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Wednesday News- February 12, 2020

Wednesday News- February 12, 2020

Drifting Dragons Anime’s Video Previews New ‘Giraud Arc’https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-02-11/drifting-dragons-anime-video-previews-new-giraud-arc/.156335

Is Jeweler Richard This Season’s Hidden Gem?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/this-week-in-anime/2020-02-11/.156329

Jump Edition-in-Chief Explains What’s Unusual About Demon Slayer’s Success- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2020-02-11/jump-editor-in-chief-explains-what-unusual-about-demon-slayer-success/.156186

The List:  Best Monster Girl Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/the-list/2020-02-09/.156240

Crunchyroll Adds World Trigger Anime’s English Dub- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-02-11/crunchyroll-adds-world-trigger-anime-english-dub/.156352

Anime

  • Beyblade Burst Turbo Season 3 DVD
  • Endride Essentials BD
  • Fruits Basket Season 1 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Fruits Basket Season 1 Part 2 Limited Edition BD/DVD
  • Grave of the Fireflies Steelbook BD
  • ReLIFE: Final Arc Classics BD
  • Unbreakable Machine-Doll Essentials BD

Manga

  • 1122: For a Happy Marriage GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • All Out!! GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Androgynous Boyfriend Graphic Novel (GN) 1
  • APOSIMZ GN 3-4 (Digital Only)
  • Bakemonogatari GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Beyond the Clouds GN 1
  • Citrus+ GN 1C
  • CITY GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Cooking with Wild Game GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Disney Manga: Descendants — Dizzy’s New Fortune GN
  • Don’t Count Your Tanukis GN 8
  • The Dorm of Love and Secrets GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Ex-Enthusiasts: Motokare Mania GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Farewell, My Dear Cramer GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Edition GN 8 (hardcover)
  • The Golden Sheep GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Hayate the Combat Butler GN 35
  • Kase-san and… Yamada GN
  • Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World GN 5
  • Komi Can’t Communicate GN 5
  • Legend of the Rainbow GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • A Man & His Cat GN 1
  • My Brother’s Husband Omnibus GN
  • My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected @ comic GN 12 (Digital Only)P
  • Our Wonderful Days GN 2
  • The Prince’s Romance Gambit GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Scarlet GN 1
  • Seirei Gensouki – Spirit Chronicles GN 3 (Digital Only)A
  • A Side Character’s Love Story GN 1
  • Teasing Master Takagi-san GN 6-7 (Digital Only)
  • That Blue Summer GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • A Tropical Fish Yearns for Snow GN 2
  • Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs GN (hardcover)
  • What’s Michael?: Fatcat Collection GN 1
  • World’s End Harem: Fantasia GN 2
  • Yarichin Bitch Club GN 2

Other

  • Art of Mana Artbook (hardcover)
  • Bloom Into You: Regarding Saeki Sayaka Novel 1
  • The Greatest Demon Lord is Reborn as a Typical Nobody Novel 2
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable Chapter 1 BD
  • Lazy Dungeon Master Novel 9 (Digital Only)
  • Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl — Gold Switch game
  • Sorcerous Stabber Orphen: The Wayward Journey Novel 6 (Digital Only)Pl
  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition PS4, PC game
  • Teogonia Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Warriors Orochi 4 Ultimate PS4, Switch, Xbox One, PC game
  • Yakuza 5 Remastered (The Yakuza Remastered Collection) PS4 game

 

Manga Monday- Ai Yori Aoshi

Manga Monday- Ai Yori Aoshi

Ai Yori Aoshi is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kou Fumizuki. The manga was serialized in Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine from 1999 to 2005 and the chapters collected into 17 tankōbon volumes. It is a love story between two characters who have not seen each other in years, but were once childhood friends.

An anime television series adaptation was animated by J.C.Staff and directed by Masami Shimoda, with Kenichi Kanemaki handling series composition, Kazunori Iwakura designing the characters and Toshio Masuda composing the music. The anime was broadcast on Fuji TV in 2002. A second season titled Ai Yori Aoshi: Enishi was set two years later and aired in 2003. There are 37 episodes total, counting an alternate-continuity Christmas special. The anime was released in North America by Geneon and the manga was released in English by Tokyopop. Four visual novels were also released for the PlayStation 2 and Windows 98.

Manga

Ai Yori Aoshi began as a manga series written and illustrated by Kou Fumizuki. It was serialized in Hakusensha’s Young Animal magazine from 1999 to 2005 and the chapters collected into 17 tankōbon volumes. The first volume was published by Hakusensha in Japan on May 28, 1999, and the last volume was released on December 20, 2005. The manga was released in English by Tokyopop. The first book was released in January 2004 and the last book was released in October 2007.

The series has also been licensed in Europe (Non English Releases), Asia, and Middle America. In Europe, the series was licensed in French by Pika Édition, in German by EMA, and in Spanish by Norma Editorial. For Asia the series was licensed in Chinese by Jonesky, in Korean by Daiwon CI, and in Russian by Sakura Press. In North America the series has been published in Mexico by Grupo Editorial Vid.

Reception

Ai Yori Aoshi did well with its English manga release, with book one ranking number 45 on the top 50 Manga’s sold of that month. With an estimated 3,329 books sold, the series peaked at number 18 of 100 with Volume 6 but soon fell out of the top 100 list for the other releases. The last volume ended at number 66 out of 100 on the sales list.

As for reviews the manga has been described as “fun to read” and a “good solid romance story”. Adam Beck of Advanced media Network anime pointed out however that some volumes lack dialogue but a good dialogue translation was done by tokyopop.

