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2014 was somewhat tame in terms of anime; sure, there were some decent releases, but nothing really exploded on screen like in previous years.

That isn't a bad thing, but sometimes, as an otaku, it is nice to have that one anime which is so thrilling to watch that you cannot wait to devour every last episode in your possession.

Manga never disappoints; every new year has a star or two that shines above the rest, whether new or old. And in 2014 the Big Three were fairly popular talking points for different reasons- Naruto for its finale and Bleach for what some people viewed as a leap in quality, others as a continued slump in this final arc.

The One Piece conversation however didn't change much, with the same old issue arising no matter the forum you frequent: the decline of One Piece.

For most One Piece fans, discussions of One Piece declining are just bitterness and jealousy manifesting from manga fans that simply cannot help but whine about the popularity of a manga they cannot stand in light of poorer performances from their own favorite titles.

Yet, being a mild One Piece fan myself, I don’t think this issue should be dismissed so casually, especially in light of recent sales figures.

And I have chosen to use Naruto and Attack on Titan to answer this question.

So, Is One Piece Declining in Popularity?

Well, a better question is:

+DOES IT MATTER?
Whether or not we are willing to admit it, the simple answer is: yes. It is a naturally reaction of the typical individual; if you like something, you want everyone else to like it just as much, or at least so much more than what someone else likes and which you aren’t very keen on.

Practically it doesn’t matter; if One Piece suddenly dropped to the bottom of the sales list in 2015, I highly doubt that would compel any fan of the Manga to actually drop One Piece, not unless the only reason they read it was to keep up with popular trends in the industry.

Technically, people do care how well their favorite series are doing.

And that leads back to the primary question of this post: Is One Piece Declining in Popularity? Has this emperor of Manga began to witness its last days at the top?

The simple answer is YES and NO, and I will argue these two points briefly by contrasting One Piece against Naruto and SNK.

+ONE PIECE VS ATTACK ON TITAN
Let’s look at this practically; has One Piece began its decline? Take away all the bias and all the figures seem to be pointing towards a resounding YES.

Think about this; all the hullabaloo revolving around 2014’s Top 30 Manga List seemed to emanate from the fact that One Piece had somehow come out ahead and continued to reign even over Attack on Titan as the biggest manga in the world.

But let’s be realistic here; One Piece might have sold more copies in 2014 than any other manga but it isn’t reigning over Attack on Titan, not when both of them sold approximately 11 Million copies.

The 200,000 copies that One Piece sold more than AOT allowed the manga to maintain its top position, but One Piece hardly destroyed the competition.

In which case you could argue that both titles tied in the top place, more or less, right? Well, not quite.

An interesting point to note; Attack on Titan sold 13 Million copies in 2013, which means a drop of 2 Million between those two years.

A damning decline, right? Not really, not in comparison to One Piece which sold roughly 18 Million copies in 2013.Yes, 18 Million, that is a drop of 7 Million copies in sales. Yes, 7 BLOODY MILLION copies.

You might be wondering why this topic, all this talk about One Piece finally falling, will not die.

Well, no one would be talking about it if both AOT and One Piece were only separated by 200,000 copies but still managed to squeeze out 20 Million copies each; even 15 million copies would have been an acceptable drop.

7 MILLION! Say what you want about the fickle nature of otaku, you cannot ignore that drop in figures.

So, YES, One Piece is most definitely declining in popularity. And this is in comparison to Tokyo Ghoul which leaped forward by a whopping 5 Million copies, skipping from number 23 to 3 on the table.

When it comes to retaining its crown at the top, One Piece should be worried. If we are talking about the real winners of 2014, that would have to be Attack on Titan followed by Tokyo Ghoul and then One Piece.

+ONE PIECE VS. NARUTO
Study Naruto over the last few years and the first thing you notice is the manga rarely falls out of the top five ranked titles of each year; more important however are its figures.

Naruto is one of the more stable series on this list, sometimes hitting 6 Million and even 7 Million but mainly standing around the 5 Million mark. Its position on the list might change but that is largely due to series either rising or falling around it.

Naruto itself rarely undergoes drastic changes.

And why is that? After all, as so many otaku like to phrase it on the internet, Naruto has been ‘Shit’ for a very long time. So who buys the volumes?

Well, it’s simple really.

Kishimoto has, for several years now, been writing specifically for his fans, and those fans like what he’s been creating; it is odd that so many people would raise their voices to complain about the direction Naruto has taken over the last five years, only for Kishimoto to continue along his pre-determined story, with no attempt to make any major alterations (that we know of).

And why would he? For all the complaints, Naruto is still pretty popular; Kishimoto has always known the Naruto story he’s always wanted to tell, and those people that have continued to purchase Naruto over the last four years, they like what Naruto has become.

They are what one would call true Naruto fans; they would have continued to purchase those Naruto volumes had the manga continued for another ten years. And that’s because that so called ‘shit’ is what they like. Kishimoto found his core fan base a few years ago and he hooked them, those few million people that were ready to stick with him till the end.

And how does that apply to One Piece? Naruto is the future that One Piece is eventually going to become.

Consider how One Piece came to reign over the manga industry. How exactly did that explosion of popularity happen? Someone is most likely going to say something about One Piece’s consistently quality story line.

And I would disagree. Here’s why One Piece became the best selling manga in history: Hype.

There was a point in time during the latter stages of the Sabody Archipelago arc when the One Piece hype train first began picking up; that point where One Piece became that hushed whisper no manga reader could avoid.

Then the story hit Impel Down and the Hype train picked up tremendous speed; by the time Marine Ford came around, One Piece was on fire; it was that manga trend you simply had to try your hand at if only to figure out what all the fuss was about.

And that is when a massive portion of new readers made the jump to One Piece; we are talking about otaku who had consistently refused to give Oda’s masterpiece a chance finally giving in, flicking through these massive arcs and becoming immediate converts to a manga that proved to be everything everyone said it would be and more.

You can follow this trend with Attack on Titan, a flea of a manga that became a giant simply because of hype; the difference here, though, is Attack on Titan can actually sustain its hype.

Fans jumped onboard because of the cool action complimented by the shocking gore and unpredictability of the story; and that is what we have been getting from Shingeki no Kyojin for the last few years.

That is what we can expect the manga to keep generating for the foreseeable future; Attack on Titan is here to stay, and who knows what will happen when the second anime season premiers in 2016.

You cannot say the same thing for One Piece; the Marineford crowd came bursting out of One Piece’s greatest arc expecting Oda to not only maintain that pace but possibly even build upon the scope.

What they instead got was a very mediocre fish man island; Punk Hazard picked up the pace but even the few highlights didn’t make the arc anything special, and the current Dressrossa arc might boast some really explosive moments, but it also had some of the slowest chapters in a while.

Observe this trend and a rational pattern emerges; you have a new horde of One Piece fans, largely enamored by three of One Piece’s greatest arcs, exiting the Marionford story, expecting Marioneford2.0 at the other end.

Oda doesn’t deliver in this regard, and they start to slip away one by one.

It might not make sense if you consider the fact that these three arcs, including Fishman Island, where largely decent during their run; why would a few dissatisfying chapters and some slow pacing alienate so many people?

And the answer is simple: it wouldn’t, if they were One Piece fans; except that this isn’t a crowd of One Piece fans that I am talking about, but Marineford fans.

So, the question: Is One Piece declining?

Well, technically, No. Rather the chaff is simply falling away, those persons for whom the highs of One Piece were Marineford and Impel down. It is these buyers for whom the current One Piece has become an unworthy investment. This same crowd is simply waiting for the next big One Piece arc to arrive to jump on board once more.

+CONCLUSION
Let me just say that the One Piece anime hasn't done any favors for the manga; as so many people have suggested, we need to get Madhouse on this project.

One Piece is just at its halfway point; and as it progresses, it is going to fluctuate, with different arcs attracting fans in the millions, while others might alienate an even bigger number.

Eventually it is bound to create that core fan base, for whom One Piece is perfect as it is and who will stick with the show for the next 10 to 20 years.

You cannot really predict where One Piece will eventually stabilize; it might be at 2 Million; it might be at 30 Million. One thing’s for sure.

Nothing lasts forever and no king can remain unchallenged.

One Piece will be dethroned, eventually; and that should be a good thing, because by the time a new manga takes that top spot, it will have proven its worth in terms of quality characters and storytelling, hopefully in a manner that blows One Piece out of the water.

And that can only work in the favor of us manga fans who only want to read great manga stories.
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Welcome everyone! I'm here to promote the wiki community and our best group of wiki editors from this year. I had interviewed folks in 2013, but I never got to post it. I will include those, too. I only posted the Anime Vice 2013's Top Reviewers without doing any interviews. I just did it based on their reviews, their accomplishments, and my experiences with them to show what kind of person they are. This blog will be the same thing, but I will post interviews I had done in 2013. We did have a poll for the community to choose their favorite wiki editors and reviewers. We had a higher voter turnout, but it wasn't enough. It's all right since the wiki community is more active and less competitive in the wiki rather than forums.

Here's the Wiki Editor's Archive 2014 where I tried my hardest to include every wiki editor in 2014, major or minor contributions. I wanted to show everyone who worked hard and spend time to contribute to our community. Please check that out.

Our wiki community is very international because our folks are around the world. One last thing, I didn't include wiki mods because these individuals are already outstanding, hard working folks. They are mods because of their achievements and community involvement.

Veteran Wiki Editors

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.

2013 Interview

Dekken is a hard working wiki editor who specializes in images, and he works on a big project that involves documenting measurements of anime and manga characters. He shows us that wiki editing doesn't just involves writing articles, creating pages, and attaching pages. He helps build our image database as well making awesome, fun lists that connects these wiki pages. He shares that he loves girls with blinding bangs in this list. Dekken is a part of major team wiki projects such as Akame ga Kill, Kill la Kill, and One Piece.

Bigz007

Bigz007 is an awesome wiki editor who specializes in images and compiling data in concept wiki pages such as filler and illusion. In addition to wiki editing, he creates fun lists that has a certain characteristic such as lollipop or ridiculous number of swords.

He also has done a considerable amount of work for team wiki projects such as Kill la Kill, Magi, and Eyecatch. Supplying images and adding templates such as story boxes.

Demonic13

I think I was just browsing the site a bit, noticed an entry and remembered having done some (stitched) screenshots for it. Seeing it lacked a summary, character descriptions, etc. as well I thought something like "Why not try to write a bit for that, just adding some pictures isn't really helping all that much."

Do I? ;) Well, creating something can be fun. And it kind of feels it might be helpful to others. Besides, if it's editing the wiki of something I like, it's fun to kind of revisit that series when for example writing a summary for an anime episode of it, or a character description. Plus, for something like this, you need to get a bit deeper into it, look a bit more at what's going on. You might notice things you wouldn't notice when just watching/reading it.

2013 Interview

Demonic13 is another great user who wrote volume and episode summaries for Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho. He also helped out with wiki tasks such as Rail Wars. He also worked in the Hentai wiki project with several other users, helping write up the article as well attaching the page to anime and manga series. In his spare time, he helps Dekken with the body measurement lists by uploading scans to the character galleries. He also has an account (NSFW) at an image database.

BigHeart711

BigHeart711 is a big fan of Shonen, Magical Girl Shows, and pretty much any genre. He is an avid wiki editor who specializes in episode summaries and concept pages for Wooser and Pokemon. He is a valuable friend to Taka because the two are partners in crime during the start of the new anime seasons. The two started in 2012 and currently adds discussion threads as well as promoting new anime. He often visits the discussion threads, the Pokémon Video Game Club (sharing cool pics of his adventures), and pretty much any forums. He loves to share his experiences in anime conventions such as Anime Weekend Atlanta and Momocon (example: ADW Lost Episode: My Day at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2013 ). He wishes folks to enjoy their first time at a convention.

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.

MadnessReaver

MadnessReaver specializes in various Manhwa and History's Strongest Disciple characters. He does work on any wiki pages. He is part of the Akame ga Kill team wiki project where he helps write character pages. His best page is Esdeath. He also makes lists with tropes and themes such as high level pain tolerance and just look what fate did to us.

Yusuke52

Yusuke52 is one of the major wiki editors in Bleach, Avatar, and Toriko. For Toriko, he's is part of a huge wiki team. He specializes in writing character pages and compiling data in concept pages such as Capture Level and Kido. Also, he cleans a lot of manga scans for Bleach and Toriko which benefits the battle community whose members love these Shonen series. Besides wiki editing, Yusuke52 is quite skilled in Photoshop as he spends his free time making cool wallpapers.

DestinyHeroKnight

DestinyHeroKnight is a long time wiki editor who occasionally partakes in the battle forums. One of his long time and biggest wiki projects is the Weekly Shonen Jump (US). He fills out the chapters and attaches tons of associations to these anthology magazines. He advocates anti-piracy along with several users and always promotes it. (I remember he once hosted a contest to hand out a free Viz Media Alpha membership. I can't find it) When he blogs, he promotes other's blogs, too. He loves to share his thoughts on the best manga fights. He also promotes new, upcoming anime series as well as supporting front page reviews such as Foxx's reviews on One Piece.

