Film Friday- Soul Eater

Film Friday- Soul Eater

A 51-episode anime adaptation was directed by Takuya Igarashi and produced by Bones, Aniplex, Dentsu, Media Factory, and TV Tokyo; Bones and Aniplex were responsible for the animation and music production respectively. The scenario writer was Akatsuki Yamatoya who based the anime’s story on Atsushi Ōkubo original concept. Character design was headed by Yoshiyuki Ito, with overall art direction by Norifumi Nakamura. The anime’s conceptual design was done by Shinji Aramaki.

The episodes aired on TV Tokyo between April 7, 2008 and March 30, 2009, and two animated specials aired on May 29 and June 1, 2008. The episodes aired at later dates on TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, TV Osaka, TV Setouchi, and TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting Co. The anime was regularly broadcast Mondays at 6:00 pm on TV Tokyo. The official Japanese website of the Soul Eater anime series announced that each episode would air in two versions: the regular Monday 6:00 pm version and a late-night Soul Eater Late Show version. Special footage was added at the start and end of the commercial break; the next episode preview was different from the regular version. The dual broadcast of the series was billed as the “world’s first evening and late-night resonance broadcast.” The “resonance” term refers to a story concept in which the characters, such as the heroine Maka and her living weapon partner Soul Eater, achieve maximum power by synchronizing their souls. The first DVD compilation volume was released on August 22, 2008 with the first three episodes. The second DVD compilation volume was released on September 25, 2008 with episodes four through seven. Each DVD volume was released in monthly intervals. The anime was licensed by Funimation, who released the series in four half-season DVD box sets starting with the first volume in February 2010.

MTV Portugal premiered Soul Eater on February 1, 2010. In the Philippines, Soul Eater aired in a Tagalog version over the cable channel Hero TV from April to June 2010. The anime made its North American television debut when it aired on the Funimation Channel on September 6, 2010; it aired on Adult Swim’s Toonami block in North America from February 17, 2013. The series is being rebroadcast by TV Tokyo under the title Soul Eater: Repeat Show as of September 30, 2010, featuring new opening and closing themes. It was broadcast in Italy on Rai 4 between September 2, 2010 and September 8, 2011. An anime adaptation of Soul Eater Not! aired in 2014.

Maka Albarn

is one of the main protagonists of Soul Eater. She is a young but dedicated student who takes after her mother, another prodigious meister. However, her relationship with her father Spirit is strained due to his constant flirtations with women, leading her parents to divorce. As such, Maka is obsessed with turning her weapon partner, Soul Eater, into a death scythe that will surpass her father. She collaborates well with Soul in battle, but sometimes gets frustrated at him when he does something foolish. When in danger, however, Maka does everything she can to keep Soul out of harm’s way.

The anime depicts Maka as the most mature and casual character out of the main protagonists. She is brave, strong-willed, hard working, humble, kind, and determined to do what is right, but hates injustice and can lose control of her emotions when her friends are in danger. She also at times tends to get annoyed with Soul due to his laid back personality, but they are still good friends at heart. She differs from most main protagonists in anime in that she has the characteristics most male main protagonists have, but is a female.

Because she has strong morals and a good sense of justice, she hates seeing her father cheating on women, and tends to be annoyed with Black Star at times due to his arrogant and self-absorbed personality. There are times when she gets ticked off, she does a “Maka Chop,” which is when she takes a hardback book and slams it down onto that persons head. Usually her father’s, Black Star, or Soul. In the anime, Maka was the only one who could defeat Asura, who was on the verge of destroying the world. Soul, Black Star, Death the Kid, their partners and Shinigami all failed to defeat him, but Maka defeated him all by herself because of her bravery. She confused Asura by proving to him she would never give up despite her being weaker and all her friends having been defeated, which made him doubt himself and confused him, allowing Maka to punch him, while he was distracted, with all her force and defeat him. In the manga, however, Maka used her courage as well as her determination to partner with Soul, Black Star, Kid, and Crona, using the weapon known as Brew to defeat the Kishin.

