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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

 

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

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

New Merchandise Arrived

Fabric Posters:

Asterisk Project

Berserk

Black Butler

Chobits

Claymore

Deadman Wonderland

Fairy Tail

Full Metal Alchemist

Fate Zero

Future Diary

Hetalia

Modoka Magica

No Game No Life

Ouran High School Host Club

Sailor Moon

Soul Eater

Sword Art Online

Try Build Fighters

Yuri on Ice

Mugs:

Black Butler

Dead Man Wonderland

Dragon Ball

Durarara

Fairy Tail

FLCL

Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

High School DxD

Hellsing

Jo Jo’s Bizarre Adventure

Kill La Kill

Panty and Stocking

Sword Art Online

Your Lie in April

T-Shirts:

Black Butler

Date A Live

Durarara!!

Fairy Tail

Fate/Zero

Haruhi

Hetalia

High School of the Dead

Is This A Zombie?

Natsume’s Book Of Friends

One Piece

Ouran High School Host Club

Persona

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Rurouni Kenshin

Sacred Blacksmith

Sailor Moon

Sekirei

Spice and Wolf

Sword Art Online

Trinity Blood

Tsubasa

Vocaloid – Hatsune Miku

Akame ga Kill Collection 2 (anime review)

akame-ga-kill 2Title: Akame ga Kill Collection 2

Director: Tomoki Kobayashi

Creator: Takahiro

Written By: Makoto Uezu

Studio: White Fox, C-Station (ONA)

U. S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U. S. Release Date: May 17th, 2016

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

Genre: Fantasy, Action, Supernatural, Drama

Age Rating: TV14

Overall Personal Rating: B+

Synopsis:

The convoluted path that has reunited Tatsumi and Esdeath takes another twist as they find themselves transported to a remote island where their strength will be tested as never before. Dr. Stylish may be dead, but Danger Beasts still remain, and that’s only the first challenge the two enemies now face.

If the bonds of love weren’t enough to bring their fates together, could the fire of combat forge a new form of alliance? Meanwhile, the embers of rebellion are being stoked into open insurrection by the pacifist organization Path of Peace. Drawn into the impending inferno, Night Raid and the Revolutionary Army prepare for a major assault on the Capital. But while their Imperial Arms may be indestructible, their wielders are merely flesh and blood.

On the anvil of battle, only human courage and the willingness to give their lives for a cause will lead to the ultimate triumph or failure in collection 2 of Akame ga Kill!

Commentary:

As series go Akame ga Kill is a little above average, but I was very concerned at the end of the first 12 episodes. I have seen all too many anime that started out with a solid story line that ended up become over indulgent and failed to bring it to a reasonable conclusion. Akame ga Kill manages to make it clear that the story is over and also does something very interesting for a mythic tail of heroes, it gives us closure with the characters.

Without giving anything away I have to say that I was a little emotionally wound up by some of the events and more than once felt both excited and sad by the battles fought.

Overall Grade: B+

I really like the second half of the Akame ga Kill  for what it was. The myth of the hero and the battle for what is right cam sometimes cross lines that both corrupt a moral existence but at the same time exact a price that can be too heavy to bear. When all is said Akame ga Kill manages to find a way to give us finality and hope at the same time.

If you are looking for a real action anime with lots of side plots and a harem tossed in to make it more interesting then Akame ga Kill it the one for you. I often find harm anime rather silly and only a very few make any sense, as for Akame ga Kill the story came together because of the harem and without the love story tossed in the plot would have been less favorable and entertaining. This is a winner and is worth the time to check it out.

 

Azumanga Daioh Complete Collection (anime review)

azumanga-daiohTitle: Azumanga Daioh Complete Collection

Director: Hiroshi Nishikiori

Studio: J.C.Staff

U. S. Distributor: Sentai Filmworks, Section 23

U. S. Re-release Date: May 3rd, 2016

Format: DVD / 26 Episodes / 650 Minutes

Genre: Comedy, Absurdity, Slice of Life

Age Rating: TV 14

Overall Personal Rating: A-

Synopsis:

For the members of Miss Yukari’s English Class, a typical day may be just a little unusual. Part of that’s due to Miss Yukari herself, whose teaching style (and personal ethics) tend to be odd, improvisational and spontaneous, but her students are just as unconventional: There’s 10-year-old Chiyo, still at the top of her class after skipping five grades, and her opposite Ayumu “Osaka” Kasuga, whose poor grades are surpassed only by her horrific skill at sports. Then there’s Tomo, a competitive slacker who puts excessive energy into doing very little, and Koyomi, whose surprising maturity is compromised by a malevolent sense of humor. Tall, statuesque Sakaki’s athletic exterior hides both unexpected shyness and a most unfortunate obsession with cats, while tiny Kaori’s heart is mainly obsessed with Sakaki. They may all seem like perfectly normal girls on the outside, but even their most mundane activities magically become the most extraordinary adventures as they learn all about life, the universe and affairs of the heart in AZUMANGA DAIOH!

Commentary:

I was very happy to see that Sentai Filmworks was going to bring this gem back to life. The series as a whole is rather wonderful with its simple yet complex look on life and a rather perverted view of itself. I truly enjoy it for its rather absurd approach to the story and the silly character development.

The other aspect that I loved was the general happiness that ran throughout each episode. Azumanga Daioh is a older series that deserves to remain in the current lexicon on anime.

Overall Grade: A-

Okay, Anime fans lets set the record straight there are plenty of older anime series that should never get re-issued and plenty of series that should have never made their way over to North America. In the case of Azumanga Daioh neither of these are true. This series should have gotten picked up the day the original license was dropped. Thank you Sentai Filmworks for bringing this back to us. There is a whole new generation of anime fans that need to see this series just because it is great and a smile factory.

If you don’t own this series you must go out and buy it now. You will not be appointed.