Staff Announcement for AntiMagic Academy “The 35th Test Platoon”

The July 2015 issue of Kadokawa’s Comic Alive magazine is announcing the main staff for the upcoming anime of Tōki Yanagimi’s AntiMagic Academy “The 35th Test Platoon” (Tai-Madō Gakuen 35 Shiken Shōtai) light novel series.

SILVER LINK is animating the series, and Tomoyuki Kawamura is directing. Kento Shimoyama is in charge of series composition, and Kōsuke Kawamura is designing the characters.

AntiMagic Academy “The 35th Test Platoon” is set in a world where people with magic powers are close to being wiped out. Just as the balance of power and military might had once shifted from swords to sorcery, it shifts once again to guns. Takeru Kusanagi goes to “AntiMagic Academy,” a training facility for Inquisitors of Heretics who crack down on the dwindling threat posed by magic users.

However, Takeru cannot use guns at all and can only fight with a sword. As a result, he is relegated to the 35th Test Platoon, the motley “small fry platoon” for poor students. One day, Ōka Ōtori, the ultra-elite pistol master who already has her qualifications for witch-hunts, joins the platoon.

Source: ANN

Tokyo Karan Performs Ending Theme for Food Wars!

Five-member Japanese rock band Tokyo Karan performs “Spice,” which is being used as the ending theme for the Food Wars! television anime series. The CD single for the song will be released in Japan on June 10, 2015.

Avex has posted a music video for “Spice” on its official YouTube channel, and I am embedding it below. I apologize in advance to any of my readers who are unable to view it due to region blocking.

Source: Crunchyroll

Weekly Shonen Jump (May 25, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for One Piece, Nisekoi: False Love, Toriko, Food Wars!, Black Clover, Straighten Up! Welcome to Shika High’s Competitive Dance Club, My Hero Academia, Bleach, World Trigger, and Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal. This issue also includes the first chapter of Devilyman (the second title being featured in this wave of the “Jump Start” initiative, fourth chapter of the Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring mini-series and the third chapter of Yu-Gi-Oh! (which is the latest title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative).

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.

I only started reading Weekly Shonen Jump back in late February/early March of 2014, which means there’s a number of series published in the magazine that I jumped in the middle of. Since then, I’ve been able to start reading older chapters of some of the titles, but I haven’t managed to do this for all of the titles yet. Because of this, there may be times I might inadvertently include incorrect information in the write-ups. If you see something in a write-up that’s incorrect due to my having not read earlier chapters of a series, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know. Not only can I correct the incorrect information in the write-up, it will also help provide information for me to have when reading future chapters of a series in Weekly Shonen Jump.

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

Devilyman CH:001

This is the second title that Weekly Shonen Jump is including in this round of the “Jump Start” initiative.

Madogiwa is a hard-working devil salaryman. He has ended up in the human world because he needs to earn one billion yen by the next collection day in order to avoid being fired from his job. Unfortunately, he isn’t able to get anything done right. Madogiwa meets a 7-year-old named Aeru Taira, who wants to make a deal with him. After learning the details, Aeru wants to make a deal; however, Madogiwa is hesistant to make a deal with a child. But before the demon can make his case, Aeru has signed the contract. Aeru is granted this new power and begins using it immediately. Aeru then suggests using his new ability to help Madogiwa reach his quota.

At the end of the first day working together, they have raised 20 million yen. But due to the deal, Madogiwa only gets about half. The next day, Madogiwa is approached by a man who had run off from him the previous day. It turns out the guy was watching Madogiwa and Aeru and has come asking for a loan to help his sick wife. Madogiwa gives the man 10 million in cash, with a promise that the man will come back to sign a contract. Three hours later, the man hasn’t returned. Aeru comes over and says that if he gets Madogiwa’s money back, Madogiwa must give him due recognition and be his slave. He agrees. They’re able to track him down because Aeru had stolen the man’s wallet the previous day. The man gets a call claiming to be from a video store and that they have his wallet. When he gets to a location, people start coming up to him and demanding to get their money back. Aeru launches a plan and ultimately gets the money back. We then get to see a flashback of how Aeru used his ability to set everything up for his plan.

I’ve got to be honest here. Devilyman isn’t necessarily a bad series, but I’m not exactly feeling it after reading this first chapter. Maybe now that the story and characters have been established, future chapters will be more enjoyable to read. I’ll find out over the next couple of weeks as Weekly Shonen Jump publishes chapters two and three.