In the anime, Maka’s kindness and compassion shows often with Crona. She recognizes him as being misunderstood and mistreated. She wants to be his friend to help him because he’s been alone his whole life. She puts herself at risk of losing her sanity to help him and temporarily gives herself to the black blood in order to better understand him. Despite the others seeing him as an enemy because he’s helping Medusa, she feels he’s only helping Medusa because he had nothing else and was simply confused and misguided. She easily forgives him when discovering he was helping Medusa and spying on the academy, feeling Medusa had manipulated him into it. She loses control for the first time and violently kills Medusa with an Anti-Magic wavelength when Medusa almost kills Crona after he pushed Maka out of the way to save her.

Early in the story, Soul is infected with black blood during their first battle against Crona, which causes Maka to become infected as well, risking her going insane under the black blood’s influence. She later gains some control over the black blood by developing a soul wavelength inherited from her mother called the Anti-Magic Wavelength, which helps her resist the effects of insanity. She is also adept at a skill called Soul Perception, which allows her to detect the souls of other people and measure their strengths. After turning Soul into a death scythe, Maka gains the ability to combine the power of her uniquely shaped soul, called a Grigori soul, with Soul’s and grow angelic wings on Soul’s weapon form, enabling her to fly. Maka can fully synchronize with Spirit due to their bond as father and daughter. In the anime adaptation, Maka is shown to have demon weapon powers inherited from her father and mother, allowing her to conjure blades from her body while she is unconscious.

Soul “Eater” Evans

Soul Evans, nicknamed Soul Eater, is a demon scythe and the partner of Maka Albarn, and the main male protagonist. His weapon form has a red- and-black blade and an eye near its heel which expresses his emotions. He has a laid-back and nonchalant personality and tries to maintain a “cool” attitude, but often ends up embarrassing himself instead. He tends to bicker with Maka over unimportant things from time to time, but is fiercely loyal to her and has more than once displayed his will to die for his friends’ safety. After he is slashed in the chest by Ragnarok and infected with the Demon Sword’s blood, he fights to resist the madness-inducing effects of the blood, which is portrayed by the little demon who appears within his subconscious.

As a member of a renowned family of musicians, Soul is a talented pianist, but uses his discovery of his weapon powers as an excuse to break ties from the family tradition and pursue the goal of becoming the most powerful death scythe ever. He dislikes being compared to his older brother Wes, a famous violinist, and is reluctant to play music for other people. He can use this talent when resonating his soul wavelength with others, playing the piano within his soul to drastically enhance their power. He manages to become a death scythe after defeating Arachne with Maka and eating her soul, gaining the ability to use sound waves and sabotage enemies with his “Soul Hack” attack. In the aftermath of Asura’s defeat, overcoming his fear of using black blood, Soul becomes partnered to Death the Kid after he officially becomes the new Shinigami. Due to Kid’s agreement with the witches to make no more death scythes, Soul becomes the last death scythe created.

 

Wednesday News- July 24, 2019

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Anime

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

Manga

  • Angels of Death GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • The Bride & the Exorcist Knight Graphic Novel (GN) 4
  • Btooom! GN 25 (Digital Only)
  • Buffalo 5 Girls GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Can You Just Die, My Darling? GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • A Certain Magical Index GN 18
  • A Certain Scientific Railgun: Astral Buddy GN 2
  • Children of the Whales GN 1-11 (Digital Only)
  • Citrus GN 10
  • The Diary of Ochibi-san GN 1-8 (Digital Only)
  • DIVE!! GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Dreamin’ Sun GN 9
  • ēlDLIVE GN 10 (Digital Only)P
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 15 (Digital Only)P (
  • Eromanga Sensei GN 3
  • Gleipnir GN 3
  • Goblin Slayer! Brand New Day GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Great Cleric GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Harem Days the Seven-Starred Country GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • How to Treat a Lady Knight Right GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • I’m Standing on a Million Lives GN 2
  • Inside Mari GN 5
  • Interspecies Reviewers GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Investor Z GN 1-3 (Digital Only)
  • Love in Focus GN 3
  • Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen GN 1 (Digital Only)P
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  • My Boyfriend in Orange GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • New Game! GN 6
  • Nyankees GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Our Dreams At Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare GN 2
  • Persona 3 GN 10
  • Ride-On King GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts GN 6
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil GN 7 (Digital Only)
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  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Novel 8 (Digital Only)P (Digital Only)
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  • Last Round Arthurs: Scum Arthur and Heretic Merlin Novel 1P
  • Lazy Dungeon Master Novel 6 (Digital Only)P
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  • Sword Art Online Alternative Gun Gale Online Novel 4
  • Toradora! Novel 6
  • WorldEnd:What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us? Novel 4

