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Welcome to this two week special! We have a huge selection. I'm familiar with some of these titles.

  • Black Butler - With the anime covering Noah Circus Ark, I haven't read the manga past volume 15 or so. I'll wait until the anime is over before continuing.
  • Blood Lad - I still have yet to read the manga after watching and enjoying the short anime series.
  • Is this a Zombie? - I loved the anime better than the manga since the anime features stuff that wasn't in the manga such as Seraphim's fight. The manga tends to show more panties and Haruna fan service than the anime.
  • Soul Eater and Soul Eater Not! - Love both anime series. Too bad that Soul Eater ended with an anime original ending. I'm hope for a reboot that is faithful to the manga. For Soul Eater Not!, I like the series, but my heart is with the original series due to different preferences (action over yuri undertones with slice of life)
  • Vinland Saga - Loved the manga series. Bought Volume 4 from Anime Expo already.
  • From the New World - Hate the manga series since it deviates from the anime. The manga has too much fan service which ruins the mood for me.
  • Finally, Watamote was a fun anime series to watch. I haven't tried the manga yet, but I'm interested in reading it. There was an announcement from Sentai Filmworks that the anime will be released in August 2014 (see Sentai Filmworks announced Watamote English Cast).

Please feel free to share your thoughts on what manga releases you're interested in this week. Thank you.

The covers are from Amazon and Right Stuf.

Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.

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Notes:

  • ANN does not list Infernal Devices Vol. 3, being a Manhwa series. Amazon, Right Stuf, and Comic Book stores have it this week.
  • Comic Book Stores list Monster Perfect Edition this week while anime and manga stores list its release last week, July 15. Same applies to Terra Formars Vol. 1 except the release date is for July 30.
  • Comic Book Store list Umineko's release date on July 30 while ANN, Amazon, Right Stuf has it on July 22.
  • Comic Book stores did not list Is This a Zombie Vol. 8 this week.

July 22

Battle Angel Alita Last Order Omnibus 4
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.99

MADNESS IN MULTIPLES

In the depths of Melchizedek, Alita inches closer to recovering her dear friend’s brain but not before she is greeted by Mbadi and a rather duplicitous Desty Nova doppleganger. Meanwhile, Sechs and the other members of the Space Angels make their way through ZOTT, where Sechs comes to face a universally renowned Space Karate master in a show of technique, toughness and…thumbs?

Black Butler Volume 17
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested Retail Price: $13
Due in no small part to Sebastian,​ his uncommon butler,​ Earl Ciel Phantomhive finally succeeds in earning an audience with the enigmatic headmaster of Weston College following the outcome of the annual cricket tourney.​ As moon-pale petals bloom on the lapels of the students who have been granted a place at the Midnight Tea Party,​ the man who holds all authority at the school reveals himself to his guests.​

Will his appearance shed light on the fate of the students who have gone missing,​ or will the mysteries continue to pile up within these hallowed school grounds?​
Blood Lad Volume 5
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $20

Using Staz's powerful magic, Braz has successfully resurrected his father, Richarz, former king of the Demon World. Staz is furious that his brother has swindled him yet again-with Staz's blood and Braz's efforts going toward resurrection research, Staz and Fuyumi are back to square one on restoring her human body. But more pressing than Fuyumi's precarious state is that of the Demon World! When the dust settles, will a vampire or a werewolf be sitting on the throne?!

Inu x Boku SS Volume 4
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $11.99

The elite and beautiful Ririchiyo Shirakiin has a bad habit--she can't help but lash out at people with her vicious tongue, all while hiding behind a mask of haughty cool. This attitude has a lot to do with people minding her business because of the Shirakiin family name, but it troubles Ririchiyo to no end. In search of independence and solitude, she moves to the Maison de Ayakashi, an apartment building full of wealthy tenants and with its own Secret Service. Ririchiyo is eager to be alone, but upon her arrival, she is greeted by Soushi, an SS agent arranged for her by her parents. Ririchiyo tries to turn Soushi away, but Soushi's dogged devotion to his new mistress will not be deterred. The threat against the residents of the Maison de Ayakashi are not to be taken lightly, after all. And despite his puppy-like demeanor, Soushi is not to be trifled with either...

Is this a Zombie? Volume 8
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Cursed by the teeny tiny Queen of Villiers, Ayumu is shocked to discover that no one seems to remember him, not even Eu! (Onii-chan is crying in the corner all by himself, Eu. Haruna-emon, doooo something!) Then, when Sera mistakes Ayumu for her lover, the two end up in close quarters... in the bath?!

The Infernal Devices Vol. 3: Clockwork Princess
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested Retail Price: $12.99

The threat of Mortmain's Infernal Devices looms as the Shadowhunters race to work out a way to counteract the mechanical monsters. Meanwhile, plans for Tessa's marriage to Jem are underway, despite her fiance's failing health and the unresolved feelings between her and Will. When Tessa is captured, Will must leave his comrade behind to save the woman they both love. But with the final missing piece - Tessa herself - in Mortmain's possession, can anything stop his plot for revenge?

No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I"m Not Popular! Volume 4
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

As the second term of high school winds down, Tomoko Kuroki's life continues to be full of awesome...nothing. But ever the optimist, she pins her hopes on the possibilities that winter break will bring. Unfortunately, there's a cold breeze blowing in more ways than one, and Tomoko's in for a disappointment. Is she doomed to spend her theoretically monumental first year as an HSG without any friends at all?!

