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April 2nd, 2013
Anime Relations: Angel Beats!
So after having some friends over we decided that it would be cool to have a weekly anime night. We want to watch shows that none of the five of us have ever seen if possible and for the most part do recent shows. So I've gone through all of the recent shows from the past 1-2 years and noted just about every one that my wife and I have not yet seen (which is most of them) and eliminated ones that didn't seem interesting at all so that the list isn't too crazy big. I also went thought my On-Hold and Plan to Watch lists on here to get a few more, but they're still mostly recent shows from the past 5 years or so.

Anyway, so here is a massive list of shows that are under consideration to be shown with our little group. This list is for the other three people in our group. Go through it and let me know what shows you have seen and how much. If you have seen an ENTIRE series, the show will be eliminated from the list and will not be under consideration, unless it is only one person and that person really really really wants to re-watch the series and thinks very highly of it. There is one such show on this list for me which I've been itching to see again now that I have the Blu-rays for it.

If there are shows that you have seen some of, but not the entire series, that does not automatically eliminate the series from consideration. If you've only seen a few episodes for whatever reason but would be willing to watch more of it, there is no reason to mention it in your response. But if you've seen a few episodes and dropped it because you just hated what you saw so far, please speak up and it may be removed from consideration.

One last thing, if there is anything that is not on this list and it is not on my list as Completed and you are interested in watching it during Anime Night, let me know and it will be put under consideration.

And without further ado, here is the list:

Accel World
Akazukin Chacha
Angel Beats!
Another
Aria the Animation
Baby, Please Kill Me!
Bamboo Blade
Bodacious Space Pirates
Demashitaa! Powerpuff Girls Z
Dusk maiden of Amnesia
From the New World
The Future Diary
Haganai
Hana Yori Dango
Humanity Has Declined
Hyouka
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure
Jormungand
Kaiba
Kannagi
Katanagatari
Katte ni Kaizou
Kokoro Connect
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions
Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine
Maria-sama ga Miteru
Medaka Box
Michiko to Hatchin
Mouryou no Hako
My Little Monster
Natsu no Arashi!
The Pet Girl of Sakurasou
Polar Bear’s Café
Potemayo
Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin
Real Drive
Recorder and Randsell
Sankarea
Say, “I Love You”.
Shion no Ou
Space Brothers
Sword Art Online
Tamayura: Hitotose
Tari Tari
The Tatami Galaxy
Tsuritama
Waiting in the Summer
Posted by pluvia33 | 04-02-13, 9:02 PM | 1 comments
March 2nd, 2012
Anime Relations: Bible Black, Discipline
I’m getting older and getting married so it’s about time to get rid of these perverted things that don’t involve both me and my fiancée. So it’s time to try to sell a whole mess of hentai in the hopes to try to get a little bit of extra money to help cover wedding expenses and living costs (as well as some new non-hentai anime). So I have a great big load of hentai DVD’s as well as a few H-manga, doujinshi and a couple of H-games to sell to any interested party. These will all be sold one-on-one, communicating via email or forum message, and sold on a first come bases. All items are used, but in good condition unless otherwise noted.

Shipping:

Unfortunately, as of now, I will only be selling to addresses within the continental US. I may be willing to ship internationally, but shipping rates will, of course, increase and you will need to provide documentation that these pornographic items are legal to sell in your country. But for now, these are the shipping rates for anyone in the continental US.

The following rates are what will be charged on a by-unit bases, shipping via USPS Priority Mail:

$6 = 3 units or less
$9 = 4 to 6 units
$12 = 7 to 9 units
$15 = 10 to 12 units
$17 = 13 to 15 units

A “unit” is about 5 oz. Each item listed counts a 1 unit unless stated otherwise. Shipping can get rather expensive unless you are only buying a few things, so USPS Flat Rate Boxes are highly recommended for big orders (and with heavier items like books)

Flat Rate Box Options:

Medium $12:
-Up to 16 DVD cases
-Up to the entire collection of Doujinshi with a little room to spare
-Up to the entire collection of standard size manga (all but G-Taste and Maka-Maka)
-A set of Maka-Maka books (either ENG or JPN) with room to spare, for up to 14 DVD cases or other items that would fit
-Entire collection of G-Taste books, but a very tight fit

Large $16:
-Up to 24 DVD cases
-Entire collection of G-Taste books with room to spare for up to 10 DVD cases or other items that would fit

Other shipping methods may be available if you want to try a cheaper or faster method. Just discuss it with me first. Priority Shipping typically takes about 3 business days.


