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And here I was, thinking that Nanatsu no Taizai was proving too slow for me to read on a weekly basis. The only word I can use to describe these two chapters is ballistic. That is how good they were, discarding the niceties of the last few weeks and getting to the nitty gritty of the story.

THE CHAPTERS:

Ban’s arrival on the battle field seems to spell doom for Meliodas and his attempts to rescue Elizabeth. Hendricksen’s plans are waylaid by a worthy foe.

MY THOUGHTS:

Simple fact: I found these chapters exhilarating and it was quite a surprise, mostly because of how fast events progressed. The interactions between Ban and Meliodas were the most interesting, as subordinate attempted to kill master with the aim of reviving his great love.

And Meliodas was surprisingly cool with the entire setting, going so far as to offer Ban the opportunity to revive Elaine using his life once the entire fiasco with Hendricksen ended.

The chapters managed to keep the clash between the two sins entirely unpredictable, so much so that I was curious as to whether Ban would take Meliodas’ offer to take his life.

And when he did in the next chapter, I couldn’t help by smirk at the sudden dark turn of events. So much character development took place in these two chapters, the revelation regarding Meliodas demon side (though I highly doubt that it is that simple), Ban’s perspective on Meliodas and the hierarchy between them within the context of the seven deadly sins.

Hendricksen’s business almost took a back seat, if not for the events of that last panel, with father and son contending with Hendricksen’s demon might.

I love the turn the manga has taken in just two chapters, spiking the tension and making for an interesting story to come in the future.

It is worth mentioning that the art got a little untidy in several places, not quite confusing but not exactly pleasing to look at. The quality of the story does allow me to overlook the art, but only barely. Deadly sins is starting to remind me of Magi in that sense.

RATING: 8/10, that’s two points taken away for the lacking art. Elizabeth is still useless. I loved that one panel that has Ban asking what it is with princesses and getting kidnapped.

I cannot wait for the anime.

HIGHLIGHS: BAN AND MELIODAS. GRIAMORE.

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No fair, the heroes always get the best transformations. First Ichigo and his Bankai, then Naruto and his Biju cloak, now Teresa and that awesome abyssal form.

I have to take a minute and think…

Battle chapters do not get better than this. Chapter 153 felt like it was moving right in front of my eyes, the visuals drawn to accurately represented the dynamic battle that was ensuing on the pages.

I have to say it. THIS WAS AAAAASOMEEEEEEE!

THE PLOT:

Teresa. Priscilla. Fight.

MY THOUGHTS:

I don’t always hate battle oriented chapters. But unless I am reading more than one chapter at a go, they can get tiresome (precluding battle oriented series like Breaker), mostly because very little actually happens in terms of story progression.

Unless you are talking about Claymore. All I can say is WOW. I enjoyed this chapter so much more than any other battle oriented chapter in 2014. This is what I have been waiting for, the final clash between titans.

And it doesn’t get any better than this. I was actually slightly underwhelmed by Teresa’s initial clash with Priscilla, which felt a lot like every other claymore/awakened being battle we had seen so far.

Chapter 153 elevated the stakes however, availing to us the Priscilla/Teresa battle we have all been waiting to see for more than a hundred chapters.

Priscilla was even more of a monster this time round, spewing appendages and limbs from all over her body, further morphing her physical form until very little of her former self was left.

Teresa proved why she was number 1, reacting to every one of Priscilla’s attacks with seamless precision, her every sword stroke purposed to bring about immediate and rather accurate destruction.

This is how you initiate a fight between godlike claymore. This has to be the best fight in the series so far. Every time you thought it was done, someone pulled a new trick out of their bag.

These 25 pages of claymore felt more like 50. Norihiro Yagi, this is how you do a dream fight.

And that final panel…am I really expected to wait a WHOLE FOUR WEEKS for the next chapter?

Oh, Claymore, why do this to me? I want more, RIGHT NOW.

REVIEW: 10/10, +10 bonus points. I love chapters that leave me exhilarated and that is what Claymore did for me this week, and I am not a very excitable individual.

HIGHLIGHTS: EVERYTHING.

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Howard Shore’s The Return of the King is one of my favorite pieces of music to listen to. While not the masterpiece most other people would call better known orchestral tracks from more famous composers, this particular piece seems to encompass everything that is The Lord of the Rings: the mystique and ethereal essence of the epic world of middle earth.

Rather than the flow of the violins and cellos, it is the flute that really gets me, that one instrument that creeps in suddenly and takes what was already a magnificent piece of orchestral music to new heights, this probably being the reason why the Concerning Hobbit track stand out so much in my mind, most of which is played via flute.

And the relevance to Witch Hunter? The Manhwa reminds me of The Lord of the Rings symphony, specifically the “Return of the King’ track. Witch hunter elicits the same level of mystique and epicness I have come to expect from my favorite symphony, only without the flute.

And by that I mean the manhwa walks the fine line between ordinary and shonen masterpiece, juggling all the balls of a great story telling but never quite stepping into story territory of greatness, in a way stranding itself with the title of almost ordinary.

THE PLOT:

Witches suddenly declare war against humans, causing two-thirds of the world to fall apart. They summon monsters called "Supporters" and devastate human residences... but why?

Survivors gather people with the power to combat the witches and called them Witch Hunters! Tasha Godspell is one of the strongest witch hunters, nicknamed "The Marksman" along with his "Jack-O-Lantern" looking Supporter. He fights the witches but cannot really bring himself to hate them...

MY REVIEW:

Witch Hunter was one of the first seven manga I ever read and it is probably for this reason that the series intrigues me so; however, where many of its plots and twists seemed innovative at that time, my current experience with manga has allowed me to approach it with a new perspective.

+THE STORY: I spoke of witch hunter as lacking the proverbial flute, that one element to elevate it to greatness. But maybe that has more to do with the author’s lacking planning skills than anything.

