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New Arrivals 12.22.17

Gundam

MS07B-3 Gouf Custom “Gundam 08th MS Team”, Bandai MG

Gundam Fenice Rinascita “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai MG

EW-04 Gundam Heavyarms Custom (EW), “Gundam Wing Endless Waltz”, Bandai HG-EW 1/100

EW-03 Gundam Heavyarms Custom (EW), “Gundam Wing Endless Waltz”, Bandai HG-EW 1/144

RX-77-2 GUNCANNON, Bandai MG

Crossbone Gundam X1 (Ver.Ka) “Crossbone Gundam, Bandai MG

#01 Nivashi Type Zero “Eureka Seven”, Bandai Mechanic Collection

#4 Nirvash spec 2 “Eureka Seven”, Bandai Mechanic Collection

EX-34 Hidolfir, “MS Igloo”, Bandai EX Model

#59 Gundam Astray Gold Frame Amatu Mina “Gundam SEED Astray”, Bandai HG SEED

#64 Cherudim Gundam Saga Type. GBF “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBF

Shinanju (Animation Color) “Gundam UC”, Bandai MG

04 Gundam Bael “Gundam IBO”, Bandai IBO Full Mechanics 1/100

Mobile Sumo (Gold Type) “Turn A Gundam”, Bandai 1/100 Turn A

#19 Gundam Astray Red Frame “Gundam SEED Astray”, Bandai RG

57 Ninpulse Gundam “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBF

Petit’gguy Setsuna F Seiei Blue & Placard “Gundam 00”, Bandai HGPG

#8 MSN–03 GOGG, Bandai HGUC

BB#203 Wing Gundam Zero (EW), “Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz”, Bandai SD

BB#239 Shining Gundam “G Gundam”, Bandai SD

BB#242 God Gundam “G Gundam”, Bandai SD

#04 Meteor Hopper “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBC

#12 Miss Sazabi “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBF

#176 Strike Rouge “Gundam SEED”, Bandai HGCENN

New Arrivals 12.21.17

 

Books

Art Book: Soul Eater – Soul Art Vol. 2

Art Book: Chi’s Sweet Home- Coloring Book

Attack on Titan vol. 23 (manga)

Bingo Stray Dogs vol. 5 (Manga)

Devil is a Part-Timer Novel Vol. 9

Flying Witch vol. 4 (Manga)

Graineliers Vol. 1 (Manga)

High School DXD vol. 10 (Manga)

Irregular at Magic High School Novel Vol. 6

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? Novel Vol. 10

Kagerou Daze Vol. 8 (Manga)

RE:Zero Chapter 2 Vol. 4: A Week at the Mansion (Manga) (Starting Life in Another World)

Silent Voice Complete Series Box Set (Manga)

So I’m a Spider, So What? Vol. 1 (Manga)

Sword Art Online Novel Vol. 12: Alicization Rising

Sword Art Online Caliber (Manga)

 

Figures

Star Wars: Ronin Jango Fett Meisho Movie Realization Action Figure

Key Chains

Key Chain: Dragon Ball Z – 4-Star Dragon Ball

New Arrivals 12.13.17

Here is a list of the items that just arrived:

Gundam Perfect Grade Exia Lighting

Gundam Perfect Grade Exia Standard

Parfom Saber

Nendoroid Aqua (Re-run)

Nendoroid Darkness

Nendoroid Avenger/Jeanne d`Arc Nendoroid Mami Tomoe: Maiko ver Nendoroid Kanan Matsuura

Nendoroid Daichi Sawamura

Nendoroid Suntanned Cirno

Revoltech EVANGELION EVOLUTION EV-001 EVANGELION Unit01

Revoltech EVANGELION EVOLUTION EV-002 EVANGELION Unit03

figma Ryuko Matoi

Attack on Titan BE@RBRICK with ball keychain Blind Box

 

New Items Just Arrived 12.12.17

Here is a list of items we just got in.

