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‘Little Battlers eXperience’ Anime Gets NickToons Streaming

‘Little Battlers eXperience’ Anime Gets NickToons Streaming

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The folks at NickToons knows the importance of streaming as we’ve seen them shift The Legend of Korra to a pure digital series since it gets more views there than through broadcast. With their latest series, Little Battlers eXperience, they’re working another anime property and this one is getting a streaming run as well with the first episode now live, which you can see below. The anime adaptation originally ran from 2011-2012 for 44 episodes and arrived this summer in North America on NickToons via Dentsu Entertainment, who also picked up the second series that ran for 58 episodes. The most recent series from 2013 that ran for 37 episodes is not listed as part of the deal at this time. The series is being dubbed at Ocean Studios in Vancouver, which has a history with Dentsu/Geneon.

Cast
Van: Cole Hanson
Kaz: Brett Bauer
Amy: Shannon Chen-Kent
Len/Lex: Jonathan Love
Tyler: Ryan Luhning
Cilian: Paul Cowling
Devin: Brendan Hunter
Damon: Jesse Gervais
Jon: Roger Rhodes
Marie: Carol-Anne Day
Rina: Cheryl McMaster
Ken: Michael Adamthwaite
Sadie: Nikita Bradette
Marshall: Michael Dobson
Togor: Michael Shepard
Eeny: Rebecca Shoichet
Meany: Richard Ian Cox
Miny: Andy Toth

Property concept: In 2050, the popularity of miniature robots remotely is extremely powerful at its height! These are the LBX: Little Battlers eXperience!

In the not so distant future, Van is a passionate young boy fighting LBX but his mother refuses to offer him. One day, a mysterious scientist, pursued by men in black, hands him a briefcase with a LBX overpowered powers, she calls “Hope and despair of humanity” before disappearing. This unusual robot, named “Achilles” will cause Van and his comrades, Kaz and Amy on a great adventure, or they will face a mysterious organization that intends to conquer the world!

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Naruto: Shippuden Episode #373 Anime Review

Naruto: Shippuden Episode #373 Anime Review

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The team is back together!

What They Say:
Team 7 is finally reunited when Naruto, Sakura and Sasuke join forces.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Naruto: Shippuden had a pretty good closing bit with the previous episode in having Sasuke arrive to essentially join in on defending the Leaf Village and making clear his intentions to become the Hokage. With all that he learned from the other Hokage during the history lesson side, it certainly makes sense for him to take this direction and find a path towards his larger goal. Announcing it after shocking everyone with his arrival definitely makes an impact and we also get the fun of seeing how Naruto views that as the right kind of challenge that he lives for. It’s what defined their relationship together for quite a long time and having Sasuke back and in that form brings it all back up. Naruto’s excitement is palpable and exactly what he needed to move forward at this point.

Giving us Team 7 again after all this time is also quite a treat, though there are of course uncertainties to be dealt with as nobody is sure what the real goals are. But the initial aspect is dealing with this massively powerful enemy, which is making it clear that there’s a lot going on with it. But having the combined power of the Team 7 guys and all the other Hokage from the past in their form stepping up to the plate to protect everyone, it’s impressive. While we get a few nods to the past in the mix here, which is natural considering that we get these two young men fighting side by side again, the first half is well balanced in what it does with the action, with Sakura’s realizations of what’s gone on over the years and how she was always standing behind them and the nature of the battle that they’re dealing with. It feels like, even as it is drawn out a bit, it’s given the proper respect.

As it goes on, things build well enough and we do see some good competition between the Team 7 members, now fighting back to back, and there’s a good bit of amusement to that. Seeing them not miss a beat is also welcome and that in turn inspires others to step up their fight as well since they don’t want to get left behind in the chaos of it all. This helps to raise the stakes nicely as we see them coming up with creative approaches to the enemy creatures that are now populating the area, but mostly it’s a chance to see more of those involved in that fight that we’ve known over the past decade of watching the show to have their moment in the sun as events ramp up even more. Certainly, it’s nicely done.

