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Melancholy of Haruhi-Chan Suzumiya & Nyoron
Melancholy of Haruhi-Chan Suzumiya & Nyoron
DVD ~ Melancholy of Haruhi
Price: $24.98

0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This set will also be released on Blu-Ray... but only for people who buy the $130 Ultimate Collector Edition, July 30, 2016
This set will also be released on Blu-Ray... but only for people who buy the $130 Ultimate Collector Edition. Sure hope you like 2009-order and Yuki-chan, otherwise you're SOL! Funimation have already done the work and encoded this set onto Blu-Ray. SELL IT TO US, AND SEPARATELY! This is completely unacceptable.
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Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Ultimate Collector [Blu-ray]
Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Ultimate Collector [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Melancholy of Haruhi
Price: $129.99

8 of 29 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waited years for it, and it just doesn't deliver. At least, not me me and my friends., July 30, 2016
Really bummed out about this set. Waited years for it, and it just doesn't deliver. At least, not me me and my friends.

This set has Melancholy in "2009 rebroadcast" order, which means the 2006 episodes and 2009 episodes are shuffled in between one another. You'll be watching an episode made in 2006, then suddenly you're shown an episode from 2009 (with obviously updated animation), then next episode you're back to watching animation made in 2006. It's a really frustrating setup, and if you want to watch the show in "chronological" or "Bandai DVD" orders, you'll have to switch discs a LOT to make it happen.

That alone may not warrant a 1-star rating, but the cherry on the disappointment cake is that Funimation are not selling the Haruhi-chan or Churuya-san specials on Blu-Ray unless you buy this bloated set. So, people like me who enjoy Haruhi but dislike the shuffled 2009 order can't even own the specials on Blu-Ray unless we buy the entire franchise for $130. This release is just insulting, Funimation. You've gone above and beyond in screwing us.
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Sunbeam SFH5963M-BWM Dual Comfort Heater with Fan
Sunbeam SFH5963M-BWM Dual Comfort Heater with Fan
Offered by MJDepot
Price: $25.25
17 used & new from $25.25

1.0 out of 5 stars They work great for about 4 months and then quit, EVERY TIME., April 23, 2016
Me and my roommate together have had FOUR of these things over the past year. They work great for about 4 months and then quit, EVERY TIME.


Super Sentai Zyuranger
Super Sentai Zyuranger
DVD ~ Yuuta Mochizuki
Price: $36.09
22 used & new from $29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Minor cringe points for the translation, but overall a solid set. BUY IT!, March 22, 2015
This review is from: Super Sentai Zyuranger (DVD)
Zyuranger is such an excellent show. I first became interested in tokusatsu a couple of years ago, when I discovered that all Power Rangers shows borrow their fight footage from Japan. Zyuranger was the first tokusatsu show I watched all the way through, and man did I make a good choice. This show is darker, wittier, and just overall smarter than Mighty Morphin Power Rangers was. If you've ever been a fan of any Power Rangers, you owe it to yourself to check out this classic show.

Any gripes I might have with the set are minor. Goshi does look like he was poorly photoshopped onto the cover, but perhaps this was due to the limited amount of photos available from the '90s? The art is fine otherwise, and I REALLY like that the Japanese name is center-stage at the top. The subs are a little weird at times... They decided to spell the name of the Zyuranger's mecha "Daizyuzin", even though it's pronounced "Daijuujin". Daizyuzin is correct... sort of. (Nihon-Shiki romanization is usually frowned on in English translations.) Still, every other translation before now went with "Daizyujin", a compromise which works MUCH better than the other options. Also, they subbed "Kyouryuu Sentai Zyuranger" as "Dinosaur Squadron Zyuranger". Why not "Dinosaur Sentai Zyuranger"? I mean, we all know we're watching a Sentai show, so people aren't going to be confused by that word... and "Squadron" doesn't work at all...

All that being said, some cringe-inducing flukes are to be expected when adapting Japanese things for American audiences, and Shout Factory at least managed to get SOME things right. They translated Ryugekiken as "Dragon-downing Sword"... Just.. why? Though, granted, the Zyusouken is still the Zyusouken. Otherwise, the set is very straightforward, and that's all it needs to be. Easily worth the $40.

Keep bringing the tokusatsu, Shout Factory, and we'll keep buying it.


Kill la Kill Blu-ray 1
Kill la Kill Blu-ray 1
DVD ~ Hiroyuki Imaishi
Offered by Anime Corner
Price: $59.98
4 used & new from $38.54

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PRICY, but a good release. (Limited edition), February 28, 2015
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This review is from: Kill la Kill Blu-ray 1 (Blu-ray)
Note: This is a review for the LIMITED EDITION COMBO PACK, not the standard Blu-Ray edition. If you get the standard Blu-Ray or DVD version, the special features will be gutted, so be careful where and how you buy!

I often import Japanese Blu-Rays if I really like a particular show. Because of this, I frequently complain about the fact that North America's anime releases are never similar in quality to their Japanese counterparts. With Kill la Kill, Aniplex have (mostly) given me what I wanted, and I'm pretty happy about it. The packaging is nice and looks great on my shelf, the menus are sexy, and the dub is excellent.

