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It was new comic book day yesterday. What stood out for everyone?

Around the Tubes

The New York Tinmes – A New Superhero Arrives to Protect the Powerless – It’s tricky.

ICv2 – Another Strong Season for Game Sales – Good news!

CBLDF – UK Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Illegal Manga – Hrm.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – Arkham Manor #1

Comic Vine – AXIS: Hobgoblin #1

Comic Vine – Catwoman #35

Comic Vine – Deathstroke #1

CBR – Edward Scissorhands #1

Comic Vine – Goners #1

Comic Vine – The Multiversity: The Just #1

Comic Vine – The Multiversity: The Just #1

Comic Vine – Red Lanterns #35

Comicsgirl – Skandalon

Comic Vine – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters #1

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Viz Media Unleashes the Terrifying Resident Evil Manga Series

VIZ Media gives gamers and action fans a special FREE sneak preview of its forthcoming Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire manga series as part of the company’s participation in 2014 Halloween ComicFest.

The terrifying 5-volume apocalyptic action thriller was created by Naoki Serizawa and serves as a prequel to the storyline of CAPCOM’s bestselling Resident Evil 6. The manga series is rated ‘M’ for Mature Readers and will launch on November 18th under the VIZ Signature imprint. Resident Evil: The Marhawa Desire Vol. 1 will carry a print MSRP of $12.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN.

Held each year, Halloween ComicFest is celebrated at scores of comic shops and retailers nationwide on the Saturday before Halloween. On this day, participating shops offer fans and visitors a special FREE Halloween ComicFest sampler filled with previews of scores of exciting upcoming titles.

The highly virulent C-virus became a global disaster, but where did the outbreak start? In the series’ opening volume, at the prestigious and elite Marhawa Academy in Singapore, a female student suffers a horrifying transformation. Called in to investigate, Professor Doug Wright and his nephew Ricky find themselves caught up in a deadly and growing tragedy. As things get rapidly out of hand, Chris Redfield and his team from the Bioterrorism Security Assessment Alliance arrive on the scene, while behind it all a mysterious figure looms.

Since the landmark release of Resident Evil in 1996, the CAPCOM franchise has firmly established itself as a truly worldwide entertainment brand and mainstay of contemporary culture with a series of live action movies, CG anime, manga, novels and numerous merchandising lines. To date the Resident Evil series of videogames has achieved global sales of over 50 million units, while the live action movies starring Milla Jovovich have grossed in excess of $525 million dollars at the box office.



Viz Announces New Shojo Series Honey Blood & Black Bird Box Set

HoneyBlood_GN01VIZ Media opens Fall with a fiery mixture of bloodthirsty romance and supernatural intrigue in Miko Mitsuki’s shojo manga series – Honey Blood. Set for release under the Shojo Beat imprint, Volume 1 of the 3-part series launches on October 7th and is rated ‘T’ for Teens. Print volumes each carry an MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN.

In the opening volume, everyone is on edge when a girl at Hinata Sorazono’s school is attacked by what seems to be a bloodsucking vampire. Hinata refuses to believe that vampires even exist, but then she meets her new neighbor, Junya Tokinaga, the author of an incredibly popular vampire romance novel. Dressed in a kimono with an old-world air about him, Junya has a taste of Hinata’s blood and tells her it’s sweet… Hinata can’t help but be drawn to Junya, but could it be that he’s actually a vampire—and worse yet, the culprit behind the attacks?

On October 21st Viz releases the manga (graphic novel) box set for creator Kanoko Sakurakoji’s hit supernatural fantasy series, Black Bird.

BlackBird_BoxSet-3DThe Black Bird Complete Box Set features the entire series run of 18 volumes and will be released under the Shojo Beat imprint. The set is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and will carry an MSRP of $149.99 U.S. / CAN. With an exclusive bonus premium art book and substantial savings over buying the individual volumes, the Black Bird box set will make a notable addition to any fan’s manga collection.

In Black Bird, there is a world of myth and magic that intersects ours, and only a special few can see it. Misao Harada is one such person, and she wants nothing to do with magical realms. She just wants to have a normal high school life and maybe get a boyfriend. But she is the bride of demon prophecy, and her blood grants incredible powers, her flesh immortality. Now the demon realm is fighting over the right to her hand…or her life!

