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8:00 PM on 05.06.2014

Releases of the Week: Godzilla on Monster Island!

Enjoying this nice Tuesday night, dear readers? Why not snuggle up with a nice thick book and while away the night. Viz has you covered with a slew of releases. If you're an omnibus person, catch up with Bleach and Narut...

Brad Rice




Releases of the Week: Check out these Amazing Nuts! photo
Releases of the Week: Check out these Amazing Nuts!
by Brad Rice

Are you looking to watch something trippy and mind-bending? Studio 4C's Amazing Nuts! is a collection of four shorts that pushes animation boundaries, experimenting with different styles and techniques. Also on the anime side are a re-release of Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade and a Unico double feature.

On the manga side, new volumes of Attack on Titan, Higurashi, and Umineko represent the biggest names. Cardfight!! Vanguard, xxxHolic Rei and Say I Love You are all new titles debuting this week. If you're a shojo fan, give Say I Love You a try.

Check out the full list of releases after the jump, and let us know what you're picking up. Remember, if there's a title you're excited for, it doesn't hurt to pre-order the next volume at your local store.

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Releases of the Week: Hidamari Sketch x 365 photo
Releases of the Week: Hidamari Sketch x 365
by Brad Rice

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 2199 part two. Also worth noting, if you're a Eureka Seven fan, then FUNimation has box sets for the entire series coming out again today. If you missed it the first time around, now wouldn't be a bad time to buy.

On the manga side, there are new volumes of Flowers of Evil and Bunny Drop, which are must buys. And while you're at the bookstore, why not get the latest Spice and Wolf novel? It'll go perfectly with the other 10 volumes you own. Finally, if you're a masochist, there's the new volume of No Matter How I Look At It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular.

Take a look at the full list after the jump, and let us know what you're picking up!

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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.

Check out the full list of releases after the jump!

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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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Releases of the Week: From to the New World is a shocker photo
Releases of the Week: From to the New World is a shocker
by Brad Rice

It's a short week of releases, folks. So short, in fact, that there's not much point putting the full list after the jump. We've got one anime release worth highlighting in Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, and a whopping three manga releases.

One of them is the ever-popular Attack On Titan, while the others are Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 and From the New World -- the latter of which is a much sexier version than the anime and is worth your time to check out. Here are the links for all of them:

Anime releases
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan: Demon Capital - Part 1 Blu-ray and DVD versions

Manga releases
Attack on Titan Vol. 11
Kingdom Hearts: 358/2 Days Vol. 2
From the New World Vol. 2

Let us know what you're getting this week!

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Releases of the Week: Open the Medaka Box photo
Releases of the Week: Open the Medaka Box
by Brad Rice

It's not a big week for anime releases, with just Medaka Box Abnormal and Blue Sumbarine No. 6 showing off the Blu-ray goods. But fear not, the manga side has plenty to offer!

The short list includes Haganai, Black Butler, Higurashi, WataMote, Ooku, and Soul Eater. Plus a new Book Girl novel. There's plenty to read, and your money will be well-spent in the manga department.

Take a look at the full list after the jump, and be sure to huddle up with something good to read as we try to ride out this snowstorm hitting the East Coast.

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Releases of the Week: Taisho Baseball Girls is up at bat photo
Releases of the Week: Taisho Baseball Girls is up at bat
by Brad Rice

It's a sexy week of releases, readers. Project-H has a few titles to debut for you, including The Tale of Boobs and Nyotai-ka!. Add to that the latest volume of Wolfsmund and you have some titles that you'd better cover up if you plan on reading on the train.

On the anime side, it's worth noting that Taisho Baseball Girls has a full Blu-ray collection out this week. If you're on the fence about the series, listen to Koume sing about Tokyo. Enchanting, isn't it? I've already got my order on the way.

Check out the full list after the jump, and be sure to let us know what you're buying this week!

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Releases of the Week: Patlabor is out again! photo
Releases of the Week: Patlabor is out again!
by Brad Rice

The holidays are over, and hopefully you got everything you wanted. Unless you've got a deep love of sweaters (like me), that probably wasn't the case. So as you return fullscreen DVDs for store credit and think of what to spend that money on, we've got a few suggestions.

New this week are the latest box sets of Patlabor and Yuruyuri, along with omnibus volumes of Naruto, Hana-Kimi, and Zero's Familiar. All of those are worth the dough. Other items of note this week include new volumes of Kimi ni Todoke and Alice in the Country of Hearts, along with the debut of Nisekoi.