Speaking of the dub, I should touch on that briefly: It's very well-cast, and the ADR direction is spot-on. Some of the voices are a little different from their Japanese counterparts, but not in an audacious way like you'd expect from other anime licensees. (Looking at you, Sentai Filmworks) The new cast makes the characters appealing in unique ways, without being a significant departure from the original. (With the exception of Stephanie Sheh as Nui Harime. Just... why?)

Overall, a very nice release. I'll be getting the full set.
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Watamote: Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Watamote: Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Shin Onuma
22 used & new from $39.05

1 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic show, but the dub is a travesty., February 28, 2015
I loved Watamote when it was airing, and I was really looking forward to hearing a new take on the characters in the English dub. However, this release is a complete spit in the face. Sentai Filmworks are notorious for having no respect for the media they license, and Watamote is one of the more obvious examples of that in recent memory. The ADR is awful in general. None of the VAs' performances are convincing at all. In fact, they're completely amateurish AT BEST. It's worth noting that it seems to be the fault of the director rather than the cast. Still, the casting for Tomoko is embarrassingly bad. Rial's performance sounds like it belongs in a bad "abridged parody" rather than an official dub. This is easily one of the worst dubs in years, which is surprising, considering how well the show performed on streaming services while it was airing.

This IS a relative decent release, when compared to some of Sentai's other recent projects. At least you're not shelling over $90 for a trash dub like with Sentai's Chuunibyou release. With that in mind, this release gets two stars.

I'm not asking for perfection, Sentai. I'm really not. But you guys really need to step up your ADR practices, or just dub fewer shows (or both). If you need an outlet for all of your sh***y joke dubs, put them on YouTube or something, because I don't want them on my shelf.
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Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, Collector's Edition  [Blu-ray]
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions, Collector's Edition [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Leraldo Anzaldua

6 of 51 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad box, but the dub was definitely not worth the wait., January 27, 2015
I like anime dubs. There are plenty of good ones out there. Even Sentai has some good ones. (Kill Me Baby, for instance.) This dub, however, is... atrocious. That's what I get for buying blind, I guess. Meg McDonald already ruined the Garupan dub, and now you're putting her in another lead role? If I had known she voiced Rikka, I NEVER would have bought this. Who is even running your ADR department, Sentai?

I mean, at least it's not a s***ty joke dub like Watamote was. But it's still very bad. This is definitely going on eBay, and I feel sorry for whoever ends up with it.

I know the 12-year-old fanboys and Sentai employees are going to downvote the hell out of this review, but I don't care. Someone needs to give an honest review of this. Sentai Filmworks are guilty of multiple war crimes against anime, and voice acting in general. You people should be ashamed.

This gets 1 star instead of the 2 it should have gotten, because Sentai discontinued the first Blu-Ray. Which means, that yo have no choice but to pay $80 for this amateur, cringy dub.

I want to love you guys, Sentai, but you've got to at least try.
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Yuyushiki: Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
Yuyushiki: Complete Collection [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Minami Tsuda
Price: $37.43
22 used & new from $25.97

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the great comedies of our time... with a "passable" Western release., December 12, 2014
The menus are easy to navigate, and the whole show is neatly packed on one disc. The menu isn't animated, but the background they chose is appealing and fits perfectly with the music, which is Yuyushiki's OP, "Seeno". All 12 episode titles are neatly arranged on one page.

There ARE some issues. Some jokes are lost in translation so badly that they're confusing even in English, but this only affects a handful of lines noticeably. And there's a blatant typo on the main menu where Yukari's name is spelled "Tukari".

The physical product met expectations. But there's also the obvious carelessness with the menu, plus the lack of the NyaNyaShiki specials (granted, you're only missing 10 minutes of content that isn't as good as the core show)... A 4/10 release for a 10/10 anime, so I'm going with 4/5 stars.

If you're still deciding, stream it. If you like it and don't mind the issues with this release, buy this (I did). If you don't want to deal with the issues this set has, buying the Japanese BD box on Japanese Amazon is the best way to support the show. (I have that, too. The Japanese site ships internationally, but the JP version does NOT have subtitles.)


The Skeptic's Annotated Bible: Corrected and Explained
The Skeptic's Annotated Bible: Corrected and Explained
Price: $2.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Insipid. There is not one word in this book ..., August 21, 2014
Insipid. There is not one word in this book worth reading. Get the original Skeptic's Annotated Bible, not this tripe.


Power Rangers Super Megaforce - Deluxe Legendary Morpher
Power Rangers Super Megaforce - Deluxe Legendary Morpher
6 used & new from $170.00

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The build quality is much worse than the original, Japanese toy, February 6, 2014
I know the original toy was closer to $40 than $30, so I wasn't expecting this to have ALL of the features of the original. Still, even with that in mind, you'd think they would at least make the swords flip open like they do on the show. Instead, the swords are stuck in a "flipped out" state. The only movement you get upon turning the key is the tips of the swords popping out. Very disappointing.
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