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This latest arc of Nanatsu no Taizai reminds me of the pain arc from Naruto; we had several great battles on an ever growing scale, with the stakes growing higher and higher, until the villain was finally defeated with a last minute move.

And all the pain and destruction, specifically the death suffered throughout the conflict, was more or less reversed, making for a somewhat happy ending.

THE CHAPTER:
The Kingdom celebrates the victory of the Seven Deadly Sins. Ban gets a new outfit and decides to make for the Fairy King’s Forest.
Has anyone ever given any thought to Escanor? As the last of the Seven Deadly Sins, it is odd how little of him we actually hear, not among Deadly Sins fans, and not even in conversation from the six Deadly Sins that have been introduced to the story so far.

So we finally come to the start of a new arc; it looks like Ban is still hung up on Elaine, King’s sister and intends to go to the Fairy King’s Forest to revive her, the same forest that, we learnt, burned down while King was away.

Which means there will be no Ban Vs. Meliodas fight to look forward to, at least not for the foreseeable future. That brings up questions about his goals in this matter, what secrets the goddesses clan imparted upon him and how he intends to use them to resurrect the dead.
The chapter didn’t really provide any major reasons to get excited over Ban’s activities and this new arc. But things will probably pick up as more is revealed about Elaine’s death, her connection to the goddess clan and how Ban’s plans might back fire.

RATING: 6/10, simple enough chapter, nothing to get excited over. A surprising number of characters were pretty somber about the fact that they survived Hendricksend, though it might have more to do with the terrible actions they took in his name.
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I really tried hard to like Nobunagun and it did nothing to justify that hard work; I find anime in this vein a little irritating, those series that think they can pretty much sail through to success while doing very little to stand out.

I cannot tell if Nobunagun didn’t try hard enough or it simply tried too hard.
THE PLOT
Shio Ogura is a Japanese high school student who is visiting Taiwan on a school trip when she is suddenly attacked by monsters. Agents known as "E-Gene Holders" from the government agency DOGOO arrive, wielding weapons infused with the spirits of historical figures. Shio is revealed to be an E-Gene Holder when the soul of Oda Nobunaga awakens after she tries to rescue a friend.
MY REVIEW:

I really, REALLY, wanted to like Nobunagun, mostly because the anime presented itself as something that could be different if I only persevered through the first few episodes. And I am starting to realize how annoying that is, those anime series that simply refuse to put their best foot forward and expect viewers to slog through several episodes of substandard material just to get to the good stuff. 

And I don’t even think that that description categorizes Nobunagun.

+The Good
The first episode was great. Nobunagun tries hard to stand out and, aesthetically it does just that, with its rich saturated colors and slightly strange character designs that, to an extent, reminded me of Soul Eater. 
 
And maybe i expected a similar gem in Nobunagun. There are enough pieces already in their proper place by the third episode to make for a decent anime. The Alien invasion storyline actually provides enough potential for what could have been an interesting season, the clash between invading forces from outer space and history’s greatest names. 
 
The animation was decent enough to warranty some enjoyment, specifically regarding the action spectacle, primarily the use of special alien weapons. 
 
All in all, a lot of potential to produce a unique series with a fairly captivating story, with the primary attraction being the different characters and their interactions.

+The Bad
Take away the visual appeal and the answer would be: everything. Here’s the thing about the word ‘potential’. It doesn’t actually mean anything, not as far as the real world is concerned. 
 
Potential speaks of the possibility or promise of something coming into being; and in entertainment promises do not mean much. 

Nobunagun pretty much wastes any potential it might have boasted in the first episode. 
 
The characters are pretty bland. Shio Ogura is nothing special as far as main characters are concerned and could be the worst of the series’ entire cast, falling behind less important characters that receive considerably less screen time. 
 
The humor falls flat most of the time and the primary plot is mostly wasted; Nobunagun promises a series in which young heroes are summoned to take upon themselves the strength of powerful historical figures with the aim of contending with an alien invasion.
 
A fairly attractive premise. 
 
Except that these historical figures are rarely present and their influence is not only absent but mostly irrelevant; this reduces the series to just another ‘teens with special powers fighting alien invaders’ anime.

+Verdict:
Nabunagun isn’t really worth the bother; chances are, with the right viewer, it could entertain. However do not expect anything noteworthy. Nobunaga the Fool manages to come out slightly ahead in this year’s Nobunaga related anime race.
RATING: 4/10, one can see the effort that went into creating Nobunagun, effort wasted on a pointless plot and bland cast of characters. So much wasted potential, especially regarding the historical elements.
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Welcome everyone, it's a small selection this week.

Familiar series

  • My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy (Noucome for short) - It's a comedic harem series with mild fan service. It revolves around Kanade who has a curse, a curse that forces him to pick random 3 choices. Otherwise, he gets an insufferable migraine. It's one of those series I believe that works better without the harem aspect.
  • Gurren Lagann - For folks love mechs, fan service with lots of Gainax Bounce, over the top fight scenes, and drama. I seen it back in spring 2013 prior to Kill la Kill which aired in fall 2013. Loved both series.
  • Sailor Moon - I would recommend to any audience. It doesn't matter what gender. Guys can enjoy Sailor Moon. It may seem girly, but it has some stuff that wouldn't appeal to children. I haven't finish the series. It's a good start for fans who hasn't dive into the magical girl genre. You can also check out Madoka which deconstructs the magical girl genre after you watch most of Sailor Moon.

Unfamiliar series

I'm interested in two shows:

  • Patema Inverted - I'm in the mood for sci-fi lately due to Psycho Pass 2 and recent experiences with shows that made touch the surface of the Sci-Fi genre in anime.
  • Time of Eve - After reading the synopsis, Chobits came to my mind first. I haven't finished Chobits. I'm interested in the sociological and psychological aspect of humans and androids.

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

  • Gurren Lagann and Time of Eve are listed on Right Stuf and ANN but not Amazon.

DVD and Blu-ray Releases

Gurren Lagann (Blu-Ray 1)
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98
This is the story of a man who has yet to realize what destiny holds in store for him...
In the distant future, mankind has lived quietly and restlessly underground for hundreds of years, subject to earthquakes and cave-ins. Living in one such village are two young men: Simon, who is shy and naive; and Kamina, who believes in the existence of a "surface" world above their heads. The destiny of these two starts moving drastically when the ceiling of their village falls in, and a gigantic "Gunmen" and a beautiful girl named Yoko, wielding a superconductive rifle, come from the surface. Together, Kamina, Simon, and Yoko ride the mecha "Lagann" that Simon digs out of the ground, and fly up to the surface!

  • Contains episodes 1-5 plus a double-sided poster and a 16-page booklet featuring creator interviews and an illustration gallery!
  • Special Features: Textless Opening and Ending, Episode 5 Preview (On-Air Version).
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
High School DxD New (Season 2) (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $64.98, $69.98 (Limited Edition)
Issei Hyodo is back with all of his voluptuous friends, only this time he has more power than ever before. With the Excalibur swords and the Archangel Michael joining him in battle against the deadliest of foes yet, only time will tell if the Occult Research Club continues to thrive or if new leadership is needed to usher in a new magical era.
My mental choices are completely interfering with my school romantic comedy (Blu-Ray) or (DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98 (Blu-Ray), $49.98 (DVD)
Due to a strange curse called Absolute Choice, Kanade Amakusa's life has turned into a "choose your own adventure" game from Hell. Series of options that seem designed to cause him the maximum possible duress and/or public embarrassment randomly appear in front of him, and if he doesn't choose one he suffers agonizing pain. Needless to say, his resulting bizarre behavior has already branded him as one of his school's five worst social misfits, and things get even weirder when he chooses one of the strangest options yet: "have a beautiful girl fall from the sky."

Not only does the adorable Chocolat drop on him like a bag of bricks, but she seems to have been sent to help remove the curse! Only, she can't remember how because she has amnesia. But it has something to do with missions he has to perform, and if he fails to achieve the objective of any of them, he'll be stuck with the curse for life!

  • Contains episodes 1-11.
  • Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation.
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
Patema Inverted (Blu-Ray) or (DVD)
  • Distributor: New Video Group
  • Suggested retail price: $34.95 (Blu-Ray), $29.95 (DVD)
Princess Patema lives in an underground world, but one day tumbles headlong into a void and out into the wide open world above the surface. Age is a student on this surface world when he spies Patema hanging upside-down from a tree. He pulls her down to safety, struggling to keep her earthbound. Together they master the art of navigating competing gravitational forces and set out to discover the secret that keeps their worlds apart.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Sailor Moon - Season 1 Part 1 (DVD)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $44.82
Usagi Tsukino is a cheerful 14-year-old schoolgirl who often finds herself in unwanted trouble. One day, she saves a talking cat named Luna from some mean kids, and her life is changed forever. Luna gives Usagi a magic brooch that transforms her into Sailor Moon, defender of love and justice! Now Usagi must work with Luna to find the other Sailor Guardians and the Moon Princess, whose Legendary Silver Crystal is Earth's only hope against the dark forces of the evil Queen Beryl!

  • Contains episodes 1-23.
  • Special Features: Convention Highlights, Trailers.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C3 - Complete Collection (Sub.Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98
When Yura Yamato's roommate Sonora asks her to join her club, it quickly becomes clear that the girls of Stella Women's Academy are VERY different. It turns out that she belongs to a club known as C3 (which stands for Command, Control and Communications) whose main afterschool activity is playing survival games! It's not a typical teenage girl pastime, but Sonora and her trigger-happy friends are seriously into it. The question that puts her in the crosshairs of a dilemma is if she has what it takes to join up, stand up, and deliver in the face of friendly fire.

  • Contains episodes 1-13.
  • Special Features: Clean Opening & Closing Animations.
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
Welcome to the Space Show (Blu-Ray) or (DVD)
  • Distributor: New Video Group
  • Suggested retail price: $29.95 (Blu-Ray), $19.97 (DVD)
While looking for their missing class pet, a rabbit named Pyon-Kichi, five elementary school kids on a school trip find and rescue a dog that turns out to be an alien. He invites them to visit the moon as a reward for helping him. However, through a strange series of events, they become stranded and must make their way across the galaxy to get to his home world and then return to Earth.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Time of Eve: The Movie Blu-ray (Hyb)
  • Distributor: Pied Piper
  • Soundtrack CD ($34.95), Deluxe Edition + Soundtrack CD ($59.95),
Influenced by the Robot Ethics Committee, it's become common sense for people to treat androids like household appliances. Their appearance - indistinguishable from humans except for the ring over each android's head - has led some people to empathize unnecessarily with androids. Known as "android-holics", such people have become a social problem.

