There is no doubt that Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen has consistently risen through the ranks of this year’s most popular anime, probably even one of the best. With the manga’s total circulation reaching over 50 million, it’s no surprise that everyone is hooked.
The interesting characters in this series give everyone a lot of options when it comes to selecting their favorites. One of these characters is Toge Inumaki, a second-year. What’s quite mysterious with Inumaki at a first glance is the high collar of his uniform that covers half of his face.
Not to mention that Inumaki’s choice of words is insanely limited. We rarely understand him in the anime, and he mainly speaks in onigiri (rice ball) ingredients. If you’re wondering why most of his dictionary consists of words such as salmon, tuna, and bonito flakes, don’t worry—I’m here to explain that along with the meaning of those words.
Inumaki’s inherited technique is Cursed Speech, which is unique to the Inumaki clan. The markings on his tongue and the sides of his mouth are the “Snake and Fangs” seal, which allows him to use cursed energy on his words. With this, he can pretty much tell anyone what to do.
However, this has drawbacks. The more powerful the command, the stronger the effect on Inumaki’s body. When Inumaki said “blast away” to Hanami during the Exchange Event, he coughed out blood afterward due to the power of the command. Considering the potential dangers of his cursed technique, he talks only with onigiri ingredients to protect himself and the people around him.
We’ve seen characters such as Kamo get confused as to how the Tokyo Jujutsu High students understand Inumaki. Initially, I was pretty lost too. So here’s a list of the meanings behind Inumaki’s onigiri language.
Salmon (shake) - yes, to agree, to affirm
Bonito flakes (okaka) - no, to disagree, deny
Kelp (konbu) - greeting
According to Akutami-sensei, those three words are the only ones that surely have meanings. Though based on the anime, some of the other meanings can be inferred. Take note that these aren’t necessarily canon since the mangaka hasn’t said anything!
Tuna - to call attention, “look”
Tuna mayo - talk, do something (about the situation)
Mustard leaf (takana) - concern, to call someone’s attention
Salmon roe (sujiko) - “well, well” / “my, my”
Caviar (ikura) - expletive
Spicy cod roe (mentaiko) - motivate, “let’s do this!”
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Representation is incredibly important to LGBT fans when it comes to consuming pop culture. What’s even more important is proper representation. It’s always been kind of a struggle to find a show that portrays the community correctly and doesn’t narrow down the gay characters to comic relief or other shallow stuff.
When it comes to anime, there’s a wide range of queer characters found here and there. While some shows still have a ways to go with writing their LGBT characters properly, it doesn’t hurt to celebrate and remember some of them. Here are five anime series with LGBT characters.
This ongoing shōnen series tells the story of Monkey D. Luffy, whose dream is to be the King of the Pirates. Along with his crew, they set sail on numerous adventures that eventually lead them to fulfill their dreams.
One Piece has a list of incredibly diverse characters. While some instances with the okama are problematic, many characters in this series are simply iconic.
Bon Clay’s ballerina swan outfit is an eye-catcher. Initially an enemy in the Alabasta arc, he and Luffy quickly became friends. This eventually led to him being one of the MVPs during Impel Down, helping Luffy escape alive. Definitely a great enemy-turned-ally character they can rely on.
Emporio Ivankov is usually seen as a large man with heavy makeup, alongside a revealing outfit, fishnet stockings, and a crown. However, due to his Devil Fruit, he can inject hormones into himself to turn into a woman. Ivankov’s character is a firm believer in letting people be whatever they want to be, no matter the gender. There was even a whole performance about it.
This Satoshi Kon film tells the story of three homeless people who find a baby in the trash during Christmas Eve. With that, they proceed to get into various situations just to return the baby to her family.
Hana is a religious transgender woman who was a former drag queen. Her character serves as the mother of the trio’s family. She was actually the one who insisted that they have to take in the baby, and was the one who mainly took care of her. I’m pretty sure she’s the one keeping the whole family together.
Ouran High School Host Club
Adapted from the manga of the same name by Bisco Hatori, this well-loved series is always a must-watch for shōjo fans. The story revolves around Haruhi Fujioka, a scholarship student, and the Host Club of Ouran Academy, a school for elites.