Omamori Himari Volume 12
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

Kuesu, who has returned to the fold as an immortal, arouses great joy and relief in Yuuto. But at the sight of her beloved Young Lord happy and in the arms of another, Himari succumbs to the dark beast that dwells within her and goes on a rampage. As a demon slayer whose duty it is to stop out-of-control ayakashi like Himari, what decision will Yuuto make?! Find out in the moving conclusion to Omamori Himari!

Pandora Hearts Volume 21
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

What you have been granted is the "possibility" of survival. "I want you to be 'happy'..." With these parting words, one man sacrifices himself to save Oz and his companions, who have been chased into a corner. That sentiment succeeds in awakening Oz's heart, long held captive in the depths of his own soul, as though breaking all the chains that bind him... But when Oz learns of the heavy price of his revival, can his resolve withstand it?

Soul Eater Volume 21
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Crona's crimes have become too terrible to ignore, and the troubled youth is added to Shinigami's list. Hoping to reach her friend first, Maka extends her soul perception ability to engulf the entire planet. But the sweep delivers even more than she had bargained for: the location of the Kishin's hideout!

Soul Eater Not! Volume 3
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

The attack on Eternal Feather is a cruel reminder that there is very real danger out there for the weapons and meisters of DWMA. Tsugumi is more determined than ever to develop her skills so that she can defend her friends in the future. But the road ahead is filled with challenges...and silliness!

Umineko When They Cry Episode 4: Alliance of the Golden Witch Volume 1
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $21.99

Twelve years after her loved ones were brutally murdered at the annual family meeting, Ange Ushiromiya, now 18, is the sole heir of the Ushiromiya family. Ostracized by her peers, Ange seeks companionship in the pages of a diary left behind by her cousin, Maria. The diary offers a precious glimpse of Maria's world - her struggles at school, her friendship with stuffed lion Sakutarou, and her fascination with magic. It's as if the diary contains the last remnants of Ange's dear cousin... and an opportunity for Ange to discover the magic within herself...

July 29

Wandering Son Vol. 7 is released on July 31.

From the New World Volume 5
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $10.95

There's a fox in the henhouse known as Kamisu 66-Acreage - a Fiend! Saki and her friends are now in a position where they cannot defend against their mass destruction. Those given their genetic composition and programming, even gods themselves run, but cannot hide.

My Little Monster Volume 3
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

Haru confirms his love for Shizuku after a talk with the class rep, Chizuru Oshima (who also has feelings for Haru!). Meanwhile, confused and unsure, Shizuku decides to eliminate her feelings towards Haru in order to focus on her studies. Will Haru be able to change her mind? The school fesival brings chaos and rivalries as personalities clash!

Wandering Son Volume 7
  • Distributor: Fantagraphics Books
  • Suggested retail price: $24.99

Nitori-kun gets his first signs of acne. This may well be the end of the world. But when he turns to nationally famous model Anna-chan for help, events take an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, Nitori-kun and Chiba-san are scouted by the theater club after the success of their gender-bending play, The Rose of Versailles. But when Takatsuki-san congratulates Chiba-san, Chiba-san calls her a hypocrite. If Takatsuki-san wanted to join the theater club, she wouldn't congratulate Chiba-san — she'd be jealous. So says Chiba-san, but what does she know?

Vinland Saga Book 4
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.99
Pushed to the brink of despair after his father attempted to have him killed,​ Prince Canute has experienced an awakening,​ transforming him from a timid,​ gentle boy into a clear-eyed man with the heart of a king.​ But a king needs a crown,​ and Canute now knows that nothing will be given to him.​ If he wants to rule,​ he will have to prove his ruthlessness with a plot that will change the fate of the kingdom and spatter the throne with blood!

Meanwhile,​ Thorfinn watches events unfold that could steal away the vengeance he has waited so long to achieve.​..
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The DVD and Blu-Ray release is on August 26 for North America.

Cast

Plot

At the tender age of 15, Kuroki Tomoko has already dated dozens and dozens of boys and she's easily the most popular girl around! The only problem is that absolutely none of that is real, and her perfect world exists only via dating games and romance shows. In fact, the sad truth is that she gets tongue tied just talking to people, and throughout middle school she's only had one actual friend. All of this makes Kuroki's entrance into the social pressure cooker of high school a new and special kind of hell.

While Kuroki desperately wants to be popular, she's actually worse off than she would be if she was completely clueless as to how to go about it. After all, the things that work in "otome" games rarely play out the same way in reality, especially when the self-appointed "leading lady" isn't the paragon she thinks she is. There's not much gain and plenty of pain ahead, but even if it happens again and again, there's always someone else to blame!

Editor's Note

There was a trailer from Anime Network with Tomoko's English VA. However, I'm not sure if that's the actual VA used for Sentai Filmworks.

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Well, I'm not entirely sure what I'm supposed to be doing here. I originally joined because I figured I could lend a hand when it came to the informative content for the site, but now, after looking through the different sections, and seeing all the different opinions and outlooks, I feel like joining AnimeVice will become more of a learning experience for me, then me teaching anything. I'm already quite fond of this site, and I hope I'm able to come back as often as possible. I'll be writing things like reviews, and just thoughts, or feelings regarding certain series, manga chapters, or even characters, if I'm feeling up to it. But for now, I suppose you can call this an introductory blog post, to allow me to lay down some common ground, and gain my footing.

I'm-... Well, for the sake of privacy, here, you can call me Agito, or Lind. Which you refer to me as, I'll leave up to you, but those are what you can call me. I'm 19 years old, (turning 20 soon, actually), and I do quite a lot of writing. It's more of a passion really. I also RP, but that's for another time. My tastes in series can range from Sailor Moon to Fist of the North Star, so it's obvious my tastes are as pliant as I am. I do, however, have a few favorites, that I'll always hold close to my heart. I might review them for you guys in the future. Though, I'll give you all fair warnings now, I don't always have good things to say about things. Sometimes, my input can be quite negative, but when it comes to that, I'm usually handy at giving reasons to back my opinions, so.