Rikuo, a high school student, has been taught from childhood that androids are not to be viewed as humans, and has always used them as convenient tools. One day Rikuo discovers some strange data in the behavior records of his family's household android, Sammy. Rikuo and his friend Masaki trace Sammy's movements, only to discover a mysterious cafe that features a house rule that "humans and robots are to be treated the same"...

Includes the short films Pale Cocoon and Aquatic Language, plus the official soundtrack.

Special Features: Seven Bonus Videos (Interviews, Behind the Scenes, Opening Day), Audio Commentary, Art Gallery.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles, French subtitles, German subtitles, Italian subtitles, Spanish subtitles, Portuguese subtitles, Chinese subtitles, Russian subtitles. Hebrew subtitles for movie and short films only.
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Last Saturday was the premiere of Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction on Cartoon Network. I was at home, babysitting my neighbor's child who wanted me to watch the movie with her. This blog is just a diversion for me to take a break from school, wiki projects, and other forum moderation.

Summary

Ash and his crew run into Diancie who is being pursued by thieves. Once Ash and his crew save Diancie, they become Diancie's body guards on her royal adventure to seek out Xerneas. Diancie is on a quest to receive Xerneas powers in order for her to make the heart diamond which save her kingdom.

Can Ash and his gang get Diancie to save her kingdom?

Verdict

It has been a long time since I watched a Pokemon film. I stopped at Heroes.

Beware of Spoilers!

Good

  • It's a good film for children. It had that Ghibli vibe. I get into that when we get to the bad section. Teaches kids to respect mother nature and to be altruistic. Ash and his gang just help Diance out of their good heart without truly knowing her.
  • Mega Evolution and Pokemon Fun: Besides Diance cheating and making her mega stone, I thought it was cool seeing her Mega Evolve. It was nice to see the final evolutions of the Kalos starters along with trainers who cosplay. You got a fire mage and a water shinobi. It's a bit strange Serena, Ash, and Clemont didn't have any new Pokemon. Their group is a bit smaller than Ash's past groups.

Bad

  • Lack of a Climax: My main problem with Ponyo and Totoro was that their climax was not much of hi stake conflict. It resolves too easily and peaceful. That's why I had a Ghibli vibe from this film. The action for the final fight against Yveltal was lack luster. Xerneas just showed up, and Yveltal left without any resistance. That was it.

Bizarre

  • Continuity Errors: Didn't Ash and his crew see Xerneas in the series during the Pokemon camp arc? They shouldn't be surprised at Xerneas like they saw it for the first time.
  • Diancie isn't provoking the crowd to look at her as a legendary Pokemon. No one is at awe with her, taking pictures of her, or gather around her. She walks in a busy mall. People regarded as a regular Pokemon. I felt that was odd because Mew, Celebi, and others were so secretive and elusive, avoiding human contact.

All in all, it was a good film for young Pokemon fans. For the older audience, it's doesn't match up to the older films in terms of action and story. The music in the film is forgettable.

Thanks everyone! I hope you enjoy the film.

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Hi guys. I'm bored Wanna roleplay?

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I walked around the castle anxiously, somewhat fearful yet interested in the new patients. One was a really nice and pretty green haired swordswoman. She came in with what appeared to be a demon at first glance, though both were out cold and being carried by other people. He still gave me the chills when I treated him or checked up on him. He wasn't mean or anything, quite sweet and nice actually. He just looked so scary.

Anyway, they both seem to have been bitten by a form of insect poison. The female had been bitten by a swarm of blister beetles, while the demon had been bitten by far more than a mere swarms numbers entail. But it shouldn't have affected him as bad as it did.

I just finished the serum to cure the poison within these two. I just gave it to the girl and she should be perfectly fine by tomorrow morning. But, the Demon however..... Is another story. His blisters are even worse and he has begun to scream at the application of the cure.

"Aahhhhh! G-get it o-off! Please! It has wa -AGHHHHHH!" I got the implication of his words. Water can't touch him, or else he'll be hurt and after a while die. I began to quickly but gently scrape of the serum I made and sighed. 'All that time and herbs put to waste' I thought to myself.

He looked at me scrupulously before asking me the request of a lifetime. "I know you're a fire wielder. I can smell it, your scent is of igneel the fire dragon. You have powerful flames in you. Sorry please, I need you to burn me with your fire magic." I gawked at him before nodding slowly in nervous willingness.

I got into my horse stance for my attack and then, I went for it. "KAIRYU NO HOKO!" Fire shot in a waving blast from my mouth and at the demon setting him a light.

Then, as I watched in anticipation. He simply stood up and twirled. Like a dancer, it was the oddest sight I had seen in awhile. He then walked over calmly with a smile and laughed before bending down to my eye level.

"Your powerful and skilled, I ain't the captain. But..... " He smirked and had the look of a child in a candy store." Wanna join me and the others in the Delta Pirates? "

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Ajax P. O. V.

I wondered the castle in awe, the gitty dessert breeze blowing in my face. Hapatchori was with Ace back in town. So with a affirmative grip on Excalibur, I marched on. I had heard that a new pirate crew was docking, so me and Ace were gonna ask to join. I looked around the castle until I reached the lobby and caught view of the group. It was a green haired girl with swords, a blonde wearing a suit, and what I assumed to be the captain Silvia.

I trotted over to them as they were talking and walking out of the lobby. "O-oi! Pardon me good fellows and ladies, but are you the Delta Pirates per chance?" The captain Silvia walked up to me and almost immediately I could sense her dark aura, though I said nothing.

"We are. And you? Why do you wish to speak with us? " I swallowed hard and began. " Me and a friend of mine wish to join your ranks mi lady. We will serve you with our lives or else commit seppuku else wise at our betrayal. "She smiled and nodded motioning for me to follow her.

" Alright, I will hold you to that promise. Else wise I'll kill you myself. "The blonde swooned over her as we walked. " So viscous my lovely Silvia Schwan! " She snorted with amusement and I smiled happily. 'In think I made a great choice in crews'.

Ace P. O. V.

I grinned wide as I saw the signal from Ajax. A white flash above the deltas ship. I ran over and mounted Hapatchori with no effort and flew him over to the ship just as it was pulling out of the docks. I landed, laughing all the while on the main deck. Hapatchori whinnied in exhilaration and I patted his neck before jumping off and sending him off.

As he took off, a tall redheaded man sauntered out of the cargo hold and looked me over in mild curiousity. I waved grinning and he smiled a fanged grin before summoning a fireball in hand and throwing it at me. I caught it with a smile and announced, " I'm Ace, Ajaxs other ally and new member of the Delta Pirates. "He sighed and chuckled." Welcome, I'm Axel by the way, got it memorized? I'm the official swordsman. And now a fellow Pyro to you.... "He smirked and then like it was simply normal to do, he raised his hand and opened a dark hole in... Well. The air and walked through it, portal closing behind him.

I simply blinked in surprise at what happened before shrugging it off and walking into the lounge of the ship to meet the rest of my new family.

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Damn. Again, I had gotten lost without bringing my transponder snail. not that I would ever admit getting lost, but really. How the heck did I get to the docks I'll never know. but, whatever. I decided that I could infiltrate one of the new rookie crews , so o looked around the docks. Almost immediately, I saw a dark mahogany wood ship. It was huge, and the cargo bay was open. Perfect.

I snuck on no problem, not even one guard. "Rookie pirates are so stupid." I then made myself a comfortable ' Home Base' inside one of the larger empty boxes and decided to stay down here for day 1. I waited 3 hours, polishing my swords and playing mind games until I accidentally fell asleep. I wouldn't have minded that, except for what I woke up to.

A very tall man with spikey blood red hair and glowing green cat eyes was kneeling in front of me only inches away from my face. I held as still as possible, though I must admit on the inside I was torn between curious and startled. 'What I the world?......He must be a demon or one of those devil fruit users or something.......'. I soon realized it had been a full 5 minutes since I woke up and neither of us had broken eye contact. With a bright red blush on my face, I cleared my throat and grabbed my sword Wado Ichimonji.

He merely chuckled and with a swirl of flames and smoke, a Chakram appeared in his left hand. It was already to my throat before I could blink, none alone draw Wado. I glared at him as best I could to show my annoyance. "Oh please, your on our ship. Don't go glaring at me.....hmm. You are a marine yes?" His voice was unexpectedly soft. I nodded slowly in reply to his question. "Yeah, what's it to you Demon?"

He then made a slight pout and sighed, "Because my little stowaway. I want to keep you. You wish to spy on us undetected. I will allow that.....I'll even take care of you. You'll be...." His face lit up in joy, which was to my oddity of a mind, perplexingly ...nice. "You'll be my pet, a familiar if you will for a 'Demon' like me. And as your new master, you'll call me Axel. Got it memorized?"

He chuckled and tapped his temple before looking for my response. I was still slightly shocked at this whole scene do I just merely nodded. He grinned and ruffled my short hair."A pleasure to meet you my little pet. Your the pirate hunter Zoro right? Well, good thing you're not a demon hunter." And with that he stood up and walked away.

I watched him walk out before sitting back down and relaxingly thinking over whether I should actually trust the strange man or bolt. I chose against my better judgment and stayed put. It played off, because around 3 hours later a covered plate of delicious scented food was set on the floor with a note saying,

Dinnerforyoumypet. Enjoy it Zoro. - Axel

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This week's manga releases is huge. I'm going to be late with this one and finished in 2 or 3 sitting when I get back from a meeting tonight at 7 PM.

Familiar Manga Series I'm looking forward to:

  • Blue Exorcist - For folks who love supernatural shonen with demons and exorcists.
  • Alice in the Country of Clover - For folks who love Alice in the Country of Hearts. You can't read this until you read the main series.
  • Attack on Titan - For folks who love action and horror shonen series, it's the struggle for humanity's survival against Titans who prey on humans
  • D. Gray-Man - It's like Blue Exorcist but more dark and brutal in the blood bath. Instead of demons, you fight Akuma and Noah.