Throughout the series, we see how fluid Haruhi’s approach to gender is. She explicitly says that she doesn’t even care much about it either. She’s taken up both masculine and feminine looks. The gender of her first kiss didn’t matter to her either.
Ranka (Ryouji) is Haruhi’s incredibly caring father. He’s openly bisexual, as mentioned in the series. Ranka is actually his stage name. He works as a professional entertainer at an okama bar. If you haven’t seen the show yet, you’re going to love his interactions with the Host Club.
Attack on Titan
It’s humanity vs. titans (or is it?) in this shōnen manga by Hajime Isayama. Alongside the final volume’s celebration through an online exhibition, let’s look back at the queer characters in this series.
One beautiful thing about the story of Ymir and Krista/Historia is how it was portrayed. It was clear in the story that these two were each other’s reason to live, in the context of something that is more than friendship. Spoiler alert: while I’m sad that they didn’t get married or even get their happy ending, the tragedy of those two is a good story (in a painful way).
Hange Zoe is presented as a female in the anime, however, Isayama says that Hange’s gender is up to the reader. In the manga, Hange’s pronouns are also gender-neutral.
Hunter x Hunter
From Yoshihiro Togashi, the creator of Yu Yu Hakusho, the plot follows Gon Freecss and his journey to become a Hunter. This anime is popular with the queer community due to the numerous subtexts that clearly hint that almost no one in this series is straight.
One of the most well-known transgender anime characters is Alluka Zoldyck, Killua’s youngest sister. The Zoldycks and their staff consistently refer to her with masculine pronouns; her siblings even call her “brother”. It’s only Killua who refers to her correct pronouns, introducing her to Gon as his sister and always using feminine pronouns.
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Netflix announced on the fourth day of its Geeked Week the release date for the anime adaptation Hiroyuki Takei’s Shaman King (2021).
The global premiere of Shaman King (2021) will be on August 9th. The first anime adaptation was released in 2001, in which the serialization of the manga was still not finished during that time. With the remake, fans are hoping for a better adaptation.
Shaman King tells the story of Yoh Asakura, a shaman-in-training. Shamans have the ability to see and communicate with gods, ghosts, and spirits. Yoh aims to become Shaman King. He has to fight in a tournament held once every five hundred years alongside powerful shamans to achieve this. A Shaman King will have the ability to call the Great Spirit and shape the world in however way they want to.
This shōnen manga was originally serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump between 1998 to 2004. The first anime adaptation by Xebec ran for 64 episodes. It ended in 2002, which means the original ending of the manga never made it to the anime.
The current adaptation by Bridge will run for a total of 52 episodes. The main cast includes Yoko Hikasa (K-On!, No Game No Life) as Yoh Asakura, Inuko Inuyama (Pokemon, My Hero Academia) as Manta Oyamada, Megumi Hayashibara (Neon Genesis Evangelion, Cowboy Bebop) as Anna Kyōyama, Romi Park (Fullmetal Alchemist, Attack on Titan) as Ren Tao, Katsuyuki Konishi (Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Fairy Tail) as Amidamaru, and Minami Takayama (Kiki’s Delivery Service, Danganronpa) as Hao Asakura.
Shaman King (2021) premiered on Netflix Japan last April 1 and is currently ongoing. The latest episode that has been aired was Episode 11. The 12th episode is scheduled for release on June 17 in Japan.
Netflix released an English trailer of Shaman King (2021) on their YouTube channel and other social media accounts, which you can watch below:
Are you excited to watch Shaman King (2021) on Netflix? Let us know in the comments!
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“The greatest space fantasy is finally an anime.”
Netflix has announced on its fourth day of Geeked Week the release date for Hiro Mashima’s Edens Zero.
Set to premiere on Netflix globally this coming August 26, 2021, Edens Zero is a sci-fi anime about a boy named Shiki who wants to travel around space and meet new friends. Alongside a girl named Rebecca and her cat Happy, the story will follow their adventures around the Sakura Cosmos and their search for a goddess known as Mother.
