FEED THE HABIT! SPEND $100 & SAVE 10%!
Spend $100 or more on your Anime habit between now and May 16th and you can save an additional 10% off any IN STOCK items throughout the store!! This includes sale and out of print items - pretty much EVERYTHING we carry!! (except for pre-orders)
To save an additional 10% off any in stock order over $100, just use the following coupon code during checkout:
The more you purchase the more you save, so be sure to take advantage of this great opportunity to load up on some of the Anime stuff you've had your eye on! US customers can combine this offer with our super saver shipping option to save even more on your favorite in stock Anime series, Manga, Figure, or Character Items!
Valid for new orders of IN STOCK items only (no pre-orders please).
Offer expires at midnight EST on May 16th, so don't wait!!
NEW YEARS FIGURE SALE
SAVE 20-70% ON OVER 300+ ANIME FIGURINES AT RACS!
We're offering our best new years deal ever on over 300+ in stock Anime figurines from RACS!
We've discounted almost our entire selection
of in stock FIGURINES for the new year by up to 20-70% off the regular price, and you can use our Super Saver or flat rate FedEx Ground shipping options to save even more!
These prices are already marked down
on the store site, so you can even combine them with our current coupon sale for the ultimate in figurine savings! Good grief, what is Robert thinking!
But don't wait, at these prices our selection won't last long - so grab what you want before it's too late - or before Robert changes his mind...!
*** ANIME CORNER UPDATES ***
No delays, cancelations, or other studio screw ups to report this week (thank goodness!), just a few new license announcements out of Anime Central from last weekend...
Seems Funimation has grabbed the rights to the Eureka Seven AO TV series and also the King of Thorn Film. Sentai blew out everyone else announcing that they have picked up 4 new shows - Cluster Edge, Hakuoki, Upotte!! and Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto. And NIS announced that they have picked up the awesome Bunny Drop, which we already have up for pre-order for the August premium box release.
Oh yeah, and the tricksters over at AniPlex said they are going to re-release another Baccano BD boxed set, this one just being not as pretty as the last one that they did as a 'limited edition' with Funimation's dub on it. No word on what the price will be yet, except that it will be set above whatever the level is that 95% of Anime fans can afford for that particular type of release...
And finally, I wanted to mention that Stu Levy came out of hiding this week to announce that, after shopping every other publisher for a year and having every door in the industry shut in his face, he finally found someone to finance the re-release of the Hetalia manga. He talked the folks in Iowa into doing it, so we'll be seeing vol #3 out in June, and reprints of the first 2 volumes (which will not please anyone who bought a copy from an Amazon seller for $100). Don't take this as some big comeback move for TokyoPop though, Stu had a special agreement with Gentosha for the rights to Hetalia. Sometimes, good things take time - plus, Stu really needs the money...
Getting Social With RACS is Now Easier Than Ever!
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NIS Announces Bunny Drop DVD/BD Premium Edition for August!
NIS has sent over the paperwork for their Bunny Drop DVD/BD premium edition box and we now have it up on the store site for pre-order:
Bunny Drop Complete Collection DVD/BD Combo Set (Premium Edition)
This Premium Edition boxed set contains episodes 1-11 plus bonus short episodes 2.5, 3.5, 6.5 & 8.5 and a full-color, 28-page hardcover art book featuring in-depth story and character information and luscious art (I love the word luscious!)
Release date is set for August 7th.
Synopsis: Daikichi, a 30-year-old bachelor, meets the 6-year-old girl Rin at his grandfather Souichi's funeral. It is there that Daikichi and his family learn that Rin is Souichi's direct descendant. When the topic of who would care for her comes up, the family shirks all responsibility of raising this "shameful" child. Reacting emotionally, Daikichi declares his intention to take Rin into his home. This is the story of two very different individuals coming together under one roof and learning what it means to be a family, an experience that teaches Daikichi what it means to be a parent.
Top Sellers for the Week of May 4th
Best selling products at RACS by category during the past week in order of sales rank:
DVD / BD
Figures & Toys
Odds and Sods
4Kids will auction its Yu-Gi-Oh! rights on June 5th, with an affiliate of the Saban Capital Group the stalking horse bidder with a bid of $10 million, the bankruptcy court ordered on Monday. As the stalking horse bidder, the Saban company will receive a termination fee if it does not acquire the rights. 4Kids filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy a year ago, and settled the lawsuit over its rights to the Yu-Gi-Oh! property two months ago. Meanwhile 4Kids, having shed its most potent license, has signed a deal that will give it international rights to the 52-episode Beastkeeper cartoon series produced in Italy by Mondo TV, Starbright, and Ponpoko Productions.
