Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Girls Bravo (GIRLSブラボー)

Girls Bravo (GIRLSブラボー Gārusu Burabō) is a bishōjo manga series, created by Mario Kaneda, which ran in Shōnen Ace beginning in December 2000. In 2004, AIC produced an anime adaptation, which originally ran on Fuji Television before switching to WOWOW for the latter half of the series. The anime series is licensed and distributed in North America by Geneon Entertainment, while Tokyopop publishes the manga. In Singapore, the manga is published by Chuang Yi.
Girls Bravo features a young male student named Yukinari Sasaki who was teased and bullied by girls to the point that he developed an allergic reaction, breaking out in hives whenever he comes into contact with a female. One day, when he comes back from school, he falls into his bathtub and is transported to "Seiren", a mysterious world with a mostly female population. While Seiren is featured in several episodes, the majority of the series takes place in Japan.
The anime version of Girls Bravo ran for two seasons: the first season with 11 episodes and the second season with 13 episodes. The TV broadcast of season 1 became infamous due to its relatively conservative broadcasting;[citation needed] most of the objectionable content was censored with shadowing, steam, and digital editing. The TV broadcast of season 2 and DVD versions of both seasons did not have the censoring. The series ran mostly at very late nights due to the sexual content.

# Reference
Girls Bravo - Complete Boxed Set(Amazon.com)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid (フルメタル TSR)

Full Metal Panic!: The Second Raid (フルメタル TSR) is the second sequel to the anime TV series Full Metal Panic! after Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu. It is produced by Full Metal Panic! Film Partners a joint effort between a number of companies with Kyoto Animation providing the animation and has a length of 13 episodes along with an OVA.
Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid is based on The End of Day by Day novels, and continues the storyline of the first Full Metal Panic! series while including references to the Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu stories. The installment of the series was licensed for North American release in 2006 by Kadokawa Pictures USA.
This series takes place three months after the events occurred in the Tuatha de Danaan at the end of the Full Metal Panic! series. Mithril learns of a secret organization that has technology able to counter the ECS (Electronic Cloaking System) mode. This organization, known as Amalgam, also has "Black Technology", obtained from "Whispered" like Kaname Chidori, and like the other intelligence agencies, they intend to obtain more. However, when Sousuke's mission to protect Chidori is terminated by Mithril, all seems to be in place for Amalgam's plans.

# Reference
Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid Box Set(Amazon.com)

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Shattered Angels (Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora)

Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora (京四郎と永遠の空 Kyōshirō to Towa no Sora, lit. "Kyoshiro and the Eternal Sky") is the title of a Japanese manga created by Kaishaku which was first serialized in the Japanese shōnen manga magazine Monthly Dragon Age in May 2006. An anime adapted from the manga aired in Japan between January 5, 2007 and March 23, 2007; it contained twelve episodes. The series makes references to many of Kaishaku's past works, namely Kannazuki no Miko, Magical Nyan Nyan Taruto, UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie, and most notably Steel Angel Kurumi.
Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora revolves around the life of Kū Shiratori who is a seemingly normal high school girl who enjoys school life in the giant city Academia, which is thought of as a symbol of recovery for humanity since already ten years have passed since the greatest disaster mankind had ever seen occurred. Kū has recently been having a recurring dream where a prince meets her and takes her away. One day, while all the students at her school are preparing for the upcoming school festival, the prince whom she has met several times in her dreams appears. The prince, whose name is Kyoshiro Ayanokōji, requests of her just as he had done in Kū's dreams, "Let's go, together...."

