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Building my Collection: Durarara!! x2 Shou (Blu-Ray Collectors edition)

As you may have seen last weekend I managed to get up to London to this Spring’s MCM Comicon. As well as being a great day in itself, I picked up a couple of Blu-Rays to add to my collection, Charlotte part 1 and Durarara!! Shou. Seeing as I quite enjoyed my last unboxing post (Your Lie in April part 1), I thought I’d show you guys the inside of the collectors edition of the second season of Durarara!!. 

Starting with the outer packaging we have a rigid box to hold the contents. The box in itself is a pretty nice thing though – show artwork is on the front and back, with synopsis and blu-ray info on a removable slip fastened to the back.

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Inside the outer case things can split into two – the discs and all of the extras. First let’s talk about the digipack and discs. Unlike some discs I’ve seen, the artwork is fairly lacking in imagination, however the digipack holding the two discs is a nice to thing to behold. We get some more series artwork, but rather than the typical character shots pulled from the anime the characters are coloured in monochrome for quite a stunning presentation.

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Building my collection: Your Lie in April part 1 (Blu-Ray)

If you’ve been around for a while you’ll probably know that I’m really big on finding ways to contribute to the anime I love by finding legal ways to watch them. On several occasions I’ve talked about different streaming sites that you can use to watch anime. Today though, I won’t be talking about streaming, but buying – my absolute favourite way to watch an anime. And what better way to do this than with the magnificent Your Lie in April.

Your Lie in April was produced by A-1 Pictures and aired across Autumn 2014 and Winter 2015. It’s western release is finally here courtesy of Aniplex (though I think it got a US release sometime last year?) and for me in the UK, All the Anime.

Having seen the series in Japanese a while ago, I thought I’d give the dub a go this time around and I’m happy to say, so far, the voice actors have done a really good job. It’s always difficult to say if the dub beats the sub, but suffice to say if your preferred way of watching is in English, then Your Lie in April will be very watchable to you.

The release comes in a nice art box and digipack and includes two discs. It also has space for the second release which is scheduled for  the 27th February in the UK.  I don’t have many problems with the release, the art on the box is beautiful and all of the boxes feel nice (though, thanks Amazon for damaging the corner of my box…). However, the one problem that really bothers me is the fact that the digipack is squeezed into it’s case so tightly! It is possible to get it out without damaging it, but I’m sure that someone out there has ruined their set completely by accident.

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Is there a time when streaming isn’t enough?

There are plenty of ways to access dubbed and subbed anime on the internet, regardless of what country you’re in. This ranges from official websites offering subbed only, stream cast content such as Crunchy Roll through to less than legal sites such as Anime Freak with a seemingly limitless catalogue of shows.

It struck me though that, as a student in a dark corner of the UK, I am in no way contributing to the anime industry. As I pointed out some sites are totally legal, with revenues coming from adverts, while others, such as Netflix, are based on subscription fees. I’d be lying though if I said I used these sites all of the time; besides anything else the majority of dubbed content isn’t available online legally for any price.

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