Thursday, April 28, 2016
A print ad for volume 3 of School Rumble on DVD, due out in stores on October 2nd, 2007. Among the special features that Funimation promoted, which included interviews, textless songs, and trailers, the DVD also came with a magnet sheet.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Back in 2003 fans of Witch Hunter Robin could purchase a STN-J Orbo pendant from Asylum Anime for $35. For those who don't remember, Orbo was created from the blood of witches and used in bullets and necklaces to combat the witch threat. Out of curiosity, I did a quick Google search to see if Asylum Anime was still around, and indeed they are...though likely not selling any Witch Hunter Robin merchandise anymore.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Friday, April 22, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Azumanga Daioh started out as a four-panel comedy manga in 1999, but would go on to receive the anime treatment three years later. ADV Films released the series in 2005, with 26 episodes spread out over six volumes. Volume 1 was also available in a "Collector's Edition," which included two character-themed lapel pins. ADV later repackaged the show for a "thinpak" box set in '08. Most recently, Sentai Filmworks licensed the show with plans to make it available sometime in 2016.
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Here are a couple images of some bootleg Dragon Ball Z VCDs. These are of the 6th and 13th movies, titled here as Attack! 1,000,000 Power Warriors and Thunder Dragon Fist. Movie #13 has decent subs, but whoever subtitled #6 took some liberties, as the subs have Vegeta repeatedly cursing like a sailor.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
"Heroes Are Made, Not Born," was the header for this 2003 advertisement promoting Bandai's G Gundam line of plastic model kits. I had a few of these and they were always a blast to put together. On average, they didn't take too long to build, required no glue or paint (since the plastic pieces were already colored) and most included decals to give the mobile suits extra detail. The joints allowed for some nice action-style poses as well.
Thursday, April 14, 2016
Super Dimensional Cavalry: Southern Cross is best known in North America for being used as the second Robotech story-arc, dubbed the Masters Saga. In 2003 ADV Films released all 23 uncut episodes of the Southern Cross series on a single DVD box set with the original Japanese audio and English subs.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
I never got into any of the anime-based trading card games, but they were certainly popular enough for Score Entertainment to release a slew of them, including Dragon Ball Z, InuYasha, Sonic X, Case Closed, Fruits Basket, and Bleach themed sets. Between 2003 and 2005 Score produced Yu Yu Hakusho cards, which Inquest Gamer Magazine rated the "Best Trading Card Game of 2003." They garnered a large enough following that one of the rarest cards in the series sold for over $1,000 on eBay.
Monday, April 11, 2016
HOLY REPRINTS, BATMAN!
Thursday, April 7, 2016
An advertisement for the North American DVD release of The Big O (season 2). Though the show was a flop in Japan, it had notable success in the US, prompting Cartoon Network to co-produce a second season of the series.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
I'm a huge laserdisc collector. Without question, it's my favorite media format and I'll easily take them over Blu-ray, DVD, VHS, Betamax, any day. There's something about the picture of a laserdisc that gives a genuine "film" look which is lost in the heavily digitized world of high definition. This is more noticeable on live-action films, but still evident with anime as well. And, needless to say, the artwork on laserdiscs is often second-to-none.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Dragon Ball Z: Budokai was released for the PlayStation 2 back in 2002, but the GameCube version came out a year later with a cel-shaded visual upgrade. In '02 I still didn't own a PS2 and, after seeing this ad, started counting down the days until the GameCube version became available so I'd finally get to play it.
Sunday, April 3, 2016
Friday, April 1, 2016
The Kouga Ninja Scrolls was a novel that I had wanted to read for years. So, when it was finally translated in English and published by Del Rey in 2006, I picked it up the day it hit the shelves. Did it live up to the hype?