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.
Aniplex of America shared its plans for the pre-order releases for Kabukimonogatari and 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 Materials & Special Package
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.
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.
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.
A-Kon takes place at The Hilton Anatole Dallas, USA on June 6-8, 2014.
Unlike past anime conventions where I dig up info on their guests of honor, A-Kon is challenging because they don't have an organized list of guests of honors with times and such when I explore their site. Make sure you check the programming, see link. They have PDFs, Excel sheets, and such. For this blog, I'm just going to introduce the guests of honor without the time stamps. I don't want to confuse anyone.
Carnival Epsilon combines suspense and daring with bits of magic and mirth to create their horrifyingly hilarious and nationally traveled steampunk sideshow.
Megumibish is a costumer and mascot creator who has been cosplaying for 11 years.
Her talents cover many aspects of cosplay including pattern drafting, building large scale props, wig styling, and resin casting. Her strengths lie in costume construction, so this is where she places her focus.
She started her own mascot company in 2011, creating original designs and accessories sold at various conventions. Lately she has been focusing on her business as a full-time job, but she would love the opportunity to create some of her own future projects!
Her achievements include Best Craftsmanship at Oni-Con (2005), Shiokazecon (2006), and A-Kon (2006); as well as 3rd Place Overall and Best of Show at Oni-Con (2007/2009)!
Nathan Robert Brown (1977-present) is an Author, Mythologist, and Technical Writer from Texas, currently residing in Florida. He acquired a Master’s Degree in English from Midwestern State University in 2009, and received the 2008 Harry Brown Award for an essay that would later become the basis of his first academic monograph publication, ‘The Rape of Lilith’ (a project he is currently revising and expanding for a more commercial re-release sometime in late-2014 or mid-2015, depending on when he finds enough time to actually get it done). Nathan has done extensive research in world mythology, folklore, urban legends, ancient civilizations, and world religions, and is an expert on trinities/tripartite systems, common structures, and universal themes in myth, religion, and mysticism. Nathan is also a public speaker and pro-bono demonology consultant.
Destiny (Velours Requiem) has always had a passion for fashion. Dreaming of becoming a professional fashion designer, she has used Cosplay as a medium to express her creativity and love for design. Self-taught for 9 years, her sense of style is often found in her creations. Her creative attention, spanning down to the smallest of details, has resulted in several awards as well as the opportunity to work as a promotional model, which she continues to do to this day.
Destiny’s personal philosophy in life is to never give up. Although the path may be difficult, with hard work and determination you can attain your dreams.
She has been invited to judge Friday Hall Cosplay and the Main Cosplay Contest on Saturday.
Jared Knabenbauer aka “ProJared” is a gamer, reviewer and comedian. He is best known for his comedic ProJared video game reviews, One Minute Reviews of new titles, and the heartbreaking story of triumph in Pokemon Nuzlocke. He is also a prominent member of the relaunched NormalBoots.com. You can see him continue to harmoniously blend humor and critique at his YouTube channel.
Nerdcore Comedy comes to A-Kon for the fourth year with it’s best show yet. The Power Rangers of geek humor are back bringing you their patented brand of nerd-oriented jocularity for your entertainment! Mike, Joe and Alex have perform at clubs and showcases across the country, but it’s the Nerdcore Showcases where they feel most at home. Come celebrate your nerd heritage with all things comic books, RPGs, video games and most importantly that nerd sensibility we share in everyday life.
Having rocked the Internet’s face for over eight years, ScrewAttack is excited to be returning to A-Kon. As entertainers, ScrewAttack has produced a variety of shows like Death Battle, Top 10, Screwin’ Around, and Hard News. A source for all the news, reviews, and trailers a gamer could need and now with the power of Fullscreen, they’re the largest community of content creators for gaming on YouTube. ScrewAttack reminds everyone how much fun gaming really is.
Is an American actor, voice actor, ADR director and script writer who has provided voices for a number of English-language versions of Japanese anime films and television series, as well as video games at Central Park Media, 4Kids Entertainment, Bandai Entertainment, Media Blasters, Viz Media, Funimation and Tripwire Productions. He is also the founder of NYAV Post, A Bi-coastal studio located in New York City and Los Angeles, which dubbed more than 350 different anime titles and recorded several original prelay works. He was born in France, lived in London as a child and moved to the United States when he was 10 years old. Sinterniklaas graduated from High School of the Performing Arts in New York City, and attended college in North Carolina where he did work at both Southwynde and Coastal Carolina Studios.
With a knack for drawing and other artsy things, it shouldn’t have been a surprise when Megan’s talents took her to SPFX makeup. This was a girl who once couldn’t tell you the difference between eye shadow and blush. But after only one class, Megan had found her chosen profession. After earning a degree from college in Oklahoma, Megan found herself packing up her far too small car with whatever she could, and driving cross country to Los Angeles, California. Although her 6 month makeup program is complete, she has continued to live in a shoebox sized apartment, with her one eyed cat, Kirk. She uses her education to do Special Effects Makeup on sets around the LA area. She has auditioned for the SyFy’s FaceOff twice, and has assisted in the makeup department of the feature length film, “Cesar Chavez”, which is coming out in March of 2014. Her work also consists of short films, comedy shorts, music videos and many a horror film.
Patrick Owens: Producer at Fractal Fox, Patrick has been working in the game industry since 2008. Starting out doing animation and now specializing in game design and production; Patrick works with his team to bring the spirited games Greeble, Cat Juggling, Brain and Zombie, and more to life.
According to the internet, Darren J. Gendron’s mustache has been declared a lethal weapon in 22 states. One of Dern’s eyes is fake. Even he isn’t sure which one. His Kevin Bacon number is four. Dern is magic. Dern is the writer of Bonebreakers (www.CommissionedComic.com) Hello With Cheese...
