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Amagi Brilliant Park (anime review)

Title: Amagi Brilliant Park: Complete Collection on Blu-ray

Director: Yasuhiro Takemoto

Studio: Kyoto Animation

U. S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U. S. Release Date: February 28, 2017

Format: Blu-ray / 13 Episodes + 1 OVA / 350 Minutes

Genre: Comedy, Romantic Comedy

Age Rating : TV 14

Overall Personal Rating: B+

Synopsis:

When new transfer student Isuzu asks Seiya Kanie out on a date at gunpoint, he knows something odd is going on. Especially since she wants to go to Amagi Brilliant Park, where the rides are either dangerous or mind-numbingly dull and the only costumed performers who aren’t rude or apathetic are the ones who didn’t show up for work.

So when Isuzu asks Seiya to take over as the park’s new manager, he knows she’s crazy. (Well, crazy-er, given the gunpoint thing.) But when Seiya learns that Amagi Brilliant Park is a REAL Magic Kingdom, that the costumed performers aren’t wearing costumes, that they live off the energy created by attendees, and that unless they can attract 250,000 attendees in three months, they’ll lose their jobs and homes… he goes a little crazy himself.

But, even with the aid of scantily clad fairies, giant mice and sniper-trained sheep, can anyone rescue a park that’s sunk so low that its own bus doesn’t stop there anymore? The race is on to get the turnstiles turning and save AMAGI BRILLIANT PARK!

Commentary:

Reading the synopsis I was ready to dislike this series and within the first 10 minutes I was telling myself this just might be very good. Of course, I wasn’t sure if it could sustain the simple enjoyment. After Amagi Brilliant Park gets over the initial weirdness it becomes a solid series with plenty of character development. There are a few characters that it takes some time to build out to their potential but each episode was able to move the story forward and help these odd characters begin to become a noticeable unit.

As for the romantic comedy aspect of the series I found that slower to develop. I also felt like Seiya comes across as too cold at first. I know that may have been necessary for the overall storyline but, it would have been nice to toss in some humanity to his character early on.

Overall Grade: B+

I loved the weirdness of Amagi Parks workforce and how they managed to deal with their odd predicament. I also loved the way the park represented more of the strange little amusement parks around the world. Not all of them can be the fake magical kingdoms that give everyone an overblown experience. I would love to attend a weird park like Amagi Brilliant Park.

The bottom line with Amagi Brilliant Park is that it is a lot of quirky fun and loaded with characters you want to like and some you would like to kick. The one thing I get a kick out of is when Isuzu pulls her guns, I had to stop and think about it for a while the after that every time I chuckled a little.

Amagi Brilliant Park is a worthy pick and I hope it finds a wide audience to have fun with it.

 

Triage X (anime review)

Title: Triage X: Complete Collection on Blu-ray

Directors: Akio Takami, Takao Kato

Music: Makoto Miyazaki

Studio: Xebec

U. S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U. S. Release Date: Jan. 24th, 2017

Format: Blu-ray / 10 Episodes + OVA / 275 Minutes

Genre: Drama, Action, Extreme Fan Service, Harem

Age Rating: MA for nudity and violence

Overall Personal Rating: C+

Synopsis:

Our society is infected with a disease, a gangrenous cancer in the form of those who commit the most monstrous of evils, yet whose power and influence place them beyond the reach of the law. When corrupt politicians fail to act and the police seem helpless, there is a third, secret option that stands ready to excise the malignancy in a tactical surgical strike: Black Label, a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, and students who moonlight as an elite team of assassins.

With the world’s deadliest nurse, a master swordswoman MD, an idol with an affinity for explosives, and a pair of seemingly indestructible high school students, their mission is as simple as it is deadly: identify the drug runners, terrorists, and criminal masterminds who can’t be destroyed any other way, and then eliminate them by whatever means necessary in TRIAGE X!

Special Features: Interview with Kenji Akabane and Yuri Kondo, Japanese Promos, Clean Opening Animation.

