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Is there really anything to Noblesse beyond its gorgeous art?

Yes, there is a lot more to Noblesse than the impressive looking panels, chief amongst which are the great characters. But here’s the thing; if the art was all Noblesse had to offer, I would probably still read it.

Chapter 341 was just, wow. I don’t know what the heck the authors have going for them that no one else does, but Manhwa shouldn’t look this good. With the way the action scenes played out in the latest chapter of Noblesse I might as well have been watching the anime, one page at a time.

THE CHAPTERS:
Lunark and Keitan face off against the newcomers as both teams gear up to undertake their mission to capture Muzaka. RK4 continues its grueling training, that much more determined to protect their master from his own power.

MY THOUGHTS:
I love shonen manga, especially action oriented shonen manga, and Noblesse is like an overdose of shonen battle manga. The action sequences just get better with each new chapter and arc. Thinking on it, if Noblesse ever gets animated it just might end up losing this quality of art.
+The Good
Noblesse is great when its goofy, especially when it is smattering these funny elements in between the serious moments. Truth be told that is one area where the series can get campy, whenever the story gets too serious and rather clumsily attempts to display the suffering of its characters, especially for one another that results.

The last two chapters, these two chapters and the next few chapters are most likely going stick with the training; and I don’t mind, shonen gets good when allowing us to see just what our heroes must go through to get stronger.

IN Noblesse’ case its mind crushing pain as Takeo and group expose themselves to the dark spear and its soul and body consuming abilities, even as M21 confronts Karius in a fight to the death.

Where the scenes in the lab with Frankenstein managed to remain light, allowing our heroes’ personalities to shine through their anguish, M-21’s material took a more serious tone, specifically regarding M-21’s willingness to suffer for the sake of his comrades.
Again, typical shonen tropes that I none the less love reading within the Noblesse context.
+The Great
Okay I can’t emphasize enough just how great chapter 341 looked; the Noblesse secret lies, not in its crisp clean lines and backgrounds, but the way it infuses atmosphere into its scenes through subtle yet dramatic elements.

It makes for a more animated result, and Noblesse felt like it was running on all cylinders with that last chapter, especially the way it represented fluidity and motion.
+What mattered?
Well, nothing. And that is my problem. Chapter 340 was a whole load of unnecessary and very circular conversations; with characters wasting several panels saying absolutely nothing. This was most ostensible with the werewolves, with several their boisterous words and egotistical replies.

If not for Takeo’s funny scenes chapter 340 would have been a total waste; and actually it was, because the chapter felt long and yet nothing whatsoever happened, or at least not anything of note.

Chapter 341 was an action fest, so that’s something. The panels tried to remain relevant to the training theme, so much so that none of the 24 pages felt wasted, which is good. As far as story progression is concerned, M-21 has finally transformed, which means we might be done with this training business very soon.

And he looks a lot like Muzaka.

RATING: 6/10, I could have done without chapter 340; even as a means of introducing new villains, that was a lot of wasted words.
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This week's manga releases is normal size. Last week was super size! I love Deadman Wonderland, Magi, and Case Closed.

  • Deadman Wonderland is for those who can tolerate brutal violence with cool powers you see in Shonen shows. It's not for the light hearted folks.
  • Magi is a fun Shonen series with Fairy Tail fan service level that has a bit of a dark side which deals with slavery and racism.
  • Case Closed - I only seen the anime. I love it for its mystery cases and lots of romance angst.

Unfamiliar series - I still have Flowers of Evil on my to read list. It's one of the dark horse anime series back in 2013.

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

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

Sources

Notes

  • Bride of the Water God Vol. 16 isn't listed on ANN. Right Stuf and Comic Stores have it listed this week. Amazon has it on Oct. 28.
  • ANN listed Magical Girl Apocalypse last week while Right Stuf has it this week.
  • Raqiya Vol. 1 and 2 are not listed on Right Stuf while ANN and Amazon has it for this week.

Manga

Ajin: Demi-Human Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

High school student Kei Nagai is struck dead in a grizzly traffic accident, but immediately revives to learn that he may not be like every other human. Instead, he may be a mysterious almost immortal being granted not only the powers of rejuvination but the abilities to see supernatural beings.

Scared, Kei runs away, and is aided in his escape from society by his friend. Unfortunately for Kei, the manhunt is on and he will soon be caught within a conflict between mankind and others like him as they prepare to fight a new war based on terror.

Bride of the Water God Volume 16
  • Distributor: Dark Horse
  • Suggested Retail Price: $9.99

Life as a mortal is horrifying and hazardous for the former water god Habaek! His fragile human form has been cursed by a jealous goddess, and his vengeful mother - unaware of his sincere love for Soah - seeks to kill his human bride! While his mother wishes to pull Habaek back into the realm of the gods, another goddess simply wants to see Habaek and Soah suffer on Earth. And other envious humans and gods bring further problems to our star-crossed lovers!

Case Closed Volume 52
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

The Metropolitan Police set up a sting operation to catch a criminal who's threatened to kill a bride and groom. But before anyone can say, "I do," Conan realizes the killer is already in the wedding party...

Then, the Junior Detective League tries to solve a murder in a room where everything's a little topsy-turvy. And Rachel and Serena find a man stabbed to death at the site of a romantic scene from their favorite TV drama. Which of the hopeful lovers leaving red handkerchiefs at the scene is really a murderer?

Deadman Wonderland Volume 5
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

With their leader captured, Scar Chain's uprising is thwarted by the Undertakers. Ganta seeks training so he can learn to use his Branch of Sin powers, even though doing so will draw him further into the deadly plots brewing inside the prison. The final battle between Scar Chain and the Undertakers is coming, but who really wins when one of them loses?

Magi Volume 8
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Alibaba's old friend Cassim has fallen to evil and transformed into a Dark Djinn that threatens everyone in Balbadd. The battle rages, and even Sinbad struggles to hold his ground as he fights alongside Alibaba against Cassim and Judar. And on the sidelines, even more enemies wait for their chance to pounce. Without Aladdin and Ugo, the forces of darkness seem to have the upper hand...

Raqiya: The New Book of Revelation Volume 1
  • Distributor: One Peace Books
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

A truck driver loses control in the Nevada desert and leaves one family dead in an explosive crash. But there is a sole survivor, Luna Hazuki, who makes a pact with a mysterious demon to regain the happiness that was robbed from her. Seven years later she is still living with the family that was supposed to be dead. But little does Luna know that the pact she made will lead to the Apocalypse and the end of the human race. A truck driver loses control in the Nevada desert and leaves one family dead in an explosive crash. But there is a sole survivor, Luna Hazuki, who makes a pact with a mysterious demon to regain the happiness that was robbed from her. Seven years later she is still living with the family that was supposed to be dead. But little does Luna know that the pact she made will lead to the Apocalypse and the end of the human race.

Raqiya: The New Book of Revelation Volume 2
  • Distributor: One Peace Books
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95
Say I Love You. Volume 4
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

FEAR AND BEAUTY

Surviving the first major battle in her relationship with Yamato Kurosawa, Mei feels her ties with her first-ever boyfriend are deeper than ever. But then a budding model with her eyes on Yamato moves into town, and draws the photogenic Yamato into the world of photo shoots and fashion. Now Mei has to grapple with the painful pangs of jealousy, and a creeping fear that she might be left alone yet again...

The Flowers of Evil Volume 11
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $10.95

Bookworm Takao falls in love with Nanako, but he cannot express his feelings through words. Instead he secretively acts out in a heat of passion, which creates a huge scandal in his school. There is one person who knows his true nature, and this girl will do anything to nurture what this Charles Baudelaire hides.

Adult Releases (NSFW)

  • Amazon and Right Stuf listed Blue Morning for this week while ANN did not.
Blue Morning Volume 5
  • Distributor: Viz Books
  • Suggested Retail Price: $12.99

Still reeling from Katsuragi's confession, Akihito attends Marquise Moriyama's evening ball. There he comes face-to-face with his late father's half brother, Naotsugu. Though Katsuragi arranged the meeting with the intention of helping both Akihito and the Kuze family name, Akihito decides against giving the family over to Naotsugu, bringing Akihito to the unsettling realization that he may not fully trust Katsuragi.

Meanwhile, Katsuragi meets with Marquise Moriyama and boldly demands recompense for all that he has done.

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Welcome to the 3rd week of October! We got a small selection this week. Since Fate Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works anime series is airing this fall 2014 season, we have the original anime series, Fate Stay Night, out this week as Blu-Ray. I definitely check that one out. For unfamiliar series, Hanasaku Iroha catches my eyes with its beautiful cover. I'm not much of a slice of life fan, but I'm willing to try anything new.

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

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

Sources

Notes

  • Amazon does not list Hanasaku Iroha.

DVD and Blu Ray Releases

Fate/Stay Night - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $99.98

Raised by a mysterious sorcerer after the horrific death of his parents, Shiro Emiya has only just begun to help others using the small tidbits of magic that he's learned. However, when he's suddenly caught in a battle between two more powerful Magus, Shiro finds himself performing a spell above his expected ability, summoning the beautiful spirit warrior Saber to protect him! But safety is only momentary as Shiro and Saber now find themselves thrust into in a secret world of dark magic and deadly challenges: a no-holds-barred duel to the death known as the Holy Grail War!

At stake is a prize of unimaginable power, but can the inexperienced Shiro and Saber survive long enough to even enter the contest? First they'll have to withstand waves of treachery and assassination, even as Shiro scrambles to learn everything he'll need to know to stay alive as seven teams of Magus and Spirit Servants face off in mortal combat!

Contains episodes 1-24. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Hanasaku Iroha the Movie: Home Sweet Home [Premium Edition] (Sub.Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: NIS America
  • Suggested retail price: $49.99
In the days before the Bonbori Festival, Ohana's friend Yuina comes to Kissuiso for training. While cleaning up after her, Ohana discovers a logbook kept by Beans from when her mother, Satsuki, was still a youth at Kissuisso. Through the logbook, Ohana catches a glimpse of her mother's struggles, and realizes that maybe the two of them aren't so different after all. Meanwhile, the rest of the inn staff are caught up in dealing with a blackout.

