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  • Genre: Suspense, Survival, Horror, Action, Psychological
  • Animation Studios: Silver Link and Connect
  • Source Material: Manga Series
  • Release Date: October 17, 2014 (1st episode bundled with Vol. 12)

OVA has a total of 3 Episodes Bundled Separately with Vols 12-14, respectively.

Summary

The manga revolves around Ryōhei Arisu (pronounced the same way in Japanese as "Alice"), a male high school student who is irritated with his intolerable everyday life. One night, he tags along with his bad friend Karube and Chōbe to hang out in town. However, the town is suddenly covered in giant fireworks, and when he came to his senses, Ryota noticed that no one else was around. Finding themselves in a different world, Ryota, Karube, and Chota are forced to participate in survival games, or die off the bat. The three fight to live, as well as find a way back to their own world.

ANN

For more trailers, please see the Fall 2014 OVA list in the meantime. I haven't created a Fall 2014 blog yet.

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On the official website, Okayado and his staff publish a series of polls about what fans would like to see in a possible anime adaptation for Monster Musume. Fans must submit Tweeted answers with the valid has tag in order to win autographed mini-prints.

Editor's Note: I look at the Google Chrome's translated message. I'm not sure if this poll campaign is towards fans outside of Japan. I have to look up further information for you guys and gals in Anime Vice.

Google Chrome's Translated Message - Beware of Typos and Grammatical mistakes
Google Chrome's Translated Message - Beware of Typos and Grammatical mistakes
Autographed Mini Prints
Autographed Mini Prints

Monster Musume's Summary

A manga series following Kurusu Kimihito, a 20 year old volunteer for "The Cultural Exchange Between Species Bill", a law instituted in order to get humans and Extra-species people (monster girls) to associate and build friendship and understanding. As a volunteer for the extra species act, Kurusu volunteered to take in a member of an Extra species, and in his case his resident was Mia A female Lamia. As the Series progresses, more and more monster girls end up staying at his house, each competing for his affection and possible marriage.

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Is it finally over? It’s been so long since we last interacted with Magi’s primary cast that it was almost odd returning to Morgiana, Alibaba and the rest of them.

I am not going to lie; this flashback took some patient to bare on my part. Not that it didn’t have its moments, but I have been waiting to return to the present for so long that it was almost jarring when Aladdin’s history lesson ended.
But, right now, finally at the end of Solomon’s tedious journey, there is a lot that one could appreciate about the last few months.

THE CHAPTERS:

With Solomon’s demise, the world stands at the edge of a precipice; no longer able to sustain life, it is up to Ugo to transform Alma Toran’s tragedy into hope for a brighter future on a new world.

MY THOUGHTS:
24 chapters; that is how long this particular arc has been running. And within 24 chapters Shinibu Ohtaka has basically laid bare the entirety of the Magi world, all its mysteries and innards finally exposed.

And with the manga just past the halfway point one does wonder if this was the smartest play the mangaka could make, because as things stand there is little about Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic that we don’t know in relative detail.
From the birth of Alma Toran, the presence of an all powerful creator in Il Illah, the origins of the Djinn and their metal vessels, the role of the dungeons, the eventual emergence of the present world, the rukh…every mystery of Magi has been unearthed.

To an extent one might complain that that erases all sense of mystery from the manga, with little new knowledge left to be revealed in the coming few years of its run.

But then again, one might also say that the manga is finally in a position to move forward, unhindered by endless questions and potential plot holes about who did what, when, how and why?

Whatever the case, the flashback is finally over and the manga is the better off for it; to an extent these revelations put the present conflict in a new perspective, even though the future of the Kou empire, what with Arba standing as its current ruler, is still somewhat uncertain.

Chapter 238 wasted way too much time on Alibaba’s reaction to Aladdin’s story; considering how long I had waited to finally read these events, the reaction of the spectators to Alma Toran’s history, Alibaba’s reminiscence was a huge waste of time.

Maybe some people were touched by his realization of the deep connection he shared with Aladdin, but even that made little sense to me. Aladdin and Alibaba couldn’t be more different from each other.
Alibaba’s assertions that he had suddenly found common ground with Aladdin, with the two having suffering under equal loads, seemed forced, especially taking in to account the fact that Alibaba’s past constituted losing his birth right and all his friends and families to political greed, and spending years in slavery crawling from one vile master to another.

I don’t think the fact that Aladdin spent a few months to years in a lonely library quite places him in the same bracket as Alibaba, and if their friendship needed that cheap boost to cement Alibaba’s faith and loyalty to Aladdin, then maybe the manga should quit placing so much emphasis on it.

The more intriguing elements of chapters 237 and 238 received the least amount of time, that being the reactions of Sindria, Kou and Riem. Something about Sinbad’s reaction to the story was disturbing, not just his expression but the way he spoke of ‘King Solomon’.

There is more than meets the eye here than Sinbad merely being awestruck by Solomon; the theory that Sinbad might be Solomon’s incarnation doesn’t seem quite as crazy at this moment.

The next two weeks of the manga are going to be crucial to determining the future story arcs of Magi; though something tells me that even if peace is the outcome of this conference, even if Kou and Sindria agree to come together to obliterate Kouen’s mother, Sinbad and Kouen are going to clash regardless.
PREDICTIONS:
There is going to be war between Kou and Sindria, and Riem will have to choose sides in this war, most likely Kou considering what was said just before Aladdin began his story.

Then again that would make little sense, what with Riem’s master being none other than a newly minted Magi probably programmed to oppose Al Tharmen at all costs.

But that doesn’t explain all that hostility Riem was showing Sinbad at the start of the conference.
Kouen is determined to spread Kou’s rule over the land as the most effective means of bringing peace. Sinbad will take violent action against Kouen and his empire at the slightest hint of treachery from Kou.
It would be a miracle if Aladdin avoided war, either immediately or in the distant future.

RATING: 7/10, it was decent enough material, despite the panels and pages wasted on Alibaba. And I am glad we are finally returning to the present day.
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Had this been any other manga series, I might have been complaining about how it is following typical shonen tropes, with the villain growing ever stronger just when it seemed like he was finished.
That is the curse of watching and reading so much bloody shonen anime and manga; then again Nanatsu no Taizai is doing a heck of a great job of making this fight all sorts of entertaining.

THE CHAPTER:

Hendricksen’s battle with the Deadly Sins is proving to be anything but simple; with the finale rapidly approaching, Hendy takes drastic measures to achieve victory, the deadly sins suddenly faced with a godlike power in the demons, Gray and Red.

MY THOUGHTS:
I am not quite certain what to make of this chapter. Chapter 93 was Ban’s chapter, to an extent, and the results of chapter 94 will determine just how this chapter resonates with me. Because…really…how the hell does someone come back from that?

The battle with Hendricksen continues and, as with the last few chapters, the tide keeps shifting from side to side; where Hendricksen’s demonic form rose to assault the sins, the individual qualities of each former knight kept proving to weighty a challenge even for this demonic abilities.

I honestly do not understand why more shonen manga do not approach their fights like this, where the outcome isn’t so clear cut, where the powers of the heroes isn’t so overwhelming that the villain’s defeat is all but determined.
Granted the abilities of the Sins seem to fluctuate quite drastically, characters like Ban and King sometimes manifesting levels of power so ridiculous as to outshine everyone else; yet that seems easily balanced by Hendy’s craftiness.

This doesn’t look like it is going to keep running for much longer; either Hendriksen or the sins are going to go down in the next chapter or two. And if the events of this chapter are anything to go by, the sins aren’t leaving this battle completely unscathed.
RATING: 8/10, As for those last panels of chapter 93, all I can say is ‘Whoa’. That was brutal, even more than I expected.
HIGHLIGHTS: Ban Vs. Hendricksen.
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Part 1 of my fan project.

