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Ani-Me Con 2017 by Derek Orchard (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

March 25, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Ani-Me Con 2017, March 18-19th @ the Big Fresno Fairgrounds in Fresno California.

For my latest convention report for 2017, I traveled to Fresno, California for this year’s Ani-Me Con.

Attendance was just over 7,000 for the weekend, making this year their biggest convention yet.

Some of the things you would have found at Ani-Me Con this year included the live action role playing of “Terras Wars”. As well as Ani-Me standards such as the collector card game tournaments, comedy acts, band performances, panels, dance crews and a rave on Saturday night. And also a cosplay contest that took place on both days plus a fashion show.

Special guests include voice talent Erik Kimerer, Sarah Annie Williams and Erika Harlacher and on Saturday there were panels on voice acting, experiences in the industry and autograph signings.

Band performances by “Coast in the clouds” and “Light of mine” and on Sunday a performance by the band “For the record”. Artist panel was by Hyperbooster studio who displayed his talents including drawing manga and also there was a comedy act by Vanna Vandal.

There were three different dance crews on Saturday which include “Empire Dance Crew”, “Royal T”, “Corps Dance Crew” with their hip-hop sailors scouts routine, which was a lot of fun to watch.

On Sunday we had singing and dancing performances by “Lovely Rushers”, who I think did a fantastic job, even though they were not the last act onstage on Sunday, they were a hard act to follow.

On Saturday and Sunday, Ani-Me hosted a cosplay contest. I am really impressed with the level cosplay that’s happening in the Central Valley. From beginner to advance, people are putting a lot of effort and a lot of thought into the costumes of their making. This year they had a fashion show on Sunday, featuring the designs of Miss Alphabet. Very colorful, very fun and the presentation was done very well, quite impressive.

Overall, Ani-Me has definitely grown compared to last year. I have lightly touched, on a lot of the different things that was available at Ani-Me Con.

I haven’t talked about what was on the main floor all the different items that were for sale at reasonably market prices. Like items from Japan, PVC figures, hoodies, games, card games and etc.

The convention had an artists alley with very talented artists. Cosplayers had tables where they had on display items from their different costumes. On display were props, where they could talk about how they made it and the process of what they went through and also giving tips to other people that are interested in making props and costumes.

It was a pleasure to return to Ani-ME Con this year. It will be interesting to see what they do with next year’s event.

Photos By Derek Orchard

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VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE HOME MEDIA RELEASE OF K: MISSING KINGS ANIME FEATURE FILM

March 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Film Debuts As A Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack And Standard Edition DVD Set And Resumes The Ferocious Battles
Between Warring Clans

San Francisco, CA, March 14, 2017 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, delivers the visually stunning K: MISSING KINGS feature film home media release to audiences today.

Set for release as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and as a Standard Edition DVD Set, K: MISSING KINGS expands the story of a once easygoing teenager that becomes embroiled in a deadly war between seven bloodthirsty clans. The film’s plot takes place one year after the conclusion of the original K anime series, which VIZ Media first released in 2013.

K: MISSING KINGS features a notable English voice cast that is highlighted by Sam Riegel as Yashiro Isana, Matt Mercer as Kuro Yatogami, and Stephanie Sheh as Neko.

The K: MISSING KINGS Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack will carry an MSRP of $29.98 U.S. / $34.99 CAN and features full 1080p HD resolution, 16×9 video. The Standard Edition DVD Set will be offered with an MSRP of $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN. The Combo Pack’s notable bonus features include a character bio gallery and trailers.

In K: MISSING KINGS, Silver Clan members Kuro and Neko are on a mission to find their king, Shiro, who went missing after the battle on the School Island involving four of the seven colored kings. During their search, the two discover that Red Clan member Anna Kushina has become the target of the mysterious Green Clan, which intends to use the girl’s special power to track down Shiro. Now the Silver Clan and Red Clans find themselves joining forces to protect Shiro and Anna from this new threat. But will this unexpected alliance be enough to counter the Green Clan’s top fighters, as well as its king?

“We are very excited to expand the beautiful, thrilling world of K with MISSING KINGS’ gripping story of supernatural action and intrigue depicting the desperate search by the Silver Clan for their lost sovereign,” says Charlene Ingram, VIZ Media’s Senior Manager of Animation Marketing. “The animation by Studio GoHands is stunning and we’ve also accented the film with a stellar English voice cast. Don’t miss this extraordinary home media release coming this spring!”

For more information on K or other award-winning anime titles from VIZ Media, please visit VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan’s largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at VIZ.com.

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ANIME REVIEWS (J-Z) (a J!-ENT Listing of all Anime-related Blu-ray and DVD Reviews)

March 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Since 1993, J!-ENT has been reviewing anime (Japanese animation) from VHS to LD and now Blu-ray to DVD.


The following is a list of all the anime Blu-ray and DVD’s we have reviewed on J!-ENT thus far.


ANIME BLU-RAY AND DVD REVIEWS (Listing are alphabetical order):

Note: Reviews are from 1999-Present (NOTE: Due to the amount of reviews we have done over the years, not all are included in this listing yet. We are periodically updating this section with our past reviews. Also, please note that some of these reviews are very old and are in a different format to our current review style.)

FOR ANIME REVIEWS (#, A-I), PLEASE CLICK HERE!

 

Jinki:Extend – The Complete Series (DVD)

JIN-ROH: The Wolf Brigade (BD)

Jormungand: The Complete First Season (BD)

K – The Complete Series (DVD)

K-ON!: Volume 1 (BD)

K-ON!: Volume 2 (BD)

K-ON!: Volume 3 (BD)

K-ON!: Volume 4 (BD)

K-On! Season Two, Collection 1 (BD)

K-On! Season Two, Collection 2 (BD)

K-ON!: The Movie (BD)

Kabukimonogatari: Mayoi Jiangshi Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set (BD)

Kanon Vol. 1 (DVD)

Kaze no Stigma Volume 2 – Fire (DVD)

Kekkaishi DVD Set 1 (DVD)

Kekko Kamen Vol. 1 (DVD)

Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple Season 2 Part 1 (DVD)

Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple Season 2 Part 2 (DVD)

Kids on the Slope: Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

Kiki’s Delivery Service (DVD)

Kill la Kill Volume 1: Limited Edition (Blu-ray)

Kill la Kill Volume 2: Limited Edition (Blu-ray)

Kill la Kill Volume 3: Limited Edition (Blu-ray)

Kill la Kill Volume 4: Limited Edition (Blu-ray)

Kill la Kill Volume 5: Limited Edition (Blu-ray)

KimiKiss – pure rouge Collection 1 (DVD)

King of Thorn (Blu-ray)

Kingdom: The Complete First Season (DVD)

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

KITE (DVD)

Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu

Koihime Musou – Complete First Season (DVD)

Koimonogatari: Hitagi End Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set (Blu-ray)

Kokoro Connect – The Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

Kokoro Connect – Original Anime Selection (Blu-ray)

Kurau Phantom Memory Vol. 1 (DVD)

Kurokami the Animation Volume 1 (BD)

Kurokami the Animation Volume 2 (BD)

Kurokami the Animation Volume 3 (BD)

Kurokami the Animation Volume 4 (BD)

Kurokami the Animation Volume 5 (BD)

Kurokami the Animation Volume 6 (BD)

Kyo Kara Maoh! Season II – The Complete Season Set (DVD)

La corda d’oro ~primo passo~ – Collection One (DVD)

La corda d’oro ~primo passo~ – Collection Two (DVD)

La Storia della Arcana Famiglia: Complete Collection (DVD)

Lagrange ~The Flower of Rin-ne~ Set 1 (Blu-ray)

Laputa: Castle in the Sky (DVD)

Last Exile – Fam, The Silver Wing – Part 1 (Blu-ray)

Last Exile – Fam, The Silver Wing – Part 2 (Blu-ray)

The Last Naruto the Movie

Laughing Under the Clouds: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

LE CHEVALIER D’EON Vol. 1 (DVD)

LE CHEVALIER D’EON Vol. 2 (DVD)

LE CHEVALIER D’EON Vol. 3 (DVD)

Legends of the Dark King: A Fist of the North Star Story (BD)

Legends of the Dark King: A Fist of the North Star Story (DVD)

The Legend of the Legendary Heroes: Part 1 (BD)

The Legend of the Legendary Heroes: Part 2 (BD)

Legend of the Millennium Dragon (BD)

Level E: Complete Series (BD)

Linebarrels of Iron: Volume 1 (DVD)

Linebarrels of Iron: Part 2 (DVD)

Linebarrels of Iron: OVA Collection (DVD)

Living for the Day After Tomorrow – Complete Collection (DVD)

Loups=Garous: The Motion Picture (BD)

Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (BD)

Maburaho Vol. 1 (DVD)

Macross Vol. 1 (DVD)

Macross Plus Vol. 1 (DVD)

Macross Plus Vol. 2 (DVD)

Macross Plus: Movie Edition (DVD)

MADLAX Vol. 1

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic – Complete DVD Set Vol. 1 (DVD)

Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic – Complete DVD Set Vol. 2 (DVD)

Magi: The Kingdom of Magic – Complete DVD Set Vol. 1 (DVD)

Magi: The Kingdom of Magic – Complete DVD Set Vol. 2 (DVD)

Magikano – The Complete Series (DVD)

Maken-ki! – Complete Series (Blu-ray)

Maken-ki! Two – Complete Series (Blu-ray)

Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (DVD)

Mardock Scramble: The Second Combustion (BD)

Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust (BD)

Maria Holic – The Complete Collection (DVD)

Maria-Holic: Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

Maria the Virgin Witch (Blu-ray)

MARTIAN SUCCESSOR NADESICO: VOLUME 1 (DVD)

Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (Blu-ray)

Master of Martial Hearts – The Complete Series (DVD)

MAZE (DVD)

Michiko & Hatchin: The Complete Series – Part One (Blu-Ray)

Michiko & Hatchin: The Complete Series – Part Two (Blu-Ray)

Mikunopolis in Los Angeles [Happy to Meet You I’m Hatsune Miku] (Blu-ray)

Misaki Chronicles Vol. 1 (DVD)

Mobile Suit Gundam 00 – Season 1, Part 1 (DVD)

Mobile Suit Gundam 00 the Movie – A Wakening of the Trailblazer (BD)

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 0080 – WAR IN THE POCKET Complete Collection (DVD)

Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team – Collector’s Edition Box Set (DVD)

Mobile Suit Gundam – The 08th MS Team – Complete Collection (2009 Release – Anime Legends) (DVD)

Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team – MILLER’S REPORT (DVD)

Mobile Suit Gundam F91: The Motion Picture (Anime Movie Classics) (DVD)

