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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.

Sources

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.

Sources

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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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Howdy everyone! It has been a long time since I done a Fetish Friday blog. I'm sorry for being absent. College was rough while I had too many wiki and community projects, being a mod in Anime Vice. I love doing these embarrassing blogs because doing this and laughing at yourself takes a lot of stress off.

Let's get on why Robots are awesome!

If you're new to Fetish Fridays, it's a dumb idea I had when my fellow teammates didn't indulge me enough with new ideas. I had a idea to boost the blog activity in the site by having a theme each day.

  • Moe Monday - I didn't understand what Moe was. I ended up talking about my first Moe show instead.
  • Tsundere Tuesday - ended up being Tsundere Match Ups along the way.
  • Wed - ?
  • Thurs - ?
  • Fetish Friday
  • Sat
  • Sun

I didn't have much time to fully flesh it out. Plus, I don't watch a lot of anime especially older series prior 2000. I would run out of ideas fast.

Past Fetish Fridays

Why Do We Find Robots Irresistible in Anime and Manga?

Before we dive in, I made this blog's robot term more of an umbrella, so I include cyborgs (half human). Makes a life a bit easier.

Guys

For guys, we like cool robots like Franky and Optimus Prime. Think of Megas XLR, where you just watch robots destroying stuff. That's pretty much for male robots, carnage and destruction in a bad ass way. (Unless you're talking about Bender. He's an exception.)

We dig female robots for being cool, sexy, and cold. Some are pretty cute. Androids are popular in anime. You mostly see female versions: kicking ass in DBZ or being your best friend in Chobits.

Gals

Sparklykiss's fave: Cyborg!
Sparklykiss's fave: Cyborg!

I wish I done research and interview folks on Twitter like I did for uniform and glass fetish friday blogs. What I got on Google was a game called Girls Like Robots which didn't help me. As I was searching online, I remember a Giant Bomb user named Sparklykiss. In the Pass The Whiskey - Episode 9: PsEG Must Die, she had a huge crush on Cyborg because he was cool and good looking.

In the end, there is not much difference between genders and their love for robots and cyborgs. I guess I had that misassumption from One Piece where the girls and women don't understand why guys in One Piece love robots. Every time, Franky shows off especially in Punk Hazard arc. Guys would go "Awesome!" while the gals go "eh?" I don't know why there is a gender disparity. That's why I had the same thoughts in this blog. Why women love robots? was in my head. Oh well, I find the answers soon.

What's the hell is Pygmalion?

It pop up in my head when I was doing this blog.

If you're curious about the Pygmalion thing, it's a play written by Bernard Shaw. I was in British Literature (yeah, it was an actual class in high school for 12th grade. I don't know why we had that in American high school in the first place). My British teacher would force us to read a lot of plays. This play was memorable because it was the only thing I liked. If I remember correctly, Pygmalion is based on the concept on making the perfect woman. There was a Greek myth about this guy who built a beautiful woman from a statue. Venus or some goddess animated the statue after seeing the guy obsess over this statue.

It relates to the robot thing because we building the perfect person, the perfect husband or Waifu, if you must. That's the big thing in Chobits. Sorry for messing up.

I need to fact check this.

Most Sexiest Male and Female Robots

Here are my choices for most sexiest robots. I also included a friend's list here.

Thank you for reading everyone. Please feel free to share your most sexiest robots in anime and manga!

Fetish Friday: Sexy Robot Gals

Chii

Chii is a Chobit that Hideki finds (practically) naked in the trash. He activates and befriends her, finding her ignorant innocence endearing. Chii's past is quite mysterious and a big focus in the series.

I put Chii on my list because I came into Chobits during my time on Anime Vice. She's damn cute. Plus, she puts the taboo in robot fetish. In that franchise, folks were loving Persocoms more than their humans.

Android 18

Android 18 is one of the androids created by Dr. Gero designed to kill Goku.

She's pretty much the most bad ass chick in Dragon Ball franchise and on most folks' favorite DBZ women lists. Cell saga is pretty much the best arc in Dragon Ball Z in my book.

Ruri Ninjabayashi
She's from If Her Flag Breaks, a harem show. It was the first I seen a robot and a trap in a harem. It was pretty unique. Ruri didn't get much spotlight. She went into cute, chibi mode and then, ninja mode at the end of the series. That was it.
R. Dorothy Wayneright

Dorothy is the android sidekick of Roger Smith in the Big O series.

She's like the Homer version (Iron Man) or Alfred Pennyworth version. I didn't know she was a robot when I first saw Big O. I never had a chance to complete the series.

Dekken's Sexy Female Robots

I would thank Dekken for giving me suggestions, so I made a separate list to honor my dear friend. He has a bigger list than me.

