Welcome everyone to the first week of May's DVD and Blu-Ray releases. This week's batch is small, and we have two adult titles for those who are 18 and older, check them out. I have nothing this week to be interested in except Persona 4. I remember the time when Foxx and the majority of the community talked about the show. I had watched a similar show Devil Survivor 2: the Animation. I'll try the anime series someday.
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.
|Aria the Origination - Collection [Litebox] (Sub.DVD)|
As winter melts into spring, Akari, Aika, and Alice continue to work hard on becoming Neo-Venezia's top gondoliers. Aika starts to take on more responsibility around Himeya, Alice travels up the challenging canal near Hope Hill; even Akari spends a day working on a huge gondola called a traghetto! But there's still so much to learn... and the final test to become a Prima, which once seemed so far off in the future, might not be so far off anymore.
|Fusé: Memoirs of a Huntress [Premium Edition] (Sub.Blu-Ray)|
Distributor: NIS America Suggested retail price: $49.99 Hamaji, a young huntress from the mountains, stumbles into the middle of a shogun's vendetta against a group of human and dog hybrids - the Fuse. Rumors of Fuse murdering innocent people in the bustling city of Edo have sparked a bounty for their heads. Hamaji joins the hunt for this dangerous quarry along with her brother, but after accidentally befriending one of them, Hamaji is torn between two worlds: her life as a self-reliant huntress, and the young woman her new friend has helped her to uncover.
This premium edition includes a hardcover, 32-page, full-color artbook, which contains character information, concept sketches, an interview with the director, and setting illustrations.
|Persona 4: The Animation - Complete Collection (DVD)|
When Yu Narukami moves to the country town of Inaba to stay with his uncle and cousin, he's expecting a lot more peace and quiet than he's used to in the big city. What he isn't expecting is for his uncle's job as a police detective to spill over into his own life, or for the murders that are occurring across town to be somehow linked to Yu's own strange experiences, odd local weather patterns, and a mysterious TV show world that seems to be attempting to get Yu to enter it!
Now, together with a new group of friends, Yu must plunge into a bizarre alternate reality where he gains unique abilities that will either help him solve the riddle of the mystery killer... or lead him to his doom.
|Space Adventure Cobra - Part 2 (Sub.DVD)|
When the buxom blonde bombshell Dominique asks Cobra to infiltrate a Pirate Guild drug ring, how could he possibly say no? However, the drug ring operates under the guise of a popular sport called Rug Ball. It's a game that combines football and baseball, where killing someone on the opposing team is considered to be a good play!
With the continued disruption of the Pirate Guild's business, their pursuit for Cobra turns deadly as they hunt him and all he holds dear!
There is also one DVD that is out only on Right Stuf, Coed Cuties. I can't post the image since it has nudity.
Slumber parties and sleepovers, perverted experiments in coed dorms... Higher education is a beautiful thing! Bask in the glory of hot, young college students who double major in sex, with a concentration in oral pleasure!
- Distributor: Adult Source Media
- Suggested retail price: $24.99
|Slave Market (DVD)|
Looking for some flesh? Then you've come to the right place! Welcome to the slave market, where all of your perverted fantasies can be fulfilled... for a price. Drawn by irresistible temptation, secret agents risk their missions to satisfy their cravings at this carnival of sin!
|Stepmother's Sin (DVD)|
Yusuke's been very naughty. He's seduced his father's fiancee, transforming her into a debased slave to fulfill his own twisted desires. But as his hold on her tightens, his sanity slips and the forbidden family fun descends into a nightmare of lust! Trapped in madness of their own creation, they will pay the ultimate price for a stepmother's sin!
FUNimation is announcing the dub cast in small parts. Check back when we get more updates.
So far we have these three characters:
Here's the plot summary for those who are new to the series:
When Satan is run out of his infernal kingdom, he finds himself virtually powerless in modern-day Tokyo. Stuck in a feeble mortal body and desperate for cash, there's only one way for the dark lord to survive: by getting a job manning the deep fryer at “MgRonald”! As Satan flips burgers and tries to regain his evil magic, he's pestered by a righteous hero who tracked him to Earth, a video-game-loving fallen angel looking for a way back into heaven, and the most unholy of enemies: a rival fast food franchise. Will he figure out a way to reclaim his homeland and throne? And if not, will this demonic burger king at least sell enough featured menu items to be promoted to shift supervisor?
I will add the trailer in the near future.
Hello everyone, I'm Taka, one of the wiki editors in the community. This is the first blog of a project called Trends in Anime Vice. Originally, I had planned to release surveys, but the surveys didn't work out like I wanted them to. Instead of using the surveys, I have to rely on experiences and observations in my 3 to 4 years in the community. I'll be explaining the pros and cons of these different formats. With different communities, you have to use one or both depending on the situation: small vs big community, active writers, etc.
One of the complaints in Anime Vice was that we don't discuss anime and manga. You see this from the former Whiskey Media sites and other sites outside of the family. That's obviously a wrong statement made about our community. We do talk about anime and manga.
