Welcome everyone to a crazy idea for a blog series! Unfortunately, I'm still a new anime fan about 2 years and 5 months old. My experiences with anime is shorter than all of you guys and gals. This is one shot Moe Monday blog because I never watch a Moe show in my life until Tamako Market.
Although Angel Beats could be my first since I thought it was Moe at first, the cast is mostly male dominated. Forgive me for misunderstanding what Moe is, I think Moe is....
For those who haven't known me in this community, I did new anime trailers for upcoming seasons with my pals , , and . Every time I see new anime series using these types of characters as a way to attract people, I avoided the anime because I don't think I'll enjoy it. However, I went out of my comfort zone and tried Tamako Market.
Don't worry, I won't spoiled people who haven't seen it. Think of it as a beginner guide.
Tamako Market is produced by Kyoto Animation and directed by Naoko Yamada. The character are designed by Yukiko Horiguchi, known for her K-on and Lucky Star character designs.
It's a slice of life series that revolves around Tamako Kitashirakawa who lives at a Mochi shop in a shopping district called the Bunny Mountain which is a close knit community. One day, Tamako finds a mysterious talking bird named Dera Mochimazzi at a floral shop. After Tamako sneezes at the bird, the bird mistakes her actions as a form of affection. In Dera's customs, sneezing on the opposite sex is like a love confession.
The story goes on after Dera searches for a potential bride for his prince while living with Tamako.
If you're a fan of Yukiko Horiguchi's character designs, you'll see these art style are to die for. You might see some of the girls look liked characters from K-on! Strangely, the characters you make first impressions in the first episode will be Tamako, Dera, and the little tsundere boy next door, Mochizou Ooji. That could be in my case. You'll learn more about Tamako's friends, Kanna and Midori, in episodes 2 and 5. Dera is a keystone character that hooked me into the series. I was not interested in any of the female characters. None of them stood out to me. For you guys and gals, you'll find one character that you'll like. For me, it was Dera.
Getting to back to the subject of Moe, this series fits the theme with the cute girls whose presence has not dominate Dera's spotlight. To me, the talking bird is the most interesting one in the series in my case. There is no fan service or nothing naughty in the anime. It's for all ages.
You'll learn about mochi. Who hasn't tried mochi yet? I haven't, so I would love to try it. You'll find out that there is crazy mochi addict in the series. The series makes a lot of different flavored mochi and gets you hungry. It's Moe version of Willa Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
Like I mentioned earlier, this is the last Moe Monday blog because I don't know any other Moe shows. I'll be happy to see folks in Anime Vice to take up the mantle. I made an ugly banner for this blog. Yeah, it's pretty creepy if you know Travis Touchdown from No More Heroes.
Thank you for reading this blog! I'm sorry for butchering the concept of Moe, but I had to share my experiences with my first Moe show.
Welcome everyone! Hiro Mashima and Kodansha TV has announced on Friday that the Fairy Tail series will come to an end on March 30 with episode 175. The anime series first premiered on October 12, 2009. Its manga series is still ongoing.
For those who are new to Fairy Tail, here is a synopsis from ANN:
Lucy is a 17-year-old girl, who wants to be a full-fledged mage. One day when visiting Harujion Town, she meets Natsu, a young man who gets sick easily by any type of transportation. But Natsu isn't just any ordinary kid, he's a member of one of the world's most infamous mage guilds: Fairy Tail.
On Hiro Mashima's official Twitter account, he posted this statement on March 2nd.
Until the time comes, I cannot say something I've always wanted to say, even on Twitter. Please be patient and wait until the time comes for me to announce some good news.
What are your most fondest memories of Fairy Tail?
Please enjoy Hiro Mashima's sketches that he posts on his Twitter account.
Check out the character galleries for more Twitter Sketches that are uploaded by
Thank youfor the news tip.
Thanks to my teammates who have worked hard on the Fairy Tail wiki project:
Welcome to the Quick Picks! I'm covering last month since we're behind. I don't have partner here since he's busy. Don't worry, he'll finish the anime merchandising, and you'll be seeing his commentary on the front page.
