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Welcome everyone, it's a small selection this week.

Familiar series

  • My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with my School Romantic Comedy (Noucome for short) - It's a comedic harem series with mild fan service. It revolves around Kanade who has a curse, a curse that forces him to pick random 3 choices. Otherwise, he gets an insufferable migraine. It's one of those series I believe that works better without the harem aspect.
  • Gurren Lagann - For folks love mechs, fan service with lots of Gainax Bounce, over the top fight scenes, and drama. I seen it back in spring 2013 prior to Kill la Kill which aired in fall 2013. Loved both series.
  • Sailor Moon - I would recommend to any audience. It doesn't matter what gender. Guys can enjoy Sailor Moon. It may seem girly, but it has some stuff that wouldn't appeal to children. I haven't finish the series. It's a good start for fans who hasn't dive into the magical girl genre. You can also check out Madoka which deconstructs the magical girl genre after you watch most of Sailor Moon.

Unfamiliar series

I'm interested in two shows:

  • Patema Inverted - I'm in the mood for sci-fi lately due to Psycho Pass 2 and recent experiences with shows that made touch the surface of the Sci-Fi genre in anime.
  • Time of Eve - After reading the synopsis, Chobits came to my mind first. I haven't finished Chobits. I'm interested in the sociological and psychological aspect of humans and androids.

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

  • Gurren Lagann and Time of Eve are listed on Right Stuf and ANN but not Amazon.

DVD and Blu-ray Releases

Gurren Lagann (Blu-Ray 1)
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98
This is the story of a man who has yet to realize what destiny holds in store for him...
In the distant future, mankind has lived quietly and restlessly underground for hundreds of years, subject to earthquakes and cave-ins. Living in one such village are two young men: Simon, who is shy and naive; and Kamina, who believes in the existence of a "surface" world above their heads. The destiny of these two starts moving drastically when the ceiling of their village falls in, and a gigantic "Gunmen" and a beautiful girl named Yoko, wielding a superconductive rifle, come from the surface. Together, Kamina, Simon, and Yoko ride the mecha "Lagann" that Simon digs out of the ground, and fly up to the surface!

  • Contains episodes 1-5 plus a double-sided poster and a 16-page booklet featuring creator interviews and an illustration gallery!
  • Special Features: Textless Opening and Ending, Episode 5 Preview (On-Air Version).
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
High School DxD New (Season 2) (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $64.98, $69.98 (Limited Edition)
Issei Hyodo is back with all of his voluptuous friends, only this time he has more power than ever before. With the Excalibur swords and the Archangel Michael joining him in battle against the deadliest of foes yet, only time will tell if the Occult Research Club continues to thrive or if new leadership is needed to usher in a new magical era.
My mental choices are completely interfering with my school romantic comedy (Blu-Ray) or (DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98 (Blu-Ray), $49.98 (DVD)
Due to a strange curse called Absolute Choice, Kanade Amakusa's life has turned into a "choose your own adventure" game from Hell. Series of options that seem designed to cause him the maximum possible duress and/or public embarrassment randomly appear in front of him, and if he doesn't choose one he suffers agonizing pain. Needless to say, his resulting bizarre behavior has already branded him as one of his school's five worst social misfits, and things get even weirder when he chooses one of the strangest options yet: "have a beautiful girl fall from the sky."

Not only does the adorable Chocolat drop on him like a bag of bricks, but she seems to have been sent to help remove the curse! Only, she can't remember how because she has amnesia. But it has something to do with missions he has to perform, and if he fails to achieve the objective of any of them, he'll be stuck with the curse for life!

  • Contains episodes 1-11.
  • Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation.
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
Patema Inverted (Blu-Ray) or (DVD)
  • Distributor: New Video Group
  • Suggested retail price: $34.95 (Blu-Ray), $29.95 (DVD)
Princess Patema lives in an underground world, but one day tumbles headlong into a void and out into the wide open world above the surface. Age is a student on this surface world when he spies Patema hanging upside-down from a tree. He pulls her down to safety, struggling to keep her earthbound. Together they master the art of navigating competing gravitational forces and set out to discover the secret that keeps their worlds apart.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Sailor Moon - Season 1 Part 1 (DVD)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $44.82
Usagi Tsukino is a cheerful 14-year-old schoolgirl who often finds herself in unwanted trouble. One day, she saves a talking cat named Luna from some mean kids, and her life is changed forever. Luna gives Usagi a magic brooch that transforms her into Sailor Moon, defender of love and justice! Now Usagi must work with Luna to find the other Sailor Guardians and the Moon Princess, whose Legendary Silver Crystal is Earth's only hope against the dark forces of the evil Queen Beryl!

