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CLAYMORE CHAPTER 151-152 REVIEW: SHARINGAN TERESA/ THE TRUE FORM OF HATE.

NOOOOOOO! Those words at the end of the chapter, I simply refuse to believe them. The end cannot be approaching.

The end of this arc maybe, but not of this great series. I want more, and I am willing to believe that the mangaka has a lot more in store for the manga. We cannot go out before seeing the dragons.

THE CHAPTERS:

Teresa hits the battlefield, challenging the former number 1s absorbed by Priscilla to show the pride of their ranks and challenge her in direct combat. Seemingly weakened from the internal rebellion, Priscilla’s hate for Teresa rises to the surface, granting her great power.

MY THOUGHTS:

It’s odd, I hated chapter 151 when I first read it last month; something about it seemed less than the usual Claymore quality. Reading it a second time though gave me pause and a chance to appreciate it for a great battle chapter in contrast to chapter 152.

Great chapters all round; I wanted to see Teresa in action, and these two chapters reminded me of the awe I first felt watching her in action against the Priscilla and Irene, shortly before her death.

I won’t call her a beast, but she is, defeating Cassandra even while faced with a rather odd fighting form and then standing up to chaos that is Priscilla.

Thinking about it though, chapter 152 shined largely due to the emotional aspects of the story, specifically Teresa’s attempts at gaining an understand of this new world and Clare’s friends, allowing them and us an opportunity to understand her place among the ghosts as she saw it.

Some of what she said was a little surprising'; I personally rarely give Yuma any thought and I will sometimes forget her existence; even when she makes an appearance I struggle to remember what she’s all about.

But it would make sense that Clare would find her most endearing, both having struggled with their weak ranking and stature. Surprisingly, I am found these conversations between Teresa and the ghosts quite fascinating to read, even more than the battle scenes, this including Raki’s account of his time with Isley.

Though, I think we all knew that Isley had changed his tune during his days with Raki, becoming less murderous villain and more fatherly figure to two interesting individuals.

Speaking of Isley, it has been eons since we last laid eyes upon those undead things that brought the so called Limitless Isley down; one needs to ask why the organization never considered launching those monsters (and even by Yoma/awakened being/abyssal one standards, those things are monsters) at the juggernaut that is Priscilla. That is a clash I would like to see.

+I thought Priscilla was all about Yoki reading, and that availed her all the advantage she needed against any and all opponents. But she showed superior brute strength as well, on top of speed and an ability to adapt new skills. One has to wonder what the greatest number 1 can truly do when unleashed.

+The art in these chapters lacked some of the finer details of typical claymore, precluding that Teresa/Cassandra fight, which was pretty amazing. I love the effort Norihiro Yagi pours into creating these intriguing claymore and their even more intriguing fighting styles.

RATING: 7/10, watching Teresa finally engage Priscilla was quite exciting, observing as she maintained her usual calm demeanor even in the face of Priscilla’s rage, executing the sorts of techniques others termed ‘special’ with little effort.

One cannot dispute the fact that this fight was simply destined, between the strongest claymore ever and the greatest awaken being in existence. This being Claymore I cannot even begin to guess who will come out on top.

Priscilla is already raging but Teresa is still taking things easy.

These last few chapters do beg the question though. Is Teresa actually Clare’s awakening? Because then one has to wonder if Teresa herself can actually awaken. And if she can’t, then that would be a shame.

Keeping Abyssal Teresa from us is like Bleach’s Zaraki Kenpachi never revealing this bankai (and knowing Kubo that is a possibility).

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Welcome to this week's DVD and Blu-Ray releases. For this week, it's a small selection. Out of the three, I did watched Sasami-San and Naruto Shippuden. For Sasami-San, it's a strange show. I can't really explain it well. If you're going to watch it, be prepared for some incestuous moments and bizarre, confusing story. I think our Anime Vice's expert can fill you in. For Naruto Shippuden, it's the sequel to Naruto, and for many young folks, this is a popular Shonen anime that served as a gateway drug to anime besides Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z. The series isn't for everyone if you are not a Shonen fan because the series has a lot of pacing issues.

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.

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DVD and Blu Ray Releases

Flowers of Evil - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray or DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98 (Blu-Ray), $49.98 (DVD)
Darkness lurks everywhere, in every human heart, and sometimes it takes just a second of weakness for it to take root. For Takao Kasuga, that germination begins when his obsession with his beautiful classmate Nanako meets the opportunity to "borrow" her used gym clothes. Unfortunately, his loathsome act of laundry theft is witnessed by Nakamura, the strange girl who sits behind him in class. Soon, Nakamura's own dark obsessions begin to hook their twisted tendrils into Takao's miserable existence.

Blackmailed into a "contract" under the threat of having his guilt revealed to his entire class, the former bookworm who could spend hours reading Beaudelaire's "The Flowers of Evil" now finds himself entwined in Nakamura's growing fantasies as she leads him down the garden path to damnation. As their blossoming relationship becomes ever darker, even the seemingly innocent Nanako is pulled into the nightmare.

Just what are Nakumura's ultimate plans, and will the increasingly trapped Takao really be willing to carry them out? What you sow, you must ultimately reap, and there's certain to be a harrowing harvest ahead!

