Welcome everyone! It's the first week of February, and we start it off with Idols (AKB0048), Romance (Antique Bakery and Fruits Basket), Action (Saint Seiya) and Slice of Life (Wagnaria 2 and Natsume's Book of Friends) themes.
I haven't seen any of these anime series, so I can't make a quick recommendation on it. I would love to try Saint Seiya since it was SpeedForceSpider's battle theme back in January 2014. I heard so much about Fruits Basket, and it's on my watch list. I find it unique since it's a love triangle that centers on a female protagonist.
If you have seen these shows, please drop a comment. Thank you, I hope you find something you like. Please support the official releases!
Sources: All plot summaries and data are from ANN's Video Releases page.
- DVD/Blu-Ray Releases for January 7, 2014
- DVD/Blu-Ray Releases for January 14, 2014
- DVD/Blu-Ray Releases for January 21, 2014
- Manga & DVD/Blu-Ray for January 2014's Last Week
|AKB0048 next stage - Complete Collection (DVD)|
The road trip to war has already been brutal for the 77th generation of understudies to AKB0048, the combination singing group and combat squad seeking to bring peace and entertainment back to the universe. However, the competition between the individual candidates, as well as the remaining 75th and 76th generation understudies, is about to get even rougher.
With the opportunity to become a successor to one of the original members of the legendary singing squad hanging in the balance, the fights on stage and on the battlefield will become even more cutthroat, and things are only going to get nastier when it turns out that someone has been feeding critical information to the opposing DES forces.
Will the revelation of the source of the Kiraras prove to be a deadly misstep in the intricate choreography that's allowed the team to keep dancing out of danger? Will public opinion prove to be more important than actual skill and valor as the squad undergoes a series of grueling trials by fan? The harmony and harmonization that's held this band of sisters together will be pushed to the breaking point!
|AKB0048 next stage - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray)|
|Antique Bakery - Complete Collection [Litebox] (Sub.DVD)|
Kidnapped as a child, Keiichiro Tachibana's had trouble coming to terms with the haunting memory. He doesn't remember much, only that the kidnapper forced him to eat sweets. As a way of dealing with his past, Tachnibana decides to open a bakery. But will his choice in staff – a playboy patisserie who's been fired from every job he's ever had, an ex-boxer with a huge sweet tooth, and an absent-minded childhood friend – be a recipe for disaster or success?
|Blessing of the Campanella - Complete Collection (Sub.DVD)|
Leicester Maycraft leads a charmed life. His parents are nobility and he spends his days crafting inventions and questing alongside his friends in Clan Oasis. It also doesn't hurt that every pretty girl in town is in love with him, including the Duke's daughter, Carina Verriti. Life couldn't possibly get any better. Until it does.
Energy from a supernatural meteor shower awakens the adorable automaton, Minette, who imprints on Leicester as her "papa". Just like that, Leicester's entourage of beautiful girls goes from flattering to ridiculous. Joined by Sacred Knight Chelsea Arcot and automaton artisan Agnes Boulange, Clan Oasis sets out to discover Minette's origin.
But all work and no play isn't exactly what these adventurers have in mind. They'll get around to solving the mystery - when they're not performing oddball quests or hanging out at the beach! Contains episodes 1-12, plus the 30-minute OVA.
Based on the best selling manga by Natsuki Takaya, Fruits Basket is a heartwarming story about good friends turning tragedy into triumph. This must-see series features a perfect blend of lovable characters and unique humor that makes it a true fan favorite! The Sohma family may look normal, but they've got a curse they've kept hidden for generations. Whenever a member of the clan is hugged by the opposite sex, they turn into an animal from the Chinese Zodiac! They've found ways to maintain ordinary lives, and all is well until young Tohru Honda falls on hard luck and stumbles upon the truth. To keep the peace, she must find a way to fit into this unusual household. But above all, she must promise to never reveal their secret - or her most cherished memories could be lost forever.
|Natsume's Book of Friends - Season 1 & 2 (Sub.DVD)|
Natsume has always been an outcast because he inherited his grandmother Reiko's ability to see yokai (strange beings that are invisible to most people). After moving to his grandmother's hometown and accidentally releasing a yokai who was imprisoned in a Lucky Cat statue, he learns about one of his grandmother's keepsakes, her "Book of Friends," which contains the names of the yokai she defeated, and allows its wielder to command the yokai named within.
