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Howdy everyone! Well, it's a bit late to share experiences in the summer with October ending. It's better late than never. Things are busy when you have summer school and only 1 month and a half for break before fall semester. After working, I usually take breaks at night, doing a marathon on cartoons or playing games while checking for spam bots.

In this blog, I won't spoil anything. Everything will be brief. Just promoting various games and cartoons for the Movies & TV Club and Video Game Club. After getting midterms done this week, it's nice to blog and take off stress.

All of the games are on the PlayStation 3. I didn't have much Wii-U games that needed to completed.

Final Fantasy XIII-2

First off is Final Fantasy XIII-2. Lightning's game was actually my first Final Fantasy game in the franchise. I have no idea what compelled me to play this game first than the others. I did play the game earlier in the year, and I was lost for a moment when I got back into for the summer break.

Short Summary: After the first game, the sequel had retcon (might not be the right word) the first game's ending. Lightning disappeared and was fighting to save Etros. The game has you playing Lightning's sister, Serah, and a time traveler, Noel. The duo journey through time and alternative worlds to find Lightning.

The game is a different beast from its prequel. The first game focuses so much on customizing and leveling weapons while the 2nd game is more like Pokemon, raising your characters and your monster. It had tough puzzles. I still remember the clock puzzles took me the longest to do. While the leveling in the 2nd game is more easier than the first game, grinding for cash to buy items to level up your monsters was a bit challenging.

All in all, I love the 2nd game as much as the first one. I grew attached to the characters despite the plot not making a lick of sense to me. After beating the game, I was heartbroken by the ending. I thought if I collected all the fragments, I get a happier ending. It didn't happen.

Recommendation: You definitely have to play the first game. As a new Final Fantasy fan, I heard the game is a hit or miss with folks who played the earlier games. It depends on what you like in the RPG. For me, the combat system was a new experience for me. I'm so used to turn based combat in RPG games. This one uses a ATB gauge to determine how frequent you attack. FFXIII's story isn't as romantic and deep compared to the older RPGs as I heard from fans who loved FFVII, VIII, and X.

Walking Dead

I had bought this game for a long time since winter 2013. In fall of 2013, I dive into the Walking Dead TV series for the first time. I was never a horror fan, but something in Walking Dead hooked me. It was the drama and the characters. I opened this game in summer 2014 after mustering up the courage.

Short Summary: As a sheriff is escorting Lee to the prison, the police car crashes into one of the Walkers, their name for zombies in this franchise. Hell breaks loose as the zombie apocalypse takes the world quickly without any warning. Lee finds himself caring for Clementine, a young girl who was alone in a house and waiting for her parents. Deciding to protect her, Lee helps Clementine to find her parents. This is the tale of Lee's survival in this world.

This is one of most unique games I played in my life. I haven't played a lot of games, but this is an experience I never forget. The game is very interactive and caters to the choices you make. You have to examine your environment and your choices carefully. There wasn't much puzzle solving, but I did had times where I was stuck and couldn't progress through the game. I thought I made a lot of mistakes since I died a lot and killed my folks. After beating the game, I look up if there were alternative endings. I found out the endings don't really change much. It's a tragic, emotional driven game compared to most games I played. This game, Valkyria Chronicles, and Kingdom Hearts made me tear up a bit.

Recommendation: Even if you haven't read Walking Dead comics or watch the TV series, I think you can get into this game without prior experiences. It's a stand alone title without any much ties to the other media. If you love story and characters in horror games, you should try it. Walking Dead is not like Resident Evil which relies on combat or Silent Hill which relies on the location and making your character less powerful. Walking Dead's strength comes from the interactive choices, characters, and story. It turns out it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be. Silent Hill was much scarier than Walking Dead.

Kingdom Hearts 1.5

I got into the game back 2012 when I bought the PS2 for the first time. I didn't know what games to get for the PS2. My little sister thought Kingdom Hearts would be a good start. I think Kingdom Hearts got me into the RPG genre. Kingdom Hearts got me into Final Fantasy. It's strange because it got my little sister into FFVII while I somehow ended up trying Lightning's game. Fearing the used PS2 wasn't going to live much longer, I thought I buy this game to cherish the memories. That was before I heard Kingdom Hearts 2.5 was going to be released this winter 2014.

Short Summary: Kingdom Hearts is about Sora, Kairi, and Riku who live on Destiny Island. Feeling adventurous, the trio want to build a raft to explore the world beyond their tiny island. Suddenly, the gate is opened up which scatters everyone across different worlds. Sora winds up in Traverse Town where he joins Donald and Goofy to find his friends, Riku and Kairi.

