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Wednesday News- September 18, 2019

Wednesday News- September 18, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Anime

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

Manga

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

Other

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

 

Manga Monday- Ai Shite Knight

Manga Monday- Ai Shite Knight

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

Plot summary

“Ai Shite Knight” is set in Osaka and tells the story of Yaeko “Yakko” Mitamura, an 18-year-old girl working in her father’s Okonomiyaki restaurant. One day Yakko meets a little boy named Hashizo and his odd cat Juliano. Hashizo had lost both parents when still a baby and has been brought up by his elder brother Go. Go Kato is the lead singer of the emerging rock band “Bee Hive.” When Yakko meets Go and his friend and “Bee Hive” member Satomi Okawa, an unexpected series of events and a tangled romance unfold.

The main narrative of “Ai Shite Knight” is essentially a love story, but has interesting and innovative elements introduced to it by Kaoru Tada, most notably the portrayal of the Japanese music scene in the early ’80s. In creating characters such as Go, Satomi and their band “Bee Hive”, Tada was inspired by well-known bands of the time such as “The Stalin”, “Novela”, “Primadonna” and “44Magnum.” Tada also plays with sexual provocation and sexual ambiguity, mainly embodied by the character of “Kiss Relish” vocalist Kazuma Kataoka/Sheila, although these elements were considerably toned down in the anime version of the story.

 

Wednesday News- September 11, 2019

Wednesday News- September 11, 2019

Review: The Twelve Kingdoms The Complete Series Blu-ray – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/the-twelve-kingdoms/the-complete-series-blu-ray/.150674

Zenonzard The Animation Episode 1 Slated for January – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-09-10/zenonzard-the-animation-episode-1-slated-for-january/.150941

Funimation to Screen One Piece Stampede Film in U.S., Canada This Fall – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-09-10/funimation-to-screen-one-piece-stampede-film-in-u.s-canada-this-fall/.150948

Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Anime Premieres on October 12 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-09-10/sword-art-online-alicization-war-of-underworld-anime-premieres-on-october-12/.150939

Review: My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! GN 1 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/my-next-life-as-a-villainess/all-routes-lead-to-doom/gn-1/.150736

Anime

  • The Book of Bantorra Complete Collection BD
  • Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu Classics BD
  • Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid Classics BD
  • Infini-T Force Complete Series BD
  • Lord of Vermilion: The Crimson King BD
  • My First Girlfriend is a Gal Essentials BDP

Manga

  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest: Zero Graphic Novel (GN) 1P
  • Become You GN 1
  • The Brave-Tuber GN 1
  • Chio’s School Road GN 5
  • Edens Zero GN 4
  • Fate/Grand Order – mortalis:stella GN 1
  • Giant Killing GN 16P (Digital Only)
  • Hayate the Combat Butler GN 34
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord GN 5
  • Inside Mari GN 6
  • King’s Game GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • The Knight Cartoonist and Her Orc Editor GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Love Me, My Knight GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Mizukagekusa GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Mushoku Tensei: Roxy Gets Serious GN 2
  • My Boy GN 5
  • Pokémon Sun & Moon GN 5
  • Queen Bee GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Red Riding Hood’s Wolf Apprentice GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Splatoon GN 7
  • The Tenth Prism GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • There’s a Demon Lord on the Floor GN 7
  • Tokyo Revengers GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Yo-kai Watch GN 12P

Other

  • Cooking with Wild Game Novel 4 (Digital Only)
  • Daemon X Machina Switch Game
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Novel 10 (Digital Only)
  • Utawarerumono Zan PS4 Game

Manga Monday- Dororo

Manga Monday- Dororo

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

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

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

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

Dororo was first serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday between August 27, 1967 and July 22, 1968, before being cancelled. Parallel to the anime broadcast the manga was then moved and concluded in Akita Shoten’s Bōken’ō magazine, from May to October 1969. Akita Shoten published the manga in four tankōbon volumes between August 12, 1971 and May 20, 1972. As part of its Osamu Tezuka Manga Complete Works edition, Kodansha compiled the manga in four volumes published between March 12 and June 12, 1981. Akita Shoten republished the manga in a three-volume deluxe edition between August 23 and October 18, 1990, and a new three-volume bunkobon edition under its Akita Bunko imprint on March 28, 1994.

