Posts Tagged ‘Naruto’

Beamcast – November 1

November 1, 2010 3 comments

[download link – 135min, 57mb]

In this week’s show:


Weekly Oricon rankings (10/18 – 10/24)

Discussion / Weekly Poll
Last week’s results:

Which of these 100+ chapter series is most deserving of an anime?
1. Psyren (49%)
2. Yankee-kun to Megane-chan (26%)
3. Bloody Monday (9%)
4. Code:Breaker (8%)
5. Kimi no Iru Machi / MiXiM☆11 (4%) (tie)

This week:
Which sport do you prefer seeing depicted in anime/manga?
(Baseball, basketball, boxing, soccer, tennis)

The Great Shonen Tier List
Character re-tiered:
Arago Hunt (AR∀GO)

Characters added:
Foxy (One Piece)
Yamato (Naruto)
Kousaka Shigure (History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi)
Sango & Kirara (InuYasha)
Death the Kid & Liz/Patty (Soul Eater)
Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist)

This Week in Manga
0:28:14 – Mirai Nikki 57
0:29:33 – Donten Prism Solar Car 2
0:33:00 – One Piece 602
0:38:49 – Bleach 424
0:44:10 – Bakuman 107
0:48:25 – Beelzebub 82
0:56:14 – Fairy Tail 207-209
1:04:22 – Hayate no Gotoku! 294
1:08:59 – Kekkaishi 327
1:14:25 – AR∀GO 41
1:19:29 – Toriko 116
1:24:23 – Gamaran 69
1:28:42 – The World God Only Knows 119
1:32:04 – Defense Devil 70
1:34:30 – Mahou Sensei Negima! 307
1:42:01 – Psyren 140
1:45:55 – Nurarihyon no Mago 128
1:49:07 – Zettai Karen Children 236
1:51:51 – Kimi no Iru Machi 110
1:55:10 – SWOT 14
2:01:35 – Enigma 7
2:08:39 – Deadman Wonderland 39a
2:10:42 – Air Gear 293
2:11:59 – Gintama 328
2:12:53 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 312

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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Beamcast – October 25

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

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In this week’s show:

Sket Dance anime adaptation set for Spring 2011
One Piece has 200 million books in print
New shonen magazine, Sakura Hearts

Licensing announcement
Viz: Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist)

Non-shonen news
Fruits Basket, Pluto live action adaptations

Weekly Oricon rankings (10/11 – 10/17)

New releases

Fullmetal Alchemist – Second Season Viridian Collection (DVD) $49.98
Naruto – Season 4 Box Set 1 Uncut (DVD) $49.95
One Piece – Season 3 Part 3 (DVD) $49.98
Trigun – Complete Series (DVD) $49.98

Kuroshitsuji (vol. 3) $10.99
Cirque du Freak (vol. 7) $10.99
Code:Breaker (vol. 2) $10.99
Hero Tales (vol. 4) $10.99
Negima! (vol. 28) $10.99
Pastel (vol. 15) $11.99
Soul Eater (vol. 4) $10.99
Zombie Loan (vol. 10) $10.99

Discussion / Weekly Poll
Last week’s results:

Which among the Jump “Super Legends” is your favorite author?
1. Toriyama Akira (Dragon Ball, Dr. Slump) (46%)
2. Sorachi Hideaki (Gintama) (20%)
3. Kishimoto Masashi (Naruto) (17%)
4. Konomi Takeshi (Prince of Tennis) (10%)
5. Akimoto Osamu (KochiKame) (5%)
6. Usuta Kyousuke (Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoiyo! Masaru-san, Pyuu to Fuku! Jaguar) (2%)

This week:
Which of these 100+ chapter series is most deserving of an anime?
(Bloody Monday, Code:Breaker, Kimi no Iru Machi, MiXiM11, Psyren, Yankee-kun to Megane-chan)

The Great Shonen Tier List
Characters added:
Oars (One Piece)
Akimichi Chouji (Naruto)
Dio Brando (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Jirou (Toriko)
Sasagawa Ryohei (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!)
Son Gohan (Dragon Ball)

Anime Discussion
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep. 16)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (ep. 17)
Shinryaku! Ika Musume (ep. 3)
To Aru Majutsu no Index II (ep. 3)
The World God Only Knows (ep. 3)
Bakuman (ep. 3)

