We recently celebrated our first full year of streaming episodes of Naruto Shippuden, and in honor of the occasion, we'd like to hear from you, the fans. We've set up a poll on naruto.com in which you get to pick your favorite episode from the past year (Episodes 1-141). Once we tally up the votes we'll feature a video special with all the top-rated episodes. Head on over to the naruto.com forum to vote for your favorite episode!
Volume 44 of Inuyasha is full of surprising twists and turns as Inuyasha and company continue their quest to help the demon sage recover his stolen liver (ewwww, gross!). I won't say much more to avoid any spoilers, but suffice to say you will be surprised!
The rest of this volume is quite tragic. A wolf demon tribe is attacked, and many clan members are slaughtered. A tribe member fights to save his brother's life, and fellow wolf demon Koga joins the battle. These wolf demons are humanoid, but the story got me thinking about wolf hunting in the real world. It makes me so sad to see these magnificent, intelligent, social animals hunted down.
Like the clan of imaginary wolf demons in Inuyasha, real wolves have a complex social structure. The adults mate for life, and packs live, hunt and raise their young cooperatively. Shooting the adults for trophies disrupts these social groupings and breaks pair bonds, thereby jeopardizing all the pack members' chances for survival.
Now it's true that ranchers suffer financial loss when wolves kill livestock. But ironically, hunting wolves can just make the problem worse. Killing adult wolves, who are experienced hunters, pushes the younger wolves to attack livestock because they are easier prey.
And no, I'm not totally opposed to hunting. Many hunters are great conservators of our wild natural land. Deer live a better life wild in the woods than a steer does in a stockyard or a chicken does in a cage. Deer can quickly overpopulate so the whole herd suffers starvation. In that way, shooting and eating deer makes sense to me.
I think the public and our government should support ranchers by helping them with costs to erect "fladry," non-lethal strings of cloth and plastic used in Europe to repel wolves.
And shooting an animal just to stuff its head and stick it on your wall...not so sensible. Furthermore, I don't understand how you can get a rush from shooting fierce wolves...with high-powered rifles from a great distance or after running them to the point of exhaustion with a helicopter! Can't you get the same thrill of the hunt by photographing wild animals or doing target practice in a video game?
If you're interested in learning more about wolves and wolf hunting, check out the short documentary Return to the Wild: A Modern Tale of Wolf and Man as well as the Defenders of Wildlife website and the Center for Biological Diversity website, which has some cool free animal ring-tones too! At least I thought they were cool…until my fellow VIZ Media editors objected to the howling, hooting, and growling emanating from my cell phone...
— Annette Roman, Inuyasha manga editor
Check out Shojo Beat's free iTunes bonus! Buy the Honey and Clover, Season 1, Vol. 2 pass and get episode F as a free download. That's the 13th episode free when you buy the 12 dubbed episodes in Season 1, Vol. 2. Picking up where Honey and Clover, Season 1, Vol. 1 left off, your favorite art-school students are back for more adventures. Shinobu heads to America. Takumi becomes obsessed with Nomiya's and Ayumi's relationship, and Yuta goes on the ride of his life. There's lots more. Watch all 13 episodes with the Season 1, Vol. 2 pass.
Last week we had blood on the tennis court, and this week it's on fire...? Well, not literally, but as the stakes get higher, so does the skullduggery as spies are dispatched to observe Seigaku's players! Catch the latest two episodes of The Prince of Tennis in the Prince of Tennis section!
Episode 21: Is the Tennis Court Burning Up?
Seigaku’s recent success at the district matches attracts unwanted attention and “spies” from rival schools, desperately trying to gather any sort of data they can. Two of these spies, Shunsuke and Kenzo, end up challenging Momo and Ryoma to a match.
Episode 22: Kaoru's Troubles
It’s after practice. Kaoru goes off to train but Ryoma, Momo, Horio, Kachiro and Katsuo go shopping for supplies. On their way, they run into a purse-snatcher. Momo “borrows” a bike and chases the culprit. Momo’s asking for trouble because the bike he takes is Akira Kamio’s!
A simple bodyguard assignment for Naruto? We've been down this road before, and as you would expect, nothing is as it seems. The plot thickens in this week's episode of Naruto Shippuden, and we should also mention leeches. Yep, icky and slimy leeches. Now imagine them raining down from the trees above you...
Episode 145: Successor of the Forbidden Jutsu
Naruto and his teammates are assigned to escort Hotaru, En no Gyoja’s granddaughter, to the Tsuchigumo Clan’s village located in the mountains. But Hotaru’s mind is still attached to Utakata, who left after Naruto’s arrival…
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