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Welcome everyone to the last two weeks of November and the first two weeks of December's Quick Picks! Sorry for the delay Y'all. Please enjoy the article. We'll add the discussion later.

Anime Series and Movies

November

ImageTitle (Format)CompanySRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
Bakemonogatari (Full Series, Limited Edition Blu-Ray)Aniplex of America$189.98$186.97$149.9811/20/12
Berserk: The Golden Age Arc - The Egg of the King(Movie, Blu-Ray and DVD)Viz MediaBD: $24.98
DVD: $19.98
BD: $17.32
DVD: $14.99
BD: $22.48
DVD: $17.98
11/27/12
Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo (Full Series Part 2, DVD)S'more Entertainment$44.99$44.99N/A11/20/12
Cluster Edge (Full Series Part 2, DVD)Sentai Filmworks$49.98$44.99$37.4911/20/12
Galaxy Express 999 (Full Series Part 1, DVD)S'more Entertainment$59.98$49.99$39.9911/20/12
Grave of the Fireflies (Movie, Remastered Edition DVD)Sentai Filmworks$29.98$19.99$17.9911/20/12
InuYasha: The Final Act (DVD and Blu-Ray Set 1)Viz MediaBD: $54.97
DVD: $44.82
BD: $49.99
DVD: $28.83
BD: $39.99
DVD: $28.99
11/20/12
Intrigue in the Bakumatsu (DVD and Blu-Ray Set 2)Sentai FilmworksBD: $69.98
DVD: $59.98
BD: $59.99
DVD: $49.99
BD: $52.49
DVD: $44.99
11/27/12
Pokémon: Black and White (DVD Set 1)Viz Media$19.99$9.83$17.9911/20/12
Serial Experiments Lain (Full Series, DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack)FUNimation$89.98$69.99$53.9911/27/12
Soul Eater (Full Series, Blu-Ray and DVD)FUNimationBoth: $59.98BD: $49.99
DVD: $44.99
BD: $35.99
DVD: $44.99
11/20/12
Tenchi in Tokyo (Full Series, DVD)FUNimation$39.98$32.99$23.9911/20/12

Note: Bo-bobo-Bo-Bobobo wasn't listed on RightStuf for its release week.

December

ImageTitle (Format)CompanySRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
Black Lagoon (Complete Series, Blu-Ray/DVD)Funimation Entertainment$54.98$44.86$32.9912/04/12
Bleach Season 15 Uncut (DVD)Viz Media$44.95$29.99$28.9912/11/12
Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse (Movie, Blu-Ray and DVD)Viz MediaBD: $24.98
DVD: $19.98
BD: $19.99
DVD: $14.96
BD: $18.99
DVD: $13.99
12/04/12
A Certain Magical Index Season 1 (Part 1, DVD)Funimation Entertainment$59.98$40.18$35.9912/11/12
A Certain Magical Index Season 1 (Part 2, DVD)Funimation Entertainment$59.98$37.28$35.9912/11/12
Digimon: Digital Monsters Season 2 - Collection 1 (DVD)Madman Entertainment Ltd$49.95N/AN/A12/05/12
Is this a Zombie? (Complete Series Limited Edition, DVD)Funimation Entertainment$64.98$59.99$38.9912/04/12
Level E Complete Series (limited edition DVD/Blu-Ray)Funimation Entertainment$64.98$37.39Together: $38.9912/11/12
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi Complete Series (DVD)AEsier Holdings$39.98$34.99$23.9912/11/12
Mashiroiro Symphony - The Colors of Lovers - Complete Collection (DVD)Sentai Filmworks$49.98$44.99$29.9912/04/12
Ninja Scroll (Blu-Ray and DVD)Sentai FilmworksBD: 24.98
DVD: $14.98
BD: $19.99
DVD: $12.99
BD: $14.99
DVD: $8.99
12/4/12
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee Collection 1 (Series, DVD)Sentai Filmworks$49.98$44.99$29.9912/11/12
Umineko: When They Cry (Part 1, Blu-Ray)NIS America$79.99$78.98$59.9912/04/12
Umineko: When They Cry (Part 1, Blu-Ray)NIS America$49.99$48.98$36.9912/04/12

Note: Anime News Network list Umineko When They Try Blu-Ray without the limited edition part, and Amazon is only selling the limited edition. ANN does not list A Certain Magical Index or Level E. Rightstuf released Ah! My Buddha DVD Nirvana Collection Classic Collection back on November 6, 2012.

