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My apologies for being late. School and various Anime Vice projects were on my plate during the first three weeks. I finally finished finals this week. I only finished the first week of manga releases. I will finished this in 2 sittings/2 days. Thank you guys and gals. It's a heavy three weeks worth of manga.

For winter break, I definitely read more Toriko, Knights of Sidonia, Pokemon, Naruto, and Kingdom Hearts. I need to try Food Wars since a lot of folks were commenting on it during the Komatsu vs Sanji (Iron Chef Cook-off) thread.

I would love to hear your recommendations on the rest of the manga series featured this week. All comments are welcome. Thank you.

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

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Notes

  • Right Stuf and Amazon had Attack on Titan Vol 14 listed on November 4, 2014 while comic book stores and ANN has it on the first week of December.
  • Amazon and Right Stuf has Neon Genesis Evangelion on February 10, 2015 while ANN listed it this week. There was a digital edition on November 25, 2014.

Dec 2 Releases

Alice in the Country of Joker: Nightmare Trilogy Volume 2
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

A three-book tale that focuses on Alice’s romance with the incubus of bad dreams!

Alice has been living in the Clover Tower for a while now, and with the coming of April Season, she is able to see Julius again and has met with Joker. Nightmare isn’t very pleased, and comes up with ways to keep Alice distracted with all sorts of mini adventures. While Alice can’t get away from Nightmare’s penetrating gaze, she does not fear him; she may even love him. What will happen when Alice wakes up?

Assassination Time Volume 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

The students in Class 3-E of Kunugigaoka Junior High have a new teacher: an alien octopus with bizarre powers and unlimited strength,​ who's just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy Earth - unless they can kill him first!

Dragon Ball [3-in-1] Vol. 7
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Goku and Vegeta face off at last and both are determined to emerge victorious in this epic fight. And if battling the ruthless Vegeta weren’t enough, Son Goku and friends must obtain the wish-granting Dragon Balls in order to resurrect their fallen allies! Their search will take them all the way to the planet Namek, where evil Freeza and his minions are slaughtering the Namekians to fulfill Freeza’s wish for immortality.

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Volume 3
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

The "teamwork and friendship-building" camp from hell begins! While most students are already petrified by the threat of instant expulsion for low marks, the unveiling of the teachers responsible for judging their dishes ratchets their fear to a whole new level! Just which fear-inducing teachers hold the culinary futures of Soma and the rest of the Polaris crew in their hands this time? Also includes the one-shot "Your and My Romance Consultation."

Happy Marriage Volume 9
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

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

Honey Blood Volume 2
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

When Hinata Sorazono meets her new neighbor, Junya Tokinaga, the author of an incredibly popular vampire romance novel series, she's inexplicably drawn to him. Dressed in a kimono with an old-world air about him, Junya has a taste of Hinata's blood and tells her it's sweet... In Junya's novels, a kiss with a vampire means that only the human's blood can be taken as nourishment. If that person dies, so will the vampire. Could it be that Junya is actually a vampire - and about to enter a life-changing contract with Hinata?

I Am Alice: Body Swap in Wonderland Volume 2
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

I Am Alice: Body Swap in Wonderland is a new ongoing manga series that recasts the tale of Alice in Wonderland in a uniquely hilarious light: Alice switches bodies with a boy, and together, they must journey on a madcap quest through Wonderland.

When Makoto, an unsuspecting Japanese teen, pulls a copy of “Alice in Wonderland” off a library bookshelf, his world will never be the same—literally. Suddenly, he is transported into the magical world of Wonderland, and even more shockingly, he is now stuck in Alice’s body!

To make matters curiouser, the real Alice is stuck in Makoto’s body, and neither of them are happy about the situation. There’s only one way to reverse the body swap and return Makoto home, but it won’t be easy: They must journey together to Heart’s Castle and defeat the King of Hearts.

Knights of Sidonia Volume 12
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

A lone seed ship, the Sidonia, plies the void, ten centuries since the obliteration of the solar system. The massive, nearly indestructible, yet barely sentient alien life forms that destroyed humanity's home world continue to pose an existential threat. When a state-of-the-art warship is dispatched towards Lem, the system's sun, her crew is menaced not only by humanity's nemesis, but by an unwitting Peeping Tom.

Manga Dogs Volume 2
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

Kanna had just gotten used to balancing her two lives as a high school student and a professional manga artist when three starry-eyed bozos intruded on her well-ordered life! But as she faces down a rival, a kidnapper, and her dismal popularity rankings, her dim-witted disciples have her back. Maybe having pets isn't so bad after all?

Millenium Snow Volume 4
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Seventeen-year-old Chiyuki Matsuoka was born with heart problems, and her doctors say she won't live to see the next snow. Toya is an 18-year-old vampire who hates blood and refuses to make the traditional partnership with a human, whose life-giving blood would keep them both alive for a thousand years.

Naruto Vol. 68 - Furrow
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Even as the Shinobi Alliance's resolve begins to falter in the face of Obito's overwhelming power, Naruto refuses to give in. But how can he turn the tables with the odds so stacked against him? Can Naruto and Sasuke work together long enough to lead the ninja world to victory?!

Neon Evangelion Genesis Vol. 14 - Setting Off

Distributor: Viz Media Suggested retail price: $9.99 The Third Impact has come.​ As the unbelievably massive form of Ayanami towers over the Earth,​ the Instrumentality Project enters its last stages.​ While the world shudders in terror as it is engulfed in a sea of LCL,​ Shinji's consciousness merges with Lilith's,​ and he searches his memories for a final understanding of himself and the fate of humanity.​

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Volume 24
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Key members of the Nura clan plunge into battle with the Gokadoin clan, but as the battle wears on, Rikuo struggles to keep his clan energized for battle. Meanwhile, Ryuji seeks a way to penetrate the Gokadoin stronghold…Aoi Spiral Castle!

Pokemon Black and White Volume 19
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $4.99

Pokemon Keldeo learns something surprising! Meanwhile,​ the Pokemon League is under attack by Team Plasma and.​.. their castle?​! Who will drive Team Plasma out - not to mention rescue all the kidnapped Gym Leaders?​ Not Black.​.. because now that he's awakened Reshiram,​ he's got another battle to fight! Is Black ready to take on Legendary Pokemon Zekrom?​ Plus,​ meet powerful Team Plasma Pokemon Zweilous,​ Scolipede,​ Seismitoad,​ and Mandibuzz!

Sankarea Volume 10
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

Caught between his concern for Babu and Rea's feelings, Chihiro awakens one morning to find Rea has left for the ZoMA, the Zombie Medical Anthropology Institute! What new answers - or threats - await the two of them in the "zombie Holy Land"?

Seraph of the End Volume 3
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

After trumpets of the apocalypse proclaim the fall of humanity, vampires arise from the shadows to rule the earth. Yuichiro wants just one thing—to get revenge by killing each and every vampire.

Yuichiro has undergone the strange and dangerous ritual to acquire Cursed Gear—demon-possessed weaponry that is humanity’s only hope for combating the vampire scourge. But times are dangerous, and instead of getting to celebrate his newfound power, Yuichiro and his friends are given their first mission—head to Shinjuku and investigate vampire activity.​ Unbeknownst to him,​ his best-friend-turned-vampire,​ Mika,​ is headed for the same place…

Toriko Vol 25 - The Bishokukai Invades!!
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Gourmet Corp. attacks the unsuspecting public at Cooking Stadium while they are assembled to celebrate food and watch the world's top chefs compete at the Cooking Festival. Toriko's chef partner Komatsu is captured and the long-held rivalry between the IGO and Gourmet Corp. explodes into all-out war. This looks like a fight for Toriko and all his friends, but can they win against foes old and new alike?

Voice Over Seiyu Academy Volume 8
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Hime Kino’s dream is to one day do voice acting like her hero Sakura Aoyama from the Lovely ♥ Blazers anime, and getting accepted to the prestigious Holly Academy’s voice actor department is the first step in the right direction! But Hime’s gruff voice has earned her the scorn of teachers and students alike. Hime will not let that stand unchallenged. She’ll show everyone that she is too a voice acting princess, whether they like it or not!!

