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Film Friday- Tenchi Muyo!

Film Friday- Tenchi Muyo!

Tenchi Muyo! is a Japanese anime, light novel and manga franchise. The original series began with a six-episode OVA called Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki created by Masaki Kajishima and directed by Hiroki Hayashi, and released in Japan on September 25, 1992. The series was released by Pioneer LDC in the United Kingdom in 1994. As its popularity grew, it spurred a seventh episode titled Tenchi Muyo! Special: The Night Before the Carnival (also known as the Tenchi Special) and a stand-alone Tenchi Muyo! Mihoshi Special. A second OVA series was directed by Kenichi Yatagai that was released in 1994, and a third OVA series, also directed by Yatagai, was released in 2003.

A fourth OVA series was produced in Japan, with the first collection released on November 30, 2016. The following episodes were planned to be released with an interval of three months each, and the final part of the series arrived August 30, 2017.

On July 12, 2019, it was announced that a fifth OVA series is currently in development, with Masaki Kajishima again serving as chief director and Hideki Shirane writing and overseeing scripts.

A twenty-six-episode anime television series called Tenchi Universe was released in 1995 retelling and expanding upon the original six-episode story. Tenchi in Tokyo was created in 1997, and is another alternate version of the original story. The latest version of the series called Ai Tenchi Muyo!, was broadcast on Tokyo MX in 2014.

Spin-off series of Tenchi Muyo! were also created. Magical Girl Pretty Sammy is an example that was adapted into a manga series. The franchise has also spawned soundtrack CDs and other merchandise released both in Japan and in the United States.

Media

OVA

The first OVA was titled Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki and was created by Masaki Kajishima. The series was divided into 4 OVAs. The fourth OVA released its last episode on September 13, 2017.

TV series

After the first OVA series aired, AIC began looking into TV adaptations beyond the Mihoshi Special. In 1995 Tenchi Universe a 26-episode anime television series was created by Hiroshi Negishi, animated by AIC and produced by Pioneer. It was loosely based on the first six episodes of the OVA series and the Mihoshi Special. Two years later, another AIC production followed suit called Tenchi in Tokyo, which aired through 1997 and also ran 26 episodes. It borrowed characters and some plot devices from the previous incarnations, but with a noticeable art shift and very different concepts, such as centering on Tenchi’s high school and being a priest in Tokyo. The most recent series Ai Tenchi Muyo! aired in October 2014. The series commemorated the 20th anniversary of the franchise and was sponsored by the city of Takahashi, Okayama.

Films

An anime film titled Tenchi the Movie: Tenchi Muyo in Love, created by Hiroshi Negishi, is a continuation of the Tenchi Universe TV series. A second film, Tenchi the Movie 2: The Daughter of Darkness, was adapted from a novel written by Naoko Hasegawa. The third film, titled Tenchi Forever! The Movie, is the sequel to Tenchi Muyo in Love and was adapted into a manga titled Tenchi Muyo! In Love 2: Eternal Memory.

Novels

Kajishima has written several books based on the franchise, including the ongoing Tenchi Muyo! GXP: Galaxy Police Transporter novel series, the novels Shin Tenchi Muyo! Jurai, Shin Tenchi Muyo! Yosho, and Shin Tenchi Muyo! Washu, and recently, the Paradise Wars spinoff. There are also a number of dōjinshi by and interviews with Kajishima, as well as a companion book, 101 Questions and Answers of Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Oh-Ki. Naoko Hasegawa wrote a series of thirteen light novels continuing from the first OVA series, starting with “One Visitor After Another: Hexagram Of Love” in 1993.

Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the light novels Shin Tenchi Muyo! Jurai, Shin Tenchi Muyo! Yosho, Shin Tenchi Muyo! Washu for a North American release.

Video games

Numerous video games have been released based on the franchise, such as Tenchi Muyo! Game Hen for the Super Famicom.

Radio

A radio drama was released titled Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki Manatsu no Carnival.

Stage play

On AnimeJapan 2019, it was announced on AIC Rights’ booth that a stage play based on the first season of Ryo-Ohki is in development, scheduled to premiere in 2019. On May 17th, the cast and staff was announced, with Kazuhiro Igarashi writing the script and Kazuma Sato starring as Tenchi Masaki. It is scheduled to go from July 17th to the 21st on the Shinjukumura Live venue, in Tokyo.

Spin-offs

The first Tenchi spinoff is the Magical Girl Pretty Sammy series, a magical girl series where Sasami is the lead character. The first use of Pretty Sammy was in the Tenchi Muyo! Sound File, a Japanese-only music video release. The same animation was used in the ending of the Tenchi Muyo! Mihoshi Special. In 1995, a three episode Pretty Sammy OVA series began, where Sasami, who is known as Sasami Kawai, magically becomes Pretty Sammy. The second Pretty Sammy series is a TV series, which came out in 1996, also known as Magical Project S. This series is in a separate continuity from the OVA series. Pretty Sammy also appears in the Mihoshi Special toward the end of Mihoshi’s story, and in an alternate reality sequence in the Tenchi Universe series.

