It is possible that I am one of few people that actually care about what is written in the speech bubbles of a manga; to most people a great manga or manhwa is determined by its art, characters and the story.
And to an extent that is true; however with regards to the story, I am as interested in the words of the story as I am with the progress that occurs over each chapter.
Manhwa has a tendency to fail in this regard, so certain that the pictures will tell the story that it puts little effort into refining the words written within the pages and the speech bubbles.
Which I think is a shame because most such manga miss the opportunity to accentuate their plots; I cannot help but appreciate Ubel Blatt and the likes of Vinland Saga, titles that place as much emphasis upon the words that are written as they do on the imagery, this better conveying the emotion behind each scene.
Lord Glenn’s war machine begins to grind as the order of Gugnir is dispatched to make loyal subjects and followers of the confused masses of the empire, reeling from the blood letting of Lord Lebellont’s war.
Ascherit’s will is set to complete his task, to bring the legend of the heroes to a bloody end, Lord Glenn his latest target. Only he might not have to go at it alone anymore.
I feels like it has been a while since I last read Ubel Blatt, to the point where I almost forgot what the hell had been happening in the manga since chapter chapter 123.
Once more, I point out this irritation that Monthly series simply cannot escape, especially when they exceed their four week quota in availing chapter releases. Seriously though, I don’t think monthly manga and manhwa should even be allowed to take breaks. Because waiting for four weeks to read the next manga, only to be informed of a whole other four week break, that is just criminal.
These four chapters of Ubel Blat were released within mere days to a week of each other. And I am somewhat grateful because some of the individual chapters were a little slow and wouldn’t have been the most interesting reads.
+I want to say that these chapters began pushing the Glenn plot towards something resembling progress but that would be a lie. It’s been quite a few chapters since Lord lebellont finally bit the dust and Koinzel disappeared with a pursuing party in toe, even as his crew parted.
And considering the pace at which Lord Glenn was progressing within those early chapters, challenging the other heroes and making his claim on the kingdom, it feels like we spent a little too much time underground with the remnants of Lebellont’s followers.
Granted this perception might come down to the manga’s monthly release schedule; chances are it hasn’t been that long since Lord Glenn first emerged; however counting the months that have past since then, it feels like a damn long time.
Ascherit (I prefer Ascherit over Koinzel-its kind of a dumb name) shows his stuff once more against his former master’s raging student. The order of Gugnir, Glenn’s primary force of attack moves to secure the loyalty of various key elements, a job previously executed by Glenn himself.
And they seem intent upon spreading Wischtech’s will across the empire; indeed it would be accurate to say that the invasion has began, so much more subtly than the magical force’s initial brutal assault several decades back.
Now shrouded behind the name of Glenn, the empire’s most beloved hero, the world as Ascherit knows it seems doomed; and the pessimism is more than justified, specifically taking into account the fickleness of a population that was so quick to raise up a selection of villains as their leaders for the sake of temporary peace.
I don’t know if Ubel Blatt is fulfilling its potential these days; there is a clear attempt to further expand the mythology of the series, develop the cast and interweave their stories together.
These chapters allowed the lines to be further drawn between Glenn and those people that will oppose him, led by Ascherit. Ascherit’s fights were pretty awesome, well illustrated and choreographed to display skill rather than power.
But I am not feeling the excitement and the rush the Ubel Blatt story used to generate in me. And again it is most likely the monthly releases.
Yet this should be the foremost consideration of all monthly manga, telling a story befitting of four whole weeks of waiting, more than four weeks with Ubel Blatt, which these chapters failed to do.
RATING: 6/10, the series just came out of a massive war arc. We don’t necessary need another so soon. But the plot could benefit from accelerated pacing. I want to see more of Glenn’s madness and the infighting between the rest of the heroes continue to intensify.
It’s amusing how Ato seems to have adopted Ascherit’s dead eyed stare.
I thought Diabolik Lovers was the dumbest thing I had ever watched. But thinking on it, it’s merely odd, but an oddness like I haven’t witnessed in my recent anime watching manga reading history.
Considering the nature of the content I encountered within this 12 episode anime, more stunning than the strange finale are the reviews, which are all over the place, some praising Diabolik lovers to death while others curse it to the very depths of hell.
But seriously, what the hell was this? I can’t decide if it was so bad it became compelling or if it was because it attempted to be so compelling that it was bad.
Komori Yui is a positive-thinking girl who nevertheless is troubled by seeing spirits and experiencing poltergeist phenomena. In her second year in high school, she transfers to a new school—a night school for entertainers and celebrities—due to her father's work. There are rumors that vampires exist among the student body, and Yui ends up living with the six sadistic Sakamaki brothers.
Diabolik lovers was adapted from a fairly well known visual novel, and I am starting to notice a trend here; adapting visual novels is either the hardest thing in the world, or the same team of writers keeps messing up, because rarely do projects such as this achieve their purpose, most very messy and convoluted and very much pointless.
Which makes sense, seeing as the material they are being adapted from tends to meander through different paths of plot and story, with the outcome of different personalities and characters determined by the readers, to the point where selecting a singular path to follow and locating a definitive characterization becomes rather difficult.
That being said, a lot of female reviewers I came across slammed Diabolik lovers. I say slammed but maybe that doesn’t quite convey the seething Roth that I found was directed towards this anime. And I thought that was interested, more or less driving me to figure out what all the fuss was about.
Diabolic lovers is a reverse harem; think typical harem with a primary male protagonist suddenly inundated by hordes of largely badass female characters fighting for his attention.
In this case, it’s a girl and she finds herself under siege from adoring-or rather villainous- male characters. What I found interesting was the fact that Diabolik Lovers is categorized in the supernatural genre.
And that isn’t a total lie, with innocent Yui finding herself surrounded by six hungry vampires that cannot get enough of her blood. I personally expected something within the range of Saw, with this little girl fighting throughout 12 episodes to survive her bloodthirsty pursuers.
What ensued wasn’t quite as intriguing, with Yui basically passing from one brother to the other through out each episode as they went about torturing her mentally and physically before finally relieving her of entire pints of her blood.
Then would come the peace, as she recuperated for a few hours, before finding herself back in the vampires den, being thrown out of windows and into walls, experiencing all manner of torment and pain, all the while fighting to locate an exit from the nightmare of a mansion.
All seemingly fairly interesting stuff in a world of action oriented anime that is all basically the same stuff with different faces; but that doesn’t take into account the oddity that is Yui, a female character like I haven’t seen anywhere.
If anything I just described sounds like material for unique horror, it isn’t; not when Yui spends a considerable portion of each episode trying and failing and TRYING AGAIN to reach across the divide between her and her tormentors in some sort of effort to create a connection.
If that sounds like some cunning strategy to escape her doomed fate; it isn’t. This girl genuinely wants to know and sympathize with her captors, and she doesn’t quite trying to forgive, connect with and show a modicum of kindness of the Sakamaki brothers, disregarding how terribly each encounter ends.
And maybe that is how I made it to the end; I just couldn’t get enough of Yui and her crazy brain; the way she would lend a pitying shoulder to her weeping captors in one scene, mere minutes after having her arms nearly twisted out of their sockets by the same individual, was not only astonishing, it was disturbing.
This wasn’t horror; this was a disturbing game of hide and seek, but with lots of physical torment. If anything the quiet scenes between her and the likes of Kotano and Ayato only made it that much more difficult to take her screams of horror seriously in the episodes that followed, even with the clear signs of danger.
No, just No. I do not know what the hell I was watching throughout all 12 episodes, but none of it made any sense. The master/tormentor/victim dynamic made absolutely no sense, even though that managed to work for the story’s character development arcs. Was I supposed to hate these characters or empathize with them? Despise them or sympathize with them?
Because considering how detestable they were, attempts to make them likeable just fell flat.
There is considerable effort placed into crafting the Sakamaki brothers, each of which is developed as some sad and tragic child forced into the skin of a monster, the consequence of past rivalries between their three mothers.
Primary differences arose most in the way the brothers approached Yui, and which form of torture they chose in displaying their love/hate for her, almost always fighting to see who could elicit the greatest anguish from Yui.
None of these people were by any means great works of art, and included typical archetypes, with a brooding eldest brother, a wimpy but cruel youngest sibling, the cool, calm quiet second eldest that showed the most amount of cruelty but whom Yui was most drawn to…
But the anime does distinguish its characters into clear personalities, and that is actually worth commending, even if Yui comes off as the WORST FEMALE CHARACTER IN ANIME AND MANGA EVER.
+Why you Should Watch this?
Why should I watch Diabolic lovers, you ask? A better question is, why the hell would you not watch this anime?. If you are one Otaku that spends your hours of entertainment watching epic protagonist facing off against dark antagonists, and simply wish to escape that endless circle of heroics and villainy, then Diabolik Lovers is a must watch.
There have been rumors of a second season; and I hope there is no truth to them because I don’t see the point. And I wouldn’t even watch it even if they made one.
