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I finished and closed Glasslip and Samurai Bakumatsu wiki tasks. I can probably post this week's DVD releases. It's short, 6 Titles. I saved Noriaki's wiki task tomorrow. Tonight, I need to work on a paper and study for Bio quiz. PM me if you need me
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Ryuhei Tamura announced in the 13th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Magazine that his series, Beelzebub, will end on Monday, February 2014 with a total of 27 volumes. He will be starting a spinoff series in Jump Next!! magazine in May 2014. The 27th volume will be release in June 2014. The manga has not been licensed by any western manga publishers as of now.

For those who are new to Beelzebub, here is a plot summary:

"Strongest juvenile delinquent" Oga Tatsumi, in the most random events, finds himself with the infant son of the Great Demon King and threat to humankind, Beelzebub. After being "greeted" by the baby's maid and caretaker, Hilda, it become obvious that Beelzebub doesn't want to leave Oga's side. With his close friend Furuichi and a bunch of other characters on hand, Oga now must raise baby Beel and prevent the world from destruction.

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Hello everyone, I'm Takashichea (Taka for short). Today, I'm going to share my views on the site and the folks. It's not criticism. It's more like my observations. Let me know if anything in this blog offends you. I'll fix it. The purpose of this blog is get users to think about the community projects for the site. These projects bridge the gap and help out parts of the site.

Note: I wasn't sure if I should publish this blog. It has been on my mind since I became a mod back in September 2012. In the rules, all users are responsible for their content. Please don't take my observations or opinions as it if it was the truth. I can be wrong.

The Invisible Walls refers to the segregation of our site, externally and internally.

External Walls

I won't go into much depth with external walls because this blog will deal with internal walls. As most of you guys and gals know that Anime Vice has been seen as the red haired child of the Whiskey Media Family. After the Whiskey Media sale out, Anime Vice and Screened only have each other as support, but most folks don't know about the sale out. I remember in the battle forums, most users were surprised when I told them about the sale out and why Giant Bomb and Comic Vine had those upgrades. Tested was the only site out of Bermanbraun's acquired Whiskey Media sites that had most upgrade. I'll leave it that point. Time to focus on the infrastructure of Anime Vice.

Internal Walls

Anime Vice is a beautiful and unique community. I haven't seen other websites that has wiki, battle forums, RPG, Reviews, and front page content. It's like a small town where everyone fits in their niche. Some users will explore other niche. This is quite natural. For a while, the wiki and battle community flourish while the RPG and Review communities had their peaks and droughts. After the sale out, the site's RPG and review community went down. We lost a lot of RPGers and reviewers. Forums, overall, were dead except for the battle threads. In 2012-2013, more folks left the site. Daniel, the gang, and I created discussion threads and took on weekly reviews on anime just to get things rolling. The two communities that remain strong were wiki and battle. The wiki community has more attention from the staff and mods than the battle forums. The battle forums had more activity due to lax rules. With the lax rules, the battle forum had more mishaps.

This is where the invisible walls come in. With all these factors, you can see how communities were shaped and developed. When I came in the battle forums, some of the users didn't know me or had their first encounters because they never left the forum to check out the front page or other parts of the site. I was a wiki editor who came into this unfamiliar community. Same applies to wiki editors. Most of them don't touch the forums. The wiki editors are more closer with the mods than the battle community because of the past community projects that dealt with wiki. Ethan and the old staff emphasize the wiki more than the forums.

Stigma Towards Battle Forums

Battle Forum has the most stigma. We tell folks if they don't want to see it, check the battle forum off on the preferences box. Yes, the battle threads get ugly, but it's party due to being a competitive sport in the form of debate. I inadvertently cause my own teammate to take a stance against the battle forums since I made some complaints about the battle threads on Twitter. With the help of users and mods, we worked on some key threads to make that will help get the Battle Forum back into shape. Also, there are folks from outside battle communities who drift to Anime Vice's battle forums. Some are good users while others cause a lot of trouble.

I haven't seen stigma against the RPG or wiki community.

3-18-14: Stigma Towards RPG Group

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Maybe it's not so much a stigma as much as it is my personal insecurity speaking. But I don't want people seeing us as a a bunch of anime nerds who just pretending to be our favorite characters. We are more of a community of writers than anything I once compared us to playing an game online expect we aren't using controllers we are using our own imagination.

I remain hopeful since our community is pretty dynamic. I still encounter folks who look down upon folks of particular niche. I kindly tell them that they're not appreciating the community as a whole.