Plot

Kaoru Hanabishi, a university student, is the eldest son of Yūji Hanabishi, the head of the Hanabishi Zaibatsu, and was set to take over the zaibatsu after his father retired. His mother, Kumi Honjō, and his father never married, making life difficult for both him and his mother. Kaoru’s father died when he was five years old. After that, Yūji’s father, Gen’ichiro Hanabishi, took Kaoru under his wing and began educating him for the eventual succession. However, Kaoru never felt at home in the Hanabishi family and exiled himself after his mother’s death. Day by day he felt alone, thinking that he was living life with no reason pushing him on.

There was, however, a person who loved Kaoru so much that she felt had to do whatever was necessary to be with him. Her name is Aoi Sakuraba. Aoi is the only daughter of the owner of the Sakuraba Dry Goods Store (later renamed to Sakuraba Department Store). Kaoru’s family and Aoi’s family had expected for Kaoru to marry Aoi, but after Kaoru left, the marriage was canceled. Both families had a friendly relationship, and unbeknownst to Kaoru, Aoi had been in love with him from the start. The Sakuraba family had already been searching for someone suitable, but Aoi was unwilling to marry someone else and walked out, chasing Kaoru.

Both were freed from their families’ affairs but did not know how to make their living. Miyabi Kagurazaki, Aoi’s caretaker, has Aoi live with her in a grand western-style summer mansion owned by the Sakuraba family, with Kaoru living in a house for servants next to it to prevent a scandal as with the previous. They are soon joined by Tina Foster, an American expatriate; Taeko Minazuki, a clumsy housekeeper; Mayu Miyuki, Kaoru’s childhood friend; and Chika Minazuki, Taeko’s cousin. The house is eventually converted to a dormitory and Aoi becomes its landlady.

Eventually, Miyabi helps Kaoru reconcile with the Hanabishis and patch up the original engagement. However, Kaoru’s half brother attempts to gain control of the Hanabishi Zaibatsu by proposing to Aoi. After Kaoru foils the proposal, Aoi abandons her family name and Kaoru gives the ownership of Hanabishi Zaibatsu to his half-brother. Five years later, Kaoru and Aoi are married.

 

Thursday News- February 6, 2020

Thursday News- February 6, 2020

Funimation Streams English Dub of Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-02-06/funimation-streams-english-dub-of-magia-record-puella-magi-madoka-magica-side-story-anime/.156152

Crunchyroll Adds Thermae Romae Anime’s English Dub- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-02-05/crunchyroll-adds-thermae-romae-anime-english-dub/.156150

Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Is Timed PS Exclusive Until April 2021- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2020-02-05/final-fantasy-vii-remake-game-is-timed-ps-exclusive-until-april-2021/.156146

Yes Press Licenses Fiancee of the Wizard Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-02-05/yen-press-licenses-fiancee-of-the-wizard-manga/.156131

futekiya Boys-Love Manga Service Adds 21 Titles- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-02-06/futekiya-boys-love-manga-service-adds-21-titles/.156156

Anime

  • AD Police BD
  • FLCL Alternative DVD
  • FLCL Progressive/Alternative BDA
  • Garo the Animation Complete Series BD
  • Isekai Quartet Season 1 BD
  • Laughing Under the Clouds 3-Film Collection BD/DVD
  • The Magnificent KOTOBUKI BD
  • Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Classics BD
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Season 1 Part 2 BD/DVD

Manga

  • Ao Haru Ride Graphic Novel (GN) 9
  • Blue Exorcist GN 23
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 10
  • A Devotion That Changes Worlds GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Drifting Dragons GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • The Faraway Paladin GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 34
  • Granblue Fantasy GN 3
  • The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious GN 1A
  • Im: Great Priest Imhotep GN 1
  • Infinite Dendrogram GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Inside Mari GN 6
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4 – Diamond is Unbreakable GN 4 (hardcover)
  • Jujutsu Kaisen GN 2
  • Let’s Kiss in Secret Tomorrow GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Maria x Maria GN 1-5 (Digital Only)
  • Masked Ambition: Death Ballade GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia GN 23
  • My Hero Academia Smash!! GN 3
  • Our Precious Conversations GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Parham Itan Tales From Beyond GN 1
  • Pleasure and Corruption GN 1
  • RePlay GN
  • Seraph of the End GN 18
  • Shortcake Cake GN 7
  • Skull-face Bookseller Honda-san GN 3
  • Smile Down the Runway GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • Takane & Hana GN 13
  • The Tale of Genji: Dreams at Dawn GN 10 (Digital Only)
  • Though You May Burn to Ash GN 6
  • To Be Next to you GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • To Write Your Words GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Twin Star Exorcists GN 17
  • We Never Learn GN 8
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 22

Other

  • An Archdemon’s Dilemma – How to Love Your Elf Bride Novel 9 (Digital Only)
  • Code:Realize ~Guardian of Rebirth~ Novel 1
  • Full Metal Panic! Collector’s Edition Omnibus Novel 1 (hardcover)
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord Novel 8
  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Novel 7
  • Isekai Rebuilding Project Novel 1 (Digital Only)A
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 8
  • Kingdom BD/DVD (Digital Only)
  • The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! Novel 7
  • Outer Ragna Novel 1 (Digital Only)

 

Manga Monday- Great Teacher Onizuka

Manga Monday- Great Teacher Onizuka

Great Teacher Onizuka, officially abbreviated as GTO, is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Tooru Fujisawa. It was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine from January 1997 to February 2002. The story focuses on 22-year-old ex-bōsōzoku member Eikichi Onizuka, who becomes a teacher at a private middle school, Holy Forest Academy, in Tokyo, Japan. It is a continuation of Tooru Fujisawa’s earlier manga series Shonan Junai Gumi and Bad Company, both of which focus on the life of Onizuka before becoming a teacher.