DVD’s ($5 each unless otherwise noted):

The bulk of my hentai collection, there is a wide variety of DVD’s here which I’ve gained over the years. Some new, some old, some still available, a few long out of print. But with all of them, they’re all very good deals. Unless otherwise noted, all DVD’s count as 1 unit and 1 case. I would like to sell series together whenever possible and the price, units and number of cases are listed for the series as a whole. In case you are not familiar with all of the hentai listed, they are all linked to MyAnimeList.net for more information.

The Affairs (Co-eD Affairs & Office Affairs) $3 (very old, dirty case)
After Class Lesson Volumes 1-3 box, 2 units, 1 case, $10
Akiba Girls Volumes 1-3, 2 cases, $10
Body Transfer
Boin Volumes 1-2, 2 cases, $10
Bondage Mansion
Cage
Campus
Cantaloupe Collector
Cleavage
Consenting Adultery
Dark
Dark Love
Darling
Dirty Laundry
Discipline Volumes 1-3, 3 cases, $15
Discode
Dragon Pink
G-Taste Volumes 1-2, episodes 1-6, 2 cases, $10
Holy Virgins
Immoral Sisters Volumes 1-3 box, 3 cases, $15
Immoral Sisters 2
The Immorals
Karen
The Karma Saiyuki
Kiss in the Dark (Yaoi)
Kite Uncut $4 (somewhat damaged case)
Learning the Hard Way
Lover-in-Law
Magic Woman M (original Anime18 version)
Maid in Heaven Volumes 1-2, 2 cases, $10
Maids in Dream Volumes 1-2, 2 cases, $10
Mezzo Forte Uncut
Momiji Volumes 1-4, 4 cases, $20
Professor Shino’s Classes in Seduction
Ringetsu the Animation Volumes 1-3, 3 cases, $15
Sex Warrior Pudding Volumes 1-3, 2 cases, $10
Sexfriend
Slave Sisters
Spa of Love
Spotlight
Sex Taxi Volumes 1-3 box, 3 cases, $15
Temptation
Urotsukidoji: Legendo of the Overfiend Volumes 1-4 (original Anime18 release, includes many versions of the Urotsukidouji series, too complicated to explain), 4 cases, $20
Urotsukidoji: New Saga Volumes 1-3 box, 3 cases, $15
The Venus Files
Wife Eater
Women at Work


H-Games ($10 each):

These H-games have no DRM or limited installs or any of that crap. Just put it in your computer, install it, and it’s on there until you uninstall it.

Bible Black
Discipline


Manga ($5 each unless otherwise noted):

I was trying to build a nice H-manga collection, but it never quite got off the ground. Unlike my DVD collection, I have manga both translated into English as well as manga imported from Japan. Each item is listed with ENG for English language and JPN for Japanese language. Books are heavier than DVD’s so the number of units they count as for regular Priority shipping is listed. And again, like with the DVD’s, links to entries in MyAnimeList.net are given for each in case you don’t know what they are exactly.

Blue Eyes Volume 1 (ENG) 2 units
Council of Carnality Unlimited (ENG) 2 units
G-Taste Volumes 1-7 (including 4 1/2) (JPN) between 4 and 6 units each, $80 (some more warn than others, 1-4 especially warn, but still in decent condition)
Maka-Maka Volumes 1-2 (JPN) 3 units each, $15
Rate-Jiru (JPN) 2 units


Doujinshi ($5 each):

During one anime convention I went a little crazy and bought a bunch of H-doujinshi. And here it all is for less than half what I paid for them. Instead of having MyAnimeList.net entries this time (since that isn’t very helpful for doujin), I went ahead and took pictures of each book, censored them in Photoshop when necessary, and dumped them in Photobucket.

