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Welcome to this week's DVD and Blu-Ray releases! For you fans of Digimon, we got season 2's volume 5 to relive that nostalgia. Magi joins Naruto and One Piece this week in DVDs for Shonen series lovers. To top it off, we have Unico, Yugioh, and Taisho Baseball.

Previous Quick Picks

Digimon: Digital Monsters - The Official Second Season Vol. 5 (Dub.DVD)
  • Distributor: New Video Group
  • Suggested retail price: $19.95
Digifans, catch the second installment of DIGIMON ADVENTURE SEASON 02 (the direct sequel to Digimon Adventure Season 01) in this 3-DVD set!

With some stellar teamwork by Davis, Yolei, Cody, T.K and Kari, the Digital World once again settles into a state of peace. The new Digidestined crew welcomes Ken back from his dark days as an evil Emperor and together they commit to protecting the Digital World and all its Digimon. But the calm doesn t last long. Soon dark energy runs out of control and threatens to explode! Can the team stop it before it s too late?
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic - Set 1 (DVD)
  • Distributor: Aniplex of America
  • Suggested retail price: $74.98
Alibaba is a young carrier who dreams of gaining enough money to buy a whole country. To achieve this goal he must venture into a mysterious ruin called a "dungeon," which is said to hold secret treasures deep within its labyrinth. Unfortunately, Alibaba lacks the courage to carry out his plan and remains a worker. Until...

One day, Alibaba meets a mysterious boy named Aladdin who can summon a mighty blue spirit from a flute and travels across the continent in search of Djinn Metal Vessels. Hoping to harness Aladdin's magical power, Alibaba invites Aladdin to join him on his dungeon-capturing expedition.

Along the way and through numerous encounters and farewells, both of them will come to learn the truth about their destiny!
Naruto Shippuden DVD Box 17
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $44.82
Madara has declared war on the shinobi world! The Kage unite to form the Allied Shinobi Forces with the Raikage as their leader. While the villages prepare for battle, Sakura forms a team to go after Sasuke, secretly planning to take him out herself! But Sasuke has his own plans, and his confrontation with Danzo confirms the truth about the destruction of the Uchiha Clan.

Where once he plotted revenge against his brother, Sasuke now turns his anger toward the Leaf Village, and only one person has any chance of changing his mind: Naruto!
One Piece - Season 5 Part 5 (DVD)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $39.98
Monkey D. Luffy refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become King of All Pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line, this is one captain who'll never drop anchor until he's claimed the greatest treasure on Earth: the Legendary One Piece! Along for the ride are his loyal crewmates, a wonderfully-bizarre collection of outcasts and misfits from the far corners of the world. Each member has their own special talent, and they'll utilize their skills to help Luffy achieve his dream! Together, the rubberman and his crew can conquer any challenge - or defeat any foe!
Taisho Baseball Girls - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98
1925. Six years since the end of the Great War, four years since women were allowed to join political associations, and one year since Emperor Hirohito assumed the throne. Japan is a nation re-inventing itself, swept by wave after wave of wars, disasters and political unrest. War looms in China, males over the age of 24 are about to receive the right to vote, and a strange new type of school uniform called the "sailor suit" is being introduced. But at least the national pastime, baseball, remains bound by tradition, the exclusive realm of men and boys - until now.

When a local player arrogantly states that girls should become housewives instead of going to school, teenage firebrands Koume and Akiko respond by forming their own baseball team. It's shocking. It's scandalous. And yet, in a nation in which almost anything seems suddenly possible, it may just be the start of something greater than any nine girls can imagine.
Unico Double Feature (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Discotek Media
  • Suggested retail price: $29.95
This double feature set contains The Fantastic Adventures of Unico and Unico in the Island of Magic.

The Fantastic Adventures of Unico
Unico the Unicorn has the amazing power to make anyone he meets happy. Whether it's because of his personality or the powers of his horn, no one knows. However, the gods become jealous of Unico, thinking that only they should be able to decide or allow people to be happy.

