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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.


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.


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.

Not Safe For Work

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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Neon Alley is an online, legal streaming site that specializes in bring dubbed anime before the Blu Ray and DVD hits US and Canadian stores. With some new announcements from Viz Media, Neon Alley is transitioning its services to HULU starting on April 1. According to ANN and Crunchyroll, Neon Alley's shows will have no ads on HULU Plus. I'm actually confused since I use HULU Plus, and everything has ads except for certain kid shows that explicitly said no ads.

In the FAQ, Neon Alley is free.

Will Neon Alley REALLY be free?

YES! There will no longer be a membership required to watch Neon Alley! Starting April 1, 2014, all of Neon Alley's content will be made available free to anyone in the United States by simply going to NeonAlley.com. (An announcement will be forthcoming about how Canadian fans will be able to access the content).

If you do know, please correct me. I have to double check this.

For more information, check out the Neon Alley website and its list of shows.


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Welcome everyone! It's the 2nd week of February, and wow, time is flying fast. We have a small batch of releases full of adorable, little girls (MM! and Strike Witches) and one Shojo series (Kamisama Kiss). Personally, I haven't tried any of these shows. I would love to hear folks' recommendations on these anime series.

MM! is a harem series, and judging from the cover and synopsis, it's strange to see a masochistic male lead. I can't imagine loli girls abusing the lucky guy in this show. Strike Witches looks like Girls Und Panzer except rocket boots for feet. Kamisama Kiss reminds me of Spice and Wolf except it's a wolf guy not a fox lady. Forgive me, I'm a noob in anime.

Source: All summaries for the anime are from ANN's List of DVD/BD Releases.

Past Articles

MM! - Complete Collection (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $69.98

There are twisted tales and twisted tails, but few are as twisted as poor Sado's, who's just realized that he LIKES being made miserable. Of course, knowing that only makes him more miserable, which in turn. Well, you get the idea. Desperate to break the perverse cycle, Sado volunteers for a special club where he hopes he can work through his issues. And though he probably should have expected as much, imagine his consternation when he discovers that the other members have equally. complex. issues to deal with. For example, the hyper-aggressive club president Isurugi not only has a violent fear of cats, but also believes herself to be a god! Then there's Yuno, who's terrified of men; the nurse who forces other people to perform cosplay; and Hayama, Sado's best friend and a compulsive cross-dresser, who's also the girl that Sado is infatuated with.

(We did say it was complex, remember?) If you think you've seen EVERYTHING that can happen in an anime, prepare to have your eyes opened to FULL anime size as you enter a whole new paradigm with MM! (it's pronounced "Emu Emu!")!

MM! - Complete Collection (DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Suggested retail price: $59.98
Strike Witches 2 - Complete Collection [S.A.V.E Edition] (BD+DVD)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $24

The lovely ladies of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing are back to battle a new breed of alien invader! The extraterrestrial menace known as the Neuroi have returned to Earth, and even a direct hit won't stop these monsters. The Strike Witches are Earth's last line of defense, but they'll have to learn some new tricks to survive this dogfight - and win the war on pants once and for all!

Kamisama Kiss - Complete Collection (BD+DVD)
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment Suggested retail price: $54.98

Nanami was just a normal high school girl down on her luck until a stranger's lips marked her as the new Land God and turned her world upside down. Now, she's figuring out the duties of a deity with the help of Tomoe, a reformed fox demon who reluctantly becomes her familiar in a contract sealed with a kiss. The new responsibilities-and boys-are a lot to handle, like the crow demon masquerading as a gorgeous pop idol and the adorable snake spirit who's chosen the newly minted god to be his bride. As the headstrong Tomoe tries to whip her into shape, Nanami finds that love just might have cute, pointed fox ears. With romance in the air, will the human deity be able to prove herself worthy of her new title?

Strike Witches - Complete Collection [S.A.V.E. Edition]
  • Distributor: FUNimation Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $24

The year is 1944 and the world lives in fear of unidentified flying objects called Neuroi. With the old-boy old guard unable to thwart this deadly menace, humanity turns its desperate eyes to an aerial attack force with much nicer legs. Meet the girls of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, better known as the Strike Witches. These darlings of the great blue yonder may not have standard issue uniforms, but they do have all the right stuff. Where the average flyboy falters, these dolls blast aliens to bits in the bat of an eyelash. With a little magic and a whole lot of leg, the girls of the 501st are winning the war on pants, and aliens!

