Day 14 (G)rant Slam – The Animanga Festival

This is day 14 of the Animanga Festival! This festival was collaborated and created by Auri and Naire from Manga Toritsukareru Koto. I hope I am doing this event correctly so excuse me if I mess up. In this prompt I am going to be doing some nitpicking as I discuss my personal rants in the animanga community. I am going to borrow the awesome blogger Takuto strategy and write down top 3 picks but each with a category. Here the categories:

  • Rants towards Anime
  • Rants towards Manga

Rants towards Anime

1. Where’s the next season?

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Imagine yourself watching your favorite anime. You just got done with the last episode and you are left with a void in your heart. As you eagerly look on social media on any news on your favorite anime, you see online of news of other anime getting a season 2, 3 or even 4, but you don’t see any announcement of your favorite title. Have you ever been so mad that your anime left you in hanging during an epic plot? What’s worse is that what if your series is going on during the manga and light novel? Even if the books reached a conclusion, the chances of it getting animated is slim. This is a nitpick that gets in my nerves. We are in 2019 and we’re getting a seasons 2 and 3 of The Rising of the Shield Hero and a season 4 of My Hero Academia, but when are getting a final arc of Bleach. Bleach may not have the One-Thousand Year Blood Arc yet, but at least you can use the characters and even the main antagonist in the game of Bleach Brave Souls. It’s so annoying when your favorite show is on a cliffhanger. No anime season, no movie, no OVA, nothing!

As far I know, we’re not going to be getting the final arc of Bleach:

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2. qualifications to be an anime fan 

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Regardless of how many titles you watched or hours you put into a show, if you like anime, you can be considered a fan if you enjoy it. Have you ever met someone who tried to convince you that you are not an anime fan unless you watch a certain title (Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon or whatever common title) or someone tells you that you have to watch a total o 10 anime in order to be called fan? I feel like this is pointless. If you want to be an anime fan, you just gotta enjoy anime! It’s simple and throughout my years of watching anime, I don’t remember hearing anything about following rules in order to be called a fan. Being a fan means you appreciate the work and story of anime and if it makes you happy, you can be called an anime fan. If someone told me that if watching Sailor Moon makes me a fan, I probably wouldn’t be considered a fan. I haven’t seen Sailor Moon yet, but if I have seen Dragon Ball, Devilman Crybaby, Clannad, Fullmetal Alchemist and 20+ titles except Sailor Moon, then I am still not a fan of anime. I think this whole anime requirements is a waste of time.

3. Sub? Dub? Why not both?

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When watching anime, I am mostly concerned about the story and characters. When given the option on which language I want to enjoy an anime, I usually pick English Dub because I don’t want to be reading and watching the same time. Some people can multitask and watch anime in subtitles because it makes the characters sound authentic in Japan’s culture. Regardless on what preference you choose, I am not picky on dub. I hate it when people criticize others based on preference. Rather than fighting about what sounds better, shouldn’t we just focus on the anime’s main premise which is usually the plot, characters. themes? We’re both watching the same anime. There is no perfect dub or sub. What’s important is that these voice actors are lending their voices to make our favorite characters alive.

Rants Towards Manga

1. Don’t be a pirate, don’t use scan sites to read manga

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I am guilty for doing this in the past. I used to read scanned manga chapters of titles like One Piece and Naruto online whenever the manga in America was slow and Japan was ahead. I later realized it that doing this means I am not supporting my favorite authors. When you are not buying manga, you are not giving money to the creators and company who are giving us the ability to give us manga. We are fortunate enough to have manga outside of Japan. These creators are doing their best to give us a good story for our cup of tea. I know it’s painful to wait for the next week chapter but shouldn’t have to rely on using a shady website for our reading pleasure. This is why Shonen Jump continues to grow and give fans an easier opportunity to read the recent chapters of your favorite series at the same time as Japan in a affordable price.

2. No Spoilers!

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Have you ever watched an anime and then when you write about it on your blog or social media, someone who read the manga decides to tell you what happens later in the story? Nobody asked for this! Some anime titles started off as manga such as My Hero Academia, Dragon Ball and Fullmetal Alchemist. As the manga is running, the anime tries to catch up to the manga’s plot. There two types of anime viewers in the community: one group of people watches the anime first and then the manga or some read the manga and then jump into the anime. If you are someone who reads first and then watch, don’t go spoil the plot assuming they did the same. Some people may not have read the manga or light novel. Let others get surprised and shocked.

