“BRAVE BLADE!” by Megu Sakuragawa
“Raise” by Yui Ogura
Sixteen-year-old Kusanagi Godou is sent on a trip to Sardinia, Italy to return a stone tablet to a long-lost love Lucretia Zola. His life quickly takes a turn when he is caught in the middle of warring gods, and ends up killing Verethragna, the Persian God of Victory. Unknown to him, an old curse surrounds the killing of gods by mortals: whereby the mortal who kills a god gains the abilities of the killed god and become known as Campione.
He obtains Verethragna’s 10 forms: Bull, Ram, Camel, White Stallion, Goat, Boar, Raptor, The Wind, The Youth, and The Warrior. He is protected by his knight in the form of Erica Brandelli, wife #1, and member of the Copper Black Cross. As he returns home to Japan with his new-found title and powers, he not only enmasses “wives” (Yuri Mariya, wife #2, is a Hime Miko, Liliana Kranjcar, wife #3, childhood friend of Erica and member of the Bronze Black Cross, Ena Seishuin, wife #4, and the strongest Hime Miko of Japan) but enemies (in the form of humans, “kings” and gods alike) and war scars too.
Chōyaku Hyakuninisshu: Uta Koi
Chōyaku Hyakuninisshu: Uta Koi (超訳百人一首 うた恋い) is a historical Josei manga (manga for girls) written and illustrated by Kei Sugita, and published by Media Factory. The anime adaptation began airing in July 2012 and is ongoing (with a scheduled 12 episodes).
“Love Letter from Nanika?” by ecosystem
“Singin’ My Lu” by SOUL’d OUT
Uta Koi is a liberal interpretation of the Hyakunin isshu anthology of 100 romantic poems by 100 poets compiled during the Heian period. It looks into the origins into these writings, majority of them love compositions. The poems include the tale of Ariwara no Narihira‘s affair with imperial consort Fujiwara no Takaiko, the romantic relationship between Narihira’s brother Ariwara no Yukihira and his wife Hiroko.
Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya
This series, Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya, is a spin-off manga series from Fate/Stay Night.
The anime is said to air sometime in October 2012.
In an alternate life, Illya (Ilyasviel von Einzbern) lives with her older (adopted) brother, Emiya Shirou and her maids Sella and Leysritt. Her parents, Emiya Kiritsugu and Irisviel are avid globe-trotters.
Enter Tohsaka Rin and Luviagelita Edelfelt, dueling magi sent by the Mage’s Association to retrieve Class Cards that have the power to materialize Heroic Spirits. Both are armed with Kaleidosticks (Ruby and Sapphire), and when their argument turns ugly and they use the Class Cards in the battle, the sticks abandon them in search of new masters.
Illya is, unfortunately, forced by Kaleido Ruby to go in contract with it, and she is transformed into the magical girl Prisma Illya. Kaleido Sapphire finds Miyu Edelfelt as the other unsuspecting victim.
Hagure Yuusha no Estetica
“Realization” by Faylan
“Ai no Sei de Nemurenai (愛のせいで眠れない)” by Aki Misato
Babel, an international training organization, is an establishment that protects (and controls) young adults returning from outer world. Ohtorizawa Akatsuki returns from a world of sword and magic, Alazzard, after defeating Satan and brings with him Satan’s daughter, Miu (as his dying wish).
The adventures begin when Akatsuki and Myuu, disguised as his sister, have to confront the other “returners” who have psychic powers. Scheduled run date is July 6, 2012.
“Kamisama Hajimemashita” by Hanae
“Kamisama Onegai” by Hanae
Teenager Momozono Nanami is left homeless after her father runs away from his gambling debts. She then meets Mikage (unbeknown to her to be a land god of a shrine), whom she saves from a dog. He then gives her his house, a rundown Shinto shrine, which essentially is his way of bestowing the land god mark on her, after finding her better suited to the duty than him.
She arrives at the shrine, only to be attacked by Tomoe, a fox demon who serves as a familiar to the land god. He was expecting Mikage’s return after his 20-year absence. Unable to accept Nanami as the new land god, Tomoe leaves the shrine, thus transforming the shrine back into its rundown state. Realizing she is too weak as a god, Nanami leaves but is eventually brought back by Tomoe after she seals a contract with him.
