Anime Q3 & Q4 2017

New anime

18if

18if is a Japanese anime television series produced by Gonzo. It is scheduled to air from July 7, 2017. The series is licensed by Funimation in North America.

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Haruto Tsukishiro wakes up in a dream world and sees a mysterious girl named Lily. He meets Katsumi Kanzaki, learns of the existence of witches, and gets involved in various incidents.

Ballroom e Youkoso

Welcome to the Ballroom (ボールルームへようこそ) is a shonen manga series written and illustrated by Tomo Takeuchi. The manga has been serialized since 2011 and is ongoing. It is licensed in North America by Kodansha Comics USA. The anime series by Production I.G is scheduled to premiere on July 8, 2017 (with 12 episodes), with Amazon Video exclusively streaming the series worldwide.

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Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “10% roll, 10% romance” by UNISON SQUARE GARDEN
2. “Maybe the next waltz” by Mikako Komatsu

The story tells of an aimless Japanese youth, Tatara Fujita, who, after a chance encounter, is plunged into the world of competitive dancing by accident.

Fujita is attacked by a gang and saved by a mysterious man. But this isn’t a karate master; it’s a ballroom dance instructor! Reluctantly, Fujita takes a few beginner’s classes, only to find his inspiration… an entrancing, teenage dance prodigy named Shizuku. It’s Fujita’s first step into the high-octane world of competitive dance!

Centaur no Nayami

A Centaur’s Life, known in Japan as Centaur’s Worries (セントールの悩み Hepburn: Sentōru no Nayami), is a supernatural slice of life comedy manga series by Kei Murayama. The series began serialization in Tokuma Shoten’s Monthly Comic Ryū magazine from February 2011 and is ongoing. The anime adaptation by Haoliners Animation League will premiere on July 9, 2017 with 12 episodes.

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Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Oshiete Darwin” (教えてダーウィン; Tell Me, Darwin) by Purely Monster
2. “Edelweiss” by Asaka

The series takes place in a world where various mythological creatures, such as centaurs, satyrs, mermaids, demons and many other kinds of humanoid monsters and creatures, live normal lives together. The story revolves around a centaur girl named Himeno Kimihara, as she goes about her daily life with her friends and family. Yet despite their fantastical natures, Himeno and her best friends are down-to-earth, fun-loving teenagers who grapple with issues of life and love.

Code:Realize – Sousei no Himegimi

Code: Realize − Guardian of Rebirth is an otome visual novel video game developed by Otomate for PlayStation Vita, released in 2014 in Japan and in 2015 in North America and Europe. The game features a steampunk aesthetic and a cast of literary and historical figures, including Arsène Lupin, Abraham Van Helsing, Victor Frankenstein, Impey Barbicane, and Count Saint-Germain. The anime adaptation, Code:Realize ~創世の姫君~ (Code:Realize ~Sōsei no Himegimi~) is scheduled for October 2017.

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Cardia lives day to day isolated from the world in an restricted, abandoned mansion in order to fulfill her promise to her father. Her body carries a deadly poison that rots or melts anything that her skin touches – causing the locals to call her “monster” so her father told her to stay away from people and love. Unfortunately, he left.

One day, her quiet solitude is interrupted when the Royal Guards break in to capture her. That’s when she meets the chivalrous thief Arsène Lupin who helps her break free from the Royal Guards. Cardia then finds herself on a journey with Lupin to locate her father. The two are soon joined by four more interesting and handsome gentlemen (vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, researcher/scientist Victor Frankenstein, engineer/inventor Impey Barbicane and European courtier/mysterious landowner Saint-Germain).

Dies irae

Dies irae (ディエス・イレ Diesu Ire) is a visual novel video game developed by Light. There are several different versions of the game. The anime series, animated by the studio A.C.G.T., is scheduled for broadcast in October 2017.

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Prior to the events of the story, the Longinus Dreizehn Orden, a group of Nazi sorcerers, perform a ritual in Berlin on May 1, 194, using the lives lost in battle as a sacrifice for their spell. For them, the slaughter in the city is nothing but the perfect ritual sacrifice in order to bring back the Order of the 13 Lances, a group of supermen whose coming would bring the world’s destruction. Years later, no one knows if this group of officers succeeded, or whether they lived or died. Few know of their existence, and even those who knew began to pass away as the decades passed.