  • Contains episodes 1-23.
  • Special Features: Convention Highlights, Trailers.
  • Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C3 - Complete Collection (Sub.Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98
When Yura Yamato's roommate Sonora asks her to join her club, it quickly becomes clear that the girls of Stella Women's Academy are VERY different. It turns out that she belongs to a club known as C3 (which stands for Command, Control and Communications) whose main afterschool activity is playing survival games! It's not a typical teenage girl pastime, but Sonora and her trigger-happy friends are seriously into it. The question that puts her in the crosshairs of a dilemma is if she has what it takes to join up, stand up, and deliver in the face of friendly fire.

  • Contains episodes 1-13.
  • Special Features: Clean Opening & Closing Animations.
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
Welcome to the Space Show (Blu-Ray) or (DVD)
  • Distributor: New Video Group
  • Suggested retail price: $29.95 (Blu-Ray), $19.97 (DVD)
While looking for their missing class pet, a rabbit named Pyon-Kichi, five elementary school kids on a school trip find and rescue a dog that turns out to be an alien. He invites them to visit the moon as a reward for helping him. However, through a strange series of events, they become stranded and must make their way across the galaxy to get to his home world and then return to Earth.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
Time of Eve: The Movie Blu-ray (Hyb)
  • Distributor: Pied Piper
  • Soundtrack CD ($34.95), Deluxe Edition + Soundtrack CD ($59.95),
Influenced by the Robot Ethics Committee, it's become common sense for people to treat androids like household appliances. Their appearance - indistinguishable from humans except for the ring over each android's head - has led some people to empathize unnecessarily with androids. Known as "android-holics", such people have become a social problem.

Rikuo, a high school student, has been taught from childhood that androids are not to be viewed as humans, and has always used them as convenient tools. One day Rikuo discovers some strange data in the behavior records of his family's household android, Sammy. Rikuo and his friend Masaki trace Sammy's movements, only to discover a mysterious cafe that features a house rule that "humans and robots are to be treated the same"...

Includes the short films Pale Cocoon and Aquatic Language, plus the official soundtrack.

Special Features: Seven Bonus Videos (Interviews, Behind the Scenes, Opening Day), Audio Commentary, Art Gallery.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles, French subtitles, German subtitles, Italian subtitles, Spanish subtitles, Portuguese subtitles, Chinese subtitles, Russian subtitles. Hebrew subtitles for movie and short films only.
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Last Saturday was the premiere of Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction on Cartoon Network. I was at home, babysitting my neighbor's child who wanted me to watch the movie with her. This blog is just a diversion for me to take a break from school, wiki projects, and other forum moderation.

Summary

Ash and his crew run into Diancie who is being pursued by thieves. Once Ash and his crew save Diancie, they become Diancie's body guards on her royal adventure to seek out Xerneas. Diancie is on a quest to receive Xerneas powers in order for her to make the heart diamond which save her kingdom.

Can Ash and his gang get Diancie to save her kingdom?

Verdict

It has been a long time since I watched a Pokemon film. I stopped at Heroes.

Beware of Spoilers!

Good

  • It's a good film for children. It had that Ghibli vibe. I get into that when we get to the bad section. Teaches kids to respect mother nature and to be altruistic. Ash and his gang just help Diance out of their good heart without truly knowing her.
  • Mega Evolution and Pokemon Fun: Besides Diance cheating and making her mega stone, I thought it was cool seeing her Mega Evolve. It was nice to see the final evolutions of the Kalos starters along with trainers who cosplay. You got a fire mage and a water shinobi. It's a bit strange Serena, Ash, and Clemont didn't have any new Pokemon. Their group is a bit smaller than Ash's past groups.

Bad

  • Lack of a Climax: My main problem with Ponyo and Totoro was that their climax was not much of hi stake conflict. It resolves too easily and peaceful. That's why I had a Ghibli vibe from this film. The action for the final fight against Yveltal was lack luster. Xerneas just showed up, and Yveltal left without any resistance. That was it.

Bizarre

  • Continuity Errors: Didn't Ash and his crew see Xerneas in the series during the Pokemon camp arc? They shouldn't be surprised at Xerneas like they saw it for the first time.
  • Diancie isn't provoking the crowd to look at her as a legendary Pokemon. No one is at awe with her, taking pictures of her, or gather around her. She walks in a busy mall. People regarded as a regular Pokemon. I felt that was odd because Mew, Celebi, and others were so secretive and elusive, avoiding human contact.

All in all, it was a good film for young Pokemon fans. For the older audience, it's doesn't match up to the older films in terms of action and story. The music in the film is forgettable.

Thanks everyone! I hope you enjoy the film.

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This week's manga releases is huge. I'm going to be late with this one and finished in 2 or 3 sitting when I get back from a meeting tonight at 7 PM.

