Welcome everyone to this last week of March's DVD and Blu-Ray releases! The titles I'm looking forward to are Maria Holic and Ranma 1/2. I got started on Msria Holic when I saw that AMV on the community dpotlight. Despite being ticked by the trap, I got curious about the anime. It was a fun watch about a girl who breaks into hives when touching boys. I didn't get to finish it. I got into Ranma because of Hal and Samjaz when we did the character spotlight.
I would love to hear your recommendations on these series. All comments are welcome. Thank you.
Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release.
|4. Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust|
Rune Balot's struggle to bring the man who killed her to justice continues amid the world of high-stakes gambling and glamour at the Eggnog Blue Casino. The odds are stacked heavily in the house's favor, and even with the aid of Dr. Easter and Oeufcoque, a universal item capable of turning into anything and everything, Rune's chances of winning are slim. But winning the golden chips containing Shell Septinos' memories is only the next step on a long and treacherous road. Run will still have to live long enough to bring those memories before the court, and even that isn't the end of the journey. Rune's search for answers to the questions that haunt comes to a shattering climax!
Contains both the television version and director's cut of Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust. Special Features: Opening On The Road, Blackjack Showdown, Memorial Talk, Director's Cut Promo, Narrated Promo.
|5. Maria Holic: Alive|
Some things never change: Ame no Kisaki, that famous and exclusive boarding school, still doesn't accept boys, and Kanako, Kisaki's most romantically unfortunate student, still doesn't accept them either. (They give her the hives. Literally.) Sadly, that means that Kanako's still trying to connect with anyone of the same sex, and having the usual horrid luck.
Kanako's still in imminent peril of dying from the constant nosebleeds she gets from being over-stimulated by the presence of her fellow classmates. She's still forced to endure the tragedy of sharing a room with the school's most beautiful girl who is, of course, still a guy in drag. Poor Kanako! She came hoping to find love and happiness, and all she's found is misery, frustration and a level of desperation so great that she'll even take a chance on a sleepover in a dorm filled with deathtraps.
|6. Pokémon: Black & White|
Ash is rarin' to battle Gym Leader Clay in Driftveil City! Then, on the way to Mistralton City, the friends witness a dramatic Pokemon trade and evolution. But the excitement has just begun. Professor Juniper invites Ash and his pals to join him in what he promises will be a thrilling adventure - and he keeps his promise! In Mistralton City, Ash discovers a Gym Leader with an unusual battle style. And get ready for some explosive action when our heroes prepare to participate in the Clubsplosion Tournament!
|7. Ranma 1/2|
From the legendary oeuvre of master creator Rumiko Takahashi, the mixed-up, madcap, martial arts romantic comedy RANMA 1/2 returns! After taking a surprise dip in a cursed spring while on a training journey in China, martial artist Ranma Saotome and his father, Genma, aren't quite themselves anymore. Now Ranma turns into a girl whenever he's splashed with cold water, and Genma turns into a panda!
Their new forms cause nothing but confusion at the Tendo dojo, where Soun Tendo is waiting to introduce one of his three daughters to Ranma - as his fiancee! Turns out Genma and Soun arranged the match long ago, but the girl, Akane, and the boy, Ranma, aren't exactly crazy about the idea, or each other! Or are they? Watch the gender switching, jealous rages, and martial arts battles unfold all over again! This special edition includes a premium chipboard artbox and a 64-page booklet with a full-color episode guide and a manga remaster sampler!
|8. Dragon Half|
Knights and Dragons are mortal enemies, right? And everyone knows what happens when a Knight meets a Dragon, right? Wrong! When a Knight and a Dragon meet and fall in love, the result is Mink, a precocious young female who's half human, half dragon and all trouble! Exactly how much trouble? Well, in consideration of the fact that having vestigial wings and a tail isn't a problem most teenage girls have to bear, one can perhaps cut our heroine a little slack.