New Editors

Taichokage

(Note: There is a very detailed blog on his wiki editing experiences. Please see Wiki Warriors Taka & Tai. I'll briefly go over his background and achievements)

Taichokage is a battle veteran who won best battle user two times, December 2013 and November 2014. He loves to debate in the battle forums as well as discussing manga and anime. His favorite discussion thread is Toriko. In his free time, he likes to make lists of anime gunners and archers. He has listed his top 12 Shonen franchises of all time. During 2014, he had no computer and often traveled to the library for almost half a year to help his Toriko teammates. He specializes mainly in character pages. He had written over 100 Toriko character profiles for the wiki team project. He is also part of the Seven Deadly Sins and Magi wiki team projects.

ForgottenOne

ForgottenOne is a wiki editor who specializes in Medaka Box, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, and Toriko, and he is part of the Toriko and Jojo team wiki project. His best Toriko page is Full Course Menu which was part of the Toriko wiki task theme. He and his teammates help clear out these bounty tasks. In addition to wiki, he enjoys video games, and some of them include the Zelda and Pokemon franchise. He has a small list of summer edits he had done.

Reiyo

Reiyo is a new wiki editor who just started back in Fall 2014 or so. He primarily works on DBZ and Durarara. He is passionate about his character wiki pages. He also debates in the battle forums, too. He proudly supports his community by voting for his friends as well giving recognitions to folks who celebrate their achievements. He created a list of bad ass Durarara characters.

AgentFakku

AgentFakku is a wiki editor who primarily focuses on ecchi and Hentai wiki pages, and he was a valuable teammate in the Hentai wiki project, helping write up examples as well as attaching wiki pages. He celebrates his achievements of creating a ton of Hentai pages. He loves making dirty battle threads.

Thank you everyone for reading! Please support our wiki editors.

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Welcome once again to KTC, today we will talk a little bit more about Garo and we will cover the first two seasons and the related media to them. Let me go a bit personal about it, I love Garo, is a freaking awesome series and world (even if the quality of the seasons is uneven) the overall quality of the show is amazing.

Let’s talk about the world of the show, shall we? Makai Kishi Garo is set on modern time (3/5 seasons) in which humanity is unknowingly protected by the Makai Knights, warriors who train from their youngest years to wield swords of Soul Metal and summon enchanted suits of armor usually inherited through family.

Their weapons are the only ones that can hurt the Horrors, creatures that live on their dimensional until humanity depravity, sins and general bad vibes summon them. They enter through objects or individuals flooded with evil or negative emotions. The Makai Knight kill them (usually destroying whatever they posses) and send them back to their world.

This means that the Makai Knights never kill the Horrors, they just dispelled them from our world, thus their war is never ending. The Makai Knights don’t fight alone, as crafting weapons and creating devices to combat the Horror exist the Makai Priest Order, who to all intent and purposes are more or less magic kung fu monks, capable of destroying low level horrors without the armors.

All the Armors have a title that is inherited by whoever is using it. Garo is the Golden Knight, other Armors like Zero, the Silver Fang or other examples. There also are nameless Knights, whose armors lack any title and tend to face smaller threats than the Titled Knights. There are only male Knights as every known armor was created in ancestral times and are only outfitted for men, yet there are many female Makai Priest that can kick inhuman amounts of ass.

The Knights also carry trinkets (usually sentient) called Madogu. This pieces of enchanted jewelry can detect Horrors and the energy they exude (Jaki) and also retain the information of previous Horrors encountered by the users of the Armor and can pinpoint their weakness. The Makai Knights carry other tools, but that’s a topic for another day.

From all the Knights the most respected one is Garo, the Golden Knight, legendary ass-kicker and owner of the most awesome suit in Toku History. Our story begins with the first Garo we meet, Kouga Saezima, the heir of the Garo armor and title from his father Taiga.

Makai Kishi Garo: Chapter of the Black Wolf (2005-2006) <First Season 25 Episodes>

Kouga Saezima is Garo, the Makai Knight who hunts horrors in what’s called the Eastern District (They really don’t give a lot of info about what a district is) During his work he encounters Kaoru Mitsuki, an aspiring (code word for starving) artist who is about to get eaten by an horror who took the form of the owner of an art gallery.

During the fight Kaoru ignores Kouga’s orders to run away and gets splattered with the blood of the Horror. The Law of the Knights is clear, she must die as the blood would turn her into a beacon for other Horrors and after 100 days if she even managed to survive the curse of the blood would kill her with excruciating pain.

Kouga decides not to kill her, his Madogu Zaruba (Voiced by Hironobu Kageyama of Jam Project fame) ask him if he plans to use her as bait, to which Kouga complies, yet he doesn’t seem thrilled about it. Kouga’s and Kaoru’s story starts here as connections from the past, horrors and greater evils resurface and place them both in danger.

The Chapter of the Black Wolf is a great starting point for the franchise, slowly yet steadily expanding the universe and the characters while showcasing high quality fights. The effects are dated, but they still show great creativity in the fights and the Horrors designs are top notch. Truly is an excellent series, except for a single detail.

If you watched some Toku before this the contrast of Kouga and other protagonist can be great, as Kouga has less Charisma than a piece of wet cardboard. Thankfully there are many secondary characters that pull the series and once you get to know Kouga’s back-story you will get to understand why he is so stoic and stern.

The second opening (The first one is instrumental and choir, as every other live action series of Garo that always has two openings) for this series is one of my all time favorite songs from one of my all time favorite bands Jam Project.

Garo Special: The Demon Beast of the Midnight Sun (2006) <Two parts TV special>

A two parts TV special that is set after the events of the first series. Kouga is sent to guard the Northern District and there he meets with a young Makai Priestess who delivers a message to Kouga from an old friend of his.

He travels to a sacred shrine to help the young Priestess Rin and teams up with Zero, a Makai Knight who appeared in the first series and with Dan, the White Night Knight, the one patrolling the sacred shrine and forest to fight off a family of horrors sealed long time ago.

Is a good movie that further explores the world of Garo and ties some storylines from the first season.

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Garo Red Requiem (2010) <Movie>

Red Requiem is a movie that serves as a bridge between seasons 1 and 2 adding new characters, concepts and plot points that will reappear in the second season. The plot involves Kouga, during his Northern District assignment collaborating with a group of Makai Priests fighting a powerful Horror that resides in mirrors.

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Kiba Side Story (2011) <Single Special>

Is a short special that expands the events of the First season finale, talking more about one of the villains. Good character building, can’t say more or it will get spoiler-ish.

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Makai Senki Garo: Makai Flash Knight (2011) <Second Season 25 Episodes>

Kouga returns to his home turf but during a routine Horror extermination he is struck by a mysterious cloaked figure. He receives a curse that will sap his life every time he dons the armor. During the series we will meet new Knights and new Priests while slowly there is a rift formed between both sides.

The chasm between both orders Knights and Priests is the driving storyline of the season as more events unfold that cause the rifts to grew larger. Many returning cast members take side in what could turn into a fully fledged civil war and the new cast members do the same. Not to mention the very important fact that KENJI MATSUDA plays a Makai Knight

The budget is higher, the fights are even crazier and the effects are awesome. Everybody gives an excellent performance with some really awesome episodes that include amazing fights. To me this is one of my two favorite seasons, I would recommend it more often, but you really need to watch the first season and the related movie and specials to fully enjoy this one.

Garo: The Demon Dragon Blue Tears (2013) <Movie>

Kouga embarks on an epic quest into the Makai World, the land from where the Horrors and other magical beings come, to fulfill an oath he made on the Second Season. This is the last time we see Kouga in action and holy shit he kicks unholy amounts of ass during the film. It could be considered the ending to the first two seasons.

Well this it for today, next week I might skip it as I’ll assist to the Global Game Jam. I hope you enjoyed this overview of Makai Kishi Garo, stay tuned for part 3

KUMA OUT!

PART 1

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Welcome everyone! We had a little poll for you guys and gals to vote. The plus side is that we had an increased voter turnout. The bad news was that not enough votes to pick out the best user. It's okay since it was hard to vote for your favorite reviewer and wiki editor. I know we have a small community. We do with what we can. Just like the Anime Vice 2013's Top Reviewers and Screened 2013's Top Reviewers, I write up about a handful of users because I can't pick one person which wouldn't be fair. This way, we promote more folks and the community.

Before I did this blog, I recorded as much reviewers and wiki editors in an effort to spotlight everyone in the archives:

This will save time in linking reviews and wiki pages since you can refer to the archives!

Reviewers

I have 2 categories to spotlight more folks. I tried to read a lot of reviews to get a glimpse of their style as well as talking about the reviewer through small interactions I had or completely stalking them their profiles! and see what they have on their profile page: image galleries, wallpapers, etc. Yes, I'm the biggest stalker in this community.

Quick Fun Facts to Share:

  • Dream has written the most reviews in 2014 and the most reviews in anime, a total of 49.
  • Both Waezi2 and SnowyMountain has written the most reviews in manga, a total of 10.
  • While each manga review in 2014 was done once for their respective series, the anime had some popular reviews. The following had 2 reviews each: Guilty Crown, Sword Art Online, My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU, Tokyo Ghoul, and Akame ga Kill.

Veterans

These are the reviewers who started reviewing before 2014.

LHWKnight

  • 5 reviews

He's a member of the battle and RPG community who frequents the discussion threads. He loves light novels particularly the harem, ecchi kinds. He once started a theme of battle threads by himself, mostly High School DxD. His reviewing style is informal as well as having an inconsistent format in his reviews. Sometimes, his reviews completely focuses on one aspect like characters while some have a balanced mix. He knows his audience and who to recommend to.

Katmic

  • 1 review

He's an avid blogger, Katmic.blogspotwho shared his experiences with anime culture in Uganda (The Anime Fan's Experience in Africa). He is an avid Shonen fan who also explores different genre. He's a big Shonen fan because he reviews Shonen manga series such as Claymore, Magi, Seven Deadly Sins, and more on a weekly basis through his blogs. He does partake in the battle forums, front news, and discussion threads.

His reviewing style is very intimate sort of like story telling because he enjoys talking about how he got into a show. He is very organized with his layout, using headers. He can write very long reviews in order to show his readers how passionate he is and how much analysis he will put in to make sure his readers understand where his perspective on the manga or anime is.

Kino88

  • 6 Reviews

Kino88 is a quiet user who only partakes in the front news. Frequents on ANN a lot. I believe he enjoys ANN writer, Rebecca Silverman. (My memory is bad. I recall Kino88 mentioning a reviewer from ANN). He doesn't have a computer, so he types all his reviews on a phone which is quite astounding. For him to review anime under those conditions is very admirable. His reviewing style is informal and personal. He shares his thoughts on the show's elements as well as mentioning on how he got into an anime and if he was going to stay with the show or not.

SnowyMountain

  • 17 Reviews

SnowyMountain is a Screened reviewer who wrote a ton of reviews, and he wrote most of the Screened 2013's Top Reviewers. He is a very community oriented user especially in Screened and To Hollywood Beyond Wikia. His reviewing style is very blunt as he rates series very hard. Most of his reviews are commonly 0 stars to 3 stars. He doesn't hold back in his reviews especially in ecchi and action intensive franchises. He explores all genres.

Dream

  • 49 Reviews

Dream is a highly respectable battle mod and the user with the most reviews and recommendations in this community. He has an MyAnimeList account, ggultra2764, which has his reviews and stats on his shows. Next to Donwun (or surpassing him), he has the largest history/most viewed anime lists out there. He has shared his experiences with the anime culture and industry in the northeast region of United States of America.

His reviewing style is informal, blunt, and analytical. He is opened minded and articulate as he breaks apart a show by its parts, plot, focus, characters, and lasting impressions. Like the battle forums, he can be indifferent to the shows he reviews. He also brings in reviews, his expertise on the industry, culture, and news events from Japan or America, those influences on the popularity on the anime.

Rookies

These guys started in 2014!

Delphic

  • 5 Reviews

Delphic is a Comic Vine member who visited Anime Vice. He mostly reviews mecha and ecchi anime series. His reviewing style is informal, passionate, and casual. His reviews have a consistent layout. He doesn't hold back on the ecchi anime reviews.

Waezi2

  • 10 Reviews

He is an avid Comic Vine member from Denmark who mainly reviews manga series. He writes short reviews with a consistent layout, a summary, thoughts on the manga, and recommendations. He likes to add interesting tidbits about the manga and the mangaka.

Othus12

  • 3 Reviews

He is a battle veteran who won best battle user in December 2014 and March 2014. He loves Shonen genre the most especially Toriko and Bleach. He enjoys opening discussions about Toriko such as YOUR FULL COURSE MENU? and Capture Level which promotes his Toriko wiki teammates' best wiki pages in the Toriko wiki project. He is grateful for getting folks into Toriko. He names these users, WayBig1010101, Vapovile, and Kobra678. In 2014, he started his own Youtube channel called Othus Vice where he makes reaction videos on his favorite Shonen manga series as well as recommendation vids. Because of his influence in the community, others like Sonneko asked him for his expertise in starting Youtube channels. His reviewing style is short, condensed reviews. He doesn't get into much details. He knows his audience and passionately recommends his shows.

