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Manga Monday- Assassination Classroom

Manga Monday- Assassination Classroom

Assassination Classroom is a Japanese comic science fiction manga series written and illustrated by Yūsei Matsui. The series was serialized on Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from July 2012 to March 2016 and is licensed in English by Viz Media. The series follows the daily lives of an extremely powerful octopus-like creature who also works as a junior high homeroom teacher, and his students dedicated to the task of assassinating him to prevent Earth from being destroyed. The students are considered “misfits” in their school and are taught in a separate building, the class he teaches is called 3-E. As of July 2016, twenty-one tankōbon volumes have been released in Japan with a circulation of 20 million copies.

The series began serialisation in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on July 2, 2012. The first collected tankōbon volume was published on November 2, 2012. The initial print run for the first volume was 300,000, but after several reprints over 1 million copies were printed. Volume 20 was released on June 3, 2016. 10 million copies are in circulation. A VOMIC (voiced comic) version, which added voice clips to the manga pages, was featured on the Sakiyomi Jan Bang! variety show between January and June 2013. The series has been licensed in English by Viz Media, who began releasing the series in physical and digital editions from December 2014. The series ended on March 16, 2016 with 180 chapters.

A spin-off manga, titled Koro Sensei Quest, is being written and illustrated by Kizuku Watanabe and Jō Aoto, and began serialization in Shueisha’s Saikyō Jump magazine on October 2, 2015.

Reception

Over one million copies of volume 1 have been printed, and individual volumes frequently appeared on the lists of best-selling manga in Japan. Volumes 2, 3, 4, 1, 5, and 6 placed 26th, 32nd, 36th, 37th, 41st, and 50th respectively on the list of the best-selling manga volumes of 2013, making it the seventh best-selling manga series in Japan of 2013 with 4.5 million copies sold. It was ranked second in Zenkoku Shotenin ga Eranda Osusume Comic 2013, a 2013 ranking of the top 15 manga recommended by Japanese bookstores. It was nominated for the 6th Manga Taishō. It placed second in male-oriented comics category on the list of “Book of the Year” by Media Factory and manga news magazine Da Vinci. Nippon Shuppan Hanbai elected it the best work of 2013 in their “Recommended Comic Books Across the Country Clerk’s Choice”. It was number one on the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey by Takarajimasha.

In February 2015, Asahi Shimbun announced that Assassination Classroom was one of nine nominees for the nineteenth annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.

Plot

Earth is threatened by an enormously powerful monster who apparently destroyed 70% of the Moon, leaving it permanently shaped like a crescent. The monster claims that within a year he will destroy the planet, but he offers mankind a chance to avert this fate. In class 3-E, the End Class of Kunugigaoka Junior High School, he starts working as a homeroom teacher where he teaches his students regular subjects, as well as the ways of assassination. The Japanese government promises a reward of ¥10 billion (i.e. 100 million USD) to whoever among the students succeeds in killing the monster, whom they have named “Koro-sensei” Korosensē, a pun on korosenai (unkillable) and sensei (teacher)). However, this proves to be an almost impossible task, as not only does he have several superpowers at his disposal, including the capacity of moving at Mach 20, but he is also the best teacher they’ve ever had, helping them to improve their grades, individual skills, and prospects for the future.

As the series goes on, the entire situation gets even more complicated as other assassins come after Koro-sensei’s life, some coveting the reward, others for personal reasons. The students eventually learn the secrets involving him, the Moon’s destruction and his ties with their previous homeroom teacher, including the true reason why he must be killed before the end of the school year. The series is narrated by Nagisa Shiota, one of the pupils in the class whose main strategy in killing Koro-sensei is making a list of all his weaknesses. At first, Nagisa appears to be one of the weaker members of Class 3-E, but he later emerges as one of the most skillful assassins in the class.

