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Naruto Shippuden Box Set 3

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 03
After Kakashi is hospitalized for using his upgraded sharingan skills, Naruto and Sakura come face-to-face with a new team-mate and leader. The new team-mate, Sai, is a little odd and emotionless, bringing a suspicious eye from both Naruto and Sakura. Their new leader, Yamato, a member of ANBU, takes the new team 7 on a mission to recover information from a spy within Orochimaru’s organization.

The third Naruto Shippuden box set features Gaara on the cover will be released with two versions: a regular and special edition. The special edition will contain a mini figure of the kazekage himself.

As per the first two box sets, 13 episodes, 27 through 40, will span three discs.

The Naruto Shippuden Box Set 3 is scheduled to reach store shelves on August 3rd, 2010

FUNimation rates Hetalia: Axis Powers as Mature

FUNimation announced today via their Twitter account, that they will be placing a mature rating on the recently acquired animated series, Hetalia: Axis Powers. The message on the microblogging site stated that this decision was reached due to profanity, crude humour and adult situations.

Hetalia: Axis Powers is a series based around the events of World War II with human representations of their respective countries.

Source: FUNimation

Soul Eater Part Three out soon

Soul Eater DVD part 3The students at Death Weapon Meister Academy are still looking for those souls needed to increase the strength of their weapons, and it so happens that an opportunity has shown up. Arachne, a witch who’s been silent for almost 800 years, returns to wreak havoc with her creepy-crawlies against the Death Weapon Meister Academy. Maka and Soul face an all out battle for their lives as Arachne seeks revenge for what happened in the past.

Join the fight by picking up the Part Three DVD on June 1st, 2010. As usual, there are two discs with 13 episodes: 27 to 39, along with English and Japanese voices, subtitles, and special features.

Dubbing company predicts end of anime

The CEO of Bang Zoom! Entertainment, Eric P. Sherman, posted his view on why anime is going to die out. Eric attributes his reasoning of this due to the popularity of fan-subbing, where groups of people take recordings from Japanese television and translate them with English (or another language) subtitles. These videos are easily available through torrents or are sometimes chopped up and posted on streaming video sites like YouTube.

Eric has pointed the finger at fan-subs for the demise Geneon Entertainment USA and ADV Films which have gone under due to a lack of sales. If fans of the series continue to download and watch ill gotten episodes, more companies will follow suit and cease operations.

North American companies that perform the localization (which includes dubbing) and distribution of licensed series, companies such as Viz Media, FUNimation and Bang Zoom! Entertainment, have become very outspoken over fan-subbing. This is due to the idea that once someone downloads and watches the show on their computer, they most likely will not go out and purchase the DVD or Blu-ray. There are a few reasons behind this:

  • Ease of availability. Anyone with Internet access can install a torrent client and download whole episodes from others with a few clicks. And because high speed Internet access is widely available now, it only takes minutes to have whole seasons, let alone a few episodes saved to ones hard drive. Although, Viz Media and FUNimation as examples, stream video of popular series from their web sites for free, there are limitations due to licensing restrictions for those who live outside of the United States.
  • Price. Considering that much of the world is still easing out of a recession, money is tight for many people. Paying $70 for a box set, much less $30 for a single disc with four or five episodes, is a luxury many people cannot afford.
  • Localization. This one varies among fans — some of them like the fact that they don’t have to read subtitles while watching a show and listen to a talented English voice actor, while others prefer subtitles because they like the depth and style Japanese voice actors offer. In other cases, some companies, such as 4Kids Entertainment, rework huge portions of animated series to change their targeted audience in order to increase profits. Themes that depict death, violence, and mature situations are toned down so as not to scare or offend younger audiences. Such censoring draws ire from more fervent fans who want to see the series as originally designed.

It seems that there are two sides to the story with a delicate industry caught in the middle. However, both sides — the fans and the companies, need to reach a plateau where they get their money’s worth for and from the end product, be it DVD or manga. It’s unfair though for one side to harbour all of the blame when the reasons behind it should be looked at. But in the mean time, go out and buy a DVD or Blu-ray and maybe send some (polite!) feedback to the company that holds the North American license to show how you feel about the pricing and content of your favourite series.

Source: Anime News Network

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 2

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 02

Ninja fans looking to pick up a copy of the latest Naruto Shippuden box set won’t have to wait much longer for it. The second collection, featuring rogue ninja Deidara, also comes with a limited edition figure of the artistic bomber in a separate special edition version. Box Set 2 contains episodes 14-26 across three discs.

The next installation of the Naruto Shippuden box sets is scheduled for launch on April 20th, 2010.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part 1 DVD

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part 1

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part 1 DVD

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood retells the journey of Edward and Alphonse Elric on their quest to return what they’ve lost. Unlike the first series which deviated from the manga and introduced new characters, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood goes back and follows the two brothers as they encounter the truth behind the mystical Philosopher’s Stone.

FUNimation is now releasing the first DVDs for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood in box sets as opposed to individual discs (when the first series were available for purchase). Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part 1 will contain the first 13 episodes over two discs and goes on sale May 25th, 2010. A Blu-ray edition will also be available on the same day.

YTV drops Naruto and Bleach/Adult Swim takes on FMA: Brotherhood

YTV, the Canadian youth-aimed channel, has removed Naruto and Bleach from its schedule, after running repeats for the past year. The two series used to air at midnight and 1:00 am respectively.

Source: Anime News Network

The Caroon Network’s Adult Swim will be airing the first 26 episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood in the United States. The series will start on February 14th, 2010, however, check local listings for show times. A list of the English voice cast can be found here.

Source: Anime News Network

Soul Eater DVD/Manga release

Soul Eater DVD part 1Soul Eater fans can pick up part one of the series on DVD on February 9th, 2010. The first set will feature 13 episodes over two discs with both Japanese and English vocals.

The second DVD set is scheduled for release on March 30th, 2010. Fans of the manga will be able to grab volume two on February 23rd, 2010.

Streaming anime videos online

Tired of spending hours searching the internet for sites that stream of your favourite anime? has spared you the hassle and done the searching for you! These web sites are the real deal and not poorly encoded episodes split into four different videos. Popular series like Naruto Shippuden, Bleach, and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood are all here, plus much much more! Keep coming back as new series and sites are added!

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Naruto Shippuden Box Set 1

Naruto Shippuden Box Set 01The first Naruto Shippuden box set is expected on store shelves January 26th, 2010. A special edition box set will also be available, similar to how the first series Naruto collections were done, usually with a limited edition figure. No word yet on what the special edition will include.

The box set will contain three DVDs and come with both Japanese and English dubs. English subtitles are available for the Japanese language track.

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