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Welcome everyone, we have a huge selection, mostly Viz Media books.

Familiar Series I Recommend

  • This week had a ton of Pokemon than usual. I haven't read the manga series for any of them yet. I'm psyched to see the differences and diversity in the characters due to being a fan of the anime that had the same character, Ash Ketchum, for a long time.
  • Nisekoi - I only recommend this for folks who are used to harem shows. What sets Nisekoi apart is the amnesia, that Romeo and Juliet gangster element, and the megane sidekicks. I don't like Nisekoi for having a convoluted plot/amnesia because the guy remembers there was a girl and now there was 2 girls he coincidentally remember. He wants to meet that girl from ten years ago, the girl he liked.

Series I would try

  • Claymore - After hearing Katmic's take on Claymore manga series (since it ended), Taichokage's review, and Sotyfan16's Beginner's Guide to Claymore, I wanted to try the series. It's a nice change of pace to read dark manga series with a strong female protagonist since I read mostly Shonen series.

I would love to hear your recommendations on the rest of the manga series featured this week. 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.

Sources

Notes

  • Yugioh 5D Vol. 7 wasn't listed on ANN.
  • D. Gray-Man, Dragon Ball, and XxxHOLic Omnibus were not listed on ANN while Right Stuf had them listed.

Manga Releases

Claymore Volume 26
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

In a world where monsters called Yoma prey on humans and live among them in disguise, humanity's only hope is a new breed of warrior known as Claymores. Half human, half monster, these silver-eyed slayers possess supernatural strength but are condemned to fight their savage impulses or lose their humanity completely.

Kamisama Kiss Volume 17
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Nanami Momozono is alone and homeless after her dad skips town to evade his gambling debts and the debt collectors kick her out of her apartment. So when a man she's just saved from a dog offers her his home, she jumps at the opportunity. But it turns out that his place is a shrine, and Nanami has unwittingly taken over his job as a local deity! --- Nanami has finally found the fallen kami who cursed Tomoe, but before she can rush home to save her beloved shinshi, she must watch the past unfold. But how will her relationship with Tomoe be affected by her standing witness to the torments he and Yukiji suffer?!

Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 3
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Anise Yamamoto has been told that if she ever removes the rose choker given to her by her father, a terrible punishment will befall her. Unfortunately she loses that choker when a bat-like being falls from the sky and hits her. Anise is granted four cards representing four knights whom she can summon with a kiss. But now that she has these gorgeous men at her beck and call, what exactly is her quest?!

LBX - The Super LBX Volume 4

Distributor: Viz Media Suggested retail price: $9.99 Welcome to the world of Little Battlers eXperience! In the near future, a boy named Van Yamano owns Achilles, a miniaturized robot made of a new super-strong industrial cardboard. But Achilles is no ordinary LBX. Hidden inside him is secret data that Van must keep out of the hands of evil at all costs!

Monster Musume Volume 6
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

What do world governments do when they learn that fantastical beings are not merely fiction, but flesh and blood —not to mention feather, hoof, and fang? Why, they create new regulations, of course! "The Interspecies Cultural Exchange Accord" ensures that these once-mythical creatures assimilate into human society...or else!

When hapless human twenty-something Kurusu Kimihito becomes an involuntary "volunteer" in the government homestay program for monster girls, his world is turned upside down. A reptilian lamia named Miia is sent to live with him, and it is Kimihito's job to tend to her every need and make sure she integrates into his everyday life. While cold-blooded Miia is so sexy she makes Kimihito's blood boil with desire, the penalties for interspecies breeding are dire.

Even worse, when a buxom centaur girl named Centorea and a scantily clad harpy named Papi move into Kimihito's house, what's a full-blooded young man with raging hormones to do?!

Naruto Vol. 69 - The Beginning of the Crimson Spring
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

With Obito finally defeated, all attention now turns to the man behind everything bad that has happened, Madara. Naruto and Sasuke will need to work together if they have any chance of stopping this fearsome foe. But what will happen when the Nine Tails fox demon is forcibly removed from Naruto?!

Nisekoi: False Love Vol. 8 - Last Minute
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Love triangle! Comedic antics!! Gang warfare?! You won’t want to miss out on Shonen Jump's laugh-out-loud feel-good manga series! It's hate at first sight when Raku Ichijo first meets Chitoge Kirisaki. But much to their chagrin, the two are forced into a false love relationship to keep the peace between their feuding gangster families.

As Chitoge gets more and more acclimated to her new life in Japan, she finds herself spending more time with Raku and her newfound friends, most of whom have a crush on Raku as well! But now that it's Valentine's Day, will Chitoge and friends find the nerve to give Raku their homemade chocolates?!

Oresama Teacher Volume 18
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

It's summertime, and the students of Midorigaoka Academy are indulging in the time-honored tradition of a test of courage! A walk through a "haunted woods," it beats the heat by chilling the blood and forms bonds of friendship through shared terror. It's the perfect activity for Mafuyu! But not everyone joining the fun has pure-hearted revelry in mind - some mysterious villains are using the test of courage as a cover to attack the Public Morals Club!

Pokemon Emerald Vol. 27 Awakening of the Millennium
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

When a mysterious armored villain in search of the Wish Pokemon Jirachi attacks Noland, Emerald is the prime suspect! Jirachi grants wishes, but only awakens every one thousand years for seven days. How can Emerald and the Frontier Brains prevent Jirachi's power from falling into the wrong hands?!

Pokemon XY Volume 2
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $4.99

X, Y, and their best friends battle to rescue X's kidnapped Li'l Kanga from the clutches of Team Flare. Who can they trust? To protect themselves, the group of friends make an oath to follow five basic rules. Meanwhile, the secrets behind Mega Evolution unfold... Now what can make X smile...?

Pokemon Adventures Black and White Volume 6
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Pokémon Trainer Black meets White, a Pokémon Trainer who runs a growing talent agency for performing Pokémon. Will Black catch show biz fever too? Meanwhile, mysterious Team Plasma is urging everyone to release their beloved Pokémon into the wild! What are they thinking?! All your favorite Pokémon game characters jump out of the screen into the pages of this action-packed manga!

Seraph of the End Volume 4
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

After trumpets of the apocalypse proclaim the fall of humanity, vampires arise from the shadows to rule the earth. Yuichiro wants just one thing—to get revenge by killing each and every vampire. --- A vampire attack reunites Yuichiro with his childhood friend Mika—though they now face each other from opposing sides of the battlefield. Mika begs him to forget about the conflict between humans and vampires and escape together, but he is torn about abandoning his new friends. Then, everything changes when Yuichiro suddenly transforms into a monstrous being with one seraphic wing!

Sacred Blacksmith Volume 7
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

Now safely home from their trip to the Militant Nation, Cecily, Luke, and the others return to their everyday lives. However, the Independent Trade City of Housman is soon struck with increasingly strong earthquakes, signaling that the time of Valbanill's reawakening draws near.

The pressure only continues to grow as Luke and Cecily learn of the Campbell family's secret curse: the Sheath of the Sacred Blade. Can Luke help change Cecily's fate by forging the true Sacred Blade before it's too late?

Yugioh 5D's Volume 7
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Rex Goodwin and Jack Atlas reach the end of their epic duel, and Goodwin demonstrates his ancient power. Elsewhere, Crow Hogan has released the other Duelists sealed by Lazar, but it's too late for them to go to Yusei's aid now. High in Aerial Fortress Seibal, Yusei battles the Skeleton Knight to reach Sect...!

Omnibus

Skip Beat! Omnibus 10
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99
Ren's new roles are dredging up old memories best left buried. He's having trouble dealing with the emotional turmoil, and Kyoko's sudden popularity with her castmate Kijima isn't helping matters! Can Kyoko keep Ren's warring personalities in check, or will his dark persona forget that his violent edge is supposed to be an act?!

