Bandai’s Spinoff releases of Haruhi!

Originally announced in August 2008, the premiere of The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya was more notable for pulling a “nice boat” and putting up a fake video before the real video was shown the following day (February 14th, 2009). These shorts were updated with two episodes a week until May 15th when the final episode was uploaded by itself. Each set was accompanied by another short, Nyoron~Churuya-san, for a total of 13 weeks. Bandai announced their license of the series on May 19th, 2010 and released the show on two half-season sets on October 5th, 2010 (BE Online store)/March 22nd, 2011 (Regular Release) and February 8th, 2011(BE Online store)/August 2nd, 2011 (Regular Release). Photobucket Album (The screencaptures are in the 720×480 format used to store video on a DVD)

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K-On! Volume 3 keeps drumming along!

Originally aired in Spring 2009, the show K-on! is known both positively and negatively by fans, depending on who you ask. Bandai Entertainment licensed the show officially last year at Anime Expo and began releasing the series on Blu-Ray and DVD this April. The third volume was scheduled to be released on September 13th, but I received it early thanks to RightStuf. This review has just been delayed due to school. Let’s keep the beat going! BDInfo Screencap Album

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Bandai’s Disappearing BD!

Opening in theatres in Japan on February 6th, 2010 and premiering internationally at Viz Cinema on May 25th, 2010, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya was one of the biggest anime movies last year both in per cinema sales as well as disc sales in Japan. Kadokawa released the JP version of the movie last December to coincide with the actual date featured in the movie, but Bandai Entertainment has finally released the NA version! BDInfo/JP BDInfo

I could sit here and say what I think about the movie for a third time, but I’ll just summarize it: KadoAni chose a great method to tell the story that may or may not have been better situated in the second season. The pacing feels slow at times, but always keeps you going forward. The highlights are greatly accentuated by Satoru Kosaki et al’s wonderful background music. I greatly enjoy it, even though it focuses on my two least favorite of the SOS Brigade. It’s something that should be seen by any fan of the Haruhi Suzumiya franchise. Continue reading

Plans for Anime Expo

One of the biggest anime conventions in the world and the largest in North America will begin next Friday. Anime Expo‘s 2011 convention features a lot of guests, panels, and attractions that will be sure to satisfy everyone who attends. This will be the first time that I will be in attendance at Anime Expo and I’m greatly looking forward to it. My good friend/sidekick Skorpegeist will be traveling with me. I hope to meet several people that I talk with online if they are attending as well as all the bloggers in Shinmaru’s blogger meet-up on Day 2. Other than that, here’s the route I’ll be taking:

All times PST
Day 0:
Work until 12:30 PM
Load vehicle and travel to airport for 5:06 flight to LA (sleep on long flight)
Arrive at 12:30 AM
Check into Kawada Hotel and sleep for a couple hours

Day 1:
8:00 AM – Check-in and get Miku tickets
Walk around and familiarize myself with the layout/gawk at cosplayers
11:00 AM – Starchild panel (?) – I’m curious how the process for Toradora!‘s BD-Box is going, so I might ask about that in their Q&A
Obtain nourishment
2:00 PM – Get in line for The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (dub version)
4:00 PM – Watch the dubbed Haruhi movie.
7:30 PM – Nourishment again
Walk around Little Tokyo/convention center

Day 2:
Morning: Walk around Little Tokyo
Afternoon: Wander around convention center
4:30 – Bandai Panel
6:00-8:00 – Blogger meet-up
8:30 – Miku Concert
10:00 – likely watching Nichijou

Day 3:
Morning –  HANASAKU IROHA #14!
Karoke with friends
Open time
8:00 PM – Head to LAX
10:40 – Leave on flight

So really I’m open to meeting up at any time other than what’s mentioned. Skorp is disappointed that the Maid Cafe is more of a show than an actual cafe, so we’re unlikely to head to that. I’m looking forward to seeing downtown LA and more anime fans. The Haruhi movie is always a great event and I’m glad to see the premiere of the dub. I hope to see several of you all there!