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

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

Regarding HULU, there isn't news sites that cover this company. That's the challenging part for me to cover HULU. I usually just check what's streaming on HULU. What I observed was that it's usually FUNimation's simulcasts during the season and then Crunchyroll after the season is over.

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Simulcasts

Aldnoah.Zero 2
  • Simulcast: one day of the original Japanese air date
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Fifteen years have passed since the catastrophe of the hypergate collapsing on the moon’s surface, known as the Heavens’ Fall. The war between the citizens of Earth (Terrans) and the Vers Empire of Mars is now at a ceasefire. They are far from any agreement over which civilization is the rightful heir to the power of the ALDNOAH, an ancient Martian technology discovered not long after the celestial hypergate. Princess Asseylum Vers Allusia descended upon earth as an ambassador to bring reconciliation, but some were not willing to compromise. Inaho Kaizuka is a Terran high school student. Slaine Troyard swears his allegiance to Vers. As citizens of both societies witness the assassination of Asseylum, the fate of these young men and a strange woman cross.
Death Parade
  • Simulcast: one day of the original Japanese air date
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There is a place after death that's neither heaven nor hell. A bar that serves you one chance to win. You cannot leave until the game is over, and when it is, your life may be too.
3. Durarara!!x2
  • Simulcast: one day of the original Japanese air date
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Half a year after the turmoil that rocked the entire city of Ikebukuro, peace has once again returned to the city and people are living each day normally. The high schools students enjoy their days of youth as the strongest and most dangerous man of Ikebukuro works diligently. The informant plots a new scheme and the headless rider is pursued by the cops as she rides through the night... But soon this normal will be cut short by the abnormal. Slowly but surely, the unknown will seize the city and face an all new storm.
Fairy Tail
  • Simulcast: seven-day delay from its original Japanese airdate.
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When four young wizards from the most destructive guild in Fiore team up to take jobs, they forge a bond more powerful than any magic and grow stronger with every mission. Whatever you do, don't mess with these friends or you'll get burned!
GARO THE ANIMATION
The Makai Knights protect humanity from demonic entities known as Horrors. But the King's advisor seeks to eliminate the Knights and banish the heir to the throne. In order to save his people, the Prince seeks the aide of the legendary Golden Knight!
Kamisama Kiss 2
  • Simulcast: one day of their original Japanese air date
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Nanami is a homeless high schooler until she accepts an offer to live at a shrine - making her the new local god. With her handsome fox spirit familiar, Nanami learns the ins and outs of godhood and meets more spirits - including two who vie for her love!
Naruto Shippuden
  • Simulcast: one day of their original Japanese air date
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The Village Hidden in the Leaves is home to the stealthiest ninja in the land. But twelve years earlier, a fearsome Nine-tailed Fox terrorized the village before it was subdued and its spirit sealed within the body of a baby boy. Now that boy, Naruto, has grown up to become a hyperactive ninja-in-training who's more interested in pranks than schoolwork...but Naruto is determined to become the greatest ninja ever!
One Piece
  • Simulcast: a two-day delay from its original Japanese airdate.
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Monkey D. Luffy refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become king of all pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line, this is one captain who’ll never drop anchor until he’s claimed the greatest treasure on Earth – the Legendary One Piece!
Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
  • Simulcast: one day of their original Japanese air date
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“I’m gonna make you into a heroine that no one can resist!” One day, I met the girl of my dreams… A new age calls for a new type of heroine in the gaming industry! She’s so…absolutely BORING?! The highly-anticipated tale of youth is finally coming to an anime! One day, an otaku high school student Tomoya Aki has a fateful encounter with a girl amidst the beautiful cherry blossom trees. This meeting inspires Tomoya to design his very own “gal-game” (dating-simulation video game) featuring a heroine modeled after the girl he saw. In order to make his desire a reality, Tomoya must persuade a few eccentric “creators” such as the ace member of the art club, Eriri Spencer Sawamura and the school’s top student, Utaha Kasumigaoka to join his development team. Meanwhile, Tomoya is shocked to learn that the girl he idolized as his muse for this whole project was none other than his boring classmate, Megumi Kato! But, this doesn’t dissuade Tomoya. He is determined to give Megumi a total make-over within his game and raise her to be the absolute girlfriend that every man desires…!
Sailor Moon Crystal
  • Simulcast: same time as the Japanese air date
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Based on Naoko Takeuchi’s legendary manga series, Sailor Moon Crystal retells the story of Sailor Moon as she searches for her fellow Sailor Guardians and the Legendary Silver Crystal to stop the dark forces of Queen Beryl.
The Rolling Girls
  • Simulcast: 1 day after the original Japanese air date
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Get ready for The Rolling Girls, the first original anime from the studio that brought you Attack on Titan! After the Great Tokyo War, Nozomi, Yukina, Ai, and Chiaya travel the country by motorcycle, seeking to change themselves - and their world!
Tokyo Ghoul √A
  • Simulcast: 1 day after the original Japanese air date
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Tokyo lives in fear of creatures called Ghouls. By day, they live as ordinary humans, but by night, they become flesh-eating monsters. When an young man becomes the first Ghoul-human half breed, he must learn to harness his deadly, newfound powers.
World Trigger
The story of a friendship between a human boy and a visitor from another world. With superhuman technology at their fingertips, Yuma Kuga and Osamu Mikumo must work together to defend their new reality against unknown beings. Follow their dazzling journey full of courage, conflict, and gripping sci-fi action!
Your lie in April
  • Simulcast: same day as the original Japanese airdate
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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.
Maria the Virgin Witch
  • Simulcast: ? (Assume 1 week after FUNimation's simulcast)
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The virgin witch Maria seeks to end a war with the help of her two familiars: a seductive succubus and incubus tandem. The archangel Michael despises her interference in human affairs and vows that her powers will vanish if she ever loses her virginity!
Assassination Classroom
  • Simulcast: ? (Assume 1 week after FUNimation's simulcast)
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Forget about homework. The students of Class 3E have a more important assignment: kill the teacher! Their tentacle-d sensei moves at Mach 20, and he’s out to conquer the classroom after destroying most of the moon!
Yurikuma Arashi
  • Simulcast: ? (Assume 1 week after FUNimation's simulcast)
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After the asteroid Kumaria exploded, bears attacked humans, and humans shot bears. A massive Wall of Extinction was erected to separate man from bear. The peace lasted until the morning two young lovers were shaken by the sound of the bear alarm!
Absolute Duo
  • Simulcast: ? (Assume 1 week after FUNimation's simulcast)
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After a traumatic accident takes his loved one, Thor enrolls Koryo Academy, a school where every student has a weapon that's their soul manifestation. Fueled by desire for revenge, Thor is dismayed to discover his soul is not a weapon... but a shield.

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Welcome ladies and gentlemen to a new edition of KTC! After giving an introductory look to Kamen Rider, especially the Heisei Era series I’ll take a break from the Masked Motorists series and tackle another toku series, in this case the Majestic, Terrifying and frankly all around Awesome Makai Kishi Garo.

The first TV series of Garo started in 2005 coming from the mind of Toku director and character design veteran Keita Amemiya. He worked in a multitude of series, having more than 20 years of experience prior to developing Garo. His objective with this series was to create a Toku series for mature viewers, as most series are aimed to younger audiences.

And Garo is exactly that, a Toku series that has better effects, better fights, with a horror movie atmosphere, a more mature and well thought story… and boobs, yep, Garo has enough nudity and blood to be called the HBO Tokusatsu series. The whole series focuses on horror and action, with urban fantasy elements added to the mix with great effect.

The series haves a lot to offer not only in the story department. As I mentioned earlier it has better special effects than the Kamen Rider counterparts at the same moment of time (yet considering the first series is from 2005 the CGI is a bit dated) The music is also a strong point with a magnificent score and openings sung by Jam Project (that I’ll go over when I talk about the seasons)

But the category in which Garo owns the rest of the Toku series is the fighting. The choreography in Garo is miles over any other series with amazing “unmorphed” fights with the actors and actress themselves pulling the incredible stunts and doing the wirework, while the fights with suits come in two flavors, short ones with some minor use of CGi and longer ones that turn into a CGI fiesta with amazing creativity.

Garo had a rocky beginning, as the first series wasn’t extremely popular and only through the sheer effort of his creator making movies and specials to flesh out the universe he got the approval for a second season… and then a third… and a fourth and an anime and more movies. The moral of the story is if you’re passionate about your work never give up on it.

Well this is it for today, only serving as an introduction. I’ll cover Two series + related media in the next blog and then cover the two remaining seasons and the anime (with their related media) in the next to that one.

Kuma Out!

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some hax characters have it easy, but there instances where raw power/skill wins a fight. Those fights are decided by multiple factors such as the capacity of both characters. PS gonna finish this some time later too much anime/manga i'm watching/reading

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First of all, Hello. It's been literally too long since I first covered an episode of a series like this. WAY too long. I hope to do more of these blogs onwards. Let's get my extended response started.

Disclaimer: First off, this will mildly spoil the episode. Please watch the episode in question (can be legally watched via FUNimation's site) before reading this and leave your thoughts here if you have the time and check out the Tokyo Ghoul Discussion to talk about the show and how it's going so far. One thing that I will point out that this episode's uncensored. Yes, the hype is too real. (blushes)

Breakdown and Thoughts

Exibit A. Also, if it were like last time, it would look like he was eating a Neoshadow from Kingdom Hearts 2.
Exibit A. Also, if it were like last time, it would look like he was eating a Neoshadow from Kingdom Hearts 2.

Tokyo Ghoul Root A (or Tokyo Ghoul 2 in some areas) starts where season 1 leaves off: the continuous of the Aogiri Tree battle after Kaneki's drastic change. Now he's completely serious and isn't taking anything anymore. He aids part of the battle out of nowhere when Touka was a second from being killed while looking for answers about Aogiri Tree, and we got to see more rivaling ghouls, including some immensely strong ones. It was noted that Amon also has a bit of development as well here, even though it's a small piece of it. After the battle, a shocking decision was made that could be reckless, but is also interesting at the same time.

I was amazed at pretty much everything that happened, especially on Kaneki and his new path and I'm anticipating on what will be done from here onwards. A bit of a side note, I remember being on Volume 3 of the Tokyo Ghoul manga when college kicked me hard in the nuts, so this is still either a blind run to me, which I don't mind doing. Then again, it might be its own story instead of continuing from the manga. Either way, I hope the show ends up becoming really good from here onwards.

