Monday, September 15, 2014

Life, Anime in Between, Death

In regards to AN closing their doors over the weekend. From where we've sat for 15 years there were only two other stores that ever really mattered.

No longer it seems. Signs of the times. ~sigh~


For Gene:
        " go to Odin's hall my friend, and save a place for me..."

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Kids React to Old Computers...




My first computer was an Apple IIe just like the one in the video. Mine had the fancy '80 column' card upgrade and I eventually rocked a double floppy drive. Everything was text command prompt driven. A mouse was something you caught in a trap. The net was something you had to get the ball over. A hard drive was a trip you took over a bumpy road. We had Wordstar and Visicalc, and played Wizardry on it all day. We wrote programs in AppleSoft Basic and Fortran. Floppy disks were still floppy and real pirates weren't afraid to touch the shiny parts.

Seriously, what else did we really need?

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

RACS Online Store - Server Migration

I just wanted to give everyone a heads up that we will be migrating the entire RACS store site to a new server on Thursday Sept 4th. We'll start working on this around 11am EST, and everything should be completed within a couple of hours. While the migration should be 'seamless' and 'transparent' (these are the systems engineers words, not mine), there will be a DNS propagation for the AnimeCornerStore.com domain and depending on where you are this might make accessing the store site inaccessible thru our domain for a few minutes to several hours. If you have any trouble accessing the store site thru the regular URL tomorrow, try this direct link.

While I'm assured the migration will not result in any downtime for the store (hey, you know how these things go), if you are planning to place a new order this week do us a favor and try to get it placed before 10am EST on Thursday. That way we can make sure the warehouse folks have plenty to work on if the site experiences any downtime, and that you won't run into any issues trying to place your order Thursday afternoon.

I'll post back once the migration is finished, and while we don't anticipate any issues, I'd appreciate reports from anyone experiencing any anomalies with the store site once it's all done.

Thanks everyone!

UPDATE [1:15pm, Sep 4th]: Migration complete and should have been totally transparent to everyone on the front end. No down time. Looks like we hit it 100% - a testament to two months worth of planning. Yeah!! :-)


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Eastern Star's October 2014 Anime Releases - Now Available for Pre-Order!

Eastern Star, the Anime division of Discotek, has announced their October 2014 Anime releases and we now have them up on the store site for pre-order!

Here's what's coming:

Cardcaptor Sakura, the Movie BLURAY (Remastered) - Oct 28
Sherlock Hound the Complete & Unabridged Series DVD Set (Eps #1-26)- Oct 28

I was hoping they would get Sherlock Hound out this year! :-)



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Section 23's December 2014 Anime Releases - Now Available for Pre-Order!

Section 23 just sent over their December 2014 Anime release schedule and we now have them up on the store site for pre-order! Here's what's coming:

Diabolik Lovers Complete Collection DVD - Dec 2
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Collectors Edition DVD/BD Combo Set (Bilingual) - Dec 2
Queen's Blade Beautiful Warriors Complete Collection DVD - Dec 2
Queen's Blade Beautiful Warriors Complete Collection BLURAY- Dec 2
EF: A Tale of Memories & Melodies Complete Collection DVD - Dec 9
EF: A Tale of Memories & Melodies Complete Collection BLURAY - Dec 9
Hiiro no Kakera: The Tamayori Princess Saga Complete Collection DVD - Dec 9
Hiiro no Kakera: The Tamayori Princess Saga Complete Collection BLURAY - Dec 9
Infinite Stratos Season 2 Collection DVD (Eps #-1-12) - Dec 9
Okamikakushi ~ Masque of the Wolf Complete Collection BLURAY (Eps #1-12) - Dec 9
Detroit Metal City Complete Collection BLURAY - Dec 16
Hidamari Sketch X Specials BLURAY - Dec 16
Reideen Collection #1 DVD (Eps #1-13) - Dec 16
The Ambition of Oda Nobuna Complete Collection DVD (Eps #1-12) - Dec 16
The Ambition of Oda Nobuna Complete Collection BLURAY (Eps #1-12) - Dec 16

Aside from our regular low pre-order prices, we're offering the Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions Collectors Edition DVD/BD Combo Set (Bilingual Edition) at a special pre-order price of only $74.98 ($129.98 MSRP). This price will be valid for the first 200 pre-orders only, so get your copy booked today!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Opposite of Lost...



Yep, that's about right. Words to live by.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Eris Conquers the World...

Caption contest anyone?


Sometimes I forget that this isn't Tumblr.... HEH.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Absurd comparisons...



