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Film Friday- Food Wars

Film Friday- Food Wars

An anime adaptation by J.C.Staff aired between April 3, 2015 and September 25, 2015. A second season named Food Wars! The Second Plate aired between July 2, 2016 and September 24, 2016. The first cour of the third season, referred to as Food Wars! The Third Plate aired between October 4, 2017 and December 20, 2017. The second half aired between April 9, 2018 and June 25, 2018.

Anime

An anime adaptation was announced on October 2014 by Shueisha. The anime was directed by Yoshitomo Yonetani at J.C.Staff with Shogo Yasukawa as the series scriptwriter and starred Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as the main character, Sōma Yukihira. Crunchyroll began streaming the anime on April 3, 2015. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime for digital and home video release in North America. For the first fourteen episodes, of the first season. The show’s opening theme was “Kibō no Uta”  by Ultra Tower, and the ending theme was “Spice”  by Tokyo Karankoron. From episode fifteen onwards, the opening theme was “Rising Rainbow” by Misokkasu, while the ending theme was “Sacchan’s Sexy Curry” by Seiko Oomori. A 25-minute original video animation was bundled with the 19th volume of the manga, which was released on July 4, 2016.

A 13-episode second season, titled Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma: The Second Plate aired between July 2, 2016 and September 24, 2016. The second season’s opening theme song is “Rough Diamonds” by SCREEN mode, and the ending theme song is “Snowdrop” by Nano Ripe.

The first cour of the third season aired between October 4, 2017 and December 20, 2017. The first opening theme song was “Braver” by Zaq, and the ending theme song is “Kyokyo Jitsujitsu” by Nano Ripe. The second half aired between April 9, 2018 and June 25, 2018. The second opening theme is “Symbol” by Luck Life, and the ending theme song is “Atoria” by Fo’xTails.

Video games

Food Wars! has produced two games released in Japan. Shokugeki no Soma: The Dish of Friendship and Bonds is a visual novel developed by FuRyu and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It was released for the Nintendo 3DS on December 17, 2015. A teaser trailer was revealed on May 24, 2015.

The game features an original story that takes place in Europe while characters from the series interact among each other. In addition, the characters will be voiced by their respective voice actors from the anime. Gameplay requires little interaction from the player as most of the duration of the game is spent on reading the text that appears on the screen which represents either the dialogue between the various characters or the thoughts of the protagonist. Like many other visual novels, players will go through all kinds of situational events as the original story unfold.

Shokugeki no Soma: The Ultimate Recipe is a mobile game published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The game was released for iOS and Android on August 17, 2015.

Soma Yukihira

is a 15-year-old chef who has been working at his father Joichiro’s diner, Yukihira Family Restaurant, since he was a young child. His main goal in cooking is to provide the customer with any dish they order anytime they want. When his father closes the diner to work overseas, Soma enrolls in the Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute. Although his future classmate and entrance exam judge Erina Nakiri refuses to accept his dish, Erina’s grandfather, the dean of the academy, accepts him, after which he declares in front of the entering class ceremony that he will win the top spot in the school. He resides in Polaris Dorm, room 303.

Like his father, Soma enjoys experimenting (although they often have horrible results), sees failure as a learning opportunity, and is normally laid-back until during cooking matches, where he can get quite serious. Due to undergoing regular cooking matches with the far superior Joichiro, Soma has grown not to be afraid of any cooking challenge no matter how insurmountable it seems. He does not have a particular specialty, but rather utilizes his rare creativity to create free-style and innovative dishes to clash with other chefs in order to continuously improve himself.

Erina Nakiri

is a 15-year-old first-year student at Totsuki and the granddaughter of the school’s director Senzaemon. She was the valedictorian of Totsuki’s junior high and is the youngest student to join the school’s Council of Ten Masters. She has long blond hair. She is renowned for her extremely delicate and refined palate, called Divine Tongue (anime: God’s Tongue), where she tries foods from the top restaurants in Japan; those whose dishes are judged incompetent have their reputations forever tarnished. During the tasting process, she imagines vivid scenarios such as relaxing in the hot springs and encountering a lowland gorilla in the same springs, or meditating on a waterfall and having a jukebox drop on her head.

At the start of the series, she conducts the entrance exam for transfer student candidates who must make a dish involving eggs, causing every candidate except for Soma to withdraw. Although she internally recognizes that Soma’s dish was impressive, she rejects him because of his “commoner” background, but is later annoyed that Soma was admitted to the school anyway. She then vows to make his life miserable.

Megumi Tadokoro

is Soma’s classmate at Totsuki and next-door dormmate at Polaris. Hoping to help her family’s bed-and-breakfast the Shokei’en Inn, she leaves her snowy harbor town in the Tōhoku region, and enrolls in Totsuki’s junior high program. However, her shyness and stage fright causes her to perform poorly; she ranks at the bottom of the class and is placed on academic probation at the start of her first high school year, It also takes her three months to pass the Polaris Dorm entrance exam. After meeting Soma, she boosts her courage and confidence, and she improves her grades. She enjoys making comfort foods which impart feelings of familial love and nostalgia in those who taste her dishes. She has experience with dried and pickled vegetables, having dealt with them back in her home town. Outside of cooking, she is also a table tennis player, winning prefectural tournaments in elementary school and having turned down going to a sports junior high.