In present-day Japan, Suwahara City, Ren Fuji is released from the hospital two months after recovering from a brawl with his friend Shirou Yusa. He tries to value what he has left to him, but every night he sees the same dream: A guillotine. Murderers who hunt people, and the black clothed knights who pursue the murderers. He is desperate to return to his normal, everyday life, but even now he hears Shirou’s words: “Everyone who remains in this city eventually loses their minds.” Then the Longinus Dreizehn Orden returns.

Dive!!

DIVE!! (ダイブ) is a comedic sports novel series written by Eto Mori. Four novels were published by Kodansha between August 20, 2000 and August 8, 2002. The novel inspired five volumes of manga adaptation from 2007 until 2008. A live-action film was then produced in 2008 and the anime adaptation is scheduled for July 6, 2017.
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Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Taiyō mo Hitoribocchi” (The Sun Is Also Lonely) by Qyoto
2. “New World” performed by Yūta Hashimoto.

The series centers on the Mizuki Diving Club (MDC), which is on the verge of closing down after having financial troubles. The club’s new coach, Kayoko Asaki, persuades the club’s parent company to stay open on one condition: that the club sends one of its members to next year’s olympics as part of Japan’s olympic team.

Enter protagonists Tomoki Sakai, middle schooler in the MDC who’s been diving for six years. He was a mediocre diver at first, but quickly improved under the guidance of Kayoko.

Fate/Apocrypha

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Fate/Apocrypha (フェイト/アポクリファ) is a light novel series in Type-Moon’s Fate/stay night franchise, written by Yūichirō Higashide and illustrated by Ototsugu Konoe since December 2012 until 2014. A manga adaptation illustrated by Akira Ishida is serialized in Kadokawa Shoten’s Comp Ace magazine. The anime adaptation by A-1 Pictures is scheduled to premiere in July 2017 with 25 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:
1. “Eiyū Unmei no Uta” (英雄 運命の詩; The Song of a Hero’s Fate) by EGOIST
2. “Désir” by GARNiDELiA

The story is set in a parallel world to original Fate/stay night, where the House of Einzbern summoned a Ruler rather than an Avenger in the Third Holy Grail War, and the Holy Grail was removed from Fuyuki City to Romania after the war. Thus the events of Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero never happened.

It focuses on the conflict between the two opposing factions, Red and Black, each summoning seven Servants and the Grail itself summoning a special Ruler-class servant as a mediator of the Holy Grail War. The Red faction members are mages sent by the Clock Tower Mage’s Association, while the Black faction members are part of a Romanian group of magi called Yggdmillennia.

One Mage took advantage of the chaos of World War II to steal the Holy Grail. Several decades pass, and the Yggdmillennia family, who look upon the Holy Grail as its symbol, defects from the Mages’ Association. Furious, the Association sent forces to deal with the Yggdmillennia, but are defeated. With the Holy Grail system changed, war at an unprecedented scale breaks out.

Hitorijime My Hero

Hitorijime My Hero (ひとりじめマイヒーロー) is a romantic manga written and illustrated by ARII Memeko since ?? and is ongoing. It is a spinoff from Hitorijime Boyfriend. (both yaoi themed)
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The story focuses on the high school teacher Kōsuke Ōshiba, and the incompetent delinquent Masahiro Setagawa. Both characters appeared in Hitorijime Boyfriend, and Kōsuke is the brother of the earlier manga’s protagonist Kensuke.

Inuyashiki

Inuyashiki (いぬやしき) is a science fiction manga series written and illustrated by Hiroya Oku. The series debuted in the January 2014 issue of Kodansha’s seinen manga magazine and has since ended in 2017. As of April 2016, six compilation volumes have been published. The anime adaptation is scheduled for October 2017.

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Ichiro Inuyashiki is a down on his luck elderly, friendless man with a family who ignores and disrespects him. While only 58 years old, his geriatric looks often have him written off as a pathetic old man by the world around him. On top of everything else, his doctor has revealed that he has cancer and it appears that he has little time left in this world.

