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New Figure Arrivals Today 1.18.18

Here is a short but wonderful list of figures we just received:

Nendoroid Plus Collectible Rubber Straps: LoveLive!Sunshine!! Swimsuit Ver.

Nendoroid Mitsuha Miyamizu

Nendoroid Taki Tachibana

figma Kirito: O.S ver

figma Shoyo Hinata

Nendoroid Wakatoshi Ushijima

New Arrivals 1.16.18

Here is a list of items we just received:

Books

Death Note (All-in-One Edition) (Manga)

Dragon Ball Super Vol. 1 (Manga)

FukuFuku: Kitten Tales Vol. 1 (Manga) (Chi’s Sweet Home)

Howl’s Moving Castle Vol. 1 (Manga)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 1 Phantom Blood Vol. 1 (Manga)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 2 Battle Tendency Vol. 1 (Manga)

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Stardust Crusaders Vol. 1 (Manga)

Karneval Vol. 1 (Manga)

Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Omnibus Vol. 1 (Manga)

Monster Hunter: Flash Hunter Vol. 1 (Manga)

Monster Perfect Edition Vol. 1 (Manga)

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Vol. 1 (Manga)

My Hero Academia Vol. 10 (Manga)

No Game No Life Novel Vol. 5

No Game No Life Novel Vol. 6

One-Punch Man Vol. 12 (Manga)

Persona 4 Vol. 1 (Manga)

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Side – P3 Vol. 1 (Manga)

Servamp Vol. 10 (Manga)

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 1 (Manga)

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 13 (Manga)

Tokyo Ghoul Vol. 14 (Manga)

Tokyo Ghoul: re Vol. 1 (Manga)

Figures

Death Note: Light POP Vinyl Figure

Dragon Ball Z: Final Form Frieza Pop! Vinyl Figure

Dragon Ball Z: Goku & Nimbus Pop! Vinyl Figure

Dragon Ball Z: Vegeta Pop! Vinyl Figure

Fairy Tail: Erza Scarlet POP Vinyl Figure

Naruto Shippuden: Kakashi POP Vinyl Figure

Naruto Shippuden: Naruto Rasengan POP Vinyl Figure

Naruto Shippuden: Tobi/Obito POP Vinyl Figure

One-Punch Man: Lord Boros POP Vinyl Figure

Sonic: Sonic w/ Ring Pop Vinyl Figure

Sword Art Online: Kirito POP Vinyl Figure

13cm Hatsune Miku Goodsmile Racing & TeamUKYO Racing Miku 2017 Figure

New Arrivals Today 1.11.18

New Stuff today:

Llama Hood Alpaca 12 Inches Prime Plush (White)

Llama Hood Alpaca 12 Inches Prime Plush (Pink)

Llama Hood Alpaca 12 Inches Prime Plush (Purple)

Llama Hood Alpaca 18 Inches Prime Plush (Pink)

Llama Earmuffs Alpaca 7″ Prime Plush white

Evangelion Rei Christmas Figure 22cm

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

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

Danganronpa 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed 9×12

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

Rin-Ne 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Log Horizon Season 2 3D Lenticular Wall Art Poster Framed

Hatsune Miku Figure Original Autumn Clothes Ver. 18cm

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

Sword Art Online The Movie Ordinal Scale Kirito Premium Figure 17cm

Hatsune Miku Project DIVA SPM Super Premium Figure Christmas

Magical Girl Madoka Magica Figure

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

KISSDUM-R Engage Planet

Title: KISSDUM-R Engage Planet on Blu-ray

Director: Yasuchika Nagaoka and Eiichi Satō

Writer: Yasuchika Nagaoka

Studio: Satelight

U. S. Distributor: Maiden Japan

U. S. Release Date: Jan. 2nd, 2018

Format: Blu-ray / 25 Episodes plus 4 OVA / 650 Minutes

Genre: Sci Fi, Mecha, Action/Adventure and Fantasy

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating: B+

Synopsis:

KISSDUM-R Engage Planet the Complete Collection contains episodes 1-25 and OVA’s 1-4.

The destruction of a cruise ship leaves thousands dead, but the body count is only beginning. As researchers try to make sense of the strange new fish and insects appearing around the world, scientist Rurika Yuno and the N.I.D.F. attempt to track down the source of the mutation, a mysterious artifact called the Book of The Dead. When the Book is finally located, all Hell breaks loose. Literally. As swarms of hellspawned fireflies and giant unearthly creatures attack mercilessly across the planet, Rurika is forced to use the Book to resurrect her dead lover, fighter pilot Aiba Shu. But can even humanity’s last desperate line of defense – the Necrodiver – defeat an ancient evil whose only goal is to exterminate all mankind? The final war has begun!