In 2008, Vertical Inc. released an English translation of Dororo in three volumes, published between April 29 and August 26. In 2009, it won the Eisner Award in the “Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Japan” division. In 2012, Vertical republished the manga in a single volume edition on March 20.

A remake manga illustrated by Satoshi Shiki entitled Dororo to Hyakkimaru-den started in the December issue of Akita Shoten’s Champion Red released on October 19, 2018. The first tankōbon volume was published on April 19, 2019.

Plot

Dororo revolves around a rōnin named Hyakkimaru and young orphan thief named Dororo  during the Sengoku period. The rōnin was born malformed, limbless and without facial features or internal organs. This was the result of his birth father daimyō Kagemitsu Daigō forging a pact with 48 sealed demons so that he might rule the land and increase its wealth and prosperity. In return, he promised the demons anything that they wanted which belonged to him. This enabled them to roam free and commit atrocities along the countryside.

After his mother Oku was forced to set him adrift on the river, lest he be killed by his father, the infant was subsequently found and raised by Jukai-sensei, a medicine man who used healing magic and alchemical methods to give the child prostheses crafted from the remains of children who had died in the war. The boy became nearly invincible against any mortal blow as a result of the prostheses and healing magic. Grafted into his left arm was a very special blade that a traveling storyteller presented to Jukai-sensei, believing it was fated to be within his possession given that ever since the boy had been discovered, the doctor had been visited by goblins. As revealed in a short tale about the blade’s origin, the blade had been forged out of vengeance to kill goblins as well as other supernatural entities.

After the sensei was forced to send him on his way because he was attracting demons, the young man learned from a ghostly voice of the curse that had been set upon him at birth and that by killing the demons responsible he could reclaim the stolen pieces of his body and thus regain his humanity. Across his travels, he earned the name “Hyakkimaru” among other names for his inhuman nature. On one such hunt of a demon, Hyakkimaru came across a young orphan thief named Dororo who thereafter travels by his side through the war-torn countryside. When Hyakkimaru met Dororo, he had already killed 15 demons.

Throughout their journey, Hyakkimaru killed 6 more demons, bringing the total to 21. Along the way, Hyakkimaru learns that Dororo was hiding a big secret. Dororo’s father, Bandit Hibukuro, hid money he saved up on his raids on Bone Cape to later be distributed to the people squeezed dry by the samurai. Itachi, a bandit who betrayed Hibukuro and sided with the authorities, crippled Hibukuro. Hibukuro escaped with limping legs, along with his wife and young Dororo. Hibukuro dies trying to let his family escape. Fearing that she will die, Dororo’s mother prayed to Buddha and, with her blood, drew the map that will lead him to Bone Cape. Three days later, she froze to death.

Itachi kidnapped Dororo and used the map on his back to lead them to Bone Cape. A mysterious boatman ferried them to the Cape but he had two demons sharks with him. One of the sharks ate half of Itachi’s bandits while the other shark left with the boatman. However, Dororo and the remaining bandits managed to kill the shark. When the boatman and the second shark returned, Dororo was able to separate the boatman and the shark. Hyakkimaru arrived to stab the shark in one of its eyes, but It escaped. They held the boatman prisoner and then they landed on Bone Cape.

The boatman told the thirsty bandits of a spring not too far from their camp and they went to drink, leaving Itachi, Dororo, the boatman and Hyakkimaru. Dororo later found their corpses and blood leading to the half-blind shark. Hyakkimaru killed the shark and the boatman, then recovered his real voice. Itachi went to search for the money but only found a letter from Hibukuro saying that he hid it somewhere else. The Magistrate arrived under the pretense of getting rid of the bandits but actually came for the treasure. Hyakkimaru, Dororo, and Itachi kill them, but Itachi was left for dead. Hyakkimaru and Dororo continued on their journey.

Sometime later Hyakkimaru learns that his father, Kagemitsu Daigo, was possessed by the 48 demons, and went to slay him. Things were going badly on the Daigo clan’s land and the citizens were forced to build a fort for him. The slaves were planning a rebellion but one of the slaves told Kagemitsu of their plans and he was prepared. His archers shot and killed many slaves and the remainder hid in a tunnel they had built under the fort.