Toriko in DBZ style!

GARARAGATOR ARC

Toriko-80

Komatsu-3.5

Gararagator-25

RAINBOW FRUIT ARC

Troll Kong-30

Silverback-35

PUFFER WHALE ARC

Coco-65

Zongeh-6

Jirou-180,000,000

Devil Serpent-50

Toriko Spiked Punch x5-100

Demon Devil Serpent-60

Jirou (Intimidation Knocking)-200,000,000

Puffer whale-1

Starjun (GT robo)-150

REGAL MAMMOTH ARC

Battle Wolf-175

Gerold-45

Gauchi-35

Terry Cloth-50

Battle Wolf (tired)-30

GT Robo-55

Toriko (angry)-105

Mansam-200

Rin-16

Sunny-75

Baby Regal Mammoth-40

Ob-50

Rock Drum-55

Regal Mammoth-120

Giant Gt Robo-60

Sedoru(Gt Robo)-60

Starjun(Gt Robo)-150

Toriko(post Jewel meat)-155

Sunny(post Jewel meat)-125

Coco(post Jewel meat)-115

BB CORN ARC

Terry Cloth-75

Goblin plant-60

Toriko 155

Grinpatch(not full power)-160

Jack-180

CENTURY SOUP ARC

Setsuno-150,000,000

Toriko-155

Komatsu-3.5

Match-35

Takimaru-33

Tommyrod-170

Barrygamon-40

Bogie Woods-35

Tommyrod(buff)-175

Teppei-315

Parasite Emperor-190

Hellboros-175

Alfaro-570

Midora-290,000,000

To be continued...

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Welcome everyone! In the community, we have a fantastic team on a growing, popular anime series that debut in summer 2014 season, Akame ga Kill. I'm proud to be part of the team. We done a lot of great work together. Soon after 1 cour has passed (12 episodes has aired), I will post a recognition blog and highlight the achievements of this team.

For this blog, I'm proud to introduce the Akame ga Kill wiki crew. Please give them a round of applause for contributing to the site in their free time. Our wiki pages help the community and bring them together for the Akame ga Kill Discussion. Of course, you see the team along with folks who love the show or not on the front page.

For those who are new to the series, here is a summary from Anime Vice's wiki editors:

A young man named Tatsumi comes to the capital of his nation hoping to join the army, but things don't go so well. The army doesn't think he's worth recruiting, and a sexy lady steals all his money. With no other options, Tatsumi sulks until a wealthy girl comes along and offers him food and shelter.

Then one night, he discovers the shocking truth behind his new patron when the terrorist group "Night Raid" comes to kill them. Having seen the true horror of those who run the country, Tatsumi joins Night Raid and their goal of killing the country's Prime Minister in order to end the corruption at the very top, but the Prime Minister has the resources and manpower of the entire country at his disposal, and Night Raid finds themselves fighting a desperate battle where survival is not guaranteed.

The Wiki Team

Werewolverine4

My real name is Leonard Moore. I was born in December 1991. I've lived in Tuscaloosa, Al for fifteen years before finally moving to Starkville, MS late last year. I've been playing video games since I was four years old. I prefer playing science fiction or first person shooting since I was a teenager. But that doesn't mean i don't do other things, I also read books from time to time. In my other spare time, I do watch anime as well.

The reason I like Akame ga Kill were the action scenes and the diversity of the female characters. The plot is really good for this franchise that the Empire is corrupt from the inside and Night Raid has to destroy this corruption in order for the people to have meaning in life again.

Oglaphone

I joined Animevice, Comicvine & Giantbomb back around 2008/2009 so that I could work on their wikis. I'm an awful procrastinator, and I've a bit of an aversion to explaining things, so I thought I'd work at those 2 problems by writing up wiki entries for series I'm familiar with. I've wandered back and forth from those sites for years, working on them in phases.

I took an interest in Akame Ga Kill after seeing some pages of the manga posted on 4chan mid-to-late 2012. While the series took a while to grow on me, and I still consider it fairly goofy, I did come to enjoy it after it got going.

Madnessreaver

I joined some years ago in order to edit and fix the information. At first my edit were minor and my grammar was bad and I think I still have some problem with my grammar. I edit pages belong to series, manga, franchise that I take an interest in. However, this doesn't mean that I don't edit other series, manga, franchise in order to help the site. I like editing because I feel that I am helping with something.

I also want to write a novel. I currently working on a novel that I hope that will be published, be successful, adapted into anime and manga one day. I also have other ideas for novel I hope to write after I am finished with the current novel.

MrWhiteX

From Saudi Arabia, MrWhiteX is a new wiki editor who works hard in our community. Despite his struggles with English, he soon found his wiki preferences, images, with the help of Takashichea, Taichokage, and ForgottenOne who helped him out.

Note: Intro written by Taka

Dekken

Well, the feature that attracted me the most when I discovered the site was that you can have your own gallery, and by adding your images to the corresponding wiki page you can contribute to the site, both sides win. Also back in the day, completing quests was a lot of fun and it encouraged me to start making my first wiki edits. In general I enjoy uploading volume covers, screenshots and profile portraits for my favorite characters. The lists that I have to collect the personal info of anime girls also encourage me to create pages for the characters that had not been added yet.

Well, the feature that attracted me the most when I discovered the site was that you can have your own gallery, and by adding your images to the corresponding wiki page you can contribute to the site, both sides win. Also back in the day, completing quests was a lot of fun and it encouraged me to start making my first wiki edits.

In general I enjoy uploading volume covers, screenshots and profile portraits for my favorite characters. The lists that I have to collect the personal info of anime girls also encourage me to create pages for the characters that had not been added yet.

Takashichea

Hey everyone, I'm Takashichea, Taka for short (real name: Kerry). I was born and raised in Cambodia for about 10 years before immigrating to the US. Grew up in California. I started wiki editing in my sophomore year of college. I truly got into anime during college and it's thanks to Anime Vice. I edit any wiki pages. Will join any team wiki projects for shows I enjoy. For Akame ga Kill, it may be generic show, but I found it entertaining and one of the best shows for summer 2014.

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Hello followers! An Absolute Destiny Whatever episode is pending next week after my classes are over with. However, I will be unable to attend Anime Weekend Atlanta due to a huge financial slump me and my parents got in about a month ago. It sucks all kinds since I planned to meet an fellow Anime Vice member outside the site, but it wasn't possible with the slump since I normally prepare in advance.

Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life project is still on! I will resume full work on it starting Thursday. A side project will arrive soon as well and it involves one of the shows that look "embarrassing" to others, but never embarrassed me in the case of it being one of my favorite anime series. That show is Princess Tutu.

I'm also preparing for the Monster Girl Tournament. Chances are, I will have a partner on this since it's literally my first time working on this type of voting format. It will also break the tie that the site had last year between two species.

That's pretty much it on this update. Thanks for reading!

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Welcome everyone, it's my first year anniversary becoming a mod in this beautiful community. The title was awkward to make. I tweak it later.

Wow, time flies. It's almost 4 years being an Anime Vice user as we approach October. I make this blog sweet and fast. It was a wild roller coaster ride for me. It was out of blue when Daniel ask Tom to make me a mod after seeing the cultural interview projects and the 2nd Anime Vice reunion in an anime convention. I believe Sora_thekey was the first Anime Vice user among us to personally meet the Whiskey Media gang in person. It was cool hanging out with Tom Pinchuk and his crew at Anime Expo back in 2013 and this past summer of 2014. Daniel figured it was a crime to let a well rounded user who made so much contributions to the site not get promoted as a mod.

