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This weekend is Anime Weekend Atlanta 2014. I'm promoting conventions that Vicers had visited (see Vicers in Cons Across the World) in order to build a balanced community with discussions on everything anime and manga related.

If you are an anime fan and live locally or in the state, check out AWA especially if you never been to an anime convention. It's worth the adventure out there.

Here's the website. With conventions, there are so much things to cover. I usually cover guests of honor. My teammate, Dream, occasionally cover conventions that does a lot of industry news such as Otacon and Anime Expo.

I'll briefly touch upon events and activities for those who are new to AWA. Here's the link to all of the events.

I find this diagram nice, sweet, and short. Gives you a glimpse of what AWA offers.

As of now, this is the prices for AWA:

Walk-in Prices:

  • 3 Days: Adult-$65, Child-$50
  • 2 Days: Adult-$50, Child-$35
  • Fri: Adult-$40, Child-$25
  • Sat: Adult-$45, Child-$30
  • Sun: Adult-$35, Child-$20

Guests of Honor

Junichi Suwabe
An experienced topnotch voice actor, Junichi Suwabe started his voice-acting career in 1996. Since then, he has been voicing not only for anime, but also foreign drama/films and games. Besides, he often narrates in TV programs. The main anime characters he played include Grimmjow from “Bleach”, Takashi Komuro from “Highschool of the Dead”, Keigo Atobe from “The Prince of Tennis”, Daiki Aomine from “Kuroko's Basketball”, Toji Kanzaki from “Yowamushi Pedal” and Ren Jinguji from “Uta no Prince-sama”. He is currently playing is Dandy from “Space Dandy”.
Toru Furuya

Toru Furuya is most known for the roles of Amuro Ray in Mobile Suit Gundam and its following Gundam sequels, Hy?ma Hoshi in Star of the Giants, Pegasus Seiya in Saint Seiya, Yamcha in Dragon Ball,Ky?suke Kasuga in Kimagure Orange Road, and Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask in Sailor Moon. He considers these roles as his most important roles. In addition to these amazing characters, Furuya has been featured in hundreds of anime and video games, and has performed on CDs, radio, and in tokusatsu.

Yuko Minaguchi
Yuko Minaguchi is a veteran seiyuu from Japan, best known for her roles as Sailor Saturn in Sailor Moon S and Sailor Moon Stars, Videl in Dragon Ball Z, Akiko Minase in Kanon and Nadeshiko Kinomoto in Cardcaptor Sakura, She has been featured in numerous anime in addition to video games, and live-action dubs.

HOME MADE KAZOKU, is a unique looking HIP HOP group formed of small (MICRO), medium (KURO), and large (U-ICHI). The group's May 2004 debut from Ki/oon Records /Sony Music Entertainment Japan Inc. won them acclaim as the best upcoming artist of the year on the Japanese music scene. Their first full-length album, “ROCK THE WORLD”, achieved #5 on the Oricon national chart, with over 300,000 sales, and spent an amazing two months in the Top 20s.

HOME MADE KAZOKU also created a buzz with their tracks featured as theme songs on many hit anime series, such as Eureka Seven (“Shonen Heart”), Naruto (“Shooting Star”). Their third single, "Thank You!!", hit #5 on the Oricon chart.

Following their fourth album, “HOME”, which included the lead track “NO RAIN NO RAINBOW” (the theme song of Naruto Shippuden: The Movie, "Kizuna"), HOME MADE KAZOKU headlined their first tour in Japan, including a sold-out show at theNippon Budokan in front of more than 10,000 fans. They host an annual music festival, held for the third time this year in October.

MICRO is widely referred to as a “soul rapper" because of his husky, powerful voice. KURO adds a deep, whispering rap which gives life to the lyrics. Combined with U-ICHI's DJ skills, their positive, heartwarming music has caught many listeners' ears.

HOME MADE KAZOKU will be celebrating their tenth year anniversary this May 2014.

Loverin Tamburin
Loverin Tamburin made their first major debut in 2006 when they released “Aishitageru,” the opening to “Makaisenki-Disgea.” In August 2007 they also released “mo?o!,” the ending music of “Nanatsuiro?drops.”

In 2013 Loverin Tamburin went on a world tour performing in Italy, Germany, Australia, France and many more!

MIQ

The queen of anime singers by day, and a renowned R&B and jazz performer by night, legendary songstress MIQ will make a rare trip from Japan to help make AWA even more epic! Known prior to 2000 as MIO, this dynamic performer is famed worldwide for her theme songs for anime classics "Gundam 0083," "Aura Battler Dunbine," "Heavy Metal L-Gaim," "Area 88," "Bismark," "Xabungle Graffiti" and more. She's also one of the most beloved performers on Japan's anime song concert scene. One of the star attractions in Japan's growing number of Gundam-only concerts, MIQ is also a perennial headliner in the annual Super Robot Spirits and Anime Japan Fes concerts.

Don't miss MIQ's opening act VLOMIQ Tokyo, a dynamic singing and dancing unit nearly a dozen strong, mentored by MIQ herself! With members including a top seiyuu, an Animax Anison Grand Prix finalist, and pro vocalists and musicians, VLOMIQ Tokyoites Eriko, Fumi, kenjyu from ROCKETMOND, Kotomi, Mah, Mako, Mana, Mari, Rie, Yusuke, and Ardith will make their U.S. debut here at AWA.

Shonen Knife

Shonen Knife has been credited with making "the international pop underground more international" by "opening it up to bands from Japan". The trio has a distinctly underground garage rock sound rooted in edgy instrumentation and D.I.Y. aesthetics, which over the course of their long career has earned them a solid, worldwide cult following and made avid fans out of seminal '90s alternative rock bands such as Sonic Youth, Nirvana, and Redd Kross.

Their newest release, “Overdrive”, is a tip of the hat to 70’s Hard Rock, and a continuation of Shonen Knife’s journey into the musings of food, fantasy and daily life in the Far Eastern metropolis of Osaka we’ve come to know and love.

Cherami Leigh
Cherami Leigh is an on camera and voice actor from Dallas. She has been in over 75 commercials, and was a live national on air DJ for Radio Disney. She has appeared in many films and television shows, including the soon to be released “Beyond the Farthest Star” and in the hit webseries “Throwing Stones.” She was also in the Emmy award winning “Temple Grandin,” and has appeared on various network television shows.

She stars opposite Sean Astin and Tim Curry in the animated film “Ribbit.” She has also worked on "Doc McStuffins" on Disney Junior and "Zou" on Sprout. In the Anime World- she has appeared as Road in “D. Grayman, ” Sae in “Peach Girl,” Yuti La in “Heroic Age,” Elizabeth in “Black Butler,” Patty in “Soul Eater,” Ayano in “Kaze no Stigma,” Natsumi in “Sgt. Frog,” Naomi in “Witchblade,” Yoshika in “Strike Witches,” Elicia Hughes in “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood”, Setsuna and Akira in “Negima,” Mai in “Ghost Hunt,” Tamaki in “Bamboo Blade,” Himawari in “XXXholic,” Cecily in “Sacred Blacksmith,” Liechtenstein in “Hetalia,” Lucy in “Fairy Tail,” Takeshita in “B Gata H Kei,” Kneesocks in “Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt “, Sunako in “Shiki," Suzuha in “Steins;Gate,” Shana in “Shakugan no Shana," Gaige in "Borderlands 2" and she plays Asuna in "Sword Art Online" airing on Toonami.

She has other projects both animated and on camera that are in various stages of development that she will share soon. She loves screenwriting, painting, making jewelry and positive quotations, reading and stars!

Bryce Papenbrook
Bryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has continued the trade in his footsteps.

Bryce has performed in numerous video games, cartoons, and television shows. Some recent roles include Kirito in Sword Art Online, Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist, Chooki & Lydendor in Tenkai Knights, Makoto Naegi in DanganRonpa : Trigger Happy Havoc, Henry in Fire Emblem Awakening, Issachar in Shin Megami Tensei IV, Asbel Lhant in Tales of Graces F, Zidane Tribal in Final Fantasy Dissidia 012, Masaomi Kida in Durarara!!, and Guan Ping in Dynasty Warriors. Past leading roles include Shugo in .hack//Sign Legend of the Twilight, Jack in MAR, Jack Russell in Radiata Stories, Hanabusa Aido in Vampire Knight, and Isami Fujiwara in Noein.
J. Michael Tatum
J. Michael Tatum has achieved the otaku dream. A Starblazers fanboy turned VA, Writer and Actor, J Michael Tatum has held numerous popular anime roles including Kyoya Otori in Ouran High School Host Club, Sebastian Michaelis in Black Butler, Doumeki in xxxHolic, and Okarin Tintarou from Stein’s Gate, just to name a few.

In 2007, Tatum started working in the ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting field for Funimation. He’s directed numerous anime, including Aquarion, and Romeo x Juliet, and contributed to the scripts of Ouran High School Host Club, Initial D, Deadman Wonderland and Dragon Ball Z Kai.

In 2010, along with Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff, he launched a web show entitled That Anime Show. The show focuses on Anime Insiders talking about anything, everything, and nothing! Episodes can be found at http://thatanimeshow.com
Scott McNeil
Scott McNeil hails from Vancouver, Canada by way of Brisbane, Australia. He started acting at the age of three and hasn't (his mom would say) stopped since. Spanning over two decades and including over 12,000 episodes, Scott's voice career began with The New Adventures of He-Man way back in (gasp) 1988. He is perhaps best known currently as Duo Maxwell in Gundam Wing, Koga, in Inuyasha, Piccolo (the first) and many others in Dragon Ball Z, Dinobot, Rattrap, Waspinator, and Silverbolt in Beast Wars, Jetfire in Transformers Armada, and Wolverine in X-Men: Evolution, As well as Hohenheim in Full Metal Alchemist, the deeply neurotic Merb Stork in StormHawks, the amazingly inept Voltar in League of Super Evil, Ali al Satchez in Gundam 00, and the inanely musical Flam in My Little Pony.