Highlights

The NFL's not gonna approve any of that armor for play...
The NFL's not gonna approve any of that armor for play...
Haven't seen white hair look this dope in years.
Haven't seen white hair look this dope in years.

What I thought was going on during this OP sequence right here. XD (Don't panic! It's a song and lyrics YouTube video, but it's NSFW due to language. I also apologise if that made you feel old considering that it was released in the early 2000's. XD)

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Welcome to the first week of DVD releases! It's a medium sized one, and we have some adult releases, too.

  • I personally wouldn't recommend Dog & Scissors to people who abhor bizarre fetishes or hate ecchi. This series is bizarre and can have unfortunate implications.
  • We had huge Shonen collections this week. Fairy Tail's box art is recycling one of the Blu-Ray artwork. I wonder what goodies are hidden in One Piece's box.
  • I'm tempted to get back on Qwaser. I dropped the show about 4 years ago. Never went back.

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 did not list Fairy Tail Three Collection while Amazon and Right Stuf have it Three listed this week.
  • Only Right Stuf has Eccentric Family and Gurren Lagann listed this week.
  • Fantastic Detective Labyrinth is available on Right Stuf this week while it's available on Amazon a week later.
  • The One Piece Collection Box 1 is an Amazon exclusive item.

DVD and Blu-Ray Releases

Dog & Scissors
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $69.98 (Blu-Ray), $59.98 (DVD)

Harumi Kazuhito could spend days at a time with his head buried in his beloved books, and little would make him happier than perusing the pages of his favorite author. Unfortunately, when Harumi gets himself killed he inexplicably finds himself reincarnated as a dog... which might not be so bad if he could read, or his new owner didn't have the unfortunate twin predilections of playing with scissors and tormenting her new pet!

But what truly makes this strange reincarnation the worst of all possible worlds is that she's also his favorite author! The horror! Can Harumi find a way to live with this tantrum-throwing typist, or will her crazed clippings prove to be his undoing? Can he escape her constant hounding via the doggy door, or is he barking up the wrong tree? There's a rough, rough time ahead as canine compulsive readers and literary she-wolves get snippy with each other when doggies do what they gotta do!

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

The Eccentric Family - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: NIS America
  • Suggested retail price: $64.99

In modern day Kyoto, humans live in the city, tengus take to the sky, and tanukis roam the earth. One such tanuki is Yasaburo, the third son of Soichiro Shimogamo, famed tanuki leader who met his end far too early at the hands of a group of humans and their year-end banquet hot pot. Yasaburo has since embraced his "fool's blood" and strives for a happy, carefree life. But between taking care of his old tengu master Akadama-sensei, avoiding the life-threatening advances of the beautiful human Benten, dealing with his dangerously stupid twin cousins, and avoiding becoming a hot pot himself in the next year-end banquet, the young tanuki has his proverbial work cut out for him!

Contains episodes 1-13 plus a full-color 64-page hardcover art book with episode guides, character info, and illustrations. Special Features: Clean Opening and Ending, Original Japanese TV Spots, Original Japanese Trailers.

Fairy Tail DVD/Blu-ray Collection 3
  • Distribution: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $54.98

The magical mayhem reaches a whole new level as the members of Fairy Tail welcome new friends to the guild – and embark on high-flying adventures! When six sorcerers seek to unleash a devastating spell, Natsu and the gang join forces with a colorful cast of unlikely allies to save the world from everlasting darkness. Up next, the surprising resurrection of the mastermind who destroyed the Magic Council sparks a maelstrom of madness! Then the action gets even wilder when Team Natsu goes head-to-head with the Oracion Seis - and a trip to see a girl about a dragon could spell doom for Magnolia! Can the wizards overcome the odds and save the day, or will they go down in flames!?

Contains episodes 49-72. Special Features: Episode Commentaries, Textless Songs, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Fantastic Detective Labyrinth - Complete Collection (DVD)
  • Distributor: The Right Stuf International
  • Suggested retail price: $49.99

Thirty years ago, Tokyo was destroyed in a massive earthquake. Most people have moved on to a new capital, Shinto, but a string of bizarre murders and supernatural events keep occurring in the ruins of the old city. The only one with the ability to see through to the heart of these mysteries is the enigmatic Mayuki Hyuga, a boy with extraordinary detective skills and powers that even he doesn't yet understand. Together with his guardian and butler Seiran Shinano, Mayuki must not only help the police solve cases, but also uncover the secrets of his lineage.

Contains episodes 1-25. Special Features: Kannivalism Interview, Clean Opening and Endings, Commercials, Promotional Videos. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Gurren Lagann (Blu-Ray 3)
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98

Kamina's death hits all the members of Team Dai-Gurren hard, but nobody is more devastated about his Bro's death than Simon. But this does not stop Guame the Immoveable, one of the Spiral King's Four Generals, from setting a cunning trap for them. While the other members can't stand against Guame's onslaught, Simon refuses to be defeated. With Kamina's words beating deep inside of his heart, Simon succeeds in countering Guame's sneaky trap and proudly assumes the position as the new leader of Team Dai-Gurren!

With Simon completely out of his funk, the team sets their sights on Teppelin, the Royal Capital. But the road to Teppelin will surely be no easy task, as the rest of the generals await their chances to strike them down with their powerful flagships. Will Simon be able to defeat the ruthless Spiral King and lead humanity to a new era?!

Contains episodes 11-16 plus a double-sided poster and a 16-page booklet featuring creator interviews and an illustration gallery! Special Features: Episode 16 Textless Ending. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Non Non Biyori - Complete Collection

Distributor: Sentai Filmworks Suggested retail price: $59.98 (Blu-Ray), $49.98 (DVD)

When Hotaru Ichijo transfers from a school in bustling Tokyo to a tiny school in a quiet countryside village, she should be experiencing major culture shock. After all, there are only three other girls in the school, and none of them are even in the same grade as her. But adjusting isn't too hard for Hotaru thanks to first grader Renge and the Koshigaya sisters, Natsumi and Komari, who are in the seventh and eighth grade respectively. -

Even though it takes 20 minutes by bicycle to get to the only place that sells comics and the video store is 10 train stations away, there's something about the laid-back lifestyle that makes her feel right at ease. It's a big change from the big city, but there are still plenty of new adventures to look forward to as Hotaru learns that home really is where the heart is.

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

One Piece - Collection Box 1 (DVD)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $99.98

One Piece: Collection Box One combines One Piece Collections 1, 2, 3, and 4 into a single release.

  • Commentary on episodes 1, 17, 30, 44, 61, 67, 90 and 103
  • Extras Four art cards, three stickers, and Luffy's wanted poster.
The Qwaser of Stigmata - Complete Collection: Season 1-2, OVA
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $99.98 (Blu-Ray), $79.98 (DVD)

When Mafuyu Oribe and her adopted sister Tomo rescue a strange wounded man, they have no idea what they're getting involved with or what the consequences will be. Alexander Nikolaevith Hell is an Iron Qwaser, one of many opposing factions of super-warriors who can each draw upon the power of an element and wield it as an almost unstoppable array of weapons. Unfortunately for Mafuyu, Qwasers require a special liquid diet to manifest their powers, one provided by their Maria, a woman chosen to serve as the Qwaser's partner. That means that the nursing Mafuyu's already given Alexander isn't the only kind of nursing he needs!

Contains episodes 1-24 of season one, episodes 1-12 of season two, and the OVA. Special Features: Clean Opening Animations, Clean Closing Animations. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Adult Releases (NSFW)

  • The adult releases weren't listed on ANN. Both of these titles are on Right Stuf and Amazon.

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Beast City (OAV)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.99

The lust and depravity of modern man has lured the Demon King to the surface world. His monstrous minions roam the streets, sniffing out nubile victims and devilish delights. But their debauchery is short-lived – the Vampire Queen awakens to slay her natural enemies. With a bloodlust that rivals her deadly, preternatural powers, she will hunt them down. In a city of steel and science, an ancient feud is about to reignite!

Contains "Vampire Madonna" and "The Awakening of the Beast." Special Features: Meet the Characters, Storyboards, Art Gallery, Anime Artform, Japanese Trailer, Previews. Spoken Langauges: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Magic Woman M (OAV)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass
  • Suggested Retail Price: $11.24

Her wand is bigger than yours! Meruru is a sexy sorceress lost in a forest of unsavory characters. But these lustful beasts are in for a surprise. When aroused, Meruru attains the state of ultimate ecstasy and unleashes an explosive power from within!

Contains episodes 1-2. Special Features: Spells and Stuff, Meet the Characters, Art Gallery, Audio Commentary, Anime Artform, Previews. Spoken Langauges: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

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Another Year of Manga has come and gone; I don’t think I have ever shown any particular interest in manga sales before 2014, mostly because I didn’t really see the point. After all, so long as I keep getting the manga I enjoy, what does it matter what other people choose to buy?

Even when I was first starting to read manga, back when finding good manga was complicated business, it was popular top ten lists that I relied upon rather than any statistics about sales.

Why? Well, let’s be honest. There are more people reading manga for free than those that actually purchase the volumes. Scrutinizing top ten manga lists will tell you so much more about what manga people are actually reading the most than any statistical information about sales.

Taking a closer look at manga sales in 2014 and comparing them to 2013, however, has proven very insightful, especially regarding current trends in anime and manga. Even outside the biggest titles, there were some series whose presence or absence I found to be both perturbing and surprising.

If you haven’t had a look at the list yet, then here it is.

TOP-SELLING MANGA IN JAPAN BY SERIES: 2014

Manga Sales by Series

*1. 11,885,957 One Piece
*2. 11,728,368 Shingeki no Kyojin
*3. *8,283,709 Haikyuu!!
*4. *6,946,203 Tokyo Ghoul
*5. *6,729,439 Kuroko no Basket
*6. *5,505,179 Naruto
*7. *4,681,031 Diamond no Ace
*8. *4,657,971 Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic
*9. *4,633,246 Nanatsu no Taizai
10. *4,622,108 Ansatsu Kyoushitsu
11. *4,385,701 Hoozuki no Reitetsu
12. *4,295,257 Terra Formars
13. *4,166,875 Ao Haru Ride
14. *4,098,510 Yowamushi Pedal
15. *3,957,991 Gin no Saji
16. *3,816,372 Nisekoi
17. *3,275,885 Fairy Tail
18. *2,986,968 Bleach
19. *2,644,122 Shokugeki no Souma
20. *2,588,791 Youkai Watch
21. *2,516,278 Kingdom
22. *2,472,101 Kyou wa Kaisha Yasumimasu.
23. *2,397,887 Kimi ni Todoke
24. *2,394,263 Gintama
25. *2,380,774 Detective Conan
26. *2,289,738 Kuroshitsuji
27. *2,231,805 Noragami
28. *2,173,339 One Punch-Man
29. *1,967,675 Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun
30. *1,937,059 Chihayafuru
A couple of thoughts come to mind after taking a closer look at this list.