As for manga releases, we got a few omnibuses for classic series such Trigun, Negima, and Love Hina. In the Viz Media department, we got all of the Holy Shonen Trinity titles, One Piece, Bleach, and Naruto, with some 3 in 1 editions. They're like omnibuses. Fans of the recent fall anime 2012 series, Btooom, we got the first Btooom volume 1 coming to North America on February 26.
Please enjoy the blog and support the mangakas and their staffs.
Note: This is a temporary blog. I'm behind in posting Quick Picks on the front news with my partner. I'm sorry about that.
|Image||Name & Volume||Publisher||SRP||Amazon.com||RightStuf.com||Release Date|
|A Devil and Her Love Song Vol. 7||Viz Media||$9.99||$9.99||$7.49||02/05/13|
|Ai Ore! Vol. 8||Viz Media||$9.99||$9.99||$7.49||02/05/13|
|Stepping On Roses Vol. 9||Viz Media||$9.99||$9.99||$7.49||02/05/13|
|Bleach Vol. 55||Viz Media||$9.99||$9.99||$7.49||02/05/13|
|Bleach [3-in-1 Edition] Vol. 4||Viz Media||$14.99||$8.62||$11.24||02/05/13|
|Dawn of the Arcana Vol. 8||Viz Media||$9.99||$9.99||$7.49||02/05/13|
|Deltora Quest Vol. 10||Kodansha Comics||$10.99||$6.85||$8.24||01/29/13|
|Hiroaki Samura's Emerald and Other Stories||Dark Horse Comics||$12.99||$8.15||$9.74||02/06/13|
|Fairy Tail Vol. 23||Kodansha Comics||$10.99||$6.43||$8.24||01/29/13|
|Gantz Vol. 26||Dark Horse Comics||$12.99||$7.98||$9.74||02/05/13|
|GTO: 14 Days in Shonan Vol. 7||Vertical||$10.95||$7.02||$7.34||01/29/13|
|Haganai: I don't have many friends Vol. 2||Seven Seas Entertainment||$12.99||$7.54||$9.74||02/05/13|
|Kamisama Kiss Volume 12||Viz Media||$9.99||$9.99||$7.49||02/05/13|
|Knights of Sidonia Vol. 1||Vertical||$12.95||$7.88||$9.71||02/05/13|
|Naruto Vol. 60||Viz Media||$9.99||$9.99||$7.49||02/05/13|
|Naruto [3-in-1 Edition] Vol. 4||Viz Media||$14.99||$8.60||$11.24||02/05/13|
|Negima! Magister Negi MagiVol. 37||Kodansha Comics||$10.99||$6.25||$8.24||01/29/13|
|Nura: Rise of the Yokai ClanVol. 13||Viz Media||$9.99||$9.99||$7.49||02/05/13|
|One Piece [Omnibus] - Baroque Works Vol. 5||Viz Media||$14.99||$8.56||$11.24||02/05/13|
|Pokemon Adventures: Platinum Vol. 7||Viz Media||$7.99||$7.99||$5.99||02/05/13|
|Redakai Vol. 2||Viz Media||$7.99||$7.99||$5.99||2/05/13|
|Sailor Moon Vol. 9||Kodansha Comics||$10.99||$6.12||$8.24||01/29/13|
|Skip Beat! Vol. 30||Viz Media||$9.99||$9.99||$7.49||02/05/13|
|Slam Dunk Vol. 26||Viz Media||$9.99||$9.99||$7.49||02/05/13|
|Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee Vol. 12||Viz Media||$9.99||$9.99||$7.49||02/05/13|
|Tenjo Tenge [Full Contact Ed] Vol. 11||Viz Media||$17.99||$10.34||$13.49||02/05/13|
|Toriko Vol. 14||Viz Media||$9.99||$9.99||$7.49||02/05/13|
|Voltron Force Vol. 6||Viz Media||$7.99||$7.99||$5.99||02/05/13|
Note: Rightstuf listed I Don't Like You At All, Big Brother!! Omnibus 3-4, Jack the Ripper: Hell Blade, Gunslinger Girl Omnibus 6, and Girl Friends Complete Collection's releases on January 31, 2013 while ANN listed both at January 8, 2013.