In Summary:
Though there’s a bit more flashback here and general thoughts to the past than I’d care for, it’s understandable to do so considering that the team is finally back together, even for a little while. That’s going to inspire some thoughts of what’s gone on over the years and Sakura is the ideal one to draw this through. That said, I also just wanted more of a push forward and strong moments with the fights themselves. There’s some nice scenes with it, but it’s also just a kind of passing the time series of attacks and back and forth to adjust to the new dynamic ahead of the real battle that’s about to come, so it’s a little anti-climactic in that 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.

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'Harmonie' Anime Gets Japanese DVD/BD Trailer

'Harmonie' Anime Gets Japanese DVD/BD Trailer

HarmoniePart of the Anime Mirai event this past March, Kadokawa has revealed the trailer for the release of Harmonie, which comes from director Yasuhiro Yoshiura and Studio Rikka with Ultra Super Pictures. The 25 minute episode had Yoshiura doing a lot of the heavy lifting as part of a special project to get more creative programs out there. The release is set for November 28th, 2014 for 5,000 yen and will include staff interviews, the ending lyrics and sheet music as part of the booklet while on-disc extras include a staff itnerview and the clean opening and ending sequences.

Plot concept: Every person has his or her own little world. Among the 34 bustling students of classroom 2-1, there are many such worlds. Honjou Akio’s world—my world—is filled with passionate talk about last night’s anime with Yoshida, Watanabe, and other friends. It’s an fun, comfortable place… But, I always wonder. Wonder about the world of Makina Juri, smiling and surrounded by gorgeous friends on the other side of the classroom. One day, I enter her world. But it’s not as simple as it sounds.

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Vincent D’Onofrio Talks ‘Daredevil’ Experience

Vincent D’Onofrio Talks ‘Daredevil’ Experience

Daredevil KingpinVincent D’Onofrio has had a good run in film and TV over the years and his casting as Wilson Fisk in the Netflix series Daredevil, an original series from Marvel Studios, he’s set to tackle one of the more imposing non-powered villains of the Marvel universe. The actor got a little attention recently for his ALS “Ice Bucket Challenge” piece since it meant a good look at how he’s going to look for the series, and he’s also gotten a few coy things out in a new chat with Screen Crush about the show.

“I gotta tell you, I couldn’t be working for nicer people. I really am. I’m just having a great time. The whole — the way that we’re shooting it, our Daredevil, everybody that’s in the show, is just going so well. Tonight we have a big fight scene that’s happening. It’s the first time you see my character do something physical.”

He also talks about the possibility of crossing over with the films, which is always a question that will come up. “Well, I think they have some kind of plan. I’m not really allowed to discuss what the plan is, but they have a plan. I think the beginning of the plan is series stuff with Netflix, and then they have a bigger plan to branch out, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you specifically what that is.”

He’s also quite keen on the role itself and the character, stating, “I think – it’s not just me, by the way, it’s the writer. It’s Stephen DeKnight, it’s Jeph Loeb at Marvel, it’s the scripts, and it’s me. I think it’s gonna be the … I hope — I should say – I hope it’s gonna be the new way to look at Wilson Fisk. I think that there will be no other Wilson Fisk but this one after we’re all done with it. That’s what we’re hoping for.”

Plot concept: The series follows the journey of Matt Murdock, who was blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, now fighting against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the super hero Daredevil in modern day Hell’s Kitchen, New York City.

[Source: Screen Crush]

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'Hunter X Hunter' Anime Gets Formal End Episode

'Hunter X Hunter' Anime Gets Formal End Episode

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After having the voice actress for Gon in Hunter X Hunter talk about wrapping production on the series and that it would be ending soon, the official word is ready to land as the new installment of Weekly Shonen Jump will make it formal. The series, which began in 2011 in adapting the manga from the beginning, will end with the September 23rd, 2014 episode which is numbered 148.