Re: Zero Nurse Rem Angel in White PM Figure 21cm

Neko Atsume Osamurai-san DX Plush

Kuruneko 4 inch Plush Keychain

Hatsune Miku Fluffy KCM Rin & Len & Luca Plush

Hatsune Miku Mascot Spring Clothing Ver, Plush

Love Live! School Idol Project Honoka Kousaka After School Moments Figure

Kantai Collection – Kancolle – Hokuhouseiki Damage ver. Figure

One Piece – Perona – Jeans Freak Vol. 5 White Shirt

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

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya Vignetteum Cute Figure – Emiri Kimidori

Free! Eternal Summer Matsuoka Rin “Childhood Version” Figure

Love Live! School Idol Project Hoshizora Rin After School Moments Figure

One Piece SCultures Banpresto Figure Colosseum III Franky Shogun

Attack on Titan DXF Cleaning Eren Figure

Lucky Star Plush keychain

Fate Grand Order Mash Killier Light PVC Figure

Hatsune Miku Fuwafuwa Plush

Love Live! School Idol Project Eri Ayase – A Moment after School – SQ Figure

Love Live! School Idol Project Snow Halation Premium Figure Minami Kotori

Kantai Collection KanColle Urakaze Day Off Ver.Figure

Love Live! Sunshine!! School Idol Project You Watanabe SSS Figure 21cm

One Piece Roronoa Zoro Swordsman Moment Vol.1 16cm Figure

Love Live Sunshine EXQ Figure -RIKO SAKURAUCHI- 22cm

Love Live Sunshine Takami Chika EXQ Figure 22cm

Fate Grand Order Archer Artoria Pendragon Servant Figure 18cm

Kantai Collection EXQ Figure YAMATO Classical Style Orchestra Mode

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

Accessories

Button: Dragon Ball Z – Android 19 & Goku Glitter 1.25”

Button: Dragon Ball Z – Goku & Vegeta Glitter 1.25”

Lanyard: Sword Art Online II – Kirito Portrait

Phone Charm: Soul Eater – Maka and Soul Kishin (Soul)

Phone Charm: Sword Art Online – Asuna Potrait Metal

Pins: Seven Deadly Sins – King & Diane (Set of 2)

Books

Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon – The Complete Missions (Manga)

Art Book: Sword Art Online – abec Art Works

Assassination Classroom Vol. 19 (Manga)

Attack on Titan Vol. 1 (Manga)

Blue Exorcist Vol. 2 (Manga)

Blue Exorcist Vol. 4 (Manga)

Btooom! Vol. 19 (Manga)

Dragon Ball Super Vol. 2 (Manga)

Food Wars! Vol. 21 (Manga)

Haikyu!! Vol. 18 (Manga)

Hatsune Miku Future Delivery Vol. 1 (Manga)

Helvetica Standard e Manga (Nichijou)

Magi The Labyrinth of Magic Vol. 27 (Manga)

Promised Neverland Vol. 1 (Manga)

Tales of Zestiria Vol. 3 (Manga)

Yona of the Dawn Vol. 9 (Manga)

Zelda Legendary Edition Vol. 4 (Manga)

Character Goods

Blanket: Seven Deadly Sins – Group Sublimation Throw

Mug: Haikyu!! – Shoyo & Tobio Tumbler

Sticker: Soul Eater – Blair

Sticker: Soul Eater – Excalibur

Key Chains

Key Chain: Dragon Ball Z – 4-Star Dragon Ball

Key Chain: Dragon Ball Z – Metal Goku Vegeta Piccolo

Key Chain: Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood – Ed and Al Sitting

Key Chain: Haikyu!! – Group 1 Metal

Key Chain: Soul Eater – Chibi Soul

Key Chain: Soul Eater – Chibi Stein

Key Chain: Soul Eater NOT! – SD Kana

Key Chain: Sword Art Online – Chibi Asuna Smile

Plush

Haikyu!!: Shoyo 8” Plush

When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace: Complete Collection (anime review)

when-supernatural-battles-became-commonplanereview provided by Katie and Andrew

Title: When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace: Complete Collection on Blu-ray

Director: Masanori Takahashi

Studio: Trigger

Author: Masahiko Otsuka

U.S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U.S. Release Date: August 30, 2016

Format and Length: Blu-ray / 12 Episodes / 300 Minutes

Genre: Comedy, Romance, Harem, School Life, Slice of Life, Supernatural

Industry Age Rating: 14 and up

Overall Personal Rating: B

Similar Series or Titles to Check Out: Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! and Student Council’s Discretion

They may not be known as heroes but superpowers at least make their lives interesting, right?

