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AV MOD MATERIAL: Quick Picks - 10/10/12

Digital monsters, deadly theme parks and kitchen princesses? There's a ton of good stuff to pick this week!

Digimon Adventure
Digimon Adventure

sora_thekey's Pick: One of the very first anime I ever watched was Digimon Adventure. It should be to no surprise that my pick is the re-release of thise series. This is an essential for all anime fans, just like Sailor Moon, DBZ and Akira (even though I haven't watched any of those). Seriously, it's a really fun series. Oh and just a quick note: Digimon > Pokemon.

Seven children from Japan are suddenly thrust into a strange dimension called the "Digital World" while they are at summer camp. During their adventure, Tai, Matt, Sora, Izzy, Mimi, Joe, and T.K. discover that they are in a land where digital creatures called Digimon dwell. Befriending seven Digimon, the children learn that they have the ability to help their partners digitally evolve (digivolve) into stronger, more powerful forms that can combat enemies for a short amount of time. Setting off on their journey, the children start searching for a way home.
Contains episodes 1-54 plus a 40-page booklet featuring the original seven characters.
Special Features: Photo Gallery with Over 200 Images and Sketches.
Spoken Languages: English.
Deadman Wonderland
Deadman Wonderland

Bigheart711's Pick: Kitchen Princess is my pick for me this week. I enjoyed it during high school and it actually makes cooking more fun than it should. What shocked me about it was that the entire plot from volume 4-6 onward becomes even deeper than possible for everyone involved.

takashichea's Pick: I'm interested to see how uncensored is the Deadman Wonderlandlimited edition DVD. I enjoyed both the subbed and dubbed versions. However, Ganta's voice in the dub sounds terrible.

Ganta is the only survivor after a mysterious man in red slaughters a classroom full of teenagers. He's framed for the carnage, sentenced to die, and locked away in the most twisted prison ever built: Deadman Wonderland. Then it gets worse.
At Deadman Wonderland, convicts are forced into brutal deathmatches for the amusement of the masses, the cheers of the crowd drowning out the screams of the dismembered. Even when Ganta befriends Shiro, an unusual female inmate, his dark fate crushes all hope - until he discovers a strange ability to wield his spilled blood as a weapon. Ganta learns his new skill might be related to the murderous man in red and uncovers disturbing secrets that could expose those who stole his freedom. He's determined to see justice served - but first he'll have to fight for his life in a prison that holds a million ways to die.
Contains episodes 1-12 and the OVA.
Special Features: Commentary for Episodes 6 & 12, Promo Videos, Original Commercials, U.S. Trailer, Textless Opening Song, Textless Opening Song (Director's Version), Textless Closing Song, Trailers.
Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

What's on your shopping list this week?

Manga Releases

ImageName & VolumePublisherSRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
Air Gear Vol. 26Kodansha Comics$10.99$8.25$8.2410/09/12
Kitchen Princess Omnibus 2 (Vol. 3-4)Kodansha Comics$14.99$14.99$11.2410/09/12
March Story Vol. 4Viz Media$12.99$8.59$9.7410/02/12 RS
10/16/12 ANN
Secret Thorns Vol. 1Digital Manga Publishing$12.95$6.96$9.7110/09/12
Start With a Happy EndingVol. 1Digital Manga Publishing$12.95$10.03$9.7110/10/12
The Flowers of Evil Vol. 3Vertical$10.95$8.67$8.2110/02/12

Note: Already spotlighted ANN's Case Closed Vol. 44 and Kekkaishi Vol. 34 and Rightstuf's The Limit Vol. 1. ANN listed March Story Vol. 4 on Oct. 16 while Rightstuf marks Oct. 2.

