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An anime short created to promote the 100th anniversary of Tokyo Station.

Plot

Misaki, a twenty-nine year old woman, is planning to get married soon. One day, she finds an old

pocket watch whichbelonged to her late father. Unfortunately, it was broken and did not move. Misaki

finds out that this watch originally belonged to her grandfather. It was her grandfather who gave it to her father.

They both worked at the Tokyo Station. Misaki's father was always strict and severe, especially to her. That was

the only memory she would remember about him. She regrets how they could not connect with each other because

she could not communicate with him very well when she was in her teens. Misaki visits the Tokyo station, hoping

to repair this memorable watch. However, the repair shop was already gone. She drops her shoulders and walks on

the platform of the station. Suddenly, she finds a station employee who looks just like her father. She runs and

follows this person without even thinking...

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Considering how long it has been running, I am surprised by how quickly this conflict ended. That is not to say that it was bad, merely a surprise that this fight came to an end so quickly, as compared to the pace at which past fights have run

THE CHAPTER:

With Gil’s will finally turn against Hendricksen, the final battle against the Holy knight finally comes to a close, with all eyes turning towards Elizabeth’s plight.

MY THOUGHTS:

If this chapter accomplished one thing, it was to tie several elements from previous chapters together, not only revealing the strange inconsistencies surrounding Meliodas and Gil’s capabilities but making sense of all those boisterous claims from Gil.

All in all, a pretty great chapter, or at the very least entertaining. This is what i am looking for in my weekly Nanatsu no Taizai fix, 19 pages that deliver more that great action, but a story, or elements of a story that show a semblance of progressing the plot.

Which this did; truth be told I never really liked Gil, and found his ‘turn to the dark side’ somewhat odd, either displaying great levels of stupidity(to believe the lies surrounding the sins) or revealing evil and greed.

Maybe we should have seen the signs, the oddities in his actions, a man spouting words of justice siding with an evil entity like Hendricksen. I am enjoying watching the Deadly Sins universe expand, specifically the insights we are receiving into the characters’ history, the world in which they lived and how these individuals, now enemies, once friends, so interacted.

There is still so much about the Hendricksen plot that we do not know. I mean, I am finding it difficult to believe the purpose that Hendricksen has revealed so far. Everything we have heard from him suggests that he is reviving the demon clan just so the knights can stay relevant; and that just doesn’t track.

And how does than link back into Hendrisksen’s murder of Gil’s father, because even the events of that particular story and their relation to Meliodas as a demon, the truth about the Sins’ betrayal…speaking of which do we even know who framed the Sins?

Because Hendricksen didn’t have that kind of pull back then, and Dreyfus clearly has no interest in the demon clan plot. So many mysteries yet to come undone.

I am yet to have my mind blown, and that hasn’t happened in quite a few chapters, yet it isn’t a necessity, so long as the story maintains a consistent level of quality in its story progression.

RATING: 6/10, one might refer to this chapter as mostly mildly entertaining, nothing overtly epic.

From what I have read so far, Meliodas feels almost too nice as far as knights and human beings go, making me wonder just how deep is dark side goes.

HIGHLIGHTS: Gil’s wrath.

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WHAT?! A BREAK! COME ON SHINOBU. We finally arrive at this momentous juncture in the story, when Magi finally gets my excitement juices flowing, when I finally begin yearning for the next Magi chapter like I haven’t in a very long time, and the Manga decides to go on a bloody break.

I suppose there are rational reasons behind the decision but, come on, I haven’t been this excited about a Magi chapter in more than 3 months.

THE CHAPTER:

Solomon rebounds from his great loss and launches a final assault against King David and his horde, bringing to an end a long and very bloody war.

MY THOUGHTS:

Complain I might have about this dragging Magi flashback; yet this chapter, juxtaposed against last week’s chapter more than justified the past few weeks of Magi.

And like Nanatsu no Taizai this week, the key lay in the chapter’s focus upon the action elements, even while allowing the story progress. Speaking of action, I cannot get over the artwork in this chapter.

Maybe Shinobu really does deserve a few weeks break, because a considerable portion of this chapter was quite messy; not that I had a problem following events…well, not after several re-reads, some of these panels were seriously messy.

Throwing these criticisms aside though, it has been a while since Magi delivered such meaningful yet compact action scenes, presenting less chaos in the form of giant attacks flying about and more fast paced and fairly simplistic assaults.

And one might point to last week’s chapter to justify the quality of chapter 230, because Magi this week enjoyed a level of urgency, with each page more than conveying that intense fury coursing through Solomon and crew, with his rage more than exploding on paper.

The chapter simply worked in a way it hasn’t worked in forever, relaying the emotion of last week’s loss, the dismay of those species facing death, the madness of David, fused with disturbing calm and, most importantly, the desperation in Solomon to stop his father. No, not desperation, fury.

There was less shonen cliché than I expected at the end as well, the final battle avoiding the speeches you expect from most manga, Solomon merely doing his all to save his friends from the might of his father, David imparting disturbing as well as enlightening wisdom upon his son in the last few moments.

And that made very little sense as well, those last few moments, almost throwing everything that we knew about David out the window and allowing us a moment to reinvent his personality. Was he really the raving lunatic we thought he was or a genius trying to manipulate the flow of destiny?

Could all this have been part of some grand master plan to avoid the chaos to come?

With this chapter, my interest in these events of the past has been renewed, specifically what it might mean for the future and the threat that is King David, whom I am now more than certain might have awakened within either Kouen or Sinbad.

That account of Setta’s end was almost chilling. Again I can’t tell if David was recounting the event just to push Solomon, or that was really a blood thirsty facet we were only starting to see. Truth be told I never thought David operated with the same mindset as the orthodox magicians and always assumed them to be puppets to his will.

Yet following his proclamations in this chapter regarding the purity of the species, I have to wonder if he wasn’t simply the chief orthodox magician.

RATING: I want to say 9/10, but the shoddy art calls for a 7/10. None the less intriguing chapter. Solomon was pretty awesome this week.

HIGHLIGHT: Solomon VS. David; David’s recount of Setta’s last moments.

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  • Producer: Toei Animation
  • Release Date: June 21, 2014 (June 11 at Annecy)

Plot

The film follows Saori Kido (Ayaka Sasaki), a young girl troubled by her mysterious powers. She is saved by Pegasus Seiya (Kaito Ishikawa) from an assassin sent to kill her. Saori then learns she is the reincarnation of the Goddess Athena with Seiya being one of her 88 Saints. Upon learning of her destiny, she heads to the Sanctuary and wage war against its Pope.

Seiya, alongside fellow Bronze Saints Cygnus Hyōga (Kenshō Ono), Dragon Shiryū (Kenji Akabane), Andromeda Shun (Nobuhiko Okamoto), and Phoenix Ikki (Kenji Nojima) must pass through the twelve Zodiac Temples in Athena's Sanctuary in twelve hours, in order to save their goddess Athena from imminent death. They must confront each of the twelve Gold Saints that guard each of the temples in order to reach the cure that will save Athena.

via Wikipedia

Cast

  • Kaito Ishikawa as Pegasus Seiya
  • Ayaka Sasaki as Saori Kido/Athena
  • Daisuke Namikawa as Aquarius Camus
  • Go Inoue as Leo Aiolia
  • Hiroaki Hirata as Cancer Deathmask
  • Kenji Akabane as Dragon Shiryu
  • Kenji Nojima as Phoenix Ikki
  • Kensho Ono as Cygnus Hyoga
  • Masumi Asano as Scorpio Milo
  • Mitsuaki Madono as Virgo Shaka
  • Mitsuru Miyamoto as Aries Mu
  • Nobuhiko Okamoto as Andromeda Shun
  • Shinji Kawada as Capricorn Shura
  • Takuya Kirimoto as Pisces Aphrodite
  • Toshiyuki Morikawa as Sagittarius Aiolos
  • Kouichi Yamadera as Gemini Saga
  • Rikiya Koyama as Taurus Aldebaran

Editor's Note

Sorry for posting a late movie trailer. I'm trying to finish the Summer 2014 Movie Guide.

