Manga Monday- Dr. Slump

Manga Monday- Dr. Slump

Dr. Slump is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. It was serialized in Shueisha’s anthology magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1980 to 1984, with the chapters collected into 18 tankōbon volumes. The series follows the humorous adventures of the little girl robot Arale Norimaki, her creator Senbei Norimaki, and the other residents of the bizarre Penguin Village.

The manga was adapted into an anime television series by Toei Animation that ran on Fuji TV from 1981 to 1986 for 243 episodes. A remake series was created thirteen years after the manga ended, consisting of 74 episodes that were broadcast from 1997 to 1999. The series has also spawned several novels, video games and eleven animated films.

Dr. Slump launched Toriyama’s career. It was awarded the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen and shōjo manga in 1981 and has sold over 35 million copies in Japan. The manga was released in North America by Viz Media from 2004 to 2009. Discotek Media released the first five films in North America in 2014.

Manga

Akira Toriyama’s Dr. Slump was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from issue No. 5/6 on February 4, 1980 to No. 39 on September 10, 1984. Its 236 individual chapters were collected into 18 tankōbon volumes under the Jump Comics imprint. It was reassembled as a 9-volume aizōban edition in 1990, a 9-volume bunkoban edition in 1995, and a 15-volume kanzenban edition in 2006. Viz Media licensed the series for North America in 2004, and published the first volume on March 3, 2005 with translation done by Alexander O. Smith and some censorship. All 18 original volumes have been released in North America as of May 5, 2009.

After Dr. Slump ended in 1984, its characters returned for an extended cameo in Toriyama’s next series Dragon Ball, in which Arale and Son Goku briefly team up to defeat General Blue during the Red Ribbon Army storyline. A Dr. Slump follow-up manga was written by Takao Koyama and illustrated by Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru, with supervision by Toriyama. It was serialized in V Jump from February 21, 1993 to September 1996 under the title The Brief Return of Dr. Slump. It was collected into four tankōbon volumes.

To promote the release of the first Dr. Slump – Arale-chan anime DVD box set, Akira Toriyama illustrated a special one-shot colored spin-off manga titled Dr. Mashirito – Abale-chan published in the April 2007 issue of Monthly Shōnen Jump. The story centers around an evil counterpart of Arale created by Dr. Mashirito Jr., named Abale.

Reception

As of 2008, the collected volumes of Dr. Slump had sold over 35 million copies in Japan alone. Only a year after its debut, the series was awarded the 1981 Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen and shōjo manga. Viz Media’s North American release of the first volume of Dr. Slump was nominated for the 2005 Quill Award in the Graphic Novel category. The first anime adaptation of Dr. Slump was also popular, holding the coveted Saturday 6pm timeslot for five years. With a 36.9% average household rating, its December 16, 1981 episode is the third most watched anime since the television ratings group Video Research began keeping track on September 26, 1977. In 1982, it was voted the 13th Favorite Anime in Japanese magazine Animages fourth annual Anime Grand Prix. In 2001, Animage ranked it number 48 on its list of the Top 100 Anime. TV Asahi released two Top 100 Anime lists in 2005, in the web poll Dr. Slump ranked number 34, while a nationwide poll of multiple age groups named it number 29. The following year, a list created from polling 100 celebrities had it in the 25th position. A running gag in Dr. Slump that utilizes feces has been reported as an inspiration for the Pile of Poo emoji. Ian Jones-Quartey, a former producer of the American animated series Steven Universe and creator of OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes, is a fan of Dragon Ball and Dr. Slump, and uses Toriyama’s vehicle designs as reference for his own. He also stated that “We’re all big Toriyama fans on [Steven Universe], which kind of shows a bit.”

Mike Toole of Anime News Network called Dr. Slump “the greatest manga of all time”, filled with “parody, gags, and fart jokes that everyone from toddlers to grandparents can enjoy together”. Jason Thompson referred to Dr. Slump as the best series Toriyama has created, claiming it is better drawn and more creative than Dragon Ball. He also reports that it is considered “the last non-manufactured hit” by many in the Japanese manga industry, particularity among Weekly Shōnen Jump titles. In their review, Publishers Weekly stated “Toriyama has created his own demented sitcom, and his fantastic imagination and comic invention never let up”, “The [English] translation is a bit flat, but the uncommonly good storytelling more than makes up for it.” Eduardo M. Chavez of Mania Entertainment summarized Dr. Slump as a “quirky slap-stick comedy entirely based in fantasy.” He thinks that while Toriyama’s usual art style uses “SD” characters, Dr. Slump also shows hints that he can draw realistic. He noted that “little nuances”, particularity puns, are lost in translation from Japanese to English and expressed disdain for Viz’s censorship, saying it took away from the honesty of the series. Chavez feels that what the characters do never crosses the line into inappropriate; “The jokes might not be wholesome, but they are genuinely funny and harmless”; and went on to say that the series fills the void for “all ages manga” in bookstores and libraries.

Reviewing the first five movies, Carl Kimlinger of Anime News Network summarized Dr. Slump as “random silly adventures […] delivered with a lot of surreal nonsense humor, only the most basic sense of continuity, and not a whiff of substance or seriousness.” He felt that much of the humor comes simply from the visuals; stating that the vintage hand-done art and animation provide a “warmth” and “raises Slump’s visuals above” other anime. However, he called the background music “non-descript” and stated that the films are only for viewers who are familiar with the series, as they provide no exposition.

