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The Spring 2014 Roundtable is done. I have a new idea for Anime Vice: Vicers in Cons Across the World. I would make a map of all Vicers. It sounds cool, but I don't how to execute that. Time to work on wiki! Pm me if you need me.
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This is going to be a short blog since today would be very busy. I'm behind in two weeks worth of episode summaries due to finals from last week and Anime Expo last weekend. Plus, I had the battle interview for Low and Summer 2014 Anime Guide on top of things.

After summer school ends, I am heading back into the workforce, working at the restaurant or volunteering at Church. It's not bad because I still have time to work on Anime Vice. School is more problematic, not only I have to attend classes and I have to put in time to study and work on problems.

Accomplishments

Goals

  • Finish the Summer 2014 Simulcast Guide
  • Finish the Wiki Recognition Article
  • Write some reviews for WayBig's Anime Survey and Reviews (Summer 2014).
  • Finish the Tsundere Tournament ♀ with Vapovile
  • Finish Walking Dead season 4 with Acura Max. The project was postponed when we were busy with school during the summer.
  • Clear Spring 2014 Wiki Tasks. While some mods cancel their wiki tasks, I finish mine up if no one takes it. That's my style.

Summer 2014

Aldnoah.Zero
Part of the wiki mod's role is to help expand pages that the front page focuses on. That's why you see me working on Kill la Kill, Attack on Titan, Gargantia, Stardust Crusaders, and Blade & Soul. Whatever Tom and his gang reviews, I upload images or edit the wiki pages.

This title might be reviewed weekly since Tom Pinchuk is a big fan of Gen Urobuchi's work. I have to be on stand by if that happens.
2. Akame ga Kill
The pilot episode in this one really pulled me. Despite DocHaus's heavy warnings, I guess I'll be heading down the dark road of anime.
I have been desensitived to violence and other taboo things in the industry. I haven't seen the worse yet since I haven't seen Gantz and Elfen Lied.
3. Sword Art Online II
Since I completed Sword Art Online's episode summaries, I'll be carrying my work over.

Small Projects

These are minor projects where I just add characters and images.

Current Spring Projects that are still on my plate

Chaika - The Coffin Princess
I'm almost with the episode summaries. Just need to finish 4, 5, and 12. I did went into character pages when Sidapa needed help writing and formatting the pages.

My teammates are Sidapa and AgentFakku. They became inactive along the way. For me, wiki editing is done at everyone's own pacing. I don't force or push them to complete stuff. That's not how I work with my teammates.
Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
I jumped in a bit late in the episode summary. I still to complete Ep. 13-15 and Ep. 1-5 summaries.

My teammates are Toxin45, ForgottenOne, and SpeedForceSpider. ForgottenOne and SpeedForceSpider are the character writers. Toxin45 deals with creating episode and volume pages. Sometimes, he makes mistakes a lot and tends to pages bare without leaving general information like publisher and author on the volume pages, so I have to watch his back.

There was another teammate called MrWhiteX who works on the wiki tasks. Since he hasn't developed his writing enough, I told him to avoid text heavy wiki submissions. I did moderate his wiki in the past, and he has trouble with spelling and grammar to an extent that articles he wrote was unreadable.
One Piece
I'm currently working on episode summaries, but I got behind as well. Dekken, my teammate, is uploading images. Sometimes, I see MrWhiteX adding characters to the newer episode pages that I haven't got to yet. He's not on our team officially. I have to talk to him.
Fairy Tail
This is my solo project since my old teammates are quite busy. I'm behind on this as well.

Old Projects That are Still on My Tasks

  • Seven Deadly Sins
  • Magi
  • Toriko

For Toriko, I just write character pages. I still have Rin, Match, and Tina's pages to do. I don't think I can do episode summaries. Seven Deadly Sins is a manga project. I work on volume summaries. I think I finished 2 volumes so far.

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(I'll fill this intro part soon. Sorry about that.)

Please feel free to share your thoughts on what manga releases you're interested in this week. Thank you.

It's thanks to PikaHyper for uploading the English manga covers for Seven Deadly Sins Vol. 3 and UQ Holder Vol. 2. The rest except Sherlock Bones are from Amazon.com.

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:

  • Right Stuf had Moe Maniax for this week while Amazon and ANN listed it for last week.

Right Stuf has a few adult releases which I forgot to add, but I have to leave for a wedding dinner tonight. I'm working at the restaurant.

