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Wednesday News- April 24, 2019

Wednesday News- April 24, 2019

Review- The Promised Neverland GN 8 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/the-promised-neverland/gn-8/.145928

Funimation Streams Saranzanmai Anime’s English Dub – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-04-23/funimation-streams-saranzanmai-anime-english-dub/.146041

Crunchyroll Adda Isekai Quartet Crossover Anime – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-04-23/crunchyroll-adds-isekai-quartet-crossover-anime/.146033

Famitsu Readers Vote Chrono Trigger as Top Video Game From Heisei Era – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-04-23/famitsu-readers-vote-chrono-trigger-as-top-video-game-from-heisei-era/.146013

Shelf Life: Ace Attorney – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2019-04-22/.145968

 

Film Friday- Children of the Whales

Film Friday- Children of the Whales

Children of the Whales is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Abi Umeda. The manga is licensed in North America by Viz Media. An anime television series adaptation by J.C. Staff aired in Japan from October to December 2017, and was released globally on Netflix in March 2018.

An anime adaptation of the series was announced in the February 2017 issue of Mystery Bonita on January 6, 2017. The anime adaptation, which was later confirmed to be a television series, is directed by Kyōhei Ishiguro and written by Michiko Yokote, with animation by J.C.Staff, character designs by Haruko Iizuka and music by Hiroaki Tsutsumi. It aired from October 8 to December 24, 2017, on Tokyo MX and other channels. It ran for 12 episodes and will have two OVA. It was released globally by Netflix in March 2018. The opening theme song “Sono Saki e” is performed by singer-songwriter RIRIKO, while the ending theme song “Hashitairo” is performed by rionos.

Characters

Chakuro
The protagonist of the story. Chakuro is a Marked boy who works as an archivist for the Elders in the Mud Whale, hoping that his records will improve life for future generations. Curious and gentle, he sometimes dreams to see the world outside the Mud Whale and immediately befriends Lykos after finding her on the abandoned island.
Lykos 
A mysterious girl found on an island that was about to be scavenged by the Mud Whale’s people for resources. “Lykos” is not really her name, it is actually a term used to describe a mysterious creature that feeds off the emotions of anyone that comes near it. Chakuro simply calls her “Lykos” for convenience’s sake. At first, she is reluctant to speak to anyone but with Chakuro’s help, she learns to express herself more openly.
Ouni 
Another Marked one who is said to possess the greatest potential for thymia in the Mud Whale. He is the leader of the Moles, a group of young people who gained their name because they often break the rules of the Mud Whale and thus spent a lot of time imprisoned in the belly of the ship. Obsessed with leaving the Mud Whale, Ouni has earned a reputation as a troublemaker. When Lykos is found by Chakuro, Ouni sees the opportunity to escape the Mud Whale. He later awakens an unknown power after seeing Nibi die.
Suoh 
An Unmarked one who works as an assistant for the Council of Elders. He is Chakuro’s friend and Sami’s elder brother, he often gives them advice for how they can help the Mud Whale’s people. He often clasps his hands, which Chakuro notes is his way to suppress his emotions.
Ginshu 
A girl who often helps in the everyday activities of the Mud Whale’s people, as a member of the Vigilante Corps.
Liontari 
An imperial soldier of the Allied Empire who stands out for his excessive emotions.
Shuan 
A mysterious man and the leader of the Vigilante Corps.
Sami 
Chakuro’s friend and Suō’s younger sister. She seems to harbor feelings for Chakuro and becomes mildly jealous of Lykos upon seeing how close she and Chakuro become. When a mysterious group of soldiers attack the Mud Whale, she shields Chakuro from their bullets and dies. She returns as a spirit, kisses, and confesses her feelings to Chakuro before disappearing.
Kicha 
A girl, member of the Moles.
Taisha
An Unmarked woman and mayor of the Mud Whale.

 

 

 

 

Film Friday- One Piece

Film Friday- One Piece

The manga spawned a media franchise, having been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) produced by Production I.G in 1998, and an anime series produced by Toei Animation, which began broadcasting in Japan in 1999. Additionally, Toei has developed thirteen animated feature films, one OVA and thirteen television specials. Several companies have developed various types of merchandising and media, such as a trading card game and numerous video games. The manga series was licensed for an English language release in North America and the United Kingdom by Viz Media and in Australia by Madman Entertainment. The anime series was licensed by 4Kids Entertainment for an English-language release in North America in 2004, before the license was dropped and subsequently acquired by Funimation in 2007.

Toei Animation produces an anime television series based on the One Piece manga. The series, which premiered in Japan on Fuji Television on October 20, 1999, has aired more than 800 episodes, and has been exported to various countries around the world. Two cross-over episodes with the anime adaptation of Toriko were aired. The first of these, which was also the first episode of Toriko, aired on April 3, 2011. A second special, which also crossed over with Dragon Ball Z, aired on April 7, 2013.

On June 8, 2004, 4Kids Entertainment acquired the license for distribution of One Piece in North America. 4Kids contracted Viz Media to handle home video distribution. 4Kids’ in-house musicians wrote a new background score and theme song nicknamed “Pirate Rap”. 4Kids’ dub mandated edits for content and length, which reduced the first 143 episodes into 104. Initially, 4Kids originally created an English version of the first opening theme, “We Are!” It premiered in the United States on September 18, 2004, in first-run syndication on the Fox network as part of the weekend programming block Fox Box, and later aired on Cartoon Network on their weekday afternoon programming block Toonami in April 2005. Production was halted in 2006 after episode 143/104. Viz also ceased its home video release of the series after volume 11. On July 22, 2010, an interview with Anime News Network and Mark Kirk, senior vice-president of digital media for 4Kids Entertainment, revealed that 4Kids acquired One Piece as part of a package deal with other anime, and that the company did not screen the series before licensing it. However, once 4Kids realized One Piece was not appropriate for their intended demographic, the company decided to edit it into a more child-oriented series until they had an opportunity to legally drop the license. Kirk said the experience of producing One Piece “ruined the company’s reputation”. Since then, 4Kids established a stricter set of guidelines, checks, and balances to determine which anime the company acquires.

