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5:00 PM on 04.22.2014

Releases of the Week: Hidamari Sketch x 365

Happy release day, readers. There are some good box sets available for you. Hidamari Sketch x 365 is my top pick, although the "cute art school girls" thing may not be up your alley. If not that, then there's Star Blazers 219...

Brad Rice


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Releases of the Week: Wolfsmund is back photo
Releases of the Week: Wolfsmund is back
by Brad Rice

Happy Tuesday, readers! It's time for a new batch of releases, headed up by the latest volume in Vertical's Wolfsmund. The imposing castle is back for you to hate with a fiery vengeance, even though you'll be unable to put the manga down. Also worth noting in the manga releases are new volumes of Fairy Tail, No. 6, and A Certain Scientific Railgun.

On the anime side, the biggest release is the first part of From the New World, a big-hit title about kids with telekinesis. Take a look at Pedro's first impressions when the show debuted. Also worth noting are some new box sets for titles like Saint Seiya, Spice and Wolf, and Heaven's Lost Property.

Check out the full list after the jump and let us know what you're getting!

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Releases of the Week: Get the first Madoka film today photo
Releases of the Week: Get the first Madoka film today
by Brad Rice

The first Puella Magi Madoka Magica film is out! So time to stop everything you're doing and buy eight copies of this to share with your friends. After all, what else will you buy this week? A Blu-ray release of Familiar of Zero, or the latest Naruto: Shippuden box set?

Probably not.

If you're not into the best magical girl show in as far as I can remember, there are a few manga titles worth your time. Most notably Afterschool Charisma, Deadman Wonderland, and Knights of Sidonia. All are great manga series that are worth sinking your teeth into, and would make manga fans visiting your pad swoon in envy.

Don't you want to make people swoon? Buy Knights of Sidonia.

Check out the full list of releases after the jump and let us know what you're getting.

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Releases of the Week: Battle Royale is back! photo
Releases of the Week: Battle Royale is back!
by Brad Rice

Viz is celebrating Battle Royale with a "remastered" release of the title, along with Battle Royale Slam Book, a collection of essays. Slam Book takes a deep dive into the world of Battle Royale, opening up a whole new viewpoint on the cult hit. If you've only ever seen the film, reading the book is an absolute must. It presents so much more than the film ever could. A real page-turner.

On the manga side, we've got new volumes of Alice in the Country, Bleach, and Happy Marriage?! to entertain readers. If you're into pants-less girls, then be sure to pick up Vol. 2 of Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky. As for anime, there isn't much besides the hypersexual Ebiten: Ebisugawa Public High School's Tenmonbu and a couple of lower-profile box sets.

Still, check out the full list of releases this week and let us know what you're picking up. The collected works of Japanator fan fiction should be out in May.

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Releases of the Week: Ranma 1/2 brings back the oldies photo
Releases of the Week: Ranma 1/2 brings back the oldies
by Brad Rice

If you're a fan of classics, this week has some good stuff for you. Namely, a Blu-ray release of Ranma 1/2, and the latest volume of Gundam: The Origin. For all of the younger fans out there, these are great ways to get into hallmark series.

What Did You Eat Yesterday? marks its debut, and the series is one well worth highlighting. It tells the story of a gay couple in Tokyo, and much of the story plays out around the kitchen table. We'll be reviewing it shortly, but it's an interesting title to think about in the wake of the VIIV billboard news that hit the other day.

Some other notable releases include Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust, Soul Eater Vol. 19, and Sword Art Online's manga debut. Check out the full list after the jump, complete with links to buy what you want. Let us know what you're getting!

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Releases of the Week: Upotte!! on top photo
Releases of the Week: Upotte!! on top
by Brad Rice

With Upotte!! out this week, you might want to see if you can request the racy title come to you in a plain brown bag -- you don't want others to see it before you've had a chance to properly display it next to your Ladies vs. Butlers! set. While you're at it, why not get To Love Ru on Blu-ray as well?

On the manga side, we've got new volumes of Genshiken: Second Season and Dance in the Vampire Bund, both of which are sure to please fans. For younger fans, you might have missed Genshiken's run when the anime and manga first debuted a decade ago.

Christ, it's been that long? I'm old.

Anyways, the title is well worth your time, about an otaku club in college that's really about a diverse group of people coming together over something they love. Even the popular girl hangs around. It's very down-to-earth, and I think one of the best "otaku comedies" out there.