  • Fruitful Body
  • Coffin of Cerebrum
  • Work for Pleasure
  • Hey! Class President
  • Nyotai-ka! Vol. 3

Weekly Manga Releases

Case Closed Volume 51
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Plot:

Digging for clams at the beach, the Junior Detective League digs up a mystery instead. Did a depressed beachgoer commit suicide, or was he murdered by one of his friends?

Then, detective Richard Moore faces a challenge beyond his crime-fighting abilities: taking care of his ex-wife's new kitten! But the pesky furball leads him to the clues he needs to solve an impenetrable code. Could there be a new detective in town - one even cuter than Conan?
Fullmetal Alchemist Omnibus 8
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Plot:

With the Day of Reckoning at hand, war breaks out in Central City. On one side, the homunculi and corrupt military; on the other, the Elric family, Ishvalan refugees, and a ragtag alliance of soldiers loyal to Major General Armstrong of Fort Briggs and Roy Mustang.

While Hohenheim confronts the homunculi's "father," Mustang finally learns the truth about Hughes's murder. Will he be consumed by hatred and do the unthinkable?

Collects volumes 22-24 in an omnibus format.
In Clothes Called Fat
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $13.95
Plot:
Noko appears to be living a great life, she's got a good job and a loving boyfriend, but beneath a thin veneer is a young woman who is struggling with her self-image and self-confidence as she fights to keep her weight down. To Noko, being 5 pounds overweight means being miles away from happiness in her lovelife and in her work-place.
Ranma ½ [2-in-1 Edition] Vol. 3
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99
Chinese Amazon warrior Shampoo hasn't given up on Ranma yet - only instead of killing him, she now wants to marry him! There are just a few obstacles in the way of their future happiness, though, starting with a childhood phobia of Ranma's and followed by Shampoo's suitor, Mousse, martial arts master of hidden weapons. Can Ranma escape Shampoo's soap opera? Or a better question might be, does he even want to?

Collects volumes 5-6 in an omnibus format.
07-Ghost Volume 11
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
Plot:
The paths of one evil god, two rival empires, three unlikely bishops and seven brave ghosts converge in the destiny of Teito Klein, a boy who vows to master a powerful artifact known as the Eye of Mikael in order to lay bare the secrets of the world’s and his own murky past.

Bishop by day and something sinister by night, Frau has managed to hide his “real job” from Teito…until now. On the Hawkzile race that will take them to Hoburg Fortress, Frau loses control and pulls Teito ...
Rin-ne Volume 15
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
Plot:
Ever since a strange encounter when she was a child, Sakura Mamiya has had the power to see ghosts. Now in high school, she just wishes the ghosts would leave her alone! When her mysterious classmate Rinne Rokudo shows up, Sakura finds herself following him into the amazing world between life and death!

The damashigami Renge has moved into the room next to Rinne’s in the old club building. Renge has been giving away lucky cell phone charm straps for free, and as a result, Rinne’s losing business! With everyone around Renge getting caught up in her affairs, Rinne has his work cut out for him!
Sherlock Bones Volume 6
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99
Plot:
THIS JUST IN: MURDER IN LONDON TOWN

With Takeru settling into his new job as a police officer, he and Sherdog take on their latest mystery in a case that involves the murder of a famous newscaster’s wife. But as Takeru tries to pin this grisly murder on the newscaster, he finds himself in conflict with Kento Munakata, the hot-shot, genius detective in charge of the case. Takeru and Sherdog will do all they can to solve this case, even if it means going above the detective’s head to get things done, but will Takeru’s rash actions hurt or help him in the end?
The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat Volume 2
  • Distributor: Digital Manga Publishing
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95
Plot:
Yoto finally has a date of his dreams with Azusa! But it's a date like no other! This is their first date and they are already talking about marriage and family...?!
The Seven Deadly Sins Vol. 3 - "The Sin of Greed"
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99
Plot:
When they were accused of trying to overthrow the monarchy, the feared warriors the Seven Deadly Sins were sent into exile. Princess Elizabeth discovers the truth - the Sins were framed by the king's guard, the Holy Knights - too late to prevent them from assassinating her father and seizing the throne! Now the princess is on the run, seeking the Sins to help her reclaim the kingdom. But the first Sin she meets, Meliodas, is a little innkeeper with a talking pig. He doesn't even have a real sword! Have the legends of the Sins' strength been exaggerated...?
UQ Holder Volume 2
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99
Plot:
Negi Springfield, the boy wizard of the hit manga Negima!, fought and won many battles. Now it is decades later and Negi's grandson(!), a little boy name Touta, dreams of leaving his quiet village and heading to the City. But first he must defeat his teacher... the immortal vampire, Evangeline!
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Welcome to this week's DVD and Blu-Ray releases. For this week, it's a small selection. Out of the three, I did watched Sasami-San and Naruto Shippuden. For Sasami-San, it's a strange show. I can't really explain it well. If you're going to watch it, be prepared for some incestuous moments and bizarre, confusing story. I think our Anime Vice's expert can fill you in. For Naruto Shippuden, it's the sequel to Naruto, and for many young folks, this is a popular Shonen anime that served as a gateway drug to anime besides Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball Z. The series isn't for everyone if you are not a Shonen fan because the series has a lot of pacing issues.