Story and art by Yoshiki Nakamura.
D. Gray-man Omnibus 16-18
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.99
A mysterious virus has affected the Black Order, turning most among its ranks into zombies! Allen and Lavi are attacked by Count Krory, and Komui, the creator of the virus, must quickly find a vaccine. Amid the chaos, Allen learns that someone else's memory has been implanted in him?!
Dragon Ball Omnibus 22-24
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.99

Goku vs. Vegeta! Gohan and Kuririn struggle to keep the last Dragon Ball from falling into Freeza and Vegeta's possession, but how will they fare against Freeza's Ginyu Force - a group of five of the strongest fighters in the galaxy? If they want to survive, they may have to do the unthinkable and team up with Vegeta! However, with Goku hurtling toward Namek at top speed, there may be hope... as long as he makes it in time!
xxxHOLic Omnibus 5
  • Distributor: Kodansha
  • Suggested Retail Price $19.99
Unable to understand neither spirits' attraction towards him nor the names of his own parents, Kimihiro is an enigma even to himself. His boss, the dimension witch Yuko, may hold the answers Kimihiro seeks. However, his missing past has a price. Kimihiro must uncover his memories to continue moving forward, but his future under Yuko's tutelage grows uncertain. The secrets of Kimihiro's existence are revealed, while the mysteries that surround Yuko's continue to grow.
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I am starting to understand Magi art a little better. The best manga strive to paint a comprehensive picture that places a character within a specific environment and even goes so far as to show you the impact experienced by this character within his environment in reaction to some external force.

Most manga though choose to prioritize the character over his environment, with titles like bleach pouring great detail into each individual while showing little to nothing of the surroundings. 

Magi is somewhere between; the mangaka will represent the surroundings and the characters in the same panel and image, but without these two elements actually being connected. 

An example would be chapter 256, where we are shown Judar unleash twisters of wind and what I think was fire from above, as well a close up of their destructive impact on the trees, the ground etc.

In the same panel we see Aladdin, juxtaposed against the trees as they are being ripped from the ground; except he’s flying, with Judar just above him.

A cursory glance at that image can create  confusion, especially when all you can see is Judar and Aladdin standing in the midst of explosions and squiggly lines. You have to look close enough to put things together, that everything happening behind Aladdin and Judar is just a background image, showing what’s happening on the ground while Aladdin and Judar continue to fight in the air.

What I am trying to say is that I might have annouced Magi’s art as being bad, but maybe I simply misjudged it.

+THE CHAPTERS:
The battle between Hakuryuu and Judar, and Aladdin and Alibaba heats up.

+MY THOUGHTS

No. Excuses aside, Magi art is indeed very messy, so much more than I can sometimes stomach. It’s almost like Shinobu is trying to cram waaaay too much into each panel.

But maybe that is a compliment; because Magi isn’t drawn like any manga I have come across. Most mangaka try to keep the virtual camera on present events when drawing. If Aladdin and Judar are fighting in the skies, then that is all you are going to see. Not until they drop to the ground can we expect to see the impact of the supernatural elements on the environment.

Where it proves necessary to first display the full extent of an unleashed ability, mangaka tend to assign entire panels to such matters. That’s why you tend to find entire panels in Manhwa dedicated to showing the earth as it’s being ripped apart.

Shinobu isn’t helped by the fact that she seems to take short cuts in presenting some of these fights, making it difficult to follow the events fluidly from panel to panel.

That isn’t necessary a bad thing, though; because so much more happened in just one chapter of this fight than what we normally see in the typical Bleach battle, with Kubo more interested in showing the step by step elements of each fight whereas Shinobu keeps things frenetic.

+The Good
These are some of the best fights we have seen in the series in a while; and I had to read these three chapters a third time to fully comprehend what they had to offer.

If I am being honest, it is the fact that Aladdin and Alibaba are managing to hold their own against their clearly superior foe that these chapters are proving to be so entertaining.

And they are not simply holding their own; Shinobu has managed to give Aladdin and Alibaba an edge that is not only impressive but believable. 

A few weeks back I stated, more than once, that Team Alibaba didn’t stand the slightest chance of defeating Team Hakuryuu. Yet, watching Alibaba rise to the challenge has allowed his character to grow exponentially. 

His tenacity doesn’t eliminate the many irritating flaws of his character; as a King and primary protagonist, Alibaba is sorely lacking. However there is something endearing about watching him stand up to Hakuryuu and showing a determination to back his idealistic words with strength of will.

This is Alibaba as we have rarely seen him, especially in light of that chaotic exchange of blows and his final declaration to bring Hakuryuu to his knees. 

Could he actually win this bout? Well, Hakuryuu’s Belial transformation was impressive as hell. He continues to prove why he’s such a badass villain. And Alibaba has yet to corner him.

So, No. Alibaba isn’t winning this. But he will lose with a certain sense of pride, knowing he didn’t simply lie down and allow his former friend to walk all over him.

Aladdin has the makings of a truly powerful Magi, and for a long time the series seemed to forget him. Even with his showing at Magnostadt, his worth seems to have disappeared in light of juggernauts like Kouen and Sinbad.

These chapters finally allowed him to come into his own, portending his future as the biggest threat Il-Illah will ever face.

The talking took a back seat in all three chapters, which was a good decision on the Mangaka’s part, because these four characters more or less expressed themselves fully in the previous two chapters.

Any more talking (or begging on Alibaba’s part) would have felt redundant.

+The Bad
I have no problem reading a chapter a second or third time in order to understand some concept that I am yet to grasp. However rereading a chapter just because I didn’t quite understand what was portrayed on the page can get annoying. 

Magi’s art was waaay too messy. Chapter 257 was mostly consistent, but Chapter 255 and parts of 256 required some squinting and focusing to make sense of who had done what exactly.

Aladdin’s flash back was also terrible. IN fact the entire 255 was terribly paced. Shinobu rushed those moments of Aladdin trying to master Solomon’s Wisdom.

In fact it felt like she unnecessary shoehorned them into the chapter. 255 was just a mess top to bottom, barring a few decent Aladdin/Judar panels. 

This as opposed to the Hakuryuu/Alibaba panels, which were great, especially the sword/scythe stuff. That is where Shinobu’s habit of trying to fit several panels’ worth of work into a single panel paid off. The fast pace of the fights really resonated, as well as the desperation behind every one of Alibaba’s blows.

RATING: 7/10. Magi is getting its form back. Not that it was bad before. More like lackluster. It is considerably boosted by the unpredictability of this fight, from Aladdin’s display of space warping magic to Hakuryuu’s Belial Djinn equip and Alibaba’s roaring determination.

HIGHLIGHTS: Hakuryuu and Alibaba’s sword/scythe exchange. Aladdin’s potential omniscience.
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"I knew I should&squot;ve wrapped it."
"I knew I should've wrapped it."

Welcome back to By The Week, and man, was this one an eye opener.

Disclaimer: This will majorly spoil the episode in question since I will talk about some major (and rather graphic) parts! Read this at your own risk! To view the episode in question legally, you can go to FUNimation or Hulu if you're a subscribed member. After a week passes, it will be free for all viewers.

Breakdown and Thoughts

Behind the scenes of Kaneki's return visit to Ainteku, Yoshimura tells him the origin of "The Owl". (Whom happens to be Yoshimura; one of TWO apparent "Owls"!) His original name happened to be Kuzen and he was involved in a murderous ghoul gang up until he found love and successfully had a ghoul-human hybrid child. Tragically, the peace didn't last long. His old gang caught up with him and only was able to kill Kuzen's lover while they were running from them with the baby in hand. How the baby turned out is yet to be determined, but they may be even worse than back when Yoshimura was in the gang. Afterwards, Cafe Ainteku gets a bustling day, but Yoshimura had to move some of the staff away, including Touka and Hinami due to some "remodeling" (When the real truth is that the CCG is jockin' on his ass). Kaneki's final decision is yet to be determined while Yoshimura plans for the invasion.

This ended up being one of the most solid episodes here so far, now that we get a lead on the first Owl's identity. We also ended up with a heartwarming moment for the coffee shop and a lot of clarity on where this is going unlike the first half (as awesome as it looked). I hope that the battle that's about to be at hand becomes meaningful to the show and hopefully, whatever Kaneki's final decision is will be a very good one.

