Thursday, October 30, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Anachronistic Ads - Twitter

I was talking about anachronisms in an issue of the RACS e-newsletter awhile back. That discussion was on the virtues that physical media will always hold over downloading/streaming, and how new things aren't necessarily always better (just different), so I wanted to post a really cool series of ads I book-marked awhile back that feature modern social media applications in a vintage 60's retro-tech propaganda style. I'm going to post 1 a week for 4 weeks.

I think these illustrations help put some of these 'ubiquitous' tech tools into perspective, and reminds us that they will all - one day very soon - become anachronisms themselves...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Funimation's January 2015 Releases - Now Available for Pre-Order!

Funimation has sent over their January 2015 release schedule and we now have them up on the store site for pre-order!

Here's what's coming:

Fairy Tail Collection #3 DVD/BD Combo Set (Eps #49-72) - Jan 6
One Piece Collection #11 DVD Boxed Set (Uncut) (Eps #253-278) - Jan 13
Chaos Head Complete DVD/BD Combo Set (Eps #1-12) (S.A.V.E. Edition) - Jan 13
Certain Scientific Railgun Season 1 DVD/BD Combo Set (Eps #1-24) - Jan 20

So we are FINALLY getting Railgun on BD. Yeah! Updated box art and any additions to this list will be coming shortly once Funi gets out their official release mailer to retailers.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Hatsune Miku on Letterman

Just in case you guys missed Hatsune Miku's spot on Letterman this week:


Thursday, October 09, 2014

Viz Announces 2nd Sailor Moon DVD/BD Sets for February!

Viz has announced the 2nd Sailor Moon DVD and DVD/BD sets for February.

Sailor Moon TV Series BD/DVD Combo Set 2 (Eps #24-48) (Limited Edition) - Feb 10
Sailor Moon TV Series DVD Set 2 (Eps #24-48) - Feb 10

The 2nd Sailor Moon limited edition set fits inside the Set #1 Limited Edition's art box, and contains episode #24-46 on both DVD and BluRay, and includes plenty of extra's like Moonlight Memories Part #1, interviews, con highlights, and more!

Release date for both versions is set for February 10th, 2015.

We are offering the Set #2 Limited Edition for a short time in pre-order for a very special low price, so get your pre-order in today!

Synopsis: Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, and Sailor Mars continue their quest for the Legendary Silver Crystal as two new powerful allies join the fight. Sailor Jupiter is the tall and tough Guardian of Thunder, and Sailor Venus is the Guardian of Love and the most experienced member. Sailor Moon herself gets an impressive new power and learns more about the mysterious Tuxedo Mask. Could their distant past be intertwined, and does that have anything to do with the Moon Princess they seek? The final ordeal with Queen Beryl looms on the horizon, and it will take everything the Sailor Guardians have to be victorious!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

NIS Announces 2nd Pressing of Love Live! Season 1 Premium Edition!

NISA has announced, as everyone hoped, that they will re-press their Love Live! School Idol Project Premium Edition BLURAY boxed set for one more run!

Love Live! School Idol Project Season 1 BLURAY Collection (Premium Edition) - January 6th

The new batch will be available in early January and you can pre-order it from RACS today! Since we are not sure how many they are making we recommend everyone who still wants one get their pre-order in as soon as possible to ensure that we can book your copy with NISA for this last, final pressing of the excellent Love Live premium box.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Taking a Break

Jenn takes a break Thursday between pulling manga orders at our Winchester, VA fulfillment center.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

NISA Announces The Eccentric Family Complete BLURAY Premium Edition!

NISA has announced their release of The Eccentric Family in a BLURAY Premium Edition for January and we now have it up for pre-order on the store site:

The Eccentric Family Complete BLURAY Premium Edition! - Jan 6

This BLURAY Premium edition includes a Hardcover art book (full color, approx. 64 pages) with episode guide, character info, and gorgeous full color illustrations. Extra content includes Clean OP and ED, Original Japanese TV spots, and Original Japanese Trailers.

