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‘I have heard of such a being who wasn’t a knight…I guess I must be the only one left who still remembers this tale now…since it was like a fairy tale passed down among the fallen. The one who wielded every demonic and holy sword there was, Embraced the gigantic snake that will smash the vessel of the world. And tamed the beast that will rip out the gods’ throats.’

‘The one who grasped in his hands every evil fate in the world. The Primeval demon Lord of Yore. I am sure, his name was-‘

I can’t be the only one that thinks A Fairy Tale of the Demon Lord reads more like a medieval fantasy Grimm story, revealing the darker side of all those sunny tales with happy endings, and less like the Asian comic it actually is.

Not that this is a bad thing; in fact it lends a certain strength to this story, a depth of sorts that makes this series one of the oddest yet endearing I have ever come across.

THE CHAPTERS: The Epilogue to this ancient tale begins to unfold; new fates come into being, binding themselves around three lives-Odin, the Princess and the Nameless knight- that have long sought reprieve from their cruel destinies.

MY THOUGHTS:

It’s been waaaay too long since I last read A Fairy Tale of the Demon Lord; and truth be told I was pretty sure it was over(especially considering the fact that the last chapter included an ‘END’ in its title).

But then again, this season 2 is the Epilogue, coming forth after the end of the tale…which doesn’t even make sense because, rather than closing a few loose ends, these recent chapters only served to continue the primary storyline, whose initial ending by the way was acceptably vague.

Anyway, enough nitpicking, what did I actually think of these recent chapters?

THIS WAS AMAZING!! And why shouldn’t it be? This series has been in my rear view mirror for a long while now; to see it make such a sudden and surprising return is nearly as exciting as learning about the resumption of ZETMAN’s run.

Truth be told I wasn’t even sure where the story intended to progress, though I never did manage to figure out the crux of the A Fairy Tale of the Demon Lord story till the very end, initially certain that the author was wandering about through disparate plotlines in a rather random manner.

[Spoilers Ahead]-Here’s what the Demon lord story was originally about. You have a nameless knight, spending his days in a depressing rote of battle, fighting endless war after endless war, slaying a thousand dragons and an even greater number of enemies.

Said knight puts his mind to freeing the princess from a demon lord that had slaughtered countless knights before him, sent to safeguard the life of his prisoner, a fair princess. With awe striking power, the knight strikes the demon lord down, saving the princess and in the process finding his purpose to live, within the warmth of her light.

The princess proves to be an unattainable object, a doll created by Asgard to safe guard the earth from an oncoming apocalypse; and in seeking her hand, the nameless knight must contend with the mighty power of the Empire and its ruler Odin, within whom the nameless one finds an enemy greater than any he has ever encountered, himself.

Adoration becomes love. Love becomes obsession. Obsession becomes passion. Passion becomes despair in the face of overwhelming power. A nameless knight turns to darker forces and, in his pursuit for the warmth of the princess, becomes a demon lord, eventually stealing the princess and hiding her within his new dark abode.

And how do you think the story finally ended? A new nameless knight rode out of the badlands to challenge the new demon lord, not for the love of a woman, but to safeguard the demon lord and his dark destiny from the curse of a princess that had doomed an endless horde of nameless men to a cyclical fate of victory and eternal despair.

A story not only tragic but intriguing in twisting the nature of the damsel in distress/knight in shining armor concept, sprinkled within the structure of ancient Norse mythology.

Really, the purpose of this epilogue, the final act in the demon lord saga can be summed up with that last line: ‘The one who grasped in his hands every evil fate in the world. The Primeval demon Lord of Yore. I am sure, his name was…’

A story about a nameless knight isn’t much of a story, not without a strong and powerful name, a title even, around which legends may be built; so we find ourselves in a unique position, to finally explore the story behind the story, to understand the purpose behind the order of nameless knights and their various multi purposed swords, the objective behind Odin’s obsession with the demon lord cycle and the true form of the princess’ curse.

All solid considerations that, if properly explored could lend added weigh to a pretty unique story; Oh and did I mention just how EXQUISITE the art was in these previous chapters; each panel an artistic masterpiece in displaying fluid cohesive combat, doing what only a few rare manga and manhwa have achieved, in creating a considerably intense atmosphere within which to play out the drama of this fairy tale.

Not since Noblesse has a colored Manhwa impressed me so, specifically regarding the artistic representation of the various conflicts.

If I haven’t said it before, I will state it now; this series is a must read. If you’re one of those otaku wondering aimlessly around the internet, searching for that most intriguing of manga to dive into, then A Fairy Tail of the Demon Lord is for you.

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  • Producer: A-1 Pictures
  • Release Date: May 16 and August ?

Plot: The world of the spin-off series is set 30 years before Magi and tells the story of the younger days of Sinbad, the king of Sindria.

According to ANN, the 3rd volume of the manga series, Adventure of Sinbad, will be bundled with the OVA as a limited edition in Japan.

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  • Full Title: Pretty Rhythm All Star Selection: Prism Show☆Best Ten
  • Producer: 10GAUGE and Tatsunoko Production
  • Release Date: March 8

Plot: Residents of the Prism World Momo and Penguin-sensei work together to introduce various Prism Shows throughout the history of Aurora Dream, Dear My Future, and Rainbow Live. Within the many Prism Shows performed by Aira, Mia, Naru and their friends, only ten rank on top.

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Hello everyone, it's a month of Jojo's Bizarre Adventures because our community is all hyped up on this awesome franchise.

Front Page

Since Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is legally streamed on Crunchyroll along with Stardust Crusaders, Tom has taken up the series in his W & L articles. It's thanks to RubberLuffy for pushing the requests all this time. Check out Tom Pinchuk's Watch & Learn articles:

Discussion Threads

Check out the discussion threads. Our most active and biggest fans are and !

Battle Threads

With Gremmy hogging the spotlight in April's theme, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure is still hanging in there.

Well, there is only one thread I found, but by the end of this month, there are going to lot more in store:

Wiki

With working on the episodes, did an awesome job on Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando's pages yesterday.

If you're new to the wiki, please ask me for help. I do promote wiki editing to everyone as long as you do your best and don't plagiarize.

Completed

Jonathan Joestar
Dio Brando

Active Bounty Tasks

Lisa Lisa
See Wiki Task
Caesar Zeppeli
See Wiki Task
Jotaro Kujo
See Wiki Task
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  • Alias: Buddha 2: Tezuka Osamu no Buddha ~Owarinaki Tabi~
  • Producer: Toei Animation
  • Release Date: February 8 (It's technically not spring, but I had to add it to make up for the movie guide)

This is the 2nd film, so here's the summary from the first movie:

Prince Siddhartha is heir to the Shakya kingdom, which is constantly at war with the more powerful Kosala kingdom. His father tries to raise him as a warrior leader and to shield him from the miseries of the world. Meeting the young outcast girl Migaila, Siddhartha experiences love for the first time but also witnesses the suffering that afflicts humankind. Meanwhile, in Kosala, Chapra rises through the military, despite his lowly origins, to become a hero and general of the army. A final showdown between the two kingdoms forces Siddhartha to re-evaluate the path he is following.

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  • Full Title: Bodacious Space Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace
  • Producer: Satelight
  • Release Date: February 22

Plot: Marika Kato, a third year student at Hakuho Girls' Academy, is a legitimate space pirate with a Letter of Marque. Between her studies, leading her school's space yacht club, working part time at Cafe Lamp, and being the captain of the space pirate ship Bentenmaru, Marika's days are very busy. One day, Marika gets a job to rob a high-class passenger ship, and she discovers that on the passenger list is Kanata Mugen (played by Asami Shimoda), a boy who owns a "galaxy pass." Thus, an adventure featuring a hyperspace race between pirates and one young boy begins.