Extra Merchandise

This is all of the extras for the Bakemonogatari DVD release. There aren't any more for this length of time but I think this is still plentiful. :)

Then, we have Serial Lain Experiments and Umineko merchandising.

Now, here are the manga releases. It's a long section.

Manga Releases

November

ImageName & VolumePublisherSRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
21st Century Boys Vol. 1Viz Media$12.99$7.80$9.7411/20/12
Bokurano: Ours Vol. 7Viz Media$12.99$10.28$9.7411/20/12
Deltora Quest Vol. 9Kodansha Comics$10.99$8.26$8.2411/20/12
Dogs: Bullets & Carnage Vol. 7Viz Media$12.99$7.64$9.7411/20/12
Fairy Tail Vol. 22Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.00$8.2411/27/12
GTO: 14 Days in Shonan Vol. 6Vertical$10.95$8.49$8.2111/27/12
Is this a Zombie? Vol. 3Yen Press$11.99$7.98$8.9911/20/12
Nabari No Ou Vol. 12Yen Press$11.99$8.63$8.9911/20/12
Omamori Himari Vol. 1Yen Press$11.99$7.98$8.9911/20/12
Real Vol. 11Viz Media$12.99$9.95$9.7411/20/12
Sailor Moon Box Set 1 (Vol. 1-6)Kodansha Comics$65.94$40.65$49.4611/20/12
Saturn Apartments Vol. 6Viz Media$12.99$9.85$9.7411/20/12
Shoulder-a-Coffin Kuro Vol. 3Yen Press$11.99$6.79$8.9911/20/12
Soul Eater Vol. 11Yen Press$11.99$6.62$8.9911/20/12
Spice & Wolf Vol. 7Yen Press$12.99$7.66$9.7411/20/12
The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol. 13Dark Horse Comics$12.99$8.95$9.7411/28/12
The Limit Vol. 2Vertical$10.95$7.95$8.2111/20/12
The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan Vol. 6Yen Press$11.99$7.98$8.9911/20/12
Thermae Romae Vol. 1Yen Press$34.99$19.95$26.2411/20/12
The Wallflower Vol. 29Kodansha Comics$10.99$7.74$8.9911/27/12
Trigun Maximum Omnibus Vol. 1 (Vols 1-3)Dark Horse Comics$19.99$11.73$14.9911/21/12
Umineko WHEN They CRY 1: Legend of the Golden Witch Vol. 1Yen Press$18.99$11.76$14.2411/20/12
X [3-in1 Edition] Vol. 4
(X/1999 Omnibus 4 (Vols 10-12)
Viz Media$19.99$11.61$14.9911/20/12

Note: Rightstuf is releasing 21st Century Boys on January 15, 2013 and Dogs: Bullets & Carnage Vol. 7 on December 18, 2012.

