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This would be a short blog because I realized I'm running out of time to do my weekly episode summaries. I was preoccupied with community projects and school this summer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Time

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

First Wiki Team

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

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

First Solo Wiki Project

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

Thanks

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

2011's Thanks

Staff

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

Community Members

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Accomplishments

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes

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

Sources

DVD and Blu Ray Releases

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

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

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

Contains episodes 1-13.

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

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

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

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

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

Contains episodes 25-49.

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

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

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

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

THE CHAPTER:

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

MY THOUGHTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE CHAPTER:

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

MY THOUGHTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE CHAPTER:

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

MY THOUGHTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE CHAPTER:

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

MY THOUGHS:

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

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

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

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

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

Scratch that, I am actually starting to like Lucy.

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

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

5 hours later

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

3:43 AM - June 17, 2014

Damn, I just read over 100 chapters.

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

Without Spoilers, here's my recommendation:

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

Kodansha.com

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

  • Revenge
  • War
  • Slavery

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

Related Manga Series to Recommend

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plot:

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

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

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

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

Reasons Why Folks Love Dads

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

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

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

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

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

Past Fetish Fridays

Related Father Threads

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  • Full Title: Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
  • Alias: Pocket Monster XY: Hakai no Mayu
  • Release Date: July 19, 2014

Plot:

In the underground Diamond Domain, home to many Carbink, the Mythical Pokémon Diancie serves as ruler. The Heart Diamond that sustains the land is beginning to fall apart, and Diancie is not yet strong enough to create a new one. While seeking help from the Legendary Pokémon Xerneas, Diancie encounters a group of thieves who want to take control of its diamond-producing power—and who awaken the Legendary Pokémon Yveltal from its cocoon in the process. Ash and his friends now must help Diancie discover its true power, stop Yveltal's rampage, and save the Diamond Domain.

Sources

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

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  • Full Movie Title: Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone
  • Release Date: June 21-27 (at Tokyo's Shinjuku Wald 9 theater)

Plot

In the film, Lupin and Jigen infiltrate East Doroa to capture the secret treasure Little Comet. Queen Malta, a singer from East Doroa, was just assassinated in neighboring West Doroa, resulting in a tense situation at the border. The duo successfully steal the Little Comet, but a sniper tries to take out Jigen during their getaway. Jigen faces a powerful foe named Yael Okuzaki, an assassin who prepares graves for his targets before executing his kills. It is said that no one has survived after Yael Okuzaki makes a grave for that target.

Sources

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

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Welcome everyone to the summer anime trailer guide! This is the rough draft showing the progress that my teammates, Acura Max and BigHeart711, and I had done. Acura Max, BigHeart711, and myself hunt for trailers while I write the rough draft version of the guide. I thank my two friends for always helping out with the project. It will posted in the front page around July's first week. I thank Tom Pinchuk for giving my teammates and I the opportunity to promote this project since Spring 2012. Last time, an astute user, , picked out two anime titles I left off from the Spring 2014 guide. I'll be working harder to avoid little slip ups.

We're not finished yet. We're still hunting for trailers and turning them into discussion threads, located in the #Anime Vice Discussion Threads forum. We hope you check out the trailers and comment. It means a lot to us.

Past Anime Vice seasonal guides

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Summer 2014 Anime Guide

2. Ai Mai Mi ~Mousou Catastrophe~
  • Producer: Seven
  • Genres & Themes: Slice of Life, Comedy
  • Release Date: July XX, 2014

Plot: Ai, Mai, and Mi, are the three girls that make up the manga club. Although they possess ample imagination, their far-out fantasies and insane adventures usually distract them from actually drawing any manga. From rescuing an abandoned cat, to getting addicted to video games, these girls handle ordinary things in extraordinary ways. (the second season of Ai Mai Mi)

Akame ga Kill
  • Genres & Themes: Action, Fantasy, Assassins, Cat Girls, Crime, Fighting, Tragedy, War
  • Producer: WHITE FOX
  • Release Date: July 7th, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: The dark action fantasy manga follows the title character, Akame, a girl who was bought, and raised by the Empire as an assassin. After meeting Akame, a boy named Tatsumi vows to stand up to the evil of the corrupt Empire with the secret assassin group Night Raid and special weapons known as Teigu.

Aldnoah.Zero
  • Genres & Themes: Mecha, Drama
  • Producer: A-1 Pictures
  • Release Date: July 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: In 1972, a hypergate was discovered on the surface of the moon. But then, humankind came into contact with beings from Mars, leading to war.

Ao Haru Ride
  • Genres & Themes: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Producer: Production I.G, Inc
  • Release Date: July 7th, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: Ao Haru Ride revolves around Futaba, a girl who was in love with a boy named Kō Tanaka in middle school. However, after a misunderstanding, their relationship as friends ends when he transfers schools over summer vacation. In high school, her world is turned around once again when she meets Kō again, this time under the name of Kō Mabuchi.

Bakumatsu Rock
  • Genres & Themes: Music
  • Producer: Studio DEEN
  • Release Date:
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: In the Bakumatsu era, at the end of the shoguns' rule over Japan in the middle of the 19th century: the Tokugawa shogunate uses the brainwashing Heaven's Songs by the top idols in Shinsengumi to subjugate the country and its people. In this Japan, writing or singing any songs besides the Heaven's Songs is a capital offence. Sakamoto Ryouma and the other rockers rise up and change the world with rock 'n' roll for freedom and justice.

Barakamon
  • Genres & Themes: Comedy
  • Producer: Kinema Citrus
  • Release Date: July 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: As a punishment for punching a famous Calligrapher, young handsome Calligrapher Handa Seishu is exiled on a small island. As someone who has never lived outside of a city, Handa has to adapt to his new wacky neighbors, like people traveling on a tractor, unwanted visitors who never use the front door, annoying kids using his home as a playground, etc. Can this city guy handle all the crazy hardships? Find out in this wacky island comedy full of innocence and laughter!!!

