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Film Friday- Love Live!

Film Friday- Love Live!

Love Live! School Idol Project is a Japanese multimedia project co-developed by ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki G’s Magazine, music label Lantis, and animation studio Sunrise. The project revolves around a group of nine schoolgirl friends who become idols in order to save their school from shutting down. It launched in the August 2010 issue of Dengeki G’s Magazine, and went on to produce music CDs, anime music videos, two manga adaptations, and video games. A 13-episode anime television series produced by Sunrise, directed by Takahiko Kyōgoku, and written by Jukki Hanada aired in Japan between January and March 2013, with a second season airing between April and June 2014. Both anime series and film are licensed in North America, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand by NIS America, MVM Entertainment and Madman Entertainment, respectively. An animated film titled Love Live! The School Idol Movie was distributed by Shochiku and released in June 2015. A follow-up project focusing on a new set of idols, titled Love Live! Sunshine!!, launched in 2015. A second film, Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow, was released in Japan on January 4, 2019.

Anime

A 13-episode anime television series produced by Sunrise, directed by Takahiko Kyōgoku, and written by Jukki Hanada aired in Japan on Tokyo MX between January 6 and March 31, 2013 and was simulcast by Crunchyroll. The opening theme is “Bokura wa Ima no Naka de” and the ending theme is “Kitto Seishun ga Kikoeru”; both are performed by μ’s (Emi Nitta, Aya Uchida, Suzuko Mimori, Yoshino Nanjō, Pile, Riho Iida, Aina Kusuda, Yurika Kubo and Sora Tokui). An original video animation episode was released on November 27, 2013. A second season aired on Tokyo MX between April 6 and June 29, 2014, also airing on TV Aichi, Yomiuri TV, and BS11, and was simulcast by Crunchyroll. The opening theme is “Sore wa Bokutachi no Kiseki” and the ending theme is “Donna Toki mo Zutto”; both are performed by μ’s. An animated film titled Love Live! The School Idol Movie was released in theaters on June 13, 2015. It was released on Blu-ray in Japan on December 15, 2015. A second film, Love Live! Sunshine!! The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow, was released in Japan on January 4, 2019.

Both anime series and the first film are licensed in North America by NIS America, who released the premium edition of the first season on Blu-ray on September 2, 2014 and an English dubbed version was released with the standard edition of the first season, along with the premium edition of the second season, on February 14, 2016, as well as the standard edition of the second season on April 12, 2016. The series also began airing on Mnet America from February 5, 2016. The film was released in North America by NIS America on June 28, 2016 in a premium edition, and July 26, 2016 in a standard edition, both with an English dub. MVM Entertainment released the first series in the United Kingdom on July 27, 2015 on DVD, with plans to release it on Blu-ray Disc in 2016 with an English dub. MVM Entertainment also released the second series in 2016. Madman Entertainment released the first season in Australia and New Zealand on June 10, 2015 on DVD.

Video games

A free-to-play game titled Love Live! School Idol Festival as developed by KLab and released by Bushiroad for iOS devices in Japan on April 15, 2013. The game is a collectible card game with elements of rhythm game and visual novel genres. A version for Android was also released. The game was localized into English and released worldwide on May 11, 2014 for both iOS and Android devices, and also received localizations available in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and South Korea. At the end of September 2016, the English version of the game added Korean support due to merging between the two servers. An updated version of the game titled Love Live! School Idol Festival All Stars, which will also feature members of Aqours as well as a new set of characters known as Perfect Dream Project, will be released in 2019.

A series of three rhythm-action video games developed by Dingo Inc., titled Love Live! School Idol Paradise, were released on August 28, 2014 for the PlayStation Vita. The three games were released as Vol. 1 Printemps, Vol.2 BiBi and Vol.3 Lily White. These games sold 88,169 physical retail copies altogether within the first week of release in Japan.

Rin Hoshizora became the new face of the Puyo Puyo games in 2015 as part of a campaign by Sega to market the popularity of the anime by giving her a place on all of their current franchises. A mobile gamed titled Puchiguru Love Live! revolves around the mini-stuffed dolls sold resembling the characters. It was released on April 24, 2018 for Android and iOS, and was shut down on May 31, 2019.

