Gonna Be the Twin-Tail! Is Now Available on Hulu

The Fandom Post is reporting that the Gonna Be the Twin-Tail! anime is now available for streaming on Hulu. The episodes will stream a week later because FUNimation has exclusive streaming rights for one week.

Hulu Plus subscribers can watch the series on their TV and mobile devices.

Weekly Shonen Jump Volume 140 (October 20, 2014)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, World Trigger, Nisekoi: False Love, Naruto, One-Punch Man, Toriko, Bleach, and eIDLIVE. In addition, this issue also includes the third chapter for Death Note as part of Weekly Shonen Jump‘s new “Jump Back” initiative. There’s also a brief Q&A with Takeshi Obata.

For the series that carried over from previous issues I’ve read, I tried to put a little more focus in my write-ups about the progression of the story from the previous chapter. I will warn you that these write-ups will more than likely contain spoilers.

Of course, you can always check out Weekly Shonen Jump for yourself by subscribing to the digital publication at VIZManga.com.

One Piece CH:764

This chapter continues the flashback about Law and his time with the Don Quixote family. It specifically focuses on Law talking with Corazon and learning the truth about Corazon and his brother, Doflamingo. During the discussion, Corazon tells Law that he needs to get away from Doflamingo and the others. When Law threatens to tell Doflamingo the truth, Corazon attacks; later, Corazon discovers that Law hasn’t said a word. Corazon takes it upon himself to get Law away and to try to find a cure for Law’s disease. Unfortunately, when Corazon takes Law to be treated, the hospital won’t do anything because they’re afraid of contracting the disease. Corazon keeps taking him to various hospitals, but they always get the same response.

I have to say that I felt so bad seeing the treatment that poor Law was getting over and over from the various medical professionals about his disease. While I know there’s no known cure for it, he was being treated as if he was less than human and that no one wanted to risk being around him. In a lot of ways, it makes me think of the fear and uncertainty we’ve been seeing in the news lately regarding Ebola. I know it’s purely coincidental, but it sure makes this chapter feel timely! But I also liked seeing how Corazon is coming to care for Law over the course of this chapter; unfortunately, I suspect this is going to somehow come to a tragic end.

World Trigger CH:079

We see Yuma get a hit in on Viza, and then Yuma heads off to where Hyrein and Mira are. Miwa is up against these two as Osamu realizes what he has to do. Mira tries to stop Osamu, but he turns off his Trigger and runs. Miwa attacks Mira, and she’s injured; also, because she used too many windows, she’s now out of Trion. Just then, Yuma arrives, and he and Miwa ask each other where the enemy is. And right at the end of the chapter, there’s only seven seconds left until the future crossroads.

This was probably one of the better chapters of World Trigger that I’ve read since I started reading the series earlier this year. There’s a lot of action taking place, and the story is finally starting to move a little more noticeably. I suspect that the story will somehow slow back down again, but with the declaration that there’s only seven seconds left until a major event, I can’t see how the manga author can stretch those last seven seconds out for months. Of course, there’s always a chance that the manga author will find a way to do that, though.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:143

This chapter sees Onodera approaching Raku and asking him to help out with a job at a hot springs resort that’s owned by one of her relatives. As they work together, they both so nervous because of their unspoken mutual attraction for each other. But as they try to clean up son futons, they find themselves in an awkward and compromising position. This causes even more awkwardness between them as they work. But when the chef throws out his back, Onodera recommends that Raku fill in for him. This forces Raku and Onodera to work together, and this improves the situation between the two of them. The chapter ends with an unexpected surprise awaiting both Raku and Onodera.

I just read the fifth volume of the Nisekoi: False Love manga the day before reading this chapter, and as soon as I saw the setup for this story, I wanted to facepalm. Onodera asking Raku to help out somewhere already happened back in the fifth volume of the manga, so that made this whole story idea feel recycled. While this was at a hot spring resort instead of at the sweet shop, the idea that Onodera and Raku have to work together and are nervous about it the whole time thing has already been done. It’s bad enough that Komi has been recycling ideas from other manga such as Ranma 1/2 and Love Hina, but now he’s starting to recycle his own ideas from Nisekoi: False Love. Resorting to recycling makes it feel as if Komi is struggling to come up with ideas simply to stretch the series out and make it last longer.

Naruto CH:696

In this chapter, Naruto and Sasuke take a reprieve from their battle and start talking about Sasuke’s philosophy. But after this short reprieve, their battle continues again. Sasuke then works on merging all the disseminated chakra into one, and Naruto tries to counter by using one of his jutsu and the battle continues. Naruto declares at the end of the chapter that he wants to fight and win against Sasuke fair and square… but not against the current Sasuke.

