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Wednesday News- December 5, 2018

Wednesday News- December 5, 2018

Rumiko Takahashi to Launch New Manga Series Early Next Spring- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-12-04/rumiko-takahashi-to-launch-new-manga-series-early-next-spring/.140351

23rd Detective Conan Film Opens in April, Centers on Kaito Kid, Makoto Kyōgoku- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-12-04/23rd-detective-conan-film-opens-in-april-centers-on-kaito-kid-makoto-kyogoku/.140266

Review: Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization GN 1 – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/sword-art-online/hollow-realization/gn-1/.139992

Sentai Filmworks Announces English Dub for To Love-Ru Anime – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-12-04/sentai-filmworks-announces-english-dub-for-to-love-ru-anime/.140319

Funimation, Hulu Sign First-Look Streaming Deal for New Anime – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-12-04/funimation-hulu-sign-first-look-streaming-deal-for-new-anime/.140359

Anime

  • Akame ga KILL! Complete Collection BD
  • Banner of the Stars DVD
  • Cheer Boys!! Essentials BD
  • Crest of the Stars DVD
    Den-noh Coil Complete Collection BD
  • Digimon Adventure tri.: Future BD/DVD
  • Digimon Adventure tri.: Future DVD
  • Haikara-San: Here Comes Miss Modern Part 1 BD
  • Kumamiko Essentials BD
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam Collection 1 BD
  • Mobile Fighter G Gundam Collection 1 DVD
  • Naruto Shippūden Set 36 DVD Uncut
  • Rainbow Days Essentials BD
  • The Silver Guardian BD

Manga

  • Accomplishments of the Duke’s Daughter GN 2
  • Ao Haru Ride GN 2
  • Are You Lost? GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Astra Lost in Space GN 5
  • Attack on Titan GN 26
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 3
  • Can I Kiss You Every Day? GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma GN 27
  • Forest of Piano GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Juni Taisen: Zodiac War GN 2
  • Kimi ni Todoke GN 30
  • Kiss Me at the Stroke of Midnight GN 8
  • Kuroko’s Basketball Omnibus GN 15
  • Lord Marksman and Vanadis GN 9
  • My Boy in Blue GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • My Hero Academia GN 16
  • New Game! GN 4
  • One Piece Omnibus GN 26
  • Platinum End GN 7
  • Pop Team Epic Second Season GN
  • The Promised Neverland GN 7
  • Queen’s Quality GN 6
  • Red Riding Hood’s Wolf Apprentice GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Seven Days GN 2
  • Takane & Hana GN 6
  • Tomo-chan is a Girl! GN 2
  • We Never Learn GN 1
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 15
  • The Young Master’s Revenge GN 4

Other

  • Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Novel 1
  • Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Novel 2
  • Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City Novel 1
  • Attack on Titan: The Harsh Mistress of the City Novel 2
  • Castlevania Season 1
  • Monster Hunter Illustrations Book 1 (Hardcover)
  • Persona 3: Dancing in Moonlight PS4 Game
  • Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight PS4 Game
  • Persona Dancing: Endless Night Collection PS4 Games
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Nintendo Switch Game

 

Manga Monday- Mahoromatic

Manga Monday- Mahoromatic

Mahoromatic is a Japanese manga series about a female android former soldier, Mahoro. Driven by guilt from her actions during her combat days, she decides to dedicate the rest of her life to serving the son of her late commander as a maid.

Characters

Mahoro Andou (CODE: V1046-R MAHORO)
is an android created by VESPER to fight an alien invasion by Saint during the 1980s. She is fast and immensely powerful, and is considered to be a formidable opponent by her enemies. Being an android, she has a limited life span. At the beginning of the story, she has just 398 days to live, and is given the choice to do anything she wants by VESPER. She chooses to become a maid for Suguru Misato: his father was her superior officer who was also killed (as collateral damage) when she killed an alien who had taken him hostage. Mahoro has a very sunny disposition and is friendly to just about everyone—she becomes a welcome regular at the market and becomes famous at Suguru’s school when it is made known that she is working for him. She also quickly becomes an excellent cook, able to emulate and recreate dishes from the best restaurants. She is also quite devoted to Suguru, with feelings for him reminiscent of both a doting mother and a shy girlfriend. She is, however, extremely hostile towards anything perverted. A good portion of the story’s humour comes from Mahoro chasing after Suguru’s secret stash of pornographic magazines which, given her training, she is easily able to find. She is well known for this attitude from her catch phrase: “Ecchi na no wa ikenai to omoimasu” (“I think that dirty thoughts are bad”). Mahoro and Shikijo-sensei’s dislike of one another stems from the fact that Shikijo is constantly trying to engage in an illicit relationship with Suguru. As such, Mahoro is very protective of Suguru when it comes to Shikijo’s advances towards him. Mahoro is very concerned about appearances, refusing to wear normal clothes given her position as a maid. She is also obsessed with her small breasts, and some stories actually deal with her rivalry with Shikijo (who has very large breasts), as well as her techniques and requests to VESPER for larger breasts. Mahoro retains access to many of her weapons and gadgets from her VESPER days, and is able to pull out her gun at any time. She also has access to the “silpheed”, which when worn on her back allows her to fly, as well as her support mech, Slash. She is able to call both the Silpheed and Slash at a moment’s notice from the badge she wears on her maid uniform. In addition, she also has access to a fully equipped and armed BMW sports convertible and MV Agusta motorcycle. Mahoro was created using Saint alien technology, giving her a true soul and a pure heart. Later in the series it is revealed that Mahoro is directly connected to the memories of Matthew, who on some occasions supplies Mahoro with advice. She had no family name until the name Andou (short for android) was created by Suguru.

