You know, for a moment there i thought Claymore had began to lose its shine; chapter 146 didn’t really…inspire the first time i read it last month. Here i was thinking that maybe the series had seen better days, then Boom; Chapter 147 came smashing into my world, dissolving all such false assumptions that this awesome series could really ever lose hold of its position as one of the very best manga series out there.
THE CHAPTERS: The battle with Priscilla rages on. Clare resolves her internal struggles.
Fighting, that’s what we’ve been doing for the past several chapters, and what a battle. And here i thought that, with the initial scenes of the conflict, this final Priscilla showdown would fall flat on its face.
Not so and as we have seen in the last few months, no other battle in the series has been anywhere near as dynamic as this one.
Priscilla is a monster, both figuratively and literally, and now she has a sword to play with; one has to appreciate the route the author followed in approaching this battle. Because at no point did any single claymore or group of Claymore ever stand a chance against Priscilla in fair combat.
So instead the mangaka thought it best to throw Priscilla through a series of rumbles, bringing to Miria’s side a myriad of diverse allies, both Claymore and awakened being, male and female, new and old, each throwing their hat into the ring and bringing their fists, claws, swords, teeth against the monstrous Priscilla.
And what could be a better testament to Priscilla’s superiority than her utter domination of what could be the best team of warriors ever gathered, further augmented by a pack of wild and immensely powerful creatures.
-If you didn’t read chapter 146 it might have been that much easier to dismiss its progress for its predictable elements. I mean, were we really expected to believe that one such as Priscilla could go down so easily?
Well, yes. That was the genius of 146, the realism in the tension it created, basically placing its core characters on the line, each time pulling them away from the fire just as you thought they were done for, just when Priscilla seemed completely dominant; then having the team initiate a counter attack so courageous and effective as to bring Priscilla to death’s very door.
…Oh how i wish i was watching all this in anime, because even in black and white my stomach churned as giants blades flashed against my favourite characters, as Priscilla bared her fangs only to have her form destroyed by the flash sword, each time dragging me to the edge with her as she teetered on the edge of destruction.
-And if chapter 146 was anxiety inducing, chapter 147 basically struck like a wrecking ball, dispensing with all pointless tension and allowing us a further glimpse of why Priscilla is the undisputed queen of the Claymore universe.
…if you haven’t read this manga or this chapter then i simply cannot bring myself to spoil it; but for a 28 page chapter, 147 felt so, well, long, like i had been reading it for ages, drawing out the battle, displaying each stroke of the sword, each speed burst, each earth shattering strike with precision and dynamism.
I don’t know how i could have ever been bored with this conflict, thought that this battle was actually taking too long. With every single soldier bringing their all against the might of Priscilla these two chapters, especially when read together, will keep you at the very edge of your seat.
-And that ending, wow; i mean what are the chances. Do we really dare believe that’s its over? And why? How? PRISCILLA IS A BEAST. When you consider the nature of her ability, that she can so casually create her own mater; it wouldn’t be much of an exaggeration to call her immortal, invincible even.
-Is it possible to deny the basic facts? There is no way Clare, Miria and the rest of them are making it out of this alive; which is a shame because Clare was finally emerging from her shell, finally capable of understanding why she could no longer access her former strength, that her cowardice against Priscilla was due to her fear of leaving her friends behind, or really losing any of them to Priscilla.
Claymore is simply killing it right now.
RATING: 9/10- and yes, i thought i would change to a 10 rating star system. A 5 star system doesn’t really allow me to express my verdict on chapters. I didn’t realise until chapter 147 that it was Yuma that stuck Priscilla’s chest with her sword. Pretty impressive for the weakest Claymore among the ghosts, that she actual struck a blow against the mighty Priscilla.
Welcome everyone! For those who are new, I do these blogs to show that Anime Vice's community does do recommendations and to get you guys and gals started, too. I take recommendations and post them in a blog. This winter season, it was pretty busy with the Winter Anime 2014 Trailers Guide and the end of 2013 projects. I had tried 4 shows.
No worries, I don't put spoilers. All I'm putting are my experiences and what audiences would these shows appeal to. Feel free to drop a recommendation here or on my list. I would be happy to accept them.
Recommended by little sister and her friend
Did a marathon on this show during the first weekend of December with my little sister and her friend. Her friend was the one who recommend From the New World (Shin Sekai Yori). It had the same themes, a utopia that was actually a dystopia. These type of shows pushes the questions about our human nature and differences between the poor & outcast outside the walls and the elites who lived in the walls. I love those type of shows. It illustrates the barriers about the gap between different classes. Your mileage may vary if you hate scenes of a guy kissing another guy. Like Shin Sekai Yori, it has a bit of homosexuality elements with the bromance. The characters and story are pretty linear, but you'll probably like them.
I recommend this show if you are open minded and like shows that explores human nature and its conflicts. There is a bit of gore, but it's not too brutal compared to the From The New World.
A year ago, Supreme Marvel and Acura Max recommended this show for me to jump into the Sci-Fi genre. That was after Robotics;Notes. I forgot about the series until we had the Vote for Your Favorite Anime in 2013! project in December 2013. I remembered this show and it was hyped a lot. It was written by Gen Urobuchi, and I did enjoy his works in Fate Zero, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. With Marshal's help, I gave this series a try.
After completing a marathon on HULU, it was on my list of top 2013 anime series. Psycho Pass has a memorable cast, story, and music. Their characters and their struggle to cope with society's use of machines to assess people's place in society. The Sibyl System monitors' folks's Psycho Pass. For folks whose Psycho Pass is cloudy, they wind up in a correctional facility.
I recommend this series to folks who love series that examines human nature and society issues. It makes you question our criminal justice system and their system. Marshal Victory commented that the series is one of the best gateway drug for adults who haven't seen anime yet.
Recommended by Rachel
I did a marathon on this show back in Veteran's Day weekend with Rachel (alias), my middle school friend who goes to Church. She was the one who recommended the show. At first, the series looked normal until it reached the end with the infamous scene. It was pretty shocking, and the main character deserve it because of how much he change and grew into a jerk in the series. Rachel commented that the series was like a parody SIM games. Showing you the consequences of dating other women and not being honest with others. I later found out School Days was based on a visual novel game. The series did a good job on the Yandere concept.
I recommend this show to folks who have a bit of thick skin. If you're new to anime, don't try this show. Look for a true romantic show.
Back when I was a new mod, I saw a lot of Toriko threads in the battle forums because of Taichokage's Battle Themes. I was curious about the show. When Yusuke52, my teammate, ask me for help on the Toriko project, I decided to give this series a try. I was mostly a Shonen fan when I first started out Anime Vice. The thing with Toriko is that it's an unusual Shonen battle anime series about food. It's like One Piece with the exploration themes and living life to the fullest. Toriko is a kind of man who respect all living beings and only kill animals for sustenance. I enjoy Toriko a lot. I'm only in the Century Soup arc. I haven't watched up to a 100 episodes.
I did an intense analysis for Fairy Tail fans whether they should try One Piece and Toriko: Shonen Experiences: Moving From Fairy Tail to One Piece and Toriko. I'll take some of the points I made for you guys and gals, whether you should try Toriko. I'll highlight some of the stuff that Toriko did well.