A-Kon and Babel Rock present legendary guitarist of XJAPAN, Pata with his band: Ra:IN.
Welcome, Pata, and his band mates Michiaki, and “DIE”. Ra:IN, which stands Rock and Inspiration, is a Japanese instrumental rock band. Formed in 2002 by Pata, Michiaki and Tetsu (past member), the group is signed to the Danger Crue label. Former hide with Spread Beaver keyboardist DIE joined the band in mid-2007. As of 2012 they have released three albums, a single and a two track EP, and have toured extensively, including international shows in China (Shanghai, Beijing), Taiwan, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia, and Czech Republic.
KEN STEACY decided at age eleven to become a professional comic book author/illustrator, a dream he realized in 1974. Since then, he has worked in the industry as writer, artist, art director, editor, and publisher, chronicling the exploits of Astro Boy, Spider-Man, Harry Potter, and the Star Wars gang, to name but a few. In addition to creating his own intellectual property, he has also collaborated with other writers, including Harlan Ellison and Douglas Coupland.
S%$^ Otaku Say is back and better than ever, with TWO PANELS! In it’s third year now, the boys of SOS are ready to bring you the worst of fandom culture! Join comedians Evan, Adolf, Ken and Zach as they delve in to the twisted, demented world of the Otaku!
Anthony Brownrigg is a filmmaker, actor, musician and all around media specialist. For over thirty years he has been in the video and film production industry producing and directing the award winning Red Victoria, Silent Interchanges, Dark Evolution and many others. His recent projects include the werewolf television series in development Freeborn – The Werewolf Chronicles, as well as the sequel to the 1973 horror cult film “Don’t Look in the Basement”. He has also done voice work for Funimation on various projects including One Piece, and FMA. His band Savage Gypsy, has produced many of the A-Kon rules songs including “Shower for Me”, and dear Phillip Morris. This marks his tenth year at A-Kon and his seventh as the Co-MC of the welcoming ceremonies.
Helen McCarthy loves conventions; this year she celebrates four decades of congoing since the first British Star Trek Convention in 1974. Her first American convention was Boskone in 1977, where she looked her most ladylike in long gloves and pearls at the Regency tea dance. Her first anime convention was ANIME DAY, the first British anime convention, in 1991, and her first U.S. anime conventions were Anime America and Anime Expo in 1994.
Veteran artist Krazy Krow has been making webcomics for over 10 years. He’s the writer and creator behind Spinnerette, a spider-powered superhero comedy set in Columbus, Ohio.
In 1972, after working as Art Director for two different New York magazine publishers, Kerry launched his own publishing company with partner Norman Jacobs. They started with DAILY TV SERIALS, a soap opera magazine that became the most respected publication covering the 14 daytime, 5-day-a-week dramas. In 1976 Kerry made a dream come true when he and Norm created STARLOG – “The Magazine of the Science Fiction Universe.”
*UPDATED INFORMATION* - Nick “Lanipator” Landis and Curtis “Takahata101” Arnott are not going to be able to join us at A-Kon this year. So, KaiserNeko is bringing some new friends to the convention. Please read below on Chris Guerrero and Lawrence “MasakoX” Simpson and welcome them to the convention!!
Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry) is the author of the New York Times best-selling Lost Fleet series and Lost Stars series, as well as the Stark’s War and Sinclair/”JAG in space” series, and the stand-alone alternate American Civil War novella The Last Full Measure. His most recent books are Lost Stars – Perilous Shield, and Beyond the Frontier – Steadfast in the Lost Fleet series.
Karen Gillmore has been an artist since she could hold a crayon. She grew up drawing pictures of dinosaurs, equines with and without horns and/or wings, wizards, and dragons that looked rather like dinosaurs.
Terrance has written Redakai: The Tiger Terror, an anime graphic novel based on the popular animated television series. During the past decade, Terrance has also written DC Entertainment’s comic book version of that cartoon icon, Scooby-Doo. For that same publisher, Terrance has told stories featuring Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, the Question, and the Riddler, among others. Several cartoon characters owe their voices to Terrance, as well.
Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous fantasy and science fiction works, including DragonKin, his best-selling series and his on-going series of FROST novels and stories. His other well-known works include SHADOWDANCE, the Brothers of the Dragon series, and his Fritz Leiber-inspired Fafhrd and Gray Mouser novel, Swords Against The Shadowland.
Welcome to the June's 1st week of manga releases. Wow, there are lot of manga volumes. Out of all of them, I'm mostly interested in Knights of Sidonia because I got into the anime series that aired during the Spring 2014 season. It's one of my personal top 5 shows for this season. I haven't read the manga yet, but once the anime is over, I'll check out the manga series.
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.
None for this week.
|A Centaur's Life Volume 3|
For Hime and her classmates, racial mixing is nothing new. Wings both feathery and leathery, tails pointed or furry, horns like goats' or like unicorns' - you'll find them all in this classroom. When the prospect of a new transfer student arises, is there anything left that would shock them? A UFO sighting, perhaps?!
|Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar's Game Volume 5|
In the quest to free her sister, Alice faces terrible truths. Something about her life in her old world is tangling her up inside, and it's not just her residual feelings about her lost love. Now, in Wonderland, she discovers that she's falling in love once again - despite her emotional scars and the danger in choosing between psychopaths. In her deadliest battle yet, who is Alice's greatest foe?
|Bleach Volume 61|
Ichigo Kurosaki never asked for the ability to see ghosts—he was born with the gift. When his family is attacked by a Hollow—a malevolent lost soul—Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured spirits themselves find peace. Find out why Tite Kubo's Bleach has become an international manga smash-hit!