# Reference
Shattered Angels: The Complete Series Box Set(Amazon.com)

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Black Lagoon (ブラック・ラグーン)

Black Lagoon (ブラック・ラグーン Burakku Ragūn) is a manga series written and illustrated by Rei Hiroe, and published in Shogakukan's Sunday GX since 2002. An animated television series based on the manga aired in Japan from April 8, 2006 to June 24, 2006, totaling twelve episodes. A second season, subtitled "The Second Barrage", ran for twelve weeks starting on October 2, 2006. A third season was announced on the cover of the first volume of the novel adaptation.
The English language version of the manga is distributed by Viz Media, and the first volume was released on August 12, 2008. On July 3, 2008, Geneon Entertainment and Funimation Entertainment announced an agreement to distribute select titles in North America. While Geneon Entertainment will still retain the license, Funimation Entertainment will assume exclusive rights to the manufacturing, marketing, sales and distribution of select titles. Black Lagoon was one of several titles involved in the deal. On August 19, 2008 the distribution of the second season DVD was begun by Funimation.

# Reference
Black Lagoon: Complete Series Box Set(Amazon.com)

Friday, March 27, 2009

This Ugly Yet Beautiful World (この醜くも美しい世界)

This Ugly Yet Beautiful World (この醜くも美しい世界 Kono Minikuku mo Utsukushii Sekai) is an anime television series created by Shouji Saeki and Hiroyuki Yamaga. It was co-produced by the Gainax and Shaft animation studios.
The series aired on the Tokyo Broadcasting System from April 1, 2004 to June 16, 2004, totaling 12 episodes. A manga adaptation, illustrated by Ashita Morimi, was serialized in Hakusensha's Young Animal.
Takeru and Ryo are high school students who work doing deliveries for the former's uncle. One night, the two go to investigate a mysterious light in the woods only to find a young girl. Takeru and Ryo are attacked by an alien, which is defeated when Takeru transforms into a powerful and strange looking beast himself. The girl, who the boys name "Hikari" (light), is taken in by Takeru when she confesses to having no memory of who she is.
They are later joined by: Jennifer Portman, an American scientist with an interest in the boys and Hikari; Aionios, a shape-shifting robot loyal to Hikari; Kuon, a little floating alien; and Akari, Hikari's "sister". The series follows the daily lives of its characters as they learn about the human condition and face the incoming monsters.

# Reference
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World: Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Magic Knight Rayearth (魔法騎士レイアース)

Magic Knight Rayearth (魔法騎士レイアース Majikku Naito Reiāsu) is a Japanese manga series created by Clamp, a mangaka team made up by Satsuki Igarashi, Ageha Ohkawa, Tsubaki Nekoi and Mokona. Rayearth combines elements from the magical girl and mecha anime genres with parallel world fantasy.
The manga was adapted into an anime series in 1994 and a OVA in 1997.
The anime series aired first on Japan's Yomiuri TV on October 17, 1994 and ended on November 27, 1995. It was directed by Toshihiro Hirano and co-produced by Yomiuri TV and Tokyo Movie Shinsha (now TMS Entertainment). The anime actually had 2 seasons, lasting 49 episodes altogether. The TV series is licensed in the U.S. by Media Blasters and is dubbed by Bang Zoom! Entertainment. It was released on both VHS and DVD. The DVDs contain both the Japanese and English language tracks, as well as bonus features including interviews with the English voice actors (Julie Maddalena (Hikaru), Wendee Lee (Umi/Emeraude), Bridget Hoffman (Fuu), Kaeko Sakamoto (Mokona) and Lex Lang (Zagato/Lantis), respectively) on each disc in the first season.

# Reference
Magic Knight Rayearth: TV Series Season One and Two(Amazon.com)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Kiddy Grade (キディ・グレイド)

Kiddy Grade (キディ・グレイド) is a 24 episode science fiction anime series produced in 2002 and created by gímik and Gonzo Digimation and directed by Keiji Gotoh. The series is licensed and distributed in North America by FUNimation Entertainment. The series currently airs on the FUNimation Channel in both its "syndicated block" and its 24-hour channel. In 2007, the series was re-released as three movies (each 80-90 minutes in length) to specific Japanese theatres.
The story takes place in a future where the human race has expanded and inhabits a multitude of planets in the universe with fantastic technology. Unsurprisingly, crime has grown alongside technology, and thus the GOTT, Galactic Organization of Trade and Tariffs, is formed as a sort of universal police force. Within this organization, there is a special (and secret) branch known as the ES Force (ES standing for "Encounter of Shadow-work"), consisting of twelve young people that possess amazing superpowers. Each ES member operates with another as a team, and the series' focus is a team of two low-level members, Éclair and Lumière. As the series progresses, they start to see the darker side of GOTT and its secrets.