I rejected his offer since I had school on my plate, fall 2013 was rolling out. He didn't take no for an answer. I had no previous mod experiences in forums, but I had experiences being a Wikia Admin at Sket Dance and Btooom Wikia. To be honest, life would be easier if I never violated the laws of segregation in terms of mod roles. I couldn't help it. Being mod means folks from all niches of our site will ask you for help. Many said I was so active and they wanted resolutions quick. The only tasks I turned down were community projects I could not hold my promise to fulfill. That was the Tournament and CAV projects for the battle forums. I notice the teamwork was pretty shaky. I figured those were dead end projects that needed major overhaul by veteran battle users who had cohesive team work. I wasn't an expert in the battle forums.

Regrets or not, I did whatever was best for the community, and I kept working with users, constantly changing my approach to get things done no matter what hardships or pitfalls we fall in. I'm human and the rest of us are human. We just learned with it. I seen past teammates, old mods, and former users leave the site due to arguments or mistakes they felt regretful over. I'm here to stay until the very end.

I had ups and downs, but I won't let it bog me down because this is one of my online communities I put so much time in. I dropped my Admin roles and Giant Bomb and rest of online communities I spent time for Anime Vice.

Here are my accomplishments and failures in condense form. I hope to keep on working on making this a better site with everyone's help.

Accomplishments

Wiki

  • Help make wiki teams and work to produce great wiki pages: Toriko, Akame ga Kill, Chaika, Kill la Kill, Chaika, Hentai, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure
  • Help these new wiki editors reached over 1,000 or 5,000 wiki points: BIG RULE, CWF123, Inuyasha2010, Gyn, OEST_MAG, AgentFakku, WayBig1010101, SpeedForceSpider, Low, DBZ_Universe, ForgottenOne, Demonic13
  • Increase awareness in wiki issues. I always ask questions. It does get me into trouble when I asked about our wiki scope (What Counts as Anime and Manga in the Wiki) and the image policies. We never did get through with making policies we could agree on. I'm glad to point out stuff we need to work on for the future. With Screened gone, the wiki scope for Anime Vice became lax a bit. We allowed RWBY in.
  • Make helpful wiki threads: Wiki Editing 101: Naming Image Galleries and Organizing Images and Tips On Getting Bigger, Hi Res Images.
  • Help users during the big site slowdown in spring 2014 especially wiki.

Battle

  • Not my accomplishment. I was proud to help Dream out. Dream created a new battle rules thread after Sonata and myself made comments on it.
  • Used Fire_Star's Vicer of the Month template for the Best Battle User of the Month in order to make users feel proud of themselves in Anime Vice. Since the battle forums are a mecca where users from various outside anime communities come and visit. We had some issues back in fall 2013 due to the heated arguments and tension. I figured we need role model users to help the forum.
  • Take over sickVisionz's Facts and Feats project. Following the new wiki proposals to eliminate battle feats and calcs that were fan made and not directly from the original sources, I thought we should make respect threads to help users put their creativity, an outlet to help their fellow users. I always try to find something for users to jump on, stuff from community projects or something fun.

Reviews, RPG, and everything else!

I tried to spotlight the reviews with the Anime Vice 2013's Top Reviewers which only got one vote. Taichokage voted on it. I didn't have time to promote it due to Fall 2013 seasonal project. SnowyMountain did most of the Screened 2013's Top Reviewers since he knew the reviewers and their styles personally than me. WayBig101010101 started the Anime Survey and Reviews (Summer 2014) to tackle the same goals. I'm working on that project with him.

For the RPGs, I still have yet to get to know them personally. I got into contact with them to minor disputes. I didn't resolve it as well since I wasn't the right person. It resolve on its own. I'm proud of the gang when they showcase their work on the front page, July 2014 RPG Highlights: Night at the Castle. I asked Tom to promote the RPG work.

Recruitment of New Teammates

Recommend and brought new two Mods, Acura Max and Dream.

  • Dream - I felt he was the best choice for battle forums. He did not accept the position until January or February 2014 when Sonata and I were caught off-guard to one user. I had school while Sonata had work. Most battle users said we needed more battle mods, but Sonata and Daniel didn't agree until that incident. Dream had more forum moderation experiences than me with better judgement. I'm not very knowledgeble in battle forums, feats, and such. I have to ask folks why certain matches are mismatch if I can't find an answer. Dream is quick like lightning. Even if he encounters something unfamiliar in anime and manga, he's able to adapt quickly and resolve it without any issues.
  • Acura Max - With Screened ending, I felt the site needed closure. His background in TV was ideal because he brought something new to the group of mods. He was the best man for the job because he was a mod at Screened. He would provide the soul anchorage in Anime Vice, helping Screened users find a 2nd home in Anime Vice. Most users went to Comic Vine and Giant Bomb out of fear that Anime Vice had a cloudy future. We still try to remain contact as we can. Mike20 started a Wikia called To Hollywood and Beyond where Acura, myself, Mike, Djames, SnowyMountain work on wikia pages in our spare time. Please check out the Anime Vice and Screened Timeline and the Screened Yearbook (April 2010 - March 14, 2014)!

Improvements Needed

  • Find a middle path between strict and lax moderation for the battle forums.
  • Find a place between individualism and community. I had some philosophical arguments with users, mods or my teammates, on our views of the community. Being brought up in Cambodia, I'm more of a community person. I place that above myself and individuals. This got me into heated arguments a few times. America is about individualism unlike back in certain Asian countries.
  • Balance college with Anime Vice. I did changed my major during fall 2013 when I became mod. I guess I was putting too much energy into the site over school at the cost of my grades. I couldn't manage my time well.
  • Need more fun stuff. WayBig is doing the AMV contest, Daniel has the caption contest, Dream has his tournament. All I have is the Tsundere Tournament. Look forward to the Monster Tournament. BigHeart711 wants to do it.

Thank you everyone. I will continue to do my best to help the community. I look forward to working with everyone.

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How is everybody ?
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Battle of the fusions

In dragonball z we have multiple instances of fusion. The resulting warrior born from these fusions are usually among the most powerful fighters in the series. im going to be voicing my personal opinion on who I think is the one superior fusion. Including the DBZ movies we can add gogeta to the pack. Here are all who are included.

Gogeta would have to place second. A fusion between goku and vegeta, no doubt stronger than their sons or son 'Gotenks' !

gotenks is easily the weakest link of the three fusions.

Lastly, Vegito is the single most powerful being in Dragonball z. He easily manhandled super buu and the old kai even stated due to goku and vegetas rivalry, the fusions power was boosted even further.

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Welcome to this week's manga releases. Last week, we had a huge selection, and this week, we have a small selection. I'm pretty familiar with Seven Deadly Sins and From the New World. I don't recommend reading From the New World if you are an anime fan of the series. There are differences between manga and anime. I feel the anime for From the New World was serious and executed better than the manga adaptation. For Seven Deadly Sins, if you want a break from the HST, try this manga series. It's about adventure and action as you follow Elizabeth's quest to unite 7 Knights who bear a sin for their crimes in order to save her kingdom.

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

  • For Blood Blockade Battlefront, it's August 27, 2014 for Comic book stores and Right Stuf while it's September 9, 2014 for Amazon and ANN.
  • ANN did not list Battle Angel Alita: Last Order Vol. 19 for this week. Amazon, Comic book stores, and Right Stuf have it listed.
  • Comic Book Stores did not list From the New World this week.

Manga Releases

07-Ghost Volume 12
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

The paths of one evil god, two rival empires, three unlikely bishops and seven brave ghosts converge in the destiny of Teito Klein, a boy who vows to master a powerful artifact known as the Eye of Mikael in order to lay bare the secrets of the world’s—and his own—murky past.

The Seven Ghosts, guardians of the seal on the evil god Verloren, have lived hundreds of lives over the span of a thousand years. When Teito is thrown deep into his memories by the Eye of God, he meets their previous incarnations. But back in the present, Teito and Frau are in serious danger when the Black Hawks, led by a healed and stronger than ever Ayanami, ambush the Hawkzile race!