  • Contains episodes 1-13.
Naruto Shippuden (DVD box19)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $44.82
As the Leaf Village prepares for war, each shinobi and clan must contemplate the role they will play in the battles to come. While Naruto's peers seek training from surprising sources, Naruto himself must confront both his biggest weakness and greatest strength: the Nine-Tailed Fox.

To reach optimum power, Naruto must learn to control the beast within him, so he seeks help from the one person who has mastered just that, Killer Bee! But the Jinchuriki of Eight Tails wants nothing to do with training Naruto!

  • Contains episodes 232-244.
  • Special Features: Storyboards, Clean Opening, Clean Endings.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Sasami-san@Ganbaranai (DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $49.98
In Japan, the term hikikomori is used to describe people who've become so socially withdrawn that they refuse to leave their homes for weeks and even months at a time. For Sasami Tsukuyomi, a shut-in attempting to pass her first year of high school, it's more than just a word. Fortunately, she lives with her older brother Kamiomi, who just happens to be a teacher at the exact school Sasami is supposed to attend.

With the help of her "Brother Surveillance Tool," Sasami is able to view the outside world via her computer, theoretically allowing her to readjust to interacting with people once more. In reality, it reveals her brother's interactions with the three very odd Yagami sisters, whose looks and motives are deceiving, and have various types of interest in Kamiomi. That's when things start to get really weird...

Magical powers? Everything turning into chocolate? Has life via the web warped Sasami's brain, or is it the universe that's going crazy? It looks like Sasami will have to take off her pajamas and go out into the real world to set things straight!

  • Contains episodes 1-12.
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I don’t know if it’s because of the amount of anime I have watched over the past few years, but very little impresses me these day. That’s not to say that every anime I come across is little more than garbage.

However one might say that I rarely flinch at anime that could be described as good, instead always on the look out for something that could be called great.

In other words, every once in a while, I want to be completely blown away, and it is probably because of how rarely I encounter true gems within anime that when I run into a masterpiece like Now and Then, Here and There, it so excessively impresses, to the point of shocking or even startling.

Maybe it’s because of the several months that have passed since I last watched a truly breathtaking anime series that Now and Then, Here and Now feels like one of the best written series I have ever watched.

THE PLOT:

Shu is a typical Japanese boy with an unbeatable, optimistic and determined attitude. However, after seeing a mysterious girl with strange eyes named Lala-Ru up on a smokestack, he is soon pulled into a strange desert world. soon comes discovering the true terrors of war, the brutality, torture, hunger, thirst, and child exploitation.

Determined to save Lala-Ru as well as his hard earned, and often reluctant, new friends from the insane dictator, Shu mu triumph against the insanity of the tyrannical Hamdo, even while trying to maintain his positive view of life in a difficult world.

MY REVIEW:

I find it difficult to refer to Now and Then as a masterpiece, mostly because it is a relatively simplistic story, compared to those more popular anime such as Death Note and FullMetal Alchemist Brotherhood.

A boy is snatched out of present day earth and thrust into a post apocalyptic future, where a manic tyrant is intent on using his flying fortress to unleash unholy hell upon the remnants of the planet.

A simple sci-fi series, one that plays out rather directly, the story moving from point A to point B as would be expected from a story that follows a young hero suddenly thrown into a dangerous world.

Yet Now and Then is anything but typical, and for two primary reasons:

+The story behind the story- on the surface, Now and Then is an adventure story chronicling Shu’s attempts at returning home, and hence initially presents as a considerably more innocent and lighthearted series.

However a closer look immediately reveals a darker underbelly. At its core Now and Then is a war story, that presents a picture of the uglier sides of conflict, sprinkled with heart ache and chaos.

Rather than a young adventurer afforded the opportunity to explore the new world, Shu is inducted into a military force under the hand of a wicked tyrant; and what follows is less fun and more child torture, more or less obliterating the already blurry line between good and evil.

There was something disturbing about listening to Hamdo, steeped in a disturbed psyche, put his second in command to the task of replenishing the dwindling military he had single handedly crippled.

That disturbance grew as it became clear the means through which the military fortress maintained its military might, essentially raiding villages and relieving them of their strong; even more disturbing to learn that there were less strong able bodied men waiting to go to war and more innocent male children, waiting to be inducted into a military force that meant to lay to waste all they had grown to love.

Even more disturbing to actually watch an army of soldiers descend upon a village and rather violently pillage it of all its children, the boys to be transformed into fighting machines, the girls utilized for the purposes of breeding.

And the chilling elements? The fact that the tyrannical army was little more than a menagerie of scared, confused and largely unwilling boys, themselves once torn out of their homes to fight in a war, a now, mere months to years later, turning their weapons against other innocents, and doing to other boys and girls what was done to them.

-Is Now and Then Dark? Yes, and in the most irritating manner; beyond the typical good Vs. evil, Now and Then creates quite the dilemma. Bad things happen. People die, but it is difficult to determine if justice is ever really done by the time the story wraps up.

Because that requires that those responsible for wreaking havoc, the villains, are punished; yet, in watching some of these events play out, the various characters rise and fall, you would be hard pressed to find a single reason within which to take joy.

