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Releases of the Week: Increase your blood levels with Getter Robo Devolution

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 14:00

Once again, we hit a period where the anime releases are slowing down and the manga stuff is coming out in droves. During this scenario, the second volume of Getter Robo Devolution arrives to satisfy those who want to see some over-the-top robot action. I haven't read it myself, but its main draw is that it's the Linebarrel of Iron and Ultraman manga duo's take on the first combining mecha. Since they have a good track record of coming up with cool stories with detailed mechanical designs, it's nice that this series crossed the pond.

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Review: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Set 2 Blu-Ray Set

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 09:30

A year following the release of Season 1’s Blu-Ray set, Viz Media has released the first half of the Stardust Crusaders anime on Blu-ray as limited edition packaging and DVD. Just like last year’s release of Season 1, the Stardust Crusaders boxset is packaged in an amazing looking box, which contains six art cards and a 104-page booklet in addition to the first 24 episodes of Season 2.

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Releases of the Week: Cheer Fruits unleashes the tokusatsu references

Wed, 09/12/2018 - 16:30

As we get ready for another segment, I think it's time for us to grab our nearest transformation device. So why are we making this part flashy? Well, it turns out that Action Heroine Cheer Fruits is out, and it features shout-outs to various tokusatsu shows. Aside from the references, it involves a cast aiming to become local heroes so they can improve their area's popularity.

Even though I missed out on its broadcast, Naruhisa Arakawa (Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger and Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger's Writer) being involved in it made me want to give it a go. Other than his experience with writing Japanese hero shows, he worked on anime programs like Martian Successor Nadesico and Outbreak Company.

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Releases of the Week: New Game!! kicks off September's amazing gaming month

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 15:00

I hope everyone in North America had a great Labor Day as we get ready to look at the stuff that came out during the week. This marks New Game!!'s (a.k.a. New Game Season 2) North American release, which is a great way to spend more time with the staff at Eagle Jump.

Even though it didn't tackle game development in the way how Shirobako handled creating anime, I found the series and its first season to be funny. In fact, I'm hoping we can get a third season in the future. That way, we can see the rest of the manga in animated form. Also, I found it neat how it came out in the month where stuff like Dragon Quest XI launched in the West.

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Releases of the Week: Aura Battler Dunbine's mecha bugs are back

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 14:30

We hit the final week of August and an older shows returns from the Anime Graveyard. One of these revivals happens to be Aura Battler Dunbine, which features insect-themed giant robots. Even though I never got around to checking out ADV's release of it, I dug the way the machines fought in the Super Robot Wars games. Heck, the cast made an appearance in Super Robot Wars X.

Other than that, Cat Girl Nuku Nuku gets the resurrection treatment. The first thing that came to my head was my memories of seeing it at an anime club during my high school days. While I saw one episode, I found it silly that the leading girl is a robot with the brain of a cat.

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Ao Haru Ride to be released on October 2

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 09:00

Viz Media has announced that Ao Haru Ride, otherwise known as Blue Spring Ride in English, will be releasing both physically and digitally under the Shojo Beat imprint via the official Viz Media website and the VIZ Manga App, as well as Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. The series is created by  Io Sakisaka, who was also responsible for STROBE EDGE. Additionally, Io Sakisaka made her professional debut with Sakura, Chiru. Ao Haru Ride was adapted into an anime series in 2014.

Ao Haru Ride to be released on October 2 screenshot

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Grisaia: Phantom Trigger anime Kickstarter adds an English dub stretch goal

Wed, 08/29/2018 - 06:00

Around two months ago, Tokyo-based Visual Novel developer Frontwing has announced an anime adaptation for their visual novel series Grisaia: Phantom Trigger. Today they have introduced an English dub stretch goal, which will happen if the campaign reaches $120,000 or 700 backers before Monday, September 3rd, which is when the campaign closes. They promise that it will come on-disc if it reaches either goal if not, they expect it to reach during the BackerKit phase. 