Viz Announces Vampire Knight Manga Series Finale & Special Edition

VIZ Media delivers the stunning climax to Matsuri Hino’s epic Vampire Knight series with the release of the finale, Volume 19, on October 14th.

The final volume will be available in a special Limited Edition featuring an alternate cover and a hardcover mini art book. The standard edition volume will be available in print and digitally.

VIZ Media will further thrill readers with the release of the Vampire Knight “Night Class” Manga Box Set 2 on November 4th, the second Vampire Knight Box Set with volumes 11-19 to complete the series.

On December 2nd, the Vampire Knight: Fleeting Dreams novel will be released in print and digitally, housing a collection of prose short stories never before released in English. Also being released on that date will be the digital exclusive, Vampire Knight: Life, a special new manga chapter by Matsuri Hino!

Digital versions of Vampire Knight Vol. 19 will be available for $6.99 (USD/CAN) and VAMPIRE KNIGHT: FLEETING DREAMS for $10.99 (USD/CAN) on the same day of their respective print releases from VIZManga.com and through the VIZ MANGA App.

In Matsuri Hino’s acclaimed series, the foreboding Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy’s dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!

VAMPIRE KNIGHT Vol. 19 Limited Edition

Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $15.99 U.S. / $18.99 CAN · Available October 14th!

Savor the tense finale to Matsuri Hino’s acclaimed paranormal series in a limited edition featuring an exclusive alternate cover and a mini hardcover 42-page art book.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT Vol. 19 Standard Edition

Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN / $6.99 Digital · Available October 14th!

In the concluding volume to the series, Kaname vows to sacrifice himself. But Yuki vows to sacrifice herself to stop him. Zero takes a weapon in hand to protect what is dear to him. Whether parted for eternity or close enough to touch, they each will always desire their beloved…


Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $89.99 U.S. / $99.99 CAN · Available November 4th!

Comprehensive manga box set features the second-half of the VAMPIRE KNIGHT manga series, Volumes 11-19, along with the hardcover 42-page art book. Set is contained in a gorgeously illustrated slipcase.


Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN / $10.99 Digital · Available December 2nd!

Fans will not want to miss this special collection of manga short created stories by Matsuri Hino and Ayuno Fujisaki based on VAMPIRE KNIGHT! Stories include “Deranged Love,” in which a dying Rido reflects on his obsessive love for Juri. Kaname seeks to reward Yuki for doing well on her studies with tutor Aido in “Gifts for Yuki.” The story of Sara’s first love is revealed in “Hidden Love.” In “Queen of the Abyss,” after Zero parts ways with Yuki and returns to being a vampire hunter, he encounters a vampire named Shien.

VAMPIRE KNIGHT: LIFE (Digital Release Only)

Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $2.99 U.S. / CAN · Available December 2nd!

In this exclusive digital manga chapter, Matsuri Hino returns to the events at the end of volume 19.

Manga creator Matsuri Hino burst onto the manga scene with her title Kono Yume ga Sametara (When This Dream Is Over), which was published in LaLa DX magazine. Hino is renowned as a highly talented artist with a distinctive style and became a published manga artist a mere  nine months after she decided to pursue it as a full-time career. With the success of her other popular series, CAPTIVE HEARTS and MERU PURI (both also published by VIZ Media), Hino has firmly established herself as a major force in the world of shojo manga.

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World Trigger Gets Printed as Graphic Novels

VIZ Media has announced the print and digital launch of creator Daisuke Ashihara’s thrilling sci-fi action manga series – World Trigger – in a dedicated graphic novel format on October 7th. The series is currently being serialized chapter-by-chapterSIMULTANEOUS to Japan in the pages of the digital anthology Weekly Shonen Jump. World Trigger will be published under the Shonen Jump imprint with the first two volumes releasing simultaneously on October 7th. New volumes are scheduled to be released bi-monthly.

Digital versions of World Trigger also will launch on the same day on VIZManga.com and through the VIZ Manga App.

Destroy thy Neighbor! Earth is under constant threat from Neighbors, invincible monsters from another dimension that destroy humanity’s way of life. At least there are the elite agents of Border, warriors who co-opt alien technology to fight back. Our hero Osamu Mikumo may not be the best agent, but along with his Neighbor friend Yuma, he’ll do whatever it takes to defend life on Earth as we know it.