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Anime Mirai 2014 Summaries

7. Harmonie

Ultra Super Pictures Every person has his or her own little world. Among the 34 bustling students of classroom 2-1, there are many such worlds. Akio Honjō's world — my world — is filled with passionate talk about last night's anime with Yoshida, Watanabe, and other friends. It's an fun, comfortable place…. But, I always wonder. Wonder about the world of Juri Makina, smiling and surrounded by gorgeous friends on the other side of the classroom. One day, I enter her world. But it's not as simple as it sounds.

8. Kuro no Su - Chronus

Makoto Nakazono is a high school student with a small dark secret. Since he was little, he has had the mysterious power to see black entities that steal souls. One day, he is suddenly interrogated by one of the black entities. Akira and Makoto are having a strange conversation. At that moment, Makoto didn't notice the threatening shadow approaching his childhood friend Hazuki

9. Ookii Ichinensei to Chiisana Ninensei

A-1 Pictures First-grader Masaya is a crybaby despite his large stature, so he can't walk by himself on the dark path to school. The one who holds his hand is Akiyo, a tiny but capable second-grader. Masaya wants to be strong like Akiyo and admires her, but one day, something happens that leaves Akiyo in tears. To lift Akiyo's spirits, Masaya goes trekking to the distant Ipponsugi forest to find the spotted bellflowers that Akiyo loves.

10. Paroru no Miraijima

Shin-Ei Animation There is a tiny island floating on the other side of a distant sea. Strange animals, still unknown to humans, live there. The children of the island — Paroru, Zūzu, and Rikotto — come across a photo of the human world one day, and fascinated by this beautiful wonder, break the rules and rush out of the island. Paroru and the others are surprised and excited to see the human world for the first time. However, unforeseen pitfalls await them there…. The question is "can they safely reach their journey's destination"

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Hello everyone, this is just a personal log I do, so I can track of what I have done and what team projects I'm involved with. I will post a community's wiki progress for the quadmester of all the current projects that everyone in the site is working on. I have kept tabs on my teammates, solo editors, and new wiki editors. Partly because I do the Wiki Editor archives (see the most recent one: Wiki Editors Project Archive 2013) This is will be brief since I have a lot of things to do. The purpose is to manage my time. I'm bad at time management because I have school, mod roles in Anime Vice, and Admin roles in the Animanga Wikia sites. Don't want to take up too much on my plate.

Individual Wiki Projects

After sampling the new spring 2014 shows (see Spring 2014 Anime Guidevmy teammates and I have done), I pick these two shows. These shows' wiki pages don't conflict with the New Spring 2014 Wiki Task Projects.

Chaika - The Coffin Princess
Started in April 10, 2014:
I'm pretty going to write the episode summaries due to being my specialty.
2. Fairy Tail
Started way back in December 2010 or so.
For the first time ever, I think I'll be alone on this project. This project had a huge team of wiki editors in 2010-2011. Then, it came down to Annabanana, Daniel, and me working in 2012. 2013 - it was Daniel and me. Now, Daniel is busy as the editor for Bago Games. I appreciate everyone's hard work in the past. Wales, Obscure Fan, Buhssuht, and Annabanana were the top wiki editors in those days. Fairy Tail wiki pages had the most love in the community. It's only rivaled by Toriko whose wiki projects rocked all niches in the Anime Vice community.

It's cool. I'll be doing the same thing, writing episode summaries.

Team Projects

I'm lucky to have teammates on these wiki projects. Due to a recent talk with Kuma, there is some implications that having a team means having a leader. I don't really agree with that view point much to Kuma's respect. I'm pretty much a community oriented person. We all work together on different things and contribute for the community.

Here is my progress report.

Magi: The Kingdom of Magic
Finished all of the 2nd season's episode summaries on April 3.
Bigz007 uploaded screenshots while I worked on the episode summaries. We didn't have time to work on the character pages. Taichokage and WayBig express interest in the character pages and request some bounty tasks. I put out bounty tasks for Sinbad and Hakuryuu.
Toriko
Started out in Fall 2013 with Yusuke52 and I creating the Toriko pages. We were lucky to have Taichokage, WayBig, Othus12, SpeedForceSpider, ForgottenOne joining the project in January 2014. See Toriko Recognition Blog.

Unlike past team projects I worked with, this project heavily emphasizes character pages. Taichokage and Yusuke52 completed a majority of the character wiki pages. ForgottenOne focus on concept pages. Othus12 and SpeedForceSpider did their first character pages while WayBig was on a good start with 2 character pages. For me, I'm currently working on 3 character pages and did a few episode pages. Bigz007 added story arcs boxes and characters to all episode pages.

The wiki bounty tasks along with the battle themes help boost the awareness of the project. Lots of character pages were completed. It's thanks to the Toriko wiki gang. We celebrated our success with the TORIKO Roundtable.
The Seven Deadly Sins
Started out in Fall 2013 with DestinyHeroKnight, Bigz007, Low, SMXLR8, ForgottenOne, and Taichokage. It's a small project since my teammates DestinyHeroKnight and Bigz007 were mostly foundation editor types. Low and SMXLR8 were young wiki editors with little experiences. I couldn't do much since I didn't have time to read the series. Taichokage and ForgottenOne did a fine job on the wiki pages. They were the ones who benefit from the bounty tasks.

Katmic, a non wiki editor, is a pillar of support. He helps promote the series by writing chapter reviews on it. We also have a The Seven Deadly Sins Discussion (Manga), too.
Kill la Kill
Started out in October 3, 2014: This project had the most mods on it. Daniel was the episode formatter, Foxx was working on character pages, notably Ryuko and Satsuki, Bigz007 helped with uploading images, Dekken helped with profile portraits, KingofAsh worked on concept and object pages, and I focused on the episode summaries.

I finished all of the episode summaries on March 31, 2014. Right now, my teammates are busy. Hopefully, we will work on the characters. That would be it. This project is almost to completion excluding the manga series.

Non Wiki Projects

Finished

Need to Finished

  • Spring 2014 Movie Guide
  • Valvrave Beginner Guide

Ongoing

  • Weekly Manga and Anime Releases
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Here are Wakanim UK's simulcasts for Spring 2014. For those who are not familiar with this simulcast site, here is their statement from the FAQ page:

It caters to UK, France, Isle of Man, and Republic of Ireland.

a community platform for Japanese animation. In France it has daily news, reports, articles, and interviews as well as offering legal simulcasts of some of the hottest series around along with a few classic works too. You can watch new episodes of unusual and cult series along with simulcasts and we hope to bring you a taste of that to the UK now too...

Simulcasts

1. Black Bullet

Simulcast Date: April 8

Plot: The story of Black Bullet revolves around the high-schooler Rentarō, a young man who has a superior, mysterious ability in an age of humans that fight against the Gastrea, a race of viral parasites. The story describes Rentarō's actions in a not too distant future.

2. Haikyu!!

Simulcast Date: April 6

Plot: A chance event triggered Shouyou Hinata's love for volleyball. His club had no members, but somehow persevered and finally made it into its very first and final regular match of middle school, where it was steamrolled by Tobio Kageyama, a superstar player known as "King of the Court." Vowing revenge, Hinata applied to the Karasuno High School volleyball club... only to come face-to-face with his hated rival, Kageyama.

3. Nanana's Buried Treasure

Simulcast Date: April 10

Plot: Disowned by his father, Jugo Yama has run away from home to the island of Nanae. He begins to live by himself, only to discover his room is haunted by the ghost of Nanana Ryugajo. She was murdered ten years ago, and her killer must be found before she can rest in peace. Before her death, Nanana collected things from all over the world and hid them throughout the island. Using the mysterious powers of these hidden items, they should be able to find the culprit. As Jugo begins his hunt for her collection, however, he discovers he's not the only person searching.

4. Ping Pong

Simulcast Date: April 10

Plot: Makoto Tsukimoto (nicknamed Smile) is a quiet high-schooler who's been friends with the loud and energetic Yukata Hoshino (nicknamed Peco) since childhood. They're both in the local table tennis club and both have a natural talent for it, although Smile's personality always enables him from winning against Peco. The club teacher, however, notices Smile's talent and tries to make him gain some sportive tenacity.