# Reference
Kiddy Grade - The Complete Series (The Viridian Collection)(Amazon.com)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Fruits Basket (フルーツバスケット)

Fruits Basket (フルーツバスケット Furūtsu Basuketto), sometimes abbreviated Furuba (フルバ), is a Japanese manga series by Natsuki Takaya. It was serialized in the semi-monthly Japanese magazine Hana to Yume, published by Hakusensha, from 1999 to 2006. The series was also adapted into a 26-episode anime series, directed by Akitaro Daichi. The series tells the story of Tohru Honda, an orphan girl who, after meeting Yuki, Kyo, and Shigure Sohma, learns that thirteen members of the Sohma family are possessed by the animals of the Chinese zodiac and are cursed to turn into their animal forms if they are embraced by anyone of the opposite sex.
The word "Fruits" in the title is always plural; the spelling originates from the transcription of the English word "fruit" into Japanese, where because there is no "tu" sound, "tsu" is used instead. The title comes from the name of a popular game played in Japanese elementary schools, which is alluded to in the series.
The name spellings used in this article correspond to those given in the official Region 1 DVD and English manga releases. Romanization style names are given in Western order, with the family name last.

# Reference
Fruits Basket - The Complete Series(Amazon.com)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Utawarerumono (うたわれるもの)

Utawarerumono (うたわれるもの) is the title of a series about a fictional world in the style of feudal Japan. The series first began as a Japanese adult AVG+SLG(S-RPG) by Leaf which was released on April 26, 2002. A manga version was created in 2005 and was first serialized in Dengeki G's Magazine. An anime adaptation started airing on April 3, 2006. The American rights to the Utawarerumono anime were initially held by ADV Films, who completed a full DVD release of entire series. In July 2008, Funimation announced that the license to Utawarerumono (and other titles formerly held by ADV) had transferred to them.
The Utawarerumono anime started airing in Japan on April 3, 2006 and has 26 episodes in total. With the first DVD release of the anime on August 23, 2006, a short omake episode lasting only about 7 minutes was also included. The official region 1 DVD of the first volume from ADV was released on January 16, 2007.

# Reference
Utawarerumono: Complete Box Set(Amazon.com)

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Kanon (カノン)

Kanon (カノン) is a Japanese adult visual novel developed by Key and released on June 4, 1999 for the PC. An all ages version for the PC was released in January 2000, and was later ported to the Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable. The Kanon Standard Edition was released for the PC in November 2004 playable as a DVD-ROM in adult and all-ages versions; this version incorporates the few extra graphics added to the earlier all-ages version of the game. Both Standard Editions add support for Windows 2000/XP and other technical changes such as more save slots. Otherwise, the all-ages Kanon Standard Edition is the same as the original all-ages version released for the game.
Starting in 2006, Kyoto Animation, the animators of another Key game-turned-anime, Air, decided to animate a new adaptation of Kanon. This 2006-2007 version aired between October 5, 2006 and March 15, 2007 on the Japanese television broadcasting station BS-i, containing twenty-four episodes. In a magazine published interview, studio producers stated that the primary reason for considering animating another Kanon anime was largely in part due to Kyoto's Air anime being well-received by viewers. In the second episode of Air, in fact, the studio procured the rights and the original voice actors to give Ayu, Nayuki and Makoto a cameo as Kano Kirishima's school friends. Consequently, Kyoto Animation received numerous phone calls from viewers expressing their desire for the studio to animate Kanon. ADV Films announced on September 21, 2007 at the Anime Weekend Atlanta anime convention that they have officially licensed the second Kanon anime series. ADV had previously posted a trailer for the series in August 2007, but was soon taken offline once the news had been spread on the Internet. The first English-dubbed episode was made available via streaming online at Anime News Network between December 23, 2007 and December 30, 2007. In July 2008, the licensing rights of the second Kanon anime were transferred from ADV to Funimation Entertainment who will continue to produce the series in North America.