Suguru Misato
is a junior high school student living in Tokyo. He lost both his parents earlier—his mother (who was half Saint), and years later, his father. While he believed his father was killed in an accident during a business trip, he was actually a commander (and Mahoro’s commanding officer) in VESPER and was killed-in-action during the alien war. Although relatives offered to take him in, he refused and lived alone prior to Mahoro’s arrival. He is smart and has an IQ of 130. He makes a favorable impression on members of the opposite sex. Suguru had a whole stash of dirty magazines which were all thrown away when Mahoro first arrived. Although he continues to try to smuggle them in and hide them, Mahoro will often find them—leading to comical confrontations between the two. Suguru uses a whole range of creative tactics to conceal his magazines, and is capable of running away very fast when being chased. Suguru hired a maid because of the filthy state of his house. He was expecting an older woman, and Mahoro’s arrival completely surprised him. At the end of the series Mahoro and Suguru have fallen in love.

Minawa Andou 
is first introduced in Mahoromatic ~Something More Beautiful~. Clumsy and anemic, she ends up living with Mahoro and Suguru and going to school under the pretext of being Mahoro’s younger sister. She has a habit of apologizing for everything she does, even if she has done nothing wrong. She claims to be a runaway member of The Management, but is later revealed to have been sent to gather information on VESPER’s battle android Mahoro after being promised a heart in return. Mahoro, however, convinces her that the fact that she can cry means she already has a heart. Suguru’s friend Hamaguchi develops a crush on her, and, despite her shortcomings, it is later insinuated that they form a relationship. It was later revealed that Minawa is not an android but a cyborg, and her body is in horrible shape due to all the experiments performed on her. Near the end of the series she leaves earth so she can get treatment at Saint’s home world. At the end of the anime, it is suggested she was completely healed and is with Hamaguchi. She had no name until one was created by Suguru, so she could pretend to be Mahoro’s little sister.

Slash
is known as a “support mech” and assists Mahoro during combat. He has the form of a panther and can be summoned at any time by Mahoro. Although he can speak, his mouth never moves except during times when he expresses emotions. Although used for combat in the past, he often now acts as a guard dog around the Misato residence and a friend to the Misato’s dog—a role he was not thrilled to take in the beginning. He is friendly but tough and will lend a helping paw when asked. Although Mahoro is Slash’s master, he will now take commands from Suguru: since Suguru is Mahoro’s employer, he is also her master and thus Slash’s master as well. Near the end of the anime series, he was used to wipe out Management and was last seen standing at the side of the fallen Vesper leader. However,(in the manga) he firmly stood by Mahoro’s side, as she uses her final powers to destroy the asteroid to save mankind.

 

Wednesday News- November 28, 2018

Wednesday News- November 28, 2018

‘Parasite Eve’ Trademark Filed Under Square Enix in Europe- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-11-26/parasite-eve-trademark-filed-under-square-enix-in-europe/.139987

The Fall 2018 Manga Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/feature/2018-11-26/the-fall-2018-manga-guide/.139963

What Are Japanese “Family Restaurants” Like?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/answerman/2018-11-26/.139579

New Type-Moon Anime by Troyca to Air on December 31- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-11-27/new-type-moon-anime-by-troyca-to-air-on-december-31/.140015