5. The Irregular at a Magical High School
Simulcast Date: Not Revealed

Plot: The story takes place in a world in which magic is not a fairy tale, but has existed for nearly one hundred years. In the spring, the Private Magic University Affiliated High School (Magic High School for short) is welcoming its new students, and names the top student with the best grades at the time of their arrival the Bloom (read as “garland” in Japanese), and the student called the Weed is the Bloom's replacement.

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Sound the alarms, my fellow anime friends. Because on may the 3rd, the Titans are coming. that's right, Attack on Titan will premiere on Toonami on May the 3rd.

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AAAAAAH, it’s finally here,the Nanatsu no Taizai anime, coming to a website near you soon; anyone that has made it a point to ignore the fame of this rising star is going to be sorely disappointed to see its final advent into the world of anime.

Should we be worried though, getting an anime adaptation so soon in the manga’s run? IN the face of past experiences with the Big 3 and filler, maybe; unless the powers that be are smart enough to keep the series in an annual run, churning out at least 25 episodes per season per year, allowing the manga to gain ground.

That way we avoid filler while enjoying great production values.

THE CHAPTERS: King confronts Hellbram, who reveals himself to be more than the average holy knight. There clash stirs dark memories from a distant past.

MY THOUGHTS:

I wanted to review the last three Deadly sins chapter in one go, but the next 51 page chapter wasn’t released as normally scheduled on Sunday, so, I will just have to wait for what I hope is a better exploration of King’s sin than what we saw with Ban who was far from impressive.

It is an interesting notion, the idea that The Seven Deadly sins are called so because they each committed a great sin that somehow granted them their power; we know Ban’s greed had something to do with his immortality, the fountain of youth and King’s sister (though that was more misunderstanding than anything).

I am curious to see how sloth fits into King’s past and position as fairy king. Two more weeks have passed of me wanting to see someone put the hurt on Hellbram and Deyfus for what they have done to Diana, and in fact continue to do.

Dreyfus somewhat got his comeuppance, but Hellbram is proving to be a whole other matter; I suppose we shouldn’t be too surprised that the great knight is a fairy, considering the sorts of very convenient magical arts Hellbrum has displayed ever since his first appearance in the manga, always slipping out of one impossible jam or another with the perfect anti flame spell or wind countering curse.

Truth be told I am not nearly as intrigued with this particular mystery as I was with Ban; actually it is mostly because of Ban that I cannot help but expect another fairly uneventful flashback to a sin’s past.

But then again, this is a fairy king we are talking about; so we could be in for 51 pages of awesomeness. Speaking of which, considering the durations these two fairies keep speaking about-hundreds and hundreds of years in the past- just how old in King.

RATING: 6/10; here is what I love about The Seven Deadly Sins; even after so many chapters, with so many revelations made in past arcs, we still no almost nothing about the Nanatsu no Taizai world, which makes this manga so much more of an adventure than most other series I have come across in recent times.

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Is this the Claymore Chapter I have been waiting to read for all these years? Well, it is starting to feel like it; I mean here I was wondering how Nagi was planning to fill another 30 pages of ghosts vs. Priscilla without the godlike abyssal one rationally obliterating everything in her sight.

Then it happened, that last page….

THE CHAPTER: What can I say happened in this chapter without giving it all away? Priscilla proves herself to be even more of a monster. Clare takes the battle up a notch.

MY THOUGHTS:

First issue though; where the hell is my Noblesse? It’s been way too long since I last feasted on this Manhwa greatness.

This chapter of Claymore was creepy, at least to me, mostly with the way Priscilla was literally consuming and assimilating her opponents; watching those vines shoot about, with giant human heads attached to their ends was just a little…disturbing for me, especially that scene with Octavia.

The stakes have never been higher and I can appreciate Nagi’s attempts to create an intense atmosphere on a battlefield where death is literally one millisecond away, where characters keep escaping by the teeth of their lives, and only ever really delaying the inevitable…

…Sorry, but none of this matters, not Miria’s speeches or Cynthia’s courage or Raki’s stupidity…THAT ENIDNG…THAT ENDING, the next chapter cannot come soon enough.

RATING: 10/10, THAT ENDING.

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Welcome everyone, here are HULU's simulcasts. Some of there are from FUNimation. In addition to simulcasts, I have listed shows and a movie that are available on HULU. Unfortunately, I don't have the dates for these simulcasts. I assume HULU streams about one week behind FUNimation's shows.

Spring 2014

1. Selector Infected WIXOSS
Plot: In the popular game WIXOSS, there are special cards called LRIGs—cards that possess wills of their own. Ruko is a teenage girl who just found one of these rare cards. If she wins with her LRIG, her wishes will be granted—but what happens if she loses?
Daimidaler: Prince vs. Penguin Empire
Plot: From the crew that brought you High School DxD comes the timeless story of strange alien invaders known as the Penguin Empire and Earth’s only hope of survival: an easily excited teenage boy with a mysterious power fueled by oversized boobs.
The Irregular at a Magical High School
Plot: Magic– A century has passed since this concept has been recognized as a formal technology instead of the product of the occult or folklore. The season is spring and it is time for a brand new school year. At the National Magic University First Affiliate High School, A.K.A Magic High School, students are divided into two distinct groups according to their academic performances. The “Bloom,” who demonstrate the highest grades and are enrolled in the “First Course,” and the “Weed,” who have a poor academic record and are enrolled in the “Second Course.” This spring, a very peculiar brother and sister enroll as new students. The brother is an under achiever with some deficiencies and enrolls as a “Weed,” while his younger sister is an honor student, who enrolls as a “Bloom.” The brother, with a somewhat philosophical expression, and the younger sister who holds feelings a little stronger than sibling love for him… Ever since these two have entered through the gates of this prestigious school, the calm campus was beginning to change…

Movies

Fairy Tail the Movie: The Phoenix Priestess
Plot: Natsu and his mighty team of mages face evil rising from the embers in this action-packed feature-length exclusive! When a prince seeking immortality unleashes an ancient force, a raging war becomes the fiercest inferno the wizards have ever faced!

Available in Sub and Dub!

Old Shows

The Familiar of Zero
Plot: Louise Francoise Le Blanc de La Valliere may have a long name, but her spell-casting skills just come up short and her classmates call her Louise the Zero. When she is tasked with a test of summoning a familiar, she summons Hiraga Saito, a normal teenager from Tokyo while everyone else summons great beasts. Will Louise figure out what she excels in? Will Saito and Louise make a great team? Find out in The Familiar of ZERO!
Happiness!
Plot: Yuma and Haruhi are both students at Mizuhosaka Academy, but since the classes for magic users and non-magic users are kept completely separate, the odds of their ever getting to know each other are impossibly small. But then a gas explosion on Valentine’s Day renders the Magic section unusable, leaving the school with no choice except to make everything co-ed. As a result, mage in training Haruhi and her best friend Anri find themselves transferred into a normal class with Yuma and his best friends Hachisuke and Jun. Although how “normal” they are is debatable given that Hachi might be the world’s biggest letch and Jun prefers to wear the girl’s school uniform rather than the one for the guys. And there’s something about Yuma as well, something that Haruhi notices almost immediately. But is Yuma aware of it yet? Whatever the answer, the most magical year of classes for both of them is about to begin, and the most important lessons learned won’t be on conjuring or geometry. Gather up your schoolbooks, calculators and magic wands, as a boy and a girl discover the real secret to HAPPINESS!
Casshern: Robot Hunter
Plot: When lightning strikes the prototype android BK-1, the monster Braiking Boss begins to control all robots on Earth. Mankind’s only hope is in the hands of Tetsuya Azuma who transfers his consciousness to an android to become the ultimate robot fighter: Casshan! With his robot dog Flender, and Luna Kozuki, they must save Earth from the Braiking Boss and the Neoroider mechanical army. It’s the ultimate blast from the past as the battle for the future pits the good bots against the bad in CASSHAN!
Super Gals!
Plot: Karaoke, shopping, and crime-fighting! Follow Ran and her super friends as they defend the streets of Shibuya and make their way into history books as the most famous super gals ever.
Parasite Dolls
In a world where androids (“Boomers”) have infiltrated every aspect of society, it’s the job of the Branch to maintain peace between the people and the plastic. Unfortunately, not all Boomers are created perfect and when Boomers go bad, people die!

