Blu-ray

Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger

It's Judgement Time: Dekaranger to return as a V-Cinema


Chu Chu Chu Deka Deka!
May 15
Oh my. Right when it felt that Hurricanger was going to be the only Sentai show to get the 10 Years After treatment, a new beacon of hope has surfaced for toku fans. Seeing that it's been ten years since Tokusou Sentai Dekar... read
Code Geass: Akito

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


He really was exiled
Mar 29
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... read
Lupin

Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro comes to Blu-Ray


Yuss!
Feb 24
One of the finest anime every made is finally making its way to Blu-Ray! Discotek Media announced that the Hayao Miyazaki classic will finally makes its US Blu-Ray debut on April 28th! So freaking excite! News of the release was announced last year, but we finally get a date! read
Discotek Media

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


Discotek Media is on a roll
Dec 22
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 ... read
Urusei Yatsura

Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer heads to Blu-Ray in Japan


The classic gets a new coat of paint
Nov 10
Fans of the classic annoying aliens can rejoice early next year with the release of the 1984 classic, Urusei Yatsura 2: Beautiful Dreamer. The Mamoru Oshii classic was a game changer in the world of anime feature films, and ... read
Kamen Rider Gaim

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


R.I.P., Gotham City-like map
Oct 16
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... read
Gurren Lagann

Aniplex finally brings Gurren Lagann to Blu-Ray in the United States


How many copies of this do I need to buy?
Sep 15
If you ended up buying the imported version of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann last year, I'm sorry. It looks like Aniplex USA has heard our wishes, and is finally bringing the beloved anime series Stateside, with a muli-part rele... read
El Hazard

Snag El Hazard - The Magnificent World Blu-ray box set on July 30


Ahhh, delicious classic animation
Apr 19
I've been interested in El Hazard - The Magnificent World for some time, given its classic animation style and fantasy elements. I've just never been sure of which El Hazard I needed to start with or if I would like it, and I... read
Berserk

Third Berserk Golden Arc trilogy film available on Blu-ray and DVD


There should have been a fourth movie
Apr 17
If you didn't already know this about me, I'm a huge Berserk fan. I've even got Guts' brand tattooed on my left shoulder. If I could, I'd have my own behelit. Alas, the best I can hope for is getting to watch the third and fi... read
A one trick pony
Released by Sentai Filmworks, Maria Holic is a Shaft series from way back in 2008. The series takes place at the all girls Ame no Kisaki academy where Kanoko has just transferred in hopes of finding her one true love. Yes, sh... read feature

Gundam BF

Get a golden Bearguy III with second Gundam BF Blu-ray


A shiny bear is the best bear
Feb 28
As you may have read, I'm quite fond of Gundam Build Fighters. The show is pure fun and knows how to craft some amazing battles from a fairly silly premise. That said, it's a glorified gunpla commercial. Well, you can argue t... read
K Blu-ray

Viz to put out K as an A-grade Blu-ray combo pack


Pretty boys and pretty pack-ins
Feb 21
Much as I've embraced our digital media future, I still have a soft spot in my heart for sweet physical extras. After all, I did once buy a copy of Sakura Taisen that I didn't have a machine for just to get a hilarious-l... read
Doing the God thing
When I dream of becoming God, these fantasies usually don't involve a white-haired pretty boy with fox ears who follows me around and does my bidding; clearly, I've been doing it wrong. Now that Kamisama Kiss has taught me th... read feature

So much talking!
When Fate/Zero Set 2 starts off, we're thrown right in the middle of a major battle. Caster has created a huge monster and it's up to Saber, Lancer, Rider and Archer to defeat it before it can cause major damage to the genera... read feature

Mai Mai miracle

Mai Mai Miracle gets funded in a day, dub possible


Stretch goals detailed
Feb 06
All the Anime's Kickstarter for Sunao Katabuchi's Mai Mai Miracle is funded! The Kickstarter was approved some time yesterday morning Eastern time and it has reached funding early morning today. The 2009 Madhouse film from di... read
Braving Inwards.

Come meet the Kyoryugers of 100 years in the future


What is this sophisticated child-generating technology?
Jan 27
We do still have a few weeks of dinosaur-related sentai action, but if the conclusion to the story and a few movies don't seem like enough content for you, why not get excited for the upcoming special? Set 100 years after th... read
Nyaruko-san

NISA licenses Nyaruko-san as she crawls home with love


Moe Lovecraft lore lands in Lovecraft's home country
Jan 15
NISA deploys its anime licensing tentacles once again and snatches 2010 TV anime adaptation of similarly named light novel, The Crawling Chaos: Nyaruko-san. Now titled Nyaruko-san: Crawling with Love, the NISA title will come... read
Justice isn't always about sunshine and rainbows
Even though I’m the guy at Japanator that watches toku shows, my experience with superhero stories in general is below average. While I’ve kept up with many of the cartoons and films that are based off of DC and M... read feature

Way too much luck to go around
When I first started watching Good Luck Girl, I had just finished up the sex comedy B Gata H Kei (Yamada's First Time), which was surprisingly hilarious given its lack of actual sex. I'm a big supporter of anime comedies, esp... read feature

Ranma 1/2

Viz announces date for first Ranma 1/2 Blu-ray


Get ready to YAPAPA on March 25th
Dec 21
Ranma 1/2 was the second anime that I watched as a teen, after Dragon Ball Z. To say it holds a happy little niche in my heart would be an understatement. I got a full year of enjoyment out of that show and I've always wanted... read
Macross Frontier

