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Hi Everyone! I know all of you were all Otaku... Let's Unite and be friends...

My Favorite anime is SK Flowers... and my Favorite Character is Hana Asakura..

How about you?

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Sentai Filmworks announced today that they have acquired home video and streaming license rights to former Viz Media title, Saikano. The anime was animated by Gonzo in 2002 and released to home video in America by Viz in 2004. The series was based on the manga series She, the Ultimate Weapon written by Shin Takahashi. The series is a sci-fi/ romantic war drama focused on the relationship between high school students Chise and Shuji being tested when it is revealed that Chise underwent military experiments that turned her body into a cyborg weapon of war eating away at her humanity as she fights off enemy armies engaging in war with Japan.

Outside of the TV anime, there was also a two-episode OVA series prequel of the series made called Saikano: Another Love Song in 2005 and a Japanese live-action film adaptation of the series made in January 2006.

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The only thing wrong with this chapter is the fact that this dynamic duo of Hakuryuu and Judar is going to be defeated by Aladdin and Alibaba.

It is expected; they are, after all, the heroes of the series. Yet, It becomes difficult to stand behind Aladdin’s idealistic dreams and Alibaba’s indecisiveness, not when faced with the realistic and somewhat incisive approach that Hakuryuu and Judar bring to the table.

THE CHAPTER:
The battle against Gyokuen comes to a close. Kou has a new emperor. Hakuruyuu and Judar set their eyes upon the rest of the world.

MY THOUGHTS:

That was unequivocally brutal. Say one thing about Magi, say that it never really holds back on the gore and despair when it needs to cement a point.

This is it; the point when Hakuryuu and Judar finally became the central villains of the story.

Sure, there are a lot of negative things you could say about Kouen and his ilk; yes, few other characters in the series are quite as conniving and untrustworthy as Sinbad. Yet none of these characters have truly given themselves over to depravity, not when compared to Hakuryuu.

One might say that the Magi story just turned onto a new path this week; Hakuryuu finally got his revenge, and in a most brutal fashion, especially when you read this chapter together with the last panels of chapter 249, where Hakuryuu tears the flesh out of his mother’s neck with his teeth, with Gyokuen then lumbering towards the salvation waiting beyond the boundary of the barrier, only to fall to Judar who hands her life to Hakuryuu.

That Hakuryuu could kill her without a second thought, unmoved by the sorts of silly tricks so many heroes tend to fall for in the very last moment, shows his resolve.

That he understands the depths of his intentions, the blood he will have to spill in his conquest means that he is unlikely to fall to the sweet words of Aladdin and Alibaba about right and wrong, the evil of his path and any salvation they might offer.

Simply put, Hakuryuu is the perfect hero turned villain; there are no forces pulling his strings without his consent, which means we are unlikely to run into another Obito situation.

He is fully aware of his own madness and accepts what he must do to accomplish goals that, to an extent, even he realizes are wrong; which means his clash with Aladdin will more or less come down to a last man standing type situation, where Hakuryuu and Judar must be put down lest they bring the world to its knees.

Magi has created a situation so perfect, with the rising conflict between Aladdin, Hakuryuu, Kouen, Sinbad and Al-Tharmen, especially with so many of the lines so blurred, that it would be difficult for Shinobu Ohtaka to ruin this arc.

She doesn’t even have to deliver deaths on any scale to create a satisfying conclusion to what might be Magi’s last, or at least one of its final sagas.

+RATING: 9/10, Judar never seizes to surprise, specifically how far his character has come, with each chapter continuing to compound upon just how reliant the Magi is on his friend’s madness.

Hakuryuu is the soul mate Judar searched for and failed to find in Sinbad, which probably has something to do with the fact that Sinbad is so much more mature than Hakuryuu and thus less likely to succumb to Judar’s darkness.

Gyokuen will be missed; she showed the sort of madness and resilience few villains have manifested in anime and manga.
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  Boku no Hero Academia has some pretty erratic releases; I begun expecting these chapter on Saturday, however that schedule seemed to shift to Sunday.

Now we have chapters coming out as early as Thursday; and not just one chapter but three, with the results not being very pleasant. I had to read these three chapters several times over.

In some cases the translations were that bad; other websites had the pages completely out of order, so much so that I would get to the last page only to realize that it was actually page one, and I had most likely encountered the end somewhere in the middle. 

It took sometime to track and finally read chapter 20. For some unknown reason, several websites kept uploading and then removing this chapter. So much effort to read manga these days.

THE CHAPTERS: All Might’s arrival throws a wrench into Tokamura’s plan, with the so called artificial human still unaware of All Might’s weakness, that he strands at the edge of his strength, running on fumes and nearly out of time.

MY THOUGHTS:

This wasn’t much of an arc; more like a mini arc.

It was barely 8 chapters long, which isn’t a bad thing per say. Because you really couldn’t say that they rushed things. 

Yet, for its first major arc, the manga could have done more to extend the length of these events, possibly making something more out of them in terms of story and character development.

+The Good
Despite the brevity of the arc, there was no shortage of tension, with each chapter continuing to build upon the threat that the alliance posed against our young heroes.

This was further augmented by the fact that we all understood perfectly the limitations of All Might, that he stood mere minutes and possibly even seconds way from running out of juice and getting the Holly Hell kicked out of his ass.

In that regard, these three chapters were more of a bluffing game, with the secret to All Might’s victory lying in his ability to defeat Noumu, the biggest threat of them all, at which point he could use his seemingly immovable figure to intimidate artificial human and group.

All in all, a well choreographed battle, the fights short but strategic in bringing across the risk in each situation and the heroism of each character.

Todoroki and Bakugou were pleasant surprises, and the fact that they actually played a role in the salvation of their hero allowed the entire situation to play out in a much more satisfying manner.

Of course none of this would matter if Noumu was not such a terrifying beast, seemingly indestructible with his absorbent/regenerative abilities. Knowing that he was indeed more than a match for the weakened All Might really made the stakes so much greater.

+The Bad
This arc could have continued for another six or seven chapters, and I don’t think anyone would have accused the mangaka of dragging these events out.

There is so much more that could have been accomplished; yes, the mini arc indeed managed to get a select few things done, specifically highlighting the abilities and personalities of the young heroes.

Yet it was almost abrupt in the way it brought events to a close. And then there is the fact that Tokamura, the villain at the center of the alliance, did nothing whatsoever to justify the fear he seemed to generate upon his first appearance.

Not a wasted appearance since he survived the skirmish, but it would be difficult for him to be regarded with any sense of fear now.

RATING: 7/10, it was a decent enough end to the invasion for a shonen manga, but it could have been better.
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Character basic information:

Name: Akira

Surname:Heller

Affiliation: Survey Corps

Status:Alive

Gender:Female

Birthday: May 7th

Age: 13

Height: 5'11 (181 cm)

Weight: 152 pounds (69 kg)

Species: Human, Titan shifter

Hair: Dark Brown

Eyes: Brown

Titan form charasteristics:

Class: 13 m

Titans gender is known as: Female

Titans name: Blood Titan

Concept:

Akira is a cold blooded soldier of the Survey Cops.

Theme:

Akira's only goal is to catch Titans.She thinks that maybe trying to comunicate the Titans might sold their war without anymore blood and sacrifices.Hatred of losing her beloved ones because of the Titans,but also fear of losing more,has estabilised her into this thought,of making the Titans understand in a way to stop them once and for all,as the other soldiers find it unbelievable and don't agree. But after comunicating the Titans,she wants to kill them slowly in the dark...