This premium edition includes a 32-page, full color hardcover artbook featuring scene-by-scene director commentary, staff member interviews, concept sketches, and setting illustrations! Special Features: Original Japanese Commercials. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
Holy Knight (DVD)
  • Distributor: Media Blasters
  • Suggested retail price: $19.98

Shinta is a student at an elite university in Tokyo, leading an ordinary and peaceful life. One day he meets Lilith, a beautiful girl from Romania who has just transferred to the school. This encounter changes Shinta s life, as he soon finds out that he is the last living vampire slayer and Lilith is in fact a vampire, his eternal foe! In order for Lilith to live, she must conceive a child with the slayer, and then kill him. Faced with their inevitable destiny, what does the future hold?

Kill Me Baby! - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $69.98

Yasuna Oribe isn't your typical Japanese high school girl. For one thing, she's a little slow on the uptake, and for another, her best friend, Sonya, is actually a highly trained foreign assassin who's in Yasuna's class as part of her assignment. Though perhaps Yasuna's definition of "best friend" is a bit strange, as Sonya has the habit of regularly attacking Yasuna, especially when startled.

However, as noted, Yasuna isn't exactly the sharpest tool in the shed, and while Sonya knows precisely what to do with every one of those sharp objects, even she is hard pressed to deal with the day to day oddities that seem to fill their class schedule. Things like: escaped bears, voodoo curses, juggling and killer mosquitoes. And puppet shows. And just in case Yasuna's life wasn't weird or hazardous enough, there's her ninja classmate, Agiri, swarms of bees and assassins targeting just about everybody, a mysterious red-haired girl with a personal vendetta and the perils of slipping in the public bath.

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

Meganebu - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray) or (DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98 (BD), $49.98 (DVD)

You don't necessarily have to wear rose-colored glasses to get a better view of the world; you just have to wear glasses! At least, that's the philosophy of Akira Souma, a high school student who breaks humanity into three kinds of people: those who wear glasses, those who don't, and girls. Akira's focus on eyewear has so framed his thoughts that he's formed a Glasses Club at Himaraya Third Technical High School with the goal of creating X-ray glasses. Fortunately, his X-ray vision inspires all his glasses-wearing (and ridiculously good-looking) friends to join as well, even if it sometimes means making a huge spectacle.

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

Naruto Shippūden (DVD box20)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $44.82

As the Leaf Village prepares for war, each shinobi and clan must contemplate the role they will play in the battles to come. While Naruto's peers seek training from surprising sources, Naruto himself must confront both his biggest weakness and greatest strength – the Nine-Tailed Fox.

To reach optimum power, Naruto must learn to control the beast within him, so he seeks help from the one person who has mastered just that, Killer Bee! But the Jinchuriki of Eight Tails wants nothing to do with training Naruto!

Contains episodes 245-257. Special Features: Storyboards, Clean Opening and Endings. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Naruto Triple Feature (DVD)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $19.97
This collection contains the Naruto movies Ninja Clash, Stone of Gelel, and Crescent Moon!

Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow
Naruto and his team are sent on a mission to guard Yukie Fujikaze, a popular actress starring in the hit movie "The Adventures of Princess Gale." The crew is heading toward the Land of Snow, a land forever covered in snow, to shoot the final scenes of the film. When Yukie refuses to go and escapes from the set, she is brought back by force by Naruto and his teammates. But little do they know there are three rogue Snow Ninja lying in wait with a sinister purpose that forces Yukie to make a crucial decision and face her hidden past.

Legend of the Stone of Gelel
Naruto, Shikamaru and Sakura are in the middle of the easiest mission ever, when a young knight, Temujin, attacks them out of nowhere! Soon they are drawn into a fierce struggle over a treasure harboring legendary power – the Stone of Gelel. Temujin's master wants to use the stone's power to create a utopia, while the last of the clan who once controlled the stone wants to keep it sealed away forever. When the dream of utopia becomes a nightmare, it'll take a ninja to set things right!

Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom
Naruto, Sakura and Kakashi team up with Rock Lee to protect Prince Michiru and his son Hikaru on their return home to the Crescent Moon Kingdom. Easy enough, until the royal family becomes a royal pain! Prince Michiru can't help indulging his son, even buying him a circus along the way! Naruto has a tough time putting up with both the spoiled Hikaru and a saber-toothed tiger, but the real adventure begins when they reach the Land of the Moon and find themselves facing a villainous uprising. Does Naruto have what it takes to save an entire kingdom?

Special Features: Hidden Leaf Village Grand Sports Festival Special Footage, On-Screen Naruto Guide, Audio Commentary, Trailers.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Yu-Gi-Oh! GX - Season 1 (Dub.DVD)
  • Distributor: New Video Group
  • Suggested retail price: $44.99
Set several years after the previous Yu-Gi-Oh! Series, GX follows a new generation of duelists at the prestigious Duel Academy, a highly competitive boarding school where pencils and books have been replaced by Duel Disks and monster cards! Still, it's not just about making the grade for these up-and-coming students - it's about becoming the next King of Games!

Contains episodes 1-52.
Princess Jellyfish - Complete Series [S.A.V.E. Edition] (DVD)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $29.98
Plain, timid and obsessed with jellyfish, Tsukimi is a far cry from her idea of a princess. Her tepid life as a jobless illustrator comes complete with roommates who harbor diehard hobbies that solidify their status as hopeless social rejects. These wallflowers run a tight nun-like ship, but their no-men-allowed-not-no-one-not-no-how bubble is unwittingly burst after Tsukimi brings home a rescued sea jelly and a beauty queen - who's actually a guy.

When threat of losing their cozy convent inspires this glamour boy to turn the neurotic entourage into a portrait of success, will Tsukimi take her chance to bloom or will she end up a hot mess?
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So, that’s it then, Clamore is done. Having waited for more than a week, putting off reading this manga for as long as possible, I don’t know if the finale was quite what I expected. 

And I doubt an extra two or three chapters would have changed the outcome by much. Whatever the case, this is the end of an era, what with so many series coming to an end so close to one another.

THE CHAPTER:
With Priscilla defeated, Teresa and Clare share their final words. With the organization now fallen, the remnants of the silver eyed warriors raise their claymore to cleanse the land of Yoma once and for all, in hopes of finding some piece after.

MY THOUGHTS:
But is it really? The end of an Era? Considering the number of cancellation news we have received in the last two months, most of which has been almost immediately rebuffed by rumors of sequels and continuations for popular titles like Tokyo Ghoul and Kuroko’s Basket, can we really truly presume this to be the end of Claymore?

Because it wouldn’t surprise me to hear of a continuation to the series in the works a month or two from now, even though the final page of the chapter clearly suggested that fans of Claymore should start looking forward to the mangaka’s next work.

After a decade or so of Claymore, I can understand the fatigue that comes with drawing the same manga day in, day out for so long, and whatever need might arise to seek out something new. But then again this is claymore. 155 chapters in early a decade is a drop in the ocean compared to most other shonen manga series.

And even if he chose to pour another 155 chapters out for us fans, we could hardly accuse the mangaka of stretching the story.
-THE END.
Satisfying? Not quite. This is how stories in manga end, with friends, family and even enemies exchanging final words of goodbye. I certainly wouldn’t compare Claymore chapter 155 to Beelzebub’s weird final chapter (although considering the series, it was sort of appropriate).

None the less chapter 155 wasn’t the most exciting or entertaining chapter of the series and frankly I expected more. I guess every manga finale aims to produce some sort of heart warming conclusion, which chapter 155 more or less tried to provide.

But…whether it was simply rushed, whether Priscilla’s end wasn’t given the consideration it deserved, whether the series could have taken the time to show us the impact the death of Priscilla and the organization has had on the island, chapter 155 will not go down in history as a noteworthy finale, not in comparison to rivals like Deadman Wonderland.
-MUST IT END?
After the events of this chapter, my answer isn’t quite a resounding ‘NO’. Certainly there is so much story that Claymore could explore with just as much thrill and excitement; however the presence of entertaining plots doesn’t mean Claymore must explore them.

The young claymore in the final panels made a point I hadn’t quite given much thought; they told the man with the dark glasses that the war with the dragons wasn’t their fight, and they had no obligations to fight and die for people and lands they didn’t know.

In which case, yes, it must end; an all out battle against the so called dragons wouldn’t be Claymore in the sense that we know it, but something else all together. As such, maybe it would be asking too much to expect the mangaka to delve into a brand new story.

Because that is exactly what would happen if we ventured across the water; it would be the equivalent of Claymore making a brand new start.

Not that I would complain; but this is more than a fair place for the series to end.

-THE FUTURE.
It would be fun exploring the claymore world in a short prologue, a few chapters to just lay out the future as it might progress, the status of the various characters and whatnot.

Two or three chapters is all it would take to satisfactorily conclude the series. And I am still holding out hope for an anime adaptation.

RATING: 6/10, as far as manga finales go, I am really not going to remember this one.
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  The one thing you have to say about kills in Ubel Blatt is that they are never simple; it’s rarely enough to lose a limb or take a strike to the chest. No, the task isn’t complete until one has been lopped into several bloody pieces.

Manga and comics are sort of like novels, in that it takes skill to represent fights, small or large; just like most novel authors simply cannot master the art of writing fights (most of which progress much too slowly when imagined using the words put on paper or simply result in a mass of confusion), it takes a truly skilled mangaka to make battle on paper as close to entertaining as would be experienced in animated format.

In that regard Etorouji Shiono is a master at drawing fights.

THE CHAPTER:
Dessida and Ascherit clash, while Ato considers crossing blades with Gunnido to get to her master’s side.

MY THOUGHTS:
It is telling that Ubel Blatt chapters almost always sneak up on me; that means I do not look so intensely forward to them as to keep a close eye on Manga sites for their appearance.

Action wise, this battle oriented chapter rocked. Story wise, well, I wasn’t bored, merely not as engaged. And that had less to do with the focus on action as it did with who was actually doing the fighting. In other words I didn’t really care for these Order of Gungnir members.

That doesn’t make this chapter a complete waste though.
-What actually Mattered?
Gurye and Koinzel; any follower of the series knew that these two would eventually meet, and that makes this chapter sort of momentous. The last two chapters hinted as much.

Just as important was the story behind the present and coming conflicts, which this chapter chose to elaborate upon; Ubel Blatt is often rarely about good and evil in its purest sense, instead choosing to emphasize the loyalties involved within each plot, typically devoid of any ties to morality. One need only look at the seven lances, that they knew of the evils of the heroes they served and still chose to maintain their allegiance because of their personal ties with their lords.

