Time to blow past yesterday’s emo moment and go through my latest batch of shelf stuffers.
First on the list is the limited edition, 2-volume Region 2 DVD box set of Shinkai Makoto‘s 5 Centimeters Per Second, originally released in Japan on 19 July 2007. I ordered this little treasure about a month ago and I’m very favourably impressed with its contents, although the box itself is disappointingly flimsy. The item also marks a personal milestone in my collecting history as this is the first time I’ve acquired the original Japanese version of a DVD release, instead of a U.S. version licenced for distribution in North America. Details and photographs in my upcoming review.
The sixth of May 2008 will see the North American debut of one of last year’s biggest comedy hits: Kyoto Animation’s Lucky Star. Kadokawa Pictures and Bandai Entertainment are giving this series a treatment to remember, rolling out a whopper of a special edition with two CDs, a T-shirt bearing the image of the now-famous Lucky Star seifuku (not the seifuku itself, unfortunately), and a screen wipe in the shape of a chocolate cornet, plus a flashy artbox to hold the lot. (They’ve even thrown in the first volume of the series itself, bless their generous souls.) A steal at US$64.98 list, US$48.99 on Amazon.com.
With their recent production delays now well and truly over (I hope), ADV have resumed work on the Region 1 release of another Kyoto Animation series, Kanon. Volume 3 first hit store shelves in North America in March 2008, but I was one of the unlucky souls whose orders got tangled up in the mess of recent months and I’ve only gotten around to reordering it now. Shipping with my copy of Volume 3 – unless some new disaster intervenes – is Volume 4 of the same series, which will be officially released in the U.S. on 13 May 2008.
I’ve never been a fan of Death Note, but my admiration of Obata Takeshi‘s fine artwork led me to purchase Volume 13, the last installment of the manga series. (NB: I acquired a copy of the English translation published in the U.S. by Viz, not the original Japanese version.) Titled “How to Read”, this slightly oversized volume fully merits its claim to be “the ultimate Death Note encyclopedia”, packing everything from character profiles and detailed chapter-by-chapter commentaries to extensive interviews and a bonus 50+-page manga. I snapped up a copy for PHP799.00 (about US$19) from Bibliarch in Glorietta 3, where I remember seeing one other copy still on stock a few days ago. (I can’t guarantee that it’s still there, but if you’ve been looking for this volume I’d advise you to ring them up and lock onto it ASAP – PowerBooks doesn’t have this one yet.)
Apart from Death Note 13, I won’t bother listing the manga I acquired during the Hiatus – too many to mention, and unlikely to generate much interest. There’s a figure I have my eye on right now, but it stays off the list unless I firm up my intention to purchase it.