Welcome to another week of DVD and Blu-Ray releases! It's a small selection for the summer season. I haven't tried Busou Shinki, Shiki, and Red Data Girl. I know my teammate Acura Max watched that show. Chances are we have similar tastes, so I might like the show. It's been a while since I watch Pokemon. I'm on X and Y, watching random episodes with children at Church. I missed the first episode where Ash meets S
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.
|Busou Shinki: Armored War Goddess DVD Complete Collection|
Some guys wait their entire life to meet the girl of their dreams, but high school freshman Rihito is already living with four of them! And they're (almost) always ready and willing to help him with whatever difficult task their "Master" needs to be handled. So, how did Rihito get to be so lucky?
Well, while Hina, Ann, Ines and Rene may not be exactly high maintenance, Rihito does have to make sure that they're lubricated regularly and their batteries are recharged. That's because they're Shinki: tiny, six-inch high, customizable androids. But don't let their tiny size fool you. These little ladies have more than full-size intelligence and emotions, and since each one would prefer to be Rihito's favorite, there's sure to be a little mechanical friction! Get ready for sparks to fly as these battery powered princesses take charge of Rihito's world!
Contains episodes 1-13.
|RDG Red Data Girl DVD Complete Series|
Izumiko is a fifteen year old outcast who was raised in seclusion at an ancient shrine hidden deep within the forest. This mysterious teenager destroys any electrical device she attempts to use, and her painful shyness has left her with few, if any, friends. Her world begins to evolve after enrolling in Houjou Academy, a school home to students of supernatural origins. Accompanied by her fated guardian, the brooding monk-in-training Miyuki, Izumiko soon discovers the shocking truth about herself: she is a vessel for the spirt of a powerful and vengeful goddess from a time long since passed. As her bond with Miyuki grows stronger, the spirit lurking within Izumiko begins to awaken. Can this fragile beauty learn to control her newfound power - or will the secret she carries make her the enemy of all mankind?
Special Features: Episode Commentaries (2, 7), Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song, U.S. Trailer, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
|Pokémon: Black & White: Rival Destinies DVD Set 3|
The way to Icirrus City is fraught with excitement and at Twist Mountain, they fall right in the middle of another Team Rocket plot. In Icirrus City, Ash finds himself on thin ice fighting for his seventh Gym Badge - literally! Then, Ash's quest for his eighth and final Gym Badge from Virbank City turns out to be a multimedia event. And everyone will face rivals old and new when their training is put to the ultimate test at the Pokemon World Tournament Junior Cup!
Contains episodes 25-49.
|Shiki DVD.Blu-Ray Complete Series - S.A.V,E, Edition|
When citizens of a secluded village begin dying off in alarming numbers, the sole hospital's head doctor tries desperately to save his patients. But his efforts are in vain. Entire families are wiped out while others desert their homes. All hell breaks loose as the villagers discover their loved ones' corpses are rising from the grave with an insatiable thirst for human blood. Haunting, hallucinogenic and unnerving to the core, Shiki stares into the hearts of both the hunter and the hunted. Who is safe when the urge to kill in order to survive blurs the line between man and monster?
Contains episodes 1-22 plus episodes 20.5 and 21.5. Special Features: Episode Commentaries (1, 12, 18, 22), Preview Featurette Volumes 1-9, Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song, Trailers.
Last night while I was studying for exam this week, I was looking at the weekly manga releases for this week. I work on a project to promote manga releases in the US. (see my last week one, Weekly Manga Releases: June 10, 2014). I notice Right Stuf was having a Kodansha special sale. It was going to end at 11:59 CT. I was going through what Kodansha titles I wanted to buy besides Attack on Titan. I saw Vinland Saga, and I was curious because I remember Ben Applegate, an editor I listened to during the Kodansha Q & A Panel at Anime Expo 2013, was recommending this manga series along with Sankarea and Sherlock Bones. I told myself I'm going to preview one chapter to see if I like it or not. Then, buy the manga volume.
Okay, I just read 50 chapters or so illegally. (I'm a hypocrite, but I do buy manga volumes to support the industry). I ended up buying Missions of Love for little sister and Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 1-2 and Attack on Titan: No Regrets Vol. 1-2. I didn't get to buy Vinland Saga in time. I will buy key volumes of Vinland Saga that have explored a character and show their death in the future when Right Stuf holds another Kodansha special sale.
Damn, I just read over 100 chapters.
In conclusion, I never read something so addicting in a long time since One Piece (see Summer 2012 Experience: Trying Some New Anime and Manga). I read One Piece at my public library. They had around 25 volumes, so I did spent one whole day at the library reading from volume 1 to volume 12 or so. I ended up checking out later volumes to read at home. For Vinland Saga, I wanted to see what happened next. I couldn't stop at the end of story arcs where the Viking invasion stopped. What happened to our hero after his quest of vengeance has ended?
