Wednesday News- November 14, 2018

Wednesday News- November 14, 2018

The Game Awards 2018 Nominees Revealed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-11-13/the-game-awards-2018-nominees-revealed/.139443

A Certain Scientific Railgun Season 3 Slated for 2019- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-11-13/newtype-a-certain-scientific-railgun-season-3-slated-for-2019/.139397

Live-Action Hollywood Alita: Battle Angel Film’s Trailer Previews Battle Scenes- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-11-13/live-action-hollywood-alita-battle-angel-film-trailer-previews-battle-scenes/.139429

Dropkick on my Devil Staff: Anime Needs to Sell 500 More Boxes for 2nd Season- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-11-13/dropkick-on-my-devil-staff-anime-needs-to-sell-500-more-boxes-for-2nd-season/.139400

How do you watch anime and read manga – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/survey/812/

Anime

  • And you thought there is never a girl online? Essentials BD
  • Beyblade: Metal Fusion DVD
  • Beyblade: Metal Masters DVD
  • Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth- BD/DVD
  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Knocking on Heaven’s Door Steelbook BD
  • Drifters Complete Series Classics BD
  • Gatchaman Crowds Complete Collections BD
  • Joker Game Essentials BD
  • Made in Abyss Premium Box Set BD
  • One Piece Collection 23 DVD Uncut
  • ReLIFE Final Arc BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon Super S Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon Super S Part 2 DVD
  • A Sister’s All You Need BD
  • Twin Star Exorcists Part 3 BD/DVD

Manga

  • ACCA 13 Territory Inspection Department Graphic Novel (GN) 5
  • Akame ga KILL! ZERO GN 8
  • Alice in Murderland GN 9 (Hardcover)
  • Alicia’s Diet Quest GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Angels of Death GN 5
  • Blade of the Immortal Omnibus GN 7
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • A Bride’s Story GN 10 (Hardcover)
  • Chio’s School Road GN 2
  • Delicious in Dungeon GN 6
  • Devilman The Classic Collection GN 2 (Hardcover)
  • Dimension W GN 12
  • Forbidden Scrollery GN 5
  • Frau Faust GN 5
  • Fruits Basket Another GN 2
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Edition GN 3 (Hardcover)
  • Goblin Slayer! GN 4
  • Golosseum GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • High School DxD GN 11
  • Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia GN 4
  • Interspecies Reviewers GN 1
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Chronicle Episode Lyu GN 1
  • Kamakura Monogatari GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! GN 7
  • Laid-Back Camp GN 4
  • Land of the Lustrous GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • LDK GN 12
  • Little Witch Academia GN 2
  • Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade GN 10
  • Love at Fourteen GN 8
  • Mermaid Boys GN 3
  • Mikagura School Suite GN 3
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: The Glory of Losers GN 9
  • Nekogahara GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! GN 12
  • Overlord GN 8
  • Pokémon Horizon Sun and Moon GN 2
  • Pokémon Pocket Comics Classic GN
  • The Prince’s Black Poison GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Radiant GN 2
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 3: Truth of Zero GN 5
  • Record of Grancrest War GN 1
  • Requiem of the Rose King GN 9
  • RIN-NE GN 28
  • The Royal Tutor GN 10
  • Sailor Moon Eternal Edition GN 2
  • A Strange and Mystifying Story GN 5
  • Sword Art Online Hollow Realization GN 1
  • Tales of Wedding Rings GN 4
  • Tokyo Alice GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Trinity Seven GN 15
  • Waiting for Spring GN 9
  • The Walls Between Us GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Yotsuba&! GN 14

Other

  • A Certain Magical Index Novel 17
  • Ao Oni: Grudge Novel (Digital Only)
  • The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist (Hardcover)
  • Defeating the Demon Lord’s a Cinch If You’ve Got a Ringer Novel 2
  • Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? Novel 1
  • Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days Novel 1
  • Magical Girl Raising Project Novel 5
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected Novel 6
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! Nintendo Switch Games
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil Novel 4
  • Seirei Gensouki – Spirit Chronicles Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel 4
  • Sword Art Online: Progressive Novel 5
  • WorldEnd – What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us? Novel 2

 

Manga Monday- Mob Psycho 100

Manga Monday- Mob Psycho 100

Mob Psycho 100 is a Japanese webmanga created by ONE, which began publication on Ura Sunday on April 18, 2012, and concluded on December 22, 2017. A Chinese translation started publication in Taiwan on April 16, 2014. It has been available online on Shogakukan’s mobile app MangaONE since December 2014. Dark Horse Comics has licensed the series for English publication. In 2017, the manga won the 62nd Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shōnen category. A spin-off manga series titled Reigen launched in the MangaONE mobile app on March 19, 2018.

Plot

Shigeo Kageyama is an average middle school boy, nicknamed Mob (meaning “background character”) for lacking a sense of presence. Although he looks like an inconspicuous person, he is in fact a powerful esper. As he grows older, Mob realizes that his psychic powers are strengthening and becoming more dangerous. To avoid his power getting out of control, he constantly lives a life under an emotional shackle. Mob wants to live a normal life just like the others, but a barrage of trouble keeps coming after him. With the suppressed emotions growing inside Mob little by little, his power threatens to break through its limits.