In the series’ opening volume, when straight-laced Osamu meets a feisty humanoid Neighbor named Yuma, everything that he thinks is right is turned on its head. Can the two natural enemies ever become friends?

Things become tense and the action heats up in Volume 2. Osamu has protected the feisty Neighbor’s identity ever since they met, but he’s about to get a rude awakening when he discovers that Border has ways of sniffing out traitors in their midst.

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A New Winx Club Omnibus from Perfect Square

WinxClub_MagicCollection_3DVIZ Media brings the exciting fairy adventures of Winx Club to readers this month with Winx Club: Magic Collection, a brand new omnibus edition scheduled for release on September 16th that bundles all 9 full-color volumes of the hit original graphic novel series.

Winx Club: Magic Collection runs more than 800 full-color pages and will be published under VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint, is rated ‘A’ for All Ages, and will carry an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / CAN.

Winx Club is based on the smash hit property created by Iginio Straffi and inspired by the animated series that is widely seen on Nickelodeon Junior. The graphic novels follow the magical adventures of best friends – Bloom, Stella, Flora, Musa, Tecna and Aisha – who attend Alfea, a school for fairies in the amazing dimension of Magix. With powers drawn from sunlight, science, music, nature and flame, the girls learn together even as they regularly battle their rivals, a trio of witches known as The Trix.

Before Bloom became part of the Winx Club, she was living a normal teenager’s life. All that changed one day when she discovered she’s actually got magical powers! Between enrolling in Alfea School for Fairies and learning to control her newfound powers, Bloom’s life is anything but ordinary now. Luckily, she’s got special fairy friends who encourage and support her – and help fight against wicked villains!

Iginio Straffi is the founder and CEO of Rainbow Group, as well as creator of its most famous property, the Winx Club. Born and raised in Italy, Straffi initially began as a comic book artist for Italian publishers Comics Art and later Sergio Bonelli Editore, where he worked on the Nick Raider series. At the age of 27, he moved to France to work on production and storyboarding and went on to direct several animated TV series and feature films. Following that, he returned to Italy and founded the Rainbow Group animation studio. Winx Club debuted in 2004 and became a worldwide success, now broadcast in over 130 countries and available in all major markets in the U.S. on the Nickelodeon network.

Time Killers Manga Collection by the Creator of Blue Exorcist, Out Now!

VIZ Media, has delivered a noteworthy new manga title to fans with the release of Kazue Kato’s Time Killers. The manga was released on September 2nd.

The single-volume standalone collection of manga shorts from the creator of the bestselling Blue Exorcist manga series is published under the Shonen Jump imprint, is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens, and carries an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $17.99 CAN. Time Killers also features 13 pages of full-color artwork as well as a fold-out, full-color gatefold poster.

A digital version of Time Killers was launched digitally on September 2nd for $10.99 (USD/CAN) from VIZManga.com and through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, Android-powered smart phones, as well as through the store fronts for comiXology, Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks and GooglePlay.

Explore fantastic realms of imagination in this stunning collection of short stories by Kazue Kato. With her amazing and distinctive art leaping from the page, Time Killers includes Kato’s first work, Boku to Usagi (Me and the Rabbit), and also features the stories and character designs that would become her breakthrough series, Blue Exorcist. Take off on a flight of fantasy with Time Killers!

Manga creator, writer and illustrator Kazue Kato was born in Tokyo in 1980. In 2000, at the age of 19, she won the prestigious Tezuka Award for her work Boku to Usagi (Me and the Rabbit), which was published in Akamaru Jump. From 2005 to 2006 her series Robo to Usakichi, a sci-fi adventure featuring a rabbit (again!), was published in the monthly magazine Shonen Sirius (Kodansha). Her latest series, BLUE EXORCIST, began serialization in Japan Jump Square magazine in April of 2009 and is also published in North America by VIZ Media.


Viz Media Announces New Pokemon Manga Box Sets

VIZ Media delivers Pokemon fun and adventure to fans and readers of all ages as it prepares to release a pair of new manga box sets early next month along with a third box set scheduled to debut in early October.