When his busy schedule allows, he can be found playing his Level 90 Pandarian Monk in World of Warcraft while eating spray cheese…..FOR THE HORDE!!!
Vic Mignogna
Vic has been acting and singing since he was a wee babe. But he started his career in anime almost fifteen years ago as Vega in Streetfighter II. Since then Vic has been in more than two hundred shows and video games, known for such roles as Edward Elric in Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki Suou in Ouran High School Host Club, Zero in Vampire Knight, Yoshimori in Kekkaishi, Death Scythe in Soul Eater, Fai in Tsubasa Chronicle, Dark in DN Angel, Kurz in Full Metal Panic, Broly in Dragonball Z, Kougaijji in Saiyuki, Ikkaku in Bleach, Yukito in Air, Takanaga in Wallflower, Tatsu in Peacemaker, Luciano in Code Geass, Virgil Walsh in Trinity Blood, Hikaru in Macross and many more. Currently Vic recently played Keldeo in the new Pokemon movie, as well as roles G4’s Wolverine and Iron Man series, and the original Mass Effect movie. Vic is currently playing roles in Attack On Titan, Tiger & Bunny, Digimon Fusion, Sword Art Online, Nura, Lagrange and several others. Vic has also voiced roles in a large number of video games including Soul Calibur, Disgaea, Dynasty Warriors, Persona III, Sonic Colours, DBZ, Bleach, FMA and more. But even longer than his voice acting, Vic has been a professional music composer / singer / producer who has written and produced hundreds of pieces for TV, radio and CD. He sings the themes for shows like One Piece & DBGT, and has produced several CDs of his own original music, all available on iTunes. Finally, in addition to anime and music, Vic has a degree in film and is deeply involved as an actor and director in several web series and is executive producing a brand new TOS based series “Star Trek Continues”, where he is not only directing, but fulfilling a childhood dream of playing the iconic role of Captain Kirk. Vic works regularly writing, producing and directing video and film productions of all kinds.
Baby the Stars Shine Bright

Established in 1988, Baby, the Stars Shine Bright is a lolita fashion clothing brand founded by Akinori and Fumiyo Isobe in Tokyo, Japan.

In a time when one truly felt cute and elegant
like a beautiful princess,
happily dressing up in fancy frills and lace.

With the brand concept bearing this mindset, BABY, THE STARS SHINE BRIGHT was born.

In 2004, "Alice in Wonderland" lost in the world of pirates found its way as the brand concept of sister brand ALICE and the PIRATES.

Starting in Japan, BABY has now expanded overseas to Paris, France and San Francisco, USA.

Masumi Kano, a designer for this elegant brand, will be joining us for this year's AWA for a Fashion Show, Tea Party, and Signings.

Kamui (Svetlana Quindt)
Kamui (Svetlana Quindt) is a talented costume and prop designer from Germany. Since starting cosplaying in 2003 she focused her skills on armor making. She is widely known for her impressive armor projects from World of Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft, but moreover because of her passion for sharing her self-taught knowledge with the cosplay community all over the world.

With over 10 years of experience, Kamui has created tons of written step by step instructions, video tutorials and lately became the author of several cosplay crafting books like “The Book of Cosplay Armor Making” and “The Book of Cosplay Painting"
Zanio
ZANIO is a Tokyo-based Hatsune Miku DJ and producer who frequently plays around the world, flying from country to country with Miku while using his house music-centered West Coast musical style.

He has played in countries and cities around the world, from Tokyo to Germany, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Mexico, Chile, Los Angelo and more. In 2013, he released "Worlds" through Tokyo Otaku Mode. The track with vocals by Hatsune Miku ranked in at #9 on the Beatport house charts, making Miku's name known to DJs around the world in the process.

HachiojiP
HachiojiP is the crown prince of the Vocaloid world. Videos of his work uploaded to video sharing websites have gathered over 7 million views. Videos for his songs "Sweet Devil" and "Electric Love" created together with MMD producer WakamuraP quickly gathered attention online as soon as they were released, and the later "Sweet Devil (Full Version)" was the #1 video on Nico Nico Douga, breaking 100,000 views within a week.

He is also well-established as a talented DJ who spins a unique blend of Vocaloid with exciting and electric dance music. In addition, his songs are very popular with "Odottemita" fan dancers online, and he takes pride in creating an overall artistic experience with his works, collaborating with video producers and illustrators. His popularity extends beyond Japan, and even before the 2012 release of his first domestic commercial album, he released "Sweet Devil feat.Hatsune Miku," a best-of album of his earlier work, in Taiwan on November 25, 2011, which reached #4 on the Taiwanese J-POP/K-POP charts.

S*H*S
The embodiment of the hero spirit, in action and in song! S*H*S is a trio of industry pros who love to give back to the fans. This is their first appearance outside Japan.

S*H*S is led by Shocker Oh!No!, who was named by manga master Shotaro Ishinomori himself. This action expert has served as a stuntman and suit actor throughout the Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, and Metal Hero franchises, as well as in other TV series and movies. His long list of anime voice-acting credits includes the crazed narration of “DD Hokuto No Ken” and “Urayasu Tekkin Kazoku.” Also active as a movie photography director, event producer, and the iconic emcee of Japan’s top retro anison concerts, Shocker Oh!No! is one of the genre’s foremost chroniclers, with two books and countess magazine articles, and will be sharing what he sees at AWA with eager audiences back home.

Junichi Saito, who sang the theme song for “Kamen Rider Battle Ganbaride” is also a featured vocalist and keyboardist in The Kinds, Ichiro “Aniki” Mizuki’s personally selected men’s chorus group. “Gundam Try Age” and “Knights of Sidonia” are two of The Kinds’ latest chorus contributions, and the group is an integral part of some of Japan’s biggest anison concerts. Saito-san is a concert producer himself, providing a forum to introduce indie anison bands and singers, and is spreading the love by composing theme songs for Japan’s growing legions of local heroes.

Kiyoshi Hayashi has earned his nickname Guts Kiyoshi in a fearless career as a stuntman and suit actor in the Super Sentai, Metal Hero, and Ultraman franchises (most recently in “Ultraman Ginga”), and as action director and combat choreographer for a variety of tokusatsu shows including “Gridman.” Describing himself as “an otaku who loves hero shows so naturally had to work in them,” Guts Kiyoshi is so deeply involved that he currently has the rare distinction of working not only as an action specialist, but also as a digital synthesis engineer, creating CG effects for a number of Toei works.

The Konjos
Here come The Konjos! Fuelled by their lifelong passion for anime songs and hero songs, these five fans are always in the audience at Tokyo’s old-skool anison concerts, cheering on the original performers—and they carry that love into their own performances in anison karaoke contests and Japan’s growing amateur anison concert scene!

In Japan, the world of the amateur anison fan is one that’s kept carefully separate from your (mostly!) normal-on-the-surface real life. Fans know each other only by their handles. The Konjos are a fusion of four Japanese fans code-named Chibiko, Gino, Allen, and Kagawa, and a foreigner called Makibako (although you might know her as U.S. expat Ardith Carlton, co-author of “Robotech Art I”).

The Konjos are on a quest to share the retro anison experience here, focusing on favorites from the ‘70s to ‘90s, and then relay their AWA adventures and observations to a crowd of intensely curious fellow fans in a Tokyo homecoming event this fall. So relive the great old days and sing along as The Konjos and very special guests bring AWA the ultimate in old-skool cool!

Yaya Han

Yaya Han is a costume designer, model and cosplay entertainer with over a decade of experience. After discovering cosplay in 1999, she quickly absorbed the heart and soul of costume design and creation. To this day Yaya has made close to 300 costumes in the genres of anime/manga, comic books, video games, sci-fi and her own original designs.

Over the years, Yaya has built a successful business in the cosplay community, creating a popular cosplay accessories line that is available online and at conventions, as well as her line of Yaya Han Brand merchandising. Her intricate and lavish creations have won awards and acclaim nationwide, and she has been invited to appear as a Guest, Panelist, Judge, Performer and Host to over 100 conventions and other events all over the world. Yaya has been a Guest Judge on 2 seasons of TBS TV Network's "King of the Nerds" competition show, featured in a documentary about cosplay called "Cosplay - Crafting a Secret Identity", as well as is starring in the Syfy (Space) TV Network Docu-Series "Heroes of Cosplay".

But, no matter where Cosplay has taken her professionally, Yaya strives to stay true to what got her into this field originally - fun and creativity. Through hard work, unmatched passion and infectious enthusiasm, Yaya has helped Cosplay gain respect and integrity as an artform in the fandom world and art communities, and her decade long campaign for creativity has helped raise Cosplay to the standards we know today. Everyday, Yaya continues to pave the path for the beloved art and lifestyle we know as Costume Play.

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From Long Beach Comic Con's website
From Long Beach Comic Con's website

I just bought my tickets for the weekend to attend Long Beach Comic Con 2014. If you are in the southern California area, definitely check it out. As I heard, it's a small, growing convention. Back in Comic Vine, PikaHyper and I discuss a lot about Anime Expo. He asks me did I ever visit a comic book convention. I reply no. He brought up this convention which Comic Vine's staff visit yearly. He told me if I wanted to try attending a smaller convention, this is a good start. I thank my friend, PikaHyper.

This weekend will be my first time attending a comic book convention. As you know in the Comic Book Club, I'm a relatively new comic book fan. I first dived in the comic book world when I first watched Batman and Superman animated series and the 1990's Spider-man animated series. Those series were my best childhood cartoons of time. I did read some comic books issues to sample some stories at Comixology. I still didn't know where to start. There are so many writers and comic book stories to jump in. I thank and for recommending comic books to me. I wish I got time out of my busy schedule to read their beautiful recommendations.

Here's the website. I haven't look at the guests of honor and events yet. I will be browsing a bit.

I will share and promote comic books as much as I can in this community. Hope you guys read and get excited to visit a comic book convention in your area. I would love to hear your experiences.

Thank you everyone.

