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Sotyfan16's Dunce Caps inspired to get off my duff and see what this whole YouTube vlog thing was all about.  Considering that I edit videos for a living, have all the software I'd need and have webcams and digital cameras, this was pretty long over due.  I'm only what, 5 or so years late to the whole YouTube thing?  Anyways, a lot of stuff came out that I wanted this month and had been anticipating for a while.  With no further delay...
  
  
Wow @ how hellacious it is to do uploads on YouTube.  Safari couldn't do it period, Firefox on the Mac froze up at 71%, Chrome told me it would take 65 minutes (Ff said the same thing) then 30 minutes later it said it'd take 300 minutes.  Finally, I figured out that using Java upload via Chrome would give me Ff speeds without Ff freezing.  Anyways, here's a text/picture version of it:

Wagnaria!!


Wagnaria!!
Wagnaria!!


Wagnaria!!
Wagnaria!!
This is a really nice set.  The book is pretty great and I love the case.  It's built like a tank.
 

Evangelion 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance

Evangelion 2.22 - Inner
Evangelion 2.22 - Inner

Evangelion 2.22 - Outer
Evangelion 2.22 - Outer
My package came in crap condition but assuming that it hadn't, this would be a nice set for a Funimation release.  Fold out slipsleeve, stuff inside that case that actually pertains to the series and isn't just fliers, and bonus content that's way better than just commercials for other shows.

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt vol 4 

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt vol 4
Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt vol 4
This one came with a soundtrack as a bonus item, which was pretty kick ass.  It's got the best version of Juice (no moaning), shortened versions of other songs, and a few unreleased tracks.
 

Katanagatari vol 12


Katanagatari vol 12
Katanagatari vol 12

Katanagatari vol 12
Katanagatari vol 12
Unless they do an OVA, this is the final Katanagatari purchase I'll be making until it's released in the US.  The final volume came in a huge box that accommodates the previous two releases and is really nice.
 

Kanokon

Kanokon
Kanokon
An extremely barebones release but it came out at an extremely barebones price so I'm satisfied.
 

Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs


Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs
Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs
52 episodes, 6 DVDs and picture quality that upscales well.  This was one of my favorite cartoons as a kid and I'm really happy that I now own it.  No complaints from me at all.
 

Collection So Far


Complete Collection (3/28/2011)
Complete Collection (3/28/2011)
It looks like I'm going to have to move my videogames to my mantle pretty soon.  Ahh, I remember back when all I had was Spriggan, the Evangelion tv series, and a fistful of dreams and a wallet full of nothing to fuel my collection.  All of the titles should be on this list.
 

Next Month

I can't think of anything that I'm looking forward to next month and with Katanagatari coming to an end, I can use that extra $$$ to catch back up on School Days and buy the next Panty & Stocking disc.  If memory serves correct, that volume should have the beach episode and Stocking's fiancee episode, two of my favorites.  Who knows, I might even get back up to date with the Nana and Ichigo 100% manga.
 

About sickVisionz

Last entry: Anime Purchases for February
Last blog: A late introduction

-William Taylor ( sickvisionz ) is lazy by nature, procrastinator by trade.  You can also find him on Twitter @mrsickvisionz and check out what he does while procrastinating at Flights of Fancy.
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It's a little bit over a year overdue, but better late than never right?
 

My Life in Anime

Well, I’m a long time nerd and anime fan.  I’ve been watching anime since before I even knew it was anime with shows like Transformers, Voltron, Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs and Samurai Pizza Cats.  I seriously got into it during my first year of college when a roommate invited me to go see Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust at our school’s movie theater.

My father once told me that everyone enjoys music and and you can always find at least one band in any genre that you can relate to and enjoy.  Because of that, music is the ultimate conversation starter and you should at least check out every genre.  I’ve taken that same openness to anime and other things in life.  My tastes in anime are all over the place, as you can see in my watched anime list on AnimeVice, and while I don’t like every series in every genre, I enjoy content in every genre.

