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My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Complete Collection Blu-Ray (anime Review)

series was reviewed by Andrew and Katie

Title: My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Complete Collection Blu-Ray

Director: Ai Yoshimura

Studio: Brian’s Base

Author: Shotaro Suga

U.S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U.S. Release Date: March 13rd, 2018

Format and Length: Blu-ray / 25 Episodes / 650 Minutes

Genre: Comedy, Romance, School

Industry Age Rating: 14 and up

Overall Personal Rating: B

Similar Series or Titles to Check Out: The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, WataMote: No Matter How I Look At It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Unpopular, Haganai, and Haganai: NEXT

Synopsis:

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Complete Collection contains episodes 1-13 of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU and episodes 1-12 of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU TOO!

Caution! Opposites may attract, but putting them together may result in chemical burns, electric shocks, and explosions. Enter Hachiman Hikigaya, a pessimistic high school student with no friends and absolutely no interest in making any, and the firm belief that everyone else’s cherished high school experiences are either delusions or outright lies. Hachiman finds himself forcibly coerced by his well-meaning student advisor into joining the one member Service Club. There he encounters club founder Yukino Yukinoshita, a smart, attractive, walking superiority complex who looks down on the entire student body.

These two negative personalities are quick to attract Yui Yuigahama, who’s cute, bright, cheerful, and needs the Service Club’s help to… bake cookies as she should not be allowed in a kitchen by herself. Is this a recipe for romance or the precursor for a nuclear meltdown? Will there be cookies or a reason for everyone to play hooky? Get ready for rom-com gone totally wrong as the three members of the Service Club is unleashed on the unsuspecting student body!

The stampede of recent events may have herded the awkward members of the Service Club into something closer to a real bonding, but the upcoming field trip to Kyoto threatens to reverse those tiny steps forward. Alongside a list of attractions to see, they will also be taking along a lot of emotional baggage, and helping others with their personal and romantic issues may just cause the entire luggage rack to collapse.

Between Hachiman’s growing realization of how much he can manipulate others, Yukino’s underlying battles with responsibility, and Yui’s shifting needs and insecurities, the tenuous thread that holds their relationship together is more fragile than ever. Even as the path ahead is strewn with psychological traps, the feelings that each of them refuse to acknowledge may end up being the true pitfall in My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Too!: Complete Collection.

Commentary:

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU: The Complete Collection is the opposite of a rom-com but at the same time it is one as well it just depends on the episode. My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU: The Complete Collection gives you a fresh and exciting spin on anime stereotypes that will leave you bawling in laughter. The storyline is mostly episodic and character-driven. The last few episodes flow together but the rest of the episodes do not need to be watched in order after the first episode.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU: The Complete Collection really gets its characters and empathizes with them, but it does not make excuses for them. The characters are wonderful and well thought-out. Hachiman Hikigaya, or Hiki, is your cynical and somewhat pessimistic lead male character and his dissections of everyday occurrences and his appreciation for the little things in life bring hilarity to the story. The way he thinks and acts changes drastically throughout the course of the show as he meets new people and learns more about how to be a friend. Yukino Yukinoshita is the incredibly cunning and calculative tsundere of the series. She and Hiki are in the same boat when referring to lack of friends because she lacks them due to her perceived perfection and elitist attitude; while Hiki lacks them for his mistrust of others and cynical behavior. It was amazing to watch them grow on each other in a way that is not very predictable, but extremely well done. Yiu Yiugahama is the air-headed and inexplicable nice member of the group and serves as the glue that sticks them together with her much needed comical outbreaks and genuine emotions.

The animators brought these characters to life and it was amazing to watch. The character designs were bright and the facial expressions added the realism to the series. The opening and closing songs were fun to listen to and were easy to sing-along with. The voice actors did a great job and helped bring the characters to life before your eyes.

I loved the first season and I was really looking forward to the conclusion that My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Too!: Complete Collection would give the story. Boy was I wrong about that conclusion because Hachiman, Yukino, and Yui end up not talking about their feelings at all and instead shove them all to the side so they can just be friends. There was no plot progression, actually it crawled at a snail’s pace and never really went anywhere, and the characters did not change or develop at all.

