The Normanic Vault - Grav's Blog for Unboxings, Industry Anime News, Otaku Hauls (Games, Asian Cinema) & More

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At this rate, Christmas will burn
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LOL for a moment there I thought you got Baka & Test Season 2 LE just now, but that doesn’t seems to be the case :)

That season 2 is missing in my collection and if I’m not mistaken the LE is actually the only Blu-ray FUNimation ever released for season 2.
Haha yeah the clue is in the title (redux) which basically means I own it and posted it on the Blogger between 2013-2018, so it was something that I wanted to revisit for a while now.

But yeah Season 2 did not get a standard edition, had it sold out much sooner it would have gotten one.
 

NormanicGrav

At this rate, Christmas will burn
AUKN Staff
A few mini-updates for the blog.

Unboxing Redux Additions:

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Attack on Titan Season 1 Parts 1 & 2 (Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD)
More photos here. Released in June 2014 & September 2014, originally unboxed in May 2014 & December 2014 respectively.
Part 1 Original Blogger version / Part 2 Original Blogger version for comparison.
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Another update for the Redux section with Attack on Titan Season 1, which makes logical sense as I already have Season 2 & 3 releases on the current blog. I have another old unboxing in mind for the current blog that I may work on soon.
 

NormanicGrav

At this rate, Christmas will burn
AUKN Staff
A few mini-updates for the blog.

Unboxing Redux Additions:

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Collector's Edition Blu-ray)
More photos here. Released in September 2016, originally unboxed in December 2016.
Original Blogger version for comparison.
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica Volumes 1, 2 & 3 (Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD)
More photos here. Released in February 2012, April 2012 & June 2012, originally unboxed in October 2013.
Part 1 Original Blogger version / Part 2 Original Blogger version / Part 3 Original Blogger version for comparison.
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A new batch of redux posts for the blog. The Haruhi Suzumiya unboxing on Blogger was decent but the new version has better lighting and I actually tested the DVD disc properly which turned out to be Region 2 compatible which caught me by surprise.

The biggest improvement is actually the Madoka Magica unboxing because the Blogger version was really incomplete in terms of showcasing the items and the lighting is way better now. There's a lot of photos but it's now the definitive representation of these sets. It's been 8 years since that unboxing so it needed a redo at some point.
 

NormanicGrav

At this rate, Christmas will burn
AUKN Staff
A few mini-updates for the blog.

Unboxing Redux Additions:

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Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners (Blu-ray Disc Box)
More photos here. Released in July 2013, originally unboxed in April 2015.
Original Blogger version for comparison.
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Another Redux post, this time it's the Japanese import (standard edition) for Kara no Kyoukai. I had always wanted to revisit this 2015 unboxing because of the lighting as I felt it didn't represent the overall product properly, but that being said it did do the job pretty well.

