Top 20 Selling Manga on BookScan’s December 2018 List

NPD BookScan has released its Top 20 Manga List for December 2018:

  1. My Hero Academia Volume 16 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  2. My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  3. My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  4. My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  5. My Hero Academia Volume 15 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  6. Attack on Titan Volume 26 by Hajime Isayama
  7. My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  8. Splatoon Volume 5 by Sankichi Hinodeya
  9. My Hero Academia Volume 5 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 4 by Akira Himekawa
  11. My Hero Academia Volume 14 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  12. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida
  13. RWBY Official Manga Anthology Volume 3
  14. Monster Musume Volume 14 by OKAYADO
  15. Tokyo Ghoul:re Volume 8 by Sui Ishida
  16. One-Punch Man Volume 1 by ONE and Yuusuke Murata
  17. My Hero Academia Volume 6 by Kōhei Horikoshi
  18. RWBY Official Manga Anthology Volume 1
  19. RWBY Official Manga Anthology Volume 2
  20. Splatoon Volume 1 by Sankichi Hinodeya

Source: ANN

My Hero Academia Manga Is #1 on the U.S. BookScan Top 20 Selling Graphic Novel List for December 2018

NPD BookScan’s Top 20 selling graphic novel list for December 2018 includes 13 manga volumes:

  • My Hero Academia Volume 16 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#1)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 1 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#3)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 2 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#4)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 3 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#5)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 15 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#6)
  • Attack on Titan Volume 26 by Hajime Isayama (#10)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 4 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#11)
  • Splatoon Volume 5 by Sankichi Hinodeya (#15)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 5 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#16)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Volume 4 by Akira Himekawa (#17)
  • My Hero Academia Volume 14 by Kōhei Horikoshi (#18)
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1 by Sui Ishida (#19)
  • RWBY Official Manga Anthology Volume 3 (#20)

The BookScan rankings collect data sales from more than 16,000 locations including Barnes & Noble and other book chains, independent bookshops, and online purchases. However, sales at comic book stores, Walmart.com, and some other venues are not included.

Source: ANN

12 Days of Anime: Day 12

Here we are, the final day of the 12 Days of Anime. Today, I’m going to be splitting this post into two topics. The first half will cover the anime I know that I’m looking forward to seeing in 2019, and the second will talk about the anime that I hope will continue sometime in 2019.

First off, the anime I’m looking forward to seeing in 2019:

Aggretsuko

Netflix has announced that a new season of Aggretsuko will premiere in 2019, but no premiere date has been set yet. I can’t wait to binge watch this next season and find out how Retsuko’s story will continue.

The second half of Attack on Titan Season 3

Since I’m further ahead in the manga than where the story ended in the first half of Season 3, I know what’s going to be coming in the second half. However, what I’m looking forward to is seeing how the anime will depict these events.

Fruits Basket reboot

It was announced that a reboot of the Fruits Basket anime will be launching in Japan in 2019, but a premiere date has not been set yet. The promotional material states that this reboot will cover the story of the entire manga, which is something I know I’ve been wanting to see for years. And from the reactions I’ve seen online, it appears that many anime fans are anticipating this as well. The art that has been previewed so far gives a more modern look to the franchise without making it unrecognizable.

One-Punch Man

Even though the concept of a superhero being able to knock out his opponents in one punch seems a little strange, it actually works. I enjoyed the first season of the anime, and I hope the second season for One-Punch Man will be just as good.

And here are the series that I hope will continue at some point in 2019:

Haikyu!!

I just realized that it’s been almost two years(!) since the last episode of Haikyu!! aired. The way the episode ended, it was obvious the story was going to continue. To be honest, I had thought we would have had a new season by now. My hope is that maybe they’re wanting to wait until the manga has enough material for them to have a substantial season, instead of just 12-13 episodes. Considering it’s been two years since the last episode of the anime, it’s potentially possible there could be enough material to warrant making a decent sized season. I’m praying to the anime gods that in 2019, we will at least get an announcement of a new season being in development, if not actually getting another season within the next 12 months.

Since I originally wrote this post, it has since been confirmed that there will be a new Haikyu!! anime series, and that there will be a “special preview” event in September 2019. In the announcement, though, it wasn’t explicitly stated that it would be a fourth season. But it would be dumb to do something other than a fourth season…

The Seven Deadly Sins

With the way the most recent season ended, the story is not over by a long shot. While we may have just gotten this season in North America on Netflix a couple of months ago, it premiered almost a year ago in Japan. Getting another season of this in 2019 is probably a long shot, especially if they are waiting for the mangaka to progress the story. The most likely scenario is that we could get an announcement of another season by the end of 2019, but that a new season wouldn’t actually begin airing until 2020. But it doesn’t hurt to wish for something a little more unrealistic, such as actually getting the next season in 2019.