Anime

  • Dinosaur King Season 1 BD
  • Dinosaur King Season 2 BD
  • Hells BD
  • King’s Game BD/DVD
    Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon BD
  • Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars Essentials BD
  • Sound! Euphonium 2 Volume 2 BD
  • Tales of the Abyss Complete Series BD/DVD
  • Three Leaves, Three Colors Essentials BD
  • UQ Holder! Magister Negi Magi! 2 BD

Manga

  • Ace of Diamond GN 17 (Digital Only)
  • Absolute Duo GN 4
  • All-Rounder Meguru GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Ao-Chan Can’t Study GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Arifureta – From Commonplace to World’s Strongest GN 3
  • Blissful Land GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Devilman VS. Hades GN 3
  • Futaribeya GN 2
  • Grand Blue Dreaming GN 3
  • The High School Life of a Fudanshi GN 4
  • Is Kichijoji the Only Place to Live? GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Kakafukaka GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Kira-kun Today GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Liar x Liar GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Nirvana GN 3
  • Peach Mermaid GN 3 (Digital Only)
  • Persona 3 GN 8
  • Pokémon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl/Platinum GN 1-11 (Digital Only)
  • Real Account Omnibus GN 9-11
  • Saint Seiya: Saintia Shō GN 4
  • The Seven Deadly Sins GN 29
  • Those Summer Days GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Tsuredure Children GN 11 (Digital Only)
  • Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku GN 3
  • Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs GN 4

Other

  • Defeating the Demon Lord’s a Cinch (If You’ve Got a Ringer) Novel 2
  • Der Werwolf – The Annals of Veight Novel 2
  • Mega Man X Complete Works Artbook (Hardcover)
  • My Hero Academia Card Game
  • Outbreak Company Novel 6
  • Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography–Beyond the Fantasy (Hardcover)

 

Manga Monday- Space Pirate Captain Harlock

Manga Monday- Space Pirate Captain Harlock

Space Pirate Captain Harlock  is a manga series written and illustrated by Leiji Matsumoto. It was serialized in Play Comic from 1977 to 1979, with the chapters collected into five tankōbon volumes by Akita Shoten. The series follows the titular Captain, an outcast turned space pirate after he rebelled against Earth’s Government and humanity’s general apathy. On August 2014, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Matsumoto’s debut, he launched a retelling manga, Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage, illustrated by Kōichi Shimahoshi, which features some significant plot differences. Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the manga in North America.

Plot

In the future, in 2977 AD, humanity has achieved a vast starfaring civilization, but is slowly and steadily succumbing to ennui or despair, often due to defeat and subjugation by a foreign invader. Rising against the general apathy, Harlock denies defeat and leads an outlaw crew aboard his starship Arcadia to undertake daring raids against Earth’s oppressors. Their primary oppressors are the Mazone, a race of organic plant-based alien women who explored Earth in the mythic past and are now back to reclaim it.

Characters

The Captain

Harlock is the archetypal romantic hero, a space pirate with an individualist philosophy of life. He is as noble as he is taciturn, rebellious, stoically fighting against totalitarian regimes, whether they be earthborn or alien. In his own words, he “fight[s] for no one’s sake, only for something deep in [his] heart.”

Crew of the Arcadia

Tadashi Daiba 
is the audience surrogate, the viewer’s gateway to Harlock’s world. The 14-year-old son of a scientist who was killed by the Mazone, he joined the Arcadia crew following the death of his father. He lost his mother in a disaster on the Neptunian moon Triton when her pleas for help were ignored by the indifferent government. Tadashi is sometimes in conflict with Harlock early in the series, but he would become a trusted part of Harlock’s senior staff as the series progressed.

Kei Yuki 
A young human woman with blonde hair who was already part of Harlock’s crew at the time Tadashi came aboard. She first met Harlock when he raided a ship that was transporting her back to Earth as a prisoner after she had assaulted a military officer who had belittled her father’s death. There is a slight intimation that she harbors a crush on Harlock (though this would be made more definite in the later SSX series), and initially seems inclined romantically towards Tadashi Daiba, though the two eventually settle into a platonic friendship. She is the Arcadia‘s chief navigator and science officer and the second-youngest crew member after Tadashi.

