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Welcome to the Quick Picks! Hope you find something you like this week? I'm looking forward to Monster Rancher. It was a favorite series of mine when I was in middle school. It brings back some old memories. It was like Digimon more than Pokemon because humans and monsters die in this series underneath that childish exterior.

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Aria The Animation - Collection Part 1 [Litebox] (Sub.DVD)
  • Distributor: Right Stuf
  • Price: $39.99
Akari, Aika and Alice are three girls who share a single dream: to become the most talented gondoliers in all of Neo-Venezia! Every day they train toward their goal, exploring all the wondrous sights that the water-covered planet Aqua has to offer. Whether it's spending a wild day at Carnevale, sharing a beautiful sunset, or even crossing paths with the mysterious spirits that dwell in Aqua's shadows, for these three friends, each day is a new adventure!

Special Features: Promotional Video, Interview with Director Junichi Sato, Interview with Yui Makino, Aria and the World of Sound, Cast Reflections on Aria The Animation, Clean Ending 1, Trailers.
Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne Season 2 - Set 2 (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Price: $54.97

Several months have passed since the last battle took place in Kamogawa City. Madoka Kyono is now in her final year of high school and has yet to decide what she will do with her life. Across the galaxy, Lan now takes part in research that involves the Vox Rympha. During an experiment, their research facility comes under attack by De Metrio forces, led by Muginami's Vox Ignis.

Will Madoka, Lan, and Muginami be able to reunite once again as the Jersey Club? And what is the mystery behind the Rin-ne and the Vox?
Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne Season 2 - Set 2 (DVD)
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Price: $44.82
Monster Rancher - Complete Season 1 (Dub.DVD)
  • Distributor: Discotek Media
  • Price: $49.95

Genki Sakura is an avid player of the Monster Rancher video games. After winning a tournament hosted by the game's creators, Genki gets a special CD-ROM that can unlock monsters in his game at home. It's real-life fun when the disk magically transports him to the world of Monster Rancher!

There, he saves Holly and her eyeball monster Suezo from the evil Black Dino Squad! Genki creates his very own monster, Mocchi. And they team up with the gentle stone giant, Golem, in their search for the stone disc that contains the legendary Phoenix.

Patlabor: The Mobile Police - The TV Series - Collection 4 (Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Maiden Japan
  • Price: $69.99

The war on crime and the battle for superior technology collide as Shinohara industries unleashes a rash of new Labor designs and SV2 finds itself stuck in the middle of product evaluation trials. That would be trying enough at any time, but when the department's already being overwhelmed with handling security for the upcoming Babylon Project Conference, fighting terrorists, insurance investigators, and even tracking down monsters in the sewers, it may be the final straw that breaks the Ingram's back.

If all that wasn't enough pressure, SV2's rivalry with Division One escalates to all out warfare when SV1 gets the first of the latest production models. The gloves are off and there's a heavy metal smackdown on the horizon as Noa must strap herself into the cockpit once again to prove that her Alphonse is still the undisputed king of robotic law enforcement!

Patlabor: The Mobile Police - The TV Series - Collection 4 (DVD)
  • Distributor: Maiden Japan
  • Price: $59.99
Uta no Prince Sama - Season 1 Complete Collection (Sub.Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Price: $59.99

When Haruka gets the chance to take the entrance exam for Saotome Academy for the Performing Arts, it seems as though she's one step closer to her dream of composing songs for her favorite singer, Hayato. However, this is no gleeful high school musical experience, and Haruka's hiding a dreadful secret that may silence her musical ambitions forever.

Even if she does get into Saotome, the competition will be more brutal than going on Japan's Top Idol! That's because, as a writer, Haruka could be paired with any one of six radically different male singers. Will it be upbeat Otoya, serious Masato, flirtatious Ren, split-personality Natsuki, optimistic Syo, or the unapproachable Tokiya, who's rumored to be Hayato's brother?

Just to make things more complicated and awkward, writers and singers are expressly NOT allowed to get romantically involved! Can one girl and six handsome young men learn to make beautiful music together in a strictly platonic sense? They can if the oddball staff of Saotome, most of whom are current and former idols themselves, have anything to say about it!

Uta no Prince Sama - Season 1 Complete Collection (Sub.DVD)
  • Distributor: Sentai Filmworks
  • Price: $49.99
Yuruyuri: Happy Go Lily - Season 2 Collection (Sub.Blu-Ray)
  • Distributor: NIS America
  • Price: $64.99

With the Amusement Club no longer in danger of being broken up by the student council, its members, Akari Akaza, Kyoko Toshino, Yui Funami, and Chinatsu Yoshikawa, can finally focus on amusing themselves. More or less allied with the student council, the members of both organizations embark on wacky antics together! Plus, we finally meet the siblings of all these girls as they make the most of their days in middle school!

Contains episodes 1-12 of season two plus a hardcover, full-color, 36-page art book complete with episode guide, character art, sketches, and promotional art.

Special Features: Clean Opening and Ending, B-side Episode Previews, Video Art Book Featurettes.


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