Tag: Japanese

Fairy Tail: Part Five

Fairy Tail: Part Five

| July 23, 2013

Fairy Tail is back with a bang! Have you been craving some unruly Natsu/Grey fights, Lucy’s money dramas, or Erza just being Erza? Well, now you have it, this fifth set of Fairy Tail is full from beginning to end with action and adventure. There are returning friends/foes and new ones for us to get […]

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Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms for Tomorrow: Volume 2 Premium Edition

Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms for Tomorrow: Volume 2 Premium Edition

| July 22, 2013

In my review of Hanasaku Iroha Volume 1, I voiced my surprise at how deeply I had become invested in the ongoing efforts of the series’ central characters to merely keep Kissuiso, the hot springs inn at which they work, operational. After all, why should I care about their “day jobs”? Yet, as I explained […]

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Natsume’s Book of Friends: Season 4

Natsume’s Book of Friends: Season 4

| July 20, 2013

I write the following words with great sadness: NIS America’s Premium Edition of Natsume Season 4 collects the final thirteen episodes of the series produced by Brain’s Base animation studio. That’s it. No more. As much as I yearned between NIS releases of Natsume’s Book of Friends to hold the next collection in my hand […]

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Kimba the White Lion: Complete Series

Kimba the White Lion: Complete Series

| July 8, 2013

On July 9th, 2013, the complete, 52-episode run of the classic anime series, Kimba the White Lion (1965-66), hits stores in a 10-DVD collector’s edition from Nozomi Entertainment. Repackaged and remastered since the release of Nozomi’s previous, Ultra Box Set release, this complete series collection features the entire run of the English-language version of Kimba, […]

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Digimon Tamers

Digimon Tamers

| June 20, 2013

This third season of Digimon (2001-2002) strikes out in a different direction from the preceding two seasons of Digimon Adventures. No longer does the series perpetuate the storyline begun in the first season, which was neatly wrapped up at the conclusion of season two. Instead, we’re treated to a wholly unique universe, one in which […]

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The Princess and the Pilot: Premium Edition

The Princess and the Pilot: Premium Edition

| June 11, 2013

The release of The Princess and the Pilot (2011) on North American Blu-ray marks NIS America’s first foray into distributing anime feature films. To confer their usual Premium Edition treatment on a single, feature-length film may seem like an overextension of resources at first, especially since they had only previously presented episodic anime series in […]

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Appleseed XIII

Appleseed XIII

| June 8, 2013

This 13-episode OVA adapted from the manga, Appleseed, by Masamune Shirow (creator of Ghost in the Shell) hit North American retailers this week in a Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack care of FUNimation Entertainment. The series covers much the same ground that previous incarnations of Appleseed had and with a visual style reminiscent of the […]

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Sadako 3D

Sadako 3D

| May 29, 2013

So what do we call this thing? Is it the second sequel to Ringu? The third? Something else entirely? I’m not exactly sure about that. After all, there was the pseudo-sequel Rasen, released concurrent with Ringu in 1998. Only, Rasen bombed (and rightly so, perhaps) and so the next sequel was simply titled Ringu 2 […]

Sekirei & Sekirei: Pure Engagement

Sekirei & Sekirei: Pure Engagement

| May 10, 2013

Sekirei is precisely the sort of series I categorically avoid: a fan service-heavy, harem fighter in which battles between large-breasted women almost inevitably result in their nudity. Although I’m an admitted detractor of both harem and mature-rated fighter animes, I find myself surprisingly offering a relatively unreserved recommendation of Sekirei here. While I certainly never […]

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Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms for Tomorrow: Volume 1 Premium Edition

Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms for Tomorrow: Volume 1 Premium Edition

| April 24, 2013

One of the things that I find makes many Japanese films and series so thoroughly engaging is the ability to reflect the dedication that the Japanese people possess at a fundamental cultural level for whatever it is they endeavor to do. Be it pursuing a rare collectible or fighting the forces of evil, Japanese characters […]

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