Highlights

Had they sat on the couches instead, this would've been the start of the most epic card game battle ever.
Had they sat on the couches instead, this would've been the start of the most epic card game battle ever.
After seeing this scene, I can tell that for staying with a ghoul, she really has a lot of kink to her step...
After seeing this scene, I can tell that for staying with a ghoul, she really has a lot of kink to her step...
On the bright side, at least it was the shop being bet on and lost than being sent to the Shadow Realm with some blinged-out crazies.
On the bright side, at least it was the shop being bet on and lost than being sent to the Shadow Realm with some blinged-out crazies.
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Welcome to the first week of March! We have a lot of limited/special editions for this week.

Familiar Series I Recommend

  • Gurren Lagann - Fans of mech and Gainax would love this show. It's over the top fan service and action with some heavy drama on the side. My friend from the UK, Yusuke52, suggest folks would be better off getting the complete edition since you save more.
  • Unbreakable Machine Doll - If you don't like generic harem shows, don't try this one. This is for folks who are used to the overused tropes and cliches. What I like about Unbreakable Machine Doll is the characters that are entertaining and distinguished from the tons of characters I seen from harem shows. Harem lead isn't too perverted or too much of a kind, herbivore. He's not interested in the gals and avoids his overzealous, prone to jealously partner, Yaya who is an automaton. There is love between humans and robots or puppets. Too bad, it's a short anime series. I believe the BD version has uncut nude scenes since the OVA had a lot of nudity.
  • Ranma - After doing the Ranma Character Spotlight with Hal and SamJaz, I was exposed to an old series for the first time. I love the show, and I haven't finished yet. If you like romantic comedies, try this one out.

Series I would try

  • Yakitate - From the cover and synopsis, it looks like a fun, comedic show to try. I haven't seen a lot of cooking based shows lately.

I would love to hear your recommendations on the rest of the manga series featured this week. All comments are welcome. Thank you.

Since I have no room in the table, I post the images of the limited/special editions here:

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.

Sources

Notes

  • Going Home Club and Gurren Lagann BD 5 were only listed on Right Stuf.
  • Unbreakable Machine Doll isn't listed on ANN while Right Stuf and Amazon have it listed.
  • Space Dandy Limited Edition is listed on Amazon and Right Stuf while the regular edition for season 1 is only on Right Stuf.
  • Yakitate!! Japan is listed on Right Stuf and ANN but not Amazon.

DVD and Blu Ray Releases

Chronicles of the Going Home Club - Complete Series [Premiere Edition]
  • Distributor: NIS America
  • Suggested retail price: $64.99

It's the beginning of a new year of high school, and school clubs are diligently recruiting members to take part in their activities. However, Natsuki Ando has decided to join the "Going Home Club," a fictional club which students who have no club affiliation and simply go home right after school jokingly claim to be members of. But Natsuki and her new friend Karin soon discover that this particular school has a real, bona fide Going Home Club! -

Teaming up with club members Claire, Botan, and Sakura, the official unofficial Going Home Club gets up to all kinds of kooky trouble and hilarious fun!

This premium edition contains episodes 1-12 packaged in an artbox and comes with a hardcover, 64-page art book filled with detailed character info, interviews with cast members and production staff, original letters from the voice actors, and full-color illustrations. Special Features: Clean Opening, Clean Endings, Japanese Trailers, Mini Theater. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Gurren Lagann Blu-Ray 5
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98

Team Dai-Gurren defeats the army of the Anti-Spiral, but they know that this is only the beginning. Lordgenome tells them that in order to stop the Anti-Spiral from annihilating humanity, they must find their homeworld within a universe outside normal spacetime and destroy it. With all of his comrades there to fight alongside him, Simon sets out towards space to destroy the Anti-Spiral once and for all and save Nia. The final battle of a man who has realized his destiny begins right here and now!

Contains episodes 23-27 plus a double-sided poster and a 16-page booklet featuring creator interviews and an illustration gallery! Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Unbreakable Machine-Doll DVD/Blu-ray Complete Series
  • Distributor: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $69.98 (Limited Edition), $64.98 (Regular)

Raishin Akabane and his beautiful companion Yaya enroll at Walpurgis Royal Academy to study Machinart: a dangerous blend of magic and technology. Raishin is a puppeteer capable of using magic to power up Yaya, his automaton, for ruthless battles no mere human could survive.

In the wrong hands, Yaya is a deadly weapon, but the honorable Raishin, despite his mysterious quest for vengeance, takes no pleasure in killing for sport. Instead, he joins forces with a harem of gorgeous classmates to unmask those responsible for a rash of heinous human experimentation. If new enemies and terrible grades don't spell doom for Raishin, he and Yaya might live long enough to conquer the school where magic meets machine!

Contains episodes 1-12 and OVA episodes 1-6. Special Features: Episode Commentary (1, 12), Textless Opening and Closings, Commercials, Promo Videos, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Limited Edition: an art booklet, all inside a rigid art box.

Yakitate!! Japan DVD Part 1 (S)
  • Distributor: The Right Stuf International
  • Suggested Retail Price: $49.99

Kazuma Azuma wants to make bread. Not just any kind of bread, though. He wants to make a bread that represents Japan itself and can stand toe-to-toe with rice as a national food. Thanks to his legendary "Hands of the Sun," unnaturally warm hands that allow dough to ferment faster, Kazuma's bread is like a slice of Heaven.

And when the Pantasia Rookie Competition arrives, everyone will get a taste of his skill! Along with his friend Kawachi (who's only in it for the dough), he’ll go up against koala karate masters, Harvard bread scientists, samurai with rolling-pin swords, and more! Can Kazuma create bread like naan other and bake his way to glory, or should he quit before he's toast? While supplies last, customers ordering this set will also receive an exclusive chipboard artbox sized to hold all three parts of Yakitate!! Japan!

Contains episodes 1-27. Special Features: Liner Notes (PDF), Clean Opening and Closing. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Space☆Dandy DVD/Blu-Ray Season 1
  • Distributor: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $69.98 Limited $64.98 (Regular)

Rocket into the outer limits with the one and only Dandy! This dreamy space case and his to-die-for pompadour jet across the galaxy in search of aliens no one has ever laid eyes on. Capturing rare species may pay the bills, baby, but Dandy would rather kick back and enjoy the scenery at the nearest Boobies. Joined by his misfit sidekicks - a rundown vacuum cleaner robot called QT and Meow the alien space cat - Dandy boldly goes where no daper don has ever gone before. Hotly pursued by the chimp-faced Dr. Gel, the adventures of Dandy and the gang will make you laugh, then cry, and then laugh till you cry all over again. Buckle up for blast off, baby! You’re cruising with the Dandy now, and he don't stop till the end of the universe.

Limited Edition: Contains episodes 1-13 and six character art cards.

Contains episodes 1-13. Special Features: Dandy Guy in Space: Part 01, Episode Commentary (1, 10), Textless Opening and Closing, Volume 1 Teaser Trailer, Promotional Videos, Commercials, Blu-ray & DVD Commericals, U.S. Trailer, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Ranma 1/2 DVD or Blu-Ray Set 5
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $54.97 (Special), $44.82 (Regular)

Sentaro, successor to Martial Arts Tea Ceremony, makes Ranma battle the grand master as his wife to break off his arranged marriage meeting. Does Ranma have what it takes to master this new form of martial arts? After that, the world of martial arts gets even bigger with the introduction of Martial Arts Shogi, Martial Arts Dining, and Martial Arts Calligraphy.

The hijinks continue as the true identity of the principal is revealed, Ranma's friends and family are turned into frogs, and okonomiyaki master Ukyo faces hot competition from Crepe Joe! Lastly, a new student at school named Gosunkugi, who instantly falls in love with Akane, tries to use curses to eliminate Ranma so he can have her all to himself!

This special edition includes a full-color art card and a 32-page booklet with episode summaries, all housed in a premium chipboard artbox!

Contains episodes 93-115. Special Features: "We love Ranma" Part 5 - We Love Collecting, Next Episode Previews, Clean Openings and Endings. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Outbreak Company
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $69.98 (Blu-Ray), $59.98 (DVD)

Shinichi Kanou's father writes novels and his mother illustrates erotic video games, so it's not unsurprising that he'd turn out a fan of comics and science fiction. However, rather than channeling his efforts into creating like his parents, he has instead become one of the world's foremost experts on "moe," with an encyclopedic knowledge of all things cute and adorable in every conceivable form of animation and media. This sort of explains Shinichi's recruitment as an ambassador for moe to the Holy Erudanto Kingdom, a parallel world where things that previously only existed in anime actually exist!