Rauri
She's from Asobi ni Ikuyo.
Kotoko-01
She's a support android with the appearance of a ten year old girl from Divergence Eve.
Mimi Takaoka
She's the servant and sex robot/computer of Akira Takaoka. from I Dream of Mimi.
Suishou Kibougaoka

She is a student of St. Cargo All-Girl Academy in the Medaka Box series.

Motoko Kusanagi

Motoko is an intelligent and talented cyborg with a secretive past. Known as "The Major", she is the leading field agent of Public Security Section 9, and the protagonist in the Ghost in the Shell franchise.

Disk

She's "mecha musume" with the ability to Scan people and things to gather more information about them. An informant who carries a lot of data in her body.

Sexy Male Robots

Casshern

Casshern is a cyborg superhero and savior of the human race.

I got into Casshern Sins due to Toonami's revival on Adult Swim. Casshern Sins was a good watch for me. I never had exposure to older anime series. Casshern is on my list for being cool and good looking at the same time. I mean Casshern attracts a lot of female robots. There was romance in this series and plenty of unrequited love, too.

Mega Man
I played Megaman during middle school, the 2nd and 3rd game on the GBA. I got into Megaman NT Warriors which makes my first anime series for the franchise. Megaman reminds me of a younger version of Optimus Prime. Lan was the main character who experience character development.
Franky
I got into One Piece and finally caught up after a year long marathon. Franky is the rock star for younger children. He would make them go "Super!"

Franky is a combination of Bender (his pervertedness) and Megaman (his badass mode) into a Hentai Cyborg!

Credits for the Banner

I used two images, Franky and Chii. Chii is the only one I had to alter and make into a transparent PNG.

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Who knew video games rots you brains.Who knew you had more than one brain? See its not just some bone head at Fox who says this egotistical ignorant arrogant myth that video games cause what ever social ill at the moment.

Never mind studies that show other wise. " Research says video games can prove to be extremely conducive for boosting our critical thinking skills as well. According to Dr. Brian Glass, of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London, “Previous research has demonstrated that action video games . . . can speed up decision making, but the current work finds that real-time strategy games can promote our ability to think on the fly and learn from past mistakes.” from http://www.gearfuse.com/video-games-can-help-improve-mental-skills/

Now that might be why they don't want you to have better critical thinking skills. Because if video games does help in that regard then you just might stop thinking these talking heads are experts on what they claim to be. Or that they have your best interest at heart. few years ago even in Entertainment weekly the question was asked "Video games vs. Movies: Have games replaced films as the modern popular narrative medium?" http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/08/18/movies-videogames-inception-red-dead-redemption/

Expect more of this as the summer season for movie under preforms.

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Welcome everyone to another week of manga releases! This week has a fairly huge amount. The manga titles that came up and surprise me was D-Frag! Having watched the series with and the gang in winter of 2014, I'm curious to see how the manga was like. Fairy Tail had a Blu-Ray release this week, and now, it has a manga release, too. Missions of Love is a manga series my sister is currently reading. I haven't read it, but it doesn't seem to be my type of manga to read. Having seen Knights of Sidonia, I wanted to see another Sci-Fi and horror manga series. Terra Formars looks like it fit that desire.

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

The Mission of Love, Lone Wolf Club, Fairy Tail, and What You Eat Yesterday manga covers come from Right Stuf while the rest come from Amazon.

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.

Sources

Notes:

  • Right Stuf has Terra Formars listed this week.
  • Comic Book stores don't have What You Eat Yesterday? Vol. 3.

Weekly Manga Releases

D-Frag! Volume 1
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
Kazama Kenji thinks he's a delinquent. He's got the look, the style, and the attitude to match; he even has a second-rate entourage of sorts. Deep down, however, Kazama is a good-hearted kid who finds himself and his loyal gang in over their heads when they stumble upon the Game Creation Club. The club's formidable members, Chitose, Sakura, Minami and Roka, are four girls who he might actually be attracted to if they weren't so freaking weird.

The girls claim to have otherworldly powers which they use to defeat Kazama's gang and force him to join their offbeat club. Can Kazama resist the girls' bizarre charms and return to some semblance of a normal, everyday life... or is it "game over" for our hapless hero?
Devils and Realist Volume 2
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
Devils and Realist is an all-new supernatural manga series that pits a young, suave nobleman against Hell’s princely demons.

William Twining has it all—a sharp intelligence, dashing good looks, and a noble station in life. There’s only one problem: he’s broke. With no way to finance his prestigious education, William decides to search through his uncle’s mansion for something of value to sell. But William’s logical worldview is about to take a hit, when he comes across a mystical seal which he unintentionally uses to summon a demon.