Because it is that difficult to actually hate anyone; and I have always vocalized my hate for those myriads of anime and manga always too quick to redeem their villains, many of them usually hell-bent on selling to us some silly sob stories meant to somehow draw sympathy for their antagonists.

Most times, all that such plots elicit from me is irritation, at what seems to me to be an obvious attempt at insulting my intelligence.

Now and Then juggles its villains brilliantly, never interested in developing sappy backstories, but rather simply placing focus upon building strong characters supported by a pithy past, with each action complimented by a very rational understanding of the events that created some of the monsters in the anime.

Even watching some of the massacres playing out on the battlefield, one is forced to question the logic of the vengeance related plots that are perpetrated in some of the story arcs; watching some of these kids, on opposite sides of a divide, make war against each other, there is clearly no right or wrong, no rationale for either party to execute its desires, neither Hamdo’s forces needlessly burning villages to the ground, nor the rebel elements seeking to obliterate (in vengeance) an enemy merely continuing the cycle of hatred and violence perpetrated against.

And maybe that’s what drew me to this anime, the conflicting arguments it raises, almost simultaneously; with the rapidly shifting sides and tides, Now and Then makes for some of the quietest, yet most thrilling episodes I have watched in a while.

+The characters Behind the characters- yes, Now and Then begins as a lighthearted story that grows rather dark. But maybe that isn’t completely true; because, despite initial assumptions, this anime is no wolf’s rain.

Rather than an endless barrage of sadness, Now and Then preaches a message of hope, one that only proves endearing in the face of the amazing cast, a rather small character base that proves to be the most interesting I have encountered in a long while.

I have heard people speak of the inspiring elements of shonen anime and manga; and quite a few will speak of the messages of hope and triumph that shine through some of these stories.

But truth be told, I would choose Shu over Luffy any day of the week as far as lists of greatest anime and manga characters are concerned. I don’t even understand the excitement over listening to Luffy make some awesome speech in the face of overwhelming odds, possibly rising from an awe inspiring defeat.

Because really, as awesome as Luffy’s better moments are, it is difficult to cheer for any specific strength of will he seems to display against indomitable challenges. Even when faced with death and failure, one needs to question if Luffy has ever really felt despair.

I mean, I am sure he has; but is it truly inspiring watching him eventually overcome these hardships? Is it not expected, not because of One Piece being shonen, but because of the nature of Luffy’s life?

If you think about it, Luffy has everything going for him as far as action heroes go; and even in his darkest days, past victories against other seemingly overwhelming odds should give him the confidence he needs to overcome no matter the situations he faces. In fact I would be surprised if he actually failed to find the strength to rise following past victories.

This isn’t an attack against Luffy, merely an example of the typical anime and manga hero. And as epic as they might appear in their own right, I found Shu to stand above most of these characters.

Why? Well, because of how realistic Now and Then was; we are talking about a series devoid of overt supernatural elements (besides Lala-Ru), where heroes do not have the luxury of hidden powers and special skills, where the determination to protect your friends and nakama doesn’t stop them from being murdered right in front of your face.

Where children are children, weak and incapable, where even quickly mastered capabilities do not change the frailty of their little bodies; this is the world that Shu has to deal with, and watching the young boy undergo all manner of violence, witness the evil being perpetrated around, usually helpless to do much about it, yet maintain his positive demeanor, that is something I found intriguing.

It is one thing to spout speeches of hope when you are one unlocked power away from achieving victory. Shu has nothing. His words, his beliefs about pacifism and kindness and hope are tried and tested in the worst conditions.

And when he comes through to the other end, ever so determined to maintain his positive outlook, well, that is a message that doesn’t feel as cheap and forced as most anime tend to feel.

-Not that Shu completely carries the series on his shoulders, but rather his interactions with the various characters and the relationships he builds. More intriguing are the difficulties those persons around him undergo, and who do not have the benefit of a hope crafted by Shu’s peaceful upbringing.

You will love these characters, and hate them, then struggle with the sympathy the show is so brilliant at creating for some of its antagonists, throwing terms like hero and villains aside. Now and Then is populated with survivors; be it pitiful Nabuca, committing atrocities even while constantly muttering those words that Hamdo said to him the first time he was inducted into the army, that he would return home once the war ended, this goal driving him towards darker paths for a dream of future peace.

Or Boo, too young to understand the purpose of war, too ready to forgive and show mercy, ever at the hands of those comrades determined to transform him into a true machine of war, this being his only means of surviving the chaos to come.

And Sara, wisped away from America, like Shu dreaming of home, but staring at a bleak future, purposed for breeding Hamdo’s army. There couldn’t be a better cast of characters to manifest the brutality of war, each concealing several layers of depth.

+VERDICT: You know what, it is important to remember that Now and Then is dark, but not brutal; and that is a surprise, one that only cements the show’s quality in my eyes.

Anyone can create darkness and despair using blood and gore; just watch Afro Samurai or Berserk, and you are bound to flinch at the flying heads and pouring entrails.

