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I got through all my PMs and Requests. Finish the wiki moderation. Going to write up today's report. Time to upload caps and work on weekly's manga releases. PM me if you need me.
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Welcome everyone to the first Supernatural reviews in this site! I'm doing this to promote the Movies & TV Club and keep the Screened spirit alive. We had a Supernatural discussion, but I wasn't so active due to Anime Vice projects and school. I'll try to keep the reviews on time if I can.

I'm a light reviewer because I believe it help boost the discussion if I just cover a few parts like the good, bad, and bizarre moments. That's my style.

I'll try to post this as regular thread, but I hit flood fail today.

Summary

Beware of Spoilers!

Season 10's first 2 episodes starts us off on three stories that overlap with each other. You got Dean living his life as a demon with Crowley, Sam searching for his brother, and Castiel trying to solve problems with Hannah on the angels.

Good

  • I love the three stories we had. Supernatural has such a big cast. It has potential for spin-offs and such, and we almost had a spin-off series. The way they spotlight the characters this time was great. It was great to see Hannah having character development. She contrasts Castiel because she is an Angel who doesn't understand humans. It resembles Castiel back then. It was intriguing.
  • Brotherly issues build the series. You can't have Supernatural without Dean and Sam arguing and fighting. This isn't too different. Used to be Sam being the antagonist. Now, it's Dean's turn. These brothers dream of a normal, peaceful life, but fate ties them in.
  • Metatron still poses a threat. He's nerdier than Crowley, but he plays a big role. Can't wait to see what he does this season.
  • We got a new character, Cole Trenton. Looking forward to his backstory. Still don't know why Dean killed his father. I assume his father was a human who got turned into a monster back then.

Bad

Well, I don't have one. I'm pretty lax reviewer. If I try to pick something bad, I might enjoy things less. I do notice when folks become over analytical in anime and manga, they won't be satisfied with new shows because all anime and manga recycle tropes and cliches. I do pick out things that are annoying for the bad section. This time, I don't recall any.

Let me know if you have one.

Best Moments

  • Dean singing songs such as Heartbreaker, Imaginary Lover, and I'm too. I remember I first heard I'm too song on a NewGrounds parody video of Kakashi.
  • Crowley holding a picture of Dean and himself smiling with the song, Lonely Girl, playing in the background. It's one of those things that make Crowley one of the best characters for me personally. He got style.

Overall, this season is looking great. Hopefully, Supernatural keeps Hannah. I haven't seen a lot of female angels nowadays. Naomi was a great character who was brutal, but she has her good side. I love the show ever since I got into season 4. I did backtrack to see the other seasons by hitting the public library and renting DVDs. Missed a few episodes here and there from season 4.

Here's the episode preview via CW:

Thank you everyone! I encourage folks to hit the TV club or start some reviews on shows.

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Welcome to this week's DVD/Blu-Ray releases! We are one week before Halloween. It's a bit short selection. I don't mind it because it usually takes 2 hours or less for DVD releases and usually 5 hours for manga releases.

Out of the 5 shows, I only have 2 familiar series and quick two cents on them.

  • Kill la Kill - One of most favorite anime series back in 2013. I admit it was overly hyped and overrated, but it was entertaining. It's not for everyone. If you don't like tons of fan service (this show does take it to extreme with the outfits and Gainax Bounce). If I had to criticize the show, it's that the series is a bit repetitive, and it was more exciting in the beginning than the end. You can bring up deep meanings about its fan service and feminism and red thread or not. This series has potential for it.
  • Sunday Without God - This one is a bit confusing for me to explain especially how the series ended. I did finish the series and will recommend trying the first 4 or 5 episode (the first arc) because it was the best part of the series for me personally because of a certain character who made the show for me, Hampnie. It's about how god abandoned the world, and the dead cannot be put to rest. You have dead people and living people. Not like zombies. Grave Keepers are there to help the dead be at peace. If you like the synopsis, give it a try.

Unfamiliar shows I would try, Bayonetta. I haven't played the game, but I'm interested in the film itself. Using hair as a weapon remind of a lot of anime characters such as Sunny and JasDevi.

I would love to hear your recommendations on these series. All comments are welcome. Thank you.

Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.

Sources

Notes

  • Bayonetta is only listed on Right Stuf.
  • Kill la Kill Volume 2 is listed on Right Stuf and ANN.