Miime 
A mysterious brooding female alien with blue skin and body-length blue hair. Like all of her race, Miime has no mouth or other facial features outside of almond shaped yellow eyes. Like others of her race, she uses alcohol as a non-intoxicating foodstuff and uses her psychic and psionic powers as a means of reducing pain of injuries. Originally from the planet Jura, she became the last of her species after being saved by Harlock and crew. In gratitude, Miime became part of the crew of the Arcadia and pledged her life to Harlock’s support and safety, becoming the pirate’s nearest companion. Having no mouth, she can still “speak” and still absorb liquids through the general mouth area. Although not provided an official position aboard the Arcadia, she will help Doctor Zero tend to injured crew members in times of crisis. Her empathic nature makes her a valuable counselor (for example, when she consoles Miss Masu following the loss of the latter’s estranged fiancé) and is capable of quelling pain/anxiety of all onboard by the strumming of her lap harp. In the 1999 Harlock Saga OVA, she is refashioned to appear as a more humanoid woman and provided a different back story, making her a member of the Nibelung clan; here, her preferred musical instrument is the pipe organ and somehow possesses the ability to control time. In 2002’s Endless Odyssey OVA her original look and history return. Miime is depicted as more distinctly alien but with a face featuring a mouth in the 2013 feature film.

Yattaran 
Harlock’s first mate on the Arcadia, he is usually portrayed as comic relief in the series, but when a battle against alien threats become imminent he will be at the captain’s side. He is also a brilliant mathematician and has a major interest in building plastic model kits of ships (he was even seen building a scale model of the Arcadia in one episode). Yattaran is based on manga artist Kaoru Shintani (best known for Area 88) who, in his early career worked for Matsumoto building models for reference.

Doctor Zero 
Chief Medical Officer. Like Yattaran, he serves as comic relief when he argues with the ship’s cook, Miss Masu, over his raids of Masu’s kitchen to get his beverage of choice, sake. He has a pet cat called Mi-kun (named Miaou in the French version), which he adopted after the then-kitten’s mother, which was injured and apparently dying, brought him to Zero’s office, and was later brought with Zero on board the Arcadia. Doctor Zero’s cat, Mi-kun also appears in Space Battleship Yamato as Doctor Sado’s cat. Mi-kun also makes on-off appearances in several other anime such as Queen Millennia and Galaxy Express 999. Mi-kun is based on Matsumoto’s own pet cat, the latest of which is named Mi-kun III.

Maji
Chief Engineer.

Miss Masu
Chief steward. Masu Tsunajima is a cantankerous spinster who is intolerant of her kitchen being raided by Doctor Zero or his cat. She is also a comic relief character in the series, although her back story had her intended to marry her fiancé, Gozo Otowara, before circumstances prevented the wedding from taking place. Masu believed she had been stood up, until she learned the truth years later and reconciled with Gozo in a brief communication before Gozo was killed by the Mazone.

Tochirō Ōyama
Harlock’s old friend and chief builder of the Arcadia. He died of illness prior to the events of the series, but his consciousness survives within the ship’s computer.

 

Wednesday News- November 21, 2018

Wednesday News- November 21, 2018

Netflix Announces December Premiere Dates for Baki, Sirius the Jaeger, Hi Score Girl Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-11-20/netflix-announces-december-premiere-dates-for-baki-sirius-the-jaeger-hi-score-girl-anime/.139762

Funimation Reveals Cast, Staff, Streaming for New 2019 Fruits Basket TV Anime- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-11-19/funimation-reveals-cast-staff-streaming-for-new-2019-fruits-basket-tv-anime/.139680

Shelf Life: Terraformars Revenge- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/shelf-life/2018-11-19/.139649

Review: The Ancient Magus’ Bride GN 9- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/review/the-ancient-magus-bride/gn-9/.139676

Dragon Ball FighterZ Game Gets Deluxe Edition for PS4 in January with All 8 DLC Characters- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-11-20/dragon-ball-fighterz-game-gets-deluxe-edition-for-ps4-in-january-with-all-8-dlc-characters/.139693

Anime

  • Blend S BD
  • Blood Blockade Battlefront & Beyond BD/DVD
  • Fate/Apocrypha Box Set 1 BD
  • Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower BD
  • Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower Limited Edition BD
  • Fireworks BD/DVD
  • Fireworks DVD
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Box Set 1 BD
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Box Set 2 BD
  • Garo -Vanishing Line- Part 1 BD/DVD
  • Hello Kitty & Friends Let’s Learn Together Collection 1 DVD
  • Hello Kitty & Friends Let’s Learn Together Collection 2 DVD
  • Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Take on Me (Eiga Chūnibyō demo Koi ga Shitai! Take On Me) BD/DVD
  • The Morose Mononokean Essentials BD
  • Myriad Colors Phantom World Essentials BD
  • Space Patrol Luluco Essentials BD

