The Law of Ueki

The Law of Ueki or in Japanese,Ueki no Hōsoku, is a Japanese anime series. Prior to being animated, the series was in the medium of manga that was illustrated and written by Tsubasa Fukuchi. The Law of Ueki manga series first appeared in the manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday back in 2002 and had its last appearance in 2005. A total of 16 tankōbon volumes were compiled and published by Shogakukan. The manga series was adapted into the anime medium was first aired on TV Tokyo on April 4, 2005. The anime series spanned 51 episodes and concluded the series on March 27, 2006. The producer of the anime series was Studio Deen.

Ueki sporting a big grin

Ueki sporting a big grin

The manga series was not limited to Japanese readers as the license to be distributed in the United States was bought by Viz Media and the license for the anime was bought by Geneon. In July 3, 2008, an announcement by Geneon Entertainment and Funimation Entertainment revealed that they were to distribute certain anime series into the United States and Law of Ueki was one of them but unfortunately, the titles did not receive success and the distributing rights expired. Despite this,     the North American audience was still able to see the series thanks to ImaginAsian TV that aired the series on 2007.

 

The plot of Law of Ueki begins in the Battle of the Supernatural Powers. It is a tournament which is held to determine the person who will take on the title of the next god of The Celestial World. There are exactly 100 candidates and each one is mandated to pick a junior high school student to be their champion and fight in the tournament for them. Every student picked is gifted a certain special power and is instructed to defeat all other fighters in the tournament. The one who wins and is titled the God Candidate will assume the role of The New God of Heaven while the student will get the Blank Zai which is a talent that can be anything that the student desires. This talent has caused most students to use the talent for their own selfish and greedy purposes while the protagonist, Kosuke Ueki, has decided to win it so that he could protect the power from those who sought to use it for bad reasons. Another interesting thing about the tournament is the one rule that prohibits the powered students from using their powers to harm people without powers as it will cause the loss of their talent. Defeating another powered student would lead to the winner to gain a new random talent.

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Evangelion

Probably one of the most iconic and memorable anime series of the nineties, Neon Genesis Evangelion is a Japanese anime series that is categorized to be in the genres of science fiction, mecha and dystopia. This beautifully drawn and hauntingly written series started to air in Japanese television screens in October 1995 and ended in March 1996. Lasting for 26 episodes, Neon Genesis Evangelion was the creation of the anime studio, Gainax. The person behind the series was Hideaki Anno who was both the director and writer of the whole anime. The initial cast included voice actors and singers Megumi Ogata who played as Shinji Ikari, Megumi Hayashibara acting as Rei Ayanami, and Yūko Miyamura who voiced for Asuka Soryu. Shiro Sagisu was the composer of the series’ musical score and his work was so good that his compositions topped the Oricon charts after their initial release.  The theme song of the series has continued to garner fame and recognition after still being memorable despite existing for several decades.  The franchise of Evangelion is also composed of a five-movie series named Rebuild of Evangelion, numerious spin-offs, a manga adaptation and video games.

The three EVA units

The three EVA units

The plot of the Evangelion series takes place in Tokyo in the future wherein which fifteen years has passed since the devastation of most parts of the world. The storyline revolves around Shinji, a seemingly average teen boy until he was drafted by the mysterious organization NERV. Tasked to control a titanic biological mecha called an Evangelion, he is set to fight against giant monsters that are known as Angels. The whole series is set on an exploration into the minds and feelings cof the pilots and crew of NERV while they struggle to stop the second occurrence of the world’s destruction.  Aside from robots and monsters, Evangelion also dwells into various symbols and themes from different religions which include Kabbalah,Christianity, Judaism, and Shintoism.

When it comes to success, the Evangelion series is considered to be one of the most critically acclaimed anime television series of the nineties. Evangelion is also known as an innovative inquiry and deconstruction of the redundant genre of mecha . The series continues to be iconic in the anime culture and has spawned the artistic and technical rebirth of the industry of Japanese anime.  The elements of the series still reside in the consciousness of the Japanese people as the characters, music, and certain scenes are still recognized even after decades. The controversy garnered by the animated series’ conclusion gave birth to two movies that had its own different endings. Up to now, the sales of the Evangelion’ films and other merchandise are still strong as it has reached records in sales in Japan and in the world. The revenue for all these were estimated to gross above 150 billion yen in the year of 2013.