Your mileage will vary with the anime if you hate censorship. The anime tones down violence (IE: animals eating other animals) and takes out the blood.
Thank you for reading this blog. I hope you try these shows if they are up to your liking.
As promised, I've been trying to focus more of my time here on AnimeVice. So far, I've pounded out a bunch of new reviews! Check 'em out and recommend 'em!
Amazingly enough, I am the SOLE reviewer for all of these series. So be sure to check them out.
The Super Milk-Chan Show was actually an effort from the title's American licensor, ADV Films, to combine two TV anime seasons of the series together for both televised and physical media releases. The first season of Milk-Chan, known as Super Milk-Chan, was televised in 14 8-minute shorts on Japanese TV from June 17 to September 16 of 1998 and animated by Genco. The second season, known as Oh! Super Milk-Chan, aired 12 24-minute episodes that were broadcasted in Japan from January 27 to April 13 of 2000 and animated by Studio Pierrot.
ADV Films acquired both seasons of Super Milk-chan in 2002 for North American broadcast and video distribution. The company created two different English dubs for both seasons. One version closely followed the translated script of the original Japanese version. The other one was an Americanized dub that altered many of the jokes from the original version to have them appeal to American audiences and replaced the live-action segments of the Japanese version with comedic live-action skits featuring ADV's voice-acting cast and production crew for the series.
The closely adapted version of The Super-Milk Chan Show was broadcast on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block from November 8, 2004 to February 27, 2005. ADV released both versions of the series on DVD in four individual volumes throughout the second half of 2004 and early 2005. Each volume of the series contained two discs that contained both the original version of Super Milk-Chan and ADV's Americanized dub for the series. Both seasons of Milk-Chan are currently out of print here in America. However, ADV's Americanized dub of the series is available for legal streaming via Hulu.
Milk-Chan is a rude and foul-mouthed little girl who lives as a supposed superhero and gets enjoyment out of tormenting her robotic maid Tetsuko and the President of Everything. She regularly receives missions from the President that she will or will not complete depending on either her mood or any other predicaments that come along to occupy her and her comrades.
Both seasons of Super Milk-Chan are shown to be lacking heavily for a quality comedy title and serves as a nice example of the pitfalls ADV had as a distributor that led the company to its closure later in the 2000s.
The series follows a repetitive structure for many episodes with its comedy as it shows Milk-Chan berating Tetsuko for whatever reason, receiving a call from the President that involves Milk berating the President and receiving her mission she may or may not accept, Milk-Chan's group attempting said mission, said mission resolving itself with or without Milk-Chan's involvement and Milk-Chan taking credit for resolving it. The second season of the series adds on additional elements to its episodic structure such as the deterioration of an ant family's stability, the President indulging in random predicaments and Milk-Chan's group visiting Dr. Eyepatch for a random robotic invention to aid in their missions.
Both seasons are shown to satirize major issues and elements to Japanese culture such as divorce, drug possession, economic corruption and compensated dating. While this idea would seem like a fun approach to a comedy on paper, the flat and blatant delivery of the title's comedy and the repetitive structure of its episodes cripple much of the potential this could have had at ripping apart elements of Japanese culture. The visual presentation to this is also lacking with the simple and crude details of the characters and the many animation shortcuts that are employed throughout the runs of both seasons to Milk-Chan.
ADV's handling of both seasons of Milk-Chan also deserve mention as to the issues they add onto this series. One of the biggest pitfalls that ADV had that led to their closure in 2009 was the heavy amount of licensing they committed to, a decent number of their titles being questionable in any marketability and appeal they would have to a Western audience. In the case of Milk-Chan, the title's humor made nods to current events and issues that were often unique to Japan itself and would very likely fly over the heads of much of the American anime fanbase.
It looked like ADV became aware of this issue after they licensed Milk-Chan and decided to remedy the cultural divide problem with their Americanized dub. The effort they chose to put into both the more faithful and Americanized versions of the series showed what priority they had in marketing the series in America. While the more faithful version did indeed more closely follow the translated script of the original Japanese version, the voice acting delivery was flat and lacked much range of emotion. However for the Americanized dub, there is more effort from the voice cast in line delivery, energy and emotion.
ADV's Americanized dub adds in worst crass humor than the original version and makes frequent pop culture nods. On the one hand, this approach makes Milk-Chan's character more believably rude as her character's rudeness seemed more reserved in the Japanese and more faithful English dub of the series. On the other hand, the add-ons that ADV makes for the series script often don't match up to the intended context of the scenes that the series attempts to play out and it looked like the company got too giddy with what it was trying to pull with its comedy by adding as much offensive humor and pop culture nods as they could. The live-action skits added to the series were a bad addition as well since the voice actors didn't seem convincing in many instances with the comedy they attempted to pull and had the bad habit of abruptly cutting in during the animated episodes of Super Milk-Chan being shown.
Adding more to the questionable decision-making of ADV licensing this series was that they gave broadcast rights of the series to Cartoon Network for their Adult Swim block in 2004. Airing Milk-Chan was a bold move at the time as many anime titles on Adult Swim were action-oriented and it had the potential to allow more comedy anime to air on the block if it did well ratings-wise and make for a decent promotion of the DVD release, assuming this was ADV's Americanized dub. Instead, ADV gave Cartoon Network the rights to the dubbed version featuring Milk-Chan's original script. The series bombed in ratings and was quite unpopular for many Adult Swim viewers who had mostly been used to the title's airing of action anime titles up to that point and were not getting hooked on the title's niche style of comedy.
Welcome back to another session of midway musings. This time we look at one of my favorite anime franchises: Hajime no Ippo. While far from perfect it is a wonderful show that captures the spirit of the sport that it portrays and does so with style and flair while still keeping a firm foot planted in reality. The first season was amazing showing the road to Ippo becoming the featherweight champion of Japan. While the second season did show Ippo defending his title the main focus was on his friend Takamura going for the world junior middleweight championship. It was a great second season filled with powerful moments and amazing animation but felt more like filler than a true step forward for the series. Now we enter the third season showing Ippo defending his title two more times. In between this we see Aoki go for the Japanese Championship as well.
Once again I give full props to this studio for their amazing work at the animation. While doing an acceptable job in the day to day life the animation that takes place in the ring is truly special. The choreography is outstanding making each fight feel powerful and impactful. I couldn't help but stand up and shout when Ippo unleashed his evolved Dempsy Roll against Sawamura. It was brutal, strong, and accomplished what I feel every sports anime should, which is to be able to make you feel like you are part of the crowd.
One aspect of this show which I feel makes it stand out is that it is able to give a superhuman quality to these fighters and their fighting abilities while still keeping everything grounded in reality. Their moves may be accentuated on screen by special effects and flashy colors but there is a logic to what they do and the show does a great job of straddling that line. A great example of this was Aoki's fight for the championship. His ability to play mind games with his opponent did seem a little ridiculous but at the same time was able to highlight the mental battle of boxing.