Anyway, I don't really have much else to say in regards to this, so for now, I hope you enjoyed reading, if you even read at all.

Thank you.

With as much appreciation as I can muster,

Lind.

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Today, Hakusensha will be releasing Kentaro Miura (known for his work, Berserk)'s Gigantomakhia, a collected edition. Giganotomakhia is a six chapter mini series that features a war between Zeus and Alcyoneus's nether forces set a 100 million years in the future.

Please enjoy the promo trailer.

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Right off lets peek at the trailer for the new NBC show...

Few things of note. The look is pretty spot on. Hey hes blond an a Brit! Now to look at that 2005 movie...

looks was off but Keanu Reeves has the character fairly well pegged. But looked nothing like him. Note the lighter? Yeah NBC says no smoking....

"We’ve known for some time that a cigarette-smoking John Constantine might not be featured in the upcoming Constantine TV show, as producer David S. Goyer previously said it was under negotiation with NBC. Now it seems it’s official – the famously cancer-stricken, chain-smoking Constantine will not be allowed to light up so much as a single cigarette during his self-titled series.

During a recent interview with Collider, Constantine pilot director Neil Marshall (The Descent, Game of Thrones) confirmed that the occult detective will be missing what many would consider an essential ingredient of the character – a move largely attributed to network standards and practices. That loud sound you just heard was the force of a thousand sighs from Constantine fans who hoped NBC might faithfully adapt the character.

On the surface, one wouldn’t think the loss of a single personality trait would be enough to derail as well-drawn a character as John Constantine, but it really can’t be overstated just how iconic an aspect ofHellblazer John’s addiction is. There’s a reason that the 2005 Constantine film starring Keanu Reeves made sure to retain the title character’s smoking habit, despite jettisoning many other recognizable aspects of his look and background.

Taking away Constantine’s cigarettes is almost akin to taking away Batman’s orphan origin or Superman’s status as the last son of Krypton. It’s an integral part of who he is, one made obvious by the fact that almost any picture of the character includes a lit cigarette dangling from his lips."

from http://screenrant.com/constantine-tv-show-no-smoking/

Always wondered If NBC has a special unit that just sits an thinks.. how can we screw this up? Code named them S.N.A.F.U.

Any way might check it out. Less enthusiastic to say the least.

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Terra Formars's OVA will be shipped with volume 10 on August 20, 2014. The second OVA will shipped with the 11th volume in November.

The television anime will animate the Annex 1 arc of the manga, while the original video anime (OVA) project will adapt the Bugs 2 arc. The Annex 1 arc takes place 20 years after the Bugs 2 arc. The Annex 1 arc takes place 20 years after the Bugs 2 arc.

ANN

Plot

The story of the original manga begins in the year 2577, hundreds of years after scientists sent cockroaches and mold to terraform Mars. However, when the first manned ships land on Mars, they encounter large humanoid cockroaches with great strength, and are wiped out. Humanity then sends elite warriors to Mars to eliminate the cockroaches.

Cast:

Editor's Note

As soon as Fall 2014 hits, this thread will be locked for Terra Formars Anime Discussion thread since all trailers are being introduced through discussion threads.

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At San Diego Comic Con 2014 (July 26), Kodansha announced that it licensed Yamada and the Seven Witches and Let's Dance a Waltz. For Yamada and the Seven Witches, it was available on Crunchyroll's simulpub back in 2013 (see Crunchyroll is streaming Manga with Kodansha as their Partner).

Check these manga series out!

Yamada and the Seven Witches
  • Written and illustrated by Miki Yoshikawa
  • Ran in the Weekly Shonen Magazine
The story of Miki Yoshikawa's original "love x kiss x comedy" manga begins when Yamada, the high school's worst problem child, bumps into the beautiful honor student Shiraishi on the stairs, and their lips touch as they fall. When they regain their wits, they realize that they have swapped bodies. As time progresses, the two realize that this is not the only mysterious happening in the school.
Let's Dance a Waltz
  • Written and illustrated by Natsumi Ando
  • Ran in the Nakayoshi shōjo manga magazine
The manga revolves around a boy who has lost interest in ballroom dancing for a certain reason and is instead distracted by the latest dancing fad, and a plain girl who has a hidden desire to change herself. The two youths who were destined to meet grow into adulthood together through ballroom dancing.

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At an announcement conference in Shinigawa, Tokyo just today, the staff and crew for the upcoming Fate/ Stay Night TV anime at Ufotable revealed their production plans with the popular Type-Moon franchise. Instead of one project, they will be working on two animated projects for the franchise. The TV anime they will be developing will be an all-new adaptation of the Unlimited Blade Works route from the Fate/ Stay Night visual novel that will be made to air for two separate seasons. The first half of the series will premiere on Japanese television on October 4 and the second half will resume things in April 2015.

Unlimited Blade Works is the second route in the Stay Night visual novel game that focuses on Shiro Emiya's interactions with Rin Tohsaka as the two team together to deal with developments in the fifth Holy Grail War where magi can summon the spirits of seven legendary heroes to compete in duels to the death where the winner will be able to make a wish upon the Holy Grail. Unlimited Blade Works was previously adapted into a 90-minute film adaptation by Studio Deen in 2010, where it was later licensed for American video release by Sentai Filmworks. A trailer for the upcoming Unlimited Blade Works TV anime can be seen here:

As for the second animated project...

