GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class Manga to End in December 2015

The January 2016 issue of Manga Time Kirara Carat has announced that the next chapter of Satoko Kiyuduki’s GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class manga, which will run in the February 2016 issue on December 28, 2015, will be the last.

Kiyuduki began the manga series in 2006, and it inspired a television anime series in 2009. The story follows the lives of five senior art students.

Source: ANN

Maaya Uchida Joins the Cast of Heavy Object

The official website for the television anime of Kazuma Kamachi’s Heavy Object light novel series has announced that Maaya Uchida has joined the anime’s cast as Lady Vanderbilt.

Lady Vanderbilt is the only daughter of the Vanderbilt family, which is at odds with the Winchell family. She and Havia got engaged against the wishes of both their families. As Havia works hard to take over as head of the family, he also works to overcome his family’s “trivial quarrels” and marry Lady Vanderbilt.

FUNimation describes the story of Heavy Object as:

In the future, warfare has been revolutionized by the invention of mechanical weapons called “Objects.” These Objects are overwhelmingly powerful, rendering traditional weapons like guns, tanks and fighter jets completely useless. Qwenthur is an un-athletic, but smart soldier who aims to work as an Object mechanic. Stationed at an Alaskan Object base, he meets Milinda, a stoic but beautiful Elite Soldier who pilots her own Object. As they learn to support each other in battle, Qwenthur begins to uncover the grim secret behind the Heavy Objects.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: “Tiger & Bunny” Volume Eight

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Tiger & Bunny Volume 8 shows what happens to Wild Tiger and the other heroes as they try to stop Jake Martinez from taking over Stern Bild.

Tiger & Bunny Volume 8

Written by: Mizuki Sakakibara
Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: November 10, 2015

Volume 8 has a strong emphasis on Wild Tiger and Barnaby as they try to extract information about Jake out of a NEXT that has sided with him but is now reconsidering his decision. But this leads to a confrontation with Jake, with Barnaby wanting revenge for the death of his parents. The fight between Jake and the two heroes shows a different side to Barnaby, and it gives Wild Tiger something to think about. During this section of the story, the reader also learns what happened to Rock Bison, since that had been left hanging at the end of Volume 7.

Meanwhile, Doc Saito figures out how to stop Kriem’s bears and exosuits, and the heroes who are available are sent out to plant jamming devices around Stern Bild. This part of the story leads to Blue Rose, Fire Emblem, and Dragon Kid being sent out to go after an armored vehicle which is believed to have a fleeing Jake Martinez in it. This pursuit of the armored vehicle, along with Wild Tiger and Barnaby’s fight with Jake, are the main times that action and superhero powers appear in this volume.

Tiger & Bunny Volume 8 continues to deviate from the anime series, and the most interesting deviation here is getting to see Jake Martinez have a flashback to his childhood. The flashback gave the reader insight into Jake as a character, and it helps to explain his motivations for what he’s been doing. I thought this was a nice touch, since the anime never addressed Jake’s backstory at all. When I watched the anime, I just had to assume that Jake was simply an evil person trying to antagonize Stern Bild for fun. The backstory presented for Jake in the manga almost makes him a sympathetic character.

The manga continues taking basic elements from the Tiger & Bunny anime but presents them in a different way. At first, I wasn’t entirely happy with the changes that were made, but at this point, I find I can better appreciate what the manga author is trying to do with the story. It may not be exactly the same as what was presented in the anime, but it’s still recognizable as Tiger & Bunny to readers who are already familiar with the series.

Even though the story may have evolved and changed from the anime, I appreciate that the art in Tiger & Bunny Volume 8 continues trying to remain as faithful as it can to the anime’s character designs. In some respects, it seems like there’s not quite as much detail being used in the art now compared to earlier volumes, but the change in quality doesn’t distract the reader too much from the story that they’re reading.

Readers who have read and enjoyed the previous volumes of the series should appreciate what they see in Tiger & Bunny Volume 8, especially the backstory that is provided for Jake Martinez.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

New York Times Manga Best Seller List: November 15-21, 2015

Here are the top ten selling manga in the United States for the week of November 15-21, 2015, according to the New York Times.

1. One-Punch Man Volume 2 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 2 moves up four spots to number one in its seventh week on the list. In this volume, Saitama grows bored of being a superhero and agrees to train a cyborg teenager named Genos.

2. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 falls one spot to number two in its 23rnd week on the list. In this volume, Ken Kaneki is attacked by a monster, but somehow survives the encounter and becomes the first half-human, half-ghoul hybrid.

