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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

Flying Witch Anime Review

Title: Flying Witch Anime Review on Blu-ray

Publisher: Sentai Filmworks

U. S. Release Date: 10-24-17

Format: Blu-ray / 1-12 Episodes / 300 Minutes

Genere: Slice of Life (magical)

Age Rating: 13+

Overall Personal Rating: B+

Synopsis:

Makoto is a teen witch who goes to live with her relatives, the Kuramoto family, as part of her training. They aren’t a magical family, but they really welcome her and treat her like one of their own. Her parents still want her to finish school, so she begins attending the local high school with her cousin Kei. His little sister, Chinatsu, takes some time to warm up to Makoto, but soon admires her and also wants to become a witch too.

True, the magical world is supposed to be kept secret, but Makoto is pretty open about it. When she makes a friend, the “secret” is out. Soon, her sister Akane comes by for a visit and lingers on and on. Mostly she sleeps, but she offers a lesson now and then for Makoto and even Cinatsu.

The supernatural is hidden all around, and we tag along as Makoto and her family discover the wonders and beauty. There are non magical things to discover for her as well, especially as Kei shows her the ways of living with the seasons and finding food in nature and growing things on the farm.

Commentary:

An easy way to describe to Flying Witch is Kiki’s Delivery Service expanded and updated. Makoto leaves her family to set off on her own as part of her witch’s training, working towards her own independence. This time however, her parents expect her to finish high school, so she moves in with relatives and attends school instead of working. Both young witches are kind, happy, and motivated. They really embrace this part of their lives. They both have a cat companion who she communicates with and acts sometimes like a guide.

I like the look of Flying Witch. I enjoyed the backgrounds, the attentions to details, even making them look just a bit more interesting than reality. Composition and design were actively employed. So, visually there is an extra story to be appreciated. Just looking at the case cover can illustrate what I mean. Instead of a straight shot image, there are intersecting planes, angels and layers that really enrich the whole anime. Often with an emphasis on nature, it was beautifully portrayed, better than a camera could ever do. It is a modern look heavy in realism which I like. The characters had a nice look also. I really appreciate when an anime has easily identifiable characters. The only minor complaint I have, and I’m mentioning it because, well, I don’t want to imply perfection, was a weird shadowing on the folds of peoples clothes. Seems like a odd thing to be weak on. Like I said, minor.

There were several aspects in addition to the overall look which I enjoyed or thought particularly clever. The food hunting and preparation was really enjoyable to watch, I don’t know if it is true or acurate, but it was interesting. There are really cool effects like “ground fish”, basically they are magical fish that swim in the earth. The mixing of the two was well done. I also like the way the magical side of the world seemed so natural, like it really could be a part of the world. Sometimes, the story wasn’t about magic at all, and just about ordinary life, and how interesting that alone can be.

The characters are easy to connect with and and pleasant to be around. Makoto is learning and discovering the world in her new home. She is a really sweet and confidant young lady. She is directionally challenged for comedy’s sake (in other words, she easily gets lost) but she is aware of the issue and works to overcome it. Even when others keep trying to help her, she insists to do it and learn. The Kumamoto family is also wonderful to be around. I always find it uncomfortable, when in English, the character, in this case, the dad, has a southern accent. The only wild character is Makoto’s sister, as she drinks a lot. That got a bit old towards the end. I didn’t want to see her drunk again, and don’t see how it benefited the story.

There is a soft ending, and by this I mean there wasn’t any build up to a climax of the completion of a goal. It just sort of pleasantly ends as life continues to roll on. I enjoyed the series and feel that they can add on to the series successfully if they want. Every thing was still fresh and I’m left hoping the characters continue to do well.

Extras include “petite” episodes, where SD forms of the characters sort of do silly little short skits.

Overall grade: B+    Definitely a pleasant way to spend your time. Beautifully depicted world, nicely animated, and characters we’d want to be friends with.