Anime Series

ImageName (Format)CompanySRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
Deadman Wonderland (Full Series, Limited Edition DVD Version)FUNimation$64.98$49.86$38.9910/9/12
Season One Collection
Season One Collection
DVD Volume 1
DVD Volume 1
Digimon Adventure (Season One Collection) [and separate Vol. 1 DVD]New Video GroupFull Season: $79.95
Volume 1: $19.99
Full Season: $79.95
Volume 1: $17.96
Full Season: $59.99
Volume 1: $17.99
10/9/12
Heaven's Memo Pad (Full Series, Blu-Ray and DVD)Sentai FilmworksBD: $69.98
DVD: $59.98
BD: $60.47
DVD: $49.99
BD: $41.99
DVD: $35.99
10/9/12
Maid-Sama! (Full Series, DVD)Sentai Filmworks$69.98$59.99$41.9910/9/12
Naruto Shippuden (Uncut DVD Box Set Vol. 12)Viz Media$49.95$34.99$29.9910/9/12
Natsume's Book of Friends (Both Seasons, Premium Edition DVD Set)NIS America$69.99$69.98$51.9910/9/12
Occult Academy (Full Series, Blu-Ray)NIS America$54.99$51.99$39.9910/9/12

Video Games

ImageNameConsole(s)/Download ServiceCompanySRPAmazon.comGamestop.comDownload ServiceRelease Date
Code of PrincessNintendo 3DSAtlus USA
Agatsuma Entertainment
$39.99$39.96New: $39.99
Pre-Owned: $34.99
N/A10/9/12
DragonBall Z for KinectXbox 360Namco Bandai$39.99$39.96New: $39.99
Pre-Owned: $34.99
N/A10/9/12
Pokemon Dream RadarNintendo 3DSWare (Nintendo eShop)Nintendo
The Pokemon Company
N/AN/AN/AeShop: $2.9910/8/12

Note: Already spotlighted Pokemon Black/White 2 (ANN added it this week) Added source: IGN (DBZK wasn't in Giant Bomb's Database).

Extra Merchandise

NIS America really brought it with the extras to Occult Academy (more was revealed in Amazon's catalogue and Natsume's Book of Friends. they are unveiled in order.

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

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Destinyheroknighton Oct. 11, 2012 at 6:45 a.m.

Need to buy Digimon

sora_thekey moderator on Oct. 11, 2012 at 10 a.m.

@Destinyheroknight said:

Need to buy Digimon

My thoughts exactly!

Petiewon Oct. 11, 2012 at 1:03 p.m.
English only? I know its a kids show, but the Digimon English dub is terrible.
Marshal Victoryon Oct. 11, 2012 at 8:51 p.m.

Occult Academy will be a buy. But you still can get special edition dvd ones cheeper than blue ray odd.

Deadman Wonderland maybe when its down to 20ish an then maybe.

Username_Undefinedon Oct. 11, 2012 at 9:48 p.m.

@Petiew said:

English only? I know its a kids show, but the Digimon English dub is terrible.

You shut your mouth! If I want to watch a giant 8-headed snake drink milkshakes out of sake saucers and lose control of his faculties, I will. If you disagree, then come and fight like a 'mon!

Petiewon Oct. 12, 2012 at 3:53 a.m.
@Username_Undefined: Don't make me send you to my dungeon back in the digital world.
sotyfan16on Oct. 12, 2012 at 4:06 a.m.

Oh man, DBZ for Kinect has finally hit stores. GiantBomb is going to eat it up.

I hope now that Deadman is now out it will quite being all hyped up. If Ganta was a better character I'd buy it since I like the story.

I'm glad Maid-Sama is now in a whole set. I'll get to it eventually as I really liked it. One of the better rom/coms.

My pick this week is Heaven's Memopad (though it should have been directly translated as God's Memopad since the Japanese title is Kami-sama no Memochou). I hope the BD price stays at $42 since before it was listed as $53.

A real shame RightStuf started a Section23/Sentai sale today as I already made my last order of the year with the FUNi sale. On that note, they sent me the yet-to-be-released Tenchi Universe and Hellsing Ultimate Part 1 and I should have them by tomorrow. I'll work in getting them watched and post reviews by their release dates.

sora_thekey moderator on Oct. 12, 2012 at 4:48 a.m.

