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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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Toren Smith passes away on March 4, 2013 (ANN listed March 5th) at the age of 52.


He is the founder of Studio Proteus, a company that translated a majority of manga series. Studio Proteus is known for bringing these manga series to the U.S.: Appleseed, Outlanders, Lone Wolf and Cub, Akira, Ghost in the Shell, and Astro Boy. Studio Proteus mentioned that Smith had co-translated over 23,000 manga pages. The first manga series he ever translated was called The Legend of Kamui in 1988. Smith, Adam Warren, and others are responsible for creating the original Dirty Pair comics for North America because Haruka Takachiho's novel of the same name didn't have a manga in Japan. Later on, Smith sold Studio Proteus to Dark Horse Comics in 2004. He then worked for Viz Media in Viz Communications.

He along with Toshio Okada, John McLaughlin, and many others founded AnimeCon 1991 which became Anime Expo's Predecessor. Smith also organized the first anime convention at Baycon in California.


He appeared as a character in Gainax's Aim for the Top! Gunbuster series.


  • Dirty Pair: Biohazards
  • Dirty Pair: Dangerous Acquaintances


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Welcome everyone to the last two weeks of November and the first two weeks of December's Quick Picks! Sorry for the delay Y'all. Please enjoy the article. We'll add the discussion later.

Anime Series and Movies


ImageTitle (Format)CompanySRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
Bakemonogatari (Full Series, Limited Edition Blu-Ray)Aniplex of America$189.98$186.97$149.9811/20/12
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc - The Egg of the King(Movie, Blu-Ray and DVD)Viz MediaBD: $24.98
DVD: $19.98
BD: $17.32
DVD: $14.99
BD: $22.48
DVD: $17.98
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo (Full Series Part 2, DVD)S'more Entertainment$44.99$44.99N/A11/20/12
Cluster Edge (Full Series Part 2, DVD)Sentai Filmworks$49.98$44.99$37.4911/20/12
Galaxy Express 999 (Full Series Part 1, DVD)S'more Entertainment$59.98$49.99$39.9911/20/12
Grave of the Fireflies (Movie, Remastered Edition DVD)Sentai Filmworks$29.98$19.99$17.9911/20/12
InuYasha: The Final Act (DVD and Blu-Ray Set 1)Viz MediaBD: $54.97
DVD: $44.82
BD: $49.99
DVD: $28.83
BD: $39.99
DVD: $28.99
Intrigue in the Bakumatsu (DVD and Blu-Ray Set 2)Sentai FilmworksBD: $69.98
DVD: $59.98
BD: $59.99
DVD: $49.99
BD: $52.49
DVD: $44.99
Pokémon: Black and White (DVD Set 1)Viz Media$19.99$9.83$17.9911/20/12
Serial Experiments Lain (Full Series, DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack)FUNimation$89.98$69.99$53.9911/27/12
Soul Eater (Full Series, Blu-Ray and DVD)FUNimationBoth: $59.98BD: $49.99
DVD: $44.99
BD: $35.99
DVD: $44.99
Tenchi in Tokyo (Full Series, DVD)FUNimation$39.98$32.99$23.9911/20/12

Note: Bo-bobo-Bo-Bobobo wasn't listed on RightStuf for its release week.


ImageTitle (Format)CompanySRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
Black Lagoon (Complete Series, Blu-Ray/DVD)Funimation Entertainment$54.98$44.86$32.9912/04/12
Bleach Season 15 Uncut (DVD)Viz Media$44.95$29.99$28.9912/11/12
Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse (Movie, Blu-Ray and DVD)Viz MediaBD: $24.98
DVD: $19.98
BD: $19.99
DVD: $14.96
BD: $18.99
DVD: $13.99
A Certain Magical Index Season 1 (Part 1, DVD)Funimation Entertainment$59.98$40.18$35.9912/11/12
A Certain Magical Index Season 1 (Part 2, DVD)Funimation Entertainment$59.98$37.28$35.9912/11/12
Digimon: Digital Monsters Season 2 - Collection 1 (DVD)Madman Entertainment Ltd$49.95N/AN/A12/05/12
Is this a Zombie? (Complete Series Limited Edition, DVD)Funimation Entertainment$64.98$59.99$38.9912/04/12
Level E Complete Series (limited edition DVD/Blu-Ray)Funimation Entertainment$64.98$37.39Together: $38.9912/11/12
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Complete Series (DVD)AEsier Holdings$39.98$34.99$23.9912/11/12
Mashiroiro Symphony - The Colors of Lovers - Complete Collection (DVD)Sentai Filmworks$49.98$44.99$29.9912/04/12
Ninja Scroll (Blu-Ray and DVD)Sentai FilmworksBD: 24.98
DVD: $14.98
BD: $19.99
DVD: $12.99
BD: $14.99
DVD: $8.99
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee Collection 1 (Series, DVD)Sentai Filmworks$49.98$44.99$29.9912/11/12
Umineko: When They Cry (Part 1, Blu-Ray)NIS America$79.99$78.98$59.9912/04/12
Umineko: When They Cry (Part 1, Blu-Ray)NIS America$49.99$48.98$36.9912/04/12