This Week in Manga
0:41:57 – Donten Prism Solar Car 1 (new series!)
0:47:18 – Naruto 514
0:54:42 – One Piece 601
1:03:11 – Bakuman 106
1:11:31 – Beelzebub 81
1:17:12 – Fairy Tail 206
1:21:27 – Hayate no Gotoku! 293
1:24:51 – Kekkaishi 326
1:31:27 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 403-404
1:38:23 – AR∀GO 40
1:44:07 – Toriko 115
1:50:23 – Gamaran 67-68
1:55:22 – The World God Only Knows 118
1:58:49 – Mahou Sensei Negima! 306
2:04:19 – Zettai Karen Children 235
2:08:33 – GE ~ Good Ending 55-56
2:12:35 – SWOT 13
2:16:44 – Enigma 6
2:26:27 – Bankara-san ga Tooru
2:31:49 – Air Gear 292
2:32:48 – Code:Breaker 108-109
2:34:17 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 311

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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Naruto 514

October 22, 2010 1 comment
[scanlation by Binktopia]

Uh, Kishimoto? As enticing as the title “Kabuto’s Plot” is, I can’t be made to overlook your attempted Disney-esque subliminal drawing.

... ahem.

Even in a fight against completely new opponents, it’s still disheartening to see Deidara in action, with all his old abilities.

I would have much preferred to infer Naruto’s stupidity, rather than to be explicitly reminded of how stupid he was through cheesy internal monologue. In fact, there have far too many internal thought bubbles in Naruto recently. That’s a terrible storytelling crutch on which to rely, akin to Togashi’s excessive use of narrative boxes.

Kurotsuchi’s combination attacks are a nice use of forethought and skill, but it was again accompanied by internal thought bubbles. Also, there’s no way Kabuto is falling victim to these opponents.

Even Deidara is getting in on the thought bubble bonanza. This is ridiculous.

SAY THAT. With your mouth.

As expected, Kabuto was both too prepared and too strong to be defeated by Kurotsuchi, Yamato and the rest. Capturing Yamato is an interesting choice, as well.

Just as Deidara and the Tsuchikage are about to use their powerful attacks against in each other in grand shonen fashion, Deidara is recalled by Kabuto through one of his now-trademark coffins. This confuses me slightly, as I was under the impression that Deidara was a reformed Zetsu clone, not an undead summon. If he’s the latter, then I don’t quite understand the earlier exchange between Kabuto and Madara, when Kabuto offered to help if he could borrow a Zetsu clone. If Deidara is a Zetsu clone, however, then Kabuto suddenly becomes considerably more intriguing, as the ability to summon and recall these clones at will is a huge asset.

Tsuchikage conveys the urgency of the situation, as Yamato is brought before Madara. The information that could be drawn from him already makes Kabuto’s improvised choice of kidnapping Yamato a sensible one, and one that further raises his credibility as a villain, but the less obvious and more interesting part of Kabuto’s statement is his claim that with Yamato, Madara can now produce “a lot more [Zetsu clones].” If this is true, then Kabuto’s tactical analysis and quick decision-making cement him as the premier villain of the series, far and away superior to the all-too-straightforward Madara.

Final Flash: Great chapter for developing the best hope this series has remaining for a great antagonist, and a mercifully brief display of less interesting characters, all of whom have “Tsuchi” in their names.

Beamcast – October 18

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

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In this week’s show:

Level E to be adapted into anime by Studio Pierrot
Saijou no Meii live action adaptation

Weekly Oricon rankings (10/4 – 10/10)

New releases

Hayate the Combat Butler (Sub.DVD 7) $39.98
Naruto Shippuden (DVD box 4) $49.98
Naruto Shippuden Special Edition (DVD box 4) $69.98

Rin-ne (vol. 5) $9.99

20th Century Boys (vol. 11) $12.99
Vagabond (vol. 33) $9.95
Vagabond – VIZBIG Edition (vol. 9) $19.99

Discussion / Weekly Poll
Last week’s results:

Which of these Fall 2010 shonen anime are you watching?
1. Bakuman (50%)
2. The World God Only Knows (25%)
3. To Aru Majutsu no Index II (15%)
4. Shinryaku! Ika Musume (10%)