A group of of us, well rounded users and the mods, took out weekly reviews of our favorite shows. The mods did reviews on the Winter 2011-12, and they will PM their reviews to Tom Pinchuk who posts them on the front page. For me, I was a regular user, and I started in Fall 2011 with reviews on Beelzebub, Sket Dance, and Blue Exorcist. My purpose was to spotlight my teammates' wiki work while informing folks about these great shows. The more people knowing our wiki projects, we can get more help. Kuro joined me with his reviews on Guilty Crown. We were both wiki editors working on 2 projects together, Sket Dance and Guilty Crown.
During the Whiskey Media sale off in March 2012, the mods stopped doing their Winter Watch articles. After that day, we don't see any episode reviews from the mods. One of the reasons was that there wasn't much comments. In Summer 2012, BigHeart711 was reviewing Humanity has Declined while I was reviewing a few shows like Campione. I started experimenting with things from what I saw from My Anime List. I didn't want folks to bear so much burden especially my teammates on doing weekly episode reviews on top of wiki and school work. My Anime List had discussion threads where folks chimed in to talk about that episode. I found out less time consuming to do. I started a few discussion threads based on much hype and interests from the comments I got from the Summer Anime 2012 Trailers Anthology Blog. It was better to put out discussion threads on popular shows like Binbogami Ga! anime Discussion.
In Fall 2013, Daniel notice the discussion threads and talked to both BigHeart711 and I to start making them with wiki attachments. Then, we abandoned the trailer threads and converted everyone into a discussion thread.
That's our community's history in a nutshell.
There is also a common con for the two, and it's more on how your readers watch anime.
Nothing is perfect. All we have to do is adjust one or both for the community. Let me know if I missed some pros or cons.
Thank you for reading.
Next topic would be: Personality vs Community.
Last Friday night when I got back home, I finished the Punk Hazard arc for One Piece. I can't post a lot of images right now. These two Shonen series I picked out were my biggest shows to marathon out of my Anime Experiences: Trying New Recommendations from Fellow Vicers project. For One Piece, I started out with the manga back in Summer 2012. I read up to Skypiea, and I had a long hiatus from reading One Piece due to being busy with college, wiki projects, and other Anime Vice projects. Until Toonami started airing One Piece's Long Ring arc in May 2013, I started watching it on Toonami. However, I got impatient and started doing a marathon on HULU.
For Toriko, it was for a wiki project. It was one of the biggest wiki projects in Anime Vice where it rocks the battle forums and wiki community. I started getting into Toriko around Fall 2013.
The purpose of this blog was to inspire folks in Anime Vice to share and to post blogs about shows they are doing a big marathon on. Please feel free to share comments and post blogs.
*Don't worry, I don't put spoilers.
I found One Piece way addicting to watch than Toriko. Each weekday, I watch about 4 episodes a week for One Piece and 2 episodes for Toriko. In the weekends, I watch about 5 episodes of One Piece while working on homework. During Winter break, I watched a ton of One Piece. Toriko is a fun show, but it's not emotionally gripping. In the 80 episodes or so I watch of Toriko, no major character had died. Compared to One Piece, it was pretty heavy during Franky/Robin's moments in Water Seven arc and Luffy's moments in Marineford arc. I had to add one major One Piece character's death to my most tearful moments in anime.
During Water Seven arc, there was a huge filler, recap arc on the Straw Hat pirates. This is a good arc for those who don't want to watch all these episodes of One Piece. It covers every backstory of the characters except for Robin and Franky at this point in the story. I skipped that after seeing the summaries on HULU. Of course, HULU does not have Thriller Bark arc or pieces of Robin's backstory. I was really angry at HULU. I'm a person who will not visit pirated sites, so I skipped Thriller Bark arc and read the arc summary at One Piece Wikia.
Each major arc in One Piece was great and pretty distinguished. Most Shonen series that progressed this far feels rinse and repeat because content is stale. One Piece was damn creative. Marineford, Luffy's backstory, and Impel Down was heavy with drama, sacrifices, freedom, and family themes. Punk Hazard, my most recent arc I finished, explores the drug abuse. I didn't expect that.
As you know I only watch on legal streaming sites, I got to episode 619 or 620. I saw Crunchyroll started steaming One Piece from that episode count. When I jumped from Hulu to Crunchyroll, I notice a big difference in video quality on my PlayStation 3. I watched all my shows on the TV if a show isn't on my wiki project, episode summaries.
I stopped at the beginning of the Meteor Garlic arc. I loved Toriko. It had a Willy Wonka feeling when the narrator talks about the wonders of the Gourmet World at the beginning of each episode. Komatsu, Toriko, and the gang grew on me. Toriko's lack of blood shed and censorship reminds me of Fairy Tail. I did skipped to Cooking Festival arc to provide screenshots for my wiki editing teammates. I did go back and rewatch the episodes I missed. I even watch the filler arcs like the Santa one. They were short, so I didn't notice the filler feeling.
I had said a lot of stuff about Toriko in my past blogs, so this is why my take on Toriko is short.
Well thank you fro reading. I rushed this blog because I need to work on papers. Plus, the site is glitching a lot, so I couldn't do lot of wiki editing today. This blog was fun to do. I do random blogs to unwind from the stress of school.
