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For a list of all their shows, please visit Hanabee.au's website, link to their shows. No dates or times are given for their simulcasts.

Summer 2014

Aldnoah.Zero
Plot:

The story features inhabitants of Earth and Mars waging in an interplanetary war. The story touches upon the effects wars have on a country’s government and its people.

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei!
Plot:

Illyasviel von Einzbern is an ordinary middle school student in Japan who becomes a magical girl after the magical Kaleidostick Ruby deems her a more suitable master than the sorceress, Rin Tohsaka. Unable to dissuade Ruby, Rin forces Illya to collect the mysterious Class Cards in her place. Illya's own mysteries may have unknowingly attracted Ruby to her.

Rail Wars!
Plot:

Takayama Naoto is a high school second-year who dreams of being a train conductor. In hopes of getting a job with Japan National Railways, one of the most stable businesses in Japan due to government support, Naoto has applied to an on-the-job training program for students.

RWBY Volume 2
Plot:
RWBY is a new animated series from Rooster Teeth, directed by Monty Oum. The story focuses on a group of four girls in their first year at a legendary academy where they will learn to fight monsters.

Latest Acquisitions

For August 2014, Hanabee releases the entire series of The Familiar of Zero and Watamote for free. You have to sign up to watch the shows.

The Familiar of Zero

Louise Francoise Le Blanc de La Valliere has it tough, a poor little rich girl who has zero ability for magic which makes it incredibly difficult to study at the Tristain Academy of Magic. But when "Louise the Zero" summons her familiar, instead of summoning a fierce mythical creature she ends up pulling in Saito Hiraga, a normal everyday Japanese teenager. With no-other choice but to accept Saito as her familiar, Louise must learn to get along with Saito as he might just be the key to unlocking her abilities and saving the country.

The original series was released on May 7, 2014 on DVD and Blu-Ray.

WataMote
The slice-of-life gag comedy centers around Tomoko Kuroki, a girl who thought she would be popular when she went to high school. However, she was in for a rude awakening, for cruel reality is not like the otome games (romance games for female players) she played.

The series will be release on October 1, 2014 subbed and dubbed on Blu-Ray and DVD.

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All bold titles are new additions this week.

Editor's Note:

I saw this on ANN. With Anime Vice being an international community, I copy and paste ANN's list to give more exposure to legal access to anime series in the summer of 2014.

For North America and other countries, please see Summer 2014 Simulcast Guide. Thank you.

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This idea pop up in my head when I was working on the wiki today. Figured this will help unwind folks and bring back the fun. We have a large amount of harem shows this year.

Below the harem list, I share my thoughts on the best harem show for this year. Feel free to share what harem show in 2014 you believe is the best and most enjoyable.

Have fun everyone!

Harem Series of 2014

Let me know if I miss anything.

1. Nisekoi

As a child, Raku Ichijo made a secret promise with his childhood sweetheart, keeping a pendant as a memento while his love took the key. He dreams of one day meeting his past love, but years later, reality smashes his hopes when Chitoge Kirisaki accidentally knees him in the face... Though Raku's a normal high schooler, his family heads the notorious yakuza gang the Shuei-Gumi faction! And he's dragged into family affairs when he's forced into a relationship with Chitoge, the daughter of a rival gang's boss! Despite their constant spats, the two somehow fool everyone with their false relationship. Raku then discovers that Chitoge has a mysterious key from her past, which she can't remember... Plus, two other girls appear with keys as well—Kosaki Onodera and Marika Tachibana! Caught in the midst of this love maelstrom, even more complications arise for Raku when his class decides on Romeo and Juliet as the class's play for the school festival. Can the two false lovebirds pull off the impossible and make the play a success?

2. Maken-ki! Two

Takeru Ohyama, a young normal yet perverted minded guy, got accepted and now goes to a school that, unknown to him, was where combat and magic is used. On the first day, he meets again after three years: Haruko Amaya, his childhood friend, Inaho Kushiya, a girl who says she's his fiance, and Kodama Himegami, a blonde who wants to kill him. Finding out that there are many girls there that just don't like him, he is told that everyone there uses a special magic ability while using an item or weapon called a Maken. Later, he finds that no Maken is acceptable for him and doesn't know what to do, since in this school the students get into duels that showcase their magic and combat power, of which he seemingly has none.

3. Brynhildr in the Darkness

When he was a child, Murakami was infatuated with a girl he called Kuroneko. She insisted on knowing about aliens and having met them, but no one believed her, even young Murakami was skeptical. One day, she decides to show him the aliens, but an accident occurs and Kuroneko dies while Murakami is left seriously wounded in the hospital. Years go by and Murakami obsesses on finding proof of the existence of aliens because of a promise he had made with Kuroneko. Then, one day, a new transfer student comes to his class, who not only looks a lot like Kuroneko, but is named Kurohaneko. And even though she insists on never having met Murakami before, the girl has superhuman strength and seems to even be able to predict the future.