DVD and Blu Ray Releases

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate DVD/Blu-ray (Hyb)
  • Distributor: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $34.98

Twenty years after her awakening, Bayonetta is still searching for clues that could help unravel the mysteries of her dark past. Aided in her quest by the clandestine weapon smith Rodin - and his deadly creations: Scarborough Fair - Bayonetta continues to leave a trail of angel corpses in her wake. Her search for answers leads to encounters with a mysterious - and eerily familiar - little girl, a vengeance-obsessed journalist, and a deadly white-haired beauty that seems to know more about Bayonetta than the witch herself.

Special Features: Audio Commentary, Storyboards, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

A Letter to Momo (DVD)
  • Distributor: New Video Group
  • Suggested retail price: $19.97

The last time Momo saw her father, they had a fight. Now all she has left to remember him by is an incomplete letter penned with the words "Dear Momo," but nothing more. Moving with her mother to the remote Japanese island of Shio, Momo soon discovers three Yokai living in her attic, a trio of mischievous spirit creatures that only she can see and who create mayhem in the tiny seaside community as she tries desperately to keep them hidden. But these funny monsters have a serious side and may hold the key to helping Momo discover what her father had been trying to tell her.

Ghost in the Shell: Arise (Blu-Ray 1-2)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $39.98

This set contains Ghost in the Shell: Arise Borders 1 and 2 on Blu-ray and DVD!

Border 1: Ghost Pain

When cyborg hacker Motoko Kusanagi is hired to investigate a devastating bombing, she must fight her way through a maze of phantom memories to unlock her mysterious past – and track down the evil mastermind behind the attacks.

Border 2: Ghost Whispers

Witness the formation of the legendary Public Security Section 9. When a clandestine organization hacks every car in the city, Kusanagi recruits a lethal team of cyber operatives that includes a badass brawler with Special Forces training, an explosives expert, a technology specialist, and a chain-smoking jack-of-all-trades with a sordid past. Together this ruthless gang of enforcers sets out to clamp down on the chaos and make the city safe again.

Kill la Kill (Blu-Ray) or (DVD) Vol. 2
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $39.98 (DVD), $49.98 (Blu-Ray)

Ryuko Matoi spends her days battling student after student as they continue to aggressively confront her in hopes to raise their own status and living conditions as promised to them by Satsuki Kiryuin. In the midst of all the chaos, Uzu Sanageyama, one of the Elite Four, gets permission to face Ryuko in battle. He corners Ryuko with his super-human vision, but Ryuko manages to fight back! This leads Satsuki to resort to drastic measures as she declares to begin the great "Naturals Election," or "Battle Royale!!"

Now every student at Honnouji Academy must enter an unbelievable ceremony of destruction as they clash to survive for seven whole days to participate in "The King of the Hill Final Battle." There, Ryuko finally comes face-to-face with the formidable Ira Gamagoori!

Contains episodes 5-9. Special Features: Textless Opening & Ending, Web Version Previews. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles, Spanish subtitles.

Sunday Without God - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray) or (DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $69.98 (Blu-Ray), $59.98 (DVD)

Fifteen years ago on a Sunday, God abandoned the world and closed the gate to Heaven, leaving the souls of humankind trapped in limbo. With the dead unable to rest and the living unable to have children, the world is slowly coming to a halt. The only key to mankind's salvation rests with the Gravekeepers, mysterious beings charged with the task of sending the deceased to their final resting place.

Twelve-year-old Ai, one of the last children in the world, soon finds herself shouldered with the burden of becoming her village's newest Gravekeeper. But beneath the village's unassuming exterior lies a dark secret that is revealed with the arrival of a gun-wielding stranger in black. With her position as a Gravekeeper now uncertain, Ai has no choice but to set out to put the living dead to rest. But in a world where no one can die, is death truly the ultimate blessing?

Contains episodes 1-13. Special Features: Clean Opening Animations, Clean Closing Animations. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

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Welcome to the first conclusion to the first Tsundere Tournament in the site! I thank BigHeart711 for making the awesome banner. Upon seeing his banner, I had an idea. You seen polls and Sai Moe where folks vote on characters for their categories. I figured Anime Vice community deserves their own Tsundere Character of the year. Why not, let's do it?