My Life in Music

Music was and still is a huge part of my life.  My mother was a music teacher so I grew up around instruments and was constantly getting dragged to workshops, choir rehearsals and equipment demonstrations all throughout my life.  My father, as you can probably tell, was deep into consuming music, which had a major impact on me as well.  Like anime, I can usually find at least one group in any genre to enjoy.

Around high school, I started making my own music (hip-hop) and over the years met and worked with a lot of artists and labels.  The one that I put in the most work with would be Digital Atlanta and L Dash (a member of Digital Atlanta, along with Trevis T).  The two of us were actually roommates at one time and all in all we’ve recorded a crap ton of content.  Ultimately, I wasn’t able to make a career out of it, but the experiences of local touring, being treated like royalty at clubs, grinding one 14 hour sessions, and all of that good stuff are experiences that I’ll never forget and wouldn’t trade for the world.  Plus, I still do music for fun when I’m the mood for it.

 

My Life in Everything Else

I’ve got a Bachelor’s degree in Managerial Science with a focus in Human Resource Management but right now I do freelance video editing for the DeKalb County School System.  Haha, it’s crazy and unconnected, but that’s life for you.  I think I’ll always be involved with something creative and artistic no matter where I’m at in my life.

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In a press release from March 24th, Sentai Filmworks announced that they've licensed the 2010 anime series Angel Beats! for release on BD and DVD: 

Sentai Filmworks  today announced its acquisition of Japan’s white-hot anime series, ANGEL BEATS.   A multi-media mega-franchise with two manga, a series of illustrated short stories and two internet radio shows, each new volume of ANGEL BEATS has consistently ranked in the top three nationwide bestselling Blu-Ray releases in Japan.   Now the series is coming to the U.S. on both DVD and Blu-Ray.   Both releases will include an all new English dub, with the first episodes of the dub set to premiere at Anime Boston.

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For the record, Anime Boston takes place from April 22-24. 
 
I'm pretty excited about this.  Angel Beats was one of my favorites from 2010 and the news of it being picked up so quickly, is getting a dub and Blu-ray release is music to my ears.  What do you all think? 
    
 Woo hoo for school girls, rock-n-roll, and guns!
 Woo hoo for school girls, rock-n-roll, and guns!

Angel Beats on AV

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Taking an idea from my fellow Vicer  JJOR64 and his  Super Duper Mini Reviews , I decided to try my hand at chronicling the anime that I watch throughout the week with a small write up.  These won't really be a review of the episode though, just a super short summary and things that I liked or disliked and special recognitions at the end.
 

Overview

I took a week off last week due to the Tsunami and this week, well I haven't watched any anime.  I was bored on Saturday and decided to use a random number generator to tell my what I should watch from my Netflix queue.  It ended up choosing the BBC version of Skins, which I immediately fell in love with and have spent the last 5 days powering through (currently midway through season 4).  I'll probably break the cycle on Thursday when I watch Naruto, which usually has a way of pulling me out of non-anime watching slumps. 

WARNING SPOILERS BELOW
  

Sunday (3/6)

Rio - Rainbow Gate #8

Summary

Rio defeats King in the battle to save Rina, but is forced to fight a new opponent who reveals a startling secret that shakes Rio to her core.

Pros
  • King ended up being a complete idiot, which was great.
  • Watching Jack and Linda play Star Force was pretty cool.
  • The story that they came up Rina and Cartia actually wasn’t that bad and it had me interested.
  • Holy crap, card dealers are actually going to play a game of cards to determine the outcome of a Gate battle?!?!

Cons
  • This was the best episode yet, no complaints from me.

Random
  • I’ve got a really bad feeling that the next episode will undo this whole storyline and make it some tragic misunderstanding that will corrected end in rainbows, lollipops and sunshine.

I wonder is she's actually poor and only owns one dress or is rich and owns like 20 of these identical dresses...
I wonder is she's actually poor and only owns one dress or is rich and owns like 20 of these identical dresses...


