Episode 55: Vampire Hunter D hunts the Yamato Nadeshiko in the Red Garden

Here I am, writing the post in LAX. Who loves you baby? This week we review Vampire Hunter D, Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge and Red Garden. Tune in for the fun!

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Red Garden – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Vampire Hunter D – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers./Download Now!

Show Notes

Music

Intro – So Long Kids by Ultraklystron from the album Opensource Lyricist
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase

News

Dragon Ball Returns to US TV
Joins Funimation’s syndicated block on CoLours TV starting Monday more…

Media Blasters Confirms New Licenses
Media Blasters has confirmed to ANN that they will be releasing Ramen Fighter Miki, Girls High (or High School Girls, title likely to be amended) and Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl. No release dates have been set yet.

DBZ Goes HD
DVD Season Sets in February 2007 more…

4Kids Loses $256k in Q3
Revenue down $2 million from Q3 2005 more…

Miyazaki Featured in Time Asia
Time Asia has honored Hayao Miyazaki as one of the continent’s Artists & Thinkers over the last 60 years.

Sergeant Frog in February
ADV will release volume 1 of Sergeant Frog in February.

New One Piece Movie Trailer
The official site for One Piece: Episode of Alabaster – Sabaku no Ojou to Kaizoku Tachi now hosts a short teaser trailer. The film will premiere March 3 in Japan.

Nana 2 Movie Trailer Online
A full-length theatrical trailer for the second and final Nana movie is now online and available for viewing through the movie’s official site. Japan’s Apple site also hosts normal and HD versions of the trailer. The movie is set to hit theatres in Japan on December 9.

Dir en Grey to Tour America in February
Dates announced for 16 cities more…

Organic Hobby Introduces Witchblade Figure
Organic Hobby has announced an 8″ figure of the lead character from Gonzo’s new Witchblade anime. “Masane Amaha” will be available in April for $50.

AnimeTV Coming to Internet in January
According to a press release from Bang Zoom! Entertainment, a new show called “AnimeTV” will be premiering on the Internet in January 2007. The show will be hosted by Johnny Young Bosch and feature commentary on anime, video games and other things coming into the industry. It will be available for free download via Apple iTunes and YouTube. Click the link for more info.

Reviews

Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge – 32:25
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamato_Nadeshiko_Shichi_Henge
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/yamanade/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6818

Red Garden – 45:50
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Garden
http://anime.excite.co.jp/redgarden/index.html
http://www.gonzo.co.jp/works/0609.html
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6804

Vampire Hunter D – 57:50
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire_Hunter_D
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vampire_Hunter_D:_Bloodlust
http://www.vampirehunterdbloodlust.com/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=238
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=654

Episode 54: Black Geass Brothers are in the Harukanaru Toki no Naka de

This week we have a good episode, with some news and stuff. We review Black Blood Brothers, Code Geass, and Harukanaru Toki no Naka de.

Black Blood Brothers – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Code Geass – Hangyaku no Lelouch – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Harukanaru Toki no Naka de ~Hachiyou Shou~ – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.

Show Notes

Music

Intro – Metamorphose by Yoko Takahashi from Kono Minikukumo Utsukushii Sekai
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase

News

Voltron Returns to Cartoon Network
Adult Swim will air the original Voltron series Monday-Thursday at 5:30 a.m. starting next week. The show will also be available on Adult Swim Fix online.

Paprika May Contend for Oscar
Paprika is one of sixteen films listed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as “expected to compete” at the 79th Academy Awards. It will be eligible for nomination only if it will be screened in LA by the end of the year. Nominees will be announced January 23.

Solid State Society Interviews
Production I.G has updated its Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – Solid State Society interview series, this time with scriptwriter Shotaro Suga. Their interview with producer Tomohisa Nishimura is still available here.

Grave of the Fireflies on TCM Sunday
Turner Classic Movies will air the English dub of Grave of the Fireflies Sunday at 10 p.m. Eastern. EST.

Death Note Wins Japanese Box Office Weekend
Death Note: The Last Name topped the Japanese box office last weekend, pushing Kisarazu Cat’s Eye World Series and Flags of Our Fathers to second and third place. Meanwhile, Toho’s Nada SoSo fell to seventh place after five weeks in the top three.