December

ImageName & VolumePublisherSRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
A Certain Scientific Railgun Vol. 6Seven Seas$12.99$9.44$9.7412/11/12
A Devil and Her Love Song Vol. 6Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/4/12
Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fanatic Rabbit Vol. 1Yen Press$11.99$7.59$8.9912/11/12
Arata: The Legend Vol. 12Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/4/12
Attack on Titan Vol. 3Kodansha Comics$10.99$7.58$8.2412/4/12
Bakuman Vol. 17Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/4/12
Battle Angel Alita: Last Order Vol. 16Kodansha Comics$10.99$6.05$8.2412/4/12
Black Bird Vol. 15Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/4/12
Bleach Vol. 52Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/4/12
Bleach Vol. 53Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/4/12
Blood Lad Vol. 1Yen Press$18.99$11.84$14.2412/11/12
Cage of Eden Vol. 8Kodansha$10.99$7.90$8.2412/11/12
Chocolat Vol. 8Yen Press$24.99$14.84$18.7412/1112
Dance in the Vampire Bund Omnibus 1 (Vol. 1-3)Seven Seas$19.99$11.24$14.9912/11/12
D. Gray-man Vol. 23Viz Media$9.99$9.99$8.9912/4/12
Danza Vol. 1Kodansha Comics$12.99$7.11$9.7412/04/12
Dawn of the Arcana Vol. 7Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/04/12
Demon Love Spell Vol. 1Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/04/12
Higurashi: When They Cry - Massacre Arc 2 Volume 2Yen Press$18.99$11.03$14.2412/11/12
His Favorite Vol. 2SuBLime$12.99$10.39$9.7412/11/12
Itsuwaribito Vol. 7Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/11/12
Kaoru Mori: Anything and Something Vol. 1Yen Press$16.99$11.02$12.7412/11/12
Kekkaishi Vol. 35Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/11/12
Maximum Ride Vol. 6Yen Press$12.99$9.73$9.7412/11/12
Mayo Chiki Vol. 1Seven Seas Entertainment$12.99$7.30$9.7412/11/12
Natsume's Book of Friends Vol. 13Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/04/12
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Raising Project Vol. 12Dark Horse$9.99$9.99$7.4912/05/12
Ninth Life Love Vol. 1Digital Manga Publishing$12.95$10.36$9.7112/12/12
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Vol. 12Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/04/12
Pandora Hearts Vol. 13Yen Press$11.99$8.18$8.9912/11/12
Paradise Kiss Part 2 Vol. 2Yen Press$12.99$7.66$9.7412/04/12
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Vol. 3Yen Press$11.99$7.73$8.9912/11/12
Slam Dunk Vol. 25Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/04/12
The Earl & the Fairy Vol. 4Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/04/12
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Vol. 14Yen Press$11.99$8.07$8.9912/11/12
Toriko Vol. 13Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/04/12
Voltron Force Vol. 5: Dragon DawnViz Media$7.99$7.99$5.9912/04/12
Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Vol. 2Viz Media$9.99$9.99$7.4912/04/12

Note: Danza and Paradise are released on the week of December 10 for Rightstuf. Trigun Maximum Omnibus is released on Rightstuf on a earlier date: 11/21/12 while Anime News Network has it on 12/04/12. ANN does not list Voltron Force. Rightstuf is releasing A Certain Scientific Railgun and Mayo Chiki on December 31, 2012 and Dance in the Vampire Bund on December 26, 2012.

Videogame Releases (and a Console!)

ImageName (Version)Console/FormatCompanySRPAmazon.comGameStop.comDLC ServiceRelease Date
Aero PorterNintendo 3DSWareLevel 5$4.99N/AN/AeShop: $4.9911/29/12
Crimson ShroudNintendo 3DSWareLevel 5$7.99N/AN/AeShop: $7.9912/13/12
New Super Mario Bros. UWii UNintendo$59.99$54.68$59.99N/A11/18/12
Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's EdgeWii UTeam Ninja
Nintendo
$59.99$54.49$59.99N/A11/18/12
Nintendo LandWii UNintendo$59.99$56.05$59.99N/A11/18/12
Persona 4 Golden(Original and Solid Gold Premiun Edition)Playstation VitaAtlusOriginal: $39.99
Premium: $69.99
Original: $39.96
Premium: $92.38
Original: $39.99
Premium: $69.99
N/A11/20/12
Playstation All-Stars Battle RoyalePlaystation 3
Playstation Vita
PlayStation Network
SonyPS3: $59.99
PSVita: $39.99
PS3: $59.99
PSVita: $38.68
PS3: $59.99
PSVita: $39.99
PSVN: $39.9911/20/12
Sonic and All-Stars Racing TransformedWii U
Playstation 3
Xbox 360
Playstation Vita
SegaAll Versions (Except for 3DS*): $39.99Wii U: $50.26
PS3: $36.35
X360: $39.84
PSVita: $29.99
Wii U: $39.99
PS3: $39.99
X360: $39.99
PSVita: $29.99
N/A11/18/12
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Wii U Edition)Wii U
Nintendo eShop
Namco$59.99$59.96$59.99eShop: $59.9911/18/12
Warriors Orochi 3 HyperWii UTecmo-Koei$59.99$54.54$59.99N/A11/18/12
Writer RumbleiPhone/Pad
Android
GameFly GamesN/AN/AN/AiTunes: $0.99
Android Shop: $0.99
11/29/12
Black Deluxe (32GB)
Black Deluxe (32GB)
White Standard (8GB)
White Standard (8GB)
Wii U(Game Console, White Standard and Black Deluxe Versions)Wii UNintendoStandard: $299.99
Deluxe: $349.99
Standard: $279.99
Deluxe: $325.00
Standard: $299.99
Deluxe: $349.99
N/A11/18/12