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Recently, My Sister is Unusual (also known as Saikin, Imōto no Yōsu ga Chotto Okashiin Da Ga) was a 12-episode ecchi/ comedy TV series that aired from January 4 to March 22 of this year and animated by Project No. 9. The series is based on the ongoing manga series written by Mari Matsuzawa since November 9, 2010. The series was edited for television broadcast to censor some of its perverted content, which will be unedited for its video release in Japan.

The show faced some controversy in its broadcast run on two Japanese TV stations, Tokyo MX and Sun TV, as it got subject to a broadcast decency investigation from a media watchdog group called Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization for its sexually explicit themes airing in an early evening time slot. In response to this, the mentioned networks moved the show to late night time slots.

The Plot

It gets worst for you from here, imouto.
It gets worst for you from here, imouto.

High school student Mitsuki Kanzaki gains an older stepbrother named Yuya when her mother remarries another divorcee. With both parents transferred overseas, Mitsuki is very distant in her relationship with Yuya due to the sudden developments. Her predicament becomes further complicated when a ghost girl named Hiyori starts possessing her body to try making sexual advances on Yuya and is stuck wearing a chastity belt. For the belt to be permanently removed and to get rid of Hiyori, Mitsuki must fill up a meter attached to the belt that rises whenever she experiences sexual feelings for Yuya.

Notable Characters (from left to right)

  • Mitsuki Kanzaki- The female lead of the series. She has a strained relationship with her new stepbrother due to the sudden developments of her mother's remarriage. To her dismay, she is outfitted with a chastity belt and must help Hiyori in trying to start up a relationship with Yuya.
  • Yuya Kanzaki- Mitsuki's stepbrother who desires to have a good relationship with her despite their issues. He assumes that Hiyori and Mitsuki are in a lesbian relationship due to the number of misunderstood predicaments he sees with the two and Mitsuki's chastity belt.
  • Hiyori Kotobuki- The spirit of a dead girl who strongly loved Yuya in her former life and tries pushing Mitsuki in an incestuous relationship with Yuya to allow her spirit to move onto the afterlife, often possessing Mitsuki's body to accomplish this.
  • Yukina Kiritani- Yuya's well-endowed childhood friend, whom he sees as an older sister figure. Oblivious to him, Yukina has feelings for Yuya.

Why It Sucks

While I personally feel some of the infamy of this series is overboard, My Sister is Unusual is still rather bad quality wise and much of this has to do with Hiyori's character being the center of much of the perverted content of the series. Her character is rather obnoxious as she regularly lusts for Yuya and will possess an unwilling Mitsuki's body at points to accomplish this.

Might wanna run before she jumps your bones, boy.
Might wanna run before she jumps your bones, boy.

Most of the show's ecchi content involves Hiyori trying to seduce Yuya while in Mitsuki's body, the ghost girl molesting Mitsuki, predicaments involving Mitsuki's chastity belt or Yuya having misunderstandings about Mitsuki's predicament. The incest vibes that are caused from this title's predicament are mostly triggered by Hiyori's behavior and the show's ecchi content is light in many later episodes, despite the heavy loads that are immediately offered in the title's earlier two episodes.

Beyond the ecchi content, there isn't very much else My Sister is Unusual has to offer. Most of the other characters follow standard character archetypes found in romance titles such as this and for much of the attraction that Yuya gets from Hiyori and other girls, his personality is rather bland. The show has hints of depth it usually drops with Hiyori and Mitsuki that involve their possession and remarriage situations respectively. However, these get little focus due to the title's focus being more on Hiyori being her obnoxious and horny self. The ending to this is especially bad as it trolls the viewer into thinking it ends too conveniently, yet tosses in a poor plot twist that actually leads the series to end inconclusively.

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Welcome to the Spring 2014 season, everyone! I'm Taka, one of the wiki mods in the community. My teammates and I work together to promote the spring 2014 shows through trailers and discussion threads. We completed the Spring 2014 Anime Guide, and it's on the front page. One way to promote the series is through the wiki pages. I welcome all new wiki editors and old. Check out the Anime Vice Wiki Style Guide if you're unfamiliar with our policies on how to format pages.

Recognitions

I was rushing this blog.

To make this more user friendly, the top wiki editors who clear a lot of wiki tasks are

  1. - He's a veteran battle user who did some wiki editing. Due to only having a phone, he hitting the library a lot. He started in the wiki business with Toriko in January 2014.
  2. - She's a veteran wiki editor who started fun projects like the Christmas 2012 Profile Contest!! and the Valentine's Profile Contest 2013!. The Aleasha's twice a month AnimeVice Movie Chat! has been a lot of fun. You can chat with folks in our community while watching movies (anime or non anime) and anime series.
  3. - One of our newest wiki editors who started out on Toriko and Medaka Box. He's a silent warrior on the wiki pages.

I have examples and an outline to follow for the Spring 2014 New Anime Series Wiki Task project.

Here's an example from Attack on Titan.

    Overview

    Attack on Titan is an anime adaptation of the manga series written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. The anime series is directed by Tetsuro Araki and produced by Wit Studio, a subsidiary of Production I.G. Music for the series is composed by Hiroyuki Sawano and the characters are designed by Kyoji Asano.

    Licensing

    For audiences outside of Japan, both Crunchyroll and FUNimation are legally streaming the anime series. On both sites the latest episode is made available for subscribers one week before being made available to all viewers. Crunchyroll's simulcasts airs every Sunday at 12PM starting on April 14, 2013.

    Plot

    Attack on Titan is about humanity's struggle against the Titans; giant humanoid creatures that devour humans. After being pushed to the brink of extinction, humanity enjoyed 100 years of peace safely within enormous walls until one day, a Colossal Titan appears and breaches the wall in the Shiganshina District.

    Characters

    Main Cast

    Eren Jaeger (エレン・イェーガー Eren Yēgā
    Voiced by: Yuki Kaji
    Affiliation: Survey Corps
    Gender: Male, Age: 15
    Eren dreams of venturing outside the walls to be free. When his mother is killed by a Titan, he is bent on revenge and joins the Survey Corps to wipe out all Titans.
    Mikasa Ackerman (ミカサ・アッカーマン Mikasa Akkāman)
    Voiced by: Yui Ishikawa
    Affiliation: Survey Corps
    Gender: Female, Age: 15
    After a tragic loss in her childhood, she is adopted into Eren's family. When Shiganshina District is invaded by Titans, she joins Eren in the military to stay with him and protect him.
    Armin Arelet (アルミン・アルレルト Arumin Arureruto)
    Voiced by: Marina Inoue
    Affiliation: Survey Corps
    Gender: Male, Age: 15
    A close friend of Mikasa and Eren. He joins the Survey Corp to fight alongside them.

