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Aniplex is bringing the Kara no Kyoukai bluray box to the US!!! (see blog)
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Well, the moment I've been waiting 6 months for has finally arrived. This past Friday, my copy of the 空の境界: The Garden of Sinners bluray box set arrived at my home from RightStuf, and after some preparations (mostly involving a stop at the grocery store for Haagen Dazs and popcorn), I set out on a loooooong marathon. Life is good.
 
For those of you curious as to why on earth any sane man would spend the equivalent of a next-gen gaming console on seven and a half movies, this post is for you. 
 
First things first, upon opening the box that arrived in my mail, I was greeted by yet another (and much cooler looking) laptop-esque box:

 Unseen: on the top it even has a little plastic handle for easy carrying
 Unseen: on the top it even has a little plastic handle for easy carrying

You know you're getting a fancy product when even the cosmetic box has a fancy box for it :D
Upon opening the second box pizza-style, I was greeted finally with the beautiful cosmetic case
 
On the left: English Translation booklet of the artbook's text (comes with it if you ordered this through Rightstuf)
On the left: English Translation booklet of the artbook's text (comes with it if you ordered this through Rightstuf)
The jet black material of the box has the fancy psuedo-leather texture usually found on extremely high quality parchment, and all text is written in silver.
There's a ribbon attached to both sides of the door of the cosmetic box so you can tie it shut if you wish for display reasons I guess...
 
Moving on, when you open the main box...
 


...the series logo and chapter subtitle names are written in silver on the left, and both the visual artbook and bluray disc binder are in a compartment on the right.

 
Here's what the visual artbook and bluray disc binder's exteriors look like. The bluray's is blue and the artbook is red. The material they're covered in is a very soft felt material.... rather cool to touch.
 

 Random page of the artbook. This is a snippet of the interview with Nasu, Takeuchi, and Sakamoto.
 Random page of the artbook. This is a snippet of the interview with Nasu, Takeuchi, and Sakamoto.

 The Bluray discs themselves... all glorious 8 of them.
 The Bluray discs themselves... all glorious 8 of them.
And that's what you get with the Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners Bluray box set. $400 of awesome and jaw dropping. All of the content on the discs is subtitled, and that goes for the extras disc as well. The 50 minute TV special on the bonus disc was particularly interesting since it gives a rather lengthy history on the creation of the franchise and talks about the movies' production.


All in all, if you're a Type Lunatic like me, this box set was made for you. Then again, if you're a Type Lunatic like me, you probably already bought one. Needless to say, the people that this is aimed at already know whether or not they want one.
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I would be lying if I said that upon seeing this glorious image of the series logo in modified for my native language didn't almost bring tears of joy to my eyes. Aniplex has answered my (and thousands of other Type Moon fans') prayers and will be bringing the Kara no Kyoukai bluray box set to US shores on February 8th, 2011.
 
Before I say anything else, let me state this very clearly: THIS BOX SET IS AIMED AT ALREADY EXISTING FANS OF THE SERIES. I don't mean to scare off potentially interested viewers, but one glance at the $400 USD pricetag and it's pretty evident. All 7 movies on bluray in 1080p with (proper) English subtitles, the new never before seen Epilogue OVA, the Seventh Heaven -Remix- Recap movie, an extensive artbook encompassing all of the key frame animations and much of the production art and interviews (for which the US release is coming with a translated into English version) - you are definitely getting a lot of bang for the buck, but if you aren't an absolute diehard fan of the series then this collection probably isn't for you.
 
 Needless to say, I am going to be putting forth my best effort to save up and buy this collection. 
   
Even if it means getting my hand cut off in the process...
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A few weeks back, I wrote about the release of the Rin Tohsaka Portraits Artbook. About a week and a half ago, my copy had come in, but due to my lack of free time to take pictures or do anything cool with it, I decided to hold off until I had some other key figures around (BADUMP Tsss...).
 
Today however, a certain little dude arrived in mail box, so today he's going to help me out.
 