+One Punch-Man

During its earlier days, getting people to give One Piece a decent chance was no easy task; yet it could be done. You simply needed to make your case about the story and hilarious characters.

Not so with One Punch-man which, even now, I would struggle to explain to someone why they should bother with the series. It is that random a manga, and which I am surprised is receiving so much interest.

For a manga about a bald guy defeating over the top villains with one punch, 2 million copies is a powerful achievement, which makes you think that people are more or less ready to take a chance on anything today so long as they are appropriately entertained.

You could possibly blame that trend on One Piece.

Last year, One Punch-Man was no where near the top 30; come January 2016 I wouldn’t be surprised to see it in the top ten. It is worth mentioning that One Punch-Man actually comes out ahead of Nanatsu No Taizai and even Fairy Tail when it comes to Sales by Volume.

+Detective Conan

There is an overwhelming number of people today who are always complaining about popular shonen manga like Naruto and One Piece running too long, but who have never really made any mention of Detective Conan. Seriously, Detective Conan has been in serialization since 1994; how the hell does a manga like that still manage to sell over 2 million copies today.

Having never read it, I am hardly qualified to complain about the quality of the manga; yet if common comments about anime and manga are to be believed, the longer a series runs, the worse it gets, often losing readers rather than gaining in popularity.

Berserk has been around even longer than Detective Conan and it stands almost no chance of entering the top 30, at least with regards to sales.

You have to wonder what Detective Conan offers that other longer running series do not.

Whatever the case anyone that has spent 2014 preaching about how the trend of long running manga series is coming to a definite end is being proved wrong by the strength of Detective Conan.

+Gintama/Kingdom

A pair of manga that couldn’t be more different from another and which I didn’t think would be so closely matched; more or less neck to neck in 2013, Kingdom seems to have come out head by 200,00 copies in 2014 in comparison to Gintama.

Yet both series are not fairing particularly well on a whole, not just regarding the 12 or so steps they have fallen in less than 15 months, but their declining dominance over 2014. Keep in mind that titles like Tokyo Ghoul and Haikyuu, near the bottom and barely keeping up not so long ago, now stand at the very top of 2014’s top selling manga list, even as Kingdom and Gintama continue to slip further down.

Hell, 15 months ago Kingdom and Gintama were both starting to pull away from Bleach, Kubo’s manga following behind even as the pair approached the top 10. Even taking into account differences in tastes, that a manga as celebrated as Kingdom would fall below Bleach during one of its worst years in terms of ranking, is surprising.

It makes you wonder exactly what people like.

Kingdom’s fame comes from the fact that it doesn’t exactly follow the typical formula; and yet, when you look at many of the titles ranked higher than Kingdom, one might argue that the key to success in Japan in terms of manga sales comes down to attaching the same old formula to new plots and faces.

+Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma

It might have been my lack of attention but I don’t think I have ever seen so many non-action oriented manga series littering the top 20; sure, there is always that odd slice of life manga that somehow manages to break through the barrier, but even those exceptions are rarely as strong and popular as the food based Shokugeki no Soma.

Along with Blue Spring Ride and Hozuki no Reitetsu, it is possible that we have reached that age of manga where a story doesn’t have to create super-powered heroes fighting to save the day in order to appeal to the masses.

You couldn’t easily dismiss Shokugeki no Soma as a fluke; while making no appearance on the 2013 list, the manga currently enjoys strong support among manga readers, so much so that it might actually survive in the top 20 for several years to come, possibly even rise higher, even with so many action fueled series emerging every year.

+Hozuki no Reitetsu

Urgh, No. Simply No. How the hell did a manga that was barely a bleep on the map in 2013 manage to sell 4.3 million copies? Four episodes in and this story of a serious minded demon ogre working to manage the demon king’s realm in the underworld has to be one of the worst anime i watched in 2014.

And that might be the key to the manga’s success; the anime adaptation is clearly working wonders for the manga. Yet considering what I encountered in the anime, it will take a hell of a lot to convince me that the manga is actually better.

Seriously though, how the hell did this mediocre series come out so far ahead of Bleach, Yowamushi Pedal or even Terra Formars? My brain just can’t make sense of that logic.

+Bleach

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. Sure it’s position wasn’t all that unexpected, and the series hasn’t been in the top 10 for quite a while now. Yet, even with all the complaints I am always ready to launch towards the manga, 18th was a shockingly lower rank than I expected.

At this rate, we have to wonder if Bleach can even maintain its place in the top 20; which won’t actually mean much. It might have dropped three positions down but Bleach actually sold 200,000 copies more in 2014 than it did in the previous year. And even if it disappeared from the top 30, it’s unlikely that the manga would be any less popular among fans.

Simply put, if this was a matter of the number of people actually reading the manga, then Bleach would probably find a position in the Top 5; as things stand, manga readers are still reading Bleach, however I don’t think they believe it to be worthy of actually spending money to purchase the volumes.

+Fairy Tail

Wow. Two years ago Fairy Tail was hanging out in the top 10; two years ago Fairy Tail was laughing its head off while Bleach continued to fall further down the list. Hell, three years ago, when it was at its best, Fairy Tail was preparing to take its place among the big three.

I am not particularly happy about its descent, yet I do feel somewhat vindicated in my thoughts about the dropping quality of Fairy Tail. It wouldn’t be an over exaggeration to say that Fairy Tail might have reached the peak of its fame a while back, and now it can only look forward to a slow steady fall. 500,000 copies isn’t that drastic a decline, yet the considerable drop in rank suggests that the manga’s quality simply isn’t on par with new stars in the industry.

And this was in a year when the Fairy Tail Manga should have been complimented by the return of its anime.

+Terra Formers

The power of anime adaptations; how else can you explain this manga’s sudden leap above veterans like Bleach and even Kingdom. When it first emerged, terra formers was hailed as Attack on Titan 2.0, the same sentiment almost immediately applied to Tokyo Ghoul.

Which makes you wonder whether blood, gore and the death of major characters hasn’t become the secret ticket to stardom. We want to see people die; not just die, but perish terribly.

+Yowamushi Pedal/Haikyuu/Kuroko no Basket

‘YES!’ is all I can say every time sports manga receive the recognition they deserve. It’s almost like there are a select few people out there that have always known and understood the secret that was sports manga, specifically the fact that they were superior to almost every other title on the market today, and only now is that secret finally coming out.

Yowamushi’s current success is an even bigger surprise that Haikyuu! Granted Haikyuu’s leap to number 3, bounding completely over Kuroko, Magi, Fairy Tail and even Kingdom might seem almost unnatural.

But think about it; Kuroko’s Basket is ending, and Haikyuu is the only manga (and anime) on the market today that seems to share the spirit of Kuroko. It is hardly surprising that Kuroko fans would immediately jump to the next best thing- and I most definitely believe Haikyuu to be the better series.

Yowamushi Pedal, a manga about cycling came almost out of nowhere; the idea that manga readers would be willing to throw their weight behind a concept such as that says volumes about the changes in trends in the manga industry. Forget ninjas, pirates and samurai, a time is coming when it will be the soccer players, cycling champions and baseball stars that rule the Top 10.

+Nanatsu no Taizai/Magi/Assassination Classroom

Nanatsu no Taizai is the only winner among these three; considering its rapidly rising fame last year, Magi took a beating in 2014. Forget Bleach, Kingdom or even Fairy Tail. Those manga didn’t as much drop in sales as they did simply lose out to drastically more successful series. We are talking about declines of a few hundred thousand.

Magi declined by a whopping 3 million copies; which is odd, considering the fact that the manga is only getting better. This as opposed to assassination classroom which barely shifted in number of copies sold, despite the change in rank.

Nanatsu no Taizai is milking the popularity of an anime of fairly acceptable quality, jumping into the top 10 at a time where many previous manga stars are experiencing noteworthy declines.

You could also blame the quality of the Deadly Sins manga, whose first 100 chapters maintained a surprisingly rapid pace, with each arc raising the stakes and produced even more thrills. And it is because it is still so young and yet performs so well that it is difficult to believe those voices suggesting that shonen, specifically long running shonen manga, might have lost its market.

The end of Naruto and Bleach, even One Piece isn’t something to be feared, not in the manner of those people who suggested that the end of the Big Three would end the domination of shonen manga told in that particular formula. Along with Magi and Tokyo Ghoul, we have every reason to expect the shonen formula to maintain its strength for years to come.

+Tokyo Ghoul

Two Years ago, Tokyo ghoul was averaging one million copies every year, this as opposed to SIX MILLION COPIES this year; that is an increment of 5 million. How the hell does a manga do that?

Are we really going to say that the Tokyo Ghoul anime is solely responsible for the success of its manga counterpart? Because, personally, while entertained, my mind wasn’t exactly blown by the anime-and the mediocre finale didn’t help.

The Tokyo Ghoul anime gets points for gorgeous animation but that is hardly enough to make it a masterpiece; which means Tokyo Ghoul is one of those few manga that seem to succeed using hype, where the idea of the anime is so appealing that it forces readers towards the manga immediately after the anime ends just so they can continue the progress of their favorite story.

The question is whether Tokyo Ghoul is worth all the Hype afforded to it. That is a question that will be answered at the end of 2015. If the manga is as good as they say, then Tokyo Ghoul’s numbers could even double next time. Otherwise, there is a chance that it might drop out of the top 20.

+Toriko

I thought this manga was on the way to the top. It is curious that Toriko would fall out of the top 30, even considering the number of people out there that cannot stop singing its praises.

+Conclusion:

There is so much to be said about Naruto, One Piece and Attack on Titan that it will require it’s own separate post.

Taking this list into account, some undeniable factors emerge.

- Sports manga are the future, and it makes sense.

There is simply no shortage of thrill inducing moments, or even episodes; after all every arc is just a new tournament or match, and just as sports fans still flood into stadiums every week for sports they have been watching for decades, there is no end to the level of entertainment one can elicit from sports manga.