Synopsis:

The origin of the Senko High School Literature Club’s powers might be a little sketchy, and they may spend more time chatting than engaging in superhuman feats. Still, there is no questioning the incredible abilities of the club’s female members: Tomoyo can control time; Hatoko is a mistress of the elements; Chifuyu can create matter; and Sayumi can return any item to a previous state. With these powers, there are few tasks these girls can’t handle.

Meanwhile, Jurai, the club’s only male member has a dark flame that seems a little pointless in comparison and only time will tell if it matures into anything more useful. Toss in a Student Council president who has developed powers of her own and things are about to get seriously weird as the study of literature takes a comic book turn in When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace: Complete Collection on Blu-ray.

Commentary:

“Can your common sense explain the secrets behind how this universe originated 13,700,000,000 years ago?” Jurai Ando

When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace: Complete Collection on Blu-ray has to be the most misleading title for an anime series I have ever seen. I was expecting some romance with a lot of battle scenes and what I got was a harem, slice-of-life romance with maybe one or two battle scenes that did not even involve the main cast of characters. Of course, the ending battle did include them and it made the entire series. There is also an epic tantrum involving Hatoko and Jurai in episode seven that also makes the entire series worth watching.

The characters were interesting to say the least. Each main character gets their background explained throughout the series and various episodes explore their personalities. The female characters fit into the usual harem genre archetypes as Tomoyo is the tsundere, Hatoko is the polite airhead, Sayumi is the book nerd, and Chifuyu is the young and playful elementary school girl and niece to the club sponsor. Jurai Ando seems like he was the key in getting each character to develop and fully understand her new superpower. Each girl, in her own way, has a crush on Jurai and it is hilarious to see what they do so that he might notice them in a different light. Towards the end, you can tell that the field has been narrowed down and that only two girls are left. I will let you figure out which two since that is half of the fun.

The animation was pretty good and very pretty to watch. The characters were drawn well and the backgrounds popped. The voice actors did a great job bringing the characters to life. The opening and closing songs were alright but nothing special. There was hardly any fan-service in When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace: Complete Collection on Blu-ray and what there was usually was aimed at cosplay gimmicks and swimsuit shenanigans.

Extras:

When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace: Complete Collection on Blu-ray includes clean opening and closing animations and Sentai Filmworks trailers as special features. This series was released with both English and Japanese with English Subtitles as language options.

Overall Grade: B

When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace: Complete Collection on Blu-ray is a cute and enjoyable slice-of-life series. I recommend this series to anyone who loves the slice-of-life genre.

Gasaraki Complete Series (anime review)

gasarakiTitle: Gasaraki: The Complete Series

Director: Ryousuke Takahashi

U.S. Distributor: Right Stuf / Nozomi

U.S. Re-Release Date: May 3rd, 2016

Format: DVD / 625 Minutes / 25 Episodes

Genre: Mecha, Supernatural

Age Rating: 13+

Overall Personal Grade: A-

Similar Titles: Evangelion

One of the most poignant phrases that haunts humans is “History always repeats itself”. There are many tragic dances that burn in the flames of time and never quite seem to be completed.

Synopsis:

Japan has become fat on its own prosperity and have begun to get more involved in world politics. The Gowa family with their power base and industrial complex have developed bipedal weapons that they call Tactical Armor or T. A.. There is something special about the way they react and it all appears to hinge on how Yushiro Gowa performs. There is a deep seeded bond between man and machine but this bond does not seem to be natural, but rather supernatural.

With strife and war breaking out in eastern Europe the Gowa Organization and the Japanese military use this chase to see these new weapons in action. Unknown to them another organization, Symbol, has developed their  own T. A.s and when the two meet the Gowa team have their hands full.  The key to their team is young girl named Miharu, who had appeared to Yushiro during a ceremony when he was about to resurrect some unknown power that heir family is noted as holding the key to. This power was supposedly given to them by the God Gasaraki.

