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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.

 

New and Re-stock DVD and Blu-ray Anime

Free-Eternal-SummerHere is a list of new and re-stock DVD and Blu-rays that just arrived.

Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Collection 1 Blu-ray

Wizard Barristers DVD

No-Rin The Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD

Tokyo ESP Blu-ray/DVD

Free! -Eternal Summer- Season 2 BD/DVD

Free! Season 1 DVD Complete Collection

When They Cry Season 1 Blu-ray and DVD (Release Date 3/15/2016

no-rinDaily Lives of High School Boys Complete Standard Edition BD

Black Lagoon DVD/BD Complete Series

Student Council’s Discretion DVD Seasons 1 & 2 Collections

Gundam, Mobile Suit UC (Unicorn) DVD Parts 1 thru 4

Lupin the 3rd Vs Detective Conan The Movie DVD

Lupin The 3rd: From Siberia With Love DVD

Lupin the 3rd: Bye Bye, Lady Liberty DVD

Lovely Complex (Love*Com) DVD Complete Series

Black-Lagoon-DVD-Blu-ray-Complete-Series-Hyb-Anime-Classics-Seasons-1-2Cutie Honey DVD Complete Collection (Original 1973 TV Series)

Tsuritama DVD Complete Collection

Captain Harlock: Space Pirate DVD Complete TV Series

Fate/Stay Night DVD Complete Collection

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya DVD Complete Collection

Towanoquon Blu-ray Complete Collection

Girls und Panzer DVD Complete TV Series

Phi-Brain – The Puzzle of God Season 2: Orpheus Order Collection 1 & 2

wizard-barristersPhi-Brain – The Puzzle of God Season 1 DVD Collection 1 & 2

Un-Go DVD Complete Collection

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 DVD Complete Collection

Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc DVD

AKB0048 Season 1 DVD Complete Collection

AKB0048 Season 2: Next Stage DVD Complete Collection

Planzet DVD

Wizard Barristers (anime review)

-wizard-barristersTitle: Wizard Barristers Complete Collection on Blu-ray

Directed By: Yasuomi Umetsu

Written By: Michiko Itou

Music By: Kayo Konishi, Yukio Kondoo

Studio: Arms

U. S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U. S. Release Date: March 1st, 2016

Format: Blu-ray / 12 Episodes / 300 Minutes

Genre: Supernatural, Action, Drama, Mystery

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating: A-

 

Synopsis:

When the laws of magic are broken, it’s the duty of the Police Department’s deadly Section 1 to enforce them. But, since even craven maven Wizards and nefarious Necromancers have the right to a fair trial, the job of defending them belongs to the Benmashi, the Wizard Barristers!

It’s a tricky profession, requiring both arcane ability and a judicious sense of jurisprudence, and at just seventeen, Cecil Sudo is the youngest Benmashi that Butterfly Law has ever employed. That means a lot of late nights burning the midnight brimstone, summoning up summaries, parsing phrases with paranormal paralegals and cutting deals with opposing counsels from hell.

And when a young Benmashi starts to discover that her own charm may be more magically-based than she realized, there’ll be a hex-tra incentive to work wonders outside the courtroom as well! Every trial is a witch trial as the most enchantingly Adept Attorney ever becomes a Master of the Art of Defensive Spells in Wizard Barristers!

Commentary:

Okay, I know that there are some of you that think I am crazy for giving such a high grade to Wizards Barristers. The truth is that I found it rather appealing. I saw it as a true amalgamation of a lot of anime and western pop culture. Right off the bat I saw Cecil as a new form of Sawa from Kite, and a strange blend of Fullmetal Alchemist along with a health dose of Harry Potter. Cecil is the girl who holds the key and doesn’t remember her past. She is destine to be something very special and she is very unaware of it. There are wizards on both sides that want her and she is surrounded by a group of people who are there to be not just friends but protectors too. This series is a interesting blend of  the world of supernatural story telling and if not watched with a curious eye much will be missed.

Overall Grade: A-

Wizard Barristers has much to offer and provides it all in a lively colorful package. The one drawback for me was the animation. I found the computer generated (CG) work to be a little stiff, but with the advances in CG it is easy to watch.

The rest of the series had plenty of light humor tossed in to keep you interested and a lot of dark questions kept coming up that made it a must to watch the next episode. The ending felt a tad rushed and there are some gaps in the plot that I personally would like to see explained in an OVA or a second season. With Wizard Barristers being only an Anime property I just don’t see more coming and that is too bad. If you like Harry Potter, Kite and Fullmetal Alchemist then I believe you should enjoy Wizard Barristers. It is worth the time to check it out.

