Viz Media Sets Manga Monday Sales For May (PR)

Viz Media Sets Manga Monday Sales For May (PR) VIZ MEDIA OFFERS 40% OFF ON SELECT VOLUME 1 DIGITAL MANGA TITLES EVERY MONDAY IN MAY ON VIZMANGA.COM AND VIZ MANGA APP FOR iPAD, iPHONE AND iPOD TOUCH

Latest Digital Update For The First-Half Of May Also Features The Launch Of HIGH SCHOOL DEBUT, MISTRESS FORTUNE, SEIHO BOYS HIGH SCHOOL And EXCEL SAGA

Manga publisher VIZ Media encourages fans across North America to visit VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch every Monday throughout the first-half of May to take advantage of a special 40% off discount on select Volume 1 digital titles (Reg. MSRP: $4.99, Sale Price: $2.99). Five different opening volumes from various manga series will be offered each week, from the hit debuts of BLEACH and BAKUMAN。, to the non-stop action of DRAGON BALL Z and psychological tension of DEATH NOTE, to the romance of BLACK BIRD and DENGEKI DAISY.

Discount Manga Titles for May 7th Include:

  1. BAKUMAN。 Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘T’ for Teens
  2. DEATH NOTE Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
  3. DRAGON BALL Z Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘A’ for All Ages
  4. ROSARIO + VAMPIRE II Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
  5. TORIKO Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘T’ for Teens

Discount Manga Titles for May 14th Include:

  1. ABSOLUTE BOYFRIEND Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
  2. ARATA: THE LEGEND Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘T’ for Teens
  3. BLACK BIRD Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
  4. DENGEKI DAISY Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens
  5. HYDE & CLOSER Vol. 1 ·Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens

VIZ Media also delivers a substantial digital manga update during the first-half of May with the announcement of the launch of 4 new series. The new series include the romantic shojo fun of MISTRESS FORTUNE, HIGH SCHOOL DEBUT, and SEIHO BOYS HIGH SCHOOL, as well as the zany sci-fi comedy action of EXCEL SAGA.

The VIZ MANGA APP is available for free through the iTunes Store and all manga volumes are generally available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada within the application for $4.99 (U.S. / CAN) per volume. More than 55 series and 500+ volumes are currently available for download.

MISTRESS FORTUNE · by Arina Tanemura ·Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·

Available May 7th

Fourteen-year-old Kisaki Tachibana has psychic powers. She works for PSI, a secret government agency that fights aliens. She’s in love with her partner Giniro, but PSI won’t allow operatives to get involved. Just when Kisaki thinks she may be getting closer to Giniro, she finds out she’s going to be transferred to California!

HIGH SCHOOL DEBUT Vol. 1 · by Kazune Kawahara ·Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·

Available May 14th

Hapless Haruna needs help finding a boyfriend! After failing to win the eye of any guy in high school, Haruna enlists the help of cute upperclassman Yoh to coach her on how to make herself more appealing to the male species. Yoh agrees, with one catch: Haruna had better not fall for him!

SEIHO BOYS HIGH SCHOOL Vol. 1 · by Kaeneyoshi Izumi ·

Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Available May 14th

Remote, lonely and surrounded by the ocean – this isn’t Alcatraz we’re talking about – it’s Seiho Boys’ High School, where the student body is rife with sexually frustrated hunks! How can these young men get girlfriends when they’re stuck in the middle of nowhere? These are the stories of the students of Seiho High and the trouble they get into as they awkwardly pursue all girls who cross their paths.

EXCEL SAGA Vol. 1 · by Rikdo Koshi ·Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·

Available May 14th

Question: What happens when you try to act like an anime character in real life? Answer: EXCEL SAGA. Two groups of neighbors in an apartment building lead secret lives. One thinks they’re trying to take over the city of Fukuoka. The other thinks they’re trying to defend it. Only their bosses, would-be conqueror Lord Il Palazzo and obsessed bureaucrat Dr. Kabapu, know the truth behind this increasingly dangerous private game. Too bad neither lets their underlings in on it!