Commentary:

Oh my goodness, Triage X takes you straight to the fan service and nudity. There is no attempt to hide the intent there is just a blatant explosion of nude women on the scene. The fact that there is a serious drama included kind of gets in the way of large breast bouncing across the screen.

My first thought was that someone took the heavy drama as seen in series like Darker Than Black or even Black Lagoon and mixed it up with Sekirei or even Tenjou Tenge.  After few episodes I realized that the plot was only secondary to the fan service and it became almost meaningless that they were unabashed vigilant. This is where the plot broke down for me. I really wanted some meat with these bones, but that just wasn’t meant to be.

Overall Rating: C+

You might think that I would have given this a lower grade and maybe I should. Honestly, I can see where it was true to its nature and audience. The target audience is the male 18 to 29 year old group and everything you expect from one of these series in piled in. There is a serious drama that provides plenty of girls with guns and a very sympathetic male lead character with a overabundance of nudity.

I typically am not a fan of these type of series but do love a solid girls with guns show. Triage X provides the excitement that goes with a serious girls with guns even if their breast to tend to overshadow the plot and action. The other shinning point of the series has to be the animation. It is high quality and it was easy to tell that the animators enjoyed what they were doing.

In the event that you are looking for a action packed series with an overdeveloped fan service quality then you will find Triage X the series for you.

Magical Users Club OVA & Series (anime review)

magic-users-club-ovaTitle: Magical User’s Club (OVA & TV Series)

Director: Michiru Oshima

Studio: Triangle Staff (OVA & TV Series), Madhouse (TV Series)

U. S. Distributor: Nozomi, Lucky Penny

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

Format: DVD / OVA – 6 Episodes, TV Series – 13 Episodes / OVA – 150 Minutes, TV Series – 325 Minutes

Genre: Sci Fi, Supernatural, Comedy, Drama

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating B+

magic-users-club-tvSynopsis:

OVA – This Magic Club can do a lot more than card tricks!

Exactly one year ago, aliens invaded Earth. But it wasn’t the kind of invasion you’d expect. After descending from space and destroying any opposition, the giant spaceship known as The Bell just… sat there. For a year it’s been floating silently over the ocean, quietly observing how Earthlings live. Everyone’s pretty much used to it by now.

Everyone, that is, except the Magic User’s Club. They’re a small band of misfits who can do actual, honest-to-goodness magic! Their leader, Takeo, doesn’t trust the aliens to stay peaceful. He wants to fight the alien menace, but it’ll be a tough task when his club consists of a perverted president, a flamboyant VP, a flaky princess, a bumbling new recruit, and her temperamental best friend! Can this motley crew pull it together and save the world?

TV Series – More Misadventures with the Magic User’s Club!

The Magic User’s Club is a group of five well-meaning misfits who do more than card tricks – they can use actual magic. And with that magic, they managed to defeat a giant ship from outer space! But their close encounter left an enormous cherry blossom tree right in the middle of the city. It’s so big that it blocks out the sun!

Takeo Takakura, the club’s noble (but perverted) president, calls a special Sunday meeting to take care of the tree. It seems simple enough, but when magic is involved, nothing ever goes according to plan… What’s more, there’s a ghostly figure hidden among the branches, watching their every move. Who is this silent specter, and what does he want?

Commentary:

The list of re-release of late 90’s anime keeps on coming and Magical User’s Club is one of the most recent made available. This some what silly and a little sexy series gives us a glimpse into the fun that was happening almost 20 years ago. The story line is nothing special, but the development and offerings is different. For Magical User’s Club the release of the OVAs came first and because of the story it is important to watch them first and the TV series followed. To me it is obvious why this series was a hit in the 90’s and why it might come across as timely, but also dates now. The characters give us everything from a naive young girl to a oversexed gay student in love with the club leader. It is wonderful how the world is blended into this comedy.

Overall Grade: B+

Both Magical User’s Club sets are more than worth being checked out. The animation might be somewhat aged, but the story and the character development are superior and make all the difference for this series. I loved the way the club was made up of such wonderful individuals and of course they keep you smiling all the way through.