The story for this season was a step up from the last season mainly from Ippo's end. One of my complaints with the last season was that Ippo took a backseat to the other characters and his fights have felt less important and nail biting. In this season he comes front and center and all his previous title defenses are now given greater context. He could never compete on a world stage because while he was a champion he still had many weak spots that could be exploited. His fight with Sawamura elevated itself by being a career defining match for Ippo that would determine if he was ready to move onto the world stage. Despite being the champion Ippo once again felt like the underdog in the fight. The fight itself was fantastic and ranks as one of my favorite fights in the entire series.
Since I don't read the manga I have no idea where the show will go from here but I am very excited nonetheless. This show reminds me why I can still love and enjoy anime and what it can do as a creative medium.
Welcome everyone! I'm Takashichea, your neighborhood wiki editor. We had another great year in wiki editing. Why I do these archive threads is because I'm a former historian for a club at my university back in 2010. I took pictures of my club and their happiest and proudest moments. My experiences from college are reflected in this community. I want to give recognition to my teammates and everyone. We are the driving force in this community. A majority of the community are wiki editors, either as a hobby, full time, seasonal breaks, etc.
Please give these guys recognition for their hard work this past year. It means a lot to our community.
If I miss you, please tell me. I would love to add you if you committed to a project for a week.
We had a Who Will Be the Next Wiki Editor with 100,000 Points? thread back then. It was fun watching Wales and Daniel duke it out for the finish line. I still do this, so we have some history for our community. I separated this list into 100,000 class and above 100,000 class.
In 2013, we finished a lot of projects, mainly episode summaries. A lot of these were newer anime series that came out in 2013.
|The Severing Crime Edge|
Start Date: 4-7-13
End Date: 6-29-13.
|Attack on Titan|
Start Date: April 14, 2013
Notes: There were other independent wiki editors on the project, but Taka and them didn't really make a formal team.
However, Annabanana came back after a year break. Taka and her formed partnership temporarily until Anna had to leave.
October 20, 2012:
Teammates: Acura Max and Takashichea
|The Pet Girl of Sakurasou|
Teammates: Takashichea, Daniel Newton, and Aleasha
|Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet|
Teammates: Acura Max and
|Devil is a Part Timer ! (Hataraku Maou-sama!)|
Start Date: June 2013
Teammates: Daniel Newton and Takashichea
|Valvrave the Liberator|
Teammates: Acura Max and Takashichea.
|Wanna Be the Strongest in the World!|
Teammates: Bigz007 and Takashichea
I have divided the project into two: Solo and Teammates just like before.
Note: Samurai Jack's wiki page is deleted due to AV's new wiki scope policies
Note: DocHaus is a foundation type wiki editor who will work on various projects, mainly newer anime series.
|No individual wiki projects. See Team Projects|
|No individual wiki projects. See Team Projects|
Note: Obisidian609 is a foundation type wiki editor who will work on various projects, mainly old anime series.
Note: Xiaolin Showdown page was deleted b/c of recent wiki scope policies.
|No individual wiki projects. See Team Projects|
|No individual wiki projects. See Team Projects|
|Danganronpa: The Academy of Hope and the High School Students of Despair|
Start Date: July 6
Teammates: Takashichea, YotaruVegeta, Sonata, Dekken
Start Date: Around October - December 2010?
Teammates: Annabanana, Bigz007, Buhssuht, Daniel Newton, DestinyHeroKnight, Obisidian609, Wales, and Takashichea
|Free! Iwatobi Swim Club|
Start Date: July 3, 2013
Teammates: Takashichea, Sonata
Start Date: Fall 2013
Teammates: WereWolverine4, Bigz007
|High School DxD New|
Start Date: Summer 2013
Teammates: Daniel Newton, Galebenta, Bigz007
|Kill la Kill|
Start Date: Oct. 4, 2013
Bigz007, Daniel Newton, Dekken, FoxxFireArt, KingofAsh, and Takashichea
|My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy|
Start Date: Summer 2013
Bigz007, Dekken, Takashichea
Start Date: December 2013
DocHaus, Daniel Newton, and Obsidian609
|The Seven Deadly Sins|
Start Date: December 2013
Bigz007, DestinyHeroKnight, Low, SMXLR8
Start Date: Dec. 19, 2013
Teammates: Yusuke52, ForgottenOne, Othus12, SpeedForceSpider, Taichokage, WayBig1010101, and Takashichea
Note: Taichokage and WayBig1010101 joined in January 2014.
|Mysterious Girlfriend X|
Start Date: 2012?
Teammates: Daniel Newton, Auron570
Start Date: 10-10-12
Teammates: Annabanana (retired), Buhssuht (retired), Bigz007, RavenBuster (semi-active), and Takashichea
Start Date: 2010?
Teammates: FoxxFireArt and Dekken
Below are special concept pages that wiki editors in Anime Vice team up together to expand image galleries or add a large amount of anime/manga series of a particular genre (IE: Hentai).
Dekken has several lists of measurements for various sizes.
Start Date: Oct. 11, 2012
Teammates: Bigz007, Dekken, Daniel Newton, DestinyHeroKnight, and Takashichea
Start Date: Aug. 27, 2013
Teammates: Bigz007 and Takashichea
Start Date: August 15, 2013
Teammates: Sonata, SpeedForceSpider, AgentFakku, Takashichea
|Implied Sex Scene|
Teammates: Dream, Bigz007, and Takashichea
See Conditions for Implied Sex Scene thread.
In 2013, the Anime Vice wiki editors work on magazines, and their main work are usually adding issues with some form of attachments: characters or dates.
|Weekly Shonen Sunday|
Takashichea (Issue numbering Problems)
|Comic Earth Star Magazine|
Takashichea (Up to Date)
Daniel Newton and Takashichea: The two editors add posters for a large collection. These posters would be attached to various characters' galleries, Anime Art.
Same as Nyantype Magazine project.
|Manga Time Kirara Magazine|
Takashichea (Not up to date)
|6. Megami Magazine Deluxe|
Start Date: 10-27-13
Takashichea (Not up to Date)
|Bessatsu Shonen Magazine|
Takashichea (Not up to date)
|Monthly Dragon Age Magazine|
FoxxFireArt (Up to Date)
|Weekly Shonen Jump (US)|
DestinyHeroKnight (Up to Date): Adds characters and dates
DestinyHeroKnight: Same as the US version.
|Comic Hotmilk Magazine|
FoxxFireArt: Contains NSFW images
|COMIC Potpourri Club Magazine|
FoxxFireArt: Contains NSFW images
|Canopri Comic Magazine|
FoxxFireArt: Contains NSFW images
|Monthly Sunday Gene-X Magazine|
FoxxFireArt: Up to Date
|COMIC Kairakuten Magazine|
FoxxFireArt: Up to Date
|Dengeki Black Maoh Magazine|
FoxxFireArt: Up to Date
PikaHyper: Up to Date
FoxxFireArt writes the community spotlight pages while I gather wiki reports from the community.
Welcome everyone! Unfortunately, I couldn't complete this report for this week in one sitting, so I'll finish it tomorrow night.
For the manga releases this week, we have a lot. For Shonen fans, we have Bleach, One Piece, Dragon Ball Z, and Toriko. For romance fanatics, we have Devil and Her Love Song, Happy Marriage?!, and Kamisama Kiss. I heard good things about Air Gear. Haven't tried it yet. I have read Ogure Ito's Tenjou Tenge.
