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In Anime Boston (May 24, 2013), Aniplex of America had announced that Sword Art Online will be airing on Toonami during August.

Below here is a list of DVDs that Aniplex of America is planning to release.

Common Features for the Blu Ray

  • SRP $112.98
  • Retail Price $89.98
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese & English
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
  • Subtitles: English and Spanish (* OP/ED themes and Bonus English subtitles only)
  • Rating: 13 UP

*Bonus Contents & Materials Subject to Change

Release Date: 08/13/13

Episodes: Episodes 1-7
Number of Disc: 3 Discs (2 BD discs + 1 CD)
Total Run Time: approx. 175 min.

Bonus Content

  • Audio Commentary by Creators and Japanese Cast
  • Special Animation “Sword Art Offline” (English subtitles)
  • Original Web Previews
  • Trailer
  • 1st Season Textless Opening

Bonus Materials & Special Package

  • Original Soundtrack CD1
  • 16-page Deluxe Booklet
  • Illustration Pin-ups
  • Exclusive Collectible Card
  • Rigid Box illustrated by abec (Original Character Design)
  • Clear BD Cases with 2-sided Japanese Cover Design

Release Date: 09/17/13

Episodes: Episodes 8-14
Number of Disc: 3 Discs (2 BD discs + 1 CD)
Total Run Time: approx. 175 min.

Bonus Content

  • Audio Commentary by Creators and Japanese Cast
  • Special Animation “Sword Art Offline” (English subtitled)
  • Original Web Previews
  • 1st Season Textless Ending

Bonus Materials & Special Package

  • Bonus DVD: Staff Interview
  • 16-page Deluxe Booklet
  • Illustration Pin-ups
  • Exclusive Collectible Card
  • Rigid Box illustrated by abec (Original Character Design)
  • Clear BD Cases with 2-sided Japanese Cover Design

Episodes: Episodes 15-19
Number of Disc: 3 Discs (2 BD discs + 1 CD)
Total Run Time: approx. 125 min.

Bonus Content

  • Audio Commentary by Creators and Japanese Cast
  • Special Animation “Sword Art Offline” (English subtitled)
  • Original Web Previews
  • 2nd Season Textless Opening

Bonus Materials & Special Package

  • Original Soundtrack CD2
  • 16-page Deluxe Booklet
  • Illustration Pin-ups
  • Exclusive Collectible Card
  • Rigid Box illustrated by abec (Original Character Design)
  • Clear BD Cases with 2-sided Japanese Cover Design

Episodes: Episodes 20-25
Number of Disc: 3 Discs (2 BD discs + 1 CD)
Total Run Time: approx. 150 min.

Bonus Content

  • Audio Commentary by Creators and Japanese Cast
  • Special Animation “Sword Art Offline” (English subtitled)
  • Original Web Previews
  • 2nd Season Textless Ending

Bonus Materials & Special Package

  • Bonus DVD: English Cast Interview
  • 16-page Deluxe Booklet
  • Illustration Pin-ups
  • Exclusive Collectible Card
  • Rigid Box illustrated by abec (Original Character Design)
  • Clear BD Cases with 2-sided Japanese Cover Design

Common Features for the DVD

  • SRP $49.98
  • Retail Price $39.98
  • Spoken Languages: Japanese & English
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0
  • Subtitles: English and Spanish (* OP/ED themes and Bonus English subtitles only)

*Bonus Contents & Materials Subject to Change

DVD 1

Release Date: 08/13/13

Episodes: Episodes 1-7
Number of Disc: 2 DVD discs
Total Run Time: approx. 175 min.

Bonus Content
★ Trailer
★ 1st Season Textless Opening

Bonus Materials & Special Package
★ Mini Pin-up Poster
★ O-Sleeve
★ Clear 3-disc DVD Cases with 2-sided wrap

DVD 2

Episodes: Episodes 8-14
Number of Disc: 2 DVD discs
Total Run Time: approx. 175 min.

