Bakumatsu Rock -howling soul- Manga Ends

The September 2015 issue of Ichijinsha’s Monthly Comic Zero-Sum magazine published the final chapter of Shinshu Ueda’s Bakumatsu Rock -howling soul- manga on July 28, 2015. The magazine also notes that Ichijinsha will publish the manga’s second and final compiled book volume on September 25, 2015.

The manga adapts Marvelous AQL’s Bakumatsu Rock game. The original story of the game is set in the Bakumatsu era, at the end of the shoguns’ rule over Japan in the middle of the 19th century. The Tokugawa shogunate uses the brainwashing “Heaven’s Songs” by the top idols in Shinsengumi to subjugate the country and its people. In this Japan, writing or singing any songs besides the “Heaven’s Songs” is a capital offense. Ryōma Sakamoto and the other rockers rise up and change the world with rock ‘n’ roll for freedom and justice.

Ueda launched the manga in Monthly Comic Zero-Sum in March 2014. Ichijinsha published the manga’s first compiled book volume in September 25, 2015.

Source: ANN

K: Countdown Manga Ends and K: Dream of Green Manga Launches

The September 2015 issue of Kodansha’s ARIA magazine published the final chapter of Rei Rairaku and Yui Kuroe’s K: Countdown manga on July 28, 2015.

The magazine also notes that Rairaku and Kuroe will start a new K manga spinoff titled K: Dream of Green in ARIA. The new manga will depict a story from the point of view of the Green Clan “jungle,” and its King, Hisui Nagare. The magazine will publish the story’s prologue chapter in its November 2015 issue, which Kodansha will publish on September 28, 2015. The magazine will begin serializing the manga’s main story in its December 2015 issue, which Kodansha will publish on October 28, 2015.

Rairaku and Kuroe launched K: Countdown in ARIA magazine on December 27, 2014. The manga depicts what happened after the K: Missing Kings film from the viewpoints of different characters. The magazine notes that Kodansha will publish the first compiled book volume of K: Countdown in Japan on September 7, 2015 and the second volume on October 7, 2015.

Source: ANN

Osiris no Tenbin Anime to Premiere in Japan

The 10-episode original anime Osiris no Tenbin (The Balance of Osiris) will premiere on August 1, 2015 at midnight. It is the first original anime on the newly revamped Fuji TV On Demand service.

The dark suspense story is set in the modern day and centers around an assassin enshrouded in mystery. To decide whether to execute an assignment or not, he personally meets the target before handing down his final judgment. The story follows the drama that comes from his conversations with the target.

Due to certain circumstances, the left side of the assassin’s body has hardly any internal organs. He is weak and unskilled at guns, but he does possess psychokinesis.

Yuuki Kaji plays the assassin, and each episode will feature guest voice cast members. The cast includes Yoshimasa Hosoya, Ryohei Kimura, Kenichi Suzumura, Daisuke Namikawa, Mamoru Miyano, Jun Fukuyama, Miyuki Sawashiro.

Yūsuke Fujikawa is producing and directing Osiris no Tenbin, and Takeo Kasai is scripting.

Source: ANN

Rental Magica Is Now on Hulu

The Fandom Post is reporting that the Rental Magica anime is now available for streaming on Hulu with the original Japanese audio with English subtitles. Hulu subscribers can watch the series on their TV and mobile devices.

The story of Rental Magica is described as:

Destroying supernatural monsters… Dispelling dark magic… It’s all in a day’s work for the mages of Astral! However, after the mysterious disappearance of the company president, they’re left in a lurch. His son, Itsuki Iba, begrudgingly fills in, but Itsuki’s unfamiliarity with magic could spell bad news for Astral – especially with their rival Goetia vying for the very same contracts. As the jobs grow ever more dangerous, they soon find that staying in business is the least of their worries.

Source: The Fandom Post

Two New Cast Members Announced for the RIN-NE Anime

NHK’s official website for the RIN-NE television anime has revealed that the show has cast Aya Endo as Kain’s mother, and Fumi Hirano as Sakura’s mother. Kain’s mother will debut in the show’s 18th episode airing on August 1, 2015, while Sakura’s mother will debut in the show’s 20th episode on August 15, 2015. though the character has already appeared visually in the show’s 17th episode.

The television anime premiered on April 4, 2015 on the public broadcaster NHK’s E Tele channel. Crunchyroll is simulcasting the series as it airs in Japan. Sentai Filmworks licensed the series for release in North America.

