I know Hyperdimension Neptunia isn’t out yet (The banner will be replaced on the 18th, or I will make one for Ar Tonelico III), however I thought I would change the banner to represent something that has been long awaited to the Australian audience….. that being Higurashi no Naku Koro ni finally hitting Aussie shores! Originally only available as a (very pricey) import title, Higurashi is now coming to our shores in two DVD sets, with the first being released on the 18th of this month! Whilst it may seem like an old title to most international people, for those Aussies who have not yet had the chance to experience Ryukishi07’s epic Higurashi series, then I urge everyone to pick it up!
Anyway, the anime and manga that is being released this month include:
(Note, an * means I will most probably get and review the title!)
When they Cry – Part 1 (Episodes 1-13) *
On a hot summer day in 1983, a transfer student named Maebara Keiichi comes to a peaceful rural village in Hinamizawa. There he befriends his classmates Rena, Mion, Rika, and Satoko. Just as Keiichi is beginning to assimilate into simple rural life, he stumbles upon the dark history of Hinamizawa – every year for the past four years, one person has been murdered and another has gone missing on the day of the Watanagashi Festival. When They Cry is an unnerving story of rural folklore and small-town psychosis steeped in brutal violence and horrific sadism. Cute and funny one minute, sinister and twisted the next, When they Cry broods with a unique psychological malaise.
Welcome to Irabu’s Office *
A pro baseball player with the yips, a man with a permanent erection, a hopeless yakuza underboss, an obsessive compulsive university lecturer, a mobile phone addict and an anxious circus performer…Welcome to Irabu’s office! Irabu Ichiro is a psychiatrist who lives in a colourful alternate version of Tokyo. His methods of dealing with his patients are unorthodox to say the least. 11 Patients visit him for psychological help, each one receiving an injection from Irabu’s sultry nurse – a practice Irabu seems to take obscene pleasure in witnessing. Despite Ichiro’s zealous attitude, he does succeed in helping out each of the patients via psychological exhaustion and life-changing psychedelic experience.
Casshern Sins Part 2 (Episodes 13-24)*
Luna brought with her a hope for mankind and her death plunged the world into a post-apocalyptic disparity. Casshern killed her in a blind rage and now he confronts both his personal despair and a world that wants justice.But a rumour surfaces that Luna is still alive. With the rumour there is hope, and Casshern seeks to find her in search of closure and retribution. Meanwhile, others seek to find Casshern.
It’s back to high school and Hollow slaying for Ichigo Kurosaki, who is now officially recognized as a Substitute Soul Reaper by the Soul Society. On the day he returns to Karakura First High School, Ichigo meets an unusual new student named Shinji Hirako, who seems to know abut him and his inner Hollow. When a massive amount of spiritual pressure approaches Karakura Town, Isshin and Kisuke worry that someone is attempting to build an army of Arrancars – Hollows with the power of Soul Reapers.
The last descendants of an evil race of warriors known as the Saiyans are on a collision course with Earth, and Goku – the strongest fighter on the planet – is all that stands between humanity and extinction. To save his friends and the world he loves, Goku must travel to a realm from which few return, but should he survive, he’ll discover the power to face the villainous Saiyan warlord, Prince Vegeta.
In the shadows beneath Central, the Elrics encounter Father, the creator of the Homunculi. His face is familiar, but his alchemy is unlike anything the brothers have ever seen. As Father’s dark plot takes shape, Ed and Al brave the frigid north to meet the top officer of the Fortress Briggs: General Olivier Armstrong. With icy nerve and burning intensity, she commands the hardest soldiers in the land, leading the warriors of Briggs in battle against the unstoppable, rampaging Sloth.
More after the jump!
GURREN LAGANN MOVIE COLLECTION *
This is the story of a man who has yet to realise what destiny holds in store for him… Far in the future, humans have lived underground restlessly for hundreds of years, suffering from frequent earthquakes and land shortage. In one such underground village, there are two young men. One, Simon, is shy and naïve, the other, Kamina, is brash and believes in the existence of a “surface” world above their heads. The destiny of the two starts changing drastically when the ceiling falls. A gigantic “Gunmen” mecha crashes through in battle with a beautiful girl named Yoko, with a superconductive rifle, from the surface. Kamina, Simon and Yoko get on the mecha “Lagann” that Simon digs out from the ground, and jump out to the surface! However, the world above is not such a dreamland as Kamina imagined, falling under the reign of the Spiral King and his army of Gunmen piloting Beastmen. Kamina and Simon, along with their comrades, must meet the challenge to change this desperate world to one with hope for the future!
