Lesley Aeschliman

New Anime Releases for the Week of January 19, 2016

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

HaNaYaMaTa Complete Collection anime coverMy “Pick of the Week” goes to Sentai Filworks’ release of Hanayamata Complete Collection.

HaNaYaMaTa Complete Collection DVD | Blu-ray
Sentai Filmworks – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $59.98 | $69.98 Get it for $49.99 on BluRay at Amazon!

Created in Kochi in 1954, Yosakoi incorporates modern music and classic Japanese dance into a unique fusion performed in teams. However, while Yosakoi has become a growing phenomenon with huge festivals held across Japan, it’s never been more than a blip on high school student Naru Sekia’s cultural radar. Not that much has ever really grabbed Naru’s attention. She’s average in grades, average in sports and in art. The only thing that has ever caught her fancy is reading fairy tales. Until the day she encounters her own personal “fairy”: Hana, an American exchange student who is determined to start a Yosakoi dancing club at their school. Entranced by Hana’s beauty and skill, Naru and her friends find themselves caught up in the whirlwind world of Yosakoi. It won’t be easy and just getting the club sponsored will be a trial, but between the movement, the melodies, and the friendship, Naru may have finally found a fairy tale of her own.

The other new anime releases for this week include:

A Certain Scientific Railgun S Blu-ray/DVD Combo
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $49.98

Something sinister is going on in Academy City. The shadows are filled with whispers of an organization cloning super-powered students known as espers. High-ranking master of electricity, Mikoto Misaka, laughs off these stories until she comes face to face with a copy of herself. After learning that these clones – her sisters – are being systematically murdered in a series of experiments designed to turn a sadistic killer into the strongest esper in history, Misaka vows to save her copies and destroy the organization responsible for the project. As Misaka prepares to face off against the organization’s power-hungry esper, she discovers that she wasn’t the only victim of the scientific forces conspiring within the city – and that’s something Misaka and the girls of Judgement simply won’t stand for.

Locodol Complete Collection DVD | Blu-ray
Sentai Filmworks – Sub – MSRP: $49.98 | $59.98

Some cities spend millions to draw in tourists, but a small town like Nagarekawa doesn’t have those resources. What it does have is Nanako, whose dream of becoming an idol singer is suddenly given life when she and fellow classmate Yukari are recruited by her uncle (who serves on the city council) to become local idols. That means performing at the openings of swimming pools and appearing on the smaller local TV stations, so it’s not the glamorous lifestyle one sees in the movies. But it is a way to help her city and neighbors while doing something she cares about. And when Nanako and Yukari are joined by a third classmate, the petite but athletic Yui, who takes on the task of appearing in costume as the town mascot, everything really comes together. They may not be on the road to fame and fortune, but there’s plenty of fun to be found ahead as they become Locodols.

Persona 3 The Movie 3: Falling Down Blu-ray (import) | Collector’s Edition Blu-ray (import)
Aniplex of America – Sub – MSRP: $74.98 | $99.98

The season is now autumn. The days of battling the Shadows for Makoto Yuki and the members of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad are nearing their end. Determined to bring an end to the Dark Hour, Makoto and his team engage in countless life-or-death battles. As they continue to fight, some members face the death of their beloved friends and family, while some come to realize what they must fight for, and others struggle to make sense out of all the bloodshed. Then one day, Makoto encounters the mysterious transfer student, Ryoji Mochizuki. The wheels of fate begin turning as they reach the dawn of a new day. And so begins a new battle to find their connections to one another.

Samurai Pizza Cats Blu-ray
Eastern Star – Dub – MSRP: $34.95

It’s felines fighting felons in this fantastic furry farce. A mixed-up city of old and new, Little Tokyo is an old-fashioned Japanese city populated by robotic animals, where samurai cats working out of a pizzeria punish packs of pugnacious pillagers all to protect the peace of the people. They’ve got their work cut out for the, for in between the speedy delivery of pizza pies, the dirty rat (quite literally) of a politician named “Big Cheese” plots to control the city, and with his reach far exceeding his grasp, he’s continually cooking up constantly crazier contrivances.

Sword Art Online II Set 4 DVD | Blu-ray | Limited Edition Blu-ray
Aniplex of America – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $49.98 | $79.98 | $114.98

Hearing rumors about an undefeated player known as Zekken, Asuna decides to mount a challenge. Zekken has been seeking opponents to duel for an ultra-fast 11-hit combo original sword skill. Not a single challenger has been successful so far. Asuna comes very close and is barely defeated. To her surprise, Zekken asks Asuna to join the guild called Sleeping Knights.

Terror in Resonance The Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD Combo | Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $64.98 | $84.98

Tokyo has just been decimated by a shocking terrorist attack, and the only hint to the identity of the culprit is a bizarre video uploaded to the internet. The police, baffled by this cryptic clue, are powerless to stop the paranoia spreading across the population. While the world searches for a criminal mastermind to blame for this tragedy, two mysterious teens who shouldn’t even exist masterfully carry out their heinous plan. A determined detective is hot on the culprit’s heels, but to catch them he must navigate a tangled web of riddles and false leads. Can he stop them before they carry out their plan to wake the world from its slumber – and pull the trigger on this world?

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