The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi – Special Edition DVD Volume 3 (review)

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UPDATE (11 November 2007): The review for the fourth and final LE volume of this series has just been published. To view that article, click here.

After a brief dry spell on the merchandise front, my credit-card-wielding hand went on a (financially) ruinous rampage through Amazon and several local bookstores over the past couple of weeks, sending a fresh crop of DVDs and manga flying straight into my anime bookcase. Naturally, some of the bigger items are prime candidates for reviews. Today the spotlight falls on Volume 3 of Kadokawa/Bandai’s special edition Region 1 Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu DVD series, which was officially released in the US on Tuesday (25 September).

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Kanon (2006) licensed by ADV

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Hot news from Anime Weekend Atlanta: Kyoto Animation’s 2006 series Kanon has just been licensed by ADV Films. The company first hinted at the possibility of a licensing deal during their Anime Expo panel discussion in June and sent out an even bigger hint last month by briefly releasing a trailer for the series on their official website. Now that the licence has been confirmed, it’s time for me to start putting together the prince’s ransom I’m sure I’ll need for whatever limited-edition box set ADV is planning to put out within the next few months.

Links – Anime on DVD / Anime News Network

Filler post – Recent acquisitions

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I really don’t have anything of substance to write about right now, but I expect that to change over the next few weeks as a number of major DVD acquisitions start arriving from the US. (Unless work kills off what little remains of my precious leisure time, of course.)

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Your morning manga is ready, Prime Minister

I think the Wall Street Journal said it best: “Score one for the nerds!”

News of Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzou‘s surprise resignation was quickly followed by speculation as to who would succeed him. According to the BBC, former Foreign Minister Asou Tarou – currently the secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and a close ally of Prime Minister Abe – is widely tipped to become the new man in the Kantei.

Now why is this relevant to us in the otakusphere?

Well, there’s the fact that Asou is a well-known manga fan.

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The beautiful one has come

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Arise now, all ye faithful, and raise thine arms in rapturous welcome for Nagato Yuki, who brings peace and unending gladness unto all of humanity.

Except those evil bloodsucking tax collectors from the Bureau of Customs, who did arise from the depths of darkness and broke the sacred seals of Nagato’s ark, and who in so doing did disturb her precious hibernation, and did proceed to assess upon her priceless head a tax exceeding a third part of her dutiable value. Away from us, o blasphemers, for yea, thou art accursed through all eternity.

(A pox on the evil customs people.)

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Can you guess what’s in this box?

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