Thanks to everyone who voted. I thank Vapovile for his part in setting up the tournament and randomizing our nominees. He was busy with school, so I carried out the whole tournament.

I welcome any suggestions for next year.

Shana - 1st Place

Shana is a Flame Haze contracted to Alastor, a really powerful Crimsom Lord, that helps her to defeat evil Denizens that come to our world to feed themselfs with human souls.

Haruko Amaya - 2nd Place

She is Takeru Ohyama's busty childhood friend and student at Tenbi Gakuen.

Semi-Finalists

Selnia Iori Flameheart
Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière

Quarter-Finalists

  1. Asuka Langley
  2. Taiga Aisaka
  3. Rin Tohsaka
  4. Saya Takagi
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Hello everyone, I'm one of the wiki editors of the Fate wiki project. I have to make an announcement for the image galleries. In case, there are other Fate wiki editors out there. Since I'm the person who writes the wiki archives, it's my job to know as much as I can about our wiki editors and their projects. This is a cooperative wiki editing community. I know all of our wiki editors, solo or team, work together pretty well.

I'll be cleaning the galleries and reorganizing them each day. It's more convenient for me to do huge wiki requests and sweeps in multiple sittings.

Image Galleries

For the images, I'm going to transfer my images in chronological order. The first two were already done by previous wiki editors. I will run a check through for them.

  1. Fate/stay Night original series
  2. Fate/stay Night Unlimited Blade Works film
  3. Fate/zero
  4. Fate/kaleid season 1 and then 2
  5. Fate/stay Night Unlimited Blade Works anime series

In the Wiki Editing 101: Naming Image Galleries and Organizing Images, most wiki projects would use Anime Caps as their main image gallery. However, for extensive wiki projects who has franchises with long episode lists (such as Shonen series) and multiple story arcs and franchises with different anime remakes and spin-offs, it's best to divide the anime caps for the story arcs (for Shonen series) or by series (franchises that have remakes and spin-offs).

I'll make separate image galleries for each anime series. I have worked on Fate/zero, Fate/kaleid, and now FSN UBW anime series wiki projects' episode summaries and dealt with tons of images: deleting dupes and replacing small images.

Profile Portraits

Using Daniel Newton's project, Building a Better Wiki: Perfect Profile Portraits! [+ tutorial], I have to be careful with default images. Various Fate characters appear in main Fate series, Fate/zero series, and the spin-off series. I have to delegate profile portraits.

  • Fate/zero - Any Fate/zero exclusive characters and characters who are of the main cast.
  • Fate/stay Night and UBW - Any Fate/stay night exclusive characters and characters who are of the main cast
  • Fate/kaleid - Fate/kaleid exclusive characters

Exceptions: Gilgamesh, Kirei Kotomine, and Saber These characters appear in both Fate/zero and Fate/stay night routes.

That's all of the announcements in the wiki project for this franchise.

Please let me know if you have any questions or any suggestions.

Thank you.

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This week's manga releases is normal size. Last week was super size! I love Deadman Wonderland, Magi, and Case Closed.

  • Deadman Wonderland is for those who can tolerate brutal violence with cool powers you see in Shonen shows. It's not for the light hearted folks.
  • Magi is a fun Shonen series with Fairy Tail fan service level that has a bit of a dark side which deals with slavery and racism.
  • Case Closed - I only seen the anime. I love it for its mystery cases and lots of romance angst.

Unfamiliar series - I still have Flowers of Evil on my to read list. It's one of the dark horse anime series back in 2013.

I would love to hear your recommendations on these series. All comments are welcome. Thank you.

Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release. All summaries are from ANN.

Sources

Notes

  • Bride of the Water God Vol. 16 isn't listed on ANN. Right Stuf and Comic Stores have it listed this week. Amazon has it on Oct. 28.
  • ANN listed Magical Girl Apocalypse last week while Right Stuf has it this week.
  • Raqiya Vol. 1 and 2 are not listed on Right Stuf while ANN and Amazon has it for this week.

Manga

Ajin: Demi-Human Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

High school student Kei Nagai is struck dead in a grizzly traffic accident, but immediately revives to learn that he may not be like every other human. Instead, he may be a mysterious almost immortal being granted not only the powers of rejuvination but the abilities to see supernatural beings.