    Theme Music

    #TitlePerformerEpisodes
    OP01"Feuerroter Pfeil und Bogen" (紅蓮の弓矢 Guren no Yumiya, lit. "Crimson Bow and Arrow")Linked Horizon001-013
    OP02"Die Flügel der Freiheit" (自由の翼 Jiyū no Tsubasa, lit. "Wings of Freedom")Linked Horizon014-???
    ED01"Utsukushiki Zankoku na Sekai" (美しき残酷な世界, lit. "This Beautiful Cruel World")Yoko Hikasa001-013
    ED02"great escape"cinema staff014-???"
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders

The year is 1987 and 17-year-old Jotaro Kujo finds himself suddenly plagued by a ghost-like entity. Jotaro’s grandfather Joseph Joestar, a veteran of a fight to save humanity fifty years prior, arrives with his own supernatural aura and explains that this power, known as a “Stand,” physically manifests its user’s spirit and can be controlled by its user at will. The sudden emergence of these Stands is revealed to be caused by the revival of the megalomaniacal vampire DIO (the Joestar’s longtime enemy) whose awakening from his century-long slumber has triggered Stands to awaken down the Joestar family line, including in Jotaro’s mother whose uncontrollable Stand will ultimately kill her in a few weeks’ time. Jotaro, Joseph, and their allies have fifty days to locate DIO (using their Stands to thwart DIO’s network of devoted Stand-user minions along the way) and eliminate DIO himself in order to save Jotaro’s mother and prevent DIO’s ambitions of world domination.

  • See Wiki Task.
  • If you want to join in the discussion, here's the link.
Daimidaler the Sound Robot

The comedy centers around a high school boy named Kōichi Madanbashi who has Hi-ERo particles, the power source to operate the robotic weapon Daimidaler. With the help of Kyōko Sonan from the mysterious Prince Beauty Parlor organization, he stands up against the Penguin Empire that troubles humanity.

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  • If you want to join in the discussion, here's the link.
Kamigami no Asobi

This is a beginning of the curious school life with the gods and human-beings. One day, Yui is led to the world of gods to teach them about “humans”, but the school life is start with confusion. As Yui teaches about “humans” and “love” to the gods, they feel and develop a “love” or…?

Requested by

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  • If you want to join in the discussion, here's the link.
Kanojo ga Flag wo Oraretara

Takei's original romantic comedy light novel series revolves around Sōta Hatate, a boy who has the unique ability to see "Flags" above the heads of other people. The "Flags" mark critical crossroads in people's lives — when the choices they make will determine love, friendship, victory, and even death. He transfers into Tokyo's elite Hatagaya Academy, but instead of living by himself in the boys' dormitory, he ends up living with five beautiful girls under one roof.

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  • If you want to join in the discussion, here's the link.
Dai - Shogun - Great Revolution

In the late Edo period, Japan faced an unprecedented crisis with the arrival of black ships from overseas. However, Japan drove away the black ships thanks to Onigami, giant robots that have existed in Japan since the ancient times. The country has remained in self-imposed seclusion from foreigners ever since. The story begins in this Japan that never experienced the Meiji Restoration.

  • See Wiki Task.
  • If you want to join in the discussion, here's the link.

Winter 2014 Completed Tasks!

1. Sakura Trick

Haruka Takayama and Yuu Sonoda were inseparable during their junior high school years, but upon entering their senior high school, they end up being seated on opposite sides of the classroom. Having to spend time with more friends, the two decide to do something to make their relationship special.

Completed by

2. Seitokai Yakuindomo *

Takatoshi is a new student in a recently gender-integrated high school, and is asked to join the student council as the vice president. Thus begins his days as the only normal boy among 3 female student council officers.

Completed by

3. Wizard Barristers

In 2018, humans and wizards live together in Tokyo. Police continue to protect order in society, but wizards are tried according to magical law, in special courts defended by wizard barristers. At age seventeen, Cecile has just become the youngest wizard barrister, and begins work at the Butterfly Law Offices. While she hasn't realized it yet, she has tremendous magical potential.

Completed by Aleasha

13. Z/X Ignition
In the not-so-distant future, five portals suddenly appeared acting as gateways to alternative worlds. However, these five worlds are actually the same world, but in different timelines. As the situation becomes increasingly dire, the inhabitants of each world will stop at nothing to ensure the survival of their own timeline, even at the expense of the other timelines. The key to survival lies in one card-shaped device...”
Completed by
*There were some difficulties in completing the task.

Non Anime Series Related Wiki Tasks

1. Full Course Menu

Full Course Menu is a Gourmet Hunter's dream menu consisting of eight courses: Hors d'Oeuvre, Soup, Salad, Fish Dish, Meat Dish, the Main Course, the Dessert, and a Drink.

Completed by ForgottenOne

2. Quincy

A race of spiritual humans in the Bleach franchise.

Completed by Aleasha

3. The Seven Deadly Sins

The Seven Deadly Sins are the strongest Knights in Lyonesse, they all bare the mark of the seven beasts for there past crimes.

Completed by ForgottenOne

4. Gilthunder

Gilthunder is one of the Holy Knights.

Completed by Taichokage

5. Zebra

Zebra is a major character and one of the 4 Heavenly Kings.

Completed by SpeedForceSpider and Taichokage

6. Ban

Ban is a immortal who is a member of The Deadly Seven Sins, and his sin is Fox Sin of Greed.

Completed by Taichokage

7. Gowther

Gowther is a member of The Seven Deadly Sins, and his sin is Goat Sin of Lust.

Completed by Taichokage

8. King

King is the Fairy King and is a member of The Seven Deadly Sins, his sin is Grizzly Sin of Sloth.

Completed by Taichokage

9. Diane

Diane is a Giant and a member of The Seven Deadly Sins, her sin is Serpent Sin of Envy.

Completed by Taichokage

10. Jirou

Disciple of Acacia, a Gourmet Hunter of legend, and the worlds greatest and most skilled master of "Knocking".

Completed by WayBig1010101

11. Grinpatch

Grinpatch is a Sous Chief of the criminal organization Bishokukai and is one of the main antagonist of the Toriko series.

Completed by ForgottenOne

12. Meliodas

Meliodas is the captain of The Seven Deadly Sins, and he is the Dragon's sin of Wrath.

Completed by Low

*There has been difficulty with wiki style guide.

13. Starjun

Starjun is the Sous Chef of the Bishokukai, an accomplished Gourmet Hunter and one of the major antagonists to Toriko and his friends.

Completed by Taichokage

14. Toriko

Toriko, the "Glutton" is the main character of his titular series, Toriko, a Gourmet Hunter and one of the Four Heavenly Kings.

Completed by Othus12

*This was Othus12's first wiki task and first wiki page. He manages to make a good page since he had difficulty adjusting from battle to wiki page.

15. Sunny

Sunny is one of the four Heavenly Kings.

Completed by Taichokage

16. Visored

A group of shinigami who have obtained powers of a hollow. Except Ichigo, all of the members are former captains and lieutenants of the Gotei 13.

Completed by Aleasha

17. Water City Water 7

Water City Water 7 is an island in the Grand Line best known for it's shipwrights and engineers. Home of the Galley-La Company and Franky Family.

Completed by Aleasha

Since I didn't want to make the blog too long, you can see the list of wiki tasks completed in the Fall 2013 blog listed under Related Threads.

Related Threads

Notes

  • Summaries that are used are from ANN or Crunchyroll.
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In the 20th Issue of Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine, there is an announcement of a future anime adaptation for this series. The manga series is on its eight volume. It will have a bonus story about the Fairy King.

Here's Kodansha's summary for those who are new to the series.

When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth - the Sins were framed by the king's guard, the Holy Knights - too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne!

Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn't even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins' strength been exaggerated?

Achievements

Sources

Shout out to the Seven Deadly Sins crew for a job well done in promoting the series through wiki editing, chapter reviews, and battles

  • Taichokage
  • Low
  • Bigz007
  • DestinyHeroKnight
  • Katmic
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The time has come….the day is here…ANIMEVICE!!!!!! (*Drumroll*) RPG NEWS BLOG!!!! YEAH! I’m really pumped, thrilled and excited to do this every week! For a couple of weeks until we refresh a bit the player/character cast with new blood we will skip the Players Spotlight, but today we have the status update on this week hottest threads and we will have more INSIDE RPG, either requested by you or when I have some time, as I’m currently busy with work and I wont be able to do it tomorrow either.

