I've got a few updates to pass on this week, so here we go!
The Qwaser of Stigmata II Complete Collection DVD ended up shipping a little late from the replicator, so Section 23 was not able to get it shipped out to retailers until the street date (Tuesday) causing it to arrive at our warehouse (Thursday) a couple of days late. We got all of your pre-orders for it turned around the same day, so they are on the way and should be in a mailbox near you shortly.
Funimation sent us a note this morning letting us know that their release of Is This A Zombie? Season Two is getting pushed back a couple of months from Jul 16 to Sep 24th. Don't blame me folks, I'm just the messenger. In addition to this change, they are adding a BLURAY version of the already released Heaven's Lost Property Season 2 Complete Collection for June 25th.
NIS has sent over the paperwork for their Daily Lives of High School Boys Complete Series Premium Edition, and we now have it up on the store site for pre-order:
Daily Lives of High School Boys Complete Series BLURAY (Premium Edition)
This premium collection includes a hardcover art book (full color, approx. 30 pages) that contains detailed character bios, school "guidelines" based on the episodes, as well as additional artwork. It also includes a clean opening and ending, Bonus Scenes, Japanese Commercials.
Release date is set for August 6th.
|Cover art alone makes it a buy! Good grief NIS, just take my money already!! :-)|
Speaking of NISA, they also sent us a note earlier this week to let us know that some of the materials for the final pressing of the Katanagatari Premium Editions
ended up getting delayed in customs. We certainly know how that goes. They are now giving us an estimated ship date of between May 6th to 10th for the boxes, so we're expecting them to arrive in our warehouse around mid-May. They also told us that they are expecting similar delays with materials for the final printing for Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl, which is now not expected to ship until mid-June. I always appreciate the way the folks at NISA keep us updated on their releases, and how the execs over there give us a great deal of personal attention. Thanks!
Media Blasters announced this morning that their AnimeWorks label has acquired Rio - Rainbow Gate
(a title I've personally been hoping to see out for awhile). Tokyo Shock also acquired all three volumes of the Lust for the Dead (Rape Zombie) film series. Please don't ask me to speculate as to if they will actually get it published or not, we all know the history. Hope springs eternal.
Speaking of Media Blasters, their master distributor is now listing the Teknoman Complete Collection (AWDVD-0820) as 'out of stock - no re-order allowed', so we're assuming it's officially out of print and since we are sold out we have removed it from the site. I would normally like to get some word directly from MB on this before we start canceling backorders, but that's hard to do these days and I think we can safely safe put this one to bed.
The folks at JAST let us know that they have begun shipping their new NitroPlus Adult game title Saya No Uta (The Song of Saya)
. They were originally planning to offer it in a package along with Hanachirasu, but have decided to release it by itself instead. We'll get it posted to the site for order as soon as our copies arrive!
And finally, as many of you know, our fulfillment warehouse is currently located in Winchester, VA, and since we operate and ship from Virginia we have to collect VA sales tax (which is currently 5%) on all orders shipping to addresses inside the state of Virginia. As of July 1st, 2013 sales tax in Virginia will increase state wide to 5.3%, and to 6% for residents of Northern Virginia and the Hampton Roads area. Virginia is our home state and is currently the only location/state that we have to collect sales tax for (and if you read my tax rant last week hopefully will remain that way), so this small increase will only effect our Virginia customers. If you live in Virginia, I've got more information on the increases over here on the blog
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Viz Media is now the North American master licensee for Accel World, a Sunrise anime based on the light novel by Reki Kawahara. Viz's rights now include both video for all channels and merchandise rights.
Channels as in ' distribution channels' not 'TV channels'. So far they've only been streaming it on Neon Alley - will this mean a DVD release? Hmmmm...
Discotek Media announced that it will release the Monster Rancher television anime series. The company plans on releasing the series with an English dub in three boxsets starting in December, and will then release a boxset with all 73 episodes with a Japanese language track only and English subtitles in 2014. The series aired in the U.S. on the Fox Network in 1999-2001. ADV Films previously released part of the series on VHS and DVD.
