Pluto TV Adds the Remaining Episodes of the 07-Ghost Anime

The Fandom Post is reporting that Pluto TV is finally adding the remaining episodes of the 07-Ghost anime to its service. In March 2021, the service only added the first half of the series, but that it started with Episode Two instead of Episode One. Pluto TV has finally added the missing episodes, which are available with Japanese audio and English subtitles.

The story of 07-Ghost is described as:

Barsburg Empire’s Military Academy is known for training elites who bring victory to the empire. Students of the academy freely utilize an ability called “Zaiphon” to fight, while the types of Zaiphon usable depends on the nature of the soldier.

Teito Klein, a student at the academy, is one of the most promising soldiers produced. Although ridiculed by everyone for being a sklave (German for slave) with no memories of his past, he is befriended by a fellow student called Mikage. While preparing for the final exam, Teito uncovers a dark secret related to his past. When an attempt to assassinate Ayanami, a high-ranking official who killed his father, fails, Teito is locked away awaiting punishment.

Only wanting the best for Teito, Mikage helps him escape. Teito ends up at the 7th District Church where he is taken in by the bishops. It is here that Teito attempts to evade the grasp of Ayanami and the Military, so he can rediscover his memories and learn why he is the person that can change the fate of the world.

Source: The Fandom Post

Pluto TV Adds Some of the 07-Ghost Anime to Its Catalog

The Fandom Post is reporting that Pluto TV has added the 07-Ghost anime to its service. As of this writing, they have only added the first half of the series, but that it starts with Episode Two instead of Episode One. The episodes on the service are available with Japanese audio and English subtitles.

The story of 07-Ghost is described as:

Barsburg Empire’s Military Academy is known for training elites who bring victory to the empire. Students of the academy freely utilize an ability called “Zaiphon” to fight, while the types of Zaiphon usable depends on the nature of the soldier.

Teito Klein, a student at the academy, is one of the most promising soldiers produced. Although ridiculed by everyone for being a sklave (German for slave) with no memories of his past, he is befriended by a fellow student called Mikage. While preparing for the final exam, Teito uncovers a dark secret related to his past. When an attempt to assassinate Ayanami, a high-ranking official who killed his father, fails, Teito is locked away awaiting punishment.

Only wanting the best for Teito, Mikage helps him escape. Teito ends up at the 7th District Church where he is taken in by the bishops. It is here that Teito attempts to evade the grasp of Ayanami and the Military, so he can rediscover his memories and learn why he is the person that can change the fate of the world.

Source: The Fandom Post

RetroCrush Is Adding 18 Anime Titles to Its Service

Digital Media Rights has announced that it is adding 18 anime to its RetroCrush anime streaming service:

  • Magical Idol Pastel Yumi (1986) – May 1, 2020
  • Minky Momo vs. Creamy Mami (Creamy Mami: Long Good-Bye, 1985) – May 1, 2020
  • Creamy Mami: Zutto Kitto Motto (1998) – May 1, 2020
  • Magical Angel Creamy Mami: Curtain Call (1986) – May 1, 2020
  • Magical Angel Creamy Mami: Lovely Serenade (1985) – May 1, 2020
  • Deltora Quest (2007) – May 1, 2020
  • 07-Ghost (2009) – May 1, 2020
  • Memories (1995) – May 1, 2020
  • Earl and Fairy (2008) – May 8, 2020
  • Appleseed (1988) – May 8, 2008
  • Dai-Guard (1998) – May 8, 2020
  • Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon (1985) – May 15, 2020
  • Osomatsu-kun (1966) – May 15, 2020
  • Knight Hunters Eternity (2002) – May 15, 2020
  • Three Musketeers (1987) – May 22, 2020
  • The Three Musketeers: Aramis the Adventure (1989) – May 22, 2020
  • Tytania (2008) – May 29, 2020
  • Cat’s Eye (1983) – May 29, 2020

RetroCrush is a free, ad-supported video-on-demand service. The service has apps on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, and smart TVs, in addition to being available on browsers.