On April 13, 2007, Funimation licensed the series and started production on an English-language release of One Piece. In an interview with voice actor Christopher Sabat, he stated that Funimation had been interested in acquiring One Piece from the very beginning, and produced a “test episode,” in which Sabat portrayed the character of Helmeppo and Eric Vale played the part of the main character, Monkey D. Luffy. (They would later go on to provide the English voices for Roronoa Zoro and Sanji, respectively.) After resuming production of the renewed English dub, which featured less censorship because of fewer restrictions on cable programming, Funimation released its first uncut, bilingual DVD box set containing 13 episodes on May 27, 2008. Similarly sized sets followed with fourteen sets released. The Funimation-dubbed episodes premiered on Cartoon Network on September 29, 2007 and aired until its removal on March 22, 2008. On October 28, 2011, Funimation posted a press release on their official website confirming the acquisition of episodes 206–263, and the aspect ratio, beginning with episode 207, would be changed to the 16:9 widescreen format. On May 18, 2013, the uncut series began airing on Adult Swim’s revived Toonami late-night programming block from episode 207 onward. One Piece was removed from the Toonami block after March 18, 2017.

In May 2009, Funimation, Toei Animation, Shueisha, and Fuji Television announced they would simulcast stream the series within an hour of the weekly Japanese broadcast at no charge. Originally scheduled to begin on May 30, 2009, with episode 403, a lack of security resulted in a leak of the episode, and Funimation delayed the offer until episode 415 on August 29, 2009.

On February 12, 2013, it was announced that Manga Entertainment would start releasing the Funimation dub of One Piece in the United Kingdom in a DVD box set format. Crunchyroll began simulcasting the series on November 2, 2013, for the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.

Reception

The anime adaptations have also been very well-received. The first episode of the anime adaptation earned a viewer ratings percentage of 12.4, behind Pokémon and ahead of Ojamajo Doremi. As of 2017, One Piece is among the top 10 anime in viewer ratings every week in Japan. On several occasions the One Piece anime has topped Japan’s DVD sales.

In a review of the second DVD release of 4Kids Entertainment’s dub, Todd Douglass, Jr. of DVD Talk called its adaptation a “shabby treatment” resulting in an “arguably less enjoyable rendition”. Douglass said that the 4Kids original opening was “a crappy rap song” and that the removal of whole scenes leaves a “feeling that something is missing”. He later went on to say that “Fans of the ‘real’ One Piece will want to skip picking […] up [4Kids Entertainment’s One Piece DVDs] until an uncut release is announced”, and also stated that “kids may get into this version because it’s what they have seen on TV”. Margaret Veira of activeAnime praised the TV series’ “great” animation, stating that “It gives life and stays true to the style and characters of the manga.” She notes the fight scenes in particular have “a lot of energy to them”. Patrick King of Animefringe comments that the art style of One Piece is “very distinctive and fresh”.

In a review of the first Funimation DVD release for Mania Entertainment, Bryce Coulter comments that One Piece is “not your typical pirate adventure” and that mixed with “the right amount of random fun along with a shonen style storyline” it becomes “an appealing and fun romp”. In a review of Funimation’s second DVD release for Mania Entertainment, Bryce Coulter comments that “You can tell that they are giving One Piece the attention that was neglected by 4Kids” and that “One Piece is a great tale of high-seas fun that will leave you wanting more!”

In Indonesia, Global TV was reprimanded by the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) for airing the anime television series. Nina Armando, member of the KPI and a lecturer at the University of Indonesia, said the show should not be aired at times when children are likely to watch.

In the United States, where it is available on the Hulu streaming platform, One Piece was 2018’s most binge-watched television show in the states of Illinois and Wisconsin.

The first opening of the One Piece anime television series, “We Are!”, won the Animation Kobe Theme Song Award of the year 2000. In February 2001, One Piece placed 9th among anime television series in Japan. In 2001, the readers of Animage, a popular Japanese anime magazine, voted the anime television series in 5th place of The Readers’ Picks for the Anime that should be remembered in the 21st Century. In June 2002, Animage readers voted One Piece to be the 16th best new anime of the year 2001, and gave it another 16th place in 2004 in the category Favorite Anime Series. In a 2005 web poll by Japanese television network TV Asahi One Piece was voted 6th most popular animated TV series. Before the poll, Asahi TV broadcast another list based on a nationwide survey in which One Piece placed 4th among teenagers. In 2006, it was elected 32nd of the Top 100 Japanese anime by TV Asahi and 21st by its viewers. Funimation’s first DVD release of the series “One Piece: Season 1 First Voyage” was nominated for the Fifth Annual TV DVD Awards.

 

Thursday Special- One Piece

Thursday Special- One Piece

Straw Hat Pirates

Jolly roger of the Straw Hat Pirates

The protagonists of the One Piece series are all the members of the Straw Hat Pirates (麦わらの一味 Mugiwara no Ichimi), a crew of nine pirates captained by Monkey D. Luffy. The crew’s number increases throughout the series, as Luffy recruits new members. Once Usopp joins the Straw Hat Pirates, they gain their own ship, the Going Merry, which is later destroyed and replaced by a larger and more powerful vessel, the Thousand Sunny created by their shipwright Franky. Two years later, the Straw Hats gain a new fleet, called the Straw Hat Grand Fleet, consisting of 5,640 pirates from seven different crews; Luffy objects to the idea of being a fleet commander, and organizes his new army in a way that they may act independently, but when one crew is in trouble, the others must do what they can to help them.

Monkey D. Luffy

Monkey D. Luffy is the primary protagonist of the One Piece series. At age seven, he admires and tries to join the pirates of the “Red Haired” Shanks. Ridiculed and rejected, he inadvertently eats their treasure, the Paramecia-type Gum-Gum Fruit, which gives his body the properties of rubber. His reckless efforts ultimately lead him into grave peril causing Shanks to lose an arm while rescuing him. After this, Luffy gives up on joining Shanks, resolving instead to start a crew of his own and become King of the Pirates. Displeased by Shanks spoiling his grandson, Garp takes Luffy to be raised by Curly Dadan and her mountain bandits, who he strong-arms into taking him in. During Luffy’s time there, he becomes a sworn brother with Garp’s other ward Ace, and local runaway noble Sabo. Ten years later, and still wearing Shanks’ treasured head covering, Luffy forms and captains his own pirate crew called The Straw Hat Pirates and sets sail for the Grand Line, quickly gaining infamy as “Straw Hat” Luffy. Eventually, after his strength proves insufficient to save Ace from execution, he spends two years on a secluded island, before entering in the New World, learning the use of the three colors of Haki as well as Gear Fourth from Silvers Rayleigh, before heading to the New World.