VIZ Media’s multiple digital manga platforms allow for universal access to read manga from an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and now, on VIZManga.com for desktop/laptop PC-enabled computers as well as Android-powered devices with built-in web browsers. The free VIZ Manga App is the top application for reading manga and features a rapidly growing library of the most popular manga series in the world. For more information, please visit VIZManga.com or http://www.VIZ.com/apps .

‘Norn9′ Anime Reveals Premiere Season, Additional Casting

‘Norn9′ Anime Reveals Premiere Season, Additional Casting While no firm date or networks have been revealed, the official site for Norn9: Norn+Nonet has announced that the show will be a part of the Winter 2016 anime season in January. Originally announced in March 2014 as getting the green light, we’ve had some casting previously and a good key visual to highlight the project. Now we’ve got some additional casting revealed as well. The series is from the game that came from Otomate which was released by Idea Factory back in 2013. The series is set to be directed by Takao Abo with series composition by Natsuko Takahashi. Yukari Takeuchi is taking on the duties of chief animation director and character designer. It’s being animated at Kinema Citrus x Orange.

Newly announced are:

  • Atsushi Abe as Sorata Suzuhara
  • Mitsuhiro Ichiki as Setsu Takishima
  • Kenji Hamada as Shiro Yuiga
  • Nagi Yanagi as Aion

The previously announced cast for it includes:

  • Koharu: Ayumi Fujimura (Ao no Exorcist)
  • Kakeru Yuiga: Yuuki Kaji (Nanatsu no Taizai)
  • Senri Ichinose: Hiro Shimono (Diamond no Ace)
  • Masamune Toya: Takuya Satou (Cardfight Vanguard)
  • Mikoto Kuga: Ayahi Takagaki (Akatsuki no Yona)
  • Natsuhiko Azuma: Daisuke Ono (Working!!!)
  • Sakuya Nijo: Mitsuki Saiga (Genshiken)
  • Itsuki Kagami: Kouji Yusa (Arcana Famiglia)
  • Nanami Shiranui: Asami Seto (Chihayafuru)
  • Akito Syukuri: Noriaki Sugiyama (Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (TV))
  • Ron Muroboshi: Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama)
  • Heishi Otomaru: Hiroyuki Yoshino (Sket Dance)

Plot concept: The story takes place a little in the future. Guided by one particular song, young elementary school student Suzuhara Sorata, from the Heisei Era, is warped through a time skip to an unfamiliar place that looks much like the towns from the Meiji or Taishou period from his textbooks. In this world, he meets three young ladies and nine young men and joins them on a journey aboard the mysterious Norn ship, a giant globe that floats in midair.

[Source: ANN ]

Diabolik Lovers Episode #05 Anime Review

Diabolik Lovers Episode #05 Anime Review

Diabolik Lovers Episode 5

And further down into despair Yui goes.

What They Say:
Kanato finds Yui in the rose garden as she tries to sort out the new information about who betrayed her and gave her up as a sacrifice. He beckons her to follow him so he may show off a graveyard containing the grave of his mother. Assuming he would like some time alone, Yui attempts to leave which only infuriates Kanato with misplaced anger. Reeling from this experience, Yui wanders through the estate, and becomes worried when she hears groans coming from Reiji’s room. Much to her folly, she enters the room to see if he needs help

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Yui’s descent into darkness continues to be intriguing to watch as we got some hints in the previous episode about what’s going on when it comes to the boys apparent father. Spending most of the episode with a couple of the guys toying with her in different ways follows some of the structure of what’s been established, but it allowed two very different types of young men to have their time with her, though it had an obvious focus on one more than the other. But in the end, it’s still all about Yui as she copes with what they bring to the table with her and seeing her reactions and attempts to hold firm against it has definitely bee interesting to watch.

Kanato had his part in the previous episode, but he was passed over as it went on, which was frustrating as I wanted to see more of him. He obviously has a particular look because of his youthful appearance and the teddy bear, but also because of the childish temper tantrums that he throws. That comes out here again as he pushes and pushes against Yui as she attempts to work in the rose garden, but his frustrations are what dominates here. He’s cruel in the way a child is, but swings back to calm and calculated in a way that’s just as disturbing to watch. While the other boys have a particular style about them as well, they also feel like they’re a little more knowledgeable about the real world. When Kanato goes to have a good bit off of her, he realizes that she requires a kiss before being rough with her, which is just creepy and alluring at the same time.

