Welcome everyone, we have a small selection this week. I'm pretty familiar with Beyblade and From the New World. I'm not interested in BeyBlade since it hasn't aged well on me. I definitely recommend From the New World if you like dystopic anime series with strong themes of human values such as individual vs the community and exploring the ugly side of human nature.
For this week, I included Batman: Assault on Arkham since I saw it on Right Stuf this week. It's on my watch list, and I have high expectations for this film.
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.
|Beyblade: The Classic First Season (DVD)|
Tyson Granger, a young boy, and his friend Kenny enter the Japanese Regional Qualifying Beyblade Tournament. There, Tyson meets new players and organizes a team called the Bladebreakers in order to win the Beyblade World Championship. They compete with spinning tops called Beyblades (which hold beasts inside them), forge friendships and create opponents along the way.
|Beyblade: The Classic First Season - Volume 1 (DVD)|
|Fantasista Doll - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray or DVD)|
Will Uzume be able to deal with both the Dolls' odd demands and the fate of mankind resting on her shoulders? Or are the odds hopelessly stacked against her? With the future of everyone she knows and loves riding on her, Uzume's going to have to learn how to play the hand she's been dealt pretty quickly, because while she may know when to hold them, folding them isn't going to be an option with the world at stake!
|From the New World - Collection 2 (Blu-Ray or DVD)|
With her memories of Shun fading, she and Satoru find themselves in a race to find Maria and Mamoru before the Committee condemns them to destruction. But the clock is turning against them in more ways than one, as the smoldering conflicts between the rat colonies threatens to erupt into open warfare. As pivotal pieces in a deadly endgame designed to wipe an entire species from the face of the planet, it's not going to be enough for Saki and Satoru to merely survive. To lead the best laid plans of both rats and men astray, they'll have to uncover the final secrets to two hidden worlds and turn them against their makers!
Batman: Assault on Arkham
When the government teams up a group of supervillains with the code name Suicide Squad and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to bring back top secret information the Riddler has stolen, Batman soon becomes involved. But things go from bad to worse when one of the Squad (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, who has the means to not only blow up the asylum, but most of Gotham City as well.
Based on Astrid Lindgren's Swedish novel, Ronja Rövardotter.
The story revolves around Ronia, the only daughter of Mattis, the chief of a tribe of bandits who live in a large castle in a forest. Ronia studies the ways of the mysterious creatures who live in the forest.
Here are three different franchises with dub news.
Set against a backdrop of international arms dealers, exploding cyborgs, and murdered prostitutes, this origins story plays out with a futuristic flair for the destructive. When cyborg hacker Motoko Kusanagi is hired to investigate a devastating bombing, she must fight her way through a maze of phantom memories to unlock her mysterious past – and track down the evil mastermind behind the attacks.
Witness the formation of the legendary Public Security Section 9. When a clandestine organization hacks every car in the city, Kusanagi recruits a lethal team of cyber operatives that includes a badass brawler with Special Forces training, an explosives expert, a technology specialist, and a chain-smoking jack-of-all-trades with a sordid past. Together this ruthless gang of enforcers sets out to clamp down on the chaos and make the city safe again.
The three movies are When Marnie Was There and Ronia, the Robber's Daughter. No dub cast is announced, just that these three films will be dubbed soon. Geoffrey Wexler listed himself as the English-language dub and subtitle producer for both films.
Summary for When Marnie Was There:
Anna hasn't a friend in the world - until she meets Marnie among the sand dunes. But Marnie isn't all she seems...An atmospheric ghost story with truths to tell about friendship, families and loneliness. Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things. Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr. and Mrs. Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water. There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognizes - and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna's first ever friend. Then one day, Marnie vanishes. A new family, the Lindsays, move into the Marsh House. Having learnt so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna makes firm friends with the Lindsays - and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed...
Summary for Ronia, the Robber's Daughter:
The story revolves around Ronia, the only daughter of Mattis, the chief of a tribe of bandits who live in a large castle in a forest. Ronia studies the ways of the mysterious creatures who live in the forest.
Sentai Filmworks announced the cast and the release date for their Blu-Ray and DVD, September 2, 2014.
A secret war rages in the shadows of Tachikawa City, where every day its unsuspecting citizens fall prey to the unseen and unfamiliar foes around them. With the citizens powerless to stop their erratic and indefensible attacks, a new kind of hero emerges to push back the encroaching darkness: enter the Gatchaman! Gifted with alien technology the likes of which the world has never seen, and imbued with a much needed jolt of whimsy and adventure from its latest oddball recruit, Hajime Ichinose, the Gatchaman's mission is to protect in secret, to defend unnoticed. Meanwhile, a new online sensation is exploding within the city: Rui Ninomiya's massive social networking hub known as GALAX is taking hold of the populace, turning every day “GALAXters” into heroes in the making.
Unfortunately, a new yet familiar foe known only as Berg Katze sees an opportunity to create chaos in the streets, coercing the techno-prodigy Rui with thoughts of social justice while secretly bending the GALAX Network to his will! Unable to understand his motives, the Gatchaman will have to rely on their energetic new member to figure out the puzzle laid bare by the former Gatchaman as his army grows stronger by the minute. An explosion of bright lights and pulse pounding rhythms comes together for an unforgettable, action packed experience as Hajime and the rest of the Gatchaman try to update the world together in Gatchaman Crowds!
I saw this on Amazon and Danbooru. Every month, I upload posters from Megami and Nyantype, magazines that features posters from current anime series and done by different artists in very risque poses and post at the Ecchi Club. This magazine, Girls Mate, is a new one I haven't seen. I seen magazines aim towards women, Pash!, while others aim for both genders, Animedia and Newtype. Girls Mate is like the normal and doesn't show any bikini or skin like Megami and Nyantype. It also features current anime series with the exception of Kinmoza which aired in summer of 2013.
I couldn't find a place to showcase this magazine and their posters. It's not risque enough for the Ecchi Club.
Thanks to Danbooru for uploading the images and thank you everyone for reading. Hope you enjoy the posters.
How I got into posters, blame Daniel Newton. He got me to help with him in the Megami and Nyantype magazine. I spent some of my break time in Amazon.co.jp looking at magazines for some odd reason.
Characters Featured: Rino Endou, Fumi Kujou, Ikumi Suzuki, Ayaka Nikaidou
Anime: Bladedance of Elementalers
Characters Featured: Yukari Kohinata, Yui Mikoze, Mirai Nazukari, Nanako Usami
Anime: Rail Wars!
Characters Featured: Hina Fukami, Touko Fukami, Sachi Nagamiya, and Yanagi Takayama
Anime: Kinmoza! Kiniro + MosaicCharacters Featured: Alice Cartelet, Yoko Inokuma, Aya Komichi, Karen Kujo, Shinobu Omiya
For a list of all their shows, please visit Hanabee.au's website, link to their shows. No dates or times are given for their simulcasts.
The story features 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.
|Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei!|
Illyasviel von Einzbern is an ordinary middle school student in Japan who becomes a magical girl after the magical Kaleidostick Ruby deems her a more suitable master than the sorceress, Rin Tohsaka. Unable to dissuade Ruby, Rin forces Illya to collect the mysterious Class Cards in her place. Illya's own mysteries may have unknowingly attracted Ruby to her.
Takayama Naoto is a high school second-year who dreams of being a train conductor. In hopes of getting a job with Japan National Railways, one of the most stable businesses in Japan due to government support, Naoto has applied to an on-the-job training program for students.
|RWBY Volume 2|
RWBY is a new animated series from Rooster Teeth, directed by Monty Oum. The story focuses on a group of four girls in their first year at a legendary academy where they will learn to fight monsters.