I love the subtlety of Now and Then, whose core revolves around hinting at the messages beneath each action, every word of dialogue steeped in depth and revealing volumes about each character and situation.

Truth be told I was surprised about how miniscule the bloody elements were in the anime, most people simply dropping to the floor when shot, presenting little more than a little red dot in manifesting the results of gunfire.

And I like that; I have nothing against gore, but most anime and manga utilize blood for the aim of creating shock; a series that can bring across the darkness of its story without resorting to meaningless violence is a story I can get behind.

Released in 2001 and most definitely presenting a rather dated look, be it the animation or art, Now and Then, Here and There is none the less miles ahead of 99% of all the anime I have watched in the past two years.

That might sound like an exaggeration, but that is how impressed I am with this anime. And I expected to hate it. I can rarely stand to watch anime this old, mostly because I find the dated production values way too distracting, this not even taking into account the use of countless tropes, novel back then but considered clichés today.

Not Now and Then; the last anime I watched and liked, that was this old was Noir-not great but decent.

Now and Then is a must watch, for any anime fan, that is if you are interested in indulging in a simple yet intriguing story with endearing characters and a strangely positive message about the future.

+RATING: 10/10, certainly there were flaws, but most of them so negligible as to have no impact on what is essentially a masterpiece of an anime. Watching Now and Then, Here and There, I can understand what Hayao Miyazaki said recently, about the pithy anime of old, now replaced by what he generally described as meaningless fluff (only true to an extent).

Ima, Soko ni Iru Boku is a 13 episode that ran from October 1999 to January 2000, directed by Hakitaro Daichi (Kamisama Hajimemashita, Fruit Baskets) and written by Hideyuki kurata (HandXRed, Tokyo Ravens, The World God Only Knows, Hellsing OVA, Read or Die, Excel Saga).

HIGHLIGHS: Boo and Sarah, Abelia’s final moment with Hamdo, Shu and Lala-ru’s last sunset.

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Here are HULU and Daisuki's Summer 2014 simulcast. This blog will be continually updated.

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

HULU and Daisuke Summer 2014 Simulcast

1. Aldnoah.Zero

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

2. Persona 4: The Golden Animation

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

So far, these two companies shared Aniplex's simulcasts.

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Welcome everyone! Here are my experiences attending Anime Expo for the 2nd time. My first time was in 2013, My First Experience at Anime Expo - Day 1 (Complete Edition). Unlike last year, I could not purchase the 2 day badge. I heard on Anime Expo's Facebook page that they discontinue it after sales didn't meet their expectations. It forces folks to buy the 4 Day Badge or the 1 Day Badge.

Check out the Anime Convention Survival Guide! which BigHeart711, sickVisionz, and I co written for folks who have never attended a convention.

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This is a condensed version. For panels, I expand my experiences and write down my evaluations in a separate blog. I only got to attend two panels:

To recap on Day 1, I finished finals on July 3 by 3:30 PM. When I got to Anime Expo around 5:20PM or so, I waited in line until 6:30PM where they told everyone that they will not process anymore badges. This frustrated a lot of folks. Later on, I found out the reason for this was Anime Expo's printers broke down being overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of pre-registered folks who paid for their badges. I remembered hearing one person in line that they used to mail badges 10 years ago or so. I assumed with the increasing popularity and participants that made mailing less profitable and manageable to do.

Day 3

This is the day I brought my little sister since she only wanted the 1 Day Badge. When we looked at the programming, she decided to pick Sailor Moon and SAO Panel. I let her pick because I wanted to make this day special. Being so busy with college, I don't get enough time to spend with my family members. We arrived at 8:35 AM to get badges. I think we finished at 9:20 AM. I checked Twitter on my phone to see if Tom and Sam had a location to meet up. It turns out he Tweeted at me a day before. I felt bad I didn't check Twitter on July 4th. I couldn't reply well since I have a flip phone. I manage to reply using my sister's phone which had a keyboard.

The exhibit hall wasn't open, so I thought we had enough time to get to the Sailor Moon Panel which started at 10AM. I should have realized it was full by the time. Panels' lines tend to fill up 2 hours ahead. Since Sailor Moon had a new anime series for the summer, the hype made it almost impossible. I looked at the programming and suggested to check out the Crunchyroll panel. My little sister reminded me that I wasn't paid to do news coverage on Anime Vice. Her words mirrored Foxx and Sotyfan16's words. She told me to take a break from the site. I knew that, but I must at least attend one industry panel for the site. We lined up for the Crunchyroll panel that occurred at 10:45 AM.

For the full version, see the Anime Expo 2014 (Day 3) Crunchyroll Panel (Part 1/2). The Crunchyroll panel started on time, and it was fun anticipating what Summer 2014 anime series they will announce. The key speakers were Luigiamania and Danica. The panel focused on simulcast, simulpub, drama, and social media. After the panel, we went to exhibit hall and lost track of time while shopping. I realized we're going to miss Sword Art Online panel when it was around 1PM or so. It's not worth losing lunchtime over it. My little sister got tired due to the heat and big crowds, so after lunch, I walked her home. I made it back to Anime Expo within 2 hours or so. I thought I can line up for the FUNimation panel that occurred at 5:30 PM. I almost forgot about Tom's meetup location. When I checked Twitter, Tom had schedule a meet up at Bang Zoom Auditions in the exhibit hall around 5PM. I got out of line and meet up with Tom Pinchuk, Sam Weller, and Joseph. Joseph is not a staff at Anime Vice, but he's the cameraman for the Vice Pit. I enjoyed seeing fans doing their voice acting for Magi 2. The Vice Pit Crew and I went to do a Sailor Moon photo shoot. Tom and Sam thank me for the hard work I contributed to the site. I told them I couldn't have done it without my teammates, BigHeart711 and Acura Max.