The demon’s name is Dantalion, a Grand Duke of Hell, who informs the young nobleman of his destiny—that he is the new “Elector” whose sole responsibility is to appoint the next ruler of Hell in place of Lucifer. Such news might drive a lesser man mad, but not William Twining. He’s a realist whose views don’t allow for the existence of demons, even when scores of demonic candidates begin to knock down his door and seek his favor. None of this can possibly be real—can it?—and besides, he’s got bills to pay.
Fairy Tail Volume 40
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99
Summary is not available.
Missions of Love Volume 8
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99
Shigure's plan to get close to Yukina by helping her overcome her weakness gets off to a good start, but runs into trouble when Yukina meets into an old acquaintance–the preschool teacher who traumatized her in the first place. Can Shigure keep Yukina's old wounds from reopening?
Monster: The Perfect Edition Volume 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99
Johan is a cold and calculating killer with a mysterious past, and brilliant Dr. Kenzo Tenma is the only one who can stop him! Conspiracy and serial murder open the door to a compelling, intricately woven plot in this masterwork of suspense.

Everyone faces uncertainty at some point in their lives. Even a brilliant surgeon like Kenzo Tenma is no exception. But there’s no way he could have known that his decision to stop chasing professional success and instead concentrate on his oath to save peoples’ lives would result in the birth of an abomination. The questions of good and evil now take on a terrifyingly real dimension. Years later, in Germany during the tumultuous post-reunification period, middle-aged childless couples are being killed one after another. The serial killer’s identity is known. The reasons why he kills are not. Dr. Tenma sets out on a journey to find the killer’s twin sister, who may hold some clues to solving the enigma of the “Monster.”
What Did You Eat Yesterday Volume 3
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

No summary available.

World War Blue Volume 6
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
World War Blue is an all-new fantasy manga series inspired by the “console wars,” the historic struggle for market share between manufacturers in the video game industry. In World War Blue, this conflict is represented by satirical versions of famous video game characters, who fight each other in a sprawling RPG-like world.

In the continent of Consume, an endless war rages between bitter rivals: the Segua Kingdom vs. the Ninteldo Empire. Upon his dinosaur steed, the stern Emperor Marcus has led the Ninteldo Empire to near-victory. Now, with the majority of Consume under its control, Ninteldo has Segua up against the ropes.

Enter a fleet-footed lad named Gear, who seeks vengeance against Ninteldo for his brother’s death. After joining Segua’s Army, Gear is enlisted in the Special Forces, due to his amazing speed. Yet the inexperienced, hasty youth may not be ready for the realities of war—or he might just become the Segua Empire’s last and greatest hope.
Terra Formars Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested Retail Price: $12.99

In the late 26th century, overpopulation on Earth is reaching the breaking point, and humanity must find new frontiers. The terraforming of Mars has taken centuries, but is now complete. The colonization of Mars by humanity is an epoch-making event, but an unintended side effect of the terraforming process unleashes a horror no one could ever have imagined...

After humanity's first manned mission to the Red Planet was lost, a second expedition arrives. The explorers prepare to exterminate the cockroaches that were used to transform the Martian environment. They are shocked to discover that the insects have mutated into giant, aggressive humanoids with one overriding goal: exterminate the humans! But this crew of explorers has each undergone the "Bugs Procedure," terrifying experimental surgery designed to make them more than human...

  • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99
Separated from his son while battling Yagyu assassins,​ Itto Ogami’s mission of retribution heats to a boil as he cuts through any obstacle to find his missing child.​ But little Daigoro,​ though a mere toddler,​ is the son of the most formidable and resourcefull samurai in the land.​ Though alone in a cruel world,​ Daigoro has the heart of a warrior!

Collects two stories from volume 10 and volumes 11-12 in an omnibus format.​
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The internet diesI Dsl was out for me yesterday. So what does a anime fan do? Pray? Curse the fates an panic? Why yes an then I started watching some anime I had saved for just such a emergency!

1st up finished off on blue ray Soul Eater was down to the last disc any way, but never really seen it all the way threw. Think Excalibur stole the show for me tho. Probably because I would like to yell Baka! as much as he does.Ok that killed a few hours. I use http://www.arcsoft.com/totalmedia-theatre/ as my player on my computer an skiling the intros an end songs an crits were never easier.

Then with no internet an to sick to play any comp games off line I drowned my sorrow in more anime! Black Lagoon + Black Lagoon: The Second Barrage have on blue ray dvd combo an a bloody marathon was off to a high body count start. Seen more an caught more of the subtle use of dialogue an action in the series. From the 1st episode it tells you straight up it knows what it is. Which is to say self aware an does not care. It takes shots at its own dialogue as well as hollywood.