The Pokemon Adventures Ruby & Sapphire Box Set and the Pokemon Black and White Box Set 2 are scheduled for release on September 2nd under the company’s Perfect Square imprint. A new Pokemon Adventures Diamond & Pearl/Platinum Box Set will be available on October 7th. Pokemon manga are rated ‘A’ for All Ages and each of the forthcoming sets also features a collectible full-color poster.


MSRP: $59.99 U.S. / $79.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages ·
Available Sept. 2nd

Ruby’s father Norman is the new Gym Leader of Petalburg City. But Ruby doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps – he wants to win Pokémon Contests! Sapphire’s father Professor Birch is the local Pokémon researcher. But Sapphire is tired of gathering scientific data – she wants to win Pokémon Battles! When Ruby and Sapphire meet, they’re more likely to hit each other than hit it off. But then Sapphire challenges Ruby to a competition! Which of them will achieve their dreams in just eighty days?! The box set contains the complete Ruby & Sapphire arc (Vols. 15-22) of the bestselling POKÉMON ADVENTURES series and a collectible color poster!


MSRP: $25.99 U.S. / $29.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages
Available Sept. 2nd 

His entire life, Black has dreamed of winning the Pokémon League! Now he embarks on a journey to explore the Unova region and fill a Pokédex for Professor Juniper. White has an exciting career as the Trainer of a talented troupe of performing Pokémon. She dreams of making her Tepig Gigi a star! Together, Black and White continue on their journey… What surprising new Pokémon – and people – will they meet along the way?! The manga set includes POKÉMON BLACK AND WHITE Volumes 9–14 and a collectible color poster!


MSRP: $89.99 U.S. / $115.99 CAN · Rated ‘A’ For All Ages ·
Available Oct. 7th 

The box set contains the complete Diamond & Pearl/Platinum story arc (Vols. 1-11) of the bestselling POKÉMON ADVENTURES series and a collectible color poster! Pokémon Trainers Pearl and Diamond are starstruck! Their goal? To perfect their Pokémon comedy act. So how do they wind up as bodyguards to a pampered little rich girl on a quest to reach the peak of Mt. Coronet? Thrills and laughs are guaranteed as the POKÉMON ADVENTURES series continues with POKÉMON DIAMOND & PEARL/PLATINUM.

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Otakon 2014: Second Time, And Still Overwhelmed

PIC_5336Thought it’s been going strong for 21 years, this was only my second attending Otakon which took place August 8-10 in Baltimore, Maryland. I made my way North to see if I can put what I learned after my first year to good use, i.e. be a bit more productive than last year. It was just me and over 30,000 individuals for the day.

Much like last year, you’re immediately hit by the shear amount of people attending as they flowed down the streets into the convention hall, many dressed in cosplay (and I think this is the most cosplay heavy show I attend easy year). This year was a bit different for me as well, since the Baltimore Orioles also had a game, adding those there to see baseball into the mix. Pretty much, downtown Baltimore was hopping.

Blocks away the crowds gathered in the scenic plazas and skywalks perfect for taking photos. The positive vibe filled the area as folks chatted costumes and what brought them to the show. What strikes me about this convention is it’s for fans, by fans. While many conventions are about the creators, publishers and product, this was all about the fans. This was truly a convention that celebrates fandom, exactly the otaku culture the convention is named after.

The convention was filled with dozens of events, official and unofficial. Video games, anime, photo shoots, workshops, autograph signings, art shows, music and more. I was again bombarded by geekdom, most of which I knew little to nothing about. I was absolutely out of my element. Would I go to panels this year (something I don’t do often enough at any convention)? Would I just check out all of the cosplay again? Should I play some games? Wander the floor? I know little about this culture, so I thought it best to again wander the floor, chatting folks up and seeing what I can learn. Though show is packed with panels, more than enough to keep one busy, but for me walking the floor, I was overwhelmed.

After picking up my pass from the press office (very professional and friendly) I made my way to the convention center. I’ve been to shows there before, but nothing like this. Where crowds have gathered for other conventions to get to the hall floor, instead was a mass of individuals celebrating each other’s cosplay, snapping photos in flashmob like opportunities. Again, I’ve seen cosplay, but nothing on this level or in one location. The costumes were so varied too. Anime, manga, comic books, movies, video games, television, cartoons, toys and more were represented by the fans and many of the costumes were amazing to look at.