Similarly Dessida in this chapter is quick to speak of her loyalty to Glenn, showing a clear disinterest in Ascherit’s cause and whether or not it merits any consideration; she doesn’t care about who Glenn is and how righteous his goals might be, not in the face of what he did for her and the loyalty she believes she owes him.

Corruption, murder, chaos and careless disinterest in the justice of things; the Ubel Blatt story seems to hinge heavily upon these concepts in cementing the difficulty of Ascherit’s objective; even in defeating and, well, murdering the heroes of the kingdom, what does he actually expect to accomplish outside attracting the ire of their admirers?

That more or less sets the young hybrid apart; Koinzel is no hero because he doesn’t actually expect or even intend to bring about a positive change, beyond simply exacting his revenge and moving on. That makes you wonder just what he intends to do after achieving his goals. Disappear into the myth, never to be heard of again?

That would be a waste of his talents.
-What sort of Mattered?
Okay it was kind of awesome watching Ascherit cross swords with Dessida, primarily because it looked so good; each sword stroke was easy to follow, some strikes coming close enough to causing harm that they actually added tension to each panel with regards to the outcome.

That being said it was never in question that Ascherit would win this; powerful as Dessida’s body might be, that typical Ascherit expression we have come to know, lazy eyed with a hint of boredom, told all, that eventually the black blades would be loosed and Dessida would lose several body parts within the flash of a moment.

The presence of Gurye only acted to accentuate the story and elevate the stakes of the drama playing out with regards to master and teacher finally coming face to face. Not that the certainty of the outcome didn’t leave some room for doubt with regards to some hidden surprises on Dessida’s part.
-What almost mattered?
Ato. I like Ato and have enjoyed watching her grow from a truly irritating and whiny individual to Ascherit’s right hand man. I have always taken a keen interest in watching master and student relationships that actually grow, with the student finally throwing off the training wheels to stand on her own two feet.

That being said, it will suck if Ato’s conflict with Gunnido is interrupted by Gurye’s actions. Then again this is Ascherit we are talking about; he’s just as likely to walk away and leave her be, if only to allow her the opportunity to prove herself.

-Overall
This Ubel Batt chapter was long; even for 29 pages, I was surprised by how much material their was; I kept scrolling and there was always more, which I cannot complain about.

But even with the quality of chapter 127, I am not exactly screaming in anticipation for chapter 128; that doesn’t say anything about this chapter but rather arises from the fact that this chapter was sort of set up, even with the fight.

On a weekly basis, this would have been a great chapter; on a monthly schedule, these should have been two chapters.

RATING: 6.5/10

HIGHLIGHTS: Ascherit and Gurye meeting.
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I had forgotten just how humble Nanatsu no Taizai's beginnings were; because, thinking on it, that Mead story was rather cliché’, playing out at some point in most shonen series. 

That didn’t make Nanatsu no Taizai episode 2 any less entertaining, specifically in showcasing just how evil the holy knights are and the true strength hidden behind Meliodas’s small body. 

That little game of catch with Gilthunder was also quite something to see; and I can almost appreciate Elizabeth’s presence now, not because of the events in the manga currently but the role she has had to play, in her own way a hero to the kingdom, if only as the bridge between the Deadly Sins and her people’s plight. 

THE CHAPTER:
The battle against Hendricksen continues and he proves to be every bit the invincible demon he boasted of; just as the holy knights start losing against Hendy in the second bout, Meliodas launches a secret strategy. 

MY THOUGHTS:
I can’t determine what makes a good fictional strategy in anime and manga; I guess utter ignorance makes for a bigger surprise later on but I would have liked a hint or two at the exact game Meliodas was playing in this chapter, if only to enjoy the tension of trying to figure out if the plan would succeed. 

Chapter 98 was as battle oriented a chapter as they come, with the entirety of Holy knight remnants and the sins assaulting Hendy and Meliodas; not that we expected them to actually succeed against Hendricksen, not when even Diana’s Gideon proved ineffective. 

That being said, the action, while not particularly engaging, was entertaining stuff, specifically the actual choreography of the fight; I don’t know when Nanatsu no Taizai became this good to look at.

Certainly the art has never been anything to scoff at, but it is easy to forget with the less than flattering chapters of this arc. Chapter 98 however, while not quite Bleach level, was impressive to drink it, especially in displaying the rapidly evolving battle between Meliodas and Hendricksen. 

Speaking of Sins, what happened to Gowther? I feel like I should have noticed him losing his head; then again maybe it wasn’t the most prominent scene of its chapter. And the fact that the man (woman?) survived says so much about the mysterious world of the sins. 

Thinking about, that mini arc with King has to be the first and only exploration of depth we have had for any sin, that including Ban, whose own side story did little more than tell us about his love life.
With most of the sins finally assembled, there is still so much we don’t know about our heroes.
RATING: 7/10, great action, just not as engaging as the previous four or so chapters.

So far, we know that Gowther’s choice of weapon is a bow; he’s super strong, utilizes some sort of telekinesis using light and he just might be as immortal as Ban; first they punched a hole through his chest, then he got decapitated, and he’s still standing.
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This chapter was one large flashback; and I actually expected to hate it. Because all chapter 242 did was basically tell us what we already knew and had known for several dozen to a hundred chapters.

However it would be accurate to say that all this served as a great reminder and somewhat placed things into perspective.

THE CHAPTER:
The Kou empire stands at the edge of war. As Alibaba makes for Balbad in an attempt to protect his home from the oncoming chaos, Hakuryu acquires the means to wage war on his brother and mother.

MY THOUGHTS:
Thinking about it, I have no idea what the hell I even read in this chapter; parts of chapter 242 were flashbacks. But there were parts I am not quite certain about, especially when taking into account what we learnt at the end of the summit about Hakuryuu’s actions thus far.

+The Good
So, Hakuryuu is making plans to kill Gyokuen? Because I thought she was already dead. And is Gyokuen even Hakuryuu’s mother. Because everything that we learnt in this chapter suggests that Gyokuen appeared on the scene rather mysteriously and long after Hakuryuu was born.

So, what the hell is going on here? I might be confusing my Magi facts.

On the one hand, Hakuryuu could have lied about killing Gyokuen in an effort to further his rebellion, and now he plans to turn that particular lie into truth. On the other hand, chapter 242 was largely about Hakuryuu telling us what happened, in which case that last panel could have been the moment, entire days to weeks ago, when Hakuryuu took Judar’s power and ended Gyokuen’s life.

I don’t exactly understand what I was reading. And maybe I am reading way too much into the chapter. Whatever the case, the information was somewhat educational.

Considering how long it has been since we first encountered Hakuryuu and his family, I think I can proceed with a clearer picture about the Kou empire, its origins and a fair portion of information about Hakuryuu’s siblings, most of whom I can barely remember, save for Kouen and his sister.

+The bad
If my memory wasn’t so vague about the Kou empire history, this chapter would have been more or less pointless, with several pages outlining what Hakuryuu told us a long time ago. As it was, very little story progression actually took place, save for that last bit with Judar.

Maybe we needed to get a clear picture about what was happening at the heart of the empire, but the chapter could have done that in two or three pages; more importantly, without clear knowledge of who is dead and who is alive, I don’t how much of this picture we actually got, outside of Hakuryuu’s reminiscing.
+What mattered?
I guess we now understand Hakuryuu a little better; hearing the news about his actions during the summit, it was easy to jump to conclusions that Hakuryuu had gone dark and whatnot.

The character we met in this chapter was subdued, less dark and more determined; which makes you wonder if there is really any point to the upcoming clash with Alibaba. Hakuryuu is bathed in dark rukh, but really he’s no more depraved than Sinbad, merely a king that will do what it takes to bring about his vision.

And it isn’t even a bad vision. The question now comes down to where Judar falls in the grand scheme of things and what his plans for the young king might be; if it simply comes down to Judar having chosen his king vessel, then Magi is going to climax towards a fight between all the kings.

And truth be told, I want Sinbad to come out on top. Whatever Aladdin has to say, he and Alibaba are idealists whose visions of the future are largely unattainable and unrealistic; rationally speaking, Sinbad stands the greatest chance of not only winning any battle that might arise, even against Hakuryuu and Judar, but as emperor he can actually bring about peace.

+Predictions: Whatever Judar says, Al-Tharmen is no one’s puppet; and clearly they are using Hakuryuu for a new agenda; whatever his original intentions, Hakuryuu will lose himself to the black rukh and I suspect Alibaba will be forced to put him down; or at least he will try until Aladdin stops him.

RATING: 6/10, I am a little divided on this one; at a glance it was engaging, but the more I think about it, the less substance I actually see
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In this month's Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine, Atsushi Ohkubo announced that Soul Eater Not! is ending in the December issue which will be on sale, November 12, 2014. To commemorate the end of the series, there will be a special cover and a bonus clearfile. Also, the magazine is giving away signed t-shirts in a prize drawing where readers submit messages for the manga series.

Yen Press is currently publishing the series for North America with the 4th volume coming out on November 18. According to ANN, the manga series had a minor hiatus before its final chapter.

Plot

Get ready to meet the newest class at Death Weapon Meister Academy! Tsugumi Harudori and her outrageous friends make up the NOT class at this stylish school dedicated to training living, breathing weapons and uniting them with the Meisters who’ll wield them! Soul Eater fanatics will be psyched to meet these epic new characters – and catch up with all their favorites from the original series. Don’t miss a minute of the adventure as Tsugumi and her pals weave their own exciting tale of deadly life at DWMA!

Main Cast

Tsugumi Harudori (Harudori Tsugumi)
Voiced by: Haruka Chisuga
Affiliation: Magic Weapon - Halberd
Tsugumi Harudori is a young girl who enrolled at DWMA. Part of the story of Soul Eater Not! revolves around her choosing her partner (Meister) between Meme and Anya.
Anya Hepburn (アーニャ・ヘプバーン Ānya Hepubān)
Voiced by: Saori Hayami
Affiliation: Meister
Anya is from a wealthy family and a student of DWMA's NOT class. She is one of Tsugumi's roommates and possible partner as her Meister.
Meme Tatne (多々音 めめ Tatane Meme)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki
Affiliation: Meister
Meme is a spacey, young girl who is Tsugumi and Anya's roommate at the women's dormitory. Like Anya, she is Tsugumi's possible partner as her Meister in the near future.