It sets the mood so well with its opening an closing music. A high energy almost metal song at the start to a down sober tune at the end. Kind of telling us when the adrenaline rush has passed whats left is dull remorse an regrets. Which sum up the shows bloody ride. Then I started on Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail . Never watched all of the series back to back an it flows fairly well. You see character evolution done with insight an history when watching it all together.

This was the MADHouse Studios that I love. Over the top action an animation. None of this over color saturation haze blur style they have had last few years on an off. Clear crisp style an lines all presented with no blur to hide the mistakes. Brutal gore unhindered by lens flair an unapologetic.

For me no time was wasted watching these discs of blue. A satisfying us of time to entertainment ratio. But it does beg the question.... What would you watch anime wise in a situtation similar to this? What anime do you have stored for just such a emergency?

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to yuki she is the key to evolution. to michiru she is a distortion of time and space. to koizumi she is a god. I haven't watched the whole series so I was wondering

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Welcome! This week has a large selection. I'm interested in Kill la Kill, but I have to wait until they have the complete collection. They're selling about 4 episodes a piece. Fairy Tail dub got to the Key of the Starry Sky arc. I'm curious to hear Michelle Lobster's dub voice.

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 Deadman Wonderland, Fairy Tail, Gurren Lagann, Majestic Prince, and Silver Spoon listed.
  • One of the thumbnails, Momonoke, couldn't be enlarged for some odd reason.

Sources

DVD and Blu Ray Releases

anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day - [Collector's Edition] (Sub.Blu-Ray + DVD)
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $79.98
Jintan, Menma, Anaru, Yukiatsu, Tsuruko, and Poppo - six grade-school students who were the best of friends. As the "Super Peace Busters," they always played together at their "secret base" until Menma died in a tragic accident. Five years later, Menma appeared before Jintan, now a high school freshman. No one could see her but Jintan, and Menma told him that she wanted the Super Peace Busters to grant her a certain wish. But not even Menma herself remembered what that wish was. Having been traumatized by Menma's death, the five had drifted apart, but after giving vent to their bottled-up feelings in an emotionally-charged moment, they gradually went back to being the "gang" of years past. And then Menma said goodbye, leaving letters to everyone of the Super Peace Busters. One year later - once again, they gather at their secret base, each of them with a letter to Menma in hand.

This special collector's edition includes a compilation music CD (including the theme song "Circle Game" by Galileo Galilei), a memorial postcard set, a double-sided Menma poster, and a deluxe booklet, all housed in an artbox illustrated by character designer Masayoshi Tanaka!

  • Special Features: Textless Opening (Special O.A. Version), Theatrical Trailers, TV Commercial Collections.
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles, Spanish subtitles.
Kill la Kill (DVD or Blu-Ray 1 of 5)
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $49.98 (BD), $39.98 (DVD)
Honnouji Academy - where the school is ruled by students clad in special outfits called Goku Uniforms. Deriding the student body as "pigs in human clothing," Student Council President Satsuki Kiryuin, along with her loyal underlings, the Elite Four, has the academy under their absolute control.

One day, a vagrant schoolgirl named Ryuko Matoi appears and tries to get Satsuki, who recognizes her Scissor Blade, to talk. Was their encounter a mere coincidence or fate? The clash between the two will soon consume the whole academy!

  • Contains episodes 1-4.
  • Special Features: Textless Openings, Web Version Previews.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles, Spanish subtitles.
Mononoke - Complete Collection (DVD)
  • Distributor: New Video Group
  • Suggested retail price: $19.95
In feudal Japan, evil spirits known as mononoke plague both households and the countryside, leaving a trail of fear in their wake. One mysterious person has the power to slay the mononoke where they stand; he is known only as the Medicine Seller, and he vanquishes the spirits using the power of his Exorcism Sword. However, in order to draw his sword he must first understand the Form, Truth and Reason of the mononoke. Armed with a sharp wit and keen intellect, the Medicine Seller wanders from place to place, striking down the evil spirits in his wake.

DISC 1 (Episodes 1-7): Zashiki Warashi / Zashiki Warashi Part II / Sea Bishop (Sea Bonze) Part I / Sea Bishop (Sea Bonze) Part II / Sea Bishop (Sea Bonze) Part III / The Faceless Monster Part I / The Faceless Monster Part II

DISC 2 (Episodes 8-12 & Bonus): Nue–The Japanese Chimera Part I / Nue–The Japanese Chimera Part II / The Goblin Cat: The Opening Act / The Goblin Cat: The Second Act / The Goblin Cat: The Final Act / Bonus
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings (DVD)
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $39.98
Madoka Kaname is an eighth-grader who leads a peaceful, fun-filled life as a student, surrounded by her beloved family and her best friends. One day, a transfer student named Homura Akemi arrives in Madoka's class. She is a dark-haired beauty with a somewhat mysterious disposition. Soon after meeting Madoka for the first time, Homura goes on to issue Madoka a strange warning.

