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Vol 1 Cover
Vol 1 Cover

Aniplex of America announced at its New York Comic Con panel on Friday that Madoka Magica will be release on to DVD and Blu-ray starting on February 14 2012 for the first volume, the second volume will follow on April 10, and the third volume will ship on June 12.

Along with the regular editions, there will be a limited edition that will come with the original sound track, 24-page booklet, a double-sided poster, a Kyubey sticker, collectible postcards, a trailer collection, and credit-less opening and ending animation footage.

Also the first 3 cast members have been announced. Christine Marie Cabanos, who is known for voicing Azusa Nakano from K-on!, as Madoka, Cassandra Lee, known to voice Ritsu Tainaka from K-on!, as Kyubey, and Sarah Williams as Sayaka who is relatively new.

It'll be interesting to hear Chistine's performance as Madoka after doing a good job as Azusa and Cassandra is very fitting as Kyubey. As for Sarah, I have yet to hear her performance but we'll have to wait and see.

Source: http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2011-10-14/madoka-magica-to-get-english-bds-starting-february-14

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Thats right Chie, this episode was even better! You also get to have some beef!
Thats right Chie, this episode was even better! You also get to have some beef!

Most of us agree that the first episode had some pacing issues that skipped all of the build up. However, episode 2 definitely makes it up for it with our focus on both the inner workings of the TV world and Yousuke’s other self. While the show does move at a fast pace it should be noted that the events that they used, like the scene with the stalker talking to Yukiko or the talk at the end with Yousuke and Yu willing to solve what is going on, makes the show flow better. There were some interesting use of details with Yousuke’s other self scene like the video of the Junes workers and Saki’s confession that help push the fact of Yousuke’s problems that wasn’t shown in the game. Despite one of the animators complaint on twitter, the show still look great and the battle scene with Izanagi and Shadow Yousuke was really well choreograph. It also should be noted that Yu was a lot more talkative and more forward than before, guess that point of courage has helped out. This weeks episode also features the real Opening and Ending. The opening offers interesting visuals and concepts of the series using imagery and styles along with some funky music. The Ending may be a bit simple with Yu standing in a circle of cards and a more slow pacing music but it works for what is trying to do. Our first two members of our yet to be call investigation team has formed and now it is time to go deeper in to the TV land as the next episode shows that Yukiko’s and Chie’s problems will manifest themselves soon. Investigation team, GO.

Hightlights

The key to everything
The key to everything
You're a real creep kid
You're a real creep kid
"Put the head back on the thing!" - Jeff
"Put the head back on the thing!" - Jeff
Hey there Yu, isn't it a little too soon for that?
Hey there Yu, isn't it a little too soon for that?
Falcon punch!
Falcon punch!
Sup, here to join the party
Sup, here to join the party
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And so it begins
And so it begins

Video game adoptions are almost always bad due to the studio taking their own twist on the story, taking shortcuts with the production, or just plainly getting things wrong. This applies with anime adopts of video games too. However, over the years some studios are able to get it right and make a show that is not only faithful to the source material but a great show in general. That is what studio AIC ASTA and Aniplex is trying to do with Persona 4 Animation, adoption of one of the best JRPGs from 2009 and still holds a place in most peoples hearts here in Giant bomb. There is a lot of things going for this adoption and I will cover each episode to see how it holds up.

The episode pretty much started off like the game with Yu Narukami (Charlie Tunoku) going about his day in Inaba, going to school, hanging out with Chie and Yosuke, and getting super powers. You know, the usual stuff. The interesting part about the anime when compare to the game is how it is paced. It skip past a lot of build up and heads straight to points in to the story that matter. At times it feels a bit rushed in places but overall its fitting for a series that will run for 25 minutes. Another interesting concept they used in the show was the transition from the game like the calendar and the TV screen. Not only does it remind fans of the game but also a smart way to move the show along and cut to commercial breaks (May be more apparent on Hulu where there are commercials). The last thing that does stick out to fans is the event that Yu gets his Persona, which is much early than in the game. However, it may just be a good idea for Yu to get it early due to the length of time in the episode and leaves us with a good end and set up.

Visually, the show looks glorious with lots of contrast, shading, lighting, and designs. Animation is pretty well done with lots of movements and expression from characters. Music is pretty the game music which are still good and placed in appropriate moments. While those who only listen to the English voices of the characters, it may be a bit hard to get use to the Japanese voices. However, they still do a good job. Yui Horie and Showtaro Morikubo give Chie and Yosuke lots of energy in their performance and while not having a lot of lines, Daisuke Namikawa does a good job as Yu and hopefully does talk a lot more. So far the anime is shaping up to be pretty good but there still more episodes to come and I will continue to cover it. Now if you excuse me, I'll be heading in to the meat dimension. Investigation Team, GO!

Hightlights

Always be creepy, Igor
Always be creepy, Igor
I wonder how long he'll increase his stats?
I wonder how long he'll increase his stats?
Don't mess with Yu (Charlie)
Don't mess with Yu (Charlie)
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And so a new season begins and so does my journey to watch them. As usual I will get a first impression on the first episode of the show and will only watch series that are newly adoptions and not sequels of a show. Keep in mind that this isn’t a full judgment of the series as a whole and only me writing my thoughts down on whether or not the show has potential. So let get started.