Story:

When the Titans destroyed her village,killing all of her family and leaving her all alone without noone,the only fear she caught is "Losing the ones you love".So,she wanted to reach a goal of comunicating the horrible and humanoid Titans.In order to make them understand.But in her childhood,she got bullied and called crazy for her thoughts,because everybody knew that was unbelivable.She got graduated as a soldier very fast,because speed on life was everything she learned,and in order to catch Titans,she joined the Survey Cops along with her friend.When the Colosal one attacked and the others got in,she managed to catch an injured Titan.As one of the soldiers sees her hidding the Titan,the soldier reports her right away.When they catch her she tells everyone her goal and reason why she wants to catch the Titans without killing them first,but kill them later.Everyone disagrees and tells her she is on her own,exept some of her friends who were told to help her on acheiving her goal of thought.Along time,as the other keept killing Titans but also getting killed,she managed to catch among 13 Titans whom she named with numbers and signed them on numbering.But one night,when everyone was asleep and the place seemed completely safe,someone seemed to have left the 13 Titans free.Because the soldiers weren't ready,many people were lost,the Titans did a big mess,killing people and destroying half of the city.The soldiers manage to kill the Titans,with Akira's help,cause this time she sees that she couldn't catch the same Titans again and if they wouldn't kill the Titans at that moment,the whole humanity would be devoured.After killing the Titans,even her friends told Akira to give up on her goal,plans wouldn't destroy the Titans,they told her the Titans could only be destroyed by fighting and sacrifising ouselves.Akira starts killing Titans and percepting a liking on destroying them,but still chances of awaking her goal were still aviable.But later on,she accidentally realises she is a Titan shifter,with which she now understand she can get in the middle of Titans to understand them,being a Titan shifter ,eases her goal.Because now she can realy understand what Titans are doing,and get nack to tell the humans all what the Titans are gonna do.

Personality:

Akira is a curious teen.But not likely as a child,because she is too strong emotionaly.But doesn't show district as perfect,because nobodys perfect and everybodys got a defect.So does she,she is too scared when she is batteling the Titans,her fear sometimes makes her freeze with tears in her eyes.

She is a person who is hot blooded from inside,but shows most of her bad side.She shows herself mostly as a loner and mostly shy.People stating to be perfect is what she dislikes.But,she hates herself for being ungrateful,while she sees very powerful other soldiers,she keeps hating herself why can't she be greater,but that is something to show that nobodys perfect,but still you have to move on.She yet has sometimes an arrogant side,with which she makes people think she's cold and weird.But in another side,she is pretty emotional,but just doesn't show it,because she thinks that "Nobody cares".

Powers and Combat:

Statistics (Human form):

Combat: 9/10

Initiative: 9/10

Wits: 4/10

Teamwork: 7/10

Temper: 11/10

Speed: 10/10

Strength: 9/10

Powers (Human form):

Strength: She is very strong for a human,and also unbeliavebly strong for a female.She can hold many things others can't,and due to her age,this is so abnormal.

Speed: Speed is something she always took first in life,and in a combat,she knows that being faster than your oponoment gives you more chances to win and survive.

Weapon using: She is an expert at using weapons,because of her strength,she can hold many heavy and strong weapons some others can't.

Statistics (Titan Form):

Combat: 8/10

Armor: 7/10

Speed: 8/10

Strength: 11/10

Powers (Titan form):

Titan shifting: Like all the Titan shifters she has the ability to turn into a Titan.Turning into a Titan (Female),she has a 13 m class.In this form,she ha more strength but less speed.But she can still move better than the other Titans.

Regeneration:Every wound she gets at a combat,regenerates within 6.3 seconds.

Strength: Her strength as a Titan is known to go over the ranking of 10,which she has 11 so 11/10.

Quotes:

"You fight,you fall,you get up,still everybody judges the way you fell."-Akira Heller
"We keep looking for people who actually care,but we find people who see us as bare,since caring ones are really rare."-Akira Heller
"You are special to everybody who has interest."-Akira Heller
"If you wanna be loved,love the ones who love you."-Akira Heller
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Hello everyone, this blog has two binary purposes. One to show off our image galleries and Two, to post a checklist for wiki editors. I am currently cleaning out images for the Fate wiki project. I'm removing Official Art and replacing it with Anime Art that has clear definitions of what goes in there. For more information, please check the Fate/stay Night, Fate/kaleid, and Fate/zero Image Gallery Updates and Wiki Editing 101: Naming Image Galleries and Organizing Images threads.

Thank you.

Fate/stay Night Visual Collection

Some of these cross into Megami's Magazine.

Most of these are from Saber because I haven't started cleaning in the other galleries besides Saber's today.

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Fate/stay Night Saber Portraits

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Megami

I have to add these to Megami gallery.

  • 1st one (Saber without armor) is from Issue 69, Feb 2006
  • 2nd one (Rin and Saber) is from Issue 114
  • 3rd one (Shoujo bread one) is from Issue 71
  • 4th one is from 137

Nyantype

Same for these ones:

  • The Fate Zero one is from Issue 24.

Image Galleries I'm Currently Cleaning

Saber

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Chapter 107 was a little anti climatic; I was expecting more of a show down between the Sins and the Six Stars of the Azure Sky.

But they pretty much just accepted their imminent defeat and ran away.

Shame. Then again maybe we should be commending Seven Deadly Sins for its insistence on breaking some basic shonen formulas.

THE CHAPTERS: The Six Stars of the Azure Sky challenge the power of the sins. The King portends a great disaster approaching the new kingdom of the South.

MY THOUGHTS:
‘A Beast With the Likeness of A Mountain Shall Awaken.’ ‘Three Heroes Shall Stand Up against it.’ ‘And Darkness Shall Bore A Great Hole Through the Land’.

It is interesting to note that the king’s premonition isn’t one single statement but three separate sentences, which might refer to three different premonitions that might or might not be connected.

I thought we would spend a little more time with the fairies but I can’t complain, because things in Liones seem to be so much more interesting.

The arrival of the Six Stars of the Azure kind of reminded of Fairy Tail, specifically after the end of the Phantom Lord arc, when we thought we had seen the best that Fairy Tail had to offer, only for Laxus and his group of considerably strong and powerful mages to arrive on the scene, rather conveniently after all the fighting had died down.

I remember being rather excited about the addition of new characters to the fairy tail roster and story; I don’t know how anyone of note could have missed the chaos that was happening in Liones, especially a Holy Knight as powerful as Denzel, but the addition is welcome.

Truth be told I expected Meliodas to tear his way through the obviously weaker Dogget and Wayeo, only for Death Pierce, seemingly just as weak, to pull off a miraculous win.

Which makes you wonder why the trio was even at the ceremony in the first place. What are the chances that Dreyfus and Hendricksen weren’t as evil as they were portrayed to be.

What are the chances that Denzel, the deputy Great holy Knight could be the man behind the curtain, the true villain; it is worth keeping in mind the words that the trio used, about Hendricksen and Dreyfus falling into depravity, a term often used in Magi, speaking of a descent into darkness as a result of some external force.

Hauser, Griamor and even Gilthunder seemed unwilling to believe that Hendricksen would fall so far, which makes you wonder. Do we even know what is going on in the world of the Seven Deadly Sins, what the real stakes are and what the ultimate goal is?

Because, if you think about, Hendricksen’s reasoning for summoning the demon clan, that the times of peace were stretching on for far too long and he needed to give the Holy knights a new reason to fight, is kind of dumb.

There are any number of ways he could have given his subordinates a new purpose in life without putting the world at risk; hell, they could have quit and traveled the world. Clearly the entire globe cannot be at peace.

Whatever the case, Deadly Sins has my attention for the foreseeable future.

I was somewhat amused by Hawk’s Balor’s Eye ability; it was like Seven Deadly Sins was finally starting to bathe in the scent of the shonen formula, the core of which is not only excessive power-ups but a quantification of ability into a numerical format.

Some people hate them; I like them. When they are adhered to strictly, they make comparisons between characters that much easier and can add to the stakes of battle, especially when the difference in power level is clearly demonstrated.

If we are to consider the information provided in chapter 107, then Merlin is the most powerful of the sins, followed by Meliodas, Diana, Gowther and finally Hawk- though the chapter didn’t consider King and Ban.

Taking the details of their stats into account, Diana is obviously the most physically powerful, while Merlin stands unmatched in Power. Meliodas not only excels in physical ability, only second to Diana, but he also boasts the greatest spirit. While Gowther kind of stands in the middle.