 

 

New Arrivals 11.28.17

Here is a list of the new items we just received:

Monogatari Hachikuji Mayoi Figure 20cm

Madoka Magika – Tamika Iroha 16cm Figure

Love Live Sunshine EXQ Figure -RIKO SAKURAUCHI- 22cm

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

Fate Grand Order Archer Artoria Pendragon Servant Figure 18cm

Fleet Collection EXQ Figure YAMATO Classical Style Orchestra Mode

Mobile Suit Gundam EXCEED MODEL ZAKU HEAD Capsule Toys [3 Variants]

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Gallery 4 Dio Brando 20cm Special Chase Figure Version

Danganronpa 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed 9×12

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

The World is Still Beautiful 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

The Fruit of Grisaia 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Log Horizon Season 2 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Log Horizon Season 1 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Gingitsune Messenger Fox of The Gods 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Akame Ga Kill 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Rin-Ne 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Gate 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Black Bullet 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Llama Cowboy Alpaca 12 Inches Prime Plush (White)

Llama Earmuffs Alpaca 7″ Prime Plush white

Llama Cowboy Alpaca 12 Inches Prime Plush (Black)

Llama Hood Alpaca 12 Inches Prime Plush (Purple)

Llama Hood Alpaca 12 Inches Prime Plush (Pink)

Llama Hood Alpaca 12 Inches Prime Plush (White)

Llama Earmuffs Alpaca 4.5″ Prime Plush Keychain Assortment

Natsume’s Book of Friends Nyanko Sensei Big Plush

Arakawa Under The Bridge: Season 1 (Blu-Ray)

Arakawa Under The Bridge: Season 2 (Blu-Ray/DVD Combo)

Full Metal Panic: Complete Series (Blu-Ray/DVD Combo) (Classic)

Arakawa Under the Bridge Vol. 1 (Manga)

Forbidden Scrollery Vol. 1 (Manga)

Full Metal Alchemist Vol. 26 (Manga)

Polar Bear in Love Vol. 1 (Manga)

RE:Zero Ex Novel Vol. 1

Silent Voice, A Vol. 1 (Manga)

Silent Voice, A Vol. 2 (Manga)

Silent Voice, A Vol. 3 (Manga)

So I’m a Spider, So What? Novel Vol. 1

Body Pillow: Ah! My Goddess – Belldandy and Peorth Pool (Dakimakura Hugging Pillow)

Body Pillow: Bleach – Ichigo Body Pillow: Free! – Nagisa

Body Pillow: One Piece – Sanji New World

Body Pillow: Psycho-Pass – Kogami & Makishima

Body Pillow: Street Fighter – Cammy Bikini

Body Pillow: Street Fighter – Ryu Beach

Fairy Tail: Happy 8” Ball Plush

Fairy Tail: Happy Sitting 7″ Plush

New Arrivals 11.21.17

Figures and Other:

Haikyuu!! DXF Figure Manager Special Shimizu Kiyoko & Yachi Hitoka Figure

Charlotte PM Figure Nishimori Yusa

Neon Genesis Evangelion Revoltech Movie Ed. Rifle/Shield SetThe Clamp No Kiseki Magazine Collectible Vol. 11 with Figures Set

The Clamp No Kiseki Magazine Collectible Vol. 08 with Figures SetThe Clamp No Kiseki Magazine Collectible Vol. 06 with Figures Set

Rei Ayanami 2007 SDCC Race Queen PVC (Limited 1250 pcs)