However, when Mink insists on compounding her difficulties to infinite proportions by falling in love with handsome pop star - and professional Dragon Slayer - Dick Saucer, she really has put her heart before her head! Talk about problem dates! Will this turn out to be a love story where the hero really does get the girl... on the end of his sword? Contains OVA episodes 1-2.
Welcome to the late Quick Picks! Normally, I post this at Anime Vice, but the site has been lagging. I posted here, so I transfer it easily. This blog is to promote the manga industry by getting you guys and gals to support the official release.
I'm not familiar with any of these manga series this week. Going off synopsis and covers, I say UQ Holder and March Story appeals to me because of promises of getting into some fantasy action. Upon seeing Genshiken Season 2 manga, it's rare to see some college slice of life manga series. In the anime and manga industry, there are tons of series set in high school. It's great to see some series set in college. Finally, Mayo Chiki doesn't seem like my cup of tea. The cover features a really young girl. Heh, I don't think I'm into that.
All comments are welcome. I would love your two cents on these series. Thank you.
Sources: All plot summaries and data are from ANN's Manga Releases page. Thanks to PikaHyper for uploading the English covers. He's a cool wiki editor who contributes a ton in Comic Vine, but he also helped us Anime Vice folks back then.
|UQ Holder Vol. 1|
|Dance in the Vampire Bund: The Memories of Sledgehammer Vol. 2|
Dance in the Vampire Bund: The Memories of Sledge Hammer is a three-volume interlude between Dance in the Vampire Bund's first fourteen volume story arc and the upcoming second part of the series, which will launch in 2014. The Memories of Sledge Hammer delves into the past to look at the doomed love affair of one of the Vampire Bund's most deadly operatives.Three months have passed since Princess Mina, queen of all vampires, has recaptured the Bund. The damage inflicted to vampire/human relations runs deep, but a peaceful postwar restoration is now underway.Yet appearances can be deceiving. Somebody is trying to kill government liaison Reiko Gotoh, but her lycanthrope bodyguard, Seiji Hama, is nowhere to be found. The mystery of Hama's whereabouts can only be solved by examining the past, when the ill-fated couple first met. The past may be the key to saving Gotoh in the present-and to the future of the Vampire Bund itself!
|Genshiken: Second Season Vol. 4|
|March Story Vol. 5|
|Mayo Chiki! Vol. 5|
Disney and Lucasfilm are excited to announce that principal photography on Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams, will commence May 2014, and will be based at London's historic Pinewood Studios.
This will be the first Star Wars film to start shooting in the month of May. Lucasfilm has documented the first day of principal photography for every installment of the Star Wars saga:
March 22, 1976 -- The first day of principal photography in Tozeur, Tunisia, for Star Wars. A crew of 130 ventures into the desert in 42 trucks and cars, including eight army trucks full of equipment. The first shot was completed at 9:35 a.m.
March 5, 1979 -- The first day of principal photography in Finse, Norway, for The Empire Strikes Back. The crew endures the subzero temperatures, frostbite, heavy winds, and avalanches to pull off the first shot within 65 minutes of setup.
January 11, 1982 -- The first day of principal photography at EMI Elstree Studios outside of London for Return of the Jedi. Although inside a studio, the set must weather a sandstorm in a scene that would ultimately be cut from the film.
June 26, 1997 -- The first day of principal photography at Leavesden Studios in Hertfordshire, England, for The Phantom Menace. Ending a long absence from the director's chair, George Lucas shoots a sequence in a bluescreen-lined set with actors Ian McDiarmid and Ray Park.
June 26, 2000 -- The first day of principal photography for Attack of the Clones at Fox Studios Australia. In their new home Down Under, the production crew once again photographs actor Ian McDiarmid three years to the day after Episode I started shooting.
June 30, 2003 -- The first day of principal photography for Revenge of the Sith at Fox Studios Australia. The first scenes shot feature Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor as Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi, respectively, along with R2-D2.