Please post blogs on shows you guys and gals are doing a marathon on this year or last year. It will be great to hear your experiences.
The purpose of this thread to record all Roundtable discussion threads that past mods and regular users had hosted. To promote user content in the community. Part of Anime Vice's community and staff's goals is to promote user content because we are community driven. Feel free to use this thread to pool ideas.
My style was to promote anime and manga series that dealt with the wiki projects where my teammates and I worked on. That was when Fire Star was taking over Sora's job in the Roundtable discussions. Fire Star and Sora invited well rounded and respected users to partake in the roundtable discussions. With Fire Star and Sora being inactive, I'm somewhat reviving the roundtable discussions. I'm doing it less frequently given how much time it takes and what topics are hot during seasons. It's better to do a roundtable when you have a momentum during when a new anime or popular manga series is on the majority's watch/ read list. Today, I invite everyone who has a good standing with the community.
After my meeting with Tom Pinchuk back at Anime Expo 2013, he told me we're community driven. He said users shouldn't be shy in promoting their stuff on the front page. As I work with the community, I was looking for ideas. I ask Daniel, sickVisionz, Foxx, Gia, and plenty of others in Anime Vice and on Twitter. Finally in August or September 2013, I got a break through, the cultural interviews (An Entire World of Anime Fans! -- THE VICE PIT). Let's keep on working on it.
Lastly, remember, anyone in this community can start a roundtable of their own. I'm not a leader, just a facilitator.
Oh Claymore! Why? Why did you do this to me?
Just when this chapter was started to go crazy, it ended…so suddenly that the thought of the four weeks it would take before the next chapter would be released seemed to echo in my brain. Such a long long long long, freakin long time.
AH, CLAYMORE, WHY?
Teresa and Claire reunite just as her battle with Priscilla commences.
Everything that has happened in Claymore, all the years that I have followed this manga, have been leading up to this one event; the final clash between Priscilla and Teresa.
I love strong villains. I love strong villains that retain their strength, never losing out to irrational decisions on their part or silly nakama power plot holes. I love villains that remain strong despite the advantage the main characters have by being the primary protagonists.
It’s why I love Madara from Naruto, and its why I love Priscilla. Because despite the odds she has had to come up against, rather than write some silly and somewhat easy victory against her by what still amounts to a barely visible threat in the presence of her might, Nagi has allowed the story to follow its logical route.
We knew Clare, even awakened, stood zero chances against Priscilla; and even with their formidable strength, neither did the other ghosts (maybe Miria, in her awakened state).
But Teresa? Now that is a whole other story. Part of my interest in strong villains revolves around my excitement over how they will finally lose their various battles. And knowing Claymore’s rather dynamic approach to story telling, never truly favoring its character’s for story’s sake, these last two chapters have more than satisfied my curiosity over Priscilla’s eventual demise.
My only qualm with chapter 150 is how short it felt; I wanted to see Teresa finally enter the fight. But then again that one panel of action, that one display of her power was more than enough satiate my thirst, at least for today.
Who knows what will happen tomorrow? I will probably start hounding the internet until I find a raw claymore copy of the next chapter somewhere. That is how psyched I am to read chapter 151.
RATING; 20/10, this fight is going to be quite the event. Claymore doesn’t get better than this….well, being claymore it most obviously does. Let’s all pray that this isn’t the end of the show, that we are not slowly winding down to the series finale.
Because Claymore still has so much more to do. If we are lucky we might get a shipudden styled part 2 (or 3, depending on your thoughts regarding the time skip), one that allows the series to finally cross the island’s borders into the war across the sea.
HIGHLIGHT: Clare and Teresa’s reunion, Teresa putting Priscilla down.
Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned was a 94-minute TV special that originally aired on Japanese TV on August 19, 1980. The TV special was adapted from Marvel Comics' “Tomb of Dracula” comic book series and was part of a business dealing between Toei and Marvel in the late 1970s where the former gained the rights to make several animated and live-action spins on Marvel Comics characters. The TV special was released on VHS in America in 1983 through Vestron Video and was dubbed by Harmony Gold, whom some older anime fans may know as the company who dubbed the popular 1980s animated mecha series Robotech. The VHS release for Dracula has been long out of print with the tape being very difficult to obtain through legal means.
During a ritual by a Satanic cult to summon the devil, the vampire Dracula steals away their sacrifice in the form of a young woman named Dolores and makes her his wife. Wanting to live his life peacefully with his bride and their child Janus, Dracula finds himself hunted by vampire hunters seeking revenge on him and members of the Satanic cult wanting him killed as punishment for deceiving them in taking Dolores.
Dracula: Sovereign of the Dracula appears to be an attempt at compressing the events of its source material into a 90-minute film, resulting in really sloppy storytelling and rushed pacing of its events.
The major element of the film that was rather confusing was how the title attempted to depict Dracula. Sovereign of the Damned tries making efforts at depicting him as a tragic figure who wanted to live happily with his family, wanted to be left alone and experience life as a mortal man. Yet at the same time, he had no qualms with sucking on the blood of humans or killing others who threaten him and he tries regaining his immortality later in the film when he loses his vampire power.