Due to the popularity of the manga, several adaptations of GTO were established. These adaptations include a twelve-episode Japanese television drama running from July to September 1998; a live-action film directed by Masayuki Suzuki and released in December 1999; and a 43-episode anime television series aired in Japan by Fuji Television and Animax from June 1999 to September 2000. Both the anime and manga have been licensed in North America by Tokyopop. A second live action series aired in Japan during 2012, and two more in 2014. It won the 1998 Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen category.

Reception

Great Teach Onizuka won the 1998 Kodansha Manga Award for the shōnen category.
In Manga: The Complete Guide, Jason Thompson refers to the series as “Shameless, frequently sexist and totally hilarious”. He adds “The rule of the manga is that every time Onizuka does something incredibly cool and heartwarming, he must immediately do something unbelievably retarded”. He praises the series for staying fresh through imagery, detailed art and pop culture dialogue even though the formula repeats itself. Lastly he states that it “approaches true social satire”. He gave the series four stars out of four.
In The Dorama Encyclopedia, Jonathan Clements and Motoko Tamamuro note that the subject and humorous approach to the series was well received by the teenage audience.
In The Anime Encyclopedia: A Guide to Japanese Animation Since 1917, Jonathan Clements and Helen McCarthy noted the use of computer cloud and water effects in the anime adaptation. While appreciating the advantages of the anime adaption allowing for more violence, they call the first live action adaption the “quintessential GTO”.

Manga

The series was published in Weekly Shōnen Magazine from January 8, 1997 to February 13, 2002. A total of 25 volumes were published between May 14, 1997 and April 15, 2002. The series was licensed in English by Tokyopop and was one of Tokyopop’s first releases in the “Authentic Manga” lineup of titles using the Japanese right to left reading style. In doing so the artwork remained unchanged from the original compared to previous publishing methods. The 25 English volumes were published between April 23, 2002 and August 9, 2005.
On 9 June 2009, a sequel to the GTO manga began releasing in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine, under the title GTO – Shonan 14 Days. North American publisher Vertical Inc began publishing GTO: Shonan 14 Days globally in English, as GTO: 14 Days in Shonan beginning January 2012 and has published all nine volumes. Vertical also continued and concluded the Shonan Junai Gumi manga series, from volume 11 onwards, as GTO: The Early Years in 2012.
A new manga series entitled GTO: Paradise Lost started in Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine on April 14, 2014. Fujisawa put the manga on hiatus in October 2017 due to a staff shortage. In May 2019, Fujisawa announced his plans to resume the series.
Kodansha USA currently publishes the manga in English in a digital format since 2017.

Production

When writing GTO, Fujisawa was influenced by the writing style of Kouhei Tsuka. The series was originally intended to run for 10 volumes, however it was extended at the request of the publisher. Fujisawa began to run out of characters as a result. When faced with writing block he would write stories without Onizuka.
Onizuka’s first name, Eikichi, was taken from musician Eikichi Yazawa. When developing Onizuka’s character for the series, Fujisawa sought to incorporate real character traits from Japanese gangs often referred to as “Yankees”. Onizuka’s look is modelled on such gang members and was not intended to convey an “American look”. Onizuka acts tough and confident but is actually shy and lacking in confidence to follow through on some of his desires. He is a simple character that stands by his own reasoning and principles and has his own conscience. Fujisawa gave him the viewpoint that you should take responsibility for your actions, something he sees as important.
Onizuka’s role in the school is to provide a bridge between the students and teachers. The character of Fuyutsuki reflects the point of view of the average teacher. Fujisawa highlights his own school experience where teachers were mostly focused only on a good performance record rather than the teaching itself. However he was able to take an interest in Mathematics because of the approach of his teacher. He used this experience to build the series.
Tatsuya Egawa has claimed that GTO plagiarized his debut manga, Be Free!.

Plot

Eikichi Onizuka is a 22-year-old ex-gang member and a virgin. While peeping up girls’ skirts at a local shopping mall, Onizuka meets a girl who agrees to go out on a date with him. Onizuka’s attempt to sleep with her fails when her current “boyfriend”, her teacher, shows up at the love hotel they are in and asks her to return to him. The teacher is old and unattractive, but has sufficient influence over her that she leaps from a second-story window and lands in his arms.
Onizuka, upon seeing this display of a teacher’s power over girls, decides to become a teacher himself. However, he earns his teaching degree, just barely, at a second-rate college. In his quest, he discovers two important things: he has a conscience and a sense of morality. This means taking advantage of impressionable schoolgirls is out of the question, but their unusually attractive mothers are a different matter. He enjoys teaching and, most of the time, he teaches life lessons rather than the routine schoolwork. He hates the systems of traditional education, especially when they have grown ignorant and condescending to students and their needs.
With these realizations, he sets out to become the greatest teacher ever, using his own brand of philosophy and the ability to do nearly anything when under enough pressure. He is hired as a long-shot teacher by a privately operated school, in Kichijōji, to tame a class that has driven one teacher to a mysterious death, another to nervous breakdown, and one other to joining a cult. He embarks on a mission of self-discovery by breaking through to each student one-by-one, and helping each student to overcome their problems and learn to genuinely enjoy life. He uses methods that would be unorthodox, against the law, and also life-threatening, yet somehow, he manages to succeed in educating and opening up his students.