Also created by Masaki Kajishima, the 1997 OVA series Photon: The Idiot Adventures is related to the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki universe, or more specifically, its recent installment, Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar. Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar copies a number of elements from Photon: The Idiot Adventures, such as Koros, Aho energy, having a princess named Lashara, and a young hero with such strong superhuman abilities he’s practically invincible.

The 1999 series Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure is related to the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki universe, due to the blatant use of the “Lighthawk Wings” associated with the Jurai dynasty in Tenchi Muyo. The creator of both Dual! and Tenchi Muyo!, Masaki Kajishima, confirmed that Dual! does relate to Tenchi Muyo!, and is in fact an alternate version of the Tenchi Muyo! universe. Guardians of Order published a line of English-language Tenchi Muyo role-playing game books based on the various series in the Tenchi franchise starting in 2000.

Tenchi Muyo! GXP was released in Japan in 2001. The series takes place during the Kajishima version of the OVA continuity, and is set a year after the events of the third OVA series (despite being released first chronologically). The main character is Seina Yamada, a friend of Tenchi Masaki who accidentally joined the Galaxy Police. Many characters from Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki make appearances in this series, including the use of Seiryo Tennan as a major character and a full-fledged Tenchi Muyo! crossover in episode 17.

Battle Programmer Shirase is a 2003 spin-off of the Pretty Sammy OVA and TV series, keeping the character Misao Amano from Pretty Sammy, and with the main character Akira Shirase, Misao’s great-uncle; however, it bears little in common with either Pretty Sammy series because it has neither magic, nor Sasami, nor Misao’s alter ego Pixy Misa.

Sasami: Magical Girls Club aired in Japan in 2006. The third spin-off featuring Sasami (known here as Sasami Iwakura) as the main character.

The most recent Tenchi spin-off series is called Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar which follows the tale of Tenchi’s half-brother Kenshi Masaki as he finds himself in a foreign world that uses humanoid machines to fight their wars.

 

Wednesday News- October 16, 2019

Wednesday News- October 16, 2019

The Fall 2019 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2019/fall/.151713

Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack Game Collection Launches in West on January 14- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-10-15/atelier-dusk-trilogy-deluxe-pack-game-collection-launches-in-west-on-january-14/.152276

Stand My Heroes Anime’s English Dub Cast Revealed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-10-15/stand-my-heroes-anime-english-dub-cast-revealed/.152277

Crunchyroll Joins Forces With WEBTOON for New Animated Content- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-10-15/crunchyroll-joins-forces-with-webtoon-for-new-animated-content/.152260

Anime

  • Chaos;Child Essentials BD
  • Genius Party & Genius Party Beyond BD
  • Golden Kamuy Season Two BD/DVD
  • Mr. Tonegawa: Middle Management Blues BD
  • The Testament of Sister New Devil, The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST BD

Manga

  • Cardcaptor Sakura Collector’s Edition Graphic Novel (GN) 2 (hardcover)
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card GN 6
  • Dead Dead Demon’s Dededededestruction GN 7
  • Dreamin’ Sun GN 10
  • Drifting Classroom Perfect Edition GN 1 (hardcover)
  • The Drops of God GN 1-11 (Digital Only)
  • Fire Punch GN 8
  • Gleipnir GN 4
  • Golden Kamuy GN 12
  • The Great Cleric GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Hakumei & Mikochi – Tiny Little Life in the Woods GN 7
  • Heavenly Delusion GN 1
  • Himouto! Umaruchan GN 7
  • Hinamatsuri GN 5
  • Hitorijime My Hero GN 5
  • Mikami-sensei’s Way of Love GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Mythical Beast Investigator GN 2
  • No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! GN 14
  • O Maidens in Your Savage Season GN 4
  • Peach Girl Next GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Persona 3 GN 11
  • Ryuko GN 2
  • Sailor Moon Eternal Edition GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Saint Young Men GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Shinobi Life GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Shōjo Fight GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 11
  • Today’s Menu for Emiya Family GN 3
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 13
  • Tokyo Tarareba Girls GN 11
  • Yozakura Quartet GN 24 (Digital Only)

Other

  • The Alchemist Who Survived Now Dreams of a Quiet City Life Novel 1A
  • The Asterisk War Novel 11
  • Demon King Daimaou Novel 13 (Digital Only)
  • Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Complete Edition Switch, PC game
  • Grandia HD Remaster PC game
  • Grandia II HD Remaster PC game
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Novel 10 (Digital Only)
  • The Irregular at Magic High School Novel 13C
  • Kokoro Connect Novel 7 (Digital Only)
  • Ring Fit Adventure Switch game
  • The Rising of the Shield Hero Novel 14
  • Skeleton Knight in Another World Novel 3
  • Strike the Blood Novel 13
  • There Was No Secret Evil-Fighting Organization (srsly?!), So I Made One MYSELF! Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes Complete Edition PS4, PC game

 

Film Friday- Wise Man’s Grandchild

Film Friday- Wise Man’s Grandchild

Wise Man’s Grandchild  is a Japanese light novel series written by Tsuyoshi Yoshioka and illustrated by Seiji Kikuchi. It began serialization online in January 2015 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was acquired by Enterbrain, who have published ten volumes since July 2015 under their Famitsu Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation with illustration by Shunsuke Ogata began serialization on Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace Up website from March 2016. It has been collected in twelve tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Silver Link aired from April 10 to June 26, 2019.