Plot

Dr. Slump is set in Penguin Village, a place where humans co-exist with all sorts of anthropomorphic animals and other objects. In this village lives Senbei Norimaki, an inventor. In the first chapter, he builds what he hopes will be the world’s most perfect little girl robot, named Arale Norimaki. However, she turns out to be in severe need of eyeglasses. She is also very naïve, and in later issues she has adventures such as bringing a huge bear home, having mistaken it for a pet. To Senbei’s credit, she does have super-strength. In general, the manga focuses on Arale’s misunderstandings of humanity and Senbei’s inventions, rivalries, and romantic misadventures. In the middle of the series, a recurring villain named Dr. Mashirito appears as a rival to Senbei.

Film Friday- Dr. Slump

Film Friday- Dr. Slump

Dr. Slump is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Toriyama. It was serialized in Shueisha’s anthology magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from 1980 to 1984, with the chapters collected into 18 tankōbon volumes. The series follows the humorous adventures of the little girl robot Arale Norimaki, her creator Senbei Norimaki, and the other residents of the bizarre Penguin Village.

The manga was adapted into an anime television series by Toei Animation that ran on Fuji TV from 1981 to 1986 for 243 episodes. A remake series was created thirteen years after the manga ended, consisting of 74 episodes that were broadcast from 1997 to 1999. The series has also spawned several novels, video games and eleven animated films.

Dr. Slump launched Toriyama’s career. It was awarded the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen and shōjo manga in 1981 and has sold over 35 million copies in Japan. The manga was released in North America by Viz Media from 2004 to 2009. Discotek Media released the first five films in North America in 2014.

Anime

The Dr. Slump manga was adapted into two separate anime television series by Toei Animation, both of which aired on Fuji TV. The first, Dr. Slump – Arale-chan, ran from April 8, 1981 to February 19, 1986 and spanned 243 episodes. The second anime, simply titled Doctor Slump, ran from November 26, 1997 to September 22, 1999 and lasted seventy-four episodes

The first anime was released on home video for the first time in 2007, remastered, in two 22-disc DVD sets; Slump the Box N’Cha on March 23, which contains the first 120 episodes, and Slump the Box Hoyoyo on September 14, which contains the remainder. Likewise, the second series was released the following year as Slump the Box 90’s on March 21. The first anime was then released in twenty 2-disc sets (the last was 3-disc) of roughly twelve episodes each, titled Slump the Collection; the first three sets on October 9, 2008, the next five on November 28, the next six on December 21, and the last six on January 30, 2009. The first episode of the original anime was adapted into English by Harmony Gold USA in 1984, but the pilot was never picked up.

Films

Toei has also created eleven animated films based on Dr. Slump, beginning with Hello! Wonder Island on July 18, 1981. They continued to produce one film a year until 1985; “Hoyoyo!” Space Adventure on July 10, 1982, Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo! The Great Race Around the World on March 13, 1983, Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo! The Secret of Nanaba Castle on December 22, 1984, and Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo! The City of Dreams, Mechapolis on July 13, 1985.

In 1993, Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: N-cha! Clear Skies Over Penguin Village and Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: N-cha! From Penguin Village with Love were released on March 6 and July 10 respectively. In 1994, Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: Hoyoyo!! Follow the Rescued Shark… and Dr. Slump and Arale-chan: N-cha!! Excited Heart of Summer Vacation were released on March 12 and July 9 respectively. On March 6, 1999, Arale’s Surprise Burn was produced.

Toriyama’s 2007 one-shot was adapted into a five-minute short titled Dr. Slump: Dr. Mashirito and Abale-chan that was shown alongside the theatrically released One Piece Movie: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in Alabasta. In 2008, all eleven films were released in a remastered DVD box set titled Slump the Box Movies on September 21. On June 12, 2013, Discotek Media announced they acquired the first five Dr. Slump films for release in North America. They released all five in a two-disc DVD box set in Japanese with English subtitles on July 29, 2014.

Video games

A series of three Dr. Slump – Arale-chan video games called Hoyoyo Bomber, Gatchan! Kazi Kazi and Ncha! Bycha, by Animest was released as Game & Watch clones in 1982. A Dr. Slump video game was released in 1983 for the Arcadia 2001. Dr. Slump Bubble Blitz was released for the NEC PC-6001 in 1984 by Enix. An action game, simply titled Dr. Slump, for the PlayStation based on the second television series was released on March 18, 1999 by Bandai. Dr. Slump: Arale-Chan was released on October 30, 2008 for the Nintendo DS. Arale appears in the 1988 Famicom game Famicom Jump: Hero Retsuden. In the Nintendo DS game Jump Super Stars, Arale and Dr. Mashirito are player characters, while Senbei appears as a support character. They both return in the sequel, Jump Ultimate Stars while Senbei, Midori, Gatchan, Obotchaman and Unchi-kun are support characters. Arale appears as a playable character in J-Stars Victory VS.

Arale appears in several Dragon Ball video games as well. She and several other Dr. Slump characters appear in Dragon Ball: Daimaō Fukkatsu, she alone is a hidden battle in Dragon Ball 3: Goku Den, and she and Senbei briefly appear in Dragon Ball Z: Super Goku Den — Totsugeki-Hen. Arale is a playable character, and Penguin Village is a playable map, in Dragon Ball Z: Sparking! Meteor for the PlayStation 2 and Wii. In the PS2 game Super Dragon Ball Z, Suppaman appears in the background of the city level; after breaking the porta-potty, Suppaman will roll off on his skateboard. Arale can also be unlocked as a playable character in Dragon Ball: World’s Greatest Adventure for the Wii, Dragon Ball DS 2: Charge! Red Ribbon Army for the DS, and Dragon Ball Fusions for the Nintendo 3DS. Finally, she, along with Gatchan and Senbei Norimaki, appear as non-playable characters in the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows game Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, as does Penguin Village.

