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.
|Digimon: Digital Monsters - The Official Second Season Vol. 5 (Dub.DVD)|
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)|
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|
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)|
|Taisho Baseball Girls - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray)|
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)|
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)|
|Yu-Gi-Oh! - Season 3 Volume 2 (Dub.DVD)|
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)|
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?
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.
|1. Golden Time|
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.
|3. Elfen Lied|
|4. Soni-Ani SUPER SONICO THE ANIMATION|
|5. Eden of The East|
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|
The story is about a nameless Kyoto University student dwelling in reminiscences of his first college years.
|7. Welcome to the NHK|
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|
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|
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|
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.
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|
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|
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.
A tale of forbidden love between a boy and a persocom (an android) set in a near future Japan.
|15. Rozen Maiden – Zuruckspulen|
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|
|17. Ai Yori Aoshi: Enishi|
|20. C - CONTROL|
|21. Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere|
|22. Death Note|
|24. Kimi no Iru Machi|
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.
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
Collects volumes 19-21 in an omnibus edition.
Dictatorial Grimoire - Snow White Vol. 2
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
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
Kimi ni Todoke Vol. 18
Love in Hell Vol. 2
Midnight Secretary Vol. 3
Monster Musume Vol. 2
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
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
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
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
Nisekoi: False Love - The Promise Vol. 1
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
Pokémon Adventures - Ruby & Sapphire Vol. 20
All your favorite Pokémon game characters jump out of the screen into the pages of this action-packed manga!
Psyren Vol. 14
Meanwhile, the ailing Elmore sees a vision of the future that terrifies her and leaves her more fragile than ever.
Strobe Edge Vol. 8
The Flowers of Evil Vol. 8
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Vol. 4
Zero's Familiar Omnibus Vol. 3
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!
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.
|Aria The Animation - Collection Part 1 [Litebox] (Sub.DVD)|
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)|
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)|
|Monster Rancher - Complete Season 1 (Dub.DVD)|
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!
|Patlabor: The Mobile Police - The TV Series - Collection 4 (Blu-Ray)|
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.
|Patlabor: The Mobile Police - The TV Series - Collection 4 (DVD)|
|Uta no Prince Sama - Season 1 Complete Collection (Sub.Blu-Ray)|
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.
|Uta no Prince Sama - Season 1 Complete Collection (Sub.DVD)|
|Yuruyuri: Happy Go Lily - Season 2 Collection (Sub.Blu-Ray)|
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!
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!
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.
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!
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
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...
|Manga Title: Shindo|
Mangaka: Akira Saso
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
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…!