If you're more into the adult stuff, there's a re-release of Anyone You Can Do...I Can Do Better and a few other titles to look at. Don't worry, Santa's taking the week off, he won't notice your Internet history.

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Releases of the Week: Buy before Christmas is here! photo
Releases of the Week: Buy before Christmas is here!
by Brad Rice

This is your last chance for gift ideas, folks! This week's releases will be the last major drop before Christmas. Next week's releases, on Christmas Eve, will barely contain anything, if past years are any sort of predictor.

So go out and buy already!

There are a number of great volumes of manga to get, including a hardcover omnibus of High School of the Dead, the latest Gundam: The Origin, and a new volume of Dorohedoro. On the anime side, we've got box sets of Pet Girl of Sakurasou and the Blue Exorcist movie.

Let us know what you're picking up, and what you hope is in your stocking this year!

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Releases of the Week: Buy more Wandering Son photo
Releases of the Week: Buy more Wandering Son
by Brad Rice

The snow is falling and schools and businesses are closed all along the Northeast, which means it's the perfect time to curl up with a cup of tea and your credit card. Tuesday is here, and that means there's anime and manga to buy!

The two most important items on my list are the latest volumes of Wandering Son and Knights of Sidonia. Both are great titles that are well-worth your money, and I'll keep shoving them down peoples' throats until they're at the top of the Bookscan charts.

On the anime side, box sets of Btooom!, Gatchaman, and Kokoro Connect's OVA are some of the highlights. Be sure to 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: Girls und Panzer, roll out! photo
Releases of the Week: Girls und Panzer, roll out!
by Brad Rice

Are you ready to roll out and conquer some hearts? The ladies from Girls und Panzer are! Box sets are out for Girls und Panzer, Aquarion Evol, and Zatch Bell to satisfy all your anime-watching desires.

On the manga side of things, notable titles include Fairy Tail and the latest iteration of Dance in the Vampire Bund. Viz's Voice Over! Seiyu Academy is a relatively new title that you can take a shot on and see if it fits into your wheelhouse.

Otherwise, we're looking at a pretty typical list of Viz releases and repackages in both manga omnibuses and anime box sets. Let us know what you're getting in the comments!

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Section23 announces anime release dates for March photo
Section23 announces anime release dates for March
by Ben Huber

Sometimes I don't know what to do with all the press releases in my inbox! Luckily, Section23's announcement of release dates is sparkly & fresh and caught my eye! Their latest listing of upcoming anime for March features a pretty big variety of titles, from the recently announced Nadia to Maria Holic Alive! to Mardock Scramble Third Exhaust. Nadia in particular is slated for March 4th, so you won't have to wait long at all!

This is only the March lineup, so don't get too concerned if you don't see a certain show here. If you want all the details though, they're right below. Here's the full list of the rest of the release dates and titles:

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Releases of the Week: Stuff yourself with Accel World photo
Releases of the Week: Stuff yourself with Accel World
by Brad Rice

Are you ready for some feasting? There'll be plenty to stuff yourself with this week at the dinner table, and if you're not the type to spend all of Thanksgiving watching football, then start working on your backlog. This week's slate of releases is a light one. On the anime side, the Highschool of the Dead OVA and part one of Accel World are the big releases.

The manga side, meanwhile, features new volumes of Attack on Titan and Sailor Moon Short Stories. That's about it for the really exciting stuff.

So take these holidays to enjoy yourself, your family, and the sweet bliss of consumerism when Black Friday rolls around. And if someone asks you to root for football: just say "no" to the Green Bay Packers.

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Releases of the Week: More Yotsuba! for your collection photo
Releases of the Week: More Yotsuba! for your collection
by Brad Rice

It's been a long wait, but here we are: finally a new volume of Yotsuba! is out for us all to enjoy. It pairs perfectly with Ben's numerous Yotsuba strips. If only we could print those without getting into a massive copyright violation, we'd all be able to retire forever.

Also worth noting on the manga side of things are new volumes of Soul Eater, Sickness Unto Death, and BTOOOM!. The latest Haruhi novel hits the shelves this week, and on the anime side Sword Art Online is the release to pay attention for.

Check out our full list of titles after the jump, and let us know what you pick up.