Source: ANN

Discotek Media Announces Several New Licenses

Discotek Media has announced that it will release the Boys Over Flowers (Hana Yori Dango) television anime and movie, the 07-Ghost television anime, the Beelzebub television anime, the Kyousougiga anime, the Getter Robo: Armageddon video anime, the Z/X Ignition television anime, and the Karate Master (Karate Baka Ichidai) television anime.

It was also announced that Discotek will release Space Adventure Cobra – The Movie and The Venus Wars anime film on Blu-ray Disc (after releasing them on DVD). Both of these releases are scheduled for December 2015.

Both the Boys Over Flowers television anime and film will be released with a dub and subtitles.

Discotek plans to release Z/X Ignition in November 2015. It’s planning to release the complete series for 07-Ghost and Beezlebub on DVD in 2016. It plans to release Kyousougiga and Getter Robo: Armageddon on DVD and Blu-ray in 2016. No release date has been announced for Karate Master.

Source: ANN

Manga Review: 07-Ghost Volume 17

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

07-Ghost Volume 17 sees Teito Klein discovering his destiny and bringing the series to an end.

07-Ghost Volume 17
Written by: Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara
Publisher: Ichijinsha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: July 14, 2015

Volume 17 spends a lot of its time throwing out revelation after revelation, until a final and unexpected event happens that brings about the story’s conclusion. While we get some background for Frau, many of the flashbacks and reveals in this volume actually focus on the antagonist, Verloren. I was very surprised by something that I learned about Verloren, but this piece of information end up being crucial and explains an action that Teito takes during the climax of the story. While it was nice to learn all of this background information, I thought it felt dizzying as I read this volume. In some respects, it almost felt like the authors were trying to throw a lot of information out there in order to wrap up the story.

Even though I felt like I was being inundated with a lot of information, I was satisfied with how the series concluded in 07-Ghost Volume 17. The epilogue at the end was a nice touch, because it allows the reader to find out what happens to the various characters after the overarching story is resolved. However, the ending of the epilogue is written in such a way where it leaves open the possibility that another series could be set in the future. I don’t know how likely another series for 07-Ghost would be, but the door seems to have been left open for the possibility.

But the remaining chapters of 07-Ghost weren’t enough to fill out an entire volume, so a one-off is also included. This one-off manga takes some of the events and information from the beginning of the series and attempts to present a humorous version of the story. Unfortunately, it was decided to use the regular art style instead of something a little more exaggerated to accentuate the humorous nature of this telling. I think using a different art style also would have made this one-off story a little more interest to read. Personally, the one-off manga didn’t do too much for me, but I understand why it was included.

07-Ghost Volume 17 presents a conclusion to the story that I think readers of the series will appreciate, even with all of the exposition that’s thrown in. It seems to wrap up the various loose ends that long time readers of the series know are out there.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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Manga Review: 07-Ghost Volume 16

Originally written for WatchPayRead.com

07-Ghost Volume 16 sees two of the seven ghosts facing against each other, and what their confrontation brings about.

07-Ghost Volume 16
Written by: Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara
Publisher: Ichijinsha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: May 12, 2015

Volume 16 starts out with the revelation that Karr was Ea and that Katsuragi is Landkarte, which makes them two of the seven ghosts. During their confrontation, the reader gets to see some flashbacks of these two characters during their youth. I thought this provided some wonderful insight into these two characters, and it helped me to better understand these characters’ actions and motivations.

Unfortunately, Landkarte manages to get the upper hand during the confrontation and finds information on Teito by reading Karr’s memories. Landkarte catches up to Teito, who is on the run and is unable to get a reaction from Mikael. But before anything can happen, Frau comes to the rescue. There’s another flashback during this sequence, but this time, it’s from Teito’s point of view. This time, we get to see the truth behind the Raggs War, as well as secrets concerning both Teito and Frau. With all of the revelations that are made throughout Volume 16, it’s becoming even more apparent that the story is close to ending.