World Trigger Vol. 3 - Assimilate Thy Neighbor!
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Border headquarters wants Yuma's powerful Black Trigger - and they want it desperately enough to send their top three squads to steal it. The Tamakoma branch is one step ahead, having already safeguarded Yuma, Osamu, and Chika by recruiting them to their group of eccentric and talented agents. And Jin's precognition powers put him two steps ahead - he ambushes the thieves en route!

Yukarism Vol 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Yukari Kobayakawa, an accomplished author at the age of 17, writes with amazingly accurate details about historical Japan. It turns out he has the ability to travel back in time... to his past life as a renowned courtesan in the Edo period! As he goes back and forth between the past and present, he unravels the karmic relationship he has with his beautiful classmate Mahoro Tachibana...

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Wow I reached 5 blogs of Toku…. I really thought I would stop halfway through, but I pushed on (better said I found free time to do this) so let’s continue the quick look to Kamen Rider!

Today we will start checking the Neo-Heisei (Decade technically is part of it, but it’s too focused on the anniversary to showcase some of the main traits associated with the Neo-Heisei or Heisei Part 2 series)

The Neo-Heisei era is more of a fandom coined term, yet there is an evident division between the Pre-Decade series with the Post-Decade series. From the official side the main changes are the change in their schedule making the series start around the later half of the year and end around the same time it ends.

This means every Rider series now shares the timeslot with 2 Super Sentai series and vice versa, allowing more Crossovers. Crossovers are an important thing in the Neo-Heisei series, the movies and the series have them in spades, something that didn’t happen in the early Heisei except in joke videos.

Another production change was that for the first time since the series started the romanji version of title said Kamen Rider instead of Masked Rider, not a big thing for us, but signaled the difference between Heisei and Neo-Heisei as a new time to experiment.

What was the experimentation about? They cherry picked elements and concepts from the Heisei series and formed a list of traits and common ideas that all (or most) Neo-Heisei series share. Let’s list them, shall we?

1. Gadgets and Gimmicks: Every Neo-Heisei Rider has some sort of collectible element to his powers. Memories, Medals, Switchs, Rings, Lockseeds or Shifts Cars. All (Except Wizard) share the same denomination for their Henshin Device, are all called Drivers. W Driver, OOO Driver, Fourze Driver and etc… Most of them also have some sort of robotic or miniature pet.

2. Riders with the Same powers: All the Riders and Secondary Riders in the Neo-Heisei era tend to have similar power sources, they can use it on different ways but all their powers are similar.

3. Multi-forms: All the Neo-Heisei Riders have at least 4 forms, sells more toys

4. Monsters and Riders with the Same Powers: The Monsters tend to have a similar origin to the Riders. Makes it easy?

5. Shouting the Attacks: Every Neo-Heisei Rider has a classification for their final attacks, Maximum Drive, Scanning Charge, Limit Break and etc. All of them tend to be shouted by the Driver itself

There are many more but this are very noticeable. Yet I can see a couple more from the design, as all the Riders seem to be more colorful than in the Heisei Era, their supporting cast tends to be more “toon-like” and the humor is also aimed to younger children, yet there is a positive, as most of the series are pretty damn good with relatively good writers (Except for Wizard… fuck Wizard)

Another interesting thing is the numerical correlation between the series

· W: 2 (2 Memories to activate the powers, 2 individuals join to create a Rider)

· OOO: 3 (3 Medals to activate powers)

· Fourze : 4 (4 available switches for weapons and powers activation)

· Wizard : 5 (5 Magic Rings, a hand as a belt buckle (5 fingers)

· Gaim : 6 (Lockseed (The Henshin device) are locks, in Japanese roku (6))

· Drive: 7: (Between Drive and his car there are always 7 Tires)

There are many more stuff in this numerical correlation, but I won’t spend your time talking about all of them.

Finally there is a single element that can be counted but unluckily it was abandoned after Kamen Rider Fourze, so we will cover it only in this blog. Foundation X.

What is Foundation X? An evil organization that popped from time to time in W, OOO and Fourze, trying to learn more about the powers of the Riders and their enemies. They served as the main enemies for the Crossover movies between Riders. They were a hint of a joint Universe, but that went to the drain thanks to whoever was the idiot writing Wizard….Well I’ll stop ranting and cover the first three Neo-Heisei series…

Kamen Rider W (or Double) 2009-2010

Kamen Rider W is a detective story, our protagonists (yes plural) are Shotaro Hidari, young private detective and sharp dresser, and Phillip, a mysterious guy who was rescued by Shotaro and his late mentor Sokichi Narumi, the single classiest, most badass and amazing Kamen Rider in the fucking franchise. (Yes my mancrush is even larger with him than with Kenji Matsuda)

Shotaro and Phillip team up, Shotaro puts the hands on investigation and instinct while Phillip puts his intelligence as he seems to have every piece of knowledge known to man inside his head, but can only be properly accessed by using the correct keywords to find the information needed, that’s were Shotaro investigations enter to the equation as he tells the keywords.

Both live in Fuuto City and fight against the evil organization Museum, that searchs to perfect the Gaia Memories, small USB memory like devices that hold a concept inside of them all of them codified with a letter of the Alphabet like A for Accel or W for Weather or I for Ice Age and so on. Whoever uses these memories turns into a monster called Dophant. Shotaro and Phillip must fight them.

But regular humans can’t make the cut fighting against these monsters, so using the W Driver (two belts) they transform into Kamen Rider W. Just like while investigating Shotaro puts the body while Phillip puts the brain and they combine two memories Cyclone and Joker to turn into W. They can shift Memories and turn into Cyclone/Trigger or Metal/Joker and many more combinations.

I highly recommend W, is a really good series, it may have some goofy characters and episodes but the villains are pretty cool and the designs are awesome. The W movies are some of the best Kamen Rider movies around with Kamen Rider Skull (my favorite Rider ever) and Kamen Rider Eternal being exclusive to them.

Kamen Rider OOO (or Os) 2010-2011

Eiji Hino is a vagabond/waiter/Adventurer that stumbles upon an ancient relic of a forgotten Kingdom usually referred as a Driver he will use to transform into OOO’s , an armored warrior created by said Kingdom to battle the sinister Greed a race of creatures with their own language and…. Well they don’t have hierarchy but this really sounds a lot like Kuuga ain’t it?

Eiji is guided in this war by Ankh, one of the Greeds that betrayed his kin in the previous war and sided with the previous OOO’s. The Greeds as their name indicates are consumed by desire, not just material stuff, but everything. Their principal desire is the Core Medals, powerful artifacts that are linked to animal groups and allow the Greed to return to their full power.

OOO’s uses the Medals in groups of three, allowing him to make weird combos, like his basic form, Taka-Tora-Batta (Hawk-Tiger-Grasshopper) or the combo forms that include medals of the same color to grant him powerful skills and abilities. Eiji will fight against the Greed and the Yummy, their servants with the help of a private organization that was studying the Core Medals and the Cell Medals (their cheap brothers)

OOO’s is another awesome series, it has a rocky start but it gets really good. It has some similarities to Kuuga but with a deeper more developed main character and all the Neo-Heisei traits.

Kamen Rider Fourze (no or) 2011-2012

Before anything let me make something clear, Fourze is the first Kamen Rider series I watched… and trust me when I say to you this is one of the corniest, more POWER OF FRIENDSHIP!!! Centric series of the franchise. But I just fucking love it, is like my relation to G Gundam, I know it’s ridiculous and corny but that is what it makes it good.

Our protagonist is Gentaro Kisaragi a new student in Amanogawa High School, making him the youngest Main Rider in the franchise. Gentaro is a friendship obsessed, delinquent looking, eternally optimist guy who expresses his desire to become friends with every person in the school (that is focused on training people to become astronauts)

He ends up protecting fellow students (one being a childhood friend of him) from a monster and ends up getting hold of the Fourze Driver, turning into Kamen Rider Fourze and kicking ass. His fight style is the most unorthodox of the franchise, most Riders kick and punch while outboxing the rival, meanwhile Gentaro does wrestling moves, headbutts and knee attacks with gusto.

