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The attraction of this tournament arc is the effort the mangaka is actually placing into making the various challenges and races fun; which rarely happens in shonen manga, where the majority of tournament arcs come down to simplistic one on one battles between various opponents.

+THE CHAPTERS
Midoriya finds himself at the center of a row between Todoroki and Bakugou as both heroes in training turn their vengeance eyes towards All Might’s Heir.

As the second challenge approaches, alliances a made and lines are drawn in the sand.

+MY THOUGHTS
My initial presumption was that this arc would act as a base from which future events, arcs and villains would emerge, which is what happens in  every shonen battle manga tournament arc.

Innocuous as events might seem, there is always something going on the background, some nefarious plan waiting to emerge from beneath at some crucial point during the tournament.

But I don’t know if we  need to worry about that with Boku no Hero ; it isn’t simply because the mangaka is placing some effort into turning the challenges into truly entertaining events.

There is a fair amount of character development emerging, specifically with regards to the different members of class 1-A, the development of their quirks and the relationships between them, which have either cracked under the strain or grown stronger.

Beneath all the explosions, one cannot ignore the world building that is happening, specifically with introduction of the Hero support department (men and women that basically create the gadgets and suits which heroes use), the mechanics of selling one’s brand, the role of side kicks and so on and so forth.

Granted, all that the mangaka has done is to give a mention to some of these aspects of his world; and whether the Boku no Hero universe can finally come together into a comprehensive thing will depend on his ability to further develop all these aspects.

-Midoriya
I am really liking the central protagonist of the Boku no hero story; besides turning his ability into a liability and hence creating some stakes in each battle, there is something to be said about the current approach of having Midoriya basically make headway through the tournament without having to rely on this powers.

It makes for a better story, with a hero that might be the strongest of them all but who has to rely on his wits because of the backlash of his quirk; the popularity he attracts as a result is also believable, even in light of the numerous powerful names that surround him.

-Hatsumi Mei
This girl has the makings of a great character; and that has nothing to do with any actions she took in her first two chapters. As a member of the support department, whose only goal is to sell her gadgets to the highest bidder, she opens up a lot of plots that the story could pursue, and this isn’t even taking into account her enthusiastic personality.

-Team Midoriya
This really felt like it was a thing a few chapters back, like Midoriya was finally gravitating towards a small group of people around whom his future would be based; that doesn’t seem to be the case anymore as everyone of Midoriya’s friends begins to display an interest in succeeding on their own, outside of his shadow and, hence, his team.

Except for Uraraka, who’s probably the only hero in training that is actually there to make friends; she is a fun little character, though.

-Todoroki and Bakugou
The reason Boku no Hero is working so well at the moment is the effort its placing into developing numerous power houses at once, many of whom have no other interest but to overcome one another.

Which in a way removes Midoriya from the central role as that one essential character that holds everything together, even while making his trials so much more difficult, what with so many powerful foes turning their gaze upon him.

RATING: 7/10, here’s the thing about Boku no Hero. It is a really fun read, and it doesn’t require complex story telling, great art or amazing action to actually entertain.

Hero of the Week: Midoriya, there is no getting over how he ultimately overcame his restrictions in the final race, especially when facing Bakugou and Todoroki.

Loser of the Week: Kirishima; he’s way too obsessed with Bakugou as his only ticket to victory.
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one piece has many swordsmen with great strength but the only two who fighting for the title of world's greatest swordsman roronoa zoro and hawk eye Hawkeye has the black blade that cut a ship in half even cut mountain . zoro has three swords that cut through steel stone wood and bullets who going to be world's greatest swordsman my vote goes to zoro
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Hello everyone! I'm here to spotlight a fall 2014 show which I believe is truly underrated and obscure. It's Yona of the Dawn, an anime adaptation of a Shoujo manga series by Mizuho Kusanagi. The series revolves around Yona, a princess of the Kouka kingdom, who finds herself in a perilous situation after her beloved cousin and love interest, Soo-won, killed her father to usurp the throne. After running away, she is on a quest to gather the 4 dragons to help her take back the kingdom.

Highlights

Yona of the Dawn is one of the few Shoujo shows that has action with a bit of blood. It's a beautiful show that is character driven. If you are tired of Shoujo rom coms and Shonen series, give this show a try. It will give you a different experience if you are looking for something new to try.

