Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Synopsys: Yuki's earliest memory is of a stormy night in winter, wherein she was attacked by a vampire... And then rescued by another. Now 10 years later, Yuki Cross, the adopted daughter of the headmaster of Cross Academy, has grown up and become a guardian of the vampire race, protecting her savior, Kaname, from discovery as he leads a group of vampires at the elite boarding school. But also at her side is Zero Kiryu, a childhood friend who’s hatred for the creatures that destroyed everything he held dear, is now determined never to trust them. This coexisting arrangement seems all well and good, but have the vampires truly renounced their murderous ways, or is there a darker truth behind their actions. Is Kaname's infatuation with Yuki the beginning of a forbidden romance, or is it something in her forgotten past that draws him to her. Because in this world of secrets, nothing is as it seems. And the price of misplaced trust may even be worse than death.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Funimation indicated that it has acquired most of the various Initial D anime series, the 26-episode First Stage (1998), the 13-episode Second Stage (1999), the 2-hour anime movie Third Stage (2001), the 24-episode Fourth Stage (2004-2006), and the 2-episode OVA Initial D Extra Stage (2000). No mention was made of the 50-minute Initial D Battle Stage movie from 2002, the 1-hour Battle Stage 2 movie from 2007, or the 50-minute Extra Stage 2 OVA from 2008. Tokyopop had previously released the first two Initial D Stages here in North America and changed some of the characters names. Funimation’s Initial D releases will feature a new English cast, will be uncut, and will retain the original music tracks.
Funimation will keep the old Geneon English dubs of the 50-minute X OVA from 2001 and the 24-episode X TV series for the re-release which will come next year.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Cowboy Bebop Swordfish II Soul of Chogokin PX-05 Die-Cast Vehicle
Dai Shogun: Kiriko Hattori Ninja Costume (Shunya Yamashita) Non Scale PVC Figure
Ikki Tousen: Kanu Unchou Ver 2 w/ Houtengeki (Wet) Black Color 1/7 Scale PVC Figure
Kanokon: Chizuru Minamoto 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
Kanokon: Nozomu Ezomori 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
Kanokon: Chizuru Minamoto Uniform 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
Needless: Eve 1/7 Scale PVC Figure
Odin Sphere: Velvet Story! Image! Figure EX 1/7 Scale PVC Figure
Shining Wind: Celestia 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
To Heart 2: Kusugawa Sasara Sukumizu 'White Swimsuit' 1/7 Scale PVC Figure
To Heart 2: Harumi Kono 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
Umi Monogatari: Marin Story! Image! Figure! EX 1/7 Scale PVC Figure
Wagaya no Oinari-sama: Kugen Tenko 1/7 Scale PVC Figure
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Burst Angel : Sei Swimsuit Version 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
Chrome Shelled Regios: Felli Loss 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
Creator's Labo #022: Tsukasa Bullet Sound Pretty Non-Scaled PVC Figure
Evangelion: Makinami Mari Illustrious 2.0 You (Can) Not Advance 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians: Shokatsuryou Koumei DVD Jacket Version 1/7 Scale PVC Figure
Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians Ryomou Shimei 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians Kakouen Myousai 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
Jiburiru: The Devil Angel Jiburiru Holy Angel 1/7 Scale PVC Figure (Clear Pearl White Version)
Persona 3: Aeigs (Aigis) Figma Action Figure
Queen's Blade: Airi Infernal Tempter 1/7 Scale PVC Figure
Red Stone: Lancer 1/7 Scale PVC Figure
To Heart 2: Konomi Yzuzhara Sweet Lolita Version 1/7 Scale PVC Figure
Vocaloid: Hatsune Miku (Max Factory) 1/7 Scale PVC Figure
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
The regular economy DVD release (the Viridian set) is still set to street on November 10th.
