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Dynamite Sets New ‘Chastity’ Series

Dynamite Sets New ‘Chastity’ Series

Chastity Chastity

Dynamite Entertainment has been definitely on an interesting upswing the last few months with some of the properties its working with and they’re lining up another older character for a new lease on life with Chastity. This new series comes after the relaunch of Chaos! recently as this brings more from that realm that began way back in the 1980′s. This new series for Chastity will be bringing writer Marc Andreyko (BatwomanTorsoManhunter) and artist Dave Acosta on board for it. The first issue will be released by Dynamite this July, featuring covers by Emanuela Lupacchino and Tim Seeley, as well as a shared retailer cover by José Luis.

“Chastity has been a blast to write and update for the post-Twilight, romantic, warm fuzzy view of bloodsuckers,” says Chastity writer Marc Andreyko, “As Chas and the readers will soon discover: be careful what you wish for. Her adventures will uncover the true faces of supernatural evil as she tries to find a world, any world, in which she belongs.”

“Marc has taken the current conventions of vampires and vampire fiction and spun them into a new backstory for Chastity in a way that is a perfect and seamless blend of the old and new.” – Joseph Rybandt, Dynamite Senior Editor

“We have been very deliberate when putting together the creative teams for the Chaos! books, as we build this beloved universe,” says Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci. “With so many acclaimed books under Marc Andreyko’s belt such as Batwoman and Manhunter, he is the perfect choice to spearhead Chastity’s ongoing series!”

In Chastity #1, in the 1980′s, after a career-ending injury shatters her (and, really, her mother’s) Olympic dreams, 17-year-old Chastity Marks finds an escape in a popular series of vampire novels… but little does she know that the novels conceal a secret underworld of blood, agony, and death- a world that she will be dragged into kicking and screaming.

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'Kiniro Mosaic' Anime Updates With Cast Message For Second Season

'Kiniro Mosaic' Anime Updates With Cast Message For Second Season

The official site for Kiniro Mosaic has updated with a new image that has the main cast of the series shown in their animated for celebrating the announcement of the second season of the series, which was just announced this week. The image also includes cast messages from the voice actresses with their signatures, which alone are worth checking out since they all have a certain artistic flair to them. The first series, produced by Studio Gokumi with Showgate, brought about another school based show that was directed by Motoki Tanaka, who has done some episode direction before and was the chief animation director for Starship Operators. No details about who will be involved in the new season of the series or when it will debut, though there will be a live concert event held in May that could lead to a few revelations around that time.

The first season has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks.

Plot concept: The story begins with Oomiya Shinobu, a 15-year-old, seemingly pure Japanese girl who actually did a homestay in Great Britain. Even after coming back to Japan, she still misses her time overseas. One day, an airmail letter arrives from Alice, the girl in Shinobu’s host family in Great Britain. The letter reads: Shinobu, I’m coming to Japan! The Japanese/British girls’ mixed comedy follows the lives of Shinobu, Alice, and other girls from both Japan and Great Britain.

Kiniro Mosaic[Source: MoCa News]

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Arrow Season 2 Episode #19 – The Man Under The Hood Review

Arrow Season 2 Episode #19 – The Man Under The Hood Review

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Slade’s close to putting the finishing touches on his project, but he has to get a little more hands on first.

What They Say:
The Man Under The Hood – An epic battle ensues when the team find Slade waiting for them in the lair; The reaches her breaking point; Laurel struggles with a secret.

Content:
Suffice to say, Arrow manages to make sure that each episode has a lot going on and there are regular twists and turns along the way that keeps the cast from getting comfortable. Sometimes this can be good since it means you never know what’s around the corner and what little twist is going to come into play. But it can also cause the series to feel like there’s no real hope for something good to happen for the characters as well as they’re continually struggling. With Oliver having had his company swiped out from under him in a moment of duress, putting it now in Slade’s hands, and then having Slade reveal to Laurel that Oliver is the arrow, his somewhat solid footing has slipped away completely from him. While these are important things, more so because of how it affects others, there’s also that rather good belief that after all that Oliver has gone through since ending up on the island that he can handle the strain of it. And in some ways, there’s some good potential there for him to extract from the wealth and power that can be problematic.