# Reference
Kanon: The Complete Series(Amazon.com)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Divergence Eve (ダイバージェンス・イヴ)

Divergence Eve (ダイバージェンス・イヴ Daibājensu Ivu) is a thirteen episode Japanese anime series created by Takumi Tsukumo and directed by Hiroshi Negishi, with production by Operation EVE and animation production from RADIX.
The series is a science fiction story set in the far future, incorporating aspects of space opera. The character-driven storyline focuses primarily on the psychology of the main character, her social interactions, her inhuman abilities, and the conspiracy surrounding them. The technology is often secondary to this, but it is not ignored; several aspects, including their means of faster-than-light travel, are explained and loosely based on modern physics.
In North America, the television series was produced by ADV Films, aired from 2 July 2003 to 24 September 2003, ran for 13 episodes, and was released in 3 volumes on VHS and DVD. A budget-priced 3-DVD collection is also available; however, no extras are included in this set.
The series was a hit in Japan, which led to the creation of a sequel, Misaki Chronicles, which also ran for 13 episodes.

# Reference
Divergence Eve: Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Maria-sama ga Miteru (マリア様がみてる)

Maria-sama ga Miteru (マリア様がみてる, lit. The Virgin Mary is Watching or Maria Watches Over Us), often shortened to Marimite (マリみて), is an ongoing series of Japanese shōjo light novels written by Japanese author Oyuki Konno, and illustrated by Reine Hibiki. The series focuses on a group of teenage girls attending Lillian Catholic school for girls in Tokyo, Japan. A common theme throughout the series revolves around the lives and close relationships of the school's student council known as the Yamayuri Council. Maria-sama ga Miteru is considered as representative of yuri novels.
The first Maria-sama ga Miteru light novel was published on April 28, 1998 by Shueisha. Since then, two to four novels have been published each following year, with the latest volume being published on October 1, 2008, as the thirty-third installment in the series. A set of short stories, written by the author of the novels, have been published since February 1997 in the shōjo manga magazine Cobalt by Shueisha; sixteen stories have been published as of August 2007. In October 2003, a manga series illustrated by Satoru Nagasawa, started serialization in the Japanese shōjo manga magazine Margaret, also published by Shueisha; eight manga volumes have been published, the latest on January 2008.

# Reference
Maria Watches Over Us - Season 1(Amazon.com)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Rozen Maiden (ローゼンメイデン)

Rozen Maiden (ローゼンメイデン Rōzen Meiden) is a manga by the group Peach-Pit (the creators of DearS), with an anime series of the same name. The story centers around Sakurada Jun, a young hikikomori boy that finds himself indebted to a living doll by the name of Shinku, a doll of the Rozen Maiden series, who was created by a mysterious but extremely talented dollmaker. The series examines the living habits and personality of each doll that is living with Jun and his sister Nori, as well as the sibling rivalry that they commence to name one doll as "Alice" in order to meet the maker who created them. Jun's sometimes comedic, sometimes dramatic experiences with Shinku--as well as the other six dolls of the Rozen Maiden series--slowly bring him out of his depression and back into the world that he had abandoned.
In TV Asahi's "Top 100 Anime Ranking" polled in 2006, Rozen Maiden was ranked 9th on the list.