Towards the end of 2013, the walls are breaking slowly with the help of mods and well rounded users who promoted community projects.

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Welcome everyone! For who are new, I do these blogs to stress family in this community while promoting official releases. Some of us have public libraries that have manga. I like to show what my little brothers and sisters check out. This past semester, I have been busy. I didn't get to drive them to library like I used to do past years. I lived in a split household: commuting between school, roommate's apartment, and family home across cities. I don't have much time to spent with loved ones.

This blog would be short. I just stopped on by the family house and drop the books since parents are too busy while my siblings are still at school.

Note: I do censor the barcodes for security reasons.

I have 2 brothers. One enjoys reading comics: Garfield, Yugioh, and pretty much any Shonen battle manga series. The other brother doesn't like manga. He loves reading about cars, air-crafts, and vehicles. He wants to be an auto mechanic or a pilot.

My little sister is the one who got me into manga and anime. If it wasn't for her, I wouldn't discover Anime Vice. She actually found the site for me, but I never thought of making an account. When she recommend Fairy Tail, I was looking online for Fairy Tail, a legal way of watching it,and images for Fairy Tail. I bumped into this site and saw the wiki and image galleries.

I haven't check out Read or Die or Otomen. She's into romance comedic manga and anime series, but she will get into anything. It's probably the same for me since I was a predominant Shonen fan. I tried everything that was recommended by my folks in Anime Vice. I don't have a lot folks outside of AV besides family and two of my Church friends who watches anime and read manga.

Thank you for reading. Hope you and your family are doing well. Get them to try manga and anime! You will be surprise.

Past Blogs

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Welcome everyone to this week's Quick Picks! There are some changes for these articles from this point on. I used another source since ANN isn't reliable since I notice the Video Releases has things missing for the Releases page. I have to be careful not to rely on one source. For those who are new to these blogs, I'm listing these DVDs and Blu-Rays to promote the industry and get fans to support the industry with official releases than resorting to illegal, pirated sites. I'm not selling anything to you.

For this week, I'm looking forward to Robotics;Notes, it was a favorite Sci-Fi anime that Acura Max and I used to watch back in Fall 2012 anime season. It was a big wiki project for us. For recommendation on this series, it has a slow, slice of life build in the beginning until it hits a dark mood around episode 10 to 12. It's unexpected because it was about a group of students who want to build a giant robot. It started to revolve around rumors that was born from the incident that took place in the past. I can't spoil you guys any further.

I haven't tried any other anime on this list. I would love to hear your recommendations on these series. All comments are welcome. Thank you.

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Past Articles

Black Jack: Set 1
  • Distributor: Anime Sols
  • Suggested retail price: $79.99

Black Jack is an "unregistered" doctor with a clouded, mysterious past. He works with his little assistant Pinoko (who has a massive crush on the doctor), dealing with medical cases not very well known, which can be strange, dangerous, or not known at all. But he is a genius, and can save almost any of his patients' lives - as long as they have the money for it, that is.

Known to many around the world,especially to those of medicine and science, Black Jack's a man of science himself, and does not believe much until he has seen it. Yet it is many times he is surprised by love and nature often overpowering the science he bases his life in. Contains episodes 0-12.

Hidamari Sketch: Season 1 Collection (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98

Yuno has dreamed of attending Yamabuki Arts High School for years. But now that she's been accepted, there's the scary prospect of moving away from her home and family for the first time! Fortunately, Yuno quickly learns that, even if her new neighbors at the eclectic Hidamari Apartments aren't technically family, at least the majority share the bond of being fellow art students. Between second year students like Hiro and Sae, who try to behave like helpful older sisters, and Mako, her hyperactive new neighbor, classmate and best friend, Yuno will never find herself alone. And that's a good thing since she'll need a solid support network to deal with strange characters like her oddly masculine landlady, her cosplay obsessed home room teacher, her tooth-chattering principal and all of the other odd denizens who inhabit her chosen world of art. It won't be easy, and it won't always be pretty, but with her friends at her back, Yuno's going to reach for her sketchbook in HIDAMARI SKETCH!

Jormungand: Season 1 Collection (Blu-Ray / DVD Combo)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $64.98

Jonah is a child soldier and the newest bodyguard for Koko, an international arms dealer with an entourage of hired guns. The cold-blooded kid hates Koko's line of work, but following her into the darkest corners of the black market might be the only way he can find those responsible for his family's slaughter.