Manga

  • Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor Graphic Novel (GN) 5
  • All Out!! GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • Are You Lost? GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Back Street Girls GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Battle Angel Alita: Holy Night & Other Stories GN (Hardcover)
  • Beasts of Abigaile GN 4
  • Captain Harlock: Dimensional Voyage GN 6
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card GN 5
  • Children of the Whales GN 7
  • The Delinquent Housewife! GN 2
  • Elegant Yokai Apartment Life GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Golosseum GN 4
  • Good Dog, Cerberus! GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • I Hear the Sunspot: Limit GN 1
  • Inside Mari GN 1
  • Juana and the Dragonewt’s Seven Kingdoms GN 3
  • Land of the Lustrous GN 7
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt GN 9
  • Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai GN 5
  • Ōoku: The Inner Chambers GN 14
  • Otherworldly Izakaya “Nobu” GN 2
  • PEZ GN
  • Ran And The Gray World GN 1
  • RWBY Official Manga Anthology GN 3
  • Shōjo Fight! GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Shomin Sample GN 9
  • UQ Holder! GN 15
  • Wonderland GN 1
  • Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku GN 3 (Digital Only)

Other

  • Apparently it’s My Fault That My Husband Has The Head of a Beast Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • Alita: Battle Angel: Iron City Novel
  • Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! Novel 4
  • Durarara!! Novel 11
  • ECHO Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • The Eyes of Bayonetta 2 Artbook (Hardcover)
  • I Want to Eat Your Pancreas Novel
  • In Another World With My Smartphone Novel 11 (Digital Only)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild–Creating a Champion (Hardcover)
  • Monogatari Series Novel Box Set
  • Outbreak Company Novel 6 (Digital Only)
  • Street Fighter Classic GN 3
  • Toradora! Novel 33

 

Manga Monday- Cells at Work!

Manga Monday- Cells at Work!

Cells at Work! is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akane Shimizu. It features the anthropomorphized cells of a human body, with the two main protagonists being a red blood cell, and a neutrophil she frequently encounters. The manga was serialized in Kodansha’s shōnen manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Sirius starting in March 2015.

Manga

The manga was launched in Kodansha’s shōnen manga magazine Monthly Shōnen Sirius in March 2015. Kodansha has collected the manga into five tankōbon volumes as of October 2017. The manga received a spinoff in the May 2017 issue of Nakayoshi called Hataraku Saikin by Haruyuki Yoshida, which follows the lives of good and bad bacteria in the intestines. Another spinoff, titled Hatarakanai Saibō by Moe Sugimoto, about immature red blood cells (erythroblasts) that do not want to work, was launched in the September 2017 issue of Monthly Shōnen Sirius. Kodansha USA announced that it had licensed Cells at Work! in North America on March 21, 2016. The manga is also licensed in Taiwan by Tong Li Publishing. The manga received another spinoff titled Hataraku Saibō Black, set in a “black” environment of a human body suffering an unhealthy lifestyle, that runs in Weekly Morning since June 7, 2018. It is written by Shigemitsu Harada, with illustrations by Issei Hatsuyoshi and supervision by Shimizu.

Plot

The story takes place inside the human body, where trillions of anthropomorphic cells each do their job to keep the body healthy. The series largely focuses on two such cells; a rookie red blood cell, AE3803, who often gets lost during deliveries, and a relentless white blood cell, U-1146, who fights against any germs that invade the body.

 

Wednesday News- November 14, 2018

Wednesday News- November 14, 2018

The Game Awards 2018 Nominees Revealed- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-11-13/the-game-awards-2018-nominees-revealed/.139443

A Certain Scientific Railgun Season 3 Slated for 2019- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-11-13/newtype-a-certain-scientific-railgun-season-3-slated-for-2019/.139397

Live-Action Hollywood Alita: Battle Angel Film’s Trailer Previews Battle Scenes- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2018-11-13/live-action-hollywood-alita-battle-angel-film-trailer-previews-battle-scenes/.139429

Dropkick on my Devil Staff: Anime Needs to Sell 500 More Boxes for 2nd Season- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/daily-briefs/2018-11-13/dropkick-on-my-devil-staff-anime-needs-to-sell-500-more-boxes-for-2nd-season/.139400

How do you watch anime and read manga – https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/survey/812/

Anime

  • And you thought there is never a girl online? Essentials BD
  • Beyblade: Metal Fusion DVD
  • Beyblade: Metal Masters DVD
  • Code:Realize -Guardian of Rebirth- BD/DVD
  • Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Knocking on Heaven’s Door Steelbook BD
  • Drifters Complete Series Classics BD
  • Gatchaman Crowds Complete Collections BD
  • Joker Game Essentials BD
  • Made in Abyss Premium Box Set BD
  • One Piece Collection 23 DVD Uncut
  • ReLIFE Final Arc BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon Super S Part 2 BD/DVD
  • Sailor Moon Super S Part 2 DVD
  • A Sister’s All You Need BD
  • Twin Star Exorcists Part 3 BD/DVD