Witch Hunter is a thrilling tale of magic and epic battles. It tells of a world that once knew piece before the witches declared war on humanity. The title of witch primarily imputed to the females, the only gender capable of safely manipulating the mana that their hats-the very tools that would entice them into the supernatural realm-grant them, women and girls from all over the world answer the call of magic and are driven to wage war against mankind king under the auspices of the four great witches of the East, West, North and South.

Standing to oppose them are the witch hunters, human beings accessing witch like powers through special items and artifacts, granted the mandate to hunt these vile creatures and their supporters- special entities that serve witches- and to bring peace to the world.

However everything is not as it seems among the witches and their alliances. One witch hunter, Tasha, the magic marksman, fights to defeat man’s deadliest enemy; yet the fate of his sister, Aria, a witch seduced by magic in the past, prevents him from hating them or taking their lives. Witchhunter follows his path, his attempts to save his sister, understand the story being the woman that taught him mana manipulation-the White witch- and the secrets that his supporter, Halloween holds.

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call witch hunter the pinnacle of shonen; it has that much potential. The cast of witches is massive, each with a story to tell and a dark addiction to magic. The witch hunters are just as intriguing and no clash between these two parties is every the same, revealing new powers, pasts and magical forms.

Recent arcs, further unveiling the scope of the witch hunter world, specifically the introduction of Great Britain, the Knights of the round table and their connection to Tasha’s Guinevere, have only served to expand an already expansive world.

Little effort is spared in unlocking the tales of each new character the story brings into Tasha’s fold, the most impressive of which has to be Xing (if that is indeed Xing, I keep confusing the three).

With dynamic battle scenes and an evolving story, there is no end to the series’ potential.

Except so much of it feels wasted, the reason being the mangaka’s clear confusion over his own story.

It is difficult to tell exactly where Witch Hunter is going, and that is largely because the author himself has no idea, having admitted a while back that he was basically coming up with the story as he went along.

Maybe One Piece and Naruto have spoiled me; but there is something entertaining about reading a manga with a purpose, whose story has a fairly specific plan, allowing for better cohesion than Witch Hunter achieves with its various arcs. And the confusion that result is unfortunately evident.

RATING: 6/10

+THE CHARACTERS: Witch Hunter both rises and falls with its characters. The cast is massive and the manhwa does a brilliant job of availing appropriate screen time to most, if not all characters, taking the time to place focus upon even those characters that have no notable relevance.

That being said the witches tend to blend into each other, not only because of their designs but personality. It feels like we are constantly met with the same old ‘beautiful but cold, harsh and cruel’ girls intent on causing chaos with little purpose in mind-making it very easy to hate them.

The fact that we are more than a hundred chapters in and the series is yet to reveal its many secrets, especially the purpose behind the Witch’s war does not help a manhwa with a monthly release. Tasha, Xing and Taras are some of the most well rounded characters I have seen in shonen. The witches however seem to fall by the way side, even Verette, who gets more screen time that most.

RATING:6/10

+THE ART: Witch Hunter is a Manhwa and as such boasts better art than most other manga you will ever encounter. That being said, Witch Hunter is extraordinary even when compared to other Manhwa, not only possessing clean designs and sharp drawings but allowing the dynamism of each character and explosiveness of each scene to shine through.

The best way to describe Cho Jung-man’s artistic capabilities is this; he has the ability to create atmosphere better than most other series.

RATING: 10/10

+VERDICT:

Witch Hunter is great, that much I will admit, highly entertainment. It is a must read for anyone with a love of shonen; the characters entertaining to follow, the action scenes explosive and the story fast paced, providing thrilling twists and turns at every turn.

The best arcs will keep you glued to the manhwa for several hours on end, while the worst are still worth the read. That being said, Witch Hunter could be so much more.

It is a would-be shonen masterpiece that keeps failing to achieve its full potential because there is no plan directing its path and that is bound to hurt it in the long run.

The manhwa is yet to disappoint me in any egregious manner, yet I foresee some disasters in its future if the author doesn’t craft a cogent purpose behind the entire Witch Hunter plot.

And the Manhwa could benefit from a weekly release.

RATING: 8/10, the manhwa has a tendency to time jump, progressing in the present in one chapter, leaping to the future in the next chapter and then utilizing the chapter after that to reveal the details of what happened.

This might prove confusing to some people. I know there where moments where I kept thinking I had skipped a few chapters.

HIGHLIGHTS: The Xing (Lee) flashback arc (best written flashback in a manhwa or manga ever), Halloween’s development, the clash between WH and the Bai Long empire.

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I was born at a young age on a deserted island. Local residents helped along my conception, and then gave me off to my father, since I didn't have a mother. It was a scenario full of trials and tribulations, none of which I quite know the details to other than that the scar below my eye came from one of them (something about testing my infant reaction speeds versus a rabid dog).

I'm not sure when the wings first budded, but by the time my father cared to remind me that school was a thing, I had grown small white wings that thankfully fit right against my back while I was in public. Most people don't know this, but the ridge where the feathers meet the bone is very sensitive, sensually so.

My magic powers developed shortly after that, and helped with the growth of my wings, which took many years to fully develop. It's only possible to hide them within my clothing with the utmost dedication, patience, and practice, so I tend to let them out, since it's so bothersome.

I don't have an eye color to speak of, or rather, I have so many it's just easier to just not speak of it. The color changes in the light, or with my mood, or just whenever. It's impossible to keep up with.

I was a bit surprised when my teeth started falling out in high school, it just wasn't something that others had to deal with, but they grew back, sharper than before. They followed that pattern, replacing themselves about once a year, but luckily for me they don't all fall out at once, so I'm never forced to have to eat baby food or anything.

My father passed away some time back, though he never really stays dead for long. I cant count on both hands how many times he's died and resurrected in the course of my life. Sometimes I almost think he offed himself just to get away from having to raise me for a while, though he'd likely say he was just looking out for my well being in the form of forcing me to grow and learn in ways he could provide if he was around. Idk, it could be true, but I'd never trust that lazy bum's word. Not that it matters, all the conversations we've ever had on it were entirely in my head. I'm probably better off leaving them there.

