Welcome everyone to the first week of August 2014's DVD/Blu-Ray releases! We have a large selection this week. After finishing Inuyasha marathon via HULU (see New Summer 2014 Marathon: Sailor Moon, Inuyasha, and Arrow (HULU)) last Monday, I think I want to do a marathon on Cardcaptor Sakura because I never finished the series. Plus, Kids WB censor the series just like any other anime series. Oreimo 2 was a good anime series. The true ending was very controversial. The limited edition has the OVAs and an awesome package with plenty of goodies. I love the series, but the ending made me cringe a bit. I can't spoil folks who haven't try the show yet. That's all of the series I'm familiar with. Short Peace is on my watch list after being hooked on its trailer.
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.
|Cardcaptor Sakura - Complete Collection [Limited Edition] Blu-Ray|
Contains episodes 1-70.
Note: Each episode features both English and Japanese audio, and is unedited.
|Cardcaptor Sakura DVD Set 1, 2, and 3|
Set 1 (Season 1): Episodes 1-23
Set 2 (Season 2): 24-46
Set 3 (Season 3): 47-70
|Dragon Ball Z - Season Six (Blu-Ray)|
The day of reckoning upon them, Goku and the Z-Fighters line up to participate in Cell's twisted game, the world's best hope of defeating the monster. But they are not the only ones brave enough to accept the challenge - the reigning World Martial Arts Champion, Mr. Satan, has also stepped into the ring! Now, with the fate of the human race hanging in the balance, one of these valiant fighters must come forward to defeat the seemingly invincible Perfect Cell - but who will it be?
|Freezing DVD/Blu-Ray Complete Series|
Eager to follow in the footsteps of his fallen sister, Kazuya enrolls at West Genetics Academy, a training facility for buxom heroes known as Pandoras. These courageous schoolgirls are genetically enhanced with enough sex appeal to cripple a man – and the superhuman strength to slaughter aliens by the dozen. Kazuya's role is that of Limiter, a Pandora's battle partner, and he quickly sets his sights on the most feared beauty in school, Satellizer el Bridget. This full-figured annihilator of aliens is as desirable as she is deadly, but rubbing her the wrong way could lead to gross bodily harm.
Can Kazuya forge a bond with his new partner and rise to the top of the ranks at West Genetics? Or will he fall victim to the mysterious bloodlust lurking within Satellizer?
|Love Lab - Complete Collection|
It would have been bad enough if Natsuo only wanted advice, but Fujisaki Girls Academy's most brilliant student is also the most obsessive, and simply talking about the opposite sex isn't sufficient. No, Natsuo postulates hypothetical scenarios and "researches" them in her secret Love Lab! And since interaction with boys is banned at Fujisaki, guess who has to help act those fantasies out? As other girls join the Love Lab, Riko's role as the group's love-master becomes even worse - because she ISN'T one! Most boys don't even LIKE her, but how can she admit that without destroying the friendships she now cherishes?
Contains episodes 1-13.
Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
|Oreimo 2 - Complete Collection [Limited Edition] (Sub.DVD)|
This limited edition contains 16 pin-up postcards of "Ending Cards" of all 16 episodes; a 44-page deluxe booklet of character designs, an art gallery, and creator messages; and a "From Chiba to the World" poster featuring Kirino and Kuroneko, all housed in a deluxe chipboard artbox!
Contains episodes 1-13 of season 2 plus the following OVA episodes:
|Sengoku Collection - Complete Collection (Sub.DVD)|
|Yuyushiki - Complete Collection (Sub. Blu-Ray)|
Okay, so maybe it's not the club itself, but the three girls you're most likely to find there. And maybe they do spend more time chatting about their social lives and debating things like the virtues of ketchup versus mayonnaise than they do learning about the ins and outs of a keyboard, but whatever they're up to, it's sure to put a smile on your face.
So come learn what the mysterious YuiYukari Formula is all about and join serious Yui, hyperactive Yuzuko and lovable but not quite in touch with reality Yukari as they experience life's ups, downs, surprises, and occasionally, the internet!
A lone traveler is confronted by unusual spirits in an abandoned shrine in the 2013 Academy Award nominated Possessions (Tsukumo), directed by Shuhei Morita (Coicent, Kakurenbo). A mysterious white bear defends the royal family from the predations of a red demon in the brutal Gambo, directed by Hiroaki Ando (Five Numbers!) from Redline's Katsuhito Ishii's original story with character designs by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Neon Genesis Evangelion).