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  • Full title: Persona 3 the Movie #2: Midsummer Knight's Dream
  • Producer: A-1 Pictures
  • Release Date: June 7, 2014

Plot:

After realizing the value of life and the importance of his own allies, Makoto finally got his smile back. As spring turns into summer, he finds himself learning more about those comrades and getting closer to them, especially to Yukari. He even meets new friends, including Aegis, an anti-Shadow android, Ken, a grade-schooler who seeks to get revenge for his late mother, and Koromaru, a dog who can use a Persona. Makoto wishes that everything will continue just as they are. However, little by little, the pieces and people in Makoto's new, happy life

Editor's Note

Sorry for posting a late movie trailer. I'm trying to finish the Summer 2014 Movie Guide.

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When I first saw The Last Airbender, starting out of sequence, from Earth, probably the episode of the Face Stealer, I was immediately taken in. The characters, the cliffhangers, the weird animals and the world building. The movements were all martial-artsy. But most of all, the style of animation was what gets to you. Isn't that what it's known for, after all? An American cartoon drawn in the Japanese style? Naruto was blamed for "the death of Toonami" and hugely unpopular, while Avatar: The Last Airbender is acclaimed as the best animated series in decades. But they have so many similarities and I'm wondering if they have some connection. And this connection if it exists, would be one of lightning, orange jumpsuits and scarred faces.

The 5th element

I think the most notable similarity in the 2 cartoons is the use of elements to delare the different peoples and political systems of their worlds. However, how common would it be to use the law of elements? I might as well compare Avatar to Pokemon by that logic. But the thing here is that they both use elements to desribe politics. Yet, they're not exactly the same. Naruto was FROM the Konoha, a village in the land of Fire, while Aang fought AGAINST the Fire Nation. In Avatar, there were cultural differences between the peoples, (such as Fire Nation gathering under the banner of it's Lord and striving to take everyone over, Earth Kingdom presumably being stable and economically well off, under it's King or emperor, the Water Tribe forming it's familly bonds and Air Nomads wandering, living in temples and dying,) while all the sects in Naruto pretty much had the same political system, except for their use of resources and economy.

Apart from the traditional 4 elements of Water, Wind/Air, Fire and Earth, Naruto recognizes a 5th, that of lightning. Now, the Chinese Zodiacs recognize different metals and wood as elements, but lightning (although used in other places) is not one of the regular elements, and is used by Kakashi and Sasuke for the speial move Chidori. Avatar too recognizes this element, a little later in the show, I think by the last episode of the first season, first used by Azula. As explained by Zuko's uncle Iro, it's "refined fire", and not a separate element, but they're both present together.

Another thing about elements that they both use, is sand. Gaara of the Sand village, and later it's Kazekage, could manipulate sand, and was a huge deal. But his attribute is wind, and would be equivalent to what is an "air bender" in Avatar. Sand is light and easily lifted by the air, and how would you recognize winds, essentially energy, if not for particle matter? You may remember in one of the episodes of Earth, Aang finds a library in the desert, and Abu the Air Buffalo gets kidnapped. The people who kidnap Abu are sand benders and where lothes not too different from Gaara's buddies, but they both also reflect actual clothing used by actual sand people.

Characters

The two main characters both wear orange, Aang a little more so than at least what Naruto wears in Shippuden. They both have insignia on their forehead representing where they come from. In Aang's case, he's the last of the Air Nomads and is therefore unique, and also the only person with an arrow tattoo on his head. Everyone in Naruto has a headband. But both the arrow and the spiral "leaf" serve the same purpose. One character has hair and the other one is bald. Speaking of the arrow tattoo, which lights up when Aang goes into the "Avatar state", Naruto reaches a "Sage Mode" that's close to it, but way later.

Both of them have the orange colour in common with Goku from Dragonball. In fact, Aang's stick makes him more of a Goku than a Naruto, (and Naruto's Super Saiyan hair makes him a Goku) They also share other character stereotypes or "stock characters" with DB. Both Naruto and Aang surround themselves with a group. Now you can't compare Sokka to Sasuke, exept for their names, beause one's a badass and the other is a joke, but Sakura and Katara may have something in common. But all anime have certain recurring characters. A promiscuous monk, like Miroku. The funny old man who turns out to be the strongest of them all, (Roshi, Iro, Jiraiya) a friendly girl sidekick who is the first to discover the main character (Bulma, Sakura, Katara) and is a healer, but that comes from sword and sorery too. There's also the strong rival, (Sasuke, Azula/Zuko) who is not always the same in DB, though Yamcha, Kuririn, Tien and Picollo Jr have all played that type of thing, and Vegeta even more so, for longer. Vegeta may have lent that haircut to Sasuke.

But, the Sasuke/Azula/Zuko comparison is a little stronger than mere rivals. Zuko's eye, what's the deal with that? It's just one damaged eye, with a story behind it, a FAMILY HISTORY, and it's comparable to two people in Naruto. Kakashi, the one eyed ninja also carries Sasuke's family trait, the "Sharin gan" in one eye, his damaged eye. Sasuke has it in both. Kakashi and Sasuke are teacher and student, and Kakashi passes on his Chidori to Sasuke, which is lightning, like what Azula uses. Zuko himself had a mentor for most of the story, his uncle Iro, who helps Zuko with his lightning. Groups in Naruto work in 4s, until Naruto's team loses Sasuke, while Aang starts with 3, until Toph, the blind badass, makes a fourth.

Other than appearance, the core of the title characters have something in common too. Naruto is the self titled "number one, knucklehead, hyperactive" ninja, the one who always barks first, driven by emotion and loyalty, and optimism. Although Aang is over a 100 years old, he too is a kid at heart. When Aang starts out on his journey, he likes to try stunts in the air, play with balls made of air and he sets up his route so he can travel to exotic places.

Line of succession

Both the Avatar and the Kages, be it Hokage, Kazekage or Raikage, are lines of succession. Naruto aims to be a Hokage, his father is a Hokage and he befriends Konohamaru, grandson of the Third Hokage (who he also annoys the heck out of). In his spirit state, Avatar Aang could speak with the old Hoka- pardon me, Avatars. Jiraiya teaches Naruto something about the same, and writes a book of encrypted secrets, which may have been passed on to Naruto.

Volcano scene (non-Naruto related)

In Dragon Ball, there's an episode where the "Z warriors", the B- listers of the team, Yamcha, Kuririn, Tien and Chiaotzu have to save a village from a lava flow. How they did it without any powers, I cannot remember. You can see the same thing in Avatar, except it's all of them, Aang, Katara and Sokka, maybe Toph. 3 benders and a non-bender, but Sokka definitely plays a central role here. Come to think of it, Aang kinda looks like Kuririn. A LOT actually.

But how do we judge this? Dragon Ball and even Thundercats had obvious references to Superman. The cover of Death of (Ultimate) Peter Parker mirrored Death of Superman, in homage. The Fantastic Four are based on the elements, and Superman may look like Jesus. So can any work of fiction then be completely free of influences by other sources? but how far should something be allowed to copy off another?

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The first film, Attack on Titan Part I: Crimson Bow and Arrow (Shingeki no Kyojin Zenpen ~Guren no Yumiya~), will open on November 22. It's the first of 2 films. The 2nd film, Attack on Titan Part II: Wings of Freedom (Shingeki no Kyojin Kōhen ~Jiyū no Tsubasa~) will air next year.

