Monday, August 31, 2009
Click here for a list of participating theatres.
This isn't one of those playtime screenings folks, they are showing this in a crapload of locations. Go see it if you can!
Synopses: This is another version of the story of Renton and Eureka. For almost half a century, mankind has battled a mysterious organism from space called “EIZO.” In 2054, there is a young soldier on board the fighter aircraft commanded by Holland, GEKKO, of the renegade group GEKKOSTATE, who is battling EIZO. The young soldier’s name is Renton. He boards Nirvash and heads for the battlefield. He has only one dream: to rescue his childhood friend, Eureka, who was kidnapped eight years ago and return to his hometown. Fate, however, brings tribulations to test the young love between Renton and Eureka --mission and emotion, truth and lie, past and future, life and death, reality and dream and even Holland – the entire world stand in the way of the two as the final battle with EIZO approaches...
Friday, August 28, 2009
'Investigators in Colorado say they have broken up a massive methamphetamine ring in the Denver area that distributed pounds of the dangerous drug every week and laundered the profits using collectible comic books.
While arresting the alleged ringleaders, brothers Aaron and Alfonzo Castro, law enforcement officers seized about 100 boxes of first-edition collectible comic books. Investigators say one title alone is worth $3,500 and the total collection of comics is worth half a million dollars.
"It appeared they were working on a start-up company for high-end comic books," said Don Quick, the district attorney in Adams County near Denver.
Quick said the seized comic books included some first-edition Superman and Batman titles. The fragile, vintage comics were stored in plastic bags for protection.'
Tam says it's probably the "Worst Dope Smuggling Plan. Evar":
"The case was broken open when a detective noticed Jeremy Blascowicz grinding his teeth, constantly tugging at his neck beard, and talking at a high rate of speed for three hours straight about why Secret Wars was, like, a million billion times better than Crisis on Infinite Earths."
At least it wasn't first edition Saint Marie and Harukaze Bitter Bop manga volumes... HEH.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Buena Vista, which is one of Disney's home video labels, has actually run a retailer promotion for the first time in living memory. In celebration of the theatrical release of the new Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea film, BV is offering us a special deal on nine Classic Miyazaki DVD's for a short time and we're passing that savings on you!
From now until midnight (EST) on Monday September 7th, you can purchase any combination of the following 9 classic Miyazaki titles for only $16.95 per disk:
The Cat Returns DVD
Howl's Moving Castle DVD
My Neighbors The Yamadas DVD
Nausicaa Valley of the Wind DVD
Pom Poko (Raccoon Wars) DVD
Porco Rosso DVD
Princess Mononoke DVD
Spirited Away DVD
Whisper Of The Heart DVD
Note: Coupon code will deduct 39.4% off our regular discount price for each of the above DVD's, making the total effective price $16.95 per disk (or 43% off MSRP). Items can be purchased in any quantity and in any combination, and can also be included with any other combination of non-sale items on a single order. Sale ends at midnight EST on Sept 7th or until our sale stock is sold out, which ever comes first.
Funimation has announced they have reduced the MSRP by 25% on the Strain: Strategic Armored Infantry Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-13)(Item # FN-08290) from $59.98 to $44.98.
We have reduced our discounted price accordingly from $44.98 to $32.98, and have the sets in stock and ready to ship. :-)
Synopsis: Sara Werec comes from a respected military family and when her brother Ralph leaves for the frontlines of an interstellar war she makes a promise to follow in his footsteps and join him one day. However the next time she sees her brother he has become a traitor and is leading an enemy attack on her training base. Defeated and disgraced, Sara loses her status in an elite military unit and now must start over as a common pilot and work her way back up so she can once again confront her brother.
The center will also host a free screening of Death Note: The Last Name (Movie #2) this coming Friday (Aug 28th) at 6:30 p.m.
More information on screening time and reservations can be found here.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
I made an inquiry to Funi about the future status of the series, and they told me that the box will be re-released either late this year or early next year (probably as a Viridian label), but the time and date has not yet been decided.
So while it will be coming back in the near future, it may or may not be available over holiday season this year. Something to think about if you were planning on giving either the first season or Traumend as gift this year. :-)
Synopsis: In Karakura Town, there has been a sudden outbreak of unidentifiable spirits called "blanks" (vacant souls) while in the skies of Soul Society, the real world has been reflected. A mysterious female shinigami called Senna has appeared before Ichigo along with a man named Ganryu, leading a group called the "Dark Ones".