In any case, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, and as my father had been, so am I the laziest, most unmotivated piece of garbage around. A quarter of a century old and I have nothing to show for it other than that I am still alive, somehow. I do not doubt that my future looks grim and perilous from where I sit, particularly if I don't shape up fast and begin preparing for it... it's just so bothersome.

I'm not really the kind of person who likes talking about themselves, and I really don't have much to say anyway. I tried curry for the first time the other day, and it was amazing. I'd suggest others to try it out as well, but I don't remember the restaurant name, nor the particular flavor of curry I got other than that it was yellow. Lately I've been watching anime with a friend. We watched the entirety of the first season of No Game No Life, which I am officially in love with (figuratively speaking). We also watched the first ten DBZ movies. All in all, a good two days spent I think. We also keep current on RWBY and SAOII, though neither of those are really anything to write home about in my opinion, I like them, but thus far they haven't really done enough to make me want to fawn over them.

If I do anything with this blog, and there is no certainty that I will, I don't know what I'd talk about. I suppose I could write my opinions on manga/anime series', but that just seems like a lot of work,and I don't feel particularly motivated to do so. Shrug, who knows, I'll see how it goes. If you read this, and are still reading this, I should say thank you for your attention, which I surely did not deserve with this drivel of a back-story to my life.

Dear Diary: Complete

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This may seem like a cruel joke, but appears to sadly be true. A number of news sources internationally have reported that Ghibli's General Manager Toshio Suzuki announced on a Japanese news talk show today that the studio will be shutting down its animation studio. The studio will be transitioning to licensing and merchandising characters and trademarks from its various classic films, as well as keeping a small staff on hand to take part in "Miyazaki projects" that are yet to be revealed. The reasons for the shut down of the animation studio are heavily rumored to be due to Hayao Miyazaki's retirement from animation direction last year and financial issues that plagued the studio over the past year as one of their recent films, The Tale of Princess Kaguya, underperformed in box office earnings in Japanese theaters as it only earned back half the money spent for its animation budget. The studio's final film, When Marnie Was There, was recently released in Japanese theaters on July 19.

UPDATE: Have some additional details on this news. It looks like many of the news sources may have misunderstood Suzuki's announcement regarding Studio Ghibli's future due to a mistranslation. Anime News Network is reporting that the studio is currently taking a hiatus from future animated works to plan out and restructure the company, with the possibility of releasing some among its production department or even completely shutting down any future animation production. It would seem things are still uncertain with the future of the studio for now, but all is not doom and gloom right now.

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To commemorate the 15th anniversary of Digimon Adventures, there has been an announcement for a sequel to Digimon Adventures that is coming to Spring 2015. Here's the trailer.

Taichi is 17 years old in high school with his partner, Agumon. The new sequel will tell a new story of the DigiDestined.

In the Digimon Adventures 15th Anniversary Event, there is a special Blu-Ray Box that contains the first 54 episodes of Digimon Advnetures. It includes a special drama CD. The release date is March 3, 2014. The Digimon Movies Blu-Ray (1998-2006) will be shipped on January 9, 2015. It includes a bonus 3D disc (Blu0Ray) with 3D film shorts, Digimon Adventure: Digimmon Grand Prix! by Mamoru Hosoda and Digimon Savers: Digital World Kiki Ippatsu by Tetsuji Nakamura.

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Welcome to this two week special! We have a huge selection. I'm familiar with some of these titles.

  • Black Butler - With the anime covering Noah Circus Ark, I haven't read the manga past volume 15 or so. I'll wait until the anime is over before continuing.
  • Blood Lad - I still have yet to read the manga after watching and enjoying the short anime series.
  • Is this a Zombie? - I loved the anime better than the manga since the anime features stuff that wasn't in the manga such as Seraphim's fight. The manga tends to show more panties and Haruna fan service than the anime.
  • Soul Eater and Soul Eater Not! - Love both anime series. Too bad that Soul Eater ended with an anime original ending. I'm hope for a reboot that is faithful to the manga. For Soul Eater Not!, I like the series, but my heart is with the original series due to different preferences (action over yuri undertones with slice of life)
  • Vinland Saga - Loved the manga series. Bought Volume 4 from Anime Expo already.
  • From the New World - Hate the manga series since it deviates from the anime. The manga has too much fan service which ruins the mood for me.
  • Finally, Watamote was a fun anime series to watch. I haven't tried the manga yet, but I'm interested in reading it. There was an announcement from Sentai Filmworks that the anime will be released in August 2014 (see Sentai Filmworks announced Watamote English Cast).

Please feel free to share your thoughts on what manga releases you're interested in this week. Thank you.

The covers are from Amazon and Right Stuf.

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

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Notes:

  • ANN does not list Infernal Devices Vol. 3, being a Manhwa series. Amazon, Right Stuf, and Comic Book stores have it this week.
  • Comic Book Stores list Monster Perfect Edition this week while anime and manga stores list its release last week, July 15. Same applies to Terra Formars Vol. 1 except the release date is for July 30.
  • Comic Book Store list Umineko's release date on July 30 while ANN, Amazon, Right Stuf has it on July 22.
  • Comic Book stores did not list Is This a Zombie Vol. 8 this week.

July 22

Battle Angel Alita Last Order Omnibus 4
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.99

MADNESS IN MULTIPLES

In the depths of Melchizedek, Alita inches closer to recovering her dear friend’s brain but not before she is greeted by Mbadi and a rather duplicitous Desty Nova doppleganger. Meanwhile, Sechs and the other members of the Space Angels make their way through ZOTT, where Sechs comes to face a universally renowned Space Karate master in a show of technique, toughness and…thumbs?