During the midst of this epic battle, Teito finds himself wondering if there’s any good still left in Landkarte. But at the same time, Teito believes that he needs to be killed since the Eye of Mikael broke. These two plot elements, which seem to be unrelated at first, come together and have an important impact on the overall plot. But near the end of the volume, Teito learns that something has happened to Frau, and Teito keeps going back in time to try to reach a younger Frau. Unfortunately for Teito, young Frau keeps rejecting him. It’s interesting, and also somewhat amusing, to see the younger Frau interacting with Teito, since young Frau never knew Teito.

I thought 07-Ghost Volume 15 was an intense read, but Volume 16 takes that intensity and increases it at least tenfold. At times, it almost feels like new revelations are popping up one right after the other. For me, this volume was so intense that I didn’t want to put it down at all. I just wanted to keep reading in the hope of receiving more information to help piece the overarching story together. Since there’s only supposed to be one more volume for 07-Ghost, I’m expecting that the intensity level of that volume may be even higher than it was for Volume 16.

I’ve truly enjoyed reading not only 07-Ghost Volume 16, but the past three volumes as well. The intensity level seems to increase in these more recent volumes, with the story coming together in such a way that it’s keeping me interested in the series. Readers who have been following 07-Ghost from the very beginning will be very appreciative of all the revelations, as well as with the plot twists and turns that appear in this volume. The ending of Volume 16 makes for a strong cliffhanger that will make readers want to see the next volume to find out what will happen to Teito.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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Manga Review: 07-Ghost Volume 15

Originally written for WatchPlayRead.com

07-Ghost Volume 15 focuses on Teito Klein, a former slave with amnesia who learns that he was once the prince of the Raggs Empire, a kingdom that was destroyed by the Barsburg Empire. He also harbors the Eye of Mikael, an artifact that’s said to bring either the world’s salvation or destruction. Teito had been at the Barsburg Empire’s military academy because he has an ability to use a rare supernatural power called Zaiphon. Teito finds himself on the run when he learns the truth about his past, and is attacked by Chief of Staff Ayanami. Teito is rescued by three bishops from the 7th District who provide him with sanctuary.

07-Ghost Volume 15
Written by: Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara
Publisher: Ichijinsha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: March 10, 2015

Volume 15 sees Princess Ouka becoming distraught when she discovers that she’s a replica and not the real princess. But Teito tells her that unlike the other replicas, she has a soul, and isn’t a fake. Teito’s words calm Ouka down and help her find some new strength. The excitement in the volume builds as an attempt is made on the life of the Emperor of Barsburg, and the scientist behind the Ouka replicas gets schooled by Ouka. I loved seeing Ouka standing up to the professor and using her power to destroy every replica in the area. While that may sound mean, the professor showed his true colors when he attempted to choke Ouka because she wouldn’t do what he commanded her to do.

We then see that the emperor wasn’t killed, and we also get an interesting backstory on how the emperor’s obsession with Teito’s mother ultimately led him to wage war on the Raggs Empire. The emperor was definitely one messed up person in his youth, thanks to the influence of someone calling himself “The Warmonger.” But with help from Ouka and Teito, the emperor is able to receive redemption for all he’s done after The Warmonger is chased off. With Ouka, I can see why she’s willing to forgive, since the emperor is her only family. But I was actually surprised as how easily Teito was able to forgive him, since it was ultimately the emperor’s fault that his father is dead and that his mother is incapacitated.

We also get to see backstory of when Teito was young, and how his mother fell into a deep sleep because she was poisoned by The Warmonger. The emperor still has the antidote, and this allows Teito to have a touching reunion with his mother after all these years. This was definitely the most emotional section of Volume 15.

Then the manga places quite an emphasis on the backstory for Ea and Landkarte, who are two of the 07-Ghosts. And through these flashbacks, it appears that the audience has been given a hint as to who “The Warmonger” is. Verloren, the evil death god, launches a plan, and both Ouka and Teito are determined to stop him. Karr also wants to get in on the action, and he gets what he hopes for when he runs into a long-lost friend right at the end of Volume 15.