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Too!: Complete Collection starts off where the first season left off at the school festival and Hachiman’s behavior is explained to some degree. Then they all go off to Kyoto and that is where all the problems for our three main characters start. Hachiman decides to go off and change the outcome of one of the club’s projects and they did not care at all for how he handled it. Yukino’s older sister comes back into the story and just causes all sorts of trouble and eventually brings their mother into the picture because she is worried that Yukino is just copying her older sister and not becoming her own person. That situation is what forces Yukino to set her true feelings aside and it changed her personality. Yui is just too shy to say her true feelings and instead just wants everyone to be friends and get along. She knows that cannot happen but she still pushes for it every chance she gets.

The animation changed a bit from the first season but it still looks great. The colors are bright and lively and the backgrounds do not detract from the characters. The voice actors did a great job as always. The opening and closing animations were catchy and I found myself singing along with them within a few episodes.

Overall Grade: B

My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU: The Complete Collection has made it onto my list of favorite series and I found it quite enjoyable. It is a refreshing and interesting take on the rom-com genre. It is great that Sentai Filmworks has put both together in one package.

Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) Blu-Ray Collection (anime review)

Title:Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) Blu-Ray Collection

Director: Kazuhiro Furuhashi

Writer: Yasuyuki Muto

Music by: Hiroyuki Sawano

Studio: Sunrise

U. S. Distributor: Right Stuf

U. S. Release Date: March 6th, 2018

Format: Blu-ray / 7 Episodes / 450 Minutes

Genre: Mecha, Sci Fi, Action, Adventure, Drama

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Grade: A-

Synopsis:

Mobile Suit Gundam UC (Unicorn) Blu-ray Collection contains episodes 1-7.

Universal Century 0096. Three years after the last conflict between Neo Zeon and the Earth Federation Forces, the tentative peace of the Earth Sphere is about to be shattered again. Cardeas Vist, the head of the powerful Vist Foundation, has decided to hand over “Laplace’s Box,” the secret of the Foundation’s prosperity, to the supposed enemy, Neo Zeon. Banagher Links, a student at the space colony Industrial 7, rescues a mysterious girl who calls herself Audrey Burne. Audrey is seeking to prevent a war, but it seems she has come too late. As Banagher’s home colony is devastated by the attacks of the enemy mobile suit Kshatriya, he finds his strange destiny and is forced to fight in the formidable weapon system known as the Unicorn Gundam.

Based on a bestselling novel by the famed writer Harutoshi Fukui and animated with theatrical quality, this new chapter in the Gundam saga is a cutting-edge anime series for all coming generations.

Special Features: The “Story So Far”, Episode EX “One Hundred Years of Solitude”, Episode Recaps, Episode 5 Ending with Lyrics, Trailers, Promotional Videos, Commercials, MS & Character Highlights, Episode 3 Textless Ending.

Commentary:

In the wide world of Mobile Suit Gundam there are few series that I find as well put together as Unicorn. This short but exceptional series does something that others did not manage to do. It makes the characters mostly likable and less melodramatic than most of the other series. Unicorn does play fast and loose with physics and makes some aspects a little hard to believe but it remains fun and entertaining. Maybe not as much fun as MS 08th Team or dramatic and hard hitting as Thunderbolt,  but it still hits most of the high points and leave little to disappoint.

The one thing that I felt was a little to tried and true for a Gundam series was the way Banagher was whinny and somewhat of a punk. This model of the anti-hero is something the Japanese love to have as the star protagonist. At least they toned it down somewhat and didn’t allow him to ruin the series the way Camille or even Amuro Ray for that matter. This whinny hero boy archetype is always the weak link in gundam and it is not surprise that most fans will levitate toward  Char or Full Frontal as the real favorite.

Overall grade: A-

One great benefit to being produced in the last 10 years is the quality of animation. Unicorn is top flight and it really does make a difference. Being easy to watch make all the difference in the world. I found it much easier to overlook the bad physics and melodramatic writing when the overall look is fluid and appealing.

Overall Mobile Suit Gundam: Unicorn is one of the best short series for Gundam, next to MS o8th Team. I know that this group of disc were out already, but the repackaging in a single group is much appreciated and I have a feeling that plenty of Gundam fans will be standing in line on March 6th to get their copy. I know I am glad to have mine.