Black Butler: Book of Circus
  • Genres & Themes: Mystery, Bishounen, Dark Comedy, Horror
  • Producer: A-1 Pictures
  • Release Date: July 1, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: Ciel Phantomhive is the most powerful boy in all of England, but he bears the scars of unspeakable suffering. Forced to watch as his beloved parents were brutally murdered, Ciel was subsequently abducted and violently tortured. Desperate to end his suffering, the boy traded his own soul for a chance at vengeance, casting his lot with the one person on whom he could depend: Sebastian, a demon Butler summoned from the very pits of hell.
This season covers the Circus arc.
DRAMAtical Murder
  • Genres & Themes: Yaoi, Action, Sci-Fi, Psychological
  • Producer: NAZ, Nitroplus
  • Release Date: July 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

The story takes place many years in the future where the game "Rhyme," a virtual fighting game, is incredibly popular and people possess "AllMates," convenient AI computers. Aoba leads an ordinary life, working at a junk shop and living with his grandmother on the island of Midorijima. Unlike his friends, he doesn't participate in Rhyme, nor does he belong in a gang. However, when rumors of people disappearing spread, Aoba finds himself needing to unravel the mysteries behind the island in order to protect his everyday life.

Encouragement to Climb 2
  • Genres & Themes: Comedy, Slice of Life
  • Producer: 8-Bit
  • Release Date: July 9, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: Aoi prefers indoor hobbies and is afraid of heights, but her childhood friend Hinata loves to show off her passion for mountain climbing. As young children they once watched the sunrise from the top of a mountain, and now they've decided to take up mountain climbing in hopes of seeing that sunrise again. They have cooking battles with mountaineering gear, climb small hills in their neighborhood, and meet new mountaineering friends as they learn the ropes of the hobby. When will they finally see that sunrise again?
9. Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei!
  • Genres & Themes: action, comedy, drama, fantasy, magical girl
  • Producer: SILVER LINK
  • Release Date: July 9, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: Illya (Illyasviel von Einzbern) is a typical young girl attending Homurabara Academy who just happens to have a slight crush on her brother-in-law. Then, one night, a magic wand called Magical Ruby falls from the sky into her bath and tricks her into signing a contract..

Francesca
  • Genres & Themes: Fantasy, Supernatural
  • Producer: HeART-BIT
  • Release Date: ?
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: Av group of undead warriors are attacking Japan, leaving an exorcist to be outnumbered. However, there's a zombified pop idol about that also aims to protect the country.
Free! Eternal Summer
Plot: Four boys named Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa and Rin all participated in a swimming tournament shortly before graduating elementary school and later parted ways. Years later, they reunite when Rin challenges Haruka to a race and wins. Not wanting to be defeated so easily, Haruka gathers Makoto and Nagisa and a new recruit named Rei to form the Iwatobi High School Swimming Club.
Futsū no Joshikōsei ga Locodol Yattemita
  • Genres & Themes: Fantasy, Supernatural
  • Producer: feel.
  • Release Date: July 3
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: High school girl Nanako Usami became her town Nagarekawa's local idol at the request of her uncle. She and her upperclassman Yukari- a girl who seems perfect but ends up being air-headed- both become idols of their provincial area. They get interviewed (by the town's shopping center), go on television (low-budget cable), and hold concerts (on the roof of the department store). The girls' salaries come from the town's taxes. Together, the two form the "locodol" unit Nagarekawa Girls.
Gekkan Shōjo Nozaki-kun
  • Genres & Themes: Comedy, Romance
  • Producer: Dogakobo
  • Release Date: July 7, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: Sakura Chiyo confesses her feelings to her schoolmate Nozaki. Due to a misunderstanding, Nozaki thinks Sakura is just a fan. She then discovers Nozaki's other identity; a shōjo manga artist. As she gets closer to Nozaki, she befriends Nozaki's quirky acquaintances who assist him and serve as inspirations for his manga.

Glasslip
  • Genres & Themes: Slice of Life
  • Producer: P.A. Works
  • Release Date: July 3th, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: The story follows six high school students who meet during the summer. The protagonist is Tōko Fukami, a 17-year-old born in Fukui Prefecture. Her dream is to become a glass artisan.
15. Hanayamata
  • Genres & Themes: Slice of Life
  • Producer: Madhouse Studios
  • Release Date: July 7, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: Ordinary in looks, ordinary in brains, ordinary in arts and athletics … 14-year-old Naru Sekiya is just ordinary in every way. Naru leads an ordinary day-to-day life even as she adores "heroines." She embarks on a path to an unordinary world called "Yosakoi" dance, guided by an exotic fairylike girl she met one moonlit evening.

16. Himegoto
  • Genres & Themes: Comedy, Romance, Cross Dressing
  • Producer: Asahi Production
  • Release Date: July 7, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: The story follows Hime Arikawa (Yūki Kuwahara), a boy who is being chased down by scary people. However, he is rescued from danger by the girls in his school's student council — 18-Kin-san (Yuka Saotome), President Unko (Saki Ono), and Bell-sempai (Hisako Tōjō). The student council will assume Arikawa's debt under one condition: "As the student council's dog, you will spend your high school life in women's clothes.

Invaders of the Rokujyōma!?
  • Genres & Themes: Comedy, Romance, Supernatural, Harem
  • Producer: SILVER LINK
  • Release Date: July 11, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: Due to his family’s financial circumstances, young Koutarou is forced to live in a small apartment (Rokujouma means 6-tatami, which is about 99 square feet) on a budget of 5000 yen a month (~$55US). On the plus side, he lives rent free, but on the minus side, that’s because room 106 of Corona Apartments is cursed. As is the norm in these supernatural high school comedies, the ghost is a cute young girl, and hijinks ensue when she tries to drive him out. Between the haunting, Koutarou’s nosy neighbors, and a self-styled magical girls flying to the unneeded rescue, there’s way too much for the impoverished young man to handle.

Jinsei (Alias: La Bonne Vie)
  • Genres & Themes: Slice of Life, Comedy, High School, (will add more)
  • Producer: feel.
  • Release Date:
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: The protagonist of the series is a high school boy Yuki Akamatsu who is belongs to the 2nd newspaper club at Kumon Gakuen. He is ordered to take charge of the life advice service for the paper by the head of the club Ayaka Nikaidou. He starts answering the consultations from the students with three girls in the club: science student Rino Endo, liberal art student Fumi Kujo, and sports-oriented student Ikumi Suzuki. Their opinions always collide with each other.

Love Stage!!
  • Genres & Themes: Romance, Showbiz, Yaoi
  • Producer: J.C. Staff
  • Release Date: July 9, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: The anime series revolves around Izumi Sena, a boy born into a family of ultra-famous entertainers. However, he is the only member of the family who is not in the entertainment industry, and he is a super otaku college student, too. He has been striving hard to become a manga creator, but he ends up starring in a television commercial. He eventually cross paths again with the very famous actor Ryūma, who becomes aware of his attraction towards Izumi.