Bonus Content
★ 1st Season Textless Ending

Bonus Materials & Special Package
★ Mini Pin-up Poster
★ O-Sleeve
★ Clear 3-disc DVD Cases with 2-sided wrap

DVD 3

Release Date: 10/15/13

Release Date: 09/17/13

Episodes: Episodes 15-19
Number of Disc: 2 DVD discs
Total Run Time: approx. 125 min.

Bonus Content
★ 2nd Season Textless Opening

Bonus Materials & Special Package
★ Mini Pin-up Poster
★ O-Sleeve
★ Clear 3-disc DVD Cases with 2-sided wrap

DVD 4

Release Date: 11/19/13

Episodes: Episodes 20-25
Number of Disc: 2 DVD discs
Total Run Time: approx. 125 min.
Rating: 13 UP

Bonus Content
★ 2nd Season Textless Opening

Bonus Materials & Special Package
★ Mini Pin-up Poster
★ O-Sleeve
★ Clear 3-disc DVD Cases with 2-sided wrap

Sources

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ComiXology has removed 56 titles from its iOS app this week — they range from Angry Youth Comix to Sex to The Boys: Herogasm — to adhere to Apple App Store policies. They’re still available for purchase from comiXology.com.
“In order to comply with the Apple App Store guidelines regarding adult or inappropriate content, some new releases were rejected for our iOS app this week,” a statement on the comiXology blog reads. “In addition, certain previously released titles that fall outside of these guidelines were also rejected and will be removed from sale.”
The announcement comes a little more than a month after the digital-comics distribution platform rejected Saga #12 in an effort to adhere to Apple policies, an action originally attributed to the computer giant. In the aftermath, Image asked that Black Kiss II, XXXombies and Sex #1 be revisited, resulting in all three being approved for the comiXology and Image Comics iOS apps. Now, however, all three have been removed.
The list of removed titles also includes Jess Fink’s Chester 5000, Reed Waller and Kate Worley’s classic Omaha the Cat Dancer, Johnny Ryan’s Prison Pit and the gay-comics anthology No Straight Lines, which features the work of Alison Bechdel, Howard Cruse and Eric Shanower, among others.
Update (11:50 a.m.): ComiXology contacted ROBOT 6 to clarify that it was notified by Apple that those titles didn’t meet the App Store content guidelines, and therefore were pulled from the iOS app.

Five of the 56 titles included volumes that were published by Digital Manga Publishing.

  • Again Tomorrow by Nabako Kamo
  • Ata by Tamaki Fuji
  • Alterna by Kikka Furutsuji
  • An Abandoned Cat's House by Nawo Inoue
  • Maiden Rose by Fusanosuke Inariya

In related news, ANN reported that "Apple began enforcing stricter standards on sexual content in 2010, leading to censorship of the underground comics app Comix Classix: Underground Comics, as well as rejection of 30% of Kodansha's e-manga titles."

Sources: Comic Book Resources's Robot 6 and ANN

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FUNimation just released Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar Part 1 on Blu-Ray/DVD combo.

Raise some noise y'all!

Here are the specs from Amazon:

  • Format: NTSC, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
  • Run Time: 322 minutes

Get ready for an adventurous new chapter in the legendary Tenchi franchise a classic spinoff loaded with interplanetary sex appeal! Fifteen year old Kenshi Masaki was taken from his home planet, transported to a galaxy far, far away, and captured by a gorgeous princess! This royal beauty quickly claims Kenshi as her personal servant and lends him out to all the lecherous ladies at her prestigious boarding school. On the rare occasion Kenshi doesn t have his hands full with a curvaceous coed, he can be found training for the intergalactic mecha battle royale looming on the horizon. Helping the princess save her planet is Kenshi s ticket home, but losing means he ll be stuck scrubbing backs in the interstellar sauna for the rest of his life! Every boy should be so lucky.

Via FUNimation

Also, I want to give recognition to for doing an awesome job on the wiki pages for the franchise.

If you are a fan of the series, come and help out Supreme Marvel!

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Welcome everyone! I'm here to promote the Mushibugyo discussion thread.