 

Items Just Arrived 2.8.18

Here is a list of the items we just got in:

The Eccentric Family 2 Collectible Figures

Nendoroid Sayaka Miki: Maiko ver

Nendoroid Lancer/ Jeanne d`Arc Alter Santa Lily

Goodsmile Racing Personal Sponsorship 2017 figma Course (8,000JPY Level)

figma You Watanabe

figma Guts: Black Swordsman ver. Repainted Edition

Nendoroid Morgana

Cowboy Bebop Collectible Card

Game: 2 Player Turbo Box

New Arrivals 2.6.18

Here is a list of items we just got in:

Books

Akame ga KILL! Vol. 13 (Manga)

Baccano! Vol. 1 (Manga)

Black Butler Vol. 25 (Manga)

Junji Ito’s Dissolving Classroom (Manga)

Made in Abyss Vol. 1 (Manga)

Plum Crazy! Tales of a Tiger-Striped Cat Vol. 4 (Manga)

She and Her Cat (Manga)

Sword Art Online Progressive Vol. 6 (Manga)

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 8 (Manga)

Figures

Project Diva Miku Future Tone Figure

Monster Hunter Plus Vol. 5 Blind Boxes

Monster Hunter Plus Vol. 7 Blind Boxes

Monster Hunter Plus Vol. 8 Blind Boses

Fairy Tail: Erza Scarlet POP Vinyl Figure

Fairy Tail: Lucy POP Vinyl Figure

Fairy Tail: Natsu POP Vinyl Figure

Fairy Tail: Wendy Marvell POP Vinyl Figure

Dragon Ball Super: Future Trunks POP Vinyl figure

Dragon Ball Super: Goku Black POP Vinyl Figure

Games

Playing Cards: Chocobo’s Crystal Hunt

Playing Cards: Chocobo’s Crystal Hunt – Dungeon & Monsters Expansion Pack

Key Chains 

Key Chain: Bananya – Bananya Pocket Pop Vinyl

Key Chain: Bananya – Bananyako Pocket Pop Vinyl

Key Chain: Bananya – Black Bananya Pocket Pop Vinyl

Key Chain: Bananya – Daddy Bananya Pocket Pop Vinyl

Key Chain: Bananya – Long-Haired Bananya Pocket Pop Vinyl

Plush

Fairy Tail: Happy 17” Plush

Fairy Tail: Happy 3.5” Mini Plush

Fairy Tail: Happy 4” Ball Plush

Kill la Kill: Guts 12” Plush

One-Punch Man: Saitama Ball Plush

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless (anime review)

Title: Tanaka-kun is Always Listless on Blu-ray

Director: Shin’ya Kawatsura

Writer: Akemi Omode

Music by: Hiromi Mizutani

Studio: Silver Link

U. S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U. S. Release Date: Jan. 30th, 2018

Format: Blu-ray / 12 Episodes/ 300 Minutes

Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life

Age Rating: PG

Overall Personal Rating: A-

Synopsis:

Tanaka-kun can’t help it. Put him someplace nice and warm, and he’ll start nodding off, even in class or on the way to school. You would think that this would eat into Tanaka’s social life, but, fortunately, our consciousness-challenged protagonist has a guardian angel in the form of his best friend Ohta, a gentle giant who (literally) carries Tanaka from place to place. Then there’s class-rep Shiraishi, who’s convinced that Tanaka’s unique perspective lets him see past her beautiful appearance; Miyano, their hyper pint-sized classmate who somehow becomes Tanaka’s unwanted apprentice in listlessness; and Echizen, a self-proclaimed delinquent who’s determined to fight him. As for Tanaka, being the center of attention is the last place he wants to be, but the world just won’t leave him alone.

Commentary:

I find Tanaka-kun is Always Listless to be a very interesting series. That fact that someone that sleepy has such devoted fiends says a lot about the Japanese culture. Tanaka being one of the most tied characters in all of anime manages to lead a full ice life. If he were in an western series he would be a side character who manages to get in the way every once in a while, but to see him have not just friends but a cute girl who has a crush on him is outrageous at best.

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless has a full variety of characters and that is where it really shines. I found Ohta to be one of the more interesting character with his stoic manner and unwavering friendship to be spot on. Most of the rest of the group are standard fair for most slice of life anime, but with this series you get to enjoy them in a much different way because of Tanaka and his sleepy nature.

Overall Grade: A-

Tanaka-kun is Always Listless hits the mark on many levels and even though it has its slow moments I found it to be vey likable. I would not recommend Tanaka-kun is Always Listless if you are tired because you might fall asleep just watching Tanaka and his listless nature.

I did find the animation style to be perfect of the series and the English voice actors did a great job with understanding their character. Most of the overall production was spot on. The only area where I found any issues was with some of the basic plot line and character development of a couple of the secondary character.

I found it to be a much more positive experience than with some of the other recent slice of life series and would suggest that if you are looking for something that is straight up funny thenTanaka-kun is Always Listless is of you.