Roronoa Zoro

is a swordsman who uses up to three swords simultaneously, holding one in each hand and a third in his mouth. To fulfill a promise to Kuina, his deceased childhood rival, he aims to replace “Hawk Eye” Mihawk as the world’s greatest swordsman.Traveling the seas in search of Mihawk and making a living as a bounty hunter, he becomes infamously known as “Pirate Hunter” Zoro. Eventually, he comes into conflict with Helmeppo. To prevent the harm of innocent civilians, Zoro allows himself to be incarcerated temporarily, while Helmeppo plots to have him killed. Zoro is saved from execution by Luffy in exchange for becoming his first crewman. At that point, Zoro makes it clear that he would turn on his captain if he ever stepped between him and his dream. However, Zoro grows fond of his crew and after several defeats in their defense, his priorities change and he convinces Mihawk to take him on as a student.

 

Nami

Adopted and raised by navy seaman turned tangerine farmer Bellemere, Nami and her older sister Nojiko witness their mother being murdered by the infamous Arlong, whose pirate gang occupies their island and extracts tribute from the population. Striking a deal with him, Nami, still a child, but already an accomplished cartographer who dreams of drawing a complete map of the world, joins the pirates, hoping to buy freedom for her village eventually. Growing up as a pirate-hating pirate, drawing maps for Arlong, and stealing treasure from other pirates, Nami becomes an excellent burglar, pickpocket, and navigator with an exceptional ability to forecast weather. After Arlong betrays her, and he and his gang are defeated by the Straw Hat Pirates, Nami joins them in pursuit of her dream and acquires infamy herself as “Cat Burglar” Nami.

Usopp

During his early childhood, Usopp is abandoned by his father, Yasopp, who leaves to join the Red-Haired Pirates. Then, as Banchina, his mother, falls ill, Usopp starts telling tall tales, expressing his hope that his father will return and take them out to sea. Even after his mother dies, Usopp does not blame his father for leaving. Despite his cowardly disposition, he strives to become a great pirate himself. He is a gifted inventor, painter, and sculptor. In combat, he relies primarily on slingshots to fire various kinds of ammunition with great precision in coordination with a set of lies and different other weapons giving him a unique fighting style named “The Usopp Arsenal”. To help the Straw Hats rescue Nico Robin, he achieves notoriety under his alter-ego “Sniper King, the King of Snipers”, a hero sniper wearing a golden mask and cape. Eventually, after helping the Straw Hats liberate Dressrosa from Don Quixote Doflamingo’s rule, he becomes infamous as “God” Usopp

Vinsmoke Sanji

Once a prince of Germa Kingdom, Vinsmoke Sanji was routinely picked on by his genetically enhanced siblings and was locked away by his father Judge for being a disgrace. With help from his sister, he escaped and fled the kingdom after it entered the East Blue and his father permitted it.

While serving as an apprentice cook on a passenger ship, nine-year-old Sanji stands up to a boarding party of pirates led by the infamous “Red Foot” Zeff. During the encounter, Sanji is swept into the sea by a massive wave. Zeff jumps in after him because of their common dream of finding the All Blue, a legendary sea, containing every kind of fish in the world. While castaways together, the pirate saves Sanji’s life yet again by giving him all of their food. After their eventual rescue, Sanji stays with Zeff for several years and helps him build a floating restaurant, the Baratie . Zeff in turn makes him a first-rate cook and teaches him his kick-based fighting style.Mirroring Zeff, Sanji will never refuse a starving person a meal, and when fighting only uses his legs, to protect the hands he needs to cook. He also develops an unusual weakness for women, and makes it a principle never to harm one, even if it means his death. Eventually, he becomes infamous under the name of “Black Leg” Sanji,and, while training for a period of two years in Emporio Ivankov’s Kamabakka Queendom, develops the Sky Walk, a variant of the Six Powers technique Moonwalk , which allows him to essentially run through air.

Tony Tony Chopper

Tony Tony Chopper is a doctor and a blue-nosed reindeer. The power of the Zoan-type Human-Human Fruit  provides him with the ability to transform into a full sized reindeer or a reindeer-human hybrid. A self-developed drug he calls Rumble Ball  enables him to perform even more transformations. When complimented, Chopper acts really sad and sometimes yells at the animal who complimented him to stop trying to make him happy.[ A running gag within the series is when other characters mistake him as a Tanuki, and he angrily corrects them, pointing out his is a Tonakai.

Nico Robin

Being raised in Ohara, home of the world’s oldest and largest library, Nico Robin becomes an archaeologist at the age of eight. At some point she gains the power of the Paramecia-type Flower-Flower Fruit, which allows her to have temporary copies of parts of her body, including her eyes and ears, which spring up on surfaces near her. Behind her teachers’ backs she acquires from them the outlawed knowledge of how to translate the ancient stones called Ponegliffs, which are scattered around the world. She comes to share their goal of finding the illusive Real Ponegliff, which is said to tell the world’s lost history. However, the World Government finds out about these efforts and sends a battlefleet to stop them. Only Robin escapes the devastating attack that claims the lives of the island’s entire population, including that of her mother. Called “Devil Child”, traumatized, and with a bounty on her head, Robin lives a life on the run, unable to trust anyone. To survive, she cooperates with various pirates and other outlaws, until eventually joining forces with Sir Crocodile, leading Baroque Works with him, using the codename “Ms. All-Sunday”. and becoming their vice-president. After Baroque Works falls apart, with nowhere else to go, she tags along with the Straw Hat Pirates and grows so fond of them that she gives herself up to the Government in order to save them. Only after they discover her motives, and declare open war on her powerful nemesis to get her back, does she come to realize that she has finally found people who will never sell her out, and becomes a part of the crew. After the two-year period where the Straw Hats be separated, Robin further hones her Devil Fruit powers to the point she can create a full-bodied duplicate of herself.

