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11:00 AM on 12.20.2013

Sentai Filmworks licenses Familiar of Zero Season One

In a move that pleased me to no end, Sentai Filmworks now has the digital, DVD and Blu-Ray to the first season of Familiar of Zero, known as Zero no Tsukaima to long time fans. Originally licensed by Geneon and then shortly a...

Pedro Cortes


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Review: Shakugan no Shana Season One photo
Review: Shakugan no Shana Season One
by Pedro Cortes

When I think of tsundere, the voice of Rie Kugimiya springs to mind. That lady has done some of the most famous bitchy girls in anime history, all within a relatively short span of time. One of the most popular of these girls is Shana, the titular character from Shakugan no Shana. Based off a series of light novels about a fiery little girl that fights demons with the help of a high school student, Shakugan no Shana spawned three popular shows and proved to be a merchandise juggernaut for a while.  

The first season of Shana was originally licensed by Geneon back in 2006, so you can guess that it's been a bit difficult to get your hands on it for the last several years. When it seemed that we wouldn't be getting another crack at Shana here in the states, Funimation came in and rescued the license. Along with the recently completed third series, they also picked the movie, the OVAs, the second season and the original. So now that you can easily get your hands on the first season of Shana, how does it hold up? Well, hit the jump and find out!

 

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Japanator Recommends: Ergo Proxy photo
Japanator Recommends: Ergo Proxy
by Kristina Pino

Ergo Proxy is an anime I've enjoyed since it first aired, and I was more than willing to grab this review when it came up. Thanks to FUNimation, Ergo Proxy (previously licensed by Geneon) has been rescued and re-released in full as a Classics DVD box set.

Ergo Proxy follows the story of Re-l (or Real) Mayer and Vincent Law as they uncover truths about their existence. Re-l lives in Romdo, a domed city attempting to keep humanity going as they wait for the devastated Earth to become inhabitable again. In Romdo, everyone has an Entourage (a companion robot). Suddenly, they start contracting this virus, called cogito, and become self aware. As mysteries mount, and Vincent seems to be in the middle of it all, Re-l ventures outside her domed city's walls.

Click through the jump for a brief summary with analysis, and my full thoughts on this DVD release.

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9:00 PM on 08.30.2012

Lain Blu-ray to be native HD, not upscaled

Serial Experiments Lain was one of those special titles that came out in the US in the early 2000s. For lack of a better word, the series was weird. Based off of Yoshitaka ABe's amazing character designs, the show delved...

Brad Rice



Japanator Recommends: Chobits photo
Japanator Recommends: Chobits
by Pedro Cortes

Back in 2004, I started my second year in college and was getting pretty deep into the anime scene. A friend recommended this show called Chobits, based on my affection for all things cute and adorable. Over the course of a couple of days I watched all 26 episodes and loved the holy hell out of it. I can say that Chobits is the main reason why I love most things moe and was my jump off for other things CLAMP.

The one thing that always eluded me with Chobits was how expensive the DVDs were. Back in the Pioneer/Geneon days, those bad boys were outside of my price range. When the series was re-released in a thinpack complete DVD set, it was even more expensive and went out of print almost immediately. Add Geneon's collapse shortly after and I was never able to get those disks until now.

So how does Chobits hold up nine years after its initial release? Hit the jump to find out.

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7:30 PM on 07.03.2010

AX 10: Notes from Genon Universal's panel

Just out of curiosity, why is it that every industry panel I go to is at the most inconvenient time? I know it's not their fault, but it really isn't any fun having to rush out of the hotel room to make it in time for these t...

Tim Sheehy

7:00 AM on 01.09.2010

Rin is win in the new Unlimited Blade Works trailer

Actually, Rin is win anywhere, even in a trailer that she doesn't get much airtime in.But that's OK, since this is a trailer for the upcoming film adaptation of Fate stay/night's Unlimited Blade Works scenario. Of the origina...