For August 2014, Hanabee releases the entire series of The Familiar of Zero and Watamote for free. You have to sign up to watch the shows.
|The Familiar of Zero|
Louise Francoise Le Blanc de La Valliere has it tough, a poor little rich girl who has zero ability for magic which makes it incredibly difficult to study at the Tristain Academy of Magic. But when "Louise the Zero" summons her familiar, instead of summoning a fierce mythical creature she ends up pulling in Saito Hiraga, a normal everyday Japanese teenager. With no-other choice but to accept Saito as her familiar, Louise must learn to get along with Saito as he might just be the key to unlocking her abilities and saving the country.
The original series was released on May 7, 2014 on DVD and Blu-Ray.
The slice-of-life gag comedy centers around Tomoko Kuroki, a girl who thought she would be popular when she went to high school. However, she was in for a rude awakening, for cruel reality is not like the otome games (romance games for female players) she played.
The series will be release on October 1, 2014 subbed and dubbed on Blu-Ray and DVD.
All bold titles are new additions this week.
I saw this on ANN. With Anime Vice being an international community, I copy and paste ANN's list to give more exposure to legal access to anime series in the summer of 2014.
For North America and other countries, please see Summer 2014 Simulcast Guide. Thank you.
Buddy Complex had me worried at the start, mostly because it reminded me of Valrave the Liberator and I have nothing good to say about that show.
Thankfully Buddy Complex managed to rise above that particular image; though ‘rise above’ is too strong a statement to use with regards to this anime. Buddy Complex is commendable for being an entertaining mecha anime, nothing more, nothing less.
On the first day back after summer break, high-school student Aoba is attacked by a giant robot that appears out of the sky. As he's pursued through the city, his classmate Hina appears in a robot of her own. She rescues him, and tells him cryptically that "Dio is waiting for you", before she disappears. This begins Aoba's new life as the pilot of the Free Treaty Alliance against the Great Zogilia Republic.
I am not the biggest mecha fan; not that I don’t enjoy watching giant robots doing combat on screen. But it can get pretty repetitive. Once you have seen one giant mech battle, you have technically seen them all.
Which is why I couldn’t see the Buddy Complex appeal when I first considered watching it. And I still don’t. Buddy Complex stands upon the base of pure entertainment value alone, in which the characters are inherently likeable and fun to watch but nothing more.
Aoba is an innocent boy that finds himself cast into a war seventy years in the future between two warring parties; he finds, to many a surprised persons, that he possesses the ability to utilize the newly invented coupling system better than any other pilot ever trained, allowing him to connect minds with a second pilot, combining strengths and knowledge to bring forth a new power.
Basically Pacific Rim within a world war context. And maybe that is all Buddy complex has to offer, a fun ride in which we get to follow Aoba’s exploits.
Stranded on a alien earth, he has to come to terms with his fate, the nonexistence of all he knew and the hostility of a seemingly evil foe. Along the way, he makes connections, with Dio, his coupling partner, and the various members of the Alliance he encounters.
If that sounds mildly entertaining, that is because it actually is; and that is the problem. Buddy complex never advances beyond this rather typical premise. The World war is a pretty bland affair, the political complications and conflicts that constitute the various battles proving to be quite boring.
Buddy complex plays out as a typically good vs. evil scenario, in which the Zogilia empire seems intent on ruling earth and an alliance of nations rises to stop them. I say ‘seems’ because very little effort is injected into explaining the purpose and reasons driving the different sides.
Zogilia is a fashioned in darkness, typically donning and armored in darker tones; its cast ever frowning or exuding a sense of negativity, that as opposed to the light surrounding the Alliance.
Certainly some effort is placed into actually fleshing the Zogilia force. Well, I say ‘fleshed out’, but all the anime does is allow us to meet these young men and women, does almost nothing to actually elucidate upon their role in the war, perspectives and reasoning.
+I don’t want to call Buddy Complex cliché, because it isn’t. It is a story that fails to be what it wants. And I believe it knows what it wants, unlike so many other failures, taking into account the way the plot develops.
The attempt to create a sense of personal conflict, to show that both warring parties are indeed human beings with personalities and goals and beliefs that they fight for just about fell flat. Zogilia wasn’t interesting enough, its soldiers just random faces that the author felt the need to name for purposes of depth.
Maybe if we knew a little more about this war than the shallow briefing we were provided near the start, but the anime more or less ignores the war as a whole. And truth be told Buddy Complex would be perfectly fine without all this complex and layered stuff; probably even better. It is the fact that it tried and failed to achieve its intended level of depth that the anime falters and loses a few points.
Buddy complex is the Dio and Aoba story. Their various conflicts were a source of entertainment, as was the coupling system and related elements. Though the conflicts between Cygnus and the higher ups over the coupling system seemed so silly and utterly forced.
Little reason was given for the Alliance choosing to ignore and even debase a weapon as powerful as the coupling system beyond a cheap attempt at creating conflict.
Same thing goes for the way the battles were staged, somewhat ridiculously and forced.
Every time Aoba needed to learn one thing or Dio wanted to prove another or a new mech or attack was in play, it was silly how a Zogilia attack would occur almost immediately after.
I couldn’t overlook the convenience; it was like the author intended to craft an engaging set of battles but couldn’t quite figure out how to lead into them. Considering all the talk about stealth and cloaking technology and secrecy, it felt like Zogilia could find the Alliance forces and ships anytime it felt like it.
I found it fascinating that the power ups behind Buddy Complex were essentially an interesting variation of the power of friendship common in most shonen series, in which the relationship between two individuals and its strength determined the levels of power achieved.
Now admittedly we have seen these settings before, where synchronization of some sort requires a specified level of compatibility on a mental or emotional level.
That being said most such scenarios occur between man and machine and are rarely a matter of two human beings combining metal prowess.
I can summarize Buddy Complex as such:
The character interactions were pretty good and engaging.
Aoba was a decent hero, not too dumb as to ignore the obvious, never too unrealistically emotional, not so suddenly capable as to render better trained characters useless.
Certain characters received a healthy level of exposition and development, Dio most of all.
The Mecha battles were entertaining and never repetitive.
There were way too many coincidences, and that doesn’t even include the worm hole’s sudden appearance.
The antagonists were all forgettable, just random individuals with names we didn’t even need to know. All but Hina and her loyal pet.
Little effort is injected into explaining the war and the motives behind each party. I don’t need my antagonists to be deep and layered; I simply would have liked to know a little more of what Zogilia wanted.
All in all, an entertaining 13 episodes from Sunrise, worth the watch but nothing so impressive as to be mind blowing or even memorable. IN other words, if you choose not to watch Buddy Complex, you wouldn’t be missing much.
RATING: 6/10, not the best of mecha but not the worst. It would have worked better if not for the subtle attempt to inject depth, and the endless coincidental attacks.
This idea pop up in my head when I was working on the wiki today. Figured this will help unwind folks and bring back the fun. We have a large amount of harem shows this year.
Below the harem list, I share my thoughts on the best harem show for this year. Feel free to share what harem show in 2014 you believe is the best and most enjoyable.
Have fun everyone!
Let me know if I miss anything.
