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The Speakeasy #061: New Dawn, Manga Blitzkrieg

January 26, 2015
Drink #061: New Dawn
Manga Blitzkrieg

This month marks the beginning of our new format! Please let us know what you think.

Ongoing Investigations: Kamen (vols. 1-2) by Gunya Mihara, Stones of Power by Azumi Isora, Whispered Words (vols. 1-2) by Takashi Ikeda, and Raqiya by Masao Yajima and Boichi.

Topics: The new anime season, the Oscar nominees for best animated feature, Pony Canyon’s first U.S. releases, and the growth of digital manga in Japan.

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And now your helpful bartenders at The Speakeasy present your drink:

New Dawn

3/4 oz Jagermeister Herbal Liqueur
1/4 oz Creme de Bananes

Pour the Jagermeister into the glass then the Creme de Bananes over it. Serve as is.

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Magic Kaito 1412: See You Next Illusion

January 12, 2015

narutaki_icon_4040 Before there was Edogawa Conan, there was Kuroba Kaito—or as many know him, the enigmatic phantom thief Kaito Kid. However, his chance to really shine was cut short; the manga series Magic Kaito was put on hiatus after two collected volumes. But Kaito’s time would come, apparently it was just too soon for him to take the lead.

After Kaito Kid started making appearances in the now culturally iconic Detective Conan, Kaito received a boost in popularity. Which in turn allowed for new manga stories to be created, which in turn allowed for them to start making spin-off anime specials. And those were popular enough to warrant this new ongoing TV series: Magic Kaito 1412.

Now that both Detective Conan and Magic Kiato 1412 are streaming on Crunchyroll, we felt we needed to address this phantom thief further.

hisui_icon_4040 In many ways Magic Kaito could be seen as the blueprint for Gosho Aoyama’s later Detective Conan manga. They have similar beats in a lot of ways. In fact the skeletal structure of both series is remarkably similar when you strip away most of the cosmetic trappings. They are clearly the work of the same artist. But at the same time it is far too easy to just boil things down to their underpinnings where you see everything as a copy of everything else. That simplification forgets that phantom thief and detective genre have very different elements that just don’t work in other one’s storytelling style. You can’t just copy and paste the characters from Magic Kaito and make them the cast of Detective Conan without some major changes. The simple fact that Detective Conan has to adhere to a certain set of rules to feel fair makes it so that important modifications need to be in place for the mystery series to be satisfying.

On top of that the cast of Magic Kaito was eventually largely incorporated into world of Detective Conan so that they have fully integrated each other to the point where they have created a shared universe. Kuroba Kaito frequently shows up in Detective Conan as a recurring guest star. In fact at the time of the post the upcoming 19th Detective Conan movie, Sunflowers of Inferno, will prominently feature Magic Kaito as part of the plot. Gosho Aoyama has even gone as far as to have the histories of Detective Conan and Magic Kaito slowly become more intertwined to better express the joining of the two stories into a greater unified tale.

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The December 2014 Line-Up

December 31, 2014

narutaki_icon_4040 There were still a few delightful presents to be had in licensing department. And this is the time of year when the winter simulcasts start getting announced, it seems like Funimation has swooped in to grab just about everything big this time around. We’ll see what CR has up their sleeves in January.

hisui_icon_4040 Sgt. Frog has to be the most surprising license I have seen in quite a while. There are some other shockers but Sgt. Frog is a whole other level.

The Line-Up is a monthly rundown of new anime, manga, light novel, artbook licenses, streaming/broadcasting announcements, crowdfunding projects, anime/manga projects, and live-action anime/manga adaptions.

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Top 7 Type-Moon Moments for 2014

December 31, 2014

hisui_icon_4040 There will be very nearly 250 Type-Moon related posts on the blog by the time I post the article. It is presently 15% of the total content of the blog. I mostly mentioned that so if you see that I am no longer writing for the blog after this post then you will know why. Thankfully Kate’s eyes mostly gloss over anything that says Type-Moon on it so I am probably safe. For now.

Until the time in which I am mercilessly kicked off my own blog I feel it is my honor and obligation to do an overview of the highlights of the year in the world of Type-Moon. If anything else much like the “Narutaki & Hisui VS. The Best of” posts these articles help me look back on what I loved about Type-Moon every year. It is easy to remember the annoying fan wankery, ugly flame wars, delayed titles, or untranslated gems just slightly out of reach that can easy sour you to everything. But when you see all the great things that happened in 2014 it easily makes you excited to see what we are going to get in 2015. Hopefully if you are a fellow Type-Moon fan than this post will do the same for you.

This is hardly the definitive list of the coolest things that happened with Type-Moon this year. But it is a list of the things that meant the most to me.

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