OWLS Blog Tour: Rosario + Vampire – Colorful Love

“Colors”

“Colors” refers to people of color in anime. For this monthly topic, we will be discussing how people of color or characters of different “races” (a literal alien race) are represented in anime. Some topics we considering is the dangers of stereotyping, bi-racial characters, and the importance of racial inclusion.

In this topic, I will be talking about the importance of color in the real world and in the anime world and manga world of Akihisa Ikeda‘s series Rosario + Vampire. (I will be mostly using the manga instead)

(Might have spoilers of the series but are very minor, it cover mostly volumes 1 and 10 from the season 1 manga.) Continue reading

Anime Jungle Experience

I am going to be quick on this post. Today was my unofficial, or unhappy birthday today and for this day, my family took me on a trip to Little Tokyo. They know that I love anime and manga and my fascination on Japanese culture. Little Tokyo was an exciting place to go. In a funny way, it was like being in actual Tokyo from Japan. My family and I went to the Anime Jungle, also known as the Entertainment Hobby Shop Jungle. I went to three stores and I bought something from each one. I got my first ever Pop! figure of Kirito from Sword Art Online, two manga books of Rosario Vampire Season 2, and a Tobi mask from Naruto Shippuden.

My actual birthday is on March 28th!

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 1–Phantom Blood manga review

Amazon synopsis:

The legendary Shonen Jump series, now available in English for the first time, in a deluxe edition featuring color pages and newly drawn cover art! JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is a groundbreaking manga famous for its outlandish characters, wild humor and frenetic battles. A multigenerational tale of the heroic Joestar family and their never-ending battle against evil!

Young Jonathan Joestar’s life is forever changed when he meets his new adopted brother, Dio. For some reason, Dio has a smoldering grudge against him and derives pleasure from seeing him suffer. But every man has his limits, as Dio finds out. This is the beginning of a long and hateful relationship!

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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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Manga news: Both Bleach and Nisekoi concludes at August

 

According to Crunchyroll, an early issue Shonen Jump magazine revealed that issue number 36-37 will have feature the end of the manga Bleach and Nisekoi. Both of these manga will be getting color pages and Nisekoi will have up to 25 pages. Besides these two series, the manga Boruto, One Piece and Neverland will also be getting color pages.

Bleach volume 74 will conclude the story and will be released in the fall.

Are you guys ready for the end for two series?

Kazue Kato Interview – Weekly Shonen Jump Special Podcast

Today is the last day of Anime Expo and Weekly Shonen Jump was able to interview the mangaka of the popular series Blue Exorcist. As  the team asks questions, listen to her answers and learn about Kato-sensei. Kazue Kato is the creator of Blue Exorcist and she also worked on the One-Shot collection manga of Time Killers.

Here is the link to the podcast on this highlighted text. You can also here this podcast in iTunes as well.

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Viz Manga News – Previews first chapter of new manga!

Announced yesterday and posted on Friday, English publisher Viz posted three spinoff manga first chapter at their site. The spinoff manga is from their series Dragon Ball Z, Tokyo Ghoul, and Naruto. These spinoffs are Dragon Ball Super, Tokyo Ghoul [Jack], and Naruto: Chibi Sasuke’s Sharingan Legend. These can be read at their website for free.

Along with these spinoff series, Viz posted on Wednesday of other manga series like The Emperor and I, Kuroko Basketball, Blue Exorcist, One-Punch Man, Haikyu!!, and Boys Over Flowers Season 2.

They are all free but only the first chapter.

Manga News: Nisekoi reaches climax and My Love Story!! manga concludes

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According to Japan’s Shueisha Weekly Shonen Jump issue 28, Naoshi Komi’s comedy romance series “Nisekoi” will be entering the climax of the story on June 20. It’s noted that the climax will have a colorful colorspread page.

Here is the story synopsis to the series:

The manga is a romantic comedy that follows the story of high-schooler and yakuza family member Raku Ichijo, who is forced into a fake relationship with Chitoge Kirisaki, the daughter of a rival gang’s boss, and they must pretend to be in love so as to prevent their rival families from fighting. While acting out their romance, Raku realizes that Chitoge has a mysterious key from her past, which she can’t remember, and he has a pendant that can only be unlocked by his childhood sweetheart. To complicate matters, two more girls with keys also appear.

My Love Story!!

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According to the July issue of Shueisha‘s Bessatsu Margaret magazine, Kazune Kawahara and Aruko’s romantic shojo series “My Love Story!!” will end in the August issue on July 13 with a 100-page final chapter. The final chapter will have a color center page.

Story’s synopsis:

Takeo Gōda is a giant guy with a giant heart. Too bad the girls don’t want him! (They want his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn!

Weekly Shonen Jump Video Podcast – Happy 3 Years!

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I have been meaning to post this on Monday because this week marks the third anniversary of Weekley Shonen Jump’s podcast. In this special video podcast, enjoy watching the team joke around and talk about the recent issue of Weekly Shonen Jump. They will also be hosting a Shokugeki cook off by using the recipes from the manga cooking series Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma. They will also announce and reveal the upcoming manga prints. I am not going to spoil anymore details, so I will just let you watch it. It is funny and I think you will enjoy it.

This is will have spoils if you have not read the recent issue of the Shonen Jump manga, like One Piece, Bleach, and Boruto and others.