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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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Manga of the Month: Master Keaton

January 1, 2015

Master Keaton (MASTERキートン)
by Naoki UrasawaHokusei Katsushika, and Takashi Nagasaki

hisui_icon_4040 Master Keaton definitely has an interesting history in the United States. I’m sure there were fans of Naoki Urasawa before 2003 but Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl never had anywhere near the success of its sister anime Ranma ½ in the English-speaking fandom and all the fans of Pineapple Army could probably fit in one room. So when the Master Keaton anime was released by Geneon on June 10, 2003 it hardly had any name cache. The series was a critical darling but a financial flop. Despite that the anime garnered itself a small but devoted following. Then jump ahead to February 21, 2006 when the Monster manga is released. That was the title that made Naoki Urasawa a name in otaku circles. 20th Century Boys and Pluto only solidified his reputation. So that small fandom for Master Keaton finally had hope that maybe the manga that spawned the series they loved might be released in English. But that was not meant to be.

Apparently the title was tied up in a legal battle between Naoki Urasawa and Hokusei Katsushika’s estate. The battle was fierce enough that not only could the title not be licensed in the US but they could not even reprint the series in Japan. So it seemed like a series that would always just be out of reach. Then in March of 2012 Naoki Urasawa started Master Keaton Remaster, a sequel to the original series, as sort of capstone to the end of the legal battle that had engulfed Master Keaton. It seemed that there was hope again and on Viz licensed Master Keaton. So after that long journey December 16, 2014 marked the day fans could finally buy Master Keaton. I have talked about the series several times on the blog but now I can official endorse it as a series that you can just order on-line and buy.

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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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Narutaki & Hisui VS. The Best of 2014

December 29, 2014

It is easy to focus on the shows like Cross Ange, The Irregular at Magic High School, and Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro!! (which are not getting links) every year and wonder about the decline of anime and fandom. But as John Milton once wrote, “The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.” The problem is that as humans we tend to think of the times we were burned more often than the times we enjoyed. With that knowledge we are focusing on the best of the year. What shows made us laugh, cry, or think more than any others while still giving us a positive feeling about our hobby and the medium it is formed around. Think of this as our anime Happiness Jar.

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