Majimoji Rurumo
  • Genres & Themes: Action, Comedy, Fantasy
  • Producer: J.C. Staff
  • Release Date: July 9, 2014
Plot: The story of the TV anime centers on a witch-in-training Rurumo and a high school student Kouta Shibaki. In order to train Rurumo and to make his wishes, Kouta doesn't hesitate to use the magic tickets. The amount of the tickets means, however, the length of his life. Each time she uses the magical power, his life is getting shorter. Finally, the day he has to use the last ticket comes....
7. Minarai Diva

14 Minarai Diva (Diva-in-Training) is an anime series animated with the MikuMikuDance software and motion-capture technology. The lines and songs of the characters are being performed live, along with their through motion-capture technology. Rie Murakawa will play Ruri Aoi, while Nozomi Yamamoto wil play Ui Harune. During the program, the two voice actresses will try to think up lyrics for a new song. As the program is live, they will even accept suggestions for lyrics from Twitter and email submissions.

9. Mobile Suit Gundam-san

July 6 The four-panel comedy manga features Amuro, Lalah, Char, and other characters from Yoshiyuki Tomino and Sunrise's classic real robot anime franchise in "side-splitting gags." It's now a 3 minute anime series.

Momo Kyun Sword
  • Genres & Themes: Fantasy
  • Producer: Project No.9 and Tri-Slash
  • Release Date: July 8, 2014
Plot: The story begins with a female re-imagining of Momotarō, a famous character in Japanese folklore. Momoko is a beautiful young sword fighter who was born inside a peach (momo in Japanese). She lives with her constant companions — the dog god Inugami, the monkey god Sarugami, and the pheasant god Kijigami — in a peaceful paradise. However, a demon army led by devil king invades the paradise and steals the precious treasure that protects Momoko's land. To retrieve the treasure and save the people, Momoko embarks on a great adventure with her three companions.
8. Nobunaga Concerto
  • Producer: Fuji TV
  • Release Date: July 11

Fuji TV The story centers around Saburō, a high school boy who time-travels to Japan's Sengoku Era. He must become Oda Nobunaga, the famed warlord who helps unite Japan.

Persona 4: The Golden Animation
  • Genres & Themes: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Slice of Life
  • Producer: Aniplex
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: In the spring when the cherry blossom petals fall, Yū Narukami moves to Yaso Inaba to live with his uncle and cousin due to his family's circumstances. He transfers to Yasogami High School, where his event-filled school life begins. However, when serial murders begin occurring in the peaceful town, Yū is awakened to the power of his heart turned to physical form: A Persona. Within these new mysteries is Marie, a resident of the alternate world, the Velvet Room, who has no memories of her past. Together with his friends, Yū must solve all the riddles set in front of him and save Yaso Inaba from further violence.
Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal
  • Genres & Themes: Magical Girl, Action
  • Producer: Toei Animation
  • Release Date: July 5
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: Usagi Tsukino is a second-year middle school girl who is a little clumsy and a crybaby, but she is full of energy. One day, she meets Luna, a black cat with a crescent moon on her forehead, and she transforms into Sailor Moon, a sailor-uniformed pretty guardian of love and justice! As a chosen guardian of justice, Usagi seems to have a mission to find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other guardians and to protect the princess. Meanwhile, the queen of the Dark Kingdom, Queen Beryl, also sends minions to the town where Usagi lives to obtain the Illusionary Silver Crystal, which has immense power. This causes strange events to unfold…. Can Sailor Moon really find the Illusionary Silver Crystal with the other Sailor guardians, and protect the princess…!?

35. PriPara

Plot: Lala Manaka is a 5th-grader at Paprika Academy. Like most girls, she admires the world of PriPara, a sport that tests idol girls on song, dance, and fashion. Unfortunately for her, the world of PriPara does not send PriPara tickets to elementary school students. However, through miraculous circumstances, Lala passes the audition to become a PriPara idol.

10. Psycho-Pass New Edit Version
  • Genre & Themes: Science Fiction, Action
  • Producer: Production I.G.
  • Release Date: July 10

Plot: The "new edit version" will take the first series and re-cut it into 11 one-hour episodes with new cuts of footage.

Rail Wars!
  • Genres & Themes: Action
  • Producer: Passione
  • Release Date: July 3
  • Check the Trailer guide!

Plot: Naohito Takayama is an ordinary high school boy who dreams of a comfortable future working for the top-rated Japanese National Railways. He is assigned as one of four high school trainees in the Railways Security Force. Also in his group is Aoi Sakurai, a female troublemaker who hates men. On top of his sudden transfer, an extremist group called "RJ" plots to privatize the Japanese National Railways.

Re: Hamatora
  • Genres & Themes: Action, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Supernatural
  • Producer: Toei Animation
  • Release Date: July 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!

Plot: "Minimum"— Otherwise known as "small miracles", is a special power that only manifests within a few, select humans. Those who possess this ability are called "Minimum Holders." 2014: Yokohama. The detective duo of Nice and Murasaki, otherwise known as "Hamatora," wait again today for work with their friends at a table at Cafe Nowhere that they use as their agency. Suddenly, a job they receive seems to have a weird connection with the serial killer that their police friend, Art is searching for.

RWBY 2
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Adventure, Cyberpunk
  • Producer: Rooster Teeth
  • Release Date: July 24
Plot: RWBY is a new animated series from Rooster Teeth, directed by Monty Oum. The story focuses on a group of four girls in their first year at a legendary academy where they will learn to fight monsters.
Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance (Alias: Spirit Elementalist's Blade Dance)
  • Genres & Themes: Action, Fantasy, Harem, Romance, Comedy, Slice of Life, Supernatural
  • Producer: TNK
  • Release Date: July 14, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: In the "elemental fantasy" of Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance, only a pure girl may enter into a spirit contract. At Areishia Spirit Academy, the daughters of nobility are assembled to take elite classes and become spirit elementalists. A boy named Kamito happened to be peeping on a student named Claire while she was taking a bath, and he accidentally makes a contract with a spirit instead of Claire. Now, Kamito has become something once thought impossible in this world — a male spirit elementalist.
Sengoku Basara: Judge End

Genres & Themes: Action Producer: Telecom Animation Film Release Date: July 5, 2014 Plot: The story of Judge End is set in the Battle of Sekigahara, which was also told in the 2010 PS3/Wii game Sengoku Basara 3 (Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes). In the real history of Japan, it occured in 1600 as one of the most famous and fateful battles between the eastern and western armies to decide who would rule the whole country.