Fate/Zero

A prequel to Fate/Stay Night takes us back to the 4th Holy Grail war and the possible events that are set up for the 5th war. The first episode showcases the world of wizards, the motivations that are driving our Master characters, and the conflicts that will come. Even the servants, who are said to be only tools for the masters, are also conflicted with problems of their own. The whole 1 hour long episode is pretty much a huge set up to what to come since not a single moment had action in it. Despite being a prequel, some information may not be understood by new comers but it is a better introduction to the Fate series than Fate/Stay Night. Visuals are pretty incredible with lots of dynamic lightning, bright colors, and designs. So far animation is pretty well done but conceding that most of the episode did not have any real action scenes it little had to judge the whole quality of it. Fate/Zero is shaping up to be an interesting show, both for fans and new comers.

You can find Fate/Zero on NicoNico

Maji de Watashi ni Koi Shinasai!!

An adult visual novels adaption, sounds great. Yeah, after hearing and watching the show I can confirm that it isn’t anything to write home about. The interesting part that I can find is the female cast are descendants of warriors. In fact the whole school of Kawakami City is famous for its strong dedication of warriors and hold fights to test ones warrior's spirit. This factors in with a group of friends sticking together to fight a new challenger. Sadly it’s hard to watch these fights since the quality of the animation is below average. Visuals are also kinda bland with lot of flat designs and poor coloring. Characters are pretty genetic with the usual archetype of these adult visual novels. I would like to note that this first episode had hardly any fan-service but I don’t expect it to back away from that in the near future. Overall, nothing special and may not hold as the season goes on.

C³ -C Cube-

A “Cursed tools” known as “Worse” contain huge amounts of negative emotions that can manifest into a human consciousness. If allowed to amass more negative feelings, the Worse can become a demon and curse its owner and everyone around him. Sounds interesting but it kinda dismissed when these evil objects turn in to cute young girls. With a few panty shots in the first episode I question if this show was set up for anything besides Fear Kubrick (Tamura Yukari) fooling around with a vacuum cleaner. The first episode only look like an usual comady with a few breast jokes and some silly moments. However, the show promises a lot more conflict with fallen “Worse” that fail to be in control and a organizations that are against these cursed objects. Also the visuals are just stunning with interesting use of abstract coloring and shading. It expected since it is from SILVER LINK, who done BakaTest. I can’t speak too much if this show will go anywhere but I will say that this wasn’t a good first impression.

Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon

A light novel-based anime that’s been said to be “impossible” to adapt. Sound like when they said the the Watchmen could be a movie. Unlike the Watchmen movie, which I found to be a good adapt, Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon does look too good which I question if the novel was any good at all? The idea is that in the future people left earth and lived in a place called “Tenjo”. However, war broke out and many return to earth where most places are inhabitable except Shinshu area. Since it can’t hold too many people, they form "Juso Sekai", a parallel world and start to rebuild Tenjo using reproduction of the history from B.C. 10,000. When the reproduction proceeds to A.D. 1413, a war breaks out in Shinshu and Juso Sekai falls onto the original world. From there the People in Shinshu surrender and the land is divided by the invaders from Juso Sekai. However, when they tried to reproduction of history again, a rumor of apocalypse begins to spread the world. Interesting concept but the first episode doesn't really go in to any of this and instead what we got is poor fight scenes, girls in skintight clothing, very bad humor, and characters lacking any intelligences. Visuals are pretty bland and while animation is actually pretty good, even in the fight scenes, the designs look really off. A very bad first impression of something that may lead in to something deep but I just can’t see that happening.

HUNTER x HUNTER

Watching HUNTER x HUNTER reminds me of my Saturday morning animes of simple story-lines, lots of high flying action, and funny characters. It also something I’m too old for and in a way makes it little hard to enjoy since it is targeted to people younger than me. Despite that it is a well made show with a briskly paced, a nice coming of age story, nice visuals, and a colorful cast of characters. While it isn’t for me anymore, it is a perfect show for a more younger audience.

You can find HUNTER x HUNTER on CrunchyRoll

Highlights

"Are you my master?" never change Saber :D
"Are you my master?" never change Saber :D
Want a soda from a robot?
Want a soda from a robot?
Will we ever solve this rubix cube?
Will we ever solve this rubix cube?
Yeah, why don't you push your breast up lady!
Yeah, why don't you push your breast up lady!
Thats a nice hat kid.
Thats a nice hat kid.
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Its been a while since I done one of these but I felt that Katanagatari Vol 1 deserves a mentioning as it is one of the most beautiful Bluray/DVD sets I seen.  
*Note: My impressions will be of the presentation and not of the anime itself* 
  


Lets begin with the gorgeous outer cover, where each inch of it is surrounded with designs, colors, and style. Red clouds fill the air with other recognizable Japanese designs like Torii, flowers, and birds. All of these designs surround our characters as they pose. The DVD cover contain Shichika and Togame posing in different ways and in different backgrounds. Both covers also fill with lots of designs and colors. The DVD and bluray disc themselves are decorated with the leaf symbol that represent Shichika and are in different colors for disc 1 and 2. Last the art book is packed with summarizes of the episodes in this volume, a few poems from the show, art works, and a glossary of some words that have a deeper meaning in them that wouldn't be explained in the show.  
 
This is a impressive package that best represent the series itself. I highly recommend anyone, curious people or fans of series, to buy this work of art. Good job NIS America.
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