Black Butler Volume 17
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested Retail Price: $13
Due in no small part to Sebastian,​ his uncommon butler,​ Earl Ciel Phantomhive finally succeeds in earning an audience with the enigmatic headmaster of Weston College following the outcome of the annual cricket tourney.​ As moon-pale petals bloom on the lapels of the students who have been granted a place at the Midnight Tea Party,​ the man who holds all authority at the school reveals himself to his guests.​

Will his appearance shed light on the fate of the students who have gone missing,​ or will the mysteries continue to pile up within these hallowed school grounds?​
Blood Lad Volume 5
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $20

Using Staz's powerful magic, Braz has successfully resurrected his father, Richarz, former king of the Demon World. Staz is furious that his brother has swindled him yet again-with Staz's blood and Braz's efforts going toward resurrection research, Staz and Fuyumi are back to square one on restoring her human body. But more pressing than Fuyumi's precarious state is that of the Demon World! When the dust settles, will a vampire or a werewolf be sitting on the throne?!

Inu x Boku SS Volume 4
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $11.99

The elite and beautiful Ririchiyo Shirakiin has a bad habit--she can't help but lash out at people with her vicious tongue, all while hiding behind a mask of haughty cool. This attitude has a lot to do with people minding her business because of the Shirakiin family name, but it troubles Ririchiyo to no end. In search of independence and solitude, she moves to the Maison de Ayakashi, an apartment building full of wealthy tenants and with its own Secret Service. Ririchiyo is eager to be alone, but upon her arrival, she is greeted by Soushi, an SS agent arranged for her by her parents. Ririchiyo tries to turn Soushi away, but Soushi's dogged devotion to his new mistress will not be deterred. The threat against the residents of the Maison de Ayakashi are not to be taken lightly, after all. And despite his puppy-like demeanor, Soushi is not to be trifled with either...

Is this a Zombie? Volume 8
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Cursed by the teeny tiny Queen of Villiers, Ayumu is shocked to discover that no one seems to remember him, not even Eu! (Onii-chan is crying in the corner all by himself, Eu. Haruna-emon, doooo something!) Then, when Sera mistakes Ayumu for her lover, the two end up in close quarters... in the bath?!

The Infernal Devices Vol. 3: Clockwork Princess
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested Retail Price: $12.99

The threat of Mortmain's Infernal Devices looms as the Shadowhunters race to work out a way to counteract the mechanical monsters. Meanwhile, plans for Tessa's marriage to Jem are underway, despite her fiance's failing health and the unresolved feelings between her and Will. When Tessa is captured, Will must leave his comrade behind to save the woman they both love. But with the final missing piece - Tessa herself - in Mortmain's possession, can anything stop his plot for revenge?

No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I"m Not Popular! Volume 4
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

As the second term of high school winds down, Tomoko Kuroki's life continues to be full of awesome...nothing. But ever the optimist, she pins her hopes on the possibilities that winter break will bring. Unfortunately, there's a cold breeze blowing in more ways than one, and Tomoko's in for a disappointment. Is she doomed to spend her theoretically monumental first year as an HSG without any friends at all?!

Omamori Himari Volume 12
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

Kuesu, who has returned to the fold as an immortal, arouses great joy and relief in Yuuto. But at the sight of her beloved Young Lord happy and in the arms of another, Himari succumbs to the dark beast that dwells within her and goes on a rampage. As a demon slayer whose duty it is to stop out-of-control ayakashi like Himari, what decision will Yuuto make?! Find out in the moving conclusion to Omamori Himari!

Pandora Hearts Volume 21
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

What you have been granted is the "possibility" of survival. "I want you to be 'happy'..." With these parting words, one man sacrifices himself to save Oz and his companions, who have been chased into a corner. That sentiment succeeds in awakening Oz's heart, long held captive in the depths of his own soul, as though breaking all the chains that bind him... But when Oz learns of the heavy price of his revival, can his resolve withstand it?

Soul Eater Volume 21
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Crona's crimes have become too terrible to ignore, and the troubled youth is added to Shinigami's list. Hoping to reach her friend first, Maka extends her soul perception ability to engulf the entire planet. But the sweep delivers even more than she had bargained for: the location of the Kishin's hideout!

Soul Eater Not! Volume 3
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

The attack on Eternal Feather is a cruel reminder that there is very real danger out there for the weapons and meisters of DWMA. Tsugumi is more determined than ever to develop her skills so that she can defend her friends in the future. But the road ahead is filled with challenges...and silliness!

Umineko When They Cry Episode 4: Alliance of the Golden Witch Volume 1
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $21.99

Twelve years after her loved ones were brutally murdered at the annual family meeting, Ange Ushiromiya, now 18, is the sole heir of the Ushiromiya family. Ostracized by her peers, Ange seeks companionship in the pages of a diary left behind by her cousin, Maria. The diary offers a precious glimpse of Maria's world - her struggles at school, her friendship with stuffed lion Sakutarou, and her fascination with magic. It's as if the diary contains the last remnants of Ange's dear cousin... and an opportunity for Ange to discover the magic within herself...

July 29

Wandering Son Vol. 7 is released on July 31.

From the New World Volume 5
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $10.95

There's a fox in the henhouse known as Kamisu 66-Acreage - a Fiend! Saki and her friends are now in a position where they cannot defend against their mass destruction. Those given their genetic composition and programming, even gods themselves run, but cannot hide.

My Little Monster Volume 3
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

Haru confirms his love for Shizuku after a talk with the class rep, Chizuru Oshima (who also has feelings for Haru!). Meanwhile, confused and unsure, Shizuku decides to eliminate her feelings towards Haru in order to focus on her studies. Will Haru be able to change her mind? The school fesival brings chaos and rivalries as personalities clash!

Wandering Son Volume 7
  • Distributor: Fantagraphics Books
  • Suggested retail price: $24.99

Nitori-kun gets his first signs of acne. This may well be the end of the world. But when he turns to nationally famous model Anna-chan for help, events take an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, Nitori-kun and Chiba-san are scouted by the theater club after the success of their gender-bending play, The Rose of Versailles. But when Takatsuki-san congratulates Chiba-san, Chiba-san calls her a hypocrite. If Takatsuki-san wanted to join the theater club, she wouldn't congratulate Chiba-san — she'd be jealous. So says Chiba-san, but what does she know?

