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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 Items In

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

imageManga:

Strawberry Panic Omnibus

World Trigger 1

Your Lie in April 1,2

Phone Charms:

Love Live

Vocaloid animals

Figures:

Ghost in the Shell Motoko Kusangai (Figma)

Gin Tama Freedom Teahouse Ochatomo

Kill La Kill Satsuki Kiryuin (Figma)

Love Live! Honoka Kosaka (Figma)

Love Live! Maki Nishikino Figurarts

Metroid Other M Samus Aran (Figma)

Nendoroid Fate/Stay Night Rider

Revoltech Trigun Vash

Sailor Moon Petit Chara! Trading Figures

Sword Art Online II Kirito GGO version (Figma)

Volcaloid Racing Miku (Figma)

 

 

 

Resale Figures Now in Stock

Here are figures that have come in recently. This post is only for information and not updated as an inventory.

Items Just Arrived

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

1Figures:

Death Note Light

Death  Note Misa

Egashira (Figma)

Fate/Hollow Rin Tohsaka

Gargantia Amy (Figma)

Hidamari Sketch Hiro (Figma)

Hidamari Sketch Sae (Figma)

Kamen Rider Delta (Figurarts)image

Kamen Rider Agito (Figurarts)

Kamen Rider G3-X (Figurarts)

Kamen Rider ZX (Figurarts)

Kamen Rider Shinichigo

Fate Testarossa

imageNanoha Takamachi

Samus Aran (Figma)

Naruto and Akatsuki

BlackRock Shooter (Nendoroid)

Certain Scientific Tailgun Kuroko Shirai (Nendoroid)

Devil Summoner Hibiki Kuze (Nendoroid)

imageFate/Extra Saber (Nendoroid)

Fate/ Stay Night Saber (Nendoroid)

Hidamari Sketch (Nendoroid)

Mahoutsukai no Youru Aoko Aozaki (Nendoroid)

Maoyuu Maou Yuusha Maou (Nendoroid)

imageMuv-Luv Alternative Cryska Barchenowa (Nendoroid)

Muv-Luv Alternative Yui Takamura (Nendoroid)

Oremio Hoshikuzu Witch Meruru (Nendoroid)

Sasamisan ganbaranai Sassami (Nendoroid)

Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei Nozumu Itoshiki (Nendoroid)

imageVividred Operation Akane Isshiki (Nendoroid)

Wooser Ren and Darth (Nendoroid

Okusama wa Maho Shoji Asaba Ureshiko

One Piece boa Hancock

Madoka Magica Kyoko Sakura

Steins Gate Kurisu Makise(Figma)

Steins Gate Tintarou Okabe (Figma)

To Love Ru Momo Velia Deviluke (Figurearts)

Accessories:

Code Geass Buttons

Code Geass Patches

Danganronpa Flip Flops

Danganronpa Bottle Holder

Evangelion Chopsticks

Samurai Sword Chopsticks

Code Geass School Emblem Keychain

Kingdom Hearts Riku’s Keyblade Keychain

Anime:

Kimi Ni Todoke 2

Tiger and Bunny Part 1

Genshiken 2

Sailor Moon Season 1 Part 1

Books:

20th Century Boys 16

Amazing Agent Jennifer 2

Amazing Agent Luna 2,6,8,10

Attack on Titan 2,4

Black Butler 1,10

Blood Lad 1,2,3,5,

Bloody Cross 2

Blue Exorcist 3

Bokurano Ours 2

Death Note 1,2

Demon Love Spell 3,5,6

Doubt 1

Dragon Ball Omnibuss 2,4,7

Durarara!! 2,4

Durarara!! Yellow Scarves 1

Fairy Tail 1,5,7,18,19,43,44,45

Happy Marriage 7,8,9

higurashi

Jaco the Galatic Patrolman

Jiu Jiu 5

Kamisama Kiss 1,15,16

Magi 3

Midnight Secretary 5,6,7

Sailor Moon 7-12

Spice and Wolf Novel 1,11

Spice and Wolf 3

Sword Art Online Aincrad  Novel 2

Sword Art Online Fairy Dance Novel 3

Tena on S-String 2,3,4,5,6

Witchcraft Works 2

Zelda; Hyrule Historia

 

New Items In

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

Buttons:GE37507

Fairy Tail  (Erza, Gray, Happy)

Soul Eater (Death the Kid, Logo Skulls)

Volcaloid (Lin and Ren)

 

Lanyards:

Black Butler

DBZ

Fairy Tail

1Rasario + Vampire

Soul Eater

Sword Art Online

Legend of Zelda

 

Blanket

Blanket

Patch:

Attack on Titan Scout Regiment

 

Phone Charms:

Volcaloid (Len, Luka, Miku, Rin)

Wallet:

Fairy Tail Logo

 

Blanket

Blanket

Wristband:

Fairy Tail

Soul Eater

 

Hats:

Charizard with ears

Pikachu

Poke Ball

Blanket

Blanket

Gotta Catch ’em All

 