That being said, Magical Warfare was a pointless anime, totally useless in its utilization of typical tropes, basically an amalgamation of every anime I have ever seen, bad and good. It might have as well never exited because it brought absolutely nothing of note to the table.
Diabolik Lovers might not be my favorite anime; in fact I would be lying if I sais I actually liked it; however it was something…different; it actually tried to separate itself from the masses.
As such it is worth watching, if only as that odd 12 episode experience that you didn’t truly understand.
Thinking on it, Diabolik Lovers reminds me of true blood, but not as bad.
RATING: 4/10, an interesting experience indeed. Diabolik lovers would actually benefit from a reboot. Because, looking at the primary story arc, whoever wrote this script had absolutely no idea what they were doing or even wanted to do.
Focused story telling with a true purpose at the end, something less silly than the finale we got-which felt like it was shoehorned into the story- and Diabolik Lovers might have made for better viewing.
I have never really been a fan of the mech genre. It's not to say that I don't enjoy mech anime, quite the contrary. However, I just find myself not drawn to them as much as I am other genres. So it was quite a surprise for me to find myself drawn to Aldnoah Zero. I think a lot of it had to do with the music. I am a fan of Hiroyuki Sawano. I constantly listen to the soundtracks for Attack on Titan and Kill la Kill and the music for this series is shaping up to be pretty awesome as well. The question is can the rest of the series live up to that same bar. Let's take a look at the first 5 episodes and see how it shapes up.
In 1972, mankind discovered an ancient alien artifact on the Moon called the Hypergate. It sent them to Mars where they discovered more ancient technology allowing them to colonize the planet. However, these first settlers came together to form the Vers Empire. They claimed Mars for themselves and tensions with the United Empire on Earth grew worse. Using the power of the alien tech known as "Aldnoah" they started a war in 1999. A battle took place on the Moon causing the hypergate to explode and destroy half of the moon and cause the debris to float around the Earth. The soldiers of the Vers Empire were now stranded on Earth and they build several massive orbital space stations to keep watch over Earth. 15 years later the princess of the Vers Empire wants to go to Earth to re-establish friendly ties but is assassinated ending the cease-fire and re-igniting the war between the Vers Empire and Earth.
What I Liked:
As I said before the music in this show is phenomenal. The opening songs and songs used during the show and excellent and worth listening to outside of the anime. I also really enjoyed the orchestral music. I thought it was powerful and epic and really helped sell me on the mood and action of the show. Given the history of the composer it should come as no surprise but it is still worth celebrating. Similarly I enjoyed the animation. The end of the first episode especially with the explosion was done very well. The characters do not stand out to me but they are well drawn and animate well. The same goes for the mechs. I didn't really enjoy the design of the mechs but the animation on them was really well done especially in the fight scenes.
One thing about this show that has impressed me as well is the story. I won't spoil anything but the assassination of the Princess is handled well and implies a larger conspiracy. There is a good mystery that has been built up around her murder and I am interested to see how it progresses. Similarly I enjoyed the dynamics of both sides. The coordinated attacks and military might of the Vers Empire is portrayed quite well but underneath it exists a network of spies and traitors. Meanwhile the Terrans who are seemingly outmatched by the superior technology and military strength of the Vers Empire do a great job of using tactics and strategy to survive and defeat the enemy rather than overpowering them. However, while the story is interesting the storytelling is not.
What I Didn't Like:
I have said several times before that I hate exposition in any form of fiction. To me it is a cheap and lazy way to convey storytelling. Unfortunately this show starts right off the bat with it. All that information I wrote earlier is presented in a 30 second presentation by a bunch of high school kids while taking the bus to school. It's stupid because A) no high school kid talks about things like that while on a bus to school and B) these kids know about this stuff already so there is no point in explaining this stuff aside from being a lazy way to give backstory exposition. I know its a small thing to nitpick but it shows a poor sense of pacing and storytelling when things have to be explicitly explained to the audience in what is essentially a Power-Point Presentaiton. It also seems that the writers were so busy building their world and fiction that they forgot to fill it with interesting people. The characters in this show are completely forgettable and bland. They have no unique personality and speak with a monotonous voice. They almost feel like vessels to move the story along. The main character, Inaho, is so bland and boring and lifeless that it seems the writers and voice actor didn't care about him at all. He delivers his lines with a flat affect and has no emotion whatsoever. He watches friends die and people suffer and all he does is tell people how he is feeling rather than show people how he is feeling. The only two characters I found even remotely interesting. One is his sister Yuki who at least has some personality and displays it. The other is Slaine, the Terran slave. He was rescued by the Vers and works for them but is constantly looked down upon. Nonetheless he has a strong devotion to the Princess whom he owes his life and his journey to uncover the truth behind her murder is the closest this show got to character development for me.
It is obviously to early to judge how the rest of this show will be but they have a lot of issues they need to address. My main gripes with the exposition of the backstory only happened in the first episode. Since then the show has done a better job of its storytelling. However, they need to give these characters some life and make me care not just about what is happening to the world but also what happens to these people because right now I could care less.
Hello everyone! I barely notice it, but we hit over 25,000 character wiki pages!
Technically, we made 25,115 characters in the database and made 25,100 character pages on August 30, 2014. I wished I check the numbers more frequently. It would nice to get a date on when we hit 25,000 and put a date in our Anime Vice's 2014 Wiki Archive or the Timeline. I recall sickVisionz mentioning we had an unknown amount of test pages which are blank wiki pages without a Top Editor feature on it. Don't worry about the technical thing.
We as a community should be proud of our wiki editors who invested their free time to make our site better. Without wiki pages, Anime Vice doesn't have much foundation to attach reviews, blogs, forums, lists, and more. We need wiki pages as much as we need battle forums, RPG threads, and every feature of the site because we are a unique anime oriented community. No other community has what we have!
Like any community, we had hardships and struggles. One of our struggles is what counts as anime and manga which plays a huge factor on what characters we include in our database. We do include video game characters who have anime and manga adaptations. Anime influenced shows such as RWBY and Korra/Avatar and Manhwas characters are also included despite not being traditional pages. We do emphasize quality wiki editing so our folks will depend on our wiki pages not the Wikia or Wikipedia. Not every wiki page of a project gets equal love.
No matter what happens in the past and the future, we are making our wiki scope broad as we grow as a site to welcome all folks to this community. The wiki serves as a main attraction that keeps our site running.
Keep on working hard everyone. Thank you to everyone who support our wiki pages and contribute on it.
Welcome everyone! I know it's a bit late, but I wanted to do a blog similar to my project called Anime Vice Recommendations and Experiences where I take folks' recommended anime and manga and try it out. I do a marathon, might not finish it, but I share my experiences and recommend to the right folks who will love it. Originally, I wanted to do as my last blog in Screened when it shut down on March 2014. I never got a chance due to school and trying to save people's wiki work and reviews from Screened.
I do these series of blogs to show our community does discuss anime and manga while getting folks to try new and old shows!
Don't worry, I won't go into spoilers. I just want to give a general impression, not a traditional review.
Recommended by Mike20, FinalDasa, and Acura Max
This is the original series. Back in the fall 2013 or was it summer 2013, we had a Star Trek wiki project. Acura Max asks me to help out. I never watched Star Trek before. I have heard of it back then. FinalDasa and Mike20 mentions this series is episodic, so I won't be too lost when I work on certain episodes and upload caps. Acura Max and FinalDasa told me it was good Sci-Fi show for a beginner like me. I don't watch a lot of TV shows since I didn't have cable or rely on the internet much until college. I had cable once in middle school for a year, but I ended up watching Cartoon Network, Nick, and Tech TV's cartoons instead.
This is my list of TV series I watched in my entire life:
If you ask me about Hollywood celebrities, I wouldn't know anything despite being a Californian.
I heard of the series when I writing an autobiography of George Takei in middle school for English class. Dad picked out a book and told me to write about Asian Americans. Sorry, my dad wasn't warming up to Americans and other nationalities who aren't from our country at that the time. I never picked up Star Trek until Screened in 2013. My first episode was the Naked Truth which coincidentally features Sulu. It got me in. I only watched a few episodes:
My favorite characters included Captain Kirk, Spock, and Sulu. Star Trek is more about exploration and how Captain Kirk's crew get out of tough situations. Miri wasn't my favorite since it was kind of creepy. I would say The City on the Edge of Forever and Naked Truth were my favorite episodes. Naked Truth had more excitement for me while The City one involved time travel and a bit of drama. Captain Kirk is a playboy in the series. Lots of women all develop crushes on him, Miri, Edith, and Christine Chapel. Wish I saw more episodes about Spock and learn about his Vulcan kind.
It's a bit difficult for me to recommend this show since I haven't watch enough, and I need to refresh my memory. If you like space opera shows with exploration and how mankind interacts with aliens, try this show out.