Familiar Manga Series I'm looking forward to:

  • Blue Exorcist - For folks who love supernatural shonen with demons and exorcists.
  • Alice in the Country of Clover - For folks who love Alice in the Country of Hearts. You can't read this until you read the main series.
  • Attack on Titan - For folks who love action and horror shonen series, it's the struggle for humanity's survival against Titans who prey on humans
  • D. Gray-Man - It's like Blue Exorcist but more dark and brutal in the blood bath. Instead of demons, you fight Akuma and Noah.

I would love to hear your recommendations on the rest of the manga series featured this week. 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

  • ANN listed Ranma this week while Fandom Post and Right Stuf didn't.
  • Amazon, Fandom Post, and Right Stuf has Attack on Titan Vol. 14 listed this week.

Manga Releases

Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight's Knowledge Volume 3
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

Romance and danger with the Knave of Hearts continues!

Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge chronicles the further adventures of Alice as she goes deeper down the rabbit hole. Like the other New York Times bestselling books in the Alice in the Country of Clover series, this new volume is an oversized edition that features impressive artwork and color pinups.

The Ace of Hearts, the Knight of Heart Castle, is Wonderland’s resident bad boy and master swordsman. He may be dashing and handsome, but his love represents a danger the likes of which Alice has never seen. Can the cruel yet charming knight win Alice’s heart?

Attack on Titan Volume 14
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested Retail Price: $10.99

Commander Erwin has finally come to a decision: Putting their own wealth and position ahead of the survival of humanity, the royal government is no longer fit to lead. To execute their leader's most audacious plan yet, Eren and Krista will have to put themselves in peril yet again, and Armin, Mikasa, and the rest of the Survey Corps will have to turn from humanity's guardians into traitors. If they fail this time, they'll face not a Titan's gaping mouth, but the gallows...

Black Rose Alice Volume 2
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Azusa Kikukawa agrees to sacrifice herself as the next breeding ground for the vampire group in exchange for Dimitri healing her fatally wounded young boyfriend. But now that the deal is struck, Azusa finds herself in a strange house and a strange body, surrounded by the men she must choose from for her deadly embrace...

Bleach Vol. 62 Heart of Wolf

Distributor: Viz Media Suggested retail price: $9.99 Unable to use their Bankai special abilities, the Soul Reaper captains are at a severe disadvantage against the invading Quincy army. Urahara has a plan to turn the tide of battle, but will it be enough as the Quincies continue their onslaught?!

Blue Exorcist Volume 12
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

As the True Cross Academy festival reaches its peak, trouble is brewing. While Izumo confronts Nemu Takara, Rin and the rest of the Exwires race to find her. The betrayal they discover and the tragic details of Izumo's past will shake them to the core and herald the beginning of an all-out war between the Illuminati and the Knights of the True Cross!

Claymore Volume 25
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Three battles unfold around the holy city of Rabona as demonic forces seek to destroy one another, the rebel Claymores, and the city itself. Seemingly intent on devouring all life, monsters of unprecedented strength rage on as the rebels struggle to contain them. Could the cause of this rage lie in a distant childhood memory?

Gantz Volume 33
  • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

While humans on the ground believe the war with the aliens is over, aboard the invaders' mothership human prisoners face a parade of horrors in a circus of death for the televised amusement of the offworlders. And as Kei desperately tries to find his beloved Tae, the only help he gets comes from an unexpected source--one of the aliens!

Kiss of the Rose Princess Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Anise Yamamoto has been told that if she ever removes the rose choker given to her by her father, a terrible punishment will befall her. Unfortunately she loses that choker when a bat-like being falls from the sky and hits her. Anise is granted four cards representing four knights whom she can summon with a kiss. But now that she has these gorgeous men at her beck and call, what exactly is her quest?!

LBX - New Dawn Raisers Volume 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Van Yamano loves Little Battlers eXperience, also known as LBXs, the hot toy of the future in present day 2050. And it's kind of cool that his dad invented them! But when the plane his dad is on goes down, everything goes wrong for Van. Until he starts getting hints that his dad may be still alive... and that a secret organization is coming after Van to procure the secrets that might be hidden inside his own LBX robot, Achilles!

LBX - Artemis Begins Volume 2
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Van enters the LBX World Tournament, Artemis, and begins to battle his opponents. He's trained well, but he's still a noob. Can he hold his own against the best of the best? His father's true fate could hang in the balance.

Nisekoi Volume 6
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Love triangle! Comedic antics!! Gang warfare?!

You won’t want to miss out on Shonen Jump's laugh-out-loud feel-good manga series! It's hate at first sight when Raku Ichijo first meets Chitoge Kirisaki. But much to their chagrin, the two are forced into a false love relationship to keep the peace between their feuding gangster families.

Just when things seem to be going well between the two, a misunderstanding during their beach trip puts a damper on their false relationship. Back in school, Raku and Chitoge are selected to play Romeo and Juliet at the school festival. However, Chitoge's still mad at Raku and refuses the role! When the class draws names for a new Juliet, Kosaki gets the part. But on the big day, nothing goes as planned!