Below is the list of all of the anime I covered on the Blogger, some of them have been revisited already. I don't plan to go through all of them, for instance from Funimation it'll probably be at least 6-7 more select titles.
#AnimeFormatUnboxedRedux?
1​
FreedomUK BD+DVD2013No
2​
Baka & Test: Summon the Beasts Season 1NA BD+DVD2013Done
3​
Ninja ScrollUK BD+DVD CE2013Done
4​
Berserk (1997)UK DVD2013No
5​
Black LagoonNA BD+DVD2013No
6​
Highschool of the Dead: Drifters of the DeadUK DVD2013No
7​
Ga-Rei-ZeroNA BD+DVD2013No
8​
Sword of the StrangerUK BD2013No
9​
Angel Beats!UK BD2013No
10​
PaprikaUK BD2013No
11​
Berserk Golden Age: The Egg of the KingUK BD+DVD CE2013No
12​
TekkonkinkreetUK BD2013No
13​
Whisper of the HeartUK BD+DVD2013No
14​
Summer WarsUK BD2013No
15​
Origin: Spirits of the PastUK BD2013No
16​
Ghost in the Shell 2.0UK BD2013No
17​
ClannadNA BD2013No
18​
Baccano!NA BD2013No
19​
High School DxDNA BD+DVD LE2013No
20​
Evangelion: 2.22 You Can (Not) AdvanceUK BD+DVD CE2013No
21​
Highschool of the DeadUK BD2013No
22​
RedlineUK BD+DVD CE2013No
23​
Code Geass: Lelouch of the RebellionUK DVD2013No
24​
Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion R2UK DVD2013No
25​
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Volume 1NA BD+DVD LE2013Done
26​
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Volume 2NA BD+DVD LE2013Done
27​
Puella Magi Madoka Magica Volume 3NA BD+DVD LE2013Done
28​
Eureka Seven AO Part 1NA BD+DVD LE2013No
29​
Haganai: I Don't Have Many FriendsNA BD+DVD LE2013No
30​
Shiki Part 1NA BD+DVD LE2013No
31​
Afro SamuraiUK BD2013No
32​
Shigurui: Death FrenzyUK BD2013No
33​
Devil May CryUK BD2013No
34​
Last Exile -Fam, the Silver Wing- Part 1NA BD+DVD LE2013No
35​
Maken-Ki!NA BD+DVD LE2013No
36​
Perfect BlueUK BD+DVD CE2013Done
37​
Welcome to the Space ShowUK BD+DVD2013No
38​
First SquadUK BD2013No
39​
Wolf ChildrenUK BD+DVD CE2013No
40​
Michiko & Hatchin Part 1NA BD+DVD LE2014No
41​
Good Luck Girl!NA BD+DVD LE2014No
42​
Chaos;HeadNA BD+DVD LE2014No
43​
Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko MineNA BD+DVD LE2014No
44​
B Gata H Kei: Yamada's First TimeNA BD+DVD LE2014No
45​
Blood: The Last VampireUK BD2014No
46​
Fairy Tail: Phoenix PriestessNA BD+DVD2014No
47​
Tenchi Muyo! Movie CollectionNA BD+DVD LE2014No
48​
BakemonogatariNA BD LE2014No
49​
Guilty Crown Part 1NA BD+DVD LE2014No
50​
One Piece Film: Strong WorldNA BD+DVD2014No
51​
Shiki Part 2NA BD+DVD2014No
52​
Appleseed Ex MachinaUK BD2014No
53​
Batman: Gotham KnightUK BD2014No
54​
The AnimatrixUK BD2014No
55​
The Garden of WordsUK BD2014No
56​
Tenchi Muyo! OVA CollectionNA BD+DVD LE2014No
57​
Robotics;Notes Part 1NA BD+DVD LE2014No
58​
R.O.D. The TVUK DVD2014No
59​
Psycho-PassNA BD LE2014No
60​
Gunbuster vs Diebuster: Aim for the Top! GATTAI!!NA BD LE2014No
61​
Baka & Test: Summon the Beasts Season 2NA BD+DVD LE2014Done
62​
Durarara!!UK BD CE2014No
63​
Blood-C: The Last DarkUK BD+DVD CE2014No
64​
Eureka Seven Part 1NA BD LE2014No
65​
Tiger & Bunny: The BeginningUK BD+DVD CE2014No
66​
Strike WitchesNA BD+DVD2014No
67​
Strike Witches 2NA BD+DVD LE2014No
68​
AppleseedNA BD2014No
69​
One Piece: The Desert Princess and the Pirates: Adventures in AlabastaNA BD2014No
70​
Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood TrailNA BD+DVD2014No
71​
Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends NEXTNA BD+DVD LE2014No
72​
Fairy Tail: Parts 1-5NA BD+DVD2014No
73​
ArriettyUK BD2014No
74​
From Up on Poppy HillUK BD+DVD2014No
75​
Attack on Titan Part 1NA BD+DVD LE2014Done
76​
OniAiNA BD+DVD LE2014No
77​
Aria the Scarlet AmmoNA BD+DVD LE2014No
78​
Heaven's Lost PropertyNA BD+DVD AC2014No
79​
Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar Part 1NA BD+DVD LE2014No
80​
Date A LiveNA BD+DVD LE2014No
81​
Daily Lives of High School BoysNA BD PE2014No
82​
Ground Control to Psychoelectric GirlNA BD+DVD PE2014No
83​
Nyaruko: Crawling With Love!NA BD PE2014No
84​
Baka & Test: Summon the Beasts OVA CollectionNA BD+DVD2014Done
85​
Level ENA BD+DVD LE2014No
86​
Toradora!NA BD+DVD PE2014No
87​
The Devil is a Part-Timer!NA BD+DVD LE2014No
88​
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Beginning & EternalJP BD-BOX LE2014No
89​
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: RebellionJP BD-BOX LE2014No
90​
Shakugan no ShanaNA BD+DVD SAVE2014No
91​
Shakugan no Shana II Part 1NA BD+DVD LE2014No
92​
Shakugan no Shana II Part 2NA BD+DVD2014No
93​
Heroic AgeNA BD2014No
94​
Love Live! School Idol Project Season 1NA BD PE2014No
95​
C: The Money and Soul of Possibility ControlNA BD+DVD LE2014No
96​
FractaleNA BD+DVD LE2014No
97​
Gargantia of the Verdurous PlanetNA BD+DVD LE2014No
98​
Nekomonogatari BlackNA BD LE2014No
99​