One fateful day he is struck by a mysterious explosion in a public park, which is of extraterrestrial origin, his body is replaced by an incredibly powerful, but still outwardly human, mechanical body. He quickly realizes the extent of his body’s powers, and after saving a homeless man being beaten by a pack of teenagers, he decides to dedicate himself to doing good, using his powers to heal those with incurable diseases and fight crime.

However, a teenager who was with him at the time of the explosion, Shishigami Hiro, had the same fate as Ichiro, but unlike Inuyashiki, Shishigami becomes a sociopath who uses his new found abilities to murder classmates he dislikes and innocent people, including young children, just for amusement. His acts of cruelty brings him the attention of the police, who can do nothing to stop him, and it does not take long for Hiro to become the most wanted criminal in the country. The series then keeps following these two different individuals who once shared the same, bizarre experience, as their paths are destined to clash.

Just Because!

Just Because! is an upcoming original anime television series by Hajime Kamoshida. It is scheduled to premiere in October 2017 with Pine Jame producing the animation.

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The story focuses on the feelings of a group of high school students at the near of graduation and the sudden appearance of transfer student who changes their life.

Kekkai Sensen & BEYOND

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Blood Blockade Battlefront (血界戦線 Kekkai Sensen, “Bloodline Battlefront”) is a supernatural action shōnen manga by Yasuhiro Nightow. It has been published bimonthly in the magazine Jump SQ.19 from February to April 2009 and moved to Jump Square. The manga is published in the United States by Dark Horse Comics. The first season of the anime series ran in April 2015 with 12 episodes. The second season is scheduled to air sometime in October 2017 with an additional 12 episodes.

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The plot revolves around a young photographer named Leonardo Watch, who obtains ‘the All Seeing Eyes of the Gods’ at the cost of his sister’s eyesight (sounds a little like the Uchihas…). After the incident, Leonardo moves to the city of Hellsalem’s Lot to join an organization known as Libra to fight several monsters as well as terrorists.

Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun

Cleanliness Boy! Aoyama-kun (潔癖男子!青山くん Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun) is an ongoing seinen manga series by Taku Sakamoto. It has been serialized in Shueisha’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump since 2014 and has been collected in seven tankōbon volumes. The anime adaptation is scheduled for July 3, 2017.

Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “White” by Bentham
2. “Taiyō ga Kureta Kisetsu” (The Season the Sun Gave Us) by Fujimi High School Soccer Team

Aoyama, the handsome young soccer genius obsessed with cleanliness. He doesn’t tackle and doesn’t head the ball. If he’s doing a throw-in, he’ll only do it if he’s wearing gloves.

Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World

Kino’s Journey: the Beautiful World (キノの旅 -the Beautiful World), shortened to Kino’s Journey, is a sci-fi fantasy light novel series written by Keiichi Sigsawa, with illustrations by Kouhaku Kuroboshi. The series began serialization in 2000 and is ongoing. A spin-off light novel series titled Gakuen Kino began with the first volume published on July 10, 2006 by ASCII Media Works; four volumes have been released as of July 2010. The first anime adaptation of the series, with 13 episodes, produced by A.C.G.T and Genco aired in 2003. There were also two 30-minute animated films produced in 2005 and 2007. In 2017, two manga adaptations and a new anime series (October 2017) have been announced.

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Protagonist Kino, accompanied by a talking motorcycle named Hermes, travels through a mystical world of many different countries and forests, each unique in its customs and people. She spends only three days and two nights in every town, without exception, on the principle that three days is enough time to learn almost everything important about a place, while leaving time to explore new lands.

Knight’s & Magic

Knight’s & Magic (ナイツ&マジック) is a fantasy-mecha light novel series written by Hisago Amazake-no and illustrated by Kurogin. The series originated as a web novel before being picked up for print publication by Shufunotomo. A manga adaptation by Takuji Katō is published by Square Enix, and the anime adaptation is scheduled for July 2, 2017.
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Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Hello!My World!!” by fhána
2. “You & I” (ユー&アイ) by Ayaka Ohashi

A Japanese mecha otaku and talented programmer dies in a car accident and his soul is reincarnated into another world as Ernesti “Eru” Echevarria. Eru inherits memories and interests from his previous life, and aims to be a pilot of a Silhouette Knight, a large humanoid weapon that really exists in his world.