# Reference
Rozen Maiden - Box Set(Amazon.com)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie (円盤 皇女 ワるきゅーレ)

UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie (円盤 皇女 ワるきゅーレ Enban Kōjo Warukyūre), also known as UFO Princess Valkyrie, is an anime series based on the manga of the same name, which has run for at eleven volumes, and still seems to be continuing. It was created by the manga group Kaishaku, who are also known for creating Steel Angel Kurumi.
It follows the story of Kazuto Tokino and the alien Princess, Valkyrie, who gives half her soul to Kazuto after accidentally crashing her spaceship into his bathhouse and nearly killing him. The price of her "gift" to him turns her into a child. Whenever she kisses Kazuto, Valkyrie regains her adult form for a short time, along with magical powers.
UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie was directed by Shigeru Ueda for Media Factory Inc. and initially ran for 12 episodes. Since then there has been a two episode OVA, a 12 episode Season 2, a six episode Season 3, and a two episode Season 4. English translation and production of UFO Ultramaiden is by ADV Films. In 2008, UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie became one of over 30 ADV titles whose North American rights were transferred to Funimation Entertainment.

# Reference
UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie: Season 1(Amazon.com)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sister Princess (シスター・プリンセス)

Sister Princess (シスター・プリンセス Shisutā Purinsesu) is a popular Japanese bishōjo series authored by Sakurako Kimino and illustrated by Naoto Tenhiro. It began as a serialized light novel series in 1999. In 2001, a manga series and a bishōjo game for the Sony PlayStation were released. Sequels to the game were released for the PlayStation and Game Boy Advance. Sister Princess was also adapted into a Japanese anime television series.
The history of Sister Princess can be traced back to March 1999, when it first appeared in the monthly Dengeki G's Magazine. Originally, there were only nine sisters, not twelve. Readers were able to vote for their favorite sister and following the tremendous response from the fans, the magazine decided to serialize Sister Princess.
In March 2000, a decision was made to renew the series, this time by featuring the short letters that the girls wrote to their beloved brother. Three more sisters were added to the mix: Haruka, who came from Germany; Yotsuba, who came from England; and Aria, who came from France.

# Reference
Sister Princess - Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Kaleido Star (カレイドスター)

Kaleido Star (カレイドスター Kareido Sutā) is an anime series produced by Japanese studio Gonzo Digimation Holding. The series was created by Junichi Sato, who also directed the first season, and written by Reiko Yoshida. Kaleido Star: New Wings was directed by Yoshimasa Hiraike.
Kaleido Star follows Sora Naegino, a Japanese young girl who comes to the United States to fulfill her dream: to perform at the world famous Kaleido Stage.
Three original video animations have been produced, as well as a manga series and a novel.
Sora Naegino, a young Japanese girl with a great talent for acrobatics, comes to America in hopes of auditioning for the Kaleido Stage, a world famous circus which has mesmerized her since childhood. However, she runs into difficulties as soon as she arrives. She gets lost on her way to the Stage, is leered at by a mysterious stranger, and has her bag stolen by a nimble thief. Employing her acrobatic skills, Sora chases down the criminal.

# Reference
Kaleido Star - Amazing Collection(Amazon.com)

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Prétear (新白雪姫伝説プリーティア)

Prétear (新白雪姫伝説プリーティア Shin Shirayuki-hime Densetsu Purītia), also called Prétear - The New Legend of Snow White, is a manga series written by Jun'ichi Satō and illustrated by Kaori Naruse. Spanning four volumes, the manga series was originally published in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten from May 2000 through July 2001. It was published in English in North America by ADV Manga.
The series was adapted into a thirteen episode anime series by Hal Film Maker, Kadokawa Shoten, and Rondo Robe . It aired in Japan on WOWOW from April 4, 2001 until June 27, 2001. Geneon released the series episodes across four volumes in Japan in both VHS video and DVD forms. ADV Films licensed and released the anime series, with English subtitle and audio dub track, Region 1 DVD in North America and Region 2 DVD in Europe.