Anime

An anime adaptation of the series was announced in September 2017. The anime, which was later confirmed to air on television, is directed by Masafumi Tamura and written by Tatsuya Takahashi, featuring animation by Silver Link with character designs by Yuki Sawairi and music by Kow Otani. The series aired from April 10 to June 26, 2019 on AT-X, ABC, Tokyo MX and BS11. i☆Ris performed the series’ opening theme song “Ultimate☆Magic”, while Nanami Yoshi sang the series’ ending theme song “Attoteki Vivid Days.” Funimation has licensed the series, and produced a dub as it airs.

Shin Wolford
A Japanese salaryman who was killed by a truck and reborn into another world with his memories intact. Raised and trained by Merlin Wolford, Melida Bowen and Michel Collins, thereby making his magical and combat skills beyond S-rank. Shin can also create and modify magical gear to what can be considered National Treasure level equipment. Being raised in the woods however, his social and worldly skills are a bit lacking. He has leadership of his own Ultimate Magic Research Society and obviously top S-rank. Sicily was enamored with Shin from their first meeting and is overjoyed when she becomes his fiancée. Like his grandfather, Shin can cast magic without verbal or somatic components (since he considers aloud spell names embarrassing) and has created many unique spells like the gate and extra dimensional storage spaces. His element compress in water & heat, and his strongest arsenal is Hydrogen Bomb. Based on recollection of his previous world, Shin’s knowledge of science and astronomy revolutionize the world’s magic tools. Over the summer break, Shin and his grandparents did intensive training with the Ultimate Magic Research Society to prepare for massive demon outbreaks while deployed in a special unit called the Ultimate Magicians, hopefully to prevent other students from getting conscript into war. Soon afterwards, Shin’s (Earth-modern) appliances prompted in opening his own shopping mall. His title is Demon Lord, which he does not like.

August von Earlshide
The son of King Diseum and the crown prince, he also goes by “Aug” or “Gus” to his friends. He is respected by his peers and, like his father, considers one’s abilities to take precedent over their peerage, but does not use his influence unless necessary. Aug inherited his father’s traits. Shin and Aug have a cousin-like relationship. Aug enjoys watching when Shin gets in over his head during social actions and likes to manipulate Shin to act on his plan. He also keeps Shin prudent from introducing new magic and tools that would throw the world out of balance. Aug’s childhood friends, Julius and Thor, feel pressured because he talks to Shin casually. Even Elizabeth is irritated by their closeness until Aug ease her mind when he provokes Shin to confess to Sicily. His title is Thunder God and is the 2nd S-rank.

Sizilien “Sicily” von Claude
A beautiful, timid; soft-spoken blue-hair girl being called a Saint, and is the third daughter and fourth child of the Viscount Claude. Sicily is unassuming with what many consider the loveliest features. She is smitten with Shin the first time she meets him after he rescues her and Maria from a group of thugs. As she and Shin started going out she tends to be a little aggressive towards him and others. Sicily excels in healing magic and thanks to Shin’s tutoring her forte is now only second best to Shin’s. She is the 4th S-rank and received the title Holy Maiden for being a savior of Swedes Kingdom civilians increasing her popularity, including her and Shin’s engagement. She’s now targeted by Zest and his scout, as she is deemed to be Shin’s weakness.

Maria von Messina
A red-hair second daughter of a Countess and is a friend to Sicily. Maria is a very up front and vocal lady; she is also an obsessive fangirl of Merlin and Melida. She teases Sicily over her crush of Shin and tries to offer her support in their relationship. Due to her indifference, Shin doesn’t treat her as a nobleman’s daughter. Her title is Valkyrie and is the 3rd S-rank.

 

Wednesday News- October 9, 2019

Wednesday News- October 9, 2019

Chihayafuru Anime Season 3’s Video Previews Arata Wataya- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-10-08/chihayafuru-anime-season-3-video-previews-arata-wataya/.152010

The Fall 2019 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2019/fall/.151713

Premiere Report: Sword Art Online Aliciaztion: War of the Underworld- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2019-10-07/premiere-report-sword-art-online-alicization-war-of-underworld/.151970

The List: 5 Best Anime Opening Songs of Summer 2019- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2019-10-06/.151851

PlayStation 5 Console Launches in Holiday Season 2020- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-10-08/playstation-5-console-launches-in-holiday-season-2020/.152009

Anime

  • Ai: Tenchi Muyo! Shorts Essentials BDP
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations BD Set 3
  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations DVD Set 3A
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 9 BDP
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 9 DVD
  • Phoenix Perfect Collection BD
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re Part 2 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Tsuredure Children Essentials BD
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie BDP
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: The Movie DVD