Koi to Uso

Love and Lies (恋と嘘 Koi to Uso) is a shonen manga written by Musawo (also known as Tsumugi Musawo 紬木 ムサヲ). It is being published by Kodansha since 2014 (and is ongoing) with releases online by DeNA’s Manga Box app in multiple languages. An anime adaptation is scheduled for July 3, 2017, and live-action film adaptation has been announced.
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Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Kanashii Ureshii” (Sad and Happy) by Frederic
2. “Can’t you say” by Roys

The series follows a young boy and his feelings for a girl who is his longtime crush, despite another girl was already assigned by the government to become his future wife.

Yukari Nejima finally confesses his love to schoolmate and long-time crush Misaki Takazaki and discovers she has liked him back. However, when he turns 16, he is assigned another girl, Lilina Sanada, as his future wife. Lilina is not that thrilled about being assigned, and is very willing to let Yukari freely relate with Misaki so she can learn what being in love is really like. The story follows their adventures of the teens as they try to relate with one another while keeping up appearances with the government.

Made in Abyss

Made in Abyss (メイドインアビス Meido in Abisu) is a seinen manga series by Akihito Tsukushi. It has been serialized online via Takeshobo’s digital publication Web Comic Gamma since October 2012 and is ongoing, with five tankōbon volumes. The anime adaptation by Kinema Citrus is scheduled to air on July 7, 2017.
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Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Deep in Abyss” by Miyu Tomita & Mariya Ise
2. “Tabi no Hidarite, Saihate no Migite” by Miyu Tomita, Mariya Ise, & Shiori Izawa

The “Abyss,” an enormous pit and cave system, is the last unexplored place in the world. Strange and wonderful creatures roam within, and it is full of precious relics that present humans can’t recreate. Those that dare to explore the depths are known as “Cave Raiders.”

Enter orphan girl Rico who lives in the town of Ōsu on the edge of the Abyss. Her dream is to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Cave Raider and solve the mysteries of the Abyss. One day she explores the caves and discovers a robot who resembles a human boy.

Mahoutsukai no Yome

The Ancient Magus’ Bride (魔法使いの嫁 Mahō Tsukai no Yome) is a supernatural fantasy shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Kore Yamazaki. The series was published in Japan by Mag Garden since 2013 and is ongoing. A three-part prequel anime is being produced by Wit Studio in 2016, and an anime television series adaptation will begin airing in October 2017.

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Chise Hatori has lived a life full of neglect and abuse, devoid of anything resembling love. Far from the warmth of family, she has had her share of troubles and pitfalls. Just when all hope seems lost, a fateful encounter awaits her. When a man with the head of a beast, wielding strange powers, obtains her through a slave auction, Chise’s life will never be the same again. The man is a “magus,” a sorcerer of great power, who decides to free Chise from the bonds of captivity. The magus then makes a bold statement: Chise will become his apprentice – and his bride!

Nana Maru San Batsu

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Nana Maru San Batsu (ナナマル サンバツ “7 Right, 3 Wrong”, also known as 7O3X) is a seinen manga series by Iqura Sugimoto since 2010 and is ongoing. The anime adaptation is scheduled for July 4, 2017 with 12 episodes.

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1. “On My MiND” by Mrs. Green Apple
2. “○○○○○” by Babyraids Japan

As soon as he entered high school, the first year student Koshiyama Shiki was invited to the mysterious Quiz Study Group led by his senior, Mari Fukami (an experienced quiz competitor). What will Shiki encounter in the dazzling world of competitive quizzes?!

Princess Principal

Princess Principal (プリンセス プリンシパル Purinsesu Prinshiparu) is a Japanese anime television series produced by Studio 3Hz and Actas. The series is directed by Masaki Tachibana, written by Ichirō Ōkouchi and character designs by Kouhaku Kuroboshi and Yukie Akiya. The series will air in July 2017 with 12 episodes. A spin-off game titled Princess Principal Game of Mission is under development.

