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Film Friday- Maria Holic

Film Friday- Maria Holic

Maria†Holic is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Minari Endō, the author of Dazzle. The manga was first serialized in the Japanese seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive on June 27, 2006, and is published by Media Factory. The manga was initially licensed by Tokyopop in North America and picked up by One Peace Books in 2016 after Tokyopop lost the license in 2011. It has also been released digitally by BookWalker, Kadokawa’s online digital shopfront. The first anime adaptation animated by Shaft aired in Japan between January and March 2009. A second anime season, Maria†Holic: Alive, premiered on April 8, 2011. Both seasons of the anime series have been licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

Anime

An anime adaption directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and Yukihiro Miyamoto and produced by Shaft aired in Japan between January 5 and March 23, 2009 on Chiba TV, containing twelve episodes. The first episode of the anime was aired as a special broadcast on Animate TV from December 26, 2008 to January 4, 2009 and on AT-X on December 30, 2008. The anime series has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks and is being distributed by Section23 Films. The complete collection was released on DVD, February 23, Sentai Filmworks re-released the first season on DVD and Blu-ray with an English dub on January 28, 2014. The opening theme is “Hanaji” by Yū Kobayashi, and the ending theme is a cover version of Yellow Magic Orchestra’s 1983 single “Kimi ni, Mune Kyun” performed by Asami Sanada, Marina Inoue, and Yū Kobayashi, the voice actresses of the main characters.

A second anime season titled Maria Holic: Alive, under the direction of Akiyuki Shinbo and Tomokazu Tokoro, began airing on April 8, 2011. The first BD/DVD volume for Maria Holic: Alive, which contains unaired bonus footage, was released on July 27, 2011. Sentai Filmworks has licensed the second season and simulcasted the series on the Anime Network video website. The anime opening themes for Maria Holic: Alive are “Mōsō Senshi Miyamae Kanako” by Tomokazu Sugita (episodes 1 through 4) and “Runrunriru Ranranrara” by Yū Kobayashi, and the ending theme is a cover version of Linda Yamamoto’s song “Dōnimo Tomaranai” by Ame no Kisaki Gasshōdan. There is also a special ending song for episode 12, sung by Yū Kobayashi, titled “Don’t Mind, Don’t Mind!” and was released on the same single as the other theme songs of the anime.

Characters

Kanako Miyamae 
Kanako is the protagonist of the story. She is a second year high school transfer student to Ame no Kisaki, a Catholic-based all-girls academy. Kanako has an inherent fear of men which began in elementary school when a piece of her recorder and P.E. uniform were stolen. When coming into physical contact with any man, she instantaneously breaks out in hives. This has significantly contributed to her fear of boys. Kanako is almost solely interested in girls in regards to her ideal romantic relationships. She instantly and constantly suffers from nosebleeds—a visible indication of sexual perverseness frequently used in anime and manga. Her reason for transferring to Ame no Kisaki is to look for her one true love. Kanako begins her reflections on her situation with the phrase “Dear mother in heaven.” Kanako is also quite tall (standing at 175 cm or 5’9″), making her height (and her weight) emotional weak spots. She also takes constant verbal abuse from Mariya and his maid, Matsurika. She is often called a ‘pervert’, or ‘lesbian’, or other nicknames they happen to give her.
Mariya Shidō 
Mariya is the title character of the story. He is a cross-dressing boy who attends Ame no Kisaki as a girl as a means to win the chairmanship of both the all-male and all-female schools where his late grandmother served as the ex-chairman for both. He deeply respects and loves his grandmother and does not care about actually winning chairmanship. He simply wishes to honor his grandmother’s request. He appears to genuinely care about others though this facade is often hidden through some excuse he has crafted for himself. When Kanako first meets Mariya, she is instantly attracted to his playful femininity and kind attitude. He often teases Kanako by playing with his long blonde hair, speaking in a soft voice, and smiling sweetly. However, Mariya turns out to be quite sadistic in nature and generally adjusts his personality to reflect whatever situation he is in. Mariya’s beauty and feminine gestures are so convincing that the entire school, including the faculty, have no idea of his true gender. Mariya is quite short, reaching at most up to the height at the tip of Kanako’s nose (160 cm or 5’3″), and shorter than Matsurika. Because of the switching with his sister his original name was Shizu instead.

 

Film Friday- The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

Film Friday- The Devil Is a Part-Timer!

The Devil Is a Part-Timer! is a Japanese light novel series written by Satoshi Wagahara, with illustrations by Oniku (written as 029). ASCII Media Works has published 24 volumes since February 2011. The story is about a demon king named Sadao Maou seeking to conquer the world of Ente Isla, but when confronted by the Hero Emilia, he is forced to retreat through a gate that transports him to modern day Tokyo, Japan. To survive and find a way to return to Ente Isla, Satan gains part-time employment at a fast food restaurant called MgRonald. There have been two manga adaptations published by ASCII Media Works in Dengeki Daioh and Dengeki Maoh. A 13-episode anime adaptation produced by White Fox and directed by Naoto Hosoda aired between April and June 2013.

Anime

A 13-episode anime television series adaptation of The Devil Is a Part-Timer!, produced by White Fox and directed by Naoto Hosoda, aired between April 4 and June 27, 2013. The anime has Masahiro Yokotani as the script supervisor and Atsushi Ikariya adapts 029’s characters designs. Funimation streamed the series as it aired and released it on home video in summer 2014. The opening theme is “Zero!!” by Minami Kuribayashi. There are three ending theme songs, “Gekka”, “Star Chart”, and “Tsumabiku Hitori”, all by Nano Ripe.