Thanks

Thank you everyone for reading. I try to be fair and pick a lot of users. I picked out folks who were passionate and helpful to others as well as hard working. For those who reviewed a lot of shows, I included them. I know we had a lot of new users who wrote their first reviews because of WayBig's influence with the Anime Survey and Reviews (Summer 2014). I highlighted their achievements in the archive.

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Background

For 2015, I thought of a new way to help promote this forum. I had 2 ideas after posting the Fan Fic 2015 thread for best Fan Fic Writer. The 2014 theme project wasn't successful because a lot of folks were shy. I was shy as well. Drawing is a challenge. Didn't want to push new folks from their private spaces, I thought about these 2 ideas:

  1. Artist Workshop
  2. Artist Gallery

Artist Workshop: The 1st idea was a workshop which is a class where a talented Anime Vice member would teach users on how to draw (I thought about different media: digital arts, painting, etc). I realized this is going to be a time consuming project. I rejected that idea. I thought if we had a teacher, it will help users get comfortable.

Artist Gallery: This is how I got into the second idea. I did not put a specific year because I wanted to promote all art work that was posted in this forum. This will make this thread larger. The artist galley is to promote user submitted art work that you guys and gals find awesome.

How it works

  1. You suggest a user.
  2. I go interview the user
  3. I post a link to their work and the interview in this thread

There are no restrictions. We are open to any artist whose work doesn't feature graphic stuff like gore. Got to keep it family friendly.

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I came across some info about this show via RocketNews24 about a comedy series about a quintet of Magical Guys. Yes, we got a Magical Girl parody show where the mains are all male. The premise did get some controversy involving target audiences in some sites, including AnimeNewsNetwork, but I thought it would end up being very fun despite being a 23-year old male. Turns out after two episodes...

Disclaimer: This will mildly spoil the episodes. Please watch the episodes in question starting with the first one via Crunchyroll.com.

Breakdown and Thoughts

“Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!” is about an sudden encounter by a strange animal at the school that warns five guys from a school club that's literally just a hangout about an evil force that's turning people that have lost their resolve or are in despair and turn them into monsters that plan to destroy or transform all of humanity. They end up being bound by a force that transforms the quintet into Magical Guys to take care of these monsters and restore the balance with the enhanced power of “Love”. Yes, you read that right. There's also a rival gang that's causing the trouble around the school.

I came in thinking that it won't be as funny, but I was relieved after seeing that the first two episodes were hilarious. The introductions to both groups were handled well and there were a lot of funny moments already. There are also references to the Sailor Moon and Pretty Cure franchises in terms of the character designs and some of their actions. Don't worry about having to see a bunch of Magical Girl shows before this since the show happens to be casual-friendly instead of being heavily referenced.

I hope this show ends up being one of the best comedy shows I've seen as this progresses. I know that's going a bit far since 2015 just started, but it's that fun to me.

Highlights

Well, I can get used to this.
Well, I can get used to this.
Love's a hell of a drug.
Love's a hell of a drug.
Hate when that happens.
Hate when that happens.
I guessed right when I asked if he was "flavoring" the tea.
I guessed right when I asked if he was "flavoring" the tea.
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Welcome, we got a large selection of manga releases. I apologize for not posting last week's releases. Was really busy with other projects.

Impressions and Recommendations

Unfamiliar series I would try are Jaco and 07 Ghost. Jaco caught my attention because it was illustrated by Akira Toriyama. 07 Ghost has been on my to read list for a long time. The summary and the cover art are what attracted me first.

Familiar series

  • For Shonen folks, One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach are great. They are doing the 3 in 1 edition to save money. Those who haven't tried anime yet and love action and adventure.
  • Romance and Comedy - For this week, I put Nisekoi and Ranma. Nisekoi is a harem while Ranma is more comedic than romantic. Ranma has its cute couple moments. For Nisekoi, it's a cute harem series if you like to read about a son of a yakuza and daughter of a mafia faking a relationship to please their families.

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

Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.

Sources

January 6

  • ANN listed A Certain Scientific Railgun Vol 10 this week. Right Stuf and Amazon have it on April 21, 2015.
07-Ghost Volume 14
  • 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.

Brainwashed by the Barsburg Empire into believing he’s the evil Ayanami’s faithful servant, Teito prepares to attend Princess Ouka’s sixteenth birthday masquerade ball as a bodyguard. The Seven Ghosts are determined to “kidnap” Teito at the ball, but will their bond be strong enough to free him from Ayanami’s grasp?

Alice in the Country of Clover: The Lizard Aide
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

Former assassin Gray Ringmarc serves his master Nighmare in the Tower of Clover. Known for his mature personality and kindness to animals, Gray also has a dark side. When Alice is whisked off by an adversary, Gray's inner darkness emerges in a fit of jealousy. Now there will be hell to pay. Can Alice tame his reptilian heart?

Bleach [3-in-1 Edition] Volume 10
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Orihime has been kidnapped by Aizen, but the Soul Society has refused to rescue someone they see as a traitor. So it's up to Ichigo, Chad, and Uryu to get her back. But getting to Hueco Mundo is the easy part. Now they need to reach the Arrancar fortress in one piece!

Collects volumes 28-30 in omnibus format.

Girls Und Panzer Volume 3
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

A manga series about girls and their tanks that inspired a hit anime

Miho Nishizumi, a new transfer student to Ooarai All-Girls High School, would like nothing more than to enjoy a peaceful, stress-free school life. Unfortunately, her new school just revived its tankery program and enlists Miho to put together a team so that they may compete in a national tournament.

As Miho struggles to overcome her turbulent past with tanks, she must first learn to tread lightly with her eccentric companions. Can Miho possibly plow through the challenges and master the art of tankery, or will she get left behind in the dust?

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Retired scientist Omori lives alone on a deserted island while continuing his research into time-travel. His quiet life is interrupted when galactic patrolman Jaco crash-lands and decided to move in with him. Can Jaco get along with the old man long enough to save the Earth from a dangerous threat?

This volume also includes a special bonus chapter introducing Dragon Ball Z hero Goku's parents!

Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 2
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Fearing her absent father will return and discover her rose choker missing, Anise commands her knights to do a search for the necklace. Before they can set out, new transfer student Haruto Kisugi appears. He and Anise were friends back when she was living in Osaka, but her four knights - especially Kaede - do not trust him.

LBX - World Change Volume 3
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

To save his father, who is being held hostage by the nefarious Cillian Kaido, Van must win the Artemis Tournament to secure the main prize - the only thing Cillian will take in trade for his dad. But his next opponent in the arena is a fierce one... Cillian's grandson, Justin Kaido!

My Love Story!! Volume 3
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Takeo Goda is a giant guy with a giant heart. Too bad the girls don’t want him! (They want his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn!

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

Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He’s got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world’s greatest ninja!

It’s been two years since Naruto left to train with Jiraiya, and his first mission sends him to the Hidden Sand to help rescue Gaara. As both Gaara and Naruto come face to face with the Akasuki, Sakura takes her place at the front of the fight to save them. With Granny Chiyo at her side, she must battle Sasori, who can create golems from the undead. But Granny Chiyo is a puppet master too—only it could be Sakura’s strings she’s pulling!

Nisekoi: False Love Volume 7
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

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

It's almost Christmas, but Chitoge's not in a festive mood because her mother, Hana Kirisaki, is visiting Japan for the winter holidays. Chitoge introduces her false boyfriend to her workaholic mom, who then decides to test his mettle—by making him work as her secretary! While laboring away, Raku can’t help but notice the strained relationship between Chitoge and her mother. Is there anything he can do?

One Piece Vol. 73 - "Operation Dressrosa SOP"

Distributor: Viz Media Suggested retail price: $9.99 Trouble is everywhere in the mysterious kingdom of Dressrosa. As his crew searches for a way to stop the island's tyrant, Doflamingo, Luffy continues his quest to win back the Flame-Flame Fruit. But when he learns more about Rebecca and the true history of the kingdom, how will it affect his plans?

Pokemon Adventures - Emerald Volume 26
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Meet an odd new Pokemon Trainer named Emerald who claims to like Pokemon Battles - but not Pokemon! How can that be? And with that attitude, how will he fare on the Battle Frontier when he challenges powerful Factory Head Noland and impatient Pike Queen Lucy? And what Legendary Pokemon and evil organization will become Emerald's even greater challenge...?

Ranma ½ [2-in-1 Edition] Vol. 6
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Furinkan High gets a new principal with some very radical ideas about student discipline and a rather unexpected relationship with blustering upperclassman Kuno. Then, poor lovesick Ryoga finally gets a break when a magical bar of soap cures his porcine transformations. If it's not too good to be true, then it won't all come out in the wash. Collects volumes 11-12 in omnibus format.

Strike Witches: One-Winged Witches Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

The dieselpunk manga sensation continues!

The Strike Witches of the 501st weren’t the first witches to take to the sky, nor would they be the last. Strike Witches: One-Winged Witches covers the story of Wilma Bishop and her adventures along the English Channel in 1942, one year prior to the Second Neuroi War. As this tale unfolds, revelations about key characters and surprising details from Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky and Strike Witches: The Sky That Connects Us are revealed, all from the unique character perspective of Wilma Bishop.

Join Wilma, sergeant of the Isle of Wight Detachment Group and ace Strike Witch, as she shows new recruits what it takes to earn their flying stripes, not to mention how to kick some nasty Neuroi butt in the process!

What Did You Eat Yesterday? Volume 6
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

In this volume of discovery and acceptance, we learn that happiness depends on small constant pleasures (meals first and foremost) - and that the reason Kenji fell for Shiro has to do with an 80's manga.

Meteor Prince
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Strange accidents always seem to happen around Hako Natsuno - so much so that she's been dubbed "The Queen of Bad Luck.​" It's hardly surprising then that a naked alien prince falls from the sky to tell her that out of all the girls in the universe,​ he's come to Earth to mate with her.​ Does this mean Hako's luck has changed,​ or.​..?

January 13

  • Right Stuf and Amazon has Noragami Vol. 3 listed for January 20, 2015 while ANN listed it for this week.
  • Right Stuf listed 07 Ghost Vol. 14 for January 13 while Amazon and ANN had it on January 6.
  • Starting with a Kiss Vol. 3 is available on Right Stuf and Amazon for June 9, 2015.
Case Closed Volume 53
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

The Kaito Kid has vowed to steal a famous artist's latest painting - and Conan is on the scene! But while Conan prepares to stop the theft, a man is killed right under his nose. Is the Kid the culprit?

Then, a small boy is the only witness to a murder, but no one can make heads or tails of his strange testimony. And Conan is distracted by his suspicions of Rachel's new friend Eisuke, who bears an eerie resemblance to one of the agents of the Men in Black!

My Neighbor Seki Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $10.95

A collection of short stories that revolve around two classmates who sit at the back of their high school homeroom. In each chapter, Seki devises a new way to kill time in his school desk, to best avoid boredom. Along the way, he ends up distracting the girl who sits next to him, Rumi, whose mind goes wild as Seki pushes the limits of his disobediance.

Seven Deadly Sins Vol. 6 - "Vaizel's Fighting Festival Finals"
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

Howzer whips up a huge storm in an attempt to defeat Diane, but even a human-sized giant can stand strong against the fiercest tempests. In the next match, Meliodas faces Cain, who conjures terrifying fire magic while also leveling fiery accusations at Meliodas about his rumored involvement in the destruction of Danafell. How will Meliodas respond? Can he take the punishment for his alleged sins?

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Welcome to the 2nd week of USA releases. It's a small selection this week. I don't have much recommendations. There is one title that I'm curious about. Besides One Piece and Yugioh which I'm familiar with, I'm interested in Chaos;Head. I have finished Robotics;Notes and started Steins;Gate. Though, my teammates warned me not to watch it back then. I'm curious why.

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

  • ANN did not list Chaos;Heads and One Piece Uncut Vol. 6.

Blu-Ray and DVD Releases

One Piece - Collection 11 (DVD) Uncut
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $34.98

Sanji stows away aboard the Sea Train, only to be joined in his battle against the CP9 goons by the heroic Soge King, a wandering warrior from the Island of Snipers! With the storm of all storms bearing down upon him, Chopper mounts a courageous rescue attempt in the rapidly rising waters. As the foreboding fortress of Enies Lobby draws ever closer, Luffy launches an impulsive attack that could spell doom for everyone!

Meanwhile, Nami hatches a plan to save Robin, and Zoro teams up with a samurai frog! The scattered Straw Hats are badly outnumbered, but with a little help from the Franky Family, they've got a fighting chance to make their reunion a reality. While his mates battle to catch up to their captain, Luffy kicks his attack mode into second gear for a shocking slugfest with Blueno!

