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The Melancholy Of Haruhi Suzumiya season 2 US release details

Well, it’s about time. We finally have a US release date for  the Season 2 box set and it is August 17, 2010.

It will include both English and Japanese voices, English ssubtitles, location scouting videos, Behind the scenes of a music video by Aya Hirano, promo videos, commercials, all the episodes of the Adventures of the ASOS Brigade, and a CD with the opening and ending.

MSRP is $64.98, but we all know it will be cheaper on most sites anyways. Hell, Amazon already has it listed for $44.99

This is a day 1 purchase for me, thats for sure. And it seems there are plenty of people excited for the release on facebook and a couple of the forums I have been on, even if Endless eight is on there. But, we will find out how many people actually buy it come August.

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Freak Out Fridays: Keyboard Smashing!

This time we have Angry German Kid played to some anime OPs and EDs. Seems to be a perfect fit to me.

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The Disappearance Of Haruhi Suzumiya Licensed By Bandai

More great Haruhi news announced today. Bandai has licensed The Disappearance Of Haruhi Suzumiya for US release later this year.

Bandai has once again proven to be great to me.

Currently the only place it is announced for theatrical release is Hawaii. Not really sure if this is the only state, but if it is, that sucks.

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Haruhi Has Now Invaded Crunchyroll

Well, now Haruhi is available to all without the need  to steal it like many people will surely do anyways. Crunchyroll has added the original Haruhi anime to it’s line-up.

While this isn’t much help for me (I already have all the DVDs) it is helpful for those who haven’t seen it and are trying to save money. Hopefully this will get more people excited about the coming DVD release of Season 2.

Currently the first 4 episodes are  up, the rest will be up later next week.

Haruhi’s Crunchyroll Page

True Haruhi Season 2 Cast Announcement

Well, I guess I was wrong about the cast. But I don’t mind. I enjoyed the original Haruhi dub and definitely liked the original English Yuki more.

For those who don’t want to watch the video and never saw season 1, here is a list of the VAs for main characters.

Kyon- Crispin Freeman

Haruhi- Wendee Lee

Yuki- MIchelle Ruff

Mikuru- Stephanie Sheh

Itsuke- Johnny Yong Bosch

SO yeah, even though Cristina Vee won’t be Haruhi, I am still happy since I know the dub will be good. But after all this, I wonder if Bandai will be using the English version of the opening that Cristina did or or if they are just using that as part of the promotional videos.

Haruhi Season 2 English Cast Confirmation?

Well, if the video above is true the cast for the females are as follows

Haruhi Suzumiya – Cristina Vee

Mikuru Asahina – Karrie Shirou

Yuki Nagato – Gina Li

Though, Gina and Karrie may just be people filling in as cosplayers, so they may or may not be the Voice actresses for those 2 characters. I can’t guarantee Cristina either.

But, either way, they sounded decent, but I will be royally pissed if Crispin Freeman (Kyon) and Johnny Yong Bosch (Itsuke Koizumi) are replaced. Just saying Bandai may have to watch out if something happens to them being in the cast.

Cristina Vee Replacing Wendee Lee As Haruhi For Season 2?

What do you think, they block out her face, but the hair and skin tone matches Cristina’s, so it seems that way. Not that I would mind, I mean, she has an amazing  voice thats for sure. Just listen to her sing the Haruhi season 2 opening below.

While I will miss Wendee Lee if she is replaced, I will be happy that they got another quality VA. But, if they replace Crispin Freeman, then somebody’s ass will be beatin’ quite hard.

Even More Proof Of Haruhi Season 2 Licensed For US Release?

That image, the fact that the font color for the text is #888888, and they are saying that the site is under construction again. Sound a little suspicious to me. Maybe we will be getting it soon.

You can find it here on the official website.

Let’s just hope this isn’t some elaborate troll set up by Bandai and Kadokawa.

Top Anime Of 2009 For Me (Update: Added To Love-Ru)

Here is this years top anime list for me. Note that it includes both US DVD releases and Japanese releases, so even if you saw one show fansubbed years ago, if it was releases in the US this year, or a majority of the series was released in the US this year, it can end up on the list. And there is no particular order.