Dragon Ball Z Ohzaru Vegeta CreatorxCreator 13cm

Love Live! Sunshine!! Riko Sakurauchi SSS 21cm Figure

Touhou Project – Remilia Scarlet 18cm Figure

Touhou Project Premium Figure: Kirisame Marisa 17cm figure

Kirisame Marisa 17cm figure

Haikyuu!! Haikyu DXF Figure

Love Live! Sunshine Kurosawa Ruby Aozora Jumping Heart Premium 21cm figure

Cibo Blame! 21cm Special Figure

Love Live Sunshine SSS Figure Tsushima Yoshiko 21cm

Sword Art Online The Movie -Ordinal Scale- Sinon PVC Figure 17cm

Sword Art Online Asuna Loading Figure

Sword Art Online “Fencer Version” Asuna Figure

Banpresto Tomoe Mami Relaxation Time from Puella Magi Madoka Magica Figure 12cm

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

Banpresto Gundam Mikazuki Augus Iron-Blooded Orphans DXF Figure 16cm

LUPIN THE THIRD MASTER STARS PIECE Fujiko Mine II Figure

Lupin Figure The Third World Collectable Figure WCF (Set/6)

Kizumonogatari Tekketsu Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade

Evangelion racing Makinami Mari Illustrious PM figure

Evangelion Figure Asuka Langley Vol. 2.5

Monogatari Series – Hachikuji Mayoi – PM Figure

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

Love Live! School Idol Project Niko Yazawa – A Moment after School – SQ Figure

Heavy Object Milinda Brantini PM Figure

Free! Eternal Summer Matsuoka Rin “Childhood Version” Figure

Free! Eternal Summer Tachibana Makoto 5.8 Inches Figure Childhood Version

Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax High-grade figure Shiba Miyuki

Kantai Collection – Kancolle – Hokuhouseiki Damage ver. Figure

Fruits Basket Rice Ball Messenger Bag

Paranoia Agent Maromi Messenger Bag

Fruits Basket Yuki Pouch Bag

Fullmetal Alchemist Al Handbag Pouch Bag

Monogatari Kiss Shot Acerola Orion Kiss Shot 10yo Wounded Story 15 cm figure

Taito Monogatari Series: Shinobu Oshino Figure Ver.4

Monogatari Yotugi Ononoki Premium Figure

Gundam,

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

#58 Star Burning Gundam, “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBF

00 Raiser “Gundam 00”, Bandai PG

Duel Gundam Assault Shroud “Gundam SEED”, Bandai MG

Gundam Sandrock (EW), “Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz”, Bandai MG

Tallgeese (EW), “Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz”, Bandai MG

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt December Sky

Title: Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt December Sky on Blu-ray

Director: Kō Matsuo

Writer: Kō Matsuo

Music by: Naruyoshi Kikuchi

U. S. Distributor: Sunrise, Right Stuf

U. S. Release Date: July 7th, 2017

Format: Blu-ray / Feature Film / 70 Minutes

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

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating: A

Synopsis:

Their war has not yet ended…

It is Universal Century 0079, at the end of the One Year War between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon. The space colonies of Side 4, or Moore, were previously destroyed by a Zeon attack, and many colonists lost their lives. Side 4 became a shoal zone filled with the wreckage of destroyed colonies and warships, lit by constant flashes of lightning due to collisions between electrified debris. It soon came to be known as the “Thunderbolt Sector.”

The Moore Brotherhood, an Earth Federation Forces unit made up of surviving citizens from Moore, set out to exterminate the Zeon forces in the Thunderbolt Sector in order to reclaim their homeland. To halt the Federation advance, the Zeon forces deployed their own Living Dead Division, which was established to collect combat data on soldiers with prosthetic limbs.

Io Fleming, though part of the Moore Brotherhood, hates being tied down by his homeland and family history. Daryl Lorenz, having lost his legs in earlier battles, is now an ace sniper of the Living Dead Division. When they confront each other on the battlefield, they will reach a mutual realization. These two are destined to kill each other.

Commentary:

Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt December Sky is the type of anime film that proves if you keep doing a thing enough you will finally get it right. This film hits on several major points and leave3s you wanting for a lot more. From the opening sequence all the way to end ending montage I found December Sky to be a delight. It did manage to have some of the overly melodramatic elements that Gundam Universal Century calls for and at the same time uses music and lively characters to make this fast paced film something worth watching.