With the true identity of his sword finally revealed, how will Ichigo take the next step forward? Will his new Zanpaku-to be ...
|Dengeki Daisy Volume 14|
After orphan Teru Kurebayashi loses her beloved older brother, she finds solace in the messages she exchanges with DAISY, an enigmatic figure who can only be reached through the cell phone her brother left her. Meanwhile, mysterious Tasuku Kurosaki always seems to be around whenever Teru needs help… Could DAISY be a lot closer than Teru thinks?
|Dragon Ball [3-in-1 Edition]|
The Demon King Piccolo is all set for world domination, but first he needs to gather the seven Dragon Balls together to restore his youth. Goku and his friends are fighting to stop Piccolo, but things are looking grim for the good guys as Piccolo picks them off one by one. Their only hope is a martial arts move known as the "Mafu-Ba," a technique so powerful that it killed the last person who used it. But that won't stop Kame-Sen'nin and Tenshinhan from trying it, even if it means forfeiting their own lives in the process!
Collects volumes 13-15 in an omnibus format.
|Dragon Ball [Full Color] - Saiyan Arc Volume 3|
As if battling 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...
|Girls Und Panzer Vol. 1|
Miho Nishizumi, a new transfer student to Ooarai All-Girls High School, would like nothing more than to enjoy a peaceful, stress-free school life. Unfortunately, her new school just revived its tankery program and enlists Miho to put together a team so that they may compete in a national tournament.
As Miho struggles to overcome her turbulent past with tanks, she must first learn to tread lightly with her eccentric companions. Can Miho possibly plow through the challenges and master the art of tankery, or will she get left behind in the dust?
|Happy Marriage?! Volume 6|
Hokuto and Chiwa haven't spoken since she visited his estranged father who Hokuto believes is responsible for his mother's death. She then returns to Hokuto's birthplace to find out how his mother died. But once Chiwa learns the truth, can she help Hokuto heal the scars from his past?
|Kamisama Kiss Volume 15|
Nanami Momozono is alone and homeless after her dad skips town to evade his gambling debts and the debt collectors kick her out of her apartment. So when a man she's just saved from a dog offers her his home, she jumps at the opportunity. But it turns out that his place is a shrine, and Nanami has unwittingly taken over his job as a local deity!
|Kimi ni Todoke Volume 19|
As Sawako and her friends ring in the new year, big changes loom on the horizon. Some are good, like the blossoming relationships between Ayane and Kento, and Chizu and Ryu. But some are scary, like choosing a future career path. Can Sawako find the courage to follow her heart and pursue her own happiness?
|Knights of Sidonia Volume 9|
If humanity’s latest bold experiment, Tsumugi Shiraui, can be said to have a mother, it would be the Hawk Moth, which provided the placenta. Their fateful encounter on Planet Nine will spell the end of one of them.
|Millennium Volume 3|
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.
|Natsume's Book of Friends Volume 16|
Natsume's human friend Taki can only see yokai if they walk through one of her spell circles. Although many yokai see her spells as aggressive traps, putting her at risk of their retaliation, the latest yokai to pass through her circle may have something other than revenge in his heart. But is that any better...?
|Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Vol. 21|
Rikuo and the Nura clan fight off the devious body parts of a dissected Sanmoto Gorozaemon, while Rikuo's allies fight back against his reputation as the harbinger of the apocalypse. But battle still looms against the members of the Hundred Stories clan... And it's possible that Sanmoto himself could be reborn in the form of yet another ghost story!
|One Piece Vol. 71|
As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years, later, Luffy sets off in search of the "One Piece," said to be the greatest treasure in the world...
After defeating the diabolical Caesar Clown at Punk Hazard, Luffy and crew head to the kingdom of Dressrosa. Awaiting them there is Caesar Clown's former boss, Doflamingo. Trafalgar Law has a plan to take down Doflamingo, but can he get the wild Straw Hat crew to stay focused?
|Pokémon Adventures: Platinum Volume 11|
The battle rages back and forth between the Distortion World and the regular world! Then, when Legendary Pokemon Giratina attacks Pearl, Dia intervenes with disastrous consequences! Meanwhile, Lady finds an unexpected ally in an unexpected location. Will peace ever be restored to the Sinnoh Region...?!
Plus, spend time with lots of Pokemon including Blissey, Giratina, Regigigas, Slowking, Rotom, Shaymin, Cresselia, Magmortar, Electivire, Alakazam, Tangrowth and Arcanine!
|Pokémon: Black and White Volume 16|
Team Plasma leader N shakes Black's faith in his relationship with his Pokémon. Then, just when Black is about to call it quits and go home, he gets a last-minute chance to earn the final Pokemon badge he needs to be eligible to compete in the Pokemon League! How will Black regain his confidence in time to win this crucial gym battle...?
Plus, meet the Elite Four: Shauntal, Grimsley, Marshall and Caitlin!
|Seraph of the End Volume 1|
After a catastrophic epidemic kills every adult on earth, vampires arise from the shadows to enslave the remaining human population. Yuichiro and his friends are kept as vampire fodder in a creepy institution masquerading as an orphanage. One day, Yuichiro's dreams of fighting back are realized when the orphans stage a daring escape. But things go horribly wrong, and his dream is kept alive at a cruel price.