Opening & Ending Themes:
1. “Pride” by Nothing’s Carved in Stone
2. “Voice of Soul” by Takumi Ishida
During the Warring State Period of ancient China (475-221 BCE) under the Qin Dynasty, war orphans and best friends Xin (信 Shin) and Pin (漂 Hyou) dream of one day growing up to be the “World’s Greatest General.” Pin is, however, is taken into the Palace by a minister and ends being the body double of Yin Zheng (贏政 Eisei), who later becomes Qin Shi Huang. Pin, unfortunately, ends up being assassinated by Zheng’s half-brother Chengjiao, of the Chengjiao Faction.
La storia della Arcana Famiglia
La storia della Arcana Famiglia (アルカナ・ファミリア Arukana Famiria, Italian for “The Story of the Arcane Family”) is a manga written HuneX initially released on October 27, 2011 as a game for PSP. The anime adaptation produced by J.C.Staff began airing in July 2012 with a total of 12 episodes.
“Magenta Another Sky” by Hitomi Harada
“Pieces of Treasure” by Jun Fukuyama & Tsubasa Yonaga
The organization, Arcana Famiglia, protects an (Italian) island from outside threats and danger (almost mafia-like). The members of the family is made up of people who have made contracts with the Arcana cards, and in turn gain special abilities because of that. On his birthday, the leader of the organization, “Papa,” announces his retirement by giving up his seat to the person who win his daughter’s hand in marriage through a duel: Arcana Duello. Unwilling to accept this forced fate, Felicitá (contract with #6 of the Arcana – the Lovers) announces that she will fight to choose her own path, with her friends Libertà (contract with #1 of the Arcana – the Fool) and Nova (contract with #13 of the Arcana – Death, a young protege and Felicitá’s cousin and once fiancé) by her side.
Magi – The Labyrinth of Magic
Magi (マギ) is an ongoing shonen, fantasy manga written and illustrated by Shinobu Ohtaka since 2009. The anime airs Oct. 7, 2012. The series is a re-imagined tale from the Arabian Nights (One Thousand and One Nights).
Opening & Ending Themes:
1. “V.I.P” by SID (ep. 1-12)
2. “Matataku Hoshi no Shita de” by Porno Graffitti (ep. 13-present)
3. Yubi Bōenkyō” by Nogizaka46. (ep. 1-12)
4. “The Bravery” by Supercell (ep. 13-present)
Aladdin has a magic flute that allows him to summon Ugo, the djinn. The comical duo meets Ali Baba, a young man with money on his mind. Together, they trek their way through the desert, encountering slave girl Morgianna and Sinbad the pirate.
Sengoku Youko (戦国妖狐) is a dated, supernatural manga series written by Mizukami Satoshi published since 2008 and is ongoing.
The anime adaptation is scheduled to air sometime in October 2012.
This was scheduled but never made it.
Demon siblings Youko Tama and younger step brother, Jinka Sendou, are ironically trying to steer people on to the right – holy – path. Along their righteous path of changing the lives of evil doers, they pick up a fearful swordsman, Hyoudou Shinsuke.
Sukitte Ii na yo
Opening & ending themes are:
1. “Friendship” by Ritsuko Okazaki
2. “Slow Dance” by Suneohair
Sixteen-year-old Tachibana Mei has grown up not making friends, believing that people will betray each other sooner or later. One day, she accidentally kicks the school’s Mr. Popular Kurosawa Yamato. For some reason, Yamato takes to Mei and one-sidedly proclaims their friendship. He not only protects her from a stalker, but soon, Mei begins making friends and even returns Yamato’s feelings.
Sword Art Online
Sword Art Online (ソードアート・オンライン Sōdo Āto Onrain) is a Sci-Fantasy light novel series written by Kawahara Reki and illustrated by abec since 2009 and is ongoing. It has been adapted into three mangas, an RPG and a much acclaimed anime series with 25 episodes and ran from July 7, 2012 to December 22, 2012.