Mushibugyo
Mushibugyo

After doing a mini marathon, Mushibugyo is generally a fun Shonen series that had a bad execution at the first episode. It reminds me of Rock Lee and his Ninja Pal series where most folks dropped it on episode 1. Then, both series gradually gets better after the first episode. The first episode has pacing problems. It rushes to cover how Jinbei got to Edo and to the introduction of the Mushibugyo group. I got this impression from manga fans. Two of the cons I have seen from fans about Mushibugyo's first episode is that how it had so much fan service and it has the whole damsel in distress trope. After episode 1, Mushibugyo jumps straight into the characters of the Mushibugyo team and covering their back stories.

Major Spoiler Warnings Below

Good

Jinbei is an easily lovable character who trains hard and befriends the Mushibugyo group. At first, the Mushibugyo group hated him, but they end up liking him. Like Kotori Matsunohara said, Jinbei is the glue that holds everyone together. For the rest of characters, they stand out especially their Crazy Anime Hair. You might have a favorite one. Hibachi is the explosives specialist, and like Jinbei, she looks up to Mugai and wants Mugai to recognize her. Shingiku Koikawa is like a drunk Kenpachi Zaraki (for those who watch Bleach). He is a laid back ex-convict who can slash rocks and objects with a polished edge. Tenma is defensive specialist who uses Shikigami. His back story is interesting because he is actually scared of insects especially centipedes and others that wriggle and squirm.

While the previous episodes 2-4 cover the other characters, episode 5 does focus on Mugai but does not reveal much. Mugai is a mysterious guy who used to be a part of the Mushikari. Though, it's interesting to note that Koikawa's mother was killed by the Mushikari. I wonder if Koikawa has any grudges against Mugai and his group. We have to wait and find in later episodes.

Bad

For those who hate fan service, this show is not for you. Haru and Hibachi are usually sources of fan service when their clothes get ripped off. There is a lot of Gainax Bounce for Haru. It does follow the Monster of the Day trope by introducing a new insect, but it does keep things interesting with the character back stories. Like I discussed earlier, the first episode can rub people off the wrong way by portraying Haru as a damsel in distress. Plus, the part where she gets kidnapped, the spiders just drip their white web stuff all over her.

I was expecting Nakama cliches for this anime, but it didn't. It's nice to see a Shonen anime without a whole friendship speech once in a while.

Mushibugyo is a Shonen series that you should not take seriously. It's a mindless shonen series that revolves around a group of samurai protecting Japan from insects. It's like Powerpuff Girls in a sense but with more fan service and blood. It's not a battle shonen manga series like Naruto, Bleach, or One Piece.

Hope you guys and gals enjoy Mushibugyo.

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Arc System Works presented the story, cast, and staff for BlazBlue Alter Memory, the upcoming anime of its fighting game franchise, at its Arc System Works Festival event in Yokohama on Sunday.

The story is set in December of 2199, when the streets are full of anticipation for the end of the year and the start of the new one. Amid the celebrations, word spreads that Ragna the Bloodedge, an SS-class rebel with the highest ever bounty on his head, has appeared in the 13th Hierarchical City of Kagutsuchi. The apparent aim of Ragna or the "Grim Reaper" is the destruction of the system controlling the world. To collect the bounty, a motley array of unrivaled fighters converge on Kagutsuchi.

Via ANN

Cast

The games' cast members reprise their roles in the anime:

  • Tomokazu Sugita as Ragna the Bloodedge
  • Kanako Kondou as Noel Vermillion
  • Tetsuya Kakihara as Jin Kisaragi
  • Kana Ueda as Rachel Alucard
  • Yūichi Nakamura as Hazama
  • Chiwa Saito as Taokaka
  • Chiaki Takahashi as Litchi Faye-Ling
  • Kenji Nomura as Iron Tager
  • Asami Imai as Tsubaki Yayoi
  • Chie Matsuura as Kokonoe
  • Tomomi Isomura as Makoto Nanaya

Staff

  • Art Director: Shigemi Ikeda (Atelier Musa)
  • Color Key: Haruko Nobori (Hiwa)
  • Director of Photography: Koujirou Hayashi (Graphinica)
  • Editor: Masato Yoshitake (Graphinica)
  • Sound Director: Masaki Tsuchiya
  • Sound Production: Studio Mausu
  • Music Production: Lantis

Source

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