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM MS IGLOO vol. 1 – Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO – The Hidden One-Year War

MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM MS IGLOO vol. 2 – Mobile Suit Gundam MS IGLOO – Apocalypse 0079 (DVD)

Mobile Suit Gundam Trilogy (DVD)

Moeyo Ken (DVD)

Moldiver (DVD)

Monsuno: Destiny (DVD)

Motto To Love RU – Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

My Bride is a Mermaid – Part 1 (DVD)

My Bride is a Mermaid – Part 2 (DVD)

My Neighbor Totoro (Blu-ray)

My Neighbor Totoro (DVD)

Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok Vol. 1 (DVD)

Naoki Urasawa’s Monster – Boxset 1 (DVD)

Motto to Love RU – Complete Collection (DVD)

Nanaka 6/17 Vol. 1 (DVD)

Naruto Uncut: Season Four Box Set Vol. 1 (DVD)

Naruto Uncut: Season Four Box Set Vol. 2 (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden Vol. 1 (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 1 – Season One: Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 2 – Season One: Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 3 – Season One: Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden DVD Box Set Set 4: Season One – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 5 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 6 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 7 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 8 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden: DVD Set 9 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden: DVD Set 10 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden: DVD Set 11 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden: DVD Set 12 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden: DVD Set 13 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden: DVD Set 14 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden: DVD Set 15 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden: DVD Set 16 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden: DVD Set 17 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden: DVD Set 18 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden: DVD Set 19 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden: DVD Set 20 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden: DVD Set 21 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 22 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 23 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden DVD Set 24 – Original & Uncut (DVD)

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds (BD)

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Lost Tower (BD)

Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire (DVD)

Needless: Collection 1 (BD)

Needless: Collection 2 (BD)

Nekomonogatari Black – Tsubasa Family Limited Edition (BD)

Nekomonogatari White – Tsubasa Tiger – Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set

Neo Angelique ~Abyss~ (DVD)

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (DVD)

Neon Genesis Evangelion: Death & Rebirth (DVD)

NERIMA DAIKON BROTHERS VOLUME 1 (DVD)

New Fist of the North Star Vol. 1 & 2 (DVD)

NieA under 7 Vol. 1: Poor Girl Blues (DVD)

Night Raid 1931 (DVD)

Ninja Cadets (DVD)

Ninja Scroll (Blu-ray)

Ninja Scroll (DVD)

Ninjaslayer From Animation (Blu-ray)

Nisekoi: False Love Part 1 (Blu-ray)

Nisekoi: False Love Part 2 (Blu-ray)

Nisekoi: False Love Part 3 (Blu-ray)

Nisekoi: False Love Part 4 (Blu-ray)

Nisekoi: False Love – Second Season, Volume 1 (Blu-ray)

Nisekoi: False Love – Second Season, Volume 2 (Blu-ray)

Nisemonogatari – Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set (Blu-ray)

NOW AND THEN, HERE AND THERE DVD COLLECTION (DVD)

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan: Set 1 (BD)

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan: Set 2 (BD)

Nyan Koi! Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

Nyan Koi! – Complete Collection (DVD)

Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror (Blu-ray)

Oh! Edo Rocket: Season One, Part One (DVD)

Oh! Edo Rocket: Season One, Part Two (DVD)

Okami-san and Her Seven Companions: The Complete Series (BD)

One Piece: Collection 9 DVD Uncut (DVD)

One Piece Collection 16 DVD Uncut (DVD)

One Piece – Season Two: Second Voyage (DVD)

One Piece – Season Two: Third Voyage (DVD)

One Piece – Season Two: Fourth Voyage (DVD)

One Piece – Season Two: Fifth Voyage (DVD)

One Piece – Season Two: Sixth Voyage (DVD)

One Piece – Season Two: Seventh Voyage (DVD)

One Piece: Season Three, First Voyage (DVD)

One Piece: Season Three, Second Voyage (DVD)

One Piece: Season Three, Third Voyage (DVD)

One Piece: Season Three, Fourth Voyage (DVD)

One Piece: Season Three, Fifth Voyage (DVD)

One Piece: Season Four, First Voyage (DVD)

One Piece: Season Four, Second Voyage (DVD)

One Piece: Season Four, Third Voyage (DVD)

One Piece: Season Four, Fourth Voyage (DVD)

One Piece: Season Four, Voyage Five (DVD)

One Piece: Season Five, Voyage One (DVD)

One Piece: Season Five, Voyage Two (DVD)

One Piece: Season Five, Voyage Three (DVD)

One Piece: Season Five, Voyage Four (DVD)

One Piece: Season Five, Voyage Five (DVD)

One Piece: Season Seven, Voyage Two (DVD)

One Piece: Season Seven, Voyage Five (DVD)

One Piece: Season Eight, Voyage One (DVD)

One Piece: Season Eight, Voyage Two (DVD)

One Piece: Season Eight, Voyage Three (DVD)

One Piece: Season Eight, Voyage Four (DVD)

One Piece: Season Eight, Voyage Five (DVD)

One Piece Movie 8: The Desert Princess and the Pirates – Adventures in Alabasta (BD)

One Piece Movie 10: Strong World (BD)

One Week Friends (BD)

Oreimo: Limited Edition Complete Box Set (DVD)

Oreimo 2: Limited Edition Complete Box Set (DVD)

Oreshura: Complete DVD Set (DVD)

ORIGIN: SPIRITS OF THE PAST (BD)

OTAKU UNITE!

Otorimonogatari: Nadeko Medusa Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set (BD)

Ouran High School Host Club – The Complete Series (BD)

OUTLAW STAR – Collection 1 (DVD)

Owarimonogatari: Volume 1 – Limited Edition (Blu-ray)

Owarimonogatari: Volume 2 – Limited Edition (Blu-ray)

PaniPoni Dash! Vol. 1 (DVD)

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt: The Complete Series (DVD)

Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt: The Complete Series (BD)

Papuwa Vol. 1 – Wild Things (DVD)

Parasite Dolls (DVD)

Patlabor the Mobile Police: The Original OVA Series (Blu-Ray)

Patlabor: The Mobile Police – the Television Series Collection 1 (Blu-ray)

Patlabor: The Mobile Police – The Television Series Collection 2 (Blu-ray)

Patlabor: The Mobile Police – the Television Series Collection 3 (Blu-ray)

Patlabor: The Mobile Police – the Television Series Collection 4 (Blu-ray)

Patlabor Movie 1 (DVD)

Patlabor Movie 2 (DVD)

Penguindrum Vol. 1 (Blu-ray)

Penguindrum Vol. 2 (Blu-ray)

Perfect Blue (DVD)

Persona 4: The Animation – Collection 1 (Blu-ray)

Persona 4: The Animation – Collection Two (Blu-ray)

Persona 4: The Golden Animation Vol. 1 (Blu-ray)

Persona 4: The Golden Animation Vol. 2 (Blu-ray)

Petite Princess Yucie Vol. 1 (DVD)

Phantom Quest Corp (DVD)

Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~ – The Complete Series (BD)

Phi-Brain: Puzzle of God – Collection 1 (BD)

Phi-Brain: Puzzle of God – Collection 2 (BD)

Phi-Brain: Puzzle of God – The Orpheus Order Season Two, Collection 1 (BD)

piano – the melody of a young girl’s heart… – The Complete Collection (DVD)

Ping Pong Club: Loser’s Club (DVD)

The Place Promised in Our Early Days (DVD)

Planzet (Blu-ray)

Plastic Memories Vol. 1 (Blu-ray)

Please Save My Earth (DVD)

Pokemon: The First Movie (DVD)

Pokémon Movie 12: Arceus and the Jewel of Life (DVD)

Pokémon Movie 13: Zoroark – Master of Illusions (DVD)

Pokémon the Movie 14: Black – Victini & Reshiram / White – Victini & Zekrom (DVD)

Pokémon the Movie 15: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice (DVD)

Pokémon the Movie 16: Genesect and the Legend Awakened (DVD)

Ponyo (BD)

Princess Jellyfish: The Complete Collection (BD)

Princess Tutu Vol. 1 (DVD)

Princess Tutu Vol. 2 (DVD)

Psychic Wars (DVD)

PSYCHO-PASS Season 1 – Complete Collection – Premium Edition (BD)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: Limited Edition (BD)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movie: -Rebellion- (BD)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Vol. 1 – Limited Edition Box Set (BD)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Vol. 2 – Limited Edition Box Set (BD)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica Vol. 3 – Limited Edition Box Set (BD)

PUMPKIN SCISSORS Volume 1: HONOR AND BLOOD (DVD)

Pumpkin Scissors – The Complete Series (DVD)

Queens Blade: Rebellion – Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

Rage of Bahamut: Genesis (Blu-ray)

Rampo Kitan – Game of Laplace: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

Ranma 1/2 – Set 1 (DVD)

Ranma 1/2 Blu-ray Set 1: Special Edition (BD)

Ranma 1/2 Blu-ray Set 2: Special Edition (BD)

Ranma 1/2 Blu-ray Set 3: Special Edition (BD)

Ranma 1/2 Blu-ray Set 4: Special Edition (BD)

Ranma 1/2 Blu-ray Set 5: Special Edition (BD)

Ranma 1/2 Blu-ray Set 6: Special Edition (BD)

Ranma 1/2 Blu-ray Set 7: Special Edition (BD)

Ranma 1/2 – The Movie 1: Big Trouble in Nekonron, China (DVD)

Ranma 1/2 – The Movie 2: Nihao My Concubine (DVD)

Ranma 1/2 OAV Box Set (DVD)

RED GARDEN – Volume 1: LIVE TO KILL (DVD)

Red Garden – The Complete Series & OVA (DVD)

Red Hawk: Weapon of Death (DVD)

Resident Evil: Damnation (BD)

resident evil: DEGENERATION (BD)

REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA – THE ROSE COLLECTION 1 (DVD)

REVOLUTIONARY GIRL UTENA – THE ROSE COLLECTION 2 (DVD)

Rideback: The Complete Series (BD)

Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne – The Complete Series (BD)

Robotech 2-Movie Collection: The Shadow Chronicles – Collector’s Edition and Love Live Alive Premiere Release (DVD)

Robotics;Notes: Part One (Blu-ray)

The Rolling Girls: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

Romeo x Juliet – Juliet Collection (DVD)

Rosario + Vampire: Season One (DVD)

Rosario + Vampire Capu2 (DVD)

Rozen Maiden: Träumend – Complete Set (DVD)

Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise (2007 Blu-ray release)

Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise (2013 Blu-ray release)

Rurouni Kenshin: The Movie (BD)

Rurouni Kenshi: New Kyoto Arc (BD)

The Sacred Blacksmith: The Complete Series (DVD)