Yowamushi Pedal

The most recent season ended as the third day of the 42nd Inter-High was just starting, so there’s obviously more story to be told. It’s been almost a year since Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line premiered, so hopefully there could be some news soon. I don’t know how much ahead the manga is in comparison to the end of the fourth season at this point, but hopefully the manga is getting close to telling how the third day Inter-High ends, if it hasn’t gotten there already. My guess is that the anime studio is waiting for that resolution before producing another season of the anime.

12 Days of Anime: Day 2

2018 was a great year for me personally when it came to anime, because five anime series I had followed in the past continued with new episodes this year.

It started in January 2018, with the debut of Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line, the fourth anime season for the Yowamushi Pedal franchise. We got to see more of the 42nd Inter-High, as well as get character development for Yuto and Kishigami. The only downer for this season was the fact that it ended right at the beginning of the third day of the Inter-High. But even with that slight disappointment, it was overall a good season for the anime.

There were no continuations for me to start watching in Spring 2018, but I suddenly had two anime continuation simulcasts for Summer 2018. The first of the two that I started watching was Free! -Dive to the Future-. Even though I hadn’t seen the anime film that led up to this point, I was still able to follow what was going on through flashbacks. I enjoyed most of the season, especially the character development for some of the main characters, but I felt the ending was on the rushed side.

Summer 2018 also brought Attack on Titan Season 3, which picks up exactly where the previous season had left off. Unfortunately, the audience was not provided a recap of what had happened in the previous season in order to remember how we had gotten to this point. Having read this portion of the manga, though, I was able to piece together what had happened. And since I have read the portion of the manga that this season covers, I can say that the pacing was tightened up a bit, which helped to make the anime telling a little more exciting. However, it seemed everyone was caught off-guard when this season ended, because it was already known that there were going to be more episodes for the season and it had been assumed that all of the episodes were going to air in two consecutive seasons. Oh well. The series will continue in Spring 2019, so just a few more months of waiting to see how the anime will adapt the next section of the manga.

The Fall 2018 simulcast season has brought us Sword Art Online: Alicization. At the time I’m writing this, I have seen eight episodes of this season. All I can say is that a lot of the focus is on Kirito and what’s happening in the game world that he’s in. We had a couple of episodes featuring Asuna in the real world, but that the episodes featuring her have been a little on the dryer side. Hopefully in the future, when there are episodes that focus on her in the real world, that she’ll get a little more in the way of action.

October 2018 also saw Netflix release the entirety of The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of the Commandments on their streaming service. This picks up exactly where The Seven Deadly Sins ended, except it reveals the fact that the final scene of the first series is actually from a dream that Elizabeth has. The series focuses on the revival of the Ten Commandments, but we also get character development for Gowther and Diane. It was an interesting season, although I came to feel that The Ten Commandments are overpowered. While yes, they need to be powerful adversaries, I felt that they were too powerful. But the character development and character stories are engaging enough that it does help to offset the overpowered villains. The story doesn’t end at the end of this series, though, so hopefully there will be another season in the works at some point.

Andy Muschietti to Direct the Hollywood Attack on Titan Film

Variety has reported that Warner Bros. finalized a deal with Japanese publisher Kodansha to produce a feature film based on Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan manga. Andy Muschietti is on board to direct.

David Heyman, Masi Oka, and Andy’s sister Barbara Muschietti are producing the film.

Deadline Hollywood reported in January 2017 that Warner Bros. was in negotiations to get the film rights (with Heyman on board to produce), but Kodansha claimed that the report was incorrect.

Source: ANN

Attack on Titan Season 3: Episode 12 – “Night of the Battle to Retake the Wall”

This episode is basically setting up the Scouts’ upcoming mission to retake Wall Maria. While this sounds like not much is happening, there’s actually some important information being shared, as well as reminding the audience of the dreams of the younger versions of Eren, Armin, and Mikasa.

The contents of the box that Kenny had given to Levi a few episodes back is touched upon here, and those currently in power trying to decide what to do with it. It’s ultimately decided to have Levi keep it, and make the decision as to when to use it and on whom.

Speaking of Levi, he tries to get Erwin to stay out of the upcoming operation, since Erwin is now an injured soldier. But since Erwin feels that whatever may be in Eren’s basement may prove his father right, Erwin insists on going. It was interesting to see how, in Levi’s own way, just how passionate he was to try to keep Erwin off the mission. OK, maybe threatening to break someone’s legs isn’t exactly the most humane way to express your concern for someone’s well-being, but that works for Levi’s character. But not matter how much Levi tries to argue, Erwin insists on leading the upcoming mission.