As a child, Raku Ichijo made a secret promise with his childhood sweetheart, keeping a pendant as a memento while his love took the key. He dreams of one day meeting his past love, but years later, reality smashes his hopes when Chitoge Kirisaki accidentally knees him in the face... Though Raku's a normal high schooler, his family heads the notorious yakuza gang the Shuei-Gumi faction! And he's dragged into family affairs when he's forced into a relationship with Chitoge, the daughter of a rival gang's boss! Despite their constant spats, the two somehow fool everyone with their false relationship. Raku then discovers that Chitoge has a mysterious key from her past, which she can't remember... Plus, two other girls appear with keys as well—Kosaki Onodera and Marika Tachibana! Caught in the midst of this love maelstrom, even more complications arise for Raku when his class decides on Romeo and Juliet as the class's play for the school festival. Can the two false lovebirds pull off the impossible and make the play a success?
|2. Maken-ki! Two|
Takeru Ohyama, a young normal yet perverted minded guy, got accepted and now goes to a school that, unknown to him, was where combat and magic is used. On the first day, he meets again after three years: Haruko Amaya, his childhood friend, Inaho Kushiya, a girl who says she's his fiance, and Kodama Himegami, a blonde who wants to kill him. Finding out that there are many girls there that just don't like him, he is told that everyone there uses a special magic ability while using an item or weapon called a Maken. Later, he finds that no Maken is acceptable for him and doesn't know what to do, since in this school the students get into duels that showcase their magic and combat power, of which he seemingly has none.
|3. Brynhildr in the Darkness|
When he was a child, Murakami was infatuated with a girl he called Kuroneko. She insisted on knowing about aliens and having met them, but no one believed her, even young Murakami was skeptical. One day, she decides to show him the aliens, but an accident occurs and Kuroneko dies while Murakami is left seriously wounded in the hospital. Years go by and Murakami obsesses on finding proof of the existence of aliens because of a promise he had made with Kuroneko. Then, one day, a new transfer student comes to his class, who not only looks a lot like Kuroneko, but is named Kurohaneko. And even though she insists on never having met Murakami before, the girl has superhuman strength and seems to even be able to predict the future.
|4. Dragonar Academy|
Learning to ride and tame dragons comes easy to most students at Ansarivan Dragonar Academy—except for first-year student Ash Blake, who is known by his fellow classmates as the “number one problem child.” Poor Ash is the laughing stock at school because, despite his unfashionably large star-shaped brand that marks him as a future dragon master, he has nothing to show for it. His dragon has never appeared. Until now, that is. One fateful day, Ash's dragon awakes in full glory, but appears different than any dragon ever seen before—in the form of a beautiful girl! What's worse, Ash soon discovers that this new dragon has attitude to spare, as she promptly informs him that she is the master, and he, the servant. Ash's problems with dragon riding have only just begun.
|5. If Her Flag Breaks|
Takei's original romantic comedy light novel series revolves around Sōta Hatate, a boy who has the unique ability to see "Flags" above the heads of other people. The "Flags" mark critical crossroads in people's lives — when the choices they make will determine love, friendship, victory, and even death. He transfers into Tokyo's elite Hatagaya Academy, but instead of living by himself in the boys' dormitory, he ends up living with five beautiful girls under one roof.
|6. Date a Live II|
Shido Itsuka, who used to be a normal high school student at Raizen High, meets the first Spirit, Tohka, and awakens his power to “seal the Spirit's power”. Though they may be feared and hated beings due to their immense power, Spirits were always alone and knew only combat and death. Shido, the only one in the world with the power to seal the Spirits' might, hurls himself into life-threatening dates with the beautiful Spirits in order to save them.
|7. The Comic Artist and His Assistants|
A life description about the mangaka Aito Yuuki and his assistant Ashisu Sahoto. Aito doesn't understand the feelings of the characters in his stories so he asks Ashisu to help him. Ashisu would do anything for the work—she will even let him touch her breast so he will know how it feels like.
|8. INVADERS of the ROKUJYOMA!?|
Due to his family’s financial circumstances, young Koutarou is forced to live in a small apartment (Rokujouma means 6-tatami, which is about 99 square feet) on a budget of 5000 yen a month (~$55US). On the plus side, he lives rent free, but on the minus side, that’s because room 106 of Corona Apartments is cursed. As is the norm in these supernatural high school comedies, the ghost is a cute young girl, and hijinks ensue when she tries to drive him out. Between the haunting, Koutarou’s nosy neighbors, and a self-styled magical girls flying to the unneeded rescue, there’s way too much for the impoverished young man to handle.
|9. Bladedance of Elementalers|
In the "elemental fantasy" of Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance, only a pure girl may enter into a spirit contract. At Areishia Spirit Academy, the daughters of nobility are assembled to take elite classes and become spirit elementalists. A boy named Kamito happened to be peeping on a student named Claire while she was taking a bath, and he accidentally makes a contract with a spirit instead of Claire. Now, Kamito has become something once thought impossible in this world — a male spirit elementalist.
Out of all the harem shows I watched, I didn't not finish Dragonar Academy, and I did start Date a Live or Maken-Ki Two.
For my most favorite and best harem, I would go with Brynhildr in the Darkness because it was unique. I haven't seen a harem series with horror, Sci-Fi, and action all in one package. It reminds me of Rosario Vampire a bit, my all time favorite harem manga series.
I don't want to spoil folks, but this harem did something no other harem did: kill a love interest. Brynhildlr has its flaws with its drastic tones of light hearted scenes, fan service, and gore all mixed together.
Weirdest harem series of 2014 would be If Her Flag for Me. I have never seen a trap and a robot in a harem before. That's pretty much it. Also, there is a bit incest surprise.
I would choose The Comic Artist and His Assistants because of its awkward and unpredictable humor. The protagonist is dumb but gifted with drawing, and his antics borders on sexual harassment. It's might be a hit or miss with folks.
Thank you for reading! Please share your most favorite harem show of 2014!
Stay tuned for the Reverse Harem edition.
A bit surprised I didn't cover this yet, but here we go. As of this writing, all the industry panels have taken place thus I'll cover any new announcements that distributors had to report:
Viz announced that they have acquired home video licensing rights to the anime series Coppelion and will release the series early next year.
Aniplex announced that they will be releasing Nisekoi in a Blu-Ray box set on November 25. The set will come only with Japanese audio and English subtitles and will include the following physical extras: collectible ending card pin-ups and a deluxe poster and box designed by chief animation director and character designer Nobuhiro Sugiyama. Aniplex is accepting pre-orders of the series now.
Cardcaptor Sakura will be streamed in its entirety on the site in both subbed and dubbed formats starting on Tuesday.
Vertical announced the acquisition of another artbook with artwork from Makoto Shinkai called A Sky Longing for Memories. The artbook will have 160 pages and will be released in May 2015, being priced at $34.95.
Welcome to the first week of manga releases. We have a lot of volumes! Besides Toriko which I need to catch up, I have been meaning to read D. Gray-Man. I forgot where I am in the manga. @taichokage has been working on the wiki project. I have tempted to read his work instead of reading the manga. Food Wars looks interesting to try. I haven't read manga series that revolves around cooking.
Please feel free to share your thoughts on what manga releases you're interested in this week. Thank you.
The covers are from Amazon and Right Stuf.
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.
|Alice in the Country of Joker: Nightmare Trilogy Vol. 1|
Alice has been living in the Clover Tower for a while now, and with the coming of April Season, she is able to see Julius again and has met with Joker. Nightmare isn't very pleased, and comes up with ways to keep Alice distracted with all sorts of mini adventures. While Alice can't get away from Nightmare's penetrating gaze, she does not fear him; she may even love him. What will happen when Alice wakes up?
|Black Rose Alice Vol. 1|
Dimitri Lewandoski is a celebrated tenor in early 1900s Vienna. When he is killed in an accident, his corpse is colonized by the seeds of a vampire master. At first, Dimitri denies that anything has changed, but as the people around him start dying, he is forced to accept the ghastly truth.