 

Manga Monday- Soul Eater

Manga Monday- Soul Eater

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

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

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

Plot

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

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

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

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

 

Film Friday- Overlord

Film Friday- Overlord

The anime television series adaptation by Madhouse consists of 3 seasons with 13 episodes each, with the first season airing from July 7 to September 29, 2015. Two compilation anime films recapping the events from the first season were released in Japan on February 25, 2017, and March 11, 2017, respectively. The second season ran from January 9 to April 3, 2018, with the third season premiering later the same year on July 10, 2018, after which the last episode aired on October 2, 2018.

A 13-episode anime television series adaptation by Madhouse aired between July 7 and September 29, 2015. The opening theme is “Clattanoia” by OxT, and the ending theme is “L.L.L.” by Myth & Roid. Both are bands of the musician Tom-H@ck. The anime adaptation covers light novel volumes 1 to 3. A 30-minute original video animation was bundled with the eleventh limited edition volume of the light novel series, which was released on September 30, 2016. Two compilation films acting as a recap to the anime television series were released in 2017; the first compilation film, titled Overlord: The Undead King, was released on February 25, 2017, while the second compilation film, titled Overlord: The Dark Warrior, was released on March 11, 2017. The films’ theme song, titled “Crazy Scary Holy Fantasy”, was performed by Myth & Roid.

A second season was announced at film screenings of the second compilation film. It premiered on January 9, 2018. It ran for a total of 13 episodes. Funimation has licensed the second season for a simuldub. The opening theme is “Go Cry Go” by OxT and the ending theme is “Hydra” by Myth & Roid. The second season of the anime adaptation covers light novel volumes 4 to 6.

A third season premiered on July 10, 2018. The opening theme is “VORACITY” by Myth & Roid, and the ending theme song is “Silent Solitude” by OxT. With 13 episodes as with the previous seasons, the third season of the anime adaptation covered light novel volumes 7 to 9.

A comedy crossover anime, Isekai Quartet featured characters from Overlord in a Chibi style, much like the OVA. It also featured characters from the light novel series KonoSuba, Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World, and The Saga of Tanya the Evil, all published by Kadokawa Corporation. The anime began airing on April 9, 2019.

Great Tomb of Nazarick

The Great Tomb of Nazarick, usually referred to as Nazarick, is the guild headquarters of the guild Ainz Ooal Gown in YGGDRASIL. Because it was a PK guild, there were many attempts to conquer the dungeon, all of which ended in failure.

After Nazarick was transported to the New World with Ainz and its custom NPCs, who became sentient as a result, the former began strengthening the tomb and collect information to protect it from possible threats. However, the NPCs mistook his intentions as preparing to take over the New World and began making their own plans. By the time Ainz realized this it was too late and he had no choice but to play along. This eventually led to Nazarick becoming its own nation, the Sorcerer Kingdom.

Ainz Ooal Gown / Momonga
The protagonist/main character and the only remaining member of the Guild of Ainz Ooal Gown. Originally he was a simple salaryman playing a VR online game, but after he was transported to the New World, he decides to make himself a legend in hopes of finding his old guildmates. To facilitate his search, he changes his name from Momonga to Ainz Ooal Gown. While Ainz initially accidentally set Nazarick on a course for world domination after a comment he made was misinterpreted, he slowly grows into his role as a leader after deciding to create a kingdom where humans and non-humans are equal. As he has the form of a lich, he doesn’t need to eat or sleep, can’t be poisoned or killed by conventional means, but also suppresses his emotions and empathy. Because of his formerly high level in Yggdrasil, he can easily overpower even the strongest of magic casters in the new world and while he lacks the skills of natural warriors, he compensates for it with raw strength. Over time, he has learnt how to improve fighting with physical weapons, but his greatest asset remains his strength. Ainz also has access to a wide variety of instant death and summoning spells which, though ineffective against fellow players, work very well against the inhabitants of the New World. He also has an array of items he purchased with real money back in Yggdrasil, which give him abilities ranging from summoning extremely high level items (most of which belong to his guildmates) from the Guild’s bank to instantly casting a spell that usually has a long casting time. When Ainz travels as an adventurer, he uses the alias “Momon” which later becomes “Momon the Dark Hero”. In the CD drama #2, his real name is revealed to be Satoru Suzuki.