Unico is banished to the Hill of Oblivion, and the West Wind is ordered to take him there. She can't stand giving this fate to Unico, so Unico's adventures begin, as the West Wind takes him from one place and time to the next, in a never-ending journey to escape the wrath of the gods.
Yu-Gi-Oh! - Season 3 Volume 1 (Dub.DVD)
  • Distributor: New Video Group
  • Suggested retail price: $24.95
The Battle City Finals rages to its ultimate climax! As Yugi's pals succumb one-by-one to the dreaded magic of the Shadow Realm*Yugi and his remaining friends must travel to the ultimate dueling arena for the showdown of the millennium against the nefarious Marik! It's time to duel!
Yu-Gi-Oh! - Season 3 Volume 2 (Dub.DVD)
  • Distributor: New Video Group
  • Suggested retail price: $24.95

The Battle City Finals rages to its ultimate climax! As Yugi's pals succumb one-by-one to the dreaded magic of the Shadow Realm*Yugi and his remaining friends must travel to the ultimate dueling arena for the showdown of the millennium against the nefarious Marik! It's time to duel!
Yu-Gi-Oh! - The Official Third Season (Dub.DVD)
  • Distributor: New Video Group
  • Suggested retail price: $24.95

The Battle City Finals rages to its ultimate climax! As Yugi's pals succumb one-by-one to the dreaded magic of the Shadow Realm*Yugi and his remaining friends must travel to the ultimate dueling arena for the showdown of the millennium against the nefarious Marik! It's time to duel! However*on their journey*a mysterious child named Noah kidnaps and traps Yugi and friends in a virtual world! Who is this mysterious Noah*and why does he know so much about Kaiba's past? Can Yugi escape from the virtual world in time to stop Marik before his friends are lost forever in the Shadow Realm?
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Hey everyone! ElfenLied1012, Delphic, and I were having a conversation on the Winter 2014 Anime Guide, and we notice that every season, we have a lot of anime shows set in a high school, middle school setting. Rarely, we had any anime series set in college. We were making a list of anime series set in college.

Let's make a personal Anime Vice list for everyone who wants something different. I get sick of high school setting especially for slice of life shows. I know I'm the only one who does.

Anime Series Set in College

1. Golden Time
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Banri Tada is a newly admitted student at a private law school in Tokyo. Due to the after-effects of an accidental fall from a bridge shortly after high school graduation, he lost all his memories from before then. At the time of the accident, Banri's soul had escaped from his body, and the "Spirit of Banri Tada" came into being, carrying his memories from before graduation.

2. Steins;Gate

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  • Hashida tells Rintarou that he recieved the text message that he sent him one week before Rintarou claims to have actually sent it. The only explanation they find plausible is that he somehow sent the text message back through time. With this discovery in mind, Rintarou decides to dig deeper into this mystery of time travel: How did he witness a murder that did not happen? What is SERN hiding about their research into time travel? And is there really a mysterious Organization trying to destroy him, or is it just the paranoid rantings of a madman?
3. Elfen Lied

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  • The Diclonius, a mutated homo sapien that is said to be selected by God and will eventually become the destruction of mankind, possesses two horns in their heads, and has a "sixth sense" which gives it telekinetic abilities. Due to this dangerous power, they have been captured and isolated in laboratories by the government. Lucy, a young and psychotic Diclonius, manages to break free of her confines and brutally murder most of the guards in the laboratory, only to get shot in the head as she makes her escape. She survives and manages to drift along to a beach, where two teenagers named Kouta and Yuka discovers her. Having lost her memories, she was named after the only thing that she can now say, "Nyuu," and the two allow her to stay at Kouta's home. However, it appears that the evil "Lucy" is not dead just yet...
4. Soni-Ani SUPER SONICO THE ANIMATION

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  • "Super Sonico" debuted as Nitro+'s live mascot girl, and her world will be brought to life in the anime, "SoniAni - SUPER SONICO THE ANIMATION -"!
5. Eden of The East
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On November 22, 2010 ten missiles strike Japan. However, this unprecedented terrorist act, later to be called as "Careless Monday," does not result in any apparent victims, and is soon forgotten by almost everyone. Then, 3 months later... Saki Morimi is a young woman currently in the United States of America on her graduation trip. But just when she is in front of the White House, Washington DC, she gets into trouble, and only the unexpected intervention of one of her fellow countrymen saves her. However, this man, who introduces himself as Akira Takizawa, is a complete mystery. He appears to have lost his memory. and he is stark naked, except for the gun he holds in one hand, and the mobile phone he's holding with the other hand. A phone that is charged with 8,200,000,000 yen in digital cash.