Manga

  • ACCA 13 Territory Inspection Department Graphic Novel (GN) 5
  • Akame ga KILL! ZERO GN 8
  • Alice in Murderland GN 9 (Hardcover)
  • Alicia’s Diet Quest GN 1 (Digital Only)
  • Angels of Death GN 5
  • Blade of the Immortal Omnibus GN 7
  • Boarding School Juliet GN 6 (Digital Only)
  • A Bride’s Story GN 10 (Hardcover)
  • Chio’s School Road GN 2
  • Delicious in Dungeon GN 6
  • Devilman The Classic Collection GN 2 (Hardcover)
  • Dimension W GN 12
  • Forbidden Scrollery GN 5
  • Frau Faust GN 5
  • Fruits Basket Another GN 2
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Fullmetal Edition GN 3 (Hardcover)
  • Goblin Slayer! GN 4
  • Golosseum GN 4 (Digital Only)
  • High School DxD GN 11
  • Hybrid x Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia GN 4
  • Interspecies Reviewers GN 1
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Familia Chronicle Episode Lyu GN 1
  • Kamakura Monogatari GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Konosuba – God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! GN 7
  • Laid-Back Camp GN 4
  • Land of the Lustrous GN 7 (Digital Only)
  • LDK GN 12
  • Little Witch Academia GN 2
  • Log Horizon: The West Wind Brigade GN 10
  • Love at Fourteen GN 8
  • Mermaid Boys GN 3
  • Mikagura School Suite GN 3
  • Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: The Glory of Losers GN 9
  • Nekogahara GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! GN 12
  • Overlord GN 8
  • Pokémon Horizon Sun and Moon GN 2
  • Pokémon Pocket Comics Classic GN
  • The Prince’s Black Poison GN 8 (Digital Only)
  • Radiant GN 2
  • Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Chapter 3: Truth of Zero GN 5
  • Record of Grancrest War GN 1
  • Requiem of the Rose King GN 9
  • RIN-NE GN 28
  • The Royal Tutor GN 10
  • Sailor Moon Eternal Edition GN 2
  • A Strange and Mystifying Story GN 5
  • Sword Art Online Hollow Realization GN 1
  • Tales of Wedding Rings GN 4
  • Tokyo Alice GN 5 (Digital Only)
  • Trinity Seven GN 15
  • Waiting for Spring GN 9
  • The Walls Between Us GN 2 (Digital Only)
  • Yotsuba&! GN 14

Other

  • A Certain Magical Index Novel 17
  • Ao Oni: Grudge Novel (Digital Only)
  • The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist (Hardcover)
  • Defeating the Demon Lord’s a Cinch If You’ve Got a Ringer Novel 2
  • Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks? Novel 1
  • Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days Novel 1
  • Magical Girl Raising Project Novel 5
  • My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Novel 1 (Digital Only)
  • My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected Novel 6
  • Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! / Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! Nintendo Switch Games
  • The Saga of Tanya the Evil Novel 4
  • Seirei Gensouki – Spirit Chronicles Novel 2 (Digital Only)
  • So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel 4
  • Sword Art Online: Progressive Novel 5
  • WorldEnd – What Do You Do at the End of the World? Are You Busy? Will You Save Us? Novel 2

 

Manga Monday- Mob Psycho 100

Manga Monday- Mob Psycho 100

Mob Psycho 100 is a Japanese webmanga created by ONE, which began publication on Ura Sunday on April 18, 2012, and concluded on December 22, 2017. A Chinese translation started publication in Taiwan on April 16, 2014. It has been available online on Shogakukan’s mobile app MangaONE since December 2014. Dark Horse Comics has licensed the series for English publication. In 2017, the manga won the 62nd Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shōnen category. A spin-off manga series titled Reigen launched in the MangaONE mobile app on March 19, 2018.

Plot

Shigeo Kageyama is an average middle school boy, nicknamed Mob (meaning “background character”) for lacking a sense of presence. Although he looks like an inconspicuous person, he is in fact a powerful esper. As he grows older, Mob realizes that his psychic powers are strengthening and becoming more dangerous. To avoid his power getting out of control, he constantly lives a life under an emotional shackle. Mob wants to live a normal life just like the others, but a barrage of trouble keeps coming after him. With the suppressed emotions growing inside Mob little by little, his power threatens to break through its limits.

