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Welcome everyone! It's the first week of February, and we start it off with Idols (AKB0048), Romance (Antique Bakery and Fruits Basket), Action (Saint Seiya) and Slice of Life (Wagnaria 2 and Natsume's Book of Friends) themes.

I haven't seen any of these anime series, so I can't make a quick recommendation on it. I would love to try Saint Seiya since it was SpeedForceSpider's battle theme back in January 2014. I heard so much about Fruits Basket, and it's on my watch list. I find it unique since it's a love triangle that centers on a female protagonist.

If you have seen these shows, please drop a comment. Thank you, I hope you find something you like. Please support the official releases!

Sources: All plot summaries and data are from ANN's Video Releases page.

Past Articles

AKB0048 next stage - Complete Collection (DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98

The road trip to war has already been brutal for the 77th generation of understudies to AKB0048, the combination singing group and combat squad seeking to bring peace and entertainment back to the universe. However, the competition between the individual candidates, as well as the remaining 75th and 76th generation understudies, is about to get even rougher.

With the opportunity to become a successor to one of the original members of the legendary singing squad hanging in the balance, the fights on stage and on the battlefield will become even more cutthroat, and things are only going to get nastier when it turns out that someone has been feeding critical information to the opposing DES forces.

Will the revelation of the source of the Kiraras prove to be a deadly misstep in the intricate choreography that's allowed the team to keep dancing out of danger? Will public opinion prove to be more important than actual skill and valor as the squad undergoes a series of grueling trials by fan? The harmony and harmonization that's held this band of sisters together will be pushed to the breaking point!

AKB0048 next stage - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $69.98
Antique Bakery - Complete Collection [Litebox] (Sub.DVD)
  • Distributor: The Right Stuf International
  • Suggested retail price: $39.99

Kidnapped as a child, Keiichiro Tachibana's had trouble coming to terms with the haunting memory. He doesn't remember much, only that the kidnapper forced him to eat sweets. As a way of dealing with his past, Tachnibana decides to open a bakery. But will his choice in staff – a playboy patisserie who's been fired from every job he's ever had, an ex-boxer with a huge sweet tooth, and an absent-minded childhood friend – be a recipe for disaster or success?

Blessing of the Campanella - Complete Collection (Sub.DVD)
  • Distributor: The Right Stuf International
  • Suggested retail price: $49.99

Leicester Maycraft leads a charmed life. His parents are nobility and he spends his days crafting inventions and questing alongside his friends in Clan Oasis. It also doesn't hurt that every pretty girl in town is in love with him, including the Duke's daughter, Carina Verriti. Life couldn't possibly get any better. Until it does.

Energy from a supernatural meteor shower awakens the adorable automaton, Minette, who imprints on Leicester as her "papa". Just like that, Leicester's entourage of beautiful girls goes from flattering to ridiculous. Joined by Sacred Knight Chelsea Arcot and automaton artisan Agnes Boulange, Clan Oasis sets out to discover Minette's origin.

But all work and no play isn't exactly what these adventurers have in mind. They'll get around to solving the mystery - when they're not performing oddball quests or hanging out at the beach! Contains episodes 1-12, plus the 30-minute OVA.

Fruits Basket
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $49.98

Based on the best selling manga by Natsuki Takaya, Fruits Basket is a heartwarming story about good friends turning tragedy into triumph. This must-see series features a perfect blend of lovable characters and unique humor that makes it a true fan favorite! The Sohma family may look normal, but they've got a curse they've kept hidden for generations. Whenever a member of the clan is hugged by the opposite sex, they turn into an animal from the Chinese Zodiac! They've found ways to maintain ordinary lives, and all is well until young Tohru Honda falls on hard luck and stumbles upon the truth. To keep the peace, she must find a way to fit into this unusual household. But above all, she must promise to never reveal their secret - or her most cherished memories could be lost forever.

Natsume's Book of Friends - Season 1 & 2 (Sub.DVD)
  • Distributor: NIS America
  • Suggested retail price: $59.99

Natsume has always been an outcast because he inherited his grandmother Reiko's ability to see yokai (strange beings that are invisible to most people). After moving to his grandmother's hometown and accidentally releasing a yokai who was imprisoned in a Lucky Cat statue, he learns about one of his grandmother's keepsakes, her "Book of Friends," which contains the names of the yokai she defeated, and allows its wielder to command the yokai named within.

Since then, his life has gotten much more hectic, and yokai now visit him on a daily basis, seeking to either get their names back or take possession of the Book of Friends.