I learned my lesson from last year at the different layout of this show than I’m used to. I headed straight to the dealer room, thinking I’d chat with folks working booths and checking out the cosplay on the way.

Just making that walk, one is bombarded by costumed individuals meeting with friends and showing off their creative talents. Out of all of the shows I attend, this one to me is the most focused on cosplay.

The dealer room was as big as other conventions I’ve been too, with an intelligent layout that allows you to wind your way up and down the aisles and space enough that you weren’t forced to squeeze your way through. The fact I was out of my element and comfort zone again became more apparent. I really know little about this world, having only read some manga and watched maybe a dozen anime movies. Comics, art, cosplay, prints, it was all there and the convention had something for everyone. I checked out the art showcase and auction and found beautiful works that I wish I could buy. And took a spin around Artist Alley, seeing the untapped talent that you can usually find in this area at conventions.

From there, I decided to check out the whole cosplay aspect of it all. I decided to seek out the crowds of folks gathering to snap photos, and the numerous professional photographers covering the convention and photographing the talent.

This is something I’ve never experienced, crowds of individuals lined up in a “U” shape waiting for folks to get together so that photos can be taken. It was really efficient, and fascinating to watch and be a part of. If only we could set this up for all cosplay photography.

After a few more hours of stumbling around, I decided to head home, planning out what I could do differently next year, and how to make it a more productive convention. But, most importantly I walked away wanting to find out more about this world. And that’s what struck me the most about Otakon. This is a show that’s truly about fandom, and all that’s positive about it. The kids attending (and it seemed to be a lot of kids) showed an excitement and level of enthusiasm that is missing from many other shows. They love what they love, and want to discuss it and share it with others.

I found that over and over from everyone I chatted with. When I was asked numerous times what I was there to check out, I couldn’t name anything other than the convention itself. When I was asked what anime, manga or cartoons I liked, I stumbled for an answer, saying I was a comic book fan. But instead of the conversation ending, I was engaged with enthusiasm and warmth that’s missing from so many jaded fans. They wanted to tell me what they enjoyed and why they enjoyed it. The fact that the people doing this were so young made me walk away with a positive vibe about the next generation of geekdom.

I had heard many stories about Otakon going into it, but coming out of it, sign me up for next year. I have many months to brush up on my manga and anime, so that next year I can hopefully share my enthusiasm with someone else.

Review: Fruits Basket

Fruits.Basket.full.224169 Shojo anime has a bad habit of being either really well done or just… Sort of cheesy bad. Furuba (Fruits Basket) falls somewhere in-between that line and I’m not really sure if that’s good or bad. I mean I certainly enjoyed the show growing up and that hasn’t really changed since last I watched it, but I feel like I don’t enjoy it to the same extent. At the time it had a relatively refreshing plot line when it was released and I was new to the whole anime scene as well. I have fond memories of it but I also realize its faults as a story, though at the same time I’m amazed at how many tough topics it spoke on. From parent loss to child abuse it covered a lot of tentative subjects that many writers still have trouble bringing up. It also was subject to one of the better anime adaptions, though it did stray from the original manga, which was unfinished at that time.

So basic storyline our main heroine is Tohru Honda who recently lost her mother and has been residing in a tent in the woods, as to avoid inconveniencing anyone, and is soon found by two Shomas: Yuki and Shigure. She is invited to live with them if she agrees to be their housekeeper, which she accepts, though at this point she doesn’t know the curse placed upon the Shoma family. After an encounter with Kyo Shoma she finds out what that curse is. They are cursed by the Chinese Zodiac and turn into their respective zodiacs when hug by someone of the opposite gender. Note that it’s only a select 13 of the Shomas, including one for the cat from the legend. Basically it’s a story of Tohru finding her place and meeting all those affected by the curse, hoping to find friendship in all of them despite their pain. It remains to be a very endearing story about heart, love, and not giving into your own despair because someone out there cares about you.