Characters

Shigeo Kageyama 
is an eighth grade Esper with powerful psychic abilities. His helmet hairstyle is his defining physical feature. He is not good at reading the atmosphere, and since childhood, has rarely felt or displayed intense emotion. He thinks his power is not necessary in his life, so he avoids using it. He suppresses his emotions to keep his power in control, but when the percentage of his accumulated feelings reaches 100, he is overcome by the strongest emotion he is feeling at the time and unleashes the full extent of his powers. He works at Reigen’s spirit counsel for 300 yen an hour. When he was asked to join the Telepathy Club so they wouldn’t be disbanded, he was introduced to the Body Improvement Club, which he then joined to become popular, in order to impress his secret love. He is also credited as Salt Middle School’s urabanchō (裏番長 is roughly translated as “secret school gang leader”) known as White T Poison but this fact remains unknown to many including himself. Shigeo also possesses an unknown power as explained by the narrator during his battle with Teruki which far surpasses even the height of his abilities, but is uncontrollable and only awakens when unconscious.
Arataka Reigen  
Mob’s master, a self-proclaimed psychic who has his own spirit counsel (the “Talk About Spirits Agency”), which is cheap compared to competitors. He wasn’t getting much business, but after setting up a homepage on the internet, the number of assignments has increased. He is essentially a con artist and excels in persuasion, speech, and perception, as well as massage and whack-a-mole. He is clever and agile, claiming to have a greenbelt of Shaolin boxing. He is very afraid of cockroaches and likes dogs. Reigen solves his clients’ problems with a variety of skills (including Reigen’s “secret technique”); if that doesn’t work, he’ll call in Mob to deal with it. Even though he is a fraud, he treats Mob’s inner turmoil very seriously, and gives him pertinent suggestions. For better or worse, he is Mob’s mentor.
Dimple 
An upper class evil spirit, devious and sly, characterized by the circular blush on his cheeks. In order to become a god worshiped by people, he established a religion/cult called (LOL), which was dissolved by Mob. After his defeat, his power fell off remarkably, and Mob came to regard him as reasonably harmless. Dimple thinks Mob might be a great springboard to godhood, so he stayed with Mob in order to exploit him, however this plan failed. Later in the series, he attempts the same thing with Mob’s brother, Ritsu. Dimple claims to be Mob’s partner. He can possess the bodies of others and release the full potential of his host, but he tries to avoid breaking the host’s body.
Ritsu Kageyama  
Mob’s younger brother, grade 7. He is clever and competent, excelling at both academic and athletic performance. Having a handsome face, he is popular among girls. He is also a member of the Student Council. The only thing he’s lacking is psychic power. Because Mob is a strong Esper and Ritsu witnessed his immense power while growing up, Ritsu has always had an inferiority complex and an obsessive longing for psychic power of his own. He eventually developed his own psychic powers and became a fairly powerful esper but not as powerful as his big brother, as the strength of Ritsu’s psychic abilities are tied to his feelings of grief and guilt. After his abilities first awaken he allows Dimple to possess him in order to quickly gain control of his power, but ends up attracting the attention of Claw.
Teruki Hanazawa   
Black Vinegar Middle School’s “ura banchou” (“hidden boss”), known to most as Teru. Also a strong Esper, he originally held scorn for people without psychic power, calling them “commoners.” Accustomed to using his power freely in daily life, be it exams or sports, he excels at it all. Coupled with his handsome looks, he is very popular. He’ll do a pigeon-toed pose when he fights seriously. After he is lectured and defeated by Mob, his perspective on psychic power changes, and he becomes more friendly to others. Teru later becomes the mentor for several low-leveled psychics that were captured by Claw. Teru always wanted to hang out with Mob and tries his best to be more kind and understanding to the people around him.

Claw

Touichirou Suzuki 
The leader of Claw. Touichirou is a ruthless and cunning man who founded Claw for the sole purpose of world domination and use everyone he can to achieve this goal. Being an incredibly powerful psychic on par with Mob, he seeks to put the rest of humanity under his thumb. Touichirou is not entirely without a heart, however, as he also seeks to find his ex-wife who left him many years ago.
Shou Suzuki 
The son of Touichirou Suzuki. Initially thought to be some random trainer sent to the 7th division from Claw’s HQ, he is revealed to have been scouting potential psychics for some unknown reason. Shou is an extremely powerful psychic, capable of easily smashing Ishiguro’s gravity orbs with little effort. Shou states that he can always find a way to deal with the psychic powers of his opponents. One of Shou’s most notable techniques allows him to refract light around him, rendering him invisible to the naked eye.