With all of these changes in the air, we get some nice action at the start as Oliver and the group make an incursion into one of the Queen Consolidated facilities to cause a little trouble, which is using Felicity’s plan that has its comical moments. But it also does some good referencing since it has them using the Clock King’s skeleton key to get it done and we also get Felicity realizing she’s now a bomber. THey do make it as safe as possible by not letting anyone get hurt, but it also puts them in a difficult position since they know they’re doing the right thing to stop what Slade’s doing in creating a powerful army similar to what he’s capable of. We’ve seen it seeded throughout the season and with what happened to Roy and his attempts at gaining the final pieces he needed through Queen Consolidated made a lot of sense and played well, though obviously Oliver is going to resist. And you can see Slade viewing that as part of the fun.

While there’s a lot going on here, especially with how Queen Consolidated has been lost and Oliver and his family have to shore up their assets since the stock is worthless, we do get to learn that back during the island days, there’s a way to deal with the Mirakuru drug. With a captured Ivo revealing that there is a cure for the drug, that gives us a bit of hope to work off of that Oliver may have a plan that didn’t work in the past but may work now for him to deal with. And it’s one he’s going to need sooner rather than later since Slade is making everything very, very personal these days. Not only has he taken out his financial interests and laid a bomb on Laurel that can impact him in a big way, but he’s also striding right into the team’s lair and attack them there, making it clear that he can utterly destroy them at any time. There’s the obvious that Slade really did train Oliver with everything he knew, but there’s a good gap of time from when they parted ways that has Oliver likely learning a whole lot more that Slade wasn’t aware of.

As Slade goes on in gaining the things he needs, swiping the skeleton key off of the group, it brings us to an interesting research facility that has a great little nod to it as we learn of Arthur Light, aka Doctor Light, who gets referred to as a psycho here. This ties in a touch with some other storyline material and a nice nod towards some of the STAR Labs characters that will appear in the Flash pilot. That gives Slade more of the equipment he needs and it also keeps Oliver and the rest one step behind him. Since we lost the Barry material we were originally going to get in the next episode, it’s nice to see the inclusion of the other characters here as it helps to tie the two series together just a little bit more. And I also have to just get a little stupidly geekily happy about the whole Doctor Light reference, especially since they went for the one that I like the most from the various incarnations of the character.

With all these movements as Slade gets what he needs, there’s a lot to like with it since it puts the team on the reactive side instead of proactive, though there is a plan. But we do see that Oliver is forced to constantly react, which is fun to watch since he’s getting a lot of thing thrown at him. The big one for me was his conversation with Isabel as he tries to figure out why she’s doing this, having been told by his mother that Isabel was one of his father’s mistresses. As it turns out, Isabel and his father were a whole lot more, to the point where he was very close to leaving all of them behind but ended up being drawn back in. That’s bad enough and puts an interesting spin on Robert after all this time, but we also get the reveal that he knew that Thea wasn’t his daughter by blood and still did everything he did for her anyway. That’s a rough blow for Oliver since he believed that nobody besides Moira and Malcolm knew which is why they could accept certain things. But this changes a lot. And while Thea doesn’t know yet about that part of it, she’s still struggling with the whole situation since she’s realized that both Tommy and Oliver are just her half brothers and that she had the hots for Tommy for quite a long time and almost got somewhere with him, which just wigs her out.

While Oliver is obviously struggling with a lot of things, Slade is still definitely his primary focus and he’s finally getting closer to him. So much so that he finally finds one of the places that Slade is working out of where he’s cycling in the blood transfusions and Mirakuru to create what he needs. To make it worse, he’s got Roy there, which Isabel found over in Bludhaven in a completely empty state after Oliver pushed him away, which will make him potentially an ally of Slades depending on how things go. Luckily, we get some good fight sequences here, an area of the season that has definitely improved a lot over the first, and the brief bit between Slade and Oliver is nicely done, especially with Slade’s cockiness. But while things go relatively well here overall in the rescue of Roy, you’re left wondering just how far things went with Diggle and Isabel since her place in the series feels a little less secure at the moment.

