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Rob Bricken, a former editor of Anime Insider magazine, reports that Wizard Entertainment is ending publication of the North American anime and manga periodical. The editorial staff has been laid off. The magazine began in 2001 as a one-shot special publication under the name Anime Invasion, but soon changed its name to avoid trademark infringement with another company's brand. Anime Insider was a quarterly magazine during its early years, and it eventually turned into a monthly magazine and remained on that schedule for the last half of its eight-year history. Wizard touted the magazine as the "#1 anime and manga magazine in America" in circulation. The 67th issue shipped earlier this month.
Suddenly I'm seeing posts about Cat Shit 1 all over the place on non-anime websites... ... It's kind of spooky, really. What are they doing playing in our yard?
Will Hollywood ever make a heroic movie about Iraq? Probably not. But the Japanese have. Trouble is -- this being Japan -- it stars animated bunnies fighting terrorist cats.
Ah My Buddha (Amaenaideyo!!) Vol #3 DVD
Genshiken 2 - The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, Vol #1, Full Circle
Genshiken 2 - The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, Vol #1, Full Circle w/ Art Box
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit DVD #4 (Eps #11-13)
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit DVD Bundle #2 (DVD #3&4 - Eps #8-13)
Simoun Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set
Twelve Kingdoms Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-45)
Aquarion Season 1 Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-26)
Baccano!, Vol #4 DVD
Black Cat Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Viridian Collection)
Blade of the Phantom Master DVD (Re-Release)
D.Gray-man Season #1 Part #2 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #14-26)
Darker Than Black, Vol #5 DVD
Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie, the Conquerer of Shambala DVD (New Lower Price!)
Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie, the Conquerer of Shambala DVD (Limited Edition) (New Lower Price!)
Heroic Age Collection DVD Boxed Set #2 (Eps #14-26)
Kaze no Stigma Season #1 Part #1 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-12)
Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple Season #1 Part #2 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #14-26)
King of Bandit Jing in Seventh Heaven OVA DVD
Kyo Kara Maoh Season 1 Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Re-Release)
Law of Ueki Complete Series Collection DVD Boxed Set
Moeyo Ken DVD (Re-Release)
One Piece Season 2 Part 1 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #53-65) (Uncut)
Origin: Spirits of the Past the Movie DVD [BLURAY]
Romeo X Juliet Collection Part #1 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-12)
Samurai Champloo Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-26)
Venus Versus Virus Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set
Ayano is the heir to the house of Kannagi, a house with ties to the spirit of fire, whose members are all fire users. All except for her cousin, Kazuma. After he was defeated by Ayano, his father banished him from the house in disgrace. Kazuma ran off and changed his surname to Yagami. He formed a contract with the spirit of wind and becomes a powerful wind user. Four years later, he returned. Four years ago, Kazuma Kannagi was defeated by his cousin Ayano Kannagi for the right to be the successor of Enraiha, a sword passed down in the Kannagi family. His defeat, along with his lack of talent for En-Jutsu, the fire arts, the Kannagis' specialty, resulted in his banishment from the family. Now, Kazuma returns as Kazuma Yagami, a skilled master of Fu-Jutsu, the wind arts.
This is a story of a young and tragic love, set in the aerial city of Neo Verona. Tyranny rules this island in the sky after the Montague family took control 14 years prior. The disparity among the wealthy and poor is apparent in the present state, the earth dries and water stagnates. The sky itself is wrapped in a deep dense fog. Both Romeo and Juliet's lineages are of present and past ruling families of Neo Verona. Romeo is the son of the current Montague dictator, Juliet (a beautiful woman) masquerades as a man (Odin), she's the last descendant of Capulet the previous rulers who were killed by an assassin's dagger 14 years ago. Her true background is not to be revealed to her until her 16th birthday. The cruel hands of fate introduces 2 people who will become "Star Crossed Lovers"...
Synopsis: The day of Rukia's execution draws ever closer, and to save her, Ichigo and his loyal comrades must navigate the madness of a Soul Society on the brink of collapse. Ichigo and Renji face the most difficult training of their Soul Reaper careers as they struggle to achieve bankai, without which they have no hope against the most powerful captain of the Seireitei--Byakuya Kuchiki. While all the players converge at the site of Rukia's imminent execution, in the background, a group of Soul Reapers slowly uncover an unimaginable betrayal at the hands of one of their own--a betrayal that will shake the Soul Society to its very core.Special edition extra's will be announced shortly. We have them both available for pre-order now!