The last few years has been a very positive thing for the property with its reception, especially overseas, that has catapulted the show to a run of this length when very few shows manage it anymore. That it was for a property that already had almost a hundred episodes produced with the TV series that started in 1999 along with a number of OVAs as well makes it all the more impressive.

The series recently started expanding as well with Netflix in the US streaming the first 100 episodes of it in its original language with English and Spanish subtitles, bringing in new fans that could binge hard and heavy on the shonen series.

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NBCUniversal Japan Sets New ‘Uchuusen Sagittarius’ Blu-ray Anime Box Set

NBCUniversal Japan Sets New ‘Uchuusen Sagittarius’ Blu-ray Anime Box Set

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NBCUniversal Japan is definitely mining their catalog well for fans who grew up on 80′s anime as they’ve now unearthed Uchuusen Sagitarrius for release later this year. Due out on December 10th, 2014, the set will be priced at 68,000 yen and will contain the entire 77 episode run that was broadcast back in 1986. The set will also come with a new booklet, the clean opening and closings and the original pilot film. The release information looks like this should be a great looking transfer as the 35mm film master was re-telecined so it’ll be working off of some great materials if they’re in solid shape. The original Japanese language track will be presented in PCM mono and the release will be spread across 11 Blu-ray discs for a total of 1912 minutes.

Plot concept: Working for a multi-purpose space agency, Toppy and Rana make friends with Giraffe, a scientist, and go through various adventures in space. The three encounter danger at times, but their friendship always saves them just in the nick of time.

[Source: Uchuusen Sagittarius BD-Box]

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'Mysterious Girlfriend X' Manga Gets End Date

'Mysterious Girlfriend X' Manga Gets End Date

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Riichi Ueshiba now has an end date for his manga, Mysterious Girlfriend X, which began back in 2006. The series has had eleven volumes released so far and was adapted into an anime series in 2012 which was simulcast on Crunchyroll and licensed and released by Sentai Filmworks. Crunchyroll has been providing the manga digitally as well. The manga run is going to come to a close in the next issue of Afternoon magazine, which is set to release on September 25th.

Property concept: When the oddly peculiar Mikoto Urabe transfers into Akira Tsubaki’s class, he finds that life has thrown him the weirdest curve ball ever. While Urabe may be an anti-social loner who sleeps on her desk, carries a pair of scissors in her underwear, and breaks out in sudden fits of insane laughter, there’s something about her that Tsubaki just can’t quite put his finger on. …Until he accidentally puts his finger in it, and suddenly the phrase “sharing spit with a girl” takes on an entirely new meaning!

Before he can wipe her drool off his face, Tsubaki is mysteriously addicted to Urabe, which isn’t half as strange as the fact that she not only finds this normal, but already seems to have plans for her new drooling boyfriend. So, can a girl spitting in your face ever be a GOOD thing? Is this relationship bound for disaster or great expectorations? Find out as Urabe puts a spittle love in Tsubaki’s heart and things get REALLY bizarre!

[Source: ANN]

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Dynamite Entertainment Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary By Going DRM-Free

Dynamite Entertainment Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary By Going DRM-Free

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Dynamite Entertainment is joining the growing ranks of publishers that are moving to the DRM-free side of the business, and it’s timed well as they’re just shifting into their own tenth anniversary as a publisher. They’ll be launching initially with comics available in PDF file format with a selection of their most popular and celebrated titles ready for download today directly by consumers. These can be found on their site at http://dynamite.com/digital/.

The program launches today with an available selection of over 80 individual comic books, which includes creator-owned and licensed titles from Dynamite’s massive library. The debut selection represents a wide variety of titles, spanning numerous genres, featuring name brand creators (including Kevin Smith, Bill Willingham, Mark Millar, Grant Morrison, Alex Ross, Gail Simone, Robert Jordan, Jim Butcher, Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson, Frank Cho, Art and Franco, Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson, and more), and highlighting some of the industry’s most beloved characters (Red Sonja, Vampirella, and The Boys, just to name a few).

