Anime Q3 & Q4 2015

New anime

Akagami no Shirayukihime

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Akagami no Shirayukihime (赤髪の白雪姫 Akagami no Shirayukihime, “Red-Haired Snow White”) is a fantasy shōjo manga written by Sorata Akizuki. It was serialized in Hakusensha’s monthly shōjo manga magazine since 2006, LaLa DX but has since moved to LaLa and is published in collected volumes by Hakusensha. As of May 2014, 11 volumes have been published in Japan. The eleventh volume ranked 21st in Oricon’s weekly manga ranking for the week of January 6, 2015. The anime television series has been announced for July 2015 with a total of 12 episodes. A second season has been announced to air in January 2016.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Yasahii Kibou (やさしい希望)” by Saori Hayami
2. “Kizuna ni Nosete (絆にのせて)” by eyelis

Shirayuki is a normal citizen of the kingdom of Tanbarun with one unique feature: her red hair. When the foolish, prince of Tanbarun (Raji) orders her to become his concubine because of this, she cuts off her hair and escapes to the neighboring kingdom of Clarines. On her way there, she meets and befriends Prince Zen and his two aides. When Zen is poisoned by an apple meant for her, Shirayuki successfully obtains the antidote and decides to accompany the trio to Clarines. Shortly thereafter, Shirayuki passes an exam for a position to train in the palace as a pharmacist. The story follows Shirayuki and her friends as she finds her place in Clarines and carries out her duties as a court pharmacist (while hunted by Prince Raji).

– get a room already :p –

Aoharu x Kikanjuu

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Aoharu x Kikanjū (青春×機関銃, Aoharu x Machinegun) is a manga series by NAOE, serialized in Square Enix’s shōnen manga magazine Monthly GFantasy since January 2013 and collected in six tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation has been announced for July 2015 with a total of 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “The Bravest Destiny” by Toy☆GunGun (トイ☆ガンガン) (Tomoaki Maeno, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Mikako Komatsu)
2. “Gunjou Survival (群青サバイバル)” by Mikako Komatsu (eps 1-7, 9)
3. “Tic Tac (チクタク)” by Mikako Komatsu (ep 😎

The series follows high school student Hotaru Tachibana, a girl disguised as a boy. Through strange circumstances she finds herself drawn into the world of survival games by a host (and her neighbor), Masamune Matsuoka. The two form a team with ero-manga artist Tohru Yukimura and aim to be the be the best in Japan.

Chaos Dragon: Sekiryuu Senyaku

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Chaos Dragon (ケイオスドラゴン Keiosu Doragon) is a media franchise based on the role-playing game Red Dragon by Makoto Sanda, featuring characters created by Gen Urobuchi, Kinoko Nasu, Izuki Kogyoku, Simadoriru, and Ryōgo Narita. An anime television series titled Chaos Dragon: Sekiryū Sen’eki (ケイオスドラゴン 赤竜戦役), produced by Silver Link and Connect, is scheduled to air from July 2015 with a total of 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “ISOtone” by Natsumi Kon
2. “Delta Decision” by Eykha (Miyuki Sawashiro), Lou (Maaya Uchida), Meryl (Haruka Terui) (eps 2-11)
3. “Sleep without a memory” by Natsumi Kon (ep 12)

The story takes place in the year 3105 of the sparkling era in the small country of Nil Kamui, where the guardian god Red Dragon has gone berserk.
– too chaotic. (not too entertaining) –

Charlotte

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Charlotte (シャーロット Shārotto) is an upcoming supernatural anime television series produced by P.A.Works and Aniplex and directed by Yoshiyuki Asai. The story is written by Jun Maeda with original character design by Na-Ga; both Maeda and Na-Ga are from the visual novel brand Key, who produced such titles as Kanon, Air and Clannad. The anime will premiere in July 2015 with a total of 13 episodes. A manga adaptation illustrated by Haruka Komowata began serialization in ASCII Media Works’ Dengeki G’s Comic.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Bravely You” by Lia (eps 2-9, 12-13)
2. “Yake Ochinai Tsubasa (灼け落ちない翼)” by Aoi Tada (eps 2, 5, 7-12)
3. “Rakuen made (楽園まで)” by Yusa Nishimori (Maaya Uchida) (eps 3-4)
4. “Kimi no Moji (君の文字)” by Anri Kumaki (ep 13)

In an alternate world, a small percentage of children are able to manifest superpowers upon reaching puberty. The story is set at the Hoshinoumi Academy and follows members of the student council as they help other students with problems arising from their abilities. Yuu Otosaka uses his power without others knowing, and lives a fairly normal, average school life. However, after he meets a mysterious girl named Nao Tomori, the fate of special power-users will be exposed.

– didn’t pick up until almost the end of the story –

Comet Lucifer

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Comet Lucifer (コメット・ルシファー Kometto Rushifā), is a fantasy-mecha anime television series produced by 8-Bit and directed by Yasuhito Kikuchi. It began airing on October 4, 2015 (with a scheduled 12 episodes). The anime has been licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Comet Lucifer: The Seed and the Sower (コメットルシファー ~The Seed and the Sower~)” by fhána
2. “Oshiete Blue Sky (おしえてブルースカイ)” by Ayaka Ohashi

The story takes place on the planet Gift, where precious crystals called Giftjium are buried in the earth. The protagonist, Sōgo, lives in Garden Indigo, a prosperous mining town. Sougo’s hobby is to collect rare crystals. One day, he gets wrapped up in a riot caused by his classmates Kaon, Roman, and Otto, and he loses his way until he finds a lake deep under the ground’s mining ruins. There, he meets a mysterious girl with blue hair and red eyes that gaze straight ahead. The story follows the adventure of what happens after this meeting.

Dance with Devils

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Dance with Devils is an original Japanese anime television series. It began airing in October 2015. The original manga began serialization in G Fantasy in September 2015.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Yami no Hanayome (闇の花嫁)” by Grimoire ensemble (ep 1)
2. “Kakusei no Air (覚醒のAir)” by Wataru Hatano (eps 2-)
3. “Kakusei no Air (覚醒のAir)” by Wataru Hatano (ep 1)
4. “Mademo★Iselle (マドモ★アゼル)” by PENTACLE★ (Soma Saito, Wataru Hatano, Takashi Kondou, Subaru Kimura, Daisuke Hirakawa) (eps 2-)

This is a story of Ritsuka Tachibana who is loved and charmed by beautiful devils while hunting down the “Forbidden Grimoire”.