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Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn

For the lovers of Gundam out there, one thing that you should add to your watch list is Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn or in Japanese, the Kidō Senshi Gandamu Yunikōn. It is primarily a novel that was written by famous Japanese author named Harutoshi Fukui. The events of the novel happen in the Universal Century timeframe. The appearance and overall design of the characters are done by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko. On the other hand, the design for the mobile suits and ships were penned by the ever so famous Hajime Katoki. Although starting of as a novel, the series eventually got a television screen treatment as it was set to appear for seven OVAs.

The Unicorn Gundam in Full-armor Mode

The Unicorn Gundam in Full-armor Mode

The plot of Mobile Suit gundam Unicorn starts at Universal Century 0001 which marked the birth of the human space colonies. In this revolutionary period, Laplace, a highly populated space colony, was bombed while a ceremony was being held that was meant to usher in the start of the Universal Century dating system. Along with countless people, the Prime Minister of the Federation was also killed while he was delivering his privileged speech.  Almost century has gone by in, UC 0096, and the main part of the story begins when sixteen years has passed since the conclusion of the One Year War and three years has also passed since the events of Mobile Suit Gundam: Char’s Counterattack. The plot is centered on an unspectacular boy named Banagher Links. He is an ordinary student studying in school found in a space colony. The normal everyday life of Banagher changed one day when fate has crossed his path with a peculiar and mysterious girl named Audrey Burne who plunges his life to coincide with gundam and its significance to a powerful and seemingly unknown item called “Laplace’s Box.”

The novel saw its animated adaptation in the spring of 2010. The first announcements of the anime series started in the June 2009 issue of the manga magazine in Japan named Gundam Ace.  The anime was set to be directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi and the writer for some of the screenplay was Yasuyuki Muto. When it came to the kick-ass designs of the mobile suits, the producers chose the same designer of the novel version for the anime adaptation. The gundam guru, Hajime Katoki designs the mechanical aspects of the series and he is assisted by seasoned designers  Junya Ishigaki and Mika Akitaka, and newbie Nobuhiko Genba. The designs by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko used for the characters in the novel were also brought into the series while the sounds score and musical aspect of the series was handled by byHiroyuki Sawano. The original plan was for the whole novel to be animated in six 50-minute OVAs but eventually Bandai had an announcement that an additional episode would be premiered to conclude the Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn series.

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Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection

Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection, known as Rurouni Kenshin: Seisōhen in Japan, is the second OVA series of the Rurouni Kenshin anime TV series, going about as its continuation. It was directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi and composed by Reiko Yoshida, and was released in Japan in 2001.

The OVA series is situated both throughout and after the timetable of the TV series and recounts Kenshin and Kaoru’s later days, much of which is not determined from the Rurouni Kenshin manga. It is for the most part told from the perspective of Kamiya Kaoru. The story takes after Himura Kenshin as he endeavors hunting down approaches to offer reparations for the individuals who kicked the bucket at his hands, while Kaoru holds up for Kenshin to return home. Kenshin’s activities, notwithstanding, estrange him from his antagonized child, Kenji.

Kenshin with his family, Kaoru and Kenji

Kenshin with his family, Kaoru and Kenji

Reflection was initially released in North America as Samurai X: Reflection while it was being licensed by ADV Films. Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection is presently as of now licensed by Aniplex of America for English-language releases. Reflection was released in the United States by ADV Films on DVD on March 25, 2003, while a Director’s Cut release was later released. Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection was released on Blu-ray Disk by Aniplex of America on September 21, 2011.

Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection has gained various responses upon its release. Pundits have commended the symbolization, activity and music of the series however they have scrutinized its story and character development.

Dissimilar to the initial 4-part OVA series which was a prequel to the TV series (and was tended to in flashbacks throughout the manga), Reflection is situated to some extent on the last bend of the manga, normally called the “Reprisal” circular segment. It trails the Kyoto curve that finished in volume 18 which included Shishio Makoto and the Juppongatana. In this sense, the OVA adjustments are the converse of the manga in light of the fact that the manga told the prequel as a flashback in the last curve continuously, however the OVAs tell the prequel progressively and the last bend as a flashback.

In the manga, the prequel flashback occurred amidst experiences with “The Six Comrades”. It starts in volumes 18 and closures with the manga at volume 28. The prequel with Tomoe was focused around the 14-part “Recognition” (which ran somewhere around 165 and 179) in volumes 19-21. It is key to comprehension the last bend, and in this way the first Ovas are crucial (much as the TV series seems to be) to comprehension Ovas 5 and 6 which form Reflection, for the individuals who have not perused the manga.