Hyakkimaru left Dororo and ran into the fort. Dororo joined the slaves in their ambush, but Kagemitsu Daigo’s soldiers caught Dororo. To prove his loyalty, Kagemitsu told Hyakkimaru to kill Dororo. Hyakkimaru acted as if he was about to kill Dororo but turned around and threw his sword into the dark stabbing the physical manifestation of the 48 demons, however, some of them managed to escape. The slaves charged through the tunnel and attacked Kagemitsu ‘s soldiers. Kagemitsu, weak because of the slain demons, escaped with his wife Oku.

After he regained his eyes, Hyakkimaru figured out that Dororo is female, though Dororo rejects the notion and refers to herself as a boy despite Hyakkimaru’s insistence to act more feminine. This is in part due to Dororo being raised as a boy by her parents in order to be tough. Hyakkimaru also wanted Dororo to fight with the farmers against those in power because Dororo’s father was a farmer. Hyakkimaru gave his sword to Dororo, the one that she had desired throughout the series. Hyakkimaru planned to continue his journey alone, agreeing to meet Dororo again when Hyakkimaru’s body was whole. They parted, with Dororo crying at the doors. It wasn’t until 50 years later when the last of the 48 demons was slain.

 

Manga Monday- K-On!

Manga Monday- K-On!

K-On! is a Japanese four-panel comic strip seinen manga written and illustrated by Kakifly. The manga was serialized in Houbunsha’s manga magazine Manga Time Kirara between the May 2007 and October 2010 issues. It was also serialized in Houbunsha’s magazine Manga Time Kirara Carat. The manga relaunched from April 2011 to June 2012 with two separate storylines published in Manga Time Kirara and Manga Time Kirara Carat. The manga is licensed in North America by Yen Press. A spin-off manga about a different band of high school girls, K-On! Shuffle, began serialization in July 2018.

Four tankōbon volumes were released between April 26, 2008 and September 27, 2010. The manga was licensed by Yen Press for English release, with the first volume released in North America on November 30, 2010. The college arc of the second manga run, titled K-On! College, was released on September 27, 2012, and the high school arc, titled K-On! Highschool was released on October 27, 2012. Yen Press have also licensed these volumes in North America. In Indonesia, the series is licensed by Elex Media Komputindo. An anthology entitled Minna de Untan!, which features several guest strips from various artists, was released in September 2009. An official anthology series, K-On! Anthology Comic, began sale from November 27, 2009, with five volumes released as of October 12, 2011, and two “Story Anthology Comics” were released on November 26, 2011. An illustration book with official art and fan art from well known dōjin artists was released on January 27, 2010.
A follow-up manga by Kakifly, titled K-On! Shuffle, began serialization in Manga Time Kirara on July 9, 2018.

The first manga volume of K-On! was the 30th highest-selling manga volume in Japan for the week of April 27 and May 3, 2009, having sold over 26,500 volumes that week. The following week, the first and second manga volumes were the 19th and 20th highest-selling manga volumes in Japan, having sold 23,200 and 22,500 volumes each the week of May 4 and May 10, 2009. As of May 2009, the first two manga volumes each sold about 136,000 copies each. The third volume sold over 120,000 copies the week of December 14–20, 2009, and became the 46th top-selling manga in the first half of 2010 in Japan (ending May 23), selling over 328,000 copies.

Plot

In an unspecified part of Japan, four high school girls join the light music club of the all-girls private Sakuragaoka High School to try to save it from being disbanded. However, they are the only members of the club. At first, Yui Hirasawa has no experience playing musical instruments or reading sheet music, but she eventually becomes an excellent guitar player. From then on, Yui, along with bassist Mio Akiyama, drummer Ritsu Tainaka, and keyboardist Tsumugi Kotobuki spend their school days practicing, performing, and hanging out together. The club is overseen by music teacher Sawako Yamanaka who eventually becomes their homeroom teacher as well during their final year of high school. In their second year, the club welcomes another guitarist, underclassman Azusa Nakano. After Azusa joins they gain more structure and begin to practice more.

After their third year, Yui, Mio, Ritsu and Tsumugi graduate and enroll into a university. There they join its light music club alongside three other students: Akira Wada, Ayame Yoshida, and Sachi Hayashi. Meanwhile, Azusa continues to run the high school light music club alongside Yui’s sister Ui, their classmate Jun Suzuki, and new members Sumire Saitō and Nao Okuda.