– the anime is not too bad…until they start singing –

Gangsta

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Gangsta (ギャングスタ) is a manga by Kohske. The anime adaptation is scheduled for July 2015 with a total of 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Renegade” by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION
2. “Yoru no Kuni (夜の国)” by Annabel (eps 1-7, 9-)
3. “with You featuring ALEX BENEDETTO” by Mamiko Noto (ep 8)

In the city of Ergastulum, where made men, petty thieves, whores and cops collude, there are some deeds too dirty for even its jaded inhabitants to touch. The city is rife with racial tension between humans and the superhuman “Twilights” – its uneasy balance maintained by three ruling families and the Paulklee Guild.

Enter Benriya or “Handymen,” Nic and Worick, who handle jobs no one else will handle – for both the mafia and the police. Things get out of hand when a cop they know requests their help in taking down a new gang muscling in on the territory of a top Mafia family. It seems like business (and mayhem) as usual, but the Handymen are about to find that this job is a lot more than they bargained for.

– pretty good story. Sad. but good. –

Gate

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Gate: Jieitai Kano Chi nite, Kaku Tatakaeri (ゲート 自衛隊 彼の地にて、斯く戦えり, Gate: The Self-Defense Forces Fight Like This in That Place) is a fantasy novel series written by Takumi Yanai and illustrated by Daisuke Izuka and Kurojishi from 2006 and later published by AlphaPolis. A manga adaptation illustrated by Satoru Sao began in July 2011, and three spin-off manga began in 2015. The first half of an anime television series adaptation aired from July to September 2015 and has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks in North America. The second half will begin airing in January 2016.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “GATE: Sore wa Akatsuki no you ni (GATE~それは暁のように~)” by Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets
2. “Prism Communicate (ぷりずむコミュニケート)” by Rory (Risa Taneda), Tuka (Hisako Kanemoto), Lelei (Nao Touyama)

When a portal from another world appears in Ginza, Tokyo, a legion of soldiers and monsters emerge to attack the city. Thanks to their far more advanced weaponry and tactics, the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) easily repels the enemy, passes through the gate and establish a forward base of operations to force the Roman-styled empire of the other world to open peace negotiations. Yōji Itami is a JSDF officer of the Third Reconnaissance Team as well as an otaku, who was first at the scene, and later sent to investigate the other world, where magic, dragons and elves are real, using his knowledge of fantasy stories to make his way in this new environment.

Thanks to their efforts in humanitarian relief, although with some difficulties they were gradually able to reach out to the locals. They even had a cute elf, a sorceress and a demigoddess in their circle of new friends. On the other hand, the major powers outside the Gate such as the United States, China, and Russia were extremely interested in the abundant resources available in the Special Region. They began to exert diplomatic pressure over Japan.

A suddenly appearing portal to an unknown world—to the major powers it may be no more than a mere asset for toppling the international order. But to our protagonists it is an invaluable opportunity to broaden knowledge, friendship, and ultimately their perspective towards the world.

Garo: Guren no Tsuki

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Garo -Guren no Tsuki- (牙狼〈GARO〉-紅蓮ノ月-, Garo: The Crimson Moon) has been announced for Japanese broadcast in late 2015. This second series, which will have a premiere event at the 88th Comiket, features character designs from Masakazu Katsura. A film version of the first series has also been announced.

The first series Garo: Honoo no Kokuin (牙狼〈GARO〉-炎の刻印- lit. Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames) television anime series ran in October 2014. Unlike the first Garo anime, this series will be a jidaigeki (period drama) set in the Heian period. It will have a female protagonist.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Guren no Tsuki ~Kakusareshi Yami Monogatari~ (紅蓮ノ月~隠されし闇物語~)” by JAM Project
2. “Kamon (花紋)” by Sayaka Sasaki with Inaribayashi

Garo -Guren no Tsuki- is set in Japan during the Heian Period.

God Eater

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Gods Eater Burst, known in Japan as God Eater Burst (ゴッドイーター バースト Goddo Ītā Bāsuto), is a 2011 action role-playing game for the PlayStation Portable, developed and published by Namco Bandai Games in Japan. The game is an enhanced version of God Eater (ゴッドイーター Goddo Ītā), originally released exclusively in Japan on February 4, 2010. A sequel, God Eater 2, was released in Japan in November 2013. A television anime series based on the game is currently being produced by Ufotable for Summer 2015 release.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Feed A” by OLDCODEX
2. “Kouhai Chi (荒廃地)” by Go Shiina feat. naomi (eps 2-4, 6)
3. “Human After All” by GHOST ORACLE DRIVE feat. BiSH (ep 5)

It is 2071 in Japan, and the world is mostly destroyed by mysterious monsters known as the Aragami. The organization Fenrir is created to exterminate Aragami using weapons called God Arcs, which are made from the cells of an Aragami. Those who specialize in exterminating Aragami are known as God Eaters.

– eh –

Kangoku Gakuen

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Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Ai no Prison (愛のプリズン)” by Kangoku Danshi (監獄男子) (Hiroshi Kamiya, Katsuyuki Konishi, Kenichi Suzumura, Daisuke Namikawa, Kazuyuki Okitsu)
2. “Tsumibukaki Oretachi no Sanka (罪深き 俺たちの賛歌)” by Kangoku Danshi (監獄男子) (Hiroshi Kamiya, Katsuyuki Konishi, Kenichi Suzumura, Daisuke Namikawa, Kazuyuki Okitsu)

Hachimitsu Private Academy was once a revered, strict and elite all-girls’ boarding school on the outskirts of Tokyo. But with the new school year comes a revision to school policy: boys are to be admitted into the student body for the first time ever. But on his first day at Hachimitsu, Kiyoshi Fujino discovers that he’s one of only five boys (Takehito “Gakuto” Morokuzu, Shingo Wakamoto, Jouji “Joe” Nezu, and Reiji “Andre” Andou) enrolled at the school. Their numbers overwhelmed by the thousand girls in the student body. Even worse are the draconian laws that are still in place, which punishes even the most minor infractions with a stay in the school’s prison. A series of perverted accidents causes the five boys to be “arrested” and receive an ultimatum: either stay a month in the prison or be expelled.