Characters

Shigeo Kageyama 
is an eighth grade Esper with powerful psychic abilities. His helmet hairstyle is his defining physical feature. He is not good at reading the atmosphere, and since childhood, has rarely felt or displayed intense emotion. He thinks his power is not necessary in his life, so he avoids using it. He suppresses his emotions to keep his power in control, but when the percentage of his accumulated feelings reaches 100, he is overcome by the strongest emotion he is feeling at the time and unleashes the full extent of his powers. He works at Reigen’s spirit counsel for 300 yen an hour. When he was asked to join the Telepathy Club so they wouldn’t be disbanded, he was introduced to the Body Improvement Club, which he then joined to become popular, in order to impress his secret love. He is also credited as Salt Middle School’s urabanchō (裏番長 is roughly translated as “secret school gang leader”) known as White T Poison but this fact remains unknown to many including himself. Shigeo also possesses an unknown power as explained by the narrator during his battle with Teruki which far surpasses even the height of his abilities, but is uncontrollable and only awakens when unconscious.
Arataka Reigen  
Mob’s master, a self-proclaimed psychic who has his own spirit counsel (the “Talk About Spirits Agency”), which is cheap compared to competitors. He wasn’t getting much business, but after setting up a homepage on the internet, the number of assignments has increased. He is essentially a con artist and excels in persuasion, speech, and perception, as well as massage and whack-a-mole. He is clever and agile, claiming to have a greenbelt of Shaolin boxing. He is very afraid of cockroaches and likes dogs. Reigen solves his clients’ problems with a variety of skills (including Reigen’s “secret technique”); if that doesn’t work, he’ll call in Mob to deal with it. Even though he is a fraud, he treats Mob’s inner turmoil very seriously, and gives him pertinent suggestions. For better or worse, he is Mob’s mentor.
Dimple 
An upper class evil spirit, devious and sly, characterized by the circular blush on his cheeks. In order to become a god worshiped by people, he established a religion/cult called (LOL), which was dissolved by Mob. After his defeat, his power fell off remarkably, and Mob came to regard him as reasonably harmless. Dimple thinks Mob might be a great springboard to godhood, so he stayed with Mob in order to exploit him, however this plan failed. Later in the series, he attempts the same thing with Mob’s brother, Ritsu. Dimple claims to be Mob’s partner. He can possess the bodies of others and release the full potential of his host, but he tries to avoid breaking the host’s body.
Ritsu Kageyama  
Mob’s younger brother, grade 7. He is clever and competent, excelling at both academic and athletic performance. Having a handsome face, he is popular among girls. He is also a member of the Student Council. The only thing he’s lacking is psychic power. Because Mob is a strong Esper and Ritsu witnessed his immense power while growing up, Ritsu has always had an inferiority complex and an obsessive longing for psychic power of his own. He eventually developed his own psychic powers and became a fairly powerful esper but not as powerful as his big brother, as the strength of Ritsu’s psychic abilities are tied to his feelings of grief and guilt. After his abilities first awaken he allows Dimple to possess him in order to quickly gain control of his power, but ends up attracting the attention of Claw.
Teruki Hanazawa   
Black Vinegar Middle School’s “ura banchou” (“hidden boss”), known to most as Teru. Also a strong Esper, he originally held scorn for people without psychic power, calling them “commoners.” Accustomed to using his power freely in daily life, be it exams or sports, he excels at it all. Coupled with his handsome looks, he is very popular. He’ll do a pigeon-toed pose when he fights seriously. After he is lectured and defeated by Mob, his perspective on psychic power changes, and he becomes more friendly to others. Teru later becomes the mentor for several low-leveled psychics that were captured by Claw. Teru always wanted to hang out with Mob and tries his best to be more kind and understanding to the people around him.

Claw

Touichirou Suzuki 
The leader of Claw. Touichirou is a ruthless and cunning man who founded Claw for the sole purpose of world domination and use everyone he can to achieve this goal. Being an incredibly powerful psychic on par with Mob, he seeks to put the rest of humanity under his thumb. Touichirou is not entirely without a heart, however, as he also seeks to find his ex-wife who left him many years ago.
Shou Suzuki 
The son of Touichirou Suzuki. Initially thought to be some random trainer sent to the 7th division from Claw’s HQ, he is revealed to have been scouting potential psychics for some unknown reason. Shou is an extremely powerful psychic, capable of easily smashing Ishiguro’s gravity orbs with little effort. Shou states that he can always find a way to deal with the psychic powers of his opponents. One of Shou’s most notable techniques allows him to refract light around him, rendering him invisible to the naked eye.

 

Film Friday- Tokyo Mew Mew

Film Friday- Tokyo Mew Mew

The series was adapted into a 52 episode anime series by Studio Pierrot. It debuted in Japan on April 6, 2002, on both TV Aichi and TV Tokyo; the final episode aired on March 29, 2003. Two video games were also created for the series: a puzzle adventure game for the Game Boy Advance system and a role-playing video game for the PlayStation. 4Kids Entertainment licensed the anime series for North American broadcast under the name Mew Mew Power. Heavily edited and dubbed, 23 episodes of Mew Mew Power aired on Cartoon Network and 4Kids TV in the United States and the entire 26 episodes aired on YTV in Canada. 4Kids Entertainment was unable to license the remaining 26 episodes of the series, thus were unable to complete its broadcast. They have never released the series to home video.  The anime adaptation received high ratings while airing in Japan, resulting in numerous marketing tie-ins. Despite criticism for extensive editing that removed most of the Japanese elements, the Mew Mew Power dub became the highest rated 4Kids show during its broadcast. It was licensed for regional release in several other countries instead of the original Japanese series.