During the first-year cooking camp, she is fired by alumni judge Shinomiya for altering his dish. When Soma tries to stand up for her, challenging Shinomiya to a shokugeki, director Gin Dojima arranges for Megumi to face Shinomiya in the competition. Although she initially loses that match, the other alums, including Gin Dojima, pitch in their support, and she is retained. She later qualifies for the main tournament in the Fall Classic.

 

Wednesday News- February 13, 2019

Wednesday News- February 13, 2019

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Film Friday- Fruits Basket

Film Friday- Fruits Basket

The series was also adapted into a 26-episode anime series, directed by Akitaro Daichi. A new anime television series adaptation produced by TMS Entertainment and directed by Yoshihide Ibata will premiere in April 2019.

Anime

Directed by Akitaro Daichi, the twenty-six episode Fruits Basket anime series was animated and produced by Studio Deen. It premiered on TV Tokyo on July 5, 2001, with the final episode airing on December 27, 2001. Some parts of the plot deviated from the manga and were portrayed differently, such as Momiji and Shigure’s behaviors. Throughout production, Daichi and Takaya ran into disagreements, including the cast, coloring details, and Daichi’s storytelling style, leading Takaya to disliking the series.

The series was released in Japan in nine individual DVD volumes by King Records, with each volume containing three episodes except for the first volume, which contained two. The first volume was released on September 29, 2001, with subsequent volumes released on a monthly basis until the final volume was released on May 22, 2002. A series box set was released on April 25, 2007, containing all twenty-six episodes, as well a message card from Natsuki Takaya, a 60-page deluxe booklet, and a bonus Fruits Basket CD soundtrack.

Funimation aired the series with their English dub on the Funimation Channel as well as on Colours TV and also licensed it for Region 1 DVD release. It released it in the form of four individual volumes containing 6-7 episodes and a complete series box set. On November 20, 2007, Funimation re-released the series as part of their lower priced Viridian line, with the new release containing the complete series in a thin-packed box set, and then in August 1, 2017 on an upscaled Blu-ray in a standard and collector’s edition. In the United Kingdom, FUNimation originally distributed the series through MVM Entertainment, but then changed distributors in November 2006 to Revelation Films. Revelation re-released the four individual volumes under their label. They also released the series box set on January 22, 2007. MVM re-licensed the series in late 2011. In Region 4, the series was released as a complete series box set by Madman Entertainment on October 15, 2003.

A new anime adaptation has been announced. Funimation announced that the new adaptation would air in April 2019, and would adapt the entire manga. The adaptation will also include a new cast and staff, with TMS Entertainment handling the production. Yoshihide Ibata is directing the series, with Taku Kishimoto handling series composition and Masaru Shindou handling character designs. Funimation has also licensed the series for streaming and home video distribution.

Other

In 1999 the magazine Hana to Yume released a special Fruits Basket drama CD which had a four-chapter original story and short talk sections between each section. Released before the anime came out, this CD had a completely different voice cast. The CD was a promotional item with a limited run and is now unavailable. As well as the drama CD, there have been two music CD releases of Fruits Basket to coincide with the anime adaptation, Memory for You and Four Seasons (also known as Song for Ritsuko Okazaki).

Natsuki Takaya has created one art book and two fan books for Fruits Basket. The art book, containing 101 pages of illustrations, was published by Hakusensha on April 16, 2004. The first fan book, Fruits Basket Fan Book – Cat, which contained 192 pages of story summaries, character biographies, and activities, was published in Japan on May 19, 2005. Tokyopop released it in English on September 11, 2007. The second fan book, Fruits Basket Fan Book – Banquet, was published in Japan on March 19, 2007 and contained 187 pages; it was scheduled to be published in English by Tokyopop on April 27, 2010.

Fruits Basket has also resulted in the creation of a variety of merchandise, including plushies of the various zodiac animals, wall calendars, clothing items, key chains, wall scrolls, buttons, figurines, and school supplies. A collectible card game based on the series was also created and published by Score Entertainment which can be used for playing Dai Hin Min as well as other games.

In 2008, the all-male theatrical troupe Gekidan Studio Life announced it would be producing a theatrical adaptation of Fruits Basket, using only performers who would be making their stage debuts. The production is expected to run for two weeks at the Galaxy Theater in Tokyo starting February 25, 2009.

Tohru Honda
aged 16–18, is an orphaned high school student who, at the start of the story, lives in a tent before she encounters the Sohma family. More specifically, she begins living with Shigure, Yuki, and Kyo Sohma in exchange for housekeeping. She loves to cook, describes herself as an excellent housekeeper, and has an after-school job as an office janitor in an effort to pay her tuition fees and avoid being a burden to her grandfather. Throughout both the manga and anime series, it is noticeable from those around her that she has a good heart and genuinely cares about those in her life. Although knowing the Sohma’s curse, Tohru embraces the family and their secret.
Kyo Sohma
aged 16–18, is cursed by the cat, an animal not in the Chinese zodiac, but which legend says would have been if it had not been tricked by the Rat into missing the induction feast. In an author’s note, Natsuki Takaya described the character of Kyo as a powerful force that pulled the story of Fruits Basket along. In spite of his cold and aggressive nature, Kyo’s heart later softens upon realizing Tohru’s care for him be sincere. Their bond not only encourages Kyo to have a change of heart, but it also allows Kyo to trust in Tohru when he’s to expose what it means to be excluded from the zodiac.
Yuki Sohma
 aged 16–18, is the Rat of the Chinese zodiac and younger brother of Ayame. Yuki is depicted as an attractive, reserved, and accomplished young man with many admirers, but who finds being friendly difficult. He’s been able to confide to Tohru without problem and has expressed vulnerability as one who has the Sohma curse.

