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Welcome everyone, this is an expanded version from the Condensed Day 3 of Anime Expo blog. Here, I go into greater depth of the panel, and I evaluate the panel on its selling its idea and reaching it target audience.

Key Speakers:

  • Yoko
  • Natasha
  • Spicy Tentacles
  • President Hikaru Sasahara

*Sorry, the panel started late which started before I came in around 10:30PM. PinkShikibu helped me add the names of two hostesses. I only got Yoko's name down.

What is Project-H Book?

Before I talked about the panel, I have to explain what Project-H Book is. Project-H Book is a part of Digital Manga Publishing, so it's like a branch, manga distributor that specializes in selling hentai and ecchi manga series.

The Project-H Panel covers 5 parts.

  • Teaser - Showing Shocking Pink Hentai clip to rile and arouse fans.
  • History - Project-H explains their upbringing of their company.
  • How to work for Project-H Book - The hosts emphasizes their fans to dive into their Digital Manga Guild which involves Translation of Japanese manga, Photoshop (cleaning text), and Editing.
  • Battle Against Piracy.
  • Q & A, Trivia, and Raffle

New Things I Learned

From the Q & A: here are quick facts I picked up:

  • Shocking Pink was the first hentai manga book that Project-H Book licensed.
  • Digital Manga Guild as Yoko and her hosts quoted, "It's like fapping for money." She means that fans can get involved and start working for the company by entering this guild which is like an internship. They have to demonstrate efficiency in one of three areas: Translation, Editing, and Photoshop.
  • The old URL address for Project-H Book was Project-HBook.xxx, but they changed it to Projecthentai.com due to Google blacklisting them.
  • In the near future, Project-H Books announced a magazine which picks out fan favorites in uncensored version.
  • Project-H Books has teamed up with a new publisher called Fujimi Shuppan.
  • While Doujinshi (fan drawn manga) is allowed to be sold in Japan, they cannot be licensed in America due to licensing and keeping manga family friendly. They would get into trouble with Viz Media and other manga distributors.
  • Benefits of working at Project-H Books can be summarized in four words: Recognition, Money, Experience, and Fun.

New Hentai Announcements

Non Hentai example of how the process of translation
Non Hentai example of how the process of translation
President Hikaru Sasahara explains the lack of licensing titles drive piracy and increase scanlation demands
President Hikaru Sasahara explains the lack of licensing titles drive piracy and increase scanlation demands

Project-H Books did release a 2014 calendar of their releases on Tumblr and Twitter.

  • Yellow Rock - It's a censored released for January 2015.
  • Princess Lucia - I didn't write the date quickly. It's a censored release as well.
  • Magical Warriors: Chocolate and Pudding - It's an uncensored release.
  • Fetishisms with Dignity - I don't have a complete information on it.

Goodies

  • Ecchi, uncensored posters (Aqua Bless and Cute Devil Girlfriend)
  • Physical copy of the Project-H Sampler 2014 which has a promo card for a digital copy.
  • I Heart Hentai shirts (pink with a red heart).

For the raffle contest, it was Boing Boing poster, Love on the Job with an autograph, and and 3D Breast pads.

Evaluations

While the panel was late, it made up with its Shocking Pink hentai clip. A lot of people enjoyed it. I admit it felt weird watching a clip in a crowd. Interestingly, I remember the demographics from Fakku's panel from last year (see My First Experience at Anime Expo - Day 2 (Complete Edition)) was mostly male. Project-H Book panel had more women and notably, they were in couple, (romantic relationships - I don't know how to phrase that).

When Project-H Book start diving into real world and telling everyone how to apply and work at the company, people started to complain and acted rude. During President Hikaru Sasahara's talk about licensing and piracy issues, a lot of folks left before the last event, the raffle/Q&A.

The hosts did an excellent job. I felt bad that they lost their audience during the halfway point when they got serious and talk about jobs. They are trying to help their fans, the ones who are passionate, get involved.

Editor's Note

I apologize for the blurry images. I haven't replace my camera that can only take clear shots by using flash. I try to conserve the battery life due to being ill prepared and not bringing enough batteries. I left the panel around 1:10AM before the raffle since I had to tend to my family.

Why Does This Relate to Anime Vice?

We are like a small community just like how Project-H Books started out. Its fanbase is growing. The best way to keep it growing is to encourage and get folks involved in the process. President Hikaru Sasahara and Tom Pinchuk's speeches stress the value of driving the community to meet goals and make things better for everyone.

Lastly, Yoko is a sales representative who was friend with Gia Manry, a former staff member of Anime Vice. A year ago or so (before I was a mod), Yoko talked me on Twitter, thinking I was a staff member. I told her I was a regular user, and she asked me to help promote the company with Anime Vice's wiki pages. Also, she recommended hentai reviews for her company. I seen Chris Beveridge and others reviewing hentai for Project-H Books. Since Yoko was my first contact in the manga industry, I took her request seriously.

I wrote the Quick Picks: Erotica Version 2012 and Quick Picks: Erotica Version 2013, to make AV more comfortable with Hentai. I don't want to bombard it with hentai like a mad man. Sex is a private thing. Not everyone is comfortable sharing it. That's why pornography is seen as vile in most media sources.

I thank , Sam Weller, for giving me the courage to do this. I'm still embarrassed to do this kind of thing.

Twitter Photos

Thanks to the folks who uploaded photos on Twitter.

From PinkShikibu:

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Happy 4th of July!
Happy 4th of July!

