Thursday, April 30, 2009

Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor (強殖装甲ガイバー)

Guyver: The Bioboosted Armor (強殖装甲ガイバー Kyōshoku Sōkō Gaibā) is a Japanese anime series based on the long-running manga series written by Yoshiki Takaya, adapting chapters 1 - 59 (volume 10) of the manga. The series was first announced from its official website and at the 2005 Tokyo International Anime Fair. Broadcast station WOWOW and the head of ADV Films announced that they would start broadcasting a new 26 episode Guyver anime TV series, starting August 6. The production was in association with ADV Films and Kadokawa Shoten. The series first episode aired in Japan on August 06, 2005 and the last episode aired on February 18, 2006.
A test type Zoanoid, disguised as a normal man, escapes from an organization called the Chronos Corporation with a bag containing three items called the Guyver Units. Chronos soldiers attempt to recover the units from the test-type but are unsuccessful; the test-type was discovered with a grenade in his possession and used the grenade, killing himself and scattering the Guyver Units around the area. Meanwhile, two young high school students, Shō Fukamachi and Tetsurō Segawa come across one of the lost Guyver Units. Curious as to what the unit is, Shō accidentally activates the unit which then merges with him, becoming "Guyver I." Now, Shō must fight for his life and those that are close to him against Zoanoids sent by the evil Chronos Corporation that are in pursuit for the Guyver Units.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guyver:_The_Bioboosted_Armor
Guyver -The Bioboosted Armor: Complete Box Set(Amazon.com)

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Murder Princess (マーダー・プリンセス)

Murder Princess (マーダー・プリンセス Mādā Purinsesu) is a manga by Sekihiko Inui. An OVA series was later produced by Marvelous Entertainment and Bee Train based on the manga.
The story begins with Dr. Akamashi, introduced as a scientist formerly in the employ of the government, launching a coup d’etat in the Forland kingdom. With his dying breath, the mortally wounded king sends his daughter Alita to find Prince Kaito, who is leading a diplomatic mission and its military escort abroad. She flees from the castle and reaches a forest on the country's border.
While running, the Princess falls off of a cliff and onto Falis, an infamous female bounty hunter. Due to the nature of the near-death experience (referred to as a spiritual commutation) the souls of Alita and Falis are switched. After Falis dispatches the forest's guardian beast, Alita pleads with the bounty hunter to protect the Forland kingdom, offering herself, body and soul, as collateral. Falis agrees.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_Princess
Murder Princess: The Complete Series(Amazon.com)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Paradise Kiss (パラダイス・キス)

Paradise Kiss (パラダイス・キス Paradaisu Kisu), abbreviated to "ParaKiss" by fans, is a 5 volume manga series, originally published in Shodensha's Zipper magazine, which has been adapted into a 12 episode anime series, produced by Aniplex and Studio Madhouse, and which was aired in Japan on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block and on the anime television network, Animax, who have broadcast the series across its respective networks worldwide, including Japan, Southeast Asia and East Asia.
Written by popular mangaka Ai Yazawa, Paradise Kiss is the semi-sequel to her previous work, Gokinjo Monogatari, as several characters from that series are given cameos. This comic is widely read not only in Japan, but in many countries around the world. The Paradise Kiss manga has been translated from Japanese to at least ten different languages, Vietnamese, Chinese (Taiwan and Hong Kong), Korean, French, Italian, Polish, Thai, German, Spanish, Portuguese and English. The English version is published by TOKYOPOP.
Produced by Madhouse Studios, the Paradise Kiss anime series began airing on October 10, 2005. Some well-known personages are staffed on the production of the Paradise Kiss series including director Osamu Kobayashi and Nobuteru Yūki, character designer and animation director for the opening sequence. It has been aired by the anime television network, Animax across its respective networks worldwide, including Japan, as well as Southeast Asia and East Asia, where the series received its first ever international broadcasts. The anime was licensed for release in North America by Geneon Entertainment. 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. Paradise Kiss was one of several titles involved in the deal.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradise_Kiss
Paradise Kiss Box Set(Amazon.com)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Venus Versus Virus (ヴィーナス ヴァーサス ヴァイアラス)

Venus Versus Virus (ヴィーナス ヴァーサス ヴァイアラス Vīnasu Vāsasu Vaiarasu) is a Japanese manga series created by Atsushi Suzumi which was first serialized on June 27, 2005 in MediaWorks' shōnen manga magazine Dengeki Comic Gao!. The manga ended serialization in Dengeki Comic Gao! on February 27, 2008 due to the magazine's discontinuation, but the manga continued serialization in ASCII Media Works' manga magazine Dengeki Daioh between March 21, 2008 and July 26, 2008. As of July 2008, eight bound volumes have been released by ASCII Media Works in Japan. The manga has been licensed for English language distribution by North American based company Seven Seas Entertainment; the first volume was released in July 2007. Later, a drama CD was created based on the manga series in October 2006. The series has since been adapted into an anime produced by Studio Hibari that aired in Japan between January and March 2007 on BS-i, containing twelve episodes.
Venus Versus Virus revolves around the life of the young girls named Sumire Takahana and Lucia Nahashi, who met as Sumire mysteriously discovered Lucia's secrets at the Venus Vanguard, a group who hunts demons called "Virus" lead by Lucia's adopted father Nahashi. Now, while accepting jobs from people who find the Venus Vanguard brochure, they fight off the “Virus” while seeking their true roots and motives, and for that, Lucia will find that Sumire can be a lot more useful than she seems.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_Versus_Virus
Venus Versus Virus: The Complete Series(Amazon.com)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ninja Nonsense: The Legend of Shinobu (ニニンがシノブ伝)

