TWelcome to the 2nd week of June's DVD and Blu-Ray releases! Out of the list, I'm familiar with Dog & Scissor, Maoyu, and Karneval. Here's a quick two cents on them. Dog & Scissor is a weird one filled crazy, over the top humor. From the cover, it seems to border weird fetishes, but it's innocent fun. Maoyu is a fantasy show that's a bit heavy on economics. If you can tolerate massive info dumps, you can enjoy the series for its characters and story. Finally, Karneval is a Josei themed show with a light, colorful humor with some gritty dark elements. The bad thing about Karneval that it's too short, being adapted from a manga series.
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.
|Date A Live DVD/Blu-Ray Complete Series|
In a world devastated by mysterious Spatial Quakes, Shidoh isn't what you'd expect in a hero. He's an average Joe who gets bossed around by his adorable little sister and mocked by the popular girls at his school. You'd definitely pick him last for dodge ball, but when it comes to saving the planet from imminent destruction, Shidoh's got one thing going for him: intergalactic hotties can't keep their hands off him!
When the secret to stopping the Spatial Quakes turns out to be romancing the extraterrestrial Spirits responsible for all the chaos, Shidoh the loveable loser becomes the hero of all humanity. For every Spirit he makes out with, mankind breathes a little bit easier. Kiss the girls – save the world. That name of the game is driving the space babes crazy, and nobody does it better than Shidoh!
|Deltora Quest DVD Complete Series|
The heroic Lief must venture into the darkest and most terrible places in Deltora to find the seven magical gems that can free everyone from the evil tyranny of the Shadow Lord. With his friends Jasmine and Barda, Lief vows to recapture the gems and return them to the magical Belt of Deltora before it's too late.
|Dog & Scissors DVD Collection|
Harumi Kazuhito was the ultimate bookworm, spending days at a time with his head buried in his beloved books, and little could make him happier than perusing the pages of his favorite author, Kirihime Natsuno. Unfortunately, Harumi's life goes to the dogs - literally - when he gets himself killed while trying to stop a robber!
Thanks to the power of a true bookworm, however, Harumi inexplicably finds himself reincarnated as a dog... which might not be so bad if dogs could read. Or if the woman who adopts him didn't have twin predilections for playing with scissors and tormenting her new pet! But what truly makes this strange reincarnation the worst of all possible worlds is that she's also his favorite author! The horror! Can Harumi find a way to live with this tantrum-throwing typist, or will her crazed clippings prove to be his undoing? Can he escape her constant hounding via the doggy door, or is he barking up the wrong tree?
|Karneval DVD/Blu-Ray Complete Series|
Circus is a super-powered security force of entertainers who keep villains off the streets by serving up justice with a side of razzle-dazzle. Despite their best efforts, a sinister organization named Kafka is gaining power throughout the world using grotesque monsters to carry out their plots. When Circus saves a mysterious boy from Kafka's grasp, the kid gets swept up in the crime-fighting spectacle - but why was Kafka after him in the first place
|Leviathan - The Last Defense Complete Collection|
The lands of Aquafall were a paradise, where water flowed freely, the hills were covered with lush vegetation, and life in all forms flourished in peace and abundance. But that was before the meteors began to fall, each impact spawning new, hideous monsters until it soon became clear that there were others who wanted to claim the entire green world for themselves. An enemy that would not stop until all opposition had been vanquished.
Fortunately, the fairy Syrup was on guard and knew exactly what to do. Working quickly, she began to recruit an extraordinary team of young women to form the base of the Aquafall Defense Force: the incredibly strong Jormungandr, the extravagant Bahamut, and the stoic Leviathan. But can three girls - alone - really turn the tide of an alien invasion? They can when each of the ladies in question is also a member of a Dragon Clan, and when it comes to fighting tooth, nail and claw, the invaders have just met their match!
Contains episodes 1-13. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
|Maoyu Complete Collection|
Names can be deceiving, something the warrior known as Hero quickly discovers when he storms the castle of the dread Demon King that mankind has fought for fifteen years. For one thing, the "king" turns out to be a queen! Even more shocking, though, is that she's waiting for him with an unexpected proposal.