Characters

Shirō Ashiya  / Alciel
Ashiya is one of Satan’s Generals, who was also transported to modern day Japan with him. Extremely loyal to Satan, Alciel takes care of the domestic duties at home and researches ways to regain their magical powers. On Earth, Alciel assumes the form of Shirō Ashiya who operates as Sadao’s housekeeper. Anytime he fails in his duties, he is extremely disappointed in himself for not doing a better job at helping his master, even suffering emotional breakdowns. He is also extremely frugal in his spending habits, once resorting to eating a large amount of leftover udon that was about to expire (which resulted in a severely upset stomach).
Chiho Sasaki
Chiho is a high school student who is Sadao’s friend and fellow employee at MgRonald. She has feelings for Sadao. Chiho is an average teenage girl of short stature who sports a highly curvaceous figure, a fact which is noted by several people and envied by other girls, especially Emi. She can hear and understand the language of Ente Isla due to accidentally being targeted with a communication spell intended for Emi, because the spell was set to target those who were thinking about Sadao constantly. She later learns how to use the magic spell Idea Link to allow her to alert the others if she is ever in danger.
Hanzō Urushihara
Lucifer is a fallen angel and one of Satan’s generals. After Satan was transported to the human world, Lucifer and Olba struck a deal in order to defeat Satan, with Olba promising to return Lucifer to heaven. After they are defeated by Satan, however, Lucifer moves into the apartment belonging to Sadao and Shirō. He is good with technology and loves playing video games. As a result of committing a series of robberies with Olba before being defeated by Sadao, he must remain in seclusion to avoid the police. To his irritation, he is usually referred to as a hikikomori or NEET, even when guests are present. His mother is the current leader of the angels, Ignora, and his father was the ancient demon lord, Sataniel.
Suzuno Kamazuki
Sadao’s next door neighbor. She is always wearing a kimono. Suzuno is the grand inquisitor of the Church in Ente Isla that, like Emi, came to kill Sadao. Unlike Emi, she apparently has trouble adjusting to the modern life of Japan and is easily found having trouble, especially with Japan’s technology. She has coped with Japan, but with the old style of Japan. She briefly teamed up with Sariel to eliminate both Sadao and Emi after Sariel reminded her of her duties as grand inquisitor, but after seeing Sadao concerned for Chiho and realizing that she values her friendship with Emi and Chiho, she ultimately turns against Sariel by helping Chiho evacuate the area while Satan and Sariel battle one another. She wields a giant mallet, which can be retracted into her flower-shaped hairpin.

 

Thursday News- May 6, 2019

Thursday News- May 6, 2019

Cross Infinite World Licenses Nao Tamaki’s Labyrinth Angel Light Novels – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-06-06/cross-infinite-world-licenses-nao-tamaki-labyrinth-angel-light-novels/.147530

Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom Game’s PC Release Slated for July 25 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-06-05/monster-boy-and-the-cursed-kingdom-game-pc-release-slated-for-july-25/.147460

The Internet Reacts to Pokemon Sword/Shield Monster Reveals – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-06-05/the-internet-reacts-to-pokemon-sword-shield-monster-reveals/.147526

All-Rounder Meguru’s Horoki Endo Launches New Manga in August – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-06-05/all-rounder-meguru-hiroki-endo-launches-new-manga-in-august/.147504

Anime

  • Black Lagoon The Complete Collection Classics BD
  • Brothers Conflict Essentials BD
  • Godannar BD
  • Hellsing Ultimate BD
  • Laughing Under the Clouds Essentials BD
  • No-Rin Essentials BD
  • Royal Space Force – The Wings of Honnêamise BD
  • Soul Eater The Complete Series Classics BD

Manga

  • After the Rain Graphic Novel (GN) 4
  • Ao Haru Ride GN 5
  • Alicia’s Diet Quest GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Arte GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Baki GN 26-27 (Digital Only)
  • Boruto GN 6
  • Chihayafuru GN 17 (Digital Only)
  • Classmates GN 1
  • Danganronpa 2: Ultimate Luck and Hope and Despair GN 3
  • Descendents Dizzy’s New Fortune GN 6
  • Disney Manga: Descendants – Evie’s Wicked Runway GN 2
  • Dragon Ball GN Complete Box Set
  • Dragon Ball Z GN Complete Box Set
  • Edens Zero GN 3
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 30
  • Made in Abyss GN 6
  • Missions of Love GN 17 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia GN 19
  • My Sweet Girl GN 3
  • One Piece Omnibus Edition GN 28
  • Persona 4 GN 10
  • The Promised Neverland GN 10
  • Queen’s Quality GN 7
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • The Run-Away Student Ninja Hayate GN 1
  • Seraph of the End GN 17
  • Sweetness & Lightning GN 12
  • Takane & Hana GN 9
  • The Tale of Genji GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • We Never Learn GN 4
  • World’s End and Apricot Jam GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 18

Other

  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest Novel 9 (Digital Only)
  • Bakemonogatari Novels 1-3 (Digital Only)
  • Division Maneuver Novel 1
  • Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Novel 14 (Digital Only)
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Novel 4
  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Novel 3
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 4
  • Kizumonogatari Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Kotodama: The 7 Mysteries of Fujisawa PS4, Switch, PC game
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II PS4 game
  • The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Novel 3
  • Nekomonogatari (Black) Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Nisemonogatari Novels 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • Octopath Traveler PC game
  • Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth 3DS game
  • Thundercats The Complete Series DVD

 

Film Friday- Nichijou

Film Friday- Nichijou

A 26-episode anime adaptation directed by Tatsuya Ishihara and produced by Kyoto Animation was broadcast in Japan between April and September 2011, after an earlier original video animation (OVA) was released in March. A PlayStation Portable game by Vridge and Kadokawa Games was released on July 28, 2011, entitled Nichijou: Uchuujin. Madman Entertainment licensed the anime series in 2011 for Australian and New Zealand distribution, releasing the DVDs in April and May 2013. Funimation released the anime on Blu-ray and DVD in February 2017.