4. Dragonar Academy

Learning to ride and tame dragons comes easy to most students at Ansarivan Dragonar Academy—except for first-year student Ash Blake, who is known by his fellow classmates as the “number one problem child.” Poor Ash is the laughing stock at school because, despite his unfashionably large star-shaped brand that marks him as a future dragon master, he has nothing to show for it. His dragon has never appeared. Until now, that is. One fateful day, Ash's dragon awakes in full glory, but appears different than any dragon ever seen before—in the form of a beautiful girl! What's worse, Ash soon discovers that this new dragon has attitude to spare, as she promptly informs him that she is the master, and he, the servant. Ash's problems with dragon riding have only just begun.

5. If Her Flag Breaks

Takei's original romantic comedy light novel series revolves around Sōta Hatate, a boy who has the unique ability to see "Flags" above the heads of other people. The "Flags" mark critical crossroads in people's lives — when the choices they make will determine love, friendship, victory, and even death. He transfers into Tokyo's elite Hatagaya Academy, but instead of living by himself in the boys' dormitory, he ends up living with five beautiful girls under one roof.

6. Date a Live II
Shido Itsuka, who used to be a normal high school student at Raizen High, meets the first Spirit, Tohka, and awakens his power to “seal the Spirit's power”. Though they may be feared and hated beings due to their immense power, Spirits were always alone and knew only combat and death. Shido, the only one in the world with the power to seal the Spirits' might, hurls himself into life-threatening dates with the beautiful Spirits in order to save them.
7. The Comic Artist and His Assistants

A life description about the mangaka Aito Yuuki and his assistant Ashisu Sahoto. Aito doesn't understand the feelings of the characters in his stories so he asks Ashisu to help him. Ashisu would do anything for the work—she will even let him touch her breast so he will know how it feels like.

8. INVADERS of the ROKUJYOMA!?

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

9. Bladedance of Elementalers

In the "elemental fantasy" of Seirei Tsukai no Blade Dance, only a pure girl may enter into a spirit contract. At Areishia Spirit Academy, the daughters of nobility are assembled to take elite classes and become spirit elementalists. A boy named Kamito happened to be peeping on a student named Claire while she was taking a bath, and he accidentally makes a contract with a spirit instead of Claire. Now, Kamito has become something once thought impossible in this world — a male spirit elementalist.

My Fave

Out of all the harem shows I watched, I didn't not finish Dragonar Academy, and I did start Date a Live or Maken-Ki Two.

Best Harem Show

For my most favorite and best harem, I would go with Brynhildr in the Darkness because it was unique. I haven't seen a harem series with horror, Sci-Fi, and action all in one package. It reminds me of Rosario Vampire a bit, my all time favorite harem manga series.

I don't want to spoil folks, but this harem did something no other harem did: kill a love interest. Brynhildlr has its flaws with its drastic tones of light hearted scenes, fan service, and gore all mixed together.

Weird Harem Show

Weirdest harem series of 2014 would be If Her Flag for Me. I have never seen a trap and a robot in a harem before. That's pretty much it. Also, there is a bit incest surprise.

Funniest Harem Show

I would choose The Comic Artist and His Assistants because of its awkward and unpredictable humor. The protagonist is dumb but gifted with drawing, and his antics borders on sexual harassment. It's might be a hit or miss with folks.

Thank you for reading! Please share your most favorite harem show of 2014!

Stay tuned for the Reverse Harem edition.

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Welcome to the first week of manga releases. We have a lot of volumes! Besides Toriko which I need to catch up, I have been meaning to read D. Gray-Man. I forgot where I am in the manga. has been working on the wiki project. I have tempted to read his work instead of reading the manga. Food Wars looks interesting to try. I haven't read manga series that revolves around cooking.

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

The covers are from Amazon and Right Stuf.

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:

  • ANN listed D-Frag Vol. 1's release date as July 15, 2014. Amazon, Right Stuf, and Comic stores have it listed for August 5, 2014.
  • Same for Bleach Vol. 61. ANN has listed it for June 3, 2014.
  • For Fairy Tail Vol. 40, ANN, Amazon, and Right Stuf have its release date on July 15, 2014. For comic book stores, Fairy Tail Vol. 40 is available on August 5, 2014.
  • MPD-Psycho's release date is July 23 for Right Stuf and Comic stores while Amazon and ANN has it on August 5.
  • Pride & Prejudice and Les Miserables are not covered by ANN. Amazon's release dates for these 2 are August 19 while Right Stuf has it on August 13.