Shōnen Hollywood
  • Genres & Themes: Comedy, Slice of Life
  • Producer: Zexcs
  • Release Date: July 5, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: The TV anime is based on Ikuyo Hashiguchi's boy's idol novel Shonen Hollywood and animated by Zexcs (Diabolik Lovers, The Flowers of Evil). The novel was originally posted on a web-novel site. Every star and a book version titled Shonen Hollywood -Red, Green, Pink- was published in July 2012. The forthcoming TV anime tells the original story set 15 years after the 2012 novel. It centers on a new five-member group Shonen Hollywood performing in a theater named "Hollywood Tokyo" placed in Harajuku, Tokyo, and is scheduled to premiere on TOKYO MX, Chiba TV, tvk、TV Saitama, Sun TV, TV Aichi, KBS Kyoto, and BS 11 in July.
Silver Will Argevollen
  • Genres & Themes: Mech, Action
  • Producer: Xebec
  • Release Date: July 3, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: The story takes place in a world where two countries, Arandas and Ingelmia, have been warring against each other for a very long time. Tokimune, a young man belonging to the eighth autonomous unit of Arandas, saves a girl named Jamie when she is attacked by enemy forces. In order to survive, he rides the new weapon Argevollen and fights.
Space Dandy 2
  • Genre: Science Fiction, Comedy, Parody
    Produced by: Bones
  • Release Date: July 5
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: Space Dandy is a dandy guy in space! This dreamy adventurer with a to-die-for pompadour travels across the galaxy in search of aliens no one has ever laid eyes on. Each new species he discovers earns him a hefty reward, but this dandy has to be quick on his feet because it’s first come – first served! Accompanied by his sidekicks, a rundown robot named QT and Meow the cat-looking space alien, Dandy bravely explores unknown worlds inhabited by a variety aliens. Join the best dressed alien hunter in all of space and time as he embarks on an adventure that ends at the edge of the universe!
Survival Game Club! (Alias: Sabagebu)
  • Genres & Themes: Action, Comedy, Supernatural, Military
  • Producer: Pierrot Plus
  • Release Date: July 6, 2014
  • Check out the Trailer!
Plot: The story revolves around a 15-year-old first grade high school girl Momoka Sonokawa. At the high school she recently transferred to, she is forced to join the Survival Game Club by the head of the club Miou Outori who is confident in her shooting skills. Unfortunately for her, none of the members of the club is an ordinary high school girl.
Shin Strange +
  • Producer: Seven, Dream Creation
  • Genres & Themes: Slice of Life, Comedy, Shoujo
  • Release Date: July 4, 2014

Plot: Kou comes to a certain city, in search of his older brother Takumi, who ran away from home and disappeared. Thinking it'd be rather difficult to find his older brother, Kou decides not to go back until he finds him... but he ends up finding him immediately. However, when Kou is reunited with Takumi, he had become the head of the Mikuni Detective Agency. Takumi appears to have no intentions to go back home. Kou then decides that if his older brother isn't going to come home, he's going to stay at the Mikuni Detective Agency.

Super Radical Gag Family
  • Genres & Themes: Comedy
  • Producer: Studio DEEN
  • Release Date: July 6
Plot: The slapstick gag comedy follows a second-grade boy named Kotetsu Ōsawagi and his misadventures with his family and friends in Urayasu City, near Tokyo.
Sword Art Online II
Plot: Sequel to Sword Art Online. Technological innovation named Nerve Gear allows players to enter virtual world, achieving the true immersion. Soon after the invention of Nerve Gear, beta invitations of MMO named Sword Art Online are sent to numerous players. The game was fun to play until player realized that they cannot log out of the game. Suddenly creator of Sword Art Online appears and announces that everybody in the game are trapped within, until they defeat boss at top of dungeon.
Terror in Resonance (Alias: Zankyo no Teroru)
Plot: One summer day, a terrorist attack strikes Tokyo. The perpetrators are two boys who call themselves "Sphinx." The attack was just the beginning of the grandiose game they are playing that will envelop all of Japan.
Tokyo ESP
  • Genres & Themes: Action, Comedy, Science fiction
  • Producer: ?
  • Release Date: July 11, 2014
  • Check out the trailer!

Plot: The science fantasy story begins with Rinka, an extremely poor high school girl who lives with just her father in modern Tokyo. One day, she is going home from school when she chases a "flying penguin" to the top of New Tokyo Tower — only to have "fish swimming in the air" suddenly appear before her. One of the fish goes through Rinka and gives her extraordinary powers beyond those of normal humans, particularly the ability to slip through solid objects.

Tokyo Ghoul
  • Genres & Themes: Horror
  • Producer: Pierrot
  • Release Date: July 3, 2014
  • Check out the trailer!
Plot: The dark fantasy story is set in Tokyo, which is haunted by mysterious "ghouls" who are devouring humans. People are gripped by the fear of these ghouls whose identities are masked in mystery. An ordinary college student named Kaneki encounters Rize, a girl who is an avid reader like him, at the café he frequents. Little does he realize that his fate will change overnight.
Yamishibai: Japanese Ghost Stories 2
  • Genre & Themes: Horror, Supernatural
  • Producer: Ilca
  • Release Date: July 7

Plot: Yamishibai is a picture-story style of animation whose motif is surrounded and based off the rumors, and urban legends throughout the history of Japan.

OVAs

Girls und Panzer
  • Genre: action, comedy, slice of life, tournament
  • Producer: Actas
  • Release Date: July 5th

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

Movies

1. Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods
  • Producer: Toei Animation
  • Genre: Mecha, Sci-Fi, Psychological
  • Release Date: March 30, 2013 August 5-9, 2014

Plot: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods is the fourteenth Dragon Ball Z anime film, and the first theatrical release in the Dragon Ball franchise since Dragon Ball: The Path to Power in 1996. It takes place between chapters 517 and 518 of the manga and is an official part of the Dragon Ball storyline.

2. Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Border:3 Ghost Tears
  • Producer: Production I.G., Bandai Visual, and FUNimation
  • Genre: Mecha, Sci-Fi, Psychological
  • Release Date: June 28, 2014

Plot: Posing as lovers on vacation, Motoko and Batou work to try to stop a terrorist organization whose symbol is the Scrasath. Meanwhile, Togusa investigates a murder of a man who possessed a prosthetic leg manufactured by the Mermaid's Leg corporation.