How will a hot blooded young otaku react when dropped into a world with actual cute and adorable elf maids and dragons? More importantly, how will they react to this drooling devotee with diplomatic credentials? And even more to the point, exactly why does the Japanese government feel that sending someone to represent Japan's moe interests is a good idea in the first place?

Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Adult Releases (NSFW)

The adult releases weren't listed on ANN. Both Night Shift Nurses and Midnight Strike Force are avaiable on Right Stuf. Amazon only has Midnight Strike Force.

Night Shift Nurses

Distributor: CRITICAL MASS Suggested Retail Price: $14.99

The Night Shift Nurses are back and naughtier than ever in this raunchily revealing adventure! On a forbidden hospital ward, the head doctor performs madly erotic experiments, stripping the nursing staff of their uniforms, inhibitions, and self-control!

Special Features: Deleted Scenes, Storyboards, Artwork, Sketch Gallery. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Midnight Strike Force (OAV)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass Video
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.99

Justice has never been so naked! A super-secret cult of lesbians performs erotic experiments on bodies from the local hospital! Their purpose: to revive the spirit of their ancient leader in a virile human form. Now it's up to the Midnight Strike Force, a team of busty justice fighters, to go under-cover (and under the covers) to stop the nefarious acolytes before they succeed in their diabolically dirty schemes!

Special Features: Art Gallery, Anime Artform, Trailer, Previews. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

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I am not so sure about the direction this business with King and Ban is going. The way the chapter ended, with a giant bearing down upon the Fairy King’s forest, waiting for either King or Ban to take action would have worked better if King actually needed to prove himself.

Are we really expected to get excited about watching King show off at Ban’s expense? Because the outcome is obvious. There is nothing in Ban’s arsenal that is going to allow him to actually impact next week’s fight, at least not without a sacred treasure.

More importantly, all of this would have only mattered if we were actually really interested in watching King find his lost confident, stand up to his naysayers and finally prove himself as the true Fairy King.

Unfortunately the mangaka seems to have forgotten that he actually already did this. The Hellbrum fight heavily explored King’s past.

We saw him fall to his lowest. Then he found his courage, realized that Chestiefol had chosen him once more as the true Fairy King and proceeded to kick Hellbrum’s Fairy Ass.

+THE CHAPTER:
Meliodas unleashes the fury of Lost Vayne. King and Ban must protect the Forest against a menacing threat.

+MY THOUGHTS:

I am seriously finding it very difficult to believe that King cares that greatly about the fact that his Fairy subjects have rejected his kinghood. Considering the character growth he is supposed to have undergone during the final chapters of the last arc, I would have thought that he would be content with simply possessing the strength from Chestiefol to protect his friends and the forest.

Ban and King’s mini arc was fine when it was approached as little more than a fun ride, showcasing King’s child like persona. But, with the story seemingly heading to a place where King has to overshadow Ban to prove himself, I am not interested.

-Ban
Ban is a very difficult character to read. Just how much of a hero is he? Because it seems like the majority of his life has been heavily intertwined with Elaine. We know he joined the sins mostly for fighting (and possibly because of Meliodas’ companionship).

Yet he was ready to kill Meliodas for Elaine’s sake. We know there is nothing saintly about his actions assisting in the rebirth of the Fairy King’s forest, just another step taken in Elain'e’s name.

What happens when his goals and intentions for Elaime fail to pan out? When she rejects him after returning, or he fails to revive her?

We might be in for another Obito scenario.

We all know that Obito didn’t lose himself to Madara’s dark side just because he loved Rin. He was obsessed with her, and the loss essentially broke his mind. 

Granted Ban isn’t a child; and he has greater mental fortitude. But again, it could be argued that the only thing keeping him on the right path is Elaine.

-Meliodas/Lost Vayne
I honestly expected so much more from Meliodas in this chapter.

Every time we have witnessed the advent of a sacred treasure, the results have proven to be catastrophic. Meliodas’ Lost Vayne felt a little tame.

Then again Diane’s first battle with Gideon was against the powerhouse that was Hellbrum, backed by Hendricksen and a whole host of Holy knights.

Maybe Meliodas requires a challenge of greater worth than a golem before we can see Lost Vayne truly perform. 
 
-Golem
I think we can safely say that there is some sort of design in the attack pattern of these golems. First it was Camelot and now the Fairy King’s forest. While Meliodas suggested that they had been woken almost automatically by the appearance of the Commandments, there is probably a plan in motion.
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Okay, a lot of this felt unnecessary. Or maybe it wasn’t, but chapter 32 was so weirdly paced that it made most of its 24 pages almost irrelevant.

+THE CHAPTER
The third stage of the tournament begins.

+MY THOUGHTS
The fact that the first two stages of the tournament were filled with such tension and intrigue emanated from the thrill of watching Midoriya essentially overcome his more talented opponents with nothing but his mind, making a conscious effort to keep a lid on his powers.

The third stage of these sorts of tournaments, the One on One part of every such event is often the most entertaining. And why shouldn’t it be. All shenanigans are thrown aside as both heroes and villains square off in single combat.

And considering just how impressive the first two stages were, this final battle oriented stage of the Boku no hero tournament should prove to be the most entertaining of the last ten or so chapters. 

However the set up that was chapter 32 wasn’t just mediocre; in some ways, it was almost bad. In less than half the pages of the chapter, during which we experienced that expected lull that happens between tournament stages such as these , the mangaka not only attempted to execute some miniscule amounts of character and plot progression but the weird reflection that many of the heroes seemed to be doing just didn’t work for me.

All of it essentially felt like drama for the sake of drama, except I didn’t even understand the drama. Two combatants dropped out of the 3rd stage for reasons that seemed a little too nonsensical. 

Midoriya faced his first opponent of the stage, and got angry really quickly for reasons unexplained. It all felt either pointless or too much too quickly. 

The mangaka would have been better off restricting chapter 32 to the lull before the 3rd stage, which should then have kicked off at the end of the next chapter. 

RATING: 3/10

HERO OF THE CHAPTER: Uraraka and Bakugou. The idea of these two fighting is oddly amusing. 

LOSER OF THE CHAPTER: Everyone that dropped out of the 3rd stage. Honestly it all sounded so dumb.
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Here are our wiki teammates for a very popular franchise with a growing fandom in our community! Please support our wiki pages and the folks who contributed to the wiki, making this the number one source of wiki.

Background

Our team formed near the end of 2013 around the same time as Toriko's wiki project began. As a new wiki mod in Fall of 2013, I started putting out wiki tasks on both Toriko and Seven Deadly Sins. I asked if any wiki editor want to join a team. We all work at our own pacing and on things we are good at as well as helping each other out.

When the anime aired in October 2014, the franchise's popularity boom. We got more wiki editors helping out whether they are solo or joining our team.

In a future recognition blog, we go over the accomplishments of our teammates.

Teammates

IconsWiki EditorsSpecialty/Short Bio
TaichokageSpecialty
  • Characters, Manga Scans
Bio
  • Joined the team in 2013
  • Loves Shonen and Seinen
DestinyHeroKnightSpecialty
  • Volume
Bio
  • Joined the team in 2013
  • Loves Shonen
TakashicheaSpecialty
  • Episode, Volume, Anime Caps
Bio
  • Joined the team in 2013
  • Loves mostly Shonen and Comedy but try anything even Yaoi or Hentai
Bigz007Specialty
  • Manga Scans
Bio
  • Joined the team in 2013
  • Loves Shonen, Ecchi, and Seinen
Akronawol17Specialty
  • Characters
Bio
  • Joined the team in 2015
  • Loves Shonen
LowSpecialty
  • Characters
Bio
  • Joined the team in 2015
  • Loves Shonen, Seinen, and Manhwa
ForgottenOneSpecialty
  • Characters, Concepts
Bio
  • Joined the team in 2014
  • Loves Shonen and Seinen

Past Blogs

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Welcome to this month's report where I spotlight our community achievements and their work as well as going through historic events of our site. In this community, we want folks to know we are proud of their works.