Recommended by Acura Max
During the fall of 2013, Acura Max and the Screened crew were talking a lot about Walking Dead in their discussion thread. It was one of the most popular shows next to Breaking Bad and Hannibal if I recall correctly in the community. I was curious about Walking Dead. After I became mod in Anime Vice right in the middle of fall semester, I started losing control and mismanage my time. There was too much crap with school and too much crap with the battle forums. Wiki community was my safe haven since I did better as a wiki mod, given it was my preferred job where I was happy and comfortable in. I dropped all my classes and change my major for the 3rd time from Microbiology to Asian American Studies. In November, I felt so weird. I had no school. I had all this free time which I used to help both Screened and Anime Vice. With any time leftover, I dedicated to watching a new TV show, Walking Dead.
Recommendation from Acura Max was a heavy, horror drama show and it requires a thick skin. He told me it was more brutal than Supernatural. I'm not a big fan of horror movies, shows, or video games. Supernatural was unique because it had bizarre humor to supplement its horror. Walking Dead was a different beast.
Walking Dead was a hell of roller coaster ride. Don't expect your favorite characters to live. Anything can happened. Crap just hits the fan several times. In season 3/prison arc, I cried a lot. Don't want to spoil folks, but I should have saw the death flags. The story and the writing was better than most TV shows and anime I seen in my life. I will keep Walking Dead on par with Fullmetal Alchemist because Hiromu Arakawa is one of the best Shonen mangaka I seen in anime. The TV series was built weird. I first watched the series on Amazon Instant Video and completed season 1 on it. Season 1 only had 6 episodes. Then, I purchase the DVD Set 1-3 since I couldn't find Set 2 and 3 together for a cheaper, better price. I regret selling the Walking Dead DVDs because the bonus clips shares a lot of info on the characters, story, and how they create the set. It's so awe inspiring to see the magic work.
I would definitely recommend this show to fans who like zombie apocalypse shows. It's like a soap opera show. Is that right word? Anyways, it's a show that's full of surprises, victory, and hardships. It shows you that when the world is in hell, it brings out everyone's ugly side, but there is a spark of humanity you will see every now and then. I recall a flaw from FinalDasa. He points out the series is too over stretch. If you like shorter shows, you might not pick this up.
Welcome to the last week! For manga series, I'm excited to read are Attack on Titan, and the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. For unfamiliar manga series that attract my eye are Sankarea because of Ben Applegate's recommendation back at Anime Expo 2013's Kodansha panel. Also, I wanted to give Maximum Ride a try since my little sister likes the novel series.
Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.
|Attack on Titan Volume 13|
NO SAFE PLACE LEFT
At great cost to the Garrison and the Survey Corps, Commander Erwin has managed to recover Eren from the Titans who tried to carry him off. But during the battle, Eren manifested yet another power he doesn’t understand. As Eren and Krista find new enemies, the Survey Corps faces threats from both inside and outside the walls. And what will happen to Ymir, now that she has decided to make herself the Titans’ prize?
|Cage of Eden Volume 15|
THE SECRET GARDEN
Sengoku and crew evade various pitfalls to venture deeper inside the pyramid. As they finally make their way to the deepest depths of the pyramid, they will make their greatest discovery yet and come that much closer to figuring out just what happened on this mysterious island. Meanwhile, Kokonoé and Ohmori hatch a plan to escape their impending execution, but will it be enough to save them from a fiery death?
|Vanguard Volume 3|
The basis of the hit trading card game and animation franchise, Cardfight!! Vanguard is a modern fantasy tale of trading card playing and making friends through gaming.
|High School DxD Volume 2|
Is love in the air between lowly servant Issei and his mistress, the bewitching Rias?!
Reincarnated as a demon by Rias, the school beauty, Issei finds himself in servitude to his devilish mistress. But when Issei befriends Sister Asia, a nun from the Church, which is widely known to be hostile to demonkind, he's practically asking for a target on his back-as Rias is quick to inform him! Worse yet, when the good sister is kidnapped by a fallen angel, Issei rushes to her aid! But little does he know that Heaven plays dirty...!
|Maximum Ride Volume 8|
Joining a scientific expedition gives Max and the flock a perfect opportunity to distance themselves from the heated debate over their future, but frostbite isn't the only danger in the Antarctic! A powerful figure in the underworld has promised the super-human kids to the highest bidder-and he has the robotic army to ensure the goods are delivered!
|Sankarea: Undying Love Volume 8|
Barely escaping an untimely end, Chihiro is on the run from his zombie pursuers but to his surprise, he is joined by his grandfather, who has come to ZoMA to right the wrongs of his sordid past—if he can remember what's going on, that is. Elsewhere, a light is shined into the dark corners of Chief Salva's curious past, bringing insight into his relationship with Darin as well as his deep infatuation with Rosalie. What is it that fuels Chief Salva's intense passion for zombies? Is it pure love or just madness?
|Say I Love You Volume 3|
It's hard for the once-loner Mei to believe that she's been going out with Yamato for six whole months! He's taught her a lot about how sweet love can be, but now she's about to learn a new lesson: love can be war!
When a serious rival arises for Yamato's affections (and a roundhouse kick isn't an option), how will Mei handle it? Let the battle begin!
|The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Volume 19|
After Haruhi's rigorous selection process, a new member has been selected for the SOS Brigade! But Kyon feels uneasy around Yasumi Watahashi, not only because of the girl's odd behavior, but also because he knows the peculiar-and sometimes threatening-types that tend to congregate around Haruhi Suzumiya...
|The Wallflower Volume 33|
Noi and Takenaga clash on a group date at the amusement park! There’s no time for love when it’s an all out battle! And the trouble doesn’t end there when a New Years Eve countdown party at the Nakahara mansion turns into a scene of chaos. With giant crabs and hoards of savage girls, will Sunako and the boys ever make it out of the year alive?!
|Triage X Volume 7|
A pair of fierce combatants calling themselves the Highjetters face off against Yuko Sagiri and Ample Zero near Tobioka Harbor. Who are these powerful girls whose strength rivals even that of the elite Black Label team? And why do they call Hitsugi "senpai"? Black Label's own dark past gradually comes to light as the battle for the city rages on...
|Spice & Wolf Light Novel Volume 12|
To obtain a map of the northlands, Lawrence and company leave the Kingdom of Winfiel and return to Kerube. But instead of the silversmith they seek, they cross paths with a beautiful girl named Fran, who offers to draw them a map. However, Fran's map comes with a price: in exchange, the party must travel with her to a village where an angel is said to have alighted and discover the truth behind the legend. But what of the rumor that a witch lives in that very same village...?
Welcome everyone! It's the last week of August. I have meaning to try Monogatari because of my friend, Supreme Marvel, recommended to me. Besides that one, I'm psyched to hear Watamote on dub. I'm interested in seeing how the dub fare with the sub. I seen the series on Crunchyroll. My siblings and I love the show.
I would love to hear your recommendations on these series. All comments are welcome. Thank you.
Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.
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|Kabukimonogatari - Mayoi Jiangshi [Limited Edition] (Sub.Blu-Ray 2)|
On August 20th, on his way to delivering Mayoi what she had forgotten at his home, Koyomi encounters Yotsugi Ononoki, a familiar girl. Koyomi spends the day buying Yotsugi ice cream instead of doing what he originally planned to do. Unable to find Mayoi, Koyomi gives up and heads home and realizes that he has not done any of his summer assignments, even though tomorrow was the first day of school. With help from Shinobu, Koyomi travels back to the past so that he can finish them, but instead, they end up traveling back 11 years ago!
The date is May 13th, the day before Mother's Day when Mayoi was killed in a car accident on her way to see her mother. Koyomi realizes that he can save Mayoi by changing the past, but what will be the outcome of his actions...
This limited edition includes a deluxe booklet and a pinup postcard set! Contains episodes 1-4. Special Features: "Omnibus 2" Video, Textless Opening and Ending, Promotional Video & Commercial Collections. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
|Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie|
Across stormy waters, a forgotten love still burns. It's a lucky day when Sakura wins a trip to Hong Kong, but why are her dreams haunted by dark waters and a strange woman? There's no time to enjoy her vacation, however. Sakura is hypnotized and led to discover both a watery phantom world, and the evil woman who inhabits it. But is this spirit as malicious as she seems, or does she burn with a desire for revenge?
|Cybersix - The Complete Series (DVD)|
Mysteriously beautiful... she is Cybersix! A beautiful cyber-engineered creature developed by the evil and ambitious Von Richter is on the run in search of her true identity and freedom from her creator. However, truly evil Von Richter, whose ambition is to rule the world with terror, considers her a failed genetic experiment that must be exterminated. One after another, he generates wicked clones to obliterate anything that gets in his way, and he is determined to destroy his only failure and strongest enemy Cybersix.
To escape the hands of Von Richter, by daylight she disguises herself as local high school teacher, Adrian Seidelman... But when darkness covers the serene town of Meridiana, Cybersix finds herself forced to fight against her own kind. To live as a human being and to love as a woman are her only two desires. Yet, she will fight to save the humans she loves and will not succumb to her vicious oppressor, Von Richter. She is Cybersix.