Once back in Japan Yushiro discover a terrible truth about himself that puts him on the path to uncover the truth about his history. This path leads him directly into the depths of the Gowa history as he discovers that he is what is know as a Kai, the one who can control the giant warrior the Kugai. He ends up fighting Miharu while piloting the Kugai and manages to defeat her. Knowing that there is a connection they both run off to discover their past. In this search they discover that they are connected for over 1000 years and what their terrible purpose just might be.

The power of the Gowa and a highly idealistic Japanese visionary leads Japan to the brink of destruction. The key lies with both Yushiro and Miharu. Will they repeat the nightmare of the past or can they overcome their history and find a new path?

Commentary:

Even though 1998 seems so long ago it is great to take this trip back to see this highly dramatic series. There is so much going on with Gasaraki that it take 5 episodes to get a grip on what is happening. The blend of Japanese myth and modern day technology gives a special edge to the series. This is topped off by the heavy drama that is played out. There are very few light moments and that might be the one area of weakness. The heaviness takes it toll at times and you almost have to take a breath to relax in order to move on. That is not to say that the series is depressing, because I did not find it to be a downer in any way, it just takes itself very seriously.

As I moved through the Gasaraki I found myself coming up with plenty of questions regarding the history of this intense family and how these two young people were really connected to it. I was very happy to see them and us get a solid understanding of the past which suddenly proved to be very poignant. It opened the plot line up and exposed the mysteries that lay beneath the surface. I must admit that there were times that I found Yushiro and Miharu a bit flat and mono dimensional but in many ways it works to their advantage as the series progressed and explained who and what they really are.

Overall Grade: A-

There are several series out there that deserve a second chance through the arena and Gasaraki is one of those series. If you have not seen Gasaraki and are a fan of Mecha intertwine with supernatural elements then this one is up you’re ally. If you just enjoy a serious series that gives plenty of action then you should take the time to enjoy it.

Rail Wars! Complete Collection (anime review)

rail-warsTitle: Rail Wars! Complete Collection on Blu-ray

Director: Yoshifumi Matsuda

Studio: Passione

U. S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U. S. Release Date: April 4th, 2016

Format: Blu-ray / 12 Episodes / 300 minutes

Genre: Harem, Comedy, Action

Age Rating: TV MA

Overall Personal Rating: B-

Synopsis:

All train fanatic Naoto Takayama has ever dreamed of is becoming an engineer, but when he finally makes the grade and scores a trainee position with the JNR, his ambitions are totally derailed.

Now, instead of the big front cab of his dreams, Naoto’s stuck in the security division working with a squad of gorgeous girls and escorting pretty idol singers. Oh, what a nightmare!

Okay, so there are the occasional bomb threats, thieves, and members of the rogue railway privatization group RJ to deal with, but that’s what trigger-happy harpy Aoi and Sho, the squad’s only other male member, are for. And if Naoto’s one-track mind could just see the light at the end of the tunnel, he might realize that he’s already on an express train to paradise with multiple lovely cabooses. Will getting railroaded take on a whole new meaning? Find out as everyone gets off on the wrong side of the tracks in Rail Wars!

Commentary:

Rail Wars! falls under the standard heading of the Harem genre and it really is a harem anime. In that I mean that it only purpose is to be a harem. The plot was tossed out after the first episode. I had real hope that this would be something more than the guy that all the women wanted. Reality set in quickly and that is what it became. I also had high hopes that he would just accept the relationship with Aoi and move on to a story that had something to say.

Rail Wars! does do a fine job being a Harem and there are plenty of anime that are wonderful in their own right as a harem, like Ai Yoei Yoshi and Tench Muyo. Rail Wars! tries to give us a story but for all of its effort I found it to miss the mark.

Overall Grade: B-

Rail Wars! gives us some fun and excitement following this small team trying to become members of the National Railroad. The premiss is interesting and the title makes it sound like there will be some waring rail road companies, but if there is a war it is just a brief encounter between women who all have the his for Naoto. For all that it is worth, I did find Rail Wars entertaining and honestly wanted him to end up Aoi.