Check out the full list of releases after the jump, and let us know what you're getting!

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Releases of the Week: Attack on Titan spinoffs drop photo
Releases of the Week: Attack on Titan spinoffs drop
by Brad Rice

Get your Gear on, because we've got two new Attack on Titan spinoffs hitting shelves this week. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall and Junior High will both test the market and see just how hungry everyone is for this blockbuster series. If it sells well, that bodes very well for the manga market.

On the anime side, pick up the two parts of Psycho Pass if the special edition box set was too rich for your blood. Also worth noting is the release of Accel World's second half and season 5 of Digimon.

Check out the full list after the jump, and let us know what you're getting!

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Releases of the Week: Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water photo
Releases of the Week: Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water
by Brad Rice

It's a big week for anime releases. You might all be too poor to buy anything after shelling out all that money for Psycho-Pass, but box sets galore call your name. Casshan and Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water are two worth snagging, along with Maria-Holic and Space Adventure Cobra if you have the extra cash.

On the manga side, expect to see new volumes of Alice in the Country of, Black Bird, One Piece, and Blue Exorcist sit on the bestsellers list for a long while. If you're big on getting omnibus volumes, several new ones hit the shelves this week. Dragon Ball, D. Gray-man, and Skip Beat! are all worth your time.

Check out the full list of releases after the jump. Be sure to let us know what's high on your shopping list this week.

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Releases of the Week: Love, Election and Chocolate photo
Releases of the Week: Love, Election and Chocolate
by Brad Rice

We're just past Valentine's Day, but there's still plenty of extra candy sitting around at local retailers, just waiting to be purchased at half price. While you're doing that, why not pick up Love, Election and Chocolate from RightStuf? They're currently hosting a Section23 Sale, which includes the newly released title at 40% off.

On the manga side, barely anything dropped this week. It must be because publishers know not to go up against Moyoco Anno's Insufficient Direction, the story of the leadup to her marriage to Hideaki Anno. See what it's like to marry the biggest otaku in the world, all in comic format!

Check out the full list of releases after the jump, and like always, let us know what you're getting.

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Releases of the Week: Robotics;Notes hits shelves photo
Releases of the Week: Robotics;Notes hits shelves
by Brad Rice

Looking for something good to sit down and watch this weekend, readers? There's no better way to beat the freezing cold (or suffocating drought) than by watching Hidamari Sketch or Robotics;Notes. If you've been meaning to catch up on Jormungand, then the first two seasons are available in box sets.

On the manga side, we've got the debut of Strike Witches: Maidens in the Sky and Gangsta.. New volumes of Bokurano, Kazumi Magica, Judge and Is This A Zombie? are sure to delight fans of those series. If you've been looking for something to read for a while, why not give Judge a shot? It's a title that's caught my eye since I was at Japan Expo in Paris, and looks to be a visually arresting title.

Check out the full list of releases after the jump.

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Releases of the Week: Manga for everyone young and old photo
Releases of the Week: Manga for everyone young and old
by Brad Rice

There's a hefty group of manga this week, with Wandering Son and Knights of Sidonia leading the way. New volumes of Tiger & Bunny, Deadman Wonderland, and Magi are all worth your time as well.

Also, there are a lot of adult releases this week. 10 titles, and a live action movie (Lust of the Dead 2) that sounds like it should be an adult film. No matter what your fetish is, there's something for you. C'mon, you know you want to check it out.

And if you're not that blatant, there's always re-released box sets of Strike Witches.

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Releases of the Week: Taiga will never leave us photo
Releases of the Week: Taiga will never leave us
by Brad Rice

There's plenty to sink your teeth into, readers. If you haven't already bought from Nippon Ichi before, they've got a slew of box sets coming out this week. That includes non-special editions of Kimi ni Todoke and Natsume's Book of Friends, which are well worth your money. Otherwise, you might consider picking up season two of AKB0048, if you're into the whole idol industry.

On the manga side, there's plenty to walk away with this week as well. Most importantly, though, is the latest volume of Toradora! -- the series I'll never stop jamming down your throat. There's also new volumes of A Centaur's Life and Voice Over! Seiyu Academy. The last special item is the debut of the full color edition of Dragon Ball -- just in case Akira Toriyama hasn't taken enough of your money yet.

Check out the full list of releases after the jump, and let us know what you're buying in the comments.

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