Bakemonogatari 1
Black Lagoon 2
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 1
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya 2 (non-H, some fan service)
Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei
T2 Art Works by Tony
Toradora! 1
Toradora! 3


Japanese Live Action Porn Freebie:

If you are making an order, you can ask to have this DVD sent to you for free with your order. You’ll need to take into account 1 unit and 1 case for your shipping method, such as you may be bumped up from $6 shipping to $9 shipping if you go from 3 to 9 units, or you will need to make sure you have room left in your Flat Rate Box. Other than that, it is a free bonuses to anyone who wants them (first come, first serve).

Naughty Guide to Tokyo Nightlife


Payment, Contact and Processing:

I prefer payment be sent via paypal.com to my email address:
[email]drake32002@msn.com[/email]
You may also contact me at that email if you want to claim any items for purchase, or you can message me on the forum here. I will do my best to send an email or message back to you as quickly as possible, but I can get busy so give me at least 48 hours before trying to contact me again. On that same note, try to be patient with your order and give me at least 2 weeks to get your order to you after you’ve sent payment before you start yelling at me. Items will be shipped after payment is received. I’ll be doing my best to get orders out quickly, but this is my first time putting this many things up for sale and I don’t know what kind of response it will get. I may also accept payment by check and in that case I will provide the address to send the check to after all of your order details are finalized. Just know that this may cause a longer delay in the shipping of your package.

And that’s pretty much it. Hopefully I can get everything sold. I am very grateful for your consideration and if you have any specific questions about any of the items here or how you’d like to purchase them, go ahead and ask in this thread. Thanks!


Sold List:

DVD
Bible Black Volumes 1-4
Bible Black Only
Bible Black: New Testament Volumes 2-3
La Blue Girl Volumes 1-3 box
La Blue Girl Returns Volumes 1-3 box
La Blue Girl Live Action, 3 Disc Perfect Blue Box
Cool Devices (10th Anniversary Edition) Volumes 1-4
Forbidden Love Volumes 1-2
It’s a Family Affair Volumes 1-2
Jiburiru Volumes 1-4 box
Jiburiru: Second Coming Volumes 1-2
Mei King
The Story of Little Monica
Viper GTS
Words Worth Perfect Collection

Manga
A Wish of my Sister (ENG)
Daisuki dayo (JPN)
Hatsu Inu Volumes 1-3 (JPN)
Maka-Maka Volumes 1-2 (ENG)
Pink Sniper (ENG)
Swing Out Sisters (ENG)

Doujinshi
Bakemonogatari 2
Black Lagoon 1
Black Lagoon 3
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun 1
Toaru Kagaku no Railgun 2
Toradora! 2

Claimed Freebie
Japan Sweet Doll Pure Idol Vol. 03 Aya Fujii
Posted by pluvia33 | 03-02-12, 5:02 PM | 1 comments
April 25th, 2011
Seven months ago I talked about being mad at Tokyopop. Well, recently it was announced that Tokyopop has ended their North American manga publishing business. And yeah, this sucks. I mean, as I said in my previous post Tokyopop has pissed me off before by discontinuing four different series that I was following from them. But they were pioneers in the US manga market and released the first two manga series I ever read: Love Hina and Chobits. Love Hina remains to this day one of my most beloved series. And yeah, aside from the cancelations, they have pissed me off in other ways. What they did to their release of GTO was horrendous. And they spread themselves way too thin at one point, licensing just about everything they could get a hold of regardless of quality or popularity (sales potential) and releasing too much OEL (Original English Language) and Korean manga that many people (including myself) just weren’t interested in. I just thought that was dumb business planning.

But anyway, now they’re gone and with that my list of titles left incomplete from them increases to 6 with the addition of Deadman Wonderland and Future Diary (which only had two volumes left to be finished!!). There was also Qwaser of Stigmata, but I actually decided to give up on that series with only one volume before this news, so that doesn’t count. So yeah, this really sucks. And it’s really sad that I actually predicted such a thing in my old post: “Who knows if Tokyopop will even last as a company?” Yeah, oh, and look, I also mentioned Del Rey in that entry. You know what? They ended too! Although their situation isn’t quite as grave since Kodansha USA took over most of their titles. Moyashimon and Nodame are still MIA, but most of the other titles I haven’t finished with Del Rey are continuing. But man, all this uncertainty sucks. The article about Tokyopop also says, “Tokyopop will announce the future of specific titles and other releases in the coming weeks.” But again, who knows.