Besides, his employer isn't like most merchants of death. She uses guile and cutthroat tactics to keep her clients armed to the teeth - all while cultivating her own warped plan for the future of world peace. With the CIA desperate for her capture, assassins eager to collect her head, and the potential for every contract to end in ultra-violence, Koko and her comrades in arms bring the boom to every corner of the world.

Jormungand: Season 2 Collection (Blu0Ray/ DVD Combo)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $64.98

The child soldier Jonah continues to protect Koko while she brings the boom to cities across the globe. When the international arms dealer ramps up sales, her hired guns are targeted by government agencies, warmongers, and assassins-leading to some devastating betrayals and losses. Amid all the gunfire and grenades, Koko begins to work on a secret project in South Africa: Jormungand. But when she finally reveals her master plan for the future of war, not everyone is happy with the plot. As the body count starts to explode, Jonah will have to decide if he can stand by and watch his employer's blood-soaked plan for world peace unfold, or try to put a stop to it.

Naruto the Movie: Blood Prison
  • Distributor: Viz Media
Suggested retail price:
  • BD: $24.98
  • DVD: $19.98

Naruto is convicted of a serious crime he didn't commit and is sent to the inescapable prison, Hozuki Castle. The warden, Mui, quickly seals away Naruto's chakra to prevent him from rebelling. Refusing to give up, Naruto plans his escape while also befriending his fellow inmates Ryuzetsu and Maroi. But he can't help but wonder what their ulterior motives are...

Robotics;Notes - Part 1
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $64.98 (BD+DVD), $69.98 [Limited Edition]

Kai and Aki dream of building a giant fighting robot based on a super-popular anime, but that's going to be impossible if they don't get more members into their school's Robot Research Club. They'll take anyone they can talk - or force - into joining them, including an eccentric robotics champion with a secret identity and a l33t video-game designer who's spent one too many late nights online. Finally, their goal looks like it's within reach. >> But when a sentient AI program tells Kai about mysterious documents hidden on the internet, things start to get strange for everyone. As the club members track down the secret messages, they realize that the information might be far bigger - and more dangerous - than they expected.

Time Bokan: Royal Revival
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $29.98 (BD), $19.98 (DVD)

The Japanese public goes crazy when it's announced that the beloved and long running classic anime Time Bokan will be remade. There's just one problem: the original show was broken into multiple separate series featuring multiple teams of heroes pitted against multiple teams of almost identical villains, so how to choose which ones will star in the remake? Unwisely discarding the idea of a public opinion poll, the producers instead insanely opt for a race between the bad guys in their favorite mecha. Which might not be a completely bad idea, except for the fact that they're all cheaters and saboteurs, and none of them have ever created a mecha that didn't eventually self destruct in an extremely violent fashion! In a race between these born losers, the only winner is the audience as the villains from Time Bokan, Yatterman, Zenderman, Otasukeman, Yattodetaman, Ippatsuman and Itadakiman compete for the dubious privilege of getting the **** beaten out of them once again! It's Grand Theft Mecha Vs. Super Moron Kart as the baddies slam, bash and dirty trick each other to the finish in TIME BOKAN: ROYAL REVIVAL!

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Welcome everyone and Happy Valentine's Day! I couldn't complete this in one sitting due to the Top 10 Manga of 2013 Voting Project and I have a fundraiser event to attend tonight. I'm actually late since it stated at 7PM PST. I'm a bad treasurer.

What's interesting this week is Deadman Wonderland. Since Tokyopop went into bankruptcy, Viz Media had acquired rights to the manga and redistribute the manga series under their name with new covers. That's why you see volume 1 out even though it has been out in the states a few years ago. Plus, the manga series has ended back in Japan. It was a good series.

If you like a manga here, please leave a comment. Everyone would love to hear some recommendations for this week's manga releases.

I'll complete this week's manga releases. Sorry for being late. Things are pretty hectic in Anime Vice with the wiki projects and community projects.

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It's finished!

Sources: All plot summaries and data are from ANN's Manga Releases page. Plus, I stole some English covers from PikaHyper, a great mod from Comic Vine. He probably knows I do.

Past Quick Pick Manga Threads

Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar's Game Volume 4
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game continues the adventures of Alice as she goes deeper down the rabbit hole to the country of Joker. Each volume features impressive artwork by Mamenosuke Fujimaru, the same artist for Alice in the Country of Clover, and includes color pinups. Alice Liddel has now entered a new realm—the country of Joker—where she is reunited with old friends. Yet new challenges abound, as Alice must unravel the mystery of the Circus and the Prison Realm, and deal with the enigmatic Jokers.