 

Wednesday News- February 6, 2019

Wednesday News- February 6, 2019

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Anime

  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Part 1 BD
  • Deadman Wonderland Essentials BD
  • FLCL Classics BD
  • Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club Season 1 Essentials BD
  • Free! Eternal Summer Season 2 Essentials BD
  • Lu over the wall BD/DVD
  • Lu over the wall DVD
  • Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms BD/DVD
  • Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms DVD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower BD
  • Re:Zero Season 1 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Samurai 7 Complete Series Classics BD
  • Samurai Champloo Classics BD
  • Space Runaway Ideon BD
  • Steins;Gate Classics BD

Manga

  • Ao Haru Ride Graphic Novel (GN) 3
  • Black Clover GN 14
  • Black Torch GN 3
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 4
  • Can I Kiss You Every Day? GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Edens Zero GN 2
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 28
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord GN 3
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders GN 10 (Hardcover)
  • Juni Taisen: Zodiac War GN 3
  • Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World GN 1
  • Liar x Liar GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Sempai GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia GN 17
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Kanna’s Daily Life GN 4
  • One Piece GN 89
  • Oresama Teacher GN 25
  • The Promised Neverland GN 8
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Red Riding Hood’s Wolf Apprentice GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Soul Liquid Chambers GN 3
  • Shortcake Cake GN 3
  • Takane & Hana GN 7
  • We Never Learn GN 2
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 17
  • You Got Me, Sempai! GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Yozakura Quartet GN 22 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Arifureta Zero Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Boogiepop Novel Omnibus 4-6
  • God Eater 3 PlayStation 4 Game
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 9
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Novel 1-2
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 1-2
  • Robotech Archives Sentinels Volume 1
  • Seirei Gensouki – Spirit Chronicles Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Toradora! Novel 4
  • Yo-kai Watch 3 3DS Game

 

Film Friday- Buso Renkin

Film Friday- Buso Renkin

The manga has been adapted into an anime television series, which was produced by Xebec and was broadcast on Japanese television network TV Tokyo from 2006 to 2007. In December 2007, the anime was announced for North American DVD release by Viz Media. In 2009, the series made its American television debut on the Funimation Channel, with American broadcast rights acquired by Funimation from Viz Media. The series has also spawned two drama CDs, two light novels, a PlayStation 2 video game, and many types of Buso Renkin-themed merchandise.

Anime adaptation

In Japan, the Buso Renkin manga was adapted into an anime series which ran on TV Tokyo; it was directed by Takao Kato, written by Akatsuki Yamatoya, and produced by Xebec. Buso Renkin aired between October 4, 2006, and March 28, 2007. The episodes were later released by Geneon Universal Entertainment in nine DVD compilations between January 25, 2007, and September 21, 2007. DVD box sets containing all twenty-six episodes were released on November 26, 2009, and on February 27, 2013. Geneon Universal Entertainment released an animation soundtrack CD for Buso Renkin on January 25, 2007.
On December 8, 2007, Viz Media announced the release of the English dub, which would be released in two DVD sets of thirteen episodes each. The first set containing episodes one to thirteen was released on April 29, 2008. The second set containing episodes fourteen to twenty-six was released on October 7, 2008. Funimation launched Buso Renkin on their Funimation Channel on April 27, 2009, marking the series’ American television debut. On December 20, 2009, the first three episodes from the series were officially uploaded to Hulu and Viz Media’s portal. Two episodes were uploaded weekly thereafter; the final episode was uploaded on March 8, 2010. Beginning on October 2, 2012, Buso Renkin was streamed on Neon Alley.

Related media

Shueisha released two drama CDs for Buso Renkin. The first CD was released on May 26, 2005, and the second CD was released on October 6, 2006. It also released two “Expert CDs”, which features the radio drama, opening and ending themes and unreleased soundtrack songs. The first CD, Expert CD 1, was released on March 28, 2007. The second CD, Expert CD 2, was released on June 8, 2007.
Two light novels were written by Kaoru Kurosaki, illustrated by Watsuki, and published under the Jump J Books line by Shueisha. The first one, Buso Renkin Double Slash, was published in October 31, 2006, and Buso Renkin Slash Zeta  was released on May 25, 2007. A guidebook titled Buso Renkin Infinity was published by Shueisha on May 2, 2007.
Two Nintendo DS fighting games, Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars, have featured characters from the series. A PlayStation 2 video game developed and published by Marvelous Entertainment was released on June 28, 2007, under the title Buso Renkin Youkoso Papillon Park e. In Japan, action figures, T-shirts, a trading card game series, key chains, straps, and a variety of other products were sold as merchandise for the series.