Then again Gowther did dismiss the importance of power levels in determining true strength.

RATING: 7/10, we are finally heading to Camelot, which means more Arthur. The world of the Sins is continuing to expand, and it seems like this new arc might exclude King and Ban, unless their activities with the fairies somehow tie into the coming threat.

Considering the premonition about the three warriors, we can assume that Meliodas and Merlin are heading to Camelot where they, along with Arthur, will fight to save the kingdom.h
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The thing about Boku No Hero Academia is that, if it maintains its current pacing and story progression, it stands the chance of becoming something truly noteworthy within the next four or five chapters.

But that is only if it doesn’t drop the ball in its rushed attempt to get to whatever point the mangaka is aiming for.

THE CHAPTERS:
The invasion swings into full gear; with the kids now separated and faced with multiple enemies, the fight becomes one of survival.

MY THOUGHTS:

There is a certain charm to Boku No Hero that managed to shine through in these three chapters. You have to appreciate the fast pace. Once the cogs begin moving, the chapters simply do not slow down.

As I have said before 20 pages are often too few to allow a manga series to express itself comprehensively on a weekly basis; there is a reason a series like Bleach is best read in bulk, after a waiting period of four or five weeks. It is the only way the chapters won’t come off as abrupt.

Yet there are manga like Boku no Hero Academia that provide enough content within each individual chapter to actually satisfy.

The mangaka does in these three chapters what only few shonen series seem to understand; which is the fact that, if you have chosen to populate your manga with a massive cast, then it is never wise to concentrate all your characters within a single location.

That is the reason Naruto’s final arc faltered during the last 1/3 of its run; so many characters had congregated onto the same battlefield that no individual character could stand out or play any noteworthy role in the war. No wonder it became all about Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura.

Black Mist’s decision to split the budding heroes across USJ backfires; cornered, outnumbered and nearly out gunned, each team works to use it’s opponent’s overwhelming strength against them, with the villains quickly learning that experience is no substitute for ingenuity.

With each battle situated within a uniquely designed section of the training facility, boasting diverse weather conditions and terrain, there is something to be said about the balance between brain and brawn clearly visible in the different fights.

Todoroki’s quirk, combining both fire and ice, proves to be so overwhelmingly powerful that even the large numbers of his foes prove irrelevant in his presence, as opposed to Mineta, Tsuyu and Midoriya, whose team comes off as so underwhelming that even Midoriya’s strength advantage isn’t enough for the water friendly villains to take the kids seriously.

All in all, for its first major arc, Boku no Hero Academia is keeping its story fast paced and tightly written, maintaining a level of suspense.

And that is an attribute you cannot help but praise; sure, the manga has yet to kill any of its characters off, yet you cannot help but fear for these children and their chances of surviving the onslaught of evil.

The fact that so many of the heroes-in-training are starting to stand out is also worth commending; IIda is clearly the conflicted and inexperienced leader, uncertain about abandoning his friends in order to secure their futures while so driven to protect them from present threats.

Todoroki’s abilities make his arrogance surprisingly endearing and justified. Bakugou continues to become more likeable since his loss against his former friend, still belligerent but now enjoying the company of someone that can actually appreciate his hostility.

Tsuyu is calm under pressure, unmoved by her relatively unimpressive frog like abilities and ready to leap into action at a moment’s notice to protect her teammates; this as opposed to the cowardly and largely useless Mineta, who one cannot help but simply like.

Then there is that lightning guy (kimowara? Kiminira?), funny and so powerful that he runs the risk of hurting his friends as well as himself. And have I mentioned how intimidating Black Mist is, though he pales in comparison to that one seemingly anti-All Might villain.

The fact that the teachers are going down so hard and fast is worrying.

RATING: 8/10, you cannot help but get nervous about that last panel. With All Might’s sudden appearance, you have to wonder if it is finally time for Midoriya to officially inherit the torch. Because that black monster has to be the most vicious villain we have seen in the manga so far.
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According to Twitter and the official site, there was an announcement for Triage X's anime adaptation. One of the visuals (below) was revealed at the "Fantasia Bunko 2014 Dai Kanshasai" event, which was held at Bellesalle Akihabara in Tokyo back on Dec. 6, 2014. Currently, the manga for Triage X is on hiatus.

Cast Info

Staff

  • Director: Akio Takami (Upotte!! character designer/animation director) and Takao Kato (Rockman.EXE, To Love-Ru)
  • Series composition: Katsuhiko Takayama (Sasami-san@Ganbaranai, Aldnoah.Zero)
  • Character design: Akito Takami
  • Anime Production: XEBEC (Space Battleship Yamato 2199, Argevollen)

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When spring 2015 comes, a discussion thread with trailers will be posted by BigHeart711, Acura Max, or myself, the AV team in charge of the seasonal trailers.

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As part of the 15th anniversary celebration of One Piece, Fuji TV announced that they will air the 2014 edition of the 2008 film One Piece: Episode of Chopper + Fuyu ni Saku, Kiseki no Sakura (Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Cherry Blossom) at 9:00 pm on December 31, 2014 with new epilogue.

According to Crunchyroll:

It is confirmed the edition will have newly animated epilogue and spacial messages from the main characters. The new epilogue will tell how Dolton, Dr. Kureha and others are two years after the film's story, which were illustrated only on the cover page of the Eiichiro Oda's original manga. Also in the ending, the members of The Straw Hat Pirates will convey special messages to the fans with their feelings of gratitude for the 15th anniversary.

Trailer from the 2008 film:

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Welcome to this week's releases. We got a quite a large selection.

Familiar Series I Would Recommend

  • RWBY - This is the only series this week I'm familiar with. RWBY is somewhat an anime and not an anime at the same time since it was produced in the states. RWBY has great fight choreography, creative weapons, and a great cast of characters. The only thing you got to get used is the voice acting. The story can be a bit linear.

Unfamiliar Series I Would Try

  • Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl - I got to get more slice of life comedic series under my belt. The synopsis of a little girl pretending to be an alien reminds me of Gugure! Kokkuri-san.
  • Okamikakushi - The art cover looks interesting. After reading the synopsis, I'm want to find out those riddles and how much action this show has.

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.

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Notes

  • Only Right Stuf has the import edition of Ghost in the Shell Arise 4.
  • ANN and Right Stuf has Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl and Gurren Lagann BD 2 listed while Amazon doesn't have it available this week.
  • Right Stuf and Amazon lists Hiiro no Kakera, Okamikakushi: Masque of the Wolf, and RWBY 2 for this week while ANN did not.

DVD and Blu-Ray Releases

Dragon Ball Z - Season Nine (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $44.98

Majin Buu's spree of terror continues, and his ruthlessness knows no bounds! In his quest to eliminate the remaining Z-Fighters, Buu has cut a path of destruction across the face of the Earth, leaving a trail of devastation so utterly complete that it may even be beyond the power of the Dragon Balls to repair... -

With their efforts to stop Majin Buu quickly proving futile, the Z-Fighters have but one remaining hope against this seemingly invincible foe - the Fusion Technique! But for this desperate plan to succeed, Goku will have to join forces with his oldest rival, Vegeta! Can the combined efforts of these two mighty Saiyan warriors put a stop to Majin Buu once and for all? The final battle for the fate of the universe begins!

Contains episodes 254-291. Special Features: Dragon Ball Z Retrospective: Finale, Cast Interviews, Textless Opening and Closing, U.S. Trailer. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

ef ~ A Tale of Memories & Melodies Blu-ray Complete Coll. (Hyb) (Seasons 1-2)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $74.99 (BD) $29.98 ($59.99)

Four disparate groups of friends. Different places. Different times. Different lives. Yet, their destinies are inexplicably interwoven, and what happens to any one group will, in the end, affect them all.

One Christmas Eve, Hiro Hirono helps Miyako, the victim of a purse snatching, and discovers that she goes to the same school he does. To the dismay of his childhood friend Kei, Hiro starts hanging out with Miyako. When Renji Asou meets Chihiro Shindou at an abandoned train station, he doesn't notice anything unusual at first, but he soon discovers that she suffers from a rare disease.