Note: I forgot to use my camera, so the photos were taken by Sam Weller. Hopefully, I get the photos and post in this blog.

Around 6:30 PM, I enjoyed hitting the arcade with Tom and the gang. We were shooting zombies for 30 minutes or more. Sam Weller went out to buy a gift for his wife, 4 of the Mystery Minis figures and got a glowinthedark Derpy. (At first, I forgot the name of the pony. I think it was Princess Luna and Twilight Sparkle. Sam corrected me.) We did something special together which I cannot reveal yet. Sorry, I have to keep this a secret until Sam gets back.

Once Tom and his gang are gone, I killed time in the gaming room. I met Caleb from Northridge, California. It was his first time at Anime Expo. We were charging our phones. We just talked for an hour or more until 9PM. He told me to attend the dance sessions. It doesn't matter you are a good dancer or not. There are no cameras and it's done in the dark. You can dance with friends or random strangers. He talked about hot gals he didn't know but danced with. I got him interested in Chaika - The Coffin Princess and Kill la Kill. He wasn't a big fan of mech series, but he loves any other anime series. He finds himself leaning towards shows with action, fan service, and fantasy. He loves sport and game anime like No Game, No Life and Kuroko's Basketball. He recommended me to check out Hikaru no Go.

Project-H Book panel started late due to the Megaman panel that started late as well. I came in around 10:30 PM. For the full details on it, please check out the Anime Expo 2014 (Day 3) Project-H Panel (Part 2/2). It was pretty fun and embarrassing to watch a clip of Shocking Pink! in a crowd of folks. One guy kept making lewd comments which made me lose my composure.

I start laughing and couldn't stop to take notes on the panel. I attended the panel to get the Digital Sampler for PikaHyper. I gave my Digital Sampler to my friend who couldn't make it as well my poster. I got home around 1AM.

Day 4

I woke up late and got to AX at 11AM. I forgot to replenish my wallet and bring my memory card for my camera. I couldn't take any new photos for cosplay.

My friend Jose who I met again on July 3 on the metro and bus told me that the last day had discounts on merchandise. I didn't see much discounts. In fact, there wasn't much price changes. I saw the same price on some of the merchandise. Most new anime and manga titles were cheaper on Amazon and RightStuf. There are a few booths whose prices were cheaper, but I had to read it carefully. One manga store only did 25% off each manga if you want bought 8 manga volumes. There is not tax paid. Some booths have tax included. If I had a lot of cash or a big manga list to read, I would have benefited from the discount.

My last booth was the Kodansha. I bumped into Ben Applegate, who was the host of Kodansha Q & A Panel at Anime Expo 2013. He didn't remember our community site's name which means I need to work harder to form relationships between Kodansha and Anime Vice. I didn't have time to talk with him about Kodansha and Anime Vice since he was dealing with customers.

Cosplay and Photos

I only took 2 photos. Sorry, I was still too shy in asking folks. The most sold out figure I saw was Asuna. She even beat Levi. The Gargantia art book was about 100 dollars. I thought of Acura Max when I took this picture.

Goods

On Day 3, I bought one gift for my siblings. I bought Deadpool ($10) for my little brother and Magi fanbook ($25) for my little sister. I wished I could have bought the Kingdom Hearts fan book, but the price was higher than Right Stuf. Sometimes, I don't listen to my cheapskate conscience when I bought Vinland Saga. At Kodansha booth, it was buy 4 regular manga titles for 30 dollars. An omnibus cost $15 dollars. I paid $20 due to tax. For Case Closed, Right Stuf was weird. The DVDs were $6 and I saw it had 6 episodes. The one I bought for 25 dollars had 25 episodes. It was roughly a dollar per episode excluding tax. I bought Case Closed Season 4 to see why fans love Ai Haibara. I never got to see the character on TV because the channel on the antenna box always skipped her episode which was an hour special.

Summary and Evaluation

My first time at Anime Expo was actually more fun than my 2nd time before I met up with Tom's gang and we play games. That was my best moment in AX 2014, playing Zombie games with Tom and Sam. I felt bad for my little sister who didn't get to enjoy her 2nd time. She loved the Blue Exorcist panel last year. This year was more packed while the panels overlapped so much. I didn't get to attend the SAO or Sailor Moon panel with my little sister.