Scared, Kei runs away, and is aided in his escape from society by his friend. Unfortunately for Kei, the manhunt is on and he will soon be caught within a conflict between mankind and others like him as they prepare to fight a new war based on terror.

Bride of the Water God Volume 16
  • Distributor: Dark Horse
  • Suggested Retail Price: $9.99

Life as a mortal is horrifying and hazardous for the former water god Habaek! His fragile human form has been cursed by a jealous goddess, and his vengeful mother - unaware of his sincere love for Soah - seeks to kill his human bride! While his mother wishes to pull Habaek back into the realm of the gods, another goddess simply wants to see Habaek and Soah suffer on Earth. And other envious humans and gods bring further problems to our star-crossed lovers!

Case Closed Volume 52
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

The Metropolitan Police set up a sting operation to catch a criminal who's threatened to kill a bride and groom. But before anyone can say, "I do," Conan realizes the killer is already in the wedding party...

Then, the Junior Detective League tries to solve a murder in a room where everything's a little topsy-turvy. And Rachel and Serena find a man stabbed to death at the site of a romantic scene from their favorite TV drama. Which of the hopeful lovers leaving red handkerchiefs at the scene is really a murderer?

Deadman Wonderland Volume 5
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

With their leader captured, Scar Chain's uprising is thwarted by the Undertakers. Ganta seeks training so he can learn to use his Branch of Sin powers, even though doing so will draw him further into the deadly plots brewing inside the prison. The final battle between Scar Chain and the Undertakers is coming, but who really wins when one of them loses?

Magi Volume 8
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Alibaba's old friend Cassim has fallen to evil and transformed into a Dark Djinn that threatens everyone in Balbadd. The battle rages, and even Sinbad struggles to hold his ground as he fights alongside Alibaba against Cassim and Judar. And on the sidelines, even more enemies wait for their chance to pounce. Without Aladdin and Ugo, the forces of darkness seem to have the upper hand...

Raqiya: The New Book of Revelation Volume 1
  • Distributor: One Peace Books
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

A truck driver loses control in the Nevada desert and leaves one family dead in an explosive crash. But there is a sole survivor, Luna Hazuki, who makes a pact with a mysterious demon to regain the happiness that was robbed from her. Seven years later she is still living with the family that was supposed to be dead. But little does Luna know that the pact she made will lead to the Apocalypse and the end of the human race. A truck driver loses control in the Nevada desert and leaves one family dead in an explosive crash. But there is a sole survivor, Luna Hazuki, who makes a pact with a mysterious demon to regain the happiness that was robbed from her. Seven years later she is still living with the family that was supposed to be dead. But little does Luna know that the pact she made will lead to the Apocalypse and the end of the human race.

Raqiya: The New Book of Revelation Volume 2
  • Distributor: One Peace Books
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95
Say I Love You. Volume 4
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

FEAR AND BEAUTY

Surviving the first major battle in her relationship with Yamato Kurosawa, Mei feels her ties with her first-ever boyfriend are deeper than ever. But then a budding model with her eyes on Yamato moves into town, and draws the photogenic Yamato into the world of photo shoots and fashion. Now Mei has to grapple with the painful pangs of jealousy, and a creeping fear that she might be left alone yet again...

The Flowers of Evil Volume 11
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $10.95

Bookworm Takao falls in love with Nanako, but he cannot express his feelings through words. Instead he secretively acts out in a heat of passion, which creates a huge scandal in his school. There is one person who knows his true nature, and this girl will do anything to nurture what this Charles Baudelaire hides.

Adult Releases (NSFW)

  • Amazon and Right Stuf listed Blue Morning for this week while ANN did not.
Blue Morning Volume 5
  • Distributor: Viz Books
  • Suggested Retail Price: $12.99

Still reeling from Katsuragi's confession, Akihito attends Marquise Moriyama's evening ball. There he comes face-to-face with his late father's half brother, Naotsugu. Though Katsuragi arranged the meeting with the intention of helping both Akihito and the Kuze family name, Akihito decides against giving the family over to Naotsugu, bringing Akihito to the unsettling realization that he may not fully trust Katsuragi.

Meanwhile, Katsuragi meets with Marquise Moriyama and boldly demands recompense for all that he has done.

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