Ufotable will be adapting the Heaven's Feel route of the Stay Night series into a film adaptation that they are presently in development with. Heaven's Feel is the third route in the visual novel series that had yet to receive an animated adaptation until now. It is the darkest among the three routes of the visual novel as it will focus on Shiro's interactions with Sakura Matou, a girl in his class who has romantic interest in him and regularly deals with an abusive relationship that she has with members of the Matou family that escalates during the events of the Holy Grail War. A trailer for the upcoming Heaven's Feel movie can be seen below:

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There isn't much information on the movie. I mark this as an unknown trailer for future seasonal anime guides.

  • Director: Tsutomu Mizushima

It will be an original story for the movie.

Plot

For those who are new to Girls Und Panzer anime series:

In this world, Sensha-do (戦車道), the art of tank-combat, is a traditional Japanese martial art for girls. Miho, a girl who just transfered into the Ōrai Girls' Academy in Ibaraki Prefecture, has been ordered by the academy's student council chairperson to join the school team and compete in the national Sensha-do championships.

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Plot

Bessatsu Shounen Magazine's hugely popular story of survival and suspense moves to Weekly Shounen Magazine as a completely brand new series! With the appearance of a strange daruma doll, ordinary life crumbles away in an instant. Even so, live on. Survive. This is the story of the “life” bestowed upon all those who have wished to die. Are you beef or chicken? Live, that's the only rule.

Read legally at Crunchyroll

Cast for Movie

  • Nao Omori as Sota Fukushi
  • Lily Franky as homeless man

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Editor's Note

It's a new thing I learned about the wiki we have in Anime Vice. We do allow live adaptations. I haven't work with those types of wiki pages.

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Or alternate title "I welcome our new robotic overlords!"

So this is a real thing ..

then I seen this...

So one could drop the robot spiders with drones silently most any where. Fairly quietly to. I mean what could go wrong?

Add this story I seen today.. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2014/07/23/how-a-solar-storm-nearly-destroyed-life-as-we-know-it-two-years-ago/ So the take away is " There is a 12 percent chance of a Carrington-type event on Earth in the next 10 years according to Pete Riley of Predictive Science Inc."

So yes the future is always trying to kill us. If mother nature does not kill ya well maybe robots will. Thus live life an enjoy what you can while you can. These days after all are numbered for a reason.

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Welcome to the last 2 weekw of anime releases in the United States! I combined two weeks for this report. The anime series I'm familiar with are Devil is a Part Timer! and Severing Crime Edge. If you love romance comedies with a bit of MacDonalds and supernatural element, Devil is a Part Timer is for you. I loved it. It was a bit short though. Severing Crime Edge is a bit dark and ecchi a bit since it involves folks trying to kill one little girl. There is a lot of loli and mature fan service in this one along with censored gore. Plus, the folks, the murderers, who go after our young heroine each has a bizarre fetish. Watch this show with caution.

I would love to hear your recommendations on these series. All comments are welcome. Thank you.

Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.

Notes

  • Right Stuf has Devil is a Part Timer, Severing Crime Edge, and Appleseed Alpha listed. Even though ANN has listed Dear Brother, it's not on Right Stuf's list.

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DVD and Blu Ray Releases

Hetalia Seson 5 (The Beautiful World) DVD Set
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested Retail Price: $39.98 (Limited Edition), $34.98

They said it couldn't happen, but they were as wrong as a stack of pancakes in a cage full of bears! The adorable boys of Hetalia are back with some new friends and a super sparkly new look. Not to mention the long-awaited Buon San Valentino OVAs!

What's more fun than Germany squatting in a dandelion patch? How about the Axis Boys joining the witchcraft club? Or maybe Russia suffering through a traumatic hamster flashback? Any way you slice the spaghetti, every cute boy enjoys a little quality bath time, and Turkey and Greece can't wait to start splishing and splashing! Belgium throws a mouthwatering waffle party, and America shows off his sweet dance moves! And when Santa Claus goes missing, Canada (who's that?) tries to replace him with a polar bear! A POLAR BEAR!?

  • This limited edition includes a Season 5 Beautiful World bandana and a set of Hetalia chibi stickers!
  • Contains episodes 1-25 of season 5.
  • Special Features: Episode Commentary (3, 7, 10, 11, 17, 18), Episode Video Commentary (12-16), Outtakes, U.S. Trailer, Trailers.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU - Complete Collection (DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $49.98
Opposites may attract, but putting them together can result in chemical burns, electric shocks, and explosions. Enter Hachiman Hikigaya, a pessimistic high school student with no friends, no interest in making any, and the firm belief that everyone else's cherished high school experiences are either delusions or outright lies.

Hachiman finds himself coerced by his well-meaning student advisor into joining the one-member Service Club. There he encounters club founder Yukino Yukinoshita, a smart, attractive, walking superiority complex who looks down on the entire student body. These two negative personalities are quick to attract Yui Yuigahama, who's cute, bright, cheerful, and needs the Service Club's help to... bake cookies? Is this a recipe for romance or the precursor for a nuclear meltdown? Will there be cookies, nookie, or a reason for everyone to play hooky?

  • Contains episodes 1-13.
  • Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation.
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
Dr. Slump: The Movies (Films 1-5)
  • Distributor: Eastern Star
  • Suggested Retail Price: $29.95
Senbei Norimaki created Arale, the most precocious little girl robot... which means Penguin Village won't be so quiet and peaceful any more! Possessing super strength and being naive about the ways of humans, Arale explores life with her creator the only way she knows how - with lots of wacky hijinks, puns, and toilet humor! Whether it be searching for the ingredients to a love potion, rescuing Senbei's sweetheart from space, running in a grand race, finding treasure that makes dreams come true, or visiting a mechanical city, there's never a dull moment in Penguin Village with Arale and Dr. Slump!