The anime series is also streamed and simulcasted on Crunchyroll and Hulu.
Opening & ending theme
1. “crossing field” by LiSA (ep. 1-14)
2. “Innocence” by Eir Aoi (ep. 15-25)
3. “Yume Sekai” (ユメセカイ Dream World) by Haruka Tomatsu (ep. 1-14)
4. “Overfly” by Luna Haruna (ep. 15-25)
It is 2022. A Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game (VRMMORPG) called Sword Art Online (SAO) is released. The players log in simultaneously on November 6 and discover they are unable to log in. Soon they are told by the creator of SAO that if they want to be free, they have to fight their way up to the 100th floor and defeat the final boss. However, if their avatars die in the game, their true self in the real world perishes too.
Kirito, the protagonist and a beta tester of this game, meets many friends on the way and even falls in love with Asuna, another skilled player.
The Ambition of Nobuna Oda
Oda Nobuna no Yabō ( 織田信奈の野望) is an ongoing historical romantic comedy light novel series written by Mikage Kasuga, which will be adapted into an anime series.
The series is scheduled to run July 8, 2012.
Opening & Ending Theme
1. “Link” by Aimi
2. “Hikari” (ヒカリ, “Light”) by Makino Mizuta.
It follows 17-year-old high schooler, Sagara Yoshiharu, who is transported back in time to Japan’s Sengoku period. The warriors of the era have all become adorable and beautiful female warlords.
Enter Oda Nobuna, not Oda Nobunaga, who tries to conquer Japan with her newly enslaved “Monkey” boy, Yoshiharu (who happens upon the dying Kinoshita Tōkichirō aka Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the known “saru” of Oda Nobunaga, thus unwittingly replacing him).
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun: The Monster Seated Next to You
Opening & ending themes are
1. “Q&A Recital!” by Haruka Tomatsu
2. “White Wishes” by 9nine
Mizutani Shizuku cares only for her grades in school and nothing else. Unfortunately for her, her accidental deliverance of lesson notes to forever absent Yoshida Haru convinces him that they are friends. An innocent and a troublemaker soon find their way to each other’s hearts…but not without any hurdles and third wheels in the way.
Fairy Tail is a manga created by Hiro Mashima serialized since Aug. 23. 2006 and is ongoing. Season 1 of the anime began airing on Oct. 12, 2009 and will end on September 27, 2010 with a total of 48 episodes. Even though it was initially meant for only one season, due to the popularity of the series, a second season was announced and began airing on October 2010. The anime is on its third season and going strong with 135 episodes and counting. This series is also being developed as a game for PS by Konami. They already have 3 OVAs “Welcome to Fairy Hills!” released April 15, 2011, “Fairy Academy – Yankee-kun and Yankee-chan” released June 17, 2011, and “Memory Days” released February 17, 2012. The movie, “Fairy Tail the Movie: The Phoenix Priestess” is set to be released August 18, 2012.
1. “The Rock City Boy” by Jamil (ep. 96 – 98) DOWNLOAD (TV Size)
2. “Don’t Think. Feel!!!” by Idoling!!! (ep. 96 – 98) DOWNLOAD
3. “Towa no Kizuna” (永久(とわ)のキズナ Everlasting Bond) by Daisy x Daisy (ep. 99 – 111)
4. “Kono Te Nobashite” (この手を伸ばして Reach Out This Hand) by Hi-Fi Camp (ep. 99 – 111)
5. “I Wish” by Milky Bunny (ep. 112 – 124)
6. “Boys Be Ambitious!!” by Hi-Fi Camp (ep. 112 – 124)
7. “Hajimari no Sora” (はじまりの空 Beginning Sky) by +Plus (ep. 125 – 137)
8. “Glitter (Starving Trancer Remix)” by Another Infinity (ep. 125 – 137)
9. “Tenohira (テノヒラ Palm of the Hand)” by HERO (eps 138 – present)
10. “Yell ~Kagayaku Tame no Mono~ (YELL～輝くためのもの～ The Thing For Shining)” by Sata Andagi (eps 138 – present)
It begins with Lucy Heartfilia meeting Natsu Dragnell and his best friend, Happy a flying cat, who is searching for a dragon, Igneel. Turns out, Igneel is Natsu’s foster father, the one who raised him and taught him the skills of a dragon slayer. Shortly after their meeting, Lucy is abducted by a person posing as Salamander of Fairy Tail, only to be sold as a slave. Natsu rescues her and reveals that he is the real Salamander. He then brings Lucy into the land of Fiore, and she is accepted as a Fairy Tale Guild member. Soon after, the three become teammates, together with two more Guild members, Gray Fullbuster and Erza Scarlet. Of the lot, Lucy brings forth a saner and calmer side to the rest of the team, albeit being exceptionally klutzy.