Contains episodes 1-13 of season 1 and episodes 1-13 of season 2 plus a story guide leaflet.

Saint Seiya - Sanctuary Classic Collection (Dub.DVD)
  • Distributor: New Video Group
  • Suggested retail price: $99.95

Five mystical warriors called the "Saints" fight wearing sacred armors, the designs of which are derived from the various constellations. They have adopted their destined guardian symbols, and are empowered by a mystical energy. The Saints have sworn to defend the reincarnation of the Greek goddess Athena in her battle against the other Gods who want to dominate the world.

Wagnaria!!2 - Complete Second Series [Premium Edition] (Sub.Blu-Ray)

Sota Takanashi, Popura Taneshima, and the rest of Wagnaria's zany crew are back! Whether it's Sota being reduced to tears over the death of an innocent bug, Kyoko calling in her old gang to cover some shifts, or Soma hilariously meddling in the personal lives of his co-workers, each day brings something new to the table! But if you're a man, be warned! Inami still packs quite a punch...

Contains episodes 1-13, plus a 32-page, full-color, hardcover artbook featuring episode summaries, new character biographies, and original illustrations.

Not Safe For Work

Below, there are two Hentai DVDs released by Critical Mass Video.

My Brother's Wife (DVD)

All his life, Takashi has been compared to his older brother, Satoshi. Satoshi is smarter. More athletic. More handsome. More successful. But despite the constant reminders that he's "not as good as his brother," Takashi was never jealous because Satoshi took him in after their parents died. But that was before Satoshi stole Miwa, the love of Takashi's life, and married her.

Miwa. Both incredibly beautiful and kind, she captured Takashi's heart long before she ever agreed to marry his brother. And now that she's Satoshi's wife, Takashi sees her every day. Sees her with him. Hears her having sex with him through the bedroom wall. And each day Takashi's jealousy towards his brother grows a little more.

But it seems the tables may turn when Takashi's voluptuous college professor discovers that Takashi scores in one way over his brother: his sexual prowess. Now with the right clothing, the right hairstyle, and lots and lots of hands-on sexual tutoring, she's going to turn Takashi into a ladies' man that even his brother will envy!

Naughty Nurses (DVD)
  • Distributor: Critical Mass Video
  • Suggested retail price: $24.99

Producers Shiyuuta Biwajima and Chikara Niki (I Love You / MeiKing / Spotlight) and writer Shinbashi Makino (Sex Ward) once again have a prescription for lust! In Naughty Nurses, Aoshima General Hospital is well known for its sexy staff that fulfill their patients' every need! Nimura and Mayu are having major relationship problems. Too nervous to have sex with Mayu, Nimura decides that it'll be better if they just break up. But while they might want to go their own separate ways, fate has its own plans for the two of them. Both Nimura and Mayu end up working at Aoshima General Hospital! While having to work together might be uncomfortable for them, it's also stirring up a lot of gossip among the hospital's staff.

But the gossip isn't really having much of an impact on either of them since the hospital's sexy staff and horny patients are keeping them on call night and day! The young nurse Satsuki taunts Nimura relentlessly with her hot body... the voluptuous head-nurse Ryoko seems to have her mind set on landing him in bed... not to mention that the patients can't get enough of him!

All of this attention is great, but Nimura is still struggling with his feelings for Mayu and seeing her every day is making him more anxious than ever. Will this young couple find a way to patch things up despite all of the sexual distractions?

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Hello everyone, it's a huge list of manga series that have an anime adaptation that's coming soon.

Agame ga Kill!

By Takahiro & Tetsuya Tashiro

The dark action fantasy manga follows the title character, Akame, a girl who was bought, brainwashed, and raised by the Empire as an assassin. After meeting Akame, a boy named Tatsumi vows to stand up to the evil of the Empire.

Source

Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou

By Ruri Miyahara

The "adolescent comedy with 3/10ths love and 7/10ths humor" revolves around Usa Kazunari, a boy who is now living alone thanks to his parents' job transfer. However, his new Kawai-Sō apartment complex is filled with only odd perverts. And yet, Ritsu Kawai, a sempai he adores, also happens to live there….

Source

Daimidaler the Sound Robot (Kenzen Robo Daimidaler)

By Asaki Nakama

The comedy centers around a high school boy named Kōichi Madanbashi who has Hi-ERo particles, the power source to operate the robotic weapon Daimidaler. With the help of Kyōko Sonan from the mysterious Prince Beauty Parlor organization, he stands up against the Penguin Empire that troubles humanity.