One Piece CH:787

Sabo takes on Burgess, and tells Luffy to focus on Doflamingo. Zoro, meanwhile, is trying to hold back the birdcage; this is followed by other people around Dressrosa trying to do this as well. Citizens try to get up onto the royal plateau, but some of Doflamingo’s goons are trying to keep them back. But the coliseum gladiators arrive and knock Doflamingo’s men out of the way. Right at the end of the chapter, it’s revealed that there’s only three minutes until the birdcage reaches the center and four minutes until Luffy’s haki recovers.

This is another chapter that jumps around quite a bit in order to show what’s happening in various locations in Dressrosa. The end of this chapter firmly establishes a time limit, but I wonder how long Oda will try to stretch this out. I feel safe in saying that this won’t be resolved in the next chapter. It’ll probably take at least two or three chapters, if not more, in order to bring the climax of this arc to an end. But even when the climax is over, I expect that there will be a few chapters to wrap everything up at Dressrosa before moving on to whatever the next story arc will be.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:171

When Marika awakens, Raku asks her how long she hasn’t been feeling well. He then asks what Honda meant when she said that Marika didn’t have much time. Marika avoids the question by saying she doesn’t want to hide things from him, but she’s not ready to tell him yet. Raku ends up taking Marika on his back and trying to get to a location where they’ll be able to see the first sunrise of the year. As they walk, Marika says she loves Raku so much because he’s the person who changed her. They make it in time to see the sunrise, and then they see Honda appear in a boat. They make it back to Japan, and right at the end of the chapter, Honda says she’ll have to tell Marika’s mother about this escapade.

Komi tries really hard in this chapter to justify Marika’s actions and make it seem like she’s a sympathetic character. Unfortunately, I have a hard time buying it with how manipulative Marika can be. Also, I’m still expecting that this whole “Marika doesn’t have a lot of time left” will turn out to be something that Komi is trolling the readers with. He’s just done too much trolling recently for me to take anything like this seriously.

Toriko CH:324

Kuribo, the world’s greatest pot and pan craftsman, makes an appearance. He informs the group that the Gourmet Eclipse will be complete one month from now. He also confirms that Kaka’s prediction of the world crumbling during the eclipse is likely. There are two scenarios that are likely, and Toriko thinks if the second scenario is correct, there’s something they could try to do to stop the world from crumbling. But it’s also made clear that they don’t have enough time to gather Acacia’s full-course meal before the eclipse. But Zebra suggests that if they divide up the remaining ingredients among this large of a group, getting them all in time could be possible. Komatsu says he will capture Another, while Toriko and the others gather the rest of the ingredients. When the others try to argue, Komatsu argues that they all put their lives on the line for him, so now it’s his turn to put his life on the line for the others.

Again, this chapter primarily focused on exposition. However, the main exception is Komatsu arguing about going to get Another from the spirit realm. Like Toriko, I noticed how much Komatsu has grown and changed since his earlier appearances in the series. It seems like this particular journey has made Komatsu gain more courage and confidence. But at least the story is finally leaving the monkeys behind after all these chapters. From the final panel at the end of the chapter, it appears that getting Another will be the focus of the next story arc.

Food Wars! CH:119

The number one seat on the Council of Ten tells Soma and Subaru that he wishes they hadn’t done those Shokugeki during the fall classic, due to all of the paperwork that it added to his work load. Tsukasa then starts wondering if he’s really cut out for the number one seat. Soma is also schooled on the advantages that the members of the Council of Ten have at the school. The council also makes it known to the first-years that none of them are on their radar yet, and then it’s declared that the get-together is over. Afterward, Soma and Tadokoro talk about what happened. Right at the end of the chapter, it’s revealed that it’s almost time for the Totsuki Institute School Festival, which is the last major event of the fall.

So once again, a chapter primarily consisting of talking and exposition. To be honest, the only real thing of interest is the revelation right at the end of the chapter that the school festival is coming up. I suspect that this will be the plot point that begins the next story arc of the series. Considering what kind of school this is, I highly doubt it’s going to be the typical school festival that’s portrayed in various manga and anime.

Naruto: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring CH:004

Naruto faces off with Shin, and he does so by summoning the Nine Tailed Fox. He manages to dodge Naruto’s attack, but Shin receives a message saying that he needs to retreat. After Shin leaves, Cho-Cho starts talking to Naruto, and Naruto says he believes that Sarada is the one that Shin was after. Naruto resolves to protect Sarada. Naruto decides its safer for the girls to stay with the real him instead of returning to the village with one of his doppelgangers. As Naruto eats his lunch that Sarada brought him, he tells her about Sasuke. And as he talks, Naruto tells Sarada reminds him a lot of Sasuke and Sakura from their younger days. Sarada says she needs to use a restroom, but she goes on ahead to where Sasuke is. As she thinks about getting to see her father, her Sharingan awakens. Sarada sees him right at the end, but the reunion isn’t what she expected.

