

Nino Arisugawa is a young girl who loves singing and is gifted with an extremely resonating voice. As a child, she experiences two heart-wrenching partings: one with her first love and neighbour Momo Sakaki, and another with Kanade “Yuzu” Yuzuriha, a young composer who helped her reignite her hope that her voice will one day reach Momo. Each of the two boys made a promise with Nino to find her one day through her unique singing voice, a promise that she clings on to for six years as she enters her first year of high school.

As a high schooler, Yuzu has secretly formed a band “in NO hurry to shout”, but experiences writer’s block without the inspiration of Nino’s voice, almost forcing the band to disband until they reunite during Nino’s orientation as a first-year high school student. When Miou Suguri, Yuzu’s girlfriend with a one-sided love for him recognises his love for Nino, she decides to quit the band and let the latter replace her instead. Coupled with Miou’s voice lessons and her feelings, Nino strives to improve her singing skills in an attempt to get the attention of Momo, who has changed his last name to Kiryuu and is now a professional composer. With music at the core, how will the love triangle play out?

Wednesday News- June 28, 2017

Wednesday News- June 28, 2017

News-

DIVE!! Is about Shirtless Boys Giving Up Everything to Make Dreams Come True- http://www.anime-now.com/entry/2017/06/28/230026?utm_campaign=ANN

Our Most Anticipated Summer 2017 Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2017-06-28/our-most-anticipated-summer-2017-anime/.118131

Attack on Titan Anime Offers Survey Corps Certification Test- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2017-06-28/attack-on-titan-anime-offers-survey-corps-certification-test/.118094

Shelf Life- Ultra Maniac- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2017-06-26/.117964

Anime-

  • Assassination Classroom Season 2, Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Code Geass: Akito the Exiled OVA Series BD/DVDP
  • GoShogun: The Time Étranger BD
  • GoShogun: The Time Étranger DVD
  • Kan Colle BD/DVD
  • Magi: The Kingdom of Magic Complete Box Set BD
  • Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Complete Box Set BD
  • Naruto Shippūden Set 31 DVD Uncut
  • Origin ~Spirits of the Past~ BD/DVD
  • Samurai Warriors DVD
  • School-Live! BD
  • School-Live! DVD
  • Sea Prince and the Fire Child BD
  • Sword Art Online Box Set BD
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions BD
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Dark Side of Dimensions DVD

Manga-

  • Aoharu x Machine Gun GN 10 (Digital Only)A
  • Beasts of Abigaile GN 1
  • Clockwork Planet GN 3
  • Concrete Revolutio: The Complete Saga GN
  • The Emperor and I GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Freezing Omnibus GN 8
  • Gesellschaft Blume GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Giant Killing GN 2 (Digital)
  • Im: Great Priest Imhotep GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Land of the Lustrous GN 1
  • The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up: A Magical Story GN
  • Nodame Cantabile GN 24 (Digital Only)
  • Nodame Cantabile GN 25 (Digital Only)
  • Persona 3 GN 4
  • Vinland Saga GN 9 (Hardcover)
  • Yozakura Quartet GN 14 (Digital)

Other-

  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls PS4/PC
  • RPG Maker Fes Nintendo 3DS
  • Valkyria Revolution PS4/PS Vita/Xbox One

Wednesday News- March 1, 2017

Wednesday News- March 1, 2017

News-

D.Gray-man Hallow Anime’s Japanese Blu-rays & DVDs Cancelled- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-03-01/d.gray-man-hallow-anime-japanese-blu-rays-and-dvds-cancelled/.112834

Hell Girl Gets New 12-Episode TV Anime in July- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-02-28/hell-girl-gets-new-12-episode-tv-anime-in-july/.112828

D3Publisher Reveals Omega Labyrinth Z for PS4/PS Vita- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-02-28/d3publisher-reveals-omega-labyrinth-z-for-ps4-ps-vita/.112823

Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry Film Teases Original Manga’s Climax in Trailer- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-02-28/fairy-tail-dragon-cry-film-teases-original-manga-climax-in-trailer/.112795

Anime-

  • 5 Centimeters Per Second BD
  • Actually, I Am… BD
  • Actually, I Am… DVD
  • Amagi Brilliant Park BD
  • Amagi Brilliant Park DVD
  • Amagi Brilliant Park Premium Edition BD/DVD Box Set
  • The Betrayal Knows My Name DVD
  • Hunter x Hunter Set 2 BD
  • Hunter x Hunter Set 2 DVD
  • Izumo: Flash of a Brave Sword DVD
  • Key the Metal Idol DVD
  • Kyousogiga BD/DVD
  • Magic Knight Rayearth Complete Collection DVD
  • Red Data Girl DVD S.A.V.E. Edition
  • Sailor Moon Crystal Set 2 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Scrapped Princess BD/DVD
  • Star Fleet DVD

Manga-

  • Attack on Titan: Lost Girls GN 2
  • Cardfight!! Vanguard GN 7
  • Fairy Tail GN 58
  • Freezing GN 7
  • Holy Corpse Rising GN 2
  • Kase-san and Morning Glories GN
  • Kiss Him, Not Me GN 9
  • The Prince in His Dark Days GN 3
  • Sherlock: A Study in Pink GN
  • Sweetness and Lightning GN 4
  • There’s a Demon Lord On the Floor GN 1

Other-

  • Vampire Hunter D Novel 25: Undead Island
  • Bakemonogatari Novel 2

Manga Mondays- Fairy Tail

Manga Mondays- Fairy Tail

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Fairy Tail is written and illustrated by Hiro Mashima. It has been in publication since 2006 in Weekly Shōnen Magazine and is over 56 volumes long. The basic plot is this Seventeen-year-old wizard Lucy Heartfilia runs away from home to join Fairy Tail, a wizards guild famous for its members’ overly destructive antics. She is invited into the guild by Natsu Dragneel, a wizard with dragon-like abilities. Lots of comedy and action ensue for these two and their friends. We have the first three volumes available at the Mobile Public Library so come down get them or place them on hold if they are out.

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Anime in September

Anime in September

So starting September 3 from 2-4 p.m. at the West Regional Library in Mobile Al we are going to show either Fairy Tail or Ouran High School Host Club. I want the people watching the anime to pick which one first. Both are great but come on Tamaki

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Who can say no to that face? Or this one? http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj90/chinkchai/ouran/TamakiEyesbymeibiseiya.png

But I do admit that Gray is nice too https://d.wattpad.com/story_parts/106370864/images/13c5fa8dc2d928a4.jpg

Both animes are winners but which is your favorite? Over-the-top humor or over-the-top action?

 

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Day One Anime!

Day One Anime!

This blog is going to be about Anime, Manga, and news. So expect to see lots of different things in this space. Starting September 3 the West Regional Library of Mobile will begin showing Anime in the Teen Spot! I, for one, am so excited about this. But if you can’t wait until September we do have anime for checkout at the library and on our Hoopla app. The titles available on Hoopla are:

  • Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Season 1-2
  • Antique Bakery – Season 1
  • Black Butler- Season 1
  • Fruits Basket
  • Ouran High School Host Club
  • Disgaea
  • Aria: The Animation – Season 1-3
  • The Irresponsible Captain Tylor – Season 1-2
  • Fullmetal Alchemist – Season 1-2
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • Emma: A Victorian Romance – Season 1-2
  • Mononoke : The Complete Series
  • Gasaraki

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