Please let me know if I made a mistake or miss something. I try my best to highlight everything from every sub community and forums of Anime Vice. I love this community a lot. Thank you for reading.

Battle

Best Battle Users

  • Anime Vice Battle User of February 2015: Falbium_Asmodeus - Congrats to Falbium for being awesome. Check out the link to learn more about him. He announced last month's battle theme, ecchi (at first, it was perverted men/or women and sexy, endowed women.) It was thanks to HungryWorld and Falbium for promoting the theme and introducing something new we haven't done. Of course, there were some users didn't like seeing a ton of ecchi battle themes. We do encourage folks if they like a theme to help out.

Note: I don't remember what was our actual, prominent theme for this month.

Policies

  • We had some debating issues last month, so mods work on making threads to help new and old users debate without getting into trouble: How to Debate Politely.
  • Feb 10: We temporarily banned Bambina until Pair Arc is done because a lot of threads created by folks who were unfamiliar with Bambina.
  • On Feb. 21, Dream added another revision to the main battle rules for the Who Can Beat XXX matches. He added a power cap since some threads didn't have one often get derailed.
  • With the increased traffic in the battle forums with returning users and new users (Feb. 26), Yusuke52 contacted Dream and Taka about the increased violations in uploading watermarked images. Taka proposed a help desk thread to alleviate the issue and updated How To Show Scans or Any Images's solutions such as using Respect/Feat threads and wiki galleries. Thanks to Yusuke52 for helping clean the scans/point out to watermarked ones.

Guides

New Respect Threads and Feat Discussions

Tournaments

RPG

Vice Awards

On February 19, WayBig posted the January 2015 awards (see page 11). Here are some of the winners and give them a round of applause. Please check the link to see more especially rewards for scenes from various RPG projects.

Policies

Guides

New Bios

RPG Projects

Below are active RPG projects. Check out Kuma's RPG news blog which covers the projects in more depth, providing background of the stories and players along with their characters they used.

Current

New

Wiki

Wiki Milestones

We had several users making milestones in their wiki career. Please congratulate them.

  • Over 1,000 Points! - Othus12, Cloudguy, OverLordArgeist,
  • Over 5,000 Points! - Cloudguy
  • On February 14, Yusuke52 is our 21st Vicer to reached 100,000 wiki points!

Current Wiki Projects

Solo

  • AgentFakku - various Hentai pages
  • AudioNinja - Akatsuki Otokojuku
  • Cloudguy - Manhwa and Magical Girl pages
  • Dekken - various ecchi pages dealing with measurements
  • Dream - Fate Stay Night, Tsukihime, Love Hina
  • EBGamesguy300 - One Piece
  • Fan3 - various Hentai pages
  • KyonyuuFan - various Hentai pages
  • Luthluth - Toriko Powerlistings
  • Naughty - Futabu
  • Reiyo - Durarara!!
  • ShadowChaos - Xenosaga
  • Sonata - various Hentai pages
  • Taichokage - God of High School, Yu Yu Hakusho
  • Takashichea - various Winter 2015 shows
  • Whiskers - Monthly Girls' Nozaki kun
  • Yusuke52 - Bleach

Teams

  • In the Seven Deadly Sins wiki project (Feb. 7 or so), Akronawol17 joined the team. Taka and Taichokage are active.
  • Not officially formed, LHWKnight and Taka worked on The Testament of Sister New Devil, mainly images. LHWKnight uploads LN scans while Taka uploads anime caps.
  • One Piece and Fairy Tail - Dekken and Taka are active
  • Toriko - Yusuke52, Taichokage, and Taka are active.

For a whole list of solo wiki editors and wiki teams, please see the Winter 2015 Wiki Projects (Solo and Teams) thread.

Policies

  • None were added.

Guides

  • Mech Wiki Guidelines - Co-written by Dream, OverLordArgeist, and Taka to establish a consistent naming system for Real Robots as well to establish when one adds separate pages for upgrades.

Wiki Bounty Hunters

Here are our wiki editors who took out those bounties!

Cloudguy

Taichokage

Dream

Completed Wiki Projects

This is the first wiki project to be done for 2015.

Reviews

Here are our community's reviews! Please check theme out.

Dream
ebgamesguy300
Kino88
Sasukeyagami
SMXLR8
RampagingSimian
Takashichea

Front Page and Everything Else

Community Spotlights

Roundtables

  • THE LEGEND OF KORRA Roundtable - Yusuke52 and Takashichea put together a roundtable to celebrate the 10th anniversity of the Last Airbender (Feb. 21, 2005)

Manga

  • Manga Spotlight 1.1 -Hidden Gems - ShadowChaos put up a new project, asking the community to recommend obscure manga series that are like a diamond in the rough.

Tournaments

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Not with that wacked-out logic you got!
Not with that wacked-out logic you got!

Welcome back to By The Week and right here, we have one of the best ways to be yanked out of the life of a shut-in, as displayed here.

Disclaimer: This blog will contain major spoilers for the episode! Read at your own risk! To view the episode in question legally, you can go to Crunchyroll or FUNimation if you're subscribed to either one (note that as of this post, Funimation's late AGAIN!). After a week passes, it will be free for all users.

Breakdown and Thoughts

The Earth Conquering Club finds a shut-in at his home on top of a convenience store (which is pretty much Heaven for some people if it weren't for robberies existing), and turns him into a Futon Monster that causes multiple friendships, including Yufuin and Kinugawa's to crumble over due to some spontaneous arguments. This led Yumoto and the others to play detective for a bit until they find the source and deal with it in a rather sweet way.

There may not be as much humor as the previous episode, but it was still greatly meshed well with the storyline of the episode, including the ship-worthy moments of Yufuin and Kinugawa (seriously, those arguments felt really strong as well). Yumoto has a great moment or two as well, and the entire battle ended up being a lot more exciting from the way it was changed up, including the finisher, which is handled differently this time. Overall, I rate this as another great episode. The next one has a member of the Earth Conquering Club more focused on, so I hope it ends up being a rather brilliant one.

Highlights

That&squot;s why you don&squot;t press the "random" button at no porn site!
That's why you don't press the "random" button at no porn site!
I hate it when I transform alone too. :(
I hate it when I transform alone too. :(
Damn, the Heartless spread out a lot further than I thought! D:
Damn, the Heartless spread out a lot further than I thought! D:
But this ship definitely ain't! (Seriously, they're my main ship of the show now.)
But this ship definitely ain't! (Seriously, they're my main ship of the show now.)
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I'll start by introducing myself, I'm Cloudguy, a wiki editor who's been working on wiki's for about 2 years, my main site is ComicVine.

Well as my first blog I've decided to share what the websites I've been using to store all of my images online rather than have them all stored on my pc. It also helps having them on a database because if something happens to your pc you've lost all of your images and work, and in case something happens to the website you're on, you won't have to re-edit all the images you've made.

  1. Imgur

Imgur is a social networking site that allows you to upload images worldwide, I mainly use it to save all of my images I've worked with so I can find them easily and to save space on my computer. Although I think it does have an upload limit (it might be a post limit though) Imgur allows you to organize folders, name each image and describe them for even more organization.

2. Photobucket

Photobucket allows you to upload an unlimited amount of pictures, they also allow you to get them printed, at a cost obviously.

3. Google+

Google+ takes a bit of time to make your images private but allows you to upload an unlimited amount of images.

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I have been working on my very own manga/comic series! Be sure to check it out and let me know what ya's think! ^_^

http://tsubasasan11.deviantart.com/journal/RAN-RAN-PAGE-LINKS-459576218

I am only on Chapter 4, but I plan on working on more pages soon! :)

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Hey everyone, I have made myself public on places like YouTube and Twitter, and thought I would share my accounts on here for my first blog entry!

The problem is I never get comments, so be the first to comment on my videos if there are any that you take personal interest in! I do a variety of different types of videos, from drawing videos, to various anime related videos, to videos where I showcase some of my martial arts abilities.

Here are some examples:

Anime Unboxing Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ryzmv8lgHF0

Drawing Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0nxJg775Tk

I am a long time fan of RUMIKO TAKAHASHI'S work! I love Ranma 1/2 and Urusei Yatsura the best out of her manga/anime creations! The reason I bring this up is because I am presently working on an episode by episode project where I am recapping the entire Ranma 1/2 TV series! :) All 161 episodes, with the possible addition of the 13 OVAs and 2 Movies.