-Shonen action manga are not the dying breed people keep saying they are; people still want to see unwavering heroes with special powers fight to protect their friends from evil; yet the shonen action formula isn’t exactly a necessity for success in this regard either.

Maybe tastes among manga readers have always been this diversified, yet the numbers of manga readers willing to venture beyond the action arena is growing to a point where it can begin impacting sales.

-It all comes down to anime; if you do not have an anime in the works, then do not expect your manga make any headway, especially within the top ten.

Magi rose to its peak at a time where its second anime season was attracting attention and converting anime fans into Magi Manga readers; following the end of The Kingdom of Magic, one need only look at Magi’s decline to appreciate the impact of the absence of its anime.

The same thing goes for Tokyo Ghoul, Nanatsu no Taizai and Terra Formars, whose anime adaptations have had a clear impact upon their success.

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Hello everyone! I got a PM request from a member in the battle community after he saw the Wiki Editor Archive 2014 blog last night. He asks if I could do one for the battle community. Honestly, I don't know a lot of folks in the battle community as intimately with the wiki community due to being more of a wiki mod than a forum mod. The last archive I did was the Battle Forum Archive Nov-Dec 2013 and that was a lot of work and hours. I did the best I could. For this archive, I had a idea to make life easier by just listing preferences. I spent the day going through forum submissions and getting a feel for the person's favorite franchises where they are comfortable debating in.

Please check out this thread. You may find something in common with a person. This archive has some influence from AnimeDefender's community project idea, a battle directory where he proposed that the community shares recommendation. AnimeDefender loved the battle community because it got him into different anime and manga series.

I didn't complete this blog since this community is the largest in the site with many users going in and out from different sites. The battle community is known as the Mecca of site because there is a lot of trans-community members here. There will be folks missing. If I miss you, please let me know. I'm only human. Oh, I don't include folks who were permanently banned since I only include users with good standing.

Thank you.

Best Battle Users of 2014

Here are the interviews written by our best battle users.

Related Threads

Anime Vice Members*Preferences
AgentFakku
  • Misc Ecchi Series
Note: (most of them are Joke threads)
Andr413
  • Naruto
AnimeDefender
  • Bleach
  • Fairy Tail

Note: He almost missed 2014 by a week or so.

Akronawol17
  • God of High School
  • Hitman Reborn
  • O Parts Hunter
  • The Seven Deadly Sins
Asura_Uchiha
  • Bleach
  • Dragon Ball
  • Naruto
Audioninja
  • Dragon Ball
  • Hitman Reborn
  • Toriko
Bigz007
  • Naruto
CerusSerenade
  • Avatar
  • Fate
  • NIER
  • Red Transistor
  • Umineko
Chef_Banchou
  • Kongou Bancho
DBZ_Universe
  • Dragon Ball
  • Soul Eater
  • Kekkaishi
DXC
  • Bleach
  • Dragon Ball
  • Naruto
  • One Piece
CosmicKnight75
  • A Certain Magical Index
  • Naruto
  • Bleach
  • Toriko
  • Yu Yu Hakusho
  • Kill La Kill
  • Gurren Lagann
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
  • Fate/Stay Night and Fate/Zero
  • Akame Ga Kill
DestinyHeroKnight
  • One Piece
  • World Trigger
Dream
  • Bleach
  • Evangelion
  • Fate
  • Heroic Age
  • Gundam
  • Marvel Comics
  • Naruto
eddz99
  • Bleach
  • Dragon Ball
  • Naruto
  • Toriko
Erik
  • Digimon
  • Marvel Comics
EVA_01
  • BlazBlue
  • Evangelion
  • Guilty Gear
  • Gundam
  • BlazBlue
  • Evangelion
  • Guilty Gear
  • Gundam
  • Marvel comics
  • Hunter X Hunter
  • Toriko
  • Shin Megami Tensei
  • Berserk
  • Tower of God
  • Terra Formars
  • To aru Majutsu no Index
  • Final Fantasy

Falbium_Asmodeus

  • Darksiders
  • High School DxD
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • Naruto
  • One Piece
  • Psycho Buster
  • Toriko
FormerCrimsonKing
  • Getbackers
  • God of High School
  • One Piece
  • Naruto
  • Toriko
galaxianexplosion05
  • Bleach
  • Dragon Ball
  • Naruto
  • One Piece
Haiken
  • Avatar
  • Black Bullet
  • Magi
  • Medaka Box
  • Slayers
  • Tokyo Ghoul
HungryWorld
  • Fairy Tail
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • One Piece
  • Sengoku Basara
  • Toriko
IndridCold
  • Dragon Ball
  • One Punch Man
  • Project Arms
  • Toriko
JackFanon
  • Blazblue
  • RWBY
KatanaLauncher
  • A Certain Magical Index
  • Fate
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • Naruto
  • One Punch Man
  • Toriko
Katmic
  • Bleach
  • Claymore
  • Fairy Tail
  • Naruto
  • Nobless
  • One Piece
Kobra678
  • One Piece
  • Yu Yu Hakusho
  • Toriko
  • O Parts Hunter (666 Satan)
  • One-Punch Man
  • Dragonball
  • Hunter X Hunter
  • Devil May Cry
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
  • Naruto
Kuma_From_Argentina
  • Doctor Who
  • Gundam
Loadedgnome
  • Dragon Ball
  • One Piece
  • Naruto
  • Toriko
Low
  • Tokyo Ghoul
  • Various Manhwa (due to his battle theme)
Luthluth
  • Bleach
  • Dragon Ball
  • Jojo
  • Naruto
  • One Punch Man
  • Toriko
Mass
  • Preacher (Comics)
MrWhiteX
  • Hunter x Hunter
Nishi99
  • Bleach
  • Dragon Ball
  • Naruto
  • One Piece
  • Yu Yu Hakusho
Othus12
  • Bleach
  • Dragon Ball
  • Naruto
  • One Piece
  • The Seven Deadly Sins
  • Toriko
Reiyo
  • Dragon Ball
  • Durarara!!
  • Joke Battles
  • Naruto
  • One Piece
SaladKing
  • Fate
  • Heroic Age
  • Medaka Box
  • Naruto
ShadowChaos
  • Arago
  • Area D
  • Gundam
  • Medaka Box
  • Naruto
  • Xenosaga
smxlr8
  • High School DxD
  • Is this a Zombie?
  • Nobless
Sonata
  • Joke Threads
  • Dragon Ball
  • Ikki Tousen
  • Medaka Box
  • Rurouni Kenshin
  • Claymore
  • Gurren Lagann
  • Queen's Blade
  • Freezing
  • Gantz
  • Attack on Titan
  • American Cartoon characters
  • Marvel and DC
  • Most Video Game characters
  • Obscure H-Titles and not well known ANime titles
Sonneko
  • Bleach
  • Dragon Ball
  • Naruto
  • One Piece
  • One Punch Man
  • Toriko
SSJjanemba
  • Dragon Ball
  • One Piece

Taichokage

  • Bleach
  • Claymore
  • D. Gray-Man
  • Dragon Ball
  • God of High School
  • Magi
  • Marvel Comics (X-Men?)
  • Naruto
  • One Piece
  • One Punch Man
  • The Seven Deadly Sins
  • Toriko
  • Yu Yu Hakusho
UltimateHero0406
  • Digimon
  • Marvel Comics
  • Psyren

Vapovile

  • Hitman Reborn
  • Is this a Zombie?
  • Kill la Kill
WayBig1010101
  • Naruto
  • One Piece
  • Toriko
Whats_out_of_the_bag
  • Marvel Comics
  • Avatar
  • Dragon Ball
  • Berserk
  • Getbackers
  • Hunter x Hunter
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
  • InuYasha
  • Yu Yu Hakusho

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Welcome everyone to the Wiki Editor's Archive 2014! This is an archive of all wiki editors who worked last year. The purpose of this thread is to promote our community and our users who contributed to our site whether it will be a minor edit or a massive project with a team. We all should be proud of our community and its folks because we are a diverse site with various interests: battles, forums, reviews, RPG, Fan Fic, wiki editing.

Thank you everyone. Please give these guys and gals a round of applause.

Note:

  • There will be a blog on best wiki editors and reviewers of 2014 soon. I'll add the links to the wiki pages for the solo projects by the end of the week. I have the Winter 2015 Anime Trailer Guide this week to work on with my teammate, BigHeart711. Sorry about that.
  • Please let me know if I miss anyone.

Related Threads

Past Archives

Solo

Here are our independent wiki editors.

Acura Max
  • Psycho-Pass 2 - Anime, Images, and Characters
AgentFakku
  • Various Newer Hentai Series - Anime, Manga, and Characters
Akronawol17
  • God of High School
  • O Parts Hunter
  • Seven Deadly Sins
Aleasha
  • Coppelion
  • Tokyo Raven
  • Wizard Barristers
BigHeart711
  • Wooser - Anime and Characters
BigRule
  • Pretty Cure - Characters
Bigz007
  • Filler - Concept
  • World Conquest Zvezda Plot - Anime and Characters
CaliverNeil
  • Hayate - Characters
Chef_Banchou
  • Kongou Bancho - Characters and Manga
Daniel Newton
  • Brynhildr in the Darkness
  • Maken-ki! Two
  • Qwaser of Stigmata
  • Sakura Trick
  • Space Dandy
Dekken
  • Various Female Characters - Profile Portraits and Measurements List - Images
  • Gantz - Manga
  • History's Strongest Disciple - Manga
  • Medaka Box - Manga
  • Muromi-San - Anime and Manga
Demonic13
  • Churaumi - Anime
  • Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho - Manga and Anime
  • Misc Hentai
DestinyHeroKnight
Dochaus
  • Aldnoah.Zero - Anime
  • Argevollen - Anime
  • Space Dandy and 2 - Anime
  • Survival Game Club - Anime
  • When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace - Anime
Dream
  • Fate - Character
  • Hime - Characters
  • Studio Ghibli - Company
EVA_01See team project, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