He starts collecting the 40 Switches that grant him weapons and altered forms while he fights the Zodiarts, students or teachers that use a “Switchers” to turn into creatures based on constellations...with fucking awesome designs. Gentaro doesn’t only beats them, they tries to befriend them afterwards…

For a child friendly series some of the finishers are pretty hardcore, like Rider Kicks with a drill attached to the leg or punting an enemy through a wormhole into space. Meh it’s clean. I recommend it, pretty good but really Corny, you have been warned.

Well this is everything for today! I'll do another one before the end of the year and catch up to the lastest series.

Previous Blogs

Kuma's Toku Corner I

Kuma's Toku Corner II

Kuma's Toku Corner III

Kuma's Toku Corner IV

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Pupa was a 12-episode TV horror anime series that aired from January 9 to March 28 of this year. The series was animated by Studio Deen and notable for each episode of its run running for only four minutes a piece. Pupa was based on the manga series written by Sayaka Mogi for Comic Earth Star magazine from March 2011 to December 2013.

The Plot

Even cannibalism can't hide the undertones coming from this moment.
Even cannibalism can't hide the undertones coming from this moment.

Utsutsu and Yume Hasegawa are siblings who were abused and abandoned by their parents and left to fend for themselves. Both become infected by a mysterious virus called Pupa that mutates those who become exposed to it into monsters. Under the virus' effects, Yume develops an uncontrollable hunger for human flesh and Utsutsu gains the ability to rapidly regenerate himself. Utsutsu finds himself having to have his body eaten by his sister regularly to keep her from feeding upon other people.

Notable Characters (from left to right)

  • Utsutsu Hasegawa- The older brother of the siblings who has a sister complex towards Yume and found himself subjected to the abuse of his father regularly as a child. Having gained the ability to regenerate his body from the Pupa virus, Utsutsu subjects himself to being eaten by his sister to keep her hunger for flesh in check.
  • Yume Hasegawa- Utsutsu's younger sister whose exposure to the Pupa virus left her with an uncontrollable hunger for human flesh.
  • Ai Imari- A mysterious researcher who gathers information on the Pupa virus with little regard for the lives lost from it. She uses the Hasegawa siblings as her research subjects to learn more about the effects of the virus.
  • Shiro Onijima- Utsutsu and Yume's abusive father.
  • Sachiko Hasegawa- The mother of Utsutsu and Yume who was subjected to Shiro's abuse at first before he turned it towards Utsutsu. She cares greatly for her son, yet fears Yume due to knowing she was born a monster.

Why It Sucks

Laziness is the best word to describe the mess that is Pupa. While its premise seems like a unique one on paper for a horror anime, Studio Deen's choice of structuring Pupa into 12 four-minute shorts lead to really sloppy storytelling throughout the show's run.

Learning to kill since leaving the womb.
Learning to kill since leaving the womb.

Plot and character development is mostly nonexistent in this baby as Pupa is mostly focused on relishing in its gory content. Whatever little story it has is completely rushed through, has little time to build up and the characters in this are flat, cutout archetypes with little in the way of personality and depth. A good chunk of the violence in Pupa comes from Yume's gory slaughter and feeding on human victims, with her feeding on Utsutsu in particular carrying some rather creepy incest undertones.

Adding on to how lazy this is, the animation for Pupa is quite low quality with washed-out backgrounds, subpar character designs and animation shortcuts milked to death throughout its entire run.

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Hello everyone! I'm here to promote my fellow teammate's wiki project, Building a Better Wiki: Perfect Profile Portraits! [+ tutorial] and the wiki page, #Profile Portraits: Characters. Daniel Newton is a gifted wiki mod and user who was very innovative with our wiki systems. Without him, we wouldn't be where we are now, pushing Anime Vice's HTML code system and wiki features to its limits.

Plus, I'm promoting a team wiki project that I'm proud to be part of, Akame ga Kill. Please see this blog to learn about our wiki editors, Introducing the Akame ga Kill Wiki Team.

Leone

These were made by Dekken and myself. At first, we couldn't find a good shot of Leone's face. We had to play a waiting game until Dekken found a super, awesome image.

Tatsumi

One of my favorite characters. He's such a Vanilla character.

I also made an Incursio which I'm using as my Avatar. I love the design since it reminds me of Kingdom Hearts and mech series.

Akame

Akame is a fan favorite. Dekken and I made portraits for her. I loved her cute bear apron. We had two pics of her smiling, but we went with the non blushed version.

Esdeath

Thanks to Dekken for creating these awesome pics. We got her thinking, her innocent look, and her scheming looks. We definitely add some sexy portraits of her.

I will add more characters. Sorry, I'm really busy this week. Thank you everyone for reading this blog. I hope you make profile portraits or use them in your forum threads and blogs and reviews.

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Snipers:

Vash the Stampede

Brandon Heat => Grave (Gungrave)

Bear Walken

Kugashira Bunji

E.O:

Momochi Zabuza

Rygar (Tiger of the Wind)

Mocchi

Laharl Overlord

InuYasha

Sesshomaru

Bankotsu

Suikotsu

Renkotsu

Naraku

Passive:

Yagami Light =>Kira

Mihael Keehl(Mello)

Genki Sakura

Suezo

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Hello everyone! Sorry for being a bit late. I just finished finals this week. We still have more DVDs and Blu-Rays for upcoming Christmas break for you guys and gals.

Out of this week, I'm only familiar with Silver Spoon and Bleach.

  • Silver Spoon - If you like slice of life series that focuses on farm life
  • Bleach - If you love Shonen series with strong semblance to Dragon Ball Z and Yu Yu Hakusho.

I'm only a 5 year anime fan who hasn't seen a lot of anime especially older series prior 2000. Detroit Metal City looks fun and up my alley to try. I haven't seen a lot of anime series with music themes.

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

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

Sources

Notes

  • ANN did not list Ambition of Oda Nobunaga, Creamy Mami, Reideen, and Cowboy Bebop for this week.
  • ANN listed A Certain Magical Index II back on October 30
  • Amazon does not have Silver Spoon 2 ready.

DVD and Blu-Ray Releases

The Ambition of Oda Nobuna Complete Collection
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested Retail Price: $69.98 (Blu-Ray), $59.98 (DVD)

Yoshiharu Sagara thought he knew his Japanese history backwards and forwards, but when he inexplicably finds himself in the past everything he thought he knew was wrong and he's in a very different history altogether! Not only is this timeline's version of the legendary (and very male) Oda Nobunaga now the cute (and very female) Oda Nobuna, but one of the first things Yoshiharu manages to accidentally accomplish is getting one of the Sengoku era's most important historical figures killed!

Still, when you're stuck in the past, have a semi-reliable knowledge of one possible future, and there's now a vacancy in the history books, what's your best present course of action? Aligning yourself with someone with the potential to become one of the most powerful warlords in any of Japan's possible histories might not be a bad start. Provided, of course, that you can keep yourself from becoming too intimately involved in the cloak and dagger action during a time when the cloaks cover body armor and the daggers are paired with multiple swords! But that's just part of the risk you assume when your history becomes her story!

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

Bleach DVD Set 23
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested Retail Price: $44.82

With Aizen's defeat, peace has returned to the both the Soul Society and the World of the Living. But soon reports begin to surface of Soul Reapers going missing in the Precipice World, and Ichigo is a prime suspect. He and Rukia go on the run from the 13 Court Guard Squads, while in the World of the Living, Kon finds an unconscious girl lying in the street. When Ichigo and Rukia find out more about the girl, Nozomi, they realize their world, as well as the Soul Society, is in danger, and the Soul Reapers pursuing them and Nozomi are actually imposters known as Reigai, who have switched places with the missing Soul Reapers!