Vinland Saga Book 4
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.99
Pushed to the brink of despair after his father attempted to have him killed,​ Prince Canute has experienced an awakening,​ transforming him from a timid,​ gentle boy into a clear-eyed man with the heart of a king.​ But a king needs a crown,​ and Canute now knows that nothing will be given to him.​ If he wants to rule,​ he will have to prove his ruthlessness with a plot that will change the fate of the kingdom and spatter the throne with blood!

Meanwhile,​ Thorfinn watches events unfold that could steal away the vengeance he has waited so long to achieve.​..
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The DVD and Blu-Ray release is on August 26 for North America.

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At the tender age of 15, Kuroki Tomoko has already dated dozens and dozens of boys and she's easily the most popular girl around! The only problem is that absolutely none of that is real, and her perfect world exists only via dating games and romance shows. In fact, the sad truth is that she gets tongue tied just talking to people, and throughout middle school she's only had one actual friend. All of this makes Kuroki's entrance into the social pressure cooker of high school a new and special kind of hell.

While Kuroki desperately wants to be popular, she's actually worse off than she would be if she was completely clueless as to how to go about it. After all, the things that work in "otome" games rarely play out the same way in reality, especially when the self-appointed "leading lady" isn't the paragon she thinks she is. There's not much gain and plenty of pain ahead, but even if it happens again and again, there's always someone else to blame!

Editor's Note

There was a trailer from Anime Network with Tomoko's English VA. However, I'm not sure if that's the actual VA used for Sentai Filmworks.

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Well, I'm not entirely sure what I'm supposed to be doing here. I originally joined because I figured I could lend a hand when it came to the informative content for the site, but now, after looking through the different sections, and seeing all the different opinions and outlooks, I feel like joining AnimeVice will become more of a learning experience for me, then me teaching anything. I'm already quite fond of this site, and I hope I'm able to come back as often as possible. I'll be writing things like reviews, and just thoughts, or feelings regarding certain series, manga chapters, or even characters, if I'm feeling up to it. But for now, I suppose you can call this an introductory blog post, to allow me to lay down some common ground, and gain my footing.

I'm-... Well, for the sake of privacy, here, you can call me Agito, or Lind. Which you refer to me as, I'll leave up to you, but those are what you can call me. I'm 19 years old, (turning 20 soon, actually), and I do quite a lot of writing. It's more of a passion really. I also RP, but that's for another time. My tastes in series can range from Sailor Moon to Fist of the North Star, so it's obvious my tastes are as pliant as I am. I do, however, have a few favorites, that I'll always hold close to my heart. I might review them for you guys in the future. Though, I'll give you all fair warnings now, I don't always have good things to say about things. Sometimes, my input can be quite negative, but when it comes to that, I'm usually handy at giving reasons to back my opinions, so.

Anyway, I don't really have much else to say in regards to this, so for now, I hope you enjoyed reading, if you even read at all.

Thank you.

With as much appreciation as I can muster,

Lind.

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Today, Hakusensha will be releasing Kentaro Miura (known for his work, Berserk)'s Gigantomakhia, a collected edition. Giganotomakhia is a six chapter mini series that features a war between Zeus and Alcyoneus's nether forces set a 100 million years in the future.

Please enjoy the promo trailer.

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Right off lets peek at the trailer for the new NBC show...

Few things of note. The look is pretty spot on. Hey hes blond an a Brit! Now to look at that 2005 movie...

looks was off but Keanu Reeves has the character fairly well pegged. But looked nothing like him. Note the lighter? Yeah NBC says no smoking....

"We’ve known for some time that a cigarette-smoking John Constantine might not be featured in the upcoming Constantine TV show, as producer David S. Goyer previously said it was under negotiation with NBC. Now it seems it’s official – the famously cancer-stricken, chain-smoking Constantine will not be allowed to light up so much as a single cigarette during his self-titled series.

During a recent interview with Collider, Constantine pilot director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) confirmed that the occult detective will be missing what many would consider an essential ingredient of the character – a move largely attributed to network standards and practices. That loud sound you just heard was the force of a thousand sighs from Constantine fans who hoped NBC might faithfully adapt the character.

On the surface, one wouldn’t think the loss of a single personality trait would be enough to derail as well-drawn a character as John Constantine, but it really can’t be overstated just how iconic an aspect ofHellblazer John’s addiction is. There’s a reason that the 2005 Constantine film starring Keanu Reeves made sure to retain the title character’s smoking habit, despite jettisoning many other recognizable aspects of his look and background.

Taking away Constantine’s cigarettes is almost akin to taking away Batman’s orphan origin or Superman’s status as the last son of Krypton. It’s an integral part of who he is, one made obvious by the fact that almost any picture of the character includes a lit cigarette dangling from his lips."

from http://screenrant.com/constantine-tv-show-no-smoking/

Always wondered If NBC has a special unit that just sits an thinks.. how can we screw this up? Code named them S.N.A.F.U.

Any way might check it out. Less enthusiastic to say the least.

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Terra Formars's OVA will be shipped with volume 10 on August 20, 2014. The second OVA will shipped with the 11th volume in November.

The television anime will animate the Annex 1 arc of the manga, while the original video anime (OVA) project will adapt the Bugs 2 arc. The Annex 1 arc takes place 20 years after the Bugs 2 arc. The Annex 1 arc takes place 20 years after the Bugs 2 arc.

ANN

Plot

The story of the original manga begins in the year 2577, hundreds of years after scientists sent cockroaches and mold to terraform Mars. However, when the first manned ships land on Mars, they encounter large humanoid cockroaches with great strength, and are wiped out. Humanity then sends elite warriors to Mars to eliminate the cockroaches.