Other sloppy elements to the film have to do with the implementation of its storytelling. The title's logic with elements to its world get messy, deus ex machina is employed quite often, questionable plot directions take place, certain characters who seem relevant in the film are actually mostly worthless, plot twists occur without any prior foreshadowing and an anti-climactic ending takes place with Dracula's fate. Adding more to this fun mess is that Toei attempts rendering a Western animation style with its character designs, yet this makes them appear more stiff and lifeless in appearance compared to conventional anime designs of the time period.
The English dub for Sovereign of the Damned is also a nice example of the rather low standards of anime voice acting in many 1980s dubs with two different types of acting from the voice cast: either bored and flat acting or over-the-top in an attempt at being dramatic, such as the case with Dracula's dub actor in many of the film's moments. Scenes in the film are also usually accompanied by a narrator who acts just as over-the-top as Dracula in attempting to give Sovereign of the Damned's events any sort of meaning or emotion.
It is surprising just how much I was looking forward to this particular chapter of The seven deadly sins; what is more surprising is that my excitement had nothing to do with Meliodas, who we finally got to see at the end.
Admittedly I was a little disappointed, probably because of how engrossing the king story had become. It wouldn’t have been that terrible of a decision to devote some more time to exploring the events that brought him into the deadly sins, following his arrest centuries ago.
But I guess we had to move on from that particular scene, after quite a number of weeks. And hey, Diana is alive, which was quite the surprise when you consider the level of punishment she suffered over the past few chapters.
AND IT’S FINALLY HERE. Meliodas and Arthur; it is ridiculous how excited I am for the latter portion of this arc, all because of those words spoken sometime back, about the event that would rock the kingdom once Arthur and Meliodas met.
One has to wonder what the young king has to do with the entire Deadly sins story, If he really is Merlin in disguise. But then again why wouldn’t Hendricksen recognize him or his accomplice after just seven years.
Right now, I cannot even take a guess as to what Meliodas’ arrival is going to mean for the story. I could say something about not getting my hopes up; that this could be a considerably blander meeting than I am anticipating.
But this is Nanatsu No Taizai. It has yet to disappoint me.
RATING: 10/10, King was pretty bad ass in this chapter, pretty much wiping the floor with Dreyfus. Which makes you wonder what chance Hendricksen stands against someone like Meliodas.
I can’t be the only one who thinks that these chapters could be a little longer.
As you know, I have a series of lists where I classify anime girls according to their bust measurements in cm, resulting in the following categories:
The problem is that recently I have been asking myself how good or bad is this classification and I have compared it with other classifications of the same type. The one that seems to be commonly accepted, is this one which uses the cup size as criteria to determine the breasts size, however I don't think that classification is the best, considering that most of the girls in my lists have an unspecified cup size and that not all the girls wear the correct bra size. Besides that, the cup size is not only determined by the bust measurement, you also need to know the underbust measurement and follow an specific method, which can lead to situations where you have a girl with a bigger bust measurement than other one, but a smaller cup size, for example:
Also is important to mention that the systems for labeling bra size, vary depending on the country, so sometimes you have to make conversions. That's why I prefer to make classifications depending on the bust measurements in cm, however I still don't know if I should add or remove categories or just change the numerical range of each one.
I'm fine with the "Giant", "Huge", "Small" and "Flat" categories, however I don't know if it's ok to keep the "Large" and "Medium" categories with a numerical range smaller than the other categories, I mean, I originally planned to combine these 2 into one called "Average Breasts League [80-89]", however that would cause characters that have big boobs like: Ikaros, Sylvia van Hossen and Lucy Heartfilia to be labeled as "average", which sounds totally wrong.
So, my question for you guys is, what do you think I can change to make my lists a little bit more accurate or fair?, I know that in anime/manga some measurements don't make any sense, I just want to have categories that are in the "room of reason", if you know what I mean.
I hope I explained myself properly, and that you can leave me a comment. Thanks.
A certain episode in the second half this series opens with three individuals communicating via an internet chat room about their intentions of committing suicide and how they could best go about achieving their goals. Finally deciding to meet to execute their wishes, the individuals are somewhat pleasantly surprised and horrified
The young man and elderly fellow pleasantly surprised to meet each other; both gentlemen horrified to meet the third member of their little suicide group, a little girl no older than 13, cheerfully anticipating death at her own hands.
Three individuals representing the major stages of human life, all seeking to commit suicide, a task they spend the day trying to accomplish, following an attempt by the two men to dissuade the young girl from the position she has taken (mind you she convinces them to allow her to tag along by making some silly argument about feeling left out); an episode that, while disturbing, is also quite funny.
This episode, I believe, best exemplifies the anime that is Paranoia Agent, a psychologically disturbing yet none the less thrilling ride, as confusing in its narrative as it is entertaining.
A must watch? Most definitely, if you are one anime fan searching for something…different, that will leave you pondering on its mysteries for several days on end.
An elementary school kid dubbed "shounen bat" has been going around attacking people with his bent, golden baseball bat. When two detectives are put on the case, charged with putting his shenanigans to rest, they quickly learn that what might have seemed like mere juvenile behavior could be something so much more sinister.