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Welcome to the European and Australian Fall 2014 simulcast guide.

Here in Anime Vice, users are encourage to watch anime legally whenever possible. In the latter half of October, I will publish the Fall 2014 Simulcast article. It's a bit of waiting game.

No dates and time are listed yet.

Simulcasts

Celestial Method
  • Anime Digital Network (French-speaking Territories)

Celestial Method is an original anime series produced by Infinite and directed by Masayuki Sakoi, who was also an episode director in Spice and Wolf and Heroman. The story revolves around a group of girls whose wish becomes realized with a miracle, changing the landscape of a town.

CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon
  • AnimeLab/Madman Entertainment (Australia)
  • Wakanim (French-speaking Territories)

Leveraging the advancement in technology – called “Mana”, humanity has been able to eliminate all wars, starvation, pollution, and other problems on Earth by using its power. Earth has become a peaceful utopia free of material needs.

CROSS ANGE Rondo of Angel and Dragon focuses on the first princess of the Empire of Misurugi, Angelise. She is the celebrated ruler of the Empire until one day she finds out the shocking truth that she is a “Norma” – an irregular being who cannot use “Mana”, and are treated as "things" rather than people. Having her name taken from her, Ange isolates herself on a remote island. There, she finds a group of Norma women who spend their days hunting dragons that have come to invade.

Gundam Reconguista in G
  • Anime Limited/All the Anime (UK)
  • AnimeLab/Madman Entertainment (Australia)
  • Wakanim (French-speaking Territories)

Some time has passed since the end of the Universal Century, a history marked by space colonization and space warfare.

Humanity's prosperity, which ushered in a new era known as Regild Century (R.C.), was believed to endure alongside the global peace.

It is the year R.C.1014.

The Capital Tower is an orbital elevator that rose above the Earth's surface and linked Earth and space. As the conduit of the Photon Battery energy source to the surface, it is regarded as sacred.

Beruri Zenamu is in the middle of training for the Capital Guard (established to protect the Capital Tower), when the tower is attacked by G-Serufu — a highly maneuverable mobile suit with technology that is not from any known country.

Beruri, who joins the battle in the maintenance mobile suit Rekuten, successfully captures the G-Serufu. However, Beruri feels something for the space pirate girl named Aiida Reihanton who piloted the G-Serufu. It is the same feeling he has for G-Serufu, even though he supposedly never seen it before. The G-Serufu, which should only be operable under specific conditions, is somehow started up by Beruri.

The objective of Aiida and the space pirates who attacked the Capital Tower, and the fate followed by Beruri who was chosen by G-Serufu, will lead to truths that will shake the entire Regild Century era.

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
  • Wakanim (French-speaking Territories)

Fuyuki City—a city surrounded by the ocean and the mountains becomes the setting for an age old ritual. To realize the mythical Holy Grail, which is said to grant any wish from its possessor, seven masters are given seven heroic spirits chosen by the Grail. These heroic spirits or servants are: Saber, Lancer, Archer, Rider, Caster, Assassin and Berserker. Each master will enter into a contract with their assigned servants and battle the other masters and servants to the death until only one pair remains…This is the ―Holy Grail War.

Log Horizon 2
  • Anime Digital Network (French-speaking Territories)

One day, while playing the online game Elder Tales, 30,000 players suddenly find themselves trapped in another world. There, eight-year veteran gamer Shiroe also gets left behind. The trapped players are still alive, but they remain in combat with the monsters. The players don't understand what has happened to them, and they flee to Akiba, the largest city in Tokyo, where they are thrown into chaos. Once proud of his loner lifestyle, Shiroe forms a guild called Log Horizon with his old friend Naotsugu, female assassin Akatsuki and others.

Psycho-Pass 2
  • Anime Digital Network (French-speaking Territories)

Having learned the true nature of the Sybil System, Akane Tsunemori chose to obey the system, believing in both humanity and the legal order. She's part of a new police section and spends her everyday life facing down criminals. Unbeknownst to Akane, however, a monster who will shake the system to its core is about to appear before her.

Rage of Bahamut: Genesis
  • Wakanim (French-speaking Territories)

Two thousand years ago, the black-and-silver-winged dragon, Bahamut, terrorized the magical land of Mistarcia. The humans, god, and demons that inhabited the land united forces against the fiend and sealed its power into a key which was split in two, one half protected by gods and the other protected by demons. Now, Mistarcia is a peaceful realm – until a human woman steals the god’s half of the key. Based on the immensely popular digital card game, Rage of Bahamut is an exciting blend of action and fantasy brought to you by the creators of Space Dandy and Tokyo Ghoul.

Terra Formars
  • Anime Digital Network (French-speaking Territories)

With Earth becoming increasingly overpopulated, an ambitious plan has been put into place to terraform Mars using mold and cockroaches. Nearly 500 years after the plan, a mission to Mars, Annex 1, is under way to accomplish crucial research into the Virus currently plaguing mankind with the crew members who've been injected with various DNA of life on Earth in order to combat the Terraformars, giant humanoid cockroaches.

Wolf Girl & Black Prince
  • Anime Digital Network (French-speaking Territories)

While the proud Erika boasts to her friends about being lovey-dovey with her boyfriend, she has never really had one for 16 years. Feeling the limits of lying, she took a picture of a cool guy she found in town and showed it to her friends as her boyfriend. But the person in the picture happens to be Sata Kyouya who is in the same grade in their school. While she was able to explain the situation and convince him to act like his boyfriend, he was not the nice looking boy she thought he would be: he was a super sadistic schemer! Thus begins Erika's life blackmailed into being Sata's dog.

Your lie in April
  • Wakanim (French-speaking Territories)

Kousei Arima was a genius pianist until his mother's sudden death took away his ability to play. Each day was dull for Kousei. But, then he meets a violinist named Kaori Miyazono who has an eccentric playing style. His monotonus life was about to change forever.

Yowamushi Pedal 2
  • Anime Digital Network (French-speaking Territories)

Sakamichi Onoda is a rather timid, anime-loving first-year student at Sohoku High School. Since the fourth grade, he had been riding his commuter bicycle 90-kilometers to and from Tokyo’s otaku hot spot, Akihabara after school. Upon entering high school, he tried to join the anime research club, after meeting Imaizumi Shunsuke, a renowned cyclist since middle school, and Naruko Shoukichi, who swept the Kansai cycling championship, he ended up joining the competitive cycling club. All kinds of trials and rigorous training awaited Onoda, but with the support of his many friends and upperclassmen, the talented road racer inside him began to awaken! *** The second season will focus on Inter High bicycle race continuing from the first season of the series! High school students pushing themselves to the limit as they bet everything on their bicycles!

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This blog contains most of the announcements from the anime and manga companies at New York Comic Con. New York Comic Con took place at Javits Center in New York from October 9 to October 12, 2014.

Aniplex

Aniplex announced Onimonogatari's Blu-Ray will be available on Dec. 30 and Valvrave's 2nd season will be available on January 20, 2014. Pre-orders start on Oct. 13. Kill la Kill OVA was broadcased at NYCC on Oct. 11 at 8: 15 PM. The event features a meet-and-greet session with the English voice cast, with special guest Christine Marie Cabanos (Mako).

Crunchyroll

Crunchyroll announced it will stream the uncensored version of Terra Formars in the near future. Crunchyroll has announced its new fall 2014 simulcasts: Girlfriend Beta, Case Closed, Bonjour Koiaji Pâtisserie, (see Crunchyroll's Fall 2014 Simulcasts). For Live action shows, Ultraman Max (starting on Oct. 14 for USA, Canada, Latin America, UK, Australia, and New Zealand.), Future Diary: Another World (starting on Oct. 15 for USA, Canada, Central and South America including Caribbean Europe except Russia, South Africa Australia, and New Zealand.), and Switch Girl (starting on Oct. 15 for USA, Canada, Central and South America including Caribbean Europe except Russia, South Africa Australia, and New Zealand.)

Kodansha USA

Kodansha USA has announced several acquisitions of the following manga series: InuYashiki, Fairy Tail spin-off Blue Mistral, Tsubasa: WoRLD CHRoNiCLE, L DK.

Vertical

Vertical announced its acquisition of Attack on Titan - Before the Fall: Kyklo light novel and Harsh Mistress of the City light novel.

Yen Press

Yen Press announced its acquisition of the following manga series: Chaika the Coffin Princess, Trinity Seven, Prison School, First Love Monster, Alice in MurderLand, Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?

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Welcome to HULU, Aniplex, and Niconico's Fall 2014 Simulcast Guide! Here in Anime Vice, users are encourage to watch anime legally whenever possible. In the latter half of October, I will publish the Fall 2014 Simulcast article. It's a bit of waiting game.

For these sites, I don't have a lot of information. For HULU, assume it's one week behind Crunchyroll and FUNimation's simulcast dates.

Simulcast List

Bonjour Koiaji Pâtisserie
  • Niconico: ?
  • HULU: ?

The show revolves around Sayuri Haruno, a young woman that goes to the elite confectionery school Fleurir on a scholarship. While there to follow her dream to open a pastry shop, she ends up meeting and dealing with a number of rather charming young men.

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works
  • HULU: ?
Fuyuki City—a city surrounded by the ocean and the mountains becomes the setting for an age old ritual. To realize the mythical Holy Grail, which is said to grant any wish from its possessor, seven masters are given seven heroic spirits chosen by the Grail. These heroic spirits or servants are: Saber, Lancer, Archer, Rider, Caster, Assassin and Berserker. Each master will enter into a contract with their assigned servants and battle the other masters and servants to the death until only one pair remains…This is the ―Holy Grail War.
Your lie in April
  • HULU: ?
  • Aniplex: ?
Kousei Arima was a genius pianist until his mother's sudden death took away his ability to play. Each day was dull for Kousei. But, then he meets a violinist named Kaori Miyazono who has an eccentric playing style. His monotonus life was about to change forever.