Pokemon Adventures: Black and White Volume 5
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

White tests out a Pokemon battleground prototype: the Battle Subway. Meanwhile, Black is happily reunited with an old friend... under unhappy circumstances.

Then Gym Leader Clay reveals a dangerous secret. Now Black must prove himself to the other Unova Gym Leaders so he can join their team to fight a common enemy - an evil organization that might jeopardize the Pokemon League Championship itself! Will Black earn the trust of the Unova Gym Leaders in time... by ringing a bell?!

Pokemon Adventures - Firered & Leafgreen Volume 25
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

One of Team Rocket's Three Beasts turns against their leader Giovanni and seeks to usurp his power. Silver learns a shocking secret about his family. Red and Mewtwo hazard a daring escape. And - whoa! The Team Rocket airship is about to crash-land! Then, in a battle between powerful Mewtwo and Mythical Pokémon Deoxys, who will triumph...?!

Phantom Thief Jeanee Volume 5
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

The Demon Lord takes Chiaki hostage and challenges Maron to a battle of life or death. But rather than fight her himself, the Demon Lord has selected another to be his champion. Can Maron find the strength to fight alone against her only remaining ally?

Spell of Desire Volume 2
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

The only thing that can keep Kaoruko's powers in check is a kiss from Kaname, but she can't help but be drawn to him! While Kaname struggles with his own growing attraction to Kaoruko, he suspects that Kaoruko's volatile powers will bring unwanted attention from the Black Witches Coven... with dangerous consequences for her!

Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee Volume 17
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Lag now knows what he has to do to save Amberground: unite the five children born on the mysterious Day of the Flicker. And his latest delivery may lead him to vital information. But meanwhile Lag has to cope with his brash new partner, Chico, who insists that nothing will stand in her way to becoming Head Bee!

The Heroic Legend of Arslan Volume 2
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

After escaping the horrors of the battlefield, Arslan takes refuge with Daryun in a mountain retreat belonging to the former lord and genius strategist, Narsus and enlists his assistance in his mission to reclaim his lost kingdom. Meanwhile, the royal capital of Ecbatana is under siege by the Lusitanians and the queen finds herself captured by the mysterious masked figure behind the fall of Pars.

The Sacred Blacksmit Volume 6
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

This manga is the sixth book in an ongoing series that features stunning artwork and color inserts in each volume.

Like her father and grandfather before her, Cecily Campbell has entered the noble ranks of the Knight Guard, sworn to protect the Independent Trade City of Housman. Now the time has come for Cecily to prove herself in battle. A veteran of the great Valbanill War goes berserk in the marketplace. Cecily confronts him with the prized sword she inherited from her father—and it shatters to pieces!

All seems lost, when a lone figure swoops to the rescue, an expert swordsman with a sword unlike any Cecily has ever seen. His name is Luke Ainsworth, a blacksmith of much renown, who will forge a new sword for Cecily and join her down a path of magical adventure beyond her wildest dreams.

Ultimo Volume 10
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Locked in a battle that spans the ages, Vice and Ultimo, along with their human proxies, duel in the wartime arena of Tokyo, 1947. Among the bombs and destruction, doji masters on both sides seek to convince their counterparts to switch teams - good to evil and vice versa. Which force holds ultimate sway over human history?

What did you eat Yesterday Volume 5
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

A hard-working middle-aged gay couple in Tokyo come to enjoy the finer moments of life through food. After long days at work, either in the law firm or the hair salon, Shiro and Kenji will always have down time together by the dinner table, where they can discuss their troubles, hash out their feelings and enjoy delicately prepared home cooked meals!

Accomplished home chef though he might be, Shiro proceeds on the assumption that no two of his curries will ever taste the same.

Zero's Familiar: Chevalier Volume 3
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

The sequel to the hit manga series about a witch and her teenage manservant

Each volume of Zero’s Familiar Chevalier is adorably illustrated and contains color pinups.

Summoned by mistake to the wonderful world of Halkeginia by the bumbling witch Louise “the Zero,” Saito’s role as Louise’s familiar has had its share of ups and downs. At first an unwilling servant, Saito gradually develops feelings for his headstrong mistress Louise, and she, too, has begun to reciprocate. But life keeps getting in the way of a possibly budding relationship.

Now, Louise and her friends are embroiled in a full-scale war and must defend the land of Tristain at all costs. Can Saito prove himself in battle to Louise and win her heart once and for all?

Box Sets

This week, we had two big box sets of manga.