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
"I know that many of you have noticed that the Twin Moons Anime web site hasn’t been updated in some time and have been wondering whether we’re still in business. Well, the sad truth is that I’m currently in the process of slowly closing down the store due to the horrible economy.Tamim focused mostly on the figure and toy side of the business, and he did a lot of business on the convention circuit (which is expensive, extremely time consuming, and not 'necessarily' very profitable). Even though we were competitors per say, I always liked and admired him and his business and felt like he ran a class 'A' shop (unlike so many others out there). Him and I had talked a little bit via back in May about the Anime economy, the future of the R1 industry, and such and he had told me then that he was planning to close up the shop after Anime Expo . I probably understand better than most the effort and sacrifice required to carve out a living in this industry, and I can say that Tamim will be missed, especially as RACS soldiers on.
Twin Moons Anime has always been a labor of love for me and never my full-time job due to the fact that it was barely making any money. It was just doing enough to pay for my own collecting addiction. Unfortunately when the economy fully went south last year, I really felt the hit with the store. Sales just started plummeting and I was forced to focus more on my consulting business to pay my bills. It was becoming very obvious that I simply couldn’t run the store with the level of service that I would like to provide to my customers.
I want to thank each and every one you who have supported me over the years. It has been an absolute pleasure serving you guys and I’m so very glad to have met some of you in person. I really hope that we will be keeping in touch."
I wish you the best of luck my friend. Take care, and keep up the faith. :-)
The TV license belongs to Manga Entertainment, which in turn belongs to Starz Media, which in turn belongs to Sony (it's a rich tapestry), but Viz has the home video rights, so as far as a DVD release for the series is concerned? Nothing concrete for now. There was a prior announcement that it will be out in December, but it's not currently showing up on any of my sheets. Setup the TiVO for now.
The Monster manga by Naoki Urasawa is available here.
(Oh, and Macross Plus will be airing on October 26th. Now you can't go wrong there!)
Synopsis: Kenzou Tenma, a Japanese brain surgeon in Germany, had it all: incredible skill at his work, a rich and beautiful fiancee, and a promising career at his hospital. However, after becoming disenchanted by hospital politics, he chose to save the life of a young boy who got shot in the head over the life of the mayor. As a result he lost the support of the hospital director, as well as his position in the hospital and his fiance. A short time later, the hospital director and the doctors that replaced him were murdered, and once again he was catapulted back onto the top. But as the chief suspect of the murders, Tenma did not get a easy life. As a matter of fact, it seems that the boy he saved was much more than he had appeared to be... Now to clear his name and to correct his past mistake, Tenma must get to the bottom of these and other murders, and investigate the truth of the Monster who is behind all of this.
Monday, August 24, 2009
ANN reports that Shouji Saeki is returning from the Mahoromatic: Summer Special to direct this new work at the Gainax anime studio, and Kazuhiro Takamura is returning from every previous Mahoromatic anime project to design the characters and oversee the animation production. Also reprising their roles are most of the cast members and the musical composer Toshio Masuda. Tatsuhiko Urahata is writing the scripts based on Bow Ditama and Bunjuro Nakayama's original Mahoromatic manga.
Now the question is, if and when we will get this over here in the US? I haven't a clue at this time, but with the DVD and BluRay scheduled for release in Japan in late December, it wouldn't be earlier than maybe next summer. The official Japanese website for the new production has been posted here.
More 'multi-purpose' combat maids are always welcome here...
Sunday, August 23, 2009
"Urushihara Satoshi's drawing style is unmistakable. No one draws gorgeous women better than him"Steven has lots of nice frame grabs over on his blog (NSFW warning). It's actually a 'nice' H title too, one of those rare ones that you and Mrs. can actually 'safely' watch together. :-) Don't expect much from the plot (it's really a 40 minute short exhibition of fine art rather than any sort of coherent story line), but if you are a fan of Urushihara's art work and have let this titles slip under your radar for the last few years, you should really think about picking up a copy.
"The art and animation in this are fantastic. It looks better than any broadcast show. I swear, it must have had a huge budget, which is really rare when it comes to hentai. I can only assume that Urushihara's reputation was the reason the production company was willing to put so much money into it."
I think we should look back into bringing some of Urushihara's art collections back into stock if possible. In the past, they have always sold out almost as fast as we could get them in, but we do currently have one still in stock here for those of you who would like to sample his other works.