The game play is action based, and it has sort of platforming element which I love. I'm used to Nintendo games such as Mario and Legend of Zelda. It combined exploration, platforming, and RPG with Disney and Final Fantasy cameos into one great package. The only main gripe I had was the targeting and maybe the camera angle. Every time I target, it ends up on a opponent I'm not facing. The characters and story are engaging. While the environment is a bit empty and not as engaging as the characters and story, there are lot of things to do such as collecting items and doing side quests.

Recommendation: With the Disney and Final Fantasy allure, you can get into the franchise that way. I also recommend the game if you loved action based RPG genre.

Squid Girl

While I was playing Walking Dead, I needed something happy to watch. Squid Girl filled that role.

Short Summary: Squid Girl had plans of invading the surface world. When she attacks someone's eatery, she ends up working for the beach house, paying for damages.

Recommendation: It's a comedic, slice of life series that is purely character driven. As with most comedic series, the only way to find out if you like it, you got to try the first episode.

Young Justice

I was not a comic book reader because I was mostly introduced to cartoon adaptations of comic books such as Batman the animated series and Spider-Man (1990's series). Being a Teen Titan fan, I was intrigued by another show focusing on young superhero/heroine teenagers. This was a stark contrast to Teen Titans cartoon series. Young Justice was a lot darker and had a bigger universe which deals with more DC characters and incorporates the Justice League. It was a huge, new experience for me.

At that time, I had new Korra to watch. Young Justice was one of the best shows on Cartoon Network. It was a shame that it was canceled. It had so much potential from its brilliant story telling and its diverse array of characters.

Young Justice revolves around Robin, Kid Flash, Speedy, and Aqua Lad who become heroes of their own after being wards/sidekicks. Out of the four, Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqua Lad form a team with others to take on missions from Batman and the Justice League. What I love about Young Justice was the covert operations they had. It was unlike the stuff I seen in my previous superhero cartoons.

I would recommend this series to folks who love superheroes shows that is a bit serious while having an engaging story and a great roster of characters.

Star Wars the Clone Wars

Last one for the summer was Star Wars. I had renewed Netflix because it had the last season, the lost episodes. Also, I wanted to watch any episodes I missed out back in high school. It was trip down memory lane. I haven't seen a lot of Star Wars film, but the TV series was how I got into the franchise.

I never did watch the animated film which serves as the precursor to the animated series. It didn't matter since I got adjusted to the series. Like Young Justice, the strength of this show comes from its story and characters. Though, the series revisits planets and areas a couple of times. The series' universe is huge as well as its character roster. You have quite a large selection of stories to watch. I believe you don't have to watch every episode. Each episode is a different story that is still connected to the main, overarching plot. Shame, that the series ended before it could reach a conclusion. I wanted to see how the series handle the end of the war.

Main Highlights

  • Seeing Asoka grow as a Jedi
  • Seeing how Anakin and his relationship with Padme endure so much conflicts
  • Finally, seeing the side to the clones and many folks affected by the war. Captain Rex and his clone troopers were memorable to me especially the last season which hints heavily to the future events. It's a bit tragic to see how it would turn out in the final period of the war.

If you are a new Star Wars fan, you get into this series without much problem. I got into it pretty well. There are references I missed because I didn't have background in the live action films. Those are bonus for the older fans.

Thank you everyone for reading.

Please share some recommendations here or at the Video Game and TV Club discussions. We definitely need to reach to each other and get folks to try new things that can be enjoyable and memorable.

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The week of Halloween has a ton of manga issues. The familiar ones I love are Black Butler, Attack on Titan No Regrets, Fairy Tail, Bloody Brat, and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days.

  • Black Butler - Looks like a manga series aimed towards women, but it can be enjoyed by men as well. It's a dark, violent series after the first 3 volumes. If you like crime and morality issues, you should check out this manga series.
  • Attack on Titan No Regrets - I haven't read this one, and I did bought the first volume in the summer. If you like Attack on Titan and have Levi as your favorite character, this is a must read.
  • Bloody Brat - Same things I said for Attack on Titan No Regrets but for Blood Lad fans.
  • Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days - Any Kingdom Hearts fan should read the manga series of any of them. They are written differently, but it's enjoyable and faithful to the video games.

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

  • Bride of the Water God is listed on Oct. 15 for Right Stuf while ANN and Amazon listed it for this week.
  • Alice in the Country of Jokers Vol. 6 was listed on Oct. 7 for Amazon while Right Stuf had this week.

The following is not listed on ANN:

  • Barakamon Vol 1, Watamote Vol 5, Garden of Words, Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, Vol. 4, and Alice in the Country of Jokers Vol. 6 are on Amazon and Right Stuf for this week.
  • Another novel was on Amazon's Kindle edition since March 19, 2013.