NisemonogatariNA BD LE2014No
100​
Gurren LagannUK BD UE2014No
101​
Kill la Kill Part 1UK BD CE2014Done
102​
Martian Successor NadesicoNA DVD LE2014No
103​
High School DxD NewNA BD+DVD LE2014No
104​
Sailor Moon Part 1NA BD+DVD LE2014No
105​
KNA BD+DVD LE2014No
106​
Attack on Titan Part 2NA BD+DVD LE2014Done
107​
HALUK BD+DVD CE2014No
108​
Patema InvertedUK BD+DVD UE2014No
109​
Time of Eve: The MovieUK BD LE2015No
110​
Cowboy BebopNA BD+DVD PE2015No
111​
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions!NA BD+DVD LE2015No
112​
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day the MovieNA BD+DVD LE2015No
113​
Shakugan no Shana III Part 1NA BD+DVD LE2015No
114​
Blood-CNA BD+DVD LE2015No
115​
Ben-ToNA BD+DVD LE2015No
116​
Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash!NA BD+DVD LE2015No
117​
Fate/Zero Box Set 1NA BD LE2015No
118​
Space Dandy Season 1NA BD+DVD LE2015No
119​
Unbreakable Machine DollNA BD+DVD LE2015No
120​
Sword Art Online Box Set 1NA BD LE2015No
121​
Sword Art Online Box Set 2NA BD LE2015No
122​
Sword Art Online Box Set 3NA BD LE2015No
123​
Sword Art Online Box Set 4NA BD LE2015No
124​
Kill la Kill Part 2UK BD CE2015Done
125​
D-Frag!NA BD+DVD LE2015No
126​
The Garden of SinnersJP BD-BOX2015Done
127​
The Garden of Sinners: Recalled Out SummerNA BD LE2015No
128​
Genshiken Second GenerationNA BD PE2015No
129​
Fate/Zero Box Set 2NA BD LE2015No
130​
Knights of SidoniaNA BD+DVD LE2015No
131​
Kill la Kill Part 3UK BD CE2015Done
132​
Royal Space Force: The Wings of HonneamiseUK BD+DVD CE2015No
133​
Air (2005)NA DVD SAVE2015No
134​
Kanon (2006)NA DVD SAVE2015No
135​
Darker Than BlackNA BD PE2015No
136​
Hyperdimension Neptunia the AnimationNA BD+DVD LE2015No
137​
Expelled From ParadiseNA BD LE2015No
138​
Tiger & Bunny: The RisingUK BD+DVD CE2015No
139​
A Lull in the SeaNA BD PE2015No
140​
Aesthetica of a Rogue HeroNA BD+DVD LE2015No
141​
No Game, No LifeNA BD+DVD LE2015No
142​
Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar Part 2NA BD+DVD2015No
143​
Elfen LiedNA BD2015No
144​
Michiko & Hatchin Part 2NA BD+DVD2015No
145​
Shakugan no Shana III Part 2NA BD+DVD2015No
146​
Persona 4 the AnimationNA BD+DVD LE2015No
147​
Guilty Crown Part 2NA BD+DVD2015No
148​
Mobile Suit Gundam Part 1UK BD CE2015Done
149​
Highschool of the DeadNA BD+DVD LE2015No
150​
ef ~ A Tale of MemoriesNA BD2015No
151​
ef ~ A Tale of MelodiesNA BD2015No
152​
Fate/Stay Night (2006) Collection 1NA BD2015No
153​
Fate/Stay Night (2006) Collection 2NA BD2015No
154​
Durarara!!UK BD2016No
155​
Harlock: Space Pirate 3DNA BD2016No
156​
Darker Than Black: Gemini of the MeteorNA BD+DVD AC2016No
157​
Last Exile -Fam, the Silver Wing- Part 2NA BD+DVD2016No
158​
Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Collections 1 & 2NA BD2016No
159​
Love Live! School Idol Project Season 2NA BD PE2016No
160​
Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of ShamballaNA BD2016No
161​
Mobile Suit Gundam Part 2UK BD CE2016Done
162​
Sword Art Online II Part 1UK BD+DVD CE2016Done
163​
Fullmetal Alchemist (2003)NA BD2016No
164​
Robotics;Notes Part 2NA BD+DVD2016No
165​
Nekomonogatari WhiteNA BD LE2016No
166​
Nisekoi: False Love Volume 1NA BD LE2016No
167​
Nisekoi: False Love Volume 2NA BD LE2016No
168​
Samurai Flamenco Part 1UK BD CE2016No
169​
Seraph of the End -Vampire Reign- Part 1UK BD CE2016No
170​
Terror in ResonanceUK BD+DVD UE2016No
171​
Danganronpa the AnimationNA BD+DVD LE2016No
172​
High School DxD BorNNA BD+DVD LE2016No
173​
Free! Eternal SummerUK BD CE2016No
174​
KabukimonogatariNA BD LE2016No
175​
OtorimonogatariNA BD LE2016No
176​
Children Who Chase Lost VoicesNA BD+DVD SS2016No
177​
Psycho-Pass: The MovieUK BD+DVD CE2016No
178​
Your Lie in April Part 1UK BD CE2016No
179​
The Vision of EscaflowneUK BD UE2016No
180​
Gundam: Reconguista in GUK BD CE2016Done
181​
The Tatami GalaxyUK BD CE2016No
182​
Sword Art Online II Part 2UK BD+DVD CE2016Done
183​
Outlaw StarUK BD CE2016No
184​
The Place Promised in Our Early Days & Voices of a Distant StarUK BD+DVD CE2016No
185​
Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions! Heart ThrobNA BD+DVD LE2016No
186​
Psycho-Pass 2UK BD CE2016No
187​
Mai Mai MiracleUK BD+DVD CE2016No
188​
The Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaNA BD CE2016Done
189​
AkiraUK BD+DVD CE2016Done
190​
Nisekoi: False Love Volume 3NA BD LE2017No
191​
Nisekoi: False Love Volume 4NA BD LE2017No
192​
The Case of Hana & AliceUK BD+DVD CE2017No
193​
Blue Exorcist Parts 1 & 2UK BD2017No
194​
Osamu Tezuka's MetropolisUK BD+DVD CE2017No
195​
The Heroic Legend of Arslan Part 1UK BD CE2017No
196​
Love Live! School Idol Project Season 1UK BD LE2017No
197​
Love Live! School Idol Project Season 2UK BD LE2017No
198​
