Prison School

Prison school




Prison School (監獄学園プリズンスクール Purizun Sukūru?) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Akira Hiramoto. It began serialization in Kodansha‘s Weekly Young Magazine on February 7, 2011. Yen Press has licensed the manga in North America. An anime adaptation premiered in July 2015,[1] while a live-action drama television series aired in October 2015.[2]

 

Plot

Hachimitsu Academy, one of the strictest girls academies in Tokyo, has decided to admit boys into their system. Kiyoshi Fujino is one of these new boys, but he discovers to his shock that he and his four friends—Takehito “Gakuto” Morokuzu, Shingo Wakamoto, Jouji “Joe” Nezu, and Reiji “Andre” Andou—are the only male students among 1,000 girls. The draconian laws that are still in place make the school even worse, which punishes even the most minor infractions with a stay in the school’s prison. The five boys all commit to voyeurism in the school’s bathing area with the perverted philosophy of “all for one, one for all”. Their capture and “arrest” by the Underground Student Council causes the five boys to receive an ultimatum: either stay a month in the school’s Prison Block or be expelled. The boys are incarcerated in the Prison Block together and Kiyoshi is overwhelmed by the discovery that all the other boys are masochists that revel in the punishments handed to them by their attractive but vicious supervisors.

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prison school

Main characters

Kiyoshi Fujino (藤野 清志 Fujino Kiyoshi?)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya[3] (Japanese); Austin Tindle[4] (English)
Portrayed by: Taishi Nakagawa[5]
Kiyoshi is the main character of the series, having enrolled from the same middle school as Shingo. He is the first boy in Hachimitsu Academy to make contact with a girl when he befriends Chiyo, whom he develops feelings for. So far, he is the only one of the five boys to have been sent to prison more than once.
Takehito Morokuzu (諸葛 岳人 Morokuzu Takehito?)
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi[3] (Japanese); Eric Vale[4] (English)
Portrayed by: Tokio Emoto[5]
Nicknamed “Gakuto”, he is the bespectacled boy in the group. He is an expert strategist with an otaku interest in the Three Kingdoms, having enrolled from the same middle school as Joe. He often uses old-fashioned speech and is highly eccentric. His love interest is Mitsuko.
Shingo Wakamoto (若本 真吾 Wakamoto Shingo?)
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura[3] (Japanese); Clifford Chapin[4] (English)
Portrayed by: Masato Yano[5]
Shingo is a blonde who looks like a delinquent. His love interest is Anzu, and he is shown to be a strong pessimist. He attended the same middle school as Kiyoshi.
Prison School

Prison School

BIKINI WARRIORS boobs

Bikini warriors



The series consists of a sequence of short stories describing the (mís-) adventures of four female adventurers in a fantasy world teeming with dangerous monsters and hostile magicians. Clad in generously cut-out, yet effective bikini-type armor, the four women must learn to overcome the hazards of their world to meet their living expenses while at the same time trying to get comfortable with the idea of exposing too much of their curvaceous physiques.

Main characters[edit]

Fighter (ファイター Faitā?)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa
Bikini warriors Fighter

Bikini warriors Fighter

A redhaired, somewhat impulsive and stubborn woman, and the party’s leader. She is also the daughter of a legendary warrior who saved the country in the past.
Paladin (パラディン Paradin?)
Voiced by: Kana Ueda
A beautiful blonde woman who (most unbecoming to her vocation) harbors closeted sexual desires.
Mage (メイジ Meiji?)
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma

Bikini Warriors - Mage

Bikini Warriors – Mage

The youngest and most timid member of the adventure party, the Mage is a child-like purple-haired girl skilled in the art of sorcery.
Dark Elf (ダークエルフ Dākuerufu?)
Voiced by: Chiaki Takahashi
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A member of the Dark Elf race who assists the party with a versatile combination of combat and magic-using skills. Initially quite haughty when she first joined, she has shed much of her attitude as the four of them have kept adventuring together.

Other Characters[edit]

Hunter (ハンター Hantā?)
Voiced by: Manami Numakura
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Bikini warriors Hunter1

Valkyrie (ヴァルキリー Varukirī?)
Voiced by: Shizuka Itō
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CAT PLANET CUTIES

Cat Planet Cuties




Asobi ni Iku yo! (あそびにいくヨ! Let’s Go Play!?) is a Japanese light novel series by Okina Kamino with illustrations by Hōden Eizō and Nishieda. As of July 2010, 14 volumes have been published by Media Factory under their MF Bunko J label. A manga adaptation by 888 started serialization in the seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive on August 26, 2006. An anime adaptation premiered on July 10, 2010 with the English titleAsobi ni Ikuyo: Bombshells from the Sky.[1] Funimation has licensed and dubbed the anime series in English with their in-house production voice cast under the title Cat Planet Cuties and released it on home media in 2012. Manga Entertainment have licensed the series in the UK.[2]

CAT PLANET CUTIES

CAT PLANET CUTIES

 

The story revolves around Kio Kakazu. During a memorial service for one of his family ancestors he is introduced to a girl with cat ears. The girl calls herself Eris and claims she is an alien. Before long, fanatical alien worshipers and a mysterious government agency are in hot pursuit of Eris, but Kio’s childhood friend Manami—who wants to follow in her father’s footsteps in the CIA—captures Eris. Kio finds himself having to protect Eris from everyone.

Eris (エリス Erisu?)Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (drama CD), Kanae Itō (anime) (Japanese), Tia Ballard (English)[3]Eris is a 16-year-old scout for the Catian people exploring Earth. Tall and well endowed, she has easily befriended many people, and regular cats she has met on Earth.

 

 

Initially most do not believe her to be an alien, but she shows Kio the proof directly with her technology, ears and tail. While she is learning the ways of Earth, she is also a competent fighter who employs strategies and technologies not seen on Earth. Her interactions with Kio are closer and more emotional, potentially due to the fact she is 16 and about to enter her first heat. With the kindness and interest he has shown, she has selected him as a mate. Eris was forced to take chemicals to end her first heat prematurally as it was causing disruption to her duties as an ambassador and representative of Catians on Earth, with high expectations for her second heat and another chance to mate with Kio. She develops feelings for Kio after she found out he risked his life to save her when she was captured. When Aoi admitted that she was jealous of her closeness to Kio, she eventually kisses him in the anime adaptation’s final episode, after Eris reveals due to Catian law they could all be Kio’s lovers, she did not bear any ill will towards her and is happy that somebody else shares the same feelings as she does.

 

 

 

The OVA is where the real action is. Finally, some boobs!

 

MAKEN-KI!

Maken-Ki!




Maken-ki! (マケン姫っ! Makenki!?) is a Japanese manga series by Hiromitsu Takeda. It was published by Fujimi Shobo‘s magazine Dragon Age Pure, and later Monthly Dragon Age, after the former magazine ceased publishing. It has been adapted into an anime series by AIC that aired on AT-X in the fall of 2011, and it is licensed in North America by Funimation as the title Maken-Ki! Battling Venus.[1] Two OVA episodes animated by AIC and Xebec were released in 2012 and 2013, bundled with the 8th and 11th volumes of the manga respectively. A second season entitled Maken-Ki! Two (マケン姫っ!通 Makenki! Tsū?) was animated by Xebec and aired on January of 2014.[2]

MAKEN-KI!

MAKEN-KI!

 

Takeru Ohyama has enrolled at Tenbi Academy, a high school that converted from all-girls to co-ed. Hoping to have a life full of ogling pretty girls, he reunites with childhood friend Haruko Amaya, who shows him around school. However, he learns that the school is for students who possess magical and spiritual energies called Elements and who wield crafted weapons known as Makens. The students engage in school sanctioned combat matches that showcase their powers. While his own ability and Maken is not apparent at first, Takeru soon finds himself surrounded by girls, including Inaho Kushiya, an attractive girl who says she’s his fiancée, andKodama Himegami, a popular blonde who says she wants to kill him. He joins the Security Committee (魔導検警機構 madō kenkei kikō?, lit. “anti-evil organization”), also known as Maken-ki, which supports the student council’s operations.

MAKEN-KI!

MAKEN-KI!

 

Characters[edit]

Takeru Ohyama[edit]

Takeru Ohyama (大山 タケル Ōhyama Takeru?) is the protagonist of Maken-ki! At the beginning of the series, he is a first-year high school student who enrolls at Tenbi Academy after having attended an all-boys middle school. His childhood friend, Haruko Amaya, who trained with him at his family’s dojo attends the school as does Inaho Kushiya, who says that she is his fiancee. He ends up sharing his room with the two girls, as well asKodama Himegami.[ch. 1]

Several years before the present, when Takeru was ten years old, his family dojo was challenged by Tesshin Kushiya. His mother, Atsuma, was killed by Tesshin before his eyes. Takeru has resented his father and uncle for not being around to protect them.[ch. 7] As a result, he tends to take the girl’s side whenever a girl fights a guy. His abilities originally manifest under extreme stress as in the case where he protected Azuki.[ch. 3] When he defended Kodama, he used Blood Pointer,[ch. 5] which was later described as absorbing Element from the people around him through his mouth.[ch. 23] Following the battle with the Venus unit, he underwent extra training with Minori in order to try to control and to increase his powers.[ch. 2829] Takeru later learned that he is blood related to Kodama’s brother.[ch. 53]

Takeru was one of the three students that Gen’s Element Detector, Keronbo, could not initially identify, but a month later, he was given his Maken, Overblow, which causes his target’s Maken to overflow with Element and be rendered useless “like a car engine that blows out”. However, if the opponent has an evolved Maken and can perfectly control or contain the surge, it can have the opposite effect and empower the opponent.[ch. 19]

Takeru is voiced by Tomoaki Maeno,[3] and English dubbed by Ian Sinclair.[4]