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

Notes

  • ANN listed Ranma this week while Fandom Post and Right Stuf didn't.
  • Amazon, Fandom Post, and Right Stuf has Attack on Titan Vol. 14 listed this week.

Manga Releases

Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight's Knowledge Volume 3
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

Romance and danger with the Knave of Hearts continues!

Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge chronicles the further adventures of Alice as she goes deeper down the rabbit hole. Like the other New York Times bestselling books in the Alice in the Country of Clover series, this new volume is an oversized edition that features impressive artwork and color pinups.

The Ace of Hearts, the Knight of Heart Castle, is Wonderland’s resident bad boy and master swordsman. He may be dashing and handsome, but his love represents a danger the likes of which Alice has never seen. Can the cruel yet charming knight win Alice’s heart?

Attack on Titan Volume 14
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested Retail Price: $10.99

Commander Erwin has finally come to a decision: Putting their own wealth and position ahead of the survival of humanity, the royal government is no longer fit to lead. To execute their leader's most audacious plan yet, Eren and Krista will have to put themselves in peril yet again, and Armin, Mikasa, and the rest of the Survey Corps will have to turn from humanity's guardians into traitors. If they fail this time, they'll face not a Titan's gaping mouth, but the gallows...

Black Rose Alice Volume 2
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Azusa Kikukawa agrees to sacrifice herself as the next breeding ground for the vampire group in exchange for Dimitri healing her fatally wounded young boyfriend. But now that the deal is struck, Azusa finds herself in a strange house and a strange body, surrounded by the men she must choose from for her deadly embrace...

Bleach Vol. 62 Heart of Wolf

Distributor: Viz Media Suggested retail price: $9.99 Unable to use their Bankai special abilities, the Soul Reaper captains are at a severe disadvantage against the invading Quincy army. Urahara has a plan to turn the tide of battle, but will it be enough as the Quincies continue their onslaught?!

Blue Exorcist Volume 12
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

As the True Cross Academy festival reaches its peak, trouble is brewing. While Izumo confronts Nemu Takara, Rin and the rest of the Exwires race to find her. The betrayal they discover and the tragic details of Izumo's past will shake them to the core and herald the beginning of an all-out war between the Illuminati and the Knights of the True Cross!

Claymore Volume 25
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Three battles unfold around the holy city of Rabona as demonic forces seek to destroy one another, the rebel Claymores, and the city itself. Seemingly intent on devouring all life, monsters of unprecedented strength rage on as the rebels struggle to contain them. Could the cause of this rage lie in a distant childhood memory?

Gantz Volume 33
  • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

While humans on the ground believe the war with the aliens is over, aboard the invaders' mothership human prisoners face a parade of horrors in a circus of death for the televised amusement of the offworlders. And as Kei desperately tries to find his beloved Tae, the only help he gets comes from an unexpected source--one of the aliens!

Kiss of the Rose Princess Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Anise Yamamoto has been told that if she ever removes the rose choker given to her by her father, a terrible punishment will befall her. Unfortunately she loses that choker when a bat-like being falls from the sky and hits her. Anise is granted four cards representing four knights whom she can summon with a kiss. But now that she has these gorgeous men at her beck and call, what exactly is her quest?!

LBX - New Dawn Raisers Volume 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Van Yamano loves Little Battlers eXperience, also known as LBXs, the hot toy of the future in present day 2050. And it's kind of cool that his dad invented them! But when the plane his dad is on goes down, everything goes wrong for Van. Until he starts getting hints that his dad may be still alive... and that a secret organization is coming after Van to procure the secrets that might be hidden inside his own LBX robot, Achilles!

LBX - Artemis Begins Volume 2
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Van enters the LBX World Tournament, Artemis, and begins to battle his opponents. He's trained well, but he's still a noob. Can he hold his own against the best of the best? His father's true fate could hang in the balance.

Nisekoi Volume 6
  • 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.

Just when things seem to be going well between the two, a misunderstanding during their beach trip puts a damper on their false relationship. Back in school, Raku and Chitoge are selected to play Romeo and Juliet at the school festival. However, Chitoge's still mad at Raku and refuses the role! When the class draws names for a new Juliet, Kosaki gets the part. But on the big day, nothing goes as planned!

Pokemon Adventures: Black and White Volume 5
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

White tests out a Pokemon battleground prototype: the Battle Subway. Meanwhile, Black is happily reunited with an old friend... under unhappy circumstances.

Then Gym Leader Clay reveals a dangerous secret. Now Black must prove himself to the other Unova Gym Leaders so he can join their team to fight a common enemy - an evil organization that might jeopardize the Pokemon League Championship itself! Will Black earn the trust of the Unova Gym Leaders in time... by ringing a bell?!

Pokemon Adventures - Firered & Leafgreen Volume 25
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

One of Team Rocket's Three Beasts turns against their leader Giovanni and seeks to usurp his power. Silver learns a shocking secret about his family. Red and Mewtwo hazard a daring escape. And - whoa! The Team Rocket airship is about to crash-land! Then, in a battle between powerful Mewtwo and Mythical Pokémon Deoxys, who will triumph...?!

Phantom Thief Jeanee Volume 5
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

The Demon Lord takes Chiaki hostage and challenges Maron to a battle of life or death. But rather than fight her himself, the Demon Lord has selected another to be his champion. Can Maron find the strength to fight alone against her only remaining ally?

Spell of Desire Volume 2
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

The only thing that can keep Kaoruko's powers in check is a kiss from Kaname, but she can't help but be drawn to him! While Kaname struggles with his own growing attraction to Kaoruko, he suspects that Kaoruko's volatile powers will bring unwanted attention from the Black Witches Coven... with dangerous consequences for her!

Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee Volume 17
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Lag now knows what he has to do to save Amberground: unite the five children born on the mysterious Day of the Flicker. And his latest delivery may lead him to vital information. But meanwhile Lag has to cope with his brash new partner, Chico, who insists that nothing will stand in her way to becoming Head Bee!

The Heroic Legend of Arslan Volume 2
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

After escaping the horrors of the battlefield, Arslan takes refuge with Daryun in a mountain retreat belonging to the former lord and genius strategist, Narsus and enlists his assistance in his mission to reclaim his lost kingdom. Meanwhile, the royal capital of Ecbatana is under siege by the Lusitanians and the queen finds herself captured by the mysterious masked figure behind the fall of Pars.

The Sacred Blacksmit Volume 6
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

This manga is the sixth book in an ongoing series that features stunning artwork and color inserts in each volume.

Like her father and grandfather before her, Cecily Campbell has entered the noble ranks of the Knight Guard, sworn to protect the Independent Trade City of Housman. Now the time has come for Cecily to prove herself in battle. A veteran of the great Valbanill War goes berserk in the marketplace. Cecily confronts him with the prized sword she inherited from her father—and it shatters to pieces!

All seems lost, when a lone figure swoops to the rescue, an expert swordsman with a sword unlike any Cecily has ever seen. His name is Luke Ainsworth, a blacksmith of much renown, who will forge a new sword for Cecily and join her down a path of magical adventure beyond her wildest dreams.

Ultimo Volume 10
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Locked in a battle that spans the ages, Vice and Ultimo, along with their human proxies, duel in the wartime arena of Tokyo, 1947. Among the bombs and destruction, doji masters on both sides seek to convince their counterparts to switch teams - good to evil and vice versa. Which force holds ultimate sway over human history?

What did you eat Yesterday Volume 5
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

A hard-working middle-aged gay couple in Tokyo come to enjoy the finer moments of life through food. After long days at work, either in the law firm or the hair salon, Shiro and Kenji will always have down time together by the dinner table, where they can discuss their troubles, hash out their feelings and enjoy delicately prepared home cooked meals!

Accomplished home chef though he might be, Shiro proceeds on the assumption that no two of his curries will ever taste the same.

Zero's Familiar: Chevalier Volume 3
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

The sequel to the hit manga series about a witch and her teenage manservant

Each volume of Zero’s Familiar Chevalier is adorably illustrated and contains color pinups.

Summoned by mistake to the wonderful world of Halkeginia by the bumbling witch Louise “the Zero,” Saito’s role as Louise’s familiar has had its share of ups and downs. At first an unwilling servant, Saito gradually develops feelings for his headstrong mistress Louise, and she, too, has begun to reciprocate. But life keeps getting in the way of a possibly budding relationship.

Now, Louise and her friends are embroiled in a full-scale war and must defend the land of Tristain at all costs. Can Saito prove himself in battle to Louise and win her heart once and for all?

Box Sets

This week, we had two big box sets of manga.

Attack on Titan - The Spinoffs
  • Distributor: Kodansha USA
  • Suggested Retail Price: $38.97
This box set contains the first volumes of the three spinoffs of Attack on Titan: Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, and Attack on Titan: Junior High!
  • Attack on Titan: No Regrets:
The young Erwin Smith is a rising star in the Survey Corps, humanity's only hope of defeating the man-eating monsters known as Titans. Ruthless and dispassionate, Erwin's mind is devoted to strategies and intrigue. But beneath Erwin's feet is another world, the Underground, where humans are born and die surrounded by the garbage the Capital throws away. Here, the criminal Levi survives on his wits and agility. But when these two ambitious men cross paths, who will prove himself stronger?

Story by Gun Snark and Art by Hikaru Suruga.

  • Attack on Titan: Before the Fall:
Humanity has learned to live in complacency behind its high walls, protected from the giant Titans. But when a Titan-worshipping cult opens one of the gates, a Titan wreaks havoc, consuming the cultists. After the rampage is over, two young Survey Corps members are shocked to discover a pregnant woman's partially digested corpse - with her baby still alive inside it! What will the fate of this "child of the Titans" be? And how will humanity learn to cope with the Titan threat?

Story by Ryo Suzukaze and Art by Satoshi Shiki.

  • Attack on Titan: Junior High:
Eren and Mikasa enter a new school: Titan Junior High! However, Eren's hated Titans for years. Can he get along with his new "harmless" classmates? Featuring all of the characters from the main series as you've never seen them before, this series is sure to delight fans of Attack on Titan with a human vs. Titan volleyball match, a Titan rock band, and more!

Story and art by Saki Nakagawa.