The Heroic Legend of Arslan Part 2UK BD CE2017No
199​
Seraph of the End -Vampire Reign- Part 2UK BD CE2017No
200​
Berserk (1997)UK BD CE2017No
201​
Nyaruko: Crawling With Love! Season 2NA BD PE2017No
202​
Eureka Seven Part 2NA BD2017No
203​
Eureka Seven AO Part 2NA BD+DVD2017No
204​
Persona 3 the Movie -#1 Spring of Birth-UK BD+DVD CE2017No
205​
Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet NineNA BD+DVD LE2017No
206​
Sword Art Online: Extra EditionNA BD LE2017No
207​
SekireiNA BD+DVD AC2017No
208​
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 1UK BD CE2017Done
209​
Eden of the EastUK BD CE2017No
210​
Aldnoah Zero Season 1UK BD CE2017No
211​
Fuse: Memoirs of a HuntressUK BD+DVD CE2017No
212​
Tokyo ESPUK BD+DVD CE2017No
213​
Full Metal Panic!UK BD2017No
214​
Serial Experiments LainUK BD+DVD CE2017No
215​
Mobile Suit Gundam: Movie TrilogyUK BD CE2017Done
216​
Absolute DuoUK BD+DVD2017No
217​
Mikagura School SuiteUK BD+DVD2017No
218​
No-RinUK BD2017No
219​
Blood Blockade BattlefrontUK BD CE2017No
220​
Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma IllyaUK BD CE2017No
221​
Samurai Flamenco Part 2UK BD CE2017No
222​
Persona 3 the Movie -#2 Midsummer Knight's Dream-UK BD+DVD CE2017No
223​
OnimonogatariNA BD LE2017No
224​
Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?NA BD+DVD LE2017No
225​
Evangelion: 1.11 You Are (Not) AloneUK BD+DVD CE2017No
226​
One Punch ManNA BD+DVD LE2017No
227​
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam Part 2UK BD CE2017Done
228​
Your Lie in April Part 2UK BD CE2017No
229​
KoimonogatariNA BD LE2017No
230​
HanamonogatariNA BD LE2017No
231​
Persona 3 the Movie -#3 Falling Down-UK BD+DVD CE2017No
232​
Tokyo Marble ChocolateUK BD+DVD CE2017No
233​
Code Geass: Lelouch of the RebellionNA BD LE2017No
234​
Black ButlerNA BD+DVD AC2017No
235​
Kizumonogatari Part 1: TekketsuNA BD LE2017No
236​
Kizumonogatari Part 2: NekketsuNA BD LE2017No
237​
Gonna Be the Twin-Tail!!UK BD+DVD2017No
238​
Sword Art Online II Part 3UK BD+DVD CE2017Done
239​
Persona 3 the Movie -#4 Winter of Rebirth-UK BD+DVD CE2017No
240​
Prison SchoolUK BD CE2017No
241​
OverlordUK BD CE2017No
242​
Sword Art Online II Part 4UK BD+DVD CE2017Done
243​
Rage of Bahamut: GenesisUK BD CE2017No
244​
Deadman WonderlandNA BD+DVD AC2017No
245​
Spice & WolfNA BD+DVD AC2017No
246​
Steins;GateNA BD+DVD AC2017No
247​
Belladonna of SadnessUK BD CE2017No
248​
The Wind RisesUK BD+DVD2017No
249​
The Tale of the Princess KaguyaUK BD+DVD2017No
250​
ERASED Part 1UK BD CE2017No
251​
Space Dandy Season 2NA BD+DVD2017No
252​
Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster GirlsNA BD+DVD LE2017No
253​
The Anthem of the HeartUK BD+DVD CE2017No
254​
Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ Part 1UK BD CE2017Done
255​
Beyond the Boundary -I'll Be Here-UK BD+DVD CE2017No
256​
Ouran High School Host ClubUK BD CE2017Done
257​
In This Corner of the WorldUK BD+DVD CE2017No
258​
Your NameUK BD+DVD DE2017Done
259​
Blood LadUK BD CE2017No
260​
Psychic School WarsUK BD+DVD CE2017No
261​
Hyouka Part 1UK BD CE2017Done
262​
A Silent VoiceUK BD+DVD CE2017Done
263​
FreedomNA BD LE2017No
264​
Genius Party & Genius Party BeyondUK BD+DVD CE2017No
265​
Sword of the StrangerUK BD+DVD CE2017No
266​
NoeinUK BD CE2017No
267​
Ajin: Demi-HumanUK BD CE2017No
268​
ClaymoreUK BD CE2017Done
269​
Assassination Classroom Season 1 Part 1UK BD CE2017No
270​
Assassination Classroom Season 1 Part 2UK BD2017No
271​
Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ Part 2UK BD CE2018Done
272​
009 Re:Cyborg 3DUK BD+DVD CE2018No
273​
Expelled From ParadiseUK BD+DVD CE2018No
274​
Lord Marksman and VanadisUK BD CE2018Done
275​
Grimgar: Ashes & IllusionsUK BD CE2018No
276​
Yuri!!! on ICENA BD+DVD LE2018No
277​
Keijo!!!!!!!!NA BD+DVD LE2018No
278​
Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kunNA BD+DVD LE2018No
279​
ERASED Part 2UK BD CE2018No
280​
Vampire Hunter D: BloodlustUK BD+DVD CE2018No
281​
Lupin the Third Part IV: The Italian AdventureUK BD CE2018No
282​
Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 1UK BD CE2018Done
283​
Animerama: A Thousand & One Nights and CleopatraUK BD2018No
284​
Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- Part 1UK BD CE2018Done
285​
Rokka -Braves of the Six Flowers-UK BD CE2018No
286​
Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin I-IV: Chronicle of Char and SaylaUK BD CE2018Done
287​
Lu Over the WallUK BD+DVD CE2018No
288​
The Night is Short, Walk on GirlUK BD+DVD CE2018Done
289​
Momotaro Sacred SailorsUK BD+DVD CE2018No
290​
No Game, No Life ZeroNA BD+DVD LE2018Done
291​
And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online?NA BD+DVD LE2018No
292​
My First Girlfriend is a GalNA BD+DVD LE2018No
 

