New Manga Releases: September 2, 2014

Here are the new manga releases for September 2, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge GN 2
Bleach Omnibus GN 9
A Centaur’s Life GN 4
Dawn of the Arcana GN 13
Dragon Ball Omnibus GN 6
Library Wars: Love & War GN 12
Mayo Chiki! GN 7
Midnight Secretary GN 7 (18+)
Naruto Omnibus GN 9
Nisekoi: False Love GN 5
Noragami: Stray God GN 1
One Piece GN 72
Phantom Thief Jeanne GN 4
Pokémon Adventures GN 24
Pokémon Adventures GN Box Set 3
Pokémon Black and White GN Box Set 2 (9-14)
Ranma 1/2 Omnibus GN 4
Seraph of the End GN 2
Skip Beat! GN 33
A Strange Kind of Woman GN 2 (18+)
Time Killers: Kazue Kato Short Story Collection GN
What Did You Eat Yesterday? GN 4
Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’s GN 6
Zero’s Familiar: Chevalier GN 2

New Anime Releases: September 2, 2014

Here are the new anime releases for September 2, 2014. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Baka & Test – Summon the Beasts: Season 1 Collection S.A.V.E. Edition [DVD]
Baka & Test – Summon the Beasts: Season 2 + OVA Collection S.A.V.E. Edition [DVD]
Black Widow [DVD] (18+)
Blood Lad: The Complete Series [DVD]
Blood Lad: The Complete Series [Blu-ray/DVD Combo Limited Edition]
Demon Warrior Koji [DVD] (18+)
Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya [DVD]
Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya [Blu-ray]
Gatchaman Crowds Complete Collection [DVD]
Gatchaman Crowds Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
HAL The Movie [Blu-ray/DVD Combo]
Junjo Romantica Season 1 [DVD]
Love Live! School Idol Project Season 1 [Blu-ray]
Stella Women’s Academy Complete Collection [DVD]

Cast Announcement for Madan no Ou to Vanadis

The cast has been announced for the forthcoming Madan no Ou to Vanadis, which is scheduled to debut on Japanese television in October 2014.

The cast includes:

  • Kaito Ishikawa is Tigrevurmud
  • Haruka Tomatsu is Eleonora
  • Sumire Uesaka is Titta
  • Yuka Iguchi is Limlisha
  • Mariya Ise is Ludmilla
  • Ai Kayano is Sophia
  • Mikako Komatsu is Alexandra
  • Yu Kobayashi is Elizavetta
  • Hitomi Harada is Valentina
  • Takayuki Sugo is Bertrand
  • Hajime Iijima is Mathas Rodant
  • Kazuyuki Okitsu is Rurick
  • Ryohei Kimura is Zion Thenardier
  • Dai Matsumoto is Felix Aaron Thenardier
  • Hiroki Tochi is Roland
  • Juurouta Kosugi is Narrator

Viz Media Celebrates the Premiere of Remastered English Dub Sailor Moon Episodes With a Special “Moonlight Party”

Viz Media invites fans to celebrate the special premiere of the first four episodes of the remastered Sailor Moon anime series that features an all new English cast. The episodes will be available to stream on Neon Alley and Hulu beginning September 5, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Pacific. These exclusive dubbed episodes will be available for a limited time only.

Fans are invited to join company members as Viz Media and Neon Alley present Moonlight Party: A Celebration of SAILOR MOON Reborn! The virtual “slumber party” will take place as an unique live stream event on VIZ Media’s YouTube channel beginning on September 5, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Pacific.

Viewers can simultaneously watch the live, uncut Sailor Moon Episodes 1-4 during their premiere on Hulu and join the Viz Media staff on its YouTube channel for a lively evening of witty commentary, inside facts and tons of fun from the company’s headquarters in San Francisco.

Throughout the Moonlight Party fans may submit their Sailor Moon questions via YouTube in the comments sections of the livestream, on the official Viz Media Facebook page, and Twitter by using the special hashtag, #MoonlightParty for a real-time Q&A with Viz Media staff that will run throughout the event. Fans can interact with members of the Viz Media Sailor Moon team, which will be participating in the live stream to answer questions and offer lively commentary and little known information about the series and the premiere episodes. A Sailor Moon trivia contest also will take place and fans are invited to participate and submit answers via Facebook and Twitter to win special prizes. Sailor Moon fans nationwide are also encouraged to share pictures from their own Moonlight Parties by using the hashtag #MoonlightParty on their favorite social media platforms.

Viz Media’s first-ever Moonlight Party kicks off the premiere of a host of new Sailor Moon content that will air exclusively on Neon Alley and Hulu beginning in September for a limited time. In addition to the premiere of Episodes 1-4 on September 5, 2014, viewers can catch more of Season 1 of the classic, uncut Sailor Moon featuring the new English dub as Episodes 5-23 become available to stream beginning at 12:00am (Pacific) on September 7, 2014. Brand new subtitled Sailor Moon Episodes 35-36, which present the entire Sailor Guardian team together as one for the first time, along with the Princess they seek, also will premiere on Hulu and Neon Alley, for a limited time only beginning at 12:00am (Pacific) on September 8, 2014 to celebrate the weekly Moonday.

Fans can also catch the brand new Sailor Moon reboot – Sailor Moon Crystal – with the premiere of Episode 5 (subtitled), which introduces the fan favorite character Makoto Kino, Sailor Jupiter, on Hulu and Neon Alley beginning at 3:00am (Pacific) on September 6, 2014.

