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    New Anime

    28.10.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on New Anime

    More new anime has arrived (I mentioned it earlier but now it’s in the catalogue). We have the final disc of the Mushi-Shi series, which is a slow series but well worth watching in its entirety; volumes 1 to 7 of Fullmetal Alchemist; volumes 1 to 3 of Ranma 1/2; and the final three discs in the infinitely awesome Samurai Champloo series, which is now all in the YA area.

    Here’s a complete list of anime based on a manga series held by the library. Here’s a list of anime movies, and here is a list of anime television series.

  • anime, DVDs, New, Sci Fi, Simon

    New anime

    18.09.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on New anime

    Yes! More new anime, and it’s on the catalogue so you can reserve it now. We have the first fourteen DVDs of Bleach : Agent of the Soul Reaper, which is pretty exciting (it’s very good) (website) and My-HiME : My Otome,  which can be read about on Wikipedia (or through the official website in Japanese).  Both series should be available from next week.

    Some of the others we will be getting are mentioned in this previous post.

    (All of the Samura Champloo series will soon become available through the library, although probably as an adult DVD only.)

  • anime, DVDs, New, Simon

    New Anime we will get soonish

    20.08.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on New Anime we will get soonish

    We (the library) have purchased some new anime series. But they’re not quite ready for the catalogue yet! They are in the building though. (DVDs and CDs aren’t entered into the library catalogue until they’re ready to be issued. Books are catalogued as soon as they’re ordered.) They shouldn’t be too far off, and then you can reserve them.

    These are the anime we’re getting (links lead to the v. handy Anime News Network):

    Ranma 1/2  – all seven series.
    Fullmetal Alchemist 
    (intended for the adult DVD collection, but we hope to wrangle some YA copies.)

    Good news.

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    24.07.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Mushi-Shi

    We have a new anime series available in the YA area. (Quite timely, as we’ve just separated the anime out from the other animated DVDs.) Mushi-Shi is about Mushi, supernatural creatures that aren’t noticed by most people, and Ginko, a Mushi master, who is researching them and helping out people who suffer from a case of Mushi infestation. The series has won loads of awards. There are five DVDs containing the first 20 episodes; the last disc isn’t quite here yet.

    Here’s the official website, here’s one in English, and here’s a link to the library catalogue so you can check availability and reserve them.

  • anime, DVDs, Fantasy, Movies, Simon


    29.06.09 | Permalink | Comments Off on Avatar

    Grimm embedded the trailer to the Avatar film (The Last Airbender) last week, and as I liked it I decided to get out the award-winning and highly-rated Avatar : The Legend of Aang DVDs to watch a couple of episodes. I ended up watching sixteen episodes over two days – it’s that good. So very, very good. If you like Studio Ghibli films you will like Avatar (obviously inspired by Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, and so on). There are three series in total, but only the first series is available on DVD; the final two have only been released in the US, unfortunately, so it will be a while before we can watch them.

    In the meantime you can visit the official website, which has games, clips, weekly comics, and so forth. The UK site has some similar content, but some of it is different. There’s an Avatar wiki. There is a browser-based MMO called Avatar : Legends of the Arena that is free-to-play.

    The film, The Last Airbender, has a fansite (the official site is here).

  • anime, Books, DVDs, Manga, Music, New, Simon

    New books, CDs, and DVDs

    28.11.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on New books, CDs, and DVDs

    There’s not a lot of new material this week, so I’ll bundle it all up into one post. First up; new books!

    Fruits Basket #21, by Natsuki Takaya (181 pages) – The Sohma family are each possessed by an animal from the Chinese zodiac, and if they’re hugged by the opposite gender (or get stressed out) they turn into that animal. Fruits Basket is one of the best-selling shōjo manga in the world; ‘shōjo manga’ is manga marketed towards teenage girls.

    Kekkaishi #14 (and #15), by Yellow Tanabe (162 pages) – Kekkaishi are demon-hunters who use magic to create barriers in creative and interesting ways. This is shōnen manga, which is manga marketed for boys between 8 and 18.

    The Latent Powers of Dylan Fontaine, by April Lurie (211 pages) – Fifteen-year-old Dylan’s life is in shambles; his mother may have run off, his father is never home, his older brother hangs out with his loser band, and he – Dylan – has just been caught shoplifting underwear. Also, his best friend is shooting a documentary about him and she (unfortunately) wants to remain his friend.

    Finnikin of the Rock, by Melina Marchette (398 pages) – This is the latest from the author of Looking for Alibrandi, (a very popular book still, fifteen years after its publication). Finnikin of the Rock is a character-driven fantasy novel. ‘A long time ago, in the spring before the five days of the unspeakable, Finnikin of the Rock dreamt he was to sacrifice a pound of flesh to save the royal house of Lumatere.‘ How’s that for a first sentence?

    New DVDs!

    Jane Eyre (M rated) – A retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s classic novel from the BBC.
    Appleseed : Ex Machina (M rated) – This is the sequel to the pretty-good-but-not-as-good-as-the-manga-I-thought film we also have in the YA DVDs. Reviews suggest that the CGI is fantastic, although the story lets the film down. I shall watch it this weekend (and compare it to Final Fantasy : Advent Children, the best CGI film ever).

    New CDs!

    Now That’s I Call Music 28Various. There are three things in life that we can’t get away from; death, taxes, and Now That’s What I Call Music compilations. This CD has eighteen tracks.
    Funhouse – Pink. This is Pink’s fifth album. She may be touring NZ next year.

  • anime, Internet, Simon

    Oh hai, it’s you

    26.08.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Oh hai, it’s you

    Face Your Manga is a site that allows you to create your own manga-style avatar – which is a lot easier than trying to draw your own. Although, if you did want to draw your own, there is a load of how-to books in the library.

    If you would like to create yourself as a superhero, however, you will want to try HeroMachine 2.5. It has thousands of variations! And it is very flattering.

  • anime, Movies, Sci Fi, Simon

    Evangelion shin-geki jo ban

    25.06.08 | Permalink | Comments Off on Evangelion shin-geki jo ban

    The Neon Genesis Evangelion series is considered one of the greatest anime of all time, although the television series (available here) did end somewhat confusingly and isn’t too accessible for the casual viewer. In 2006 it was revealed that four Neon Genesis Evangalion films were to be made; the first three are a ‘reboot‘ of the original series, with new scenes, characters, and effects added, and the final film will present a new ending to the story.

    The first of these films – Evangelion : 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone – is part of the imminent Wellington Film Festival,  and tickets will (probably) go quite quickly.

    Another cool anime at the festivals is Vexille, which is from the people behind the recent Appleseed film.

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