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Penguindrum (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray) Unboxing

After a few messy 1080i Blu-rays and a DVD only release from KAZE UK, Penguindrum is back with a 1080p transfer and collector’s packaging from Anime Limited.

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Code Geass: Akito the Exiled (Limited Edition Blu-ray) Unboxing

After KAZE UK tried to release it in the UK many years ago, Funimation stepped in and rescued the rights, so Akito the Exiled finally managed to get…

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Fate/Grand Order -First Order- (Limited Edition Blu-ray) Unboxing

With the main Fate instalments now acquired, it’s finally time to delve into the spin-offs. Starting with the prologue anime special for Aniplex’s massive gacha mobile game.

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Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (Limited Edition Blu-ray) Unboxing

Released a few years ago by Aniplex, I finally picked up the Anohana series after owning the compilation film for over half a decade.

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Otaku Collection Haul for November 2021

For this month’s haul, payday arrived and the chaos begins. Books take a break for the first time in over a year but in return we get a…

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February 2022 Solicitations for US Anime Home Video Releases

Attack on Titan’s Final Season, By the Grace of the Gods, Sleepy Princess, Talentless Nana and more arrive in the February 2021 slate from Funimation.

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Akira (Limited Edition 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray) Unboxing

Last year, Akira was released in 4K for the UK & US. Now I finally picked it up, and it is the re-release version with the HDR included…

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Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World Season 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD) Unboxing

Our Last Crusade is now available on Blu-ray in the US, and considering the state of the UK distributor I decided to import the show’s limited edition rather…

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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) Unboxing

Out of print a few months ago, I managed to get my hands on the UK version of the limited edition release of BOFURI’s first season.

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Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Arcade Future Tone DX (PlayStation 4) Quick Look

When I first acquired the PS4, I downloaded Project DIVA Arcade. Five years later, I now own a physical copy of the game! Let’s take a quick look…

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Otaku Collection Haul for October 2021

For this month’s haul, I have decided to go for a bit of everything! From books to digital games and even an upgraded TV. Yeah it’s quite random,…

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Toshiaki Toyoda: 2005-2021 (Limited Edition Blu-ray) Unboxing

After five years, Third Window Films introduces another Toshiaki Toyoda box set covering films released between 2005 to 2021 on Blu-ray for the first time in the UK.

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January 2022 Solicitations for US Anime Home Video Releases

We begin 2022 with a pretty small batch of titles from Funimation, including a new release of Akira on 4K Ultra HD.

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Fire Force Season 1 Parts 1 & 2 (Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD) Unboxing

The first season of Fire Force has finally been acquired, though I have gone for the same approach as Slime by acquiring the UK Part 1 release and…

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Q4 2021 Solicitations for UK Anime Home Video Releases

This Q4 2021 line-up for the UK currently offers the likes of Aria, Evangelion, Rosario+Vampire, Sword Art Online, and more Funimation delays.

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Otaku Collection Haul for September 2021

For this month’s haul, we have a variety of everything. A few more anime titles, plus more were acquired for the manga and video game collection, and to…

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Miss Hokusai (Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD) Unboxing

Five years after its UK home video debut, Anime Limited offers a new edition of Miss Hokusai, now with an English dub.

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Current Status of the Normanic Vault (as of September 2021)

Some additional updates regarding the future of the blog, but mostly good news.

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December 2021 Solicitations for US Anime Home Video Releases

We reach the end of 2021 with a small batch from Funimation, but some of these are in fact Aniplex titles!

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Lupin III: The First (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray & DVD) Unboxing

Lupin and the gang are celebrating their 50th anniversary and one of those titles is their first CG anime film, which is now available on Blu-ray in the…

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Fate/Stay Night [Heaven’s Feel] III. spring song (Limited Edition Blu-ray Disc Box) Unboxing

The third Heaven’s Feel film Spring Song recently released in Japan earlier in the year and I finally picked it up to complete the trilogy. Note: This unboxing…

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Otaku Collection Haul for August 2021

For this month’s haul, the anime titles that were supposed to occupy most of this month’s haul got pushed back into September so what I have left remaining…

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Violet Evergarden: Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray) Unboxing

The first Violet Evergarden film finally makes its way onto Blu-ray in the UK and thanks to Anime Limited is given a special collector’s treatment for the fans.