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Sorry for edits after post but it would not let me post text with the video!

Again here we have a compilation of robots an drone tec. An once again I for one welcome our new robot overlords!

But seriously when I was in high school an that movie about that killer robot from the future came out people scoffed at the idea of robots. Hunter Killer drones were fiction to some an silly ideas to others.

An yet here we are the possibility gets closer to probability. Good Sci-Fi always throws in possibility an probability. The future tho is always just one second away.

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Fairy Tail is the king!
Fairy Tail is the king!

Welcome everyone! After the 400th chapter celebration, we also had Fairy Tail's 200th episode aired last week. I love the series dearly. It was one of the first anime series I watched in college and during my first year at Anime Vice. Plus, it was one of the biggest wiki project and most popular anime series for the wiki community at that time. I was glad to be part of the team, Fairy Tail Recognition Blogs for Animevice users. It was the good old days I still cherished.

I was trying to think of something special to celebrate without making a barebone blog. I finally remember I posted the Advanced Guide to Fairy Tail Part 1 which commemorate the 100th episode anniversary. I'll be doing if I get time from school and wiki moderation. I do recommend Fairy Tail to any Shonen fan who loves a comedic, light hearted series with a bit of random, overload of Nakama, and some of fan service.

I would love to invite folks to the Fairy Tail Discussion (Anime) we have. I did stopped doing weekly reviews of Fairy Tail when Daniel ask me to support the discussion threads we had.

Moments of Fairy Tail (Events and News)

I went down memory lane a bit far back.

  • News: Fairy Tail Anime is Coming to End, March 30 - This was a big event. With Bleach gone and Fairy Tail too, I only had Naruto. That was before I tried One Piece.
  • Tower of Heaven Arc and Fighting Festival Arc - I still believe these arcs were the best in Fairy Tail. You guys and gals have different opinions. This was when Fairy Tail was simple and fun while exploring a bit of dark side.
  • Key of the Starry Sky Arc - I usually love the filler episodes of Fairy Tail, but when they brought a filler arc, it was really boring. It was the worse arc besides Edolas. I didn't like Edolas as much. I did love Michelle Lobster or her persona.

Let me know what moments of Fairy Tail you love or hated.

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Hello everyone, I missed the exact day when we hit 500. BigHeart711 and I were regular users like everyone else. When the staff stop posting trailers, we took action and adding trailers from the incoming series. We started back in 2012.

We made a change in the community without the need of a mod or staff. We proven that this a user driven community. We continue to show this. Anime Vice folks always got around and taking charge. Doing things for the benefit of the site.

In 2013, we change trailer threads to discussion threads.

Past Anime Vice seasonal guides

I thank BigHeart711, Acura Max for working on this project for 2 years. I thank others who posted threads when I hit flood fail: Dream, Vapovile, Low. I contact random folks to post threads we hit flood fail a lot.

Thank you everyone. Please check out Anime Seasonal Guides. It means a lot for you to show your support and comment on the discussion threads.

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The avatar franchise has come quite a long way, from a little known cartoon on Nickelodeon to a terrible live action adaption and finally the sequel that will most likely bring its life on the screen, big and small to an end.

Season 4 of The Legend of Korra is just around the corner, and I for one cannot help but admit to being excited for what is the first time ever for another season. I don’t know if it is quite a shame that Season 4 will be last Season of Legend of Korra though.

The series hasn’t had the strongest run, at least not with its first two seasons.

+FOUR REASONS LEGEND OF KORRA SEASON 3 WORKED.

Objectively speaking, season 1 of Korra was decent stuff if approached as a typical cartoon/anime series; unfortunately that is exactly what Korra has never been.

As Successor to The Last Air Bender, Korra had large shoes to fill and it failed to do so spectacularly, season 1 lacking in the energy and excitement of the first season of Aang, while season 2 completely dropped the ball, weaving a messy tale with numerous unnecessary episodes, scenes and plots.

With that in mind, I initially doubted my positive opinion of Season 3; after all, once you hit the bottom in entertainment, you can only go up, and Korra wasn’t going to get any worse.

But analyzing it objectively, Korra season 3 was great stuff, even by Last Air Bender standards, and I impute its success to four primary reasons, namely:
+Korra.
Let’s get a couple of things straight about Korra

I didn’t approach this series expecting an Aang clone. I certainly didn’t expect a level headed, highly intelligent or even completely rational avatar from the new series, not from a 15 year old.

That being said, Korra’s age and place as a teenage girl in the avatar world doesn’t excuse the sheer stupidity her character was written to display over the first two seasons.

And this business of Avatar wisdom doesn’t make a lick of sense to me, specifically the common excuse that this is some next level intellectual ability that Aang possessed but which Korra lacked.

I am not asking for ancient wisdom complimented by vastly superhuman thought processes; I expected basic intelligence and common sense from Korra and for the first two seasons she was little more than an idiot with special powers that UNWITTINGLY AIDED her enemies rather than foiling them.

The rationale of a 12 year old boy with less than a year’s training showing greater wisdom that a 15 year old that has been trained as avatar since birth needs to be explained to me. There is no excuse for the first two seasons of Korra. She wasn’t just dumb. She was downright irritating to watch in some places.

And it almost feels like someone finally stepped up to reign her character in with this last season, producing a fairly level headed avatar that didn’t needlessly divert the plot from its primary  course through idiotic decisions and irrelevant side stories.

Not to say that Korra was anything special this season; she wasn’t exactly the star of the show; her display of growth was none the less commendable. A waste, that we didn’t start like this, because Korra would be a far more intriguing character to follow by now. She single handedly ruined season 2, then somehow saved season 3, at least in my eyes.
+The Antagonists.
The world of Avatar: The Last Air Bender thrived because of its rich cast of heroes, anti-heroes and villains. Legend of Korra particularly struggled in the villain arena, and more so in season 2, once more because of Korra.
It is difficult to respect villains whose master plans and schemes depended heavily upon Korra making decisions that weren’t just wrong but downright nonsensical. We’ve seen Aang go off the rails, but for most of Season 2 it felt like Korra wasn’t exactly doing much thinking.

In learning that the Order of the Red Lotus would lead the charge as key antagonists for season 3, I expected a villainous version of the White Lotus seen in Last Air Bender. These guys weren’t nearly as impressive as far as abilities were concerned.

None the less this has to be the series’ most impressive cast of antagonists so far, imposing an actual level of threat worth worrying over throughout the season. Let’s face it, powerful as her opponents might have been in earlier seasons, we have yet to see villains that are as intriguing in Korra as The Red Lotus even while endowed with the strength to actually stand up against Korra in a fair fight.

How i have longed for the old days of Avatar, when the mere appearance of Azula immediately raised the stakes, and the mission became more about escaping her crazy wrath than accomplishing any goals.
Korra simply hasn’t boasted that same level of threat in a very long while, and while the Red Lotus didn’t quite invoke the same sense of danger as say Firelord Ozai or the original combustion man, they turned this season into one hell of a ride.
+The Supporting cast.
Say what you will about the original team avatar, say that all the complaints surrounding team Korra amount to excess nostalgia (which might be true).

You cannot deny the fact that Korra hasn’t produced characters as interesting as Toph, Iroh, Zuko, Sokka and Katara. And these guys weren’t merely sources of great action either.
Last Air Bender made comprehensive use of each of Aang’s friends, injecting them organically into the series and effortlessly utilizing them to further the story.

Exactly what Legend of Korra has never done; for two seasons now, it has been the Korra show (what is her second name, anyway?) and that would have been fine had the series not bothered to insert Mako, Bolin and the rest into the story.

For two seasons these guys haven’t had a thing to do in the series; for all intent and purpose, you could have eliminated any one of them from the show and not only would Legend of Korra not have suffered for it, it would have made Seasons 1 and 2 so much better, allowing for a more compact story to unfold.
This failure to use them effectively has actually hurt the series as a whole so much more than Korra’s weird characterization.

I didn’t enter this series asking for a return of my favorite characters in new bodies; and i certainly didn’t expect the new cast to replace them. That is never going to happen.

I simply wanted interesting, entertaining characters to follow; the common comparison between Bolin and Sokka revolves around their comedic abilities, not taking into account the fact that even without bending abilities, Sokka was an integral part of the original story while Bolin might as well be a lamp for all this importance to the show.
So when season 3 rolls out and begins actively engaging most, if not all, of Korra’s friends into her tale and in a meaningful way, what else can I do but nod my head in approval? Finally, a story that can attempt to expand its talents and utilize all its tools effectively.
+The action.
Anyone remember the first season of Last Air Bender? All those duels between Zuko and Aang, so many intricate movements blurring by so fast that you had to take a moment, rewind and watch the whole thing again.
That is what first got me into Avatar, the sleek strikes, compact moves and destructive elements being unleashed in all sorts of unique forms. I can’t say that we didn’t get clean well animated action in Korra, but most of the first two seasons produced some rather dull fights.

Again, this comes back to the fact that Korra is a sequel; on its own, these would have been pretty impressive fight sequences; in comparison to Last Air Bender, let’s just say that I kept waiting for my jaw to drop but that didn’t happen.

Let me put it this way. I watched episodes of the Last Air Bender whose plots were somewhat uninteresting, but which none the less left me highly excited merely because of the awesome fight scenes.

And I don’t know what the hell changed with Korra this season. Maybe it was the addition of the Red Lotus and the new air benders. But Korra has never been this explosive a series in terms of the action.
I was surprised at how clean and increasingly complex the fights became, alongside the interesting use of bending. This is what I want from my Legend of Korra, not men and women throwing elements at each other aimlessly, but skilled individuals deploying powerful martial arts moves whose consequence happens to be the movement of the elements.
-Conclusion:
The Legend of Korra season 3 is the sequel The Last Air Bender has been waiting for. This is the sequel Aang deserves, and truth be told I am not exactly happy about that. 