6. The Tatami Galaxy
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The story is about a nameless Kyoto University student dwelling in reminiscences of his first college years.

7. Welcome to the NHK
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An introspective and comedic drama that looks at the life of Tatsuhiro Satõ as it delves into the psychological and emotional effects of his being both a NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) and a hikikomori (an extreme social recluse).

8. Honey and Clover
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A group of art school students try to find their calling, but when a certain pint-sized 19-year-old joins them, chaos and love triangles ensue.

9. Nodame Cantabile
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Shinichi Chiaki is a high-class, talented piano student enrolled in his third year at a music observatory in Tokyo with dreams to become a world famous orchestra conductor. His main goal is to study under Sebastiano Vieira, his idol and mentor who lives in Europe. However, a fear of traveling by plane and ship leaves him stranded in preventing him from getting the proper teaching for his goals in Europe. Along with this crisis, Shinichi also has to deal with the advances of second year piano student Megumi Noda, a carefree and messy young woman with a talent for playing the piano. Shinichi must help Megumi realize her potential as a pianist and teach himself the proper social skills to tolerate the unconventional musicians he must train to play for an upcoming orchestra (the S-orchestra) while being taught by the talented, but perverted, conductor Franz von Stresemann.

10. Papa no Ikuoto o Kikinasai
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A freshman at university is forced to raise three girls on his own after his sister (their mother) disappeared with her husband in an accident.

11. Genshiken
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This is the story of college freshman Kanji Sasahara and his fellow members of the college club he joins, The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture (aka Genshiken), as he goes shopping for doujinshi, attends conventions and slowly but surely makes his way down the road to fandom.

12. Ah! My Goddess
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A boy misdials a takeout order and instead acquires a goddess. Thinking it's a joke, he makes his one wish: for the goddess to be his girlfriend. The wish is accepted, and Keiichi must figure out how to live with his pure goddess girlfriend, Belldandy...and her family.

13. Tenchi in Tokyo
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Tenchi decides to move to Tokyo in order to lead a normal life in the big city. While in Tokyo Tenchi meets a girl named Sakuyo. They soon fall in love but as it turns out a dark sinister force has created Sakuyo to get at Tenchi and rule the earth. Now Tenchi must balance love, friends, and life while defending the earth one last time.

14. Chobits
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A tale of forbidden love between a boy and a persocom (an android) set in a near future Japan.

15. Rozen Maiden – Zuruckspulen
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Jun Sakurada, a middle school shut-in receives a single letter. “Yes or No” When Jun chose “yes” he met Shinku, but if Jun chose “no”, he would’ve gone on to college without ever meeting Shinku. Those two worlds were never meant to cross, but now they have connected!!Although the Jun who chose “no” has ventured out to overcome his shut-in nature, he can’t find a place where he belongs. Shinku comes to this world where “Rozen Maidens” aren’t supposed to exist.What will their new encounter bring?!

16. Love Hina

Dream

17. Ai Yori Aoshi: Enishi

Dream

18. NANA

Dream

19. RideBack

Dream

20. C - CONTROL

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21. Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere
22. Death Note
23. Bakuman.
24. Kimi no Iru Machi
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Welcome to this week's Quick Picks. Every first week in a month is heavy with lots of new volumes coming in the states. I hope you find something you enjoy. We got some omnibus editions for Bleach, Naruto, and Zero's Familiar. Oh, there is Nisekoi volume 1. The newly licensed manga series has just got an anime adaptation this winter season. My favorite manga series, Fairy Tail, is still going strong.

Previous Quick Picks

Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Mad Hatter's Late Night Tea Party Vol. 2

  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99
Alice in the Country of Hearts: The Mad Hatter’s Late Night Tea Party is a two-book series that 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 series features oversized editions with impressive artwork and color pinups.

Blood Dupre is the enigmatic leader of the Hatters, Wonderland’s mafia. Along with his second-in-command, Elliot March, also known as the March Hare, Blood Dupre schemes from the shadows inside Hatter Mansion, while keeping his enemies at bay. Yet when Alice Lidell enters his life, she gives the dangerous mafia boss a run for his money.

