Dragon Ball Z has been a part of my life since I was a young child. It was there through my awkward adolescence, through my middle and high school love affair with Vegeta, and through my parents’ subsequent annoyance with my fictional crush. And though it’s been years since I’ve sat down and marathoned the series like I would in my youth, I still feel those familiar pangs of nostalgia, where I’m moved to dust off season 1, jump right back in, and re-watch the magical moments that accompanied my childhood. But alas, I’m an adult now, and this means I have to spend much less time sitting in front of the TV geeking out with Goku and the gang.
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The tagline for Sekirei: Complete Series is “boobies for the win.” Yes, when I saw it on the back of this Blu-ray/DVD combo set, I rolled my eyes too. Is this really how low you have to sink to market anime? As only a casual viewer of Sekirei before reviewing the hard copy, I could attest to the generous amount of “boobies.” – is that really what we’re going to call them? Despite its lewd trailer (they use that same phrase) and questionable motives, Sekirei is a middle-of-the-road fantasy adventure. It takes plenty of cues from classics such as Love Hina and won’t be winning any awards for literary prowess any time soon, but it’s still a little more than what its marketing campaign lets on.
In a world where fairytale mainstays are living in a modern setting and the Big Bad Wolf is a beautiful young girl, you’re bound to run into some strange situations. Especially when the Big Bad Wolf is an outwardly tough woman with inward insecurities. What happens when the wolf finally meets a young man who’s smitten with her? Worlds collide in Okami-san and Her Seven Companions: Complete Collection, now available as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack that collects the entire 13-episode series in one convenient location.
Ciel Phantomhive is a somber young earl with sophisticated tastes. The eyepatch that obscures his right eye hides more than just a pool of shimmering sapphire – it conceals a dark and terrifying secret that will eventually destroy Ciel and all that he stands for. And his loyal servant Sebastian Michaelis? Well, let’s just say he’s one hell of a butler. Funimation’s gothic tale of aristocracy and supernatural elements Black Butler: Complete Seasons 1 + 2, now available as two exquisite Blu-ray/DVD combos, hits a home run with its masterful blend of drama, black comedy, and mystery that weave an addictive tale of a boy and his domestic servant.
Hello Kitty is universally adored by women – and men – of all ages around the world. She’s a fan-favorite mascot who’s even got her own airline and range of household cooking products (incidentally, I reheated last night’s leftovers in a candy pink Hello Kitty microwave). She’s a veritable cultural icon, so it’s no surprise that she should be the center of an animated series aimed at how to share, make friends, and share various other golden how-to nuggets of simple learning that should enthrall and delight both children and parents who want a gentle way to instill valuable concepts in their young one’s mind.