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Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “The Other Side of the Wall” by Void_Chords feat.MARU
2. “A Page of My Story” by Akari Kageyama, Akira Sekine, Ayaka Imamura, Nozomi Furuki, & Yō Taichi

The “spy action” series follows five girls (Beatrice, Princess, Angie, Chise and Dorothy) in 19th century London, a city within the Albion Kingdom divided into east and west by a large wall. The girls serve as undercover spies enrolled as students at the prestigious Queen’s Mayfair school. They make use of their individual abilities to remain active in the underground world of disguise, espionage, infiltration, and car chases.

Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru

Saredo Tsumibito wa Ryuu to Odoru されど罪人は竜と踊る (lit: Even So, Sinners Dance with Dragons: Dances with the Dragons) is a light novel written by Asai Labo and illustrated by Haibara Yaku and Miyagi. The anime adaptation is scheduled for October 2017.

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The series takes place in an alternate world, staged mostly in the city of Eridana, whose territory is half in the Tseberun Dragon Empire, and half in the Lapetodes Seven Cities Alliance. Each half is separated by the Orielal River. In this world, special abilities called spell formulas (咒式, jushiki) exist, which are essentially chemical reactions augmented through special weapons that cause a magic spell-like effect. These special weapons are called Magic Staff weapons, and are as varied as regular weapons are. Spell formulists use these spell formulas to fight with “Beasts of Abhorrent Form,” natural creatures that use spell formulas and pose a threat to humans, such as Dragons, Aions, or Enormes.

The story focuses on the two main characters, Gaius Sorel and Gigina Ashley-Bufh, the only two employees of Spell Formulist dispatch office Ashley-Bufh & Sorel Co. They are met with a variety of requests from a variety of clients, all requiring the adept use of spell formulas.

Shoukoku no Altair

Altair: A Record of Battles (将国のアルタイル Shōkoku no Altair) is a historical fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Kotono Katō. It is serialized in Kodansha’s Monthly Shōnen Sirius since July 2007 and is ongoing. It won Best Shōnen Manga in the 41st Annual Kodansha Manga Awards. The anime series produced by MAPPA will premiere on July 7, 2017 as Amazon Video streams it worldwide.

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Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Rasen no Yume” by SID
2. “Taiyō no Aitōka” (たいようの哀悼歌) by Flower

For generations the Türkiye Devleti and the militaristic Balt-Rhein Empire have stood in stern opposition to each other in the great continent of Rumeliana. Protagonist and young war Pasha orphan, Mahmut, desires for peace in his war ravaged country of Türkiye. Then one night, an imperial minister is found assassinated, the two nations are plunged into a potentially explosive situation.

After playing a vital role in solving two schemes within his country, Mahmut sets out on a journey to see more the outside world, only to witnesses Balt-Rhein’s growing influence on the continent. To protect his homeland, Mahmut and his companions travels across West Rumeliana to ensure an alliance between his country and the other nations to face against the Balt-Rhein Empire and their frightening expansionist movement. With the creation of the Tripartite Military Alliance with Greater Türkiye, Republic of Venedik and Urado Kingdom, and the cooperation of the Cuore Alliance, the Anti-Imperial Alliance battles against the Balt-Rhein Empire in the Great Rumeliana War.

In his journey, Mahmut comes to discover the devious truth behind the assassination. Thus the young pasha’s battle for his country, peace, and trust in his fellow man begins!

Sword Gai

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Sword Gai (ソードガイ Sōdo Gai) is a manga series written by Toshiki Inoue with original character design by Keita Amemiya and art by Wosamu Kine. It began serialization in Shogakukan’s seinen manga magazine Hero’s in 2012 and has been collected into five tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by DLE and Fields is scheduled to air in Spring 2016, but has since been pushed to 2017.

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A woman died a suspicious death in the forest. Beside her, the sword-smith Amon finds a new-born boy with a tragic fate and takes him in. About 10 years later, this boy who is named Gai and who has become Amon’s apprentice, loses his right arm in an accident while making a sword. Amon decides to take a sword called “Shiryuu,” which is a sword with demonic powers that has been passed down for generations, and fashion it into an artificial arm for Gai. That was the beginning of it all…

The story of this boy, who has become one with a demonic weapon and is drawn into a cruel fate in which he must face countless battles, can be seen as either the story of “a beautiful weapon and an ugly person” or of “the cruelty of weapons and the beauty of humans.” This is a completely new world of comic noir.