Shuichi Kuze's been spending time with Mizuki Hayama. As they've been getting to know each other, they've been growing closer. Yuu Himura meets a girl who seems to know him, but he doesn't know her. Soon enough, however, he remembers a girl he met long ago, and begins to rediscover old, half-forgotten feelings.

Contains episodes 1-12 of ef ~ A Tale of Memories and episodes 1-12 of ef ~ A Tale of Melodies. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Ghost in the Shell: Arise Blu-ray Japanese Collector's Edition 4 (S) (Import)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $44.99

Motoko and Public Security Section 9 must track down a terrorist known as "Fire Starter," who unleashes an infection that affects cyberbrains.

This collector's edition includes a 22-page guide booklet and a unique cut of the film strip! Special Features: Logicoma Route, Theatrical Trailer, PV Footage for "border:3 Ghost Tears," TV Spots.

Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl DVD/Blu-ray Complete (S)
  • Distributor: NIS America
  • Suggested retail price: $59.99

Makoto Niwa just moved to the city to live with his aunt Meme after his parents were reassigned to work overseas.​ He is perfectly fine with that,​ saying it will give him the chance to live the dream life of an adolescent boy.​ He keeps track of the things he does by assigning "points" to them - positive or negative - and adds them up on a regular basis to grade his adolescent life.​ And then he discovers Meme has a secret daughter (and self-proclaimed alien) named Erio.​ He finds her rolling around by the front door of Meme's house wrapped up in a futon.​ It is then he realizes that his dream adolescent life will not come true,​ and begins a life of experiences that are out of this world.​

Contains episodes 1-13 plus a story guide leaflet.​ Special Features: Clean Openings and Endings,​ Japanese Commerical.​ Spoken Languages: Japanese,​ English subtitles.​

Gurren Lagann Blu-ray 2 (Hyb)
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98
Team Gurren's Journey Continues...

Team Gurren is formed with Kamina as leader! The human rebel army continues their journey to the Gunmen's headquarters, but they are challenged by Thymilph, one of the Four Generals. At the end of that fierce battle, Team Dai-Gurren held the Dai-Gunzan in their control. However, the price they paid for their prize was all too high. Having lost Kamina, their emotional support, the members of Team Dai-Gurren are beginning to lose sight of their goal.

Then, Simon, who blames himself for his bro's death, is thrown into self-destructive despair. As Simon wanders through the valley, a new container lands in front of him. When he opens the lid, he finds a young girl sleeping inside...

Contains episodes 6-10 (and the On-Air version of Episode 6) plus a double-sided poster and a 16-page booklet featuring creator interviews and an illustration gallery! Special Features: Textless Opening and Ending. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Hiiro no Kakera - The Tamayori Princess Saga Complete (Hyb) (Season 1-2)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $74.99 (BD) $59.99 (DVD)

High school is hard enough without being a first-year transfer student - not to mention you're the Tamayori Princess successor who is supposed to fulfill a destiny you're completely unaware of... that doesn't seem like too much to bear! But that's exactly where we find Tamaki Kasuga when she is asked to come live in the country with her grandmother.

Things start to get weird when mysterious dark forces and a gang of misfits called the Logos come after her. Luckily for Tamaki, she is suddenly surrounded by five handsome young men who come to her rescue and now act as her guardians! Because being a princess isn't easy, and she'll need all the help she can get in!

Contains episodes 1-13 of season one and episodes 1-13 of season two. Special Features: Art Gallery, Clean Opening Animations, Clean Closing Animations. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Okamikakushi ~ Masque of the Wolf Blu-ray Complete Collection (S)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98

From the moment Hiroshi and his family arrive in Jouga, he senses something odd about the isolated village. It's not that the people are cold and aloof; except for his beautiful class president, Nemuru, most welcome him quite warmly. But some also simply disappear.

Students transfer out of his school without any notice, and Hiroshi's next door neighbor Isuzu, who seems quite infatuated with him, warns him to stay away from the old part of town. The upcoming Haasaku Festival, which celebrates the town's unique oranges, seems to be generating an unusual level of concern, and groups of masked people roam the streets by night, hunting... something. Could the legends of man-sized wolves roaming the mountains surrounding Jouga be real? Who is the girl with the scythe? What is the real purpose of the festival? And how does this all revolve around something called a Temptation? Hiroshi and his new circle of friends have little time to solve these riddles before the answers will become far more dangerous and personal than he could ever imagine!

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

Infinite Stratos 2 DVD Complete Collection (Hyb)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98

There are probably worse things that could have happened to Ichika Orimura than being the only guy in a training academy filled with military hardware and several battalions of highly competitive and extremely boy-crazed teenage girls. Being caught in a five-girl crossfire between his obsessive childhood friends Lingyin and Houki and the even more zealous British, German and French pilots Cecillia, Laura and Charlotte, at least turned out to be survivable. But surely Ichika's finally put all his female troubles behind him, right? Oh, don't be ridiculous.

None of the femmes fatales in his life have canceled their conquest scenarios. There's double trouble arriving in the form of the Sarashiki sisters, the rest of the school is still waiting in line to take their shot. and when a whole new set of female pilots working for the bad guys shows up with a new generation of stolen IS hardware, things are about to get utterly lethal!

Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: One Summer's Memories (Broadcast Version), Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Ranma ½ - Set 4
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $44.82 (DVD) $54.97 (BD) [Special Edition]

Shampoo visits Ranma, bringing a souvenir bell from China and along with it a Phantom Cat, who's in search of a bride! Ranma will have to endure his fear of cats in order to defeat the Phantom Cat...

Then, after a series of certain events, Ryoga becomes the strongest martial artist in the world. After that, Kuno gets his hands on a secret sword called the "Manganmaru," which grants the user three wishes, and one of them is to have a date with the Pigtailed Girl! Finally, a mysterious foursome has come from China in search of the legendary Dragon's Whisker and will stop at nothing to get it. But what is the Dragon's Whisker and what does it have to do with Ranma?!

This special edition includes a full-color art card and a 32-page booklet with episode summaries, all housed in a premium chipboard artbox! Contains episodes 70-92. Special Features: "We love Ranma" Part 4 - We Love Cosplay, Next Episode Previews, Clean Openings and Endings. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

RWBY 2
  • Distributor: NEW VIDEO
  • Suggested retail price: $14.93 (DVD), $24.95 (BD)

Team RWBY is back and ready for their second semester at Beacon, an academy that trains the world's strongest fighters. But real life doesn't stop. Between classes and homework, they still have to find time to save the world. And between the White Fang, Roman Torchwick, and a mysterious new trio, they certainly have their work cut out for them!

Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: "World of Remnant" History Videos, Behind-the-Scenes Production Diaries, Audio Commentary Tracks with Cast and Crew. Spoken Languages: English.

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Ra In Soo wrote the Manhwa “King of Hell’ with Kim Jae-hawn, and with 294 chapters the manhwa is still ongoing. Which automatically makes Legend of Tyr, with its 60 chapters, a side project.

But maybe side project isn’t quite accurate; after all Ra In Soo, as an author, is free to work on as many projects as he might wish, this as opposed to the restrictions placed on the artist to focus their attention upon a single story.

THE PLOT:
In a world of demons, magic and warriors, Tyr is a young boy that spends his days within the confines of a relatively peaceful village. Tyr is content to make mischief, rebel against his father’s harsh rule and explore his world. Until a decision by his older brother impels the young man to venture out, beyond the mountains to the red continent.
MY THOUGHTS:

The first 20 chapters of Legend of Tyr went by so fast, which is odd considering the fact that each chapter averages at 30 pages; that in itself doesn’t imply quality, though. In other words, I wasn’t reading Legend of Tyr so fast that I didn’t notice the chapters go by.

Rather, long as the chapters of Legend of Tyr are, they are also very brief. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration on my part to say that not much actually happens in the beginning.

Legend of Tyr smells of typical western fantasy novels and RPG games; the world presented is filled with all manner of mythical creatures, the majority of which take on a demonic form and roam the land seeking to destroy and pillage.