I will admit that this was a rather anticipated experience for me; listen to enough opinions and thoughts and comments about any given element and it is only rational that you will seek to explore it, to understand whether it holds the water imputed to it.
And I have heard a TON of praise heaped upon Satoshi Kon without ever having watched any of his material. One might say that it is fitting that the first of works I am exposed to is his very first TV series, a foray out of the more complex field of movies, because that then allows me access to several hours of material to analyze in my attempts to truly judge Kon’s abilities.
I read a recent Miyazaki interview in which he had no positive comments to make about anime in today’s age; and a lot of that criticism (actually applicable to anime within the past decade) seemed particularly aimed towards the animation techniques utilized, most of which, he posited, failed to bring a sense of realism to their virtual world and its characters.
Watching Paranoia Agent one would be hard pressed to ignore the rather unique animation style utilized; I say unique only in comparison with today’s average anime series; there was a weightiness in each scene, each character generating a sense of realism in the way they moved, bringing to the fro Miyazaki’s comments and allowing me to appreciate the sense of realism that animation from older series brought to the table, but which has all but disappeared-and that doesn’t even take into account the fact that the characters where drawn with more than a few straight lines.
I emphasize the animation style because it was crucial in allowing the story to impact the way it did. I avoid mentioning the story because of how intimately intertwined it is with its characters; and how do you speak about an anime without mentioning its characters?
Because that is the one subject I find myself avoiding in this review. Paranoia Agent isn’t merely filled with a enormously intriguing cast; but rather each character is a story of its own, one more or less independent yet just as important in the final narrative.
And what makes Paranoia Agent work so well are the various revelations that litter its episodes, those events that aren’t necessary sudden twists and turns, but illuminating points that improve one’s overall enjoyment of the story. And it would be a shame to deprive anyone of the opportunity to experience these moments by spoiling them.
+So what was my first Satoshi Kon outing like? Well, I am still a little way off from calling him a legend. Yet I can see the appeal, as this anime spins quite the thriller. The series is brutal, not in any physical means or amounts of gore, but rather the psychological destruction it unleashes upon its various characters.
The series thrives on its various mysteries and delusions, and keeps you guessing with its numerous questions. Certainly the concept seems rather straight forward, a boy on roller blades going about murdering these innocent men, women and children.
But why? Who is Shonen bat and who are these various victims to him? How can the name of one little boy shake the lives of so many people, most of whom have never even encountered his wrath. And what is his wrath? What is shonen bat?
Does shonen bat even exist? Yes, that question rocks the series most of all, the idea of the insanity and delusion driving what might be truth and what could just as well be myth.
+VERDICT:> A simple appeal. Watch this show. Whatever your thoughts on its rather odd ending or rather confusing narrative –especially in the middle, where the show seems like it might have veered off at a tangent-you will not regret what should be a unique experience in anime.
+RATING:>7/10, a few glitches in the middle there that I thought the series could have dealt with better; certainly I understand the role they played. Butwatching the members of an anime studio literally kill themselves in an attempt to complete the production of an episode on time (which was not only intriguing on its own but very educational about the anime production process) seemed somewhat detached from a story that might or might have not wrapped up a few episodes earlier.
Not that I could call that an egregious failure; Paranoia Agent is still quite brilliant.
I'll add images later. Sorry everyone.
All comments are welcome. I would love your two cents on these series. What series are you interested in? Thank you.
Note: This time, I posted in Comic Vine first since Anime Vice's image uploading is lagging. Plus, it would be interesting to see how the list looks like from being pasted from CV in AV. I did the opposite way for the last Quick Picks.
Thanks to PikaHyper for uploading this week's manga releases.
For the Light Novels, I have to add them in AV's database later.
|Attack on Titan Vol. 11|
|Cardfighter!! Vanguard Vol. 1|
|Sankarea: Undying Love Vol. 6|
Mei Tachibana has no friends - and she doesn't need them! Ever since her "friends" betrayed her in elementary school, she's sworn off friendship entirely. All it leads to is betrayal and heartbreak, and she's well enough on her own. But everything changes when she accidentally roundhouse kicks the most popular boy in school!
However, Yamato Kurosawa isn't angry in the slightest - in fact, he thinks his ordinary life could use an unusual girl like Mei! He won't take no for an answer, and soon Mei and Yamato embark on an unwanted friendship that will change both of them forever.
Askeladd's band has successfully extracted Prince Cnut and escaped into the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Mercia, where they seize control of a town and hunker down to endure the winter snows. But no ice could cool the rage of the terrifying Thorkell, whose chance meeting with a survivor of Askeladd's attack will put him back on their trail...
In the mysterious shop of the Space-Time Witch Yuko where wishes are granted - for a price - will Kimihiro Watanuki discover even more secrets? And what will he have to trade this time for the answers he seeks?
Here are the guests of honors for Yaoi Con 2014. Yaoi Con takes place on September 12 - 14, 2014.
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Shoko Takaku is a mangaka whose works are I've Seen it All, Kissing, Passion, and Shy Intentions.
Since I'm busy with Anime Expo 2013 due to being close to my location, I might not be active enough to update this. I will try my best for everyone because an Anime Vice mod serves the community in anything anime and manga related.