The Reflection Wave One

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THE REFLECTION公式サイト is scheduled to air on July 22, 2017 with a total of 12 episodes. The anime is a collaboration series between comic pioneer Stan Lee (Spider-Man, X-Men, Heroman), his Pow! Entertainment company, Studio DEEN, and director Hiroshi Nagahama (Mushi-Shi, Flowers of Evil, Detroit Metal City).

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After THE REFLECTION, some of the people in all parts of the world are discovered with super powers.
Some become heroes, and others villains. How did the Reflection happen? What was the cause of it?

With many unsolved mysteries, the world is lead into turmoil.

Vatican Kiseki Chousakan

Vatican Miracle Examiner (バチカン奇跡調査官 Bachikan Kiseki Chōsakan) is a mystery light novel series written by Rin Fujiki and illustrated by THORES Shibamoto. The series began in 2007 and is ongoing. A manga adaptation by Eiji Kaneda ran from 2012 to 2014, and a second one, illustrated by Anjue Hino, began serialization in 2016. The anime adaptation is scheduled for July 7, 2017. The anime will be streamed on Amazon Prime Video.

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1. “Mysterium” by SCREEN mode
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The story follows two men, Hiraga Josef Kō, a genius scientist, and Robert Nicholas, an archives and cryptanalysis expert. They work as a team for the mysterious organization The Seat of the Saints (聖徒の座 Seito no Za), an element of the Vatican dedicated to investigating alleged miracles around the world.

Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou

Youkai Apartment no Yuuga na Nichijou (妖怪アパートの幽雅な日常 Refined Daily Life at the Supernatural Entity Apartment) is a comedic supernatural light novel series written by Hinowa Kōzuki in 2003 until 2009 with 10 volumes. The manga adaptation, illustrated by Miyama Waka, was serialized in 2011.
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The novels’ story centers on Yūshi Inaba, a 16-year-old boy whose parents died three years ago. He moved into his uncle’s house, but resolved to move into a dormitory in high school. Those plans were dashed when that dormitory burned down. He eventually finds an apartment with cheap 25,000-yen (about US$220) rent. Yūshi finds out too late that the apartment is home to supernatural creatures such as ghosts, yōkai, and mononoke, and his daily life becomes embroiled in the eccentric apartment.

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3-gatsu no Lion

March Comes in Like a Lion (3月のライオン Sangatsu no Raion, lit. March Lion) is an ongoing comedic sports manga series by Chica Umino (best known for Honey and Clover). It began serialization in Hakusensha’s seinen manga magazine Young Animal since 2007. The first season of anime adaptation aired in October 2016 with a total of 23 episodes. A two-part live action film adaptation is scheduled for release in March and April 2017. The second season is scheduled for October 2017.

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Set in Tokyo, the series follows the life of a 17-year-old professional shōgi player, Rei Kiriyama (lit. “Zero”). He lives by himself, supported by his salary playing shogi, not having a real family, and scarcely any friends. Among his acquaintances are the Kawamoto sisters (and their cats): Akari, Hinata and Momo, who always treat him as their own.

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HoozukiHoozuki no Reitetsu (鬼灯の冷徹)is a supernatural dark comedy manga series written and illustrated by Natsumi Eguchi. The ongoing manga was nominated for the Manga Taisho in 2012. The first season of the anime adaptation aired January 31, 2014 with 13 episodes. It was well-received by English-language reviewers. The second season is scheduled for October 2017.

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Demon Ogre Hoozuki (鬼灯 Hōzuki) is the aide to the great king of Hell, King Enma (閻魔大王 Enma-Daiō). Calm, serious and super-sadistic, Hoozuki tries to resolve the various problems in Hell, including a rampaging Momotarou and his companions. However, he also likes spending his free time on his hobbies, such as fawning over cute animals and raising “Goldfish Flowers.”

Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu

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Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu (活撃 刀剣乱舞) is an anime television series produced by Ufotable and directed by Toshiyuki Shirai, with music composed by Hideyuki Fukasawa. It is based on the video game Touken Ranbu.