Arata: the Legend Volume 19
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

In a mythical world where humans and gods coexist, a ceremony marking the new governing princess is about to occur for the first time in 60 years. Only a girl from the Hime Clan may take this position, but the lack of females born to this family means that a boy called Arata must pose for the role. Meanwhile in modern-day Japan, a boy named Arata Hinohara is starting his new life in high school. He wants to put memories of his difficult past behind him, but things aren't going to be simple when he discovers a mysterious connection to the first Arata...

Blood Blockade Battlefront Volume 6
  • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Jerusalem's Lot - the Big Apple gone to otherworldly hell - has unique crime problems. One of the Lot's yakuza gangs is looking to up their armor, and dealers from the Beyond can provide serious arcane firepower that may be more than even the special agents of Libra can handle!

Battle Angel Alita: Last Order Volume 19
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested Retail Price: $10.99
Ido and Figure's long journey ends in Earth orbit, on the space city Ketheres, where they can see the world after the ZOTT with their own eyes. What is it Alita has brought into the universe? After a life of defiance, what meaning has she gained?
Wolf Magic
  • Distributor: Digital Manga Publishing
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

Cool and popular Nagase has no problem getting men to respond to his good looks and charm! But has he ever really been adored? And why is his ultra-shy friend Higuchi suddenly on his mind every minute of the day?

Will a quiet florist find the man of his dreams during business hours? And can an innocent friendship blossom into full-blown romance?

From the New World Volume 6
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $10.95

Saki and her schoolmates enjoy what they consider normal lives in a peaceful provincial setting. Only their village cannot be of this era. Its customs differ from those of any known in modern day Japan. The landscape, while familiar, is also much more constrained than what modern day maps may exhibit. So when six friends embark on a journey of mental and physical training, this fateful journey will lead them to a series of mind-shattering truths.

Underground Tokyo, creepier than ever, may be the conduit to humanity's last best hope: a unique WMD.

Hayate the Combat Butler Volume 24
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Poor Hayate Ayasaki is responsible for repaying his parents' 150 million yen debt. One Christmas, he meets a girl named Nagi, and after a series of misunderstandings, he somehow ends up working as her butler. Nagi covers for Hayate's debt, but has Hayate dug himself deeper into a different kind of hole? A hilarious tale of butlers, love and battles (?!).

Sherlock Bones Volume 7
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

From petty theft to grisly murders, Takeru and Sherdog have tackled any mystery that comes their way. But after the elite detective Kento Munkata makes an astute deduction as to the truth behind Takeru and Sherdog's relationship, Takeru is left to handle his greatest challenge yet without his canine companion! *** This time, Takeru and Kento team up to solve the murder of a stage actor in a classic whodunit. Does the detective duo have what it takes to catch the culprit without the aid of the deductive dog detective!

Seven Deadly Sins Vol. 4 - Farewell to the Deceased

Distributor: Kodansha Comics Suggested retail price: $10.99 The Grizzly Sin, King, is alive! Unfortunately, King not only refuses to help Meliodas, he declares Ban as his mortal enemy for having attained eternal life at the cost of the life of his sister Elaine. During a gripping confrontation between King and Ban, the fearsomely skilled Holy Knight Gila comes bearing startling disaster and devastation!

His FavoriteVolume 7
  • Distributor: Viz Books
  • Adult Releases

  • In the comic stores, its release date is August 20, 2014. For Amazon and Right Stuf, it's September 2, 2014.
  • Suggested Retail Price: $12.99

Awkward Yoshida's life got flipped upside down when the hottest guy in school started going out with him. Sato's feelings for Yoshida are as strong as ever, but is he really planning on revealing their relationship to the entire class? And when a new hot guy joins the cast, things start getting even weirder for Yoshida!

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Welcome to the 2nd week of September's DVD/Blu-Ray releases! It's a short selection this week. Out of the three, I'm only familiar with Tamako Market. Here's my two cents on the series. If you love slice of life shows with a bit of romance and comedy without the drama, this show is for you. It doesn't deal with too much school or romance much since it becomes ambiguous: Tamako can either go with Kanna or Mochizo. Also, there is another thing going on, a talking bird who thinks Tamako would make a good bride for his prince. In the end, the series focuses on Tamako and her town's activities. Listen to Me, Girls looks like a good title to try based on the summary. I can't judge a book by its cover after seeing the genres on it.

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.

Sources

Notes

None for this week.

DVD/Blu-Ray Releases

Listen to Me, Girls. I Am Your Father! - Complete Collection (Sub.Blu-Ray)

Distributor: Sentai Filmworks Suggested retail price: $59.98

When Yuta Segawa's sister and her husband disappear after a plane crash, it's up to him to raise her daughter and two stepdaughters. Yuta's world is forever changed and, having just started college himself, caring for three girls whose ages range from an innocent 3 to a world-wise 14 won't make it any easier. At least he can count on help from his friends, though how much help they'll be is debatable.

It will be an educational experience for everyone, and Yuta's nieces may not be the only ones screaming "Uncle" when this nuclear family undergoes a total meltdown!

  • Contains episodes 1-13. Special Features: Clean Opening & Closing Animations. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
Tamako Market - Complete Collection (DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98

Tamako knows just about everything there is to know about mochi, the traditional Japanese desert treats. When she's not attending her first year of high school, she even invents new flavors and varieties for Tama-ya, her family's mochi shop. School and growing up, on the other hand, are things that she's still trying to find the right recipe for. But with the help of her best friends Kanna and Midori, Tamako's determined to make the best of things.

It's complicated though, especially when it comes to emotions and her relationship with her best BOY friend Mochizo, whose family runs a rival mochi shop. And lately, Kanna's been feeling a little odd about her feelings towards Tamako as well. And what's with up with that strange bird fluttering around, the one that speaks fluent Japanese? It's all very mysterious and overwhelming, but at least Tamako always has one thing she can count on: no matter if your day's been good or bad, there's certain to be something sugary and delicious waiting at the end of every adventure!

  • Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: Clean Opening & Closing Animations. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic DVD 8: Spooktacular Pony Tales (DVD)

Distributor: SHOUT FACTORY Suggested Retail Price: $14.98

Join your favorite residents of Ponyville - Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie and, of course, Spike - as they take on some of the spookiest adventures Equestria's ever seen! Time to gather around and hold on tight, because these exciting tales are a chillingly good romp!

Contains the following episodes:

  • Boast Busters
  • Stare Master
  • Luna Eclipsed
  • Sleepless In Ponyville
  • Castle Mane-ia
  • Bats!
Special Features: Sing-Along.
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It is disturbing just how enjoyable Noblesse can be; I might go so far as to say that no other manga or manhwa elicits quite as much enjoyment from me as Noblesse.
Well, scratch that; I do read manga and Manhwa on a weekly basis that I can enjoy immensely, but only because they are doing what all good manga do, presenting great action, character development and plot progression.

Not quite the same thing with Noblesse which can produce material that is just as interesting without providing any of the above mentioned elements; I mean, just look at chapter 335, 20 or so pages of humorous talk about Kertia and Karius joining RK4.
An inconsequential discussion in any other series, which Noblesse made more than worth the read. Not just for the awesome art, color and battles do I read Noblesse.

I read Noblesse for its pure entertainment value.

+THE CHAPTERS:
Lascrea goes to school and takes a peek into Rai’s world. Takeo makes an effort at building the roster of Raizel’s knights.

+MY THOUGHTS:
 
A strange break in between crucial back story but a necessary one; where most Noblesse chapters unrelated to the story focus primarily upon the humor, chapters 335 and 336 actually endeavored to progress the plot and the characters.

