Anime

Anime, or Japanese animation, along with manga is becoming increasingly popular outside of Japan. The latest DVD releases, new series announcements and other goodies can be found here. Dattebayo!

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 7

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 7 Asuma and Team 10 continue to fight two of the most disturbing members of Akatsuki: Hidan and Kakuzu. However, Hidan reveals his most frightening ability – a technique that could spell the end for Asuma.

Naruto continues to work on perfecting his rasengan, which he may be using sooner than later after Tsunade gives Team 7 a new directive.

The Naruto Shippuden Box Set 7 contains episodes 78 through 88, which seems to be going decreasing, across three discs and will be available on July 12th, 2011.

New Rurouni Kenshin anime series

Nobuhiro Watsuki’s legendary samurai saga Rurouni Kenshin has been given the go ahead for a remake as announced in Shueisha’s Jump Square magazine.

Watsuki’s story follows Himura Kenshin, a former assassin in Japan’s Meiji period wanders the land offering his service to those who need it. Most fans are familiar with the 28 volume manga series, the original televised show which ran for 95 episodes, along with the two OVAs and a film.

More information on this anime is expected to be released in upcoming publications of Jump Square.

Source: Anime News Network

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 6

Naruto Shippuden box set 6 Wave after wave of undead ninjas storm through Konoha after Asuma is trapped behind a lightning barrier. However, Shikamaru has come up with a plan to stop the zombies but will it be enough? And will Furido’s ultimate plan on getting revenge on Konoha finally complete?

As Naruto continues his training by learning more about the rasengan and how to develop it further, Tsunade sends out a group of ninjas to hunt down the Akatsuki who’ve returned to the Fire Country.

The Naruto Shippuden Box Set 6 contains episodes 66 through 77 across three discs and will be available on April 26th, 2011.

Fullmetal Alchemist Festival 2011

Alchemy fans in Japan will be treated to another Fullmetal Alchemist Festival this coming May. Fullmetal Alchemist Festival 2011 is an event where the voice actors and musicians who perform the opening and closing themes take to the stage.

The voice actor’s who’ve been announced are Park Romi – Edward Elric, Kugimiya Rie – Alphonse Elric, Takamoto Megumi – Winry Rockbell, Miki Shinichirou – Roy Mustang, Arikasa Fumiko – Riza Hawkeye and Fujiwara Keiji – Maes Hughes.

Scheduled artists include SCANDAL, Nakagawa Shoko, Fukuhara Miho and Lil’B.

The last time the cast gathered for this event was back in December 2004 for Fullmetal Alchemist Festival – Tales of Another.

Fullmetal Achemist Festival 2011 is being hosted at Tokyo’s Yoyogi National Stadium on May 21st and 22nd, 2011.

Source: Tokyo Hive

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part 4 DVD

Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood Part 4 DVD

Kimblee continues to cause trouble for Edward and his partnered chimeras before injuring the young alchemist and escaping to rouse the troops of neighbouring Drachma. The assault on Briggs by Drachma is quickly put down by the hardened soldiers before they march on towards Central to assist General Olivier Armstrong.

A healed Edward teams up with Greed and Lan Fan to take on Pride and Gluttony, but not before the battle takes a turn for the worse. A helping hand from Hohenheim and Alphonse, leaves Alphonse trapped with Pride under a mountain of dirt used to prevent the homunculus from using his shadows.

Over in Central, Roy Mustang manages to muster enough of his troops to begin his attack on the military headquarters and puts his plan into fruition by kidnapping a key person close to King Bradley — his wife. While King Bradley returns to Central to assert his command over the military, the news of an attack on the Fuhrer’s train allows General Armstrong to pursue her plan in taking control of the military… but it may not last.

The two-disc set contains episodes 40-53 and is set to be released on March 29th, 2011. A Blu-ray edition will also be available on the same day.

EVANGELION 2.0 Canadian release dates

FUNimation has posted the for the Canadian screening schedule for EVANGELION 2.0: YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE, the second of four movies retelling the story of epic series NEON GENESIS EVANGELION. Visit the FUNimation web site for a complete listing in both Canada and the United States.
View the Canadian screening schedule

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 5

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 5

Unable to complete Sakura’s promise on bringing Sasuke back home, Naruto looks to an injured Kakashi on how to improve his strength. Upon discovering his elemental nature, Naruto teams up with the burly Asuma to hone his new found wind skills.

Tsunade has a mission for Team 7, which has them visit the Fire Temple and uncover a mystery hidden within the temple that has connections to Asuma.

The Naruto Shippuden Box Set 5 is expected to reach stores on January 25th, 2011.

EVANGELION 2.0: YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE movie times

The second Evangelion movie of the four film series, EVANGELION 2.0: YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE, is being screened at select theatres in the United States starting January 21, 2011. FUNimation is posting new locations on their web site, but fans who are far from the announced locations are encouraged to ask their local theatre send an email to contact@t-a-e.net.

The most up to date schedules for the movie is available on FUNimation’s web site.

Canadians will be able to partake in the epic fight when FUNimation announces their schedule in January.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part 3 DVD

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part 2 DVD

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part 2 DVD

Ed and Al finally reunite in the sanctuary where the mysterious Father resides and encounter his unique form of alchemy. However, a new homunculus appears, adding to the brother’s troubles while Scar uncovers the truth behind the cause of the Ishvalan war.

The Elrics manage to escape and head north to rendezvous with Major Armstrong’s sister, General Olivier Armstrong, who’s as cold and hostile as the territory she protects. Armstrong and her hardened troops learn about a secret tunnel under their fortress and the monster behind its construction…

The two-disc set contains episodes 27-39 and is set to be released on December 28th, 2010.

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 4

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 4

The rendezvous with the spy goes awry leading to an all out battle between the updated Team 7 and Orochimaru. However, the brawl gets out of hand quickly and turns into a fight for survival between Yamato’s team and Orochimaru’s minions.

Meanwhile, Sai’s true intentions are revealed after he leaves the battle and ends up at Orochimaru’s lair. The rest of Team 7 arrive and finally encounter Sasuke, but Sasuke has other ideas in store.

The Naruto Shippuden Box Set 4 is expected to reach stores on October 19th, 2010.

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