Tuesday

Dragon Crisis! #9

Summary 

Ai and Misaki stop by Ryuji’s apartment to drop of some treats but end up getting trapped in a Cursed Precious along with Eriko and Rose.  With some assistance from Bianca, Ryuji works hard to find a way to get them out.

Pros
  • I enjoyed the cheesy horror movie aspects.
  • Rose’s truth scene was cute.
  • The axe murder had a cool look to him with the halfway sewed up mouth.
  • Yay, Ai is back and she they made her hmm.. I guess you’d call it awkward at being nice.

Cons
  • Seeing Ai beat the crap out of the bad for a few seconds made me want more of it.
  • The story really didn’t need yet another unrequited love interest.

Random
  • Seeing Ai fight the axe murderer reminded me of a Freddy movie where a martial artists beats him up.


Thursday

Naruto Shippuden #202

Summary 

Madara confront Naruto about how he turned Pain into traitor to the Akatsuki.  Back at the Five Kage Summit, Team Hawk begins their assault on anyone foolish enough to get in their way.

Pros
  • Wow, where to start?  My favorite arc of the series kicked off in grand fashion
  • Suigetsu gets some decent combat screen time.
  • Juugo goes psycho and puts up a fight.
  • Shee and Darui finally come into action and are pretty impressive
  • Sasuke is back to his days of, “If I’m in a chapter/episode, someone is probably getting their ass beat” ways.
  • Some nice animation here and there.
  • Samurai get sliced up.
  • Danzo real talks everyone in a “the ends justify the means” type of way.
  • The Raikage is awesome.
  • I loved how everyone seemed prepped for Madara and as soon as he showed up it was instant clone, rasengan, wood jutsu, and Raikiri/Chidori

Cons
  • It ended

Saturday

Paniponi Dash #26

Summary

Class 1-C's air conditioner is on the fritz and the students try to find ways to stay cool.

Pros
  • The Little Red Riding Hood gone sci-fi hand puppet play was awesome.
  • The action figure performance by Himeko where Becky was played by an Asuka Soryu doll had me laughing.
  • A lot of good moe and service shots, the most out of the entire series, which is a nice way to end things.
  • I love how nothing in this show is ever taken seriously and they are willing to do ANYTHING, logic be dammed, as long as they can spin a joke out of it.
  • Serizawa in a Cobra costume was a nice touch.

Cons
  • The only bone I have to pick with this episode, really every episode, is how low quality the animation is.
  • Well, with this the series is over and I have another void in laugh out loud anime schedule.

They reeeeeaaaaaaaally need to make another season of this.
They reeeeeaaaaaaaally need to make another season of this.



Rio - Rainbow Gate! #9

Summary

Rio struggles to overcome her loss against Rina.  Meanwhile, the Howard Resorts goes through a variety of changes and rebranding under Cartia’s administration

Pros
  • Super goofs Elvis and Orlin made their return.
  • Seeing the owner dressed like a court jester was pretty funny
  • They’ve yet to undue the reveal of Rio’s mom getting around

Cons
  • Everything felt a little meh after the previous episode’s events.


Sunday (3/13)

Mitsudomoe #8

Summary

Yabecchi and Hitoha attend an autograph session with the Pink Gachi Ranger, the 6th graders participate in field day, Hitoha cons a slick talking sweet potato salesman and Soujirou reminisces about the past.

Pros
  • The field day shenanigans were funny and I liked how they found a way to work in everyone’s quirks
  • Soujirou’s flashback was cute
  • I lol’d everytime that the sweet potato guy sang his song

Con
  • And with this, one of my favorite comedy series comes to a close and now I have a void of it in my weekly watching habits.


Lucky Star #1

Summary
Sit around and discuss a variety of topics from eating pasteries to the flu.
Pros
  • The show is very cute
  • The omake section was hilarious
  • I like how it’s aware of anime and its tropes

Cons
  • The first 10-15 minutes are completely joke/gag free
  • Not counting the omake, I think I chuckled maybe three times in the entire episode
  • It’s almost like the “humor” in LS is supposed to be how not funny it is and how the show rarely ever attempts to be funny.