In this case, Lascrea unwound somewhat and tried to understand the world the Noblesse had chosen to engage with and why he as well as her father where so enamored by humanity.

An acceptable effort, I must say, doing little more than showing Lascrea the simple things in life, a tedious day in class and a fun afternoon and evening with Shinwu and group, a glimpse into the bonds and links that drew Rai to rise to the aid of the common man against their stronger foes.

Had this been fairy tail, these chapters would have tested my patience with all the talk about friendship and bonds; Noblesse however had a sense of moderation, infusing character development related humor into the story, making these chapters worth the read.

Really, I just find these characters enjoyable to follow and read about, from Tao to Takeo, Kertia, Regis, Seira, Rai and the rest of them.
All this quiet though feels like the prelude to a storm, with Cromble in the shadows waiting to make his move with Muzaka by his side
 
RATING: 7/10, Noblesse entertains in the quiet moments as well as it does within the chaos.
And yes, the art was awesome. I cannot tire mentioning that.
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So Nanatsu no Taizai is getting an anime? Well, it couldn’t at a better time, because these four chapters were AWESOME.

Purely as a battle oriented manga, these chapters had everything I might want in my shonen series, action packed, humorous, well paced and lots of Deadly Sins doing lots of crazy stuff. 

I honestly cannot wait to see all of this animated in the anime adaption; because these events were exciting and explosive, progressing the arc to some extent even while unveiling the Seven Deadly Sins as a team.

THE CHAPTERS:
Hendricksen wages a war against his former team mates and subordinates; as the dawn his plans approaches, only four foes stand in his path, the strongest foes in the kingdom.

MY THOUGHTS:

I haven’t read The Seven Deadly Sins in four weeks; and these four chapters were more than worth the wait. Events such as these, starting with King’s conflict with Helbram’s corpse and ending with the emergence of Hendricksen’s demon friend are best consumed in one go.

We haven’t seen Meliodas this enraged in quite a few arcs, not since he went into his demon form; this was Meliodas overtaken by cold fury, in control of his abilities and determined to obliterate Hendricksen.

The pace at which these chapters are progressing, one wonders just how much is left of this arc, or even the story; though certainly there is plenty more Nanatsu no Taizai to explore, the mysteries about the world only growing with each new chapter.
The revelation regarding Hendricksen being a druid in service of the Goddess clan went a long way in explaining the situation with Ban a few chapters and the reason Ban was asked to end Meliodas.

The question is just how powerful the Goddess clan is if they can promise to perform resurrection on a dead fairy.
-Despite being largely battle oriented it is surprising just how entertaining and none stagnant these chapters were; one could impute this to the manga’s manner of providing a dynamic conflict within each battle.

King vs. Helbram wasn’t nearly as repetitive as i thought it would be, instead further elucidating upon King’s connection with Helbram and the fairies; Helbram further proved his place as the victim, manipulated by Hendricksen centuries after his death to stand against his best friend.

Ban and King’s determination to fall under Meliodas’ command further cemented their place among The Seven Deadly Sins, their primary connection to the world.
Dreyfus and Griamor vs. Hendricksen was BRUTAL in a way, the eventual unity between long estranged father and son mostly short lived; it is difficult to believe that 90 chapters in Dreyfus would be worthy of the title hero, proving every bit the powerful, immovable, indomitable and righteous Great Holy Knight that we can presume his brother Zaratras was.

The Seven Deadly Sins were, well, Awesome, everyone from Diana and her earth shattering might-finally reunited with Gideon- King and the righteous anger of Chestiefol, Gowther’s ridiculous disinterest and surprising power, Ban’s bored demeanor and casual strength, and Meliodas determined rage.
Even Elizabeth had a somewhat relevant role to play in these events.

If anything we have seen so far in this arc is to be considered, the powers of the Nanatsu No Taizai world are going to collide in the coming weeks, the result behind some great revelation about important historical facts.

-If there are any negative points worth mentioning, it would be the art, which was very chaotic in some chapters, with many panels and pages very difficult to make any sense of.

RATING: 9/10
Watching their plight over the past few chapters I am starting to get attached to some of these holy knights, new generation and old, especially Guila, Jericho, Gustav and Gilthunder.
And have I mentioned just how awesome Meliodas was these past four weeks? Because he was very much awesome.
HIGHLIGHTS: The Seven Deadly Sins. Meliodas schooling Hendricksen, even for a short while, was a joy to watch.
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So this is finally it? The End?

I would really like to know what brought about this decision; Is the mangaka simply tired? Was Claymore simply not selling as many copies as it needed to to maintain publication?

Or as this all there ever was to the claymore story? Not that it matters, not one of those answers would satisfy me. And that is something I can appreciate about the so Called Holy Shonen Trinity.

That Kubo, Oda and Kishimoto aren’t likely to bring their stories to an end without exploring ever plot, subplot, mystery and myth introduced within the series long run.

Naruto seems to have spent the majority of the war arc doing just this, Edo Tensei acting as the tool through which Kishimoto could reveal all there was to his shinobi world.

One does wonder if Kubo actually had any of the intricacies of his plot planned out; or if some of Bleach’s mysteries won’t simply remain mysteries. One piece on the other will need its ten years to properly put to bed all its plots and mysteries.

One could say that One piece now is where Naruto was at the beginning of Shipudden; Naruto Shipudden has largely been the revelation story, in which Kishimoto took every mystery and inference and subplot hinted at in Part 1 and finally explored them all.

One piece seems to have began its exploration arc, in which all the legends and stories of the one piece arc introduced pre-time skip are ripped open.

THE CHAPTER:

Teresa unleashes her awakened form against a seemingly immortal Priscilla; within the throes of their battle, Priscilla comes to life, her wishes, intentions and deepest desires finally revealed.

MY THOUGHTS:

SO, Teresa is kind of awesome in this chapter, even more than usual.

I cannot help but think back to Naruto and Bleach, reading this, the latest chapter of Claymore; the most recent episodes of Naruto basically came right round, returning to the status quo as it was in the first series, with Team 7 united.

Watching Teresa and Priscilla go at it, I was transported back to the earliest episodes of Claymore, in which Teresa and Priscilla faced off, with Teresa more or less dominating until the very end, when a show of mercy proved fatal.

If Claymore must end, then I guess there can be no better end at the moment, finally bringing to a close a fight that began so many chapters back, with the question of which of these two juggernauts stood supreme and superior finally answered.

Not much happened with Chapter 154 but that is hardly a complaint, claymore providing a hard hitting and visceral battle that showcased Priscilla and Teresa at their strongest, even while subtly telling the Priscilla story and the true reason that forced her to hunt down Clare and the essence of Teresa within her, the only hope Priscilla could see in finally ending her miserable life.

The rumor is this is the end, but I am hoping for a second part to this series like most fans, one that moves off the island to the war on the mainland. With the majority of island related plots finally solved-the organization destroyed, the majority of the most dangerous awakened beings eliminated, Priscilla at her end- there is nothing left to tie our heroes to their homes.

I want more claymore, simple as that; but it seems we will not be getting any more. Maybe there is a series out their that could take Claymore’s place once it finally ends, however I am yet to find it.

RATING: 9/10

Everything we see in this chapter seems to suggest that the winged thing is Clare’s awakened form, with Teresa suggesting that her awakened state was something entirely different- which makes you wonder how the hell she would know what she looks like awakened.

This battle has been raging for quite a number of chapters, now that I think about, ever since the destroyer appeared on the scene. And not once did it get dull-if it did, I am failing to recall.

I guess other shonen battle oriented series should take a leaf out of Claymore’s book of long running fights.

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Welcome everyone, I saw Taichokage's status bar and the comments at the Claymore Manga Ends 2014 thread. I realized we have a great opportunity for three separate, roundtables.