Cast:

Editor's Note

As soon as Fall 2014 hits, this thread will be locked for Terra Formars Anime Discussion thread since all trailers are being introduced through discussion threads.

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At San Diego Comic Con 2014 (July 26), Kodansha announced that it licensed Yamada and the Seven Witches and Let's Dance a Waltz. For Yamada and the Seven Witches, it was available on Crunchyroll's simulpub back in 2013 (see Crunchyroll is streaming Manga with Kodansha as their Partner).

Check these manga series out!

Yamada and the Seven Witches
  • Written and illustrated by Miki Yoshikawa
  • Ran in the Weekly Shonen Magazine
The story of Miki Yoshikawa's original "love x kiss x comedy" manga begins when Yamada, the high school's worst problem child, bumps into the beautiful honor student Shiraishi on the stairs, and their lips touch as they fall. When they regain their wits, they realize that they have swapped bodies. As time progresses, the two realize that this is not the only mysterious happening in the school.
Let's Dance a Waltz
  • Written and illustrated by Natsumi Ando
  • Ran in the Nakayoshi shōjo manga magazine
The manga revolves around a boy who has lost interest in ballroom dancing for a certain reason and is instead distracted by the latest dancing fad, and a plain girl who has a hidden desire to change herself. The two youths who were destined to meet grow into adulthood together through ballroom dancing.

Sources

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At an announcement conference in Shinigawa, Tokyo just today, the staff and crew for the upcoming Fate/ Stay Night TV anime at Ufotable revealed their production plans with the popular Type-Moon franchise. Instead of one project, they will be working on two animated projects for the franchise. The TV anime they will be developing will be an all-new adaptation of the Unlimited Blade Works route from the Fate/ Stay Night visual novel that will be made to air for two separate seasons. The first half of the series will premiere on Japanese television on October 4 and the second half will resume things in April 2015.

Unlimited Blade Works is the second route in the Stay Night visual novel game that focuses on Shiro Emiya's interactions with Rin Tohsaka as the two team together to deal with developments in the fifth Holy Grail War where magi can summon the spirits of seven legendary heroes to compete in duels to the death where the winner will be able to make a wish upon the Holy Grail. Unlimited Blade Works was previously adapted into a 90-minute film adaptation by Studio Deen in 2010, where it was later licensed for American video release by Sentai Filmworks. A trailer for the upcoming Unlimited Blade Works TV anime can be seen here:

As for the second animated project...

Ufotable will be adapting the Heaven's Feel route of the Stay Night series into a film adaptation that they are presently in development with. Heaven's Feel is the third route in the visual novel series that had yet to receive an animated adaptation until now. It is the darkest among the three routes of the visual novel as it will focus on Shiro's interactions with Sakura Matou, a girl in his class who has romantic interest in him and regularly deals with an abusive relationship that she has with members of the Matou family that escalates during the events of the Holy Grail War. A trailer for the upcoming Heaven's Feel movie can be seen below:

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There isn't much information on the movie. I mark this as an unknown trailer for future seasonal anime guides.

  • Director: Tsutomu Mizushima

It will be an original story for the movie.

Plot

For those who are new to Girls Und Panzer anime series:

In this world, Sensha-do (戦車道), the art of tank-combat, is a traditional Japanese martial art for girls. Miho, a girl who just transfered into the Ōrai Girls' Academy in Ibaraki Prefecture, has been ordered by the academy's student council chairperson to join the school team and compete in the national Sensha-do championships.

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Plot

Bessatsu Shounen Magazine's hugely popular story of survival and suspense moves to Weekly Shounen Magazine as a completely brand new series! With the appearance of a strange daruma doll, ordinary life crumbles away in an instant. Even so, live on. Survive. This is the story of the “life” bestowed upon all those who have wished to die. Are you beef or chicken? Live, that's the only rule.

Read legally at Crunchyroll

Cast for Movie

  • Nao Omori as Sota Fukushi
  • Lily Franky as homeless man

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Editor's Note

It's a new thing I learned about the wiki we have in Anime Vice. We do allow live adaptations. I haven't work with those types of wiki pages.

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Or alternate title "I welcome our new robotic overlords!"

So this is a real thing ..

then I seen this...

So one could drop the robot spiders with drones silently most any where. Fairly quietly to. I mean what could go wrong?

Add this story I seen today.. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2014/07/23/how-a-solar-storm-nearly-destroyed-life-as-we-know-it-two-years-ago/ So the take away is " There is a 12 percent chance of a Carrington-type event on Earth in the next 10 years according to Pete Riley of Predictive Science Inc."

So yes the future is always trying to kill us. If mother nature does not kill ya well maybe robots will. Thus live life an enjoy what you can while you can. These days after all are numbered for a reason.

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Welcome to the last 2 weekw of anime releases in the United States! I combined two weeks for this report. The anime series I'm familiar with are Devil is a Part Timer! and Severing Crime Edge. If you love romance comedies with a bit of MacDonalds and supernatural element, Devil is a Part Timer is for you. I loved it. It was a bit short though. Severing Crime Edge is a bit dark and ecchi a bit since it involves folks trying to kill one little girl. There is a lot of loli and mature fan service in this one along with censored gore. Plus, the folks, the murderers, who go after our young heroine each has a bizarre fetish. Watch this show with caution.

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.

Notes

  • Right Stuf has Devil is a Part Timer, Severing Crime Edge, and Appleseed Alpha listed. Even though ANN has listed Dear Brother, it's not on Right Stuf's list.

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DVD and Blu Ray Releases

Hetalia Seson 5 (The Beautiful World) DVD Set
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested Retail Price: $39.98 (Limited Edition), $34.98

They said it couldn't happen, but they were as wrong as a stack of pancakes in a cage full of bears! The adorable boys of Hetalia are back with some new friends and a super sparkly new look. Not to mention the long-awaited Buon San Valentino OVAs!