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Looks like Gundam Unicorn won't be the only Gundam title released via Rightstuf. In an announcement on the distributor's site just today, Rightstuf has announced that they and Sunrise have reached a deal that will grant Rightstuf distribution rights to more anime titles in the Gundam franchise for North American audiences in the near-future. Rightstuf will be releasing the original Mobile Suit Gundam series and the previously unreleased Turn A Gundam TV anime to American video release in Spring 2015. Besides these titles, Sunrise is working on plans to release the upcoming Gundam: The Origin OVA series and Gundam: Reconguista no G to American audiences.

Gundam is a 35-year long anime franchise created by Sunrise that is well known for being one of the first titles to introduce the "real robot" archetype to the mecha genre of anime. The popular space opera franchise has focused around the use of giant robots as tools of war and generated a number of sequels and spinoffs that are either based around the Universal Century timeline of the Gundam franchise or create their own separate continuities. A number of the titles in the franchise have been directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, who is known to older anime fans under the moniker of "Kill Em All" Tomino due to the high death rates of major characters that he is known to have in older mecha titles that he directed. Much of the franchise was previously released in America by Bandai Entertainment before the company announced their closure in 2012.

EDIT (10/12/14): Forgot to mention one other news detail with this announcement. Rightstuf also announced that they have acquired video distribution rights as well to Gundam ZZ, another title to the Gundam franchise never released to video here in America.

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Hello, welcome to this first edition of Kuma’s Toku Corner, a blog in which I while tell you why I love Toku shows and why you should watch them.

Introduction

I started watching Toku at the end of last year, mostly impulse by a friend who always told me Toku shows were really good. I never thought that until thanks to Netflix I watched, under said friend recommendation, Power Rangers RPM.

After a positive experience (adding that I watch History of Power Rangers by Linkara) I jumped to a show a Toku fans group of Latin America in Facebook (Café Sentai) recommended to me as a good starting point. That show was Kamen Rider Fourze.

Apart from the corny factor Fourze had I saw potential and upon discovering Fourze was one of the lightest series it got my interest. From that point onward I saw 13 of the Currently 15 finished Heisei Riders series*

I’ll make a short description of the first 3 Heisei Rider series in this blog and I’ll talk about the rest in other editions.

(Heisei Rider: The Kamen Riders series that started after the rebirth of the series in the year 2000, in contrast the Classic Era Riders are referred to as Showa Riders <70’s to 90’s>)

Kamen Rider Kuuga (2000-2001)

Yusuke Godai is a cook/vagabond/adventurer who stumbles upon an ancient relic of a forgotten civilization usually referred as a “Belt” he will use to transform into Kuuga, an armored warrior created by said civilization to battle the sinister Grongi a mysterious race of creatures with their own language and a hierarchy that can only be changed by competing in human hunting games.

Kamen Rider Kuuga is a deconstruction of the Genre. The villains aren’t plotting scientist or sinister organizations, they are a group of super powered humanoids that ritually hunt and kill humans. You may guess after that line that this show is heavy in violence. In fact in a single episode you may see more blood than in the combined episodes of every power ranger season.

Kuuga is at its heart, a supernatural police procedural show that happens to have a Kamen Rider. In a clear subversion from the genre, policemen in Kuuga are neither ineffectual nor inexistent. They prepare for the Grongi, develop technology to fight them, discover their patters and give support to Kuuga. To me this is one of the strongest and better written series; it has the Kuma seal of approval.

Kamen Rider Agito (2001-2002)

A “sequel” to Kuuga (Can be considered Stand-Alone or not) Agito is about a amnesiac Cook/”Butler”/Farmer called Shouichi Tsugami who, after being found barely alive in a beach is living on the house of the family who found him. Meanwhile the police are dumbfounded on the apparition of mysterious creatures who threaten the populace. To fight them a Hero Cop, Makoto Hikawa, is given by the police an advanced suit of armor called G3 (Who may or may not be based upon Kuuga, depending on how you take the series)

G3 isn’t up to the task and as he is getting his ass handed to him the mysterious Agito (Who is Shouichi) arrives and saves his ass. This series keeps some of Kuuga’s modus operandi, with the police but adds a new layer with the inclusion of individuals who have or will have ESP powers and are the targets of the new monsters, usually called Lords or Unknowns. Now Agito, G3 and a third Rider, the organic, nightmare fuel inducer Gills must join up and forget their difference to fight this threat.

Agito, if not as good as Kuuga, is a pretty solid series compared to the “Bad” series of the show. It’s not good, but it isn’t bad either. It has great designs; the fights are better handled than Kuuga (most of the time) and the cast of characters is pretty likeable. It has a lot of twist and turns and it has almost the same level of violence that Kuuga had, but it derails from being a police story into the realms of hard sci-fi the more you move forward in the story. If you liked Kuuga you could watch Agito, squint your eyes a bit and it can be enjoyable. It has a very dark tone in some scenes and some good mysteries to learn. (Also has a very fucking cool movie that I recommend)

Kamen Rider Ryuki (2002-2003)

Some may know this series, at least its designs as it was used to make Kamen Rider: Dragon Knights. Our protagonist this time is Shinji Kido, a young cadet in a digital newspaper. If the name of the protagonist evokes images of certain character who is a sniveling, self-loathing and insecure little piece of ****, then you came to the right neighborhood my friend. I have a personal grudge with this protagonist. He is the sole horrible element in a really good mix. He discovers the existence of a world inside the mirrors (Please contain your Jojo’s Abridged references for the comments below) and that inside said world people of our world don the Kamen Rider title and battle to death.

We have 13 Riders that want to kill each other to gain ultimate power. If this sounds familiar you are right, is Highlander with Kamen Riders, only that in this case decapitation is optional and blowing up people with more Dakka is a valid option. We have a very varied cast of characters with different approaches to this “Rider War” some want to win it for their own sake, some want to save others and some are for the lulz…. We have Lawyers, Policemen, Street Seers, Criminal Psychopaths and Scientist duking it out inside the mirrors.

This show is good, but has the mistake of having a piece of **** as the protagonist. This guy makes Shinji Ikari look asserting. Yes….is that bad. Still is a good series, has decent effects, cool designs and a lot of mysteries like the identity of whoever created the Rider Belts and Decks (Yes they have Power Cards, once again Yugioh Abridged references go to the comments) It can get mind-screwy some times as it can get quite complex with all the mirrors and multiple time-lines.

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Well this is it for today, please keep checking the Off-topic forum for the next iteration of this blog, we will cover Faiz (The so bad is good that is in every franchise) Blade (I didn’t complete it, but I can tell you the depressing basics) and Hibiki (And underrated series thanks to bad producing)

Kuma out!

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  The first episode of Nanatsu no Taizai is finally out; and I have to say that it was impressive stuff. And having watched the episode shortly before reading this chapter, it was enjoyable finally applying voices and color to my reading experience. 

Colorful and energetic with decent voice acting, animation and music, I can see this 24 episode format working out so much better than the typical Naruto/One Piece/ Bleach approach.

THE CHAPTER:
Elizabeth awakens her right eye. The Holy Knights are rejuvenated once more and prepare to partake in a losing battle.

MY THOUGHTS:
Hawk is dead; I know, that is technically old news. But just as surprising as his death last week was the prospect of his return so soon after his demise, a resurrection that was nipped in the bud upon the revelation that Elizabeth had no power over the dead.

Once more, it isn’t the demise of a beloved character that has lent so much gravity to this chapter and the last, but rather the surprising nature of the manga’s choice of tragic hero.

Hawk is dead, and I found it poignant, the way the manga dangled the hope of his revival only to crush it, making for a biter sweet moment.

  The Seven Deadly Sins have risen once more to fight for the future of the kingdom, but at what cost; Hawk’s death was so sudden and surprising that it became easy to gloss over that one restriction to Elizabeth’s power.

The kingdom has suffered so many sacrifices since Hendy’s little war first begun, knights and warriors much braver than Hawk and whose demise I will admit to having forgotten, this including Dreyfus and Hauser.

The impact of a character’s death in manga is often driven by the reactions of those people that knew them best; deaths in anime and manga always resonate best through the faces of friends and family.

Which makes you wonder, who will moan for Dreyfus? Then again his last minute change of heart doesn’t quite place him in the same league as Hauser, who saw the light a long time ago, was willing to turn against his kith, fight for what was right, and now lies buried under the rubble.

+The good
Hendy continues to impress me; he doesn’t falter in this chapter, doesn’t waste time on boastful or provocative behaviors, a path most villains tend to follow in a not so subtle attempt to allow the heroes time to recover.

The man is an all powerful demon and he shows it. And the fact that the knights recognize that their predicament hasn’t changed only accentuates the tension.

+The Great
I cannot wait to watch Elizabeth develop into an integral part of the story; that aside though, I was somewhat apprehensive about watching her reverse pretty much all the carnage Hendy had unleashed over the last few chapters.

Which is exactly what didn’t happen; okay, maybe something akin to just that did happen. But it didn’t feel quite as cheap as I thought it would be and their were definite restrictions to her capabilities.
Important character or not, it would have been unfortunate if the chapter had diminished Hawk’s sacrifice by reviving him. This is one pig I am seeing in a whole new light at the present.

Watching the sins fight Hendricksen over the last few chapters, it would have been pretty easy to ruin the outcome by diminishing the effort the sins actually injected into the fight, what with their physical forms and abilities worn down from previous (and rather devastating) fights.

This chapter aimed to start afresh, to pit the sins, now fully revived, against Demon-god Hendricksen. And I cannot fault it for this approach, not with the epic battle I foresee playing out in the next chapter.

+The Not So Great
There isn’t much you can say about this chapter in terms of negatives; if I have to complain about anything, it isn’t what chapter 97 did, but what it didn’t do.

I would have loved to see Ban; I need to know what he’s up to, whether he is alive and how. Ban suddenly intrigues me so much more than any other Sin right now. I mean, he was split into two, so, it might be time to take that immortal business a little more seriously.

RATING: 8/10, Nanatsu no Taizai has been doing stellar work for the last four chapters. And there is a consistency to the art that has been absent for a while now. The panels are much prettier to look at and that aids the story.
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Welcome to the 2nd week of October! For some strange reason, we have 29 volumes for this week's releases plus 7 or so adult manga. It's the hugest I seen in all my years of working on this project. I'm currently working on this.