The interesting thing is that all three of the series' manga are going to end in Fall 2014. I haven't read the manga for all three of them. Please see List of Manga Series Ending in 2014. It didn't stop me to ask a few Hunter x Hunter fans to make a great roundtable, HUNTER X HUNTER Roundtable.

I have plenty of experience doing roundtables. I feel this are a great way for the community to express their thoughts and share it on the front page.

My Past Roundtables

From experience, three or 4 would be the best number since having more will make the article longer and harder to expand since we would be repeating each other's words.

For users who want to sign up, I ask you to be courteous, respectful, and be punctual because unlike other community projects, Roundtables are only effective during certain periods of time. We have a momentum here with 3 series ending in a month or so this fall semester.

Thank you and let's have a fun time!

Roundtables

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ClaymoreSonata - Anime only
Taichokage
Katmic
Mysterious Girlfriend XSupreme Marvel
Kuroko's BasketballFULL - Though we need 1 or 2 manga person
Taichokage - Anime only
Takashichea - Anime only
Sonata - Anime Only
Katmic - Anime
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Welcome everyone! I thought it would nice to do a fun and not a serious review of One Piece's 3D2Y special. It has been a long time since I did weekly reviews of Sket Dance, Beelzebub, and Guilty Crown with my teammates. I believe it was 2012. It will be like the old days for me. It will a short blog just to promote the comments. That's my style.

To celebrate One Piece's 15th anniversary, the fans get a cool TV special from Oda and his crew. It takes place during the two year period after the Marineford arc.

Beware of Spoilers!

Impressions

Good

Funny moment for the Boa folks
Funny moment for the Boa folks
  • World and Luffy are good foil to each other. World started off a Peace Main, a pirate who only cares for the adventure. Though, he felt he was betrayed by his friends and was put on ice for 30 years. It was interesting to see the two clash. World's brother is alive while Luffy had recently lost Ace.
  • It was nice to see the characters such as Boa and Buggy in action. For Boa fans, this TV special has Boa and Luffy fighting together which isn't seen as much in the main anime series. I love the part where Boa thought Luffy was cheating on her with Perona.
  • Saw some Anime Vice folks commenting on the series through their status bar. I saw DestinyHeroKnight commenting on the great animation. I agree it was awesome. Seeing Ace's last moments in better quality. The fight between Luffy and World was so fluid.

Weird

Need more Wotans like Sebastian
Need more Wotans like Sebastian
  • Wotans. It was twice we saw a Wotan, an offspring born of a giant and fishman. Sebastian was a unique character, being a blind mixed breed, fishman.
  • Mihawk. I feel he was just there to save the day. Just shows up with Perona and watches from the sidelines. Poor Perona didn't get to keep Sebastian.

Bad

As of now, I can't think of anything. I would say Buggy's scenes were good for me since I find him a bit annoying.

Summary

Definitely check this TV special after you finished Marineford arc and the Post-war arc which includes how Luffy and his crew train at different islands and a special flashback story of Luffy, Ace, and Sabo.

Spoilers Ahead

Regarding Sabo, I thought he was dead. I never read the manga past Skypiea arc in 2012 and then, I did a huge marathon on One Piece anime and finally caught up to the Dressrosa arc in 2014. This was the ending Oda was referring in the ANN and Crunchyroll news articles. I remember Ace and Sabo's final moments were tearful for me. It was a big shocker to see him alive after all this time. I guess I should learn if you don't see a body, the person isn't dead. That case applies to most shows I watched except Jojo's Bizarre Adventure.

Thanks

In the weekly reviews I write back in 2012, I always highlight the wiki because my teammates and I watch anime and work on the wiki together. I thank Dekken for working hard on the One Piece project and uploading the images for this TV Special and the episodes. Also, I thank Foxx for doing the One Piece manga reviews on the front page. He did an awesome job on One Piece in the past. Check out the image gallery for the One Piece special if you interested. Dekken upload lots of Boa pics, so you know what character Dekken loves the most.

I'm a strange person. I like to watch the anime side by side with the manga, keeping them in the same pacing.

Thank you everyone for reading. I hope you all enjoy the One Piece 3D2Y special. What were your favorite moments?

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Welcome everyone to the first week of September! For those who are in the US, I hope you had a great Labor Day Weekend. This week had a ton of manga releases, over 20 volumes feature in this blog.

I just go over familiar titles that I really love and recommend. We also have 3-in-1 and 2-in-1 special manga series for Naruto, Bleach, and Ranma as lovely box sets for Pokemon Black and White and Adventures.

I would definitely recommend Nisekoi for harem fans, Time Killers for Blue Exorcist fans, Noragami for folks who love Bleach and supernatural, comedic with a action/drama series, and One Piece for all Shonen fans.

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

  • Right Stuf and Amazon listed A Strange Kind of Woman Vol. 2 this week while ANN and comic stores listed in the week of August 20, 2014.

Manga Releases

A Centaur Volume 4
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Being a teenager is never easy...especially for a centaur!

A Centaur’s Life is an all-new manga series with a wholly unique take on the slice-of-life genre—it focuses on the daily school life of supernatural creatures. This ongoing manga series features quirky and adorable artwork presented in oversized editions that include a color insert in each volume.

Himeno is a sweet, shy girl, who like many teens her age, struggles with the trials and tribulations of attending high school. The difference is she’s a centaur; but she’s not alone. In fact, all of her classmates are supernatural creatures, sporting either horns, wings, tails, halos, or some other unearthly body appendage. Yet despite their fantastical natures, Himeno and her best friends—the dragon-winged Nozomi, and Kyoko with her spiraled horns—are down-to-earth, fun-loving teenagers who grapple with issues of life and love in a mostly normal daily school setting.

Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight's Knowledge Volume 2
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

Romance and danger with the Knave of Hearts continues!

Seven Seas is pleased to present Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge, a new ongoing series that focuses on perhaps the most popular character in the Alice series, the Ace of Hearts.

Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge chronicles the further adventures of Alice as she goes deeper down the rabbit hole. Like the other New York Times bestselling books in the Alice in the Country of Clover series, this new volume is an oversized edition that features impressive artwork and color pinups.

The Ace of Hearts, the Knight of Heart Castle, is Wonderland’s resident bad boy and master swordsman. He may be dashing and handsome, but his love represents a danger the likes of which Alice has never seen. Can the cruel yet charming knight win Alice’s heart?

Dawn of the Arcana Volume 13
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Princess Nakaba of Senan is forced to marry Prince Caesar of the enemy country Belquat, tantamount to becoming a hostage. While Caesar is pleasing to the eye, he is also selfish and possessive, telling Nakaba outright: “You are my property.” With only her attendant Loki at her side, Nakaba must find a way to cope with her hostile surroundings, her fake marriage...and a mysterious power!

Library Wars Volume 12
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

In the near future, the federal government creates a committee to rid society of books it deems unsuitable. The libraries vow to protect their collections, and with the help of local governments, form a military group to defend themselves--the Library Forces!

Library Forces member Iku Kasahara has plans to go out for tea with her supervisor and secret crush, Dojo, but just figuring out what to wear puts her in a tailspin. When an urgent call comes in about an author seeking protection from the government, Iku realizes that the fight against censorship never takes a break!

Mayo Chiki Volume 7
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Kinjiro Sakamachi is a “normal” seventeen-year-old boy who happens to suffer from an abnormal fear of women, otherwise known as gynophobia. His phobia, which surfaces as an occasional nosebleed, has been kept more or less under control...until now.

A fateful visit to the school bathroom turns Kinjiro’s world upside down, as he discovers the dashing and popular Konoe Subaru is actually a girl!? What’s worse, the principal’s cruel and domineering daughter, Kanade Suzutsuki, has every reason to keep this secret from leaking out and makes it her life’s work to torment Kinjiro, while attempting to cure his gynophobia.