Film Friday- Angelic Layer

Film Friday- Angelic Layer

The manga was adapted into a 26-episode anime series produced by Bones titled Angelic Layer: Battle Doll which aired on TV Tokyo from April 1, 2001 – September 23, 2001. Seven volumes of videos were released by ADV Films on VHS and DVD in 2003. It was re-released in 2005 as a five volume box set. North American publisher Dark Horse Comics re-releases Angelic Layer in omnibus format in 2011. Sentai Filmworks will re-release the series under their Sentai Selects label on November 24, 2015. Anime Limited announced they would release the series in the UK in 2018.

Reception

Angelic Layer has received mixed reviews. THEM Anime Reviews on the other hand gave Angelic Layer a 5-star rating, noting that the character designs were well presented and the animation was colourful, also that Angelic Layer portrayed the concepts of friendship and how “through common interests, even very different people can be friends”. Angelic Layer won the Animation Kobe Award for TV Feature in 2001. Anime News Network however, was less kind, comparing it to Pokémon and Digimon, and calling it a glorified tie-in to “a toy you can’t purchase.”

Misaki Suzuhara

is a timid, sweet-tempered, and kind 12-year-old girl who has just moved to Tokyo to live with her aunt. In the manga she is more overreactive and easily excited. She had been living with her grandparents in Wakayama while she went to elementary school, but saved her money so she could afford to go to middle school in Tokyo. She worries about the fact that she is small and unathletic, and is sometimes mistaken for an elementary school student. She sees Angelic Layer as a way to prove that there is nothing wrong with being small. She started playing Angelic Layer after seeing the white angel Athena on a video screen outside of Tokyo Station (she was unaware that she was seeing her own mother’s angel). Her angel is Hikaru, and she is known as the “Miracle Rookie”. She is nicknamed Misakichi by her friend Tamayo.
In volume 7 of the manga Chobits, she is seen with Minoru and two other visitors at the hospital visiting Kaede.

Ichiro “Icchan” Mihara

nicknames himself Icchan to hide his true identity from Misaki. He is 28 years old and often acts eccentric, spontaneous, and immature for his age. He often jumps out of random places, shouting “Icchan go BOOM!”, to scare Misaki and Ogata. He is ingenious and dead serious when it comes to Angelic Layer. In the manga, Icchan is the president of the Piffle Company, creators of the Angelic Layer toys. In the anime, Icchan is the “father” and creator of Angelic Layer, having developed the game over seven years with the help of Shuko Suzuhara. Icchan was an employee at a hospital that was trying to treat Shuko’s neurological condition. They were developing the angels as part of their research into creating prosthetic limbs which could be controlled by brain waves. When the research funding was cut off, Icchan and Shuko created Angelic Layer in order to help fund further research.
According to volumes 7 and 8 of the Chobits manga, it is heavily implied that Icchan is the late husband of Chitose Hibiya and the creator of the persocoms. Since he and Hibiya could not have children, he made two special persocoms, the Chobits, to be their children. They were named Freya and Elda (later known as Chi). The Chobits were created using information gathered from the research performed for the Angelic Layer project. In the Chobits anime, Icchan only appears in one scene but is not explicitly named.
In a letter on Clamp’s website about Mugen no Yami – echo of the past, Clamp mentioned their “long time friend Ichirou Mihara”, who is the vice president of the video-game company Arika, so this is most likely the source of the character’s name.

Hatoko Kobayashi

is a 5-year-old known in the Angelic Layer world as the “Miracle Kindergartner”. She is Misaki’s best friend and Angelic Layer mentor. Even at a very young age, she is intelligent, mature, and hard-working. She is an expert at Angelic Layer, often winning her games in mere seconds. She wins all ten of her games at the Tokyo prefecture games, and is the defending champion of the Kantō regional games. She is fiercely competitive, and often works to increase her angel’s speed and power. She likes to poke fun at her brother Kotaro for his apparent ineptness when it comes to his crush on Misaki. Hatoko treats Misaki like her student rather than her nee-chan (sister). Hatoko’s angel is Suzuka.

