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With Deadman Wonderland finishing up its run on Toonami, Funimation has announced the next show on the 11:30 pm CT / 12:30 am ET docket. The 2004 series, Samurai 7, is next on the list. The show will begin on August 18th, 2012. The Studio Gonzo anime is based off the beloved 1954 Akira Kurosawa film, Seven Samurai. It's rather famous for it's $300,000 an episode budget. It also ran on the Funimation Network back in 2010. It also aired on IFC and Razer.

I am a fan of the series and use the videos below to get a general understanding of the show, before you watch it on Toonami.

Here's a synopsis for those who are new to Samurai 7.

From the wiki editors on Anime Vice.

Overview

Based on the classic film “7 Samurai” by Akira Kurosawa, Samurai 7 follows the story of 7 samurai warriors who are recruited by the priestess of the rice village to defeat the bandits known as the Nobuseri who steal their rice and kidnap their women and children.

The series has a very different style from the movie, adding mechas, robot samurais and futuristic elements to the story. Plus, the inclusion of 4 new characters.

Samurai 7 - Subtitled - Episode 1

Check out the first episode below in the original Japanese with English Subs provided by Funimation.

Seven Samurai (1954) trailer

The trailer for the 1954 Akira Kurosawa film.

JesuOtaku Anime Review - Samurai 7

The light-hearted and very in depth JesuOtaku video review.

Source:

http://www.funimation.com/samurai-7

http://www.funimation.com/rojas/blog/samurai-7-starting-on-toonami-august-18th/4606801

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Nothing to see here, move along.
Nothing to see here, move along.

After a full year wait, Strike Witches Season 2 is coming out on Blu-Ray/DVD Combo pack on October 2nd, 2012. Yep, that war on them pants, will continue. Yah, I wrote that, I'm not proud of it either.

The Blu-Ray/DVD Combo pack will contain 12 episodes from the 2nd season. (Episodes 13-24).

I did enjoy the first season for what it was and this appears to be more of the same, but this is being done by AIC and not GONZO.

You can watch the first and second season here - http://www.funimation.com/strike-witches

Funimation Series Synopsis:

The lovely ladies of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing are back to battle a new breed of alien invader! The extraterrestrial menace known as the Neuroi have returned to Earth, and even a direct hit won't stop these monsters. The Strike Witches are Earth's last line of defense, but they'll have to learn some new tricks to survive this dogfight - and win the war on pants once and for all!

http://www.funimation.com/rojas/blog/strike-witches-season-2-blu-ray-dvd-combo-available-october-2nd/4591781

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Deadman Wonderland - Hitting DVD 10-9-12

No HD for you.
No HD for you.

The trailer for Deadman Wonderland was just posted by Funimation. After it's mulitweek run on the new Toonami, the show has been met with some interesting reactions. The trailer does make is look great, but Funimation does know how to make a great trailer. Looks like no Blu-Ray will be released and it will be dvd only.

Here's a synopsis for those who are new to Deadman Wonderland. (Thanks, takashichea)

From the wiki editors on Anime Vice.

Overview

Deadman Wonderland (2011)
Deadman Wonderland (2011)

Deadman Wonderland is the first anime series based upon the Deadman Wonderland manga series that was created by Jinsei Kataoka, writer; and Kazuma Kondou, illustrator. It's produced by Manglobe. The anime is directed by Koichi Hatsumi, as his first lead directing role; and the script was written by Yasuyuki Muto. The music is composed by NARASAKI. The first episode debut in Japan on April 16, 2011. The anime contains graphic scenes of violence and use of blood. The series ran for a total of twelve episodes and the last one aired on July 3, 2011.

Episodes of the series were first simulcast on Crunchyroll with English sub-titles to western audiences. The licensing rights was then acquired by FUNimation Entertainment and would host the series on both HULUand YouTube. The English translation was composed by Matt Del Giudice.

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Persona 4 The Animation Vol. 4 DVD/BD (Feb 2012)
Persona 4 The Animation Vol. 4 DVD/BD (Feb 2012)

So anyone who's into anime on blu-ray, you know the truth. You maybe get half the stuff, that DVD does. The reason is the Yen to USD sucks, right now. Basically the Japanese license holder is afraid of reimportation of American Blu-rays into the Japanese market. Right now, America and Japan share the same region code with Blu-ray. So the other day, Sentai Filmworks announced that they are releasing Persona 4 the animation on Blu-Ray in English DUB only. It is 10 bucks cheaper, from $69.99 to $59.99. The DVD will have Subs and the Dub as well.

Is this the work around, that makes everyone happy? Does this solve the issue.

http://www.japanator.com/persona-4-animation-blu-ray-will-not-have-japanese-track-25105.phtml

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Oh, Otakon!

So after a multiple years absence, I decided to go back to Otakon. I find it difficult to write about conventions, you all know the drill.

Our Car Buddy in the parking lot.
Our Car Buddy in the parking lot.
  • Wait in Line, Check.
  • See a parade of people dressed as everything that been relevant in pop culture, since 1998, Check.
  • Feel old, Check.
  • Good Inappropriate Cosplay, Check (thank you Gainax).
  • Bad Inappropriate Cosplay, Check (Damn you Batman).

Maybe it's because I am older, but the realization hit me, this place has become anime nerd Disneyland and I need to respect that about the situation. Keep in mind, I have been completely out of the Anime con scene for several years, focusing more on Comic-con's, music showcases and gaming convention, but Otakon will always hold a special place in my heart, as my first convention and it will always have that homey nice feeling in my cold dead heart.

Bane
Bane

I also look at my situation, completely differently. When I was 19 running around Otakon with my friends, it was cosplay, watch the new stuff from the Japan on a big screen and buy everything we lusted for online, but were afraid to start a J-list account for. These were the days before a series came in a box set and you payed 30 Dollars for 4 episodes on DVD. When people talked about Fansubbing, but it was easier to go to the store and buy the disk then wait for it to download. Hell, Anime was on TV, a lot.

So now I am the old man at the convention. The funniest part to me is, I did not mind for a moment. When I was younger, the older guys at Otakon were splint into groups, the guys who like Gundam and the guys who did not like Gundam. Now, I couldn't tell you what anyone is really into and there something I did not expect, older woman. The girls who were into Love Hina and Azumanga Daioh grew up, big time and dare I say, for the better. They got smarter, had kids and became pretty chill adults, they also seem to really get into Yaoi, which is pretty cool.

I also love how it is now perfectly fine for a teenage girl to buy a Black Butler hug pillow. The stigma in the Baltimore Convention center is non-existent. My only complaint, is the guy, who is going to break into the anime industry. I was in line with way to many of these guys, who were telling me how they were going to make Anime or get a job at Funimation and they were trying to break in. In the back of my head, I kept thinking to myself, breaking into what? Yah, I write a blog here and there, but anime does not seem like a huge industry, right now. Don't get me wrong, follow you dream, break glass ceilings and don't let the old guy keep you down. Please though, Get Really Good At Japanese. I don't mind the spirit but also remember the social graces, that come with it as well, it's Otakon, not a job fair.

The biggest thing that I love about Otakon is how it is american otaku paradise. The only industry stuff is for the fans and there is no wheeling and dealing going on. My friend said it best, "I was sad to leave it and return to the real world". I am not going to get into reviewing the Con itself, I find doing stuff like that is not needed. I saw some cool panels, bought some PVC's, got some new blu-rays, took alot of pictures and had a great time.

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