Release date is set for January 6th, 2015

Synopsis: In modern day Kyoto, humans live in the city, tengus take to the sky, and tanukis roam the earth. One such tanuki is Yasaburo, the third son of Soichiro Shimogamo, famed tanuki leader who met his end far too early at the hands of a group of humans and their year-end banquet hot pot. Yasaburo has since embraced his "fool's blood" and strives for a happy, carefree life. But between taking care of his old tengu master Akadama-sensei, avoiding the life- threatening advances of the beautiful human Benten, dealing with his dangerously stupid twin cousins, and avoiding becoming a hot pot himself in the next year-end banquet, the young tanuki has his proverbial work cut out for him!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Section 23's January 2015 Anime Releases - Now Available for Pre-Order!

Section 23 has sent over their January 2015 Anime release schedule and we now have them up on the store site for pre-order! Here's what's coming:

Dog and Scissors Complete Collection BDVD (Bilingual Edition) - Jan 6
Dog and Scissors Complete Collection BLURAY (Bilingual Edition) - Jan 6
Non Non Biyori Complete Collection DVD (Eps #1-12) - Jan 6
Non Non Biyori Complete Collection BLURAY (Eps #1-12) - Jan 6
Qwaser of Stigmata Complete Collection DVD (Eps #1-37) - Jan 6
Qwaser of Stigmata Complete Collection BLURAY (Eps #1-37) - Jan 6
Amagami SS Plus Complete Collection BLURAY - Jan 13
Little Busters! Refrain (Season 2) Complete Collection DVD (Eps #1-12) - Jan 20
Little Busters! Refrain (Season 2) Complete Collection BLURAY (Eps #1-12) - Jan 20
Muv Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Collection #1 DVD (Eps #1-12) - Jan 20
Muv Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Collection #1 BLURAY (Eps #1-12) - Jan 20
A-Channel Complete Collection BLURAY (Eps #1-12) - Jan 27
Log Horizon Collection #2 DVD (Eps #14-26) - Jan 27
Log Horizon Collection #2 BLURAY (Eps #14-26) - Jan 27
Maid Sama (Kaichô wa Maid-sama!) Complete Collection DVD (Eps #1-26) (Bilingual) - Jan 27
Maid Sama (Kaichô wa Maid-sama!) Complete Collection BLURAY (Eps #1-26) (Bilingual) - Jan 27

Notes: This month, in addition to Non Non and Muv Luv, Sentai has lots of previous DVD releases finally coming to us on BLURAY. Plus Dog and Scissors and Maid Sama get log awaited dubs!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Viz Announces Ranma Premium BD and DVD Set #4 for December - Now Available for Pre-Order!

Viz has announced the next Ranma 1/2 DVD and BD sets, and not only do we have them up for pre-order, we have box art!

Here's whats coming, and what it will look like:

Ranma 1/2 BLURAY Set #4 (Eps #70-92) - Dec 4
Ranma 1/2 DVD Set #4 (Eps #70-92) - Dec 4

The Ranma 1/2 #4 BLURAY set is a special edition and will include a premium artbox, an art card, and a 32pg booklet containing episode summaries. Well, it's just a chipboard art-box so I'm not sure how 'premium' it actually is, but you get the idea - BLURAY - nuff said. :-)

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

Funimation has sent over their December 2014 release schedule and we now have them up on the store site for pre-order!

Here's what's coming:

Fairy Tail Season #4 Collection 2 (Box #14) DVD/BD Set (Eps #154-164) - Dec 2
Dragon Ball Z Season 9 UNCUT BLURAY (Eps #254-291) - Dec 9
Cowboy Bebop Complete Collection DVD Set (Eps #1-26) - Dec 16
Cowboy Bebop Complete Collection BLURAY Set (Eps #1-26) - Dec 16
A Certain Magical Index Season 2 Part 2 Collection DVD/BD Combo Set (Eps #37-48) - Dec 16
One Piece Season 6 Part 3 DVD Boxed Set (Uncut) - Dec 23

Note: The only thing their solicitation sheet said about the CCB sets are that they 'includes Japanese and North American extras', so still nothing specific on what those extra's are going to be exactly. The good news is that they assure me they will have more on that sometime between now and Dec 16th...

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 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! :-)