# Reference
Pretear: Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Angelic Layer (エンジェリックレイヤー)

Angelic Layer (エンジェリックレイヤー Enjerikku Reiyā) is a manga series released by Clamp. The manga is published in Japan by Kadokawa Shoten, and in English by Tokyopop. It is the group's first work to use a quite different art style unseen in any other CLAMP series, which uses a more distinctly pared down style. There is less emphasis on detail and more on accentuated posing and gestures. This kind of artwork would later be used in series like Chobits and Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle.
The manga was adapted into a 26-episode anime series titled Battle Doll Angelic Layer (機動天使エンジェリックレイヤー Kidō Tenshi Enjerikku Reiyā, lit. Mobile Angel Angelic Layer) which aired on TV Tokyo from April 1, 2001- September 23, 2001. Seven volumes of videos were released by ADV Films on VHS and DVD in 2003. It was re-released in 2005 as a five volume box set.
Angelic Layer takes place in the same universe as Clamp's later work Chobits, which similarly deals with the relationship between humans, human-created devices, toys, and godlike power. Several characters also appear in Clamp's Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle including most of the main characters, as well as the angel Blanche.

# Reference
Angelic Layer - The Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

Friday, March 13, 2009

Mahoromatic (まほろまてぃっく)

Mahoromatic (まほろまてぃっく Mahoromatikku) is a sci-fi romantic comedy manga and anime series which contains elements of the literary genre of tragic dramas. It is about a former female android soldier, Mahoro. Driven by guilt from her actions during her combat days, she decides to dedicate the rest of her life to serving the son of her late commander as a maid.
The manga proved popular, and was adapted into two anime series by Gainax: "Mahoromatic: Automatic Maiden" and "Mahoromatic: Something More Beautiful" (まほろまてぃっく~もっと美しいもの~ Mahoromatikku: Motto Utsukushii Mono)
The first series consisted of twelve episodes and ran from September 10, 2001 to January 28, 2002 on BS-i in Japan, and more or less followed the manga to the third volume.
The second series also followed the manga, culminating in the story's end. This series ran from September 26, 2002 till January 16, 2003.

# Reference
Mahoromatic: Collection 1 - Automatic Maiden(Amazon.com)

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Kamichu! (かみちゅ!)

Kamichu! (かみちゅ!) is a Japanese anime television series, strongly influenced by the Shinto religion, that follows the adventures of teenage goddess Yurie Hitotsubashi and her friends. The title is short for Kamisama de Chūgakusei (かみさまでちゅうがくせい, lit. "A Deity As a Middle-School Student"). The series was created by Besame Mucho (ベサメムーチョ Besamemūcho), which is the joint pen name of Tomonori Ochiai, Koji Masunari, and Hideyuki Kurata. It was broadcast by the anime television network Animax on its respective networks worldwide, including Japan, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, where it received its first English-language broadcast.
The series was adapted as a manga serialized in Dengeki Daioh, a shōnen manga magazine, and collected in two tankōbon volumes.
At the 2005 Japan Media Arts Festival, Kamichu! received an Excellence Prize for animation.

# Reference
Kamichu Box Set(Amazon.com)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu (フルメタル・パニック? ふもっふ)

Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu (フルメタル・パニック? ふもっふ Furumetaru Panikku? Fumoffu) is a companion series to the anime series Full Metal Panic! by Kyoto Animation.
Markedly different in tone to the first series, Fumoffu emphasizes the high school romantic comedy aspects of Full Metal Panic! and focuses on the romantic tension between Sousuke Sagara and Kaname Chidori. It sometimes parodies itself on other anime stereotypes, and features none of the mecha combat and political intrigue which characterized much of the original Full Metal Panic!.
There is little ongoing plot, also contrasting with the first Full Metal Panic! series: most Fumoffu episodes can stand alone, needing very little recap if any. The only breaks from this pattern are a handful of two-part stories told over two episodes. Many of the stories in Fumoffu are adaptations of plots in the original Full Metal Panic! short stories that ran on the Dragon Magazine.