The main cast of Edens Zero features Takuma Terashima (Tokyo Revengers, Kokoro Connect) as Shiki, Mikako Komatsu (Jujutsu Kaisen, Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro) as Rebecca, and Rie Kugimiya (Fullmetal Alchemist, Gintama) as Happy. The cast will also include Shiki Aoki, Hiromichi Tezuka, and Shiori Izawa as main characters that will be introduced later on in the series.
Starting serialization in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2018, Edens Zero manga is Hiro Mashima’s current major work after Fairy Tail, which was serialized from 2006-2017. Mashima is also known for his earlier work, Rave Master, which was serialized from 1999-2005.
The anime adaptation of Edens Zero is by J.C. Staff and is set to have 25 episodes. Prior to the announcement, the series has been restricted to Netflix Japan. Currently, the latest episode that was released was Episode 9. The 10th episode of Edens Zero is set for Sunday, June 13, 2021, in Japan. You can watch the English trailer for Edens Zero below:
Are you excited to watch Edens Zero on Netflix this fall? Let us know in the comments!
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After a four-year wait, Kobayashi and the lovely dragons are finally returning for the much anticipated second season of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid. Here is what has been revealed about the upcoming season of this slice of life fantasy series that’s coming this summer.
The second season by Kyoto Animation will be titled Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S. Mutsumi Tamura, Yuki Kuwahara, and Maria Naganawa will be reprising their roles as Kobayashi, Tohru, and Kanna respectively. The rest of the cast including Fafnir (Daisuke Ono), Lucoa (Minami Takahashi), Shota (Kaori Ishihara), Riko (Emiri Kato), and Makoto (Yuichi Nakamura) will all be returning as well. In addition, we will be meeting a new dragon named Ilulu, who is voiced by Tomomi Mineuchi.
The first season of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid was released in 2017, which is why so many fans have been looking forward to the release of the second season. Not to mention that the first season kind of left us hanging and maybe even a bit confused.
It has been confirmed that Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S is set to premiere on July 7, 2021. The official Twitter account of the show also released a new key visual.
The opening theme for Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S is called “Ai no Supreme” (Love Supreme) by Japanese pop band Fhána. Kyoto Animation released a trailer on their YouTube channel, which you can watch below:
We certainly can’t wait to see more adorable interactions between the humans and dragons of the show, especially with Kobayashi, Tohru, and Kanna. We can only help but wonder what kind of situations are they gonna be caught up in this time. Hopefully, there’s gonna be enough moe and laughs for everyone.
How excited are you to watch Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid S this summer? Let us know in the comments!
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Fans are feeling a whirlwind of mixed emotions as the final volume of Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan was released on June 9, 2021, in Japan. As part of the celebration of the manga’s 12-year journey, Anique is doing a free online exhibition from June 9, 2021, to October 31, 2021.
Relive the suspense, pain, happiness, and intensity of the whole story through the individual memories and experiences of all 38 characters. The exhibition gives each character their own special “hall”, where viewers can scroll through a series of manga panels, some of which are even animated.
Prior to entering the exhibition, you are asked to fill up a nickname or username and select an avatar. This is because Anique put a feature where you can leave comments while going through the exhibition and see what other people have commented as well. There is also an online shop where you can buy various merchandise, ranging from clothing, jewelry, and even cups and plates. Although according to the website, international shipping is not yet available.
Warning: The exhibit has content reaching up to the very end of the manga, so beware of spoilers!
The website is mainly in Japanese, but the important instructions are available in English. All you need to do to participate in the exhibition is log in with your email, Twitter, or LINE account. Aside from the exhibition, you can also create your own Survey Corps character through the character creator. After making your character, you can share it on your social media accounts.
Attack on Titan Volume 34 is out now in Japan. Fans will have to wait a little bit longer for the English release, which is currently set for October 19, 2021.
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The fight between Maki and Naoya comes to an end in the latest chapter of Gege Akutami’s Jujutsu Kaisen. Naoya eats his words as he is defeated with one punch. What’s going to happen to the Zenin clan now?