Manga

  • Boarding School Juliet Graphic Novel (GN) 8
  • The Cartoonist and Her Orc Editor GN 3P (Digital Only)
  • Case Closed GN 72
  • Cells at Work! and Friends! GN 1 (Digital Only)A (Digital Only)
  • Escape GN 1 (Digital Only)P
  • Farewell, My Dear Cramer GN 3 (Digital Only)P
  • Granblue Fantasy GN 1
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom GN 2 (Digital Only)P
  • How to Train Your Devil GN 1
  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord GN 4P
  • Infinite Dendrogram GN 2 (Digital Only) (Digital Only)Plea
  • Inside Mari GN 5
  • Knights of Sidonia Master Edition GN 3
  • Komi Can’t Communicate GN 3Pl
  • Love Me, My Knight GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • My Pink Is Overflowing GN 4 (Digital Only)Pl
  • O Maidens in Your Savage Season GN 4 (Digital Only)Pl
  • Plus-Sized Elf GN 3
  • Queen Bee GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle GN 9
  • That Blue Sky Feeling GN 3
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 12 (Digital Only)e
  • World Trigger GN 19 (Digital Only)Pl

Other

  • Alliance Alive HD Remastered PS4, Switch gameP
  • Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill Novel 3 (Digital Only)P
  • Crest of the Stars Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Gun Gun Pixies Day One Edition Switch game
  • Hanamonogatari Novel (Digital Only)
  • Kabukimonogatari Novel (Digital Only)
  • Koimonogatari Novel (Digital Only)
  • Koyomimonogatari Novels 1-2 (Digital Only)
  • Middle-Aged Businessman, Arise in Another World! Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Novels 4 (Digital Only)
  • Nekomonogatari (White) Novel (Digital Only)
  • Otorimonogatari Novel (Digital Only)
  • Root Letter: Last Answer Day One Edition PS4 game
  • Spirit Hunter: NG PS4, PS Vita, Switch, PC game
  • Torture Princess – Fremd Torturchen Novel 2
  • Tsukimonogatari Novel (Digital Only)

 

Film Friday- Barakamon

Film Friday- Barakamon

Barakamon is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Satsuki Yoshino. It started serialization in Square Enix’s Gangan Online February 2009 issue. The story follows Seishu Handa, a calligrapher who moves to the remote Goto Islands off the western coast of Kyushu, and his various interactions with the people of the island. An anime adaptation by Kinema Citrus aired in Japan between July and September 2014. Funimation has licensed the series for streaming and home video release. In February 2014, Yen Press announced they have licensed Barakamon for English release in North America.

A spin-off manga series Handa-kun started serialization in the November 2013 issue of Square Enix’s Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine. An anime television adaptation by Diomedéa aired in Japan between July and September 2016.

Anime

An anime adaptation by the studio, Kinema Citrus, began airing on July 5, 2014. Funimation has licensed the series for streaming and home video release. The opening theme song is “Rashisa” performed by Super Beaver, and the ending theme is “Innocence” by NoisyCell.

An anime television adaptation of the Handa-kun spin-off manga was announced on Square Enix’s Gangan Online website on February 1, 2016. It began airing on July 7, 2016 on TBS and CBC, and later began airing on MBS, BS-TBS, and TBS Channel 1. The 12-episode series was directed by Yoshitaka Koyama and produced by Diomedéa. Michiko Yokote, Mariko Kunisawa, and Miharu Hirami wrote the series’ scripts, while Mayuko Matsumoto designed the characters and Kenji Kawai composed the music. The opening theme song, titled “The LiBERTY”, was performed by Fo’xTails, and the ending theme song, titled “HIDE-AND-SEEK”, was performed by Kenichi Suzumura. Funimation has also licensed the series for streaming and home video release and plans a broadcast dub for the series.

Seishu Handa 
is a 23-year-old master calligrapher who dedicates his life to the art. His real name is Sei. After punching a gallery curator for calling his calligraphy “boring,” “rigid,” “academic,” and “bland.” , he is sent by his father to a small town in the Goto Islands to focus on his calligraphy as he waits out his “banishment”. He is typically childish and a short-tempered adult. He’s also easy to scare. He’s affectionately called “Sensei” by the people of the village area of town. As a teenager, he was equally popular among the boys and girls from his school but was under the impression that most of the school hated him when in fact, he was worshipped by others who misunderstood his methods from interactions with him. He eventually discovers the truth of his reputation and was dismayed to hear his best friend was teasing him the whole time. While Handa came to understand that, he was overwhelmed by the popularity.
Naru Kotoishi 
is a 7-year-old (6-year-old in the beginning) girl in her first year at a local elementary; she lives on the Goto Islands alone with her grandfather. Her personality is very energetic, curious, and childish. She visits Handa’s house every day to play. She is typically reckless, thinking after she does; this is shown by all the time she disobeys Handa.