I hope that you will follow me on Twitter, and comment on my videos! :) Even a Like would be nice! :)

I will post another blog tomorrow talking about another project I am working on, but this project is with paper and pencil! You may take interest in it as well. :)

Here's the link to my YouTube Channel and Twitter Account:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoRbP7RgwPzPQq0CNaqZslg (YouTube Channel)

https://twitter.com/tsubasasan11 (Twitter Account)

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Helloooo!!!!!

I'm trying to start up my YouTube account, and hopefully, once I get a new camera I can upload decent videos. I tried with my phone but the result looked a mess. My channel name is Geek Girl, and I'm hoping to put reviews, anime themed, make up videos for everyone to see. Please check it out and give me some tips.

Byyyeeeee!!!!!

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Holy-Who saw that coming? I mean, we figured Meliodas would be getting it back at some point in time but, so soon? And during a fight with a Golem? Not even one of the Ten Commandments but a Golem?

This is why I find reading chapters in bulk so enticing. The idea of waiting another week just to see what a single swing from Lost Vain can do doesn’t appeal to me.

THE CHAPTER: The Deadly Sins arrive just in time to save Camelot from disaster.

MY THOUGHTS:

What is going on exactly? Who else thought that that last conversation Merlin and Meliodas had, specifically the part about Meliodas’  request, was about his sacred treasure?

I love these weird surprises that I didn’t think Nanatsu no Taizai was capable of delivering; so then, what is ‘that’ thing that Meliodas wanted so badly, that the very thought of his sacred treasure escaped him.

What could be more important than what might be the world’s most powerful sword?

Can Nanatsu no Taizai get any more exiting? I think it can. I think next week’s chapter is going to explode. Literally.

-The Golem
A part of me was hoping for something more exciting that a giant monster attacking Camelot; I mean, we caught a glimpse of it last week, but I thought the final revelation would be something different, maybe a sort of amalgamation of the Ten commandments.

But, as Meliodas put it, it’s just a toy. Yet that didn’t prevent it from making quite the impact. Or maybe it is the mangaka we should be commending because the art really popped in this chapter.

The Panels were so much easier to follow than usual, and arranged in such a way as to inject the right amount of tension into this clash.

To put it simply, the pressure Slader felt within the Golem easily manifested off the page. And that is rare for this manga. Admittedly there were a few elements that could have been better, some lines that should have been darker to easily distinguish the characters from their surroundings.

But for now, we can accept that Suzuki Nakaba is capable of delivering in large scale battles as well as, if not better than their small scale counterparts.

-Merlin
Merlin continues to prove just how powerful she is (and the possibility that she might be the Sin’s strongest member). Shielding Camelot the way she did isn’t nearly as impressive as the teleporting feats she achieved when she first appeared, but her skills are none the less worth noting.

Which makes me wonder why she spent this chapter doing more talking than fighting. If the Golem’s weakness is its power core, she should be able to retrieve it with the snap of her fingers. Maybe she was too busy flying Hawk’s mother, but that is not a convincing enough explanation. She’s the closest to the golem in power levels.

Leaving her out of the fighting doesn’t make sense.

-Lost Vain
WHAT CAN THAT THING DO? I WANT TO KNOW NOW.

Let’s put things in perspective. Meliodas split a hill into two using a twig. And he’s often spoken of being so strong when using a sword that he doesn’t even bother carrying one in battle, lest he takes lives by accident.

So…the next chapter cannot come fast enough.

-‘THAT’
Who else finds it a little difficult to believe that Meliodas actually pawned his sacred treasure? I cannot even begin to guess what Merlin took from Meliodas and which he suddenly wants back but it must be connected to his demon side.

I would be surprised if it was something intangible, like his memories. Speaking of sacred treasures, I didn’t think Meliodas would get his till the end, after we had seen everyone else’ treasure.

RATING: 10/10. Nanatsu no Taizai is doing wonders, both the anime and manga
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Welcome everyone to this week's manga releases! This is the last week, and we are ending with a lot of great manga series.

Series I Would Recommend

  • Btooom - If you love survival series, Btoooim is for you. Btooom is about Ryota who finds out he was abducted and forced to play his favorite game in real life. He has to collect BIMs in order to escape the island.

I didn't know a lot of manga series this week. That's pretty much the only familiar one for me.

Series I would try

  • Maria the Virgin Witch - I only seen the anime. Seeing the manga cover shows me how old it is from the art style. I'm curious about the potential differences.

I would love to hear your recommendations on the rest of the manga series featured this week. 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.

Sources

Notes

  • Dark Horse listed Seraphim for Feb. 18 while Amazon has it for March 10 and Right Stuf has it on Feb. 25.
  • Air Gear is listed on Amazon and Right Stuf for March 24.

Manga Releases

Seraphim: 266613336 Wings
  • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99

A future Earth is devastated by the "Angel Plague," a pandemic that induces apocalyptic visions in the afflicted, even as it ossifies their bodies into dead, seraphic forms. A cult-ridden, army-backed medical unit journeys into the heart of a dying Asian city accompanied by Sera, a mysterious girl linked to the phenomenon itself. Have they come here to kill or cure? And is the Angel Plague a withered branch on the tree of life, or somehow a new flowering of existence?

Ani-Imo Volume 2
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

When elder brother Youta and kid sister Hikaru get into an accident that switches their bodies, Hikaru (in her brother's body) changes into a fiendish sadist, and Youta (in his sister's body) finds himself her "girlfriend." Thrust into a bizarre reality where he's now taking orders from his own body, will Youta ever get himself out of this pinch and back where he belongs?!

Barakamon Volume 3
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $15

Kawafuji, the only friend of handsome young calligrapher Seishuu Handa, has come to visit the island! ...However, the lack of cell phone signal and any useful landmarks is preventing the two of them from meeting up! Also, why has Kyousuke Kamisaki, who beat out Seishuu for an award (in the "Second-Place Calligraphy Incident"), come along for the ride?

Gou-Dere Sora Nagihara Volume 2
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Things take a serious turn when the real (?) Sora Nagihara, who Shouta fell for in manga form, shows up in his bed, claiming gou-dere Sora is an impostor! Get ready for another round of rough 2-D Art of Death Secret Techniques! Apartment superintendent Kaburagi, Shouta's landlady Tenka, and all the rest can't help but get caught up in the chaos!

Btooom Volume 9
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14

The death game "BTOOOM!" that has driven unarmed captives to fight for their lives with explosives charges headlong into the final stage!! Ryouta Sakamoto survives a fierce battle against his sworn ally, Kiyoshi Taira, but the scars left behind on his heart from the confrontation run deep. Meanwhile, Kousuke Kira, hungry for a rematch with Ryouta, wanders the island in the hopes of a chance to get back into the game. But when Kira runs into a mysterious group with unfamiliar BIMs, their merciless team play has him cornered! Now trapped, the devious junior high schooler has to think fast if he wants to live long enough to settle the score with world ranker Sakamoto...!!

Maria the Virgin Witch Volume 1
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

PURITY AND POWER

As a war to determine the rightful ruler of medieval France ravages the land, it seems that the only hope for most is protection from the heavens above through prayer. But deep in the forest outside of a small, bucolic village, the witch Maria will not stand idly by as men kill each other and commit horrendous acts in the name of God and glory. Using her powerful magic, she'll summon various beasts and demons - even going as far as using a succubus to seduce soldiers into submission under the veil of night - all to stop the needless slaughter.

However, Maria's display of her magical might has drawn the ire of the Kingdom of Heaven and after the Archangel Michael puts an end to her meddling, he curses her to lose her powers if she ever gives up her virginity. Will she forgo the forbidden fruit of adulthood in order to bring an end to the merciless machine of war?

Samurai Executioner Omnibus 4
  • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99

Yamada Asaemon, the shogun's executioner, receives many strange requests from the condemned: a woman who bequeaths her severed locks to her beloved, a gardener who ask for the "beheading" of a chrysanthemum. And while strangers to Asaemon, their final moments and the stories behind their appeals can sometimes reveal more of a person's character than a lifetime of association.