Source

Dragonar Academy

By Shiki Mizuchi

Learning to ride and tame dragons comes easy to most students at Ansarivan Dragonar Academy—except for first-year student Ash Blake, who is known by his fellow classmates as the “number one problem child.” Poor Ash is the laughing stock at school because, despite his unfashionably large star-shaped brand that marks him as a future dragon master, he has nothing to show for it. His dragon has never appeared.

Until now, that is. One fateful day, Ash's dragon awakes in full glory, but appears different than any dragon ever seen before—in the form of a beautiful girl! What's worse, Ash soon discovers that this new dragon has attitude to spare, as she promptly informs him that she is the master, and he, the servant.

Ash's problems with dragon riding have only just begun.

Source

Gochūmon wa Usagi Desu ka?

By Koi

In the four-panel manga, the main character Kokoa (a pun of “hot cocoa”) arrives at the cafe Rabbit House one day, excited for rabbits. She actually all but lives in that café. She meets lots of different girls there, including a tiny and cool girl named Chino (from “cappucino”), a tough and soldier-esque girl named Lize (“Thé des Alizés” tea), a spacey and quintessentially Japanese girl named Chiyo (“Uji matcha” tea), and the ordinary but dignified Sharo (“Kilimanjaro” coffee).

Source

Hi Score Girl

By Rensuke Oshikiri

The "'90s arcade romantic comedy" begins in 1991, during the heyday of the 2D fighting game boom. Sixth-grader Haruo spends practically his entire day at an arcade in the seedy part of town, oblivious to the world around him. However, one day at his usual arcade, he encounters Akira, his female classmate with good grades and money. She may look out of place at the arcade, but she is actually a top-class gamer. Akira completely outmatches Haruo in one Street Fighter II round after another, and their relationship develops from this unlikely encounter.

Source

Isshukan Friends

By Matcha Hazuki

The story of the manga revolves around Yūki, a boy who wants to become friends with his classmate and desk neighbor Kaori. However, she gently declines his friendship, saying, “But, my... Memories of my friends disappear in a week...” Even so, Yūki wants to become her friend, and so the two become friends over and over again as the weeks pass.

Source

Jinsei

By Ougyo Kawagishi

The story centers around Yūki Akamatsu, a boy who joins the staff of his school's second newspaper. The editor-in-chief Ayaka Nikaidō immediately assigns him to the life (jinsei) advice column. Three girls — the science representative Rino Endō, the liberal arts representative Fumi Kujō, and the physical education representative Ikumi Suzuki — answer requests from students about whatever is troubling them.

Source

Mako-Chan no Lip Cream

By Namie Odama

The manga's story centers around a "mysterious lip cream" that can transform you into anything. The witch Zaiaa was cursed for using the lip cream too much, and it ends up in the hands of an ordinary elementary school girl named Mako-chan.

Source

Parasyte

By Hitoshi Iwaaki

The story is set in a world where alien beings called Parasites come to Earth. They start taking over humans by entering in through their noses and ears and attaching themselves to their brains. One alien called Migi is only able to take over high school student Shinichi Izumi's right arm, and is unable to control Shinichi completely. Migi and Shinichi learn to co-exist, and the two battle other Parasites who see humans only as food.

Source

Pupipo

By Rensuke Oshikiri

The story centers around Wakaba Himeji, a fifth-grade girl who can see things others cannot. As a result, she is scared by her surroundings, keeps her distance from others, and lives a lonely life. One day, she meet a mysterious soft, pink creature that cries "Pupipō!" — and her life is changed from that day forward.

Source

Soul Eater Not!

By Atsushi Ohkubo

Tsugumi Harudori is a halberd and a new student at Death Weapon Meister Academy. She is a part of the NOT class and is there to learn how to control her powers, not to fight or become a Death Scythe. Tsugumi must learn about and adapt to the quirks of DWMA, as well as select a meister.

Source

Sugar Soldier

By Mayu Sakai

The romantic comedy centers around Makoto Kisaragi, a 15-year-old girl whose "special ability" is her persecution complex. She was raised well but in relative obscurity compared to her big sister, a famous model. Despite her negative personality, Makoto vowed to become popular when she entered high school, but things did not turn out quite so well for her. One day, she meets Iriya, Mr. Popular in their class, and they become friends.