For this week, I'm interested in trying Food Wars since I haven't seen a lot of shows that centered on cooking. For familiar titles, I'm still reading Toriko, Knights of Sidonia, Vinland Saga, and Vampire Knight. Oh, I definitely will buy the limited edition of Vampire Knight Vol. 19 since it's the last volume of the series. I haven't read the series for a long time. It's one of the rare Shoujo series that has action, horror, and tragedy with a bit of comedic side to it.

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

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

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Notes

  • ANN does not have any of Project H Books' erotic manga on catalogue. Both Amazon and Right Stuf have it. However, Amazon lists You See, Teacher Vol. 1 for January 13, 2015.
  • Magical Girl Apocalypse is available on Amazon and Right Stuf on October 14, 2014.
  • Strike Witches Zero: 1937 Fuso Sea Incident was listed on Right Stuf and Comic stores on August 20, 2014.

Manga

Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar's Volume 6

Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment Suggested retail price: $12.99

Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game continues the adventures of Alice as she goes deeper down the rabbit hole to the country of Joker. Each volume features impressive artwork by Mamenosuke Fujimaru, the same artist for Alice in the Country of Clover, and includes color pinups.

Alice Liddel has now entered a new realm—the country of Joker—where she is reunited with old friends.​ Yet new challenges abound,​ as Alice must unravel the mystery of the Circus and the Prison Realm,​ and deal with the enigmatic Jokers.​

7. Apple and Honey
  • Distributor: Digital Manga Publishing
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

Natsuki sees the world through a lonely haze. So, why is strange and popular Komano suddenly circling him with a sly smile? Is his attention a cruel joke... or is something delicious bubbling just beneath the surface?

Will the beach bring a secret couple closer together? And can the end of the world mark the beginning of lasting love?

Black Bird - Complete Box Set (GN 1-18 of 18)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $149.99

This box set includes volumes 1-18, which comprise the entire series. With an exclusive premium art book and great savings over buying the individual volumes, this set is sure to ignite the passions of any manga fan.

There is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. But she is the bride of demon prophecy, and her blood grants incredible powers, her flesh immortality. Now the demon realm is fighting over the right to her hand...or her life!

Happy Marriage?! Volume 8
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

In order to help her father, Chiwa Takanashi agrees to an arranged marriage with the company president, Hokuto Mamiya—a man she doesn’t know—at the request of Hokuto’s grandfather. Chiwa believes the arrangement isn’t binding, but her new partner seems to think otherwise. Can two strangers living together find their way to a happy marriage?!

Honey Blood Volume 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

When a girl at Hinata Sorazono's school is attacked by what seems to be a bloodsucking vampire, everyone is on edge and wonders who's next. Hinata refuses to believe that vampires even exist, but then she meets her new neighbor, Junya Tokinaga, the author of an incredibly popular vampire romance novel.

Dressed in a kimono with an old-world air about him, Junya has a taste of Hinata's blood and tells her it's sweet... Hinata can't help but be drawn to Junya, but could it be that he's actually a vampire - and worse yet, the culprit behind the attacks?!

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Volume 2
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Leaving home for the first time in his young life, Soma moves into the school's Polaris Dormitory - a place run by an old crone and filled with crazy and eccentric students! Barely settled in, Soma quickly finds himself in one of Tohzuki's legendary cooking duels - a shokugeki! Who will his very first opponent be?

Magical Girl Apocalypse Volume 1
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
The zombie survival genre has just met its match!
High-schooler Kii Kogami is stuck in a rut, loathing the monotonous doldrums of his everyday life. If only something exciting were to happen, something magical. As fate would have it, Kii is about to get his wish, but in a way more terrifying than anything he could have imagined.

When a little girl clad in gothic lolita attire appears at school and starts to gruesomely bludgeon, dismember and mutilate all who cross her path, while chanting the mantra “Magical Girl” under her breath, the school devolves into a state of bloody chaos.

Just how will Kii escape from this murderous magical girl? To make matters worse, the magical girl’s victims reanimate and join her killer rampage. Is there no way out of school for hapless Kii Kogami? And even if he escapes, what will be left of the world outside?
A New Season of Young Leaves
  • Distributor: Digital Manga
  • Publishing Suggested retail price: $12.95

Cool, friendly Mariya is the undisputed king of his year! But why does he always hang around with shy and painfully awkward "Mr. Mannequin" Nachi? Can these boys withstand the non-stop judgment of a school filled with jealous rivals and confused classmates?

How will the most popular guy in class deal when his wallflower confidant suddenly steals the social spotlight... and a beautiful girl's affection?

Manga Dogs
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

MEET THE COMIC RELIEF

Kanna Tezuka is a serious 15-year-old manga artist, already being published as a pro. So when she finds out her high school is starting a manga drawing course, even she gets excited. But it's a fiasco! The teacher is useless, and the only other students — three pretty-boy artist wannabes — quickly adopt Kanna as their (unwilling) sensei. But they all have ridiculous delusions about being an artist, and if Kanna can't bring them back down to Earth, she'll never get any work done! --- A sharp-witted satire of the manga world from the creator of I Am Here! and Missions of Love!

Missions of Love Volume 9
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

QUESTIONABLE LOVE

After coming to the realization that Kirishima-sensei was her first love, Yukina goes to face him on her own to finally know the love that she’s been seeking all this time. Meanwhile, Shigure hears a rumor that reveals Kirishima-sensei’s dark past and rushes off to tell Yukina, but before he can catch up with her, Yukina is whisked away by Kirishima-sensei in his car. Can Shigure reach them in time before Kirishima-sensei repeats an action from his sordid past?

My Love Story!! Volume 2
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

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

Naruto Vol. 67 - Breakthrough
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Just as victory seems at hand, Obito turns the tables on the Allied Shinobi Forces and becomes the Ten Tails jinchuriki. With the powers of the great Sage of Six Paths now under his control, Obito seems unstoppable. Naruto and his father will have to team up if they have any hope against this beast!

One Piece Omnibus 10 - Skypiea
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

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

Luffy and the Straw Hats clash mightily on the sky island of Skypiea with a wannabe deity named Kami Eneru. Kami’s got an arsenal of thunderously destructive weapons at the ready, but the Straw Hats are just as determined to win the battle. At stake is a bounty of gold beyond the pirates’ wildest imagination!

Oresama Teacher Volume 17
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Someone has been blackmailing members of the Public Morals Club into resigning! Mafuyu and Hayasaka have figured out what got Akki and Okegawa to quit,​ but Yui rejoined the student council and they haven't seen him for days.​ Worried about their friend,​ they break into his room to find him.​ But Yui's defection wasn't coerced - and he's more determined than ever to protect Miyabi's interests! Will this be the end to more that just their friendship?​!

Pokémon Adventures: Diamond and Pearl/Platinum Box Set Vol. 1-11
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $89.99

Pokemon Trainers Pearl and Diamond are star struck! Their goal? To perfect their Pokemon comedy act. So how do they wind up as bodyguards to a spoiled little rich girl on a quest to reach the peak of Mt. Coronet? Will there be more thrills or laughs as Pokemon Adventures continues with Pokemon Platinum...?

Pokemon Black and White Volume 18
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $4.99

In his next Pokemon League battle,​ Black fights his young friend Iris and discovers he has underestimated her skills! Then,​ Black is shocked to discover that his friend Cheren is mistreating his fans - and even his own Pokemon! How can Black set his childhood friend straight?​

Toriko Volume 24

Distributor: Viz Media Suggested retail price: $9.99 After playing a crucial role cooking up lifesaving mochi during the battle against the Four-Beasts, Komatsu rises to #88 in the World Chef Ranking. As a result, he gets to compete in the upcoming Cooking Festival against the world's top chefs. Whet your appetite for a more dazzling display of cooking by more crazy chefs than you can shake a ladle at!

Vampire Knight Volume 19
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy's dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!

Vampire Knight Vol. 19 Limited Edition
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $15.99

The final volume of Vampire Knight in a limited edition featuring an alternate cover, mini art book and bonus manga story.

Vinland Saga Omnibus 5
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $22.99

The Viking invasion of England has reached a fever pitch, and Askeladd and Thorfinn rush to take part in the carnage! Their goal is the capture of Canute, the son of King Sweyn Forkbeard and heir to the throne of Scandanavia and the Danelaw. But standing in their way is Thorkell, one of the Viking world's most daring warriors. The defeat of a living legend will be a formidable test of Askeladd's cunning and Thorfinn's ruthlessness!

Voice Over! Seiyu Academy Volume 7
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Hime’s summer vacation is packed with work, and she’s getting a lot of really great experience. But her successes are overshadowed by a new and looming fear—facing Senri Kudo! Ever since her reaction to his prerecorded voice, the thought of seeing him has sent Hime into a panic. Will her anxiety ruin the beginning of a beautiful friendship…and her career?!

World Trigger Vol. 1 - Destroy Thy Neighbor!
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

A gate to another dimension has burst open, and invincible monsters called Neighbors invade Earth. Upstanding Osamu always does the right thing, whether it means pitching in to save Earth after school or turning the other cheek to bullies. But when he meets a feisty humanoid Neighbor named Yuma, everything that he thinks is right is turned on its head. Can the two natural enemies ever become friends?

World Trigger Vol. 2 - Befriend Thy Neighbor!
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Ever since meeting Yuma, Osamu has protected the feisty Neighbor's secret through a combination of covering up and taking credit for Yuma's actions. Turns out, though, Yuma isn't the only person Osamu's been protecting. He sets in motion a plan to help his friend Chika, who for mysterious reasons seems to attract Neighbors. And it also becomes clear that Osamu isn't covering for Yuma as well as he thinks...

Adult Releases (NSFW)

Cute Devil Girlfriend
  • Distributor: Project-H
  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.95

Hibiki only wants her best friend Kazuki to be happy! So why does she get a nasty feeling whenever the ultra-hot elf Elena shows up on his arm? Will these two combatants wage a love-potion war to lay claim to the man they adore?

Cute Devil Girlfriend plays for keeps with hot-headed demons and angelic cuties galore! Will a pair of nurses prove to be too much for a young guy to resist? And can a computer fantasy morph into the ultimate hot reality?

Club for Crossdressers
  • Distributor: Project-H
  • Suggested Retail Price: $17.95

When mystified Mizuki wanders into a meeting for a school fashion club, he has no idea that there's much more than meets the eye! Will he find the courage to cross over into a world of surprise and strange attraction? Can a new nurse give a lesson in extra-special patient care? And is the solution to one guy's longing sweet, secret stripes?