 Shirou is pleased :D
 Shirou is pleased :D

 You better believe I concur! (About the first 20 pages were various artist renditions that were cool like this)
 You better believe I concur! (About the first 20 pages were various artist renditions that were cool like this)

 He even put on his winter gloves and scarf to try and be festive with them
 He even put on his winter gloves and scarf to try and be festive with them

 Closer towards the back, they included base character sketches for her different outfits... Why oh WHY do I find her wearing an apron to be so incredibly HOT!?
 Closer towards the back, they included base character sketches for her different outfits... Why oh WHY do I find her wearing an apron to be so incredibly HOT!?

 Hahaha, Taiga's wondering who that man standing behind Rin is (Archer).
 Hahaha, Taiga's wondering who that man standing behind Rin is (Archer).

 Rin and Archer&squot;s "Kaleido Shopping Corner"
 Rin and Archer's "Kaleido Shopping Corner"
And there's your quick preview of the Rin Tohsaka Portrait collection. Some of the art pieces towards the front are just criminally beautiful, but I'd rather not make this blog post any longer than it's going to be. Overall, I was extremely pleased, and they even included some pretty high grade post cards in the back (though I doubt anyone would ever use them as such).
 
Also, the same weekend that my Rin artbook arrived, I visited my local used books, movies, music, and games store, and I stumbled upon something quite amazing in the foreign language section. Now, typically the foreign language section almost always has some manga in its original Japanese, and once every blue moon they might have a series I might have some interest in reading, but I never EVER expected them to have something like a Fate/Stay Night Doujinshi Anthology!

 Even Shirou is deep in thought over the odds of finding such a treasure
 Even Shirou is deep in thought over the odds of finding such a treasure
As if there would be any doubt, I bought it up almost instantly (best $4 I've ever spent), and slowly but surely I've been working my way through translating it in some of my free time.
 
And finally, in the same package my Emiya Shirou figma came in, I also got a cool shirt modeled after Emiya's projection projection magic circuit (the same one that I'm using for my background here).

 (took the photo in the mirror, thus why it's backwards)
 (took the photo in the mirror, thus why it's backwards)
The best part? On the back it says "Trace On."
Talk about an awesome undercover otaku shirt. :D
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First let me say, Wow. Second, let me say thank you to Agent Lost on the Anime Vice IRC for showing me this beautiful masterpiece of sculpted PVC. It's probably one of the greatest Rin Tohsaka figures I've ever laid eyes upon, and believe me, I am hyped. I looked into it, and the wonderful folks over at AkibaHobby.net have recently posted a figure photobook from Tokyo Anime Fair 2010. Of the several new wonderful works by Good Smile Company, I am definitely going to allocate funds for a preorder on this once they start taking them.
 


Delicious            ZR, no other fanservice compares.
Delicious ZR, no other fanservice compares.
They're also working on a new 1/7th scale Saber Alter, and they have the finished version of the new Hitagi Senjougahara figure we saw earlier this year at Wonfes. Feel free to check them all out yourself so you know what to save your money for:
 
On another note, I finally decided to buy the Emiya Shirou figma that I had been looking at from AmiAmi's English site. I also bought the "Trace on" circuit t-shirt that any Fate/Stay Night fan would recognize almost instantly.
  
AmiAmi's 50% off all shipping including international EMS and SAL sale is still going on for another 3 days, so if any of you are looking at buying figures or character goods, I highly recommend capitalizing on that now since their prices are pretty nice and half off shipping is difficult to beat.
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This movie will have everything you are looking for and more.

ACTION!

          



GRIT!

  



ROMANCE!

  



*** THREE TIMES YOUR ANNUAL RECOMMENDED VALUE OF MANLINESS!! ***

  



  

SHARP METAL DEATH FROM THE SKY!



And last but not least,

RIN! (Complete with Fanservice!)


                

 
And that, my friends is why Gekijouban Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works will be the single greatest movie you will see from the year 2010.
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