Random
  • I’m not sure how far I will go with this.  I’d always heard that this was similar to Paniponi Dash and Hayate no Gotoku, but I don’t see it at all outside of minor things like all three being anime that take place in high schools and have girls in them... which would make Evangelion and Bleach similar as well.


Thursday

Naruto Shippuden #203

Summary

Madara explains the history of the Uchiha clan to Naruto.  Back at the Five Kage Summit, Sasuke continues his battle against the Raikage but is interrupted by Gaara.

Pros
  • I always enjoy hearing the history of the Uchiha and Madara revealed some thing that hadn’t already been said.
  • The things that happened during Sasuke’s fight were interesting.

Cons
  • The animation quality went back down to standard Shippuden levels and nothing in the fights looked as good as even the mundane parts of last week’s episode.

Random
  • I noticed in the preview that they’ve changed the Mizukage’s powers to look like mist and magma.  My inner perv is a little upset that it no longer looks like the manga where she vomits up a room-filling amount of a creamy, white substance.

Bleeding eyeballs: always a sign that something awesome just happened or is about to
Bleeding eyeballs: always a sign that something awesome just happened or is about to

Awards and Honors

Paniponi Dash
Paniponi Dash
 

It's So Hard to Say Goodbye

It was between Mitsudomoe and Paniponi Dash, but Paniponi wins out on this one.  For 26 episodes Paniponi delivered some of the most nonsensical comedy I've seen since Animaniacs, perhaps even trumping that series, which is a feat.  Along with it's comedy it threw in healthy dosed of moe and goofy fanservice that always brought a smile to my face.  I hope and pray that they do a season 2 eventually.
    
Rio - Rainbow Gate #8
Rio - Rainbow Gate #8

Wasn't Expecting That 

Rio - Rainbow Gate has never really been a strong show when it comes to story.  It's never even tried to pass itself off of as that, which made this episode even more enjoyable than I expected going in.  The Back story of Rio, Rina and Cartia actually had me pretty interested.  On top of that, they didn't sacrifice all of the good things about the show to do it.  
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Taking an idea from my fellow Vicer JJOR64 and his Super Duper Mini Reviews , I decided to try my hand at chronicling the anime that I watch throughout the week with a small write up.  These won't really be a review of the episode though, just a super short summary and things that I liked or disliked and special recognitions at the end.
 

This Week's Overview

For reasons I can’t really explain, I didn’t feel like watching much of anything this week, be it anime or regular TV shows.  I was either doing video projects all day or playing Civ 5 all day.  Maybe Haruhi spoiled me or something.  Anyways, I made myself sit down on Friday and Saturday to watch a couple of shows and really enjoyed them.  Still, I don’t particularly want to watch anything else.

But meh, I’m rambling now.  Here’s this week’s stuff with a self-promise of closing the lid on Mitsudomoe 2, Pani Poni Dash (I only avoid them because I don't want to be able to say there's no more of them left to watch) and getting back on the ball with Wandering Son for next week.
 
WARNING SPOILERS BELOW

Sunday (2/27)

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya

Summary:  Haruhi disappears and it’s up to Kyon to figure out what’s going on..  
Pros
  • This was way more serious and dramatic than I thought it’d be, which I enjoyed immensely.
  • The film is visually striking.  The colors are super bright, the image is sharp and the attention to detail in the animation is flat out amazing at times.  This is hands down the best HD animation I've seen.
  • Despite being almost 3 hours, it never bores or made me look at my watch.
  • The score is pretty nice.
  • The story is really good
Cons
  • Super minor quibble, but I’m always a little bummed when something has the potential to end in tragedy but turns out happy and perfect.
Random
  • This might have been my imagination, but it seemed like Kyon and Nagato could have gotten it on had he not left her apartment.
  • I'm a bit perplexed as to why Kyon chose SOS Brigade with potential to have the universe destroyed rather than SOS Brigade, passive freak Nagato and no potential to have the universe destroyed.