FLCL Ultimate Edition Delayed
Anime on DVD has reported that the scheduled November 21st release of the FLCL Ultimate Edition DVD set has been delayed until December 26th.

Ranma 1/2 Wraps up Next Week
Volume 36 of the Ranma 1/2 manga will be released next Tuesday. The series “has been a staple of the Viz Media catalog for over 14 years,” according to the company, “and remains one of the company’s longest running manga titles and one of the longest running manga series in North America.”

theOtaku @ Vegas Con
theOtaku is supporting AnimeFF & Anime Vegas, a Las Vegas anime convention that is donating all proceeds to the Susan B Komen Breast… full story »

Reviews

Black Blood Brothers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Blood_Brothers
http://character.biglobe.ne.jp/BBB/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6449

Code Geass – Hangyaku no Lelouch
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Code_Geass
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6704
http://www.geass.jp/
http://www.mbs.jp/geass/index2.html
http://www.animax.co.jp/feature/index.php?program=NN10000378
http://character.biglobe.ne.jp/geass/

Harukanaru Toki no Naka de ~Hachiyou Shou~
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harukanaru_Toki_no_Naka_de_Hachi
http://www.gamecity.ne.jp/neoromance/
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/haruka/
http://haruka8tv.gamecity.ne.jp/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=4484

Episode 53: Hanoka Hacks at the Roots of Busou Renkin.

This week we do some reviews (gasp) and talk about stuff. We review Busou Renkin, .Hack//Roots, Hanoka and Chigo does a preview review of Harukanaru Toki no Naka de ~Hachiyou Shou~.

Busou Renkin – Wouldn't kick it out of bed for crackers.
.Hack//Roots – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Hanoka – Even if you receive it as a present, burn the Disc and piss on the ashes.

Show Notes

Music

Intro – Ashita no Kioku by Naozumi Takahashi from Black Blood Brothers
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase

News

Tokyopop Keeps the Gravitation Coming
Tokyopop will release volume 1 of the Gravitation Ex! manga on February 13, 2007.

Article on Yaoi Explosion
ICv2 has posted an article on the “recent Yaoi Explosion,” looking over all the licenses announced at last weekend’s Yaoi-con and also the challenges faced by hardcore Yaoi publishers.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Season 1 Returns to 4Kids TV
Yu-Gi-Oh! season 1 will air at 11 a.m. on 4Kids TV (via local Fox affiliates) starting this Saturday. The season debuted in 2001 on the WB network. Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters will continue to air at 10 a.m.

Afro Samurai Hits Spike TV on January 4
The five-episode Afro Samurai anime starring Samuel L. Jackson will premiere January 4 on Spike TV. It will air in Japan later next year.

Live Action Blood: The Last Vampire
Production I.G agrees to Ronny Yu’s Blood live-action remake. more…

Speed Racer a Go!
Wachowski Brothers Version of Speed Racer to Premiere Summer 2008. more…

New Street Fighter Movie in the Works
Live-Action Movie Focusing on Chun Li Due out in 2008 more…

Claymore Anime
According to Monthly Shonen Jump Magazine (not to be confused with Weekly Shonen Jump), Norihiro Yagi‘s Claymore is to be adapted into an anime TV series. No details about when the Claymore TV series will debut. Claymore is currently being released in North America by Viz Media.

Maison Ikkoku’s Godai Cast
Newcomer Taiki Nakabayashi (21) has been cast as Godai in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Rumiko Takahashi‘s Maison Ikkoku. Nakabaya was chosen from over 3200 applicants, several of whom can be seen auditioning for the part in this video on the official website.

AX Launches Travel Store
Anime Expo has launched a Travel Store through IAN.com. The site offers discounted airfares, hotels, and car rentals.

Geneon Discontinues Sherlock Hound
Geneon has confirmed that they will cease distributing Sherlock Hound DVDs as of April 30, 2007.