Manga Releases

A Bride's Story Volume 6
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $17

Acclaimed creator Kaoru Mori's tale of life on the nineteenth-century Silk Road heads back to Amir and Karluk. In the year since his marriage, Karluk has grown a good deal, but Amir can't help but feel overprotective of her much younger husband. Karluk wants nothing more than to prove that he can be a strong and competent man--and he may soon have the opportunity to prove just that. Desperate for land to feed their flocks, Amir's former tribe prepares to attack her village with a fearsome arsenal of cannons and guns provided by their new allies. This time the Halgals are not interested in capturing Amir--no one is safe from their terrible assault!

Crafted in painstaking detail, Ms. Mori's pen breathes life into the scenery and architecture of the period in this heart-warming, slice-of-life tale that is at once wholly exotic, yet familiar and accessible through the everyday lives of the characters she has created.

Attack on Titan No Regrets Volume 2
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

Erwin's political enemies have hired Levi and his crew to take back some incriminating documents. Their reward: the right to live a proud life above ground, in the royal capital. But deep in Titan territory, it's going to be tough to break formation and steal from a squad leader, and Levi still insists on killing the man who humiliated him after the mission is complete. Of course, beyond the walls anything can happen, and a sudden change in Levi's fortunes will force him to face the greatest regret in his life... Prequel to Attack on Titan.

Black Butler Volume 18
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

Their elaborate schoolroom deception at an end, Earl Ciel Phantomhive and his peerless manservant, Sebastian, finally hit upon the truth behind the incident of the vanished students at Weston College. Just what tragic steps did the elites of the school, spurred on by their overwhelming sense of justice, take to stamp out the bullying running rife in the halls of their institution?!

What began as a seemingly simple case of missing persons goes round and round, spinning out of control into a great menace, one capable of perplexing even a devil...

Bloody Brat Volume 2
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

The cast of Blood Lad returns in the second collection of short stories and four-panel comics from Kanata Yoshino! Tour Demon World's unique array of cuisine, fashion, and magical mayhem with Staz and the crew!

Another (Novel)
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested Retail Price: $24.99

In the spring of 1998, Kouichi Sakakibara transfers to Yomiyama North Middle School. In class, he develops a sense of unease as he notices that the people around him act like they're walking on eggshells, and students and teachers alike seem frightened. As a chain of horrific deaths begin to unfold around him, he comes to discover that he has been placed in the cursed Class 3 in which the student body head count is always one more than expected.

Class 3 is haunted by a vengeful spirit responsible for gruesome deaths in an effort to satisfy its spite. To stop the vicious cycle gripping his new school, Kouichi decides to get to the bottom of the curse, but is he prepared for the horror that lies ahead...?

Watamote Volume 5
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested Retail Price: $12.99

After an unforgiving and grueling introduction to high school, Tomoko's now finally a second-year. One with a tough, sports-crazed homeroom teacher, a somewhat friendly classmate, and a kid brother now stalking the halls of the same school with an even colder attitude toward his big sister...

With all these things shaking up her high school life, will Tomoko be able to stick it out through her second year...?!

Garden of Words
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested Retail Price: $12.95

Words are powerful. Insults and rumors can derail a career; a bit of encouragement can give someone the strength to pursue their dreams. When a high school boy skipping class to sketch shoe designs and a taciturn woman drinking a morning beer meet in a Tokyo park, they say little, but the woman bids farewell with an ancient tanka poem. Will the boy figure out the poem's meaning - and its corresponding response - before it's too late?

Barakamon Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested Retail Price: $14.99

For a certain reason, a handsome young calligrapher by the name of Seishuu Handa uproots himself and moves to an island on the westernmost edge of Japan. "Sensei," as he comes to be known, is a city boy through and through, and has never experienced rural life until now. And by the looks of it, he has much to learn! From navigating public roads by tractor to resigning himself to having his new digs commandeered by the local children as their new hangout, the list of Sensei's hardships is shaping up to be long indeed!

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Volume 4
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested Retail Price: $11.99

Left alone to ponder the purpose of her existence and desperate for answers, Xion journeys alone to find out who - or what - she really is. But little do she, Roxas, and Axel know that her quest will lead to the close of one tale and the continuation of another...

Fairy Tail Volume 43
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

The demons of Tartaros are murdering Council members to try to get to a secret weapon with the power to wipe out all who would oppose them in one fell swoop. But what is this weapon? How could killing ex-Council members help them get it? And how do they even know about it in the first place? Natsu and his friends need to solve these mysteries if they hope to stand up to the demons!