Welcome everyone! This blog is designed to supplement Foxx's Community Spotlight articles, adding more breadth and showcasing more of user content and major trends in our community on a monthly basis. I'm sorry for being late. May was my month of finals while I was preoccupied with summer school in June which ended on July 3. Hope you guys and gals continue to help out the community.

Credits: The banner comes from this website. I just slap the AV logo on it. It's a nice anime fan art.

Past Reports

Battle

We had two stellar users become our best battle users: DBZ_Universe and Kurohige. To read their experiences, check out these threads:

As for battle themes, I didn't keep track of the patterns. We had a rash of Toriko vs Dragon Ball Z battle threads like back in the fall. Kurohige's inverse battle theme was very successful in comparison to DBZ_Universe's theme, Kekkaishi. I assumed the franchise is underrated and obscure while it had a narrow scope compared to Kurohige's.

Low started a new community project called the Debater's Rating Thread: June 2014 which did not get much attention to user outreach and not informing users especially the judges with PMs beforehand.

Discussion Threads

With Spring 2014 ending, the Summer 2014 Anime Guide is up. The most commented and viewed discussion for spring season is Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Discussion with 108 posts and 1,270 views.

Here are the following 6 top discussion threads. Note, the ones who had legal simulcasts generally had more comments.

DiscussionsViewsComments
Brynhildr in the Darkness94871
Black Bullet84381
Chaika - Coffin Princess86379
Blade & Soul Discussion70043
Kanojo ga Flag o Oraretara58455

The least commented and viewed discussion thread was Magica Wars with 68 and 1 post.

Forums (Tournament)

Dream had finished his Anime/ Manga Villains Tournament Voting Thread and he is working on the Best Anime/ Manga Teams/ Organizations Voting Tourney Nominations. WayBig, Vapovile, and I also started our own tournaments.

WayBig has started the Pick Anime Vice's Most Rockin' AMV! which is on the front page with thanks to BigHeart711 and myself. Vapovile and I are still working on the Tsundere Tournament ♀.

Just Anime and Just Manga

Not much activity compared to the tournament forums, RPG, and battle forums. Kingofash started the Favourite English dub vs least favourite which is our newest thread excluding the occasional anime/manga request threads. Check out Girugamesh's Which is the better anime, based on animation, music, characters, premise and story? poll, too. OwnagePants's The manga endorsement thread . has some nice recommendations from out users.

Anime DVD/BD

Manga

Reviews

After being inspired by Taka's Anime Vice 2013's Top Reviewers and Screened 2013's Top Reviewers projects, Waybig started the Anime Survey and Reviews (Summer 2014) project in order to boost the reviewing community.

RPG

Kuma and SamJaz did a role call of all active users without their alts. Thanks to them, we have a count of how many members are there plus the 3 new recruits (WayBig, Vapovile, and LHWKnight) and Sonata. Check out the July 2014 RPG Highlights: Night at the Castle for the best RPG thread and to know about the writers themselves.

  1. Samjaz
  2. Lobos del Rayo
  3. Fehafare
  4. Chronowolf
  5. Vapovile
  6. Shadowchaos
  7. Myself
  8. LHWKnight
  9. Ninja2190
  10. Ownagepants
  11. Justalittlegirl
  12. waybig1010101
  13. Indridcold

Wiki Editing

Four of the newcomer wiki editors are still burning wiki pages. Taichokage, who was most prolific editor in the Toriko project, has moved on to the Magi, Seven Deadly Sins, and D. Gray-Man projects. He specializes in character pages. Demonic13 is doing volume and plot summaries for Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho. ForgottenOne is rustling up Jojo Bizarre Adventure character pages. Yusuke52 is clearing Bleach character pages.

Current Wiki Projects

  • Chaika - the Cofin Princess - Takashichea, Sidapa, AgentFakku
  • Stardust Crusaders - Rubberluffy, ForgottenOne, SpeedForceSpider, Mrwhitex,
  • Fairy Tail - Takashichea
  • One Piece - Dekken, Takashichea
  • D. Gray-Man - Taichokage
  • Magi - Taichokage and Takashichea
  • Bleach - Yusuke52
  • Kenko Zenrakei Suieibu Umisho - Demonic13

New Wiki Editors Who Passed 1,000 Wiki Points

These past 2 months, I had the pleasure of moderating wiki and working with new editors. These two are MrWhiteX and Lycanmon12. For MrwhiteX, he is a native from Saudi Arabia, and he has trouble writing in English, but he continues to work hard on the One Punch Man pages. He has moved on from text heavy submissions to image submissions due to Taka's advice. Lycanmon12 made his/or her debut on the Pokémon and Digimon wiki pages. I had strong confidence in trusting the user's edits. The wiki editor just needs watch the spelling, and she or he would be fine.

Misc Community Projects

Dream started the Anime Expo 2014 Announcements project.

Taka starts a few Anime Con's Guest of Honor and Industry Guests (see 2014 Anime Convention Hub Thread).

New Users Growth in Various Niches

There are overlaps. This is to show which community parts have rapid growths while some are stagnant.

