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High School DxD New: The Series (Blu-ray Review)

High School DxD NewIssei Hyodo is back with all of his voluptuous friends, only this time he has more power than ever before. With the Excaliber swords and the Archangel Michael joining him in battle against the deadliest of foes yet, only time will tell if the Occult Research Club continues to thrive or if new leadership is needed to usher in a new magical era. The enchanting adventure returns with more badass babes than any high school male should ever have to drool over.  Continue reading ‘High School DxD New: The Series (Blu-ray Review)’

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Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Review) (FUNimation Exclusive Limited to 2500 copies)

Cowboy BebopExplore the far reaches of the galaxy in this undeniably hip series that inspired a generation – and redefined anime as an indisputable art form. The Bebop crew is just trying to make a buck. This motley lot of intergalactic loners teams up to track down fugitives and turn them in for cold hard cash. Spike is a hero whose cool façade hides a dark and deadly past. The pilot Jet is a bruiser of a brute who can’t wait to collect the next bounty. Faye Valentine is a femme fatale prone to breaking hearts and separating fools from their money. Along for the ride are the brilliant, but weird, hacker Ed and a super-genius Welsh Corgi named Ein. On their own, any one of them is likely to get lost in the sprawl of space, but together, they’re they most entertaining gang of bounty hunters in the year 2071.  Continue reading ‘Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Review) (FUNimation Exclusive Limited to 2500 copies)’

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Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Review)

Cowboy Bebop Explore the far reaches of the galaxy in this undeniably hip series that inspired a generation – and redefined anime as an indisputable art form. The Bebop crew is just trying to make a buck. This motley lot of intergalactic loners teams up to track down fugitives and turn them in for cold hard cash. Spike is a hero whose cool façade hides a dark and deadly past. The pilot Jet is a bruiser of a brute who can’t wait to collect the next bounty. Faye Valentine is a femme fatale prone to breaking hearts and separating fools from their money. Along for the ride are the brilliant, but weird, hacker Ed and a super-genius Welsh Corgi named Ein. On their own, any one of them is likely to get lost in the sprawl of space, but together, they’re they most entertaining gang of bounty hunters in the year 2071.  Continue reading ‘Cowboy Bebop: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Review)’

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Ghost In The Shell Arise: Borders 1 & 2 (Blu-ray Review)

Ghost in the Shell Arise I totally missed out on the 25th Anniversary of Ghost in the Shell but it was reviewed here by our very own Aaron Neuwirth. The Blu-ray Gods smiled upon me and blessed me with this Ghost in the Shell Arise series – episodes 1 & 2. This is a two-disc collector’s set. Each episode is stored in its very own case, along with the DVD version, booklet, in a nifty collector’s box. FUNimation doesn’t play around when it comes to packaging and Arise is testament to it especially for being a 2-episode set spread out in two cases. I’ve got zero complaints, so read on and find out if Ghost in the Shell Arise is worth your time and money.   Continue reading ‘Ghost In The Shell Arise: Borders 1 & 2 (Blu-ray Review)’

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Bayonetta: Bloody Fate (Blu-ray Review)

BayonettaThe cutting-edge studio behind Afro Samurai brings to life the sexy, stylish, and undeniably-badass video game vixen who prowls the shadows of your wildest dreams. Based on the best-selling franchise, this pulse-pounding feature length anime shows you a side of Bayonetta you’ve never seen before! Twenty years after her awakening, the hottest witch in gaming history is still searching for clues that could help unravel the mysteries of her dark past. Aided in her quest by the clandestine weapon smith Rodin – and his deadly creations: Scarborough Fair – Bayonetta continues to leave a trail of angel corpses in her irresistible wake. Her search for answers leads to encounters with a mysterious – and eerily familiar – little girl, a vengeance-obsessed journalist, and a deadly white-haired beauty that seems to know more about Bayonetta than the witch herself. Fans of the franchise won’t want to miss this chance to see their favorite fantasy come to life in a killer flick packed with mind-blowing action and scandalous scenes of seduction! Continue reading ‘Bayonetta: Bloody Fate (Blu-ray Review)’

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Attack on Titan, Part 2: LIMITED EDITION (Blu-ray Review)