While Kanato gets to have some good screen time here, we also get some very interesting moments with Reiji later on when Yui makes her way back inside and ends up, in her own way, disturbing him. He’s been the most understanding of her situation overall, but that’s not saying a whole lot. So when pushed, we see that he’s just the same as the others, especially since she has such a particular taste that has drawn pretty much all the other young men in the house to her already. He’s not exactly more respectful here, but he’s less cruel and demeaning than the others are, at least until she starts to push back. Of all the ones she’s had to deal with, it’s amusing that the one that is in his own way trying to be nice is the one that gets her attempt at fighting back against.

In Summary:
Though we don’t get much in the way of new revelations here, there are a few teases that draw us in more and more, especially with Reiji. The focus on him and Kanato works well in giving us contrasts as to who they are while dealing with the same thing, i.e. Yui. She’s continuing to cope as best as she can but there’s not much in the way of hope for her, even if Reiji seems like he might stand and buck the trend a bit. Kanato is the winner here for me as he gets to be truly creepy and disturbing with his style of feeding on Yui, though Reiji isn’t that far behind since he takes a very different approach than most of the others. The series continues to feel like it’s playing by the script in a predictable way most of the time, but there’s still that edge of a feeling that there’s a twist on its way.

Grade: B+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Apple TV via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

Crunchyroll Adds ‘Urawa no Usagi-chan’ For Spring 2015 Anime Lineup

Crunchyroll Adds ‘Urawa no Usagi-chan’ For Spring 2015 Anime Lineup Add another series to the spring 2015 lineup from Crunchyroll as the company has picked up the streaming rights for Urawa no Usagi-chan, a new five minute episode series. THe show is set to debut on April 9th, 2015 at 1:30pm ET for premium members and a week later for free members. Availability is strong as it’s open to members worldwide outside of Asia.

The series is directed by Mitsuyuki Ishibashi based on series composition by Yuuichirou Hahamura and character designs by Shintarou Matsushima. It’s being animated at A-Real and is an original work that’s not based on a pre-existing property.

The cast includes Asami Seto as Usagi Takasago, Hisako Tojo as Midori Saido, Keiko Watanabe as Minami Oyaba, Miyu Kubota as Kojika Bessho, Nao Tamura as Misono Mimuro, Rumi Ookubo as Saiko Numakage, Satomi Akesaka Tokiwa Kamikizaki, and Yo Taichi as Sakura Tajima.

Plot concept: Urawa no Usagi-chan features 8 anthropomorphic girls representing the stations in Saitama prefecture, that all have “urawa” in their names. To keep with the local spirit, all of the voice actresses for the show are from Saitama as well. Urawa no Usagi-chan focuses on the daily lives of these 8 high school girls.

Project-H Books Acquires ‘Nametate Apple Pie’ Hentai Manga License

Project-H Books Acquires ‘Nametate Apple Pie’ Hentai Manga License Project-H Books has announced a new license to add to their growing line of books with Ashita Morimi’s title Nametate Apple Pie, which was originally compiled for release in Japan in 2012. The book, which is yet to have an official English language title, is more of the slapstick style comedy and is set for both print and digital availability when it debuts in January 2015.

It’s a hilarious slapstick oneshot comedy. From the cover, it looks like a yuri manga .. but it’s not. There’s lots of tongue action, from start to finish. It’s some-what censored but most are cleverly hidden behind speech bubbles and artistic-sfx’s. If you are looking for a BUWAHAHAHA kind of manga- this is for you! We’ll see you in January 2015!

Plot concept: *Schliiiick*Schliiiiiick* His name is Kaito. He’s a name-shi 舐師 (a tongue therapy master) His profession is to lick. What does he lick, you ask? He licks and licks girls’ body parts. His tongue stimulates girls’ body and corrects postures and gives beautiful shiny skin! *pika!* Yeah- who needs an acupuncturist!? Every idol begs to be licked by Kaito. But wait- when he re-unites with his childhood crush.. could he be one lick away from mixing business with pleasure…!? Hmm…

Neo Angelique Abyss Complete Collection Anime DVD Review

Neo Angelique Abyss Complete Collection Anime DVD Review The fate of the world is in the hands of one young woman and her handsome companions, but with secrets abounding what price is going to be required of them to save it?