NichesNew Users
RPG
  • WayBig
  • LHWKnight
Wiki Editing
  • AnimeAddict117
  • Lycanmon12
  • Reiyo
  • Ragnhildbursvik
  • Crazynong
  • Night_Fury_
  • ReginaldKastlefan14
  • Deadman323
  • Low
  • Tsukomogami
  • Masternc
  • Phyllo
  • Flarethevulpix
  • CensoredCat
  • Partev
  • Stive
Battle
  • SepHIIIrotH
  • Generator2000
  • Rickert
  • Oni_Gajeel
  • Deadpool42
  • Evertonian4Life
  • Eva 01
  • Falbium_Asmodeus
  • IAmKira
  • SonNeko
  • Kikotsu
  • Playboymike
  • Damo15
  • Overlord_Xenolith

April and Before

  • Avarici0us
  • Bruce246
DiscussionsEva 01
Low
Fan Fic
Fan Art
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Expect this blog posting to be regularly updated throughout this weekend to account for any later announcements made by American distributors throughout the weekend at Anime Expo. Outside of licensing announcements, I will also add in details on other announcements made by distributors during their industry panels:

NIS America

  • NIS announced two upcoming Blu-Ray releases for the anime, Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home and Haiyore! Nyaruko-san W (which will be released under the title Nyaruko! Crawling with Love Second Season). Home Sweet Home will be released on October 14 and the second season of Nyaruko will be released on November 4. Both sets will be released in Premium Edition sets.

Funimation

  1. Colleen Clinkenbeard as Luffy
  2. Luci Christian as Nami
  3. Sonny Strait as Usopp
  4. Eric Vale as Sanji
  5. Christopher Sabat as Zoro
  6. Brina Palencia as Chopper
  7. Stephanie Young as Robin
  8. Patrick Seitz as Franky
  9. Ian Sinclair as Brook
  10. Jeremy Schwartz as Z
  11. Lauren Landa as Ain
  12. Matt Mercer as Bins
  13. Brian Mathis as Garp
  14. Ed Blaylock as Sengoku
  15. Andrew Love as Akainu
  16. Jason Douglas as Aokiji
  17. Ray Hurd as Kizaru
  18. Mark Fickert as Mobston
  19. Micah Solusod as Coby
  20. Mike McFarland as Helmeppo
  21. Juli Erickson as Tsuru
  22. Tia Ballard as Young Z
  23. Angela Chase as Purin
  24. Darryl Roberds as Kibin

Rightstuf

Sentai Filmworks

Aniplex of America

  • Aniplex plans to release a Blu-Ray box set of Valvrave the Liberator's first season on September 23 and will accept pre-orders of the series beginning Monday. The set will be priced at $149.98 USD and will have Japanese audio with English subtitles. Special features and bonus content with the set will include creditless opening and closing sequences, trailers, commercials, postcards and a collectible poster signed by character designer Katsura Hoshino.
  • The company plans to hold a contest where it will award two winners the opportunity to receive a paid trip to attend the AnimeJapan convention in Tokyo on March 21 and 22 of next year. More details on the contest will be revealed on Aniplex's official site.

Dark Horse Comics

  • Dark Horse announced their acquisition of the one-volume Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt manga and an Art of Satoshi Kon artbook. Both will be getting releases in May (Panty and Stocking) and August (Kon artbook) of next year.
  • The company will be resuming their printing of The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service manga starting in August 2015, by releasing the first 13 volumes of the series in sets of three-volume omnibus publications and resuming the printing of individual volumes starting with the 14th volume of the series afterward.

Viz Media

  • For manga, Viz announced that they have acquired licensing rights to the second part of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure manga series, Battle Tendency, and Requiem of the Rose King. They plan to digitally release Battle Tendency in March.
  • Viz also plans to digitally release the first part to Jojo's Bizarre Adventure manga, Phantom Blood, in Sepetember and released to print in February 2015, with the printed release being a deluxe edition with color pages and new cover art. The third part, Stardust Crusaders, will be digitally released starting today with new volumes of the series coming out every week.
  • For their Shojo Beat manga line, Viz has licensed Vampire Knight: Life, Meteor Prince and The Demon Prince of Momichi House. Vampire Knight will be released as a digital exclusive, while Meteor Prince and Momichi House will have releases starting in January and July of next year respectively.
  • The English dub cast for Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet was announced. The cast include the following:
  1. Alan Lee as Ledo
  2. Cassandra Lee Morris as Amy
  3. Matthew Mercer as Chamber
  4. Marc Diraison as Kugel
  5. Karen Strassman as Striker
  6. Julie Ann Taylor as Bellows
  7. Patrick Seitz as Pinion
  8. Laura Post as Ridget

Viz plans to release the series to DVD and Blu-Ray sometime later this year, included with additional OVA episodes.

  • Viz also announced their release plans and dub cast for the upcoming re-release of the original Sailor Moon anime seasons. The dub cast will consist of the following:

Main Voice Cast

  1. Stephanie Sheh as Usagi Tsukino/Sailor Moon
  2. Kate Higgins as Ami Mizuno/Sailor Mercury
  3. Cristina Vee as Rei Hino/Sailor Mars
  4. Amanda C. Miller as Makoto Kino/Sailor Jupiter
  5. Cherami Leigh as Minako Aino/Sailor Venus
  6. Robbie Daymond as Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask

Supporting Voice Cast

  1. Johnny Yong Bosch As Artemis
  2. Michelle Ruff as Luna
  3. Danielle Nicole as Naru Osaka
  4. Ben Diskin as Gurio Umino
  5. Tara Platt as Ikuko Tsukino
  6. Keith Silverstein as Kenji Tsukino
  7. Nicolas Roye as Shingo Tsukino
  8. Cindy Robinson as Queen Beryl
  9. Todd Haberkorn as Jadite
  10. Liam O'Brien as Nephrite
  11. Lucien Dodge as Zoicite
  12. Patrick Seitz as Kunzite

Viz is planning to release the first BD/ DVD boxset of the series on November 11; with the Special Edition set including six discs, a chipboard box with space for the second part BD/ DVD set and an 88-page booklet containing artwork, character profiles and episode guides. Extras on the discs will include an interactive art gallery, behind-the-scenes voice recording, announcement panel and fan reactions, sizzle trailer, creditless opening and closing sequences and other trailers. Pre-ordering the Special Edition boxset through Rightstuf will get fans a collectible coin while supplies last.

