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! -_^

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Award for Excellence...



Special runner up award goes to Mark Zuckerburg for giving these people a forum to remind us all of how average we are.

Monday, July 07, 2014

NISA Announces Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! Second Season Premium Edition!

NISA has announced their release of the the Second Season of Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! in a Premium Edition and we now have it up for pre-order on the store site:

Nyaruko: Crawling with Love! Second Season Premium Edition BLURAY Boxed Set - Nov 4

This BLURAY Premium edition includes a Nyarlathotep-tested, alien-approved hardcover art book (full color, approx. 36 pages) with episode guide, character info, and gorgeous full color illustrations. Extra content includes Clean Opening and Clean Endings, and the Japanese Trailer.

Release date is set for November 4th, 2014

Synopsis: Mahiro has become accustomed to his protection detail of Nyaruko, Kuko, and Hasuta making his life interesting. Nyaruko starts scheming with Tamao to turn up the charm and sway Mahiro's resolve, while Kuko reconsiders her own stance on love. Things get tricky as the gang deals with a monstrous monkey, an unexpected visitor from Kuko's past, balancing love and duty, and of course, saving the world

NISA Announces Hanasaku Hanasaku Iroha the Movie ~ HOME SWEET HOME ~ Premium Edition!

NISA has announced their release of the Hanasaku Iroha the Movie ~ HOME SWEET HOME ~ Premium Edition and we now have it up for pre-order on the store site

Hanasaku Iroha the Movie ~ HOME SWEET HOME ~ BLURAY Set (Premium Edition) - Oct 14

This BLURAY Premium Edition release will include a hardcover art book (full color, 32 pages) which provides a deeper viewing experience through scene-by-scene director commentary, staff member interviews, concept sketches, and setting illustrations.

Release date is set for October 14th, 2014

Synopsis: In the days before the Bonbori Festival, Ohana's friend Yuina comes to Kissuiso for training. While cleaning up after her, Ohana discovers a logbook kept by Beans from when her mother, Satsuki, was still a youth at Kissuisso. Through the logbook, Ohana catches a glimpse of her mother's struggles, and realizes that maybe the two of them aren't so different after all. Meanwhile, the rest of the inn staff are caught up in dealing with a blackout. 

Viz Announces the first Sailor Moon Limited/Standard Ed Sets for November!

Viz has announced the first Sailor Moon sets which will be coming this November!

Sailor Moon TV Series BD/DVD Combo Set 1 (Eps #1-23) (Limited Edition) - Nov 11
Sailor Moon TV Series DVD Set 1 (Eps #1-23) - Nov 11

The Limited Edition DVD/BD combo set will include Eps #1-23 on both DVD and BLURAY and an 88pg full color artbook packaged in a premium art box. Disk extras will include art galleries, a behind the scenes look at the making of the new dub, some convention featurettes, and interviews.

The Standard Edition release will be DVD only and will include Eps #1-23, the convention featurettes and trailers.

BOTH versions will be Uncut and Bilingual, and will include BOTH the original Japanese track and the new dub Viz has done for the re-release.

We're offering both at a very special pre-order price for a limited time, so get your pre-order in today!

AX 2014 Announcements (Quick Roundup)

AX is over for another year, but it looks like everyone saved most of their summer announcements this year for the show. Here's the list of AX pickups that I've seen so far:

Sentai
NouCome
Yu-sibu

(which will both be released here in November, and also the new Anime series:)
Chaika the Coffin Princess
Argevollen (Shirogane no Ishi Argevollen)
Blue Spring Ride (Ao Haru Ride)
Akame ga KILL!
Invaders of the Rokujyōma!?
Rail Wars!
Sabagebu! -Survival Game Club!
Glasslip


Funimation
Barakamon
Sengoku Basara Judge End
Black Butler: Book of Circus
Psycho-Pass 2
Psycho-Pass Movie


Viz (which we already knew)
Original Sailor Moon Series (200 eps)
All Three Sailor Moon Movies
Sailor Moon Crystal


NISA
Nyaruko: Crawling With Love!
Hanasaku Iroha the Movie ~ HOME SWEET HOME


Nozomi
Yakitate!! Japan
Space Pirate Mito
Fantastic Detective Labyrinth
Yondesmasu Yo, Azazel-san


Aniplex
Valvrave the Liberator Season 1

LMK if I've missed anything!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Happy Independence Weekend!

Here is the West Palm Beach fireworks display as seen from the inside:



Drone was a DJI Phantom 2 with a GoPro Hero 3 camera. Amazing.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Japan’s Artistic Manhole Covers...

Japan is a country full of amazing art - as we all know. Some of it is found in museums and galleries and in their Anime and Manga, while others are right underneath our feet.

I’m talking, of course, about Japan’s peculiar obsession with manhole covers...


Just about anywhere in the country you can find stylized manhole covers, each more beautiful and intricate than the next. According to the Japan Society of Manhole Covers (yes, that’s a real organization) today there are almost 6000 artistic manhole covers throughout Japan. For the past several years photographer S. Morita has traveled around Japan photographing these artistic manhole covers.

Morita has posted hundreds of his manhole cover photo's here to his Flickr account. Please check them out, some of them are absolutely incredible!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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

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

Bodacious Space Pirates Complete Collection DVD (Eps #1-26) - Oct 7
Bodacious Space Pirates Complete Collection BLURAY (Eps #1-26) - Oct 7
Rozen Maiden : Zuruckspulen DVD (Eps #1-13) - Oct 7
Fate/Stay Night Complete Collection BLURAY Set (Eps #1-24) - Oct 14
Kill Me Baby Complete Collection BLURAY (Eps #1-13) - Oct 14
Meganebu! Complete Collection DVD (Eps #1-12) - Oct 14
Meganebu! Complete Collection BLURAY (Eps #1-12) - Oct 14
Sunday Without God Complete Collection DVD (Eps #1-13) - Oct 21
Sunday Without God Complete Collection BLURAY (Eps #1-13) - Oct 21
Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East Season 2 Collection DVD (Eps #14-26) - Oct 28
Hakkenden: Eight Dogs of the East Season 2 Collection BLURAY (Eps #14-26) - Oct 28

Funimation Delays Ben-To Until Further Notice

As announced in last Fridays newsletter, Funimation has delayed the release of Ben-To (originally scheduled for July) until further notice with a new date TBA:

"We have realized that there are inconsistencies associated with the materials used to create the release. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause fans who are eager to see this series, but we want to ensure that the product we are releasing is to the highest standard that our fans expect. We will provide a new release date once it becomes available."

We're going to continue to leave the title up for pre-order with a TBA date, and we're also going to keep all existing pre-orders open for it for now, but I just wanted to let everyone know that the inside word is that Ben-To is now unlikely to be released this year, so please don't add it to a new order with other stuff as a hold expecting it to be circling back around in a couple of months.

And as always, if you already have an order in for it and want to make a change, just drop us a line and let us know.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Monday, June 02, 2014

Little Golden Manga...

...by Matt Reedy:


Matt Reedy, an artist in Alton, Illinois, is developing a series that he calls Little Golden Manga. It shows the covers of Japanese comic books as if they were part of the classic Little Golden Books series. I remember my folks teaching me to read with books from the Little Golden Books series when I was 3 or 4 years old.

That was a LONG time ago... -_^