NormanicGrav

At this rate, Christmas will burn
AUKN Staff
A few mini-updates for the blog.

Unboxing Redux Additions:

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Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD)
More photos here. Released in March 2017, originally unboxed in April 2017.
Original Blogger version for comparison.
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With Season 2 coming to the collection sometime next week (unless shipping speeds up), I decided it was a good opportunity to also redux the first season's unboxing which was honestly pretty decent the first time (mid-2017 onwards was where the unboxings did improve on the presentation).
 

NormanicGrav

At this rate, Christmas will burn
AUKN Staff
A few mini-updates for the blog.

Unboxing Additions:

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The Future Diary (Collector's Edition Blu-ray)
More photos here. Released in July 2021, acquired from Anime Limited.

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Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II (Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD)
More photos here. Released in October 2020, acquired from Rightstuf.

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Real Girl (Collector's Edition Blu-ray)
More photos here. Released in January 2021, acquired from MVM's Anime-on-Line.


Item Schedules:

AnimeEditionCurrent Est. Arrival
BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, so I’ll Max Out My Defense.Limited Edition Blu-ray2nd August 2021
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Part 2Collector's Edition Blu-ray16th August 2021
Love Live! Sunshine!! the School Idol Movie: Over the RainbowCollector's Edition Blu-ray6th September 2021
Lupin III: The FirstCollector's Edition Blu-ray & DVD30th August 2021
PenguindrumCollector's Edition Blu-ray16th August 2021
Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto-Memory DollCollector's Edition Blu-ray9th August 2021

Other items planned:
  • The Dungeon of Black Company Manga Volume 3

Industry News:

It seems I have forgotten to post about the previous write-ups so here's a recap.

September 2021 US anime home video releases write-up is available. This includes the latest releases from Discotek, Funimation & Sentai due for September 2021.

October 2021 US anime home video releases write-up is also available. This includes the latest releases from Funimation, with Discotek & Sentai being added when they are revealed later down the line, for October 2021.

Random Notes:

Over the first half of the month I've added a number of old unboxings from the old blog back onto the current one, they're mostly US releases but were worth revisiting either way.

The Dungeon of Black Company Volume 3 has taken this long due to stock issues but I have also switched from Book Depository to Wordery as the latter seems to have actual stock but will take a bit longer to arrive (it was also cheaper at least). The plan to get more Prison School Omnibus books is still going ahead but I want to wait and see how things are going for the other parts of the light novel and manga scene in case they need to be prioritised also.

Because of stock issues, there is a possibility that I might not receive BOFURI's limited edition as I have ordered it much later than everyone else. I also went with UP1 as it was the cheapest option available.

I don't want to spend tons immediately until I find out more about Anime Limited's plans for their Summer sale which is expected sometime early next week. I'm only after a few titles but it's possible they might not show up or be on offer until the Christmas sale appears.

Last few months I spent buying a whole bunch of PlayStation 3 games. I'm going to try and get more PlayStation 4 games to switch up and most importantly be ahead of the pace just in case any discontinues occur. Much like the previous generation, if a PS5 physical version exists for a game I'll just wait for that to save myself the hassle. On another note, the Persona Dancing games released on PS4 (Moonlight & Starlight) will instead be acquired via the Japanese versions due to stock issues with the local ones and the fact that it's cheaper to import them.
 

NormanicGrav

At this rate, Christmas will burn
AUKN Staff
A few mini-updates for the blog.

Unboxing Additions:

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Part 2 (Collector's Edition Blu-ray)
More photos here. Released in July 2021, acquired from Anime Limited.

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Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll (Collector's Edition Blu-ray)
More photos here. Released in August 2021, acquired from Anime Limited.


Item Schedules:

AnimeEditionCurrent Est. Arrival
Fate/Stay Night [Heaven's Feel] III. Spring SongLimited Edition Blu-ray Disc BoxLiterally Today
Love Live! Sunshine!! the School Idol Movie: Over the RainbowCollector's Edition Blu-ray13th September 2021
Lupin III: The FirstCollector's Edition Blu-ray & DVD20th September 2021
Miss HokusaiLimited Edition Blu-ray & DVD27th September 2021
Neon Genesis EvangelionUltimate Edition Blu-ray6th December 2021
PenguindrumCollector's Edition Blu-ray27th September 2021



Otaku Collection:

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The Monthly Collection post for July 2021 is available. This update features 7 anime titles, 1 book, 6 manga volumes, 4 video games and 1 live-action Asian cinema title.

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The Monthly Collection post for August 2021 is also available. This update features 1 anime title, 5 light novel volumes, and 10 manga volumes.


Industry News:

November 2021 US anime home video releases write-up is available. This includes the latest releases from Funimation & Sentai, with Discotek being added when they are revealed later down the line, due for November 2021.


Random Notes:

The August haul was smaller compared to previous months primarily due to Evangelion and having the funds prepared for that. With that sorted, there's still two more hurdles left (Cardcaptor Sakura and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny) but it would not surprise me if they are delayed into 2022.

I am hoping to offer more variety once again for the September 2021 haul with 88 Films bringing their Category III films Riki-Oh and Robotrix at the end of the month for the Asian Cinema batch and then there's Anime Ltd with the delayed anime releases as per usual. But anything can happen so we'll just have to wait and see how it all turns out.
 

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At this rate, Christmas will burn
AUKN Staff
A few mini-updates for the blog.

Unboxing Additions:

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Fate/Stay Night [Heaven's Feel] III. Spring Song (Limited Edition Blu-ray Disc Box)
More photos here. Released in March 2021, acquired from Amazon Japan.

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Love Live! Sunshine!! the School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow (Collector's Edition Blu-ray)
More photos here. Released in September 2021, acquired from Anime Limited.

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Lupin III: The First (Collector's Edition Blu-ray & DVD)
More photos here. Released in September 2021, acquired from Anime Limited.


Item Schedules:

AnimeEditionCurrent Est. Arrival
Miss HokusaiLimited Edition Blu-ray & DVD27th September 2021
Neon Genesis EvangelionUltimate Edition Blu-ray6th December 2021
PenguindrumCollector's Edition Blu-ray27th September 2021
Sword Art Online Alicization -War of Underworld- Part 1Collector's Edition Blu-ray22nd November 2021

Industry News:

December 2021 US anime home video releases write-up is available. This includes the latest releases from Funimation, with Discotek and Sentai being added when they are revealed later down the line, due for December 2021.