Midnight Secretary Volume 7
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Kyohei has been banished from his clan because he refuses to renounce his love for Kaya. But a lone vampire is a dangerous thing to be, and Kyohei finds himself cut off from the vampires' power and protection. He doesn't even have access to blood substitutes anymore! Kaya wants to support him through this crisis, but arranging "dinner dates" for him again might be more than her heart can take!

Musashi
  • Distributor: Shambhala Publications
  • Suggested retail price: $16.95

Miyamoto Musashi, the legendary samurai, is known throughout the world as a master swordsman, spiritual seeker, and author of the classic Book of Five Rings. Acclaimed manga creator Sean Michael Wilson has created both a vivid account of a fascinating period in feudal Japan and a portrait of a courageous, iconoclastic samurai who wrestled with philosophical and spiritual ideas that are as relevant today as they were in his time. For Musashi, the way of the martial arts was about mastery of the mind rather than simply technical prowess. Over 350 years after his death, Musashi still intrigues us—and his Book of Five Rings is essential reading for students of all martial arts and those interested in cultivating a strategic mind.

Nisekoi Vol. 5 - "Typhoon"
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Love triangle! Comedic antics!! Gang warfare?! You won’t want to miss out on Weekly 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. Meanwhile, Raku's still hung up over the girl he made a promise with ten years ago, keeping a pendant around his neck as a memento. The girl, in turn, holds the key that opens the pendant. To Raku's surprise, he discovers three girls have keys from a promise they also made ten years ago—Chitoge, his current crush Onodera, and the police chief's daughter Marika!

Noragami Volume 1
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

Yato is a homeless god. He doesn't even have a shrine, not to mention worshippers! So to achieve his ambitious goals, he's set up a service to help those in need (for a small fee), hoping he'll eventually raise enough money to build himself the lavish temple of his dreams. Of course, he can't afford to be picky, so Yato accepts all kinds of jobs, from finding lost kittens to helping a student overcome bullies at school.

One Piece Vol. 72 - "Dressrosa's Forgotten"
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years, later, Luffy sets off in search of the "One Piece," said to be the greatest treasure in the world...

Phantom Thief Jeanne Volume 4
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

High school student Maron Kusakabe has a secret: she’s Phantom Thief Jeanne. She sneaks into private art collections to steal paintings in which demons reside. Jeanne’s task is to seal the demons before they can devour human hearts. So far she’s been able to evade the police on her midnight outings, but now another thief has come onto the scene—Phantom Thief Sinbad—and he’s trying to take the paintings before she does!

Seraph of the End Volume 2
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Now that Yuichiro has earned his place in the Japanese Imperial Demon Army, he prepares to undergo a fiendish test to acquire the most powerful and deadly of humanity's weapons against vampires: Black Demon Series Cursed Gear.

Meanwhile, the vampire nobility welcome a new member: Mika, the best friend Yuichiro thinks died in their escape but who has his own bitter story of survival.

Skip Beat! Volume 33
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Kyoko Mogami followed her true love Sho to Tokyo to support him while he made it big as an idol. But he's casting her out now that he's famous! Kyoko won't suffer in silence--she's going to get her sweet revenge by beating Sho in show biz!

Time Killers - Kazue Kato Short Story Collection Volume 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Explore realms of imagination in this collection of short stories by Kazue Kato, creator of Blue Exorcist! Time Killers includes Kato's first work, Boku to Usagi (Rabbit and I) and features the stories and character designs that would become Blue Exorcist.

Yu-Gi-Oh 5D's Volume 6
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

In New Domino City, the hottest game in town is the Turbo Duel, fought from blazingly fast motorcycles called Duel Runners. On the outskirts of New Domino City, in a district known as Satellite, a new Turbo Duel hero emerges--Yusei Fudo! On his custom-built Duel Runner, Yusei takes on all challengers, fighting for his friends and the future of Satellite!

Zero's Familiar: Chevalier Volume 2
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

The sequel to the hit manga series about a witch and her teenage manservant

Summoned by mistake to the wonderful world of Halkeginia by the bumbling witch Louise “the Zero,” Saito’s role as Louise’s familiar has had its share of ups and downs. At first an unwilling servant, Saito gradually develops feelings for his headstrong mistress Louise, and she, too, has begun to reciprocate. But life keeps getting in the way of a possibly budding relationship.

Now, Louise and her friends are embroiled in a full-scale war, and must defend the land of Tristain at all costs. Can Saito prove himself in battle to Louise, and win her heart once and for all?

3-in-1

Bleach [3-in-1 Edition] Volume 9
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Ichigo has been hoping to put off dealing with his inner Hollow until after the Arrancar are dealt with. But it becomes horribly clear that he has no chance against Aizen's new army if he doesn't get his Hollow in line. Luckily, he's met a group of ex-Soul Reapers called the Visored, who have harnessed their own Hollows. But can Ichigo really trust his new teachers?!

Collects volumes 25-27 in an omnibus format.

Dragon Ball [3-in-1 Edition] Volume 6
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

The Greatest Hero on Earth Goku and Piccolo finally face each other down in the final match of the Tenka'ichi Budokai! Piccolo is ready and willing to unleash all his power to win - something Goku may hesitate to do. Taking down Piccolo is going to take all of Goku's skill and wits... and courage! But after the tournament is over, life goes on. There will be new enemies to face and even more surprising new allies!

Collects volumes 16-18 in an omnibus format.

Naruto [3-in-1 Edition] Volume 9
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Sasuke delves deep into his own past to reveal how his ideal big brother, Itachi, became the feared ninja he is today. Then Naruto is drawn into a bloody battle with his best friend. And as their battle rages on, Sasuke and Naruto find themselves to be the fiercest foes either has ever faced.

Collects volumes 25-27 in an omnibus format.

Ranma ½ [2-in-1 Edition] Volume 4
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Back when Ranma’s father, Genma, and Akane’s father, Soun, were young martial artists, they learned the secrets of Anything-Goes Martial Arts from one of the greatest masters of all time. Unfortunately, he’s also someone they would do just about anything to get away from, and the entire Tendo household is about to find out why. Followed by a stirring rendition of Romeo and Juliet…and Juliet…and Romeo…

Collects volumes 7-8 in an omnibus format.

Pokémon: Black and White - Box Set (Vol. 9-14)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $25.99

Meet Pokémon Trainers Black and White! His entire life, Black has dreamed of winning the Pokémon League! Now he embarks on a journey to explore the Unova region and fill a Pokédex for Professor Juniper. White has an exciting career as the Trainer of a talented troupe of performing Pokémon. She dreams of making her Tepig Gigi a star! Together, Black and White continue on their journey... What surprising new Pokémon and people will they meet next?!

Pokémon Adventures - Ruby & Sapphire Box Set (GN 15-22)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $59.99

Ruby's father Norman is the new Gym Leader of Petalburg City. But Ruby doesn?t want to follow in his father?s footsteps?he wants to win Pokémon Contests! Sapphire?s father Professor Birch is the local Pokémon researcher. But Sapphire is tired of gathering scientific data?she wants to win Pokémon Battles! When Ruby and Sapphire meet, they?re more likely to hit each other than hit it off. But then Sapphire challenges Ruby to a competition! Which of them will achieve their dreams in just eighty days?!

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Welcome everyone to the first week of September! For folks in the US, I hope you had a good Labor Day Weekend. For this week, I'm choosing Blood Lad, Gatchaman Crowds, and Fate Kaleid. That's all the shows I'm familiar with. For unfamiliar titles, I wouldn't mind trying Baka and Test. It looks fun.