Friday, August 21, 2009
Bandai Nov 09
Media Blasters Nov 09
Blade of the Immortal, Vol #2 DVD (Eps #6-10)
Giant Robo Economy DVD Boxed Set (Lite Box)
Huntik, Vol #2 DVD (Eps #8-13)
Ikki Tousen Dragon Destiny, Vol #1, Romance of the Three High Schools (Eps #1-4)
Kujibiki Unbalance Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Lite Box)
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit DVD #7 (Eps #21-23)
Princess Princess Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Lite Box)
Teknoman Complete Collection DVD (Eps #1-43) (Lite Box)
Ghost Slayers Part #3 DVD Bundle (Eps #21-30) - bumped from Sep 1 to Sep 15
Sola Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-13 + 2 OVA's) (Anime Legends) - bumped from Sep 15 to Sep 29
Gundam 00 , Vol #2 DVD (Eps #10-17) - bumped from Sep 15 to Sep 29
Gundam 00 , Vol #2 DVD Special Edition (Eps #10-17) - bumped from Sep 15 to Sep 29
I'm EXTREMELY pleased that we will finally begin getting Dragon Destiny this November - AND that it will be dubbed, though Media Blasters told me that they were not able to get the same dub cast as Geneon used for the first season.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
It's a 2010 Kia Soul Special Edition Denim color with the 2.0 engine and the white racing stripe. It gets 30mpg, has a sunroof, A/C, Auto, fog lights, 18" Wheels, a spoiler (for what I have no idea), the upgraded sound system, a fairly big cargo compartment (for such a small car) and comes with 4 punk hamsters to drive it around. After the $4,500 clunkers trade in credit, the total cost of this vehicle out the door INCLUDING all fees, taxes, and tags was $14,835. I don't think we could have done any better than that.
We're thinking about turning it into an Itashi. :-)
By the way, the clunkers program will end on Monday.
"About 7 weeks ago the unimaginable happened to my 14 year old nephew and his mother (my sister). They had gone to the movies and dinner like they routinely did every Saturday but when they came home they were greeted by an unpleasant surprise. Evidently while they were out their home caught fire destroying a good part of their house and way of life. Luis lost the majority of his anime figurine collection along with wall scrolls and many other items from his beloved collection. His DVD collection was spared along with a couple of his figures but more importantly he lost several key items in his collection that I am finding near impossible to replace. The main one in particular was his Ryoko Asakura Bunny by FREEing. It was the pride and joy of his collection and now it is gone. My new mission is to try and replace it for him before his birthday which is in the last part of September. Anime is this boy's life and his escape and he has managed to inspire me to collect and adore anime as well. Without having a father figure present I took it upon myself to try and fill that void as his uncle. What I am asking for is some help locating this figure for a reasonable price. I have managed to replace the majority of his collection with the exception of Ryoko and his Lelouch Figma figures but it was Ryoko that was/is his favorite. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for listening and God bless."
Keith works for the Winston-Salem Police Department in NC and is a great guy. If you can help him help and his nephew, or know anyone who might be able to, please contact him directly via e-mail. The figure he is looking for is pictured below, JAN code 4571245290182.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Funimation has announced they have reduced the MSRP on the upcoming El Cazador de la Bruja Part #1 DVD Box (Item # FN-09870) from $59.98 to $49.98.
We have reduced our price accordingly from $44.98 to $36.98, and we will automatically be adjusting the price down for everyone who has already pre-order the box set.
We have reduced our price accordingly to $48.98, and the new price will apply to all orders placed on or after Noon EST on Wednesday, August 19th.
While we were talking to folks at Funi also told me that the Tenchi Muyo GXP Viridian boxed set (item # FN-07605) will no longer be pressed and is now out of stock in their warehouse. That means the box will only be available until our current inventory is exhausted.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
We have reduced our price accordingly to $48.98, and the new price will apply to all orders placed on or after Noon EST on Friday, August 14th.
Friday, August 14, 2009
DragonBall Z Season 5 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #140-165) (Re-Mastered) -MSRP reduced from $49.98 to $34.98
009-1 Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-12 + Bonus Ep) - MSRP reduced from $49.98 to $29.98
We've adjusted our prices accordingly. Both of these are in stock and ready to ship.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
"Blood +: Part Two debuts in a five-disc DVD Collection on October 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The collector’s set contains all 25 episodes from the second half of the series, featuring an all-new assemblage of behind-the scenes interviews, packaged with a manga sampler and a collectible beanie skullcap. Blood +, the dark and visually impressive Adult Swim series, aired on The Cartoon Network and is based on the anime film Blood: The Last Vampire released in 2000. Blood +: Part 2 will be available for $119.95 SRP. "
We have the set available for pre-order over on the store site now.
Synopsis: Saya Otonashi, a seemingly normal high school student, suffers from amnesia and can’t remember the past year of her life. One day, after a man appears and gives her a katana sword, her destiny changes forever. Soon Saya finds herself fighting the latest threat to humanity – Chiropterans, ravenous immortal creatures that can change form and disguise themselves as human beings. An organization known as the Red Shield has been waging a private war to wipe them out. Saya travels to Ekaterinburg during the continued struggle, but no one’s safe.