The anime adapts Rumiko Takahashi’s supernatural manga Kyōkai no Rinne (RIN-NE of the Boundary or RIN-NE). VIZ Media, the publisher of most of Takahashi’s manga in North America, describes RIN-NE‘s story as:

As a child Sakura Mamiya mysteriously disappeared in the woods behind her grandma’s home. She returned whole and healthy, but since then she has had the power to see ghosts. Now a teenager, she just wishes the ghosts would leave her alone! At school, the desk next to Sakura’s has been empty since the start of the school year. Then one day her always-absent classmate Rinne Rokudo shows up, and he’s far more than what he seems!

Source: ANN

Anime Soundtrack Review: Wolf’s Rain Soundtrack

The Wolf’s Rain soundtrack is a 21-track CD that includes music from the anime series. The music in Wolf’s Rain was composed by Yoko Kanno.

Wolf’s Rain

Publisher: Bandai Entertainment
Release Date: May 11, 2004

The disc opens with “Stray,” the opening theme song for Wolf’s Rain. This CD includes the full-length version of the song, which runs a little over five minutes in length. The lead vocals are provided by Steve Conte, and he has the perfect sound to complement the rock backing music. Conte also sings the song, “Could You Bite the Hand?” This is another song with a backing track inspired by rock music, and Conte’s gritty vocal style works well with the arrangement that this song has.

Joyce provides vocals on three songs: “Coracao Selvagem,” “Dogs and Angels,” and “Run, Wolf Warrior, Run.” The first two songs she sings on have backing music that has a jazz influence on it. “Run, Wolf Warrior, Run” has more a soft rock feel to it. But Joyce has the vocal abilities to competently sing material in both of those musical styles.

Ilaria Graziano provides vocals for “Valse De La Lune.” Where Joyce has a lower vocal range, Ilaria’s range is higher. But this higher vocal range works well for the song’s midtempo arrangement.

Maaya Sakamoto provides the vocals for “Gravity,” a piano ballad that is the ending theme for Wolf’s Rain. The lyrics are in English, and she sings this song that’s not in her native language very well. To be honest, if I didn’t know she was Japanese, I wouldn’t realize she wasn’t a native speaker of the English language. This is a beautiful song, and Sakamoto’s vocals complement it perfectly.

Raj Ramayya provides the vocals for “Strangers,” a song that sounds like it has influences from both jazz and trance music. Raj has quite a smooth sounding vocal delivery, which works perfectly with this musical arrangement.

The rest of the songs on the CD are instrumental score pieces from Wolf’s Rain. The instrumentals run anywhere from a minute-and-a-half to almost four minutes in length. There’s a good mixture of slow, midtempo, and uptempo tracks in the series’ score, and there’s also a good mixture of sonic styles being utilized in the music. Kanno’s score for Wolf’s Rain doesn’t disappoint, and it includes the various sounds, arrangements, and elements that fans of her work have come to expect from her.

As a whole, the soundtrack has a very good mixture of score music and songs with vocals. As a listener, I found myself not feeling bogged down by the arrangement of the tracks, because care was taken to make sure that songs that sound alike weren’t put back-to-back on the disc.

I would recommend this soundtrack to fans of Wolf’s Rain or to fans of Yoko Kanno’s work. Fans of the series will like getting to hear the music from the series, while fans of Kanno’s work will enjoy hearing music that has her touch on it.

The reviewer purchased a copy of this soundtrack

Little Witch Academia Inspires Two New Manga Series

The September 2015 issue of Shueisha’s Ribon shojo magazine is announcing that a new manga series based on Little Witch Academia will premiere in the next issue on September 3, 2015. Yuka Fujiwara is drawing the series, titled Little Witch Academia: Tsukiyo no Ōkan (Crown of Midnight), and the anime’s director Yoh Yoshinari is credited as the original creator.

The tagline reads: “The protagonist who longs to be a magic user… meets a certain man!?”

In addition, the August 2015 issue of Shueisha’s Ultra Jump announced on July 18, 2015 that a “short intensive” manga series based on Little Witch Academia will begin in the September 2015 issue on August 19, 2015. Terio Teri, the artist of the Little Witch Academia one-shot manga that debuted in the magazine in 2013, will also draw this new series. Studio Trigger is credited as the original creator.

The series will have an original story.

The anime’s story follows Akko Kagari who begins magic school at the Little Witch Academia. While studying there, she hopes of becoming just like her idol, a magician named Shiny Chariot.

Source: ANN