She points out that it would be bad for both sides if the war was to end immediately, as without a common enemy, the individual factions of the winning side are certain to turn on each other in a new series of civil wars. However, she has a plan to end the war, bring democracy and advanced knowledge to humanity, and ensure lasting prosperity for both sides, no matter who "wins". But to accomplish this, she needs a collaborator on the human side, and she's chosen Hero as the one partner she can trust! Is it a deal with the devil, or mankind's only hope for lasting peace?
In this world, Sensha-do (戦車道), the art of tank-combat, is a traditional Japanese martial art for girls. Miho, a girl who just transfered into the Ōrai Girls' Academy in Ibaraki Prefecture, has been ordered by the academy's student council chairperson to join the school team and compete in the national Sensha-do championships.
Aniplex of America shared its plans for the pre-order releases for Kabukimonogatari and Oreimo 2.
The Oreimo 2 DVD Limited Edition Complete Box Set set ships August 5th. It will have all 13 episodes and the 3 OVA episodes from the Oreimo 2 true route on 4 DVDs for for US$99.98 (US$79.98 at retail).
Bonus Materials & Special Package
Kyosuke Kosaka, a normal 17-year-old high school student living in Chiba, has not gotten along with his younger sister Kirino in years. For longer than he can remember, Kirino has ignored his comings and goings and looked at him with spurning eyes. It seemed as if the relationship between Kyōsuke and his sister, now fourteen, would continue this way forever. One day however, Kyosuke finds a DVD case of a magical girl anime which had fallen in his house's entrance way.
The English-subtitled Kabukimonogatari set will have four television episodes on two Blu-ray Discs for US$64.98 (US$49.98 at retail). It will be available on August 26.
Tsubasa and Hitagi discover that Koyomi has gone missing and has urged them in a text message not to look for him. However, in his absence, new dangerous apparitions begin to appear and target Tsubasa, and Nadeko who are left to try and deal with them on their own. Meanwhile, Koyomi and Shinobu are dealing with serious problems of their own.
A-Kon takes place at The Hilton Anatole Dallas, USA on June 6-8, 2014.
Unlike past anime conventions where I dig up info on their guests of honor, A-Kon is challenging because they don't have an organized list of guests of honors with times and such when I explore their site. Make sure you check the programming, see link. They have PDFs, Excel sheets, and such. For this blog, I'm just going to introduce the guests of honor without the time stamps. I don't want to confuse anyone.
Carnival Epsilon combines suspense and daring with bits of magic and mirth to create their horrifyingly hilarious and nationally traveled steampunk sideshow.
Megumibish is a costumer and mascot creator who has been cosplaying for 11 years.
Her talents cover many aspects of cosplay including pattern drafting, building large scale props, wig styling, and resin casting. Her strengths lie in costume construction, so this is where she places her focus.
She started her own mascot company in 2011, creating original designs and accessories sold at various conventions. Lately she has been focusing on her business as a full-time job, but she would love the opportunity to create some of her own future projects!
Her achievements include Best Craftsmanship at Oni-Con (2005), Shiokazecon (2006), and A-Kon (2006); as well as 3rd Place Overall and Best of Show at Oni-Con (2007/2009)!
Nathan Robert Brown (1977-present) is an Author, Mythologist, and Technical Writer from Texas, currently residing in Florida. He acquired a Master’s Degree in English from Midwestern State University in 2009, and received the 2008 Harry Brown Award for an essay that would later become the basis of his first academic monograph publication, ‘The Rape of Lilith’ (a project he is currently revising and expanding for a more commercial re-release sometime in late-2014 or mid-2015, depending on when he finds enough time to actually get it done). Nathan has done extensive research in world mythology, folklore, urban legends, ancient civilizations, and world religions, and is an expert on trinities/tripartite systems, common structures, and universal themes in myth, religion, and mysticism. Nathan is also a public speaker and pro-bono demonology consultant.
Destiny (Velours Requiem) has always had a passion for fashion. Dreaming of becoming a professional fashion designer, she has used Cosplay as a medium to express her creativity and love for design. Self-taught for 9 years, her sense of style is often found in her creations. Her creative attention, spanning down to the smallest of details, has resulted in several awards as well as the opportunity to work as a promotional model, which she continues to do to this day.