Anime

Kyoto Animation adapted the Nichijou manga into a 26-episode anime television series directed by Tatsuya Ishihara and an original video animation (OVA) episode. The anime adaptation was first announced on May 22, 2010 through the July issue of Shonen Ace magazine. The OVA, titled Nichijou Episode 0, was bundled as a DVD extra with volume six of the manga series on March 12, 2011. The anime series aired in Japan on TV Aichi from April 3 to September 25, 2011 and was also simulcast by Crunchyroll under the name My Ordinary Life. The series was re-edited into twelve episodes for broadcast on NHK Educational TV in January 2012. The series also incorporates skits from Arawi’s other manga, Helvetica Standard, which is published in Kadokawa Shoten’s Newtype magazine. Bandai Entertainment had originally licensed the anime, but its release was later cancelled. However, Madman Entertainment managed to release the series in Australia and New Zealand in subtitles only. It was released as a two part collection containing 13 episodes each. The first part was released on April 11, 2013, while the second part was released on May 9, 2013. Funimation later licensed the series in North America and released it on February 7, 2017. A dubbed re-release by Funimation will be available on July 23, 2019.

The Nichijou anime has reportedly had low BD and DVD sales, and did not come close to meeting the break even line according to animation director Shunji Suzuki. The first DVD volume sold 924 copies in its first week of sales, while the second and fourth BD volumes sold over 2,000 copies each in their first week.

Anime News Network reviewer Carl Kimlinger gave the series a B, stating that the anime is a “slice-of-life comedy with a penchant for lunacy and a taste for huggable cuteness…”, giving praise especially to Kyoto Animation’s lively animation of the series: “a rare chance to see talented animators fully indulging their love of the art.” Fellow ANN reviewer Theron Martin stated in his review of “Nichijou Episode 1” that despite the series’ ability to entertain, it is “absolutely not a series for everyone”. Chris Beveridge of the now defunct Mania.com reviewed the first four episodes, giving each succeeding episode a lower grade (B for episode 1 down to D+ by episode 4). Beveridge stated in his review of episode 4 that “[Nichijou is] so full of fluff and pointlessness that it’s hard to get enthused about.”

Characters

Main characters

Yūko Aioi
Yūko is an energetic 16-year-old high school girl with short brown hair. Her nickname is Yukko (ゆっこ). Because she is often too lazy to do her own homework, she always copies from either Mio or Mai instead. Although she is a generally an easygoing person, her mood changes instantly when she is insulted. She sometimes greets her friends with “selamat pagi” (Malaysian, Bruniean and Indonesian for “good morning”).
Mio Naganohara
Mio is a bright and cheerful girl, sporting light blue hair pulled into pigtails and held by two small wooden cubes (however, when at home or asleep, her hair is untied). She has a crush on Kojiro Sasahara. At first glance, she appears quite ordinary in comparison to her friends Yūko and Mai but actually harbors a very short temper, prone to tantrums and acts of violence in order to avoid humiliation; even assaulting a police officer to keep her yaoi manuscript from being discovered. She often has to humor Yūko to make her happy. Being a talented artist, she occasionally draws homoerotic pictures of Kojiro in her notebooks and, under a male pseudonym, has entered several erotic manga into contests that promise serialization to the winner. Near the end of the manga, Mio finally wins one of the contests she entered, though it is unknown whether or not she actually accepted the publisher’s offer due to her paranoia about her art. She is 16 years old.
Mai Minakami
Mai is a quiet and intelligent girl who wears glasses. Before the events of the manga series, Mai had lived in Alaska and moved to Japan due to her father’s job. She excels at a wide range of activities, including fishing, wood carving, and arm wrestling. Despite her serene and rather unemotional demeanor, she has a rather eccentric sense of humor, often frustrating her friends with her pranks. Her sometimes deadpan mannerisms often make people wonder what is going on in her head. She has two pet dogs named Oguri Cap and Pyon.
Nano Shinonome
Nano is an android schoolgirl, built by the Professor. Despite being a year old, she has the height and appearance of an average teenager. She worries about keeping her identity as a robot from other people, even though the large wind-up key on her back makes it quite obvious. Her limbs will sometimes fall apart, revealing items that the Professor installed into her system without her noticing, ranging from beam-firing weapons to Swiss rolls. She acts like the Professor’s caretaker, and spends her days helping her and doing all the household chores. Although she was technically never born, her “birthday” is March 7.
Professor
The Professor is an intelligent eight-year-old scientist. She built Nano herself, and often makes various adjustments to her, but adamantly refuses to remove the wind-up key on her back because she thinks it is cute. Her favorite animal is the shark. She does not go to school, since she already graduated, and instead spends her days playing around in the house. Despite her intelligence, she acts like a spoiled child most of the time, as she throws tantrums to get what she wants. She likes snacking, playing around, and sharks. She also enjoys spending time with Nano’s friends, particularly Yūko due to her approval of “cool things” and Mai because she gives her shark-themed chocolates and drawings. She didn’t like Mai at first because she let her dogs corner her and Sakamoto on the street, but warms up to her when Mai draws a shark for her.
Sakamoto
Sakamoto is a black cat. He wears a red scarf made by the Professor, which allows him to speak. He was originally named Taisho and was the pet of Kana Nakamura until he fell out of the window of her house, and he was found by Nano before mysteriously turning up at the Shinonome home. He decided to stay with Nano and the Professor because of Nakamura’s constant unintentional neglect. In cat years, he is 20 years old, older than both Nano and the Professor, and tries to act like the adult of the house, but to his shame, he occasionally succumbs to his cat-like habits. A running-gag is his tendency to endure the Professor’s comically horrific physical abuse, usually in the form of a childish booby-trap or the rope noose she uses to walk him.