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Doraemon

Undoubtedly one of the most famous and iconic anime characters of all time, Doraemon hails as an anime icon all throughout the world.  The big blue ball-shaping-headed dude first appeared in manga form which was created by Fujiko Fujio. The manga series eventually saw an adaptation in the anime world. In order to satiate curiosity, the name “Doraemon” has a rough translation that means “stray.” The name is derived from two Japanese scripts, “dora” which can be attributed to a stray cat while “emon” comes from the names of males which was really evident before but not as much now. When you combine the meaning of the name you are given a brief summary of the whole series which revolves around a robot cat (yes he is a cat) called Doreamon who came from the future to help a young kid named Nobita Nobi.

 

Doraemon first made his appearance in December 1969 when the series was published in 6 various magazines, all at the same time. The manga series spawned 1,344 stories and they were published by Shogakukan under the Tentōmushi manga brand. Consisting of 45 volumes, the entire manga series is compiled in the Takoaka central Library in Toama, Japan which is interestingly, the creator, Fujiko Fujio’s hometown. The manga series was considered to be a resounding success as it has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide as it secured its place as one of the best-selling manga in the world. Eventually the blue robot cat saw his tv appearance as Turner broadcasting system purchased the rights to the anime series of Doraemon.

Doraemon and the gang

Doraemon and the gang

Almost all of the episodes of Doraemon are comedic in nature but they also have significant learning about certain values like, hard work, being honest, bravery and respecting others. Aside from this, Doraemon also tackles problems about the natural environment as some episodes feature animals that have lost their habitat. Other issues such as the warming of the global temperature, the plight of endangered species, blind deforestation, and world-wide pollution were also presented in the series. Doraemon is also an educator of history as some episodes dwell on dinosaurs, theories about the shape of the earth, the concept of wormhole travel, the famous tale of Gulliver and obviously, Japanese history.

It goes without saying that Doreamon was and still is a success as the animated series has received various awards such as the Japan Cartoonists Association Award for excellence in 1973, the first Shogakukan Manga Award for children’s manga in 1982, and the 1st Osamu Tezuka Culture Award in 1997. Aside from such awards, the Foreign Minsitry of Japan has actually given Doraemon the title of Japan’s first “anime ambassador.”

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Rave Master

Rave Master, titled Rave in Japan and likewise referred to there as The Groove Adventure Rave, is a Japanese manga series written and outlined by Hiro Mashima. The series takes after Haru Glory, a teen in a journey to discover the five bits of the consecrated stone Rave keeping in mind the end goal to bring peace to the world by crushing the criminal gathering Demon Card. Mashima made this series with the thought of going far and wide and was introduced with challenges in its serialization because of its extensive length.

In both Rave Master and his other manga Fairy Tail, Mashima needs to make equity win additionally make bookworms comprehend the lowlifess’ motivations to battle the principle character keeping in mind the end goal to make them more intricate characters.In a few cases, Mashima conceded having an inability to write as he didn’t arrange the capacities of specific characters with a few book lovers alluding to the Dark Brings as “excessively advantageous.” The hero, Haru, was composed preceding creating the story as he was a male character Mashima constantly needed to draw. His sidekick, Plue, was likewise outlined much prior when he was in secondary school. Plue was given his own particular sidestory much incredibly as a result of the amusing searching characters intended for a shonen magazine.

The series was adjusted into a fifty-one scene anime series, entitled Groove Adventure Rave, by Studio Deen.it was guided by Takashi Watanabe and the music was made by Kenji Kawai. The anime debuted on TBS on October 13, 2001 and ran until September 28, 2002. The anime series is focused around the initial twelve volumes of the manga series. The series was likewise gathered in an aggregate of seventeen DVD volumes between February 6, 2002 and June 4, 2003.

Haru and his sidekicks

Haru and his sidekicks

Tokyopop licensed the series for release and broadcast in North America as with the manga, Tokyopop released the series under the name Rave Master. Tokyopop altered the series for substance and length, enlisted Rita Majkut to deliver the English language form, which was recorded at Bill & Ted’s Recording Studio in Burbank, and contracted Glenn Scott Lacey to make an exchange musical score. The ADR scholar was Bob Buchholz, and Marc Handler was the voice executive for the greater part of the scenes. The heading performers for the English language variant were Yuri Lowenthal, Doug Erholtz, Michelle Ruff, Tom Kenny, and Mona Marshall. The English named adaptation circulated on Cartoon Network in the United States, debuting in June 2004, as a major aspect of the Toonami programming piece. The series’ second half debuted on January 22, 2005. Syfy had started airing the named scenes on March 16, 2009 as a component of its “Ani-Monday” programming square and completed on September 21, 2009.tokyopop released three DVD volumes of the series and in 2010 it gathered the whole series.