 Phantom Trigger anime Kickstarter adds an English dub stretch goal screenshot

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ISLAND to get both anime and game physical box release

Sun, 08/26/2018 - 18:00

If you have been keeping up with this season's batch of anime, you have probably heard of Island. While the anime isn't favorable among the anime community, the visual novel is actually very enjoyable, which is something that is very common among visual novels adapted into anime. The visual novel is now available on Steam so make sure to check it out. Additionally, you can check out the Island anime here.

ISLAND to get both anime and game physical box release screenshot

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Releases of the Week: Bring on the good times with more Baccano

Wed, 08/22/2018 - 17:00

Things are starting to pick up, as the releases go into full overdrive. Perhaps the greatest thing about this occasion is that we received a new volume of the original Baccano! light novel. Even though I only caught the anime, I loved its take on the United States during the '30s, along with its immortality and gangster elements. Also, Ryohgo Narita did a fantastic job in connecting the various story points covered in it as we jumped across different periods in time.

While we may never see a new anime season, the source material is the next best thing. To this day, I'm impressed with the author connecting the series with his other works. Seeing that it's in the same universe as Durarara!!, Vamp!, and Etsusa Bridge, I'm amazed at his ability to manage multiple tales.

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Releases of the Week: Magi shows us a whole new world

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:00

It looks like we hit a slow week today as the batch is smaller than usual. Sure, we have 23 things coming out, but the other times provided us with a large amount of Japanese entertainment.

If you missed out on its earlier run, FUNimation gave Outlaw Star the "Classic" box set treatment, which makes it cheaper than its previous Blu-ray release. To this day, it's one of my favorite sci-fi anime shows and I loved how it blended space with Eastern elements. I mean, this show had magical space pirates, samurai, ships with arms, and a gun that shoots spells. Who knows, it might've been one of the inspirations for the series known as Firefly since they share a similar setting. If that isn't the case, then I guess it could be a coincidence.

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Viz Media is streaming Jojo's Bizzare Adventure right now via Twitch TV

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 11:10

If for some very insanely odd reason you still have Jojo's Bizarre Adventure in your anime backlog, then right now is the perfect chance to catch up on the series. Viz Media, the master distributor of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, will be streaming all three season of the series via Twitch TV for two weeks. 

Viz Media is streaming Jojo's Bizzare Adventure right now via Twitch TV screenshot

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Dr. Stone and Radiant launch this September in North America

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 19:52

Earlier this week, Viz Media has announced that they will be releasing manga adventure DR. STONE on September 4th with an MSRP of $9.99 USD and $12.99 CND. For those unfamiliar with it, the series it's written by Riichiro Inagaki, who previously worked on EYESHIELD 21, and drawn by Boichi.

It will be available digitally as well on September 4th via Viz Media's official website and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Check out the series' summary below:

In DR. STONE, one fateful day all of humanity is suddenly turned to stone. Many millennia later, high school student Taiju frees himself from the petrification and finds himself surrounded by statues. The situation looks grim—until he runs into his science-loving friend Senku! Together they plan to restart civilization with the power of science!

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Releases of the Week: Garo continues to cut evil in half

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:00

A week has passed and we're hit with another glorious tokusatsu release. This time, the second season of the late-night series, Garo, arrives to free us from the darkness. At this point, I hope that Kraken Releasing's releases of the franchise continue to do well. That way, we can get the rest of them in North America.

Honestly, I'm still wrapping my head around this since there was a time when people were talking about these titles never leaving Japan. Now that we're seeing more of them coming over, I'm glad that I can support them officially. Best of all, it gives others the chance to see what makes these shows fun.

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Releases of the Week: Timeranger ushers in a new era

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 14:00

So I leave this segment for a week and a miracle happens when I return. It turns out that Mirai Sentai Timeranger arrived in our time period from the year 3000. Looking back, it's amazing that Shout! Factory managed to get this far with its Super Sentai releases. As for this piece's absence during last week, let's just say that we were going through an under-construction phase.