Saekano Blu-ray Set 1 (BD)

Saekano Blu-ray Set 2 (BD)

Sailor Moon: Season One – Part One (BD)

Sailor Moon R: Season 2 – Set One (DVD)

SAILOR MOON R (The Promise of the Rose): THE MOVIE (UNCUT SPECIAL EDITION) (DVD)

Sailor Moon S: Volume 1 (DVD)

Sailor Moon S: Volume 2 (DVD)

Sailor Moon S: Volume 3 (DVD)

Sailor Moon S: Volume 4 (DVD)

Sailor Moon S: Volume 5 (DVD)

SAILOR MOON S (Hearts in Ice): THE MOVIE (UNCUT SPECIAL EDITION) (DVD)

SAILOR MOON SUPER S (Black Dream Hole): THE MOVIE (UNCUT SPECIAL EDITION) (DVD)

Sailor V (DVD)

Saiyuki Requiem (DVD)

Sakura Diaries Vol. 1 (DVD)

Sakura Wars Vol. 1 (DVD)

Sakura Wars: The Movie (Blu-ray)

Samurai 7 (Akira Kurosawa’s) – The Complete Series (BD)

Samurai Champloo – The Complete Series (BD)

Samurai Gun Vol. 1 (DVD)

Samurai Harem (Asu no Yoichi) Complete Collection (DVD)

Samurai X: The Movie (DVD)

Samurai X OAV 1: Trust (DVD)

Samurai X OAV 2: Betrayal (DVD)

Samurai X: Reflection (DVD)

Sands of Destruction – The Complete Series (DVD)

Sankarea: Undying Love – The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

Say “I Love You.”

School Rumble 2nd Semester – The Complete Collection (DVD)

The Secret World of Arrietty (BD)

Sekirei: Pure Engagement – The Complete Series (BD)

Sekirei – The Complete Series (DVD)

Sengoku Basara: End of Judgment (Blu-ray)

Sengoku Basara: The Last Party (BD)

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings – The Complete 1st Season (BD)

Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings – Season One (BD)

Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash! (BD)

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign – Season, 1 Part 1 (BD)

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign – Season 1, Part 2 (BD)

serial experiments lain: navi vol. 1 (DVD)

serial experiments lain – Knights – vol. 2 (DVD)

serial experiments lain – Deus – Vol. 3 (DVD)

serial experiments lain – RESET – Vol. 4 (DVD)

Servant x Service: Complete DVD Set (DVD)

Sgt. Frog – Season One, Part 1 (DVD)

Sgt. Frog – Season One, Part 2 (DVD)

Sgt. Frog – Season Two, Part 1 (DVD)

Sgt. Frog – Season Two, Part 2 (DVD)

Shadow Skill (DVD)

Shadow Skill Vol 1: Fight For the Ones You Love (DVD)

Shakugan no Shana: The Movie (Blu-ray)

Shakugan no Shana: Season One Box Set (Blu-ray)

Shakugan no Shana: Season Two (Blu-ray)

Shakugan no Shana Season 3, Part One (Blu-ray)

Shakugan no Shana Season 3, Part Two (Blu-ray)

Shangri-La: Volume 1 (DVD)

Shangri-La: Volume 2 (DVD)

Shigofumi: Letters From the Departed – The Complete Collection (DVD)

Shiki: Part One (BD)

Shiki: Part Two (BD)

Shin Chan – Season 2, Part 2 (DVD)

Shin Chan – Season 3, Part 1 (DVD)

Shin Chan – Season 3, Part 2 (DVD)

Shin Kimagure Orange Road: Summer’s Beginning (DVD)

Shin Koihime Musou ~Otome Tairan~ (DVD)

Shirobako Collection 1 (Blu-ray)

Shonen Onmyouji: The Complete Series (DVD)

Silver Spoon: Complete 1st Season (DVD)

Silver Spoon: Complete 2nd Season (DVD)

SiN – The Movie (DVD)

The Skull Man – The Complete Series (DVD)

The Sky Crawlers (BD)

Sky Wizards Academy – The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

The Slayers: The First Three Seasons (DVD)

The Slayers Evolution-R (BD)

The Slayers Evolution-R (DVD)

The Slayers Revolution (BD)

The Slayers Revolution (DVD)

Someday’s Dreamers (DVD)

Someday’s Dreamers II: Sora (DVD)

Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property – The Complete First Season (BD)

Sora no Otoshimono: Heaven’s Lost Property Forte – Season 2 (DVD)

SOS! TOKYO METRO EXPLORERS: THE NEXT (DVD)

SOS! Tokyo Metro Explorers: The Next (BD)

Soul Eater – Part One (DVD)

Soul Eater – Part Two (DVD)

Soul Eater – Part Three (DVD)

Soul Eater – Part Four (DVD)

Soul Eater: The Meister Collection (BD)

Soul Eater: The Weapon Collection (BD)

Soul Taker Vol. 1 (DVD)

Special A-Class (S.A.) Collection 1 (DVD)

Spice and Wolf – The Complete Series (BD)

Spice and Wolf – The Complete First Season (DVD)

Spice and Wolf – Season Two (BD)

Spriggan (DVD)

Spriggan Collector’s Edition (DVD)

Star Driver Vol. 1 (BD)

Star Driver Vol. 2 (BD)

Starship Girl Yamamoto Yohko (DVD)

Starship Troopers: Invasion (Blu-ray)

Steins;Gate: Part 1 (Blu-ray)

Steins;Gate: Part 2 (Blu-ray)

The Story of SAIUNKOKU – The Complete Season One DVD Box (DVD)

STREET FIGHTER ALPHA: THE MOVIE (DVD)

Strike Witches – The Complete 1st Season (DVD)

Strike Witches: Season Two (Blu-ray)

SUBMARINE 707R Limited Edition (DVD)

SUPER ROBOT WARS: ORIGINAL GENERATION – THE ANIMATION (DVD)

Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars Vol. 1 (DVD)

Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars Vol. 2 (DVD)

Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars Vol. 3 (DVD)

Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars Vol. 4 (DVD)

Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars Vol. 5 (DVD)

Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars Vol. 6 (DVD)

Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars Vol. 7 (DVD)

Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars Vol. 8 (DVD)

Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Divine Wars Vol. 9 (DVD)

Sword Art Online: Extra Edition

Sword Art Online: Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set I (Blu-ray)

Sword Art Online: Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set II (Blu-ray)

Sword Art Online: Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set III (Blu-ray)

Sword Art Online: Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set IV (Blu-ray)

Sword Art Online II – Phantom Bullet Part 1 -: Limited Edition I Blu-ray Box Set

Sword Art Online II – Phantom Bullet Part 2 -: Limited Edition II Blu-ray Box Set

Sword Art Online II – Calibur: Limited Edition III Blu-ray Box Set

Sword Art Online II – Mother’s Rosario: Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set IV

Sword of the Stranger (BD)

Tales of the Abyss Vol. 1 (DVD)

Tales of the Abyss Vol. 2: Limited Edition (DVD)

Tales of the Abyss Vol. 3 (DVD)

Tales of the Abyss Vol. 4 (DVD)

Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike (BD)

Tears to Tiara: The Complete Collection (BD)

Tears to Tiara – Collection 1 (DVD)

Tekkaman Blade II – Complete Collection (DVD)

Tekken: Blood Vengeance (DVD)

Tenchi Muyo! OVA Collection (Blu-ray)

Tenchi Muyo!: War on Geminar – Part 1 (Blu-ray)

Tenchi Muyo!: War on Geminar – Part 2 (Blu-ray)

Terror in Resonance: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

This Boy Can Fight Aliens (Blu-ray)

Tiger & Bunny: Blu-ray Set 1 (Blu-ray)

Tiger & Bunny: Blu-ray Set 2 (Blu-ray)

Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Beginning (Blu-ray)

TO Film Collection (Elliptical Orbit/Symbiotic Planet) (BD)

To Love RU – Collection 1 (DVD)

To Love RU – Collection 2 (DVD)

Tokyo Ghoul: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 (Blu-ray)

Tokyo Majin Vol. 1 (DVD)

Toriko: Part One (DVD)

Toriko: Part Two (DVD)

Toriko: Part Three (DVD)

Toriko: Part Four (DVD)

Towanoquon: Complete Series

THE TRANSFORMERS (More Than Meets the Eye) – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON (DVD)

THE TRANSFORMERS (More Than Meets the Eye) – Season Two, Volume One (DVD)

Transformers the Movie – 20th Anniversary Edition (DVD)

Transformers Animated: The Complete Series (DVD)

TRANSFORMERS ANIMATED SEASON TWO

Transformers Armada: The Complete Series (DVD)

Transformers Cybertron: The Ultimate Collection (DVD)

Transformers: Energon – The Complete Series (DVD)

A Tree of Palme (DVD)

Trigun: Badlands Rumble (BD)

Trinity Blood – The Complete Series (BD)

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Collected Memories (BD)

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Season One (BD)

Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE – Season Two (BD)

Tsubasa the Movie/xxxHolic the Movie – CLAMP Double Feature (BD)

Tsubasa OVA Collection: Tsubasa Tokyo Revelations/Tsubasa Spring Thunder (BD)

Tsukimonogatari: Yotsugi Doll Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set (Blu-ray)

Tytania Collection 1 (DVD)

Tytania Collection 2 (DVD)

UFO ULTRAMAIDEN VALKYRIE: THE OVA COLLECTION (DVD)

Ultimate Otaku Teacher Part 1 (Blu-ray)

Un-Go: Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

Upotte!! – Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

Urusei Yatsura – Beautiful Dreamer (DVD)

Uta∽Kata – The Complete Series (DVD)

Utawarerumono “Mask of Stranger” Vol. 1 (DVD)

Valvrave the Liberator: Complete 1st Season

Vampire Knight Volume 1 (DVD)

Vampire Knight Volume 2 (DVD)

Vampire Knight Guilty Volume 1 (DVD)

Vampire Knight Guilty Volume 2 (DVD)

Vampire Princess Miyu Vol. 1 (DVD)

Vampire Wars (DVD)

Vandread: The Ultimate Collection (DVD)

Venus versus Virus Vol. 1 (DVD)

Vexille (DVD)

Vexille (BD)

Voltron Defender of the Universe Vol. 1 (DVD)

Wagnaria!!3 Vol. 1

Wagnaria!!3 Vol. 2

THE WALLFLOWER LESSON 1 – MY FAIR BISHONEN (DVD)

The Wallflower – The Complete Series (DVD)

Wandaba Style Vol. 1 (DVD)

Wanna Be the Strongest in the World!: The Complete Series + OVA’s (Blu-ray)

Wanted 2000 (DVD)

We Without Wings (Blu-ray)

Welcome to the NHK – 1st Conspiracy (DVD)

Welcome to the NHK – The Complete Series (DVD)

When They Cry (DVD)

Witchblade: The Complete Series (BD)

The WINGS of REAN Vol. 1 (DVD)

The WINGS of REAN Vol. 2 (DVD)

The WINGS of REAN Vol. 3 (DVD)

Wolf Children (Blu-ray)

Wolverine: Marvel Animated Series (DVD)

The World God Only Knows: Season One (DVD)

The World God Only Knows: Season Two (Blu-ray)

Xam’d: Lost Memories – Complete Collection (BD)

Xenosaga the Animation – Vol. 1: ENTER THE GNOSIS (DVD)

X – The Movie (DVD)

xxxHolic – The Complete Series (DVD)

You’re Under Arrest: Fast & Furious Collection 1 (DVD)

You’re Under Arrest: Full Throttle – Collection 1 (DVD)

Yugo the Negotiator Vol. 1 (DVD)

Yumeria Vol. 1 (DVD)

Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files – The Complete First Season (BD)

Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files – The Complete Second Season (BD)

Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files – The Complete Third Season (BD)

Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files – The Complete Fourth Season (BD)

Zetman: The Complete Series (BD)

ZIPANG Vol. 1 – “Future Shock” (DVD)

Z-MIND (DVD)


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ANIME REVIEWS (#, A-I) (a J!-ENT Listing of all Anime-related Blu-ray and DVD Reviews)

March 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Since 1993, J!-ENT has been reviewing anime (Japanese animation) from VHS to LD and now Blu-ray to DVD. 