 

Wednesday News- November 7, 2018

Wednesday News- November 7, 2018

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Manga Monday- Tokyo Mew Mew

Manga Monday- Tokyo Mew Mew

Tokyo Mew Mew is a Japanese shōjo manga series written by Reiko Yoshida and illustrated by Mia Ikumi. It was originally serialized in Nakayoshi from September 2000 to February 2003, and later published in seven tankōbon volumes by Kodansha from February 2001 to April 2003. It focuses on five girls infused with the DNA of endangered animals which gives them special powers and allows them to transform into “Mew Mews.” Led by Ichigo Momomiya, the girls protect the earth from aliens who wish to “reclaim” it.

Well received by English-language readers, several volumes of the manga series appeared in the Top 50 sales lists for graphic novels in their respective months of release. Critics praised the manga as a cute and entertaining series with free-flowing style and character designs. à la mode received praise as a good continuation of the series, but was also criticized for offering nothing new.

Plot

In Tokyo, Japan, a young girl named Ichigo Momomiya attends an endangered species exhibit with her “crush” Masaya Aoyama. After an earthquake, Ichigo and four other girls are bathed in a strange light. A cat appears before Ichigo, then merges with her. The next day, she begins acting like a cat and making cat puns. After meeting Ryô Shirogane and Keiichirô Akasaka, Ichigo learns that she was infused with the DNA of the Iriomote cat. Ryou and Keiichirou explain that this allows her to transform into Mew Ichigo, a powerful heroic cat girl. She is ordered to defeat Chimera Animas—alien parasites which infect animals and turn them into monsters. Ryou and Keiichirou instruct Ichigo to find the four other girls from the exhibit—the remaining Mew Mews.

The first Mew Mew Ichigo encounters is Minto Aizawa, a spoiled, wealthy girl and ballerina who is infused with the genes of the blue lorikeet; Retasu Midorikawa, a shy but smart girl who endures constant bullying from three girls and absorbs the genes of the finless porpoise; a hyper and yet young girl named Bu-Ling Huang who receives the genes of the golden lion tamarin; and Zakuro Fujiwara, a professional actress and model infused with the genes of the gray wolf.

The five Mew Mews battle the Chimera Animas and their alien controllers Quiche, Pie and Tart. Quiche falls in love with Ichigo where he tries to gain her love despite the fact that he is trying to eliminate the other Mew Mews. Pie and Tart later join Quiche in trying to destroy the Mew Mews.

As the fighting intensifies, the Mew Mews are tasked with finding “Mew Aqua”, a material created from pure water that contains immense power for combating the alien attacks and can be sensed by the Mew Mews. During a battle with Quiche at an aquarium, Ichigo is in danger of losing when the mysterious Blue Knight appears and rescues her. He returns periodically throughout the series, protecting Ichigo from various dangers. It is later revealed that the Blue Knight is in fact Masaya. Shortly after this discovery, Masaya collapses and transforms again. This time, he transforms into Deep Blue, the alien leader who wants to destroy humanity. After explaining to Ichigo that Masaya was a false form for temporary use, Deep Blue attacks the Mew Mews. Pie and Tart try to stop the other mew mews while Ichigo goes after Deep Blue. He and Quiche battle and Deep Blue wins. Masaya’s personality briefly reappears and he uses the Mew Aqua inside Deep Blue to save Ichigo and Tokyo, killing himself in the process. Crying over his body, Ichigo pours her power into Masaya to save his life, losing her own in the process. Masaya kisses her, changing her back to a human and revives her. Ryou gives Pie the remaining Mew Aqua to save the aliens’ world, after which Quiche, Pie, and Tart say their goodbyes and return to their own world.

Sequel

In the two-volume sequel Tokyo Mew Mew à La Mode, Ichigo and Masaya move to England to study endangered species. The remaining Mew Mews continue to eliminate the Chimera Animas left behind by the aliens. They face a new threat in the form of the Saint Rose Crusaders: humans with special powers who desire to conquer the world and create a utopia while taking over the remaining Chimera Animas. Berry Shirayuki becomes the sixth Mew Mew and temporarily takes Ichigo’s place as the leader. Berry is the first Mew Mew to be infused with the DNA of two endangered species, the Andean mountain cat and the Amami rabbit. As one of the strongest Mew Mews, Berry is targeted by two of the Crusaders, who attack her at school. Ichigo returns to provide assistance during this battle. For their final attack, two Crusaders hypnotize the citizens of Tokyo and set them against the Mew Mews. Berry and her childhood friend Tasuku Meguro use their new-found feelings of love to reverse the hypnosis and cause a change of heart in the Crusaders.