It has also been confirmed that Star Wars: Episode VII is set about 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, and will star a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. No further details on casting or plot are available at this time.
According to BBC, it's coming to the UK. There were some auditions for Also, Kvia.com reports that the film is also shooting New Mexico, USA.
According to the Hollywood reporter, Adam Driver is in final negotiations to play the main villain.
Adam Driver is known for his roles:
2009 You Don't Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story Glen Stetson 2011 J. Edgar Walter Lyle 2012 Gayby Neil 2012 Lincoln Samuel Beckwith 2012 Frances Ha Lev Shapiro 2013 Bluebird Walter 2013 Inside Llewyn Davis Al Cody 2013 Tracks Rick Smolan 2013 The F Word Allan 2014 Midnight Special
According to BBC, there were open auditions for two roles in the new films that were held in the UK and Ireland last November.
Because of Screened had shut down on March 14, 2014, I thought I report on news from the film and TV industries for our folks both Screened and Anime Vice. I don't have FinalDasa or Acura Max's charisma or deep inside knowledge about the industries. I'll do my best.
Welcome to the this week's Quick Picks! It's a light load this week. Out of the 3 anime series here, I'm only familiar with Magi. For Shonen fans, if you love Fullmetal Alchemist, Fairy Tail, and the like, you will love Magi. Magi is a fun series full of adventure, action, chibi, and fan service with a bit of dark themes that explores slavery and racism. I haven't tried Upotte or To Love Ru. I would love to hear your recommendations on these series.
All comments are welcome. Thank you.
Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release.
|Magi - The Labyrinth of Magic - Set 2 (DVD)|
Aladdin has yet to regain consciousness from the battle with the fallen magi Judar. Meanwhile, as the third prince of Balbadd, Alibaba tries to stop his older brother King Ahbmad from turning Balbadd into a slave-exporting nation. But his plans are thwarted by none other than Cassim, his childhood friend from the slums, now transformed into a Dark Djinn by the Dark Metal Vessel. Cassim tries to strike down the royal family for causing their citizens to suffer for many years.
Cassim's attacks crush Aibaba both physically and mentally, but he gets back up again and again. Just then, a friend reaches out a helping hand! With Aladdin's support once again, can Alibaba rescue his country, people, and Cassim from the darkness?
Soon after, Alibaba and Aladdin will learn about Al-Tharmen, the organization that has been causing the "Abnormalities of the World"...
|To Love-Ru - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray and DVD)|
They say that the bathroom is the most dangerous room in the house, but when a beautiful, naked alien princess teleports into Rito Yuki's bathtub, it's a definite case of rub-a-dub-doom! Having no idea that the planet Develuke even exists, Rito is completely unaware that touching a girl's breasts there is how they propose marriage. Consequently, due to some slippery tile and some extra-prominent female appendages, Rito's suddenly on his way to being a member of the royal family.
Unfortunately, as hot as Lala is, this is one royal family no one wants to become a part of given that her father, King Develuke, bears a suspicious resemblance to the devil! And then there's the little issue of the very nice human girl that Rito's already interested in, who's probably not going to be too understanding of his sudden involvement in intergalactic affairs. Will Rito become the next king of the galaxy? Will he learn the secret of the Big Bang?
|Upotte!! - Complete Collection (DVD)|
Kiss kiss, bang bang! The arms race takes on a startling new development when the arms come with heads, legs, and very feminine bodies attached! Yes, at Seishou Academy every girl is literally a lethal weapon, and they're all gunning for the top shot at getting their own personal serviceman! Needless to say, it's going to be difficult for newly recruited human instructor Genkoku to adjust to working with a living arsenal of high caliber cuties with tricky names like FNC (Funko), M 16A4 (Ichiroku), L85A1 (Eru), and SG 550 (Shigu). Especially since many have hair triggers and there's no bulletproof vest that can stop a really determined co-ed!