"We are caught in an unhealthy competition, a network of absurd comparisons with others. We do not pay enough attention to what makes us feel good because we are obsessed by measuring whether we experience more or less pleasure than the rest." -Žiže

Update: Since this post has already garnered several angry comments, I'm not going to allow any comments on this one. While a few of Slavoj Zize's ideas are interesting, I'm well aware of his "politics" and couldn't care less about his feelings in that area. Please don't make any ridiculous assumptions from this post outside it's specific context. I just thought the picture was cool and the quote matched up together nicely, and had applications in our arena. Lighten up, OK?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Section 23's November 2014 Anime Releases - Now Available for Pre-Order!

Section 23 just sent over their November 2014 Anime release schedule and we now have them up on the store site for pre-order!

Here's what's coming:

Hidamari Sketch (Season 3) X Hoshimittsu Complete Collection BLURAY Box (14 eps) - Nov 4
High School of the Dead Collectors Edition DVD/BD Boxed Set (Eps #1-12 + OVA) - Nov 4
Jewel Hunter Lime BEM DVD - Nov 4
Natsuyuki Rendezvous Complete Collection BLURAY - Nov 4
My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with My School Romantic Comedy Complete Collection DVD - Nov 11
My Mental Choices are Completely Interfering with My School Romantic Comedy Complete Collection BLURAY - Nov 11
Stella Women's Academy Complete Collection BLURAY - Nov 11
Tari Tari Complete Collection BLURAY (Eps #1-13) - Nov 18
I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job Complete Collection DVD - Nov 18
I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job Complete Collection BLURAY - Nov 18
Amagami SS Complete Collection DVD (Eps #1-24) - Nov 25
Amagami SS Complete Collection BLURAY (Eps #1-24) - Nov 25
Log Horizon Collection #1 DVD (Eps #1-13) - Nov 25
Log Horizon Collection #1 BLURAY (Eps #1-13) - Nov 25

Few notes: Sentai wades into the 'special edition' scene in November with an HSD collectors Edition set. It will include HSD episodes 1-12 plus the Drifters of the Dead OVA on both BD and DVD plus a special book featuring Illustrations and short novels, a bandana, a parking sticker, 4 Postcards, and a premium art box. MSRP is $150, but we're going to offer it for a special pre-order price of $85 for a short time. Also, this month, Sentai rescues the former MB title Jewel Hunter Lime BEM. The new release title Log Horizon gets dub treatment (and in fact, it's the only Nov release getting a dub that didn't already have one), but I Couldn't Become a Hero and My Mental Choices will be sub only. Also, the Amagami SS re-issue collection will be offered on BD for the first time but remains sub only.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Funimation's October 2014 Releases - Now Available for Pre-Order!

Funimation has sent over their October 2014 release schedule and we now have them up on the store site for pre-order! Here's what's coming:

Black Butler Season 2 Complete Collection DVD/BD Combo Set (Eps #25-42) (Classic) - Oct 14
Certain Magical Index Season 2 Part 1 Collection DVD/BD Combo Set - Oct 14
Princess Jellyfish Complete Collection DVD/BD Combo Set (S.A.V.E. Edition) - Oct 14
Bayonetta: Bloody Fate BD/DVD Combo Set - Oct 21
Ghost In The Shell : Arise Borders 1 and 2 Edition DVD/BD Combo - Oct 21
Dragon Ball Z Season 8 UNCUT BLURAY (Eps #230-260) - Oct 28
Fairy Tail Season #3 Collection 4 (Box #12) DVD/BD Combo Set (Eps #133-143) - Oct 28
Fairy Tail Season #4 Collection 1 (Box #13) DVD/BD Combo Set (Eps #144-154)- Oct 28
Hellsing Ultimate Vol #9-10 DVD/BD Combo Boxed Set - Oct 28
One Piece Collection #10 DVD Boxed Set (Uncut) (Eps #232-257) - Oct 28

I realize they are doing a 'classic' edition of Black Butler Season 2 before Season 1. Not sure what to make of that.

We're FINALLY getting ep #9 and #10 of Hellsing Ultimate - what's it been like 4 years? We're also getting two new Fairy Tail sets on the same day - awesome!

Since Funi has decided to release the Princess Jellyfish S.A.V.E. edition a little earlier than they originally thought, and at a very low price relative to the older edition, we're going to cancel all backorders for old Princess Jellyfish edition. We'll need you to re-order the S.A.V.E. edition if you would still like to have a copy of this title.

UPDATE: It does look like the GiTS Arise 1-2 release will be bi-lingual (Japanese and English), rather than English only as originally reported.  Funi's mailer on the title listed it as "Language: English" and we read that to mean English only. Sorry for any confusion that might have caused.

UPDATE: Also, Season 2 of Index will be on DVD/BD combo sets, unlike season 1 which is DVD only.  Funi will most likely circle back around for a BD release of season one down the road when they release it in a Classic edition.

Viz September and October Releases Now Available for Pre-Order & RACS!