Vampire Knight Box Set 2 (Vol. 11-19)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested Retail Price: $89.99
The second box set completes the series with vols. 11-19 and an exclusive art book. Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy’s dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!

Omnibus

Ranma ½ [2-in-1 Edition] Vol. 5
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Ranma's latest rival is Ukyo Kuonji,​ a chef in the art of cooking okonomiyaki,​ Japanese pizza.​ But the latest fight is more than just a rivalry with a fellow martial artist - Ukyo's issues with Ranma go all the way back to childhood and a certain promise he once made.​ Though just because there's a new rival doesn't mean the others have gone away,​ as Mousse returns to kidnap Akane! Collects volumes 9-10 in an omnibus format.​

All You Need Is Kill Omnibus
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his fifth iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally - the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death? Collects both volumes in omnibus format.

D. Gray-man Omnibus Vol. 13-15
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.99
Allen and the other exorcists must fight for their lives on the ark created by the Millennium Earl. But even as the ark around them is disintegrating, the earl hatches a new plan, and this one requires him to retrieve the Egg from the Black Order. Can the exorcists survive his next attack?!
High School Debut [3-in-1 Edition]
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.99
A bargain omnibus edition of the bestselling romantic comedy—final omnibus volume includes all-new material (previously unpublished Volumes 14 and 15 of the series)! Hapless Haruna needs help finding a boyfriend! After failing to win the eye of any guy in high school, Haruna enlists the help of cute upperclassman Yoh to coach her on how to make herself more appealing to the male spec ies. Yoh agrees, with one catch: Haruna had better not fall for him!

Friendship and love are put to the test when Yoh’s friend Asaoka reveals that he likes Haruna. The two boys strike a deal—whoever loses the school sports meet will give up on her! Later, Haruna grapples with an unattractive girl who’s obsessed with Yoh… But can Haruna win against jealousy and sabotage?
One Piece - Skypiea and Water Seven Box Set (Vol. 24-46)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested Retail Price: $185.99

As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Fruit, an enchanted Devil Fruit that gave him the ability to stretch like rubber. Its only drawback? He'll never be able to swim again - a serious handicap for an aspiring sea dog! Years later, Luffy sets off on his quest to find the "One Piece," said to be the greatest treasure in the world...

This box set inclues volumes 24-46, which comprise the third and fourth story arcs of the series, Skypeia and Water Seven.
Skip Beat! Omnibus 9
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.99
Kyoko finally has Sho's attention, and now she doesn't want it! It's not that she's given up on her revenge, but she's busy focusing on her career and doesn't want Sho poking around and annoying her. And Sho proves her concerns right when his Valentine's Day prank goes horribly wrong and gets Kyoko in trouble with the president of L.M.E.!

Collects volumes 25-27 in an omnibus format.
Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer Vol. 1-2
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested Retail Price: $18.99
Everything about college student Amamiya Yuuhi is average: grades, looks, and his blase outlook on life. So what happens when he awakens one day to a talking lizard, who informs him that there is a gigantic hammer in outer space that is poised to split the Earth into pieces and requests his allegiance in the fight against the forces of evil? Pretend it never happened?

Unfortunately for Yuuhi, a bit of coercion in the form of a super-powered princess prevents him from returning to his mediocre life-as-usual. In the adventure of a lifetime, Yuuhi will join forces with the capricious princess and a motley crew of companions to fight back against an evil mage and his horrifying homunculus before the Biscuit Hammer can destroy the planet!

Collects volumes 1-2 in omnibus format.
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Episode 5 of Nanatsu no Taizai introduced a slight discrepancy in the story. The first time we meet Ban, in Episode 4, he is quick to show off the scar on his neck, an anomaly considering the fact that Ban is an immortal warrior that regenerates.

Episode 5 acts to prop Meliodas up as the only man to have permanently scarred Ban; which means he dealt the man a blow he couldn’t heal from; the episode went so far as to suggest that this effect was due to Meliodas’ Demon abilities.

Which is somewhat odd considering the beating Ban received from the God-like Hendrickson in the recent arc, who was also channeling demonic energy; heck Hendy went so far as to split Ban into two.

One would have expected that to be the end of Ban; except he survived to tell the tale. Plot Hole?

THE CHAPTERS:
With the kingdom saved, the rebuilding begins; the heroes reunite and big decisions are made

MY THOUGHTS:
It was a good idea on the mangaka’s part to release these two chapters in one go; because I don’t know how entertaining this material would have been when read over a period of two weeks.

+What Mattered
-Ban is leaving the Seven Deadly Sins. The sentence was a little overly dramatized at the end of the chapter, mostly because, before that last panel, all Ban said was that he was taking some time off, sort of like how Merlin said she would join Meliodas and take a break from Arthur for a little while.

I don’t know if it was necessary to end the chapter like that. But if Ban is really seeking to leave his old team mates, that decision might become a real cause for worry. After all we know Ban’s conflict with Meliodas isn’t over.

He promised to offer his captain’s life to the Goddess clan for the supposed resurrection of his dead girlfriend; which means this might be his way of declaring war, or something like it. Maybe he cannot stomach turning against his own captain for the sake of reviving his girlfriend, and quitting the sins and facing Meliodas as an outsider relieves him of his guilt.

Or maybe Ban is just taking time off after the recent battle.

-On a more positive note, could Gilthunder be on his way to joining the Seven Deadly Sins? Considering what he said about atoning for his sins, and the Seven Deadly sins having been named for sins they committed in the past and wholly regret, this could be Gil’ chance to make it the Eight Deadly Sins.

It doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but it would be awesome if he joined the group.

-That smile near the end of chapter 101 was a little creepy; we still have no idea what the hell Gowther is and what exactly drives him. It might be too early to call him a hero.

+What didn’t matter
Diana and King; these two didn’t really affect the plot in any major way over the two chapters. And in that regard there panels weren’t really relevant. Yet it was nice watching their relationship develop, especially since Diana has her memories about King back.

I am interested in seeing where they go next.

+Predictions:
-There is more to Hawk than meets the eye, especially the fact that he resurrected in a smaller form; and if that business about him having been Meliodas’ parrot is to be taken seriously, and Hawk has some sort of reincarnation ability, his character probably ties back into Meliodas’ past. Surprisingly enough, Hawk is my favorite character from the Nanatsu no Taizai anime.

-Ban is taking time off; I don’t think he’s actually leaving the sins and I doubt he will attempt to kill Meliodas. Rather he will most likely attempt to find a way to resurrect his girlfriend, now that the Goddess clan have hinted to him that it is indeed possible.

-We are probably going to find out at some point in time who exactly named the sins, and it is probably going to matter.

-Gilthunder is going to join the sins.

RATING: 7/10.
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When Noblesse slows down, it REALY slows down. And I normally do not mind slow paced manga series; except the approach Noblesse is using is a little odd.

They are basically dragging out a lot of irrelevant scenes and plots. This arc is yet to catch its stride.

THE CHAPTER:
Regis begins training. Team wolf make their move.

MY THOUGHTS:

One of the things that make Noblesse so enjoyable is how long the chapters can seem, even though the manga produces, on average, the same number of pages as any other weekly series.

The length didn’t help Noblesse this week; because, as the moments went by, and as I kept scrolling down the page, I kept waiting for something worthwhile to happen, all in vain.

+The Good
Really? Was there anything good in this chapter? No, I don’t think so. 

Well, there is something to be said about Regis finally getting some training, but the intrigue of that plot is largely dependent upon how it actually pays off; in other words we have seen RK4 (or is it 5?) undergo vicious training sessions over a period of time, only to get their asses kicked.

So, really, how relevant this material is will be determined in a few weeks time. We didn’t even see Rai this time, who tends to be the highlight of most chapters.

Oh, and KSA is back, so that is something to celebrate. They were a decent cast of characters, albeit a little useless.

+The Bad
You remember Grui and Gaitan? The new villains? Well, they are kind of lame. No, very lame. Really, what was the point of wasting page upon page of these guys basically boasting about just how bad they were?

I mean, really, it’s like the authors are finding it pretty difficult to convey to their audience just how villainous their new characters are. So, rather that try something new, they are basically choosing to throw all the basic tropes at us, which I wouldn’t mind if the dialogue wasn’t so wooden and repetitive.

Chapter 344 was basically four werewolves saying the same thing to each other over and over again, but with different words; basically no different from last week’s chapter.

RATING: 2/10, I don’t know what is going on with Noblesse this month.
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Welcome to the first week for November's releases! Out of the releases, I'm familiar with only 2: Toriko and Natsuyuki Rendezvous.

  • Toriko - If you love Shonen adventures with an emphasis on food and action, try out Toriko.
  • Natsuyuki Rendezvous - For those who want to see Josei, this is a short series about a older widow and a young man's blossoming love as well as a supernatural element, the widow's ghost who haunts the flower shop.

Unfamiliar series that caught my eye are Death Note and Yamada's First Time. Death Note is on my watch list. Still haven't got around it. Yamada's First Time's synopsis sounds crazy, but I read worse from Astarotte's Toy. Astarotte's Toy turn out fine for me. It's not good for folks who hate loli fan service and a bit of incestuous vibe.

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

  • Cat's Eye, Death Note DVD Set 1, and Yamada's First Time: B Gata H Kei are listed on Right Stuf.
  • ANN and Right Stuff listed Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! - Season 2 [Premium Edition].
  • Right Stuf had Sherlock Hound - Complete & Unabridged (DVD) listed last week.
  • While Right Stuf listed Space Pirate Mito, it was listed on ANN back in Oct. 8, 2014.

DVD and Blu-ray Releases

Death Note DVD Set 1
  • Distributor: Viz
  • Suggested Retail Price: $24.98

Meet Light Yagami, a brilliant but bored high school student whose life is changed when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami, or god of death, named Ryuk. When Light discovers that any human whose name is written in the book dies, he vows to use its power to rid the world of evil. But every action has its consequences, and Light soon finds himself in a life or death battle of wits with the mysterious genius detective called L. Humanity itself becomes the battleground to determine what form of justice will prevail!

Contains episodes 1-20. Special Features: Japanese Creators Interview, Behind the Scenes with the English Voice Cast, Audio Commentary. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Hidamari Sketch x Hoshimittsu Blu-ray Complete Collection (S) (Season 3)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98

Some say that life is like an unfolding tapestry, but living at the Hidamari Apartments is more like being part of a patchwork quilt; one that constantly changes as bits and pieces of the lives and dreams of the young artists who make this extraordinary residence their home are added to the ever-expanding pattern.