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: Right Stuf, ANN

DVD and Blu-Ray Releases

Blood Lad DVD Complete Series (Hyb) (DVD)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $44.82

Werewolves, zombies, and even the Abominable Snowman fight day and night for the title of Territory Boss. The vampire Staz, however, finds the whole thing to be a serious pain. He spends his time watching anime, playing video games, and daydreaming about going to the Human World. That all changes when he meets Fuyumi, a human girl who instantly win's Staz's heart, and who then loses her life to a man-eating plant.

Refusing to give up on the girl of his dreams, Staz travels across the Demon and Human Worlds in search of a way to bring Fuyumi back to life by any bloody means necessary.

  • Contains episodes 1-10 plus the OVA.
  • Special Features: Trailers.
Blood Lad DVD/Blu-ray Complete Series (Hyb) (DVD)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $69.99

DVD/Blu-Ray includes Contains episodes 1-10 plus the OVA and a 96-page booklet, all housed in a premium chipboard artbox! Special Features: Interactive Art Gallery, English Dub Outtakes, Convention Chalk Art Video, Clean Opening & Ending, Trailers.

Baka and Test Season 1 Collection- [SAVE] (DVD)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $29.98

When a fight breaks out at Fumizuki Academy, nobody throws a single punch. Instead, the students utilize the school's technology to summon Avatars, pint-sized stand-ins with battle powers based on academic ability. That "academic ability" part is bad news for Yoshii: he's an idiot, stuck in lowly Class F with the slackers. If these misfits want to escape their dump of a classroom and earn some respect, they'll have to fight their way up the ranks and take on Class A, the Academy's brightest students. It's going to be tough, that's for sure, but once the underachievers of Class F get motivated, they don't give up - and Yoshii can't even spell surrender!

  • Contains episodes 1-13.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Baka and Test Season 2 Collection- [SAVE] (DVD)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $29.98

The loveable losers of lowly Class F are back for more fun in the second season of Baka and Test – Summon the Beasts! Goofball Yoshii’s still leading his crew in Avatar battles against the brainier students in school, but the girls in Class F have grown way less concerned with improving their status on campus. Instead of moving up in the world, the girls are more interested in getting closer to the guys in the gang! Of course, some of the boys are totally oblivious to the romantic intentions of their female friends. That’s to be expected in a group of dim-wits and misfits. Nonetheless, the femmes of Class F aren’t giving up anytime soon. Because when love is on the line, even the biggest underachievers can find motivation – even if they can’t spell it!

Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya (Blu-Ray or DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $69.98 (Blu-Ray), $59.98 (DVD)

Illyasviel von Einzbern's normal life is suddenly halted by the Kaleidostick Ruby, a magical wand on the run from her former master who instantly decides that little Illya has all the right stuff to become the next great magical girl. However, Ruby's previous owner Rin Tohsaka isn't exactly thrilled to be de-wanded, especially since she's just accepted an assignment to collect the seven legendary Class Cards. It seems the only solution is for Illya to take up the task and learn the ropes under Rin's supervision.


Meanwhile, a girl named Miyu has been chosen by the Kaleidostick Sapphire as HER new master, much to the irritation of Sapphire's previous master, Rin's arch rival Luviagelita Edelfelt! Exactly what kind of plan are the wands conjuring up? Find out as the Fate/stay night universe "kaleids" with a healthy dose of magical girl mayhem!

  • Contains episodes 1-10.
  • Special Features: Clean Opening & Closing Animations.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Gatchaman Crowds - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray) or (DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $69.98 (Blu-Ray), $59.98 (DVD)

For most of the residents of Tachikawa city, life seems to be perfectly normal. That's how it seems, but the truth, known only by a tiny select handful, is that this is a city at war. Every day, as the citizens go about their business, they are under attack by alien criminals and mysterious organizations seeking to conquer, enslave and destroy. But to combat these threats, a covert council has secretly selected certain individuals to serve as protectors.

Wearing special suits that amplify latent powers hitherto unsuspected, they blend into the crowds and shadows, waiting until the call is given to fight again. They could be anyone: your neighbor, your best friend's mom, even high school students like Sugune Tachibana and recent college grad Joe Hibiki. And needless to say, schoolgirl artist Hajime Ichinose is probably the last person anyone would ever suspect of being a soldier entrusted with defending mankind. But she is, even if as the latest recruit she still has an awful lot of learning to do. Hiding like ninjas, powered by super-science, they are humanity's first and greatest line of defense.

  • Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: Clean Opening Animations, Clean Closing Animations. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Junjo Romantica - Season 1 Collection [litebox] (Sub.DVD)
  • Distributor: The Right Stuf International
  • Suggested retail price: $44.99

Three very different couples caught up in a storm of pure romance!

  1. Romantica: Misaki is struggling to prepare for his college entrance exams, so his brother arranges for a private tutor. But Misaki's nightmare is just beginning when his tutor, Usami, comes on to him! How will Misaki ever manage to pass his exam?
  2. Egoist: Just when Kamijou's life is at its lowest, he has a chance meeting with a man who never lets anything hold him back: Nowaki. His name means "typhoon," and he's about to take Kamijou on a whirlwind ride that will turn everything upside down.
  3. Terrorist: Miyagi always seems to shrug off the cares of the world with a joke and a smile. But even he has problems, although he doesn't let them show. Foremost is Shinobu, a relentless young man who's adamant that they're destined to be together.
Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: Season 1 U.S. Trailer, Clean Opening and Closing, TV Spot, DVD Commercials.
Love Live! School idol project - Season 1 [Premium Edition] (Sub.Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: NIS America
  • Suggested retail price: $64.99

The traditional school Otonokizaka High is situated between the three towns of Akihabara, Kanda, and Jimbocho. This school is also in imminent danger of closing. Because of this crisis, the second-year student Honoka Kosaka takes center stage with eight others to do something about it!

"To protect the school we love so much, we have to do all we can... We have to become school idols! By becoming idols and advertising how great our school is to the world, more students will want to apply!"

This premium edition includes a 28-page, full-color, hardcover artbook with episode guides, character info, and illustrations! Contains episodes 1-13. Special Features: Clean Opening and Ending, Clean Episode 1 Ending, Clean Episode 13 Ending, Japanese Trailers, Japanese TV Spots. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Special Measures Unit: Stella Girls' Academy High School's C3 Club
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $49.98
When Yura Yamato's roommate Sonora asks her to join her club, it quickly becomes clear that the girls of Stella Women's Academy are VERY different. It turns out that she belongs to a club known as C3 (which stands for Command, Control and Communications) whose main afterschool activity is playing survival games! It's not a typical teenage girl pastime, but Sonora and her trigger-happy friends are seriously into it. The question that puts her in the crosshairs of a dilemma is if she has what it takes to join up, stand up, and deliver in the face of friendly fire.

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

Adult Releases - NSFW

Black Widow (OAV)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass Video
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

An erotic camping trip takes a turn for the wild when Seiya discovers a mystery mansion in the woods. Excitement turns to thrills of terror as her friends begin to disappear. Too late, they realize they are trapped in the clutches of the Black Widow, a deadly temptress who lures unsuspecting victims into a web of lust, intrigue, and murder!

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

Demon Warrior Koji DVD
  • Distributor: Critical Mass Video
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

It's hungry for vengeance. She's hungry for more! A monster is out for blood, and only the man-demon Koji can hunt down the preternatural killer. Aided by a morbid psychic, he follows the grisly trail of victims to a lonely woman. What unspeakable horrors will he find? And are even Koji's powers enough to curb this devastating threat?

Special Features: Meet the Characters, Meet Mr. Maeda, Anime Artform, DVD-ROM Features (Art Gallery, Scripts, Cast Lists, Production Credits). Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

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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.

THE CHAPTERS:

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.

MY THOUGHTS:

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.

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