Genkoku will have to rewrite the operator's manual on student/teacher relationships, and pray that his job description won't include having to field strip and reassemble one of his cadets in the dark. But unfortunately (for him) FNC's already thinking about becoming his personal weapon, and she usually gets what she aims for! et ready for explosive situations, amour-piercing rounds, cheap shots galore and one very shell-shocked homeroom instructor!
Welcome to the Anime Vice and Screened's Timeline project. Because of Screened's closure on March 14, 2014, I was concerned about Screened and Anime Vice. I realized our time is short. As a former historian in a college club, I carried that influence into Anime Vice by documenting mainly wiki work when I first started in Anime Vice. Here I am, doing this to preserve our two community's hard work and struggle.
I welcome all help because this is a community's time line, anything significant (Wiki, Battle, RPG, Reviews, and Staff) should be here.
Thank you everyone.
|Nov - Dec 2008||Anime Vice's website was launched. It was a site devoted to anime and manga.|
|Gia Manry introduces a new staff writer, GodLen (also known as Chris). GodLen was known for his reviews on the HST (Holy Shonen Trinity): Naruto, One Piece, and Bleach.|
|Gia Manry wrote a letter about her farewell to the Anime Vice community. She mentioned she and John Martone will be leaving the community to pursue different interests. John Martone took up teaching while Gia took on jobs relating to her freelance career, Anime News Network and other sites.|
|May 12, 2010||Screened's website was launched. It was a site devoted to TV shows and films.|
|April 1, 2011||Takashichea started the first wiki recognition blogs, Fairy Tail Recognition Blogs for Animevice users.|
|Ethan publishes the Data Hentai: Anime Vice April 2011 - Super Wiki Editor Edition for Anime Vice. It spotlights the growth of the wiki pages, how wiki tasks were closed during wiki bounty themed months, and reveals data on the new and veteran wiki editors.|
|May 13, 2011||Makoto _Mizuhara_Sakamoto shared his frustrations with Giant Bomb which caused a huge uproar.|
|Dream starts his Ani-Crap project with his first review on Eiken. He reviews the worst garbage in the anime world as he tortures himself for you viewing pleasure. He usually starts Ani Crap polls where folks vote on shows for him to review.|
Dream: Originally, I meant to do Ani-Crap as sort of a bi-annual special thing I'd do for Anime Vice. But with it gaining a following here on Vice, I chose to make it more frequent.
|FoxxFireArt publishes the Whiskey Media - Top 10 Wiki Editors where he compiles the top 10 wiki editors from Screened, Giant Bomb, Comic Vine, and Anime Vice.|
|Takashichea started one of the first massive wiki archives, Wiki Editors Project Archive 2011.|
|sickVisionz started the first Anime Vice's Top Anime of the Year project, starting with 2011. He and the mods created a concept page and has people make lists of top five anime series.|
The Top 10 Anime Series of 2011 by Anime Vice
Whiskey Media Sale Off
|Because the transition into a community driven site, Dead Pool and other staff members left after the Whiskey Media Sale Off. There were no staff posting new trailers in the video library. Taka proposed carrying the tradition of making anime seasonal guides with trailers. BigHeart711 and Taka formed a team and started working on these anime seasonal guides from this day.|
|Rorie left the site.|
It has been a fun couple of years, and I’d like to thank everyone who’s visited, commented, or sent in podcast questions, and especially those of you who took the time to edit the wiki. I appreciate all the support for our crazy little venture. The notion that what we’ve done here has been worth you taking some time out of your day to come by for a visit means a lot to me. A big thanks go out, as well, to our freelancers, who helped create some amazing content that I was proud to publish. Also, all of our mods deserve a big round of applause, but especially ScanCase and Finaldasa for helping out with the Community Showcases over the past months. And of course I'd be remiss if I didn't shoutout Alex, who invited me along on this crazy ride almost two years ago. Lastly, Joey Fameli deserves a ton of credit for making me look much more capable of hosting a video than I actually am.