Franky

The son of pirate parents who abandon him at age nine, Cutty Flam, nicknamed Franky, is taken in as an apprentice by a shipwright who secretly holds the plans for a devastating ancient weapon. Franky’s recklessness eventually provides an opportunity for World Government agents seeking these plans. Attempting to rescue his master, Franky suffers severe injuries and only survives by rebuilding parts of his body using pieces of scrap metal, turning himself into a cola-powered cyborg with super-human strength. After gaining notoriety as “Cyborg” Franky, and to fulfill his dream of sailing a ship he built around the world, he constructs the Thousand Sunny, a brigantine-rigged sloop-of-war, for the Straw Hat Pirates and joins the crew.

Brook

Already a pirate before the time of Roger, “Humming” Brook first enters the Grand Line as vice-captain of the music-themed Rumbar Pirates. Leaving their pet, the infant whale Laboon at Reverse Mountain, they promise to return after sailing around the world. Instead, they are annihilated, with one exception. The power of the Paramecia-type Revive-Revive Fruit allows “Dead Bones” Brook to rise again and live a second life as a skeleton. Fifty years later, Brook’s goal is still to fulfill his late crew’s promise, and to that end he joins the Straw Hat Pirates. He is an excellent musician, who says that he can play any instrument, although he is usually seen playing the violin. He can even influence people with his music to the point of making them fall asleep. While separated from the other Straw Hats, and incognito as “Soul King” Brook, he gains world fame, filling concert halls with fans.He is also a skilled fencer who uses a shikomizue (a Japanese cane sword) in battle. His reduced weight allows him to jump extraordinarily high and to run across water. Eventually, he learns how to use his devil fruit ability to leave his skeleton body and explore his surroundings as a disembodied soul.

The idea of a skeleton musician was first conceived by Oda in 2000, about the time of Laboon’s introduction and more than half a decade before the first appearance of Brook.

Jimbei

is a yakuza-esque whale shark fishman.A master of Fishman Karate, he is capable of manipulating water as if it were a tangible cloth, an ability more usually associated with merfolk.Jimbei can communicate with fish and enlist the help of whale sharks. After growing up in a rough part of Fishman Island, Jimbei first joins the island’s royal army and later the Sun Pirates; he becomes captain following the death of Fisher Tiger. In exchange for the World Government granting him Warlord-status, Jinbe eventually disbands the crew. He resigns the position to side against the Government during its war with the Whitebeard Pirates, the protectors of Fishman Island. Two years later, he turns down an invitation to join the Straw Hat Pirates, stating that he needs to take care of unfinished business before joining them. After cutting ties with Big Mom, he eventually joins the Straw Hat Pirates as the crew’s helmsman, although they are separated when he goes to help his old crew, escape from Big Mom.

 

Film Friday- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

Film Friday- That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime is a Japanese fantasy light novel series written by Fuse, and illustrated by Mitz Vah. It was serialized online between 2013 and 2016 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was acquired by Micro Magazine, who published the first light novel volume in 2014. Twelve volumes have been released as of July 2018. The light novel has been licensed in North America by Yen Press, who published the first volume in December 2017. It has received a manga adaptation published by Kodansha along a manga spin-off published by Micro Magazine and an anime television series adaptation by 8-Bit.

Anime

An anime television series adaptation aired from October 2, 2018 to March 26, 2019 on Tokyo MX and other channels. The series is animated by 8-Bit and directed by Yasuhito Kikuchi, with Atsushi Nakayama as assistant director, Kazuyuki Fudeyasu handling series composition, Ryouma Ebata designing the characters, and Takahiro Kishida providing monster designs. Elements Garden is composing the series’ music. The first opening theme is “Nameless story” performed by Takuma Terashima, while the first ending theme is “Another colony” performed by True. The second opening theme is “Megurumono”performed by Terashima, while the second ending theme is “Little Soldier”  performed by Azusa Tadokoro. The series is simulcast by Crunchyroll with Funimation streaming an English dub as it airs. The series will run for 25 episodes. An original animation DVD was originally scheduled to be released in March 29, 2019, bundled with the 11th manga volume, but it was delayed to December 2019, bundled with the 13th manga volume.

A second season has been announced and is scheduled to air in 2020, with the staff and cast members reprising their roles. 8-Bit will still animate the series.

Rimuru Tempest / Satoru Mikami
A human on Earth who was reincarnated as a powerful Slime due to certain requests he made as he died. He has the skill Devour (Predator in the anime), which allows him to eat almost anything and obtain skills and items from the devoured object. He can even mimic the appearance of any item he has devoured. After the defeat of Orc Lord, he established Tempest (Jura Tempest Federation in the anime), a nation of monsters in Great Forest of Jura that seeks co-existence of monsters with other living races.
Veldora Tempest
A powerful dragon known as the “Storm Dragon” who befriended the young Rimuru. Veldora was trapped in an “Endless Prison” by a beautiful Hero, when he was distracted by her looks. He was freed by Rimuru, when Rimuru took him into his storage space, so that they could jointly analyze the Endless Prison spell to break it. He was a “Calamity” type monster.
Shizue Izawa
Shizue, also known by her nickname Shizu, is a Japanese girl who was summoned into this world, during the Bombing of Tokyo. Her summoning was considered a failure, and she was abandoned after having a fire spirit, Ifrit, bound to her body. Soon after she gained the title “Conquerer of Flames”. She figures out that Rimuru was also once from Japan and in their short time together, they become good friends. After passing away, her body is devoured by Rimuru, giving him a human form.

Film Friday- Sensual Phrase

Film Friday- Sensual Phrase

Sensual Phrase is a shōjo manga series created by Mayu Shinjo. The manga was published by Shogakukan in Shōjo Comic between 1997 and 2000, and collected in 18 bound volumes. It was adapted as a 44-episode anime television series by Studio Hibari, and as a series of novels. The series tells the story of Aine Yukimura, a high school student who becomes the lyricist for a Japanese rock band, and her relationship with the band’s lead singer, Sakuya Ookochi.

