Fairy Tail’s creator Hiro Mashima is well known among his fans for putting out a lot of content. Not only does he write the weekly series, but the monthly spinoff Fairy Tail: Zero, and many omake chapters along the way. Just this week, one of said omake chapters ran in Weekly Shōnen Magazine, titled Fairy Tail of the Dead Meeeeeeeeen. Now, an announcement has passed that the omake chapter will be the subject of March 28’s Fairy Tail anime episode.
The odd title of the omake comes from the content. The plot is set in motion by the notorious Ichiya Vandalay Kotobuki, notorious for his face and his habit of shouting “Men!” in a very long, drawn-out way. Ichiya also enjoys inventing perfumes. One of these perfumes spills into the drainage, travelling to Fairy Tail’s home town, infecting everyone who smells it. The result causes the inhaler’s face to be replaced with Ichiya’s. To put it simply: it’s a zombie apocalypse with Ichiya’s face instead zombies. Between zombies and Ichiya, it’s hard to tell which is more frightening.
Fairy Tail’s anime has been stockpiling omakes and filler episodes in the past month, killing time before moving on to the next big arc. The Tartarus arc is set to begin on April 4th, although due to episode’s title “The Morning Of A New Adventure,” it is also confirmed that the smaller Sun Village arc will be completed first. The Sun Village arc acts as a prelude to Tartarus, one of the deepest, darkest, and dead-parents filled arcs Fairy Tail has to offer.
Crunchyroll streams the anime as it airs. Funimation streams it and provides a well-received English dub. Be sure to check out this comedic episode when it comes, and appreciate it – with what’s coming next, it may be a while before Fairy Tail makes you laugh.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
The Canadian Competition Bureau has given the green light for Postmedia to buy 173 newspapers from Sun Media publications. This will make Postmedia the largest newspaper conglomerate in Canada.
The decision by the Competition Bureau was seen by industry watchers as recognition of how rapidly and significantly the media industry has evolved in the last two decades. If this deal was trying to get done ten years ago, there would have been public outcries. Now everything is basically just attained with a quick Google Search.
Ambarish Chandra, a professor at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management who has studied the effects of newspaper mergers, said the Competition Bureaus' decision makes sense. "The bureau is more likely to let mergers go through in industries that are seen as struggling, where growth seems to be slow or uncertain for the future. That's essentially what we see with traditional newspapers," Mr. Chandra said. "I'm not surprised that there's not really an outcry."
Postmedia got a massive discount on the Sun Media purchase and with the added capital these newspapers bring in, will alleviate some of the financial burden.
The big question from a consumers point of view, is what will change? Will the Sun Media properties continue to have new apps developed for them, or will their be a unified digital newspaper service, much akin to Pressreader? Will they fully embrace a digital paywall system to offset online advertising? Only time will tell.
Pocketbook is best known for their distinct brand of European e-readers and the company is now getting involved in B2B solutions. Dubbed the Pocketbook Cloud, they are positioning themselves to offer a complete e-reading solution.
Many e-readers these days do not have a built in bookstore for customers to make purchases. The PocketBook B2B Cloud Solution offers a white label development and customization of an e-book store or a recommendation online service. This option enables to integrate partner's brand, content and even color theme. Also PocketBook proposes development of a fully-customized reading application with partner's content both for Android and iOS. An e-reading application developed by PocketBook provides an extreme level of e-reading comfort with its multiple formats support, variety of settings and communication opportunities such as creating and sharing notes.
PocketBook B2B Cloud Solution ensures partners with a wide range of opportunities to increase sales. The opportunity of purchasing from mobile devices will become the new convenient way of content sales. The push notification messages with content recommendations sent to e-readers, stand as an efficient promotion tool.
This solution is free to businesses looking to get involved in the e-reader space and use Pocketbooks solution.
PocketBook presents PocketBook B2B Cloud Solution – the full variety of services required by online content-stores and book-store chains, which gives unique opportunities to end-users.
At current stage of development e-readers already provide ultimate comfort of reading. The user needs more – further comfort at all stages of interaction with the content, which means – convenient purchase, delivery to a device, and, of course, reading. Such a level of comfort may be provided by an ecosystem in which an e-reader, other devices, bookstore and various on-line services will be integrated. PocketBook B2B Cloud Solution will serve as the basis for the creation of such ecosystems.