Other media

There have been several light novels based on Dr. Slump. The first two, Novel!? Dr. Slump released in July 1981 and Novel!? Dr. Slump Strikes Back released in April 1982, were written by Masaki Tsuji, who also wrote for the anime adaptation. A novel written by Shun’ichi Yukimuro and based on the second movie was released on July 15, 1982. The Sun fell in Penguin Village and Ghostbusters, released on October 1989 and June 27, 1997 respectively, are original works written by Genichiro Takahashi, but draw from the world of Dr. Slump.

A radio drama adaptation was broadcast at around the same time the anime was airing. Arale was voiced by Yuko Hara, keyboardist of the popular rock band Southern All Stars.

In 2014, two commercials featuring Dr. Slump were created by Toei for Suzuki. The commercials advertise the car manufacturer’s Kei SUV Hustler and include new acting from Mami Koyama as Arale and Kumiko Nishihara as Gatchan.

In celebration of the anime adaptation’s 35th anniversary, the Dr. Slump – Arale-chan N’Cha! Best album containing music from the series was released on June 1, 2016.

Arale Norimaki

is a robot built by Senbei Norimaki who looks like a young girl. She is known for her naïveté, energetic personality, lack of common sense, and amazing strength. Senbei tries to convince the other citizens of Penguin Village that she is just a normal human girl, and it seems to work, despite her superhuman athletic ability. Among her strengths, she can use abilities that range from the terrain splitting Chikyūwari to the beam-like N’chahō. However, she is nearsighted and needs to wear glasses.

Senbei Norimaki

is Penguin Village’s goofy genius inventor who is able to invent the most brilliant and ridiculous inventions. As a running gag, his appearance transforms into a more handsome, taller version of himself when he is being serious. He is 28 years old and uses the unusual greeting “N’Cha”, which Arale adopts. After creating Arale, he alternatively tells the village residents that she is either his younger sister or his daughter, depending on the occasion.

Senbei’s name is a pun on the word for a rice cracker and with his family name, Norimaki Senbei, it refers to a rice cracker wrapped in nori seaweed.  In Dragon Ball, he attempts to fix Son Goku’s Dragon Radar. Senbei also makes a brief non-speaking role in the Dragon Ball film The Great Mystical Adventure.

Akane Kimidori

is a rebellious 13-year-old girl who quickly becomes Arale’s best friend. She often plays pranks on Senbei who considers her a bad influence on Arale. She starts dating Tsukutsun Tsun late in the series, and a look ten years into the future shows they got married. She has a brief appearance in the Dragon Ball series.

 

Taro Soramame

is Arale’s older “bad boy” friend at school. The 15-year-old is usually seen smoking cigarettes and trying to act “cool.” After graduating from high school, he becomes a police officer. He starts dating Tsururin Tsun,whom he eventually marries ten years in the future.  He briefly appears in Dragon Ball, shown on a date with Tsururin.

 

Film Friday- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

Film Friday- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Coolkyousinnjya. The series began serialization in Futabasha’s Monthly Action magazine in May 2013, and is licensed in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment. Two spin-off manga, one by Mitsuhiro Kimura and the other by Ayami Kazama, are serialized in Monthly Action. An anime television series produced by Kyoto Animation aired in Japan between January and April 2017. A second anime season has been greenlit.

Characters

 

 

Kobayashi 
A normal programmer and office worker who suddenly finds herself living with a dragon after removing a divine sword from it on a drunken night. While typically stoic and kind-hearted, she can get wild when drunk and has a particular fascination with maids. She is occasionally mistaken as a boy, due to her lack of feminine features, particularly her flat chest. Her first name is unknown.
Tohru
A female dragon of the Chaos faction who comes from another world called the dragon realm who is capable of using magic to perform such tasks as “perception-blocking”, which causes people to simply overlook her, repairing damage she may have caused, or transforming between a dragon and a human. After her life is saved by Kobayashi, she falls in love with her and starts living in her flat as a maid. She usually retains her horns when changing into human shape, and occasionally retains her tail. She is commonly mistaken for a cosplayer due to her appearance. A running gag involves her attempting to feed Kobayashi pieces of her tail (which she can regenerate) with her cooking as a sign of affection and a sign of love.
Kanna Kamui 
Tohru’s friend from the dragon realm who was exiled from her world for pulling too many pranks on other dragons and wound up living with Kobayashi as well. Although she is much older than she appears, she is very young by dragon standards, equivalent to a primary school student at Oborozuka Elementary School, which she attends as a third grade student bearing Kobayashi’s surname. She initially assumes that Kobayashi seduced Tohru into staying and wanted her to return to their original world. She grows increasingly attached to Kobayashi as the series progresses, viewing her as a mother figure. Kanna’s basis and tribal attire are inspired by the culture of the indigenous natives of Hokkaido and claims to be from Ushishir. She bears feather-like horns and a thin tail ending in a bulb, and is capable of recharging her depleted magical energy with electricity.

Wednesday News- June 10, 2020

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Manga Monday- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

Manga Monday- Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Coolkyousinnjya. The series began serialization in Futabasha’s Monthly Action magazine in May 2013, and is licensed in North America by Seven Seas Entertainment. Two spin-off manga, one by Mitsuhiro Kimura and the other by Ayami Kazama, are serialized in Monthly Action. An anime television series produced by Kyoto Animation aired in Japan between January and April 2017. A second anime season has been greenlit.