Is it heaven or hell that awaits these five (un)fortunates?! Warning: Ecchi series

Kidou Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans

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Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (機動戦士ガンダム 鉄血のオルフェンズ Kidō Senshi Gandamu Tekketsu no Orufenzu), also referred to as G-Tekketsu (Gの鉄血), is a 2015 Japanese mecha drama Anime series and the fourteenth incarnation to Sunrise’s long-running Gundam mecha metaseries. It is directed by Tatsuyuki Nagai and written by Mari Okada, a team which previously collaborated on Toradora! and Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. It aired in Japan on MBS and other JNN stations on October 4, 2015 (with a scheduled 25 episodes), making this the first Gundam series to return to a Sunday late afternoon time slot since Mobile Suit Gundam AGE.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Raise your flag” by MAN WITH A MISSION
2. “Orphans no Namida (オルフェンズの涙)” by MISIA

The year is Post Disaster 323. More than 300 years after a great war between Earth and Mars known as the “Calamity War”, Mars has been successfully terraformed and colonized by humans. However even with the technological advancements, the humans in Mars crave freedom against the government of Earth and seek to improve their livelihoods. A young orphan named Mikazuki Augus is part of a group of children who work for the civilian security company Chryse Guard Security, entrusted with the safety of the Martian Princess Kudelia Aina Bernstein, who has plans for her nation of Chryse to secure independence from Earth. One day, the group was attacked by the Earth Military organization Gjallarhorn, which aims to stop the Martian independence movement. During the attack, the leader of the children and the Third Army Division within CGS, Orga Itsuka, decides to rebel against the adults and higher-ups who had escaped and left the children and foot-soldiers to remain and fight as decoys. Augus must now choose to either follow his friends, or his mission as he stumbles into the legendary mobile suit: the Gundam Barbatos.

“The sustenance of life, is on the battlefield.” (いのちの糧は、戦場にある。 Inochi no kate wa, senjō ni aru.)

One Punch Man

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One-Punch Man (ワンパンマン Wanpanman) is an ongoing webcomic created by an author using the pseudonym One, which began publication on his personal homepage on June 3, 2009. The series quickly went viral and has since surpassed 55 million hits, with an average of 60,000 hits a day. The name is a play on the long-running children’s character Anpanman, as punch (パンチ panchi) is not usually shortened to pan. A stylized digital manga remake of One-Punch Man illustrated by Yūsuke Murata began publication on Shueisha’s Young Jump Web Comics website on June 14, 2012. The idea for the remake began when Murata approached One on Twitter to discuss a possible collaboration. The anime adaptation of this sci-fi comedic series is scheduled for October 2015 with a total of 12 episodes + an OVA.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “THE HERO !! ~Okoreru Kobushi ni Hi wo Tsukero~ (THE HERO !! ~怒れる拳に火をつけろ~)” by JAM Project
2. “Hoshi yori Saki ni Mitsukete Ageru (星より先に見つけてあげる)” by Hiroko Moriguchi

The story takes place in the fictional metropolis of City Z, Japan. The world is full of strange monsters that mysteriously appear and cause many disasters. Saitama, the protagonist, is a super powerful hero who easily defeats the monsters or other villains with one punch. However, after becoming too strong, Saitama has become bored of his powers and is always trying to find stronger opponents who can fight him. On his adventures, he meets new friends, enemies, and collects a disciple, the cyborg Genos, and joins the Hero Association in order to gain fame for all of his actions to prevent evil. Despite his strength, standing and achievements, Saitama struggles to gain respect. This is in part because of his rather plain look (his hair has fallen out due to rigorous training) as a “hero, and mostly because some accuse him of being a counterfeit hero.

– the anime everyone’s been waiting for –

Overlord

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(オーバーロード Ōbārōdo) is a light novel series written by Kugane Maruyama and illustrated by so-bin. It began serialization online in 2010, before being acquired by Enterbrain. A manga adaptation with art by Hugin Miyama began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten’s seinen manga magazine Comp Ace from November 26, 2014. The anime television series adaptation by Madhouse is scheduled to air in July 2015 with a total of 13 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Clattanoia” by O×T (Masayoshi Oishi × Tom-H@ck)
2. “L.L.L.” by MYTH&ROID

The story takes place in the year 2138 when virtual reality gaming is booming. Yggdrasil, a popular online game is quietly shut down one day. However, the protagonist Momonga decides to not log out. Momonga is then transformed into the image of a skeleton as “the most powerful wizard.” The world continues to change, with non-player characters (NPCs) beginning to feel emotion. Having no parents, friends, or place in society, this ordinary young man Momonga then strives to take over the new world the game has become.

– kind of heading no where. –

Rokka no Yuusha

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Rokka no Yūsha (六花の勇者) is a light novel series written by Ishio Yamagata and illustrated by Miyagi. Shueisha has published four volumes since August 2011. A manga adaptation by Kei Toru began serialization in Shueisha’s Super Dash & Go! magazine in February 2012. Both light novel and manga are ongoing. An anime television series has scheduled for July 2015 with a total of 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Cry for the Truth” by MICHI (eps 1-4, 12)
2. “Black Swallowtail” by UROBOROS (eps 5-11)
3. “Secret Sky” by MICHI (eps 1-3, 8, 12)
4. “Dance in the Fake” by Nashetania (Yoko Hikasa) (eps 4-5, 10)
5. “Nameless Heart” by Fremy (Aoi Yuuki) (eps 6-7, 9, 11)

When the “Majin” awakes, the goddess of fate will choose six warriors and bestow them with the power to save the world. Somewhere on their bodies, a crest in the shape of a flower will appear and as a result the warriors are Rokka no Yuusha (六花の勇者) “The Heroes of the Six Flowers.”

As the day of the Majin’s revival nears, Adlet, a boy who calls himself the strongest man in the world, is chosen as one of the “Six Flowers.”

But when the heroes arrived at their designated location, seven heroes gather. That can only mean that one is an imposter and enemy. Confused by the impossible situation, suspicion and paranoia spread among the chosen (pointing towards Adlet). And within a thick forest, the heroes’ fierce battle begins!