What's more fun than Germany squatting in a dandelion patch? How about the Axis Boys joining the witchcraft club? Or maybe Russia suffering through a traumatic hamster flashback? Any way you slice the spaghetti, every cute boy enjoys a little quality bath time, and Turkey and Greece can't wait to start splishing and splashing! Belgium throws a mouthwatering waffle party, and America shows off his sweet dance moves! And when Santa Claus goes missing, Canada (who's that?) tries to replace him with a polar bear! A POLAR BEAR!?

  • This limited edition includes a Season 5 Beautiful World bandana and a set of Hetalia chibi stickers!
  • Contains episodes 1-25 of season 5.
  • Special Features: Episode Commentary (3, 7, 10, 11, 17, 18), Episode Video Commentary (12-16), Outtakes, U.S. Trailer, Trailers.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU - Complete Collection (DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $49.98
Opposites may attract, but putting them together can result in chemical burns, electric shocks, and explosions. Enter Hachiman Hikigaya, a pessimistic high school student with no friends, no interest in making any, and the firm belief that everyone else's cherished high school experiences are either delusions or outright lies.

Hachiman finds himself coerced by his well-meaning student advisor into joining the one-member Service Club. There he encounters club founder Yukino Yukinoshita, a smart, attractive, walking superiority complex who looks down on the entire student body. These two negative personalities are quick to attract Yui Yuigahama, who's cute, bright, cheerful, and needs the Service Club's help to... bake cookies? Is this a recipe for romance or the precursor for a nuclear meltdown? Will there be cookies, nookie, or a reason for everyone to play hooky?

  • Contains episodes 1-13.
  • Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation.
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
Dr. Slump: The Movies (Films 1-5)
  • Distributor: Eastern Star
  • Suggested Retail Price: $29.95
Senbei Norimaki created Arale, the most precocious little girl robot... which means Penguin Village won't be so quiet and peaceful any more! Possessing super strength and being naive about the ways of humans, Arale explores life with her creator the only way she knows how - with lots of wacky hijinks, puns, and toilet humor! Whether it be searching for the ingredients to a love potion, rescuing Senbei's sweetheart from space, running in a grand race, finding treasure that makes dreams come true, or visiting a mechanical city, there's never a dull moment in Penguin Village with Arale and Dr. Slump!

Contains the following Dr. Slump films:
  1. Hello! Wonderland
  2. Space Adventure!
  3. The Great Race Around the World
  4. The Secret of Nanaba Castle
  5. The City of Dreams, Mechapolis
Devil is a Part Timer (DVD/Blu-Ray) Complete Series
  • Distributor: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $69.98 (Limited Edition), $64.98

When Satan is run out of his infernal kingdom, he finds himself virtually powerless in modern-day Tokyo. Stuck in a feeble mortal body and desperate for cash, there's only one way for the dark lord to survive: by getting a job manning the deep fryer at "MgRonald!"

As Satan flips burgers and tries to regain his evil magic, he's pestered by a righteous hero who tracked him to Earth, a video-game-loving fallen angel looking for a way back into heaven, and the most unholy of enemies: a rival fast food franchise. Will he figure out a way to reclaim his homeland and throne? And if not, will this demonic burger king at least sell enough featured menu items to be promoted to shift supervisor? The devil can't survive on minimum wage!

  • This limited edition includes a premium chipboard artbox!
  • Contains episodes 1-13.
  • Special Features: Episode Commentaries (1, 12), The Ente Isla Language: With Jamie Marchi, Textless Songs, U.S. Trailer, Trailer.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Severing Crime Edge - Complete Collection (DVD/Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested Retail Price: $49.98 (BD)

Kiri Haimura loves cutting hair. Actually, he doesn't just love cutting hair, he obsesses over it and even has a special set of scissors he delights in using. But when his mane obsession for a bit of trim draws him to Iwai Mushanokoji, whose long hair has never been cut, he finds himself entangled in a situation no shears can hack him out of. You see, Iwai is heir to a strange curse that makes her hair impossible to cut. Or at least, it was until Kiri's clippers take off a lock, thereby revealing that his scissors are cursed as well!

But now that she's shorn free, Iwai has a slew of "murderers" after her, each armed with their own cursed implements and eager for the chance to kill the "Hair Queen." And if that's not enough to make Kiri wig out, it seems that many of them actually attend his own school! Will this evil crew cut in on Kiri's Hair Queen, or will he snip their ambitions in the bud?

Contains episodes 1-13.

Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation.

Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Appleseed Alpha (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Columbia
  • Suggested Retail Price: $30.99

Left to survive in a post-World War society, two mercenary soldiers - Deunan and her cyborg partner Briareos – are sent on a mission on the outskirts of their war-torn city. During the operation, they run into Iris and Olson, two citizens from the utopian city of Olympus, who might have a way to save the world but the ruthless Talos and the scheming warlord Two Horns have their own plans. It's up to Deunan and Briareos to safeguard their newfound contacts and help save humanity's last hope.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Problem Children are Coming from Another World, aren't they? (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $69.98
On the world known as Little Garden, factions and communities compete for power via Gift Games, in which individuals with unusual abilities are set against each other. But where there are winners, there are also losers, and the group called the "No Names" has been so devastated in their conflicts with the Demon Lords that almost all of their 120 remaining members are still children! For surviving leaders Jin and Black Rabbit there seems to be only one hope: bring in outside recruits and gamble that their new abilities will somehow reverse the tide!

Of course, Earth-born Izayoi, Asuka and Yo don't know any of this when they accept the invitation to come to Little Garden, nor do they know how dangerous the games actually are. Fortunately, all three are far more formidable than anyone can imagine. Still, before they can win the games, they'll have to learn how to work together and with the other No Names, and time is rapidly running out!

  • Contains episodes 1-10 and the OVA.
  • Special Features: Clean Opening Animations, Clean Closing Animations.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Dear Brother - Box 1
  • Distributor: Anime Sols
  • Suggested retail price: $59.99
Seiran Girl's High School's sorority is the most prestigious social group on campus. When Nanako gets invited to join, it seems like a dream come true. But she will soon discover the cost of popularity...