 

Manga Monday- Hoshin Engi

Manga Monday- Hoshin Engi

Hoshin Engi, also known as Soul Hunter, is a Japanese manga series by Ryu Fujisaki. Hoshin Engi is inspired by the Chinese literary classic Investiture of the Gods, a shenmo novel. The story involves the Chinese mythology and history of China, in particular the last members of the In (Yin Dynasty aka Shang Dynasty) and the plot to overthrow them.
The manga series was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from 1996–2000 and compiled in 23 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha. Viz Media acquired the rights to the manga, with bimonthly releases starting June 5, 2007. The manga has been re-released and re-compiled into fewer larger volumes with new cover art, illustrations and afterwords. The 18 kanzenban volumes were released periodically between July 2005 and April 2006 in Japan only.
The story has been adapted into a 26-episodes anime series titled Senkaiden Hōshin Engi, broadcast on TV Tokyo in 1999 and released in North America on DVD as Soul Hunter in 2001. In January 2009, Shomei TV announced their intentions to remake the anime series if they received 10,000 signatures.
A new 23-episode anime television series adaptation titled Hakyū Hōshin Engi and featuring a new cast aired from January to June, 2018. Fujisaki also wrote a short manga series that was serialized in Weekly Young Jump from April to June, 2018.

Manga

Hoshin Engi is written and illustrated by Ryu Fujisaki. It is based on the Japanese translation novel by Tsutomu Ano of the Chinese literary classic Investiture of the Gods, published by Kodansha between November 8, 1988 and January 6, 1989. The manga series was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from June 24, 1996 until November 6, 2000. The series was compiled into 23 tankōbon volumes published by Shueisha between November 1, 1996 and December 22, 2000. The manga has been re-released and re-compiled into fewer larger volumes with new cover art, illustrations and afterwords. The 18 kanzenban volumes were released periodically between July 4, 2005 and April 4, 2006 in Japan only.
In North America, Viz Media announced at the New York Comic Con 2007 that they had acquired the rights to the manga. The first volume was published on June 5, 2007, and the last volume on June 7, 2011.
In 2018, Fujisaki wrote a short manga series that was serialized in Weekly Young Jump from April 26 to June 14. A tankōbon volume was released on July 19, 2018.

Plot

The story is set in legendary China. A beautiful female fox spirit named Dakki is controlling the emperor Chū-ō  and the ruling In dynasty, and is using her power over him to do evil in the nation. An immortal-in-training named Taikōbō is chosen by the great immortal sages for the Hōshin Project — to seal away or destroy the evil demons that infest the world. In the course of his adventures, Taikōbō gathers other powerful companions and sets out to seal away the demons and eventually destroy the fox spirit Dakki.
There are significant plot differences between the novel, the manga series and the animated adaptations.