3. K Movie
  • Producer: GoHands
  • Release Date: July 12
Plot: Set in a world where history has taken a slightly different course from the one we’re familiar with, K follows the story of a young boy whose life is caught in a psychic war between seven kings. Yashiro Isana, also known as Shiro, is wanted for a crime he has no recollection of committing. He finds himself being hunted by the groups HOMRA, led by Mikoto Suoh, “The Red King,” and SCEPTER 4, led by Reisi Munakata, “The Blue King.” While on the run, a young man named Kuroh Yatogami helps him. This fated encounter will change Shiro’s life forever.
4. Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone
  • Producer: TMS Entertainment
  • Release Date: June 21

In the film, Lupin and Jigen infiltrate East Doroa to capture the secret treasure Little Comet. Queen Malta, a singer from East Doroa, was just assassinated in neighboring West Doroa, resulting in a tense situation at the border. The duo successfully steal the Little Comet, but a sniper tries to take out Jigen during their getaway. Jigen faces a powerful foe named Yael Okuzaki, an assassin who prepares graves for his targets before executing his kills. It is said that no one has survived after Yael Okuzaki makes a grave for that target.

5. New Initial D the Movie
  • Producer: Sanzigen, Liden Films
  • Genre: Drama, Racing
  • Release Date: August 23, 2014

The film trilogy will retell the beginning of the story from Shuuichi Shigeno's original car-racing manga. High school student Takumi Fujiwara works as a gas station attendant during the day and a delivery boy for his father's tofu shop during late nights. Little does he know that his precise driving skills and his father's modified Toyota Sprinter AE86 Trueno make him the best amateur road racer on Mt. Akina's highway. Because of this, racing groups from all over the Gunma prefecture issue challenges to Takumi to see if he really has what it takes to be a road legend.

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

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

Pokémon XY: The Cocoon of Destruction
  • Alias: Pocket Monster XY: Hakai no Mayu
  • Producer: OLM
  • Release Date: July 19, 2014

In the underground Diamond Domain, home to many Carbink, the Mythical Pokémon Diancie serves as ruler. The Heart Diamond that sustains the land is beginning to fall apart, and Diancie is not yet strong enough to create a new one. While seeking help from the Legendary Pokémon Xerneas, Diancie encounters a group of thieves who want to take control of its diamond-producing power—and who awaken the Legendary Pokémon Yveltal from its cocoon in the process. Ash and his friends now must help Diancie discover its true power, stop Yveltal's rampage, and save the Diamond Domain.

Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary
  • Producer: Toei Animation
  • Release Date: June 21, 2014 (June 11 at Annecy)

The film follows Saori Kido (Ayaka Sasaki), a young girl troubled by her mysterious powers. She is saved by Pegasus Seiya (Kaito Ishikawa) from an assassin sent to kill her. Saori then learns she is the reincarnation of the Goddess Athena with Seiya being one of her 88 Saints. Upon learning of her destiny, she heads to the Sanctuary and wage war against its Pope. Seiya, alongside fellow Bronze Saints Cygnus Hyōga (Kenshō Ono), Dragon Shiryū (Kenji Akabane), Andromeda Shun (Nobuhiko Okamoto), and Phoenix Ikki (Kenji Nojima) must pass through the twelve Zodiac Temples in Athena's Sanctuary in twelve hours, in order to save their goddess Athena from imminent death. They must confront each of the twelve Gold Saints that guard each of the temples in order to reach the cure that will save Athena.

Space Brothers #0
  • Producer: A-1 Pictures
  • Genre: drama, psychological, science fiction
  • Release Date: August 9, 2014

The manga's story follows two brothers, Mutta and Hibito, who made a vow as kids to travel to space. The younger brother Hibito did become an astronaut, but not Mutta. However, Mutta's life changes one fateful day.

Stand by Me Doraemon
  • Producer: ?
  • Release Date: August 8
The first 3DCG film for the franchise is co-directed by Takashi Yamazaki (Always, Space Battleship Yamato) and Ryuichi Yagi (Friends: Mononoke Shima no Naki) with a script by Yamazaki. The story is based on the manga's 1st episode "Mirai no Kuni Kara Harubaru to" (All the way from the country of the future), with two of the most popular episodes, "Sayonara, Doraemon" (Good bye, Doraemon), and "Nobita no Kekkonzenya" (Nobita's night before wedding). Judging from the trailer, it focuses on a love story between Nobita and Shizuka-chan.
Strike Witches: Operation Victory Arrow
  • Producer: Silver Link
  • Genre: action, magic, science fiction
  • Release Date: September 20, 2014

Three 30-minute shorts will explore the activities of the military mahou shoujo between operations starting with Episode 1: The Thunder of Saint Trond, premiering at Cinema Shinjuku and Ikebukuro Sunshine Cinema September 19th, then expanding to other venues on the 20th.

When Marnie Was There
  • Producer: Studio Ghibli
  • Genre: Supernatural?
  • Release Date: July 19, 2014
Anna hasn't a friend in the world - until she meets Marnie among the sand dunes. But Marnie isn't all she seems...An atmospheric ghost story with truths to tell about friendship, families and loneliness. Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things. Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr and Mrs Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water. There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognises - and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna's first ever friend. Then one day, Marnie vanishes. A new family, the Lindsays, move into the Marsh House. Having learnt so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna makes firm friends with the Lindsays - and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed...
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Welcome to the June's 2nd week of manga releases! This week, we had a record breaking for adult manga series. Right Stuf has 7 manga titles, but I omitted one because ANN had listed back in May, Virgin Games. This week has three lovely art books. My Quick Pick choices would be Deadman Wonderland, Magi, and Tiger & Bunny since I had watched their respective anime series. I love them both. Deadman Wonderland is a gruesome and dark show full of over the top graphic violence. Not that violent like Gantz which I heard is more brutal. Thank god, Deadman Wonderland has no rape in it. Magi is one of my favorite Shonen series to follow. If you're looking for a refreshing Shonen series after getting tired of the Shonen Trinity, give Magi a try. It is a fantasy and adventure series about Aladdin who finds out he plays a role in saving the world from Al Sarmen who seeks to drown the world into depravity. Finally, Tiger and Bunny is my fave for lovable characters who are heroes working to make a living and a difference.