Vertical Inc

  • Vertical announced that they too have acquired printing rights to a Satoshi Kon artbook, Dream Fossil: The Complete Satoshi Kon. The artbook will include 15 short manga stories that Kon developed and some projects that he developed during his late teen years that led to his anime direction career to start up. The artbook will be released in the summer of next year and will sell for $24.95.
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Welcome everyone, here is the FUNimation's Summer 2014 simulcast. 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.

FUNimation's Summer 2014 Simulcast

Space Dandy 2
  • Start Date: Watch tonight on Toonami! July 5
  • Subtitled episodes available every Sundays at 9:30am
Terror in Resonance
  • Start Date: July 10 at 12:10pm CT
  • Streaming every Thursday at 11:50am
Black Butler: Book of Circus
  • Start Date: Thursday, July 10th at 2:50pm CT
  • stream weekly on Thursdays at 2:20pm CT.
In Victorian London, the breathtaking performances of the Noah’s Ark Circus have captured the attention of people all across the city. But the spell of magic and wonderment woven under the big top is not without consequences. Children have suddenly begun to vanish, and some suspect these mysterious performers are responsible. In an attempt to get to the bottom of these disturbing disappearances, the dashing duo of demon butler, Sebastian Michaelis, and his young master, Ciel Phantomhive, will infiltrate the circus and uncover whatever darkness may lie at its core!
Free! Eternal Summer
  • Start Date: Wednesday (7/2) at 11:30am ET

Plot:

The boys of summer are back! Haru, Makoto, Nagisa, Rei, and Rin are reunited for a second season in Free! Eternal Summer. After the last swimming meet, the bonds of friendship have only gotten stronger, and with each passing day these boys continue to grow. This season brings new rivals and new challenges. So get ready, the competition is about to get fierce!

Psycho-Pass New Edit Version
  • Start Date: Thursday 7/10 at 12:40pm CT
  • stream weekly at Thursdays at 12:20pm CT
The Extended Edition of this sci-fi thriller features all new footage that takes you deeper into a world where justice is dispensed from the barrel of a gun. In the future, Detectives work in teams made up of Enforcers and Inspectors. Enforcers take out the bad guys, and Inspectors make sure their partners don’t cross the line. The equalizer in the war on thugs is the Dominator, a weapon that can tell when citizens are about to turn criminal.
Sengoku Basara: Judge End
  • Start Date: ?
  • Saturdays at 12:05pm CT
Get ready for the hacking, slashing battle of a lifetime in the third season of the legendarily violent Sengoku Basara franchise. Based on the best-selling video games, the third installment of this action-packed anime revolves around one massive battle featuring mechanized samurai, mystical ninja, gun-toting warriors, and a blinding array of deadly special moves!
Shonen Hollywood - Holly Stage For 49-
  • Start Date: Saturday (7/5) at 1:30pm ET

Plot:

These boys won’t stop till they make it to the top! Fifteen years ago, the legendary idol group Shonen Hollywood stole the hearts of thousands adoring fans. Their performance at the famous Hollywood Tokyo Theater is the stuff of legend, and now a new group of boys is determined to become the next generation of this famed super group. Ikuma, Kakeru, Shun, Kira, and Daiki will train day and night as they chase their dreams on the road to superstardom!

Tokyo Ghoul
  • Start Date: Thursday (7/3) at 12pm ET

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.

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Related Threads

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Hello everyone! I call this a pseudo day because I didn't get a chance to attend AX today due to school. I might as well report on AX and anything related, so more folks will be encourage to share their experiences in the community.

Finals are over for me today. Unfortunately, it took place at 2PM and ends at 4. I was able to finish it early, but it was pretty challenging. Rushing out of school and taking the bus. I bump into an old classmate who was heading home back in LA. We bordered the metro around 4:40. It was great to catch up with folks you haven't seen it a while. He wanted to go AX, and he never had been to a convention, comic books, video games, or any nerdy thing that can rile up a convention. His stop was before mine. I arrived at Anime Expo around 5:20.

When I hear Star Wars Burlesque, my mind went to Leia's metal bikini
When I hear Star Wars Burlesque, my mind went to Leia's metal bikini

There was no Girls Und Panzer tank in front of convention last year. What was in front and at the intersections were Christian folks telling everyone to believe in Jesus. That was a bit strange sight to see. I saw some folks shouting Star Wars Burlesque and some time I couldn't remember. I noticed a lot of folks carrying bright, orange Crunchyroll handbags. Crunchyroll was working hard, mass promoting their name than the other companies I saw during the evening. As for cosplay, I saw more Street Fighter cosplay than anything else along with obscure maid and school girl characters.