Amagami SS+ Complete Collection
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98

So far, Junichi Tachibana has been luckier than any guy has any right to be, getting to experience what it would be like to be romantically paired with not one, not two, but SEVEN different beautiful girls in a multiple of alternate universes. So how can he possibly follow that up? Well, how about with continuations of all of those storylines!

Yes, all of the pairings are back as each of the girls returns to follow up the romantic advancements in each of their possible futures! Is Junichi going to be able to handle a second go-round with Tsukasa, Rihoko, Ai, Kaoru, Sae, Haruka, and even Risa? Will little sis Miya get a follow up to her own sneaky storyline too? The answer's yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, maybe, yes and oh yes as boy meets girl, girl, girl, girl, girl, girl and girl again!

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

Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's - Season 1 DVD
  • Distributor: Cinedigm
  • Suggested retail price: $44.99

Welcome to New Domino City! Once the playground to legendary duelist Yugi Muto, this sprawling metropolis has since been transformed into a futuristic society where dueling has kicked into overdrive. With recent technological advancements made by KaibaCorp, dueling has undergone a metamorphosis that has revolutionized the makeup and pace of the game! It's now a heart-pounding, adrenaline-filled, and fuel-injected competition where duelists ride supercharged hyper cycles called Duel Runners and battle it out in hi-octane contests called "Turbo Duels." The winners and losers aren't just separated by skill and strength... but by SPEED!

Contains episodes 1-64.

Chäos;HEAd Complete DVD/Blu-Ray S.A.V.E. Edition
  • Distributor: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $24.98

Takumi is an anime-obsessed recluse with a fetish for two-dimensional girls. His dirty little cyber secrets land him in real-life trouble after a chat room encounter with the mysterious General leads him to the scene of a gruesome murder. In the blink of an eye, Takumi goes from a caffeine-addicted gamer to a paranoid murder suspect caught up in something called the New Generation madness. Between the police and a gang of girls with giant holographic swords, someone is watching his every move. As the world constructed around him begins to unravel, Takumi will discover that nothing - not even his own life - is what it appears to be.

Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

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Episode 13 of Nanatsu no Taizai felt rushed, and it also left a few things from the manga out, tidbits that would have made the story so much better.

I mean, Meliodas’ rampage felt so much more visceral in the manga; and the fact that Helbrum stood his ground in the face of such a demonic onslaught only made things better, as opposed to his absolute defeat in the anime.

An 8/10 episode none the less; though something tells me that this season of Nanatsu no Taizai might be the only one we will ever get; at the current pace, they should wrap up the first 100 chapters by episode 25, which is a shame.  

THE CHAPTERS:
Dreyfus’ plan is complete; demons arise and prepare to unleash holy hell upon Camelot; Elizabeth and Diane reminisce about their feelings for King and Meliodas.

MY THOUGHTS:
A recent review of Nanatsu no Taizai that I came across made a fairly solid defense for Elizabeth that I had never given much consideration.

I mean, it wouldn’t be fair to call Elizabeth a bad character, yet she is none the less irrelevant; granted, the fact that she doesn’t have special combat abilities makes her irrelevance work so much better than someone like Lucy (Fairy Tail).

However this particular reviewer made an important point about Elizabeth’s role in the story so far, specifically the fact that, where it not for her, the Seven Deadly Sins probably wouldn’t have reunited, at least no in time to face the current threat.

Which makes you wonder about her role in the future of the series, now that the Sins have all but found each other, and she doesn’t bring anything of particular use to the team.

-The Seven Deadly Sins
These two chapters seem to suggest that this new saga might be Nanatsu no Taizai’s own Tartaros arc, where the stakes suddenly ratchet up to levels higher than we have ever seen them and the destruction comes to encompass a vast portion of the Deadly Sins world.

Think about it; this might be the very first time that the sins have faced actual danger since the manga began. Nanatsu no Taizai began with a team of protagonists that was already too strong for their story, with the tension in each arc focusing upon handicapping each Sin so much so that their respective foes could pose an actual threat.

At their strongest, there isn’t a villain that has been introduced so far who could defeat the sins in a fair fight; not even against Hendricksen where the Sins fighting at their very best (those pesky weapons are still missing) and even then, when completely unrestrained for the very first time, they managed to satisfactorily school the demon, that is until he began cheating.

These demons, these villains, this is the threat we have been waiting for since the manga begun, with an enemy so strong that we might actually have to worry about the safety of our heroes.

-The Five Races
It is difficult to determine whether the author of Nanatsu no Taizai has the entirety of his story mapped out; if he does (because he could be making this stuff up as he goes), it is interesting to note that the ranks of the Seven Deadly Sins seem to include fighters from all the five major races mentioned by the raised demons.

And one has to wonder if the term ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ is more than a whimsical title created by the king, and whether these seven ladies and gentlemen might not actually exist to play a greater role in the Deadly Sins world, possibly as protectors. 

What are the chances that seven individuals so uniquely skilled and talented as these would come together within the same team, this including a giantess, a demon (possibly) and what might be a goddess. And who knows what Gowther is.

The Nanatsu no Taizai story is starting to come together into something of truly epic proportions.

-The Demon Clan
For once I want someone in manga and anime to cast a resurrection/unsealing spell that works to full effect; it isn’t just Fairy Tail, which promised us a return of dragons during the Daimatou Embou arc, only to restrict the plot to seven fairly tame lizards, that keeps using this plot.

Not that I am complaining about the state of things; this has to be the most threatening set of villains the series has ever created.

However the resurrection of an entire demon clan (and I mean demons in the hundreds and thousands) would have made for more dramatic story telling.

As things stands the whole ‘seven demons VS The Seven Deadly Sins’ seems a little two convenient; sort of like how the fairy tail team only had five or six dragon slayers on hand, so naturally the plot was manipulated so that only five or six dragons would escape from the gate.

-Hauser/Gilthunder/Griamore
I am really hoping that these three get their own arc in the coming months. It is always a joy reading manga that take the time to catapult their side characters into essential roles within the story.

It wouldn’t surprise me if the King’s prophecy was actually referring to Hauser, Gilthunder and Griamore as the three heroes who would stand between Camelot and its demonic enemy, and that one or all of them will strike the final blow.

I am also not ruling out the possibility of one of these three dying.

-Diane/Elizabeth
Romance in shonen manga rarely works for me, and often does little more than distract from the primary story; not so with Nanatsu no Taizai which, I think, is progressing steadily and appropriately when it comes to developing the bonds and connections between its protagonists.

In comparison with a manga like Fairy Tail, whose protagonists continue to stagnate in an indefinite limbo with regards to the specifics of their relationships with female characters like Juvia and Lucy, Nanatsu no Taizai wasted no time in tackling this matter and in a very non-comedic manner, with Elizabeth finally admitting her feelings for Meliodas, feelings that, to an extent, are justifieds.

Strictly speaking though, I would be surprised if Meliodas were to reciprocate Elizabeth’s love, mostly because we have never observed anything romantic in the way he interacts with her. I am yet to be sold on any relationship that might blossom.

And truth be told, if I was to take an interest in these pairings, Diana and King are much more appealing than Meliodas and Elizabeth, especially taking into account the history of their friendship.

-Hawk
I am becoming more convinced with each new chapter that all those bits where Hawk is spoken of as the most powerful of the Sins are less comedic and more predictive. After all why the hell would Ban refer to the little pig as ‘master’.

It would be the sort of twist that would blow my mind.
RATING: 8/10
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Hello everyone! Winter 2015 season is approaching quickly. I'm working hard to make sure Anime Vice's community is up to date.

Here in Anime Vice, users are encourage to watch anime legally whenever possible. Territories are listed below. I will continually update this blog. Later in the first half of January 2015, I will have a comprehensive Simulcast guide for all legal anime streaming venue for the community. It will be on the front page.

Regarding HULU, there isn't news sites that cover this company. That's the challenging part for me to cover HULU. I usually just check what's streaming on HULU. What I observed was that it's usually FUNimation's simulcasts during the season and then Crunchyroll after the season is over.

Sources

Simulcasts

Aldnoah.Zero 2
  • Simulcast: one day of the original Japanese air date
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Fifteen years have passed since the catastrophe of the hypergate collapsing on the moon’s surface, known as the Heavens’ Fall. The war between the citizens of Earth (Terrans) and the Vers Empire of Mars is now at a ceasefire. They are far from any agreement over which civilization is the rightful heir to the power of the ALDNOAH, an ancient Martian technology discovered not long after the celestial hypergate. Princess Asseylum Vers Allusia descended upon earth as an ambassador to bring reconciliation, but some were not willing to compromise. Inaho Kaizuka is a Terran high school student. Slaine Troyard swears his allegiance to Vers. As citizens of both societies witness the assassination of Asseylum, the fate of these young men and a strange woman cross.
Death Parade
  • Simulcast: one day of the original Japanese air date
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There is a place after death that's neither heaven nor hell. A bar that serves you one chance to win. You cannot leave until the game is over, and when it is, your life may be too.
3. Durarara!!x2
  • Simulcast: one day of the original Japanese air date
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Half a year after the turmoil that rocked the entire city of Ikebukuro, peace has once again returned to the city and people are living each day normally. The high schools students enjoy their days of youth as the strongest and most dangerous man of Ikebukuro works diligently. The informant plots a new scheme and the headless rider is pursued by the cops as she rides through the night... But soon this normal will be cut short by the abnormal. Slowly but surely, the unknown will seize the city and face an all new storm.
Fairy Tail
  • Simulcast: seven-day delay from its original Japanese airdate.
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When four young wizards from the most destructive guild in Fiore team up to take jobs, they forge a bond more powerful than any magic and grow stronger with every mission. Whatever you do, don't mess with these friends or you'll get burned!
GARO THE ANIMATION
The Makai Knights protect humanity from demonic entities known as Horrors. But the King's advisor seeks to eliminate the Knights and banish the heir to the throne. In order to save his people, the Prince seeks the aide of the legendary Golden Knight!
Kamisama Kiss 2
  • Simulcast: one day of their original Japanese air date
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Nanami is a homeless high schooler until she accepts an offer to live at a shrine - making her the new local god. With her handsome fox spirit familiar, Nanami learns the ins and outs of godhood and meets more spirits - including two who vie for her love!
Naruto Shippuden
  • Simulcast: one day of their original Japanese air date
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The Village Hidden in the Leaves is home to the stealthiest ninja in the land. But twelve years earlier, a fearsome Nine-tailed Fox terrorized the village before it was subdued and its spirit sealed within the body of a baby boy. Now that boy, Naruto, has grown up to become a hyperactive ninja-in-training who's more interested in pranks than schoolwork...but Naruto is determined to become the greatest ninja ever!
One Piece
  • Simulcast: a two-day delay from its original Japanese airdate.
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Monkey D. Luffy refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become king of all pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line, this is one captain who’ll never drop anchor until he’s claimed the greatest treasure on Earth – the Legendary One Piece!
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
  • Simulcast: one day of their original Japanese air date
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“I’m gonna make you into a heroine that no one can resist!” One day, I met the girl of my dreams… A new age calls for a new type of heroine in the gaming industry! She’s so…absolutely BORING?! The highly-anticipated tale of youth is finally coming to an anime! One day, an otaku high school student Tomoya Aki has a fateful encounter with a girl amidst the beautiful cherry blossom trees. This meeting inspires Tomoya to design his very own “gal-game” (dating-simulation video game) featuring a heroine modeled after the girl he saw. In order to make his desire a reality, Tomoya must persuade a few eccentric “creators” such as the ace member of the art club, Eriri Spencer Sawamura and the school’s top student, Utaha Kasumigaoka to join his development team. Meanwhile, Tomoya is shocked to learn that the girl he idolized as his muse for this whole project was none other than his boring classmate, Megumi Kato! But, this doesn’t dissuade Tomoya. He is determined to give Megumi a total make-over within his game and raise her to be the absolute girlfriend that every man desires…!
Sailor Moon Crystal
  • Simulcast: same time as the Japanese air date
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Based on Naoko Takeuchi’s legendary manga series, Sailor Moon Crystal retells the story of Sailor Moon as she searches for her fellow Sailor Guardians and the Legendary Silver Crystal to stop the dark forces of Queen Beryl.
The Rolling Girls
  • Simulcast: 1 day after the original Japanese air date
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Get ready for The Rolling Girls, the first original anime from the studio that brought you Attack on Titan! After the Great Tokyo War, Nozomi, Yukina, Ai, and Chiaya travel the country by motorcycle, seeking to change themselves - and their world!
Tokyo Ghoul √A
  • Simulcast: 1 day after the original Japanese air date
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Tokyo lives in fear of creatures called Ghouls. By day, they live as ordinary humans, but by night, they become flesh-eating monsters. When an young man becomes the first Ghoul-human half breed, he must learn to harness his deadly, newfound powers.
World Trigger
The story of a friendship between a human boy and a visitor from another world. With superhuman technology at their fingertips, Yuma Kuga and Osamu Mikumo must work together to defend their new reality against unknown beings. Follow their dazzling journey full of courage, conflict, and gripping sci-fi action!
Your lie in April
  • Simulcast: same day as the original Japanese airdate
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Kousei Arima was a genius pianist until his mother's sudden death took away his ability to play. Each day was dull for Kousei. But, then he meets a violinist named Kaori Miyazono who has an eccentric playing style. His monotonus life was about to change forever.
Maria the Virgin Witch
  • Simulcast: ? (Assume 1 week after FUNimation's simulcast)
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The virgin witch Maria seeks to end a war with the help of her two familiars: a seductive succubus and incubus tandem. The archangel Michael despises her interference in human affairs and vows that her powers will vanish if she ever loses her virginity!
Assassination Classroom
  • Simulcast: ? (Assume 1 week after FUNimation's simulcast)
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Welcome ladies and gentlemen to a new edition of KTC! After giving an introductory look to Kamen Rider, especially the Heisei Era series I’ll take a break from the Masked Motorists series and tackle another toku series, in this case the Majestic, Terrifying and frankly all around Awesome Makai Kishi Garo.