Here are the guests of honor announced by Anime Expo 2014. For a full list, see Anime Expo Guests of Honor.
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Karen Bernstein is best known for voicing Sailor Mercury.
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Katie Griffin is best known for voicing Sailor Mars
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Linda Ballantyne (known for her role in voicing Sailor Moon. She and some of the Sailor Moon voice actresses are participating in a Sailor Moon panel as well as doing individual autograph sessions.
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Stephanie Morgenstern is best known for voicing Sailor Venus.
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Susan Roman is best known for voicing Sailor Jupiter.
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Eiko Tanaka (CEO of Studio 4°C) will be hosting an Q & A panel.
Rather than making individual news pieces on each guest of honor, this would be a hub blog for all the news and updates on Anime Expo 2014. It will be updated frequently with dates and time. Let me know if I miss anything.
FUNimation has released the DVDs and Blu-Rays on February 18, 2014 (Part 1) and March 25, 2014 (Part 2)
Kai and Aki dream of building a giant fighting robot based on a super-popular anime, but that's going to be impossible if they don't get more members into their school's Robot Research Club. They'll take anyone they can talk—or force—into joining them, including an eccentric robotics champion with a secret identity and a l33t video-game designer who's spent one too many late nights online. Finally, their goal looks like it's within reach.
But when a sentient AI program tells Kai about mysterious documents hidden on the internet, things start to get strange for everyone. As the club members track down the secret messages, they realize that the information might be far bigger—and more dangerous—than they expected.
In volume 60 of Futari Ecchi, it has been announced that a new OVA adaptation in the works. Tetsuro Amino is directing the OVA while Kazuki Yamanobe is in charge of the scripts. Toshihide Masudate will be in charge of character designs.
More Information about the staff and crew will be available on May 2nd.
For those who are new to the series, the manga series is for adult audiences because of the graphic nature.
It's about a newly wed couple whose sex life is struggling. The manga series' purpose is educate the audience on how to improve one's sex life through rekindling romance by trying "new things."
The new anime, which is the first new anime for the franchise in 12 years, will have three volumes and will tell an all-new original story. The first episode will be titled "Futari no First Christmas" (Our First Christmas). The story will revolve around Makoto and Yura's first Christmas together after they have gotten married and had sex for the first time.
The second episode is titled "Toaru Joshi Gakusei no Second Impression" (The Second Impression of A Certain Female Student), and the third episode is titled "Totsuzen Office de Third Love" (A Sudden Third Love in the Office).
The new video anime is slated to debut this fall.
ANN's summary is more precise than the summary I had given.
Welcome to this week's DVD and Blu-Ray releases! I'm only familiar with one series, Cuticle Detective Inaba, which is about hair not cuticles. I haven't watched it yet. I'm interested in Amazing Nuts (don't know why they named it that way) and Shangri-La. Shangri-La has the best cover I seen this month. From the plot, it reminds me of the Winds that Bring Amnesia except without the aliens and amnesia element.
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.
Amazing Nuts! (Sub.DVD)
Blending a variety of animation techniques from traditional 2D to CG and rotoscoping, Amazing Nuts is a short anthology from Studio 4C.
Earth has become a prison for battling gangs, all kept in line under the hand of the glorious idol Rara. When Rara's influence becomes corrupted, a brave office needs to descend from space and restore order. Featuring music from m-flo.
A couple are given the chance to recreate their surroundings through the "God Child" particle research project. Can they overcome their internal issues and instabilities and find happiness in each other and a new world? Featuring music from RAM RIDER.
Hanako has left behind her kung-fu fighting past for love, only to be dumped when an international governing body selects her at random to be humanity's combined enemy. As the entire world literally turns against her, Hanako is fighting to stay alive and maybe - just maybe - win back her lost love. Featuring music from Kumi Koda.
A return to gangland as love and war break out in a nightclub featuring a sultry singer. Featuring music by mink.
|Arakawa under the Bridge × Bridge (Sub.Blu-Ray + DVD)|
Just when you thought things couldn't get any weirder by the banks of the mighty Arakawa, they go ahead and get weirder by a whole lot. Rec, Nino, and the rest of the riverside residents return, and with the addition of another batch of nutty citizens the insanity gets turned up to eleven... thousand. Now Rec has to deal with a sci-fi loving comic nerd who's convinced he's a captain in the Earth Defense Force, and the less said about the Amazon woman living upstream with her demonic "female" Amazon followers, the better.
On top of that, Rec struggles with the pressing issues of romantic expression, media obsession, weight loss, weight gain, beach parties, haunted houses, interplanetary travel, and the ever-present threat of global thermonuclear war!
|Cuticle Detective Inaba - The Complete Collection (Sub.DVD) and (Sub.Blu-Ray)|
In a world where half-human, half-animal chimeras live and work alongside normal people, there are sure to be a few bad apples in the bunch. Unfortunately, criminals who are only half-human means there are often non-human clues that leave the police stumped. That's where lone-wolf detective Hiroshi Inaba comes in. He's literally part wolf and has the amazing ability to extract critical information just by examining or tasting a sample of someone's hair!