Improvements Needed for Anime Expo

  • Anime Expo needs to fix the issues for this year. On the first day, a lot of folks were mad being cut off from picking up their badges. Not a lot of folks can make it in the mornings. It does a disservice to folks who paid for their badges ahead of time. The registration line was much shorter.
  • They need a phone charging station. I had to scour the walls for outlets. I couldn't sit by the wall due to fire safety issues.
  • They need tents. Since Anime Expo gets bigger and bigger with each year, the lines for the panel often takes place outside in the hot sun. It would be nice if they have tents to provide shade.
  • They need more dining areas. My little sister and I couldn't find space to eat and enjoy. We had to sit outside and against the wall.

Thank you everyone for reading this. I hope you guys and gals share your experiences for Anime or Comic Book conventions in Anime Vice. I really encourage it. It makes our site better when people embrace the inner nerd in them.

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Welcome everyone to last week's Quick Picks! Sorry for being late, I had finals on July 3 as well as Anime Expo this weekend. The three manga series that are stand out to me are Nisekoi, Arpeggio, and Flowers of Evil. I'm familiar with Nisekoi and Arpeggio since I saw both anime series. If you like comedic harem series set in school with cutesy, fan service, Nisekoi is for you. If you like anthropomorphism of ships as little girls, Arpeggio is for you.

Flowers of Evil was a dark horse in Spring 2013 anime season due to its rotoscoping. The manga doesn't have that. I haven't seen the anime or read the manga, but Flowers of Evil is on my watch list.

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

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

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

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Comic Books don't have Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight's Knowledge or Arpeggio of Blue Steel.

Weekly Manga Releases

Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight's Knowledge
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99
The Ace of Hearts, the Knight of Heart Castle, is Wonderland's resident bad boy and master swordsman. He may be dashing and handsome, but his love represents a danger the likes of which Alice has never seen. Can the cruel yet charming knight win Alice's heart?
Arpeggio of Blue Steel Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
Arpeggio of Blue Steel is a gripping, action-packed manga series set in the near-future, where humans must wage an aquatic war of survival against a mysterious alien invader. Humanity’s only hope is to launch a sentient superweapon: a girl able to transform into a deadly submarine.

Each meticulously illustrated volume of the manga Arpeggio of Blue Steel contains color inserts, and features futuristic and explosive submarine battles that are sure to captivate readers.

In the early 21st century, the majority of Earth’s landmass is submerged due to rising sea levels. Enter the Fleet of Fog, a host of sentient alien battleships of unknown origin who easily decimate earth’s naval forces. Humanity is now on the verge of extinction.

In the year 2039, the stalwart Captain Chihaya Gunzou and his intrepid crew on the Blue Steel fleet may be humanity’s last chance to fight off the alien invaders. The Blue Steel fleet happens to contain a secret weapon that could turn the tide of war: a mysterious I-401 submarine that can transform into a girl.
D.Gray-man [3-in-1 Edition] (GN 4)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99
Amidst the fighting in Japan,​ the Millennium Earl goes after Lenalee until Allen makes a timely appearance.​ But their reunion is cut short when the earl traps the exorcists inside Noah's Ark.​ Now Allen and his friends have just three hours to find a way out before they are lost forever!

Collects volumes 10-12 in an omnibus format.​
Demon Love Spell Vol. 6
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
Miko is a shrine maiden who has never had much success at seeing or banishing spirits. Then she meets Kagura, a sexy demon who feeds off women’s feelings of passion and love. Kagura’s insatiable appetite has left many girls at school brokenhearted, so Miko casts a spell to seal his powers. Surprisingly the spell works—sort of—but now Kagura is after her!
Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends - Now With 50% More Fail!
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
Based on the popular franchise of the same name, Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends - Now With 50% More Fail! is a collection of hilarious short stories that each focus on a different cast member. Spanning light novels, manga and anime, Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends continues to be a fan-favorite series and a New York Times manga bestseller.

Recent high school transfer student Hasegawa Kodaka is pathetically inept at making friends. Kodaka is an outcast, with his natural blond hair which he inherited from his deceased English mother, and his unpleasant, fierce gaze. When he comes across the brash loner Mikazuki Yozora, who typically chats with her imaginary friend, the two outsiders become the unlikeliest of allies.

Realizing that they have no hope of a normal social life, the two rejects decide to form a group called “The Neighbor’s Club” in order to make friends and maybe even learn a thing or two about social skills. As luck would have it, five new members join the club who are more socially awkward than they are. Will these quirky misfits ever make normal friends, or are they all doomed to social failure?
Midnight Secretary Vol. 6
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
Kyohei has finally admitted that he loves Kaya,​ and he's even stopped feeding on other women.​ But even though they've worked out their personal issues,​ their dual roles as boss/​secretary and vampire/​human are still a huge hurdle to overcome.​ Can Kaya and Kyohei stand up to the disapproval of the business world and the vampire world?​!
My Love Story Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
Takeo Goda is a giant guy with a giant heart. Too bad the girls don't want him! (They want his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn!
Skip Beat! Omnibus Vol. 8
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99
Kyoko Mogami followed her true love Sho to Tokyo to support him while he made it big as an idol. But he’s casting her out now that he’s famous enough! Kyoko won’t suffer in silence—she’s going to get her sweet revenge by beating Sho in show biz!

