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AV MOD MATERIAL: Quick Picks - - January 2013 - - Part 1 (of 2)

Turns out a good week's worth of stuff came out for most of January. Find out what it got in store as Vice users Bigheart711 and Takashichea break it all down!

School has been kicking our butts but we pulled through with nearly a whole month of stuff (and three to pick from instead of one). A lot of promising stuff has been released, so let's talk about them a bit before going into the main course.

Bigheart's Picks

My first pick is Penguindrum since it's the most interesting show on my radar since I just finished watching Revolutionary Girl Utena. It's about a terminally ill gal that had her death reversed with a penguin hat and ends up helping her friends find a mysterious penguin drum in order to stay alive. The second is Ni No Kuni, which piqued my interest after hearing about it from my friends. The story sounds dark, but the gameplay looks very good. I hope to play it soon. My third will be the R.O.D. Artbook just because I like looking at pictures of Yomiko and Michelle the artwork of the franchise altogether.

Takashichea's Picks

My first pick would be Ultimo. It's a brilliant combination of Stan Lee and Hiroyuki Takei's style. I caught up to the series. Without spoiling y'all, I recommend this manga series if you enjoy mechs and time travel with a bit of bizarre humor. Then, my second pick would be Nagato Yuki-chan no Shoushitsu. Even though I haven't tried Haruhi Suzumiya or this spin-off, the romance premise plus the whole vanishing in the title makes it sound interesting. The third pick would be Toriko, another Shonen series I haven't tried. I want to see why people think it's the one that nabs the Holy Shonen Trinity title.

Now let's see what you all decide about any of this. What will you pick?

Anime Series

ImageTitle (Format)CompanySRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
Blood-C (Full Series DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack [Original and Limited Edition])FUNimationOriginal: $64.98
Limited Ed.: $69.98
Original: $55.23
Limited Ed.: $49.99
Original: $48.74
Limited Ed.: $41.99
1/22/2013
Bodacious Space Pirates (Part 1, DVD and Blu-Ray)Sentai FilmworksBD: $69.98
DVD: $59.98
BD: $51.99
DVD: $44.99
BD: $41.99
DVD: $35.99
1/7/2013
Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl (Full Series DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack, Premium Edition)NIS America$69.99$68.98$51.991/7/2013
Jubei-chan: The Ninja Girl (Full Series, DVD)Media Blasters$29.99$12.99$22.491/7/2013
Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion (Director's Cut of the Full Series, DVD and Blu-Ray)Sentai FilmworksBD: $39.98
DVD: $29.98
BD: $34.99
DVD: $24.99
BD: $23.99
DVD: $17.99
1/1/2013
Maria Watches Over Us(Season 3, DVD)Nozomi Entertainment$29.99N/A$22.491/8/2013
Mawaru Penguindrum (Part 1, Blu-Ray and DVD)Sentai FilmworksBD: $69.98
DVD: $59.98
BD: $59.48
DVD: $49.99
BD: $41.99
DVD: $35.99
12/31/2012
Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt (Full Series, Blu-Ray)FUNimation$69.98$59.99$41.991/15/2013
Persona 4: The Animation (Part 2, DVD and Blu-Ray)Sentai FilmworksBD: $59.98
DVD: $59.98
BD: $39.99
DVD: $39.99
BD: $35.99
DVD: $35.99
1/15/2013
Pokemon Black and White(Volume 2, DVD)Viz Media$19.99$14.99$17.991/21/2013
Qwaser of Stigmata (Part 1, DVD)Sentai Filmworks$49.98$42.48$29.9912/31/2012
Saiyuki Gaiden (Full Series, DVD)Sentai Filmworks$49.98$36.99$29.991/22/2013
Shakugan no Shana S (Full OVA, DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack)FUNimation$34.98$22.98$20.991/22/2013
Shakugan no Shana: The Movie(DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack)FUNimation$34.98$28.19$20.991/22/2013
Toriko (Part 1, DVD)FUNimation$39.98$24.99$23.991/8/2013

Manga Releases

ImageName & VolumePublisherSRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
21 Century Boys Vol. 1Viz Media$12.99$7.55$9.7401/15/13
Afterschool Charisma Vol. 7Viz Media$12.99$8.41$9.7401/15/13
Jormungand Vol. 10Viz Media$12.99$8.53$7.4901/15/13
Flowers of Evil Vol. 4Vertical$10.95$7.31$8.2101/15/13
Heart of Thomas Vol. 1Fantagraphics$39.99$25.35$29.9901/18/13
A Bride's Story Vol. 4Yen Press$16.99$10.72$12.7401/22/13
Black Butler Vol. 12Yen Press$11.99$9.05$8.9901/22/13
Black God Vol. 18Yen Press$12.99$9.55$9.7401/22/13
Bloody Monday Vol. 9Kodansha$10.99$8.43$8.2401/22/13
Genshiken Omnibus 3Kodansha Comics$19.99$11.26$14.9901/22/13
Miles Edgeworth Vol. 4Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.95$8.2401/22/13
Soul Eater Vol. 12Yen Press$11.99$7.89$8.9901/22/13
Nagato Yuki-Chan no ShoushitsuVol. 3Yen Press$11.99$9.59$8.9901/22/13
Limit Vol. 3Vertical$10.95$8.22$8.2101/22/13

Note: The Heart of Thomas was said to be released on January 5, but it was changed to January 18.