I hope you find something you like. Please support the official release if you can. For folks who live in countries that manga and anime are scarce commodities, don't fret. You can support them with the power of wiki editing and having a discussion in Anime Vice.
Sources: All plot summaries and data are from ANN's Manga Releases page. Plus, I stole some English covers from PikaHyper, a great mod from Comic Vine. He probably knows I do.
|A Devil and Her Love Song Vol. 13|
Meet Maria Kawai—she’s gorgeous and whip-smart, a girl who seems to have it all. But when she unleashes her sharp tongue, it’s no wonder some consider her to be the very devil! Maria’s difficult ways even get her kicked out of an elite school, but this particular fall may actually turn out to be her saving grace...
|Air Gear Vol. 30|
Chaos erupts on board the Colonel Sanders aircraft carrier, as four Air Treck teams and a special police squad converge into battle. Agito is plagued by a pair of foes with vexing reflective powers, and Kururu must search deep inside herself for the inspiration to stand up and seize her dreams. But how will this coalition against evil respond when a freak accident threatens to derail their entire plan?
|Bleach Vol. 59|
After Captain General Yamamoto's death at the hands of the Vandenreich's King, Ichigo travels to the palace of the Soul King in order to train. Meanwhile, Kenpachi undergoes his own training as he fights against Retsu. Can Kenpachi finally achieve Bankai?!
|Dragon Ball [Full Color] - Saiyan Arc Vol. 1|
Son Goku is the greatest hero on Earth. Five years after defeating the demon king Piccolo, he's grown up and had a family - he's married, and he has a child, Son Gohan. But what is the real reason for Goku's incredible strength?
A visitor from outer space arrives bearing terrible news: Goku is an alien, and the visitor, Raditz, is Goku's brother! When Raditz turns out to be a ruthless killer, Goku must fight his incredibly strong brother to save his family and the entire human race. A surprising alliance may be Earth's last hope: Goku will team up with his old enemy Piccolo - archenemies united to save the world!
|Dragonar Academy Vol. 1|
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 from any dragon ever seen before - it's 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.
|Happy Marriage?! Vol. 4|
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?!
Chiwa Takanashi has married a total stranger—company president Hokuto Mamiya—to get her father out of debt.
With her first attempt at making love with her husband foiled, Chiwa starts going out drinking every night with Yu Yagami. Hokuto blames himself for what happened, but how long will Chiwa allow her husband to keep her at a distance?
|High School Debut [3-in-1 Edition] Vol. 1|
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 species. Yoh agrees, with one catch: Haruna had better not fall for him!
With Yoh's help, Haruna starts to discover all sorts of things: how to dress better, which guys to avoid, and what it feels like to fall in love for the first time. Haruna's foray into love has its ups and downs, but nothing's going to prepare her for when she actually lands herself a boyfriend!
Collects volumes 1-3 in an omnibus format.
|Kamisama Kiss Vol. 14|
Nanami Momozono is alone and homeless after her dad skips town to evade his gambling debts and the debt collectors kick her out of her apartment. So when a man she's just saved from a dog offers her his home, she jumps at the opportunity. But it turns out that his place is a shrine, and Nanami has unwittingly taken over his job as a local deity!!
Himemiko and Kotaro’s happy ending has triggered some confusing flashbacks for Tomoe, and his memories are affecting more than just ...
|9. Ghost Story: Kudan|
Distributor: Viz Media Suggested retail price: $9.99 Rihan and Kurotabo join forces in decadent Edo Period Japan, forming an otherworldly bond in order to vanquish their enemy. Little do they know that the Hundred Stories clan and its leader - the dreadful, dismembered Sanmoto - are far from defeated! Back in the present, a yokai named Kudan is spreading rumors that Rikuo is bent on world destruction and must be stopped by any means...
|10. Vivi's Adventure|
One Piece [Omnibus] - Baroque Works Vol. 8 Distributor: Viz Media Suggested retail price: $14.99 As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Fruit, an enchanted Devil Fruit that gave him the ability to stretch like rubber. Its only drawback? He'll never be able to swim again—a serious handicap for an aspiring sea dog! Years later, Luffy sets off on his quest to find the "One Piece," said to be the greatest treasure in the world... Luffy’s epic clash with Baroque Works pirate captain Crocodile... Covers Vol. 22-24
|11. Volume 40|
Distributor: Viz Media Suggested retail price: $9.99 Awesome adventures inspired by the best-selling Pokémon Diamond and Pearl and Pokémon Platinum video games! All your favorite Pokémon game characters jump out of the screen into the pages of this action-packed manga! Finally together again, Dia, Pearl, and Platinum must battle Legendary Pokémon Dialga and Palkia, who are being controlled by Cyrus, the powerful boss of Team Galactic! Then a new Legendary Pokémon leaps into the fray! Whose side is it on...? And who will rescue Platinum's hapless bodyguards from the mysterious Distortion World they've been banished to...? Plus, hang with Lopunny, Claydol and Ivysaur and meet Porygon-Z, Gallade, and...Looker?! Lady faces a new Pokémon battle challenge when she must swap her Pokémon with her opponent and fight with rented Pokémon. Meanwhile, the Battle Frontier begins to suffer from a mysterious communications malfunction... What does it signify? Then, Dia and Pearl set out to visit several Legendary Pokémon of the Sinnoh region. Will they be able to protect them from Team Galactic? Plus, say hello to Togekiss, Empoleon, Heatran, Kakuna, Seedot, Ledian and Rotom!
|12. Volume 12|
Distributor: Viz Media Suggested retail price: $9.99 Sakura is the granddaughter of a mysterious moon princess who slew demons with her Blood Cherry Blossom sword. All her life Sakura has been forbidden to look at the full moon without knowing why. Then one night, unhappy over her impending marriage, Sakura gazes up at the moon, only to see a demon attacking her... Princess Sakura has been engaged to Prince Oura since birth. Aoba, an emissary from the court, has come to accompany her move to the capital for her upcoming nuptials. Taking a dislike to Aoba and wanting to escape a life arranged by others, Sakura runs away - and finds her true destiny has caught up to her.
|Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan (GN 19)||||VIZ||2014-02-04||$9.99|
|One Piece [Omnibus] - Baroque Works (GN 8)||||VIZ||2014-02-04||$14.99|
|Pokémon Adventures: Platinum (GN 10)||||VIZ||2014-02-04||$9.99|
|Sakura Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura (GN 12)||||VIZ||2014-02-04||$9.99|
|The Wallflower (GN 32)||||kodansha com||2014-02-04||$10.99|
|Toriko (GN 20)||||VIZ||2014-02-04||$9.99|
|Voice Over! Seiyu Academy (GN 3 of 12)||||VIZ||2014-02-04||$9.99|
Welcome everyone! It's the first week of February, and we start it off with Idols (AKB0048), Romance (Antique Bakery and Fruits Basket), Action (Saint Seiya) and Slice of Life (Wagnaria 2 and Natsume's Book of Friends) themes.
I haven't seen any of these anime series, so I can't make a quick recommendation on it. I would love to try Saint Seiya since it was SpeedForceSpider's battle theme back in January 2014. I heard so much about Fruits Basket, and it's on my watch list. I find it unique since it's a love triangle that centers on a female protagonist.