Kyoko’s recent efforts to improve her craft have really paid off! She’s brought new life to her new bully role and really impressed the director and crew. But Kyoko’s success sends her costar Chiori over the edge! Can Kyoko use her understanding of the dark side to help her fellow actress work past her personal demons, or will the clash of their personalities destroy the set?!
Naruto Vol. 66
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

The ninja war approaches its climax as the revived Hokage head to the battlefield in order to stop Obito and Madara. Naruto will have to team up with his dad in order to save the ninja world. But what dark tricks does Obito have up his sleeve...?

Nisekoi Vol. 4
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Love triangle! Comedic antics!! Gang warfare?! You won’t want to miss out on Weekly Shonen Jump's laugh-out-loud feel-good manga series! It's hate at first sight when Raku Ichijo first meets Chitoge Kirisaki. But much to their chagrin, the two are forced into a false love relationship to keep the peace between their feuding gangster families. Meanwhile, Raku's still hung up on the girl he made a promise to ten years ago, keeping a pendant around his neck as a memento. The girl, ...

Phantom Thief Jeanne Vol. 3
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

High school student Maron Kusakabe has a secret: she's Phantom Thief Jeanne. She sneaks into private art collections to steal paintings in which demons reside. Jeanne's task is to seal the demons before they can devour human hearts. So far she's been able to evade the police on her midnight outings, but now another thief has come onto the scene - Phantom Sinbad - and he's trying to take the paintings before she does

Pokémon Adventures - Firered & Leafgreen Vol. 23
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Just as Green is about to meet her long-lost parents,​ they are sucked into a vortex created by a mysterious Pokemon! Red and Blue want to help,​ but first they must improve their battle skills.​ Then,​ the Three Beasts of Team Rocket are up to their old tricks again! Which former enemy will unexpectedly come to our friends' aid.​..?

Pokémon Adventures: Black and White Vol. 4
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

A thrilling meeting with one of the Elite Four strains Black's brain.​ Then,​ it's opening night for White's Pokemon musical! Will everything go off without a hitch.​..? Not likely! And what will happen when another Trainer lures away White's star performer,​ Tepig Gigi?​ Plus,​ will White ever overcome her fears and learn to battle with her Pokemon?​!

Sweet Rein Vol. 3

Distributor: Viz Media Suggested retail price: $9.99 Spring is in full bloom, and the rein connecting Kurumi and Kaito has turned red. Kaito is in the midst of his mating season, and all human females are susceptible to his charms. Just as Kaito has been bewitched by her, Kurumi now finds herself bewitched by him!

The Flowers of Evil Vol. 10

Distributor: Vertical Suggested retail price: $10.95 A lonely, bookish teen struggles to find his identity through Charles Baudelaire's poetry, until two girls, a bully and the class beauty, help him realize true love and real friendship.

The Sacred Blacksmith Vol. 5
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

The Sacred Blacksmith is a sweeping swords and sorcery epic about a female knight and her adventures with a young mysterious blacksmith. This manga is the fifth book in an ongoing series that features stunning artwork and color inserts in each volume.

Like her father and grandfather before her, Cecily Campbell has entered the noble ranks of the Knight Guard, sworn to protect the Independent Trade City of Housman. Now the time has come for Cecily to prove herself in battle. A veteran of the great Valbanill War goes berserk in the marketplace. Cecily
confronts him with the prized sword she inherited from her father—and it shatters to pieces!

All seems lost, when a lone figure swoops to the rescue, an expert swordsman with a sword unlike any Cecily has ever seen. His name is Luke Ainsworth, a blacksmith of much renown, who will forge a new sword for Cecily and join her down a path of magical adventure beyond her wildest dreams.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Vol. 5
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

The Numbers War heats up as Yuma and the Numbers Club track down more of the powerful cards. Kaito's past comes into play as Yuma tries to find out why this expert Duelist is seeking the Numbers cards. A duel between Kaito and Yuma's old rival Shark may lead them all to a surprising alliance!

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

Key Speakers:

  • Luigiamania
  • Danica

What is Crunchyroll?

Before I talked about the panel, I have to explain what Crunchyroll is for new folks. Crunchyroll is a company that specializes in legal streams and simulcasts of anime, manga, and drama. It's one of biggest simulcast companies in the market. We have HULU, Daisuki, Aniplex of America, Anime on Demand, FUNimation, and Netflix. Crunchyroll specializes in targeting newer anime series from upcoming seasons, and its library for older anime series is smaller than HULU and Netflix. As of now, Crunchyroll is available for mobile devices, computers, and gaming consoles such as PlayStation 3.

Notes:I wish I could take a picture of the speakers in the future. I think that would be better, but I had crappy seating in both Crunchyroll and Project-H panels. My camera cannot zoom far enough and take a clear shot without flash.

Summer 2014 Simulcasts

I have a Crunchyroll's Summer 2014 Simulcasts blog added before this panel, so after today, I'll update it with announcements from this panel.

I didn't write down all of the information. Thank god, ANN has a news article.