The following is a list of all the anime Blu-ray and DVD’s we have reviewed on J!-ENT thus far.


ANIME BLU-RAY AND DVD REVIEWS (Listing are alphabetical order):

Note: Reviews are from 1999-Present (NOTE: Due to the amount of reviews we have done over the years, not all are included in this listing yet.  We are periodically updating this section with our past reviews.  Also, please note that some of these reviews are very old and are in a different format to our current review style.)

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009-1 – Volume 1 (DVD)

5 CENTIMETERS PER SECOND (DVD)

11 EYES – COMPLETE COLLECTION (DVD)

.hack//Quantum (BD)

Absolute Duo: The Complete Series (BD)

Accel World: Set 01 (BD)

Aesthetica of the Rogue Hero (BD)

AFRO SAMURAI: The Complete Murder Sessions (BD)

Afro Samurai – Director’s Cut (DVD)

AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION (BD)

Agent Aika Volume 1: Naked Missions (DVD)

Ah! My Goddess – The Movie (DVD)

Ah! My Goddess – Flights of Fancy – Season 2, Vol. 1 (DVD)

AIR – The Complete Series (DVD)

AIR – The Motion Picture (DVD)

AIR GEAR VOL. 1 (DVD)

Akane Iro ni Somaru Saka: Complete Collection (DVD)

AKB0048: Season One – Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

AKB0048: Next Stage – Complete Collection (Blu-Ray)

Akira (BD)

Akira: 25th Anniversary Edition (Blu-Ray)

Aldnoah.Zero Vol. 1 Limited Edition (Blu-ray)

Aldnoah.Zero Vol. 2 Limited Edition (Blu-ray)

Aldnoah.Zero Vol. 3 Limited Edition (Blu-ray)

Aldnoah.Zero Vol. 4 Limited Edition (Blu-ray)

ALIEN NINE (DVD)

Allison & Lillia: Generation 1 (DVD)

AMAZING NUTS! DVD BOX SET (DVD)

Angel Beats! – The Complete Collection (BD)

Angel Links Volume 1 (DVD)

Animation Runner Kuromi (DVD)

Animation Runner Kuromi 2 (DVD)

anohana – The Flower We Saw That Day: The Movie (BD)

Another – Complete Collection (BD)

Appleseed (BD)

Appleseed XIII (BD)

AQUARION: THE COMPLETE SERIES (DVD)

Aquarion Evol: Part One (Blu-ray)

Area 88 Volume 1 (DVD)

Area 88 – The Original OAV Series Volume 1 (DVD)

Aria: The Scarlet Ammo – Complete Series (Blu-ray)

ARJUNA Anime Legends Complete Collection (DVD)

Assassination Classroom: Season 1, Part 1 (Blu-ray)

Assassination Classroom, Season 1, Part 2 (Blu-ray)

assemble insert (DVD)

The Asterisk War: Limited Edition Blu-ray Vol. 1 (Blu-ray)

The Asterisk War: Limited Edition Blu-ray Vol. 2 (Blu-ray)

The Asterisk War: Limited Edition Blu-ray vol. 3 (Blu-ray)

Attack on Titan: Part One (BD)

Attack on Titan: Part Two (BD)

Attack on Titan: The Complete First Season (BD)

Avengers Confidential: Black Widow/Punisher (BD)

B Gata H Kei: Yamada’s First Time (BD)

Bacanno! Blu-ray Disc Box: Limited Edition (BD)

Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts Season 1 – The Complete Set (BD)

Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts – Season Two (BD)

Baka and Test: Summon the Beast – OVA Collection (BD)

Bamboo Blade: Part 1 (DVD)

Bamboo Blade: Part 2 (DVD)

Banner of the Stars – Anime Legends Complete Collection (DVD)

Barakamon: The Complete Series (BD)

Basilisk – The Complete Series (BD)

BASTARD!! Complete Collection (DVD)

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate (BD)

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 1 – The Egg of the King (BD)

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc 2 – The Battle for Doldrey (BD)

Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III – The Advent (BD)

THE BEST STUDENT COUNCIL VOL. 1 (DVD)

The Big O: Volume 1 (DVD)

The Big O: Volume 2 (DVD)

Big Windup! -Oofuri-: Part 01 (DVD)

Big Windup! – Oofuri: Part 02 (DVD)

Birdy the Mighty: Decode – Part One (DVD)

Birdy the Mighty: Decode – Part Two (DVD)

Black Blood Brothers – The Complete Series (BD)

Black Butler: The Complete First Season (BD)

Black Butler: The Complete Second Season (BD)

Black Butler: Season 1, Part 1 (DVD)

Black Heaven Vol. 1 (DVD)

Black Heaven Vol. 2 (DVD)

Black Heaven Vol. 3 (DVD)

Black Heaven Vol. 4 (DVD)

Black Lagoon: Complete Set – Season 1 & 2 (BD)

Black Lagoon: Roberta’s Blood Trail (BD)

Black Magic M66 (DVD)

Blade: Marvel Animated Series

Blast of Tempest: Complete 1st Season (DVD)

Blast of Tempest: Complete 2nd Season (DVD)

Bleach – Season Four Box Set, Part 2 (DVD)

Bleach: DVD Set Seven – Original and Uncut (DVD)

Bleach: DVD Set Eight – Original and Uncut (DVD)

Bleach DVD Set Nine – Original and Uncut (DVD)

Bleach DVD Set Eleven – Original and Uncut (DVD)

Bleach DVD Set Twelve – Original and Uncut (DVD)

Bleach DVD Set Thirteen – Original and Uncut (DVD)

Bleach DVD Set Fourteen – Original and Uncut (DVD)

Bleach DVD Set Fifteen – Original and Uncut (DVD)

Bleach DVD Set Sixteen – Original and Uncut (DVD)

Bleach DVD Set Seventeen – Original and Uncut (DVD)

Bleach DVD Set Eighteen – Original and Uncut (DVD)

Bleach DVD Set Nineteen: Original & Uncut (DVD)

Bleach DVD Set Twenty: Original & Uncut (DVD)

Bleach DVD Set Twenty-Three: Original & Uncut (DVD)

Bleach DVD Set Twenty-Five: Original & Uncut (DVD)

BLEACH the Movie 2 – The Diamond Dust Rebellion (a J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)

Bleach the Movie 3: Fade to Black (BD)

Bleach the Movie 4: Hell Verse (BD)

Blood the Last Vampire (DVD)

Blood+: Volume 4 (DVD)

Blood-C: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

Blood-C: The Last Dark (BD)

Blue Exorcist Vol. 1 (DVD)

Blue Exorcist Vol. 2 (DVD)

Blue Exorcist Vol. 3 (DVD)

Blue Exorcist Vol. 4 (DVD)

Blue Exorcist: Complete 1st Season (DVD)

Blue Exorcist: Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set II (Blu-ray)

Blue Exorcist: Limited Edition Blu-ray Set II (Longer Review – Web Version)

Blue Exorcist the Movie: Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set (Blu-ray)

Blue Submarine No. 06 Volume 1 (DVD)

Blue Submarine No. 06 Volume 2 (DVD)

Blue Submarine No. 06 Volume 3 (DVD)

Blue Submarine No. 06 Volume 4 (DVD)

Bodacious Space Pirates: Collection 1 (Blu-ray)

Boogiepop Phantom (Evolution 1-4 Complete) (DVD)

The Boy and the Beast (Blu-ray)

Brighter Than the Dawning Blue (DVD)

Broken Blade: The Complete Series (DVD)

Bubblegum Crisis: DVD Box Set

Bubblegum Crisis 2040: Volume 1 (DVD)

Bubblegum Crisis 2040: Volume 2 (DVD)

Bubblegum Crisis 2040: Volume 3 (DVD)

Bubblegum Crisis 2040: Volume 4 (DVD)

Bubblegum Crisis 2040: Volume 5 (DVD)

Bubblegum Crisis 2040: Volume 6 (DVD)

BURN UP

BURN UP W (DVD)

Burst Angel – The Complete Collection (BD)

Buso Renkin Box Set 1 (DVD)

Buso Renkin Box Set II (DVD)

C – Control – Money of Soul and Possibility: Complete Series (Blu-ray)

Campione! Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

CANAAN: Complete Series (BD)

Case Closed: Captured In Her Eyes (DVD)

Case Closed: Countdown to Heaven (DVD)

Case Closed: The Last Wizard of the Century (DVD)

Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street (DVD)

Casshern Sins: Part One (BD)

Casshern Sins: Part Two (BD)

Casshern Sins: The Complete Series (BD)

Castle of Cagliostro (DVD)

Cat Planet Cuties (BD)

A Certain Magical Index: Season One, Part One (DVD)

A Certain Magical Index: Season One, Part Two (DVD)

A Certain Scientific Railgun – Season One, Part One (DVD)

A Certain Scientific Railgun – Season One, Part Two (DVD)

Chaos;Head Complete Series (BD)

Charlotte: Volume 1 (Blu-ray)

Charlotte: Volume 2 (Blu-ray)

Children Who Chase Lost Voices (DVD)

Chobits: The Complete Series (BD)

Chrome Shelled Regios: Part One (DVD)