 

Wednesday News- February 13, 2019

Wednesday News- February 13, 2019

Code Geass Ads Explain the Whole Story in 1-Minute Bites- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-02-12/code-geass-ads-explain-the-whole-story-in-1-minute-bites/.143282

The List: 6 Times Evolution Went Horribly Wrong- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2019-02-09/.143220

Shelf Life: King’s Game- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2019-02-11/.143287

Psychedelica of the Black Butterfly Game Gets Steam Release- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-02-12/psychedelica-of-the-black-butterfly-game-gets-steam-release/.143320

Review: Apparently it’s My Fauly That My Husabd Has the Head of a Beast Novels 1-2- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/apparently-its-my-fault-that-my-husband-has-the-head-of-a-beast/novels-1-2/.142925

 

Manga Monday- Food Wars

Manga Monday- Food Wars

Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma is a Japanese shōnen manga series written by Yūto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki. Yuki Morisaki also works as a Contributor, providing the recipes for the series. Individual chapters have been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since November 26, 2012, with tankōbon volumes being released by Shueisha. As of May 2018, 29 volumes have been released in Japan. The series is licensed by Viz Media, who has been releasing the volumes digitally since March 18, 2014, and released the first volume in print on August 5, 2014.

Manga

The manga began as a one-shot in Shueisha’s Weekly Shounen Jump in April 2012 and then began as a series in November 2012. The first tankōbon volume was published on April 4, 2013. As of October 2018, thirty-one volumes have been published. Viz Media has licensed the manga for North America and published the first volume on August 5, 2014.

Plot

Teenager Soma Yukihira aspires to become a full-time chef in his father Joichiro’s family restaurant and surpass his father’s culinary skills, but Joichiro gets a new job that requires him to travel around the world, and closes his shop. Joichiro has Soma enroll in Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute, an elite culinary school where students engage in food competitions called shokugeki (anime: food war). He secures himself a spot at the school, despite the objections of Erina Nakiri, the talented granddaughter of the school’s dean. Soma is assigned to Polaris Dormitory where he meets other aspiring chefs, including Megumi Tadokoro. The story follows his adventures as he interacts with his peers and challenges Totsuki’s students as well as others in shokugeki competitions. Learning that his father was not only a student of Totsuki, but also the second seat in the Council of Ten; Soma plans on becoming the best at the academy.

Soma and the other first-year students participate in a cooking camp judged by the school’s alumni that expels about a third of the entering class. He enters the Fall Classic, a competition that takes the top 60 first-year students, pares them down to eight students who then compete in a single elimination tournament. The first-years then participate in week-long stagiaire internships at local restaurants, as well as a large-scale school-wide Moon Festival. When Erina’s father Azami takes over the school, Soma and Erina form a rebel faction to challenge the establishment.

Characters and Setting

The series is set mainly at Totsuki Saryo Culinary Institute, an elite culinary school located in Tokyo, Japan, which only a handful of students graduate each year. Its students mostly come from Totsuki’s junior high school, but transfers are taken provided they pass the entrance exam. The campus is a wide-ranging resort with many research societies (clubs); cooking classrooms, and large arenas used for competitions. Housing varies, but the most affordable is the Polaris Dormitory, where characters have to impress the dorm matron with a dish in order to secure residence. Totsuki also runs a chain of resort hotels; with the biggest being the Totsuki resort; run by Gin Dojima, which is visited during the course of Soma’s first year at Totsuki.

The top student chefs occupy seats on the Council of Ten Masters. Students can initiate a shokugeki with any other student or alumni; a cooking fight with stipulations on the line. Battles fought in this way could be for cooking utensils, research society facilities, council membership, or even expulsion from the school.

Reception

It was number twelve on the 2014 Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Male Readers survey and it was number three in the Nationwide Bookstore Employees’ Recommended Comics of 2014. The Anime News Network gave the anime series a B; citing the art as being very good, and that Soma is a very likeable protagonist. They however opined that the amount of fanservice might put some readers off, and considered some instances of fanservice uncomfortable and unnecessary.