We are already here, at the end of the Korra journey, which makes this last season feel almost like a waste. This should have been the first season of Korra. Had that been the case, had the series began with such momentum, can you imagine where The Legend of Korra would be right now?
Avatar fans would be whispering about it with the same level of reverence normally reserved for the third season of Last Air Bender. It might be more accurate to blame Nickelodean here. The 12 episode run probably didn’t allow for much space to maneuver.

With the fourth season just around the corner, the question becomes whether  The Legend of Korra can pull of a series finale on the level of Sozin’s Comet ( a finale that can contend with many of the best anime and manga finales).
Considering the quality of season 3, I actually have some hope in Korra.
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Welcome to this week's manga releases. Boy, we have a ton of manga releases. I'm familiar with D-Frag! and Soul Eater. If you love comedic and not plot driven series with a dominant female cast who do random things out of boredom, check out D-Frag! manga series. For Soul Eater, it's a recommended series for any Shonen fan. I'm familiar with the anime series for World War Blue and Durarara!!. I haven't read their manga series yet. It's on my watch list.

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.

Sources

Notes

  • ANN did not list Void's Enigmatic Mansion while Right Stuf did for its catalog.

Manga

Accel World Volume 1
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

No matter how much the times change, bullied kids aren't going anywhere. And fat junior high school student Haruyuki is one of them. But one day, Haruyuki encounters Kuroyukihime, the most beautiful and elegant girl at school, who gives him a mysterious program: "Brain Burst"...and the secret of the "Accelerated World." He may be at the bottom of the food chain at school, but Haruyuki and his destiny begin to "accelerate" with incredible speed in the virtual realm as he aims for the top!!

The manga adaptation of Reki Kawahara's wildly popular Accel World light novel series follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, bringing you a futuristic coming-of-age tale about the potential that lies within all of us!

Are You Alice? Volume 6
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

After barely surviving the Cheshire Cat's attack, Alice finds himself face-to-face with the sister from his dreams. He remembers sharing the name Alice with her, but the White Rabbit insists the girl's name is Maryanne. And to protect this "Maryanne," the White Rabbit is ready to do away with Alice for good! But when an unlikely ally intercedes, the demands made of Alice by his savior shock him most of all...!

Aron's Absurd Armada Omnibus
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99

It's pirates... It's treasure... It's the raccoon god... It's a monster... It's the sea king and the turtle... It's Bell... It's the Cornwalls... It's the king... It's Luther and Dorothy and Admiral Nelson and Lady Grey and so on and so on... Anyway, Aron's adventures are still cruising along...

Bloody Cross Volume 4
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $11.99

Tsukimiya has fallen directly into the hands of Arcana and Satsuki, but her enemies seem more interested in the mark she bears than in the half-blood herself. But what is Hinata interested in? The intentions of Tsukimiya's former - albeit temporary - ally seem to oscillate between altruistic and self-serving as the would-be gods plot to use her as a living sacrifice! Betrayed, bloodied, and left for dead, Tsukimiya resolves to seek the truth of the curse on her own terms - and by any means necessary...

D-Frag! Volume 2
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

D-Frag! is a new ongoing manga series that parodies high school clubs, nerd culture, and the slice-of-life genre in a side-splittingly hilarious storyline. For fans of manga series about otaku-centric high school clubs like Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends, Genshiken, or the Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, D-Frag! has the last laugh, as it satirizes the genre like never before.

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?

Dance in the Vampire Bund: The Memories of Sledgehammer Volume 3
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

The conclusion to the three-volume series following the New York Times Bestseller Dance in the Vampire Bund! Dance in the Vampire Bund: The Memories of Sledge Hammer is a three-volume interlude between Dance in the Vampire Bund’s first fourteen volume story arc and the upcoming second part of the series, which will launch in 2014. The Memories of Sledge Hammer delves into the past to look at the doomed love affair of one of the Vampire Bund’s most deadly operatives.

Three months have passed since Princess Mina, queen of all vampires, has recaptured the Bund. The damage inflicted to vampire/human relations runs deep, but a peaceful postwar restoration is now underway.

Yet appearances can be deceiving. Somebody is trying to kill government liaison Reiko Gotoh, but her lycanthrope bodyguard, Seiji Hama, is nowhere to be found. The mystery of Hama’s whereabouts can only be solved by examining the past, when the ill-fated couple first met. The past may be the key to saving Gotoh in the present—and to the future of the Vampire Bund itself!

GA: Geijutsuka Art Design Class Volume 6
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $16.99

As autumn descends on Kisaragi and her colorful GA friends, the gang goes on a trip... through time! Art history takes center stage as festival season approaches at school, providing the girls with numerous opportunities to display their talents (and madcap antics)! The year might be winding down, but the spirit of the GA class is only just kicking into high gear!

Girls Und Panzer Volume 2
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Tank girls take the front seat in this new manga series based on the popular military anime.

Miho Nishizumi, a new transfer student to Ooarai All-Girls High School, would like nothing more than to enjoy a peaceful, stress-free school life. Unfortunately, her new school just revived its tankery program and enlists Miho to put together a team so that they may compete in a national tournament.

As Miho struggles to overcome her turbulent past with tanks, she must first learn to tread lightly with her eccentric companions. Can Miho possibly plow through the challenges and master the art of tankery, or will she get left behind in the dust?

Goong Volume 16
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $25

Struggling with reconciliation, Shin and Chae-Kyung are suddenly stuck in awkwardly close quarters when the king orders that the pair stay put until he can defuse the situation with Yul. But when the king, preempting Yul's plan, confronts the public with the truth about his brother's final wishes and allows them to decide who should be crown prince, Chae-Kyung seeks to defy the king's command and return home to intercede with Yul. But instead of running home, she runs right into a trap... set for Shin!

I Am Alice: Body Swap in Wonderland Volume 1
  • Distributor: Seven Seas
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

When unsuspecting Japanese teen Makoto pulls a copy of "Alice in Wonderland" off a library bookshelf, his world will never be the same - literally. Suddenly, he is transported into the magical world of Wonderland, and even more shockingly, he is now stuck in Alice's body!

To make matters curiouser, the real Alice is stuck in Makoto's body, and neither of them are happy about the situation. There's only one way to reverse the body swap and return Makoto home, but it won't be easy: they must journey together to Heart's Castle and defeat the King of Hearts.

Legal Drug Omnibus 1
  • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99

Kudo Kazehaya's name evokes the wind, which is given to warn him that one day he, too, might disappear. He almost thought his time had come... until he was rescued by the dark, handsome, and equally mysterious Himura Rikuo. Now they both reside where Rikuo works: the Green Drugstore, a place that dispenses not only medicine but the secret powers of both Rikuo and Kazehaya as the pair embark on missions into the paranormal at the bidding of its strange proprietor, Kakei.

Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro Volume 4
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $16.99

On the trail of the witch who cursed her, Kuro has an unexpected close encounter that overwhelms her with negative emotion and sends her curse into overdrive, eating away at her body. Even as she enfolds Nijuku and Sanju in her arms, Kuro sinks away into a deep, dark abyss of memory. Will the day ever come when Kuro opens her eyes again?!

Soul Eater Volume 22
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

The remaining Death Weapons, along with Kid, gather to stage their assault on the moon. As they approach the Kishin's hideout, Stein and Justin clash in a violent, madness-fueled battle. Stein struggles to maintain his grip on sanity while Justin draws power from the Kishin's inexhaustible aura of madness. Everyone knows there will be casualties on the road to restoring "order" - but will Stein become the first?

Spice & Wolf Volume 9
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

With his carthorse as his only companion, the young merchant Kraft Lawrence slowly wends his way through dusty back roads in search of profitable trade. But this monotony screeches to a halt when, one night, he encounters a harvest goddess in the guise of a beautiful young girl . . . with wolf ears and a tail! Longing for the northern lands of her birth, Holo the Wisewolf joins Lawrence as he follows the ebb and flow of trade through the countryside. And when the two come across a compelling but suspicious opportunity for profit, will Lawrence with his mercantile chops and Holo with her ancient instincts be able to separate the truth from the lies - and make some coin while they're at it?!

This manga adaptation of Isuna Hasekura's acclaimed Spice and Wolf novel series, also available from Yen Press, is an investment that promises the greatest of entertainment returns!

The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan Volume 6
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

When he joins the organization committee for the joint Kouyouen-North High festival, Kyon is reunited with Sasaki, an old friend from middle school. Their renewed friendship draws a confession out of Sasaki that could change everything! A romantic challenger has appeared!!

Until Death Do Us Part Volume 7
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $18.99

Through an audience with the leader of the Element Network, Haruka learns more about Mamoru's past: how his aspirations to master all forms of combat led him to a military training facility in the U.S. and from there to service with the Element Network. It was on a mission to stop TPC, a criminal group responsible for abducting children in Chechnya, that Mamoru first encountered the hitman Jesus... and lost his eyesight...

World War Blue Volume 7
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

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.

xxxHOLiC Omnibus 3
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99

Contains Vol. 7-9 Manga

Void's Enigmatic Mansion Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested Retail Price: $17.99

What if your greatest wish could be granted?

The enigmatic mansion on 6 Roland Street belongs to one Mr. Void, who resides on the seventh floor. Unbeknownst to the rest of the tenants in Void's mansion, their greatest wishes could be granted. And as the stories of the residents intertwine, they soon learn that what they desire is not always what is best...

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I apologize for being late. Cutting it a bit close to my 5PM class. Welcome to this week's DVD/Blu-Ray releases! We got Kampher, Ultimate Girl, Attack on Titan, K-on, and Pokemon. For me, I love Pokemon and Attack on Titan. We got a strong Pokémon Video Game Club in the community. Have heard of Kampher, K-on, and Panty & Stocking. I feel Panty & Stocking would be a good anime for me to try since I heard bad things about K-on and Kampher. Let me know if I'm wrong.

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.

Sources

Notes

  • Ultimate Girls is not listed in Right Stuf.
  • Right Stuf listed Attack on Titan, Panty & Stocking, and Pokemon Black and White while it is not listed on ANN.