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

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

Sources

Notes

For the adult manga releases, there are different release dates:

Hard Temptation

  • Right Stuf: June 11
  • Amazon: June 3
  • Comic Vine: May 20
Ladies Full of Love
  • Amazon: June 3, 2014
  • ANN: June 10, 2014
  • Comic Vine: May 21, 2014
  • Right Stuf: June 11, 2014
Private Teacher
  • Amazon: June 3, 2014
  • Comic Vine: May 21, 2014
  • Right Stuf: June 11, 2014

Past Articles

This Week's Manga Releases

Android Angels Volume 1
  • Distributor: Gen Manga
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.95

Wouldn't it be great to live with the perfect woman or perfect man? Android butlers and maids are the future. These short stories are tales from a land beyond, where androids not only protect humans, but also live and are intimate with them. Android Angels depicts a future world in which consumers can easily rent android companions, but only for a three-year span, leading to questions about the morality of erasing the memories of artificial humans and what happens to human relationships abruptly broken off every three years.

Arata: the Legend Volume 18
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Both Arata of the Hime and Arata Hinohara come under attack by members of the Six Sho, a group from Hinohara's world who found themselves in the other, gained great power, and now wish to return home for reasons more sinister than just being homesick. Arata of the Hime is tasked with protecting his classmate and friend Oribe, who turns out to be a lot more than either of them suspected, while Arata Hinohara faces perhaps his greatest challenger yet among the Six Sho: Isora, who wields the power of the written word!

Deadman Wonderland Volume 3
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Ganta enters the Carnival Corpse, a battle between two Branch of Sin users. Ganta’s next opponent is a timid girl; can he even take her on? Meanwhile, deep in the bowels of the prison, the warden stands face to face with the Red Man. Who really murdered Ganta’s friends?

Magi Volume 6
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Alibaba finally takes a stand for his homeland. What power does he need to acquire? The true ability of the Djinn's Metal Vessel becomes clear!

Mobile Suit Gundam Origins Volume 6
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $29.95

Caught in the crossfire of a space civil war, teenager Amuro Ray accidentally finds a new mobile weapon - the RX-78 Gundam. To protect himself and his friends he climbs into the cockpit and is immediately thrust into the frontlines defending those he loves from a silent enemy.

Say I Love You Volume 2
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

It seems like just yesterday, Mei was a prickly loner who never spoke to anyone in her high school class. Now, popular boy Yamato has started calling Mei his girlfriend! She's not sure how she feels about that... but she'll have to decide quickly, because this kind of social earthquake is sure to stir up jealousy, and soon Mei faces rivals for Yamato's affections - and her own!

Tiger & Bunny Volume 5
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Because of a kidnapping threat, Kotetsu and Barnaby have their hands full babysitting the mayor's infant son, who is also a telekinetic Next! Unfortunately, Kotetsu's face just makes the child cry, setting off his destructive wailing. Pao-Lin and Karina have the right touch for this job, but sinister forces are lining up against them!

Art Books

Fate/Complete Material Artbook 1: Art Material
The Fate franchise has grown from a popular visual novel into multiple anime and manga series, video games, and more. Fate/Complete Material Volume 1 is the first in an art book series, and collects the in-game artwork from the original "Fate/Stay Night" visual novel, plus key visuals and promotional artwork.

Gurren Lagann Art Works Artbook

Bust through the heavens with your soul, Gurren Lagann! Featuring buxom babes, brutal beastmen, and mountainous mecha as only Gainax can deliver, Gurren Lagann is a non-stop roller coaster of all-out anime action! Gurren Lagann Art Works collects the imagery of the series, including DVD covers, magazine artwork, poster images, promotional illustrations, and more!

Art by Gainax.

Mikucolor: Kei's Hatsune Miku Illustration Works Artbook
Collecting the artwork of official Vocaloid character illustrator, KEI! Mikucolor collects KEI's dazzling illustrations of your favorite Vocaloids like Luka, Rin & Len, and of course the supreme musical idol herself - Hatsune Miku! Included are magazine & book illustrations, DVD covers, rare pinups, exclusive new artwork, and much more!

Adult's Releases

Warning! Not Safe For Work

Crimson Spell Volume 4
  • Distributor: SuBLime
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

The key to discovering the secret behind Vald's cursed sword is somewhere in the empire of Zenedoura. With information obtained from Limris - new companion and former Consul of the Empire - Prince Vald decides to head there to see what he can find. Along the way, in order to save a gravely wounded Rulca, he deliberately chooses to turn into his demon self! Vald's uncharacteristic recklessness provokes a tirade from Halvir, who then leaves the group without a word...

Hard Temptation
  • Distributor: Project-H Books
  • Suggested Retail Price: $17.95

Yuusuke has finally earned the keys to paradise! With a brand-new apartment and a bevy of beautiful neighbors, things are bound to get interesting in no time. But what if this busy, happy house suddenly turns into the hottest harem on the block?

Ladies Full of Love
  • Distributor: Project-H
  • Suggested retail price: $17.95

Clumsy Masato is on a mission! If he can just travel back in time and change one tiny little detail from his fateful tryst with the super-sexy Kaori, then his lousy life will finally turn out perfectly... or will it? Was Masato's fumbling first time actually meant to be a total disaster? How far will one guy go to secure the affections of his quarrelsome swim coach? And can two identical kimono-clad girls actually be better than one?

Makunouchi Deluxe Volume 2
  • Distributor: Project-H Books
  • Suggested Retail Price: $17.95

Feisty, catty Rei and insatiable Ryou know better than to mix work with pleasure…but they just can’t help themselves! After all, solving cases all day leaves a lot of pent-up energy for nighttime. Can these two sometimes-lovers keep it together in the midst of crime sprees and jealous meddlers? Makunouchi Deluxe plays to win with the tightest outfits and the biggest laughs! Can a sassy cat and a perplexing panda prove to be the hottest heroines in the city? And will a rivalry over one guy get in the way of their ferocious fighting technique?

Nurse's Paradise Volume 2
  • Distributor: Project-H Books
  • Suggested Retail Price: $17.95

Sly Shouma won't be leaving the fantastic females-only clinic he now calls "home" any time soon! After all, what hot-blooded man in his right mind would walk away from a garden of gorgeous nurses? But what will happen if his paradise opens its perfect, pearly gates to (gasp!)... other men?

Private Teacher Vol. 4
  • Distributor: Digital Manga Publishing
  • Suggested Retail Price: $12.95

Things really start to heat up in this last volume as the two lovers take on the toughest obstacle thus far - each other's families! While living together with Kaede, Rintaro decides to start a part-time job as a private teacher. But he's met with objections from Kaede and in order to ascertain how suitable he is, it's decided that he'll teach Kaede's little brother, Tsubaki! Rintaro suddenly starts going to Kaede's family house, but what will happen?

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Not what I expected. I am not sure what to think or even feel about this chapter, because one portion made very little sense to me, while another, mostly the end, changed the atmosphere of the arc into something darker and even more exciting.

