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WO Examines: Green (Manga)

It's not very often that I get to sit down and look over a manga series, let alone a new one that is currently being published in Japan. So when I get that chance, I do sort of jump all over that.

One thing about this manga right away, is that it is a yuri manga, meaning "girl-love", and while it is pretty bold in the conversations, the first four chapters are tame as far as the imagery is concerned. So no need to get all bent out of shape just yet.

The story is rather convoluted, even when we begin to get comfortable with the characters, and by the end of chapter 3, there are some rather complicated love triangles going on, and to me those only seem to drive home the back and forth pacing of the story.

I'm not going to say that it;s impossible to keep up with, but there are a lot of instances where the flow of the narrative gets wonky, and it makes for some double passings to get the gist of the scene.

The story primarily focuses on student Tsugumi, who has recent…

Ninja Scroll Japanese Re-release

For those of you that love anime imports, or Ninja Scroll for that matter, will no doubt love this news. Flying Dog and Victor Entertainment are releasing a Blu-ray of Ninja Scroll May 23rd in Japan.

Yeah, it sucks that it's only in Japan, but this isn't just another hum-drum release that will only tickle the fancy of the linguistically suave, since this release will also feature an English dub track. So now—as long as the wallet isn't screaming—you can get the major hook-up with this essential anime film that is no doubt required viewing for any fan.

According to the information, it will retail at about $99.00 (equivalent), so make sure to get that birthday money ready.

Anime Artisans: 009 - Coffee Break

Well, the weekend is past, and it's back to the grind for me here at the office. Though the weekend managed to kick my butt every which way, and on top of all that, I am leaving in one day to make a ten hour trip to Springfield for a wedding. My wedding.

So I guess, I'll just sip on some coffee, and make like this girl behind her workstation, and try to have fun with it as much as possible.

Here's some art, have fun.

News & Stuff: 003 - Squid Girl, iDolm@ster, Digital Manga, and 07-Ghost

I've been wondering if or when the second season ofShinryaku Ika Musume  was going to get a distribution deal from Media Blasters, and according to some information, the company has confirmed that they do in fact plan on releasing the second season. As to whether or not it is going to have the same terrible translation, or if it is going to have new dialogue better suited for those of us that don't need the squid-puns inserted, remains to be seen.

Either way, it spells more Squid Girl for us North American fans, and that's still win on some small level, even if we cringe at the bad dialogue, and subtitles.

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As an interesting aside, for those of you that have been keeping up with the Strike Witches film as it began its run in Japan will find, the film managed to end with a "to be continued" title... there was some hub-bub about that, and several questions were asked with regards to more films, or anime, and the unofficial response has been positive. Thoug…

Beelzebub, Bleach, Gintama Anime to End

Man, things are not going well in the anime industry, and next week things are going to get messy. March 25th will see the end of the Beelzebub anime after 60 episodes. March 26th brings the end of the 200+ episode series Gintama. Finally, March 27th is the day that the Bleach anime is scheduled to air it's final episode. Geez, It's like somebody woke up one morning and decided that Shueisha shonen manga series no longer deserved to be on TV. 
It's plausible, and highly probable, that these shows will be back on the air within the next few months or years, but the news is still pretty bad for the fans. There's absolutely no guarantee that their favorite show will ever be on the air after this; Everything is depending on each series maintaining a high enough popularity to warrant future episodes. 
But a thought has crossed my mind, and I know it's hopelessly optimistic, but it would just be too great if it was true. What if this is a sort of experiment with seasona…

Yu Yu Hakusho: A Manga's Transformation

"It's a straight up, pull no punches fighting anime" That's the first thing that you will see when you flip over a Funimation Yu Yu Hakusho DVD, and it's true. Yu Yu Hakusho is a head-on supernatural shonen fighting series, full of energy blasts and demon bashing. The show is renowned, often infamously, for it's almost total dependance on tournament-play. Of the 5 major story arcs, 3 of them are almost entirely composed of brutal death matches between our heroes and the denizens of demon world. 
Interestingly, one of these 5 story arcs sticks out from the rest. The initial chapters of the series are completely devoid of any battle elements, instead favoring a detective-styled Bangsian fantasy story in which our future spirit detective helps and interacts with various supernatural entities. Yusuke helps a child come to terms with the immanent death of his dog, and helps an old man pass peacefully by with the help of a shape-shifting Tanuki, which transforms i…

Viz Media's Great Degrade

What can I say about Viz media? I can definitely say that they are slowly devolving into a complete disappointment to me as both an anime fan and an anime collector. At this point, I can’t tell whether or not I dislike Viz as much or more than I dislike Media Blasters for their crappy releases and complete disregard for the Bakuman fans that they have so nicely dumped on (another rant for another day).
Alright, so what has Viz done recently to piss this guy off, you might ask yourself. The answer is pretty simple, but first I’ll share my overall viewpoint on Viz.