DVDs and Blu-Rays

Attack on Titan DVD/Blu-Ray Part 2

  • Distributor: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $49.98

Eren Jaeger vowed to rid mankind of the bloodthirsty giants who devoured his mother and destroyed his city. Now, after discovering that he has the ability to turn into a Titan, the world Eren promised to protect looks at him like he is the monster.

Narrowly avoiding execution, Eren's fate is entrusted to the Scout Regiment where he must prove capable of following orders. But on an expedition outside the wall, a unique female Titan appears and cuts through the Scouts, leaving a trail of carnage and splintered bones behind her and making it difficult for Eren to control his rage. As it becomes obvious that a traitor is sabotaging the Regiment from within, Eren must ask himself who humanity's true enemy really is.

  • Contains episodes 14-25.
  • Special Features: Episode Commentaries (14, 25), Attack on Titan at Anime Expo, "Chibi Theatre: Fly, Cadets, Fly!," Days 14-25, Eyecatch Gallery, Textless Songs.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles

Attack on Titan DVD/Blu-Ray Part 2 Limited Edition

  • Distributor: FUNimation
  • Suggested retail price: $89.99

This limited edition includes a 3D lenticular art card and Notes From Beyond the Wall: Part 2, a 24-page digibook featuring character information, interviews, 4-panel comics, and more!

K-on! - Season 1 Complete Collection (DVD)

  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $49.98

Rock 'n' roll may never die, but the Sakuragoaka Girl's High School Light Music Club might not be here to stay unless would-be drummer Ritsu Tainaka can find three more members to replace the graduated seniors. Determined to see that the beat goes on, Ritsu can get a little help from her friend Mio Akiyama on bass, and together they might be able to convince choir-inclined Tsumugi Kotobuki to join on the keyboards. But even then, they'll still need a hero, preferably of the juke-box variety with stars in her eyes.

Instead, they find Yui Hirasawa, who's looking for a club to join and who's never held a guitar in her life. But when Yui does pick up a beat-up six-string, it feels good in her hands, and it doesn't take long to understand that maybe she's finally found a place where she belongs. Because you can't stop the music when four girls share a dream, even if it's something as crazy as someday playing at the famous Budokan. It's going to be a long and winding road, but if they find their passion and follow their muse, they could go anywhere!

  • Contains episodes 1-14.
  • Special Features: Winter Days!, Live House, Clean Opening & Closing Animations.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Kampfer - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray)

  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98

Natsuru used to dream of being a lady killer. Instead, he got turned into a Kampfer - a lady who's supposed to fight and kill other girls in mortal combat! That would cause enough problems all on its own, but it turns out that his best childhood friend swings the other way and she has a crush on her new body. Not to mention, his school has separate sections for boys and girls, and now he's enrolled in BOTH of them. And the rumor-mill has it that he's dating herself. Then there are those other pesky Kampfers who want to "take her out." He's just not sure which ones mean "on a date" and which ones mean "permanently"!

Things get even trickier when Natsuru allows himself to be convinced that it's a good idea to move in with three other Kampfers for their "mutual defense." Getting in touch with your feminine side's a full-contact, no-holds-barred, Amazon action-fest as Natsuru must become a full-fledged wonder woman or die trying!

  • Contains episodes 1-12 plus OVA episodes 1-2 (Fur die Liebe).
  • Special Features: "Fantastic Bowels," Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation.
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt DVD/Blu-ray Complete (Hyb) - Anime Classics

  • Distributor:FUNimation
  • Suggested retail price: $39.98

Summary:

Panty and Stocking – the Anarchy Sisters – are two nasty angels who got booted from the pearly gates for being foul-mouthed bitches! Now they spend their nights blowing up ghosts in the seedy abyss between Heaven and Earth. Panty likes sex, Stocking likes sweets, their afro-sporting main man Garter Belt has a fetish we can't mention. Together, they're turning the mean streets of Daten City into a buffet of bodily fluids.

Ghosts don't stand a chance against their lingerie of mass destruction, and if this debaucherous duo can collect enough Heaven Coins, they just might get their halos back. It's a slim chance in hell, but anything can happen when you're rolling commando, especially with Panty and Stocking!

  • Contains episodes 1-13.
  • Special Features: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt Revealed: Unrated Cut, Sit Down with Panty and Stocking, Panty and Stocking in Sanitary Box OVAs 1-8, Ghost Explosion Collection, Promotional Video, Outtakes, U.S. Trailer, Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song, Previews.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Pokemon Black and White: Adventures in Unova DVD Set 1 (D)

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $26.95

Ash and his friends Iris and Cilan have foiled Team Rocket's latest evil plan, and a new danger lurks on the horizon! But first, with eight Gym badges in hand, Ash is ready to take on the region's ultimate challenge: the Unova League, where he'll face familiar rivals and new opponents in his ongoing quest to become a Pokemon Master!

Meanwhile, Iris has been having some trouble connecting with her powerful and stubborn Dragonite. Can a visit home to the Village of Dragons help sort things out for the aspiring Dragon Master? And what exciting new adventures await our heroes beyond the Unova League? The answers to come, as the journey continues!

  • Contains episode 1-24.
  • Spoken Languages: English.

Ultimate Girls

  • Distributor: Media Blasters
  • Suggested retail price: $24.95

Summary:

Three high school heroines "morph" to 20 times their normal size and engage in heavy-duty hand-to-hand combat, right in the middle of the city! But they only have three minutes to take on the manic monsters. And to complicate things even further, the "senior" that they idolize is a zealous cameraman who's out to uncover the identity of these "ultimate girls."

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Part 2 of my fan project.

Toriko in DBZ style!

OZONE HERB ARC

Toriko-155

Komatsu-3.5

Ichiryuu-300,000,000

Toriko-post Ozone herb-160

Nitro-200

REALITY OF GOURMET WORLD ARC

Toriko-160

Asura Tiger-150

Breath dragon-300

King lander-150

Mamyuu-10

Jirou-280,000,000

Jirou(Intimidation knocking)-285,000,000

MELK STARDUST ARC

Melk the 2nd-125

Ruby crab-bellow 1

Scorpion Demon Cattle-130

Melk the 1st-500

Komatsu(with Derous Melk knife)-75

Toriko(post Melk stardust)-175

MELLOW COLA ARC

Toriko-175

Zebra-220

Execution beasts-150

Love-75

Magma tortoise-180

Eight-tailed Scorpion-135

Komatsu (Derous intimidation)-300

Salamander Sphynx-160

Nitro-215

Zebra tired-80

Toriko tired-40

Zebra (Anger boost)-200

Toriko-180

Toriko(post Mellow Cola)-240

Zebra(post Mellow cola)-280

SHINING GOURAMI ARC

Toriko-240

Sunny-235

Quinn-160

Guemon-550

Hercules dragon-200

Toriko(twin Kugi punch)-280

Shining Gourmi- bellow 1

Toriko-250

Sunny-245

METEOR GARLIC ARC

Toriko-250

Coco-235

Match-35

Komatsu-3.5

Liveberear-190

Toriko(post Meteor Garlic)-255

Coco(post Meteor Garlic)-245

Joa- Unknown

To be continued...

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Hello everyone, I'm Takashichea (Taka for short), your neighborhood wiki editor. Every season, I make wiki tasks due to being a requirement of a wiki mod in this community.

I do it for many reasons:

  • For wiki projects with my teammates - I do these for new wiki editors especially those who haven't reach 1,000 wiki points. I help guide them in formatting, objective writing, and technical matters.
  • Compliment Staff Reviews - anytime, we have a staff review a new anime series of that season. I put it up as a wiki task. However, I pick series that have a lot of attention. I don't pick a new anime series whose discussion thread or talks of it is gone or series that fall under wiki projects. In team wiki projects, it will be done by the group without the need for help of a wiki task. Popularity's example would be Nobunaga Concerto which is a dead series in this community compared to Aldnoah.Zero.
  • Event Based - The anime and manga industry greatly influences our community. Events can varied from being a manga or anime series ending, a company beginning or going in closure, etc.
  • Hot Community Trends - In this community, anime and manga interests are dynamic. One series can be really popular at one point and died in the next cycle. To capture momentum, I observe the community's interests especially battle and wiki editing communities due to the large numbers of active users.

Completed Wiki Tasks

Before we go over this season's new wiki tasks, let's congratulate these wiki editors for completing these tasks.

Aldnoah.Zero
Completed by DocHaus and YotaruVegeta (main contributors) - Added Overview, Plot, Characters, and Theme Song

Note: MrWhiteX participated in the wiki task, but he deleted the Romaji and Kanji. I had to add it back and reformat the page.
Anime Weekend Atlanta
Completed by BigHeart711 - Added Images
Kamigami no Asobi
Incomplete

Note: There was no one could took this task. With any wiki task incomplete that I set, I add what I can accomplish. Usually, it's the skeletal details, but not the meat. For this one, I added overview, plot, characters without descriptions, and theme songs.
Weight Gain
Completed by MrWhiteX - Added Images

New and Currently Open Wiki Tasks

We have a Anime Vice Wiki Style Guide for all pages. Concept, Location, and Object pages are more flexible since they are very diverse. Having a strict guide on those concept, location, and object page will limit creativity in wiki data.

Wiki Project Based

These are pages that were suggested from the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure wiki team. I work with the Jojo team back in spring 2014. These are opened until it's completed.

Cars

Leader of the Pillar Men awoken during Part 2 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. A genius who initially created the vampire-making Stone Masks, he also has light-based abilities.

Write Character Article - Please see wiki task
Wham

The most honorable of the Pillar Men awoken in Part 2 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Has control over wind and automatically attacks anyone who steps on his shadow.

Write Character Article - Please see wiki task
Noriaki Kakyoin

A man that aids Jotaro in his adventure after he was released from Dio's mind control.

Write Character Article - Please see wiki task

Compliment Staff Reviews

For these pages, I have to pick certain anime series that have a lot of interest but aren't part of any team wiki projects. Every season, I add simulcast data and overview for pages whose trailers I added.