Since then, his life has gotten much more hectic, and yokai now visit him on a daily basis, seeking to either get their names back or take possession of the Book of Friends.
Contains episodes 1-13 of season 1 and episodes 1-13 of season 2 plus a story guide leaflet.
|Saint Seiya - Sanctuary Classic Collection (Dub.DVD)|
Five mystical warriors called the "Saints" fight wearing sacred armors, the designs of which are derived from the various constellations. They have adopted their destined guardian symbols, and are empowered by a mystical energy. The Saints have sworn to defend the reincarnation of the Greek goddess Athena in her battle against the other Gods who want to dominate the world.
|Wagnaria!!2 - Complete Second Series [Premium Edition] (Sub.Blu-Ray)|
Sota Takanashi, Popura Taneshima, and the rest of Wagnaria's zany crew are back! Whether it's Sota being reduced to tears over the death of an innocent bug, Kyoko calling in her old gang to cover some shifts, or Soma hilariously meddling in the personal lives of his co-workers, each day brings something new to the table! But if you're a man, be warned! Inami still packs quite a punch...
Contains episodes 1-13, plus a 32-page, full-color, hardcover artbook featuring episode summaries, new character biographies, and original illustrations.
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Below, there are two Hentai DVDs released by Critical Mass Video.
|My Brother's Wife (DVD)|
All his life, Takashi has been compared to his older brother, Satoshi. Satoshi is smarter. More athletic. More handsome. More successful. But despite the constant reminders that he's "not as good as his brother," Takashi was never jealous because Satoshi took him in after their parents died. But that was before Satoshi stole Miwa, the love of Takashi's life, and married her.
Miwa. Both incredibly beautiful and kind, she captured Takashi's heart long before she ever agreed to marry his brother. And now that she's Satoshi's wife, Takashi sees her every day. Sees her with him. Hears her having sex with him through the bedroom wall. And each day Takashi's jealousy towards his brother grows a little more.
But it seems the tables may turn when Takashi's voluptuous college professor discovers that Takashi scores in one way over his brother: his sexual prowess. Now with the right clothing, the right hairstyle, and lots and lots of hands-on sexual tutoring, she's going to turn Takashi into a ladies' man that even his brother will envy!
|Naughty Nurses (DVD)|
Producers Shiyuuta Biwajima and Chikara Niki (I Love You / MeiKing / Spotlight) and writer Shinbashi Makino (Sex Ward) once again have a prescription for lust! In Naughty Nurses, Aoshima General Hospital is well known for its sexy staff that fulfill their patients' every need! Nimura and Mayu are having major relationship problems. Too nervous to have sex with Mayu, Nimura decides that it'll be better if they just break up. But while they might want to go their own separate ways, fate has its own plans for the two of them. Both Nimura and Mayu end up working at Aoshima General Hospital! While having to work together might be uncomfortable for them, it's also stirring up a lot of gossip among the hospital's staff.
But the gossip isn't really having much of an impact on either of them since the hospital's sexy staff and horny patients are keeping them on call night and day! The young nurse Satsuki taunts Nimura relentlessly with her hot body... the voluptuous head-nurse Ryoko seems to have her mind set on landing him in bed... not to mention that the patients can't get enough of him!
All of this attention is great, but Nimura is still struggling with his feelings for Mayu and seeing her every day is making him more anxious than ever. Will this young couple find a way to patch things up despite all of the sexual distractions?