Socks:

Pikachu

 

T-Shirts:

Black Butler

FOB1EXIPOKairy Tail

 

Messenger Bag:

Attack on Titan-Levi

 

Blankets:

KC1B16POKBlack Butler

Fairy Tail Happy

Hetalia

Sailor Moon Group, Moon with Luna

Sword Art Online

KC1XJJPOK

Body Pillow:

Sebastian Portrait

 

Magnets:

Blue Exorcist

D Gray Man

Death Note

KC1XJIPOKFairy Tail

Fundam 00

Naruto

Oh My Goddess

One Piece

Sailor Moon

Tsubasa

 

KH1X3GPOKMug:

Fairy Tail Chibi Group

 

Music Box:

Totoro

 

Key Chains:

Black Butler

Fairy Tail

GE595143Persona 4

Madoka Magica

Sailor Moon

Soul Eater

Sword Art Online

 

Plush:

Black Rock Shooter

GE52011FMA Al

Totoro

Kyubey

Sailor Moon

Taiga

SoulEater

Link

Tingle

819996013693Zelda

 

Fabric Posters:

Hetalia

Sailor Moon

 

Wall Scrolls:

Levi

Sebastian and Ciel

Happy

wall scroll

wall scroll

Laxus

Sword Art Online

 

Collectible Straps:

Attack on Titan

 

Manga:

11th Cat

13th Boy 3,4,5,7,10,11,12

20th Century Boys 4

5 Centimeters Per Second

Ajin 1

Akira 2

Alice in the Country of Clover The Clockmaker’s Story

Alice in the Country of Hearts Omnibus 1

Alice in the Country of Joker 1

Antique Gift Shop1

Attack on Titan 6

BB Explosion 2

Backstage Prince 1

Bakegyamon 2-5

Bakugan Brawlers 2,3

Bakuman 14,15

Black Butler 4,15

Bokurano Ours 4,9

Boy

Bunny Drop 1

Butterflies, Flowers 1-5

Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus 1

Cat Eyed Boy 2

Dawn of the Arcana 5

Death Note 11,12

Demon Love Spell4,6

Di Charat 4
Dorohedoro 10
Dragon Girl 2
Durarara!! 1
Fairy Tail  3,39,42
Fallen Words
Firefighter! Daigo 5,9,10
Food Wars! 2
Full Metal Alchemist Novel 5
Fente 1-3
Girls Und Panzer 2
Bun Blaze West 1-3
Higurashi Abducted by Demons Arc 2

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure 15

K-ON College 1

Magi 8

Magical Girl Apocalypse 1

Monster Omnibus 2

Moyasimon 2

Psycho Busters (6-7)

Rahxephon 1

Rave Master (33-35)

Ristorante Paradiso

Sailor Moon 3,4

Sand Chronicles 2-5,8,9

Sankarea 4

Say I Love You 4

Schoo Rumble 11,13

Seiho Boys High School 4-8

Soul Eater 22

Speed Racer Box Set

Spice and Wolf 1-3 (Novels)

St. Dragon Girl 3,5,6,7

Sunny 4

Tuxedo Gin 2-15

Vagabond 24,29,30

Velveteen and Mandala

Watamote 4 (No Matter How I look at it…)

 

 

 

 

Anime Now in Store

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

1Aquarion

Baccano Complete Series

The Devil is a Part-Timer!

Dragon Ball z Battle of the Gods

Garden of Words

Ghost in the Shell The Laughing Man

Ghost in the Shell 1

Ghost in the Shell 2nd2

Kill La Kill Volume 2

K-ON Season 1

Last Exile Complete Series

Ouran High School Host Club Complete

Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt Complete

Shangri La

Shiki

3Slayer Seasons 1-3

Space Battleship Yamato

Strategic Armored Infantry

Tamako Market

Tenchi Muyo! Complete Series

Tenchi Muyo OVA Collection

Trigun Comlete

4Trinity Blood Complete

Wolf Children

Items In Today

44935537045360Here is a list of what came in today.

Anime:

Silver Spoon

Occult Academy

House of Five Leaves

Blood Lad

Cardcaptor Sakura 1

Tiger and Bunny Part 2

Brave 10

Manga/Books:

Hetalia 1,2,4

Attack on Titan Art Book

4935537045162Hatsune Miku Art Book

Blood Bockade Battlefront 6

Blood Lad 2-4

Bokurano Ours 11

Seven Deadly Sins 4

What Did You Eat Yesterday 1

Death Note Items:

Ryuk Dog Tag Necklace

Notebook Necklace

4935537045155Chibi L Phone Charm

Ryuk Earrings

XL T-Shirt

3 Ring Binder

4.2 inchTrading Figures

Medium Figures

Ryuk and Rem large figures

Near Key Chain

Shinigami keychain

Skull Key Chain

1939130794File Folders

Pencil case

Volcaloid:

lanyard

Rage of Bahamut:

Trading Figures

Attack on Titan :

Levi Figure

 

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