This is a cute magician story about impatience while striving to better oneself and never giving up on one’s friends. As Happy says, “Aiii!”
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Naruto began as a manga series by Masashi Kishimoto, which was later adapted to an anime series that started airing in 2002 until present. The anime, much like the manga, is split into two parts: the time split in the manga is simply named Part I & II while the anime is named Naruto and Naruto Shippuden. The second part of the series takes place two and a half years after the first part ends. Since Jan. 2, 2009 Viz Media and Crunchyroll have been subtitling Naruto: Shippuden.
The series is about a young and rash ninja from Konohagakure, the Leaf Village named Uzumaki Naruto. The story unfolds as Naruto searches for recognition and acknowledgment from his peers and elders as he aspires to become the Hokage – leader of the village. As a baby, the Nine-Tailed Demon Fox (kyuubi) was sealed in him to protect Konohagakure (the Leaf Village). However, the villagers, who were very much afraid of kyuubi, transferred that fear to the infant and eventually the child. Naruto grew up hated and mistreated by Konoha’s residents throughout most of his childhood.
Naruto, together with Uchiha Sasuke and Haruno Sakura are placed in Team 7 lead by Hatake Kakashi. Even though the team seemed mismatched at first, the soon find that they complement each other. The noisy idiot, with the skilled genius and the quick-tempered thinker quickly become one. However, Sasuke has a one-track mind – he vows to avenge his family and clan by killing his beloved older brother. When the chance is presented upon him, he takes it and leaves the village forever. Naruto vows to bring Sasuke back to Sakura, but to do so, he have to become stronger.
Unfortunately for Naruto, he is not the only one with a goal in mind. The Akatsuki is out to capture him, to drain him off the sealed Demon Fox.
At the start of Naruto Shippuden, Naruto returns home from his training with Jiraiya, having learned the Rasengan developed by the Fourth Hokage. Sakura is well-versed in the arts of medical jutsu thanks to Tsunade. Sasuke may just have surpassed the group in skills, training under Orochimaru. History, it seems, is about to repeat itself. The dreaded Akatsuki is on the move, and Gaara, an old friend, is the first of many targets. Soon Team Kakashi gets a new team member as a replacement for a departed Sasuke. Everyone is suspicious of him because he is recommended by Danzou, the person vying for the Hokage seat. Team Kakashi’s new mission is to seek out Sasuke while getting acquainted with a recluse newbie, Sai. While tracking the death of Asuma‘s old friend, Konoha ninjas go up against two immortal Akatsuki members – Kakuzu and Hidan. Naruto improves on the rasengan and creates a new jutsu under the careful tutelage of Kakashi and watchful eyes of Yamato, called the Rasenshuriken. Shikamura learns the horror of wars and finally lives up to his fullest potential to avenge a beloved mentor. Finally, Sasuke overpowers and absorbs Orochimaru. Unfortunately, Jiraiya sacrifices his life to learn the truth of Pain, the puppet leader of Akatsuki. Sasuke forms team Hebi to avenge his clan, while Naruto is forced to become stronger just to get a brother home and avenge a beloved teacher and god-father.
The twelfth season began airing from Jan. 5, 2012 to present. The allies prepare for the Fourth Shinobi World War against Akatsuki led by masked man Tobi. Naruto finally reaches Kumogakure and will be schooled on how to draw on kyuubi’s (Kurama’s) powers.