The most entertaining part of the episode takes place at a feast the night before the Scouts leave on the mission. They are actually provided meat, which has become a rarity in the world that they’re inhabiting. A major ruckus breaks out, with Sasha trying to inhale a whole piece of meat without sharing. It was amusing to see Conny trying to hold Sasha back, and how Sasha reacts to Jean taking the meat out of her hands.

After that quiets down, Jean decides to pick on Eren, and this starts yet another ruckus, with the two of them coming to blows in a fist fight. But the funny thing is, no one tries to stop them. Not even Mikasa. Hell, in one shot, we see her smiling in the background as she watches the fight unfold. But what I really liked was how Levi brought this fight to an end. I have to say, that after how mopey and down Eren had been recently, it was nice to see him have a little bit of spunk. I don’t want to see him returning to his old, annoying self, but at least he’s not acting quite so emo anymore.

Right near the end, we discover that the townspeople have learned of the Scouts’ mission, and they are there cheering them on. The Scouts have never gotten this kind of a reaction from the people before, and we see Erwin taking this in and seizing the opportunity to bask in it and use this response from the people to inspire the other Scouts.

As I watching the ending credits, something strange happened. About partway through, we see the image stutter, then a bunch of images flashing in a row. The credits continue, and then the image stutters again. But this time, it cuts to a scene of something we haven’t seen before in the anime. At the risk of providing a spoiler, I will say that this brief scene that appears in the ending credits is foreshadowing something that will be happening in the story in the near future. Since the ending credits were changed in this way, there was no preview for the next episode.

With this little foreshadowing that took place during the ending credits, I’m very curious to see how the next episode is handled.

<strongEDITED TO ADD: I was just browsing through Anime News Network, and it appears we won’t be seeing more of Attack on Titan Season 3 until April of 2019. So I guess we’ll be waiting about six months to find out what happens next!

Attack on Titan Season 3: Episode 11 – “Bystander”

The episode starts by showing Historia not exactly acting like a typical queen. But, it turns out that what she’s doing falls into the mission she’s set for herself: to help anyone, regardless of who they are. She is especially putting an emphasis on the orphans, including the orphans in the underground. With Levi’s youth growing up in the underground, he’s very supportive of her mission.

For a lot of this episode, Eren is depicted as being down on himself, moody, and mumbling things to himself. Early on, he’s spending a bit of time with Historia, and we definitely see some hints of jealousy from Mikasa. I was actually surprised that Mikasa didn’t react at one point, when Jean comments about Eren hanging out with Historia and “holding hands” (they actually aren’t from what we see on screen, though).

We also see some of the newer recruits to the Scouts, some of which were former classmates of Eren and the others. They comment that they notice that Eren and the others have changed and wonder what happened. When they offer to explain to their former classmates what happened to cause the change, they decide against hearing it. But it’s being depicted that all of the newer recruits are excited about joining the Scouts, especially after Hange comes up with a new weapon that utilizes Eren’s hardening ability. Hange’s reactions to the success of the test was very amusing to see, though. We hadn’t seen Hange act this way in the series for quite a while.

While Eren’s Titan hardening powers are being put to good use, we see that the tests he’s been undergoing are affecting him physically. But at the point we see this, he’s at a point of just resigning himself to this, thinking he isn’t all that special.

In an earlier episode, when Eren was able to get a glimpse of his father’s memories, he saw a man who had been with his father after Wall Maria had been breached. Eren finally puts two and two together, and realizes that he knows who this man is: Commandant Keith Sadies. Eren, Levi, Hange, and the other main Scouts go to see the commandant, and we are treated to some important backstory. Not only for Sadies and Grisha Jaeger, but for Eren and his mother as well. And during the ending credits, which run through the last sequence of the episode, we finally learn a fact behind something that happened all the way back in the early episodes of the first season. What’s interesting, though, is that this is something I hadn’t caught when I read this section of the manga. Perhaps it had been in there, and I just missed putting two and two together somehow. But there’s something that Sadies says right near the end of the episode that Eren really needed to hear. I think these words will help him to start recovering from the funk he’s been in for the past few episodes, but I think these words will also help to keep him more on the humble side.

While there wasn’t a lot of action in this episode, the backstory we get from Sadies’ flashbacks more than make up for it. I’m really looking forward to how future episodes will adapt the manga material, especially since the anime is getting a lot closer to what I’ve already read in the manga.