Contains episodes 317-329. Special Features: Omake, Clean Opening and Ending. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Cowboy Bebop Complete Series
  • Distributor: Funimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $59.98 (Blu-Ray), $49.98 (DVD)

The Bebop crew is just trying to make a buck. This motley lot of intergalactic loners teams up to track down fugitives and turn them in for cold hard cash. Spike is a hero whose cool facade hides a dark and deadly past. The pilot Jet is a bruiser of a brute who can't wait to collect the next bounty. Faye Valentine is a femme fatale prone to breaking hearts and separating fools from their money. Along for the ride are the brilliant-but-weird hacker Ed and a super-genius Welsh Corgi named Ein. On their own, any one of them would be likely to get lost in the sprawl of space, but together, they're the most entertaining gang of bounty hunters in the year 2071.

Contains episodes 1-26. Special Features: Cowboy Bebop Session #0, Memo from Bebop: The Dub Sessions Remembered, Ein's Summer Vacation, "Tank!" Full-Size Music Clip, Interview with Wendee Lee, Interview with Sean Akins, Episode Commentary (1, 5, 10, 17, 24), Original Openings and Closings, Textless Openings and Closings, U.S. Trailer, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Creamy Mami DVD Set 2
  • Distributor: ANIME SOLS
  • Suggested Retail Price: $79.99

Morisawa Yuu is a precocious 10-year-old girl who likes Toshio, a boy 3 years older than her. One day, Yuu runs into aliens that have trouble with their damaged spaceship. In appreciation for helping them repair the spaceship, the aliens give Yuu a magical stick with one condition: she must keep it secret, otherwise she will lose the special power.

In order to attract Toshio, Yuu decides to transform herself into an attractive 17-year-old girl! Yuu, with her 17-year-old figure, happens to be discovered as an idol singer and makes her debut as "Creamy Mami." But she never could have imagined that Toshio would start to be attracted to Creamy Mami, and not Yuu herself.

Contains episodes 14-26. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Reideen DVD Collection 1
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggest Retail Price: $49.98

Although mathematically gifted, Junki Saiga is an otherwise typical high school student, whose archaeologist father disappeared during an expedition years ago. But recently his family learned that his father's remains have been discovered near Japan's pyramid along with artifacts and notes from his research. While Junki is still reeling from the confirmation of his father's death, a meteor comes crashing from the sky carrying a foreign robotic life-form that immediately begins attacking anything and everything!

This sequence of strange events triggers a bracelet left from his father's research to activate and merge with an ancient robot hidden inside the pyramid - Reideen. But not everyone welcomes Reideen's help in dealing with the alien threat. There are those that want the robot's power for themselves, and others who want to see it and its pilot destroyed. Without the help of his nation or even his friends, Junki must push himself to succeed in piloting Reideen against the aliens or watch the world perish!

Contains episodes 1-13. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Detroit Metal City Complete Collection (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested Retail Price: $39.98

Get ready for the ear-splittingest, skull-smashingest band to ever assault your senses! Led by phallus-waving terrorist-from-hell Johannes Krauser II (guitar/vocals,) and given pulsing, throbbing life by indestructible drummer Camus and bassist Alexander Jagi, they're Detroit Metal City, the hottest ticket on the concert circuit! There's just one catch. That "hottest ticket" is just a meal ticket, and beneath the makeup these ultimate headbangers are hired doppelgangers who don't even LIKE what they do!

Jaggi is actually Wada, who wants to play Glam Rock, Camus is Nishida, an anime fan with an appalling weakness for curry and NSFW videos, and Krauser is - oh the shame - street-singing Soichi Negishi, whose dreams of singing happy pop seem hopelessly doomed by the success of his rage-fueled alter ego. Worse, he can't even tell anyone who Krauser is. Not even the girl he likes, who hates DMC!

Will rage against the corporate machine consume Negishi's tortured soul? Is there life after Death Metal? What's it like to put your head in a jet engine and turn UP the volume?

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

Hidamari Sketch x SP (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $24.98

Even though studying at a prestigious art school like Yamabuki is hard work, the girls who live at the Hidamari Apartments always manage to squeeze in time for a little fun and exploration. And when they actually get a day off? Watch out world!

Yuno, Sae, Hiro, Miyako and new students Nori and Nazuna return to create another masterpiece of life as art, with all-new adventures that include swimming, pajama parties, trips to the art museum, and even an all-you-can-eat diner courtesy of the landlady! Of course, there's always a little housework that has to be squeezed in, but with a pinch of resourcefulness and a dash of creativity, even the most onerous of chores can be turned into something magical.

Contains episodes 1-2. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Silver Spoon 2 - Complete Series (DVD)
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $74.98

The second trimester begins at Ezono as Hokkaido's fall quickly kicks in. Hachiken is as busy as ever, taking over the position of vice president of the equestrian club, adopting a puppy, competing in his first equestrian event, and being in charge of many activities for Ezono's school festival.

Even though the usual school life is carried out and they dream of their futures like any other teenager, Hachiken and his friends are forced to confront the harsh realities of agricultural businesses such as financial struggles and successor issues. Hachiken tries his best to support his peers, which ultimately leads him to face and overcome his own problems with his family.

Contains episodes 1-11 of season 2. Special Features: Textless Opening, Textless Ending, Commercials. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

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Hi Everyone! I know all of you were all Otaku... Let's Unite and be friends...

My Favorite anime is SK Flowers... and my Favorite Character is Hana Asakura..

How about you?

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Sentai Filmworks announced today that they have acquired home video and streaming license rights to former Viz Media title, Saikano. The anime was animated by Gonzo in 2002 and released to home video in America by Viz in 2004. The series was based on the manga series She, the Ultimate Weapon written by Shin Takahashi. The series is a sci-fi/ romantic war drama focused on the relationship between high school students Chise and Shuji being tested when it is revealed that Chise underwent military experiments that turned her body into a cyborg weapon of war eating away at her humanity as she fights off enemy armies engaging in war with Japan.

Outside of the TV anime, there was also a two-episode OVA series prequel of the series made called Saikano: Another Love Song in 2005 and a Japanese live-action film adaptation of the series made in January 2006.

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The only thing wrong with this chapter is the fact that this dynamic duo of Hakuryuu and Judar is going to be defeated by Aladdin and Alibaba.

It is expected; they are, after all, the heroes of the series. Yet, It becomes difficult to stand behind Aladdin’s idealistic dreams and Alibaba’s indecisiveness, not when faced with the realistic and somewhat incisive approach that Hakuryuu and Judar bring to the table.

THE CHAPTER:
The battle against Gyokuen comes to a close. Kou has a new emperor. Hakuruyuu and Judar set their eyes upon the rest of the world.

MY THOUGHTS:

That was unequivocally brutal. Say one thing about Magi, say that it never really holds back on the gore and despair when it needs to cement a point.

This is it; the point when Hakuryuu and Judar finally became the central villains of the story.

Sure, there are a lot of negative things you could say about Kouen and his ilk; yes, few other characters in the series are quite as conniving and untrustworthy as Sinbad. Yet none of these characters have truly given themselves over to depravity, not when compared to Hakuryuu.

One might say that the Magi story just turned onto a new path this week; Hakuryuu finally got his revenge, and in a most brutal fashion, especially when you read this chapter together with the last panels of chapter 249, where Hakuryuu tears the flesh out of his mother’s neck with his teeth, with Gyokuen then lumbering towards the salvation waiting beyond the boundary of the barrier, only to fall to Judar who hands her life to Hakuryuu.

That Hakuryuu could kill her without a second thought, unmoved by the sorts of silly tricks so many heroes tend to fall for in the very last moment, shows his resolve.

That he understands the depths of his intentions, the blood he will have to spill in his conquest means that he is unlikely to fall to the sweet words of Aladdin and Alibaba about right and wrong, the evil of his path and any salvation they might offer.

Simply put, Hakuryuu is the perfect hero turned villain; there are no forces pulling his strings without his consent, which means we are unlikely to run into another Obito situation.

He is fully aware of his own madness and accepts what he must do to accomplish goals that, to an extent, even he realizes are wrong; which means his clash with Aladdin will more or less come down to a last man standing type situation, where Hakuryuu and Judar must be put down lest they bring the world to its knees.

Magi has created a situation so perfect, with the rising conflict between Aladdin, Hakuryuu, Kouen, Sinbad and Al-Tharmen, especially with so many of the lines so blurred, that it would be difficult for Shinobu Ohtaka to ruin this arc.