True Tears This is one of the best I have seen in a long time, possibly ever. While watching it, I can’t help but cheer for Noe and Aiko as they try to make the really dense Shinichiro. Though, he may just be persistent. But soon he learns that some things are none of his business as he discovers secrets his Mom and Hiromi have been hiding. Visually it is quite good, vibrant colors and well drawn characters. I haven’t noticed any major flaws either. You should watch it your self because it is kind of hard to truly explain why it is so great in words without giving away the plot.

Clannad ~After Story~– Another simply amazing anime. Tomoya has graduated from high school now and is dating Nagisa still. But due to illness, she is still in high school. Clannad ~After Story~ follows the next 10 ears of their lives through the troubles of starting a family and just dealing with everyday problems. it has a great mix of comedy and drama to keep anyone hook. Plus, if you are a moe fan, this is show is for you. You have a different archetype of  girl within each female character, so there is some variety within the characters too unlike some shows where Tsundere and Yandere are the only types.

K-On!– A show about some girls starting a band and a ton of moe thrown and you get a rather entertaining 13 episode show about some best friends and their band. K-On! has its own style of art that KyoAni is starting to use for many other shows now. The style is more of a cutesy one that works for this particular show almost like doughnuts and milk. Without one, the other wouldn’t be as great. As for the plot, well, there  isn’t one. But, if you like shows that have no plot like Lucky Star or Azumanga Daioh, you will probably like this.

Kampfer– Kampfer is one of those things i went in expecting horrible diarrhea causing things but came out quite entertained even though it was kinda stupid. A quick and easy laugh that I will probably watch again eventually. The plot centers around a guy named Natsuru who can turn into a girl that the girl he likes want to do things to. He is a kampfer and they have to fight other Kampfers. Though, you will watch it and learn it has barely any fighting in it. More of a guilty pleasure, it has almost no redeeming values for most people.

Kannagi–  2 years in a row it has made it into my top  of the year list. Kannagi was released on DVD this year by Bandai, and I am very happy for this. Kannagi iis the story of a goddess who is selfish, a tsundere, and lives with a boy trying to rid the town of impurities. Though, it is more about the lives of them instead. Not that I mind since it is so well done that you barely remember the original intent of the show when you are having fun. Many references to other anime are thrown in, but they aren’t so obvious like say, Hayate no Gotoku or Lucky Star. Near the end is the best part though, but you will have ot watch that to see why.

Ouran High Host Club– The only reason this is even on the list for this year is mostly because it was an equal amount for 2008 and 2009. Ouran High Host Club is about a girl forced into the host club of a rich school because she accidentally broke an expensive vase. It has no real story until about the end, and relies heavily of situational comedy, but it is always good. I found myself laughing a lot throughout the series.

Eden of the east– I  may not have finished it since it was licensed before I was able to finish it, but the half of the series I did see was amazing. So much mystery surrounds the main character as he tries to piece together just what happened before his memories were erased. He  is given a set amount of credits to spend through his phone to do this. This one anime alone can hold your attention until the end and you won’t even realize you sat there for 5 hours straight. I wish I could describe more of the plot, but even the slightest details can be major spoilers.

To Aru Majutsu no Index and To Aru Kagaku no Railgun– While each of these have a different style, both had a little over half the episodes for the seasons come out in 2009 and both take place in the same universe. Majutsu no Index follows the adventures of Toma and Index as he protects her from other magicians. They live in a city of science where espers rule, no one else can help them since magic  isn’t supposed to exist.  Kagaku no Railgun is about Mikoto, Kuroko, Saten, and Uiharu as they live their lives as students. But there is still some action in this, but there is also a little more comedy than the first series. Saten and Kuroko make it worth it to watch with their blatant sexual harassment  of their best friends. It brings great laughs throughout the series for me.