 

New Figure Arrivals Today 1.18.18

Here is a short but wonderful list of figures we just received:

Nendoroid Plus Collectible Rubber Straps: LoveLive!Sunshine!! Swimsuit Ver.

Nendoroid Mitsuha Miyamizu

Nendoroid Taki Tachibana

figma Kirito: O.S ver

figma Shoyo Hinata

Nendoroid Wakatoshi Ushijima

New Arrivals 1.16.18

Here is a list of items we just received:

Books

Death Note (All-in-One Edition) (Manga)

Dragon Ball Super Vol. 1 (Manga)

FukuFuku: Kitten Tales Vol. 1 (Manga) (Chi’s Sweet Home)

Howl’s Moving Castle Vol. 1 (Manga)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 Phantom Blood Vol. 1 (Manga)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2 Battle Tendency Vol. 1 (Manga)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Stardust Crusaders Vol. 1 (Manga)

Karneval Vol. 1 (Manga)

Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Omnibus Vol. 1 (Manga)

Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter Vol. 1 (Manga)

Monster Perfect Edition Vol. 1 (Manga)

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Vol. 1 (Manga)

My Hero Academia Vol. 10 (Manga)

No Game No Life Novel Vol. 5

No Game No Life Novel Vol. 6

One-Punch Man Vol. 12 (Manga)

Persona 4 Vol. 1 (Manga)

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side – P3 Vol. 1 (Manga)

Servamp Vol. 10 (Manga)

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 1 (Manga)

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 13 (Manga)

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 14 (Manga)

Tokyo Ghoul: re Vol. 1 (Manga)

Figures

Death Note: Light POP Vinyl Figure

Dragon Ball Z: Final Form Frieza Pop! Vinyl Figure

Dragon Ball Z: Goku & Nimbus Pop! Vinyl Figure

Dragon Ball Z: Vegeta Pop! Vinyl Figure

Fairy Tail: Erza Scarlet POP Vinyl Figure

Naruto Shippuden: Kakashi POP Vinyl Figure

Naruto Shippuden: Naruto Rasengan POP Vinyl Figure

Naruto Shippuden: Tobi/Obito POP Vinyl Figure

One-Punch Man: Lord Boros POP Vinyl Figure

Sonic: Sonic w/ Ring Pop Vinyl Figure

Sword Art Online: Kirito POP Vinyl Figure

13cm Hatsune Miku Goodsmile Racing & TeamUKYO Racing Miku 2017 Figure

New Arrivals Today 1.11.18

New Stuff today:

Llama Hood Alpaca 12 Inches Prime Plush (White)

Llama Hood Alpaca 12 Inches Prime Plush (Pink)

Llama Hood Alpaca 12 Inches Prime Plush (Purple)

Llama Hood Alpaca 18 Inches Prime Plush (Pink)

Llama Earmuffs Alpaca 7″ Prime Plush white

Evangelion Rei Christmas Figure 22cm

Sword Art Online The Movie -Ordinal Scale- Sinon PVC Figure

Re: Zero Starting Life in Another World Emilia Figure 20cm

Danganronpa 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed 9×12

Black Butler 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed 9×12

Rin-Ne 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Log Horizon Season 2 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Hatsune Miku Figure Original Autumn Clothes Ver. 18cm

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei!: Kaleid Figure Illyasviel von Einzbern

Sword Art Online The Movie Ordinal Scale Kirito Premium Figure 17cm

Hatsune Miku Project DIVA SPM Super Premium Figure Christmas

Magical Girl Madoka Magica Figure

Relaxation Time Kyoko Sakura and Miki Sayaka from Puella Magi Madoka The Movie 14cm Sleeping Version(B)

KISSDUM-R Engage Planet

Title: KISSDUM-R Engage Planet on Blu-ray

Director: Yasuchika Nagaoka and Eiichi Satō

Writer: Yasuchika Nagaoka

Studio: Satelight

U. S. Distributor: Maiden Japan

U. S. Release Date: Jan. 2nd, 2018

Format: Blu-ray / 25 Episodes plus 4 OVA / 650 Minutes

Genre: Sci Fi, Mecha, Action/Adventure and Fantasy

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating: B+

Synopsis:

KISSDUM-R Engage Planet the Complete Collection contains episodes 1-25 and OVA’s 1-4.