Viz has finished fleshing out their September and October schedules, and we now have them up for pre-order at RACS. Here's what's coming

Moribito Guardian of the Spirit Complete Collection DVD Set (Eps #1-26) - Aug 26
Moribito Guardian of the Spirit Complete Collection BLURAY Set (Eps #1-26) - Aug 26

Blood Lad Complete Series DVD (Eps 1-10+OVA) - Sep 2
Blood Lad Complete Series DVD/BD Combo Set (Premium Edition) (Eps 1-10+OVA) - Sep 2
Ranma 1/2 DVD Set #3 (Eps #47-68)
- Sep 16
Ranma 1/2 BLURAY Set #3 (Eps #47-68) - Sep 16
Bleach DVD Collection #22 Boxed Set (Eps 292-303) (Uncut) - Sep 30

Naruto Triple Feature (Ninja Clash/Stone of Gelel/Crescent Moon) DVD - Oct 14
Naruto: Shippuden Collection #20 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #245-256) (Uncut) - Oct 14

Ghost in the Shell : Arise Japan Collectors BD #3 Available for Pre-order at RACS!

Funimation has again selected RACS to be one of the exclusive retailers for their Japanese Collectors Limited Edition BD #3 release of the GITS: Arise series:

Ghost In The Shell : Arise Japan Collectors Edition 3 BLURAY

Release date for the Vol #3 BD has been set for September 16th, 2014.

This slip-cover imported Collectors Edition contains an English-translated 22-page guide booklet and a unique cut of the film strip. It will be Limited to 2,400 units nationwide. We are offering this limited edition at a special pre-order price of only $44.98 ($69.98 MSRP)! Allocations may occur and Funi cannot guarantee exactly how many we are going to get, so all pre-orders will be filled first come, first served. Thanks!

Synopsis: This cyberpunk classic that sparked a phenomenon returns with all new story lines combining breathtaking visual effects and exhilarating action sequences! Ghost in the Shell: Arise sheds new light on the mysteries that have haunted fans for decades – while rebooting the genre it helped define.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Attack on Titan Part #2 w/ Limited ARTBOX - Now Available for Pre-Order at RACS!

Funi has announced a fourth version of the upcoming Attack on Titan Part #2 set today. In addition to the previously announced Standard Edition (FN-07262) and Limited Edition (FN-07263) sets, Funi will also make a Limited Edition + ARTBOX version (FN-07270) available through select retailers like RACS. The Limited Edition + ARTBOX version will include a special artbox that will hold the Attack on Titan Limited Edition Parts 1 and 2.

Attack on Titan Collection #2 DVD/BD Combo Set (Limited Edition) + Art Box

This Limited Edition + ARTBOX version really will be 'limited' in the sense that Funi is only going to offer a certain number of them to retailers, and each one of us is getting a specific allocation of the number of them we are allowed to order. Once they are spoken for we will not be able to re-order anymore. We're currently offering the SE, LE, and LE + BOX at some very special pre-order prices ($26.98, $47.98, & $54.98). These prices will only be available for a limited time, so book your copy today!

Also, I wanted to note, that anyone who has already pre-ordered the Limited Edition and wants to change to the Limited Edition + ARTBOX version can just let us know and we'll see to it.


For anyone still a little confused by all this, here is a useful break down of the different versions being offered for the AoT Part #2 set and what they will include:

Standard Edition (FN-07626): Includes eps #14-26 of Attack on Titan on DVD and Bluray in standard packaging. MSRP $49.98


Limited Edition (FN-07263): Includes eps #14-26 of Attack on Titan on DVD and Bluray in premium digibook packaging, plus a 3D lenticular art card and Notes From Beyond the Wall: Part 2, a 24-page digibook featuring character information, interviews, 4-panel comics, etc. MSRP $89.98


Limited Edition + ART BOX (FN-07270): Includes eps #14-26 of Attack on Titan on DVD and Bluray in premium digibook packaging, plus a 3D lenticular art card and Notes From Beyond the Wall: Part 2, a 24-page digibook featuring character information, interviews, 4-panel comics, etc. Also includes the special edition artbox will hold the Attack on Titan Limited Edition Parts 1 and 2. MSRP $99.98



Special Edition (FN-072680): Includes eps #14-26 of Attack on Titan on DVD and Bluray in premium packing, plus a 3D lenticular art card and Notes From Beyond the Wall: Part 2, a 24-page digibook featuring character information, interviews, 4-panel comics, etc. Also includes 3 Exclusive Banners (Wall Maria, Wall Rose, Wall Sina), an Exclusive Good Smile Picktam! Strap of Erena, and the special edition artbox which will hold the Attack on Titan Limited Edition Parts 1 and 2. MSRP $129.98

So there you have it, four different versions of the same release - a new record! Frankly I think if I hear the world 'exclusive' used in relation to a Titan release one more time, I'm going to scream! -_^