In Summary:
Like just about every episode of this season, Arrow has a whole lot going on and continually changes the status quo. There’s down time to be sure from time to time, but for the most part it keeps moving, doing, growing and changing. With this episode, we get more direct confrontations between Oliver and Slade that are only going to grow as Slade gets closer to achieving his goals. The fallout from Isobel taking over Queen Consolidate is starting to be felt in a more personal way but it leads to some great reveals about the past and what it means. And we even get a couple of nice crossover moments with Central City and STAR Labs that nudges the whole Barry in a coma subplot that’s been going on. Touch on the past a bit on the island while also mixing in a bit of Lance family drama that figures into the bigger picture, especially with Laurel starting to realize more about what Sara is up to, and everyone gets their time in the spotlight, even if just for a few minutes. Definitely building towards a big season finale that feels like it’s going to reshape the course of the series for the next season.

Grade: A-

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Yowamushi Pedal Episode #14 – 26 Anime Review

Yowamushi Pedal Episode #14 – 26 Anime Review

Yowamushi PedalTraining for the Inter-High is a worthy goal, but it takes a certain something special to really make it.

What They Say:
Onoda Sakamichi is a rather timid, anime-loving first-year student at Sohoku High School. Upon entering high school, he tried to join the anime research club, but after meeting Imaizumi Shunsuke, a renowned cyclist since middle school, and Naruko Shoukichi, who swept the Kansai cycling championship, he ended up joining the competitive cycling club.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The first third of Yowamushi Pedal did a pretty good job of giving us a look at a group of characters with a real passion for cycling that fits in with most serious club cultures and sports. While we got our introduction to it with a bit of an unexpected prodigy, as such tropes will go, it allowed us to see the way the form and sport works through new eyes without being talked down to. Sakamichi, you typical otaku, founds himself caught up in something fun and exciting largely because of Imaizumi, having suddenly admired him for his cycling skill when the two had met and since Imaizumi was pretty interested in Sakamichi and his raw talent that wasn’t being well used. Thankfully, Sakamichi’s otaku side was just a blip on the radar overall and the series has focused heavily on the cycling itself with a dash of good character material outside of it and a solid look at the love of the sport by the Sohoku boys and those aiming to go to the Inter-High.

While I didn’t grade it highly, I really enjoyed those episodes for what they were as it largely went through the familiar new to sports routine and gave us likable characters all around. The cycling aspect was new and I liked what I learned and the passion of the boys, the attention to detail and the inspirational aspect of it all, but it was also quite familiar, which hampered the actual grading. This third of the series largely falls into the same “trap” if you will, in that it’s very well executed as it continues on the story, expands the cast and delves a bit more into some of the characters as they strive towards their goals. A good chunk of this batch of thirteen episodes focuses on the finishing half of the training camp and its brutal thousand kilometer ride that everyone had to achieve by the end of camp or they were going to be eliminated from the group. Sakamichi is continuing to do his best and we do see that like when he was riding his mommy bike, he’s not as slick and decked out as the rest. His bike is heavier than it should be, he’s not wearing cleats that would keep his feet firmly attached to the pedals and he’s actually using plastic pedals, which is really bad with his power and intensity and the cadence he uses when he’s doing the climbing routine. But even with all of that, he’s still surging forward and really going at it, doing all that he can without the technical knowledge he really needs to exceed.

The challenges that come into the training camp are certainly interesting since the other members, the new first years and the pair of second years, are all struggling to gain a spot so they can go to the Inter-High. The second years actually have a pretty interesting routine that they use to succeed where one sacrifices himself for the other in a way, and it shows the kind of collaborative aspect of the sport that many don’t think about when it comes to racing teams. With their intent on making it through, that would leave only one slot open and that would force a lot of competition between the first years when you think about it. But what makes it work in a really great way that truly does make sense based on the first third of the series so far, Imaizumi and Naruko are going to compete with each other but also work with each other to support Sakamichi since they can see so much in him. And they’re inspired by him as well with how he manages to push them without realizing it because of his innocence in it all.