To promote the anime, a real-life band was formed: Λucifer, the band the story focuses on. The rival band, e.MU, seems to have been active before the manga was created. Both bands continued after the anime ended before disbanding. In the series, Λucifer’s original name is Lucifer, changed to Λucifer (using the Greek letter lambda) when the band decides to go international. For the purposes of the article this second name, Λucifer, is used. Japanese names are given in Western order, with family name last.

Production

In her blog, Shinjo noted that though she was the actual creator of Sensual Phrase, she was one of the last to know that the series would be adapted into an anime, and that by the time she knew, Shogakukan had already made the decision to do the series. She was also unaware that there were talks about a film adaptation of the series until two years after the proposal was rejected. When the anime was rerun on AT-X, she learnt of this through the channel’s official website. She left Shogakukan in 2007, despite the company’s threat to take all of her earlier series, including Sensual Phrase, out of print if she did so. Shinjo contacted a lawyer, and the threat was never carried out.

Sensual Phrase was adapted as an anime television series by Studio Hibari. It was directed by Hiroko Tokita, with music by Susumu Akitagawa and character designs by Yumi Nakayama. There were multiple opening and closing theme tunes, some of them credited to fictional bands Λucifer and e.MU, for which real-world counterparts were created. The anime was broadcast on TV Tokyo in 44 episodes from April 20, 1999 to March 25, 2000. It was later released on 11 videos by Pony Canyon.

Aine Yukimura

The main female protagonist of the series, Aine is a shy but innocent high school girl who does not know how to hide her feelings. Her home life is rocky, her parents seem to ignore her, and she is mostly left to her own devices. Hurt by this emotional neglect and lacking confidence in herself, she clings to and relies on Sakuya to protect and defend her and feels guilty about her inexperience and doubts. When Sakuya tells her parents that Aine will be living with him, they realize they are losing their daughter to a dangerous world. Sakuya eventually convinces Aine’s father that he loves her and will protect her, so they can live together. Aine has to fight to find her own place within the record label, and prove herself repeatedly. She comes to be seen as important to Sakuya’s emotional wellbeing and to the band, and earns her place with her innovative concepts and her lyrics. Towards the series end, following her rape and the death of her friend, band producer Hitoshi Takayama, she grows up, matures, and becomes stronger.

Sakuya Ookochi

The main character of the series, Sakuya is the highly talented lead singer of Λucifer. Seventeen and still in high school, he is also the band’s youngest member. He transfers to Aine’s high school to get closer to her. While he respects and trusts Yuki, the only other band member he is close to is Atsuro. He is known for his striking blue eyes, inherited from his American father. Sakuya is also rude, physical, and does not care about life, even when he begins to sing with the band Lucifer. Sakuya has spent most of his young teenage years paying off his mother’s debt at the club where she worked. Like his mother, he sang and played the piano for club guests. But to make more money, he also worked as a male escort prostitute on the side. He was able to do this because he appears older than his years. His harsh childhood experiences have caused Sakuya to lose trust in people. But when he meets high school girl Aine, he shows a new caring and sensitive attitude towards others, especially to Aine. When she first starts working for them he tells himself that he is selfishly using her, but before long his true feelings emerge. ~ See Sakuya’s one-shot and Vol. 10, Lucifer’s Legend. Sakuya also makes an appearance in “Love Celeb” as Kirara’s producer.

 

Wednesday News- March 27, 2019

Wednesday News- March 27, 2019

Mayonaka no Occult Komuin Anime’s Ad Previews Opening Song- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-03-27/mayonaka-no-occult-komuin-anime-ad-previews-opening-song/.145062

Nearly 200,000 Fans Vote in AnimeJapan’s ‘Most Wanted Anime Adaptation’ Poll- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-03-27/nearly-200000-fans-vote-in-animejapan-most-wanted-anime-adaptation-poll/.145085

Caladrius Blaze Game Listed for Switch by Rating Board- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-03-27/caladrius-blaze-game-listed-for-switch-by-ratings-board/.145069

Crunchyroll Sets 1st Price Increase in U.S., Britain, Australia, Nordics- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-03-27/crunchyroll-sets-1st-price-increase-in-u.s-britain-australia-nordics/.145070

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  • Kimagure Orange Road BD
  • Kite: Uncut and Kite: Liberator BD
  • Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These Season 1 BD/DVD
  • My Hero Academia: Two Heroes BD/DVD
  • My Hero Academia: Two Heroes DVD
  • Naruto Shippūden DVD Set 37
  • Ninja Slayer Essentials BD
  • Perfect Blue BD/DVD
  • Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace Essentials BD
  • Saiyuki BD
  • Star Blazers: Space Battleship Yamato 2202 BD
  • Star Fleet BD
  • Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online BD 1
  • Yamibo – Darkness, the Hat, and the Travelers of the Books BD

Manga

  • Ace of Diamond GN 21 (Digital Only)
  • Alice in Murderland GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Ao-chan Can’t Study! GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Arpeggio of Blue Steel Graphic Novel (GN) 14
  • As Miss Beelzebub Likes GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Asahi-sempai’s Favorite GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Black Panther and Sweet 16 GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Bloom Into You GN 6
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • BTOOOM! GN 24 (Digital Only)
  • A Centaur’s Life GN 16
  • City GN 5
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • Dragon Quest Monsters+ GN 2
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • First Love Monster GN 7-8 (Digital Only)
  • He’s My Only Vampire GN 7-1 0 (Digital Only)
  • Hotaru’s Way GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Hour of the Zombie GN 8
  • I Want to Hold Aono-kun so Badly I Could Die GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Inside Mari GN 3
  • Kakafukaka GN 5
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • My Boy in Blue GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • My Monster Secret GN 15
  • New Game! GN 5
  • No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • One Week Friends GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Plunderer GN 1
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 3: Truth of Zero GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Seto Utsumi GN 4
  • Taboo Tattoo GN 13 (Digital Only)
  • A Terrified Teacher at Ghoul School! GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Alice GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Triage X GN 17 (Digital Only)
  • Wonderland GN 2
  • Yuri Is My Job! GN 2
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs GN 5