The manga had over 1.2 million copies in print as of February 2018.

Plot

As office worker and programmer Kobayashi gets ready for work, she is greeted by a large dragon right outside her front door. The dragon immediately transforms into a human girl in a maid outfit, and introduces herself as Tohru. It turns out, that during a drunken excursion into the mountains the night before, Kobayashi had encountered the dragon, who claimed to have come from another world. Subsequently, Kobayashi had removed a holy sword from Tohru’s back, earning her gratitude. With Tohru having no place to stay, Kobayashi offers to let the dragon stay at her home and become her personal maid, to which she agrees.

Despite being efficient at housework, Tohru’s unorthodox methods of housekeeping often end up scaring Kobayashi and bringing more trouble than help. Additionally, Tohru’s presence attracts other dragons, gods, and mythical beings to her new home. One of these dragons, Kanna, shows up at Kobayashi’s door, demanding that Kobayashi return Tohru to the other world. It is then revealed that she’d been exiled from the other world, and having nowhere else to stay, Kobayashi takes her in and becomes her guardian. As both Tohru and Kanna settle into the human world, Kobayashi starts to think of them as family.

Film Friday- Fire Force

Film Friday- Fire Force

Fire Force is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Atsushi Ōkubo. It is published by Kodansha and has been serialized in the Weekly Shōnen Magazine since September 23, 2015, with the chapters collected into twenty-three tankōbon volumes as of May 2020.

An anime television series adaptation by David Production aired from July 5 to December 27, 2019 on the Super Animeism block. A second season is set to premiere in July 2020.

Anime

An anime television series adaptation by studio David Production was announced on November 14, 2018. The series is directed by Yuki Yase, with Yamato Haijima handling the series’ scripts, Hideyuki Morioka designing the characters and Kenichiro Suehiro composing the music. The series aired from July 5 to December 27, 2019 on Japan News Network stations MBS and TBS as part of the Super Animeism block. It ran for 24 episodes. Due to the Kyoto Animation arson attack on July 18, 2019, Episode 3, which was originally scheduled to air on July 19, 2019, was postponed to July 26, 2019. The opening theme is “Inferno” by Mrs. Green Apple and the ending theme is “veil” by Keina Suda. The second opening theme is “MAYDAY” by Coldrain feat. Ryo from Crystal Lake from their album The Side Effects and the second ending is “Nо̄nai” by Lenny code fiction.

A second season has been announced, and it will premiere in July 2020. The official announcements describe the continuation as the “2nd chapter” of the anime series. In May 2020, a promotional video for the second season was released. The second season will be directed by Tatsumi Minakawa (replacing Yuki Yase from the previous season). The opening theme will be “SPARK-AGAIN”, performed by Aimer.

Funimation has licensed the series for streaming on FunimationNow. The series was simulcast in Southeast Asia on Aniplus Asia. On July 19, 2019, it was announced that the series would premiere on Adult Swim’s Toonami block on July 27, 2019.

Stage Play

A stage-play adaptation of the series was announced on January 7, 2020, confirming the cast for the play and is scheduled to run on July 31 to August 2 at the Umeda Arts Theater in Osaka and on August 7 to August 9 at KT Zepp Yokohama in Kanagawa. The play is directed by Sho Kubota, the scriptwriter is Yusei Naruse, and music composer is Masaki Miyoshi. The protagonist Shinra Kusakabe will be played by Hikaru Makishima.

Special Fire Force Company 8

Special Fire Force Company 8 (第8特殊消防隊, Dai Hachi Tokushu Shōbōtai) is a Special Fire Force located in Tokyo, having the fewest resources and members since it was formed in a rush compared to the other Special Fire Force Companies. While having the same task as the other branches, Company 8’s has an additional mission in the observation of the other companies in case any of them are hiding vital information from the entire organization for personal reasons.