The first TV series of Garo started in 2005 coming from the mind of Toku director and character design veteran Keita Amemiya. He worked in a multitude of series, having more than 20 years of experience prior to developing Garo. His objective with this series was to create a Toku series for mature viewers, as most series are aimed to younger audiences.

And Garo is exactly that, a Toku series that has better effects, better fights, with a horror movie atmosphere, a more mature and well thought story… and boobs, yep, Garo has enough nudity and blood to be called the HBO Tokusatsu series. The whole series focuses on horror and action, with urban fantasy elements added to the mix with great effect.

The series haves a lot to offer not only in the story department. As I mentioned earlier it has better special effects than the Kamen Rider counterparts at the same moment of time (yet considering the first series is from 2005 the CGI is a bit dated) The music is also a strong point with a magnificent score and openings sung by Jam Project (that I’ll go over when I talk about the seasons)

But the category in which Garo owns the rest of the Toku series is the fighting. The choreography in Garo is miles over any other series with amazing “unmorphed” fights with the actors and actress themselves pulling the incredible stunts and doing the wirework, while the fights with suits come in two flavors, short ones with some minor use of CGi and longer ones that turn into a CGI fiesta with amazing creativity.

Garo had a rocky beginning, as the first series wasn’t extremely popular and only through the sheer effort of his creator making movies and specials to flesh out the universe he got the approval for a second season… and then a third… and a fourth and an anime and more movies. The moral of the story is if you’re passionate about your work never give up on it.

Well this is it for today, only serving as an introduction. I’ll cover Two series + related media in the next blog and then cover the two remaining seasons and the anime (with their related media) in the next to that one.

Kuma Out!

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some hax characters have it easy, but there instances where raw power/skill wins a fight. Those fights are decided by multiple factors such as the capacity of both characters. PS gonna finish this some time later too much anime/manga i'm watching/reading

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First of all, Hello. It's been literally too long since I first covered an episode of a series like this. WAY too long. I hope to do more of these blogs onwards. Let's get my extended response started.

Disclaimer: First off, this will mildly spoil the episode. Please watch the episode in question (can be legally watched via FUNimation's site) before reading this and leave your thoughts here if you have the time and check out the Tokyo Ghoul Discussion to talk about the show and how it's going so far. One thing that I will point out that this episode's uncensored. Yes, the hype is too real. (blushes)

Breakdown and Thoughts

Exibit A. Also, if it were like last time, it would look like he was eating a Neoshadow from Kingdom Hearts 2.
Exibit A. Also, if it were like last time, it would look like he was eating a Neoshadow from Kingdom Hearts 2.

Tokyo Ghoul Root A (or Tokyo Ghoul 2 in some areas) starts where season 1 leaves off: the continuous of the Aogiri Tree battle after Kaneki's drastic change. Now he's completely serious and isn't taking anything anymore. He aids part of the battle out of nowhere when Touka was a second from being killed while looking for answers about Aogiri Tree, and we got to see more rivaling ghouls, including some immensely strong ones. It was noted that Amon also has a bit of development as well here, even though it's a small piece of it. After the battle, a shocking decision was made that could be reckless, but is also interesting at the same time.

I was amazed at pretty much everything that happened, especially on Kaneki and his new path and I'm anticipating on what will be done from here onwards. A bit of a side note, I remember being on Volume 3 of the Tokyo Ghoul manga when college kicked me hard in the nuts, so this is still either a blind run to me, which I don't mind doing. Then again, it might be its own story instead of continuing from the manga. Either way, I hope the show ends up becoming really good from here onwards.

Highlights

The NFL's not gonna approve any of that armor for play...
The NFL's not gonna approve any of that armor for play...
Haven't seen white hair look this dope in years.
Haven't seen white hair look this dope in years.

What I thought was going on during this OP sequence right here. XD (Don't panic! It's a song and lyrics YouTube video, but it's NSFW due to language. I also apologise if that made you feel old considering that it was released in the early 2000's. XD)

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Welcome to the first week of DVD releases! It's a medium sized one, and we have some adult releases, too.

  • I personally wouldn't recommend Dog & Scissors to people who abhor bizarre fetishes or hate ecchi. This series is bizarre and can have unfortunate implications.
  • We had huge Shonen collections this week. Fairy Tail's box art is recycling one of the Blu-Ray artwork. I wonder what goodies are hidden in One Piece's box.
  • I'm tempted to get back on Qwaser. I dropped the show about 4 years ago. Never went back.

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

  • ANN did not list Fairy Tail Three Collection while Amazon and Right Stuf have it Three listed this week.
  • Only Right Stuf has Eccentric Family and Gurren Lagann listed this week.
  • Fantastic Detective Labyrinth is available on Right Stuf this week while it's available on Amazon a week later.
  • The One Piece Collection Box 1 is an Amazon exclusive item.

DVD and Blu-Ray Releases

Dog & Scissors
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $69.98 (Blu-Ray), $59.98 (DVD)

Harumi Kazuhito could spend days at a time with his head buried in his beloved books, and little would make him happier than perusing the pages of his favorite author. Unfortunately, when Harumi gets himself killed he inexplicably finds himself reincarnated as a dog... which might not be so bad if he could read, or his new owner didn't have the unfortunate twin predilections of playing with scissors and tormenting her new pet!

But what truly makes this strange reincarnation the worst of all possible worlds is that she's also his favorite author! The horror! Can Harumi find a way to live with this tantrum-throwing typist, or will her crazed clippings prove to be his undoing? Can he escape her constant hounding via the doggy door, or is he barking up the wrong tree? There's a rough, rough time ahead as canine compulsive readers and literary she-wolves get snippy with each other when doggies do what they gotta do!

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

The Eccentric Family - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: NIS America
  • Suggested retail price: $64.99

In modern day Kyoto, humans live in the city, tengus take to the sky, and tanukis roam the earth. One such tanuki is Yasaburo, the third son of Soichiro Shimogamo, famed tanuki leader who met his end far too early at the hands of a group of humans and their year-end banquet hot pot. Yasaburo has since embraced his "fool's blood" and strives for a happy, carefree life. But between taking care of his old tengu master Akadama-sensei, avoiding the life-threatening advances of the beautiful human Benten, dealing with his dangerously stupid twin cousins, and avoiding becoming a hot pot himself in the next year-end banquet, the young tanuki has his proverbial work cut out for him!

Contains episodes 1-13 plus a full-color 64-page hardcover art book with episode guides, character info, and illustrations. Special Features: Clean Opening and Ending, Original Japanese TV Spots, Original Japanese Trailers.

Fairy Tail DVD/Blu-ray Collection 3
  • Distribution: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $54.98

The magical mayhem reaches a whole new level as the members of Fairy Tail welcome new friends to the guild – and embark on high-flying adventures! When six sorcerers seek to unleash a devastating spell, Natsu and the gang join forces with a colorful cast of unlikely allies to save the world from everlasting darkness. Up next, the surprising resurrection of the mastermind who destroyed the Magic Council sparks a maelstrom of madness! Then the action gets even wilder when Team Natsu goes head-to-head with the Oracion Seis - and a trip to see a girl about a dragon could spell doom for Magnolia! Can the wizards overcome the odds and save the day, or will they go down in flames!?

Contains episodes 49-72. Special Features: Episode Commentaries, Textless Songs, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Fantastic Detective Labyrinth - Complete Collection (DVD)
  • Distributor: The Right Stuf International
  • Suggested retail price: $49.99

Thirty years ago, Tokyo was destroyed in a massive earthquake. Most people have moved on to a new capital, Shinto, but a string of bizarre murders and supernatural events keep occurring in the ruins of the old city. The only one with the ability to see through to the heart of these mysteries is the enigmatic Mayuki Hyuga, a boy with extraordinary detective skills and powers that even he doesn't yet understand. Together with his guardian and butler Seiran Shinano, Mayuki must not only help the police solve cases, but also uncover the secrets of his lineage.

Contains episodes 1-25. Special Features: Kannivalism Interview, Clean Opening and Endings, Commercials, Promotional Videos. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Gurren Lagann (Blu-Ray 3)
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98

Kamina's death hits all the members of Team Dai-Gurren hard, but nobody is more devastated about his Bro's death than Simon. But this does not stop Guame the Immoveable, one of the Spiral King's Four Generals, from setting a cunning trap for them. While the other members can't stand against Guame's onslaught, Simon refuses to be defeated. With Kamina's words beating deep inside of his heart, Simon succeeds in countering Guame's sneaky trap and proudly assumes the position as the new leader of Team Dai-Gurren!

With Simon completely out of his funk, the team sets their sights on Teppelin, the Royal Capital. But the road to Teppelin will surely be no easy task, as the rest of the generals await their chances to strike them down with their powerful flagships. Will Simon be able to defeat the ruthless Spiral King and lead humanity to a new era?!

Contains episodes 11-16 plus a double-sided poster and a 16-page booklet featuring creator interviews and an illustration gallery! Special Features: Episode 16 Textless Ending. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Non Non Biyori - Complete Collection

Distributor: Sentai Filmworks Suggested retail price: $59.98 (Blu-Ray), $49.98 (DVD)

When Hotaru Ichijo transfers from a school in bustling Tokyo to a tiny school in a quiet countryside village, she should be experiencing major culture shock. After all, there are only three other girls in the school, and none of them are even in the same grade as her. But adjusting isn't too hard for Hotaru thanks to first grader Renge and the Koshigaya sisters, Natsumi and Komari, who are in the seventh and eighth grade respectively. -

Even though it takes 20 minutes by bicycle to get to the only place that sells comics and the video store is 10 train stations away, there's something about the laid-back lifestyle that makes her feel right at ease. It's a big change from the big city, but there are still plenty of new adventures to look forward to as Hotaru learns that home really is where the heart is.

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

One Piece - Collection Box 1 (DVD)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $99.98

One Piece: Collection Box One combines One Piece Collections 1, 2, 3, and 4 into a single release.

  • Commentary on episodes 1, 17, 30, 44, 61, 67, 90 and 103
  • Extras Four art cards, three stickers, and Luffy's wanted poster.
The Qwaser of Stigmata - Complete Collection: Season 1-2, OVA
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $99.98 (Blu-Ray), $79.98 (DVD)

When Mafuyu Oribe and her adopted sister Tomo rescue a strange wounded man, they have no idea what they're getting involved with or what the consequences will be. Alexander Nikolaevith Hell is an Iron Qwaser, one of many opposing factions of super-warriors who can each draw upon the power of an element and wield it as an almost unstoppable array of weapons. Unfortunately for Mafuyu, Qwasers require a special liquid diet to manifest their powers, one provided by their Maria, a woman chosen to serve as the Qwaser's partner. That means that the nursing Mafuyu's already given Alexander isn't the only kind of nursing he needs!

Contains episodes 1-24 of season one, episodes 1-12 of season two, and the OVA. Special Features: Clean Opening Animations, Clean Closing Animations. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Adult Releases (NSFW)

  • The adult releases weren't listed on ANN. Both of these titles are on Right Stuf and Amazon.

****

Beast City (OAV)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.99

The lust and depravity of modern man has lured the Demon King to the surface world. His monstrous minions roam the streets, sniffing out nubile victims and devilish delights. But their debauchery is short-lived – the Vampire Queen awakens to slay her natural enemies. With a bloodlust that rivals her deadly, preternatural powers, she will hunt them down. In a city of steel and science, an ancient feud is about to reignite!

Contains "Vampire Madonna" and "The Awakening of the Beast." Special Features: Meet the Characters, Storyboards, Art Gallery, Anime Artform, Japanese Trailer, Previews. Spoken Langauges: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Magic Woman M (OAV)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass
  • Suggested Retail Price: $11.24

Her wand is bigger than yours! Meruru is a sexy sorceress lost in a forest of unsavory characters. But these lustful beasts are in for a surprise. When aroused, Meruru attains the state of ultimate ecstasy and unleashes an explosive power from within!

Contains episodes 1-2. Special Features: Spells and Stuff, Meet the Characters, Art Gallery, Audio Commentary, Anime Artform, Previews. Spoken Langauges: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

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Another Year of Manga has come and gone; I don’t think I have ever shown any particular interest in manga sales before 2014, mostly because I didn’t really see the point. After all, so long as I keep getting the manga I enjoy, what does it matter what other people choose to buy?