Manga Releases

Alice in the Country of Joker: Nightmare Trilogy Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

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

Black Rose Alice Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Dimitri Lewandoski is a celebrated tenor in early 1900s Vienna. When he is killed in an accident, his corpse is colonized by the seeds of a vampire master. At first, Dimitri denies that anything has changed, but as the people around him start dying, he is forced to accept the ghastly truth.

Flash-forward to 2008. In Tokyo, Azusa Kikukawa's troubled love life comes to an end with a fatal accident. Dimitri appears in her dying dreams with a diabolic proposal he will save her lover if she agrees to become the breeding ground for the next generation of vampire seeds...

D-Frag! Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Kazama Kenji thinks he's a delinquent. He's got the look, the style, and the attitude to match; he even has a second-rate entourage of sorts. Deep down, however, Kazama is a good-hearted kid who finds himself and his loyal gang in over their heads when they stumble upon the Game Creation Club. The club's formidable members, Chitose, Sakura, Minami and Roka, are four girls who he might actually be attracted to if they weren't so freaking weird.

The girls claim to have otherworldly powers which they use to defeat Kazama's gang and force him to join their offbeat club. Can Kazama resist the girls' bizarre charms and return to some semblance of a normal, everyday life... or is it "game over" for our hapless hero?

Bleach Vol. 61
  • Publisher: 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 ...

D. Gray-Man Vol. 24
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Allen, now joined by two companions, is still on the run and trying to deal with his demonic alter ego, the Fourteenth. This means avoiding erstwhile allies as well as overt enemies. He also has to prevent one of his companions, fellow Exorcist Kanda, from trying to destroy the Fourteenth while keeping the Fourteenth from destroying his other companion, Johnny, whose zealous devotion to Allen is gratifying but not much help in a fight!

Dragonar Academy Vol. 3
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Sylvia, the fourth princess of Lautreamont, has grown up feeling overshadowed by her eldest sister's accomplishments, while Veronica, a battle-hardened war hero, is ruthless in demanding that her younger sister live up to her expectations. When the infamous terrorist known as Avdocha comes to Lautreamont, wanting nothing less than to take Veronica's head, the younger Sylvia becomes her bait that will lure Veronica into a trap. Ash Blake must use his ability to command any dragon at will in order to rescue Sylvia. But can his heroics help Sylvia hold her head high and fight back as a proud princess of Lautreamont?

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Soma Yukihira's old man runs a small family restaurant in the less savory end of town. Aiming to one day surpass his father's culinary prowess, Soma hones his skills day in and day out until one day, out of the blue, his father decides to enroll Soma in a classy culinary school!

Can Soma really cut it in a place that prides itself on a 10 percent graduation rate? And can he convince the beautiful, domineering heiress to the school that he belongs there at all?!

Gantz Volume 32
  • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

The devastating war against the alien invaders is over! A new day of peaceful coexistence is dawning! Olive branches for everyone! Of course, before tranquility can be attained, something must be done about the nasty Gantz "terrorists" monkey wrenching the works. Fighting monstrous extraterrestrials is tough enough, but how about taking on the entire human race?

Happy Marriage Vol. 7
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

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

High School Debut [3-in1] Vol. 3
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Hapless Haruna needs help finding a boyfriend! After failing to win the eye of any guy in high school, Haruna enlists the help of cute upperclassman Yoh to coach her on how to make herself more appealing to the male spec ies. Yoh agrees, with one catch: Haruna had better not fall for him!

Hello Kitty Vol. 3: Just Imagine

Distributor: Viz Media Suggested Retail Price: $7.99 Anything is possible if you just imagine... Hello Kitty and her friends are letting their imaginations run wild—dreaming up rainy day adventures, inventing amazing machines and solving problems in the most inventive ways. When creativity and friendship combine, the possibilities are endless! And don't miss Sarah Goodreau's flights of fancy!

Kaze Hikaru Vol. 22
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

In the 1860s in Japan, a new era is dawning. During this time fraught with violent social upheaval, samurai of all walks of life flock to Kyoto in the hope of joining a band of warriors united around their undying loyalty to the Shogunate system. This group became one of the greatest (and most infamous) movements in Japanese history...the Shinsengumi!

Now that Sei has been transferred to the third troop under his command, Saito grows increasingly suspicious of Sei’s true identity. He is visited by dreams of his old friend, Sei’s brother, Yuma. The memories of Yuma’s words gradually grow more vivid, and Saito finally realizes Sei’s secret. Feeling he must protect her, Saito confronts Soji with an ultimatum: expose Sei to Hijitaka and have her dismissed from the troop, or allow Saito to take her as his bride.

Knights of Sidonia Vol 10
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

Once a homeless teen living in a space colony, Nagate Tanikaze is now a fighter pilot, protecting said space colony from a race of shape-shifting space giants.