Here's the Goddess Edition above. It's $54.98 and includes these bonus contents:

  • Nanami’s Ornamental Hair Stick (a jewelry replica from the show!)
  • Tomoe Omamori Lucky Amulet
  • Folding Fan
  • Tote Bag
  • Seven Postcards
  • All 13 episodes on Blu-ray and DVD Combo Pack
  • Video and Audio Episode Commentary
  • Trailers, Textless Opening and Closing Songs
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Welcome everyone! For those who are new, I do these blogs to show that Anime Vice's community does do recommendations and to get you guys and gals started, too. I take recommendations and post them in a blog. This winter season, it was pretty busy with the Winter Anime 2014 Trailers Guide and the end of 2013 projects. I had tried 4 shows.

No worries, I don't put spoilers. All I'm putting are my experiences and what audiences would these shows appeal to. Feel free to drop a recommendation here or on my list. I would be happy to accept them.

No. 6

Recommended by little sister and her friend

Did a marathon on this show during the first weekend of December with my little sister and her friend. Her friend was the one who recommend From the New World (Shin Sekai Yori). It had the same themes, a utopia that was actually a dystopia. These type of shows pushes the questions about our human nature and differences between the poor & outcast outside the walls and the elites who lived in the walls. I love those type of shows. It illustrates the barriers about the gap between different classes. Your mileage may vary if you hate scenes of a guy kissing another guy. Like Shin Sekai Yori, it has a bit of homosexuality elements with the bromance. The characters and story are pretty linear, but you'll probably like them.

I recommend this show if you are open minded and like shows that explores human nature and its conflicts. There is a bit of gore, but it's not too brutal compared to the From The New World.


Recommended by Supreme Marvel, Acura Max, and Marshal Victory


A year ago, Supreme Marvel and Acura Max recommended this show for me to jump into the Sci-Fi genre. That was after Robotics;Notes. I forgot about the series until we had the Vote for Your Favorite Anime in 2013! project in December 2013. I remembered this show and it was hyped a lot. It was written by Gen Urobuchi, and I did enjoy his works in Fate Zero, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. With Marshal's help, I gave this series a try.

After completing a marathon on HULU, it was on my list of top 2013 anime series. Psycho Pass has a memorable cast, story, and music. Their characters and their struggle to cope with society's use of machines to assess people's place in society. The Sibyl System monitors' folks's Psycho Pass. For folks whose Psycho Pass is cloudy, they wind up in a correctional facility.

I recommend this series to folks who love series that examines human nature and society issues. It makes you question our criminal justice system and their system. Marshal Victory commented that the series is one of the best gateway drug for adults who haven't seen anime yet.

School Days

Recommended by Rachel

I did a marathon on this show back in Veteran's Day weekend with Rachel (alias), my middle school friend who goes to Church. She was the one who recommended the show. At first, the series looked normal until it reached the end with the infamous scene. It was pretty shocking, and the main character deserve it because of how much he change and grew into a jerk in the series. Rachel commented that the series was like a parody SIM games. Showing you the consequences of dating other women and not being honest with others. I later found out School Days was based on a visual novel game. The series did a good job on the Yandere concept.

I recommend this show to folks who have a bit of thick skin. If you're new to anime, don't try this show. Look for a true romantic show.


Indirectly Recommended by Yusuke52, Taichokage, and his folks in the Battle Threads

Back when I was a new mod, I saw a lot of Toriko threads in the battle forums because of Taichokage's Battle Themes. I was curious about the show. When Yusuke52, my teammate, ask me for help on the Toriko project, I decided to give this series a try. I was mostly a Shonen fan when I first started out Anime Vice. The thing with Toriko is that it's an unusual Shonen battle anime series about food. It's like One Piece with the exploration themes and living life to the fullest. Toriko is a kind of man who respect all living beings and only kill animals for sustenance. I enjoy Toriko a lot. I'm only in the Century Soup arc. I haven't watched up to a 100 episodes.

I did an intense analysis for Fairy Tail fans whether they should try One Piece and Toriko: Shonen Experiences: Moving From Fairy Tail to One Piece and Toriko. I'll take some of the points I made for you guys and gals, whether you should try Toriko. I'll highlight some of the stuff that Toriko did well.

  • Short Battles - Thanks to Othus12 for clearing this up. If you hate long battles, Toriko's battles are shorter than Naruto and One Piece's battles.
  • Bromance - With Toriko and Komatsu, there is no shortage of these scenes.
  • Incorporating Dudes in Distress and no fan service - If you're the feminist type, you know a lot of Shonen series has a bit of sexist thing in it. Bleach, Naruto, Fairy Tail, and One Piece has a lot of damsels. Toriko is probably the first Shonen show I saw that went gender reversal. There is no fan service in Toriko. For those who like a bit of T & A, you won't like Toriko. I haven't seen a beach scene, one of those common themes that features fan service in your usual anime.

Your mileage will vary with the anime if you hate censorship. The anime tones down violence (IE: animals eating other animals) and takes out the blood.

Thank you for reading this blog. I hope you try these shows if they are up to your liking.

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