Attack on Titan - The Spinoffs
  • Distributor: Kodansha USA
  • Suggested Retail Price: $38.97
This box set contains the first volumes of the three spinoffs of Attack on Titan: Attack on Titan: No Regrets, Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, and Attack on Titan: Junior High!
  • Attack on Titan: No Regrets:
The young Erwin Smith is a rising star in the Survey Corps, humanity's only hope of defeating the man-eating monsters known as Titans. Ruthless and dispassionate, Erwin's mind is devoted to strategies and intrigue. But beneath Erwin's feet is another world, the Underground, where humans are born and die surrounded by the garbage the Capital throws away. Here, the criminal Levi survives on his wits and agility. But when these two ambitious men cross paths, who will prove himself stronger?

Story by Gun Snark and Art by Hikaru Suruga.

  • Attack on Titan: Before the Fall:
Humanity has learned to live in complacency behind its high walls, protected from the giant Titans. But when a Titan-worshipping cult opens one of the gates, a Titan wreaks havoc, consuming the cultists. After the rampage is over, two young Survey Corps members are shocked to discover a pregnant woman's partially digested corpse - with her baby still alive inside it! What will the fate of this "child of the Titans" be? And how will humanity learn to cope with the Titan threat?

Story by Ryo Suzukaze and Art by Satoshi Shiki.

  • Attack on Titan: Junior High:
Eren and Mikasa enter a new school: Titan Junior High! However, Eren's hated Titans for years. Can he get along with his new "harmless" classmates? Featuring all of the characters from the main series as you've never seen them before, this series is sure to delight fans of Attack on Titan with a human vs. Titan volleyball match, a Titan rock band, and more!

Story and art by Saki Nakagawa.

Vampire Knight Box Set 2 (Vol. 11-19)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested Retail Price: $89.99
The second box set completes the series with vols. 11-19 and an exclusive art book. Cross Academy is attended by two groups of students: the Day Class and the Night Class. At twilight, when the students of the Day Class return to their dorm, they cross paths with the Night Class on their way to school. Yuki Cross and Zero Kiryu are the Guardians of the school, protecting the Day Class from the Academy’s dark secret: the Night Class is full of vampires!

Omnibus

Ranma ½ [2-in-1 Edition] Vol. 5
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

Ranma's latest rival is Ukyo Kuonji,​ a chef in the art of cooking okonomiyaki,​ Japanese pizza.​ But the latest fight is more than just a rivalry with a fellow martial artist - Ukyo's issues with Ranma go all the way back to childhood and a certain promise he once made.​ Though just because there's a new rival doesn't mean the others have gone away,​ as Mousse returns to kidnap Akane! Collects volumes 9-10 in an omnibus format.​

All You Need Is Kill Omnibus
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99

When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his fifth iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally - the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death? Collects both volumes in omnibus format.

D. Gray-man Omnibus Vol. 13-15
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.99
Allen and the other exorcists must fight for their lives on the ark created by the Millennium Earl. But even as the ark around them is disintegrating, the earl hatches a new plan, and this one requires him to retrieve the Egg from the Black Order. Can the exorcists survive his next attack?!
High School Debut [3-in-1 Edition]
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.99
A bargain omnibus edition of the bestselling romantic comedy—final omnibus volume includes all-new material (previously unpublished Volumes 14 and 15 of the series)! Hapless Haruna needs help finding a boyfriend! After failing to win the eye of any guy in high school, Haruna enlists the help of cute upperclassman Yoh to coach her on how to make herself more appealing to the male spec ies. Yoh agrees, with one catch: Haruna had better not fall for him!

Friendship and love are put to the test when Yoh’s friend Asaoka reveals that he likes Haruna. The two boys strike a deal—whoever loses the school sports meet will give up on her! Later, Haruna grapples with an unattractive girl who’s obsessed with Yoh… But can Haruna win against jealousy and sabotage?
One Piece - Skypiea and Water Seven Box Set (Vol. 24-46)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested Retail Price: $185.99

As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Fruit, an enchanted Devil Fruit that gave him the ability to stretch like rubber. Its only drawback? He'll never be able to swim again - a serious handicap for an aspiring sea dog! Years later, Luffy sets off on his quest to find the "One Piece," said to be the greatest treasure in the world...

This box set inclues volumes 24-46, which comprise the third and fourth story arcs of the series, Skypeia and Water Seven.
Skip Beat! Omnibus 9
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.99
Kyoko finally has Sho's attention, and now she doesn't want it! It's not that she's given up on her revenge, but she's busy focusing on her career and doesn't want Sho poking around and annoying her. And Sho proves her concerns right when his Valentine's Day prank goes horribly wrong and gets Kyoko in trouble with the president of L.M.E.!

Collects volumes 25-27 in an omnibus format.
Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer Vol. 1-2
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested Retail Price: $18.99
Everything about college student Amamiya Yuuhi is average: grades, looks, and his blase outlook on life. So what happens when he awakens one day to a talking lizard, who informs him that there is a gigantic hammer in outer space that is poised to split the Earth into pieces and requests his allegiance in the fight against the forces of evil? Pretend it never happened?