 

Wednesday News- May 29, 2019

Wednesday News- May 29, 2019

Review: The Promised Neverland Gn 9 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/the-promised-neverland/gn-9/.147171

Dimension W Manga Ends in June – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-05-27/dimension-w-manga-ends-in-june/.147149

Attack on Titan 2: Final Battle Game’s Video Previews Features, Story Mode – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-05-28/attack-on-titan-2-final-battle-game-video-previews-features-story-mode/.147202

Nichijou Anime’s English Dub Video Previews Mio – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-05-27/nichijou-anime-english-dub-video-previews-mio/.147187

Anime

  • Chio’s School Road BD
  • DARLING in the FRANXX Essentials BD/DVD 2
  • Eden of the East Essentials BD
  • Junji Ito “Collection” BD
  • Kämpfer BD
  • Maken-Ki! 2 Essentials BD
  • Maquia – When the Promised Flower Blooms Limited-Edtion BD
  • Nagasarete Airantou BD
  • Rage of Bahamut Genesis Essentials BD
  • Sonic X The Complete Series BD
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re BD/DVD 1
  • The Twelve Kingdoms The Complete Series BD

Manga

  • All Out!! GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • All-Rounder Meguru GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Asahi-sempai’s Favorite GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Back Street Girls GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Banana Fish GN 8-13 (Digital Only)
  • Battle Royale: Angels’ Border GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Boys Over Flowers Season 2 GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Chi’s Sweet Adventure Graphic Novel (GN) 4
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Eve And Eve GN
  • Forbidden Scrollery GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Gleipnir GN 2
  • God Sider Second GN 1-9 (Digital Only)
  • Holy Corpse Rising GN 7
  • Hotaru’s Way GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • I’m Standing on a Million Lives GN 1
  • Inside Mari GN 4
  • Kakegurui twin GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Kin-iro Mosaic GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Girl Site GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka GN 1-6 (Digital Only)
  • Masamune-kun’s Revenge GN 10
  • My Boy in Blue GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • My Monster Secret GN 16
  • My Sadistic Boyfriend GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Ojojojo Omnibus GN 2
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero GN 11
  • Servamp GN 12
  • Shibuya Goldfish GN 4(Digital Only)
  • Shinobi Life GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Tales of Wedding Rings GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Alice GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Trinity Seven GN 16 (Digital Only)
  • The Walls Between Us GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Yokai Rental Shop GN 1-4 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Demon King Daimaou Novel 11 (Digital Only)
  • Der Werwolf – The Annals of Veight Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • Division Maneuver Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Novel 3
  • Lapis x Labyrinth PS4, Switch game
  • Little Friends: Dogs & Cats Switch game
  • Monster Girl Doctor Novel 4
  • Our World Is Ended PS4, Switch, PC game

 

 

Film Friday- Drifters

Film Friday- Drifters

Drifters is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kouta Hirano. The manga started serialization in Shōnen Gahosha’s magazine, Young King Ours, on April 30, 2009. It centers on various historical figures summoned to an unknown world where their skills and techniques are needed by magicians in order to save their world from total destruction. An anime television adaptation aired between October 7, 2016 and December 23, 2016. A second season of the anime series has been announced.

Anime

A 150-second anime adaptation of Drifters was packaged with the final volume of the Hellsing Ultimate video series in December 2012. The short, produced under the supervision of Ryoji Nakamori, technical director Kazuya Miura, and animation director Masayori Komine, featured the voices of Yūichi Nakamura as Shimazu Toyohisa and Mitsuru Miyamoto as Murasaki, with music composed by Yasushi Ishii.

In the May 2015 issue of Young King OURs, it was announced that a Drifters anime adaptation was in the works. A production site for the anime has been released. It was announced on September 19, 2015 that the anime will be directed by Kenichi Suzuki, produced by NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan, animated by Hoods Drifters Studio, written by Hideyuki Kurata and Yōsuke Kuroda, and will feature character designs by Ryoji Nakamori. Yasushi Ishii and Hayato Matsuo will both compose the music together. The opening theme, “Gospel Of The Throttle 狂奔REMIX ver.”, is performed by Minutes til Midnight, while the ending theme, “Vermillion”, is performed by Maon Kurosaki.