The new films will feature new dubbing and a 5.1ch remaster with returning voice cast members such as Yuuki Kaji (Eren Jaeger), Yui Ishikawa (Mikasa Ackerman), and Marina Inoue (Armin Arlelt). The first film will cover episodes 1 through 13, while the second film will cover 14 through 25. They will once again feature director Tetsuro Araki at Wit Studio and composer Hiroyuki Sawano.

ANN

Plot

The human race was once the dominant species on the planet... before the Titans emerged. Giant humanoid creatures, their only goal is seemingly to devour humans on sight, but they don't take in nourishment from food. Regurgitating the corpses when they are full, Titans appear to crave humans simply out of urge or instinct. After being pushed to the brink of extinction, humanity enjoyed 100 years of peace safely protected within enormous walls until one day, a Colossal Titan appears and breaches the wall in the Shiganshina District.

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According to Fakku Books (on June 19, 2014), the former hentai site is now an official manga publishing company after becoming partners with Wanimagazine, Japan's ero manga publisher. It's notable because Wanimagazine has not entered partnerships with a western company. For fans of Fakku, releases will not have any censorship, and it will be close to the original Japanese release. Fakku Books has rights to publish books and magazines from its partner.

These are Fakku's first four releases.

Renai Sample by Homunculus
TiTiKEi by Ishikei
Punikano by Pyon-Kti
Welcome to Tokoharusou by Kisaragi Gunma

If you want more information, here is a link. (NSFW).

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Editor's Note

As a wiki editor, I heard of the site back in AX 2013 during the Fakku Panel. I thought it was an official company and added it as a company wiki page to attach to my blog, My First Experience at Anime Expo - Day 2 (Complete Edition). Little did I know it was a site that had pirated manga material. It was too late to delete it. That was before I was a wiki mod. An anonymous wiki editor PM me today about Fakku becoming an official manga publishing company.

I would have got into trouble by my senior wiki mods for adding a pirated site as a company wiki page. I will try to be careful next time.

I'll be adding these hentai manga series to the wiki database.

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hi. i know i've not been here in while

just been busy an obessed with Youtube xD well good news is, i finally found love

met someone new. :) <3 i am finally happy. on another note, watch quite few anime, such as kamekaze Katio Jenne, Buso Rankin, and soul eater not.

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Welcome to last week's manga releases. I'm sorry for being late because I had a midterm last week. For Quick Picks, I will be choosing Fairy Tail, No. 6, and Haganai. All three series I got into via the anime route. I haven't read the manga for No. 6 or Haganai. I'm a big fan of Fairy Tail despite Shonen cliches, over usage of friendship, and other things. I still enjoy the series. No. 6 is good for fans who want to read about dystopias. However, it's not for the faint of heart. It has strong homosexuality elements if you're not comfortable with the material.

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

It's thanks to PikaHyper for uploading the English manga covers.

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

  • Battle Angel Alita: Last Order volume 19 is listed on ANN for this week. However, Right Stuf, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon has the release date on August 26, 2014.
  • ANN did not list Battle Royale Angel's Border Vol. 1, Dance in the Vampire Bund: Forgotten Tales, and Neon Genesis Evangelion: Shinji Ikari Raising Project Vol. 14.
  • Comic Book stores do not have Dance in the Vampire Bund: Forgotten Tales, Gakuen Polizi, Haganai Vol. 7, and Strike Witches: The Sky That Connects Us.

Weekly Manga Releases

Fairy Tail Volume 39
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

The fateful day is finally here: July 7, X791! A lunar eclipse presages an invasion by ten thousand dragons. Humanity's only hope is the Eclipse Cannon, but what waits behind the door: hope or despair? Will history repeat itself, and Earthland be taken over by dragons once again? The time has come for the dragon slayers to prove their magic lives up to its name!

Battle Royale: Angels' Border
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

The Program is a brutal military experiment that pits junior high students against each other every year in a brutal battle to the death. Most of the students from Shiroiwa Junior High scatter as soon as they reach the remote island where they must participate in the latest round of the Program. But Yukie Utsumi and five of her friends lock themselves in the lighthouse, clinging to a desperate hope of survival. They all trust each other, but they also know that only one can survive the Battle Royale..

Dance in the Vampire Bund: Forgotten Tales
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested Retail Price: $13.99

Twice every year in Japan, manga creators and their fans meet at the Comiket, the largest comic fair in the world. At these events, Dance in the Vampire Bund creator Nozomu Tamaki and fellow collaborators released exclusive, self-published Dance in the Vampire Bund comics known as doujinshi that feature brand new artwork and side stories from the series. These unofficial collections are limited edition prints only available at Japanese conventions... until now! Dance in the Vampire Bund: Forgotten Tales features over 192 pages of previously uncollected manga, deleted scenes, and other bonus material.

Neon Genesis Evangelion Shinji Ikari Volume 14
  • Distributor: Dark Horse
  • Suggested Retail Price: $9.99

High intelligence and low wisdom - that's how they roll deep inside the Artificial Evolution Research Center, and no section is deeper than the one in which Asuka's brilliant but flaky mother Kyoko resides. Surely she didn't spend all those years in graduate computer science just to open up a maid cafe? You might think so, but remember - she's smarter than you.

Gakuen Polizi
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
Gakuen Polizi is the newest manga series by yuri icon Milk Morinaga, author and artist of Girl Friends and Kisses, Sighs, and Cherry Blossom Pink. This ongoing manga series is illustrated in a delightful shoujo art style that features a color insert in each volume.

As a child, Sasami Aoba fantasized about becoming a defender of justice, like the magical girls and “Sentai Rangers” she admired on TV. Years have passed and now Sasami has become a police officer herself. Her first assignment is to infiltrate Hanagaki All-Girls High School and ferret out any trouble she may find.

On her first day posing as a student, Sasami is shocked to discover that an apparent book thief at school is actually another undercover police officer, Sakuraba Midori. What’s more, Midori insists that she herself is the officer in charge of the school, not Sasami. Will the two girls become rivals, partners...or something more?
Haganai Volume 7
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
A wild and offbeat comedy about social outcasts who are obsessed with fandom, Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends is like Genshiken, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and Toradora!
all wrapped into one.

Recent high school transfer student Hasegawa Kodaka is pathetically inept at making friends. Kodaka is an outcast, with his natural blond hair which he inherited from his deceased English mother, and his unpleasant, fierce gaze. When he comes across the brash loner Mikazuki Yozora, who typically chats with her imaginary friend, the two outsiders become the unlikeliest
of allies.

Realizing that they have no hope of a normal social life, the two rejects decide to form a group called “The Neighbor’s Club” in order to make friends and maybe even learn a thing or two about social skills. As luck would have it, five new members join the club who are more socially awkward than they are. Will these quirky misfits ever make normal friends, or are they all doomed to social failure?
No. 6 Volume 7
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99
Safu is a prisoner on the top floor of the Correctional Facility. Shion and Nezumi manage to slip back in amid the chaos sown by Dogkeeper, but what they find is almost too terrifying to conceive: countless neatly organized rows of corpses, with their brains removed! Backed into a corner, Rat is ready for death, but Shion seizes a weapon, and insists on surviving at any cost!
Strike Witches: The Sky that Connects Us
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
The dieselpunk manga sensation continues in this stand-alone volume!
The year is 1944, and the war against the Neuroi is over. The 501st Joint Fighter Wing, also known as the Strike Witches, have accomplished their goal of protecting Britannia from the alien invaders. Now that the battle is done, the Witches disband and decide to go their separate ways for some much-needed R&R. As the girls enjoy downtime in the warstricken lands of Gallia and the deserts of Africa, a new danger lurks. A mysterious alien/ human hybrid foretells of another impending invasion. Can the Strike Witches regroup in time to defeat this latest evil threat?
xxxHOLiC Omnibus 2
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99
It's Valentine's Day - and while Domeki is showered with chocolates and cards from girls, Watanuki has been tasked by Yuko to make chocolate cake for her to give out as gifts, one of which is gifted to Watanuki himself. Watanuki takes this opportunity to express his feelings to Himawari through his culinary creations but through a strange turn of events finds out that his chocolates can be more than just sweets.