Such a solution created by PocketBook provides most flexible environment for the best e-reading experience open for all potential partners.
PocketBook B2B Cloud Solution offers a white label development and customization of an e-book store or a recommendation online service. This option enables to integrate partner's brand, content and even color theme. Also PocketBook proposes development of a fully-customized reading application with partner's content both for Android and iOS. An e-reading application developed by PocketBook provides an extreme level of e-reading comfort with its multiple formats support, variety of settings and communication opportunities such as creating and sharing notes.
Of cause nowadays the question of content safety is one of the most vital. PocketBook B2B Cloud Solution will offer the highest level of data security by means of using Adobe DRM standard.
PocketBook also provides the full range of E Ink e-readers customization which includes box and device's branding and full software customization with splashscreens, bookstore apps, social service apps etc. Which means a partner gets the customized e-reader as a new product for new business opportunities.
PocketBook B2B Cloud Solution ensures partners with a wide range of opportunities to increase sales. The opportunity of purchasing from mobile devices will become the new convenient way of content sales. The push notification messages with content recommendations sent to e-readers, stand as an efficient promotion tool. Another unique opportunity is collecting anonymous user statistics from PocketBook e-readers for further analysis and business planning.
“PocketBook B2B Cloud Solution aims to increase e-reading comfort. It is based on five milestones: the focus is made on openness, which clearly distinguishes PocketBook B2B Cloud Solution from existing ecosystems. Also we focus on independence and individual approach. Additionally, we stress on such values as efficiency and diversity, which represent our view for the reasonable requirements of the modern book market. PocketBook wants all stakeholders, from publishers and booksellers to end-customers, achieve a viable and future-proof concept, which meets all the demands of modern e-reading market”, – said Enrico Müller CEO of PocketBook Readers GmbH.
One of partners to take part in PocketBook B2B Cloud Solution is Umbreit with whom PocketBook has now more than 3 years of close and fruitful cooperation. CEO of Umbreit Clemens Birk is sure that PocketBook is the right partner in e-book business. “Providing its services Umbreit always puts in foreground the individuality of every single bookstore. Therefore, PocketBook's approach with their open ecosystem coincides perfectly with our corporate philosophy”, – Mr. Birk summarizes the similarities between the two companies.
The cloud is absolutely free for end-users and alongside it provides an unprecedented level of e-reading comfort and safety. Using PocketBook B2B Cloud Solution allows the readers synchronize multiple devices – smartphones, tablets and laptops in a single eco-system. This guarantees syncing of a reading position, notes and bookmarks made at any device. The cloud also provides automatic synchronization of newly bought e-books which appears in a cloud in PDF and ePUB formats to be easily uploaded to any device. Users also achieve their own convenient library management tools.
With PocketBook B2B Cloud Solution buying, storing and reading of e-content from any device becomes comfortable and easy as never before.
PocketBook B2B Cloud Solution is a new opportunity for reading market players to innovate faster.
Crunchyroll is the current market leader for anime, Korean drama and manga. The company has seen exponential growth in paid subscriptions in the last five years and they have generated close to $2.5 million in 2014. A source close to the situation has told Good e-Reader that Amazon is mulling over an acquisition of the company in order to create a brand new anime section on Amazon Instant Video.
The online media service Crunchyroll has over 400,000 reported paid subscribers as of late November 2014 — doubling its total in about one and a half years. Crunchyroll previously announced that it had over 200,000 subscribers at Tokyo International Anime Fair in March 2013. It reported 100,000 subscribers in September 2012, and TV Tokyo reported that Crunchyroll had 70,000 subscribers in November 2011.
Currently Amazon has a very paltry anime selection on Instant Video and they don’t have a dedicated section for it. Most of their content is movies and it is intermixed with other genres, making it hard to find. In contrast, Hulu+ and Netflix both have large catalogs and they both have television episodes so people can stay current in whatever season they are watching.
Crunchyroll has the largest collection of anime in North America and they have built a ravenous following because they have anime on their system one day after it debuts in Japan. They also have one of the most polished apps in the business, with support for most gaming console, streaming media boxes, Android and iOS. They are a big proponent of of discovery, which they manage to do very well.