Contains the following Dr. Slump films:
  1. Hello! Wonderland
  2. Space Adventure!
  3. The Great Race Around the World
  4. The Secret of Nanaba Castle
  5. The City of Dreams, Mechapolis
Devil is a Part Timer (DVD/Blu-Ray) Complete Series
  • Distributor: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $69.98 (Limited Edition), $64.98

When Satan is run out of his infernal kingdom, he finds himself virtually powerless in modern-day Tokyo. Stuck in a feeble mortal body and desperate for cash, there's only one way for the dark lord to survive: by getting a job manning the deep fryer at "MgRonald!"

As Satan flips burgers and tries to regain his evil magic, he's pestered by a righteous hero who tracked him to Earth, a video-game-loving fallen angel looking for a way back into heaven, and the most unholy of enemies: a rival fast food franchise. Will he figure out a way to reclaim his homeland and throne? And if not, will this demonic burger king at least sell enough featured menu items to be promoted to shift supervisor? The devil can't survive on minimum wage!

  • This limited edition includes a premium chipboard artbox!
  • Contains episodes 1-13.
  • Special Features: Episode Commentaries (1, 12), The Ente Isla Language: With Jamie Marchi, Textless Songs, U.S. Trailer, Trailer.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Severing Crime Edge - Complete Collection (DVD/Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested Retail Price: $49.98 (BD)

Kiri Haimura loves cutting hair. Actually, he doesn't just love cutting hair, he obsesses over it and even has a special set of scissors he delights in using. But when his mane obsession for a bit of trim draws him to Iwai Mushanokoji, whose long hair has never been cut, he finds himself entangled in a situation no shears can hack him out of. You see, Iwai is heir to a strange curse that makes her hair impossible to cut. Or at least, it was until Kiri's clippers take off a lock, thereby revealing that his scissors are cursed as well!

But now that she's shorn free, Iwai has a slew of "murderers" after her, each armed with their own cursed implements and eager for the chance to kill the "Hair Queen." And if that's not enough to make Kiri wig out, it seems that many of them actually attend his own school! Will this evil crew cut in on Kiri's Hair Queen, or will he snip their ambitions in the bud?

Contains episodes 1-13.

Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation.

Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Appleseed Alpha (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Columbia
  • Suggested Retail Price: $30.99

Left to survive in a post-World War society, two mercenary soldiers - Deunan and her cyborg partner Briareos – are sent on a mission on the outskirts of their war-torn city. During the operation, they run into Iris and Olson, two citizens from the utopian city of Olympus, who might have a way to save the world but the ruthless Talos and the scheming warlord Two Horns have their own plans. It's up to Deunan and Briareos to safeguard their newfound contacts and help save humanity's last hope.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Problem Children are Coming from Another World, aren't they? (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $69.98
On the world known as Little Garden, factions and communities compete for power via Gift Games, in which individuals with unusual abilities are set against each other. But where there are winners, there are also losers, and the group called the "No Names" has been so devastated in their conflicts with the Demon Lords that almost all of their 120 remaining members are still children! For surviving leaders Jin and Black Rabbit there seems to be only one hope: bring in outside recruits and gamble that their new abilities will somehow reverse the tide!

Of course, Earth-born Izayoi, Asuka and Yo don't know any of this when they accept the invitation to come to Little Garden, nor do they know how dangerous the games actually are. Fortunately, all three are far more formidable than anyone can imagine. Still, before they can win the games, they'll have to learn how to work together and with the other No Names, and time is rapidly running out!

  • Contains episodes 1-10 and the OVA.
  • Special Features: Clean Opening Animations, Clean Closing Animations.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Dear Brother - Box 1
  • Distributor: Anime Sols
  • Suggested retail price: $59.99
Seiran Girl's High School's sorority is the most prestigious social group on campus. When Nanako gets invited to join, it seems like a dream come true. But she will soon discover the cost of popularity...

  • Contains episodes 1-13.
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
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There is a part of me that couldn’t really take seriously the tension Nanatsu no Taizai seemed determined to inject into the final panels of chapter 86; maybe it’s because Ban has been gone for so long that I more or less forgot about him.

I don’t want to call this a cheap attempt on the mangaka’s part to elevate the sense of danger, but that is what it looks like.

THE CHAPTERS:

The victory Meliodas and crew attained seemingly shatters as Hendricksen makes his final move. It is just as Merlin returns to her new master’s side, taking her immense strength with her, that the scourge of the demon blood is loosed against the kingdom’s wounded remnants.

MY THOUGHTS:

Maybe I am leaping to conclusions a little too quickly; I mean, what do we really know about the sins? Is it that difficult to believe that Ban would betray Meliodas for Elaine’s sake? Has Ban actually done anything to prove himself too honorable to commit such treacherous acts?

No, not really; I still do not buy that last panel though, and suspect that the next chapter is going to focus around Ban’s fight with Hendricksen. It should prove to be quite interesting, considering Ban’s immortality and all.

Then again it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to suggest that Meliodas probably only managed to permanently scar Ban the immortal because of his demonic aspects; chances are Ban doesn’t have the advantage of immortality as he would expect against Hendricksen, in which case next chapter might take an interesting turn.