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.

Notes

  • None

Sources

DVD and Blu Ray Releases

Flowers of Evil - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray or DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98 (Blu-Ray), $49.98 (DVD)
Darkness lurks everywhere, in every human heart, and sometimes it takes just a second of weakness for it to take root. For Takao Kasuga, that germination begins when his obsession with his beautiful classmate Nanako meets the opportunity to "borrow" her used gym clothes. Unfortunately, his loathsome act of laundry theft is witnessed by Nakamura, the strange girl who sits behind him in class. Soon, Nakamura's own dark obsessions begin to hook their twisted tendrils into Takao's miserable existence.

Blackmailed into a "contract" under the threat of having his guilt revealed to his entire class, the former bookworm who could spend hours reading Beaudelaire's "The Flowers of Evil" now finds himself entwined in Nakamura's growing fantasies as she leads him down the garden path to damnation. As their blossoming relationship becomes ever darker, even the seemingly innocent Nanako is pulled into the nightmare.

Just what are Nakumura's ultimate plans, and will the increasingly trapped Takao really be willing to carry them out? What you sow, you must ultimately reap, and there's certain to be a harrowing harvest ahead!

  • Contains episodes 1-13.
Naruto Shippuden (DVD box19)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $44.82
As the Leaf Village prepares for war, each shinobi and clan must contemplate the role they will play in the battles to come. While Naruto's peers seek training from surprising sources, Naruto himself must confront both his biggest weakness and greatest strength: the Nine-Tailed Fox.

To reach optimum power, Naruto must learn to control the beast within him, so he seeks help from the one person who has mastered just that, Killer Bee! But the Jinchuriki of Eight Tails wants nothing to do with training Naruto!

  • Contains episodes 232-244.
  • Special Features: Storyboards, Clean Opening, Clean Endings.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Sasami-san@Ganbaranai (DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $49.98
In Japan, the term hikikomori is used to describe people who've become so socially withdrawn that they refuse to leave their homes for weeks and even months at a time. For Sasami Tsukuyomi, a shut-in attempting to pass her first year of high school, it's more than just a word. Fortunately, she lives with her older brother Kamiomi, who just happens to be a teacher at the exact school Sasami is supposed to attend.

With the help of her "Brother Surveillance Tool," Sasami is able to view the outside world via her computer, theoretically allowing her to readjust to interacting with people once more. In reality, it reveals her brother's interactions with the three very odd Yagami sisters, whose looks and motives are deceiving, and have various types of interest in Kamiomi. That's when things start to get really weird...

Magical powers? Everything turning into chocolate? Has life via the web warped Sasami's brain, or is it the universe that's going crazy? It looks like Sasami will have to take off her pajamas and go out into the real world to set things straight!

  • Contains episodes 1-12.
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Here are HULU and Daisuki's Summer 2014 simulcast. This blog will be continually updated.

Here in Anime Vice, users are encourage to watch anime legally whenever possible. Territories are listed below. I will continually update this blog. Later in the first half of July 2014, I will have a comprehensive Simulcast guide for all legal anime streaming venue for the community. It will be on the front page.

HULU and Daisuke Summer 2014 Simulcast

1. Aldnoah.Zero

Genres & Themes: Mecha, Drama Plot: In 1972, a hypergate was discovered on the surface of the moon. But then, humankind came into contact with beings from Mars, leading to war.

2. Persona 4: The Golden Animation

Genres & Themes: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Slice of Life Plot: In the spring when the cherry blossom petals fall, Yū Narukami moves to Yaso Inaba to live with his uncle and cousin due to his family's circumstances. He transfers to Yasogami High School, where his event-filled school life begins. However, when serial murders begin occurring in the peaceful town, Yū is awakened to the power of his heart turned to physical form: A Persona. Within these new mysteries is Marie, a resident of the alternate world, the Velvet Room, who has no memories of her past. Together with his friends, Yū must solve all the riddles set in front of him and save Yaso Inaba from further violence.