Other

  • Danganronpa Trilogy PlayStation 4 game
  • FUN! FUN! Animal Park Nintendo Switch game
  • Nelke & the Legendary Alchemists ~Ateliers of the New World~ PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC game
  • No Game, No Life Novel 8
  • Skeleton Knight in Another World Novel 8
  • Yoshi’s Crafted World Nintendo Switch game

 

 

Film Friday- Clockwork Planet

Film Friday- Clockwork Planet

Clockwork Planet is a Japanese light novel series, written by Yuu Kamiya and Tsubaki Himana, and illustrated by Shino. Kodansha has published four volumes since April 2, 2013 under their Kodansha Ranobe Bunko imprint. The story is set in a clockpunk fantasy version of the world, in which the entire planet is run by clockwork. The main characters are five people (a machine otaku, two automata, a young technician and a bodyguard) who, after a month of meeting, become the world’s most infamous terrorists.

A manga adaptation illustrated by Kuro was serialized in Kodansha’s shōnen manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Sirius since 2013 and ended in August 2018. It has been collected in ten tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Xebec aired from April 6 to June 22, 2017.

Anime

An anime adaptation of the light novel series was announced in December 2015, which was later confirmed to be an anime television series adaptation in December 2016. The series is directed by Tsuyoshi Nagasawa and written by Kenji Sugihara, with animation by Xebec, character designs by Shuichi Shimamura and mechanical designs by Kenji Teraoka. The music is composed by Shū Kanematsu, Hanae Nakamura, Kaori Nakano and Satoshi Hōno. The opening theme titled “Clockwork Planet” is sung by fripSide, while the ending theme titled “Anti Clockwise” is sung by After The Rain. It aired from April 6 to June 22, 2017, on TBS and BS-TBS Crunchyroll licensed and streamed the series, and Funimation dubbed the series and released it on home video in North America. The series ran for 12 episodes.

Characters

Main

Naoto Miura 
is a high school student and a machine otaku. He has a hearing ability better than other people, which is why he wears headphones with a noise-canceling ability. Naoto is not interested in human girls, but he is romantically attracted to RyuZU, who is an automaton.
RyuZU 
is an automaton that “Y” left behind. She is Unit 1 of the “Initial-Y Series” and was manufactured about 1,000 years ago, but was broken 206 years ago and has been in a non-functional state ever since. After Naoto repaired the failure inside her that nobody could fix, she treats him like her own master. Contrary to her beautiful appearance, RyuZU has an incredibly sharp mouth. Her supreme command is “One Who Follows”.
Marie Bell Breguet 
is the youngest president of Breguet company and a first-class clock technician. She is a self confident genius girl with a sharp mouth. After she and Naoto stopped the Kyoto purge, she faked her own death and decided to keeping the clockwork in the planet safe.
Vainney Halter 
is Marie’s bodyguard and a former soldier. He specializes in fighting with a mechanized body of latest technology. He has been with and supported Marie for a long time.
AnchoR 
is another automaton part of the “Initial-Y Series” that is listed as Unit 4, RyuZU’s “younger sister”. She was the only automaton that was manufactured as a weapon among the “Initial-Y Series”, giving her the strongest combat ability. Her supreme command is “One Who Annihilates”.
Y
is a genius engineer who is said to have rebuilt the entire functions on Earth with gears. He also created a series of automatons called “Initial-Y Series”, but the blueprints of his creations have long been lost.

 

Wednesday News- March 20, 2019 (late)

Wednesday News- March 20, 2019 (late)

Did That Time I Got Reincarnated as as Slime Peak Too Early? – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2019-03-21/.144779

Live-Action Hot Gimmick Film Reveals Teaser Video, Poster Visual- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-03-20/live-action-hot-gimmick-film-reveals-teaser-video-poster-visual/.144778

Yakuza 5 Launches for PS4 in Japan on June 20 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-03-21/yakuza-5-launches-for-ps4-in-japan-on-june-20/.144804

Okazu- kun Manga Gets Live-Action Film This Summer- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-03-21/okazu-kun-manga-gets-live-action-film-this-summer/.144782

Anime

  • Burst Angel Complete Series Essentials BD
  • DamePri Anime Caravan Complete Collection BD
  • Dies irae BD
  • Dimension W Essentials BD
  • Freezing Vibration Season 1 Essentials BD
  • Freezing Vibration Season 2 Essentials BD
  • Hakumei and Mikochi Complete Collection BD
  • One Piece Episode of Sabo BD/DVD
  • Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us BD
  • Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us DVD
  • Ultimate Otaku Teacher Complete Series BD

manga

  • 20th Century Boys The Perfect Edition Graphic Novel (GN) 3
  • Again!! GN 7
  • Aho Girl GN 11
  • A Kiss, For Real GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Alice in Murderland GN 10
  • All Out!! GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Angels of Death Episode.0 GN 1
  • Aria The Masterpiece GN 1
  • As Miss Beelzebub Likes GN 5
  • Back Street Girls GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • BTOOOM!! GN 24
  • Bungo Stray Dogs GN 10
  • Children of the Whales GN 9
  • Chio’s School Road GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Citrus GN 9
  • Creature! GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • The Delinquent Housewife! GN 4
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! GN 13
  • Dragon Goes House-Hunting GN 2
  • Eromanga Sensei GN 2
  • Gangsta. GN 1-8 (Digital Only)
  • Gangsta. GN 8
  • Gleipnir GN 1
  • Harem Days The Seven-Starred Country GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Hitorijime My Hero GN 2
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 9
  • Kira-kun Today (Kyō no Kira-kun) GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Kiss and White Lily for My Dearest Girl GN 8
  • Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade GN 11
  • Love in Focus GN 1
  • Magical Girl Raising Project GN 6
  • Mob Psycho 100 GN 2
  • My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected GN 10
  • No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! GN 13
  • One Week Friends GN 6
  • Plunderer GN 1
  • Ran the Peerless Beauty GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 3: Truth of Zero GN 6
  • Sailor Moon Eternal Edition GN 3
  • Smokin’ Parade GN 5
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? GN 5
  • Sword Art Online: Girls Ops GN 5
  • Taboo Tattoo GN 13
  • A Terrified Teacher at Ghoul School! GN 6
  • Total Eclipse Of The Eternal Heart GN
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Total Eclipse Of The Eternal Heart GN (Digital Only)
  • Triage X GN 17
  • UQ Holder! GN 16
  • Versailles of the Dead GN 5