Clannad – Collection 1 (DVD)

Clannad – Collection 2 (DVD)

Clannad ~After Story~ Collection 1 (DVD)

Clannad ~After Story~ Collection 2 (DVD)

Clannad ~After Story~: Complete Collection (Blu-Ray)

Clannad – The Motion Picture (DVD)

Claymore: The Complete Series (BD)

Claymore: The Complete Series (DVD)

CODE GEASS: Lelouch of the Rebellion Part 1 (DVD)

CODE GEASS: Lelouch of the Rebellion Part II (DVD)

CODE GEASS: Lelouch of the Rebellion Part III (Volumes 5 & 6) (DVD)

Code Geass Lelouch of the Rebellion R2: Part 1 (DVD)

Comic Party Revolution Volume 1 (DVD)

Corpse Princess: Aka – Part One (DVD)

Corpse Princess: Kuro – Part Two (DVD)

Cowboy Bebop: Session 1 (DVD)

COYOTE RAGTIME SHOW VOL. 1 (DVD)

Crest of the Stars – Anime Legends Complete Collection (DVD)

Cromartie High School Volume 1 (DVD)

Cyberteam in Akihabara Vol. 1 (DVD)

D. Gray-Man Season One Part One (BD)

Date A Live: The Complete First Season (BD)

Dance in the Vampire Bund – The Complete Series (BD)

Darker Than Black DVD 6 (DVD)

Darker than Black: Gemini of the Meteor (BD)

Deadman Wonderland (DVD)

DEATH NOTE: R – Relight: Visions of a God – DIRECTOR’S CUT (DVD)

DEATH NOTE – Volume 1 Box Set (DVD)

DEATH NOTE – Volume 2 Box Set (DVD)

Death Parade: The Complete Series

Demon King Daiamo: Complete Collection (BD)

Demon Prince ENMA Vol. 1 (DVD)

Demon Prince ENMA Vol. 2 (DVD)

Devil May Cry: The Animated Series – The Complete Collection (BD)

The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (BD)

Disgaea: The Complete Series (DVD)

Divergence Eve Vol. 1 (DVD)

DNA Angel Vol. 1

Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker (BD)

Dragon Ball – Season One (DVD)

Dragon Ball – Season Two (DVD)

Dragon Ball – Season Three (DVD)

Dragon Ball – Season Four (DVD)

Dragon Ball – Season Five (DVD)

Dragon Ball Movie One: Curse of the Blood Rubies (DVD)

DRAGON BALL GT – SEASON 1 (DVD)

DRAGON BALL GT – SEASON TWO (DVD)

Dragon Ball Z – Dragon Box Z Vol. 1 (DVD)

Dragon Ball Z – Dragon Box Z Vol. 2 (DVD)

Dragon Ball Z – Dragon Box Z Vol. 3 (DVD)

Dragon Ball Z – Dragon Box Z Vol. 4 (DVD)

Dragon Ball Z – Dragon Box Z Vol. 5 (DVD)

Dragon Ball Z – Dragon Box Z Vol. 6 (DVD)

Dragon Ball Z – Dragon Box Z Vol. 7 (DVD)

Dragon Ball Z: Level 1.1 (BD)

Dragon Ball Z: Level 1.2 (BD)

Dragon Ball Z: Season Two & Three (DVD)

Dragon Ball Z: Season Four (DVD)

Dragon Ball Z: Season Five (DVD)

Dragon Ball Z: Season Six (DVD)

Dragon Ball Z: Season Seven (DVD)

DRAGON BALL Z – SEASON EIGHT (DVD)

DRAGON BALL Z – SEASON NINE (DVD)

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods – Extended Edition (Movie 14) (Blu-ray)

DRAGON BALL Z: BARDOCK THE FATHER OF GOKU (DVD)

Dragon Ball Z: Cooler’s Revenge/The Return of Cooler (DVD)

Dragon Ball Z – Dead Zone The Movie / The World’s Strongest (BD)

Dragon Ball Z – Tree of Might/Lord Slug (BD)

Dragon Ball Z – The History of Trunks / Bardock the Father of Goku (BD)

Dragon Ball Z – Super Android 13/Bojack Unbound (BD)

Dragon Ball Z – Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan / Broly – Second Coming (BD)

Dragon Ball Z – Broly Triple Feature (BD)

Dragon Ball Z – Fusion Reborn/Wrath of the Dragon (BD)

DRAGON BALL Z: THE HISTORY OF TRUNKS (DVD)

Dragon Ball Z Kai – Part One (BD)

Dragon Ball Z Kai – Part Two (BD)

Dragon Ball Z Kai – Part Three (BD)

Dragon Ball Z Kai – Part Four (BD)

Dragon Ball Z Kai – Part Five (BD)

Dragon Ball Z Kai – Part Six (BD)

Dragon Ball Z Kai – Part Seven (BD)

Dragon Ball Z Kai – Part Eight (BD)

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ (DVD)

Dragonaut – The Resonance Part 01 (DVD)

Dream Eater Merry: Complete Collection (DVD)

Durarara!! part 01 (DVD)

Durarara!! part 02 (DVD)

Durarara!! part 03 (DVD)

Durarara!! x 2 Volume 1 (Blu-ray)

Durarara!! x2 Volume 2 (Blu-ray)

DuRaRaRa!! x2 Vol. 3 (Blu-ray)

DuRaRaRa!! x2 Vol. 4 (Blu-ray)

Eatman 98 Collection (DVD)

Eden of the East – The Complete Series (BD)

Eden of the East: The King of Eden – The Motion Picture (BD)

Eden of the East Movie II: Paradise Lost – The Motion Picture (BD)

ef – a tale of melodies-: Complete Collection (DVD)

ef – a tale of memories-: Complete Collection (DVD)

El Cazador De La Bruja: Part 1 (DVD)

Elfen Lied Vol. 1 (DVD)

Elfen Lied: Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

The Empire of Corpses (Blu-ray)

Erased: Volume 1 (Blu-ray)

Ergo Proxy: The Complete Series (DVD)

E’s Otherwise Vol. 1 (DVD)

Escaflowne: The Movie (BD)

Eureka Seven: Astral Oceans – Part One (BD)

Eureka Seven: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

Eureka SeveN: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers (BD-2010)

Eureka SeveN: Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers (BD-2014)

Evangelion: 1.01 – You Are (Not) Alone (DVD)

Evangelion: 1.11 – You Are (Not) Alone (BD)

Evangelion: 2.22 – You Can (Not) Advance (BD)

Evangelion: 3.33 – You Can (Not) Redo (BD)

Expelled from Paradise: Limited Edition (BD)

Eyeshield 21 – Volume 1 (DVD)

Eyeshield 21 – Volume 2 (DVD)

Eyeshield 21 – Volume 3 (DVD)

Eyeshield 21 – Volume 4 (DVD)

Fafner: The Complete Series (BD)

Fafner: Heave and Earth (BD)

Fairy Tail – Collection Five (BD)

Fairy Tail Vol. 1 (BD)

Fairy Tail Vol. 2 (BD)

Fairy Tail Vol. 3 (BD)

Fairy Tail Vol. 4 (BD)

Fairy Tail Vol. 5 (BD)

Fairy Tail Vol. 6 (BD)

Fairy Tail Vol. 9 (BD)

Fairy Tail vol. 19 (BD)

Fairy Tail vol. 20 (BD)

Fairy Tail vol. 21 (BD)

Fairy Tail vol. 22 (BD)

Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess (BD)

Fantasista Doll: Complete Collection (BD)

Fate/stay night – Collection 1 (BD)

Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] Blu-ray Box Set 1 (Blu-ray)

Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] Blu-ray Box Set 2 (Blu-ray)

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Bladeworks: The Motion Picture (DVD)

Fate/Zero Blu-ray Box Set I (BD)

Fate/Zero Blu-ray Box Set II (BD)

feature2: Coicent/Five Numbers! (DVD)

FINAL FANTASY VII: ADVENT CHILDREN COMPLETE (BD)

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (DVD)

The Five Star Stories (DVD)

FLCL: The Complete Series (BD)

InuYasha: The Movie the Complete Collection (BD)

Fractale: The Complete Series (BD)

FREEDOM: Blu-ray Disc BOX Limited Edition (BD)

Freezing: Complete Series (BD)

From the New World: Collection 1 (BD)

From the New World: Collection 2 (BD)

From Up on Poppy Hill (BD)

Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa (BD)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Part One (BD)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Part Two (BD)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Part Three (BD)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – Part Four (BD)

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood – The OVA Collection (BD)

FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST: PREMIUM OVA COLLECTION (DVD)

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos – The Motion Picture (BD)

Full Metal Panic! – The Complete Series (BD)

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu – The Complete Series (BD)

Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid – THE COMPLETE SERIES (BD)

The Future Diary: Part One (DVD)

The Future Diary: Part Two (DVD)

G-SAVIOUR: THE MOVIE (DVD)

Ga-Rei-Zero: Complete Series (BD)

Gaiking: The Movie Collection (DVD)

Gantz (DVD)

Gantz Volume 2 (DVD)

The Garden of Sinners: recalled out summer. Limited Edition (Blu-ray)

The Garden of Words (BD)

Gatchaman Vol. 1 (DVD)

Gatchaman Collection (DVD)

Gatchaman TV + OVA Blu-ray Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

Genshiken – Complete Collection (DVD)

Geobreeders (DVD)

Ghost Hound: Complete Collection (BD)

Ghost in the Shell (DVD)

Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (BD)

Ghost Stories Vol. 1 (DVD)

Ghost Sweeper Mikami (DVD)

Gilgameshu Vol. 1 (DVD)

Gin Tama – Collection 1 (DVD)

Girls Bravo – The Complete Series (DVD)

The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2011 Bandai Entertainment Release) (BD)

The Girl Who Leapt Through time (2016 Funimation Release) (BD)

THE GIRL WHO LEAPT THROUGH TIME (DVD)

Girls & Panzer: Complete TV Series (Blu-ray)

Girls & Panzer: Complete OVA Series (Blu-ray)

Glass Mask Collection 1 (DVD)

God Eater Vol. 1 (Blu-ray)

God Eater Vol. 2 (Blu-ray)

Godannar Vol. 1 (DVD)

Golgo 13: Queen Bee (DVD)

Golgo 13: Collection 1 (DVD)

Golgo 13: Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

Gonna Be the Twin-Tail!! – The Complete Series (BD)

Good Luck Girl! Binbogami ga! – The Complete Series (BD)

Grave of the Fireflies (DVD)

Gravion Zwei Vol. 1 (DVD)

Guilty Crown – Part 1: Limited Edition (Blu-ray)

Guilty Crown – Part 2 (Blu-ray)

