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Tsukihime Manga Review

Before I begin my review, I should point out that Tsukihime is the manga adaptation of a Type-Moon visual novel of the same name. Like Fate/Stay Night, another work by Type-Moon, Tsukihime is a story set in a world of magic. It is fundamentally a mystery and drama series, along the lines of the currently airing ERASED, where the main character has a supernatural power and struggles to find his place in the world. There is also a well developed romance with a satisfying conclusion, making this one of my favorite manga of all time.

Story (9): Tohno Shiki is a boy who gained the mysterious power to see “Lines of Death” after a near-fatal accident in his childhood. When he cuts along these lines, whatever it was falls apart with a clean cut; in other words, killing it. When he stumbles upon a traveling magician, Shiki learns how to suppress his unnatural sight and lives a seemingly ordinary life. However, as events from his past begin to resurface, Shiki will begin to uncover the mystery of the serial murders happening in town, while struggling to understand his own powers and his identity. The story of Tsukihime is both simple and complex: while the plot of the vampires and the murders is relatively straightforward, the characters give the mystery a chance to shine. Almost every character in Tsukihime is given ample characterization and we come to understand and empathize with all of them, which makes the stakes much higher when they are torn apart. In some regard, I feel like Tsukihime is more like Fate/Zero in this way, because the characterization is just great. They all go through their own unique transformation, have struggles and setbacks, and have their own personal histories. And speaking of histories, that is one of the strongest aspects of the story. Every character has a personal history that links to the overarching plot, the vampires and magicians have their own rivalry, and it just feels like a large, fleshed-out world of magic to explore. The only possible issue I can see is that the pace isn’t exactly the most consistent, but I felt like the pacing was done very well regardless.

Art (8): The manga started publishing in 2003, so the first few chapters had less polished art. Even later on, the art wasn’t exactly the best that it could have been, but it was still a good, clean art style and never detracted from the amazing story. Character designs were done well and captured emotions beautifully.

Enjoyment/Overall (9): Tsukihime is definitely one of the most polished packages I have read. It had an interesting premise, likeable characters, good development, and a satisfying conclusion. Reading this manga made me want to learn all about the Tsukihime universe (already read the visual novel), and I still think the story is superior to that of Nasu’s other work, Fate/Stay Night. If you are a fan of the Fate series, or just of mystery/drama/romance in general, I highly recommend checking out Tsukihime. And then watch Carnival Phantasm to get the exact opposite experience, plus all the extra references.

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Marathon Schedule Now Available!

Next Saturday (May 10th) will be marathon in Kaufman Auditorium in Goldwin Smith.

The showing will kick off at 12 PM sharp with The Devil is a Part-Timer!, a show about Satan working in a fast-food restaurant.  After the first 2 episodes of that, we’ll show the first 2 episodes of Nobunaga the Fool at 12:50 PM.  After that, we’ll have a brief break before reconvening at 1:50 to watch episode 1 of Kure-nai.  At 2:15, we’ll show episodes 1 and 2 of Infinite Ryvius.  After another quick break, we’ll be showing Angel Cop at 3:15.  After it concludes we’ll have a 5-minute break, the game show, and then dinner.

At 6:50 PM, we’ll reconvene to watch Higurashi, episodes 1-4, and then taking a break.  At 8:40, we’ll watch the Steins;Gate OVA, and then Daily Lives of High School Boys, episodes 1-3 before taking our last break of the evening.  At 10:15, we’ll conclude our showing with Detective Conan: The Phantom of Baker Street.

As always, we hope to see you there!

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It’s finally here! Fall 2013 Semester Showing Schedule!