The season has a few opening and ending themes.
1. tacica’s “newsong” (ep. 243-256)
2. Hemenway’s “By My Side” (ep. 243-present)
3. The Cro-Magnons’ “Totsugeki Rock” (突撃ロックAssault Rock) (ep. 257-present)
4. UnLimits’ “Cascade” (カスケード Kasukēdo) (ep. 257-268)
5. Aisha ft. Chehon’s “Kono Koe Karashite” (この声枯らして Shout This Voice Dry) (ep. 269-present)
This series gets better with each season. The storyline is so well-written and the characters very well-developed. It’s like peeling an onion – layers upon layers of tear-jerkers. Everyone’s rooting for you U-Zu-Ma-Ki Naruto! Ganbatte! Fight-O on!! Underdogs of the world unite. Perseverance, patience, friendship and loyalty are all good themes and moral to learn. You watch as all the characters grow from young tots to responsible and courageous teenagers, learning and flourishing with every new challenge thrown at them. Friends become foes, and enemies become allies. History is never learned but doomed to repeat itself. “Dattebayo!”
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Bamboo Blade (Season 2)
Bamboo Blade (バンブーブレード Banbū Burēdo) is a manga series written by Masahiro Totsuka, and illustrated by Aguri Igarashi. It was first serialized in December 2004 and ended in September 2010. Bamboo Blade B took over in 2008 and is ongoing. It was adapted to anime and the first season ran from October 2007 until April 2008 with a total of 26 episodes.
The new season is said to air in October 2012. This was scheduled, but never quite made the cut! 😦
Tama-chan is the scene stealer, not because of her beauty, but her unassuming power bundled up in that little stature of hers. “Men!!!”
Bakuman (Season 3)
Bakuman is a shonen manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata (same team who created Death Note). It was originally published August 8, 2008 with the final chapter published on April 23, 2012. The anime adaptation is produced by J.C. Staff, which originally ran October 2, 2010 until Spring 2011, with a total of 25 episodes for the series. Season 2 aired from October 2011 until March 24, 2012 with a total of 25 episodes. Season 3 of the series is scheduled to return in October 2012.
The opening and ending themes are:
1.”Moshimo no Hanashi” by nano.RIPE
2. “♪Pride on Everyday（プライド・オン・エブリデイ)” by Sphere
The series follows a talented artist Moritaka Mashiro and an aspiring writer Akito Takagi, two ninth graders, who wish to enter the world of manga. After Mashiro accidentally leaves his notebook in class, with drawings depicting his crush on classmate Azuki Miho, Takagi tries to convince Mashiro to illustrate for his writings. Join him, or he will hold on to the notebook, or worse…
Reluctant and disillusioned by the fate of his uncle as a mangaka, Mashiro is sucked into the Takagi’s dream after his crush Miho reveals she too wants to be a voice actor for animes. They promise to marry each other only after achieving their dreams. So begins Mashiro long and arduous journey of becoming a famous mangaka. After three unsuccessfully launches or different titles, can Mashiro still stay strong and follow through?
This is not only an entertaining series, it’s extremely educational and shows the struggles of the manga world.
Hakuouki: Reimei-roku (Season 3)
In 2008, Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan was released as a new generation of otomegame (simulation love games for girls) for PlayStation 2. The illustrations of characters was done by Kazuki Yone. Even though the game was yet to be released, a 15-page artbook was first produced by Dengeki called “Girl’s Style.” The series is part historical part fiction. Most of the characters are true Shinsengumi persons depicting their stations during the historical and political period (Kondou Isami, Hijikata Toshizou, Inoue Genzaburou, Okita Souji, Nagakura Shinpachi, Saitou Hajime, Harada Sanosuke, Todou Heisuke, Yamanami Keisuke and Yamazaki Susumu).