– interesting. but a bit dragged out –

Ushio to Tora

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Ushio & Tora (うしおととら) is a supernatural, action manga by Kazuhiro Fujita. It was adapted into three OVA series: one with six episodes released from September 11, 1992 to February 1, 1993; one with four episodes released from June 11, 1993 to August 1, 1993; and one single episode OVA released on October 1, 1993. The anime was released in the United States by ADV Films. A remake of the television anime series based on the manga, to be co-produced by MAPPA and Studio VOLN, has been announced for summer 2015 with a total of 39 episodes. The TV anime series has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Mazeru na Kiken (混ぜるな危険)” by Kinniku Shoujo Tai
2. “HERO” by Sonar Pocket (eps 1-13)
3. “Makeru na Chiisaki Mono yo (負けるな小さきものよ)” by Waka Danna (若旦那) (eps 14- 26)

Ushio’s family maintains a temple in Japan, where 500 years ago, his samurai ancestor battled that same monster to a standstill, and eventually trapped him against a rock using a cursed spear called the “Beast Spear,” which grants strength, speed, and endurance to the wielder in exchange for his soul. Ushio accidentally unseals the cave Tora is trapped in.

Initially, Ushio refuses to remove the spear pinning Tora (とら) down, but Tora’s unsealed presence attracts various monsters to the temple. Ushio is forced to free Tora to save his friends from the invading spirits. The series focuses on their relationship, interspersed with battles against mythological foes, and with Tora’s attempts to grapple with modern life. During the regular battles, Ushio slowly begins to notice that as much as Tora claims to be irredeemable, the demon takes to fighting evil and defending the innocent with more enthusiasm than he cares to admit.

– i like –

Young Black Jack

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Young Black Jack (ヤング ブラック・ジャック Yangu Burakku Jakku) is a seinen manga based on the manga Black Jack written by Osamu Tezuka, and is written by Yoshiaki Tabata and illustrated by Yūgo Ōkuma. It is serialized at Akita Shoten’s Young Champion magazine in its November 2011 issue. An anime adaptation has been announced to air at Japan in October 2015 with 12 episodes. The story follows Black Jack as a medical student in the 1960s.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “I am Just Feeling Alive” by UMI☆KUUN
2. “All Categorize (オールカテゴライズ)” by Takuto (焚吐)

Young Black Jack is a prequel to Osamu Tezuka’s classic manga series about a brilliant maverick doctor who practices without a license. The year is 1968, and the world is swept up in the Vietnam War and student protests. In this time of turmoil, a mysterious young man with white and black hair and a scar on his face is enrolled in medical school. His genius skills with a surgical knife achieve many a medical miracle and are getting noticed. This hero origin story reveals how this young man earned his medical degree and the name of Black Jack.

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Diabolik Lovers: More Blood

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Diabolik Lovers (ディアボリックラヴァーズ Diaborikku Ravāzu)~Haunted Dark Bridal~ is a shoujo, vampire, visual novel released on October 11, 2012 for the PlayStation Portable by Rejet. The anime adaptation of this otome game by Zexcs is set to air on September 16, 2013. The second season is scheduled for a Fall 2015 return.

Opening & Ending Themes:
1. “Kindan no 666 (禁断の666)” by Kou Mukami (Ryouhei Kimura) & Azusa Mukami (Daisuke Kishio)
2. “nightmare-2” by Yuuki Hayashi

Heroine, Komori Yui, is a positive-thinking girl who nevertheless is troubled by seeing spirits and experiencing poltergeist phenomena. In her second year in high school, she transfers to a new school—a night school for entertainers and celebrities—due to her father’s work. There are rumors that vampires exist among the student body, and Yui ends up living with the six sadistic Sakamaki vampire brothers.

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Durarara!Durarara!! (デュラララ!! Durarara!!), often shortened to DRRR!!, is a light novel series written by Ryohgo Narita and illustrated by Suzuhito Yasuda. The series ran for thirteen volumes since April 2004 until January 2014. A sequel series titled Durarara!! SH (デュラララ!! SH Durarara!! SH) was announced following the end of the first arc. A manga adaptation by Akiyo Satorigi started serialization in the shōnen manga magazine Monthly GFantasy on April 18, 2009. The anime adaptation began airing in Japan in January 2010.

On March 15, 2014, a new TV anime series was announced. It will air in three different cours, or quarters of a year. Each cour is subtitled Shō (承, “understanding”), Ten (転, “motion”), and Ketsu (結, “conclusion”) respectively. The first cour began in January 2015, the second cour is scheduled for July 2015 and the third cour in January 2016. Crunchyroll is simulcasting the series in North America, Central America, South America, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Aniplex of America licensed the series and is streaming an English dub via Crunchyroll and Hulu.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Day you laugh” by Toshiyuki Toyonaga
2. “EXIT” by REVALCY (eps 1-11)

The story takes place a half year after the first series at Tokyo’s Ikebukuro neighborhood.

Durarara!! tells the story of a dullahan working as an underworld courier in Ikebukuro, an internet-based anonymous gang called The Dollars, and the chaos that unfolds around the most dangerous people in Ikebukuro.

Haikyuu!! 2

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Haikyū!! (ハイキュー!!) is a shonen, sports manga series written and illustrated by Haruichi Furudate. Individual chapters have been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since February 2012, with bound volumes published by Shueisha. As of August 2015, seventeen volumes have been released in Japan. The manga has been licensed in North America by Viz Media. The first season of the anime adaptation began airing in April 2014 with 25 episodes. The second season has been announced and is scheduled to air in October 2015 with another 25 episodes.

Opening & ending themes:

1. “I’m A Believer (アイム・ア・ビリーバー)” by SPYAIR
2. “Climber (クライマー)” by Galileo Galilei

Junior high school student Shōyō Hinata gains a sudden love of volleyball after seeing a national championship match on TV. Although short in height, he becomes determined to follow in the footsteps of the championship’s star player, nicknamed the “Little Giant”, after seeing his plays. He creates a volleyball club and begins practicing by himself. Eventually 3 other members join the team by his last year of middle school, pushing Hinata to persuade his two friends who are in different clubs to join just for the tournament. However, they are defeated in their first tournament game after being challenged by the championship favorite team, which includes the so-called “King of the Court” Tobio Kageyama, in the first round. Though Hinata’s team suffers a miserable defeat, he vows to eventually surpass Kageyama and defeat him.