I know that many people are a little hesitant to pick up an anime that is almost 20 years old unless they experienced it as a child, but I can’t stress how good this series is and how fun it is. Check it out you won’t be disappointed.

 

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.

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.

Anime: 

Digimon  Data Squad Collection 1

Tamako’s Market Complete

11 Eyesimage

Ponyo

Aquarian Age 2

Nuku Nuki 1

Divetgence Eve 1

Nadia The Prophecy Fulfilled

Lucky Star 1

Ghost in the Shell 07 in tin case

Dragon Ball Z Cooler’s Revenge in tin case

Mobile Suit Gundam Char’s Counterattack

Ceres Celestial Legend Complete

Full Metal Panic 4

Otogi Zoshi 1

Ghost Stories 1

.hack //sigh 1

Tsubasa 1

Inginite Ryvius 1

InuYasha 20,22,23

Magical User’s Club 1

Ramen Wars

Rurouni Kenshin

Ai Youri Aoshi 1

Manga:

Judge 1-6

Doubt 1,2

Secret 1

Haruhi chan 2

Crimson Shellimage

Laon1

Hetalia 2 (2011)

School Rumble 1

Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi Chan 1

Kon Kon Kokon 1

Nora 1

One Piece 1,4,5,7

Bleach 1-4,7,10,15,24,28

Deadman Wonderland 1-3

InuYasha 1,2

Wild Ones 1-4

Soul Eater  1

Phantom Dream 1-3

DNAngel 1-7

Love Hina 2

YuYu Hakusho1-3

.hack Twilight 1-3

Et Cetera 1-4

Are You Alice  1

Return to Labyrinth 1

Rave Master  1-15

Flame of Recca 2,4

FLCL 1

Chobits 1-4

Naruto 26

Ruroni Kenshin 16,17

Jing King of the Bandits 2

GTO 5,7,9,10-12

Ragnorock 8

DVD:

The Music Video

TM Revolution Crush

TM Revolution Sonic Warp

CD:

FMA Sound Track 2

.hack

Wall Scroll:

Panty and Stocking

Death Note

Inu x Boku

 

New Items In

Hako Vision  Miku Hatsune

Hako Vision Mobile Suit Gundam

Nendoroid Mikasa Ackerman

Ultraman Trading Figures

Art Works Ultimate Monsters Trading Figures

Bandai Eureka Seven Models: Terminus Type R909 HG

Terminus Type R606 HG

Nivash Type Zero HG

Nivash spec 2 HG

Gundam Models: Force Impoulse Master Grade

Aile Strike Gundam Bandai HGUC

Sinaju Ver. KA Titanium Finish Bandai MG

Delta Plus Bandai HGUC

Zaku II High Mobility Psycho Zaku  Bandai HG

Gundam X Build Gandai Build Fighters HG

Zaku Amazing Bandai Build Fighters HG

O Raiser HG Bandai  Double Zero

Destiny Gundam Bandai Seed Destiny

Raiser Bandai SD

 

 

New Manga and Anime

Here is a list of new anime and manga that have come in. This list is not updated as an inventory.

 

1Anime:

Gargantia

Howl’s Moving Castle

My Neighbor Totoro

Ponyo

Princess and the Pilot

Manga:

Accel World 1

2Attack on Titan Junior High 2

Attack on Titan No Regrets 1

Bttom! 8

Claymore 23-25

Deadman Wonderland 1

Demon Love Spell 2,3

Devil and Realist 3

Dragonar Academy 4

Durarara!! Saika Arc 1,2

Durarara !! 1,2

Durarara!! Yellow Arc 2

Fairy Tail 44

Full Metal Alchemist Omnibus (1-3) ( 7-9) (13-15)(25-27)

3Happy Marriage  9

Hellsing 9,10

Knights of Sidonia 2,4,5

Magi 1,2,6

Monster Musume 1,4,5

Noragami Stray God 1,2

Sword Art Online Novel 1

Sword Art Online Aincrad

Sword Art Online Fairy Dance 1,2

 

New Items In 9-18-14

Here is a list of items just arrived.  This list is only for information and not updated as an inventory.

