Monday, December 26, 2011

Beruzebabu [beelzebub]

Beelzebub (べるぜバブ Beruzebabu?) is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Ryūhei Tamura that serializes in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jumpmagazine. Beelzebub was first published as a one-shot by Tamura in Weekly Shōnen Jump's 2008 volume 37-38, where it won the fourth Gold Future Cup,[1] then it was serialized on the same magazine starting in its thirteenth volume in 2009. An OVA produced by Pierrot+ was shown during the Jump Super Anime Tour in October 2010,[2][3] followed by a TV anime series which began airing in Japan on January 9, 2011.[4]


The story follows the "strongest juvenile delinquent," Oga Tatsumi, who is a first year in "Ishiyama High," a school for delinquents. The story starts as he is telling the story of how he found the baby to his best friend Furuichi Takayuki. One day while doing laundry by the river (actually, taking revenge on people trying to kill him in his sleep), he sees a man floating down it. He pulls him to shore and it splits in half which reveals a baby boy inside. This boy is the son of the great demon king and he has been chosen as the one to raise it with the baby's maid Hilda. The story follows his life with the child and at the delinquent school. The early chapters of the manga follow Oga as he attempts to 'pass on' Baby Beel to other students at Ishiyama, (The theory is that if Oga can find someone more evil and stronger than him, Baby Beel will attach to that person instead of Oga), and he eventually meets the Touhoushinki (Ishiyama's strongest four).He first meets Hajime Kanzaki, the first of the Touhoushinki and the closest to dominating the school. After defeating Kanzaki, Oga, who was originally impressed by his attitude, was found to be even more appealing to Beel.

A while after, Oga discovered a symbol on the back of his right hand. Hilda explains that it is the fly king seal more commonly known as the zebub spell, the family crest of the royal family. The appearance of the seal means that he has officially made a contract with beel. She also explains that the more evil he is, the more complex the design of the seal will become. Oga attempts to prevent the seal from growing by preventing himself to get into fights, but eventually has to give up. This is due to Himekawa, the second of the Touhoushinki, capturing Hilda and Furuichi, so he infiltrated Himekawa's base and defeated him by using the zebub blast for the first time. The consequences of using it caused the crest to stretch across his arm, Hilda commented after looking at the crest that the amount of energy used that time would have driven a normal person mad.

A trip to the park caused a meeting with a girl called Aoi who was with her brother Kouta, Oga's first words "Please go out with me" created a misunderstanding which stayed within Aoi's heart. Oga told Beel to fight, possibly as a joke, but Kouta accepted the challenge and easily pushed Beel off a bench, it was this event sparked the rivalry between the two babies. A mother in the park eventually reports him to a police, but he defeated him easily after the policeman insulted Oga and Aoi. It is later revealed that Aoi, who was in disguise the whole time, is the leader of the Red tails and another member of the Touhoushinki.

Aoi, who was apparently away from school during the first two events, returned to school to defeat Oga, as she failed to find his name last time, to prevent him front causing any more trouble within the school. But on encounter, she realized that she had already met Oga, but not vice versa. After he dodged her attacks twice, he notices beel's interest in Aoi and so says"Please become this kid's mother"that causes another misunderstanding, when it was actually a request for her to replace him as a parent. The fight is postponed, and Hilda soon arrives to give beel's milk. The MK5, which returns later in the manga, make their debut in the story only to be defeated in a five panel pattern to be used again later in the story. After the fight beel senses something which turns out to be the last of the Toushinki, Toujou. Oga, however, did not notice.

Aoi sees Oga and Hilda's fight with MK5, and believes in the rumours that they are husband and wife. She is challenged by Hilda to a fight so she can test her ability, the fight ends quickly with Hilda deciding that Aoi wasn't on the same level as Oga. At the same time Oga was confronted by Chiaki and Nene. Two female students told Aoi that Oga had injured the two of them, which later turns out to be MK5.

Aoi fights Oga to avenge her two classmates, while Oga was assuming that she wanted to accept the role of becoming beel's parent. Nene, at the same time, woke up in the infirmary and goes to warn Aoi of MK5's trap, which turns out to be schemed by Miwa. MK5, however, prevents anyone from interupting Aoi and Oga's fight. Nene was about to get shot, but Natsume appeared and fought with MK5 to allow Nene to tell Aoi. She was unfortunately too late, as Aoi had already seemed to defeated Oga and was just in time for Miwa and Ikari to take over.