Madoka also meets Kyubey, a mysterious looking white creature. He says, "Make a contract with me and become a magical girl!" To make any wish come true – Madoka didn't know the meaning of this miracle nor what its cost may prove to be. An impending loss triggers a drastic change in her destiny...

Special Features: Textless Ending, Theatrical Trailers, TV Commercial Collections.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles, Spanish subtitles.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 2: Eternal (DVD)
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $39.98

The young girls have discovered the truth... the cruel fate of a magical girl. Madoka's best friend, Sayaka Miki's Soul Gem turns pitch-black as its owner falls into despair and it is transformed into a Grief Seed. Upon seeing this fate, Kyoko tries to save Sayaka, and ends up sacrificing her own life. One magical girl after another is destroyed.

Throughout it all, there is one magical girl who continues to fight alone - Homura Akemi. All this time, she has been acting with one goal in mind. "I promise... I'm going to save you, no matter what it takes." Homura renews her vow. And then it happens - a miracle powerful enough to sway the fortunes of the universe...

Special Features: Textless Opening, Theatrical Trailers, TV Commercial Collections.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles, Spanish subtitles.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie DVD/Blu-ray (Hyb) Limited Ed. (Parts 1-2)
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $79.98

This limited edition includes a deluxe booklet housed in an artbox designed by character designer Junichiro Taniguchi!

Special Features: Textless Opening and Ending, Theatrical Trailers, TV Commercial Collections
To Love-Ru Darkness (Blu-Ray or DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98 (BD), $49.98 (DVD)

As close encounters of the twisted kind between the residents of the planet Deviluke (represented primarily by the female members of the royal family) and the inhabitants of Earth (represented mainly by one very exhausted Rito Yuuki) continue to escalate, the situation spirals even further out of control. When junior princesses Nana and Momo transferred into Earth School where big sister Lala can (theoretically) keep an eye on them, things SHOULD be smooth sailing. But when Momo decides she'd like to "supplement" Rito's relationship with Lala with a little "sisterly love," you know Lala's not going to waste any time splitting harems. Unfortunately, it's just about that point that Yami, the Golden Darkness, enters the scene with all the subtleness of a supernova, along with an army of possessed high school students! All of which is certain to make Rito's life suck more than a black hole at the family picnic. Unless, of course, a certain semi-demonic princess can apply a little of her Devilukean Whoop Ass to exactly that portion of certain other heavenly bodies!

  • Contains episodes 1-12.
  • Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation.
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
Yu-Gi-Oh! - The Complete Set (DVD)
  • Distributor: New Video Group
  • Suggested retail price: $229.64
Based on the wildly successful playing card franchise, YU-GI-OH! follows the adventures of a boy named Yugi and his friends who love the newest card game that is sweeping the nation. This complete set includes all five seasons of the YU-GI-OH! classic collection, as well as the movie single, YU-GI-OH! Bonds Beyond Time.
Deadman Wonderland - Complete Series
  • Publisher: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $34.98

Ganta is the only survivor after a mysterious man in red slaughters a classroom full of teenagers. He's framed for the carnage, sentenced to die, and locked away in the most twisted prison ever built: Deadman Wonderland. And then it gets worse.

At Deadman Wonderland, convicts are forced into brutal deathmatches for the amusement of the masses, the cheers of the crowd drowning out the screams of the dismembered. Even when Ganta befriends Shiro, an unusual female inmate, his dark fate crushes all hope – until he discovers the strange ability to wield his spilled blood as a weapon. Ganta learns his new skill might be related to the murderous man in red and uncovers disturbing secrets that could expose those who stole his freedom. He's determined to see justice served – but first he'll have to fight for his life in a prison that holds a million ways to die.

Contains episodes 1-12 plus the OVA "The Red Knife Wielder."

Special Features: Episode Commentary (6, 12), English Video Commentary, Promotional Videos, Textless Opening Songs, Textless Closing Song, Original Commercials, U.S. Trailer, Trailers.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Fairy Tail DVD/Blu-Ray Part 11
  • Publisher: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $32.98

When a mighty dragon attacks, Fairy Tail's most powerful members go missing for seven years. Once they finally return, they find that much about the Fiore Kingdom - and their guildmates - has changed. With the guild's headquarters and reputation in shambles, it's up to Natsu and the others to get Fairy Tail back to its former glory by accepting any jobs that come their way - like being dancing guards at a fancy magic ball and taking on the infamous Butt Jiggle Gang.

Meanwhile, a mysterious girl appears with a strange item from Lucy's father - a relic that a secret order of wizards will stop at nothing to obtain. Will this artifact ultimately prove to be Fairy Tail's undoing?

Contains episodes 121-131.