ADV Announces January Releases
First volumes of Best Student Council, Coyote Ragtime Show, Utawarerumono, and Moeyo Ken in January 2007 more…

Bandai Channel Blocked from Foreign Access
Bandai Channel, which streams the first episodes of several anime series in Japanese, has been blocked from access outside of Japan.

Blood+ on Cartoon Network
Blood+, which is licensed in North American by Sony Pictures, is set to receive a TV broadcast on Cartoon Network. The broadcast date and schedule has not yet been announced or confirmed.

Hellsing Ultimate Website
Geneon has put up a splash page on their Hellsing Ultimate website, which includes a short trailer.

Viz Announces Bleach Merchandise Licenses
Two companies will release licensed Bleach merchandise in the US and Canada. Great Eastern Entertainment has been licensed to produce: patches, wristbands, jewelry, pins, plushes, key chains, wall scrolls, and arm, hand, and headwear. C&D Visionary has been granted a license for buttons, stickers, Lucite key chains, magnets, shoelaces, and postcards.

ROD TV on G4TechTV Canada
G4TechTV will air ROD the TV starting Monday.

Illumitoon & Westlake Acquire Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo
Illumitoon and Westlake have announced the acquisition of Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo. In May, Toei announced that it had appointed Joy Tashjian Marketing Group to handle licensing of the show. Illumitoon will release Bobobo-Bo Bo-Bobo in 2007.

Reviews

Busou Renkin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Busou_Renkin
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6601
http://www.xebec-inc.co.jp/anime/busourenkin/
http://www.busourenkin.com/
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/busourenkin/

.Hack//Roots
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hack_Roots
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/hack_roots/
http://dothack.wikia.com/wiki/Roots
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6248

Hanoka
http://www.animenfo.com/animetitle,3805,wgoovd,hanoka.html
http://www.rams.jp/hanoka/
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6786

An Interview with David Degnan, Producer for the FMA: Dual Sympathy game.

Here is a special release for all you FMA fans out there. We have a 45 minute interview with the American producer of the FMA: DS game. It’s a good conversation with some great information. We also have some trailers and screenshots for you to check out, so enjoy.

Screenshots

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Episode 52: The One Year Anniversary

This episode we reflect a bit on the past and speculate on the future. But we also get a chance to do some reviews. We review Trinity Blood, Bartender, Muteki Kanban Musume and Like the Clouds, Like the Wind (Kumokaze).

Trinity Blood – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Bartender – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Muteki Kanban Musume – Download Now

Like the Clouds, Like the Wind (Kumokaze) – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.

Show Notes

Music

Intro – Secret World by Akiyama Miki from Tactics
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase

News

Lik-Sang Out Of Business
Online retailer Lik-Sang, quite possibly the largest video game importer, declared that they will be closing their doors effective immediately. Th… full story »

Seven Seas Starts Yuri Line
Seven Seas is launching a dedicated Yuri line of manga called Strawberry. The first Strawberry titles will arrive in 2007: Strawberry Panic, Saigo no Seifuku, and Tetragrammaton Labyrinth. Each title will be printed in large 5 7/8″ x 8 1/4″ format.

Geneon Looking for Assistant Producer
Geneon Entertainment is looking for bilingual (English-Japanese) Assistant DVD Producer.

Utawarerumono to Keep Name
In August, ANN was informed by ADV Films that they were planning on releasing the Utawarerumono under the moniker “Shadow Warrior Chronicles.” However ADV has now confirmed with us that Utawarerumono will be released using its original Japanese name, the first volume will be called “Utawarerumono: Mask of a Stranger.” Chris Oar of ADV Films said “Originally we wanted to make it as accessible to as many people as possible,” adding that they decided to reverse this decision following fan-feedback.

Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo Wins at Catalonia
Studio Madhouse’s Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo won the Best Animated Film award at the International Film Festival of Catalonia. Based on Yasutaka Tsutsui‘s 1965 novel, the film is currently screening in theaters throughout Japan. Tokyo Godfathers, Steamboy, and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children competed in previous years but were not up for the Best Animated Film award at the most recent festival.