So far, these two companies shared Aniplex's simulcasts.

Sources

Filed under HULU and Daisuki.

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Welcome everyone! Here are my experiences attending Anime Expo for the 2nd time. My first time was in 2013, My First Experience at Anime Expo - Day 1 (Complete Edition). Unlike last year, I could not purchase the 2 day badge. I heard on Anime Expo's Facebook page that they discontinue it after sales didn't meet their expectations. It forces folks to buy the 4 Day Badge or the 1 Day Badge.

Check out the Anime Convention Survival Guide! which BigHeart711, sickVisionz, and I co written for folks who have never attended a convention.

Note:

This is a condensed version. For panels, I expand my experiences and write down my evaluations in a separate blog. I only got to attend two panels:

To recap on Day 1, I finished finals on July 3 by 3:30 PM. When I got to Anime Expo around 5:20PM or so, I waited in line until 6:30PM where they told everyone that they will not process anymore badges. This frustrated a lot of folks. Later on, I found out the reason for this was Anime Expo's printers broke down being overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of pre-registered folks who paid for their badges. I remembered hearing one person in line that they used to mail badges 10 years ago or so. I assumed with the increasing popularity and participants that made mailing less profitable and manageable to do.

Day 3

This is the day I brought my little sister since she only wanted the 1 Day Badge. When we looked at the programming, she decided to pick Sailor Moon and SAO Panel. I let her pick because I wanted to make this day special. Being so busy with college, I don't get enough time to spend with my family members. We arrived at 8:35 AM to get badges. I think we finished at 9:20 AM. I checked Twitter on my phone to see if Tom and Sam had a location to meet up. It turns out he Tweeted at me a day before. I felt bad I didn't check Twitter on July 4th. I couldn't reply well since I have a flip phone. I manage to reply using my sister's phone which had a keyboard.

The exhibit hall wasn't open, so I thought we had enough time to get to the Sailor Moon Panel which started at 10AM. I should have realized it was full by the time. Panels' lines tend to fill up 2 hours ahead. Since Sailor Moon had a new anime series for the summer, the hype made it almost impossible. I looked at the programming and suggested to check out the Crunchyroll panel. My little sister reminded me that I wasn't paid to do news coverage on Anime Vice. Her words mirrored Foxx and Sotyfan16's words. She told me to take a break from the site. I knew that, but I must at least attend one industry panel for the site. We lined up for the Crunchyroll panel that occurred at 10:45 AM.

For the full version, see the Anime Expo 2014 (Day 3) Crunchyroll Panel (Part 1/2). The Crunchyroll panel started on time, and it was fun anticipating what Summer 2014 anime series they will announce. The key speakers were Luigiamania and Danica. The panel focused on simulcast, simulpub, drama, and social media. After the panel, we went to exhibit hall and lost track of time while shopping. I realized we're going to miss Sword Art Online panel when it was around 1PM or so. It's not worth losing lunchtime over it. My little sister got tired due to the heat and big crowds, so after lunch, I walked her home. I made it back to Anime Expo within 2 hours or so. I thought I can line up for the FUNimation panel that occurred at 5:30 PM. I almost forgot about Tom's meetup location. When I checked Twitter, Tom had schedule a meet up at Bang Zoom Auditions in the exhibit hall around 5PM. I got out of line and meet up with Tom Pinchuk, Sam Weller, and Joseph. Joseph is not a staff at Anime Vice, but he's the cameraman for the Vice Pit. I enjoyed seeing fans doing their voice acting for Magi 2. The Vice Pit Crew and I went to do a Sailor Moon photo shoot. Tom and Sam thank me for the hard work I contributed to the site. I told them I couldn't have done it without my teammates, BigHeart711 and Acura Max.

Note: I forgot to use my camera, so the photos were taken by Sam Weller. Hopefully, I get the photos and post in this blog.

Around 6:30 PM, I enjoyed hitting the arcade with Tom and the gang. We were shooting zombies for 30 minutes or more. Sam Weller went out to buy a gift for his wife, 4 of the Mystery Minis figures and got a glowinthedark Derpy. (At first, I forgot the name of the pony. I think it was Princess Luna and Twilight Sparkle. Sam corrected me.) We did something special together which I cannot reveal yet. Sorry, I have to keep this a secret until Sam gets back.