Touken Ranbu (刀剣乱舞 Tōken Ranbu, lit. “Wild Swords Dance”) is a free-to-play collectible card browser video game developed by Nitroplus and DMM Games, available only in Japan since 2015. It was adapted into two anime series. The first is scheduled for Fall 2016 with 12 episodes. The spinoff, “Katsugeki! Tōken Ranbu” will premier in July of 2017.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Hikari Dantsu Ame” (ヒカリ断ツ雨) by Sōma Saitō
2. “Hyakka Ryōran” (百火撩乱; Hundred Flames Blooming) by Kalafina

The year is 1863, the tumultuous samurai era is coming to an end. Japan is split between the pro-shogunate and anti-shogunate factions. The fate of the world is threatened as an army of historical revisionists are sent from the future to alter the course of history. In order to bring these forces down and protect the real history, two sword warriors, spirits who are swords brought to life by Saniwa (sage), rush to Edo with a lively gang of warriors to confront the invaders.

Saiyuuki Reload Blast

Saiyuki (最遊記) is an adventure manga series by Kazuya Minekura serialized in G-Fantasy from 1997 to 2002. It spawned multiple manga sequels, anime adaptations, video games and other media. The story is loosely based on the Chinese novel Journey to the West 西遊記. The first season of anime, Gensomaden Saiyuki, ran from April 4, 2000 – March 27, 2001 with 50 episodes. Season 2, Saiyuki ReLoad, ran from October 2, 2003 – March 2, 2004 with 25 episodes. The third installment, Saiyuki ReLoad GunLock, ran from April 1, 2004 – September 23, 2004 with 26 episodes. There were also nine OVAS (1999, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2011) and an anime film in 2001. The current installment for the series, Saiyuuki Reload Blast, is scheduled for July 5, 2017.
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Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Move on! Ibaramichi” (move on! イバラミチ) by GRANRODEO
2. “Refrain” (リフレイン) by Luck Life

Saiyuki is the story of four anti-heroes: a cantankerous, ill-tempered, smoking, gun-wielding monk Genjyo Sanzo (Koryu), the cheerful monkey king Son Goku 孫悟空, the flirtatious half-demon Sha Gojyo 沙悟浄, and the man who turned into a demon (and owner of Hakuryuu a pet dragon who turns into a Jeep), mild-mannered Cho Hakkai 豬八戒 (formerly known as Cho Gonou).

They have been dispatched by the Sanbutsushin (the Three Aspects of Buddha, who relay the orders of heaven) to travel to India to stop the possible resurrection of the Ox-Demon-King, Gyumaoh. Along the way they are beset by inept assassins, bad weather, and their own tragic personal pasts. Meanwhile, the villains, two unlikely confidants, Gyokumen Koushou (Gyumaoh’s concubine, a demon) and a mad scientist, Dr. Nii Jianyi (a human), continue their attempts to restore the long-dead king. These experiments, a forbidden mixture of science and magic, spawn the “Minus Wave”, infecting all of the demons in Shangri-La with madness, shattering the fragile peace that once existed between humans and demons.

Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara

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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. Season 2 aired in July 2016 with 13 episodes, plus 4 OVAs. The third season is scheduled for October 2017.

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Opening & Ending Themes:

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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. Here comes a three way final to the Autumn Elections: Souma x Akira x Ryou!

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

Spring 2017 Leftovers

Boku no Hero Academia 2

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Boku no Hero Academia OR My Hero Academia (僕のヒーローアカデミア Boku no Hīrō Akademia) is a superhero, sci-fi manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 2014 and is ongoing. The manga is adapted into an anime television series and began airing on April 3, 2016 with a scheduled 13 episodes. The second season has been confirmed for March 2017 with 14 episodes + OVA.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Peace Sign” (ピースサイン) by Kenshi Yonezu
2. “Sora ni Utaeba” (空に歌えば) by Amazarashi
3. “Dakara, Hitori ja nai” (だから、ひとりじゃない) by Little Glee Monster
4. “Datte Atashi no Hero” by LiSA

The story follows Izuku Midoriya, a boy born without superpowers in a world where superpowers known as “Quirks” (個性 Kosei) are the norm. After he tries to save his childhood friend/bully, Katsuki, from a Villain, All Might, the world’s greatest Hero, bestows upon Izuku his own quirk, “One For All”. The story then follows Izuku’s entrance into U.A. High School (雄英高校 Yūei Kōkō), a school that cultivates the next generation of Heroes and his grueling months of training.