 

Wednesday News- July 17, 2019

Wednesday News- July 17, 2019

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Anime

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

  • Angels of Death Graphic Novel (GN) 7
  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 11 (Digital Only)
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  • BEASTARS GN 1
  • Cocoon Entwined GN 1
  • Count Fujiwara’s Suffering GN
  • Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction GN 6
  • DIVE!! GN 3
  • Fire Punch GN 7
  • Futaribeya GN 5
  • Gabriel Dropout GN 7
  • Goblin Slayer! Brand New Day GN 1
  • High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even In Another World GN 4P
  • Interspecies Reviewers GN 2
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria GN 8
  • Killing Me! GN 1
  • Kino’s Journey GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Mikami-sensei’s Way of Love GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Mizukagekusa GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Nyankees GN 3
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 4
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil GN 7
  • Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san GN 1
  • Sky Hawk GN
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? GN 6P
  • The Survived Alchemist With a Dream of Quiet Town Life GN 1
  • Terra Formars GN 21P
  • Torture Princess – Fremd Torturen GN
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Triage X GN 18
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  • Yuri Is My Job! GN 4
  • Yuri Life GN

Other

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  • 86 Novel 2P
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  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Novel 9 (Digital Only)P (Digital Only
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Manga Monday- Overlord

Manga Monday- Overlord

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

Reception

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

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

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

Plot

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

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

 

Film Friday- The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

Film Friday- The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.is a Japanese gag manga series written and illustrated by Shūichi Asō. The series began serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from June 2012. An anime television adaptation by J.C.Staff and Egg Firm aired from July 4, 2016 to December 28, 2018. A live-action film directed by Yuichi Fukuda and starring Kento Yamazaki at Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan) and Asmik Ace was released on October 21, 2017.

Anime

A flash anime series based on the manga began release on Jump Live from August 4, 2013, featuring the same voice cast as an earlier Comic adaptation.

An anime television adaptation was announced in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine’s 23rd issue of 2016. J.C.Staff and Egg Firm are producing the adaptation, with Hiroaki Sakurai directing, Michiko Yokote handling series composition and Masayuki Onji designing the characters. The series began airing on July 4, 2016 on TV Tokyo, with an episode airing every weekday morning followed by a compilation episode at the end of each week, the series will contain one hundred and twenty episodes in total, along with twenty four compilation episodes on Oha Suta. The opening themes are “Seishun wa Zankoku janai” by Natsuki Hanae, “Sai-Sai-Saikōchō!” by Denpagumi.inc from the thirteenth compiled episode onwards and “Saihakkenden!” by Denpagumi.inc from second season, while the ending theme, also used for the short episodes, is “Psi desu – I Like You” by Denpagumi.inc. From the thirteenth compiled episode onwards, the ending theme is “Kokoro” by Hanae. From second season, the ending theme is “Saihakkenden!” by Denpagumi.inc. The series was simulcast by Funimation, who released an English dub on August 7, 2016.

A 24-episode second season premiered from January to June 2018.

In the last episode of the second season, it was revealed that an anime conclusion special is in production. It premiered on December 28, 2018.

On March 24, 2019, it was announced that Netflix will produce a new anime series, with the staff returning to reprise their roles.

Video games

A video game titled Saiki Kusuo no Psi Nan: Shijō Psi Dai no Psi Nan!? was announced in the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine’s 32nd issue of 2016. The game was developed by Bandai Namco Studios and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment for the Nintendo 3DS handheld game console. It was released on November 10, 2016 in Japan.

Another video game adaptation, is a tower defense game for mobile phones announced at Jump Festa 2018. It was released on April 16, 2018 in Japan.

Kusuo also appears as a playable character in the Jump crossover fighting game J-Stars Victory VS released in 2014. Its European and North American release marks the first release of Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan material outside Japan.