The first season aired from October 2010 to December 2010 with 10 episodes. Second season of Hakuouki took off in October 2010 and ended December 2010. The protagonist, Yukimura Chizuru, is the daughter of a doctor who works in Edo. The father leaves Edo to work as a volunteer doctor and moves to Kyoto without his daughter. As time passes by, Chizuru starts worrying about losing contact with her father, so she decides to go to Kyoto in search of him. On the way, Chizuru is attacked by few criminals and witnesses a fight between an oni and the Shinsengumi. Taking her into custody and saving her, the Shinsengumi debate on what to do with Chizuru when they discover that she is the daughter of the doctor they are also looking for. So they decide to become Chizuru’s protectors and help her look for her father(the doctor). Lots of events happen while she stays with the Shinsengumi, as they discover mysterious secrets and fight against the Bakumatsu group. The story is overall romantic with a historical and political background.
Hiiro no Kakera: Dai Ni Shou
Hiiro no Kakera (緋色の欠片 Scarlet Fragment) is an otome game (directed at the female market, much like Hakuouki Shinsengumi: both created by Idea Factory) released in 2006. The first season premiered in April 1, 2012. Season 2 begins Sept. 29, 2012.
Opening & Ending Themes:
1. Maiko Fujita’s “Takanaru” (高鳴る)
2. Shuhei Kita’s “Kimi Dake wo” (君だけを)
The anime adaptation of this romantic series centers around Tamaki Kasuga, a 17-year-old high school girl who inherits the post as the next Tamayohime, guardian of the sword Onikirimaru. She returns home to her grandmother only to be saved by one of her five Guardians, Takuma Onizaki (her classmate who is a descendant of the oni).
Her other guardians include upperclassmen Atori Mahiro (controller of the wind) and Komura Yuuichi (descendent of the nine-tailed fox controlling illusions and spirit fire), underclassman Inukai Shinji (has the power to heal and the use of words), and the unofficial leader, Oomi Suguru (descendent of the giant snake, controller of water and able to forge powerful seals and barriers).
Much like Hakuouki Shinsengumi, Tamaki is well protected by her “boys.” Even though they outwardly find being her guardian troublesome, they do take their duty very seriously and eventually come to see her as an equal and even respect her. Caught this series on my second trip to Japan, with one eye open after a truly exhausting day of galavanting around Tokyo.
S1 ends with Tamaki’s powers as the Tamayori Hime awakened. What awaits her and her guardians as they continue their vigil of the sacred treasures and fight against the powerful Logos.
Moyashimon Returns (Season 2)
Moyashimon もやしもん is a manga series created by Masayuki Ishikawa and has been serialized since August 2004. The first season of the anime adaptation aired from October to December 2007 with 11 episodes. The second season, Moyashimon Returns, will air July 2012 with a scheduled 11 episodes.
Agricultural college student Sawaki Tadayasu has the unique ability of seeing and communicating with bacteria and microorganisms.
The Incredible Legendary Legend of the Legendary Heroes (Season 2)
This series is a continuation of the Legend of the Legendary Heroes following the exploits and heroic acts of Ryner Lute and Ferris Erris in their quest for the relics of a Legendary Hero. The second season of this series is rumored to air in October 2012.
The Legend of the Legendary Heroes (伝説の勇者の伝説 Densetsu no Yūsha no Densetsu) is a Japanese light novel series written by Takaya Kagami, and illustrated by Saori Toyota. It was first published in 2002 until 2006 with 11 volumes. Its sequel, The Great Legend of the Legendary Heroes (大伝説の勇者の伝説) was published in 2007 with a total of 9 volumes. The first animated adaptation of the series was aired in July 2010 with a total of 24 episodes.
To Love-Ru Darkness (Season 3)
The first season of this anime adaptation was aired in 2008 with a total of 26 episodes. The second season, “Motto To Love-Ru,” was aired in 2010 with 10 episodes. The third season, “To Love-Ru Darkness,” is scheduled for this October 2012.
Rito Yuuki, a high school student, has the (mis)fortune of meeting an alien girl Lala who chooses him as her husband. Unfortunately for him, Lala has many suitors and intended fiancés picked by her father. His situation worsens when Lala’s father rules that if Rito in unable to protect Lala, he will not only loose his life, but Earth will be destroyed too.
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