Shinra Kusakabe
Shinra is a Second Class Fire Soldier who joined the Special Fire Force Company 8 to achieve his goal to save people and is determined to find out the cause of his family’s death twelve years earlier. As a third generation case of Spontaneous Human Combustion, his Ignition Ability, nicknamed the Devil’s Footprints, allows him to generate and unleash powerful continuous bursts of flames from his feet which in turn grants him the ability to fly in the air, augmenting the power of his kicks, and high-speed movements. His powers are further enhanced when the Adolla Burst awakened within him, able to move at the speed of light while momentarily dissolving his body, thus being revealed as the Fourth of the Eight Pillars that the Evangelist seeks and making him a fourth generation as well. With further training Shinra learns to create a fast and sharply focused blast of fire with his fingers. He calls the blast “Shinrabansho” using a combination of his name (Shin), man (ban) and his brother’s name (Sho). Shinra also suffers from a condition known as nervous laughter, which caused him to grin during tense or fearful situations which in turn makes him look menacing, although he learns to control it.
Akitaru Ōbi
Battalion Captain of Company 8, he is a role-model firefighter and despite being one of its non-powered members, he is at peak human condition and more than willing to get up close and personal with Infernals while battling them, even physically grappling with them at times despite the high risk to himself. Normally calm and cheerful, he can turn furious in an instant should he encounter someone toying with human life. He is also well aware that “putting to rest” Infernals was just a better alternative for the word “killing”, thus he warns the younger members of Company 8 never to display their weapons in public, especially when an Infernal’s next of kin is around.
Takehisa Hinawa
Company 8 Lieutenant and a second generation who manipulates his flames through the use of his firearms, controlling the power, speed and trajectory of the bullets he fires to the point where he can turn the damage output of a normal bullet into that of a tank shell. An extremely intimidating character, he is stoic, strict and blunt with his words, but does care for his allies as shown with his interactions with Shinra after the latter reveals his younger brother’s role within the enemy group and is surprisingly a good cook. During his time in the Tokyo Army, he encountered Maki, whom he would later recruit into Fire Force Company 8 after leaving the military, and witnessed the death of his best friend who had suddenly transformed into an Infernal.
Maki Oze
A second generation who was a member of the Tokyo army before joining the Special Fire Force to better help others. While an experienced combatant, Maki uses her second generation powers to create living fireballs which also use to power her Iron Owl projectile weapons. Apart from that, she is also able to control flames from a long distance, allowing her to extinguish, absorb or force away any form of fire. While she has a gentle demeanor, she snaps when someone comments on her being un-feminine, due to her muscular physique (she will commonly delude herself into thinking she was called an ogre or gorilla) and will become very aggressive.
Iris
One of the two surviving nuns of St. Raffles Convent fire, Iris is a follower of the Holy Sol Temple who joined Company 8 as a medic and is one of its non-powered members. She is adamant in her faith and usually gives prayers to dying Infernals as her way of easing their last moments of suffering. She is also trained in basic first aid. Iris is later revealed to be a subject in Sister Sumire’s experiments involving the Doppelgänger-type Infernals, becoming the Eighth Pillar as a result.
Arthur Boyle
Arthur is an oblivious third generation with delusions of being a king, abandoned by his parents who left to travel the world after their small restaurant burned to the ground. An exceptionally strong Fire Soldier, Arthur’s Ignition Ability relies on his delusions, which allows him to fabricate and control plasma which he uses in the formation of his sword Excalibur, allowing him to cut, weld and manipulate electricity. The more detached he is from reality, the more powerful he become. He and Shinra developed a bitter rivalry back in their training days, which did not disappear even after both joined the same company although the rivalry has since toned down to a more friendly one. He is based on the fictional character of the same name that has everything he has, except that his Excalibur is similar to a lightsaber.
Tamaki Kotatsu
Formerly a Fire Soldier and sister of Company 1 until her being an unwitting accessory to Rekka Hoshimiya’s crimes got her transferred to Company 8 following her suspension, Tamaki is a third generation whose Ignition Ability, nicknamed “Nekomata”, generates pink flames around her in the shape of cat features which she can use for close-range combat or as a signal flare. She has feelings for Shinra after the latter saved her from Rekka. She is cursed to be involved in uncomfortable situations to which she calls “Lucky Lecher Lure Syndrome”, which serves as a running gag in the series.
Victor Licht
Originally Haijima Industries’ Head of Incendiary Research before being assigned a position in Company 8 due to a government order, Victor is a mad scientist obsessed with the Adolla Burst. He is also an associate of Joker’s. While morally ambiguous at best, his selfish intentions does not deter him from helping his new comrades.
Vulcan Joseph
An engineer famously known as the God of Fire and Smithing, his family having a bitter history with Haijima Industries as the company stole their plans for the power generator Amaterasu which worsened by his grandfather’s apprentice Dr. Giovanni working for the company around his grandfather and father mysteriously became Infernals. Vulcan originally wanted nothing to do with the Fire Force, turning down Giovanni’s numerous recruitment attempts. It was only after Giovanni stole the Key to Amaterasu which his family guarded for ages that Vulcan breaks his vow and becomes Fire Force Company 8’s mechanic to protect his new family and find Lisa.
Lisa Isaribe
Previously an Ashen Flame member under Dr. Giovanni who was code-named Feeler, relating to her ability as a Third Generation pyrokinetic to manifest tentacles for various purposes. Traumatized from watching her parents killed by an Infernal, her powers awakened by an Infernal Bug, she created the Lisa Isaribe identity to infiltrate Vulcan’s home and find the Key to Amaterasu before exposing herself after her superior decided to get the item personally. Lisa resumed her Ashen Knight duties until Company 8 ventures into the Netherworld, used by Giovanni as a hostage before abandoning her. She joins the Fire Force soon after.

Wednesday News- June 3, 2020

Wednesday News- June 3, 2020

Review: City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyeshttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/city-hunter/shinjuku-private-eyes/.143666

Cells at Work: Bacteria! Manga Ends in July- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-06-03/cells-at-work-bacteria-manga-ends-in-july/.160201

Netflix’s Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Shop Writer Teases Similarities, Changes- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-06-03/netflix-live-action-cowboy-bebop-show-writer-teases-similarities-changes/.160202

Strike the Blood Novel Series’ Main Story to End- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-06-03/strike-the-blood-novel-series-main-story-to-end/.160224

Kodansha Comics Licenses Cells at Work! Spinoffs, That Time I Got Reincarnated (Again!) as a Workaholic Slime Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-06-03/kodansha-comics-licenses-cells-at-work-spinoffs-that-time-i-got-reincarnated-as-a-workaholic-slime-manga/.160200

Anime

  • Aria the Origination Season 3 + OVAs BD
  • Demon Lord, Retry! BD
  • Mix Part 2 BDP
  • Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ Essentials BD
  • Robotics;Notes Essentials BD
  • Sound! Euphonium The Movie – Our Promise: A Brand New Day BD/DVD
  • Strike Witches: 501st JOINT FIGHTER WING Take Off! BD
  • Tamako Market Love Story Collection BD
  • Tokyo Godfathers BD/DVD