What They Say:
Arcadia was once a beautiful world. Now it is a land under siege. Against the horrifying creatures known as Thanatos, there is only one known defense: Purifiers, rare humans gifted with the ability to exterminate the life-draining monsters. But Purifiers are few and the Thanatos are multiplying, so when the mysterious Nyx discovers 16-year-old Angelique, he becomes doubly committed to recruiting her for the team of Purifiers he is organizing. Not only is Angelique a Purifier, she’s the first female Purifier in recorded history. Moreover, there is an ancient prophecy Nyx is aware of: one of a woman with special powers, the “Queen’s Egg,” whose future will be inextricably tied to the fate of Arcadia!

The Review:
Audio:
Neo Angelique is one of the titles that was picked up and produced by Section 23 that was released with just its original Japanese language dub. To that end the only language track available is the 2.0 Japanese track. The track is a fair one which splits the dialogue and effects between the front speakers and also provides directionality when required. It isn’t going to knock anyone’s socks off but it is a competent track with no dropouts or distortions noted during playback.

Video:
Originally airing during the 2008 television season Neo Angelique is presented in its original 1.78: aspect ratio and is presented with an anamorphic widescreen encode. For the show the producers chose to use some softer colors for the most part, giving the show a bit of a calming look. Sadly either through faults in its initial Japanese production or just the result of low budget DVD replication the video here is a rather sizeable mess. The problems are numerous and include lots of noise which creates trouble in motion scenes, some minor interlacing spots, ghosting, and some ugly jumping of the screen as well as blurring lines at times. Additionally, there is the presence of bleeding, banding, artifacting, dot crawl, jaggies, strong red blurring, aliasing, and some minor digitizing. From what looks to be the production side there also appears to be dirt in a scene and some of the CGI work looks off at times but it is hard to say how much of the video faults here belong to one category or the other.

Packaging:
The release contains five discs (two for each season and a separate disc for extras) in a Stackpak case where all the discs stack on a center spindle type holder. The front of the cover features Angelique in the center of the picture as she looks to be singing while she stands in front of a tree that is blooming in pink petals which also surround her. Above her is the series title while to the side of her there are some pastel purple bars and the series four main men are situated below her image. Angelique is again featured on the image on the spine, this time wearing a white dress and curled up with some yellow light radiating off her in the bottom of the cover while the title is presented in a classic looking font against the purple background at the top. The back of the cover features the copy, seven images from the series as well as the four men who play a slightly lesser role then the ones on the front.

Each of the four discs devoted to the series are presented with an image of one of the four leading men from the series getting their own disc featuring their image while the bonus disc features chibi characters of the extended cast standing about halfway on a purple circle that is around the hub. This circle is then surrounded by a white background on the rest of the disc that really helps the character images to stand out.

Menu:
The menus are a bit of a simple but satisfactory affair for this release as they use the original sets menus for the series discs. Each disc splits the screen with the image of one of the four main characters in the upper right of the screen against a white background (the characters match up with the characters pictured on the respective disc labels), with the first two discs devoting the color space for the options to a deep purple and the last two using a more purple, red and star dusk looking image. The first two discs use a clip of the first opening music while the second two discs do the same with the second series open as background music.

Given the series is available with only the one language track the only options available are the episode selections which are stacked in a staggered “step” like formation with the episode number listed before the title and the odd numbered discs have the option for the clean opening animation listed at the bottom of that screen. Which option is currently selected is indicated by a leaf image which changes colors when selected. The bonus Extras disc uses this same set up against a dark blue space looking pattern with Angelique being featured in the upper right corner. The menus are quick to respond to changes in selection and to implementing the selections when chosen.