When we first met Yuno, she'd just been accepted to the prestigious Yamabuki Art School and it was up to her new neighbors at Hidamari to help her find her way in the big scary world. Now a seasoned vet of the Hidamari Apartments herself, Yuno's newest challenge is to help the latest arrivals, Nazuna and Nori, acclimate to life on their own. Of course, since it is Hidamari, there are still lots of trials and tribulations ahead, and nothing will ever go quite as expected. But with friends like Miyako, Hiro and Sae ready to lend a hand, there will always be a ray of sunshine at the end of every storm.

Contains episodes 1-14. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Highschool of the Dead TV + OVA DVD/Blu-ray Complete Coll. (Hby) Collector's ED
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested Retail Price: $149.98

It began without warning. It continues without mercy. Now a band of high schoolers join forces with guns, swords, baseball bats and anything else they can get their hands on to battle a bloodthirsty, flesh-hungry zombie apocalypse.

This collector's edition contains episodes 1-12 plus the Drifters of the Dead OVA and a special Book featuring Illustrations and short novels, a bandana, a parking sticker, 4 Postcards, and a premium chipboard art box! Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Jewel BEM Hunter Lime DVD (Hyb)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $19.98

The Magic Spheres are incredibly dangerous and powerful magical artifacts, capable of absorbing negative emotions and transforming everyday objects into monstrous BEMS (bug eyed monsters). So when a demon manages to scatter six of them through the gate between the World of Magic and Earth, someone's got to get them back. Unfortunately, that job falls to master of disguise (and fan-servicey costumes) Lime, the sometimes monstrous and generally lecherous monster hunter Bass, and their ooey-gooey shape-shifting slime companion Poogie, none of whom are probably the best choices for a task of such monumental importance and urgency.

On the other hand, the whole situation is sort of their fault to begin with, and while their decision to infiltrate a Japanese high school may seem a bit oddly timed, at least it gets them a new friend in the form of cute but clueless schoolgirl Miyuki! Will this motley band of would be BEM hunters be up to the task of fingering panty stealing pocket purses, pinning down living syringes with nastily pointed agendas and turning up the heat on malevolent candles intent on snuffing out entire cities?

Contains OVA episodes 1-3. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Natsuyuki Rendezvous Blu-ray Complete Collection (S)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98

Hazuki may be near-sighted, but he knows true beauty when he sees it. The delicate form of flower shop owner Rokka draws him in like a bee to honey. Hoping to cultivate a relationship between them, Hazuki takes a part-time job at her shop only to discover two huge thorns preventing the nurturing of any romance. The first, the fact that Rokka is still grieving for her late husband Shimao, would be enough to snip most men's ardor short, but it's the second that really threatens to make Hazuki's forlorn hopes wilt. While Shimao is most definitely deceased, he hasn't yet departed, and his spirit is still living in Rokka's apartment!

Only Hazuki can see him, which leads to a very strange romantic triangle indeed. Are Hazuki's chances with Rokka as dead as the man who still lives in her house? Or can he somehow make love blossom even though there's an interloper pushing up the daisies between them? One way or another, the ground's going to be rocky and someone or something's likely to get nipped in the bud!

Contains episodes 1-11. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles

Nyaruko: Crawling With Love! Season 2 Blu-ray (S) Premium Edition
  • Distributor: NIS America
  • Suggested retail price: $64.99

Mahiro has become accustomed to his protection detail of Nyaruko, Kuko, and Hasuta making his life interesting. Nyaruko starts scheming with Tamao to turn up the charm and sway Mahiro's resolve, while Kuko reconsiders her own stance on love. Things get tricky as the gang deals with a monstrous monkey, an unexpected visitor from Kuko's past, balancing love and duty, and of course, saving the world.

This premium edition includes a Nyarlathotep-tested, alien-approved, full color, 36-page hardcover artbook with episode guides, character info, and illustrations!

Contains episodes 1-12 of season 2. Special Features: Clean Openings, Clean Endings, Japanese Trailer. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Cat's Eye DVD Season 2 (S)
  • Distributor: Nozomi/Lucky Penny
  • Suggested Retail Price: $59.99

Together, Hitomi, Rui, and Ai are Cat's Eye, the greatest art thieves Japan has ever known. But they don't steal for money or fame - they do it in the hopes of finding their father, a great painter who went missing after World War II. While they're off searching for him in Europe, a new female thief claiming to be Cat's Eye starts wreaking havoc in Tokyo! She steals anything she can get her hands on, and her brutal methods are putting the lives of the police at risk... It's time for the real Cat's Eye to head back to Japan and bring her reign of terror to an end!

Contains episodes 37-73. Special Features: Clean Opening and Closing. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Yamada's First Time: B Gata H Kei DVD/Blu-ray Complete (Hyb) S.A.V.E. Edition
  • Distributor: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.98

"Did you hear about Yamada? You know the chick. Pretty face, nice body, wears a plaid skirt every day? Well, I heard from my lab partner that 'little miss virgin' wants to have sex with a hundred different dudes before she graduates. I'm not even kidding. That hot mess totally thinks she can devirginize a hundred guys even though she's never even French kissed! She must be in heat. I even saw her flirting with that dork Kosuda at lunch today. No joke. She was smiling and winking and rubbing her lady-bumps all up against his shoulder. It was pathetic! I mean, don't get me wrong, I'd probably let her sex me up and stuff, but she'd have to practice first. I like my ladies experienced, and she can't even give it away."

Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: Episode Commentary (1, 11), Textless Opening and Closing, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Toriko DVD Collection 2 (Hyb)

Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment Suggested retail price: $34.98 Toriko, Komatsu, and a host of hopeful heroes bundle up and begin the treacherous trek into the chilling confines of Ice Hell! The prize that awaits them, Century Soup, is among the rarest of gourmet treasures - and the most divine delicacy ever to grace a bowl and spoon. Toriko and his super-chef sidekick are determined to slurp up the sweet rewards of their adventure, but something evil stands in their way: Tommyrod, a Gourmet Corps henchman with insects on the inside!

Should they survive this bugged-out battle for the ages, their next target will be the elusive Ozone Grass. Flying Sea Lions and Air Gorillas plague their journey, and in order to savor the sweet taste of success, our heroes will have to take their teamwork to the next level – forever cementing their status as lifelong partners in the pursuit of culinary bliss!

Contains episodes 27-50. Special Features: Feast with the Cast of Toriko: Episode 42 Video Commentary, Episode Commentary (30, 34, 40, 46), Textless Opening and Closings, Trailers. Spoken Langauges: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Adult Releases (NSFW)

  • Right Stuf has Nurse Me and Sibling Secret available this week.

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Nurse Me! (OAV)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass Video
  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.99

When nurse-in-training Yumi reports for duty, she's confronted with an erotic lesson plan that leaves nothing to the imagination! Hands-on learning is harder than she ever dreamed, but the staff is behind her all the way. Depraved doctors, naughty nurses, and perverted patients each lend a helping hand to her erotic education. By the time the nursing staff is finished, Yumi will be pushed to the brink of ecstasy... and sanity!

Special Features: Anime Artform, Art Gallery, Storyboards, Nurse Me! Trailer, Previews. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

3. Sibling Secret (OAV)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass
  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.99

The Hungry Bear is a restaurant where carnal appetites are satisfied to order. The waitress, Mika, has just uncovered the secret life of her late sister, a woman who would perform any sexual act, no matter how bizarre! But the secret's all in the sauce, and Mika vows to service her clientele's insatiable appetite for the exotic. Tonight's special is a tasty treat that's sure to spice things up!

Special Features: Profanity Montage, Anime Artform, Art Gallery, Storyboards, Sibling Secret Trailer, Previews. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

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Welcome to the poll thread where you vote for your most favorite reviewer and wiki editor for this year! I decided to combine the reviewers with the wiki editors because I haven't done enough to spotlight the wiki community. We never had a top wiki editor of the month similar to the RPG's New Vice Awards or the battle community which has two projects, Best Battle User of the Month (was called Battlation until Daniel PM me to change it) and The Hall of Fame, because they love each other so much. We used to have a community wide best Anime Vice user called Vicer Of The Month which was led by Fire_Star. Later on, it was inactive, and the communities decided to do their own thing.

Deadline is Dec 31, 2014 at 12 PM Pacific Time. I'm giving a huge amount of waiting time for folks to think or want to dive into reviewing and wiki editing during the last two months for this year. I'll arrange interviews, and I hope to post it on the front page because the reviewing and wiki editing community deserve front page spotlight. Everyone had worked so hard this year, and it's fun to vote and compete for the title.

***Rules***

  • Votes are made in this thread. You can vote only once for a reviewer and wiki editor. It can be the same person for both categories.
  • If you have to change your vote, please don't do it at the last minute or hours. It's hard for me to accept since I'm fairly busy and cut things way late. You have to do it in person. The reason I don't do PMs is because I have to keep things public which makes the contest more confidential and credible.

Reviewing

We have 117 reviews as of Nov. 1 and 20 reviewers this year.

Rules

  • Anyone who made at least 1 review. It can be an episode, tankobon, manga, anime, or the whole franchise. Review should be done as a review using Anime Vice's features and not a blog, thread, or video.

Reason behind the low number is because our community is small. Wanted to make it lax.

I have to double check my current list. I will post a Gdoc with folks' reviews on it. I'm not forcing people to read all the reviews. I'm giving you the whole list of reviews that a person had written, so you can check shows you are interested that the person had reviewed. Also, it will give you a general impression on shows an individual reviews and their style. This way, I can promote their reviews because our reviewers write these reviews out of love and to recommend a show or not to a particular audience. Increase feedback and comments is a step forward for our community. Thanks to WayBig1010101 for doing the Anime Survey and Reviews (Summer 2014) which promoted reviews.

Current Reviewers

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CosmicKnight75

Delphic

Dream

Katmic

Kino88

LHWKnight

Low

MrWhiteX

Othus12

OwnagePants

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I'll finish linking folks' name for you guys.

Wiki Editors

It's actually hard to gauge how many folks we have. I do work on documenting the wiki community's achievements: Wiki Editors Project Archive 2013 and Anime Vice's Fall 2014 Wiki Projects (Solo and Teams).