Inu x Boku SS Volume 5
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $11.99

In search of independence and solitude, the sharp-tongued Ririchiyo Shirakiin moves to the Maison de Ayakashi, an apartment building with its own Secret Service. Ririchiyo is eager to be alone, but upon her arrival, she is greeted by Soushi, an SS agent who seems...familiar somehow. Familiar and yet...not quite the same. Troubled by recurring dreams of a different Soushi-a man who loved her...and suffered for her-Ririchiyo chooses to accept her new circumstances and embrace the...

Judge Volume 5
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Who could possibly be responsible for this game? That question swirls among the participants, who grow weary as they are forced to make one horrific choice after another. The game is to conclude when the requisite four survivors have been determined. For these four fortunates, court will be adjourned... But what awaits them on the other side of the courthouse doors?

Oninagi Volume 4
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $16.99

Her average life seemingly forever abandoned, Nanami is thrust into the thick of the intensifying hostilities between the Ministry of Sacred Treasures and the demon organization Arcana, who desire Nanami's inherited demonic powers for themselves!

As the situation escalates into all-out war, who will remain standing once the dust has settled?! And will Nanami be able to master the immense power that dwells within her in time to join the fight?!

14. Volume 3

Distributor: Yen Press Suggested retail price: $12.99 When she fails to save Sayaka, Mami is overcome by despair and loneliness. With the fate of every Magical Girl made clear before her, Mami chooses to embrace death rather than fight on. As Mami sets out to deliver herself into the hands of the witch, Kyouko rushes to confront her former mentor. Mami's soul gem steadily darkens-soon her doom will be certain. Can Kyouko give Mami a reason to fight on before her gem turns jet-black?

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story Volume 8
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $13

Is it too much to ask for a little peace and quiet around here? I mean, it's cool that my old pal Sasaki showed up out of the blue, but now Mori-san's blackmailing Tachibana, Fujiwara's being a general pain in the butt, and Kuyou's clinging to Kimidori-san-who's a cat for some reason. Amid the chaos, the SOS Brigade's final line of defense and the individual most responsible for my own sense of well being, Nagato, is downright...cheerful? More characters, more gags, and more narration from Kyon in this volume!

The Celebration of Haruhi Suzumiya Anthology
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested Retail Price: $25.99

There's even more to be told of the antics of the SOS Brigade - under Haruhi's leadership the possibilities for fun and mayhem are endless! Join your favorite characters in this huge collection of brand-new adventures and illustrations from a wide range of artists and storytellers, jam-packed with more time travelers, aliens, espers, and Haruhi than Kyon can handle!

Ubel Blatt Volume 0
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $20

When the black blade roars, all who stand in its path shall be torn asunder...!

What is it that Koinzell, the mysterious young boy who wields the sword with such exceptional skill, desires?

The fight against the "Lances of Betrayal," who were thought to have been defeated by the Seven Heroes, begins-

And at battle's end, only the shocking truth will remain amid the pools of blood...

Umineko When They Cry Episode 4: Alliance of the Golden Witch Part 2
  • Distributor: Yen Press
  • Suggested retail price: $22

The appearance of Gretel has strengthened Battler's resolve to face off against Beatrice once again. Both players have become more skillful tacticians over the course of time, and Battler's new "blue truth" ability, along with Gretel's support, will be a boon to his strategy. As the curtain rises on the fourth game, the Ushiromiya family has gathered on Rokkenjima for their annual meeting. Gretel observes the family she hardly knew with complicated emotions...She must come to terms with the past if she wants to help Battler overcome the Golden Witch!

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Welcome to the last week of October's DVD and Blu-Ray releases! We got a small selection. With Toonami airing Hellsing Ultimate back in September 13, 2014, they will air Hellsing VI on Oct. 26, Hellsing VII on Nov. 1, and the finale on Nov. 8. I'm fairly new to the Hellsing series. For those who are fans of it, please let me know what you think of the franchise. Other than Hellsing, we have Monogatari 2/Otorimonogatari, Pokemon, and One Piece.

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

  • Otorimonogatari - Nadeko Medusa Limited Edition is listed on ANN and Right Stuf for this week.

DVD and Blu-Ray Releases

Hellsing Ultimate - Set 3 (Blu-Ray 9-10)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $44.98

The rogue vampire Alucard is the Hellsing Organization's deadliest instrument in its mission to protect the British Empire from satanic ghouls and Nazi freaks. He is not alone in his assault on the occult; the master has a servant. Policewoman Seras Victoria accepted Alucard's gift of dark salvation after falling in the line of duty, and now the remnants of her human soul struggle against her growing vampire urges. Together, they haunt the shadows as a sinister force of good - and tonight the foggy streets of England shall flow with the blood of their evil prey.