Story so Far

(Spoilers Below!)

Let's go over the characters and their recent accomplishments.

Yona
Our main heroine of the story who did a lot of growing after enduring the assassination of her father by the man she loved. Being a sheltered princess and blissfully unaware of the circumstances of her kingdom, her journey helps her learn about her people as well as herself.
Son Hak
He is Yona's childhood friend and personal body guard, and he would risk his life to protect Yona. He helps teach Yona on archery once Yona asks Hak to help her be independent and strong, not someone who needs protection.
Soo-won
He is the main antagonist of the series. Having control over the kingdom and being officially crowned as the successor to King Il, he aims to restore the Kouka Kingdom to its mighty glory while uniting the divided tribes.
Yun
He is Ik-Soo's apprentice who serves as the group's navigator, doctor, and cook. He is the pillar in Yona's group.
Gija
He is the white dragon who was raised in a village that revered the clan's white dragon ancestry.
Sinha
He is the blue dragon who was shunned by his village as a curse child because of his cursed eyes that paralyzes people through eye contact.

Commentary

This is a bit challenging to do since there are a lot to say for episodes 1-15. I had wished I had time to do weekly episode reviews. We do have a Yona of the Dawn Discussion, and I'll be happy to discuss there or here. The blogs help to cover stuff if there is no activity in the discussion thread.

Main Points

The series had done a good balance of world and character building. I do feel the first 5 episodes were a bit slow since the show relies on heavy flashbacks to show how close Yona, Soo-won, and Hak are during their childhood pasts. A bit more tell than show. Getting the journey was the exciting part, meeting new characters and seeing more of the Kouka Kingdom. Going back on our character list, we had 2 dragons that were foil to each other. While Gija is raised in a village with love, Sinha was raised in a village full of hate. As a result, Sinha's story had more development than Gija's. Yona and Sinha had very dramatic character development more than Son Hak and Gija. Sinha is currently my favorite dragon in the series. I can't wait to see the Green and Gold Dragon characters.

For the theme songs, I still love the first cour's OP and ED songs more than the second cour. The second cour sounds more like Pop. I like the traditional and ambient music since it fits the series personally.

Lastly, I'm concerned about the anime's pacing. While it's not too fast or too slow, the manga is still ongoing (with a total 15 volumes published as of 2015). I'm worried if the anime doesn't have a chance to properly conclude.

Thank you everyone for reading. I hope you try out this anime series. Please check out the discussion thread, the staff review, or these blogs.

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I find myself to be into messy hair a lot more often since 2011.
I find myself to be into messy hair a lot more often since 2011.

Welcome back to By the Week! Let's cut to the chase because I'm gonna need to get this out of my chest right now.

Disclaimer: This will mildly spoil the episode. To watch the episode in question, You can legally watch this via FUNimation.com or via Hulu provided that you're subscribed to either one (or when a week passes for those episodes to be available for free).

Breakdown and Thoughts

More is brewing, but a lot is already happening. We get some Aogiri action in the beginning in the form of the rescue of a nutcase that was a servant to someone. While there, a rumor about Kaneki eating the hostage's superior was popped up by the gourmet ghoul in the aftermath of the rescue (I could never remember that jerk-off's name). Meanwhile, Touka gets to visit the college that Kaneki used to attend since season one, before and after the tragic accident that turned him into a ghoul and looks interested, despite the fact that she's shaken about his change in teams, which poor Hinami is unaware about once a newscast about him surfaces. We also get the glimpse of an author of the rather suspicious books Kaneki and Hinami were reading in Season One.

This is actually having me on the edge of my seat about the non-Ainteku side of the ghouls. Since this is confirmed not to be based on the manga at all from here on, it adds even more mystery to the show for me. I want to see how farther things go here, provided that a new major battle might surface for Aogiri Tree, The Mysterious Ghouls and Kaneki.

Highlights

Nah, man. You didn't have to push it down. Normally, you raise that way up.
Nah, man. You didn't have to push it down. Normally, you raise that way up.
The weatherman didn't note us about THIS kind of storm!
The weatherman didn't note us about THIS kind of storm!
Is it just me, or does that look a bit straightforward?
Is it just me, or does that look a bit straightforward?
Even these two are suspecting something about the last pic!
Even these two are suspecting something about the last pic!
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Hello everyone! Winter 2015 season is approaching quickly. I'm working hard to make sure Anime Vice's community is up to date.

