Koby Reveals His True Strength! – One Piece

Koby the Hero is a Marine Captain who trained together with Helmeppo under Vice Admiral Garp’s supervision. He is currently a member of the Marine special forces unit SWORD.

Due to his status as a hero, the Cross Guild has assigned Koby a 5-star bounty, worth 500,000,000 Berries.

Due to his harsh training regimen under Garp, Koby has developed a high physical prowess, such as strength and speed. As with his mentor and Kuzan, he would often use retired battleships as punching bags, often doing so every night after finishing training with Garp, all while not using Haki to build up punching power; where at some point, like those renown Marines, he’d become capable of caving in the armored hulls.

At Hachinosu, an almost exhausted Koby hardened his fist to break apart Avalo Pizarro’s gigantic hand, preparing to crush their escaping battleship, which carried civilians and comrades. Furthermore, he proved skilled and powerful in the advanced application of emitting Haki without a medium, resulting in him blasting apart the Ten Titanic Captains’ gigantic island hand. Such a feat of Haki sparked immediate astonishment from the Marines, SWORD members, and Blackbeard Pirates, some of which included Devil Fruit users and combatants who fought powerful opponents. With black lightning visibly coming from Koby’s punch, it’s unclear whether the young Marine used just a particularly strong Advanced Armament Haki or the all-powerful Advanced Conqueror’s Haki.

By now Koby is an exceptionally strong Marine, whom even Garp recognized as the future of the Navy. However, only about three years ago he was a total weakling, with physical prowess and mental fortitude far below even those of the average person.

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Synduality: Noir Anime Casts Ryoka Yuzuki, Marika Kōno – News

Yuzuki, Kōno play Drifter and her Magus companion in anime’s 4th episode

The official website for Synduality: Noir, the television anime of Bandai Namco Entertainment, Bandai Namco Filmworks, and Bandai SpiritsSynduality project, revealed two more cast members for the anime on Tuesday. The cast members play two characters that Kanata and Noir meet in the anime’s fourth episode, which will debut next week. The cast members include:

Ryoka Yuzuki as the drifter Claudia

Marika Kōno as Flamme, Claudia’s Magus


The site also posted a preview video of the fourth episode.


The anime premiered on July 10. Disney+ is streaming the anime exclusively worldwide as it airs in Japan.

While the game is set in the year 2222, the anime will be set 20 years after in 2242.

The anime’s previously announced cast includes:

The main staff includes:

STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION is performing the opening theme song “Raytracer.” ARCANA PROJECT performs the ending theme song “Eureka.”

The franchise‘s game is titled Synduality: Echo of Ada, and is a third-person shooter game that will release this year for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC via Steam.

Sony describes the game:

The year is 2222. It has been years since Tears of the New Moon, a mysterious rain, poured and wiped out almost the entire human race. The poisonous rain gave birth to deformed creatures devouring for humans, and humanity fled from the danger. As means for survival, the humans then build an underground haven; Amasia. In this new built dystopian city, on a pursuit of maintaining their existence, they run into an Artificial Intelligence named Magus. Not knowing how things will work between them, the story of how Humans and AI coinciding and trying to find their truths begin.

The franchise will also have a manga spinoff titled Synduality: Ellie, focusing on the titular character, which will launch in Kadokawa‘s Monthly Comic Alive magazine in its September issue on July 26. Hiroshi Mishima will draw the manga. The manga will also have a novelization that will launch under Kadokawa‘s MF Bunko J label. The franchise will also have a separate novel spinoff “photo story” titled Synduality: Kaleido, which will launch in Hobby Japan‘s Monthly Hobby Japan magazine in its September issue on July 25.

Sources: Synduality: Noir anime’s website, Comic Natalie

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Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation Light Novels Get English Audiobooks – News

Seven Seas launches 1st volume in September with narration by Cliff Kurt

Seven Seas Entertainment announced on Monday that it is producing audiobooks of Rifujin no Magonote’s Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation light novels, narrated by Cliff Kurt. The audiobook of the novels’ first volume will launch under Seven Seas‘ Siren audiobook imprint in September.

Seven Seas Entertainment licensed both Rifujin na Magonote‘s original main light novel series and Yuka Fujikawa‘s manga adaptation. The company also licensed Shōko Iwami‘s Mushoku Tensei: Roxy Gets Serious (Mushoku Tensei: Roxy Datte Honki desu) spinoff manga (which just ended on July 14). Seven Seas describes the “epic and influential fantasy” story of the original novels:

Kicked out by his family and wandering the streets, an unemployed 34-year-old shut-in thinks he’s hit rock-bottom–just as he’s hit and killed by a speeding truck! Awakening to find himself reborn as an infant in a world of swords and sorcery, but with the memories of his first life intact, Rudeus Greyrat is determined not to repeat his past mistakes. He’s going to make the most of this reincarnation as he sets off on the adventure of a second lifetime!

