Monday, February 06, 2012

Anime Wants List - February 2012 Edition

RIGHT THEN! I am a student. I have a student loan. Therefore, spending money on anything that's not food, rent or bills is mighty tricky. Heck, I had to think twice about spending 99p on "Tell Your World" (the Hatsune Miku song used in the Japanese Google Chrome adverts) on iTunes UK. So I've applied for jobs at various places, some haven't responded yet (and may not at all) and some haven't got a suitable job for me. So money is generally tight.

Meanwhile, Manga UK has become somewhat notorious for their treatment of blu-ray releases (or rather, the lack and cancellations of them), leading me to look at Australian blu-rays instead. I've ordered the biggest anime release of last year that I was looking forward to from Australia: The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya on blu-ray. This is likely to be the only anime I'll be buying this year with the exception of special limited editions that will actually become difficult to buy if I delayed it for too long. That is, of course, unless I get a job. We'll see how that goes.

So, I started off making a list of Australian blu-ray releases I wanted so I had a quick reference if/when I get a job/another source of income. I then started looking at other releases from American and British companies and started noting them down including if they were available as a blu-ray (and if I could play it in a blu-ray region B country). So, I shall share this list with you. I've noted on American blu-rays if they are multi-region or not (USA is region A, while Australia and UK is region B) plus some extra notes here or there. Note that some of these aren't released yet, but probably will be by the time I get a job >_<

Anime Buys List:

Sentai Filmworks:
And Yet the Town Moves
You're Under Arrest: Full Throttle
World God Only Knows (BD A, so maybe get DVD?)

B Gata H Kei (BD A+B)
Dance in the Vampire Bund (BD A+B)
Full Metal Panic! Second Raid (BD A+B)
Heaven's Lost Property (BD A+B)
Is this a Zombie (unreleased BD ???)

NIS America:
Occult Academy (unreleased BD ???)
Toradora part 2 (dig up special edition)

Bandai USA:
Haruhi Suzumiya season 2 (Manga UK's edition has faulty Japanese audio)

Princess Jellyfish (unreleased BD?)
Persona 4 (unreleased BD?)

Madman Australia:
World God Only Knows (unreleased possible future BD?)
K-On (boxset is not yet released BD)
Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (BD) (in transit)

Siren Australia:
Dennou Coil
Welcome to Irabu's Office (aka Trapeze aka Kuuchuu Buranko)

Manga UK:
Haruhi-chan (both parts)
Angel Beats (Siren do the BD if Manga cancel another blu-ray)


One last note from me. "The World God Only Knows" is being released on DVD and blu-ray in the USA by Sentai, but the blu-ray is region A only (which I can't play). Madman is releasing it on DVD only, but they mentioned on Twitter that it's a possibility in the future. I'll hold out on buying the DVD in the hope for a blu-ray release from Madman. Alternatively, there may be a DVD-only release by Manga in the UK. Or, if all else fails and I save up a lot, I'll get another blu-ray player that can play region A blu-rays.

Peter Shillito