 They're making these captions  too easy...
 They're making these captions too easy...

Friday

Naruto Shippuden #201

Summary:  Tensions rise at the Five Hokage Summit when Danzo comes under suspicion of manipulating Mifune, the mediator.  Back in Konoha, Shikamaru and Sai confront Sakura about what has to be done concerning Sasuke.
Pros
  • Sai’s confrontation with Sakura came off a lot better than it did in the manga
  • More Danzo = more good
  • The Raikage going berserk over Danzo being selected was pretty fun to watch
  • Mifune going one-by-one and real talking the Kages about why none of them should be leaders was great
  • Zetsu’s arrival at the meeting was one of the better surprise appearances I’ve seen.  I've never cared for him but this scene puts him up there for me
  • There were a lot of nice angles all throughout the dramatic scenes of the episode and I like that people are trying to make things look nice and taking their time to frame a shot
  • The final shot of Madara visiting Naruto was a great ender.
Cons
  • There were a lot of flashbacks.  None of them lasted very long and they all were appropriate so it wasn’t annoying, but there were a lot of them.
Random
  • This has nothing to do with this episode, but it looks like the part I’ve been waiting  well over a year for is about kick off in the next episode.

I like how Danzo's crew is the only one to get a decapitated shot.
I like how Danzo's crew is the only one to get a decapitated shot.

Saturday

Dragon Crisis! #8

Summary:  A member of the Society, Bianca Alexandra Lou, has come to evaluate Ryuji’s abilities as a Breaker.  During the combat portion of the testing, a golem goes berserk and it’s up to Rose and Ryuji to stop it.
Pros
  • Last week was a let down but this episode felt like they remembered that moe, fanservice and well animated violence are the cornerstones of the series
  • There was a nice and long fight scene during this episode
  • Ryuji getting chased through his school by a homing missile was ridiculous in all the right ways.
  • The return of the Aikawa twins and Misaki was a welcomed one
  • I like Bianca’s power armor outfit.
  • Masato being his usual self led funny moments with Bianca.
  • It seems like Bianca will be a regular character.
Cons
  • Bianca instantly moving in next door to Ryuji and them (would saying Ryuji-tachi be weaboian?) seemed a little out of the blue
  • Kai showed up but only for a few seconds.
Random
  • I’m wondering how many episodes this will go for.  It’s been episodic so far but it seems like they might be building to something.  If it’s a 13-ish episode series that might result in a pretty big shift in tone for the home stretch.  I’m interested in seeing how they handle this or if it even happens at all.

I've been waiting forever to see who this redhead is... now I know.
I've been waiting forever to see who this redhead is... now I know.

Awards and Recognition

 What happens when you flirt too much.
 What happens when you flirt too much.


You're Not as Suave as You Think

Masato Aikawa takes the cake on this one.  His flirting got him pummeled twice in this episode in grand fashion.  One even involved a power fist.  But hey, you've got to give him credit.  He takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'.  In real life he'd probably pull the most women if no other reason than he tries to pull the most women and eventually the math adds up.  On top of that, he has no real concept of she's out of your league.
 Disturbing on many levels.
 Disturbing on many levels.

Creepy Old Pedophile From the Family Guy Award

The last thing anyone wants to wake up to is some geriatric staring at him while he sleeps.  Madara definitely takes this one home for the week.  I don't remember 100%, but I think he actually just sat there and said, "I want to talk to you..."  Yeah, no thanks.
 I don't like to repeat images but...
 I don't like to repeat images but...

This Isn't What It Looks Like, but It Should Be

The first thing that came into my mind during this scene was whoa, it's goin' down.  This is what Kyon gave up when he reset the world back to lunacy rather than jumping down on Hinata-hot passive super freak Nagato.
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