Manga

  • Ao Haru Ride GN 11
  • Black Clover GN 21
  • A Centaur’s Life GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • Chihayafuru GN 20 (Digital Only)P (Digital Only)
  • A Condition Called Love GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba GN 13
  • Dragon Ball Super GN 9
  • Dungeon Builder: The Demon King’s Labyrinth is a Modern City! GN 2
  • Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 36
  • How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? GN 3
  • Jujutsu Kaisen GN 4
  • Knight of the Ice GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • LDK GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • Love Me for Who I Am GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Girl Site GN 12
  • Marginal Operation GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid GN 9
  • My Hero Academia GN 24
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes GN 7
  • Natsume’s Book of Friends GN 24
  • The Promised Neverland GN 15
  • Queen’s Quality GN 9
  • Rent-A-Girlfriend GN 1
  • Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GN 10
  • Saki the Succubus Hungers Tonight GN 2
  • Sarazanmai: Reo and Mabu GN
  • Smile Down the Runway GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Something’s Wrong With Us GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • SPY×FAMILY GN 1
  • To Be Next to you GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • To Your Eternity GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • We Never Learn GN 10
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V GN 7
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 24
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs GN 9
  • Yuzu the Pet Vet GN 2 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Altina the Sword Princess Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • Ascendance of a Bookworm Part 2 Novel 2P
  • Breath of Fire Official Complete Works book (hardcover)
  • By the Grace of the Gods Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Can Someone Please Explain What’s Going On?! Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Novel 10C
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 10
  • The Invincible Shovel Novel 1
  • Kokoro Connect Novel 9 Part 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Novel 11 (Digital Only)
  • Mega Man Robot Master Field Guide Updated Edition arbook (hardcover)
  • Mega Man Star Force Official Complete Works artbook (hardcover)
  • Record of Wortenia War Novel 6 (Digital Only)

Manga Monday- Fire Force

Manga Monday- Fire Force

Fire Force is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Atsushi Ōkubo. It is published by Kodansha and has been serialized in the Weekly Shōnen Magazine since September 23, 2015, with the chapters collected into twenty-three tankōbon volumes as of May 2020.

An anime television series adaptation by David Production aired from July 5 to December 27, 2019 on the Super Animeism block. A second season is set to premiere in July 2020.

Manga

Fire Force is written and illustrated by Atsushi Ōkubo. It began its serialization in the manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Magazine on September 23, 2015. Its individual chapters have been collected into twenty-two tankōbon volumes by Kodansha as of March 2020, the first released on February 17, 2016. In a July 2019 interview, the creator stated that he expected the manga’s ending to be “probably Volume 30. It could change. But no more than 50”. In May 2020, Ōkubo announced that the manga is in its final stage, and he also commented that Fire Force would be his final manga.

The series is licensed for English-language release in North America by Kodansha USA, which has published the first volume on November 8, 2016.

Reception

As of January 2018, the manga had 1.8 million copies in print.

Gadget Tsūshin listed “Látom” in their 2019 anime buzzwords list.

Synopsis

Setting

The Great Disaster is an event that happened two hundred and fifty years before Year 198, with the world mostly consumed in flame with many nations destroyed and most of the planet rendered uninhabitable. The survivors took refuge in the Tokyo Empire, which remained mostly stable during the period despite Japan losing some of its landmass. The Tokyo Emperor Raffles I establishes the faith of the Holy Sol Temple as it and Haijima Industries developed the perpetual thermal energy plant Amaterasu to power the country. In Year 198 of Tokyo’s Solar Era, special fire brigades called the Fire Force fight increasing incidents of spontaneous human combustion where human beings are turned into living infernos called “Infernals”. While the Infernals are first generation cases of spontaneous human combustion, with more powerful horned variations known as Demons, later generations possess pyrokinesis while retaining human form. The Fire Force was formed by combining people with these powers from the Holy Sol Temple, The Tokyo Armed Forces and the Fire Defense Agency, and is composed by eight independent companies.

Plot

Shinra Kusakabe is a third generation pyrokinetic youth who gained the nickname “Devil’s Footprints” for his ability to ignite his feet at will. He joins Special Fire Force Company 8, which features other pyrokinetics who dedicated themselves to ending the Infernal attacks for good while investigating Companies 1 through 7 for potential corruption in their ranks. Shinra begins to learn that his younger brother’s abduction during the fire that killed their mother 12 years ago is caused by a mysterious doomsday cult that is behind the Infernal attacks. Company 8 and their allies oppose the White Cloaks and their Knights of the Ashen Flame, who seek certain individuals like Shinra and his brother (Sho) to enact a scheme to repeat the Great Disaster.

Film Friday- Zatch Bell!

Film Friday- Zatch Bell!

Zatch Bell!, also known in Japan as Golden Gash!, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Makoto Raiku. It was published in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday. The series follows mamodo Zatch Bell and his human partner Kiyo Takamine, as they try to win a tournament of Mamodo battles in order to make the former the king of the Mamodo world.

The manga was later adapted into a 150 episode anime television series titled Golden Gash Bell!! by Toei Animation. Konjiki no Gash Bell premiered on Fuji TV on April 6, 2003, and ran until March 26, 2006. In addition to an array of licensed merchandise, the series also spawned a series of video games and two animated films.

The Zatch Bell! manga has over 22 million copies in circulation. In 2003, it won the 48th Shogakukan Manga Award for the shōnen category.