FUNimation® Entertainment and Japanese producer GDH have entered into anThis really comes as no surprise considering all the Gonzo licences they have announced over the last two months. The good news is that it means we'll almost certainly see Romeo × Juliet, Strike Witches, and Rosario + Vampire released here in the US at some point in the near future. It also will help solidify Funi's position as the top R1 Anime studio.
agreement to broadcast GDH's current and future hit series via online media
distribution and to collaborate on each series DVD launch in the US.
We received Bandai's June release schedule late in the day on Friday, so we stuck around a little longer to get it posted to the store site before we left. With only four SKU's it didn't take long, but it was worth it all the same.
But first, Bandai announced several more schedule changes:
The Gurren Lagann, Part #3 DVD Bundle w/ Limited Edition Art Box (Eps #19-27) (Bilingual Version) which had been bumped from March 17 to April 7th has been bumped again, and is now scheduled for May 5th. They also rescheduled the Part #3 Regular Edition for May 5th even though we already received our initial order stock on it a couple of weeks ago. We have almost sold out of that shipment and it looks like we won't be able to get anymore of those in until around mid-April.
The Ghost Slayers Part #2 DVD Bundle (Eps #11-20) has been rescheduled from April 7th to May 5th. That won't make anyone happy I'm sure.
And finally the Freedom (Freedom Project) Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set has been bumped from April 7th all the way out to July 7th. Bandai hired a new replicator in January and the bad news is that the new relationship is causing a lot of release delays, but the good news is that Bandai is trying to solve it's 'bad disc' problem, and I hope like everyone else that we've seen that last of those issues.
Now onto the new announcements:
Kurokami The Animation is based on the manga by the same name from Korean creative team consisting of writer Young Lim Dall and artist Park Sung Woo (the manga has been released in the U.S. by Yen Press under the title Black God). The anime is directed by Tsuneo Kobayashi (director of The Twelve Kingdoms) with series story composition by Reiko Yoshida, and character designs and animation direction by Hiroyuki Nishimura (Fatal Fury, Fullmetal Alchemist the movies). The story focuses on Keita, a high school student living on his own, lost his mother in his youth. One night at a ramen stand, he meets a mysterious girl named Kuro. Keita is told the story of how if a person runs into another that looks just like them, they would die. From Kuro, Keita learns of the Doppeliner System and the Coexistence Equilibrium and how his life would never be that same afterward.
Sword of the Stranger DVD and BLURAY - June 16th
What qualifies a man as good or evil? Is it the amount of political power one attains, the quality of his swordsmanship or how well he serves his lord? With the fall of the second shogunate Japan has sunk into a state of disarray historians now call the Sengoku period, or the era of Warring States. Civil wars rage on throughout the many feudal holdings, where a man may raise his station in life simply by killing his superior. Whilst wandering this war torn country side a nameless ronin stumbles upon a young boy by the name of Kotaro, his dog and the many Chinese assassins dispatched to claim the boy in some strange ritual for immortality. Seeing something of his own past within the child, the nameless swordsman chooses to act as his bodyguard but can he truly keep Kotaro from the clutches of the Ming and their bloodthirsty blonde mercenary, Luo-Lang?
Eureka Seven will finally be getting an Anime Legends release in two boxed sets, the first of which will be released on June 16th. For Renton, every day’s the same. Nothing happens, nothing changes. He goes to school, he goes home. The only thing that keeps him happy is lifting on his ref board. Nothing exciting ever happens to him. Until one day, a giant mecha called an LFO comes crashing down on him - literally. And inside is the most beautiful girl he has ever seen! The thing is, though, that the girl is on the run from the military with her stolen mecha, and she’s brought trouble with her. Renton will have to summon up all his courage to face his childhood hero; get the girl he’s hopelessly smitten with to like him; and - oh yeah - live up to the legacy of his father who saved the world. But hey, at least it’s not boring anymore.
All of these are available for pre-order on the store site now, so book em at your leisure. Have a great weekend everyone! :-)