Flash-forward to 2008. In Tokyo, Azusa Kikukawa's troubled love life comes to an end with a fatal accident. Dimitri appears in her dying dreams with a diabolic proposal he will save her lover if she agrees to become the breeding ground for the next generation of vampire seeds...
|D-Frag! Vol. 1|
Kazama Kenji thinks he's a delinquent. He's got the look, the style, and the attitude to match; he even has a second-rate entourage of sorts. Deep down, however, Kazama is a good-hearted kid who finds himself and his loyal gang in over their heads when they stumble upon the Game Creation Club. The club's formidable members, Chitose, Sakura, Minami and Roka, are four girls who he might actually be attracted to if they weren't so freaking weird.
The girls claim to have otherworldly powers which they use to defeat Kazama's gang and force him to join their offbeat club. Can Kazama resist the girls' bizarre charms and return to some semblance of a normal, everyday life... or is it "game over" for our hapless hero?
|Bleach Vol. 61|
Ichigo Kurosaki never asked for the ability to see ghosts—he was born with the gift. When his family is attacked by a Hollow—a malevolent lost soul—Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured spirits themselves find peace. Find out why Tite Kubo's Bleach has become an international manga smash-hit! With the true identity of his sword finally revealed, how will Ichigo take the next step forward? Will his new Zanpaku-to be ...
|D. Gray-Man Vol. 24|
Allen, now joined by two companions, is still on the run and trying to deal with his demonic alter ego, the Fourteenth. This means avoiding erstwhile allies as well as overt enemies. He also has to prevent one of his companions, fellow Exorcist Kanda, from trying to destroy the Fourteenth while keeping the Fourteenth from destroying his other companion, Johnny, whose zealous devotion to Allen is gratifying but not much help in a fight!
|Dragonar Academy Vol. 3|
Sylvia, the fourth princess of Lautreamont, has grown up feeling overshadowed by her eldest sister's accomplishments, while Veronica, a battle-hardened war hero, is ruthless in demanding that her younger sister live up to her expectations. When the infamous terrorist known as Avdocha comes to Lautreamont, wanting nothing less than to take Veronica's head, the younger Sylvia becomes her bait that will lure Veronica into a trap. Ash Blake must use his ability to command any dragon at will in order to rescue Sylvia. But can his heroics help Sylvia hold her head high and fight back as a proud princess of Lautreamont?
|Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Vol. 1|
Soma Yukihira's old man runs a small family restaurant in the less savory end of town. Aiming to one day surpass his father's culinary prowess, Soma hones his skills day in and day out until one day, out of the blue, his father decides to enroll Soma in a classy culinary school!
Can Soma really cut it in a place that prides itself on a 10 percent graduation rate? And can he convince the beautiful, domineering heiress to the school that he belongs there at all?!
|Gantz Volume 32|
The devastating war against the alien invaders is over! A new day of peaceful coexistence is dawning! Olive branches for everyone! Of course, before tranquility can be attained, something must be done about the nasty Gantz "terrorists" monkey wrenching the works. Fighting monstrous extraterrestrials is tough enough, but how about taking on the entire human race?
|Happy Marriage Vol. 7|
In order to help her father, Chiwa Takanashi agrees to an arranged marriage with the company president, Hokuto Mamiya—a man she doesn’t know—at the request of Hokuto’s grandfather. Chiwa believes the arrangement isn’t binding, but her new partner seems to think otherwise. Can two strangers living together find their way to a happy marriage?!
|High School Debut [3-in1] Vol. 3|
Hapless Haruna needs help finding a boyfriend! After failing to win the eye of any guy in high school, Haruna enlists the help of cute upperclassman Yoh to coach her on how to make herself more appealing to the male spec ies. Yoh agrees, with one catch: Haruna had better not fall for him!
|Hello Kitty Vol. 3: Just Imagine|
Distributor: Viz Media Suggested Retail Price: $7.99 Anything is possible if you just imagine... Hello Kitty and her friends are letting their imaginations run wild—dreaming up rainy day adventures, inventing amazing machines and solving problems in the most inventive ways. When creativity and friendship combine, the possibilities are endless! And don't miss Sarah Goodreau's flights of fancy!
|Kaze Hikaru Vol. 22|
In the 1860s in Japan, a new era is dawning. During this time fraught with violent social upheaval, samurai of all walks of life flock to Kyoto in the hope of joining a band of warriors united around their undying loyalty to the Shogunate system. This group became one of the greatest (and most infamous) movements in Japanese history...the Shinsengumi!
Now that Sei has been transferred to the third troop under his command, Saito grows increasingly suspicious of Sei’s true identity. He is visited by dreams of his old friend, Sei’s brother, Yuma. The memories of Yuma’s words gradually grow more vivid, and Saito finally realizes Sei’s secret. Feeling he must protect her, Saito confronts Soji with an ultimatum: expose Sei to Hijitaka and have her dismissed from the troop, or allow Saito to take her as his bride.
|Knights of Sidonia Vol 10|
Once a homeless teen living in a space colony, Nagate Tanikaze is now a fighter pilot, protecting said space colony from a race of shape-shifting space giants.
|Kokoro Connect Vol. 1|
Kokoro Connect is an all-new manga series that combines the genderbending and body-switching madness of Kashimashi with the high school hijinks of Toradora!
The very best of friends are about to become the worst enemies. When five normal and well-adjusted teens at Yamahoshi Academy form the Cultural Research Club, all is right with the world. The closeknit club of girls and boys are perfectly happy in their daily school life—until a supernatural being known as the Heartseed enters the picture.
Now the lives of the five friends are turned upside down, as they start swapping bodies and minds. Inner secrets, hidden pasts and dark urges are revealed to one another. Will the Heartseed and his mindbending powers pull the five friends apart forever?
|MPD Psycho Vol. 11|
"Dead Man's Galaxy Days" skips back in time to events that take place before MPD-Psycho Volume 1. Yosuke Kobayashi seems like a smart, driven Tokyo police officer, but he'll soon be transformed into a tragic "multiple personality detective." The ongoing mystery of the Gakuso gang and their murderous "barcode clones" unravels further, and MPD-Psycho's strange supporting cast is seen in a totally new light as a serial killer - the Tokyo Mirror Man - terrorizes the city with his chainsaw!
|Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice|
Beloved by millions the world over, Pride & Prejudice is delightfully transformed in this bold new manga adaptation. All of the joy, heartache, and romance of Jane Austen’s original, perfectly illuminated by the sumptuous art of manga-ka Po Tse, and faithfully adapted by Stacy E. King.
Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo's classic novel of love & tragedy during the French Revolution is reborn in this fantastic new manga edition! The gorgeous art of TseMei Lee brings to life the tragic stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the beautiful Fantine, in this epic adaptation of Les Miserables!
|Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Vol. 22: Time of Purification|
The battle against Nue heats up as Rikuo and members of the opposing clans move to Mt. Osore, a holy mountain where spirits of the dead are called into battle. Will a reforged Nenekirimaru, the renowned yokai-killing blade, work to defeat the legions of the undead?
|Pokemon Black and White Vol 17|
Black has achieved his dream of entering the Pokémon League! Now can he fulfill his dream of winning it...? Black’s friends Iris and Cheren are competing too! But Cheren is starting to change—and not in a good way... Meanwhile, what will happen when the Shadow Triad attack three Legendary Pokémon...?
Plus, watch four thrilling Pokémon League battles: Black vs. Lou Karr, Cheren vs. Leo, Marlon vs. Hood Man, and Iris vs. Gray! Who are these mysterious participants really...?
|Rosario + Vampire II Vol 13|
Average human teenager Tsukune accidentally enrolls at a boarding school for monsters--no, not jocks and popular kids, but bona fide werewolves, witches and unnameables out of his wildest nightmares! On the plus side, all the girls have a monster crush on him. On the negative side, all the boys are so jealous they want to kill him! And so do the girls he spurns, because he only has eyes for one of them--the far-from-average vampire Moka. On the plus side, Moka only has glowing red eyes for Tsukune. On the O-negative side, she also has a burning, unquenchable thirst for his blood...