Collects volumes 4-6 in an omnibus format.
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This would be a short blog because I realized I'm running out of time to do my weekly episode summaries. I was preoccupied with community projects and school this summer.

Welcome to the marathon blogs (commonly known as winter/summer/spring experiences)! It's a small project where I take on recommendations from folks in the Anime Vice community, using this list. Usually, I conclude my marathons with the blog after I finish my marathon. Now, I'm doing an introductory blog.

I always made the effort to watch and read anime and manga legally. I broke the rule once for Knights of Sidonia because Netflix was the only one that streamed the series, but it was a month later, July 4 or 3, 2014. I couldn't wait. I wanted either HULU or Crunchyroll to stream the series. While HULU and Crunchyroll has a huge anime library, Netflix's anime library is lackluster. I did tried the one month trial. There wasn't enough titles to keep me attached to Netflix.

These are the shows I'm currently doing a marathon.

I watching Inuyasha without any recommendations from Vicers. I did it because I wanted to finish the series. I didn't have a chance back in middle school. I believe it was either Inuyasha or Dragon Ball Z that got me into anime. I had a long break from anime due to not having cable until college. It's a trip down memory lane for me. I wasn't much of an anime fan in the past compared to my current self.

Sailor Moon was recommended by . I was curious on why people loved the series. BigHeart711 was the one who got me into the Magical Girl genre, starting with Puella Magi Madoka Magica, in the summer of 2012. That was my first magical girl show. I'm seeing the deconstruct of the magical girl genre and now, the start of the magical girl genre, Sailor Moon.

This TV show I haven't watched yet. After seeing the Flash trailer in the Movies & TV Club that was started by , I'm interested in watching Arrow. I haven't seen a lived adapted TV series for a DC character before. I was always a fan of the DC animated films and TV shows.

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Note: This blog will be expanded fully when I have time off from school. I wanted to thank everyone for their support over the years. I wouldn't have done it without them.

Today, June 20, 2014, I have finally reach 1 million wiki points. I barely noticed it while working on one of the Chaika - The Coffin Princess episode wiki pages. I was watching the activity feed like always during forum moderation. When I got into Anime Vice during October of 2010, it was my little sister who had found this site. When we were watching Fairy Tail together, I was searching the web for some fun images of Fairy Tail. My little sis found some pics from this strange website. I didn't pay much attention until I saw the Fairy Tail wiki pages that were done by Obsidian609 and Obscurefan. I started joining the community out of the curiosity for the wiki.

First Time

You remember your first time wiki editing. My first edit was to Nova's page, but Foxx rejected it because I only edited the deck summary and didn't leave a note of what I did. Years later, I found out the true problem when I became wiki mod, is that the deck summaries in the wiki page are invisible during moderation. You have to compare the wiki page in a different tab during the wiki queue. I did explain to Foxx, and he approved my submission later on. The wiki queue and lots of parts of the site needs a lot of revamping. It's a constant reminder when we work in this community.

First Wiki Team

My first team was Fairy Tail, and I was proud to be a Fairy Tail wiki editor part of the biggest wiki editing teams in the history of Anime Vice. Ethan Lance started the big Wiki Task Theme: Fairy Tail while Foxx created wiki tasks later on. Annabanana, Wales, Buhssuht, and I were clearing wiki tasks within a day. It was a hectic but competitive atmosphere. I felt so connected to the community. After the gold rush, it was just Annabanana, Daniel Newton, and myself taking care of the Fairy Tail wiki pages.

I wrote the Fairy Tail Recognition Blogs for Animevice users to commemorate our work.

First Solo Wiki Project

I was glad to be part of many teams in Anime Vice, working together in the wiki pages. I had my share of solo projects where I took on everything. Shaman King was my biggest solo wiki project. I wrote mostly volume and episode summaries on top of doing a few character pages. With the help of past editors who done some of the pages, I finished the rest of manga volumes in Oct 2011 (Shaman King Manga Wiki Project is Finished). It was the most intense wiki project I had done by myself. I think I finished 43 episodes for the anime series. I never did went back to finish the anime portion.

Thanks

I have a huge list of people to thank. It would take more than 5 pages or so. If you remember from my My First Anime Vice Anniversary blog, I had a huge list which I put out on this blog.

2011's Thanks

Staff

  • Ethan - for being a big supporter for my teams, being there to solve some disputes between my colleagues, and being there to motivate us.
  • PerryVandell - for helping with the beginner guide submissions and highlighting the Weekly Articles for Beelzebub, Blue Exorcist, and Sket Dance
  • GPBMike - for helping me with the glitches

Community Members

  • Annabanana - She was my first partner on Anime Vice, and she is my best friend who keeps wiki editing with me on insane projects. We share a strong bond as we go beyond wiki editing. We're both college students who have the same passion in most animes.
  • Auron570 - He's my Gosick partner along with HalberdierV2.
  • BigHeart711 - He has warm heart and looks everything in a posttive way. He's has every whiskey media account.
  • Buhssuht - A great bounty hunter who helped out in the Fairy Tail week.
  • EgantheVile1 - He's was the one who put me on the right of wiki editing. Back then, I didn't even follow the wiki style guide for the episodes and volumes.
  • Fire_Star - He's was my partner on Rave Master. He is an outstanding man who helps out people in the forums and now, a mod.
  • FoxxFireArt - My mentor and the man who I asked about wiki style guides, problems with anime and manga issues, and the best wiki editor out there. I wish I can get my verb tense right when talking about him. I was always nervous around him, but I grew attached to him.
  • HalberdierV2 - For being patient with me because I promised to help him on Gosick after I finished Rave Master. We worked on Gosick with our partner, Auron570. He is working on Sket Dance as well.
  • Jbog - He supported me on the guides and got me working beyond my comfort zone.
  • KuroNekoXIII - I love how he's active on the Sket Dance forums and connect with me beyond anime. He is my teammate in the W.I.K.I. Nation team for Sket Dance.
  • Mohsinman99 - For being active on the Sket Dance forum. He got me into Gintama.
  • Obsidian609 - When I couldn't find good images, he will suggest good places to hunt. In addition, he always jumps in and helps my team in Fairy Tail and Blue Exorcist.
  • Obscurefan - The first user I met that interacted with me. A kind man that started on Fairy Tail by himself, and as we progress, we work together. He is the one who got me into wiki editing.
  • Newten - He helped me on images, Fairy Tail, and how to use the wiki editing features on Anime Vice. He's a great and funny guy.
  • ShadowKnight508 - A compassionate man who help Anna and I on Beelzebub. He is very supportive in the Beelzebub forums.
  • Sotyfan16 - His tremendous knowledge help me make beginner guides. He's considerate and supportive of the Anime Vice Community.
  • Superevil225 - She got me working on wiki pages that I'm uncomfortable with and I worked on more on my sister's beloved franchises as well.
  • Wales - A great guy who is very supportive and knowledgeable about Anna and our projects. He help me make good reviews and guides on how to get images. He's compassionate about
  • ZombiePie - He is a big help to me in Giant Bomb. His sarcasm and witty comments made my day when I'm stressed out. He helps to give input about the things I have done such as the spam blog rules.

I really put a lot of pride in working with people. We wiki editors are the forerunners of the site. We create wiki pages, so people can use them for news, blogs, reviews, etc. We're the arrow because we hit glitches first in the community because we deal with glitches every day.