Manga plot

The 23-volume-long series follows the adventures of Taikobo and his trusty “Rei-jū” Sū-pū-shan. Taikobo was given a mission by Genshi-tenson. Taikobou’s mentor and the leader of the Sennin World – Konron to complete the Houshin Project.
The goal of the Hoshin Project, as explained by Genshitenson, is to trap Dakki and her minions in a ‘middle’ world between the Sennin World and the Human world, renamed ‘Shin’ (Deity or Gods) World, named ‘Shinkai’, Realm of the Gods. Taikobo’s mission is to hunt down the 365 people whose names were written on the Hoshin Scroll. As Taikobo defeats and seals off each of the 365 people on the scroll, their souls are instantly transported to the Hoshindai (a floating island made to trap souls) and sealed there until all the 365 souls are gathered.
At first, Taikobo refused to take up such a troublesome mission, but when threatened with expulsion from Konron, he quickly relented. After that, he was given a Pao-pei, Whip of the Gods, as his weapon along with Supushan.
Upon leaving Konron, Taikobou and Supushan immediately met up with the first person listed on the Houshin Scroll, the all-powerful Shinkouhyou and his Riding Beast – Kokutenko. After a short battle between the two Doushi, in which Taikoubou was easily defeated, Taikoubou suspected that the order of the Houshin Scroll is sorted according to strength (Shinkouhyou being the first on the list) and decides to avoid fighting him. Aiming for the core of the whole problem, he enters the capital, Chouka and defeating one of Dakki’s sisters, Ou Kijin (who reverted to her original form, a stone lute), he used her to enter the service of the emperor in order to spot Dakki’s weakness. Furious with her sister’s plight, Dakki contrives a plan to reclaim her sister. Taikoubou, overwhelmed by her guile, was defeated and was about to be thrown into the taibon (a pit full of poisonous snakes) along with some of the Kyou clan, when during a commotion caused by them, Buuseiou Ko Hiko saved him. It was then that he came to a realization that there was no way he could take on Dakki and her followers, on his own. That’s why he set off searching for strong fighters to join him on his quest to rid the world of Dakki. Taikoubou soon met up and joined forces with Nataku, Raishinshi, Kou-Tenka, and Youzen .
As the series progresses, Taikobo slowly realises that there is no hope in disrupting Dakki’s strangle hold on the Yin Dynasty or her influence over Chuuou. As such, he abandoned the kingdom and requested that Ki Shō  form a new Monarchy to rival the Yin, renamed the Shū Dynasty with their new emperor – Bu-ou, who is the second son of Ki Hatsu who had died due to self-starvation caused by Dakki serving him his son as a hamburger during his capture. Taikoubou then became the military advisor to Zhou, helping the Western Army conquer the lands once owned by Yin.
Bunchū, the senior advisor to the emperor Chū-ou in the country of Yin and also a pao-pei user, sees Taikoubou as an obstacle and sends out some of his best Doushi companions to attack Taikoubou and company. The ensuing fights between the two groups eventually lead to the involvement of almost all members of the 2 Sennin Worlds – Konron (where Taikoubou originates) and Kingou-tou (金鰲島) (where Bunchuu learnt his arts). At the climax of the Sennin war, both worlds were completely destroyed with hundreds of souls sealed into the Houshin Dai. And though Bunchuu was eventually defeated, Taikoubou lost many friends and his home in the process.
Eventually, after Taikoubou and the Zhou army successfully defeated Chuuou and officially declared the fall of the Yin Dynasty, Taikoubou and company decided to leave the Human world and return to what’s left of the Sennin world. It is then revealed to him that there is possibly a third Sennin World, one that belongs to Dakki, and is probably where she and the last of her minions fled to when the Yin country was finally conquered.
Genshitenson also reveals to Taikoubou that the real goal of Houshin Project isn’t just about defeating Dakki, it is about defeating the eternal being supporting Dakki throughout all her chaos years, one of the ancients.
The ultimate enemy of Houshin Engi – Jyoka is a “Jui Que”, one of 5 ‘aliens’ which landed on the Earth, millions of years ago. Jyoka had a dream to recreate her home world on Earth (which had self-destructed some time ago), but the other aliens disagreed and enclosed her in a glass cage. Later, she was able to move about in her “soul” form and direct the trend of history to her liking. This is when she met up with Dakki, and the two started working together to make Jyoka’s dream come true. Each time history diverted from what Jyoka wants it to become, she completely destroyed the civilization that existed and started all over again, like a child moulding a perfect sand castle. No one really knows how many civilisations Jyoka had destroyed throughout time in her pursuit to perfectly replicate her old home, but when asked why she’s trying to do this, Jyoka simply states that she would like to know what would have happened if her home planet had not made those simple mistakes that led to its own destruction.
After hearing the ultimate truth, the Sennins retaliated against Jyoka. Soon, she finally decided to destroy Earth once and for all, and find another world in order to replicate her old home. The battles raged for a while before the deceased Taikoubou (who had ‘died’ recently) reappeared in front of his comrades again. This time, it is revealed that he was once one of the “Jui Que” as well, the last of the 5 aliens and was left on this earth for the sole purpose of killing Jyoka once and for all. Using the energy of his friends as well as those souls trapped in the Houshin Dai, Taikoubou (now renamed ‘Fukki’) was finally able to defeat Jyoka and release the world from her influences.
Just prior to this happening, Dakki somehow managed to take over Jyoka’s body for a time and merged with the life energies of the Earth, becoming the mother of all life. After the fight with Jyoka ended, Jyoka selfishly asked Taikoubou to disappear together with her, afraid of being left alone again and since Taikoubou felt that he had done what he had set out to do, complies (also due to severe injuries in the last fight). When he was about to fade away, Dakki came and saved his life, thus reviving him.
In the epilogue, Youzen was made the Headmaster of the new Sennin World, with Choukei (Bunchuu’s only disciple) representing the Youkai (demons) and Nentou-doujin (ex-Juunisen, who helped defeat Jyoka) representing the Humans, supporting him. Genshi-tenson manages the ex-Houshindai, which houses all the souls which had been houshined, and dispatches them to the Human World if their help is needed. Since these souls are invisible to the Human eye, they are able to solve matters without being seen. When Supushan and Bukichi went to the Human World to update Buou on the happenings of the Sennin World, they found out that Taikoubou is still alive (he visited Buou before they arrived) and went in search for him but to no avail as Taikoubou seemed keen on avoiding them to the extent of following them behind their backs without them knowing, and somehow prevents the people they meet from revealing his whereabouts.
In the end, Supushan and Bukichi returned to the Sennin World to request Youzen’s help. While Taikoubou was lazing around, Shinkouhyou approached him and wanted a duel, but he left saying that it would be boring if his only rival were to perish so quickly by his hand. Taikoubou then disappeared to places unknown.

Setting

The fantastic world of Hoshin Engi encompass both the pre-historical world – in which primitive human society coexist with the revered divine gods and goddesses – and the futuristic world – in which highly technological weaponry, combat strategy, as well as futuristic visions, are employed. Paopei, the sacred weapons used by Doshi and Sennin alike, are versatile instruments created Sennin.
The Seven Super Paopei were the ones left from the Original People, and all the rest are copies made from those. Paopei can only be used by Sendou, those born with Sennin bones which are trained to be used to power paopei. If someone born with these bones is not trained, then they become a Tennen Doushi, and the potential of their skeleton creates almost super natural strength or speed; however, they would never be able to use a Paopei. It is possible to transplant Sennin bones into a normal human, as in the case with Younin, but it does not appear to be a common practice. There are such beings as “human Paopei,” that is, a living being created from a paopei. They all have a core they are built around, and can take extensive damage and be rebuilt so long as the core remains intact.
Besides paopei, there are spells, an ancient form a magic rarely used by the time series takes place. The only ones seen in the series are the peaches that can turn water into sake, Youzen’s transformation technique, and Nentou’s various fighting and healing abilities.

