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Is this a love that can never be?

Given how a large part of the industry lives off adapting manga and novels, it’s a surprise that Shakespeare’s tragedy, Romeo and Juliet, has never been adapted for anime. Well, it happened, and the result was Romeo X Juliet: An adaptation perhaps too loose for some, but one that retains all the flare and uncertainty that surrounded the relationship between the two teenagers in the original play.

Fourteen years ago, on the floating island of Neo Verona, Leontes Montague murdered all the members of House Capulet, save for the two-year old Juliet. Present-day, Prince Leontes Montague rules over Neo Verona with an iron fist and crushes anyone who opposes him. Juliet has lived in hiding  with Capulet loyalists and fights the oppression using her vigilante persona, the Red Whirlwind. While attending a ball hosted by the Montagues, Juliet meets Romeo, the prince’s son, and they both fall in love. Through the twenty-four episodes, we not only see this romance grow and brave through difficult trials, but we also get to see as Capulet loyalists organize a rebellion to overthrow Prince Montague.

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I’ve been on an AMV-watching binge recently and have come across some very fun ones through YouTube. Since most fans of anime can appreciate a good AMV, I decided to put together a small list. Please keep in mind that some of the single-show AMVs may contain big spoilers of the series:

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Persona!

Persona 4: The Animation is an anime adaptation of the popular PS2 RPG, Persona 4. In P4, Yu Narukami and his friends band together to use their Persona, essentially personifications of one’s personality, in order to save other teens who are being kidnapped and thrown into the Midnight Channel. This Midnight Channel can only be accessed through a TV, where these kidnapped teens must come face-to-face with truths of their existence in order to survive.

As I mentioned, this is a video game adaptation of a video game that is half murder mystery and half dating sim, where the player goes around interacting with other characters in order to level up the Social Link or bond (which in turn unlocks new, more powerful Persona). Many people will inevitably shun at the words “video game adaptation,” as past adaptations have usually failed to capture the essence of the game being adapted. I am here to say that, thankfully, that is not the case here. Persona 4 is perhaps the finest video game adaptation ever produced.

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It’s a pinch!

Star Driver follows the exploits of Takuto and his friends Sugata and Wako as they try to save the world from the Glittering Crux Brigade and their mechanical Cybodies. The trick is that Takuto (and to a certain extent, Sugata) is the only one able to fend them off; the Glittering Crux Brigade needs to destroy the remaining shrine maidens’ seals in order to have their Cybodies operate outside of Zero Time (a strange space-like plane that exists between time) and Takuto is the only one able to summon his own Cybody to fight against them.

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#5 – Medaka Box (Isin Nisio)

 

The first thing that Medaka Kurokami does upon becoming the Student Council President is establish a suggestion box, later called the “Medaka Box” by the students. Since she ends up becoming the only Coun cil member after the elections, Medaka asks his childhood friend Zenkichi Hitoyoshi for help. Together they spend their days solving the problems submitted through the suggestion box, which includes fighting abnormally powerful opponents.

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What is truth? Is it absolute or subjective? Should we embrace or fear it? Persona 4 is a game that asks the players these questions and throws them into an adventure where they might just find the answer.

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It was December ’10. I had read Viz’ Monthly Shonen Jump, which included a preview chapter of Genkaku Picasso. Finding it fascinating, I decided to pick up the first volume. Upon reading the first volume I was hooked. The premise of Picasso is simple; loner and genius artist Hikari Hamura, survived a fatal accident, but his best friend Chiaki, however, did not. Soon after the accident, Chiaki appears in front of Hikari to inform him that if he does not wish to rot away, he must use his sketchbook and 2B pencil to look into people’s hearts and save them. It goes without saying that I tried to get the other two volumes as quickly as I saw them at my local Borders.

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I’ve been a manga fan or a long time, longer than I’ve been an anime fan.  Although I enjoy both mediums, there’s just a certain charm to manga that makes it more appealing in  my eyes. Even if I enjoy an anime series, I can usually only watch two or three episodes at a time before having to take a break. With manga, I can read through volumes of a series that I like with little problem. With that said, there are quite a few manga that I have come to love through the years that have not yet been published in North America. Below I make a small list, in no particular order, of some of the manga that I think deserve to get licensed and published in this side of the world.

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