When villains' true identities turn out to be nested like Russian dolls...
|Spell of Desire Vol. 1|
Kaoruko Mochizuki runs an herb shop in a small seaside town. One day, a mysterious man dressed in black named Kaname Hibiki enters her shop and reveals that Kaoruko is actually a witch. And what's more, Kaoruko needs Kaname to help control her awakening power! Among the shocking news Kaname imparts is that Kaoruko's mother is still alive and has entrusted Kaoruko with the immense power of the Witch Queen. As long as Kaoruko has that power, she will be the target of humans and demonic spirits alike. Kaname claims to be a "knight" that protects witches, but then he steals a kiss from Kaoruko!
|Toriko Vol. 23: Oshoku Bansan!!|
When the Four-Beasts is revealed to be a single giant monster that craves human flesh, Toriko and the Four Kings rush to the center of the Human World to stop it from eating the helpless populace. But as soon as they get there, it unleashes a toxic rain. While Komatsu cooks up a life-saving cure, the Four Kings pool their appetite for the ultimate combination attack!
|Voice Over! Seiyu Academy Vol 6|
Hime Kino's dream is to one day do voice acting like her hero Sakura Aoyama from the Lovely ? Blazers anime, and getting accepted to the prestigious Holly Academy's voice actor department is the first step in the right direction! But Hime's gruff voice has earned her the scorn of teachers and students alike. Hime will not let that stand unchallenged. She&'ll show everyone that she is too a voice acting princess, whether they like it or not!!
At Anime Expo 2014, Viz Media had announced Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet's dub cast and its premiere in October 2014 via Neon Alley. What's strange is that I found that HULU (see link) has all of the dubbed episodes.
*I will post the dub trailer.
I cannot find an English dub trailer on Youtube from Viz Media or other sources. I caught this news late. I thank @Werewolverine4 for informing me about the dub news today. I found out the series has been dubbed and available on HULU.
Welcome everyone to the first week of August 2014's DVD/Blu-Ray releases! We have a large selection this week. After finishing Inuyasha marathon via HULU (see New Summer 2014 Marathon: Sailor Moon, Inuyasha, and Arrow (HULU)) last Monday, I think I want to do a marathon on Cardcaptor Sakura because I never finished the series. Plus, Kids WB censor the series just like any other anime series. Oreimo 2 was a good anime series. The true ending was very controversial. The limited edition has the OVAs and an awesome package with plenty of goodies. I love the series, but the ending made me cringe a bit. I can't spoil folks who haven't try the show yet. That's all of the series I'm familiar with. Short Peace is on my watch list after being hooked on its trailer.
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.
|Cardcaptor Sakura - Complete Collection [Limited Edition] Blu-Ray|
Contains episodes 1-70.
Note: Each episode features both English and Japanese audio, and is unedited.
|Cardcaptor Sakura DVD Set 1, 2, and 3|
Set 1 (Season 1): Episodes 1-23
Set 2 (Season 2): 24-46
Set 3 (Season 3): 47-70
|Dragon Ball Z - Season Six (Blu-Ray)|
The day of reckoning upon them, Goku and the Z-Fighters line up to participate in Cell's twisted game, the world's best hope of defeating the monster. But they are not the only ones brave enough to accept the challenge - the reigning World Martial Arts Champion, Mr. Satan, has also stepped into the ring! Now, with the fate of the human race hanging in the balance, one of these valiant fighters must come forward to defeat the seemingly invincible Perfect Cell - but who will it be?
|Freezing DVD/Blu-Ray Complete Series|
Eager to follow in the footsteps of his fallen sister, Kazuya enrolls at West Genetics Academy, a training facility for buxom heroes known as Pandoras. These courageous schoolgirls are genetically enhanced with enough sex appeal to cripple a man – and the superhuman strength to slaughter aliens by the dozen. Kazuya's role is that of Limiter, a Pandora's battle partner, and he quickly sets his sights on the most feared beauty in school, Satellizer el Bridget. This full-figured annihilator of aliens is as desirable as she is deadly, but rubbing her the wrong way could lead to gross bodily harm.
Can Kazuya forge a bond with his new partner and rise to the top of the ranks at West Genetics? Or will he fall victim to the mysterious bloodlust lurking within Satellizer?
|Love Lab - Complete Collection|
It would have been bad enough if Natsuo only wanted advice, but Fujisaki Girls Academy's most brilliant student is also the most obsessive, and simply talking about the opposite sex isn't sufficient. No, Natsuo postulates hypothetical scenarios and "researches" them in her secret Love Lab! And since interaction with boys is banned at Fujisaki, guess who has to help act those fantasies out? As other girls join the Love Lab, Riko's role as the group's love-master becomes even worse - because she ISN'T one! Most boys don't even LIKE her, but how can she admit that without destroying the friendships she now cherishes?
Contains episodes 1-13.
Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
|Oreimo 2 - Complete Collection [Limited Edition] (Sub.DVD)|
This limited edition contains 16 pin-up postcards of "Ending Cards" of all 16 episodes; a 44-page deluxe booklet of character designs, an art gallery, and creator messages; and a "From Chiba to the World" poster featuring Kirino and Kuroneko, all housed in a deluxe chipboard artbox!
Contains episodes 1-13 of season 2 plus the following OVA episodes:
|Sengoku Collection - Complete Collection (Sub.DVD)|
|Yuyushiki - Complete Collection (Sub. Blu-Ray)|
Okay, so maybe it's not the club itself, but the three girls you're most likely to find there. And maybe they do spend more time chatting about their social lives and debating things like the virtues of ketchup versus mayonnaise than they do learning about the ins and outs of a keyboard, but whatever they're up to, it's sure to put a smile on your face.
So come learn what the mysterious YuiYukari Formula is all about and join serious Yui, hyperactive Yuzuko and lovable but not quite in touch with reality Yukari as they experience life's ups, downs, surprises, and occasionally, the internet!
A lone traveler is confronted by unusual spirits in an abandoned shrine in the 2013 Academy Award nominated Possessions (Tsukumo), directed by Shuhei Morita (Coicent, Kakurenbo). A mysterious white bear defends the royal family from the predations of a red demon in the brutal Gambo, directed by Hiroaki Ando (Five Numbers!) from Redline's Katsuhito Ishii's original story with character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion).
The focus shifts from supernatural to science fiction for the action-packed A Farewell To Weapons (Buki Yo Saraba), as Mobile Suit Gundam designer Hajime Katoki helms Otomo's tour-de-force saga of men battling robotic tanks in apocalyptic Tokyo, while grandmaster Otomo himself assumes the directorial reigns for a spectacular tale of love, honor and firefighting in ancient Japan with the multi-award winning Combustible (Hi-No-Youjin).
Prepare your senses for the animated films that are taking the critical world by storm as a new era in anime is ushered in with Katsuhiro Otomo's Short Peace!
The following content is for adults 18 and over. Please view at your discretion.
|Destined for Love - Complete Collection (DVD)|
|Maison Plaisir (DVD)|
Wow, it feels like Magi gets heavier and heavier with each new week. And these two chapters continue the trend in telling what is ultimately a very depressing and very tragic story.
Solomon consumes Illah and seeks to bring about a Utopia. However destiny rears its ugly head again as new conflict breaks out as a result of Solomon’s actions.
There is a huge chasm between fighting for freedom and what the idiots in Magi do in these two chapters.
There is a popular saying about how absolute power corrupts; however someone needs to coin a saying about the ills of excess freedom.