Destiny’s personal philosophy in life is to never give up. Although the path may be difficult, with hard work and determination you can attain your dreams.
She has been invited to judge Friday Hall Cosplay and the Main Cosplay Contest on Saturday.
Jared Knabenbauer aka “ProJared” is a gamer, reviewer and comedian. He is best known for his comedic ProJared video game reviews, One Minute Reviews of new titles, and the heartbreaking story of triumph in Pokemon Nuzlocke. He is also a prominent member of the relaunched NormalBoots.com. You can see him continue to harmoniously blend humor and critique at his YouTube channel.
Nerdcore Comedy comes to A-Kon for the fourth year with it’s best show yet. The Power Rangers of geek humor are back bringing you their patented brand of nerd-oriented jocularity for your entertainment! Mike, Joe and Alex have perform at clubs and showcases across the country, but it’s the Nerdcore Showcases where they feel most at home. Come celebrate your nerd heritage with all things comic books, RPGs, video games and most importantly that nerd sensibility we share in everyday life.
Having rocked the Internet’s face for over eight years, ScrewAttack is excited to be returning to A-Kon. As entertainers, ScrewAttack has produced a variety of shows like Death Battle, Top 10, Screwin’ Around, and Hard News. A source for all the news, reviews, and trailers a gamer could need and now with the power of Fullscreen, they’re the largest community of content creators for gaming on YouTube. ScrewAttack reminds everyone how much fun gaming really is.
Is an American actor, voice actor, ADR director and script writer who has provided voices for a number of English-language versions of Japanese anime films and television series, as well as video games at Central Park Media, 4Kids Entertainment, Bandai Entertainment, Media Blasters, Viz Media, Funimation and Tripwire Productions. He is also the founder of NYAV Post, A Bi-coastal studio located in New York City and Los Angeles, which dubbed more than 350 different anime titles and recorded several original prelay works. He was born in France, lived in London as a child and moved to the United States when he was 10 years old. Sinterniklaas graduated from High School of the Performing Arts in New York City, and attended college in North Carolina where he did work at both Southwynde and Coastal Carolina Studios.
With a knack for drawing and other artsy things, it shouldn’t have been a surprise when Megan’s talents took her to SPFX makeup. This was a girl who once couldn’t tell you the difference between eye shadow and blush. But after only one class, Megan had found her chosen profession. After earning a degree from college in Oklahoma, Megan found herself packing up her far too small car with whatever she could, and driving cross country to Los Angeles, California. Although her 6 month makeup program is complete, she has continued to live in a shoebox sized apartment, with her one eyed cat, Kirk. She uses her education to do Special Effects Makeup on sets around the LA area. She has auditioned for the SyFy’s FaceOff twice, and has assisted in the makeup department of the feature length film, “Cesar Chavez”, which is coming out in March of 2014. Her work also consists of short films, comedy shorts, music videos and many a horror film.
Patrick Owens: Producer at Fractal Fox, Patrick has been working in the game industry since 2008. Starting out doing animation and now specializing in game design and production; Patrick works with his team to bring the spirited games Greeble, Cat Juggling, Brain and Zombie, and more to life.
According to the internet, Darren J. Gendron’s mustache has been declared a lethal weapon in 22 states. One of Dern’s eyes is fake. Even he isn’t sure which one. His Kevin Bacon number is four. Dern is magic. Dern is the writer of Bonebreakers (www.CommissionedComic.com) Hello With Cheese...
A-Kon and Babel Rock present legendary guitarist of XJAPAN, Pata with his band: Ra:IN.
Welcome, Pata, and his band mates Michiaki, and “DIE”. Ra:IN, which stands Rock and Inspiration, is a Japanese instrumental rock band. Formed in 2002 by Pata, Michiaki and Tetsu (past member), the group is signed to the Danger Crue label. Former hide with Spread Beaver keyboardist DIE joined the band in mid-2007. As of 2012 they have released three albums, a single and a two track EP, and have toured extensively, including international shows in China (Shanghai, Beijing), Taiwan, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Russia, and Czech Republic.