I’m just going to say it again. You just don’t know with manga in the US. Is it really even worth it anymore? Just the uncertainty of it all. “Oh wow, this series looks really interesting! I hope the company releasing it doesn’t close up or just drop it because it wasn’t making enough money!” I mean, yeah, similar things happen in Japan. If a series isn’t popular enough, it might get cut. But you know what? The difference is that in Japan, in most cases, the editors are like, “Hey man, sorry but we have to cut your series. Can you work on ending it?” The ending might be a little rushed if the creator had a more grand idea for the series, but hey, at least it ended. Unlike here when it’s like, “Hey guys, this series just isn’t selling as well as we hoped. We’re going to have to cut it. Volume 6 is going to be our last release.” And the series is just cut off right there! And you know that there is more of the story out there and you have to deal with the fact that you may never have it on your shelf in English. I’m glad I didn’t decide to pick up the Aqua/Aria series from Tokyopop like I mentioned before. I’d only have half of Aria’s 12 volume run in English. Maybe if I ever get around to it I’ll read scanlations and buy it in Japanese if I like it.

So where are we now and what should I do when it comes to manga? Should I just wait for series to finish in English before buying them? Should I just start to say screw it all and not buy any new manga series in English again, ever? Just import my manga from now on and read fan translations until I can read Japanese fluently? But I still love manga and still love the idea of having manga in English. Admittedly, it’s also really cool to have actual Japanese manga on my shelves and in a lot of cases it’s not much more expensive than buying the English counterparts if you know where to shop. But having it in English is good to have for friends who can’t read Japanese or don’t like reading on a computer screen or whatnot. And who do we have now for English manga? We have Viz and probably will always have Viz with Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece taking up 20% of manga shelf space in most stores. They can also usually be trusted to finish their releases. We actually still have Del Rey for a few xxxHolic and a few other things, but for the most part it’s all about Kodansha USA now. They’re sort of brand new so we don’t really know what to expect. If their sales don’t meet expectations, will they just pack up and go home? Hopefully they can be trusted, especially with revivals of titles like Love Hina and Sailor Moon which should bring in good money for them. Maybe they can even rescue some of the titles left unfinished by the Tokyopop closure. But only time can tell. They’ll start releasing their books in May, some of which I have pre-ordered already, so we’ll see then. And of course there is Yen Press. Like I said before, they are pretty much my favorite publisher right now. I’d like them to stay strong as long as possible and I think they’re working smart right now. We’ll just have to see. And yes, there are more US manga publishers like Vertical and Dark Horse which kind of deserve mentioning, but they mostly work on small more underground titles that don’t get as much attention. I have virtually nothing from them on my shelves (got Clover and a few volumes of Megatokyo from Dark Horse and that’s about it from what I remember). Viz, Yen, and Kodansha are pretty much it right now when it comes to high profile titles in the US.

So in the end, I don’t think I’m quite ready to give up on US releases just yet. Getting into manga was one of the big turning points in my Otaku development and without US English releases (particularly Tokyopop for me), I wouldn’t have had that. At least not as soon as it happened. I would hate to take that away from other developing fans. But then again, most developing fans these days probably just read all of their stuff online so it probably doesn’t matter for them. So whatever. We’ll see.

R.I.P. TOKYOPOP
Posted by pluvia33 | 04-25-11, 9:37 AM | 1 comments
April 21st, 2011
So nearly two months ago I made a post about the (then) upcoming Spring 2011 Anime Line-up. Dez and I are still trying to catch up with last season, but we only have 8 shows left! Comes out to about 86 episodes.... Yeah, that sounds pretty bad, but we can do it!! ^_^

Anyway, I’ve been following The Spring 2011 Anime Preview Guide on ANN and been giving a lot of thought to what we’ll be watching. Here is a new list of shows in priority of how much I want to watch them, followed by a list of the shows that I think we should just skip all together, and then other shows (mostly ones that we might just try to watch at a later time, just not worry about keeping up with them right now). So here we go, another long list!!



