Next month, ADV is releasing the first volume of a new series called Air Gear, about kids who zip around the streets on motorized skates. But you can catch a peek at the entire first episode, in English, on the IGN website. Just tune your browser in here.
SPOTLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Time to catch up with Kagome and Inuyasha.
(O) INU-YASHA Volume 40: Divine Malice (Viz) Episodes 118-120. Inuyasha fights Jakotsu.
(O) INU-YASHA Volume 41: Naraku Reborn (Viz) Episodes 121-123. A rematch between Inuyasha and Bankotsu is featured.
(O) INU-YASHA Volume 42: Farewell My Beloved (Viz) ) Episodes 124-126. The end of the Naraku story arc.
(O) INU-YASHA Volume 43: Demons in the Modern Age (Viz) Episodes 127-129. Kagome is pushed into helping with the school festival and finds a mummified demon in the gifts.
NEW DVD RELEASES
Here’s a rundown of the constant stream of anime comin’ at ya on DVD from around the world:
(O) BEST STUDENT COUNCIL Volume 1: New Home and New Friends (ADV) At first glance, Miyagami Gakuen seems like a typical all-girls’ school. But beneath its placid surface, a highly-disciplined student council is engaged in an unceasing struggle to keep Miyagami Gakuen safe from the outside (adult) world! Complete with covert and assault divisions, all student council members have some kind of special ability. Clumsy Rino Rando, who is usually accompanied by her puppet sidekick Pucchan, somehow gets elected to the Council on her first day at the school!
(O) BIBLE STORIES: OLD TESTAMENT (Image) Real Wrath of God stuff told with cute cartoon characters. 2-disc set covers Genesis, Adam & Eve, David & Goliath, Jonah & the Whale, Noah’s Ark, Samson & Delilah, King Solomon, Tower of Babel, the Suffering of Job, Isaiah the Prophet, and more. Also available in a Spanish edition.
(O) DISGAEA Volume 1: The Netherworld Prince (Geneon) The King of the Netherworld has died and various demons are now building their own empires in an effort to take control. However, the late King's son has arrived and is out to reclaim his rightful place as ruler of the Netherworld! Along to help him is his vassal; Etna with her Prinny squad, and Flonne, an angel-in-training originally sent to assassinate the king only to find that he has already died. Join our three intrepid, and somewhat eccentric, heroes as they initiate their plan to conquer the Netherworld, Heaven and Earth!
(O) FIGHTING SPIRIT: Champion Road TV Special (Geneon) Ippo Makunouchi's first title defense match is set. The challenger's name is Kazuki Sanada, also a medical school student whose knowledge of human biology gives him a thorough understanding of which part of his opponent's body to hit in order to defeat him by accurately delivering the most damage and to drain the opponent's stamina. Ippo faces off with a boxer who possesses the most intellectual fighting skills in Japan. Furthermore, Sanada's trainer is Chief Kamogawa's rival during his prime, Dankichi Hama, who is now giving instructions on his legendary fight technique, the "Flying Swallow" to Sanada.
(O) FLAME OF RECCA Volume 6: The Demon’s Face (Viz) Episodes 21-24.
(O) FLAME OF RECCA Volume 7: Scorching Glance (Viz) Episodes 25-28. Recca fights Shiju, Mokuren, Meno and Genjuro.
(O) FULL MOON Volume 1: I Want to Sing (Viz) First four episodes available again.
(O) GAKUEN HEAVEN Volume 1: For the Love of Boys (Media Blasters) Episodes 1-5. Ito Keita has one thing in his favor: luck! And luck has just landed him a special invitation to attend the Bell Liberty Academy for Boys, and exclusive High School only for the most privileged, the most talented, and the most beautiful. When a strange accident on move in day attracts the attention of Niwa Tetsuya, the student body president, and Saiyonji Kaoru, the class secretary, Ito finds himself the center of attention. With the eyes of a whole school of pretty boys on him, where will Ito find the time to unravel the mystery of his mysterious invitation?
(O) GRENADIER Complete Collection (Media Blasters) Episodes 1-12. During the age of Japanese Civil War, the faithful samurai Yajiro Torajima is surrounded by an enemy army. At the last moment, the busty warrior woman Rushuna appears and saves him with a smile... and a high-caliber revolver. She is traveling across Japan in search of a way to bring an end to war. Yajiro and Rushuna challenge countless opponents with his sword and her talent for reloading on the bounce.