Falbium_Asmodeus

  • Psycho Buster - Characters
ForgottenOne
  • Medaka Box - Characters
FoxxFireArt
  • Monthly Dragon Age Magazine - Manga
Iju
  • Black Butler - Characters
Inuyashaa2010
  • History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi - Manga
JackFanon
  • Blazblue
  • Misc Non franchise oriented Concept Threads
  • RWBY
KawaiiEmpress
  • Carnival Phantasm - Episodes
  • Fate - Characters
Kuma_From_Argentina
  • Various Tokusatsu pages - Characters
Low
  • Kingdom - Manga
  • Terraformars - Manga
  • Tokyo Ghoul - Characters and Manga
Madnessreaver
  • The Breaker - Manga
MangaDog
  • Various Video Game based anime or manga adaptations - Characters
MrWhiteX
  • Hunter x Hunter - Anime
  • One Punch Man - Character
  • Soul Eater - Images
Naughty
  • Various Hentai Pages - Images, Anime, Manga
  • Various Ecchi Pages
OEST_MAG
  • Creamy Mami - Episode Attachments
  • Mazinger - Characters
  • Various Older Magical Girl Anime
Oglaphone
  • A Town Where You Live (Kimi no iru Machi) - Character Articles
  • Berserk - Character Articles
  • Welcome to the El-Palacio - Manga
Overnatural
  • Freezing - Characters
Ravenbuster
  • Kamigami no Asobi - Character, Anime
  • Kamisama Kiss - Character, Anime
  • Rage of Bahamut: Genesis - Character, Anime
Reiyo
  • Dragon Ball
  • Durarara!!
Salbing
  • Tokyo Ghoul - Concept and Characters
Samjaz
  • Digimon - Characters
Saramango9
  • Ikkiman - Characters
ShadowKnight508
  • Heaven's Lost Property - Manga
  • Kampfer - Manga
sickVisionz
  • Katanagatari
sifter01
  • Date a Live - Anime
  • Sakura Trick - Characters
Sonata
  • Various Hentai - Anime and Characters
SonnekoOne Punch Man - Characters
SSJjanemba
  • Dragon Ball - [Active]

Taichokage

  • D. Gray-Man - Character
  • God of Highschool - Character
  • One Punch Man - Character
Takashichea
  • Black Butler Book of Circus - Anime
  • Brynhildr in the Darkness - Anime, Images
  • Chaika -The Coffin Princess- AVENGING BATTLE - Anime
  • Comic Earth Star Magazine - Manga
  • Dramatical Murder - Anime
  • Fate/Kalied liner Prisma Illya - Anime
  • Fate/stay Night Unlimited Blade Works - Anime
  • Monthly Gangan Joker - Manga
  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-Kun - Anime, Images
  • Nagi no Asukara - Anime
  • Recently, My Sister is Unusual
  • Samurai Flamenco - Anime, Images
  • Strike the Blood - Anime, Images
  • Tokyo Ghoul - Anime, Images
  • When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace - Anime
  • Wolf Girl & Black Prince - Anime
Toxin45
  • Hellsing - Anime, Manga
  • Legend of Korra
  • Tokyo Ghoul - Character
UsachanMaN
  • Blue Spring Ride - Episodes
  • Your Lie in April - Episodes

Vapovile

  • Hitman Reborn - Characters
WayBig1010101
  • Kamigami no Asobi - Anime

Werewolverine4

Whiskers
  • Dramatical Murder - Images
  • Free - Eternal Summer - Images
  • Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun - Images
Yusuke52
  • Bleach - Characters

Team

Here are the wiki editing teams.

Akame ga Kill
  • Oglaphone
  • Takashichea
  • MadnessReaver
  • Dekken
  • WereWolverine
  • MrWhiteX
Chaika -The Coffin Princess (Season 1 Only)
  • Takashichea
  • AgentFakku
  • Sidapa
Hentai
  • Daniel Newton
  • AgentFakku
  • Dekken
  • Sonata
  • Naughty
  • Demonic13
  • BigHeart711
  • Takashichea
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
  • Takashichea
  • ForgottenOne
  • RubberLuffy
  • Toxin45
  • Eva_01
  • RubberLuffy
  • SpeedForceSpider
  • MrWhiteX
Kill la Kill
  • FoxxFireArt
  • Daniel_Newton
  • King of Ash
  • Takashichea
  • Dekken
Magi
  • Bigz007
  • Taichokage
  • Takashichea
One Piece
  • Dekken
  • Takashichea
  • Gyn
Toriko
  • Yusuke52
  • Taichokage
  • Takashichea
  • WayBig1010101
  • SpeedForceSpider
  • IndridCold
  • Othus12
  • Bigz007
  • Sonneko
RWBY
  • BigHeart711
  • Takashichea
The Seven Deadly Sins
  • Takashichea
  • Bigz007
  • Taichokage
  • DestinyHeroKnight
Terra Formars
  • adictoalatrama
  • Takashichea
The Legend of Korra
  • Takashichea
  • Yusuke52

Out of these team projects, there were 4 projects finished. Akame ga Kill, Chaika Season 1, Magi Season 2, and Kill la Kill teams have finished all of their episode summaries.

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

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

Status

With Wakanim TV being a French site, it's hard for me to read due to the language barrier. I'll try my best to list as much info as I can. I do ask companies on their Twitter account.

Simulcasts

1. Durarara!!x2
  • Date: January 10
  • Link

A second season of Durarara!! is in the works. The story takes place a half year after the first series at Tokyo's Ikebukuro neighborhood. The first part, "Shou," or "Understanding," will air in January 2015.

2. Tokyo Ghoul √A

This dark, supernatural mega-hit anime returns this winter, and the ghouls are back for blood! How have things changed now that Kaneki is forced to more fully embrace his ghoul side? Find out in the second season, Tokyo Ghoul √A (a.k.a. Tokyo Ghoul Root A).

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

Tsukimonogatari
  • Date: January 15
  • Link
The time is February, after the ordeal with Nadeko Sengoku was resolved thanks to Deishu Kaiki working behind the scenes. As Koyomi Araragi studied for that last push before the college entrance exams, a change to his physical body that "could not be overlooked" was starting to happen. The difference that could be described as retribution for all his past action is...!?
The Rolling Girls

Ten years after the Great War of Tokyo, Japanese prefectures have become independent states. Each country is led by a prophet, a Mosa with a Mob under him, an army. But tensions appear then nations begin to invade each other. Four girls part of the Mob Clan Saitama, Nozomi, Yukina, Ai and Chihaya, are sent on a mission by their Mosa. They will hit the road and travel the Japan motorcycle to resolve conflicts that arise daily between nations and clans.

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

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

Status

  • Durarara hasn't been confirmed yet.

Simulcasts

Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
  • Start Date: January 8 at 10:30am PST
  • Simulcast: Thursdays 10:30am PST
  • Territories: North America, Central America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
  • Link
One day, an otaku high school student Tomoya Aki has a fateful encounter with a girl. This meeting inspires Tomoya to design his very own “gal-game” featuring a heroine modeled after the girl he saw. In order to make his desire a reality, Tomoya must persuade a few eccentric “creators” such as the ace member of the art club, Eriri Spencer Sawamura and the school’s top student, Utaha Kasumigaoka to join his development team. Meanwhile, Tomoya is shocked to learn that the girl he idolized as his muse for this whole project was none other than his boring classmate, Megumi Kato!
Durarara!!x2
  • Start Date: Saturday at 9 AM PST
  • Simulcast: Saturdays 9:00am PST
  • Territories: North America, Central America, South America, Ireland, and UK
Mikado Ryugamine is a young man who yearns for the city like no other. At the invitation of his childhood friend, Masaomi Kida, he moves to Ikebukuro, Tokyo and enters school there.
Half a year after the turmoil that rocked the entire city of Ikebukuro— Peace has once again returned to the city and people are living each day normally. The high school students enjoy their days of youth as the strongest and most dangerous man of Ikebukuro works diligently. The informant plots a new scheme and the headless rider is pursued by the cops as she rides through the night…But soon this normal will be cut short by the abnormal. Slowly but surely, the unknown will seize the city and face an all new storm.
Magic Kaito 1412
**Magic Kaito 1412 will have episodes 1-4 available TODAY at 4pm PST, with 11-12 available on Saturday 4am PST, which is when the regular simulcast schedule will be. 2 catalog episodes will be released each week at the simul time until they get caught up.
  • Territories: US and Canada.
  • Link

When Kaito Kuroba‘s father dies under mysterious circumstances, he finds out his father's secret identity; a famous international criminal known as International Criminal 1412: the Phantom Thief, and that he was murdered by a mysterious organization for refusing to aid them in retrieving the "Pandora Gem" – a jewel that grants immortality.

He vows to stop the organization from obtaining the gem, and assumes his father's identity. His only clues as to the gem's location are that it glows red under the full moon and that it is a doublet: a gem hidden within a larger gem. Kaito researches and steals famous priceless gems with interesting histories from incredibly well-defended areas, but always returns them after the very next full moon.

Absolute Duo
  • Start Date: Monday, January 5th at 11:00 AM Pacific Time
  • Territories: Europe (except for UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia), the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Link

“Blaze” – a weapon that you create by materializing your own soul using super-fortified spiritual powers. At Koryo Academy, a school that teaches combat skills to those who were born with aptitude for “Blaze” (said to be one in a thousand), students use a partnership system called “Duo” to tie a bond, and heighten each other’s souls. Now, the curtain rises on the story of Tor Kokonoe, an “Irregular” boy whose “Blaze” took the form of a “Shield” – an armor instead of a weapon, and Julie Sigtuna, a girl with silver hair. A school battle action that grasps the future with the bonds to your partner!! I will burn my entire soul, and I will become your “Shield” –

Yurikuma Arashi
  • Start Date: Yurikuma Arashi will start airing on Monday, January 5th, at 11:30 AM Pacific Time
  • Territories: Europe (except for UK, Ireland, and Scandinavia), the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Link

At some point, somewhere in outer space, the small planet Kumalia exploded. As the particles of what used to be Kumalia showered upon Earth as a meteor shower, for some reason all the bears (kuma) on earth stood up to attack humanity! “Humans vs Bears” Bears ate people, people shot bears, creating an endless battle and a chain of hatred. In due time, a great “Wall of Extinction” was built between humans and bears, and they could no longer show aggression towards one another… The human world. One morning, Kureha Tsubasa and Sumika Izumino, students at Arashigaoka Academy, were alone watching “lily flowers” blooming in the flower bed. The two were ‘friends’ as well as lovers. The flower bed was a place very special for them. They stare at each other. Just then, a Bear Warning pierces loudly through the air! A Bear had encroached into the human world, and a human has been assaulted! What in the world is this bear..? Mystery brings on more mysteries, a series of one raging blow after another! Yurikuma Arashi elegantly begins its opening act now!