Other

  • The Ancient Magus’ Bride The Silver Yarn Novel
  • The Asterisk War Novel 9
  • Defeating the Demon Lord’s a Cinch If You’ve Got a Ringer Novel 3
  • Demon King Daimaou Novel 10 (Digital Only)
  • Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! Novel 5
  • Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? Novel 2
  • Fate/EXTELLA LINK PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC game
  • The FLCL Archives Artbook
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 13 (Digital Only)
  • Invaders of the Rokujouma!? Novel 20 (Digital Only)
  • The Irregular at Magic High School Novel 11
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Novel 13
  • Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Novel
  • Samurai Pizza Cats Official Fan Book
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC game
  • SNK 40th Anniversary Collection PlayStation 4 game
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel 5
  • Sorcerous Stabber Orphen Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • True Tenchi Muyo! Novel 3
  • WorldEnd:What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us? Novel 3

 

Film Friday- Full Moon o Sagashite

Film Friday- Full Moon o Sagashite

The manga is published in North America in English by Viz Media. The series was adapted into an anime television series produced by Nihon Ad Systems, which ended before the manga was completed, as well as an OVA distributed with an issue of Ribon. The anime series was broadcast on TV Tokyo and was also licensed for retail release in North America by Viz Media, though only the first 28 episodes were released.

Anime

The series was adapted as a 52-episode anime television series by Studio Deen, directed by Toshiyuki Kato. It was broadcast on TV Tokyo from April 6, 2002 to March 29, 2003. The adaptation follows the manga closely until Mitsuki’s first singing audition, before diverging. Several characters have different histories and personalities, and because the television series concluded before the manga was finished, the anime ended with a different resolution.
The television series is licensed by Viz Media, which released seven DVDs (the first 28 episodes), under the title Full Moon before putting further releases on indefinite hold, citing low sales potential. The songs are subtitled only, resulting in a dub that switches between English dialogue and Japanese singing.
Full Moon O Sagashite has two openings, and four endings. “I Love U” by The Scanty is used as the opening song for the first 26 episodes, while the group’s song “Rock ‘n’ Roll Princess” is used for the rest. Changin’ My Life performs all four ending themes: “New Future” used for the first six episodes and the last episode 52, “Myself” is used for episodes 7-26, “Eternal Snow” is used for episodes 27-42, and “Love Chronicle” is used in episodes 43-51.

OVA

Full Moon O Sagashite: Cute Cute Adventure is a ten-minute anime OVA that was distributed with the November 2002 issue of Ribon, the magazine in which the manga was serialized. It was produced by Studio Deen, and stars myco as Mitsuki and Chieko Honda as Meroko, as in the television series, but Hiromi Ōtsuda as Takuto. Set before the series ends, it features Takuto and Meroko trying to make their way to the studio in stuffed animal forms after Mitsuki accidentally leaves them home while rushing to work.