I will thank the following people who made a huge difference in my years of working in Anime Vice. Don't worry if I didn't include you. I love everyone in the community. I know so much folks not just wiki editing but across different communities in Anime Vice.

Annabanana
Annabanana
Annabanana was my first partner in Anime Vice's wiki community and one of my best friends. We work on Fairy Tail wiki project for a long time. I still work on the project to keep the story of our work along with our teammates alive. It was Fairy Tail that revolutionized the wiki editing we know. Anna was one of the best wiki editors I know in the community. I can't thank her enough. She got me into many different anime series when we were wiki editing. She made wiki editing fun.
Acura Max
Acura Max
Acura Max was a wiki mod from Screened, and he's from Pennsylvania. He and I were wiki editors on Screened, Anime Vice, and To Hollywood and Beyond Wikia. Acura is a dedicated guy who knows both of our communities intimately. He and I worked on episode summaries for Star Trek, Korra, Valvrave, Robotics;Notes, and Walking Dead. He and BigHeart711 always helped out the anime seasonal guides. I would help Acura with the Screened TV trailer guide, too. He was the one who got me into the mech genre of anime and also into Star Trek and Walking Dead TV shows. I was a TV noob. I didn't watch a lot of TV shows. Acura wouldn't stop recommend TV shows to me. I always appreciate Acura for being there when things got tough.

Acura Max reached 100,000 wiki points on October 11, 2013 back in Screened. I was proud of him.
FinalDasaHe was the manager of Screened. I admired his tenacity in promoting Screened. In the face of not having funding or help from Bermanbraun (now known as Whalerock Industries), he kept working with his group. People respected and admired FinalDasa for never giving up. He would write an article a day except holidays. That man deserves vacation and time off for what he has done. He always supported and loved his community even other Whiskey Media communities. I was glad to help Acura and him with the Screened wiki projects and Top Movies and TV Shows of 2013.
KuronekoXIII
KuronekoXIII
One of my close friends from Canada. He and I first met in the Sket Dance weekly reviews. He loved the reviews and joined our Sket Dance wiki team. Later, he and I worked on Guilty Crown and finished the episode summaries together.
Tom Pinchuk
Tom Pinchuk
Tom Pinchuk is the current manager of Anime Vice, creator of Hybrid Bastards, and screenwriter of Max Steel. Without him, we wouldn't have Anime Vice. I thank him for believing in our users. When I met him back in Los Angeles (AX 2013), it was surreal meeting someone you only know of in the internet. Being thank by Tom personally made my day. Looking at Foxx, Daniel, and other users, I didn't believe I made much difference in my online community in comparison. I was just a normal wiki editor. I told him it was folks who worked with me, particularly Daniel. I spoke so much about Daniel Newton instead of myself with Tom. Tom told me not to put myself down. He told me that Daniel thought highly of me. If it wasn't for us two encouraging others to start up community projects, Anime Vice wouldn't have much user content. Like Ethan Lance, Tom told me to keep thinking of ideas and told me to stay in touch if I get any ideas.

I promise him I'll keep working hard for Anime Vice. Months later, I started off the Cultural interviews project that made a huge difference by showing Anime Vice is one of the best international online anime community. Its history is forever etched in the An Entire World of Anime Fans! -- THE VICE PIT video. It was such an honor. I thank Tom for giving me this opportunity.
Daniel Newton
Daniel Newton
He's one of my best friends who is one of the biggest and influential person in this community. He's a writer at Bago Games. Not only he came up with dozens of non wiki community projects and games, he revolutionized the wiki community. His roots were in Fairy Tail where he bump into me and Anna. Took us under his wing and promoted our work. Suggested things to improve the wiki for Fairy Tail which was passed out to different wiki projects. Fairy Tail was his wiki experiment. We were carrying out experiments in coding, something new that a lot of wiki editors haven't much experience with.

He and Foxx would clash in their views over the wiki a lot, but that shows how much respect I seen between him and Foxx. Daniel will always take the initiative and do something crazy and innovated just to help the community.

I admired Daniel a lot for thinking outside of the box. I would ask him, Foxx, and sickVisionz wiki questions when I was a young user and then, a wiki mod. He did warned me not to go into the battle forums, knowing the type of person I am. Leave it to Sonata. I couldn't abandon Sonata even it did hurt me emotionally.
Foxx is one of the best wiki editors, currently number one in our community. He had helped out me and my team countless times. He's a passionate artist who fought for Anime Vice's recognition in front of the Whiskey Media sites, Comic Vine and Giant Bomb in particular. I wasn't brave as Foxx. I was too passive compared to him. I let people step over me while Foxx wouldn't let anyone get to him. He isn't afraid to speak his mind. Foxx made a lot of impact on our community especially the wiki. He made us feel proud of our work in the community spotlight. I admit we're not close. He's like an older, tsundere brother to me. Well, I know that sounds funny. He does that to me a lot. I know it.
Ethan Lance
Ethan Lance
Ethan Lance was the engineer who help created Anime Vice. Not many young users today after the Whiskey Media sale out knew his legacy and his contributions. While Tom Pinchuk wasn't wiki oriented, Ethan was pro community and was aggressive in the wiki aspects of the community. He personally thank me for being Gung Ho and making wiki teams when he saw our Fairy Tail team.

It's a shame we lose Ethan Lance back in 2012. Having a strong staff presence makes people especially my teammates feel safe and acknowledged in their work. He and Tom always stress to me to promote user content, be community driven. I had carried their words while following in their footsteps.
PikaHyper
PikaHyper
PikaHyper is a wiki mod from Comic Vine. He's the best wiki elite because in 2012, he got up to 200,000 wiki points in Anime Vice under 2 months just by adding manga volumes. He stops because he was needed to lead Comic Vine's wiki editing frontier. I would visit Comic Vine to help promote manga releases and add Japanese manga releases from Anime Vice's incoming seasonal trailer guides. I would ask him for advice concerning the wiki for both Comic Vine and Anime Vice.

He's true friend. He would welcome Anime Vice's wiki editors should AV suffers the same fate as Screened.
Wales
Wales
Wales was a cool guy from Georgia. He was an active wiki editor who talked to me about college a lot. We were close friends. He would help me and Anna on the Fairy Tail wiki pages. I help him on the Legend of Korra pages. I took over with Acura Max's help on Screened and then Anime Vice. Wales was very influential on me. He didn't want me to work in Anime Vice too much. He warned me that the site wouldn't last forever and to take it easy with the wiki. He knows I'm really attached to this site and its wiki pages. He was right. Years later, we had Whiskey Media sale out. He knew Whiskey Media had some fall outs when he noticed AV wasn't getting enough attention from staff compared to other sites. He was talking about financial reports on the company and pointed out to telltale signs.
Taichokage
Taichokage
Taichokage is a veteran user over at the battle forums and one of the top Toriko and Magi wiki editors. His work on the character pages is amazing. I first met him in December 2013 when I was writing a quick Best Battle User of the Month. Turns out I didn't know the guy. Everyone in the battle forums know the guy and respected him a lot. I didn't have enough time to interview Taichokage like I did for future Best Battle User of the Month threads. I just combed through his profile.

He always supportive of the community. He's well rounded and dedicated. After reaching 10,000 forum posts, he's working on his goal to reach 100,000 wiki points.
ZombiePieI used to wiki edit in Giant Bomb. ZombiePie always spotlighted the Fire Emblem pages from the Fire Emblem wiki team. He would visit Anime Vice and put up playful banters with the community members. He loves all of the Whiskey Media sites. Like PikaHyper, I would visit Giant Bomb to comment on the community spotlight and chat with ZB a bit. I would ask ZombiePie about stuff in Anime Vice and Giant in regards to wiki.