Scattered across the land are the humans that stand besides and against them, people with unique ranks categorized according to a strict structure, and with each category boasting a specific set of equally structured skills through which they are best identified.

Thus far the Manhwa has introduced warriors, their sword skills and sword plays, and mages, of which only the battle mages have made an appearance.

+The Good
Legend of Tyr is pretty basic as far as fantasy shonen series go; there is a boy. He’s young, energetic and clearly talented. Tragic events thrust him into an unknown realm of demons and phantoms, and he must basically level up to survive the many threats.

And that is the fun of the series; Legend of Tyr knows exactly what it is, simple action oriented shonen. Tyr is interesting enough of a hero that you want to watch him grow and progress.

The series is called legend of Tyr after all; and as readers we know this story is going to focus upon building Tyr’s legend and fame.

Being honest though, the primary attraction of the Manhwa thus far is Loki, Tyr’s brother; having fallen at some point in time during his younger brother’s earlier years, the story primary focuses upon Tyr’s attempts at disproving the claims of his brother’s death and possibly saving him from whatever fate befell him.

In doing this he must retrace Loki’s steps through the mythical mountains and forests to get to the Red Continent, depending upon the tales told within Loki’s diary and hence providing a contrast between the experiences of the two brothers and how they deal with the same hardships.

The most surprising elements of the manhwa are the battles; as expected they are explosive and fantastical, with mystical techniques and mysterious specialized skills. Yet standing out even above these well illustrated elements is the gravitas injected into a select few fights, the manner in which the manhwa almost brought you to a point where you could actually care about some of Tyr’s comrades; men and women we had encountered a mere chapter before but whose deaths make for a surprisingly tragic end.

It’s mostly the belief that Tyr might have finally found his nakama, those people with whom his legend will be written that drives the tragedy of their deaths. And in finally creating the long awaited ‘Tyr’s mercenaries’ Ra In Soo’s choice of companions for our young hero is both dubious and unexpected.

In most other manga this coming together of unlikely comrades would have come off as cheesy and forced; yet the first ten chapters make a pretty decent case for these former enemies suddenly coming together.

+The Bad
-Legend of Tyr is basic supernatural shonen; it doesn’t shy away from that fact, and this works for and against it. A number of moments within the first 20 chapters do little to camouflage the route that the story is likely to follow, especially after Tyr departs from his village and the series introduces what might be the primary antagonists.

Tyr is simply too typical a shonen hero; brash, stubborn and obviously naturally talented.

Whether Legend of Tyr morphs into a truly impressive series will depend on how entertaining and unpredictable they make his journey to the top.

-I don’t know why I place so much emphasis on the dialogue, but only Vinland saga seems to deliver the sort of sophisticated writing I would hope to encounter in a period series such as this.

-Ra In Soo’s approach to telling this story is very clunky and all over the place; precluding Tyr’s first real fight (which was handled pretty well, I was actually at the edge of my seat), the pacing of Legend of Tyr is somewhat unsatisfying.

-It glosses over certain events just to get to the payoff, which are the fights. And if all that matters to you are the flashy battles, then that shouldn’t be a problem. If you want a satisfying reason to explain the origins of fights, then these chapters might leave you a little dissatisfied.

VERDICT:
A decent start to the series; personally I can’t see anything particularly special about the manhwa but it still has a couple of chapters to go. Thus far, as a shonen manhwa it keeps things interesting.

I suspect events will heat up as the eventual meeting between Tyr and his brother approaches (whom am pretty sure has joined the dark side or something similar).

RATING: 6/10
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Hello everyone! I'm Taka, your wiki mod who writes these blogs to highlight and promote user achievements, minor or major. This blog is a supplement to FoxxFireArt's community spotlight. I try to show what our community is about. We are a diverse group of folks tied with one major interest, anime. Let's celebrate our achievements. I hope you visit the links I listed in the blog.

It makes people's days when you give them recognitions.

Note: This blog is in construction. I'll try to update and complete it as much as I can. If I miss anything or make a mistake, please let me know.

Community Events

Vicer Projects and Highlights

Battle

New Policies

  • In November, Dream revamped the List of Banned Characters in the Battle Threads project with new rules after the Othinus case. It thanks to Dream, CosmicKnight, Reiyo, and EVA_01 for their contributions. This will help streamline the lists as well as making the rules a bit clearer.
  • In December, Dream added a new rule about the You vs battle threads.

New Projects

Best Battle Users

I could not remember what was the actual battle trends in November. December seems to have a diverse theme for battles.

Wiki

New Policies

  • None

New Wiki Projects

  • MCD Checklist - PikaHyper, Comic Vine's wiki mod, contacted Takashichea about the future closure of Manga Cover Database, a website that collects manga, manhwa, light novel covers. Taka informs wiki editors to check out the site and asks them to upload whatever they like while Taka and AgentFakku worked to complete transfers of the website's covers to Anime Vice's database.

Over 1,000 Points!

We have one new wiki editor passing 1,000 wiki points, SSJjanemba. He was a devoted DBZ wiki editor. Congrats to him for doing a good job as well as cleaning up Frieza's page. His Frieza work got spotlighted in the Community Spotlight!

New Wiki Editors

I moderate wiki pages on a daily basis. I have the pleasure of meeting new folks. I hope they enjoy wiki editing and helping the site.

  • Akronawol17 - He's a resident of the battle forums. His main wiki interests are in O Parts Hunter and God of High School.
  • Sonneko - He's also from the battle forums. He's a new member of the Toriko wiki team. He is currently working on Bambina's page.
  • EVA_01 - He's a battle resident who is very passionate about his community. He help co write the The Battle Forum Dictionary with CosmicKnight75 and Dream. He first started out with Jojo's Bizarre Adventure franchise, starting with Kars. His Kars page got spotlight after doing an excellent job on the wiki bounty task.
  • 18Hunt - A new user who is interested in Pokemon.
  • TSWZ - A new user who started working on Trinity Seven and moved on to misc wiki pages.
  • Fireshark142 - A new user who edited the RWBY pages
  • JackFanon - A new user who primarily makes battle threads usually BlazBlue or RWBY. He started wiki editing on RWBY and Blazblue pages
  • DENelson83 - A newcomer who is very passionate about Sailor Moon and pointing out Viz Media/HULU issues on Canadian anime streaming options

RPG

New Projects

  • The Vice Before Christmas - RP - Started by Vapovile. It's a party by Haruko (Vapovile's character).
  • Crossing Paths (Closed RP) - It's a closed RP between Vapovile and Justalittlegirl, and it takes place at Roussas where grisly murders took place. Characters featured are John, Ariana, Cosmina, Marceline, Marika, Haruko
  • Going for the Kill OOC (Closed) - It's a closed RP between Kuma_From_Argentina and SamJaz. It explores the event after Ryugu-jo incident where his former underlings disguised as Kuro and used his influence without approval. Characters featured are Kuro, Hitomi Nakamura, Hal Hastewell,
  • Unforgiving Trees (Closed RP) - It's a closed RP between WayBig1010101 and Justalittlegirl. It's a story of Chase visiting London and visiting Wild Hunt's base of operations. It features the characters, Chase, Eve, Malcolm, Taylor

New Bios

Reviews

Fan Fic

New Project

Fan Art

New Fan Art

Discussion Threads

What's our hottest discussion threads in anime? I didn't include manga since only Toriko Manga Discussion has been active.

Anime Series That are 2 Cour and Beyond

I'm pretty shocked out of the older anime discussion threads. Sword Art Online has an astounding 59,000 views. For 2 cour series, Akame ga Kill is very popular with the most comments (2nd to Sword Art Online) and the most views of its category.

Fall 2014 Series

It's strange Cross Ange has the most views. The Fall 2014 discussion thread that has the most comments would be Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works.

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Hello lads and lasses! First of all I apologize for the hiatus, but I was deadlocked by my job so I couldn’t get time to do this, but let’s go back with full force, shall we?