If you like sexy women, easy happy looking anime and plenty of groping going on then Rail Wars! is for you.

Parasyte the Maxim Collection 1 (anime review)

parasyte-collection-1Title: Parasyte the Maxim Collection 1 on blu-ray

Director: Kenichi Shimizu

Creator: Hitoshi Iwaaki

Screenplay: Shoji Yonemura

Music: Ken Arai

Studio: Madhouse

U. S Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U. S. Release Date: April 4th, 2016

Format: Blu-ray / 12 Episodes / 300 Minutes

Genre: Thriller, Sci Fi, Drama

Age Rating: TV MA

Overall Personal Rating: B+

Synopsis: 

It’s the ultimate nightmare. One minute Shinichi Izumi is a normal teenager asleep in his bed. The next he’s been infected with a deadly parasitic organism determined to devour his brain and turn his body into the planet Earth’s new apex predator.

But Shinichi partially foils the attack and, instead of being consumed, finds that the creature known as Migi has taken the place of his right hand. Now forced to share the same body, the two must become unwilling allies. Migi isn’t the only one of his kind, and unless human and parasyte work together, they’ll both be killed as abominations. Prepare yourself for a horrifying new world where the survival of the fittest and the survival of the human race are no longer the same thing. Monsters lurk behind every corner and every face as the human race becomes prey in Parasyte ~ the maxim!

Commentary:

Brace yourself, this is not the bloody horror story that cover art would leave you to believe. It is in fact a story of human and alien integration and a battle for survival. Parasyte the Maxim is a serious drama with plenty of blood, but it is more of a conversation of how to coexist rather than destruction. That in itself saves the series from a sorry death of over the top cut up festival. I admit there is plenty of useless slaughtering of people and plenty of dark moments that feel like pure violence for spectacle sake.

Parasyte the Maxim does a very good job of telling this story and the real strength is in the growth and development of Shinichi and how he deals with his changing body. I found his character to be easy to feel some sympathy toward and also have a little dislike for the way he often became a weak kneed young man. The real drama came from the dilemma about taking another life and how Shinichi deals with it. With the focal point being on this dilemma it become a little redundant, but Shinichi is given enough struggles to overcome to make the series move at a decent pace.

Overall Grade: B+

Parasyte the Maxim manages to over come the easy trap of being just another slasher series and gives us a series to with some thoughtful drama. There is a slight tenancy to make Shinichi a tad weak but they keep him strong enough to push the series forward. Parasyte the Maxim is a sold drama that doesn’t play up the gross blood fest that it could be. I am very interested to see collection 2 and wonder if he manages to save his life and the life of the alien life form that is living in him.

 

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Collection Two on Blu-ray (anime review)

mobile-suit-zeta-gundamTitle: Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Collection Two on Blu-ray

Director: Yoshiyuki Tomino

Studio: Sunrise

U. S. Distributor: Nozomi/ Right Stuf

U. S. Release Date: April 5th, 2016

Format: Blu-ray / 25 Episodes / 625 Minutes

Genre: Mecha, Sci Fi

Age Rating: TV14

Overall Personal Rating: B

Synopsis:

A new force enters the Universal Century conflict. Can the A.E.U.G. fight a war on two fronts?

The Universal Century world is locked into an escalating conflict. While the A.E.U.G. resistance group strives to convince the world of the justice of its cause, the brutal Titans continue to suppress dissent through violence and fear. Now the struggle enters a new phase as a powerful third force enters the battlefield, and the A.E.U.G. and Titans race to enlist the support of the mysterious Axis renegades. Confronted with his past, Char Aznable at last decides to embrace his role as leader of the A.E.U.G. But his choice may have come too late, for the Titans have completed their most terrible and devastating weapon.

Commentary:

In the world know as Gundam there are often conflicting messages, but one thing stands true, women make great shields. I think Zeta has the greatest body count of martyrs than any other Gundam series. The one thing that runs through most of this plot devise is that most of them die for the wrong person.