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

Anime Digital Network is for French speaking countries while Anime Lab is for New Zealand and Australia.

Notes + Sources

This was challenging to do because I had no sources other than visiting the sites. Anime Digital Network was completely in French. Getting simulcast dates and time was weird. I thought the calendar (see shot below) was the simulcast info. I saw Maria Virgin Witch's calendar and days aren't consistent.

As for Anime Lab, there was no time or date found. I couldn't navigate much and see the other shows. The site was having loading issues.

Simulcasts

1. Assassination Classroom
  • Anime Digital Network: http://animedigitalnetwork.fr/video/assassination-classroom
  • Anime Lab: https://www.animelab.com/shows/assassination-classroom

Forget about homework and pop quizzes. The students of Class 3E have a far more important assignment: kill their teacher before the end of the year! A tentacle-d sensei that moves at Mach 20 is out to conquer the classroom after destroying seventy percent of the moon. In addition to reading, writing, and arithmetic, the murderous monster behind the lectern will teach his students everything he knows about the assassination game. Should some eager beaver prove to be a quick study in killing, he or she will save Earth from extinction – and collect a hefty reward. But they’d better take some serious notes while class is in session because their slaughtering sensei has eight deadly tentacles just waiting to wreak havoc on humanity!

2. Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!
  • AnimeLab:

Teenage boys are notoriously lazy, and the members of Binan High School's Earth Defense Club are no exception. Their definition of “earth defense” is bumming around all day at the local bathhouse. But when a pink wombat appears out of thin air and begs the boys to help him save the planet, even the idlest high schoolers jump to action.

3. Death Parade
  • AnimeLab: https://www.animelab.com/shows/death-parade
  • Anime Digital Network: https://www.animelab.com/shows/death-parade

There is a place after death that's neither heaven nor hell. A bar that serves you one chance to win. You cannot leave until the game is over, and when it is, your life may be too. From Studio Madhouse (Death Note, Black Lagoon) comes a thrilling new series where the stakes are high and the rules are simple: your life is on the line.

4. Durarara!!x2
  • AnimeLab:

Mikado Ryugamine is a young man who yearns for the city like no other. At the invitation of his childhood friend, Masaomi Kida, he moves to Ikebukuro, Tokyo and enters school there.
Half a year after the turmoil that rocked the entire city of Ikebukuro— Peace has once again returned to the city and people are living each day normally. The high school students enjoy their days of youth as the strongest and most dangerous man of Ikebukuro works diligently. The informant plots a new scheme and the headless rider is pursued by the cops as she rides through the night…But soon this normal will be cut short by the abnormal. Slowly but surely, the unknown will seize the city and face an all new storm.

5. ISUCA
  • AnimeLab:

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

6. Kamisama Kiss 2
  • AnimeLab:

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

7. KanColle
  • AnimeLab:

Set in a world where humanity has lost control of the oceans to the “deep sea fleet,” the only hope to counter this threat are the Kan-musume, a group of girls who possess the spirit of Japanese World War II warships. The story revolves around Fubuki, a special class destroyer who comes to the Chinjufu base to train with other Kan-musume. Watch as their stories unfold!

8. Kuroko's Basketball 3
  • Anime Digital Network: http://animedigitalnetwork.fr/video/kuroko_basket/5883-bande-annonce-bande-annonce

Even in the glorious history of the Teiko Junior High Basketball team, the "Generation of Miracles" was where five genius players said to be at a one-man-in-ten-years level all resided at the same time. Even after advancing to high school, they are still called by that nickname with the same amount of glory.

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

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

They finally advance on to the semifinals...!

9. Maria the Virgin Witch
  • Anime Digital Network: http://animedigitalnetwork.fr/video/maria-sorciere-de-gre-pucelle-de-force/5884-bande-annonce-maria-sorciere-de-gre-pucelle-de-force

In the time of the Hundred Years' War, a young and powerful witch known as Maria leads a reclusive existence. Shunned by the church – but beloved by certain locals – Maria endeavors to use her magic to bring an end to the warfare she so despises. She assists people of all walks of life with the help of her two familiars: a succubus and an incubus with great powers of seduction. Though she seeks only peace, the archangel Michael despises her use of magic to interfere in human affairs and decrees that should she ever manage to lose her virginity, Maria's powers will vanish! To ensure that Maria no longer mingles magic with humans, Michael sends the angel Ezekiel to keep a watchful eye on the virgin witch.

