New Manga Releases: September 1, 2015

Here are the new manga releases for September 1, 2015. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

The Ancient Magus’ Bride Volume 2
Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing this 180 page volume with an MSRP of $12.99.

Dance in the Vampire Bund Omnibus Volume 6
Seven Seas Entertainment is releasing this 656 page volume with an MSRP of $19.99

Dragon Ball Omnibus Volumes 28-30

VIZ Media is releasing this 568 page volume with an MSRP of $14.99

Kimi ni Todoke (From Me to You) Volume 22
VIZ Media is releasing this 184 page volume with an MSRP of $9.99

Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 6
VIZ Media is releasing this 188 page volume with an MSRP of $9.99.

Komomo Confiserie Volume 1
VIZ Media is releasing this 200 page volumes with an MSRP of $9.99

Naruto Omnibus Volumes 34-36
VIZ Media is releasing this 576 page volume with an MSRP of $14.99

Nisekoi: False Love Volume 11
VIZ Media is releasing this 192 page volume with an MSRP of $9.99.

One-Punch Man Volume 1
VIZ Media is releasing this 200 page volume with an MSRP of $9.99

One-Punch Man Volume 2
VIZ Media is releasing this 200 page volume with an MSRP of $9.99

One Piece Omnibus Volumes 37-39
VIZ Media is releasing this 624 page volume with an MSRP of $14.99.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Volume 6
VIZ Media is releasing this 192 page volume with an MSRP of $9.99

Skip Beat! Volume 35
VIZ Media is releasing this 200 page volume with an MSRP of $9.99

Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee Volume 18
VIZ Media is releasing this 200 page volume with an MSRP of $9.99.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Volume 7
VIZ Media is releasing this 200 page volume with an MSRP of $9.99.

New Anime Releases: September 1, 2015

Here are the new anime releases for the week of September 1, 2015. If you see any errors or omissions in this list, please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Argevollen Collection 1
Sentai Filmworks is releasing this item on both DVD and Blu-ray. This is a subtitled-only release.

  • [DVD]
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K-ON! Season 1
Sentai Filmworks is releasing the first season of K-ON! on Blu-ray. This release includes both an English dub and Japanese audio with English subtitles.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Complete Collection
Sentai Filmworks is releasing the My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU on Blu-ray. This is a subtitled-only release.

One Piece Season 7 Voyage 2
FUNimation Entertainment is releasing this set on DVD. The release includes both the English dub and the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

Sketchbook ~full color’s~
Lucky Penny is releasing this item on DVD. It is a subtitled-only release.

Anime Film Review: Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie is the sixth film to be released for Naruto Shippuden.

Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie

Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: November 25, 2014

The film opens with Naruto and his peers driving out members of the Akatsuki who should no longer be alive. I have to admit to being confused when I saw this at first, but then I figured out what was really going on. Later in the film, it was confirmed that my guess was correct.

After this mission, Naruto’s friends are praised by their parents and he wallows in his loneliness. Sakura, on the other hand, is constantly getting into arguments with her mother. One night, Sakura drags Naruto to a park and she complains about her parents to him. Naruto and Sakura are ambushed by Madara, who uses Limited Tsukuyomi to transport them into an alternate reality based on their inner thoughts.

Naruto and Sakura discover that their peers have opposite personalities in this alternate reality, and that Naruto is referred to as Menma. Some humor for the film is derived from the characters’ alternate personalities, since the characters are acting so differently from how the audience expects them to. I admit that I got the most amusement from Hinata’s change in character, because this is not a personality that you would ever expect her to have.

Naruto and Sakura also discover that their situations are flipped. In this reality, Sakura’s parents are dead and Naruto’s parents (who are actually Menma’s parents) are still alive. Being around his parents in this alternate reality causes Naruto to go through some inner turmoil as he tries to decide whether to treat them as “fakes” or embrace them as if they’re his actual parents. Naruto’s storyline is definitely the most emotional in the film.

In the midst of all this, it’s revealed that there’s a mysterious masked ninja causing problems. Naruto and Sakura realize this masked man must have a connection with Madara and are determined to track him down in the hopes of finding their way back home. Finding him brings about the final and epic confrontation in the film.