 

Thursday News- October 3, 2019

Thursday News- October 3, 2019

This Week in Games: Requiem for Alphadream- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-x-button/2019-10-03/this-week-in-games-requiem-for-alphadream/.151804

The Fall 2019 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2019/fall/.151713

The List: 5 Best My Hero Academia Battles- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2019-09-29/.151631

Sentai Filmworks Licenses Assassins Pride Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-10-03/sentai-filmworks-licenses-assassins-pride-anime/.151831

Anime

  • A Centaur’s Life Essentials BDP
  • AOKANA: Four Rhythm Across the Blue BD
  • Beyblade Burst Evolution Season 1 DVD
  • Beyblade Burst Evolution Season 2 DVD
  • Black Clover Season 2 Part 1 BD/DVD
  • A Certain Magical Index III Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Convenience Store Boy Friends Complete Series Essentials BD
  • Dragonar Academy Essentials BD
  • FLCL Progressive DVD
  • Joshiraku BD
  • Kemono Friends Season 1 BD
  • Kyo kara Maoh! Season 2 BD
  • Love Live! Sunshine!! Seasons One & Two Essentials BD
  • Lupin the IIIrd: Goemon’s Blood Spray BD
  • Magical Girl Raising Project BD
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket BD
  • One Piece Episode of East Blue: Luffy and His Four Friends’ Great Adventure (One Piece Episode of East Blue: Luffy to 4-nin no Nakama no Daibōken) BD/DVD
  • Ouran High School Host Club Complete Series Classics BD
  • Saga of Tanya the Evil Essentials BD
  • Sword Art Online II Box Set BD
  • Tada Never Falls in Love BD
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season One Part 1 BD/DVD
  • VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fresh DVD

Manga

  • Again!! Graphic Novel (GN) 11
  • Ajin – Demi-Human GN 13 (Digital Only)C
  • Amber Silhouette GN 1A
  • The Ancient Magus Bride GN 11
  • Animeta! GN 1
  • Ao Haru Ride GN 7
  • As Miss Beelzebub Likes GN 7
  • Atsumori-kun’s Bride-to-be GN 2 (Digital Only)P
  • Bakemonogatari GN 1
  • Berserk GN 40
  • Bungō Stray Dogs GN 12
  • Cells NOT at Work! GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Combatants Will Be Dispatched! GN 1
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 21 (Digital Only)Pl
  • Don’t Count Your Tanukis GN 2
  • Drifitng Dragons GN 4P
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 17 (Digital Only)P
  • Elfen Lied Omnibus GN 2
  • Fairy Tail GN Box Set 1
  • Fairy Tail: City Hero GN 1P (Digital Only)
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 32
  • Gambling Apocalypse Kaiji GN 1
  • Ghostly Things GN 1
  • The Golden Sheep GN 1
  • Haganai GN 17
  • The Heroic Legend of Arslan GN 11
  • High-rise Invasion Omnibus GN 5
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • How to Build a Dungeon: Book of the Demon King GN 5
  • An Incurable Case of Love GN 1
  • Interviews with Monster Girls GN 7
  • Investor Z GN 5 (Digital Only)Pl
  • I Want to Hold Aono-kun so Badly I Could Die GN 5 (Digital Only)P
  • kalyx GN 3P (Digital Only)
  • Kaze Hikaru GN 27
  • King’s Game GN 5 (Digital Only)P
  • Konosuba: An Explosion on This Wonderful World! GN 2
  • Laid-Back Camp GN 7
  • Land of the Lustrous GN 9
  • Legend of the Rainbow GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Love at Fourteen GN 9P
  • Love Me, My Knight! GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Lovesick Ellie GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Magus of the Library GN 2
  • Missions of Love GN 18
  • Ms. Koizumi loves ramen noodles GN 1
  • My Hero Academia GN 21
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilantes GN 6
  • My Sadistic Boyfriend GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • My Sweet Girl GN 7 (Digital Only)P (Digital
  • Nameless Asterism GN 4
  • Natsume’s Book of Friends GN 23
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey GN 3
  • Our Dreams At Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare GN 3P
  • Overlord GN 11
  • The Promised Neverland GN 12P
  • Pure Trance GN (hardcover)
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 5
  • Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts GN 7
  • A Sister’s All You Need. GN 5
  • Smile Down the Runway GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Sword Art Online Girls’ Ops GN 6
  • Takane & Hana GN 11
  • The Tenth Prism GN 4-5 (Digital Only)P
  • We Never Learn GN 6
  • The Wize Wize Beasts of the Wizarding Wizdoms GN
  • World’s End Harem GN 6
  • World’s End Harem Fantasia GN 1
  • World Trigger GN 19
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 20P

Other

  • Accel World Novel 19
  • A Certain Magical Index Novel 20
  • Code Vein PS4, Xbox One, PC gameP
  • Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Novel 9
  • Dragon’s Crown Official Artworks art book (hardcover)
  • Dragon Quest Switch game
  • Dragon Quest II: Luminaries of the Legendary Line Switch gameA
  • Dragon Quest III: The Seeds of Salvation Switch game
  • Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive Age – Definitive Edition Switch game
  • Durarara!! Novel 13
  • fault – milestone one Switch game
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Novel 6
  • Goblin Slayer Novel 8
  • If Its for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Novel 5
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 6
  • Lazy Dungeon Master Novel 7 (Digital Only)
  • The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Novel 5
  • The Miracles of the Namiya General Store Novel (hardcover)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Battle Operation 2 PS4 game
  • My Hero Academia School Briefs Novel 3
  • One Piece Color Walk Compendium art book (hardcover)
  • Otherside Picnic Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World Novel 1
  • Reincarnated as a Sword Novel 2
  • Sexiled: My Sexist Party Leader Kicked Me Out, So I Teamed Up With a Mythical Sorceress! Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Skeleton Knight in Another World Novel 2
  • Suspension: Kubitsuri High School – the Nonsense User’s Disciple Novel
  • YU-NO: A girl who chants love at the bound of this world. PS4, Switch, PC game