Contains episodes 1-13. Special Features: Commentary on Episodes 1 and 13 with Voice Actors Cathy Weseluck and Brady Hartel.
|Fatal Fury - Complete OAV (DVD)|
If they can get good enough, fast enough, furious enough, maybe they can stand a chance? But only one son will be chosen by their father's master to learn the legendary Hakkyokuseiken technique. Which one will it be - older brother Terry, the street-fighting lone wolf? Or tough little brother Andy, silver-haired and beautiful, trained in Japan in the deadliest of the martial arts?
In the second adventure, Terry Bogard is demolished in a battle against the deadly German nobleman Wolfgang Krauser. With the help of his brother Andy and their friends, the kickboxer Joe Higashi; bouncy, red-haired ninja girl Mai Shiranui; and scrappy, young street punk Tony; can Terry rebuild his shattered pride enough for a rematch?
Contains OVA episodes 1-2.
|Fatal Fury: The Movie (DVD)|
According to legend, the person who collects all six pieces of the mysterious "Armor of Mars" will become heir to the timeless, all-powerful techniques rumored to be at the base of all the world's martial arts schools, techniques upon which both Master Tung and Wolfgang Krauser's techniques are based.
Laocorn Gaudeamus, the arrogant young descendant of the armor's long-ago original owner, has scoured archaeological sites around the world, thus far managing to recover half of the mystical armor. Can anything stand in his way? Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
|Kinmoza! Kiniro + Mosaic (DVD or Blu-Ray)|
The British are coming! The British are coming! Or to be precise, one very specific person from Great Britain is coming. You see, when Shinobu Omiya was still in middle school, she had the amazing opportunity to study in England as an exchange student while living with a host family. While that was several years ago and she still doesn't do all that well in English class, Shinobu has had warm feelings for everything English ever since.
When Shinobu learns that the daughter of her host family, Alice Cartelet, is coming to stay with her and study in Japan, she's thrilled. But will Alice be able to fit in with Shinobu's Japanese schoolfriends, Yoko and Aya? And how will the arrival of Shinobu's old friend Karen, who's half-English and half-Japanese, affect the potential culture clash?!
|Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit - The Complete Series (DVD) or (Blu-Ray)|
She carries the pain of eight souls. He carries the burden of one sacred spirit.
Young Prince Chagum has been suspected of demonic possession by court advisors who see only one solution: Death. But his salvation may lie in the hands of Balsa, the spear-wielding bodyguard from Kanbal, the kingdom across the mountains. Her vow to save eight worthy souls has led her to the imperiled Chagum and into the mystery of the water spirit, a mystical entity that may hold the key to saving millions of lives from drought. Her skill and tenacity are legendary, but can she fend off an entire empire?
This remastered Blu-ray edition is presented in true 1080p.
|Toriko - Collection 1 (DVD)|
Welcome to the Gourmet Age, a time when the world is full of deliciously-deadly ingredients that the wealthiest appetites in existence can't wait to devour. But only a mighty masticating mercenary like Toriko can track down the rarest animals on the planet and put them on a plate! This gluttonous gourmet hunter is one of the four Legendary Kings, superhuman warriors born to battle the likes of Troll Kongs, Gararagators, Devil Pythons, and the ferocious Regal Mammoth!
But there's more than just tasty beasts on the prowl. Toriko faces stiff competition in the form of a GT Robot. This seemingly-indestructible mechanized menace is controlled by an unseen evil, and it wants all the delectable delicacies for itself. To save his friends and quench his heroic appetite, Toriko must level up his punching power and turn the bad guy into a bucket of bolts!
|Uta no☆Prince-sama♪ Maji Love 2000% - Comlete Collection (DVD) or (Blu-Ray)|
After the amazing high note that capped the first season, would it be fair to expect Haruka and her hunky harem of beautiful boy singers to be able to top themselves? What if they had a little more help? Yes, believe it or not, now there are even more gorgeous guys lining up for the attention of the song-mistress!
Fortunately, since she's moved into the dorms Haruka's available for even more music making. Only now StArish has some real competition, as the new golden-throated warblers from the Senior Master Course make it their job to show the first six what it really takes to become a J-Pop star. And what about that mysterious seventh member of StArish? He's back as well in his own catty fashion! But does he plan to take Haruka to fantasyland? Will the boys get kicked to the street if they can't stay in sync? And will Haruka stay composed and keep composing when the sophomore slump hits her writing?
|Space Cruiser Yamato|
Can the Yamato punch through the Domel Fleet?
|Heaven's Lost Property Season 2 DVD/Blu-Ray Complete Set|
The hormonal, heavenly hijinks continue in Heaven's Lost Property: Forte! Tomoki's life was normal until a wish-granting angelic android named Ikaros fell from the sky and started calling him master. Things got even crazier when Ikaros's fellow android, Nymph, came fluttering down to join the fun. With the winged vixens adjusting to life on Earth, you'd think Tomoki's dream of a peaceful existence might finally be coming true – but you'd be wrong!
With his teenage impulses and dirty mind, Tomoki's wishes are causing more chaos than ever before. Plus, there's a curvy new android on the scene – Astraea. She definitely looks as angelic as Ikaros and Nymph, but there's a chance the beautiful blonde newcomer is up to no good!
|Watamote - Complete Collection DVD or Blu-Ray|
At the tender age of 15, Kuroki Tomoko has already dated dozens and dozens of boys and she's easily the most popular girl around! The only problem is that absolutely none of that is real, and her perfect world exists only via dating games and romance shows. In fact, the sad truth is that she gets tongue tied just talking to people, and throughout middle school she's only had one actual friend. All of this makes Kuroki's entrance into the social pressure cooker of high school a new and special kind of hell.
While Kuroki desperately wants to be popular, she's actually worse off than she would be if she was completely clueless as to how to go about it. After all, the things that work in "otome" games rarely play out the same way in reality, especially when the self-appointed "leading lady" isn't the paragon she thinks she is. There's not much gain and plenty of pain ahead, but even if it happens again and again, there's always someone else to blame!
Contains episodes 1-12.
Given how the first of the 13 saga was pretty shabby in terms of gameplay but had a pretty solid story while 13-2 had an improved gameplay but lacked in the story department compared to the first one AND how the 13-3 namely Lightning Returns was absolutely amazing (again in my opinion) in means of both gameplay and story, what would you guys think if an anime were to be made based on this saga.
I can't say I'm a hardcore fan of ff13 as a whole but FF13 LR definetely left a big mark on my experience as a gamer and anybody who ever enjoyed a final fantasy game should give it a try.
Going back on topic I think that given the rich story that went on in the 3 volume game could easily make a very good 26 or 52 (preferably 52 episodes show), and given how the only final fantasy anime was that Final Fantasy Unlimited (not counting movies just anime series) there's a pretty good chance it would be pretty succesfull.
What are your guys thoughts on this matter.
I was planning on doing this Blog back when i hit 2,500 posts, but during and around that time I was too busy with getting into the RPG Threads to be able to do this. So i decided to bump my original idea of 2,500 to 3,000 instead since i figure by then I would have more time to do this. Now I do have some time to spare to make this blog and the purpose of this blog will be to reflect my time here on anime vice.
From the start when i joined, I believe I did so because there was a debate on this site that was most likely an older thread that I was interested in, so I created an account and posted without realizing that i just brought back a thread that was probably a few years old. From there I would usually only debate about the more popular anime/manga such as DBZ and HST. At first I believe that i debated because i simply enjoyed the topics and love the discussions. That was my initial reason for keep coming back to the site was just enjoying the battle threads. As time when on from the first couple of weeks here, I notice more and more anime/manga that i didn't even know about. Soon enough this site also become a great place for me to get new information on anime/manga that I would then check out. Soon after that I got even more invested into anime vice when it become a great entertainment for me that was also one of my main sources of new anime/manga outside of my real life friends and my favorite anime reviewers on youtube.
One of the more famous anime/manga that I got to learn from the battle threads was easily Toriko and there was one user who was promoting Toriko at the time more than any other anime/manga that was really going on. Now at this point I don't even need to tell people who I'm referring to as that one user promoting Toriko because we all know him and you can probably already guess that I'm talking about non other than our top notch Debater @othus12. It was due to his passion and debating about Toriko that made Toriko battles really popular on anime vice because it got people to be interested in the series and the characters. This eventually got a lot of users to get into those debates and eventually the series itself. Now Toriko is easily as known on this site as DBZ, Naruto, One piece, and Bleach. In fact it was because i debated against Othus so much against Toriko at the time that it personally got me invested in the series, because every time he posted a feat from Toriko, i would want to go read/watch it because it was that interesting.
That is another thing i love about the Battle sections as well. Is when you can find people here that you can debate against for hours and you get to learn so much more about a series that you have never picked up before, but the amount of time you learn about such said series, will keep building your interest in the series in till at some point you save some time to check it out. For me the number one series that I had the pleasure to experience like that would easily be Toriko and I thank @othus12 for promoting such a good series such as Toriko. There are other anime/manga that i got to learn this way as well such as the Seven Deadly Sins and other series that I would never had even known about if it wasn't for some users here that took the time and effort to debate on that particular series.