She doesn’t even have to deliver deaths on any scale to create a satisfying conclusion to what might be Magi’s last, or at least one of its final sagas.

+RATING: 9/10, Judar never seizes to surprise, specifically how far his character has come, with each chapter continuing to compound upon just how reliant the Magi is on his friend’s madness.

Hakuryuu is the soul mate Judar searched for and failed to find in Sinbad, which probably has something to do with the fact that Sinbad is so much more mature than Hakuryuu and thus less likely to succumb to Judar’s darkness.

Gyokuen will be missed; she showed the sort of madness and resilience few villains have manifested in anime and manga.
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  Boku no Hero Academia has some pretty erratic releases; I begun expecting these chapter on Saturday, however that schedule seemed to shift to Sunday.

Now we have chapters coming out as early as Thursday; and not just one chapter but three, with the results not being very pleasant. I had to read these three chapters several times over.

In some cases the translations were that bad; other websites had the pages completely out of order, so much so that I would get to the last page only to realize that it was actually page one, and I had most likely encountered the end somewhere in the middle. 

It took sometime to track and finally read chapter 20. For some unknown reason, several websites kept uploading and then removing this chapter. So much effort to read manga these days.

THE CHAPTERS: All Might’s arrival throws a wrench into Tokamura’s plan, with the so called artificial human still unaware of All Might’s weakness, that he strands at the edge of his strength, running on fumes and nearly out of time.

MY THOUGHTS:

This wasn’t much of an arc; more like a mini arc.

It was barely 8 chapters long, which isn’t a bad thing per say. Because you really couldn’t say that they rushed things. 

Yet, for its first major arc, the manga could have done more to extend the length of these events, possibly making something more out of them in terms of story and character development.

+The Good
Despite the brevity of the arc, there was no shortage of tension, with each chapter continuing to build upon the threat that the alliance posed against our young heroes.

This was further augmented by the fact that we all understood perfectly the limitations of All Might, that he stood mere minutes and possibly even seconds way from running out of juice and getting the Holly Hell kicked out of his ass.

In that regard, these three chapters were more of a bluffing game, with the secret to All Might’s victory lying in his ability to defeat Noumu, the biggest threat of them all, at which point he could use his seemingly immovable figure to intimidate artificial human and group.

All in all, a well choreographed battle, the fights short but strategic in bringing across the risk in each situation and the heroism of each character.

Todoroki and Bakugou were pleasant surprises, and the fact that they actually played a role in the salvation of their hero allowed the entire situation to play out in a much more satisfying manner.

Of course none of this would matter if Noumu was not such a terrifying beast, seemingly indestructible with his absorbent/regenerative abilities. Knowing that he was indeed more than a match for the weakened All Might really made the stakes so much greater.

+The Bad
This arc could have continued for another six or seven chapters, and I don’t think anyone would have accused the mangaka of dragging these events out.

There is so much more that could have been accomplished; yes, the mini arc indeed managed to get a select few things done, specifically highlighting the abilities and personalities of the young heroes.

Yet it was almost abrupt in the way it brought events to a close. And then there is the fact that Tokamura, the villain at the center of the alliance, did nothing whatsoever to justify the fear he seemed to generate upon his first appearance.

Not a wasted appearance since he survived the skirmish, but it would be difficult for him to be regarded with any sense of fear now.

RATING: 7/10, it was a decent enough end to the invasion for a shonen manga, but it could have been better.
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Character basic information:

Name: Akira

Surname:Heller

Affiliation: Survey Corps

Status:Alive

Gender:Female

Birthday: May 7th

Age: 13

Height: 5'11 (181 cm)

Weight: 152 pounds (69 kg)

Species: Human, Titan shifter

Hair: Dark Brown

Eyes: Brown

Titan form charasteristics:

Class: 13 m

Titans gender is known as: Female

Titans name: Blood Titan

Concept:

Akira is a cold blooded soldier of the Survey Cops.

Theme:

Akira's only goal is to catch Titans.She thinks that maybe trying to comunicate the Titans might sold their war without anymore blood and sacrifices.Hatred of losing her beloved ones because of the Titans,but also fear of losing more,has estabilised her into this thought,of making the Titans understand in a way to stop them once and for all,as the other soldiers find it unbelievable and don't agree. But after comunicating the Titans,she wants to kill them slowly in the dark...

Story:

When the Titans destroyed her village,killing all of her family and leaving her all alone without noone,the only fear she caught is "Losing the ones you love".So,she wanted to reach a goal of comunicating the horrible and humanoid Titans.In order to make them understand.But in her childhood,she got bullied and called crazy for her thoughts,because everybody knew that was unbelivable.She got graduated as a soldier very fast,because speed on life was everything she learned,and in order to catch Titans,she joined the Survey Cops along with her friend.When the Colosal one attacked and the others got in,she managed to catch an injured Titan.As one of the soldiers sees her hidding the Titan,the soldier reports her right away.When they catch her she tells everyone her goal and reason why she wants to catch the Titans without killing them first,but kill them later.Everyone disagrees and tells her she is on her own,exept some of her friends who were told to help her on acheiving her goal of thought.Along time,as the other keept killing Titans but also getting killed,she managed to catch among 13 Titans whom she named with numbers and signed them on numbering.But one night,when everyone was asleep and the place seemed completely safe,someone seemed to have left the 13 Titans free.Because the soldiers weren't ready,many people were lost,the Titans did a big mess,killing people and destroying half of the city.The soldiers manage to kill the Titans,with Akira's help,cause this time she sees that she couldn't catch the same Titans again and if they wouldn't kill the Titans at that moment,the whole humanity would be devoured.After killing the Titans,even her friends told Akira to give up on her goal,plans wouldn't destroy the Titans,they told her the Titans could only be destroyed by fighting and sacrifising ouselves.Akira starts killing Titans and percepting a liking on destroying them,but still chances of awaking her goal were still aviable.But later on,she accidentally realises she is a Titan shifter,with which she now understand she can get in the middle of Titans to understand them,being a Titan shifter ,eases her goal.Because now she can realy understand what Titans are doing,and get nack to tell the humans all what the Titans are gonna do.

Personality:

Akira is a curious teen.But not likely as a child,because she is too strong emotionaly.But doesn't show district as perfect,because nobodys perfect and everybodys got a defect.So does she,she is too scared when she is batteling the Titans,her fear sometimes makes her freeze with tears in her eyes.

She is a person who is hot blooded from inside,but shows most of her bad side.She shows herself mostly as a loner and mostly shy.People stating to be perfect is what she dislikes.But,she hates herself for being ungrateful,while she sees very powerful other soldiers,she keeps hating herself why can't she be greater,but that is something to show that nobodys perfect,but still you have to move on.She yet has sometimes an arrogant side,with which she makes people think she's cold and weird.But in another side,she is pretty emotional,but just doesn't show it,because she thinks that "Nobody cares".

Powers and Combat:

Statistics (Human form):

Combat: 9/10

Initiative: 9/10

Wits: 4/10

Teamwork: 7/10

Temper: 11/10

Speed: 10/10

Strength: 9/10

Powers (Human form):

Strength: She is very strong for a human,and also unbeliavebly strong for a female.She can hold many things others can't,and due to her age,this is so abnormal.

Speed: Speed is something she always took first in life,and in a combat,she knows that being faster than your oponoment gives you more chances to win and survive.

Weapon using: She is an expert at using weapons,because of her strength,she can hold many heavy and strong weapons some others can't.

Statistics (Titan Form):

Combat: 8/10

Armor: 7/10

Speed: 8/10

Strength: 11/10

Powers (Titan form):

Titan shifting: Like all the Titan shifters she has the ability to turn into a Titan.Turning into a Titan (Female),she has a 13 m class.In this form,she ha more strength but less speed.But she can still move better than the other Titans.

Regeneration:Every wound she gets at a combat,regenerates within 6.3 seconds.

Strength: Her strength as a Titan is known to go over the ranking of 10,which she has 11 so 11/10.