 

Film Friday- Figure 17

Film Friday- Figure 17

Figure 17 – Tsubasa & Hikaru is a Japanese anime television series animated at OLM, Inc. and directed by Naohito Takahashi. The series featured character designs by Yuriko Chiba and music by Toshihiko Takamizawa (of the rock band The Alfee). The series is unusual due to it having an hour time slot per episode (46 minutes of actual episode) rather than the standard half hour time slot.

Plot

The anime covers a small portion of the life of the timid, shy, Tsubasa Shiina, a grade schooler who is forced to move to Hokkaidō from Tokyo with her father as he pursues his dream of becoming a baker in the aftermath of her mother’s death. At her new school, she is so shy and unsociable that her classmates ignore her at best, and abuse her inability to defend herself at worst.

Shortly after the two begin to settle in, an alien spaceship comes crashing down to earth in the forest behind her house. Stumbling across the ship with her dog, Tsubasa discovers the pilot, unconscious and wounded, and a monster who is trying to kill him. When the monster attacks, the alien wakes and tries to fight off the monster. Tsubasa, in her fright, runs for the ship to hide from the monster. The monster quickly takes care of the alien, seemingly killing him and in the process releasing him from some sort of transformation, and then tries to reach into the ship to get at Tsubasa.

In its effort to reach her, the monster accidentally cracks a mysterious container, the contents of which leak out onto the floor next to Tsubasa. Moments later, the liquid converges upon her and transforms her into what appears to be a young teenage equivalent of the form the man had possessed while fighting the monster. With the aid of this mysterious ‘power-up’, Tsubasa is able to defeat the monster, though doing so is somewhat accidental on her part.

When the battle is over, instead of simply reverting to her usual form, Tsubasa finds that the strange substance has turned into a near-perfect copy of herself on separation. This new girl introduces herself, claiming the name Hikaru. The alien awakens, but does not transform into the appearance he had on Tsubasa’s arrival at his ship. Together, all three return to Tsubasa’s house and stay the night in her room.

The next day the man introduces himself as D.D. -an alien- and explains that he was transporting the seeds of a monster called a Maguar, when suddenly one of the seeds hatched and attacked him, forcing him into a crash landing on Earth. Unfortunately, the Maguar that Tsubasa defeated was only 1 of 6 that he had been transporting, and D.D. explains that the other 5 have escaped the ship and are each scattered somewhere throughout Hokkaidō.

He tells the girls that he needs them to help him destroy the remaining 5 Maguar since the atmosphere of the earth has enhanced both Hikaru- who is a form of combat suit known as a Figure- and the Maguar in a similar way, while he waits for reinforcements.

To facilitate the problem of suddenly having a twin that no one knows about, D.D. decides to modify the memories of Tsubasa’s father, making him believe that he had twin daughters all along, and that Hikaru was simply living elsewhere with an aunt. D.D. proceeds to monitor the Maguar from his ship, while Tsubasa and Hikaru live together at Tsubasa’s house, go to school together at Tsubasa’s school, fight together as Figure 17 against the Maguar, and essentially become siblings in a more emotional sense.

Each episode consists of about 35–40 minutes of Tsubasa’s & Hikaru’s school life, and is typically concluded by about 5–10 minutes of Maguar fighting. The main point of this series is more about Tsubasa growing up and learning how to cope with life events- such as the loss of her mother and her familiar environment- than the alien-monster fighting which is present throughout each episode. The plot is driven as much by Tsubasa learning from Hikaru and her experiences with her new sister at school as it is by the presence of the Maguar, and there tends to be less cross-interference of mundane and fantastic life than is typical of ‘magical girl’ type anime.

Film Friday- Ai Shite Knight

Film Friday- Ai Shite Knight

Ai Shite Knight is a shōjo manga created in the early 1980s by Kaoru Tada. An anime version of the story in 42 episodes was also produced in 1983-1984 by Toei Animation. A live action adaptation was also produced.

Anime

The anime version of “Ai Shite Knight” was produced by Toei Animation in 1983-1984, for a total of 42 episodes directed by Osamu Kasai, a veteran Toei director. The “Ai Shite Knight” anime presents some significant changes in the storyline and modifications in the characters’ stories, and covers only one part of the story narrated by Tada in the manga. It was developed to target a younger audience than that of the manga with some aspects toned down and simplified.

Famous voice actress and pop idol Mitsuko Horie provided the voice of Yakko in the anime. Isao Sasaki was the voice of Go, Katsuji Mori of Satomi, Takeshi Aono of Shige-San, and Yūko Mita of Hashizo. Masa Amamori provided the voice of Juliano. Mitsuko Horie also sang “Koi wa Totsuzen”, the song featured in the opening credits of each episode.