Kamisama Kiss 2

Both season 1 and the season 2 simulcast

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

Aldnoah.Zero 2
  • Start Date: Saturday January 10th, at 9:30am Pacific Time
  • Territories: North America, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand, UK, Ireland, Europe excluding German-speaking territories.
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Returning for a second season after an epic cliffhanger from the first season, ALDNOAH.ZERO continues the story of the struggle between the people of Earth and Mars as they wage war against each other. Directed by Ei Aoki (Fate/Zero, The Garden of Sinners) and featuring character designs by Takako Shimura (Wandering Son), ALDNOAH.ZEROfeatures inhabitants of Earth and Mars waging in an interplanetary war. The story touches upon the effects wars have on a country’s government and its people.

KanColle
  • Start Date: Wednesday, January 7 at 10:30am PST
  • Simulcast:
    Wednesdays 10:30am PST
  • Territories: United States (and its territories), Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean), United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe (excluding German-speaking territories), South Africa, the Middle East and North Africa.
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Set in a world where humanity has lost control of the oceans to the “deep sea fleet,” the only hope to counter this threat are the Kan-musume, a group of girls who possess the spirit of Japanese World War II warships. The story revolves around Fubuki, a special class destroyer who comes to the Chinjufu base to train with other Kan-musume. Watch as their stories unfold!
Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!
  • Start Date: January 6 at 10:40 AM Pacific Time
  • Simulcast: Every Tuesdays 10:40am PST
  • Territories: Worldwide excluding Asia.
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The story revolves around the members of the “Earth Defense Club” aka the “Do Nothing Club” at Binan High School. One day, the club members are soaking in a hot bath together when all of a sudden a mysterious pink wombat appears out of thin air! The wombat asks the members to lend it their help to protect the Earth. At school the next day, each of the club members receives a magical bracelet enveloping them in a dazzling light.
Samurai Warriors
  • Start Date: January 11 at 10:30 AM Pacific Time
  • Simulcast: Sundays 10:35am PST
  • Territories: worldwide except for Asia
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Samurai Warriors focuses on the Sanada brothers during the Sengoku era of Japan. In late 16th century, the era of civil war that tore Japan over two centuries is nearing its end and the regional warlords who survived the bloodsheds are ready for a final showdown. In the battlefield where your best ally turns out to be your worst enemy, only the shrewdest can come out alive.
Shōnen Hollywood -Holly Stage for 50-
  • Start Date: January 10 at 10:30 AM Pacific Time
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  • Territories: Europe (except English speaking territories), the Middle East, and North Africa.
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Based on the mix media project by Ikuyo Hashiguchi, studio ZEXCS will once again be producing the idol anime SHONEN HOLLYWOOD –HOLLY STAGE FOR 50-. The plot takes place 15 years after the original light novel’s story in a fictional theater called Hollywood Tokyo in Harajuku. The five aspiring members, Kakeru, Kira, Ikuma, Daiki and Shun, work together to develop their talents as idols.
The project brings together an all-star cast of voice actors known for their leading roles in some of today’s most popular anime. Daiki Yamashita (Onoda from Yowapeda) as Kira Saeki, Kensho Ono (Kuroko from Kuroko's Basketball) as Shun Maiyama, Ryota Oosaka (Eijun from Ace of the Diamond) as Kakeru Kazami, Shota Aoi (Ai Mikaze from Uta no Prince Sama 2) as Daiki Tomii, and Tetsuya Kakihara (Yohei from Kuroko's Basketball) as Ikuma Amaki.
The Testament of Sister New Devil
  • Start Date: Wednesday, January 7 at 11:00am PST
  • Simulcast: Every Wednesdays 11:00am PST
  • Territories: United States (and its territories), Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean), United Kingdom and Ireland, Europe (and its territories), South Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa.
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Basara Toujo is a high school student whose father has suddenly just remarried. His father then departs overseas leaving Basara with two new beautiful step-sisters. Little does he know, his new sisters, Mio and Maria are actually the new Demon Lord and a succubus!? Almost trapped into a life of servitude, Basara forms a reverse contract by accident and ends up becoming Mio’s master! Hijinks ensue as Basara finds himself in one ecchi situation after another. However, Mio’s life is in danger as she is pursued by demons and heroes!
Military!
  • Start Date: January 8th at 11:30am PST
  • Simulcast: Thursdays 11:30am PST
  • Territories: worldwide except Japan
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The Krakozhia Dukedom and the Grania Republic are at war, and high school student Sōhei Yano wants no part of it. But when two Lieutenants show up in tanks at his door, his life becomes an exercise in dodging stray bullets!
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Egypt Arc
  • Start Date: January 9th, at 9:30 AM Pacific Time
  • Simulcast: every Friday
  • Territories: Worldwide except Asia
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The action-packed shonen favorite JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure returns this winter with JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders - Battle in Egypt! After 30 days of travel across the world, plagued with countless battles, Jotaro and his companions have finally arrived in Egypt! Now only the strongest "Stand" users remain to rebuff our heroes' final march on Cairo: The Nine Egyptian Gods, DIO's most zealous servants. Will the Joestar line fall to the monstrous vampire, or can Jotaro defeat DIO and save his mother's life?

Unlimited Fafnir
  • Saturday January 10th, starting at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (Episode 1 Only)
  • Simulcast:
  • Territories: USA and Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean), UK, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia.
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Twenty-five years ago, the world suddenly changed when monsters called “Dragons” appeared; seeking to ravage the earth and find mates. Over time, superhuman girls possessing the powers of the dragons, called “D girls” were born. Yuu Mononobe is the only male “D” in existence and is forced to enroll at Midgar - an academy for D girls. At the academy, he accidentally runs into Iris, a delinquent D girl, while she’s naked, and even reunites with this long lost sister, Mitsuki, whom he was separated with at birth. Will Iris and Yuu, the boy who is supposed to become the strongest assassin, be able to challenge the seven dragons that threaten to destroy the world? USA and Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean), UK, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia.

Gourmet Girl Graffiti
  • Start Date: Saturday January 10th, at 8 PM Pacific Time
  • Simulcast: Saturdays 8:00pm PST
  • Territories: USA and Canada
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The story follows Ryo, a middle school girl who lives by herself. She has a knack for cooking, and she makes friendships with everyone through her food. The cooking manga is "full of detailed cuisine art to whet the appetite." The "koufuku" in the title is wordplay on two Japanese homonyms — one which means "happiness" and another that means "appetite."
World Break: Aria of Curse for a Holy Swordsman
  • Start Date: January 11th at 10:05 AM Pacific Time
  • Simulcast: Sundays 10:05am PST
  • Territories: worldwide excluding Asia
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The story is set at a private school that brings together “Saviors” – students who have awakened memories of their past lives as Shirogane or Kuroma. Shirogane use weapons gleaned with Puraana from their bodies to fight enemies, while Kuroma use magic by manipulating Maana to banish their foes. Moroha Haimura has just enrolled into the private school and is the first Savior in history who has awakened memories of being both a Shirogane and Kuroma.

18. Dog Days''
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  • Simulcast: Saturday at 9:00 AM Pacific Time
  • Territories: Asia excluding Japan, China, Korea, India
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Third season of Dog Days. It takes place two to three months after the second season during fall vacation.

Fafner Exodus
  • Start Date: January 15th, at 11:30 AM Pacific Time
  • Simulcast: Thursdays 11:30am PST
  • Territories: U.S.A and its territories, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, South Africa, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Demark, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Netherlands, Turkey, Latin America (Central and South America including Caribbean), Middle East and North Africa.
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Tatsumiyajima is the central island in the middle of a small cluster of islands, in a sleepy backwater of the Japanese isles. Not much happens there, and the island's young people go to school knowing that their lives are likely to remain peaceful and undisturbed. Or so they have been taught... but the truth is different. The fate of mankind is on the line, and Tatsumiyajima is the last line of defense against a hostile and incomprehensible enemy. At the center of it all, fighting for Humanity's continued existence, is the giant robot Fafner, the dragon that guards this final treasure of mankind. Fafner Exodus will be set 2 years after the first attacks of the festums.
6. ISUCA
  • Start Date: Friday starting January 23rd, starting at 11:00 AM Pacific Time
  • Territories: United States (and its territories), Canada, Central and South America (including the Caribbean), United Kingdom, Ireland, Europe (excluding German-speaking territories), South Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa.

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

Kuroko's Basketball 3
  • Start Date: January 23, 2015
  • Territories: North America, South America, United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden.
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Even in the glorious history of the Teiko Junior High Basketball team, the "Generation of Miracles" was where five genius players said to be at a one-man-in-ten-years level all resided at the same time. Even after advancing to high school, they are still called by that nickname with the same amount of glory.

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

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

They finally advance on to the semifinals...!

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We are now three days into the new year, still doesn't feel real yet, so now is as good a time as any to reflect on some of my favorite anime I saw in 2014.

The Plan

When I began the year one of main goals was to watch more 50+ episode series that I had meaning to see. I was going to begin with Macross 7 then move on to Galactic Heroes and Revolutionary Girl Utena among others. However, 10 episodes into Macross, I ended up dropping the plan to watch more short OVAs and movies. Perhaps I'll finish those shows in 2015 but it wasn't meant to be this year.

Anyway here are my 2014 anime "awards:"

Cool Anime I Saw in 2014

Anime I'm Proud I Saw: Future Boy Conan

WTF Anime that was Awesome: Battle Royal High School

Biggest Surprise: Harmonie

2014 Anime that I Loved: Kill la Kill, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, and Space Dandy

Anime that Helped Me Move Into My New Apartment: Magic User's Club and Princess Nine

Netflix Anime I Binge-Watched: Knights of Sidonia and Devil is a Part-Timer

Series that Took Me a Long Time to Watch: Gundam Unicorn and Steins;Gate

Thank you Sōta Sugahara : gdgd Fairies and Hi-sCool! Seha Girls

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  • Genres & Themes: Fantasy
  • Producer: Ufotable
  • Release Date: December 30

A TV special based on Bandai Namco Studios's Tales of Zestiria video game for the PlayStation 3.

Namco's Tales of franchise continues in this new chapter in the RPG saga. Players will delve into a grand storyline and discover the “zest” of adventure with new characters, magical lands and great gameplay in Tales of Tales of Zestiria.

Via IGN

For a list of Winter 2014-15 shows and OVAs, please see Winter 2015 Anime Trailer Guide or #winter 2015 ova guide.