Production I.G to re-Animate Reideen
Production I.G and Tohokushinsha Film Corporation have announced that they will produce a new Reideen anime TV series, based on the original “Yuusha Raideen” TV series by Yoshiyuki Tomino. The new TV series will be released in Spring 2007 and directed by Mitsuru Hongo. The official (Japanese) website is here.

Angel’s Egg Live Action… Sorta
Shin Togashi has directed a movie entitled Tenshi no Tamago, however it bears no relation to the almost identically named anime directed by Mamoru Oshii (the two movies have the same name in Japanese, however the Japanese spelling is different, “天使のたまご” for the anime(using Hiragana for Tamago) and “天使の卵” for the live-action movie (using Kanji for Tamago)). Tenshi no Tamago is a drama about an art student who falls in love with his girlfriend’s older sister. It is based on the eponymous book by Yuka Murayama. The movie’s website is here.

Funimation Announces New Broadcast Rights
Funimation has informed us that they have acquired the broadcast rights to Revolutionary Girl Utena and His & Her Circumstances, both licensed from Enoki Films; the company also confirmed the broadcast rights to Hare + Guu. Utena joins the channel’s lineup on November 20th, with the other two titles premiering at a later date.

Reviews

Trinity Blood – 67:35
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_Blood_%28anime%29
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=4874
http://trinityblood.tv/
http://www.kadokawa.co.jp/toribla/index.php
http://www.wowow.co.jp/anime/toribla/

Like the Clouds, Like the Wind (Kumokaze) – 61:10
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Like_the_Clouds%2C_Like_the_Wind
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=2041
http://www.vap.co.jp/kumokaze/
http://pierrot.jp/title/kumokaze/index.html

Bartender – 53:05
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6816
http://www.bartender-tv.com/

Muteki Kanban Musume – 40:10
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muteki_Kanban_Musume
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6606
http://www.onimaru.net/
http://character.biglobe.ne.jp/special/onimaru/
http://www.telecom-anime.com/onimaru/

Episode 51: Gin-iro no Kami no Gokusen aaaand Kemonozume

We’ve got a great show this week. The whole crew is here. We review Kemonozume, Gokusen and Gin-iro no Kami no Agito. Join us as hilarity ensues.

Kemonozume – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers (low).
Gokusen Anime – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers.
Gokusen Live Action – Download Now!
Gin-iro no Kami no Agito – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.

Show Notes

Podcast Pickle Contest Winners

1. Sazabi04 vts234
2. Standoffline kayutori
3. Chrchick244
4. Bigcathead cedrickwind
5. Medivh27

Music

Intro – The World by Nightmare from Death Note
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase

News

Mushishi Movie Trailer Released
The official Japanese homepage for Katsuhiro Otomo’s live action film adaptation of Yuki Urushibara’s Mushishi manga now hosts a streaming Flash trailer. Click the blue button in the bottom right corner then select a viewing size. The film will open in Japanese theatrical release next year.

4Kids Among Best Performing Stocks
The Motley Fool has created a list of the ten best performing stocks of the past decade. In tenth place, 4Kids Entertainment, which has provided a 2,842% return on any money invested in 1996. In that period, the price of a single 4Kids share has increased from $1.75 to $18, splitting twice (3:2 and 2:1) in 1999. At its peak in 1999, after the splits, the stock reached a high of $93.

Gedo Senki US Release in Jeopardy
Earthsea author calls out Sci-Fi Channel for sitting on rights more…

Video Footage of Miyazaki Designed Clock Available
Fan site Ghibli World now hosts a video clip of Japanese television preview footage of the Shiodome NTV Tower clock designed by Hayao Miyazaki. The clock is scheduled to debut to the public on December 20th.

Hood of Horror Premiere’s Tonight
Snoop Dogg‘s Hood of Horror, which includes numerous sequences animated by Madhouse, will premiere tonight at Screamfest 2006. The movie will be released to theaters on November 17.

Central Park Media Discontinues Titles
Legend of the Dragon Kings, Agent Aika, Birdy The Mighty and others discontinued more…

Warren Ellis Writing Anime Inspired Castlevania
Dark Horizons linked a news item at Film Junk which indicates Transmetropolitan author Warren Ellis will be writing the script for a direct-to-video Castlevania animation film. Of note is the following section of the article: …chairman and CEO of Panacea Entertainment Eric Gardner, had this to say: I think there will be anime elements of it, but it’s going to be more hints of anime as opposed to traditional, full-blown anime – we’re hoping it has a very distinctive, unique style that’s instantly recognizable as what will become the animated Castlevania brand.