Contains OVA episodes 9-10.

Special Features: Episode Interview Sessions (IX, X), Episode Commentary (IX, X), R.I.P. In Memoriam, U.S. Trailer, Trailer.

Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

One Piece - Collection 10 (DVD)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $34.98

Hoping to save their beloved boat, the Straw Hats drop anchor at the shipbuilding city of Water 7, but the prognosis for the Going Merry proves far worse than expected. The hits keep coming as Robin mysteriously vanishes, the Franky Family robs the crew blind, and Usopp goes rogue after a shocking battle with Luffy! As if things weren't bleak enough, the gang finds themselves accused of a cold-hearted assassination attempt - and hunted by the entire city. Luffy and his remaining mates hatch a plan to prove their innocence, but a sinister gang of cutthroat killers stays one step ahead of their every move. Dark secrets and tragic pasts are revealed as Luffy and Zoro fall to a formidable foe, Chopper faces a life and death situation, and a monstrous storm threatens to sink the city once and for all!

Contains episodes 230-252. Special Features: Episode Commentary (233, 236, 244, 245), Textless Openings & Closings, U.S. Trailer, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Otorimonogatari - Nadeko Medusa [Limited Edition] (Sub.Blu-Ray 3)
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $64.98

Nadeko encounters a giant snake who claims to be a deity named Kuchinawa. Kuchinawa promises Nadeko that he would grant her wish if she aids him in the search of his object of worship. Little does Nadeko know that obtaining the object of worship will cost her more than what she expected. Koyomi tries to convince Nadeko to let go of the object of worship, but it's too late, and Nadeko swallows the object and becomes a snake apparition! To make things worse, now Nadeko wants to kill Koyomi and Shinobu Oshino! Third arc to the Monogatari series' second season.

Contains episodes 1-4 plus a deluxe booklet and pinup postcard set! Special Features: "Omnibus 3" Video, Textless Opening & Ending, Promotional Video & Commercial Collections. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.

Pokémon - Indigo League - The Complete Collection (Dub. DVD)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $54.98

Ash Ketchum is a brand-new Pokemon Trainer, and on his first day he gets his very first Pokemon, Pikachu! But their friendship gets off to a rocky start. It's up to Ash to earn Pikachu's trust as he and friends Misty and Brock follow their quest to collect Pokemon, make friends and battle their way to the Indigo League!

Contains episodes 1-78. Spoken Languages: English.

Pokémon - Indigo League Part 2 (Dub. DVD)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $24.98
Join friends Ash, Brock and Misty on their continuing quest to collect Pokemon, make friends, and battle their way to the Indigo League!

Contains episodes 27-52 of Season 1.

Spoken Languages: English.
Pokémon - Indigo League Part 3 (Dub. DVD)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $24.98
Enjoy the Pokemon story from the beginning! Meet our hero, Ash, in his hometown of Pallet Town where boys and girls are encouraged to begin their Pokemon journeys! Join the Indigo League in these 26 episodes from Season 1 of Pokemon!

Contains episodes 53-78 of Season 1.

Spoken Languages: English.

The following titles are not listed on ANN:

  • Right Stuf has Cardcaptor Sakura Movie this week while Amazon has it on Nov. 4.
  • A Certain Magical Index II was released on Amazon back in Oct. 14 while Right Stuf had it this week.
  • Amazon and ANN had Ghost in the Shell Arise BD Vol. 1 back on Oct. 21 while Right Stuf had it this week.
  • Fairy Tail BD Vol. 12 was released on Sept. 16 via Amazon while Right Stuf had it this week.
  • Sherlock Hound is released this week for Right Stuf while on Nov. 4 for Amazon.
Cardcaptor Sakura: The Movie Blu-Ray Remastered
  • Distributor: EASTERN STAR
  • Suggested Retail Price: $29.95

Across stormy waters, a forgotten love still burns. It's a lucky day when Sakura wins a trip to Hong Kong, but why are her dreams haunted by dark waters and a strange woman? There's no time to enjoy her vacation, however. Sakura is hypnotized and led to discover both a watery phantom world, and the evil woman who inhabits it. But is this spirit as malicious as she seems, or does she burn with a desire for revenge?

A Certain Magical Index II Season 2 DVD/Blu-Ray Part 1
  • Distributor: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $64.98

The Book of the Law - an encoded grimoire containing catastrophic magic - has been stolen, so naturally Kamijo, Index, and a few familiar faces join in the crusade to protect the one nun who can decipher the powerful text. But as the group battles church sects and holy assassins, they realize that discovering who their true enemy is may be more difficult than saving the sister. Meanwhile, an organization known as the Science Society resurrects an esper-producing program, a school festival brings out the competition - and drama - in the student population, and a mysterious figure negotiates the purchase of a sacred relic that could threaten the future of Academy City.

