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

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 to own it. Tha...

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Macross Frontier movies get a new box-set

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't that offensiv...

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Review: Sword Art Online BD Box Set I-IV

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 sequel novels, fiv...

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Review: One Piece Movie 10: Strong World

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 one of the mos...

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Review: Akira 25th Anniversary Edition

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 reach now. It w...

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Review: High School DxD Season 1

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 actual sex; usuall...

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AnimEigo aiming to Kickstart Bubblegum Crisis Blu-Ray

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 gorgeous Blu-Ray remas...

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Aniplex to release Blue Exorcist The Movie on Blu-ray

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 both English and ...

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Viz reveals their plans for Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning

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 mean, three hours ...

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

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 series in the nea...

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Attack on Titan TV vs Blu-ray comparisons

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 these screenshots...

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Impressions: Elfen Lied Blu-ray/DVD comparison

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 this show. While...

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

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 ¥ 6,000 (around US $...

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Cowboy Bebop is headed to Blu-Ray

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 now hard to fi...

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Otakon 13': Viz announces Ranma on BD and streaming

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 VHS tapes from l...

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Little Witch Academia BD preorders start August 13th

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 the Little Witch...

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

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 bought both Japan...

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Review: Natsume's Book of Friends Season 3

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 NISA premium line ...

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License Reminder! Sentai gets Di Gi Charat and Gatchaman

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 manner. On the ...

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Review: Shakugan No Shana: The Movie

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 take the form ...

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Little Witch Academia getting a collector's edition in NA

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 Collector's Editio...

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Ready to Launch! Viz reveals Lagrange's release date

Back when Lagrange: The Flower of Rin-ne aired in 2012, I was hoping that the series was going to be similar to Nadesico. Six episodes in, I decided to drop the series, since the show's premise failed to keep me interested in watc...

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NA Sword Art Online BD/DVD preorders open up

It's no secret that I didn't quite enjoy Sword Art Online. I know quite a few of you did however, so here I am with some good news. Preorders have officially opened for Aniplex's release of Sword Art Online on BD/DVD. You can preorder the f...

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Review: Blood-C

When I watched Blood C in Summer of 2011, I thought it was a show that had a lot of promise. It started out with the distinct feeling that something wasn't right in an idyllic town that was being pressed upon by nightmarish beasts. Unfortun...

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Huzzah! Little Witch Academia to get a BD release

Trigger's Little Witch Academia is a fantastic OVA. If you haven't seen it yet, go watch it now. Seriously, what are you doing? It's free on Youtube, so you've got no excuse not to. Trigger's official Twitter account has revealed that due t...

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Ghost in the Shell: ARISE gets a dramatic trailer

Despite some odd design choices, I'm actually really looking forward to the upcoming Ghost in the Shell: ARISE OVAs. I've been a huge fan of the franchise since I was a kid, and I was thrilled to here we'd be getting more Major action...

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Yikes, Kids on the Slope's Blu-ray set gets recalled

[Update: A link to the replacement form for Kids on the Slope has been posted.] Don't you hate it when a home release of your favorite anime series goes through a major issue? Luckily, Sentai has noticed an issue with their Blu-ray set for ...

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Insert coin to play: 100 Yen film is out on DVD

I am feel ashamed that I've never gotten the chance to go to the arcades like most people in my age group. Instead of hearing me whine about a great era that I missed out upon, let's rejoice over the idea that 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade E...

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Evangelion 3.0 made a whole lot of money in theaters

Say what you will about Evangelion 3.0 (I personally dug it), it sure as hell made a lot of money in theaters. With the DVD/BD now available in stores, theater showings have officially ceased, leaving the total box office gross at 5,260,000...

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Licensing GET: Sentai grabs The Garden of Words

After all of these Sentai license attacks that have been going on lately, they are now ready for their ultimate strike. This time around, Sentai is going to plant The Garden of Words in North American shores. Since it's a great treat to see...

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Surprise: Sentai grabs Majestic Prince and Shining Hearts

In case you haven't noticed, I was actually being sarcastic about my reaction to Sentai's two new licenses. In their never ending battle to license everything, they are using their preemptive licensing strike to grab Majestic Prince be...

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Giga License Breaker: Aniplex rescues Gurren Lagann

It shouldn't be a surprise to people that the Gurren Lagann TV series would get revived by Aniplex USA, since they were the ones who licensed the two movies in North America. Knowing who the hell Aniplex is, they plan to re-releas...

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Yokais beware: Viz reveals their plans for Nura's release

The aftermath of April Fools Day's pranks can act as good fodder for yokais to terrorize the living. And coming to our aid, the people of Viz Media are going to release Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan on April 2nd for Blu-ray and DVD. Both set...

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Super Rejoice: Maiden Japan gets the Patlabor TV series

Don't you just love it when announcements related to your past come back in a joyous form. For today's reminiscence, the first time that I got to watch Patlabor on Televison was when I watched bits and pieces of it ...

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Bam: Jojoveller is the ultimate artbook for any Jojo fan

Ever wanted to own the strongest works of art brought to you by the man that created the Jojo's Bizarre Adventure? Well, you are in luck, my friend, because Shueisha is taking a stand to release an artbook that will have every Jojo fan bre...

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Review: Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings - The Last Party

Under normal circumstances, it’s not advisable for one to jump into a continuing series without experiencing its earlier installments. While I broke this rule with Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings - The Last Party, my experience wit...


NISA announces The Everyday Tales of a Cat God premium

NIS America has announce the premium edition of The Everyday Tales of a Cat God (Nekogami Yaoyorozu). This 2 disc blu-ray set includes the entire 12 episode series including the retail only "13th" episode along with 7 mini-episodes. Also in...


Vocaloid Galore: Mikunopolis Combo is up for pre-order

Ever wanted to relive your experience of seeing Hatsune Miku live with her comrades in Los Angeles? Well, Aniplex is ready to let unlock the ability for consumers to pre-order Mikunopolis in Los Angeles as a limited edition Blu-ray and CD c...


Turbulence: FUNi's Last Exile FAM box sets get delayed

Well, it looks like FUNimation's release of Last Exile - FAM, The Silver Wing took a wrong turn off of the designated flight path. But no need to fear, since they are only facing a minor delay in FAM's release date.  Instead of arrivin...


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