|In the Who Will Be the Next Wiki Editor with 100,000 Points? thread, Daniel Newton and Wales raced to the 100,000 wiki finish line. The race took a whole day as these 2 kept editing wikis. Meanwhile, Taka and KuroNeko who were doing the Guilty Crown Round Table commented on the Wiki Race on Twitter. Daniel beat Wales in the race. It was a very close race. The two were only 500-1,000 wiki points apart.|
|Because of the toll on writing weekly reviews that KuroNeko and Taka had done, Taka decided to implement a few anime discussion threads on the new anime season. He got the inspiration from MyAnimeList's discussion threads. The pros of having discussion threads were that it required less time to make rather than making weekly anime reviews. The cons were that the site didn't have enough people since most of the activity was in forum games or battle forums.|
|GodLen left the site.|
I just want to take a moment here and thank you all for taking time out of your busy days to read myNARUTO, ONE PIECE, and BLEACH weekly reviews. It has been a pleasure watching all of our favorite character’s grow up as a community as weeks and months passed.
|Stacy takes control of the site.|
This is what I love: movies and television. And movies on television. And television on movies, oh wait.
|Aleasha starts one of the first chat rooms in Anime Vice. She and along with Acura Max arrange movie nights where Vicers would watch movies and anime series on monthly basis.|
|February 24, 2013||PikaHyper, a mod from Comic Vine, reached 100,000 wiki points within a month that he had started working in the community.|
|March XX, 2013||About a month or so later, PikaHyper reached 200,000 wiki points.|
|Stacy leaves the site.|
Now…enough about me, lets talk about Screened. When discussing what is special about Screened, we know that it is the community and all of the hard work all of you do. For that reason, your fearless moderator,will now be your community manager and the one posting articles on the front page. He already has helped me immensely with writing features, so it will be an easy transition. However, he does cry easily, so go easy on him. (Alright, I made that up, but still...be nice.) He will also likely be getting help from other community members, so keep up the good work and maybe that will be you.
|Your Community, Your Way|
FinalDasa becomes the manager of Screened.
With my taking over I wanted to first introduce myself to those who may not know me all to well. I'm FinalDasa, or Michael if you wish, and probably like you am a fan of movies and TV. Some of my favorite movies include Star Wars,National Treasure, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and right now I'm keeping up with shows like The Walking Dead,Community, and soon to be watching Game of Thrones. I've been on Screened for years and a user of all the former family of Whiskey Media websites.
|Kuma_From_Argentina wrote The New Viceverse Canon where he and his team record events and reboots in their RPG community.|
|August 12, 2013||Daniel Newton proposed a new format to the discussion threads, adding wiki attachments. He asked Taka, Acura Max, and BigHeart711 to convert trailer threads into discussion threads. They implement this new style starting with Fall 2013 Seasonal Guide.|
|Month X, 2013||In 2013, there was a big glitch in the wiki pages. It was a six month period glitch in which users were unable to add new films to the wiki.|
|September 12, 2013||Takashichea became mod in Anime Vice.|
|In Screened, Acura Max reached 100,000 wiki points.|
|After Takashichea started the first Battlation of the Month community project to promote role model users for the battle forums, Taichokage became the first Battlation of the Month, December 2013.|
|December 5, 2013||Anime Vice: Sonata and Takashichea implemented the meme ban, 100 post limit rule, and removal of watermarks from scans policy. There were high resistance from a few battle users.|
|Takashichea and Acura_Max started the Screened's Top TV and Movie Choices of 2013 back in December 27, 2013. With sickVisionz's help in carrying out weighted calculations, the three posted the results.|
|Takashichea wrote the Anime Vice 2013's Top Reviewers to promote the review community. This inspires SnowyMountain to start the Screened version with Taka and Acura's help.|
|January 14, 2014||After 2 months of working together to compile a Anime Vice Battle Usage List that record how many times a certain character is used in a battle thread, Vapovile and Takashichea posted the project to make it known. To assist Vapovile and his community project, Taka started a Gdoc poll for Battle users to fill out their battle threads.|
|Week of Jan. 23, 2014||Comic Vine's RPG folks invaded Anime Vice's RPG forum. Some of them disperse into the battle forums. Sonata left his post as a battle mod and moderates the RPG forum heaveily, leaving Taka to moderate the battle forums.|
Taka posts the List of Banned Characters in the Battle Threads when the battle forums were flooded with multiversal and omnipotent characters. Due to his inexperience in moderating the battle threads, Taka asks the battle community to help. Dream contributed and helped Taka with the project. Eventually, order was restored in the battle forums.