Code Geass R2– I know, people for some reason hated this,  said it was too different from the first season, but, it was good too me. Not as great as season one, but not bad. To bad I can’t really talk much about the plot since it would be a big spoiler to everyone who hasn’t seen it, but I will say that if you want some good mecha action along with some good story, watch Code Geass.

To Love-Ru – OMG! The one anime I never expected to get a US release this year, or ever got released. I fell in love with this anime when it  aired in Japan, and now that it is out in the US, it’s even better. Lala is an alien princess from Deviluke who has decided she wants to marry Rito, who is in love with Haruna. well, some other girls get into the mix, and since Lala is still new to Earth, she causes problems for him that bring me laughs throughout. While a real story doesn’t come into effect until near the end, it is still a fun ride that I will take over and over again. Though, I may just be saying this because I love harem anime for some reason.

This is all I could remember for right now. But I will probably do a honorable mentions post too along with an award for being the worst anime of the year also. I’m not sure which one too choose for worst anime yet though.

I Wouldn’t mind Seeing This Movie If Someone Really Were To Make It

I don’t remember if I posted this or not, but it still makes me laugh when I watch it.

Haruhi Season 2 Licensed For US Release?

This and the  fact that the source for the US Haruhi page has a rather long line of 8s (they are Japanese 8s) leads me to believe somethign is up. Bandai does have some rather odd marketing ideas sometimes, just look at Kannagi.

If you want to see the 8s, just go here and look at the source code. I will trust you know how too… Never mind, I won’t so I will just tell you.

In Firefox, click view, and choose page source. It’s that simple. Internet Explorer users don’t get an explanation because it sucks.

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Gundam Unicorm Japanese Blu-Ray To Have English Dub

l_gundam_unicornAre you wanting to get the new Gundam Unicorn OVA before all your friends? If so, be prepared to put down a decent amount of money for it. On March 12th, the Japanese Blu-Ray release comes out and it will have English and Japanese Dubs, along with subs in multiple other languages.

Nice move in my opinion since it allows for more people to watch it earlier. I might even import it if I have the probably $80 for the price.

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Tokyopop’s New Acquisitions Announced At NYAF ’09

3347059475_942571899fTokyopop announced quite a few new titles at NYAF this year. So, here is the list of all of them:

Song and Laughter By Natsuki Takaya

Ratman By Sekihiko Inui

.hack//Link By Megane Kikuya

Seikon no Qwaser By Hiroyuki Yoshino

Croquis By Hinako Takanaga

Blood Honey By Sakyō Yozakura

Love Knot By Lemon Ichijō

Cute Demon By Hiro Madarame

Love Story In The Isolated Island By DUO Brand

Currently, they are all set for a 2010 release, so there is still a while off before these hit US shores officially. Though, long waits should be nothing for anyone who is a fan of Haruhi.

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New Darker Than Black: Ryusei No Gemini Promo Posted

ningenwallpapers-darker-than-black-3-1600x1200Another promo for Darker Than Black’s second season has been posted, and you can watch it here.

All I know about it right now is that there is a Russian loli assassin after Hei and Yin. I still haven’t finished the first season even though I keep telling myself I need to buy the rest of the volumes. I guess I will end up telling myself again, I will probably get the rest of the volumes by the end of the year.

Darker Than Black is a good show if you want some Sci-Fi that doesn’t really explain what the hell is going on at the beginning, and for all I know, it never tells you. Not that I care, the show was good to me, even if I only saw 5 episodes.

To Love-Ru And 2 Other Manga Series Coming To An End

To_LOVE_Ru_Mikan_Lala_Sarenji_by_MugiwaraCookAll good things must come to an end i guess. To Love-RU’s run is finally coming to an end on August 31. No more new chapters in the manga.

Not only is To Love-RU coming to an end, but Freesia and Noramimi. But, I could care less about those 2, all I want is more To Love-RU.

No more Mikan, Lala, Yami-chan, or Haruna. :( Oh well, I guess this may lead to more season of the anime hopefully. But, I still am waiting for someone to license it for release in the US. I would like to have an official copy of it after all.

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