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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How many leaps does it take to arrive in Blu-Ray?

In 1967 Yasutaka Tsutsui wrote a novel entitled Toki wo Kakeru Shoujou. It was highly received and constantly re-published to new audiences to this day. Several adaptions into live-action were made throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, but what most international fans think about when they hear the translated title is the 2006 animated film. While not a direct adaption of the story, the film takes concepts and applies them in new ways for a new story of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

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Dreaming of a Summer Showdown

In 2009, the follow-up project to the momentously popular The Girl who Leapt Through Time movie by Mamoru Hosoda was released in theatres in Japan. Unlike the first movie this was heavily distributed around the country from the first screening, but like the prior release it became immensely popular. Earning 1.63 billion yen in theatres, it was the fifth ranked anime movie in Japan during 2009. The Japanese DVD/Blu-Ray release of the movie took place almost one year later in 2010 and now Funimation has released it on DVD and Blu-Ray for the North American market.

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Dubbing over the beginning of a family

From the Fall 2007-Winter 2008 anime season TBS aired the show Clannad for 23 episodes. The show was released on 8 DVDs with an additional OVA included on the final DVD volume in Japan throughout 2008. In October of that year Sentai Filmworks acquired the license to subtitle and distribute the show in North America via Section 23. Due to the unlikely probability of a television airing as well as a cost-saving measure the show would be released in two volumes that would only have the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

The two sets sold well and since there was enough demand for an English dub, Sentai announced on March 13,2010 that a “complete collection” including the dub would be released encompassing all 24 episodes. They have since adopted a similar strategy for the sequel, but that will be reviewed in April.

The Clannad Complete Collection was released on June 15th, 2010 and I finally got around to acquiring it last December as a present. I’ve previously reviewed the Japanese Blu-Ray Box and that encompasses my thoughts on the show itself, so this will be a short review on my thoughts about the Region 1 Complete Collection. Continue reading