Synopsis: A true and noble heart holds much power, stronger than the hardest fist and mightier than the most potent magic. Four disparate travelers begin an epic journey... their goals different, their destiny the same. Along the way, the past will meet the future in the present. Of all the paths of every life, mingling in the dimension between dimensions where a foe has the face of an ally, and an ally the face of a monster. At the center of this heroic undertaking: Syaoran, a young man called upon to save his fated, the princess Sakura. Her memory has been shattered, the very essence of her soul sent adrift across the universe. Feathers float down on strange lands, torn asunder if only to prove the power of love. fellow travelers Kurogane and Fai, a warrior and a wizard, an epic quest begins. One of danger and mystery... The possibilities are endless. Episodes 1-26.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Ah My Buddha (Amaenaideyo!!) Vol #6, The Six Realms Below DVD
Gakuen Heaven Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Lite Box)
Genshiken 2 - The Society for the Study of Modern Visual Culture, Vol #3
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit DVD #8 (Eps #24-26)
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit DVD Bundle #4 (DVD #7&8 - Eps #21-26)
Sukisho Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Lite Box)
Brilliant Stage: Sora Kasugano 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
Creators Collection: Girl M Maid 1/7 Scale PVC Figure
Creator's Labo #021: Emaretta-chan Black Armor Version 1/7 Scale PVC Statue
Ikki Tousen: Great Guardian Ryofu Housen Apron 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians Ryomou Shimei SMC EX Color Version Non Scale PVC Figure
K-On! Mio Akiyama 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
K-On! Yui Harisawa 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
K-On! Mio Akiyama Nendoroid Action Figure
K-On! Yui Hirasawa Nendoroid Action Figure
K-On! Yui Hirasawa Mobip Action Figure
K-On! Tsumugi Kotobuki Mobip Action Figure
Kodomo no Jikan: Mimi Usa Gym Uniform Version 1/4 Scale PVC Figure
Lucky Star: Tsukasa Hiiragi Gym Uniform Version 1/4 Scale PVC Figure
Lucky Star: Takara Miyuki Gym Uniform Version 1/4 Scale PVC Figure
Lucky Star: Miyuki Takara Summer Uniform Figma Figure
Lucky Star: Hiiragi Tsukasa Summer Uniform Figma Figure
Lucky Star: Hiiragi Kagami Summer Uniform Figma Figure
Phantom: Ein 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
Queen's Blade Ancient Princess Menace Iron Silver Version 1/7 Scale PVC Figure
Queen's Blade: Listy EX Excellent Model Core 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
Rental Magica: Adelicia Lenn Mathers 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
Sengoku Rance: Sill Plain 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
Sengoku Rance: Isoroku Yamamoto 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
Shining Wind: Kanon Seena 1/7 Scale PVC Figure
Witchblade: Masane Amaha Bikini (Tan Lines) 1/7 Scale PVC Figure
You're Under Arrest Miyuki Kobayakawa 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
You're Under Arrest Natsumi Tsujimoto 1/8 Scale PVC Figure
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
As of today we've processed and issued credits for everything that has arrived up through around Sept 10th, but lots of new TI boxes are hitting the dock daily so we will likely remain a couple days behind issuing credit codes until the volume lightens up a bit. Not to worry, just be patient and expect that it will take us a couple extra days than normal to get you your trade in credit code once your stuff arrives. Thanks in advance for your patience!
Update: Also, while I'm on it, I wanted to mention to everyone that, while we can accept almost any licensed product for trade in credit as long as it's in excellent condition, PLEASE DO NOT send us any Hong Kong or Taiwanese bootleg DVD sets. These are pretty easy to spot because they are usually 'All Region' encoded and have Chinese writing on them, or have a Chinese language dub or subtitles. We cannot return these to you if you send them us, they must be destroyed (and we do indeed destroy them), so please don't include them in your trade in package unless you just want to get rid of them.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
The street date has been bumped back a month from Nov 24th to Dec 22nd, which still means it will be released before the holidays. We should still have it available for shipment during early December, well before Christmas.
Synopsis: Kraft Lawrence, a 25 year old peddler travelling from town to town selling and buying various things to make a living during a period much like Europe in the Middle Ages. One night when stopped at the town of Pasroe, he finds in his wagon a 250 year old pagan wolf deity girl named Holo. She appears to be that of a 15 year old girl, except for a wolf tail and ears. She introduces herself as the town's goddess of harvest who has kept it blessed with good harvests of wheat for many years. Despite having the responsibility to watch over the town, she wants to go back to her homeland in the north called Yoitsu, she believes the people have already forsaken her anyway and that she has kept her promise to maintain the good harvests. She manages to bargain her way out of the village by making a deal with Lawrence to take her with him. As they travel, her wisdom helps increase his profits, but at the same time, her true nature draws unwanted attention from the church.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Gundam 00 , Vol #2 DVD (Eps #10-17) - Sep 29 to Oct 6
Gundam 00 , Vol #2 DVD Special Edition (Eps #10-17) - Sep 29 to Oct 6
Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 DVD Bundle #2 (DVD #3-4) - Oct 6 to Oct 20
Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R2 DVD Bundle #2 (Limited Edition) - Oct 6 to Oct 20
So today we remember. God bless you all.