  1. Cryptozoic Man by Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson
  2. Blood Queen by Troy Brownfield and Fritz Casas
  3. The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robinson
  4. Captain Action Cat by Art Baltazar, Franco, and Chris Smits
  5. Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers by Joe Casey, Nathan Fox, and more
  6. Chaos! by Tim Seely and Mirka Andolfo
  7. Chastity by Marc Andreyko and Dave Acosta
  8. American Flagg by Howard Chaykin
  9. The Devilers by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Matt Triano
  10. Evil Ernie: Origin of Evil by Jesse Snider and Jason Craig
  11. Garth Ennis’ Red Team by Garth Ennis and Craig Cermak
  12. Jennifer Blood: Born Again by Steven Grant and Kewber Baal
  13. Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: War Cry by Jim Butcher, Mark Powers, and Carlos Gomez
  14. Jungle Girl by Frank Cho, Doug Murray, and Adriano Batista
  15. Justice, Inc. by Michael Uslan and Giovanni Timpano
  16. Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet by Kevin Smith and Jonathan Lau
  17. Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure by Bill Willingham and Sergio Fernandez Davila
  18. Miss Fury by Rob Williams and Jack Herbert
  19. The Mocking Dead by Fred Van Lente and Max Dunbar
  20. The Ninjettes by Al Ewing and Eman Casallos
  21. Pathfinder: Dark Waters Rising by Jim Zub and Andrew Huerta
  22. Project Superpowers by Jim Krueger, Alex Ross, and Carlos Paul
  23. Red Sonja by Gail Simone and Walter Geovani
  24. Red Sonja: Blue by Peter Brett and Walter Geovani
  25. Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan, Chuck Dixon, and Chase Conley
  26. The Shadow: Midnight in Moscow by Howard Chaykin
  27. Terminal Hero by Peter Milligan and Piotr Kowalski
  28. The Trial of Sherlock Holmes by Leah Moore, John Reppion, and Aaron Campbell
  29. Vampirella by Nancy A. Collins and Patrick Berkenkotter
  30. Vampirella Master Series by Mark Millar, Grant Morrison, and more
  31. Vampirella vs. Fluffy by Mark Rahner and Cezar Razek

In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Dynamite will offer ten of its comic books at 10 cents apiece, introducing new readers to Dynamite’s most accessible and successful titles at a great value. The introductory-priced comic books include:

  1. Blood Queen #1
  2. The Boys #1
  3. Evil Ernie: Origin of Evil #1
  4. Jungle Girl #0
  5. Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet #1
  6. Miss Fury #1
  7. The Mocking Dead #1
  8. Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time #1
  9. The Trial of Sherlock Holmes #1
  10. Vampirella #1

Dynamite will also offer ten (10) free wallpapers to consumers featuring The Boys, Cryptozoic Man, Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, Neil Gaiman and Alice Cooper’s The Last Temptation, Red Sonja, and Vampirella. These wallpapers can be downloaded from Dynamite’s digital DRM-free page for a limited time.

Following today’s launch, Dynamite plans to release its DRM-free comics on a weekly basis, every Wednesday, with new offerings announced via the company’s Facebook, Twitter, and website as they are made available for download. There will be a slow, focused roll-out over time that will grow the available titles to reflect the vast majority of Dynamite’s library.

Throughout its first month of operation, Dynamite will donate ten percent of all sales to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers.

Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, says, “CBLDF is delighted to be named as the charitable partner for Dynamite Digital! As comics advance in so many new directions, the CBLDF remains vigilant in our efforts to protect the comics medium in each aspect. Dynamite’s contribution underscores our commitment to protect comics in the digital environment as vociferously as we do in the comic store and education spaces.”