If you have seen these shows, please drop a comment. Thank you, I hope you find something you like. Please support the official releases!
Sources: All plot summaries and data are from ANN's Video Releases page.
|AKB0048 next stage - Complete Collection (DVD)|
The road trip to war has already been brutal for the 77th generation of understudies to AKB0048, the combination singing group and combat squad seeking to bring peace and entertainment back to the universe. However, the competition between the individual candidates, as well as the remaining 75th and 76th generation understudies, is about to get even rougher.
With the opportunity to become a successor to one of the original members of the legendary singing squad hanging in the balance, the fights on stage and on the battlefield will become even more cutthroat, and things are only going to get nastier when it turns out that someone has been feeding critical information to the opposing DES forces.
Will the revelation of the source of the Kiraras prove to be a deadly misstep in the intricate choreography that's allowed the team to keep dancing out of danger? Will public opinion prove to be more important than actual skill and valor as the squad undergoes a series of grueling trials by fan? The harmony and harmonization that's held this band of sisters together will be pushed to the breaking point!
|AKB0048 next stage - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray)|
|Antique Bakery - Complete Collection [Litebox] (Sub.DVD)|
Kidnapped as a child, Keiichiro Tachibana's had trouble coming to terms with the haunting memory. He doesn't remember much, only that the kidnapper forced him to eat sweets. As a way of dealing with his past, Tachnibana decides to open a bakery. But will his choice in staff – a playboy patisserie who's been fired from every job he's ever had, an ex-boxer with a huge sweet tooth, and an absent-minded childhood friend – be a recipe for disaster or success?
|Blessing of the Campanella - Complete Collection (Sub.DVD)|
Leicester Maycraft leads a charmed life. His parents are nobility and he spends his days crafting inventions and questing alongside his friends in Clan Oasis. It also doesn't hurt that every pretty girl in town is in love with him, including the Duke's daughter, Carina Verriti. Life couldn't possibly get any better. Until it does.
Energy from a supernatural meteor shower awakens the adorable automaton, Minette, who imprints on Leicester as her "papa". Just like that, Leicester's entourage of beautiful girls goes from flattering to ridiculous. Joined by Sacred Knight Chelsea Arcot and automaton artisan Agnes Boulange, Clan Oasis sets out to discover Minette's origin.
But all work and no play isn't exactly what these adventurers have in mind. They'll get around to solving the mystery - when they're not performing oddball quests or hanging out at the beach! Contains episodes 1-12, plus the 30-minute OVA.
Based on the best selling manga by Natsuki Takaya, Fruits Basket is a heartwarming story about good friends turning tragedy into triumph. This must-see series features a perfect blend of lovable characters and unique humor that makes it a true fan favorite! The Sohma family may look normal, but they've got a curse they've kept hidden for generations. Whenever a member of the clan is hugged by the opposite sex, they turn into an animal from the Chinese Zodiac! They've found ways to maintain ordinary lives, and all is well until young Tohru Honda falls on hard luck and stumbles upon the truth. To keep the peace, she must find a way to fit into this unusual household. But above all, she must promise to never reveal their secret - or her most cherished memories could be lost forever.
|Natsume's Book of Friends - Season 1 & 2 (Sub.DVD)|
Natsume has always been an outcast because he inherited his grandmother Reiko's ability to see yokai (strange beings that are invisible to most people). After moving to his grandmother's hometown and accidentally releasing a yokai who was imprisoned in a Lucky Cat statue, he learns about one of his grandmother's keepsakes, her "Book of Friends," which contains the names of the yokai she defeated, and allows its wielder to command the yokai named within.
Since then, his life has gotten much more hectic, and yokai now visit him on a daily basis, seeking to either get their names back or take possession of the Book of Friends.
Contains episodes 1-13 of season 1 and episodes 1-13 of season 2 plus a story guide leaflet.
|Saint Seiya - Sanctuary Classic Collection (Dub.DVD)|
Five mystical warriors called the "Saints" fight wearing sacred armors, the designs of which are derived from the various constellations. They have adopted their destined guardian symbols, and are empowered by a mystical energy. The Saints have sworn to defend the reincarnation of the Greek goddess Athena in her battle against the other Gods who want to dominate the world.
|Wagnaria!!2 - Complete Second Series [Premium Edition] (Sub.Blu-Ray)|
Sota Takanashi, Popura Taneshima, and the rest of Wagnaria's zany crew are back! Whether it's Sota being reduced to tears over the death of an innocent bug, Kyoko calling in her old gang to cover some shifts, or Soma hilariously meddling in the personal lives of his co-workers, each day brings something new to the table! But if you're a man, be warned! Inami still packs quite a punch...
Contains episodes 1-13, plus a 32-page, full-color, hardcover artbook featuring episode summaries, new character biographies, and original illustrations.
Below, there are two Hentai DVDs released by Critical Mass Video.
|My Brother's Wife (DVD)|
All his life, Takashi has been compared to his older brother, Satoshi. Satoshi is smarter. More athletic. More handsome. More successful. But despite the constant reminders that he's "not as good as his brother," Takashi was never jealous because Satoshi took him in after their parents died. But that was before Satoshi stole Miwa, the love of Takashi's life, and married her.
Miwa. Both incredibly beautiful and kind, she captured Takashi's heart long before she ever agreed to marry his brother. And now that she's Satoshi's wife, Takashi sees her every day. Sees her with him. Hears her having sex with him through the bedroom wall. And each day Takashi's jealousy towards his brother grows a little more.
But it seems the tables may turn when Takashi's voluptuous college professor discovers that Takashi scores in one way over his brother: his sexual prowess. Now with the right clothing, the right hairstyle, and lots and lots of hands-on sexual tutoring, she's going to turn Takashi into a ladies' man that even his brother will envy!
|Naughty Nurses (DVD)|
Producers Shiyuuta Biwajima and Chikara Niki (I Love You / MeiKing / Spotlight) and writer Shinbashi Makino (Sex Ward) once again have a prescription for lust! In Naughty Nurses, Aoshima General Hospital is well known for its sexy staff that fulfill their patients' every need! Nimura and Mayu are having major relationship problems. Too nervous to have sex with Mayu, Nimura decides that it'll be better if they just break up. But while they might want to go their own separate ways, fate has its own plans for the two of them. Both Nimura and Mayu end up working at Aoshima General Hospital! While having to work together might be uncomfortable for them, it's also stirring up a lot of gossip among the hospital's staff.
But the gossip isn't really having much of an impact on either of them since the hospital's sexy staff and horny patients are keeping them on call night and day! The young nurse Satsuki taunts Nimura relentlessly with her hot body... the voluptuous head-nurse Ryoko seems to have her mind set on landing him in bed... not to mention that the patients can't get enough of him!
All of this attention is great, but Nimura is still struggling with his feelings for Mayu and seeing her every day is making him more anxious than ever. Will this young couple find a way to patch things up despite all of the sexual distractions?
Hello everyone, it's a huge list of manga series that have an anime adaptation that's coming soon.
By Takahiro & Tetsuya Tashiro
The dark action fantasy manga follows the title character, Akame, a girl who was bought, brainwashed, and raised by the Empire as an assassin. After meeting Akame, a boy named Tatsumi vows to stand up to the evil of the Empire.