Contains episodes 1-12. Special Features: Audio Commentary, Textless Opening & Closing, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Dragon Ball Z Season 8 Uncut Blu-Ray Set
  • Distributor: FUNIMATION
  • Suggested Retail Price: $44.98

The forces of good and evil have converged upon the planet Earth, and the fate of the universe hangs in the balance! The evil wizard Babidi has traveled across the galaxy on a quest for revenge, hoping to fulfill his father's thwarted dreams of universal domination. Meanwhile, the Supreme Kai has come to enlist the aid of the Z-Fighters in an effort to prevent Babidi from completing his plans and awakening a monster of unimaginable terror - Majin Buu!

As Goku and the Z-Fighters descend into Babidi's lair, they are confronted by an army of powerful minions, led by the Demon King Dabura himself! Can our heroes resist the wizard's dark magic and battle their way through this host of villains before time runs out? With each passing second, more energy is gathered for the sleeping Majin Buu. And should this creature of pure evil be awakened, all life - everywhere - will be extinguished! Contains episodes 220 - 253. Special Features: Inside Dragon Ball Z: Interview with Kyle Hebert, Inside Dragon Ball Z: Interview with Kara Edwards, Dragon Ball Z: Coming to America, Textless Opening and Closing, U.S. Trailer, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Fairy Tail DVD/Blu-Ray Part 12
  • Distributor: FUNimation
  • Suggested Retail Price: $54.99

Using a book from the Heartfilia library as a guide, the members of Fairy Tail split up to track down pieces of the Infinity Clock - a legendary enchanted item that could have the power to bring ruin to the entire world. Standing in their way is a secret order of wizards known as the Legion Platoon, who don't trust the magic time bomb in the hands of the notoriously destructive guild. As the clock ticks closer to doomsday, an old enemy - Oracion Seis - is reborn in a terrifyingly powerful new form. This dark guild has its own plans for the magical timepiece, and if Fairy Tail and the Legion Platoon can't stop them from using the catastrophic clock, time could be up for the Fiore Kingdom.

Contains episodes 132-142. Special Features: Episode Commentary (137, 140, 142), Textless Opening & Closing Songs, U.S. Trailer, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Fairy Tail DVD/Blu-Ray Part 13

Distributor: FUNimation Suggested Retail Price: $54.99

Oracion Seis has kidnapped Lucy and is using her to power a clock capable of spreading catastrophic magic cross the world. If Fairy Tail doesn't stop the dark guild, the entire Fiore Kingdom will fall into a waking nightmare and their teammate will merge with the enchanted timepiece forever. But Oracion Seis isn't the only group of wizards standing in their way: the Legion Platoon has decided that to save the world, they'll destroy the magic clock - and Lucy.

While Fairy Tail fights with all their power to rescue their teammate, the truth about Michelle comes to light and a devastating deception is exposed. When the clock begins to chime reality descends into chaos, and in the end Natsu and his fellow wizards might be too late.

Contains episodes 143-153. Special Features: Episode Commentary (150, 151), Textless Opening & Closing Songs, U.S. Trailer, Trailers. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East Season 2 Collection Blu-Ray or DVD
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested Retail Price: $69.98 (BD), $59.98 (DVD)

Forced to choose between death and an unnatural life bound to the living sword Murasame, Shino Inuzuka chose the sword. Now, however, in the bloody aftermath of his transformation and Kohaku's death, Shino's awareness of the true scope of his bond with Murasame has expanded. Is he truly a curse to all who meet him?

In the end, the focus must return to the mysterious beads which started everything. What exactly are their origin and powers? Who and where are the holders who have not yet been located? And what are Rio Saotome and the Imperial Church's real roles in all of this? Does the woman who is "She," hold the answers?

Contains episodes 1-13 of season 2. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

Sherlock Hound DVD Complete & Unabridged Series
  • Distributor: Eastern Star
  • Suggested Retail Price: $59.95

Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series, here all the characters are depicted as anthropomorphic animals. The majority are dogs, though Holmes is a fox and his enemy Professor Moriarty is a wolf. Jules Verne-steampunk style technology regularly appears, adding a 19th-century science-fiction atmosphere to the series.

Contains episodes 1-26. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.

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Welcome to the first review of BONJOUR♪Sweet Love Patisserie! Just trying to promote obscure series and the Bonjour Koiaji Patisserie Discussion thread.