@Petiew said:

English only? I know its a kids show, but the Digimon English dub is terrible.

I disagree... I think 20th Century Fox (Remember Fox Kids!?) really went all out to make a great dub for the first two series. It wasn't until after Adventure Two that the quality of the English work fell.

takashichea moderator is online on Oct. 12, 2012 at 4:52 a.m.

I haven't watch Digimon in Japanese, but the nostalgia of watching it on Fox Kids makes me want to watch it again. I probably pick up the quality since I didn't care about acting quality when I was a kid.

Petiewon Oct. 14, 2012 at 7:14 a.m.
@sora_thekey: I loved it at the time, but I rewatched an episode and was cringing every few minutes. The majority of the dialogue gets replaced with jokes and puns, and all of the music is changed for the worse.
It's still a kids show so I don't need it to be super serious, but I feel they really ruined a lot of character moments.
 
Just my opinion though, but I really prefer the Japanese version.
sora_thekey moderator on Oct. 14, 2012 at 2:47 p.m.

@Petiew: I sort of enjoyed those changes... I consider them cultural adaptations. Either way, we can probably both agree that Digimon is awesome.

Petiewon Oct. 15, 2012 at 5:58 p.m.
@sora_thekey: Fair enough! I haven't really been able to get into the later series unfortunately. Any personal favourites that aired after Tamers?
sora_thekey moderator on Oct. 15, 2012 at 6:16 p.m.

@Petiew: Well, with the recent announcement of the distributor rights of the franchise I'm not sure what we'll get. Just Digimon: Fusion. Check out the article on the front page.

Pokemon Black and White Looks Delicious in Motion

First video of a Pokemon battle in Black and White.

Comment & Win: One Piece Vol. 52, 53

Time for a giveaway folks! Now, act civil, we don't want anyone to get hurt in the mad rush to win.

Beginner's Guide to FLCL

Gainax's madcap, surrealist anime, broken down for new viewers.

Ballz Deep

Steve gets intimately close to Dragon Ball Z, for science!

Top 3 Awful Anime Dubs

Grit your teeth and get your ear plugs ready cause this week we're taking on the three most amazingly bad dubs of all time!

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The Lamest JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Episode

STARDUST CRUSADERS #24 -- Watch & Learn. Fiiiiiiiiller!

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Seriously Tries to Sell You "Mecha Naruto?"

Episode #376+377. A two-part infomercial?

HUNTER X HUNTER #147 -- Special Review

Don't cry now, Killua. I'm sure you'll see Gon again soon.

ONE PIECE #661 -- Special Review

Wow... how much money did they add to the animation budget?

NARUTO Ch. 692 Review

Um,...can I have Obito back now, please?

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY... the Anime?

DISC WARS is like... "POKEMON versus Marvel."

Anime Caption Contest! -- 9/16/14

To celebrate Sailor Moon Crystal, get a dose of Magical Girl Madness!

Anime Caption Contest! -- 9/16/14

To celebrate Sailor Moon Crystal, get a dose of Magical Girl Madness!

ONE PIECE #661 -- Special Review

Wow... how much money did they add to the animation budget?

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY... the Anime?

DISC WARS is like... "POKEMON versus Marvel."

The Lamest JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Episode

STARDUST CRUSADERS #24 -- Watch & Learn. Fiiiiiiiiller!

NARUTO Ch. 692 Review

Um,...can I have Obito back now, please?

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Seriously Tries to Sell You "Mecha Naruto?"

Episode #376+377. A two-part infomercial?

HUNTER X HUNTER #147 -- Special Review

Don't cry now, Killua. I'm sure you'll see Gon again soon.

Comparing DRAGON BALL to JOJO's BIZARRE ADVENTURE

#17-18-- Retro Review. It all comes down to team dynamics...

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