Haruko Amaya

Haruko Amaya

Haruko Amaya

(天谷 春恋 Amaya Haruko?) is a second-year student who is the student body vice-president, and the head of one of the dorms.[ch. 1] She is a childhood friend of Takeru Ohyama, whom she trained with at his family’s dojo, and for whom she harbors romantic feelings but is unwilling to admit it.[ch. 1,12] After learning that Kodama and Inaho are moving into Takeru’s room, she decides to move in as well. She is very jealous of the attention that Takeru gives the other girls and beats Takeru almost by reflex whenever he does anything even remotely perverted.[ch. 1] Haruko is well-endowed[ch. 4] and Kodama considers her to be the strongest maiden at Tenbi Academy.[ch. 5] Haruko’s Maken, Murakumo (lit. Gathering Clouds), is a sword that is suspected to be one of the original Eight legendary Maken.[ch. 6] Murakumo cannot be unsheathed unless Haruko has strong feelings and fights an opponent with comparable power. Haruko unleashed a little of Murakumo’s power when she fought a student named Amio.[ch. 6] In her battle with Demitra, she unsheathed it to reveal a blade surrounded with light. Haruko can use it to make incredibly large slices that destroy barriers, but is able to control it well enough that she can spare the life of someone in the sword’s path.[ch. 20]

Haruko is voiced by Noriko Shitaya,[3] and English dubbed by Monica Rial.[4]

Kodama Himegami

 

Kodama Himegami (姫神 コダマ Himegami Kodama?) is a petite blonde-haired second-year student who is part of the kenkeibi (later Maken-ki) club which officiates the duels at school.[ch. 14] Her ability is to commandshikigami: doll-sized spirits who follow her around and call her “ojou-sama”, and who possess powers such as picking up people, and shooting fire or lightning.[ch. 1,2,5] She regularly steps on the boys for their annoying and lecherous antics.[ch. 2,5] She initially sees Takeru as a potential enemy who stole her first kiss, but rooms with him after noticing that he bears a special mark on his chest, and has a scent is similar to that of her brother’s.[ch. 1] She develops feelings for Takeru, although not like the other girls as when she was asked whom she likes, she responded that she loved someone long ago.[ch. 5][ch. 12] Her hobbies include shopping, especially for lingerie and rare stuffed animals.[ch. 5] When on night patrol, she was attracted to a rare King Penguin stuffed animal, and was captured by the Finnian twins of Venus.[ch. 14][note 1] She later shows a fear of ghosts and spirits outside her own magic;[ch. 30,31] in one instance she is frightened by a ghost story that Haruto Kirishima admits that he had embellished.[ch. 34]

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Kodama later reveals that she has extraordinary abilities. In the battle with Venus, Kodama uses her Maken to summon larger spirits that are as powerful as the legendary Eight Maken,[ch. 23] and are comparable in strength to Minerva or Minori.[ch. 24] The Kamigari are highly interested in her as a key to unleashing the power in Amanohara. The Venus unit kidnaps her, and later on, Ouken has the Kamigari try to capture her on the summer training island. It is revealed that Kodama is the daughter of Yatsune, the former Yamata no Orochi,[ch. 49][ch. 49,50] and that her servants are actually Yatsune’s incarnations; each of which had been able to manifest one of the original Eight Maken. Kodama inherited her mother’s powers but was sealed away on top on Mount Amanohara.[ch. 51-53]. Many years later, after her seal was weakened by Minori, Kodama used her element to manifest an incarnation of herself.[ch. 53] She later realizes that Takeru Ohyama is a descendant of her brother.[ch. 53]

Kodama is voiced by Sayuri Yahagi[3] and is English dubbed by Chloe Ragnbone[4]

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Inaho Kushiya[edit]

Inaho Kushiya (櫛八 イナホ Kushiya Inaho?) is the self-proclaimed fiancée of Takeru Ohyama.[ch. 1] She feels strongly for Takeru, and although he does not remember her much, she has decided to wait until he fully does.[ch. 12] She holds Takeru’s father in high regard. Upon revealing this, Takeru gets upset and ignores her, which causes her to cry. Takeru later apologizes to her after Kengo confronts him.[ch. 7]

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However, in the anime, she cries after Takeru tells her that he cannot remember a childhood promise. At first, Inaho was one of the three students that the Element detector, Keronbo, could not measure. However, she manifests her Maken when she saves Takeru and a cat from a falling boulder. She names the cat Monji and usually wears it on her head. Her Maken, Kamudo, is a gauntlet that greatly increases her strength and speed.[ch. 7] She is the star of the bonus four panel series of Maken-Ki comics where she is presented in super deformed mode. She is voiced by Iori Nomizu in the anime series,[3] and English dubbed by Tia Ballard.[4]

HIGH SCHOOL DXD

High School DxD


High School DxD (JapaneseハイスクールD×D HepburnHaisukūru Dī Dī?, alternatively written as Highschool DxD)[note 1] is a Japanese light novel series written by Ichiei Ishibumi and illustrated by Miyama-Zero. The story centers on Issei Hyodo, a perverted high school student who is killed by his first date, revealed to be a fallen angel, but is later revived as a devil by Rias Gremory to serve her and her devil family.

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High School DxD began serialization in Fujimi Shobo‘s Dragon Magazine in its September 2008 issue. The first volume was released on September 20, 2008, with a total of seventeen volumes available in Japan as of February 22, 2014 under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation by Hiroji Mishima began serialization in the July 2010 issue of Dragon Magazine, and later in the March 2011 issue of Monthly Dragon Age, with four volumes currently available as of January 9, 2013. An anime adaptation by TNK aired on AT-X and other networks from January 6, 2012 to March 23, 2012. The anime is licensed in North America by Funimation, in the United Kingdom by Manga Entertainment and in Australia by Madman Entertainment, however Madman is currently unable to release the series in New Zealand due to it being refused classification.[3] A second season, called High School DxD New (ハイスクールD×D NEW Haisukūru Dī Dī Nyū?), also aired from July 7, 2013, to September 22, 2013.

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Kuoh Academy (駒王学園 Kuō Gakuen?) is a former all-girls school that has recently turned co-ed, but it has a secret. Unknown to normal humans angels, fallen angels and devils comprise part of the student population. One of these students, Issei Hyodo, is a lecherous second-year human student who lives a peaceful life. After an ordinary school day, Issei is suddenly asked out on a date by a girl named Yuma Amano. After their date, Yuma brings Issei to a local park and makes a startling request. She reveals herself as Raynare, a fallen angel, and she tries to kill him. Using his summoning card, Rias Gremory, a buxom third-year student at Kuoh Academy, revives him. Issei wakes up the next morning, thinking that the events that occurred were all just a dream. Immediately after being attacked by another fallen angel and waking up, he notices Rias naked in his room. Rias reveals to Issei her true identity as a devil and says that as a result of his death at the hands of Yuma, she has reincarnated him as a devil, becoming his new master in the process.

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Ishigumi has grouped the light novels into story arcs. The first arc, titled The Red Dragon Emperor’s Awakening (赤龍帝覚醒 Sekiryūtei Kakusei?), ran through the first two volumes. Birth of the Breast Dragon Emperor (乳龍帝誕生 Chichiryūtei Tanjō?) is the second story arc and follows volumes three through six. The Heroic Oppai Dragon (英雄(ヒーロー)おっぱいドラゴン Hīrō Oppai Doragon?) follows volumes seven through twelve.[LN 12 afterword] The fourth arc, The Legend of Oppai Dragon and his Lively Companions (おっぱいドラゴンと愉快な仲間たちの伝説 Oppai Doragon to Yukaina Nakamatachi no Densetsu?), starts at volume 14 and is the series’ current arc.[LN 14 afterword]

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The light novels also feature a series of side stories set in between the main storyline, and are often compiled into volumes. So far, three short story collections (Volume 8, Volume 13 and Volume 15) have been published.[LN 8][LN 13][LN 15]

Highschool DxD Ending

Highschool DxD Ending

DIRTY LAUNDRY

Dirty Laundry

AKA  Sentakuya Shin-chan

Based on the game by Black Backage

 

 

Shinji Oura is a part-time launderer since one month. He’s working for Asai Cleaning under Sayaka, a rather young widow.

 

While trying to gain the heart of his employer, Shin-chan doesn’t miss an occasion to mess around with the housewives of his neighbourhood, especially with Marissa the hot chick from Bangkok!


Read more at http://myanimelist.net/anime/3970/Sentakuya_Shin-chan#qKdSeUqOMDt3hu3v.99

WITCH BLADE

Witch Blade

Witchblade (Japanese: ウィッチブレイド HepburnWicchibureido?) is an anime series based on the American comic book of the same name. Instead of an adaptation of the original story, the producers decided to create an entire new setup, with all new characters. This co-production between Japanese studio Gonzo and American publisher Top Cow, who owns the rights for the Witchblade franchise, was licensed for release in the United States. The English dub premiered on the US cable network IFC in January 2008. The show aired on Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 3:30 AM ET, and the series finale aired on June 13, 2008, on IFC. The show is also available on a purchase-to-download system on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. The first twelve episodes are also available for download via Amazon‘s Unbox service. The show was also available on Netflix Instant Stream until October 1, 2013. As of June, 2011, it was available free on Hulu.[1]

As of December 2008, in the USA and Canada there were 6 Volumes on DVD available, with Vol. 1 having been released in September 2007. There is also a full boxed set containing all 24 episodes and an extra disc with special features. A Blu-ray box set was released on November 3, 2009.

The anime was directed by Yoshimitsu Ohashi, who directed Galaxy Angel and Galaxy Angel Z, and the characters were designed by Uno Makoto, the character designer for Stellvia and Love Hina.

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witchblade

Sought by the greed of men since the dawn of human kind, but only bestowed upon the women whose fate it forever scars…the Witchblade. Is it the righteous sword of God? Or hand of the Devil himself? Now a new bearer has been chosen. And she must discover the answers for herself. As she stands on the brink of destiny, she is forced to seek the balance between ecstasy and ruin.

—Anime prologue for each episode.[2]

In this new approach to the Witchblade universe, the lead character (and blade wielder) is Masane Amaha, a kind-hearted woman who, despite her good intentions, is fairly clumsy and not good around the house. She lost her memory during “The Great Quake” that ravaged Tokyo and, curiously, Masane was found unscathed in the phenomenon’s ground zero, holding a baby in her arms. Six years later, she returns to Tokyo with the child, whom she believes to be her daughter, intending to live a peaceful life. Unfortunately for the two, Masane becomes entangled in the struggle for power between a huge corporation and a government agency. She discovers that a mysterious jewel attached to her right wrist is actually the legendary artifact known as the Witchblade.