Kazuki Muto 
A 16-year-old boy who was killed by a homunculi when trying to save Tokiko Tsumura. When Tokiko replaces his heart with a buso renkin to revive him, he decides to help in the fight against the homunculi and is later asked to be an Alchemist Warrior by Captain Bravo, which he accepts due to his will to protect his sister Mahiro and his friends. His buso renkin is Sunlight Heart, a spear-lance; it has a cloth that turns into energy which allows to be used as propulsion or as a blinding light.
Tokiko Tsumura
A 17-year-old alchemic warrior. Seven year prior the series events, all the people in her school except for her are killed by homunculi, and she is rescued by Mamoru Sakimori. As such, she is serious almost all the time. The incident also left her with a scar, which could have been removed by using alchemy, but she decides to keep it as a reminder of her will to fight. Her buso renkin is Valkyrie Skirt, an execution scythe that attach to her thighs and is controlled via her synapses.
Koushaku Chouno 
A 19-year-old genius student. He is deathly ill with an unspecified disease, and learns about the process of making homunculi through research notes from his great-great-grandfather, experimenting with various animals first. Later, he turns himself into a human-type homunculus and renames himself Papillon. He kills his all family, but is subsequently killed by Kazuki.He is later revived by L.X.E., and wants to fight Kazuki once more; he is first prevented because he is still ill, and then because Kazuki is being chased by the Re-Extermination Squad. To prevent Kazuki’s death, Papillon re-creates the white kakugane using Alexandra Powered’s research. He and Kazuki finally have their showdown, but in the end he loses to Kazuki, who refuses to kill him again. His buso renkin is Near-Death Happiness , a black gunpowder that can assume any form—it takes the form of butterfly wings as a reflection of his soul—and be detonated remotely.

 

Wednesday News- January 30, 2019

Wednesday News- January 30, 2019

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Anime

  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride Part 1 BD/DVD
  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride Part 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Beyblade BD
  • Black Butler Complete Box Set BD
  • Divine Gate Complete Series Essentials BD
  • Gangsta. Essentials BD
  • Girls’ Last Tour BD
  • Girls’ Last Tour Premium Box Set BD
  • Lupin III: Part II Collection 3 DVD
  • The Night is Short Walk On, Girl BD/DVD
  • Shin Tetsujin 28 BD
  • Tetsujin 28: Morning Moon of Midday BD/DVD

Anime

  • Altair: A Record of Battles GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Ani-Imo GN 1-4 (Digital Only)
  • Arakawa Under the Bridge Graphic Novel (GN) 5
  • Ayanashi GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Captain Harlock The Classic Collection GN 3 (Hardcover)
  • Demon from Afar GN 4-6 (Digital Only)
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • First Love Monster GN 3-4 (Digital Only)
  • Forest of Piano GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Golosseum GN 5
  • He’s My Only Vampire GN 1-3  (Digital Only)
  • Hotaru’s Way GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Inside Mari GN 2
  • Kase-san and… GN 1-4 (Digital Only)
  • Kindred Spirits On The Roof GN (Digital Only)
  • Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka GN 5
  • Masamune-kun’s Revenge GN 1-8 (Digital Only)
  • My Boy in Blue GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Now Loading…! GN
  • Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea GN (Digital Only)
  • Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai GN (Digital Only)
  • Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior! GN (Digital Only)
  • Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life GN (Digital Only)
  • Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions GN (Digital Only)
  • Pokémon: White: Victini and Zekron GN (Digital Only)
  • Pokémon: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice GN (Digital Only)
  • Pokémon: Genesect and the Legend Awakened GN (Digital Only)
  • Pokémon: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction GN (Digital Only)
  • Pokémon: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages GN (Digital Only)
  • Pokémon: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel GN (Digital Only)
  • Princess Resurrection Nightmare GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Prison School GN 9-16 (Digital Only)
  • Saki GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • Secret of the Princess GN (Digital Only)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 30
  • Tetragrammaton Labyrinth GN 1-6 (Digital Only)
  • Ultra Kaiju Humanization Project GN 2
  • The Voynich Hotel GN 3
  • Wish GN

Other

  • Ace Combat 7 PS4/Xbox One/PC Game (digital)
  • Arifureta Zero Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Kingdom Hearts III PS4/Xbox One Game
  • Koimonogatari Novel
  • Masquerade and the Nameless Women Novel
  • Outbreak Company Novel 7 (Digital Only)
  • Song of Memories PS4 Game

 

Film Friday- Kenichi The Mightiest Disciple

Film Friday- Kenichi The Mightiest Disciple

An anime adaptation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha aired 50 episodes from October 2006 to September 2007. Brain’s Base produced OVAs for the series, which continue from the Ragnarok Arc. The first OVA was released on March 14, 2012, the second OVA was released on June 18, 2012, and a third OVA was released on November 16, 2012. The fourth and fifth OVA were released as a double feature on September 16, 2013. The sixth and seventh OVA were released on November 18, 2013. The eighth and ninth OVA were released on February 14, 2014. The tenth and eleventh OVA were released on May 16, 2014.