Random Notes:

The September haul is smaller than initially planned at the moment for a reason, but once that clears up the pace will speed up again.

88 Films titles Riki-Oh and Robotrix are both still planned for end of September with pre-orders hopefully starting soon on their website. From Anime Ltd, Sword Art Online Alicization -War of Underworld- Part 1 joins the haul but is now pushed back to November, and ON-GAKU will also be picked up which has also been pushed back to November.
 

NormanicGrav

At this rate, Christmas will burn
AUKN Staff
A few mini-updates for the blog.

Unboxing Additions:

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Miss Hokusai (Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD)
More photos here. Released in October 2021, acquired from Anime Limited.


Item Schedules:

AnimeEditionCurrent Est. Arrival
Neon Genesis EvangelionUltimate Edition Blu-ray6th December 2021
ON-GAKU: Our SoundCollector's Edition Blu-ray & DVD15th November 2021
PenguindrumCollector's Edition Blu-ray22nd November 2021
Sword Art Online Alicization -War of Underworld- Part 1Collector's Edition Blu-ray22nd November 2021
Sword Art Online Alicization -War of Underworld- Part 2Collector's Edition Blu-ray13th December 2021

Industry News:

Q4 2021 UK anime home video releases write-up is available. This covers all upcoming releases from Anime Limited, Funimation, and MVM between October 2021 to December 2021.

I have updated both the November 2021 and December 2021 US anime home video release posts. These include the new layout also being used on the Q4 2021 UK anime home video release post, as well as any remaining finalised artwork and new additions from Aniplex of America.


Random Notes:

In case you missed the news, I now have a new job (second one in fact, first time since 2018). There's good and bad news as a result. The bad news is that due to working hours and the days getting darker, it won't be possible to sort out a nice good photo shoot for my unboxings so the presentation won't look great unless I delay the posts until the weekend.

The good news is that the hauls will grow much larger, at least for the next six months as I'm on a contract for now. The biggest difference between the first and second jobs are the location, as I'm remaining at home than living independently in the meantime (plus more time to myself as there's no insane travel situation because I'll be driving to work rather than relying on trains and walking). This means I will have more income than before to speed things up.

There's currently nothing planned to arrive this month because everything Anime Limited related got delayed once again, so those items are now in November. My paydays are also during the early parts of the month so I'll receive roughly the same as I would have done normally. November onwards is where the real deal begins.

I also have plans to upgrade my TV. I currently use an old Sony Bravia KDL-32EX301 released back in March 2010. I can't get a massive TV due to room limitations so the highest size I can probably get is around 50-55 inches at best. The ideal priorities are 4K, 120Hz, and HDR with Dolby Vision support at least for some future proofing. The obvious thing people like to bring up is OLED which may not be possible due to pricing and size limitations.

For consoles, Nintendo Switch OLED is planned and could be acquired this month if I have enough funds to get it sooner, but if not it'll be achieved later in the year. PlayStation 5 is planned for November if I can get into the stock bandwagon on-time.

In terms of the collection, it's up in the air at the moment. I do plan to expand the rows on my IKEA bookshelves but there's currently stock issues with the individual row add-ons which won't be sorted until the end of October from what I was told by their Twitter support.
 

NormanicGrav

At this rate, Christmas will burn
AUKN Staff
A few mini-updates for the blog.

Unboxing Additions:

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Fire Force Season 1 Part 1 (UK Blu-ray) & Part 2 (US Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD)
More photos here. Released in May 2020 (UK) & September 2020 (US), acquired from Amazon UK.


Item Schedules:

AnimeEditionCurrent Est. Arrival
Black LagoonLimited Edition Blu-ray29th November 2021
Code Geass: Akito the ExiledLimited Edition Blu-ray6th December 2021
Death ParadeLimited Edition Blu-ray13th December 2021
Josee, the Tiger & the FishCollector's Edition Blu-ray31st January 2022
Neon Genesis EvangelionUltimate Edition Blu-ray6th December 2021
Nichijou: My Ordinary LifeLimited Edition Blu-ray13th December 2021
ON-GAKU: Our SoundCollector's Edition Blu-ray & DVD15th November 2021
Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New WorldLimited Edition Blu-ray & DVD2nd November 2021
PenguindrumCollector's Edition Blu-ray22nd November 2021
Sword Art Online Alicization -War of Underworld- Part 1Collector's Edition Blu-ray22nd November 2021
Sword Art Online Alicization -War of Underworld- Part 2Collector's Edition Blu-ray13th December 2021

Also Coming Soon:
TitleFormatCurrent Est. Arrival
Bullet Girls PhantasiaAsian English PlayStation 4 game27th-30th October 2021
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Arcade Future Tone DXJapanese PlayStation 4 game27th-30th October 2021
Hitomi-chan is Shy with Strangers Vol. 1Manga volume27th-30th October 2021
How Heavy Are the Dumbbells You Lift? Vol. 2Manga volume26th-28th October 2021
Monster Musume Vol. 15 & 16Manga volume27th-30th October 2021
Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under FireJapanese PlayStation 4 game27th-30th October 2021
Taiko no Tatsujin Session de Dodon ga Don!Japanese PlayStation 4 game27th-30th October 2021

Industry News:

January 2022 US anime home video releases write-up is available. This covers all upcoming releases from Funimation, with Discotek & Sentai to be added later.


Random Notes:

As I mentioned before, this month's haul is basically going through a bit of a turbulence in which I can still buy stuff for the collection but it's not going to be here this month or the funds were spread out. This meant that plans to get a Nintendo Switch OLED was delayed as a result. Plans to expand my shelves has also been delayed due to IKEA not allowing stock of the additional rows to be available for online delivery (I can buy new shelves but not the rows themselves).