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Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Masane Amaha (天羽 雅音 Amaha Masane?) age 23
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto (Japanese), Jamie Marchi (English)
The primary protagonist of the series. A jobless single mother who never went to college and loves her only daughter very much. She is the bearer of the Witchblade. She seems to have become the Witchblade bearer six years before the beginning of the series, during an event that destroyed most of Tokyo. She is also somewhat tomboyish, not giving much care for her disposition or appearance. Masane is the caring mother of Rihoko Amaha. Although she is “Riko’s” mother, Masane seems to be a little ditsy at times, making Rihoko seem like she is the responsible one. She has a very deep attachment to her daughter. However, the NSWF’s Child Welfare Division wants to take Rihoko from Masane because Masane doesn’t have any means of income for taking care of Rihoko and the possibility that Masane may not be the actual mother. It is then revealed at the end of episode 12 that Masane is not Rihoko’s biological mother, but still wants to be her mother.
Towards the end of the series, as the Witchblade’s power begins to break down Masane’s body, her hair color changes from red to white while in an “enhanced” state. Masane is doomed from the very beginning of the series: as the wielder of the Witchblade she cannot remove it, and while using the power of the monstrous artifact, her body starts to give in and crumble (to the point of her senses becoming dulled and, in the case of taste, disappearing completely). Knowing that after her death the Witchblade would seek her daughter, as Masane herself is nothing but a temporary host, she chooses death, and so dies in the end of the last episode, obliterating herself, seemingly with the Witchblade, and the huge army of I-weapons that came to destroy her. What remains of her is just a shell given to her by her daughter as a gift, which is given to Rihoko, carried by one of the many stardust-like particles created in the aftermath of Masane’s sacrifice.
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  • Rihoko Amaha (天羽 梨穂子 Amaha Rihoko?) age 6
Voiced by: Akemi Kanda (Japanese), Carrie Savage (English)
Masane Amaha’s daughter. She is nicknamed Riko. Although she is Masane’s daughter, she acts like the mother, responsibility-wise. Rihoko does the shopping, cooking, cleaning, and so forth, although she does not mind doing these things at all. Rihoko cares for her mother deeply and wants to be with Masane. The NSWF’s Child Welfare Division wants to take Rihoko because Masane has no way of taking care of her in the event of illness or emergencies. She is frequently praised for her good cooking capabilities. It is later revealed that Rihoko’s true biological mother is Reina Soho and her biological father is Takayama. Also, Rihoko is apparently more compatible with the Witchblade than anyone else, and it was she who was responsible for Reina’s initial high compatibility rating (because she was pregnant with Rihoko at the time). She is last seen standing at the foot of the ruins caused by the great quake, alongside Takayama receiving the shell she gave Masane, from the star-like flakes falling from the sky after Masane’s death. She is now more than likely living with Takayama.
  • Yusuke Tozawa (斗沢 祐介 Tōzawa Yūsuke?) age 26
Voiced by: Masaya Matsukaze (Japanese), Robert McCollum (English)
Yusuke Tozawa is a free-lance photographer. From past experiences, he prefers to use regular cameras rather than digital cameras. He first becomes interested in the number of serial murders taking place in the city and investigates the matter, which leads him to the Witchblade. Tozawa then continues his investigations, but this time, to find out who or what the “Witchblade” is. He is among the first ones to nickname Masane “Masamune” (*Melony* in the English dub), referring to her huge chest (“masa-mune” meaning “undefeatable breasts”, and “Melony” referring to her breasts as melons ). This is carried over in the anime, to the point that Tozawa only refers to Masane with this nickname. While at first he appears as the archetype of the freelance reporter, willing to do everything for a scoop, he later shows a deep concern for Masane, firmly believing in her humanity, regardless of the physical appearance, even criticizing both a reporter and a police detective for calling her a monster.
  • Reiji Takayama (鷹山 澪士 Takayama Reiji?) age 45
Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama (Japanese), Mark Stoddard (English)
Reiji Takayama is the Bureau Chief of Douji Group Industries. He also is the one responsible for employing Masane to fight-off malfunctioning “Ex-cons”, highly technological weapons developed by his own employers. Takayama is a stoic and very stern man who shows little to no expressions at all. He is usually accompanied by his assistant, Hiroki Segawa. Takayama seems to have a past relationship with Reina Soho, possibly a sexual one, as it is briefly discussed between himself and Masane that there is a possibility he may be Rihoko’s biological father, a point which he says is possible, which he later affirmed completely in Episode 19. They both had worked together before the ground-zero event in doing research on the Witchblade. Initially Takayama appears to be cynical and cold, but as the anime progresses this proves to be completely false as his relationship with Masane deepens. He and Masane later become romantically involved in episode 19. Masane later attempts to get him and Riko closer after learning he is her real father. He is last seen standing with Riko at the site of Masane’s last fight, watching on as she sacrifices her life.

Secondary characters[edit]

  • Reina Soho (蘇峰 玲奈 Soho Reina?) age 34
Voiced by: Mie Sonozaki (Japanese), Colleen Clinkenbeard (English)
Reina Soho is a Neogene cloneblade who works as a Forensics Medicine Specialist in the NSWF (National Scientific Welfare Foundation). She is a strong and intelligent woman. Nevertheless, she is quite self-centered. Unlike most of her First-Generation counterparts, Reina has come to terms with the fact that Furumizu views her and the rest of her Neogene sisters as nothing more than tools at his disposal. By the same token, however, she feels no obligation to answer to his every beck and call. Her nickname as a Cloneblade is “Lady”. In her youth, she was found to be a potential bearer for the “true” Witchblade. Eager to test the limits of her genetic potential, Reina and her assistant, Shiori Tsuzuki, attempted to forcibly remove the Witchblade from Masane. It turns out that Reina’s high compatibility with the Witchblade was due to the fact that she was carrying Rihoko at the time, and after giving birth, her compatibility dropped significantly. Of all the Cloneblades, Reina was regarded as the most advanced of her Neogene sisters. As a Cloneblade, Reina bore a huge blade on her left forearm, and had wing-like appendages that could transform into robust shields from blades. Reina considered herself and everyone around her as objects to be researched. She even went so far as to seize custody of her biological daughter, Rihoko, in order to test how motherhood would affect her mentally. Much to her surprise, she began to develop maternal feelings for the girl. The full extent of her love for Rihoko is revealed when she sacrifices herself to protect her from the psychopathic Neogene, Maria. Her cloneblade armor is white and pink.
  • Maria (まりあ?) age 4, 5. 16-year-old looking body
Voiced by: Nana Mizuki (Japanese), Monica Rial (English)
Maria is part of the Second generation of sisters created by Tatsuoki Furumizu and she was the first to be equipped with a Dual Cloneblade. Her cloneblade armor is purple and red. She appears much older than she truly is which suggests that the sisters age rapidly. She has an obsession for cats and dogs. Maria undergoes many changes throughout the series. She starts out as a hyper, mentally unstable adolescent with an extreme inferiority complex. While extremely strong and dangerous, she is little more than an insecure child desperate for attention and a mother to call her own. This changes when her actual mother, Reina, rejects her. After killing Reina in a rage, her personality becomes almost catatonic. She also changes her appearance to match the deceased Reina’s. After hearing of Furumizu’s plans to use her as a surrogate mother for his “perfect” clone, her disgust transforms her into a megalomaniacal psychopath who seeks power at all costs. She kills Furumizu and seizes control of the NSWF. She pledges to transform the NSWF into an army that will secure power for herself as well as the Neogene “chosen ones”. In truth, however, Maria is the leader of the organization in name only. With no clear goal other than to obtain power at all costs, Maria becomes even more secretive and reclusive than her late “father”. With the exception of Aoi, cloneblades such as Asagi view her as an insecure child trying to “act tough”. As Maria drifts aimlessly, Nishida effectively runs the entire organization and continues to use its resources to hunt for the Witchblade. Her Cloneblade form is not quite as heavily armored as the others. Nevertheless, it is by far the strongest. In her cloneblade form she is able to extend her fingers and impale her victims multiple times. The extent of her power can be seen when she pierces Reina’s armor blades with ease. In the end, Maria meets her demise while fantasizing despairingly about her mother. In her final moments, she asks the hallucination of her mother if “she still loved her”. Maria barely has the chance to finish her sentence as she turns to crystal dust.
  • Hiroki Segawa (瀬川 弘樹 Segawa Hiroki?) age 24
Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (Japanese), Christopher Bevins (English)
Segawa Hiroki is Reiji Takayama’s assistant and right hand man. He is always prepared and is a very capable assistant. He is the kind of person who loves power and his loyalty lies with who ever is stronger. He describes himself as a person who loves to follow those who have power, and demonstrates it by switching sides with whoever wields the most powerful position within Dohji Industries. He is last seen standing with the Dohji recovery team on a bridge wishing Takayama good luck.

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Minor characters[edit]