Special Features: Japanese Commercials & Promos, Clean Opening Animation, and Clean Closing Animation.

Commentary:

Okay, Kissdum-R Engaged Planet is something of a real mystery for me. From the opening episode I was intrigued and began to get into many of the characters. A few episodes later I was a broken man and not sure what direction the series was going. As I stuck to the series I found myself hitting his and lows every few episodes. I just felt like I wasn’t sure about getting connected to any of the secondary characters. Shu Aiba was the only one that I could latch onto and begin to bond with his character. I did appreciate that he didn’t fall into the stereotypical male protagonist who wined more than anyone else. Shu was solid and followed through with what he needed to do and I appreciated it very much. Although, his character was a little one sided and felt like a simple shonen hero.

It did take a long time for the series to settle in and start making some progress with the plot line and as it began to solidify I began to warn to the simple nature of the story and action. I began to feel like it was one of those average series that just wanted to give you some action on a weekly basis and there is nothing wrong with that.

Overall Grade: B+

Kiss dun-R Engaged Planted falls under one of the many overlooked shonen series that take a simple story and manages to throw several curves at you right away but eventually settles into a rhythm that makes total sense. I found the animation to be slightly above average and much of the writing to hit the mark. I was somewhat confused in the first 6 to seven episodes as the overall cast changed so much, but one I got into the middle of the series I understood why things had to be that way.

My one disappointment was that Kissdum-R Engaged Planet fell into the battle of the week series and tended to forget the post and series progressing in the middle episodes which I found to be reassuring and somewhat of a letdown but not an overwhelming disappointment.

When it comes to new releases I honestly think that Kissdum-R Engaged Planet will be overlooked and it really shouldn’t be. It has every right to stand next to many of the big budget, heavly marketed series that are coming out.

So, if you are looking for a interesting action adventure series that mixes it up on you right off the bat then you should check out Kissdum-R Engaged Planet.

 

 

Gundam Re-Stock 12.29.17

Here is the list of what we got in today:

PG Unicorn Gundam 02 Banshee N

PG Wing Gundam Zero (EW), “Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz”

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

Destiny Gundam “Gundam SEED Destiny”, Bandai MG

Strike Noir Gundam, “Gundam SEED Stargazer”, Bandai MG

MG-RX-0 UNICORN HD COLOR

MG Turn A

MG-EW OZ-13MS Epyon

RG Astray Red Frame

MG-MS RX-77-2 Guncannon

#1 Wing Gundam 1/100, Bandai Gundam Wing

#3 Gundam Deathscythe, “Gundam Wing”, Bandai HG Wing

#4 Wing Gundam Zero, “Gundam Wing”, Bandai HG Wing

SD-GG Shining Gundam

SD-GG God Gundam

HG Seed – Abyss Gundam

HG-UC ZG RMS-179 GM II

HG R08 Calamity

HG-BF WG Fenice

#53 Amazing Strike Freedom Gundam “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBF

#57 Ninpulse Gundam “Gundam Build Fighters”, Bandai HGBF

HG-CE Strike Rouge

RG Astray Red FrameGundam

Exia “Gundam 00”, Bandai RG

HG AGE-FX

HG-TB Atlas

HG UC Blue Destiny Unit 2

#54 00 Raiser + GN Sword lll “Gundam 00”, Bandai HG 00

#66 00 QAN[T] “Gundam 00”, Bandai HG 00

Hydra Gundam, “Gundam Wing G-Unit”, Bandai HG Wing

Zaku Half Cannon “Gundam The Origin”, Bandai HG 1/144

R16 M1 Astray “Gundam SEED”, Bandai HG SEED

Kamiki Burning Gundam “Gundam Build Fighters Try”, Bandai HGBF

#3 Super Custom Zaku F2000 “GunPla Builders”, Bandai HGGPB

Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta “Dragon Ball Super”, Bandai Figure-Rise Standard

The Squid Girl (anime review)

Title: The Squid Girl The invader comes from the bottom of the sea!

Distributor: Sentai Filmworks

Format: Blu-ray /24 episodes + 3 OVAs on 5 discs / 675 minutes

Genre: Comedy

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating:B+

Synopsis:

Squid Girl is a human looking girl with squid-ish attributes, for instance, hair that functions as tentacles. One day, fed up with the way people trash the water and beach, she comes out of the ocean intending to take over and subjugate the humans. Only, she has no idea of how to do it and she is rather innocently goofy. In her attempt at domination, she damages “the Lemon”, a beach snack shack. The manager, Eiko, isn’t putting up with any of the nonsense and makes it clear that  Squid Girl would have to work at the Lemon to pay for damages. That’s how she ends up as a waitress as well as living with Eiko and her family.