When it came to the masked ninja, I had figured out their true identity before the big reveal. In that respect, that part of the film ended up being rather predictable. But overall, I have to say that Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie is the strongest of the Naruto Shippuden films, as well as of all the films in the Naruto franchise. My only real complaint with this film’s story is that I can’t figure out where in the series timeline it’s supposed to fall and how it can fit into the canon storyline. Kishimoto did have a hand in developing the story for the movie, so perhaps he set this up in a way where it tries to rely more on canon material but did it in a way where it would still have to be part of some kind of alternate timeline.

While I enjoyed the story of Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie, I have to say that the animation was rather hit and miss. There’s some animation early on in the film that looks bad for an anime film, but would possibly look somewhat decent for the television anime series. But there are other scenes where the animation actually looks rather decent. And there were also the occasional shots that tried to use computer graphics in them, but they tended to stand out way too much when compared to the rest of the animation.

As for the actual DVD release, there were four bonus features included. First is “Japanese Trailers,” which plays three trailers back-to-back. Unfortunately, all of the trailers have Japanese audio and no English subtitles. “Commercials” plays seven commercials back-to-back, and they also have Japanese audio without any English subtitles. “Promos” includes two promos that run for a total of 12 seconds, and again, there are only Japanese audio and no English subtitles. The two promos almost didn’t feel worth it to include as a bonus feature since they were so short.

I wish the various promotional pieces included here had English subtitles. I don’t know if VIZ Media simply chose not to subtitle them, or if the Japanese licensor for Naruto told them they couldn’t.

The final bonus feature is “More From Viz Media,” which includes promos for properties that VIZ was promoting at the time this DVD was released.

If you’re a fan of the Naruto franchise who wants to own all of the Naruto material that’s available commercially, then you need to buy either a copy of this DVD or a copy of the Blu-ray pressing in order to have Road to Ninja: Naruto the Movie in your anime home video library.

The reviewer checked out a copy of this item through the King County Library System

Ending Song and Premiere Date Announced for The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST

The official website for The Testament of Sister New Devil anime has announced on that the duo Dual Flare will perform the ending theme song “Temperature” for the second season, The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST. Dual Flare includes voice actor Yuki Yamada and voice actress Natsumi Yamada, and “Temperature” is their first anime theme song.

The website also announced that The Testament of Sister New Devil BURST will premiere on October 9, 2015.

Production IMS is animating the series, and Hisashi Saito is directing. Sumio Uetake and Takao Yoshioka are writing the scripts, and Yoshihiro Watanabe is designing the characters.

The “rather risque battle action” story focuses on Basara Tōjō, a first-year high school student who is flustered by a sudden question by his eccentric father, “Hey, didn’t you used to say you wanted a little sister?” In addition, his father announces that he is getting remarried. His father brings over two beautiful step-sisters, but then embarks on an overseas trip. However, the two sisters Mio and Maria Naruse are actually a novice devil and succubus.

Source: ANN

Another Cast Member Announced for the English Dub of Beyond the Boundary

Sentai Filmworks has announced with a video that Clint Bickham will play Akihito Kanbara in its English dub of Beyond the Boundary.

Sentai Filmworks will release Beyond the Boundary on DVD and Blu-ray on October 13, 2015. The series will also get a limited edition Blu-ray and DVD combo pack that will include merchandise and the extra episode “Daybreak.”

Sentai Filmworks describes the story of Beyond the Boundary as:

They should never have met. They shouldn’t even exist. But when they come together, the entire world will change. The last surviving member of her clan, Mirai Kuriyama is cursed with the terrifying ability to control and manipulate blood, a power so heretical that she is shunned even by those with the ability to understand her “gift”. Akihito Kanbara is only half human, but while the monstrous other half of his lineage seems to have doomed him to a life alone, it has also given him near invulnerability in the form of rapid healing. Alone, their futures seem bleak, but when a chance encounter brings them together, it becomes clear that they share more than just an unexpected bond. Together they share a destiny and a mission that only the two of them together may be strong enough to survive.

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Adds Ceres, Celestial Legend and Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie

Crunchyroll has announced that it has added the Ceres, Celestial Legend anime series and Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie to its catalog. Both titles are available with the original Japanese audio with English subtitles or with an English dub.