KENICHI: THE MIGHTIEST DISCIPLE COLLECTION 1 (EPS 1-26) *
Yeah, Kenichi’s a total wimp. He’s always getting picked on and doesn’t have a lot of friends to stick up for him. The guy needs motivation if he hopes to graduate in one piece. Well, Miu’s the perfect motivation. She’s hot, she accepts him, and she just so happens to live at a dojo with six martial arts masters. You could say fate has led Kenichi to their door, or you could say he was just following the hottie. Either way, he’s about to get whipped into serious shape. If he can survive some hard-core training, he might survive another day at school. He might even score with Miu. Yeah, you could call Kenichi a wimp. But let’s go with underdog instead.
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00 SEASON 1 COLLECTION
The year is 2307 A.D. While the Earth’s reserves of fossil fuels have been depleted, humanity has obtained a new, nearly infinite source of energy to replace them in the form of large-scale solar-powered generation systems based on three huge orbital elevators. However, the benefits of this system are available only to a handful of major powers and their allies. These orbital elevators belong to three superpower blocs: the Union, the Human Reform League and the AEU. These confederations continue to play a grand zerosum game for the sake of their own prestige and prosperity. Thus, even in the 24th Century, humanity has yet to unite as one. In this world of unceasing conflict, a private armed organization steps forward, declaring their intention to eliminate war through martial force. Using the power of their mobile suits combatively, a series of four high-performance machines each dubbed “Gundam,” the paramilitary organization known as Celestial Being takes the world-stage beginning armed interventions within all the world’s nations.
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM 00 SECOND SEASON VOL. 6
The A-LAWS and Federation Forces are gathering a huge fleet to exterminate Celestial Being, and their leaders anticipate a final decisive battle. Aboard the Ptolemaios 2, Setsuna and his comrades gather their resolve for the coming battle. They each give voice to their determination. Meanwhile, the Innovator Regene Regetta finally rebels against Ribbons Almark and a world-shattering final battle unfolds on the dark side of the moon!
NARUTO SHIPPUDEN COLLECTION 05 (EPS 53-65)
Defeated by Sasuke, Naruto returns to the hidden Leaf Village to start a new training program with Kakashi and Yamato. Naruto learns that he has Wind-style chakra. Meanwhile, a group of four mysterious people attacks a village in the countryside of the Fire Country. Who are they and what exactly do they want from the Leaf Village ninja?
ONE PIECE (UNCUT) COLLECTION 6 (EPS 67-78)
The Grand Line is no place for a crew of yellow-bellied land-lubbers! Lucky for the Straw Hats, they’ve got Monkey D. Luffy – the bravest captain sailing the high seas. So when a night of drinking turns into a daring attempt to protect a princess from treacherous assassins, Luffy’s crew is ready for action! Their death-defying rescue mission sees them cross paths with monstrous sea creatures, prehistoric predators, and battle-tested giants with an explosive thirst for ale. Adventures like this might take the wind out of some swashbucklers, but it’s all in a day’s work for a rubberman determined to become the king of all pirates!
TRIGUN REMASTERED COLLECTION
Vash the Stampede is a wanted man with a habit of turning entire towns into rubble. The price on his head is a fortune, and his path of destruction reaches across the arid wastelands of a desert planet. Unfortunately, most encounters with the spiky-haired gunslinger don’t end well for the bounty hunters who catch up with him; someone almost always gets hurt – and it’s never Vash. Oddly enough, for such an infamous fugitive, there’s no proof that he’s ever taken a life. In fact, he’s a pacifist with a doughnut obsession who’s more doofus than desperado. There’s a whole lot more to him than his reputation lets on – Vash the Stampede definitely ain’t your typical outlaw.
XAM’D: LOST MEMORIES COLLECTION 1 *
When a young boy on a peaceful island becomes the victim of a terrorist attack, he transforms into Xam’d, a powerful mecha capable of extreme power. Now he must discover the depth of his power and the role he plays in a world where metal and rock meet flesh, desire, and destiny.
Madman are also releasing some manga over here this month, however due to the size of their manga lists, I will only add the ones that interest me, the rest you can get off the Madman Website.
Light Yagami is an ace student with great prospects–and he’s bored out of his mind. But all that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. Will Light’s noble goal succeed, or will the Death Note turn him into the very thing he fights against?
When innocent country boy Nai sets foot into the sordid cutthroat realm of the city, he might as well have painted a target on his own back. Kidnappers, murderers and desperados abound, waiting to take advantage of a boy guileless enough to believe blood is merely “red water”. When he is framed for a murder, it is the bandit Gareki who bails him out. Being a shrewd and sharp-eyed thief, however, Gareki’s motives are less than pure. Nai is looking for a friend who has disappeared and left behind something particularly intriguing – an I.D bracelet from the organisation named “Circus”, the country’s supreme defense agency. While Gareki has his sights set firmly on the bracelet, “Circus” in turn, has shifted its eye onto the duo as well…