This week:
Which among the Jump “Super Legends” is your favorite author?
(Akimoto Osamu, Kishimoto Masashi, Konomi Takeshi, Sorachi Hideaki, Toriyama Akira, Usuta Kyousuke)

The Great Shonen Tier List
Characters re-tiered:

Kurosaki Ichigo (Bleach)
Yoshina Ageha (Psyren)

Characters added:
Magellan (One Piece)
Hyuuga Neji (Naruto)
Black Star & Tsubaki (Soul Eater)
Sannomiya Shiho (Zettai Karen Children)
Senji “Crow” Kiyomasa (Deadman Wonderland)
Yamamoto Takeshi (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!)

Anime Discussion
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep. 15)
Shinryaku! Ika Musume (ep. 2)
To Aru Majutsu no Index II (ep. 2)
The World God Only Knows (ep. 2)
Bakuman (ep. 2)

This Week in Manga
0:41:20 – Soul Eater 79
0:46:30 – One Piece 600
0:57:27 – Naruto 513
1:03:44 – Bakuman 105
1:09:31 – Fairy Tail 205
1:13:41 – Hayate no Gotoku! 292
1:18:18 – Kekkaishi 325
1:20:45 – AR∀GO 39
1:24:11 – Toriko 114
1:27:33 – The World God Only Knows 117
1:30:36 – Defense Devil 69
1:32:29 – Mahou Sensei Negima! 304-305
1:37:32 – Psyren 139
1:40:51 – Nurarihyon no Mago 126-127
1:46:35 – Zettai Karen Children 234
1:49:30 – Kimi no Iru Machi 109
1:52:08 – SWOT 12
1:54:52 – Enigma 5
1:59:07 – Air Gear 291
2:00:41 – Bloody Monday: Season 2 – 43
2:01:18 – Gintama 326-327
2:02:27 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 310

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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Naruto 513

October 14, 2010 Leave a comment
[scanlation by Binktopia]

Tsuchi Tsuchi Tsuchi. Is everyone in the Tsuchikage’s group going to have Tsuchi in their name somewhere? Plus, combining themed names with color-related prefixes makes them sound like a sentai team.

Bench! is done, Kishimoto; draw proper noses again

It was bad enough that Deidara’s appearance was being reused; it’s considerably worse that his personality and consciousness have returned. Deidara was a pretty enjoyable character, but his time has come and gone. Reusing defeated characters cheapens both their final scenes and the current plot.

Pandaman! Oh, wait...

Bee playing Rock-Paper-Scissors against a crab is a great little joke.

I understand that Naruto is under the impression that he’s on an S-rank mission to study ecology, but I really don’t need to know about an armadillo’s private parts, thanks.

It’s nice to have confirmation that this isn’t the real Deidara, and that he really did die, but was that really an outstanding issue? I didn’t read this reappearance of “Deidara” as a shocking announcement of his survival, but rather a manipulation from Kabuto. It makes sense for the Tsuchikage to realize that he’s a fake, but spending more than one panel on this knowledge is a waste of time.

Manda lends credibility to just how powerful Kabuto is supposed to be, but it’s slightly unfortunate that Kabuto has to continue to rely on techniques and summons lifted from Orochimaru. Orochimaru was an excellent villain, but now that he is gone, Kabuto needs to stand out on his own merits.

The Six Million Dollar Snake?

Kishimoto has fallen in love with grand-scale attacks and artwork. The scene with the giant turtle being capsized would make for excellent animation, too.

The armadillo punchline is unnecessary and takes away from the seriousness of Kabuto’s first major action as an independent villain. Leave the blatant male nudity to Beelzebub, please.

The chapter ends with a fight poised to break out between fake Deidara and the Tsuchikage. This is immensely frustrating, as Deidara has already been defeated; any display of strength the Tsuchikage exhibits will mean significantly less against an already-fallen opponent. It shouldn’t have taken this long for the Tsuchikage to get in a serious fight, either.

Final Flash: Unfortunate treatment of Kabuto, inappropriate humor, and too much setup time for a useless fight.