Rifujin na Magonote initially serialized the story on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō (Let’s Become Novelists) website from 2012 to 2015. Kadokawa‘s MF Books imprint then began publishing a print version in 2014. The 26th volume shipped in November 2022.

The first part of the novels’ first anime adaptation premiered in January 2021, and the second part premiered in October 2021, after a delay from that July. Funimation streamed the season. Crunchyroll and Hulu are now streaming the anime, including the unaired side-story original video anime (OVA) episode “Eris the Goblin Slayer.”

The second season of the anime premiered on July 2. Crunchyroll is streaming the new season as it airs. The anime will air for two cours (two quarters of a year). The first half is airing from July to September, and the second half will air from April to June, 2024. The season will have a total of 25 episodes.

Source: Press release

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takt op. Project Gets New Manga – News

Ika Nakaya, Aya Takaha launch takt op. Bara no Dangan (Kuchidzuke) de Utte! manga on Thursday

The official Twitter account for Kadokawa‘s Comic Alive magazine announced on Sunday that Bandai Namco Arts and DeNA‘s takt op. (pronounced “takt opus”) project will get a new manga titled takt op. Bara no Dangan (Kuchidzuke) de Utte! (Shoot with a Rose Bullet! [Kiss]). Ika Nakaya is drawing the manga, and Aya Takaha is credited for the story. The manga will debut on the Comic Alive+ manga website on Thursday.

The prequel manga follows the world’s first Musicart “Ode to Joy.” The manga is based on the project’s takt op. Symphony (takt op. Unmei wa Akaki Senritsu no Machi o) smartphone game (takt op. Unmei wa Akaki Senritsu no Machi o)


The game debuted in Japan on June 28. The game’s English version will launch later this year. The game was originally planned for a 2021 launch, but was delayed beyond that year.

The television anime part of the project, titled takt op. Destiny, premiered in October 2021, and had 12 episodes. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired, and added an English dub in April 2022.

Kino launched a manga adaptation of the anime in Kadokawa‘s Comic Alive magazine in August 2022.

DeNA and Ouji Hiroi (Sakura Wars creator) are credited with the original work for the franchise. LAM is drafting the original character designs. Musician Marasy is the “key pianist.” The artist yish is in charge of background concept art. Orchestral conductor Hirofumi Kurita is credited as a musical research adviser.

Source: Comic Alive‘s Twitter account

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Novel Author Naoto Asahara Passes Away – News

Ashara wrote Kanojo ga Suki na Mono wa Homo de Atte Boku de wa Nai

The Sankei Sports newspaper reported last week that novel author Naoto Asahara (Kanojo ga Suki na Mono wa Homo de Atte Boku de wa Nai) passed away on July 16 due to malignant lymphoma. They were 38.

There will be a funeral for immediate family.

Asahara had shared in a blog post on July 1 that they had been diagnosed and hospitalized since June 27.

Asahara recently published the 100 Nichigo ni Wakareru Boku to Kare novel on May 19.

Asahara debuted the Kanojo ga Suki na Mono wa Homo de Atte Boku dewa Nai (She Likes Homosexuals, Not Me) novel in October 2016 on Kadokawa‘s Kakuyomu website. Kadokawa published the novel in print with illustrations by Yōjirō Arai in February 2018. The story follows Jun Andō, a closeted gay boy who befriends Sae Miura, a closeted fujoshi (fan of boys’ love) girl.

The series received a manga adaptation by Akira Hirahara in January 2019. The manga’s third and final compiled book volume shipped in March 2020. The series also inspired a live-action television drama.

Source: Sankei Sports

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Arlong in the Live Action Adaptation makes total sense – One Piece

By now everyone has had the chance to watch the Live Action trailer and make their own opinions on it. And among the incredible outpouring of positive reactions I’ve seen, there’s one comment type that I have been seeing consistently; “Arlong looks weird” “Arlong looks off”. So I wanted to take this moment to ask: We all understand that’s the point. Right?