The focus shifts from supernatural to science fiction for the action-packed A Farewell To Weapons (Buki Yo Saraba), as Mobile Suit Gundam designer Hajime Katoki helms Otomo's tour-de-force saga of men battling robotic tanks in apocalyptic Tokyo, while grandmaster Otomo himself assumes the directorial reigns for a spectacular tale of love, honor and firefighting in ancient Japan with the multi-award winning Combustible (Hi-No-Youjin).
Prepare your senses for the animated films that are taking the critical world by storm as a new era in anime is ushered in with Katsuhiro Otomo's Short Peace!
The following content is for adults 18 and over. Please view at your discretion.
|Destined for Love - Complete Collection (DVD)|
|Maison Plaisir (DVD)|
Welcome everyone to my Summer 2014 marathon blog, Inuyasha. In the previous blog (New Summer 2014 Marathon: Sailor Moon, Inuyasha, and Arrow (HULU)), I was planning to do a marathon on this series along with Sailor Moon and Arrow. However, I didn't have time to start on Arrow due to the wiki work and outside job I had as well as summer school back in July.
This project of mine is to show that our community has folks who can get their friends to try new anime and manga especially for beginners who haven't started watching anime or read manga yet.
Here's a list of blogs where I tried so many recommendations from my good friends in this community.
- Summer Experience 2012 - I tried Astarotte's Toy, One Piece manga, Highschool of the Dead, Puella Magi Madoka...
- Winter Experiences 2012-13 - Tried Angel Beats, Accel World, Black Lagoon...
- Spring 2013 Experiences: Trying out New Anime and Manga - Tried Haganai, Oreimo, and From the New World (Shin Sekai Yori)
- Summer 2013 Experiences: Trying out New Anime and Manga - Tried Gurren Lagann and Haruhi Suzumiya
- Winter 2013-14 Experiences - Tried No. 6, Psycho-Pass, School Days, and Toriko
Back in middle school, I had cable for about a year. I got introduced to anime for a short time even though I seen Pokemon, Digimon, and other anime series on the mainstream channels, Kids WB and Fox Kids. As a young child, I thought they were just cartoon and didn't know what was anime. It was only until college in my sophomore year, I got really serious about anime after joining Anime Vice back in 2010. I would call myself a fairly young anime fan.
For Inuyasha, I saw it on Adult Swim around midnight. I was captured by the series' tone and its characters. The shows I watched on Kids WB and Fox Kids were Americanized, devoid of any Japanese culture. Inuyasha paint what was it like in feudal Japan, making me more interested in history and the culture of Japan. I actually asked one of my middle school teachers about his vacation in Japan and what was it like in the country. I never been out of the States ever since I immigrated from my home country.
My time with Inuyasha as a young kid was cut short. This summer starting in June 2014, I wanted to finish the series when I was contemplating what to watch during my summer break while trying to keep up with summer school. Around the same time, my friend, Dream, was also doing a marathon on the series. He finished before me. He watched it on DVD while I watch it on HULU. He informed me that the series had a sequel which gives the true ending, Inuysha Final Act. What's strange when I checked it on HULU, it was all subbed. During July's 2nd week, I finish the series and started diving into Final Act which had all of the dubbed episodes. I did continue all the way in dub. I never saw the series in subbed.
Compared to what I felt toward the series during the 13 years gap is was pretty profound. I saw how the voice acting was a bit bad compared to how I remembered it. The voices grew on me, and I love it. Kagome's voice took me the longest to get used to. During the Koga arc with the Birds of Paradise, Kagome scream so shrill which annoyed me. I never heard a scream like that in dubbed anime. I was pretty lax on the animation since it was an old show. I'm more strict on the newer anime series I watch post 2010. Seeing Final Act retain the old style from its predecessor and making it improved was a joy for me. I seen Sailor Moon Crystal during my marathon on Sailor Moon (starting back in May 2014). Seeing the difference between the art style, I lean towards the classic Sailor Moon. It could be the mother goose imprint syndrome, but I love Sailor Moon's classic look, it's more expressive and feels natural to me than Sailor Moon Crystal's less expressive art style.
Wrapping this up, Inuyasha was one of a kind series. Having watched Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, Fairy Tail due being primarily a Shonen fan, Inuyasha step out of the mold a bit. It still holds the cliche inner demon that Katmic observed from Ichigo, Soul (of Soul Eater), Naruto, and other Shonen heroes. Its romance was realistic. I was annoyed by Kagome and Inuyasha's romance, but it was done realistically and grew into a beautiful relationship compared to other Shonen series that either execute it poorly by making it shallow or letting it skate around while fans make speculations on their own. Most Shonen series suffer from pacing and filler issues. I never read Inuyasha manga yet. It felt natural to me. They had a small character cast compared to most mainstream and obscure Shonen series. They spotlight the characters with good story telling in a way that you want to see the characters grow and develop over time. For the main villain, he was shown pretty early, but he was feature in a way that he wasn't used up. By used up, I refer to Jojo's Bizarre Adventure's Dio and Bleach's Aizen and loosely, Korra's Amon. Those villains are personally favorites of mine, but they were introduce so early and didn't develop enough time to show us their true potential.