Kotaro Kobayashi

is a 13-year-old middle school classmate of Misaki, whom he has a crush on, and Hatoko’s elder brother. He is always being assaulted by Tamayo and her various martial arts techniques, of which he has been a victim since he was four years old. He becomes jealous of Ohjiro’s advances towards Misaki, going so far as to try to attempt to play a quasi-match of Angelic Layer against Ohjiro, despite the fact that he had never played it before. His family owns a karate dojo. Kotaro has practiced karate himself, showing Misaki some of his knowledge in hopes that Misaki can use it to help Hikaru win. In the manga, he and Misaki fall in love and date. He resembles Hiromu Shinbo from Chobits.

Tamayo Kizaki

is 13 years old, and is a friend and classmate of Misaki. She nicknames Misaki “Misakichi” and is rather eccentric. One of her favorite activities is practicing her martial arts techniques on her unwilling friend, Kotaro. She always cheers for Misaki at Angelic Layer matches and defends her against those who question her ability. In the anime, it is revealed that Tamayo has always held intimate feelings for Kotaro, while in the manga, she only sees him as a close friend. She offers to be Misaki’s “second” in her national game match against the Angelic Layer Company’s angel when Hatoko is ill. Misaki accepts Ohjiro’s offer instead.

  • The martial arts Tamayo has mastered are wrestling, karate, K-1, kenpō, boxing, judo, capoeira, and taekwondo.
  • In the anime she ends up with Kotaro after telling him how she feels. In the manga, Tamayo falls in love with Ohjiro Mihara.

Ohjiro Mihara

is 15 years old and is Icchan’s younger step-brother. He has been involved with Angelic Layer for many years, in large part because it was what brought him and Icchan together after their parents married. Ohjiro competes in Kobe, and was the champion of the Kansai Regional games, as well as being the runner-up in the national tournament for two consecutive years.In the manga he is reassuringly asking what color are Misaki panties then running away. He has a desperate desire to defeat Shuko Suzuhara’s angel, Athena, to get over a childhood crush he had on her. His angel is Wizard. In the anime, he falls in love with Misaki.

Shoko Asami

is Misaki’s aunt and Shuko’s younger sister. She is 26 years old. Her hairstyle bears a resemblance to that of Takako Shimizu in Chobits. She demands that Misaki and her friends call her “Miss Shoko” instead of “aunt” (“obasan” in Japanese) because she is still “an attractive young newscaster.” She often covers Angelic Layer events for the local news station, where she works. Misaki lives with Shoko when she moves to Tokyo.

Shuko Suzuhara

is Misaki’s mother and Shoko’s elder sister. She is 31 years old. In the anime, it is explained that Shuko left Misaki at the age of five to be taken care of by her grandparents under the guise of work, when in reality she was going to Tokyo to search for a cure her neurological disease. This disease inhibits nerve signals from reaching to or from her legs. Ichiro Mihara was a doctor attempting to work with her to find a cure when the two started Angelic Layer as a way to do research and raise funds. Shuko, or “Shu” as she is called when playing Angelic Layer, is the undisputed champion with her angel Athena, having won the past three national championships. Over the past seven years, she has avoided meeting Misaki, as she is afraid of what Misaki would think of her. In the manga, Shuko has extreme anthropophobia / social anxiety disorder about socializing with those she loves. She works for the company behind Angelic Layer.

 

Film Friday- Love Hina

Film Friday- Love Hina

A twenty-four episode anime adaptation of the manga series, produced by Xebec, aired in Japan from April 19, 2000, to September 27, 2000. It was followed by a bonus DVD episode, Christmas and Spring television specials, and a three episode original video animation (OVA) entitled Love Hina Again. The anime series, special, and OVA were licensed for release in North America by Bandai Entertainment. In July 2007, the license was acquired by Funimation, who released a boxset of the television series in February 2009. The series is also licensed in Australia by Madman Entertainment and in the United Kingdom by MVM Films.