Army Major Tom Hanson pays respect to his friend Captain Cliff Patterson, Jr.,
who was killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
The following December releases are now available for pre-order (these are in addition to the Dec release previously announced):
Baccano! Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set
Case Closed Movie #3 The Last Wizard of the Century DVD
Case Closed Movie #4 Captured in Her Eyes DVD
Dragonaut: The Resonance TV Series DVD Boxed Set #2 (Eps #14-26)
El Cazador de la Bruja TV Series Collection Part #2 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #14-26)
Guyver Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Viridian Collection)
Le Chevalier D'Eon Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-24) (Viridian Collection)
School Rumble Season 1 & 2 + OVA Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-52)
Tsubasa RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE Season 2, Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set
El Cazador de la Bruja TV Series Collection Part #1 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-13) - Nov 24 to Dec 15
One Piece Season 2 Part 4 DVD Boxed Set (Eps #92-104) (Uncut) - Nov 24 to Dec 15
Funi has pushed these Nov and Dec releases off the 2009 schedule and into the 1st quarter of next year. Technically new dates have not been set for them as of yet, so we've put the estimated dates on them for now (which will be subject to change). It's a rich tapestry:
Case Closed Season #3 DVD Box Set (Eps #53-78) (Uncut & Unedited) (Viridian Collection) - Nov 17 to Mar 30 (Estimated)
Familiar of Zero DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-13) (Viridian Collection) - Nov 3 to Mar 30 (Estimated)
Gunslinger Girl Season 1 DVD Boxed Set (BLURAY) - Dec 1 to Mar 16 (Estimated)
Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-13) (Viridian Collection) - Nov 10 to Mar 30 (Estimated)
Utawarerumono Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-26) (Viridian Collection) - Nov 3 to Mar 30 (Estimated)
Vexille 2077 Nippon Sakoku Movie Special Edition DVD (Viridian Collection) - Nov 10 to Mar 30 (Estimated)
Vexille 2077 Nippon Sakoku Movie Special Edition DVD (BLURAY) - Nov 10 to Mar 30 (Estimated)
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
We have reduced our discounted price accordingly from $28.98 to $21.98, and have the sets in stock and ready to ship. :-)
Synopsis: Nina was just another girl who dreamed of finding a prince to defend her honor and protect her from harm. Little did she know, two such boys would fall from the sky! Zero and Ichii are sorcerers from another world taking part in a test. The only way to pass the curious quiz? Find the coveted Crystal Pearl! It's going to be tough - other examinees seek the jewel as well, and some will stop at nothing to capture the prize. Oh, and Nina ate the Crystal Pearl after mistaking it for a piece of candy! Ichii and Zero vow to protect her until the coveted bauble can be reclaimed. Nina's fantasy of a devoted guardian has come to life... but with danger at every turn, there's a chance this dream come true might end up a nightmare!
Thursday, September 03, 2009
We'll be processing orders up through about 3-4 pm this afternoon for shipment today, and we'll be back on Tuesday the 8th to start processing the backlog. It will be fabulous to have 4 days off in a row (it will be the first mini vacation we've had this year), and I'm sure we'll regret it when we return on Tuesday (-_^) to a four foot tall stack of pending orders, so please be a little more patient than usual with us next week while we catch up. The newsletter will go out at it's regular time tomorrow afternoon, but we'll be off.
Have a great holiday weekend everyone, and enjoy your Anime! :-)
The following November releases are now available on the store site for pre-order:
Blue Drop (Tenshi-tachi no Gikyoku) Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-13)
Polyphonica (Shinkyoku Sôkai Polyphonica) Complete Collection DVD Boxed Set (Eps #1-12)
Special A DVD Collection #1 (Eps #1-12)
Sugar, A Little Snow Fairy DVD Collection #2 (Eps #14-26)
Tears to Tiara DVD Collection #1 (Eps #1-13)
You're Under Arrest TV Season 2 DVD Collection #1 (Eps #1-13)
Blue Drop (Tenshi-tachi no Gikyoku)
Mari Wakatake has been living with her Grandmother for the past 5 years after a tragedy caused the loss of her home, friends and family, as well as her memories. Fearing for her future, her Grandmother admits her into Kaihou Academy, for her to make friends, instead of home studying. Although reluctant to go, she does and meets Hagino Sekonji. At first appearance, this girl appears like a normal student but inside her lies a deep secret that relates to the tragedy of 5 years ago.
Polyphonica (Shinkyoku Sôkai Polyphonica)
In the continent of Polyphonica, Spirits materialized in the world, surviving on the music that is played by humans, and lives together with them. While the spirits doesn’t appear often, some spirits has enough power to materialize in human or animal forms and live together with humans. Dantists, who play special music called “Commandia,” are widely respected in this world. They also usually are in contract with powerful spirits. The story of Shinkyoku Sōkai Polyphonica revolves around the new Dantist, Phoron Tatara, the spirit that he made contract with, Corticarte Apa Lagranges, and their friends, in their daily life and work.
Special A (S.A.)