Moon and The Sun
  • Distributor: Project-H
  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.95

Cursed with a tiny physique, pretty face, and a meek personality, it’s no wonder Yota is constantly harassed by his busty coworker, Miya. After another day of teasing, Miya thrusts a Maid porno in front of Yota and tells him to learn how to service her. --- Confused by her demand, Yota isn’t paying attention when he happens to bump into the sweet and curvy maid, Aira, who begs Yota to hire her for her services. It isn’t long before Yota realizes that Aira’s definition of maid and his definition of maid are two completely different things. Maybe Aira can teach Yota a few things on how to service Miya!

Doggy, missionary, cowboy, cowgirl, or classic, this book has it all and then some! What’s your favorite position? With some happy sex, a side of maid lovin, and a healthy dose of soft breasts and pretty faces, Shachi Kamaboko’s first volume will leave you all hot and bothered and wanting for more!

Vagina Manifesto
  • Distributor: Project-H
  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.95

Every experienced stewardess knows that passengers can be a real pain! But will a private flight filled with hot (and hands-on) rich guys suddenly turn into a tantalizing trip deep into an illicit fantasy zone?

Vagina Manifesto digs deep into the psyches of deviants who want nothing more than to tease, tempt, and entice! Can a shy girl overcome her social anxiety with the help of private lessons? And will a peaceful tea ceremony become a steamy tryst?

Twittering Birds Never Fly
  • Distributor: Digital Manga Publishing
  • Suggested Retail Price: $12.95

Yashiro is the young leader of Shinseikai and the president of the Shinseikai Enterprise, but like so many powerful men, he leads a double life as a deviant and a masochist. Chikara Doumeki comes to work as a bodyguard for him and, although Yashiro had decided that he would never lay a hand on his own men, he finds there's something about Doumeki that he can't resist.

Yashiro makes advances toward Doumeki, but Doumeki has mysterious reasons for denying. Yashiro, who abuses his power just to abuse himself, and Doumeki, who faithfully obeys his every command, begin the tumultuous affair of two men with songs in their hearts and no wings to fly.

Nyotai-ka! Volume 4
  • Distributor: Project-H
  • Suggested Retail Price: $17.95

Makoto Manaka is a magical minx to some…and a total mystery to others! So what’s the surprise that keeps suitors from the past and present guessing? And just how far will gender bend in the name of everlasting love?

Nyotai-ka! keeps pulses racing with carefree adventure…and super-sexy secrets! If you’re not used to attention from the opposite sex (or any sex, for that matter), what do you do when the whole world suddenly falls at your beautiful feet?

You See, Teacher...
  • Distributor: Project-H
  • Suggested Retail Price: $17.95

Taichi Kakenishi, an all-boys high school teacher, has spotted one of his best students, Asuka Nakamura, working a questionable part-time job, and dressed as a scantily-clad woman! Against all odds, Asuka steals Taichi's heart and the two must reconcile a forbidden affair in an intolerant world.

You See, Teacher... Vol.1 is just the beginning and already this teacher-student duo can't keep up with who gives the grade and who receives it! Will their relationship survive or is Asuka just getting a kick out of seducing the teacher? Can they keep their desires secret?

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Welcome to the first week for the anime releases! We got a good selection this week. For me, I want to try out the new movie, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. I haven't seen it yet, and I was waiting for the English release. For familiar shows, I have Gargantia and Pokemon. My favorite Pokemon movies be the first one, Heroes, and 4Ever. Gargantia is a lovely mech series that doesn't rely too much on action and fighting. It's incorporates a fish out of water trope where Ledo learns to how to live life on Earth after being stranded.

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

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

Sources

Notes

  • Right Stuf does not have Pokemon DVDs listed this week.

DVD and Blu Ray Releases

Junjo Romantica - Season 2 DVD Collection [Litebox] (Sub. DVD)
  • Distributor: The Right Stuf International
  • Suggested retail price: $44.99

Three intertwining love stories threaten to unravel as each couple struggles to find its own path.

Romantica: College student Misaki and his unlikely lover, the eccentric novelist Usami, are slowly growing closer - but their relationship could be in trouble when Usami's older brother appears and the two begin to vie for Misaki's attention!

Egoist: Nowaki loves Hiroki with all his heart, but sometimes he's afraid Hiroki doesn't feel the same way. When Nowaki asks Hiroki for permission to address him by his real name, as others do, Hiroki flatly refuses. To Nowaki, this is just another reminder of the invisible gap that separates them... a gap that he must close, if they're ever going to truly be a couple.

Terrorist: Miyagi is growing anxious. Shinobu used to be relentless in his devotion, but recently the relationship has gone quiet. As a 35-year-old university professor, is Miyagi really content with living at the mercy of a younger man whose actions are still such a mystery?

Contains all 12 episodes of season 2. Special Features: U.S. Season 2 Trailer, TV Spots, DVD Commercials, Clean Opening and Closing, Previews. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Bodacious Space Pirates - Complete Collection
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $89.98 (BD), $69.98 (DVD)

Most families have a skeleton or two in the closet, but Marika is understandably shocked to learn that what her family has been hiding is a skull and crossbones! While the revelation that her late father was a space pirate would have been earthshaking enough for most teenage girls, discovering that he was the captain of the notorious pirate ship Benten Maru will change Marika's life forever. You see, pirating is a family business, and she's just inherited the position of captain - and her father's former crew is quite intent on making sure Marika accepts the job!

What's a girl to do? Well, if you're a high school student whose prior total naval experience has been working at the space yacht club, there's really only one moral dilemma that has to be resolved: are pirates allowed to wear really short mini-skirts? Contains all 26 episodes. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $29.98 [Uncut Edition] (DVD), $34.98 [Extended Edition] (Blu-Ray)

Prepare to witness Dragon Ball Z as it has never been seen before! Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight this first new Dragon Ball feature film in over seventeen years!

Following the events of the Dragon Ball Z television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it's too late. Only Goku, humanity's last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus's from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe!

Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet - The Complete Series
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $44.82

In the distant future, Ledo, a young soldier from space, wakes up and finds himself marooned on an ocean planet. Growing up in space and knowing nothing but battle, he is a stranger in a strange land, full of odd customs and a foreign language, but he's not alone. Starting a new journey on this verdurous planet, Ledo must find a way to survive and reconcile the fact that he may never be able to return home!

Contains episodes 1-13 and OVA episodes 1-2. Special Features: Clean Openings & Ending, Original Japanese Commercials, Japanese Promotional Videos. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn - Part 4 (DVD)
  • Distributor: The Right Stuf International
  • Suggested retail price: $29.99

Industrial 7's Magallanica, where the current conflict began, has been revealed as the hiding place of Laplace's Box. Banagher heads for Industrial 7, but his way is barred by Riddhe and Angelo, who are trying to prevent him from reaching the Box. After the resolute Marida launches from the Nahel Argama to provide support, Banagher and Mineva make their way to Magallanica, where Syam is waiting.

Martha, the acting head of the Vist Foundation, her nephew Alberto, and Riddhe's father Ronan, a Federation government leader, have all gathered at the Earth Federation's Cheyenne base. They have decided to use a certain "System" to protect the secret of the Box. Londo Bell commander Bright Noa, noticing this unusual activity, rushes toward Cheyenne with the warship Ra Cailum.

Contains episode 7. Special Features: Episode EX "One Hundred Years of Solitude," Story So Far, Promotional Clips, TV Commercials, Character Highlights. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles, Spanish subtitles.

Pokémon Heroes: The Movies (Dub. DVD)
  • Distributor: Lions Gate Films
  • Suggested retail price: $9.98

In a magical water city of canals and mazes; Ash, Pikachu and the rest of the gang face off against a slick pair of thieves who plan to steal and awesome and dangerous jewel guarded by Latios and latias. To save the city from total destruction, our heroes must defeat the evil duo and overcome impossible obstacles... but time is running out.

Pokémon 4Ever (Dub. DVD)
  • Distributor: Lions Gate Films
  • Suggested retail price: $9.98

In order to escape a greedy Pokemon hunter, Celebi must use the last of its energy to travel through time to present day. Celebi brings along Sammy, a boy who had been trying to protect it. Along with Ash, Pikachu, and the rest of the gang, Sammy and Celebi encounter an enemy far more advanced than the hunter left behind in the past. This new enemy possesess a Pokeball called a "Dark Ball", which transforms the Pokemon it captures into evil and far stronger creatures. When Celebi is captured, the fate of the entire forest is threatened. let Pokemon 4Ever trasnport you to a world of adventure as Ash, Suicune and the rest take action to save the day.

Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys (Dub. DVD)
  • Distributor: Lions Gate Films
  • Suggested retail price: $9.98

Four years ago, a strange meteorite crashed to Earth carrying a powerful secret. Ash and Pikachu travel to the futuristic city of Larousse where they meet Tory - a new friend who is afraid of Pokemon and their trainers. New fears surface when a mysterious aurora appears over the city along with Deoxys - a Pokemon unlike any seen before. When a spectacular battle between Deoxys and Rayquaza begins, Ash and Pikachu will need help to stop it.

Pokémon Jirachi Wish Maker (Dub. DVD)
  • Distributor: Lions Gate Films
  • Suggested retail price: $9.98

Only once every thousand years when the Millenium Comet is visible in the night sky does Jirachi awaken from his slumber. And when he awakens this time at a traveling circus, he's got a whole new set of friends by his side; Ash, Pikachu, max and the whole gang. But soon, they must rescue Jirachi from the clutches of an evil magician and former scientist named Butler who wants to harness Kirachi's incredible energy to bring life to one of the most legendary and powerful Pokemon of all!

Rozen Maiden: Zuruckspulen - Complete Collection (DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98

Each decision we make in life leads us down a different path. Have you ever wondered what would be if the path not chosen weren't lost to the chaos of the universe? For Jun Sakurada, just such an opportunity is presented to him in his darkest hour: a chance to communicate with a future version of himself who did not win the key and bring forth the Rozen Maidens, and a chance to fix the shattered remains of his own world.