Beamcast – October 11

October 11, 2010 Leave a comment

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In this week’s show:

The World God Only Knows anime second season listed for April 2011

Licensing announcements
Dark Horse: Kekkai Sensen (USA: Bloodline Battlefront), Drifters, Shinjuku Azul

Weekly Oricon rankings (9/27 – 10/3)

New releases

Case Closed (vol. 36) $9.99
Cross Game (vol. 1) $19.99
Hyde & Closer (vol. 2) $9.99
InuYasha (vol. 53) $9.99
Kekkaishi (vol. 23) $9.99
Yakitate!! Japan (vol. 24) $9.99

Discussion / Weekly Poll
Last week’s results:

What is your favorite Naruto arc?
1. Chuunin Exam / Invasion of Konoha (44%) | 2. Invasion of Pain (22%) | 3. Land of Waves (11%)

This week:
Which of these Fall 2010 shonen anime are you watching?
(Bakuman, Shinryaku! Ika Musume, To Aru Majutsu no Index II, The World God Only Knows)

The Great Shonen Tier List

Characters added:
Aokiji (One Piece)
Temari (Naruto)
Mephisto Bart Kucabara (Defense Devil)
Apachai Hopachai (History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi)
Kid Buu (Dragon Ball)
Shimura Shinpachi (Gintama)

Anime Discussion
Legend of the Legendary Heroes (ep. 15)
Nurarihyon no Mago (ep. 14)
Shinryaku! Ika Musume (ep. 1)
To Aru Majutsu no Index II (ep. 1)
Bakuman (ep. 1)
The World God Only Knows (ep. 1)

This Week in Manga
0:58:49 – Soul Eater 78
1:05:43 – Naruto 512
1:16:09 – Bleach 423
1:26:12 – One Piece 599
1:41:27 – Bakuman 104
1:46:32 – Beelzebub 80
1:51:49 – Fairy Tail 204
1:54:07 – Hayate no Gotoku! 291
1:57:29 – History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi 402
2:05:54 – AR∀GO 38
2:08:38 – Toriko 113
2:13:55 – Gamaran 65-66
2:17:32 – The World God Only Knows 116
2:22:02 – Psyren 138
2:26:00 – Defense Devil 68
2:28:14 – Zettai Karen Children 233
2:30:37 – GE ~ Good Ending 54
2:33:24 – Kimi no Iru Machi 108
2:33:57 – Enigma 4
2:39:21 – Bench!
2:44:49 – Deadman Wonderland 38b
2:46:27 – Air Gear 290
2:47:39 – Bloody Monday: Season 2 – 42
2:48:45 – Code:Breaker 107
2:50:02 – Katekyo Hitman Reborn! 309

Chapters of the Week

Final Flash

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Naruto 512

[scanlation by Binktopia]

A chapter entitled “The Truth Behind Zetsu” and Kabuto on the cover. Looks like Kishimoto has finally heard my call for more exposition on the villains.

Poor Guy. No medical help is around, and Naruto isn’t exactly the delicate type.

Please stop making Sakura seem useful

Giant, island-sized tortoises aren’t exactly new, but the premise is effective here. I particularly like the tortoise’s hardened face.

Save us, Lavos

Finally, Kabuto steps out of the shadows and seeks some direct involvement with Naruto and Bee. Most excitingly, though, Kabuto’s reference to borrowing “this Zetsu’s body” alludes to Zetsu being more than just one person.

Excellent artwork on the Heretical Demon Statue.

I love how so many fascinating monuments and experiments are simply afterthoughts as Madara leads Kabuto down to their ultimate destination. This may not be the on-screen (on-page?) character development that I’ve wanted from Madara, but it does help to round out his overall image much better than simple explanations of his strength by the narration or by other characters.

There’s the big reveal: Madara has secretly developed about 100,000 Zetsu clones. This revelation carries with it a couple positives. First, it justifies the fact that “Zetsu” as we knew him was never explicitly strong, since individual strength obviously isn’t intended to be the highlight of a member of a massive army. Second, it provides the possibility of a massive ninja war, a scenario which would prove interesting if only because we’ve seen nothing like it in the Naruto universe.

Next week: Zetsu army vs. Dougal County Sheriff clones

Final Flash: Excellent setup chapter. Kabuto is like the antithesis of Sasuke, in that everything involving Kabuto seems to improve the plot.