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Rejoice! FFX and X-2 HD for PS3 now dated for the West photo
Rejoice! FFX and X-2 HD for PS3 now dated for the West
by Kristina Pino

It's been a long time coming, but a release date for the PS3 version of Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster is finally announced: March 18th, 2014 for North America and March 21st for Europe, according to the official Playstation blog and some online listings linked from the game's official website.

FFX | X-2 will be sold in standard and limited editions. The limited edition release will include an exclusive artbook featuring concept art and notes, which looks pretty snazzy from the picture, now with completely re-done packaging.

You can already pre-order your copy, and probably from your preferred retailer. Now that you know how (officially) long you've got to wait, how excited are you to get this in your grabby hands? Oh, you need some convincing? See the new trailer that's been released with the street date below:

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Releases of the Week: Akira celebrates its 25th Birthday photo
Releases of the Week: Akira celebrates its 25th Birthday
by Salvador GRodiles

Brad is still in Ireland as we speak, so I'll be covering Releases of the Week for him today. While there aren't that many new titles coming out this week, people can look forward to the return of Akira! This time around, FUNimation is including both dubs of the film, along with a bunch of neat extras that will make any Akira fan explode! Best of all, the movie arrives just in time for its 25th Anniversary-- Happy Birthday, Akira!

To those who are more interested in reading things, Fullmetal Alchemist gets another omnibus volume, and Vertical releases a helpful book that teaches people how to make sushi in the comfort of their own home. Come to think of it, all of this talk about food is making me hungry right now. If anything, I'll have to add Sushi Simplicity to my list of things to buy. 

At the end of the day, there are a few notable things within this small roster of new releases. If you're planning on buying any of the items from the list, be sure to let us know in the comments! 

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What time is it? It's new Perfume music video time photo
What time is it? It's new Perfume music video time
by Eric Koziol

Only a month after the release of their fourth studio album LEVEL3, here we have a new music video from Perfume, “Sweet Refrain”. The song itself feels a bit oddly relaxing and yet absolutely the sort of tune that I would expect from Perfume. What I am really digging is the accompanying video. There is just something about the whole clock theme that really works.

“Sweet Refrain” will be officially released November 27 in Japan and can currently be heard as the opening theme to the drama Toshi Densetsu no Onna.

 

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Releases of the Week: Gundam Unicorn continues on photo
Releases of the Week: Gundam Unicorn continues on
by Brad Rice

That's right, giant robot fans: you've got plenty to celebrate this week. Not only is there Gundam Unicorn out, but new discs of Patlabor as well! On the anime side of things, there are also box sets of Fate/Zero and Hetalia World Series to draw your wallet out from its shell.

On the manga side, there is a metric ton of manga to read. One Piece has a 23-volume box set. A new Alice in the Country Of title, as well as the first volume of A Centaur's Life are on the shelves. The latest omnibuses for Dance in the Vampire Bund, Skip Beat!, and Air Gear all hit the shelves, too.

There's a ton to check out, and plenty that's worth your time. Let us know what you pick up in the comments below.

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Releases of the Week: Wolfsmund and Titan lead manga wave photo
Releases of the Week: Wolfsmund and Titan lead manga wave
by Brad Rice

Are you looking for some manga? Because this week's releases has more than you can shake a stick at. Attack on Titan has a new volume dropping, which means it's time to BUY BUY BUY. Also worth checking out this week is Wolfsmund, which is simultaneously rage-inducing and utterly engaging. When I picked up the first volume, I plowed through it with the rage of a thousand suns.

Then instantly demanded the second volume.

Also of note are titles such as Black Butler and K-On!: High School. You could be a doll and pick up the latest volumes of Air Gear and Higurashi, helping those publishers with extremely long-running titles.

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

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Mottai Night Land PV is now here photo
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Mottai Night Land PV is now here
by Eric Koziol

If you had asked me after my first weeklong obsession with a Kyary Pamyu Pamyu video if I thought it would keep on happening with each new video, I would have said no. Oh, how naïve I was. Suffice to say, here we go again. Mottai Night Land is a catchy tune with a video that must be seen.

There is magic in these videos. And a few surprises this time. My goodness. And then a few more. I could sit here and tell you about it, but I feel like going into it without knowing anything was the perfect way to do so. If you do want a spoiler of sorts: Strawberries.

[via Alafista]

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