Bleach [3-in-1 Edition] Vol. 17

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99
Time has run out! It’s the day of Rukia’s execution, and Ichigo must fight Byakuya Kuchiki one on one, whether or not his bankai is battle-ready. Meanwhile the mastermind behind the chaos in the Seireitei is about to be revealed, but will the truth spell the end of the Soul Society?!

Collects volumes 19-21 in an omnibus edition.

Dictatorial Grimoire - Snow White Vol. 2

  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $13.99
Grimm Otogi, a farflung descendant of the renowned Grimm Brothers, has always regarded the fairy tales his ancestors concocted as pure fiction. Unfortunately for the introverted half-Japanese teen, he is about to discover that the Grimm legacy is anything but pure...

Upon receiving a posthumous letter from the father he never knew, Otogi transfers to a new school and moves into an abandoned mansion as part of his inheritance. There, he finds a manuscript that reveals the truth about his ancestors: the Brothers Grimm made a deal with mystical beings known as the Märchen Demons, who now have a claim on Otogi’s life. With a dashing male Cinderella as his guide, can Otogi Grimm unlock the power of the manuscript and stop the fairy tale demons before they destroy him first?

Fairy Tail Vol. 34

  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99
Outraged by the way Yukino has been treated, Natsu goes on the warpath and challenges the master of Saber Tooth to a fight! Back at the tournament, the wizards prepare to face Pandemonium, a castle built out of magic containing one-hundred terrible monsters, the most powerful of which are easily capable of taking down a Wizard Saint. But when Erza, desperate to reclaim Fairy Tail's honor, wins the right to go first, she declares that she'll take on all one-hundred at once!

Haganai: I don't have many friends Vol. 5

  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
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?

Hana-Kimi [Omnibus] Vol. 7

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99
Mizuki Ashiya has such a crush on a track star named Izumi Sano that she moves from the U.S. to Japan to enroll in the all-male high school he goes to! Pretending to be a boy, Mizuki becomes Sano’s roommate…but how can she keep such a big secret when she’s so close to the guy she wants?

Kimi ni Todoke Vol. 18

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
After the Christmas party, Kazehaya finally kisses Sawako! But a kiss is not enough, and Sawako asks permission from her parents to stay out late with Kazehaya... Then, Sawako's friends dish the details of their own very special Christmas Eves when everyone converges at her house for an impromptu party.

Love in Hell Vol. 2

Rintaro Senkawa is a regular guy in his mid-20’s who got a little drunk one night and fell to his death. But that is just the beginning of Rintaro’s story, as he finds himself unexpectedly in Hell where he meets his guide, the painfully sexy devil Koyori. Can Rintaro take his situation seriously enough to repent for the sins of his former life or is he fated to be eternally tempted, teased, and tortured by scantily-clad devils with iron spiked clubs?

Midnight Secretary Vol. 3

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
Kaya has been temporarily reassigned to another company, but she won't let that keep her from her lover, Kyohei. She's appointed herself as his special secretary, and she spends each night at his condo helping him work and quenching his thirst for her delicious blood. Love suits Kaya, but trouble looms now that she's caught the eye of her other boss!

Monster Musume Vol. 2

  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99
A harem comedy but with a twist: the hot girls are a lamia (snake girl), a centaur, and a harpy, who live with a regular teenage boy.

Monsters—they’re real, and they want to date us! Three years ago, the world learned that harpies, centaurs, catgirls, and all manners of fabulous creatures are not merely fiction; they are flesh and blood—not to mention scale, feather, horn, and fang. Thanks to the "Cultural Exchange Between Species Act," these once-mythical creatures have assimilated into society, or at least, they’re trying.

When a hapless human teenager named Kurusu Kimihito is inducted as a "volunteer" into the government exchange program, his world is turned upside down. A snake-like lamia named Miia comes to live with him, and it is Kurusu’s job to take care of her and make sure she integrates into his everyday life. Unfortunately for Kurusu, Miia is undeniably sexy, and the law against interspecies breeding is very strict. Even worse, when a ravishing centaur girl and a flirtatious harpy move in, what’s a full-blooded teenage human with raging hormones to do?!