The beach has collected a odd assortment of characters making Squid Girl just another personality to liven things up. Besides Eiko and her siblings, there is Cindy: an alien seeking scientist who of course would have her eyes on Squid Girl. Cindy’s associates; a goofy trio  who have grand ideas and amazing/ extraordinary inventions but never quite think things out to a successful conclusion. Sanae: the Squid Girl-extreme obsessed fan. Goro: the lifeguard. Nagisa: one person who actually is worried about Squid Girl’s threat to humanity. And even still more interesting people who join in the comedy.

 Commentary:

Squid Girl is all comedy. Quirky, upbeat, slapstick and loaded with Squid (and ink) puns. It is not really a series intending to tell a linear story, it is all about the comedy and what the characters can bring to it. Actually, you could watch the first episode and a few more in the middle, and get the gist of the entire series. But, I see it more as a presentation to entertain and have some off-beat fun, nothing more developed than that, nothing serious to commit to. So basically, a light hearted enjoyment. It was a fun show to watch, but its quirky light-heartedness isn’t what I’ve been watching much in anime. So, I wasn’t quite ready for it and I think I was looking for more story. I’ve just gotten used to that. I’m glad there is an English dub, because this seems appropriate for younger ages and you got to have a dub for that.

To me, the characters are the main focus in the anime. I suppose the beach setting is necessary because it is what physically connects Squid Girl to the land, but it becomes important as an attraction for all sorts of people whether it is the people who are there everyday or someone just wandering in for the afternoon. Either way, it opens up the possibilities for the characters to shine. The bumbling “scientist” are at the top for comedy. To start with, it’s rather quirky that the ” scientist” hang out there, but it is after all a comedy, so we just go with it.

As an anime, another thing that I thought was great was how well it works cohesively. It is a bubbly, quirky comedy and everything from the music to the color and style of art support that. The bold saturated colors have that up-beat comedy feel. The characters were either very comedic, of the mirror that reflected and enhanced the humor. Their dialogue, personalities and situations create a world unto itself that we just don’t need to believe in to have fun.

Overall Grade: B+ 

A silly comedy ready to make you smile (or groan), rich in goofy slapstick and everlasting puns.

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

 

Initial D Legend 1 Awakening (anime review)

Title: Initial D Legend 1 Awakening

Director: Masamitsu Hidaka, Tomohito Naka (co-director)

Studio: Sanzigen & Liden Films

Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

Release Date: Dec. 5th, 2017

Format: Blu-ray / Feature Film / 60 minutes

Genre: Car Racing, Coming of Age

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating: B

Synopsis:

In Initial D Legend 1: Awakening, when aspiring racer Koichiro Iketani witnesses an unplanned street duel between Keisuke Takahashi, a member of a rival race team, and a mysterious Toyota Sprinter Trueno AE86, Koichiro’s totally blown away by the skill of the 86’s driver. What Koichiro doesn’t know is that the driver is fellow gas station attendant Takumi Fujiwara, who was making a late-night tofu delivery for his father, a legendary Mt. Akina driver himself.

Unforeseen events are about to springboard Takumi into the center of the street-racing world, turning the rivalry between Iketani’s Akina Speedsters and Takahashi’s Akagi Red Suns into an all-out street war! The legendary series that introduced the west to the sport of drift racing is reinvented in an all new feature film that’s even faster and more furious than ever before: NEW THEATRICAL MOVIE INITIAL D LEGEND 1: AWAKENING!

Commentary:

Initial D is one of those series that has lasted the test of time even though the cars have shown their age there is something very real about teenage boys and cars. That is really the only thing that Initial D Awakening has going for it. I know that if I were still in my 20’s or even my 30’s I would be all over this film, but I found it rather single minded and lacked a depth that I was hoping for. The fact that the natural racer (Takumi) doesn’t really care about racing and is just doing it to get home faster. There is also the connection between Takumi’s father and his racing history that is way to easy and somewhat disappointing.

The plot does hold up and Awakening does a great job of setting us up for the second film. The animation is good and the work that went into the races really paid off. There is also an attention to detail on the cars that I found interesting and reassuring. The voice acting was much more typical and fell apart at time and lent itself to the typical American answer of overacting for some of the core characters that tend to add a tension that isn’t needed.

Overall Grade: B

Initial D Legend 1: Awakening has everything any Initial D fan will need to make them very happy. It is also a great film for any young man between the age of 15 and 40 who is into cars. This gives a very special depiction of Drifting and what made it so very special in the 80’s and 90’s.

It is always fun to get a feeling for the beginning of a story line and get a sense of what these beloved characters were all about before the original series began. Initial D Legend 1: Awakening does several things very well and a few thing not so well. The biggest issue for me is that the film is broken into two films and maybe should have been edited so that it is just one full length film.

Initial D fans get your motors running!