Even when I was first starting to read manga, back when finding good manga was complicated business, it was popular top ten lists that I relied upon rather than any statistics about sales.

Why? Well, let’s be honest. There are more people reading manga for free than those that actually purchase the volumes. Scrutinizing top ten manga lists will tell you so much more about what manga people are actually reading the most than any statistical information about sales.

Taking a closer look at manga sales in 2014 and comparing them to 2013, however, has proven very insightful, especially regarding current trends in anime and manga. Even outside the biggest titles, there were some series whose presence or absence I found to be both perturbing and surprising.

If you haven’t had a look at the list yet, then here it is.

TOP-SELLING MANGA IN JAPAN BY SERIES: 2014

Manga Sales by Series

*1. 11,885,957 One Piece
*2. 11,728,368 Shingeki no Kyojin
*3. *8,283,709 Haikyuu!!
*4. *6,946,203 Tokyo Ghoul
*5. *6,729,439 Kuroko no Basket
*6. *5,505,179 Naruto
*7. *4,681,031 Diamond no Ace
*8. *4,657,971 Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
*9. *4,633,246 Nanatsu no Taizai
10. *4,622,108 Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
11. *4,385,701 Hoozuki no Reitetsu
12. *4,295,257 Terra Formars
13. *4,166,875 Ao Haru Ride
14. *4,098,510 Yowamushi Pedal
15. *3,957,991 Gin no Saji
16. *3,816,372 Nisekoi
17. *3,275,885 Fairy Tail
18. *2,986,968 Bleach
19. *2,644,122 Shokugeki no Souma
20. *2,588,791 Youkai Watch
21. *2,516,278 Kingdom
22. *2,472,101 Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu.
23. *2,397,887 Kimi ni Todoke
24. *2,394,263 Gintama
25. *2,380,774 Detective Conan
26. *2,289,738 Kuroshitsuji
27. *2,231,805 Noragami
28. *2,173,339 One Punch-Man
29. *1,967,675 Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
30. *1,937,059 Chihayafuru
A couple of thoughts come to mind after taking a closer look at this list.

+One Punch-Man

During its earlier days, getting people to give One Piece a decent chance was no easy task; yet it could be done. You simply needed to make your case about the story and hilarious characters.

Not so with One Punch-man which, even now, I would struggle to explain to someone why they should bother with the series. It is that random a manga, and which I am surprised is receiving so much interest.

For a manga about a bald guy defeating over the top villains with one punch, 2 million copies is a powerful achievement, which makes you think that people are more or less ready to take a chance on anything today so long as they are appropriately entertained.

You could possibly blame that trend on One Piece.

Last year, One Punch-Man was no where near the top 30; come January 2016 I wouldn’t be surprised to see it in the top ten. It is worth mentioning that One Punch-Man actually comes out ahead of Nanatsu No Taizai and even Fairy Tail when it comes to Sales by Volume.

+Detective Conan

There is an overwhelming number of people today who are always complaining about popular shonen manga like Naruto and One Piece running too long, but who have never really made any mention of Detective Conan. Seriously, Detective Conan has been in serialization since 1994; how the hell does a manga like that still manage to sell over 2 million copies today.

Having never read it, I am hardly qualified to complain about the quality of the manga; yet if common comments about anime and manga are to be believed, the longer a series runs, the worse it gets, often losing readers rather than gaining in popularity.

Berserk has been around even longer than Detective Conan and it stands almost no chance of entering the top 30, at least with regards to sales.

You have to wonder what Detective Conan offers that other longer running series do not.

Whatever the case anyone that has spent 2014 preaching about how the trend of long running manga series is coming to a definite end is being proved wrong by the strength of Detective Conan.

+Gintama/Kingdom

A pair of manga that couldn’t be more different from another and which I didn’t think would be so closely matched; more or less neck to neck in 2013, Kingdom seems to have come out head by 200,00 copies in 2014 in comparison to Gintama.

Yet both series are not fairing particularly well on a whole, not just regarding the 12 or so steps they have fallen in less than 15 months, but their declining dominance over 2014. Keep in mind that titles like Tokyo Ghoul and Haikyuu, near the bottom and barely keeping up not so long ago, now stand at the very top of 2014’s top selling manga list, even as Kingdom and Gintama continue to slip further down.

Hell, 15 months ago Kingdom and Gintama were both starting to pull away from Bleach, Kubo’s manga following behind even as the pair approached the top 10. Even taking into account differences in tastes, that a manga as celebrated as Kingdom would fall below Bleach during one of its worst years in terms of ranking, is surprising.

It makes you wonder exactly what people like.

Kingdom’s fame comes from the fact that it doesn’t exactly follow the typical formula; and yet, when you look at many of the titles ranked higher than Kingdom, one might argue that the key to success in Japan in terms of manga sales comes down to attaching the same old formula to new plots and faces.

+Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma

It might have been my lack of attention but I don’t think I have ever seen so many non-action oriented manga series littering the top 20; sure, there is always that odd slice of life manga that somehow manages to break through the barrier, but even those exceptions are rarely as strong and popular as the food based Shokugeki no Soma.

Along with Blue Spring Ride and Hozuki no Reitetsu, it is possible that we have reached that age of manga where a story doesn’t have to create super-powered heroes fighting to save the day in order to appeal to the masses.

You couldn’t easily dismiss Shokugeki no Soma as a fluke; while making no appearance on the 2013 list, the manga currently enjoys strong support among manga readers, so much so that it might actually survive in the top 20 for several years to come, possibly even rise higher, even with so many action fueled series emerging every year.

+Hozuki no Reitetsu

Urgh, No. Simply No. How the hell did a manga that was barely a bleep on the map in 2013 manage to sell 4.3 million copies? Four episodes in and this story of a serious minded demon ogre working to manage the demon king’s realm in the underworld has to be one of the worst anime i watched in 2014.

And that might be the key to the manga’s success; the anime adaptation is clearly working wonders for the manga. Yet considering what I encountered in the anime, it will take a hell of a lot to convince me that the manga is actually better.

Seriously though, how the hell did this mediocre series come out so far ahead of Bleach, Yowamushi Pedal or even Terra Formars? My brain just can’t make sense of that logic.

+Bleach

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Sure it’s position wasn’t all that unexpected, and the series hasn’t been in the top 10 for quite a while now. Yet, even with all the complaints I am always ready to launch towards the manga, 18th was a shockingly lower rank than I expected.

At this rate, we have to wonder if Bleach can even maintain its place in the top 20; which won’t actually mean much. It might have dropped three positions down but Bleach actually sold 200,000 copies more in 2014 than it did in the previous year. And even if it disappeared from the top 30, it’s unlikely that the manga would be any less popular among fans.

Simply put, if this was a matter of the number of people actually reading the manga, then Bleach would probably find a position in the Top 5; as things stand, manga readers are still reading Bleach, however I don’t think they believe it to be worthy of actually spending money to purchase the volumes.

+Fairy Tail

Wow. Two years ago Fairy Tail was hanging out in the top 10; two years ago Fairy Tail was laughing its head off while Bleach continued to fall further down the list. Hell, three years ago, when it was at its best, Fairy Tail was preparing to take its place among the big three.

I am not particularly happy about its descent, yet I do feel somewhat vindicated in my thoughts about the dropping quality of Fairy Tail. It wouldn’t be an over exaggeration to say that Fairy Tail might have reached the peak of its fame a while back, and now it can only look forward to a slow steady fall. 500,000 copies isn’t that drastic a decline, yet the considerable drop in rank suggests that the manga’s quality simply isn’t on par with new stars in the industry.

And this was in a year when the Fairy Tail Manga should have been complimented by the return of its anime.

+Terra Formers

The power of anime adaptations; how else can you explain this manga’s sudden leap above veterans like Bleach and even Kingdom. When it first emerged, terra formers was hailed as Attack on Titan 2.0, the same sentiment almost immediately applied to Tokyo Ghoul.

Which makes you wonder whether blood, gore and the death of major characters hasn’t become the secret ticket to stardom. We want to see people die; not just die, but perish terribly.

+Yowamushi Pedal/Haikyuu/Kuroko no Basket

‘YES!’ is all I can say every time sports manga receive the recognition they deserve. It’s almost like there are a select few people out there that have always known and understood the secret that was sports manga, specifically the fact that they were superior to almost every other title on the market today, and only now is that secret finally coming out.

Yowamushi’s current success is an even bigger surprise that Haikyuu! Granted Haikyuu’s leap to number 3, bounding completely over Kuroko, Magi, Fairy Tail and even Kingdom might seem almost unnatural.

But think about it; Kuroko’s Basket is ending, and Haikyuu is the only manga (and anime) on the market today that seems to share the spirit of Kuroko. It is hardly surprising that Kuroko fans would immediately jump to the next best thing- and I most definitely believe Haikyuu to be the better series.

Yowamushi Pedal, a manga about cycling came almost out of nowhere; the idea that manga readers would be willing to throw their weight behind a concept such as that says volumes about the changes in trends in the manga industry. Forget ninjas, pirates and samurai, a time is coming when it will be the soccer players, cycling champions and baseball stars that rule the Top 10.

+Nanatsu no Taizai/Magi/Assassination Classroom

Nanatsu no Taizai is the only winner among these three; considering its rapidly rising fame last year, Magi took a beating in 2014. Forget Bleach, Kingdom or even Fairy Tail. Those manga didn’t as much drop in sales as they did simply lose out to drastically more successful series. We are talking about declines of a few hundred thousand.

Magi declined by a whopping 3 million copies; which is odd, considering the fact that the manga is only getting better. This as opposed to assassination classroom which barely shifted in number of copies sold, despite the change in rank.

Nanatsu no Taizai is milking the popularity of an anime of fairly acceptable quality, jumping into the top 10 at a time where many previous manga stars are experiencing noteworthy declines.

You could also blame the quality of the Deadly Sins manga, whose first 100 chapters maintained a surprisingly rapid pace, with each arc raising the stakes and produced even more thrills. And it is because it is still so young and yet performs so well that it is difficult to believe those voices suggesting that shonen, specifically long running shonen manga, might have lost its market.

The end of Naruto and Bleach, even One Piece isn’t something to be feared, not in the manner of those people who suggested that the end of the Big Three would end the domination of shonen manga told in that particular formula. Along with Magi and Tokyo Ghoul, we have every reason to expect the shonen formula to maintain its strength for years to come.

+Tokyo Ghoul

Two Years ago, Tokyo ghoul was averaging one million copies every year, this as opposed to SIX MILLION COPIES this year; that is an increment of 5 million. How the hell does a manga do that?

Are we really going to say that the Tokyo Ghoul anime is solely responsible for the success of its manga counterpart? Because, personally, while entertained, my mind wasn’t exactly blown by the anime-and the mediocre finale didn’t help.

The Tokyo Ghoul anime gets points for gorgeous animation but that is hardly enough to make it a masterpiece; which means Tokyo Ghoul is one of those few manga that seem to succeed using hype, where the idea of the anime is so appealing that it forces readers towards the manga immediately after the anime ends just so they can continue the progress of their favorite story.

The question is whether Tokyo Ghoul is worth all the Hype afforded to it. That is a question that will be answered at the end of 2015. If the manga is as good as they say, then Tokyo Ghoul’s numbers could even double next time. Otherwise, there is a chance that it might drop out of the top 20.

+Toriko

I thought this manga was on the way to the top. It is curious that Toriko would fall out of the top 30, even considering the number of people out there that cannot stop singing its praises.

+Conclusion:

There is so much to be said about Naruto, One Piece and Attack on Titan that it will require it’s own separate post.

Taking this list into account, some undeniable factors emerge.

- Sports manga are the future, and it makes sense.

There is simply no shortage of thrill inducing moments, or even episodes; after all every arc is just a new tournament or match, and just as sports fans still flood into stadiums every week for sports they have been watching for decades, there is no end to the level of entertainment one can elicit from sports manga.

-Shonen action manga are not the dying breed people keep saying they are; people still want to see unwavering heroes with special powers fight to protect their friends from evil; yet the shonen action formula isn’t exactly a necessity for success in this regard either.

Maybe tastes among manga readers have always been this diversified, yet the numbers of manga readers willing to venture beyond the action arena is growing to a point where it can begin impacting sales.

-It all comes down to anime; if you do not have an anime in the works, then do not expect your manga make any headway, especially within the top ten.

Magi rose to its peak at a time where its second anime season was attracting attention and converting anime fans into Magi Manga readers; following the end of The Kingdom of Magic, one need only look at Magi’s decline to appreciate the impact of the absence of its anime.

The same thing goes for Tokyo Ghoul, Nanatsu no Taizai and Terra Formars, whose anime adaptations have had a clear impact upon their success.