Right now, the summer 2014 season is ending. Excluding Dragon Ball, these tasks will expire by October 2014. I open new tasks. I showcase these in this blog and in my Fall 2014 Wiki Projects blog.

What's interesting is that Samurai Jam didn't get interest yet Love Stage and Dramatical Murder had a lot of response in their discussion thread. I was wrong to underestimate certain genre. I guess Anime Vice loves most anime series except sports and musical types. Yaoi had more response than sports and musical themed anime series.

Glasslip

The next title from P.A. Works, the studio who did Nagi no Asukara (Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea), GLASSLIP follows the story of Toko Fukami, an aspiring glass-blower whose family runs a glass-working business. During the summer, she and her four friends meet a transfer student, Kakeru Okikura, who claims that a voice from the future lead him to Toko. His arrival sets off a chain of events for the six of them that will make their final summer together full of hope and heartache.


See wiki task.
Rail Wars!

Takayama Naoto is a high school second-year who dreams of being a train conductor. In hopes of getting a job with Japan National Railways, one of the most stable businesses in Japan due to government support, Naoto has applied to an on-the-job training program for students.

See wiki task.
Samurai Jam-Bakumatsu Rock
Marvelous’ Samurai Jam -Bakumatsu Rock- game gets an anime adaptation! The story is set n the Bakumatsu Era, at the end of the Tokugawa shogunate’s rule over Japan. The government has been using “Heaven’s Song” played by the top idols in the Shinsengumi to brainwash its citizens. Writing or singing any other song is considered a crime. Ryoma Sakamoto and the other rockers, want to start a revolution against the shogunate using their rock’n’roll for freedom and justice.
See wiki task.
Dragon Ball

The story of the adventures of Goku from a small child to a young adult.

See wiki task.

Event Based

The following wiki tasks are influenced by events in our industry. We have to be a site that is current as best as we can.

Studio Ghibli
With the news on Studio Ghibli closing down, it's imperative to get this page up to speed with the company.

See Wiki Task
History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi
With the manga series ended on September 17, 2014 and the rise of interest in the series due to Anime Vice Battle User of September 2014: Flashback180, these new factors increase renewed interest in the franchise.

See Wiki Task

Hot Community Trends

Steel type (Pokémon)
The Pokémon Video Game Club is one of the most popular club threads in Anime Vice. With Pokemon X and Y still current and the new games Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire remakes arriving in stores for the future, it's best to capture the momentum.

Spark wiki interest - I decided to promote our Pokemon Type threads. Simple overview write ups. Make some fun wiki tasks.

Thank you everyone for reading. I welcome all editors as long as you follow the rules, work together, and respect the wiki pages.

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  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Fighting, Ninja
  • Release Date: December 6, 2014
  • Animation Production: Pierrot

Trailer's Script:

  • Narrator: The manga Japan can boast of to the world: Naruto. It's been 15 years since the start of its serialization. His battle is moving toward a shocking development! And so, in winter 2014, finally, the curtain will open on the last stage. The super epic film that connects to the next generation begins! To what's beyond the original work...
  • Narrator: The Last -Naruto the Movie-
  • Naruto: Let's get going.

In the period between 2004 and 2012, a Naruto film was released every year. This will be the last film in the franchise.

Editor's Note

There aren't much information about the summary of the movie. It's likely Naruto and his cast have all grown up based on the film's concept art work.

For the wiki page, I recycled it from Sonata's Hentai pages. The US date will be fixed when we get a US release one day day.

Character Concept Art

Sources

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Note: Seeing as I'm personally not really finding this anime to be horribly bad in any way, I will be tweaking my format of this review slightly to offer up more of my personal thoughts on the series instead of highlighting its flaws. With that said, on with the review.

Blade was a 12-episode TV anime animated by Madhouse Studios that aired from July 1 to September 16 of 2011. It is the last of four TV anime titles adapting one of Marvel Comics' superheroes in a deal between Marvel and Madhouse. The series was later licensed for American video release by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and the series would air on American TV via G4.

The Plot

Awww, they don't explode into gory goodness like they did in the movies.
Awww, they don't explode into gory goodness like they did in the movies.

Blade is a dhampir (half-vampire, half-human) born under unique circumstances when his mother was attacked by a vampire and the strain became inherited by him while still in his mother's body. Due to his unique origins, Blade is blessed with the strengths of a vampire without many of their weaknesses. Growing up to become a vampire hunter, Blade's latest hunt brings him to Japan where he seeks out the vampire Deacon Frost and his organization of vampires known as Existence.

Notable Characters (from left to right)

  • Blade- Born Eric Brooks, he is a man born with both human and vampire blood due to his pregnant mother being attacked by a vampire as he inherits their abilities without their weaknesses. Dedicating himself to slay other vampires as a vampire hunter, Blade comes to Japan to seek out the whereabouts of Deacon Frost.
  • Deacon Frost- A man who turned himself into a vampire via artificial means, Deacon was formerly a scientist who sought to use his knowledge in the field to expose and kill vampires to avenge his son being slain by one. However, his mind became warped from the trauma of his son's loss as the months wore on and led him to use his knowledge of vampire physiology to produce his own strain of vampires to rule the world with. He is responsible for the attack on Blade's mother that resulted in Blade's unique origins as a “daywalker” vampire.
  • Makoto- A teenage vampire hunter in Japan who seeks to kill Blade when he killed her father to save her life when he was turned into a vampire. She wields a pair of spiked knuckles and hidden blades concealed in her boots that are laced in silver to slay vampires.
  • Noah Van Hellsing- A descendant of a long line of vampire hunters who trained Blade in the ways of vampire hunting and gave him the means he needed to rein in his bloodlust as a vampire.
  • Tara Brooks- Blade's human mother who worked as a prostitute in the streets of London before being slain by Deacon Frost.
  • Kikyo Mikage- A returning character from Wolverine, Mikage is hired by Deacon to hinder Blade's efforts to stop his plans. The swordsman is shown to have past ties to Blade as the two were taught together in the use of a sword-fighting style taught to them from the same master.

The Review

Like prior Marvel anime adaptations, Blade mostly revolves around the hero of the series being regularly entangled in fights as they try learning more of the enemy threat they are up against and their motives. In this case, Blade has to go up against the vampire mooks created through the experiments of Deacon Frost and Existence. Blade's journey to slay Frost leads him to travel through a number of Asian countries where Existence have their lairs located, while encountering allies and locals affected by Deacon's plans to some extent. Some anime-only characters like Makoto are made for the series, with the mentioned character being another case where a Japanese character is created to aid the hero of the series in stopping the enemy threat he is up against.

Your garb is so 17th century.
Your garb is so 17th century.

In terms of its source material, Blade adopts elements of its live-action movie trilogy adaptation and the comic version of the character to create Blade's character and several major allies and villains within his title that retain some sense of faithfulness to its source material's story and character elements. Blade's character is a composite take on his movie and comic adaptations where he has the attire, personality and weapons of his movie counterpart, while having the back story of his comic book version. Deacon's character is also a composite take of his movie and comic takes on his character with some aspects to his origins being altered for the anime, having the scientific background and appearance of his comic persona combined with the desire to overthrow pure-blood vampires as his movie persona. The series does devote parts of episodes to explore Blade and Deacon's origins and past history together, as well as providing fleshing out on Kikyo's character when he makes his presence felt in the second half of the series.

In terms of presentation, Blade is similar to Wolverine in terms of its visual quality. Scenery shots and character designs sport plenty of detail with characters shown to be Western-influenced in terms of their design that make them look more realistic. However, the series still resorts to animation shortcuts like those Wolverine pulls during its action scenes. The soundtrack to the series is no different from prior Marvel anime titles in that it consists of mostly high-energy tracks that regularly play throughout many scenes in the series, with no regard for mood or tension played out during key scenes.

Overall, I'd put Blade on a level of quality on par with Iron Man. The series is faithful to elements of Blade's comic book and movie origins, while creating some original elements to expand on aspects to their characters during the show's focus on Blade and Deacon's origins. However like many prior Marvel anime titles, the series is more heavily focused on its battle scenes and its plot layout is not much different from prior Marvel anime titles. Marvel Comic and action anime fans would get enjoyment out of the series. But beyond that, the series is rather forgettable thanks to its straight-forward storytelling formula.

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JUDAR IS HERE! I didn’t think an event as simple as that would make this Magi chapter so much more exciting, but it did, and it has something to do with finally lifting the Alma Toran Arc atmosphere that has been hanging over Magi for the last two chapters.

THE CHAPTER:

Confronted with the truth, Aladdin attempts to bring Sinbad and Kouen into an alliance within which the focus would be to end Al Tharmen’s hold over the Kou empire. But as the egos of these two powerful men rise to overshadow their common sense, an unlikely element emerges on the scene.

MY THOUGHTS:
It’s been two chapters since we existed the Alma Toran arc, however it wasn’t until this chapter that Magi felt like it had finally left the dreary atmosphere of Alma Toran and Solomon behind.

We are finally back into the typical Magi pace and I cannot remember the last time I was this excited about a Magi chapter; yes, Alma Toran had its moments, but at best I was intrigued. At worst I was bored, but never excited.
This is finally Magi like I remember it, with all the awesome characters we’ve been following since the beginning; something about the interactions worked for me this week, specifically Sinbad and Kouen.

NO action to speak of in this battle manga and yet Magi still manages to entertain; this is the Magi that I remember, the one that could do no wrong. 

-Sinbad and Politics
Chapter 239 was all about the political maneuverings; watching Sinbad basically play the summit like a fiddle, turning the world (more or less) against the Kou empire by playing the Al Tharmen card while at the same time extending a helping hand was priceless.

This is the Sinbad I remember, if not a tiny bit more untrustworthy that before; scheming and conniving, unwilling to work with Kouen, even less willing to lose Aladdin and Alibaba’s trust by looking power hungry, then going for the next best thing: forcing Kouen into a position where he would either have to be the one to refuse the offer for peace (thereby absolving Sinbad of all blame with regards to the failure of Aladdin’s treaty), or forcing the peace treaty through but with Sindria at the top.