S2: After losing against Aoba Jousai, the whole Karasuno team feels at a loss. Especially Kageyama and Hinata, who seem to be the most devastated about the defeat. However, the team soon cheers up when a chance for them to go to Tokyo appears. During their training camp there, Karasuno will meet new formidable opponents.

K: Return of Kings

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K (also called K Project) is a 2012 anime series animated by the studio GoHands and directed by Shingo Suzuki. The first season aired on October 5, 2012. The anime has been licensed by Viz Media in North America and by Madman Entertainment in Australia. The manga prequel called K: Memory of Red, illustrated by Yui Kuroe, was serialized in Kodansha’s Aria between May 28, 2012 and August 15, 2013. Another prequel manga, K: Stray Dog Story, ran in Kodansha’s good! Afternoon between November 2012 and March 2013. A third manga K: Days of Blue, was serialized in Kodansha’s Aria between November 2013 and July 2014. Four more manga series; K: The First, Gakuen K, K: Lost small world and K: Countdown are also still ongoing.

A sequel film was released on July 12, 2014. The sequel of K is scheduled for October 2015 with a total of 13 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Asymmetry (アシンメトリー)” by Yui Horie (eps 2-)
2. “Kai (解)” by CustomiZ (eps 2-)

In modern Japan, history has strangely overlapped with reality. There, seven “Kings” with great superpowers existed. Along with their clansman, to whom they shared their own power with, the kings each form clans. Order bound by blue, red flames that cause chaos, irregularities that shine in white, and reforms branched off into green.

Enter Yashiro Isana, a teenager, who lives a relatively ordinary life in the technologically-advanced Shizume City and attends Ashinaka High School. Yashiro is charismatic boy who has a habit of forgetting where his school-issued PDA is. One day, prominent member of the infamous HOMRA, Tatara Totsuka, is murdered. No one knows who the murderer is but the man bears an uncanny appearance to Yashiro. Seeking vengeance, the Red Clansmen of HOMRA set out to get Yashiro and kill him.

Noragami Aragoto

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Noragami (ノラガミ) is an action-adventure, fantasy manga series by Adachitoka that began serialization in Kodansha’s Monthly Shōnen Magazine since 2010 and is ongoing. The anime adaptation by Bones aired on January 5, 2014 with a total of 12 episodes. The first episode of Noragami was exclusively screened at the regional Anime Festival Asia 2013 (AFA) in Singapore on November 10, 2013. The second season, “Noragami: Aragoto,” premiered on October 2, 2015, and is scheduled to have 12 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Kyouran Hey Kids!! (狂乱Hey Kids!!)” by THE ORAL CIGARETTES
2. “Nirvana (ニルバナ)” by Tia


At the boundary between this realm and another, there live eight million gods, dead spirits who serve the gods, and other assorted spirits who help and meddle in the affairs of humans.

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Yato is a minor deity who lacks even a single shrine. In order to build his own shrine, he scrawls his cell number on the wall of a downtown bathroom telling people he will help them in exchange for a 5-yen offering, becoming a self-styled “delivery god.” Hiyori, the daughter of doctors, is embroiled in a traffic accident while trying to rescue Yato. This causes her to become a “hanyou,” a person who can easily lose her soul. She chases Yato down, and they begin to work together. Yato also finds a boy named Yukine who becomes a “sacred treasure” that can be used by a god. The three of them battle “you” who bring harm to humans as Yato’s hidden history is gradually revealed.

Season two of Noragami which will adapt the manga’s Bishamon arc.

Owari no Seraph: Nagoya Kessen-hen

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Seraph of the End (終わりのセラフ Owari no Serafu) is a dark fantasy manga series written by Takaya Kagami and illustrated by Yamato Yamamoto with storyboards by Daisuke Furuya. It is published by Shueisha on Jump Square and in English by Viz Media on Weekly Shonen Jump since 2012 and is ongoing. An anime adaption was announced in 2014 and premiered on April 4, 2015 with 12 episodes. The second season is planned for October 10 -December 2015.

Opening & ending themes:

1. “Two souls -towards the truth-” by fripSide
2. “Orarion” by Nagi Yanagi

In 2012, the world allegedly comes to an end at the hands of a human-made virus, ravaging the global populace and leaving only children untouched. It is at this time that vampires emerge from the recesses of the earth, likely followed by age-old horrors of the dark thought only to be myth. The vampires sweep the earth and claim it in a single violent stroke, subjugating the remnants of humanity and leading them beneath the surface to safety. This “protection” comes at the price of being livestock to their captors. At the age of 12, Yūichirō and his friend and fellow orphan Mikaela plotted to escape along with the children in Hyakuya Orphanage. However, this resulted in their deaths and Mikaela sacrifices himself in order for Yūichirō to escape and be saved by members of the Moon Demon Company, an extermination unit of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army. Four years later, Yūichirō dedicates his life to destroy vampires and seek revenge against them for murdering his “family.”

Working!!!

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Working!! is a four-panel comic strip manga series written and illustrated by Karino Takatsu, and concerns the activities of the unusual employees at the Wagnaria family restaurant. It began serialization in the January 2005 issue of Square Enix’s Young Gangan seinen manga magazine until November 2014. A 13-episode anime series produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Yoshimasa Hiraike aired in Japan in 2010 and a second season aired in 2011. A third season will begin airing in July 2015. [In North America, the anime is licensed by NIS America and is known as Wagnaria!!]

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “NOW!!!GAMBLE” by Popura Taneshima (Kana Asumi), Mahiru Inami (Saki Fujita), Yachiyo Todoroki (Eri Kitamura)
2. “Matsuge ni LOCK (まつ毛にLOCK)” by Souta Takanashi (Jun Fukuyama), Jun Satou (Daisuke Ono), Hiroomi Souma (Hiroshi Kamiya)

Set in a family restaurant in Hokkaido, the northern prefecture of Japan, 16-year-old high school student Souta Takanashi works part-time along with his strange co-workers: Popura Taneshima, a high school girl who’s a year older than Souta, yet easily mistaken for an elementary/middle schooler, and Kyoko Shirafuji, the 28-year-old store manager who doesn’t bother to do any work at all.