In Chapter 151, while in battle, Naoya tells Maki that she is not Toji and she never will be. He believes that the one who stands strongest alongside Gojo and Toji would be him. He continues attacking her with his projection technique, which makes him incredibly fast.
While getting attacked, Maki was counting and figuring out his technique. She then realizes that he moves at 24 frames per second. With her new body, she can see this clearly now.
She punches Naoya in the face, knocking him out.
Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 152 Release Date
Chapter 152 of Jujutsu Kaisen will be released on Sunday, June 13, 2021.
Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 152 Release Time
Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 152 will be released at 12 midnight on June 14, Japan Standard Time (JST). Internationally, it should be released around the following times:
Pacific Time: 8 AM
Central Time: 10 AM
Eastern Time: 11 AM
British Time: 4 PM
Jujutsu Kaisen Chapter 152 Spoilers
After knocking out Naoya, Maki proceeds to attempt to kill her mother. Although, she and Naoya manage to survive the attack. Maki’s mother then kills Naoya.
It is then showed that the Jujutsu Headquarters wants to remove the Zenin clan from the big three clans. However, the decision has not been made final.
It was also announced that Gege Akutami will be taking an approximately month-long hiatus due to his health.
Jujutsu Kaisen is available on Viz and Manga Plus.
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The battle continues at Onigashima in Chapter 1,015 of One Piece. There’s a lot to unpack from the events of the recent chapter, and we surely can’t wait to see what happens next.
After the announcement of Luffy’s defeat, it took a toll on the morale of the samurai side. Of course, the Straw Hats don’t believe this. As Queen and Perospero were about to launch an attack, Sanji intervenes. He tells Chopper, who is crying over Luffy, that he did a good job. He also tells him not to cry and to believe in Luffy. He leaves Zoro with Chopper.
Meanwhile, at the castle’s first floor, Kinemon reminisces on his father and son moments with Momonosuke as he buys time for him to escape. Kaido stabs Kinemon and tells him to accept the fate of his death, just as a warrior should.
Momonosuke uses the frog Mary to tell everyone that Luffy is alive and that he’s going to win, so they shouldn’t give up. The Heart Pirates who were in the submarine find Luffy and help him. Law arrives at the scene of the battle between Kid and Big Mom, offering a temporary alliance to Kid.
Yamato finds Kaido to break free from the chains that Kaido has on him.
One Piece Chapter 1,016 Release Date
Chapter 1,016 of One Piece will be released on Sunday, June 13, 2021.
One Piece Chapter 1,016 Release Time
Chapter 1,016 of One Piece will be released on June 14 at 12 midnight, Japan Standard Time (JST). Internationally, it should be released at around the following times:
Pacific Time: 8 AM
Central Time: 10 AM
Eastern Time: 11 AM
British Time: 4 PM
One Piece Chapter 1,016 Spoilers, Summary
The numbers at the battle are at 20,000 on Kaido’s side and 7,000 on the samurai’s side, according to CP0. That already includes the Pleasures and Waiters who switched sides.
Nami and Ulti fight; Nami wins the battle. Meanwhile, Usopp captures Bao Huang. He tells Tama to talk to the whole island, most likely with the Marys.
Yamato says to Kaido that he’s going to sail with Luffy. The two of them battle.
There will be a break next week.
One Piece is available on Viz and Manga Plus.
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Romance tropes and cliches are switched up and thrown out the window in Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, a romantic comedy about high school students Sakura Chiyo and Nozaki Umetarou, a secret shoujo manga writer. Adapted from Izumi Tsubaki’s manga of the same name, this anime is a must-watch for shoujo fans who are looking for something different from the usual stuff.
Sakura Chiyo wants to confess to her classmate Nozaki Umetarou. On the day she finally attempts to confess her feelings, Nozaki misunderstands and hands her an autograph. Sakura discovers that he’s a shoujo mangaka under the pen name Sakiko Yumeno. Being a member of the Art Club, she then finds herself as one of Nozaki’s manga assistants.
The anime adaptation was released in 2014 and ran for 12 episodes. It also includes six OVAs. While there has been no announcement for the second season, fans are probably left wanting more. The anime is short but sweet—by the last episode, we still don’t know whether Nozaki and Sakura end up together. With Nozaki’s oblivious behavior, it’s hard to say at this point.