“The market has been growing for DRM-free content. Each and every day, fans want to choose how to buy and enjoy their comics, and we’re taking our titles to the next level for digital sales,” says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “Expanding into DRM-free content, made available directly to consumers from our website, is simply giving the consumers the option for what they want and how they want it, and continues to reach out to a non-traditional comic-reading audience. Our hope is that the availability of comics in a digital fashion will continue to draw new readers to the medium, helping to complement the growth for physical sales through our retail comic store partners. Following the trend we’ve seen over the past few years in our industry, the world’s continuing love affair with books in print will benefit from a surge in Dynamite interest.”

Barrucci adds, “As part of our launch, we’re donating a portion of all sales to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Charles, Alex, and their team work tirelessly to protect our First Amendment rights. The Fund needs the help of the industry to support free speech.”

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'Gangsta' Anime Adaptation Begins Casting

'Gangsta' Anime Adaptation Begins Casting

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The release of the sixth volume of the Gangsta manga by Kohske in Japan last month revealed that the property is getting an anime adaptation in the future. Details are slim at this point about the adaptation of the manga that began in 2010, but it did reveal that the voice cast from the drama CD will be coming back for the anime. That cast includes Junichi Suwabe as Worick Arcangelo, Kenjiro Tsuda as Nicolas Brown, and Mamiko Noto as Alex Benedetto. Now more casting announcements have landed as Hiroyuki Yoshino will be playing Doug, Yoshiko Sakakibara will be playing Gina and Mikako Komatsu will be playing Ginger.

No animation studio or production team was included with the announcement. Viz Media has released the first three volumes already with the fourth for November.

Plot concept: In the city of Ergastulum, a shady ville filled with made men, petty thieves, prostitutes on the make, and cops on the take, there are some deeds too dirty for even its jaded inhabitants to touch. Enter the “Handymen,” Nic and Worick, who take care of the jobs no one else will handle. One day, a cop they know on the force requests their help in taking down a new gang muscling in on the territory of a top Mafia family. It seems like business (and mayhem) as usual, but the Handymen are about to find that this job is a lot more than they bargained for.

[Source: ANN]

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Umineko: When They Cry 4 – Turn Of The Golden Witch Vol. #02 Manga Review

Umineko: When They Cry 4 – Turn Of The Golden Witch Vol. #02 Manga Review

UminekoWill the war between Battler and Beatrice turn out to be a Blitzkrieg and over in a flash now that the Golden Witch has taken the field?

Creative Staff
Story: Ryukishi07
Art: Jiro Suzuki
Translation/Adaptation: Stephen Paul

What They Say
With the six sacrifices of the first night claimed, Beatrice, the Golden Witch, turns her attention to selecting the sacrifices for the second night: the “Two Who Are Close.” As the corpses begin to pile up, Battler struggles to disprove that the deaths can only be explained by the existence of magic, and the crafty Beatrice is using every strategy in her playbook to trip him up.
Logic and truth perform an acrobatic dance in which a single misstep could spell certain death. Can Battler defeat Beatrice in this match of wits and wills? Or will he find himself kneeling at the witch’s feet?

Content: (please note that content portions of review may contain spoilers):
The second take on the events surrounding the mysterious Witch Beatrice and the Ushiromiya family continues on as the clash of wills between the Golden Witch and the family’s rebellious member Battler compete over the fate of the family members…and Battler’s side continues to mount loses. Already down 6 members due to the murdered bodies in the chapel, Jessica and Kanon now find themselves in the Witch’s sight as she declares she needs a pair that is close to fulfill her second night prophecy and the two meet her qualifications, which seem to include a bonus for her as she gets to torture Kanon at the same time. In order to protect the young woman he cherishes, Kanon tries giving everything he has to save her but he falls to the Witch’s strength and he loses his own life as well in the process.