As always, before we start, I remind you all that you can ask any questions in the Q/A thread or you can send me a PM. Anybody can play, fanfic writers can, anime fans can, people that originally had 0 writing experience can. Look at me, I’m not even doing it in my native language and I can kick a moderate amount of ass. With everything said, let’s jump to the hot new threads.

Thread Spotlight

New Threads

Heart of the Sword: Chambara, the Spirit of Swordsmanship summons every swordsman in the Viceverse to a battle royale in the abandoned Hashima Island to gauge the skill of the Blade Masters of this era. Several swordsmen of the Viceverse already signed in, so what are you waiting for to join this battle?

First Days: The King’s Grammar School academic year starts. Created by Samjaz, this is a regular school that sooner or later will start to contact with the Hidden World…or maybe not, we shall see.

Hot Threads

Inazuma Gakuen recently introduced a new set of characters, Class L, that include characters handled by Vapovile, Ninja2170, Lobos_del_Rayo and Fehafare sharing the class with several NPC with different styles, personalities and goals.

Capital of the Underworld, the first thread created by user Ownagapants, take us to an hidden underground city were the most prominent members of the Japanese Criminal World negotiate and tug-of-war the territories hidden from the eyes of the authorities.

An Unexpected Train Ride, first thread by Vapovile, when a train is filled with undead criminals that want to destroy all the people inside a bunch of heterogeneous heroes that share only some minor connections or barely know each other will fight them.

We also have a new player that returned from retirement. Maximus, that entered the newverse with a character named Seiko

That’s all for today, I know it isn’t much, but is a good chunk of information resumed so anybody can read it and I call it a win.

This is Kuma signing off!

IMAGES IN THE TITLE CARD DRAWN BY Rokuro

Previous Blogs

04/04/2014: Lobos’s Spotlight

29/03/2014: Hellscraper and Kuma Spotlight

21/03/2014: Villains INSIDE RPG

15/03/2014: Organizations in the Viceverse and Chronowolf's Spotlight

08/03/2014: Fehafare's Spotlight

01/03/2014: Samjaz's Spotlight

22/02/2014: Intro to the Viceverse

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Another year of Naruto is upon us, the last year in the manga; though it is just as likely that we will be dealing with the anime for at least another year, if- not two. The Naruto franchise is of such fame that the powers that be aren’t likely to allow its brand to die anytime soon.

But enough of that; another year of the Naruto anime not only portends 12 new months of great material, but also more opportunity for filler. Which is the pit within which the anime is currently wandering. One might choose to take a positive approach on the topic, what with this filler arc being the best we have seen in…forever (and mostly because of Itachi).

Yet that would require ignoring the simple facts; the last few months of canon Naruto anime episodes have been some of the best we have ever encountered; this is Naruto as it should be, as it has always been, precluding the filler garbage, and in light of the current (albeit pleasant) desert of filler, I thought I would look back at the last season of canon Naruto material, truly magnificent outside of the filler element that still pepper even the best episodes.

Rather than simply touch on each and every episode, all the memorable elements that occurred within this massive span of episodes, I will instead make mention of those specific factors of the series that proved most crucial to my enjoyment as well as story and character progression:

1. Kabuto-

I have never been Kabuto’s biggest fan; once a point of intrigue I will admit to getting relatively bored with his antics after he took over from Orochimaru. He simply seemed somewhat aimless and purposeless. It is a testament to Kishimoto’s foresight that all that madness had a purpose to play, not only within the Anime’s current timeline but the future of the manga.

Was I impressed by Kabuto Vs. Itachi and Sasuke? Well, not as much as I thought I would be, not that this particular battle had any downsides. In fact I would wager that this is one of the very few true shinobi fights we have seen in quite a while, which allowed the Uchiha brothers the opportunity to deploy all manner of wit to destroy what turned out to be an impressive foe.

It would be the rare individual that thought Kabuto stood an actual chance against his superior opponents; yet one cannot deny the efficacy of his progression in rationally transforming Kabuto into a threat worthy of Itachi’s attention, because I truly couldn’t fathom how Kishimoto would actually allow Kabuto to pose a credible threat.

I will show appreciation for the Kabuto flashback, truthfully of little importance with regards to developing the character, but none the less mildly interesting, especially the first part which showed us how Kabuto acquired his trademark glasses, harking back all the way to the Chunin exams, within the first few episodes of Naruto, when a mild mannered somewhat weak Kabuto nearly lost his marbles after that one soon to be Gaara fodder sound ninja cracked his lenses.

Admittedly touching as far as humanizing Kabuto (at least one part of it); but other than that, this was the one part of the last few months that was largely uninteresting in Naruto.

2. The Tailed Beasts-

Okay I will admit to enjoying the tailed beast song, a rather catchy tune on top of its implications to the story. I don’t know why a lot of fans expressed so many mixed emotions over the revelations regarding Kurama’s true name and the past that saw him transform into a demon, as if divesting him of his evil persona took something away from the series.

We have spent the better part of Naruto under a rather dark understanding of the nine tails fox and the other tailed beasts, entities around which the entire Naruto concept revolves; finally having some story development in this section cannot be a bad thing, understanding that these demonic representations of all evil, through which the various Jinchuriki harnessed such great power, actually possessed a conscious will for good as well as evil, could have been warped by the darkness of man kind and greed for power into the giant monsters they became.

I think the anime did a great job of humanizing these initially nameless characters; more than finally revealing Naruto Uzumaki’s transformative power at work, it also brought a new dimension to the series by basically casting humanity as the bane of their own existence, actions by even great shinobi like Hashirama and Minato, even in their most heroic element, only acting to stir the hate of the nine tails, turning it into the manifestation of chaos and hate it became.

The giant battle was awesome, Naruto and Killerbee teaming up against the 7 rinnegan wielding Jinchuriki considerable entertaining, especially as the fight escalated from conflict between overpowered undead shinobi to a clash between giant monsters.

Say what you want about Naruto, I love the way it will stray out of its comfort zone into all manner of territory, touching the dramatic elements, violence, comedy, sometimes even sneaking out of shonen into seinen realms.

And biju bombs all round.

3. Naruto Uzumaki

The man of the hour; take way Itachi, Minato, Hashirama and Madara-basically excluding shinobi godhood- and Naruto is hands down my favorite character of the series; it’s probably because I have spent HUNDREDS OF EPISOPDES waiting for him to finally shine that his current savior mentality doesn’t really phase me.

And no one can claim that it isn’t deserved, that Naruto doesn’t provide considerably more pleasant and rational character development than anything you will find in Bleach; you watch him strike the battlefield like a nuke and contend with the might of Kabuto’s entire zombie army all on his own, and it becomes difficult to use words like overdone or overpowered, not when you consider the fact that the character spent nearly %70 of his own series in the lowest tier of shinobi, almost always playing second fiddle to Sasuke.

There is greater satisfaction watching Naruto stand up to Obito and decimate the landscape than following Sasuke’s battles with the likes of Orochimaru, mostly because everything you see the young orange ninja display he took what feels like an age to master.

The final cloak transformation was AWESOME; what was turning out to be the worst double episode in Naruto history, bogged down by endless flashbacks was transformed into greatness.

Not just the AMAZING biju battle that came before, displaying Naruto’s very imaginative use of his new chakra arms, not just his combination with Gai and Kakashi; Naruto Uzumaki’s final cloak is the best looking thing I have ever seen in Naruto; I don’t know if it is the colors, the black lines against golden flame, or the great CGI, but I could look at chakra cloak Naruto all day.

And that final clash with MADARA UCHIHA (the man’s name requires emphasizing) following an even more epic clash with Obito…how am I supposed to wait for so long to find out what happens next? Someone tell me if this clash with Madara lives up to the hype or whether I should really temper my excitement.

Episode 322 marks the very first time I ever saw Naruto look completely and utterly afraid, Madara proving himself that large of a threat mere minutes following his arrival.

