Monday, December 01, 2008

Yawara Coming! + FUNI and ADV Feb Releases Posted

If you've been following some of my newsletter rants you know that we've been back and forth with AnimEigo for about 3 months trying to figure out if we were going to be able to carry Yawara or not. I'm happy to report that Robert W. (who heads up AnimEigo) and I have finally been able to come to an agreement - so we will indeed be carrying the limited edition Season 1 of Yawara! Yeah!

AnimEigo spent quite a bit of time and money producing and mastering this set, and they have to meet a certain number of unit sales at a certain price level to recoup their costs. This was one of the main reasons Robert W. was reluctant to release this series into retail as he was afraid it would put pricing pressure on the sets that would hurt their direct sales. We've agreed to sell it only for MSRP, and he's agreed to let us carry it - so our customers can now buy it directly from RACS. Robert W. and I exchanged quite a few e-mails on this over the past few weeks, and I want to thank him for giving us this opportunity.

Our first batch of sets shipped to us today from North Carolina and should be on our dock no later than Wednesday of this week (12/3), so we'll have it in plenty of time for people who want to give this set as a Christmas gift (even if it's to themselves...-_^). The boxed set includes Eps #1-40, and premium features include stuff like program notes, character bios, and interactive map, image gallery, and a 60-Page Booklet - everything you might expect from a premium AnimEigo release. You can pre-order your set here, and they should be shipping by Wednesday or Thursday of this week.

Series Synopsis: Yawara Inokuma just wants to be an ordinary high school girl. Unfortunately for her, she's been trained since she was a toddler by her grandfather, Jigoro, to be a judo prodigy. Nothing less than an Olympic Gold Medal and the coveted National Merit Award will satisfy him, and he'll do anything to ensure she achieves it - whether she likes it or not!

Funimations and ADV's February Schedule Posted

Funimation and ADV have sent over their February 2009 release schedules, and we've posted both to the store site so the following items are now available for pre-order:

ADV February 2009

Cyber Team in Akihabara Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Re-Issue)
E's Otherwise Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Re-Issue)
Full Metal Panic Season 1 & 2 Heavy Metal Collection DVD Boxed Set (FMP & FUMOFFU!)
King of Bandit Jing Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-13) (Re-Issue)
Kino's Journey Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Re-Issue)
Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden Season 2 Collection DVD Boxed Set (Economy Box)
Najica Blitz Tactics Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Re-Issue)
Pet Shop of Horrors Compete Collection DVD
Saint Seiya (Knights of the Zodiac) Complete Collection DVD Box Set #2 (Eps #31-60)
Sister Princess Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Re-Issue)
Zaion: I Wish You Were Here Complete Collection DVD

Funimation February 2009

Afro Samurai Resurrection DVD (Uncut)
Afro Samurai Resurrection DVD (Uncut) (BLURAY)
Claymore Vol #3 DVD
DragonBall Z Season 8 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #220-249) (Re-Mastered)
DragonBall GT Season 2 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #35-68) (Re-Mastered)
Dragonball Z Super Android 13 / Bojack Unbound Double Feature DVD
Dragonball Z Super Android 13 / Bojack Unbound Double Feature DVD [BLURAY]
Kurau Phantom Memory Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set
Love Hina Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set
Nerima Daikon Brothers Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Thin-Pak) (Re-Issue)
Ragnarok Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set
Shattered Angels Complete Colelction DVD Boxed Set
Shin-Chan (Crayon Shinchan) Season 2 Part 1 DVD (Eps #27-39)
Shonen Onmyoji , Vol #6 DVD
Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Vol #11 DVD

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