The spin-off manga K-On! Shuffle focuses on a new set of characters at a different school. After being inspired by the Sakuragaoka High School light music club, Yukari Sakuma and friend Kaede Shimizu seek to form their own club. Along with classmate Maho Sawabe, they discover the Light Music Appreciation Society, a club run by Riko Satou.

 

Manga Monday – World Trigger

Manga Monday – World Trigger

World Trigger, also known in short form as WorTri, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Daisuke Ashihara, which was initially serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump from February 2013 to November 2018, and later transferred in December 2018 to Jump Square. An anime adaptation of the series produced by Toei Animation started airing on October 5, 2014; the series ended on April 3, 2016.

The manga was written and illustrated by Daisuke Ashihara. Individual chapters have been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since February 2013, and are collected into tankōbon volumes published by Shueisha. As of June 2019, twenty volumes have been released in Japan. Viz Media has licensed the series. Due to health issues on the part of the author, it was put on hiatus after the 50th issue of 2016. The series returned in issue #48 of Weekly Shōnen Jump on October 29, 2018 and ran until issue #52 on November 26, then it was transferred to Jump Square on December 4, 2018.

In the year of 2016, a survey conducted by Oricon found that World Trigger was the 18th best-selling manga, with about 2,234,851 copies sold. Rebecca Silverman of Anime News Network said that “World Trigger is an exciting read that distributes its information organically rather than relying on info-dumps.” In a 2016 reader’s poll on goo, the series ranked the fifth most likely to become a Weekly Shonen Jump signature series. However, the anime received criticism stemming from Toei’s handling of the adaptation. Gabriella Ekens from Anime News Network referred to the production as “incompetent” and “baffling”, stating “World Trigger isn’t a bad show, but it’s a terrible adaptation.”

Setting

In Mikado City (280 000 inhabitants), a “gate” to a different world suddenly opens one day. Monsters called “Neighbors” start appearing from the gate. Humans are overwhelmed at first when their weapons are found to be useless against Neighbors, until a mysterious organization appears that is able to repel the Neighbors’ attacks. The organization is called the National Defense Agency, or “Border,” and has appropriated the Neighbor technology called “Triggers,” which allows the user to channel an internal energy called Trion and use it as a weapon or for other purposes. By activating a trigger, the body of users is replaced by a battle-body made of trion which is stronger and more resistant. Members of Border are divided in three ranks, A, B, and C, with only the members of rank A possessing the most powerful triggers, comparable in strength to those of Neighbors.

Plot

Four years later, people in Mikado City have grown used to the occasional battles with the Neighbors, and have returned more or less to their everyday lives. Border has become popular. One day, a mysterious white-haired student transfers to the local school, named Yūma Kuga. Kuga is in fact a strong humanoid Neighbor, a fact that he wants to hide from Border. In the school he meets another student, Osamu Mikumo, who is secretly a C-class Border trainee. Since Kuga is completely oblivious about life in Mikado City, it falls to Mikumo to guide him through it, and to prevent him from being discovered by Border.

 

Wednesday News- August 21, 2019

Wednesday News- August 21, 2019

5 Digimon Anime Shorts Planned for 20th Anniversary Memorial Story Project- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-08-20/5-digimon-anime-shorts-planned-for-20th-anniversary-memorial-story-project/.150252

Review: Accomplishments of the Duke’s Daughter GN 4 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/accomplishments-of-the-duke-daughter/gn-4/.150158

New Saukra Wars Game Gets Manga on September 12- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-08-21/new-sakura-wars-game-gets-manga-on-september-12/.150279

Pokemon Sword/Shield Games’ Video Previews New Town- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-08-21/pokemon-sword-shield-games-video-previews-new-town/.150255

Dragon Star Varnir Game Launches on Steam on October 9- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2019-08-21/dragon-star-varnir-game-launches-on-steam-on-october-9/.150209

Anime

  • ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. Essentials BD
  • Attack on Titan: Junior High Essentials BD
  • The Big O Steelbook BD
  • Free! Dive to the Future Season 3 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Keijo!!!!!!!! Essentials BD
  • Orphen BD
  • Pocket Monsters: Diamond & Pearl Complete Season DVD
  • Record of Grancrest War BD 2
  • Ronja the Robber’s Daughter BD
  • Waiting in the Summer BD