KEN STEACY decided at age eleven to become a professional comic book author/illustrator, a dream he realized in 1974. Since then, he has worked in the industry as writer, artist, art director, editor, and publisher, chronicling the exploits of Astro Boy, Spider-Man, Harry Potter, and the Star Wars gang, to name but a few. In addition to creating his own intellectual property, he has also collaborated with other writers, including Harlan Ellison and Douglas Coupland.
S%$^ Otaku Say is back and better than ever, with TWO PANELS! In it’s third year now, the boys of SOS are ready to bring you the worst of fandom culture! Join comedians Evan, Adolf, Ken and Zach as they delve in to the twisted, demented world of the Otaku!
Anthony Brownrigg is a filmmaker, actor, musician and all around media specialist. For over thirty years he has been in the video and film production industry producing and directing the award winning Red Victoria, Silent Interchanges, Dark Evolution and many others. His recent projects include the werewolf television series in development Freeborn – The Werewolf Chronicles, as well as the sequel to the 1973 horror cult film “Don’t Look in the Basement”. He has also done voice work for Funimation on various projects including One Piece, and FMA. His band Savage Gypsy, has produced many of the A-Kon rules songs including “Shower for Me”, and dear Phillip Morris. This marks his tenth year at A-Kon and his seventh as the Co-MC of the welcoming ceremonies.
Helen McCarthy loves conventions; this year she celebrates four decades of congoing since the first British Star Trek Convention in 1974. Her first American convention was Boskone in 1977, where she looked her most ladylike in long gloves and pearls at the Regency tea dance. Her first anime convention was ANIME DAY, the first British anime convention, in 1991, and her first U.S. anime conventions were Anime America and Anime Expo in 1994.
Veteran artist Krazy Krow has been making webcomics for over 10 years. He’s the writer and creator behind Spinnerette, a spider-powered superhero comedy set in Columbus, Ohio.
In 1972, after working as Art Director for two different New York magazine publishers, Kerry launched his own publishing company with partner Norman Jacobs. They started with DAILY TV SERIALS, a soap opera magazine that became the most respected publication covering the 14 daytime, 5-day-a-week dramas. In 1976 Kerry made a dream come true when he and Norm created STARLOG – “The Magazine of the Science Fiction Universe.”
*UPDATED INFORMATION* - Nick “Lanipator” Landis and Curtis “Takahata101” Arnott are not going to be able to join us at A-Kon this year. So, KaiserNeko is bringing some new friends to the convention. Please read below on Chris Guerrero and Lawrence “MasakoX” Simpson and welcome them to the convention!!
Jack Campbell (John G. Hemry) is the author of the New York Times best-selling Lost Fleet series and Lost Stars series, as well as the Stark’s War and Sinclair/”JAG in space” series, and the stand-alone alternate American Civil War novella The Last Full Measure. His most recent books are Lost Stars – Perilous Shield, and Beyond the Frontier – Steadfast in the Lost Fleet series.
Karen Gillmore has been an artist since she could hold a crayon. She grew up drawing pictures of dinosaurs, equines with and without horns and/or wings, wizards, and dragons that looked rather like dinosaurs.
Terrance has written Redakai: The Tiger Terror, an anime graphic novel based on the popular animated television series. During the past decade, Terrance has also written DC Entertainment’s comic book version of that cartoon icon, Scooby-Doo. For that same publisher, Terrance has told stories featuring Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, the Question, and the Riddler, among others. Several cartoon characters owe their voices to Terrance, as well.
Robin Wayne Bailey is the author of numerous fantasy and science fiction works, including DragonKin, his best-selling series and his on-going series of FROST novels and stories. His other well-known works include SHADOWDANCE, the Brothers of the Dragon series, and his Fritz Leiber-inspired Fafhrd and Gray Mouser novel, Swords Against The Shadowland.
Welcome to the June's 1st week of manga releases. Wow, there are lot of manga volumes. Out of all of them, I'm mostly interested in Knights of Sidonia because I got into the anime series that aired during the Spring 2014 season. It's one of my personal top 5 shows for this season. I haven't read the manga yet, but once the anime is over, I'll check out the manga series.