Anime

An anime adaptation of Kenichi: History’s Strongest Disciple animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha first started airing on October 7, 2006. It aired a total of fifty episodes, covering from the beginning of the story to the confrontation against the top members of Ragnarok. Funimation has dubbed the series. All 50 episodes have been released as of May 25, 2010. The rights of the series expired in 2018.
The series made its North American television debut when it aired on Funimation Channel starting October 26, 2009. All 50 episodes have been shown.
An OVA produced by Brain Base was released on March 14, 2012. The story continues from the Ragnarok Arc entering the Yomi arc. The second OVA featuring later story in the yomi arc was released on June 18, 2012, and a third OVA was released on November 16, 2012. The fourth and fifth OVA were released on September 16, 2013. The sixth and seventh OVA were released on November 18, 2013. The eighth and ninth OVA have been announced and released on February 14, 2014. The tenth and eleventh OVA were released on May 16, 2014. The main cast for the OVA series is the same from those of the anime series except for Rie Kugimiya who replaces the late Tomoko Kawakami as Miu and Yuzuru Fujimoto who replaces the late Hiroshi Arikawa as her grandfather Hayato.

Kenichi Shirahama 

  • First appearance: Battle 1
  • Type: Sei/dou(currently specializes in sei)
  • Type: Katsujin Ken
  • Martial Arts: Karate, Jujutsu, Chinese Martial Arts, Muay Thai, Hybrid martial arts (Ryūsui Seikuken, Korui Nuki, Mūbyoshi), and Weapons.

Protagonist; currently in his second year of high school. A main point of humour in the series centers on the multiple, varied, and imaginative training methods his masters devise toward making Kenichi stronger, which often exhaust him. The manga follows Kenichi as he continues to train, and eventually live, at the Ryozanpaku dojo, fighting increasingly capable enemies.
His strongest ability, according to the masters, is that he lacks any form of sakki (killer intent); in expression whereof, he is kind, compassionate, thoughtful, timid, polite and moral to a fault, and adheres to a strict code of morals. As a result, Kenichi has made many friends, mostly of former enemies, and wins the affections of Renka Ma, Miu, Izumi, and Li Raichi. His attachment to Miu is usually used as comic relief, in her inattention thereto, though in the final chapter of the manga photographs on Kenichi’s desk show he married Miu and they had a daughter. In most battles, Kenichi often fights by interchanging various techniques from the different styles of his masters, making his fighting unorthodox and hard to predict.

Miu Fūrinji  

  • First appearance: Battle 1
  • Type: Dou
  • Type: Katsujin Ken
  • Martial Arts: Hybrid Martial Arts, Pencak Silat

Miu Furinji is Kenichi’s classmate: the granddaughter of Hayato Furinji and the daughter of Saiga Furinji, the leaders respectively of Ryozanpaku and Yami’s One Shadow Nine Fists. Miu came into Hayato’s care when his son (Saiga Furinji) murdered several of his friends and his wife, sparing Miu by accident. Thereafter Miu learned martial arts from her grandfather. Before Miu transferred to her present place, she attended a famous school, but was ill-treated by other girls for her high grades, her athletic ability, and especially her appearance. Although attractive, smart, athletic, and kind, Miu is often clumsy among her fellows, and requires Kenichi’s support in making friends. Miu has a great fondness for kittens and becomes hostile towards anyone who harms one. She is prone to rash decisions in money-making. While her exact martial arts disciplines have not been stated, she has shown knowledge of several styles. Her fighting style is graceful and fluid, taking advantage of her agility, coordination, and flexibility, and makes heavy use of kicks. Her skills have been honed until where she will reflexively throw anyone who sneaks up behind her, especially Kenichi, which is a running gag of the series.

Hayato Fūrinji

  • First appearance: Battle 6
  • Type: Dou / Sei
  • Type: Katsujin Ken
  • Martial Arts: Hybrid Martial Arts/Furinji Style

Hayato is Miu’s grandfather and the elder of the Ryōzanpaku Dojo. He is also known as mutekichōjin (translated “The Invincible Superman” in English materials). He is very tall, very muscular, and possesses tremendous vitality despite his advanced age. Not much is known about Hayato’s past, but flashbacks have revealed that he was very reckless and violent in his youth. It has also been shown that Hayato used to travel the world with Miu and help people in need. Hayato is a kind old man but still possesses a reckless streak and can be arrogant. He attempts to convey his plans to others through a blunt manner of speech. He is fond of Kenichi, calling him “Ken-chan”, and is the only one who apologizes to him for difficult exercises.
Whilst fighting Kenichi and Miu at a tournament, Akisame comments that he still is the most powerful man in the world when he closes his eyes. In this state, he remains strong enough to tear a tree in half while simultaneously effortlessly battling Miu and Kenichi, using only 0.02% of his strength. He is capable of throwing kicks so fast that cameras slowed down to 1/1000 of a second can only catch a glimpse of them, and he can move fast enough to run on water.
Hayato is also shown to be pragmatic with his approach to martial arts, as when he asks Kensei Ma to help with Miu’s training and encourages Miu to use what [a rival teacher] Junazard taught her.
It is hinted in the end that Kenichi somehow managed to surpass his strength since photos of Kenichi supposedly married to Miu are shown. He had always sworn he would only allow Miu to marry someone capable of defeating him first.