Ichigo Momomiya

is the series’ main protagonist and the leader of the Mew Mews. She has short red hair which is usually tied up in pigtails. Ichigo (13 years old at the beginning of the series) is merged with the DNA of the Iriomote Wild Cat, giving her the ability to transform into Mew Ichigo, a powerful and heroic cat girl with pink hair. The transformation also causes her to exhibit various feline mannerisms while in her human form. At first, her cat ears and tail appear when she is excited, but eventually her cat DNA grows strong enough that when she kisses anything, she turns into a small black cat. She remains in a cat form until someone (human or animal) kisses her.

At the start of the series, Ichigo has a crush on Masaya Aoyama. Although she believes that he is oblivious to her feelings, he later returns them and they begin dating. Midway through the series, Ichigo gains a mysterious protector, the Blue Knight. Throughout the series, Ichigo repeatedly rejects repeated advances by Quiche and although she can not accept his final declaration of love, she cries over his death and holds him as he dies. Ichigo dies after transferring her own life force into Masaya after Masaya kills himself and Deep Blue. She is subsequently revived by the last of the mew aqua which was housed within Masaya. Before Masaya goes off to study abroad in England at the end of the series, Ichigo participates in a mock wedding with Masaya. Tokyo Mew Mew a La Mode reveals that Ichigo lost all of her Mew Mew powers because of the Mew Aqua’s influence and joined Masaya in England, but returned to Japan when her powers began to manifest again to aid in the battle against the Saint Rose Crusaders.

Minto Aizawa

Minto Aizawa is a blue-haired girl who is the second Mew Mew to be introduced in the series. Infused with the genes of a Blue Lorikeet, Minto grows a bird’s tail and a pair of bird wings when she transforms into Mew Mint. Initially depicted as spoiled, snobbish, and self-centered because of her wealth due to her being born into a rich family, she is shown to be an empathetic person who cares deeply about her friends as the series progresses. In the beginning, Minto called Ichigo a Vulgar person. Minto idolizes fellow Mew Mew Zakuro Fujiwara. Minto owns a pet Pomeranian named Miki.

Retasu Midorikawa

is a green-haired girl who is the third member of the Mew Mews formally introduced to the readers. Infused with the DNA of a Finless Porpoise, Retasu’s legs can change into a porpoise’s tail while she is underwater, greatly improving her swimming ability and giving her an appearance of a mermaid. In the anime adaptation, this change can only occur when Retasu is in the presence of Mew Aqua. Retasu is portrayed as a shy and intelligent character lacking self-confidence and is the subject of frequent bullying from three girls. She is afraid of her Mew Mew powers at first, causing them to go out of control at her school until she is calmed by Ichigo and Minto. The other members of the group consider Retasu to be a kind and selfless person. As the series progresses, Retasu becomes a more confident person through the other Mew Mews’ regular encouragement. In the anime, Retasu has a strong love interest towards Ryou and kissed him once, that only Bu-Ling is aware of their relationship.

Bu-Ling Huang

is a blonde-haired girl who is the fourth Mew Mew introduced to the readers and the youngest of the bunch. Infused with the DNA of a Golden Lion Tamarin, Bu-Ling grows a monkey tail and ears while transformed, and fights with a pair of rings. Bu-Ling is introduced as being a busker due to her acrobatic skills to earn money for her family. The other Mew Mews agree that her monkey DNA is a perfect match for her personality as she is full of energy and loves having fun, to the point Minto considers her very immature or childish. A running gag when it comes to referencing the Mew Mews’ DNA had Bu-Ling thinking that her DNA is a lion where she is always corrected that she has the DNA of a Golden Lion Tamarin. Despite her age, Bu-Ling is raising her five younger siblings and managing the family finances while their father is training in the mountains. The manga never mentions Bu-Ling’s mother while the anime adaptation states that she died. Midway through the series, Bu-Ling befriends Tart when he captures her and holds her hostage. She is reluctant to fight Tart during the final battle until he affirms they have no choice, and cries over him after he is defeated. Bu-Ling kisses Tart at the end of the series and tells him she does not want it “to be goodbye.” He replies by saying that he may return to see her. In the anime adaptation, the relationship between Bu-Ling and Tart is expanded and the circumstances of their initial friendship changes – instead of being saved by the Mew Mews, Tart himself saves Bu-Ling from an underground cavern when he realizes that she is suffocating from a lack of oxygen.

Zakuro Fujiwara

is a purple-haired girl who is the last of the main Mew Mews introduced and the oldest of the group. As with the others, she first appears at the endangered animal exhibit without being named. Zakuro tends to be a loner and initially refuses to join the other Mew Mews, but changes her mind after they come to her aid. Infused with the DNA of a Gray Wolf, Zakuro has a wolf tail and ears while in her Mew Mew form. Zakuro is a professional model and is presented as a mature character. As her biggest fan Minto effuses, Zakuro has “long, glossy, raven hair” with “dark, intelligent, yet sensitive eyes” and “long, strong and thin legs”. Zakuro’s background is more developed in the anime adaptation and she is said to be estranged from her family since leaving home two years earlier.

