Second ‘Student Council’s Discretion’ Season Begins Hulu Digital Distribution

Second ‘Student Council’s Discretion’ Season Begins Hulu Digital Distribution With the DVD and Blu-ray release still a bit off as they have a May 26th, 2015 release date, Sentai Filmworks, through The Anime Network, is now streaming the anime series Student Council’s Discretion Lv. 2 season on Hulu. The show is a bit shorter than the first season, clocking in at just eleven episodes, but it’s presented in its original Japanese language form with English subtitles for all the jokes, gags and references to be had for the otaku in you. The Hulu run only has the ten episodes that were broadcast though as the OVA is not included in this, though you can see it at The Anime Network itself, but the show is available in HD on your TV, mobile and computer if you’re a Hulu Plus member.

Check out the first episode below!

Plot concept: Sometimes you have to think outside the box, but Hekiyo Academy’s Student Council may go a step further and rewrite their entire universe! At least, that’s what could happen as the second season gets underway and the Council decides that their own anime might need a little spicing up. Should they introduce new characters? Add a boy’s-love subplot? Or should they just continue to do what worked previously and spend most of their time chattering between themselves while working towards odd goals that might turn out to have been a little misguided in retrospect?

The answer is “yes” to all of the above and more: class barriers and the fourth wall come tumbling down as a supporting character literally takes up the challenge of moving up to main character status. The plot thickens with the mystery of a missing cake. The boundaries of love between step-siblings get pushed just a few steps beyond what’s socially comfortable and there just has to be a hot springs episode, doesn’t there? Of course there does! Join 5 student council members in search of an author as the storyline runs amok!

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Binbogami ga! Episode #06 Anime Review

Binbogami ga! Episode #06 Anime Review Ichiko’s time in a child’s body continues to show her what she’s missing.

What They Say:
After seeing Tsuwabuki’s brothers and sisters in tears over his absence, Ichiko sets out to find him with the help of Momo’o. Seeing how happy theTsuwabuki home life is, Ichiko grows troubled at the realization that something is missing in her own life.

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With a fun look at things with Ichiko in the past episode with how she lived for a bit, the show shifts back to things that help to show more of what’s missing in her life. With Tsuwabaki having literally fallen off the cliff into oblivion, Ichiko’s now seeing what kind of impact that has on others. And because she’s been regressed to a child’s size and spending time with his family, she gets a very clear look at it all. Her personality is one is one that, sadly, seems like it would work better as a child than the teenager she is, but she does also show some maturity at times and the story as it goes here with Tsuwabaki being lost is one of those.

Seeing the impact on his siblings, especially with the knowledge that he’s instrumental for their well being, she gets all motivated and gets the help she needs to go searching for him from Momo’o, which makes for a pretty nice visual and gives us some solid intensity on her part since she’s taking all of this personally. But it’s also something that Momiji uses to her advantage, showing up out of the blue and sticking her in the back to withdraw some of her good luck. Amusingly, it’s just enough to save a life with what she’s done, which lets us see a side of Momiji that we haven’t seen before. Not that it lasts too long before the silly hits, though there’s an amusing but glossed over twist to Momiji’s continued presence that’s brought into play.

In the end, with Tsuwabaki safe, all this does is to show the pint sized Ichiko what she’s missing in her life. She’s never been truly lonely because she’s never really known anything else. While she has an interest in Tsuwabaki, seeing and spending time with his family really drives home what’s missing in her life. But it’s not something done with a lot of depth or anything but rather shifts quickly to silliness and fluff, especially with Momiji living with her and trashing the place. The group that’s formed has its moments to be sure and we see some of it here. It’s balanced out by what Ichiko now tries to bring to the table, but the key word there is tries as she’s still far too much of a child when you get down to it.

In Summary:
While nowhere near as problematic as Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero, Binbogami Ga continues to have issues that really keep me from connecting with it. Here, it largely comes down to two things. While the show isn’t as hyper as some, it’s just so constant at times that it makes me cringe because it’s acting out in order to get attention. The other is that Ichiko just hasn’t hit the right notes for me to be an interesting character. I like the setup of the show overall, but the combination of her and the relatively dud-like Momiji just leaves me feeling bland. Kind of like Tsuwabaki. He’s a nice guy but there’s not much there to really latch onto. The concept is good, has plenty of room to move around with but is just going for the cheap and easy without putting in the effort.

Grade: B-

Streamed By: FUNimation

Review Equipment:
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70″ LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

Comical Psychosomatic Medicine Episode #20 Anime Review (Series Finale)

Comical Psychosomatic Medicine Episode #20 Anime Review (Series Finale) Wherein it asks the question, “What Kind of Place Is a Mental Clinic?”