“The first weekend in September will deliver plenty of excitement to anime fans with a chance to join us for our first-ever Moonlight Party, celebrating the premiere of the uncut re-mastered SAILOR MOON English dub,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Manager, Animation Marketing. “We also will be sharing fun facts about the production, giving out prizes for a special SAILOR MOON trivia contest and having fun with viewers nationwide as we celebrate the return of this legendary anime series. We hope this also might inspire some fans to share in the fun and join us with SAILOR MOON Moonlight Parties of their own!”

Blue Spring Ride: Episode 8 – “Page. 8″

Blue Spring Ride focuses on a high school girl named Futaba Yoshioka. During the summer of her first year in junior high, she was in love with a boy named Kou Tanaka. He asks her to go to the summer festival with him, and she accepts. One day at school, she gets annoyed with a boy that’s pestering her and declares that she hates boys. Kou overhears this, and he never shows up to the meeting spot he’d arranged with Futaba. She intended to talk to him after summer break, but when she got back to school, Kou had transferred to a different school.

In this episode, Makita manages to get both Futaba and Murao to go hang out at a doughnut shop. It’s here where Futaba finally works up the courage to admit to Makita that she also has feelings for Kou. Makita appears to take it well, but we see later when she’s in the bathroom that she’s sad. She tries to hide this from Futaba, but both she and Murao pick up on the fact that Makita’s eyes are red.

But something interesting happens here. After Murao sees this transpire, she finally opens up to Futaba about her feelings for Tanaka-sensei. And she also serves as a voice of reason for Makita and Futaba about their situation. It really was nice to finally see Murao open up to Futaba and Makita and start to become part of their inner circle. With this happening, she’ll truly become a part of the main action that’s taking place.

So now we have Futaba and Makita in a friendly competition for Kou. Kou seems to have feelings for Makita that he isn’t acknowledging, but will this end up coming into play before the end of the series? If Kou does choose Futaba, will Makita take it as well as she claims she will?

Later, Futaba runs into Kou at the train station, where he’s playing with a cat that they’d seen there in an earlier episode. He’s concerned that the cat is losing weight, but he can’t bring himself to take it in, and that caring for things brings a lot of trouble. Shortly after, Futaba sees that Kou’s taking a train. She follows him, and discovers he’s going to a place where other teenagers hang out. An awkward situation takes place here, which leads into Futaba following Kou when he leaves.

I swear that I wanted to scream at Futaba to stop stalking Kou. Yes, she was concerned by his comment, but was following him the best thing to do, especially with how she knows he feels in regards to her? Yes, she needed to learn what she learns in this episode, but her following him around only makes it more obvious to Kou that she has feelings for him, not to mention creating such an awkward situation for him. It almost like she’s inadvertently putting pressure on him.

So there’s now four episodes remaining for Blue Spring Ride. Hopefully, the story will resolve satisfactorily within these last few episodes.

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun: Episode 8 – “The Prince (Girl) of the School’s Problems”

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is about a girl named Chiyo Sakura who has a crush on Umetaro Nozaki. When she tries confessing her feelings to him, she doesn’t manage to get it out right; but by saying what she said, she comes to learn that Nozaki is the author of a shojo manga that she’s read in a shojo manga magazine; he writes under the pen name, Sakiko Yumeno. Sakura becomes Nozaki’s assistant.

Episode Eight has a strong emphasis on Yu and Hori and how they keep ending up misunderstanding each other. It all starts with learning that Hori keeps a copy of Nozaki’s manga in his bag to use as a reference. One day, Hori gets mad at Yu and throws his bag at her; the manga falls out, and Yu sees it. After learning that Mikoshiba also owns a copy, Yu starts getting the wrong idea about it. It was amusing to see Yu believe that the manga is serving as some kind of guide for guys. Of course, the humor level is kicked up a notch when Yu asks Nozaki about the manga, since she’s unaware that he’s the one who writes it.

During a read through for the upcoming play, Yu ends up getting the mistaken belief that Hori wants to play the part of the princess. This starts a gag of Yu leaving various articles of women’s clothing and accessories in his locker until he accumulates a well-coordinated outfit. Too bad we never got to see him wear it, because that probably would have been rather hysterical.

Interwoven with this during the second half of the episode is Nozaki working at trying to draw backgrounds. He’s not very good at it, so that’s why he asked Hori to start helping him with it. As part of his practicing, Nozaki keeps drawing boxes for the characters to stand on in order to make the backgrounds work. This becomes a running gag that climaxes with a half-asleep Hori losing it when he sees Yu standing on a box. And this ends up leading into a rather amusing conclusion for the episode that involves Yu, Hori, and a mask that looks like a bull’s head.

I thought that last week’s episode was a lot closer to the comedy that I’d been enjoying earlier in the series, but I have to say that this week’s episode was even closer. I think this is the most I’ve been chuckling at an episode of this series over the past two to three weeks.

It was also nice to see a focus placed back on Yu and Hori. Along with Nozaki, Sakura, and Mikoshiba, I’d have to say that Yu and Hori are among my favorite characters in the series. Most of the others I either don’t know well enough to have an opinion, or I’ve found that I don’t really like them much the more that I’ve gotten to know them.

There’s only four more episodes remaining for Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, and it’ll be interesting to see what will happen in the series during the time it has left.