WO's Honorable Mention: Ninja Nonsense

So what happens when you take a ninja training academy, add a plethora of faceless goofball ninjas, insert a perverted loudmouth obnoxious headmaster (a yellow round ball), and focus it all around one ninja trainee and her friend?

You get the makings of a whacked out overdriven comedy of lough out loud proportions. That's what.

Of course, there is more to the show aside from just the funny, though to be perfectly honest, it's not a lot. In fact, it's loaded with so much randomness, that it seems to eventually meld into an anime life-form all of its own caliber, and once that happens, it becomes clear, that you are probably hooked quite thoroughly on the comedy routine.

Based on the manga Ninin ga Shinobuden by Ryoichi Koga, the series follows the misadventures of ninja trainee Shinobu as she struggles to pass her training to become a full fledged ninja, all while absentmindedly Forrest Gump'ing her way through her everyday life, and managing to drag normal girl Kaede …

Media Blasters Drops Record of Lodoss War

Once again, the folks at Media Blasters are doing everything they can, to keep from endearing themselves with the anime fanbase. This time, they've made the announcement that they are not going to be following through on their license/acquisition of Record of Lodoss War, and as such will not be releasing it on DVD as planned. 
This announcement comes, almost two years after they picked up the anime from Central Park Media.
In addition, they have abandoned plans to release the Record of Lodoss War movie that was also mentioned as part of the release effort. Fans no doubt will cough this up as just one more reason to dislike Media Blasters as of late, as this will add to the ever growing list of actions, and inaction that the company has exhibited this past year. 
As fans will note, Media Blasters had placed the second set of acclaimed Bakuman on indefinite hold, at the same time they announced the plans to put Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians on hold. When asked about the future relea…

Guardians of Luna Manga Licensed by Seven Seas

Some part of me is wondering at what point American made Anime is capable of getting a manga adaptation from Japan, and whether it should even be considered. Though it seems that, that is exactly what the world is coming to.

Earlier Seven Seas announced that they have acquired the new manga Guardians of Luna from Dance in the Vampire Bund author Nozomu Tamaki, and will see its first volume on American shelves in early 2013.

The story of Guardians of Luna is primarily about werewolves, and of course what better person to helm a manga adaptation than Nozomu Tamaki?

Unfortunately, while the manga will differ from the anime, it still unsettles me that this is based on the screenplay for the original animation by American writers Avi Melman, Michael Reaves and Mallory Reaves; and it begs the question.

If an anime is made in any other country other than Japan, is it still an anime?

I'm not thrilled about this, especially since the cover sports the FUNimation name at the header, and I a…

Anime Artisans: 008 - Tenchi & Friends

Well, it's time once again for some artwork, and since I'm reaching way back into the vault, I thought I would dig up some classic cute anime, and there is nothing more cute or adorable than a sleeping Sasami... of course, the Jurai is still out on whether there is actual underwear under those sheets. I'm gonna just pretend that there are.

As for you non-Sasami fans, I managed to find this cool picture of the Tenchi Gang, and it looks like those girls are at it again, at least this time they can maintain their stage composure...

News & Stuff: 002 - Another Live Action, Fate/Zero, One Piece, and Mass Effect

There are shows that are what I would consider worthy of endless seasons and spin-offs, and revamps, and others that I would consider nothing more than a name to just sell for the flash and the dazzle.

One such title, is of course, the Fate/Stay Night  series of anime shows, and the constant releasing of that horse to the stream.

According to some obscure piece of advertizing, it has been revealed that Fate/Zero Season 2 will begin its broadcast on April 7th, to the thundrous applause of the nerds, and the otaku.

Unfortunately, I feel that the series has ran its course, and should be let out to pasture, before we end up making a mockery of the thing... I'm talking about other shows as well, like Pretty Cure and Shakugan no Shana and let's not forget The Familiar of Zero.

Come one people, I lost interest after season one, of nearly each of those shows, let alone actually want to sit down and watch more of it.

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Next up on the list is of course, the live action sampler f…

Bleach Anime Possibly Moving Channels (UPDATE)

Much of what follows in this article is complete and total speculation mind you, but there have been several stern facts across the internet about the fate of Bleach, and its being cancelled on March 27th. Including the fact that Bleach is not on the new schedules.

Since the announcement last week, I've been scouring the internet, the interwebs, and diving into parts unknown for a sliver of hope that one of my favorite franchises wouldn't be taken out behind the shed, and shot. But then, stranger things have happened.

One of the biggest things that has bothered me about this whole thing, is the fact that unlike most other anime, the ending of Bleach would mean that the entire last major arc would be left untouched for the fans to see, and since the last episode will air in little over four weeks, there is no time to fabricate an ending for the anime to everyone's satisfaction.

Some speculation has been circulating that there could be a movie to tell the last arc, or perhap…