Live-action film

PK Academy

Riki Nendo
A large, muscular student with a Mohawk hairstyle, a scar over his left eye and a cleft chin. Nendo is the only student at PK Academy whose mind Saiki cannot read, simply because he is too much of an idiot. As such, Saiki often fears his overly friendly and carefree nature as he cannot predict his actions. However, Nendo is fond of Saiki and considers him his best buddy. His family members have the same faces as him, with his deceased father with a scar over his right eye instead of Riki’s left, and his mother Midori with scars over both eyes. He has a horrible singing voice.
Shun Kaido
A classmate who calls himself “The Jet-Black Wings”, thinking he is secretly living as a rebel in a fantasy world ruled by an evil conspiracy organization called Dark Reunion. Although, while still so much attached to his delusional mind, he slowly builds a normal human relationship with his schoolmates despite his chūnibyō antics popping up. His mother is very strict on his school work. Kaido has low physical stamina and strength as shown in several stories. He also has no sense of direction. Shun has a younger sister who is fairly serious, and a little brother who idolizes him.
Kineshi Hairo
Saiki’s class representative is an overly hot-blooded, energetic, passionate student who enjoys sports and is constantly trying to get other people motivated. He has bright red hair and typically wears a nasal strip. According to Saiki, as hard as he is on others, he is even harder on himself. Due to his nature, he is well-trusted by his classmates. A running gag is that whenever he trips his shorts drop and his butt is exposed.
Kokomi Teruhashi
A self-proclaimed beautiful girl who is part of Saiki’s class. She acts modest in public as that increases her appeal, but secretly loves the attention that is lavished upon her and all the favors that the guys are willing to do for her. She has the favor of the gods when it comes to events of chance. When Saiki does not treat her like that and even ignores her, she becomes obsessed with making him react or show admiration, like saying “Oh wow” at her. She has a fan club called the Kokomins. In later chapters, it is revealed that her charisma does not affect guys who strongly love someone else (Saiki’s father), those with pure eyes that view everyone equally (Hairo), or those who can see her true nature (Saiki). Her one weakness is with little kids such as Yuuta who exhibit all three of those characteristics. In one of the chapters, it is shown she harbors a list of things that people should never say to her. Despite being wooed by guys like Metori Saiko that fit her ideal financial expectations, she develops feelings of love for Saiki. In the anime, she is typically bathed in a bright yellow glow.
Chiyo Yumehara
Saiki’s classmate who has a romanticized perspective on relationships despite having a history of poor choices of boyfriends. She has short brown hair and wears a hairband. After failing to attract Saiki with her romantic comedy manga-like encounters, she dates the sweet-talking Takeru, but breaks up with him after she realizes he uses the same pick-up lines and other annoying habits. Chiyo becomes friends with Kokomi, but suspects they both have crushes on Saiki. Her attention is diverted to Shun Kaido, who saves her from being further belittled by some guys at the beach during the school trip, but who is oblivious that he is even in a relationship with her, She joins the Occult Club because of him, and becomes friends with Arisa where they dabble mostly in girl talk about relationships. After a Valentine’s Day misunderstanding, she and Shun agree to remain friends instead of advancing the relationship.Chiyo is the subject of some side stories involving weight loss and obesity, Asō has mentioned he has been working hard to draw the girls to appeal to the seinen demographic.
Reita Toritsuka
A medium and one of two people outside of Saiki’s family to know of Saiki’s abilities. He has the ability to see spirits, but is only interested in using his ability to attract girls (he is often chastised by Saiki as a perv) and to become rich. His guardian ghost is Nendo’s late father. He later lets other spirits possess his body. Toritsuka starts an Occult Club at school. He works as an assistant at the temple. Aiura, Toritsuka, and Saiki constitute the “Psychic Trio” (anime: PK Academy Psychic Kids) at PK Academy, albeit this is a characterization to which Saiki objects.
Chisato Mera
A glasses-wearing classmate of Saiki’s who works multiple jobs to make ends meet, including part-time at a cafe that Saiki frequents. A running gag is that she craves free food, and binge eats whenever she can.
Aren Kuboyasu
A transfer student with rectangular-framed glasses and purple hair who used to be a delinquent in his former school. He tries to put his past behind him by being calm and collected, yet has a short temper whenever he sees bullying or whenever someone is being rude to him.
Metori Saiko
A rich and smug descendant of the top-notch Saiko Conglomerate who later transfers to PK Academy, ends up falling in love with Kokomi, who declines his offer because she still likes Saiki. At first, he resents Saiki but later just kind of hangs around and tries to make people jealous of how rich and great he is.
Imu Rifuta
A pretty first-year student with light hair and pigtails who has a strong desire for recognition and takes pride in her appearance to charm the boys, however, she realizes she does not match up to Kokomi. She shows interest in Saiki in order to upstage Kokomi, and Saiki had hoped for the same so that the two girls would eventually leave him alone, but it did not work out. She later turns her affections toward Kokomi when she sees that Kokomi has struggles in her relating to Saiki, and then towards Kokomi’s brother.
Mikoto Aiura
is a gyaru with lime-blonde hair, tan skin, and big breasts who transfers to Saiki’s class. She is a fortune teller who can read the future and determine someone’s love compatibility, often accompanied with spontaneous gestures and movements that she makes up to get her in the mood. Saiki realizes her powers are for real after she accurately assesses his classmates. Her goal is to find her true love, and starts becoming interested in Kusuo but dislikes Toritsuka. She can read people’s auras, although Saiki’s aura is so intense that she cannot read his. After Saiki is forced to reveal his powers to her in order to save Chiyo, she becomes interested in Saiki, and agrees to keep his powers a secret. She, Saiki and Toritsuka constitute a “psychic trio” (anime: PK Academy Psychic Kids), much to Saiki’s dismay.
Touma Akechi
A transfer student with light brown hair in a bowl cut. He speaks very quickly and can ramble for minutes without stopping. He knows Kusuo from elementary school, and suspects that he is a psychic after he had been bullied multiple times by a student named Takashi and then rescued by Kusuo. He has very keen observation skills, that Kusuo initially thought he too was a psychic. When he is nervous he wets himself. Kusuo eventually tells him his secret in order to keep his identity from widely spreading.

