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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

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

 

New Items In

Here is a list of new items that have come in.  This list is only for information and not updated as an inventory. Please call if you have questions on specific items, 314-543-3009.

1Sailor Moon Back Pack

Hetalia Landyard

Vocaloid Lanyard

Free! Swim Club  T-Shirt

Hetalia Travel Mugs

Hetalia Plush

2Kyubey Plush

Manga:

Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge 2

Arata 19

Attack on Titan:  No Regrets 1

Bokurano Ours 11

1Cage of Eden 15

A Centaur’s Life 4

Dawn of the Arcana 13

Haganai 8

High School DxD 2

Library Wars 12

2Mayo Chiki 7

Negima 28

Nisekoi: False Love 5

Oh My Goddess 46

Phantom Thief Jeanne 4

Pride and Prejudice (Manga Classics)

Seraph of the End 2

3Sherlock Bones 7

Skip Beat 33

Trigun Maximum Omnibus 4

UQ Holder 2

 

 

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. This is only for information and not updated as an inventory.

13 ringed Binders:

Angel Beats

Sonic

Cowbay Bebop

Fairy Tail

Haruhi

Hetalia

Magi

One Piece

Ouran High School Host Club

2Rosario + Vampire

Sankarea

Soul Eater

Accessories:

Orihime Hair Clips

Death Note Misa’s Necklace

InuYasha  Beada of Subjugation

Volcaloid Playing cards

Bags:

Hello Kitty Messenger

Pokemon Messenger

Pikachu Plush Back Pack

Books:

Alice in the Country of  Clover: Knight’s Knowledge 1

3Arpeggio of Blue Steel 1

Black Rose Alice 1

Bleach 61

Blood Lad 5

Bloody Cross 3

Devils and Realist 3

Dictatorial Grimoire 1,2

Happy Marriage 7

Higurashi (8) Time Killg Arc 2

Maximum Ride 8

1Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan 22

Rosario + Vampire Season 2 Vol. 13

Sacred Black Smith 5

Spell of Desire 1

Toriko 23

Voice Over 6

World War Blue 6

Yotsuba& !2,4

Mugs:

Bakemonogatari

Black Butler

Blue Exorcist

Deadman Wonderland

Durarara!!

Fairy Tail

Panty and Stocking

Madoka Magica

Soul Eater

Spice and Wolf

Star Trek

DVDs:

Appleseed

Lupin the 3rd complete

Natsume’s Book of Friends Season 1 & 2

Key Chains:

Death Note L

Fairy Tail Lucy’s Keys

Naruto Sakura, Deidara, Itachi

Madoka Magica Grief Seed

Volcaloid Len, Luka

Plush:

FMA  Ed, Al

Hetalia England

Panty and Stocking Hollow Kitty

Memo Pads:

Black Butler

Bleach

Fairy Tail

FMA

Hetalia

InuYasha

Kill La Kill

Listen to Me

Ouran High School

Panty and Stocking

Psycho-Pass

Sailor Moon

Sword Art Online

Toriko

Wagnaria!! Working

Items In Today

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

Attack on Titan WristbandAttack on Titan Wristbands

Soul Eater; Soul Figure

FLCL Cat Hat

Fairy Tail; Lucy’s Keys Keychains- Tarus, Cancer, Aries, Virgo, Leo, Crux, Lyro, Nikora

Ouran High School Hunny Sticker

Used Manga:

Higurashi Time Killing arc 1

FLCL hatHigurashi Abducted by Demons arc 1

Immortal rain 1-4,6,7

I.N.V.U. 4

Loveless 4,6

Millennium Snow 1,2

NaNaNa Na 1

Neck and Neck 6,7,8

Neon Genesis Evangelion 1,8,9,12

Neon Genesis Evangelion Campus Apocalypse 1,3

NeonGenesis Evangelion:  The Shinji Ikari Raising Project 1-8

Never Give Up 1,3-5

NG Life 1-6,8,9

Nightmare Inspector 1,2,4

Nodame Cantabile 1-8-10,14-16

Now 2,3,6

Offbeat 1,2

Oninagi 1-3

Orange Crows 1

Orphen 4

Ravemaster 25

Scryed 1-4

Shakugan no Shana 3,4,6

Shaolin Sisters 1,3-5

Shaolin Sisters Reborn 1,3,4

Shinobi Life 1-6

Skayers 2

Sorcerers & Secretaries 1,2

Steel Angel Kurumi 2-9

Trigun 1,2

Trigun Maximum 1-10

Tsubasa 1,2,3

Vampire Knight 8,9

Yuyu Hakusho 10

Phantom Thief Jeanne 1 Manga Review

Phantom Thief Jeanne 1Title: Phantom Thief Jeanne 1

Writer/Artist: Arina Tanemura

U.S. Distributor: Viz Media

U.S. Release Date: March 4th, 2014

Format: manga / paperback/258 pages

Genre: Magical Girl/Romance

Publisher Age Rating: T for Teen

Overall Personal Rating: B-

 

Synopsis:

Maron Kusakabe is a 16 year old high school student. She is part of the gymnastics club, lives by herself in apartment next-door to her friend Miyako, but most notable is that she secretly steals paintings under the name Phantom Thief  Jeanne. One day they meet a new neighbor, a guy named Chiaki Nagoya  who is transferring to their school. He is the kind of guy all the girls seem to fall for, Maron and Miyako are no different.