I don’t think anyone is going to take the berserker new generation threat seriously, not with the team that has been assembled at the palace; if the sins are smart they will let Gowther end the battle in one go, allowing everyone else to focus their efforts upon stopping Hendricksen.

I don’t know if I was that impressed with the way in which Dreyfus so easily broke down; even with Gilthunder’s revelation about the envy that drove him to kill his father I expected him to put up more of a fight that he did. Instead he simply crumbled like a child.

The art was a little off in a number of panels these past two weeks.

RATING: 7/10, Chapter 85 was pretty slow, very uninteresting but things picked up the pace with chapter 86; with Arthur’s offer to Meliodas accepted, I can take a guess at where the story is going to go in the next arc. Even with all these revelations coming to light one chapter after another, Nanatsu no Taizai still has a lot of story to tell.

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That is it. This has to be the last time I read Noblesse, at least until next month. Then again that is what I said two weeks ago, except I broke and simply couldn’t wait to see what was happening with this slowly burgeoning back story.

This is what I love about Noblesse. Most manga have good moments and bad moments. Naruto will publish an odd chapter once in a while, while One Piece might drastically slow its story down over a few weeks.

Noblesse just moves from one level of excitement to another, never really hitting levels so low as to be considered bad, merely not as exciting in some places as it is in others.

But ‘not as exciting’ still means exciting to a degree. Bleach needs to be read in bulk because barely anything happens on a weekly basis. Noblesse needs to be read in bulk because it is that good and waiting can become irritating.

THE CHAPTERS:

Muzaka finds himself weighing human freedoms against the the desires of his people as the werewolves and nobles approach imminent conflict.

MY THOUGHTS:

I know, I have already said it more times than is necessary; BUT NOBLESSE IS SIMPLY GORGEOUS.

Some of these panels look like they were included just for drama’s sake, and I can’t complain; and I am specifically referring to that dramatic entrance Muzaka made.

Maybe that is Noblesse’s strength; it views itself as an anime and thus includes all those tiny little details only present with anime.

Noblesse is one of those really rare Manhwa that manages to combine both great art and interesting story telling, as opposed to most other Manhwa that seem almost obsessed with pristine art at the detriment of the story.

This is only the second Noblesse flashback in the manhwa’s run and it is doing a brilliant job of fleshing out the Noblesse world, steadily and at its own pace but without crawling like Magi, providing revelations and character development but without dwelling endlessly on irrelevant elements again like Magi.

Even with the fact that the pair haven’t shared more than a few panels together, one can already sense the relationship between Muzaka and Rai begin to develop. What makes this flashback so interesting to watch is how little we know of anything related to it.

We understood the relationship between Frankenstein and Rai before we had the opportunity to see it develop in the first flashback; and that was a treat because we knew so little of Lukedonia.

In this case, We didn’t even know Muzaka existed; but Frankenstein named him in the situation that brought Rai to the edge of death. That is intriguing. Noblesse has dealt with almost every facet of this ancient incident, with Rai facing against, confronting and even judging all those nobles that betrayed their people and one and only Noblesse.

And that had me believing that we had put the matter to rest. But have we really? Sure we know the nobles who were involved in the incident. Most if not all have been dealt with- and all were surprisingly repentant.

But outside of knowing who was involved, we don’t actually know what happened or who did what. And that is what makes Muzaka’s flashback so intriguing to read.

I cannot even fathom how the werewolf Lord’s path intertwined with the noble traitors. There is still so much to know before we arrive at that point that pits Rai against Muzaka

+VERDICT: Thinking about it, the conflict between Rai and Muzaka is a little easier to predict; clearly the traitorous nobles are going to use him to execute their uprising. We know the conflict within Lukedonia stemmed from their attempts at entering man’s affairs and even ruling over them. Which is exactly what Muduke has been doing for a few decades now.

It wouldn’t surprise me if both groups of nobles and werewolves were in bed together.

And it isn’t even that difficult to see why Muzaka would treat Rai in such a hostile manner. The Lord of Lukedonia is clearly a calm rational man that will approach the werewolf situation with care as it develops.

Rai on the other hand isn’t going to approach human deaths on a large scale so calmly; where he to encounter werewolves murdering humans, he would obliterate them and on a similarly massive scale. Even where it proves justified, I don’t see Muzaka taking this lying down.

+RATING: 10/10, this story is unfolding nicely. And clearly the pair behind the Manhwa know what they are doing. SO few manga are ever so well paced.

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Hello everyone, I'm your neighborhood wiki editor, Taka. I'm here to highlight a group of users who have taken the role of historians in our community. My background was that I was a historian in a club back in college. I was working with a new president. She was really smart and compassionate person who revive a dead club. I documented everything, all our hard work. It's strange that I'm applying the techniques I learned from her in Anime Vice during the many community projects (wiki or not) in my three (almost 4) years.

Historians are tasked with recording our people's work. It's valuable to see how our community had grew. We are leaving our mark on this community. Historians are preserving that mark. While there is fear in Anime Vice in that our community will not last forever, our memories and bonds we create with one another shall not be erase. The historians are the ones who makes the story alive. Please give these Vicers a round of applause for investing their time and efforts into recording our history.

Vicers

Kuma_from_Argentina is a veteran RPG member who has been with the site for five long years. While I don't know him really well, I do recognize him for his public outreach and promoting the RPG community during our first encounter on Foxx's community spotlight. He started the RPG weekly news and then shift to a monthly spotlight approach. I hope to work with him and the rest of the RPG community to make sure their presence is known in the community.