In Japan, the television series was released on nine DVDs by Starchild Records between August 3, 2000 and April 2, 2001, and sold over 1 million copies. Love Hina is credited with being one of the first anime series to be available unofficially as a digitally produced fansub, with multiple groups working on the series. The popularity, and widespread availability of the series in this form meant that several potential licensors of the series such as ADV Films had concerns over licensing the series. The series was later licensed in North America by Bandai Entertainment, who released six DVDs between February 19 and November 19, 2002. In July 2007, Funimation Entertainment announced they had acquired the license to the series after Bandai’s license had expired. A new boxset of the television series across 4 discs was released by Funimation on February 24, 2009. It was then re-released as part of Funimation’s Viridian Collection on July 27, 2010. In the United Kingdom, the series is licensed by MVM Films, who released the series on six DVDs between September 6, 2004 and March 7, 2005, and as a boxset on May 14, 2007. In Australia and New Zealand the series is licensed by Madman Entertainment, who also released the series across six DVDs between September 18, 2002, and February 11, 2003. A box set was later released on December 3, 2003.

After the television series was completed, a Christmas special, Love Hina Xmas Eve: Silent Night, was produced and shown on December 25, 2000 on TV Tokyo. A DVD was released in Japan on July 4, 2001. It was then released in North America on December 3, 2002 and in the United Kingdom on November 7, 2005. The Spring Special Love Hina Spring Special: I Wish Your Dream was also shown on TV Tokyo on April 2, 2001. The DVD was released in Japan on August 1, 2001, in North American on March 18, 2003 and in the United Kingdom on May 16, 2005. Finally, an OVA series called Love Hina Again was released on DVD in Japan in 3 parts between January 26, 2002 and March 27, 2002. A CD single featuring the opening theme “Kirari Takaramono” and the ending theme “Be for Me, Be for You” was released on February 28, 2002. A solo version was used for the first episode, and a duet with Yūji Ueda was used for the third episode. The North American and United Kingdom releases of Love Hina Again grouped the 3 parts together on one disc and were released on September 2, 2003 and January 7, 2008 respectively.
After the end of the television series, Love Hina Final Selection was released, containing a summary of the series and “Love Live Hina”, a live concert featuring all of the main cast members.
The anime was later used as the source for a film comic, Love Hina Anime Comics, which told the anime story in comic form using stills from the show as the comic panels. The anime Comics series follows the story of the television series, unaired 25th episode, and the Xmas and Spring specials and each volume contains 3 exclusive trading cards. The film comics also contain anime production info.

Keitaro Urashima

is a 19/20-year-old second-year ronin studying to enter Tokyo University. As a child, the young Keitaro made a promise with a girl, based on a story the children overheard that two people who love each other will live “happily ever after” if they enter ‘Todai’. Keitaro is set on gaining entrance to Todai to fulfill the promise he made to his childhood friend, even though he cannot properly remember either her name or her face. Later, in volume 13, it is revealed that Todai may not even refer to Tokyo University after all.

After failing to pass the entrance exams on his second attempt Keitaro’s parents seem either unwilling, or unable, to let him continue living at home while he studies. He then receives a call from his grandmother. As a result, he travels to “Hinata Inn”, a hotel owned by his grandmother to find a place to stay and study. Following a misunderstanding where the residents believe him to be a burglar and peeping tom, Keitaro discovers the hotel is now a female-only dormitory.

To compound the confusion, Keitaro’s Aunt Haruka mistakenly assumes he has passed the entrance exams and is already a Todai student; consequently the residents agree he can stay. When he fails to correct her and is discovered to be lying, he is forced to leave until Haruka announces that the deeds to the inn have been transferred to Keitaro by his grandmother: Keitaro is, in fact, the new landlord.

Naru Narusegawa 

is a 17-year-old, just about to graduate from high school, and a resident of the Hinata Inn. She is very intelligent, having placed top in the nation in the college practice entrance exams at their cram school. She is popular, beautiful but constantly tries to hide this as she studies to gain entrance to Todai. However, she has an extremely fiery temper and has a tendency to inflict violent physical punishment (mostly on Keitaro). She arrived at the Hinata Inn as a result (she believes) of her friendship with Kitsune, who introduced her to Granny Hina. At that stage she does not remember staying at the Hinata Inn as a very young child.