Guin Saga: Collection 1 (DVD)

GUNBUSTER 3-DVD Set (DVD)

GUNBUSTER vs. DIEBUSTER – Aim for the Top! The GATTAI!! MOVIE (BD)

GUNBUSTER vs DIEBUSTER – THE GATTAI!! MOVIE – AIM FOR THE TOP! DVD-BOX (DVD)

GUNBUSTER 2 Vol. 1 (OAV Episodes 1 and 2) (DVD)

GUNBUSTER 2 Vol. 2 (OAV Episodes 3 and 4) (DVD)

Gunbuster 2 Vol. 3 (OAV episodes 5 & 6) (DVD)

Gungrave: The Complete Series (BD)

Gungrave – The Complete Set (DVD)

Gunslinger Girl – The Complete First Season (BD)

Gunslinger Girl ~Il Teatrino~ The Complete Series (BD)

Gurren Lagann the Movie: Double Feature Blu-ray Set (Blu-ray)

Gurren Lagann DVD TV Series Box Set – Limited Edition (DVD)

GURREN LAGANN SET 01 (DVD)

GURREN LAGANN SET 02 (DVD)

GURREN LAGANN – SET 03 LIMITED EDITION (DVD)

GURREN LAGANN VOLUME 1 (Blu-ray)

GURREN LAGANN VOLUME 2 (Blu-ray)

GURREN LAGANN VOLUME 3 (Blu-ray)

GURREN LAGANN VOLUME 4 (Blu-ray)

GURREN LAGANN VOLUME 5 (Blu-ray)

Gurren Lagann the Movie -Childhood’s End- Limited Edition (DVD)

Gurren Lagann the Movie -The Lights in the Sky Are Stars- Limited Edition (DVD)

Guyver: The Bio-Boosted Armor – The Complete Series (BD)

GYO: Tokyo Fish Attack! (DVD)

Haganai: I don’t have many friends (Blu-ray)

Haibane Renmei Box Set (DVD)

Hakkenden, The Legend of the Dog Warriors (DVD)

Hakugei: Legend of Moby Dick Vol. 1 (DVD)

HAL (Blu-ray)

Hamatora the Animation – Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

Hanamonogatari: Suruga Devil Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set (Blu-ray)

Haruka ~Beyond the Stream of Time~ – A Tale of the Eight Guardians Vol. 1 (DVD)

Haruka ~Beyond the Stream of Time~ – A Tale of the Eight Guardians Vol. 2 (DVD)

Haruka ~Beyond the Stream of Time~ – A Tale of the Eight Guardians Vol. 3 (DVD)

Haruka ~Beyond the Stream of Time~ – A Tale of the Eight Guardians Vol. 4 (DVD)

Haruka ~Beyond the Stream of Time~ – A Tale of the Eight Guardians Vol. 5 (DVD)

Haruka ~Beyond the Stream of Time~ – A Tale of the Eight Guardians Vol. 6 (DVD)

Haruka ~Beyond the Stream of Time~ – A Tale of the Eight Guardians Vol. 7 (DVD)

Haruka ~Beyond the Stream of Time~ – A Tale of the Eight Guardians Vol. 8 (DVD)

Haruka ~Beyond the Stream of Time~ – A Tale of the Eight Guardians Vol. 9 (DVD)

Harlock Space Pirate (DVD)

Haunted Junction (DVD)

Heaven’s Lost Property: The Angeloid of Clockwork (Blu-ray)

Heaven’s Lost Property: Forte – Season 2 (Blu-ray)

Heaven’s Memo Pad – Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

Hell Girl: Two Mirrors – Collection 1 (DVD)

Hellsing Ultimate: Volumes 1-4 Collection (BD)

Hellsing Ultimate: Volumes 5-8 Collection (BD)

Hello Kitty Animation Theater Vol. 1 (DVD)

Heroic Age: The Complete Series (BD)

The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Season 1, Part 1 (Blu-ray)

The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Season 1, Part 2 (Blu-ray)

Hetalia Axis Powers – Season One (DVD)

Hetalia Axis Powers: Season Two (DVD)

Hetalia World Series: Season Three (DVD)

Hetalia World Series 2: Season Four (DVD)

Hetalia Axis Powers: Paint It, White! (DVD)

Hidamari Sketch – Season One (DVD)

Hidamari Sketch SP (Blu-ray)

High School DxD – The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

High School of the Dead: The Complete Series (DVD)

honey and clover Box 1 (DVD)

Howl’s Moving Castle (Blu-ray)

HUNTER X HUNTER DVD Box Set Volume 1 (DVD)

Ice (DVD)

Idolm@ster: Xenoglossia – Collection 1 (DVD)

Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians – Complete Series (DVD)

Infinite Stratos: Complete Collection (DVD)

Initial D: First Stage – Part One (DVD)

Initial D: First Stage – Part Two (DVD)

Initial D: Second Stage + OAV Extra Stage (DVD)

Initial D: Third Stage (DVD)

Initial D: Fourth Stage – Part 1 (DVD)

Initial D: Fourth Stage – Part 2  (DVD)

InuYasha – FIRST SEASON BOX SET (DVD)

InuYasha – SECOND SEASON BOX SET (DVD)

InuYasha: The Final Act – Part One (DVD)

InuYasha: The Movie the Complete Collection (BD)

The irregular at magic high school – Vol. 1 enrollment (BD)

The irregular at magic high school – Vol. 2: Nine Schools Competition (BD)

The irregular at magic high school – Vol. 3: Yokohama Disturbance (BD)

Is This a Zombie?: The Complete Series – Anime Classics (BD)

Is This a Zombie?: The Complete Series  (DVD)


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Ani-Me POP Summit 2016 by Derek Orchard (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

June 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Ani-me POP Summit is the first cultural convention dedicated  to J-pop and K-pop in the Central Valley and is always striving to give the Central Valley new, refreshing and exciting entertainment.

The event was held at the Big Fresno Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 18, 2016 and this convention is dedicated to bringing Asian pop music, fashion, film, dance, art, games, interactive workshops, stimulating panels, Anime, movies and import car shows.

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Ani-me POP summit had a huge lineup of guests including five singing performances, five live band performances, two comedy acts, five dancing performances, cosplay contest, fashion show, not to mention, gaming tournaments, panels and a Rave plus DJs.

Kinu Cafe was there and they had a vendor’s hall, with stuff ranging from Anime, Sci-Fi and comics and Bushiroad showed their upcoming releases.

I thought this event was pretty well set up. You could walk around the vendor’s hall, get something to eat, the sit back and listen to some music.

Then you could play some games, head back to the vendor’s hall make some purchases and then go back and listen to some music or watch some of the dance routines.

There was plenty of room you didn’t have to worry about feeling like you are  being shoved into one spot.

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Akai Sky, Coast in the Clouds, Light of Mine, Outside the Wire were some of the bands performing later in the day. Some of the Highlights I experienced feaetured Paprika Mari.  She is the lead vocalist for Candy Bomber, a multi-genre pop band based in Los Angeles, California.

Her roots in both the U.S. and Japan helped to shape her musical sensibility and OkitaSemi cosplayer and Vocalist from California, USA.  Paprika Mari’s goal is to recreate scenes from anime/manga as much as possible.

Paprika Mari & OkitaSemi did a set of music covers from different Anime. I was really impressed with the quality of their performances and their song choices.

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“Candy Bomber” is a J-rock inspired band/project formed by five musicians of various musical backgrounds with a burning passion of music and providing endless entertainment to the people.

Like the idea of AKB48 joining forces with Visual-Kei then leaping through an adventurous journey with Polysics and The Clash at Demonhead, Candy Bomber takes the standard “Rock Band” and fuses it together with styles and instruments from different genres of music – the Uke, Sax, and at times the Kazoo.

The audience is sure to hear their familiar favorites tunes from Anime and J-Rock, combined with a mixture of Jazz, Pop and METAL. I really enjoyed Candy bomber’s performance, it was nice seeing a full band with a saxophone player.

I had a lot of fun listening of them perform and I will be looking forward to seeing them perform in the future.

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Tiffany Fujii is a Bay Area idol dancer/singer/performer whose credits include dozens of anime conventions and events.

She’s been producing and uploading odottemita videos since 2008 and was the winner of the first ever Vocaloid Dance Contest at San Francisco’s JPop Summit in 2011!

Besides performing solo she is also a member of several Bay Area idol groups such as Ti@Mi, T…radmark, Hello! Musume, as well as many others.

As a lover of Japanese pop music, especially idols. This girl had so much energy!

She was singing and she was dancing, spinning around. She sang a full set of songs. She also sat in on the panel with Roli Angels.

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RÖLI ANGELS includes 4 women artists which consists of SHAKE (green), LEMON (yellow), APRI (red), and GRAPE (purple) with a “costume play party Rock” as a concept.

Roli Angels came directly from Japan and originally, they were an Indie idol J-pop group, and now ARE rock!

Performing all their songs in English, having copies of their latest CD in English for their American fans, new and old.

If you knew Roli Angels before,  you might have been surprised to see the new direction they are going with their music.

This isn’t their first trip to the states, but it is as a rock group and with this lineup, Apri and Grape are new members of Roli Angels.

They put on a really great show, they were really personal with fans at their booth and as well as the panel before the show.

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There was a full venue of stuff to do here, there a lot of things that happened that I have haven’t even mention.

If you came at the beginning of the day or the end of the day, there was a lot to see and do. this was a full one day event.

If you like Japanese music, fashion, art, games, anime, food, Cosplay, as well as niche subcultures. then this is something you should check out.

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VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES A SUBSTANTIAL DIGITAL ANIME UPDATE FOR MAY

May 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Catch The Latest Streamed Episodes Of All New JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE And TERRAFORMARS, HUNTER X HUNTER Subs, As Well As New SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL And NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Simulcasts

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VIZ Media moves into May with a brand new digital anime update highlighted by a variety of exciting new premieres and simulcast episodes.

This month offers new Season 3 episodes from BAKUMAN, new Season 1 adventures of HUNTER X HUNTER, the continuing supernatural action of Season 3 of JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE as well as newly added Season 2 episodes of the tense sci-fi horror drama, TERRAFORMARS REVENGE.

New SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL and NARUTO SHIPPUDEN simulcast premieres round out the latest digital content update.

New anime content for May includes:

BAKUMAN
· The creators of DEATH NOTE return with this inspiring tale about the power of dreams. Students Mashiro and Takagi aspire to become professional manga artists. As they team up to pursue their goal, the pair learns what it takes to make it in the manga industry, sharing laughs, tears, romance, the devastation of failure and the glory of success along the way.
· BAKUMAN’s final season concludes with the addition of subtitled Episodes 51-75. Enjoy the entire series, Episodes 1-75, now!