4. Itachi-

Am I the only Naruto fan that thinks that Itachi can simply do no wrong? I mean, ever since Kishimoto flipped the switch, turning the second most famous Uchiha from psychopath to desperate hero, he hasn’t pulled any punches in portraying the disturbing extent to which Itachi went to protect the leaf village, basically inferring to the fact that no end could justified the genocide of an entire clan.

And you would think that that would darken Itachi’s shine; only he still comes out of his storyline as the hero, and I cannot figure out if that is Kishimoto’s fault, or Itachi is so damn likeable that he could slaughter an entire hospital of babies and still have you rooting for him.

Episdoe 339 has to be one of the best Naruto episodes I have ever seen, not only because it brought the Itachi plot line to its final and decisive end, but the insight it provided into the psyche of Itachi the genocidal psychopath. I don’t know what I always imagined about the night the Uchiha clan fell, but I am pretty sure my visuals were so much more violent than what we saw in 339,usually involving a cold eyed Itachi brutally maiming and murdering to his heart’s content.

True Itachi was anything but bloodthirsty; one need only look to the best scene of Ep 339, when Itachi accosted his parents, allowed us to understand that they not only saw their death coming but knew who did it, going so far as to attack Itachi’s soul with a weapon stronger than any sharingan Jutsu; basically forgiving him for what he was about to do, allowing him a moment to breakdown before he finally delivered the blow amidst a storm of tears.

I mean, look at that face; that is the face of an Uchiha who would rather not commit genocide, but will do what he must.

Deep stuff; the idea of so many people assigning Naruto to the stuff of children, meant to entertain those of less discerning tastes, baffles me, with scenes such as this and more.

It reminds me of Doctor Who’s Day of the Doctor episode, which, more than any other Doctor who episode I have ever seen, finally brought the message of the doctor’s sin home, by having Badwolf Rose remind the warrior doctor that in killing the vast number of murderous timelords on his home world, he would also be annihilating several innocent souls, of which the children numbered a massive two billion.

And that is why, even after several centuries travel, we find a doctor incapable of shirking the chains of his guilt, not because of the death of an entire galaxy, but the destruction he wrought upon 2 billion innocent children.

Equally you find EP 339 taking the series into dark territory by allowing us to understand the true sense of Itachi’s sin, murdering so many innocent men, women and children to crush a rebellion; far from justifiable, certainly not for a village as vile as Konoha…but we all still love Itachi.

5. Danzo-

It’s decided; Danzo is the most evil being to ever walk the Naruto world; I cannot be imagining the fact that almost every major moment of despair that has ever been suffered in modern Konoha times can be traced back to Danzo.

Not even in Orochimaru do you find a nature so dark, Danzo basically twisting and warping souls and lives left and right during the long duration of his existence , the ripple effects of his actions continuing to echo through out the lives of giants like Itachi and Kabuto and Pain, each of which would only serve to pass the hate Danzo created in them onto the world around them.

There is no forgiving Danzo; I cannot believe I actually felt sorry for him in his final moments, as he reminisced on all he had done for the supposed sake of his village, before his life was snuffed out. At least Madara has the decency to not mask his actions behind benevolent intentions; he wants to rule, end of story.

Danzo actually believes his crap of good guy doing the wrong thing for the right reason.

6. Sasuke-

I will admit that I haven’t been the biggest fan of Sasuke for quite a while now; but I found that these episodes made a genuine attempt to cast him in a different light; especially when he first meets Itachi in Episode 329, another favorite of fine.

Firstly, I loved their interaction, with Itachi basically blowing his brother off, knowing what Naruto didn’t, that Sasuke was so far gone that no amount of talk would change him. Itachi did what Itachi does best, spew out masterful wisdom in some of the series’ best lines, basically admitting his hand in the chaos that became Sasuke’s childhood and that he could have done better by simply telling his brother the truth and trusting his judgment.

It was a poignant few moments, one compounded by the emotional expressions cast upon Sasuke’s face; for two or so episodes, what we got wasn’t the avenger or whatever he calls himself, but Sasuke the leaf shinobi, one that showed an extraordinary amount of control in falling behind his brother and taking his lead.

He basically became old Sasuke for a while, innocent and vulnerable; basically listened to what Itachi had to say and probably found himself in Naruto’s footsteps for once, now chasing after someone that wouldn’t associate him the time of day.

These episodes proved that Itachi was very wrong about Naruto being the one person that could save Sasuke.

I don’t know why he never considered the possibility that he alone possessed the power to control his brother, Itachi being the one person that Sasuke actually respects unconditionally. Like he had told him several times over, Naruto simply cannot understand what Sasuke went through, not like Itachi.

To an extent EP 339 managed to justify, at least in my eyes, Sasuke’s psychotic rage towards Kohonha, specifically with that flashback in the restaurant, where Sasuke had to sit back and listen to the very people his brother saved drag Itachi’s name through the mud. Maybe Sasuke isn’t the whiny baby I always envisioned him to be. Maybe he’s just been confused all this time, incapable of understanding why Itachi would even now continue to fight for a place like Konoha that only continues to reveal new levels of corruption.

7. The five Kage-

THIS FIGHT WAS EPIC. Even knowing the eventual outcome I was on the edge of my seat the whole time; having considerably underestimated the Kage following Madara’s introduction, these shinobi proved to me why they stand at the top of their respective villages.

Admittedly it is quite easy root for Kazekage and even Tsunade, but Tsuchikage? In the space of 10 episodes he became my favorite living Kage of the present time, a true legend in his own right, not only standing up to the mighty Madara but basically raising his head as the spirit and soul of the anti Madara team.

Gaara is always awesome. The combos were awesome, so were the speeches, especially in the face of the most powerful Jutsu I have ever seen. Simply put, the five Kages rock, even boring old Tsunade (the verbal abuse she took from Madara was certainly galling).

There is something to be said about Madara, that he didn’t only achieve victory but managed to strike fear into the hearts of the five strongest shinobi of their respective villages.

8. Tobi/Obito-

It is unlikely that I am alone in declaring Tobi as one of the greatest Akatsuki members we have seen; I don’t know what it is about the loony character that endears him to me so much; but if they had to discard him (which they did quite a while ago, to my disappointment) Obito would be the perfect replacement.

Fake Madara Tobi was kind of bland; Obito on the other hand is turning out to be one of the better villains of the series; yes, I was spoiled about the identity of the man behind the mask. No, that didn’t diminish my enjoyment of some of the best story progression we have seen in Naruto in a while.

And it isn’t just the execution-which was amazing, specifically that flashback episode, chronicling Obito’s life up until his supposed death, done in complete silence, yet conveying so much with mere expressions and gestures- but the emotions the story evokes.

Because, of course you are going to root for this young Naruto-esq fellow in this attempts to return to his friends despite his current predicament; of course you will sympathize with his plight in the face of the Kakashi/Rin revelation, even cheer him on as he looses it against those shinobi.

Then you start hating him; because he didn’t simply carry out Madara’s will in approaching Nagato; he obliterated the lives of Nagato, Yahiko and konana, destroyed the bright future of the first Akatsuki and its message of peace, basically crafted within Pain a hate and despair that would haunt him for all his life, eventually leading to Konoha’s destruction and Jiraiya’s death.

And that last battle, against Yahiko’s comrades; was it really necessary to kill them all, so brutally? From that one shinobi that stuck himself in cement to protect his comrades, to Yahiko’s fate to Nagato’s heart rending despair to the kakashi/Rin storyline; Naruto went pretty dark with the Obito story, and did more to transform the series than any other arc.

This is indeed Naruto at its best, leaving you wondering whether to sympathize with Obito, cheer for him even, or damn him to hell. Am I the only one that thinks Obito had more than a simple crush on Rin? Because he seemed downright obsessed so much so that I can believe him doing everything he has done up to this moment for her sake.

And who else thought they might have been watching a Seinin after Obito’s rampage? Because that was one bloody massacre.

