It’s springtime for anime! That means an update on new titles that are on, or about to hit, our shelves. There’s quite a variety in this selection so I’m sure there’s going to be something for everyone. Well, not everyone – you know who you are and we don’t get titles like that!

Anyway … first cab off the rank is a title we’ve been waiting for for a while. We somehow got the second volume of the series first and it took an age to get the first in, but I assure you it was worth the wait.

Intrigue-in-the-Bakumatsu-Part-1Intrigue in the Bakumatsu. [dvd] Part 1, episode 1-13

Summary: In the final years of the Bakumatsu (the late Tokugawa Shogunate, between 1853 and 1867), wandering mercenary Yojiro Akizuki travels the length and breadth of Japan. And while he employs his sword in the usual fashion, he also uses it help him locate supernatural items which he pursues with single-minded determination, often with bloody results. In the course of his quest, he crosses paths with a traveling theater group whose members have their own dark agenda. Is it a chance meeting or the result of some, as yet, undiscovered conspiracy?

This is a fascinating and intricately plotted period piece set in the last days of feudal Japan, a time of great social and political upheaval. It’s full of hidden plots and motives, political intrigues and supernatural mythology.

The series concludes with Intrigue in the Bakumatsu. [dvd] part 2, episode 14-26.

We have the complete first season of the über-popular Sword Art Online – which has been annoyingly (and expensively) spread across four separate DVD titles. In order, they are:

Sword art online. Vol. 1, Aincrad part 1;  Vol. 2, Aincrad. Part 2Vol. 3, fairy dance part 1Vol. 4, Fairy dance part 2

Sword Art Online season 1

Barefoot Gen CollectionBarefoot Gen – Collection
Summary: Twin feature collection of the anime classic and its sequel, following the autobiographical story of manga artist Keiji Nakazawa, who was six-years-old when the atomic bomb was dropped on his home city of Hiroshima. In ‘Barefoot Gen’ (1983), after surviving the initial blast when he takes shelter behind a stone wall, Gen returns home only to see his family burned alive, and then begins a nightmarish journey through a city shattered by the horrors of atomic war. ‘Barefoot Gen 2’ (1986) picks up the story several years later, and follows the teenaged Gen’s adoption of a group of children who have been orphaned by the bomb.

 

Crest of the Stars CollectionCrest of the Stars – Collection

Summary: Jinto Lin’s life changes forever when the Humankind Empire Abh takes over his home planet of Martine without firing a single shot. Sent off to study the Abh language and culture, Jinto must prepare himself for his future as an Abh nobleman. Entering the next phase of his training, he’ll meet his first Abh, the lovely Lafiel. However, Jinto will soon learn that Lafiel is more than she appears and together they will have to fight for their very lives.

 

I know the list seems a bit short this time around but don’t worry, we are always on the hunt for more titles. In the mean time, don’t forget that we also have anime titles at our Spearwood and Coolbellup branches. Below are a few examples.

At Spearwood we have:

Spice and Wolf the complete first season.

spice and wolf

At Coolbellup we have:

Arrietty by legendary animation house Studio Ghibli.

arrietty

Le Chevalier D’eon, the complete series in six volumes.

le chevalier d'eon

 

As always, if you have a comment or a suggestion about anything anime and manga related, let us know.