Volume 1 has sold 139,657 copies as of April 28, 2013; volume 2 has sold 176,682 copies as of June 16, 2013; volume 3 has sold 238,590 copies as of August 18, 2013, volume 4 has sold 252,975 copies, as of September 22, 2013; volume 5 has sold 271,570 copies as of December 22, 2013; volume 6 has sold 277,726 copies as of February 23, 2014; and volume 7 has sold 279,364 copies as of April 20, 2014. As of May 2, 2018, it was revealed that the manga had 14 million copies in print.

 

Wednesday News- February 6, 2019

Wednesday News- February 6, 2019

Crunchyroll Adds Pastel Momories, BanG Dream! Season 2, ‘How clumsy you are, Miss Ueno.’ Anime – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-02-04/crunchyroll-adds-pastel-memories-bang-dream-season-2-how-clumsy-you-are-miss-ueno-anime/.142956

The List: 7 Anime for Grown-up Romantics – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2019-02-02/.142905

Vic Mignogna Replaced in Morose Mononokean English Dub Cast (Update) – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-02-05/vic-mignogna-replaced-in-morose-mononokean-english-dub-cast/.143026

Samurai Warriors 4 DX PS4, Switch Game’s 2nd Promo Video Streamed –https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-02-04/samurai-warriors-4-dx-ps4-switch-game-2nd-promo-video-streamed/.142986

The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince Game’s Clip Shows Princess Guiding Prince – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-02-04/the-liar-princess-and-the-blind-prince-game-clip-shows-princess-guiding-prince/.142984

Anime

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

Manga

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

Other

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

 

Manga Monday- Fruits Basket

Manga Monday- Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket, sometimes abbreviated Furuba, or Furuba, is a Japanese shōjo manga series written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya. It was serialized in the semi-monthly Japanese magazine Hana to Yume, published by Hakusensha, from 1998 to 2006. The series tells the story of Tohru Honda, an orphan girl who, after meeting Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Sohma, learns that twelve members of the Sohma family are possessed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac and are cursed to turn into their animal forms when they are weak, stressed, or when they are embraced by anyone of the opposite sex that is not possessed by a zodiacal spirit. The title comes from the name of a popular game played in Japanese elementary schools, which is alluded to in the series.

Manga

The 136 chapters of Fruits Basket were originally serialized in Japan by Hakusensha in Hana to Yume from July 1998 to November 2006. These were collected in 23 tankōbon volumes, with the final volume published in Japan on March 19, 2007.

The series is licensed in English in North America and the United Kingdom by Tokyopop and in Singapore by Chuang Yi. The Singapore edition is licensed to be imported to Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment. All 23 English-language volumes have been released in North America and Singapore. In addition, Tokyopop released a box set containing the first four volumes in October 2007, and started re-releasing earlier volumes in “Ultimate Editions” combining two sequential volumes in a single larger hard-cover volume with new cover art. The first Ultimate Edition release met with mixed reviews, however, because they exactly reproduce the first two volumes without correcting changed page numbers or prior errors. As of June 2008, six Ultimate Editions have been released, covering the first twelve volumes of the series. After Tokyopop ceased publication, the series was re-licensed by Yen Press, with plans to release it as twelve omnibus editions corresponding Hakuensha’s collector’s editions.

Chuang Yi also publishes in Singapore a Simplified Chinese edition as well as English. In Europe, Fruits Basket is licensed in French by Delcourt, in Spanish by Norma Editorial, in Italian by Dynit, in Dutch by Glénat, in German and Swedish by Carlsen Comics, in Finnish by Sangatsu Manga, and in Polish by Japonica Polonica Fantastica, and in Danish by Mette Holm [Carlson Manga]. In Latin America, Editorial Vid has released the complete series in Mexico in Spanish, and Editora JBC has released the complete series in Portuguese in Brazil with the first volume released in April 2005.