A bit of background on why I started this review. You can skip this if you like:

Every season of anime, I make it a goal to watch a lot of shows to support the discussion trailers my friends and I make for the community. We are in charge of making trailers for every new season starting in 2012. It's more fun and convenient to discussion threads than episode reviews for most of us. Of course, discussion threads only work if you got two folks. I do review shows that didn't get much attention. Last time was Rock Lee's Spin-off series. I'm a soft reviewer. Just giving the highlights. For this particular series being a microseries, it's going to be a difficult given how short the episodes are.

This isn't first time I seen a reverse harem microseries. I seen Diabolik Lovers which was a bit darker than this series. Let's take a gander at our characters.

Love Interests

Sayuri is a promising character. In most Otome games, the gal doesn't grow as much as her love interests. She serves as your viewpoint character. The only gal I seen that has spunk and I like was Felicita of Arcana Famiglia. The guys look normal. I seen Kamigami no Asobi which looked warm and friendly on the outside, but some of the guys had a dark past in them. Amnesia also carries this theme but to a greater and darker twist.

A reverse harem and harem series are like ice cream. You have your love interests which come in different flavors.

Sayuri Haruno

Sayuri Haruno is the main female lead in Bonjour Koiaji Pâtisserie.

Aoi Mitsuki

Aoi Mitsuki is a teacher who is an expert in western sweets using chocolate.

Trope: Bishie

Hanafusa Gilbert

Hanafusa Gilbert is a teacher from France.

Trope: Cutesy, little brother type. - Not sure what trope he fits as of episode 3. Please correct me.

Suzumi Yoshinosuke

Suzumi Yoshinosuke is a teacher who is in charge of Japanese sweets.

Trope: Cold, Strict

Ryō Kōzuki

Ryō Kōzuki is a student at at the Fleurir Confectionary School.

Trope: Tsundere

Supporting Characters

I believe this is my first reverse harem series that had a lot of female characters. I haven't seen a lot of reverse harem shows in my 5 years of watching anime. Most reverse harem shows I watched were based on otome games. It's usually one or 2 gals and a lot of men. Looking forward to see how this show incorporates the characters in its story.

Ran Mochizuki

Ran Mochizuki is Sayuri's friend at the Fleurir Confectionary School.

Nadeshiko Minagawa

Nadeshiko Minagawa is the head teacher of Fleurir Confectionary School.

Tsubaki Sannomiya

Tsubaki Sannomiya is a rich student at Fleurir Confectionary School.

Impressions So Far

After seeing the first three episodes, I do wish it was a normal series. At least, it doesn't cut abruptly like some micro-series, Strange +. Since they have jump in it, I don't have to worry about exposition. They are going to do Show not Tell. Well, I'm hoping for it. So far, they are doing it. Most otome game based anime adaptations resort to the Love Interest of the Week. Ryo is our first one and our first love interest who appeared.

This is a bit skeptical, but I'm hoping it becomes a good show that breaks the rules I seen in the Reverse Harem based Otome Games: Their Anime/Manga Adaptations thread I did back then.

Hope you guys try it if you do like reverse harem shows. It's probably better to marathon it in one try. I just watch it on Saturdays after getting through the usual Fall 2014 shows: Fate Stay Night UBW, Log Horizon 2, and Sword Art Online.

Feel free to share your thoughts here or at the Bonjour Koiaji Patisserie Discussion thread.

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Welcome to this week of manga releases! Just a bit week shy of Halloween. We have a medium size for today.

I see we have manga series for the recent anime series that came out this year, Witchcraft Works and No Game, No Life. For Witchcraft Works, if you love magic, action, and comedy with a lot of beautiful gals, you should check it out. For folks who love games and shows that put everything in a gamble, No Game, No Life is for you.

Familiar manga series I would recommend No. 6 for dystopic fans, Arpeggio for folks who love a dominating female cast, Animal Land for Zatch Bell fans, and Haganai for comedic/slice of life harem fans.

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

  • Air Gear 32 is listed by Amazon and Right Stuf on November 11.

Manga Releases

Animal Land Volume 10
  • Distributor: Kodansha
  • Suggested Retail Price: $10.99

To save Riemu, Taroza and his friends continue heading to the top of the Tower of Babel. Stuck in a gladiator-style arena where the exits are only small enough to fit a fraction of the animals, Taroza and the bigger beasts have no choice but to fight their way out. Taroza's power is unleashed like never before, testing the limits of the human body, but will it be enough to defeat the abominable Chimera standing in their way?

Arppegio of Blue Steel Volume 2
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

For fans of Attack on Titan comes an all-new science fiction manga epic

In the early 21st century, the majority of Earth’s landmass is submerged due to rising sea levels. Enter the Fleet of Fog, a host of sentient alien battleships of unknown origin who easily decimate earth’s naval forces. Humanity is now on the verge of extinction.