Hey guys, guess what?…….We have a schedule!!! =o

I hope you guys enjoyed our first week; I know I did (Business Card CUTTTTTERRR). We have a whole bunch of other awesome stuff coming up in the following weeks, including Samurai Champloo, Ouran High School Host Club, and Mirrai Nikki. Our four continuing series this semester, Nichijou, Baccano, Mawaru Penguindrum, and Serial Experiments Lain, are all awesome as well, so we all have tons of fun to look forward to! A few things to note: You’ll see a giant TBD our first week after break. That’s because our previous show in that part, Kara no Kyoukai, is really really expensive and we were unable to obtain it =(  Therefore, we will be deciding what goes in that spot at our next EBoard. Also, you’ll notice we have two special nights this semester: The Best of Filler and Unintentional Comedy. These are theme nights where we will be showing three shows from the respective theme. More on that as the dates approach!

So, now here it is! Enjoy your semesters!



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CornellCon Information

CornellCon will begin at 8:00PM on Saturday, April 27th and end at 1:00AM. There will be multiple awesome events planned for CornellCon.

Firstly, every hour, Ring  of Steel will be putting on performances! Don’t miss this club’s awesome swordplay performances!

We will also have a cosplay costume contest! Come see your friends dressed up as characters or in cool clothes.

Video game tournaments! We will be holding video game tournaments featuring Super Smash Brothers Brawl, 4 player Mario Cart, and Halo 3 ODST! Need I say more?

Magic the Gathering: come enjoy one of the oldest card games with our free drafting sessions. You don’t need your cards to start playing! Just drop on by!

Anime Showings: Come join us in watching our favorite anime ranging from the lols of Humanity Has Declined, a slice of life anime, to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, the mecha anime where your robot is powered by MANLINESS.

Finally, join us for Gameshow! We will have questions, and more importantly prizes! (Can’t give away too much about that now can I?)

Don’t forget to come on over to CornellCon, and check the event out on Facebook:

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CJAS Semester Marathon – December 1

The semester is already at its end!  That means studying, and finals, and the long-awaited trip home… but MOST importantly, it means that it’s time for the MARATHON!

That’s right, CJAS’s semester marathon is coming up on December 1st, right after your last classes come to a close.  Come spend a whole 12 hours (or as many of those as you’d like) with us to view our great schedule!

Now, this is important: WE ARE IN KAUFMANN AUDITORIUM UNTIL 3 PM. That’s the auditorium right next to Lewis, where we normally have showing.  So, we’ll watch everything including Black Jack in Kaufmann, then head over to Lewis during the break.

Don’t forget to come early and try to get into our GAME SHOW!  At 4:25 PM, three contestants’ anime knowledge will be put to the ULTIMATE TEST, a head-to-head competition for FABULOUS PRIZES!!! (disclaimer: prizes may or may not be fabulous)

Enough silliness!  Here’s the schedule for you!  Come for as long as you’d like, whenever you’d like.

NOON - Queen's Blade 1 + 3
12:50 - Here is Greenwood 1 + 2
1:40 - BREAK
1:55 - Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon R: The Movie: Promise of the Rose
3:00 - Black Jack 00 + 08
3:50 - BREAK
4:00 - Nichijou 1
4:25 - GAME SHOW
5:05 - Nichijou 13
5:30 - DINNER
6:30 - Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo 1 + 13
7:20 - Shin Sekai Yori (From the New World) 1 + 2
8:10 - BREAK
8:20 - Kids on the Slope 1 + 2
9:10 - The Soultaker 3
9:35 - Sword Art Online 10
10:00 - BREAK
10:15 - Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
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Studio Ghibli and the Cornell Cinema

CJAS has some exciting news for all fans of Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli!

While licensing costs are usually too expensive for us to show any of these films, a special touring series of new Studio Ghibli prints is coming to the Cornell Cinema this fall!  CJAS will be co-sponsoring this series, so make sure you go and get your tickets!

More information on this special event after the jump.

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Tokyo Godfathers?  More like, Tokyo Not- uh… fathers…  um… yeah, we can’t show it.

UPDATE: We will show two random episodes of Azumanga Daioh, followed by the conclusion of the first arc of Humanity has Declined.  Showing will start at 7 as usual.

Due to licensing issues, the scourge of every modern anime club, we will not be able to show our movie, Tokyo Godfathers this week.  But fear not!