On September 4, 2015, the first two volumes of Fruits Basket: Collector’s Edition were released in Japan under the Hana to Yume Comics Special imprint. It is to extend to twelve volumes in total. On the same day, a sequel series, Fruits Basket another, began serialization in HanaLaLaOnline. The series is planned to run for 2-3 volumes. Starting in June 2016, Fruits Basket: Collector’s Edition was released in English by Yen Press.

Plot

When high school student Tohru Honda’s mother dies in a car crash, Tohru decides to live with her grandfather. Renovations on the house and unsupportive and unkind family members cause her to move out of her grandfather’s house temporarily and, since she has nowhere else to go, Tohru begins living in a tent and supporting herself. That is, until she finds a home in the least likely of places, inhabited by her popular classmate Yuki Sohma and his cousin Shigure. The first day Tohru moves into the Sohma house, an orange haired teenager crashes through the roof of her new bedroom and starts attacking Yuki. This newcomer is Kyo, Yuki and Shigure’s aggressively angry cousin. Once Kyo loses quickly to Yuki, he tries to fight him again. When he’s about to attack, Tohru tries to stop him, but slips on an article of clothing, making her fall onto Kyo’s back. When this happens, Tohru discovers something big about the Sohmas.

The Sohmas live with a curse. Twelve members of the family (not including Kyo, who is the cat) are possessed by spirits of the Chinese zodiac and turn into their zodiac animal when they are weak, under stress, embarrassed, or when hugged by someone of the opposite sex.

When Tohru discovers the Sohmas’ secret, she promises not to tell and is allowed to keep living with them. Although the Sohmas’ curse is deeper and darker than Tohru realized, her presence and her acceptance of them soon becomes a large, positive influence on those possessed by the zodiac. She sets out to break the curse and, on the way, meets and discovers the Sohma’s vengeful zodiac spirits. Each has a different personality, just like the animals in the Chinese zodiac. One by one, Tohru’s existence changes the Sohma clan’s lives forever.

 

Wednesday News- January 30, 2019

Wednesday News- January 30, 2019

News: A Silent Voice Film Ships on BD/DVD in North America on April 2- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-01-29/a-silent-voice-film-ships-on-bd-dvd-in-n-america-on-april-2/.142475

Everything You Need to Know about MANGA Plus by Shueisha- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2019-01-27/everything-you-need-to-know-about-manga-plus-by-shueisha/.142401

Review: Tsurune: Kazemai Kōkō Kyūdō-bu Episodes 1-13 streaming- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/tsurune/kazemai-koko-kyudo-bu/episodes-1-13/.142628

Resident Evil 2 Remake Game Ships 3 Million Copies Worldwide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-01-29/resident-evil-2-remake-game-ships-3-million-copies-worldwide/.142710

Anime

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

Anime

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

Other

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

 

Manga Monday- Buso Renkin

Manga Monday- Buso Renkin

Buso Renkin is a manga series written and drawn by Nobuhiro Watsuki. It follows Kazuki Muto, who becomes an alchemical warrior in the battle against alchemical monsters known as homunculi. Watsuki envisioned the manga as his last shōnen manga, and then he tried to do as much as he could with that genre. It was serialized in Shueisha’s magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from June 2003 to April 2005. The individual chapters were republished by Shueisha in ten tankōbon volumes. The series has been licensed by Viz Media for North American release.
In Japan, the Buso Renkin manga has sold over 3 million volumes and was nominated for a Seiun Award. It received a mixed reception from manga and anime publications. Watsuki’s art received the most positive comments from reviewers, while other aspects of the manga, such as its action and characters, have divided critics’ opinions. The anime, which critics described as a generic shōnen fighting series, received mostly negative reception.