  • Masaya Wado (和銅将也 Wado Masaya?) age 48
Voiced by: Kazuhiro Nakata (Japanese), Kent Williams (English)
Masaya Wado is the Director of the Bio Division at Douji Group Industries. He has known and competed with Takayama since college, where they were once members of a rowing team. At Douji, Wado constantly sought to outdo and eventually oust Takayama. When the Witchblade, worn by Masane, eventually returns to Douji, Wado’s jealousy of Takayama grows and he secretly conducts his own experiments to create a weapon to rival the Witchblade, eventually conceiving the Ultimateblade. During this time, Wado secretly meets with Dr. Nishida of the NSWF in order to gain access to their own research on the Witchblade as well as Nishida’s support with his agenda. Arrogant and ambitious, yet petty, cowardly and obsessive, Wado often pursues his goals while neglecting the consequences of his actions until it was too late. This is first demonstrated when he attempted to frame Takayama for the murderous rampages of the Ultimateblade. In doing so, he endangered Douji as a whole with a potential public scandal that was avoided only when Takayama voluntarily stepped down as Bureau Chief. In an incident that finally destroyed the Douji Group, Wado made several attempts to reclaim the Witchblade for his own, thus encouraging its growth in power. With this, Douji’s iWeapons began to malfunction, yet Wado ignored the potential dangers. When hundreds of iWeapons malfunctioned and escaped a cargo ship to converge on Tokyo with the goal of destroying the Witchblade, Wado finally realizes the magnitude of his actions. He desperately turns to Takayama for help in stopping the iWeapons and saving Douji from ruin. Takayama declares that it would be impossible since there were too many lives at stake and that Wado had no one to blame but himself. The last time Wado is seen, he has apparently gone insane from the enormity of his loss with reporters approaching from behind him. What happened to him after that is unknown.
  • Rie Nishida (西田 りえ Nishida Rie?) age 38
Voiced by: Sakiko Tamagawa (Japanese), Gwendolyn Lau (English)
Dr. Nishida is the amoral chief researcher of the NSWF who is extremely obsessed with researching the capabilities of the Witchblade and cared little for any laws and restrictions that would be placed on her experiments. She has monitored and helped to create several generations of Neogenes at NSWF’s secret facilities. Nishida was in charge of creating the fourth generation of Neogene sisters who were going to have Maria’s genes as the ultimate mother. She switched her allegiance to Maria because she saw Furumizu as a fool and that they can gain nothing more out of using his “flawed” genes. After Furumizu’s death, Nishida is effectively in charge of the NSWF since Maria cared little for the day-to-day management of the corporation. With her new executive powers at NSWF, Nishida continues her secret alliance with Wado, who by this time is the new Bureau Chief of the Douji Group. After Masane stays with Takayama after his resignation from Douji, Nishida aids Wado in their attempts to claim the Witchblade for themselves. Nishida becomes increasingly fascinated with the Witchblade’s full potential, seeing the chance to more fully understand a power close to God. During the iWeapon incident in Tokyo, Nishida becomes obsessed with the cataclysmic energy readings resulting from the conflict and drives closer to the violence in order to get a better examination. Heedless of the risk to her life, she fails to notice an incoming iWeapon that crushes her car and herself and the car explodes.
  • Nora (ノーラ Nōra?) age 29
Voiced by: Saori Yumiba (Japanese), Stephanie Young (English)
Nora is a Neogene who serves as Tatsuoki Furumizu’s assistant. She is one of Furimuzu’s most loyal and reliable subordinates. Coolly arrogant and blunt in her interactions with others, she is very competitive with her sisters and is prone to jealousy. After watching Furimuzu reward Maria’s tantrum with a trip to the toy store, Nora roughly manhandles her and confines her to a hotel room after the mentally unstable Neogene loses her temper in public. With the exception of Furumizu himself, she considers everyone and everything around her as a tool for her advancement. She is also a very powerful cloneblade. Unlike Masane and Shiori, she is able to effectively control her carnal impulses while transformed’ much like Reina. Her nickname as a cloneblade is “Spider”, she has the ability to shoot needles and entrap her opponents with strands from her hair and three rapier like blades on her left arm. She battled Masane and was able to capture her to have the Witchblade remove from Masane. She battles Reina, trying to get Rihoko. She ultimately is impaled and killed by Reina. It is worth noting that she sees Reina as her biggest rival as she was by far the most powerful Neogene and it is her personal rivalry that caused her death. Her cloneblade armor is orange and green.
  • Aoi (あおい?) age 15
Voiced by: Ryōko Ono (Japanese), Caitlin Glass (English)
Aoi is the first sparring partner that Maria does not injure. They become good friends to the point of Aoi becoming her assistant and best friend later on in the anime, where she too is equipped with a Dual Cloneblade. As a Cloneblade she is melee fighter using sickle like blades. She has small blue eyes and blond hair she wears in braids. She wears an orange dress. It is worth noting that Aoi is fanatically loyal to Maria, to the point of attacking Masane in a blind rage, for injuring Maria, later in the series. This proves to be fatal, as she is impaled and killed by Masane. Her last words were for Maria to continue her quest to obtain the Witchblade. It is also worth noting that Aoi is the only person Maria seems to care about, being her only friend, to the point of crying over her death. Her cloneblade armor is blue and orange.
  • Asagi (あさぎ?) age 18
Voiced by: Akeno Watanabe (Japanese), Clarine Harp (English)
Asagi is the sister chosen by Aoi when Maria asked her to choose a capable sister to help herself and Aoi fight and take the Witchblade from Masane. She also is equipped with the Dual Cloneblade. She acts calmly but without any interest in her role, a behavior reflected in her physical appearance as well, often questioning for what or who Maria is acting, and what she really wants, which often earns a scolding from Aoi. For this very reason, Maria kills her, impaling her. Asagi is the only Cloneblade in the entire anime that doesn’t fight (she does fight some exCons, but this isn’t shown). Her cloneblade armor is black and blue.
  • Tatsuoki Furumizu (古水 達興 Furumizu Tatsuoki?) age 75
Voiced by: Shinji Ogawa (Japanese), R Bruce Elliott (English)
An antagonist in the Witchblade series. Tatsuoki Furimizu is the head of the NSWF. He is affectionately known as “Father” by his Neogene “daughters” and the orphans in his care. While a brilliant scholar and administrator in his youth, Furimizu has grown increasingly reclusive and secretive with age in his quest to acquire the Witchblade. Despite exhuberating charm and paternal warmth when interacting with the public and his “children”, he is rather cold-hearted and deranged in reality. He is completely single-minded in pursuit of his goals, and shows no concern for the physical and emotional well-being of those who serve him. He’s later revealed to be unable to have children. Believing his father to be perfect in every way, Furumizu comes to the conclusion that his mother’s genes are to blame for his malady. He attempts to create the perfect mother from his own “superior” genes which results in the creation of several genetically enhanced women known as Neogenes. After selecting a candidate for the Witchblade among the Neogenes, Furumizu hopes to be reborn from the loins of the designated bearer as a superior being. After realizing that her “grandfather” views her as nothing more than a tool for his rebirth, a radically powerful Neogene named Maria mortally wounds Furumizu in a coup. As Furumizu chokes on his own blood, Nishida informs him that she purposefully neglected to incorporate his genes into the newest batch of Neogene zygotes. With his life’s ambitions ruined beyond repair, Furumizu succumbs to a nervous breakdown. He wails hysterically over the loss of his “mother” and begins to ingest the vials containing the genetic material for the next generation of sisters. Disgusted by his unsightly behavior, Maria finishes him off with one last blow.
  • Shiori Tsuzuki (都築 栞 Tsuzuki Shiori?) age 24
Voiced by: Shizuka Itō (Japanese), Trina Nishimura (English)
Shiori acts as the secretary and assistant of Reina. She is a bisexual and is sexually infatuated with her employer (though this is mostly cut off in the censored version aired in Japan), whom she affectionately addresses as “Sensei” (Or Doctor in the English dub). She’s also a Cloneblade. She is the very first one to fight against Masane. Nicknamed “Diva”, she acts arrogant and confident, but is soon revealed to have little to no control over her impulses as a Cloneblade. While in her Cloneblade form she sports a large scythe-like blade, and later gains one on both arms. She brutally beats Masane and chases her relentlessly only to be stopped by Reina herself. During her fight with Masane her Cloneblade is critically damaged which caused an increase stimulation in the brain limbic lobe parasitically in the cortical column, causing a stimulation in her instinct. As a result, her impulses and emotion become enslaved by the carnal drive of her cloneblade. She quickly becomes a psychotic maniac, slaughtering, seeking fight and even raping for pure pleasure. In the end, she succeeds in unlocking the full powers of the Cloneblade albeit for a short moment. After attacking and beating Masane, she attempts to rape Takayama. However, her body crumbles into crystal dust before she is able to rape her beloved sensei’s lover. It is worth noting that Shiori, while being a minor character, is one of the most sadistic and depraved characters in the anime series. Her cloneblade armor is blue and cyan, but turns to blue and red after unlocking her full power.

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Misc.[edit]

  • Witchblade
An ancient magical artifact of unimaginable power. Many wars have been fought by those who sought to control it. Few seem to realize or care that the Witchblade itself is a sentient being with its own mysterious desires. Six years before the story begins, the artifact wound up in the possession of the Douji Group who sought to use the item to benefit themselves. It was taken from them by Reina Soho, a member of the NSWF. She took the blade and rather than turn it over to the NSWF, ran into hiding. During an attempt by the NSWF and Douji Group to take it from her, the blade released a massive surge of power and triggered what was later known as the “Great Quake”. For some reason it then chose a young woman named Masane Amaha to become its bearer. It was eventually deduced that the Witchblade would ultimately choose Masane’s adopted daughter, Rihoko, as its bearer once she was mature enough. The Witchblade was only usable by Reina and Masane due to their proximity to Rihoko, whom the weapon chose as its true bearer even before her birth. Once she realized this, Masane vowed to save her daughter from the Witchblade’s cursed fate.
  • Cloneblade
Before the Great Quake the NSWF studied the Witchblade and used their research to create a biological copy of it, dubbed a Cloneblade. Cloneblades possess many of the same powers as the Witchblade, but in truth are just cheap imitations of the original. Known Cloneblade sisters include Reina Soho, Shiori Tsuzuki, and Nora. A human equipped with a cloneblade bears a silver bracelet with a blue jewel on their left wrist. Later research led to the creation of much stronger Dual Cloneblades: two Cloneblades being wielded at once by the same person. Known Dual Cloneblade sisters, from the second generation only, include Maria, Aoi, and Asagi. A human equipped with a Dual Cloneblade bears ornate silver bracelets with purple jewels on both wrists.
  • Ex-cons
Ex-Cons were mechanical monsters manufactured by the Douji Group that Masane fought during the first half of the series. During the cataclysm known as “the Great Quake,” they were all accidentally released and have been wandering around ever since. They were camouflaged in human form, but when they sensed power emanating from the Witchblade or a Cloneblade, they revealed their real forms. Similar to the Witchblade and Cloneblades, the Ex-cons lusted for combat. Almost no two were alike and each possessed a different method of fighting. It is later revealed that Ex-cons were created using corpses that were signed over to Douji. An Ex-con Masane once fought showed signs of trying to resist the urge to kill. Unlike the others it seemed to still have some of its humanity which it showed when it, in human form, befriended Riko. It is highly possible that they, like the Cloneblades, were derived from the Witchblade as their human forms all have an inactive Cloneblade-like bracelet on the upper part of their arm.
  • Neogenes
Neogenes are genetically predisposed humans created to wield Cloneblades and were given the name “Cloneblade Sisters”. Once they completed training Neogenes were equipped with a Cloneblade; all had personalized armor and wielded either an extendable weapon or a unique blade. It is later revealed that the Neogenes were created using the genetics of Tatsuoki Furumizu and either a superior female specimen or a previous generation Neogene. Neogenes that are born in the same generation call themselves ‘sisters’. Several of the first generation sisters are mothers of the second; Reina, for example is Maria’s mother. They were created for the sole purpose of giving Furumizu the “perfect mother” so he could be reborn as a perfected human.
  • iWeapons
iWeapons were the second generation of weapons created by the Douji Group. They resembled tanks and had an array of missiles and a mounted cannon. Unlike their predecessors, the Ex-cons, they responded to human control and had built in safeguards to prevent them from going berserk when sensing the Witchblade; however, the safeguards failed after the Witchblade transformed. Like the Ex-Cons the iWeapons were also made from corpses, which gave them their ghostly energy in the final episodes.
  • Ultimate Blade
Wado of the Douji Group, in an attempt to upstage Takayama secretly developed what he called an Ultimate Blade, which could be wielded by a man. The Ultimate Blade was an experimental bio-weapon developed by the Douji Group Bio Division under the name “Project Witchblade”. The only known Ultimate Blade wielder so far was Wado’s assistant Yagi. Though it proved to be almost more powerful than the original, it caused accelerated breakdown and killed the wielder more quickly than the Witchblade. In addition to two, bladed gauntlets (fashioned after dual Cloneblade technology) and full-body, high-density armor, the Ultimate Blade was also equipped with a high-powered machine gun. The project was largely a personal project of Wado’s, who hoped that sales for the Ultimate Blade would exceed those of the iWeapons produced by Takayama’s division. After failing to impress the Douji Group’s board of directors with the Ultimateblade project, Wado callously used his own meek assistant, Yagi, as a test subject for the Ultimate Blade, in a desperate attempt to demonstrate the weapon’s power. As a result Yagi went mad and was driven to homicidal, murderous rages, barely held in check by Wado’s team of scientists. After Takayama stepped down as Bureau Chief, Wado grew fearful of Takayama’s possible return to Douji and sent Ultimate Blade Yagi to kill Takayama at his home. Fortunately Masane was with Takayama at the time and protected Takayama. In combat the Ultimate Blade did exceed the Witchblade’s power at first. However, Masane unlocked the Witchblade’s full capabilities and quickly dispatched the Ultimate Blade. The failure of the Ultimate Blade project and the demonstration of the Witchblade’s full power drove Wado over the edge, eventually leading to the ruin of the Douji Group.