One thing is very clear and that is the fact that Kō Matsuo understood the import of making these characters complex and human enough to sympathize with on both sides. Funny thing, I found December Sky to be one of the most anti war Gundam produces yet.

Overall Grade: A

As you can tell, I really liked December Sky and will recommend it to all Gundam fans and all other Sci Fi fans who love music and action. I don’t really care if it doesn’t resolve anything I think that from the artistic stylings to the insane character development everyone can get a great idea of what this film is all about. So, I just want to tell Kō Matsuo thank you for proving us with 70 minutes of pure excitement.

momokuri (anime review)


Title: momokuri Complete Collection

U. S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks

U. S. Release Date:

Format: Blu-ray / 26 Episodes / 325 Minutes

Genre: Comedic slice of life romance

Audio: Japanese

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating: B

Synopsis:

It doesn’t seem like he had taken the time to consider the offer. He just went for it. As a new high school student, Momo quickly agreed when an older girl confessed to him and asked him out. Yuri, not at all an average girl, is in her second year of high school and she has a serious crush (obession?) on him. She finds everything about him so incredibly cute, she can’t help but seek out his location and secretly snap some photos, and maybe find a little memento. This awkward pair are both thrilled to be dating, but find nearly every aspect of having a boyfriend/girlfriend embarrassing. Very embarrassing.

As the school year progresses,  Kuri increases her collection of photos and mementos of Momo, usually through what many people would call stalking. Her best friend warns her this is weird and to keep it to herself.  Even so, she tries her best to make Momo happy. Through the holiday, tests and all the usual life moments, their relationship grows slow yet steady. A year end trip to a resort brings up questions that test this young relationship.

Commentary:

It can be fun and calming to watch the familiar.  Momokuri is full of typical anime settings like the waterpark, the festival, the amusement park, the haunted house, the hot springs and to finish off the list, the Christmas episode. What is important is what happens there. It all starts with Kuri seeing Momo from afar and developing a major crush. Being the kind of person to really put all her effort into something, she decides to confront him and viola they are a couple in episode one. Now, that is where anime starts going.

Momokuri  is a cute and friendly, light hearted comedy. There is no big challenges or obstacle to over come, it is just a slice of life. Like visiting friends. On that note, it really is the characters and their friendships that make this anime worth watching. All of them were easy to like. Momo is a gentle and conscientious person and Kuri is the energetic enthusiast who really dives into things, albeit often in a weird sort of way.

Now, as the anime goes on, Kuri’s obsessive behavior gets weirder nearly becoming a character on its own. Her weirdness eventually causes her boyfriend to get confused and doubtful. It seems his old button or used straw might make her happier than actually being together. But it is all secondary to the pool of embarassment Momo and Kuri’s relationships is drowning in.  The constant embarrassment makes this anime a poor candidate for binge watching. Every milestone their relationship reached, was accompanied by them both being embarassed. I’d say stick to 4 or 5 episodes at a time, because the constant of this emotion got annoying. Never fear, after a break, it started making more sense and I was no longer annoyed by the endless embarrassment. It can even come across as sweet.

Visually, this was well done. Nothing too inventive, but the art work really conveys the characters and their lives. Besides, there is no way a live action could convey embarrassment as effectively. The detail to clothing was also really good, especially the girls’ outfits. They didn’t really talk about it, but it added to the expressions of their characters and personalities.

Some of my favorite moments include the comedy surrounding the “indirect kiss”,  it was sweetly funny.  I’d  also have to say the scene where someone is making cotton candy was really awesome. I watched it twice to make sure.  Yup, still awesome.

Overall Grade: B  Momokuri is romance about already being in the relationship. Along those lines, you might also enjoy My Love Story and Say I Love You.