I really liked seeing Sarada’s interactions with Naruto during this chapter, as well as how relaxed she’s able to feel around him. And I have to say that I felt bad for Sarada right at the end of the chapter. Here she is, meeting Sasuke for the first time, and he suspects her of being one of the enemy. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this mini series will continue to play out.

Black Clover CH:014

As Luck continues his fight, he has a flashback to when he was younger, about how he always smiling, as well as how he beat a noble in a school’s magic exchange program. And we see that it’s through this event that his mother, who used to berate him for things, became proud of him and told him to keep on winning. His competitor uses smoke creation magic to limit Luck’s maneuvering. Meanwhile, Golden Dawn is being attacked by the guy who beat them to the door. Yuno is ordered to go on ahead to the treasure hall. And as Asta and Noelle continue their journey, they can sense Luck using his magic. And just as it looks like Luck’s luck is running out, Asta appears. Yuno also returns to where Golden Dawn is.

I was appreciative of the backstory we got for Luck in this chapter, since I’d been following him for a chapter or two now, and really had no idea of who he is. A lot of the chapter focuses on Luck, although Golden Dawn get some attention here as well. Asta didn’t become important until right near the end of this chapter. And the stage seems to be set for Asta to take on Luck’s opponent, while Yuno is going to take on the guy that’s attacking him teammates. And because of that, I expect that Asta and Yuno will be the main focus of the next chapter.

Straighten Up! Welcome to Shika High’s Competitive Dance Club CH:003

The next day, Masaharu and Eri meet up in front of the club room, and are surprised to discover a large group of girls waiting there. Eri’s friend Chikane is with her, and she is introduced to Masaharu. The girls are disappointed when they find out that Yamaki isn’t there, but they stay to try dancing anyway. Masaharu’s friends, who followed him there, stay and try the club out. When the girls talk afterward, a lot of them decide not to join the club because they feel like they don’t belong in that world. The next day at school, Eri tells Masaharu’s friends to get a message to him from her. But he sees her heading toward the track team before her message can get to him. When he sees her, he wonders if he should go back to the dance club, and then he grabs her hand and tells her the two of them should join the dance club together.

So it looks like the pieces have now completely fallen into place for the story to move beyond establishing the characters and the dance club. Right now, the fanservice has really been diminished compared to what I saw in the first chapter. It may come back when they truly start doing some competitive dancing, but the past couple of chapters have bee na straight forward story. Masaharu and Eri seem to have a good chemistry, and it seems rather easy to ship these two at the moment. But with Masaharu’s hesitation with girls, getting this particular ship to sail will be on the difficult side.

It’s interesting to note that this is the third chapter, so this should be marking the end of this series for the “Jump Start” initiative, yet it has a “To Be Continued…” notice at the end of it.

My Hero Academia CH:043

It’s now time for the final match between Todoroki and Bakugo. Bakugo throws down the gauntlet, and an epic fight gets underway. It’s pointed out that Todoroki seems to have lost his drive since his fight against Midoriya. We see Todoroki’s thoughts, and we it’s revealed that he’s not sure about anything anymore. In the end, Todoroki ends up out of bounds, and Bakugo is declared the winner.

This is a very action oriented chapter, which made it a rather quick and easy read. I was actually surprised to see that the match ended at the end of this chapter, instead of being spread out between two chapters. And when you factor in the portions of the chapter where Todoroki is faltering and questioning himself, it’s even more impressive that the match ended in this chapter. But now that the sports festival is over, I wonder what kind of story the series will be telling next.

Bleach CH:627

Ichigo and the others make final preparations before entering Kyogoku. When they get there, the gate is ready to go, and Urahara opens it. But when they get there, Reiokyu looks different from what they expect.

Basically, this chapter focuses on the last leg of the journey for Ichigo and the others as they head toward Reiokyu. But for the most part, not a whole lot truly happens. This is a dialogue heavy chapter that includes a surprise ending. But I’m hoping that this ending is a sign that something will actually happen to start progressing the story forward.

World Trigger CH:103

This chapter starts out with the various teams meeting up after the match and talking over what happened. And then we get to see the commentators with the post-match analysis. After the commentary, we see Kohei and Masataka amongst themselves about the match. One thing they realize after the match is that Chika is unable to shoot other people. Right at the end of the chapter, Osamu is going over what happened during the match, and then receives a message from Usami about the next matchups.