Unfortunately for Yuuhi, a bit of coercion in the form of a super-powered princess prevents him from returning to his mediocre life-as-usual. In the adventure of a lifetime, Yuuhi will join forces with the capricious princess and a motley crew of companions to fight back against an evil mage and his horrifying homunculus before the Biscuit Hammer can destroy the planet!

Collects volumes 1-2 in omnibus format.
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Welcome to the first week for November's releases! Out of the releases, I'm familiar with only 2: Toriko and Natsuyuki Rendezvous.

  • Toriko - If you love Shonen adventures with an emphasis on food and action, try out Toriko.
  • Natsuyuki Rendezvous - For those who want to see Josei, this is a short series about a older widow and a young man's blossoming love as well as a supernatural element, the widow's ghost who haunts the flower shop.

Unfamiliar series that caught my eye are Death Note and Yamada's First Time. Death Note is on my watch list. Still haven't got around it. Yamada's First Time's synopsis sounds crazy, but I read worse from Astarotte's Toy. Astarotte's Toy turn out fine for me. It's not good for folks who hate loli fan service and a bit of incestuous vibe.

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

  • Cat's Eye, Death Note DVD Set 1, and Yamada's First Time: B Gata H Kei are listed on Right Stuf.
  • ANN and Right Stuff listed Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! - Season 2 [Premium Edition].
  • Right Stuf had Sherlock Hound - Complete & Unabridged (DVD) listed last week.
  • While Right Stuf listed Space Pirate Mito, it was listed on ANN back in Oct. 8, 2014.

DVD and Blu-ray Releases

Death Note DVD Set 1
  • Distributor: Viz
  • Suggested Retail Price: $24.98

Meet Light Yagami, a brilliant but bored high school student whose life is changed when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami, or god of death, named Ryuk. When Light discovers that any human whose name is written in the book dies, he vows to use its power to rid the world of evil. But every action has its consequences, and Light soon finds himself in a life or death battle of wits with the mysterious genius detective called L. Humanity itself becomes the battleground to determine what form of justice will prevail!

Contains episodes 1-20. Special Features: Japanese Creators Interview, Behind the Scenes with the English Voice Cast, Audio Commentary. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Hidamari Sketch x Hoshimittsu Blu-ray Complete Collection (S) (Season 3)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98

Some say that life is like an unfolding tapestry, but living at the Hidamari Apartments is more like being part of a patchwork quilt; one that constantly changes as bits and pieces of the lives and dreams of the young artists who make this extraordinary residence their home are added to the ever-expanding pattern.

When we first met Yuno, she'd just been accepted to the prestigious Yamabuki Art School and it was up to her new neighbors at Hidamari to help her find her way in the big scary world. Now a seasoned vet of the Hidamari Apartments herself, Yuno's newest challenge is to help the latest arrivals, Nazuna and Nori, acclimate to life on their own. Of course, since it is Hidamari, there are still lots of trials and tribulations ahead, and nothing will ever go quite as expected. But with friends like Miyako, Hiro and Sae ready to lend a hand, there will always be a ray of sunshine at the end of every storm.

Contains episodes 1-14. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Highschool of the Dead TV + OVA DVD/Blu-ray Complete Coll. (Hby) Collector's ED
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested Retail Price: $149.98

It began without warning. It continues without mercy. Now a band of high schoolers join forces with guns, swords, baseball bats and anything else they can get their hands on to battle a bloodthirsty, flesh-hungry zombie apocalypse.

This collector's edition contains episodes 1-12 plus the Drifters of the Dead OVA and a special Book featuring Illustrations and short novels, a bandana, a parking sticker, 4 Postcards, and a premium chipboard art box! Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Jewel BEM Hunter Lime DVD (Hyb)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $19.98

The Magic Spheres are incredibly dangerous and powerful magical artifacts, capable of absorbing negative emotions and transforming everyday objects into monstrous BEMS (bug eyed monsters). So when a demon manages to scatter six of them through the gate between the World of Magic and Earth, someone's got to get them back. Unfortunately, that job falls to master of disguise (and fan-servicey costumes) Lime, the sometimes monstrous and generally lecherous monster hunter Bass, and their ooey-gooey shape-shifting slime companion Poogie, none of whom are probably the best choices for a task of such monumental importance and urgency.

On the other hand, the whole situation is sort of their fault to begin with, and while their decision to infiltrate a Japanese high school may seem a bit oddly timed, at least it gets them a new friend in the form of cute but clueless schoolgirl Miyuki! Will this motley band of would be BEM hunters be up to the task of fingering panty stealing pocket purses, pinning down living syringes with nastily pointed agendas and turning up the heat on malevolent candles intent on snuffing out entire cities?