Humans

Mitsuki Kōyama
A 12-year-old girl who dreams of becoming a pop singer, but who has a tumor in her vocal cords which restricts her ability to sing. She grew up in an orphanage, and then later went to live with her strict grandmother, Fuzuki, who forbade her from singing. When Mitsuki learns that she’ll die if her vocal cords aren’t removed, she refuses the surgery, saying she is more afraid of never singing again than she is of dying. With Takuto’s help, she transforms into Fullmoon, a 16-year-old pop idol, completely free of cancer and able to sing. As Fullmoon, she is discovered by Seed Records during an audition, and in both the manga and anime she is depicted as releasing several hit singles. The anime ending theme songs are all supposedly sung by Fullmoon. Mitsuki chooses the stage name Fullmoon because mitsuki means “full moon” in Japanese, and because her childhood friend, Eichi Sakurai, wants to become an astronomer, and the name reminds her of him. Mitsuki decided to become a singer when she was ten years old, because she made a promise with Eichi that they would fulfill their dreams the next time they met.
Mitsuki desires to become a singer because she wants to tell Eichi that she loves him. Mitsuki lost contact with Eichi when he moved from the orphanage to America. In the manga, after he leaves, Mitsuki wanted to call him in America to tell him her feelings but later finds out on television that his airplane crashed right after takeoff in the ocean and sees his name on the list of the deceased. Although she knew about his death all along, she went into denial and pretended to not know due to her intense pain. Eventually, the shinigami find out about Eichi’s death, and Mitsuki is forced to admit to herself that Eichi is gone forever. In the anime, Mitsuki does not learn about Eichi’s death until two years later, when she travels to America with Ms. Oshige and Dr. Wakaoji. She finds out from his adoptive grandparents that Eichi and his adoptive parents died in a car crash. Upon learning his death, Mitsuki runs away and goes to Eichi’s grave, wanting to die and be with Eichi. Upon her return to Japan, she becomes extremely depressed and decides to give up on singing, despite numerous attempts to convince her otherwise. However, after Izumi’s attempt to take her soul and hearing Takuto talk about his memories and how he regrets committing suicide, Mitsuki decides to sing again so she can live her life to the fullest.
In the manga, it is revealed that Mitsuki can see the shinigami if there is a soul of a dead person surrounding her. Mitsuki realizes that the soul is Eichi, who has been watching over her since he died. She is hit with the Scythe of Fate, which removes Eichi’s soul from her body. In the anime, it is never explained why she can see the shinigami. Izumi offers a theory that her illness, which made her close to death, and her belief in escaping her impending fate, made her capable of seeing the shinigami.
Halfway through the series, Mitsuki realizes that she loves Takuto but feels guilty for it because she is afraid of forgetting Eichi. With the help of Meroko, she decides that she loves them both and is able to confess to Takuto, as well as accept that Eichi would have wanted her to be happy. By the end of the series, she is cured of her illness and is able to pursue a singing career and relationship with Takuto, but keeps Eichi in a special place in her heart. Mitsuki’s corkscrew hairstyle was inspired by Ai Kago of the group Morning Musume. Mitsuki herself is modeled on one of Arina Tanemura’s assistants, Airi Teito.
Eichi Sakurai 
Mitsuki’s childhood friend and first love. In the anime, he is six years older than her; in the manga, he is four years older. He is a kind and gentle boy, and dreams of becoming an astronomer. In the manga, Eichi used to hate the moon because it saw him cry after his grandfather’s death, but after meeting Mitsuki, he grew to love the moon. After his parents died, Eichi lived with his grandfather. When he died as well, Eichi moved to the orphanage where he met Mitsuki. They became fast friends, and he eventually fell in love with her, confessing his feelings just before moving to America. Mitsuki was heartbroken when he left, as she could not yet confess her true feelings to him. Part of the reason she wanted to become a singer was to find him.
In the manga, Eichi dies when his flight to America crashes, which Mitsuki learns when she watched the news of the crash and saw his name on the list of the deceased. In the anime, Eichi dies in a car accident a few months after moving, which Mitsuki doesn’t find out until she travels to America two years later. In the manga, Takuto’s first assignment was taking Eichi’s soul, but Eichi refused to depart the world and said that only one girl could take or release his soul. He becomes a ghost and watches over Mitsuki, which gives her the power to see shinigami. He stays with her until the end of the manga, when he sees that Mitsuki is happy with her career and with Takuto, and leaves with a smile and with tears in his eyes.
Takuto Kira 
is Meroko’s partner and trainee, and they are assigned to take Mitsuki’s soul. His shinigami costume is a cat outfit plus a backpack with wings, without which, as a trainee shinigami, he cannot fly. Takuto is capable of transforming into an anthropomorphic cat plushie. Moved by Mitsuki’s plight, he transforms her into the 16-year-old Fullmoon. Takuto falls in love with Mitsuki as the story goes on, and despite the 12 year age difference between them, they become a couple at the end. As the series progresses, he remembers his past as Takuto Kira, the lead singer of ROUTE:L, the band that both Mitsuki’s father and her doctor were in. After a malignant tumor in his throat took his voice, he attempted suicide by jumping from the top floor of the hospital, witnessed by Dr. Wakaōji. He remained in a coma for the next two years. In the manga, a twelve year-old Takuto named Mitsuki before she was born, and later met her at the orphanage when she was four years old and promised to protect her. At the end of the series, Takuto saves Mitsuki’s life, violating fate and his duty as a shinigami.
At the end of the manga, he is seen as a human again in the hospital, having lost three months of memories. Three years later, he reunites with Mitsuki during her concert. Mitsuki jumps off stage mid-song and confesses her feelings to him. They kiss amid cheers from the concert crowd. In the anime, the circumstances of Takuto’s death are changed: he is in a motorbike accident and dies rather than remaining in a coma. After being given a second chance at life, Takuto has no memory of his former lives as human or shinigami, but still carries the cat charm Mitsuki gave him. In the final scene, Meroko (now an angel) leads Mitsuki to Takuto. Mitsuki calls out to him, and he recognizes her.
Meroko Yui
is a rabbit shinigami with long ears, capable of transforming into an anthropomorphic bunny stuffed toy. Her shinigami costume in the manga is black; whereas, in the anime it is red. Meroko is particularly insecure in relationships. At one point she laments, “I’ve finally run away from love… but when I fell in love and lost it, I realized that there’s no place to run anywhere, anymore. Do I have to repeat this forever? Is this my punishment?” (bonus story in manga volume 3,A Kiss for Meroko). This insecurity gives her jealousy towards Mitsuki. Meroko is Takuto’s partner and has an unrequited infatuation with him. Her jealousy in the manga causes her to act out almost violently against Mitsuki. In the anime, she is more passive; however, the anime depicts her love for Takuto as being much deeper and more permanent than the manga (possibly because Izumi is a villain in the anime, while he is mostly a good guy in the manga.) Meroko is Izumi’s former partner; in the manga, it is Izumi who selects her unique costume so it will match his. Both the manga and the anime reveal that Izumi and Meroko kissed shortly before he betrayed her by ending their shinigami partnership. Meroko is forced to train Takuto as a replacement. The anime does not address Meroko’s past, while the manga does: As a human, Meroko was named Moe Rikyō (里匡 萌 Rikyō Moe), and was the best friend of Mitsuki’s grandmother, Fuzuki. Fuzuki was in an arranged engagement to another man, but both she and Moe fell in love with Seijuro Koga, a handsome violinist. However, Seijuro returned only Fuzuki’s affections and arranged things so the two could be engaged. Fuzuki’s loutish ex-fiancé was passed on to Moe, who, shocked by the new arrangements, sought out Fuzuki to verify the truth. At the same time, Fuzuki broke off her relationship with Seijuro and was giving him a final kiss when Moe arrived. The upset Moe ran away; soon afterwards, her new fiancé attempted to rape her. Feeling betrayed by her friend, Moe committed suicide. In the manga, Meroko learns Seijuro is Mitsuki’s grandfather and assumes Mitsuki is the descendant of Fuzuki’s betrayal. In a rage, Meroko tries to take Mitsuki’s soul with a whip, but Takuto intervenes. It is later revealed that Fuzuki did not marry Seijuro but later married another man, with whom she raised Hazuki Kouyama, Mitsuki’s mother; Seijuro married another woman, and their child was Aoi Koga, Mitsuki’s father.
Meroko eventually makes amends in the manga both by befriending Fuzuki in her rabbit form and by appearing silently as Moe, allowing Fuzuki a chance to explain and apologize although shinigami law prevents her from replying.
The manga ends with Meroko and Izumi reconciling their relationship as well as becoming shinigami partners once more because she realizes it was always Izumi whom she loved the most. In the anime, Meroko is exiled from the shinigami and resolves to become a ghost in order to save Takuto; in reward for this kindness, she is made into an angel and given Takuto’s soul to deliver a second chance.