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51st State Ultimate Edition by Portal Games Coming Soon to Gamefound

Portal Games announced the 51st State Ultimate Edition is coming soon to Gamefound and will included new content with the crowdfunding campaign The campaign launches in February 2022 with component upgrades, reprints of hard-to-find content, and a new expansion, No Man’s Land, designed by Ignacy Trzewiczek. 51st State was originally published in 2010, and was a breakout success for Portal Games. Set in the same universe as the fan favorite Neuroshima Hex , 51st State offered players a new way to fight for resources in the wastelands of America. The release of the 51st State Master Set in 2016 brought together the core game and both the original expansions, Winter and New Era in one box with an all-new look and improved gameplay. Three additional expansions have since been released for the Master Set, growing the line to a fan favorite. Portal Games wants to give players the definitive experience they deserve with the 51st State Ultimate Edition.  The 51st State Ultimate Edition coming

Armitage III Dual Matrix Review

Original Review by:  sothis  from Anime Planet 3/10 Ahh, Dual-Matrix . Yet another time the anime industry has milked a series for all its worth, creating something mediocre and yawn-inducing. Why is it that any time a kid enters the picture, things get ruined? Think about all the sequels to real life movies you’ve seen; it’s always the same format: couple who hooked up at the end of the first movie have had a child, then must embark on some sort of adventure to either a) save the child from some sort of malady such as being kidnapped, or b) go on an adventure with the kids as their sidekick. Inevitably, it always ends up sucking. Why, then, did the creators of Armitage need to ruin such an amazing first OVA with something of such garbage caliber? We may never know. All I do know is hearing "Let go of my daughter you BITCH!" made me think fondly of Sigourney Weaver in Aliens ; except Sigourney Weaver had a better reason for being protective. Wouldn’t YOU feel sorry for a l

ACEN 2011: Funimation Licenses 2011 Fullmetal Alchemist Film

During its industry panel held during the Anime Central convention, Funimation has confirmed that it has licensed the forthcoming Fullmetal Alchemist feature film under the title of  Fullmetal Alchemist: The Star of Milos . The film will be released in theaters in Japan this July and will serve as the continuation to the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood storyline.

Funimation Delays Baka and Test, Dragonball Z Kai DVDs

The North American anime distributor  Funimation  notified retailers on Friday that it has delayed the following June DVD and Blu-ray releases: Dragon Ball Z Kai  season 1 part 5 DVD boxed set - Delayed from June 7 to June 28 Dragon Ball Z Kai  season 1 part 5 Blu-ray boxed set - Delayed from June 7 to June 28 Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts  complete collection DVD/Blu-ray combo set ( Limited Edition ) - Delayed from June 28 to July 12 Sgt. Frog  season 3 part 1 DVD boxed set - Delayed from June 28 to July 12 Gungrave  complete collection DVD boxed set (Anime Classic Collection) - Delayed from June 28 to July 19 Gungrave  complete collection Blu-ray boxed set (Anime Classic Collection) - Delayed from June 28 to July 19 According to Robert's Anime Corner  blog ,  Funimation  made the delays to round out its June and July release schedule. Funimation  also noted that the original price for its S.A.V.E. edition  Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE   season 2 collection on Blu-ra

Angel Beats! Dub on Anime Network OnDemand, Sub Online

The Anime Network  announced that it will bring the English-dubbed version of  Angel Beats!  ( DVD )  to its  Anime Network  OnDemand service on June 2, while the English-subtitled version will premiere on  Anime Network  Online on the same day. The  dub  will feature  Blake Shepard ,  Brittney Karbowski , and  Hilary Haag  in the voice cast. Sentai Filmworks  had announced its North American acquisition of the anime in March, and it confirmed that the English  dub  will retain the original Japanese-language music. The complete series will ship on DVD and Blu-ray Disc on July 26.

Reap Soulful Savings on Funimation

Reap soulful savings  on  DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and merchandise  from  FUNimation  – from hot new releases, such as  Rideback ,  Hero Tales ,  Dance in the Vampire Bund , and  Baka and Test , to favorites including Soul Eater ,  Eden of the East ,  One Piece ,  Chobits ,  Fullmetal Alchemist , and many, many more! From now through May 26, take 40% OFF the retail prices of all DVDs, Blu-ray and merchandise from FUNimation.   (This includes items that are pre-order, in stock, on order and special order!) Just be sure to place your orders before 11:59 p.m. CDT on May 26, 2011

Neon Genesis Evangelion Review

6/10 Neon Genesis Evangelion  was extremely popular in its time (some would say, it still is) and I believe the main reason for this is its captivating storyline. While the idea of humans riding around in giant robots wasn't particularly new when it was released, with series like  Gundam  and films like  Roujin Z  preceding it,  Evangelion  does successfully bring new ideas to the "mecha-table".