Of course, that ability has also resulted in Inaba having a little bit of a hair fetish, but that doesn't seem to be a problem for his two assistants. Well, at least the cross-dressing one isn't complaining much. And it's nothing compared to the strange tastes of Inaba's nemesis, the omnivorous, half-goat crime boss Don Valentino, who has an appetite for green legal tender instead of tender young greens!
Inaba's sworn to cut Valentino out of the criminal flock before the Don can wolf down more ill-gotten dough, but he's going to have to chew his way through a lot of evidence to get his goat. Can sheer dogged detective work put the baaaaad guys behind bars?
|Mazinger Z - TV Series Vol. 1 (Sub.DVD)|
Koji Kabuto's grandfather has discovered two resources which can save humanity: Photon Light Energy and the ultra-impregnable alloy Chogokin Z. However, Dr. Kabuto's research is abruptly cut off when the evil Dr. Hell sends his trusted lieutenant, the bisected Baron Ashura, to assassinate him! Koji, now orphaned along with younger brother Shiro, swear revenge using Dr. Kabuto's last and greatest invention: the super robot Mazinger Z!
Joined by Dr. Kabuto's successor, Dr. Yumi, his daughter Sayaka, and her research robot Aphrodite A, Koji sets out to protect Japan from Dr. Hell's menacing mecha monsters and ensure the peaceful work of the Photon Light Institute. Can Koji and Sayaka, along with local bully boy Boss, prevent this most dangerous of villains from running amok and conquering the world?
|Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (DVD)|
In a very different Tokyo from the one we know today, the totalitarian government rules with an iron fist. But a group called "the Sect" is staging demonstrations and challenging the government's martial law. Constable Fuse of the Capital Police's Special Unit is on a mission to stop a Sect demonstration when he encounters a girl in the sewers under Tokyo. When he fails to shoot as ordered, he is put on trail, questioned, and "re-conditioned" as a soldier.
The dead girl haunts him, both in his dreams and in the face of her sister, whom Fuse has befriended. But Fuse has made himself a target for some very powerful men. And as the world comes crashing down around him, Fuse is continually challenged to decide what is real and what is right.
|Shangri La - Complete Series [S.A.V.E.] (DVD)|
In the distant future, earthquakes and the effects of global warming have splintered Japanese society. Some struggle hand-to-mouth in the jungle-tangled ruins of civilization. Some live comfortably within the closed-off city of Atlas. Others lurk online, anonymously hacking the global economy. As nature grows more violent and the divide between classes expands, one spirited girl, Kuniko, must face her destiny and lead her people into the utopia of Atlas.
The city's ruthless government isn't going to welcome them with open arms, but Kuniko won't give up until the gates of Atlas are kicked open for good - even if it means discovering that the promised land she dreamed of is built upon a foundation of twisted secrets and lies.
|Unico Double Feature (DVD)|
This double feature set contains The Fantastic Adventures of Unico and Unico in the Island of Magic.
Unico the Unicorn has the amazing power to make anyone he meets happy. Whether it's because of his personality or the powers of his horn, no one knows. However, the gods become jealous of Unico, thinking that only they should be able to decide or allow people to be happy. Unico is banished to the Hill of Oblivion, and the West Wind is ordered to take him there. She can't stand giving this fate to Unico, so Unico's adventures begin, as the West Wind takes him from one place and time to the next, in a never-ending journey to escape the wrath of the gods.
Unico the unicorn has the amazing power to make anyone he meets happy. In this adventure, Unico finds himself with a new friend, a young girl named Cherry. However, Cherry's long-lost older brother Toby has finally come home, and is now a misguided apprentice to an insane (and not human) magician named Kuruku.
When Cherry's parents get turned into weird, almost zombie-like dolls called living puppets, she and Unico start a quest to the very ends of the earth to get her parents and brother back before Kuruku takes over the world. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Hey, so I had another surgery and am now stuck at home for a while. Any good anime recommendations? I like comedy, horror, and gothic/emo themed anime. And some cutesy anime, depending on what it is (something like Lucky Star or Yuru Yuri) so...yea! Thanks!
Here are some anime I have seen and absolutely love: Black Butler, Naruto (Shippuden also) Bleach, Sora No Woto, Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles, Roroni Kenshin, Inu-Yasha, Sgt. Frog, Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumia, Black Cat, Chrono Crusade, Loveless, Fullmetal Alchemist, Negima!, Is it a zombie?, Air, Clannad, Angel Beats, Ouran High school Host Club, Soul Eater, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokémon, Hetalia, Howl's Moving Castle, The Secret Life of Erieti, My Neighbor Totoro, Death Note, Save Me! Lollipop, Princess Mononoke, and a few others (and by a 'few' I mean 'a lot')
Suffice to say, this is a rather underwhelming way to go out on as this last title I'm covering isn't really as much of a dud as I've heard of it to be, even with my indifference on it. I don't feel like going out on this forgettable kind of note. So next weekend, I will have a better final review covering something I've wanted to cover on Ani-Crap Review for a while now that will make for a better swan song and being a fun way to celebrate my fifth year on Anime Vice. Otherwise for now, I will be tweaking my review format slightly to reflect my thoughts on Dog and Scissors.