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Welcome everyone! We got a lot of shows on DVD and Blu-Ray. Best design of the week goes to Flame of Recca for me. Got a good balance of characters as well as making a strong flame motif.

Series I recommend

  • Diabolik Lovers - This one I don't recommend since I sort of enjoy and hate it. I can't believe it got a second season in the make. If you are into reverse harem and tolerate the main heroine being a blood bank, try this show.
  • Kill la Kill - Definitely recommend for Gurren Lagann and Gainax fans. If you love over the top animation, action, and nudity, you will love this one. The story is a bit weak compared to its characters and animation.

Series I Like to Try

  • I still have Monogatari or Nisemonogatari (the first in the franchise) on my watch list. Blame it on sickVisionz and Dream for bringing up that addicting, puzzling toothbrush scene and the implied sex scenes.

I would love to hear your recommendations on the rest of the manga series featured this week. 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.

Sources

Notes

  • Only Right Stuf and ANN has Koimonogatari and Kill la Kill Vol. 4

DVD and Blu-Ray Releases

.hack//SIGN - Complete Series
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $39.98

Tsukasa awakens inside The World, an immense online RPG filled with monsters, magic, and mayhem. When he discovers he's unable to log out of this mysterious game, he joins forces with a colorful group of characters and begins a desperate quest to find his way back to real life.

Contains episodes 1-26 plus 2 bonus OVAs. Special Features: Character Art Reel, Textless Opening and Closing, Promo Video, Commercial Collection, Japanese Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Diabolik Lovers (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $39.98

Yui Komori has spent her life sheltered by the Church and the man she thinks of as her father, but now she's going to a new home and there's a very different kind of family waiting for her. To her dismay, she discovers that she'll be living with six very attractive young men, and not a single one is human!

If trying to keep an entire brood of vampires at fangs' length wasn't stressful enough, there are even more sinister forces at work, threatening not only Yui's life, but her very soul. Drawn into her wildest fantasies, or perhaps her most salacious nightmares, one thing is certain: Yui's life will never be the same!

Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Flame of Recca (DVD)
  • Distributor: Eastern Star
  • Suggested retail price: $69.95

A ninja must serve a lord, and Recca Hanabishi has sworn to serve the person who can defeat him in battle. But despite his martial prowess, penchant for traps, and his family's fireworks, his battles amount to little more than schoolyard brawls. Ninjas died out long ago, and though he's always felt a connection, it's all just pretend. Or is it?

When a mysterious woman confronts him and tells him he's the last survivor of an ancient clan of ninja - the chosen one born with the power to control fire - his whole world is turned around. A battle ensues, and he finds out just how true her claims might be when he summons flames from his hands. How much does she know, and what does she want with Recca? Is he really the last surviving member of the Hokage? And what about Yanagi, the girl with the power to heal any wound? Might she be the princess Recca longs to serve?

Contains episodes 1-42. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Kill la Kill - Part 4
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $49.98 (Blu-Ray), $39.98 (DVD)

With both Kyoto and Kobe now under their control, the only region left for Satsuki to conquer is Osaka. Kaneo Takarada - the audacious student council president of Naniwa Kinman High School - is not about to surrender so easily, but can his money buy him victory against the Elite Four?!

Meanwhile, Ryuko rides in on her motorcycle to retrieve Senktesu's final piece from Satsuki. Senketsu is finally back to one piece, but this was all just part of Satsuki's plan! While Ryuko was occupied with her battle with Satsuki, Nonon Jakuzure attacks the Nudist Beach HQ below Osaka under Satsuki's command. With her mission accomplished, Satsuki proceeds to the next phase of her plan to hold the Cultural & Sports Grand Festival with the academy director and Satsuki's mother, Ragyo Kiryuin, as an honorable guest. Ryuko and the others infiltrate the arena to learn what Satsuki is plotting only to find out the shocking truth behind Satsuki's grand scheme!

Contains episodes 15-19. Special Features: Textless Opening & Ending, Web Version Previews. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles, Spanish subtitles.

Koimonogatari - Hitagi End
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $74.98

On January 1st, Hitagi Senjyogahara calls her nemesis, the con-artist Deishu Kaiki, to request his services, saying, "There is someone I'd like you to deceive." The request is a bitter choice for her to make, but one that would save her and her dear Koyomi Araragi from a "death sentence."

Kaiki starts to research his target, Nadeko Sengoku, the junior high school girl who became a god of North Shirahebi Shrine. As Kaiki investigates her background, he finds her secret that she has never told anyone before, including her beloved Koyomi Araragi. Can Kaiki save Hitagi and Koyomi before time is up?!

Fifth arc to the Monogatari series' second season. Collects episodes 1-6 plus a deluxe booklet and a pin-up postcard set! Special Features: Textless Openings (solo & duet versions), Textless Ending, Promotional Video & Commercial Collections. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Space Brothers - Collection 1
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98 (Blu-Ray), $49.98 (DVD)

Mutta's life has hit rock bottom. He's been fired, blackballed from his profession, and even had to move back in with his parents. Meanwhile, the career of Mutta's brother, Hibito, has taken off like a rocket as he trains for the job Mutta once dreamed of: becoming an astronaut. But is it ever too late to go after your dreams? Through a little coercing and a bit of covert activity, Mutta's family and friends can get his resume on the right desk, but from that point on it'll be up to Mutta himself.

Does he have what it takes to turn his life around and put his footprint on the moon? The first step on the highway to the stars is always the hardest, and in a job where crash and burn isn't just a euphemism, it'll be the biggest risk Mutta's ever taken. But with the right support team, maybe he'll find what he needs to rekindle the spark inside him and light the biggest candle of them all!

Contains episodes 1-13. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Tiger & Bunny: The Rising
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $29.99 (Blu-Ray), $19.98 (DVD)

Kotetsu T. Kaburagi, a.k.a. Wild Tiger, and Barnaby Brooks Jr.'s partnership comes to a sudden end when Apollon Media's new owner Mark Schneider fires Kotetsu and moves Barnaby back into the First League, pairing him up with Golden Ryan, a new hero with awesome powers and a huge ego to match. When the heroes are sent to investigate a string of strange incidents tied closely to the city's Goddess Legend, they discover three super-powered NEXTs plotting to bring terror and destruction to Stern Bild.

Special Features: Interview with Producer Kazuhiko Tamura (Blu-ray exclusive), Art Gallery (Blu-ray exclusive), Weekly Hero Countdown (Blu-ray exclusive), TV Series Special Digest, San Francisco Premiere at New People Cinema, Theatrical Trailer, Pilot Trailer, Promotional Videos, Commercial Collection (Blu-ray exclusive), Theater Manners (Blu-ray exclusive), Clean Opening and Ending. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Violence Jack (DVD)

Distributor: Eastern Star Suggested retail price: $24.95

After a devastating natural disaster, the Kanto region in Japan is now a wasteland of lawlessness, where the weak are playthings of the strong. Ruled with an iron fist by the Slum King, the people of Kanto have no hope left to them, living at the whims of raiders and bandits. In this hellish world, there is only one man with the power to stand up for the powerless, and his name alone strikes terror into evil hearts - Violence Jack! Whether he's saving women from sex camps, protecting the models of Zone C from those who covet their beauty, or exterminating a biker gang bent on destruction; if you oppress the weak, the only thing you can look forward to is a swift death from Jack's knife!

Contains OVA episodes 1-3. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

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And look who shows up right after I mention him last blog!
And look who shows up right after I mention him last blog!

Welcome back to By The Week! Well, ain't THAT some shit. Well paid for this blog and shit. (I don't get paid for this, as good as that reference sounded. :[ )

Disclaimer: This will majorly spoil the episode in question since I will talk about some major parts! Read this at your own risk! To view the episode in question legally, you can go to FUNimation or Hulu if you're a subscribed member. After a week passes, it will be free for all viewers.