Sakurada Reset

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Sakurada Reset (サクラダリセット Sakurada Risetto) is a sci-fi light novel series written by Yutaka Kōno and illustrated by You Shiina. The series was published by Kadokawa Shoten between 2009 and 2012. The anime television series and a pair of live-action films are scheduled for the Spring 2017 with 13 episodes.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Reset” by Yui Makino
2. “Dakara Boku wa Boku o Tebanasu” (So I Let Go of Myself) by Weaver
3. “Tonariau” by THE ORAL CIGARETTES
4. “Colors of Happiness” by Yui Makino

Almost half the population of Sakurada, a small town near the Pacific Ocean, has some form of special power. These powers range from being able to enter the mind of a cat, to resetting the world back to a certain point in time in the past.

The story centers on two high school students. Kei Asai has the ability to perfectly remember anything he sees and hears, while Misora Haruki can turn back or “reset” time for a maximum of three days.

Both students are members of their school’s “Service Club,” which their town’s administration bureau “Kanrikyoku” uses to observe people with powers and protect the peace. By using their powers together (Kei can remember things even when time has been reset), they solve cases for the club. Kei learns of the “MacGuffin” stone, which looks like a worthless black stone, but in reality will turn out to be the stone upon which the existence of Sakurada will hinge on.

Continuing

Boruto: Next Generations

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BORUTO―ボルト― ―NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS― is a monthly manga series written by Ukyō Kodachi and illustrated by Mikio Ikemoto, which is supervised by original manga creator Masashi Kishimoto. The series serves as official continuation of the Naruto franchise. It adapts the story-line of Boruto: Naruto the Movie and then continues the story afterwards. The manga launched on May 9, 2016 in the 23rd issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump, and is simultaneously published in Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine in English. The anime adaption is scheduled for April 2017.

Opening & Ending Themes:

1. “Baton Road” by KANA-BOON
2. “Dreamy Journey” by The Peggies

One Piece (Season 19: Whole Cake Island)

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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 18th season.

Opening Themes:
1. “We Can” (ウィーキャン! Wī Kyan!) by Kishidan (ep. 747 onwards)
2. “Hard Knock Days” by Generations from Exile Tribe (ep. 687 onwards)

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.

Season 19 brings the straw hats face to face with Big Momma’s gang of pirates.

OVA/Movies

Summer 2017:

Bungou Stray Dogs 2 OVA

Free!: Timeless Medley – Yakusoku (movie)

Haikyuu!! Sainou to Sense (movie)
A compilation film depicting the match against Aoba Johsai High School in the second season of the anime series. It will also include new scenes portraying what happened after the match.

Haikyuu!! Concept no Tatakai (movie)
A compilation film depicting the match against Shiratorizawa Academy in the third season of the anime series.

Kimi no Koe wo Todoketai (movie)
The story depicts of the worries, conflicts, and dreams of a high school girl in Shōnan. Nagisa, a girl who is a little impatient because she cannot find her future calling, wanders into a mini FM radio station that has been disused for several years. On impulse, she tries to become a DJ, and her broadcasted words by chance unexpectedly reaches people.

No Game No Life -Zero- (movie)

Fall 2017:

Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] I. presage flower

Haikara-san ga Tooru Movie
The manga is set in Tokyo in the Taisho era (1912-1926). The story follows Benio “Haikara-san” Hanamura, who lost her mother when she was very young and has been raised by her father, a high-ranking official in the Japanese army. As a result, she has grown into a tomboy — contrary to traditional Japanese notions of femininity, she studies kendo, drinks sake, dresses in often outlandish-looking Western fashions instead of the traditional kimono, and is not as interested in housework as she is in literature. She also rejects the idea of arranged marriages and believes in a woman’s right to a career and to marry for love.

Free! Take Your Marks (movie)
Special sequel

Busou Shoujo Machiavellianism OVA

 
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