 

Wednesday News- November 7, 2018

Wednesday News- November 7, 2018

Why Do Edited for TV Dubs Change An Anime’s Music?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/answerman/2018-11-05/.139057

Bungo to Alchemist Game Inspires Stage Play in February- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-11-05/bungo-to-alchemist-game-inspires-stage-play-in-february/.139116

Dragon Quest Monsters Series Gets All-New Game, Terry’s Wonderland Smartphone Port- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-11-06/dragon-quest-monsters-series-gets-all-new-game-terry-wonderland-smartphone-port/.139136

J-Novel Club Teases 5 Manga, 5 Light Novel Releases- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-11-06/j-novel-club-teases-5-manga-5-light-novel-releases/.139142

Watch 56-Foot Goku Balloon Take His Test Flight Before the Big Day- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2018-11-05/watch-56-foot-goku-balloon-take-his-test-flight-before-the-big-day/.139098

Anime

  • Angel Links DVD
  • Black Clover Season 1 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Galaxy Angel Z BD
  • Handa-kun Essentials BD
  • Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World BD
  • Negima!? BD
  • Patlabor the Mobile Police Ultimate Collection BD
  • Pokémon Sun & Moon DVD
  • Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2199 Part 2 BD/DVD

Manga

  • Anonymous Noise Graphic Novel (GN) 11
  • Battle Angel Alita Deluxe Edition Complete Series GN Box Set (Hardcover)
  • Black Clover GN 13
  • Black Torch GN 2
  • Bleach Manga Box Set 3
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 2
  • The Bride & the Exorcist Knight GN 2
  • Can I Kiss You Every Day? GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Can You Just Die, My Darling? GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Chihayafuru GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba GN 3
  • Dr. Stone GN 2
  • Dragon Ball That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha! GN 1
  • The Dungeon of Black Company GN 2
  • Edens Zero GN 1
  • Frau Faust GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Haikyu!! GN 29
  • Happiness GN 8
  • I am a Hero Omnibus GN 8
  • Idol Dreams GN 5
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Stardust Crusaders GN 9 (Hardcover)
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War GN 5
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid GN 7
  • My Boy in Blue GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • One Piece GN 88
  • Peach Girl Next GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side: P4 GN 4
  • Short Cake Cake GN 2
  • Sorry For My Familiar GN 3
  • Summer Wars Complete Edition GN
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil Storm! GN 5
  • Yokai Girls GN 5
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V GN 4

Other

  • Amagi Brilliant Park Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • emeth: Island of Golems Novel (Digital Only)
  • The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • Monster Girl Doctor Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Robotech Archives Macross Saga GN 3
  • World of Final Fantasy Maxima Xbox One Game

 

Manga Monday- Tokyo Mew Mew

Manga Monday- Tokyo Mew Mew

Tokyo Mew Mew is a Japanese shōjo manga series written by Reiko Yoshida and illustrated by Mia Ikumi. It was originally serialized in Nakayoshi from September 2000 to February 2003, and later published in seven tankōbon volumes by Kodansha from February 2001 to April 2003. It focuses on five girls infused with the DNA of endangered animals which gives them special powers and allows them to transform into “Mew Mews.” Led by Ichigo Momomiya, the girls protect the earth from aliens who wish to “reclaim” it.

Well received by English-language readers, several volumes of the manga series appeared in the Top 50 sales lists for graphic novels in their respective months of release. Critics praised the manga as a cute and entertaining series with free-flowing style and character designs. à la mode received praise as a good continuation of the series, but was also criticized for offering nothing new.

Plot

In Tokyo, Japan, a young girl named Ichigo Momomiya attends an endangered species exhibit with her “crush” Masaya Aoyama. After an earthquake, Ichigo and four other girls are bathed in a strange light. A cat appears before Ichigo, then merges with her. The next day, she begins acting like a cat and making cat puns. After meeting Ryô Shirogane and Keiichirô Akasaka, Ichigo learns that she was infused with the DNA of the Iriomote cat. Ryou and Keiichirou explain that this allows her to transform into Mew Ichigo, a powerful heroic cat girl. She is ordered to defeat Chimera Animas—alien parasites which infect animals and turn them into monsters. Ryou and Keiichirou instruct Ichigo to find the four other girls from the exhibit—the remaining Mew Mews.

The first Mew Mew Ichigo encounters is Minto Aizawa, a spoiled, wealthy girl and ballerina who is infused with the genes of the blue lorikeet; Retasu Midorikawa, a shy but smart girl who endures constant bullying from three girls and absorbs the genes of the finless porpoise; a hyper and yet young girl named Bu-Ling Huang who receives the genes of the golden lion tamarin; and Zakuro Fujiwara, a professional actress and model infused with the genes of the gray wolf.

The five Mew Mews battle the Chimera Animas and their alien controllers Quiche, Pie and Tart. Quiche falls in love with Ichigo where he tries to gain her love despite the fact that he is trying to eliminate the other Mew Mews. Pie and Tart later join Quiche in trying to destroy the Mew Mews.