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Manga Monday- The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

Manga Monday- The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. is a Japanese gag manga series written and illustrated by Shūichi Asō. The series began serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump from June 2012. An anime television adaptation by J.C.Staff and Egg Firm aired from July 4, 2016 to December 28, 2018. A live-action film directed by Yuichi Fukuda and starring Kento Yamazaki at Columbia Pictures (Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan) and Asmik Ace was released on October 21, 2017.

The series began serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on May 14, 2012. The first collected tankōbon volume was published on September 4, 2012, with 25 volumes released as of April 2018. The series ended serialization on February 26, 2018. Shueisha later revealed that a 4-panel sequel would begin serialization on March 5, 2018. Asō also published a one-shot manga in the first summer 2018 issue of Shueisha’s Jump Giga on May 25, and another chapter on July 26, 2018.

Saiki has had many crossovers with other Weekly Shōnen Jump manga characters from other Weekly Shōnen Jump works such as Gin Tama and Assassination Classroom in which he and Koro-sensei has had an ongoing rivalry going over Irumanju as seen as a bonus or extra in chapters 40 and 62.

Plot

Kusuo Saiki is a high school student who was born with all manner of psychic abilities, including telepathy, psychokinesis, teleportation, and more. Despite having all these powers, Saiki faces all kinds of hardships and tries to avoid attention as much as possible. The story follows Saiki as he attempts to secretly use his powers to live a normal high school life while dealing with his less than ordinary classmates at P.K. Academy.

Characters

Saiki family

Kusuo Saiki
is a high school student who was born with all manner of psychic abilities despite having very ordinary biological parents. Because of the misery that comes from the attention he receives as a psychic, Kusuo desires a normal, plain life, keeping average grades and performance in sports activities. He uses telepathy to read people’s minds, but he can also share telepathy with others. His other abilities include telekinesis, levitation, x-ray vision, clairvoyance, astral projection, pyrokinesis, mind control (convincing someone that certain things in the world are normal, or that they are seeing someone else’s image), psychometrics, and invisibility.He can teleport things, but has to replace the item with something of equal value. He can sometimes pick up other psychic abilities temporarily like Toritsuka’s ability to see ghosts. He has dark pink hair, with two antennae on his head that people think are hair ornaments, but they actually regulate his constantly growing powers that would otherwise go out of control and destroy things as well as cause global catastrophes. He can transform into animals or into a girl that he names Kusuko. Kusuo wears glasses so that his gaze doesn’t turn someone to stone. His favorite snack is coffee jelly. He is vulnerable to bugs, especially cockroaches, because he cannot read their minds and predict their actions.