After being a member for some time, I got to know some of the regular users and from there I got another reason to come back to the site, which was the people and it was during this time that I would eventually start coming back to the site because of the community itself rather than just simply the battle threads. Even though I started to get more and more invested into the site and the community, I still hadn't done anything really to help out, in till there was a certain Tournament that was created by @IndridCold called the RPG Tournament which honestly help me get to assist the community by being a judge. Even though the Tournament didn't end on a good note, it did allow me to interact with other users more, so for that I was happy, but at the same time I was also a little sad because I couldn't help out enough to prevent the Tournament from shutting down.
Even though the Tournament didn't do so well towards the end because of problems that were in all honestly a combination of different things that eventually added together to create a giant mess that was too big of a hassle for users to fix, it did provide me with ideas and a better mindset to start doing a little more. Even though the Tournament did allow me to help the Community, I would still have to thank one user, who honestly helped me probably more than anyone else here to do more for the site, so thanks @takashichea.
I first saw taka when the battle threads was in need of help on the moderating end because of a shortage of battle mods. Taka helped out and even wanted to bring us as a community closer to together. So he created a fun project, "Battlation of the Month", to help promote users encourage users, which IMO really help the community and eventually would help me to think of my own projects in the future. Eventually by some miracle chance, I was able to win in February, which also happen doing the same time i got my black belt in karate and other good things were going on that time that really just made that so far the best month this year for me. It was also during that time that I started to become i lot more active and really wanted to help out the community.
First i tried doing it by working on wikis, and I did enjoy it my time working with everyone on the toriko wiki pages with a lot of users. In fact i still would want to help out in the wiki pages even now, but i got to busy with stuff at the time and now i'm just trying to do to much along with other things I now have to do as well. Also Wwith school starting school soon I wonder how long it will be before i can go work on some wiki pages once more. Maybe if I get some free time I can go back to doing it again. I do suggest to anyone who wants to go work on wiki pages to ask @takashichea because if he helps you I can guaranteed that you are learning from one of the best.
After the wiki pages I started to just think about ways to help the community and I figure why not do something fun for them, which eventually lead me to create the AMV Tournament . I was happy that i got a few people to join and my goal was a project that was fun and could help bring different parts of the community together. I since continue to do another project for all members that I named Anime Survey and Reviews . That one is meant more for people to find current anime, people who are watching it, and reviews about them as a way to be an organize way for users to find discussions and help reviewers as well.
Recently I also joined the RPG Threads and meet some amazing users there, who really help me out and I'm having so much fun there. Even though I'm new they make me feel like I was one of them from an early start, which I would have to thank @Vapovile for making my progression to the RPG threads as smooth as it was. Yet again just because I'm now in the RPG threads doesn't mean I have left the battle threads at all.
I might have been away for a while just to learn and understand how things in the RPG threads work, but I still would like to be an active member of the community in the Battle threads as well. For example when I got back into things I notice @Low Hall of Fame idea. Which to me was I great idea and when it wasn't going going so well I asked if I could help out. Now the project is still running and I'm going to be holding an election soon for the judges. I can't wait to see who is going to be the First Hall of Famer, which should be decided in September.
I could go into greater detail about how things change on this site and other smaller things as well, but to me that doesn't matter as much so long as I still have a good time being here and the users remain being amazing because even if the small things change whatever I want them to or not it doesn't matter so long as we still have a strong community here on the site. Now i'll be working on a few projects and other things. I hope that i can be an active member for many years and during those years to see the community getting bigger, but also closer with new and old users.
This will be a list of users who I have grown close to or at least I think so, they might have a different opinion then me LOL
In the October issue of Kodansha's Afternoon magazine, there was an announcment from Riichi Ueshiba that Mysterious Girlfriend X will end on September 25.
For those who are new to Mysterious Girlfriend X, here is a summary written by our wiki editors in Anime Vice:
Akira Tsubaki was just living his normal school life until a strange girl named Mikoto Urabe transfers into his class. One day, without thinking, he tastes the drool left behind on her desk at school and becomes ill the next day. Urabe pays Tsubaki a visit at home, and using the same drool he tasted before, seemingly cures him. Urabe tells him that it was love sickness and that he has fallen for Urabe, and has become dependent on her drool. From then on, the two start to form a bond, discovering that their drool can transmit feelings and other things between them. Tsubaki soon finds himself with a very mysterious girlfriend.
Check out the Mysterious Girlfriend X Discussion.
Please check out the List of Manga Series Ending in 2014 which I'm compiling for sickVisionz's Top Manga Series of 2014. It's a current work in progress.
It's a two-part OVA that adapts the Book of Murder arc (commonly known as Phantomhive Manor Murders Arc) which covers volumes 9-11. The first volume will be released on October 25, 2014 while the 2nd volume will be released on November 15, 2014.
At the Queen's behest, young master Ciel Phantomhive hosts a lavish banquet to be attended by the crème-de-la-crème of London's elite. What begins as a fabulous affair quickly takes a dark turn when guests begin turning up dead! Murder takes center stage in this chilling OVA collection where even a debonair demon butler isn't safe from a killer on the prowl. Should Sebastian and Ciel wish to once more see the light of day, they must join forces with their guests, including the legendary author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, to unravel the mystery – and apprehend the murderer before it's too late!
Via ANN and FUNimation
Note: FUNimation's videos are usually region locked. If you want to see the trailer, please contact Daniel Newton.
For a list of Fall 2014 OVA, I have a list in progress which will be updated periodically.
As Aichi Sendou fought with the trading card game, "Cardfight!! Vanguard", he made many rivals and friends and grew stronger with them. All thanks to a destined meeting with Toshiki Kai, who introduced him to the game by giving him the incredibly rare card, Blaster Blade, and years later, teaching him how to play as well. To those two, an invitation to a new Vanguard Grand Prix was sent.
For more trailers for Fall 2014 films, please see this list that is a work in progress.
Warning: The OVA is for adults over the age of 18. There is no nudity in the trailer itself. It's just that the series itself has mature content.
Based on Aki Katsu's manga series, the story is about Makoto and Yura who are two 25-year-old virgins, just got married. It's about their experiences and attempts at learning how to have sex.
In short, It's like a tutorial on having sex for new couples.
The new OVA series that is being debut on October 10, 2014 is an original series based on Futari Ecchi in 12 long years after the debut of the previous OVA series. There are plans of releasing three volumes of the OVA series.
When the Tobi reveal was made in Naruto, what most interested me were the events that had driven the innocent kid that was Obito towards the dark path he eventually came to embrace.
And while the various reasons put forth proved intriguing to follow and slowly make sense of, when all the chips were down, all those excuses, reasons and events more or less boiled away in the face of the cause of Obito’s true downfall.
He’s crazy; simple as that, and the various scenes in which he explains himself more than support this fact.
I mention Obito and Naruto because his life and situation somewhat echoes within the warring Chaos of Alma Toran.
Alma Toran’s war comes to a boiling head as lives are sacrificed, rage is vented and Djinn are finally born.
You could accuse Magi of making Arba’s transformation a little too sudden, turning her towards the dark side in no more than three or four chapters; yet once you accept the approach Magi is taking with this flashback, basically narrating rather than showing the story and all its intricacies, comfortable with availing a brief overview of events even while exploring one or two elements in detail, Arba’s transformation isn’t nearly as sudden.
Yet even taking into consideration the passing of time as has been shown in a few chapters, is it really rational for one such as Arba, Solomon’s most devoted servant, to turn so violently against him?
Well, Yes. She’s crazy. Seriously, just look at that face, that expression. Arba and her kin have crossed into the realm of insanity, simple as that.
What we are seeing here in Magi is a pretty extreme case of religious fanaticism; after all the current conflict began with Illah’s revelation below David’s castle. Was it the immensity of Illah’s being that most intensely affected Arba?
Or maybe it was the idea of Illah in her head, that he or it could be so grossly divested of all its glory and might. Whatever the case, it is difficult to argue against a case of insanity when one’s answer to having their god dragged from the heavens is blotting the entire world out of existence.
Alma Toran has come to its tragic end; one has to credit the mangaka for her approach to this story, basically setting up one of the greatest evils in Sheba, impressively redeeming her into a hero worthy of praise and sacrificing her life rather tragically to the last person you would have figured would become Gyokuen.
A tragedy indeed and one that is going to keep repeating itself if the events of Magi are anything to go by; it seems somewhat irrelevant now to give the Kou empire the benefit of doubt as a potentially benevolent force that might simply be striving to bring peace to the world using its own misguided means.
Not when Gyokuen, aka Crazy Arba is standing as empress, and certainly not when her blood runs through Kouen’s veins.
Suddenly the potential of Alma Toran’s tragedy repeating itself is starting to look more and more plausible with each new chapter. Al Tharmen’s particular dislike for Aladdin makes even more sense, their disgust for the so called arrogant king’s spawn and the wisdom he holds.