Today I’m not going to cover 3 series as always, but I’ll cover one of the most polarizing series in the Kamen Rider Fandom. Kamen Rider Decade, that run from 2009 to 2009, as is one of the shortest, if not the shortest, Kamen Rider series.

What’s the reason to spend a full blog on the shortest series? Well there are many reasons for that. Let’s get to it.

1. Decade is the 10 Heisei Rider Series. The Heisei Riders are the ones I’ve covering in my previous blogs. Decade is a celebration of those series.

2. Decade’s plot features interdimensional travel, to alternate versions of the previous 9 Heisei series and some Showa.

3. Decade as I mentioned is extremely polarizing thanks to its second half, just like Hibiki the production team was changed halfway and the story was altered.

4. Decade is the first series in what is called the “Neo-Heisei” Period and from this point onwards many production themes remain through the series (like a numeral relation I’ll mention later) and new technology was brought in for the cameras.

5. For Comic-book readers one could compare Decade with Crisis on Infinite Earths, as it tries to destroy all the worlds and regroup them in a single cohesive world (as we will see that was more or less successful in the first half of the “Neo Heisei” series.

Kamen Rider Decade (2009-2009)

The story follows Tsukasa Kadoya a young photographer that seems unable to take pictures of anything, as every time he reveals them the pictures are warped and with altered colors. He is saved from a discussion with a customer by Natsumi Mikan, daughter of the owner of the Photo Studio Tsukasa is crashing in.

As the discuss the world is engulfed by walls of silverish energy and they are transported to an alternate dimension. Tsukasa discovers the DecaDriver and uses to transform into Kamen Rider Decade. Natsumi has been having dreams in which she saw Decade fighting the rest of the Kamen Riders, being called the “Destroyer of Worlds”

With his newfound powers Tsukasa exterminates a series of “greatest hits” monsters from previous series, using a set of cards to turn into the other 9 Riders. But every time he uses a card it turns gray and he can’t access it anymore.

After saving Natsumi the time stops and they are confronted by Wataru Kurenai (Kamen Rider Kiva) who cryptically hints that Decade must travel through the dimensions and regain the powers of the different Heisei Riders and ask him to fix the dimensional chaos in each world.

Thus Decade journey begins travelling to altered versions of the previous Rider series (you could consider them What if? Of Kamen Rider) in which he meets and helps the alternative versions of Heisei Riders, regaining his powers as he does.

But as he travels he is followed by Narutaki a self-proclaimed prophet who declares Decade as the guilty party of the Chaos he is trying to fix and tries to kill him through manipulation of the natives to each Dimension.

During the Travel Decade meets Kaito Daiki, Kamen Rider Diend, another Dimension Hopping Rider who enjoys stealing important articles from each word he visits. Diend seems to know Tsukasa’s mysterious past, that is one of the greatest enigmas of the series.

The later half of the series requires a degree on understanding bullshit, but is quite enjoyable only for the Mythology gags and references. Yet Decade’s Journey finishes for real on the movies, specially the true ending Decade vs. All Riders.

Decade can be taken as a bloody mess or as a love letter to the Kamen Rider Franchise. It’s not a perfect series but it has great moments and cool ideas, especially when it comes to the Alternate Worlds.

Decade himself is aloof and cool, always trying to seem as the smartest and most badass in the room (considering he can do almost anything (except for taking photos) and can summon the powers of almost every Rider he does come out as a badass)

The actor who portrays Decade, Masahiro Innoue, is one of the most faithful actors to his role. He appears in almost every movie and crossover and tends to have an important role. And when he can be physically he does the voice work. This is mostly helped that his character serves as a plot device to join up multiple Riders or other heroes through Dimensional Travel.

Well that’s all for today, next time we cover the first 3 Neo Heisei Riders, W, OOO and Fourze. Then we will cover the next three, Wizard, Gaim and the currently airing Drive. From that point onwards we will see.

Don’t forget to ask any questions….

Kuma out!

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Excluding those very few moments in the manga’s run during which it has slowed down to a crawl, Magi is almost always consistent, at least with regards to the story.

What isn’t consistent is the art, however; this chapter falls into that category of chapters whose material somewhat lost its impact because of the wonky drawings.

THE CHAPTER:
Hakuryuu’s battle with his mother approaches a desperate end.

MY THOUGHTS:
One of Magi’s biggest draws over the last two or three weeks has been the manner in which Shinobu Ohtaka has portrayed the madness of the situation, specifically Grokuen’s descent into insanity.

I don’t know if she was attempting to achieve a similar feat this week but it didn’t translate well; some of the panels were so messy that I couldn’t make heads or tails of what was even happening.

The Good:

There is no such thing as a battle that is too long in shonen; it isn’t the length of a fight that makes it drag but the manner in which it plays out. 

  Magi has managed to maintain the dynamic nature of Hakuryuu’s fight with Gyokuen over four battle oriented chapters; which is no easy feat. Rather than changing the terrain and scaling up the fight in terms of destruction, Ohtaka has instead worked to keep the themes of each fight oriented chapter fresh.

Chapter 249 was a brutal dog fight, in which both sides threw their bodies against one another, deploying every skill and weapon in their arsenal, swords, teeth and all in what felt like a final dash towards the finish line.

It was the perfect use of 20 pages, within which Hakuryuu’s desperation came to life, coupled with Gyokuen’s ever increasing power and madness, the resolve of two aging generals who only sought to protect their kingdom after years of blind servitude, and the objectivity of Judar in determining that he could bring nothing positive to the fight and instead chose to retreat, lest he lose his life in vain.

Watching Hakuryuu take a bite out of Gyokuen’s neck would have been so much more impactful had Ohtaka strived to inject some sharpness into her art.

None the less the desperation of the situation  was palpable as both sides wrestled, special skills and magics forgotten, to force a victory through the difficult circumstances present.

The Bad:
There was a really scary moment during this chapter where Ohtaka almost ruined the momentum of her story; I am talking about those two pages were Hakuryuu goes on the offensive and seemingly begins to overwhelm Gyokuen with what seemed to be little more than resolve.

I am not a big fan of shonen manga that attempt to transform emotions into physical ability; that is how nakama power comes into being.

And while those events actually worked to further portray just how desperate team Hakuryuu was, the mangaka could have taken a more believable route in achieving this goal.

For 200+ chapters, Magi has done an amazing job of allowing its characters to depend solely upon their physical and magical abilities to attain victory. I don’t want that to change.

RATING: 7/10, the art somewhat ruined things in this chapter, which none the less continued to portray the Gyokuen/Hakuryuu battle in a dark, gritty and desperate light.
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Yesterday, December 2nd, the number of characters that are included in the "Universal Breast Ranking", "Breast Alphabet" and "Big Breasted Anime Girls - The Unknown" lists, reached 1,000, and I wanted to at least write a simple blog to talk about this before I forget to.

I don't remember the exact date where I started this project, but I think it was approx. 2 years ago. Back in the day I didn't know that body measurements were that common in anime/manga and I started the first list thinking that it would be a small thing that would rarely be updated. At first I only included gals that were above certain bust measurement, then I decided to include every girl with a known bust measurements and I ended up creating lists with specific number ranges as well as lists for characters that couldn't be included in the main set (the "Big Breasted Anime Girls - The Unknown" current format was inspired in Daniel's lists).

At some point, worried about the future of AnimeVice I made the wrong decision of trying to expand this project to wikia.com, so I adopted the Anime Boobs Wiki and worked on it for some months, but after realizing how strict the terms of use are, having a couple of my images deleted by staff members and having my request for a Content Warning (which is used by other wikis with suggestive content for a less strict image moderation) denied, I gave up and decided to unofficially leave my position as admin.

But anyway, for now I plan to continue with this here on AnimeVice. I don't know for how much time I would be able to do this, but in case the number of characters exceeds what the lists can handle, I already have in mind how I going to "expand" the capacity.