Dog and Scissors was a 12-episode comedy TV anime series animated by Gonzo and aired on Japanese TV from July 1 to September 16 of 2013. The series is based on the ongoing light novel series that has been written by Shunsuke Sarai since February 28, 2011. The anime is licensed for American video distribution by Sentai Filmworks.
Kazuhito Harumi is a high school student with a strong love for reading books who is killed while trying to protect a girl at a restaurant. Reincarnated as a dachshund dog, Harumi is adopted by the girl he tried to save in the form of Kirihime Natsuno, a popular novelist whom Harumi is a fan of. Unfortunately, Kirihime turns out to have a rather sadistic personality who lashes out at others with a pair of scissors.
By the looks of it, Dog and Scissors' comedy stems from milking Kazuhito's unique predicament, his chemistry with Kirihime and his encounters with the several eccentric characters that cross paths with him and Kirihime. Kirihime and Kazuhito's chemistry consists of her milking the “tsun tsun” variant of the tsundere character in her abuse of Kazuhito and the latter serving as doormat to the antics of Kirihime and others that he encounters. The antics of these characters unfold either through self-contained episodes or episode arcs running for two to three episodes when Kazuhito encounters a new character.
This looks to be a case where Dog and Scissors is attempting to make itself unique as a comedy, which I will compliment it for as it doesn't fall under any conventional premise that is peppered in recent titles like harem comedies or slice-of-life comedies involving high school girls. Yet at the same time, it suffers from the shortcoming of any pure comedy title in that the title's enjoyment from audiences stems from how receptive one is to the show's style of comedy. This is a case where I'm not really into the show's style of comedy as Kirihime's yet another variant of the tsundere archetype and the comedy of the series mostly relies on the eccentricities of its cast to carry it along. Several of the characters in the series are notable for their violent tendencies with certain weapons and abilities that the show milked for much of its run for comedy, which killed my interest in the comedy as the show progressed when I realized that it was the dominant comedic element of the series and lacked much else to offer.
This isn't to say that Dog and Scissors is a horrible title as it does have a style of comedy that is a little different from the norm. But like any pure comedy title, your mileage will vary with how well you enjoy it.
I know it's Saturday, but I was busy with a business trip over at Little Tokyo, Los Angeles that took the whole day. Pretend it's Friday. I ran out of fetishes that were unisexual. I wanted to cater to both guys and gals with my past blogs.
Looking back at the blog I started, Help Me Find Anime/Manga with Older Women & Younger Men Couples, I realized it was a fetish.
Sorry, I haven't wind down lately with finals approaching.
For older women fetish in anime and manga, it's not common, but it's not too rare. Thanks to @Dream @taichokage @Bigheart711 @SpeedForceSpider
Let's go over why younger guys think older women are hot.
See Help Me Find Anime/Manga with Older Women & Younger Men Couples. Thanks to Dream, Taichokage, and the rest of the users in the thread for their help.
|1. Nike Remercier|
World Is Still Beautiful
|2. Livius I|
World Is Still Beautiful
|3. Haruko Haruhara|
|4. Naota Nandaba|
|5. Hiromu Shinbo|
|6. Takako Shimizu|
|7. Kaho Mizuki|
Cardcaptor Sakura (formerly)
|8. Touya Kinomoto|
Cardcaptor Sakura (formerly)
|9. Ayato Kamina|
|10. Haruka Shitou|
Saikano - Wiki Page: Not added Yet
|13. The Garden of Words|
Takao Akizuki and Yukari Yukino (Garden of Words)
|14. Takumi Mayama|
Honey and Clover
|15. Rika Harada|
Honey and Clover
|16. Yusaku Godai|
|17. Kyoko Otonashi|
|18. Negi Springfield|
|19. Asuna Kagurazaka|
|20. Haruka Kasugano|
(Yosuga no Sora)- Among one of the scenarios in the anime.
|21. Nao Yorihime|
(Yosuga no Sora)- Among one of the scenarios in the anime.
|22. Hikaru Ichijou|
|23. Misa Hayase|
Claymore - Taichokage: It's not an intimate relationship (yet) but their feelings for one another are known.
|26. Hae-Young Nah|
|27. Jin-Ho Myung|
I forgot that this is a common trope in teacher fetishes.
This is more common than older women fetish because most societies have guys marrying down while girls marrying up in the social and economic ladder.
I don't have a lot of reasons listed.
If you got more reasons or characters you like to bring up, feel free to share them.
An avatar has nearly come to fruition. Clouds gather over San Francisco, creating the darkness that this newborn god thrives in. The Huntsman races to the island where the world will end, but he knows he cannot stop this being alone. Fortunately, the waves of darkness coming forth from this being are picked up by many. Heroes, villains, and whatever the hell Huntsman is must work together to stop the Swallower of Worlds from releasing his forces through the rift he tears in reality and taking another planet in his jaws.
I felt it was time to do something with Huntsman now that Warden and Ariana have had a chance, and to expand upon my avatar idea. Hopefully it turns out well.
In the dark heart of Alcatraz, the line between God and Devil blurs. Come to be the first to be swallowed by the new lord of the Earth. My mouth awaits. Come jump in.