Legend of Zelda Key Chain

 

Ears:

Necomimi-white Brainwave Cat Ears

Figures:

Attack on Titan Levi cleaning

Books:

Bakuanmn 2

Berserk 8-10

Deadman Wonderland 2

Death Note 1,2

Demon Love Spell 5,6

Black Butler Key Chain

Full Metal Alchemist omnibus 1

Nisekoi: False Love 4

Ouran High School Host Club 1-18

Sankarea 5,8

Triage 1,7

Yotsuba&! 6,9

3Zero’s Familiar :Chevalier 2

Headbands:

Naruto Leaf Village

Naruto Anti Leaf Village

Hats:

Pokeball

1T-Shirts:

Fairy Tail

Sword Art Online

Magnets:

Ouran High School

Mug:

Fairy Tail Chibi Group

Sticker:

Celty

KeyChains:

Attack on Titan:Titan

2Vertical Maneuvering Equipment

Black Butler: Sebastian and Ciel

Fairy Tail Keys: Lyra, Nikora, Tarus,Virgo

Volcaloid; Len

Zelda Triforce

Plush:

Ciel

2Llama

Kirara (InuYasha)

Fabric Posters:

Black Butler

DBZ

Ouran High School

Madoka Magica Kyubey

Soul Eater

Yuru Yuri

Wall Scroll:

Attack on Titan Eren

Kamisama Kiss

 

Free Raffle for our 4th Anniversary

 

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It is time once again for our Anniversary Raffle. It runs September 11 – October 11, 2014. One ticket per person per day, you must be in attendance at the store to receive a ticket. You must provide your first name and contact information. This information will not be used for any other purpose and will be destroyed at the end of the raffle.

Winning numbers will appear on our website October 12, 2014. It is your responsibility to look up the numbers to see if you have won. We will attempt to contact winners but can not guarantee we will be successful.

Only one prize per person. It will be the first ticket drawn with your name.

Any winning prize must be picked up by 5pm on October 19, 2014-no exceptions. Your winning ticket must be presented. I.D. is necessary for age restricted items (16+, 18+).

For unclaimed prizes, a new ticket will be drawn  and appear on our website October 20th and must be picked up by 5pm October 27th.

New Items In

Here is a list of what has come in today. This list is only for information and not updated as an inventory. For information on a specific item, please call us at 314-603-4718 during business hours or email us at admin@animeggroll.com.

We have more Necomimi Brainwave Cat ears in!

1Buttons:

Blast of Tempest

Certain Magical Index

Haganai

Natsume’s Book of Friends

Penguin Drum

Psycho-Pass

Fate/Zero

Hetalia

Headbands:

2Naruto Leaf Village

Bags:

Ouran High School

Zelda

Black Butler

FLCL

Akatsuki

Trigun

Sailor Moon

3Manga:

21st Century Boys 1

Attack on Titan 1,2,7,10

Attack on Titan Before the Fall 1

Attack on Titan Junior High 1

Bakuman 20

Black Butler 4

Blood Lad 2

4Dawn of the Arcana  7

Devil and Her Love Song 13

Dragon Ball Omnibus 1

Durarara!!  Saika Arc 3

Fairy Tail 41

Haganai: I don’t have many friends. 1,5,6,7

Happy Marriage 2

Puella Magi Kazumi Magica 2

Rosario + Vampire  Season 2 ,  vol. 2

1Sankarea 1,2

Strobe Edge 10

Sword Art Online Fairy Dance 1

Tiger and Bunny Anthology 2

Voice Over 2

Wolf Children

Yotsuba&! 5,10

Blankets:

Fairy Tail-Happy

Magnets:

2Another

Fairy Tail

Ouran High School

Panty and Stocking

Sgt Frog

Mugs:

Panty and Stocking

1Keychains:

Death Note L

Fate/Zero

Penguin Drum

Sword Art Online

Plush:

Happy Pillow

Brave 10

Ein

Soul

3 ringed Binder:

2Certain Magical Index

Certain Scientific Index

Death Note

Hetalia

Spice and Wolf