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Hello everyone! I got a PM request from a member in the battle community after he saw the Wiki Editor Archive 2014 blog last night. He asks if I could do one for the battle community. Honestly, I don't know a lot of folks in the battle community as intimately with the wiki community due to being more of a wiki mod than a forum mod. The last archive I did was the Battle Forum Archive Nov-Dec 2013 and that was a lot of work and hours. I did the best I could. For this archive, I had a idea to make life easier by just listing preferences. I spent the day going through forum submissions and getting a feel for the person's favorite franchises where they are comfortable debating in.

Please check out this thread. You may find something in common with a person. This archive has some influence from AnimeDefender's community project idea, a battle directory where he proposed that the community shares recommendation. AnimeDefender loved the battle community because it got him into different anime and manga series.

I didn't complete this blog since this community is the largest in the site with many users going in and out from different sites. The battle community is known as the Mecca of site because there is a lot of trans-community members here. There will be folks missing. If I miss you, please let me know. I'm only human. Oh, I don't include folks who were permanently banned since I only include users with good standing.

Thank you.

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  • Dragon Ball
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Welcome everyone to the Wiki Editor's Archive 2014! This is an archive of all wiki editors who worked last year. The purpose of this thread is to promote our community and our users who contributed to our site whether it will be a minor edit or a massive project with a team. We all should be proud of our community and its folks because we are a diverse site with various interests: battles, forums, reviews, RPG, Fan Fic, wiki editing.

Thank you everyone. Please give these guys and gals a round of applause.

Note:

  • There will be a blog on best wiki editors and reviewers of 2014 soon. I'll add the links to the wiki pages for the solo projects by the end of the week. I have the Winter 2015 Anime Trailer Guide this week to work on with my teammate, BigHeart711. Sorry about that.
  • Please let me know if I miss anyone.

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Solo

Here are our independent wiki editors.

Acura Max
  • Psycho-Pass 2 - Anime, Images, and Characters
AgentFakku
  • Various Newer Hentai Series - Anime, Manga, and Characters
Akronawol17
  • God of High School
  • O Parts Hunter
  • Seven Deadly Sins
Aleasha
  • Coppelion
  • Tokyo Raven
  • Wizard Barristers
BigHeart711
  • Wooser - Anime and Characters
BigRule
  • Pretty Cure - Characters
Bigz007
  • Filler - Concept
  • World Conquest Zvezda Plot - Anime and Characters
CaliverNeil
  • Hayate - Characters
Chef_Banchou
  • Kongou Bancho - Characters and Manga
Daniel Newton
  • Brynhildr in the Darkness
  • Maken-ki! Two
  • Qwaser of Stigmata
  • Sakura Trick
  • Space Dandy
Dekken
  • Various Female Characters - Profile Portraits and Measurements List - Images
  • Gantz - Manga
  • History's Strongest Disciple - Manga
  • Medaka Box - Manga
  • Muromi-San - Anime and Manga
Demonic13
  • Churaumi - Anime
  • Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho - Manga and Anime
  • Misc Hentai
DestinyHeroKnight
Dochaus
  • Aldnoah.Zero - Anime
  • Argevollen - Anime
  • Space Dandy and 2 - Anime
  • Survival Game Club - Anime
  • When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace - Anime
Dream
  • Fate - Character
  • Hime - Characters
  • Studio Ghibli - Company
EVA_01See team project, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

Falbium_Asmodeus

  • Psycho Buster - Characters
ForgottenOne
  • Medaka Box - Characters
FoxxFireArt
  • Monthly Dragon Age Magazine - Manga
Iju
  • Black Butler - Characters
Inuyashaa2010
  • History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi - Manga
JackFanon
  • Blazblue
  • Misc Non franchise oriented Concept Threads
  • RWBY
KawaiiEmpress
  • Carnival Phantasm - Episodes
  • Fate - Characters
Kuma_From_Argentina
  • Various Tokusatsu pages - Characters
Low
  • Kingdom - Manga
  • Terraformars - Manga
  • Tokyo Ghoul - Characters and Manga
Madnessreaver
  • The Breaker - Manga
MangaDog
  • Various Video Game based anime or manga adaptations - Characters
MrWhiteX
  • Hunter x Hunter - Anime
  • One Punch Man - Character
  • Soul Eater - Images
Naughty
  • Various Hentai Pages - Images, Anime, Manga
  • Various Ecchi Pages
OEST_MAG
  • Creamy Mami - Episode Attachments
  • Mazinger - Characters
  • Various Older Magical Girl Anime
Oglaphone
  • A Town Where You Live (Kimi no iru Machi) - Character Articles
  • Berserk - Character Articles
  • Welcome to the El-Palacio - Manga
Overnatural
  • Freezing - Characters
Ravenbuster
  • Kamigami no Asobi - Character, Anime
  • Kamisama Kiss - Character, Anime
  • Rage of Bahamut: Genesis - Character, Anime
Reiyo
  • Dragon Ball
  • Durarara!!
Salbing
  • Tokyo Ghoul - Concept and Characters
Samjaz
  • Digimon - Characters
Saramango9
  • Ikkiman - Characters
ShadowKnight508
  • Heaven's Lost Property - Manga
  • Kampfer - Manga
sickVisionz
  • Katanagatari
sifter01
  • Date a Live - Anime
  • Sakura Trick - Characters
Sonata
  • Various Hentai - Anime and Characters
SonnekoOne Punch Man - Characters
SSJjanemba
  • Dragon Ball - [Active]

Taichokage

  • D. Gray-Man - Character
  • God of Highschool - Character
  • One Punch Man - Character
Takashichea
  • Black Butler Book of Circus - Anime
  • Brynhildr in the Darkness - Anime, Images
  • Chaika -The Coffin Princess- AVENGING BATTLE - Anime
  • Comic Earth Star Magazine - Manga
  • Dramatical Murder - Anime
  • Fate/Kalied liner Prisma Illya - Anime
  • Fate/stay Night Unlimited Blade Works - Anime
  • Monthly Gangan Joker - Manga
  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-Kun - Anime, Images
  • Nagi no Asukara - Anime
  • Recently, My Sister is Unusual
  • Samurai Flamenco - Anime, Images
  • Strike the Blood - Anime, Images
  • Tokyo Ghoul - Anime, Images
  • When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace - Anime
  • Wolf Girl & Black Prince - Anime
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  • Legend of Korra
  • Tokyo Ghoul - Character
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  • Your Lie in April - Episodes

Vapovile

  • Hitman Reborn - Characters
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Whiskers
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  • Free - Eternal Summer - Images
  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun - Images
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  • Bleach - Characters

Team

Here are the wiki editing teams.

Akame ga Kill
  • Oglaphone
  • Takashichea
  • MadnessReaver
  • Dekken
  • WereWolverine
  • MrWhiteX
Chaika -The Coffin Princess (Season 1 Only)
  • Takashichea
  • AgentFakku
  • Sidapa
Hentai
  • Daniel Newton
  • AgentFakku
  • Dekken
  • Sonata
  • Naughty
  • Demonic13
  • BigHeart711
  • Takashichea
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
  • Takashichea
  • ForgottenOne
  • RubberLuffy
  • Toxin45
  • Eva_01
  • RubberLuffy
  • SpeedForceSpider
  • MrWhiteX
Kill la Kill
  • FoxxFireArt
  • Daniel_Newton
  • King of Ash
  • Takashichea
  • Dekken
Magi
  • Bigz007
  • Taichokage
  • Takashichea
One Piece
  • Dekken
  • Takashichea
  • Gyn
Toriko
  • Yusuke52
  • Taichokage
  • Takashichea
  • WayBig1010101
  • SpeedForceSpider
  • IndridCold
  • Othus12
  • Bigz007
  • Sonneko
RWBY
  • BigHeart711
  • Takashichea
The Seven Deadly Sins
  • Takashichea
  • Bigz007
  • Taichokage
  • DestinyHeroKnight
Terra Formars
  • adictoalatrama
  • Takashichea
The Legend of Korra
  • Takashichea
  • Yusuke52

Out of these team projects, there were 4 projects finished. Akame ga Kill, Chaika Season 1, Magi Season 2, and Kill la Kill teams have finished all of their episode summaries.

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Hello everyone! Winter 2015 season is approaching quickly. I'm working hard to make sure Anime Vice's community is up to date.

Here in Anime Vice, users are encourage to watch anime legally whenever possible. Territories are listed below. I will continually update this blog. Later in the first half of January 2015, I will have a comprehensive Simulcast guide for all legal anime streaming venue for the community. It will be on the front page.

Status

With Wakanim TV being a French site, it's hard for me to read due to the language barrier. I'll try my best to list as much info as I can. I do ask companies on their Twitter account.

Simulcasts

1. Durarara!!x2
  • Date: January 10
  • Link

A second season of Durarara!! is in the works. The story takes place a half year after the first series at Tokyo's Ikebukuro neighborhood. The first part, "Shou," or "Understanding," will air in January 2015.

2. Tokyo Ghoul √A

This dark, supernatural mega-hit anime returns this winter, and the ghouls are back for blood! How have things changed now that Kaneki is forced to more fully embrace his ghoul side? Find out in the second season, Tokyo Ghoul √A (a.k.a. Tokyo Ghoul Root A).

The things that go bump in the night are back for a second season – and they’re hungrier than ever! In modern day Tokyo, society lives in fear of Ghouls: mysterious creatures that look exactly like humans — yet hunger insatiably for their flesh. None of this matters to Ken Kaneki, a bookish and ordinary young man, until a dark and violent encounter turns him into the first ever Ghoul-human half breed. Trapped between two worlds, Ken must survive the violent conflicts of warring Ghoul factions, while attempting to learn more about Ghoul society, his newfound powers, and the fine line between man and monster.

Tsukimonogatari
  • Date: January 15
  • Link
The time is February, after the ordeal with Nadeko Sengoku was resolved thanks to Deishu Kaiki working behind the scenes. As Koyomi Araragi studied for that last push before the college entrance exams, a change to his physical body that "could not be overlooked" was starting to happen. The difference that could be described as retribution for all his past action is...!?
The Rolling Girls

Ten years after the Great War of Tokyo, Japanese prefectures have become independent states. Each country is led by a prophet, a Mosa with a Mob under him, an army. But tensions appear then nations begin to invade each other. Four girls part of the Mob Clan Saitama, Nozomi, Yukina, Ai and Chihaya, are sent on a mission by their Mosa. They will hit the road and travel the Japan motorcycle to resolve conflicts that arise daily between nations and clans.

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Hello everyone! Winter 2015 season is approaching quickly. I'm working hard to make sure Anime Vice's community is up to date.

Here in Anime Vice, users are encourage to watch anime legally whenever possible. Territories are listed below. I will continually update this blog. Later in the first half of January 2015, I will have a comprehensive Simulcast guide for all legal anime sites.

Status

  • Durarara hasn't been confirmed yet.

Simulcasts

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
  • Start Date: January 8 at 10:30am PST
  • Simulcast: Thursdays 10:30am PST
  • Territories: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
  • Link
One day, an otaku high school student Tomoya Aki has a fateful encounter with a girl. This meeting inspires Tomoya to design his very own “gal-game” featuring a heroine modeled after the girl he saw. In order to make his desire a reality, Tomoya must persuade a few eccentric “creators” such as the ace member of the art club, Eriri Spencer Sawamura and the school’s top student, Utaha Kasumigaoka to join his development team. Meanwhile, Tomoya is shocked to learn that the girl he idolized as his muse for this whole project was none other than his boring classmate, Megumi Kato!
Durarara!!x2
  • Start Date: Saturday at 9 AM PST
  • Simulcast: Saturdays 9:00am PST
  • Territories: North America, Central America, South America, Ireland, and UK
Mikado Ryugamine is a young man who yearns for the city like no other. At the invitation of his childhood friend, Masaomi Kida, he moves to Ikebukuro, Tokyo and enters school there.
Half a year after the turmoil that rocked the entire city of Ikebukuro— Peace has once again returned to the city and people are living each day normally. The high school students enjoy their days of youth as the strongest and most dangerous man of Ikebukuro works diligently. The informant plots a new scheme and the headless rider is pursued by the cops as she rides through the night…But soon this normal will be cut short by the abnormal. Slowly but surely, the unknown will seize the city and face an all new storm.
Magic Kaito 1412
**Magic Kaito 1412 will have episodes 1-4 available TODAY at 4pm PST, with 11-12 available on Saturday 4am PST, which is when the regular simulcast schedule will be. 2 catalog episodes will be released each week at the simul time until they get caught up.
  • Territories: US and Canada.
  • Link

When Kaito Kuroba‘s father dies under mysterious circumstances, he finds out his father's secret identity; a famous international criminal known as International Criminal 1412: the Phantom Thief, and that he was murdered by a mysterious organization for refusing to aid them in retrieving the "Pandora Gem" – a jewel that grants immortality.

He vows to stop the organization from obtaining the gem, and assumes his father's identity. His only clues as to the gem's location are that it glows red under the full moon and that it is a doublet: a gem hidden within a larger gem. Kaito researches and steals famous priceless gems with interesting histories from incredibly well-defended areas, but always returns them after the very next full moon.