That's one of the problems I faced when I had plans of making poll thread. Folks from the battle forums often ask me, "Taka why don't you make a Top Wiki Editor of the Month like the battle user spotlight?" This is one of the issues. You can't tell because we aren't a forum community or have features that have dates on our wiki submissions. After the events of 2012 with Whiskey Media saleout, most of wiki editors are gone. Most of them were vocal in the forums and front page as well as being attached to the engineers, Ethan and Daniel, who were devoted to the wiki community due to most of the features are wired in the wiki. Currently, the wiki community have fewer vocal folks in the forums than back then. I can't do a monthly thing because we don't have a lot of people active in both wiki and forums. In terms of population and activity, the battle community is the largest because it's a commuter community that transcends beyond Anime Vice borders due to users coming from all over different anime communities that have battle forums.

Rules

  • You can vote for anyone who has made it above 5,000 wiki points. That's the level where wiki editors are free of moderation. We consider those who passed 5,000 full fledged wiki editors who know the rope around the wiki policies and community.
  • You cannot vote for a wiki mod.

Let me know if you have questions, suggestions, or something to point out. I could made a mistake.

Thank you everyone, please vote. Anyone can vote.

Past Articles

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Green Green was a 12-episode ecchi/ comedy TV anime that aired from July 12 to September 29 of 2003, being animated by Studio Matrix. The series was based on an eroge dating sim game created by Groover in 2001 and also had a light novel series created for it that was printed in Japan from November 2002 to January 2004. There was a “thirteenth episode” of the series animated in OVA format in 2004 that bumps the content of the series up to hentai levels due to scenes of intercourse being present in the episode. The TV episodes of the anime were licensed by Media Blasters for American video release in 2006 and are now out of print.

The Story

Now, how many times have you seen this predicament happen in rom-coms and ecchi titles?
Now, how many times have you seen this predicament happen in rom-coms and ecchi titles?

The all-male boarding school of Kanenone Gakuen is in the process of merging with an all-girl's school to become co-ed and the female student body of said school are staying at Kanenone for a month to test out the merging. Unfortunately, much of the hormone-driven male student body becomes thrilled with this prospect and has led students such as those among the perverted trio known as the Baka Trio to lust for the female students. Besides dealing with the perverted antics of the Baka Trio, male lead Yusuke Takazaki comes upon a girl named Midori Chitose who excitedly proclaims that they were childhood friends promising to fall in love when they were younger.

Notable Characters (from left to right)

  • Yusuke Takasaki- The male lead and most normal of the male student body at Kanenone, Yusuke often finds himself dragged into the perverted antics of the Baka Trio and is befuddled with the attention that Midori gives him.
  • Baka Trio- Consisting of Tadatomo Ijuuin, Hikaru Ichiban-Boshi and Taizo Tenjin, this trio of perverted students contribute much of the show's comedic reliefs with their lusting of the female students and attempts to peep on them. They often drag Yusuke into getting involved with their schemes.
  • Midori Chitose- A cheerful and energetic girl who appears to know Yusuke and has a seemingly one-sided crush on him, as she claims to know him from childhood.
  • Futaba Kutsuki- The boy-hating tsundere among the female student body who is the self-appointed protector of the female student body. She is known to physically lash out at the Baka Trio for their perverted antics and seemingly develops feelings for Yusuke throughout the course of the series.

Why It Sucks

Green Green is about as bottom of the barrel as you can get for an ecchi title with its entire premise being a very flimsy excuse to show off male perversion and a good helping of fan service involving its female cast. This isn't too surprising considering the title's eroge game origins.

Lady, you should have castrated that moron.
Lady, you should have castrated that moron.

The show has little in the way of plot as many episodes in the series are devoted to typical predicaments in romantic comedies and ecchi titles to get as much perverted content out of the series as possible. This is most notable with the Baka Trio as every episode in the series feature them lusting for the female cast, making attempts to molest or peep on them and often dragging Yusuke into their antics. Its ecchi content tends to vary at points with female cast members often flashing panty shots, being in undressed states or showing off frontal nudity for bath scenes. The content usually gets disturbing at points thanks to the lewd fantasies and antics of the Baka Trio.

Beyond the perverted content, there isn't really much in the way of substance for the series. Many characters in the series are flat, one-dimensional archetypes with little depth and not too memorable. Also, the series makes a half-assed attempt at a plot involving two major characters being reincarnations of forbidden lovers yet this gets little focus and buildup until the final two episodes of the series as Green Green was more fixated on showing off its ecchi content for many episodes. Even when it does finally get focused on, the plot isn't too effective at creating anything compelling thanks to its poor buildup and the characters being too archetypal to really care about, much less caring about any possible relationship developments that take place.

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Welcome to October 2014 Monthly community thread! I'm Taka, your wiki mod who writes these blog to highlight successes and projects. It was a busy week due to midterms which is done. I'm still busy with papers and other things. This blog will be completed in a few days, a section at a time. I apologize for having this incomplete at that time.

This blog is completed!

Wiki

Policies

  • No new wiki policies were added.

Helpful Guides

Over 1,000 Points!

We have four wiki editors reaching over 1,000 points this month. Please give them a round of applause.

New Wiki Projects

  • Terra Formars - A team wiki project between adictoalatrama and Takashichea was formed on Oct. 27.
  • Korra - the project was renewed for Book 4. Acura, Yusuke52, and Takashichea are the active editors as of now.

Battle

Policies

Characters added were Bruce and God (Bruce Almighty), Superman-Prime One Million, The Mask

Ongoing Community Projects

RPG

Policies

  • No new RPG policies were added.

Helpful Guides

New RPG Projects

  • Happy Hour - A story that takes place at Bill's Blues Bar. Current players are Justalittlegirl and WayBig1010101, and their characters are Chase and Huntsman.
  • The Cave (RP) - A story about Gen who is dire need of help, being stranded at Sakurajima. Current players are Kuma (Gen), Justalittlegirl (Dan), WayBig1010101 (Jose), Lobos_Del_Rayo (Crow), Vapovile (Sid). Also see The Cave OOC.

Finished RPG Projects

Review

Community Reviews

Othus Vice Videos

Katmic's Blogs

Anime and Manga Discussions

Hottest Threads

Since I'm late, I have to estimate. The threads that have the most comments would be Akame ga Kill and Fate Stay Night 2014. The discussion thread that has the most users commenting is a tie between those two.

Overall Forums

Major Events

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Howdy everyone! Well, it's a bit late to share experiences in the summer with October ending. It's better late than never. Things are busy when you have summer school and only 1 month and a half for break before fall semester. After working, I usually take breaks at night, doing a marathon on cartoons or playing games while checking for spam bots.

In this blog, I won't spoil anything. Everything will be brief. Just promoting various games and cartoons for the Movies & TV Club and Video Game Club. After getting midterms done this week, it's nice to blog and take off stress.

All of the games are on the PlayStation 3. I didn't have much Wii-U games that needed to completed.

Final Fantasy XIII-2

First off is Final Fantasy XIII-2. Lightning's game was actually my first Final Fantasy game in the franchise. I have no idea what compelled me to play this game first than the others. I did play the game earlier in the year, and I was lost for a moment when I got back into for the summer break.

Short Summary: After the first game, the sequel had retcon (might not be the right word) the first game's ending. Lightning disappeared and was fighting to save Etros. The game has you playing Lightning's sister, Serah, and a time traveler, Noel. The duo journey through time and alternative worlds to find Lightning.

The game is a different beast from its prequel. The first game focuses so much on customizing and leveling weapons while the 2nd game is more like Pokemon, raising your characters and your monster. It had tough puzzles. I still remember the clock puzzles took me the longest to do. While the leveling in the 2nd game is more easier than the first game, grinding for cash to buy items to level up your monsters was a bit challenging.

All in all, I love the 2nd game as much as the first one. I grew attached to the characters despite the plot not making a lick of sense to me. After beating the game, I was heartbroken by the ending. I thought if I collected all the fragments, I get a happier ending. It didn't happen.

Recommendation: You definitely have to play the first game. As a new Final Fantasy fan, I heard the game is a hit or miss with folks who played the earlier games. It depends on what you like in the RPG. For me, the combat system was a new experience for me. I'm so used to turn based combat in RPG games. This one uses a ATB gauge to determine how frequent you attack. FFXIII's story isn't as romantic and deep compared to the older RPGs as I heard from fans who loved FFVII, VIII, and X.

Walking Dead

I had bought this game for a long time since winter 2013. In fall of 2013, I dive into the Walking Dead TV series for the first time. I was never a horror fan, but something in Walking Dead hooked me. It was the drama and the characters. I opened this game in summer 2014 after mustering up the courage.

Short Summary: As a sheriff is escorting Lee to the prison, the police car crashes into one of the Walkers, their name for zombies in this franchise. Hell breaks loose as the zombie apocalypse takes the world quickly without any warning. Lee finds himself caring for Clementine, a young girl who was alone in a house and waiting for her parents. Deciding to protect her, Lee helps Clementine to find her parents. This is the tale of Lee's survival in this world.

This is one of most unique games I played in my life. I haven't played a lot of games, but this is an experience I never forget. The game is very interactive and caters to the choices you make. You have to examine your environment and your choices carefully. There wasn't much puzzle solving, but I did had times where I was stuck and couldn't progress through the game. I thought I made a lot of mistakes since I died a lot and killed my folks. After beating the game, I look up if there were alternative endings. I found out the endings don't really change much. It's a tragic, emotional driven game compared to most games I played. This game, Valkyria Chronicles, and Kingdom Hearts made me tear up a bit.

Recommendation: Even if you haven't read Walking Dead comics or watch the TV series, I think you can get into this game without prior experiences. It's a stand alone title without any much ties to the other media. If you love story and characters in horror games, you should try it. Walking Dead is not like Resident Evil which relies on combat or Silent Hill which relies on the location and making your character less powerful. Walking Dead's strength comes from the interactive choices, characters, and story. It turns out it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. Silent Hill was much scarier than Walking Dead.