Spring 2015 Leftovers

Arslan Senki

arslanSenkiThe Heroic Legend of Arslan (アルスラーン戦記 Arusurān Senki) is a fantasy novel series. The author, Yoshiki Tanaka, wrote the novel in 1986 and is still writing it as of 2008, with the current number of books at 14 novels. It was adapted into a manga, which caught up with the novel and then received an original ending, and ran from November 1991 to September 1996. It also received two anime film adaptations, and a four-part, unfinished anime OVA. In 2013, a second manga adaptation started serializing at Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine, with illustrations by Hiromu Arakawa. An anime television series based on the Arakawa manga premiered on April 5, 2015 with a scheduled 25 episodes. [Tanaka sensei’s novels have no relation to the 1976 novel called Arslan written by M. J. Engh which is set in the present.] An anime television series based on the Arakawa manga aired in 2015 with a second season confirmed to air in 2016.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Boku no Kotoba Dewanai Kore wa Boku-tachi no Kotoba” by UVERworld
2. “Lapis Lazuli” by Eir Aoi
3. “Kutsuato no hana” by Mimori Yusa (ep 1)
4. “Tokimeki wo Believe” by Yumi Tanimura (ep 2)
5. “Ryote Ippai” by Shoko Suzuki (eps 4-5)

In the prosperous kingdom of Pars lies the Royal Capital of Ecbatana, a city of splendor and wonder, ruled by the undefeated and fearsome King Andragoras. Arslan is the young and curious prince of Pars who, despite his best efforts, doesn’t seem to have what it takes to be a proper king like his father.

At the age of 14, Crown Prince Arslan goes to his first battle against neighboring nation Lusitania. Unbeknownst to them, the battle is rigged from the inside by the King’s most trusted retainer, leaving only heavy lost and bloodshed behind. However, it is Arslan’s destiny to be a ruler, and despite the trials that face him, he must now embark on a journey to reclaim his fallen kingdom with the aid of his loyal servant Daryun (Arslan’s general) and Narsus, the tactician (wanna-be-painter).

Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Souma

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Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma (食戟のソーマ) is a shōnen manga series written by Yūto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki. The series has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since November 26, 2012, with tankōbon volumes being released by Shueisha and is ongoing. The series is licensed by Viz Media. An anime adaptation is scheduled for April 3 2015 with 24 episodes.

Opening Theme:

1. “Kibou no Uta (希望の唄)” by Ultra Tower (ウルトラタワー) (eps 1-14)
2. “Rising Rainbow (ライジングレインボウ)” by Misokkasu (eps 15-24)
3. “Spice (スパイス)” by Tokyo Karankoron (eps 1-14)
4. “Sacchan no Sexy Curry (さっちゃんのセクシーカレー)” by Seiko Oomori (eps 15-23)
5. “Kibou no Uta (希望の唄)” by Ultra Tower (ウルトラタワー) (ep 24)

Sōma Yukihira’s dream is to become a full time chef in his father’s restaurant and surpass his father’s culinary skills. But just as Sōma graduates from middle school, his father, Jōichirō Yukihira, closes down the restaurant to cook in America. However, Sōma’s fighting spirit is rekindled by a challenge from Jōichirō which is to survive in an elite culinary school where 10% of the students graduate.

– Warning: a “tad” ecchi. But a good anime! Two thumbs up –

Gintama°

Gin.Tama.full.1398380Gin Tama (銀魂 lit. “Silver Soul”), also known as Gintama, is a manga written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi and serialized since December 8, 2003, in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump. The series has been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) by Sunrise and was featured at Jump Festa 2006 Anime Tour in 2005. This was followed by a full anime series, which debuted in 2006 and finished four years later. A sequel titled Gintama’​ first premiered in Japan on April 4, 2011 and ended on March 26, 2012, before returning once again for a brief run from October 4, 2012 to March 28, 2013. Two animated films have also been produced. There have been various light novels and video games based on this series. The new series is scheduled to return April 8, 2015.

Opening & ending themes

1. “DAY×DAY” by BLUE ENCOUNT
2. “Destiny” by Negoto

Set in Edo, which has been conquered by aliens named Amanto (天人), the plot follows life from the point of view of samurai Gintoki Sakata, who works as a freelancer alongside his friends teenager Shinpachi Shimura and alien herculean girl Kagura in order to pay the monthly rent.

While doing their odd jobs, the three, better known as “Yorozuya” (万事屋), often clash with the police force Shinsengumi since their jobs typically involve dangerous criminals. They eventually meet some of Gintoki’s former comrades from the fight against the Amanto’s invasion, including the revolutionary Kotaro Katsura who maintains a friendly relationship with them despite his terrorist activities against the bakufu. On the other hand, Shinsuke Takasugi acts as a major antagonist throughout the series, as he wants to destroy the bakufu and sees his former comrades as enemies.

Kuroko’s Basketball 3

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Kuroko’s Basketball (黒子のバスケ Kuroko no Basuke) is a sports manga written and illustrated by Tadatoshi Fujimaki published in December 2008. The first season of the anime adaptation aired April 7, 2012 with a total of 25 episodes. The second season of the anime ran in October 6, 2013 with a total of 24 episodes. The third season aired in January 10, 2015 with a scheduled 26 episodes.

Opening & ending themes

1. “Punky Funky Love” by GRANRODEO (eps 1-12)
2. “ZERO” by Kensho Ono (eps 13-)
3. “GLITTER DAYS” by Fo’xTails (eps 1-12)
4. “Ambivalence (アンビバレンス)” by SCREEN mode (eps 13-)

The legendary six-member basketball team from Teiko Middle School, called the “Generation of Miracles,” disbands and each member enrolls into different high schools. The stage is set for the best basketball competition ever, where the “weakest” team, Seirin High, tries to make it to the nationals with the aid of the “invisible” sixth player, Tetsuya Kuroko. It is so riveting watching the animation at work. The moves on these players are so real it is hard to believe you’re not watching a real basketball game in action. What’s more, you can’t help rooting for and liking the unassuming little fella.

After winning a fierce game against Yosen High, Seirin High successfully advances on to the semifinals of the Winter Cup. They continue to aim to become the champions, but have to face many powerful opponents along the way.