Note: Anime News Network list Umineko When They Try Blu-Ray without the limited edition part, and Amazon is only selling the limited edition. ANN does not list A Certain Magical Index or Level E. Rightstuf released Ah! My Buddha DVD Nirvana Collection Classic Collection back on November 6, 2012.

Extra Merchandise

This is all of the extras for the Bakemonogatari DVD release. There aren't any more for this length of time but I think this is still plentiful. :)

Then, we have Serial Lain Experiments and Umineko merchandising.

Now, here are the manga releases. It's a long section.

Manga Releases


ImageName & VolumePublisherSRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
21st Century Boys Vol. 1Viz Media$12.99$7.80$9.7411/20/12
Bokurano: Ours Vol. 7Viz Media$12.99$10.28$9.7411/20/12
Deltora Quest Vol. 9Kodansha Comics$10.99$8.26$8.2411/20/12
Dogs: Bullets & Carnage Vol. 7Viz Media$12.99$7.64$9.7411/20/12
Fairy Tail Vol. 22Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.00$8.2411/27/12
GTO: 14 Days in Shonan Vol. 6Vertical$10.95$8.49$8.2111/27/12
Is this a Zombie? Vol. 3Yen Press$11.99$7.98$8.9911/20/12
Nabari No Ou Vol. 12Yen Press$11.99$8.63$8.9911/20/12
Omamori Himari Vol. 1Yen Press$11.99$7.98$8.9911/20/12
Real Vol. 11Viz Media$12.99$9.95$9.7411/20/12
Sailor Moon Box Set 1 (Vol. 1-6)Kodansha Comics$65.94$40.65$49.4611/20/12
Saturn Apartments Vol. 6Viz Media$12.99$9.85$9.7411/20/12
Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro Vol. 3Yen Press$11.99$6.79$8.9911/20/12
Soul Eater Vol. 11Yen Press$11.99$6.62$8.9911/20/12
Spice & Wolf Vol. 7Yen Press$12.99$7.66$9.7411/20/12
The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol. 13Dark Horse Comics$12.99$8.95$9.7411/28/12
The Limit Vol. 2Vertical$10.95$7.95$8.2111/20/12
The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan Vol. 6Yen Press$11.99$7.98$8.9911/20/12
Thermae Romae Vol. 1Yen Press$34.99$19.95$26.2411/20/12
The Wallflower Vol. 29Kodansha Comics$10.99$7.74$8.9911/27/12
Trigun Maximum Omnibus Vol. 1 (Vols 1-3)Dark Horse Comics$19.99$11.73$14.9911/21/12
Umineko WHEN They CRY 1: Legend of the Golden Witch Vol. 1Yen Press$18.99$11.76$14.2411/20/12
X [3-in1 Edition] Vol. 4
(X/1999 Omnibus 4 (Vols 10-12)
Viz Media$19.99$11.61$14.9911/20/12

Note: Rightstuf is releasing 21st Century Boys on January 15, 2013 and Dogs: Bullets & Carnage Vol. 7 on December 18, 2012.