Oga suddenly gets back up and defeats Ikari and Miwa easily. It is then shown that Furuichi and Hilda have been watching the whole time. Oga, Furuichi, Hilda and baby Beel went to the beach in search for Toujou to hand baby Beel over to him, not knowing as this was a plot set by Kanzaki and Himekawa for both Toujou and Oga to crush each other. Aoi went to the beach as well to warn Oga about Toujou's strength. Oga and the gang had troubles searching for Toujou and were set in a wild goose chase. Oga decided to write a letter of challenge to Toujou and have

Aoi pass it to him. Aoi attempted to tear it but one of Toujou's henchmen found it. They were supposed to meet between the two rocks at 5 pm. Oga was confronted by the MK5 once again but Oga quickly defeated them and arrived late. Toujou left after crushing several motorcycle gangs which inspired Oga to find Toujou. Later, baby beel starts feeling sick. It appears he came down with a summer cold, Oga's tatoo myseteriously vanishes and later that night he disappears. Hilda kicks Oga out of his house and leaves to find help in the demon world. Oga goes off to find Beel, and eventually he runs into Tojou, who as it turns out has beel on his back. After a scuffle, Toujou comes out as the victor, and asks Oga to challenge him again sometime. Once Oga gets home, he is in a surprise to find Hilda there waiting for him, with a strange glob demon doctor known as Dr.Furucas and his assistand Lamia. Furucas reveals that the cold is actually beel's way of coping with a rise of his power, by keeping the energy within himself, and that he cut off the link between him and Oga to protect him. Lamia then injects Oga with a drug that allows him to reestablish the connection with beel. He then goes to confront tojou with the aid of the three other tohoshinki. Once he makes it to toujou, beel returns to normal and goes back to oga. Toujou and Oga then have one final duel in which Oga is victorious, but baby beel's influx of power causes him to destroy Ishiyama.


The manga series Beelzebub is written and illustrated by Ryūhei Tamura. The first chapter of

the manga was published in February 2009 in an issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump shōnen mangamagazine, and the succeeding chapters are serialized weekly. The first tankōbon volume was released by Shueisha on July 2, 2009;[5] as of May 2, 2011, fourteen volumes have been released.[6]


The TV anime premiered on January 9, 2011 on Yomiuri TV and other NNS stations. Crunchyroll will simulcast the series in North America and Europe two hours after airing.[7] However, some episodes were postponed and rescheduled following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[8] The television series uses six pieces of theme music, three openings and three endings. The first opening theme used between episodes 1 to 10 is "DaDaDa" (だだだ?) by Group Tamashii followed by the second opening theme, used from episode 11 to episode 23, is "The First Goodbye" (始まるのは, サヨナラHajimaru no wa, Sayonara?) by On/Off followed by the third opening theme used from episode 24 to 35 is Hey!!! by Flow and the fourth opening theme "Baby U" by MBLAQ. The first ending theme used for episodes 1-10 is "Answer" by no3b, while the second theme, used from episode 11 to episode 23 is "Show of Courage" (つよがり Tsuyogari?) by Shoko Nakagawa and the third ending theme is "Seven Colors☆Tears" (なないろ☆ナミダ| Nanairo☆Namida) by Tomato n' Pine which is used from episode 24 onwards.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Zonbi Rōn [zombie-loan]

Zombie-Loan (ゾンビローン Zonbi Rōn?) is a Japanese manga series created by Peach-Pit: Banri Sendo and Shibuko Ebara. It is published by Square Enixand is serialized in the Japanese shōnen manga magazine GFantasy. The series is licensed in the United States by Yen Press.

