Thursday, October 25, 2012

Your Right to Resell is in Peril

October 29th, the Supreme Court is scheduled to determine if you have the right to resell your own property. Depending on how they rule it may become illegal to resell your iPhone, PC, Car or Truck, clothes, or even your home without first asking the manufacture of that product permission to do so, which they may decline to give.

Earlier this year a lower court determined that products made in other countries do not fall under the "right of first sale". The "right of first sale" is what gives you the right to resell your own property. If the Supreme Court upholds this ruling, which Obama and the Entertainment Industry is pushing them to do, then it would become illegal for consumers to do that if any part of that product was manufactured in other countries.

With pretty much every piece of electronics from TVs to iPhones being made overseas you would lose your right to resell them. A large number of cars and trucks are made overseas. Your old clothing could of been made in another countries. Your furniture. Your books. If this is upheld it would put an end to Ebay, Craiglists, even the local yard sell. It would also make it beneficial to manufactures to move all productions outside of the US, and damage our economy.

Help convince the White House and Congress to support our right to resell the things we own. Visit to send a letter letting them know how you feel about this situation. Read more On "Your Right to Resell is in Peril"!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Harry Potter Wizard's Collection

Picked up the Harry Potter Wizard's Collection last week. Back when the first few movies came out on DVD I purchased them, but realized that after the final film came out they were bound to release some complete collection with a bunch of extras. At the time I was thinking behind the scenes documentaries, outtakes, deleted scenes, and probably some kind of collector's packaging. I didn't expect the massive set of collectibles that this comes with.

More after the jump...

To say the case this came in is big is an understatement as Kuroneko, Mikuru, and Konata can attest.

It's filled with drawers and hidden compartments to hold everything.

Each movie comes in one of this book style cases. It comes with blue ray and DVD versions of each film, and special features related to each film. 

The horcrux locket from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows made by Nobel Collections.

One of the art books and the cloth map of the area surrounding Hogwarts. The set also comes with a couple more art books, a blueprint of Hogwarts, some production art prints. This set was limited to only 63,000 made and comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

7 Days Left on Ninostarter

Namco Bandai Games have been holding a pre-order campaign for the Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Wizard Edition available from their Clube Namco online store. The campaign is called Ninostarter and is offering extra items to be included in the Wizard Edition depending on the amount of pre-orders received. So far goal #1 has been met and for reaching that goal Namco Bandai will be including 5 Ni no Kuni prints with the Wizard Edition. Goal #2 is at 48% with 7 days left in the promotion. If they reach goal #2 they will add a collectors coin to the set. The promotion ends Aug 31st 2012.

Currently the Wizard Edition includes a Drippy plush doll, a 300+ page hard cover Wizards Companion book, 2 DLC golden familiars, and the game. The Wizards Edition is 99.99.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Pop Japan Travel Returns With a Vengeance

After a year long hiatus Pop Travel Japan is once again offering Japan Tours. To kick things off they've planned their biggest tour ever, The All Japan Alpha+Omega Tour. The tour runs from 8/29/12 to 9/7/12 and covers nearly everything you'd want to do while in Japan, anime, fashion, manga, cuisine, music, TV, history, theater, and tradition. The tour starts at $2490.00, but could run higher depending on any options you want to add. The cost does NOT include airfare to Japan, which is the only downside to this tour. The deadline for signing up for the tour is June 29th, 2012.
The price for this tour includes:
  • 6 days, 5 nights in Tokyo; 1 day and night in Kyoto; 3 days, 2 nights in Osaka - all with fully guided tours
  • Full hotel accommodations
  • Transportation to & from tour activities
  • Admission and a booth at the Comitia dojinshi market
  • Admission to the Ghibli Museum and the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum
  • Seats for a Takarazuka Revue show
  • A special two-hour calligraphy experience, with Japanese tea and sweets in Kyoto's Gion district
  • A traditional farewell banquet on the banks of the Kamo River in Kyoto
  • A private bus tour of Kyoto
  • Admission to Kinkakuji Temple, Nijo Castle, Sanjusangendo Hall, Kiyomizu Temple and Saihoji (the elusive "moss temple")
  • The "Pop Japan Gourmet Course" includes meals every day at culinary hot spots (optional)
  • Professional, bilingual tour guides
  • Customized tour guidebook with maps, descriptions, and Japanese phrases
Price does not include air transportation to Tokyo. We will meet you after your flight at Narita International Airport in Tokyo. We can arrange air travel for you from your closest airport. Contact go[at]

The tour sounds really awesome, but the registration deadline is just to soon for me to get that much money together. But if anyone decides to go be sure and tell them Ziroc's Anime Blog sent you.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Ruruoni Kenshin Live Action Trailer

Warner Bro's Japan has released an english subtitled trailer for their Live Action Ruruoni Kenshin movie. I have to say I like the trailer, and am looking forward to seeing this. The movie releases August 25th in Japan. It stars Takeru Sato as Kenshin Himura, Emi Takei as Kaoru Kamiya, and Munetaka Aoki as Sanosuke Sagara.