9. Kakashi/Gai-

KAKASHI KILLED RIN? WHAT? There has to be something I am missing here; because Naruto took a complete 180 degree turn after that scene; I always figured Rin died and Kakashi probably felt some guilt in failing to protect her but, to kill her himself; that would send anyone over the edge, and Obito was already in a bad place at that point.

And this is the point where they choose to leap into fillers, just when the series is at its most intense?

kakashi, Naruto and Gai vs. Obito is one of the most intense and action packed battles I have ever seen; every move, every punch, kick, biju bomb was so perfectly choreographed as to wring the last drop of tension out of that scene.

Naruto fights haven’t been this…shinobi-like in a long while; Kakashi hasn’t been this good in ages, and we haven’t seen Gai so skilled as he he proved to be against Obito’s sharingan. The entire set up of this battle was perfect, Naruto bringing the overwhelming power, kakashi doing his analytical thing in the face of Gai’s awesome nunchaku play.

This here fight is a must watch for any Naruto fan; rather than spoiling the fun, the slow motion scenes allow you a deeper understanding of just how close this fight was, how far towards the edge each side stood against the other’s might. The fact that it was brains and strategy rather than power than brought the conflict to an end is an added bonus.

10. Madara-

MADARA UCHIHA IS AWESOME; you cannot watch this legendary villain in action without wanting to scream his name over and over again.

What is the one major similarity that is also a difference between Aizen from Bleach and Naruto’s Madara? A simple question with a simple answer; Aizen was so overpowered he quickly became tiresome with regards to Bleach’s dragging plot.

Madara is so overpowered IT’S AWESOME. You simply cannot resist that swag, the arrogance of this greatest of Uchihas as he basically goes about schooling the shinobi world in the basics of true power. And its like not matter how bad ass you think Madara is at any given point, each new episode somehow manages to top the Uchiha badassness.

First was that total ownage of the shinobi alliance, Madara basically tearing through a few hundred to thousand foot soldiers with pure Taijutsu. Then Onoki (tsuchikag), Gaara and Naruto rallied their forces to stop him. And what does he do? Well, just look at this.

YES, A FREAKIN METEORITE: and since when could Susanoo perform chakra seals?

The five Kage finally rally to bring Madara to a stop and…I never thought it possible that the combined force of the shinobi world’s top authorities would look so tame. Well, Madara sure wasn’t impressed, in fact losing interest and retreating from what he thought was a pointlessly boring battle, but not before doing this.

AND WHAT THE HECK IS THIS? THIS THING IS MASSIVE.

I am in awe of the greatness of Madara Uchiha.I cannot wait to see how he deals with the kyubi cloak. I find it difficult to believe that even Hashirama could have dealt with both Madara and the nine tails at once; that doesn’t seem rationally possible.

11. Ten Tails-

So the Ten tails is more demon god than chakra Beast? And it is sealed within the moon? Interesting.

12. Orochimaru-

Michael Jackson returns and he still want's Sasuke’s body.

Here’s the thing about these most recent episodes of Naruto; Kishimoto has been doing a heck of a job basically closing all the loop holes too many Naruto fans were to quick to nitpick at; and I for one cannot help but feel satisfaction at this level of story telling, the interweaving of plots and characters and plans, all leading to one hell of a series finale.

If you’re not watching Naruto right now, then I do not know what you’re up to; the only series that could possibly draw me away from Hunter X Hunter.

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Welcome everyone! It's a large set of manga releases for this week. I'm looking forward Magi and Deadman Wonderland. Been a big fan of Magi since the anime had aired. I got into it when I saw Annabanana, my Fairy Tail teammate, working on it. I got curious, and my tastes in manga are similar to hers. Magi was spot on. For Deadman Wonderland, it's gorey, but I'm pretty desensitized to it. Knights of Sidonia has an anime series out this spring 2014. The cover has some grotesque thing on it. Not sure if I want to try the show.

All comments are welcome. I would love your two cents on these series. Thank you.

Sources: All plot summaries and data are from ANN's Manga Releases page. Thanks to PikaHyper for uploading the English covers. He's a cool wiki editor who contributes a ton in Comic Vine, but he also helped us Anime Vice folks back then.

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Alice in the Country of Clover: Nightmare Volume 1
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

Alice in the Country of Clover: Nightmare 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. Nightmare Gottschalk, the personification of bad dreams in Wonderland, often appears to Alice when she sleeps. But now the sickly incubus, often seen coughing up blood, has come to Alice in person, and claims to love her. Alice must decide if the eccentric Nightmare, who sports an eyepatch and can read minds, is truly the man of her dreams.

Case Closed Volume 50
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

A reporter is found dead just before an interview with the Junior Detective League. Conan is determined to close the case…but with his teacher watching, he has to do it without letting on that he’s smarter than the average first grader! Then flash back to one of Jimmy’s first cases! When a death takes place at a ski resort, everyone believes a legendary ghost has struck again. But two middle schoolers think otherwise: young Jimmy Kudo and young Harley Hartwell! Which boy genius will solve the mystery first?

Dawn of the Arcana Volume 12
  • 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!

Deadman Wonderland Volume 2
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Falsely accused of murdering his classmates and sentenced to death in Deadman Wonderland, Ganta begins to learn more about life inside the prison walls. Upon hearing that the Red Man, the strange being that killed his friends, is in the G Ward, Ganta heads there seeking answers—and revenge. Instead he finds a mysterious man who calls him “Woodpecker.”

Itsuwaribito Volume 11
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Utsuho’s truthfulness as a child resulted in an enormous catastrophe, and he decided to lie from that day forward. Raised in a village of orphans by a monk, Utsuho is an unrepentant troublemaker. The monk eventually inspires him to help people, but there’s no way Utsuho’s going to lead an honest life! Instead, he’s going to use his talents for mischief and deception for good! Still seeking the Kokonotsu treasures, Utsuho arrives in Sasaka, a country with a peculiarly troubled history that turns out to have involved one of his companions. Meanwhile, Kuroha seizes a moment to share some personal history, revealing what's really behind her rivalry with Utsuho to find the Kokonotsu!

Knights of Sidonia Volume 8
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

Nagate Tanikaze has only known life in the vessel's bowels deep below the sparkling strata where humans have achieved photosynthesis and new genders. Not long after he emerges from the Underground, however, the youth is bequeathed a treasured legacy by the spaceship's coolheaded captain.

Magi: Labyrinth of Magic Volume 5
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Deep within the desert lie the mysterious Dungeons, vast stores of riches there for the taking by anyone lucky enough to find them and brave enough to venture into the depths from where few have ever returned. Plucky young adventurer Aladdin means to find the Dungeons and their riches, but Aladdin may be just as mysterious as the treasures he seeks. Aladdin sets his plan to rescue Alibaba from Balbadd into motion. Things take an unexpected turn when another Magi, Judar, stands in Aladdin’s way.

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Crimson Spell Volume 3
  • Distributor: SuBLime
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Prince Vald continues his journey with the sorcerer Halvi, seeking a means to break the curse that causes him to transform into a demon at night. But enemies looking to take the power of Vald's cursed sword for themselves bewitch Halvi in an attempt to make him fight the young prince! Forced to the brink, Halvi makes a crucial choice.

6. False Memories
  • Distributor: SuBLime
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Although they were best friends in high school, Nakano and Tsuda haven't talked in ten years. Which may have a little something to do with the fact that not only were they more than best friends, but also that Tsuda broke Nakano's heart, leaving him to pick up the pieces. Now that they've been thrown back together thanks to a work project, Nakano is determined to put the past behind him, and both men decide to keep their relationship strictly professional. The question is, can they?

Dance in the Vampire Bund [Omnibus] (GN 5)
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99
This omnibus edition contains the first three volumes of the hit manga series. After millennia in hiding, the ruler of all vampires wants change. Using the vast wealth of the Tepes line, she has gained the authority to create a "special district" off the coast of Japan that will become the future haven for vampires from all over the world.
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