Ninja Nonsense: The Legend of Shinobu (ニニンがシノブ伝 Ninin ga Shinobuden) is an anime and manga series by Ryoichi Koga (古賀 亮一 Koga Ryōichi?). The series subtitle is "The Nonsense Kunoichi Fiction". The anime has been licensed and released in North America by The Right Stuf International under the title Ninja Nonsense: The Legend of Shinobu. The translated manga was released by Infinity Studios under the title Ninin Ga Shinobuden.
Ninja Nonsense is an absurdist comedy series which stars Shinobu, a young girl training to become a ninja. However, the series does not focus on ninja training, instead focusing on Shinobu's lifestyle and friends through a series of disjointed comedic plot lines. Towards this purpose, each episode of the anime is split into two separate stories. The series uses character designs that favor a soft and rounded look rather than the slender bishōjo style commonly used in anime or manga series featuring young girls.
The original title of the series is based on a pun. In the Japanese numerical system, ni is two, and shi is four. Ni (2) x ni (2) = shi (4), therefore Ni-ni-n ga Shi-nobuden.
Ninja Nonsense is an absurdist comedy, and as such there is no multi-episode story arc and very little plot within individual episodes. The characters essentially 'reset' at the beginning of each show, much like other absurdist comedies such as Galaxy Angel or Mini-Goddesses.
In the first episode Shinobu, a ninja apprentice, is attempting to pass her ninja exams while Kaede, a normal schoolgirl, studies for her school exams. As a part of her exam, Shinobu is ordered to break into Kaede's room to steal her panties by her instructor, Onsokumaru. Shinobu, who despite her enthusiasm, possesses little if any actual ninja skills, believes herself to be invisible and 'sneaks' into Kaede's room. Since Shinobu is perfectly visible to Kaede, the mission doesn't go as planned. Despite all of this, Kaede takes pity on Shinobu and the two become close friends.
Although this is a ninja-themed series, most of the twenty-four stories are self-contained snippets of Shinobu's life and dealings with her zany instructor, Onsokumaru and other ninja (sometimes referred to as the Sasuke Army). They are often accompanied by Kaede acting as the only voice of reason among the otherwise madcap characters. The series concludes with the Sasuke Army breaking the fourth wall and discussing how the anime should actually end, briefly exploring each of the options before ending on a positive note reinforcing the relationship between Shinobu and Kaede.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninin_ga_Shinobuden
Ninja Nonsense - Complete DVD Collection(Amazon.com)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Princess Tutu (プリンセスチュチュ)

Princess Tutu (プリンセスチュチュ Purinsesu Chuchu) is a magical girl anime created by Ikuko Itoh in 2002 for animation studio Hal Film Maker. It was adapted as a 2-volume manga illustrated by Mizuo Shinonome. Both series are licensed in North America by ADV Films.
Princess Tutu includes elements of fairy tales and famous ballets, particularly Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. The series follows Duck, a duck who has transformed into a young girl who attends school and takes ballet, and her efforts to restore the heart of her mysterious schoolmate Mytho by transforming into Princess Tutu. The series explores the consequences of her actions and how they affect her and those around her, particularly Duck's classmate Rue, who is in love with Mytho, and Fakir, Mytho's childhood friend. It becomes apparent that Duck, Rue, Mytho, and Fakir are meant to play out the roles of characters in a story written by a writer named Drosselmeyer, but the characters begin to resist the constraints of their assigned fates and they fight to keep the story from becoming a tragedy.
A writer named Drosselmeyer, whose stories became reality, had his hands cut off and was killed by those fearing his power. As a result, the prince and raven from one of his stories were trapped in an eternal battle. The raven broke free from the story into the real world, and the prince pursued to seal him away again. To do so, the prince shattered his own heart with his sword.
Drosselmeyer had written about himself before he died, and managed to continue to control events despite his death. When he sees a duck watching the sad, heartless prince Mytho dancing on the water, he decides to let the story take its own course and transforms the duck into a girl named Duck so she can help the prince. If she quacks, she becomes a duck again, but if she comes into contact with water, she returns to her girl form.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Tutu
Princess Tutu: Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

Friday, April 24, 2009

DearS (ディアーズ)

DearS (ディアーズ Diāzu) is a Japanese romance comedy manga by mangaka duo Peach-Pit, serialised in the monthly shōnen manga magazine Dengeki Comic Gao!. The manga was adapted into a 12 episode TV anime series which aired from 10 July 2004—26 September 2004. The DVD release includes an additional episode labeled "9.5" (occurring between episodes 9 and 10) for a total of 13.
One year prior to the beginning of the story, mankind made its first contact with an alien species, when a malfunctioning alien spacecraft made an impromptu crash-landing in Tokyo Bay. The aliens on board the UFO are human-like and remarkably beautiful, and are soon affectionatly nicknamed "DearS" by their human hosts, which means "Dear friends from outer space"; as extraordinarily kind and gentle as they are lovely, the DearS are a slave race in actuality, seeming to thrive as individuals and as a species by making others happy; as they are unable to return home, the small community of DearS attempts to integrate themselves into human society, concealing their status as a slave race from the public due to concern over the fact that humanity does not agree with slavery.
The main plot follows the story of Takeya Ikuhara, an average high school student in the fictitious Koharu precfecture, and how his life is turned on its head, due to the appearance of a beautiful and apparently defective DearS he calls "Ren", who, after Takeya saves her life and nurses her back to health and teaching her the ways of the human society, promptly becomes attached to him and moves into the closet of his apartment, declaring herself his slave and him her master.
As the story progresses, Takeya finds himself becoming surrounded by several more DearS along with his near-constant companion Ren. The cast is further-expanded with the introduction of Takeya's family and friends. The focus shifts to follow the progression of Ren's growth as a person and learning about the world around her, Takeya's overcoming of his suspicion of the DearS' true intentions by his acceptance of Ren and his attempts to keep the somewhat naive DearS out of harm's way, and the machinations of parties, both DearS and human alike, in either progressing or halting the evolution of Takeya's relationship with Ren into something more serious than an unlikely master-slave bond - the culmination of which, along with a shocking revelation as to the true nature of the clueless "Zero Number", will ultimately determine the fate of mankind as a Whole.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dears
DearS: Complete Box(Amazon.com)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Please Twins! (おねがい☆ツインズ)