 

 

SAMURAI GIRLS

Samurai Girls

Hyakka Ryōran: Samurai Girls (Japanese: 百花繚乱 SAMURAI GIRLS Hepburn: Hyakka Ryōran Samurai Gāruzu?, shortened to Samurai Girls)[Note 1][Note 2] is a light novel series written by Akira Suzuki with illustrations by Niθ to commemorate Hobby Japan’s 40th anniversary. The first volume was released by Hobby Japan on February 28, 2009, with thirteen volumes currently available in Japan as of December 28, 2012 under their HJ Bunko imprint.

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SAMURAI GIRLS

 

There are currently three different manga adaptations based on the Hyakka Ryoran universe published. An online anthology comic was serialized on Hobby Japan’s media website Hobby Channel from June 1, 2010, and sold two volumes as of June 2011; a manga adaptation illustrated by Junichi Iwasaki began serialization in the November 2010 issue of Monthly Comic Alive; and another manga adaptation by Tatara Yano began serialization in Hobby Japan’s online manga magazine Comic Dangan on December 23, 2011. A spinoff manga called Hyakka Ryōran: Sengoku Maidens, illustrated by Yuri Shinano, was serialized in the March 2009 issue ofDengeki Daioh and ended in the March 2011 issue, and released three volumes as of March 2012.

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A 12-episode anime adaptation produced by Arms aired on Chiba TV and other networks from October 2010 to December 2010.[1] A second anime season began airing on April 5, 2013. At Anime Expo 2010, Hobby Japan announced that they are planning to release the light novels in North America in the near future.[2]

The series is loosely based on the Sengoku period or early Edo period of Japan, despite being set in the present day.

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SAMURAI GIRLS

The series takes place in an alternate version of Japan called Great Japan (大日本国 Dai Nippon-koku?), in an alternate timeline where the Tokugawa shogunate remained active and has remained semi isolated from the rest of the world. After their defeat by American forces in world war II . And the Americans have bases on okinawa and southern great Japan. The story takes place at Buou Academic School (武應学園塾 Buō Gakuen-juku?), an academy located at the base of Mount Fuji where children of military families train to become samurai warriors. The academy is in the middle of a power struggle between Yukimura Sanada and Matabei Goto of the Toyotomi faction and the powerful student council that rules the school, and Muneakira Yagyu, the owner of the Yagyu Dojo, and the mysterious Jubei Yagyu are dragged in the middle of the conflict.

The series features famous historical figures from Japan’s Sengoku period and early Edo period. The character Charles d’Artagnan also comes from the same age in Europe.

 

Main characters

Muneakira Yagyu (柳生 宗朗 Yagyū Muneakira?)
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa (Japanese), David Matranga (English)
The male protagonist of the series and a childhood friend of Sen, he has a hidden unknown power to create Master Samurai. First manifested when he kissed a naked girl who fell from the sky in season one episode one, he has since gained seven Master Samurai with one becoming a Samurai Bride.
Jubei Yagyu (柳生 十兵衛 三厳 Yagyū Jūbei Mitsuyoshi?, “Mitsuyoshi Jubei Yagyu”)
Voiced by: Aoi Yūki (Japanese), Emily Neves (English)
The female protagonist of the series and Muneakira’s first Master Samurai, with the contractual mark on her chest. She also has a power level of five million when she transforms according to Hattori and bears amber eyes with vertical slits, but in this state she has shown a sadistic side, yet she is an honorable warrior who gives respect to those who have earned it. In her normal form, she has no memories of her former life and has an obsession with Muneakira whom she refers to as “onii-chan” (big brother) due to the fact that they share the same surname. She is also airheaded, innocent, and acts very much like a child, which is reinforced by the fact that she refers to herself in third-person. Her weapon is a daishō set, with the katana unusually colored. She possess no transformation phrase as she is shown only to transform only when she kisses Muneakira or when she bears feelings in an excessive extent. Initially during her transformations, Muneakira was bound from moving by mysterious chains that were revealed to be his General powers not having fully developed.
It’s revealed that Jubei’s Master Samurai state is her true self, her current personality being created by an incomplete contract. Jubei’s inner self also warns Jubei that kissing Muneakira once more will complete the contract at the cost of her current personality. In her final battle against Gisen, she dies sacrificing herself to defeat her. However, in the DVD/Blu-ray release it is shown that after the credits, she returns to once again share a kiss with Muneakira.
During the events of the second season, it’s discovered that Jubei can no longer transform into a Master Samurai since her battle with Gisen killed the inner Jubei. As she trains with Keiji, her inner Jubei returns. Jubei is the only Master Samurai of Muneakira who completes the Samurai Bride contract, thus becoming a Samurai Bride herself.

 

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Samurai Girls

Yukimura Sanada (真田 幸村 Sanada Yukimura?)
Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya (Japanese), Hilary Haag (English)
A 15 year-old student with an underdeveloped body, in the middle school section and the leader of the Toyotomi faction. She is Muneakira’s second Master Samurai, with the mark of wisdom on her left butt cheek. Her weapons are a pair of huge battle fans capable of manipulating wind and can also use them to block enemy attacks. Intially, she has almost no control over her powers when she is in her Master Samurai state, though she improves as the series progresses. She also seems to have feelings for Muneakira. In season one her transformation phrase is “Fushaku Shinmyo”, which means “Self-sacrificing Dedication”. During season two, she is able to transform into a Master Samurai at will. Jubei’s nickname for Yukimura is “Yukki” (ゆっきー Yukkī?).

Sen Tokugawa (徳川 千 Tokugawa Sen?)
Voiced by: Minako Kotobuki (Japanese), Luci Christian (English)
Muneakira’s childhood friend and the eldest daughter of the Tokugawa Shogunate. She seems to have feelings for Muneakira, and acts very much like a tsundere towards him. She is a self-proclaimed spoiled princess and always seeks to get her way regarding any decision she wants to make. She gets extremely jealous of any girl who tries to get close to Muneakira, and generally acts upon this jealousy by flying into a rage. Later, she reveals her true feelings to Muneakira and kisses him, thus becoming his third Master Samurai. Her weapon is anaginata decorated near the blade, and her transformation phrase is “Tenga Ryūrei”, which means “Elegant Beauty”. In the second season she is able to transform into a Master Samurai at will with no phrase required. Sen’s attacks usually revolve around thunder or lightning.
Sasuke (佐助?)
Voiced by: Chinatsu Akasaki
Yukimura’s pet monkey. She is very fond of Jubei as she can speak Monkey. She gains the ability to become human when she accidentally kisses Muneakira and becomes his Fourth Master Samurai. In human form she has long blonde hair and is partially covered in fur. She changes back into a monkey when she is tired. Despite her rivalry with Kanetsugu, she is shown to care deeply for Kanetsugu to the point of sacrificing her own life to protect Kanetsugu.

Kanetsugu Naoe (直江 兼続 Naoe Kanetsugu?)
Voiced by: Aki Toyosaki (Japanese), Rozie Curtis (English)
Kanetsugu is the self-proclaimed “Warrior of Love” and a childhood friend of Yukimura. She was fully humiliated by Yukimura at a young age and still carries a grudge against her. Initially, Kanetsugu was sent by Sen’s brother Yoshihiko to spy on Sen and Yukimura’s actions. Her speech pattern is notable as she uses keigo. Her weapon is a decorated sledgehammer capable of knocking heavy gates and creating fissures when slammed down to the ground. At one point in the series she feels responsible for being a liability on the dojo and decides to sneak away silently in the night, but ends up getting ambushed by Araki Mataemon. Defeated soon after, Mataemon throws Kanetsugu into a street canal the moment Muneakira arrives looking for her. Rescuing an unconscious and near death Kantsugu, Muneakira proceeds to resuscitate her by performing CPR but at the same time cries at the dreaded thought of losing her should he fail. This emotional state of Muneakira connects with Kanetsugu’s dying state at a spiritual level giving life to a new bond between the two changing the next CPR attempt into a contract kiss turning Kanetsugu into Muneakira’s Fifth Master Samurai. Jubei’s nicknames for Kanetsugu are “Gutsugutsu” (ぐつぐつ?), “Gucchan” (ぐっちゃん?), and “Gucchorinado” (ぐっちょりなど?). Kanetsugu’s appearance oddly resembles that of Vocaloid Hatsune Miku. Her favorite food is leek, also like Miku.