They can keep Beastkeeper, I just hope the Anime companies have finally learned to keep their stuff away from these guys.
The "30th Anniversary Macross Super Dimension Exhibition ~Valkyrie de Sasotte!~" opened on Saturday at the Sunshine City complex in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. The event features a full-scale replica of a VF-25F Messiah Valkyrie variable fighter (in the intermediate GERWALK mode) as its centerpiece. However, due to the small size of the venue, only the nose and arms of the vehicle will be on display during the exhibit's stops in Tokyo (April 28-May 6) and Nagoya (June 1-3). The exhibition will then head to Osaka with the complete replica, from the feet to the cockpit.
Man, I'd REALLY like to see that! So cool!
Japanese distributor TC Entertainment confirmed that it will release Hells, Yoshiki Yamakawa and MADHOUSE's 2008 anime film adaptation of Sin'Ichi Hiromoto's Hells Angels manga, on Blu-ray Disc with English subtitles on August 3. The "dark fantasy that is full of cynical gags" follows a girl's journey to hell and back. The Blu-ray will come with the original Japanese soundtrack in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1ch surround and Linear PCM 2.0ch stereo, and the limited first edition will have a jacket illustrated by Hiromoto himself. It will retail for 5,040 yen (about US$63), tax included.
This is starting to become the trend with productions that the Japanese feel there is little opportunity to licensing overseas. They just throw a subtitled track on them and hope people in North America and Europe want them enough to pay $20-$30 an episode. ~sigh~
The K-ON film has earned over 1.9 billion yen (about US$23.7 million) at the box office. The film opened in 137 theaters on December 3, and it continues to play in some theaters, including two in Tokyo. To celebrate the recently announced Blu-ray Disc/DVD release, the film will return to Tokyo's Shinjuku Piccadilly theater starting on May 12. The film's theatrical pamphlet became the highest selling pamphlet in that theater's history.
It also has helped sell a million guitars that no one will ever actually learn how to play... -_^
The Nijigen shop of the cosplay goods maker Cospa will release Homura Akemi's pair of eyeglasses from the Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime at the end of September. The 6,300-yen (about US$78) glasses feature a distinctive translucent-red frame with no rims on the top of the lens. Unlike with some cosplay glasses, owners can replace the lenses on these eyeglasses with actual prescription lenses; the Coolens store chain helped develop these eyeglasses, and it can swap in prescription lenses in 45 minutes for 2,625 yen (US$33).
One of the best cos-play items ever - fully functional!
And speaking of cos-play stuff, the Japanese project Neurowear sold 3,000 pairs of its Necomimi headwear in two hours at the Nico Nico Chōkaigi convention this past weekend. Neurowear offered the moving headbands at the special event price of 7,900 yen (about US$97), before the regular retail release at 8,980 yen (about US$111). Neurowear stocked 5,000 sets of cat-ears for the event but had to hastily bring in more units after the product sold so quickly. Rather than a standard headband with cat ears on it, Neurowear claims that Necomimi detects the brainwaves emitted by the wearer and moves the ears accordingly - twitching, folding down, or perking back up. The ears come in white but can be modified for other colors and patterns. The company also sold units at Seattle's Sakura-Con and Honolulu's Kawaii Kon conventions. NeuroSky, the company that developed the cat ears' brainwave technology, demonstrated Necomimi at the United Kingdom's Gadget Show Live event last month in Birmingham, England. The American news magazine Time named the "smart cat ears" as one of the best 50 inventions of 2011.
Now before you ask me when they will be available over here, these do have a North America version ready but I'm not sure they will have any significant production on them for a few more months. Until then they will be scarce and probably only sold at events here by the company. I'm hoping we can make these available to our customers by the holiday season this year.