And that’s it! So 18 or 19 shows to at least try.... Gonna be a little rough. Hopefully we’ll get closer to finishing up the old shows soon. We’re almost done with the stuff we’re watching with Dan at least, so we’ll be able to check out a little bit of new stuff in a couple of weeks at least. Until next time! ^_^
Posted by pluvia33 | 04-21-11, 10:58 AM | 1 comments
April 1st, 2011
Okay, so I’m a little late with this again, but at least I’m not as late as I was with my 2009 Song List. I didn’t get that one out until October 2010! So yeah, I’m half a year earlier this time! Anyway, again, I watched a good portion of the anime that came out last year and like last year’s list opening, ending and insert theme songs are eligible as long as it played sometime during the year 2010. And again, it’s only one song per show. As last time, it’s a 20 song list with nice little YouTube inserts, although after doing last year’s list and trying to find the videos for this list, I’m really starting to hate YouTube more and more. I had to replace videos 8 times from last year’s list and looking at it now there are 3 videos that aren’t working right now. >_< (don’t know if I’ll bother trying to replace them anymore at this point) And man, some of the videos on this list were hard to find! But anyway, enough of the mini-rant. Here’s the list:

Posted by pluvia33 | 04-01-11, 12:43 PM | 1 comments
March 7th, 2011
Okay, so this is a bit of a weird blog post. I'm actually going to rant a little about another person on MAL. I just think they're kind of dumb. Said person goes by the username paganjihadist and he is a 30 year old "regular joe" on MAL. I would call him an anime fan, but he might get offended if I did.

Now, I randomly came across his profile from a thread about anime fans over the age of 25. I thought his comment was interesting (mostly because he was 30) so I checked his profile and saw this line in his "About" section:

i'm very picky about my shows. i also think that 99.99% of all anime is complete garbage.

Now this bothered me. I didn't really care that he called most anime crap. I can deal with that. Everyone has their own tastes. Whatever. What I did have a problem with was the percentage he gave. I ended up writing this on his profile:

Okay, I'm sorry to nit-pick and take things literally here, but you said you "think that 99.99% of all anime is complete garbage" in your profile. Do you realize what that percentage is?? According to the Encyclopedia on Anime News Network, there are 12329 anime in existence right now. Sure, there might be a few things that aren't in the Encyclopedia, but the list also includes entries that haven't even been released yet, not to mention some VERY old anime that modern fans wouldn't ever watch. But even so, do you know what 0.01% percent of that number is? Rounded down, it comes out to 1. According to your profile, only one anime in all existence is not complete garbage. Yet, you have 8 entries in your anime list which you have rated a 10, so at least 0.065% of anime is also Masterpiece material? And that's only out of what you've seen....

Sorry for the random comment, but your statement kind of bothered me from a statistical standpoint. Good day sir.


Yes yes, I get long winded sometimes. But it just bothered me. According to this guys list, he has actually seen at least part of less than 30 anime. That’s about 0.25% of the anime in existence. And out of what he has seen, he has only rated 24% of his entries below a 5. It just doesn't add up mathematically and it bothered me. Anyway, he then writes this on my profile in response:

i see that it bothered you.....it's obvious from your paragraph about my 99.99% thing.
i can't apologize for things i do or don't like. i also can't apologize if my 99.99% rating is an inacurate percentage . i see that we share some anime....some being the key word here. i also see that most everything i hate about anime is also in your favorites.


i don't think there is any reson to continue discussing anything further.

have a nice day


So this comment is the reason I'm even doing this blog post. He said he didn't think there was any reason for us to continue discussing anything, but it's just so dumb that I had to get it off my chest. If he didn't say that, I would have given him a counterargument on his profile, but he obviously doesn't want that so I'll just put it here. And I'll also go ahead and delete my comment from his profile and his comment off of mine after I post this. If he doesn't want to talk anymore, no reason for those comments to remain.