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November 2021 Solicitations for US Anime Home Video Releases

Before the Christmas season appears, Funimation goes all out with Akudama Drive, Our Last Crusade and a whole batch of re-releases.

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Otaku Collection Haul for July 2021

For this month’s haul, the anime finally catches up after months of delays but we also get more video games from the Asian English region as well as…

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Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Part 2 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray) Unboxing

The second half of Demon Slayer’s first season has now finally landed in the UK with a box to house both collector’s edition parts!

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Real Girl (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray) Unboxing

Real Girl was another MVM/Sentai release that went on offer as part of the Deal of the Week, so I decided to get it.

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The Future Diary (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray) Unboxing

The Future Diary, aka Mirai Nikki, makes its return to the UK with the Redial OVA from Anime Limited in their collector’s packaging.

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Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? II (Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD) Unboxing

Thanks to the Rightstuf sale I ordered the second season of DanMachi in its premium limited edition packaging to keep consistency with the franchise.

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October 2021 Solicitations for US Anime Home Video Releases

Funimation starts off the month with a batch of Autumn 2020 anime making their home video debut including Golden Kamuy Season 3 and Higurashi Gou!

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Is it Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD) Unboxing Redux

Next on the Unboxing Redux, we look back at Bell & Hestia’s beginnings with the first season’s limited edition release from April 2017!

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Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners (Blu-ray Disc Box) Unboxing Redux

Next on the Unboxing Redux, I revisit a Japanese Blu-ray import of Kara no Kyoukai that I acquired back in April 2015 as it came with English subtitles.

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica Volumes 1, 2 & 3 (Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD) Unboxing Redux

Back in October 2013, one of the first things I imported was the Aniplex USA release of Madoka Magica. It wasn’t cheap but worth the value back then.…

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray) Unboxing Redux

Back in September 2016 I received Haruhi Suzumiya on Blu-ray, though I didn’t unbox it until a few months later. I decided to revisit the set given it’s…

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Attack on Titan Season 1 Parts 1 & 2 (Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD) Unboxing Redux

Back in May & December 2014, I received the two part releases of Attack on Titan from Funimation. Considering I have the second & third seasons posted on…

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Baka & Test: Summon the Beasts Season 1 (Blu-ray & DVD), Season 2 (Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD) & OVA Collection (Blu-ray & DVD) Unboxing Redux

Back in April 2013 to June 2014, I acquired the Baka & Test franchise on Blu-ray. Because the first season was one of the first anime I unboxed…

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Q3 2021 Solicitations for UK Anime Home Video Releases

This Summer we have many delayed releases but also some more new additions if things go to plan.

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Your Name (Collector’s Edition 4K Ultra HD & Blu-ray) Unboxing

Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 hit film Your Name returns to the UK on the 4K Ultra HD format. Yes it has HDR.

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Otaku Collection Haul for June 2021

The Birthday haul is here, as well as a a catch up on a whole bunch of books and video games.

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September 2021 Solicitations for US Anime Home Video Releases

Robotech makes its return to the US home video scene on Blu-ray, while a few titles from Autumn 2020 season start to appear for release also.

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Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray) Unboxing

The Woman Called Fujiko Mine makes its return to the UK with a collector’s package and Discotek encoded discs this time around, offering the definitive experience for fans…

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Mobile Suit Gundam F91 (Collector’s Edition Blu-ray) Unboxing

Another Gundam film previously released in the UK on DVD, makes its return to the Blu-ray format via Anime Limited.

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Otaku Collection Haul for May 2021

The May haul takes a step back thanks to more package delays but overall offers a solid variety to keep the collection going.

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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED HD Remaster (Ultimate Edition Blu-ray) Unboxing

Gundam SEED makes its UK Blu-ray debut, with an ultimate edition release offering both the HD Remaster as well as the original 2002 version in one big package.

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August 2021 Solicitations for US Anime Home Video Releases

The August 2021 batch starts off with some more 2020 anime releases from Funimation including Kakushigoto and Fire Force Season 2.

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Otaku Collection Haul for April 2021

A combination of manga and video games highlight this month’s haul as well as more Blu-rays in the mix!

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Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow (First Print Edition Blu-ray) Unboxing

Snake in the Eagle’s Shadow has a shorter availability window, but a really solid Blu-ray package from 88 Films.

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