Manga

  • Barakamon Graphic Novel (GN) 18
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 7
  • Cardcaptor Sakura Collector’s Edition GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • A Certain Scientific Railgun GN 14
  • Creature! GN 19 (Digital Only)
  • Defying Kurosaki-san GN 11
  • The Devil is a Part-Timer! GN 14
  • Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest GN 1
  • Farewell, My Dear Cramer GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Go with the Clouds, North by Northwest GN 2
  • Golden Kamuy GN 11
  • Harem Days The Seven-Starred Country GN 11 (Digital Only)P
  • Investor Z GN 4 (Digital Only)P (Digital Only)
  • Log Horizon GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Love Voice GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid: Elma’s Office Lady Diary GN 2
  • Mushoku Tensei – Jobless Reincarnation GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt GN 12
  • Mushoku Tensei – Jobless Reincarnation GN 9
  • O Maidens in Your Savage Season GN 3
  • Ran And The Gray World GN 4
  • Shinobi Life GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Somari and the Guardian of the Forest GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Sorry For My Familiar GN 5
  • Stravaganza GN 1
  • Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization GN 4
  • The Tenth Prism GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Alice GN 14 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Ghoul:re GN 12
  • Triage X GN 18
  • Trinity Seven GN 17
  • Urusei Yatsura GN 3(Digital Only)P (Digital Only)
  • Vampire Dormitory GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Wonderland GN 3

Other

  • Bungō Stray Dogs Novel 1
  • I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse Novel 15 (Digital Only)
  • Mega Man Battle Network Official Complete Works Art Book (hardcover)C
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: ANIMA Novel 1 (Digital Only)A
  • Oninaki PS4, Switch, PC game
  • Outbreak Company Novel 10 (Digital Only)
  • Puyo Puyo Switch game
  • Reincarnated as a Sword Novel 3 (Digital Only)
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Novel 6
  • Yakuza 3 Remastered (The Yakuza Remastered Collection) PS4 gameA
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist: Link Evolution Switch gameP

 

Manga Monday- Mushishi

Manga Monday- Mushishi

Mushishi is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuki Urushibara. It was serialized in Afternoon Seasons Zōkan from 1999 to 2002, and in Monthly Afternoon from December 2002 to August 2008. The individual chapters were collected and released into ten tankōbon volumes by Kodansha. Those volumes were localized to North America by Del Rey between January 2007 and August 2010. The series follows Ginko, a man who dedicates himself to keeping people protected from supernatural creatures called Mushi.

The Mushishi manga has been well received both by the public and critics. In Japan, it has frequently ranked in the weekly top ten list of best-selling manga, and the entire series has sold over 3.8 million copies. Both the manga and the anime have received several awards such as the Kodansha Manga Award and the Tokyo Anime Award, and numerous publications have praised them.

Manga

Written and illustrated by Yuki Urushibara, it debuted as an one-shot in Monthly Afternoon on January 25, 1999. Later, it was serialized in the Kodansha seinen manga magazine Afternoon Seasons Zōkan from 1999 to 2002. It moved to Monthly Afternoon on December 25, 2002 and was serialized until August 25, 2008. Kodansha collected the chapters into ten tankōbon, and published them under the Afternoon KC line from November 22, 2001, to November 21, 2008. On November 21, 2013, Kodansha started to re-release it under the aizōban format in their KC Deluxe line, concluding with the tenth on July 23, 2014.

At the 2006 Comic-Con, Del Rey Manga announced that it had licensed Mushishi for an English-language translation in North America. Del Rey published the first volume on January 30, 2007, and the last volume, a combined edition covering volumes 8 to 10, was released on July 27, 2010. Kodansha USA also released the manga in digital format between July 29, 2014, and August 12, 2014. The manga was also licensed in some countries such as in France by Kana, in Italy by Star Comics, in South Korea by Daewon C.I., and in Spain by Norma Editorial.

In addition, two additional chapters were published in the magazine on November 25, 2013 and December 25, 2013, respectively. They were encapsulated into a single tankōbon titled Mushishi Tokubetsu-hen: Hihamukage and released on April 23, 2014.

Manga Monday- Love Live!

Manga Monday- 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.

Print media

A manga adaptation titled Love Live!, written by Sakurako Kimino and illustrated by Arumi Tokita, began serialization in the January 2012 issue of Dengeki G’s Magazine. The manga ended serialization in the magazine’s May 2014 issue and was transferred to Dengeki G’s Comic starting with the June 2014 issue. The first tankōbon volume was released on September 27, 2012, and three volumes have been released as of May 27, 2014. The second manga titled Love Live! School Idol Diary, written by Kimino and illustrated by Masaru Oda, began serialization in the June 2014 issue of Dengeki G’s Comic. The first volume of School Idol Diary was released on September 26, 2014.