The training camp doesn’t go on overly long since there are so many twists and turns in the road as they go through it and we get a decent bit of back story on the second years that helps to humanize them. They can’t become villains since they are part of the time and spent the past year working with Tadokoro to achieve this dream and that helps to make them accessible and interesting to watch. But it does come down to the competition between the five and it’s beautifully intense with how it unfolds, going through the final laps, the competitive nature of it all and shifting to a nice race with its own special rules that add in some intriguing complications. Suffice to say that when the races do draw to a close and you get down to those final kilometers that are needed in order to complete the training camp, you feel as exhausted as the kids do. But in a very, very good way.

Thankfully, we do get a little down time between the training camp and the Inter-High itself, which is largely focused on the characters at school and doing some riding on their own, which includes Sakamichi getting his uniform. He’s so wide-eyed and innocent much of the time that even though he thinks he’s going to be booted for any variety of reasons, he’s become valuable and is part of Kinjou’s plan to win at the Inter-High. This also gives us a bit of time to get some back story on what happened at last years Inter-High where Kinjou, while in competition with the Hakone Academy kids, had quite the accident along the way that had caused Kinjou to be injured and really lost position along it. It’s something that was definitely interesting to see since Hakone went on to win but their rider, who is now leading the school in this years competition, felt utterly horrible about it and realized that the only way he could make it up to Kinjou was to race against him this year and win or lose honestly. It’s an interesting approach to the honorable side of things since the incident being revealed wouldn’t have changed anything at that point, and sets up for some really solid sportsmanlike competition for this years Inter-High.

With the Inter-High running over three days, we don’t even cover the first day in the half or so of this batch of episodes that it runs. In fact, it’s largely focused on just getting us past the first marker really where it’s delving into the sprinters who take off after the first two kilometers that are part of the parade aspect. This shifts the focus to Tadokoro and Naruko as even though they’re competing against twenty other schools, they’re heavily competing against each other as well but with the kind of camaraderie that makes it great to watch. They’re given a strong opponent to deal with in the form of a Hakone rider who has truly built himself into a proper physical specimen over the last year and he has a great catchphrase of “abs! abs! abs! abs!” as he rides since it’s all about the upper body supporting his legs. He’s even gone and named each of them as Frank and Andy. His story comes into play well, but it works because it allows both Tadokoro and Naruko to reveal things about themselves to each other and to the Hakone rider in order to show why they really have what it takes to win compared to him.

With this just being the first leg of the Inter-High, it’s pretty intense and has a lot going for it, as well as a dangerous twist towards the end as the focus starts to shift back to Sakamichi, though it’s still a team show overall. Yowamushi Pedal is like a lot of the better sports shows in that while we have our ostensible lead, we really get to know all the players and it feels more like an ensemble than anything else. As much as I like Kuroko’s Basketball for example, it’s really all about Kuroko and Kagami and half the time you’re pressed to name other players. With Yowamushi Pedal, they’re far more involved in telling the stories of the characters, but in relation to the sport itself and how it may have defined them from an early age. That connection works very well spread across this batch of episodes as we build upon the heavy time with the first years there and expand it to the second and third years this time around while still keeping the rest involved in a very good and engaging way.

In Summary:
A series like Yowamushi Pedal really does need to be watched in marathoned doses, something that most sports series tend to make out better with. This batch of episodes takes us through the strong training period that really clues is in more about several of the characters, their motivations and what really drives them before it throws us headlong into the Inter-High itself. Watching this as Sakamichi really discovers this big, new world for the first time is a lot of fun and it’s very welcome that his teammates tell him what’s going on rather than berating him for not knowing. Though they could have told him beforehand, but how would the viewer know? That said, I liked the first thirteen episodes of the series a good bit but it’s this batch of them that starts to elevate things as Sakamichi really becomes a part of the group and we see the struggles of not just him and the other first years, but the second and third years as well. That helps to make all of them much more realized and engaging and that helps to carry each of the stories forward well as they begin their quest to win the competition with the strategy that Kinjou has devised. Like some other sports shows, I always get surprised at how invested in it that I become as it goes on and Yowamushi Pedal is no exception there.