  • Contains episodes 1-13.
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
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There is a part of me that couldn’t really take seriously the tension Nanatsu no Taizai seemed determined to inject into the final panels of chapter 86; maybe it’s because Ban has been gone for so long that I more or less forgot about him.

I don’t want to call this a cheap attempt on the mangaka’s part to elevate the sense of danger, but that is what it looks like.

THE CHAPTERS:

The victory Meliodas and crew attained seemingly shatters as Hendricksen makes his final move. It is just as Merlin returns to her new master’s side, taking her immense strength with her, that the scourge of the demon blood is loosed against the kingdom’s wounded remnants.

MY THOUGHTS:

Maybe I am leaping to conclusions a little too quickly; I mean, what do we really know about the sins? Is it that difficult to believe that Ban would betray Meliodas for Elaine’s sake? Has Ban actually done anything to prove himself too honorable to commit such treacherous acts?

No, not really; I still do not buy that last panel though, and suspect that the next chapter is going to focus around Ban’s fight with Hendricksen. It should prove to be quite interesting, considering Ban’s immortality and all.

Then again it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to suggest that Meliodas probably only managed to permanently scar Ban the immortal because of his demonic aspects; chances are Ban doesn’t have the advantage of immortality as he would expect against Hendricksen, in which case next chapter might take an interesting turn.

I don’t think anyone is going to take the berserker new generation threat seriously, not with the team that has been assembled at the palace; if the sins are smart they will let Gowther end the battle in one go, allowing everyone else to focus their efforts upon stopping Hendricksen.

I don’t know if I was that impressed with the way in which Dreyfus so easily broke down; even with Gilthunder’s revelation about the envy that drove him to kill his father I expected him to put up more of a fight that he did. Instead he simply crumbled like a child.

The art was a little off in a number of panels these past two weeks.

RATING: 7/10, Chapter 85 was pretty slow, very uninteresting but things picked up the pace with chapter 86; with Arthur’s offer to Meliodas accepted, I can take a guess at where the story is going to go in the next arc. Even with all these revelations coming to light one chapter after another, Nanatsu no Taizai still has a lot of story to tell.

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That is it. This has to be the last time I read Noblesse, at least until next month. Then again that is what I said two weeks ago, except I broke and simply couldn’t wait to see what was happening with this slowly burgeoning back story.

This is what I love about Noblesse. Most manga have good moments and bad moments. Naruto will publish an odd chapter once in a while, while One Piece might drastically slow its story down over a few weeks.

Noblesse just moves from one level of excitement to another, never really hitting levels so low as to be considered bad, merely not as exciting in some places as it is in others.

But ‘not as exciting’ still means exciting to a degree. Bleach needs to be read in bulk because barely anything happens on a weekly basis. Noblesse needs to be read in bulk because it is that good and waiting can become irritating.

THE CHAPTERS:

Muzaka finds himself weighing human freedoms against the the desires of his people as the werewolves and nobles approach imminent conflict.

MY THOUGHTS:

I know, I have already said it more times than is necessary; BUT NOBLESSE IS SIMPLY GORGEOUS.

Some of these panels look like they were included just for drama’s sake, and I can’t complain; and I am specifically referring to that dramatic entrance Muzaka made.

Maybe that is Noblesse’s strength; it views itself as an anime and thus includes all those tiny little details only present with anime.

Noblesse is one of those really rare Manhwa that manages to combine both great art and interesting story telling, as opposed to most other Manhwa that seem almost obsessed with pristine art at the detriment of the story.

This is only the second Noblesse flashback in the manhwa’s run and it is doing a brilliant job of fleshing out the Noblesse world, steadily and at its own pace but without crawling like Magi, providing revelations and character development but without dwelling endlessly on irrelevant elements again like Magi.

Even with the fact that the pair haven’t shared more than a few panels together, one can already sense the relationship between Muzaka and Rai begin to develop. What makes this flashback so interesting to watch is how little we know of anything related to it.

We understood the relationship between Frankenstein and Rai before we had the opportunity to see it develop in the first flashback; and that was a treat because we knew so little of Lukedonia.

In this case, We didn’t even know Muzaka existed; but Frankenstein named him in the situation that brought Rai to the edge of death. That is intriguing. Noblesse has dealt with almost every facet of this ancient incident, with Rai facing against, confronting and even judging all those nobles that betrayed their people and one and only Noblesse.

And that had me believing that we had put the matter to rest. But have we really? Sure we know the nobles who were involved in the incident. Most if not all have been dealt with- and all were surprisingly repentant.

But outside of knowing who was involved, we don’t actually know what happened or who did what. And that is what makes Muzaka’s flashback so intriguing to read.

I cannot even fathom how the werewolf Lord’s path intertwined with the noble traitors. There is still so much to know before we arrive at that point that pits Rai against Muzaka

+VERDICT: Thinking about it, the conflict between Rai and Muzaka is a little easier to predict; clearly the traitorous nobles are going to use him to execute their uprising. We know the conflict within Lukedonia stemmed from their attempts at entering man’s affairs and even ruling over them. Which is exactly what Muduke has been doing for a few decades now.

It wouldn’t surprise me if both groups of nobles and werewolves were in bed together.

And it isn’t even that difficult to see why Muzaka would treat Rai in such a hostile manner. The Lord of Lukedonia is clearly a calm rational man that will approach the werewolf situation with care as it develops.

Rai on the other hand isn’t going to approach human deaths on a large scale so calmly; where he to encounter werewolves murdering humans, he would obliterate them and on a similarly massive scale. Even where it proves justified, I don’t see Muzaka taking this lying down.

+RATING: 10/10, this story is unfolding nicely. And clearly the pair behind the Manhwa know what they are doing. SO few manga are ever so well paced.

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