This month's orders have been a mix of higher priced titles and smaller items. Gotten a couple of import games ordered to avoid losing out on them later in the coming months (Miku & Taiko both came out in 2017, that's quite a while ago).

Let's talk anime! Thanks to my job, I can in theory get every Anime Ltd CE on offer for the next few months, but November is usually the quiet month to make way for the Christmas season (12 Days of Christmas) so I'm only expecting maybe 1-2 on offer or just focused on Vinyl. This month's anime has been ordered/paid at least. Fire Force Season 2 LE will be ordered next month to save myself the faff of dealing with holding out (it does help that Season 2 Part 1 is cheaper than Season 1's Part 1). Aniplex haul is planned for November, going to get Fate/Apocrypha due to its increased chances of going OOP to make way for a BD-Box that will probably happen next year.

Let's talk games! You will notice I have been acquiring more imports as of late. That was actually because Solaris Japan ran a multiple points offer on their titles, while Play-Asia was going to expire some gold coins on my account so this was a good opportunity to grab some games I was after. I ordered Sisters Royale on Amazon Japan because it wasn't available on the other sites for a decent price (seems Solaris doesn't have the newer games so that's a challenge). Here's the current list of games I plan to acquire from Japan & Asia in the coming months:
Asia:
  • Full Metal Panic! Fight! Who Dare Wins
    Bandai Namco Asia, Genre: Strategy RPG, Released: May 2018

  • Gundam Breaker 3: BREAK EDITION
    Bandai Namco Asia, Genre: Action/Arcade, Released: May 2017

  • Legend of Mana
    Square Enix, Genre: Action RPG, Released: June 2021

  • Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Vs. Maxi Boost ON
    Bandai Namco Asia, Genre: Action/Arcade, Released: July 2020

  • SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays
    Bandai Namco Asia, Genre: Strategy RPG, Released: November 2019

  • Super Robot Wars 30
    Bandai Namco Asia, Genre: Strategy RPG, Released: November 2021
Japan:
  • Ace Attorney 1 2 3 (Gyakuten Saiban 123: Naruhodo Selection)
    逆転裁判123 成歩堂セレクション
    Capcom, Genre: Visual Novel, Released: February 2019

  • A Certain Magical Virtual-On (Toaru Majutsu no Denno Senki Virtual-On)
    とある魔術の電脳戦機
    SEGA, Genre: Action/Arcade, Released: February 2018

  • City Shrouded in Shadow (Kyoei Toshi)
    巨影都市
    Bandai Namco Japan, Genre: Adventure/Survival RPG, Released: October 2017

  • CLANNAD
    クラナド
    Prototype, Genre: Visual Novel, Released: June 2018

  • Crows Burning Edge
    クローズ BURNING EDGE
    Bandai Namco Japan, Genre: Action/Beat em Up, Released: October 2016

  • Great Ace Attorney Chronicles
    大逆転裁判1&2 -成歩堂龍ノ介の冒險と覺悟-
    Capcom, Genre: Visual Novel, Released: July 2021

  • The iDOLM@STER Stella Stage
    アイドルマスター ステラステージ
    Bandai Namco Japan, Genre: Music/Rhythm/Simulation, Released: December 2017

  • MELTY BLOOD: TYPE LUMINA
    DELiGHTWORKS, Genre: Fighting, Released: September 2021

  • Million Arthur: Arcana Blood
    ミリオンアーサー アルカナブラッド
    Square Enix, Genre: Fighting, Released: November 2018

  • Wing of Darkness
    有翼のフロイライン
    Production Exabilities, Genre: Action, Released: June 2021
A few more games from Japan and Asia may join the list, such as Empire of Angels IV, but for now I want to prioritise on these ones.
Let's talk books! Seven Seas manga titles I have been ordering are a mix of new and on-going additions, and about half have arrived so far. By the end of that batch, Monster Musume would be completely up-to-date and Dumbbells will have every volume released before 2021 acquired. In terms of light novels, apparently Seven Seas did reprint Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash so I may be able to continue that series after all. Outside of that I plan to try and get the recent volumes for ARIFURETA, How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, and Monster Girl Doctor before the year is over. The Yen Press light novels will also be picked up but I have yet to decide how I'll tackle it now that plans have shifted.

Let's talk Asian Cinema! There's an Arrow sale going on and I may pickup a few titles, but at the same time I may also prefer to get some Third Window titles also. I haven't narrowed down my decision yet, for instance all of Gamera is available for £48 on Zavvi. 88 Films have delayed their line-up but Armour of God is still planned for this year so I can order that without issue.

Last but not least - I do want to get a PlayStation 5 but I don't think I'll be able to get it because whenever a retailer advertises the stock for online purchase it always seems to be during working hours. Hmmm...
 

NormanicGrav

At this rate, Christmas will burn
AUKN Staff
A few mini-updates for the blog.

Unboxing Additions:

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Sisters Royale: Five Sisters Under Fire (PlayStation 4) [Japan Imports]
シスターズロワイヤル 5姉妹に嫌がらせを受けて困っています
More photos here. Released in January 2020, acquired from Amazon Japan.

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Toshiaki Toyoda: 2005-2021 (Limited Edition Blu-ray)
More photos here. Released in October 2021, acquired from Terracotta Distribution.