By Ruri Miyahara
The "adolescent comedy with 3/10ths love and 7/10ths humor" revolves around Usa Kazunari, a boy who is now living alone thanks to his parents' job transfer. However, his new Kawai-Sō apartment complex is filled with only odd perverts. And yet, Ritsu Kawai, a sempai he adores, also happens to live there….
By Asaki Nakama
The comedy centers around a high school boy named Kōichi Madanbashi who has Hi-ERo particles, the power source to operate the robotic weapon Daimidaler. With the help of Kyōko Sonan from the mysterious Prince Beauty Parlor organization, he stands up against the Penguin Empire that troubles humanity.
By Shiki Mizuchi
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.
In the four-panel manga, the main character Kokoa (a pun of “hot cocoa”) arrives at the cafe Rabbit House one day, excited for rabbits. She actually all but lives in that café. She meets lots of different girls there, including a tiny and cool girl named Chino (from “cappucino”), a tough and soldier-esque girl named Lize (“Thé des Alizés” tea), a spacey and quintessentially Japanese girl named Chiyo (“Uji matcha” tea), and the ordinary but dignified Sharo (“Kilimanjaro” coffee).
By Rensuke Oshikiri
The "'90s arcade romantic comedy" begins in 1991, during the heyday of the 2D fighting game boom. Sixth-grader Haruo spends practically his entire day at an arcade in the seedy part of town, oblivious to the world around him. However, one day at his usual arcade, he encounters Akira, his female classmate with good grades and money. She may look out of place at the arcade, but she is actually a top-class gamer. Akira completely outmatches Haruo in one Street Fighter II round after another, and their relationship develops from this unlikely encounter.
By Matcha Hazuki
The story of the manga revolves around Yūki, a boy who wants to become friends with his classmate and desk neighbor Kaori. However, she gently declines his friendship, saying, “But, my... Memories of my friends disappear in a week...” Even so, Yūki wants to become her friend, and so the two become friends over and over again as the weeks pass.
By Ougyo Kawagishi
The story centers around Yūki Akamatsu, a boy who joins the staff of his school's second newspaper. The editor-in-chief Ayaka Nikaidō immediately assigns him to the life (jinsei) advice column. Three girls — the science representative Rino Endō, the liberal arts representative Fumi Kujō, and the physical education representative Ikumi Suzuki — answer requests from students about whatever is troubling them.
By Namie Odama
The manga's story centers around a "mysterious lip cream" that can transform you into anything. The witch Zaiaa was cursed for using the lip cream too much, and it ends up in the hands of an ordinary elementary school girl named Mako-chan.
By Hitoshi Iwaaki
The story is set in a world where alien beings called Parasites come to Earth. They start taking over humans by entering in through their noses and ears and attaching themselves to their brains. One alien called Migi is only able to take over high school student Shinichi Izumi's right arm, and is unable to control Shinichi completely. Migi and Shinichi learn to co-exist, and the two battle other Parasites who see humans only as food.
By Rensuke Oshikiri
The story centers around Wakaba Himeji, a fifth-grade girl who can see things others cannot. As a result, she is scared by her surroundings, keeps her distance from others, and lives a lonely life. One day, she meet a mysterious soft, pink creature that cries "Pupipō!" — and her life is changed from that day forward.
By Atsushi Ohkubo
Tsugumi Harudori is a halberd and a new student at Death Weapon Meister Academy. She is a part of the NOT class and is there to learn how to control her powers, not to fight or become a Death Scythe. Tsugumi must learn about and adapt to the quirks of DWMA, as well as select a meister.
By Mayu Sakai
The romantic comedy centers around Makoto Kisaragi, a 15-year-old girl whose "special ability" is her persecution complex. She was raised well but in relative obscurity compared to her big sister, a famous model. Despite her negative personality, Makoto vowed to become popular when she entered high school, but things did not turn out quite so well for her. One day, she meets Iriya, Mr. Popular in their class, and they become friends.
By Hikaru Katsuki
The story follows "Ei-chan," a punctual and earnest boy who has strived for straight As since elementary school. He began going to a tennis school during high school. There, he meets Natsu, a beautiful, earnest girl who only has passion for tennis.
By Yoko Maki
The Romantica Clock is a comedy about twins: the beautiful, popular, and energetic Akane, and her smart, aloof brother Aoi. Akane, who has felt jealous of Aoi since she was a young child, continues to be unable to get along with him even as the two grow older.
Maken-Ki was a 12-episode harem comedy anime animated by AIC and aired on the Japanese AT-X network from October 5 to December 21 of 2011. The televised airing applied censorship to cover up the anime's more gratuitous fan service shots and nudity, which was later left uncensored for video release. The series is based on the ongoing shonen manga series written by Hiromitsu Takeda since April 20, 2007. The series was licensed for home video distribution by Funimation in 2012, who released the series in a Blu-Ray/ DVD combo set in November of last year. A second season of the series called Maken-Ki Two is currently airing this season on Japanese TV.
Takeru Ohyama is enrolled at Tenbi Academy, a high school that recently converted into a co-ed school. Happy at the thought of being able to see plenty of pretty girls, Takeru is surprised to learn that Tenbi is a school for students possessing magical energy called Elements and wield weapons called Maken. He joins up with the school's Security Committee, where he becomes acquainted with several girls who become drawn to him for varying reasons.
Maken Ki is yet another recent anime offering in Japan whose sole purpose of existence is to objectify its female characters to its otaku fanbase with ample amounts of huge boobs, gratuitous panty shots, nudity and other perverted hijinks involving its female cast.
The typical character archetypes and tiresome cliches you can expect of anime like this are played up enough here with Takeru being your lecherous doormat of a male lead, Haruko his busty upperclassman/ childhood friend, Kodama the tsundere and Inaho the ditz. Also expect a good number of the typical situations that are played out in titles like this that are a cheap excuse to show off female skin like bath scenes, pool episodes, undressing and Takeru getting in enough compromising predicaments with members of the female student body.
The series also appeared to be following in the vein of erotic battle action titles like Ikki Tousen and Queen's Blade in that much of the cast are capable fighters with some type of superpower, as well as making an attempt at some kind of plot when an enemy group of Maken users make their presence felt in the second half of the series. The former failed to impress due to Maken-Ki's subpar animation. The latter is a mix of cliched and poorly written, being more focused on the antics involving Takeru and the female student body and ignorant of properly developing its plot and characters beyond shallow cliches and archetypes.
This news might be late, but when I got on Hulu today, I notice Pokemon on the front page's updates. I was estatic that Origins, all 4 episodes, are available in dub. I watched the series in sub, and I enjoyed it. I never thought that Naruto's voice actress nailed Red's character. So far, the dub is also enjoyable. With Hulu, I probably have a chance to get screenshots for the wiki projects. I hope you fans try watching Origins.
The dub has subtle censorship in Squirtle and Marowak's scenes.
Since this is my 2nd semester of being a mod, I have to careful with time management.
Spring 2014 Semester AV Schedule: 7PM PST Mon-Tue & Thurs (1 hr), 5PM Wed (1 hr), and Fri-Sat 5PM-7PM. Requests will be taken care during these hours. PM me if you need me.