Waited in a long line until 6:30PM because they cut off the line due not able to process badges for unknown reasons. I know some folks were mad because the convention doesn't close at that time. I didn't regret wasting my time. I got to catch up with an old friend while on the bus and the metro. I never done that before. I went home, learning a new lesson I didn't put on the Anime Convention Survival Guide! article. Some conventions will cut the badge processing line early in the evening.

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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 the following titles that are not listed on ANN: Toradora Complete Series and Shakugan no Shana Season 2.

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DVD and Blu Ray Releases

A Certain Scientific Railgun S - Part One (DVD)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98

Something sinister is growing in Academy City. The shadows are filled with whispers of a project to clone one of the super-powered students known as espers. High-ranking master of electricity Mikoto Misaka laughs off these stories until she comes face to face with a copy of herself. The duplicates are real, and are being mass-produced from Misaka's DNA, making each one of them a little piece of her.

These clones - her sisters - are being systematically murdered in a series of experiments designed to turn a sadistic killer into the strongest esper in history. Misaka vows to save her copies and destroy the project, but this might be one fight she can't win alone. High-energy battles and intense action explode in this continuation of the Railgun series from the creator of A Certain Magical Index.

Contains episodes 1-12 of season 2. Special Features: Episode Commentary (5, 7), Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Cat's Eye - Season One (Sub.DVD)
  • Distributor: The Right Stuf International
  • Suggested retail price: $59.99

Cat's Eye is the most notorious group of art thieves in Japan. No one knows their identities, but for most of Tokyo, the mystery only heightens their allure. To bumbling detective Utsumi Toshio, Cat's Eye is a colossal pain in the neck. They outwit him and the rest of the police at every turn, making them look ridiculous. He would never dream of being in love with someone in Cat's Eye. Except he already is.

Toshio has no idea that Cat's Eye is actually his girlfriend, Hitomi Kisugi, and her sisters Rui and Ai. Running the Cat's Eye Cafe next door to the police station, they bring "hiding in plain sight" to a whole new level. But thievery and romance are difficult to balance. Hitomi will need all the help she can get to stop Toshio from discovering her identity - especially when he starts having feelings for her alter-ego!

Contains episodes 1-36. Special Features: Clean Opening and Closing. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Lost Universe Complete Collection - Litebox (DVD)
  • Distributor: The Right Stuf International
  • Suggested retail price: $29.99

Millie Nocturne has one great goal in her life: to be the best in the universe... at absolutely everything. But when she tries her hand at being the best detective, she ends up an unwilling partner to two people who will change her life forever: Kain Blueriver, the psi-blade-wielding master of the starship Swordbreaker, and Canal, the smart-mouthed holographic image of the ship's computer!

These are the adventures of this unlikely trio as they hurtle through space, facing off against intergalactic crime lords, rogue starships, hijackers dressed as chickens... and that's just the tip of the asteroid!

Contains episodes 1-26. Special Features: Character Bios, Liner Notes. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Photo Kano - Complete Collection (Sub. DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $49.98
During Kazuya Maeda's first year of high school he felt like a nobody, just another forgotten face shuffling through the crowded hallways. Even his best friend from childhood, Nimi, seemed somehow more difficult to approach, since she had matured a little quicker in the unsettling way that girls have a habit of doing.

This year, however, things will be different for Kazuya, and part of that change may just be because of the big new chick magnet hanging in front of him: the used digital SLR he just received from his dad! But will just having a camera be enough to make talking to girls a snap? Well, if he stays focused and proves to be good enough at making them look good, it might just be! And since it's digital, there are no negatives or having to wait for things to develop!

Contains episodes 1-13. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
Yuyushiki - Complete Collection (Sub. DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $49.98

Everyone knows you can learn a lot on the internet, and some of it is even true. But if you want to know what's REALLY going on and important, then there's just one place to go: the computer club!

Okay, so maybe it's not the club itself, but the three girls you're most likely to find there. And maybe they do spend more time chatting about their social lives and debating things like the virtues of ketchup versus mayonnaise than they do learning about the ins and outs of a keyboard, but whatever they're up to, it's sure to put a smile on your face.

So come learn what the mysterious YuiYukari Formula is all about and join serious Yui, hyperactive Yuzuko and lovable but not quite in touch with reality Yukari as they experience life's ups, downs, surprises, and occasionally, the internet!

Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Adult Releases

Chains of Lust (OAV)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass Video
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Blackmail, lust, and unspeakable acts are performed in a secret room when two adult video store workers create their own erotic film with a cast of unwilling women. Soon the police start sniffing around the scene, but not to stop the illicit movie magic - they want a piece of the action!

Special Features: Art Gallery, Character Sketches, Textless Opening and Closing, Chains of Lust Trailer, Anime Artform, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Sinners Paradise (OAV)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass Video
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99

Longtime friends Erika and Akino have a difficult road ahead of them. One minute, they're basking in the warm summer air, and the next, they're sucked into a strange dimension. There, an army of mysterious soldiers declare that the two women are allies of an enemy nation and put them through all manner of perverse torture. But even if they could escape their captors, where could they run when they don't even know where they are?

Contains both Sinners Paradise: Genesis and Sinners Paradise: Revelations! Special Features: Line Art Galleries, Original U.S. Trailer, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

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The movie is in the works. KyoAni has announced the film is set for Spring 2015. Not much information is given about the cast and crew.

  • Producer: Kyoto Animation
  • Alias: Kyokai no Kanata
  • Genre: Action, Supernatural, Urban Fantasy
  • Release Date: Spring 2015

Plot

“There is a girl who is the last surviving member of a ‘certain clan’ and a ‘half-youmu’ boy who shouldn’t exist... This is their story.