Funi Nov 09
Afro Samurai Spike Version , Seasons 1 & 2 The Complete Murder Sessions DVD
Afro Samurai Directors Cut , Seasons 1 & 2 The Complete Murder Sessions DVD
Bamboo Blade TV Series Collection Part #1 DVD Boxed Set (Eps # 1-12)
Case Closed Season #3 DVD Box Set (Eps #53-78) (Uncut & Unedited) (Viridian Collection)
Dragon Ball Season 2 DVD Boxed Set (Uncut)
Dragon Ball Z Season 1 Dragonbox DVD Set
Dragonaut: The Resonance TV Series DVD Boxed Set #1 (Eps #1-13)
El Cazador de la Bruja TV Series Collection Part #1 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-13)
Familiar of Zero DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-13) (Viridian Collection)
Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie, the Conquerer of Shambala DVD (BLURAY)
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-13) (Viridian Collection)
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-13) (Viridian Collection)
Nabari no Ou DVD Season 1 Part 2 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #13-24)
Neon Genesis Evangelion 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone Movie DVD
One Piece Season 2 Part 4 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #92-104) (Uncut)
Sgt Frog (Keroro Gunso) Season 1 Part 2 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #13-24)
Spice and Wolf Season 1 Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-13)
Tower of Druaga Part #1, the Aegis of Uruk Arc DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-12)
Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE Season 1 Complete Collection DVD Box Set (Viridian Collection)
Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE Season 1 Complete DVD Box Set (BLURAY)
Utawarerumono Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-26) (Viridian Collection)
Vexille 2077 Nippon Sakoku Movie Special Edition DVD (Viridian Collection)
Vexille 2077 Nippon Sakoku Movie Special Edition DVD (BLURAY)
Witchblade Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (BLURAY)
Funi Dec 09
Basilisk Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (BLURAY)
Blassreiter DVD Collection #2 (Eps #13-24)
Gunslinger Girl Il Teatrino OVA DVD
Gunslinger Girl Season 1 DVD Boxed Set (BLURAY)
Samurai Champloo Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (BLURAY)
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The folks at Funimation confirmed for me this morning that they will be releasing the 2 episode Gunslinger Girl Teatrino OVA DVD on December 1st. We have it available for pre-order here.
They also confirmed that they will be releasing a BD (BluRay) edition of the first season of Gunslinger Girl on the same date, and we have also added that to the site for pre-order. The BD edition of season 2 (Teatrino) is currently planned for February 2010 (ish).
GSG OVA Synopsis: After Jean and Rico finished a mission regarding of the past, Jean and Jose went off for a short break with Rico and Henrietta. They visited their old home, but yet Jean first recalls back of old memories of their younger sister, Enrica, who died in a terrorist attack. Yet memories of her spirit dwells in this trip in jealousy of Jose's love for Henrietta...
Monday, August 10, 2009
In response to this discrepancy, Bandai says that the DVD info included in the original solicitation mailer sent out to retailers was incorrect. R2 is going to be released as four parts (probably 7 ,6 ,6, and 6 eps) , not three (9, 8, and 8 eps) as was originally planned. The first DVD bundle contains seven episodes, and the subsequent parts will have six episodes each. Bandai does, however, "apologize for the initial information regarding Part 1 being incorrect in the mailer”, and did make it clear that their solicitation mailers state 'all specifications are subject to change without notice'.
And so they did. They do love surprises over there. :-)
Update: I'd also like to note that the most recent mailer (that Bandai sent us last week) for their October releases indicates that the 2nd Code Geass R2DVD bundle will be 225 minutes (9 eps), however, this is incorrect, it will actually be 6 episodes and 150 minutes.
Wednesday, August 05, 2009
Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 DVD Bundle #2 (DVD #3-4)
Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 DVD Bundle #2 (Limited Edition)
In addition, we will be getting the following re-releases and/or box collections:
My-Otome Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-26) (Anime Legends)
Toward the Terra Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Anime Legends)
Vision of Escaflowne Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Re-Release) (Super Legends)
Please note that the new 'Super Legends' label on the Escaflowne TV re-release is being applied because they have already used the 'Anime Legends' label for a previous Escaflowne box.
Finally, and unfortunately, Bandai has also had to reschedule the following releases:
Sola Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-13 + 2 OVA's) (Anime Legends) - Bumped from Aug 18th to Sep 15th
Vision of Escaflowne, the Movie DVD (BluRay) - Bumped from Sep 1st to Oct 20th
Hayate the Combat Butler DVD Bundle #2 (2 Disks) (Eps #8-14) - Bumped from Sep 1st to Sep 15th
That's it for now, unless of course, they have anymore secret titles they are going to sneak out between now and then. You never know about when these things will come, or who will be allowed to sell them... -_^