Unboxing: Hyperdimension Neptunia – The Complete Series (Limited Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) [US]

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After playing Hyperdimension Neptunia: Action Unleashed U on the PS Vita as part of a review for this site i instantly became hooked onto the games franchise; which of course led me onto the animated series. Of course the anime series has yet to make it to our UK shores but in America FUNimation have released a Limited Edition artbox version; which today is what i’ll be unboxing. Read more of this post

Unboxing: Michiko & Hatchin – Part 2 (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) [USA]

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Michiko & Hatchin is one of the few anime series that never reached UK shores; but luckily for us the American Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack is Region B Compatible and today i’ll be taking a closer look at what Part 2 has to offer in our latest unboxing article. Read more of this post

Unboxing: Fairy Tail – Part 8 (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) [USA]

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It’s time for another ‘unboxing’ article and this time we take a closer look at the American Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack release of Fairy Tail – Part 8; a release which sees episodes 85-96 spread over two Blu-ray and two DVD discs, but more importantly it concludes the Edolas Story Arc.

I won’t go into details of the storyline or episode content but what i will say is that this ‘American’ release by FUNimation continues the trend set by previous releases, especially Parts 5 through to 7, as the disc artwork still uses the ‘basic’ design, their is still a carded sleeve that goes over the DVD Sized cases and more importantly it still features reversible sleeve with artwork. In hindsight it’s exactly the same as previous installmets; in terms of layout and presentation, but just a different selection of episodes on offer – which is all you could really ask for as it matches the other sets on the shelf. Read more of this post

Unboxing: Dragon Ball Z: Season 2 (Blu-ray) [USA]

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The legend never dies (especially when it arrives in cropped form), either way the second season of Dragon Ball Z on Blu-ray has arrived within America and today I’m going to take a look at it.

Just like the previous instalment Dragon Ball Z – Season 2 features around 30 episodes spanning the Namek and Frezia sagas of the series, each of which have been re-recorded and digitally restored within High Definition. Like it or lump it the HD Transfer that FUNimation has done is visually outstanding, especially when compared to previous DVD sets, and the only thing letting it down is the painful low audio quality on the Japanese track. This is to be expected, as no matter how hard you try the audio won’t improve (that much). Read more of this post

Unboxing: Psycho Pass – Series 1 Part 1 (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) [USA]

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When FUNimation released Psycho Pass onto Blu-ray and DVD within America two different versions of the series were available, a limited edition premium set which contained the complete series with a variety of phsyical bonus content, and two half-season sets. Well today i’ll be taking a look at one of those ‘half-season’ sets, namely Psycho Pass Series 1 Part 1.

To start off with the series is completely region free, with both the DVD Discs and Blu-ray Discs being compatible within the UK, America, Australia and Europe, however Manga Entertainment UK will be releasing this set (Series 1 Part 1) during July as an individual Blu-ray and DVD. Read more of this post

Unboxing: Michiko & Hatchin – Part 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) [USA]

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Our latest unboxing it’s non-other than FUNimation’s Limited Edition release of Michiko & Hatchin, also known as Michiko To Hatchin, Part 1 –  a series which has yet to be licensed for home video release within the UK.

The only difference between this ‘Limited Edition’ bundle and ‘standard’ versions of Michiko & Hatchin – Part 1 is that the limited Edition includes a carded artbox that can fit box sets into a single series. It’s a common theme with FUNimation releases, and a trend that is starting to appear in the UK (MVM’s Fate/Zero release), but because of this the price usually increases. Read more of this post

Mai Mai Miracle Reaches Target Within 24 Hours, English Audio Track Added as Stretch Goal

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All The Anime’s debut Kickstarter Campaign for Mai Mai Miracle, a feature length film directed by Sunao Katabuchi, has managed to achieve its $30,000 target within 24 hours.

The $30,000 target set by All The Anime was to allow for the production and distribution of a Blu-ray and DVD version of the film, this includes packaging, translation and replication – everything major publishers (such as FUNimation) have to do before their product can be released. Of course now that the $30,000 target has been reached it means that anyone who pledges money to the project (or has already pledged) will receive their reward, rewards which range from a copy of the film on Blu-ray to exclusive artworks that are not available to the public. Read more of this post

Unboxing: Black Lagoon – Season 1 & Season 2 (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) [USA]

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As many Blu-ray fans will know Black Lagoon has been available for awhile within the UK, but several months ago the series was released within America by FUNimation, this time as a Combo Pack sporting both Blu-ray and DVD versions of the series, so I’ve decided to “dive in” unbox it and see what the difference is.

It’s amazing how different the releases are, the UK version had 2 Blu-ray sets, each with 12 episodes and each with 2 Blu-ray Discs, so that’s 4 Blu-ray discs total for 24 episodes and 2.0 Stereo sound. However this ‘Complete Series’ collection by FUNimation contains the same amount of episodes, improved 5.1 audio and extra features, yet it only uses 3 Blu-ray discs. Strangely enough the picture quality on the US release looks better than the UK version, despite featuring more content.

The price point is another major difference, each KAZE UK Released Blu-ray set is around £27 each (so that’s around £54 for both), however the American version is currently around $35 (equates to £21) which is considerably cheaper than the UK release. Price is not the only factor though, as this US version includes a remixed 5.1 Surround Sound English Audio track and a variety of extra features, one of which includes a behind-the-scenes look at the dubbing process for the series.

Of course there is a downside to this US Release, and that is its Region Locked, meaning it will only work on Region A Blu-ray Players and Region 1 DVD Players, however if that isn’t an issue then i’d highly recommend this American release over the UK Versions which are now available.

Either way slight informative rant aside here is our unboxing video for Black Lagoon: The Complete Series – Season 1 & Season 2 (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) which is now available within America.