Attack on Titan Part IIEren Jaeger vowed to rid mankind of the bloodthirsty giants who devoured his mother and destroyed his city. Now, after discovering that he has the ability to turn into a Titan, the world Eren promised to protect looks at him like he is the monster. Narrowly avoiding execution, Eren’s fate is entrusted to the Scout Regiment where he must prove capable of following orders. But on an expedition outside the wall, a unique female Titan appears and cuts through the Scouts, leaving a trail of carnage and splintered bones behind her and making it difficult for Eren to control his rage. As it becomes obvious that a traitor is sabotaging the Regiment from within, Eren must ask himself who humanity’s true enemy really is. Bloody revelations await beyond the wall in this jaw-dropping series io9.com calls ”Japan’s equivalent of The Walking Dead.”  The Attack on Titan – Part Two – Limited Edition Plus Box release comes with a 3-D Lenticular Art Card, and the Notes From Beyond The Wall: Part 2 (a 24 page digibook containing 4 panel comics, artwork, interviews and more!). Packed with over 67 minutes of extras, including: Episode 14 & 25 Commentaries, Attack on Titan at Anime Expo, ”Chibi Theatre: Fly, Cadets, Fly!” Days 14-25, Eyecatch Gallery, Textless Songs, and more!  There is also an Ender Art Box, which is designed to house both the Part 1 & Part 2 Attack on Titan Limited Edition releases. It comes with a removable filler box, perfectly designed to slide the separately purchased Part 1 into place.  Continue reading ‘Attack on Titan, Part 2: LIMITED EDITION (Blu-ray Review)’

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Attack on Titan, Part 2 (Blu-ray Review)

Attack on Titan  Part IIEren Jaeger vowed to rid mankind of the bloodthirsty giants who devoured his mother and destroyed his city. Now, after discovering that he has the ability to turn into a Titan, the world Eren promised to protect looks at him like he is the monster. Narrowly avoiding execution, Eren s fate is entrusted to the Scout Regiment where he must prove capable of following orders. But on an expedition outside the wall, a unique female Titan appears and cuts through the Scouts, leaving a trail of carnage and splintered bones behind her and making it difficult for Eren to control his rage. As it becomes obvious that a traitor is sabotaging the Regiment from within, Eren must ask himself who humanity’s true enemy really is. Bloody revelations await beyond the wall in this jaw-dropping series io9.com calls ”Japan’s equivalent of The Walking Dead.”  Comes with the following extras: Episode 14 & 25 Commentaries, Attack on Titan at Anime Expo, ”Chibi Theatre: Fly, Cadets, Fly!” Days 14-25, Eyecatch Gallery, Textless Songs, and more!  Continue reading ‘Attack on Titan, Part 2 (Blu-ray Review)’

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Ghost In The Shell: 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)

ghost in the shell whysoblu coverGhost in the Shell has arrived in a 25th Anniversary Blu-ray package, though that label is most definitely deceiving.  While I was happy to receive this film on Blu-ray, as I had never actually seen the acclaimed anime, this disc has its ups and downs.  On a positive note, this Blu-ray features a new video transfer and an upgraded audio track, compared to the last Blu-ray release.  On the downside, there are no special features whatsoever.  As it stands though, the film is what mostly counts and now having seen it, I am happy to agree with so many in regards to the high standing Ghost in the Shell has in the realm of classic anime features.

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Hal – The Movie (Blu-ray Review)

Hal - The Movie Blu-ray Review Kurumi’s heart was broken by the sudden death of her boyfriend in a tragic airplane accident. Forced to carry on without her beloved Hal, she fell into a reclusive and joyless existence. Kurumi had given up on the world, but a brilliant scientist devised a plan to win her back. By melding futuristic technology with the binary equivalent of human emotion, they created an ultra-lifelike robotic surrogate to take Hal s place and lure Kurumi from her shroud of solitude. Resistant at first, this shattered beauty slowly yielded to her feelings of longing and took comfort in the company of a robot. Though their unique bond grew stronger with each passing day, Kurumi and Hal would soon discover that nothing about their artificial love story was quite as it seemed.  Continue reading ‘Hal – The Movie (Blu-ray Review)’

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MILLION DOLLAR ARM On Blu-ray 10/7!

Million-Dollar-ArmFrom the studio that brought you “Miracle” and “Remember the Titans” comes Disney’s“Million Dollar Arm,” an inspirational baseball story sliding home on Blu-ray™, Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand October 7th! Exciting bonus features include an alternate ending, deleted scenes, outtakes, “Training Camp,” “Million Dollar Music by A.R. Rahman,” and more!

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GHOST IN THE SHELL 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION Blu-ray Materializes In September!

gits 25th anniversary emailI am very picky when it comes to my anime and I have actually yet to see Ghost in the Shell, but it looks like now I will have my chance.  25 years ago, a breathtaking leap in the history of animation stunned and amazed audiences, with the release of Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell.  Now, to celebrate a quarter century of its groundbreaking blend of traditional cel and CGI animation, Anchor Bay Entertainment proudly announces the Ghost in the Shell 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray™. Boasting an all new HD transfer, the GitS 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray™ hits streets September 30th.  Read on to learn more about this upcoming release.

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Jiro Dreams Of Fighter Planes: ‘The Wind Rises’ (Movie Review)

the wind rises whysoblu thumbThe Wind Rises is a wonderful addition to Studio Ghibli’s impressive library of anime features.  With only a hint of fantastical elements, which mainly come in the form of dream sequences, The Wind Rises is really an animated biopic of a man responsible for designing Japanese fighter planes during WWII, but with a fictionalized focus on his personal life.  There are numerous themes that the film attempts to explore, but even while it has a sense of melancholy to go with the main character’s own sense of discovery, it stays back from the messy politics of it all.  Really, this is a story of a man who had dreams of creating an ideal design and how he balanced his goals with the reality of life.