The primary purpose behind the actions of Solomon and crew during this flash back has been to bring peace to the world, intertwined with allowing all the different species access to all the freedoms they desire.
What we have seen over the past few weeks is the systematically disastrous consequences of granting absolute freedom to a people that are probably not ready for it.
I am certain there is a lesson in there about human will and how it reacts after decades and centuries of subjugation. However it is difficult to feel any pity for the destruction that will face the populations of Alma Toran, most of whom more than deserve the destruction that will befall them in the next few weeks.
The entire Alma Toran arc has been about Solomon tiptoeing around the sensitivity of a collection of species undeserving of his aid or sympathy. And it is that fact that makes the events of these chapters so tragic, watching as everything Solomon worked for go up in flames, as the entirety of Alma Toran turns against the very individual suffering and perishing in sacrifice for his people’s freedom.
These two chapters didn’t as much create a conundrum with regards to the rights and wrongs of the situation, as they did damn Alma Toran as being completely unworthy of Solomon’s saving hand.
That raises questions about present day Magi; as chaotic as the times might seem to be, I don’t know if Aladdin really has anything to worry about . Not even the Kou empire is that depraved.
Or rather their actions seem to be guided by some twisted moral compass, this as opposed to those who would eventually become Al tharmen, who, for all intent and purpose, lose their sanity.
Call it falling into depravity or losing one’s way, their wasn’t the slightest light of sanity in any of the characters that took to rebellion in chapter 233.
Magi is presenting quite the dark and depressing situation. And I don’t know if I like it.
RATING: 8/10, Magi has done some pretty stellar work these last two weeks, even though the pacing is still a little off for my tastes. We are finally coming to the end of the flashback and these last two chapters provided quite a number of surprises with regards the roles of Solomon’s crew in Al Tharmen’s creation.
Lots of drama in these two chapters of Noblesse. It has actually been a while since I was this excited about the Manhwa, even taking into account the previous two chapters. That is not to say that Noblesse has gotten boring in the past few weeks.
As I have mentioned before, the Manhwa merely fluctuates between levels of excitement, but never quite striking boredom. Maybe it’s the flash back. Because as much as we know about the Noblesse story so far, there is still so much left to uncover, especially following Muzaka’s emergence in the last arc.
Muzaka’s world continues to grow more complicated, the werewolf finding his patience worn by the barbarism of his kind. As his respect and admiration for his new friend continues to grow, Muzaka has no one else to turn to but Cadis.
SO much talking in these two chapters, so much tension. And let’s not forget the dramatic entrances. I don't know how much of chapters 331 and 332 were assigned to silent stares and one sided conversations but I loved every bit of it.
This isn’t quite Noblesse at its best; the manhwa excels greatly in the action arena. Yet Noblesse has the ability to do so much with so little.
The majority of these two chapters were devoted to Muzaka moving back and forth between his pack and Rai’s residence, doing lots of talking and growling and threatening, never quite finding the answer to his problem.
And there was more than enough thrilling moments to keep me glued to my screen throughout, probably because of all the tensions that were raised regarding Muzaka’s dilemma.
It is interesting considering the unique situation he finds himself in; as I saw it the argument came down to one simple fact. The werewolves want to slaughter and rule over humanity. Muzaka has no rational reason to stop them.
And to an extent Mudaka’s reasoning was quite sound. So the nobles have a strict policy against interfering in human affairs? So What? The werewolves live under a freer code, doing as they please, with no leash to hold them back from any of their desires. And the fact that they had left mankind alone for so long came down to simple interest. They didn’t want to snack on man before. Now they want to.
With these varying philosophies in play, there is no way the wolves and nobles can avoid conflict. The nobles don’t just hold humanity in high regard. They live to protect them. And with Mudaka and crew’s belligerent attitude towards their lesser cousins, Muzaka’s friendship with Rai seems ready to splinter even before it begins.
+Watching Muzaka and Rai’s friendship flourish is still proving amusing to no end, especially the constant surprise revealed in Rai’s expressions over the wonders of the world. The more we learn about Rai, the more tragic his character feels, especially in taking into account the reason he separates himself from his kin, which I presume has to do with the actions he believes he will have to take whenever the nobles run amok.
RATING: 9/10, these chapters were both amusing and entertaining, especially the tension surging through the wolf pack.
HIGHLIGHTS: Muzaka and Rai
Welcome everyone to my Summer 2014 marathon blog, Inuyasha. In the previous blog (New Summer 2014 Marathon: Sailor Moon, Inuyasha, and Arrow (HULU)), I was planning to do a marathon on this series along with Sailor Moon and Arrow. However, I didn't have time to start on Arrow due to the wiki work and outside job I had as well as summer school back in July.
This project of mine is to show that our community has folks who can get their friends to try new anime and manga especially for beginners who haven't started watching anime or read manga yet.
Here's a list of blogs where I tried so many recommendations from my good friends in this community.
- Summer Experience 2012 - I tried Astarotte's Toy, One Piece manga, Highschool of the Dead, Puella Magi Madoka...
- Winter Experiences 2012-13 - Tried Angel Beats, Accel World, Black Lagoon...
- Spring 2013 Experiences: Trying out New Anime and Manga - Tried Haganai, Oreimo, and From the New World (Shin Sekai Yori)
- Summer 2013 Experiences: Trying out New Anime and Manga - Tried Gurren Lagann and Haruhi Suzumiya
- Winter 2013-14 Experiences - Tried No. 6, Psycho-Pass, School Days, and Toriko
Back in middle school, I had cable for about a year. I got introduced to anime for a short time even though I seen Pokemon, Digimon, and other anime series on the mainstream channels, Kids WB and Fox Kids. As a young child, I thought they were just cartoon and didn't know what was anime. It was only until college in my sophomore year, I got really serious about anime after joining Anime Vice back in 2010. I would call myself a fairly young anime fan.
For Inuyasha, I saw it on Adult Swim around midnight. I was captured by the series' tone and its characters. The shows I watched on Kids WB and Fox Kids were Americanized, devoid of any Japanese culture. Inuyasha paint what was it like in feudal Japan, making me more interested in history and the culture of Japan. I actually asked one of my middle school teachers about his vacation in Japan and what was it like in the country. I never been out of the States ever since I immigrated from my home country.
My time with Inuyasha as a young kid was cut short. This summer starting in June 2014, I wanted to finish the series when I was contemplating what to watch during my summer break while trying to keep up with summer school. Around the same time, my friend, Dream, was also doing a marathon on the series. He finished before me. He watched it on DVD while I watch it on HULU. He informed me that the series had a sequel which gives the true ending, Inuysha Final Act. What's strange when I checked it on HULU, it was all subbed. During July's 2nd week, I finish the series and started diving into Final Act which had all of the dubbed episodes. I did continue all the way in dub. I never saw the series in subbed.
Compared to what I felt toward the series during the 13 years gap is was pretty profound. I saw how the voice acting was a bit bad compared to how I remembered it. The voices grew on me, and I love it. Kagome's voice took me the longest to get used to. During the Koga arc with the Birds of Paradise, Kagome scream so shrill which annoyed me. I never heard a scream like that in dubbed anime. I was pretty lax on the animation since it was an old show. I'm more strict on the newer anime series I watch post 2010. Seeing Final Act retain the old style from its predecessor and making it improved was a joy for me. I seen Sailor Moon Crystal during my marathon on Sailor Moon (starting back in May 2014). Seeing the difference between the art style, I lean towards the classic Sailor Moon. It could be the mother goose imprint syndrome, but I love Sailor Moon's classic look, it's more expressive and feels natural to me than Sailor Moon Crystal's less expressive art style.