Wednesday News- January 15, 2020

Wednesday News- January 15, 2020

Final Fantasy VII Remake Game Delayed to April 10- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-01-14/final-fantasy-vii-remake-game-delayed-to-april-10/.155335

Takashi NoguChi Launches Kōdō Wolf  Racing Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-01-14/takashi-noguchi-launches-kodo-wolf-racing-manga/.155282

Demon Slayer Manga Takes 19 of Top 20 Spots on Amazon’s Weekly Ranking- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-01-14/demon-slayer-manga-takes-19-of-top-20-spots-on-amazon-weekly-ranking/.155344

La-Mulana 1 & 2 Games’ Trailer Streamed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-01-14/la-mulana-1-and-2-games-trailer-streamed/.155338

Fate/stay night Anime Director Yuji Yamaguchi Passes Away- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-01-14/fate-stay-night-anime-director-yuji-yamaguchi-passes-away/.155277

Anime

  • Clockwork Planet Essentials BDP
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 10 BD
  • Dragon Ball Super Part 10 DVD
  • Gamers! Essentials BD
  • Knight’s & Magic Essentials BD
  • Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka BD
  • The Price of Smiles BD

Manga

  • 1122: For a Happy Marriage GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • Ace of Diamond GN 24 (Digital Only)
  • Case Closed Graphic Novel (GN) 73
  • Domestic Girlfriend GN 23 (Digital Only)
  • Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? GN 2
  • Ex-Enthusiasts: Motokare Mania GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Farewell, My Dear Cramer GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • GE – Good Ending GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Giant Killing GN 18 (Digital Only)
  • Himouto! Umaruchan GN 8
  • Hina Matsuri GN 6
  • Hitorijime My Hero GN 6
  • If I Could Reach You GN 3
  • Knights of Sidonia Master Edition GN 4
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess GN 6P
  • Persona 5 GN 1
  • Pokémon Sun & Moon GN 6
  • Shadow Student Council Vice President Gives Her All GN (Digital Only) (
  • Shigeru Mizuki‘s Kitaro: The Trial of Kitaro GN 4
  • Splatoon GN 8
  • Star Wars: The Legends of Luke Skywalker GN
  • To Love Ru Darkness GN 14
  • Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! GN 2
  • Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches omnibus GN 21-22P
  • Yo-kai Watch GN 13
  • Yowamushi Pedal GN 13

Other

  • Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Dusk DX PS4, Switch, PC game
  • Atelier Dusk Trilogy Deluxe Pack PS4, Switch, PC game
  • Atelier Escha and Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky DX PS4, Switch, PC game
  • Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea DX PS4, Switch, PC game
  • Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot PS4, Xbox One, PC game
  • If It’s for My Daughter, I’d Even Defeat a Demon Lord Novel 9 (Digital Only)
  • Infinite Stratos Novel 11 (Digital Only)
  • Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Novel 5 (Digital Only)
  • Orangeblood PC gameC
  • Seirei Gensouki – Spirit Chronicles Novel 8 (Digital Only)
  • Tokyo Mirage Session #FE Encore Switch game
  • The Underdog of the Eight Greater Tribes Novel 1 (Digital Only)

 

Manga Monday- Hayate the Combat Butler

Manga Monday- Hayate the Combat Butler

Hayate the Combat Butler is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Kenjiro Hata. It was serialized in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday magazine from October 2004 to April 2017. Shogakukan released 52 volumes in Japan from February 2005 to June 2017. Viz Media publishes an English edition in North America. The manga is about a boy who starts a new job as a butler and the events he experiences with his employer. The style of the manga has a comedic gag with a slight harem feel and constantly breaks the fourth wall. The series includes numerous references to other anime, manga, video games, and popular culture.

A 52-episode anime adaptation of the manga by SynergySP aired between April 2007 and March 2008 on TV Tokyo. A second, 25-episode anime season by J.C.Staff aired between April and September 2009. Bandai Entertainment licensed the first anime series in 2008, but the series went out of print in 2012. An anime film adaption produced by Manglobe was released in August 2011. A third, 12-episode anime television series by Manglobe, based mostly on an original story not seen in the manga aired between October and December 2012. A fourth anime season aired between April and July 2013. Sentai Filmworks has licensed all four seasons of the anime.

Manga

Hayate the Combat Butler is written and illustrated by Kenjiro Hata. It began serialization in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday magazine on October 20, 2004, and concluded on April 12, 2017. Shogakukan published the chapters in 52 tankōbon volumes from February 18, 2005 to June 16, 2017. Viz Media publishes the manga in North America and released the first volume on November 14, 2006. The most recent English release is volume 34, on September 9, 2019. The English translations are done by Yuki Yoshioka and Cindy H. Yamauchi, and the English adaptation is done by Mark Giambruno.

Reception

Over ten million copies of the manga and other Hayate-related books have been sold in Japan as of January 2009. Carlo Santos of Anime News Network gave Volume 14 of the manga a C+, citing Hata’s overextension of a complex work with multiple simultaneous plotlines and constant scene changes. He does note that Sakuya’s birthday party as an example of the work’s strong point. Chris Beveridge of Mania.com gave part six of the anime an overall B rating. Although, in his opinion, the storyline and nature of the anime has not changed much, he was suddenly captivated. Beveridge sums up these feelings for the final episodes by noting that they “had a certain flavor and flow to them that left me pretty happy, which is a surprise after five volumes that left me feeling ambivalent at best.”

Plot

Hayate Ayasaki is an unlucky 16-year-old boy who has worked since childhood to make ends meet due to his parents’ irresponsible behavior. On Christmas Eve, he finds out his parents have run away from home while shouldering him with a massive ¥156,804,000 gambling debt. The Yakuza (from whom the money was borrowed in the first place) plan to settle the debt by selling his organs. While running away from the debt collectors, Hayate meets Nagi Sanzenin, a 13-year-old girl and the sole heir of the wealthy Sanzenin estate, and her maid Maria. Due to a misunderstanding, Nagi falls in love with Hayate. After he rescues Nagi from kidnappers, she hires Hayate as her new butler.