Item Schedules:

AnimeEditionCurrent Est. Arrival
Black LagoonLimited Edition Blu-ray29th November 2021
Code Geass: Akito the ExiledLimited Edition Blu-ray6th December 2021
Death ParadeLimited Edition Blu-ray13th December 2021
Josee, the Tiger & the FishCollector's Edition Blu-ray31st January 2022
Neon Genesis EvangelionUltimate Edition Blu-ray6th December 2021
Nichijou: My Ordinary LifeLimited Edition Blu-ray13th December 2021
ON-GAKU: Our SoundCollector's Edition Blu-ray & DVD15th November 2021
Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New WorldLimited Edition Blu-ray & DVD2nd-5th November 2021
PenguindrumCollector's Edition Blu-ray22nd November 2021
Sword Art Online Alicization -War of Underworld- Part 1Collector's Edition Blu-ray22nd November 2021
Sword Art Online Alicization -War of Underworld- Part 2Collector's Edition Blu-ray13th December 2021

Also Coming Soon:
TitleFormatCurrent Est. Arrival
Bullet Girls PhantasiaAsian English PlayStation 4 game3rd-6th November 2021
Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Arcade Future Tone DXJapanese PlayStation 4 game3rd-6th November 2021
One Cut of the Dead: Hollywood EditionLimited Edition Blu-rayMid November 2021
Pink Films Vol. 5-6Regular Blu-rayMid November 2021
Taiko no Tatsujin Session de Dodon ga Don!Japanese PlayStation 4 game3rd-6th November 2021


Otaku Collection:

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The Monthly Collection post for September 2021 is available. This update features 4 anime titles, 8 manga volumes, 4 video games, and 2 live-action Asian cinema titles.

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The Monthly Collection post for October 2021 is available. This update features 2 anime titles, 7 manga volumes, 3 physical video games, 14 digital video games, and 1 live-action Asian cinema title.


Random Notes:

So there were a couple of unexpected delays that went rather off on my estimations. Basically the three video game imports (one from Play-Asia, two from Solaris Japan) didn't make progress with shipping until this past week, but all three are now on their way into the UK so they should arrive in the next five-six days (Solaris Japan order is likely to arrive first)!

Also, payday in early November so that's going to be fun.

The second phase of the otaku collection haul will be an expansion to the bookshelves in my room. That being more add-on rows for the current bookcases and replacing the old bookshelf with another Billy bookcase. The old shelf is dated and has aspects that can damage the books if you fill up a whole row completely. While the old shelf has more width, the Billy bookcases have more rows in return. The plan is to get the new bookcase and the add-on rows at the same time due to shipping costs.

And yes the complete collection update will be happening at the end of the year!


Unboxing Schedule Changes:
On another note, I've been looking at how things have been going for my blog and I am considering delaying the unboxing posts for incoming items if they arrive during the weekdays. This is mainly because I want to provide really nice and colour accurate photos during the daytime, which is not possible due to work.

I'm not happy with the alternate setup since it doesn't provide good photos in the end (and I'm not going to waste money getting a fancy setup with lights or anything, like some folks have suggested).

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So the plan is that I intend to save the unboxings for weekends (and weekdays on my days off) instead. No point trying to be among the first since I'll be at work, and better to have a good blogpost than a rushed one. This approach will only be until mid-Spring when the days get lighter.

To provide an example, if Our Last Crusade arrives on a Thursday, the unboxing will go up on Saturday essentially. I always write-up most of it beforehand so it's just the photos that will cause its delay.
 

NormanicGrav

At this rate, Christmas will burn
AUKN Staff
A few mini-updates for the blog.

Unboxing Additions:


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Akira (Limited Edition 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray)
More photos here. Released in December 2020, acquired from Zavvi.
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BOFURI: I Don’t Want to Get Hurt, So I’ll Max Out My Defense Season 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray)
More photos here. Released in August 2021, acquired from Zavvi.

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Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Arcade Future Tone DX (PlayStation 4) [Japan Imports]
初音ミク Project DIVA Future Tone DX
More photos here. Released in November 2017, acquired from Solaris Japan.

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Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World Season 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD)
More photos here. Released in November 2021, acquired from United Publications.


Item Schedules:

AnimeEditionCurrent Est. Arrival
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That DayLimited Edition Blu-ray2nd-4th December 2021
BartenderCollector's Edition Blu-rayTBC December 2021
Black LagoonLimited Edition Blu-ray7th February 2022
Code Geass: Akito the ExiledLimited Edition Blu-ray2nd-4th December 2021
Death ParadeLimited Edition Blu-ray13th December 2021
Fate/Grand Order -First Order-Limited Edition Blu-ray2nd-4th December 2021
Josee, the Tiger & the FishCollector's Edition Blu-ray31st January 2022
Neon Genesis EvangelionUltimate Edition Blu-rayTBC December 2021
Nichijou: My Ordinary LifeLimited Edition Blu-ray13th December 2021
ON-GAKU: Our SoundCollector's Edition Blu-ray & DVDTBC December 2021
PenguindrumCollector's Edition Blu-ray2nd-10th December 2021
Sword Art Online Alicization -War of Underworld- Part 1Collector's Edition Blu-ray13th December 2021
Sword Art Online Alicization -War of Underworld- Part 2Collector's Edition Blu-ray13th December 2021
Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out Season 1Limited Edition Blu-rayTBC January 2022

Also Coming Soon:
TitleFormatCurrent Est. Arrival
Armour of GodDeluxe Edition Blu-ray13th December 2021


Otaku Collection:

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The Monthly Collection post for November 2021 is available. This update features 5 anime titles, 4 video games, and 5 live-action Asian cinema titles.


Random Notes:

It's that time of year, the sales are here and I aim to acquire a few more titles as per usual. The post will be delayed due to the holidays so expect a 2 day delivery window to take like a week this time. Half of the budget is going towards anime for various reasons.

The Christmas haul hasn't been finalised, but so far two titles have been selected (1 anime, 1 game). The plan is to offer a variety like previous years.
 
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