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  • Full Title: The Disappearance of Conan Edogawa: The Worst Two Days in History
  • Genres & Themes: Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Shonen
  • Release Date: December 26
  • Producers: TMS Entertainment

Summary:

It's been announced that a new Detective Conan anime special project is launching. The "astonishing collaboration" is titled "Edogawa Conan Shissou Jiken: Shijou Saiaku no Futsukakan" (The Disappearance of Conan Edogawa: The Worst Two Days in History).

The anime special will celebrate the 20th anniversary of Gosho Aoyama's original manga, and it will recount a previously untold story from Conan's past.

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The last Kamen Rider blog! Or at least the last of the Heisei blogs and the last Rider blog for a while, as I’ll start covering other series in the next one. But let’s close this with a bang, let me tell you a story.

This is my weird ass geek theory (Don’t look at me like that, every geek has one). Kamen Rider is to Japan as Doctor Who is for Great Britain.

That sounds weird isn’t it? Let me elaborate

Both series are really long (DW 51 years, KR 44 years) both series have a protagonist that shares a “title” (Doctor and Kamen Rider) Both series can shift their tone with each season and new protagonist but their gimmicks stay (Tardis, Screwdriver, Rider Kick, Motorcycle) They tend to have a female co-protagonist (most of the time) Their most emblematic protagonist wears a Scarf (Ichigou and 4)

But this doesn’t stop yet. Both series were in the year 1989 and tried without luck to do a revival in the 90’s. Both series started once again in the 2000’s with some changes as things that happened in the old show didn’t happen in the new one. The new seasons were a bit more gimmick as the time passed (Multi-form Riders, Sonic Screwdriver Abuse)

You can argue that the Doctor is the same character in a different package while the Riders aren’t, but most of the Riders share so many common traits on their methodology that what really separates them is their personality, just like the incarnations of the Doctor.

They are currently on divisive era (Neo-Heisei and Moffat’s run respectively). Both series do Crossovers between different protagonists (Except that the Rider Crossover’s are systematic while the Doctor’s are sporadic.)

Well enough of my crazy ideas, let’s dig into the last 3 Heisei series (up until now)

Kamen Rider Wizard (2012-2013)

I haven’t seen much of Wizard, just the first 5 episodes and I dropped it. It wasn’t for me. But I’ll do my best giving a quick heads up.

Haruto Soma is a young man that survived a dark magic ritual. The ritual used “Gates” humans with magical potential to bring Phantoms, creatures that feed on despair. A Wizard dressed in white gives him a belt and magic rings to fight the Phantoms.

He is Kamen Rider Wizard, beacon of hope. As much as Fourze drills the power of friendship into the viewers head Wizard does the same with hope. The Phantoms are summoned through “Gates” That lost their hope.

Wizard is also known for the memetic Henshin sound-bit “Shabadubi Touch to Henshin” that Haruto uses to transform. I like Wizard design, is pretty well defined as a mystical Rider.

Kamen Rider Gaim (2013-2014)

Once upon a time there was a man who fought against the established status quo. Blood rained on the grounds he strided, flooding the world in crimson. No… I’m not talking about the Rider of the series, but of the writer.

The Urobutcher Cometh! Gen Urobuchi of Madoka and Fate/Zero fame wrote Gaim and holy shit it is noticeable. Gaim is the darkest Neo-Heisei series and one of the darkest Kamen Rider series, contrasting a lot with the colorful exterior look it has and the theme.

Kamen Rider Gaim protagonist is Kouta Kazuraba a young slacker/former Street Crew Dancer (roll with it) He lives in Zawame City, ruled from the shadows by the Yggdrassil Corporation (Think Omnicorp from Robocop but more Japanese and with less cyborgs)

Kouta stumbles upon a girl escaping from a monster and she grants him a belt and a Lockseed (an object used by the street gangs to summon small holographic monsters to wage pokemon like battles)

He turns into the Armored Rider Gaim (All the Riders in the series have a double theme, a type of warrior, in Gaim’s case Samurai and a fruit, in Gaim’s case Orange) He fights off the monster and he sets off events that will start getting more and more complex.

I don’t want to spoil but Gaim is one monster of a series. Like Kiva is in the Heavy Weight class of narrative in the franchise.

Kamen Rider Drive (2014-Ongoing)

The current series of the franchise, Kamen Rider Drive is focused on Shinnosuke Tomari a young police detective that was transferred to the Special Crimes Unit (a joke in the police department) after losing his partner in catasthrophic event known as Slowdown (where human perception of time is suddenly stretched making everything seem to be moving at slo-mo)

In this Unit he is themed up with Kiriko Shijima a female officer that recruits him to wield the Drive Driver (roll with it) to fight the Roimudes, the real perpetrators of the Slowdown. The Driver talks, seemingly having an A.I. that guides Shinnosuke. This series has a police procedural style with cases that involve the Roimudes being solved in each episode as the underlying storyline unfolds.

Well that’s all for today, next time I’ll tackle one of my favorites toku Franchises “Garo

Yes, Garo is fucking Badass
Yes, Garo is fucking Badass

Kuma out!

Previous Blogs

Kuma's Toku Corner I

Kuma's Toku Corner II

Kuma's Toku Corner III

Kuma's Toku Corner IV

Kuma's Toku Corner V

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Welcome friends. No this isn't a Typo. I actually posted a Blog. This is a joint blog post from Taka and myself commemorating our wiki editing success and partnership over the last year. Please enjoy...if you don't mind a mountain of text :)

Takashichea

  • What is your inspiration for editing continuously on Animevice?

I kept working because I had people to support and help particularly my teammates who requests me to join their wiki projects. I always did as much I could to help out. 4 years passed by so fast. I see people come and go. With what little time we have left, I make it my job to help out because we are all busy. Wiki editing is a hardcore hobby that takes so much time. You can easily sink so much time because it's that addicting. We have a book called PlayStation Nation about video game addiction. I believe our site counts for Wiki Nation (a name I came up for Sket Dance wiki project, Team Wiki Nation ). I'll be sharing my experiences being a wiki addict.

Taichokage

What is your inspiration for editing continuously on Animevice?

Well it's primarily 2 things. Firstly, I have no need for additional motivation to regularly edit series that I truly like and love. But the second reason, which is the community of animevice itself is the primary reason. I have friends in the forums who share fondness of series that I do, often under appreciated ones. It's for those friends that I edit for. It also keeps concepts fresh in your memory if you like to debate and discuss anime/manga topics as I do. Additionally, my wiki partners make it rather difficult for me to give up so early in the game.

Takashichea

  • How did you getting into wiki editing?

It was because of my little sister who found the site. I saw the site through Google images and saw a wealth of image galleries. It was the images that got me into wiki editing.

Taichokage

How did you get into wiki editing?

My first "real" page was Grand Fisher from Bleach. Despite minor issues, Foxx still allowed it to pass. But I became intimidated after that. I was not as good of a typer then as I am now and I was not even remotely tech Savvy. I couldn't even remember the header tab. I stopped editing at 1044 wiki points which was the same amount of points I had at the beginning of the year. It was not until January of 2014 that I noticed my favorite Shounen Toriko was getting attention by some editors. I decided to do a page on my favorite character from Toriko, Sunny to be precise and it wasn't as bad as I thought. The main issue was not having a computer until July of this year. I would walk 2 1/2 miles just for editing and I'd usually grab a coffee as a treat to myself.

Takashichea

  • Which franchises were you interested in starting your first wiki editing?

Shaman King was one of my first projects. It had mostly an empty slate where I can fill out stuff. I regret not going back to reformat the pages according to the wiki style guide. One day, I will. Shaman King is my first completed manga project. I wrote most of the volume summaries.

Taichokage

Which franchises were you interested in starting your first wiki editing?

Initially it was only Toriko. but after a little over a month, I joined the Seven Deadly Sins wiki Project. I since expanded into several projects both team and solo projects. I almost exclusively do Character pages.

Takashichea

  • What were your best and proud works you accomplished?

Haru Glory was my best character page. That was back when wiki editors didn't have limits on how much details they can go into depth. I have to trim out details. Rave Master was another project where I went all out with another teammate, Fire_Star. I finished all of the episode summaries and went back to help Fire_Star who was doing the character pages.

Another one would be the Implied Sex Scene and Eyecatch wiki. I had so much fun talking with users on the implied sex scene examples. For the eyecatch, we were building a huge image database.

Taichokage

What were your best and proud works that you accomplished?

Filling in over 50 character pages for the Toriko wiki project. As far as a single page goes, so far it is Allen Walker, but it will be surpassed in the not so distant future I'm sure.

Takashichea

  • What have been your favorite projects?

Hard to choose. I would say Fairy Tail, Akame ga Kill, and Toriko because those were my biggest team wiki projects. We had a lot of good chemistry with our group. Fairy Tail was the biggest wiki project because Ethan Lance and Foxx were putting up wiki tasks, while Annabanana, myself, and the rest of the gang were completing wiki tasks within a day. They had to keep making new tasks. It was really competitive and fun. After the Whiskey Media Saleout, there was less staff and mod focused wiki projects. Wiki became more cooperative than competitive. Toriko quickly became popular because of the battle community. It thanks to Yusuke for recommending Toriko, and I helped him organize the project which became the biggest one next to Fairy Tail. It was challenging yet fun to make pages and fill them out. The cool part was seeing new folks trying wiki editing for the first time. The biggest chore was renumbering all the episodes. Lastly, Akame ga Kill was the most recent anime series. It's a small group, but we were still close knit. We actually finished all the episode pages, and we almost done with the character pages. It was cool seeing how everyone got into Akame ga Kill and seeing how it shocked us during the anime's run. We had predictions on who dies next.

Taichokage

What have been your favorite Projects?

Toriko again. Not only is it my favorite Shounen but I had more partners than any other and the most help and inspiration on that project. But I enjoyed all my projects, from D.Gray-Man to One Punch Man etc. They were all fun.

Takashichea

  • Who have been your favorite partners to work with?

I have worked with a lot of folks over 4 years. I'm glad to work with great people and meeting new folks and getting them into wiki editing. These are the folks whom impact me a lot during these years. This will be short. I feel bad I have to choose.