ImageName & VolumePublisherSRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
A Certain Scientific Railgun Vol. 6Seven Seas$12.99$9.44$9.7412/11/12
A Devil and Her Love Song Vol. 6Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/4/12
Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fanatic Rabbit Vol. 1Yen Press$11.99$7.59$8.9912/11/12
Arata: The Legend Vol. 12Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/4/12
Attack on Titan Vol. 3Kodansha Comics$10.99$7.58$8.2412/4/12
Bakuman Vol. 17Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/4/12
Battle Angel Alita: Last Order Vol. 16Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.05$8.2412/4/12
Black Bird Vol. 15Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/4/12
Bleach Vol. 52Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/4/12
Bleach Vol. 53Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/4/12
Blood Lad Vol. 1Yen Press$18.99$11.84$14.2412/11/12
Cage of Eden Vol. 8Kodansha$10.99$7.90$8.2412/11/12
Chocolat Vol. 8Yen Press$24.99$14.84$18.7412/1112
Dance in the Vampire Bund Omnibus 1 (Vol. 1-3)Seven Seas$19.99$11.24$14.9912/11/12
D. Gray-man Vol. 23Viz Media$9.99$9.99$8.9912/4/12
Danza Vol. 1Kodansha Comics$12.99$7.11$9.7412/04/12
Dawn of the Arcana Vol. 7Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/04/12
Demon Love Spell Vol. 1Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/04/12
Higurashi: When They Cry - Massacre Arc 2 Volume 2Yen Press$18.99$11.03$14.2412/11/12
His Favorite Vol. 2SuBLime$12.99$10.39$9.7412/11/12
Itsuwaribito Vol. 7Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/11/12
Kaoru Mori: Anything and Something Vol. 1Yen Press$16.99$11.02$12.7412/11/12
Kekkaishi Vol. 35Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/11/12
Maximum Ride Vol. 6Yen Press$12.99$9.73$9.7412/11/12
Mayo Chiki Vol. 1Seven Seas Entertainment$12.99$7.30$9.7412/11/12
Natsume's Book of Friends Vol. 13Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/04/12
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Vol. 12Dark Horse$9.99$9.99$7.4912/05/12
Ninth Life Love Vol. 1Digital Manga Publishing$12.95$10.36$9.7112/12/12
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Vol. 12Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/04/12
Pandora Hearts Vol. 13Yen Press$11.99$8.18$8.9912/11/12
Paradise Kiss Part 2 Vol. 2Yen Press$12.99$7.66$9.7412/04/12
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Vol. 3Yen Press$11.99$7.73$8.9912/11/12
Slam Dunk Vol. 25Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/04/12
The Earl & the Fairy Vol. 4Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/04/12
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Vol. 14Yen Press$11.99$8.07$8.9912/11/12
Toriko Vol. 13Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/04/12
Voltron Force Vol. 5: Dragon DawnViz Media$7.99$7.99$5.9912/04/12
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Vol. 2Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/04/12

Note: Danza and Paradise are released on the week of December 10 for Rightstuf. Trigun Maximum Omnibus is released on Rightstuf on a earlier date: 11/21/12 while Anime News Network has it on 12/04/12. ANN does not list Voltron Force. Rightstuf is releasing A Certain Scientific Railgun and Mayo Chiki on December 31, 2012 and Dance in the Vampire Bund on December 26, 2012.

Videogame Releases (and a Console!)

ImageName (Version)Console/FormatCompanySRPAmazon.comGameStop.comDLC ServiceRelease Date
Aero PorterNintendo 3DSWareLevel 5$4.99N/AN/AeShop: $4.9911/29/12
Crimson ShroudNintendo 3DSWareLevel 5$7.99N/AN/AeShop: $7.9912/13/12
New Super Mario Bros. UWii UNintendo$59.99$54.68$59.99N/A11/18/12
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's EdgeWii UTeam Ninja
Nintendo LandWii UNintendo$59.99$56.05$59.99N/A11/18/12
Persona 4 Golden(Original and Solid Gold Premiun Edition)Playstation VitaAtlusOriginal: $39.99
Premium: $69.99
Original: $39.96
Premium: $92.38
Original: $39.99
Premium: $69.99
Playstation All-Stars Battle RoyalePlaystation 3
Playstation Vita
PlayStation Network
SonyPS3: $59.99
PSVita: $39.99
PS3: $59.99
PSVita: $38.68
PS3: $59.99
PSVita: $39.99
PSVN: $39.9911/20/12
Sonic and All-Stars Racing TransformedWii U
Playstation 3
Xbox 360
Playstation Vita
SegaAll Versions (Except for 3DS*): $39.99Wii U: $50.26
PS3: $36.35
X360: $39.84
PSVita: $29.99
Wii U: $39.99
PS3: $39.99
X360: $39.99
PSVita: $29.99
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Wii U Edition)Wii U
Nintendo eShop
Namco$59.99$59.96$59.99eShop: $59.9911/18/12
Warriors Orochi 3 HyperWii UTecmo-Koei$59.99$54.54$59.99N/A11/18/12
Writer RumbleiPhone/Pad
GameFly GamesN/AN/AN/AiTunes: $0.99
Android Shop: $0.99
Black Deluxe (32GB)
Black Deluxe (32GB)
White Standard (8GB)
White Standard (8GB)
Wii U(Game Console, White Standard and Black Deluxe Versions)Wii UNintendoStandard: $299.99
Deluxe: $349.99
Standard: $279.99
Deluxe: $325.00
Standard: $299.99
Deluxe: $349.99