What They Say:
Have issues with depression, erectile dysfunction, dementia, or even with your love life? Don’t worry, as the psychologist Ryo and his nurse Asuna will seriously try to help you understand these mental disorders all while laughing in this comedy anime!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With the series having told folks to visit a mental clinic just once or twice over the course of its run, something Asuna talks about at the start here as she obsessively polishes the camera, it makes sense to actually show what one is like. As has been said before, removing the stigma of something helps to make it easier to actually deal with for a lot of people, so walking folks through the process definitely helps with what to expect. It’s all played straight and works the educational side well, though I’ll admit with my heavy hentai background, I kept seeing all the ways this could go horribly wrong.

Naturally, the second half has Asuna crying foul on what Ryo was showing there with it since it was joke free. Her crying foul has her beating up pretty hard on him and then going into a not-typical clinic as an old style play/game show. This lets it go over the top in silliness with the different kinds of clinics there may be, such as bondage based and more. There’s some really silly stuff that goes on here with a lot of quick hit gags and jokes, a lot of callbacks to earlier parts of the series, and just fun in having so much of the cast back in play for at least a minute or two. Suffice to say, while you may want to visit a non-typical clinic like they show here from time to time, you’re mostly glad it’s never like this.

In Summary:
The series draws to a close with this episode and it’s certainly one of those kinds of episodes where it does what it does best. It provides the actual legitimate information first to help destigmatize the idea of visiting a mental clinic to get help. Then it goes and just plays itself silly by showing all kinds of wacky ideas of what a mental health clinic could be like. It’s silly and over the top, but honestly not so outrageously so that it would be problematic in the context to the show. The series is one that did some good stuff in tackling a variety of subjects and making them accessible, educational but also funny with what they did. It did tend to play a bit more to the perverse side of things, which can be divisive, but there’s something to be said for stretching things in that way to ease the ideas a bit. This is an unusual series and one that just may have helped some folks in some small way.

Grade: C+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

Review Equipment:
Sony KDL70R550A 70″ LED 1080P HDTV, Apple TV via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

Roddy Piper Joins ‘Green Lantern: Emerald Knights’ Voice Cast

Roddy Piper Joins ‘Green Lantern: Emerald Knights’ Voice Cast “Rowdy” Roddy Piper ruled the wrestling ring for the better part of four decades, crafting a Hall of Fame career that brought cheers – and huzzahs – from fans across the globe. Along the way, Piper established numerous milestones that set his career apart from all others.

At age 15, Piper was the youngest professional wrestler to ever enter the squared circle – and he would proceed to hold more than 38 titles while eclipsing 7,000 victories in professional matches. It was the main event at the very first Wrestlemania – pitting Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff against Hulk Hogan and Mr. T – that truly established the WWE.

Of course, any fanboy worth his weight in comics can recite Piper’s famous lines from John Carpenter’s cult classic They Live. Wherever he goes, somebody asks Piper if he has any bubblegum.

Today, Piper continues to entertain and educate, whether it be via his one-man show or as a best selling author of an autobiography entitled “In the Pit with Piper.” And on June 7, fans can experience Piper’s acting chops in his very first voiceover role for animation as the barbaric Bolphunga in Green Lantern: Emerald Knights.

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights will be distributed by Warner Home Video on Blu-Ray™, DVD, On Demand and for Download June 7, 2011.

The barbarous Bolphunga seeks out the legendary Green Lantern Mogo.
Piper’s character – Bolphunga the Unrelenting – is the central antagonist in the episodic segment entitled “Mogo Doesn’t Socialize.” Based on the 1985 story created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, the story centers on Bolphunga’s search for Mogo, the largest Green Lantern, in hopes of engaging the famed warrior in a battle worthy of the villain. The role serves as a perfect vehicle to showcase Piper’s strength and wonderful sense of humor.

Green Lantern: Emerald Knights weaves six legendary stories of the Green Lantern Corps’ rich mythology around preparations for an attack by an ancient enemy. As the battle approaches, Hal Jordan mentors new recruit Arisia in the history of the Green Lantern Corps, telling tales of Avra (the first Green Lantern) and several of Hal’s comrades – including Abin Sur, Kilowog, Laira and Mogo. In the end, Arisia must rise to the occasion to help Hal, Sinestro and the entire Green Lantern Corps save the universe from the destructive forces of Krona.