Manga

The chapters of Buso Renkin were written and illustrated by Nobuhiro Watsuki and were serialized in Shueisha’s shōnen magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from June 23, 2003, to April 25, 2005. Only the first 79 chapters were serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump; the final chapter was published in another magazine from Shueisha in two installments. Shueisha published the individual chapters in a series of ten tankōbon (collected volumes), which were released between January 5, 2004, and April 4, 2006. In North America, Viz Media released the manga’s ten tankōbon volumes between August 1, 2006, and February 5, 2008. The manga has been licensed in Brazil by Editora JBC, France by Glénat, in Germany by Tokyopop Germany, in Italy by Panini Comics, and in Spain by Planeta DeLibros.

Plot

The narrative of Buso Renkin follows Kazuki Muto, who saves Tokiko Tsumura and is killed by an alchemical monster known as a homunculus. Tokiko, an alchemist warrior, feels responsible and revives him by replacing his destroyed heart with a kakugane (核鉄). The kakugane is an alchemical device which, when activated, takes a weapon form based on its user’s personality, forming a buso renkin—the only thing that can destroy a homunculus. Kazuki creates his own buso renkin and joins Tokiko in the fight against the homunculi and their master, Koushaku Chouno. Chouno, who has renamed himself “Papillon”, is killed by Kazuki, but is later resurrected by the L.X.E., a humanoid homunculi group led by Chouno’s great-great-grandfather Bakushaku Chouno, now calling himself Dr. Butterfly. In various battles, Kazuki, Tokiko and Captain Bravo (their team leader) destroy most of the L.X.E.’s members. After learning that Dr. Butterfly believes him to be weak and useless, Papillon rebels against the L.X.E. and kills Dr. Butterfly.
Before his death, Dr. Butterfly drains the energy of the students at Kazuki’s school to heal and revive Victor, a being superior to humans and homunculi. Victor is confronted by Kazuki, but Victor is not interested in fighting and leaves. During the battle, however, Kazuki’s kakugane is revealed to be the same type as the Victor’s—a black kakugane created by the Alchemist Army as a prototype to the philosopher’s stone. The black kakugane absorbs human life forces; to prevent this from happening, Kazuki’s death is ordered by the Alchemist Army. Captain Bravo tries to kill Kazuki, but Tokiko finds him alive. A team is commissioned to confirm Kazuki’s death, but Kazuki, Tokiko and Gouta Nakamura (an Alchemist Warrior and former protégé of Tokiko’s) fight their way past the members of the Re-Extermination Squad. Later, Kazuki’s death is postponed because, as the Alchemists’ leader explains, their top priority is to defeat Victor.
Kazuki and Tokiko find the white kakugane, which can negate the effects of the black kakugane and is guarded by Victor’s daughter Victoria, who is herself a humanoid homunculus. During the Alchemist Army’s final battle against Victor, Kazuki applies the white kakugane to Victor, but it only weakens him. To protect humankind from both of them, Kazuki propels himself and Victor to the moon. Later, Papillion creates a white kakugane to heal Kazuki. The Alchemist Army rescues Kazuki, creates another white kakugane and restores Victor’s humanity. Reunited with his daughter, Victor asks the Alchemist Army to turn him into a homunculus and tells them that he and his daughter will lead all the homunculi to the moon. The Alchemist Army dedicates itself to research a way to revert homunculi back into humans, ending their war activities. All Warriors abdicate their kakugane. Kazuki and Tokiko return to their daily lives together while Papillon becomes an urban legend throughout Japan.

 

Wednesday News- January 23, 2019

Wednesday News- January 23, 2019

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

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

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

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

Anime

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

Manga

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

Other

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

 

Manga Monday- Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple

Manga Monday- Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple

Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple  is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Syun Matsuena. It was serialized in Shogakukan’s magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday from May 2002 to September 2014.
The manga is a remake of Tatakae! Ryōzanpaku Shijō Saikyō no Deshi, which was serialized in the monthly magazine Shōnen Sunday Super, publishing five tankōbon between 2000 and 2002.
The first tankōbon was published on August 9, 2002.