If you watched Power Rangers Time Force, I heard that the source material is similar. However, its differences involve how the team's story started, along with the fate of a certain character. Of course, this aspect pleases my appreciation for seeing two franchises tell a different story with the same suits, robots and monsters.

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Review: Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 13:10

At many points of your life, the concept of immortality has been brought up, whether it’s an author’s interoperation in media or perhaps in a conversation. Mari Okada, who is responsible for the composition of highly praised series such as Anohana and Kiznaiver makes her directorial debut with Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms otherwise known as Sayoasa in Japan. Maquia presents the idea of immortality by playing with the idea of outliving your love ones by many years, even hundreds of years, leading to loneliness. The protagonist, Maquia, is from a clan where all the members stop aging in their mid-teens. Other themes include motherhood and racial identity, as that’s two struggles she faces throughout the entirety of the movie.

 When the Promised Flower Blooms screenshot

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Releases of the Week: Hang out in Ikebukuro with more Durarara!!

Wed, 07/18/2018 - 15:30

When the Durarara!! anime premiered in 2010, I liked how it presented us with a dangerous place filled with down-to-earth individuals. Even if some of them were involved in some extreme actions, the show convinced us that some of them will look after those they trust.

So what does this have to do with releases? Well, the original light novel's tenth book came out, and my gut feeling tells me that it covers more stuff that might've not appeared in the anime. Since Erika and Walker (a.k.a. the series' best duo) are featured with their buddies on the cover, this installment deserves extra props.

As I started thinking about Inio Asano, Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction's second volume enters the scene. Japanator Writer Christian Chiok enjoyed it when it first launched so we can expect it to be impressive. 

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Delta H Con 2018 Cosplay Gallery

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 20:15

It's summer once again with the con season blazing in regards to the heat, especially in the southern part of the US but the cosplayers are looking cool over at this year's Delta H Con in Houston, Texas. I'm back once again to check out some cosplay at the growing anime and gaming convention in one of the major cities in the country and I must say it's getting bigger along with some impressive cosplay on display. It was quite a bit difficult to get a lot of pictures and video (incoming in a couple of days) with the sheer amount of people spread out all over the moderately sized venue.

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Dragon Ball Super Movie 'Broly' Coming Out in January 2019 in North America

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 03:14

The latest Dragon Ball Super movie has been a hot topic as of late as the movie title as well as the first promotional poster was revealed. Dragon Ball Super Broly, which is the first Dragon Ball Super movie and the twentieth Dragon Ball movie will bring back the popular movie character Broly, as the title of the movie suggests. While Broly is a very popular character, he's also a very disliked character by many as well, so the direction of the movie was questioned. However, thankfully Akira Toriyama confirmed that the character will be rebooted for this movie, bringing back hope to the Broly nay-sayers while still pleasing Broly's fans. 

Dragon Ball Super Movie 'Broly' Coming Out in January 2019 in North America screenshot

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Releases of the Week: You can't stop Garo's Divine Flame

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 16:30

It's hasn't been a month since the last live-action Garo release came out, and things are looking good for the Golden Knight. This time, we're seeing Garo the Movie: Divine Flame hitting home video in North America. The anime film is a sequel to Garo: The Animation, which I need to finish. From what I saw, it left me with a good impression. 

As Planet With presents us with Satoshi Mizukami (Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer's Creator), the fourth volume of his manga called Spirit Circle arrives to satisfy people's desire for his storytelling style. According to a friend of mine who loves his works, it continues to show off the guy's great method of setting up his characters and world.

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The new Ultraman's YouTube stream now has English subtitles

Wed, 07/11/2018 - 06:00

One surprise that caught me off guard is the current Ultraman show, Ultraman R/B, not appearing on Crunchyroll. The reason why this is strange is that the service simulcasted 2015's Ultraman X, 2016's Ultraman Orb, and 2017's Ultraman Geed. With the new installment appearing on Netflix Japan, we may have to give up on seeing it in the usual spot.

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