This chapter sees the fight between Naruto and Sasuke stopping and starting quite a bit. But both sides keep upping the ante, so this fight shouldn’t be lasting for too much longer. Of course, with only three chapters left, it can’t go on much longer. I really hope this fight can be resolved in two more chapters, and that the final chapter will show the aftermath. It’s still hard to believe there’s only three chapters left for Naruto, and I’m hoping this series will receive a satisfying enough conclusion.

After the chapter is over, there’s a four-page spread about the new Naruto Shippuden deck building card game that’s come out. These pages explain how the game works.

One-Punch Man CH:037.6

This chapter sees Senos going up against the smaller being that emerged from the melted G4 in the previous chapter. However, this being insists that it’s only interested in going after King. Senos manages to dump the contents of a foam fire extinguisher on it, and then dislodges a water outlet in order to create steam. Right at the end of the chapter, Senos is about to head-butt the being…

This ending up being a rather quick read, and this chapter only focused on the battle between Senos and the being. With the way the previous chapter had ended with the giant bird crashing through King’s window, I’d been looking forward to seeing how that part of the story would progress. Oh well. Perhaps we’ll see more with King when the next chapter is published in Weekly Shonen Jump.

Toriko CH:297

Toriko and the others find themselves surrounded by Gore-illas. Zebra fights against the creatures, and Toriko and the others have no choice but to join in. Toriko finds himself up against a Crazy Salsa-Simian, which is a monkey that can fight by using martial arts. The other members of the party find themselves up against other types of apes and monkeys. The group finds that this swarm of primates won’t be easily defeated. But the primates suddenly stop when one of the Eight Kings arrives on the scene. Suddenly, the Choo Choo Chomper, along with Toriko and his group, fall down a giant hole to someplace deep underground that has ruins. They are approached by a creature just as the chapter ends…

This chapter spent a lot of time explaining about the various kinds of monkeys, as well as the hierarchy of their society. But just as that finished, our main characters fall someplace underground. It just made me wonder why so much time was spent on explaining about the monkeys if we’re separated from them by the end of the chapter. I’m not sure what kind of creature has approached them at the ruins, but I suspect he’ll be providing a lot of exposition in the next chapter.

Bleach CH:601

This chapter sees Squad Zero starting into their fight against the royal guards. Etsu Nimana, one of the members of Squad Zero surprises the royal guards with his sword and how he uses it. Etsu is able to take down one the royal guards, and begins attacking another one. He seems to knock this other one down, but something happens at the end of the chapter that surprises Etsu…

So here’s a chapter that focuses on one character fighting with a couple of others. The first guy seemed to be taken down rather easily, but the second one pulls off the type of surprise I’ve come to expect from Bleach when it comes to thinking someone’s taken down an enemy when they really haven’t. In the end, though, the story really doesn’t progress much by the end of the chapter.

eIDLIVE CH:003

This chapter sees Chief Brick being briefed about the escape that happened in the previous chapter. But the important aspect of this meeting is the fact that a situation is headed toward our solar system. Chuta is examined by Professor Isaku, and learns that the powerful life-based technique that eIDLIVE uses to fight with is body odor. Back on Earth, Dory begins using his power to help Chuta out, whether it’s to cover up for him missing a kick in soccer or helping to take down shoplifters. But in the process, Chuta’s Aunt Mimi is hurt, which causes Chuta to be racked with guilt. While he’s at the hospital, Misuzu approaches Chuta and tells him that using Doru’s power in his everyday life on Earth is against the rules. While eIDLIVE has taken care of it this time, the next time Chuta will be punished for it. Chuta begins thinking that he should quit eIDLIVE. After Chuta has a conversation with his aunt, Chuta realizes he has to try harder for his aunt’s sake.

After it’s discovered that the shoplifter was an alien, eIDLIVE doesn’t plan to go after it since the severity of the crime isn’t a high enough level. But Miszuu decides to bend the rules so Chuta can use this as a way to level himself up. When Chuta gets more information about the alien, it’s discovered the perpetrator is a violent criminal wanted to multiple murders. When Chuta delivers the information to Chief Brick, he’s told an investigation will be opened, and Chuta makes a case for getting involved with the investigation. Chuta and Misuzu are sent to Earth to track down the alien. In the end, it takes both Chuta and Misuzu to capture the alien.