The historian project he had started and worked on is the The New Viceverse Canon where he and folks record events, reboots, and significant changes in the RPG community.
SMXLR8 is a battle user and an inexperienced, young historian. His first community project was The Official CAV Thread which includes a small archive of past CAVs.
Vapovile is a young user who joined the community back in September 2013. He first joined the battle threads and quickly became a well rounded users during those chaotic times of Fall 2013. He had a community project called AV Battle Usage Project which record how many times a character used. He hope to shed light on what Anime Vice's battle community has used a lot in an effort to persuade others to use obscure characters to balance things with the data he and I had gathered for 3 months. However, our project ended due to school and other obligations. The poll wasn't used often. We figured not much people had not used our data much.
In 2010, I was a wiki editor who was promoted to a wiki mod on September 12, 2013. Before I was a mod, I started several recognition blogs and wiki archive threads to highlight our wiki editors. I worked with large and small groups over the years. I cherished our work. I kept working in this community ever since then.

Here are my works. I don't have everything listed.

Thank you everyone.

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I tend to relate anime and manga to their titles, using these normally short descriptors to take a guess at the nature of the story that is awaiting me. Darwin’s game isn’t giving away much, though with the content witnessed so far, one can presume that it revolves around the concept of evolution and man’s ascendance or something in that vain.

THE PLOT:

Sudo Kaname receives a message from good friend Kyoda, asking for his immediate assistance. Kyoda would disappear soon after that, stranding Kaname with a proposal from a mysterious app known as Darwin’s game.

When he flippantly chooses to engage with the it, Darwin’s game proves to be anything but fun instead throwing Kaname into a world of murder and mayhem, in which the streets of his world are colored with the blood of the desperate on the daily basis, various combatants around the world seeking to engage in battle and take each other’s lives for financial gain.

As the police cracks down on these mysterious incidents, slowly beginning to piece together the pattern within a random set of supposed deaths, Kaname must face a difficult decision: kill, earn points and get rich, or run, hide and await the oncoming death that results from failure.

Whatever the outcome, Darwin’s game wins.

MY REVIEW:

I didn’t expect to make it past the first chapter of Darwin’s game. Why? Because it’s called Darwin’s game, and truth be told I have had it with anime and manga about young individuals disappearing into a virtual world to enjoy a great adventure

What drew me towards Btooom! was the anime’s choice to to approach its story from the reverse, engineering gaming mechanisms within the real world rather that thrusting its characters into a gaming environment.

IN that regard, I was more than ready to give Darwin’s game a chance once I realized that I would be utilizing gaming elements within the real world, rather than running away to a virtual realm.

The plot is actually quite similar to the T.V series Chosen in which a lawyer finds a box at his front door one random morning, containing a gun and the picture of the man he would have to find and kill within two days, lest bad things happen to his family, even while he evaded the eye of those other individuals who had received similar boxes but with his photograph in it.

Chosen created a moral dilemma in its approach; you have all these normal people going around murdering each other, but with little choice in the matter, what with most having to make the difficult decision, choosing between the life of a random stranger and that of their own kin and kith.

Darwin’s game isn’t quite as deeply layered and focuses largely around the financial rewards involved with mastering the game; but it does introduce the same level of thrill, in a character that must quickly adapt to the new threat in his life and make some difficult decisions especially regarding his blood thirsty pursuers.

Darwin’s Game revolves around a Kill or be killed concept, allowing players to challenge each other for points, each battle- whose initiation immediately teleports a player to their target-only ending either after one player kills the other or the time runs out, at which point that individual considered to be on the losing side is eliminated by the game (pixelated, it’s actually more gruesome than it sounds).

Earned points can be used to activate one’s seal, a special gift availed to each player upon their entrance into the game (categorized in classes), make purchases of special items or be converted into cash to be withdrawn from an ATM.

As such it is only those most murderous individuals that are availed the opportunity to enjoy immense wealth and all of life’s pleasures.

+VERDICT:

Ten chapters in, the manga continues along what might be termed as the introduction arc, bringing our hero Kaname into situations through which he-and us- may come to understand the Darwin’s game world.

With the cast still restricted to the bare minimum, the manga is none the less commendable for its pretty strong start, entertaining purely through Kaname’s induction experience into the game, that and the detectives slowly coming to the knowledge of the vast amount of bloody deaths that might be occurring in the shadows.

With minimal character evolution and world building at this point in time-as would be expected from the first ten chapters of a manga- Darwin’s Game is progressing successful; the art is gorgeous, the dialogue informative and the pacing appropriate.

Whether Darwin’s Game matures into a true gem remains to be seen; for now however, the manga is more than worth the read.

+RATING: 7/10, I can see a future with Darwin’s Game, though that all depends on how the series progresses.

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hi this my intro blog i am new to this site and i intend to help add info to articles i will do my best and i hope to talk to some new pepole so if some one wants to chat then ok see ya

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Welcome everyone, here are the Wakanim UK and Niconico's Summer 2014 simulcast lists. This blog will be continually updated.

Here in Anime Vice, users are encourage to watch anime legally whenever possible. Territories are listed below. I will continually update this blog. Later in the first half of July 2014, I will have a comprehensive Simulcast guide for all legal anime streaming venue for the community. It will be on the front page.

I don't have complete information. I have listed links to the website's simulcast channels. Some have dates, but not all of them have dates or times. I had to rely on Wakanim UK's twitter for time.

Summer Simulcast List

Space Dandy 2

Wakanim UK: July 12

Animax Asia

Plot:

Space Dandy is a dandy in space! This dreamy adventurer with a to-die-for pompadour travels across the galaxy in search of aliens no one has ever laid eyes on. Each new species he discovers earns him a hefty reward, but this dandy has to be quick on his feet because it’s first come – first served! Accompanied by his sidekicks, a rundown robot named QT and Meow the cat-looking space alien, Dandy bravely explores unknown worlds inhabited by a variety aliens. Join the best dressed alien hunter in all of space and time as he embarks on an adventure that ends at the edge of the universe!