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.

Check out the full article by Chris Beveridge at
http://www.fandompost.com/2014/04/18/yowamushi-pedal-episode-14-26-anime-review/

Dark Horse Sets Fall Manga Release Schedule With ‘Legal Drug’ Rescue

Dark Horse Sets Fall Manga Release Schedule With ‘Legal Drug’ Rescue

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Dark Horse Comics has set their September and October 2014 manga release schedule and it certainly has some interesting items on it. The big one for fans is the rescue of Legal Drug from TOKYOPOP, which originally came out in three volumes in 2004 and 2005. It’s now getting a large omnibus release set for this September, bringing more CLAMP goodness to fans. We’re also getting another installment of Gantz, which is bringing us closer to the end of this series that concluded with volume thirty-seven. Add in more Lone Wolf & Cub and Astro Boy getting the omnibus format and you’ve got  couple of solid releases here.

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Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san Episode #02 Anime Review

Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san Episode #02 Anime Review

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Let there be more characters!

What They Say:
The series follows two high school girls; Yachiyo Inugami, a dog-like girl who loves cats, and Suzu Nekoyama, a cat-like girl who loves dogs, and the strange relationship their respective habits form.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the opening episode having established the basic personalities behind Yachiyo and Suzu, you got the whole dog and cat thing easily enough, both in personality quirks, appearance gags and the way they fawn over particular animals. With the second episode, we get a little more of the same but also a cute addition in the form of Nezu, a cute girl with a mouse/rat aspect that comes out in utterly adorable ways, from her voice, to eating cheese and to some of the sound effects used. And naturally, Yachiyo is all over her. Yachiyo’s excitement has some hilarious physical nods and she ends up becoming friends easily with Nezu, who herself has her own issues to deal with, notably with a friend named Yukiji with large breasts that come into play for sight and fanservice gags. And she’s introduced as Nezu’s wife, which just adds to the gag all the more. With those two running their own little relaxation club, it expands into more friends this way and you get some adorable older/younger aspects coming into play as well.

In Summary:
With the name gags going on in full force here, you basically have everything telegraphed easily and rather bluntly. But I’ll admit that while it doesn’t have any greater meaning overall, it’s a bit of light, cute and fluffy fun with a group of girls that have their quirks that don’t feel larger than life or problematic. And that in turn makes it the kind of short-form show that may not make much of an impression in the long run, but is a good way to have some very cute minutes in the midst of a busy day that should make you smile.

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.

Check out the full article by Chris Beveridge at
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FUNimation Adds ‘Puchimas! Petit Idolmaster’ Anime Ending Sequence

FUNimation Adds ‘Puchimas! Petit Idolmaster’ Anime Ending Sequence

PuchimasAs FUNimation brings out the second season of this series as part of the spring 2014 anime season with Puchimas! Petit Idolmaster, they’ve now added a new bit of easy cuteness and insanity into a thirty second official ending sequence that’s online. The song is performed by the characters in the series with Rie Kugimiya, Mayako Nigo, Manami Numakura, and Asami Shimoda doing the vocals for them.  The series is a spinoff bit of fluffy fun from iDOLM@STER in which we get the superdeformed Puchidols that are invading the 765 Productions office where the main idols work out of. FUNimation is bringing out a couple of new episodes every week for the show, which you can find here.

Plot concept: Fans of the iDOLM@STER franchise won’t want to miss this super cute spinoff! Hyperactive hijinks are sure to follow when the idol girls of 765 Productions discover the mysterious Puchidols — chibis with adorable abilities — have invaded their office!

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