3. Manga creators are people too

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Have you read a manga and then get hit by this last message on the bottom of the page saying “series will be back on this date”? Whenever this happens, a manga creator takes a break and doesn’t put up the next chapter in the next schedule. Sometimes they need a break or some people have a medical reason. Eiichiro Oda, One Piece creator, is a workaholic and he would work even if he was sick or hurt. There was a moment where he took a long break because he didn’t listen to his body and he was in pain. Hunter x Hunter creator Yoshihiro Togashi takes constant breaks he has back issues. Personally, I am willing to wait until the creator is back and running and ready to do more chapters. What grinds my gears is that there are people out there who cares only about the manga rather the creator. They get impatient and then they demand more chapters even though the creator is still recuperating. Manga creators are people as well and they deserve breaks. I would rather have a series on a hiatus and have a healthy creator instead of one that is in pain and giving us weekly chapters.

That’s the end of that. I hope you enjoyed my rants XD

Death Note All-in-One Manga Edition unboxing

Some of you may have seen my Twitter but I recently bought the entire manga collection Death Note all in one book, literally! As a way to promote the live-action Netflix film Death Note movie, Viz Media, English Company that license the manga and anime of titles like Death Note, Naruto and others, licenses and re-release the entire 12-volume of Death Note and compile it into a single book. With this book in my collection, I will talk about the interesting details of the book and I won’t spoil anything related to the story.

When you buy the book new, it has a promotional sticker attached to the plastic wrap promoting the Netflix movie. The book itself is actually encased in a protective case that helps clear away from dust and keep the pages white.

The white sleeve case displays Light with the characters in front and on the edges, it shows the Shinigami Ryuk staring at you. Once you take out the case, you get the book itself with all the pages compressed and the cross on the cover.

Here comes the meat! The book is very small compared to the other manga I own. According to the description, the manga edition has shrunk to pocket size for easy holding and make it easier than caring it like a VizBig or carrying a case of individual books. I was worried that the book was going to have transparent pages; from I heard, the 3-in-1 of the Dragon Ball manga had issues where the paper was too thin. However, the pages in the manga here wasn’t see through and it felt really fine. The binding of the book is pretty strong and durable! You can turn the page to all the way back to the book or start in the beginning and it doesn’t damage the book. I did look into the book and we do get an Epilogue chapter as promised but the took away the funny comic panels instead. One of the comic that I liked is when Ryuk asks Santa Light for a silver GameBoy Advance SP, but it didn’t show up and I think the only way to see it again is if you have the individual books or the black editions (2-in-1).

Overall, the One-in-All set is perfect for new and old fans. It helps collect the entire story and the price is reasonable. I got my book from Barnes and Noble for $28 online and that was with taxes in it. If you don’t mind having a large pocket as oppose to a manga volume, I would recommend it.

 

New Rurouni Kenshin manga joins Shonen Jump magazine

If you are like me and already subscribed to the English Weekly Shonen Jump, I got good news to tell you. It’s been announced in this week issue of Weekly Shonen Jump magazine that the popular and classic Shonen manga Rurouni Kenshin will be joining the magazine and it will be a new series. According to the announcement, this new series will take place after the side story Rurouni Kenshin Side Story and the protagonist will be Kenshin. The story will be focused on Hokkaido and it will consist of five arcs! The new series will begin next Monday!

 

News – Squid Girl! Dragon Ball Super toys!! Suzuka manga!!!

It’s already Tuesday and once again I am here with some more news!

Squid Girl

Announced today, North American licenser Sentai Filmworks have obtained the license to the anime series Squid Girl. This means they have the rights to release the anime episodes from seasons 1 and 2, and OVA for home DVDs and Digital outlets like iTunes.

Anime Synopsis:

The cutest little tentacle-haired invader from the sea, Squid Girl, has come to subdue humanity! Unfortunately, she’s in hot water with the Aizawa siblings after a demonstration of her squid powers destroys their restaurant, the Lemon Beach House. Now, she’s forced to work as a waitress for them until she pays off her damages. Between her aquatic puns, bickering with the Aizawa sisters, tiffs with customers, and the many misadventures that come with seaside life, Squid Girl has her hands, and her tentacles, full!

Dragon Ball Super

Announced by Toei and Bandai, the companies revealed today the a line of new Dragon Ball Super toys. What makes this news interesting is that these toys will be release for the US in summer 2017! The action figures will be as tall as either 3.5-inch, 6.5-inch and 7-inch. There will also have collectible sets and even “role-play items” Deluxe Scouters and Deluxe Kamehameha Shooter.