An anime adaptation produced by Xebec M2 was announced and started broadcast on the Japanese network TV Asahi on July 3, 2007. It contained a total of eleven episodes, with the final broadcast on September 11, 2007.[1] Subsequent episodes 12 and 13 were released as part of the seventh volume of the DVD release in April 2008, but no official word for television broadcast has been made.[2]


Michiru Kita is a special girl who possesses Shinigami Eyes, a power which allows her to see a person's nearness to their destined death by seeing a ring, invisible to normal people, around the person's neck. When a person is marked to die, a gray ring appears, which darkens over time. Once the ring turns completely black, the person dies. Chika Akatsuki and Shito Tachibana, two boys in her class, both have black rings around their necks, but to her surprise, they are not yet dead. It is revealed that after a tragic accident that was supposed to kill them both, the two boys made a deal with a secret loan office called the Zombie-Loan. In return for keeping them alive, the two have to hunt zombies for the loan office. When Michiru gets involved with them, she finds that her life has just become more complicated. After hunting Zombies in an episodic fashion, Chika and Shito defect from Zombie Loan and head to China in an attempt to save Shito's mother from the Xu-Fu. However, the Xu-Fu captures Shito and attempts to use his body as a vessel for Lao Ye, the leader of the Xu-Fu. Lao Ye is eventually defeated and Chika and Shito return to Zombie Loan.

Soon after, Ferryman begins to delete zombies for the sake of the Akashic records and has targeted the Zombie Loan.


The Zombie-Loan manga created by the Peach-Pit duo, Banri Sendo and Shibuko Ebara, was first published in May 2003. It is published by Enix and is serialized in the Japanese shōnen manga magazine GFantasy. The thirteenth and final volume was released in April 2011.[3] The manga is currently being released in North America by Yen Press.


An anime adaptation produced by Xebec M2 was announced and started broadcast on the Japanese network TV Asahi on July 3, 2007. The Zombie-Loananime series which soundtrack was composed by Hiroyuki Sawano first aired on TV Asahi on July 3, 2007, airing Tuesdays at 13:40 in Japan. The anime series is currently unlicensed in America. A total of 11 episodes aired with the final episode airing on September 11, 2007.[1] Subsequent episodes 12 and 13 were released on the seventh Region 2 DVD, but no official word for television broadcast has been made.[2] In them, a new story arc was started but not completed. The animation uses the opening Ōkami no Nodo (オオカミのノド?, lit. "Wolf's Throat") composed by Yusuke Chiba (チバユウスケ Chiba Yūsuke?)of the group The Birthday and the ending theme Chein Ringu (チェインリング?, "Chain Ring") composed by SatoChi (SATOち Satochi?) in the group Mucc.[4]


Monday, December 12, 2011

Deddoman Wandārando [deadman wonderland]

Deadman Wonderland
(デッドマンワンダーランド Deddoman Wandārando?) is a manga series written by Jinsei Kataoka and illustrated by Kazuma Kondou, who also wrote and illustrated the Eureka Seven manga, and published in Shōnen Ace since 2007. Tokyopop acquired the licensing rights to distribute the manga in English and has released the first volume on February 9, 2010.[1] An anime adaptation began airing in April 2011.

Plot summary

A massive earthquake ravaged Japan's mainland and destroyed most of Tokyo, sinking three-quarters of it into the ocean. Ten years later, the story shifts to Igarashi Ganta, a seemingly ordinary student attending Nagano Prefecture's middle school. An escapee, a survivor of the great earthquake, Ganta has no memories of the tragedy and has lived a normal life. This all changes when a strange person covered in blood and crimson armour floats through his classroom windows. Grinning madly, the Red Man massacres Ganta's entire class but instead of killing him, embeds a red crystal shard in Ganta's chest. Within days of the massacre, Ganta is declared the sole suspect and, following a quick trial, is sentenced to life imprisonment in Deadman Wonderland, a massive theme park like prison.

Arriving at the prison, Ganta is fitted with a special collar which monitors his location and life signs. Due to the heinous nature of Ganta's 'crime', he has to live out his imprisonment under Deadman Wonderland's 'Death Sentence'. A lethal poison is constantly injected into his bloodstream through the collar, but it can be neutralized by consuming a peculiar candy-like medicine every three days. Additional candy can be earned through hard work or by purchasing it. In order to gather Cast Points, the prison's currency, an inmate has to perform in the facility's lethal games and survive. Fortunately for Ganta, he is aided by a mysterious girl named Shiro, who apparently knows Ganta, and is known by other prisoners as well.