|January 25||After being inspired by Jokergeist (Comic Vine)'s Battle Phone Project, SMXLR8 copy his idea and implement as his community project in the battle forums. Taka helped SMXLR8 revise the boxes while others like Vapovile urge SMXLR8 to adjust the rules (IE: Post Count) to accommodate new users.|
|February 6, 2014||Taka completed as much as he can for the Wiki Editors Project Archive 2013.|
|February 19, 2014||Taka shares his thoughts on segregation among users in Anime Vice (Invisible Walls in Anime Vice)|
|February 20, 2014||Dream became mod in Anime Vice. With Dream taking the helm of the battle threads, Takashichea scaled back his involvement in the battle forums and focus on community projects and wiki. Dream took over the List of Banned Characters project.|
|Kuma wanted exposure on the RPG forum by leaving a comment on one of Foxx's community spotlight articles. Catching Kuma's comment (which was deleted by Kuma), Taka responded and suggested a RPG news blog, so FoxxFireArt could showcase in the Community Spotlight. From that day, Kuma publishes weekly RPG news to promote RPG and invite new folks in.|
|FinalDasa sent out a PM to a select group of users to inform them about Screened's closure on March 14, 2014. He wanted to inform them earlier but not before the official announcement. Takashichea took actions and discreetly posts the Screened's Top Reviewers of 2013 in Anime Vice to save the work. Credits go to SnowyMountain, Taka, and Acura Max for writing the blog.|
|February 28, 2014||FinalDasa posted the announcement of Screened's closure and informed everyone to start saving their blogs, reviews, wiki, and other things. ZombiePie of Giant Bomb included FinalDasa's message in his community spotlight. FoxxFireArt never spoke of the Screened's Closure in the Anime Vice community spotlight. Taka had to drop a comment.|
|Screened is announced for shutdown, March 14, 2014.|
|Othus12 becomes the Battlation of March 2014. His battle themes were UQ Holder and Magi: the Labyrinth of Magic.|
|Mike20 started a Wikia community of his own, To Hollywood and Beyond. He enlists the help of Djames216, Acura Max, and Takashichea who help transfer their works to this new Wikia. The four members work on promoting the Wikia in order to get more members.|
|March 4, 2014||Acura Max became mod in Anime Vice after serving as a mod in Screened back in 2013. He will be assisting the transition of Screened folks into Anime Vice's community by setting clubs and discussion threads.|
|CherryBomb's Last Fashion Blog|
CherryBomb is one of Screened's best users known for her reviews, wiki, and her fashion blogs. She has a passion for fashion, and she publishes her take on Oscars and Emmies.
|Takashichea, Acura Max, and BigHeart711 wrote the Screened Yearbook (April 2010 - March 14, 2014) to cherish and preserve the memories of Screened community and to acknowledge their hard work.|
|4 Years A Critic: Screened & I|
On March 12, 2014, Callum Petch says goodbye to Screened by fondly reflecting on the site that gave him so much. He shares how he found the site and how much it changed him. Callum thanks everyone for their contributions for making Screened the best TV and Movie online community.
|March 14, 2014||Screened shuts down.|