With so many pieces finally falling into place, one has to wonder how the events of Magi are going to play out from now on; the entire Kou family seems doomed to sink into Gyokuen’s madness.
Aladdin must possess a spark of Illah’s will within him though, considering Solomon’s position as the vessel for Illah’s rukh in the past; one wonders how it will affect his own will and whether he will descend down David’s path who, now that I think about it, didn’t differ so greatly in mannerisms from Solomon after he took Illah’s power into himself.
RATING: 8/10, these sort of sizzling chapters are why I love Magi; the manga seems to have found its stride, and permanently this time. If we are not out of flashbacks by next chapter, then it has to be the week after; after all the Arba/Solomon fight seems to have come to a sudden and conclusive end.
HIGHLIGHTS: Wahid; his story has to be the most tragic in the flashback, especially the actions he was determined to take at the very end for Falan and Tess.
If you are not reading Magi, then catch up with the anime and get to reading this amazing series.
Welcome to the manga releases for this week! We have a large selection of manga series. The series I'm familiar and hyped for are Attack on Titan Before the Fall, Btooom! (which isn't in anime stores this week), and Monster Musume. I'm pretty interested in Food Wars. It got a colorful cover, and the summary sounds interesting. Best cover of the week would go Alice's Adventures. I just like the cover since it's vivid and reminds me of how many manga and anime adaptations on Lewis Carrol's novel.
Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.
|Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Volume 2|
The second volume in a prequel series to the number one bestseller in Japan. Humanity has learned to live in complacency behind its high walls, protected from the giant Titans. But when a Titan-worshipping cult opens one of the gates, a Titan wreaks havoc, consuming the cultists. After the rampage is over, two young Survey Corps members are shocked to discover a pregnant woman's partially digested corpse - with her baby still alive inside it! What will the fate of this "child of the Titans" be? And how will humanity learn to cope with the Titan threat?
|Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass|
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass is an omnibus collection that contains Lewis Carroll's original Alice in Wonderland novels with manga-style artwork.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass is a collection of stories featuring Alice and her misadventures through the curious and fantastical lands of Wonderland. As little Alice goes deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole, she meets an assortment of oddball characters, like the eccentric March Hare, the whimsical Mad Hatter, and the enigmatic Cheshire Cat, who will all become familiar faces within this strange world. If Alice is to navigate the dangerous yet fascinating landscape of Wonderland, she must learn who is friend and who is foe, and use her good breeding and wits to find a way home.
|Btooom! Volume 7|
Ryouta Sakamoto has overcome countless near-deaths in this survival game, while finding allies in Himiko and Kiyoshi Taira as he searches for a way out. But after Masahito Date, a former doctor who treats the injured Taira, is welcomed to the group, Ryouta begins to see the doctor's true colors! Combining his past experience of having already beaten the game once with his wicked shrewdness, this demon doctor starts to eat away at the trust between Ryouta and Himiko. How will they beat Date and his sinister scheme?!
|Chi's Sweet Home Volume 11|
Chi's Sweet Home is recognized as one of the most popular cartoon properties in Japan today. Chi, this full color comic's titular cat, is beloved by fans worldwide on the Internet and mass media. A tender fun adventure focusing on the life of a newborn kitten and the young family that raises her.
|Dorohedoro Volume 13|
Distributor: Viz Media Suggested retail price: $12.99 In a city so dismal it's known only as "the Hole," a clan of Sorcerers has been plucking people off the streets to use as guinea pigs for atrocious "experiments" in the black arts. In a dark alley, Nikaido found Caiman, a man with a reptile head and a bad case of amnesia. To undo the spell, they're hunting and killing the Sorcerers in the Hole, hoping that eventually they'll kill the right one. But when En, the head Sorcerer, gets word of a lizard-man slaughtering his people, he sends a crew of "cleaners" into the Hole, igniting a war between two worlds.
En's murder sends his gang into chaos as Shin and Noi attempt to hunt down his killer's whereabouts. Meanwhile, Nikaido and Asu team up to locate the elusive Caiman. And the Cross-Eyes continue their quest to see their boss; unaware of his role in En's death, or that their path is taking them straight into danger themselves. A battle royale of the bloodiest kind awaits…
|Gangsta Volume 3|
Ergastulum is a tough town, the kind of place where the rule of law takes a backseat to the law of violence, and where Handymen like Nic and Worick make a living doing odd jobs for their clients, from routine deliveries to extrajudicial killings. Discreet, ruthless, and efficient, the men are respected by both the police brass and the Mafia dons, but it took many long, hard years for them to make their names. Behind those years is the hidden history of how the scion of an elite family and a boy soldier of the Twilights ranks formed an improbable, unbreakable bond.
|Food Wars Volume 3|
The "teamwork and friendshipbuilding" camp from hell begins! While most students are already petrified by the threat of instant expulsion for low marks, the unveiling of the teachers responsible for judging their dishes ratchets their fear to a whole new level! Just which anxiety-inducing teachers hold the culinary futures of Soma and the rest of the Polaris crew in their hands this time? Includes the one-shot "Your and My Romance Counseling"!
|Haganai: I don't have many friends Volume 8|
And then there were nuns...
Kodaka's life hasn't been easy since joining the Neighbors Club. Getting dragged into conversation by another strange nun was the last thing he needed. Then again, her advice seemed sound, until he discovered she was seriously twisted. Now her close ties to another member of the club will make it even harder for Kodaka to escape her.
At this point, however, Kodaka is used to not being in control of his destiny. Whether it's studying with Sena (and discovering an unnatural obsession!), or having Maria invade his home to fight with Kobato, Kodaka's learned to go with the flow. Of course, this may not be the best approach to life, especially when it seems like other people are calling the shots for him!
|Ikigami The Ultimate Limit Volume 10|
Congratulations! You have been randomly selected by the government...to DIE in 24 hours! Dear Citizen: Thank you for your loyalty. You've no doubt noticed that the world is a troubled place. People are apathetic, lazy, unmotivated. You've probably asked yourself WHY ISN'T ANYTHING BEING DONE TO STOP THIS SYSTEMATIC DECLINE? Rest assured that measures are being taken. Beginning today, we will randomly select a different citizen who will be killed within 24 hours of notification. We believe this will help remind all people how precious life is and how important it is to be a productive, active member of society. Thank you for your continued attention and your cooperation and participation... Episode 19 : Entrusted Words Episode 20 : The Phantom Country One more time… Live as if you’re about to die.
|The Heroic Legend of Arslan Vol. 1|
In the prosperous kingdom of Pars lies the Royal Capital of Ecbatana, a city of splendor and wonder, ruled by the undefeated and fearsome King Andragoras. Arslan is the young and curious prince of Pars who, despite his best efforts, doesn't seem to have what it takes to be a proper king like his father.
At the age of 14, Arslan goes to his first battle and loses everything as the blood-soaked mist of war gives way to scorching flames, bringing him to face the demise of his once glorious kingdom. However, it is Arslan's destiny to be a ruler, and despite the trials that face him, he must now embark on a journey to reclaim his fallen kingdom.
|Monster Musume Volume 4|
Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment Suggested retail price: $12.99 Orcs, Werewolves, and Mermaids, Oh My!
So far, Kimihito’s been lucky. The monster girls living with him have been cute, curvaceous, and have never tried to kill him on purpose. But now, the dark side of liminals rises to the surface. Piggish orcs run hog-wild over Japan to satisfy their perverted desires. And the team that the government assembles to combat them is every bit as strange and inhuman as the criminals they’re fighting.
Meanwhile, Kimihito has to contend with adding the lovely and elegant mermaid Mero to his ever-growing menagerie of monster girls. How will the possessive Miia, the noble Centorea, the bird-brained Papi, and the slime-girl Suu react to the newest addition to their household—and yet another contender for Kimihito’s heart?
|One-Punch Man Vol. 4 Giant Meteor|
Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem-he just can't seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! Saitama is now a certified hero! And with that title comes great responsibility-he's required to perform one heroic deed per week. While Saitama makes the rounds to meet his quota, and incoming threat from outer space is screeching toward Earth...
|Trigun Maximum Maximum Omnibus 4|
While Vash the Stampede, "The Humanoid Typhoon," fights to stop his evil brother, Knives, from wiping out humanity on the planet Gunsmoke, advanced warships from Earth arrive to rescue the long-lost human colony. Can they avert the impending genocide if Vash fails, or will the homicidal Knives escort everyone to the last roundup? Collects volumes 10-12 in an omnibus format.
|Oh My Goddess! Volume 46|
Somewhere inside the Judgment Gate, the minstrel learns the sad truth about the lady of the lake. Happiness can defy their fate for a time... but in the end, it will only turn to sadness again. So Keiichi and Belldandy are told by the power above them - but a couple who've prevailed on Earth and in Hell aren't about to give up their love... even against Heaven!
|Strike Witches: 1937 Fuso Sea Incident Volume 1|
Strike Witches is a highly popular dieselpunk franchise that spans manga, light novels, video games, and anime. The series reimagines World War II as a confrontation between the allied human forces and an invading alien menace. Most of the battles featured are fictional recreations of actual World War II dogfights, but in this alternate history, teen girls with advanced weaponry and magic powers perform aerial combat against alien aircraft.