Characters

  • Yaeko (Yakko) Mitamura
Yaeko (Yakko) (born September 15) is 18 years old at the beginning of the story. Yakko works at her father’s okonomiyaki restaurant “Mambo” in Osaka as well as attending evening classes at the university. Yakko is a romantic and a little naive, and she is flattered by the attention paid to her by one of the regular customers of her father’s restaurant, handsome and long-haired Satomi Okawa. One day she casually meets two people that will change her life: Go Kato and his little brother Hashizo. Yakko soon discovers that Go and Satomi are friends and both members of an emerging rock band, “Bee Hive”. She is attracted to them both but soon realizes she will have to make a choice between them. She becomes Go’s girlfriend, although his career as a musician causes more than one problem for their relationship.
  • Go Kato
is the lead singer of “Bee Hive” and a student at the university. He lives with his little brother Hashizo in a small apartment and is trying to become a professional and successful musician. He is cocky but charming and has a reputation of being a playboy. However, when he falls in love with Yakko, he becomes totally devoted to her, although he has to struggle with juggling his musical career and romantic relationship.
Even though Isao Sasaki is a singer, Go’s songs are actually sung by Ai Takano in the anime.
  • Hashizo Kato
Hashizo’s real name is Hideki, but he was given the name “Hashizo” by his brother Go when he went to live with him after the death of his parents. Hashizo is Go’s half-brother, being the son of Go’s father and his mistress. After their death in car crash, Go decided to look after his baby brother although still very young himself, and they have been living together ever since. Hashizo is a very responsible little boy and, because of Go’s career as a musician, he spends a lot of time alone with his best friend, the cat Juliano. When he meets Yakko, he becomes very attached to her, and the “Mambo” becomes his second home.
  • Satomi Okawa
Satomi is Go’s best friend and the keyboard player for “Bee Hive”; he comes from a wealthy family and is an incredibly talented musician. Opposite to Go, he is calm and more introverted. He is also a university student and gives private keyboard lessons in his spare time. He falls in love with Yakko even before Go does, and when he finds out that Go is also after Yakko, he leaves the band for some time. He finally realizes that Yakko has chosen Go, and returns to the band. He helps Yakko and Go through difficult times as a good and faithful friend.

 

Wednesday News- September 18, 2019

Wednesday News- September 18, 2019

Fairy Fencer F: Advent Dark Force Switch Game Gets Physical Release This Winter- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-09-17/fairy-fencer-f-advent-dark-force-switch-game-gets-physical-release-this-winter/.151188

Danganronpa Manga’s Takashi Tsukimi Launches New Manga on Thursday- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-09-18/danganronpa-manga-takashi-tsukimi-launches-new-manga-on-thursday/.151241

Pokemon Sword/Shield Games Reveal New Pokemon Sirfetch’d- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-09-18/pokemon-sword-shield-games-reveal-new-pokemon-sirfetchd/.151245

NHK Launches Inuyasha, Ranma 1-2 Creator Rumiko Takahashi Mega-Poll- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-09-17/nhk-launches-inuyasha-ranma-1-2-creator-rumiko-takahashi-mega-poll/.151228

Funimation Adds Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry, Free! Anime Films- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-09-17/funimation-adds-fairy-tail-dragon-cry-free-anime-films/.151224

Anime

  • The Case of Hana & Alice BD
  • Classroom of the Elite Essentials BD
  • Di Gi Charat Ultimate Collection BD
  • Initial D Theatrical Collection BD
  • Nobunagun Essentials BD
  • Phoenix Perfect Collection BD
  • Pokémon: Black and White 4-Movie Collection BD
  • Pokémon: Black and White 4-Movie Collection DVD
  • Super Lovers Complete Series Essentials BD

Manga

  • 20th Century Boys The Perfect Edition Graphic Novel (GN) 5
  • After the Rain GN 5
  • Ajin – Demi-Human GN 13
  • BEASTARS GN 2P
  • Breath of Flowers GN 2P
  • Cats of the Louvre GN
  • Children of the Whales GN 12
  • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls GN 1
  • Defying Kurosaki-kun GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Devil’s Line GN 13 (Digital Only)P
  • Dorohedoro GN 23
  • Dragon Quest Monsters+ GN 4
  • Fairy Tail: Happy’s Heroic Adventure GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Great Cleric GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Harem Days The Seven-Starred Country GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • The Ideal Sponger Life GN 3
  • If I Could Reach You GN 1
  • I Hear the Sunspot GN 4
  • I’m Standing on a Million Lives GN 3
  • Levius GN (hardcover)
  • Living-Room Matsunaga-san GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Made in Abyss GN 7
  • Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka GN 7
  • No Guns Life GN 1
  • The Quintessential Quintuplets GN 10 (Digital Only)P
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 34
  • Shinobi Life GN 12 (Digital Only)P (Digital Only)
  • Somari and the Guardian of the Forest GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Alice GN 15 (Digital Only)
  • To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts GN 8-9 (Digital Only)
  • Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! GN 1
  • The Way of the Househusband GN 1
  • Witch Craft Works GN 12 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Ai: The Somnium Files PS4, Switch, PC game
  • Amagi Brilliant Park Novel 7 (Digital Only)P (Digital Only)
  • The Combat Baker and Automaton Waitress Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Novel 4
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening Switch Game
  • The Master of Ragnarok & Blesser of Einherjar Novel 9 (Digital Only)
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Switch game
  • Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered PS4, PC game
  • Restaurant to Another World Novel 2
  • Restaurant to Another World Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • Sega Genesis Mini console