*The Nintendo 3DS Version of Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed will be released on 2/12/2013

Other Stuff

ImageTitleItem TypeCompanySRPAmazon.comRightStuf.comRelease Date
City of RefugeLight NovelVertical$14.95$8.65$11.2111/27/12
The Indignation of Haruhi Suzumiya (Franchise Novel Vol. 8)Light NovelYen PressHardcover: $15.99
Paperback: $10.00
Hardcover: $9.68
Paperback: $8.99
Kindle Version: $6.64
Hardcover: $11.99
Paperback: $6.74
11/20/12
Queen's Blade: Perfect Visual CollectionArtbookVertical$35.95$26.89$26.9611/27/12
Spice and Wolf Novel Vol. 7Light NovelYen Press$11.99$6.97$8.9912/11/12

Sources: GiantBomb.com / RightStuf.com / Amazon.com / GameStop.com / AnimeNewsNetwork.com

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How are you doing Anime Vice?! Hope those of you stuck in the snow like me were able to enjoy your time. It's Friday so that means we want to end the week on a positive. No better way to do that than to talk about some manga! In this edition of "Dunce Cap" we tackle Negima! vol. 1 by Ken Akamatsu (Del Rey), Rosario + Vampire vol. 1 by Akihisa Ikeda (Viz Media), Cat Paradise vol. 1 by Yuji Iwahara (Yen Press), and then a surprise! 

WARNING!

This video contains explicit language. Also, this video is not edited in any way. 

  

  

    

In addition, check out a blog I did a while back where Felipe Smith provides some advice to those wanted to write/draw manga here.

Please feel free to provide suggestions for an anime or manga for us to talk about and we will do our best to oblige. 

Last edition: Dunce Cap: FUNimation Likes Dangerous Ninja

-Will McQuigg (sotyfan16) is your everyday anime/manga enthusiast. You can also find him on Twitter (bildo_88).

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Vertical Vednesday: 4 Steps to the Future
 
Japanese comics have come a long way in the last century. Most major publishers release dozens of new volumes a week. Magazine anthologies can be found on store shelves and kiosks in at least three different continents now. And the stories, designs, and formats of presentation found within those comics are as diverse as the readers that support this billion dollar industry. But there was a time when manga looked eeriely similar to the funnies we read with the Sunday paper.
 
Four-panel comics, known in Japan as yon-koma, are now the fastest growing and most volitile market in the manga industry. There are more magazines devoted to these comic strips than there are mainstream shoujo and shounen magazines combined! Historically strips like Sazae-san, Kobo-chan, and OL Evolution take slice of life concepts and repackage them into bite-size comedic vignettes. More recently titles like Heartbroken Angels, Gloom Party, and Ebichu have revealed that less is always more when it comes to the funny, but in these crazy modern times anything can be twice as funny, even fish mongering, if drawn in a strip. 
 
With new titles such as K-On!, Lucky Star, and Doujin Work ready to take over the manga reading world, Vertical's 1-man panel will strip down the world of yonkoma to reveal why these comics are quietly becoming the future of serialized manga.
 
Location: Books Kinokuniya New York, 1073 Avenue of the Americas
Date: August 26, 2009 (Wednesday), 6:30pm-8:00pm
Soft drinks and snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP by emailing ed@vertical-inc.com
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In the pantheons of manga there is one genre that sets itself apart from the rest—sports. One of the oldest genres and arguably the most beloved, sports manga is often referred to as the champion of genres by editors and artists alike. Yet, despite its many accolades and international respect, sports titles have not yet hit a homerun with North American readers.  

 

Sports titles like Tomorrow`s Joe and Aim for the Ace helped lay down a foundation for Japanese pop culture back in the 60`s and 70`s. More than a decade later, Captain Tsubasa introduced manga to Europe and Latin America. And yet to this very day, many a sports manga contender has attempted to reach the Major Leagues of Comic-dom only to be relegated to playing a specialist role on bookshelves across America.