Via Crunchyroll

No trailer for the film yet. This is a PV for the Blu-Ray/DVD Vol. 7:

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Hello everyone! This weekend (July 3th - July 5th) is Anime Expo. It's time to start preparing a bit. I got most of the things on the Anime Convention Survival Guide!'s checklist. It was hard finding a poster tube that mentioned. I settled down for a 2 x 24 inch mailing tube from Staples. Get some string and viola, a cheap poster tube.

I'm pretty lax and flexible with anything this weekend. There is a lot of overlap with the panels this year compared to last year: see Gearing up for Anime Expo this weekend - July 5 & 6th.

For the full AX 2014 programming, see this link.

July 3

Unfortunately, I had summer school. It ends on the first day of Anime Expo. I might head to AX after finals which ends at 4PM or so depending on how hard the test is. I probably won't reach any panels, but I would just look around for Saturday, the big day where I go with my little sis.

I think the Metro takes an hour to reach Los Angeles. I think I might make it for the Dark Horse Manga or the Japanese visual Culture's Female Characters and Female Audiences panel.

July 4

Won't be attending due to the holidays. I posted it for you guys and gals to check the schedule for fun.

I wanted to go to the Kill la Kill event that I heard so much about. That's okay.

July 5

I'm heartbroken that Sailor Moon, Kodansha Comics, and Crunchyroll panels are overlapping in the early mornings. It's crazy. I did attend Kodansha's panel last year with Ben Applegate. I'm looking forward and hoping I can network with someone from the industry to help Anime Vice out. Tom Pinchuk has Viz Media. I need to outreach.

I got to think about my little sister because this is the only day she would be going. I wanted to make this day fun for her. I probably won't do a lot of panels and work. She loves Sword Art Online and Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet. I see there's the SAO panel at 2PM and a screening for the Gargantia dubs at 4:45 PM. We may not be lucky to attend both panels since lines get big in 2 hours ahead of a panel. We just got to pick one.

July 5

There's not much here. I might as well make the full use of my 4 day badge. It's terrible that AX doesn't sell the two day badges due to not meeting their sales. Oh well. At least, I can be flexible.

It would be my first time attending the last day of any anime convention.

People I wanted to Meet

I'm open to anyone because anything could happened. I bump into friends from high school and college last year as well as meeting Little Kuriboh at the Exhibit Hall. These are the people I'm looking forward to meeting if given the opportunity. It was cool meeting Tom Pinchuk last year, attending Eric Vale's panel, and the Blue Exorcist gang's pane.

  • Tom Pinchuk and Sam Weller - the Vice Pit Crew!
  • Ben Applegate of Kodansha
  • The Sailor Moon Cast
  • Yoko of Project-H Books
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For June, I'm all psyched for Attack on Titan: No Regrets. I haven't read Air Gear, but I was a fan of Tenjo Tenge. It's on my to read list.

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

It's thanks to PikaHyper for uploading the English manga covers.

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:

  • Right Stuf has Moe Maniax's release date on July 9.

Weekly Manga Releases

Air Gear Volume 31
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

Kogarasumaru continues the charge into Genesis's aircraft carrier. Ikki must face Sora Takeuchi while Agito and Kaito come head to head with Arthur and Charlotte! Amidst the disaster of the accidentally damaged Storm Regalia, Ringo and Kururu must voyage into the inner-most depths of the aircraft carrier and continue their mission. And finally, the truth about Kaito's past and the mysterious "Gazelle" comes to light...

Are You Alice Volume 5
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

With Alice and Hatter distracted, the traitorous Dormouse sets off with the Queen of Hearts in his crosshairs. In his urgency to stop the traitor, Hatter makes the mistake of leaving Alice alone with the Cheshire Cat - an error that has proved near-fatal in the past. And when the Regret formerly known as the 88th Alice confronts Alice, it becomes clear that the Dormouse wasn't the only traitor in their midst! Now Alice must fight to keep his position... lest his name - and his life - be forfeit!

Attack on Titan: No Regrets Volume 1
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

MAKE A CHOICE WITH NO REGRETS This prequel to megahit

Attack on Titan answers the questions: How did Captain Levi of the Survey Corps go from street tough to humanity's strongest soldier? And how did Commander Erwin become a cold, calculating leader, ready to sacrifice anything to save the human race? The fires that forged this bond of loyalty and trust were intense indeed!

Bloody Cross Volume 3
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $11.99

Recovering the first Prophecy Book nearly cost Tsukimiya her life, so securing the second will be no small feat. Now that Satsuki has mobilized in the race to collect God's inheritance, he and Tsuzuki clash violently when the second Book and its key appear simultaneously in two separate locations. Tsuzuki has the conviction, but does he have the strength to defeat the fallen angel, whose determination is such that he is willing to fly in the face of God himself?

Cardfight!! Vanguard Volume 2
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $10.95

The basis of the hit trading card game and animation franchise, Cardfight!! Vanguard is a modern fantasy tale of trading card playing and making friends through gaming.

Judge Volume 4
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

You are not the only ones playing this game." Clues discovered in a new room only lead down a new path of despair, and the time comes for the brutal sentencing of the third Judgment. The line between perpetrator and victim begins to blur. Until all is revealed, time is on no one's side...