Toriko Vol. 22
After a brutal showdown at Chowlin Temple, the IGO and Gourmet Corp. speed toward an inevitable clash! But before all-out war erupts, the coming Gourmet Solar Eclipse stirs four fearsome beasts larger and more deadly than anyone has seen in centuries. Only Toriko and the Four Kings can stop the Four Beast!
|New Lone Wolf & Cub Vol. 1|
Ogami Itto, the Lone Wolf, and his nemesis, Yagyu Retsudo, lie dead after their titanic duel. Ogami's young son, Daigoro, stays at his father's side, and none dares help the child - save Togo Shigetada, a samurai on a desperate and deadly mission of his own! Sequel to Lone Wolf and Cub.
|Voice Over! Seiyu Academy Volume 5|
Hime's producer Yamada has decided to let her have some time off for good behavior, so he sets up a trip to a lake for her and the rest of the Stragglers. But will Hime ruin the vacation when her idea of a fun time turns out to be a bust?!
|Millennium Snow Omnibus 1|
Chiyuki should be in high school having the time of her life, but her health is failing, and she's spending her last days living in the hospital. She makes the most of the time she has left, even though things aren't that exciting - until she runs across a reluctant vampire late one chilly night. Can Chiyuki teach Touya to feel a passion for life, even as her own is ending?
Collects volumes 1-2 in an omnibus format.
|One Piece Omnibus - Skypiea Vol. 9|
When the world is under attack by a monstrous and seemingly unstoppable enemy, the only way to fight back is with warriors who have already died! Sidestepping a gruesome fate in a subway crash during an earthquake, two young men and a girl find themselves recruited into the ranks of the Devil Summoners and given the ability to literally call up demons to battle against the mysterious Septenriones! Can Hibiki, Daichi and Io survive in a war where demons face demons under human command? Where a person's death can be seen in advance? Where every living being is just a game piece to be saved or expended? And where each clash comes with a clock counting down to Armageddon? Get ready to be immersed in the in the ultimate conflict between good and evil as the living, the dead and the demonic combine forces to send the invaders straight back to Hell!
Note: Illich Guardiola who voiced The Anguished One is not listed.
I am starting to wonder if it is truly possible to attain complete satisfaction out of a monthly manga series; upon wrapping up with this chapter of Ubel Blatt I was left wondering if all that waiting had been worth it to read a few pages of blood, violence and very little story progression.
This is the reason why I take the time to filter my manga, selecting the weekly from the monthly releases that are bound to take an age to finally progress.
Koinzel’s arrival on the scene is preceded by blood, gore and death.
I can’t be imagining this; it’s been way more than a month since that last Ubel Blatt chapter release, and maybe that has something to do with why I was felt somewhat bored with chapter 122. I seriously don’t understand how manga readers keep up with monthly manga /manhwa/Manhua releases.
The idea of waiting an entire month for a single chapter still amazes me; Claymore has the ability to make that month worth the wait. This Ubel Blatt chapter failed to deliver, at least on the level of content that we have been craving for over four weeks.
Basically a battle chapter, revolving around Koinzel brutally and fairly effortlessly murdering arrogant Brank Fan, I don’t know what I expected; maybe chapter 122 was aimed to highlight the reunion between old friends, with Koinzel, Ata and gang finally finding each other after Lord Lebellont’s war.
But it hasn’t been that long for me to really care about this reunion; and really, who cares about Peepi at this point in time? And why wait so long to elucidate on Glenn and his master plan? We’ve been waiting long enough for something worth the read to happen for a good two months and this chapter did little more than bring to an end a somewhat uninteresting conflict.
So who cares that Glenn has new even more powerful minions? We knew how short lived they would be in Koinzel’s presence. This chapter needed more intrigue and better pacing to make it worth the wait.
RATING: 3/10, it feels like I haven’t read a good manga chapter of anything for quite a long while. Is it too much to ask to have something blow me away? I want to get excited about manga again and series like Ubel Blatt, which are neither good nor bad, are not helping.
HIGHLIGHT: Brank fan’s final scene was quite chilling, but he asked for it.
I cannot be the only one starting to lose some patience with Magi. I understand what the author is trying to do, but these are some seriously long flashbacks. We might as well forget about Aladdin and group for the next few weeks to months, with the step by step process in which this manga is approaching its Alma Toran Arc.
With war raging among the various freed species across the lands, Solomon must make his sacrifices in finally taking the title of King, if only to bring about a momentary peace. The final battle against King David begins to take shape.
Here is the thing with these flash backs; there is some merit to them. Rather than catching a very brief very uninformed glimpse of Solomon, Magi has spent the past few weeks allowing us the opportunity to get to know this particular character and his collection of crazy friends.
Not a bad thing, especially when you consider the level of world building that has been achieved in that time, the revelation of what the Rukh are, the secrets behind the various Djinn transformations and even the formation of the world as it is known.
The problems comes with the execution. On the one hand, as I have said several times before, this story is taking its merry time in reaching a satisfactory conclusion. But even if I was to step back from that criticism, accept that we might be in this arc for a while and learn to appreciate all that we are learning, the Manga is doing an odd job of telling its story.
While certainly slow in comparison to ordinary flash backs, the Alma Toran Arc is also quite erratic, jumping from weeks to months and even years sometimes within a single chapter. Not the most impressive means of telling Solomon’s story, what with the way the panels will move from one random scene to another…Magi might be better off if this entire story was simply narrated within the space of a chapter or two.
I wish it would determine a pace and stick to it, because watching Solomon go from hero to King to the very gates of David’s palace within the space of a few panels just didn’t work for me. It’s possible the author is trying to say too much too quickly, seemingly being hurried either by her own intentions or some meddling editor.
Magi has potential, and still ranks as a pretty impressive manga; the message of chapters such as 226 and 227 are deep and philosophical and intriguing to contemplate, of the nature of freedom and what it takes to achieve true peace; however it would help the author took a different route to telling her story, away from the current, erratic and rather random nature of her approach.
RATING: 3/10, it is disturbing that I would fail to enjoy Magi to such an extent. But this arc needs to either end quickly or step up its game.
Nanatsu No Taizai hasn’t been nearly as interesting since King’s flashback; expectedly so, considering how intense that entire Dreyfus/Gowther/King/Helbrum/Diana situation was, with the favor of battle swinging back and forth from one party to another.