I used this schedule above when things are busy during midterms. On average, I receive 10-15 PMs a day. 75% deals with the battle threads while the rest deals with the wiki. I spend from 1 minute to an hour depending on what type of wiki submission. I try not to moderate the battle threads because I'm not a true battle mod, and I lack the mentality and battle smarts for the job. Since Sonata is busy during the Comic Vine RPG invasion (that was last weekend), I have to step up and take on the wiki and the battle threads. It won't be pretty.
I'll list what I have completed and what I need to complete.
I do work on a lot of minor wiki projects. I just add episodes and associations. That's it. I don't want to overload myself.
Usually, I finish requests fast such as name changes or finding manga hi res covers, but these ones I haven't had the time.
Thinking about it now, am starting to wonder about the point of a making top 20: i mean, who really needs to know the 20 best manga of 2013, because technically anything below the top ten is second tier, less than stellar, unimportant material.
I guess there were that many manga series that stood out last year that i didn’t want to have to leave any of them out.
Anyway, this is where the drums roll as i introduce my top 10 manga of 2013:
Who would have thought that a few years after its creation, Beelzebub would evolve into such a dramatic and action packed story; this series about a juvenile high school kid that must act as surrogate father to the child of the lord of the underworld, has come a long way from its comedic routes.
And while still funny as heck, the series delivered some heart stopping, skin tingling moments in 2013 as the plot took some pretty dark turns, the stakes shooting through the roof as new foes rose to challenge the status quo of Ishiyama.
I don’t know if i have said it, but if there are two manga you need to sit down and get to reading NOW, if you’re not already, its Noblesse and Beelzebub.
Quality wise there is no denying this manga’s place on this list. And yes, it was miles ahead of Bleach in 2013. Okay, maybe not miles.
9. SOUL EATER
Soul eater has been an excruciatingly annoying obsession of mine. The anime being one of the first i ever watched seriously, i spent a few years watching this manga move from hiatus to hiatus, punctuating the silence with one or two chapter releases.
I don’t know the circumstances behind its creation but Soul Eater has been crawling for a while now; not that that actually affected the story quality in any way, because Soul eater went out with the sort of bang in 2013 that the anime couldn’t even come close to capturing.
Bringing to a close the story of the Kishin and his battle with the world, displaying moments of development in all of its primary characters, allowing the series to take another step of growth, Soul eater was a breath taking series with a pretty breath taking finale, definitely worth the recognition.
8. MAGI: THE LABYRINTH OF MAGIC
Magi is my second favourite new manga of 2013, and by new i do not mean it only began its publication in 2013, but rather i only began reading it within those 12 months; and all i can say is wow, this manga is one heck of a roller-coaster.
What makes this series so special, specifically those arc that run in 2013, Aun madaura, Magnoshtadt, the Medium, is how deep the stories are, quite surprising for a shonen series of its type, seemingly simplistic and basically battle oriented, yet infused with so many moving stories perpetrated by so many moving characters, some heroes, most villains.
There really isn’t anything like Magi out there at the moment, except for maybe Nanatsu no Taizai. Magi was absolutely phenomenal in 2013.
7. THE BREAKER: NEW WAVES
The first time i began working on these lists, a friend of mine and i disagreed on exactly where Breaker belonged, specifically in comparison to The god of High school, which my friend believed deserved this position best, while Breaker should have been assigned to a notable mention.
I disagreed of course; sure there is something to be said about how action packed The God of High school has been in the last 12 months; yet i don’t see how it can compete with the story that drivers The breaker.
Or maybe it would be more accurate to say that, rather than the Breaker, it’s Shion, its primary character, who was on fire in 2013, a character that, after 80 chapters of series one and more than a hundred chapters of series 2, finally came out of his shell and, as anime characters are fond of saying, showed us the results of his training.
The Breaker has been a thrilling ride and the fights weren’t just unpredictable in there execution; so many matches, most uneven, seemed to come out of nowhere, and that sort of blindsiding allowed each chapter to skate along the edge, entire arcs almost continuously suspended in no man’s land with regards to how they would be or if they would even be resolved.
Not only the island arc, the events that brought the school burning to the ground, the death of an elder, the unleashing of the black arts; but the presence of Goomoonryong and the mystery of his schemes allowed this Manhwa to stand a few steps above The God of High school.
There was something gratifying about watching Shion finally gain the sort of respect we’ve been waiting for him to acquire.
6. UBEL BLATT
Ubel Blatt felt like it exploded into my world this year. It’s a story of a brutal nature that i have rarely come across, not even in the likes of Claymore. And even when it seems to be cycling in a clichéd rut, its disturbing to realize just how unique the plots progress, how dark and violent the stakes can get, how deviant the characters can become in the face of very dire circumstances.
The Balestar war still ranks as one of the best arcs i read/finished in 2013, mostly because of how vibrant the aspect of conflict were, the shocking revelations that followed and the unpredictable situation within which the story now exists, with the reputation of the authorities of the land shattered, the power of the heroes broken by infighting and the held breath that is Lord Glenn and what is expected to be a vicious assault.
If only this manga was weekly instead of monthly, it would easily take number 1.
Its true, Claymore hasn’t really been hitting all the right notes lately, and with the latest chapters the battles are starting to feel like they are dragging on, which is quite rare for this manga.
So how does such a manga rank so highly? Well, its Claymore, and the first half of Claymore’s 2013 was nothing short of CHAOTIC, the good kind; it isn’t just the revelations made about the source of Claymore and Yoma that saved the latter half of Claymore in 2013, but the events that followed the awakening of the former number 1’s, the RIDICULOUS BATTLES that ensued and Raki’s necessary involvement in the conflict.
And who could forget the Priscilla/Clare/Destroyer situation and the exciting events that led to its resolution, the introduction of male era Claymore, the revelation of Priscilla’s true power…good days, bad days, it doesn’t matter, Claymore is always Claymore, simply awesome beyond words.
What have i said about Noblesse in these past three or four months that needs repeating? If any review i have written in the past finally convinced you to read Noblesse, then you should have a basic idea why this Manhwa should be in the top 5 of any 2013 manga list worth its while.
And the premise seems so simple: a vampire awakens from an 800 year convalescing sleep, to a new world, meets Frankenstein, the servant that so feverishly searched for his whereabouts after his disappearance, after which he instead poured his efforts into building a school in his master’s memory, the same school his master chooses to enrol into while he tries to get his bearings.
Little genius there, loads of genius in the execution. Any year where Raizel finally steps up to the plate to show us just what makes him the Noblesse is worth the hype i heap over this manhwa.
Noblesse should have been number 1 for 2013, if not for the presence of my Top 3 manga of 2013, which are listed below.
3. DEADMAN WONDERLAND
How long has it been, since Ganta first woke to find his entire classroom slaughtered by the red man, since he was tried and found guilty of murder, since he was marooned on the cruel prison island, Deadman wonderland, since we first began to explore this vicious theme park?
Well, its been quite a ride, one that i think couldn’t have been wrapped up any better. It was quite the sad finale, if you think about it, seeing these fast friends, old friends, Shiro and Ganta, finally tear their chains and enter into a brawl, understanding just how cruel the sweet white haired Shiro had been to Ganta, how dreadfully the world had treated her, and how she had in turn aimed her wrath towards her only friend, Ganta.