Rightstuf releases Haganai Vol. 2 on February 28.
|Image||Name & Volume||Publisher||SRP||Amazon.com||RightStuf.com||Release Date|
|Ayako Vol. 1||Vertical||$24.95||$14.70||$18.71||02/12/13|
|Cage of Eden Vol. 9||Kodansha Comics||$10.99||$6.03||$8.24||02/12/13|
|Hayate the Combat Butler Vol. 21||Viz Media||$9.99||$9.39||$6.69||02/12/13|
|Inuyasha VIZBIG ED Vol. 14||Viz Media||$17.99||$10.27||$12.05||02/12/13|
|The Book of Human Insects||Vetical||$16.95||$12.37||$12.71||02/12/13|
|The Wallflower Vol. 30||Kodansha Comics||$10.99||$6.36||$8.24||02/12/13|
|Neon Genesis Evangelion: Comic Tribute||Dark Horse Comics||$10.99||$6.03||$8.24||02/13/13|
|Air Gear Vol. 27||Kodansha Comics||$10.99||$6.27||$8.24||02/19/13|
|Battle Angel Alita: Last Order Vol. 17||Kodansha Comics||$10.99||$6.03||$8.24||02/19/13|
|Kitchen Princess Omnibus 3||Kodansha Comics||$19.99||$10.99||$11.24||02/19/13|
|Lizzie Newton: Victoria Mysteries Vol. 2||Seven Seas Entertainment||$11.99||$9.02||$8.99||02/19/13|
|Love Hina Omnibus Vol. 5||Kodansha Comics||$14.99||$10.98||$11.24||02/19/13|
|Trigun Maximum Omnibus Vol. 2||Dark Horse||$19.99||$12.25||$14.99||02/20/13|
|Btooom! Vol. 1||Yen Press||$11.99||$9.59||$8.99||02/26/13|
|HeroMan Vol. 3||Vertical||$10.95||$8.49||$8.21||02/26/13|
|Nabari No Ou Vol. 13||Yen Press||$11.99||$8.74||$8.99||02/26/13|
|Negima! Magister Negi Magi Omnibus 6||Kodansha Comics||$19.99||$11.42||$14.99||02/26/13|
|Pandora Hearts Vol. 14||Yen Press||$11.99||$7.38||$8.99||02/26/13|
|The Betrayal Knows My Name Vol. 5||Yen Press||$18.99||$10.98||$14.24||02/26/13|
|The Misfortune of Kyon & Koizumi||Yen Press||$11.99||$9.59||$8.99||02/26/13|
|Triage X Vol. 2||Yen Press||$13.99||$10.98||$10.49||02/26/13|
|Umineko WHEN THEY CRY Episode 1: Legend of the Golden Witch Vol. 2||Yen Press||$18.99||$10.95||$14.24||02/26/13|
|Until Death Do Us Part Vol. 3||Yen Press||$18.99||$10.43||$14.24||02/26/13|
Note: ANN doesn't put Omnibus in The Betrayal Knows My Name volume 5 like how Right Stuf did.
Welcome to Anime Vice's Advanced Guide to Fairy Tail. This is a tribute to the wiki editors, the fans, and the success of Fairy Tail and l! In this guide, we will explore what is a guild, the types of magic, and the characters. Be prepare for a nice action packed and dramatic, tragic stories of Fairy Tail's characters!
We'll be covering up to Phantom Arc. After the Lullaby arc, the Galuna Island arc takes place before the Phantom Arc. For the Galuna Island Arc, it covers volumes 4-6 and in the anime, episodes 11-18. In the manga, the Phantom arc covers volumes 7-9 whereas, in the anime, it is episodes 21-30.
After Natsu and Happy befriended Lucy and take her to their guild for the first time, her first impressions of Fairy Tail is a bit wild. Even though her guild members are rough and rowdy, the atmosphere is warm and friendly.