Unfortunately, my impression of this series didn’t improve at all over the course of this chapter. In fact, I found myself feeling rather bored as I read it. It also didn’t help that this chapter was so darn long! Of the four “Jump Start” series I’ve read, I’d have to say that eIDLIVE and Sporting Salt tie for my least favorite. It’s a series that I’m not in a rush to ever read again.

Death Note CH:003

In this chapter, we see that Light is trying to take a break from media exposure, since all that’s being talked about is L and “Kira,” the name that Light has been given by the public for what he’s been doing. We also see the special investigative bureau sharing what evidence they’ve gathered in their investigation into “Kira.” We also learn that Light’s father is part of the investigation into “Kira.”

What an interesting twist that Light’s father is part of the investigation into “Kira.” And it was also interesting to see that Light is trying to find ways to toy around with L and the police investigating the case. With each chapter I read of Death Note, I find myself becoming more and more interested in the story.

But I’m a little confused. According to what I saw at the end, it’s saying there will be another chapter of Death Note in Weekly Shonen Jump next week. Is this accurate? I thought the idea was to only provide three chapters for the “Jump Back” initative, just like the “Jump Start” initiative.

Q&A With Takeshi Obata

There’s also a one-page Q&A with Takeshi Obata. This allowed Weekly Shonen Jump to ask some of the questions sent in by fans that they weren’t able to get to during the New York Comic Con panel with Takeshi Obata. I wish this had been a two-page Q&A, because this just felt a little too short.

VIZ Media’s Perfect Square Announces Special Voltron 30th Anniversary Commemorative Release

VIZ Media takes readers on an exciting journey to explore the history and legacy of Voltron®, the legendary giant robot anime series that marks the 30th Anniversary of its original North American broadcast premiere.

Voltron: From Days of Long Ago, A 30th Anniversary Celebration examines the entire Voltron universe and the property’s notable impact on pop culture and will be released in-print on October 28, 2014 from the company’s Perfect Square imprint. The hardcover oversized edition will carry an MSRP of $29.99 U.S. / $34.99 CAN.

A digital version of Voltron: From Days of Long Ago, A 30th Anniversary Celebration also will launch on October 28, 2014 for $14.99 U.S. / CAN from the Perfect Square App, which has titles available for the Apple iPad® and iPad® Mini. The Perfect Square App is available from the iTunes store. Readers also will be able to find a digital version for the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo eReaders, as well as in the iBooks and Google Play Stores.

Thirty years ago, Voltron: Defender of the Universe hit the airwaves, and the world hasn’t been the same. Now, Voltron: From Days of Long Ago chronicles the story of Voltron and its cultural relevance, taking a detailed look at the story behind the show and the many related toy releases, the mythology of both Lion Force and Vehicle Voltron (with a nod to Albegas), and concludes the exciting Voltron Force saga. This new book is truly for fans, by fans: authored by Brian Smith, a former Marvel Comics editor and writer for Perfect Square’s Voltron Force® series of original graphic novels, Marc Morrell, co-host of the official “Let’s Voltron!” podcast, and Joshua Bernard, founder of CollectionDX, a popular website devoted to covering the world of Japanese toys, action figures and pop culture; with a bonus Voltron comic written by Smith and illustrated by Jacob Chabot, artist on the Voltron Force series; with a foreword by Jeremy Corray, former Creative Director of World Events Productions, the company behind the classic Voltron TV series.

“Voltron premiered on North American television in 1984 and the media landscape changed forever. There are so many VOLTRON fans, and we wanted to both honor their devotion and invite them to be a part of this project,” says Traci Todd, Senior Editor. “VOLTRON: FROM DAYS OF LONG AGO, A 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION offers fans a treasure trove of insights, history, and little-known facts about the evolution of the series and the show’s lasting pop culture impact.”

VOLTRON ™, ® and © WEP, LLC

Manga Review: “Nisekoi: False Love” Volume Five

Nisekoi: False Love Volume Five is a manga by Naoshi Komi, and it was released by VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump imprint in 2014. The series is rated “T” for teens; from what I’ve read of the series, I would agree with this rating.

Raku Ichijo, a high school boy from a yakuza family, made a promise ten years earlier with a girl he knew then that they would get married someday. He has a locket that the girl gave him, and she has the key that will open the locket; unfortunately, he hasn’t seen this girl since, and he has no memory of her name or what she looked like. He has a crush on a girl named Kosaki Onodera, but he is having to pretend to date Chitoge Kirisaki in order to keep the peace between his father’s yakuza gang and Chitoge’s father’s gang. As the series has progressed up to this point, Raku has also acquired two more potential love interests: Marika Tachibana and Seishiro Tsugumi.

