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12:00 PM on 03.29.2015

There is, in fact, a 3rd episode of Code Geass: Akito the Exiled

Wow, and here I thought Code Geass had just about departed from living memory, when Bandai releases a trailer to remind us that no, we're not done yet. Or rather, that we'll finally be done soon, since the trailer revea...

Josh Tolentino



Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 4 photo
Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 4
by Jayson Napolitano

 

It’s been a while since we’ve visited the world of Ranma 1/2. It was my favorite anime growing up, though I never came close to seeing all that the series had to offer. Like many people out there, I’ve tried to pick up the out-of-print DVD sets in recent years, but Viz Media recently came to the rescue with a re-issue of the entire series on both DVD and limited edition Blu-ray.
I noted after reviewing set 3 that it was time to hunker down now that all of the main characters had been established, and it would be interesting to see if the series was able to maintain momentum into later sets. For those who don't remember, Ranma 1/2 follows our martial artist protagonist, Ranma, who's fallen under a Chinese curse that causes him to turn into a woman when splashed with cold water. There's what I'll call a love hexagon (or several?) as various characters fall in love with his male and female forms as well as each other.

Set 4 marks the half-way point in the series, and while there isn't anything that takes the series forward in terms of an overarching storyline, the majority of what's here is highly entertaining.

 

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Contest: Ring in the New Year with this Right Stuf giveaway! [Updated] photo
Contest: Ring in the New Year with this Right Stuf giveaway! [Updated]
by Josh Tolentino

[Update: The contest is over, and congratulations to Japanator Community Member Gnikdrazil! We'll be contacted soon at the email address you used to register to Japanator with more details!]

It's January 9th, but sometimes it just doesn't feel like the new year's quite begun yet, doesn't it? Maybe some brand-new, absolutely free anime box sets can wipe 2014's haze from your mind? Thanks to our friends at Right Stuf, your house for hot deals, you've got the opportunity to test the notion out!

From right this moment until January 16th at 23:30 CST, all you have to do is post your New Year's resolution in the comments for a chance to win copies of Space Adventure Cobra: The Original Series Part 1, Cat's Eye Season 1, and the just-released Fantastic Detective Labyrinth DVD Collection! Three hot box sets for the price of nada, and all you have to do is confess your plans for 2015.

Oh, you also have to comment using your Japanator account (and make one if you don't have one yet), and be living in the U.S. or Canada (sorry, international readers!). You've got just under six days to enter, so don't delay!

[Image courtesy Matataku]

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10:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Licensing GET: Discotek grabs Jigen film, Yowapeda, and more

The New Year is about to begin in less than two weeks, and Discotek Media is on a winning licensing streak. Why you say? Well. It turns out that the company is releasing Lupin the Third: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone on DVD and ...

Salvador GRodiles




Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 3 photo
Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 3
by Jayson Napolitano

After reviewing Ranma 1/2 set 2 earlier this month, I knew it was time to hunker down and dig deep. This series had a seven season run, and while this latest re-issue from Viz Media has resequenced the episodes to align more with the manga, there are still seven planned sets. It would seem as though 50-60 episodes in would be the appropriate time for Ranma fatigue to set in, which in my mind, makes set 3 a make-or-break experience.

The premise of Ranma 1/2 should be familiar enough by now: Ranma Saotome of the Anything Goes School of Martial Arts has fallen victim to a Chinese curse that turns him into a girl when he's splashed with cold water, and back to a boy when splashed with hot water. Several other characters are under similar curses, and much hilarity ensues at the show's large cast of characters falls in love with one version of Ranma or the other, and so on.

Does set 3 do the trick to keep things interesting, or does it start to grow stale?

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Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 2 photo
Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 2
by Jayson Napolitano

Ranma 1/2 was my first anime. Sure, I might have watched a few feature-length titles like Ninja Scroll or Akira before sitting down to watch Ranma 1/2 with my half-Japanese friend who was always up on the latest games and anime out of Japan, but it was really the first anime series that I was exposed to, and it set the stage for what I’d come to expect from anime thereafter.

I have to say that Ranma 1/2 set that bar pretty high, as I found myself disappointed by a lot of what my local Blockbuster had on offer at the time, but as Karen noted in her review of Set 1, even the Ranma 1/2 episodes that were widely available in the 1990s were scattered across a few (and expensive!) VHS tapes that offered an incomplete presentation of the series, so I relish the opportunity to really dig in with Viz Media’s re-release of the series given how rare and expensive their previous DVD releases have become.

So, does Set 2 go above and beyond what Set 1 was able to offer? I believe it does, but I also think this is the point at which potential fans will need to make the decision as to whether or not to continue on with the lengthy series.

 

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10:00 PM on 11.05.2014

Huzzah: Zyuranger is up on Amazon for pre-order

At long last, the first dinosaur-themed Sentai series is up on Amazon for pre-order. Best of all, the show's price is only $38.49, which is 30% off the set's $54.99 price tag. In other words, this is a really good deal, since...

Salvador GRodiles

7:00 PM on 11.01.2014

Switch On: Generation Kikaida to release Kikaider Reboot in North America

I don't know about you, but 2014 has been a good year for toku fans, since Zyuranger is heading to North America, and two Ultra shows are currently streaming on Crunchyroll, To top off things off, Generation Kikaida/JN Produc...

Salvador GRodiles

10:00 PM on 10.23.2014

Zyuranger's English DVD cover art features too much blue

It's been a good while since Shout! Factory announced their plan to release Zyuranger on DVD, and the company has revealed an image of the show's cover art. Based on the design, the cover doesn't look too bad-- even...

Salvador GRodiles

10:00 PM on 10.16.2014

Zawame City's map gets redesigned in Gaim's home release

Do you remember the time when Kamen Rider Gaim featured a map of Zawame City that resembled Gotham City? Well, that moment is now gone, since the Blu-ray/DVD version of the show's 33rd episode contained a different map from t...

Salvador GRodiles

8:00 PM on 07.26.2014

SDCC '14: Shout! Factory to release Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger on DVD

Ladies and gentlemen. I would like to announce that hell has frozen over. Why you say? Well, it turns out that Shout! Factory has plans to bring Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger to North America. As a person who's been ...

Salvador GRodiles





8:00 PM on 06.16.2014

Licensing GET: Discotek grabs Shin Mazinger Z Impact

Today is a joyous day for Go Nagai and super robot anime fans everywhere. Discotek Media has announced on their Facebook page that they've licensed Shin Mazinger Z Impact (a.k.a. Shin Mazinger: Shogeki Z-Hen!). As a pers...

Salvador GRodiles