Macross Frontier movies get a new box-set


English Frontier!
Dec 18
If you have been a longtime listener of Japanator AM of used to watch the Live Show, you probably know how much I hate the Macross Frontier films. Sure, the first movie, Macross Frontier The Movie: The False Songstress wasn'... read
Diving back into Aincrad one last time
Not even original light novel scribe Reki Kawahara could have predicted how big his Sword Art Online franchise would eventually become. Since the first novel was published in April of 2009, Kawahara's creation has seen 12 seq... read feature

Solid Gold
Most long-running shonen franchises have theatrical releases to supplement their ongoing stories. Dragon Ball has 18 flicks between the original and Dragon Ball Z, Naruto has nine movies, Bleach has four and so on. Being... read feature

KA-NEIGH-DAHHHHHHHH!
If you ask most people who grew up in the late 80s/early 90s what anime was, they’d probably say Akira. This film impacted not only the geeks and nerds, but had the sort of cross-over appeal that most shows don’t ... read feature

Devil's chess with fanservice
Sometimes, companies like FUNimation license certain titles that meet a certain kind of demand. And there’s no beating around the bush for these shows: sex sells. Although these fanservice-heavy anime rarely feature act... read feature

Bubblegum Crisis

AnimEigo aiming to Kickstart Bubblegum Crisis Blu-Ray


YES!!!
Oct 29
Fans of 80's anime and powersuits are sure to be familiar with Bubblegum Crisis, the show about a group of mercs called the Knight Sabers fighting robotic threats. A few years ago, the original eight-episode OVA got a gorgeou... read
Blue Exorcist The Movie

Aniplex to release Blue Exorcist The Movie on Blu-ray


Everything you wanted
Sep 28
Aniplex have just announced that Blue Exorcist The Movie is not only coming to home video, but you'll be able to enjoy it in glorious Blu-ray format if you choose to buy the limited box set edition. It includes the film in bo... read
Tiger & Bunny

Viz reveals their plans for Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning


Kotetsu and Barnaby are almost ready to suit up again.
Sep 24
September is almost over, and Viz is ready to give us the rundown on the upcoming release of the first Tiger & Bunny movie! Obviously, the Blu-ray version will be the one to go for, as it comes with the most extras. I mea... read
Ranma 1/2

VIZ's anything goes martial arts technique: Re-releases


Ranma 1/2 coming back strong next year
Sep 18
This is the kind of news that this old-timer likes to hear. The long awaited return of Ranma ½ is on its way back out into the wild. VIZ Media sent us some of the details on what’s going to be happening to the se... read
Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan TV vs Blu-ray comparisons


Plenty of changes on the way
Sep 12
We're still waiting for actual side-by-side video, but this clip features a collection of screenshots comparing the original TV version of Attack on Titan to its Blu-ray release in Japan. You may have come across a few of th... read
Yay, prettier blood!
What's this? Another Elfen Lied review? Not quite. Like some other popular ADV shows, Elfen Lied was released several times. Not including digital releases, I believe this is the fifth time you can buy a new version of t... read feature

Little Witch Academia

Grab your wands! Little Witch Academia's pre-order begins


Don't let the price fool you.
Aug 12
It looks like the real magic has begun, because Little Witch Academia has finally prepared its spell that will allow viewers to pre-order the OVA on Blu-ray! While the limited edition Blu-ray is being priced at ¥ 6,0... read
Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop is headed to Blu-Ray


High Def Ein!
Aug 12
You asked for it, you got it! It seems like FUNimation has been listening to the fans cry out for the Blu-Ray release of Cowboy Beebop, and is set to deliver the goods in 2014. Also on the plate is the another release of the... read
Ranma

Otakon 13': Viz announces Ranma on BD and streaming


Splash me with some hot water
Aug 12
Thank you Viz! Thank you very much! I have the bad confession that I didn't buy the Ranma 1/2 TV series DVD box sets when they were available. Probably because I was still in a small bit of rage over how much I spent on the V... read
LWA BD release

Little Witch Academia BD preorders start August 13th


Positively delicious
Aug 08
I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but if you haven't seen Studio TRIGGER's excellent Little Witch Academia short film, you're doing anime wrong.  Anyhow, TRIGGER has announced that international preorders for t... read
Fate/Zero BD/DVD

Huzzah! Fate/Zero gets a NA BD/DVD release with the dub


Maybe this time you won't pay a bajillion dollars!
Jul 08
I'm in love with Ufotable's Fate/Zero anime adaptation.  On a technical level, it's a beautiful looking show with fantastic direction, a great soundtrack, and amazing cinematography. In fact, I loved it so much that I bo... read
Meet Natsume's new friends
The third season of Natsume Yuujinchou is where the story shifts into the next gear. In similar fashion, NISA's Natsume's Book of Friends Season 3 Premium Edition ups the ante by becoming a Blu-ray/DVD combo release. This NIS... read feature

Di Gi Charat & Gatchaman

License Reminder! Sentai gets Di Gi Charat and Gatchaman


Will Sentai's release of Gatchaman do good?
Jun 25
Actually, Sentai has already talked about their plans for both shows already at their panel during Anime Boston 2013. However, they decided to make their announcement more official by reminding us in a more professional ... read
Shut Up, Shut Up, Shut Up!
The moment of truth has arrived, people! It looks like I have crossed path with a certain flame haired hunter that’s been mentioned around these parts in the past. Compare to her previous appearances, she has decided to... read feature

Little Witch Academia BD

Little Witch Academia getting a collector's edition in NA


Trigger saves BDs. Or something.
Jun 19
Not too long ago, we reported that Trigger would be bringing their phenomenal half hour animated film, Little Witch Academia, to BD. There weren't a whole lot of details to be shared. Until now. The Little Witch Academia Col... read






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