I want to thank:

  • takashichea: for your enormous help in finding the body measurements/cup sizes of various anime girls as well as the corresponding visual references.
  • Daniel_Newton: for your suggestions and for adding my lists to the “List Redist” topic.
  • Gojira1234: for pointing out the errors I made when adding the characters’ info.
  • demonic13: for your help with the BD booklets and other corrections.
  • bigz007: for suggesting characters for my lists.
  • Sonata, Chiharubestgirl, IRRAH, trainguy112, Stevemagegod and every other user that have supported/commented on my lists, I really appreciate it.

(I apologize if I'm missing something important).

Now, I don't have much time, but here are some fun facts based on the information compiled in my lists:

Tionishia from the Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou manga has both the biggest known bust and hips measurements which are 160cm and 119cm respectively.

Madam Flore from Black Lagoon, has the biggest official known cup size, which is Q-cup.

The A-cup, by a small difference, is the most common cup size (click on the image for more details).

The largest list is the "Large Breasts League [86-91]" with 277 characters and from that range, 88cm is the measurement with the most characters (50).

The ideal size for a woman is said to be 90-60-90, however from all the characters I have found, the only one that has these exact measurements is Atsuko Kaifu from Touka Gettan (I haven't confirmed if she is a visual novel only character or if she also appears in the anime).

Komoe Harumachi from Eiken, being only 12 years old, is the youngest member of the “Giant Breasts League” and has the 8th largest bust measurement (111cm), along with Yuuko Sagiri and Boa Hancock.

Jibril from No Game No Life is 6407 years old, which makes her the most long-lived character.

Ingrid Sorveig Sorgríms from Astarotte’s Toy, is 7 years old which makes her the youngest character.

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Welcome to the first week of December's releases! It's a small selection.

Familiar Series I recommend

  • Diabolik Lovers - I probably won't recommend this series to most folks only to users who tolerate abusive reverse harem shows. It's a reverse harem series based on an otome game. What makes show bad to most folks is the young heroine winds up being hounded by vampires who snack on her without getting much resistance.
  • Fairy Tail - If you are a Shonen fan who doesn't mind ecchi and friendship, try this one out. I think this one is great for newcomers who love magic and action based Shonen. For the veteran Shonen fans who are hardcore, they might not like this series compared to the other Shonen series.

Unfamiliar Series I would Try

  • Devilman - I haven't seen a lot of older series that are before 2000.

I would love to hear your recommendations on these series. All comments are welcome. Thank you.

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

Sources

Notes

  • Right Stuf and Amazon have Devilman and ItaKiss listed this week while ANN did not.

DVD and Blu-ray Releases

Diabolik Lovers - Complete Collection (DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $29.98

Yui Komori has spent her life sheltered by the Church and the man she thinks of as her father, but now she's going to a new home and there's a very different kind of family waiting for her. To her dismay, she discovers that she'll be living with six very attractive young men, and not a single one is human!

If trying to keep an entire brood of vampires at fangs' length wasn't stressful enough, there are even more sinister forces at work, threatening not only Yui's life, but her very soul. Drawn into her wildest fantasies, or perhaps her most salacious nightmares, one thing is certain: Yui's life will never be the same!


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

Devilman DVD Complete TV Series
  • Distributor: Eastern Star
  • Suggested Retail Price: $69.95

Following an accident in the Himalayas, Akira Fudo's body has been taken over by none other than the fearsome demon, Devilman. However, upon living with Akira's relatives, Devilman has come to find himself rather fond of humanity - even if it means getting roughed up by his girlfriend, the Most Dangerous Miki Makimura, for acting out, much to the Demon Lord Zenon's dismay. Wishing to kill the traitor, Zenon begins unleashing a series of cruel, grotesque demons unto Earth, and only Devilman stands between them and humanity's demise. Can the reluctant hero save his soul while keeping the city and his secret identity safe?

Contains episodes 1-39. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Itazura na Kiss DVD Complete Series Collection
  • Distributor: Eastern Star
  • Suggested Retail Price: $49.95

"I don't want it." Just like that, highschool girl Kotoko Aihara's dreams were smashed. For two years she's harbored a crush on Naoki Irie, and when she finally gives him a letter confessing her love for him, she's rejected. What chance did she really have, when she's just an average girl at the bottom of their class, and he's the perfect, handsome, athletic genius at the top?

Heartbroken, things only get worse when that same night an earthquake destroys Kotoko's home and she and her widower father must move in with a family friend. As fate would have it, however, her father's old friend turns out to be Naoki's father, and Kotoko all of a sudden finds herself living in the same house as the man of her dreams! Though they may be living close together, they couldn't be more distant, as Naoki's disdain for "dimwitteed girls" keeps him cold to her. Yet the life of a "perfect" genius contains few surprises, and Kotoko may just have some in store for him!

Contains episodes 1-25. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Fairy Tail DVD/Blu-Ray Part 14
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $54.98

The Grand Magic Games is a yearly competition that pits guild against guild in a weeklong battle for the honor of being called the most powerful wizards in the Fiore Kingdom. Fairy Tail may have come in last place for the past seven tournaments, but now that all their strongest members are back in action - and leveled-up - they're determined to take the number one spot and rebuild their reputation!

Winning the games won't be easy, though, as Natsu and his selected teammates are forced to navigate enchanted labyrinths, battle wizard saints, and go head-to-head with a host of familiar faces. But with more than one guild targeting Fairy Tail before the competition even begins, the guildmates will be lucky if they even make it out of the opening ceremonies alive.

Contains episodes 154-164. Special Features: Being Lucy: with Cherami Leigh, Episode Commentary (157, 163), Textless Opening and Closing, U.S. Trailer, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Queen’s Blade OVA: Beautiful Fighters DVD Complete Collection
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $39.98 (BD), $29.98 (DVD)

The Queen's Blade tournament may be over, but the stories of the contestants have barely begun. Unaware that fate is already conspiring to pit many of them against each other in the arena of war, the sword maidens scatter across the lands in search of fame, fortune, and adventure.

For some that comes sooner than expected, as Leina finds herself drawn to aid her sister, Elina, who's been captured by Echidna. Tortured by the Swamp Witch, Melona focuses her anger on the absent Airi and plots an insidious revenge. But when confronted with their common enemies, how long can it be until they both seek to reunite with Menace?

And if that's not enough trouble to be forming on the horizon, Nanael manages to get herself banished from Heaven and her goal of forming a harem of servants for herself proves to be anything but angelic. Finally, to provide the beasts to go along with the beauties, both Alleyene and Nowa and Tomoe and Aldra each find their separate journeys marred by encounters with different forms of tentacled monsters!

Contains episodes 1-6. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

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Kurama is the nineth binjuu in the Naruto series. At the start of naruto kurama was reviled and was only know as the nine tailed demon fox. No one knew his real name but fired him. The nine tails tried to destory konoha but was stoped by Minato Namikaze the forth hokage, kurama did thid before so the forth had no choice to sill the nine tails inside his own son Naruto Uzumaki who had to live his life with a demon inside him. The fox tried everything to eat naruto and live his human prison. For sometime kumara heated naruto and minato for what they have done to him. In some point kurama gave naruto his chackra , he did that not because he loves naruto and wants to help no he did it so that naruto want die because if naruto dies he dies and because it helps the nine tails to get closer and closer to be free, with the nine tails chackra it can keal naruto or just give naruto more pain.

Kurama is kinda the strongest binjuu alive and in some points is known as the king of binjuu, Kurama is one of the main characters in the Naruto series. When naruto lend how to control the nine tails its chackra made naruto stronger and more powerful. The nine tails name was given by the sage of six paths when the sage of six paths let all the nine binjuu free and gave all of them names.

In some history the nine tailed demon fox was real and was the only binjuu known it was chinese, korian and japanese if that was really true just be lucky you were born in this time.

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Woooo! These are the sorts of Noblesse battles I have been waiting to see for a long while; fast paced and explosive; considering the fact that these were 20 pages of battle oriented material, it isn’t surprising that chapter 348 none the less managed to thrill, especially considering the number of quiet chapters that came before.

THE CHAPTER:
Rael finds a safe spot to engage his enemies, and quickly finds that neither Grui nor Gaitan are anything to scoff at.