My Boyfriend is a Vampire Vol. 11-12

  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $17.99
Being beautiful is never easy, especially if you’re an eighteen year old boy like Ryu who is constantly mistaken for a girl because of his delicate good looks. Ryu is, in fact, anything but delicate. He is the ringleader of a group of tough kids in an all boy’s school, and he’s quick to beat the living daylights out of anyone who even hints that he resembles a girl.

If that wasn’t hard enough for a regular teenage guy to cope with, his life is about to take a shocking turn for the worse. When Ryu stumbles upon strange happenings in the forest, he gets sucked into a world of vampire intrigue and sinister romance that he never knew existed. And he learns that there are worse things than being turned into a vampire: being turned into a girl?!

Naruto Vol. 64

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He's got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world's greatest ninja!

With Tobi's identity finally revealed, Naruto will have to summon the strength from within to stand up to him. But as the Gedo statue is used to awaken the Ten-Tailed Beast, it'll take the entire Allied Shinobi Forces working together to win this war!

Naruto [3-in-1 Edition] Vol. 7

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $14.99
The world’s most popular ninja comic just got bigger with this collection of Naruto volumes!

Naruto is a young shinobi with an incorrigible knack for mischief. He’s got a wild sense of humor, but Naruto is completely serious about his mission to be the world’s greatest ninja!

It’s all-out shinobi war as Naruto, Tsunade, Jiraiya and Shizune take on Orochimaru and Kabuto in battle. The aftermath of combat lands Lee in the hospital. Meanwhile Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura hurl toward an uncertain future, and an ever-angry Sasuke makes a terrible choice of new teammates. Tsunade sends Naruto, Neji and others to hunt him down, but the Sound Four looms dangerously close.

Natsume's Book of Friends Vol. 15

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
Takashi Natsume can see the spirits and demons that hide from the rest of humanity. He has always been set apart from other people because of his gift, drifting from relative to relative, never fitting in. Now he's a troubled high school student who has come to live in the small town where his grandmother grew up. And there he discovers that he has inherited more than just the Sight from the mysterious Reiko.

Nisekoi: False Love - The Promise Vol. 1

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
Love triangle! Comedic antics!! Gang warfare?! You won’t want to miss out on Weekly Shonen Jump's laugh-out-loud feel-good manga series!

It’s hate at first sight... Rather, a knee-to-the-head at first sight when Raku Ichijo meets Chitoge Kirisaki! Unfortunately, Raku’s gangster father arranges a false love match with their rival’s daughter—who just so happens to be Chitoge! However, Raku’s searching for his childhood sweetheart from ten years ago, with a pendant around his neck as a memento, but he can't even remember her name or face!

Otomen Vol. 17

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
In her quest to get Asuka to turn away from his otomen ways, Asuka's mom, Kiyomi, cancels his favorite shojo manga, Love Chick! What's worse, she plans to break up Asuka and Ryo! Will Asuka succumb to his mother's anti-otomen schemes?!

Pokémon Adventures - Ruby & Sapphire Vol. 20

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
Awesome adventures inspired by the best-selling Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire video games!

All your favorite Pokémon game characters jump out of the screen into the pages of this action-packed manga!

Psyren Vol. 14

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
Ageha and the others battle the Scourge, an experimental elite battle corps engineered by W.I.S.E. Ageha must now learn Nova, a new power that enables him to manipulate gravity, if he's got any hope of saving his friends and his world.

Meanwhile, the ailing Elmore sees a vision of the future that terrifies her and leaves her more fragile than ever.

Strobe Edge Vol. 8

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
Ren opens up to Ninako, and her feelings for him escalate to the point where she wants to risk everything to become his girlfriend. But when she realizes that doing so might jeopardize Ren's friendship with Ando, will she go through with it?

The Flowers of Evil Vol. 8

  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $10.95
A lonely, bookish teen struggles to find his identity through Charles Baudelaire's poetry, until two girls, a bully and the class beauty, help him realize true love and real friendship.

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Vol. 4

  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99
In a futuristic city, augmented reality Duels are all the rage. Duelists, using devices called D-Gazers, can interact with their environment and their opponents as never before. With more awesome monsters and unbelievable cards, the future of Yu-Gi-Oh! starts right here!