Primetime television stars Nathan Fillion (Castle) and Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) lead a diverse array of performers as the voices behind the Green Lantern Corps, including actor/spoken word artist Henry Rollins (Sons of Anarchy, The Henry Rollins Show), Jason Isaacs (the Harry Potter films), Arnold Vosloo (The Mummy), Kelly Hu (The Vampire Diaries) as Laira and Wade Williams (Prison Break) as Deegan. Radio Hall of Fame commentator/talk show host Michael Jackson voices the esteemed Guardian, Ganthet.

Bruce Timm is executive producer of Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. Directors are Lauren Montgomery, Jay Oliva and Christopher Berkeley. Oliva directed “Mogo Doesn’t Socialize” from a script by Gibbons.

Piper spent a few moments after his recording session to discuss his current activities, his love of acting, and the responsibilities of being a role model. Listen closely … because Roddy just ran out of chewing gum.

QUESTION: Green Lantern: Emerald Knights was your first-ever voiceover for animation. How was the experience?

RODDY PIPER: That was about as much fun as I could ever hope to have. You can really lose yourself in an animated role. There’s so much freedom, so much room for creativity. It’s a blast.

QUESTION: Professional wrestling gave you plenty of experience being both the villain and the hero. How does the public perceive you today?

RODDY PIPER: I guess a lot of folks have grown up with me and, in an awkward way, for people who really have seen the good sides of me, I’m like a father figure. It’s remarkable – every place I go, there’s somebody that has an inspiring tale to tell. At one of my shows, there was a policeman named Paul who had been awarded a Congressional citation for saving someone’s life. He came up and gave me his citation. He said that when he was a little boy, he had troubles – but he would watch me and that’s where he found inspiration and direction. So when he goes into a tough situation, he relates to (my actions), and he says it saved his life.

The profession that I took upon is a lawless, tough piece of work, and so many of my friends are dead now. So in my one-man show, I tell the folks about people that they grew up with, people that they may have related to in different ways. My profession is very renegade. But as crazy as it seems, it’s as real as it gets.

QUESTION: What’s your approach to performing these one-man shows?

RODDY PIPER: I was with Burt Reynolds at his house in Jupiter (FL) and he said to me, “The one thing I try to convey as actors is that we don’t get enough ‘Atta Boys.’ So I try to make them leave with an ‘Atta Boy.’ And that really sticks with me. Encouragement is an essential.

QUESTION: You seem like a natural for animation. What’s your attraction to playing an animated character?

RODDY PIPER: I like the fact that I can go away and lose myself so I don’t have to live in the world of courage that everyone else does. I like creating, it’s what I do, and acting allows me to stretch all those different muscles in all kinds of ways. That’s pretty cool.

QUESTION: There are those that would claim wrestling is acting. What are the key differences in those two performances?

RODDY PIPER: Wrestling and acting couldn’t be anymore different in terms of what it takes to entertain. Wrestling is explosion, acting is implosion. One really screws up the other. That’s why Hogan sucks. If I came out on camera like I do in Madison Square Garden, it would look crazy. Clint Eastwood just shakes his head and raises his eye and it works. But when you’ve got 96,000 people at Wrestlemania, I need to get through to the back row. Fighting is not internal, but it can be very spiritual. Everything acting is internal. One of my problems in making the transition is pulling back, but I’m working on it.

Newly Colored ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope’ Graphic Novel Gets Pages Previewed

Newly Colored ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope’ Graphic Novel Gets Pages Previewed While fans are delighting to the new stories being told through Marvel Comics with the various Star Wars properties, they’re also looking to make sure that those that thrilled to the first adventures the company put out back in the 70′s get their due as well. Set for release on May 6th, 2015, they’ve got the Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope newly colored edition coming out.

“Weeks before George Lucas’ first STAR WARS film hit theaters – Marvel gave eager fans their very first look at Luke Skywalker, boldly asking “Will he save the galaxy, or destroy it?” Now, 30 years later, you may know the answer, but that doesn’t spoil the excitement of reliving this now classic adaptation like you’ve never seen before – including scenes that never made it to the silver screen!”

The release brings the original work out in a completely remastered form for the modern age with new coloring by Chris Sotomayor. The release is being done in an an oversized hardcover format with a new cover by famed artist Adi Granov.

And we’ve also got further confirmation that the other editions will be coming later this year with The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. So check out the coloring and remastering job below!

STAR WARS: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE OGN-HC (JAN150883)
Written by ROY THOMAS
Penciled by HOWARD CHAYKIN
Colored by CHRIS SOTOMAYOR
Cover by ADI GRANOV
On Sale 05/06/15!