Special Features: Episode Commentary (130), Todd Haberkorn at Otakon, Textless Opening Songs, Textless Closing Songs, U.S. Trailer, Trailers.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Gurren Lagann The Movie Double Feature Blu-Ray (Childhood's End/Lights)
  • Publisher: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested Retail Price: $70.98

This double-feature set includes the Gurren Lagann movies Childhood's End and The Light in the Sky Are Stars on Blu-ray!

Childhood's End
This is the story of a man who has yet to realize what destiny holds in store for him... Far in the future, humans have lived underground, quietly and restlessly, for hundreds of years, suffering from frequent earthquake and land subsidence. In Giha Village, one such underground community, live two young men. Simon is shy and naive, while Kamina believes in existence of a "surface" world above their heads.

Their destinies start moving drastically when the ceiling falls and a gigantic "Gunmen" and a beautiful girl named Yoko with a superconductive rifle come from the surface. Kamina, Simon and Yoko get on the "Lagann" that Simon digs out from the ground, and jump out to the surface! However, the surface is not such a dreamland as Kamina imagined. The world is reined by the Spiral King and his army. Kamina and Simon, along with their comrades challenge the Spiral King to change the desperate world to the one with hope for the future by Gurren Lagann!

The Lights in the Sky Are Stars
"When the heavens are pierced open, the young man sees a path to the future..."

Valiantly persevering through the traumatic aftermath of previous events, Team Dai-Gurren finally reaches Teppelin, the royal capital, where Simon battles the Spiral King, Lordgenome. Seven years pass after the battle of Teppelin, and humans reclaim the surface of the earth and enjoy an unprecedented period of peace and prosperity. However, humanity's increasing population growth triggers the sudden emergence of an unknown, powerful enemy.

Majestic Prince DVD - Collection 1
  • Publisher: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested Retail Price: $50.98

In the not-so-distant future, the people of earth have expanded their frontier into the solar system. And now, we're under attack! Advances in physics and genetic engineering have created astonishing new flying war machines and pilots with a wide array of enhanced abilities.

Young Izuru has been chosen to lead the hapless Team Rabbits into battle against the sinister Wulgaru forces. Spearheaded by the cold and savage Prince Jiart, these dark invaders possess both superior firepower and technology, as well as an unwavering thirst for earthly destruction. It will be up to Izuru and his brash band of misfits to vanquish the enemy and save us all... if they don't kill each other first.

Contains episodes 1-12.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Silver Spoon DVD Complete 1st Season
  • Publisher: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested Retail Price: $74.98

The only reason why Yugo Hachiken decided to attend the Oezo Agricultural High School (a.k.a Ezono) was simply because the school had a dormitory. Entering Ezono was a way for Yugo to run away from the stifling academic pressures in the city, however, it didn't take long for him to realize that life is not that simple.

Yugo is soon forced to face more hurdles in his new environment surrounded by all the farm animals and the magnificent Mother Nature. He also begins feeling a different kind of pressure as he deals with his classmates who, unlike him, all have a clear view of what they want for their futures.

Even so, as Yugo overcomes one challenge after another at Ezono and deepens his bonds with his classmates, he begins to grow stronger both physically and mentally. This is a coming-of-age story filled with sweat, tears, and literally a lot of dirt!

Contains episodes 1-11.

Special Features: Textless Openings, Textless Ending, Commercial, Trailers.

Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

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I needed to take a break from my job and my work on Anime Vice. Today, I receive the first part of my order from Right Stuf.

There was a Kondansha sale off at Right Stuf when I was doing Quick Picks last month. I'm not much of a big spender due to the wage I earn working at the family business. While I tend to buy manga that I'm familiar with, I didn't see much new titles that grabbed much attention excluding Vinland Saga. I previewed first before buying, but it was too late when the sale off ended midnight. I ended buying Vinland Saga at Anime Expo via Kodansha booth.

Got Vinland Saga at Anime Expo
Got Vinland Saga at Anime Expo

The Missions of Love books are for my little sister who loves that series. Haven't read it yet. It doesn't seem like the type of manga I'm into. I bought three Attack on Titan manga: Attack on Titan No Regrets, Before the Fall, and Junior High. I used to read Attack on Titan manga via Crunchyroll's simulpub before I decided to postpone it for the anime's return. I didn't buy new volumes since I'm paying for the subscription. I'm excited to read manga in physical copy since I usually read online. I'm curious to see Levi's back story as well finding out what's Before the Fall is all about. Junior High seems fun to read after two drama heavy Attack on Titan books.