Of all the girls at the Hinata Inn, she is most often the unwilling and unwitting victim of Keitaro’s clumsiness, which often results in her ending up naked, partially clothed, or placed in any number compromising positions. Keitaro invariably suffers as a result.

Despite initially taking a (literally) violent dislike to Keitaro, she comes to develop very strong feelings for him. The main part of her character arc is that she has great difficulty in admitting these feelings, both to herself, to the hopeless Keitaro and to the world in general. Due to this she often becomes annoyed or irritated with Keitaro when she believes he is not taking things seriously. Naru had repeatedly denied having feelings for Keitaro even when asked. Naru while speaking to Mutsumi has said “What could you possibly see in a guy like that? You probably don’t know this Mutsumi-san but he’s clumsy, stupid, and a total pervert that has no redeeming qualities whatsoever!”. She also says to Kanako she would definitely spy on him or sabotage any dates he did get but finds the idea of dating him herself disgusting. This comment and similar situations are played for laughs. When they do date, she hits Keitaro occasionally.. Like Keitaro, she strives to get into Tokyo University for two reasons: the first is a promise she made to her one-time tutor (and object of an enormous crush) Noriyasu Seta, the second is the dimly recalled promise made to someone whose name and face she cannot remember.

Film Friday- Soul Eater

Film Friday- Soul Eater

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

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

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

Maka Albarn

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

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

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

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

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

Soul “Eater” Evans

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

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

 

Film Friday- Overlord

Film Friday- Overlord

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

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

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

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

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

Great Tomb of Nazarick

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

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

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

 

Film Friday- The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

Film Friday- The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.

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

Anime

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

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

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

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

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

Video games

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

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

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

Live-action film

PK Academy

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

Film Friday- Toriko

Film Friday- Toriko

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

Films

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

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

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

Anime

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

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

Setting

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

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

Main characters

Toriko

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

Komatsu

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

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

 

Film Friday- Gunparade March

Film Friday- Gunparade March

The anime, Gunparade March: The New March, which was produced by J.C.Staff was broadcast on MBS from 6 February 2003 to 23 April 2003. It is licensed for distribution in the United States by Media Blasters as simply “Gunparade March”. A spin-off, Gunparade Orchestra, produced by Brain’s Base, was aired from 5 October 2005 to 29 March 2006. A trilogy of games, the Gunparade Orchestra Trilogy, were released for Playstation 2 in 2006.

Gunparade Orchestra

The story focuses and revolves around the 108th Guard Squad, stationed in Aomori, Aomori. A poorly equipped unit with very little military standing, it is often viewed as a ‘reject camp’ for pilots not making the grade for the elite units based in Hokkaido. The apparent helpless nature of this force is hardly a deterrent for the encroaching enemy armies, ever closing in on both the 108th and the rest of the empire. The young pilots of the 108th, who had dreamed on returning home, are plunged forcefully and unwillingly into a war.