Ceres, Celestial Legend is now available for users in the United States and Canada, with free members able to access eight episodes per week.

The story of Ceres, Celestial Legend is described as:

For their sixteenth birthday, Aya and Aki Mikage were expecting to go out with friends and celebrate in style. But when the twins received an invitation from their grandfather to visit the Mikage family mansion, they were obligated to obey. Instead of finding cake and presents, however, they found their entire family, faces grim and attitudes tense. A single gift was presented to the two of them–a gift that, when opened, changed their lives forever! What should have been just another day turns into the beginning of a nightmare, as Aya learns she is the reincarnation of the Celestial Maiden, Ceres. If that wasn’t confusing enough, her family’s gazes turn to ice, and they take her brother from her. Before she can even protest, her father turns a gun on her, and her fate seems sealed!

Using her newfound, mysterious powers, Aya escapes from her family. But now her normal everyday life is now shattered, and she’s left with only questions. Why is her family trying to kill her? Who was the Celestial Maiden, and why does Aya need to be her reincarnation? And just who is that mysterious man who keeps saving her life? Aya’s future now depends on uncovering the past, as learning what ties Ceres to the Mikage family might be the only way to save her life, and Aki’s!

Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie is available for all Crunchyroll users in the United States and Canada.

The story of the film is described as:

It’s a lucky day when Sakura wins a trip to Hong Kong, but why are her dreams haunted by dark waters and a strange woman? There’s no time to enjoy her vacation, however. Sakura is hypnotized and led to discover both a watery phantom world, and the evil woman who inhabits it. But is this spirit as malicious as she seems, or does she burn with a desire for revenge? A tale of a love lost and spurned!

Source: Crunchyroll

Weekly Shonen Jump (August 31, 2015)

This issue includes chapters for Bleach, One-Punch Man, My Hero Academia, Toriko, Nisekoi: False Love, World Trigger, Food Wars!, Black Clover, and One Piece. This issue also includes the fourth chapter of D.Gray-man (which is the current title to be featured for the “Jump Back” initiative).

I’m providing my reactions and impressions for each manga title that appears in the volume. However, be warned that this post may potentially 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.

Bleach CH:640

This chapter focuses exclusively on Mayuri and his battle with Pernida. At first, it looks like his altered Bankai has succeeded in defeating Pernida, but of course it would never be this easy. Not at how much Kubo has been stretching out battles over the past year or so. But Nemu does something surprising that Mayuri doesn’t expect. But because she thought for herself, Mayuri isn’t happy with her. So I wonder how Kubo is going to continue this battle between Mayuri and Pernida, as well as how long he’ll end up stretching it out for.

One-Punch Man CH:050

This chapter sees Saitama running into Garo and managing to beat him up. It turns out that Saitama was out shopping for a wig so he can enter the martial arts tournament as Charanako, and Garo happened to be in the neighborhood picking a fight with someone else. We later see that Garo doesn’t have much memory of what happened with Saitama, so it appears Saitama won’t be on his kill list… yet. And with the way this chapter ends, it’s very likely that we’ll finally get to see what the martial arts tournament is like.

My Hero Academia CH:056

The battle with the Hero Killer finally comes to an end, with a seriously injured Hero Killer collapsing and being caught. A lot of the chapter actually focuses on Midoriya, Ida, and Todoroki in the hospital. They receive a visit from the chief of police and receive a lecture about acting without explicit instruction from the police and the powers that be. Sadly, in order to avoid punishment, it has to be kept quiet that the three of them took down the Hero Killer and let Endeavor take the credit instead. Honstly, what a crappy deal. With the way the chapter ends, I expect that this incident will be weighing on the minds of these three characters and could become important later on in the story.

Toriko CH:336

This chapter focuses on Teppei, the son of Jiro, as he and Nakaume try to escape from Neo’s hideout. They encounter several adversaries who try to stop them, but at the end, Midoriya himself shows up. This chapter seems to be indicating that the time to the baking of the world is getting close at hand, and that Nakaume may actually know who’s behind this potential catastrophe. Hopefully at some point we’ll return to Blue Grill so we can see what’s going on at the cook-off as well as what’s happening with Komatsu. I’m a little frustrated that there are now two loose ends hanging out there so the focus of the story could shift elsewhere for a while.