Sweetness! You know, I think MR was one of my favorite non-Anime shows back around that time. That and Gargoyles. :-)
Fumio Osano, the Sailor Moon manga's Kodansha editor who is known by his nickname "Osabu," confirmed in response to a question on his Twitter account that the new Sailor Moon anime has been delayed. The anime was previously announced as debuting this summer. Osabu has not yet given further details, but a more formal announcement is expected soon. When asked if the anime would broadcast in winter 2014, he responded, "Not 2014. Perhaps." The idol group Momoiro Clover Z, publisher Kodansha and Sailor Moon manga creator Naoko Takeuchi announced the new anime adaptation of the manga last July.
Uggg. Well now we know. "When is the new Sailor Moon coming out" is probably the second or third most non-order related question people e-mail me. And please don't ask me what Osabu's "Not 2014 Perhaps" answer means. 2015 then? Sooner? In Japan yes can mean no, maybe can mean never, etc., but when cornered about a particular project or release date the one thing they never say is "I don't know."
The Box Office Mojo website reports that Goro Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill film earned US$94,039 in 49 theaters in the United States from April 12 to 14 and US$74,237 in 48 theaters from April 19 to 21, the film's fifth and sixth weekends. The film's total earnings have reached US$722,426. From Up On Poppy Hill earned US$57,585 in two theaters in its first weekend, US$59,693 in six theaters in its second weekend, US$115,006 in 24 theaters in its third weekend, and US$129,143 on 40 theaters in its fourth weekend.
A full updated list of show dates for Poppy Hill can be found here. We're going to try to get down to the Angelika Mosaic in Fairfax to see it if we can.
The Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo movie ended its screening run in theaters on April 17, after earning 5,260,000,000 yen (about US$53.7 million). The film opened in Japanese theaters in November, and remained on the Japanese box office's Top 10 list until February. The movie was released on DVD and Blu-ray under the title "Evangelion: 3.33 You Can (Not) Redo" last Wednesday.
US.... release.... faster.... please....
And speaking of Evangelion, as part of the "Shibuya Harajuku Eva Project Vol. 2," adidas is creating three custom shoes: "mi La Trainer" running shoes with an Evangelion Mark 06 color scheme, "mi Crazy Fast" basketball shoes with a Unit 01 scheme, and "mi FRM" basketball shoes with a Unit 02 scheme.
Each pair of shoes includes silver-imprinted Shibuya Harajuku Project steel shoe jewels, Evangelion 3.33 laces, and a "Shibuya Harajuku Eva Project Vol. 2" shoe box sleeve featuring Asuka. Each pair costs 17,640 yen (about US$176) and will go on sale at the Evangelion Tokyo-01 store and Radio Eva online store in early August.
You know, they are pretty cool actually. I wonder if they come with their own AT field?
And finally, in my weekly 'US Anime Retailer Angst' column, Austrailian Anime distributor Madman Entertainment announced on its official website that it will release the Fate/Zero television anime series on bilingual DVD and Blu-ray Discs in the future. Aniplex of America released the series on two imported, subtitle-only Blu-ray box sets last year. Viz Media's Neon Alley streaming service premiered an English dub of the series on April 19. Madman also licensed Code Geass: Akito the Exiled and Cowboy Bebop for Blu-ray release.
I doubt we'll ever see the Viz dub of the series published on DVD or BD here. Rumor is that the AU dubbed Fate/Zero sets will be about 1/4th the price of the sub only ones AniPlex released here last year. You know, we've been pretty good about 'not crossing any lines' over the years (in other words staying official and all that), but the idea of importing these Austrialian BD releases (just look at all the stuff they get) and offering them here right next to AniPlex's US import releases along with a couple of different region free BD player options sure is tempting... -_^
Well that's it - I'm outta here - I've got a arm full of stuff to watch and I'd better get started! Have a great weekend everyone, and enjoy your Anime! :-)