Kokoro Connect Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Kokoro Connect is an all-new manga series that combines the genderbending and body-switching madness of Kashimashi with the high school hijinks of Toradora!

The very best of friends are about to become the worst enemies. When five normal and well-adjusted teens at Yamahoshi Academy form the Cultural Research Club, all is right with the world. The closeknit club of girls and boys are perfectly happy in their daily school life—until a supernatural being known as the Heartseed enters the picture.

Now the lives of the five friends are turned upside down, as they start swapping bodies and minds. Inner secrets, hidden pasts and dark urges are revealed to one another. Will the Heartseed and his mindbending powers pull the five friends apart forever?

MPD Psycho Vol. 11
  • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

"Dead Man's Galaxy Days" skips back in time to events that take place before MPD-Psycho Volume 1. Yosuke Kobayashi seems like a smart, driven Tokyo police officer, but he'll soon be transformed into a tragic "multiple personality detective." The ongoing mystery of the Gakuso gang and their murderous "barcode clones" unravels further, and MPD-Psycho's strange supporting cast is seen in a totally new light as a serial killer - the Tokyo Mirror Man - terrorizes the city with his chainsaw!

Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice
  • Distributor: Udon
  • Suggested Retail Price: $24.99

Beloved by millions the world over, Pride & Prejudice is delightfully transformed in this bold new manga adaptation. All of the joy, heartache, and romance of Jane Austen’s original, perfectly illuminated by the sumptuous art of manga-ka Po Tse, and faithfully adapted by Stacy E. King.

Les Miserables
  • Distributor: Udon
  • Suggested Retail Price: $24.99

Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo's classic novel of love & tragedy during the French Revolution is reborn in this fantastic new manga edition! The gorgeous art of TseMei Lee brings to life the tragic stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the beautiful Fantine, in this epic adaptation of Les Miserables!

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Vol. 22: Time of Purification
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

The battle against Nue heats up as Rikuo and members of the opposing clans move to Mt. Osore, a holy mountain where spirits of the dead are called into battle. Will a reforged Nenekirimaru, the renowned yokai-killing blade, work to defeat the legions of the undead?

Pokemon Black and White Vol 17
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $4.99

Black has achieved his dream of entering the Pokémon League! Now can he fulfill his dream of winning it...? Black’s friends Iris and Cheren are competing too! But Cheren is starting to change—and not in a good way... Meanwhile, what will happen when the Shadow Triad attack three Legendary Pokémon...?

Plus, watch four thrilling Pokémon League battles: Black vs. Lou Karr, Cheren vs. Leo, Marlon vs. Hood Man, and Iris vs. Gray! Who are these mysterious participants really...?

Rosario + Vampire II Vol 13
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Average human teenager Tsukune accidentally enrolls at a boarding school for monsters--no, not jocks and popular kids, but bona fide werewolves, witches and unnameables out of his wildest nightmares! On the plus side, all the girls have a monster crush on him. On the negative side, all the boys are so jealous they want to kill him! And so do the girls he spurns, because he only has eyes for one of them--the far-from-average vampire Moka. On the plus side, Moka only has glowing red eyes for Tsukune. On the O-negative side, she also has a burning, unquenchable thirst for his blood...

When villains' true identities turn out to be nested like Russian dolls...

  • a. dance the squat dance
  • b. find a new body to inhabit yourself
  • c. count your blessings
Spell of Desire Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Kaoruko Mochizuki runs an herb shop in a small seaside town. One day, a mysterious man dressed in black named Kaname Hibiki enters her shop and reveals that Kaoruko is actually a witch. And what's more, Kaoruko needs Kaname to help control her awakening power! Among the shocking news Kaname imparts is that Kaoruko's mother is still alive and has entrusted Kaoruko with the immense power of the Witch Queen. As long as Kaoruko has that power, she will be the target of humans and demonic spirits alike. Kaname claims to be a "knight" that protects witches, but then he steals a kiss from Kaoruko!

Toriko Vol. 23: Oshoku Bansan!!
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

When the Four-Beasts is revealed to be a single giant monster that craves human flesh, Toriko and the Four Kings rush to the center of the Human World to stop it from eating the helpless populace. But as soon as they get there, it unleashes a toxic rain. While Komatsu cooks up a life-saving cure, the Four Kings pool their appetite for the ultimate combination attack!

Voice Over! Seiyu Academy Vol 6
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

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

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At Anime Expo 2014, Viz Media had announced Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet's dub cast and its premiere in October 2014 via Neon Alley. What's strange is that I found that HULU (see link) has all of the dubbed episodes.

*I will post the dub trailer.

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Editor's Note

I cannot find an English dub trailer on Youtube from Viz Media or other sources. I caught this news late. I thank for informing me about the dub news today. I found out the series has been dubbed and available on HULU.

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