Characters

Atsushi Hayami 
Atsushi is the main protagonists of the story and an HWT pilot. Hayami is probably one of the most shy and naive characters in Gunparade March. His personality renders him to be dubbed a “goof” among his colleagues and become somewhat an interest for several of the female characters. When he meets Mai, he develops an interest for her and gradually becomes infatuated with her. However, his timidity prevents him from admitting his true feelings and publicly, he considers her as a “good partner on the job”. As an HWT pilot, his attributes are quite balanced and this caused him to be teamed with Mai for piloting the two-seater “Tandem” HWT. However, Hayami tends to be nervous during battles and has the habit of messing up. He also seems to be well aware of the concept that the Genjyu feed upon Human’s fear and hatred for them which causes them to attack. This is shown when he elaborates a fairy tale (it is speculated that a fairy tale can bring one’s childhood innocence back which eliminates most of one’s hatred and fear) aloud while carrying Mai to a safe area when they were stranded in a forest full of Genjyu and the Genjyu were rendered motionless. Later on, the whole platoon tried to pair Mai and Hayami up by setting false tasks and trying to trap them into admitting each others true feelings. It initially appeared to be successful until Hayami’s naive personality ended the operation in failure. During the New Year’s Eve of 2001, Hayami admitted love to Mai and still pilots the Tandem with her.
Mai Shibamura
Mai is the main heroine of the story and an HWT pilot. Mai was a transfer pilot to the 5121st Platoon. She initially separated herself from everyone in the division but formed a friendship with Nonomi and eventually, the whole female crew of the platoon. She first saves Mibuya and Hayami when they were in the effective range of the PBE. Afterwards, she gained the gratitude of Hayami and a slight rivalry with Mibuya. Her skills as an HWT pilot are at near perfection. However, her teamwork is as relatively poor as her communication skills. Later on, Mai reveals that is the daughter of the head of Shibamura Industries. Despite that, she tries to lead a normal life and care for Nonomi, thinking she is responsible for her condition. When Hayami and Mai were stranded, she revealed why she came to join the army despite her status as being the daughter of the head of Shibamura. When she was in her old high school, she became infatuated with an elite HWT pilot but never admitted her feelings to him as he died fighting the Genjyu. Holding a grudge against the Genjyu, she trained to be an elite pilot and was eventually transferred to the 5121st platoon. After Hayami saves her, Mai begins to be infatuated with him but again, she is too shy to admit her true feelings to him.

Film Friday- Tokyo Ghoul

Film Friday- Tokyo Ghoul

A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by studio Pierrot aired on Tokyo MX between July 4, 2014, and September 19, 2014. A 12-episode second season, Tokyo Ghoul √A (pronounced Tokyo Ghoul Root A), which follows an original story, began airing on January 9, 2015, and concluded on March 27, 2015. In North America, Viz Media is publishing the manga while Funimation has licensed the anime series for streaming and home video distribution.

A live-action film based on the manga was released in Japan on July 29, 2017. An anime adaptation based on the sequel manga Tokyo Ghoul:re began airing from April 3, 2018, and concluded on December 25, 2018, with the series being split into two seasons.

Anime

A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by Pierrot aired on Tokyo MX between July 4 and September 19, 2014. It also aired on TV Aichi, TVQ, TVO, AT-X, and Dlife. The opening theme song is “Unravel” by TK from Ling tosite Sigure and the ending theme is “The Saints” by People in the Box. Funimation has licensed the anime series in North America. A second season, titled Tokyo Ghoul √A (read as “Root A”), aired in Japan between January 9 and March 27, 2015. The opening theme song is “Munou” by Österreich, while the ending theme is “Kisetsu wa Tsugitsugi Shinde Iku”  by Amazarashi. On March 10, 2017, it was announced that the anime will premiere on Adult Swim’s Saturday late-night action programming block, Toonami starting on March 25. Madman Entertainment announced that they had licensed the series in Australia and New Zealand, and simulcasted it on AnimeLab. Anime Limited licensed the series in the UK and Ireland, and later announced during MCM London Comic-Con that the series will be broadcast on Viceland UK.

An anime adaptation for Tokyo Ghoul:re was announced on October 5, 2017, and started airing on April 3, 2018. Toshinori Watanabe replaced Shuhei Morita as the director, while Chūji Mikasano returned to write scripts. Pierrot produced the animation, while Pierrot+ is credited for animation assistance. Atsuko Nakajima replaced Kazuhiro Miwa as the character designer. The opening theme of the first season is “Asphyxia” by Cö shu Nie and the ending theme is “Half” by Queen Bee. The series aired in two seasons, with the first 12 episodes airing from April 3, 2018, to June 19, 2018, and second season airing from October 9, 2018, to December 25, 2018. The opening theme of the second season is “Katharsis” by TK from Ling tosite Sigure, and the ending theme of the second season is “Rakuen no Kimi” by Österreich.

Live action film

A live-action film based on the manga was released in Japan on July 29, 2017. Kentarō Hagiwara directed the film. The cast included Masataka Kubota for the role of protagonist Ken Kaneki and Fumika Shimizu for the role of Touka Kirishima. Yū Aoi was cast as Rize Kamishiro, Nobuyuki Suzuki played Kotaro Amon and Yo Oizumi played Kureo Mado. A sequel film titled Tokyo Ghoul S is scheduled for release in Japan on July 19, 2019, with Maika Yamamoto replacing Fumika Shimizu as Touka Kirishima, and Shota Matsuda joining the cast as Shuu Tsukiyama.