Manga

The manga series is written and illustrated by Syun Matsuena. It was serialized in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday from May 1, 2002 and finished on September 13, 2014. The manga is a remake of Tatakae! Ryōzanpaku Shijō Saikyō no Deshi, which was serialized in the monthly magazine Shōnen Sunday Super.
Shogakukan has released chapters in tankōbon format under Shōnen Sunday Comics imprint and as of now 61 volumes has been published. The first volume was published on August 9, 2002, and the latest on November 18, 2014. Shogakukan also released limited edition versions of several volumes beginning with volume 35. The series is licensed in France by Kurokawa.

Story

The story focuses on Kenichi Shirahama, a 15-year-old high school student and a long-time victim of bullying. At the beginning of the story, he befriends transfer student Miu Fūrinji; and desires to become stronger, he follows her to Ryōzanpaku, a dojo housing several masters of diverse martial arts, led by her grandfather Hayato Fūrinji. After learning basics from Miu, Kenichi overcomes a high-ranking member of the school’s karate club, and becomes a target for all the delinquents in the school. While initially training to protect himself, Kenichi eventually becomes a full disciple of Ryōzanpaku, and becomes enamored of Miu. Subsequently, Kenichi’s daily routine is divided between training under the six masters of Ryōzanpaku, and his fights against the members of ‘Ragnarok’, a gang of bullies trying alternately to recruit or to vanquish him. After Ragnarok is disbanded, Kenichi and Miu are targeted by Yomi, a group of disciples personally trained by a master of an organization rivaling Ryōzanpaku, Yami. While the masters of Ryōzanpaku and their allies follow the principle of always sparing their opponents’ lives (Katsujin-ken), the members of Yami believe that any means of defeating an opponent is valid, including murder (Satsujin-ken). In the struggle between the two factions, Kenichi, Miu, and their allies fight the members of Yomi, while his masters confront the members of Yami. The conflict between the two factions culminate with the final battle to stop Yami’s main objective, which is to usher a new era of chaos and warfare in the world, also known as “The Eternal Sunset”. Once the Eternal Sunset is prevented and their main leader is defeated, Yami and Yomi are disbanded as well. Kenichi then continues to train at Ryōzanpaku, and years later he becomes a famous novelist, but it’s hinted that he also becomes Miu’s husband and a martial arts master more powerful than her grandfather, the Elder, who had always sworn he would only allow Miu to marry someone capable of defeating him first.

Terminology

The series makes use of several in-universe concepts including:

Dou ()
The word “Dou” means motion. Users seem to rely heavily on instincts and brute strength when fighting; but Dou fighters have a technique of interpreting an opponent’s movements. According to James Shiba, a Dou fighter focuses on making their ki “explode” after channeling it through a target to deal damage. According to the manga, Apachai, Sakaki, and Miu are all Dou types.
Sei ()
The word “Sei” means silence. Users focus their attention on changes in the environment and react to imminent danger. These traits are evident in Kensei, Akisame, Hayato, and Kenichi. This principle requires calm and clarity of mind. Ryūto Asamiya also seems a fighter of the Sei class; but in an experiment conducted by his master Ogata, he tried to embody both Sei and Dou styles at the same time, incurring some damage to himself.
The Path of Asura
The path of the martial artist who pursues power in order to kill. Isshinsai Ogata walks this path and tries to convince Kenichi to follow him, with no success.
Killing Fist (殺人拳 Satsujin-ken)
Literally “the Death giving fist”: the belief that bare-handed martial arts were created as killing weapons. Despite this a follower is not obliged to kill an opponent. Yami embodies this principle.
Saving Fist (活人拳 Katsujin-Ken)
Literally “the Life giving fist”: the belief that bare-handed martial arts were created in defense of innocent lives. Its guidelines are ‘not to kill and not to be killed’. The masters of Ryozanpaku maintain this principle.

 

Wednesday News- January 16, 2019

Wednesday News- January 16, 2019

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

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