 

Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun (anime review)

monthy-girls-nozaki-kunTitle: Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun Complete Collection

Directed by: Yoshiko Nakamura

Written by: Yukari Hashimoto

Created by: Izumi  Tsubaki

Studio: Dogakobo

U. S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U. S. Release Date: March 29th, 2016

Format: Blu-ray / 12 Episodes / 300 Minutes

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating: A-

Synopsis:

You know how the story goes: girl crushes on guy, girl confesses feelings to guy, guy mistakes confession for a job application.

Okay, maybe that’s not how it usually goes, but that’s what happens when Chiyo Sakura finally gets up the nerve to tell her classroom crush Nozaki how she feels. Since she doesn’t know that he’s secretly a manga artist who publishes under a female pen name, and he doesn’t know that she doesn’t know, he misunderstands and offers her a chance to work as his assistant instead of a date!

But while it’s not flowers and dancing, it is a chance to get closer to him, so Chiyo gamely accepts. And when Nozaki realizes how useful Chiyo can be in figuring out what girls find romantic, he’ll be spending even more time with her “researching” while remaining completely clueless. Could Chiyo’s romantic frustration possibly get any more drawn out of proportion? The answer will be profusely illustrated in Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun!

Commentary:

I was very weary going into this anime. I have seen plenty silly romantic comedies that were just one gussy scene after another. Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun manages to take this basic plot line and turn it into a very funny and enjoyable comedy. I found myself laughing out loud from the first episode all the way through to the last.

The real strength to the series is the writing. I thought the character development was well above par and the dialog superior to most romantic comedies being produced lately. The cast of characters was a great fit for the strangeness of the series and with there only being 12 episodes things kept moving at a perfect pace.

Overall Grade: A-

The only thing that I found disappointing was the high pitched persona of Chiyo. She managed to be a little annoying, and too shy about her crush. Other than that the blend of odd ball characters managed to keep the laughs coming and the relationship between Yuzuki and Wakamatsu. They appear to make a totally mismatched couple but are really perfect for each other and Wakamatsu is just a pushover for her and doesn’t even see it.

Anyway, Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun is a blast and I recommend it to everyone. I think almost every anime fan will find something about this series that they can appreciate and get plenty of laughs to go along with it. On other thing, I love Tonuki.

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.

When They Cry: Complete Collection Season One on Blu-ray (anime review)

when-they-cry-1Review provided by Andrew and Katie

Title: When They Cry: Complete Collection Season One on Blu-ray

Director: Chiaki Kon

Studio: Studio Deen

Author: Ryukishi07

U.S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks / Section 23

U.S. Release Date: March 15, 2016

Format and Length: Blu-ray / 26 Episodes / 650 Minutes

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural, Thriller

Industry Age Rating: 17 and up

Overall Personal Rating: A+

Similar Series or Titles to Check Out: Elfen Lied, Another, and Future Diary

Synopsis:

Moving to the picturesque town of Hinamizawa is going to be a big adjustment for Keiichi Maebara. For all its beauty, it is also very small, so small that there’s only one school, one where most of the students have known each other all their lives.

Fortunately, he soon meets four girls… Rena, Mion, Satoko, and Rika, who are willing to let the new guy in town join their afterschool club. And for a while, things seem wonderful. Until Keiichi starts discovering strange things, like when the project manager for a controversial dam project was found dismembered five years ago.

As he digs deeper, there are whispers and rumors of other murders and disappearances, stories of a town curse, and mysterious rituals. And then people he knows start to die. What secrets have the people of Hinamizawa kept hidden from the rest of the world? Could his new friends somehow be involved? The shocking answers to these and other questions will be revealed in When They Cry: Complete Collection!

Commentary:

When They Cry: Complete Collection epitomizes how you should never judge something by its cover. It looks like a simple, generic harem series at first glance; however When They Cry: Complete Collection is anything but that. When They Cry: Complete Collection is nothing short of genius and the whole setting, atmosphere, and mood are incredibly well executed. The plot may seem simple at first with a new kid moving to a strange, new town and meeting new friends but beneath the exterior appearance of this seemingly tame series lays a dark story of murder, violence, and mystery.