This chapter is simply here to wrap up the match that ended in the previous chapter and to set the stage for the next match, which will be a four-way between Tamakoma-2, Ninomiya Squad, Kaguera Squad, and Azuma Squad. I had a suspicion that at least one of the squads they’d be up against would be Ninomiya Squad, since there was focus placed on a member of that squad leading up to Usami’s message at the end. Now the big question for the next chapter is whether or not it will focus solely on data gathering for the next match, or if the next match will actually begin in it.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal CH:54

The battle between Yuma and Astral continues, with Yuma down to one life point and facing off against the True King of Numbers. Astral starts out by summoning for Numbers at once. Astral uses a trap card and launches his attack, but Yuma counters with his own trap card. Yuma then summons Gagaga Head and then special summons all the Gagaga monsters he can from his graveyard. This then allows Yuma to XYZ summon a Number from the graveyard. This then allows other things to happen. When it’s Astral’s turn, he tries to special summon three numbers again, but Yuma activates his tin balloons trap card. But Astral plays Spirit Foresight and tries to turn the tables again. As Astral starts making headway, Yuma activates another trap card. It looks like Yuma is going to lose, but he’s determined not to give up. The chapter ends with Yuma playing his final card, which is the Endless Bond spell card.

This chapter really upped the ante in this battle between Yuma and Astral. But just like the battle with E’rah, I’m starting to feel like this is being dragged out longer than necessary. It was exciting right at first, but as the chapter continued with no end in sight for the battle, I was starting to feel impatient and just wanted it to end. But with how the ending of this chapter is set up, I hope that the end of this battle is truly within sight. Honestly, I’d love to see it end in the next chapter.

Yu-Gi-Oh! CH:003

A kid at school bullies Yugi into selling tickets for his karaoke show. Yugi decides not to sell them to his friends, but thinks about selling them to a guy he hardly knows. Before he can, Hanasaki tries selling him a ticket for the same kid’s show. Yugi offers to take Hanasaki’s tickets, and now has 15 to sell instead of 10. Unfortunately, the bully saw the exchange and gets on Hanasaki’s case. On the day of the show, Yugi goes alone without selling any tickets. After subjecting Yugi to one song, the bully brings out Hanasaki as a “special guest.” Just then, Yugi’s Millennium Puzzle activates, and Yugi challenges the bully to a silence game. Yugi says that if he loses, he gives the bully his life. But if the bully loses, he will have to play a penalty game. The bully loses.

OK, this was a rather strange chapter. But what I’ve found interesting about this Yu-Gi-Oh! material compared to what most Americans knows from the 4Kids dub of the anime is how sadistic Yugi is at this point whenever the Millennium Puzzle activates. The Yugi from later on in the story wouldn’t act anything close to that when the Millenium Puzzle is activated. Also, this Yugi is much more of a wimp compared to what we know later. According to the end of this chapter, Chapter Four should be appearing in the next issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.

World Trigger: Episode 31 – “Osamu Mikumo’s Determination”

World Trigger is set in Mikado City, where a “gate” to a different world opens one day and monsters known as Neighbors start appearing from it. Earth’s weapons don’t work against these monsters, but a mysterious group appears and starts fighting against the Neighbors. The group, known as the Border defense agency, creates a defense system against the Neighbors that emerge from the gates. Four-and-a-half years later, a 15-year-old boy named Osamu meets a strange boy named Yuma; Osamu is secretly a member of Border while Yuma turns out to be a Neighbor.

Episode 31 continues the streak of relatively lengthy recaps at the beginning. Between the regular recap, a recap narrated by Chika, and showing what happened right at the end of Episode 30, this ended up amounting to roughly five minutes of previously seen footage.

This episode has a strong focus on Osamu and his attempt to reach Border headquarters with the cube that Chika was transformed into. Quite a bit of this portion of the story relied on various tricks to cut corners or to stretch out the story, with the worst trick being to constantly pause the action as Osamu tries to make calculated decisions as factors around him suddenly change. There was also one portion of this storyline where Osamu thinks about and rattles off all the various people who have helped him along the way over the course of the series. This may have been in the original manga source material, but the sheer amount of people he ended up rattling off felt more like a way for the animators to kill a little time than as something that truly enhanced the story.