Extras:
This release comes with all the extras from the individual set releases and there is a good deal of them, so many that the extras get their own disc. The first extras, Neo Angelique Theater and Second Age Theater are short little animation pieces that lovingly poke a little fun at the series. Another extra, the Multiple Love Endings features a character specific short bit of animation (some new, some stock) and presents what would be the ending routes for that character if this were a game rather than anime.

The next specials are rather linked in that they are actor focused- Omelet Rice Duel, Return to Neo Angelique Omelet Rice Duel, Sweets Duel ~ Pudding a la mode as different male members of the cast get together and have a cooking show type face off which allows for them to play a bit more. Finally my favorite extra, the Arcadia Carnival Special Drama where the cast went out to special promo events and read certain scenes live, then read scenes again with a different (and often hilariously wrong for the scene) character substituted in place of one originally there. I love watching actors play with characters and this extra provides that opportunity.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Neo Angelique Abyss is an anime spin off of the dating game series Angelique which is published by KOEI in Japan. This is mostly just background knowledge as the series does a fair job of explaining itself and standing on its own with the world it creates rather than relying on any game knowledge to enjoy it. In this world known as Arcadia the average person goes about their lives in the mostly middle ages like time period that the society exists in but the presence of some advance technology and left over artifacts suggest that there was a previous highly advanced society present that has fallen.

If the lack of technology was the lands greatest concern then the people would live in a good deal more peace but they are also plagued by the occasional appearance of strange monsters known as Thanatos that drain humans of their life energy. As with many cases in nature, when there is a disease, antibodies are developed, which in this case are people – almost completely men- who have the power to banish the creatures. These people are known as Purifiers and they are highly regarded though few in number and the number of Thanatos seem to be rising.

The world of Arcadia does provide some solace for its people as it has a legend- one day a woman will be born who will become the Queen’s Egg and who is destined to save the land from the evil that torments it. As the story opens it appears that the prophesized time may have come as stories of a young girl who has been rumored to posses power that even some of the stronger men who are Purifiers lack have begun to spread in a small village. These rumors reach the ear of the aristocratic Nyx, a Purifier who has been searching for the Queen’s Egg and has used his resources to try to help the people of the land combat the threat facing them and he sets off to verify their accuracy.

Nyx arrives at the school where the young lady named Angelique attends to find that she doesn’t believe she is the girl he is searching for or that the power she possesses is really that special. Nyx isn’t alone in his quest as he has already recruited a brilliant young man named Rayne to help him, whom Angelique encounters after he is wounded in a battle with some Thanatos. Angelique attempts to help him as she intends on being a doctor but when some Thanatos attack again she is forced to recognize the power she has as well its existence the responsibility it places on her.

As Angelique travels around the land helping others and helping fight Thanatos she encounters some other men who will join with the band Nyx is assembling- the always smiling but mysterious JD and the reserved former knight Hyuuga. With their fighting strength bolstered the group becomes dubbed “Orb Hunters” by an inquisitive journalist who hears about their attempt to cure the land of the plague that affects it. The Orb Hunter’s aren’t alone in this as, along with a branch of knights gifted with the abilities of being Purifiers, there is an organization known as the Artifact Foundation that is using science to try to bring peace to the people.

The problem is that each of these organizations may possess individuals who have motives of their own which will place Angelique in some odd situations. These perils won’t be helped in the least as her new companions each have some secrets of their own which may introduce even more trouble to the group and one secret may hold a key to a lock that will end the Orb Hunters.

Shattered and with a world in despair 6 months will pass in which the world slips further into darkness after a surprise revelation scatters the Orb Hunters. Will the Orb Hunters find the strength to fight this newest challenge in front of them. And when Angelique discovers the fate of the Queen’s Egg will she find she still has the determination to see her role through to the end or will the task be too much for the 16 year old girl’s shoulders to bear?

When it comes to anime series based off games the results can be hit or miss depending on how close the series sticks to the game as well as the fact that certain elements- enemy encounters for example- don’t translate well with a medium switch. For the most part Neo Angelique avoids many of the pitfalls but it can’t escape the problem that much of the familiarity a player has with certain characters comes from the amount of time spent with them, something that an animated series just can’t match in the same quantity.