An interesting dynamic that the Meliodas situation is failing to mirror.
Ban pierces through the castle’s defenses and encounters an ancient relic of the goddess clan, using the opportunity to make a grave appeal. Gil finds Meliodas’ strength a worthy challenge, even as Arthur’s companion rises to his aid.
The biggest thing that occurred in the last two chapters was that ominous wish Ban made, to have Elaine revived, only for the goddess clan to not only spare his life but make a promise to revive Ban’s beloved, for a completely different price, Meliodas’ life.
Admittedly I didn’t see that coming. I have been looking for a little bit more story progression in Deadly Sins ever since King’s story ended. I can’t say with certainty what about that story I enjoyed, but the entire situation was written to evolve in a rather dynamic fashion, transforming with each new chapter even while providing new revelations.
Meliodas’ encounter with Arthur hasn’t lived up to my expectations. And that is probably because how much anticipation the manga built in portending this meeting, only to spend the next several weeks in King’s corner. So maybe they chose to come back too late, because I simply cannot feel the excitement behind these particular battles.
It is a curious thing that Gll is owning Meliodas so easily; we can presume that there is something more to his claim of strength over Meliodas, something that changed since they last fought in the forest. And Meliodas didn’t stay in his demon form for long, which is odd.
Again, not particularly interesting stuff. At this point, the Ban stuff might prove to be more entertaining, especially with Threader entering the equation. I had actually forgotten about him and his quest. At this rate everything Hendricksen has worked for is going to go down the drain even as he starts to believe in the prospect of victory.
With each passing chapter, new Holy knights keep joining the Sins’ cause, and with Dreyfus now backing their power, the next few chapters might make for an interesting clash of abilities and ideologies.
RATING: 5/10, chapter 78.5 provided a pretty interesting glimpse into Ban’s past, more interesting than what we learnt during his conflict with King earlier on.
Truthfully it feels like its been a bloody long age, since Noblesse finally began progressing; not that that is what happened in these chapters. 324 was more cliffhanger than full blown story development, and 323 was all about action, not bad combinations for a Manhwa chapter.
But I am starting to get impatient.
M-21’s battle with the elder is short lived, his new powers quickly fading at a crucial moment. The Lord makes her intentions for visiting known.
That was almost annoying, watching M-21 go down almost easily, after coming so close to finally achieving a modicum of victory for his group. Well, he didn’t really go down easily, and truth be told it was fun finally watching a member of Rai’s knights finally go toe to toe (or as close to it as possible) with a powerful foe.
But that ended too quickly. It is quite odd, that Noblesse has a tendency to remind me of Bleach. Few other series that I have come across waste as much time as Bleach, whose chapters feel so short as to never have mattered. And it wouldn’t be completely accurate to compare Bleach and Noblesse.
Because Noblesse does have considerably more content per chapter; only it would help if more happened. M-21 more or less loses his battle with the elder, only to be saved by Gegutel. The Lord makes what might seem like a threatening move against Rai.
Not a whole lot. Not for two whole chapters. Admittedly, Noblesse does more to feel out its chapters than Bleach, with chapter 323 using a good chunk of its pages to allow the M21 battle to play out in full; and it was mildly entertaining, watching the two werewolves go at it.
But we have spent so many chapters without actual story progression that I am literally on the edge of my seat, waiting for something interesting to happen, something more than great fights.
RATING: 6/10, as would be expected both chapter still entertain, just not on the same level I was expecting. And there is little suspense in the way the last chapter ended. Most people will agree that The Lord’s visit is purposed to assist rather than harm Rai
Finally out! An can't afford to get it right off argh! For those unfamiliar http://www.thesecretworld.com/buy/ An for those who never took the faction test to see which faction best aligns with your personality http://www.thesecretworld.com/assets/personalitytest/test.swf
"The Secret World uses a subscription-optional, "buy-to-play" business model, requiring players only to buy the game with no additional subscription fees, with additional benefits to those members still paying a subscription.
In the game, you the player, join one of three worldwide secret societies, and attempt to save the world from a mystical plague and forward your societies agenda over that of the others. The game uses a contemporary setting, borrowing heavily from horror genres and folklore, with a Lovecraftian New England for the novice player, mummies and cultists in Egypt for the middling player, and vampires and werewolves in Transylvania for the higher level player. The gameplay is fast. Unlike in many other MMORPGs, there is no need to stop to use most of a characters special abilities, allowing movement more familiar to FPS gamers. Further, the character is free to redevelop their abilities at nearly any time to better prepare themselves for specific threats or better integrate themselves into a group. Also, unlike in the traditional MMORPG, advancement and potency is primarily through equipment, with player advancement mostly in buying, through experience points, additional abilities and the ability to wield more powerful weapons." from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_World
Word of warning tho.. it is a hard game to learn. The learning curve is high an its a hard game even then. But rewarding with stories you do not find in any other mmorpg, I play on Arcadia (rp) its a role play server. But the games set in the modern day so honestly its hard not to just be natural an role play.
Now the question is does it offer much for the anime fan? Yup. Lots of deep story an over the top anime style. Hell this game could be a great back drop for a GONZO or Madhouse anime. Helsing would fit in this world. It is a mix of some of the better horror fiction of years gone by with old myths woven into a modern age.
Welcome to the first week of June's DVD and Blu-Ray releases! For this week, I'm interested the Attack on Titan limited edition, Henneko, and Amnesia Blu-Ray releases. I'm a big fan of Attack on Titan, but not so much for Henneko and Amnesia. Amnesia is a boring reverse harem show until you reached a particular route where it made it memorable for reverse harem shows. Henneko is a cute, generic harem show, but it has an amusing gimmick, the characters make a wish and give something away in exchange involuntarily. That what makes it an enjoyable show. Attack on Titan is one of the hyped up series with visceral action and animation.