Negotiations are said to be in the early stages and Amazon is the only company that is actively courting Crunchyroll.
How many times have you been in a hotel or dorm room recently and wished you had easy access to services like Netflix? It seems like getting your set top box or dongle online should be an easy task, but it can be tricky with many of these locations only providing Internet access that requires web authentication. Thankfully, Amazon understands our pain and is updating their Fire TV and Fire TV stick devices such that they can be used in these environments!
When you are used to lugging around a laptop to serve this function, this news will provide a sizable smile –of course, many of us already choose to travel with tablets (which are convenient to carry, but if we use them to watch our favourite movies or televisions shows they are monopolized by that function while also being difficult to share with an entire room).
It goes without saying that you will have access to any beloved Amazon content (like your Prime Music playlists), but it should be noted that if you plug in your full-fledged Fire TV console box you will also be able to access USB storage (for apps and games) and Bluetooth support (think headphones, handy if you share hotel rooms with lighter sleepers or children who shouldn’t be listening in).
The update will be available soon, which gives you time to order your Amazon Fire TV devices if you’ve been holding out thus far.
If you're like most of the OverDrive team, you're excited to watch the conclusion of the award-winning show "Mad Men," but perhaps not entirely ready to leave the characters behind just yet. Lucky for you, we have some great lists of books to keep that "Mad Men" spirit alive.
The Receptionist dives right into the 1950s and 60s heyday at The New Yorker, chockfull of lunchtime cocktails, extramarital affairs, bohemian times in Greenwich Village and other things you'll just have to read to believe.
Lady Chatterley's Lover is a classic story surrounded by plenty of controversy. Plus, this book is a favorite read of Joan and the other secretaries at Sterling Cooper.
These books should get you in the spirit of "Mad Men" or help you come to terms with the end of the show. Check out Don Draper's reading list or recommended reads for "Mad Men" fans.
The final seven episodes of "Mad Men" premiere on Sunday, April 5.
Emma Kanagaki is a Collection Development Analyst with OverDrive
Harper Lee of To Kill a Mockingbird fame has a new book being published July 14th. The e-book cover art has just been unveiled today, giving us a sense on how it will look when its publicly released.
Go Set a Watchman follows an adult Scout Finch who travels from New York to Maycomb, Alabama, to visit her father, Atticus Finch, 20 years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird.According to the publisher, Scout “is forced to grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand her father’s attitude toward society and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood.” Go Set a Watchman includes many of the characters from To Kill a Mockingbird.
|Today I wanted to put together a comparison review between two of my favorite ebook readers, the Kindle Voyage and Onyx Boox M96, to show how each has it’s own set of unique features, and how the devices are at two opposite ends of the ebook reader spectrum, both in terms of hardware and software. […]|
Aschente! Sentai Filmworks has announced on Tuesday that it will be releasing Sectiong23 Films No Game, No Life. The DVD will have included the English dub as well as the original Japanese audio.
The series will ship on July 28th on DVD for US $59.98 and on Blu-ray for US $69.98. There will also be a No Game No Life Limited Edition DVD/Blu-Ray set that will be going for US $128.98.The Limited Edition will come with episodes 1-12 plus a CD, a poster, 9 stickers, 6 postcards, a foil card, a certificate of authenticity card and playing cards, all included in a chipboard art box!
Dub fans have a reason to rejoice, though, as Section23 confirmed has announced the English dub, there are no details as to who the cast or crew are yet, but we will just have to wait and see!
Never seen No Game, No Life? No problem! The anime and manga follow two siblings, Shiro and Sora who have become a legendary internet duo known as Blank. Famed for their incredible game playing skills, they one day receive an invitation to play a simple game of chess. After winning the game, the mysterious person they played against,they are whisked away to a whole new world where all forms of confrontations are dealt with by wagering treasures and playing games.
I highly recommend this anime as the art style and animation is absolutely beautiful and really gives it that ethereal feel. If you want to get a sneak peak of the anime, Sentai Filmworks has recently released a small trailer clip for the anime and you can also head on over to Crunchyroll to view it as well!