As the fighting intensifies, the Mew Mews are tasked with finding “Mew Aqua”, a material created from pure water that contains immense power for combating the alien attacks and can be sensed by the Mew Mews. During a battle with Quiche at an aquarium, Ichigo is in danger of losing when the mysterious Blue Knight appears and rescues her. He returns periodically throughout the series, protecting Ichigo from various dangers. It is later revealed that the Blue Knight is in fact Masaya. Shortly after this discovery, Masaya collapses and transforms again. This time, he transforms into Deep Blue, the alien leader who wants to destroy humanity. After explaining to Ichigo that Masaya was a false form for temporary use, Deep Blue attacks the Mew Mews. Pie and Tart try to stop the other mew mews while Ichigo goes after Deep Blue. He and Quiche battle and Deep Blue wins. Masaya’s personality briefly reappears and he uses the Mew Aqua inside Deep Blue to save Ichigo and Tokyo, killing himself in the process. Crying over his body, Ichigo pours her power into Masaya to save his life, losing her own in the process. Masaya kisses her, changing her back to a human and revives her. Ryou gives Pie the remaining Mew Aqua to save the aliens’ world, after which Quiche, Pie, and Tart say their goodbyes and return to their own world.

Sequel

In the two-volume sequel Tokyo Mew Mew à La Mode, Ichigo and Masaya move to England to study endangered species. The remaining Mew Mews continue to eliminate the Chimera Animas left behind by the aliens. They face a new threat in the form of the Saint Rose Crusaders: humans with special powers who desire to conquer the world and create a utopia while taking over the remaining Chimera Animas. Berry Shirayuki becomes the sixth Mew Mew and temporarily takes Ichigo’s place as the leader. Berry is the first Mew Mew to be infused with the DNA of two endangered species, the Andean mountain cat and the Amami rabbit. As one of the strongest Mew Mews, Berry is targeted by two of the Crusaders, who attack her at school. Ichigo returns to provide assistance during this battle. For their final attack, two Crusaders hypnotize the citizens of Tokyo and set them against the Mew Mews. Berry and her childhood friend Tasuku Meguro use their new-found feelings of love to reverse the hypnosis and cause a change of heart in the Crusaders.

 

Film Friday- Your Lie in April

Film Friday- Your Lie in April

An anime television series adaptation by A-1 Pictures aired from October 2014 to March 2015 on Fuji TV’s Noitamina block. A live-action film adaptation of the same name was released in September 2016.

Anime

A-1 Pictures has aired the anime production of Your Lie in April. It premiered on October 10, 2014 in Japan and ended on March 20, 2015. The first opening theme song is “Hikaru Nara” by Goose house and the first ending theme song is “Kirameki” by wacci. The second opening song is “Nanairo Symphony” by Coalamode and the second ending theme is “Orange” by 7!! (Seven Oops). The original soundtracks are composed by Masaru Yokoyama.
In North America, Aniplex of America licensed the series within the region, who simulcasted the series on Crunchyroll, Aniplex Channel, Hulu and Viewster. In Australia and New Zealand, the series is licensed by Madman Entertainment, who streamed the series on AnimeLab. The series is licensed in the United Kingdom and Ireland by Anime Limited. The series was later made available on Netflix with the English dub, as well as English subtitles.

Live-action film  

On August 24, 2015, the domain ‘kimiuso-movie.jp’ was registered under Toho, a Japanese film production and distribution company, which made fans believe that a movie adaptation was in the works. Speculations were confirmed in September 2015 when the main cast was announced for the live-action adaptation of the series: Kento Yamazaki as Kōsei Arima, Suzu Hirose as Kaori Miyazono, E-girls’ Anna Ishii as Tsubaki Sawabe, and Taishi Nakagawa as Ryōta Watari. While the original story depicts the characters in their junior high year, it is announced that they will be in their second-year of high school in the film. The adaptation, slated to be released in Japan in September 2016, will be written by Strawberry Night’s live-action scriptwriter Yukari Tatsui, and directed by Paradise Kiss’s live-action director Takehiko Shinjō.

Stage play

In the May issue of Monthly Shōnen Magazine, it was announced that a stage play adaptation of the manga was green-lit, and set to run on August the same year. The stage play was announced to be held at the AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo from August 24, 2017 to September 3, 2017, and at the Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka from September 7, 2017 to September 10, 2017. The stage play is directed by Naohiro Ise, and written by Kaori Miura. It was also revealed that the play would have live musical performances, with Yuta Matsumura performing the piano, and Shuko Kobayashi performing the violin. The main cast was announced, and stars: Shintarō Anzai as Kōsei Arima, Arisa Matsunaga as Kaori Miyazono, Misato Kawauchi as Tsubaki Sawabe, Masanari Wada as Ryōta Watari, Haruka Yamashita as Emi Igawa, and Shōjirō Yokoi as Takeshi Aiza. Additional cast was later announced, with: Takako Nakamura as Yuriko Ochiai, Shun Mikami as Akira Takayanagi, Haruka Igarashi as Nao Kashiwagi, Kuniko Kodama as Hiroko Seto, and Ryōko Tanaka as Saki Arima.