Who else is looking forward to this?

News from Animenation News Blog

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Doctor Who Series 7 Trailer

The BBC has posted a trailer for series 7 of Doctor Who. There will be 5 new episodes this year, plus a Christmas special introducing a new companion played by Jenna Louise Coleman. There will be 8 new episodes aired next year.

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Selling Some Stuff on Ebay (Updated 5-7-12)

Starting bid 3.99

Starting bid 4.99

Starting bid 4.99

Electronic F/X Emperor Palpatine

Starting bid 4.00

Battery is dead. Otherwise in good condition.

Starting bid 2.00

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Legend of Korra Early Premiere

Korra Nation has announced it will be streaming the first two episodes of the new "The Legend of Korra", sequel to "Avatar: The Last Airbender", this Saturday, March 24th.

Congrats, Korra fans! You did it!
We announced on March 14th, and just 1 week later, fans have successfully reached 100,000 new likes, shares and tweets.  You know what that means? We’re rewarding fans by unlocking the first TWO episodes on this Saturday, March 24th, weeks before airing on Nick.
We are so excited to let the most passionate Korra fanatics watch the premiere before anyone else. Thanks for making it happen!
-Team Korra

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Airbender Korra on Facebook

Nickelodeon has created a Facebook page for The Last Airbender: The Legend of Korra. Not much on it yet except a sign up to be the first to see new content about the series as well as a chance to win prizes.

I loved Avatar: The Last Airbender, and really looking forward to this new series. Anyone else excited? Read more On "Airbender Korra on Facebook"!

Taco Bell PSVita Sweeps Scam

Taco Bell is currently running a promotion entitled "Unlock the Box". They are instantly giving away 5000 Playstation Vita's. All you have to do purchase one of there $5.00 meal boxes, and then enter the code on the box at either or via text message. You are then informed if you won or not. This is not the case for several winners on January 30th, 2012, including myself.

I purchased one of there meal boxes Jan 30th on the way home from work. Later that evening I entered my code and was presented with a page stating "Congratulations! You WON! (pending verification) No really, we're not kidding." Winners were supposed to receive an email within 3 days verifying their win and asking which of 3 game choices they wanted shipped with their prize. Three days came and went with no email. Upon searching I found I was not the only one in this situation and found this group, Taco Bell (No Email) Winner Group. Several events happened over the coarse of the past 3 weeks. Calls were made and emails were sent with little to no reply other than "We'll get back to you in 2-3 days". They never did. Then on Feb 13th, some people finally received an answer.

We have received your inquiry and determined that you are not a valid winner. This was determined by checking the information (i.e. code, email address, cell phone, name, etc.) you gave us with your inquiry to the data in our system's records.
The decisions of the judges are final.

This baffled several members of the Facebook group, especially those who had entered by Text Message and had the winning message directly from Taco Bell still on their phones

Note: This is not my phone, but a pic from the Facebook group.

After more phone calls people who received this letter were told it was sent out in error, and some were even told they should of gotten the winning email.

During all of this news sites were contacted. Articles were written. A segment even aired on a local CBS affiliate in Sacramento, Ca.

The above segment aired on Feb 21, 2012. The following day a mass email was sent out to everyone who had given their information as Jan 30th winners to Taco Bell. The email stated,

Thank you again for contacting Taco Bell regarding your entry in the Unlock the Box Promotion and voicing your concern.  A thorough investigation was initiated since our last contact with you.

We learned that during a period of time on January 30, 2012 some people entering the promotion erroneously viewed a message suggesting they had won a PlayStation Vita, pending verification.

After a thorough investigation, and an additional review by the independent company administering the promotion, it was confirmed that these entrants viewed these messages or accessed them directly as a result of technical issues created by outside attempts by others to gain illegal entry and defraud the system.  Unfortunately, these entrants were not valid winners. 