10. Samurai Warriors
  • AnimeLab:

Based on the hit video game, this dramatic re-imagining of one of Japan’s most revered historical periods drops audiences into the middle of an epic battle royal. Great warriors and dashing rogues from cherished Japanese tales come to life in this rousing series. Follow along as your favorite hacking, slashing characters from the video game meet once more on the field of battle. Every deadly move you perfected in the game is recreated in the action-packed anime experience that is Samurai Warriors!

11. The Testament of Sister New Devil
  • AnimeLab: https://www.animelab.com/shows/the-testament-of-sister-new-devil

"Hey, you said you wanted a little sister, right?" First year highschool student, Toujo Basara, was suddenly asked by his father and fell into a state of panic. On top of that, the eccentric father told him he will be getting remarried. He then departed overseas after bringing Basara two beautiful step-sisters. But Mio and Maria's true forms are actually the newbie Demon Lord and a succubus!? Basara was almost entered into a master and servant contract with Mio, but a "reversed" contract was formed by mistake, and Basara is now the master!? Moreover, Basara is being hit by one ecchi situation after another due to the contract, but Mio's life is being pursued by other demon tribes and hero tribes! The most powerful contractor's desire action drama begins!

12. Tokyo Ghoul √A
  • AnimeLab: https://www.animelab.com/shows/tokyo-ghoul

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

13. World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman
  • AnimeLab:

Akane Academy is just like any other school…except the students just happen to be reincarnated legendary heroes from a distant past who battled for the fate of the world. Now, evil monsters are threatening to wreak havoc, and it’s up to the students of Akane Academy to stop them! Follow Moroha, Shizuno, and Satsuki as they navigate love, past lives, and kicking butt in this action fantasy with a dash of fanservice.

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

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

Simulcasts

Aldnoah.Zero 2
  • January 17

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

2. Durarara!!x2
  • January 10 at 9 AM PST

Mikado Ryugamine is a young man who yearns for the city like no other. At the invitation of his childhood friend, Masaomi Kida, he moves to Ikebukuro, Tokyo and enters school there.
Half a year after the turmoil that rocked the entire city of Ikebukuro— Peace has once again returned to the city and people are living each day normally. The high school students enjoy their days of youth as the strongest and most dangerous man of Ikebukuro works diligently. The informant plots a new scheme and the headless rider is pursued by the cops as she rides through the night…But soon this normal will be cut short by the abnormal. Slowly but surely, the unknown will seize the city and face an all new storm.

3. Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
  • January 8 at 10:30 AM PST

One day, an otaku high school student Tomoya Aki has a fateful encounter with a girl. This meeting inspires Tomoya to design his very own “gal-game” featuring a heroine modeled after the girl he saw. In order to make his desire a reality, Tomoya must persuade a few eccentric “creators” such as the ace member of the art club, Eriri Spencer Sawamura and the school’s top student, Utaha Kasumigaoka to join his development team. Meanwhile, Tomoya is shocked to learn that the girl he idolized as his muse for this whole project was none other than his boring classmate, Megumi Kato!

Sources

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Welcome, we got a large selection of manga releases! Unfortunately this week, I had my first week of school as well as working on the main Winter 2015 Simulcast Guide. I just posted a table. Sorry, I wanted to post a traditional list with all the cool manga covers along with the summaries. I don't have a lot of free time.

New Manga I'm Excited

  • Akame ga Kill volume 1 just got released this week. I love the anime series that aired back in fall 2013. Wished the anime's ending was faithful to the manga.

Familiar Series I Would Recommend

  • Soul Eater - If you love battle Shonen genre, check this one out. It revolves around an academy that teaches meisters and demon weapons to become good partners and take down bad guys. (A general summary)
  • Terra Formars - If you are good with gore, this manga series is about a group of folks imbued with animal, insect, and various organism powers. Their mission is go to Mars and get specimens to research a cure on a disease. Their specimen are giant, killer, humanoid cockroaches.

Unfamiliar Series I Would Try

  • Monster - I saw the genres on this one: thriller and mystery along with human experimentation. Sounds like a good dark story to read up.