Characters

Kōsei Arima 
is a former child prodigy in playing piano, dubbed the “Human Metronome” for his near-inhuman mechanical accuracy, a product of his mother’s overly strict methods of teaching. His ability to play the piano with unparalleled precision led him to win many competitions across Japan and even be invited to play abroad. When his mother died, the resulting psychological trauma caused him to be unable to hear the sound of his piano playing, and he gave up on it. Two years later, he takes up the piano again after being convinced by Kaori Miyazono to become her accompanist. Influenced by her emotional and unrestrained playing style, Kōsei eventually finds himself falling in love with her. He, however, does not confess his feelings due to her liking his best friend, Ryota Watari.
It is later revealed in Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso: Coda, a side story from Kōsei and Tsubaki’s childhood, that his inspiration for playing so beautifully in his first competition was to cheer up Tsubaki after the passing of her grandmother.
Kaori Miyazono 
is Tsubaki’s classmate; she is a free-spirited violinist who has drawn much criticism from judging panels due to her unwillingness to adhere strictly to the score, but is highly favored by audiences that hear her playing. Kaori first met Kōsei when she asked Tsubaki to set her up with Watari. As their friendship grew, she eventually convinced Kōsei to play the piano again, first as her accompanist and later in a piano competition. It is revealed at the end of the anime, in a letter addressed to Kōsei, that she had asked to be set up with Watari in order to meet Kōsei, knowing that Watari and Tsubaki were good friends of his.
Tsubaki Sawabe 
Kōsei’s childhood friend and next-door neighbor, who treats him like a little brother. She is athletic and is part of the softball club at school. Often dismayed at Kōsei’s inability to move on from his mother’s death, she attempts to get him to play the piano again in order to make a clear decision about his future. She first denies her feelings for him but after undergoing several stages of denial, she falls in love with him, which she confesses to him later on.
Ryōta Watari 
is Kōsei’s and Tsubaki’s childhood friend, and is the captain of the school’s soccer team. He is extremely popular with girls, and usually adopts a frivolous attitude. However, he does come up with good insights every so often. Kaori was his love interest and when they are together, they are shown to be acting lovey-dovey, which makes Kōsei jealous. Kōsei later tells him about his feelings for Kaori, and he soon accepts this and gives him advice.

 

Wednesday News- October 31, 2018

Wednesday News- October 31, 2018

Hitorijime My Hero Anime’s English Dub Trailer Streamed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-30/hitorijime-my-hero-anime-english-dub-trailer-streamed/.138827

New Live-Action LDK Film’s Teaser Highlights Love Triangle- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-30/new-live-action-ldk-film-teaser-highlights-love-triangle/.138811

Black Clover BD+ DVD- Season 1 Part 1-  https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/black-clover/bd-dvd-season-1/.138554

Happy Halloween- Anime Style- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2018-10-30/happy-halloween-anime-style/.138833

Nintendo Switch Console Sales Reach 21.74 Million Units Worldwide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-10-30/nintendo-switch-console-sales-reach-21.74-million-units-worldwide/.138826

Anime

  • Area 88 OVA DVD
  • Dagashi Kashi 2 BD/DVD
  • First Love Monster Essentials BD
  • Goshogun BD
  • Great Mazinger BD
  • Hitorijime My Hero BD
  • Metropolis Steelbook BD/DVD
  • Reborn! Volume 2 BD
  • Space Warrior Baldios BD
  • Taboo Tattoo Essentials BD
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST Season 2 + OVA BD/DVD
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST Season 2 + OVA Limited Edition BD/DVD

Manga

  • Aho Girl A Clueless Girl Graphic Novel (GN) 9
  • Animal Land GN 14
  • Anne-Happy GN 8
  • Aoharu x Machine Gun GN 13
  • APOSIMZ GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Battle Angel Alita: Holy Night GN (Digital Only)
  • Beware the Kamiki Brothers! GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • A Bride’s Story GN 6-9 (Digital Only)
  • A Certain Magical Index GN 15
  • Corpse Princess GN 19 (Digital Only)
  • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody GN 5
  • Demonizer Zilch GN 5
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! GN 12
  • Dreamin’ Sun GN 8
  • Durarara!! Re;Dollars Arc GN 3
  • Gabriel Dropout GN 5
  • Hakumei and Mikochi Tiny Little Life in the Woods GN 2
  • Hatsu*Haru GN 3
  • Heaven’s Design Team GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World GN 1
  • Hiro Mashima‘s Playground GN
  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord GN 2
  • Im: Great Priest Imhotep GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Infini-T Force GN 3
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria GN 5
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 7
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 7
  •  Mononoke Sharing GN 3
  • Murciélago GN 8
  • My Monster Secret GN 13
  • Napping Princess the Story of the Unknown Me GN 2
  • Nurse Hitomi’s Monster Infirmary GN 8
  • Princess Resurrection Nightmare GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Prison School GN 11
  • Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts GN 3
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil GN 4
  • Sekirei GN 6
  • Shibuya Goldfish GN 2
  • Silver Spoon GN 5
  • So I’m A Spider, So What? GN 4
  • Spirits & Cat Ears GN 7
  • Taboo Tattoo GN 12
  • Teasing Master Takagi-san GN 2
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 8
  • Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • To Love Ru Darkness GN 7
  • Triage X GN 16
  • Val x Love GN 4
  • Versailles of the Dead GN 1
  • Yokai Rental Shop GN 4
  • Zo Zo Zombie-kun GN 1