3. Black Butler Volume 21 by Yana Toboso

Yen Press’ release of Black Butler Volume 21 enters the list at number three. In this volume, Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his demon butler Sebastian investigate whether werewolves and witches to blame for a series of gruesome deaths in Germany.

4. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 1 falls one spot to number four in its 12th week on the list. In this volume, a hero named Saitama, can defeat any monster or villain with just one punch.

5. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 3 falls one spot to number five in its fifth week on the list. In this volume, Ken must form a truce between humans and ghouls in order to protect Hinami from Counter Ghoul investigators.

6. One-Punch Man Volume 3 by ONE and Yusuke Murata

VIZ Media’s release of One-Punch Man Volume 3 moves back up three spots to number six in its third week on the list. In this volume, Saitama and Genos take the Hero Association’s test.

7. My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kouhei Horikoshi

VIZ Media’s release of My Hero Academia Volume 2 holds steady at number seven in its third week on the list. In this volume, Izuku Midoriya is just a “normal” teenager in a world full of of people who can develop superpowers. A chance encounter gives him the opportunity to gain a superpower.

8. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 2 by Sui Ishida

VIZ Media’s release of Tokyo Ghoul Volume 2 re-enters at number eight in its 12th week on the list. In this volume, Ken adjusts to his new existence as a half–human, half–ghoul hybrid with a little help from some friendly ghouls.

9. One Piece Volume 76 by Eiichiro Oda

VIZ Media’s release of One Piece Volume 76 falls seven spots to number nine in its second week on the list. In this volume, the backstory of Trafalgar Law is revealed.

10. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency Volume 1 by Hirohiko Araki

VIZ Media’s release of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency Volume 1 holds steady at number ten in its third week on the list. In this volume, Joseph Joestar, the grandson of Jonathan Joestar, takes the spotlight as he battles the Pillar Men.

Source: The New York Times

Anime Voice Actress Sumiko Shirakawa Passes Away

The agency of voice actress Sumiko Shirakawa (real name Sumiko Shirato) has announced that she has passed away. She was 80 years old at the time of her passing.

According to authorities, Shirakawa did not show up to a recording session for Sazae-san on November 26, 2015. Staff from the program and her family then visited her home, where she lives alone, and found her body in the bathroom. Shirakawa’s agency said that because she died at home, a medical coroner will examine her and determine the cause of death and other information.

Shirakawa, who debuted as a voice actress in the 1960s, is most well known for her roles in Doraemon and Sazae-san. She played Dekisugi in the 1973 and 1979 Doraemon anime and in several Doraemon films. In Sazae-san, she played the role of Katsuo’s classmate Nakajima-kun.

Shirakawa’s other roles include: Jiro Samon in Kyojin no Hoshi, Ace in Space Ace, Hakase in Shin Obake no Q-Taro, Mitsuru and Pula in the 1980 Astro Boy series, and Sid Sawyer in Adventures of Tom Sawyer. She also provided her voice for roles in Gegege no Kitarō, Gatchaman, Himitsu no Akko-chan, Time Bokan, and Yatterman.

Source: ANN

Anime Spotlight: Attack on Titan


Attack on Titan is an anime series based on a manga written and illustrated by Hajime Isayama. The anime is produced by Wit Studio and Production I.G, and is directed by Tetsuro Araki. The series aired on Japanese television from April 6-September 28, 2013.

As of this writing, FUNimation Entertainment holds the North American license for Attack on Titan.

About Attack on Titan

The series is set in an alternative middle-ages world that has been attacked by giant humanoid creatures called Titans. The remains of civilization are protected by three concentric walls that are about fifty meters tall. After building these walls, humanity has remained safe for 100 years and has basically become complacent. While there are people who want to go outside of the walls and explore the outside world, many are discouraged from doing so.

The main character of the series is Eren Yeager. He is one who wants to explore the outside world, but his parents and his adopted sister Mikasa are very much against this idea. His father is a doctor, and during the first episode, he leaves to treat patients located elsewhere.

After he leaves, the unthinkable happens. Unusual Titans break through the wall: one is 60 meters tall, while the other has a hardened shell. The city is plunged into chaos, and Eren discovers that his mother is trapped in the rubble of their house. Eren tries to save his mother, but she insists that he run to safety and to leave her behind. A guard named Hannes grabs both Eren and Mikasa and carries them off in safety as Eren’s mother is eaten by one of the Titans.