Aside from performing his ordinary duties as a butler, Hayate must fight to protect Nagi from harm, a difficult task since her life is always in danger because she is the target of individuals who covet her family’s fortune, and sometimes must deal with her extravagant requests, oblivious to Nagi’s true feelings for him. Later in the story, Hayate must juggle the feelings of several other girls, Ayumu Nishizawa, his former classmate; and Hinagiku Katsura, the student council president of Hakuō Academy. Hayate had a romantic relationship with a childhood friend, Athena Tennousu, who is chairwoman of the board of Hakuō Academy.

Due to the events of Golden Week, involving Hayate and Athena, Nagi ends up forfeiting her inheritance. With the last of her savings, Nagi and Maria move with Hayate to an old apartment building called “Violet Mansion” owned by her late mother Yukariko, and rents its extra rooms for income: having Chiharu Harukaze, the secretary of Hakuō Academy; Hinagiku, Ayumu, Athena (in child-form), Kayura Tsurugino, an “elite otaku”; and Ruka Suirenji, a pop idol who also develops feelings for Hayate, as its tenants.

After a series of adventures with the tenants, Nagi manages to reclaim her fortune. On an excursion in America, Hayate finally pays off his massive debt, but decides to keep working as Nagi’s butler, especially when the battle for the Sanzenin inheritance intensifies. Athena eventually regains full strength and Maria resigns as Nagi’s maid. On Christmas Eve, the “misunderstanding” of Hayate and Nagi’s relationship is exposed, creating a rift that leads to the final battle. Hayate rescues Nagi from the godly Royal Garden, but she decides to relinquish her status as an heir and concedes the rights to her cousin Hisui Hatsushiba, before firing Hayate to set him free. Two years later, a self-sufficient Nagi reunites with Hayate in the place they met for the first time, where he tells her that despite not being her butler anymore, he still wants to be with her, and that there is “something he needs to tell her”, before locking hands and walking together under the starry night sky.

 

Wednesday News- January 8, 2020

Wednesday News- January 8, 2020

Yen Press Licenses That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: The Ways of the Monster Nation Manga- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-01-06/yen-press-licenses-that-time-i-got-reincarnated-as-a-slime-the-ways-of-the-monster-nation-manga/.155096

Review: Vinland Sagahttps://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/vinland-saga-episodes-1-24-streaming/.155028

Makoto Fugetsi, cocho’s Granblue Fantasy Manga Ends- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2020-01-07/makoto-fugetsu-cocho-granblue-fantasy-manga-ends/.155126

Plunderer Anime Runs for 24 Episodes- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2020-01-07/plunderer-anime-runs-for-24-episodes/.155109

The Winter 2020 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2020/winter/.154997

Anime

  • Berserk Complete Series BDP
  • Black Clover Season 2 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • A Certain Magical Index Season 3 Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Dagashi Kashi Season 2 Essentials BD
  • ENDRO! Complete Series BD
  • The Girl in Twilight BD
  • Hinomaru Sumo Part 1 BD
  • Pokémon – Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension Complete Collection DVD
  • Space Dandy Complete Series Classics BD
  • Spice & Wolf Complete Series BD
  • Yu-Yu Hakusho Season 3 Steelbook BD
  • Zombie Land Saga Season 1 BD/DVD
  • Zombie Land Saga Season 1 Limited Edition BD/DVD

Manga

  • Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor Graphic Novel (GN) 8
  • Animeta! GN 2
  • Anonymous Noise GN 18
  • Bakemonogatari GN 2
  • Black Clover GN 19
  • Chio’s School Road GN 7
  • Daytime Shooting Star GN 4
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba GN 10
  • Don’t Call Me Dirty GN
  • Dr. Stone GN 9
  • Dungeon Builder: The Demon King’s Labyrinth is a Modern City! GN 1
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 9
  • Haikyu!! GN 36
  • Harem Days The Seven-Starred Country GN 13 (Digital Only)A
  • An Incurable Case of Love (Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko made mo) GN 2A
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War GN 12
  • Legend of the Rainbow GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • The Magic in this Other World is Too Far Behind! GN 3 (Digital Only)C
  • Marginal Operation GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • My Room Is a Dungeon Rest Stop GN 1
  • The Promised Neverland GN 13
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 36 (Digital Only)
  • Snow White with the Red Hair GN 5P
  • Tales of Berseria GN 2
  • Tomo-chan is a Girl! GN 6

Other

  • An Archdemon’s Dilemma – How to Love Your Elf Bride Novel 3
  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest: Zero Novel 2
  • Demon Lord, Retry! Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • Der Werwolf – The Annals of Veight Novel 6 (Digital Only)
  • Full Metal Panic! Collector’s Edition Omnibus Novel 1 (hardcover)
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 18 (Digital Only)
  • Infinite Dendrogram Novel 4
  • Magic User: Reborn in Another World as a Max Level Novel 1
  • Monster Hunter World: Iceborne PC game
  • Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Novel 4
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion TV Animation Production Art Collection Artbook (hardcover)
  • Otherside Picnic Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • PERSONA 5 the Animation The Artworks Material BookA
  • Sword Art Online Novel 18
  • There Was No Secret Evil-Fighting Organization (srsly?!), So I Made One MYSELF! Novel 2 (Digital Only)An

 

Monday Manga- Honey and Clover

Monday Manga- Honey and Clover

Honey and Clover is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Chica Umino. It is also known as HachiKuro and H&C. It is published by Shueisha, initially serialized from June 2000 to July 2006 in the magazines CUTiEcomic, Young YOU, and Chorus, and collected in ten bound volumes. The series depicts the lives and relationships of a group of art school students who live in the same apartment building. In 2003, the manga won the 27th Kodansha Manga Award for shōjo.