THE CHAPTER:

Solomon and Crew bring the might of their strength against David and the Orthodox Magicians. As victory finally comes into view, the true nature of David’s plan finally takes shape.

MY THOUGHTS:

This was not terrible; and I say not terrible because Magi hasn’t been the most exciting series to read for some time now. And this chapter maintained the problems I have encountered with the manga in the last few weeks, yet while managing to inject some excitement into this war.

I finally understand why the extreme length of this flashback is proving to be so unexciting. It’s a flashback; essentially this is the past, and as such I simply cannot bring myself to get excited over these events. Certainly I would love to know the eventual fate of Alma Toran, Solomon and his people, yet the outcome of the war doesn’t interest me because, again, this is the past, it happened already, and isn’t likely to have an impact on the present beyond what we already know.

So really, chapter 228 did the best it could do, in actually proving exciting with regards to the conflict of wits and power between father and son, turning an easy victory into what might prove to be quite the gut wrenching defeat.

So, yes, actually good chapter, if only in showing Arba and Solomon’s determination to bring the Orthodox magicians to an end, as well as David’s genius planning ; however the first portion of the chapter was, well, quite cheesy, unnecessarily verbose and quite dull in fact.

RATING: 5/10, more exciting than what we have seen in a while. Yet Magi is still very strangely paced.

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Okay, maybe there is some bias in me regarding Noblesse, maybe the Manhwa has mastered the art of generating excitement, but this was very awesome. And I mention bias because, like previous chapters, it doesn’t feel like that much really happened in this chapter.

This as opposed to Magi which inundates each chapter with tons of information. Yet Noblesse managed to actually entertain in its 19 pages, deliver that spark of excitement, where Magi still feels kind of bland.

THE CHAPTER:

The Lord reveals the purpose of her visit. M21 ponders his new powers.

MY THOUGHTS:

Think about what happened in this chapter. The Lord restored Rai and the gang acknowledged M21’s abilities; really not a whole lot that couldn’t have fit within the first five pages. Yet this chapter of Noblesse felt far from dragged out and that has more to do with the look of the Manhwa and its characters than the content.

I have mentioned this before, that the one word that best describes noblesse is Elegance, and this chapter brought the elegance. Again, I couldn’t explain it, why reading all those silent stares and expressive faces made for an interesting chapter, why that final revival was so good to look at…

Wait, that is it, that is why I loved this chapter. It was so GOOD to look at, especially those last glossy panels. This isn’t why I read Noblesse; it’s just one of the reasons you should definitely keep reading this manga. And suddenly I can’t wait to read next chapter.

And that is what I am looking for from Magi, Fairy Tail and the like, some excitement over what is coming next.

RATING: 7/1O, seriously, this was awesome and I don’t know why.

Frankenstein looked kind of crazy at the end there; I wouldn’t have put it past him to make a move against Raskreia, even knowing who she is.

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS CHAPTER 80 REVIEW: MELIODAS UNLEASHED.

Admittedly I have spent the past few weeks complaining about how pointlessly action packed the chapters of most manga have proven to be, to the detriment of the story, or really any enjoyment I might have gotten out of the manga.

But this week’s chapter of Nanatsu no Taizai managed to be both action packed and enjoyable; maybe this has something to do with the fact that the chapter actually injected a concerted effort into actually progressing, doing more than having various characters posture with each other.

Whatever the case, great chapter.

THE CHAPTER:

Meliodas proves to be a worthy contender for Gilthunder, who calls upon Hendricksen and his magician for assistance.

MY THOUGHTS:

I loved this chapter more than I thought I would; slowly progressing through the various pages I kept waiting for that voice inside my head to begin grumbling about the endless sword fights and magical attacks, yet that didn’t happen, because this was pretty exciting.

Why? Well, it broke the monotony; that was my primary issue with the past two or so Deadly Sins chapters, that we had spent nearly two months in an active battle scene and little was actually changing.

Chapter 80 was all about Meliodas kicking some ass; admittedly I thought I knew how this conflict was going to sway, starting with Meliodas getting his ass kicked by Gil and then entering demon mode and leveling the castle.

Except I didn’t expect him to lose as intensely as he was last week, basically on the receiving end of Gil’s superiority, only to enter demon mode, exit demon mode and now deliver an ass kicking on fairly impressive levels.

Meliodas vs Hendricksen, Gil and that other creepy guy; a three way battle I didn’t see coming, mostly because I didn’t expect Meliodas to so powerfully dominate not only Gilthunder but then Hendricksen, then seemingly defeat both opponents, before their third combatant arrived on stage.

SO yes, all action, but great action, dynamic in how it played out, allowing Meliodas to display the strength we all knew he had. Now I am doubly curious about Arthur, his reason for emerging on the scene and how Merlin, clearly the more experienced of the two, fits into the equation.

And who can forget Threader, who showed to us a little bit of that shonen manga madness in hacking himself to pieces for the sake of a loyal and honorable king. Interesting stuff, not mind blowing, but Deadly Sins is definitely on the way up again.

RATING: 7/10.

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TWelcome to the 2nd week of June's DVD and Blu-Ray releases! Out of the list, I'm familiar with Dog & Scissor, Maoyu, and Karneval. Here's a quick two cents on them. Dog & Scissor is a weird one filled crazy, over the top humor. From the cover, it seems to border weird fetishes, but it's innocent fun. Maoyu is a fantasy show that's a bit heavy on economics. If you can tolerate massive info dumps, you can enjoy the series for its characters and story. Finally, Karneval is a Josei themed show with a light, colorful humor with some gritty dark elements. The bad thing about Karneval that it's too short, being adapted from a manga series.

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

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

Notes

  • Anime News Network did not list Deltora Quest, Dog & Scissor, and Leviathan - The Last Defense.
  • Amazon does not have Deltora Quest.

Sources

DVD and Blu Ray Releases

Date A Live DVD/Blu-Ray Complete Series
  • Producer: FUNimation
  • Suggested Price: $69.98 (Limited Ed), $64.98 (DVD)

In a world devastated by mysterious Spatial Quakes, Shidoh isn't what you'd expect in a hero. He's an average Joe who gets bossed around by his adorable little sister and mocked by the popular girls at his school. You'd definitely pick him last for dodge ball, but when it comes to saving the planet from imminent destruction, Shidoh's got one thing going for him: intergalactic hotties can't keep their hands off him!