Absolute Duo
  • Start Date: Monday, January 5th at 11:00 AM Pacific Time
  • Territories: Europe (except for UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia), the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Link

“Blaze” – a weapon that you create by materializing your own soul using super-fortified spiritual powers. At Koryo Academy, a school that teaches combat skills to those who were born with aptitude for “Blaze” (said to be one in a thousand), students use a partnership system called “Duo” to tie a bond, and heighten each other’s souls. Now, the curtain rises on the story of Tor Kokonoe, an “Irregular” boy whose “Blaze” took the form of a “Shield” – an armor instead of a weapon, and Julie Sigtuna, a girl with silver hair. A school battle action that grasps the future with the bonds to your partner!! I will burn my entire soul, and I will become your “Shield” –

Yurikuma Arashi
  • Start Date: Yurikuma Arashi will start airing on Monday, January 5th, at 11:30 AM Pacific Time
  • Territories: Europe (except for UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia), the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Link

At some point, somewhere in outer space, the small planet Kumalia exploded. As the particles of what used to be Kumalia showered upon Earth as a meteor shower, for some reason all the bears (kuma) on earth stood up to attack humanity! “Humans vs Bears” Bears ate people, people shot bears, creating an endless battle and a chain of hatred. In due time, a great “Wall of Extinction” was built between humans and bears, and they could no longer show aggression towards one another… The human world. One morning, Kureha Tsubasa and Sumika Izumino, students at Arashigaoka Academy, were alone watching “lily flowers” blooming in the flower bed. The two were ‘friends’ as well as lovers. The flower bed was a place very special for them. They stare at each other. Just then, a Bear Warning pierces loudly through the air! A Bear had encroached into the human world, and a human has been assaulted! What in the world is this bear..? Mystery brings on more mysteries, a series of one raging blow after another! Yurikuma Arashi elegantly begins its opening act now!

Kamisama Kiss 2

Both season 1 and the season 2 simulcast

  • Start Date: ?
  • Territories: Mexico, Central and South America including the Caribbean (Excluding English speaking U.S. territories)
  • Link

Nanami was just a normal high school girl down on her luck until a stranger’s lips marked her as the new Land God and turned her world upside down. Now, she’s figuring out the duties of a deity with the help of Tomoe, a reformed fox demon who reluctantly becomes her familiar in a contract sealed with a kiss. The new responsibilities—and boys—are a lot to handle, like the crow demon masquerading as a gorgeous pop idol and the adorable snake spirit who’s chosen the newly minted god to be his bride. As the headstrong Tomoe tries to whip her into shape, Nanami finds that love just might have cute, pointed fox ears. With romance in the air, will the human deity be able to prove herself worthy of her new title?

Aldnoah.Zero 2
  • Start Date: Saturday January 10th, at 9:30am Pacific Time
  • Territories: North America, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Europe excluding German-speaking territories.
  • Link

Returning for a second season after an epic cliffhanger from the first season, ALDNOAH.ZERO continues the story of the struggle between the people of Earth and Mars as they wage war against each other. Directed by Ei Aoki (Fate/Zero, The Garden of Sinners) and featuring character designs by Takako Shimura (Wandering Son), ALDNOAH.ZEROfeatures inhabitants of Earth and Mars waging in an interplanetary war. The story touches upon the effects wars have on a country’s government and its people.

KanColle
  • Start Date: Wednesday, January 7 at 10:30am PST
  • Simulcast:
    Wednesdays 10:30am PST
  • Territories: United States (and its territories), Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean), United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe (excluding German-speaking territories), South Africa, the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Link
Set in a world where humanity has lost control of the oceans to the “deep sea fleet,” the only hope to counter this threat are the Kan-musume, a group of girls who possess the spirit of Japanese World War II warships. The story revolves around Fubuki, a special class destroyer who comes to the Chinjufu base to train with other Kan-musume. Watch as their stories unfold!
Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!
  • Start Date: January 6 at 10:40 AM Pacific Time
  • Simulcast: Every Tuesdays 10:40am PST
  • Territories: Worldwide excluding Asia.
  • Link
The story revolves around the members of the “Earth Defense Club” aka the “Do Nothing Club” at Binan High School. One day, the club members are soaking in a hot bath together when all of a sudden a mysterious pink wombat appears out of thin air! The wombat asks the members to lend it their help to protect the Earth. At school the next day, each of the club members receives a magical bracelet enveloping them in a dazzling light.
Samurai Warriors
  • Start Date: January 11 at 10:30 AM Pacific Time
  • Simulcast: Sundays 10:35am PST
  • Territories: worldwide except for Asia
  • Link
Samurai Warriors focuses on the Sanada brothers during the Sengoku era of Japan. In late 16th century, the era of civil war that tore Japan over two centuries is nearing its end and the regional warlords who survived the bloodsheds are ready for a final showdown. In the battlefield where your best ally turns out to be your worst enemy, only the shrewdest can come out alive.
Shōnen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 50-
  • Start Date: January 10 at 10:30 AM Pacific Time
  • Simulcast:
  • Territories: Europe (except English speaking territories), the Middle East, and North Africa.
  • Link
Based on the mix media project by Ikuyo Hashiguchi, studio ZEXCS will once again be producing the idol anime SHONEN HOLLYWOOD –HOLLY STAGE FOR 50-. The plot takes place 15 years after the original light novel’s story in a fictional theater called Hollywood Tokyo in Harajuku. The five aspiring members, Kakeru, Kira, Ikuma, Daiki and Shun, work together to develop their talents as idols.
The project brings together an all-star cast of voice actors known for their leading roles in some of today’s most popular anime. Daiki Yamashita (Onoda from Yowapeda) as Kira Saeki, Kensho Ono (Kuroko from Kuroko's Basketball) as Shun Maiyama, Ryota Oosaka (Eijun from Ace of the Diamond) as Kakeru Kazami, Shota Aoi (Ai Mikaze from Uta no Prince Sama 2) as Daiki Tomii, and Tetsuya Kakihara (Yohei from Kuroko's Basketball) as Ikuma Amaki.
The Testament of Sister New Devil
  • Start Date: Wednesday, January 7 at 11:00am PST
  • Simulcast: Every Wednesdays 11:00am PST
  • Territories: United States (and its territories), Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean), United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe (and its territories), South Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa.
  • Link
Basara Toujo is a high school student whose father has suddenly just remarried. His father then departs overseas leaving Basara with two new beautiful step-sisters. Little does he know, his new sisters, Mio and Maria are actually the new Demon Lord and a succubus!? Almost trapped into a life of servitude, Basara forms a reverse contract by accident and ends up becoming Mio’s master! Hijinks ensue as Basara finds himself in one ecchi situation after another. However, Mio’s life is in danger as she is pursued by demons and heroes!
Military!
  • Start Date: January 8th at 11:30am PST
  • Simulcast: Thursdays 11:30am PST
  • Territories: worldwide except Japan
  • Link
The Krakozhia Dukedom and the Grania Republic are at war, and high school student Sōhei Yano wants no part of it. But when two Lieutenants show up in tanks at his door, his life becomes an exercise in dodging stray bullets!
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc
  • Start Date: January 9th, at 9:30 AM Pacific Time
  • Simulcast: every Friday
  • Territories: Worldwide except Asia
  • Link

The action-packed shonen favorite JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure returns this winter with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders - Battle in Egypt! After 30 days of travel across the world, plagued with countless battles, Jotaro and his companions have finally arrived in Egypt! Now only the strongest "Stand" users remain to rebuff our heroes' final march on Cairo: The Nine Egyptian Gods, DIO's most zealous servants. Will the Joestar line fall to the monstrous vampire, or can Jotaro defeat DIO and save his mother's life?

Unlimited Fafnir
  • Saturday January 10th, starting at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (Episode 1 Only)
  • Simulcast:
  • Territories: USA and Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean), UK, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia.
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Twenty-five years ago, the world suddenly changed when monsters called “Dragons” appeared; seeking to ravage the earth and find mates. Over time, superhuman girls possessing the powers of the dragons, called “D girls” were born. Yuu Mononobe is the only male “D” in existence and is forced to enroll at Midgar - an academy for D girls. At the academy, he accidentally runs into Iris, a delinquent D girl, while she’s naked, and even reunites with this long lost sister, Mitsuki, whom he was separated with at birth. Will Iris and Yuu, the boy who is supposed to become the strongest assassin, be able to challenge the seven dragons that threaten to destroy the world? USA and Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean), UK, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia.

Gourmet Girl Graffiti
  • Start Date: Saturday January 10th, at 8 PM Pacific Time
  • Simulcast: Saturdays 8:00pm PST
  • Territories: USA and Canada
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The story follows Ryo, a middle school girl who lives by herself. She has a knack for cooking, and she makes friendships with everyone through her food. The cooking manga is "full of detailed cuisine art to whet the appetite." The "koufuku" in the title is wordplay on two Japanese homonyms — one which means "happiness" and another that means "appetite."
World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman
  • Start Date: January 11th at 10:05 AM Pacific Time
  • Simulcast: Sundays 10:05am PST
  • Territories: worldwide excluding Asia
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The story is set at a private school that brings together “Saviors” – students who have awakened memories of their past lives as Shirogane or Kuroma. Shirogane use weapons gleaned with Puraana from their bodies to fight enemies, while Kuroma use magic by manipulating Maana to banish their foes. Moroha Haimura has just enrolled into the private school and is the first Savior in history who has awakened memories of being both a Shirogane and Kuroma.

18. Dog Days''
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  • Simulcast: Saturday at 9:00 AM Pacific Time
  • Territories: Asia excluding Japan, China, Korea, India
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Third season of Dog Days. It takes place two to three months after the second season during fall vacation.

Fafner Exodus
  • Start Date: January 15th, at 11:30 AM Pacific Time
  • Simulcast: Thursdays 11:30am PST
  • Territories: U.S.A and its territories, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, South Africa, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Demark, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Netherlands, Turkey, Latin America (Central and South America including Caribbean), Middle East and North Africa.
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Tatsumiyajima is the central island in the middle of a small cluster of islands, in a sleepy backwater of the Japanese isles. Not much happens there, and the island's young people go to school knowing that their lives are likely to remain peaceful and undisturbed. Or so they have been taught... but the truth is different. The fate of mankind is on the line, and Tatsumiyajima is the last line of defense against a hostile and incomprehensible enemy. At the center of it all, fighting for Humanity's continued existence, is the giant robot Fafner, the dragon that guards this final treasure of mankind. Fafner Exodus will be set 2 years after the first attacks of the festums.
6. ISUCA
  • Start Date: Friday starting January 23rd, starting at 11:00 AM Pacific Time
  • Territories: United States (and its territories), Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean), United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe (excluding German-speaking territories), South Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Shinichiro Asano is a penniless high school student who decides to look for a job in order to pay his rent. His teacher suggests that he find work doing housekeeping. While working for the Shimazu family, he meets Sakuya, a beautiful girl who comes off as a bit crude and selfish. But Sakuya is also the 37th head of the Shimazu family and works as an exorcist, capturing and eliminating unwanted creatures. One day, Shinichiro accidentally frees one of these creatures and they must cooperate to recapture it.

Kuroko's Basketball 3
  • Start Date: January 23, 2015
  • Territories: North America, South America, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden.
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Even in the glorious history of the Teiko Junior High Basketball team, the "Generation of Miracles" was where five genius players said to be at a one-man-in-ten-years level all resided at the same time. Even after advancing to high school, they are still called by that nickname with the same amount of glory.

Taiga Kagami, the ace player for Seirin High School, is developing powers to close in to their level. His natural talent increases in passion and brilliance with each game, and he is truly the "light" of Seirin, and if Kagami is the "light," the "shadow" supports the team's rapid progress with an unwavering will Tetsuya Kuroko of Seirin High School.

With the advancement to the Winter Cup, Seirin finds themselves on a roll and defeats Toô Gakuen, starring Aomine, and Yosen, starring Murasakibara.

They finally advance on to the semifinals...!

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We are now three days into the new year, still doesn't feel real yet, so now is as good a time as any to reflect on some of my favorite anime I saw in 2014.

The Plan

When I began the year one of main goals was to watch more 50+ episode series that I had meaning to see. I was going to begin with Macross 7 then move on to Galactic Heroes and Revolutionary Girl Utena among others. However, 10 episodes into Macross, I ended up dropping the plan to watch more short OVAs and movies. Perhaps I'll finish those shows in 2015 but it wasn't meant to be this year.

Anyway here are my 2014 anime "awards:"

Cool Anime I Saw in 2014

Anime I'm Proud I Saw: Future Boy Conan

WTF Anime that was Awesome: Battle Royal High School

Biggest Surprise: Harmonie

2014 Anime that I Loved: Kill la Kill, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, and Space Dandy

Anime that Helped Me Move Into My New Apartment: Magic User's Club and Princess Nine

Netflix Anime I Binge-Watched: Knights of Sidonia and Devil is a Part-Timer

Series that Took Me a Long Time to Watch: Gundam Unicorn and Steins;Gate

Thank you Sōta Sugahara : gdgd Fairies and Hi-sCool! Seha Girls

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