MY THOUGHTS:

Sufficing to say, this was a very enjoyable chapter, a very fast read but none the less entertaining.

The chapter wasted no time in throwing readers headlong into Rael’s long awaited battle against what I can only assume are werewolf hybrids.

And the result wasn’t too different from Rael’s own battle with RK4, with Grui thoroughly and effectively schooling him. ON my first read it was a bit odd to see how easy it was to put Rael down.

I mean, considering his heritage, this guy should be faster than almost anyone we have met so far, and yet he was losing rather handily to some side villain that hasn’t been in play for more than a few chapters.

Giving the chapter a second read however revealed that Grui’s victory was anything but direct, and Rael indeed made effective use of his speed, his failure emanating from the fact that he didn’t have the power to actually harm Grui.

An interesting note upon Noblesse's art, which was superb, as always; I can't decide if I simply glossed over the panels that actually showed Rael striking Grui, or if the art was simply that wonky in those sections.

None the less, gripping stuff; Noblesse does speed so effectively that the manhwa actually leaves you at the edge of your seat, wondering whether an opponent will take a hit or if they will seem to vanish like smoke before launching a devastating counter attack, which might or might not make contact.

If there is one reason to read Noblesse, it is for kinetic battles such as these; from panel to panel, the events of the chapter transitioned so smoothly that, well, it might have as well been animated.

RATING: 8/10, Regis’ arrival doesn’t bode well for Rael; Regis has never been the most powerful noble, which, I suppose, makes him perfect for the rather weak RK4. I see the pair taking quite the beating in the next week or two before the rest of RK4 finally makes their appearance.

Which isn’t even that comforting; because I don’t think RK4 and Rael combined could beat Grui, at least not with what we have seen so far. And Gaitan is still just standing there, ready to kill someone when the need arises.
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I’ll be honest; the only reason I decided to give the manga MY HERO ACADEMIA an honest chance was because the mangaka, Horikoshi Kouhei and I share something in common: Naruto.

Where it not for the fact that Horikoshi respected Masashi Kishimoto immensely and believed Naruto to be the greatest manga he has ever read, I don’t know if I would have given this, Horikoshi’s recent work after a series of failures, a chance.

THE PLOT:
People are not born equal; a realization that 4-year-old Midoriya Izuku faced when he was bullied by classmates who had unique special powers.

Izuku is one of a rare set of individuals born with absolutely no unique abilities. This did not stop Izuku from pursuing his dream, a dream of becoming a hero like the legendary All-Might.

To transform into the great hero he hopelessly wants to become, he will join the ranks of one of the highest rated "Hero Academies" in the country: Yueiko. With the help of his idol All-Might, will he be able to claim the stars and become a true hero?
 
MY REVIEW:

Considering the fact that Sensei no Bulge, Horikoshi’s last-and possibly most promising- manga was met with cancellation mere months after it first begun serialization, it is easy to approach Boku no Hero Academia as another potentially impressive series waiting to meet its end at the whims of Shonen Jump.


Sufficing to say, Horikoshi seems to have finally found that one gem he has been struggling to create after a string of failures.

+THE GOOD
Is Boku no Hero Academia the next best thing in manga, and possibly, anime? Well, I made that same assumption about a certain manga, only to watch it crash and burn after only 24 chapters.

Then again Hungry Joker never enjoyed ratings anywhere within the realm of Boku No Hero Academia.

The Manga presents a number of fairly interesting elements that are bound to work in its favor, at least as far as attracting the adoration of Japanese readers is concerned:

-Heroes- My Hero Academia is heavily influenced by American comics, not only in its character designs but the story arcs and even villains.

And the American theme actually works in allowing the manga to take on the vibe of a bad yet entertaining American comic book series, with its bright costumes and flashy battles.

With One Piece, Japanese audiences proved their fascination for all things foreign oriented, pirates being chief amongst them; and few things are as western themed as costumed heroes with secret identities fighting to save the world from the grand plans of dark villains.

Sufficing to say, it makes sense why Boku No Hero is appealing so strongly to Japanese markets.

It isn’t quite the perfect fusion of East and West, Manga and comics, but the spirit is present.

-Quirk- Boku no Hero Academia has an abundance of quirk and oddness to it; from boisterously heroic characters like All Might to humorously titled attacks like Detroit supelex and the Tennessee Kick, Horikoshi's manga enjoys bathing in the quirkiness of its universe, this despite the fact that it manages to take itself seriously enough to generate tension and thrills.

Sufficing to say, the humor isn’t to everyone’s tastes, this despite the fact that Boku no Hero Academia, like One Piece, usually manages to balance its quirkiness with a serious tone.

-Cast- Horikoshi’s My Hero Academia thrusts its hero into the confines of a special academy designed to transform young and gifted minds into honorable heroes ready to stand in the gap between evil and it’s innocent victims.

Naturally the manga’s cast is quite large, presenting a wide variety of boys and girls, men and women with unique personalities and abilities, each of which the series has actually worked to incorporate into the story in a noteworthy manner.

Then again that is something most shonen manga can accomplish effectively today and which isn’t really worth commending the manga for.

The question is whether Boku no Hero Academia can keep up the practice where other manga would normally throw their weight behind two or three primary heroes.

-Midoriya- The primary protagonist is pretty likeable, if a little too wimpy; the eventual rise of an underdog to the position of super star never gets old, and for the moment, Horikoshi is doing a pretty decent job of retelling this story.

+THE BAD
Horikoshi Kouhei is a MASSIVE KISHIMOTO FAN; and, for the love of all that is manga, he needs to tone his admiration down a notch, because it shows. 

15 chapters in and Boku no Hero continues to struggle under the shadow of Naruto, with so many elements correlating so closely to Kishimoto’s series that the similarities, not in concept, but story structure can become difficult to ignore.

One doesn’t need to be a massive Naruto fan to realize that Midoriya was clearly inspired by Naruto; and Bakugou and Uraraka are obviously Sasuke and Sakura facsimiles.

With a similar rivalry already emerging between the pair of potential heroes, the cool but mysterious Aizawa-sensei-who’s clearly channeling Kakashi- the villainous plot perfectly timed to coincide with a major event in the life of Midiroya’s class-clearly reminiscent of the chunin exams- Horikoshi walks the fine line between paying homage to Naruto and manifesting the major influence upon his career as a mangaka, and potential plagiarism-well, maybe plagiarism is an over exaggeration. 

However, in the same way One Piece and Naruto begun with a Dragon Ball influenced mindset before eventually going their own way, Horikoshi doesn’t seem content with simply repeating the same formulas that work, instead already working to stamp his own signature upon the shonen genre less than 20 chapters into his manga.

+VERDICT:
America’s Got Powers is an American series published by Image comics; it tells of a universe in which the entire human race acquires special powers and abilities, but for one single human, the hero of the comic.

Boku no Hero Academia mirrors America’s got powers, with a somewhat miserable hero in a world where everyone is special except for him.

His burden is the desire he carries to play the role of hero no matter his circumstances and the resistance he faces from the powerful figures around him who deem him undeserving of the title hero because of his normalness.

In displaying a wide array of heroes working to save the world using a number of unique methods even while fighting for the adoration of the public and the financial benefits that come with them, Boku no Hero Academia also manifests hints of Tiger and Bunny, with a world that has more or less commercialized the hero status.

Reminiscent of Toriko, with the quirkiness of its villains and the oddity of the super powers in play, the shadow of Naruto isn’t likely to chain Boku no Hero Academia down, which is extremely fast paced, almost like it wishes to outrun the shackles the mangaka restricted its progress with.

15 chapters in, and the manga seems ready to finally blossom into its own thing, and could potentially develop into the weird, action packed yet story driven series Horikoshi clearly wants it to be.

While still finding its footing, My Hero Academia shows potential and can prove entertaining for curious readers.

RATING: 7/10. The first chapters of the manga are not exactly inspiring. Yet as My Hero Academia continues to progress, elements of the story begin to stand out.

Only time will tell whether this embryo of a series will mature into something noteworthy.
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