# Reference
Full Metal Panic!: Fumoffu - Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

SoltyRei (ソルティレイ)

SoltyRei (ソルティレイ SorutiRei) is a Japanese anime series by Gonzo and AIC combining attributes of drama and sci-fi, about the inhabitants of a city where an Aurora prevents aerial travel. It is directed by Yoshimasa Hiraike and co-produced by TV Asahi, Gonzo and AIC with music by Toshiyuki Ōmori.
On April 2, 2006, FUNimation Entertainment confirmed at Anime Expo that it had the rights to distribute SoltyRei. Prior to this, a fansubbing group had reported receiving a cease and desist letter from FUNimation Entertainment with the English name of the anime given as Origin, although the name seems to have been confused with Origin: Spirits of the Past.
On January 26th, 2009, the series made its North American television debut on the FUNimation Channel.

# Reference
Solty Rei: Box Set(Amazon.com)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase (月詠 -MOON PHASE-)

Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase is a manga series by Keitarō Arima about a young vampire girl named Hazuki and a Japanese freelance photographer Kohei Morioka whom Hazuki attempts to make into her servant.
The manga was adapted into a 25 episode TV anime series by the Shaft studio and aired late night on TV Tokyo from 4 October 2004 to 28 March 2005, followed by an additional 26th episode released only on DVD in 22 February 2006 which featured art from Type-moon. The OVA storyline has very little to do with the original series outside of having some of the same characters, and has a completely different storyline which does not fit into anything which came before it.

# Reference
Moonphase: Box Set(Amazon.com)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Chrono Crusade (クロノ クルセイド)

Chrono Crusade (クロノ クルセイド Kurono Kuruseido), also known as Chrno Crusade, is an eight volume manga series authored by the Japanese mangaka Daisuke Moriyama. It was originally published by Kadokawa Shoten in Monthly Dragon Magazine which began serialization in November 1998. A 24-episode anime television series based on the manga ran from 2003 to 2004 on Fuji TV. The animation work was done by Gonzo. The series was released in North America by ADV Manga and ADV Films, titled Chrono Crusade.
Set in the United States during the 1920s, Chrono Crusade follows the story of Rosette Christopher, and her demon partner Chrono. As members of the Magdalene Order, they travel around the country eliminating demonic threats to society, while Rosette searches for her lost brother Joshua.

# Reference
Chrono Crusade - Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Hell Girl (地獄少女)

Hell Girl (地獄少女 Jigoku Shōjo), also known as Jigoku Shoujo: Girl from Hell in Animax Asia's English-language television broadcasts, is an anime series, produced by Aniplex and Studio Deen. It premiered across Japan on numerous television stations, including Animax, Tokyo MX, MBS and others, between October 4, 2005 and April 4, 2006. Following the success of the first season, the series was followed soon after into a second, Jigoku Shōjo Futakomori (地獄少女 二籠), which premiered October 7, 2006 across Japan on Animax. A live-action television series adaptation started airing in Japan on Nippon Television from November 4, 2006. A third season of the anime, further continuing the series, was first announced on the mobile version of the series' official website Jigoku Tsūshin. The official title of the third season was announced to be Jigoku Shōjo Mitsuganae (地獄少女 三鼎). and began airing on Japanese TV October 4th, 2008.

# Reference
Hell Girl: The Complete First Season(Amazon.com)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Gunslinger Girl (ガンスリンガー·ガール)

Gunslinger Girl (ガンスリンガー·ガール Gansuringā Gāru) is an ongoing manga by Yu Aida. It first premiered in the November 2002 issue of the monthly shōnen magazine Dengeki Daioh. The chapters are also being published in collected volumes by MediaWorks. Nine volumes have been released in Japan as of April 2008. The manga series is licensed for an English language release in North America by ADV Manga.
A thirteen-episode anime adaptation produced by Madhouse aired in Japan on Animax and Fuji Television from October 8, 2003 to February 19, 2004. A sequel created by Artland premiered in Japan on Tokyo MX TV on January 7, 2008. Titled Gunslinger Girl -Il Teatrino-, this sequel spanned thirteen episodes, concluding on March 31, 2008. Two additional episodes were released on DVD in Japan on October 24, 2008.