The 12-episode series began airing on October 7, 2016 on Tokyo MX. A specially edited version of the first and second episodes with a runtime of 36 minutes was bundled with the manga’s fifth volume, and released on June 6, 2016. A special limited-pressing Blu-ray box set was released on December 30, 2016. The box set includes all twelve episodes (with added unaired footage), an exclusive box illustrated by Hirano, a 200-page animation sketch collection by chief animation director Ryoji Nakamori, a 52-page booklet, a bonus extras disc, and a two-CD original soundtrack. The bonus extras disc will contain an omake titled “Kokuō-sama Go-Ranshin“, promotional videos, and other materials. Customers who pre-ordered the box set from participating retailers before November 6, 2016 will receive an exclusive illustration card set. Additionally, the box set includes a form for advance ticket sales for an event that will be held on April 2, 2017, at Maihama Amphitheater in Chiba.

In Japan, the anime is exclusively streamed on the AbemaTV service simultaneously as the anime aired on Japanese television, starting on October 7 at 11:00 p.m. The series has been licensed by Funimation for streaming in English-speaking countries and home video and on-demand distribution for the U.S. Additionally, Funimation streamed Drifters in English beginning on November 6, 2016, at 10:00 p.m. ET. As part of Funimation’s partnership with Crunchyroll, Crunchyroll also streamed Drifters as it aired in Japan. Drifters was also broadcast on Aniplus Asia. Funimation released a DVD/Blu-ray combo package for Drifters on October 3, 2017. Universal Pictures UK acquired the series for the United Kingdom and Ireland, and will release it on October 8, 2018. Universal Sony classified the series for release in Australia and New Zealand, and will release it on October 17, 2018.

At the end of the anime’s twelfth episode, a second season was announced with the message “See You Again, Tokyo 20XX”. On October 10, 2017, it was announced the thirteenth and fourteenth episodes, the first two episodes of the second season will be released on December 23, 2017 on Blu-ray discs in regular and limited-edition versions. The limited edition includes an outer case illustrated by manga creator Kouta Hirano, a jacket illustrated by character designer and chief animation director Ryoji Nakamori, a bonus video, a drama CD, a 72-page booklet, and a “mystery disc.” A fifteenth episode was announced to be released with the manga’s 6th volume on November 30.

Ends

Members of the Ends. From left to right: Jeanne d’Arc, Gilles de Rais, Hijikata Toshizō, the Black King, Grigori Rasputin (partially unseen, second from left), Anastasia Romanova (partially unseen, first from left).

The opposing force in the unknown world and primary antagonists of the series, the Ends are, like the Drifters, mainly composed of powerful historical figures who died under unorthodox and often violent circumstances. Unlike the Drifters, however, the Ends are revered humans that have forsaken their humanity, and are thus capable of using supernatural powers. Most of the Ends are driven completely by an intense hate for humanity for the various betrayals each suffered back on Earth. They seem to have been brought into the new world by EASY, who is at odds with Murasaki.

EASY 
An arrogant and short-tempered young woman with long, black hair, and violet eyes. Apparently at odds with Murasaki, she is responsible for the Ends, an opposing force similar in origin to the Drifters. She primarily uses her laptop to keep tabs on the battles taking place in the other world. In the corridor, she is associated with and accompanied by darkness.
Black King 
The leader of the Ends. He claims that he once tried to “save” humans, but he has since shifted his agenda towards non-humans after humans “denied” his efforts. His identity has yet to be established, but he is shown to possess healing powers and the ability to multiply any life form he wishes, infinitely producing food or wood. He also has puncture scars in both of his palms. His ultimate goal is to eradicate all humans and create a new civilization of non-humans in a perpetual Dark Age, ensuring that they never advance far enough to become as destructive as humans, creating what the Black King believes will be a utopia. In order to achieve this, the Black King has instructed Rasputin to create a simple alphabet and a syncretic religion to allow the different non-human races to find a common ground.
Hijikata Toshizō
The former vice-commander of the Shinsengumi who died fighting in the name of the Tokugawa Bakufu during the Boshin War. Hijikata has the ability to use smoke to manifest ghostly images of members of the Shinsengumi and uses them to cut apart his enemies. He has become Toyohisa’s rival following a battle between the two that ended in a draw.
Jeanne d’Arc
The heroine of the Hundred Years’ War between France and England. Jeanne, who was driven insane after being burned at the stake, now desires nothing more than to see the world burn. As an End – with her Christian crosses now upside down – she has manifested the ability to manipulate fire. Surprisingly, she seems to be self-conscious of her (lacking) femininity, though this could be another result of her insanity. After being defeated by Toyohisa, Jeanne is able to flee the scene alive due to Toyohisa’s personal oath to never kill a woman, leading Jeanne to vow revenge.
Gilles de Rais
A French nobleman who was once one of Jeanne’s companions-in-arms, but was later executed for multiple cases of alleged murder, sodomy, and heresy. He possessed incredible strength and durability. He continued to accompany Jeanne to battle as a spearman, remaining loyal to her until his death. He was defeated by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, whereafter he disintegrated into salt. An enraged Jeanne swears to avenge Gilles de Rais’s death. He is the first of the Ends to be killed in the series.
Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova
The youngest daughter of the last Russian tsar, Nicholas II. Anastasia and her family were shot by a Bolshevik firing squad when Anastasia was seventeen. She has the supernatural ability to create blizzards. Anastasia is depicted as an emotionless woman with little interest in the war between the Ends and Drifters. She apparently has some attachment to Jeanne, as Rasputin noted that she was angered that Jeanne was hurt during her battle against Toyohisa.
Grigori Rasputin
A famous Russian mystic who once held a great influence over the Russian Imperial Court because of his ability to supposedly heal the Romanov’s hemophiliac heir, Alexei. He now serves the Black King as a spymaster for his army, and is often seen by Anastasia’s side. Similar to the Octobrists, Rasputin uses magic to possess others via the use of talismans, which he also uses for communication among the Black King’s army.
Akechi Mitsuhide
A former general and samurai who served under Nobunaga before his betrayal in 1582, resulting in the latter’s (historical) death during the Honnō-ji incident. He is eager to kill Nobunaga during the war between the Drifters and the Ends.
Minamoto no Yoshitsune
A ruthless general of the Minamoto clan and Nasu no Yoichi’s former commander. During the Genpei War, Yoshitsune resorted to dishonorable tactics to achieve victory, something Yoichi despises about him. Likewise, Yoshitsune mocks Yoichi for trying to follow the code of Bushido once they are transported to the new world to fight. His status as a Drifter or End is unknown, and he often remarks that he will go the side that provides him with the most amusement. Yoshitsune is currently aligned with the Black King’s army.