Maron as Jeanne, steals paintings that have been cursed and infect their owners. The demon lord wants to take over the world . He created the paintings and cast demons into them. Whoever’s heart is moved by the painting becomes possessed by the demon. Jeanne can capture the demons in the paintings because she is a reincarnation of Jeannne DArc. She is guided by a little angel named Finn, who gives her the assignments of what painting to find. During a mission, she encounters another phantom thief, Sinbad. Finn tells her that he is an enemy.

Chiaki keeps flirting with Maron and Miyako is quite jealous. But is he stringing her along? It seems that he has a commitment from his past. They take a trip to an amusement park. Once inside the hounded house, something goes wrong and there is a demon posing one of their classmates.  Suddenly the whole park goes dark…

During a gymnastic tournament, one of the competitors is acting strangely, Maron suspects she is possessed. But when she trying to capture the demon, she is injured, Sinbad comes to her aid.

 

Commentary

Phantom Thief Jeanne  is a magical girl genre of sorts, with the transformation and powers.  It was originally published in America under the name Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne.  This new edition will be released in 5 volumes instead of the original 7. It doesn’t appear that we loose content because this volume one is much thicker.

In this volume, things move pretty quickly. We jump directly into the story, Maron is already Jeanne and working with Finn.  Bits  of information will get revealed later. I didn’t find it as complex as Sakura Hime by the same author(which I can’t help compare it too as the main characters look so much alike). Phantom Thief Jeanne was originally written first, 10 years earlier. There has definitely been a progression of skill in both the story and artwork that is produced

I have a few minor complaints. It was totally easy to figure out who Sinbad is, why can’t Maron figure it out? I wish it hadst least been not so obvious to us, or rather Maron get her first inklings right away. His secrets are revealed by chapter 3 to us, although there is more to come I’m sure, like his motivation. Something I found odd and don’t understand why it is in the stories, is that Janne and Sinbad send out notices when they are going to take a painting. Polite maybe, but doesn’t that make it more difficult?

There are somethings I waiting for and expect to be revealed is how they are actually capturing the demons it isn’t exactlty clear. It goes rather quickly and it seems that they are sealed into chess pieces. Also, reading a little too much background online, somethings are going to be changing. I look forward to getting deeper into the mystery part of the series.

The artwork is the best part of the book, and that is what Arina Tanemura does best. It is this flowing, linear work, sort of like art deco, but not quite. The faces (and some of the figures) seem a bit dated with the pointy chins and way over the type giant eyes, but this is the artist’s style. I guess it was good that ribbons and hair give the chance to really create the beauty.

Overall Grade: B-

 

More Stuff Just In

51aQ6sePOELHere is a list of the new and re-stocked merchandise that we just got in.

Weiss Schwarz Cards:

Bakemonogatari Booster pack

DVD:

Hellsing Ultimate volumes I – IV (DVD/Blu-ray combo)

Full Metal Alchemist Movie: The Sacred Star of Milos (DVD/Blu-ray combo)

Black Butler Season 2 (DVD/Blu-ray combo)

Ghost in the Shell S. A. C.: 2nd Gig complete collection

ItemDescriptionJormungand (DVD/Blu-ray combo) [Release Date Feb. 18th]

Jormungand: Perfect Order (DVD/Blu-ray combo) [Release Date Feb. 18th]

Appleseed XIII Movies: Tartatos & Ouranos (DVD/Blu-ray combo) [Release Date Feb. 25th]

 

 

 

 

 

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Kamisama Kiss (Anime Review)

Kamisama Kiss CompleteTitle: Kamisama Kiss Complete

Publisher: FUNimation

U.S. Release Date: Feb. 11, 2014

Format and Length: Blu-ray/DVD Combo /13 episodes

Genre: Supernatural, Romance, Comedy

Industry Age Rating:

Overall Personal Rating:

 

Synopsis:

Nanami is in high school and lives with her father. When he takes off because of gambling debts, she looses her home. Now homeless, she meet a guy who offers to let her stay at his place that he isn’t using. It turns out it is a shrine that is considered to be haunted. Well, this was a set up and he marked her as the land god of the shrine as his replacement.

At the shrine, there is few worshipers because they think it abandoned and haunted. Nanami meets the yokai (supernatural beings) who also live there and look after the place. There is  Onikiri and Kotetsu who are small and loyal, and the other is Tomoe who is  a wild fox demon. Tomoe doesn’t want to serve a human god which he thinks is beneath him.

Nanami has a lot to learn about being a god, yokai etiquette and running a shrine, all the while still going to school. The yokai help train her for service and teach her how things are done. Tomoe is rather bitter, sarcastic and narcissistic but he has been forced into contract and has no choice. Why is it then that Nanami can’t help but develop a crush on him.