While trying to survive as an inmate on death row, Ganta becomes increasingly obsessed with the 'Red Man' and tries to find him so he could clear his name. In a bizarre twist, Ganta begins to develop the ability to manipulate his own blood, to the point of turning it into a weapon. Unbeknownst to him, Ganta has become one of the prison's 'Deadmen', a segregated group of prisoners possessing the Branches of Sin which makes them capable of controlling their blood. After his ability is discovered, Ganta is forced to participate in brutal gladiatorial death matches, known as Carnival Corpse, whose anonymous spectators pay large amounts of money to watch. In his struggle he manages to befriend some of those he fought off in the arena, and with their help Ganta continues his quest to uncover the identity of the Red Man, why he turned into a Deadman and the dark secrets the prison authorities are hiding.


Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? [is this a zombie?]

Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?
(これはゾンビですか? Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka??, lit. Is this a Zombie?) is a Japanese light novel series by Shinichi Kimura, with illustrations by Kobuichi and Muririn. The series' title is officially abbreviated as Korezom (これゾン Korezon?).[1] As of January 2011, seven volumes have been published by Fujimi Shobo under their Fujimi Fantasia Bunko label. There are currently three different manga adaptations based on the universe ofKore wa Zombie Desu ka? being serialized. An anime adaptation produced by Studio Deen aired in Japan between January 11, 2011 and March 31, 2011.[2]


Ayumu Aikawa is a zombie resurrected by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe after being killed by a serial killer. As he tries to make the best of his undead life, he encounters a Masō-Shōjo named Haruna and inadvertently takes her magic powers, being forced to become a Masō-Shōjo in the process. With Eucliwood, Haruna, and a vampire ninja named Seraphim living with him, Ayumu helps battle demons known as Megalos while trying to figure out the mystery behind his own death.


A manga adaptation by Sacchi started serialization in the shōnen manga magazine Monthly Dragon Age on January 9, 2010. The first bound volume was released by Kadokawa Shoten on August 9, 2010,[17] with three volumes currently available in Japan as of July 9, 2011 under their Dragon Jr. imprint. A 4-koma adaptation called Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yes, It's 4-koma Flavor. (これはゾンビですか? はい、4コマ風味です。 Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Hai, Yonkoma Fūmi Desu.?), illustrated by Mūpa, and a third manga adaptation named Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Yes, I'm your Wife. (これはゾンビですか? はい、アナタの嫁です。 Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Hai, Anata no Yome desu.?), illustrated by Ryō Hasemi, are also being serialized in Monthly Dragon Age.[5] The manga is licensed in North America by Yen Press, and will release the first volume in March 2012.[18]


An anime adaptation of Kore wa Zombie Desu ka?, first announced on May 17, 2010,[2] was produced by Studio Deen and aired 12 episodes on TV Saitama, Chiba TV, and Sun TV from January 10 to April 4, 2011, with subsequent broadcasts on Gifu Broadcasting System, Inc., KBS Kyoto, Mie TV, Tokyo MX, TV Kanagawa, TVQ, Nico Nico Channel, and AT-X. Episodes 10 and later were pushed back a week due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[23][24] The series was also simulcast by Crunchyroll on their streaming site.[25] An OVA 13th episode was released on DVD with the eighth light novel on June 10, 2011.[7] The anime is licensed in North America by Funimation Entertainment under the title Is This A Zombie?, and will release the series in 2012.[26]

A second anime season, tentatively titled Kore wa Zombie Desu ka? Hell Arc (これはゾンビですか?地獄変 Kore wa Zonbi Desu ka? Jigoku Hen?), has been confirmed in the July issue of Monthly Dragon Age, and it is set to air in April 2012.[27][28]

The opening theme is "Leave-It-To-Me Tonight" (魔・カ・セ・テ Tonight Ma-Ka-Se-Te Tonight?) by Iori Nomizu while the ending theme is "Realize, Mr. Zombie, I am your Classmate" (気づいてゾンビさま、私はクラスメイトです Kizuite Zonbi-sama, Watashi wa Kurasumeito Desu?) by Rie Yamaguchi with Manzo.

When Iori Nomizu was asked which part of her was similar to Haruna, the character she was voicing, she stated that she and Haruna were both very energetic.[29]