 

This Vednesday night Vertical’s own ballers will take to the field to pitch innings of unbeatable manga wisdom. Tackling everything from national pastimes to the new emergence of competitive eating comics, we will make a case as to why sports manga should be the undisputed world heavyweight comics champion!


Location: Books Kinokuniya New York (Café Zaiya, 2nd floor), 1073 Avenue of the Americas
Date: July 8, 2009 (Wednesday), 6:25pm-8:00pm

Drinks and snacks will be provided.
Please RSVP by emailing ed@vertical-inc.com

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  Vertical Vednesday Chapter 3 - Yanki doodle Dandy  

  What do Yanki and Yankees have in common? Clearly there is a collective sense of passion for community and brotherhood that cannot be measured by numerical means. Many Japanese Yanki and 18th Century American patriots also have been known for their hair as much as their willingness to take to arms…But that is where the similarities end.  

  Modern day Yanki are a mix of old-skool rebel charm and toughness wrapped in hip-hop threads and punk rock bling. Being a Yanki is as much about the attitude as it is the outfit, and after being sent to reform school by PTAs and mass media for more than a decade these fictional thugs for life are once again taking the J-Pop scene by storm. 

  In the latest edition of Vertical Vednesday our Japanese pop-culture themed book club will carefully take on the world of Yanki in manga, prose and film. From the bad boys of Be-Bop High School to Hiroshi Takahashi`s modern day rebels without a clue, Yanki have repeatedly shown why nice guys always finish last. 

  Location:

  Books Kinokuniya New York, 1073 Avenue of the Americas 

  Date: June 24, 2009 (Wednesday), 6:30-8:00~ 

  Drinks and snacks will be provided.

  Please RSVP by emailing ed@vertical-inc.com 

Pokemon Black and White Looks Delicious in Motion

First video of a Pokemon battle in Black and White.

Comment & Win: One Piece Vol. 52, 53

Time for a giveaway folks! Now, act civil, we don't want anyone to get hurt in the mad rush to win.

Beginner's Guide to FLCL

Gainax's madcap, surrealist anime, broken down for new viewers.

Ballz Deep

Steve gets intimately close to Dragon Ball Z, for science!

Top 3 Awful Anime Dubs

Grit your teeth and get your ear plugs ready cause this week we're taking on the three most amazingly bad dubs of all time!

Anime Caption Contest! -- 8/18/14

Let's party hard at the beach while it's still summer!

AKAME GA KILL! is... OK for a Harem Show?

Episode #2. W&L. I wish this were better.

Does Anime Get Too 'Niche?'

THE VICE PIT. Sometimes, it feels like watching somebody else's home movies, doesn't it?

I'm Trying Really Hard to Like ALDNOAH ZERO #2

...but it's sooooo self-serious!

Listen to the JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Rap!

Richie Branson continues his weekly anime-inspired rap series with the hip-hop tribute "Stand-Up."

NOBUNAGA CONCERTO #1&2 -- Special Review

A spectacle like this only comes once in a great while.

DRAGON BALL -- Does the First Saga Hold Up?

THE VICE PIT. We re-visited the very first DRAGON BALL arc and wonder if nostalgia has blinded us about Emperor Pilaf.

JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE : STARDUST CRUSADERS #20 -- Special Review

Eat poo... and die?

AKAME GA KILL! is... OK for a Harem Show?

Episode #2. W&L. I wish this were better.

Anime Caption Contest! -- 8/18/14

Let's party hard at the beach while it's still summer!

I'm Trying Really Hard to Like ALDNOAH ZERO #2

...but it's sooooo self-serious!

Does Anime Get Too 'Niche?'

THE VICE PIT. Sometimes, it feels like watching somebody else's home movies, doesn't it?

Comparing ALDNOAH ZERO #3 to CODE GEASS

Episode #3. W&L. What did Lelouch do better?

DRAGON BALL -- Does the First Saga Hold Up?

THE VICE PIT. We re-visited the very first DRAGON BALL arc and wonder if nostalgia has blinded us about Emperor Pilaf.

Listen to the JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Rap!

Richie Branson continues his weekly anime-inspired rap series with the hip-hop tribute "Stand-Up."

JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE : STARDUST CRUSADERS #20 -- Special Review

Eat poo... and die?

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