Accomplishments

Finally, here's a list of accomplishments that my teammates and I did over course of 4 years in this site. The links go to recognition blogs I created to highlight my teammates' work.

  • Shaman King (Manga only) Finished on October 8, 2011.
  • Rave Master (Anime only) - Finished on June 28, 2011 with Fire_Star.
  • Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? of the Dead (Anime only) - Finished all plot summaries on June 2012. For the first season, it's incomplete.
  • Guilty Crown (Anime only) - Finished episode summaries with KuroNekoXIII's help around May 2012.
  • Fate/Zero (Anime only) - Finished episode summaries on July 2, 2012.
  • La Storia della Arcana Famiglia (Anime only) - Finished episode summaries with BigHeart711 and Sonata on September 16, 2012.
  • Humanity has Declined (Anime only) - Finished episode summaries with BigHeart711 on September 18, 2012.
  • Blue Exorcist (Anime only) - Finished episode summaries with Annabanana on September 23, 2012.
  • Binbo-gami ga! (Anime only) - Finished episode summaries with Sonata, Daniel Newton, and DocHaus on September 28, 2012.
  • Campione (Anime only) - Finished episode summaries with Daniel Newton and Sonata on September 29, 2012.
  • Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero (Anime only) - Finished episode summaries with Daniel Newton and Sonata on September 29, 2012.
  • Tari Tari (Anime only) - Finished episode summaries with Auron570's help on October 6, 2012.
  • Btooom (Anime only) - Finished the episode summaries on December 2012.
  • Robotics;Notes - Finished episode summaries with Acura Max's help on March 29, 2013.
  • Pet Girl of Sakurasou - Finished episode summaries with Daniel Newton in March 2013.
  • Magi - the Labyrinth of Magic - Finished all of the episode summaries on April 10, 2013.
  • The Severing Crime Edge - Finished episode summaries on June 29, 2013.
  • Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet - Finished episode summaries with Acura Max's help on June 30, 2013.
  • Valvrave the Liberator - Finished episode summaries with Acura Max's help on July 2, 2013.
  • Oreimo 1 and 2 - Finished episode summares on June 29, 2013.
  • Devil is a Part Timer - Finished episode summaries with Daniel Newton and DocHaus on June 29, 2013.
  • Oreimo 2 OVAs - Finished all summaries on August 22, 2013.
  • Attack on Titan - Finished all episode summaries on September 29, 2013.
  • Danganronpa - Finished all episode summaries with Sonata during the fall of 2013.

I'll complete this soon. I have a full list of all my important wiki work, solo and team. I have a lot of work to record. I realized I didn't record dates of completion in some of my projects.

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Welcome to another week of DVD and Blu-Ray releases! It's a small selection for the summer season. I haven't tried Busou Shinki, Shiki, and Red Data Girl. I know my teammate Acura Max watched that show. Chances are we have similar tastes, so I might like the show. It's been a while since I watch Pokemon. I'm on X and Y, watching random episodes with children at Church. I missed the first episode where Ash meets S

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

  • Anime News Network did not list Red Data Girl and Pokemon Black and White.

Sources

DVD and Blu Ray Releases

Busou Shinki: Armored War Goddess DVD Complete Collection
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $49.98

Some guys wait their entire life to meet the girl of their dreams, but high school freshman Rihito is already living with four of them! And they're (almost) always ready and willing to help him with whatever difficult task their "Master" needs to be handled. So, how did Rihito get to be so lucky?

Well, while Hina, Ann, Ines and Rene may not be exactly high maintenance, Rihito does have to make sure that they're lubricated regularly and their batteries are recharged. That's because they're Shinki: tiny, six-inch high, customizable androids. But don't let their tiny size fool you. These little ladies have more than full-size intelligence and emotions, and since each one would prefer to be Rihito's favorite, there's sure to be a little mechanical friction! Get ready for sparks to fly as these battery powered princesses take charge of Rihito's world!

Contains episodes 1-13.

RDG Red Data Girl DVD Complete Series
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested Retail Price: $54.98

Izumiko is a fifteen year old outcast who was raised in seclusion at an ancient shrine hidden deep within the forest. This mysterious teenager destroys any electrical device she attempts to use, and her painful shyness has left her with few, if any, friends. Her world begins to evolve after enrolling in Houjou Academy, a school home to students of supernatural origins. Accompanied by her fated guardian, the brooding monk-in-training Miyuki, Izumiko soon discovers the shocking truth about herself: she is a vessel for the spirt of a powerful and vengeful goddess from a time long since passed. As her bond with Miyuki grows stronger, the spirit lurking within Izumiko begins to awaken. Can this fragile beauty learn to control her newfound power - or will the secret she carries make her the enemy of all mankind?

Special Features: Episode Commentaries (2, 7), Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song, U.S. Trailer, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Pokémon: Black & White: Rival Destinies DVD Set 3
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested Retail Price: $26.95

The way to Icirrus City is fraught with excitement and at Twist Mountain, they fall right in the middle of another Team Rocket plot. In Icirrus City, Ash finds himself on thin ice fighting for his seventh Gym Badge - literally! Then, Ash's quest for his eighth and final Gym Badge from Virbank City turns out to be a multimedia event. And everyone will face rivals old and new when their training is put to the ultimate test at the Pokemon World Tournament Junior Cup!

Contains episodes 25-49.

Shiki DVD.Blu-Ray Complete Series - S.A.V,E, Edition
  • Distributor: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $34.98

When citizens of a secluded village begin dying off in alarming numbers, the sole hospital's head doctor tries desperately to save his patients. But his efforts are in vain. Entire families are wiped out while others desert their homes. All hell breaks loose as the villagers discover their loved ones' corpses are rising from the grave with an insatiable thirst for human blood. Haunting, hallucinogenic and unnerving to the core, Shiki stares into the hearts of both the hunter and the hunted. Who is safe when the urge to kill in order to survive blurs the line between man and monster?

Contains episodes 1-22 plus episodes 20.5 and 21.5. Special Features: Episode Commentaries (1, 12, 18, 22), Preview Featurette Volumes 1-9, Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song, Trailers.

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I really don’t understand Fairy Tail these days. I mean, I understand the kind of manga I am dealing with, but even removing it from more serious categories of manga doesn’t rationalize chapters like this, which seem so wasteful. If Hiro is pushing towards a specific end, I am yet to understand it, that is beyond continuing to ruin what was a really great story.

THE CHAPTER:

Face rises across the land. Minerva and Erza’s battle comes to an end as a surprising ally enters the battle field.

MY THOUGHTS:

Here is the thing; Fairy Tail is a story largely revolved around the idea of Nakama as some sort of empowering element; and that explains why so many of these arcs turn out the way they usually do.

But the Tartaros Arc is turning into a disturbing facsimile of the Daimatou Enbu arc; what turned the Daimatou Enbu saga into something less than impressive was the waste, the way Hiro created interested plots and threw them down the toilet, a stark example being Sting and his sudden decision to give up on an easy win.

At one point I thought that to be the worst thing to ever happen in the entire Fairy Tail, that is until these events in chapter 388, that basically saw Minerva receive the same very typical very cheesy Fairy Tail redemption usually assigned to less interesting villain.

SERIOUSLY? This was what we had been anticipating reading all this time? This is the epic Minerva/Erza showdown Hiro has been teasing since the last arc? Hiro gave us a glimpse of what could be earlier in the year, made threats of something new to come the next time Erza and Minerva clashed, possibly hidden demonic powers that might bring Erza and her Nakagami armor to her knees, possibly bringing about a surprise twist in the final outcome.

THIS IS THE DEMON MINERVA WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR? REALLY? I am…stunned at how these arcs and plots are starting to feel recycled; and I feared this would happen during the Daimatou Enbu, a justified fear after almost every villain in the tournament turned into a Natsu wannabe following the Fairy Tail mantra.