Please Twins! (おねがい☆ツインズ Onegai Tsuinzu, Onegai ☆ Twins), is an anime television series, scripted by Yousuke Kuroda and produced by Bandai Visual, which was later adapted into a light novel and one-volume manga series. It centers around a family of three teenagers in high school all living together who are unsure which two of them are related to each other due to a reference from an old photograph. The Please Twins! anime series is a spin-off sequel to Please Teacher! that first aired in Japan on the WOWOW satellite television network on July 15, 2003 and finished with a total of 12 episodes plus a later OVA episode released on DVD. The series was later adapted into a light novel in 2004, which spanned a total of two volumes and, soon after, into a short one-tankobon manga version (authored by Japanese mangaka Arikan), which was serialized in MediaWorks's Dengeki Daioh magazine in September 2005.
Please Twins! is a story mainly revolving around three high school students: Maiku Kamishiro, Karen Onodera, and Miina Miyafuji. The three were drawn together by a photograph of their childhood home which later makes all of them seek out the house in the picture. However, the picture only has two children - a boy and a girl. Hence, only one of the girls, Karen or Miina, is related to Maiku. The only other identifying feature of the pair in the picture is that the boy and the girl have eyes of the same unusual color; a feature that furthers the ambiguity as all three of them have the same eye color.
The main concern of the male lead, Maiku, is that he is in love with both of the girls, and he does not know which one is his twin. In addition, the two girls are in love with Maiku, forming a love triangle that can't be resolved until the truth of their relationship is known. The three main characters, mostly the two female leads, are in a predicament of wanting to discover their past versus the risk of losing a romantic relationship.
The events of the story are set after Please Teacher! and characters from the series appear in supporting roles throughout Please Twins!.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Please_Twins!
Please Twins!: Anime Legends Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Record of Lodoss War (ロードス島戦記)

Record of Lodoss War (ロードス島戦記 Rōdosu-tō Senki) is a franchise of fantasy novels by Ryo Mizuno based around the work he originally created for a world called Forcelia for role-playing games. There have since been multiple manga, anime and computer game adaptations, several of which have been translated into English. The plots generally follow the conventions and structure of the role-playing game systems including Dungeons & Dragons, Record of Lodoss War Companion and Sword World RPG, being based around a party of several characters of distinct types undertaking a specific quest.
Record of Lodoss War was created in 1986 by Group SNE as a Dungeons & Dragons "replay" serialized in the Japanese magazine Comptiq. Replays are not novels, but transcripts of RPG sessions, meant to both hold the interest of readers and convey the events that took place. They have proven to be popular, even to those who do not play role-playing games but are fans of fiction (including fantasy fiction). Similar to light novels, many characters and parties in replays have become popular as characters of anime. An example of such a character is the female elf Deedlit in Record of Lodoss War, who was played by science fiction novelist Hiroshi Yamamoto during the RPG sessions.
The popularity of the Record of Lodoss War replays was such that the Dungeon Master Ryo Mizuno started to adapt the story into some of the earliest Japanese-language domestic high fantasy novels in 1988.
When the replay series went on to become a trilogy, Group SNE had to abandon the Dungeons & Dragons rules and create their own game, dubbed Record of Lodoss War Companion and released in 1989. All three parts of the replay series were eventually published as paperbacks by Kadokawa Shoten from 1989 to 1991.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Record_of_Lodoss_War
Record of Lodoss War - The Complete Series(Amazon.com)

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Hand Maid May (HAND MAID メイ)

Hand Maid May (HAND MAID メイ Hand Maid Mei) is an anime series released in 2000 in Japan, directed by Shinichiro Kimura, written by Kazuki Matsui and Jyuzo Mutsuki, and produced by Pioneer Animation (now Geneon Entertainment). It is an eleven episode maid comedy series with elements of a harem anime, and also makes use of plenty of fan service. It centers on the adventures of the main character, Kazuya Saotome and a robotic cyberdoll named May. Formerly available from Pioneer/Geneon in the United States, it is now out of print.
Kazuya Saotome is a nerdy second year engineering student at Ochanomizu Kougyou Daigaku (Ochanomizu Industrial University), in the Denshi Kougakubu, Denshi Ouyougaku (Electrical Engineering, Applied Electronics) program. His birthday is October 18, 1981, and his dream is to build a Doraemon (robot). He is currently trying to develop an artificially intelligent robot that happens to look like a toy squid. The story begins when Kazuya’s wealthy rival, Kotaro Nanbara, gives him a computer program that supposedly will provide valuable information to help with Kazuya’s research and development. In actuality, the program is a virus that Nanbara created in order to infect Kazuya’s computer and destroy all of his work. While attempting to fix his infected computer, Kazuya somehow accidentally orders a cyberdoll from the Cyberdyne Corporation website. Almost immediately, a woman appears at Kazuya’s door with a small package containing a cyberdoll named Hand Maid May. May is a palm-sized robotic doll who’s very sensitive and sympathetic to Kazuya’s feelings, likes, and needs. She has to be plugged into Kazuya’s computer via a homemade cable in order to recharge her batteries because May’s official recharging equipment was accidentally broken when Kazuya first received her. The early part of the storyline focuses on Nanbara trying to get May taken away from Kazuya due to his inability to pay for her. Nanbara enlists the help of several other cyberdolls to attempt to take May away from Kazuya, but all of them end up falling for Kazuya and failing to retrieve May.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hand_Maid_May
Hand Maid May - Limited Edition Boxed Set(Amazon.com)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Gravion (超重神グラヴィオン)