Purpose of this thread is to not show off manga collection or what I bought. Part of this is promote buying manga and anime legally to promote the industry and to encourage folks to show off their collection, too. I write the Quick Picks every week, telling everyone to not resort to piracy if possible. You have folks in Anime Vice outside of the states where licensing of anime and manga titles are scarce or not available. Giving them hope and motivation to support the industry. Also, this is part of 's project called "My Collection." Back then, I was asking my teammates for new ideas to boost the forum activity. Kelleth suggests doing blogs showcasing collection of anime, manga, and memorabilia. Kelleth loves showing off his collection on Twitter. I haven't done a proper blog for that project.

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Anyone that keeps suggesting that originality has ceased to be, that there is no such thing as a truly unique anime and manga clearly hasn’t taken the time to actually look into the various anime and manga series on offer.

I don’t think I have encountered a series as unique as Shinazu no Ryouken in a long time, a concept that, more than simply flipping a few well known scripts over, actually attempts to tell a creative and different story.

Admittedly this might come down to my own ignorance in the realm of anime and manga; that being said though Shinazu no Ryouken is proving to be my favorite new manga of 2014.

THE PLOT:

In an immortal world, in which the power of resurrection has granted the human race complete control over death, a single enemy occupies the various law enforcement agencies and governments of the world; that abomination of nature, fiend amongst fiends, known as the mortal man.

MY REVIEW:

Where it to ever make the leap from manga to anime, Immortal hounds stands as that one series likely to repeat Attack on Titan’s explosive popularity.

The premise is rather odd and presents a world in which humanity controls a power known as resurrection which allows man to return to life from any and all fatal injuries, free of all previous ailments; the ability is presented as a natural attribute of humanity and one that has changed the world as we know it.

Most of us have encountered various manga tackling the true nature of death and its place in the world. I don’t think I have encountered a story that tackles what it would mean to humanity where death to be removed from the equation (not merely postponed in some intermediate undead format but completely removed).

And Immortal hounds does just that. One of the very first scenes in the manga introduces to us some random girl; bedridden, struggling with the flu, she is driven to the very edge of her endurance and asks her boyfriend to shoot her. And he does just that, a bullet to the head.

And with that most natural of human traits in this universe, she revived without the slightest traces of injury, the very flow of time seemingly having reversed, returning human flesh and blood to what it was, only free of all previous physical and mental ailments.

And that, my friends, is the key to physical wellness in the world of Immortal hounds; are you sick of that irritating rash? Jab a pencil through your eye and you will revive seconds later, free of unrelenting skin ailments. And how about that headache? A walk into traffic will bring your immediate relief.

If there is one task this new series accomplishes, it is building a vivid image of this new and rather strange world, where death is just that pesky thing that no one pays any attention to.

And the enemy? RDS, Resurrection Deficiency Syndrome, an infection that strips one of their ability to resurrect and hence makes them susceptible to death; more importantly though are those individuals that stand as its carriers, these being that tiny portion of humanity that does not have the ability to resurrect, a strange mutation whose very existence must be eliminated immediately lest they blemish the perfection of humanity.

Immortal Hounds chronicles the lives of a special unit charged with locating and arresting mortal humans for execution; it is upon the shoulders of these fine men and women that the future of immortal mankind lies, sometimes supported by the UN.

And mortal man? Theirs is a miserable life; hunted merely because they exist even while contending with the difficulties of a world that knows no sickness or death. The world of the mortal man in Immortal hounds is prone to a million dangers, where many mortals fall to diseases as common as the cold. After all, where humanity is immortal, what purpose is there in training medical professionals, building hospitals or investing in a pharmaceutical industry.

And the escape artiest? Hero to mortal man, bane to law enforcement, using her destructive skills to guide the frightened to safety, where they have the choice of escaping to secret sanctuaries or gaining immortality for themselves, usually by utilizing their position as RDS carriers to bring harm to the immortal and in return earn points.

+VERDICTI:

Have I mentioned just how brilliant the art in this manga is? Well let me say it then, Immortal Hounds is gorgeous, better drawn than any manga I have encountered in 2014.

Beyond the aesthetics each chapter of Immortal hounds is an action packed bonanza, punctuated by poignant conversations about what it truly means to be human; you can also expect a diverse cast, with unique and easily recognizable characters.

The plot portends so much potential, especially taking into account all the mysteries surrounding the world of Immortal hounds. The same question always echoes through each chapter.

Mortal man and Immortal man, one of these is an abomination, not of this earth; and the key to achieving a semblance of peace lies with understanding the origins of the world as it is known and the abomination that is running amok through it.

One can expect violence and a modicum of gore, expected in a world of immortals. Barely 15 chapters long, this manga is more than worth the read.

Focusing primarily upon the escape artiest Rin, aka Windchime, Kenzaki, leader of the Anti vector (mortal humans) squad and his sister’s former lover, Immortal hounds is described as Seinen, Mystery, tragedy

+RATING: 8/10, I am already anticipating the next chapter.