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.
|Bleach - Season 21 Uncut Box Set (DVD)|
Ichigo returns from Hueco Mundo at last to battle Aizen. But in the face of Aizen s overwhelming power, Ichigo begins to lose his will to fight. The Thirteen Court Guard Squads are there to support him, and along with the Visoreds they launch a full-scale attack. Even Head Captain Genryusai Yamamoto joins the fight, attempting to incinerate Aizen in a blazing inferno. But is anything enough to stop the Soul Society s ultimate foe?
|Attack on Titan DVD/Blu-ray Part 1 (Hyb) Limited Edition|
This limited edition includes the 24-page digibook "Notes From Beyond the Wall: Part 1" and a 3D lenticular art card!
|Attack on Titan DVD/Blu-ray Part 1 (Hyb)|
When the man-eating giants called Titans first appeared, humans retreated behind massive walls. After a hundred years of safety, a colossal-sized Titan smashes through the defenses, unleashing a flood of giants and carnage in the streets. Eren Jaeger watches helplessly as one of the creatures devours his mother. He vows to kill every Titan walking the earth.
Eren and his surviving friends enlist to fight against the insatiable monsters. The future looks bleak, but there's more to Eren than meets the eye: he may be humanity's last hope against extinction. The Titans have come to feast. Anything can happen. No one is safe.
|Ah My Buddha!! DVD - Complete Collection|
Sixteen-year-old Ikkou Satonaka has raging hormones that make every other boy's look simply weak in comparison. When he gets turned on, he's literally turned into a super-powerful Buddhist monk capable of vanquishing the most evil of spirits! Ikkou's parents send him to the Saienji Temple to train to become a proper monk under the watchful eye of his grandmother. One of his first challenges is to learn to control his lusty desires - but that's easier said than done when he's surrounded by a bevy of beautiful nun trainees who keep losing their clothes! Can Ikkou pull himself together, or will his pervy nature win out?
|Amnesia - DVD or Blu-Ray Complete Collection|
She runs through the flaming building seeking escape. She struggles in the water, desperate to keep afloat. She wakes in the hospital, with no knowledge of how she got there or memory of who she was. People she doesn't know come to visit her, but only the one whom no one else can see, the spirit boy who calls himself Olion, seems to understand what has happened to her, and he tells her not to let anyone know of her amnesia.
As the Heroine struggles to recall her past and connect the random recollections in her mind to form memories, one thing seems sure: time is no longer a constant, and the date of August 1st - the day she keeps waking up in the hospital - is somehow significant. So are each of the people she meets, though the stories that link her to them seem to shift like sands in an emptying hourglass. Will she be able put the pieces of the puzzle together, and what will she see if it becomes complete?
|Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat - Complete Collection (DVD) or (Blu-Ray)|
Koto is a complete and total pervert, but he doesn't think that's a problem. What bothers him is that every time he tries to bluff his way through one of his indiscretions, his inability to drop his emotionless facade inevitably digs him in even deeper. Tsukiko also has an issue and wants to get rid of her childish habit of blurting out whatever she happens to be thinking.
When they learn about a statue of a cat that can take away a single personality trait that you want to get rid of, they're both eager to try it out. However, what neither of them realizes until it's too late is that the cat doesn't just take the personality trait away from you, it gives it to somebody else! Now Koto can't keep himself from saying exactly what's on his mind, while Tsukiko has picked up a complete inability to display emotion! Could the solution be finding the original owners of all the assorted problems and arranging an un-swap? And if it is, just how are they going to find everyone?
|Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Blu-Ray 7|
Industrial 7's Magallanica, where the current conflict began, has been revealed as the hiding place of Laplace's Box. Banagher heads for Industrial 7, but his way is barred by Riddhe and Angelo, who are trying to prevent him from reaching the Box. After the resolute Marida launches from the Nahel Argama to provide support, Banagher and Mineva make their way to Magallanica, where Syam is waiting. Martha, the acting head of the Vist Foundation, her nephew Alberto, and Riddhe's father Ronan, a Federation government leader, have all gathered at the Earth Federation's Cheyenne base. They have decided to use a certain "System" to protect the secret of the Box. Londo Bell commander Bright Noa, noticing this unusual activity, rushes toward Cheyenne with the warship Ra Cailum.
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|HypnoLove - Complete Collection (DVD)|
Shinta Murakoshi just scored the best toy a guy could ever ask for: a hypnotic gun. Armed with the power to make anyone do anything at any time, he sets off to fulfill his fantasies and turn every woman he meets into his secret personal love slave! Special Features: Original U.S. Trailer. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
|Xpress Train (DVD)|
You're in for a wild ride on the bullet train with Kazuo, the master molester! His roving hands have pleasured countless lovely strangers in the close confines of a carnal commute, but the master meets his match in Reiko, a woman who shares his love of groping her fellow passengers. Together, they're on an express ride in this erotic travelogue of lust!
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One day, Kurapika spots a child who looks very similar to his childhood friend, Pyro. However, when he catches up to him, the boy steals Kurapika's eyes with some kind of magical power. Gon, Leorio, and Killua promise to help find who took his eyes and get them back, but Killua is having his own problems when he is forced to face his past and whether he really is worthy to have Gon as a friend.
Sorry guys and gals, when I saw English trailer, I thought it was a US release.
Today, I just came home from Church and worked on the Summer 2014 Guide and its trailers with my teammates all day long. I didn't get a chance to watch any harem and reverse harem shows.