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

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

Sources

January 20

Akame ga KILL! (GN 1)Yen$13.00
Arpeggio of Blue Steel (GN 3)SSE$12.99
Black Butler (GN 19)Yen$13.00
Drug & Drop (GN 1)DH$10.99
From the New World (GN 7)VTL$10.95
Goong (GN 17)Yen$25.00
I Don't Like You At All, Big Brother!! (GN 7-8)SSE$16.99
Inu × Boku SS (GN 6)Yen$11.99
Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days (GN 5 of 5)Yen$12.00
Lone Wolf & Cub [Omnibus] (GN 7)DH$19.99
Magical Girl Apocalypse (GN 2)SSE$12.99
Milkyway Hitchhiking (GN 2)Yen$29.99
Missions of Love (GN 10)kodansha$10.99
Monster [Perfect Edition] (GN 3)VIZ$19.99
My Little Monster (GN 6)kodansha$10.99
No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular! (GN 6)Yen$12.99
Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire (GN 2 of 5)VIZ$12.99
Secret (GN 1)Yen$13.00
Soul Eater (GN 24)Yen$13.00
Sword Art Online: Progressive (GN 1)Yen$13.00
Terra Formars (GN 4)VIZ$12.99
The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan (GN 9)Yen$12.99
Übel Blatt (GN 1)Yen$20.00
Umineko When They Cry Episode 4: Alliance of the Golden Witch Volume 3 (GN 9)Yen$22.00
Until Death Do Us Part (GN 8)Yen$25.00
Zero's Familiar: Chevalier (GN 4)SSE$12.99
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No, I haven't. If I had checked out the most generic show this season, THEN you can say that.
No, I haven't. If I had checked out the most generic show this season, THEN you can say that.

Welcome back to By The Week! The third episode of Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE has arrived and it looks like I fell in love with the series fully. (Well, damn.)

Disclaimer: This will mildly spoil the episode. You can legally watch this via Crunchyroll and FUNimation, provided that you have subscribed to either one for this episode until a week passes.

Breakdown and Thoughts

During the days of the preparation of a “Mr. World”-esque pageant that happens to be monthly, there's an ace ballet dancer who happens to be full of himself. So full of himself, that he's advertising his club in the worst way possible. While the Earth Defense Club find some funny and interesting ways to draw in their own possible voters, the Student Council chooses the next monster, whom becomes a Black Swan which has a low-key reference to both Rue Kuroha of Princess Tutu (whom references a raven instead, though) and someone in particular from Madoka Magica: The Rebellion Story due to its design.

In the aftermath of all of this, the humor was a step up from last episode and a lot more fun, questionable moments aside. While there is some background to the vices of some of the Earth Defense Club members, there's also the Narcissus reference from the Ballet Ace himself, but his case was the complete opposite of the lore. (Most likely the ones I read about in the Shin Megami Tensei games). It's being really fun so far and I hope that it gets more fun from here.

Highlights

Protip: One of the places not to do a Pirouette is a BATHHOUSE. With only a towel.
Protip: One of the places not to do a Pirouette is a BATHHOUSE. With only a towel.
Thanks, but you&squot;re doing the mime for "Love" completely wrong!
Thanks, but you're doing the mime for "Love" completely wrong!

(Here's the correct one via TheDanceBuzz)

Should be safe. At least he doesn&squot;t have Giselle&squot;s Deadly Flowers. That&squot;s on the "Do Not" list for hugging!
Should be safe. At least he doesn't have Giselle's Deadly Flowers. That's on the "Do Not" list for hugging!
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Welcome everyone to another beautiful round of DVD/Blu-Ray releases! We got a good selection.

The Shows I Want To Try

Shows I Recommend

  • Valvrave the Liberator - This one is hard. The only show I recognize this week. It's not a show for everyone only for mech fans who are laidback when stories and characters are thrown out of the window during season 2. Season 1 I definitely recommend folks to try. When season 2 rolls by, the series becomes a train wreck. Questionable things were done, characters became dislikeful (making it hard to sympathize with), and the ending feels unsatisfied.

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

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

Sources

Notes

  • ANN did not list A Certain Scientific Railgun this week. Right Stuf and Amazon have it this week.
  • Valvrave 2 is only available on Right Stuf for this week.