Breakdown and Thoughts

After Kaneki undergoes some more past-influenced suffering and confides to the bandaged ghoul (whom is also the book author), he returns to Ainteiku and leaves for some good reason, which part of it is later mentioned when Touka catches up to him (along with her feelings). He wanted to strengthen himself up by upgrading his powers but in order to do that, he had to eat some people and join Aogiri Tree to cover up the tracks (which didn't work since he's caused a media circus alongside Aogiri themselves). On the side, the author ghoul pics some interesting and not-so-interesting tidbits with Hinami at the Gourmet Ghoul's cafe (while he was huffing on Kaneki's blood cloth like a freshly grown rose) and near the CCG Base with Juuzou and Shinohara.

After watching this, I'd have to say that it was really confusing with the initial path that Kaneki chose for this season and I still feel confused now after knowing what his motive was and from the visit to Ainteku. After all of that (and the author ghoul's interviews), this pretty much feels like filler from here. Hopefully, we get a better time next episode, but I feel that this episode was not the weakest either.

Highlights

Dating all of the wrong dudes already.
Dating all of the wrong dudes already.
Now's not a good time to talk about fetish-related novels, madam.
Now's not a good time to talk about fetish-related novels, madam.
Damn, I walked into her brushing Nishio's teeth. Someone's gonna be pissed...
Damn, I walked into her brushing Nishio's teeth. Someone's gonna be pissed...
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There was a point during chapter 29 of Boku no Hero when I thought the manga was progressing at a ridiculously slow pace but…wow, Chapters 30 and 31 more than made up for that.

THE CHAPTERS:
Midoriya and Todoroki finally face off.

MY THOUGHTS:
It is a testament to the mangaka’s ability to create a cast of highly entertaining and engaging characters in less than 30 chapters that this second stage of the tournament was so tense.

That is the only way these three chapters were able to inject so much tension into a select few pages; because you know enough about each character and team to care how well they perform in the event.

And that countdown was something inspired; there was something clever about featuring two of these three chapters within the last minute of the stage, because that made each and every action our heroes made matter so much more. 

You could gasp at Midoriya losing his bandana, because 30 seconds wasn’t nearly enough for him to execute one of his crazy tactics, not against someone like Todoroki. And Bakugou’s fall and rise was both funny and exhilarating.
+The Bad
I have to start with the bad because those moments that I found most irritating manifested in the manga much earlier than all the good stuff.

They were also so miniscule that they almost do not deserve a mention. Almost. 

There were moments in these three chapters that reminded of the parts of Naruto I found so annoying; I am talking about all those bits where Midoriya, Todoroki, everyone in general spent way too much time standing around, thinking and planning. 

Every attack felt way too slow, and afterwards everyone kind of just stood back and watched. At least in Naruto I can sort of see the logic (even if I don’t always like it). Those are shinobi. Every move needs to have meaning. One wrong step and you will take a Kunai to the neck. Better to wait for your opponent to make a move first.

I didn’t get that vibe from chapter 29; in fact all those 24 pages, when animated, couldn’t last longer than 5 minutes. That is how pointless, almost, the chapter felt. I tried and failed to get excited about Midoriya vs Todoroki.
+The Good
While chapter 29 failed to move things along at a faster pace, it managed to further develop its cast of rapidly growing characters, especially showing the workings of the different quirks, their limitations and every strategy that was in play.

It was almost like the first few minutes of a One Piece episode, during which the audience is caught up on where everyone is and what they are doing, before the action finally starts.

In a sense chapter 29 was the set up, and chapter 30 and 31 the execution. Bakugou took the cake in the way he went from bottom to top, while Kaminari managed to prove himself an even more effective member of Team Todoroki. 

IN fact everyone on his team was almost more useful than Todoroki himself was.

The mangaka built the momentum almost perfectly, with those last ten seconds counting down as every noteworthy individual poured into the ice ring, their targets, Torodoki and Midoriya so concerned about besting one another that they paid no heed to Bakugou descending from above like a meteor, or the dozen other figures making for the center pieces of the event.

It was almost perfectly timed and organized, the timer hitting zero at a point where we couldn’t tell who stood where, and could only wait for the smoke to clear and the announcer to tell us just who had made it to the top four.

These sort of mad dashes to the finish line are difficult to execute, working only when the unexpected happens and if you actually genuinely care about the characters involved, which these three chapters managed to do.

-Speaking of Todoroki, he’s really beginning to come into his own as a character; and now that we know he is the type with the tortured past, he is gearing up to be a far superior foe for Midoriya than Bakugou. Bakugou’s crazy. He just wants to win, which actually works for him. The best villains or anti-heroes however must have some conflicted story that is driving them to win no matter what.

You could understand the place Midoriya was coming from; compared to the despair Todoroki had experienced in his life, Midoriya’s reasons for fighting came off as a little trivial. None the less he seems determined to persevere.

The introduction of Torodoki’s demon of a father is setting things up for an interesting collision, especially if he ever figures out Midoriya’s place in All Might’s life and world.
+RATING: 9/10. These were some stellar chapters. With the way Midoriya’s rivalry with Todoroki is progressing I cannot see how Bakugou fits into the picture. 

HEROES OF THE WEEK: Monoma Neito’s copy ability will make him a dangerous foe for Midoriya. Too bad he didn’t make it.

Tsuburaba Kousei (and his solid air quirk)  and Kaminari probably had the biggest impact, the latter essentially beating back a wave of enemies and giving Todoroki an opening to immobilize them all at once, while the former put Bakugou in his place for the second time in that chapter.
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Welcome everyone, I had to cram the title a bit. I'm here to promote the show with short reviews as well as promoting the Kuroko's Basketball 3 Discussion thread. I will love to discuss the anime in reviews or discussion threads. If one falls short, I support the other. I won't be as consistent with anime reviews, but I'll try my best to keep this up.

Not doing the weekly, traditional episode review. I decided to do by matches because I feel it will be convenient on my end. I'm more casual than how usually I review. Just sharing highlights and cons. Please feel free to share your thoughts on these matches. I love this show and how crazy and over the top it gets.

Kise vs Haizaki

I was stoked to see Kise in action again after his team suffered a brutal defeat by Aomine's team back during Interhigh. Like all of our characters, Kise has come a long way. Thought we run out of bad guys after Hanamiya, here comes Haizaki who tries to hit on Alex and beat up Himuro.

This whole match focuses on these two's past and who is better, the thief or the copycat. Speaking of copycat, I wasn't expecting a character to actually "steal" moves from his opponents. Stuff like this in Kuroko's Basketball makes me smile at how far this show goes with their Shonen powers. Their past help build up to Akashi's character, showing us what kind of character is he. The match was excellent. Kise went full on "Kirby" on Haizaki, copying moves from the Generations of Miracle. The ridiculous copy was Kise imitating Murasakibara's block. Oh yeah, I made a comparison of Haizaki with Ban of Seven Deadly Sins for his pillaging techniques.

Historically, I had a hard time distinguishing and remembering characters in this show except Generations of Miracle. I didn't remember Kise's teammates. I mix up Kasamatsu with Hayakawa.

Midorima vs Akashi

Finally, we get to see Akashi in action. Back then, I used to joke with my friends on Akashi's powers and comparing Generations of Miracles to soldiers or stuff in the military.

  • Midorima - the sniper
  • Aomine - the shocktrooper
  • Murasakibara - the tank
  • Kuroko - stealth bomber
  • Kise - chameleon

I assumed Akashi was the tactician since he was seen playing Shogi in the past 2 seasons. With this match, he got ocular powers like from Naruto! I almost called him Kakashi. He is more like the Rinnegan characters or Sven Vollfied from Black Cat because Akashi's Emperor Eye allows him to see all "moves" in the future. One ridiculous thing about Akashi is how he makes folks trip in the match. I can't imagine what the audience on the outside think about the players just tripping because of this guy. It's just weird.

As for the match, I felt this was really one sided and short compared to Kise's match. It's a battle between two Generation of Miracle players, but Midorima's team got trumped by Akashi. When the match ends, Midorima tries to shake hands. I was surprised how Akashi didn't accept it. Low blow from an old teammate. Makes me wonder what kind of team and relationship they had. We only got glimpses mostly of Kise, Aomine, and Kuroko's stories of their team back in middle school.

Next match is a rematch between Kise and Kuroko's team!

Thank you everyone for reading. What were your favorite moments and moments you didn't like? Please share your thoughts.

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