The series was adapted as an animated television series by J.C.Staff, initially broadcast on Fuji TV in two seasons from April to September 2005 and June to September 2006. The series was also adapted as a live action movie, which was released in theaters in Japan on July 22, 2006, and two separate live-action television dramas in 2008, one broadcast in Japan on Fuji TV from January 8, 2008 to March 18, 2008 and the other broadcast in Taiwan on CTS beginning on May 25, 2008.

In 2003, the manga of Honey and Clover won the 27th Kodansha Manga Award for shōjo. About.com’s Deb Aoki lists Honey and Clover as the best new josei manga of 2008. Yū Aoi won the award for Best Actress at the 28th Yokohama Film Festival for her role as Hagumi Hanamoto in the live-action film.

Manga

The Honey and Clover manga was written and illustrated by Chika Umino and published by Shueisha. The first fourteen chapters were serialized in the josei (aimed at younger adult women) manga magazine CUTiEcomic from June 2000 to July 2001, when serialization moved to Young YOU. With the demise of Young YOU in 2005, it moved to Chorus, where it ran until July 2006. The 64 chapters were collected in ten bound volumes. The series was also issued in a ten-volume box set in May 2007.
The manga is licensed in North America by Viz Media, which began serializing it in Shojo Beat magazine in August 2007. It is also licensed in France by Kana, in Germany by Tokyopop Germany, and in Thailand by Bongkoch Comics.
In commemoration of the success of the live action drama series, a two-chapter spin-off was released from 2006 to 2008, again written and illustrated by Umino Chika, bringing the story to a final close.

Plot

Yūta Takemoto, Takumi Mayama and Shinobu Morita are three young men who live in the same apartment complex and are students at an art college in Tokyo.

One day, they are introduced to Hagumi Hanamoto, the daughter of a cousin of Shūji Hanamoto, an art professor, who has come to live with Hanamoto and has become a first year art student at the art school that everyone attends. Yuta and Shinobu both fall in love with Hagu, but Yuta hides his feelings and tries to be a friend to Hagu while Shinobu expresses his love in ways that seem only to scare Hagu, such as calling her “Mousey” and constantly photographing her. Hagu herself, though initially timid and afraid of company, gradually warms up to the three.

The group comes to include Ayumi Yamada, a master of pottery who is well known by her nickname “Tetsujin” (Iron Lady), who becomes very close to Hagu. When not at school, she helps run the family liquor store. While Ayumi is popular with many young men, she falls in love with Takumi, who does not recipocrate her feelings and considers her a very dear friend. Instead, Takumi pursues an older woman, Rika Harada, a widowed friend of Professor Hanamoto who runs an architecture studio she founded with her late husband.

The story follows these five characters in their love triangles, unrequited love, graduating from college, finding jobs, and learning more about themselves.

 

Wednesday News- January 1, 2020

Wednesday News- January 1, 2020

Review: GeGeGe no Kitaro Episodes 76-86 Streaming- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/gegege-no-kitaro/episodes-76-86/.154882

Ultraman Tops Netflix’s Most Watched Anime in Japan in 2019- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-12-31/ultraman-tops-netflix-most-watched-anime-in-japan-in-2019/.154902

Funimation Reveals Results of ‘Decade of Anime’ Fan Polls- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-12-31/funimation-reveals-results-of-decade-of-anime-fan-polls/.154809

angela Perform My Next Life as  a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Anime’s Opening Song- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2019-12-31/angela-perform-my-next-life-as-a-villainess-all-routes-lead-to-doom-anime-opening-song/.154938

Crunchyroll Reveals Most Watched Anime of the Decade by Region- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interest/2019-12-31/crunchyroll-reveals-most-watched-anime-of-the-decade-by-region/.154915

Anime

  • Haikyu!! 3rd Season Premium Box Set BD/DVD

Manga

  • 10 Dance Graphic Novel (GN) 5
  • GTO: Paradise Lost GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Hotaru’s Way GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • How NOT to Summon a Demon Lord GN 6
  • The Island of Giant Insects GN 1 (Digital Only)P
  • Kakafukaka GN 9 (Digital Only)
  • Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler GN 11P
  • Kounodori: Dr. Stork GN 12 (Digital Only)
  • Legend of the Rainbow GN 2 (Digital Only)C (Digital Only)
  • Machimaho: I Messed Up and Made the Wrong Person Into a Magical Girl! GN 4C
  • Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story GN 1A
  • Sacrificial Princess and the King of Beasts GN 8Pl
  • To Be Next to you GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Waiting for Spring GN 12C
  • What Did You Eat Yesterday? GN 14A

Other

  • The Alchemist Who Survived Now Dreams of a Quiet City Life Novel 2
  • Combatants Will Be Dispatched! Novel 2
  • Full Metal Panic! Novel (Digital Only)C
  • The Irregular at Magic High School Novel 14
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Novel 14P
  • Miniature Final Fantasy book (hardcover)
  • Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World Novel 2C
  • Outbreak Company Novel 12 (Digital Only)
  • Owarimonogatari Part 1 Novel
  • Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen Novel 1
  • Spice & Wolf Novel 21