Blu-Ray and DVD Releases

A Certain Scientific Railgun Season 1 DVD/Blu-Ray
  • Distributor: FUNIMATION
  • Suggested Retail Price: $49.98

Misaka Mikoto, a middle-school girl with an amazing and highly-destructive ability to control electricity, is one of the top level espers in Academy City, a highly developed town populated by students with supernatural abilities. Joined by her three very different girl friends - her flirty roommate and skilled teleporting esper Kuroko, Kuroko's innocent rookie partner at the local student-run law enforcing agency, Uiharu, and Uiharu's best friend, Saten, who has no esper powers - Mikoto encounters various strange phenomena and eccentric people through her action-packed adventures in this exciting scientific town.

Contains episodes 1-24. Special Features: Episode Commentary (3, 6, 17, 24), Textless Openings and Closings, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Little Busters! Refrain (Season 2) Complete Collection
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $69.99 (Blu-Ray), $59.99 (DVD)

Riki Naoe and his teammates have finally formed a complete baseball team for the Little Busters. When they reunite, there's a strange sense of deja vu as the personal mysteries and idiosyncrasies that have permeated the game coalesce into something unexpected. As the team members fall into their roles, the pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place. Riki learns the secrets behind his narcolepsy and a stunning truth about this world will be revealed, one that will change everything.

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

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Collection 1
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $69.98 (Blu-Ray), $59.98 (DVD)

In 1967,​ mankind encountered the hostile alien BETA and the Space Race became a Space War.​ Despite every measure thrown against them,​ the BETA made their first deadly landings on Earth in 1973 and by 1998,​ half of Eurasia has fallen.​ While the rest of the world stages desperate defensive battles across a thousand fronts,​ a brutally savaged Japan barely manages to hang on thanks to the support of the United States,​ the UN,​ and a new form of robot/​jet hybrid known as the Tactical Surface Fighter.​

But even as pilots and engineers struggle to develop the newest generation of advanced weaponry,​ the vestiges of the Cold War threaten to cripple the efforts of the defenders,​ with the surviving nations fighting to prioritize their own survival.​ At the eye of the gathering storm,​ the actions of 2nd Lieutenant Yuuya Bridges of the U.​S.​ and First Lieutenant Yui Takamura,​ the sole survivor of a unit lost in the battle of Kyoto,​ may become the focus upon which the fate of all humanity depends.​

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

Valvrave the Liberator Blu-Ray Complete Season 2 Set
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $149.98

Haruto Tokishima - by now every citizen of JIOR knew the name of this hero who confronted the Dorssian army's unjustified invasion and courageously defended his fellow students of Sakimori Academy. But after seeing the sheer power of the Valvrave, both Dorssia and ARUS were ready to take this mysterious humanoid weapon for their own at any cost! With pressure coming from both of these powerful nations, the students of Module 77 decide that it would be best to head for the moon, which is a neutral territory, and declare their independence as New JIOR.

Meanwhile, Haruto, who was initially hesitant of confrontational situations, realizes that in order to survive, he and the other Valvrave pilots must fight to protect their school, country, and everything they held so dear. Why were the Valvraves created? What is hidden behind the "Magius?" Will Haruto and L-elf be able to reveal the truth of the world?!

Contains episodes 13-24 plus collectible postcards and a deluxe poster illustrated by character designer Katsura Hoshino! Special Features: Battle Scene Collections, Textless Opening and Endings. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

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If the recent interview with Nakaba Suzuki is to be believed, then Nanatsu no Taizai has only completed about one third of its journey.

The gist of the interview was that, when developing his story, Suzuki, author of the Nanatsu no Taizai manga, had a total of three major arcs in mind, of which the first, The Holy Knights Arc, ended with chapter 100.

Which sort puts things into perspective, that everything we have read in the past 100 chapters, every single mini arc was purposed towards setting up the villainy of the Holly Knights with the aim of culminating in an all out battle in the capital.

IN that regard chapter 101 essentially marked the beginning of the manga’s second arc, essentially titled The Demon Clan arc by Suzuki; and if the mangaka chooses to follow the route of previous trends and this second major arc completes its run over a hundred chapters, then we can safely predict that chapter 300 will mark the finale of the Nanatsu no Taizai manga series.

Though Suzuki didn’t rule out pursuing one or two additional stories, depending on how his three arcs are received.