Gravion (超重神グラヴィオン Chōjūshin Guravion, lit. Super Heavy God Gravion) is an anime television series produced by Gonzo. It aired in Japan from October 7, 2002 to December 16, 2002 and ran for 13 episodes. In 2004, Gravion Zwei (超重神グラヴィオンZwei Chōjūshin Guravion Tsuvai?, "Zwei" is German for "two") was released and aired from January 8 to March 25 in Japan, running for twelve additional episodes, answering the questions generated from the first series.
Both Gravion and Gravion Zwei are created and directed by Masami Obari and is released in the United States by ADV Films.
In Gravion, Eiji Shigure is sent a letter from his missing older sister Ayaka Shigure. His search for her leads him to Klein Sandman, a mysterious billionaire and Eiji secretly infiltrates his enormous Saint-Germain Castle while he is hosting a party for Earth Federation Alliance (EFA) leaders, in order to find her. Unfortunately, he is tricked into piloting the G-Attacker, one of four Gran Divas, in a mission to defeat the mechanical extraterrestrials called the Zeravire. The Gran Divas are machines secretly created by Sandman himself, who states Eiji's unique G-Factor allows him to pilot it. Although reluctant, Eiji becomes part of Sandman's Earthgertz, the planet's only defensive team to prevent the Zeravire from destroying humanity, by combining the Gran Divas with the Gran Kaiser to form the titular mecha, Gravion.
In Gravion Zwei, the Zeravire invasion seems to have stopped. However, when it rises back up all of a sudden, the Earthgertz and its trump card, the super robot Gravion, is needed to defend the Earth again. In the meantime, the EFA creates their own weapons to counter the Zeravire, the Gran Trooper. As they attempt to fend off the Zeravire, the Earthgertz and the EFA must set aside their differences, confront their pasts and unveil the mysteries of the Zeravire, in order to end their impending threat once and for all.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravion
Gravion/Gravion Zwei: Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Air

Air is a Japanese visual novel developed by Key which was originally released as an adult game on September 8, 2000 playable on personal computers as a CD-ROM. Subsequent versions with the adult content removed were sold playable on the PC, Dreamcast, and PlayStation 2.
On November 17, 2004, a teaser DVD named "Air prelude" was produced containing interviews with the anime's cast, clean opening and ending theme video sequences, and promotional footage of the anime itself; it was a limited edition DVD, with only 20,000 copies produced. The anime television series is produced by Kyoto Animation, directed by Tatsuya Ishihara, written by Fumihiko Shimo, and features character design by Tomoe Aratani who based the designs on Itaru Hinoue's original concept. Thirteen episodes were produced by Kyoto Animation: twelve regular episodes, and a final recap episode which summarizes Misuzu's story arc. The anime also follows the game by splitting the series into three parts; Dream (episodes one through seven), Summer (episodes eight and nine), and Air (episodes ten through twelve), with the recap episode (episode thirteen) following. The episodes aired between January 6 and March 31, 2005 on the BS-i Japanese television network. The theme songs from the Air visual novel are used for the anime's opening theme, ending theme and soundtrack. After the conclusion of the anime series, a mini-series which added to the Summer arc of the story called Air in Summer aired on August 28 and September 4, 2005 a week later on BS-i. Air in Summer consisted of two episodes and was produced by the same staff as the anime series.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_(visual_novel)
Air: The Complete Series(Amazon.com)

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Pani Poni Dash! (ぱにぽにだっしゅ!)

Pani Poni (ぱにぽに), also known as through its anime adaptation Pani Poni Dash! (ぱにぽにだっしゅ! Pani Poni Dasshu!), is a Japanese manga series that utilizes parody, frequently referencing Japanese and American pop-culture in many ways. It features several first year students and their teachers in a school in Japan, though the main focus is on class 1-C.
Pani Poni first began as a manga series by Japanese mangaka Hekiru Hikawa which was first serialized in the Japanese manga magazine G Fantasy, published by Square Enix, in November 2000. Currently, there have been ten separate volumes released. Later, the series was adapted into a TV anime series which aired in Japan on TV Tokyo between July 3, 2005 and December 25, 2005 with its title renamed as Pani Poni Dash!. The anime has since been licensed in the United States by ADV Films, though the manga remains unlicensed. In 2008, the anime became one of over thirty ADV titles transferred to Funimation Entertainment. There have also been several drama CDs created based on the TV series and manga. A special OVA has also been announced to be bundled with DVD box-set containing the anime series and set to be released on April 15, 2009.
Each episode features numerous parodies and references to popular culture. Some examples include The Exorcist, Gundam, Super Mario Bros., and Little Black Sambo. Japanese Internet culture, such as on the infamous Japanese message board 2ch, is another pillar of Pani Poni Dash!'s humor, with many references to Japanese emoticons. At some stages in the series a character's facial features will be replaced by these emoticons.
Each episode is almost entirely standalone and only loosely connected to the central plot. Most of the jokes in the series rely on satire, established character behavior, Japanese Internet and anime culture, or non sequitur comments and actions (especially by Ichijo). Another characteristic of Pani Poni Dash! is that the name of each episode is based on an adage or proverb that applies to the episode in some way. Much like other 26-episode anime, Pani Poni Dash! features different opening sequences, with both new art and new music, but unlike other shows, the endings are chosen at random, shuffling from episode to episode with different seiyū from the series singing the themes.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paniponi_Dash
Paniponi Dash: Complete Box Set(Amazon.com)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Clannad (クラナド)