Now desperate as the events look to be spiraling out of control, the struggling Battler manages to drag a new rule out of Beatrice in order for her to have a chance try to break his will without him dismissing everything she says and now everything she says in red (though only bold in the text in the book) will be an absolute truth…though she will not explain anything about what she says either to clarify or reword her statements. With that condition wormed out Battler thinks he has won as he can use the words Beatrice has used to prove that the murders don’t have to have a supernatural origin and thus could have been committed by a human. Of course since Battler wants to refuse that both the fact that Witch is real but also that his family members committed these crimes he is left in a catastrophic Catch-22 where by winning he loses and either situation gives Beatrice the win she craves and Battler finds that the possible theories he comes up with dead end faster and faster and leaves him in a frantic state. Will the story of the Golden Witch ended after such a short turn of events or can Battler summon the will to continue after being inspired by a completely unexpected source?

Following in the pattern of the Higurashi series, Umineko continues its second story that gives a different take on events and follows different paths so that the tale’s audience can get both a new look at characters as well as a different course of events that will help to piece together the mystery at the heart of the story. What this means though in practice is that there can be wildly inconstant tales in terms of how effective each arc is at advancing the narrative as well as overall tone and the conclusion to this arc falls a bit flat for most of its run as once the titles really big moment hits in the first chapter or so much of the rest of the material is stuck redoing many of the same steps as the previous arc did.

That could do well enough if new ground was covered or new insight was gained but a fair amount of the material involves Aunt Rosa becoming more and more paranoid (though given the circumstances probably a bit reasonably so) and seemingly more prone to outbursts which lead to pages of her and Battler displayed as yelling, with large text and speed lines used to try to sell the emotion which never quite seems to connect and many of which were also raised and often dismissed in the previous arc. Unlike the previous book’s focus on establishing one of the adults as a full character Rosa is never developed to a point where she is sympathetic before the very end of the collected chapters which robs the material of an emotional punch that could otherwise be present. Instead many of the actions she takes seem to just be those of someone who may be at the edge of self control…and which side of that edge she is on may be something the reader has to decide for themselves but which leave little common ground to sympathize or understand her.

This really hurts the book as there are some fantastic individual moments that take place as Beatrice and some of the other characters face off and some of the secrets behind her powers may be glimpsed while the heart behind others gets a reveal but which on the whole is drowned out largely by the events around Rosa and her actions that follow. The book does save itself at the end as the last few chapters finally give a glimpse of not just who Rosa is as a character but it also gives a bit more power to Beatrice as well as helping to fill Battler out as a fuller personality, even if in doing so the material does tip the mystery scales a bit farther toward an explanation of Beatrice as a powerful Witch in the process. With a different focus, or perhaps an artist who could display some of the needed emotion a bit more subtly, this could- maybe even should- have been a very powerful volume that keeps fans on the edge of their seat. Instead what is present is a story which seems forced at times and over dramatic in the wrong places which robs the impact from some of the events that should have charged up the readers. This creates the odd situation of a book that has some important and meaningful moments that are lost in flat moments which can’t help but lead to the conclusion that either the wrong things were chosen as emphasis or that this is a story that does not deal well with being condensed from its original and much longer form.

In Summary
With Beatrice taking an active role and showing her hand in person the story of Umineko gets a tremendous jolt and her actions allow for some intense moments of drama as she confronts those who have been chosen as her sacrificial pawns in what should be a completely charged book filled with emotion. Instead the overreliance on the path from the previous story- following the survivors plus the adult who takes charge- collapses as the character of Rosa never really comes across as likeable or even particularly interesting until far too late to justify her central role in a large part of the story. None of this is helped either by a technically skilled artist who often overuses full page drawings and speed lines as well as large text to try to convey emotions, though this may be just be as much a reflection of a script that spends too much time with characters yelling as it feels like a rougher and less refined version of the previous story arc. Still, given the important elements introduced as well as the fantastic last two chapters the book is one Umineko fans can’t skip, even if they may find their eyes glossing over some of the parts of the book that are weaker than others.

Content Grade: B-
Art Grade: B-
Packaging Grade: A-
Text/Translation Grade: A-

Age Rating: 17+
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: August 20th, 2013
MSRP: $20.99

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