Zeta Gundam is still one of my favorite series of the franchise and yet it manages to frustrate me and remind me how backward much of the mindset set was back in the 1980’s. I am not proud to say that I come from the era and less proud to relive the foolishness that was viewed as high entertainment in the anime world,

Overall Grade: B

The series as a whole is good enough and is clearly a stand out in the Gundam universe. I know that there are a good deal of fans that will climb over each other to get their hands on this series and plenty that will stand back and scratch their heads. I do understand the fandom, I may not always agree with it but I get it.

So, all you Gundam fan get your Zeta hats on and get ready for part two of the Mobile Suite Zeta Gundam series to hit the store shelves. I know you will like it.

Umi Monogatari: The Complete Series (anime review)

Umi-Monogatarireview provided by Katie and Andrew

Title: Umi Monogatari: The Complete Series

Director: Junichi Sato

Studio: Zexcs

Author: Toshihiko Tsukiji

U.S. Distributor: Nozomi, Lucky Penny

U.S. Release Date: November 3, 2015

Format and Length: DVD / 13 Episodes / 325 Minutes

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Supernatural

Industry Age Rating: 14 and up

Overall Personal Rating: B

Similar Series or Titles to Check Out: Aria The Animation

Synopsis:

Marin and Urin are sea folk, people who live in a peaceful underwater world surrounded by bright fish and colorful coral. But one day, a beautiful ring falls from the “sky” – that dangerous place above the water – and the two girls decide to return the lovely trinket to its owner.

While the surface world holds amazing wonders for the pair, it also hides a great darkness… a darkness that Urin accidentally unleashes when she opens a stone box at a local shrine. Now it’s up to Marin, Urin, and their new friend Kanon to set things right again before that darkness swallows the entire world! Will they set everything right again in time? Will this new friendship survive? You will have to watch Umi Monogatari: The Complete Series and find out.

Commentary:

Umi Monogatari: The Complete Series was a refreshing and laid back series to watch as it is part magical adventure and part romance yet neither part overshadows the other. Unlike many similar series, Umi Monogatari: The Complete Series managed to stay on task for each and every episode and not devolve into a series of filler (Marin and Urin go to school) and fan-service (Mermaids at the Hot Springs) episodes half way through the series. Yes, there was fan-service but it was not over-done. I did feel like the storyline went very slow, there was not much action most of the time and many people may find Umi Monogatari: The Complete Series to be boring do to the pacing. However, the drama picks up in the last few episodes and the ending wrapped up all of the important story elements.

Umi Monogatari: The Complete Series has some interesting characters to say the least. Marin and Urin are both sweet and likable girls who are also “pure” at heart. These sisters are naïve to the surface world’s ways, though perhaps not as much as they should have been. Sadly, even with the decent amount of background on their relationship and their past, it does not feel as if you really know them that well. Kanon felt like the most emotionally invested character in the series. She is a bit darker than Marin, but most people would be as Marin is full of love and energy all the time. Kanon is just a girl who wants to be liked but does not know how to show it to people. She is often referred to as “evil” or having an “evil aura” but she does not act evil. That may have been a mistranslation or something. The background characters were well done as they were fairly deep and interesting characters but their screen time was kept to a minimum to focus on the main storyline. The villain, Sedna, was very intriguing because she seems like that dark inner voice that everyone hears from time to time. She is a terrifying presence despite not having a physical form.

The animation in Umi Monogatari: The Complete Series was very beautiful. The sky and sea worlds were just beautiful and the magical effects and action were well animated. The character designs were amazingly cute and the voice actors did a great job in the series. The opening and closing songs fit right in the relaxed mood of the series.

Extras:

Umi Monogatari: The Complete Series includes Marin’s “What Is This?” episodes 1-4, clean opening and closing animations, web promos, promotional video, commercials, and Nozomi/Lucky Penny trailers as special features. This series was released with Japanese with English Subtitles as the only language option.

Overall Grade: B

Umi Monogatari: The Complete Series was a relaxing series to watch. I enjoyed it but I feel like they missed the mark by only having it subtitled because I think children would love this series and they would probably like to watch it dubbed. I would recommend this series if you enjoyed Aria The Animation.