# Reference
Gunslinger Girl: Complete Box Set(Amazon.com)

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Maburaho (まぶらほ)

Maburaho (まぶらほ) is a romantic school comedy light novel series written by Toshihiko Tsukiji, illustrated by Eeji Komatsu and serialized in Gekkan Dragon Magazine. The light novel was adapted into a manga illustrated by Miki Miyashita and later developed into a 24 episode anime series produced by J.C.Staff and broadcast by WOWOW in Japan.
The series is about the story of Kazuki Shikimori, a second year student of the prestigious magic school, Aoi Academy. Unlike ordinary people who can use magic less than a hundred times and several of his classmates, who can use magic several thousand times, Kazuki can only use his magic eight times before he turns to ash. His life changes when it is revealed that Kazuki is descended from a line of world famous magicians and he has the potential to father the most powerful magician in the world. Suddenly three girls, Yuna Miyama, Kuriko Kazetsubaki and Rin Kamishiro, enter Kazuki's life in order to obtain his valuable genes.

# Reference
Maburaho - Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Elfen Lied (エルフェンリート)

Elfen Lied (エルフェンリート Erufen Rīto) is a Japanese manga series created by manga author Lynn Okamoto. A thirteen-episode anime television series adaptation based on the manga was produced by the studio ARMS and broadcast on TV Tokyo from July to October 2004; the anime was later licensed in North America on DVD by ADV Films. The anime started before the manga was complete; as a result, the plot differed between the two, especially towards the ending of the story. In 2005, a special original video animation, written to occur between the tenth and eleventh episodes of the series, was released. The title is literally German for "Elves' Song", or more properly translated "Song of the Elves", and takes its name from the poem Elfenlied and the German word lied, a classical-romantic poem or musical work.

# Reference
Elfen Lied: Diclonius Report Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Elemental Gelade (エレメンタル ジェレイド)

Elemental Gelade (EREMENTAR GERAD(エレメンタル ジェレイド) Erementaru Jereido) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Mayumi Azuma. The fantasy adventure is a tale of a group of five who are on a journey to Eden Garden, the birthplace of mystical beings called Edel Raids who are described as "living weapons".
The manga series has been adapted into a TV anime produced by XEBEC, two light novels, two video games for the PlayStation 2 and Game Boy Advance and four drama CDs. The anime ended with 26 episodes, but the original manga is still being serialized in the monthly Japanese manga magazine Monthly Comic Blade, published by Mag Garden.

# Reference
Elemental Gelade: Box Set(Amazon.com)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Scrapped Princess (スクラップド・プリンセス)

Scrapped Princess (スクラップド・プリンセス Sukurappudo Purinsesu) is a Japanese light novel series by Ichiro Sakaki and illustrated by Nakayohi Mogudan, a popular adult dōjin artist. In 2003, it was adapted into an anime series produced by Bones. The character designs in the anime are by Takahiro Komori, who is also known for the designs on another anime series, Cowboy Bebop.
Scrapped Princess is notable for high quality animation, its music, which is composed by Masumi Itō, and its themes. It begins as high fantasy and then quickly mixes into varying degrees of post-apocalyptic and science fiction elements through the application of Clarke's third law. The atmosphere has undertones of sadness, though many of the characters and situations are superficially light-hearted.

# Reference
Scrapped Princess - Anime Legends Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (魔法少女リリカルなのは)

Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha (魔法少女リリカルなのは Mahō Shōjo Ririkaru Nanoha) is a thirteen episode anime directed by Akiyuki Shinbo that aired between October and December 2004.
The series is a spin-off of the Triangle Heart series of games and OVAs. Nanoha, the magical girl and younger sister of Kyōya and Miyuki, takes precedence here while her sword-wielding siblings are reduced to minor characters. Nanoha is also clearly set in an alternate universe; the late Shirō Fuwa was always named Takamachi and survived his originally fatal injury, new characters such as Fate Testarossa are added, and others, such as Fiasse Crystela, are removed.

# Reference
Lyrical Nanoha: Season Set(Amazon.com)