Anime

The episodes of the Zatch Bell! anime series were directed by Tetsuji Nakamura and Yukio Kaizawa and produced by Toei Animation. The episodes were aired on Fuji Television between April 6, 2003, to March 26, 2006, and spanned 150 episodes. Viz Media obtained the foreign television, home video, and merchandising rights to the Zatch Bell! anime from Toei Studio on August 4, 2005. Subsequently, Viz Media contracted Studiopolis to create the English adaptation of the anime. The North American English dub has been edited and localized for young children aged 6 to 10 years in America. Viz Media has licensed its individual Zatch Bell! merchandising rights to several different companies, including a new toy line made by Mattel and a collectible card game released by Bandai in the United States and Japan.

The English adaptation of the Zatch Bell! anime premiered on Cartoon Network’s Toonami on March 5, 2005, to January 20, 2007 with seventy-seven episodes aired. Canada’s YTV began airing Zatch Bell! in September 2005 and ended on December 6, 2008, with episode 104. The series was released in fifty-one DVD compilations by Shogakukan between November 19, 2003, and March 7, 2007, in Japan. Thirteen DVD compilations of the English adaption of the anime have been released by Viz Media between November 8, 2005, and December 4, 2007. All the Viz Media home releases of Zatch Bell show only the North American edited English dub episodes and they are rated A for All Ages. New Video released a DVD box set, “Zatch Bell!: The Complete Seasons 1 & 2“, on December 3, 2013, that included the first 100 episodes of the North American edited English dub. On June 22, 2017, Starz announced that they would be offering episodes of the series for their Video on Demand service starting July 1, 2017.

All the international dubs of the anime outside of Japan are adapted from the North American edited English TV dub and are aimed mostly at young children between 6 to 10 years in those countries.

Films

The series spawned two films. The first film, “Gekijou Ban Konjiki no Gash Bell!! 101 Banme no Mamono”, lit. “Movie Golden Gash Bell!! Unlisted demon #101”), was released in Japanese theaters on August 7, 2004, and released on DVD on December 15, 2004. The movie tells the story of a mamodo named Wiseman who steals a mysterious white spell book in order to participate in the Mamodo battles in order to become the Mamodo King. Realizing his evil intentions if he becomes King, Kiyo, Zatch, and their comrades begun their battle against Wiseman.

The second film, “Gekijou Ban Konjiki no Gash Bell!! Mecabarukan no raishuu”, lit. “Movie Golden Gash Bell!! Attack of the Mechavulcan”), was released in Japanese theaters on August 6, 2005, and on DVD on January 2, 2006. The movie tells the story of Dr. M2 who travels from the future Mamodo world to the human world with his army of mechanical Vulcan 300 look-alikes.

Both films were released exclusively in Japan until March 27, 2018, when Discotek Media brought both movies to Blu-ray in North America. The titles were localized to Zatch Bell!: 101st Devil and Zatch Bell!: Attack of Mechavulcan, and contained the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. Each movie also received an individual DVD release on April 24.

Protagonists

Kiyo Takamine and Zatch Bell

Kiyo Takamine, known in the original version as Kiyomaro Takamine and his Mamodo partner Zatch Bell, known in the original version as Gash Bell, are the main protagonists of the series. Kiyo is a genius 14-year-old junior high school student with an IQ of over 180. His classmates eventually shunned him due to his high intelligence causing him to develop an introverted and apathetic demeanor to the point where he skips school on a regular basis. One day, Zatch, an overly cheerful amnesic boy, is sent by Kiyo’s father to live with Kiyo. Zatch’s personality slowly influences Kiyo causing him to become more outgoing and friendly and allowing him to befriend many people during the course of the series. Zatch’s past is slowly unraveled and reveals he is the son of the current Mamodo King and sealed within Zatch is a power known as Bao. Also brought to light is the fact that Zatch’s twin brother, Zeno Bell, was the one who erased Zatch’s memory in order to make him suffer. In battle, Zatch’s spells revolve around lightning. His most powerful spell, Bao, allows him to create a huge electrical dragon.

Megumi Oumi and Tia 

Megumi Oumi  and her Mamodo partner Tia, known as Tio in Japan, are friends and allies of Kiyo Takamine and Zatch Bell. Both Megumi and Tia have expressed romantic interest in Kiyo and Zatch, respectively. Megumi is a famous Japanese teen idol and pop singer who spends most of her time working. Tia is a young girl who believed no one could be trusted in the Mamodo tournament after being attacked by a friend of hers from the Mamodo World. When Kiyo and Zatch save Megumi and Tia from an attack by the same Mamodo, Tia begins to trust others again and allies with Kiyo and Zatch in order to make sure the Mamodo World would be ruled by a kind king. Tia’s spells consist mostly of defensive and regenerative spells which are used to support and heal their allies. Tia’s book is burned while protecting her friends from Clear Note’s spells. She had a crush on Zatch, despite her hobby of abusing him physically. They came in 5th place in the competition.

Parco Folgore and Kanchomé

Parco Folgore and his Mamodo Partner Kanchomé are friends and allies of Kiyo Takamine and Zatch Bell. Folgore is a famous superstar and film hero from Milan, Italy, known for his two hit songs Chichi o Moge! and Muteki Folgore!. Chichi wo Moge! was changed to Hey Hey Let’s Dance all Day by Viz Media and Muteki Folgore to Iron Man Folgore. Although appearing perverted, cowardly, and weak, Folgore is a person with high morale standards and is more insightful than he seems. In the past, Folgore was a short tempered and vicious man who was feared in town due to his ruthless nature. His parents threatened him with a shotgun to leave home out of fear. Folgore later changed his personality after watching a hippopotamus and oxpecker living in mutalism and developed his comedic personality. Kanchomé’s appearance is that of a young boy wearing a blanket sleeper, with large eyes and a duck bill. His personality tends toward childish and abrasive, often crying and whining like an infant. He greatly admires Folgore, believing him to be invincible. Kanchomé’s spells involve transformation and illusions. He later gains the ability to create clones with inhuman strength and a spell that can trap his opponents in an illusionary world giving him full control over their senses. Kanchomé’s book was burned by an attack by Clear Note. The duo came in 7th place overall.