 

Wednesday News- May 22 , 2019

Wednesday News- May 22 , 2019

Review: Made in Abyss Movie 2: Wandering Twilighthttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/made-in-abyss/movie-2/.146875

Crunchyroll Adds Kyo Kara Maoh! Anime Seasons 1-2 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-05-22/crunchyroll-adds-kyo-kara-maoh-anime-seasons-1-2/.146964

Crest of the Stars– The Complete Series DVD – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/crest-of-the-stars-the-complete-series/dvd/.146842

God Wars: The Complete Legend Game’s PC Version Launches on June 14 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-05-21/god-wars-the-complete-legend-game-pc-version-launches-on-june-14/.146953

Anime

  • Gonna be the Twin-Tail!! Essentials BD
  • Katana Maidens: Toji no Miko Part 2 BD
  • Land of the Lustrous BD
  • Pokémon Sun & Moon Adventures BD
  • Sagrada Reset BD
  • Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online BD 2
  • Yuri Kuma Arashi Essentials BD

Manga

  • 10 Dance Graphic Novel (GN) 3
  • Angels of Death Episode.0 GN 2
  • Anne-Happy GN 9
  • Ao-chan Can’t Study! GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Arte GN 1 (Digital Only)P (Digital
  • Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey GN 1
  • Children of the Whales GN 10
  • Chio’s School Road GN 4
  • Creature! GN 14-18
  • Defying Kurosaki-kun GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! GN 3
  • Dimension W GN 14
  • Elfen Lied Omnibus GN 1
  • Forbidden Scrollery GN 7
  • Graineliers GN 3
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 6
  • Happy Sugar Life GN 1
  • Hinowa ga CRUSH! GN 2
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Chronicle Episode Lyu GN 3
  • Kakafukaka GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Kakegurui twin GN 2
  • Kin-iro Mosaic GN 9
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 9
  • Laid-Back Camp GN 6
  • Little Witch Academia GN 3
  • Love in Focus GN 2
  • The Magnificent Grand Scene GN 6P (Digital Only)
  • Mega Man MasterMix GN 1
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt GN 11
  • My Boy GN 4
  • My Solo Exchange Diary GN 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • Ōoku: The Inner Chambers GN 15
  • Overlord GN 10
  • Persona 4 GN 10
  • Ping Pong Dash!! GN 11-15 (Digital Only)
  • Possessed by a Ghost GN 1
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 3
  • Ran And The Gray World GN 3
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 3: Truth of Zero GN 7
  • Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GN 6
  • Secret of My Uniform GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Seto Utsumi GN 6 (Digital Only)P (Digital Only)
  • Shibuya Goldfish GN 4
  • Shoulder a Coffin, Kuro GN 7
  • Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization GN 3
  • Tales of Wedding Rings GN 6P
  • Teacup Toy Boy GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Though You May Burn to Ash GN 5
  • The Twisted King and I GN 1
  • Trinity Seven GN 16
  • Urusei Yatsura GN 2
  • Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki GN 4 (Digital Only)P
  • Yuri Is My Job! GN 3

Other

  • Atelier Lulua: The Scion of Arland PS4, Switch, PC gameP
  • Ascendance of a Bookworm Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Novel 8
  • Goblin Slayer Novel 7
  • The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Novel 7 (Digital Only)
  • Mushoku Tensei – Jobless Reincarnation Novel 1
  • Neptunia Shooter PC game
  • Overlord Novel 10 (hardcover)
  • The Art and Making of Pokémon Detective Pikachu art book
  • A Sister’s All You Need. Novel 4
  • Strike the Blood Novel 12
  • Sword Art Online Novel 16
  • Torture Princess – Fremd Torturchen Novel 1
  • Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki Novel (hardcover)

 

 

Film Friday- Terra Formars

Film Friday- Terra Formars

Viz Media began publishing an English translation in 2014. Two original video animations (OVAs), abridging the Bugs 2 arc were released in 2014, and an animated television series, covering the Annex 1 arc was also shown in 2014. A live action film adaptation directed by Takashi Miike was released in 2016.

Anime

An anime adaptation produced by Liden Films began airing on September 26, 2014, and finished airing on December 19, 2014 with a total of 13 episodes. The anime is licensed in the United Kingdom by Kazé UK and in North America by Viz Media. Madman Entertainment acquired the series for release in Australia and New Zealand.

A sequel to the anime titled Terra Formars: Revenge was announced in November 2015, with changes to the series’ main staff and the main cast returning to reprise their roles. Liden Films and TYO Animations produced the sequel. The anime premiered on April 2, 2016.