The destruction of a cruise ship leaves thousands dead, but the body count is only beginning. As researchers try to make sense of the strange new fish and insects appearing around the world, scientist Rurika Yuno and the N.I.D.F. attempt to track down the source of the mutation, a mysterious artifact called the Book of The Dead. When the Book is finally located, all Hell breaks loose. Literally. As swarms of hellspawned fireflies and giant unearthly creatures attack mercilessly across the planet, Rurika is forced to use the Book to resurrect her dead lover, fighter pilot Aiba Shu. But can even humanity’s last desperate line of defense – the Necrodiver – defeat an ancient evil whose only goal is to exterminate all mankind? The final war has begun!

Special Features: Japanese Commercials & Promos, Clean Opening Animation, and Clean Closing Animation.

Commentary:

Okay, Kissdum-R Engaged Planet is something of a real mystery for me. From the opening episode I was intrigued and began to get into many of the characters. A few episodes later I was a broken man and not sure what direction the series was going. As I stuck to the series I found myself hitting his and lows every few episodes. I just felt like I wasn’t sure about getting connected to any of the secondary characters. Shu Aiba was the only one that I could latch onto and begin to bond with his character. I did appreciate that he didn’t fall into the stereotypical male protagonist who wined more than anyone else. Shu was solid and followed through with what he needed to do and I appreciated it very much. Although, his character was a little one sided and felt like a simple shonen hero.

It did take a long time for the series to settle in and start making some progress with the plot line and as it began to solidify I began to warn to the simple nature of the story and action. I began to feel like it was one of those average series that just wanted to give you some action on a weekly basis and there is nothing wrong with that.

Overall Grade: B+

Kiss dun-R Engaged Planted falls under one of the many overlooked shonen series that take a simple story and manages to throw several curves at you right away but eventually settles into a rhythm that makes total sense. I found the animation to be slightly above average and much of the writing to hit the mark. I was somewhat confused in the first 6 to seven episodes as the overall cast changed so much, but one I got into the middle of the series I understood why things had to be that way.

My one disappointment was that Kissdum-R Engaged Planet fell into the battle of the week series and tended to forget the post and series progressing in the middle episodes which I found to be reassuring and somewhat of a letdown but not an overwhelming disappointment.

When it comes to new releases I honestly think that Kissdum-R Engaged Planet will be overlooked and it really shouldn’t be. It has every right to stand next to many of the big budget, heavly marketed series that are coming out.

So, if you are looking for a interesting action adventure series that mixes it up on you right off the bat then you should check out Kissdum-R Engaged Planet.

 

 

Gundam Re-Stock 12.29.17

Here is the list of what we got in today:

PG Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee N

PG Wing Gundam Zero (EW), “Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz”

Sinanju (Ver. Ka) “Gundam UC”, Bandai MG

Destiny Gundam “Gundam SEED Destiny”, Bandai MG

Strike Noir Gundam, “Gundam SEED Stargazer”, Bandai MG

MG-RX-0 UNICORN HD COLOR

MG Turn A

MG-EW OZ-13MS Epyon

RG Astray Red Frame

MG-MS RX-77-2 Guncannon

#1 Wing Gundam 1/100, Bandai Gundam Wing

#3 Gundam Deathscythe, “Gundam Wing”, Bandai HG Wing

#4 Wing Gundam Zero, “Gundam Wing”, Bandai HG Wing

SD-GG Shining Gundam

SD-GG God Gundam

HG Seed – Abyss Gundam

HG-UC ZG RMS-179 GM II

HG R08 Calamity

HG-BF WG Fenice

#53 Amazing Strike Freedom Gundam “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBF

#57 Ninpulse Gundam “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBF

HG-CE Strike Rouge

RG Astray Red FrameGundam

Exia “Gundam 00”, Bandai RG

HG AGE-FX

HG-TB Atlas

HG UC Blue Destiny Unit 2

#54 00 Raiser + GN Sword lll “Gundam 00”, Bandai HG 00

#66 00 QAN[T] “Gundam 00”, Bandai HG 00

Hydra Gundam, “Gundam Wing G-Unit”, Bandai HG Wing

Zaku Half Cannon “Gundam The Origin”, Bandai HG 1/144

R16 M1 Astray “Gundam SEED”, Bandai HG SEED

Kamiki Burning Gundam “Gundam Build Fighters Try”, Bandai HGBF

#3 Super Custom Zaku F2000 “GunPla Builders”, Bandai HGGPB

Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta “Dragon Ball Super”, Bandai Figure-Rise Standard