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Suzuka

Announced today, English manga publisher Kodansha (well-known for doing Attack on Titan and A Silent Voice) rescued another manga series called Suzuka. There are total of 18 volumes of the series but recently, the manga in US had only 15 volumes and then discontinued; they were owned by Del Rey. Kodansha will be releasing the manga as well releasing it in digital books like Kindle and Kubo. The first five manga will be released on October 11.

Synopsis:

SHE’S SO COOL Yamato is ready for a fresh start. So when his aunt invites him to stay rent-free in her big-city boarding house in hustling, bustling Tokyo, Yamato jumps at the chance. There’s just one teensy-weensy catch: It’s an all-girl housing complex and spa! Things get even more nerve-racking when Yamato meets his neighbor Suzuka, a beautiful track-and-field star. She’s not just the cutest girl Yamato’s ever met, she’s also the coolest, the smartest, and the most intimidating. Can an ordinary guy like Yamato ever hope to win over a girl like Suzuka?

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Be cautious though, Crunchyroll mentioned digital releases. I am not sure if they will only release the manga as digital first or both.

Jaco the Galactic Patrolman manga review

Rightstuf describes it:

Retired scientist Omori lives alone on a deserted island while continuing his research into time-travel. His quiet life is interrupted when galactic patrolman Jaco crash-lands and decided to move in with him. Can Jaco get along with the old man long enough to save the Earth from a dangerous threat?

This volume also includes a special bonus chapter introducing Dragon Ball Z hero Goku’s parents!

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Projects Revealed – Naruto’s Mangaka Next Project! Bleach’s Announcement Revealed?!

Not one but two different announcements have been made today. One announcement is from Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto and the big announcement to Bleach. Here is the scoop.

Masashi Kishimoto

In a interview in the recent issue of Shueisha’ Jump GIGA, Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto announced and confirmed that he is planning on doing a project. He already did research and he said is ready to announce it but he didn’t specify when.

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Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration manga review

Description by Viz:

During the violent upheaval of the Bakumatsu era, Hitokiri Battosai was a feared and ruthless assassin. But now that the Meiji Restoration has begun to heal the wounds of civil war, Battosai has taken up a new name…and a new calling! He is now Himura Kenshin , a rurouni wanderer who has vowed to only draw his sword to protect those in need. But not everyone is pleased with Kenshin’s new direction, and enemies from his dark past have vowed to bring him down!

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Anime/Manga news: Naruto Novel Anime Adaptations and Bleach Surprise Announcement

Naruto

Japan announced that August 4th will be the Naruto novel release of “Konoha Shinden: Steam Ninja Scrolls“; the story story is about Mirai Sarutobi (daughter of Kurenai and Asuma) with Kakashi Hatake and Might Guy and taking placing between the manga chapter 700 and Naruto Novel “Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring“. Announced with the new Naruto book release “Konoha Shinden: Steam Ninja Scrolls“, it’s been announced that three of the Naruto Novels will be become TV anime adaptations. They will be release for the winter. Here is the novels that will be in the anime:

 

Bleach

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Already been announced, the manga Bleach along with Nisekoi will be ending this month and Weekly Shonen Jump will be doing a special color page for these two manga. However, earlier scans in the Japan’s issue reveal that Bleach will have special announcement on August 22nd’s 38 issue.

What do you think is the announcement about? Anime returning? A movie? A manga sequel? Comment below.

Attack on Titan news: Manga Volume 20 previews climax

Mentioned in Crunchyroll, August 9th will release the Japanese manga volume 2o for Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan. This volume, based on the hints, reveals the story’s climax. In a interview with the creator, Isayama informs readers to continue on reading and it might have a “dark ending.” The interview is on the hyperlink.

Currently, volume 19 is released in the U.S.

One Piece news: Story is 65% complete

Like most manga series, every story has a end. With Bleach and Nisekoi ending pretty soon and Naruto being over, we all know that the series One Piece has a long way to go before it finishes the story.

However, according to an interview with the creator of One Piece in the second issue of “Dai One Piece Shimbun”, Oda Sensei tells us some surprising news. According to the interview, the story of One Piece is about 65% in completion in the manga. Another twist is that he mentions he can’t do anymore long story series like One Piece.

In the previous issue in the “One Piece Shimbun” in 2012, the manga was 60% in completion.

Also, yesterday was One Piece birthday!

7/19/1997