Another month is on the horizon, and with it, the release of new anime and manga titles from our two main companies, Madman Entertainment and Siren Visual. As with last month, I will be posting the title and description of all these titles, and an * marks titles I am interested in watching.
Siren Visual (18/03/2011)
Casshern Sins 2/2: Episodes 13-24 (English Dub)*
Luna brought with her a hope for mankind and her death plunged the world into a post-apocalyptic disparity. Casshern killed her in a blind rage and now he confronts both his personal despair and a world that wants justice. But a rumour surfaces that Luna is still alive. With the rumour there is hope, and Casshern seeks to find her in search of closure and retribution.
Durarara!! Part 2*
Durarara!! moves in every direction – characters cross paths throughout each episode and drift in and out of the story creating a complex, non-linear plot that is thick with twists psychological depth.
The Tatami Galaxy*
A chance meeting with at a late-night ramen stand causes a nameless university student to dismantle the pretentious social barriers he has imposed on himself. His friend Ozu (a reckless class-clown who takes pleasure in torment) seems to wield a psychic grip on trouble, and when not cross-dressing or shooting fireworks at crowds of strangers seeks guidance from a familiar self proclaimed deity. And so a secret society within a Chinese restaurant, a seemingly living love doll (which belongs to the most popular deviant on campus), a gum-massage from a dental hygienist, a health food cult, a mystical tortoise hairbrush and a ramen cart which may or may not use cats in their food all seem normal on 4.5 tatami mats.
Madman Entertainment (16/03/2011)
Honey and Clover Collection 1*
Yuta Takemoto has no idea what’s in store for his life when he enrolls at a Tokyo art college, but he find out right away it’ll never be dull! Love triangles form as fast as friendships when both Takemoto and senior classmate Shinobu Morita fall hard for shy artistic prodigy Hagumi Hanamoto. And while architecture student Takumi Mayama secretly pines for an older woman, dazzling ceramicist Ayu Yamada pines for him! Confused yet?Welcome to the bittersweet world of Honey and Clover…
Kenji is your typical teenage misfit. He’s good at math, bad with girls, and spends most of his time hanging out in the all-powerful, online community known as OZ. His second life is the only life he has – until the girl of his dreams, Natsuki, hijacks him for a starring role as a fake fiance at her family reunion. Things only get stranger from there. A late-night email containing a cryptic mathematic riddle leads to the unleashing of a rogue AI intent on using the virtual word of OZ to destroy the real world, literarily. As Armageddon looms on the horizon, Kenji and his new “family” set aside their differences and band together to save the worlds they inhabit.
The Sacred Blacksmith Collection*
Once upon a time, there was a tragic war, in which the power of the devils was involved. After the war, the devils’ power was banned and the world was restored to peace. Cecily Campbell is a knight, who has been looking for a blacksmith to repair her old sword given by her father. One day, she saw a man fighting with a ruffian who used the tabooed devil’s power. The man defeated him with one blow of his weirdly shaped sword. The man turned out to be a blacksmith called Luke. The fateful encounter was the beginning of the adventure.
Bleach Collection (Episodes 122-133)
While Captain Hitsugaya’s advance Soul Reaper troops adjust to life in the World of the Living, Ichigo and his friends undergo extensive training to prepare for the battle with the Arrancars. Ichigo is determined to learn to control his inner Hollow, but the Visoreds he goes to for help are just as determined for him to release it. Then, when Soul Reaper Rangiku saves a young soul from a Mock Arrancar, the extent of Sosuke Aizen’s grand scheme is slowly revealed.
One Piece (Uncut) Collection 7 (Episodes 79-91)
With Nami on the verge of death, Luffy’s crew abandons its voyage to Alabasta and goes looking for help. Their search leads them to frosty Drum Island, where the locals don’t roll out the red carpet for pirates, and the only doctor in town lives atop a treacherous, snow-covered mountain. In order to save their friend, Luffy and Sanji must survive an avalanche, duke it out with a man-eating herd of abominable rabbits, and defeat a foe who devours anything he can get his mouth on. Danger lurks around every corner on this treacherous mission, but the Straw Hats have more at stake than ever before.
Ouran High School Host Club Series Collection (Blu-Ray)*
Ouran High School. An institution of extravagance and prestige where learning is secondary to luxury. Bookish Haruhi can’t afford to slack, being on a scholarship and out of place among the moneyed. No matter – the Host Club is now open! A group of handsome boys dedicated to selling their charms to their bored female classmates, Haruhi is suddenly in debt to the club after breaking an expensive vase in their lair. The only way to pay for the damage? Haruhi will work as a Host! The only problem? Haruhi is a she!
Phantom: Requiem For the Phantom Collection 1*
A young man with no memories fights to salvage his humanity when he’s forced into a life of murder by a dangerous crime syndicate called Inferno. The organization gives him a new name, Zwei, and molds him into a perfect killing machine, a meticulous instrument of death created to obey his masters’ every deadly command. Zwei’s not the only puppet controlled by Inferno; Ein is a girl as beautiful as she is brutal, and as lethal as she is lost. While mafia violence escalates around them, the two assassins grow closer, and Zwei begins the struggle to reclaim his past and save Ein from a blood-soaked future.
Trinity Blood Collection
Armageddon… The ultimate sin of humanity, perpetrated upon itself, which cast the shroud of death across the world centuries ago. And out of that lasting darkness, they emerged… From the legends of ancient times, they have been called forth into the world anew… Vampires. Two races, Terran and Methuselah, human and vampire, are locked in a struggle for existence, trembling on the brink of war. Some seek the path to a peaceful coexistence while others pursue a dangerous shift in the balance of power… And the world’s enemy, Contra Mundi, is starting to move. Cooperation and goodwill between the two races may be their only chance for survival.
Tsubasa Chronicles OVA Collection
After visiting countless realities, Syaoran, Sakura, Fai, and Kurogane finally learn the truth behind their shared fate. The shadowy villain responsible for scattering Sakura’s memories is exposed, and the four friends endure twists and turmoil unlike any they’ve ever encountered. Impossible sacrifices, both emotional and physical, must be made. When Fai is dealt an incredible wound, Kurogane takes shocking steps to save the wizard from death. The warrior’s efforts will connect them forever. In a savage urban wasteland, Sakura’s survival is far from guaranteed as she boldly takes action like never before. Indeed, nobody is safe – and the quest’s noble hero is in the greatest danger of all. Syaoran must face his fiercest foe yet: himself. One Syaoran is a clone. The other is real. When a brutal battle erupts between the two, it is Sakura who suffers most. Prepare for the unexpected. Nothing is as it seems. Everything you know about Tsubasa changes now.
Xam’d: Lost Memories Collection 2 *
Akiyuki isn’t the only one who’s become possessed by the mysterious power that is Xam’d. Seems his friend Furuichi is also filled with the dangerous energy, but while Akiyuki tries to harness it, his friend seems hell-bent on letting the Xam’d control his every dangerous move.
This is it in terms of anime this month, as there are a large number of manga coming out this month, I will only be mentioning the ones I am interested in. For a full list of titles, CLICK HERE.
World Embryo Volume 7*
A deadly virus is spreading across mankind, turning humans into gruesome monsters known as ‘Kanshu’. No one yet knows of their existence, except for the organisation called ‘F.L.A.G.’, dedicated to hunting down and destroying the source of the infection. Its members possess extraordinary powers, capable of unleashing righteous fury on their enemies.