The art only accentuated that final clash, which, despite the spectacular blood manipulation occurring, was more talk that fighting, during which Shiro laid her soul bear and Ganta absorbed her rage.
2. VINLAND SAGA
VIKINGS ROCK…need i say more: and if i do, where the hell have you been where they don’t have Vinland Saga?
Considering how irritating the little runt was when Thorfinn first set out on the high seas to find and murder his father’s killer, then joined him in an effort to achieve this fruitless goal, its heartening seeing just how far he’s come, transforming into a more rounded character; then a little depressing realizing that this new found warmth and peaceful persona is going to get him and all he knows and now loves killed.
One might point to 2013 as the year of Canut’s rampage, though maybe rampage isn’t quite the word considering how calm the new king is. Still, its a shame how low he’s fallen. But i guess it matters that all he does is in the name of justice.
Am really hoping Thorfinn’s new friend survives 2014. With the way events left off everything seems to be balancing on a knife edge in Vinland Saga.
1. SHINGEKI NO KYOJIN A.K.A ATTACK ON TITAN
Really, SNK? On another top ten manga list? Again?
Yes, again, because, whether you like it or not, Attack on Titan is that damn popular, and almost deserving of the hype its received from the Otaku world. And yes, there is more to its success in 2013 and position as number one than those massive revelations about the large and armoured titans.
Then again what do you expect from a story following humanity as it employs Spiderman type abilities to battle a horde of mindlessly violent giant naked human beings with some of the oddest running poses i have ever seen anywhere.
SHINGEKI NO KYOJIN IS MANGA AND MANHWA KING OF 2013.
And that’s my list of the top 10 best manga of the year 2013. Comment below and agree with me.
In case none of you know me at all, I'm one of those guys that just happen to like the cutesy stuff at times. The Wooser franchise is no different with it's art style, but Wooser's antics with the other characters and his lazy attitude ended up sticking to me. It was one of the anime that I was marathoning (before Season Two showed up) after getting thrown off due to my college studies, but it ended up being worth it and as a plus, watching an episode even lifted my spirits up when I was feeling down one day. I had to break down and add plot summaries to the episodes of season two as a start to adding summaries in general. I hope to finish working on this franchise in a good light and I hope Season Two gets better by the episode. (which it is! :D )
Up to ten recent updates will be recorded in this opening page. I will include a full backlog for the work on the series as a blog.
1/28/2014 - Added all episodes of Season Two so far and gave them summaries and added images. Characters were added on an earlier date.
2/1/2014 - Did Episodes One and Two of Season one and did a character bio for Wooser. Will add more seiyuu tomorrow or Monday since they're absent.
2/20/2014 - Chuuni-senpai was added as well as three additional episodes from the time gap. Seiyuu and Episode 7 will be added later today.
2/21/2014 - Episode 7 and the entire summary has been added as well as most of the Seiyuu. Pink Wooser's seiyuu is still not present yet on account of the translation of her name.
It looks like ufotable is digging into more work from Type Moon. The studio that made animated adaptations of Fate/ Zero and the Kara no Kyoukai film series will be working on a remake of Fate/ Stay Night that will premiere as a TV anime in the Fall 2014 anime season. Takahiro Miura, the director of the two prior Type-Moon titles adapted, will lead in direction of this new adaptation of Stay Night.
Fate/Stay Night was previously adapted by Studio Deen in a 26-episode TV anime series back in 2006, which was licensed by Geneon in 2006 and then Sentai Filmworks in 2012. The 2006 TV anime was released by Sentai on DVD and Blu-Ray video formats last year.
Both titles are adaptations of Type Moon's popular visual novel game that was originally released in Japan in 2004. The series revolves around a high schooler named Shiro Emiya who becomes entangled in a tournament called the Holy Grail War that involve battles to the death involving the spirits of seven warriors famous from legendary and historical lore.
A trailer for the upcoming remake can be seen here:
LHW Knight These are my personal Battle Themes
Black + white (Problem children are coming from another would aren't they?)
Brave blade (Campione)
God in fire (Dissidia)
Realization (Aesthetic of the rouge hero)
Arrival of tears (11 eyes)
Bloody stream (JJBA)
Last vision for last (HRSG)
Blue Blaze (Blazeblue)
Shounen Heart (Eureka 7)
Strike the blood op 1 (Strike the blood)
x-encounter (Tokyo ravens)
Guren no Yumiya (attack on titan)
Jiyuu no Tsubasa (Attack on titan)
Reluctant heroes (attack on titan)
Don't loose your way (kill la kill)
Sirius (kill la kill)
Makasete tonight (Is this a zombie)
Realove:Realife (Demon King Daimao)
innocent of D (Dxd)
Sympathy (Dxd new)
oath sign (Fate zero)
scarlet knight (Dog Days)
fearless hero (Dog days)
one reason (Dead man wonderland)
Ichirin no hana (bleach)
anima rossa (Bleach)
Ranbu no melody (bleach)
Sign (Naruto shippuden)
toumei datta sekai (Naruto shippuden)
Niwaka Ame Nimo Makezu (NS)
I am all of me (Shadow the hedgehog)
Live and learn (Sonic adventure battle 2)
Fight the knight (Sonic and the dark knight)
Sorario Days (Gurren Lagann)
Liberate me from hell (Gurren Lagann)
The next threads will be Musubi, Benitsubasa, Haihane, Akitsu, Homura, Kusano, and Uzume.
Following that up, I will be doing a Strike the blood thread as well.
Welcome everyone to the last Quick Picks for January 2014. We're ending it with Attack on Titan, Gantz (I forgot to add it last week), and Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan.
I definitely recommend Attack on Titan to fans who love horror and action theme series. For Nura and Gantz, I haven't watch it yet. For those who do, please drop a comment about your two cents on Nura and Gantz.
|Attack on Titan Volume 11|
"DO YOU THINK THIS WORLD HAS A FUTURE?"
Thanks to Eren's timely arrival, the 104th has managed to turn the tide at Wall Rose. But this momentary victory forces two more traitors into a corner – and the identity of the Titans who have been destroying the walls is revealed! What can Eren do against the two most dangerous monsters humanity has ever faced? And who else might be an enemy in disguise?
|Gantz Volume 30|
As masses of helpless humans are brought aboard the gigantic alien mothership, the horror on the ground below looks like a picnic compared to what the monstrous invaders have in store for their prisoners. But despite the odds, Kei Kurono has infiltrated the mothership and its alien city, and he may have only one chance to find his lost love before she suffers a bizarre fate worse than death!
|Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan: Demon Capital - Set 1 (Blu-Ray)|
Peace has returned to the Nura Clan following their victory against the Shikoku yokai, but things do not stay quiet for long. Ryuji Keikain, brother of Yura the Onmyoji, arrives in Ukiyoe Town bringing dire news: Hagoromo-Gitsune, the great yokai who was once stopped by Supreme Commander Nurarihyon, has returned! The Third Heir Rikuo Nura must now travel across Japan to gain new powers and allies in order to face down his most powerful enemy!
|Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan: Demon Capital - Set 1 (DVD)|