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Cowboy Bebop: The Movie Q&A, Featuring Steve Blum And Peter Ramsey

Cowboy Bebop-001On August 25th, I was happy to attend a screening of Cowboy Bebop: The Movie at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, which was then followed by a panel discussion featuring actor Steve Blum (voice of ‘Bebop’s lead character Spike Spiegel) and director and illustrator Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians).  As a huge fan of the popular anime series and the film it spawned, it was exciting to see the film on the big screen again (I was fortunate to see the film during its very limited, original theatrical run in America, back in 2003), but also a very fun panel to listen in on afterward.  Continue on to listen to the entire Q&A and learn more about this fun event.

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Studio Ghibli’s Latest Animated Masterpiece, FROM UP ON POPPY HILL, Arrives On Blu-ray This September

106-001New York, NY — This September, GKIDS, in conjunction with Cinedigm (NASDAQ: CIDM), invites home viewers to experience the latest masterwork from Studio Ghibli: FROM UP ON POPPY HILL, from the creators of Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, and many other animated masterpieces. Written by legendary studio founder Hayao Miyazaki and directed by Goro Miyazaki, the film marks the first feature-length collaboration between father and son – and the results are stunning.  Fresh off a triumphant domestic and international theatrical run, Cinedigm will release this acclaimed gem in multiple formats: Blu-ray+ DVD 2-Pack, DVD 2-Pack, and Cable VOD on September 3rd, 2013.  Continue on to learn more about this upcoming release.

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C: Control – The Money and Soul of Possibility: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Review)

Kimimaro works two jobs to put himself through college. He’s handed an end to his check-to-check lifestyle when he’s offered a large sum of money to compete in a dangerous game. Kimimaro needs the extra cash, but he’ll invest his future as collateral in the Financial District. In this alternate dimension, people wage battles using Assets, warriors that protect their masters at all costs. You get wealthier every time you win, but if you lose, it could rob you of your family, your home, or your life. The destructive forces at play between the Financial District and the physical world compel Kimimaro to confront the most powerful man in the game. In this groundbreaking series, find out if the world will survive or disappear from existence. Continue reading ‘C: Control – The Money and Soul of Possibility: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Review)’

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Aria the Scarlet Ammo (Blu-ray Review)

Kinji is a junior at a high school for mercenaries.  He just wants to be normal, but his secret condition – he turns into an ace killer when he’s turned on by the female form – triggers a fiery transfer student’s unrelenting desire to make him her partner. Continue reading ‘Aria the Scarlet Ammo (Blu-ray Review)’

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Heaven’s Memo Pad: Complete Collection (Blu-ray Review)

Narumi Fujishima isn’t your typical high school student; he’s never really fit in and has been becoming increasingly more isolated from his fellow classmates.  But he’s not alone, and when Ayaka, the sole member of the Gardening Club, introduces him to the reclusive girl who lives above the ramen shop.  Narumi enters a whole new secret world.  Alice is a NEET, someone who is Not Employed, being Educated or in Training, but as Narumi quickly discovers, that doesn’t mean that she does nothing all day.  In between tending to her small army of stuffed bears, Alice is an expert hacker and very exclusive, private detective.  To his surprise, Narumi finds himself drafted as one of the strange, but elite team of associates that Alice has assembled from her NEET acquaintances.  Together they’ll battle gangs, thieves, murderers and drug lords.  And in the middle of it all, Narumi will find his life changing forever in Heaven’s Memo Pad! Continue reading ‘Heaven’s Memo Pad: Complete Collection (Blu-ray Review)’

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Steins;Gate: Complete Series, Part One (Blu-ray Review)

The microwave is a time machine. Okarin proved it. The self-annointed mad scientist nuked bananas into some gelatinous version of the future.  Or maybe it was the past.  Doesn’t matter.  No one thought he could do it.  But he did it anyway.  He sent text messages through time to people he knew.  To his friends.  Some of them female.  Pretty.  He should have been more careful.  He should have stopped.  Tampering with the time-space continuum attracts unwelcome attention.  Clandestine organizations of nefarious origin take notice. SERN. Always watching. Okarin knows: he can feel their eyes.  That’s why he started the top secret Future Gadget Lab.  To stop them.  You should join.  We get to wear lab coats, and it’s dangerous.  Danger is exciting because it’s deadly.  The microwave is a time machine.  Steins;Gate is a surreal viewing experience that’s an absolute must-watch for all fans of sci-fi. Continue reading ‘Steins;Gate: Complete Series, Part One (Blu-ray Review)’

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