Josh Tolentino



Be a badass and win this Black Lagoon box set! photo
Be a badass and win this Black Lagoon box set!
by Pedro Cortes

We here at Japanator love to give stuff away, so here's your chance to win Black Lagoon, courtesy of Funimation! All you have to have is a camera and a sense of humor.

Black Lagoon is about a group of bad ass mercenaries who kidnap Rock Okajima, a salaryman on a business trip in South East Asia. After an interesting set of circumstances, Rock joins the mercs as a negotiator and translator. Now he's on the ride of his life across the South Pacific, nearly dying at every turn.

So how can you win the box set? Show me how bad ass you can be! Take a picture of yourself being utterly awesome and post it here in the comments of this post. Best one wins. Photo quality isn't as important as making me laugh, so get to it! Contest runs until December 21st, so get to it!

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Japanator Recommends: When They Cry (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni) photo
Japanator Recommends: When They Cry (Higurashi no Naku Koro ni)
by Pedro Cortes

The moé phenomenon has become something to be reckoned with in the anime industry. It seems that the most successful shows are the ones that feature doe-eyed girls with giant racks that are either taciturn ice queens, mewling idiots, or generally monumental bitches. The shows tend to follow a formula that places the characters in school, at the beach, and sometimes puts musical instruments in their hand. While I do enjoy the cute honey parading across the screen every so often, the equation above is really starting to get old.

For every sickness, however, is a cure. Sometimes, that cure can be a bit on the harsh side. The cure for the moé anime involves taking these archetypes and turning them on their head ... or perhaps even removing the head altogether.

Follow me after the jump to see why When They Cry is a show worthing watching, even if you hate giant-headed, big-eyed moé blobs.

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1:35 AM on 06.02.2009

Sentai Filmworks license-rescues Dokkoida, Daphne, and Kannazuki no Miko

Just in case you were wondering about the fate of our favorite yuri + giant robot anime, Sentai Filmworks decided to pick up three more Geneon's abandoned titles, Kannazuki no Miko, along with Dokkoida?! and Daphne in the Bri...

Jeff Chuang

1:27 AM on 11.13.2008

Geneon Entertainment to merge with Universal Pictures Japan

As of Wednesday advertising and marketing company Dentsu announced that they will be transferring the majority of its ownership of Geneon Entertainment home video subsidiary to NBC Universal's Universal Pictures International...

Rio McCarthy







Quick pick: FUNi announces when they're re-releasing the first round of Geneon titles photo
Quick pick: FUNi announces when they're re-releasing the first round of Geneon titles
by Brad Rice

Here's a quick tidbit for everyone, so that the FUNimation x Geneon fanfics can keep rolling out: The first round of re-release dates for Geneon's titles have been announced.

  • Black Lagoon Season 1, BL: Second Barrage Vol. 1, and Elemental Gelade Vol. 1 will be the first titles out on August 19th

  • For all the Karin fans out there (sadly, I watched most of it), Vol. 1-4 will be accompanied by Kyo Kara Maoh Season 2 (Vol. 1-7) on Sept. 2nd

  • This one caught my attention: Shakugan no Shana will get a complete box set for $70 on September 16th

  • Also on the 16th, Hellsing Ultimate Vol. 1-4 (SE and LE versions), Second Barrage Vol. 2, Fate/stay night box set (do want!, and Rozen Maiden box set also hit the shelves

  • On the 23rd, Kamichu and Paradise Kiss will see box sets for $50

  • If you're looking for some murder, When They Cry Vol. 1-4 will be re-released on Sept. 30th

I'm wondering what FUNi's price scheme is for box sets. It seems that the more successful they expect the series to be, the more expensive it'll be -- as noted by the $60 for a season of Ouran High School Host Club. Nonetheless, I'm looking forward to buying When They Cry, Shakugan no Shana, and Fate/stay night. Dear God, I need a decent job. Does anyone want to donate to DMV's anime fund?

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