Quick Picks (Week of 6/25/2012): Aliens Aren't Even That Late!

Topic started by Bigheart711 on June 30, 2012. Last post by takashichea 2 years ago.
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Sorry I couldn't bring this to you sooner, but me and Taka still happen to have a life outside the sites we visit. Anyway, we had a lot to cover for you guys!

Quick Rundown

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Bigheart's Thoughts

First, let me get this out of the way: It looks like RightStuf seems to have just recieved a bunch of old copies of the Hetalia Manga from somewhere, so they have them listed on sale. It seems a bit depressing since the covers are still from the Tokyopop versions. Moving forward, My most interesting catch is the full series re-release of the first Lupin III series. I don't remember seeing much of it right now, but it must've been fun. I haven't checked out Fujiko Mine yet, but I plan to see it soon (even though I'm already knee-deep into another wiki project right now). Some others that caught my eye was the release of Gantz Vol. 23, Blue Exorcist DVD Vol. 4 and the full series "Classic Collections" release of the Ouran High School Host Club anime. I already saw OHSHC and it was fun, but I bet the other ones might be pretty good. One more side note: Pokemon Conquest, the collaberation between the titular franchise and Nobunaga's Ambition has been released recently, and it looks pretty good. Heck, one of the characters prouldly has a Luxio. :) [picture and a few links via GiantBomb.com]

Takashichea's Thoughts

Out of the four (Bigheart) mentioned earlier, I have tried Blue Exorcist on Crunchyroll and Lupin the Third on UTB Hollywood. I love Blue Exorcist, but I'm at a loss with the ending since volume 4 covers episodes 20-25. It has a strong introduction, yet the anime is too short. For Lupin III, I love the show, and I wish I can watch more of it. My favorite character is Goemon due to two episodes that dealt with him: his past and a love interest that pretended to be a ghost. I've heard of Ouran High School Host Club due to my sister's obsession with it. I'll try it because I'm curious why my little sister likes it. After reading Gantz's synopsis and critic's receptions, it's in the same boat with Deadman Wonderland except with aliens. Both are very gory manga series. I don't know if I should try another anime like Deadman Wonderland.

This Week's Releases

Sources are from RIghtStuf.com, Amazon.com and Gamespot.com Next week, we aim for another article to come around on time (as in Next Wednesday)! @__@

Anime Series

Name (Format)SRP (BR/DVD)*CompanyAmazon.com Price (BR/DVD)RightStuf.com Price (BR/DVD)Release Date
Towanoquon (Blu-Ray)$69.98Sentai Filmworks$42.48$41.996/26/2012
Blue Exorcist 4 (DVD)$37.48Aniplex of America$48.98$29.986/29/2012
Lupin the 3rd: First TV Series Complete Collection (DVD)$59.95Eastern Star$49.99$44.966/26/2012
Ouran High School Host Club Complete Series (DVD)BR: $49.98
DVD:$49.98
FunimationBR: $28.85
DVD: $34.99
BR: $29.99
DVD: $29.99
6/26/2012
Maria-Holic: Alive$49.98Sentai Filmworks$44.99$37.496/26/2012

Manga Volumes

Name & VolumePublisherSRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
Hetalia Axis Powers Vol. 3Tokyopop$15.99N/A$10.996/26/2012
Gantz Vol. 23Dark Horse$12.99$10.39$9.746/20/2012
Alice in the Country of Clover: Bloody TwinsSeven Seas$13.99$10.95$10.996/30/12
Alice in the Country of Hearts Omnibus 3Yen Press$18.99$15.19$14.246/26/12
Dance in the Vampire Bund Vol. 12Seven Seas$11.99$9.19$8.996/30/2012
Olympos OmnibusYen Press$18.99N/A$14.246/26/2012
Spice and Wolf Vol. 6Yen Press$11.99$8.76$8.996/26/2012
Witch Hunter Vol. 1-2Seven Seas$16.99$11.19$12.746/30/2012
Witch & Wizard Vol. 2Yen Press$12.99$10.39$9.746/26/2012
Sunshine Sketch Vol. 6Yen Press$11.99$9.29$8.996/26/2012
Kobato Vol. 6Yen Press$11.99$6.62$8.996/26/2012

Videogames of Interest

NamePublisher(s)Companie(s)SystemsAmazon.comGamestop.comRelease Date
Pokemon ConquestNintendo, The Pokémon CompanyTecmo KoeiNintendo DS$39.69$34.996/18/2012

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Post by takashichea (10,586 posts) See mini bio Level 25
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I was not even sure if Edge Novel is an actual manga series when I looked at it in Amazon. I think I goofed up the price for it on Amazon since usually, Rightstuf's price is lower than Amazon.

Witch & Wizard is based on a novel written by James Patterson. It's not a traditional manga for folks who haven't heard about it.

Post by Bigheart711 (3,661 posts) See mini bio Level 21

@takashichea: It looks like Edge was just a novel to begin with and I don't think it has an manga at least. I'll have to take that out. :(

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@Bigheart711:

Oh my bad. Next time, I'll PM the tables with pictures of the manga covers and anime merchandise. I think that will improve this blog. What do you think, BigHeart711?

Post by Bigheart711 (3,661 posts) See mini bio Level 21

@takashichea: I think that's a great idea! Hopefully, we'll grab even more views and comments too. :)

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@Bigheart711:

I will do that next time.

For now, here you go everyone. Please enjoy the DVD/Blu Ray and Volume covers.

Post by sotyfan16 (1,340 posts) See mini bio Level 20

Witch Hunter is on my list to check out. But it is not technically a manga since it comes from Vietnam (not sure what they are called there).

I wonder if I should take a look at the Vampire Bund manga though.

Ouran is on my list to pick up and I almost did on my most recent purchase.

Still wondering what Blue Exorcist would sound like in dub. Waiting for a full boxset.

Post by AgentFakku (164 posts) See mini bio Level 10

@takashichea:

I love reading Gantz. I think Deadman Wonderland is more violent than Gantz, but I haven't read that series. I heard about the tortures and massacres of the innocent and prisoners. Gantz doesn't get gorey until later chapters where they fight aliens. Though, there are very explicit sexual content in Gantz. I'm just warning you.

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@sotyfan16:

Oh, I didn't know Blue Exorcist was in dub. I'm curious what they called their manga over there.

@AgentFakku:

About the sexual content, is there rape in Gantz?

Post by sotyfan16 (1,340 posts) See mini bio Level 20

@takashichea:

It's not. The series is sub-only.

Post by AgentFakku (164 posts) See mini bio Level 10

@takashichea:

Yeah, there's rape. Though, it's mostly one guy who finds doing aliens more enjoyable.

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@AgentFakku:

I won't be reading Gantz then. I don't mind violence, but rape is too excruciating to read or watch. Thanks for tip.

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