Shio Sakaki

  • First appearance: Battle 7
  • Type: Dou
  • Type: Katsujin Ken
  • Martial Arts: Karate

Sakaki is a 30-year-old master of karate who claims to hold 100 dan. He is a tall man almost always seen wearing a leather jacket and has a long scar across the bridge of his nose. Little is known about Sakaki’s past; but he has mentioned that he used to travel the world and fight, and he also at one point belonged to a group that consisted of himself, a French martial arts master named Christopher Eclair, and an Englishman named Mycroft; but left them when their activities brought harm to the innocent, and later buried them alive. It is unknown when he came to Ryozanpaku, but he is one of the junior members along with Apachai and Shigure. He is often depicted as fierce in conversation and embarrassed by trivial things, and tends to quarrel with others, especially Apachai. He also gambles and drinks frequently and often places bets on Kenichi.
Sakaki is well-versed in multiple forms of karate and can survive a fall from one of the top floors of a tall building without any noticeable injury. He has yet to be noticeably injured in any of his battles, including his fight with Yami assassin Christopher Eclair and his brief encounter with Silcardo Jenazad, a member of Yami’s One Shadow Nine Fists. Silcardo was so impressed by Sakaki’s skill that he seeks a battle to the death. His abilities are further cemented by the fact of his win/loss record of 125/126 against fellow Karate master Akira Hongō.

Apachai Hopachai

  • First appearance: Battle 7
  • Type: Dou
  • Type: Katsujin Ken
  • Martial Arts: Muay Thai and Muay Boran

Apachai is a 28-year-old master of Muay Thai and is known as the “Death God” (“Grim Reaper” in the English anime) of the Muay Thai underworld fighting circuit. He is extremely tall and powerfully built, has tanned skin, and is usually seen wearing a tank top and shorts with bandages wrapped around his hands and feet. Apachai has been fighting life or death battles in underground Muay Thai fights since he was a teenager. Later, he was an enforcer for a cruel pirate who (accidentally) fed Apachai while he was starving in a harbor in Thailand. He served this man faithfully until Hayato Fūrinji brought his misdeeds to Apachai’s attention. The two of them then defeated the pirates, and Apachai has been at the dojo ever since.
Apachai enjoys playing with children and animals. He has a habit of saying the syllables “apa” when he speaks and sometimes yells it while training or fighting. As a result of his violent past, Apachai subjected Kenichi to the hardest exercises; but is very fond of Kenichi and is the only master who consistently shows an open concern for him. Apachai has a voracious appetite, often consuming large meals with incredible speed, and even eating other people’s shares. He can be easily distracted and persuaded by food. Apachai later becomes “legend of the giant”, which famous for basketball players in Kenichi’s school and firefighters. He is extraordinarily strong, able to shatter stone statues and kick down trees without any apparent difficulty. Despite his incredible size, he is able to dodge bullets while fighting. Even while holding back, Apachai was able to stalemate a master level fighter by the name of Kei Retsumin, a man who had once killed an entire village of people by himself. He was also able to hold his own against Hayato Fūrinji, although quite young when the fight took place. As a running gag, he is somewhat incapable of holding back during training.

Shigure Kōsaka

  • First appearance: Battle 7
  • Type: Sei
  • Type: Katsujin Ken
  • Martial Arts: Weapons

Shigure is a 23-year-old weapons master, who dresses in a small pink kimono; underneath she wears bandages over her chest and a fundoshi. When fighting seriously, she dons chain mail. Shigure’s past has been shown more in depth than any of the other masters’: in so far as that she lived initially with her father, a weapon maker and master who made swords for Yami. Akisame, seeking to find the maker of a particular sword, met Shigure’s father, who requested that Akisame kill him. When Akisame refused, the man forced him into a fight, which Akisame won; whereupon Shigure’s father stated that he wanted his daughter to see the fate of a weapons’-maker, and took his own life. After defeating some Yami members, Akisame took Shigure to live with an old man who taught her the Kosaka fighting style. She remained there until the old man died, after which Akisame took her to Ryozanpaku. There, she speaks very little and is given to sleeping, or walking, on the rafters of the building. Before Kenichi came to the dojo, she rarely interacted with its other residents except Akisame and Apachai and even refrained from eating with them. After Kenichi’s arrival, she became more social. Despite her slenderness, she is very strong; even capable of cutting metal with a dull-edged spoon or dislocating the cannon of a tank. Shigure has a pet mouse, Tochūmaru, used mostly for comic relief but extraordinarily strong for a mouse, beating one of Boris’s men with nunchaku and, in an omake, beating a cat with its tail.

Akisame Kōetsuji

  • First appearance: Battle 7
  • Type: Sei
  • Type: Katsujin Ken
  • Martial Arts: Jujitsu

Akisame is a 38-year-old Jujitsu master, and the first master to train Kenichi. He is an old friend of Miu’s father, Saiga. Despite his apparent fragility, he is immensely strong and capable, and can easily interpret other characters’ unspoken thoughts. Additionally he has mastered calligraphy, painting, pottery, and sculpting, and builds contraptions as both training devices for Kenichi and power sources for the dojo, including a treadmill generator. He also owns an orthopedic clinic and can reset bones with ease. He has proved to be a good trauma surgeon also, and speaks Russian fluently.