Kuniharu Saiki
Kusuo’s father, who has to suck up to his employers so much that he has gained a taste for licking shoes. He works as an editor for a manga publishing company that appears to be a knock-off of Shueisha.

 

 

Kurumi Saiki
Kusuo’s mother whom he states is “the one who keep him from turning into dark side” because of her kindness, but can be scary when needed that Kusuo won’t be able to defy her. She is allergic to cats. Her maiden name is also Saiki. She can be rather naive and air-headed at times.

 

 

Kusuo’s grandparents
are Kusuo’s maternal grandparents. Kumagoro has a classic tsundere personality, that is, he is hard on the outside, but soft on the inside. He is very fond of his daughter, but dislikes his son-in-law, often beating him up or sending him away to run errands. He wants to get to know his grandson better.

Kumi 
acts fairly young for her age, with her choice of fashionable clothes and her gyaru (gal) speech. In the anime they were voiced by Koichi Yamadera and Rie Tanaka who were a real-life married couple at the time.

 

 

Kusuke Saiki
is Kusuo’s older brother by two years. He is a super genius who invents devices and machines, but lacks psychic abilities and thus always loses in any sort of competition with his brother. When he was 14, he moved to England where he has been a doctoral candidate at Cambridge University. He invents a “telepath canceler” so that Kusuo cannot read his thoughts. After graduating from university, he moves in with his grandparents.

 

Film Friday- Toriko

Film Friday- Toriko

A short film was created by Ufotable for the Jump Super Anime Tour 2009, with another created for the 2010 tour. The manga has also been adapted into an anime television series produced by Toei Animation, which was broadcast in Japan from 2011 to 2014. Additionally, Toei developed a 2011 animated 3D short film and a 2013 feature film. The manga series has been licensed for an English-language release by Viz Media in North America and Madman Entertainment in Australasia. Madman also licensed the anime series in Australasia, while Funimation licensed it in North America. In June 2014, Shueisha announced in volume 29 of Toriko that the series had more than 20 million volumes in print.

Films

A short film simply titled Toriko, directed by Mitsuru Obunai and produced by Ufotable, was shown on October 12, 2009 at the Jump Super Anime Tour 2009. It was streamed on Weekly Shōnen Jump’s English website one month later. A second short, titled Toriko: Capture the Barbarian Ivy!, was shown at the following year’s Jump Super Anime Tour on October 23, 2010.

An animated 3D film short, Toriko 3D: Kaimaku! Gourmet Adventure!!, produced by Toei Animation, was released in Japanese theaters on March 19, 2011 as a double feature with the One Piece film One Piece 3D: Mugiwara Chase.

A feature-length film, Toriko the Movie: Bishokushin’s Special Menu, was released in theaters on July 27, 2013.

Anime

In December 2010, it was announced that Toei Animation would be adapting Toriko into an anime television series in 2011. It is directed by Akifumi Zako and began broadcasting in Japan on Fuji Television on April 3, 2011. It took over Dragon Ball Kai’s 9:00 am slot on Sunday in the “Dream 9” time-slot, airing before One Piece. A cross-over special between Toriko and One Piece, considered episode 1 of Toriko and episode 492 of One Piece, aired as the series’ premiere, with another between the two series airing on April 10, 2012, episode 51 of Toriko and episode 542 of One Piece. A two-part hour-long crossover special between Toriko, One Piece and Dragon Ball Z aired on Fuji TV on April 7, 2013. Referred to as Dream 9 Toriko & One Piece & Dragon Ball Z Super Collaboration Special!!, the parts are considered episode 590 of One Piece and episode 99 of Toriko respectively. The Toriko anime ended with episode 147 on March 30, 2014, being replaced by the return of Dragon Ball Kai.

In 2011, Funimation announced that it licensed Toriko for streaming in North America within four days after the Japanese broadcast. It premiered on Hulu and Funimation’s official website on April 14. Eventually, the series was rescheduled to stream within three days after the Japanese broadcast. Funimation began releasing the series on DVD with an English dub from January 8, 2013, which abruptly stopped on May 7, 2013, for unknown reasons. Madman Entertainment announced they licensed the anime for Australasia on February 3, 2013.