Clannad (クラナド Kuranado) is a Japanese visual novel created by the software company Key, who also produced the successful titles Kanon and Air. Key announced in 2001 a release date of 2002 for Clannad and, after several postponements, finally released a limited version for the PC on April 28, 2004, and the regular version less than four months later on August 8, 2004. The visual novel was later ported to the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Xbox 360. The gameplay in Clannad follows a linear plot line, which offers pre-determined scenarios and courses of interaction, and focuses on the appeal of the five female main characters. Jun Maeda, the main scenario writer of Clannad, believed that the title meant "family" or "clan" in Irish.
While both of Key's first two previous works, Kanon and Air, had been released first as adult games and then censored for the younger market like most bishōjo games, Key's third work Clannad was released for all-ages and does not contain risqué situations or even any fan service. On November 25, 2005, Key released an adult sequel-of-sorts entitled Tomoyo After: It's a Wonderful Life which expands the scenario of Tomoyo Sakagami, one of the five heroines from Clannad.
Clannad has made several transitions to other media: four manga series, the first serialized in the Japanese magazine Comic Rush, the second serialized in Comi Digi +, the third serialized in Dengeki G's Magazine, and the fourth in Dragon Age Pure; an animated film by the animation studio Toei Animation released on September 15, 2007; two anime series including two original video animation episodes by Kyoto Animation, which also animated the previous Key titles Air and Kanon; and, lastly, two sets of drama CDs, totaling nine in all. ADV Films localized and distributed the first Clannad anime series in North America starting in March 2009.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clannad_(visual_novel)
Clannad: Collection 1(Amazon.com)

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Princess Resurrection (怪物王女)

Princess Resurrection (怪物王女 Kaibutsu Ōjo, lit. Monster Princess) is an ongoing supernatural manga by Yasunori Mitsunaga. The story portrays a boy (Hiro) who encounters a young woman (Hime) whom he must serve. An anime adaptation of the series, by Madhouse, began airing on April 13, 2007 on TBS, BS-i, KBS Kyoto and its affiliated TV networks. The chief animation director and character designer for the anime series is Kazuya Kuroda. It is directed by Masayuki Sakoi.
The manga has been licensed by Del Rey Manga. The first volume released on May 1, 2007. The fifth volume is set to be released on January 09.
Hiro Hiyorimi is a boy who has just moved to the city to meet his sister. While walking down the sidewalk, he is suddenly hit by a car (crushed by construction beams in the anime). On the verge of death, he is seen by a young woman clad in gothic clothes. She then resurrects him, leaving him alive in the hospital morgue. He wakes up confused over what happened, only to encounter the woman again as she eliminates some wolf creatures. She addresses Hiro as "her servant" and introduces herself as "Hime" (Japanese for Princess). The story then follows Hiro as he assists Hime in killing creatures that have been sent by her siblings to attack her.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Princess_Resurrection
Princess Resurrection: Collection 1 (Amazon.com)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Save Me Lollipop! (まもって! ロリポップ)

Mamotte! Lollipop (まもって! ロリポップ Mamotte! Roripoppu) is a Japanese shōjo manga by Michiyo Kikuta (菊田 みちよ Kikuta Michiyo). It serialized in the shōjo magazine Nakayoshi published by Kodansha from February 2003 to July 2005. The Mamotte! Lollipop TV anime aired from July 6, 2006 to September 24,2006 in Japan on Tokyo MX TV. It is licensed in English by Del Rey Manga in North America and Tanoshimi in the United Kingdom. There is a sequel called Modotte! Mamotte! Lollipop (もどって! まもって! ロリポップ Modotte! Mamotte! Roripoppu), and a side-story called Milcute vs. Lollipop (ロリポップVSみるきゅーと Roripoppu vs. Mirukyūto). The English language licenser of the anime is FUNimation Entertainment, which will be distributing it under the title Save Me! Lollipop. Funimation plans to release the anime December 2009.
Nina Yamada is a junior high 7th grader who dreams about a boy who is strong, handsome, and kind enough to protect her. One day, Nina "accidentally" swallowed a Crystal Pearl that she assumed was candy. But the Crystal Pearl was the goal of a sorcery examination. Nina is the new Crystal Pearl which is targeted by many probationer sorcerers and goes on for half a year. During this whole mix up, she meets two magician boys named Zero and Ichi and comes to a conclusion that they can protect her until a potion is made to remove the Crystal Pearl from her. However, this potion will take about 6 months to complete. Even at school and at home, Zero and Ichii protect Nina where ever she goes. This is a romantic comedy shōjo manga warmed up by Zero & Ichii, the boys who protect Nina and their other rivals: examinees for the Magical Exam, such as San, Forte, Gô and Rokka. This series also has a second series called Modotte! Mamotte! Lollipop! where Nina, Zero and Ichi are in year 9 and are taking the Advanced Magical Exam.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Save_Me_Lollipop!
Save Me! Lollipop: The Complete Series(Amazon.com)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Diamond Daydreams (Kita e, 北へ)