HUNTER X HUNTER
· The supernatural action adventure of HUNTER X HUNTER Season 1 continues throughout May with newly added Episodes 40-52. Episodes are available to stream in their entirety featuring brand new subtitles that are true to VIZ Media’s original translations of the manga series by Yoshihiro Togashi.

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE: DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE
· This new story arc sees Jotaro Kujoh traveling to a town called Morioh to meet Josuke, the secret love child of his grandfather, Joseph Joestar! The two JoJo’s soon discover that new Stand users are appearing all across town, threatening the lives of the innocent!
Don’t miss the JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Season 3 subtitled premiere with new episodes added every Friday.
· Season 3, Episode 5 premieres on May 6th, Episode 6 on May 13th, followed by Episode 7 on May 20th and Episode 8 on May 27th.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN
· Brand new weekly simulcasts of the latest action packed NARUTO SHIPPUDEN episodes are scheduled to take place every Thursday throughout May.
· Catch Episode 459 on May 12th, followed by Episode 460 on May 19th, Episode 461 on May 26th and Episode 462 on June 2nd.

SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL
· Don’t miss the dubbed premiere of Episode 26 on May 6th!
· Enjoy the all-new SUBBED streams of SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL throughout May with a brand new simulcast episode every Monday.
· SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Season 3 action continues with Episodes 31-35 available to stream this month.
· Watch Episode 31 on May 2nd, followed Episode 32 on May 9th, Episode 33 on May 16th, Episode 34 on May 23rd and Episode 35 on May 30th.

TERRAFORMARS REVENGE
· Based on the hit manga sci-fi series, TERRAFORMARS REVENGE takes place in the far future where humanity terraforms Mars in order to resolve Earth’s growing overpopulation problem… But an unintended side effect of the process has unleashed a horror no one could ever have imagined!
· Catch the streaming premiere of Season 2, Episodes 5-8 this month.
· Episode 5 will premiere on May 6th, followed by Episode 6 on May 13th, Episode 7 on May 20th and Episode 8 on May 27th.

VIZ Media’s consolidated online destination for FREE streaming anime content in the U.S. has over 4,200 subtitled and English dubbed episodes and movies from more than 36 series! VIZ Media’s streaming content also reaches an expansive on-demand U.S.-based audience on Hulu, which enables viewers to watch shows anytime, anywhere across devices including Xbox One, PlayStation®4, Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and mobile devices. A full list of Hulu -enabled devices can be found at http://www.hulu.com/plus/devices.

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Ani-Me Con 2016 by Derek Orchard (J!-ENT Interviews and Articles)

March 2, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

704b7f2    Ani-Me Con 2016 took place at the Big Fresno Fairgrounds in Fresno, California February 20 and 21st. Ani-Me Con is one of the biggest Anime/gaming events in the Central Valley. This event had over a 100 vendors, artist, exhibitors and fan club’s, also had a live entertainment, Tournament gaming and a cosplay contest on both days.

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               This is my 2nd year attending Ani-Me Con. So much has changed from last year, the first thing easy to notice different venue and with a different venue comes ticket sales. Before Ani-me Con, was a free event and the venue was very small and they did the best with what they could now that they’ve opened up to a much larger venue, So this little show is growing up. Now I seen some other shows start to grow and try to expand, the event coordinators are doing a good job growing with the purpose in mind. A lot of their vendors had a lot of things that was reasonably priced for someone who may have not had a lot of money to go to an event like this, this is a very accessible show.

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               One of the things I really liked about this show is that it wasn’t just all about the commercial side of the conventions. There was enough other things, there that you actually can learn more about voice acting, costume making an what was happen the next. You could go and learn about something that you’re very interested in and you don’t have someone to talk to in person about it. You could a shown up early and stayed late for the after-hours party. This just a wasn’t a Anime show or a trading card gaming show. If you took the time and walk by the Cosplay area, a lot of the Cosplay artist had their props out and they were there willing to talk about how they made their equipment, what materials they used and the whole process of making costumes.

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               The voice actor guests were Erika Harlacher, Sarah Anne Williams and Erik Keimerer. Some of the live entertainment, Kinu Cafe, Lolita fashion show, Terra wars fighting exhibition, heart of otaku culture import car club.  Singing performances of Lovely Rushers and Band performances by Akai Sky, Iwanaga, Light of mine. This is just some of the things that they had, There is much more to see.

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               I could spent a lot more time talking about how much more they had to offer than they had from the year previous,  The venue is bigger and they were working really hard to fill the space they had. Some shows just have console gaming for you to take a break and play, Ani-Me Con had that and Gaming Tournaments. Everything was very current Street Fighter 5 tournaments, They were having smashed brothers too.   also they had retro-gaming going on.

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               They have made so many changes from last year’s show to this one, they seem to have a really good handle on what was going on. Now not soon of that there weren’t any mistakes or anything like that of the wasn’t something that’s up to the cracks, but I never heard anyone complaining about anything that wasn’t happening like they thought it should. It kind of feels that Ani-Me Con has really come into its own this year. They moved into a big your area and they filled it with more vendors and vendors, that have a variety of things. There have been some shows in this area. That move into a big your venue but they didn’t have any more vendors to add to their show. So they had a bigger space, but they were filling it with anything. That was not a problem at this show. From what I saw you got a lot for what you paid for to get into the event. I think that if they can keep growing with a lot of thought that they put into this show and they build on it, this show, shall continue to grow and be an amazing show to attend.

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Photos by Derek Orchard

 And By Antonio Airoso

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VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES HOME MEDIA RELEASE OF BLEACH MOVIES: THE UNFORGIVEN DOUBLE FEATURE

February 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Catch The Intense Supernatural Anime Feature Film Action Of BLEACH THE MOVIE: FADE TO BLACK And BLEACH THE MOVIE: HELL VERSE In A Special New Double DVD Set

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San Francisco, CA, February 9, 2016 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor, publisher and licensor of anime and manga in North America, offers a special treat to anime aficionados and BLEACH fans as it announces the release of the BLEACH MOVIES: THE UNFORGIVEN DOUBLE FEATURE, a special home media edition.

Set for retail release on February 16th, this new DVD set contain BLEACH THE MOVIE: FADE TO BLACK as well as BLEACH THE MOVIE: HELL VERSE. The 2-disc set will carry an MSRP of $14.98 U.S. / $21.99 CAN and will feature dubbed English as well as subtitled audio tracks for both movies. Bonus features will include a production art gallery and movie trailers.

In BLEACH THE MOVIE: FADE TO BLACK, a strange disturbance in the World of the Living sends Ichigo and Kon to the Soul Society, where the Seireitei has been devastated by an explosion of reishi and Rukia is missing. Stranger still, none of the Soul Reapers remember Ichigo, and they think he’s the one responsible for the destruction. Now on the run, Ichigo is forced into a lonely battle in order to find Rukia and stop the real culprits!

Hell – a place where beings that have committed mortal sins during their lifetime are sent. It is a realm where even Soul Reapers are forbidden to interfere. In BLEACH THE MOVIE: HELL VERSE, a group of vicious Sinners plots to escape from this eternal prison, they discover that Substitute Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki is the key to their freedom. The Sinners launch an attack and in the process kidnap Ichigo’s younger sister Yuzu and take her to Hell. With the help of a mysterious man named Kokuto, Ichigo and his friends must now travel into the depths of Hell to stop the Sinners and save Yuzu, unaware that their actions could bring Hell to the World of the Living.

The BLEACH animated films and TV series (distributed in North America by VIZ Media, rated ‘TV-14’) are based on a smash hit manga series created by Tite Kubo (also published in North America by VIZ Media, rated ‘T’ for Teens) that follows the adventures of Ichigo, a 15-year old student with the ability to see ghosts. When his family is attacked by a Hollow – a malevolent lost soul – Ichigo encounters Rukia, a Soul Reaper, and inadvertently absorbs her powers. Now, he’s dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping tortured souls find peace.

For more information on BLEACH manga and anime titles published by VIZ Media, please visit www.viz.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and ONE PIECE, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products. Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

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VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES THE HOME MEDIA RELEASE OF ANIME SCI-FI ADVENTURE SERIES GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET

October 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Complete 13-Episode Animated Series Created By Famed Production I.G. Studio Released In Beautifully Packaged

Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack Editions Filled With Premium Extras

 

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San Francisco, CA, October 2, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivers to fans the home media release of the verdant animated sci-fi adventure – GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET – on a special Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and a standard DVD edition on October 7th.

 

The renowned anime studio Production I.G. created this 13-episode series that blends beautiful character and production design with a moving story about a young soldier’s adventures on a strange and mysterious planet.

 

VIZ Media gives GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET a collection-worthy treatment with a 16×9 widescreen presentation and the inclusion of 2 bonus OVA episodes. The home media releases feature premium packaging with an O-Card for the DVD edition and an illustrated chipboard box with a full-color 2-sided Amaraywrap and a special GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET art book included with the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Dialogue options include Japanese and English dubbed audio tracks along with English subtitles for both editions. Also included are clean opening and closing segments and the official promotional trailers and broadcast TV commercials. DVD MSRP: $44.82 U.S. / $51.99 CAN; Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack MSRP: $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN.

 

In the distant future, Ledo, a young soldier from space wakes up and finds himself marooned on an ocean planet. Growing up in space, and knowing nothing but battle, he is a stranger in a strange land, full of odd customs and a foreign language, but he’s not alone. Starting a new journey on this verdurous planet, Ledo must find a way to survive and reconcile the fact that he may never be able to return home!

“GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET is a gorgeous and thrilling series that will resonate with fans on every level,” says Charlene Ingram, Senior Manager, Animation Marketing. “The characters are beautifully designed and rendered, and the lavish and imaginative animation brings humanity’s long lost home world to life in a vivid way that is mesmerizing to watch and enjoy. GARGANTIA will make a wonderful addition to any collection, and we look forward to ardent fans as well as legions of new viewers enjoying this extraordinary anime adventure.”

 

For more information on GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET or other anime titles available from VIZ Media, please visit: www.VIZ.com.

 

 

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and ONE PIECE, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products. Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

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Gurren Lagann the Movie: Double Feature Blu-ray Set (a J!-ENT Anime on Blu-ray Disc Review)

August 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

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“Gurren Lagann the Movie: Double Feature Blu-ray Set” is definitely recommended for the hardcore “Gurren Lagann” fan who have been hoping for years to see both movies in HD on Blu-ray.  But I would also recommend it for those who just don’t have the time to watch the complete “Gurren Lagann” series.  Exciting and action-packed films that are highly recommended!