An OVA adaptation of the manga’s Earth Arc was planned for a May 2017 release, but was delayed to an August 2018 release instead.

Film

A live-action film based on Terra Formars was developed with Takashi Miike directing. It was released on April 29, 2016.

BUGS 2

Shokichi Komachi 
is one of the three Japanese members of the BUGS 2 expedition sent to Mars and one of the only two who survived. Despite disliking conflict, has a strong sense of justice. When he was 15 years old, he saw his childhood friend Nanao’s stepfather abusing her and killed the man with his bare hands to protect her. After being released from juvenile prison, he underwent the bugs procedure to follow after her.
He was 22 years old when he was sent to the second expedition and after seeing almost all his companions killed by the Terraformars including Nanao, he swore to one day return and enact his revenge. He indeed returns 20 years later as the Japanese leader of Annex I’s squad 1. Komachi’s powers are based on the Asian giant hornet, giving him enhanced strength and the ability to inflict lethal doses of poison with his stings. He is mortally wounded by Joseph during their fight, but he manages to kill him thanks to an overdose of the transformation drug keeping his body together.
Ichiro Hiruma  
The other survivor of the BUGS 2 expedition when he was 18, Hiruma swore to never return to Mars after what happened. Being the eldest of eleven siblings, he tried to betray the rest of the BUGS 2 crew along with one of his comrades, Victoria Wood, in order to gain more money by bringing a roach egg, but the egg hatched faster than expected and killed Victoria. He was saved by Shokichi and they fiercely fought the rest of the roaches. He eventually becomes the Prime Minister of Japan and works to enforce his country’s position among the countries leading the Annex I mission. Hiruma’s powers are based on the sleeping chironomid that just like its larva, bestows him with a seemingly invulnerable carapace along enhanced strength.
Nanao Akita 
Shokichi’s childhood friend and love interest who, after her stepfather was killed by Shokichi, joined the BUGS 2 crew. All she wanted was a peaceful life with Shokichi after returning to Earth, but tragically she was the first victim of the Terraformars when one of the roaches snapped her neck, dying in Shokichi’s arms. Her powers were based on the silk moth, but died before being able to show them, until one of the Terraformars managed to copy her powers twenty years later.
Donatello K. Davis
The Captain of the BUGS 2 mission and Michelle’s father. His powers were based on the Paraponera clavata, an ant so ferocious that even Army Ants will steer clear of its path, and is believed to be the world’s strongest insect. He was capable of splitting in two the previously untouchable roaches with the pure strength of his arms or crush their heads with one hand. His power allowed him to fight off a horde of roaches singlehanded, giving time for his crew to escape. He was murdered by Victoria Wood. His daughter Michelle inherited his ant powers. Twenty years later, Michelle faces a roach that stole his powers.

 

Wednesday News- May 15, 2019

Wednesday News- May 15, 2019

2nd Made in Abyss Compilation Film Opens in U.S. on May 27 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-05-14/2nd-made-in-abyss-compilation-film-opens-in-u.s-on-may-27/.146694

Review: My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Novels 1-3 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/my-next-life-as-a-villainess/all-routes-lead-to-doom/novels-1-3/.146584

Shelf Life: Adieu Galaxy Express 999https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2019-05-13/.146625#express

Review: The Magnificent KOTOBUKI Episodes 1-12 streaming – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/the-magnificent-kotobuki/episodes-1-12/.146639

Review: Collide Chapters 1-4 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/collide/chapters-1-4/.146606

Anime

  • Armored Trooper Votoms OVA Collection BD 1
  • Guilty Crown Essentials BD
  • Lucky Star Essentials BD
  • Princess Mononoke Collector’s Edition BD

Manga

  • Fire-Hot Aunt GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Edition Graphic Novel (GN) 5 (hardcover)
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord GN 4
  • Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World GN 2
  • Kira-kun Today GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Love Massage: Melting Beauty GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Magical Girl Special Ops Asuka GN 6
  • Pokémon Sun & Moon GN 4
  • Ran the Peerless Beauty GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Record of Grancrest War GN 3
  • Requiem of the Rose King GN 10
  • Sailor Moon Eternal Edition GN 4
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 32
  • Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Heed My Call, Beast! GN 1
  • Sota’s Knife GN 21-39 (Digital Only)
  • A Strange and Mystifying Story GN 7
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Yōkai Watch GN 11

Other

  • Amagi Brilliant Park Novel 5 (Digital Only)
  • The Greatest Magicmaster’s Retirement Plan Novel 1
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 14 (Digital Only)
  • Toradora! Novel 5

 

Film Friday- The Rising of the Shield Hero

Film Friday- The Rising of the Shield Hero

The Rising of the Shield Hero is a Japanese light novel series written by Aneko Yusagi. Originally published as a web novel, the series has since been published by Media Factory with an expanded story-line featuring illustrations by Seira Minami. As of February 25, 2019, twenty-one volumes have been published.

The novel series was adapted into a manga series by Aiya Kyū and published by Media Factory, with thirteen volumes released as of April 23, 2019. Both the novel and manga series were licensed by One Peace Books and were published in North America starting in September 2015. The 25-episode anime television series adaptation produced by Kinema Citrus premiered in January 2019. The anime series is licensed in North America by the Crunchyroll-Funimation partnership.