Volume Five sees Raku learning that Marika is someone that he did know 10 years earlier as a sickly girl who he called Mari. His memory is triggered when Marika accidentally reverts to using a speech pattern that she’d stopped using in order to impress Raku now. A lot of this volume focuses on Marika scheming to find ways to get Raku away from Chitoge.

I’m sorry, but I find Marika to be an annoying and manipulative bitch. Of Raku’s potential love interests up to this point in the story, she’s the one I like the least. I’ve seen some later chapters thanks to reading Weekly Shonen Jump over the past few months, and I can say that while Marika seems to have dialed herself back a bit, she’s still annoying when she does appear in those later chapters.

It’s also revealed that Raku, Chitoge, Marika, and Onodera all knew each other 10 years ago and were all actually good friends back then, and that all three girls made promises with a boy they can’t remember and all of them have a key to a locket. At this point, Raku’s pendant needs to be fixed; however, especially at the point I’m at in Weekly Shonen Jump, I wonder why they haven’t just tried the various keys to see if any of them unlock his locket. The real world reason, of course, is that this would bring the series to an end. However, what is the reason in the world of the series?

At this point, I almost expect Komi to troll us all in the end by revealing that NONE of the keys work with Raku’s locket, or more than one key will work with it, or that this whole series has been Raku’s dream or something along those lines. At thuis point, if I had to choose which girl Raku would end up with, I’d have to go with Onodera.

Speaking of Onodera, she asks Raku to help at her family’s sweet shop one day because of their employees can’t make it. Onodera’s mother has to leave, and is unable to make it back before a big storm hits. Raku has to stay at Onodera’s while the storm is going, and it leads to awkward moments between Raku and Onodera. This was one of those moments where it leads me to believe that Raku should end up with Onodera; they both legitimately like each other and there are no pretenses or hidden agendas involved.

There’s something that’s been bugging me about Nisekoi: False Love for a while, but I just couldn’t quite place my finger as to what it was. After my almost 17-year-old daughter read this volume, she talked to me and succinctly told me what it was that I wasn’t quite getting. She said something to the effect of, “This manga author is trying to do too much in this series.” I realized that she was right, but I also found it kind of sad that she picked up on that after only reading five volumes of the series. I did provide a couple of spoilers to her that I know about from reading more recent chapters, and she was exclaimed, “More love interests?” I think there might have been a facepalm in there as well. As she was saying to me, while Ranma 1/2 may have more love interests and more complicated relationship webs than Nisekoi: First Love has, the story in Ranma 1/2 is much simpler and doesn’t have the excess that this series does.

At this point, I still soldier on with Nisekoi: False Love in order to fill in the gaps and catch up to where I started following this series in Weekly Shonen Jump. Also, following this series also provides me with a more recent manga series to cover on my blog.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Nisekoi: False Love Volume Five that I checked out through the King County Library System.

Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road: Episode 2 – “ROAD.2 The Aces”

Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road is the second season of the Yowamushi Pedal television anime series. It continues the adventures of the Sohoku High School bicycle club and their rivals, Hakone Academy and Kyoto Fushimi High School; specifically, this series focuses on the Inter-High race that all three teams are participating in.

Episode Two continues the race to the finish line for the second day of the race. It’s during this episode that the aces pull away from their assistants and head for the finish line. Midousuji pulls ahead early and surprises both Kinjou and Fukutomi.

This episode proves just how freaky and gross Midousuji can be. First off, when he breaks off and establishes a four second distance between himself and the other two, he does it in such a way that it defies the laws of physics much more than the other races in the series had up to this point. Seriously, how did Midousuji manage to get himself back up after he was leaning so far down toward the road that he was scraping up his chin?

After this, though, the remainder of the episode basically focuses on Kinjou and Fukutomi and the rivalry they had developed after the previous year’s Inter-High Race. I appreciated seeing the flashback sequences about what happened then, because it served as a great reminder to the audience as to what had happened and why these two characters are acting the way they do. It’s been several months since we saw these flashbacks the first time during the first season of Yowamushi Pedal, so the visual reminder was very much appreciated.

I was rooting for the two of them to be able to surpass Midousuji. While we see them catching up to him, neither one surpasses him by the end of this episode. In fact, the second day of the race still hasn’t ended at the end of Episode Two; the episode ends with 300 meters remaining until the finish line.