I would definitely recommend Inuyasha for shonen fans. It will show you a great deal of difference between how Shonen series incorporates their characters, their growth, and romance elements.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the series. Feel free to make recommendations here or on my list of Anime Vicer's recommended shows. I would love to try them.
Thank you everyone for reading.
To commemorate the 15th anniversary of Digimon Adventures, there has been an announcement for a sequel to Digimon Adventures that is coming to Spring 2015. Here's the trailer.
Taichi is 17 years old in high school with his partner, Agumon. The new sequel will tell a new story of the DigiDestined.
In the Digimon Adventures 15th Anniversary Event, there is a special Blu-Ray Box that contains the first 54 episodes of Digimon Advnetures. It includes a special drama CD. The release date is March 3, 2014. The Digimon Movies Blu-Ray (1998-2006) will be shipped on January 9, 2015. It includes a bonus 3D disc (Blu0Ray) with 3D film shorts, Digimon Adventure: Digimmon Grand Prix! by Mamoru Hosoda and Digimon Savers: Digital World Kiki Ippatsu by Tetsuji Nakamura.
Welcome to this two week special! We have a huge selection. I'm familiar with some of these titles.
Please feel free to share your thoughts on what manga releases you're interested in this week. Thank you.
The covers are from Amazon and Right Stuf.
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.
|Battle Angel Alita Last Order Omnibus 4|
MADNESS IN MULTIPLES
In the depths of Melchizedek, Alita inches closer to recovering her dear friend’s brain but not before she is greeted by Mbadi and a rather duplicitous Desty Nova doppleganger. Meanwhile, Sechs and the other members of the Space Angels make their way through ZOTT, where Sechs comes to face a universally renowned Space Karate master in a show of technique, toughness and…thumbs?
|Black Butler Volume 17|
Will his appearance shed light on the fate of the students who have gone missing, or will the mysteries continue to pile up within these hallowed school grounds?
|Blood Lad Volume 5|
Using Staz's powerful magic, Braz has successfully resurrected his father, Richarz, former king of the Demon World. Staz is furious that his brother has swindled him yet again-with Staz's blood and Braz's efforts going toward resurrection research, Staz and Fuyumi are back to square one on restoring her human body. But more pressing than Fuyumi's precarious state is that of the Demon World! When the dust settles, will a vampire or a werewolf be sitting on the throne?!
|Inu x Boku SS Volume 4|
The elite and beautiful Ririchiyo Shirakiin has a bad habit--she can't help but lash out at people with her vicious tongue, all while hiding behind a mask of haughty cool. This attitude has a lot to do with people minding her business because of the Shirakiin family name, but it troubles Ririchiyo to no end. In search of independence and solitude, she moves to the Maison de Ayakashi, an apartment building full of wealthy tenants and with its own Secret Service. Ririchiyo is eager to be alone, but upon her arrival, she is greeted by Soushi, an SS agent arranged for her by her parents. Ririchiyo tries to turn Soushi away, but Soushi's dogged devotion to his new mistress will not be deterred. The threat against the residents of the Maison de Ayakashi are not to be taken lightly, after all. And despite his puppy-like demeanor, Soushi is not to be trifled with either...
|Is this a Zombie? Volume 8|
Cursed by the teeny tiny Queen of Villiers, Ayumu is shocked to discover that no one seems to remember him, not even Eu! (Onii-chan is crying in the corner all by himself, Eu. Haruna-emon, doooo something!) Then, when Sera mistakes Ayumu for her lover, the two end up in close quarters... in the bath?!
|The Infernal Devices Vol. 3: Clockwork Princess|
The threat of Mortmain's Infernal Devices looms as the Shadowhunters race to work out a way to counteract the mechanical monsters. Meanwhile, plans for Tessa's marriage to Jem are underway, despite her fiance's failing health and the unresolved feelings between her and Will. When Tessa is captured, Will must leave his comrade behind to save the woman they both love. But with the final missing piece - Tessa herself - in Mortmain's possession, can anything stop his plot for revenge?