Akame ga Kill
July 6 at 9AM
Plot:
The dark action fantasy manga follows the title character, Akame, a girl who was bought, and raised by the Empire as an assassin. After meeting Akame, a boy named Tatsumi vows to stand up to the evil of the corrupt Empire with the secret assassin group Night Raid and special weapons known as Teigu.
Survival Game Club!
July 7 ? Time
Plot
It revolves around Momoka Sonokawa, a girl who transferred into a certain girls' high school. The club she ended up joining at school was the "Sabagebu!," a club that conducts survival games.
DRAMAtical Murder
July 7 at 9 AM
Plot:
The game's story centers on a young man named Aoba who lives with his grandmother on the island Midorijima. He works at a junk shop in the island's Former Residents District after Toue builds the Platinum Jail resort on part of Midorijima and forces residents to move. Aoba is content with his simple life but gets pulled into mysterious events unfolding on the island.
4. Blue Spring Ride
July 7 at 11:30AM
Plot:
The story revolves around Futaba, a girl who was in love with a boy named Kō Tanaka in middle school. However, after a misunderstanding, their relationship as friends ends when he transfers schools over summer vacation. In high school, her world is turned around once again when she meets Kō again, this time under the name of Kō Mabuchi.
5. Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
July 6 at 12:05 PM
Plot:
A romantic comedy story begins when high school student Chiyo Sakura confesses her feelings to her classmate Nozaki. Due to a misunderstanding, Nozaki thinks Sakura is just a fan of his shōjo manga work. Sakura has to convey her true feelings while her relationship with Nozaki develops

I didn't include Persona 4 Golden Animation since that was announced days before the panel. Crunchyroll did a PV on it due to the hype this series has.

Misc Anime

  • Crunchyroll has announced it will stream the dub version of Toradora, courtesy of NIS America.
  • It will also stream all of the Original GTO series.
  • It will continue its back catalog of One Piece.

Manga

I had already included A Silent Voice and Inside Mari since this is old news. Crunchyroll brought these two manga series in addition to a new simulpub title, Ajin Demi-Human.

Drama

These are Crunchyroll's new acquisitions:

  • Galileo
  • Liar Game
  • Team Medical Dragon

Simulcast: Crunchyroll will do a simulcast for the new GTO live adapted series.

Recent Tech Updates

Crunchyroll did a 2.0 for phones. It will improve zoom in and zoom out features. It improves search engine's sort and filter mechanic. For manga, you can bookmark your pages. That's all I wrote, but there are more features I missed.

Sorry about that.

Goodies

There are stickers of Crunchyroll's mascot, Hime-chan, and bracelets.

Facts

  • Luigiamania changed the name of Free to Free! Iwatobi Swimming Club due to their URL. This actually changed the anime's name and was used internationally.

Evaluations

Crunchyroll's two hostesses have done extremely well in catching their audience's attention while announcing their company's recent acquisitions and developments. The audience has been wonderful, enthusiatic and respectful in their responses.

The two series that had most audience roars were GTO and Persona 4: the Golden Animation.

I would say this panel was my best out of the two in my 2nd visit to Anime Expo. My second panel was Project-H Book.

Thank you for reading. Please visit Dream's Anime Expo 2014 Announcements thread.

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

Key Speakers:

  • Yoko
  • Natasha
  • Spicy Tentacles
  • President Hikaru Sasahara

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

What is Project-H Book?

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

The Project-H Panel covers 5 parts.

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

New Things I Learned

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

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

New Hentai Announcements

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

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

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

Goodies

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

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

Evaluations

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

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

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

Editor's Note

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

Why Does This Relate to Anime Vice?

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

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

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

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

Twitter Photos

Thanks to the folks who uploaded photos on Twitter.

From PinkShikibu:

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

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

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

Past Reports

Battle

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

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

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

Discussion Threads

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

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

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

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

Forums (Tournament)

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

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

Just Anime and Just Manga

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

Anime DVD/BD

Manga

Reviews

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

RPG

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

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

Wiki Editing

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

Current Wiki Projects

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

New Wiki Editors Who Passed 1,000 Wiki Points

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

Misc Community Projects

Dream started the Anime Expo 2014 Announcements project.

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

New Users Growth in Various Niches

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

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

April and Before

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

NIS America

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

Funimation

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

Rightstuf

Sentai Filmworks

Aniplex of America

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

Dark Horse Comics

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

Viz Media

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

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

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

Main Voice Cast

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

Supporting Voice Cast

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

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

Vertical Inc

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

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

FUNimation's Summer 2014 Simulcast

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

Plot:

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

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

Plot:

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

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

Plot:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes

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

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DVD and Blu Ray Releases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Adult Releases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plot

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

Via Crunchyroll

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

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

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

For the full AX 2014 programming, see this link.

July 3

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

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

July 4

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

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

July 5

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

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

July 5

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

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

People I wanted to Meet

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

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

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

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

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

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Notes:

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

Weekly Manga Releases

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

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

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

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

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

MAKE A CHOICE WITH NO REGRETS This prequel to megahit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WELCOME TO THE ZOMBIE HOLY LAND

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

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

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

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

Adult Releases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Plot:

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

More Info From ANN:

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

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

Plot:

A spinoff of Nozoki Ana.

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

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

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

Bundled with Limited Edition manga Vol. 14.

Plot:

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

Editor's Note

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

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Plot

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

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

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

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