As a child, Thorfinn sat at the feet of the great Leif Ericson and thrilled to wild tales of a land far to the west. But his youthful fantasies were shattered by a mercenary raid. Raised by the Vikings who murdered his family, Thorfinn became a terrifying warrior, forever seeking to kill the band's leader, Askeladd, and avenge his father. Sustaining Throfinn through his ordeal are his pride in his family and his dreams of a fertile westward land, a land without war or slavery...the land Leif called Vinland.
Vinland Saga is based on the history of the Vikings that invaded England from the perspective of our main hero, Thorfinn. It's a tale that emphasizes three core themes:
If you love reading about warriors and their tale of hardships during war and peace time, it's a manga series for you. The violence in this manga series is on par with Attack on Titan. It's jarring for me because you see humans killing humans brutally compared to Titans killing humans brutally. Lots of decapitation and female nudity. While it doesn't show rape explicitly, it does have scenes of implied rape. In war, the Vikings and other countries plunder villages, kill the men, and rape the women. Then, they sell some of the women and men into slavery. I would not recommend this manga to teenagers and younger unless you have a thick skin.
Story revolves around Aladdin who finds a magic flute that houses a djinn name Ugo, a magical being that is similar to genie. The two travel together around the world to discover more djinns. Along the journey, Aladdin encounters and make friends as well as enemies, while discovering true purpose of his life.
Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic - Like Vinland Saga, this series has dark elements exploring war, slavery, and racism. Unlike Vinland Saga, Magi is more light hearted because there is no rape or really gorey violence. There was a decapitation scene once, but it was more watered down.
One Piece is an anime adaptation of Eiichiro Oda's manga. Following the adventures of Luffy and his mischievous friends out to find One Piece, and in their adventure they will find many enemies and friends that will help them in their journey.
One Piece - The series has emphasized slavery in two major story arcs late in the series: Sabaody Archipelago and Mermaid Island story arcs. Unlike Vinland Saga, One Piece is more about the adventure rather than war.
Thank you everyone for reading. I hope you try Vinland Saga. It's a good read.
*It's a four episode OVA series distributed episode by episode on those dates.
The story revolves around a doll called "Hybrid Child" which grows reflecting the owner's affection. Kotarou Izumi, who is the 16th head of the noble Izumi family, found a hybrid child at the garbage disposal spot when he was eight years old. He has lived with the doll named Hazuki for 10 years since then. However, Kotarou learns Hazuki's life is close to the end.
For more Summer 2014 anime and movie trailers, please check out the Summer 2014 Anime Trailer Guide.
I know it's not Friday, but today is Father's Day. I got sidetracked due to work, school, and other businesses. Hey everyone, how was father's day? I spent the whole day working at the diner with my father. That was pretty much it aside from being shocked that he wanted me to take over the business.
Anyways, let's get started on this weird blog/project I started out on a spur of the moment a few months ago or so. Previous Fetish Fridays were done with comments from Twitter. I ask random Vicers and former Vicers about their fetishes. Sometimes, they found me crazy and ignored me. Others shared with me with some fun details. I share that with everyone after explaining why is this a fetish. Right now, I didn't had time to ask folks on Twitter. I would love to for next time.
My brain is fried after working the whole day. I was reading the MILF and Mature Men and Women Fetish friday blogs to refresh my memory.
That's all I have for now. Here's a quick list of anime fathers I thought of a few minutes ago. I excluded deceased fathers.
|Kotetsu T. Kaburagi|
He's a proud superhero, Wild Tiger, who finds himself forced into a partnership with a new guy. He is a brash, reckless guy but good natured. He's on my list for being a cool dad.
A womanizer and one of the Top Death Scythes in DWMA. For those who haven't seen Soul Eater, there are folks who protect others by becoming a weapon and joining a Meister, the person who wields the weapon. After a divorce with his wife, Spirit tries to make it up to Maka, his daughter. Despite being a bad dad and unfaithful to his wife, he's on my list for being one of the entertaining characters I grew to love along with Stein and Shinigami in the show.
Father of Ichigo Kurosaki - a doting man who treats his daughters like princesses but roughs his son with tough love. He's a single father, raising three kids by himself after losing his wife. (Can't mention spoilers here for new folks who just got into Bleach)
He's on my list for being a fun character.
When he was his own main character during Battle Tendency arc, he was nothing like his father who was a true gentleman. Joseph is arrogant and cocky in his abilities. Facing a strong opponent he cannot beat yet, he would cheat his way out. Now, in Stardust Crusaders, he plays the grandpa role to Jotaro and father role to Holy.
Thank you everyone for reading. What's your list of cool anime and manga dads?
In the underground Diamond Domain, home to many Carbink, the Mythical Pokémon Diancie serves as ruler. The Heart Diamond that sustains the land is beginning to fall apart, and Diancie is not yet strong enough to create a new one. While seeking help from the Legendary Pokémon Xerneas, Diancie encounters a group of thieves who want to take control of its diamond-producing power—and who awaken the Legendary Pokémon Yveltal from its cocoon in the process. Ash and his friends now must help Diancie discover its true power, stop Yveltal's rampage, and save the Diamond Domain.
For more Summer 2014 anime and movie trailers, please check out the Summer 2014 Anime Trailer Guide.