Kita e (北へ, literally "northward") is a Japanese visual novel game series, set in Hokkaidō. It was developed by Red Entertainment and published by Hudson Soft.
The series began with Kita e: White Illumination (北へ。White Illumination), which was released in March 18, 1999 for the Dreamcast. A sequel, Kita e: Photo Memories (北へ。Photo Memories), was later released on August 5, the same year. On October 30, 2003, the series was released on the PlayStation 2 platform, Kita e. ~Diamond Dust~ (北へ。~Diamond Dust~). It was subsequently adapted in 2004 to an anime series entitled Kita e. ~Diamond Dust Drops~ (北へ。~Diamond Dust Drops~). The anime was released in the United States by ADV Films under the title Diamond Daydreams in three volumes and in a thinpack collection.
The player, a second-year high school student (17 years old), travels from Tokyo to Sapporo in Hokkaidō (hence the basic title of the game Kita E (To The North). There, he encounters eight different girls, including the lead character Kotori Haruno, whose family he stays with during his time up north. In the game, the player explores the island, plays video games, does karaoke, goes shopping -- and most of all, tries to find that special someone to share his heart with. The main period of the game is set during summer vacation (August 1 to August 14), by which, at the end, the player returns to Tokyo. The conclusion of the game falls around December 28, when the player returns to Sapporo to witness the "White Illumination Countdown" on New Year's Eve (similar to the New Year's Eve Times Square celebrations. To win the game, the player must meet his chosen one at the Countdown on New Year's Eve, then kiss her at 12:00 midnight on New Year's Day.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond_Daydreams
Diamond Daydreams: Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

Monday, April 13, 2009

Shuffle! (シャッフル!)

Naoto Hosoda directed an anime adaptation of Shuffle! that had a special prologue DVD released on May 2005 and aired in Japan on WOWOW between July 7, 2005 and January 5, 2006 in twenty-four episodes. The anime combines elements from all of the characters' paths from the game into one plot, although it differs from the game by adding some elements, such as the idol clubs formed around Sia, Nerine, and Kaede, and removing others, such as the H-scenes. The anime has now been licensed by FUNimation, and the first DVD will be released on February 26, 2008. An industry representative for FUNimation has stated that, despite rumors, the entire series will be released unedited and uncut. In January 2008, FUNimation has all 24 episodes released on their website.
A second twelve-episode anime series titled Shuffle! Memories began on January 6, 2007. It is a recap of the original Shuffle! anime, rearranging scenes from the original series into individual character specific episodes. It contains very little original content, with only the last episode containing completely new material.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shuffle!
Shuffle: The Complete Series Box Set(Amazon.com)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

My-HiME (舞-HiME)

My-HiME (舞-HiME Mai-HiME) is an anime series, created by Sunrise. Directed by Masakazu Obara and written by Hiroyuki Yoshino, the series originally premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo from September 2004 to March 2005. The show is a comedy-drama focusing on the lives of HiMEs - girls with the capacity to materialize photons - gathered at Fuka Academy for a secret purpose.
The series is licensed for North American distribution by Bandai Entertainment and European distribution by Bandai's European subsidiary, Beez, with the first American DVD released at the end of March 2006. Bandai released the Complete Collection DVD set in America on October 7th, 2008. It is also shown on Anime Selects On Demand but only for a limited time.
Mai Tokiha transfers to Fuka Academy and learns that she along with several other girls at the school are HiMEs. Initially, the girls face off against monsters and a nefarious foreign organization. But when they learn of their true purpose at Fuka Academy, the girls must fight to save the world and protect what's most important to them.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My-HiME
My Hime: Anime Legends Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Najica Blitz Tactics (ナジカ電撃作戦)

Najica Blitz Tactics (ナジカ電撃作戦 Najika Dengeki Sakusen) is an anime television series by Studio Fantasia. It premiered across Japan between October 4, 2001 and December 27, 2001. The show is similar to that of Agent Aika—both being directed by Katsuhiko Nishijima and animated by Studio Fantasia—with much of the same content.
Though Najica was later adapted into a manga by Takuya Tashiro (田代 琢也 Tashiro Takuya), the majority of the difference in content were in the context of the missions and especially the ending.
Najica Hiiragi is a noted perfumer for CRI Cosmetics, famous for being able to identify over 500 scents. As the series began, she is struggling to finish "The Day Series" (a series of scents modeled after the days of the week), trying to find the perfect scent for the final perfume, "Sunday".
Secretly however, Najica is actually a field agent for CRI's Intelligence Bureau, an agency unknown to the public (and even to most of its own employees for the sake of their own protection). She is an expert markswoman with her preferred weapon; the Stechkin APS, an old Russian firearm with selective fire (auto and semi-auto) and a wooden holster that doubles as a shoulder stock. The twenty round magazine is loaded with non-lethal plastic bullets.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Najica_Blitz_Tactics
Najica Blitz Tactics: Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Kannazuki no Miko (神無月の巫女)