But yeah, I don't understand why he starts talking about "i can't apologize" and such. Did I sound like I wanted him to apologize?? I just wanted to point out that his comment was dumb. Oh, and it also bothers me that he has the statement "i am open minded" on his profile. Really?? He's easily one of the most close minded anime viewers I have ever come across. And also how he said, "i see that we share some anime....some being the key word here." Really?? Out of the stuff he's seen (29 entires), there are only 6 that I haven't seen yet (yet being the key word here). So I share 79% of his list. Yeah, we only share some anime.

But whatever. This guy is dumb and he'll probably never read this. Now time to go delete those comments and go on with my day. =P
Posted by pluvia33 | 03-07-11, 9:24 AM | 1 comments
March 1st, 2011
Dez and I are doing our best to stay caught up with the Winter 2011 season of anime and catch up with everything we’ve fallen behind on, but it’s March now. April and the start of the Spring 2011 season is just around the corner! So a whole new set of anime is on the horizon for us to check out and decide what we’ll watch and what we’ll pass on. In the past couple of years it has seemed like there hasn’t been as much anime each season as before. But that is not the case with the Spring season. Anime has come back in full force! So here I am to make a list of all of the shows under consideration this season to take up our watching time. Now, this is a lot of anime, but it’s not even everything. I left out some things like sequels to stuff we haven’t seen and stuff we definitely won’t be interested in like Yu-Gi-Oh! and such. But anyway, here is the list:



And that’s it! So we have 31 shows to choose from?! Crap. Of course, some of them we won’t even try and a number of them probably won’t make the cut, but even if we like half of the shows, that’s a lot of anime to keep up with. Especially since we’re still trying to catch up on the current season and a few shows from last season. But I’m sure it will work out somehow. I’m looking forward to seeing some new stuff. ^_^
Posted by pluvia33 | 03-01-11, 11:18 AM | 2 comments
February 22nd, 2011
I'm a little bit late to the news, but according to ANN, Squid Girl is getting a new anime!!! Yay! We don't know when it will be coming out yet, but hopefully it won't be too long. Ika Musume was one of my favorite shows of the Fall 2010 season. A very fun little comedy that totally deserves more anime. I'll be looking forward to it and I know at least two other people (Dez and Dan) who will be just as happy to hear this news. ^_^

And in another piece of news, the Zero no Tsukaima light novel series is ending!! They're saying the 22nd and final volume is set to come out next year. Hopefully this will let a fourth and final anime season go into production. Zero no Tsukaima isn't my favorite light-novel-based anime by a long shot (Haruhi, Toradora, Bakemonogatari, Katanagatari, Shana, and Index all top it, probably among others), but it is a fun and enjoyable series and I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to sit down and actually read all 22 volumes of the series, plus the Tabitha side stories. It'd be nice to be able to just watch the ending someday.

And that is all. Just thought it was nice that there were two pieces of good news waiting for me this morning. Laters! ^_^
Posted by pluvia33 | 02-22-11, 6:45 AM | 1 comments
January 25th, 2011
Today I got a package from Right Stuf. In addition to 9 volumes of manga, the box included two of the new Limited Edition Funimation sets: Black Butler Season One Part 1 and The Sacred Blacksmith. Now, just so you know, this is just my opinion of the packaging and nothing else. Out of the two series I've only seen Blacksmith (as it was airing in fansubs), so I can't even share an opinion on how good of an anime Black Butler is.