Zero's Familiar Omnibus Vol. 3

  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
    Suggested retail price: $18.99
This omnibus edition contains volumes 6-7 of the Zero’s Familiar manga series. Seven Seas is pleased to publish Zero’s Familiar for the first time in North America, and will release the entire series in three omnibus editions.

In a world where sorcery reigns supreme, bumbling witch-in-training Louise Francoise le Blanc is known by her classmates at the Tristain Academy of Magic as "Louise the Zero". During an important coming-of-age ritual, when each student must summon a lifelong familiar, Louise proves herself inept when she mistakenly conjures a teenage boy from earth. Now, whether she likes it or not, Louise "the Zero" and Saito, the ever-whining earth boy from Japan, are bound by the laws of magic as master and servant forever!
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Welcome to the Quick Picks! Hope you find something you like this week? I'm looking forward to Monster Rancher. It was a favorite series of mine when I was in middle school. It brings back some old memories. It was like Digimon more than Pokemon because humans and monsters die in this series underneath that childish exterior.

Previous Quick Picks

Aria The Animation - Collection Part 1 [Litebox] (Sub.DVD)
  • Distributor: Right Stuf
  • Price: $39.99
Akari, Aika and Alice are three girls who share a single dream: to become the most talented gondoliers in all of Neo-Venezia! Every day they train toward their goal, exploring all the wondrous sights that the water-covered planet Aqua has to offer. Whether it's spending a wild day at Carnevale, sharing a beautiful sunset, or even crossing paths with the mysterious spirits that dwell in Aqua's shadows, for these three friends, each day is a new adventure!

Special Features: Promotional Video, Interview with Director Junichi Sato, Interview with Yui Makino, Aria and the World of Sound, Cast Reflections on Aria The Animation, Clean Ending 1, Trailers.
Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne Season 2 - Set 2 (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Price: $54.97

Several months have passed since the last battle took place in Kamogawa City. Madoka Kyono is now in her final year of high school and has yet to decide what she will do with her life. Across the galaxy, Lan now takes part in research that involves the Vox Rympha. During an experiment, their research facility comes under attack by De Metrio forces, led by Muginami's Vox Ignis.

Will Madoka, Lan, and Muginami be able to reunite once again as the Jersey Club? And what is the mystery behind the Rin-ne and the Vox?
Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne Season 2 - Set 2 (DVD)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Price: $44.82
Monster Rancher - Complete Season 1 (Dub.DVD)
  • Distributor: Discotek Media
  • Price: $49.95

Genki Sakura is an avid player of the Monster Rancher video games. After winning a tournament hosted by the game's creators, Genki gets a special CD-ROM that can unlock monsters in his game at home. It's real-life fun when the disk magically transports him to the world of Monster Rancher!

There, he saves Holly and her eyeball monster Suezo from the evil Black Dino Squad! Genki creates his very own monster, Mocchi. And they team up with the gentle stone giant, Golem, in their search for the stone disc that contains the legendary Phoenix.

Patlabor: The Mobile Police - The TV Series - Collection 4 (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Maiden Japan
  • Price: $69.99

The war on crime and the battle for superior technology collide as Shinohara industries unleashes a rash of new Labor designs and SV2 finds itself stuck in the middle of product evaluation trials. That would be trying enough at any time, but when the department's already being overwhelmed with handling security for the upcoming Babylon Project Conference, fighting terrorists, insurance investigators, and even tracking down monsters in the sewers, it may be the final straw that breaks the Ingram's back.

If all that wasn't enough pressure, SV2's rivalry with Division One escalates to all out warfare when SV1 gets the first of the latest production models. The gloves are off and there's a heavy metal smackdown on the horizon as Noa must strap herself into the cockpit once again to prove that her Alphonse is still the undisputed king of robotic law enforcement!

Patlabor: The Mobile Police - The TV Series - Collection 4 (DVD)
  • Distributor: Maiden Japan
  • Price: $59.99
Uta no Prince Sama - Season 1 Complete Collection (Sub.Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Price: $59.99

When Haruka gets the chance to take the entrance exam for Saotome Academy for the Performing Arts, it seems as though she's one step closer to her dream of composing songs for her favorite singer, Hayato. However, this is no gleeful high school musical experience, and Haruka's hiding a dreadful secret that may silence her musical ambitions forever.