Except Hiro did the unexpected and presented MInerva as a truly immovable villain, one who wouldn’t be shaken by Fairy Tail friendship magic, and who couldn’t stop till she had laid waste to Erza and her crew.

…I just don’t get it. I understand what Fairy Tail is, and this rant isn’t about the series’ repetitive use of Nakama power related solutions such as this. My irritation is aimed towards Hiro’s continuous teasing, basically dangling one potential story only to deliver another less satisfying version.

This came out of nowhere. At no point was it ever hinted that MInerva would be undergoing this very sudden very unwarranted shift in loyalties.

I am so enraged by the events of this chapter that I am forgetting to mention Sting and Rogue, who ended chapter 388 with a bang. That is one surprise that was appreciated, because I am finding myself suddenly very uninterested in reading anything about any member of the Fairy Tail Guild. Except for maybe Gray. And Lucy and Wendy.

RATING: 3/10, one needs to ask. Does Fairy Tail have any actual villains to speak of? One might mention Zero but he was more insane than evil, and Hades made a recent shift from dark to light. Zeref has already proven that he posses some modicum of goodness in him, a light Natsu will no doubt bring out.

That doesn’t leave anyone that I can think of.

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This was brutal, and surprisingly so, even considering the lengths to which Shinobu Ohtaka has gone in past arcs; I have found some difficult to enjoying these flashbacks, mostly because the stakes haven’t felt real enough to me for quite a while, not like they would usually feel with our usual cast of characters.

Yet that didn’t negate the impact of this chapter, which, I suppose, is going to have epic consequences with regards to the war against David.

THE CHAPTER:

Solomon and Ugo attempt to escape their self made trap even as David launches an assault against their home.

MY THOUGHTS:

Chapter 229 was all over the place, starting off quite dull, entering some really muddy waters and then coming out ahead in one of the manga’s most brutal and gut wrenching scenes. There was a point in the chapter were events seemed like they were starting to turn down a clichéd path.

Ugo’s ability to lift the barrier puzzled me; because even his genius doesn’t explain his ability to overcome a trap that took centuries to create; the gibberish in between didn’t help matters. I don’t think we needed a step by step description of exactly how Ugo went about breaking the barrier.

Even as a means of proving his genius, it was unnecessary, and I didn’t buy. That being said it made for interesting progress, watching Solomon basically prop Ugo up as the greatest wizard the planet had seen, not because of any ostensible magical ability, but due to the wonders he had proven capable of achieving through the power of his brain.

One might look at this as an interesting shift in the development of these characters; we have spent so much time watching Ugo fawn over the might of Solomon, it is interesting to understand how highly Solomon views Ugo. It explains their friendship and a lot about what we know of Aladdin’s Ugo and his relationship with the young magi.

There was that moment as Solomon and crew were racing back home that I thought of the scenes we were about to witness, specifically the final clash between father and son that would see the city saved and justice delivered, before the city finally came into view. I expected devastation of some sort, but not an utter obliteration of the city.

This more than changes everything. For one thing these events give credence to revelations made in chapter 222.5, about David’s ability to foresee the future; that he foresaw his son’s rebellion, the force that he would raise to stop him and created a means to utterly crush him places David a few pegs above the all knowing Aizen.

This is a villain like we haven’t seen in Magi. Seriously though, this wasn’t just any little old massacre. David obliterated everything, the home and the communities that Solomon and crew had spent the past decade creating, a life and families that now lie in ruins.

What this is going to do to Solomon’s will, one can only imagine. We can already presume that this is going to lead into the fated Alma Toran tragedy, of which this is a portion. After all most of his followers are likely to lose faith in him, no longer viewing him as that divine creature beyond reproach and in whom they will choose to trust.

Seriously, this changes everything. After that last scene, with Tess’ last words, it suddenly makes all the sense in the world, how some of these powerful and initially righteous people could fall into depravity. Those that were making presumptions about Sheba’s role in Al Tharmen might have to reconsider their position

Because if there is one thing we know about Gyokuen, it’s that she’s crazy. And if there is one recently prominent trait we have come to learn about Arba, it’s the violent nature she might be harboring beneath her calm exterior.

One can imagine the events of this chapter pushing her over the edge. Magi has taken quite the turn in chapter 229, and one has to wonder how this tragedy will translate into the golden days of Solomon we saw in Aladdin’s visions near the end.

RATING: 7/10, despite a few hiccups at the start, this chapter really shined at the end.

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Lots of talking in this chapter, and I can’t say it progressed the story beyond making lots of inferences and hinting at a bunch of potential future plots; not a bad chapter though, containing that great noblesse humor I have grown to love, and some touching moments.

THE CHAPTER:

Rai’s revival triggers a spectral appearance, sentiments are exchanged as Rai’s revitalization is explained

MY THOUGHTS:

This chapter spoke more about Noblesse’s future than I gave it credit on my first reading; admittedly these are little more than assumption. But considerable portions of the manga have placed emphasis upon Rai’s fleeting mortality and the precarious nature of his existence.

I guess it is symbolic that a being whose power revolves around blood manipulation would need to draw upon his own life force to exact his duties as a Noblesse. Part of me wasn’t happy with what seemed like a return to the status quo, muzzling Rai’s power once more under a life threatening consequence to using his abilities.

It all feels like an attempt by the authors evade having to deal with the power house that Rai is, and the difficulties of creating credible threats in the presence of his overwhelming strength; a cop out in fact, because I was looking forward to following a fully powered Rai in action, no longer held back by life threatening restrictions.

And I still can’t say I am happy with the Manhwa’s decision to keep the leash on. Yet one might consider what the story is trying to hint at. Rai isn’t likely to survive to the end of Noblesse.

Certainly the Manhwa is called Noblesse and should logically follow the progress of the Noblesse; but the Lord’s inability to revitalize Rai seems to predict the Noblesse’ eventual end, the idea that Rai’s position and power have set him on a collision course towards a painful death, under the thumb of his abilities, most likely in an effort to save his friends.

That would make for a tragic turn in the series, and one that seems even more likely to come about with the clear indication in chapter 326 that there is no permanent fix to Rai’s condition. But maybe this is great set up on the author’s part, an opportunity to finally develop all those peripheral characters that surround Rai, usually quick to fall and hence requiring his aid and who will now have to step forward to protect their master from the need of having to put his life on the line for innocent human lives.

Over all interesting stuff, at least in the context of the over arcing story. Raskrea’s moments were nice to read, allowing the Lord an opportunity to finally put to rest her bitter feelings towards her father.

RATING: 7/10, a character driven chapter that I can appreciate.

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Wooo! Now this is why I read shonen manga, the opportunity to experience the sorts of brief surges of excitement one is bound to get from reading great battle manga chapters such as this.

THE CHAPTER:

Meliodas continues to defend against a fierce onslaught, seemingly losing his footing even as he puts in play a conniving counter.

MY THOUGHS:

This is what I want from battle oriented chapters in shonen manga; certainly it might seem like I have spent several weeks complaining about shonen manga chapters placing way too much emphasis on fights. And indeed battle chapters, unlike battle oriented anime episodes, can get quite old and irritating, monotonous in following the blow by bow moments of a given fight.

Unless they actually go about accomplishing something during or at the end of the fight oriented chapter in question; which is what we got this week. Chapter 81 was convincing in portraying the pressure elicited from combating three holy knights in one go, the art descriptive of the epicre natu and scale of the battle; all in all keeping events dynamic and shifting the advantage between sides all the way to the last moment.

All in all a battle worth a few bitten nails, and continuing to delve deeper into the Deadly Sins mythos; well, doing more scratching than digging, but at a pace that I can accept if the chapters maintain this level of excitement and interest.