Newly Colored ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope’ Graphic Novel Gets Pages Previewed

Newly Colored ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope’ Graphic Novel Gets Pages Previewed

Newly Colored ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope’ Graphic Novel Gets Pages Previewed

Sentai Filmworks Acquires Second ‘Is the Order a Rabbit??’ Anime Season

Sentai Filmworks Acquires Second ‘Is the Order a Rabbit??’ Anime Season Sentai Filmworks has announced a new and relatively expected pickup with the acquisition announcement of Is the Order a Rabbit??, the second season of the property. THe company will be bringing out the series for streaming to select services soon while a home video release will arrive sometime later.

The cast and staff are the same as the first season with Hiroyuki Hashimoto set to direct based on scripts and composition by Kazuki Fudeyasu and character designs by Yousuke Okuda, which will be produced at White Fox.

The cast includes Ayane Sakura as Cocoa Hoto, Inori Minase as Chino Kafū, Risa Taneda as Rize Tedeza, Satomi Satou as Chiya Ujimatsu, Maaya Uchida as Sharo Kirima, Sora Tokui as Maya Jōga, Rie Murakawa as Megumi “Meg” Natsu, Saori Hayami as Blue Mountain Aoyama, Motomu Kiyokawa as Tippy and Sho Hayami as Takahiro.

Check out our review of the first season here .

The adaptation of the original four-panel manga series by Koi for the first season was produced by White Fox for the spring 2014 season as it dealt with the two volumes of material released at the time as the manga began in 2011.

Sentai Filmworks has licensed the first season series for home video release in North America which comes out in July 2015.

Plot concept: Coming to a new town to start high school can be intimidating, and that’s especially true for Cocoa, who can’t find the place she’s supposed to be staying when she arrives. When she stops at a cafe to ask for directions, however, it turns out that she’s already where she needs to be! You see, the Rabbit House is both a restaurant and a boarding house, and Cocoa will be working there along with the owner’s granddaughter, Chino and the strangely military-obsessed Rize. It’s a great place to work, business is hopping, and Cocoa’s fits right in with her new coworkers, as well as the girls from two other rival cafes. Still, there IS something just a little odd about the Rabbit House. Besides the fact that Rize usually carries a Glock and a knife hidden on her, there’s also a mystery involving the shop’s pet rabbit, Tippy. And then there are those girls who sometimes seem to be able to communicate without talking… The answer to these secrets may not always be hare-raising, but they’re bound to keep Cocoa jumping as the fun never stops in IS THE ORDER A RABBIT?

Is this A Zombie? Vol. #04 Manga Review

Is this A Zombie? Vol. #04 Manga Review

Is This A Zombie Volume 4

Is this a cat-girl?

Creative Staff
Story: Shinichi Kimura
Art: Sacchi
Translation: Christine Dashiell

What They Say:
After Eu disappears, Sera is down in the dumps and, thanks to bad seed Kyouko, Haruna transforms into a meowing machine! But damn it all, undead Ayumu’s undying wish is just to see Eu!

Content:
Though Eu is now missing, the plot decides to not dwell on anything that could lead to something halfway interesting, and instead has Ayumu and Tomonori go on a date to the planetarium. The others of course show up to crash the date, and octopus based antics ensue. This leads Ayumu into an encounter with the “King of Night,” who is for some reason working in a pet shop. The others then show up and they decide to trail him, only for him to decide abruptly to kill them all. Weirdly enough, he decides to back off when a couple of vampire ninjas show up, apparently worried about being captured.

Later on, Kyouko shows up at the school to show off a new magikewl weapon. However, she is instead cast aside by Dai-sensei, who apparently decides to cast a curse that “turns people into animals,” really just giving everyone animal ears and the like. Fortunately, Sera arrives in time to save everyone by playing a violin, because why not.

We then learn that Eu has been lurking around, and that Dai-sensei has been creating weapons to stop fighting, which sounds totally logical. As the volume winds down, our heroes find Eu alongside the “King of Night.” Will Ayumu and company be able to defeat this powerful enemy in order to rescue their friend?

In Summary:
All around, this volume makes for another bland, uninteresting entry into the series. One of the key plot devices seems like an excuse to just slap cat ears onto one of the main characters, and for most of the volume hardly anything interesting whatsoever happens. Furthermore, though we get a further look at the details of the “world” established by the series, it still simply feels sloppy and slapped together. To top it all off, even the “climactic” final battle in the volume feels like a letdown, with the big villain going down incredibly easily. At least the volume spends a little less time on cliché plot devices for once, but it’s still not like it introduces anything worth caring about in exchange. This is just another mediocre entry into a subpar series.

Content Grade: C+
Art Grade: B
Package Rating: A-
Text/Translation Rating: A-

Age Rating: 17+
Released by: Yen Press
Release Date: April 23rd, 2013
MSRP: $11.99