Reviews

Kemonozume – 36:00
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kemonozume
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6722
http://kemonozume.net/
http://www.wowow.co.jp/anime/kemono/

Gokusen – 50:30
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gokusen
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=3371
http://www.ntv.co.jp/gokusen/
http://www.ntv.co.jp/a-gokusen/

Gin-iro no Kami no Agito – 1:16:45
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gin-iro_no_kami_no_Agito
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=5488
http://www.gin-iro.jp/

Episode 50: The NDK wrapup episode and Demonbane

We’re back from NDK and finally recovered. We talk all about the con and tell wacky stories. We also review Demonbane. Check it out.

Demonbane – Even if you receive it as a present, burn the disc and piss on the ashes.

Show Notes

Podcast Pickle Contest Winners

1. Sazabi04
2. Standoffline
3. Chrchick244
4. Bigcathead
5. Medivh27

The NDK Chigo drunk story – 53:00

Music

Intro – Rolling Star by YUI from Bleach
Outro – Neko Mimi Mode by Dimitri From Paris from Tsukiyomi Moon Phase

News

San Francisco Hotel Gets Anime Makeover
San Francisco’s Best Western Miyako Inn will adopt a “Japanese pop culture persona”, starting with a contest to rename the hotel. The new theme will be “an energetic, optimistic expression” of anime, manga, J-Pop, and street fashion, said Matt Harvey, Creative Director of Joie de Vivre Hospitality, a boutique hotel operator that took over the 125-room hotel in May.

Split Infinity Anime Film Coming Soon
Sci-Fi/Fantasy writer Piers Anthony announced his Split Infinity novels will be receive an anime film adaptation.

Reviews

Demonbane – 67:45
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6512
http://www.demonbane.com/
http://www.demonbane7.net/web/tobira_1/index.html

NDK 2006 Episode 1: The Piano Squall Concert

Here was the concert that Piano Squall put on. He’s an amazing pianist and previous interviewee of AP. All I can say is that it’s good to be press.

Check out his site at http://www.pianosquall.com

On a related note, here is a picture of the AP crew. From left to right we have Batou, Treize, Ichigo, Kaitar and Chigo.

AP Crew NDK 2006
Photo courtesy of Rangiku

Episode 48: Blue Seed Kurumi plants a Flag

This week we killed Chigo. We review Blue Seed, Steel Angel Kurumi and Flag. Join us for this wacky and zany adventure.

Blue Seed – Wouldn’t kick it out of bed for crackers/Download Now!
Steel Angel Kurumi – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.
Steel Angel Kurumi 2/OVA – Even if you receive it as a gift, burn the disc and piss on the ashes.
Flag – Wait until it hits the US and NetFlix it.

Show Notes

Sponsor

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News

Video: Nissan Cars to be Featured in Ghost in the Shell Film
Nissan Sport Concept and Infiniti Kuraza in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: Solid State Society. more…

Train Man at the ImaginAsian
Train Man (Densha Otoko) will screen at the ImaginAsian until September 27. Screening times are available on the ImaginAsian’s website.

ADV Universe Digital Download Service
ADV has announced an unpackaged media download service called ADV Universe at AWA this weekend. more…

New Pop Japan Travel Tours
As reported from Otakon, Pop Japan Travel has diversified their pop-culture tours of Japan. New tours listed on their website include the “Samurai and Snow Festival Tour”, the “Gothic & Lolita Tour”, the “Yaoi Bishonen and Boys Love Tour” and the “Ultimate Ninja Tour”.

New ADV Licenses
At Anime Weekend Atlanta today, ADV FIlms announced the following new licenses: UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie 3, Moeyo Ken TV series and the Coyote Ragtime Show.