It has been nearly twenty years since the last Great War, and while smaller skirmishes are still taking place across the world, peace is mostly the norm. In the Fuso Empire, Sakamoto Mio is about to join the war effort against the Neuroi alien invaders. She will have to distinguish herself among the other hardworking cadets if she is to become a full-fledged Strike Witch. Soon, she will have the chance to prove herself in battle, as the Neuroi launch their latest brutal attack.
|Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE|
Childhood friends Princess Sakura and Syaoran, the son of an archaeologist, become entangled in a series of events that forces them to traverse through alternate realities on an action-packed adventure!
In the Kingdom of Clow, an archeological dig unleashes an incredible power, causing Sakura to lose her memories. To save her, Syaoran must follow the orders of the Dimension Witch and travel alongside Kurogane, an unrivaled warrior, Fai, a powerful magician, and Mokona Modoki, a curiously strange creature, to retrieve Sakura's dispersed memories! But first, there is a price to be paid... Collects volumes 1-3 in an omnibus format.
|A Strange Kind of Woman Volume 2|
Eros proudly presents a sequel to the wildly successful STRANGE KIND OF WOMAN. Mamaru has landed the love of strange and sexy Shion (and her menagerie of vibrators), but after getting caught in a fight between Shion and the hot and aggressive Yuki he's got amnesia! Mamaru is racing to find his way back to the woman he knows he loved. Meanwhile, a teacher who broke the school doctor's heart when she was a student has returned and offers Yuki a love potion to best Shion and win Mamaru and the price is only- Yuki's body! All presented in the traditional Manga right-to-left style.
Welcome to the 2nd to last week of DVD and Blu-Ray releases for August! It's a small selection. I'm not familiar with either A Certain Scientific Railgun nor Mayo Chiki! Based on the summaries and DVD/BD covers, Railgun is right up my alley. I do like action, sci-fi series, and I haven't had enough series.
I would love to hear your recommendations on these series. All comments are welcome. Thank you.
|A Certain Scientific Railgun S - Part Two (DVD)|
A sadistic program has been creating duplicates of the level-5 esper Misaka, then murdering her sister clones in the name of science. Now that the electromaster knows the truth about the organization, she'll stop at nothing to bring it down - even if that means facing the power-hungry Accelerator in a fight that only one of them can walk away from.
When you've got acute gynophobia, even a pretty girl can be like a malady, and as the sparring partner for his family of female wrestlers, Sakamachi Kinjiro has the worst case ever! Just one touch makes his nose bleed, so school's a bloody nightmare even before Kanade, the principal's twisted daughter, deduces both Kinjiro's "feminine issue" and that his name contains the sounds "Chi" and "Kin" back to back. But Chi-Kinjiro's female troubles don't totally redline until a wrong turn in the men's room exposes the secret Subaru, Kanade's manservant, has been hiding in the water closet. (Well, to be fair, SHE is still a servant.)
Noblesse is at its funniest when its not trying to be funny, which it achieves with almost every chapter.
I don’t know how funny these chapters where, considering how aware the humor seemed of itself.
Gejutel goes crazy in Frankenstein’s kitchen. It is up to Takeo and crew to save the day.
40% of my enjoyment of the average Noblesse chapter emanates from the artistic representations of the story. Another 20% I assign to the characters and the rest goes to the actual plot.
It all comes together pretty nicely, taking into account the fact that the best manga and manhwa stories are crafted by various elements, including art and character plots.
As such these two chapters generated about 60% worth of interest from me. You cannot go wrong with Noblesse and its many dramatic posses.
Thinking on it, this sort of stuff tends to irritate me in Bleach and only because Kubo tends to waste entire panels on the fancy posses and artistic displays of his characters and their weapons, new and old, during crucial, mostly action packed moments, basically stalling rather than pushing the story.
Noblesse can inject artistically awesome moments, panels dedicated to highlighting the dramatic forms of various characters even while allowing the story to progress.
More importantly, Noblesse art tends to pop, its panels feeling almost lifelike, probably because, unlike Kubo and his anti background habits, Noblesse provides fuller environments.
If it looks like some of this Noblesse review is wasted on Bleach talk, well, nothing really happened these past two weeks. Normally I wouldn’t think much of it, and would simply sit back and enjoy watching RK4 panic over Frankenstein’s wrecked kitchen, except these chapters literally came out of nowhere.
Two weeks ago we were in flashbacks, following Muzaka and Rai’s story; suddenly we revert to the present, the flow of the previous month’s story suddenly broken.
What the hell is going on? I expect chapter such as these to emerge in between major arcs and events, of which the flashback were indeed major; except they aren’t even over.
RATING: 5/10, it is always a fun experience, reading 30 or so pages of Rai, his servant and noble guests living their everyday lives. And even with the lackluster comedy attempts, these chapters weren’t exactly a snooze.
However…I have no idea why we are even reading this.
The term hiatus usually refers to a temporary break in an anime or manga’s run (though in Hunter X Hunter’s case, that is more of a semi permanent break).
Hiatuses are an appropriate element in anime, even encouraged as an acceptable substitute for filler. As they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Not so with manga; few elements are as irritating about manga as hiatuses; and the reason is less about the anticipation that results and more to do with the story continuation issues that arise.
When I finally sat down to read Zetman a month or two ago, following its resumption after a more than three year hiatus, the first thing I took note of was the fact that I had absolutely no idea what the hell was going on.
And it took a few chapters and several guesses to find my place within the story and even that is an assumption on part. Chances are I only think I know what is happening.
It is probably for this reason that I can find some excitement over Otogi Matsuri’s return; it hasn’t even been more than a year since I caught up to its 66 chapters, and that was less than two months after it went on its break.
No, not excited; I am ecstatic about Otogi Matsuri’s return; and if you have read the manga then it should be clear the reason for the surprise. Dark offering, as it translates, couldn’t be more typical as far as shonen is considered.
If you wish to encounter true shonen in its raw essence, then look no further than Otogi Matsuri, a story that doesn’t even try to do anything really that new or different, but which more than exceeds at doing the same old thing better than most.
Yousuke is your average high school student, living peacefully in the town of Miyakono, until he accidentally breaks a shrine belonging to the Guardian of the South, the phoenix. He then unwillingly sacrifices his future, in return gaining the bow of the Suzaku. Now, to regain his life energy and protect the innocent people of Miyakono, he must battle against monsters called the Kenzoku using his new found power.
If I were to use visual relations, I would compare Noblesse to a hand glider descending over verdant lands; most other manga and Manhwa are content to simply show us the glider, mostly from above but sometimes sneaking a shot from below.
Noblesse places you in the driver’s seat, allows you to almost feel the sensation of traversing through the air, the world blurring about you, the wind whipping your face silly.
Otogi Matsuri is keen to bring to your senses the impact of a devastating collision, its art that clean and striking in portraying what is a rather chaotic and disturbing world.
As mentioned above, Dark Offering doesn’t try to do anything overtly different; you have a fairly typical ancient betrayal turning into an ancient grudge morphing into an ancient evil that was then sealed away by four guardians.
Powerful guardians taking familiar forms such as Byakko, Suzaku, Seiryu and the like; and as would be expected, a fault in the seal, a threat regarding the Rukujou clan’s return and their bereaved, vengeful and somewhat justified rage makes for a union of four heroes who will sacrifice greatly to the four guardians to wield their power, standing to fight the approaching evil.
Okay, the element of sacrifice makes for surprisingly riveting reading, at least with regards to the depths of drama it sometimes infuses. But again far from riveting stuff.
Where Dark Offering manages to stand apart though is the way in which it actually tales its typical shonen story.
And this somewhat harks back to Gamaran; the manga wasn’t always the riveting samurai epic I perceive it to be today; and even after coming to an end, i wouldn’t place Gamaran within the same ranking as greats such as Samurai X.
Yet Gamaran managed to reach such incredible heights of entertainment because of its thrilling approach to the story.
MINOR SPOLIERS AHEAD: Considering its weak beginning i was surprised to find myself hooked to Gamaran within the first 15 chapters. The manga made efforts to create the setting for the core of its clashes in crafting the tournament that would choose the next great leader of the demon’s haunt.
And my expectations weren’t particularly out of this world; of course Gama would descend to the city as champion warrior to a leader in the making; of course he would briefly encounter many powerful foes. The final battles would approach steadily, Gama cutting his way through various unique enemies to achieve easy victory.
Admittedly the manga did a great job in stoking my expectations shortly after that. The opponents were more than strong. They were intimidating. And this wouldn’t be an all out brawl between the best of the best.