Quotes:

"You fight,you fall,you get up,still everybody judges the way you fell."-Akira Heller
"We keep looking for people who actually care,but we find people who see us as bare,since caring ones are really rare."-Akira Heller
"You are special to everybody who has interest."-Akira Heller
"If you wanna be loved,love the ones who love you."-Akira Heller
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Hello everyone, this blog has two binary purposes. One to show off our image galleries and Two, to post a checklist for wiki editors. I am currently cleaning out images for the Fate wiki project. I'm removing Official Art and replacing it with Anime Art that has clear definitions of what goes in there. For more information, please check the Fate/stay Night, Fate/kaleid, and Fate/zero Image Gallery Updates and Wiki Editing 101: Naming Image Galleries and Organizing Images threads.

Thank you.

Fate/stay Night Visual Collection

Some of these cross into Megami's Magazine.

Most of these are from Saber because I haven't started cleaning in the other galleries besides Saber's today.

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Fate/stay Night Saber Portraits

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Megami

I have to add these to Megami gallery.

  • 1st one (Saber without armor) is from Issue 69, Feb 2006
  • 2nd one (Rin and Saber) is from Issue 114
  • 3rd one (Shoujo bread one) is from Issue 71
  • 4th one is from 137

Nyantype

Same for these ones:

  • The Fate Zero one is from Issue 24.

Image Galleries I'm Currently Cleaning

Saber

Before
Before
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Chapter 107 was a little anti climatic; I was expecting more of a show down between the Sins and the Six Stars of the Azure Sky.

But they pretty much just accepted their imminent defeat and ran away.

Shame. Then again maybe we should be commending Seven Deadly Sins for its insistence on breaking some basic shonen formulas.

THE CHAPTERS: The Six Stars of the Azure Sky challenge the power of the sins. The King portends a great disaster approaching the new kingdom of the South.

MY THOUGHTS:
‘A Beast With the Likeness of A Mountain Shall Awaken.’ ‘Three Heroes Shall Stand Up against it.’ ‘And Darkness Shall Bore A Great Hole Through the Land’.

It is interesting to note that the king’s premonition isn’t one single statement but three separate sentences, which might refer to three different premonitions that might or might not be connected.

I thought we would spend a little more time with the fairies but I can’t complain, because things in Liones seem to be so much more interesting.

The arrival of the Six Stars of the Azure kind of reminded of Fairy Tail, specifically after the end of the Phantom Lord arc, when we thought we had seen the best that Fairy Tail had to offer, only for Laxus and his group of considerably strong and powerful mages to arrive on the scene, rather conveniently after all the fighting had died down.

I remember being rather excited about the addition of new characters to the fairy tail roster and story; I don’t know how anyone of note could have missed the chaos that was happening in Liones, especially a Holy Knight as powerful as Denzel, but the addition is welcome.

Truth be told I expected Meliodas to tear his way through the obviously weaker Dogget and Wayeo, only for Death Pierce, seemingly just as weak, to pull off a miraculous win.

Which makes you wonder why the trio was even at the ceremony in the first place. What are the chances that Dreyfus and Hendricksen weren’t as evil as they were portrayed to be.

What are the chances that Denzel, the deputy Great holy Knight could be the man behind the curtain, the true villain; it is worth keeping in mind the words that the trio used, about Hendricksen and Dreyfus falling into depravity, a term often used in Magi, speaking of a descent into darkness as a result of some external force.

Hauser, Griamor and even Gilthunder seemed unwilling to believe that Hendricksen would fall so far, which makes you wonder. Do we even know what is going on in the world of the Seven Deadly Sins, what the real stakes are and what the ultimate goal is?

Because, if you think about, Hendricksen’s reasoning for summoning the demon clan, that the times of peace were stretching on for far too long and he needed to give the Holy knights a new reason to fight, is kind of dumb.

There are any number of ways he could have given his subordinates a new purpose in life without putting the world at risk; hell, they could have quit and traveled the world. Clearly the entire globe cannot be at peace.

Whatever the case, Deadly Sins has my attention for the foreseeable future.

I was somewhat amused by Hawk’s Balor’s Eye ability; it was like Seven Deadly Sins was finally starting to bathe in the scent of the shonen formula, the core of which is not only excessive power-ups but a quantification of ability into a numerical format.

Some people hate them; I like them. When they are adhered to strictly, they make comparisons between characters that much easier and can add to the stakes of battle, especially when the difference in power level is clearly demonstrated.

If we are to consider the information provided in chapter 107, then Merlin is the most powerful of the sins, followed by Meliodas, Diana, Gowther and finally Hawk- though the chapter didn’t consider King and Ban.

Taking the details of their stats into account, Diana is obviously the most physically powerful, while Merlin stands unmatched in Power. Meliodas not only excels in physical ability, only second to Diana, but he also boasts the greatest spirit. While Gowther kind of stands in the middle.

Then again Gowther did dismiss the importance of power levels in determining true strength.

RATING: 7/10, we are finally heading to Camelot, which means more Arthur. The world of the Sins is continuing to expand, and it seems like this new arc might exclude King and Ban, unless their activities with the fairies somehow tie into the coming threat.

Considering the premonition about the three warriors, we can assume that Meliodas and Merlin are heading to Camelot where they, along with Arthur, will fight to save the kingdom.h
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The thing about Boku No Hero Academia is that, if it maintains its current pacing and story progression, it stands the chance of becoming something truly noteworthy within the next four or five chapters.

But that is only if it doesn’t drop the ball in its rushed attempt to get to whatever point the mangaka is aiming for.

THE CHAPTERS:
The invasion swings into full gear; with the kids now separated and faced with multiple enemies, the fight becomes one of survival.

MY THOUGHTS:

There is a certain charm to Boku No Hero that managed to shine through in these three chapters. You have to appreciate the fast pace. Once the cogs begin moving, the chapters simply do not slow down.

As I have said before 20 pages are often too few to allow a manga series to express itself comprehensively on a weekly basis; there is a reason a series like Bleach is best read in bulk, after a waiting period of four or five weeks. It is the only way the chapters won’t come off as abrupt.

Yet there are manga like Boku no Hero Academia that provide enough content within each individual chapter to actually satisfy.

The mangaka does in these three chapters what only few shonen series seem to understand; which is the fact that, if you have chosen to populate your manga with a massive cast, then it is never wise to concentrate all your characters within a single location.

That is the reason Naruto’s final arc faltered during the last 1/3 of its run; so many characters had congregated onto the same battlefield that no individual character could stand out or play any noteworthy role in the war. No wonder it became all about Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura.

Black Mist’s decision to split the budding heroes across USJ backfires; cornered, outnumbered and nearly out gunned, each team works to use it’s opponent’s overwhelming strength against them, with the villains quickly learning that experience is no substitute for ingenuity.

With each battle situated within a uniquely designed section of the training facility, boasting diverse weather conditions and terrain, there is something to be said about the balance between brain and brawn clearly visible in the different fights.

Todoroki’s quirk, combining both fire and ice, proves to be so overwhelmingly powerful that even the large numbers of his foes prove irrelevant in his presence, as opposed to Mineta, Tsuyu and Midoriya, whose team comes off as so underwhelming that even Midoriya’s strength advantage isn’t enough for the water friendly villains to take the kids seriously.

All in all, for its first major arc, Boku no Hero Academia is keeping its story fast paced and tightly written, maintaining a level of suspense.

And that is an attribute you cannot help but praise; sure, the manga has yet to kill any of its characters off, yet you cannot help but fear for these children and their chances of surviving the onslaught of evil.

The fact that so many of the heroes-in-training are starting to stand out is also worth commending; IIda is clearly the conflicted and inexperienced leader, uncertain about abandoning his friends in order to secure their futures while so driven to protect them from present threats.

Todoroki’s abilities make his arrogance surprisingly endearing and justified. Bakugou continues to become more likeable since his loss against his former friend, still belligerent but now enjoying the company of someone that can actually appreciate his hostility.

Tsuyu is calm under pressure, unmoved by her relatively unimpressive frog like abilities and ready to leap into action at a moment’s notice to protect her teammates; this as opposed to the cowardly and largely useless Mineta, who one cannot help but simply like.