Other

  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride Supplement 1
  • Death Mark PlayStation 4/PlayStation Vita/Nintendo Switch Game
  • The Empty Box and Zeroth Maria Novel 4
  • Final Fantasy VII: On the Way to a Smile Novel
  • Gal Metal Nintendo Switch Game
  • Goblin Slayer Side Story: Year One Novel 1
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 8
  • The Hero and His Elf Bride Open a Pizza Parlor in Another World Novel 1
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Novel 12
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria Novel 7
  • Kingdom Hearts The Story So Far PlayStation 4 Game
  • Mirai Novel (Hardcover)
  • No Game, No Life Novel 7
  • Onimonogatari Novel
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Novel 8
  • Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: The Wayward Journey Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Spice and Wolf Novel 20
  • True Tenchi Muyo! Novel 2
  • Wolf & Parchment Novel 3
  • Yomawari The Long Night Collection Nintendo Switch Game

 

Manga Monday- Your Lie in April

Manga Monday- Your Lie in April

Your Lie in April, known in Japan as Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso or just simply Kimiuso, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa. The series was serialized in Kodansha’s Monthly Shōnen Magazine from April 2011 to May 2015.

Manga

The Your Lie in April manga series is written and illustrated by Naoshi Arakawa, and began serialization on April 6, 2011 in Kodansha’s Monthly Shōnen Magazine. The first tankōbon was published by Kodansha on September 16, 2011, and the final volume was released in two editions, a regular edition and a limited edition, with the limited edition bundled with an OVA, and was released on May 15, 2015. The series is licensed in English in North America by Kodansha Comics, and the first volume was published on April 21, 2015.
A spin-off manga titled Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso: Coda was bundled with the release of the Blu-ray release of the anime series. It was later published in tankōbon format on August 17, 2016.

Plot

Piano prodigy Kōsei Arima dominated various music competitions and has become famous among child musicians, but also controversial. After the death of his abusive mother, who was also his coldhearted instructor who forced him to play the piano emotionlessly, he had a mental breakdown at the age of eleven while performing at a piano recital which resulted in him no longer being able to hear the sound of his piano even though his hearing was perfectly fine.
Four years later, Kōsei hasn’t touched the piano and views the world in monochrome, without any flair or color, resigning himself to living out his life with his good friends, Tsubaki and Watari, until, one day, a girl changes everything. Kaori Miyazono, an audacious, free-spirited, fourteen-year-old violinist whose playing style reflects her manic personality, helps Kōsei return to the music world and shows that it should be free and mold-breaking unlike the structured and rigid style Kōsei was used to, and as she continues to uplift him, he quickly realizes that he loves her, though she already likes Watari.
However, while performing together (Kōsei having been dragged into it by Kaori), Kaori suddenly collapses after a moving performance and is hospitalised. At first Kaori says that she is anaemic and just needs some routine testing, but this is revealed to be a lie when flashes of her past reveal her collapsing and bleeding many times before.
Finally Kaori is discharged and back to her happy, crazy-self, inviting Kōsei to play at a Gala with her. However, Kaori fails to show up on the day of the Gala, and as her health worsens, and she begins to give up on life. This time, Kōsei is the one who inspires her after playing a duet with Nagi Aiza, the pianist sister of a fellow rival of his named Takeshi Aiza. After shedding tears and listening to it, Kaori opts for a risky surgery that may kill her if it fails, just so that she can play with him one more time.
During the finals of the Eastern Japan Piano Competition, Kosei starts to play the piano, wishing that it would reach Kaori, but sees Kaori accompanying him during the play, indicating that she had died, since it was her last wish that she wanted to play with Kosei.
Kaori eventually dies due to the surgery, but leaves a letter to Kōsei, which is given to him by her parents at her funeral. The letter reveals that she was in love with Kōsei the whole time, and that her supposed feelings towards Watari were fabricated in order to get closer to Kōsei without emotionally injuring Tsubaki, who also has limerent feelings towards Kōsei. After finding this out, Tsubaki confronts Kosei and tells him that she will be by his side for the rest of her life.

 

Film Friday- Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

Film Friday- Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches

It was adapted into a live-action television drama which aired on Fuji TV from August–September 2013.

An animated promotional video (PV) was released by Liden Films on August 26, 2013. The video was directed by Seiki Takuno. Ryu Yamada was voiced by Ryōta Ōsaka, and Urara Shiraishi was voiced by Saori Hayami. In June 2014, Liden Films launched a website with news that it would be producing an original anime DVD (OAD). The OAD has two installments: the first was released on December 17, 2014 bundled with the manga volume 15, and the second is bundled with volume 17 for May 15, 2015. They were advertised as featuring all seven witches as well as hot springs scenes.
In November 2014, Liden films announced plans to produce a TV anime series with the voice characters to reprise their roles from the OAD project. The director is Tomoki Takuno, who did IDOLM@STER: XENOGLOSSIA, Love Live! School Idol Project, and the assistant director is Fumiaki Usui. The series writer is Michiko Yokote, and the chief animation director and character designer is Eriko Iida. Sound is being directed by Yota Tsuruoka and music composed by Masaru Yokoyama.
A 12-episode anime television adaptation produced by Liden Films and directed by Tomoki Takuno aired in Japan between April 12 and June 28, 2015. The opening theme song is “Kuchizuke Diamond” by WEAVER and the ending theme song is “CANDY MAGIC” by Mimi Meme Mimi.
The first DVD and Blu-ray Disc box sets of the anime television series included a crossover anime short Yamada-kun to 7-nin no Majo x Yankee-kun to Megane-chan adapted from the manga by the same author.
Crunchyroll will release the series on Blu-ray and DVD with an English dub.