Matabei Goto (後藤 又兵衛 Gotō Matabee?)
Voiced by: Yū Kobayashi (Japanese), Shelley Calene-Black (English)
Yukimura’s bodyguard and loyal samurai, she wears a fundoshi. Her weapon is a yari and can also use a small tantō that she dons as a hair accessory. She seems to have a weakness for hot baths, such as the case when she eagerly attempted to enter one as “punishment” from Hanzo. She possess a superhuman sense of smell. She later becomes Muneakira’s sixth Master Samurai. In master samurai mode her weapon becomes a giant brush with a retractable spear head. Jubei’s nickname for Matabei is “Beta-san” (べーたさん?).
Hanzo Hattori (服部 半蔵 美成 Hattori Hanzō Yoshinari?, “Yoshinari Hanzo Hattori”)
Voiced by: Saori Gotō (Japanese), Maggie Flecknoe (English)
Sen’s servant and head of the Student Council police who wears a maid’s outfit and glasses. It is hinted that she has deeper feelings for Sen and is a masochist longing for Sen’s abuses. Her weapon is a double-bladed pole that can split into two individual katana, and she can shoot a number of shuriken, kunai or any throwable material under her skirt. Her glasses allow her to detect an individual’s power level and also see through any man made materials. She later becomes Muneakira’s seventh Master Samurai. In master samurai she uses a holographic display in lieu of her glasses to detect an opponents power level plus their Qi level. Her weapon is a giant scroll on her back that can split into various three-sided shurikans.
Toyotomi faction[edit]

The Toyotomi Faction (豊臣方 Toyotomi-hō?) is a faction of the Academy dedicated to overthrow the Tokugawa Shogunate and bring a new era to Great Japan. Yukimura and Matabei are also members of this faction.

Katsunaga Mori (毛利 勝永 Mōri Katsunaga?)
Morichika Chosokabe (長曽我部 元親 Chōsokabe Morichika?)
Takenori Akashi (明石 全登 Akashi Takenori?)
Buou Student Council[edit]

Yoshihiko Tokugawa (徳川 慶彦 Tokugawa Yoshihiko?)
Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese), Leraldo Anzaldua (English)
Sen’s older brother, president of the Student Council, and head of the Tokugawa Shogunate. He believes that he is doing the best for his country, while in reality he is a ruthless tyrant with a tendency to use and discard people, including his own sister. Yoshihiko had a brief relationship with Charles d’Artagnan until he used her in one of his experiments to create Master Samurai by artificial means. He had also used other girls in his experiments as well (who are, in fact, descendants of former Master Samurai in their lineage), planning to create an army of Master Samurai since there are very few in existence. Realizing his feelings for d’Artagnan after she sacrifices herself to save him, he revives her by making a Master Samurai contract with her, and later teams up with Muneakira to defeat Gisen in the first season.
His other Master Samurai are able to use magic to create barriers but very little is known about them.
Charles d’Artagnan (シャルル・ド・ダルタニアン Sharuru do Darutanian?)
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu (Japanese), Shannon Emerick (English)
Nicknamed Nia (ニア?) by Yoshihiko, d’Artagnan is a tall blonde woman from France who transferred to Buou Academy. She met Yoshihiko while she was doing origami, and developed a romantic relationship with him. However, she was betrayed when Yoshihiko used her as a test subject to create Master Samurai by artificial means. Despite all of what has happened to her, she still bears feelings towards Yoshihiko, which was justified in the anime and novels when she dies protecting Yoshihiko from some falling rubble while holding an origami of a samurai’s helmet that was given to her by Yoshihiko in the past. She was later revived by Yoshihiko, having realized her true feelings, and becomes a true Master Samurai with the concentural mark on her left hand.
d’Artagnan’s powers as a Master Samurai allow her to channel different elements by saying “Mode Change” and saying said element. However, because her Master Samurai powers were created artificially, her body suffers great strain from using her powers. Also, her aura differs from the other Master Samurai (sans Gisen), as it is violet as opposed to the standard black. She wields twin claymores as weapons, utilizing them to create elemental-powered attacks.
Takamori Matsudaira (松平 尊保 Matsudaira Takamori?)
Hatamoto Student Council[edit]

The Hatamoto Student Council (旗本生徒会 Hatamoto Seitokai?) is a faction of Buou Academy’s Student Council serving directly under Yoshihiko.

Masamune Date (伊達 政宗 Date Masamune?)
Kojuro Katakura (片倉 小十郎 景綱 Katakura Kojūrō Kagetsuna?, “Kagetsuna Kojuro Katakura”)
Takatora Todo (藤堂 高虎 Tōdō Takatora?)
Naotaka Ii (井伊 直孝 Ii Naotaka?)
Tadaoki Hozokawa (細川 忠興 Hozokawa Tadaoki?)
Anti-Tokugawa faction[edit]

The Anti-Tokugawa Faction (反徳川?) is a faction led by Shiro Amakusa. Their main purpose is to destroy the Tokugawa Shogunate by any means possible.

Shiro Amakusa (天草 四郎 時貞 Amakusa Shirō Tokisada?, Tokisada Shiro Amakusa)
Gisen Yagyu (柳生 義仙 Yagyū Gisen?)
Voiced by: Kaoru Mizuhara (Japanese), Melissa Davis (English)
The series’ main antagonist. Gisen is a young girl sporting an eyepatch over her right eye that falls naked from the sky into Muneakira’s arms, much like Jubei. She is initially friendly in her first appearances, but is shown to be very perverse when around Muneakira (whom she refers to as “Master”), wanting to “tuck in” his body parts (implying to be sexual intercourse), the reason being is that she thinks that the relationship between a general and a samurai is similar to that of a master and slave. Jubei nickname for Gisen is “Gittan”, and Gisen refers to Jubei as “onee-sama” (big sister).
It is later revealed that she is a Master Samurai, with the concentral mark on her right eye. Her general is Amakusa Shirō, a powerful samurai who aspired to destroy Japan until he was killed by a group of rebels, and intends to revive him to destroy Japan once more. Her true personality is also revealed throughout the story, displaying her as a highly sadistic person who will stop at nothing to ensure her general’s revival; she even attempted to take Jubei’s body into her own to further the process. Her transformation phrase is “Inka Ryōran”, which means “Indecent Flower Blooming Profusely”, and her attacks usually revolve around ice. Gisen’s right eye (colored red) can control and manipulate people’s minds, and she wields a blade that can turn into a scissor-like weapon.
Shosetsu Yui (由比 正雪 Yui Shōsetsu?)
Musashi Miyamoto (宮本 武蔵 Miyamoto Musashi?)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa
A hotblooded but honorable warrior who likes to fight strong opponents which is her main motivation. Among any strong opponent, she is particularly interested in any who can wield two swords like herself. She has pink hair, wears a tan uniform simpler to Jubei’s with a pair of headphones around her neck, and also fights using a daishō set. Her headphones are used to counteract her artificial ears, which hear unnecessary things, while she is in a serious battle. She possesses artificial ears due to being resurrected improperly. She is the leader of the four Dark Samurai. She was given the nickname Mucchan by Jubei.
Kojiro Sasaki (佐々木 小次郎 Sasaki Kojirō?)
Voiced by: Naomi Shindō
One of the four Dark Samurai, she relies upon her intellect as often as her physical strength. Although she is drawn to fighting strong opponents, she doesn’t favor a true state of war as she may not be able to tell her enemies from her allies. Physically, she has long purple hair with a fair white complexion to her skin. She wears a black kimono with a simple white floral design on her right shoulder, sleeve ends, and lower portion. Due to being resurrected improperly, her eyes won’t recover completely so she is able to see all sorts of things. Using her power, which is often signified by a black piece of equipment placed over her eyes, she is able to filter out the unnecessary items from her sight.
Mataemon Araki (荒木 又右衛門 Araki Mataemon?)
Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu
A boyish girl with a foul mouth. She has orange hair tied back with a band and wears a unbuttoned shirt. Her arm bandages are revealed to be hiding artificial body parts due to a mistake during her revival. Due to this, she is less “human” than any of the other Dark Samurai and is able to be manipulated. She wields a giant cleaver in battle. She is one of the four Dark Samurai.
Inshun Hozoin (宝蔵院 胤舜 Hōzōin Inshun?)
Voiced by: Satomi Satou
A reserved loli type character with blue hair, fair skin who wears a black top over a white shirt, shorts, black boots and red gloves. She always has her circular shield worn on her back and wields a spear in battle. She often uses blackcrows and can seemingly talk to them. The flaw she possesses from her imperfect resurrection is that she always wears a black machine on her throat which is actually what speaks for her. She herself has always been pretending to talk normally. She is one of the four Dark Samurai. Her nickname is Inko-chan which was given to her by Jubei.
Other Characters[edit]

Keiji Maeda (前田 慶次 Maeda Keiji?)
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto
Keiji is a wandering samurai who hates men. She is a master of Qi, a master of disguise and also wields an umbrella in battle. As a childhood friend of Kanetsugu, Keiji has taken her appearance to initially teach the girls how to useQi. Her Ecchi trends imply she realized the size of the breasts of other women often touching physically and compare their own size to determine who is the greatest. Her hatred for men led Muneakira refuse to teach how to use Qi, often hitting physically strong enough to send flying when he searched, but says she likes guys like Muneakira. Her method of choice for long-distance transport is by motorcycle.
Her nickname “Maedake” was given to her by Jubei.
Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Written by Akira Suzuki and illustrated by Niθ, the first volume of Samurai Girls was released on February 28, 2009 by Hobby Japan,[3] with a total of thirteen volumes released as of December 28, 2012 under their HJ Bunko imprint.[4]

At Anime Expo 2010, Hobby Japan announced they will release English translations of the novels in North America along with the Queen’s Blade and Queen’s Blade Rebellion game books in the near future in an effort to expand their business. They have stated they will release the series digitally through Apple’s iBookstore and Amazon’s Kindle store before releasing them in print, which will in turn include figurines of the characters.[2] However, no light novels have been released following the announcement.