Hikari Hanazono, the main character, has always been second to Kei Takishima. While Hikari considers Kei a rival and somewhat of a friend, Kei loves Hikari. Everyone knows this, but she is too dense to notice. Their wrestling loving fathers first introduced them to one another when they were 6 years old. Assuming that she was the best in wrestling, young Hikari challenged Kei to a wrestling match only to be thoroughly defeated by him. Ever since that fateful incident, Hikari swore to beat Kei in school grades, a sporting event - anything. To do this she has enrolled in the same school as Kei since elementary. Now she attends Hakusenkan, an ultra elite school, that costs her carpenter father a lot of money. Hikari and Kei are the top two students in the school, with Kei holding firmly to that number one position.
Tears to Tiara
Set in a fictitious land during a medieval-like era of magic and fantasy, Tears to Tiara unfolds with the Divine Empire’s rise to power as it conquers and rules lands far and wide. On the island of Erin, still ruled by the Ancient Kingdom, the Goidelic people are attempting to sacrifice priestess Riannon to revive protagonist and demon king Arawn to lead the resistance against the Empire. Although the ritual fails and Riannon survives, the seal imprisoning the demon king is broken and Arawn is resurrected. Armed with mysterious and devastating powers and a human’s demeanour, Arawn joins Riannon, her brother and battalion commander, Arthur, as well as their team of fighters comprising a swordsman, an archer and a quintet of magical pixies, in the epic struggle against the Divine Empire.
You're Under Arrest TV Season 2
Megami Sama creator, Kosuke Fujishima, is back with the second season of Taiho Schihauzo (You're Under Arrest). Same characters, two policewomen, the gentle Miyuki and the wild Natsumi teamed up together in Bokuto police station's traffic division.
Tuesday, September 01, 2009
"A.D. Vision has announced that it is shutting down after transferring its assets to several other companies that will continue its operations. AEsir Holdings has acquired selected programming from ADV's film library along with other intellectual property. The SXION 23 (Section23 Films) home video distribution company will assume account servicing and distribution operations for AEsir's assets. Valkyrie Media Partners has acquire 100% of ADV's Anime Network television unit, while Seraphim Studios has ADV's Amusement Park Media production unit.
Former ADV Films staffer Chris Oarr has notified ANN that several former staffers have been hired by SXION 23 and the other companies.
Update: All of the new companies are officially based in Houston, the home of A.D. Vision. SXION 23's business filing was dated on May 20, while AEsir Holdings, Valkyrie Media Partners, and Seraphim Studios were filed eight days later on May 28. SXION 23, Valkyrie Media Partners, and Seraphim Studios share the same address in western Houston, 8 miles (13 kilometers) from A.D. Vision. Sentai Filmworks, another business entity for which A.D. Vision and Amusement Park Media handled distribution and production, is also located in western Houston."
What is it about September? Anime companies always fail in September. Well folks, it's not like we didn't see this coming. We're digesting the info, I'll have more on this in a few hours.
Update: John Ledford comments in the official announcement:
"We believe the actions we initiated and completed provided the same or more value to the Company's secured lender and its programming licensors while giving other key stakeholders such as employees and customers some potential value or the reasonable probability of realizing value."
I'm not sure what that means. As of 3:pm EST today all e-mail addresses at ADV HQ are bouncing. I'm going to try to make a few calls later this afternoon and see if I can get anymore details. More later.
UPDATE: Just got off the phone with Mike Baliff, formerly of ADV Films who is now heading up Sales and Marketing at the new company Section 23 Films. Section 23 has acquired all of ADV's former licenses and most of the staff (including Chris Oarr, Destiny, Michelle, everyone formerly at ADV that mattered), and is picking up distribution of all former ADV titles, so the DVD's will remain available and our orders will just be processed and filled by the new company. That means the changeover will be pretty much transparent to you guys. This includes pre-order items in the pipeline but not yet released. They will still be coming out, and the schedule will not change. We'll be updating our catalog over the next few days to reflect Section 23 as the new distributor of ADV's (former) titles. I also think it's worth mentioning that John Ledford is not part of the new company. Thanks very much to Mike for calling me personally to walk us through the changeover. Mike and I go back a long way, maybe 10 or 11 years, and I feel like ADV's former line of products could not have fallen into better hands.
UPDATE: Chris MacDonald over at ANN has written an editorial regarding what happened:
"So really, what was announced today? While the details will come out in the next few days, it's pretty obvious that it's not much more than a corporate restructuring that moves intellectual assets away from a dysfunctional corporate entity that has credit problems and hostile shareholders."
That seems about right to me based on what we were told today, so he's pretty much on the mark. The only real question is who will be running things now and making decisions at the new companies - not that it really matters - but I'll have a few more feelings of my own regarding this in this weeks newsletter.