Kannazuki no Miko (神無月の巫女, lit. Priestesses of the Godless Month) is a manga series created by the duo Kaishaku. The series was serialized in fourteen chapters by Kadokawa Shoten and in Shōnen Ace in 2004 and 2005, and collected in two bound volumes. The series was adapted as an anime television series broadcast in 12 episodes on TNK between October and December 2004. A drama CD was released on November 25, 2004 by Geneon based on the anime version. In North America, the manga is licensed by Tokyopop and the anime is licensed by Geneon Entertainment.
The series centers on the yuri (lesbian) relationship of the two main characters, Himeko and Chikane, with elements of magical girl and mecha themes helping to carry the plot. An anime series that includes several characters similar to those of Kannazuki no Miko called Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora began airing in Japan on January 5, 2007.
Kannazuki no Miko is the story of Himeko and Chikane, the reincarnations of the Solar and Lunar Miko, respectively. They are two high school girls going to the prestigious Ototachibana Academy of Mahoroba, Japan. When an ancient evil rises once more, the girls are plunged into destiny as their long-sealed personas awaken to defend the world against the eight Orochi, who are the eight heads of Yamata no Orochi of Japanese folklore. When the Orochi awaken, it is the first day of October (called kannazuki, lit. "the godless month," in the traditional Japanese lunisolar calendar), which just happens to be Himeko and Chikane's birthday. The first Orochi who tries to kill the Miko is Sōma Ōgami, the boy in love with Himeko. However, after a blinding flash of light brings him to his senses, he rejects his fate and vows to defend Himeko against the other Orochi. The Miko must awaken Ame no Murakumo in order to combat the threat while Sōma repels the Orochi efforts to kill them.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kannazuki_no_Miko
Kannazuki No Miko: Box Set(Amazon.com)

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Cyber Team in Akihabara (アキハバラ電脳組)

Cyber Team in Akihabara (アキハバラ電脳組 Akihabara Dennō Gumi) is an anime series created by Tsukasa Kotobuki and Satoru Akahori. Its genre can be best described as being a fusion of the magical girl, mecha and moe anime genres. The television series aired from April 4, 1998 to September 26, 1998 on TBS and ran for 26 episodes. It was released in the United States by ADV Films. A 1-hour featured animation film of the series was subsequently released in Japan entitled Cyber Team in Akihabara: Summer Days of 2011; unlike the series the film was produced by Production I.G. The show has an array of characters, many of whom are named after birds, gods, and real-myth villains, literally.
The anime starts with the adventures of twelve-year-old junior high school student Hibari Hanakoganei, who, like any girl, lives in Tokyo in the year 2010 and aspires to have a mobile pet of her own, called a "Pata-Pi." During this time, PataPies are trendy and there is a nationwide craze in owning one. Simply buy one, upgrade it with pre-set or custom parts, and show it off to friends and relatives! However, Hibari has no money to buy one and can only admire her best friend, Suzume, as she flamboyantly praises her PataPi ,Francesca.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyberteam_in_Akihabara
Cyberteam in Akihabara: Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Third (ザ・サード)

The Third (ザ・サード Za Sādo) is a novel, manga, and anime series by Ryo Hoshino (星野亮 Hoshino Ryō) and illustrated by Nao Goto (後藤なお Gotō Nao). The anime series goes under the name The Third - Aoi Hitomi no Shōjo (ザ・サード~蒼い瞳の少女~ Za Sādo - Aoi Hitomi no Shōjo, "The Third - The Girl with the Blue Eye"). According to the recent New York Comic Convention; The Third has been licensed by Kadokawa Pictures U.S.A and is distributed by Nozomi Entertainment for U.S release. The anime was released in summer of 2007.
The series is set many years after a devastating war, which killed 80% of the Earth's population. Earth is being watched by a group of beings known as The Third, named after the red eye on their forehead (Space Eye) that can access many types of computer systems. It follows the adventures of Honoka and Bogie.
Honoka is a jack-of-all-trades who travels throughout the barren earth with the help of a sand tank operated by Bogie, an AI. She does various jobs like ridding areas of oversized spiders in order to make a living. One night while traveling through the desert, she comes upon a strange man named Iks. She saves Iks from a group of stigma ants in the vicinity. After saving his life, Iks requests to follow Honoka in her journeys so he can observe the world. During travel or at night, she recites poems by a writer named "Dana Myfree" (exact spelling unknown at this time)

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Third
The Third: The Girl With The Blue Eye Complete DVD Collection (6 DVDs)(Amazon.com)

Monday, April 6, 2009

Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning (スパイラル~推理の絆)

Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning (スパイラル~推理の絆 Spiral: Suiri no Kizuna) is a fifteen-volume shōnen mystery manga series written by Kyou Shirodaira and illustrated by Eita Mizuno. It was published by Enix and then Square Enix in Monthly Shōnen Gangan from February 2000 to October 2005 and collected in 15 bound volumes. The series focuses on Ayumu Narumi and his efforts to solve the mystery of the Blade Children, cursed geniuses with cat-like eyes lacking a seventh rib bone. A prequel series by Shirodaira and Mizuno, called Spiral: Alive, was published in Gangan Wing and Monthly Shōnen Gangan from April 2004 to June 2008 and collected in five bound volumes.
Spiral: The Bonds of Reasoning was originally licensed for an English language release in North America by Tokyopop, however the company dropped the series. Yen Press acquired the license for Northern American release, and published the first volume in October 2007.
The series was adapted as a twenty-five episode television anime series broadcast on TV Tokyo from October 1, 2002 until March 25, 2003. The anime is licensed in Region 1 by FUNimation, who released it on DVD and broadcast it on the FUNimation Channel programming block on CoLours TV in 2006. The series was also adapted as four light novels and a series of CD dramas.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiral_(anime)
Spiral - The Complete Series (The Viridian Collection)(Amazon.com)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