Kensei Ma

  • First appearance: Battle 7
  • Type: Sei
  • Type: Katsujin Ken
  • Martial Arts: All Chinese Martial Arts (preferred fighting style is soft forms)

Kensei is a 42-year-old master of Chinese Kenpō. He is very short, balding, and always wears a hat. He has been training in martial arts since he was very young and was the leader of a large martial arts alliance in China, which has 10,000 followers, which he left behind. He has a wife and three children in China, including a 16-year-old daughter named Renka, and an older brother named Sougetsu, who is a member of Yami. Kensei himself is often shown trying to take pictures of attractive women, particularly Shigure and Miu; but results in pictures of other things nearby, which he sells to Kenichi. Kenichi has absolute trust in Ma and has stated that he has never questioned his convictions as a martial artist.
Ma is a very experienced martial artist, having been trained since he was very young, and purportedly knows all martial arts indigenous to China. In spite of his small size, he is able to destroy a small bridge with a single kick and to rend the flesh of Diego Carlo, a man said to possess a body hard as steel, with his bare hands. He is very agile, capable of jumping from atop one moving car to another. Ma runs an acupuncture clinic and usually, along with Akisame, mends the wounds of Kenichi and the others. The characters in his name of ‘Kensei’ are pronounced ‘Jianxing’ in Mandarin, or literally “Sword Star”. This differentiates him entirely from Isshinsai Ogata’s moniker Kensei, pronounced ‘Quansheng’ in Mandarin, literally “Fist Saint”.

 

Wednesday News- January 23, 2019

Wednesday News- January 23, 2019

Review: Juni Taisen: Zodiac War BD/DVD – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/juni-taisen/zodiac-war/bd/dvd/.142359

Yakuza Kiwami Game’s PC Version Previewed in Video – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-01-22/yakuza-kiwami-game-pc-version-previewed-in-video/.142420

The Mike Toole Show: Old School Isakai – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-mike-toole-show/2019-01-21/.142332

Review: Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits GN 1 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/kakuriyo/bed-and-breakfast-for-spirits/gn-1/.142193

Anime

  • Citrus BD/DVD
  • Hataraki Man BD
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc Set 3 Limited Edition BD
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc Set 3 DVD
  • Land of the Lustrous Steelbook BD
  • One Piece 3D2Y (One Piece “3D2Y” Ace no Shi wo Koete! Luffy Nakama to no Chikai) TV Special BD/DVD
  • Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost UrnEssentials BD

Manga

  • 10 Dance GN 1
  • Ace of the Diamond GN 19 (Digital Only)
  • Ao-chan Can’t Study! GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Aoba-kun’s Confessions GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Aoharu x Machine Gun GN 14
  • Battle Rabbits GN 1-4 (Digital Only)
  • Black Butler GN 27
  • Blissful Land GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Boys Over Flowers Season 2 GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • BTOOOM! GN 23  (Digital Only)
  • The Case Study of Vanitas GN 5
  • A Certain Magical Index GN 16
  • Danganronpa 2: Ultimate Luck and Hope and Despair GN 2
  • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody GN 6
  • The Delinquent Housewife! GN 3
  • DIVE!! GN 1
  • ēlDLIVE GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • For the Kid I Saw in My Dreams GN 1 (Hardcover)
  • Golosseum GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • High School Prodigies Have it Easy Even in Another World GN 2
  • Hitorijime My Hero GN 1
  • I Want to Eat Your Pancreas GN
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? GN  10
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? On the Side: Sword Oratoria GN 6
  • Kakafukaka GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 8
  • Kin-iro Mosaic GN 8
  • Monster Wrestling GN 1
  • Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun GN 10
  • Murciélago GN 9
  • Nyankees GN 1
  • PTSD Radio GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts GN 4
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil GN 5
  • Sekirei GN 7
  • The Seven Princes of the Thousand-Year Labyrinth GN 1-4 (Digital Only)
  • Shut-In Shoutarou Kominami Takes on the World GN
  • Teasing Master Takagi-san GN 3
  • Today’s Cerberus GN 11
  • Waiting for Spring GN 10
  • The Witch’s House – The Diary of Ellen GN 1
  • Yuri Is My Job! GN  1
  • Zo-Zo-Zombie-kun GN  2

Other

  • Apparently it’s My Fault That My Husband Has The Head of a Beast Novel 2  (Digital Only)
  • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Novel 7
  • Death Note Light up the NEW world Movies BD/DVD
  • Death Note Movies 1-2 BD/DVD
  • Final Fantasy VII Lateral Biography Turks Novel
  • Goblin Slayer Novel 6
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Novel 2
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 12 (Digital Only)
  • Log Horizon Novel 11
  • Overlord Novel 9 (Hardcover)
  • Resident Evil 2 PlayStation 4/Xbox One Game
  • Senran Kagura Burst Re: Newel PlayStation 4 Game
  • A Sister’s All You Need. Novel 3
  • Strike the Blood Novel 11

 

Film Friday- Battle Angel Alita

Film Friday- Battle Angel Alita

Two of the nine-volume comics were adapted into two anime original video animation episodes titled Battle Angel for North American release by ADV Films and the UK and Australian release by Manga Entertainment. Manga Entertainment also dubbed Battle Angel Alita into English. A live-action film adaptation titled Alita: Battle Angel is scheduled for release on February 14, 2019.

OVA

A two-episode OVA was released in 1993, incorporating elements from the first two volumes of the manga with changes to the characters and storyline. According to Kishiro, only two episodes were originally planned. At the time, he was too busy with the manga “to review the plan coolly,” nor was he serious about an anime adaptation. It remains the only anime adaptation of Battle Angel Alita to date and there are no plans to revive it. Alita as depicted in the CG movie A 3-minute 3D-CGI rendered movie clip is included in volume 6 of the Japanese Gunnm: Complete Edition. It showcases Alita in a Third League Motorball race with players from two of her races such as “Armor” Togo, Degchalev, and Valdicci, and depicts events from both of those races.

