仮面ライダー THE FIRST (Kamen/Masked Rider The First) DVD in the US, by Media Blasters w/ English subtitles

Kamen Rider The First, Japanese DVD cover

Remember that horrible, horrible American adaption of Kamen Rider done by Saban long ago? You know, the one where they spliced footage of different Kamen Rider series while still using Kamen Rider BLACK RX suits? The one where there was a blatant, acidental “cameo” of Minami Kotaro? Well… it turns out Saban’s Masked Rider wasn’t the last “variation” of Kamen Rider to ever step foot into the U.S… And it turns out that this “Masked Rider The First” isn’t all that bad …You’re asking why? Well, instead of an American adaption using American actors and splicing the footage together, it’s actually the original film Kamen Rider The First subtitled into English by Media Blasters. 🙂

Original Japanese film at Play-Asia.com. (Region 2, for those who have Region-Free DVD players and are fluent in Japanese).

Offical subtitled film at DiscountAnimeDVD. (Region 1)

Shakugan no Shana II (first post relevant to anime is about Shana… yay!)

Shakugan no Shana... II? So, at the beginning of April, I heard that there was going to be a second series of Shakugan no Shana coming out somewhere in fall. At first I thought it was an April Fools trick (it being the beginning of April and all), but I’m certain that this is real news. Check the official site if you don’t believe me.

In my opinion, the ending of the anime begged for a second series, despite how awesome it was. But THAT’S JUST ME. This is completely awesome, another ’07 anime to look forward to. 🙂

Speaking of Shana, just a heads-up: Viz is translating the Light Novels and manga now, and Vol. 1 for both will be up for grabs on April 17. About only $10 for each, so buy when you can.