Battle Angel Alita Last Order Omnibus 3
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99

On her way to retrieve Lou's brain, Alita encounters a ghost from her past - an old mentor whose revelations shake Alita's very identity. Meanwhile, Elf, Zwolf, and Sechs fight their deadliest – and creepiest - enemies yet as the ZOTT rages on! But will the ARs have the mental fortitude to resist the psychically altered leader of the fearsome Starship Cult?

Deadman Wonderland Volume 1
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Framed for the brutal murders of his classmates by the mysterious Red Man, middle-school student Ganta Igarashii finds himself sentenced to death in the bizarre and fatal theme park/prison known as "Deadman Wonderland." The inmates of this insane penitentiary fight for survival every day to provide entertainment for the masses. Ganta is determined to survive Deadman Wonderland and clear his name, but the price may be his soul...

Hayate the Combat Butler Volume 23
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Out of his ever-expanding harem of love interests, Hayate has finally confessed his feelings for one special girl. But if you think it's time to cue up the happy ending, you haven't read the previous 22 volumes. Instead, our hero faces heartbreak, emotional turmoil, and a battle with a skeleton hand. This is why most protagonists of romantic-comedy manga keep their feelings to themselves.

InuYasha [Viz Big] Volume 18
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99

Kagome is an ordinary modern high school girl living an ordinary life. Who would have thought the old dried-up well on the site of her family?s shrine would be a gateway to Japan?s ancient past? Drawn through the gate against her will, Kagome finds herself battling demons for control of what she thought was a worthless trinket but is actually a powerful magical gem, the Shikon Jewel! Together with an unlikely ally, the half demon Inuyasha, Kagome begins a quest to recover the shards of the Shikon Jewel and learn more about her link to the past. || Final Volume!|| Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for teen plus audiences.

Sankarea Volume 7
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

One of the manga world's most intriguing artists returns with a science-fiction tour de force which combines post apocolyptic action, modern sci-fi video game tropes and a traditional Japanese aesthetic in The Knights of Sidonia. Nagate Tanikaze was a homeless teen living in the depths of a space colony with a thing for simulation games and stealing rice. Now he is the lead fighter pilot protecting said space colony from a race of shape-shifting space giants!

Magi Volume 4
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

Deep within the desert lie the mysterious Dungeons, vast stores of riches there for the taking by anyone lucky enough to find them and brave enough to venture into the depths from where few have ever returned. Plucky young adventurer Aladdin means to find the Dungeons and their riches, but Aladdin may be just as mysterious as the treasures he seeks.

After many adventures, Aladdin finally reaches the great city of Balbadd. There he reunites with his friend Alibaba hoping to once again capture a dungeon together. However, a more cruel destiny lies ahead…

Negima! Omnibus Volume 9
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99

With the plot of the insidious Cosmo Entelecheia revealed, Fate has forced Negi to choose between the safety of his friends and the destiny of the Magic World. Everyone is going to have to draw on all their strength to get out of this one, but will it be enough? Inspired by the story of his father's conquests during the war, Negi cannot fail! Collects volumes 25-27 in an omnibus format.

Sankarea Volume 5
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

The hotel where she first met Chihiro is burning around her, but Rea's strangely glowing eyes are fixed on the boy she loves. Will she come to her senses before she eats Chihiro or the fire consumes them both? And even if they do escape, what can Rea do to keep herself from completely losing her reason and becoming nothing but a zombie hungry for Chihiro's flesh?

Tiger & Bunny Volume 4
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $9.99

The heroes face down the deranged NEXT killer, Lunatic. Lunatic's vigilantism has the city on edge, and the heroes find themselves having to convince everyone that NEXT are working for the good of Stern Bild City. Lunatic is in the wrong, but there is much more to the madman than anyone knows...

Adult Releases

I will do a compilation blog for Erotica 2014 Quick Picks in the summer.

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Ring X Mama volume 2
  • Distributor: Project-H
  • Suggested retail price: $17.95

The adventure of the man with the unsinkable package continues! With the successful comeback of MILF wrestling trio GIGA-MAX well underway, upstart wrestling manager Ryoma Hamazaki is getting a lot more attention. When it comes to his team, Ryoma's willing to put his body on the line. But as his stable of female wrestlers continues to grow, will Ryoma find himself in over his head?

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