Got to explore Apollon's route in the series. It's always the blond ones that are clingy. After Balder who seems normal, I expected Apollon to have something crazy. He doesn't have the crazy thing like Balder had. Apollon has been haunted by his dead girlfriend. I thought it was going to turn out like Inuyasha's Kikiyo and Kagome. No, it turn out cool. I loved the change on Yui's face when she got possessed by Cassandra.
Check out the Kamigami no Asobi Discussion! RavenBuster is doing a great job on the wiki page. I see her uploading cool pics weekly.
Will Add Stuff later. I didn't get to watch it today.
I'll add something extra: Animedia and Newtype. I have been collecting posters for Daniel's Megami and Nyantype Magazines all year long. Share them with folks in The Ecchi Club. I get bored of the posters. It's the same ecchi theme: bath, undressing, hot spring scenes. Animedia and Newtype features shows I don't get to see spotlight in those two ecchi magazines. It gives more variety. There are more Japanese text which I can't read. I get to enjoy the cool posters.
I ran out of room in the title. It should "5 Year Streak in 1/2 Year Sales." For the first time ever, a monthly manga series has beaten a weekly manga series. I'll let Anime News Network speak for itself.
Hajime Isayama's Attack on Titan manga sold 8,342,268 copies to rank #1 among comic series in Oricon's sales chart for the first half of 2014. In doing so, it ended One Piece's five-year reign (2009-2013) as the top-selling comic series in the same period. One Piece sold 4,936,855 copies at #2.
Isayama commented that he only imagined being #1 on Oricon as a once-in-a-lifetime dream. He thanked all his readers for making Attack on Titan #1.
Oricon's book ranking charts cover sales from November 18, 2013 to May 18, 2014 in Japan.
Attack on Titan ranked #4 in the first halves of 2011 and 2013, but this year is Attack on Titan's first at #1. In the first half of 2014, Attack on Titan nearly doubled its sales from the same period last year (4,292,208 copies).
One Piece volume 73 was the top-selling single volume with 2,825,339 copies. (The volume debuted in March.) It was the only volume to top two million copies in the first half of 2014. In doing so, it maintained One Piece's six-year streak at #1 among single volumes.
Attack on Titan volume 12 sold 1,770,746 copies in the first half of 2014 to rank #2 among all single comic volumes. (The volume debuted last December.) Volume 13 debuted in April and sold 1,665,561 copies to rank #3. All 13 volumes in the main Attack on Titan series ranked in Oricon's top 100 comic volumes for the period. In all, 17 Attack on Titan books (including limited editions and tie-in books) ranked in the top 100.
How do you guys and gals feel? Personally, I love both series, and you can't be number one forever.
I was searching threads for the banned episodes in the Pokemon forum of Google Groups and I found this thread from 1999! Yes, This episode was originally listed in the episode guide of the official pokemon site before it was later removed.
Note: This episode was banned in the english dub because of the guns were used by Kaiser in this episode!
In one version of Pokerap featured some footages from this banned episode:
It has been a long time since Haruhi Suzumiya's anime series had ended. The once popular anime series is back with a mysterious game and a teaser trailer.
The video marks the release of Sankyo's pachinko game, Fever Suzumiya Haruhi no Yūutsu (Fever: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya). In the trailer, fans must gather up 707 photo frames taht are scattered throughout Japan, magazines, websites, etc. for the Haruhi Hunting campaign. Fans must upload the photos to the website that will slowly built the secret, new footage.
Welcome everyone to this last week of May's manga releases! For this week's releases, I'm pretty excited to read Attack on Titan Colossal Edition, the Madoka one, Btooom, and Soul Eater. I'm interested in Cage of Eden and My Little Monster. My Little Monster was recommended to me by UsaChanMan who loves romantic series.
Please feel free to share your thoughts on what manga releases you're interested in this week. Thank you.
All summaries are from Anime News Network. It's thanks to PikaHyper for uploading the English covers. I'll add the three missing volumes.
There are differences between Comic Book stores, Manga exclusive stores, and online stores with their manga releases.
|Attack on Titan Colossal Edition|
Attack on Titan: Colossal Edition is an oversized collection of the first five volumes of the Attack on Titan manga series. Weighing in at a massive 960 pages and a 7-inch by 10.5-inch trim, the Colossal Edition contains the same material as the original volumes, but bigger and on higher-quality paper.
Humankind is down to just a few thousand people who live in a city surrounded by three concentric walls. The walls protect them from their enemies, the ravenous giants known as the Titans. The Titans appear to have only one purpose: to consume humanity.
For one hundred years, what's left of mankind has lived in the city on earth, protected by walls that tower over even the Titans. Untouched by the Titans for a century, humanity has become complacent. But Eren Jaeger has had enough. While his fellow citizens are content to hide, Jaeger has the passion to take action to not only protect the city, but to learn what the Titans actually are. On his first mission he comes face to face with horrors beyond his imagination... and secrets from his own past that could shift the tides of war.
|Btooom Volume 6|
Thus far, Ryouta Sakamoto and Himiko have narrowly managed to survive on the cruel island battlefield of the survival game "BTOOOM!" with the aid of their BIMs and each other. But now, confronted by a man who just might be the strongest opponent on the island, Ryouta is at a serious disadvantage. Not only is the man fearless, but also his movements are precisely calculated, and he possesses a superior athleticism that allows him to entrap his enemies. Just who is this guy?! As the action ramps up, it becomes apparent that playing solo spells one's doom!! The game progresses with speed as the players lay their bets on teaming up to survive!!
|Cage of Eden Volume 14|
Sengoku has a plan to infiltrate the mad doctor Nishikiori's camp, but things backfire and Sengoku and his crew are sent on what may be a suicide mission to explore deep inside the mysterious pyramid. As they explore the treacherous depths of the pyramid, they make new discoveries but as always, just as the mysteries of this island begin to reveal themselves, Sengoku and his crew encounter more questions than answers. What incredible and inexplicable things will they find next in the deepest regions of this puzzling pyramid?
