Lesley Aeschliman

New Anime Releases for the Week of January 5, 2016

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This week sees new anime releases from PONYCAN USA, Sentai Filmworks, and Sunrise Inc.

Mobile Suit Gundam Movie Trilogy anime coverMy “Pick of the Week” goes to Sunrise Inc.’s release of Mobile Suit Gundam Movie Trilogy.

Mobile Suit Gundam Movie Trilogy DVD
Sunrise Inc. – Sub – MSRP: $49.99 Get it for $34.99 on Amazon!

Universal Century 0079. Amuro Ray finds himself caught up in the war between the Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon. He unwillingly becomes the pilot of a prototype Mobile Suit called the Gundam. Now he and the crew of the White Base will have to fight for their very lives as the enemy attempts to destroy this new weapon at all costs. Combatants will face triumph and turmoil as they battle their way through space to get to their final destination on Earth. The outcome of the war lies in the hands of the Newtype in the anime series that started it all.

The other new anime releases for this week include:

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

In a world where history took a different path, Japan has been isolated from the outside world by steam-powered robots that repel all invaders. Inside Japan, however, the people are divided into feuding and fighting feudal factions. Feisty Keiichiro Tokugawa dreams of changing this and unifying Japan, and he just may be the one man who can use the legendary giant robot Susanoo. Unfortunately, just touching a woman makes him break out in hives, and the Susanoo also requires a female copilot in very close quarters. And just to twist the katana, while there seem to be plenty of women who might covet the copilot’s seat, not all of them have his best interests at heart. Who can he trust? Kiriko the Ninja? Chiharu the fox-demon? Or will Keiichiro’s rash ambitions be thwarted by rashes and a totally rational phobia of the female form?

Etotama Set 2 Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo
PONYCAN USA – Sub – MSRP: $89.98

Eto-shin (zodiac god): this is the name of the 12 divine messengers chosen from within the “Eto-musume,” or girls representing animals. From ancient times, these 12 divine messengers have protected the land of the rising sun. They are powerful beings who have survived through “ETM 12,” a divine tournament held every 60 years, and are admired by all Eto-musumes. Fast forward to now, the present day, and the year ETM 12 will be held. From all over Japan, Eto-shin candidates, or in other words, Eto-musumes, gather in great numbers. Within that group exists a single cat Eto-musume, and her name is Nya-tan. She is thought of as the one closest to becoming an Eto-shin, but she’s a misfortunate girl who always ends up undermined by evil rodents every time. There is only one way to become an Eto-shin: to beat all 12 zodiac animals. However, the powers of the Eto-shin are great, and there hasn’t been a single Eto-musume who has won in the past 2,000 years. When Nya-tan meets an ordinary high school student, Takeru Amato, the story begins.

Pet Shop of Horrors Complete Collection (Sentai Selects)
Sentai Filmworks – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $19.98

Seeking something unusual in a pet? A new companion to fill an empty space in your heart? Then come visit the strangest pet shop in Chinatown, where the mysterious Count D seems to know your every need and desire. But watch out. Buying a pet is a contract for life, and when you buy from the Count, the pet you get may be the one you deserve rather than the one you want. Even if that rare rabbit does somehow look just like your lost child, perhaps you’d be safer buying a puppy from a different establishment. At least, that’s what Detective Orcott of the LAPD suspects, as nightmarish things have happened to many of the shop’s customers. And yet, evidence directly implicating the Count always comes up lacking. But then, who would know how to play the game of cat-and-mouse better than the master of the Pet Shop of Horrors?

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