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RightStuf Holiday Sale Underway

I have sort of a love-hate relationship with RightStuf around the Holiday season. On one hand, I love how ridiculously cheap some of their sale prices are—we’re talking fell-off-the-back-of-a-truck, competes-with-bootleg-Hong-Kong-crap-on-eBay cheap here. On the other, it routinely bankrupts me every Christmas.

And, slightly ahead of schedule, they’ve been counting down to their pre-Black Friday Holiday Sale, and the last batch of stuff is now online.  If you haven’t already had a look, there are (as usual) some incredible deals mixed in there.

Best bets: A bunch of Blu-ray box sets from Sentai Filmworks are at 50-60% off (which is as cheap as you’ll find them anywhere, including used), a lot of Funimation S.A.V.E. editions are $10 or less (also as-cheap-as-they-get), some really old ADV discs (like MAPS [review] or SIN: The Movie [reivew]) are less than three bucks (yes, $3), the funky one-shot Space Travelers [review] is a whopping $1.99 (I’ve payed more than that to rent a new release), Allison and Lillia season 1 [review] and season 2 [review] are a paltry $12.50 each, Puni Puni Poemy [review] and Kekko Kamen [review] are $4 for the pair, those never-on-sale Premium Edition box sets from NIS are, in fact, on sale in the case of Arakawa Under The Bridge (BD/DVD combo) at a nice 40% off retail for both seasons, and if you’re feeling particularly wealthy you can get yourself the entire (upscaled, sadly) R.O.D. Blu-ray set (TV and OVA both [review]) for a hundred bucks, which is half off the outrageous Aniplex just-like-import limited edition price.

The best buy, though, is the entire series of Daphne in the Brilliant Blue [review] for $15.  If you don’t own that yet, you cannot get more malicious awesome per dollar than that.

Warning:  If you start looking through the list, a lot of the stuff is so cheap you’re liable to do what I did and start going berserk buying stuff you had no intention at all of getting just because it’s too cheap to pass up and will look good on your shelf.  It’s a great way to go broke “saving money.”

(Incidentally, those prices are so low we don’t get an affiliate cut of anything, so there’s no benefit in pointing out the awesome deals to you other than wanting to share the “joy,” although if you buy something else to go with your preposterously cheap order through one of those links while you’re at it you help keep AAW running.)

RightStuf Annual Christmas Blowout

Not sure this is the kind of thing anybody cares about, but since I manage to bankrupt myself on RightStuf’s big 12 Days of Savings Christmas sale every year, and this year is no different, I thought I’d point out a few of the best deals they’ve got running.  As usual, they’ve extended the sale through December 23, so you’ve got over a week to either buy yourself or your loved ones Christmas gifts without getting out of your chair, or just stock up on a number of great series at great prices. Also, if you buy through the links here, you help support AAW without it costing you anything, which is good for one of us. As always, if you spend at least $50 and aren’t in a hurry, USPS economy shipping is free.

My personal favorites, many of which I bought (or already own):

Eden of the East complete set on blu ray or DVD.

Toradora season 1 box set (our review) for $35.

All things Slayers TV: best bet is a set of the first three seasons for a paltry $28, plus seasons 4 and 5 together on Blu-ray for $60 (they also have a set of all five seasons on DVD for $80, or seasons 4 and 5 individually for about $30).  I took advantage of this to replace my old Software Sculptors box sets with Funimation’s newer edition.

The entire 4-season box set of the yuri classic Maria Watches Over Us for $85, which I bought myself.

Armitage III, either both movies together for the ridiculously low price of $7 or just Dual Matrix for $3.50. If you haven’t seen Dual Matrix, add this to your order—it’s one of my all-time favorite action movies. Need to write a review of that, come to think of it.

EVA fans can pick up the complete platinum edition box set (that’s the remastered director’s cut version of the TV series) for $35, which is a very good price even if I’m not the biggest fan personally.

Battle Angel is yours for only $8, which you should buy if you don’t have it already—it’s one of the best OVA series there is.

Mahoromatic seasons 1 and 2 are only $13 each, which is a pretty good price (reader review).

The complete Azumanga Daioh thinpak set for only $25 (review) is hard to beat.

You can grab the OVA My Dear Marie and Cosplay Complex 2-pack for only $8; My Dear Marie is somewhat obscure, out of print, and quite entertaining (review). It’s ironic, because I bought this exact collection not two weeks ago off Amazon for $11 plus shipping through RightStuf’s Amazon Marketplace clearance outlet.

Castle of Cagliostro DVD for $8—if you don’t have it, get it (review).

The entire remastered Irresponsible Captain Tylor TV series (review) for a paltry $25—I very nearly replaced my 1st edition set with this just because.

The very snazzy special edition box set of the first Silent Mobius movie for $15 (review), which includes it and the soundtrack CD in a cool metal box. I paid nearly that much for the same thing used earlier this month, and am kicking myself for it.

The whole Kujibiki unbalance TV series for $15, which is crap but comes with the Genshiken OVAs, and therefore is worth it.

And, finally, the weird but entertaining Maria Watches Over Us meets Alien Invasion show Blue Drop for only $15, which I’ve been enjoying recently.

Also, if you’re a Blu-ray fan, they have very good deals on a bunch of different sets: Samurai Champloo, Xam’d collection 1, Basilisk, Claymore, Afro Samurai complete series, The Conqueror of Shambala, Tsubasa, RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE 2-season pack for $35, Gunslinger Girl season 1, Trinity Blood, Guyver, Ouran High School Host Club, Black Blood Brothers, Origin, Shigurui (this is a great deal at $15), D.Gray Man season 1, and Robotech: The Shadow Chronicles.

RightStuf also has a Geneon sale currently going, though I didn’t see anything wildly exciting in it.