Setting

The planet of Toriko is separated into two parts; the Human World  and the Gourmet World). The Human World is where modern civilization exists and occupies just 30% of the planet, the rest is the Gourmet World, which is inhospitable to most humans due to the strength of the wild life and extreme climate changes. In the Gourmet Age, which began five centuries ago at the end of the hundred-year war, the taste and texture of food is extremely important. The International Gourmet Organization (IGO), maintains order and defends civilians from dangerous animals and gourmet criminals. Originally set-up by the United Nations, the IGO is now independent from them and holds more influence as it is composed of 360 nations. They apply a numerical rating from 1 to 100, referred to as Capture Levels, to most ingredients based on the difficulty of acquiring it. The IGO has a group of seven individuals with highly sensitive taste, called the Gourmet 7 or G7, that are in charge of assigning the star ranking of restaurants and the ranking of chefs.

Individuals known as Gourmet Hunters, who have usually trained their abilities to that of superhuman, are regularly hired by restaurants and the rich to seek high-level ingredients and rare animals. One can also increase their strength by implanting Gourmet Cells into their bodies. Gourmet Revivers are those who dedicate themselves to protecting ingredients from extinction or exhaustion, and who can also arrest people that partake in the transaction of illegal goods, violate poaching laws, or causes extinction of an entire species.

Main characters

Toriko

is a Gourmet Hunter and the title character of the series. He has blue hair and wears an orange vest and short pants. He is one of the Four Heavenly Kings (also The Legendary Four), and his nickname is “The Glutton.”
Toriko’s hunting rule to only kill animals he is hunting, and to “knock” (immobilize) the rest. His regular technique is called “Fork and Knife” where he forms one of his hands as a claw (fork) and the other in a chop position (knife). His “Spiked Punch” attack is a series of punches to the same location that he employs to break through walls or defeat opponents.
He has immunity to 70 different poisons and also has an animal-like sense of smell. He adopts a Battle Wolf’s newborn pup and names it Terry.
Toriko has been featured in a crossover TV specials with One Pieces Monkey D. Luffy and Dragon Ball Zs Goku.
It is revealed that Starjun is his brother and his father is none than the great Gourmet God Acacia and his mother is the Chef Goddess Froese.

Komatsu

is a master chef at the Hotel Gourmet, which is part of the IGO (International Gourmet Organization). He is timid, but greatly interested by what he finds in his travels with Toriko. As a result, he tries to overcome his fear and does his best to help. He is a highly skilled and competent chef and has a large knowledge of foods that he knows which foods would work well. He is the only chef in the world who knows the complete recipe of the Century Soup. He keeps a baby Wall Penguin as a pet, which is also a key element of the soup. Toriko decided on Komatsu as the chef in his bishoku-ya and chef combo, which Komatsu accepted, (though Zebra and Sani have also indicated a desire for Komatsu to form a combo with them). Despite Komatsu’s small stature, he has shown remarkable courage in situations in which he might very well be killed. It is also revealed that despite his looks, he and Toriko are of the same age. He is also one of the few people who is able to get along amicably with all four Heavenly Kings. After gaining global recognition for finding a simple method to prepare Yuda’s “Medical Cooking Mochi,” Komatsu was put into the list of top 100 chefs in the world, ranked at 88.

  • Century Soup: This legendary soup causes anyone who eats it to form a silly smile of utter satisfaction. Komatsu manages to recreate it after half of a year of experimentation. He decides not to apply to patent the recipe because the Wall Penguins would become over-hunted.
  • Derous Knife: A knife made by Melk II. Using a Derous Fang and Komatsu’s broken knife, she made this knife that Komatsu uses to prepare countless dishes, as its sharpness has the potential to reach even legendary ingredients. Due to being created from Komatsu’s broken knife, he is able to handle its unbelievable sharpness.
  • Food Luck: Apparently Komatsu has the ability to listen to the ‘voice’ of ingredients, thereby determining their whereabouts and how to prepare them. His Food Luck is so high that he is able to sense extremely hard to find, high-level ingredients instinctively.