Lesley Aeschliman

New Anime Releases for the Week of February 16, 2016

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This week sees new anime releases from Aniplex of America, FUNimation Entertainment, Sentai Filmworks, and VIZ Media.

Free Eternal Summer The Second Season anime coverMy “Pick of the Week” goes to FUNimation Entertainment’s release of Free! Eternal Summer The Second Season.

Free! Eternal Summer The Second Season Blu-ray/DVD Combo | Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo | Premium Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $64.98 | $69.98 | $119.98 Get it for $89.99 on Amazon!

The cherry blossoms are blooming, the sun is shining, and it’s the perfect time to hit the pool. Haruka, Makoto, Nagisa, and Rei are anxious to get into the water and warm up their winter muscles ASAP, but things aren’t all flip-turns and finish lines. Haru’s passion for swimming is drying up, which dashes Rin’s hope for a true rivalry. With their futures after high school looming over them, Makoto and Haru are having a hard time focusing. And a gruff new Samezuka student, Sosuke, appears just in time to jeopardize Iwatobi’s chance at nationals.

The other new anime releases for this week include:

Bleach Movies: The Unforgiven Double Feature DVD
VIZ Media – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $14.98

This two-disc set includes both Bleach the Movie: Fade to Black and Bleach the Movie: Hell Verse.

Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2Wei! Complete Collection DVD | Blu-ray
Sentai Filmworks – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $59.98 | $69.98

With great powers come great responsibilities, and that includes cleaning up the aftermath of your previous adventures. Which means that, instead of getting a break after saving the world, newly changed magical girls Illya and Miyu have to help deal with the side-effects caused by the sealing of the Ley Cards. Still, that shouldn’t be too hard, right? Wrong. Not only are the ley lines failing, but to make matters worse, Illya somehow ends up with a magical clone that has sinister plans of her own. Worse yet, since the “dark” version of herself is drawing its power from the same source as our heroine, Illya’s own powers are being reduced proportionately. These are definitely not the kind of problems that the average girl should have to deal with. It’s double the trouble as Illya’s split personalities face off and the personal conflicts get physical.

Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works Season 2 DVD | Limited Edition Blu-ray
Aniplex of America – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $99.98 | $219.98

Fuyuki City will be changed forever following the events that will come to be known as the Fifth Holy Grail War. With the Masters and Servants slowly revealing themselves and their intentions, the stage is set for the grand finale, and at the center of it all is Shirou Emiya and Rin Tohsaka. The Holy Grail War continues, with each Master and Servant duo making their move for the omnipotent wish granter. Caster’s plans have been set in motion, beginning with taking Saber captive while Rin and Archer go their separate ways to continue their fights on their own. Without Saber’s aid, Shirou’s principles are put to the ultimate test. With many battles to come with expected and unexpected enemies, Shirou’s resolve begins to take form. Is his desire to protect people and become a hero, genuine? Or are they simply borrowed feelings? And will it be enough to carry him to the end?

Space Brothers Collection 7 DVD | Blu-ray
Sentai Filmworks – Sub – MSRP: $49.98 | $59.98

Whether in the planning rooms for lunar missions or the claustrophobic steel confines of an undersea laboratory, the one thing that every astronaut must learn to deal with is pressure. But as deadly as the blowout of a pressurized cabin may be, the peer pressure that weighs on brothers Mutta and Hibito may be even more crippling. As Mutta prepares to journey to the bottom of the deep blue sea for NEEMO training, Hibito’s path descends to even lower depths as his inability to recover sends him into a downward emotional spiral. Will a trip to Russia be the cure for Hibito’s malaise? Or, having once reached the stars, will he now end up forever grounded by NASA and JAXA? Yet even as one rising star falters, a second prepares for his ascent to the heavens as Mutta’s quest to reach space advances to the next level.

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