When They Cry: Complete Collection has a plot that consists of arcs. Although these arcs seem disjointed at first, it is all part of the plot and is actually an important part of solving the mystery of the Hinamizawa murders. However, When They Cry: Complete Collection is not a simple, generic murder mystery where the solutions are force fed to us. It is up to us to decide between what is true and what is not. This way we think and interact with the story. Each arc has a twisted finish that will leave you saying, “What just happened?”.

While When They Cry: Complete Collection is full of mentally instable characters, however they are extremely well written and developed. Luckily, the mental instability of the main characters does not take away from their personality and interaction. Each and every character serves a purpose to the plot in some way, shape, or form so be sure to pay attention to what a character does in different arcs.

The animation was normal for the age of the series but the background animation was breathtaking. The opening and closing songs were amazing and fit the series perfectly. The voice actors filled the series with psychotic laughter, blood-curling screams, and extremely cute voices in order to bring the characters to life.

Extras:

When They Cry: Complete Collection includes clean opening and closing animations and Sentai Filmworks trailers as special features. When They Cry: Complete Collection has both English and Japanese with English subtitles as language options.

Overall Grade: A+

I cannot begin to explain how excited I am that Sentai Filmworks licensed When They Cry: Complete Collection! I hope they release the rest of the series so that we can learn what else happens. I recommend that you watch When They Cry: Complete Collection if you enjoy the horror or psychological thriller genre. You will not be disappointed.

 

 

 

Celestial Method (anime review)

celestial-methodTitle: Celestial Method the Complete Series on Blu-ray

Director: Masayuki Sakoi

Writer: Naoki Hisaya

Studio: Studio 3Hz

U. S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U. S. Release Date: March 22nd, 2016

Genre: Slice of Life, Fantasy

Age Rating: TV PG

Overall Personal Rating: A

Synopsis:

It’s been seven years since Nonoka Komiya last lived in Lake Kiriya City. However, while she knew that there would be changes in the town, she’s still unprepared for what she finds upon her return: A giant saucer hovers over the entire city, as it has since shortly after she and her family left.

Stranger yet, a girl she doesn’t know, Noel, is waiting for her, claiming that they have met before. Confused, Nonaka tries to focus on reconnecting with her old friends, but odd memories, suppressed in the wake of her mother’s death, begin to float to the top of her consciousness.

Can it be that she has met Noel before? And how does this connect with the appearance of the saucer itself? To solve the riddle, Nonoka must join with her friends and rediscover the events that occurred before she left Lake Kiriya. Because there’s more than a mystery that must be solved: there’s a promise that has to be kept in Celestial Method.

Commentary:

There is one thin that can be said about anime and that is that it covers a great deal of ground from hard edge dramas to silly strange comedies. Celestial Method is a series that is dear and sweet that explores friendship and the bonds that transcend space and time. There is also a very buhhdist  idealism running through it regarding connections and happiness.

I found much of Celestial Method to be a reminder of Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day in how it approached the groups of friends but with the group not being so damaged there was a sweeter side of them coming back together. This kindness made the series a great fit for the younger audience.

Overall Grade: A

I realize that it might seem strange seeing Celestial Method as a top notch anime, but there is something very simple and heartwarming about it that made it great. Celestial Method is another example of a anime geared toward a younger audience that was not  given and English dud and that for me is a great mishap. I know that older viewers won’t have any issues with the subtitles, but it would be wonderful if there was a English dub for those viewers under 11 or 12. Over the last 12 to 18 months there have been a good number of anime that fall into that category and each one of them have been solid titles that would have helped foster a new generation of anime fans. Alas, they will just have to wait until they are older and only want to do sub-titles.

As you can read, I really like Celestial Method. It is a solid little anime which offers a tad bit of a tear jerk at the end, but all in all it reminds you of the friendship. So, if you are in the mood for heartwarming story about a small group of friends then Celestial Method is something you should see.