The website for the American retail chain Hot Topic is currently selling Hatsune Miku merchandise such as T-shirts, a wall scroll, playing cards, and a cell phone charm. The girl's T-shirt (pictured at right) retails for US$22.50. Another Hatsune Miku T-shirt, which is listed in men's sizes, retails for US$20.50-$22.50. The 31 inch by 43 inch polyester wallscroll is retailing for US$18.00. The "imported" cell phone charm retails for US$6.50 and the "imported" deck of playing cards retails for US$6.00. Additionally, the website is selling a wall scroll featuring Kagamine Rin and Kagamine Len for US$18.00. The wall scrolls are listed as online exclusives, and the Hatsune Miku girls T-shirt and the Kagamine Rin and Len wall scroll are listed as a Hot Topic exclusives.
We call Hot Topic a JAFBR - 'just another fucking big retailer' who knows nothing about Anime but is trying to cash in on this weeks hot niche in the market to try to bring a little more 'coolness' to their catalog. I love how they list the charms and scrolls as 'imported' even though they are just stuff Great Eastern makes here for the North American market under license. Sure, they are imported - from a factory in China. Someone should tell them that in the Anime community 'imported' means produced in Japan or produced specifically for the Japanese market, and 'not imported' means produced for sale everywhere else under license. They also list that stuff as 'hot topic exclusives', which of course, is total bullshit. Assholes.
That's it for this issue. Have a happy Cinco de Mayo, and enjoy your Anime!
Occult Academy Complete Collection BLURAY Set (Premium Edition)
In the year 2012, the world is a wasteland invaded by aliens. Time travelers like Fumiaki are sent back to the year 1999 in order to destroy the 'Nostradamus Key' to prevent the apocalypse. In 1999, Maya, the daughter of the former principal of Waldstein Academy (AKA Occult Academy), returns to the academy to replace her father. Despising her father's obsession with the occult, Maya is hell-bent on running the school into the ground out of spite. Her plan is interrupted when she meets Fumiaki and learns of the forthcoming destruction of the world. They form a pact to look for the key.
Premium Edition boxed set contains episodes 1-13 plus a 36-page artbook with exclusive artwork, draft designs, and occult encyclopedia!
Cat Planet Cuties Complete Collection DVD/BD Combo Set (Eps #1-12 + OVA)
She's as frisky as she is curvy - and kitty wants to play! The flirty fun begins when nice guy Kio has a close encounter with a sexy, alien cat-girl named Eris. She's every nerd's fantasy come true, and she and her fellow intergalactic felines are setting up base in Kio's house. Unfortunately, Kio doesn't have a lot of time for heavy petting. Secret agencies and enemy dog-aliens are sniffing around, hoping to get their paws on his pussycat pal's tail! The guy's definitely got his hands full - but with Eris jumping in his lap to purr in his ear, it's likely Kio will land on his feet!
Dragon Age DVD / BLURAY Combo Set
In a land where battles are fought with swords and magic, a young heroine rises to glory as Templars, mages, and dragons clash. Cassandra, a brash and beautiful warrior, must stop a conspiracy that threatens the realm's most powerful religious order. Accused of treasonous crimes and hunted by friend and foe, Cassandra must clear her name and overcome her rage in order to save the day and take her place in legend.
Fullmetal Alchemist OVA Collection DVD/BD Combo Set (4 OVA's + Comic Theater)
The Fullmetal Alchemist universe expands with new stories that reunite the original U.S. cast in four eye-opening tales available for the first time outside of Japan. In the Interactive Experience, you're on the front line against the Homunculus scourge. In the Live Action Featurette, the search for truth continues in modern Japan. The Kids Short offers proof that innocence lost can be found again. Finally, you're invited to the Chibi Wrap Party, but don't arrive late... With Gluttony on the guest list, the finger foods - and fingers - probably won't last long.
More new DVD & BD arrivals here!
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*** TRADE IN YOUR DVDs, CDs, MANGA, or GAMES - IT'S EASY! ***
Did you know that you can trade in your previously viewed DVD's, CD's, Manga, and Video Games for store credit?
Trading in your excellent condition previously owned stuff for credit is now very easy, and we've even expanded the program for some non-Anime items too! Just click on this link to see the trade in values of your used stuff, then pack-up your items and send them to us - there is no need to contact us first or obtain an authorization number. Once they arrive and are inspected, we'll e-mail you with a special credit code you can spend on our store.
It's that easy!
So why just let your stuff collect dust? Trade it in and get something you really want!