Manga[edit]

An anthology comic was serialized on Hobby Japan’s online website Hobby Channel. The first chapter was serialized on June 1, 2010, with new chapters serialized on the 25th of each month. The first volume was published on November 25, 2010,[5] and the second volume published on June 25, 2011.[6]

A spinoff manga called Hyakka Ryōran: Sengoku Maidens (〜百花繚乱〜戦国乙女 ~Hyakka Ryōran~ Sengoku Otome?), illustrated by Yura Shinano, began serialization in the March 2009 issue of Dengeki Daioh, and ended in the March 2011 issue. The first volume was released by ASCII Media Works on December 28, 2009,[7] with the third volume released on March 27, 2012 under their Dengeki Comics imprint.[8] Although the series uses the Hyakka Ryōranname, it is based on the Sengoku Otome pachinko games by Heiwa, and therefore has no connection to the original series.

A manga adaptation illustrated by Junichi Iwasaki began serialization in the November 2010 issue of Media Factory’s manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive. The first volume was published on November 22, 2010,[9] with a total of two volumes available as of October 22, 2011 under their Alive Comics imprint.[10]

A second manga adaptation, called Hyakka Ryōran: Seven Spears (百花繚乱 セブン・スピア Hyakka Ryōran: Sebun Supia?), illustrated by Tatara Yano, began serialization Hobby Japan’s online manga magazine Comic Dangan on December 23, 2011. The first volume was released on August 27, 2012 under their Dangan Comics imprint.[11]

KILL LA KILL

Kill la Kill

 

Kill la Kill (キルラキル Kiru Ra Kiru?) is a television anime series produced by Trigger. The series, which is Trigger’s first original television anime project, is directed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and written by Kazuki Nakashima, both of whom had previously worked together on Gurren Lagann. The series began airing in Japan from October 3, 2013.[1] Aniplex of America has licensed the anime for a simulcast and a home video release.[2] A manga adaptation by Ryō Akizuki began serialization in Kadokawa Shoten‘s Young Ace magazine from October 4, 2013.

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Kill la Kill is set at Honnouji Academy (本能字学園 Honnōji Gakuen?), a fictional high school in Tokyo Bay set in post-apocalyptic Japan that is dominated by its fearsome student council, led by Satsuki Kiryuin. The council members wear special uniforms called Goku Uniforms (極制服 gokuseifuku?, lit. high quality uniform, from gokusei + seifuku) that grant them superhuman abilities, which they use to oppress the rest of the school’s students and staff. Ryuko Matoi, a student wielding half of a scissor-shaped longsword, transfers to Honnouji Academy in search of the owner of the other half of the scissor blade, the person who killed her father. Defeated by the council after interrogating Satsuki over the killer’s identity and whereabouts, Ryuko comes across a sentient sailor uniform she names Senketsu, who puts himself on Ryuko. Using Senketsu’s special abilities, Ryuko stands up against Satsuki and her henchmen, the Elite Four (四天王 shitennō?), to liberate Honnouji Academy from their iron grip and find out the truth behind her father’s murder.

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Main characters

Ryuko Matoi (纏 流子 Matoi Ryūko?)
Voiced by: Ami Koshimizu

Ryuko Matoi

Ryuko Matoi

The main protagonist, a 17-year-old vagrant schoolgirl who transfers to Honnouji Academy in search of clues relating to the death of her father. Ryuko wields one half of a giant pair of scissors created by her father with the other half stolen by his killer. Her weapon is capable of destroying Goku Uniforms, thus putting her at odds with the student council. She currently lives with the Mankanshoku family. She also possesses a special uniform also known as “Kamui” or “Kamui Senketsu” which gives the user special abilities.
Senketsu (鮮血?)
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki
A living sailor uniform Ryuko finds beneath her house. Senketsu is a Kamui (神衣?, lit. “God Clothes”), an outfit made from 100% Life Fibers that provides its wearer with godlike abilities in exchange for their blood. By synchronizing with Ryuko, Senketsu can transform into an indestructible suit of armor, albeit with a skimpy appearance, much to Ryuko’s initial embarrassment. Whenever Ryuko destroys a Goku Uniform, Senketsu absorbs one of its Life Fibers. His name literally means “fresh blood”.
Satsuki Kiryuin (鬼龍院 皐月 Kiryūin Satsuki?)
Voiced by: Ryōka Yuzuki
The 18-year-old student council president at Honnouji Academy, and the main antagonist. Because her mother leads the school’s board of directors, Satsuki dominates the school to the impotence of its principal and teachers. She administers Goku Uniforms to students based on their skill sets. She wields a katana named Bakuzan (縛斬?) and possesses the Kamui Junketsu (純潔?, lit. “purity”).
Mako Mankanshoku (満艦飾 マコ Mankanshoku Mako?)
Voiced by: Aya Suzaki
An energetic second-year student and Ryuko’s classmate at Honnoji Academy. She immediately befriends Ryuko upon the latter’s arrival at the school. Mako lives with her parents and younger brother in the slums of Honnouji. She is a bit slow-witted and more often than not finds herself in dangerous situations, but she has a good heart and cares for Ryuko, encouraging her many times.

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Freezing Vibration

Second season of Freezing. Ever since the 10th NOVA clash, the Chevalier had concluded that the NOVA have been appearing at a steadier rate and they are losing more Pandoras than they can produce.

Freezing Vibration

Freezing Vibration

Their solution is the E-Pandora Project which involves normal humans being given the power to become Pandoras. Inviting Pandora from around the world to their Alaskan base witness the unveiling of their new project, Satellizer, Kazuya and Rana are among those who have been summoned. However, as time goes the E-Pandora Project starts to become fishier and the Pandoras start to grow more and more concerned…

 

Freezing

Freezing



Freezing is an anime series adapted from the manga of the same title written by Dall-Young Lim and illustrated by Kwang-Hyun Kim. Set in a slightly futuristic world, Earth has been invaded and is at war with aliens from another dimension called the Nova. In order to counter them, genetically-modified girls with super fighting skills called Pandoras, and their male partners, called Limiters, who use special “freezing” powers to limit their opponent’s mobility, are made to fight against the Nova. The series focuses on Kazuya Aoi, a Limiter whose late sister was a Pandora, and Satellizer el Bridget, a powerful Pandora with a cold personality, both of whom are enrolled at the West Genetics Academy at which Pandoras and Limiters are trained. The plot follows Kazuya’s friendship with Satellizer, the students of the Academy, and Earth’s ongoing war against the Nova.

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Freezing Vibration

The anime was produced by A.C.G.T. and is directed by Takashi Watanabe, written by Masanao Akahoshi and Takao Yoshioka, and features music by Masaru Yokoyama, direction by Shinsaku Tanaka and Takashi Tachizaki, character design by Mayumi Watanabe, and art and sound direction by Satoru Kuwabara and Koji Tsujitani, respectively.[1] The anime’s first season aired on AT-X between January 8, 2011 and April 7, 2011, with subsequent runs on Chiba TVSun TVTokyo MXTV AichiTV Kanagawa and TV Saitama. The show aired uncensored in 4:3 format on AT-X, while the airing on Tokyo MX (which began on January 9) and other channels were in 16:9 widescreen format and heavily censored. Six DVD and Blu-rayvolumes were released by Media Factory between March 23 and August 24, 2011, each volume containing two episodes and original video animation called It’ll Explode! Heart-Pounding Trouble♥Freezing (はじけちゃう!ドキドキトラブル♥フリージングHajikechau! Dokidoki Toraburu♥Furījingu?), as well as other bonus material.[2] The anime was licensed in North America by Funimation Entertainment for simulcasting (in its 16:9 edited format) on their video portal.[3] Funimation later gained additional licensing rights to the series and released it in 2012 on DVD and Blu-ray.[4] A second season titled “Freezing Vibration”, began airing on AT-X on October 4, 2013.

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The opening theme for the first season is “Color” by MARiA, a cover of a song by Hatsune Miku,[5] and the ending theme is Kimi wo Mamoritai (君を守りたい?, “To Protect You”) by Aika Kobayashi. A CD single containing the two songs was released by Media Factory on February 23, 2011.[6] The opening theme for the second season is “AVENGE WORLD” and the ending theme is Sekai wa Kizu o Dakishimeru (世界は疵(きず)を抱きしめる?, “Embracing the World’s Wounds (Wound)”); both are sung by Konomi Suzuki.

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Seikon no Qwaser

Seikon no Qwaser

The Qwaser of Stigmata (聖痕のクェイサー Seikon no Qwaser?) is an action manga and anime series authored by Hiroyuki Yoshino featuring art by Kenetsu Satō. The series is notable for its violencefan service, and the use of breast milk as a central plot device. The manga series is published in Japan in the seinen/shōnen manga Champion Red, starting in 2006 and continuing as of 2013. A 24-episode anime television series was produced with the same title as the manga series and broadcast in Japan on Biglobe in 2010. An OVA adaptation titled

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SEIKON NO QWASER

 

The Qwaser of Stigmata: Portrait of the Empress (聖痕のクェイサー: 女帝の肖像 Seikon no Kweisā : Jotei no Shouzou?) was also produced and released on DVD with the manga series volume 10. A 12-episode second season was produced with the title The Qwaser of Stigmata II (聖痕のクェイサー II Seikon no Kweisā II?) and was broadcast in Japan between April and June, 2011.[1]

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Sentai Filmworks licensed both seasons and the OVA for digital distribution and home video release in North America, releasing English subtitled DVD sets in 2012 and 2013.[2]

AKI SORA

Aki Sora

Aki Sora (あきそら?, lit. Autumn Sky) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masahiro Itosugi. It was first published in September 2008 by Akita Shoten. It started serialisation in the ninth volume and was concluded in volume 25 ofAkita Shoten‘s shōnen manga magazine Champion Red. An OVA adaptation by Hoods Entertainment was released with the third volume of the manga on December 17, 2009. A second OVA adaptation, called Aki Sora ~Yume no Naka~ (あきそら~夢の中~?) was released by Pony Canyon in two parts; the first part released on July 30, 2010, and the second part released on November 17, 2010. In April 2011 Masahiro Itosugi announced that there will be no more printings of volumes 1 and 3 due to Bill 156

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AKI SORA

Ever since he was a young child, Sora Aoi had always exchanged words of “I love you” with his attractive older sister Aki. Now, as he comes of age, he finds it much harder to exchange such comforts as they did in those simpler times. When Aki demonstrates her feelings toward him to go beyond a sister’s love, Sora finds himself questioning his feelings for his sister. Realizing their affection for one another, they consummate their love in secret. In a society that would never understand, they must now keep their love a secret from their family and everyone they know. However Sora soon finds himself exploring many forms of love not accepted by society and questioning his feelings for his sister.

