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Welcome to the June's 2nd week of manga releases! This week, we had a record breaking for adult manga series. Right Stuf has 7 manga titles, but I omitted one because ANN had listed back in May, Virgin Games. This week has three lovely art books. My Quick Pick choices would be Deadman Wonderland, Magi, and Tiger & Bunny since I had watched their respective anime series. I love them both. Deadman Wonderland is a gruesome and dark show full of over the top graphic violence. Not that violent like Gantz which I heard is more brutal. Thank god, Deadman Wonderland has no rape in it. Magi is one of my favorite Shonen series to follow. If you're looking for a refreshing Shonen series after getting tired of the Shonen Trinity, give Magi a try. It is a fantasy and adventure series about Aladdin who finds out he plays a role in saving the world from Al Sarmen who seeks to drown the world into depravity. Finally, Tiger and Bunny is my fave for lovable characters who are heroes working to make a living and a difference.

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

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

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Notes

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

Hard Temptation

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

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This Week's Manga Releases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Art Books

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

Gurren Lagann Art Works Artbook

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

Art by Gainax.

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

Adult's Releases

Warning! Not Safe For Work

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE CHAPTER:

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

MY THOUGHTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE CHAPTER:

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

MY THOUGHTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS CHAPTER 80 REVIEW: MELIODAS UNLEASHED.

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

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

Whatever the case, great chapter.

THE CHAPTER:

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

MY THOUGHTS:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RATING: 7/10.

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

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

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

Notes

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

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DVD and Blu Ray Releases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to the power of a true bookworm, however, Harumi inexplicably finds himself reincarnated as a dog... which might not be so bad if dogs could read. Or if the woman who adopts him didn't have twin predilections for playing with scissors and tormenting her new pet! But what truly makes this strange reincarnation the worst of all possible worlds is that she's also his favorite author! The horror! Can Harumi find a way to live with this tantrum-throwing typist, or will her crazed clippings prove to be his undoing? Can he escape her constant hounding via the doggy door, or is he barking up the wrong tree?

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oreimo 2

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

Bonus Contents

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

Bonus Materials & Special Package

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

Plot

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

Kabukimonogatari

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

Video Contents

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

Packaged Bonuses

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

Plot

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

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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

Carnival Epsilon combines suspense and daring with bits of magic and mirth to create their horrifyingly hilarious and nationally traveled steampunk sideshow.

Megumibish

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 Browns

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.

Velours Requiem

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.

Projared

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

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.

ScrewAttack

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.

Michael Sinterniklass

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.

Megan Lauchner

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

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.

Darren Gendron & Obsidian Abnormal

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...

Pata of XJAPAN brings Ra:IN to A-Kon 25

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

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

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

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

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.

Krazy Krow

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.

Kerry O'Quinn

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.”

Team Four Star

*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

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

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 Griep

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

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.

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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.

Sources

Notes

None for this week.

Past Articles

Week's Manga Releases

A Centaur's Life Volume 3
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

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
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

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
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

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
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

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]
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

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
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99

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
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

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
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

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
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

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
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

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
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

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
  • 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.

Natsume's Book of Friends Volume 16
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

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
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

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
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

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
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

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
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $4.99

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
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

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

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

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
  • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

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
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

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?!

Omnibus

Millennium Snow Omnibus 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99
Seventeen-year-old Chiyuki Matsuoka was born with heart problems, and her doctors say she won't live to see the next snow. Touya 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.

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
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99
Luffy and team must figure out a way to get their ship, the Merry Go, to sail up - the Straw Hat crew's next destination is an island in the sky. It may seem like an island paradise, but the interesting characters they meet there are hardly heavenly. Soon Luffy and the Straw Hats are on the run but they won't back down until they've got some gold!
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Plot

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!

Cast

Note: Illich Guardiola who voiced The Anguished One is not listed.

Sources

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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.

THE CHAPTER:

Koinzel’s arrival on the scene is preceded by blood, gore and death.

MY THOUGHTS:

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.

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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.

THE CHAPTERS:

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.

MY THOUGHTS:

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.

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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.

THE CHAPTERS:

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.

MY THOUGHTS:

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.

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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.

THE CHAPTERS:

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.

MY REVIEW:

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

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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 is a massively multiplayer online role-playing survival horror video game set in the modern day real world by developer Funcom. Ragnar Tørnquist is the creative director of the game.

"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.

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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.

Notes

  • Anime News Network did not list Attack on Titan and Gundam Unicorn.
  • Amazon does not have Gundam Unicorn listed.

Sources

DVD and Blu Ray Releases

Bleach - Season 21 Uncut Box Set (DVD)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $44.82
  • Right Stuf: $28.99
  • Amazon: $32.98

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
  • Distributor: FUNimation
  • Suggested retail price: $89.98
  • Right Stuf: $53.99
  • Amazon: $79.99

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)
  • Distributor: FUNimation
  • Suggested retail price: $49.98
  • Right Stuf: $29.99
  • Amazon: $31.48

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.

  • Contains episodes 1-13. Special Features: Episode Commentaries (3, 13), The Making of Attack on Titan, "Chibi Theatre: Fly, Cadets, Fly! Days 1-13", Eyecatch Gallery, Textless Opening and Closing Song, Trailers.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Ah My Buddha!! DVD - Complete Collection
  • Distributor: Nozomi Entertainment
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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?

  • Contains episodes 1-26. Special Features: Clean Openings and Closings, Promotional Videos, U.S. Trailer. Spoken
  • Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Amnesia - DVD or Blu-Ray Complete Collection
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
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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)
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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?

  • Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: Henneko BBS, Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation.
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn Blu-Ray 7
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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.

  • Special Features: Episode EX "One Hundred Years of Solitude," Story So Far, Promotional Clips, TV Commercials, Character & Mecha Highlights.

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HypnoLove - Complete Collection (DVD)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass Video
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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)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass Video
  • Suggested retail price: $24.99
  • Right Stuf: $8.99

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!

  • Special Features: Art Gallery, Trailer, Textless Closing, Anime Artform, Previews. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
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Film's Release Dates:

  • June 7, 2014 in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, India, Thailand, and Indonesia.

Plot

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.

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Editor's Note

Sorry guys and gals, when I saw English trailer, I thought it was a US release.

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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.

Kamigami no Asobi

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.

Apollon: Fairy don't leave me. I get lost because you're my sun in my world
Apollon: Fairy don't leave me. I get lost because you're my sun in my world

Check out the Kamigami no Asobi Discussion! RavenBuster is doing a great job on the wiki page. I see her uploading cool pics weekly.

Kanojo ga Flag Oraretara

Highlights

  • Robot Fight - Loved the little Ruri bot
  • Kick ass maids
  • Dumb Pillow Fight Scene

Brynhildr in the Darkness

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.

Animedia

Newtype

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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).

The rest of the Top 5 comic series were Kuroko's Basketball at #3 with 4,616,040, Naruto at #4 with 3,247,920, and Magi at #5 with 3,085,177.

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.

ANN

How do you guys and gals feel? Personally, I love both series, and you can't be number one forever.

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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:

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