Tag: NIS America

Brave 10

Brave 10

| October 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

NIS America is one of the most exciting anime distributors at work today, and not just because their Premium Edition collections are among the most beautiful, display-worthy sets on the market. Anything but predictable, NIS consistently releases anime that pushes the boundaries of what those of us who are accustomed to the North American anime […]

Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms for Tomorrow: Volume 2 Premium Edition

Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms for Tomorrow: Volume 2 Premium Edition

| July 22, 2013 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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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The Princess and the Pilot: Premium Edition

The Princess and the Pilot: Premium Edition

| June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

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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Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms for Tomorrow: Volume 1 Premium Edition

Hanasaku Iroha ~ Blossoms for Tomorrow: Volume 1 Premium Edition

| April 24, 2013 | 1 Comments

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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Natsume’s Book of Friends: Season 3

Natsume’s Book of Friends: Season 3

| March 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Natsume is without a doubt the single most genuinely wholesome and altogether feel-good series I’ve ever encountered, truly as inviting and comforting a program as you could realistically hope for. And this despite focusing largely on one Japanese high schooler’s daily interactions with yokai (spirits, or monsters, of Japanese folklore). As related in my previous […]

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Umineko: When They Cry

Umineko: When They Cry

| January 8, 2013 | 0 Comments

This 26-episode anime from Studio Deen, the same company that brought you Fruits Basketand Junjo Romantica, is now available in two, Premium Edition Blu-ray sets from NIS America. Adapted from a popular series of Japanese “visual novels” (which, for transparency’s sake, I have not played/read), Umineko: When They Cry (2009) begins with the murder of virtually […]

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Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up

Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up

| October 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up is an anime unto itself. It is funny, quirky, and full of ’70′s pop culture. The animation style harkens back to the anime’s of the ’70′s and in this aspect is quite beautiful. The story telling is strange and full of off the wall characters, although you will find later […]

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Natsume’s Book of Friends

Natsume’s Book of Friends

| October 19, 2012 | 3 Comments

Seasons one and two of the Brain’s Base studio anime, Natsume’s Book of Friends, are currently available in a stunning, 4-DVD Premium Edition from NIS America– a must-own for most any anime fan. Adapted from the manga by Yuki Midorikawa, the series tells the story of Takashi Natsume, who has the ability to see yokai […]

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Bunny Drop: The Complete Series

Bunny Drop: The Complete Series

| September 3, 2012 | 0 Comments

The 2011 anime Bunny Drop is easily my second favorite series released by anime distributor NIS America, after Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day. Maybe I’m totally calling myself out as a softy by admitting as much, but so be it. This touching slice-of-life story about a 30-year-old bachelor who decides, against his extended […]

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