Lesley Aeschliman

New Anime Releases for the Week of July 21, 2015

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

Tokyo Ravens Season 1 Part 2 animeMy “Pick of the Week” is FUNimation’s release of Tokyo Ravens Season 1 Part 2.

Tokyo Ravens Season 1 Part 2 Blu-ray/DVD Combo
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $64.98

As Harutora and Natsume navigate the treacherous hallways of Onmyo Academy, alliances shift and their magical powers evolve. Accompanied on their journey by the half-ogre, Touji, and the foxlike spirit, Kon, Harutora and Natsume seek to unravel the mysteries plaguing the academy. Adversaries become allies and shocking secrets are revealed when dark forces launch a violent attack on the school. Through it all, Harutora honors his vow to stand bravely by Natsume’s side no matter what evil they may face. But when the powerful Raven Coat unleashes Harutora’s demonic side, he finds his hands stained with innocent blood – and his soul tempted by a taboo ritual that could forever change the fate of our world.

The other releases coming out this week are:

.hack//G.U. Trilogy Movie DVD
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub – MSRP: $29.98

Haseo embarks on a quest to avenge a fallen friend. Accompanied by Atoli, Haseo must unlock the mystery behind a computer glitch capable of leaving players comatose. Can the two allies work together to prevent The World from falling into an eternal slumber – or will vengeance blind them to the danger lurking everywhere?

Aldnoah.Zero Set 1 DVD
Aniplex of America – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $39.98

15 years have passed since the hypergate collapsed on the moon’s surface – a catastrophe known as the Heaven’s Fall. The war between Earth and the VERS Empire of Mars is now in a cease-fire. The VERS’ Princess Asseylum Vers Allusia descends upon Earth as an ambassador hoping to encourage reconciliation while some citizens are not willing to compromise. Inaho Kaizuka, a Terran high school student, and Slaine Troyard, who swears his allegiance to Princess Assylum. Their fates cross as both societies watch in horror as a missile crashes on Asseylum’s motorcade. This incident marks the beginning of a new war.

BlazBlue: Alter Memory Blu-ray/DVD Combo
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $64.98

Long ago, an insidious black beast sought to obliterate the human race, but the monster was defeated by a valiant Band of Heroes wielding the power of Ars Magus: a potent combo of magic and technology. Now, a roguish outlaw known as Ragna the Bloodedge seeks to wreak havoc upon the Librarium, a clandestine organization that governs Ars Magus. Armed with the mighty Azure Grimoire, Ragna quickly becomes the target of vigilantes, scientists, vampires, and Librarium foot soldiers. As he spirals toward a violent showdown with the maniacal Hazama, Ragna will discover just how closely his fate is tied to the future of our world.

Guardian Ninja Mamoru Complete Collection DVD
Sentai Filmworks – Sub – MSRP: $49.98

Like many high school students, Kagemori Mamoru is obsessed with a girl. Unlike most students, however, the main reason that Mamoru is so focused on Konnyaku Yuna is because his family has spent the last 400 years protecting her family from every kind of threat imaginable. This is what happens when one of your ancestors swears a binding oath and you’re a family of ninjas. Unfortunately, Mamoru’s job is made much more difficult by the fact that Yuna is incredibly clueless and accident prone, forcing him to work around the clock keeping his oblivious childhood friend from accidentally offing herself. And it’s made doubly more difficult given that Mamoru has to perform his protecting duties in secret, so he has to pretend to be a lot less competent and skillful than he really is when not in full ninja garb. And just to make things absolutely impossible, the complexity level gets quintupled and escalates as the school inexplicably begins to fill with girls with various ninja and magical-type skills who seem to have their eyes on Mamoru himself.

Patlabor 2: The Movie DVD | Blu-ray
Maiden Japan – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $29.98 | $39.98

A rogue military jet bombs a Tokyo bridge. The city is in panic. But is it a real terrorist attack, the first stage of a coup, or the opening gambit of an even more Machiavellian plot? As the military attempts to take control and Martial Law is declared, the task of untwisting the complex web of secrets, lies, and betrayals falls to the convoluted mind of Captain Kiichi Goto. But when the Defense Forces have been turned against each other and government itself may be suspect, who can he depend on as his ground troops in a bid to pull the country back from the brink of oblivion?

Persona 4 the Golden Animation Volume 1 Blu-ray
Aniplex of America – Sub – MSRP: $99.98

Spring. Far from the city, time flows peacefully in this rural town. As the cherry blossoms scatter in the wind, a young man named Yu Narukami steps off the train at Yasoinaba Station. Yu has come to this town, where his uncle lives, for family reasons; he will be transferring into the local high school, Yasogami High. And so begins his school life. The shopping mall after school. A series of murders taking place in town. The Midnight Channel, airing late at night. What lies in store for Yu and his friends “this time around?”

Soul Eater Not! Blu-ray/DVD Combo
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $64.98

When 14-year-old Tsugumi discovers her ability to transform into a weapon, she decides to enroll at Death Weapon Meister Academy, or DWMA. There, she hones her skills, and practices with other weapons and the meisters who wield them.

TO Film Collection S.A.V.E. Edition DVD
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $24.98

15 years after its last contact with our world, a space freighter known as the Flying Dutchman requests permission to dock at a remote moon base. This mysterious ship carries liquid protons: a power source essential to the survival of Earth’s population. But before the precious cargo can be delivered, the base is ambushed by galactic terrorists who seek to destroy the new form of energy and issue a death sentence to all of humanity.

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