Under Your Radar: Chaika -The Coffin Princess-

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DARAKENA by Iori Nomizu

We don’t want a freedom with restrictions,
Covered in patchwork.

I can go on living because of days like these;
That’s how I feel…

I can get through it because someone like you is with me;
That’s how I feel…

I’m a love fool, my vision clouded,
But what can I do on a night like this?
Reaching a dead end, we make a promise,
Reflected in our mirrored surfaces.

We don’t want a freedom with restrictions,
Covered in patchwork.
We have no interest in an answer that can only be found through parting,
So we’ll search until we can meet again.

Chaika Blu-Ray CoverIt’s time for Under Your Radar! This time, we’ll be covering Chaika -The Coffin Princess- (Hitsugi no Chaika), a light novel by Ichirō Sakaki and published by a child company of Kadokawa. Other child companies of Kadokawa have handled the manga and anime (animated by Bones), including the manga being licensed for English release to Yen Press. Sentai licensed the anime for the West. There are also two spin-off manga. The anime will be my focus here, having had two seasons (the second being one subtitled “Avenging Battle“) and having completed the story in its run of 22 episodes (and a bonus episode that takes place at an unspecified earlier point). Continue reading

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Under Your Radar: The Rising of the Shield Hero (web novel)

(Web novels generally don’t have art, so this post will be fairly art-free)
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Shield Hero LN Cover
This is the Light Novel’s cover.

It’s time for Under Your Radar! This time, we’ll be discussing The Rising of the Shield Hero (Japanese title: Tate no Yūsha no Nariagari). It was a web novel written by Aneko Yusagi, which updated daily until its conclusion. It was then adapted to a light novel, actually having editors this time, which then received a manga adaptation. I’ll be talking about the web novel today, but I recommend reading the manga. The story received notable rewrites when the editors got on board to make it into a light novel. The light novel and manga have been licensed by One Peace Books, with releases having already started two weeks ago.

The story is thus: Our protagonist, a college student named Naofumi, is called to a fantasy world as the hero of the shield. There are two other heroes, corresponding to a spear, sword and bow. Most humans hate the hero of the shield, while the demi-humans love him due to the previous hero of the shield being especially nice to their kind. Continue reading

Under Your Radar: Maria the Virgin Witch


Philosophy of Dear World by ZAQ

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Maria the Virgin Witch Title ImageIt’s time for Under Your Radar! This time, we’re discussing Maria the Virgin Witch (Japanese title: Junketsu no Maria, or “Maria the Virgin”), subtitled in both languages as Sorcière de gré, pucelle de force or “Witch by Will, Maiden by Force”. It is a manga series by Masayuki Ishikawa that received an anime adaptation recently. I’ll be discussing the anime here, which is licensed by Funimation, but the manga has been picked up by Kodansha USA. Continue reading

Under Your Radar: Witch Craft Works


divine intervention by fhána

The one I profoundly love
Since the day I came across
Is none other than you

Who was it that was crying
At the back of my faint memories?
Since I’ve made up my mind, I won’t hesitate anymore
I won’t hurt that which is precious to me

Even if the day comes that the whole world
Becomes our enemy and bares its fangs, I…

I’ll protect what I can, because
I realized before I was born
That I will fight for you

The one I profoundly love
Ever since that day, yes,
If I can’t reach you yet,
I’ll shout your name even louder
Towards the sky

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Witch Craft Works Volume 1 CoverIt’s time for Under Your Radar! This time, we’ll be discussing Witch Craft Works, an ongoing seinen manga by Ryū Mizunagi that runs in the bi-monthly Kodansha magazine good! Afternoon. Vertical has licensed the manga, while Crunchyroll ran the 12-episode anime adaptation, but not the bonus episode (which covers the cleanup after the finale, as seen in the manga). Continue reading