Lesley Aeschliman

New Anime Releases for the Week of August 18, 2015

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This week sees new anime releases from FUNimation Entertainment and Sentai Filmworks.

Hayate the Combat Butler Season 1 animeMy “Pick of the Week” goes to Sentai Filmworks’ release of Hayate the Combat Butler Season 1.

Hayate the Combat Butler Season 1 DVD | Blu-ray
Sentai Filmworks – Sub – MSRP: $79.98 | $99.98 Get it for $79.99 on Amazon!

Could Hayate Ayasaki’s life get any unluckier? As if it wasn’t bad enough that he’s had to work constantly in order to support his good-for-nothing parents, now he’s lost his job for being underage and Mom and Pop have cashed in their cash cow by selling him to the Yakuza for Christmas. Desperate to pay off the 156,804,000 yen debt before he’s converted into black market organ parts, Hayate strikes on the idea of kidnapping oddball heiress Nagi Sanzenin. Unbelievably, however, even that goes wrong and not only does he end up not kidnapping her, he rescues her from other kidnappers. Apparently this happens to her all the time. But maybe, just maybe, there might be a tiny, dim light at the end of the very dark tunnel of Hayate’s existence, and the skills that Hayate’s had to develop to stay alive will pay off. Because Nagi needs a butler/bodyguard and Hayate could just fit the bill. Assuming he can survive the on-the-job training, of course. Fate can be a harsh mistress, but Hayate may have just signed up with an even harsher one.

The other new release coming out this week is:

The Future Diary Complete Series Blu-ray
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $69.98

Reality quickly unravels for antisocial Yukiteru when Deus Ex Machina calls him into a death match to determine the new god of space and time. Each mentally scarred player possesses a prophetic device tuned to his or her personality disorder, giving them control over their future, and the fate of their opponents. It’s their strongest weapon – and their greatest weakness. Within hours of abusing his digital diary’s predictions, Yukiteru is cornered by a crazed classmate. Yuno – who is obsessively stalking him with her own psychic cell phone – is cute, sharp, and great with an ax. Still, her psychosis hides a vile secret. As a serial killer, a cult priestess, and a volatile escape artist take a stab at eliminating the teens, Yuki can cheat death under Yuno’s maniacal protection or – DEAD END.

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