If you're unfamiliar with Funimation's new Limited Edition campaign, they're now putting out their releases with Limited Editions coming before the normal, usual release. The Limited Edition version comes with a quality box for the DVD/BD's and most of them also have some other little bonus to go with it. The Limited Editions are sold at $5 more retail price and when they're gone, they're gone! Anyway, here we go:

I'll go ahead and start off with Black Butler since I don't really have any major opinions on it. The release is pretty much just like the usual half-season sets that Funimation has been putting out lately, except that it includes a "sturdy" chipboard box instead of the usual flimsy-card packaging. It's still the same usual DVD thinpacks and it has a flimsy filler-box that you can take out and replace with the second half of the series after it comes out. No real physical extras with this purchase other than the box itself, which is okay with me. The box is very pretty and shinny. But sadly, I had one little problem. "Sturdy" is up there in quotes because my poor little DVD box got a little crushed somehow before it got into my hands! I mean, it's not totally destroyed, but the nice box is cracked in the top back end and is a little sunk in on the left side of the opening. It really sucks and the fact that the Limited Edition sold out for Funimation means that I probably couldn't get it replaced. But really, I probably wouldn't bother anyway. It's not in that bad of condition and it probably might have gotten cracked the next time I moved anyway.

So, on to the next box!! The Sacred Blacksmith luckily came to me in proper condition. But unfortunately, I don't like this release as much as I like Black Butler. Black Butler is a 24 episode series so the box is big enough to hold 4 thinpack DVD cases. Well, Blacksmith is a 12 episode series so the two DVD's that the box came with is all that's in the series. The problem? They still used the same 4-thinpack size box! So the stupid flimsy little filer-box that takes up the other half of the nice chipboard box is there to stay. Pretty lame. Now the box itself, it looks great. It's nice and sturdy, didn't break before it got to me, and it has some nice clean artwork on it. It also came with a little 32 page artbook. It's alright. It has some nice illustrations in the beginning which look like they were done by the original novel's artist. After that comes the original Japanese anime cover artworks for the DVD/BD release over there. Then there is this small double-sided centerfold poster in the middle with Lisa on one side and then a super fan service version of Cecily. After the centerfold there are a few anime screenshot pages and then more fan service! Kind of weird that they used such a fan service angle with the artbook since the actual series isn't overly fan service-like. But I guess sex sells and Funimation tends to be pretty good at exploiting that. About half of them I've seen from the pages of Megami magazine, so not really anything new, and they're so much smaller. In the end, I think I regret getting the Limited Edition in this case. The stupid filler box really annoys me and the artbook isn't really that great in my opinion. Others who might enjoy the fan service pictures more fully and might not be bothered by the filler box thing, I'd say it would be worth it. But for me, not really. Maybe if the artbook was better, had a bunch of character designs, weapon designs, background designs, interviews, or something more and if it was actually a nice hardcover book that took up the entire filler box space instead of having the stupid filler box, I think I'd like this a lot more. Instead the artbook is a thin stapled together thing with a little bit of good art which I ended up just putting inside of the stupid filler box. Lame.

So yeah, in the end, pretty disappointing. The Limited Edition that I was really looking forward to ended up being underwhelming and the one that ended up actually being okay ended up being kind of broken. Oh well. Hopefully Ga-Rei Zero's Limited Edition release (which I have pre-ordered) will be better or I might have to give up on Funimation's cool new little gimmick. Laters!
Posted by pluvia33 | 01-25-11, 5:29 PM | 1 comments
January 22nd, 2011
Yesterday on ANN they had a news post about a promo for Hidan no Aria, a new anime starting in April. And it revealed the voice actors for the two main characters: Aria will be played by Rie Kugimiya and Kinji will be played by Junji Majima!! This reunites the voice actors of the two main characters from my third favorite anime (Taiga and Ryuuji from Toradora!). Pretty cool. I'm really looking forward to this series now. :)

But yeah, I think it's pretty funny when this kind of thing happens. It's the same thing that happened with Shana and Zero no Tsukaima, except the male character was played by a different guy in those (Satoshi Hino), but that was also Rie Kugimiya. This season Rie and Junji also have staring roles, but they're in different series. As I mentioned in my last post, Rie plays Rose in Dragon Crisis! and Junji plays Aikawa in Zombie.

Oh, and you know what else?? All six of these shows mentioned were based on light novel series! I'm kind of surprised that Rie isn't playing Haruna in the Zombie anime. It's like if someone's making an anime that includes a bad-ass petite girl as a main character, they get Rie Kugimiya on speed dial!! XD

Anyway, I just thought it was cool. Laters!
Posted by pluvia33 | 01-22-11, 12:14 PM | 0 comments
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