Video Games

ImageNameConsole(s)CompanySRPAmazon.comGameStop.comDownload StationRelease Date
Corpse Party: Book of ShadowsPlaystation Portable (PSN)
Playstation Vita (PSN)
5pb
XSEED Games
N/AN/AN/APSPN/PSVN: $19.991/15/2013
DmC: Devil May CryPlaystation 3
Xbox 360
PC
Capcom$59.99$59.99$59.99N/A1/15/2013
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White WitchPlaystation 3Namco Bandai
Level-5
Studio Ghibli
$59.99$59.96$59.99N/A1/22/2013

Other Merchandise

ImageNameItem TypePublisher/CompanySRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
Read or Die (R.O.D.): Official ArchiveArtbookUdon Entertainment$39.99$21.49$29.991/2/2013
Shining Hearts: Collection of Visual MaterialsArtbookUdon Entertainment$39.99$24.99$29.991/9/2013

Please look out for part 2, where the week of 1/29/13 will be covered!

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

Bigheart711: The anime fan beneath the blue roses! -- Twitter: @MasterMenos ~ Taka (takashichea), your friendly neighborhood wiki editor. -- Twitter: @Takashichea

Acura_Max moderator is online on Feb. 1, 2013 at 11:15 a.m.

I'm looking forward to picking up Ni No Kuni someday (when the price lowers). Even though the demo was pretty bad, I saw some potential for a good game. So far, the reviews are also looking good for Ni No Kuni and that warrants, for me at least, a look.

AgentJon Feb. 1, 2013 at 11:18 a.m.

My excitement for Fire Emblem this coming week knows no bounds. All the reviews I have read have been overwhelmingly positive.

AURON570on Feb. 1, 2013 at 11:40 a.m.

I'm interested in Bodacious Space Pirates to see why it got 7th place in Anime Vice's Top 20 Anime of 2012.

Otherwise, Mardock Scramble looks nice.

Marshal Victoryon Feb. 1, 2013 at 2:33 p.m.

Jubei-chan: The Ninja Girl hmm this wasnt half bad . mad house animation to.Maybe when its cheeper.

DmC Devil May Cry oddly getn high marks an pc version in reviews is one to play .yet http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/6765-DMC-Devil-May-Cry

takashichea moderator on Feb. 1, 2013 at 4:15 p.m.

@AgentJ:

BigHeart711 and I were about to put Fire Emblem Awakening for next week.

@Acura_Max:

I'm the same way when buying video games. I would love to try this one out.

@AURON570:

I'm curious, too. Well, I better try Bodacious Space Pirates.

On this list, I need to read Jormungand. I heard it's like Black Lagoon.

Aleashaon Feb. 2, 2013 at 5:05 a.m.

Excellent work and as always its amazing what you can accomplish. There are a few of these I might check out just have to look into them a little more.

Blood-C is very bloody I don't think I have ever seen a more bloody anime in fact don't get me wrong im sure they exist I just haven't seen them. =) It was still good and if you like to be surprised with some crazy twists than its definitely a good one although the twists don't come in tell a little later in the series.

sora_thekey moderator on Feb. 4, 2013 at 2:57 p.m.

Nothing for me this week but I like the new banner!

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!

RAGE OF BAHAMUT #9+10 -- Watch & Learn

She's actually supposed to be Joan of Arc...?!?!

Anime Caption Contest -- 12/15/14

Tis the season to be jolly! Which of these Santas are good?

PARASYTE -- What if it Were More Like the Manga?

Wonder no more! There's a video!

THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA -- Movie Review

Truly one of Studio Ghibli's best films...

Gohan Gets A New Look in the Next DRAGON BALL Z Movie

Track suits are in next year!

Toei Redraws SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL?

They heard the fans!

DRAGON BALL -- Revisiting the Red Ribbon Army

I don't know if this show ever actually "matured."

PARASYTE - THE MAXIM #11 -- Watch & Learn

What're we gonna do when these freaks get organized?

Anime Caption Contest -- 12/15/14

Tis the season to be jolly! Which of these Santas are good?

Gohan Gets A New Look in the Next DRAGON BALL Z Movie

Track suits are in next year!

Toei Redraws SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL?

They heard the fans!

PARASYTE - THE MAXIM #11 -- Watch & Learn

What're we gonna do when these freaks get organized?

PARASYTE -- What if it Were More Like the Manga?

Wonder no more! There's a video!

THE TALE OF PRINCESS KAGUYA -- Movie Review

Truly one of Studio Ghibli's best films...

DRAGON BALL -- Revisiting the Red Ribbon Army

I don't know if this show ever actually "matured."

RAGE OF BAHAMUT #9+10 -- Watch & Learn

She's actually supposed to be Joan of Arc...?!?!

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