A light novel series titled Love Live! School Idol Diary is written by Kimino and contains illustrations by Yūhei Murota, Natsu Otono and Akame Kiyose. ASCII Media Works published 11 volumes between May 30, 2013 and August 29, 2014. A fan book titled History of Love Live! was released on September 10, 2014, which features the Love Live! articles published between the July 2010 and February 2013 issues of Dengeki G’s Magazine.

Plot

Honoka Kōsaka is a girl who attends Otonokizaka Academy. When the school is scheduled to be closed due to a lack of applicants, Honoka becomes determined to save it. Honoka goes to UTX, where her little sister planned to go for high school, and sees a crowd watching a music video of A-Rise, UTX’s school idol group. Learning that school idols are popular, Honoka and her friends follow A-Rise’s footsteps and start their own school idol group called μ’s (ミューズ Myūzu, pronounced “muse”) to attract new students. Once they successfully prevent Otonokizaka Academy from closing, the girls from μ’s set their sights higher. They participate in Love Live, the ultimate school idol competition featuring the best groups in the country. Despite winning the competition, the girls from μ’s disband soon after for their own personal reasons, and because the third-years are graduating.

 

 

Manga Monday- Angelic Layer

Manga Monday- Angelic Layer

Angelic Layer is a manga series released by Clamp. The manga is published in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten, and in English originally by Tokyopop, but has since been re-licensed by Dark Horse Comics. It is the group’s first work to use a quite different art style unseen in any other CLAMP series, which uses a more distinctly pared down style. There is less emphasis on detail and more on accentuated posing and gestures. This kind of artwork would later be used in series like Chobits and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle.

Angelic Layer takes place in the same universe as Clamp’s later work Chobits, which similarly deals with the relationship between humans, human-created devices, toys, and godlike power. Several characters also appear in Clamp’s Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle including most of the main characters, as well as the angel Blanche.

Plot

The primary protagonist is Misaki Suzuhara. Despite her short appearance she is a seventh grader who just moved to Tokyo to live with her aunt, Shouko Asami. After arriving in the city outside of Tokyo Station, Misaki watches a battle between two dolls on a big live-screen called Angelic Layer, a highly popular game in which players (called Deus) buy and custom-design dolls known as Angels that are moved by mental control when on a field called the “layer.”

Interested in learning about Angelic Layer, an eccentric man wearing a white lab coat and glasses, calling himself “Icchan“, encourages Misaki to purchase and create her own angel. She wants the angel to be “a short girl, but strong and happy”, and names it Hikaru, based on Hikaru Shidō from Clamp’s Magic Knight Rayearth (a manga in Angelic Layer’s world). Even though she’s clueless about the game, Misaki soon competes in tournaments and is assisted and watched carefully by Icchan. Later, Icchan’s identity is revealed as Ichiro Mihara, the co-creator of Angelic Layer.

Misaki begins studying at the Eriol Academy, an educational institution which include grades from kindergarten through high school. There she becomes friends with Hatoko Kobayashi, a very intelligent and mature kindergarten girl who is a famous Deus and an Angelic Layer expert. Her incredibly fast angel Suzuka is a favourite contender in tournaments. Misaki also befriends Hatoko’s older brother Kōtarō and his friend Tamayo Kizaki, a girl fascinated by martial arts. Both turn out to be Misaki’s classmates.

While adjusting to her new surroundings, Misaki is also gripped by her past. Her thoughts often dwell on her mother, whom she has not seen since pre-school. Eventually, Misaki learns that her mother was key in the development of Angelic Layer, which she worked on in an attempt to develop a perfect prosthesis for her multiple sclerosis, which has confined her to a wheelchair. Her mother is also the Deus of Athena and the champion of Angelic Layer.

The differences in the anime series: Misaki names her angel of her favorite doll from childhood. The ending to the manga also has different couplings. In the manga, Misaki’s mother does not have multiple sclerosis. Icchan plays an important role in the Chobits storyline, but this connection was reduced to a single scene in the anime; the Chobits anime was also made by a different company. Kaede’s younger brother Minoru is also a Chobits character.