07-Ghost Volume 15 is an intense read, due to all of the background information that’s provided and revealed, in addition to the buildup in the action as the story heads toward a major conflict between two of the major characters. The volume ends with a major cliffhanger that will make readers want to read the next volume to find out what’s going to happen.

From the way the story in Volume 15 builds, it’s rather blatant that the series is quickly heading toward its climax. A lot of information was revealed in this volume, and everything that’s revealed builds up to the showdown that begins right at the end of it.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this volume. Readers who have followed this series from the very beginning should be satisfied with the progression of the story and with the answers and backstories that are provided in 07-Ghost Volume 15. When it comes to the 07-Ghost series as a whole, I’d have to say that I think it would appeal to manga readers who enjoy compelling stories with supernatural elements.

The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media

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Manga Review: 07-Ghost Volume 14

07-Ghost Volume 14 is a manga by Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara, and it was released in North America by VIZ Media in 2015. VIZ Media has rated the series “T” for teens; when Go! Media released this series, it was rated “OT” for teens 16 years of age and up. From what I’ve read, I think VIZ’s rating may be more accurate, because I really haven’t seen anything that would make it inappropriate for younger teens.

07-Ghost Volume 14
Written by: Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara
Publisher: Ichijinsha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: January 6, 2015

Teito Klein is a former slave with amnesia who learns that he was once the prince of the Raggs Empire, which was destroyed by the Barsburg Empire. He’s been at the Barsburg Empire’s military academy because he has an ability to use a rare supernatural power called Zaiphon. Also, unknown to Teito, he harbors the Eye of Mikael, which is an artifact that’s said to bring either the world’s salvation or destruction.

Teito finds himself on the run when he learns the truth about his past, and is attacked by Chief of Staff Ayanami. He’s rescued by three bishops from the 7th District who provide Teito with sanctuary and help him to recuperate. Teito’s best friend, Mikage, finds him, but it turned out he was being used by the Barsburg Empire to try to bring Teito back.

At the beginning of Volume 14, we see Ayanami trying to break the lock to the gate, but Mikael tries to resist. Unfortunately, Ayanami has a brain wave sent that causes fear every time Mikael refuses to obey, so Teito returns to being brainwashed. Fortunately, Ayanami is unable to break the final lock on Pandora’s Box. I felt a sense of relief when Ayanami failed, but I also found myself a little concerned about what Ayanami might try to pull in order to get what he wants.

Teito is then given the job of escorting Princess Roseamanelle at her birthday party ball, disguised as one of her suitors. It’s suspected that there are assassins out to kill her. But in order to disguise as a suitor, he cannot remain a combat slave. It’s revealed that Chairman Miroku has been trying to adopt Teito for a while, which works in their favor. During this section, there’s a short, yet amusing scene, of Teito practicing how to dance with Hakuren. Later, we see Hakuren trying to help Teito regain his memories; unfortunately, just as Teito may be starting to remember, Ayanami’s control blocks those memories from coming back. As we see throughout this volume, there’s a running theme of people trying to help Teito regain his memory.

The night of the Roseamanelle’s party ends up being a chaotic one. Not only does Teito go to the ball, the priests launch their plan to rescue Teito. Teito rescues the princess from a group of assassins, and she recognizes him from when he had saved her in District 4; unfortunately, Teito has no memory of this. Roseamanelle is determined to help Teito remember his past, but the arrival of another assassin puts an end to it. Teito gets into a fight with the masked assassin and seems to be sure that he knows him. The assassin kidnaps Teito.

The priests also find themselves in a battle and are ultimately defeated. Since the priests’ battle and Teito’s battle were intercut, I have to admit that I was a little confused the first time I read through this section of Volume 14. I had to look over that section another two or three more times to figure out which parts of it belonged to which fight. There’s a lot of action that takes place here, so it all kind of blends together and helps to create the confusion I had.