Yes, I most definitely enjoyed these sneaky machinations; and Kouen’s own response to these games was surprisingly and amusingly frank, his very visible dislike for Sinbad, willingness to use Al Tharmen to achieve his goals, basically equating his ideals to Solomon’s own dreams.

Good stuff this week; I forgot how good Magi could be after the last four months of Alma Toran. And Aladdin could only watch helplessly. The world is going to burn and not even with his father’s wisdom can he prevent it.

-Alibaba- A primary protagonist no more.
Poor Alibaba; it’s like with each new arc, Alibaba loses more and more of his previous importance, and even his deal with Kouen has fallen at the wayside. With Kouen no longer interested in Aladdin or the former prince we need not bother questioning whether Alibaba would go so far as to betray his friends and Sinbad for Kouen’s deal to hand Balbad over to him.

Thinking about it, quite a lot happened this week, from Sinbad’s scheming, Kouen’s revelations about the state of affairs of his house, the exploration of Alibaba’s unimportance in the grand scheme of things, Aladdin’s helplessness, the conflict between Kou and Sindria’s various houses, and finally Judar.

-Judar
What could Judar have in mind for the summit? Something tells me that Hakuryuu isn’t far behind. And now that they have the dark rukh of the medium, is there anything stopping them from laying everything and everyone to waste.
Are we going to see an all out brawl between the summit members and the dark Magi? Because both Kou and Sindria couldn’t be more helpless. And even with their individual attributes and emergency plans in play, someone is dying.

I know it cannot be Sinbad, but there are a lot of popular characters within his house that just might bite the dust next week.

With Hakuryuu by his side, there is no way Judar is fighting for Gyokuen; where he to act in a hostile manner against Sinbad and Kou, that would complicate an already complicated war against Al Tharmen.

+RATING: 8/10, this was good. My zeal for Magi is returning once more. I was fighting to maintain interest in Magi during the flashback. Not so with chapter 239
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Welcome to this week's manga releases! We have a small selection this week. What was surprising for me is that I didn't know Attack on Titan Before the Fall ha a light novel version. I bought the manga version a month ago or so. I'm looking forward to the Attack on Titan guidebook. For new series that caught my eye, I'm interested in Terra Formars which has a new anime series this October 2014. Please check out the Terra Formars Discussion.

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.

Sources

Notes

  • ANN did not list Attack on Titan: Before the Fall (Light Novel) this week. Amazon and Right Stuf has it listed.
  • ANN and Amazon have New Lone Wolf & Cub Vol. 2 this week.
  • Both Amazon and Right Stuf has Attack on Titan Guidebook: Inside and Outside.
  • ANN did not list Kamen vol. 1 and Phantasm Japan: Fantasies Light and Dark, from and about Japan.
  • My Little Monster Vol. 4 was on ANN for this week. Amazon listed by September 30.

Manga Releases

Attack on Titan: Before the Fall (Light Novel)
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested Retail Price: $10.95

Humanity has been devastated by the bizarre, giant humanoids known as the Titans. Little is known about where they came from or why they are bent on consuming mankind. To combat these monsters, mankind has developed a new set of tools to grant them the skills of flight, speed, and agility. Before the Fall details the development of those tools.

Bokurano Volume 11
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

One summer, fifteen kids innocently wander into a nearby seaside cave. There they meet a strange man who invites them to play an exciting new video game. This game, he explains, pits one lone giant robot against a horde of alien invaders. To play the game, all they have to do is sign a simple contract. The game stops being fun when the kids find out the true purpose of their pact.

Genshiken: Second Season Volume 5
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99
SAKI, I…

Hato's past drove him to cross-dressing, Yajima's got a complex about her looks, and no matter what happens, no one seems to be able to tell what's going on in Yoshitake's head. Still, this newbie trio has finally made themselves at home in the Genshiken. Which makes it a perfect time for a visit by the old boys of the club, in town for the school festival! But when generations collide, Madarame ends up alone in the club room with Saki, with his back against the wall. Everyone expects him to confess his feelings, but what will come out of his mouth at this pivotal moment?

New Lone Wolf & Cub Volume 2
  • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

aigoro, young son of the slain swordmaster,"Lone Wolf" Ogami Itto, begins his own training at the hand of Togo Shigekata, Daigoro's benefactor and warrior of the Satsuma clan. But the secret message Togo carries to Satsuma is a fraud, and dark forces have aligned to ensure the planted message's delivery. . . and the delivery of Daigoro to certain death!

Kazuo Koike's Lone Wolf and Cub is an acclaimed masterpiece of graphic fiction, and New Lone Wolf and Cub (Shin Kozure Okami) is the 21st century sequel to this groundbreaking manga. Illustrated by Hideki Mori and translated by Dana Lewis.

Terra Formars Volume 2
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Thailand,​ twenty years after the ill-fated Bugs 2 mission.​ Two American U-NASA agents arrive to find Akari Hizamaru,​ a "child born after the operation,​" and recruit him for Annex 1,​ a new mission to Mars.​ The purpose of Annex 1 is to research the origins of a new disease that is ravaging the earth.​ But the reasons why U-NASA would need the incredible powers that Hizamaru possesses are still a closely guarded secret.​ Once again,​ humanity launches an expedition to Mars that has frightening implications for the future.​

Guidebook

Attack on Titan Guidebook: Inside and Outside
  • Distributor: Kodansha USA
  • Suggested Retail Price: $24.99

The definitive guide to the secrets of the Attack on Titan universe. A single volume of nearly 400 pages, including more than 16 color pages in the center, this guidebook contains concept art, complete character profiles, and setting details - even Titan papercraft!
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Welcome to this week's DVD and Blu-Ray releases! We have a medium selection. The only two series that caught my eye are Ranma and Valvrave. I did a Ranma - - Character Spotlight with SamJaz and Hal. I still have to complete the series. It's a fun, romance comedic series that involves gender bending to some degree. For Valvrave, it's hard to recommend. I had mixed feelings on how the series ended. I prefer season 1 over season 2. It's like Guilty Crown. It had promise, but it went down. I see folks get more enjoyment by making fun of it.

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.

Sources

Notes

  • Right Stuf has Ghost in the Shell this week while ANN and Amazon have it next week.

DVD

Dragon Ball Z - Season Seven (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $44.98

Seven years of peace have passed since the defeat of the monstrous Cell, and the Z-Fighters have enjoyed a return to normal life. Goku has eagerly continued his training in Other World, Krillin has gotten married, and Gohan has renewed his scholarly pursuits while attempting to navigate the pitfalls of high school. Two fresh new Saiyan faces have also appeared on the scene - Goku's son Goten, and Vegeta's son Trunks!

This new Blu-ray edition has gone through a frame-by-frame restoration process to remove any blemishes, tape marks, and foreign bodies from the film. All three audio tracks have been re-mastered in the interest of noise reduction and superior sound quality, and the colors are bolder and more vibrant. Lastly, a precise shot-by-shot reframing of the entire series was done to create a modern HD widescreen presentation!

Majestic Prince - Collection 2 (DVD) or (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $69.98 (Blu-Ray), $59.98 (DVD)

For the members of Team Rabbits and Team Doberman, each new sortie becomes increasingly dangerous. As the fight against the Wulgaru continues, it's harder to determine what the real objectives of Team Rabbits are, and the arrival of a new addition to team's lineup only further confuses things. The unwritten rules of mecha combat teams seem to require that there's always at least one mysterious loner in the group, but the enigmas and conundrums surrounding Ange Kuroki are so extreme that even the new pilot's gender is a riddle!

As the pieces of the puzzle come together and the layers of the riddle slowly peel back, it becomes apparent that everything Izuru, Asagi, Kei, Tamaki and Suruga have encountered are interconnected to a greater extent than they ever imagined. Deadly reversals and shocking revelations await!


Contains episodes 13-24. Special Features: Clean Opening & Closing Animations. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Ranma 1/2 - Set 3 (DVD)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $44.82

Things just can't stay quiet at the Tendo Dojo. After a morning ruckus, Ranma hits his head, falls into water, and turns completely into a girl. Now, even when Ranma transforms back into a boy, he still thinks he's a girl! Things become even more complicated when Shampoo, still in love with Ranma, gets a surprise visit from Chinese Amazon twin sisters Ling-Ling and Lung-Lung, two of her proteges who have it in for Ranma.

Then, after Soun and Genma's master, Happosai, uses moxibustion to weaken Ranma, Ranma must master a new legendary technique and defeat Happosai to become strong again. Everything culminates in a final battle against Happosai as Ranma fights to regain his strength! Contains episodes 47-69.

Ranma ½ - Set 3 [Special Edition] (Blu-Ray)

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $54.97

This special edition includes a full-color art card and a 32-page booklet with episode summaries, all housed in a premium chipboard artbox!
Special Features: "We Love Ranma" Part 3 - The Appeal of Ranma 1/2, Next Episode Previews, Clean Openings & Endings, Trailers.
Valvrave the Liberator - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $149.98

True Calendar, Year 71 - A new age where 70% of the human population lives in space thanks to the development of the "Dyson Sphere," a city in space.

The world is divided into two main powers: The Dorssia Military Pact Federation, a power which grew out of a military alliance, and the Atlantic Rim United States (ARUS), which grew in power as it expanded its trade agreements. The minor nation of JIOR has declared neutrality between these two forces and maintained its peace through economic prosperity.

Within JIOR's Sphere, Haruto Tokishima lived an ordinary life as a high school student in the division known as "Module 77" until the Dorssian military begins their sudden invasion. The whole world will be shaken when Haruto meets the mysterious humanoid weapon, Valvrave!

Contains episodes 1-12 plus collectible postcards and a deluxe poster illustrated by character designer Katsura Hoshino! Special Features: Textless Openings, Textless Endings, Trailers. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Ghost in the Shell: Arise Japanese Collector's Edition 3 Import (DVD)
  • Publisher - FUNIMATION
  • Suggested Retail Price: $69.98

The cyberpunk classic returns with all new story lines! Ghost in the Shell: Arise sheds new light on the mysteries that have haunted fans for decades - while rebooting the genre it helped define.