Wrapping this up, Inuyasha was one of a kind series. Having watched Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, Fairy Tail due being primarily a Shonen fan, Inuyasha step out of the mold a bit. It still holds the cliche inner demon that Katmic observed from Ichigo, Soul (of Soul Eater), Naruto, and other Shonen heroes. Its romance was realistic. I was annoyed by Kagome and Inuyasha's romance, but it was done realistically and grew into a beautiful relationship compared to other Shonen series that either execute it poorly by making it shallow or letting it skate around while fans make speculations on their own. Most Shonen series suffer from pacing and filler issues. I never read Inuyasha manga yet. It felt natural to me. They had a small character cast compared to most mainstream and obscure Shonen series. They spotlight the characters with good story telling in a way that you want to see the characters grow and develop over time. For the main villain, he was shown pretty early, but he was feature in a way that he wasn't used up. By used up, I refer to Jojo's Bizarre Adventure's Dio and Bleach's Aizen and loosely, Korra's Amon. Those villains are personally favorites of mine, but they were introduce so early and didn't develop enough time to show us their true potential.
I would definitely recommend Inuyasha for shonen fans. It will show you a great deal of difference between how Shonen series incorporates their characters, their growth, and romance elements.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the series. Feel free to make recommendations here or on my list of Anime Vicer's recommended shows. I would love to try them.
Thank you everyone for reading.
And here I was, thinking that Nanatsu no Taizai was proving too slow for me to read on a weekly basis. The only word I can use to describe these two chapters is ballistic. That is how good they were, discarding the niceties of the last few weeks and getting to the nitty gritty of the story.
Ban’s arrival on the battle field seems to spell doom for Meliodas and his attempts to rescue Elizabeth. Hendricksen’s plans are waylaid by a worthy foe.
Simple fact: I found these chapters exhilarating and it was quite a surprise, mostly because of how fast events progressed. The interactions between Ban and Meliodas were the most interesting, as subordinate attempted to kill master with the aim of reviving his great love.
And Meliodas was surprisingly cool with the entire setting, going so far as to offer Ban the opportunity to revive Elaine using his life once the entire fiasco with Hendricksen ended.
The chapters managed to keep the clash between the two sins entirely unpredictable, so much so that I was curious as to whether Ban would take Meliodas’ offer to take his life.
And when he did in the next chapter, I couldn’t help by smirk at the sudden dark turn of events. So much character development took place in these two chapters, the revelation regarding Meliodas demon side (though I highly doubt that it is that simple), Ban’s perspective on Meliodas and the hierarchy between them within the context of the seven deadly sins.
Hendricksen’s business almost took a back seat, if not for the events of that last panel, with father and son contending with Hendricksen’s demon might.
I love the turn the manga has taken in just two chapters, spiking the tension and making for an interesting story to come in the future.
It is worth mentioning that the art got a little untidy in several places, not quite confusing but not exactly pleasing to look at. The quality of the story does allow me to overlook the art, but only barely. Deadly sins is starting to remind me of Magi in that sense.
RATING: 8/10, that’s two points taken away for the lacking art. Elizabeth is still useless. I loved that one panel that has Ban asking what it is with princesses and getting kidnapped.
I cannot wait for the anime.
HIGHLIGHS: BAN AND MELIODAS. GRIAMORE.
No fair, the heroes always get the best transformations. First Ichigo and his Bankai, then Naruto and his Biju cloak, now Teresa and that awesome abyssal form.
I have to take a minute and think…
Battle chapters do not get better than this. Chapter 153 felt like it was moving right in front of my eyes, the visuals drawn to accurately represented the dynamic battle that was ensuing on the pages.
I have to say it. THIS WAS AAAAASOMEEEEEEE!
Teresa. Priscilla. Fight.
I don’t always hate battle oriented chapters. But unless I am reading more than one chapter at a go, they can get tiresome (precluding battle oriented series like Breaker), mostly because very little actually happens in terms of story progression.
Unless you are talking about Claymore. All I can say is WOW. I enjoyed this chapter so much more than any other battle oriented chapter in 2014. This is what I have been waiting for, the final clash between titans.
And it doesn’t get any better than this. I was actually slightly underwhelmed by Teresa’s initial clash with Priscilla, which felt a lot like every other claymore/awakened being battle we had seen so far.
Chapter 153 elevated the stakes however, availing to us the Priscilla/Teresa battle we have all been waiting to see for more than a hundred chapters.
Priscilla was even more of a monster this time round, spewing appendages and limbs from all over her body, further morphing her physical form until very little of her former self was left.
Teresa proved why she was number 1, reacting to every one of Priscilla’s attacks with seamless precision, her every sword stroke purposed to bring about immediate and rather accurate destruction.
This is how you initiate a fight between godlike claymore. This has to be the best fight in the series so far. Every time you thought it was done, someone pulled a new trick out of their bag.
These 25 pages of claymore felt more like 50. Norihiro Yagi, this is how you do a dream fight.
And that final panel…am I really expected to wait a WHOLE FOUR WEEKS for the next chapter?
Oh, Claymore, why do this to me? I want more, RIGHT NOW.
REVIEW: 10/10, +10 bonus points. I love chapters that leave me exhilarated and that is what Claymore did for me this week, and I am not a very excitable individual.
Howard Shore’s The Return of the King is one of my favorite pieces of music to listen to. While not the masterpiece most other people would call better known orchestral tracks from more famous composers, this particular piece seems to encompass everything that is The Lord of the Rings: the mystique and ethereal essence of the epic world of middle earth.
Rather than the flow of the violins and cellos, it is the flute that really gets me, that one instrument that creeps in suddenly and takes what was already a magnificent piece of orchestral music to new heights, this probably being the reason why the Concerning Hobbit track stand out so much in my mind, most of which is played via flute.
And the relevance to Witch Hunter? The Manhwa reminds me of The Lord of the Rings symphony, specifically the “Return of the King’ track. Witch hunter elicits the same level of mystique and epicness I have come to expect from my favorite symphony, only without the flute.
And by that I mean the manhwa walks the fine line between ordinary and shonen masterpiece, juggling all the balls of a great story telling but never quite stepping into story territory of greatness, in a way stranding itself with the title of almost ordinary.
Witches suddenly declare war against humans, causing two-thirds of the world to fall apart. They summon monsters called "Supporters" and devastate human residences... but why?
Survivors gather people with the power to combat the witches and called them Witch Hunters! Tasha Godspell is one of the strongest witch hunters, nicknamed "The Marksman" along with his "Jack-O-Lantern" looking Supporter. He fights the witches but cannot really bring himself to hate them...
Witch Hunter was one of the first seven manga I ever read and it is probably for this reason that the series intrigues me so; however, where many of its plots and twists seemed innovative at that time, my current experience with manga has allowed me to approach it with a new perspective.
+THE STORY: I spoke of witch hunter as lacking the proverbial flute, that one element to elevate it to greatness. But maybe that has more to do with the author’s lacking planning skills than anything.
Witch Hunter is a thrilling tale of magic and epic battles. It tells of a world that once knew piece before the witches declared war on humanity. The title of witch primarily imputed to the females, the only gender capable of safely manipulating the mana that their hats-the very tools that would entice them into the supernatural realm-grant them, women and girls from all over the world answer the call of magic and are driven to wage war against mankind king under the auspices of the four great witches of the East, West, North and South.
Standing to oppose them are the witch hunters, human beings accessing witch like powers through special items and artifacts, granted the mandate to hunt these vile creatures and their supporters- special entities that serve witches- and to bring peace to the world.
However everything is not as it seems among the witches and their alliances. One witch hunter, Tasha, the magic marksman, fights to defeat man’s deadliest enemy; yet the fate of his sister, Aria, a witch seduced by magic in the past, prevents him from hating them or taking their lives. Witchhunter follows his path, his attempts to save his sister, understand the story being the woman that taught him mana manipulation-the White witch- and the secrets that his supporter, Halloween holds.