The remainder of the volume sees Teito finally able to break through Ayanami’s block and remember his past. He also reunites with the princess, and they both learn some shocking truths about her. Volume 15 will more than likely have a focus on the aftermath of his discovery, and it could also possibly reveal more information about her and the Eye of Rafael as well.

Luckily, I didn’t have to deal with a big gap again like I did when I read Volume 13. Because of that, I had a little better understanding of what was going on in Volume 14 when I started it. But like I stated earlier, the fight scenes of Teito and the priests were a little hard to follow and distinguish which panels went with which one, but that was more due to the presentation than it was to not knowing what happened between Volumes Three and 12 of 07-Ghost.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Volume 14. It was an exciting read, and I liked how the story kept building throughout it. I found myself wishing that Teito would find a way to overcome Ayanami’s control, and I nearly cheered when he finally did near the end of this volume. I also enjoyed getting a little more information on the princess, since I hardly know anything about her due to the large skip I had to make in order to review Volume 13. I have to find some time at some point to read the volumes that I’ve missed, because I think it would really help me to enjoy what I’m reading even more than I already am.

If you’ve been reading and enjoying the 07-Ghost manga series, then I think you’ll also enjoy reading Volume 14.

I wrote this review after reading a review copy of 07-Ghost Volume 14 that was provided to me by VIZ Media.

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Manga Review: 07-Ghost Volume 13

07-Ghost Volume 13 is a manga by Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara, and it has been released in North America by VIZ Media in November 2014. VIZ Media has rated the series “T” for teens; when Go! Media released this series, it was rated “OT” for teens 16 years of age and up. From what I’ve read, I think VIZ’s rating may be more accurate, because I really haven’t seen anything that would make it inappropriate for younger teens.

07-Ghost Volume 13
Written by: Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara
Publisher: Ichijinsha
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: November 11, 2014

Teito Klein is a former slave with amnesia who learns that he was once the prince of the Raggs Empire, which was destroyed by the Barsburg Empire. He’s been at the Barsburg Empire’s military academy because he has an ability to use a rare supernatural power called Zaiphon. Also, unknown to Teito, he harbors the Eye of Mikael, which is an artifact that’s said to bring either the world’s salvation or destruction.

Teito finds himself on the run when he learns the truth about his past, and is attacked by Chief of Staff Ayanami. He’s rescued by three bishops from the 7th District who provide Teito with sanctuary and help him to recuperate. Teito’s best friend, Mikage, finds him, but it turned out he was being used by the Barsburg Empire to try to bring Teito back.

Prior to reading Volume 13, I had only ever read the first volume of 07-Ghost. Even though I skipped ahead 12 volumes, I found I was able to piece things together from information and dialogue that’s revealed throughout Volume 13. I wasn’t anywhere near as lost as I was afraid I was going to be.

This volume sees Teito back with the Barsburg Empire and has forgotten what has happened to him since his escape from the academy; he believes that he is serving as Ayanami’s Begleiter. But as the scientists at the academy try to investigate the Eye of Mikael, it causes chaos with the machines. One of the three bishops has infiltrated the academy, but Teito has no memory of him. Also, when the bishop tries telling Teito that Mikage is dead, Teito doesn’t believe him.

General Oak dies, and this leads to Teito accompanying Ayanami and the others in command to the Oak house for the funeral. While he’s there, he learns that Mikage really is dead and that his family serves as stewards of the Oak family. Teito meets Mikage’s family, and Teito is instrumental in helping them out when they are attacked by a Warsfeil.

After reading Volume One, I mentioned in my review that I thought that 07-Ghost had an intriguing, yet complex story being woven for the series. After jumping ahead to Volume 13, I feel I can say with a little more certainty that my impression after reading Volume One seems to be right. Of course, reading ahead like this is making me want to go back and read Volumes 2 through 12 in order to find out how exactly the story made it to this point as well as to discover what pieces of information and plot development I’m currently missing out on by jumping ahead. Also, with some information that’s revealed through a dream that Teito has, it makes me want to read Volume 14 in order to find out how this will affect the progression of the story. Of course, I should probably focus on the volumes in the series I haven’t read yet before moving on in the story.