Then there is that lightning guy (kimowara? Kiminira?), funny and so powerful that he runs the risk of hurting his friends as well as himself. And have I mentioned how intimidating Black Mist is, though he pales in comparison to that one seemingly anti-All Might villain.

The fact that the teachers are going down so hard and fast is worrying.

RATING: 8/10, you cannot help but get nervous about that last panel. With All Might’s sudden appearance, you have to wonder if it is finally time for Midoriya to officially inherit the torch. Because that black monster has to be the most vicious villain we have seen in the manga so far.
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According to Twitter and the official site, there was an announcement for Triage X's anime adaptation. One of the visuals (below) was revealed at the "Fantasia Bunko 2014 Dai Kanshasai" event, which was held at Bellesalle Akihabara in Tokyo back on Dec. 6, 2014. Currently, the manga for Triage X is on hiatus.

Cast Info

Staff

  • Director: Akio Takami (Upotte!! character designer/animation director) and Takao Kato (Rockman.EXE, To Love-Ru)
  • Series composition: Katsuhiko Takayama (Sasami-san@Ganbaranai, Aldnoah.Zero)
  • Character design: Akito Takami
  • Anime Production: XEBEC (Space Battleship Yamato 2199, Argevollen)

Voice

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When spring 2015 comes, a discussion thread with trailers will be posted by BigHeart711, Acura Max, or myself, the AV team in charge of the seasonal trailers.

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As part of the 15th anniversary celebration of One Piece, Fuji TV announced that they will air the 2014 edition of the 2008 film One Piece: Episode of Chopper + Fuyu ni Saku, Kiseki no Sakura (Bloom in the Winter, Miracle Cherry Blossom) at 9:00 pm on December 31, 2014 with new epilogue.

According to Crunchyroll:

It is confirmed the edition will have newly animated epilogue and spacial messages from the main characters. The new epilogue will tell how Dolton, Dr. Kureha and others are two years after the film's story, which were illustrated only on the cover page of the Eiichiro Oda's original manga. Also in the ending, the members of The Straw Hat Pirates will convey special messages to the fans with their feelings of gratitude for the 15th anniversary.

Trailer from the 2008 film:

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Welcome to this week's releases. We got a quite a large selection.

Familiar Series I Would Recommend

  • RWBY - This is the only series this week I'm familiar with. RWBY is somewhat an anime and not an anime at the same time since it was produced in the states. RWBY has great fight choreography, creative weapons, and a great cast of characters. The only thing you got to get used is the voice acting. The story can be a bit linear.

Unfamiliar Series I Would Try

  • Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl - I got to get more slice of life comedic series under my belt. The synopsis of a little girl pretending to be an alien reminds me of Gugure! Kokkuri-san.
  • Okamikakushi - The art cover looks interesting. After reading the synopsis, I'm want to find out those riddles and how much action this show has.

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

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

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Notes

  • Only Right Stuf has the import edition of Ghost in the Shell Arise 4.
  • ANN and Right Stuf has Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl and Gurren Lagann BD 2 listed while Amazon doesn't have it available this week.
  • Right Stuf and Amazon lists Hiiro no Kakera, Okamikakushi: Masque of the Wolf, and RWBY 2 for this week while ANN did not.

DVD and Blu-Ray Releases

Dragon Ball Z - Season Nine (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $44.98

Majin Buu's spree of terror continues, and his ruthlessness knows no bounds! In his quest to eliminate the remaining Z-Fighters, Buu has cut a path of destruction across the face of the Earth, leaving a trail of devastation so utterly complete that it may even be beyond the power of the Dragon Balls to repair... -

With their efforts to stop Majin Buu quickly proving futile, the Z-Fighters have but one remaining hope against this seemingly invincible foe - the Fusion Technique! But for this desperate plan to succeed, Goku will have to join forces with his oldest rival, Vegeta! Can the combined efforts of these two mighty Saiyan warriors put a stop to Majin Buu once and for all? The final battle for the fate of the universe begins!

Contains episodes 254-291. Special Features: Dragon Ball Z Retrospective: Finale, Cast Interviews, Textless Opening and Closing, U.S. Trailer. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

ef ~ A Tale of Memories & Melodies Blu-ray Complete Coll. (Hyb) (Seasons 1-2)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $74.99 (BD) $29.98 ($59.99)

Four disparate groups of friends. Different places. Different times. Different lives. Yet, their destinies are inexplicably interwoven, and what happens to any one group will, in the end, affect them all.

One Christmas Eve, Hiro Hirono helps Miyako, the victim of a purse snatching, and discovers that she goes to the same school he does. To the dismay of his childhood friend Kei, Hiro starts hanging out with Miyako. When Renji Asou meets Chihiro Shindou at an abandoned train station, he doesn't notice anything unusual at first, but he soon discovers that she suffers from a rare disease.

Shuichi Kuze's been spending time with Mizuki Hayama. As they've been getting to know each other, they've been growing closer. Yuu Himura meets a girl who seems to know him, but he doesn't know her. Soon enough, however, he remembers a girl he met long ago, and begins to rediscover old, half-forgotten feelings.

Contains episodes 1-12 of ef ~ A Tale of Memories and episodes 1-12 of ef ~ A Tale of Melodies. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Ghost in the Shell: Arise Blu-ray Japanese Collector's Edition 4 (S) (Import)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $44.99

Motoko and Public Security Section 9 must track down a terrorist known as "Fire Starter," who unleashes an infection that affects cyberbrains.

This collector's edition includes a 22-page guide booklet and a unique cut of the film strip! Special Features: Logicoma Route, Theatrical Trailer, PV Footage for "border:3 Ghost Tears," TV Spots.

Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl DVD/Blu-ray Complete (S)
  • Distributor: NIS America
  • Suggested retail price: $59.99

Makoto Niwa just moved to the city to live with his aunt Meme after his parents were reassigned to work overseas.​ He is perfectly fine with that,​ saying it will give him the chance to live the dream life of an adolescent boy.​ He keeps track of the things he does by assigning "points" to them - positive or negative - and adds them up on a regular basis to grade his adolescent life.​ And then he discovers Meme has a secret daughter (and self-proclaimed alien) named Erio.​ He finds her rolling around by the front door of Meme's house wrapped up in a futon.​ It is then he realizes that his dream adolescent life will not come true,​ and begins a life of experiences that are out of this world.​

Contains episodes 1-13 plus a story guide leaflet.​ Special Features: Clean Openings and Endings,​ Japanese Commerical.​ Spoken Languages: Japanese,​ English subtitles.​

Gurren Lagann Blu-ray 2 (Hyb)
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98
Team Gurren's Journey Continues...

Team Gurren is formed with Kamina as leader! The human rebel army continues their journey to the Gunmen's headquarters, but they are challenged by Thymilph, one of the Four Generals. At the end of that fierce battle, Team Dai-Gurren held the Dai-Gunzan in their control. However, the price they paid for their prize was all too high. Having lost Kamina, their emotional support, the members of Team Dai-Gurren are beginning to lose sight of their goal.

Then, Simon, who blames himself for his bro's death, is thrown into self-destructive despair. As Simon wanders through the valley, a new container lands in front of him. When he opens the lid, he finds a young girl sleeping inside...

Contains episodes 6-10 (and the On-Air version of Episode 6) plus a double-sided poster and a 16-page booklet featuring creator interviews and an illustration gallery! Special Features: Textless Opening and Ending. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Hiiro no Kakera - The Tamayori Princess Saga Complete (Hyb) (Season 1-2)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $74.99 (BD) $59.99 (DVD)

High school is hard enough without being a first-year transfer student - not to mention you're the Tamayori Princess successor who is supposed to fulfill a destiny you're completely unaware of... that doesn't seem like too much to bear! But that's exactly where we find Tamaki Kasuga when she is asked to come live in the country with her grandmother.

Things start to get weird when mysterious dark forces and a gang of misfits called the Logos come after her. Luckily for Tamaki, she is suddenly surrounded by five handsome young men who come to her rescue and now act as her guardians! Because being a princess isn't easy, and she'll need all the help she can get in!