  • Annabanana - She and I were the Fairy Tail's top wiki editors. We worked on the project, massively filling out episode pages, character pages, and organizing images. I thank her for recommending new Shonen shows. I only got her into Shaman King while PiFace314 got us into Sket Dance. She taught me a lot of wiki and image uploading tricks which I still used today.
  • BigHeart711 - While we never worked on a specific wiki project, we worked together on a community project, the anime trailers, for almost three yers. He's very optimistic and one of the nicest guys I met in the community. He and I talked about anime, college, and many things. When he was feeling sad or I was feeling sad about crappy things outside of the site or or some brutal event in Anime Vice, we would cheer up each other.
  • Daniel Newton - One of my closest friends in the site. He pushed me to be a wiki mod last year since he said it would be crime not to promote me. I did decline two times. He was a great innovator. We didn't work on specific wiki projects except Fairy Tail for a bit. What we worked on was new ideas he made with creative uses of HTML coding. Daniel pretty opened up a new world of wiki editing with his new ideas such as the template box, character portraits. He has changed the wiki frontier the most out of anyone in the site.
  • Taichokage - He is one of the hardest folks I seen. He is a veteran in the battle community who I seek his advice about making battle threads for some of the battle themes. My work in Toriko pales in comparison to his work. He and Yusuke write up a lot of awesome character pages.
  • Yusuke52 - I met Yusuke in a random encounter when I posted a blog about Crunchyroll licensing Toriko. He asked me if I could help him start a Toriko project in the site. I jumped on the offer to work with someone new. I never heard of Toriko until I saw that news. He got me into Toriko. Without him, I wouldn't been so involved with the battle community with an emphasis on wiki. He and I made a ton of Toriko pages since the only page made was Toriko's character page and the anime series page. It's great to see how much our teammates done.

Taichokage

Who have been your favorite partners to work with?

Well I've only been at the wiki game for roughly 1 year now and haven't had many partners, but during this time a few friends stood out considerably.

Destinyherknight

Even though we don't interact in the wiki as much as we used to on the forums, Destinyheroknight has a small presence on more projects than I initially realized, adding pages and/or filling in General info on many of the pages I finished, particularly The Seven Deadly Sins and One Punch Man. I also owe him some World Trigger pages. I promised (and failed) to get some done this year because I fell behind. (Sorry! I'll make it up.)

Yusuke52

This guy has been the most consistent out of all the partners I've worked with. Despite being a character editor, now having dozens of pages over a thousand points, the quality of his pages consistently exceed mine. He has kept me on my toes throughout the year. I'm sure he knows this. Even though he didn't need it, I'd like to think he felt the same way. He is a better editor than myself and few people know or remember but the few times he debated, it was most often against me as well. He's been a consistent rival and a friend for the last year and a half or so.

Takashichea

Well what can I say. Taka, my good friend became the top editor of vice at the end of 2014, finally catching up to the behemoth editor FoxxFireArt which may or may not ever happen again. He was the first person to help me in the wiki and continued to do so until I became "fluent" enough on my own. Even now he still helps with images when he can (as I have a notorious reputation of having horrible images or no images at all even on the forums). He was literally the top editor of 2014 and now is the top editor of all time on animevice. I have worked on 3 team projects with him, Toriko, The Seven Deadly Sins and Magi, 3 of my top favorite Shounen series, although he has added bits of help here and there even with projects he is not involved in. Taka deserves the Platinum metal as the Greatest Editor of all time but really, he was my #1 favorite partner to work with because we formed a friendship and I never had to guess whether or not he would be active. He is always active.

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  • Genres & Themes: Romance
  • Producer: T-Joy
  • Release Date: February 20, 2015

Plot Summary

A prequel to the 2004 live action film "Hana to Alice." Hana to Alice Satsujin Jiken (The Case of Hana & Alice) will tell the story of how the two female high school leads in the first Hana & Alice live-action film met. 51-year-old film director Iwai (All About Lily Chou-Chou, Swallowtail Butterfly) conceived, wrote, and directed the original 2004 live-action film. The original film depicted the first love and friendship of two high school girls, and it was the breakthrough performance for both actresses.

Translation

Girl: Hey, do you know about the murder case?

Tetsuko: Murder case?

Tetsuko: I'm Tetsuko Arisugawa. It's nice to meet you.

Text: The strongest transfer student, Alice.

Girl: The shut-in girl always looking outside the window.

Girl: Hana Arai.

Text: The strongest shut-in, Hana.

Girl: This place is called the flower mansion (or, 'Hana Mansion').

Girl: You broke the barrier.

Tetsuko: Barrier?

Text: When the two met, the world's smallest murder case began.

Girl: The one who was killed was Yuda. And the one who killed him was Yuda.

Girl: Hana Arai... She's the only living witness.

Text: Shunji Iwai's first feature-length animation work.

Hana: Do you want to know what happened?

Tetsuko: Hana!!

Translation

Hana: Well, what's your name?

Text: The strongest transfer student ever, Alice

Alice: My name is Tetsuko Arisugawa.

Hana: Mine is—

Alice: —Hana Arai.

Text: The strongest recluse ever, Hana

Hana: You already knew, so don't ask.

Caption: Do you know anything else?

Alice: You're the one who asked my name.

Caption: What do you mean, "I don't know"?

Caption: Ow!

Text: When the two met, the world's smallest murder case occurred.

Alice: Look who's talking, recluse.

Hana: It's not like I want to be reclusive.

Text: Shunji Iwai's first feature-length animated work

Alice: Murder?

Hana: You want to know what happened?

Text: Voice Cast

Text: Alice: Yuu Aoi Hana: Anne Suzuki

Alice: Well. I don't know.....

Alice: Hana!

Hana: Alice!

Text: A decade since

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  • Genres & Themes: Comedy-drama, Sci-Fi
  • Producer: Pending
  • Release Date: March 7, 2015

Summary

The film will feature Doraemon, Nobita, Shizuka, Gian, and Suneo as heroes in space that fight against monsters. Doraemon has the power of a super punch, Nobita can use a cat's cradle move, the bath-loving Shizuka can control water, Gian has super strength, and Suneo has a drill on his arm.

Translation for the 2nd Trailer:

  • I could be a cool hero that protected the galaxy!
  • Suneo, Gian, Shizuka: The Miracle Galaxy Squad is here
  • Nobita: Doraemon...
  • Doraemon: When you use my secret tool Burger Director, you can film real hero play time!
  • Text: 5 Space Heroes are born!
  • Giant: All right!
  • Gian: It's finally getting to be like a hero movie!
  • Suneo: Aren't they overdoing this a bit!?
  • Doraemon: This is the director's plan, too.
  • Aron: I'm Aron, from Planet Pockle! My planet has been taken over by pirates.
  • Suneo: It's so REAL!
  • Aron: Please lend me your help to save Pockle!
  • Nobita: Leave it to us!
  • Shizuka: To protect the peace of the galaxy...
  • Gian: We'll blow away any bad g-
  • Doraemon: This... Is different! It's not a movie! They're real bad guys!
  • Hyde: Goodbye, Planet Pockle!
  • Computer: 10 seconds till blastoff.
  • Suneo: This is impossible! We're not real heroes!
  • Computer: 5 seconds.
  • Nobita: It's OK...
  • Computer: 4
  • Nobita: We can definitely beco
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    • Producer: Oriental Light and Magic
    • Genres & Themes: Adventure
    • Release Date: December 20, 2014

    Summary

    Note: Couldn't find the movie synopsis. Here's Wikipedia's summary.

    One day, whilst searching for bugs in the woods in Sakura New Town (based on Tsukuba, Ibaraki), a boy named Keita Amano (or in the video games a girl named Fumika Kodama is also an option) comes across a peculiar capsule machine next to a sacred tree. When he opens one of the capsules up, it brings forth a Yo-Kai named Whisper, who gives Keita a device known as the Yo-Kai Watch. Using this, Keita is able to identify and see various different Yo-Kai that are haunting people and causing mischief. Together, Keita and Whisper start making friends with all sorts of Yo-Kai, which he can summon to battle against more ill-intentioned Yo-Kai that happen to live in his town, haunting the residents and causing terrible trouble.

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    • Genres & Themes: action, psychological, science fiction, thriller, crime, cyberpunk, dystopia, future, police
    • Producer: Production I.G.
    • Release Date: December 19, 2014 (Advanced Screening), January 9, 2015 (open to everyone)

    Plot Summary

    Note: For newcomers, you have to watch the 1st anime season before watching this film.

    Year 2112, newcomer Inspector Akane Tsunemori and Enforcers Shinya Kōgami run into a man, a man that was the former mastermind of past incidents. This man was the object of Kōgami's revenge for his partner. This man, Shogo Makishima, shook the very foundations of the system that supports peace and questioned the existence of justice. Before long, Kōgami executed his own justice on Makishima and secluded himself from the world.....

    Year 2116-The Japanese government's begins to export the "Sibyl System" unmanned drone robots to troubled countries, and the system spreads throughout the world. A state in the midst of a civil war, SEAUn (the South East Asia Union, pronounced "shian"), brings in the "Sibyl System" as an experiment. Under the new system, the coastal town of Shambala Float achieves temporary peace and safety. But then SEAUn sends terrorist to Japan. They slip through the "Sibyl System" and then attack from within. The shadow of a certain man falls on this incident. In charge of the police, Tsunemori travels to Shambala Float to investigate. The truth of justice on this new ground will become clear.

    Staff and Cast

    Staff

    • Chief Director: Katsuyuki Motohiro
    • Director: Naoyoshi Shiotani
    • Screenplay: Gen Urobuchi and Makoto Fukami
    • Music: Yuugo Kanno
    • Original Character Design: Akira Amano
    • Character Design: Kouji Aoki, Kyoji Asano, and Naoyuki Onda

    For more, please see ANN's staff page.

    Cast

    • Kana Hanazawa as Akane Tsunemori
    • Hiroshi Kamiya as Nicholas Wong
    • Ayane Sakura as Mika Shimotsuki
    • Hiroki Touchi as Teppei Sugo
    • Kazuhiro Yamaji as Jouji Saiga
    • Kenji Nojima as Nobuchika Ginoza
    • Shizuka Itou as Yayoi Kunizuka
    • Tomokazu Seki as Shinya Kougami

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    • Genres & Themes: Idols, Music
    • Producer: Tatsunoko Production
    • Release Date: March 7, 2015

    Plot Summary

    The plot will focus on Laala Manaka finding out about Saints' top idol journey, and will feature the return of many characters from across all the Pretty Rhythm series.

    Via Pretty Rhythm Wikia

    Cast

    Sources

    • ANN: 1 and 2
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