Rather the tournament intended to pit entire schools against one another; that allowed a sense of strategy to enter the equation as different schools began planning about who would fight who, when and how in a battle that would constitute multiple rounds, and in which victory would come to those schools that maintained the strength of their greatest fighters until the final round.
Immediately things were falling into a strange place because Gama’s school had long since lost its student save for one; Gama couldn’t possibly challenge entire schools in combat over a period of several rounds. And while my initial assumptions created images of our Hero obliterating entire schools per afternoon to get to their leaders, the manga had already proven mere chapters earlier that Gama was barely of equal skill to some of the lower ranked members of various schools.
This wasn’t a fair fight by any means; and certainly I was expecting Gama’s supernatural power up to come in future arcs, when we would learn of his demon half and whatnot. None the less I was on the edge of my seat with regards to the events to come.
Then we met the first school that would contend with out young hero, watched them plan their strategy, walk out the door to prepare for their oncoming challenge only to meet Gama, on their front porch, waiting, already on the offense.
This wasn’t a kid boasting of so much confidence as to walk into enemy territory on his own; Gama understood his own short comings and executed a rather flawed plan that, in catching his opponents by total surprise, would allow him to cut his enemy’s three top students down in a single move, immediately leveling the playing field and allowing him a chance to catch a win before the first round went underway and gravely turned the tide against him.
It was in those few pages that I went ‘Whooooooooooa’; that surprise, the understanding that Gamaran not only presented very grounded situations but avoided easy solutions to them. It was always refreshing knowing that Gama had a killer move in his pocket, one that could finish a difficult fight immediately, but which he couldn’t unleash due to a wounded ankle, bleeding stomach or whatever was impairing his physical abilities, forcing him to utilize less than effective skills and basic cunning to overcome.
This as opposed to all those Bleach conflicts that see the hero unleash an all powerful strike after two hours of health crippling punishment.
That is what this manga brings to table; if it must take you down a familiar road with familiar attractions, then it is going to blast through at 300MPH, making certain that you still get a kick out of it.
That is Otogi Matsuri in a nutshell; it doesn’t surprise as much as thrill. The story is slow at the start and doesn’t pick up until the supernatural elements begin to bleed into the public domain. I personally didn’t really get into it until 30 chapters in, during the so called Madara arc.
And thinking about, that was just about a giant rampaging snake; basically Anakonda but with intelligence. Yet it managed to ramp up the chaos to a point where excitement had to be my only reaction.
Otogi Matsuri fails miserably in the character section; take its cast out of the explosive nature of the Otogi Matsuri story and they aren’t really worth the attention.
Yousuke couldn’t be more cliché as far as shonen heroes are concerned; standing at the head of his crew, ready to sacrifice himself even while irritating voices moan about his selflessness.
And let’s not even bother with his school life, which is not only very reminiscent of Ichigo and Bleach but receives way too much unnecessary attention considering how irrelevant it is to the story.
Of course Yousuke is going to have to make awkward excuses to escape his friend's company to fight monsters. Of course he will have to protect his classmates from assaults occurring either as a coincidence or because of his presence even while keeping his friends oblivious of his role in the matter.
Of course their eventual discovery of his true identity will create more problems regarding his role than it actually solves; the romantic elements are a forced and badly executed element. Really, this is the reason I am not a great fan of high school settings for anime and manga stories. The plots, characters, everything is always the same; way too predictable for my tastes.
And then there is Irori, not quite your typical female heroine considering how young the master guardian wielder is. I am glad they avoided the cliché child prodigy angle, instead choosing to follow a more dramatic path with regards to Irori’s mastery over her powers.
Kenji is…a pretty intriguing character, the flaws of his past, the demons and decisions that chase him shaping the curses that make his heroic duties little more than a life threatening activity.
Thinking about it, Dark Offering’s cast is pretty decent; I mean, Enzo, the oldest of the bunch and their history teacher, has to be my favorite, especially this conniving ways, his determination to achieve victory no matter the cost, the enormous guilt he carries and the sacrifices he keeps making to keep his secrets hidden.
Okay, I am starting to think my negative perception of these characters largely comes down to Yousuke, who’s unfortunately very meh as far as main protagonists are concerned; but even Yousuke is fun to watch once the action begins.
The limitations of his Suzaku bow, restricting him to three arrows per hour means every battle, and I mean every battle, with him has to be strategic in nature. And it is a restrictions that persists throughout the various power ups, forcing this strategic approach to battle to persist through out even the most dangerous conflicts.
Okay, I have to admit; Otogi Matsuri has done more with its cast in a few 60 chapters that I was giving it credit for.
If you seen one gorgeously drawn manga or manhwa, you have seen them all. That is what I used to think. Yet even today, I encounter new series whose aesthetic offerings still manage to impress me.
Otogi Matsuri is no different; it isn’t interesting because it avails the crispiest, cleanest and sharpest images in manga, even though the panels are pretty crisp. Rather Otogi Matsuri allows its unique narration to manifest through its art.
While it took the Madara arc to truly sell Otogi Matsuri to me, my curiosity was immediately piqued following the first demonic appearance in the first chapter. And truth be told I expected gross, grotesque and twisted designs.
Yet there was something even more ridiculously disturbing about watching a giant spider with the giant head of a vicious cat scuttling down the hill side.
Every thrilling chase, explosive battle and heart rending scream somehow resonates through each panel of the manga.
It is manga like Otogi Matsuri that deserve monthly releases; their work reflects the care and time injected into providing the perfect images.
No, this isn’t the greatest action, supernatural or shonen series in the world. It most likely wouldn’t make it into my top ten. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t that good.
It doesn’t do anything new, true; but it doesn’t do anything old either. Rather it does the old and familiar in a manner more explosive than most. In a way one need not bother investing in truly unique stories when mangaka like this have the guts to take something old and make it worth the read.
RATING: 8/10, the fact that Otogi Matsuri has resumed its run, and with a whopping four chapters for my consumption, has made my week.
It's a short blog because I know myself well. I tend to be scatterbrain and distracted with many things. Using my status bar helps, but it doesn't plan out things.
I believe Fall 2014 has the most sequels and Shonen series that were part of my wiki projects.
I have teammates to support, but I have to make some sacrifices later on in order to balance school, family work, and Anime Vice moderation roles.
Welcome everyone to the Chaika Wiki Recognition blog! With recognition blogs, I give out recognitions for my teammates who worked hard in the wiki projects. My teammates are working to improve the site. With wiki pages, we help create pages for folks to attach blogs, reviews, and discussion topics too. It helps folks meet up with folks and bond while sharing their favorite anime and working together in the wiki community.
That's how we roll in Anime Vice.
First off, let me introduce my teammates.
He's from Brooklyn, New York. His favorite anime series is Sword Art Online, High School DxD, and Blazblue Alter Memory. He enjoys spending time in Ecchi Club and Hentai Club. He's a strong advocate of a hentai site called Fakku. Finally, he's a Hentai wiki specialist, adding new Hentai pages for the Hentai Club monthly. Though, he feels he's still inexperienced but grateful to have me moderating his wiki pages and guiding him to become a top wiki editor soon.
He aspires to be the best Hentai wiki editor in Anime Vice with the most hentai pages created.
He is a new wiki editor who works at Anime Vice, and he originally a Wikia member who used to work at Chaika Wikia.
Unfortunately, I don't have Sidapa's intro since I lost contact with my teammate. This is all I have for now.
I'm a sixth year student of Asian American Studies, a resident of California, and a 3rd year member at Anime Vice. I currently serve as a wiki mod in Anime Vice since September 12, 2013. I'm currently a retired Admin at Sket Dance and Btooom Wikia since I have to stop due to being a new mod in Anime Vice. I still kept my account semi-active at To Hollywood and Beyond Wikia because it's Screened's second home.
I'm an episode wiki specialist, but I do work on other types of wiki pages. My strong skill is gathering groups of editors from across communities and building great wiki pages with them. My goals in Anime Vice is to build a strong, tight knit and balanced community by working with key users of various niches.
For those who are new to Chaika, here's a summary my teammates and I prepare for you. We hope you try out Chaika - Coffin Princess!
Chaika - The Coffin Princess revolves around a trio: a young female wizard named Chaika and the Saboteur siblings, Toru and Akari, who assist Chaika in retrieving her father's remains. Chaika wishes to give her father a proper burial. Her father is Emperor Gaz who had been slain by the eight heroes, and as a result, his empire had been dismantled. Individual countries are now managed by the Kliemann Organization during the post war period. There are individuals who will stop Chaika and her gang from her goals while there are others who compete with her in taking her father's remains.
In the Chaika wiki project of Anime Vice, my teammates and I work in different pages. Sidapa was mostly a light novel and manga editor who also works on concept pages while AgentFakku works on concept pages and attaching things to character and misc pages.
Our work is not done given how difficult it is to obtain light novel and manga data because Chaika isn't available legally, forcing us to resort to other means in order to fulfill our tasks. Though, the light novel text is an issue still.
Thank you everyone for reading this blog. Please give my teammates a round of applause for their hard work.