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Guillermo Del Toro has many planned projects to do many projects. As well as The Strain, he has recently announced he is interested in doing a Gantz movie. The full comment can be read here.

I also think that I am very influenced by Japanese game designers. I am friends and a big friend of Hideo Kojima, and I have been lucky enough to be friends with Otomo-San. But the series I think would be FANTASTIC to adapt, but I would love to adapt live-action GANTZ. I love the books, I love the book i don't know if you're familiar with it, called BLAME - it's a really surreal, beautiful book, but I don't know if you know it. But it's written by Tsutomu Nihei. And I love the work of Katsuya Terada. But I tried my best as an anime fan to try to do the first live action anime movie with Pacific Rim. And that was one of the reasons why I wanted to achieve an almost superpure color palette of super-saturated colors. I was hoping to make the movie feel as dynamic and as vibrant as anime.

This doesn't mean he will make a Gantz movie however, just that he thinks it would be a great manga to adapt. Del Toro is working with HBO to create an adaption of Naoki Urasawa's Monster. The first script has already been done. An animated series for Pacific Rim has also been confirmed, with at least 13 episodes and possibly done as an anime.

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This is going to be a short blog since today would be very busy. I'm behind in two weeks worth of episode summaries due to finals from last week and Anime Expo last weekend. Plus, I had the battle interview for Low and Summer 2014 Anime Guide on top of things.

After summer school ends, I am heading back into the workforce, working at the restaurant or volunteering at Church. It's not bad because I still have time to work on Anime Vice. School is more problematic, not only I have to attend classes and I have to put in time to study and work on problems.

Accomplishments

Goals

  • Finish the Summer 2014 Simulcast Guide
  • Finish the Wiki Recognition Article
  • Write some reviews for WayBig's Anime Survey and Reviews (Summer 2014).
  • Finish the Tsundere Tournament ♀ with Vapovile
  • Finish Walking Dead season 4 with Acura Max. The project was postponed when we were busy with school during the summer.
  • Clear Spring 2014 Wiki Tasks. While some mods cancel their wiki tasks, I finish mine up if no one takes it. That's my style.

Summer 2014

Aldnoah.Zero
Part of the wiki mod's role is to help expand pages that the front page focuses on. That's why you see me working on Kill la Kill, Attack on Titan, Gargantia, Stardust Crusaders, and Blade & Soul. Whatever Tom and his gang reviews, I upload images or edit the wiki pages.

This title might be reviewed weekly since Tom Pinchuk is a big fan of Gen Urobuchi's work. I have to be on stand by if that happens.
2. Akame ga Kill
The pilot episode in this one really pulled me. Despite DocHaus's heavy warnings, I guess I'll be heading down the dark road of anime.
I have been desensitived to violence and other taboo things in the industry. I haven't seen the worse yet since I haven't seen Gantz and Elfen Lied.
3. Sword Art Online II
Since I completed Sword Art Online's episode summaries, I'll be carrying my work over.

Small Projects

These are minor projects where I just add characters and images.

Current Spring Projects that are still on my plate

Chaika - The Coffin Princess
I'm almost with the episode summaries. Just need to finish 4, 5, and 12. I did went into character pages when Sidapa needed help writing and formatting the pages.

My teammates are Sidapa and AgentFakku. They became inactive along the way. For me, wiki editing is done at everyone's own pacing. I don't force or push them to complete stuff. That's not how I work with my teammates.
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
I jumped in a bit late in the episode summary. I still to complete Ep. 13-15 and Ep. 1-5 summaries.

My teammates are Toxin45, ForgottenOne, and SpeedForceSpider. ForgottenOne and SpeedForceSpider are the character writers. Toxin45 deals with creating episode and volume pages. Sometimes, he makes mistakes a lot and tends to pages bare without leaving general information like publisher and author on the volume pages, so I have to watch his back.

There was another teammate called MrWhiteX who works on the wiki tasks. Since he hasn't developed his writing enough, I told him to avoid text heavy wiki submissions. I did moderate his wiki in the past, and he has trouble with spelling and grammar to an extent that articles he wrote was unreadable.
One Piece
I'm currently working on episode summaries, but I got behind as well. Dekken, my teammate, is uploading images. Sometimes, I see MrWhiteX adding characters to the newer episode pages that I haven't got to yet. He's not on our team officially. I have to talk to him.
Fairy Tail
This is my solo project since my old teammates are quite busy. I'm behind on this as well.

Old Projects That are Still on My Tasks

  • Seven Deadly Sins
  • Magi
  • Toriko

For Toriko, I just write character pages. I still have Rin, Match, and Tina's pages to do. I don't think I can do episode summaries. Seven Deadly Sins is a manga project. I work on volume summaries. I think I finished 2 volumes so far.

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