Tetsuro Tanba Dies
Tetsuro Tanba, a popular Japanese actor known for his roles in over 300 Japanese movies as well as the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice (as Tiger Tanaka) and The Cat Returns, died on September 24 of Pneumonia in Mitaka, Tokyo.

Amazing Sale at The Right Stuff International Ends October 1 at midnight!
The Right Stuff International is having a “Bountiful Items” sale that is all Geneon DVD’s, OST’s, etc. You can get 10 DVDs for $50 or 25 DVDs for $100.

Media Blasters Picks up Gakuen Heaven
Media Blasters has licensed Gakuen Heaven. The series is based on You Higuri’s shonen ai manga, the first volume of which Tokyopop will release in November.

Kaze Hikaru out of Shojo Beat
Replaced by Backstage Prince. more…

Job Opening at Funimation
Funimation is currently looking for an Events Manager.

Listener Review

Sakana provided the below review of Midori Days (Midori no Hibi)

Hi everyone! Today’s manga review (first and hopefully not last) I would like to talk about Midori Days or, Midori no Hime. (?)

Let me start off by saying, this is a book aimed at guys. Girls will most likely not be a fan of Midori Days. This manga follows Seiji Sawamaru, a high schooler, better known as “Mad Dog Sawamaru”. Seiji is the punk trouble maker, though he is not in a gang, he certainly gets into trouble with a lot of them. Most of these gangs are attracted to Seiji because of his “Devils Right Hand.” Although its sound like a super power it just means his right hand is a better punch then his left. Seiji is skilled fighter, so to classify one part of his body as really strong made me assume he needed his right hand to deliver a final punch, but that’s not the case. Anyway, Midori is a shy freshman who attends a different school, then Seiji, but has had a secret crush on Seiji since she first laid eyes on him. (she does take it a little far though, putting a framed picture of him on her nightstand, one he didn’t know she took. [Stalker]) One night, after 17 years and two months without a girlfriend, Seiji shrieks “I don’t care who I just want someone to be my girlfriend!” The next thing he knows, a miniature, puppet sized Midori is on his right hand! Midori is just as confused as Seiji when this happens, but she couldn’t be happier! She sets to work, making her own cloths, making Seiji meals and taking notes for him in school. Seiji gets over the shock quickly, and continues to be a bad-ass, but at the same time is careful to not use Midori’s skull as knuckles. Its just Seiji luck when immediately after Midori appears on his hand, a few girls start falling for him!

This book is hilarious. Living with someone on your right hand makes even day to day tasks funny. The characters have layers and there is an interesting plot line. The side characters have a flare for stealing the spotlight as well. Ayase, the Student Council Vice President, has a huge crush on Seiji, and her many attempts to make him fall in love with her always go horribly. Kota is a young boy Midori’s age, and her best friend. He misses Midori, and is having trouble staying loyal to her, since he is developing his own little crush on the “Mad Dog”. Rin is Seiji’s older sister, who is in a gang. She is drunk most of the time, but she cares about her brother, even though she beats him most of the time. My favorite character next to Ayase and Rin is Lucy, the dumb American. Lucy believes that men still commit suicide as samurai and that Japanese women can shoot fire from their breasts. This is a particularly hilarious page in the book. Making fun of Americans is done in such a playful way; I don’t think anyone would be offended.

These books defiantly have nudity. If you need to catch up on the female anatomy, check out this book. Full body nudity of Ayase, tiny and big Midori are not uncommon. Men on the other hand, keep their close on, ok maybe a shirt comes of or pants fall down, but all you see is butt and pecks. Nothing more.

This book’s interesting premise is what drew me in, and it’s characters and warmth is what kept me reading. I most definitely give this manga the equivalent of a download now.

Reviews

Steel Angel Kurumi – 34:40
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steel_Angel_Kurumi
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=326
http://www25.advfilms.com/titles/kurumi/news/index.shtml

Blue Seed – 47:50
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Seed
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=8
http://www.kingrecords.co.jp/SCR_CATALOG/074.html

Flag – 67:15
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FLAG_%28anime%29
http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=6617
http://www.flag20xx.net/
http://www.b-ch.com/cgi-bin/contents/ttl/det.cgi?ttl_c=493

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