Contains OVA episodes 1-3. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Natsuyuki Rendezvous Blu-ray Complete Collection (S)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98

Hazuki may be near-sighted, but he knows true beauty when he sees it. The delicate form of flower shop owner Rokka draws him in like a bee to honey. Hoping to cultivate a relationship between them, Hazuki takes a part-time job at her shop only to discover two huge thorns preventing the nurturing of any romance. The first, the fact that Rokka is still grieving for her late husband Shimao, would be enough to snip most men's ardor short, but it's the second that really threatens to make Hazuki's forlorn hopes wilt. While Shimao is most definitely deceased, he hasn't yet departed, and his spirit is still living in Rokka's apartment!

Only Hazuki can see him, which leads to a very strange romantic triangle indeed. Are Hazuki's chances with Rokka as dead as the man who still lives in her house? Or can he somehow make love blossom even though there's an interloper pushing up the daisies between them? One way or another, the ground's going to be rocky and someone or something's likely to get nipped in the bud!

Contains episodes 1-11. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles

Nyaruko: Crawling With Love! Season 2 Blu-ray (S) Premium Edition
  • Distributor: NIS America
  • Suggested retail price: $64.99

Mahiro has become accustomed to his protection detail of Nyaruko, Kuko, and Hasuta making his life interesting. Nyaruko starts scheming with Tamao to turn up the charm and sway Mahiro's resolve, while Kuko reconsiders her own stance on love. Things get tricky as the gang deals with a monstrous monkey, an unexpected visitor from Kuko's past, balancing love and duty, and of course, saving the world.

This premium edition includes a Nyarlathotep-tested, alien-approved, full color, 36-page hardcover artbook with episode guides, character info, and illustrations!

Contains episodes 1-12 of season 2. Special Features: Clean Openings, Clean Endings, Japanese Trailer. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Cat's Eye DVD Season 2 (S)
  • Distributor: Nozomi/Lucky Penny
  • Suggested Retail Price: $59.99

Together, Hitomi, Rui, and Ai are Cat's Eye, the greatest art thieves Japan has ever known. But they don't steal for money or fame - they do it in the hopes of finding their father, a great painter who went missing after World War II. While they're off searching for him in Europe, a new female thief claiming to be Cat's Eye starts wreaking havoc in Tokyo! She steals anything she can get her hands on, and her brutal methods are putting the lives of the police at risk... It's time for the real Cat's Eye to head back to Japan and bring her reign of terror to an end!

Contains episodes 37-73. Special Features: Clean Opening and Closing. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Yamada's First Time: B Gata H Kei DVD/Blu-ray Complete (Hyb) S.A.V.E. Edition
  • Distributor: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.98

"Did you hear about Yamada? You know the chick. Pretty face, nice body, wears a plaid skirt every day? Well, I heard from my lab partner that 'little miss virgin' wants to have sex with a hundred different dudes before she graduates. I'm not even kidding. That hot mess totally thinks she can devirginize a hundred guys even though she's never even French kissed! She must be in heat. I even saw her flirting with that dork Kosuda at lunch today. No joke. She was smiling and winking and rubbing her lady-bumps all up against his shoulder. It was pathetic! I mean, don't get me wrong, I'd probably let her sex me up and stuff, but she'd have to practice first. I like my ladies experienced, and she can't even give it away."

Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: Episode Commentary (1, 11), Textless Opening and Closing, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Toriko DVD Collection 2 (Hyb)

Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment Suggested retail price: $34.98 Toriko, Komatsu, and a host of hopeful heroes bundle up and begin the treacherous trek into the chilling confines of Ice Hell! The prize that awaits them, Century Soup, is among the rarest of gourmet treasures - and the most divine delicacy ever to grace a bowl and spoon. Toriko and his super-chef sidekick are determined to slurp up the sweet rewards of their adventure, but something evil stands in their way: Tommyrod, a Gourmet Corps henchman with insects on the inside!

Should they survive this bugged-out battle for the ages, their next target will be the elusive Ozone Grass. Flying Sea Lions and Air Gorillas plague their journey, and in order to savor the sweet taste of success, our heroes will have to take their teamwork to the next level – forever cementing their status as lifelong partners in the pursuit of culinary bliss!

Contains episodes 27-50. Special Features: Feast with the Cast of Toriko: Episode 42 Video Commentary, Episode Commentary (30, 34, 40, 46), Textless Opening and Closings, Trailers. Spoken Langauges: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Adult Releases (NSFW)

  • Right Stuf has Nurse Me and Sibling Secret available this week.

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Nurse Me! (OAV)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass Video
  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.99

When nurse-in-training Yumi reports for duty, she's confronted with an erotic lesson plan that leaves nothing to the imagination! Hands-on learning is harder than she ever dreamed, but the staff is behind her all the way. Depraved doctors, naughty nurses, and perverted patients each lend a helping hand to her erotic education. By the time the nursing staff is finished, Yumi will be pushed to the brink of ecstasy... and sanity!