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call witch hunter the pinnacle of shonen; it has that much potential. The cast of witches is massive, each with a story to tell and a dark addiction to magic. The witch hunters are just as intriguing and no clash between these two parties is every the same, revealing new powers, pasts and magical forms.
Recent arcs, further unveiling the scope of the witch hunter world, specifically the introduction of Great Britain, the Knights of the round table and their connection to Tasha’s Guinevere, have only served to expand an already expansive world.
Little effort is spared in unlocking the tales of each new character the story brings into Tasha’s fold, the most impressive of which has to be Xing (if that is indeed Xing, I keep confusing the three).
With dynamic battle scenes and an evolving story, there is no end to the series’ potential.
Except so much of it feels wasted, the reason being the mangaka’s clear confusion over his own story.
It is difficult to tell exactly where Witch Hunter is going, and that is largely because the author himself has no idea, having admitted a while back that he was basically coming up with the story as he went along.
Maybe One Piece and Naruto have spoiled me; but there is something entertaining about reading a manga with a purpose, whose story has a fairly specific plan, allowing for better cohesion than Witch Hunter achieves with its various arcs. And the confusion that result is unfortunately evident.
+THE CHARACTERS: Witch Hunter both rises and falls with its characters. The cast is massive and the manhwa does a brilliant job of availing appropriate screen time to most, if not all characters, taking the time to place focus upon even those characters that have no notable relevance.
That being said the witches tend to blend into each other, not only because of their designs but personality. It feels like we are constantly met with the same old ‘beautiful but cold, harsh and cruel’ girls intent on causing chaos with little purpose in mind-making it very easy to hate them.
The fact that we are more than a hundred chapters in and the series is yet to reveal its many secrets, especially the purpose behind the Witch’s war does not help a manhwa with a monthly release. Tasha, Xing and Taras are some of the most well rounded characters I have seen in shonen. The witches however seem to fall by the way side, even Verette, who gets more screen time that most.
+THE ART: Witch Hunter is a Manhwa and as such boasts better art than most other manga you will ever encounter. That being said, Witch Hunter is extraordinary even when compared to other Manhwa, not only possessing clean designs and sharp drawings but allowing the dynamism of each character and explosiveness of each scene to shine through.
The best way to describe Cho Jung-man’s artistic capabilities is this; he has the ability to create atmosphere better than most other series.
Witch Hunter is great, that much I will admit, highly entertainment. It is a must read for anyone with a love of shonen; the characters entertaining to follow, the action scenes explosive and the story fast paced, providing thrilling twists and turns at every turn.
The best arcs will keep you glued to the manhwa for several hours on end, while the worst are still worth the read. That being said, Witch Hunter could be so much more.
It is a would-be shonen masterpiece that keeps failing to achieve its full potential because there is no plan directing its path and that is bound to hurt it in the long run.
The manhwa is yet to disappoint me in any egregious manner, yet I foresee some disasters in its future if the author doesn’t craft a cogent purpose behind the entire Witch Hunter plot.
And the Manhwa could benefit from a weekly release.
RATING: 8/10, the manhwa has a tendency to time jump, progressing in the present in one chapter, leaping to the future in the next chapter and then utilizing the chapter after that to reveal the details of what happened.
This might prove confusing to some people. I know there where moments where I kept thinking I had skipped a few chapters.
HIGHLIGHTS: The Xing (Lee) flashback arc (best written flashback in a manhwa or manga ever), Halloween’s development, the clash between WH and the Bai Long empire.
I was born at a young age on a deserted island. Local residents helped along my conception, and then gave me off to my father, since I didn't have a mother. It was a scenario full of trials and tribulations, none of which I quite know the details to other than that the scar below my eye came from one of them (something about testing my infant reaction speeds versus a rabid dog).
I'm not sure when the wings first budded, but by the time my father cared to remind me that school was a thing, I had grown small white wings that thankfully fit right against my back while I was in public. Most people don't know this, but the ridge where the feathers meet the bone is very sensitive, sensually so.
My magic powers developed shortly after that, and helped with the growth of my wings, which took many years to fully develop. It's only possible to hide them within my clothing with the utmost dedication, patience, and practice, so I tend to let them out, since it's so bothersome.
I don't have an eye color to speak of, or rather, I have so many it's just easier to just not speak of it. The color changes in the light, or with my mood, or just whenever. It's impossible to keep up with.
I was a bit surprised when my teeth started falling out in high school, it just wasn't something that others had to deal with, but they grew back, sharper than before. They followed that pattern, replacing themselves about once a year, but luckily for me they don't all fall out at once, so I'm never forced to have to eat baby food or anything.
My father passed away some time back, though he never really stays dead for long. I cant count on both hands how many times he's died and resurrected in the course of my life. Sometimes I almost think he offed himself just to get away from having to raise me for a while, though he'd likely say he was just looking out for my well being in the form of forcing me to grow and learn in ways he could provide if he was around. Idk, it could be true, but I'd never trust that lazy bum's word. Not that it matters, all the conversations we've ever had on it were entirely in my head. I'm probably better off leaving them there.
In any case, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, and as my father had been, so am I the laziest, most unmotivated piece of garbage around. A quarter of a century old and I have nothing to show for it other than that I am still alive, somehow. I do not doubt that my future looks grim and perilous from where I sit, particularly if I don't shape up fast and begin preparing for it... it's just so bothersome.
I'm not really the kind of person who likes talking about themselves, and I really don't have much to say anyway. I tried curry for the first time the other day, and it was amazing. I'd suggest others to try it out as well, but I don't remember the restaurant name, nor the particular flavor of curry I got other than that it was yellow. Lately I've been watching anime with a friend. We watched the entirety of the first season of No Game No Life, which I am officially in love with (figuratively speaking). We also watched the first ten DBZ movies. All in all, a good two days spent I think. We also keep current on RWBY and SAOII, though neither of those are really anything to write home about in my opinion, I like them, but thus far they haven't really done enough to make me want to fawn over them.
If I do anything with this blog, and there is no certainty that I will, I don't know what I'd talk about. I suppose I could write my opinions on manga/anime series', but that just seems like a lot of work,and I don't feel particularly motivated to do so. Shrug, who knows, I'll see how it goes. If you read this, and are still reading this, I should say thank you for your attention, which I surely did not deserve with this drivel of a back-story to my life.
Dear Diary: Complete
This may seem like a cruel joke, but appears to sadly be true. A number of news sources internationally have reported that Ghibli's General Manager Toshio Suzuki announced on a Japanese news talk show today that the studio will be shutting down its animation studio. The studio will be transitioning to licensing and merchandising characters and trademarks from its various classic films, as well as keeping a small staff on hand to take part in "Miyazaki projects" that are yet to be revealed. The reasons for the shut down of the animation studio are heavily rumored to be due to Hayao Miyazaki's retirement from animation direction last year and financial issues that plagued the studio over the past year as one of their recent films, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, underperformed in box office earnings in Japanese theaters as it only earned back half the money spent for its animation budget. The studio's final film, When Marnie Was There, was recently released in Japanese theaters on July 19.
UPDATE: Have some additional details on this news. It looks like many of the news sources may have misunderstood Suzuki's announcement regarding Studio Ghibli's future due to a mistranslation. Anime News Network is reporting that the studio is currently taking a hiatus from future animated works to plan out and restructure the company, with the possibility of releasing some among its production department or even completely shutting down any future animation production. It would seem things are still uncertain with the future of the studio for now, but all is not doom and gloom right now.