There were some actual twists in this chapter that I didn’t see coming.

RATING: 6/10, okay not mind blowing but most definitely better than the last few chapters. Margaret is proving to be a more interesting character in her few short appearances than her sister Elizabeth, who is basically the Lucy of Nanatsu no Taizai.

Scratch that, I am actually starting to like Lucy.

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Vinland Saga 101 Chapters in One Day Binge (Summer 2013 Experiences)

Last night while I was studying for exam this week, I was looking at the weekly manga releases for this week. I work on a project to promote manga releases in the US. (see my last week one, Weekly Manga Releases: June 10, 2014). I notice Right Stuf was having a Kodansha special sale. It was going to end at 11:59 CT. I was going through what Kodansha titles I wanted to buy besides Attack on Titan. I saw Vinland Saga, and I was curious because I remember Ben Applegate, an editor I listened to during the Kodansha Q & A Panel at Anime Expo 2013, was recommending this manga series along with Sankarea and Sherlock Bones. I told myself I'm going to preview one chapter to see if I like it or not. Then, buy the manga volume.

5 hours later

Okay, I just read 50 chapters or so illegally. (I'm a hypocrite, but I do buy manga volumes to support the industry). I ended up buying Missions of Love for little sister and Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 1-2 and Attack on Titan: No Regrets Vol. 1-2. I didn't get to buy Vinland Saga in time. I will buy key volumes of Vinland Saga that have explored a character and show their death in the future when Right Stuf holds another Kodansha special sale.

3:43 AM - June 17, 2014

Damn, I just read over 100 chapters.

In conclusion, I never read something so addicting in a long time since One Piece (see Summer 2012 Experience: Trying Some New Anime and Manga). I read One Piece at my public library. They had around 25 volumes, so I did spent one whole day at the library reading from volume 1 to volume 12 or so. I ended up checking out later volumes to read at home. For Vinland Saga, I wanted to see what happened next. I couldn't stop at the end of story arcs where the Viking invasion stopped. What happened to our hero after his quest of vengeance has ended?

Without Spoilers, here's my recommendation:

As a child, Thorfinn sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericson and thrilled to wild tales of a land far to the west. But his youthful fantasies were shattered by a mercenary raid. Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn became a terrifying warrior, forever seeking to kill the band's leader, Askeladd, and avenge his father. Sustaining Throfinn through his ordeal are his pride in his family and his dreams of a fertile westward land, a land without war or slavery...the land Leif called Vinland.

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Vinland Saga is based on the history of the Vikings that invaded England from the perspective of our main hero, Thorfinn. It's a tale that emphasizes three core themes:

  • Revenge
  • War
  • Slavery

If you love reading about warriors and their tale of hardships during war and peace time, it's a manga series for you. The violence in this manga series is on par with Attack on Titan. It's jarring for me because you see humans killing humans brutally compared to Titans killing humans brutally. Lots of decapitation and female nudity. While it doesn't show rape explicitly, it does have scenes of implied rape. In war, the Vikings and other countries plunder villages, kill the men, and rape the women. Then, they sell some of the women and men into slavery. I would not recommend this manga to teenagers and younger unless you have a thick skin.

Related Manga Series to Recommend

  • Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic - Like Vinland Saga, this series has dark elements exploring war, slavery, and racism. Unlike Vinland Saga, Magi is more light hearted because there is no rape or really gorey violence. There was a decapitation scene once, but it was more watered down.
    Magi has fan service which Vinland Saga does not have. Expect lot of chibi and boobs in Magi.
  • One Piece - The series has emphasized slavery in two major story arcs late in the series: Sabaody Archipelago and Mermaid Island story arcs. Unlike Vinland Saga, One Piece is more about the adventure rather than war.
Magi - Labyrinth of Magic
Magi - Labyrinth of Magic
Story revolves around Aladdin who finds a magic flute that houses a djinn name Ugo, a magical being that is similar to genie. The two travel together around the world to discover more djinns. Along the journey, Aladdin encounters and make friends as well as enemies, while discovering true purpose of his life.
via Anime Vice

Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic - Like Vinland Saga, this series has dark elements exploring war, slavery, and racism. Unlike Vinland Saga, Magi is more light hearted because there is no rape or really gorey violence. There was a decapitation scene once, but it was more watered down.
One Piece
One Piece
One Piece is an anime adaptation of Eiichiro Oda's manga. Following the adventures of Luffy and his mischievous friends out to find One Piece, and in their adventure they will find many enemies and friends that will help them in their journey.
via Anime Vice

One Piece - The series has emphasized slavery in two major story arcs late in the series: Sabaody Archipelago and Mermaid Island story arcs. Unlike Vinland Saga, One Piece is more about the adventure rather than war.

Thank you everyone for reading. I hope you try Vinland Saga. It's a good read.

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  • Producer: Studio Deen
  • Release Date: October 29, November 26, and December 24, 2014. Final episode will be on January 28, 2015.

*It's a four episode OVA series distributed episode by episode on those dates.

Plot:

The story revolves around a doll called "Hybrid Child" which grows reflecting the owner's affection. Kotarou Izumi, who is the 16th head of the noble Izumi family, found a hybrid child at the garbage disposal spot when he was eight years old. He has lived with the doll named Hazuki for 10 years since then. However, Kotarou learns Hazuki's life is close to the end.

Sources

For more Summer 2014 anime and movie trailers, please check out the Summer 2014 Anime Trailer Guide.

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I know it's not Friday, but today is Father's Day. I got sidetracked due to work, school, and other businesses. Hey everyone, how was father's day? I spent the whole day working at the diner with my father. That was pretty much it aside from being shocked that he wanted me to take over the business.

Anyways, let's get started on this weird blog/project I started out on a spur of the moment a few months ago or so. Previous Fetish Fridays were done with comments from Twitter. I ask random Vicers and former Vicers about their fetishes. Sometimes, they found me crazy and ignored me. Others shared with me with some fun details. I share that with everyone after explaining why is this a fetish. Right now, I didn't had time to ask folks on Twitter. I would love to for next time.

Reasons Why Folks Love Dads

My brain is fried after working the whole day. I was reading the MILF and Mature Men and Women Fetish friday blogs to refresh my memory.

  • Like the mature women fetish, having the smarts, the fun, and the sexiness. He's dependable and reliable.
  • Some are doting while some treat folks with some tough love.

That's all I have for now. Here's a quick list of anime fathers I thought of a few minutes ago. I excluded deceased fathers.

Kotetsu T. Kaburagi
He's a proud superhero, Wild Tiger, who finds himself forced into a partnership with a new guy. He is a brash, reckless guy but good natured. He's on my list for being a cool dad.
Spirit Albarn
A womanizer and one of the Top Death Scythes in DWMA. For those who haven't seen Soul Eater, there are folks who protect others by becoming a weapon and joining a Meister, the person who wields the weapon. After a divorce with his wife, Spirit tries to make it up to Maka, his daughter. Despite being a bad dad and unfaithful to his wife, he's on my list for being one of the entertaining characters I grew to love along with Stein and Shinigami in the show.
Isshin Kurosaki
Father of Ichigo Kurosaki - a doting man who treats his daughters like princesses but roughs his son with tough love. He's a single father, raising three kids by himself after losing his wife. (Can't mention spoilers here for new folks who just got into Bleach)
He's on my list for being a fun character.
Joseph Joestar
When he was his own main character during Battle Tendency arc, he was nothing like his father who was a true gentleman. Joseph is arrogant and cocky in his abilities. Facing a strong opponent he cannot beat yet, he would cheat his way out. Now, in Stardust Crusaders, he plays the grandpa role to Jotaro and father role to Holy.

Thank you everyone for reading. What's your list of cool anime and manga dads?

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