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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.

Naruto anime short online

A new Naruto anime short has been posted on the Weekly Shonen Jump web site. The original story features Uchiha Sasuke when he was still part of Squad 7 under Kakashi’s leadership. Along with Naruto, there’s a short from another series called Toriko. Both videos were previewed in Japan at Jump Super Anime Tour locations.

The videos are only viewable using special software on the Weekly Shonen Jump web site and is currently available for Windows-based computers.

The short was released in part with Naruto’s tenth anniversary.

Source: Anime News Network

Gurren Lagann on YouTube

Manga Entertainment has all 27¬†episodes of Gurren Lagann up on YouTube. The videos are all length episodes and dubbed in English. If you’re outside of the United States, you can enjoy the series online.

Soul Eater DVDs in February

The first Soul Eater DVDs will be hitting store shelves February next year. It’s expected that this will contain the first thirteen episodes in a slim pack format. Until then, you can watch Soul Eater on FUNimation’s web site.

Source: Anime News Network

Sample Soul Eater English dub on YouTube

FUNimation has posted a short clip dubbed in English from the series Soul Eater on their YouTube channel. In the video clip, Black Star and his Shadow Weapon, Tsubaki, make an appearance in an attempt to assassinate a mob boss.

The series is scheduled to be released sometime in 2010.

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