Kyoukai no Rinne

Kyoukai-no-Rinne-kyoukai-no-rinne-34484056-1280-1024Rin-ne, known as Kyōkai no Rinne in Japan (境界のRINNE, lit. Rinne of the Boundary, officially subtitled as Circle of Reincarnation), is a manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi (Urusei Yatsura うる星やつら, Maison Ikkoku めぞん一刻, Ranma 1/2 らんま1/2 & Inuyasha 犬夜叉). It has been serialized in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday manga magazine since April 22, 2009 and is ongoing. A 25-episode anime television series adaptation, produced by Brain’s Base, will premiere in Japan on April 2015 with 25 episodes. Season 2 will premier sometime in 2016 with another 25 episodes.

Opening & ending themes:

1. “Oukaranman (桜花爛漫)” by KEYTALK
2. “Toki no Wa (トキノワ)” by Passepied (パスピエ)

As a child Sakura Mamiya was spirited away in the woods behind her grandma’s home. She returned whole and healthy, with no memory of the incident, but has since been able to see ghosts. Once in high school, Sakura wishes to be rid of her extrasensory perception, which is an annoyance to her. She meets a shinigami of sorts, Rinne Rokudo, who guides spirits to be reincarnation.

Ore Monogatari!!

Ore-MonogatariMy Love Story!! (俺物語!! Ore Monogatari!!?) is a romantic-comedy manga series written by Kazune Kawahara and illustrated by Aruko since 2011 and is ongoing. A television anime adaptation by Madhouse began airing in April 8, 2015 with 24 episodes. The live action film adaptation is also in production.

Opening & ending themes:

1. “Miraikei Answer” (未来形 Futuristic Anwer) by Trustrick
2. “Shiawase no Arika” (幸せのありか “Where Happiness Lies”) by Local Connect
– The soundtrack is composed by S.E.N.S. Project. –

The story follows Takeo Gouda, a tall and muscular student who doesn’t have much luck with women, as every girl he likes ends up falling for his handsome best friend, Makoto Sunakawa. This all changes when he meets Rinko Yamato, who above all other expectations falls in love with him, beginning a unique love story.

– takeo + suna are the ultimate friends –

World Trigger

worldTriggerWorld Trigger (ワールドトリガー), also known in short form as WāTori (ワートリ), is a manga series written and illustrated by Daisuke Ashihara, and serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since February 2013. An anime adaptation of the series produced by Toei Animation started airing on 5 October 2014 with an approximate 50 episodes planned.

Opening Theme:

1. “GIRIGIRI” (ギリギリ “Borderline”)
2. “Ashita no Hikari (アシタノヒカリ)” by AAA (eps 27-47)
3. “Dream Trigger (ドリームトリガー)” by Pile (eps 49-)
4. “Ashita no Hikari (アシタノヒカリ)” by AAA (eps 24-26)
5. “Dream Trigger (ドリームトリガー)” by Pile (ep 48)

In Mikado City (三門市 Mikado-shi) (280 000 inhabitants), a “gate” to a different world opens suddenly one day. Invincible aliens called “Neighbors” (近界民(ネイバー) “Near-world people”?) start appearing from this gate. Earth’s only line of defense is a mysterious group called the “Border” who are armed with weapons called “Triggers”.

Four and a half years after the gate is opened for the first time, Yūma Kuga (空閑 遊真 Kuga Yūma), a humanoid Neighbor, comes to Mikado City, where he meets Osamu Mikumo (三雲 修 Mikumo Osamu), a Border agent.

– keep it coming –

World Trigger: Isekai Kara no Toubousha

Announced at the “World Trigger Natsu Matsuri 2015,” was a new series of the World Trigger television anime that will premiere in October. The new anime series will depict an original story that was not in Daisuke Ashihara’s manga. It will also feature new characters and other elements.

Continuing

Fairy Tail (Season 7)


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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. The series’ fifth season will premiere on TV Tokyo on April 5, 2014.

Opening & Ending Themes:
1. “Masayume Chasing” by BoA (eps 1-13)
2. “Kimi to Kare to Boku to Kanojo to” (君と彼と僕と彼女と You, Me, He and She) by Breathe (eps 1-13)
3. “Strike Back” by Back-On (eps 14-28)
4. “Kokoro no Kagi” (心の鍵? “Heart’s Key”) by May J (eps 14-28)
5. “Mysterious Magic” by Do as Infinity (eps 29-39)
6. “Kimi no Mirai” (キミノミライ “Your Future”) by Root Five (eps 29-39)
7. “Break Out” by V6 (eps 40-51)
8. “Don’t let me down” by Mariya Nishiuchi (eps 40-51)
9. “Yumeiro Graffiti” by Tackey and Tsubasa (eps 52-64)
10. “Never ever” by Tokyo Girls’ Style (eps 52-64)
11. “NEVER-END TALE” by Tatsuyuki Kobayashi and Konomi Suzuki (eps 65-77)
12. “FOREVER HERE” by Yoko Ishida (eps 65-77)
13. “Believe In Myself” by Edge of Life (eps 78-)
14. “Azayaka na Tabiji (鮮やかな旅路)” by Megumi Mori (eps 78-)

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!”

Unfortunately for this anime series, this is the final season – much to the dismay of many fans at episode 175. However, it does suggest that a movie will ensue to answer much of the ending of the anime series. Who is Zeref? Who is this woman whom Gerard seems to know? What happens in the future to cause the destruction of Fiore/Fairy Tail? (Manga is still ongoing.)

On March 4, 2013, Mashima sensei announced on his Twitter account that the anime will not end yet… :O The return is planned for Spring 2014! Lately, the storyline has gone down the drain. No more rubbish, please!

Naruto Shippuden (Season 19): Naruto’s Back ~The Tracks of His Friends (ナルトの背中~仲間の軌跡~ Naruto no Senaka ~ Nakama no Kiseki)

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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 eighteenth season began airing from Aug. 21, 2014 to present. The season focuses on the climax of the battle between the Allied Shinobi Forces and Obito Uchiha.

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The season has a few opening and ending themes.