Once Tom and his gang are gone, I killed time in the gaming room. I met Caleb from Northridge, California. It was his first time at Anime Expo. We were charging our phones. We just talked for an hour or more until 9PM. He told me to attend the dance sessions. It doesn't matter you are a good dancer or not. There are no cameras and it's done in the dark. You can dance with friends or random strangers. He talked about hot gals he didn't know but danced with. I got him interested in Chaika - The Coffin Princess and Kill la Kill. He wasn't a big fan of mech series, but he loves any other anime series. He finds himself leaning towards shows with action, fan service, and fantasy. He loves sport and game anime like No Game, No Life and Kuroko's Basketball. He recommended me to check out Hikaru no Go.

Project-H Book panel started late due to the Megaman panel that started late as well. I came in around 10:30 PM. For the full details on it, please check out the Anime Expo 2014 (Day 3) Project-H Panel (Part 2/2). It was pretty fun and embarrassing to watch a clip of Shocking Pink! in a crowd of folks. One guy kept making lewd comments which made me lose my composure.

I start laughing and couldn't stop to take notes on the panel. I attended the panel to get the Digital Sampler for PikaHyper. I gave my Digital Sampler to my friend who couldn't make it as well my poster. I got home around 1AM.

Day 4

I woke up late and got to AX at 11AM. I forgot to replenish my wallet and bring my memory card for my camera. I couldn't take any new photos for cosplay.

My friend Jose who I met again on July 3 on the metro and bus told me that the last day had discounts on merchandise. I didn't see much discounts. In fact, there wasn't much price changes. I saw the same price on some of the merchandise. Most new anime and manga titles were cheaper on Amazon and RightStuf. There are a few booths whose prices were cheaper, but I had to read it carefully. One manga store only did 25% off each manga if you want bought 8 manga volumes. There is not tax paid. Some booths have tax included. If I had a lot of cash or a big manga list to read, I would have benefited from the discount.

My last booth was the Kodansha. I bumped into Ben Applegate, who was the host of Kodansha Q & A Panel at Anime Expo 2013. He didn't remember our community site's name which means I need to work harder to form relationships between Kodansha and Anime Vice. I didn't have time to talk with him about Kodansha and Anime Vice since he was dealing with customers.

Cosplay and Photos

I only took 2 photos. Sorry, I was still too shy in asking folks. The most sold out figure I saw was Asuna. She even beat Levi. The Gargantia art book was about 100 dollars. I thought of Acura Max when I took this picture.

Goods

On Day 3, I bought one gift for my siblings. I bought Deadpool ($10) for my little brother and Magi fanbook ($25) for my little sister. I wished I could have bought the Kingdom Hearts fan book, but the price was higher than Right Stuf. Sometimes, I don't listen to my cheapskate conscience when I bought Vinland Saga. At Kodansha booth, it was buy 4 regular manga titles for 30 dollars. An omnibus cost $15 dollars. I paid $20 due to tax. For Case Closed, Right Stuf was weird. The DVDs were $6 and I saw it had 6 episodes. The one I bought for 25 dollars had 25 episodes. It was roughly a dollar per episode excluding tax. I bought Case Closed Season 4 to see why fans love Ai Haibara. I never got to see the character on TV because the channel on the antenna box always skipped her episode which was an hour special.

Summary and Evaluation

My first time at Anime Expo was actually more fun than my 2nd time before I met up with Tom's gang and we play games. That was my best moment in AX 2014, playing Zombie games with Tom and Sam. I felt bad for my little sister who didn't get to enjoy her 2nd time. She loved the Blue Exorcist panel last year. This year was more packed while the panels overlapped so much. I didn't get to attend the SAO or Sailor Moon panel with my little sister.

Improvements Needed for Anime Expo

  • Anime Expo needs to fix the issues for this year. On the first day, a lot of folks were mad being cut off from picking up their badges. Not a lot of folks can make it in the mornings. It does a disservice to folks who paid for their badges ahead of time. The registration line was much shorter.
  • They need a phone charging station. I had to scour the walls for outlets. I couldn't sit by the wall due to fire safety issues.
  • They need tents. Since Anime Expo gets bigger and bigger with each year, the lines for the panel often takes place outside in the hot sun. It would be nice if they have tents to provide shade.
  • They need more dining areas. My little sister and I couldn't find space to eat and enjoy. We had to sit outside and against the wall.

Thank you everyone for reading this. I hope you guys and gals share your experiences for Anime or Comic Book conventions in Anime Vice. I really encourage it. It makes our site better when people embrace the inner nerd in them.

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