Television drama

A live-action drama began airing on August 10, 2013 on Saturdays on Fuji TV at 11:10pm. It stars Yusuke Yamamoto as the title character Ryū Yamada, and Mariya Nishiuchi as Urara Shiraishi. Its theme song is “Time Machine Nante Iranai” by former AKB48 headliner Atsuko Maeda. She described the song as “cheerful and fun” and hopes it will liven up the show. Sponsors include Samsung, which included the show’s characters in their related commercials broadcast at the time.

Main characters

Ryuu Yamada

is an apathetic delinquent who finds high school boring and is failing in his school’s academics. That is until he crashes into Shiraishi, the student academic ace of the school, at the stairs and ends up swapping bodies with her. They discover that a kiss activates the swap, and that Yamada can swap with others, although he later learns that it is actually a duplication power; that is, he can copy the power of the witch that he has kissed He later confesses his developed feelings for Shiraishi which she returns and the two began dating. After Yamada recovers his full memories, it is revealed that they became a couple during their first year. At the series conclusion set ten years later, Yamada works as a successful businessman in development. He proposes to Shiriashi who happily accepts and the two become married. Yamada’s favorite food is yakisoba bread, and he even has a stuffed toy based on it named Sobasshimi. He is portrayed by Yusuke Yamamoto in the live-action adaptation, and voiced by Ryōta Ōsak in Japanese and by Newton Pittman in English

Urara Shiraishi

is introduced as the student ace; she holds the highest grades in her class, but is bullied by other students who are envious of her academic success. Her decision not to go to college worries the teachers and the student council. When she discovers her body-swapping powers with Yamada, the two resolve each other’s problems in school; she begins to make friends and have a social life. Toranosuke Miyamura appoints her the president of the Supernatural Studies Club. After numerous adventures with Yamada, she eventually agrees to be his girlfriend. Later memories show she and Yamada had started dating since their first year in high school. She was first attracted to Yamada when she was isolated in high school and he called her out for being boring. She then accepted the role of the “Original Witch” who enabled the witch powers at the school, so she could be with Yamada, but at the cost of having everyone except for Yamada forget her and that she would forget him when she leaves school during her senior year. When she returns for graduation, Yamada’s comment about her being boring again as well as later kissing Yamada enables her to recover her memories. Ten years later, she has become a successful businesswoman, but has been awaiting Yamada’s marriage proposal. The final chapter covers their wedding, and some years later, talking with their two children about their story. She is portrayed by Mariya Nishiuchi in the drama series, and is voiced by Saori Hayami in Japanese and by Mikaela Krantz in English in the anime. At her panel at Anime Expo 2015, Yoshikawa said that Shiraishi was her favorite Yamada-kun character to draw, and that her favorite feature to draw was her hair.

 

Wednesday News- October 24, 2018

Wednesday News- October 24, 2018

Fairy Tail City Hero Spinoff Manga Launches on Friday- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-22/fairy-tail-city-hero-spinoff-manga-launches-on-friday/.138450

Pokemon the Movie: The Power of Us Anime Film’s Full English Trailer Streamed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-23/pokemon-the-movie-the-power-of-us-anime-film-full-english-trailer-streamed/.138526

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Kyoto Animeation’s Tsurune Anime – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-23/sentai-filmworks-licenses-kyoto-animation-tsurune-anime/.138523

Fairy Tail Final Season: Episode 3 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/fairy-tail-final-season/episode-3/.138446

New Hakuoki Musical About Kazama Chikae Debuts in April 2019- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-10-22/new-hakuoki-musical-about-kazama-chikage-debuts-in-april-2019/.138470

Anime

  • 91 Days Essentials BD
  • Accel World: Infinite Burst BD
  • Accel World: Infinite Burst DVD
  • Concrete Revolutio BD/DVD
  • Endride Complete Series BD
  • Made in Abyss BD
  • Tsukiuta. THE ANIMATION Essentials BD
  • Witch Hunter Robin Complete Series DVD

Manga

  • Ace of Diamond GN 16 (Digital Only)
  • Aho Girl GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Baki GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Batman and the Justice League Graphic Novel (GN) 1
  • Beauty Bunny GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Creature! GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Defying Kurosaki-kun GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • ēlDLIVE GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Fairy Tail: Lightning Gods GN 4
  • Flowers of Evil Complete GN Omnibus 4
  • Forest of Piano GN 1-7 (Digital Only)
  • Harukana Receive GN 2
  • Heart Break Club GN 10Is Kichijoji the Only Place to Live? GN  4  (Digital Only)
  • Liar x Liar GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Machimaho: I Messed Up and Made the Wrong Person Into a Magical Girl! GN 1
  • Made in Abyss GN 4
  • Magical Girl Apocalypse GN 16
  • Mikami-sensei’s Way of Love GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Mob Psycho 100 GN 1
  • Nameless Asterism GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Plus-Sized Elf GN 1
  • Pokémon Adventures GN 23-29 (FireRed & LeafGreen) (Digital Only)
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • There’s a Demon Lord on the Floor GN 6

Other

  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Infinite Stratos GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Kokoro Connect GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero One’s Justice PlayStation 4 Game
  • Super Mario Encyclopedia: The Official Guide to the First 30 Years (Hardcover)
  • The Unwanted Undead Adventurer GN 3 (Digital Only)