1. “Niwaka Ame ni mo Makezu” (ニワカ雨ニモ負ケズ) by NICO Touches the Walls (ep. 321-332)
2. “Tsuki no Ōkisa” (月の大きさ, “The Size of the Moon”) by Nogizaka46 (ep. 333-356)
3. “Guren” by DOES (eps 357-ongoing)
4. “Yume o Idaite ~Hajimari no Crissroads~” (夢を抱いて~はじまりのクリスロード~, “Embrace Your Dreams ~Crissroads of the Beginning~”) by Rake (ep. 321-332)
5. “Black Night Town” (ブラックナイトタウン Burakku Naito Taun) by Akihisa Kondō (ep. 333-343)
6. “Niji (虹)” by Shunku Horou (真空ホロウ) (eps 344-356)
7. “FLAME” by DISH// (eps 362-366)
8. “Guren” (紅蓮, “Crimson”) by DOES (ep. 373-379)
9. “Never Change” by SHUN and Lyu:Lyu (ep. 373-379)
10. “Silhouette” (シルエット “Shiruetto”) by KANA-BOON (ep 380-405)
11. “Kaze (風)” by Yamazaru (eps 406-431)
12. “LINE” by Sukima Switch (eps 432-)
13. “Dame Dame da” (だめだめだ, It’s Absolutely No Good) by Shiori Tomita (ep 380-393)
14. “Spinning World” by Diana Garnet (eps 394-405)
15. “Kotoba no Iranai Yakusoku (言葉のいらない約束)” by sana (eps 406-417)
16. “Niji no Sora (虹の空)” by FLOW (eps 418-)
17. “Niji no Sora (虹の空)” by FLOW (eps 418-431)
18. “Trouble Maker (トラブルメイカー)” by KANIKAPILA (eps 432-)

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!”

One Piece (Season 17: Dressrosa)

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One Piece (ワンピース) is a comedic action manga series written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since August 4, 1997. The chapters have been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) produced by Production I.G in 1998. The anime series produced by Toei Animation first began broadcasting in Japan in Oct. 20, 1999 with 626 episodes and counting. Additionally, Toei has developed eleven animated feature films, an OVA, and five television specials. Several companies have developed various types of merchandising such as a trading card game, and a large number of video games.

One Piece is currently ranked as the best-selling manga series. The anime series is on it’s 16th season.

Opening Themes:
1. “We Go!” (ウィーゴー! Wī Gō!) by Hiroshi Kitadani (ep. 517-590)
2. “Hands Up!” by Kōta Shinzato (新里 宏太) (ep. 591-628)
3. “Wake up!” by AAA (ep. 629-686)
4. “Hard Knock Days” by Generations from Exile Tribe (ep. 687 onwards)
5. “We go! (ウィーゴー!)” by Hiroshi Kitadani (eps 542, 590)

Gol D. Roger was known as the Pirate King, the strongest and most infamous being to have sailed the Grand Line. The capture and death of Roger by the World Government brought a change throughout the world. His last words before his death revealed the location of the greatest treasure in the world, One Piece. It was this revelation that brought about the Grand Age of Pirates, men who dreamed of finding One Piece (which promises an unlimited amount of riches and fame), and quite possibly the most coveted of titles for the person who found it, the title of the Pirate King.

Enter Monkey D. Luffy, a 17-year-old boy that defies your standard definition of a pirate. Rather than the popular persona of a wicked, hardened, toothless pirate who ransacks villages for fun, Luffy’s reason for being a pirate is one of pure wonder; the thought of an exciting adventure and meeting new and intriguing people, along with finding One Piece, are his reasons of becoming a pirate. Aside from his oxymoronic persona, he also has an odd physical trait: his body has the properties of rubber after unintentionally eating a Devil Fruit. Following in the footsteps of his childhood hero, Luffy and his crew, named the Straw Hat Pirates (麦わら海賊団篇 Mugiwara Kaizoku-dan) travel across the Grand Line, experiencing crazy adventures, unveiling dark mysteries and battling strong enemies, all in order to reach One Piece.

Luffy definitely has an eclectic crew: Zoro the pirate hunter, and skilled swordsman, Nami the ship’s navigator and cat buglar, Usopp the lying “Sniper King” (hence “uso-pp”), and chicken-hearted inventor, Sanji the womanizing cook, Chopper the reindeer doctor (who consumed the Human-devil fruit), Robin the archeologist (who ate the Flower-devil fruit), Franky the human-cyborg shipwright and Brook the live skeleton musician (who ate the Revive-devil fruit). Will the crew grow? Will Luffy become the Pirate King while finding One Piece?

The Straw Hats land in Dressrosa, an island controlled by the warlord Donquixote Doflamingo. Upon learning of Doflamingo’s conquering of the kingdom, the Straw Hats team up with the Revolutionaries and the kingdom’s deposed princess Viola to overthrow Doflamingo and save the island.

OVA/Movies

Summer 2015:

Yowamushi Pedal Movie

Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai After

Kamisama Hajimemashita◎ OVA: Kako-hen
Four OVA episodes bundled with the 22nd, 23rd, 24th, and 25th volumes of the manga.

Fall 2015:

High☆Speed!: Free! Starting Days ( 映画ハイ☆スピード! -Free! Starting Days-)

Kidou Senshi Gundam: The Origin
The first episode, Aoi Hitomi no Casval, will tell the story of Casval Rem Deikun and Artesia Som Deikun (Char and Sayla, before Char became known as the Red Comet) before the One-Year War in UC.0068.

The story for the second episode, Kanashimi no Artesia, moves three years ahead to U.C. 0071. The story will follow the tearful separation of the siblings Casval and Artesia (before they became known as Char and Sayla). It will also feature more of the development of the mobile suits, particularly on the Zeon side.

Kuroko no Basket: Saikou no Present Desu
A few weeks after the Winter Cup, the five players of the Generation of Miracles as well as Kuroko have settled back into everyday life. Kuroko receives and accepts an invitation to gather once again and play another game. However this clashes with his birthday party that the Seirin High team have been planning!

Strike the Blood: Valkyria no Oukoku-hen

Noragami OVA
The 10th, 11th, 15th and 16th volumes of the manga will be bundled with a DVD.

Shisha no Teikoku
The story of The Empire of Corpses takes place in 19th century Europe, and revolves around John Watson. He is scouted by the government to become a secret agent. However, Watson lives in a world where “Frankensteins,” human corpses that are re-purposed with a false soul in order to use them as laborers, are used to improve industrial development.

Shokugeki no Souma: Jump Festa 2015 Special

Tokyo Ghoul: Pinto
The story follows how Shuu Tsukiyama and Chie Hori met.

 
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