+Chapter 111- A Man’s Say
Set up chapters rarely entertain and that is because they are typically focused on setting up the pieces that will eventually become the meat of the story.

Chapter 111 was actually pretty entertaining as another set up chapter, mostly because it actually sought to execute some decent character development, some of which was more disturbing than expected.

+Ban and Jericho
It is difficult to decipher where Ban’s head is right now, and what his intentions might be; because, for all this talk of raising Elaine, we still have no idea how he intends to do it.

He left the Deadly Sins, which means he has no intention of taking the easy way out and killing Meliodas to achieve his goals; there is a reason Suzuki chose to approach his second arc in such a manner, basically casting Ban away from his comrades and sticking Jericho alongside him.

This has to be more than a play at a romance oriented story line; Ban’s story in 2015 is a mystery I cannot wait to decipher.

I was actually surprised at how well he took Jericho’s comments about Elaine; I expected a more explosive reaction.

+King and Diane
Pairings do not interest me, yet King and Diane’s relationship is somewhat intriguing to follow; and something tells me Suzuki is pushing these two towards some tragic circumstances.

Chapter 111 succeeded in doing what so many manga series pace so terribly. Where other series tend to draw this particular situation out, Suzuki chose to immediately put Diane and King on the same page, this eliminating numerous chapters and panels in the future wasted on plots that would drag as a result of misunderstandings and miscommunication.

+Merlin
Merlin is coming off as the unofficial father or mother figure of the crew, the way everyone runs to her to solve even their most basic problems; and I am not just talking about the way Diane was crying to Merlin about bringing King back.

More importantly, she reciprocates this perception of her, rarely dismissive of her friend’s problems and seemingly always ready to offer a solution to any and all ailments. This is drastically contrasting to the cold calculating woman that was referenced in earlier chapters of The Seven Deadly Sins, specifically with regards to her role in the banishment and imprisonment of the Deadly Sins.

+Gowther
I don’t want to say that Gowther is evil, but there is a disturbing aura about him; who is he exactly?

We know he is neither a demon nor a fairy (Meliodas and King would know). And it is highly unlikely that he is of the goddess clan, yet we know that he isn’t human.

Merlin offers him the solution to reacquiring his fabled armor and he seemingly and secretly rejects her assistance; and how can we not cast some doubt over his relationship with Guila?

What are the chances that he’s brainwashing her with his arrows of light? The man doesn’t understand emotions, as we were reminded in the most recent episode of Nanatsu no Taizai. So it is unlikely that he sought Guila.

And even if he did, then…I don’t know what to think of Gowther, besides the fact that he’s up to no good.

+The Ten Commandments
So we have a name for them, the hand selected disciples of the Demon King, and clearly Meliodas’ worst nightmare.

I don’t think any of us needs to take a guess at what exactly Meliodas lost, and what he is seeking to take back with Merlin’s help. If he’s preparing for battle then he needs his sacred treasure.

This new arc hasn’t quite picked up pace, but I don’t think I mind it taking its time.
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SO glad that I got to this in time. Thank you!
SO glad that I got to this in time. Thank you!

Welcome back to By The Week! Here, I continue on to the second episode of Tokyo Ghoul Root A and see what the tale will bring this time...

Disclaimer: This will mildly spoil the episode. You can legally watch this via FUNimation.com or via Hulu provided that you're subscribed to either one.

Breakdown and Thoughts

It appears that we're in the aftermath of the storm. While Aogiri is planning something mysterious, we get some development involving Ainteiku and the CCG. While the former is just resuming their business as usual with nothing out of the ordinary (except for a birthday, a suspicious invite and some college exams), the latter has a lot more going on. Amon gets to look after the daughter of Mado, his previous mentor and we get some small reveals on Aogiri's side afterwards. The biggest focus was on the CCG side due to their new members and the plans of hunting the Rabbit (Touka) and the Eyepatch (Kaneki) while doing some research about the aftermath of Binge Eater case from Season One.

As for how I feel about the development, it's pretty solid on the get-go and there were some moments that were fun (not every day that you get to ask a mentor out that happened to be your former superior's daughter.) I do get the feeling that Touka seems like she's escaping from something on her end from continuing her studies, but as it seems, something interesting may go down in the next episode after all of this.