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story Volume 2
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Mami has joined with a new magical-girl partner in her efforts to rid the city of witches. Miki Sayaka is a little green, but her swordsmanship is an undeniable asset to the cause. But Sayaka brings more than her blade to battle: her friend Madoka has joined the girls on their late-night missions. Mami doesn't want to pressure Madoka into a decision about becoming a magical girl, but how long can Madoka remain on the sidelines as a passive witness when her friends are in danger?

Sankarea Volume 7
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

WELCOME TO THE ZOMBIE HOLY LAND

Looking to cure Bub's condition, Chihiro and company have finally arrived at ZoMA HQ. There, they are greeted by ZoMA's chief, Salva Arnschent Kurumiya, along with his adorable zombie daughter, Rosarie. This place has been called the zombie "holy land" but with cute girls like these to tickle Chihiro's fancy, could this be a bit of zombie "paradise"? Meanwhile, the Chief has taken an interest in Rea and conducts a series of tests to probe her unique zombie state. Is Rea's rare condition the key to suppressing the "turbid period"?

Sword Art Online: Fairy Dance Volume 1
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Kazuto Kirigaya (aka Kirito) has survived the death game of Aincrad masterminded by Akihiko Kayaba, programmer of Sword Art Online, and made it back to the real world. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Asuna Yuuki (aka Asuna the Flash), the girl Kirito fell in love with in the game world and who has yet to awaken from her seemingly endless slumber.

As his sister Suguha sadly looks on, Kazuto continues to visit Asuna in the hospital in the hope of finding answers... But one day, the answers suddenly find him in the form of a man who claims to be Asuna's fiance?! With him, the man brings an in-game screenshot of someone who looks a lot like Asuna being held captive! Now Kirito must dive into an all-new VRMMORPG, Alfheim Online, to bring Asuna home!

Adult Releases

Caution, these manga titles are for adults only. Please view them at your own discretion.

Moe Maniax
  • Distributor: Project-H
  • Suggested retail price: $17.95

Daisuke's the most daring and charismatic guy around... when he's gaming online! But what will happen when his quest-friends insist on meeting up in (gasp!) the real world? Can Daisuke keep his cool around a gang of hot geek girls? Moe-Maniax mixes sultry minxes and devilish desire in a world of costumes, crushes, and flirty fun! Can the girl next door turn into the star of the cosplay convention? And will an after-work drink turn into a wild night of passionate play?

Tale of the Waning MoonVolume 4
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $16.99

One of the governing rules of the moon and its inhabitants states, "A Spirit of the Moon must not directly aid those who seek out the moon." For breaking this rule and giving aid to his beloved Ryuka, Ixto, Spirit of the Waning Moon, has been imprisoned by the powers that be.

Far from being glad of his lover's help, however, Ryuka is livid that Ixto took it upon himself to make such a drastic decision without consulting him first! He stubbornly continues on his quest to the moon and Ixto, but do caustic words await these cursed lovers instead of sweet kisses at the end of their long journey?!

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  • Alias: Ano Natsu De Matteru
  • Producer: J.C. Staff
  • Genre: Slice of Life, Drama, Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: August 29

Plot:

Bundled with the TV series' Blu-Ray Disc box. A group of friends have the idea of shooting a film during summer about an alien coming to Earth. Ichika, an female humanoid alien visits Japan, searching for a place. She falls in love with a boy, Kaito.

More Info From ANN:

NBCUniversal passed out its new Anime Guide 2014 at AnimeJapan this past weekend. The guide revealed that the upcoming new anime for Waiting in the Summer (Ano Natsu de Matteru) will be an original video anime (OVA) bundled with the earlier television anime series' Blu-ray Disc box. The Blu-ray box will ship this summer with the 12 television episodes, this new OVA, a previously unreleased CD, and other "deluxe bonus extras."

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  • Producer: Zexcs
  • Genre: Romance, Ecchi (Don't view if you're 18 and under!)
  • Release Date: August 18

Plot:

A spinoff of Nozoki Ana.

Nozo x Kimi follows high school students Nozomi and Kimio, two other inhabitants of the same apartment complex as the characters in Nozoki Ana.

For more anime and movie trailers, please see Summer 2014 Anime Trailer Guide.

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  • Producer: Wit Studio
  • Genre: Horror, Action, Dark Fantasy
  • Release Date: August 8, 2014

Bundled with Limited Edition manga Vol. 14.

Plot:

  • 1st OVA: Ilse's Notebook is an adaptation of a manga side story about Ilse who was lost in Titan territory and kept recording her discovery of an aberrant Titan until her death.
  • 2nd OVA: The anime will detail Eren and his friends' greatest trial yet: A "memorable episode before the 104th Training Corps became unifited."

Editor's Note

There are more clips on Youtube for Attack on Titan OVAs. Created to have at least one trailer for the Summer OVA 2014 Guide (part of Summer 2014 Anime Trailer Guide).

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Plot

  • Producer: Silver Link
  • Genre: action, magic, science fiction
  • Release Date: September 20, 2014

Three 30-minute shorts will explore the activities of the military mahou shoujo between operations starting with Episode 1: The Thunder of Saint Trond, premiering at Cinema Shinjuku and Ikebukuro Sunshine Cinema September 19th, then expanding to other venues on the 20th.

Please see Summer 2014 Anime Trailer Guide (Rough Draft) for a complete list of anime, movies, and OVAs.

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Plot

  • Producer: Aniplex
  • Genre: Drama, Racing
  • Release Date: ???