*The Nintendo 3DS Version of Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed will be released on 2/12/2013

Other Stuff

ImageTitleItem TypeCompanySRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
City of RefugeLight NovelVertical$14.95$8.65$11.2111/27/12
The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya (Franchise Novel Vol. 8)Light NovelYen PressHardcover: $15.99
Paperback: $10.00
Hardcover: $9.68
Paperback: $8.99
Kindle Version: $6.64
Hardcover: $11.99
Paperback: $6.74
Queen's Blade: Perfect Visual CollectionArtbookVertical$35.95$26.89$26.9611/27/12
Spice and Wolf Novel Vol. 7Light NovelYen Press$11.99$6.97$8.9912/11/12

Sources: GiantBomb.com / RightStuf.com / Amazon.com / GameStop.com / AnimeNewsNetwork.com

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Good day Anime Vice! I have lots of manga lying around to cover for this segment and this week will cover just that (and some manhwa)! In this episode of "Dunce Cap" I have Ninja Girls Vol. 1 by Hosana Tanaka ( Del Rey), Ghost Talker's Daydream Vol. 1 by Okuse Saki and Meguro Sankichi (Dark Horse), Fairy Tail Vol. 1 by Hiro Mashima (Del Rey), Jack Frost Vol. 1 by Jinho Ko ( Yen Press), and Laon Vol. 1 by YoungBin Kim and Hyun You (Yen Press). Enjoy!
 WARNING! This video contains explicit language. Also, this video is not edited in any way.


Please feel free to provide suggestions for an anime or manga for me to talk about and I will do my best to oblige.

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-Will McQuigg ( sotyfan16) is your everyday anime/manga enthusiast. You can also find him on Twitter ( bildo_88).
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The following is a rant. This isn't meant to be a trouble ticket report.  I have posted to the thread I started earlier in the Bug Report forum on this issue with the new information to try and clear this up. However, I just need to get this out of my system.

Is this or is it not the "Add New Manga Series" form?
Is this or is it not the "Add New Manga Series" form?

So, in the past two weeks I've tried three times to add the manga series Outlanders (part of the Outlanders Franchise) to the site. For the past two weeks, every time I've tried to submit the series, I've had my submission rejected. Each, of the three times, I used a form like the one you see at the start of this post. The first time, I used some material I'd written at Bureau42, material I owned - and was accused of plagiarism, and warned that if I did it again, I'd be banned from the site. So, after refraining from submitting any material to the site until I'd confirmed multiple times that if I wrote the material myself and could prove it (and then making sure that my profile information showed that I was the author of the material at Bureau42), I submitted the material again. I got a message saying that I needed to add a New Manga Series first - even though that the form I'd used was the "Add New Manga Series" form. So, I thought that maybe the form was bugged, and started a thread about the Bug in the "Bug reports forum" with information on what web browser I was using, what operating system I was using, and then waited two weeks. I figured by then, if this was a simple issue, it would be fixed. Over that time, I'd learned that other people didn't have any problems submitting  manga to the site. So, I figured that it must have been a short term thing, and it was fixed.
Thus, yesterday, after posting about how much I enjoyed the art from Outlanders in the "Favorite Manga Art" thread, I decided to add Outlanders again. I first added the Outlanders franchise without any problems. I then added the Outlanders film to the franchise without any problem. Finally, I went for the final step - to add the Manga series "Outlanders" to the site. I even re-wrote my original summary of the series, just to make sure that I wouldn't have to contend with allegations of plagiarism again. I also took  a screen shot of the form I got, just in case my submission was rejected again. After waiting about two hour for my submission to go through, I got my response - my submission was rejected, because I didn't use the right form.
After my vision cleared, and I saw the pool of my own blood staining the surface of my desk, from where I'd repeatedly slammed my head in frustration[1], I started to realize that all this frustration isn't worth it. I love Anime Vice. It has the potential to be superior in every way to Anime News Network's encyclopedia, if enough people add enough information to it. I love Outlanders, and a lot of other older manga series from the late 80s and early 90s that are under appreciated, and younger fans would like, if they gave them a chance, and were able to find a copy. However, it's just not worth the frustration of having to keep contending with this damnable broken form that no one is willing or able to do anything about. Hell, no moderators or staff members have responded to the bug thread I started on this issue. I want the site to succeed, but it feels like the site is becoming an obstacle to my efforts to make it better.
But, then again, the only major problem I've run into is that damn form.
[1] This is poetic license - I wasn't so frustrated by this that I wanted to slam my head against my desk to the point that I started bleeding, but it did frustrate me.
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