Film

Director James Cameron has rights to the film adaptation of Battle Angel. Cameron is said to be a big fan of the manga, and he was waiting until CGI technology was sufficiently advanced to make a live-action 3D film with effects comparable to Avatar.

Alita was originally scheduled to be his next production after the TV series Dark Angel, which was influenced by Battle Angel Alita. After Avatar, he stated he would work on Avatar sequels before starting Alita.

Cameron’s producer Jon Landau said, “I am sure you will get to see Battle Angel. It is one of my favourite stories, a great story about a young woman’s journey to self-discovery. It is a film that asks the question: What does it mean to be human? Are you human if you have a heart, a brain or a soul? I look forward to giving the audience the film.” It will likely not hit screens before 2017. Landau half-jokingly stated that the project may be titled Alita: The Battle Angel, because of Cameron’s tradition in naming his films with either an “A” or a “T”.

Cameron’s film would be a live-action adaptation of the first four volumes of the manga series; “What I’m going to do is take the spine story and use elements from the first four books. So, the Motorball from books three and four, and parts of the story of one and two will all be in the movie.” He has also stated that he has no one in mind for casting yet.

In October 2015, it was reported that Robert Rodriguez will direct the film with Cameron and Landau producing. On April 26, 2016, both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reports that Maika Monroe, Rosa Salazar, Zendaya and Bella Thorne were in the running for the lead role. At near the end of May 2016, Salazar was cast as Alita. The film is scheduled for release on July 20, 2018. On February 7, 2017, The Hollywood Reporter reports that Jennifer Connelly will be joining the cast as one of the villains. On December 8, 2017, the first trailer for Battle Angel was released to the public. It was reported by JoBlo.com in February 2018, that the film was delayed to December 21, 2018. In late September 2018, it was announced that the film was delayed again, to February 14, 2019, in order to allow “more room to grow in the box office”, as well as avoiding competition with WB’s Aquaman, Paramount’s Bumblebee and Universal’s Welcome to Marwen.

In November of 2018, Titan Books published Alita: Battle Angel – Iron City, a prequel novel for the film. The novel was written by Pat Cadigan, a notable science fiction author.

Video game

Gunnm: Martian Memory is an action RPG video game for the PlayStation by Banpresto. It is an adaptation of the manga, following Alita (Gally) from her discovery in the Tiphares dump heap by Daisuke Ido up through and beyond her career as a TUNED agent. The story includes additional elements that Kishiro had conceived when he ended the original manga in 1995, but was unable to implement at the time, which involved Alita going into outer space. He then expanded the story, which formed the basis for the manga Battle Angel Alita: Last Order.

Related works

  • Ashen Victor, a story set six years before the beginning of Battle Angel Alita. It primarily tells the story of a Motorball player and it sets the evolution of the game into what it becomes in the Battle Angel Alita series.
  • Battle Angel Alita: Last Order, a continuation published monthly in Ultra Jump, and then in Evening.
  • Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle, a continuation of Battle Angel Alita: Last Order published in Evening.

 

 

Wednesday News- January 16, 2019

Wednesday News- January 16, 2019

In/Spectre Supernatural Mystery Gets TV Anime by Brain’s Base- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-01-14/in-spectre-supernatural-mystery-gets-tv-anime-by-brain-base/.142034

Shelf Life: Princess Tutu- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2019-01-14/.141999

Cencoroll Anime’s Project Relaunch is TV Edit, More News Slated for March- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-01-15/cencoroll-anime-project-relaunch-is-tv-edit-more-news-slated-for-march/.142082

Masaaki Yuasa’s ‘Kimi to, Nami ni Noretara’ Anime Film Reveals Lead Cast, Character Details- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-01-14/masaaki-yuasa-kimi-to-nami-ni-noretara-anime-film-reveals-lead-cast-character-details/.142047

Our World is Ended PS4/Switch Version Slated for March in the West- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-01-14/our-world-is-ended-ps4-switch-version-slated-for-march-in-the-west/.142043

Anime

  • Black Clover Season 1 Part 3 BD/DVD
  • Black Clover Season 1 Part 3 Collector’s Box BD/DVD
  • Hunter x Hunter Set 5 BD
  • Hunter x Hunter Set 5 DVD
  • Overlord II Season 2 BD/DVD
  • Overlord II Season 2 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Rocket Girls BD

Manga

  • APOSIMZ Graphic Novel (GN) 2
  • Back Street Girls GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Baki GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Children of the Whales GN 8
  • Clockwork Planet GN 9
  • Creature! GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction GN 4
  • Die Wergelder GN 2
  • Fire Punch GN 5
  • He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Kira-kun Today GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • A Kiss, For Real GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Love Game Shuffle GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Endless Waltz: Glory of the Losers GN 10
  • No Game, No Life GN 2
  • Shinobi Life GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Shōjo Fight GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Sota’s Knife GN 16-20 (Digital Only)
  • Squirming in the Darkness GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Sweetness and Lightning GN 11
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Ultraman GN 11
  • Wandering Island GN 2
  • Wu Zetian GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches GN Omnibus 17-18
  • Yokai Girls GN 6

Other

  •  Demon King Daimaou GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Infinite Dendrogram GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Onimusha: Warlords PS4/Xbox One Game