For Jun-who-did-not-win, the messages from his younger self represent a beacon of light in his mediocre and disappointing existence. When the adult Jun discovers a box with parts and building instructions for a familiar red-dressed doll, the goal becomes clear: revive Shinku in his world to save both worlds from succumbing to the evils of Kirakisho, the seventh Rozen Maiden in a desperate search for a body and master. The Alice Game will become a war of dimensions as two worlds hang by the threads of fate.

Space pirate mito - Complete Collection (DVD)
  • Distributor: The Right Stuf International
  • Suggested retail price: $29.99

Most teenage boys have enough trouble just dealing with the pressures of school and dating, but 15-year-old Aoi Mitsukuni's life becomes exponentially more complicated when his mom returns from a long "business trip." He discovers that not only is his beautiful mother actually an alien, but she's the notorious Space Pirate Mito to boot! To make matters worse, the girl Aoi likes at school is actually a secret Galactic Patrol agent attempting to find and arrest his mother. No one ever said being a teenager in love was easy!

Contains episodes 1-26. Special Features: Clean Openings and Closings, TV Commercials, Promotional Videos, and a special bonus episode. Spoken Languages: English (episodes 1-13 only), Japanese, English subtitles.

Adult Releases (NSFW)

Xtra Credit (OAV)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass Video
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

When the new professor arrives, her lesson plan is filled with debased acts and sinful examinations! The only way to get some extra credit is to volunteer for some hands-on learning. It's Debauchery 101 as this insatiable instructor satisfies her thirst for knowledge with the eager student body.

Special Features: Art gallery, Anime Artform, Trailer. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Blood Royale (DVD)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass Video
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

A perverted pirate plunders the seven seas, armed with a torture chamber and his depraved imagination! He seizes wenches and plunders booty without mercy. Nothing is off limits in this bizarre excursion into a world of erotic peril!

Special Features: Art gallery, Storyboards, Anime Artform, Trailer. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

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Hey bros and sistas'! Kamina here, just to say hey. I am going to put up some basic info up about me (my undercover masked IRL persona) and where else you can locate me.

Name: Fasha

Age: 14

Gender: Female

Appearance: a Ginger through and through, very skinny, very short, blueish green eyes, wavy hair down to midback

Personality: A mixed bag for sure, very chipper and excited about life usually, but will lapse into a minor depressive state when bored, worried, stressed, or sad. I love to make people happy(meaning you guys and gals), i am not very girly but i do have my moments

Likes: BOOKS, ANIME, FOOD, MANGA, LIFE, WRITING, SINGING, MUSIC, DANCING, COSPLAY, FRIENDS, CREEPYPASTA

Favorite Anime: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

Favorite Manga: Bleach

Favorite shipping: Zoro and Sanji (One Piece)

Favorite band: Black Veil Brides

Favorite ship with self: Me and Germany (Hetalia)

More to be revealed tomorrow because battery is dieing. Good night yall, Konbonwa minna!

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Naruto Vol. 1 JPN (Mar 2000)
Naruto Vol. 1 JPN (Mar 2000)

Despite any opinions one may have over how dragged out its events may have gone, it looks like the end of Naruto is at hand. According to Weekly Shounen Jump's web site, the Naruto manga series will be ending its 15-year run in the magazine next month on November 10. The popular manga from Masashi Kishimoto has been running since September 19, 1999 in Weekly Shounen Jump, with over 70 volumes and almost 700 chapters having been published in its focus on the exploits of Naruto Uzumaki, a mischievous young ninja who is an outcast in his village due to having the demon spirit of a Kyuubi sealed within his body.

The manga's popularity has resulted in a number of anime adaptations of the series to be created by Studio Pierrot. The first series, Naruto, having aired for 220 episodes from October 2002 to February 2007; its second series, Naruto Shippuden, been airing since that time with nearly 380 episodes having aired as of this article; and 10 films being released, with the anime's tenth film The Last -Naruto the Movie- being released to Japanese theaters in December. Most anime and manga adaptations of the series are licensed for American digital, print and home video release by Viz Media.

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Earlier this week Pharell's anime / date sim / 8 bit music video cropped up on the internet and the otaku / general responses has been wildly positive

Animation Production Studio: NAZ (Space Dandy Season 2 + a few other titles)

Producer Takashi Murakami

Director Mr. and Fantasista Utamaro

Showing once again anime's inspiration and influence on western pop culture

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Welcome everyone, here is the FUNimation's Fall 2014 simulcast. This blog will be continually updated.

Here in Anime Vice, users are encourage to watch anime legally whenever possible. I will continually update this blog. Later in the first half of October 2014, I will have a comprehensive Simulcast guide for all legal anime streaming venue for the community. It will be on the front page.

FUNimation's Fall 2014 Simulcast

Psycho-Pass 2
  • First episode available October 9th. Streaming Thursdays at 11:50am CT/ 12:50pm ET
  • Link

Don’t miss this mind-blowing continuation of the futuristic sci-fi series set in a world where the cops can read your mind – and justice is dispensed from the barrel of a gun!

Selector Spread Wixoss
  • Fridays at 12:05pm CT/ 1:05pm ET
  • Link

After Ruko battled to free the LRIGs in selector infected WIXOSS, the series returns for a second season with selector spread WIXOSS. Kanon Wakeshima, who performed the first season’s opener, also returns with spread’s opener, “world’s end, girl’s rondo”. Join Ruko once more in the strange world of the popular game, WIXOSS.

Fairy Tail

Fridays at 9pm CT/ 10pm ET

One Piece

Saturdays at 9pm CT/ 10pm ET

Buddy Complex: Kanketsu-hen - Ano Sora ni Kaeru Mirai de (OVA)
  • September 30 at 12:00 p.m. EDT (2nd episode)

Aoba, along with Dio, set free Hina from the chains of fate and chose to live in a new future. Around this time in Zogilia, a mysterious man who harbors hatred for Aoba secretly begins to make his move ….

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2014-09-29/funimation-streams-buddy-complex-conclusion-specials/.79335

Gonna be the Twin-Tails!!
  • Streaming Thursdays at 1:46pm CT/ 2:46 ET
  • Link

Soji is an average high school boy and devoted lover of pigtails. But when monsters with a thirst for human spirit energy invade earth, Soji (along with the help of a mysterious pig-tailed stranger) must transform into a pigtailed girl to defeat them.

In Search of the Lost Future
  • First episode available October 4th, 2014 Streaming Saturdays at 12:30pm CT/ 1:30pm ET
  • Link

A series of increasingly strange events have been reported at Uchihama Academy’s soon-to-be-replaced aging school building. When the student council grows concerned about the spectral encounters, puzzling sleep disorders, and bizarre mishaps, they enlist the aid of the Astronomy Club to crack the case before it’s too late. One evening after school, club member Sou Akiyama is rocked by a sudden earthquake – and an encounter with a beautiful and mysterious naked girl who appears to know him even though he has no recollection of ever meeting her. The next day, the very same girl arrives at his school as a transfer student who’s interested in joining the Astronomy Club. In the blink of an eye, Sou’s fate – along with the fates of all the girls in his club – begin to change in very dramatic and mysterious ways.

Daitoshokan no Hitsujikai
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Kyotaro Kakei is a shy student at a prestigious academy known for its massive library. The sole member of the school’s library club, Kyotaro’s always been better with books than girls – until a text message from the mysterious “Shepherd” hints that his fate will soon be changing. Life gets wild in a hurry after a vision allows Kyotaro to rescue Tsugumi, a beautiful girl who also received a text message from the “Shepherd.” Soon, Tsugumi announces her intentions to join the Library Club and, with Kyotaro’s help, make school life much more interesting! It doesn’t take long for a host of other pretty girls to follow Tsugumi’s lead and join the club in the hopes of spicing up their boring academy lives. But just who is this “Shepherd,” what does he or she have to do with the Library Club’s sudden popularity, and how in the world will Kyotaro survive being surrounded by all these girls!?

GARO THE ANIMATION

The King’s close advisor implemented a large-scale witch-hunt. The tragic victims of this hunt were not witches, however, but Makai Knights and Makai Priests. One Makai Priestess gave birth to a child while being burned at the stake. That child carried the bloodlines of the Golden Knight. Although he was saved by his father, a Makai Knight himself, the newborn, León Luís, suffered greatly from the unjust death of his mother. And so he vowed to learn the ways of a Makai Knight from his father, Germán Luís, and use his training to seek revenge. During his battles against the demons known as “Horrors,” León must gradually approach reality and accept the truth.

Meanwhile, the powerful former adviser to the King, Mendoza, banished Prince Alfonso and his mother while the king was bedridden. Eager to reclaim his kingdom and save his people, Alfonso embarks on a quest to find the legendary Knight – but destiny holds a twist of fate in store for him.

Together, León and Alfonso begin long and difficult journey filled with many hardships.

Rage of Bahamut: Genesis
  • First episode available on October 5th Streaming Sundays at 10:30am CT/ 11:30am ET
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Two thousand years ago, the black-and-silver-winged dragon, Bahamut, terrorized the magical land of Mistarcia. The humans, god, and demons that inhabited the land united forces against the fiend and sealed its power into a key which was split in two, one half protected by gods and the other protected by demons. Now, Mistarcia is a peaceful realm – until a human woman steals the god’s half of the key. Based on the immensely popular digital card game, Rage of Bahamut is an exciting blend of action and fantasy brought to you by the creators of Space Dandy and Tokyo Ghoul.

Lord Marksman and Vanadis
  • First episode available on October 4th Streaming Saturdays at 9am CT/ 10am ET
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Tigre, a young noble, is captured by a beautiful female general from an enemy country. But her curves aren’t the only dangerous thing about her. She’s backed by an army of lovely warrior-goddesses called the Vanadis. Discover Tigre’s fate in this action-packed blend of fantasy and fanservice.

Laughing Under the Clouds
  • First episode available on October 6th at 10am CT/ 11am ET Streaming Fridays at 1:28pm CT/ 2:28pm ET

When swords were outlawed in the eleventh year of the Meiji era, the mighty samurai population began to dwindle. Those who rejected the ban on blades rebelled, causing violent unrest to erupt throughout the countryside. To combat the rise in criminal activity, an inescapable lake prison was constructed. Three young men, born of the Kumo line, were given the duty of delivering criminals to their place of confinement – but could there be more to their mission than meets the eye?

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