Taco Bell designed this sweepstakes to be fun for consumers and knows you are a disappointed fan.  We are therefore giving you and other consumers who may have viewed these erroneous messages on January 30 an additional chance to win.  You will be automatically entered into a separate drawing to win a PlayStation Vita.  The drawing will take place on March 21, 2012.  All winners will be notified directly by the week of March 27, 2012

Thank you for your understanding and participation. The issue that occurred on January 30 has been resolved and the Unlock the Box promotion will continue to run through March 11, 2012.


Ventura Associates
They say some how people using bot programs to enter random codes to try and win a Vita for the user of the bot, somehow caused random people to get winning screens when they really didn't win. I don't see the logic in that. The only way I can figure someone could cause tons of random people to get these screens is if someone hacked their system. But their own F.A.Q.s says they were not hacked. If someone knows how this could happen besides hacking, please elaborate.

So from beginning to end, Taco Bell told us we were winners. Then accidentally told some us we were not winners. Then back to we are winners, and now telling us all we are really not winners. Oh, but to make it up they are going to have a random drawing for a couple of Vita's.

Of coarse this is just one of the problems they have had with this promotion. Taco Bell's own Facebook page there is daily mention of people buying the box and then being told their code has already been used. There is iPhone/Android game you can play and win a Vita as well. Some people have received winning messages only to get the message that they must be connected to the internet to submit the form despite being connected via 3G or WiFi. The promotion agency in charge of this sweepstakes, Ventura Associates, has done a poor job of handling this from the start.

So that's whats happened up until now. Whats your take on the situation. Is Taco Bell in the right? Or should people who entered a legitimate code, and even have proof (I kept my box), that got a winning screen be awarded the prize they thought they won? Read more On "Taco Bell PSVita Sweeps Scam"!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Cinemark's Star Wars Bait and Switch

Cinemark Theaters advertised limited edition Darth Maul 3D glasses to the "first Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace RealD 3D ticketholders, in line, at the theatre." I attended the midnight showing at my local Cinemark which cost 11.75 and was told they were not giving out the Darth Maul glasses to the midnight showing. They would be giving them out during the second screening when they opened back up later today. That showings ticket cost was only 8.50. So they advertise collectible glasses to the first in line tricking you into purchasing the more expensive ticket, and then give them out to the second group of people to watch the movie who paid less. The guy who took my ticket stub even suggested I come back and watch it again tomorrow to get the glasses if I really wanted them. This is false advertising and borderline fraud, since it was suggested I watch the movie a second time later today to get the glasses.

To anyone who attended a midnight showing and did not receive their Darth Maul glasses. I suggest taking your ticket stub back prior to the next screening today, and demand your glasses. The above advertisement from the Cinemark website says first ticketholders in line. It doesn't mention first ticketholders for X:XX showtime. So just be there first holding your ticket when they open back up. Demand to see the manager if you have to. If you can't make it back up to your theater, then write letters of complaint to Cinemark, and the Offical Star Wars Blog. I couldn't find anything but a mailing address for Lucasfilms.

[UPDATE] I was asked for the name and location of the theater I attended the screening at. The manager of that theater then emailed me and said he will hold a pair of glasses for me at the theater along with 2 free admission tickets.

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Saturday, February 04, 2012

Matthew Broderick's Day Off

This years Super Bowl ad from Honda features Matthew Broderick recreating several scenes from his 1986 movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The ad successfully recreates the fell of the movie, and actually had me wanting to re-watch the film.

Also Volkswagen posted this tease for their Super Bowl spot. It features a course of dogs barking "The Imperial March" from Star Wars.

This week they posted their actual commercial featuring an overweight dog. What does this have to do with Star Wars? Watch until the end to find out.

Image from IMDb


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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Dark Crystal Returns to Comics

It's been awhile since I've done a blog post, but I had to post about this. Went to Books-a-Million today and picked up The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths, and A Game of Thrones. This is the second time a prequel comic has been made for the Dark Crystal in the last few years. The first, Legends of the Dark Crystal, was published by Tokyopop and only ran for 2 volumes. Unfortunately it was never finished due to Tokyopop shutting down their manga publication business in the US.

The story in Legend of the Dark Crystal took place shortly after the Crystal was broken and corrupted. This new comic from Archaia takes place prior to the Crystal becoming corrupted. Archaia also has a Jim Henson's The Storyteller comic. It seemed to be a collection of stories by different artists. I'll probably pick it up next paycheck.

I've been hearing a lot about A Game of Thrones, so decided to pick it up. Any book that can spawn a TV show, two video games, and a board game must be good right? Plus I have a friend who's read it and said it was a good read.

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