When the secret to stopping the Spatial Quakes turns out to be romancing the extraterrestrial Spirits responsible for all the chaos, Shidoh the loveable loser becomes the hero of all humanity. For every Spirit he makes out with, mankind breathes a little bit easier. Kiss the girls – save the world. That name of the game is driving the space babes crazy, and nobody does it better than Shidoh!

  • This limited edition includes a chipboard artbox.
  • Contains episodes 1-12 plus the OVA "Date to Date." Special Features: Actor Commentaries, Textless Songs, U.S. Trailer, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Deltora Quest DVD Complete Series
  • Producer: New Video
  • Suggested Retail Price: $79.95

The heroic Lief must venture into the darkest and most terrible places in Deltora to find the seven magical gems that can free everyone from the evil tyranny of the Shadow Lord. With his friends Jasmine and Barda, Lief vows to recapture the gems and return them to the magical Belt of Deltora before it's too late.

  • Contains episodes 1-52. Special Features: Art Gallery. Spoken Languages: English.
Dog & Scissors DVD Collection
  • Producer: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested Retail Price: $49.98

Harumi Kazuhito was the ultimate bookworm, spending days at a time with his head buried in his beloved books, and little could make him happier than perusing the pages of his favorite author, Kirihime Natsuno. Unfortunately, Harumi's life goes to the dogs - literally - when he gets himself killed while trying to stop a robber!

Thanks to the power of a true bookworm, however, Harumi inexplicably finds himself reincarnated as a dog... which might not be so bad if dogs could read. Or if the woman who adopts him didn't have twin predilections for 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?

  • Contains episodes 1-12. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
Karneval DVD/Blu-Ray Complete Series
  • Producer: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $69.98 (Limited Ed), $64.98 (Regular)

Circus is a super-powered security force of entertainers who keep villains off the streets by serving up justice with a side of razzle-dazzle. Despite their best efforts, a sinister organization named Kafka is gaining power throughout the world using grotesque monsters to carry out their plots. When Circus saves a mysterious boy from Kafka's grasp, the kid gets swept up in the crime-fighting spectacle - but why was Kafka after him in the first place

  • This limited edition includes a chipboard artbox.
  • Contains episodes 1-13. Special Features: Actor Commentaries, Textless Songs, U.S. Trailer, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Leviathan - The Last Defense Complete Collection
  • Producer: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested Retail Price: $59.98 (Blu-Ray), $49.98 (DVD)

The lands of Aquafall were a paradise, where water flowed freely, the hills were covered with lush vegetation, and life in all forms flourished in peace and abundance. But that was before the meteors began to fall, each impact spawning new, hideous monsters until it soon became clear that there were others who wanted to claim the entire green world for themselves. An enemy that would not stop until all opposition had been vanquished.

Fortunately, the fairy Syrup was on guard and knew exactly what to do. Working quickly, she began to recruit an extraordinary team of young women to form the base of the Aquafall Defense Force: the incredibly strong Jormungandr, the extravagant Bahamut, and the stoic Leviathan. But can three girls - alone - really turn the tide of an alien invasion? They can when each of the ladies in question is also a member of a Dragon Clan, and when it comes to fighting tooth, nail and claw, the invaders have just met their match!


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

Maoyu Complete Collection
  • Producer: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98 (Blu-Ray), $49.98 (DVD)

Names can be deceiving, something the warrior known as Hero quickly discovers when he storms the castle of the dread Demon King that mankind has fought for fifteen years. For one thing, the "king" turns out to be a queen! Even more shocking, though, is that she's waiting for him with an unexpected proposal.

She points out that it would be bad for both sides if the war was to end immediately, as without a common enemy, the individual factions of the winning side are certain to turn on each other in a new series of civil wars. However, she has a plan to end the war, bring democracy and advanced knowledge to humanity, and ensure lasting prosperity for both sides, no matter who "wins". But to accomplish this, she needs a collaborator on the human side, and she's chosen Hero as the one partner she can trust! Is it a deal with the devil, or mankind's only hope for lasting peace?

  • Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: Commercials, Blu-ray Spots, Social Game Spots, Japanese Previews, Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
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Plot

  • Genre: action, comedy, slice of life, tournament
  • Producer: Actas
  • Release Date: July 5th

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

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Aniplex of America shared its plans for the pre-order releases for Kabukimonogatari and Oreimo 2.

Oreimo 2

The Oreimo 2 DVD Limited Edition Complete Box Set set ships August 5th. It will have all 13 episodes and the 3 OVA episodes from the Oreimo 2 true route on 4 DVDs for for US$99.98 (US$79.98 at retail).

Bonus Contents

  • Textless Openings
  • Textless Endings of ALL 16 episodes
  • Preview Videos by SD Characters
  • Special Short Movies by SD Characters
  • "Gal-ge" ( Style Short Movies)
  • Web Version Previews

Bonus Materials & Special Package

  • 16 Pin-up Postcards of "Ending Cards" of ALL 16 Episodes
  • 44-page Deluxe Booklet of Character Designs & Art Gallery, and Creator Messages!!
  • Fom Chiba to the World Poster (Featuring Kirino and Kuroneko)
  • SPECIAL PACKAGE
  • Deluxe Box with TOTALLY New and Exclusive Illustration by Hiroyuki Oda (Character Design)
  • Reversible DVD Case Wraps

Plot

Kyosuke Kosaka, a normal 17-year-old high school student living in Chiba, has not gotten along with his younger sister Kirino in years. For longer than he can remember, Kirino has ignored his comings and goings and looked at him with spurning eyes. It seemed as if the relationship between Kyōsuke and his sister, now fourteen, would continue this way forever. One day however, Kyosuke finds a DVD case of a magical girl anime which had fallen in his house's entrance way.

Kabukimonogatari

The English-subtitled Kabukimonogatari set will have four television episodes on two Blu-ray Discs for US$64.98 (US$49.98 at retail). It will be available on August 26.

Video Contents

  • "“Omnibus 2” Video (About 25 Minutes Long)
  • Textless Opening and Ending
  • Promotional Video & Commercial Collections

Packaged Bonuses

  • Deluxe Booklet
  • Pinup Postcard Set
  • Package Illustrated by Character Designer Akio Watanabe

Plot

Tsubasa and Hitagi discover that Koyomi has gone missing and has urged them in a text message not to look for him. However, in his absence, new dangerous apparitions begin to appear and target Tsubasa, and Nadeko who are left to try and deal with them on their own. Meanwhile, Koyomi and Shinobu are dealing with serious problems of their own.

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