Kingdom Hearts 1.5

I got into the game back 2012 when I bought the PS2 for the first time. I didn't know what games to get for the PS2. My little sister thought Kingdom Hearts would be a good start. I think Kingdom Hearts got me into the RPG genre. Kingdom Hearts got me into Final Fantasy. It's strange because it got my little sister into FFVII while I somehow ended up trying Lightning's game. Fearing the used PS2 wasn't going to live much longer, I thought I buy this game to cherish the memories. That was before I heard Kingdom Hearts 2.5 was going to be released this winter 2014.

Short Summary: Kingdom Hearts is about Sora, Kairi, and Riku who live on Destiny Island. Feeling adventurous, the trio want to build a raft to explore the world beyond their tiny island. Suddenly, the gate is opened up which scatters everyone across different worlds. Sora winds up in Traverse Town where he joins Donald and Goofy to find his friends, Riku and Kairi.

The game play is action based, and it has sort of platforming element which I love. I'm used to Nintendo games such as Mario and Legend of Zelda. It combined exploration, platforming, and RPG with Disney and Final Fantasy cameos into one great package. The only main gripe I had was the targeting and maybe the camera angle. Every time I target, it ends up on a opponent I'm not facing. The characters and story are engaging. While the environment is a bit empty and not as engaging as the characters and story, there are lot of things to do such as collecting items and doing side quests.

Recommendation: With the Disney and Final Fantasy allure, you can get into the franchise that way. I also recommend the game if you loved action based RPG genre.

Squid Girl

While I was playing Walking Dead, I needed something happy to watch. Squid Girl filled that role.

Short Summary: Squid Girl had plans of invading the surface world. When she attacks someone's eatery, she ends up working for the beach house, paying for damages.

Recommendation: It's a comedic, slice of life series that is purely character driven. As with most comedic series, the only way to find out if you like it, you got to try the first episode.

Young Justice

I was not a comic book reader because I was mostly introduced to cartoon adaptations of comic books such as Batman the animated series and Spider-Man (1990's series). Being a Teen Titan fan, I was intrigued by another show focusing on young superhero/heroine teenagers. This was a stark contrast to Teen Titans cartoon series. Young Justice was a lot darker and had a bigger universe which deals with more DC characters and incorporates the Justice League. It was a huge, new experience for me.

At that time, I had new Korra to watch. Young Justice was one of the best shows on Cartoon Network. It was a shame that it was canceled. It had so much potential from its brilliant story telling and its diverse array of characters.

Young Justice revolves around Robin, Kid Flash, Speedy, and Aqua Lad who become heroes of their own after being wards/sidekicks. Out of the four, Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqua Lad form a team with others to take on missions from Batman and the Justice League. What I love about Young Justice was the covert operations they had. It was unlike the stuff I seen in my previous superhero cartoons.

I would recommend this series to folks who love superheroes shows that is a bit serious while having an engaging story and a great roster of characters.

Star Wars the Clone Wars

Last one for the summer was Star Wars. I had renewed Netflix because it had the last season, the lost episodes. Also, I wanted to watch any episodes I missed out back in high school. It was trip down memory lane. I haven't seen a lot of Star Wars film, but the TV series was how I got into the franchise.

I never did watch the animated film which serves as the precursor to the animated series. It didn't matter since I got adjusted to the series. Like Young Justice, the strength of this show comes from its story and characters. Though, the series revisits planets and areas a couple of times. The series' universe is huge as well as its character roster. You have quite a large selection of stories to watch. I believe you don't have to watch every episode. Each episode is a different story that is still connected to the main, overarching plot. Shame, that the series ended before it could reach a conclusion. I wanted to see how the series handle the end of the war.

Main Highlights

  • Seeing Asoka grow as a Jedi
  • Seeing how Anakin and his relationship with Padme endure so much conflicts
  • Finally, seeing the side to the clones and many folks affected by the war. Captain Rex and his clone troopers were memorable to me especially the last season which hints heavily to the future events. It's a bit tragic to see how it would turn out in the final period of the war.

If you are a new Star Wars fan, you get into this series without much problem. I got into it pretty well. There are references I missed because I didn't have background in the live action films. Those are bonus for the older fans.

Thank you everyone for reading.

Please share some recommendations here or at the Video Game and TV Club discussions. We definitely need to reach to each other and get folks to try new things that can be enjoyable and memorable.

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This chapter reminded me of the good old days of Bleach, before Aizen got tiresome, back when he was still the enigmatic villain the exact nature of whose goals and interests were shrouded in mystery.

All you needed to know about Aizen back then was that he wasn’t completely evil, merely focused upon achieving his goal. A better example might be Fate/Zero, where the exact nature of every conflict chose to ignore the good vs. evil cliché, instead presenting an amoral cast driven by there own personal interests.

My point, Magi is doing everything right in presenting the perfect villain for the series’ heroes.

THE CHAPTERS:
Judar and Hakuryuu embark upon the journey to kill Gyokuen.

MY THOUGHTS:

So we are most definitely in the past; this has to be a flashback of sorts, showing us the events that took place while Aladdin and group partook in their summit; I guess it makes sense, showing us exactly what happened and how Hakuryuu gained the power the defeat his mother rather than allowing speculation to thrive.

+The Good
I wrote a Blog Post a short while ago, giving my take on what it took to create a great villain; and I explained my disinterest in the complex villains of today, the excess of whiny child like antagonists with what had become cliché sad back stories, most of which where intended to attract sympathy to characters that were completely undeserving of pity.

Basically I lamented about the lack of true villains in the anime and manga, those bad guys that were truly bad, and who could truly pose a threat without the risk of them breaking down at the end of the arc; except that Magi, in these two chapters, showed that it is actually possible to create dark villains that are as sympathetic as they are threatening and engaging. 

Hakuryuu and Judar combine two facets of the common villain, coming off as both tragic and sympathetic even while operating in a dark persona driven only by evil.

Having fallen into depravity, Hakuryuu falls into the category of villains that are more or less evil for the sake of being evil.

Because, with a mind driven by dark rukh, Hakuryuu is now acting on instinct, and will commit evil with no remorse or thought, no different from the typical mindlessly evil villain.

Except this is a path that Hakuryuu chose to follow, having counted the cost, realized what he would lose by falling into depravity and choosing to take the plunge.

And that is what makes Hakuryuu and Judar better  than almost any other pair of villains in shonen; they are aware. They are not driven by an uncontrollable lust for blood or vengeance. There are no dark forces deceiving them into following their dark path, or at least there weren’t.

There is a cleverness in the manga’s choice of Djinn in this situation, with Belial allowing both young men an opportunity to fully scrutinize their souls, during which they saw the dark path before them, understood what it offered, admitted that the path of light indeed offered true hope and peace, and still chose to sink into the shadows of their dreams.

They will destroy the world not because they are misguided or unknowing; rather they understand the big picture, better than even Aladdin, and yet they choose to continue in their depravity. These are the sorts of villains I like, the type that are not likely to get talked off the ledge by the heroes when the final battle comes.

+The Bad.
This isn’t bad per say, merely a less flattering consideration, at least with regards to Alibaba; as the primary protagonist of the series, Alibaba is quickly becoming irrelevant and obsolete, far too quick and willing to follow anyone that will promise to save his friends and his home rather than taking any actual definitive action.

And considering the fact that Hakuryuu ranked far below Alibaba as far as interesting characters go in the past, he has come a long way in the time it has taken Alibaba to shift alliances haphazardly.

But maybe that is simply great story telling on the mangaka’s part, showing Alibaba’s failures before finally allowing him to rise.

+RATING: 8/10, both of these chapters were great and provided some insight into the minds of Hakuryuu and Judar, especially the hate they carry and unwillingness to forgive Al-tharmen for the role the group played in creating their miserable lives.

It makes you wonder whether Judar spent so much time pursuing Sinbad because he was simply lonely and wished to share his depravity with someone; because now that he has his king vessel, he no longer shows any interest in Sinbad.

I can’t figure out how Aladdin and his group are going to figure into the coming conflict; as a dark king vessel, Hakuryuu’s only interest is still destroying Al-Tharmen and all they stand for. Which means that the big villains of the story are about to fight. Not a very bad thing for the rest of the world.
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Episode 4 of Nanatsu No Taizai was all about Ban; the Diana stuff was cool, specifically getting to learn about her relationship with Meliodas, but the antagonists were lame. And then Ban appeared and stole the show at the end, just as the episode came to a close.

THE CHAPTER:
With Hendricksen defeated, the kingdom begins to rebuild.

MY THOUGHTS:

Chapter 100; it’s been quite the journey, or at least it feels like it, when you consider how far the story has come, from Meliodas’ arrival in the first chapter to the subsequent appearance of the rest of the sins and the adventures that followed.

This is quite a milestone in any manga, the one hundredth chapter of the series. And as far as finales go, it wasn’t entirely unimpressive, if only in doing what most series do when they bring their heroes together to look back at their triumphs and losses.

-Hawk
I want to say that I don’t know how to feel about Hawk’s revival; but, truth be told, I don’t think it even matters that much. The impact of Hawk’s death emerged from the fact that Hawk was so unimportant a character that his elevation to sacrificial hero was surprising.

And to that extent, his return from the grave did little more than return him to the same old unimportant role.

That being said, his revival makes no sense whatsoever; the last few panels seem to suggest that Elizabeth is responsible for bringing the tiny pig back to life, the same Elizabeth who declared, mere chapters back, that she didn’t have the power to return what was already dead, merely heal existing life. 

So what happened here? This might be foreshadowing on the manga’s part, possibly regarding Hawk’s role as one of the sins; chances are there is a crucial reason behind his revival, either that or Elizabeth is going to have to pay a price for his revival.

-The Holy knights
It is difficult to believe that the knights would receive redemption so immediately; powerful as Hendricksen was, it is unlikely that he alone drove the Holy war agenda. After a decade of planning, there has to be remnants of his seeds among the holy knights, those that either whole heartedly supported his goals or spent so much time steeped in his madness that they can see no way back.

I doubt this conflict within the kingdom is over, especially taking into account the role the demon clan must have played in Hendricksen’s turn to the dark.

-Elizabeth
I don’t know what to make of Elizabeth; at this point she could play one of many roles in the series. Right now, i am leaning towards Elizabeth becoming some unstoppable evil in the coming chapters.

Which is believable if you take into account her role as the so called Apostle of the Goddess Clan, the same clan whose voices ordered Ban to kill Meliodas; these two primary protagonists are heading towards an interesting collision course.

