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NormanicGrav

Grav's End Harem
AUKN Staff
June 2022 Haul Batch #5 - Birthday haul!


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For anime, we have Satoshi Kon's Paranoia Agent on Blu-ray uncut for the first time in the UK. Released last year, I finally own the collector's edition set MVM released. You can view more photos & specs on my blog.

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For manga, we have the first volumes for three different titles from the VIZ SIGNATURE label - Naoki Urasawa's Asadora!, Satoru Noda's Golden Kamuy, and Yuji Kaku's Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku.

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For light novels, we have the second volume of Natsume Akatsuki's Combatants Will Be Dispatched! and the ninth volume for Kugane Maruyama's OVERLORD.

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For Asian Cinema, just one film but it's Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Creepy (クリーピー 偽りの隣人) from the Eureka Masters of Cinema series on Blu-ray.

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And for video games, we have Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne HD Remaster and the Yakuza Remastered Collection, both for PlayStation 4.

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Overall a fun variety of titles! I also received a whole bunch of chocolates and a few shirts. And a Mario mug.

The folks at the office also celebrated my Birthday as well which was nice to see.


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Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin. Chaos.
 

NormanicGrav

Grav's End Harem
AUKN Staff
June 2022 Haul Batch #6 - The 'I have the days off work so here's more stuff' haul!


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Another martial art film for the Eureka Entertainment collection with Huang Feng's The Shaolin Plot, which also stars Sammo Hung. It's always nice to see so many Hong Kong films that you just don't know about until these Blu-ray sets appear, and happen to feature actors you recognise.



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Today I went to York for another trip to the Travelling Man store. This time I picked up 9 Viz Media volumes for £66. The order was also split into two payments to get the best deal thanks to the staff who suggested it. While I could have bought more, there were a lot of titles that just didn't have the right volumes or stock available so I've made another online order to fill in the blanks.

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First up we have more JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders manga with Volumes 9 & 10, which are the concluding volumes in the series. That just leaves me with Volume 8, which is one of the books I've ordered now to complete the series. I actually wasn't planning on finishing the series until next month, but there's no harm wrapping it up sooner.

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Next we have more Shonen Jump manga volumes with Black Clover Volumes 9 & 10, and The Promised Neverland Volume 4. The store also didn't have Volume 8 so that has been ordered as well. The other series will have more volumes acquired later in the year.

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Next is the VIZ SIGNATURE manga volumes with Hell's Paradise: Jigokuraku Volume 2 and Maison Ikkoku Volume 2. Both of these also had stock issues but as they're relatively new titles I'm in no rush to get them later, though I do want to complete Hell's Paradise before the anime airs to avoid big stock issues.

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Last but not least we have a new manga series for the collection with Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Volumes 1 & 2. Yep that's right, we have (in rimuru tempest voice) ELFU. But this series has become pretty popular and I expect there will massive stock problems if an anime adaptation gets greenlit so I'm getting them now to avoid the hype.

Overall, we have a nice haul! Will I go to the store next month? Probably not, unless a friend wants to see me in person. I think the store needs more stock on the Viz front before I visit again.


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Surprise I have bought a Discotek Media Blu-ray release that just came out (or should I say a month early!) with Violence Jack. Violence Jack is one of those classic anime that I wanted to check out for years, and this is the perfect release to do so since it is now uncut and uncensored. When it was brought over to the UK decades ago, it was BBFC'd to death so going for the US Blu-ray release makes perfect sense.
 

NormanicGrav

Grav's End Harem
AUKN Staff
June 2022 Haul Batch #7 - A follow-up haul of sorts from the previous batch,


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After the last batch I wanted to acquire the missing volumes to that haul, so I received Black Clover Volume 8, Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Volume 3, and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders Volume 8. JoJo in particular now means that I have acquired all of the volumes for the series, which was a month earlier than planned.



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With the news that Resident Evil 4 Remake is happening, my interest in the franchise came back and since then I've been watching playthroughs on YouTube of various people using randomisers which has been a lot of fun. That said, other than Resident Evil 4 and Resident Evil 5 on Xbox 360, and Biohazard Chronicles HD Selection on PS3, I actually don't own the re-releases that came out on PlayStation 4.

Therefore I decided to get Resident Evil 4 once again but in physical form. I really enjoyed the game when I played it years ago but now was a good time to own a physical copy. In addition, I also acquired the Resident Evil Origins Collection for the first time. I have not played the original games and this is going to be an interesting experience, since these games have limited saves and has a proper emphasis on survival with limited items and tactical moments like 'don't waste your time shooting a zombie unless necessary' etc. I am concerned about the limited save part as you could technically screw yourself over if you don't know how long the game will be.
 

Dai

Thousand Master
I also acquired the Resident Evil Origins Collection for the first time. I have not played the original games and this is going to be an interesting experience, since these games have limited saves and has a proper emphasis on survival with limited items and tactical moments like 'don't waste your time shooting a zombie unless necessary' etc. I am concerned about the limited save part as you could technically screw yourself over if you don't know how long the game will be.
The PS4 version of Resident Evil is fantastic, which is all the more impressive since it's basically a remaster of the Gamecube remake from 20 years ago. I'd recommend going for one of the easier difficulties on your first playthrough, since it can be unforgiving with ammo on harder ones. Off the top of my head, if you save once every 15-30 minutes you should have enough ink ribbons for game saves.

RE0 is decent, but probably the most annoying of the pre-RE4 games due to its awful inventory management system.
 

Lucky_Deity

Student Council President
Therefore I decided to get Resident Evil 4 once again but in physical form. I really enjoyed the game when I played it years ago but now was a good time to own a physical copy. In addition, I also acquired the Resident Evil Origins Collection for the first time. I have not played the original games and this is going to be an interesting experience, since these games have limited saves and has a proper emphasis on survival with limited items and tactical moments like 'don't waste your time shooting a zombie unless necessary' etc. I am concerned about the limited save part as you could technically screw yourself over if you don't know how long the game will be.
The PS4 version of Resident Evil is fantastic, which is all the more impressive since it's basically a remaster of the Gamecube remake from 20 years ago. I'd recommend going for one of the easier difficulties on your first playthrough, since it can be unforgiving with ammo on harder ones. Off the top of my head, if you save once every 15-30 minutes you should have enough ink ribbons for game saves.

RE0 is decent, but probably the most annoying of the pre-RE4 games due to its awful inventory management system.


I second with what Dai said about RE1, I haven't beaten it yet, really need to get back to it as I've enjoyed it a lot so far but I'm past the mansion (until I need to go back later) and playing on the easier difficulty and the ink ribbons are not a problem at all. A lot of it is memorization and knowing how the creatures move and attack, not as daunting as I thought it was going to be but not that there isn't a challenge and still need to keep your wits about you.

Would also recommend playing as Jill for your first run through as she has expanded inventory space.

Can't wait for the RE4 remake myself, one of my favourite games of all time though I am concerned how many of the cheesy lines will be kept in the game as they are some of my favourite parts. Leon is one of my favourite characters in fiction, a lot because of this game.
 

Girls with Guns

Cardcaptor
Via United Publications.
Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl Blu-ray from Aniplex of America and
Holmes of Kyoto Blu-ray from Discotek Media.
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Is that Limited Edition label on the Holmes of Kyoto release a sticker on the shrinkwrap or the slipcover, or actually printed on the slipcover? Just curious as I ordered that one as well, but it is in the same order as the Odeo Steelbook, so I have to wait a while yet for my copy to ship.
 
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