Anime

An anime adaptation was announced in June 2017. The television series is produced by Kinema Citrus and directed by Takao Abo, with Keigo Koyanagi handling series composition, Masahiro Suwa designing the characters and Kevin Penkin composing the music. The series premiered on January 9, 2019 on AT-X and other channels. It will run for 25 episodes. The first opening theme is “RISE,” performed by MADKID, while the first ending theme is “Kimi no Namae” performed by Chiai Fujikawa. The second opening theme is “FAITH,” performed by MADKID, while the second ending theme is “While I’m Next to You” performed by Fujikawa. For episode 4, Asami Setō sang an insert song titled “Falling Through Starlight” as her character Raphtalia. Both Crunchyroll and Funimation are streaming the anime. Crunchyroll streamed the show in both the original Japanese version and the English dub. However, Funimation indefinitely delayed its release on its streaming service.

Main characters

Naofumi Iwatani 
Naofumi is the Hero of the Shield, he was a university student who was summoned from another world after finding a book about the Four Heroes. Originally an open minded person, he becomes cynical and mistrustful of others due to being looked down by his fellow heroes, subjected to religious prejudice from citizens, and being robbed and falsely accused of rape by Myne. It is only after Raphtalia defended him and proclaimed her loyalty that Naofumi began to slowly open up to those around him and realizing his mistakes. Viewing his role as a Hero burdensome, having been summoned against his will, Naofumi shows little remorse in using underhanded tactics to ensure the survival of his party despite the criticism of his fellow Heroes/allies. Generally reluctant to trust strangers, often asking to be paid upfront or using slave curses to prevent lying, he tries his best to live up to the expectations of those who have placed their faith in him or treat him as an equal.
After defeating Kyo and ending the threat of the Spirit Tortoise, Naofumi is given control of Raphtalia’s hometown. He soon plans to rebuild and make a makeshift army to fight against the Waves and remaining Guardian Beasts, purchasing the original displaced inhabitants and other slaves to repopulate. He often enjoys pretending to be the villain, much to Raphtalia’s annoyance and the amusement of his allies, and working as a merchant/craftsman in his spare time. Believing he’ll one day return home, he considers himself a foster parent to Raphtalia and Filo and desires to make sure they can protect themselves in his absence.
Although Naofumi has a slow start because of the public’s perception of him and being unable to attack enemies directly, he is still able to keep up with his fellow heroes and even outshine them due to unlocking a wide variety of shields that boost his allies and passive skills. Given his high defenses, he is able to shrug off most attacks and displays immunity to most poisons, being only vulnerable to attacks that use his stats against him such as Hengen Muso. His strongest shield, the Shield of Wrath, allows him to counterattack opponents with cursed flames that rise with his anger at the cost of temporarily decreasing his stats and threatening to allow his inner darkness to take control.
Raphtalia 
The Vassal Katana Hero and Tanuki Demi-human. Originally living in a village on Melromarc’s coast, Raphatalia was left orphaned in the wake of the first Wave to strike the world. Shortly after, she and her fellow villagers were captured and sold into slavery by Melromarc’s Royal Knights. First purchased by a nobleman, she is physically and emotionally tortured out of racial resentment towards Demi-humans and left a shell of her former self. Near death and suffering from panic attacks, she was sold back and later purchased by Naofumi who, unable to fight himself and spite towards Malty, desired to use her as his sword in the coming Waves.
Under Naofumi’s protection, Raphtalia becomes a skilled swordfighter and is able to find closure from her past traumas. Able to see past Naofumi’s cynical nature, she falls in love with him and does her best to help him overcome his resentment towards others and losing himself to the Shield of Wrath, even volunteering to have her slave curse re-applied after it is forcibly removed as a sign of devotion. It is later revealed that through her Tanuki herritage, she is a heir to the throne of Q’Ten Lo, her father having eloped to Meloromarc and putting her at odds with her distant relatives.
Technically a 10 year old girl, being a Demi-human, Raphtalia’s body is able to age to that of a young women as her levels increase. Due to this, she often gets annoyed when Naofumi treats her as his daughter or is oblivious to her feelings; the latter believing she is only focused on getting stronger. While traveling in Kizuna’s world, she is chosen as the wielder of the Vassal Katana (Sever Star Hammer in the Web Novel). She also specializes in Light/Dark magic and is able to turn herself and allies invisible or generate illusions.
Filo
A Filolial Queen. Hatching her from an egg purchased from the Slave Trader, Filo is the youngest of Naofumi’s allies. She is part of a monster species called Filolials that enjoy pulling carts, and having been raised by a Hero, develops into a Queen. As a Queen, she resembles a large flightless owl and possesses higher attack strength and speed than normal members of her species. In addition, she possesses the unique ability to shapeshift into a young blonde girl with wings, retaining the strength of her true form.
Young and boisterous, she has a short attention span, has a ravenous appetite, and often fights Raphtalia and Gaelion for Naofumi’s attention, much to his and others annoyance. Also highly impressionable, she has been shown to pick up on some of Naofumi’s habits much to Raphtalia’s distress. A capable learner, she is able to use advanced wind magic spells and many of the teachings of Hengen Muso with minimal instruction. Her skills are recognized by her Queen predecessor, Fitoria, and is given some of her power.
In spite of her sometimes overbearing personality, Filo is able to quickly make friends with others and takes other Filolials on as her underlings. True to her Filolial instincts, her favorite hobby is to pull a custom cart Naofumi made for her. While in Kizuna’s world, due to Filolial’s not existing, she is transformed into a species called a Humming Fairy, losing her strength in favor of being able to fly and cast magic through singing.