Even though Osamu doesn’t make it to headquarters by the end of the episode, he still ended up needing help yet again to get out of his predicament. Replica manages to make it to where Osamu is at the absolute last minute to save him from two Rabits. Apparently, Replica was able to create his own Rabit after analyzing one earlier, which he was able to equip with Yuma’s Triggers. While this was an interesting idea, I also couldn’t help but feel like Replica’s Rabit was a kind of “deus ex machina” that was utilized because the mangaka couldn’t figure out any other way to get Osamu out of his predicament. But speaking of Yuma, the episode only shows a brief glimpse of his battle with Viza. I was left wondering why this was included outside of trying to stretch out the story, because absolutely nothing was accomplished in this scene outside of Yuma exchanging a couple of taunts with his opponent.

The last few minutes of Episode 31 focus on the battle taking place at Border headquarters with Enedora. A revelation is made about Enedora’s abilities which diminishes the advantage that Border had in the training room. And right near the end of the episode, Shinoda comes in like a knight in shining armor, and it almost looks like he may have defeated Enedora. I should mention that this fight also utilized the pausing action trick, it didn’t happen nearly as much as it did with Osamu earlier in the episode.

I have to give Episode 31 a little bit of credit for the fact that there was some progression for two of the battles. Unfortunately, the progress that was made in the battle with Enedora was eliminated by the end of the episode, so I can’t say that one progressed as much as Osamu’s did.

While Episode 31 wasn’t one of the best episodes of World Trigger I’ve seen, it wasn’t one of the worst, either.

Himegoto Manga Is Ending in June 2015

The July 2015 issue of Ichijinsha’s Comic Rex magazine is announcing that Norio Tsukudani’s Himegoto four-panel manga will end in the August 2015 issue, which will be published on June 27, 2015.

The story focuses on Hime Arikawa, a boy who is being chased down by scary people. However, he is rescued from danger by the girls in his school’s student council. The student council will assume Arikawa’s debt under one condition: “As the student council’s dog, you will spend your high school life in women’s clothes.”

Tsukudani launched the manga in Ichijinsha’s WAaI! magazine in 2011, and the manga switched to Comic Rex in 2013. Ichijinsha published the fifth compiled volume in Japan on April 27, 2015.

Source: ANN

Additional Information on the Ushio & Tora Anime

This year’s 26th issue of Shogakukan’s Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine is announcing that the television anime adaptation of Kazuhiro Fujita’s supernatural battle manga Ushio & Tora (Ushio to Tora) will premiere on July 3, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. on the Tokyo MX channel.

The announcement also states that the rock band Kinniku Shōjo Tai will perform the anime’s opening theme song “Mazeru na Kiken.” Tokuma Japan Communications will release the song’s CD single in Japan on August 5, 2015. The single will come with a special illustration drawn by Fujita.

MAPPA and Studio VOLN are animating the series, and Satoshi Nishimura is directing. Toshiki Inoue and Fujita are in charge of series scripts, Tomoko Mori is designing the characters.

The story of Ushio & Tora is described as:

Ushio thinks that his father’s talk of an ancient ancestor impaling a demon on a temple altar stone with the legendary Beast Spear is nuts, but when he finds the monster in his own basement, Ushio has to take another look at the family legend! To save his friends and family from the invading spirits, Ushio is forced to release Tora from his captivity. But will the creature prove to be worse than the curse?

Source: ANN

Additional Cast Members Announced for High School Star Musical

The official Twitter account for the Fall 2015 musical television anime, High School Star Musical, revealed additional cast members for the show’s “Team Hiiragi”:

  • Nobuhiko Okamoto is Rui Tatsumi
  • Yūma Uchida is Eigo Sawatari
  • Kazuyuki Okitsu is Seishirō Inumine
  • KENN is Izumi Toraishi
  • Yoshitsugu Matsuoka is Akira Ugawa

C-Station is animating the series, and Shunsuke Tada is directing. Sayaka Harada is in charge of series scripts, and Asami Watanabe is designing the characters.

High School Star Musical is a slapstick teen comedy about high school students “who sparkle like stars.” The story starts when Yūta Hoshiya enters Ayana Academy, a school focusing on show business activities, specifically music. The academy has a group of the three students with the highest grades in the musical department, and they are known as the Kao Kai (Cherry Blossom Flower Association). This organization stands at the top of the pecking order within the academy. The shortcut to entering the musical department is to enter the Star Frame class, which is directly taught by the members, and to be recognized by them. Unfortunately, due to their own problems, students Tōru, Kaito, Shō, Shū, and Yūta are all struggling to even remain candidates for the musical department. By a stroke of luck, however, the five are spotted by Kao Kai member Ōtori, and they pique his interest.

Source: ANN