This collector's edition includes a 22-page guide booklet and a unique cut of the film strip! Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles. This product is an import from Japan, and is limited to 2,400 units total. All sales are final. It may be returned for an exchange if defective, but unfortunately we are unable to offer refunds.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal
  • Distributor: New Video Group
  • Suggested retail price: $24.95

A Duel Monsters player teams up with a ghostly visitor from another world to help the spirit regain his memories, which have been scattered among 99 monster cards.

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So here we are again attacks on video games as the Hollywood movie industry has a down turn. Now one can argue easy enuff that this was not caused by or backed by Hollywood. Tho the overall trend still holds I will digress to the current controversy.

An now video games are sexist. This is a old dead horse, but beatings must be administered. Problem is facts do not back up the claims. An fact do come from some interesting places...

Well worth watching an its probably not what you think.

Here is the boiled down version with more NSFW words...

With a different slant as well as well game industry is not clean an pure, as well what #Gamersgate is which ties into this new round of attacks. follow this link http://youtu.be/FQeWj95tLZA put it o in the back ground as its not a visual youtube video like the ones above. It goes over whats started this last excrement weather event in the game news industry. Guy makes fun of his own voice so try not to judge the content on how its said but what it said. He also has a summery posted to one side of the video as well.

Years ago the music industry had http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Payola an not the gaming news industry has #gamersgate. Safe prediction would be that this will blow up an help to fuel the sexism in video games side. Even tho it looks really bad for who they would defend. One should always remember public figures have feet of clay. Or as As I would put it we just hope thats brown stuff is clay.

Edit : found a good write up of what Gamergate is... http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/gamergate

edit 2 um this is getting bigger an axes are bring ground...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2014/09/20/the-escapist-forums-brought-down-in-ddos-attack/ So the side who says gamergate is noting has people doxxing others as well as ddos attacks on sites that even discuss whats going on. Yeah its not looking good.

edit 3

Um list of all the people in the game version of journolist....

http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-London/2014/09/21/GameJournoPros-we-reveal-every-journalist-on-the-list Some names you may know.

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  • Genre: Suspense, Survival, Horror, Action, Psychological
  • Animation Studios: Silver Link and Connect
  • Source Material: Manga Series
  • Release Date: October 17, 2014 (1st episode bundled with Vol. 12)

OVA has a total of 3 Episodes Bundled Separately with Vols 12-14, respectively.

Summary

The manga revolves around Ryōhei Arisu (pronounced the same way in Japanese as "Alice"), a male high school student who is irritated with his intolerable everyday life. One night, he tags along with his bad friend Karube and Chōbe to hang out in town. However, the town is suddenly covered in giant fireworks, and when he came to his senses, Ryota noticed that no one else was around. Finding themselves in a different world, Ryota, Karube, and Chota are forced to participate in survival games, or die off the bat. The three fight to live, as well as find a way back to their own world.

ANN

For more trailers, please see the Fall 2014 OVA list in the meantime. I haven't created a Fall 2014 blog yet.

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On the official website, Okayado and his staff publish a series of polls about what fans would like to see in a possible anime adaptation for Monster Musume. Fans must submit Tweeted answers with the valid has tag in order to win autographed mini-prints.

Editor's Note: I look at the Google Chrome's translated message. I'm not sure if this poll campaign is towards fans outside of Japan. I have to look up further information for you guys and gals in Anime Vice.

Google Chrome's Translated Message - Beware of Typos and Grammatical mistakes
Google Chrome's Translated Message - Beware of Typos and Grammatical mistakes
Autographed Mini Prints
Autographed Mini Prints

Monster Musume's Summary

A manga series following Kurusu Kimihito, a 20 year old volunteer for "The Cultural Exchange Between Species Bill", a law instituted in order to get humans and Extra-species people (monster girls) to associate and build friendship and understanding. As a volunteer for the extra species act, Kurusu volunteered to take in a member of an Extra species, and in his case his resident was Mia A female Lamia. As the Series progresses, more and more monster girls end up staying at his house, each competing for his affection and possible marriage.

Sources

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Is it finally over? It’s been so long since we last interacted with Magi’s primary cast that it was almost odd returning to Morgiana, Alibaba and the rest of them.

I am not going to lie; this flashback took some patient to bare on my part. Not that it didn’t have its moments, but I have been waiting to return to the present for so long that it was almost jarring when Aladdin’s history lesson ended.
But, right now, finally at the end of Solomon’s tedious journey, there is a lot that one could appreciate about the last few months.

THE CHAPTERS:

With Solomon’s demise, the world stands at the edge of a precipice; no longer able to sustain life, it is up to Ugo to transform Alma Toran’s tragedy into hope for a brighter future on a new world.

MY THOUGHTS:
24 chapters; that is how long this particular arc has been running. And within 24 chapters Shinibu Ohtaka has basically laid bare the entirety of the Magi world, all its mysteries and innards finally exposed.

And with the manga just past the halfway point one does wonder if this was the smartest play the mangaka could make, because as things stand there is little about Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic that we don’t know in relative detail.
From the birth of Alma Toran, the presence of an all powerful creator in Il Illah, the origins of the Djinn and their metal vessels, the role of the dungeons, the eventual emergence of the present world, the rukh…every mystery of Magi has been unearthed.

To an extent one might complain that that erases all sense of mystery from the manga, with little new knowledge left to be revealed in the coming few years of its run.

But then again, one might also say that the manga is finally in a position to move forward, unhindered by endless questions and potential plot holes about who did what, when, how and why?

Whatever the case, the flashback is finally over and the manga is the better off for it; to an extent these revelations put the present conflict in a new perspective, even though the future of the Kou empire, what with Arba standing as its current ruler, is still somewhat uncertain.

Chapter 238 wasted way too much time on Alibaba’s reaction to Aladdin’s story; considering how long I had waited to finally read these events, the reaction of the spectators to Alma Toran’s history, Alibaba’s reminiscence was a huge waste of time.

Maybe some people were touched by his realization of the deep connection he shared with Aladdin, but even that made little sense to me. Aladdin and Alibaba couldn’t be more different from each other.
Alibaba’s assertions that he had suddenly found common ground with Aladdin, with the two having suffering under equal loads, seemed forced, especially taking in to account the fact that Alibaba’s past constituted losing his birth right and all his friends and families to political greed, and spending years in slavery crawling from one vile master to another.

I don’t think the fact that Aladdin spent a few months to years in a lonely library quite places him in the same bracket as Alibaba, and if their friendship needed that cheap boost to cement Alibaba’s faith and loyalty to Aladdin, then maybe the manga should quit placing so much emphasis on it.

The more intriguing elements of chapters 237 and 238 received the least amount of time, that being the reactions of Sindria, Kou and Riem. Something about Sinbad’s reaction to the story was disturbing, not just his expression but the way he spoke of ‘King Solomon’.

There is more than meets the eye here than Sinbad merely being awestruck by Solomon; the theory that Sinbad might be Solomon’s incarnation doesn’t seem quite as crazy at this moment.

The next two weeks of the manga are going to be crucial to determining the future story arcs of Magi; though something tells me that even if peace is the outcome of this conference, even if Kou and Sindria agree to come together to obliterate Kouen’s mother, Sinbad and Kouen are going to clash regardless.
PREDICTIONS:
There is going to be war between Kou and Sindria, and Riem will have to choose sides in this war, most likely Kou considering what was said just before Aladdin began his story.

Then again that would make little sense, what with Riem’s master being none other than a newly minted Magi probably programmed to oppose Al Tharmen at all costs.

But that doesn’t explain all that hostility Riem was showing Sinbad at the start of the conference.
Kouen is determined to spread Kou’s rule over the land as the most effective means of bringing peace. Sinbad will take violent action against Kouen and his empire at the slightest hint of treachery from Kou.
It would be a miracle if Aladdin avoided war, either immediately or in the distant future.

RATING: 7/10, it was decent enough material, despite the panels and pages wasted on Alibaba. And I am glad we are finally returning to the present day.
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Had this been any other manga series, I might have been complaining about how it is following typical shonen tropes, with the villain growing ever stronger just when it seemed like he was finished.
That is the curse of watching and reading so much bloody shonen anime and manga; then again Nanatsu no Taizai is doing a heck of a great job of making this fight all sorts of entertaining.

THE CHAPTER:

Hendricksen’s battle with the Deadly Sins is proving to be anything but simple; with the finale rapidly approaching, Hendy takes drastic measures to achieve victory, the deadly sins suddenly faced with a godlike power in the demons, Gray and Red.

MY THOUGHTS:
I am not quite certain what to make of this chapter. Chapter 93 was Ban’s chapter, to an extent, and the results of chapter 94 will determine just how this chapter resonates with me. Because…really…how the hell does someone come back from that?

The battle with Hendricksen continues and, as with the last few chapters, the tide keeps shifting from side to side; where Hendricksen’s demonic form rose to assault the sins, the individual qualities of each former knight kept proving to weighty a challenge even for this demonic abilities.

I honestly do not understand why more shonen manga do not approach their fights like this, where the outcome isn’t so clear cut, where the powers of the heroes isn’t so overwhelming that the villain’s defeat is all but determined.
Granted the abilities of the Sins seem to fluctuate quite drastically, characters like Ban and King sometimes manifesting levels of power so ridiculous as to outshine everyone else; yet that seems easily balanced by Hendy’s craftiness.

This doesn’t look like it is going to keep running for much longer; either Hendriksen or the sins are going to go down in the next chapter or two. And if the events of this chapter are anything to go by, the sins aren’t leaving this battle completely unscathed.
RATING: 8/10, As for those last panels of chapter 93, all I can say is ‘Whoa’. That was brutal, even more than I expected.
HIGHLIGHTS: Ban Vs. Hendricksen.
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