Nisekoi: False Love CH:183

Marika tries to run away, but Honda confines her. Not surprisingly, when Marika asks to return to her old school, her mother shoots her down. Raku and the others make it to Marika’s place to try to see her, but they can’t gain admittance. But when Mikage shows up to visit, they can hear Raku and the others calling out to Marika. I have this suspicion that somehow, Marika may find a way out of this situation. I have no idea how, since her mother seems so strict. But at the same time, Mikage drops a hint that there’s something she hasn’t told Raku and the others yet, and perhaps this piece of information may make it where Marika won’t be able to return with them. Recently, I would have simply thought that Komi was trolling with this, but considering he actually had Raku reject Yui’s feelings amd caused her to drop out of the harem, there’s always the possibility that Marika could be written out in the long run. And knowing that Raku plans to reject her, there is that remote possibility of saying goodbye to Marika. Of the harem members, she’s the one I would miss the least.

World Trigger CH:113

Some of the chapter focuses on Osamu’s reaction, as well as other character’s reactions, to him bailing out of the battle. In the battle itself, the focus ends up being on Chika for a bit of it. She actually surprises everyone with what she does; unfortunately, it doesn’t work and turns her into a target instead. She ends up needing help from Yuma and receives unexpected help from other people in the battle. But Chika ends up bailing out, and now it’s up to Yuma to try to find a way to win this battle. We may have reached the point where Tamakoma-2’s winning streak comes to an end. To be honest, with the way the situation is now, I can’t see Yuma being able to pull this off single-handed. However, I’ll be pleasantly surprised if future chapters prove me wrong.

Food Wars! CH:132

Most of this chapter focuses on Soma and Megumi being taken to the booth of Tsukasa, Totsuki’s number one seat. It was kind of amsuing to see the “fanservice” that takes place being used on Soma when he tries something and is blown away by it. I’d never seen that happen to Soma before. The guy who’s the first seat is actually kind of interesting; while he has confidence in his cooking abilities, he’s fretting and worrying that his customers aren’t comfortable enough. It’s quite an interesting mixture for his personality. This chapter was definitely here to establish Tsukasa as a character. And from what we see at the end of the chapter, it looks like Soma and Megumi may end up meeting Erina’s father in the next chapter.

Black Clover CH:027

This chapter focuses almost exclusively on Asta and his battle. Noelle, meanwhile, thinks she can’t be of any help. But she gets encouragement from one of the other Magic Knights. So it looks like she heard what she needed to, and was able to help Asta out when it seemed like he would be done for. And we finally see Asta’s new self-appointed rival jumping in as well. It’s about time his rival jumped in and did something! It looks like the next chapter will see Asta taking on the enemy leader, so it’ll be interesting to see what happens. Can Asta actually defeat this guy, or will it take help from others? But I have a suspicion that this story arc will be coming to an end sooner rather than later.

One Piece CH:798

We see the Tontattas triyng to do whatever they can to help Luffy and the others try to reach the boat in the eastern port so they can get away from Fujitora. Before any major action takes place at the eastern port, though, Law encounters someone who knew Corazon and the two of them have a talk. At least this discussion was resolved in a way where the two parties have a mutual understanding. Just as it seems Luffy and the others might be able to escape, Fujitora uses a power to lift the rubble from the battle into the sky, which it appears he plans to use in order to stop Luffy. But Luffy isn’t afraid, and decides that he needs to fight Fujitora and not run away; if he does, there’s no way he can become King of the Pirates. So I’m expecting the next chapter to focus on a battle between Luffy and Fujitora. And I’m anticipating that the battle between these two won’t be a short one.

D.Gray-man CH:004

This chapter brings about the end of the story focusing on John and his friend, Leo. While Allen is able to take on Millennium Earl with his anti-akuma weapon, he is unable to defeat him. This definitely sets the stage for the series to continue. At the end of the chapter, John realizes what changes he needs to make in order to move forward, and Allen is on his way to the exorcist headquarters. D.Gray-man has a very interesting story to it, and I think there’s a lot of potential there. Unfortunately, this is the final chapter for the “Jump Back” initiative, so you have to read the rest of D.Gray-man Volume 1 in order to find out how the story progresses from here.