Main Characters

Ken Kaneki
The main protagonist of the story, Ken Kaneki is a nineteen-year-old black haired university freshman that receives an organ transplant from Rize, who was trying to kill him before she was struck by a fallen I-beam and seemingly killed. After the operation Kaneki develops ghoul-like tendencies and characteristics, and his rationality begins to wane. As one that now doesn’t belong to humans or ghouls he struggles to keep his ghoul identity secret, always fighting against his ghoul side while trying to continue to live like a normal human. He later works as a waiter for Anteiku under Yoshimura’s guidance. After his fight with a CCG investigator named Amon he gains the name Eye Patch because of his mask’s design and becomes somewhat famous after a ghoul saw him defeating the investigator. He loves to read and is normally quiet and reserved but can also be calculating when fighting. He has a bad trait of easily trusting strangers which sometimes puts him in life-threatening situations. After being kidnapped by the ghoul run organization known as Aogiri Tree, he is mercilessly tortured by a sadistic ghoul named Yakumo Ōmori (Yamori), and later develops similar traits to his torturer. While being tortured he has hallucinations of Rize in which she mocks him about his mother, leading to him finally embracing his inner ghoul. In the manga at chapter 61, Kaneki’s hair slowly changes color from black to white. In the anime, Tokyo ghoul, his hair changes instantly after eating Rize and accepting his ghoul side. He then goes on and eats his torturer, Yakumo Ōmori. His view on strength changes and he goes on a power hungry path by cannibalizing other ghouls in order to get stronger. The continued cannibalization led him to become a half kakuja, where he develops a centipede shaped kagune and gains the alias Centipede. After the incident at Kanō’s Lab, Kaneki begins to regret this path and begins reflecting on his actions and motives.
After being defeated and captured by Arima, Ken loses his memories and is given the new identity of Haise Sasaki, member and ace of the Mado Squad, and mentor of the Quinx Squad, a special unit composed of artificial ghouls. Despite having a new identity, Haise still retains some traits from his former self, like the love for reading and the determination to protect his companions with his life. When pressured to the limit, Haise has glimpses of his former self and unlocks his powers as a ghoul, forcing the CCG to strike him with RC suppressors to calm him down. Haise usually has an internal conflict with his past self, fearing that one day he would lose his current life with all his new friends and personality, which intensifies as he obtains more information about his former life until the raid at the Tsukiyama Headquarters, when he finally regains his memories and accepts his identity as Kaneki, not only showing a ruthless demeanor when facing his enemies, but a cold attitude toward his current and former allies as well. Haise’s achievements allow him to quickly climb among the CCG’s ranks, being promoted to First Class after the raid at the human auction and receiving a special promotion to Associate Special Class after single-handedly driving away the One-Eyed Owl during the raid at the Tsukiyama Headquarters, becoming known as the Black Reaper, until he betrays the CCG to help Tōka rescue Hinami from the Cochlea, releasing the other ghouls imprisoned there in the occasion. After Kaneki defeats Arima, he claims for himself the title of One-Eyed King, who according to Eto, has the potential to break the current status quo between ghouls and humans. For that purpose, he assembles the surviving members of Aogiri, the inmates from Cochlea rescued by him, several rogue CCG Investigators, and his old friends from Anteiku into a new organization called “Black Goat” which hopes to bring peace between humans and ghouls. After his fight with Juzo, he lost all his limbs and after all of his personalities argue about what to do, he consumes all the oggai squad (a new group of artificial ghouls made by Kano) and becomes a giant mass of kagune. He was later rescued by Tōka and the members of the Quinx squad. After regaining consciousness, he reunited with his best friend, Hideyoshi, whom he thought was dead.
Touka Kirishima