Please feel free to share your thoughts on what manga releases you're interested in this week. 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.
None for this week.
|A Centaur's Life Volume 3|
For Hime and her classmates, racial mixing is nothing new. Wings both feathery and leathery, tails pointed or furry, horns like goats' or like unicorns' - you'll find them all in this classroom. When the prospect of a new transfer student arises, is there anything left that would shock them? A UFO sighting, perhaps?!
|Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar's Game Volume 5|
In the quest to free her sister, Alice faces terrible truths. Something about her life in her old world is tangling her up inside, and it's not just her residual feelings about her lost love. Now, in Wonderland, she discovers that she's falling in love once again - despite her emotional scars and the danger in choosing between psychopaths. In her deadliest battle yet, who is Alice's greatest foe?
|Bleach Volume 61|
Ichigo Kurosaki never asked for the ability to see ghosts—he was born with the gift. When his family is attacked by a Hollow—a malevolent lost soul—Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured spirits themselves find peace. Find out why Tite Kubo's Bleach has become an international manga smash-hit!
With the true identity of his sword finally revealed, how will Ichigo take the next step forward? Will his new Zanpaku-to be ...
|Dengeki Daisy Volume 14|
After orphan Teru Kurebayashi loses her beloved older brother, she finds solace in the messages she exchanges with DAISY, an enigmatic figure who can only be reached through the cell phone her brother left her. Meanwhile, mysterious Tasuku Kurosaki always seems to be around whenever Teru needs help… Could DAISY be a lot closer than Teru thinks?
|Dragon Ball [3-in-1 Edition]|
The Demon King Piccolo is all set for world domination, but first he needs to gather the seven Dragon Balls together to restore his youth. Goku and his friends are fighting to stop Piccolo, but things are looking grim for the good guys as Piccolo picks them off one by one. Their only hope is a martial arts move known as the "Mafu-Ba," a technique so powerful that it killed the last person who used it. But that won't stop Kame-Sen'nin and Tenshinhan from trying it, even if it means forfeiting their own lives in the process!
Collects volumes 13-15 in an omnibus format.
|Dragon Ball [Full Color] - Saiyan Arc Volume 3|
As if battling ruthless Vegeta weren't enough, Son Goku and friends must obtain the wish-granting Dragon Balls in order to resurrect their fallen allies! Their search will take them all the way to the planet Namek, where evil Freeza and his minions are slaughtering the Namekians to fulfill Freeza's wish for immortality...
|Girls Und Panzer Vol. 1|
Miho Nishizumi, a new transfer student to Ooarai All-Girls High School, would like nothing more than to enjoy a peaceful, stress-free school life. Unfortunately, her new school just revived its tankery program and enlists Miho to put together a team so that they may compete in a national tournament.
As Miho struggles to overcome her turbulent past with tanks, she must first learn to tread lightly with her eccentric companions. Can Miho possibly plow through the challenges and master the art of tankery, or will she get left behind in the dust?
|Happy Marriage?! Volume 6|
Hokuto and Chiwa haven't spoken since she visited his estranged father who Hokuto believes is responsible for his mother's death. She then returns to Hokuto's birthplace to find out how his mother died. But once Chiwa learns the truth, can she help Hokuto heal the scars from his past?
|Kamisama Kiss Volume 15|
Nanami Momozono is alone and homeless after her dad skips town to evade his gambling debts and the debt collectors kick her out of her apartment. So when a man she's just saved from a dog offers her his home, she jumps at the opportunity. But it turns out that his place is a shrine, and Nanami has unwittingly taken over his job as a local deity!
|Kimi ni Todoke Volume 19|
As Sawako and her friends ring in the new year, big changes loom on the horizon. Some are good, like the blossoming relationships between Ayane and Kento, and Chizu and Ryu. But some are scary, like choosing a future career path. Can Sawako find the courage to follow her heart and pursue her own happiness?
|Knights of Sidonia Volume 9|
If humanity’s latest bold experiment, Tsumugi Shiraui, can be said to have a mother, it would be the Hawk Moth, which provided the placenta. Their fateful encounter on Planet Nine will spell the end of one of them.