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Eureka Seven

The mecha genre is really popular in Japanese animation and Eureka Seven, which is called Psalms of Planets Eureka seven in Japan, is an example of a great Japanese anime series. Created by Bones Studio, the series follows the life and adventures of Renton Thurston and the criminal gang Gekkostate, Renton’s association with the mysterious mecha pilot Eureka, and the enigmatic puzzle which are the Coralians. The animated series, Eureka Seven spans fifty episodes and it first debuted in April 17, 2005 and had its final episode airing at April 2, 2006. All of which were shown on the Mainichi Broadcasting System and Tokyo Broadcasting System networks. The majority of the series’ episodes are titled using actual songs that were composed by both international and Japanese musicians.

The characters of the series Eureka7

The characters of the series Eureka7

The plot of Eureka Seven revolves round Renton Thurston who is an average 14 year old kid who whose father, Adrock Thurston, was a scientific researcher that worked for the military and a hero that died saving the world. Renton lives the ordinary life laced with boredom together with his granddad in a sleepy old town. For fun, the boy enjoys lifting, a sport that is kind of like surfing but it is instead done in the air thanks to a thing called the trapar. It is a substance that exists in abundance in the air and is used as a medium for lifting. Bored by his everyday life, Renton aspires to be part of the criminal group, Gekkostate, which is led by Holland the legendary lifter whom the boy idolizes. Eventually a chance to join the group pops up when a giant mecha named, the Nirvash type ZERO, appears out of nowhere. The huge robot was being piloted by Eureka which was also a  part of the Gekkkostate and she suddenly shows up at Renton’s room. The boy’s life is then forever changed as his fate has intertwined with the powerful robot and the mysterious Eureka that pilots it and little did Renton know that the fate of the world was also connected in his adventure.

Aside from anime, Eureka Seven has also seen other mediums such as the three video games that were created by Bandai. 2 out of the 3 games revolve around the period of time before the plot of the series whilst the last one was about the first half the series. Aside from games, the stories from the anime series and the video games found new adaptations in paper as they were also adapted into manga. Despite being essentially similar, the manga has a different ending as compared to the series.

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Fairy Tail

Fairy Tail is known to be a Japanese manga series created by Hiro Mashima. Since August 2, 2006, Weekly Shonen Magazine has been publishing the series with the help of Kodansha. He has published 43 tankobon volumes where every individual chapters are published in. Their very first release of the first volume was last December 15, 2006. Having 43 volumes released, the magazined released the 43rd volume last May 16, 2014. Fairy Tail explores the life of a teenage wizard named Lucy Heartfile as she joins the titular wizards’ guild with Natsu Dragneel as they search for the dragon igneel.

In the world of Fairy Tail, there are different kinds of races, which includes human beings, exceeds, dragons, celestial spirits, and giant beasts. Furthermore, they have a vast peninsula called earth-land, which is divided into then different countries, which are the Fiore Kingdom, Seven , Bosco, Iceberg, Minstrel, Midi, Desierto, Joya, Bellum, and the Pergrande Kingdom. At the same time, they also have two different island called Sin and Caelum.

Natsu and the gang

Natsu and the gang

Being a huge hit, the story of fairy tail is made into an anime series that started brodcasting in japan in the year 2009. A-1 Pictures and Satelight, being the producers of the anime series, promoted six original video animations. At the same time, they made an animated film of Fairy Tail called “Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess”. Despite the success of the series, the series ended last March 30 in the year 2013. Although, Mashima released a statement in Twitter last March 4, saying that the anime has not reach its ending. After a couple of months, the anime series started airing again on the 4th of April 2014 in TV Tokyo having a title of Fairy Tail Best!. With its success, Mashima gave another statement that there will be a sequel for the anime series. In the following year, TV Tokyo aired the premiere of the sequel of the anime series.

In North America, Del Ray Manga was able to get a license for an English language release for the anime series. The individual volumes started to get released last March 25, 2008 yet the license ended last September 2010, only having 12 volumes released. Although, Kodansha Comics USA licensed the anime series again last December 2010 from Del Ray Manga so the anime series began to continue airing in the North America again. At the same time, another English version of the series was release in southeast Asia, which lasted for three seasons from 2010-2013. Funimation Entertainment licensed the anime or another English language release in North America.

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