Contains episodes 1-13 of season one and episodes 1-13 of season two. Special Features: Art Gallery, Clean Opening Animations, Clean Closing Animations. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Okamikakushi ~ Masque of the Wolf Blu-ray Complete Collection (S)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98

From the moment Hiroshi and his family arrive in Jouga, he senses something odd about the isolated village. It's not that the people are cold and aloof; except for his beautiful class president, Nemuru, most welcome him quite warmly. But some also simply disappear.

Students transfer out of his school without any notice, and Hiroshi's next door neighbor Isuzu, who seems quite infatuated with him, warns him to stay away from the old part of town. The upcoming Haasaku Festival, which celebrates the town's unique oranges, seems to be generating an unusual level of concern, and groups of masked people roam the streets by night, hunting... something. Could the legends of man-sized wolves roaming the mountains surrounding Jouga be real? Who is the girl with the scythe? What is the real purpose of the festival? And how does this all revolve around something called a Temptation? Hiroshi and his new circle of friends have little time to solve these riddles before the answers will become far more dangerous and personal than he could ever imagine!

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

Infinite Stratos 2 DVD Complete Collection (Hyb)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98

There are probably worse things that could have happened to Ichika Orimura than being the only guy in a training academy filled with military hardware and several battalions of highly competitive and extremely boy-crazed teenage girls. Being caught in a five-girl crossfire between his obsessive childhood friends Lingyin and Houki and the even more zealous British, German and French pilots Cecillia, Laura and Charlotte, at least turned out to be survivable. But surely Ichika's finally put all his female troubles behind him, right? Oh, don't be ridiculous.

None of the femmes fatales in his life have canceled their conquest scenarios. There's double trouble arriving in the form of the Sarashiki sisters, the rest of the school is still waiting in line to take their shot. and when a whole new set of female pilots working for the bad guys shows up with a new generation of stolen IS hardware, things are about to get utterly lethal!

Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: One Summer's Memories (Broadcast Version), Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Ranma ½ - Set 4
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $44.82 (DVD) $54.97 (BD) [Special Edition]

Shampoo visits Ranma, bringing a souvenir bell from China and along with it a Phantom Cat, who's in search of a bride! Ranma will have to endure his fear of cats in order to defeat the Phantom Cat...

Then, after a series of certain events, Ryoga becomes the strongest martial artist in the world. After that, Kuno gets his hands on a secret sword called the "Manganmaru," which grants the user three wishes, and one of them is to have a date with the Pigtailed Girl! Finally, a mysterious foursome has come from China in search of the legendary Dragon's Whisker and will stop at nothing to get it. But what is the Dragon's Whisker and what does it have to do with Ranma?!

This special edition includes a full-color art card and a 32-page booklet with episode summaries, all housed in a premium chipboard artbox! Contains episodes 70-92. Special Features: "We love Ranma" Part 4 - We Love Cosplay, Next Episode Previews, Clean Openings and Endings. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

RWBY 2
  • Distributor: NEW VIDEO
  • Suggested retail price: $14.93 (DVD), $24.95 (BD)

Team RWBY is back and ready for their second semester at Beacon, an academy that trains the world's strongest fighters. But real life doesn't stop. Between classes and homework, they still have to find time to save the world. And between the White Fang, Roman Torchwick, and a mysterious new trio, they certainly have their work cut out for them!

Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: "World of Remnant" History Videos, Behind-the-Scenes Production Diaries, Audio Commentary Tracks with Cast and Crew. Spoken Languages: English.

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Ra In Soo wrote the Manhwa “King of Hell’ with Kim Jae-hawn, and with 294 chapters the manhwa is still ongoing. Which automatically makes Legend of Tyr, with its 60 chapters, a side project.

But maybe side project isn’t quite accurate; after all Ra In Soo, as an author, is free to work on as many projects as he might wish, this as opposed to the restrictions placed on the artist to focus their attention upon a single story.

THE PLOT:
In a world of demons, magic and warriors, Tyr is a young boy that spends his days within the confines of a relatively peaceful village. Tyr is content to make mischief, rebel against his father’s harsh rule and explore his world. Until a decision by his older brother impels the young man to venture out, beyond the mountains to the red continent.
MY THOUGHTS:

The first 20 chapters of Legend of Tyr went by so fast, which is odd considering the fact that each chapter averages at 30 pages; that in itself doesn’t imply quality, though. In other words, I wasn’t reading Legend of Tyr so fast that I didn’t notice the chapters go by.

Rather, long as the chapters of Legend of Tyr are, they are also very brief. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration on my part to say that not much actually happens in the beginning.

Legend of Tyr smells of typical western fantasy novels and RPG games; the world presented is filled with all manner of mythical creatures, the majority of which take on a demonic form and roam the land seeking to destroy and pillage.

Scattered across the land are the humans that stand besides and against them, people with unique ranks categorized according to a strict structure, and with each category boasting a specific set of equally structured skills through which they are best identified.

Thus far the Manhwa has introduced warriors, their sword skills and sword plays, and mages, of which only the battle mages have made an appearance.

+The Good
Legend of Tyr is pretty basic as far as fantasy shonen series go; there is a boy. He’s young, energetic and clearly talented. Tragic events thrust him into an unknown realm of demons and phantoms, and he must basically level up to survive the many threats.

And that is the fun of the series; Legend of Tyr knows exactly what it is, simple action oriented shonen. Tyr is interesting enough of a hero that you want to watch him grow and progress.

The series is called legend of Tyr after all; and as readers we know this story is going to focus upon building Tyr’s legend and fame.

Being honest though, the primary attraction of the Manhwa thus far is Loki, Tyr’s brother; having fallen at some point in time during his younger brother’s earlier years, the story primary focuses upon Tyr’s attempts at disproving the claims of his brother’s death and possibly saving him from whatever fate befell him.

In doing this he must retrace Loki’s steps through the mythical mountains and forests to get to the Red Continent, depending upon the tales told within Loki’s diary and hence providing a contrast between the experiences of the two brothers and how they deal with the same hardships.

The most surprising elements of the manhwa are the battles; as expected they are explosive and fantastical, with mystical techniques and mysterious specialized skills. Yet standing out even above these well illustrated elements is the gravitas injected into a select few fights, the manner in which the manhwa almost brought you to a point where you could actually care about some of Tyr’s comrades; men and women we had encountered a mere chapter before but whose deaths make for a surprisingly tragic end.

It’s mostly the belief that Tyr might have finally found his nakama, those people with whom his legend will be written that drives the tragedy of their deaths. And in finally creating the long awaited ‘Tyr’s mercenaries’ Ra In Soo’s choice of companions for our young hero is both dubious and unexpected.

In most other manga this coming together of unlikely comrades would have come off as cheesy and forced; yet the first ten chapters make a pretty decent case for these former enemies suddenly coming together.

+The Bad
-Legend of Tyr is basic supernatural shonen; it doesn’t shy away from that fact, and this works for and against it. A number of moments within the first 20 chapters do little to camouflage the route that the story is likely to follow, especially after Tyr departs from his village and the series introduces what might be the primary antagonists.

Tyr is simply too typical a shonen hero; brash, stubborn and obviously naturally talented.

Whether Legend of Tyr morphs into a truly impressive series will depend on how entertaining and unpredictable they make his journey to the top.

-I don’t know why I place so much emphasis on the dialogue, but only Vinland saga seems to deliver the sort of sophisticated writing I would hope to encounter in a period series such as this.

-Ra In Soo’s approach to telling this story is very clunky and all over the place; precluding Tyr’s first real fight (which was handled pretty well, I was actually at the edge of my seat), the pacing of Legend of Tyr is somewhat unsatisfying.

-It glosses over certain events just to get to the payoff, which are the fights. And if all that matters to you are the flashy battles, then that shouldn’t be a problem. If you want a satisfying reason to explain the origins of fights, then these chapters might leave you a little dissatisfied.

VERDICT:
A decent start to the series; personally I can’t see anything particularly special about the manhwa but it still has a couple of chapters to go. Thus far, as a shonen manhwa it keeps things interesting.

I suspect events will heat up as the eventual meeting between Tyr and his brother approaches (whom am pretty sure has joined the dark side or something similar).

RATING: 6/10
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