And Merlin’s back, which makes you wonder if she has left Arthur’s side permanently.

Every few chapters we learn a little bit more about Gowther, just enough to wet our appetites and make us want to know more. This chapter seemed to hint at some kind of close relationship between him and Merlin.

+Thinking on it, no, I don’t think bringing Hawk back was a good idea. It ruined the mood of the chapter, especially following Ban’s speech about how every one he knows eventually leaves him. Then again I have been hearing rumors about Hawk’s ability to reincarnate, something about a side chapter.

I am grateful that the mangaka didn’t resort to nakama power to bring this arc to an end; considering how powerful Hendrickson was, I was momentarily afraid that we might have to go down that route.

RATING: 7/10, basically what you would expect from the end of an arc. Something tells me that this will be the last time we see Elizabeth, at least in any major capacity; those last words spoke of the end of a story.

And that is what happened in this chapter; the story that began in the first chapter, when Elizabeth ventured out to find the sins has come to an end; which means she will soon be parting ways with the group in order to focus on her duties as princess.

Which isn’t a bad thing as it will allow the series to explore new territory.
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The week of Halloween has a ton of manga issues. The familiar ones I love are Black Butler, Attack on Titan No Regrets, Fairy Tail, Bloody Brat, and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.

  • Black Butler - Looks like a manga series aimed towards women, but it can be enjoyed by men as well. It's a dark, violent series after the first 3 volumes. If you like crime and morality issues, you should check out this manga series.
  • Attack on Titan No Regrets - I haven't read this one, and I did bought the first volume in the summer. If you like Attack on Titan and have Levi as your favorite character, this is a must read.
  • Bloody Brat - Same things I said for Attack on Titan No Regrets but for Blood Lad fans.
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days - Any Kingdom Hearts fan should read the manga series of any of them. They are written differently, but it's enjoyable and faithful to the video games.

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

Notes

  • Bride of the Water God is listed on Oct. 15 for Right Stuf while ANN and Amazon listed it for this week.
  • Alice in the Country of Jokers Vol. 6 was listed on Oct. 7 for Amazon while Right Stuf had this week.

The following is not listed on ANN:

  • Barakamon Vol 1, Watamote Vol 5, Garden of Words, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Vol. 4, and Alice in the Country of Jokers Vol. 6 are on Amazon and Right Stuf for this week.
  • Another novel was on Amazon's Kindle edition since March 19, 2013.

Manga Releases

A Bride's Story Volume 6
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $17

Acclaimed creator Kaoru Mori's tale of life on the nineteenth-century Silk Road heads back to Amir and Karluk. In the year since his marriage, Karluk has grown a good deal, but Amir can't help but feel overprotective of her much younger husband. Karluk wants nothing more than to prove that he can be a strong and competent man--and he may soon have the opportunity to prove just that. Desperate for land to feed their flocks, Amir's former tribe prepares to attack her village with a fearsome arsenal of cannons and guns provided by their new allies. This time the Halgals are not interested in capturing Amir--no one is safe from their terrible assault!

Crafted in painstaking detail, Ms. Mori's pen breathes life into the scenery and architecture of the period in this heart-warming, slice-of-life tale that is at once wholly exotic, yet familiar and accessible through the everyday lives of the characters she has created.

Attack on Titan No Regrets Volume 2
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

Erwin's political enemies have hired Levi and his crew to take back some incriminating documents. Their reward: the right to live a proud life above ground, in the royal capital. But deep in Titan territory, it's going to be tough to break formation and steal from a squad leader, and Levi still insists on killing the man who humiliated him after the mission is complete. Of course, beyond the walls anything can happen, and a sudden change in Levi's fortunes will force him to face the greatest regret in his life... Prequel to Attack on Titan.

Black Butler Volume 18
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

Their elaborate schoolroom deception at an end, Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his peerless manservant, Sebastian, finally hit upon the truth behind the incident of the vanished students at Weston College. Just what tragic steps did the elites of the school, spurred on by their overwhelming sense of justice, take to stamp out the bullying running rife in the halls of their institution?!

What began as a seemingly simple case of missing persons goes round and round, spinning out of control into a great menace, one capable of perplexing even a devil...

Bloody Brat Volume 2
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

The cast of Blood Lad returns in the second collection of short stories and four-panel comics from Kanata Yoshino! Tour Demon World's unique array of cuisine, fashion, and magical mayhem with Staz and the crew!

Another (Novel)
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested Retail Price: $24.99

In the spring of 1998, Kouichi Sakakibara transfers to Yomiyama North Middle School. In class, he develops a sense of unease as he notices that the people around him act like they're walking on eggshells, and students and teachers alike seem frightened. As a chain of horrific deaths begin to unfold around him, he comes to discover that he has been placed in the cursed Class 3 in which the student body head count is always one more than expected.

Class 3 is haunted by a vengeful spirit responsible for gruesome deaths in an effort to satisfy its spite. To stop the vicious cycle gripping his new school, Kouichi decides to get to the bottom of the curse, but is he prepared for the horror that lies ahead...?

Watamote Volume 5
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested Retail Price: $12.99

After an unforgiving and grueling introduction to high school, Tomoko's now finally a second-year. One with a tough, sports-crazed homeroom teacher, a somewhat friendly classmate, and a kid brother now stalking the halls of the same school with an even colder attitude toward his big sister...

With all these things shaking up her high school life, will Tomoko be able to stick it out through her second year...?!

Garden of Words
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested Retail Price: $12.95

Words are powerful. Insults and rumors can derail a career; a bit of encouragement can give someone the strength to pursue their dreams. When a high school boy skipping class to sketch shoe designs and a taciturn woman drinking a morning beer meet in a Tokyo park, they say little, but the woman bids farewell with an ancient tanka poem. Will the boy figure out the poem's meaning - and its corresponding response - before it's too late?

Barakamon Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.99

For a certain reason, a handsome young calligrapher by the name of Seishuu Handa uproots himself and moves to an island on the westernmost edge of Japan. "Sensei," as he comes to be known, is a city boy through and through, and has never experienced rural life until now. And by the looks of it, he has much to learn! From navigating public roads by tractor to resigning himself to having his new digs commandeered by the local children as their new hangout, the list of Sensei's hardships is shaping up to be long indeed!

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Volume 4
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested Retail Price: $11.99

Left alone to ponder the purpose of her existence and desperate for answers, Xion journeys alone to find out who - or what - she really is. But little do she, Roxas, and Axel know that her quest will lead to the close of one tale and the continuation of another...

Fairy Tail Volume 43
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

The demons of Tartaros are murdering Council members to try to get to a secret weapon with the power to wipe out all who would oppose them in one fell swoop. But what is this weapon? How could killing ex-Council members help them get it? And how do they even know about it in the first place? Natsu and his friends need to solve these mysteries if they hope to stand up to the demons!

Inu x Boku SS Volume 5
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $11.99

In search of independence and solitude, the sharp-tongued Ririchiyo Shirakiin moves to the Maison de Ayakashi, an apartment building with its own Secret Service. Ririchiyo is eager to be alone, but upon her arrival, she is greeted by Soushi, an SS agent who seems...familiar somehow. Familiar and yet...not quite the same. Troubled by recurring dreams of a different Soushi-a man who loved her...and suffered for her-Ririchiyo chooses to accept her new circumstances and embrace the...

Judge Volume 5
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Who could possibly be responsible for this game? That question swirls among the participants, who grow weary as they are forced to make one horrific choice after another. The game is to conclude when the requisite four survivors have been determined. For these four fortunates, court will be adjourned... But what awaits them on the other side of the courthouse doors?

Oninagi Volume 4
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $16.99

Her average life seemingly forever abandoned, Nanami is thrust into the thick of the intensifying hostilities between the Ministry of Sacred Treasures and the demon organization Arcana, who desire Nanami's inherited demonic powers for themselves!

As the situation escalates into all-out war, who will remain standing once the dust has settled?! And will Nanami be able to master the immense power that dwells within her in time to join the fight?!

14. Volume 3

Distributor: Yen Press Suggested retail price: $12.99 When she fails to save Sayaka, Mami is overcome by despair and loneliness. With the fate of every Magical Girl made clear before her, Mami chooses to embrace death rather than fight on. As Mami sets out to deliver herself into the hands of the witch, Kyouko rushes to confront her former mentor. Mami's soul gem steadily darkens-soon her doom will be certain. Can Kyouko give Mami a reason to fight on before her gem turns jet-black?

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story Volume 8
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

Is it too much to ask for a little peace and quiet around here? I mean, it's cool that my old pal Sasaki showed up out of the blue, but now Mori-san's blackmailing Tachibana, Fujiwara's being a general pain in the butt, and Kuyou's clinging to Kimidori-san-who's a cat for some reason. Amid the chaos, the SOS Brigade's final line of defense and the individual most responsible for my own sense of well being, Nagato, is downright...cheerful? More characters, more gags, and more narration from Kyon in this volume!

The Celebration of Haruhi Suzumiya Anthology
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested Retail Price: $25.99

There's even more to be told of the antics of the SOS Brigade - under Haruhi's leadership the possibilities for fun and mayhem are endless! Join your favorite characters in this huge collection of brand-new adventures and illustrations from a wide range of artists and storytellers, jam-packed with more time travelers, aliens, espers, and Haruhi than Kyon can handle!

Ubel Blatt Volume 0
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $20

When the black blade roars, all who stand in its path shall be torn asunder...!

What is it that Koinzell, the mysterious young boy who wields the sword with such exceptional skill, desires?

The fight against the "Lances of Betrayal," who were thought to have been defeated by the Seven Heroes, begins-

And at battle's end, only the shocking truth will remain amid the pools of blood...

Umineko When They Cry Episode 4: Alliance of the Golden Witch Part 2
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $22

The appearance of Gretel has strengthened Battler's resolve to face off against Beatrice once again. Both players have become more skillful tacticians over the course of time, and Battler's new "blue truth" ability, along with Gretel's support, will be a boon to his strategy. As the curtain rises on the fourth game, the Ushiromiya family has gathered on Rokkenjima for their annual meeting. Gretel observes the family she hardly knew with complicated emotions...She must come to terms with the past if she wants to help Battler overcome the Golden Witch!

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