An eighteen-year-old ghoul of the 20th ward, Touka works part-time as a waitress in Anteiku and attends high school. She blends in well with human society and believes that keeping one’s ghoul identity is of top most priority. She is a cold and highly aggressive person, stemming from the fugitive life she had to live after CCG killed her father when she was very young. She is very dangerous and a powerful fighter who is more than a match for either Shū Tsukiyama or Nishiki Nishio on even grounds, though not nearly as strong as Renji. She reluctantly became Kaneki’s guide to the ghoul world and his training partner, although she doesn’t like Kaneki much and has no qualms expressing her dislike towards him. She later comes to be known as Rabbit after her attack on some investigators, killing one of them in the process. She takes up the role as Hinami’s guardian after her parents are killed by investigators and is fiercely protective of her. Touka is also shown to be self-aware, as after she killed an investigator that was involved in the murder of Hinami’s mother, she admits that a murderer such as herself deserved to die because killing for revenge is wrong. Despite her overall harsh personality and lack of kindness or empathy, she takes her job as a part of the Anteiku stability team very seriously. She also has a younger brother whom she raised before they both started to live in the 20th ward; her brother later joined Aogiri Tree because he did not like her peaceful way of living. Later on, Touka has revealed to Yoshimura that she has an interest in biology, particularly where humans and ghouls are concerned, and expressed that she would want to be a teacher in the future. After the time-skip, she is seen running a new coffee shop called “:re” with Renji. Touka also appears to have matured some in that she is calmer and has a less aggressive demeanor than in her teenage years. She is fully aware of Kaneki’s new identity, but is unwilling to force him to remember his past, although she admits that she is ready to support him should it happens and he decides to reunite with her, which he does once he defects from the CCG, mending their relationship and later becoming lovers. After consummating their relationship, it is later revealed that Touka is pregnant with their child and they got married.
Rize Kamishiro
Rize was a girl with glasses that Ken encountered who tried to eat him after luring him out on a date with her. Parts of her body are transplanted into Ken after she is struck by fallen iron construction parts. Before the construction incident, Rize was a member of V, assigned to breed with the members of the Washū family, but escaped with Furuta’s help. She was a very powerful, fearless and merciless ghoul, often preventing other ghouls from hunting in areas which she stole from them. She came to the 20th ward after wreaking havoc in the 11th ward, attracting the CCG Investigators to it. Before leaving, she killed the ghouls that were in charge and caused a shift in power. She is known as the “Binge Eater” by investigators and like Ken, she was very fond of reading. Originally believed to be killed during her encounter with Ken, it is later revealed that she is still alive and her body was used to produce materials for Ghoul/Human experiments by Dr. Kanō, with Ken’s transformation into a ghoul being the result of one of them. She is later rescued by Yomo. However, she is captured by Nimura Furuta and subsequently merged with the Dragon. She is eventually killed by Kaneki in his attempt to put an end to the Dragon’s rampage over Tokyo.
Shū Tsukiyama
A troublesome ghoul of the 20th ward with a well-known reputation: ghouls wouldn’t even get involved with him. He is known as the “Gourmet” by investigators and is one of the most difficult ghouls to capture, especially because he hails from a powerful and rich family of ghouls with connections in the government. He is a part of the “Ghoul Restaurant” under the alias MM. He is a very powerful, cunning, smug, and fashionable ghoul and was also an acquaintance of Rize. Like both Ken and Rize, he is an avid reader. He sometimes says words or phrases in either English, Spanish, French or Italian, and develops an obsession for Ken because of his seemingly unique quality of being human and ghoul. He is very athletic and proficient in martial arts. After being a part of Kaneki’s team post-Aogiri he considers himself Kaneki’s best friend; at this point it was never clear if he had truly seen Kaneki as more than just food. After the time-skip, Shū gets devastated with Kaneki’s disappearance until he is informed of his new identity as Haise and starts conspiring to have him remember his past, until his family’s secret is exposed and his entire clan is put on the CCG’s hit list. He is cornered by Kaneki, who apparently attacks him without mercy, but does not give him a fatal blow, allowing him to escape and be rescued by Chie, Yomo, and Tōka. He later helps out Naki and Miza Kusakari as they are being attacked by investigators.

 

Film Friday- Maria Holic

Film Friday- Maria Holic

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

Anime

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

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

Characters

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