This leads to a feeling that characters are getting shorted a bit as there is a rather sizable cast present here. The anime strives for a more neutral approach to the story which avoids settling on a particular character’s story path which gives every character a fair shake so no one’s favorite is left out but the reverse side of this is that no one character is allowed to outshine the others by too much. Part of this is made up for with the Love Endings extra, but a couple of minutes focus can’t cover the entire gap the neutral balance creates by itself.

Still, despite this flaw, the series brings in the fantasy/medieval/fallen society story setting that seems to have fallen out of favor among anime producers in a very competent, though not necessarily spectacular, way. The story does a nice job of presenting the love between characters and their impact on their world as well as establishing a consistent presentation of that world and filling it with some decent bits of wonder.

In Summary:
Neo Angelique is a series that manages to overcome many of the pitfalls that beset other game adaption anime and brings a tale of hope, love, loss and redemption to the table. While some maybe attracted (or repelled) from it based on its reverse harem setup the story manages for the most part to become more than just an average example of the genera and it has elements that likely will appeal to a broad spectrum of anime fans. While it has a few flaws (not the least of which is its shoddy encode) it still manages to bring a rather well crafted tale to the screen and it leaves me wishing that the original game series this is based off could find their way across the ocean.

Features:
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles, Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation, Neo Angelique Abyss Theater, Neo Angelique’s Multiple Love Endings, Neo Angelique Omelet Rice Duel Part 1, Arcadia Carnival Special Drama Part 1, Return to the Neo Angelique Omelet Rice, Duel Part 1, Neo Angelique Sweets Duel ~ Pudding a la Mode

Content Grade: B-
Audio Grade: B
Video Grade: D+
Packaging Grade: B
Menu Grade: B
Extras Grade: A+

Released By: Sentai Filmworks
Release Date: August 30th, 2011
MSRP: $59.98
Running Time: 650 Minutes
Video Encoding: 480i/p MPEG-2
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen

Review Equipment:
Samsung 50″ Plasma HDTV, Denon AVR-790 Receiver with 5.1 Sony Surround Sound Speakers, Sony PlayStation3 Blu-ray player via HDMI set to 1080.

Wakaba*Girl Episode #08 Anime Review

Wakaba*Girl Episode #08 Anime Review Culture festivals are hard work.

What They Say:
Wakaba looks like an elegant rich daughter, but she aspires to be like a trendy “gyaru”. Moeko is a pure, innocent and fairy-tale-like girl. Mao is capricious and behaves in her own way. Nao used to be an athletic type of girl, but has now become a fujoshi who loves boys love.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Having connected with the other girls a lot more during the summer break, the show shifts us back to school where Wakaba is excited about the next big rite of passage that she’s missed out on. Naturally, it’s one that almost any anime fan is overly familiar with as the cultural festival is coming up. For a sheltered girl like Wakaba, one who has a pretty serious curfew about her at that, this is something that could give her a bigger taste of freedom on top of what she’s already had. But it also offers up a lot of fun new experiences for her with her friends, which is something that she craves more than anything else when you get down to it.

With Mao writing the script for the play that the class is putting on for the cultural festival, there’s some fun stress going on there, especially as she goes on about the part for Moe. A lot of this is familiar stuff to be sure, though we always get someone working harder than everyone else and that falls to poor Mashiba – though you suspect she secretly enjoys it. Mashiba gets some decent attention here, especially as she asks the others to rate her, and getting into her head a bit with how she thinks is pretty fun. When she goes and struts her stuff and gets all confident you have to love it, though it doesn’t go quite as she’d hoped, resulting in her doing a much harder transformation that rightly freaks everyone out in a great way. Poor, poor, Mashiba.

In Summary:
Wakaba*Girl plays to some of the familiar line items that every cultural festival episode must have, but it manages to do it in a cute enough way because of the pacing and the characters as we know them. The show gives us some adorable moments for almost all of them, Wakaba more so at the end, but it gives a lot of its focus to Mashiba. She’s not exactly been under served in the series but she’s had less overall than the others. Here, she gets to have some real fun, often at her own expense, that makes you laugh – right through the credits with an ice water challenge.

Grade: B

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Apple TV via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.