|No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I"m Not Popular! Volume 4|
As the second term of high school winds down, Tomoko Kuroki's life continues to be full of awesome...nothing. But ever the optimist, she pins her hopes on the possibilities that winter break will bring. Unfortunately, there's a cold breeze blowing in more ways than one, and Tomoko's in for a disappointment. Is she doomed to spend her theoretically monumental first year as an HSG without any friends at all?!
|Omamori Himari Volume 12|
Kuesu, who has returned to the fold as an immortal, arouses great joy and relief in Yuuto. But at the sight of her beloved Young Lord happy and in the arms of another, Himari succumbs to the dark beast that dwells within her and goes on a rampage. As a demon slayer whose duty it is to stop out-of-control ayakashi like Himari, what decision will Yuuto make?! Find out in the moving conclusion to Omamori Himari!
|Pandora Hearts Volume 21|
What you have been granted is the "possibility" of survival. "I want you to be 'happy'..." With these parting words, one man sacrifices himself to save Oz and his companions, who have been chased into a corner. That sentiment succeeds in awakening Oz's heart, long held captive in the depths of his own soul, as though breaking all the chains that bind him... But when Oz learns of the heavy price of his revival, can his resolve withstand it?
|Soul Eater Volume 21|
Crona's crimes have become too terrible to ignore, and the troubled youth is added to Shinigami's list. Hoping to reach her friend first, Maka extends her soul perception ability to engulf the entire planet. But the sweep delivers even more than she had bargained for: the location of the Kishin's hideout!
|Soul Eater Not! Volume 3|
The attack on Eternal Feather is a cruel reminder that there is very real danger out there for the weapons and meisters of DWMA. Tsugumi is more determined than ever to develop her skills so that she can defend her friends in the future. But the road ahead is filled with challenges...and silliness!
|Umineko When They Cry Episode 4: Alliance of the Golden Witch Volume 1|
Twelve years after her loved ones were brutally murdered at the annual family meeting, Ange Ushiromiya, now 18, is the sole heir of the Ushiromiya family. Ostracized by her peers, Ange seeks companionship in the pages of a diary left behind by her cousin, Maria. The diary offers a precious glimpse of Maria's world - her struggles at school, her friendship with stuffed lion Sakutarou, and her fascination with magic. It's as if the diary contains the last remnants of Ange's dear cousin... and an opportunity for Ange to discover the magic within herself...
Wandering Son Vol. 7 is released on July 31.
|From the New World Volume 5|
There's a fox in the henhouse known as Kamisu 66-Acreage - a Fiend! Saki and her friends are now in a position where they cannot defend against their mass destruction. Those given their genetic composition and programming, even gods themselves run, but cannot hide.
|My Little Monster Volume 3|
Haru confirms his love for Shizuku after a talk with the class rep, Chizuru Oshima (who also has feelings for Haru!). Meanwhile, confused and unsure, Shizuku decides to eliminate her feelings towards Haru in order to focus on her studies. Will Haru be able to change her mind? The school fesival brings chaos and rivalries as personalities clash!
|Wandering Son Volume 7|
Nitori-kun gets his first signs of acne. This may well be the end of the world. But when he turns to nationally famous model Anna-chan for help, events take an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, Nitori-kun and Chiba-san are scouted by the theater club after the success of their gender-bending play, The Rose of Versailles. But when Takatsuki-san congratulates Chiba-san, Chiba-san calls her a hypocrite. If Takatsuki-san wanted to join the theater club, she wouldn't congratulate Chiba-san — she'd be jealous. So says Chiba-san, but what does she know?
|Vinland Saga Book 4|
Meanwhile, Thorfinn watches events unfold that could steal away the vengeance he has waited so long to achieve...
The DVD and Blu-Ray release is on August 26 for North America.
At the tender age of 15, Kuroki Tomoko has already dated dozens and dozens of boys and she's easily the most popular girl around! The only problem is that absolutely none of that is real, and her perfect world exists only via dating games and romance shows. In fact, the sad truth is that she gets tongue tied just talking to people, and throughout middle school she's only had one actual friend. All of this makes Kuroki's entrance into the social pressure cooker of high school a new and special kind of hell.
While Kuroki desperately wants to be popular, she's actually worse off than she would be if she was completely clueless as to how to go about it. After all, the things that work in "otome" games rarely play out the same way in reality, especially when the self-appointed "leading lady" isn't the paragon she thinks she is. There's not much gain and plenty of pain ahead, but even if it happens again and again, there's always someone else to blame!
There was a trailer from Anime Network with Tomoko's English VA. However, I'm not sure if that's the actual VA used for Sentai Filmworks.