Wednesday, March 12, 2014

NIS America to release Toradora Blu-ray Boxset!

Toradora was NIS America's first anime release in America. Since then NIS America has released many wonderful anime such as Kimi ni Todoke and Anohana. Now NIS is reviving Toradora with a Blu-ray Box-set release. There will will be two releases a premium box-set and standard box-set. The premium box-set will be $129.99 dollars and will include all 25 episodes, an original anime video and a hardcover book.  The standard edition will be worth $59.99 and will be released in two box-sets. It can be found on RightStuf!

 NIS America also has announced that they will be releasing an English dub, which in itself is a rarity of NIS America to do. The main cast for has been announced.

The disks are to contain extras such as clean opening and ending, mini-episodes and TV spots. The premium and standard box-sets are set to be released on July 1st, 2014.  Japan saw it's own blu-ray release back in 2011.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Unboxing: Maburaho Complete Thinkpack DVD Boxset by ADV

Okay now this is going to be a long story. I ordered this about almost 3 weeks ago and it was supposed to arrive in 10 days from my order. Well it didn't arrive when I wanted it to so I was scrapping to find what happened to my package. Apparently UPS delivered it to the wrong place. So I'm calling all around and I a few days a later I find it is in a warehouse. I just received my package yesterday. It was a hellish experience but yeah. I got my package.

Maburaho is a rare find. And apparently ADV released two different thin pack box-sets. Each had different artwork on the box. I don't know why it was done like this but still I got the earlier version. I don't know what the difference was between the later thinkpack released in 2009 and the one released before ADV flopped.

Friday, March 7, 2014

I went and saw Robo Cop!

Okay so yeah, I saw Robo Cop last week, and because of that I caught a cold and have been sick since then. Anyways, enough of my whining. As a warning if you don't want to be spoiled over bits of the movie, then don't scroll down.

 Upon seeing the movie, I thought that it was done really well as a re-imagining. Director José Padilha and screenwriter, Joshua Zetumer did an excellent job. RoboCop's black form was pretty awesome made it look all sinister.  But what the remake movie did not do was explain exactly how he was able to kill Raymond Sellers. In the old 1987 movie, RoboCop overwrote the program controlling him. But in the newer movies, RoboCop forces himself to shoot Raymond Sellers in the end. This could be speculated that it was due the fact that his right hand was the only thing left human of him, or that he powered through human emotions. 

Another thing that differed from the movie was that RoboCop in the older movies still had his upper half of his body still alive. In the 2014 remake, what is revealed under the mechanical parts his that only RoboCop/Alex Murphy's Head, lungs and esophagus remains. It was rather grotesque to see those lungs pulsating and your first impression is "how is he able to still be alive".  But this perfectly shows the horror that is thrown upon Alex Murphy after he wakes up from his accident, only to find he has become a machine. 

Also the movie holds a cameo of the 1987 RoboCop where he transforms with the lights on his shoulders. 

Also much of those unmanned machines reminded me of the gekos from Metal Gear Solid 4. It gave out a dystopia cyberpunk future world. The only thing I will have to dislike about the movie is the fact that it's rating went from an R to PG-13, and that did hamper on some of my enjoyment as the PG-13 movie made the fight scenes someone watered down.

This movie did great in its execution and was watchable. Fans may argue that the original was superior to the remake. I will have to disagree. The remake did a great job. It's a recommended see if you don't mind watching a bit more family-friendly version of RoboCop.