 

Film Friday- Dororo

Film Friday- Dororo

Dororo is a Japanese manga series from the manga creator Osamu Tezuka in the late 1960s. An anime television series based on the manga consists of 26 half-hour episodes that aired in 1969. It was also made into a live-action film in 2007. A 24-episode second anime television series adaptation by MAPPA and Tezuka Productions aired from January to June 2019.

During the late 1960s, manga featuring demons was popular among kids. Dororo was first serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday between August 27, 1967, and July 22, 1968, before being cancelled. Parallel to the anime broadcast the manga was then concluded in Akita Shoten’s Bōken’ō magazine.

Tezuka’s childhood memory of his friends pronouncing dorobō as dororo inspired the title of this work. In the live action movie series, the name is explained to be a southern term for Hyakkimaru, meaning “Little Monster”.

The anime series bears the distinction of being the first entry in what is now known as the World Masterpiece Theater series.

Anime

The first anime series was broadcast between April and September 1969. Unlike the manga, the anime version has a conclusive ending with Hyakkimaru slaying his father Daigo Kagemitsu. In 2008, Anime Sols began a crowd-funding project for official streaming of the show. Funding for the first half of the show reached its goal, and the funding continued for the second half. However, Anime Sols folded, and Discotek Media picked up the project and released it on DVD in 2016, including the show’s color pilot in the set.

A 24-episode second anime television series adaptation by MAPPA and Tezuka Productions was announced on March 2018. The series aired from January 7 to June 24, 2019 through Amazon. The anime aired on Tokyo MX, BS11, and Jidaigeki Senmon Channel. Kazuhiro Furuhashi directs the series, with Yasuko Kobayashi handling series composition, Satoshi Iwataki handling character designs, and Yoshihiro Ike composing the music. Twin Engine produces the series. The first opening theme “Kaen” is performed by Queen Bee, while the first ending theme “Sayonara Gokko” is performed by Amazarashi. The second opening “Dororo” is performed by Asian Kung-Fu Generation and the second ending theme “Yamiyo” is performed by Eve.

Characters

Characters and voice actors appearing in the anime and video game.

Hyakkimaru 
is a rōnin during the Sengoku period and the son of Kagemitsu and Oku Daigo. Due to a pact forged by his father with 48 sealed demons, the un-named baby was born malformed, limbless and without facial features or internal organs. The infant was set adrift in the river and was subsequently found and raised by Dr. Jukai who gave the child prostheses including a special blade grafted into his left arm forged out of vengeance to kill supernatural entities. The boy became nearly invincible as a result of the prostheses and healing magic. During his travels, he earned the name “Hyakkimaru” among other names for his inhuman nature.
Dororo 
is a young thief who joins Hyakkimaru in his travels and adventures. In the original manga and 1969 anime adaptation, Hyakkimaru learns that Dororo is female with the latter continuously insisting she is a boy, though this is because her parents raised her as one. In the 2019 version it is revealed earlier, though Hyakkimaru makes no note of it. Dororo’s bandit father Hibukuro was wounded by a samurai official and later died. Her mother froze to death while fleeing in the snow, but before she died she drew a map on Dororo’s back to locate money hidden by her father at Bone Cape.
Kagemitsu Daigo
Hyakkimaru’s father and Samurai in the Muromachi period, Lord of Ishikawa and vassal to the governor of Kaga Province. So that he might rule the land and protect it from the repeated famines, epidemics, droughts and disasters that plagued neighboring domains, he forged a pact with 48 sealed demons where each could obtain a piece of his newborn child’s body.
Tahōmaru Daigo
Younger brother of Hyakkimaru and the second son of Kagemitsu Daigo. Born after Hyakkimaru was abandoned.

 

 

 

Jukai 
A skilled doctor and surgeon who used healing magic and alchemical methods to create prostheses for the child who became Hyakkimaru.

 

 

Biwa Hōshi
An unnamed blind travelling monk and a biwa hōshi (lute priest). He is an excellent swordsman who carries a sword inside his biwa.
Mio
Hyakkimaru’s first love, a beautiful prostitute who took care of orphaned children. She died protecting the other children from a raid ordered by Kagemitsu. In the manga and first anime she dies before the action starts and therefore is seen only in flashbacks, but in the 2019 anime she shows up in person.
Itachi-no-Saigo
A bandit who betrayed Dororo’s father Hibukuro and sided with the authorities. He later kidnapped Dororo to get the map to find the money hidden by Hibukuro.
Nota
A puppy wearing a hat that travels with Hyakkimaru. Original anime character only and does not appear in the manga. Makes a cameo appearance in the first episode of the 2019 anime.