Source

Baby Steps

By Hikaru Katsuki

The story follows "Ei-chan," a punctual and earnest boy who has strived for straight As since elementary school. He began going to a tennis school during high school. There, he meets Natsu, a beautiful, earnest girl who only has passion for tennis.

Source

The Romantica Clock

By Yoko Maki

The Romantica Clock is a comedy about twins: the beautiful, popular, and energetic Akane, and her smart, aloof brother Aoi. Akane, who has felt jealous of Aoi since she was a young child, continues to be unable to get along with him even as the two grow older.

Source

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This news might be late, but when I got on Hulu today, I notice Pokemon on the front page's updates. I was estatic that Origins, all 4 episodes, are available in dub. I watched the series in sub, and I enjoyed it. I never thought that Naruto's voice actress nailed Red's character. So far, the dub is also enjoyable. With Hulu, I probably have a chance to get screenshots for the wiki projects. I hope you fans try watching Origins.

Notes

The dub has subtle censorship in Squirtle and Marowak's scenes.

  • Charmander's screams are shortened.
  • Marowak's screams are shortened as well while the sound of Team Rocket's taser is skipped over. You don't hear the beatings.
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This is what I want in my future, but it will probably be the reverse
This is what I want in my future, but it will probably be the reverse

Since this is my 2nd semester of being a mod, I have to careful with time management.

Spring 2014 Semester AV Schedule: 7PM PST Mon-Tue & Thurs (1 hr), 5PM Wed (1 hr), and Fri-Sat 5PM-7PM. Requests will be taken care during these hours. PM me if you need me.

I used this schedule above when things are busy during midterms. On average, I receive 10-15 PMs a day. 75% deals with the battle threads while the rest deals with the wiki. I spend from 1 minute to an hour depending on what type of wiki submission. I try not to moderate the battle threads because I'm not a true battle mod, and I lack the mentality and battle smarts for the job. Since Sonata is busy during the Comic Vine RPG invasion (that was last weekend), I have to step up and take on the wiki and the battle threads. It won't be pretty.

I'll list what I have completed and what I need to complete.

Completed

Goals

Current Major Wiki Projects

I do work on a lot of minor wiki projects. I just add episodes and associations. That's it. I don't want to overload myself.

Minor Wiki Projects

  • Log Horizon
  • Samurai Flamenco
  • Nagi no Asukara
  • Kuroko's Basketball 2
  • Strike the Blood
  • Nobunagun
  • Nobunaga the Fool
  • Pilot's Love Song

Current Community Projects

Remaining Requests

Usually, I finish requests fast such as name changes or finding manga hi res covers, but these ones I haven't had the time.

  • For Marshal Victory, add all Lupin III films
  • For Low, rewrite Meliodas's power section because it has feats like a battle OP. We're trying to focus on techniques and abilities.
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Welcome everyone to the last Quick Picks for January 2014. We're ending it with Attack on Titan, Gantz (I forgot to add it last week), and Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan.

I definitely recommend Attack on Titan to fans who love horror and action theme series. For Nura and Gantz, I haven't watch it yet. For those who do, please drop a comment about your two cents on Nura and Gantz.

January's Manga and DVD/Blu-Ray Releases

Attack on Titan Volume 11
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

"DO YOU THINK THIS WORLD HAS A FUTURE?"

Thanks to Eren's timely arrival, the 104th has managed to turn the tide at Wall Rose. But this momentary victory forces two more traitors into a corner – and the identity of the Titans who have been destroying the walls is revealed! What can Eren do against the two most dangerous monsters humanity has ever faced? And who else might be an enemy in disguise?

Gantz Volume 30
  • Distributor: Dark Horse Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99

As masses of helpless humans are brought aboard the gigantic alien mothership, the horror on the ground below looks like a picnic compared to what the monstrous invaders have in store for their prisoners. But despite the odds, Kei Kurono has infiltrated the mothership and its alien city, and he may have only one chance to find his lost love before she suffers a bizarre fate worse than death!

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan: Demon Capital - Set 1 (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $54.97

Peace has returned to the Nura Clan following their victory against the Shikoku yokai, but things do not stay quiet for long. Ryuji Keikain, brother of Yura the Onmyoji, arrives in Ukiyoe Town bringing dire news: Hagoromo-Gitsune, the great yokai who was once stopped by Supreme Commander Nurarihyon, has returned! The Third Heir Rikuo Nura must now travel across Japan to gain new powers and allies in order to face down his most powerful enemy!

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan: Demon Capital - Set 1 (DVD)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $44.82
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