To show that they have the skills, Happy steals an S - class mission flyer, and Natsu takes Lucy and Happy with him as they head off to Galuna Island. Over there, they learn about the curse of the moon that causes the locals to become demons. When Gray appears, he and his group meet his old friend, Lyon, who wants to revive Deliora and defeat him to prove that he has surpassed their teacher, Ur. Will Gray and his friends stop Lyon's plans?
After foiling Lyon's plan and solve the mystery of Galuna Island, Natsu and his group find their guild home impaled by iron pillars. As Fairy Tail guild discover that their group, Shadow Gear, has been pierced and hanged on the tree, Makarov declares an all out war with Phantom Guild. Unbeknownst to Fairy Tail guild, Jose Porla, the head of Phantom Guild has different objectives. Find out to see if Fairy Tail can defeat Phantom Guild.
|Voiced by: Shinichi Kotani R. Bruce Elliot|
Makarov is the guild master of Fairy Tail and Laxus Dreyar's grandfather. He is like a father to his guild as he gives them advice and protects his guild from enemies.
|Voiced by: Ryoko Ono Monica Rial|
Mirajane is the poster mage of Fairy Tail due to her beauty and cheerful personality. She poses for the Weekly Sorcerer magazine. She helps her guild by providing advice on jobs, and she mans the bar.
|Voiced by: Yuki Kaji Jerry Jewell (adult)|
Lyon Bastia is an ice mage from Lamia Scale and a student of Ur, Gray's teacher. He blames Gray for ruining his dream to surpass his teacher. Unlike Gray, Lyon's ice attacks are in the form of living creatures.
|Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi Trina Nishimura|
Sherry is Lyon's follower from Lamia Scale, and she puts love as her highest priority. Her magic allows her to controls inanimate objects. Plus, she has a huge pet rat named Angelica.
|Voiced by: Wataru Hatano David Wald|
Gajeel is an Iron Dragon Slayer of Phantom Guild who enjoys fighting. He attacks Shadow Gear and pins them to the trees. He is a vicious beast who gorges on iron to refill his magic. Like Natsu, Gajeel possesses a keen sense of smell and super strength.
|Voiced by: Mai Nakahara Brina Palencia|
Juvia is one of Phantom's Guild, Element Four. As a water mage, Juvia can change her body to water and form various attacks. She usually talks in third person and carries a teru teru bōzu.
In the world of Fairy Tail, there are concepts that you must know by now.
Fairy Tail's two arcs show the tenacity and the perseverance of these young mages who will not stop fighting to save their friends and their guild. To abandon their friend is taboo. There are a lot of action and major battles in the Phantom Guild such as a huge showdown between Element Four and Fairy Tail's finest mages. Also, you get to see some of Fairy Tail's mages' past history such as Happy's origin, Gray's past, and much more.
After working on Robotics;Notes for a while with my teammate, Acura Max, we come across this mysterious song. At first, I thought this song was exclusive to Robotics;Notes until I look it up. It's a children's song sung in Japan just like Ring Around the Rosie is sung across Europe and America.
It's similar to Duck, Duck, Goose game where the one player is the Oni. The Oni is blindfolded, and while the children join hands in a circle, they walk around the Oni and sing. Once they stop singing, the Oni has to guess the name of the person behind them.
Interestingly enough, Kagome Kagome song has some eerie meanings just like Ring Around the Rosie. Ring Around the Rosie is a song referring to the Bubonic Plague. You put a flower called a posie in the deceased's pocket before you burn the dead body.
For Kagome Kagome, Wikipedia has listed a few theories:
|Kagome Kagome||Ring Around the Rosie|
|Kagome kagome / The bird in the basket/cage,|
When, oh when will it come out
In the night of dawn
The crane and turtle slipped
Who is it in front of behind
Ring-a-round a rosie,
I wonder how this song ties in with the anime series. Who's the little bird in the song?
As a bonus, here is a creepy Vocaloid version of the song.