Special Features: Anime Artform, Art Gallery, Storyboards, Nurse Me! Trailer, Previews. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

3. Sibling Secret (OAV)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass
  • Suggested Retail Price: $19.99

The Hungry Bear is a restaurant where carnal appetites are satisfied to order. The waitress, Mika, has just uncovered the secret life of her late sister, a woman who would perform any sexual act, no matter how bizarre! But the secret's all in the sauce, and Mika vows to service her clientele's insatiable appetite for the exotic. Tonight's special is a tasty treat that's sure to spice things up!

Special Features: Profanity Montage, Anime Artform, Art Gallery, Storyboards, Sibling Secret Trailer, Previews. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

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Welcome to the poll thread where you vote for your most favorite reviewer and wiki editor for this year! I decided to combine the reviewers with the wiki editors because I haven't done enough to spotlight the wiki community. We never had a top wiki editor of the month similar to the RPG's New Vice Awards or the battle community which has two projects, Best Battle User of the Month (was called Battlation until Daniel PM me to change it) and The Hall of Fame, because they love each other so much. We used to have a community wide best Anime Vice user called Vicer Of The Month which was led by Fire_Star. Later on, it was inactive, and the communities decided to do their own thing.

Deadline is Dec 31, 2014 at 12 PM Pacific Time. I'm giving a huge amount of waiting time for folks to think or want to dive into reviewing and wiki editing during the last two months for this year. I'll arrange interviews, and I hope to post it on the front page because the reviewing and wiki editing community deserve front page spotlight. Everyone had worked so hard this year, and it's fun to vote and compete for the title.

***Rules***

  • Votes are made in this thread. You can vote only once for a reviewer and wiki editor. It can be the same person for both categories.
  • If you have to change your vote, please don't do it at the last minute or hours. It's hard for me to accept since I'm fairly busy and cut things way late. You have to do it in person. The reason I don't do PMs is because I have to keep things public which makes the contest more confidential and credible.

Reviewing

We have 117 reviews as of Nov. 1 and 20 reviewers this year.

Rules

  • Anyone who made at least 1 review. It can be an episode, tankobon, manga, anime, or the whole franchise. Review should be done as a review using Anime Vice's features and not a blog, thread, or video.

Reason behind the low number is because our community is small. Wanted to make it lax.

I have to double check my current list. I will post a Gdoc with folks' reviews on it. I'm not forcing people to read all the reviews. I'm giving you the whole list of reviews that a person had written, so you can check shows you are interested that the person had reviewed. Also, it will give you a general impression on shows an individual reviews and their style. This way, I can promote their reviews because our reviewers write these reviews out of love and to recommend a show or not to a particular audience. Increase feedback and comments is a step forward for our community. Thanks to WayBig1010101 for doing the Anime Survey and Reviews (Summer 2014) which promoted reviews.

Current Reviewers

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CosmicKnight75

Delphic

Dream

Katmic

Kino88

LHWKnight

Low

MrWhiteX

Othus12

OwnagePants

Putemonsteret

Samuka

Sasukeyagami

SMXLR8

SnowyMountain

Sonneko

Takashichea

Vigorousjammer

Waezi2

WayBig1010101

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I'll finish linking folks' name for you guys.

Wiki Editors

It's actually hard to gauge how many folks we have. I do work on documenting the wiki community's achievements: Wiki Editors Project Archive 2013 and Anime Vice's Fall 2014 Wiki Projects (Solo and Teams).

That's one of the problems I faced when I had plans of making poll thread. Folks from the battle forums often ask me, "Taka why don't you make a Top Wiki Editor of the Month like the battle user spotlight?" This is one of the issues. You can't tell because we aren't a forum community or have features that have dates on our wiki submissions. After the events of 2012 with Whiskey Media saleout, most of wiki editors are gone. Most of them were vocal in the forums and front page as well as being attached to the engineers, Ethan and Daniel, who were devoted to the wiki community due to most of the features are wired in the wiki. Currently, the wiki community have fewer vocal folks in the forums than back then. I can't do a monthly thing because we don't have a lot of people active in both wiki and forums. In terms of population and activity, the battle community is the largest because it's a commuter community that transcends beyond Anime Vice borders due to users coming from all over different anime communities that have battle forums.

Rules

  • You can vote for anyone who has made it above 5,000 wiki points. That's the level where wiki editors are free of moderation. We consider those who passed 5,000 full fledged wiki editors who know the rope around the wiki policies and community.
  • You cannot vote for a wiki mod.

Let me know if you have questions, suggestions, or something to point out. I could made a mistake.

Thank you everyone, please vote. Anyone can vote.

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