Mobile Suit Gundam Collection 1 on Blu-ray (anime review)

Mobile Suit Gundam Collection 1Title: Mobile Suit Gundam Collection 1 on Blu-ray

Director: Yoshiyuki Tomino

Studio: Nippon Sunrise

U. S. Distributor: Sunrise

U. S. Re-Release Date: Nov. 3rd, 2015

Format: Blu-ray / 21 Episodes / 525 Minutes

Genre: Sci Fi, Mecha, Action, Adventure

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating: C+

Synopsis:

Universal Century 0079. The rebel space colonies of the Principality of Zeon launch a war of independence against the Earth Federation, using humanoid fighting vehicles called mobile suits to overwhelm the Federation Forces and conquer half of Earth’s surface. Months later, the Federation has finally developed its own prototype mobile suits at a remote space colony. But when the colony suffers a Zeon surprise attack, these new weapons fall into the hands of a motley crew of civilians and cadets, and fate places a youth named Amuro Ray at the controls of the white mobile suit Gundam.

Commentary: 

I am not sure how many times I have said this statement this year alone, but sometimes things are better off left in the imagination of the ones who love it. Mobile Suite Gundam Collection 1 is one of those things. The series, to put it quite simply, did not age very well. The one saving grace is that the Japanese language track is provided. I recall how I felt about Mobile Suite Gundam in my youth when it was something different in our anther simplistic world and now I can say that Mobile Suit Gundam has taken on the simplistic moniker. I find everything about it rather difficult to watch. I understand that it is being released to satisfy the hard core fans of the franchise because many of them see this particular series in the franchise as one of the best. I wish I could join that camp, but the story just doesn’t do it for me.

Overall Grade: C+

On a nostalgic level I found it fun to watch and Mobile Suite Gundam provided many laughs, most not intended. The animation reminded me of bad 70’s look that I didn’t even like back then and the choppy writing that tells the story but in a way that is sometimes hard to follow and other times too simplistic. Deep down inside I would have loved to see this re-made with a new writing staff and contemporary animation techniques. I know that won’t happen because it is too easy to just re-release it in its full original glory.

Of course I didn’t think it was all bad. I still believe that Mobile Suite Gundam and a few other series set the stage for the onslaught of great Mecha series that followed and there is also a marketing machine behind the Gundam franchise that needs to be recognized for its unequaled ability to own the ability to keep the fandom alive and growing. I can’t say that about other long live series. So, if you are looking for a trip down memory lane or just need to see where the craze all began then this is worth picking up or at least finding someone who dished out the cold cash and hang out at their place for a few days.

New and Restock DVD / Blu-ray

Aria-the-Scarlet-AmmoHere is the list of new and restocked DVD and Blu-ray that just arrived.

Going by the Book DVD

Soul Eater DVD Complete Series

Aria the Scarlet Ammo DVD/Blu-ray Complete Series

Turn A Gundam Part 1 DVD

Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro BD Collector’s Ed.

Haikyu!! Collection 1 DVD

Sunday Without God DVD Complete Collection

anime-Lupin-the-3rd-The-Castle-of-CagliostroPing Pong DVD/BD

Baccano! DVD Complete Series

Freezing Season 1 DVD/Blu-ray Complete Set

Freezing Season 2: Vibration DVD/Blu-ray Complete Set

Log Horizon DVD Collection 1

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: The Laughing Man DV

Free! Season 1 DVD Complete Collection

We also go in an outstanding Art Book:

SKY LONGING FOR MEMORIES: THE ART OF MAKOTO SHINKAI (COLOR)

Sky-Longing-for-Memories-The-Art-of-Makoto-Shinkai

Used Items In

Here is a list of used items that have come in. This list is only for information and not updated as an inventory.

imageAnime:

Chaos Head

Cowboy Bebop Remix 1-4

Dusk Maiden

Ghost Hunt

Shattered Angels

Hal

Ai Yori Aoshi Seasons 1 and 2

Neon Genesis Evangelion Platinum Disc 1

Monster Rancher

Steam Boy

Naruto  Uncut Box Set 1

Manga/Books:

10 Billion Needles 1-4

A.I. Love You 1-3image

Ai Youri Aoshi 4

After School Nightmare 3

Buso Renkin 6

Calling You

Chrono Code 1

Crying Freeman

Dance till Tomorrow 1-3,5,6,7

Death Note (Novel) Another Note

Death Note (Novel) L Chang the World

Dogs 1

Excel Saga 23

Fruits Basket 1,2

Gothic Sports 1-3

Gravitation 1-6

Hunter X Hunter 27

Is 1

Kanju de Manga 1

Kamikaze 1,2

Koi Cupid 1

Lament of the Lamb

Legend of Kamui 1,2

Love Hina 1,2

Magic Knight Rayearth 4-6

Martin and John 1

Maximum Ride 2

Me and My Brothers 1-6

Moon Boy 1,3,5

Moon Phase 1

Nabari No Ou 1

Naruto Japanese Language

Neon Genesis Evangelion  1, 3-7

New Vampire Miyu 1,4,5

Pita 10  1-8

Silent Mobius 1,3

Solanin

Steam Detectives  2-5

The Story of Ibis (Novel)

Strain 1-5

The Tale of Genji (Novel)

Under the Glass Moon1

Vampire Hunter D (Novels) 1-4

Vampire Princess Miyu 2,4,5

Video Girl Ai 1-7

Voyeur

Voyeurs, Inc 1-3

Used Items In

imageManga:

Absolute Boyfriend 4

A. I. Revolution 1-5

Black Bird 1-10

Boichi 3

Boogie Pop 3

Demon Flowers 1

FMA 1

Hyper Police 3

Kaze No  Hana 1,2

Kuro  Gane 1-5

Last Hope 2

Naruto 1-10

No Man’s land 1

One Piece 1-5

Record of Lodoss War 2

Rosario + Vampire 1-8

Rosario + Vampire Season 2 1-3

Saikano 1,2,5

Sky Blade 2

Soul Eater 1-4

Threads of Time 1,5

Trigun Maximum 1

Vampire Game 1

Vampire Knight 1-10

Vagabond 4-11, 33

Wild Act 1-10

Comic Style Manga: (over 170)

Gunsmith Cats

Inu Yasha

Oh My Goddess

Neon Genesis Evangelion

Slayers

Vampire Miyu

Anime:

Argentosoma complete

Eight Clouds Rising

Elf Princess Rane

Destiny of the Shrine Maiden Complete

Full Moon Sagashite 1,2

Get Backers

Gravion Zwei Complete

Karas

Naruto Movies: Legend of the Stone Gelel

Naruto Shippuden Season 1, Sets 2,4

Guardians of the Crescent Moon Kingdom

Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow

Mouse Complete

Rahxephon

Rune Soldier

Saber Marion ette r

Soul Hunter

Steam Detectives

Sword of the Stranger

Watamote

Zaion

 

Merchandise Just Arrived

Here is a list of items that have come in. This list is just for information and not updated as an inventory.

Happy Pillow

Happy Pillow

Anime:

Baccano!

Bayonetta

Berserk The Golden Age Arc 3

Blame

D-Gray-man Season 1

Eden of the East Movie 1 and 2

Gunslinger Girl Complete

Hetalia Axis Powers

Mouse

sebastian pillow

sebastian pillow

Queen’s Blade 2,3

Sailor Moon Part 1

Sgt Frog 1,3

Shiki

Steins;Gate

Str A In

Summer Wars

The Third: The Girl with the Blue Eye

Vanddread

Weathering Continent

Yamada’s First Time

Angel Beats!:

Yuri t-shirt (L)

Phone Charm

Emblem Key Chain

Attack on Titan:

T-Shirt Scout Regiment (L)

titan patch

titan patch

Colossal Titan Patch

Phone Charm;  Scout Regiment, Armin, Titan,

Eren,Levi

Plush: Armin, Eren

Black Butler:

Pins

Sebastian Body Pillows (Portrait and Laying)

Black Rock Shooter:

Character T-Shirt

Pins

Miku Mug

Miku Mug

Plush

Blue Exorcist:

Wristband Rin

Playing Cards

Key Chains

Kuro Plush

Bleach:

Orihime Flower Patch

Pins

Tin Pencil Case Kon

Cowboy Bebop Pencil Tin

Cowboy Bebop Pencil Tin

Certain Scientific Railgun:

Pins

DearS:

Pins

Code Geass:

Key Chain

Cowboy Bebop:

Tin Pencil Case

Death Note:

Pins

Blue Exorcist Plush

Blue Exorcist Plush

Dragon Ball:

Blanket Goku

Durarara!! :

Pins

Playing Cards

Fairy Tail:

Pins

Tin Pencil Case Logo

Happy Pillow

Hetalia Lunch Bag

Hetalia Lunch Bag

Fate/Zero:

Pins

FLCL:

Blanket

Takkun  Pillow

Gundam:

Playing Cards

Hetalia:

Wristband

Lunch Bag

Pins

Hetalia Pencil Case

Hetalia Pencil Case

Button

Lanyard

Tin Pencil Case Group

Stickers

Playing Cards

Pixie Plush

Inu Yasha :

Playing Cards

Kenshin:

Kill La Kill Travel Mug

Kill La Kill Travel Mug

Pins

Kill La Kill:

Travel Mug Ryuko Vs Satuski

Legend of Zelda:

Socks

Madoka Magica:

Hoodies

Pins

Tin Pencil Case

Wall Clock

Magi:

Mug Alibaba

Magi Mug

Magi Mug

Mega Man:

Playing Cards

Naruto:

Pins

Chopsticks

Playing Cards

Pencil Case

Pencil Case

Key Chains; Iruka, Pakkun, Nine Tail Fox

Deidara, Tobi

Nisemonogarari:

Pins

Tin Pencil Case

Ouran High School:

Ouran High Mug

Ouran High Mug

Group Mug

Persona 4:

Pins

Psycho-Pass:

Pins

Sailor Moon:

Pins

Playing Cards

Chibimoon Plush

Chibimoon Plush

Key Chain

Chibimoon Plush

Sonic:

Tin Pencil Case

Playing Cards

Soul Eater:

Pins

Spice and Wolf:

Playing Cards

Sword Art Online:

Sword Art Online Clock

Sword Art Online Clock

Kirtiro T-shirt

Tin Pencil Case

Wall Clock

Tales of Symphonia:

Pins

Trigun:

Pins

Tin Pencil Case

Volcaloid:

Pins

Miku Lanyard

Miku Lanyard

Button Lin and Len

Lanyard Miku

Phone Charm; Kairo, Luka, Meiko, Miku

Miku Mug

Miku Towel

Pop! Vinal Figure

Key Chains

Wagnaria!! :

Pins

Miku Figure

Miku Figure

Manga/Books:

Antique Bakery 3,4

Antique Gift Shop 2-8,10

Sstral Project 1

Avalon  Web of Magic 3

Aventura 1

Bride’s Story 6

DiGi Charat 3

Dracula Everlasting 1-3

Dragon Girl 2

Drago Ball Blanket

Drago Ball Blanket

Dragon Sword and Wind Child (Novel)

Flower of Life 1-4

Ghost Hunt 10,11

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence

GTO-The Early Years 11,15

Guru guru Pon-Chan 2-8

Haruhi: celebration of Haruhi Suzumiya

Hayate X Blade 1,3

Hetalia 6

Hyde and Closer 1,2,3,6,7

I

FLCL Blanket

FLCL Blanket

nu Baka 4,7,8-14

Inu x Boku SS 5

Judge 5

Kabuki 3,4

Kagetaora 10

Kare Frist Love 1

Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Vol 4

Knights 1,2

Kurohime 7,12-14

Kurozakuro2,3,7

Madoka Hoodie

Madoka Hoodie

Love Roma 2-5

Madara 1,2

Mamatte! L0llipop 6

Melancholy of Mechagirl

Mixed Vegetables 2,3,5,6,7

My Heavenly Hockey Club 2,3,5,6,7

Madoka Magica The Different Story

Ninja Girls 8

One Thousand and One Nights 3,5,10

Oninage 4

Ulquiorra Pillow

Ulquiorra Pillow

Othello 1,2,5

Panda Man

Rocket Girls (Novel)

Sankarea 2,3,9

Sayonara Zetsubou0- Sensei 9,11,12

Strategy in Japanese Swordsmanship

Sword Art Online Novel 1, 2 Arincrad

Sword Art Online Aincrad Manga

Terraformars 1

Ubel Blatt 0

Umineko Episode 4 Alliance of the Golden Witch

 

New Items In

Here is a list of items that have come in. This list is only for information and not updated as and inventory.

1Attack on Titan:

fabric poster

Key necklace

Scout Regiment wristband

Scout Regiment hat

Scout Regiment Key Chain

Madoka Magica Kyubey plush back pack

Full Metal Alchemist lanyard

Ouran High School lanyard

fabric poster

fabric poster

Sailor Moon

lanyard

t-shirt

Legend of Zelda lanyard

Black Butler

Wallet

wristband

Naruto 

leaf village headband

3anti leaf headband

3Tobi mask

Hetalia

t-shirt

Fruit Basket

Kyo Plush

Manga

Happy Marriage 8

4Kamisama Kiss 16

My Love Story 2

Say I Love You 1

Vampire Knight 19

Deadman Wonderland 5

Anime

1Blood Lad Complete

2