Now gods, yokai, demons and spirits are a part of Namami’s life.  She has many demands asked of her, some kindly and some rather evil. Ever determined to succeed, she faces each one with her naivete, goodwill and a can-do attitude. It can’t be done alone though, the shrine yokai and her new friends are there to help.

For Nanami, life gets weird at school too. Now being linked to the supernatural world, many things aren’t what they seem. A pop star, Kurama, transfers in but there is even more to him than fame. One day a white snake gets into the building and she sets it free but there is even more to it than that. I guess you can see where this is going. In order to protect his master, Tomoe decides to attend school too.

Nanami begins to be comfortable with her position. She decides to hold a festival  to bring people back to the shrine. But the spirit world may be the end to the shrine and the village as evil begins to spread.

 

Commentary:

Kamisama Kiss is a comedy first. It relies on the visual exaggerations quite well. Then there are a few tender moments and this is where the relationships come in.

Nanani is a great central character.  The young, upbeat and determined girl falls for the older, surly and attractive guy. The characters may not be unique in anime but they are successful. Nanami is a very cute and easy to like character. Her biggest flaw in my opinion is her over thinking things, especially when it comes to romance.

The story has a wide variety of settings and events. It is easy to do with a intriguing representation of yokai, the spirit or divine world is very complex. Although the introductory first episode  goes quickly, the pacing is till good. We cleverly get to know the characters and still get more story. There is always something new going on, yet nothing is confusing. Sure, some of it wasn’t really unique, like the one-sided attraction, but it still was good.

I watched the English language option. The voice actors did well and really seemed to fit the characters. This is really important as many Americans have already watched the Japanese version on streaming sites.

Having read some of the manga first, in comparison,  I found that the anime comes across as more comedic than the book with the narrator, voices, pacing and quirky sound effects. It is definitely a different vibe than I got from the manga.

I watched part of Kamisama Kiss with a mixed group of people. It really drew their attention and there was some out loud laughing. It was an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon.

Extras: There is 3 Commentary episodes. Some are better than others. Really the first one was mostly random thoughts and too much laughing. The other ones include comments on the show itself and their thoughts on the characters. The last one had 4 of them in on the discussion where we could see them.

 Overall Grade: A- This is a series that I know several people who have been waiting for it to come out on DVD and it turns out it was worth the wait.

 

 

Bokurano Ours 10 Manga Review

bokurano ours 10Title: Bokurano Ours 10
Author/Artist: Mohiro Kitoh
Publisher: Viz Signature
American Release Date: February 18, 2014
Format: Manga
Publisher Age Rating: T+ for older teen
Genre: Science Fiction, Suspense, Mecha
Overall Personal Rating: A-

Synopsis:

Bokurano Ours Series Overview:

A group of middle school students unwittingly enter into a game which is actually a contract to pilot a giant mech in battle against a mech from another universe. Losing has immense consequences for each world. As each kid takes a turn, we explore their back story which helps explains why they make the choices they do and how they end up handling it all.

If you haven’t read the books up to volume 9, please skip the next paragraph because, as it is specific to volume 10, it may give clues that could ruin the natural unfolding of the story but I’m trying not to.

Volume 10:

More of the origins of the game are revealed. Machi explains all she knows to Jun but there is more, even Koyemshi doesn’t understand it all. There is no escaping the game.

Now that only Machi and Jun are left, they try to make their remaining time mean something as they wait for the next battles. They leave on the train to visit the families of the other pilots. They see how things are affecting others, something they hadn’t had thought of before.

 

Commentary:

Whoa, another intense volume. Once again, I have to leave out important stuff, but that is how Bokurano Ours really is. There is so much story in each volume.  This volume doesn’t fail on the twists. There is a real stunner in here and leaves me wanting to see what happens in the next (and last) volume. I’m not even sure what happened at the very end of volume 10 and looking forward, I no longer can assume how I want it all to end.

The art comes across as a bit stark and stiff, yet very concise and clear. It struck me how emotionally deficient their faces usually are. It is more than a sense of calm, which is part of it, but the drawings don’t do much to convey emotion. The emotions come most from the words. I don’t know if it is intentional, an artistic style, or lack of skill. Still, it doesn’t change the overall performance of the series.

Two peeves that I have about this volume are: Not always making it clear when the Machi and Jun arrive at another family, even with a location shot because they were not labeled. There is a large secondary cast with the families and there is no way I could remember what they all looked like or where they lived.  My second issue was something Machi said to Jun, another one of those too adult moments for middle school age kids.

Volume 10 seems wordier than usual, but it makes sense because there is a lot of explaining to do as we near the end of the series. It was unexpected but good to see how the battles and the losses were affecting the families and other citizens. What they were doing now, how they were handling it, how they all adapt to deal with what happened. This really got us out of the group box and brought us closer in as spectators.

Bokurano Ours  is a Viz Signature series and it meant for adults, and I think will best be appreciated by those a little older. Even though it is a story about kids, it is about kids who have to deal with things they shouldn’t because they are kids. These are still adult issues.  This series has a lot of merit, but it isn’t flashy, or romantic, or funny or cool, so I think it might be one of those with a quiet place on the manga shelf but it probably deserves more attention because it can really illustrate what is beyond the typical manga.

 

Overall Grade: A-