|High School DxD Volume 1|
When unlucky high school letch Issei is murdered by his first-ever girlfriend on his first-ever date, who should jump to his rescue but the hottest girl in school, Rias-senpai! She informs Issei that he's been reincarnated as a demon and that it's about time he got to work-for her! Caught in the bosom of an age-old war between angels and demons, Issei soon discovers that being enslaved by a demonic beauty isn't quite all that it's cracked up to be!
|My Little Monster Volume 2|
Haru's big brother suddenly appears with unclear motives. What is clear is Haru's hatred for his big brother. Haru disappears at the sight of his big brother and Mizutani is left with even more questions about Haru. What are her feelings for him? How can she make him like her? And what is the deal with his big brother?
|Puella Madoka Kazumi Magica Volume 5|
Trapped inside the witch's barrier with the vengeful Kanna, Umika and Kaoru struggle to protect Kazumi as their beloved friend slowly succumbs to her darkening soul gem. If the girls can rally, the witch's grief seed could be used to purify all of their gems, but even that would be only a temporary solution. Facing cruel fate and questions of her own identity, Kazumi will make the ultimate choice whether or not to join her friends in their vendetta against destiny in the final volume of The Innocent Malice!
|Soul Eater Volume 20|
You are not the only ones playing this game." Clues discovered in a new room only lead down a new path of despair, and the time comes for the brutal sentencing of the third Judgment. The line between perpetrator and victim begins to blur. Until all is revealed, time is on no one's side...
|Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Volume 18|
A new school year means fresh blood for the SOS Brigade! But not just anyone can join this elite group of alien-, time traveler-, and esper-hunters! As Haruhi puts the new recruits through their paces in one timeline, the veteran members visit the ailing Yuki in the other. Yuki reveals that her illness may be the work of other humanoid interfaces like herself, but when Kyon rushes to confront them, he runs into a familiar face he had hoped he would never see again...!
|Triage X Volume 6|
Another hour ticks by as the police formulate their next move to draw out the terrorist group that has taken over NEO TV. Any further delay could prompt the criminals to send one of the station's top stars plummeting to his or her death, but every effort to save them seems to play right into the enemy's hands! But the idols may not be the terrorists' true objective - the carefully planned takeover seems to have been designed specifically for Oriha and Black Label!
|Until Death Do Us Part Volume 6|
In the tunnels of the Kakuhoukai's secret base, Mamoru chooses to challenge Wiseman to a duel on the criminal mastermind's own turf! Mamoru realizes that his enemy has the advantage of numbers and weaponry and will stage a coordinated attack that Mamoru has no hope of surviving - alone, that is. Haruka's guidance will be critical to her protector's survival. Gathering her courage, Haruka rallies the resources she has on hand and leaps into the fray!
Viewer Advised! Don't read this if you're underage!
Distributor: Project-H Suggested retail price: $17.95 When it comes to flirting with girls, shy Kenji never knows how to make the first move! Too bad his anxiety keeps him from seeing the sly glances and sweet smiles of his lifelong friend and neighbor Kaori. Will the cutie right under his nose finally end Kenji's devastating dry spell? And can a well-done homework assignment win one young man the extra credit he's always craved?
No Dub Cast has been announced by Sentai Filmworks.
Earth year 2110. Having expanded into space and secured many asteroids abundant in natural resources, it seemed mankind's prosperous future was assured. However, Earth is now being invaded by Urgal, a mysterious galactic empire from Jupiter. Just as mankind is facing certain destruction, the secret military agency MJP undertakes a gene manipulation project to create humans who can adapt to life in space. The result is Team Rabbits, a group of children who are given combat devices called "Ash" and sent to the front line as shields for the Global Defense Force (GDF).
Akame ga Kill is a two cour show that is produced by White Fox, directed by Tomoki Kobayashi, and written by Makoto Uezu.
Please see Akame ga Kill Discussion.
A member of Night Raid. She has mastery over the Teigu "Murasame" (Showers) and rarely shows emotion.
A boy warrior who sets out on a journey to become a military officer to save his village.
A member of Night Raid who's hard on Tatsumi when he joins. She wields the gun Teigu "Pumpkin.
A member of Night Raid with a lively disposition. She teaches Tatsumi how to be a soldier. Her Teigu is "Lionel."
A member of Night Raid. She's normally calm but is ruthless in battle. Her teigu is "Extras."
a member of Night Raid in charge of searching for the enemy. He's easily excited and weak against girls. His Teigu is "Cross Tail."
A member of Night Raid and soldier in the old empire. He acts like an older brother to Tatsumi, and possibly likes men. His Teigu is "Inkrushio."
A member of Night Raid and a general in the old empire. She has an artificial right arm that hides various devices.
The empire's new general. She detests weak people and enjoys torture. She freely wields ice.
A girl who lives in the Empire and helps Tatsumi
She's Tatsumi's childhood friend.
He's Tatsumi's childhood friend.
I'm conflicted with the discussion threads we have. Before we did them, we had trailers separated from discussion threads. After combining due to Daniel's favors and routing every anime related news, it strips the wiki's blog and forum naked. I come up with some sort of solution to promote the wiki, the forum, and the discussion thread.
This thread will be locked but updated. All comments will just be streamed to the discussion thread.
Welcome everyone! Only one person in this community attended this anime convention, Calaggie, whose article History of Sports Manga & Anime will be published on the front news soon. After rigorously promoting anime conventions such as MomoCon and FanimeCon and publishing these threads:
It's time to relax and enjoy! I gather cosplay photos from Twitter. I listed all the links I bookmarked to give the people credit.