Even if she does get into Saotome, the competition will be more brutal than going on Japan's Top Idol! That's because, as a writer, Haruka could be paired with any one of six radically different male singers. Will it be upbeat Otoya, serious Masato, flirtatious Ren, split-personality Natsuki, optimistic Syo, or the unapproachable Tokiya, who's rumored to be Hayato's brother?

Just to make things more complicated and awkward, writers and singers are expressly NOT allowed to get romantically involved! Can one girl and six handsome young men learn to make beautiful music together in a strictly platonic sense? They can if the oddball staff of Saotome, most of whom are current and former idols themselves, have anything to say about it!

Uta no Prince Sama - Season 1 Complete Collection (Sub.DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Price: $49.99
Yuruyuri: Happy Go Lily - Season 2 Collection (Sub.Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: NIS America
  • Price: $64.99

With the Amusement Club no longer in danger of being broken up by the student council, its members, Akari Akaza, Kyoko Toshino, Yui Funami, and Chinatsu Yoshikawa, can finally focus on amusing themselves. More or less allied with the student council, the members of both organizations embark on wacky antics together! Plus, we finally meet the siblings of all these girls as they make the most of their days in middle school!

Contains episodes 1-12 of season two plus a hardcover, full-color, 36-page art book complete with episode guide, character art, sketches, and promotional art.

Special Features: Clean Opening and Ending, B-side Episode Previews, Video Art Book Featurettes.

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Welcome everyone, Crunchyroll has announced its first 3 manga series that it acquired for the simupubs. I will update this blog several times.

Inside Mari (ぼくは麻理のなか Boku wa Mari no Naka)

Written and illustrated by Shūzō Oshimi

A young man is a shut-in, with nothing to do but kill time. The sole pleasure in his life is following home an angelic high school girl he sees every day in a convenience store. Today, like any other day, he follows her, but… Shuzo Oshimi, the creator of Drifting Net Café and Flowers of Evil, continues to open hidden doors of the heart in this monthly serialized story!

Silver Nina (?, Shirogane no Nina)

Illustrated by Itokatsu Shimazaki

Shutaro goes back home to the country, after losing his job in Tokyo. To his surprise, when he opens the door to his family home, he finds a beautiful little girl with silver hair and blue eyes. Taking place in a city on a plateau, a tired young man and a beautiful half Japanese girl bring you a story of the slow, calming life in the country!!

Love Theory (?, Love Riron)

Written by Keiya Mizuno and illustrated by Masaki Satou

Even if I'm hideous. Even if I'm broke. Even if there's not one iota of sexiness to me. There HAS to be a way for me to snag my ideal woman. Masaki Satou (author of "The Ultra-Apathetic Spec Ops Squad JAP FIVE!") and Keiya Mizuno (head writer of "My Dreams will come TRUUUUUE!") come together for a hilarious, risque collaboration that just might help YOU find true love too!

Crunchyroll Simulpubs

Okitenemuru

Written and illustrated by Hitori Renda

Kanata and his friend Tokiji are ordinary teenagers in modern Japan. Mysterious deaths have begun to occur in their city, where the victim's head will transform into an animal face and explode. There are rumors about these strange incidents, but one day it happens at Kanata's school. Kanata is caught up in the incident and gains the special ability to "remove his limiter". This allows him to greatly enhance a single ability of his, but after he uses it, another ability will go out of control. He encounters a mysterious, beautiful woman in a black skin-tight combat suit named Shiki. She forces Kanata and Tokiji to become deeply involved in these incidents. Just what is going on? What mysterious organization is behind this!? A world-spanning conspiracy begins to unfold.

Star Light Woman
Written and illustrated by Rie Kanou

The fate of the Earth has been entrusted to a single woman! A new SF comedy series! As more and more witnesses report seeing UFOs, a plain woman named Hoshi is working late at her part-time job. But she has an important secret!

Is this Girl for Real!?
Written and illustrated by Tsutomu Mutsuki
Aliases: This older Woman is a Fiction!?, Kono Onee-san wa Fiction desu!?