In the year 2039, the stalwart Captain Chihaya Gunzou and his intrepid crew on the Blue Steel fleet may be humanity’s last chance to fight off the alien invaders. The Blue Steel fleet happens to contain a secret weapon that could turn the tide of war: a mysterious I-401 submarine that can transform into a girl.

Haganai Volume 9
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

The New York Times bestseller manga about fandom continues!

This is the ninth volume of an ongoing manga series that is sure to appeal to today’s manga fans in the same way The Big Bang Theory appeals to geeks.

Recent high school transfer student Hasegawa Kodaka is pathetically inept at making friends. Kodaka is an outcast, with his natural blond hair which he inherited from his deceased English mother, and his unpleasant, fierce gaze. When he comes across the brash loner Mikazuki Yozora, who typically chats with her imaginary friend, the two outsiders become the unlikeliest of allies.

Realizing that they have no hope of a normal social life, the two rejects decide to form a group called “The Neighbor’s Club” in order to make friends and maybe even learn a thing or two about social skills. As luck would have it, five new members join the club who are more socially awkward than they are. Will these quirky misfits ever make normal friends, or are they all doomed to social failure?

Monster Vol. 2
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99

Dr. Tenma has fallen into a trap set by Johan and is now wanted by the police as a serial killer. While narrowly evading the police dragnet, Tenma pursues Johan in an attempt to prove his own innocence and prevent another murder, edging closer to the Monster by tracing his secret past.

As the only person who knows what Johan is, Tenma searches for Nina, who has been captured by neo-Nazis. His investigation leads him to uncover a horrific fact: the ultra-rightists are conspiring to set Johan up as a second Adolf Hitler!

This omnibus "perfect" edition collects volumes 3-4.

No Game, No Life Vol. 1
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

The story of No Game, No Life centers around Sora and Shiro, a brother and sister who are brilliant (but unemployed) gamers whose Internet fame has spawned urban legends all over the Internet. One day, they are summoned by a boy named "God" to an alternate world. There, God has prohibited war and declared this to be a world where "everything is decided by games" - even national borders. Humanity has been driven back into one remaining city by the other races. Will Sora and Shiro, the good-for-nothing brother and sister, become the "Saviors of Humanity" in this alternate world?

No. 6 Volume 9
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

THE SKY IS BURNING.

With Rat critically injured protecting him, Shion finally returns to NO. 6. But what he finds there is not the tranquil utopia he left behind, but a city in the grip of panic and chaos. As the “holy city” collapses in on itself, Shion and Rat put will the future of humanity — and their future together — on the line in the shocking final volume of NO. 6!

Sankarea Volume 9
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

LIGHTS, CAMERA, RESURRECTION!

Though barely escaping with their lives, Chihiro returns with the rest of his crew to Shiyoh City with newfound hope for Bub and Rea. However, the research that led to Bub’s recovery took its toll on Rea, leaving her with only vague memories of the “boy with the cat-ear hairdo.” But Chihiro will do anything to bring Rea back to normal, and with his camera, some props and a few friends who can carry a tune, he’s going to set the scene for Rea’s big come back!

Sunny Volume 4
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $22.99

What is Sunny? Sunny is a car. Sunny is a car you take on a drive with your mind. It takes you to the place of your dreams. Sunny is the story of beating the odds, in the ways that count. It’s the brand-new masterwork from Eisner Award-winner Taiyo Matsumoto, one of Japan’s most innovative and acclaimed manga artists. Translated by Tekkonkinkreet film director Michael Arias!

The fourth installment of this poignant series focused on the young lives of a group of foster children travels their trajectory from painful yearning to bittersweet belonging.

Vagabond Volume 36
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.95

Musashi continues to battle a different type of foe when he comes to the aid of an orphaned boy and tries to enrich the soil of a barren land. Will he be able to single-handedly take on the forces of nature in the manner that he took on the seventy swordsmen of the Yoshioka dojo? Or will a devastating famine ravage the village?

Witchcraft Works Volume 1
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

Honoka Takamiya is an average student. Ayaka Kagari, his classmate who sits next to him in class, on the other hand, is the class "Princess". Ayaka is tall, strikingly gorgeous, and has a regalness to her that almost exudes a royal attitude. Despite their proximity in school, over the school year the two have never shared much conversation... until today.

So today as class ended, Takamiya was suddenly attacked by a cat-eared witch and her band of bunny-costumed thugs! And if that were not enough of a shock, this average joe would then be saved like a Princess by none other than Ayaka Kagari... a witch herself!

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