Welcome to the first week of April's DVD and Blu-Ray releases! I don't know any of this series this week except Dragon Ball Z. From first impressions, Ebiten and Happiness! fits the slice of life trope with cute girls and a bit of fan service at the side. The only series that caught my eye is Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye. I usually look for either shows with some action or good comedy.
I know someone who watches Ebiten.What's your two cents on Ebiten? And I know someone who had watched Princess Nine due to a review recently written. What's your take on Princess Nine? Would you recommend it?
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.
|Dragon Ball Z - Season Three (Blu-Ray)|
All seven Namekian Dragon Balls have been assembled, and the dragon Porunga has been summoned! Goku and his loyal friends must stop Frieza from making his wish for immortality. To defeat this monstrous foe – a Super Saiyan must emerge!
This new Blu-ray edition has gone through a frame-by-frame restoration process to remove any blemishes, tape marks, and foreign bodies from the film. All three audio tracks have been re-mastered in the interest of noise reduction and superior sound quality, and the colors are bolder and more vibrant. Lastly, a precise shot-by-shot reframing of the entire series was done to create a modern HD widescreen presentation!
Contains episodes 75-107. Special Features: Inside Dragon Ball Z: Interview with Gen Fukunaga, Inside Dragon Ball Z: Interview with John Burgmeier, Slideshow Retrospective Part Three, Textless Opening & Closing Songs, U.S. Trailer, Trailers.
|2. Ebiten - Complete Collection (Sub. Blu-Ray and DVD)|
Take one group of rabid fan girls with tenuous grips on reality, toss out all rules of proper social behavior, mix them together in a basement with more twisted anime parodies and allusions than you can shake a schtick at, and what do you get? Well, besides a recipe for disaster, if borderline delusional Kyoko Todayama is in what passes for charge, you get the Asstronomy Club, where mayhem rules and the wall between the real world and total fantasy shatters at least once every five minutes!
And as if things weren't wild enough, let's throw in a "boys love" manga fanatic who always seems to end up in her underwear, a maid on a secret mission, a ruthless arch enemy whose goal is to have the club disbanded, and a cat as the faculty adviser! And then there's Itsuki, who inexplicably still thinks this is a serious astronomy club. To be fair, some of the members do seem to be robots/aliens and/or from outer space. One thing's for certain though: the Student Council will most definitely not approve of what happens!
Contains episodes 1-10 plus the OVA. Special Features: Heart Throb Hot Springs, Japanese Commercials and Promos, Music Videos, Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation.
|Happiness! - Complete Collection (Sub. DVD)|
Yuma and Haruhi are both students at Mizuhosaka Academy, but since the classes for magic users and non-magic users are kept completely separate, the odds of their ever getting to know each other are impossibly small. But then a gas explosion on Valentine's Day renders the Magic section unusable, leaving the school with no choice except to make everything co-ed.
As a result, mage-in-training Haruhi and her best friend Anri find themselves transferred into a normal class with Yuma and his best friends Hachisuke and Jun. Although how "normal" they are is debatable given that Hachi might be the world's biggest letch and Jun prefers to wear the girl's school uniform rather than the one for the guys! And there's something about Yuma as well, something that Haruhi notices almost immediately. But is Yuma aware of it yet? Whatever the answer, the most magical year of classes for both of them is about to begin, and the most important lessons learned won't be on conjuring or geometry.
Contains episodes 1-13. Special Features: Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation. Spoken Languages: Japanese, English subtitles.
|Princess Nine - Complete Collection (DVD)|
In the male-dominated sport of baseball, one group of high school girls is about to turn the world upside down! Ryo Hayakawa, daughter of a legendary pitcher, has been chosen to lead the "Princesses," Japan's first-ever girl's baseball team. They don't want to play in a separate league - they're taking on the boys at their own game. And their goal? None other than Koshien, the national high school baseball championship!
But for all the challenges they face on the field, the hardest battles are the ones fought behind the scenes. They'll have to overcome prejudice, endure weeks of hard training, and work their way through romantic rivalries if they ever want a chance to make it to the top!
Contains episodes 1-26. Special Features: Clean Opening & Closing, "Kaseki no Machi" Music Clip, "Passionate Days" Music Clip, Warsaw Philharmonic Video, "Music Selections" Music Video, "Dream Stadium" Music Video, Sound Staff Interviews Parts 1 & 2, Player Statistics, Oden Cooking Special, A History of Baseball in Japan, Voice Actress Profiles, Karaoke With Princess Nine, Original Japanese Cover Art Gallery, U.S. Trailer, Trailers.
|Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye - Complete Collection [Litebox]|
In a devastated world overrun by monstrous bugs and ravaged by outlaws, there's only one person to call when you really need a job done right: Honoka. With a sixth sense for danger, sword skills second to none, and a smart-aleck A.I. tank by the name of Bogie, she's ready to tackle any job and solve any problem for her clients. But while crossing the desert one night, she finds a young man alone in the wasteland. It's the first step of a journey that will challenge even Honoka's amazing skills to their very limit!
Contains episodes 1-24. Special Features: Character Bios (including some with commentary by Megumi Toyoguchi [Honoka]), Japanese Voice Actor Interviews, Music Videos, Trailers.
View at your own discretion.
|Angel Blade - Complete Collection (DVD)|
Angel Blade: The amazingly voluptuous super heroine! No criminal has ever withstood her incredible sexiness. But now, the jiggling juggernaut of justice is targeted by a twisted criminal who wants her ultimate domination. Only one thing is certain: our topless heroine will need all her cunning and physical prowess to bring her enemies to heel! Contains both Angel Blade and Angel Blade Returns!
Special Features: Series Recap, Art Gallery, Sketch Gallery, Storyboards, Angel Blade Trailers, Anime Artform, Previews.
Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.
|Mystery of the Necronomicon (DVD)|
A mad scientist has taken prisoners for a terrifying occult ceremony. His lust for perversion will unleash a forbidden magic and raise the dead. A private detective will expose his shameful secret, but knowledge may come too late to save the innocent!