Jun Yoshikawa is a boy with a manga artist for a mom. One night, he gets in a situation with a drunk stranger, Narumi Kawase, and decides to look after her. She becomes a live-in assistant at the Yoshikawa household as Jun takes care of her. This is an age-gap comedy about a pre-thirties, unfortunate beauty with no skills nor a job, and a perfect high schooler who helps out his mom and does the household chores as they live together.

Action Manga
Written and illustrated by Dat Nishiwaki

In order to return people that have turned into monsters from the seed of hatred, our hero in mask have sealed his fist… Action mask who also appears in Japan’s national comedy manga "Crayon Shin-chan" is transformed into ultra real and ultra cool character! Go action! His fist will crush the heart of the hatred!

King's Game: Origin
Written by Nobuaki Kanazawa and illustrated by J-Ta Yamada

"The King's orders are absolute. Fail to obey, and you will be punished." 30 years ago in the remote Yonaki Village, a black envelope is delivered to a single villager. The command inside threatens to draw the entire population into a terrible tragedy! Take a deep breath, steady your heart, and prepare for a shocking, terrifying survival horror adventure! The latest chapter in the wildly popular "King's Game: Origin" saga has begun. It all starts here!

ReCollection
Written and illustrated by Ichigo Takano

Ichigo Takano, the genius of the shojo manga world, returns with a new series! A suspicious man who claims to be God hangs around amnesiac high school teacher Kanade Natsume. Even though "God" is a pest, the divine one says that he'll (He'll?) help Kanade get his memories back. What is it that Kanade has forgotten? Who is this "God", really? Their strange cohabitation begins so Kanade can reclaim his lost "self", dreams, love, past, and all! Ichigo Takano presents

Orange
Written and illustrated by Ichigo Takano

"What can I do now to prevent a future without Kakeru?" In the spring of my second year of high school, I received a letter from "myself", ten years in the future. It urged the 16-year-old me to take action so I wouldn't have the same regrets...

Otakon Announcements

Manga Title: Shindo
Mangaka: Akira Saso
Plot:
Boy meets Girl!! Kazuo, a ronin aiming to get into a distinguished college of music, meets a girl who loves baseball. Her name is Uta Naruse, the piano prodigy who can play Debussy as if it were nothing! Manga may be a soundless way of storytelling, but your heart will be filled with beautiful music!!
Manga Title: Murder Incarnation
Mangaka: Shinji Inamitsu
Plot:
A tragic loss. The endless despair that accompanies losing a loved one. A mysterious girl who appears at just the right moment. An unbelievable offer. "I can bring your lost loved one back to life, if you complete a simple task for me. Please kill three people, any three people, in the next 24 hours. Do that, and without fail I will revive them just as they were."
Could YOU take three lives to bring someone you love back from the dead? What value do you place on human life? Murder Incarnation is a mystery that asks that very question.
Manga Title: Girl May Kill
Mangaka: Azusa Itakura
A port town where the Mafia actively operates behind the scenes. Gohongi is a young man who has come back to this to place where he was born after many years and finds a job working at a video rental store, which also becomes his new home. It is here that he begins to live with a young girl named Mei and a homosexual by the name of Katsura. But both of them are members of the Mafia group, Lovely Town. And fifteen-year-old-Mei is a ruthless hitman. There have been rumors that the struggles between Mafia factions are becoming more intense. Still not able to completely grasp the situation, Gohongi winds up getting dragged into a world of trouble...
Manga Title: Joshi Kausei
Mangaka: Ken Wakai
Who needs dialog when you're this cute? The beautiful (but unlucky) Momoko, the cool, collected Shibumi, and the refreshingly innocent Mayumi star in a "silent manga." No speeches, no dialog! Just pictures, sound effects, and three high school girls living their daily lives.
Manga Title: Cronos Haze
Mangaka: Masayuki Takano
Amagiri Academy—a school that takes up the entirety of a single island. Touya only has a vague recollection of his father and enrolls in this school that he attended in order to learn what became of him. But soon after school begins, Touya is dragged into one mysterious and troublesome affair after another…!

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  • Crunchyroll - Inside Mari, Silver Nina, and Love Theory
  • ANN - Kiss Him, Not Me, Renai Senka, Tonari-no Kashiwagi-san
  • ANN - Inside Mari, Silver Nina, and Love Theory
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