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ANN now streaming Romeo X Juliet, Project Blue Earth SOS, and Moeyo Ken (OVA)

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 6, 2010 by Pirate

ANN, AKA Anime News Network, has added more anime series to their online streaming sites. ANN is streaming all 24 subbed episodes of Romeo X Juliet, and the first 4 dubed, all 6 dubbed episodes of Project Blue Earth SOS, and all subbed and dubbed 4 episodes of Moeyo Ken.

Romeo X Juliet is a historical romance anime based on the classic play by Shakespeare. Animated by Gonzo, it ran in Japan from April 2007 to September 2007. It also spawned a manga series by Reiko Yoshida, which began running in Monthly Asuka magazine in 2007, and is still going with over two volumes.

In North America, the anime is licensed by FUNimation. The manga was recently licensed by Yen Press.

Project Blue Earth SOS is a sci-fi anime series. It ran in Japan from July 2006, to December 2006. All the episodes were an hour. It was animated by A.C.G.T., whom also animated Koi Kaze.

In North America, it was licensed by ADV Films, but is now licensed by FUNimation.

Moeyo Ken is fantasy OVA based on the PC game. In Japan, it was released November 2003, and animated by Trinet Entertainment. Later on in 2005, it was remade into an anime series, which ran from July 2005 to September 2005 with 13 episodes, and was also animated by Trinet Entertainment.

In North America, the OVA is licensed by ADV, and the anime series is licensed by FUNimation. The PC game has yet to be licensed.

ANN is also now streaming more episodes of other anime:

One more subbed episode of Naruto Shippuden from Viz Media

Three more subbed episodes of One Piece from FUNimation

Two more dubbed episodes of Monster from Viz Media

ANN now streaming Hero Tales

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2010 by Pirate

ANN, AKA Anime News Network, is now streaming the the first 22 subbed episodes out of 26 of the anime Hero Tales, a fantasy adventure anime series.

The anime is based on the manga series by Huang Jin Zhou, and illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa, famed author of Fullmetal Alchemist. The manga started in Japan on 2006 in Gangan Powered, but when the magazine folded, it moved to Monthly Shonen Gangan, where it is still running with 5 volumes. In Japan, the anime ran from October 2007 to March 2008, and was animated by Studio Flag.


In North America, the manga is licensed by Yen Press. The anime is licensed by FUNimation.

FUNimation licenses Trigun film, Black Butler 2, and Darker than BLACK season 2.

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2010 by Pirate

Anime licensing company FUNimation just licensed some very popular anime: The Trigun film, titles Badlands Rumble, Black Butler 2, and Darker Than BLACK season 2. All of these anime seem to have a 2011 release date.

Trigun: Badlands Rumble is the first film based on the Trigun franchise. Trigun started out as a manga by Yasuhiro Nightow, and ran in Shonen Captain from 1995 to 1997, and made 3 volumes. In the US, all three volumes were released by Dark Horse Comics. The series was popular enough to spawn a sequel series by the same author, which ran in Young King Ours from 1998 to 2007, and made 14 volumes. It was called Trigun Maximum. In the US, it was also released by Dark Horse Comics.

The manga was adapted into an anime series in April 1998, and ran untill September that same year with only 26 episodes. It was animated by Madhouse, and was licensed by Geneon Entertainment, and it aired on Adult Swim and G4. Later, FUNimation re-licensed the anime. The film aired in Japanese cinemas on April 2010, and was also animated by Madhouse.

The manga, anime, and film follow the adventures of an infamous man named Vash the Stampede, who has a very large bounty on his head, so bounty hunters try to take hin in daily. However, he doesn’t know why he’s wanted, because he has amnesia. The franchise has a very large fanbase.

Black Butler 2 is an anime sequel series to Black Butler, which is based on the dark fantasy manga series by Yana Toboso. The manga started running in Monthly GFantasy on September, 2006, and is still running with 9 volumes. The manga is licensed in the US by Yen Press, and the first two volumes have been released.

The manga got an anime adaption on October 2008, and finished on March 2009 with 24 episodes. FUNimation also licensed that series. Black Butler 2 premiered on Japanese TV on July 1, 2010, and is ongoing. Both anime are animated by A-1 Pictures (of Kannagi fame).

Black Butler is about a 12-year-old noble who serves the queen. His “Black butler” Sebastian follows all his orders perfectly, because of possible demonic powers.

Darker Than BLACK season 2, AKA Darker Than Black: Gemini of the Meteor, is the seacond anime series for the Darker Than BLACK fantasy franchise. The franchise started out as an anime series on April 2007, and finished on September 2007 with 25 episodes. The series was licensed by FUNimation. That same year, it got two different manga adaptions.

In March 2008, it got a one-episode OVA, and then, on October 2009, Darker Than Black Season 2 started, and finished on December 2009 with 12 episodes. Both anime series and the OVA are animated by BONES (Famous for Fullmetal Alchemist, Soul Eater, and Eureka 7).

In the series, a group of people with mystical powers examine and attempt to study a strange occurence called “Hell’s Gate”. But, little do they know that dark secrets may be unburied.

All of these new licenses will probably get Blu-Ray releases.

Spiral manga

Posted in 1, manga with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2010 by Pirate

A few days ago, I read the first two volumes of a mystery manga called Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning. I mainly read it because its illustrated by the artist who drew the manga series Records of a Fallen Vampire, which I like.

The manga is about a high schooler whose older brother goes missing while trying to find out about “The Blade Children”. Years later, the protagonist is still hoping for his brother to return. One day, a murder occurs at his school, and the Blade Children may be related!

The manga will bore anyone who wants fast paced action as opposed to mysteries where the main character actually thinks. This might be one of Yen Press’s best manga series, and if you like other detective manga like Case Closed or Zodiac P.I., then this will be your cup of tea.

I’ll definitely check out volume 3 soon enough.