Lagoon Engine (distributed in English by Tokyopop) is a manga by Yukiru Sugisaki, which is a supposedly pre-story of Lagoon Engine Einsatz. It features two main characters: 12 year old Yen Ragun, and his little 11 year old brother Jin. While Yen is intelligent, calm, and thinks tactically, Jin is hotheaded and rushes into battle.
The Ragun family is dedicated to defeating ghosts, evil spirits, etc. – all known as ‘Maga’! Yen and Jin just happen to the successors of the family, and they have to fight Maga too. In short: Yen and Jin are Gakushi. Both Yen and Jin have Maga – though not evil maga (obviously). Yen’s Maga is called Koga, while Jin’s maga is named Sora. Koga is good with gathering information, analyzing, and remembering things, though he’s extremely bad at attacking. On the other hand, Sora has no intellectual power whatsoever, but his attack power is very high.
Lagoon Engine was created by Yukiru Sugisaki, the successful creator of several other successful anime/manga. Sugisaku is probably most well known for D.N.Angel and Candidate for Goddess.
DN Angel sure is popular! Wow! I’ve never seen that many comments on any other entry here. In any case, since a visitor, Ginny, posted looking for sheet music from the anime, I had a look around to see what I could find. I hope this is of some use to her and any other DN Angel fans with musical talent!
True Light (piano with solo) Sheet Music (hosted by animescores.com)
True Light guitar chords (Hosted by animechords.com)
You can also find lots of other DN Angel (and other anime) scores at Josh’s Anime Sheet Music Collection. Enjoy!
Now here’s something interesting!
Japan’s NHK-BS2 will begin airing what is believed to be the first ever [regularly aired] manga review TV show, Manga no Genba, on April 4 at 11:30pm. The show will follow the hottest manga titles and authors and discuss manga’s popularity.
1st Episode: Takehiko Inoue – Vagabond
Kusaka Satoki – Helpman
2nd Episode: Misono Suzuki - Zeni
Akimoto Osamu – Kochi Kame
3rd Episode: Hiroshi Kawasumi -Taishi Kakka no Ryouri-nin
Keisuke Itagaki – Baki.
Each episode is scheduled to re-air the following Friday at 6pm.
Source: Anime News Network
Genvid L.L.C., the people who brought you the hit book Warriors of Legend: Reflections of Japan in Sailor Moon, are proud to announce their second major effort, a one-in-a-lifetime Tour of Tokyo based on the locations described in their book and seen in the Sailor Moon anime and manga series, to be held in June 2006.
The Warriors of Legend Tour of Tokyo is a for-fans, by-fans tour which promises devotees of the blockbuster series an inside look at the life of the characters in a way seldom experienced by even Japanese otaku. During the day, attendees will live out the moonlight legend, visiting dozens of sites that the characters lived and fought at (such as the real life Hikawa Shrine) as well as locations that formed some of the series’ spectacular backdrops to key moments (for example, the Tokyo Tower.) During the evenings and nights, they will journey to important cultural landmarks throughout the city of Tokyo, from Asakusa to Zojoji Temple, Akihabara to Shinjuku Station.
That sounds fantastic! For those fans who are in the area (or want to go enough to GET to the area) this sounds like the chance of a lifetime. For more info, check out the Warriors of Legend website!
Source: Anime News Network
Hmm, what to think of this…?
In an effort to give something back to the manga community, Bemmu.com, a web store specializing in the import of Japanese language manga and Japanese music to Scandinavia and worldwide, will be considering applications to provide free copies of new manga to established scanlators.
Bemmu.com does not and will not assist in scanlation efforts in any way. The received books may be used in any way the receivers see fit. The applicant may name one or multiple series for which they wish to receive newly released books.
How to apply
Please send a free-form application by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The application should mention
- Name or alias of applicant
- Name of the scanlation group
- Position of the applicant in the scanlation group
- URL to group home page or to a list of previous releases
- ISBN of the first book in the series for which the applicant wishes to receive new releases for
- Full address where the new releases are to be sent
English-language site for bemmu.com can be reached at bemmu.com/e.
To be honest, I’m not certain whether they’re offering this for any particular language, or what will come of it. However, it’s nice to know that there’s a store out there trying so hard to give back to the manga community!
Source: Anime News Network
According to Manga Jouhou, Makoto Raiku, mangaka for the popular serial Konjiki no Gash has returned to work with this week’s issue of Shounen Sunday. You might recall our post about Raiku-san’s injury in this December news post – looks like he’s recovered now and is back on track!
The final volume of the three-tankubon series Princess Ai hit store shelves yesterday, after a 7-month gap since the second book. Fans will be glad to see the long-awaited conclusion of this great little series, which was co-created by American rocker Courtney Love and mangaka Misaho Kujiradou, with character designs by Paradise Kiss’ Yazawa Ai. If you like gothic shoujo (as Tokyopop phrases it!) or even if you’re just looking for something different, Princess Ai delivers without being too drawn-out.
Hm, I should review it sometime, I’d better reread it…
Well, since the DN Angel post seems to be so full of interest, I’ll post an update. Some of you have been asking about the Japanese releases – volume 11 came out on August 10th, 2005, after a long hiatus.
Volume 10 did indeed come out in English on December 13th, and while volume 11 is not yet listed on Tokyopop’s website, up until this point the releases have been on the 12th of the month, either 2 or 3 months apart. Hopefully this means we can anticipate a release on the 12th of either February or March. I’ll post if I can find out for sure when to expect this final volume. Look forward to it!
The following new Tokyopop English manga titles have been confirmed by Anime News Network for July release:
Elemental Gelade (Erementar Gerad)
Kuro no Kishi
Yorozuya Tokaido Honpo
Le Potrait de Petit Cossette
Strawberry Marshmallow (Ichigo Mashimaro)
Violinist of Hameln (ハーメルンのバイオリン弾き) – not, as it is sometimes mistranslated, “Hameln the Violinist” – is an manga created by Watanabe Michiaki. It was published in the magazine “GanGan Comics” and went up to 37 volumes, after running for about 10 years. An anime was also made; 25 episodes long and differing in a few major ways from the manga. There was also a Super Famicom game created by Enix, and a short movie based on the manga.
Violinist of Hameln, or VoH, is an adventure fantasy story with a few twists. The basic story goes as follows: a group of adventurers are traveling North to ‘The Northern Capital’ (a.k.a Hameln) to prevent a catastrophe. The catastrophe being, more or less, the domination of the world by demons. The catch – they’re trying to do this by using music. Magical music.
The manga and the anime are radically different. The manga blends comedy and the serious story deftly, and the characters are at turns pathetic and heroic. The humour is a bit odd, and takes awhile to get used to, but as the series goes on, it tends to grow on one. The story is surprisingly original and refreshing, combining all the favoured motifs and cliches of fantasy with original twists.
Though the manga has never been translated into English, and is rather hard to find, there are a few scanlating groups on the Internet, most famously ‘Arr! Here There Be Manga” , and the active Scythe GP.