If you’ve been reading 07-Ghost all the way from the beginning, I think you’ll enjoy reading Volume 13. My favorite part of this volume was Teito getting to meet Mikage’s family and learning just how much Mikage praised his friend to his family; I think long-time readers of this series will also enjoy getting to see this moment as well.

I wrote this review after reading a review copy of 07-Ghost Volume 13 that was provided to me by VIZ Media.

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Manga Review: 07-Ghost Volume Two

07-Ghost Volume Two is a manga by Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara, and it was published by Go! Media Entertainment, LLC in 2009. The series is rated “OT” for older teens 16 years of age and up; from what I’ve read of the series, I would agree with this rating.

07-Ghost Volume 2
Written by: Yuki Amemiya and Yukino Ichihara
Publisher: Ichijinsha
English Publisher: Go! Media Entertainment, LLC
Release Date: March 2009

Teito Klein is a former slave with amnesia who learns that he was once the prince of the Raggs Empire, which was destroyed by the Barsburg Empire. He’s been at the Barsburg Empire’s military academy because he has an ability to use a rare supernatural power called Zaiphon. Also, unknown to Teito, he harbors the Eye of Mikael, which is an artifact that’s said to bring either the world’s salvation or destruction.

Teito finds himself on the run when he learns the truth about his past, and is attacked by Chief of Staff Ayanami. He’s rescued by three bishops from the 7th District who provide Teito with sanctuary and help him to recuperate. Teito’s best friend, Mikage, finds him, but it turned out he was being used by the Barsburg Empire to try to bring Teito back.

Volume Two sees Ayanami shedding the Mikage disguise and getting his hands on Teito. Ayanami puts a choker on Teito to keep him from disobeying. When Ayanami loosens a seal that’s on Teito, he loses consciousness while trying to save his own life. While unconscious, Teito is put into a possessed-like state and a consciousness that isn’t his own takes over his body. During this scene, it’s also revealed that Frau is also Zehel, one of the 07-Ghosts. Frau is able to drive off Ayanami, but Mikage is killed in the process.

I felt bad for Teito when Mikage was killed, since Mikage was the only friend that Teito has ever had. But we soon learn that Mikage’s soul has been reborn inside a small, furry dragon; according to Frau, this happened because Mikage wished to protect Teito, no matter what form he’s in.

During this volume, the bishops discover that Teito is the Eye of Mikael; with this knowledge, they offer him the chance to take the test to enter the clergy to help him get his revenge against Ayanami. The remainder of the volume sees Teito getting ready to take the exam, and encountering the sibling of one of classmates who would tease him at the academy.

I have to admit that I was having a hard time following what was going during the confrontation between Ayanami and Teito. Actions are taking place so quickly that it could be hard to truly catch everything and to understand exactly what was happening. I tried re-reading that section two or three times, but I ultimately had to do some online research to finally piece everything together. Now that I understand everything that took place here, the story at that point makes a lot more sense and the actions that take place later in the volume also make sense.

So it’s looking like Volume Three is going to more than likely focus on Teito taking the test to try to become part of the clergy. Not only that, he has to deal with his former classmate’s sibling, who turns out to be just as stuck up and mean as his brother is. I’m really rooting for Teito to be able to show this guy up somehow and maybe even pass the test to become part of the clergy.

I’m hoping that once the characters, concepts, and story truly become established in this series that it will start to be a little less confusing. To me, it seemed that once the story moved on to Teito working on getting ready for the test, it started becoming a little easier to understand and follow. I’m expecting that future volumes will be better in that regard, and I hope that I’m right. I hope to be able to read more of this series at some point in the future, because the concept behind 07-Ghost is an interesting one.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of 07-Ghost Volume Two that I checked out through the King County Library System.

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