Kafk Sunbeam and Ponygon

Kafk Sunbeam, an engineer from Germany working on projects in Japan. He was introduced much further in the series and was revealed to be the partner of the small horse Mamodo Ponygon, known as Umagon in Japan. Ponygon looks like a small horse but has the personality of a dog, and can only communicate by bleating like a sheep. Because of this, Ponygon is unable to communicate his real name, Schneider, and is given the name Ponygon by Kiyo Takamine. In the Mamodo world, Ponygon hated other Mamodos after watching his father work as a riding animal and isolated himself from others. Zatch Bell eventually befriended Ponygon after they saved Ponygon’s father from a poisonous snake bite. Ponygon’s spells give him armor, increasing his speed and power with each spell. Eventually Ponygon gains the ability to manipulate fire and the ability to fly. During Clear Note’s assault, Sunbeam was forced to burn Ponygon’s book in order to stop his body from breaking down. They came in 4th place in the mamodo fight.

Sherry Belmont and Brago

Sherry Belmont, known in the original version as Sherry Belmondo, comes from an abusive background in a wealthy French family, raised by a mother who only cared about the family name. Sherry attempted to commit suicide by jumping off a bridge, but was saved and befriended by a poor girl named Koko, her first and best friend. During the events of the Mamodo battle, Koko became brainwashed by her Mamodo partner Zofis and destroyed the town. Sherry then meets her Mamodo, Brago and teams up with him in order to save Koko. Brago has a rough, antisocial attitude but is kind underneath. Upon saving Koko, Brago threatens Zofis into erasing Koko’s memories of the time she spent with Zofis in an act of mercy. Gratified, Sherry promises Brago she will make him the Mamodo King. After helping Kiyo and Zatch defeat Clear Note, Brago is defeated by Zatch in the final battle to determine the King. Brago’s spells are based on the manipulation of gravity, giving him the ability to increase gravity in a certain area or fire a gravitational well from his hand. Sherry assists in battle with her flail. They came in 2nd place overall.

 

Wednesday News- May 27, 2020

Wednesday News- May 27, 2020

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Review: Drifting Dragons episodes 1-12 streaming- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/drifting-dragons/episodes-1-12/.159860

New Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai Anime Unveals Cast, October  TV Premiere- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-05-27/new-dragon-quest-the-adventure-of-dai-anime-unveils-cast-october-tv-premiere/.159972

Anime

  • Battery the Animation BD
  • Black Clover Season 1 Complete Collection BD
  • City Hunter: Shinjuku Private Eyes BD
  • Fractale Essentials BD
  • KonoSuba – God’s blessing on this wonderful world!! Season 1 and OVA BD
  • Okami-san and Her Seven Companions Essentials BD
  • Poco’s Udon World BD
  • The Rising of The Shield Hero Season 1 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • The Rising of The Shield Hero Season 1 Part 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • The Rising of The Shield Hero Season 1 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • The Rising of The Shield Hero Season 1 Part 2 + Light Novel Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Run with the Wind BD
  • She and Her Cat -Everything Flows- BD
  • Why the Hell are You Here, Teacher!? BD

Manga

  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • Boys Over Flowers GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • Cells at Work! Code Black GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • A Certain Scientific Railgun GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • DAYS GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Graphic Novel (GN) 9
  • Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Happy Sugar Life GN 5
  • Hayate the Combat Butler GN 7-8 (Digital Only)
  • Hell Warden Higuma GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • I Fell in Love After School GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Im: Great Priest Imhotep GN 3
  • I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level GN 2
  • Kakegurui twin GN 6
  • Karneval GN 10
  • LDK GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • Makeup is Not (Just) Magic: A Manga Guide to Cosmetics and Skin Care GN (Digital Only)A (Digital Only)
  • The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan GN 12
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • My Senpai is Annoying GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • The New Gate GN 2
  • ne0;lation GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Nyankees GN 6
  • Overlord GN 12
  • Pleasure & Corruption GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • RIN-NE GN 5-6 (Digital Only)
  • Saki GN 20 (Digital Only)A
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 38 (Digital Only)
  • Something’s Wrong With Us GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • To Your Eternity GN 12 (Digital Only)P
  • Trinity Seven GN 20
  • Wave, Listen to Me! GN 1
  • Wave, Listen to Me! GN 2
  • Watari-kun’s ****** Is about to Collapse GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Woof Woof Story: I Told You to Turn Me Into a Pampered Pooch, Not Fenrir! GN 2
  • Yokai Girls GN 10
  • Yuzu the Pet Vet GN 2 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Adachi and Shimamura Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • The Alchemist Who Survived Now Dreams of a Quiet City Life Novel 3
  • The Asterisk War Novel 13
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Novel 6, 10 (Digital Only)
  • A Mysterious Job Called Oda Nobunaga Novel 1C
  • Penguindrum Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 PC game
  • Street Fighter World Warrior Encyclopedia Arcade Edition book (hardcover)
  • Strike the Blood Novel 15
  • Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town Novel 2P
  • Ultraman Ace Steelbook BD
  • Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen PS4, PS Vita game
  • Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition Switch game