The Vision of Escaflowne (天空のエスカフローネ)

The Vision of Escaflowne (天空のエスカフローネ Tenkū no Esukafurōne, lit. Escaflowne of the Heavens) is a 26-episode Japanese anime television series produced by Sunrise Studios and directed by Kazuki Akane. It premiered in Japan on April 2, 1996 on TV Tokyo, with the final episode airing on September 24, 1996. Sony's anime satellite channel, Animax also aired the series, both in Japan and on its various worldwide networks, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, South Asia. The series is licensed for Region 1 release by Bandai Entertainment.
Deliberately blending elements from both shōnen and shōjo genres, the series follows a teenage high school girl named Hitomi, who finds herself pulled from Earth to the planet Gaea when a boy named Van appears on the high school track while battling a dragon. In Gaea, she is caught in the middle of a war as the Zaibach empire attempts to take over Gaea. Van, king of the fallen kingdom of Fanelia, with aid from Allen, a knight from the kingdom of Asturia, struggles to stop Zaibach using his mystical mech Escaflowne. Hitomi, whose fortune telling powers blossom in Gaea, discovers she is the key to awakening Escaflowne and to stopping Zaibach's plans.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Escaflowne
Escaflowne: Anime Legends Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Magical Nyan Nyan Taruto (魔法少女猫たると)

Magical Nyan Nyan Taruto (魔法少女猫たると Majikaru Nyan Nyan Taruto) is a Japanese anime television series. The series centers around the exploits of a race of pet cats, drawn as catgirls and the occasional catboy.
The heroine of the story, Taruto is believed to be the legendary Kinka princess. She often is found goofing around and talking with her master, who she admires deeply. She loves adventure, and she is often bullied by Charlotte. She always says "meow" or "nyan" after every saying she says. In the final episode it is revealed that the Kinka kingdom had two princesses. Taruto is the older sister of the twins. (Also, Taruto is the name of an alien character in Tokyo Mew Mew)

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magical_Meow_Meow_Taruto
Magical Meow Meow Taruto Anime Legends Complete Collection(Amazon.com)

Friday, April 3, 2009

Serial Experiments Lain

Serial Experiments Lain is an anime series directed by Ryutaro Nakamura, original character design by Yoshitoshi ABe, screenplay written by Chiaki J. Konaka, and produced by Yasuyuki Ueda (credited as production 2nd) for Triangle Staff. It was broadcast on TV Tokyo from July to September 1998. A PlayStation game with the same title was released in November 1998 by Pioneer LDC.
Lain is influenced by philosophical subjects such as reality, identity, and communication. The series focuses on Lain Iwakura, an adolescent girl living in suburban Japan, and her introduction to the Wired, a global communications network similar to the Internet. Lain lives with her middle class family, which consists of her inexpressive older sister Mika, her cold mother, and her computer-obsessed father. The first ripple on the pond of Lain's lonely life appears when she learns that girls from her school have received an e-mail from Chisa Yomoda, a schoolmate who committed suicide. When Lain receives the message at home, Chisa tells her (in real time) that she is not dead, but has just "abandoned the flesh", and has found God in the Wired. From then on, Lain is bound to a quest which will take her ever deeper into both the network and her own thoughts.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_Experiments_Lain
Serial Experiments Lain - Boxed Set (Signature Series)(Amazon.com)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Love Hina (ラブ ひな)

Love Hina (ラブ ひな Rabu Hina) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Ken Akamatsu. It was originally serialized in Weekly Shōnen Magazine by Kodansha from October 21, 1998 through October 31, 2001 and was published in 14 tankōbon volumes by Kodansha. The series details the daily life of Keitaro Urashima as he attempts to find the girl he made a childhood promise to and enter Tokyo University. The manga is licensed for an English language release in North America and the United Kingdom by Tokyopop, in Australia by Madman Entertainment and in Singapore by Chuang Yi. Two novelizations of Love Hina, written by two anime series screenwriters, were also released in Japan by Kodansha. Both novels were later released in North America and the United Kingdom by Tokyopop.
A twenty-four episode anime adaptation of the anime series, produced by Xebec, aired in Japan from April 19, 2000 to September 27, 2000. It was followed by a bonus DVD episode, a Christmas and a Spring television special, and a three episode original video animation (OVA) entitled Love Hina Again. The anime series, special, and OVA were licensed for release in North America by Bandai Entertainment. In July 2007, the license was acquired by Funimation Entertainment, who released a boxset of the TV series in February 2009. The series is also licensed in Australia by Madman Entertainment and in the United Kingdom by MVM Films.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Hina
Love Hina: Complete Series Box Set(Amazon.com)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Misaki Chronicles (みさき クロニクル ~ダイバージェンス・イヴ~)

Misaki Chronicles (みさき クロニクル ~ダイバージェンス・イヴ~ Misaki Kuronikuru ~Daibājensu Ivu~) is an anime sequel to Divergence Eve. It follows smoothly from the previous series. The characters are the same and the plot is similar, but the theme of the episodes is much different. In this series, the elite team at Watcher's Nest is traveling through time, fighting the Ghoul at different times during Earth's history, mostly in Japan. There's also some discussion about the fact that the different times to which they are traveling may also be different versions of Earth on which the time-line is slightly altered. This series is also distinct from its predecessor in that it is more plot- and character-driven, with less in the way of fan service.

# Reference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misaki_Chronicles
Misaki Chronicles: Complete Collection(Amazon.com)