Highlights

The face when you find that no good person at school for the new semester/quarter.
The face when you find that no good person at school for the new semester/quarter.
I'd actually marvel my own modifications too.
I'd actually marvel my own modifications too.
Actually, She's rather cute, but she has things in her sleeve. I can sense it.
Actually, She's rather cute, but she has things in her sleeve. I can sense it.
The face when you're broke AF and the food's too high.
The face when you're broke AF and the food's too high.
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This is a general outlook of what our community's wiki editors are working on. The purpose of this blog is to promote communication and let new and old editors know if there is an active project and what type of wiki work is being done. This will prevent editing conflicts as well as establishing new teams.

Please let me know if I miss anyone. Thank you.

Past Threads

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Aldnoah.Zero 2
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Consenting Adultery (OAV)
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Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
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Fullmetal Alchemist

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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders - Battle in Egypt
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Cloudguy - Characters
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Love Hina
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2014 was somewhat tame in terms of anime; sure, there were some decent releases, but nothing really exploded on screen like in previous years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, Is One Piece Declining in Popularity?

Well, a better question is:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Naruto itself rarely undergoes drastic changes.

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

Well, it’s simple really.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, the question: Is One Piece declining?

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

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

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

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

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

Nothing lasts forever and no king can remain unchallenged.

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

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

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

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

Veteran Wiki Editors

Dekken

Well, the feature that attracted me the most when I discovered the site was that you can have your own gallery, and by adding your images to the corresponding wiki page you can contribute to the site, both sides win. Also back in the day, completing quests was a lot of fun and it encouraged me to start making my first wiki edits.

In general I enjoy uploading volume covers, screenshots and profile portraits for my favorite characters. The lists that I have to collect the personal info of anime girls also encourage me to create pages for the characters that had not been added yet.

2013 Interview

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

Bigz007

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

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

Demonic13

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

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

2013 Interview

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

BigHeart711

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

Well, the feature that attracted me the most when I discovered the site was that you can have your own gallery, and by adding your images to the corresponding wiki page you can contribute to the site, both sides win. Also back in the day, completing quests was a lot of fun and it encouraged me to start making my first wiki edits.

In general I enjoy uploading volume covers, screenshots and profile portraits for my favorite characters. The lists that I have to collect the personal info of anime girls also encourage me to create pages for the characters that had not been added yet.

MadnessReaver

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

Yusuke52

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

DestinyHeroKnight

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

New Editors

Taichokage

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

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

ForgottenOne

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

Reiyo

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

AgentFakku

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Garo Red Requiem (2010) <Movie>

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

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Kiba Side Story (2011) <Single Special>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

KUMA OUT!

PART 1

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

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

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

Reviewers

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

Quick Fun Facts to Share:

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

Veterans

These are the reviewers who started reviewing before 2014.

LHWKnight

  • 5 reviews

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

Katmic

  • 1 review

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

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

Kino88

  • 6 Reviews

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

SnowyMountain

  • 17 Reviews

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

Dream

  • 49 Reviews

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

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

Rookies

These guys started in 2014!

Delphic

  • 5 Reviews

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

Waezi2

  • 10 Reviews

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

Othus12

  • 3 Reviews

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

Thanks

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

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Background

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

  1. Artist Workshop
  2. Artist Gallery

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

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

How it works

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

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

Anime Vice's Artist Gallery

Pending

Thank you everyone for reading. Please support our community! If you have suggestions, please let me know.

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

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

Breakdown and Thoughts

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

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

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

Highlights

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

Impressions and Recommendations

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

Familiar series

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

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

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

Sources

January 6

  • ANN listed A Certain Scientific Railgun Vol 10 this week. Right Stuf and Amazon have it on April 21, 2015.
07-Ghost Volume 14
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

The paths of one evil god, two rival empires, three unlikely bishops and seven brave ghosts converge in the destiny of Teito Klein, a boy who vows to master a powerful artifact known as the Eye of Mikael in order to lay bare the secrets of the world’s—and his own—murky past.

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

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

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

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

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

Collects volumes 28-30 in omnibus format.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One Piece Vol. 73 - "Operation Dressrosa SOP"

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

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

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

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

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

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

The dieselpunk manga sensation continues!

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sources

Notes

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

Blu-Ray and DVD Releases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Contains episodes 1-64.

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

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

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

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