Terror in Resonance

Wakanim UK: starting on July 12

Plot:
In an alternate version of the present, Tokyo has been decimated by a shocking terrorist attack, and the only hint to the identity of the culprit is a bizarre video uploaded to the internet. The police, baffled by this cryptic clue, are powerless to stop the paranoia spreading across the population.

While the world searches for a criminal mastermind to blame for this tragedy, two mysterious children – children who shouldn’t even exist – masterfully carry out their heinous plan. Cursed to walk through this world with the names Nine and Twelve, the two combine to form “Sphinx,” a clandestine entity determine to wake the people from their slumber – and pull the trigger on this world.

3. Tokyo Ghoul

Wakanim UK: July 12

Plot:

In modern day Tokyo, society lives in fear of Ghouls: mysterious creatures who look exactly like humans -- yet hunger insatiably for their flesh. None of this matters to Ken Kaneki, a bookish and ordinary young man, until a dark and violent encounter turns him into the first ever Ghoul-human half breed. Trapped between two worlds, Ken must survive the violent conflicts of warring Ghoul factions, while attempting to learn more about Ghoul society, his newfound powers, and the fine line between man and monster.

Sailor Moon Crystal

Niconico: July 5, 7 PM JST (news blog source on Niconico)

Plot:

Based on Naoko Takeuchi’s legendary manga series, Sailor Moon Crystal retells the story of Sailor Moon as she searches for her fellow Sailor Guardians and the Legendary Silver Crystal to stop the dark forces of Queen Beryl.

5. Minarai Diva

Niconico: Can't find it. I notice on MAL that they reported NicoNico streaming the series. Couldn't find any evidence.

Sources

Related Threads

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Toonami and Adult Swim will be airing Gurren Lagann on August 16 at 2 AM Eastern and Pacific Time for the states.

Plot

In their closed-off underground village, Kamina and Simon chafe at the limits imposed by the village elder. Yet all this will change, when Simon stumbles across a fantastic device - just as the village's peace is broken by a violent intrusion. What follows is a grand adventure that will shake the earth, heavens, and the very galaxy to its core.

Via ANN

Note:

I made to check the forums before posting this thread.

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Welcome everyone! This blog will be cut short since I have a job at the family business that starts at 4:30 PM. The purpose of this blog is give recognitions to folks who completed the wiki tasks for Spring 2014 and set up a theme for Summer 2014. Please give everyone a round of applause for their hard work. Wiki editing is an important part of our community because it attracts foot traffic to our site and it helps set up a place for discussion, reviews, and blogs.

Note: I'll add user images.

Spring 2014 Theme - Completed Tasks

Like every anime season, Anime Vice does its best to prep up new anime series page.

Dai - Shogun - Great Revolution

Demonic13

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
ForgottenOne

Wiki Editors

ForgottenOne
He's a big Zelda fan who first got into the wiki, starting with Toriko. He currently works solo in the Medaka Box franchise while working with the Jojo wiki team.
  • Dio Brando
  • Jonathan Joestar
  • Mohammed Avdol
  • Polnareff
  • ACDC
Taichokage
He's a battle veteran who used to go to the library to work on the wiki. His solo work involves D. Gray-Man while he works with the Toriko and Magi team. Now, he has a computer! Watch out for Taichokage. He will be shooting for the stars.
  • Hakuryuu Ren
  • Sinbad
  • Lord Boros
RubberLuffy
He's a well knowledge fan in Jojo from the manga, the anime, and culture. His first big wiki page was Lisa Lisa.
  • Lisa Lisa
SpeedForceSpider
One of the best battle users who started in the wiki by joining the Toriko team. His favorite character was Caesar Zeppeli. He made his favorite character proud of the wiki page he had done.
  • Caesar Zeppeli
  • Jotaro Kujo
MrWhiteX
From Saudi Arabia, MrWhiteX is a new wiki editor who has struggles with English. That doesn't stop him from contributing on the wiki. He's a big Hunter x Hunter fan who loves mainly Shonen series.
  • Saitama
  • Aburame clan
  • Akimichi Clan
BigHeart711
One of our well rounded and popular users in Anime Vice, BigHeart711 shines when he shares his adventures of MomoCon. He helped the community with his work on the seasonal anime guides, the Roundtables, and convention pages.
  • Momocon

Incomplete Wiki Tasks

Not every wiki task is successful. I had some wiki tasks that didn't attract much attention. Out of the four, I cleared If Her Flag Breaks and Kamigami no Asobi pages. WayBig will be transferring his synopsis from his review to the Kamigami no Asobi wiki page.

Rin Nohara
This one was done by MrWhiteX, but it wasn't done with enough details. He was an inexperienced wiki editor who rushed this page. It was good effort on his part. He should be tackling wiki pages that is within his scope. This one was too difficult.

I'll take care of Rin's page and make it a top notch page. It was plagiarized before. That's why I had a wiki page on it.
2. Daimidaler: Prince vs. Penguin Empire
3. If Her Flag Breaks
4. Kamigami no Asobi

Summer 2014

1. Sabagebu! - Survival Game Club!
DocHaus

Please feel free to suggest wiki tasks as long as you can complete it. My style is to be flexible. When I notice a strong anime trend, I make wiki tasks for that trend. Our biggest anime trend in the spring of 2014 was Jojo.

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