The first Cencoroll theatrical anime short's story begins when a giant monster sends a town's citizens into a panic — except for a girl named Yuki and her schoolmate Tetsu. Tetsu happens to have his own strange creature named Cenco as a pet. Another boy named Shū controls the monster threatening the town, and the stage is set for a battle.

Editor's Note:

The movie is on Neregate's chart, but it's not on ANN nor Anichart.

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Plot

  • Producer: Sanzigen, Liden Films
  • Genre: Drama, Racing
  • Release Date: August 23, 2014

The film trilogy will retell the beginning of the story from Shuuichi Shigeno's original car-racing manga. High school student Takumi Fujiwara works as a gas station attendant during the day and a delivery boy for his father's tofu shop during late nights. Little does he know that his precise driving skills and his father's modified Toyota Sprinter AE86 Trueno make him the best amateur road racer on Mt. Akina's highway. Because of this, racing groups from all over the Gunma prefecture issue challenges to Takumi to see if he really has what it takes to be a road legend.

Please see Summer 2014 Anime Trailer Guide (Rough Draft) for a complete list of anime, movies, and OVAs.

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Plot

  • Producer: A-1 Pictures
  • Genre: drama, psychological, science fiction
  • Release Date: August 9, 2014

The teaser visual shows the brothers Mutta and and Hibito during childhood. The trailer then proclaims that "the previously unwritten true beginning of that manga, which embodies Japan in dreams and emotions, is being made into an animation film. This is the origin story. This is chapter 0."

The Uchū Kyōdai #0 (Space Brothers #0) film will open on August 9. The original manga has been on hiatus since December 26 because Koyama was writing the film's script. However, he will resume the manga in this year's 12th issue of Kodansha's Morning magazine on February 20.

Please see Summer 2014 Anime Trailer Guide (Rough Draft) for a complete list of anime, movies, and OVAs.

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Plot

  • Producer: Studio Ghibli
  • Genre: Supernatural?
  • Release Date: July 19, 2014

Anna hasn't a friend in the world - until she meets Marnie among the sand dunes. But Marnie isn't all she seems...An atmospheric ghost story with truths to tell about friendship, families and loneliness. Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things. Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr and Mrs Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water. There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognises - and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna's first ever friend. Then one day, Marnie vanishes. A new family, the Lindsays, move into the Marsh House. Having learnt so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna makes firm friends with the Lindsays - and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed...

Please see Summer 2014 Anime Trailer Guide (Rough Draft) for a complete list of anime, movies, and OVAs.

Editor's Note:

I had a hard time finding a trailer for the movie. I'll update this blog with a proper movie trailer soon.

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Here is Aniplex of America's Summer 2014 simulcast. 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.

Note:

These series will be on HULU, Crunchyroll, and Daisuki.

Persona 4 the Golden Animation

  • Genres & Themes: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Slice of Life
  • No Simulcast Date given
Persona 4 the Golden Animation
Persona 4 the Golden Animation

Plot: In the spring when the cherry blossom petals fall, Yū Narukami moves to Yaso Inaba to live with his uncle and cousin due to his family's circumstances. He transfers to Yasogami High School, where his event-filled school life begins. However, when serial murders begin occurring in the peaceful town, Yū is awakened to the power of his heart turned to physical form: A Persona. Within these new mysteries is Marie, a resident of the alternate world, the Velvet Room, who has no memories of her past. Together with his friends, Yū must solve all the riddles set in front of him and save Yaso Inaba from further violence.

Aldnoah.Zero

  • Genres & Themes: Mecha, Drama
  • Simulcast Date: N/A

Plot: In 1972, a hypergate was discovered on the surface of the moon. But then, humankind came into contact with beings from Mars, leading to war.

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Chaika - Coffin Princess has concluded its run for the Spring Anime season of 2014. It will be coming on October 2, 2014 for the Fall 2014 season. Boy, I really love this anime series.

If you haven't seen Chaika yet, go see it now especially if you love fantasy and action series. I easily mistaken it for a Shonen series back then.

Here's the summary:

Chaika - The Coffin Princess revolves around a trio: a young female wizard named Chaika and the Saboteur siblings, Toru and Akari, who assist Chaika in retrieving her father's remains. Chaika wishes to give her father a proper burial. Her father is Emperor Gaz who had been slain by the eight heroes, and as a result, his empire had been dismantled. Individual countries are now managed by the Kliemann Organization during the post war period. There are individuals who will stop Chaika and her gang from her goals while there are others who compete with her in taking her father's remains.

In Japan, there will be a Blu-Ray/DVD on June 27, 2014.

Here are Thank You sketches from Masui, the director, and Arai, the character designer:

I will lock this thread in favor of the Hitsugi no Chaika Discussion. This would be a news blog.

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One of the top manga series in Anime Vice's Top 20 Manga Series of 2013 is getting an anime adaptation. The anime studio is Lerche, the director is Seiji Kishi, the writer is Makoto Uezu, and the character designer is Kazuaki Morita.

The anime is announced to hit 2015.

Plot

For those who are new to the series, here is a synopsis by Viz Media who had acquired the license to the manga series:

A humorous and action-packed story about a class of misfits who are trying to kill their new teacher – an alien octopus with bizarre powers and super strength! The teacher has just destroyed the moon and is threatening to destroy the earth – unless his students can destroy him first. What makes things more complicated is that he's the best teacher they've ever had! The bimonthly ongoing series will also be available digitally.

Shout out to , wiki editor of the series.

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