Now for the characters: Tohru Honda is our main female lead and seen by a many few as the mary-sue, who doesn’t let her own problems get in the way of things, and always seems to say the right thing to the right person. She is our ongiri (Rice ball) and I always found her to sort of be the type of person I wished I personally was. Even with the loss of her mother she doesn’t let it get to her, well not too much anyway, and she loves with her entire heart. Though it is heavily implied she may have depression from the loss of both her parents, but not that she’d let that show. Yuki Shoma is Tohru’s classmate and roommate. He is one of the most popular boys in school, often referred to as a prince, and finds it very hard. Well it would be considering he is the rat from the Shoma curse and it’s hard to avoid females embracing you without coming off as rude. Now Yuki was always hard for me personally to like, as he was sort of standoffish, and there’s reasons for that. But anyway the more time he spends with Tohru the better and happier a person he becomes, which was something I liked as character growth. Mentally abused for years he wants to live free from the chains of the Shoma house. Kyo Shoma is the black sheep of his family, as he is the cat from the legend and curse, and therefor is seen as an abomination. He is basically mocked by his family and others, but is constantly trying to prove himself. Hot headed and a martial artist Kyo was easier for me to like because his issues were laid out bare the moment he stepped in. He had an inferiority complex and it shows in a lot of his actions, he also knows that he gets way too angry sometimes but he doesn’t always know how to stop it, and he obviously wishes to become an actual member of the zodiac despite it being impossible. He genuinely wants and needs someone to love him for who he is despite his faults. Then we have a whole slew of other characters that I can’t even begin to get into as that would take up a lot of time and probably would be extremely boring, despite the fact that I could carry on for probably hours about all the characters. So those were the far most important of the cast. So we actually meet all of the zodiac members in the manga whereas we only get almost all of them in the anime which ended far too soon in my opinion.

Anyway so it’s sort of a meet a character and help them with their problems sort of story but in the best sort of ways. It was always endearing to me and I suppose it still is. Anyhow there is that issue of there being a short anime. It had the same issues many did at the time it was made: The manga was nowhere near done. Fullmetal Alchemist, Soul Eater, and many other series I could name off the top of my head had fallen victim to this. But with the release of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood there’s hope for a new version that is pretty much faithful to the manga. Now the actual anime was never really bad… I mean it’s subpar to things now a day but still it was a good honest shojo when I was growing up.

The animation was… Not the best, but alas it was a part of its time, and was awkward. Not in an annoying sort of way more in the way that you know you’ve seen better animation. The art in then manga, drawn and written by Natsuki Takaya, started off very typical style of its given genre, and it looked to be very inspired by certain style choices seen in Sailor Moon. But over time it grew into an art of its own and much better in my opinion. It had a lot longer proportions than before, which may bother people, but hey if you can make it through xxxHolic without cringing then this manga is nothing. Honestly I enjoyed the growth of this artist, though it wasn’t quite the leap other mangaka had made, but it was great none the less. It has characters that you can distinguish from one another which is something that’s very important for artists.

I suppose next is sound, which oh… Okay so I’ve never seen the anime subbed, I grew up with the dub and just generally prefer to keep it that way. I mean it has great actors like Laura Bailey, Eric Vale, and Jerry Jewel, who all have outstanding records of roles, though this anime might not be the shining example of that. Though I do enjoy it as one of those animations that sort of helped these actors get out there, considering we now have all three of them as some of the most accomplished actors of animation… But I digress; the sound is nice and light overall, and boy does it work with the type of story it’s working with. Literally both the opening and ending are so nice and quiet that I could fall asleep to them if they were lullabies…  Though the dub did a big no-no in my book by doing a dubbed version of the opening, which has always been a bad move in my personal opinion, because then we end up with things like Sakura Kiss from Ouran… But it actually wasn’t that bad of a dubbed song; in fact it stayed pretty true to the original.

All in all this series remains good in my book and is worth a look. It has a lot of heart that many series don’t have, you feel for these characters and you want them to get those happy endings. I still enjoy this series and think it’s worth a look. “Because even the smallest of words can be the ones to hurt you, or save you.” This anime while short ended where it needed to and is sort of like Fullmetal Alchemist’s first anime ending where everything flowed well and as a story it worked.

Anime: 7
Manga: 8.5

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