(O) GUN SWORD Volume 5: Tainted Innocence (Geneon)
(O) HELLO KITTY’S ANIMATION THEATER COMPLETE COLLECTION (ADV) Much less creepy than Hello Kitty’s Live-action Theater.
(O) HIKARU NO GO Volume 2: The Go Club’s Strategem (Viz) Spurred on by the arrogant Tetsuo and the nervous Kimihiro, Hikaru is pulled into the new and exciting world of Go Tournaments. The only problem is Hikaru isn't even old enough to play! As if the pressure of getting caught and playing in the tournament weren't bad enough, Akira Toya's got Hikaru on the run, eager to catch up and defeat this Go-playing upstart! Can Hikaru and his teammates win it all before their cover is blown?
(O) HIKARU NO GO Volume 3: The Third Player (Viz)
(O) JOLLY BEANS KIDS MYSTERY (First Look)
(O) KIDDIE VILLAGE: FUN WITH DANCE (Tapeworm) Preschooler stuff.
(O) MICHEL Volume 5: The Golden Feather & Time Machine (ADV) More eco-friendly adventures.
(O) MOSAIC (Anchor Bay) Stan Lee presents a direct-to-DVD feature about a rising young actress who can shape-shift. Includes interviews, games and booklet.
(O) NEGIMA Volume 5: Magic 501 – Magic Outside the Classroom (Funimation) Excitement runs high at Mahora Academy as the girls of Class 2-A prepare for their annual school trip. But poor Negi Springfield has more than Kyoto on his plate, for one of his students appears to be missing! Sniffing a newsworthy story, the class reporter proves how truly transparent some girls can be. Limited edition comes with exclusive Negima figure and art booklet.
(O) POKEMON ADVANCED CHALLENGE Volume 6: Go Go Ludicolo (Viz)
(O) POKEMON ADVANCED CHALLENGE Volume 7: Six Pack Attack (Viz) While Brock, May and Max catch up with some old friends, Ash tries to lure and catch his gym badges which have fallen to the bottom of a lake!
(O) POKEMON ADVANCED CHALLENGE Volume 8: That’s Just Swellow (Viz)
(O) POKEMON ADVANCED CHALLENGE Volume 9: Sky High Gym Battle (Viz) Ash gets ready to take on Winona, the Fortee Gym Leader, and win a Feather Badge!
(O) POKEMON ADVANCED CHALLENGE Volume 10: Pokeblock, Stock and Berry (Viz) Meowth turns Ash's favorite Pokémon into a member of Team Rocket!
(O) A PUP NAMED SCOOBY-DOO Volume 5 (Warner Bros.) More adventures back in the 1960s.
(O) SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Season 4 Volume 2 (Paramount) 20 episodes on two discs, half of which have never been on DVD before.
(O) UFO ULTRAMAIDEN VALKYRIE 2.2: Songs from the Darkside (ADV)
(O) THE WORLD’S GREATEST FAIRY TALES (Image) Hansel & Gretel, The Wolf & the Seven Kids, Aladdin’s Lamp and seven other hits.
(O) YUMERIA Complete Collection (ADV) Tomokazu Mikuri is your typical high school loser, but all that changes when he begins visiting an alternate world through his dreams-one in which he is transformed into a hero of destiny imbued with strange powers. Only Mikuri can stop the evil Faydooms, aided by five hotties from his very own high school, who have somehow undergone their own wondrous transformations.
(O) ZATCH BELL! Volume 2: The Dark Mamado (Viz)
(O) ZATCH BELL! Volume 3: The Invincible Folgore (Viz)
(O) ZATCH BELL! Volume 4: A New Pledge Between Zatch and Tia (Viz)
And be sure to check back next week—and every week—for Mania’s Anime Avalanche! And check in every Tuesday for the latest DVD Shopping List!
Anime Avalanche (© 2007 Brian Thomas) is our weekly anime column. Brian Thomas is the author of the massive book VideoHound’s DRAGON: ASIAN ACTION & CULT FLICKS, available now!
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