I’ve seen enough episodes of Yowamushi Pedal to expect this kind of pacing when it comes to the races, so the pacing here doesn’t bother me at all. I’m going to predict that Episode Three will be focusing on these final 300 meters, and maybe the second day of the Inter-High might also end by the end of the next episode. I’m not willing to declare that the second day will definitely end in Episode Three, but I’m willing to say that it might.

This episode also saw Shunsuke wrestling with both his doubts and his hopes as he was leading Kinjou; the doubts surface when Midousuji suddenly pulls ahead. There’s a great scene here where Shunsuke feels defeated, but Kinjou gives him words of encouragement. It’s scenes like this that demonstrate just how effective of a captain that Kinjou is. You can’t help but like Kinjou after seeing him interacting with his team this way.

Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road continues the storytelling and action that the audience has come to expect from this story, and this season has continued to be an enjoyable viewing experience. I’m looking forward to Episode Three to find out how this race will ultimately continue.

Anime Biography: Mitsuki Nakamura

Mitsuki Nakamura was born in Tokyo in 1944. Beginning with his work on Space Ace in 1965, Nakamura was responsible for the background art, visuals, and mechanical designs for many of the classic anime produced by Tatsunoko Productions.

Nakamura’s work for Tatsunoko also included Mach Go Go Go (aka Speed Racer), Oraa Guzura Dado, Kurenai Sanshiro, Hakushon Daimo, The Adventures of Hutch the Honeybee, Animentari Ketsudan, Kaba Totto, Kaiketsu Tamagon, Kagaku Ninja-Tai Gatchaman, Kerokko Demetan, Casshan, Konchu Monogatari Shin Minashigo Hutch, Hurricane Polymar, Uchuu no Kishi Tekkaman, Time Bokan, Paul no Miracle Daisakusen, Kagaku Ninja-Tai Gatchaman II, Kagaku Ninja-Tai Gatchaman F, Golden Warrior – The Gold Lightan, Kaito Lupin – 813 no Nazo, Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo, Yatterman, Judo Boy, Ugo King of Judo, Kyashan the Boy Android, and Kaitou Kiramekian.

Nakamura also did work for other studios, such as Toei, Sunrise, Studio DEEN, Mushi Productions, Group TAC, and Studio Pierrot. Other productions he worked on included the first Mobile Suit Gundam series and movie trilogy, Densetsu Kyojin Ideon, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Raiyaantsuuri no Uta, Pipi to Benai Hotaru, Aitsu to Lullaby: Suiyobi no Cinderella, Android Ana Maico 2010, Anime Sanjushi – Aramis no Boken, Area 88, Bats and Terry, Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo, Cho Supercar Gattiger, Crusher Joe: The Movie, Crying Freeman, Daikengo, Dallos, Dirty Pair, Document Taiyou no Kiba Dougram, Fist of the North Star, Fresh Precure! Omocha no Kuni wa Himitsu ga Ippai!?, Gaiking: Legend of Daiku-maryu, Halo Legends, Hana no Asuka Gumi! 2: Lonely Cats Battle Royale, Jing: King of Bandits, Karurs Mau, Kimagure Orange Road: Shonen Jump Special, Kishin Corps, Legendary Gambler Tetsuya, Lupin III: Bye Bye Liberty Crisis, Magical Fairy Persia, Maicching Machiko-sensei, Megazone 23, Les Miserables – Shoujo Cosette, The Mysterious Cities of Gold, Nazca, Robokko Beeton, SD Gundam Musha, Knight, Commando, Shadow Skill, Space Battleship Yamato: The New Voyage, Space Family Carlvinson, Spoon Oba-san, Tanoshii Willow Town, Thunder Jet, Tokyo Project, Tsuri Baka Nisshi, Vampire Wars, The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, You’re Under Arrest, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Zambot 3, Mighty Cat Masked Niyandar, and Pattenrai!! ~Minami Shima no Mizu Monogatari~.

Eventually, Nakamura led his own studio, which was called Design Office MECAMAN. He also co-published a book with Tomoaki Okada titled, Mecaman Art Works – Mitsuki Nakamura’s World, which contains illustrations of backgrounds and robots from such anime as Mobile Suit Gundam and Gatchaman.

Sadly, Mitsuki Nakamura passed away on May 16, 2011 at the age of 67.

References

“Art Director Mitsuki Nakamura Passes Away.” Anime News Network. May 17, 2011. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-05-17/art-director-mitsuki-nakamura-passes-away

“Mitsuki Nakamura.” http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=4383