High School of the Dead Review

8/10 Zombie Holocaust  ( DVD ), Dawn of the Dead  ( DVD ), 28 Days Later  ( DVD ) and Resident Evil  ( DVD ): all standout zombie entertainment in their respective media, however none of these (bar the distinctly average  Degeneration  ( DVD ) movie) have crossed into the anime world. Enter stage right  Highschool of the Dead  ( DVD ), a slick Romero-esque translation of a manga that has had otaku tongues wagging for a while and seemingly for a good reason. As a salute to those that came before it, there are numerous nods to the masters of the genre. Most are too spoilerific to mention here, so just keep an eye out for the “ Shaun ” petrol station.

Armitage III "Poly-Matrix" Review

Original Review by:   sothis   from Anime Planet 9/10 I love cyberpunk. I dress like it, read about it, and am enamored with anything related to it. For god’s sake, I’m covered in cyborg tattoos because I’ve been obsessed with becoming a cyborg since I was 10, and since I can’t physically, I might as well look like it superficially. Thus, people have been telling me for years that I’d love  Armitage , yet I put it off until today. The moral of the story? Listen to your friends more often. 

New York Times Top Manga List 5/14/11

The New York Times   newspaper has   listed   the  Manga  bestsellers in the United States for the week ending on May 14.   Rank Prev. Rank Title Author Publisher Price Weeks on List Cover 1 1 Black Bird  #8 Kanoko Sakurakoji Viz Media $9.99 $7.49 2 2 2 Maximum Ride  #4 James Patterson ,  Narae Lee Yen Press $12.99 $9.74 3 3 3 Black Butler  #3 Yana Toboso Yen Press $11.99 $8.99 3 4 4 Bakuman  #4 Tsugumi Ohba ,  Takeshi Obata Viz Media $9.99 $7.49 2 5 5 Blue Exorcist  #1 Kazue Katō Viz Media $9.99 $7.49 6 6 9 Rosario + Vampire Season II  #4 Akihisa Ikeda Viz Media $9.99 $7.49 6 7 7 Pandora Hearts  #5 Jun Mochizuki Yen Press $11.99 $8.99 3 8 10 Highschool of the Dead  #2 Daisuke Satō , Shouji Sato Yen Press $13.99 $10.49 3 9 6 Otomen  #10 Aya Kanno Viz Media $9.99 $7.49 2 10 - Ai Ore ! Love Me!  #1 Mayu Shinjo Viz Media $12.99 $9.74 1

Akira Review

Original Review by:   VivisQueen   from Anime Planet 7.5/10 I have been staring at my computer screen for what seems a decade, trying to sum up what  Akira  ( DVD ) feels like to watch - after a considerable period of hesitation, I offer the following graceless suggestion: think  Ghibli  on acid. Although relentlessly brutal and disturbing,  Akira  remains strictly philosophical at heart with its exploration of human evolution set against a backdrop of human decay. As such, it has that energising creativity to be found in Ghibli productions; and yet, due to the level of bizarre savagery, it also makes me feel like I'm experiencing a rather bad hallucinatory trip.

Supernatural: The Anime Series Trailer Posted

The first English dubbed trailer for the forthcoming release of  Supernatural The Anime Series  ( DVD ) has been posted by TV Guide ahead of its release on July 26th. As previously reported the anime adaptation is produced by  Madhouse  with direct input from creator Eric Kripke, with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles reprising their roles as Sam and Dean respectively. While Padalecki is present for the entire series, Ackles only voices the last two episodes with Andrew Farrar dubbing episodes 1-20 as Sam.

Evangelion: 1.01 & 1.11 You Are (Not) Alone Review

Original Review by:  Sheex  from Anime Planet 7/10 Okay, let me put it out there right off the bat - I haven't seen  Eva  in probably close to ten years, which means I was a wee little brat at the time and hardly consider my recollections about the series accurate or remotely fresh.  My memory of the series is thus, should I say,  sketchy , and I can't say I recall too much other than the following details: Eva 01 acquiring the S2 engine was awesome, Shinji was a total bitch, and the ending somehow inspired the Matrix trilogy  ( DVD ) to try to best it in lameness.  Even so, I remember enjoying it for the most part; after all, it was the first subbed anime I ever set my eyes on.