|Millennium Volume 3|
Seventeen-year-old Chiyuki Matsuoka was born with heart problems, and her doctors say she won't live to see the next snow. Toya is an 18-year-old vampire who hates blood and refuses to make the traditional partnership with a human, whose life-giving blood would keep them both alive for a thousand years.
|Natsume's Book of Friends Volume 16|
Natsume's human friend Taki can only see yokai if they walk through one of her spell circles. Although many yokai see her spells as aggressive traps, putting her at risk of their retaliation, the latest yokai to pass through her circle may have something other than revenge in his heart. But is that any better...?
|Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Vol. 21|
Rikuo and the Nura clan fight off the devious body parts of a dissected Sanmoto Gorozaemon, while Rikuo's allies fight back against his reputation as the harbinger of the apocalypse. But battle still looms against the members of the Hundred Stories clan... And it's possible that Sanmoto himself could be reborn in the form of yet another ghost story!
|One Piece Vol. 71|
As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally gained the power to stretch like rubber…at the cost of never being able to swim again! Years, later, Luffy sets off in search of the "One Piece," said to be the greatest treasure in the world...
After defeating the diabolical Caesar Clown at Punk Hazard, Luffy and crew head to the kingdom of Dressrosa. Awaiting them there is Caesar Clown's former boss, Doflamingo. Trafalgar Law has a plan to take down Doflamingo, but can he get the wild Straw Hat crew to stay focused?
|Pokémon Adventures: Platinum Volume 11|
The battle rages back and forth between the Distortion World and the regular world! Then, when Legendary Pokemon Giratina attacks Pearl, Dia intervenes with disastrous consequences! Meanwhile, Lady finds an unexpected ally in an unexpected location. Will peace ever be restored to the Sinnoh Region...?!
Plus, spend time with lots of Pokemon including Blissey, Giratina, Regigigas, Slowking, Rotom, Shaymin, Cresselia, Magmortar, Electivire, Alakazam, Tangrowth and Arcanine!
|Pokémon: Black and White Volume 16|
Team Plasma leader N shakes Black's faith in his relationship with his Pokémon. Then, just when Black is about to call it quits and go home, he gets a last-minute chance to earn the final Pokemon badge he needs to be eligible to compete in the Pokemon League! How will Black regain his confidence in time to win this crucial gym battle...?
Plus, meet the Elite Four: Shauntal, Grimsley, Marshall and Caitlin!
|Seraph of the End Volume 1|
After a catastrophic epidemic kills every adult on earth, vampires arise from the shadows to enslave the remaining human population. Yuichiro and his friends are kept as vampire fodder in a creepy institution masquerading as an orphanage. One day, Yuichiro's dreams of fighting back are realized when the orphans stage a daring escape. But things go horribly wrong, and his dream is kept alive at a cruel price.
Toriko Vol. 22
After a brutal showdown at Chowlin Temple, the IGO and Gourmet Corp. speed toward an inevitable clash! But before all-out war erupts, the coming Gourmet Solar Eclipse stirs four fearsome beasts larger and more deadly than anyone has seen in centuries. Only Toriko and the Four Kings can stop the Four Beast!
|New Lone Wolf & Cub Vol. 1|
Ogami Itto, the Lone Wolf, and his nemesis, Yagyu Retsudo, lie dead after their titanic duel. Ogami's young son, Daigoro, stays at his father's side, and none dares help the child - save Togo Shigetada, a samurai on a desperate and deadly mission of his own! Sequel to Lone Wolf and Cub.
|Voice Over! Seiyu Academy Volume 5|
Hime's producer Yamada has decided to let her have some time off for good behavior, so he sets up a trip to a lake for her and the rest of the Stragglers. But will Hime ruin the vacation when her idea of a fun time turns out to be a bust?!
|Millennium Snow Omnibus 1|
Chiyuki should be in high school having the time of her life, but her health is failing, and she's spending her last days living in the hospital. She makes the most of the time she has left, even though things aren't that exciting - until she runs across a reluctant vampire late one chilly night. Can Chiyuki teach Touya to feel a passion for life, even as her own is ending?
Collects volumes 1-2 in an omnibus format.
|One Piece Omnibus - Skypiea Vol. 9|