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IKKITOUSEN

Ikkitousen

Ikki Tousen (一騎当千 Ikkitōsen?lit. “Strength of a Thousand”), known in North America as Battle Vixens, is a manga series written and illustrated by Yuji Shiozaki, based on the classic Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. The series revolves around an all-out turf war in the Kanto region of Japan where fighters known as Tōshi (闘士?, meaning “fighting soldier”) from seven schools battle for supremacy. The story centers on Hakufu Sonsaku, a fighter who transfers to Nanyo Academy, one of the seven schools involved in the turf war.

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The manga started serialization in the seinen manga magazine Comic GUM, and the first tankōbon was released in October 2000, with a total of 19 volumes available as of February 25, 2012. The manga was licensed in North America and the United Kingdom by Tokyopop with adaptation from Keith Giffen under the title Battle Vixens, and in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment.

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A 13-episode anime adaptation produced by J.C. Staff aired between July and October 2003 on AT-X and other channels. A second anime season produced by Arms aired on AT-X between February and May 2007, spanning twelve episodes. A third anime season, also produced by Arms, aired on AT-X between June and August 2008, spanning twelve episodes and featuring an all-new plotline and characters. A fourth anime season produced by TNK and Arms aired on AT-X and other channels between March and June 2010, spanning 12 episodes and introducing new schools and characters. An anime OVA was announced by Media Factory,[1] and premiered in Japanese theaters on November 12, 2011.

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The first anime season was licensed in North America by Geneon Entertainment,[2] but it is now licensed by Funimation Entertainment after Geneon withdrew from the anime market.[3] The second anime season is licensed in North America byMedia Blasters.[4]

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The third anime season was also licensed by Media Blasters,[5] but it is now licensed by Funimation Entertainment.[6] The fourth anime season is also licensed by Funimation Entertainment.

QUEEN'S BLADE

Queens Blade

 

QUEEN'S BLADE

QUEEN’S BLADE

Queen’s Blade (Japanese: クイーンズブレイド HepburnKuīnzu Bureido?) is a series of visual combat books published by Hobby Japan based on the licensed works from Firelight Game Company‘s Lost Worlds. First published in 2005, it features sexually suggestive depictions of an exclusively female cast of characters.(There is particular emphasis on the large breasts of many of the contestants.) The overall plot of the game revolves around a tournament called the Queen’s Blade, which is held once every four years to determine a Queen.

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The series later evolved into a media franchise, spanning four manga adaptations, three anime adaptations, three light novels, and a video game adaptation. The series is later followed by a sequel called Queen’s Blade Rebellion (クイーンズブレイド リベリオン Kuīnzu Bureido Riberion?), featuring all-new characters as well as remakes of previous characters, and a supplement called Queen’s Gate (クイーンズゲイト Kuīnzu Geito?), featuring licensed characters from other games and series. In turn, Queen’s Blade Rebellion will be followed by Queen’s Blade Grimoire (クイーンズブレイド グリムワール Kuīnzu Bureido Gurimuwāru?), a new series featuring a different story, with more details still to come. Figures of the characters made by various manufacturers, such as Kaiyodo with their Revoltech series, have also been produced along with several memorabilia.

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Beginning with the 7th series, it uses all-new game rules compatible with the Lost Worlds books

Anime TV Series That Are Most Popular

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If television takes most part of your leisure and anime is your favorite then here's time to celebrate! There are collections of anime series that are loved all over the world. What make them eternal favorites are their unique story line, interesting topic and skillful direction. So, keep a watch on the best anime series for TV that went viral!

  • Death Note

A high school student Yagami Light discovers a diary called 'Death Note' which makes him murder the criminals who have been enlisted in it! Is not this extremely bloodcurdling? You will definitely wish to know what happens next. This cat and mouse run between police and Light is actually what the anime series 'Death Note' centers on. And the apprehension of what will happen next is exactly how the fans of the serial react to each episode they watch!

  • Full Metal Alchemist

This TV series is spiced up with comedy, adventure, action, suspense and moral notes. The series ports Europe during the era of industrialization where Alchemy was considered as the highest science. Each episode of the anime series unravels moral dilemma and strength of brotherhood between alchemists Alphomse Elric and Edward amidst terse circumstances. While failure and depressed face of the favorite anime characters make the auditions sad, their joyful faces make the audience happy again. So, do watch this TV series!

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This was the oldest and very first of the anime series that was aired in television. The popularity of Dragon Ball became so viral that two sequels were produced and telecast. The story is about 'Dragon Ball' which are some magical balls that have the mystic power to rescue the world from enemies. Gohan the protagonist finds seven such dragon balls and sets into action to save the world from various malicious forces. Trill and mystery unravel in each sequel. To know more about these forces and make out how Gohan plans to combat them, watch Dragon Ball.

  • Hellsing

Hellsing is based on our much known magna series. But what makes it different and unique is its story line. This supernatural adventure series is about a secret British organization Hellsing '. Its primary motive is to wipe out vampires with the help of a 'good' vampire Alucard. This action packed spine-chilling anime series is as popular among kids as it is for the adult audiences.

  • Elfen Lied

Nudity, brutal thrill, existence of make-belief world and complex storyline, Elfen Lied has it all that makes it a mega hit television series. The plot primarily deals with Diclonius, a humanoid group that lives in ELfen Lied. It unfolds the tale of Lucy, one of the Diclonius, her escape from the research lab and the situations that she comes across.

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Latest News on Bleach Anime

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Are you an anime fan? If you are then Bleach anime is one superb anime you can never miss out from your list. Bleach anime has already been in the anime industry for quite some time reaching over 190 episodes. Bleach was initially popular in Asian countries, but now it has reached countries as far as Brazil. The most recent broadcast was on Brazil television and has received a huge amount of response. It has become so popular that the amount of internet searches has risen to an awful amount.

What made Bleach anime so special as compared to other Japanese anime? The uniqueness of Bleach anime is its massive varieties of characters and its continuity in excitements. Speaking of the massive varieties of characters, the current storyline focuses on how the main character Ichigo and his team overcomes 10 top elite opponents known as Espada. Viewers can enjoy the wealth of watching some amazing never-been-seen-before powers being displayed during the engagement of battles. Remember that I mentioned about the 10 top elite opponents? Well, viewers can now experience 10 times the excitation in this amazing Bleach anime!

Although bleach anime has reached over 190 episodes in its anime adaptation, the story has still many unsolved issues such as the true identity of the main character Ichigo and who are the Vizards. This shows that the anime has more to come and viewers can still enjoy the suspense in guessing who the mysterious oncoming characters are. Neverheless, the audience of bleach anime has reached an enormous amount and many are expecting some new excitation from this anime series. How about a movie adaptation?

Not only it is a must to watch every Bleach anime episodes, it is also a necessity for a true fan not to miss any of its movies. The latest bleach movie "Bleach the Movie: The DiamondDust Rebellion" was released on 22nd December 2007 as a theatrical release and DVD version was released on 3rd September 2008. It is the second animated film adaptation of the anime and manga series. This movie has shown the world the excellence of this remarkable anime in its creativity and uniqueness in both the graphics and plot. All credits goes to the director Noriyuki Abe and co-writter Michiko Yokote and Masahiro Okubo.

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How to Draw and Design Anime

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Different artists have different ideas on how to design your Anime. Some prefer to write the entire script out before working on their images. Some prefer to go panel by panel, writing one panel and then drawing it before working on writing the next one. It is generally a good idea to start with at least a basic outline. This will help you ensure that you are pacing well and that you do not leave out key elements you will later have to go back and add in.

There are several ideas for inspiration for people who are unsure of how to start designing their own Anime. One idea is to study art history. Understanding the dynamics of art before you get started can be a great tool. Do not just read up on or look at pieces of art that will apply specifically to your work. Understanding the history of your art and what came before it can give you a better understanding of the art you are working on. It can also give you ideas on how to incorporate different elements into your Anime that you had not considered.

Reading different drawing technique books can be a huge help as well. No matter how good an artist is, there's always room for improvement. Taking advantage of different drawing exercises can be immensely rewarding in a number of ways. They will rarely force you to think outside the box by doing exercises on things you are not used to doing. Stretching your imagination will help you to be more creative in your own work. It'll also help you to learn what your strengths and weaknesses are. Some artists would never know that they were particularly talented in drawing certain action scenes or particular body shapes if they did not force themselves to try drawing exercises.

Of course drawing your Anime is only half of your design. You also want to make sure you have effective and interesting writing as well. No matter how good your drawings are or how well you shade your panels, if the story is uninteresting or written poorly your reader will not be interested. Study up on writing books to learn proper techniques for creating tension, pacing and other aspects of writing. You can also go back and study examples that you particularly like. Reading you favorite Anime with a more critical eye can be very helpful. Pay attention to the way the writer worked on their dialog, transitions and other aspects of their writing. Make a note of the things that did and did not work for you and plan your own art accordingly.

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Introduction to Japanese Anime Films

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Anime is a term for cartoons originating from Japan. A different word is used so it wouldn’t be confused with Western animated shows. Unlike in the West, where cartoons are mainly made for children, Japanese anime can target any age group; furthermore, some shows are intended for adults only.

Anime is a visual medium that gives a lot of freedom for artists to express themselves. Some animes may be heavily stylized, while others take more realistic approaches. They are also known to mix CG effects with traditional hand-drawn animation successfully.

Now that we’ve established that anime can be a medium for any kind of story – not only shows for kids – let’s talk about anime movies. Much like Western producers of animated movies, such as Toy Story or Finding Nemo, Japan has its own anime film industry. However, even though Japanese animation is becoming more popular overseas, not many people are familiar with the more impressive anime works. It’s mostly commercialized and overhyped shows like Digimon or Naruto that are the most popular.

So if you’ve got your first impression of anime through low-quality dubbed kid shows you saw on TV, that’s not enough of a reason to decide that all anime is bad. You should watch some of the best anime movies instead – such as “Spirited Away” by the Japanese anime genius Hayao Miyazaki. This animated movie has won an Oscar, and is also the first (and so far, also the only) non-English animated work to win an Academy award.

Movies by Hayao Miyazaki (such as Howl’s Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, and so on) are always a good bet when looking for great anime films to watch. There also are other classics like Grave of the Fireflies, Ghost in the Shell or Akira. Most of these movies are translated and dubbed so you will have no trouble acquiring the DVDs and enjoying the fantastic journey.

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