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I'll be back after work which ends at 2PM. Just needed to get some rest. I start writing reviews for WayBig's project. It's a promise I will complete by the end of the month. PM me if you need me.
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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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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 YĆ«utsu (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.

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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.

Sources

All summaries are from Anime News Network. It's thanks to PikaHyper for uploading the English covers. I'll add the three missing volumes.

Notes

There are differences between Comic Book stores, Manga exclusive stores, and online stores with their manga releases.

  • Jack Frost Vol. 10, Goong Vol. 15, Wallflower Vol. 32 are available in Right Stuf and Amazon, but ANN didn't list them on their releases.

Past Articles

Manga Releases

Attack on Titan Colossal Edition
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $59.99

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
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $11.99

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
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

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
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

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
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

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
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

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
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

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
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

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
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

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
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $18.99

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!

Adult Releases

Viewer Advised! Don't read this if you're underage!

Virgin Games

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?

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No Dub Cast has been announced by Sentai Filmworks.

Plot

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).

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