I want you all to think about this for a second. Arlong is a Fishman, (I know, I know. Stating the obvious,) He is not human, regardless of how human he may seem. The Uncanny Valley exists for a reason. It’s the result of our brain processing something we see and coming to the conclusion that something in that sight is “wrong”. So yes, Fishmen, a species that looks human, but definitively and categorically isn’t human are going to look “weird” or “off” to us. And that’s the point. That’s why Fishmen in One Piece are discriminated against. Because to humans, they look wrong. They look strange.

So to everyone who has said “I don’t like how Arlong looks,” or “Arlong looks weird,” congratulations, you have experienced what it would feel like to be a human in the world of One Piece seeing a Fishman.

*by Kolgarith

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Oda’s One-Shot Manga ‘Monsters’ Is Getting An Anime Adaptation – One Piece

Eiichiro Oda’s one-shot Monsters is getting an anime adaptation by E&H Production. It will be directed by Sunghoo Park (Director of Film Jujutsu Kaisen 0 and God of High School Anime).

Monsters was originally published in the 1994 Shonen Jump Autumn Special.

The story of Monsters revolves around Shimotsuki Ryuma who becomes involved in a plot revolving around a magical dragon horn that was stolen 10 years ago. Unlike Oda’s other one shots, this story is considered canon to the One Piece lore, though this was not revealed until the Thriller Bark Arc and confirmed in SBS Volume 47.

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A Cat From Our World and the Forgotten Witch Manga Ends on August 28 – News

Manga about witch, giant cat launched in 2021

The 30th chapter of Hiro Kashiwaba‘s A Cat From Our World and the Forgotten Witch (Isekai Neko to Fukigenna Majo) manga revealed on July 24 that the manga will end with its next chapter on August 28.

The manga’s story reached the climax with the 30th chapter.

Seven Seas Entertainment licensed the manga and will publish the first compiled book volume in English on January 2. Seven Seas describes the story:

A sweet tale starring a gigantic cat who’s summoned to a fantasy world by a lonely, elderly witch.

In her youth, Jeanne was a powerful witch who vanquished the evil Demon King and saved the world–but over time, the people she rescued have forgotten about her and her noble deeds. Now she is a short-spoken old woman, living by herself in a secluded forest…until she summons a cat from Earth to her home. The former city kitty is now the size of a giant, and must acclimate to this new world at Jeanne’s side. Through eating the food Jeanne prepares, and offering a head for pats, can this furry feline soothe the loneliness of the forgotten witch?

Kashiwaba launched the manga on Shogakukan‘s Yawaraka Spirits website in August 2021. Shogakukan published the manga’s fourth compiled book volume on April 12, and will publish the fifth volume this summmer.

Source: Yawaraka Spirits’ website (link 2)

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Live-Action Ya Boy Kongming! Show Reveals More Cast – News

Mirai Moriyama, Koharu Sugawara, Ryūbi Miyase, Rikako Yagi, Mandy Sekiguchi join cast

Fuji TV revealed more cast members for the live-action series of Yuto Yotsuba and Ryō Ogawa‘s Ya Boy Kongming! (Paripi Kōmei) manga on Monday. The new cast members include:

Mirai Moriyama as Owner Kobayashi

Koharu Sugawara as Mia Iriomote


Ryūbi Miyase as Kabe Taijin


Rikako Yagi as Nanami Kuon


Mandy Sekiguchi as Keiji Maezono


Osamu Mukai (left in image below) plays Shokatsu Kōmei (Zhuge Kongming, better known in history as Zhuge Liang), while Moka Kamishiraishi plays protagonist Eiko.


Shūhei Shibue will be one of the directors for the series, with Nonji Nemoto as scriptwriter. The series will premiere on Fuji TV this fall, and will air on Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. (9:00 a.m. EDT) in Fuji TV‘s “Shinsui 10 Drama” timeslot.


Kodansha USA Publishing began publishing the manga digitally in English on June 1. The company describes the manga:

General of the Three Kingdoms, Kongming had struggled his whole life, facing countless battles that made him into the accomplished strategist he was. So on his deathbed, he wished only to be reborn into a peaceful world… and was sent straight to modern-day party-central, Tokyo! Can even a brilliant strategist like Kongming adapt to the wild beats and even wilder party people?!

The manga launched on Kodansha‘s Comic Days website in December 2019, and also began running in Kodansha‘s Weekly Young Magazine in November 2021. Kodansha shipped the manga’s 13th compiled book volume on April 6. Kodansha USA Publishing released the 10th volume on February 21.

The manga inspired a television anime in April 2022. HIDIVE exclusively and simultaneously streamed the series, and also streamed an English dub. Sentai Filmworks licensed the anime and released it on home video on April 18.

Sources: Fuji TV, Comic Natalie

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