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TITLE: Gurren Lagann the Movie: Double Feature Blu-ray Set

YEAR OF FILM: 2009

DURATION: Gurren Lagann the Movie -Childhood’s End- (112 Minutes) / Gurren Lagann the Movie-The Lights in the Sky Are Stars- (126 Minutes)

BLU-RAY INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 CH, Japanese Linear PCM Stereo, Subtitles: English

COMPANY: Aniplex

RATED: Suggested 13 and Up

Release Date: July 15, 2014

Created by GAINAX

Director: Hiroyuki Imaishi

Assistant Director: Masahiko Ohtsuka

Series Directors: Kazuki Nakashima

Character Designs: Atsushi Nishigori

Mecha Designs: You Yoshinari

Design Works: Shigeto Koyama

Art Director: Yuka Hirama (BIHOU)

Color Design: Harumi Takahoshi

Director of Photography: Toyonori Yamada

Editing: Junichi Uematsu

Sound Director: Tohru Nakano

Music: Taku Iwasaki

Produced by TV Tokyo, DENTSU, Aniplex

Featuring the following voice talent:

Katsuyuki Konishi as Kamina

Tetsuya Kakihara as Simon

Marina Inoue as Yoko Littner

Yukari Fukui as Nia

Daiki Nakamura as Dayakka

Kana Asumi as Kiyal

Kana Ueda as Kinon

Kisho Taniyama as Kittan

Masaya Onosaka as Leeron

Mitsuki Saiga as Rossiu

Nobuyuki Hiyama as Viral

Rina Satou as Kiyoh

Shizuka Itou as Boota and Darry

 

This double-feature set includes the Gurren Lagann movies Childhood’s End and The Light in the Sky Are Stars on Blu-ray!

Childhood’s End
This is the story of a man who has yet to realize what destiny holds in store for him… Far in the future, humans have lived underground, quietly and restlessly, for hundreds of years, suffering from frequent earthquake and land subsidence. In Giha Village, one such underground community, live two young men. Simon is shy and naive, while Kamina believes in existence of a “surface” world above their heads.

Their destinies start moving drastically when the ceiling falls and a gigantic “Gunmen” and a beautiful girl named Yoko with a superconductive rifle come from the surface. Kamina, Simon and Yoko get on the “Lagann” that Simon digs out from the ground, and jump out to the surface! However, the surface is not such a dreamland as Kamina imagined. The world is reined by the Spiral King and his army. Kamina and Simon, along with their comrades challenge the Spiral King to change the desperate world to the one with hope for the future by Gurren Lagann!

The Lights in the Sky Are Stars
“When the heavens are pierced open, the young man sees a path to the future…”

Valiantly persevering through the traumatic aftermath of previous events, Team Dai-Gurren finally reaches Teppelin, the royal capital, where Simon battles the Spiral King, Lordgenome. Seven years pass after the battle of Teppelin, and humans reclaim the surface of the earth and enjoy an unprecedented period of peace and prosperity. However, humanity’s increasing population growth triggers the sudden emergence of an unknown, powerful enemy.

 

Fantastic!  It’s the single word that describes how I feel about “GURREN LAGANN″ and in 2008, GAINAX immediately went to work on two animated films that would capture both storyline arcs in “Gurren Lagann The Movie ~Childhood’s End” and “Gurren Lagann the Movie – The Lights in the Sky are Stars”, two films that are being distributed in the US through Aniplex.

“Gurren Lagann the Movie -Childhood’s End-” is a compilation of series of events that took place in the first 16 episodes of the popular 2007 animated TV series “Gurren Lagann”, while “Gurren Lagann the Movie – The Lights in the Sky Are Stars-” features the final eleven episodes from the TV series.

The series centers around two characters Simon and Kamina.  Both live underground with a bunch of orphans and due to earthquakes, they developed a system of people using manual drilling holes in order to move around.  But one day, the life of a young driller named Simon discovers a small mini drill underground. Simon is a shy young guy.  Not too confident in himself and hates how his parents were killed during an earthquake.  So, he works hard in order for everyone to live but also to collect whichever treasure he can find.   While continuing his digging, he discovers a small drill and not long after, he discovers a huge robotic face.

As for Kamina, he’s the cool leader of a gang.  He once saw the atmosphere with his father a long time ago and dreams of making it up to the surface but no one underground believes him.  He comes up with a plan to get to the surface with the help of Simon’s drill.  The plan backfires and Kamina is put into a jail.  Meanwhile, a big monster robot-like figure comes out of the sky and lands in the group’s village underground.  A girl sporting a bikini top and tight short shorts with a large rifle starts fighting with the monster robot.   Her name is Yoko and all of a sudden both Kamina and Simon try to assist her.

As the monster grows vicious, Simon introduces Kamina and Yoko to what he found underground.  It happens to be a small robot that Simon takes control of and eventually the three fight the robotic monster and end up defeating it. Also, end up making it above the surface where they discover sunlight, blue skies, mountains and more…monster robots.  It is learned that these things are called “Gunmen” and are piloted by Beastmen who have a hatred towards humans.  The three must survive and outwit and defeat the Gunmen and with Kamina’s leadership and willing to take anything head on with his machismo ego, he calls Simon’s robot Lagann.  Kamina eventually commandeers a Gunmen robot and calls it Gurren.  As a duo, the group find a way to combine their own two mechs and thus Kamina and Simon form Gurren Lagann, which is also the name of the team that will fight for humanity against the Spiral King and their minions.

Throughout the film, we see how both Kamina, Simon along with Yoko leave the underground city and take on various gunmen and together with savvy, intelligent and flamboyant mechanic Leeron, along with other humans they meet along the way, one by one, Team Gurren Lagann take on the Spiral King’s Four Divine Generals: Viral, Adiane, Guame and Cytomander.  And along the way, they meet with a mysterious girl named Nia and leading up to the final battle against the Spiral King.

 

VIDEO:

“Gurren Lagann the Movie -Childhood’s End-” and “Gurren Lagann the Movie -The Lights in the Sky Are Stars-” are presented in 1080p High Definition (1920 x 1080p).

The character designs by Atsushi Nishigori are fresh and very different when comparing it to other anime series/films.  I truly dig the character designs and the whole anime is quite colorful and looks stylish and pretty cool.  The artist backgrounds to the animation, explosions, character designs, mecha designs and the planning that went in to this series was quite amazing and it looks great in the film.  You will noticed even more detailed artistic backgrounds and animation with the additional new footage added to the film.

Vibrant, colorful and awesome looking!  Of course, with that being said, it would definitely be a plus if this film was released on Blu-ray, but since it’s on DVD, you will see edge enhancement at times.  But for the most part, “Gurren Lagann” was one of the rare anime series that was unique in presentation and Gainax definitely put a lot of time and effort into the creation of this TV series and it’s so awesome to finally watch this series in HD on Blu-ray!

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

As for audio, ““Gurren Lagann the Movie -Childhood’s End-” and “Gurren Lagann the Movie -The Lights in the Sky Are Stars- ” are presented Japanese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Japanese Linear PCM Stereo.

Audio is well done as we can hear the dialogue and special effects and music quite clearly through the center and front channels but also hear the various sound effects coming from the surround channels as well.  Overall, a pretty awesome mix and audio is crystal clear in lossless HD.

While the English dub is featured in the TV series DVD release by Bandai Entertainment, there is no English dub featured for both films from Aniplex.

Subtitles are in English.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Gurren Lagann the Movie: Double Feature Blu-ray Set” comes with the textless endings.

EXTRAS:

“Gurren Lagann the Movie: Double Feature Blu-ray Set” comes with a slipcase that holds both Blu-ray cases.

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I can’t help but think how awesome the original series was to watch and then to watch it again in the film.  If anything the writers did a great job in editing the second half and in some ways, you don’t feel you are missing much (although I do recommend watching the original series if possible).

From the stylish presentation, the wacky humor, the adult-like humor and perverseness and the imaginative mecha Gunmen robots and attack modes, the battles and the fun characters and the music, there is just too much to like about “Gurren Lagann”.  I absolute found the series to be quite fantastic!

Just how the pacing of the anime series goes from people wanting to get out of the underground and seeking freedom, to the characters fighting to survive and eventually growing up but having to face their own insecurities and also consequence and then furthering their adventures as we see the characters start off young and right to end where they are older adults.

“Gurren Lagann” is one of the animated TV series that you have to watch in completion, all 27-episodes, to realize how unique and how awesome the series truly is. With the release of “Gurren Lagann the Movie: Double Feature Blu-ray Set”, you’re essentially getting parts of the the series including new animation included on each of the two films to form an abridged storyline.

This is quite common in Japan to see a popular TV series and OVA series created into an animated film and the fans look at it as an extra and additional extension to the TV series, others look at it as a less time consuming way to learn about the story of a popular series in two hours versus watching 8 hours of a series.

When it comes to films like this, I’m not a big fan of them because you are losing out important details of the storyline. This first “Gurren Lagann” film is only 112 minutes and the first 16-episodes is 320 minutes of content while the second film features the final eleven episodes and trying to condense around 230 minutes or so of footage into 126 minutes. Naturally, you are missing out on other plots, especially character development driven storylines but the creators did do a good job in focusing on the essentials for the film.   Personally, I recommend watching the entire TV series because this is one series that is too good to just watch the film and not knowing the true storyline of how things developed in the series.

But by no means are the films bad.  They are well-done, well-edited and for the most part, a lot of thought went into how to present the complete series into two films.  And while this is common in Japan for popular series, at least GAINAX went through the effort of adding new animation to the two films.

What I do like about these films and these two releases are how they are geared to the hardcore fans of the TV series. And one thing that I have wanted to see is a Blu-ray release because this series is so gorgeous, it deserved to be featured in HD on Blu-ray with a lossless soundtrack.

But if there is one major caveat if you compare the 2014 Blu-ray set vs. the Aniplex DVD set released in 2010, all of the special features and extras that came with the DVD set are not included.  So, for collector’s purposes, it’s unfortunate that only the older 2010 DVD release came with the postcards and “Parallel Works” special features.

So, I approach this release in two different ways. As a fan of the series, I recommend watching and owning the original series because that is how this series was meant to be seen. I will say that on its own, it’s still a pretty good film but because they skip over many scenes, it’s quite noticeable to the fan of the series. Otherwise, if you have never seen the series, I’m sure this film would definitely be entertaining but at the same time, hopefully it inspires the viewer to go out and watch the complete series.

So, “Gurren Lagann the Movie: Double Feature Blu-ray Set” is definitely recommended for the hardcore “Gurren Lagann” fan who have been hoping for years to see both movies in HD on Blu-ray.  But I would also recommend it for those who just don’t have the time to watch the complete “Gurren Lagann” series.  Exciting and action-packed films that are highly recommended!

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