Eren, Mikasa, and their friend Armin enlist in the military, and they graduate from training five years later. Eren vows that he’ll kill every last one of the Titans, but something happens to him early on that reveals a secret that he was unaware of. Much of the series focuses on the ramifications of this discovered secret, as well as the politics taking place in the higher levels of the military and the government.

My Impressions of Attack on Titan

By the time I finished watching the first episode, the tone of the storytelling changed from establishing the series to an intense viewing experience once the Titans broke through the wall. I liked how the first episode ultimately is told in a circle: the major plot point of the Titans is shown at the beginning, and then the rest of the episode establishes what’s going on and returns to what was shown at the beginning of the episode. Even with using this storytelling device, the viewer is so riveted by the end of the first episode that they want to see the next episode to see what will happen to Eren and to find out what happens next in the story. Admittedly, the story does kind of slow down after the first episode, but it becomes interesting again once Mikasa’s backstory appears. After that point, Attack on Titan has an engaging story that leaves the viewer wanting to see more.

As the series progresses, there’s also some fantastic character story arcs. Obviously, Eren’s character arc is the main one that’s focused on. However, Jean also goes through major changes in his character, especially after he experiences a certain event. Even characters like Mikasa, Armin, and Levi, who don’t get as major of character arcs, are still engaging characters that the viewer comes to care for.

I thought the animation for Attack on Titan looked incredible. While this series utilizes both 2D animation and computer graphics, the 2D animation was designed and drawn in such a way that it blends in more convincingly with the computer graphics than many other anime series that I have seen that have tried to combine the two styles. Also, the backgrounds are lush and really complement the rest of the animation. But there are times, especially in the first half, where some animation cheats take place (primarily using still images instead of animating some of the action).


Even though Attack on Titan takes a little bit to get going, it’s worth the wait. By the end of these 25 episodes, the story is very riveting and focuses on characters that the viewer cares for. There are also surprises that show up during these episodes. However, it should be noted that Attack on Titan can be on the gory side at times, especially when the Titans are shown eating people.

But gore aside, I’m still looking forward to when the second season of Attack on Titan is released. It’s going to be a “must see” title for me when it’s made available as a simulcast.

Miss Hokusai Wins Best Animated Feature at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) announced at its 9th annual award ceremony at the Brisbane City Hall in Australia that Keiichi Hara’s Miss Hokusai (Sarusuberi ~Miss HOKUSAI~) anime film won the Best Animated Feature Award.

Other contenders for the award included Hiromasa Yonebayashi and Studio Ghibli’s When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie), the Korean film The Road Called Life, the Russian film The Snow Queen 2: The Snow King, and the Australian film Blinky Bill The Movie.

Miss Hokusai adapts Hinako Sugiura’s acclaimed historical manga Sarusuberi (literally: Crape Myrtle). Anne Watanabe stars in the role of O-Ei, daughter of acclaimed ukiyo-e painter Hokusai.

Production I.G describes the story of Miss Hokusai as:

The time: 1814.

The place: Edo, now known as Tokyo. One of the highest populated cities in the world, teeming with peasants, samurai, townsmen, merchants, nobles, artists, courtesans, and perhaps even supernatural things.

A much accomplished artist and now in his mid-fifties, Tetsuzo can boast clients from all over Japan, and tirelessly works in the garbage-loaded chaos of his house-atelier. He spends his days creating astounding pieces of art, from a giant-size Dharma portrayed on a 180 square meter-wide sheet of paper, to a pair of sparrows painted on a tiny rice grain. Short-tempered, utterly sarcastic, fond of sweets but with no passion for sake or money, he would charge a fortune for any job he is not willing to undertake.

Third of Tetsuzo’s four daughters, outspoken 23-year-old O-Ei has inherited her father’s talent and stubbornness, and very often she would paint instead of him, though uncredited. “We’re father and daughter; with two brushes and four chopsticks, we’ll get by anywhere.”

Decades later, Europe was going to discover Tetsuzo’s immense talent. He was to become best known by one of his many names: Katsushika Hokusai. He would mesmerize Degas and Monet, Debussy and Baudelaire.

However, very few today are even aware of the woman who assisted him all her life, and greatly contributed to his art while remaining uncredited.

This is the untold story of O-Ei, Master Hokusai’s daughter: a lively portrayal of a free-spirited and outspoken woman overshadowed by her larger-than-life father, unfolding through the changing seasons.

Source: ANN