Do Nozaki and Sakura End Up Together?
Currently, the latest manga chapter is Chapter 122. As of this chapter, they are not together. However, we see subtle hints throughout the manga where Nozaki may be unconsciously developing feelings for Sakura. This has yet to be explored in the rest of the series, which is still ongoing.
If you want to get started on the manga after watching the anime, then you should start at around Chapter 46. Although, some parts of the manga were not included in the anime—so if you have more time then might as well read from the beginning!
Do you think Nozaki and Sakura will eventually end up together? Let us know in the comments!
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Common knowledge within anime fans is that there are just some series that are definitely not family-friendly, due to multiple reasons. Some even have that lingering fear of watching an anime and then their parents walk in right when a sketchy scene is playing, causing unwarranted suspicion.
Perhaps some want to introduce anime to their parents as well, as a form of family bonding. Don’t know which series you can watch with your family? Have no fear, for here’s a list of anime that you can watch with your parents. (Tried and tested with mine!)
Currently at a total of 35 episodes, Dr. Stone is a series that you can easily binge-watch with your parents over the weekend. This educational anime tells the story of Senku, a 15-year-old genius who wakes up 3,700 years later after the whole world has been petrified by a mysterious beam of light. We proceed to watch him, his friends, and his allies rebuild civilization from scratch.
The scientific explanations in the anime may be confusing for some but are nevertheless part of the fun. Senku and the team’s chaotic dynamic throughout the series is something to look forward to. Plus, you all get to learn a bunch of scientific facts! (They also managed to make sulfuric acid look like a cute anime girl.)
Attack on Titan
While this may be a longer anime, the whole watching experience is worth it. If your parents aren’t too bothered by blood and gore, then they’re going to enjoy Attack on Titan. Humanity has been forced to enclose themselves in walls to protect themselves from creatures called Titans, who eat humans.
What’s great about Attack on Titan is that initially, you’d think it’s just about humans trying to prevent getting eaten by Titans. But as the story progresses, it gets much more complex than that. Witness our protagonists Eren Jaeger, Mikasa Ackerman, and Armin Arlert as they join the Survey Corps, soldiers who vow to protect humanity from the Titans. But who really is the enemy here?
Attack on Titan: The Final Season Part 2 is set for a Winter 2022 release.
Films by Satoshi Kon are a must-watch for old and new anime fans. Tokyo Godfathers revolves around three homeless people—middle-aged alcoholic Gin, transgender woman Hana, and runaway teen Miyuki. On Christmas Eve, they find an abandoned baby while searching through the garbage. With only a few clues, the three of them then proceed to find the baby’s parents and return her to them.
This heartwarming movie about family is great to watch during the Christmas season, and can even be an annual Christmas tradition if you wish to do so. With “coincidences” as a recurring theme, the various situations that the trio goes through just to return this baby are something that the family will find entertaining.
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
This supernatural comedy tells the story of Kusuo Saiki, a high school student who was born with god-like psychic powers. Wanting to be normal, he goes to various lengths to hide his abilities from everyone at school. Saiki’s parents are quite the interesting duo, and maybe some parents might find the family themes here relatable.
The comedy and ridiculousness in Saiki K. are good for the family if you’re just finding something light to watch. Although fair warning—if you’re watching it in Japanese, they speak pretty fast in some parts so the subtitles are faster than usual.
Sports anime are generally wholesome, so this is also a light and easy watch for the family. It tells the story of Hinata Shōyō, an aspiring volleyball player. He joins Karasuno High School’s volleyball club and turns out that they used to be one of the powerhouse schools. As the series progresses, we witness the team’s development and hard work pay off as they rise through the ranks once again.
You don’t have to be an avid volleyball fan to enjoy the show. The plot isn’t too complicated either (except maybe the rules of the sport) so it’s easy to follow. People of all ages can enjoy cheering for the various teams in the story. The diverse ensemble of characters makes this seemingly simple show about volleyball even more fun and exciting to watch.
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