Lesley Aeschliman

New Anime Releases for the Week of November 10, 2015

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

Blue Spring Ride Complete Collection anime coverMy “Pick of the Week” goes to Sentai Filmworks’ release of Blue Spring Ride.

Blue Spring Ride Complete Collection DVD | Blu-ray
Sentai Filmworks – Sub – MSRP: $49.98 | $59.98 Get it for $42.99 on Amazon!

Can you change who you are inside? In middle school, Futaba’s shy nature and cute appearance attracted boys, but made other girls so jealous that she became a social outcast. So, when high school began, Futaba remade herself, becoming sloppy and pretending to be unfeminine, and now she has friends. But her new world comes crashing down when she runs into a boy she used to know: Kou. The one boy who could have become more than just a friend. Except Kou’s changed as well. So much so that she barely recognizes him. And while the attraction that she used to feel seems to still be there in her heart, he doesn’t seem to feel the same way anymore. Or does he? Is the difference in the way Kou’s acting due to how different she’s ostensibly become? Or have they both changed too much to ever recapture what they had?

The other releases coming out this week are:

Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! Volume 3 Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo
PONYCAN USA – Sub – MSRP: $89.98

The normally cheerful Yumoto is acting strangely. His classmate, the manager of the baseball club, takes his temperature and reveals that he has a slight fever. The members of the Defense Club take him home to the Kurotama Bath, getting an eyeful of extreme brotherly love as Gora devotedly looks after his sick brother. Later, Binan High begins preparing for their Culture Festival. The Defense Club decides to serve Kinugawa’s curry and transform into their Battle Lovers costumes to serve “Cosplay Hero Curry.” But this curry leads to a clash between Kinugawa and Kusatsu.

Danganronpa: The Animated Series Blu-ray/DVD Combo | Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $64.98 | $69.98

Hope’s Peak High School only accepts the best of the best, and these superlative students will have to add slaughter to their schedules if they hope to leave the school in something other than a body bag. Just don’t get caught. To the victor goes freedom, but only if no one can figure out whodunnit. Get caught, and suffer a specially ordered punishment to fit the crime. From the oddly ordinary Makoto Naegi, to students that are the best and brightest hope for the future – all are plunged into the depths of ultimate despair. But what’s this? The biggest mystery of all may be the secrets of the school itself. When the sadistic Monokuma starts to leave a trail of mind-bending clues, will there be any hope left for survival for the remaining students trapped in this trigger-happy havoc?

The Garden of Sinners Blu-ray (Import)
Aniplex of America – Sub – MSRP: $399.98

After lying in a coma caused by a traffic accident for two years, Shiki Ryougi awakens with amnesia. Inexplicably she finds that, in turn, she has also obtained the “Mystic Eyes of Death Perception” in which she can see the invisible lines of mortality that hold every living and non-living thing together. Working for a small independent agency, Shiki attempts to unravel the baffling mystery behind a series of abnormal, horrifying incidents. Are they a foreshadowing that leads to something even more tragic and ominous? Things are not what they appear to be on the surface, but what dark revelations lie underneath? In this modern occult-action thriller, Shiki must tackle supernatural incidents with her special abilities while searching for her purpose for living.

La Corda d’Oro ~ Blue Sky Season 2 DVD | Blu-ray
Sentai Filmworks – Sub – MSRP: $49.98 | $59.98

For years Kanade Kohinata has been considered a musical prodigy, but in her sophomore year of high school, the young violinist has found herself adrift and unable to regain her creative focus. All that changes, however, when childhood friend Ritsu Kisaragi insists that Kanade and his younger brother Kyouya, also a violinist, both transfer to the prestigious Seiso Academy, where Ritsu rules the orchestra club. The introduction of two new violinists is certain to cause friction, however, as the super-competitive club is in contention for the National Championships, Kanade and Kyouya are going to find their skills pressed to the limit as they attempt to prove that they belong. And amidst the fire of competition, Kanade may find herself kindling more than just a passion for music, as a dozen different young men may be competing for her heart as well.

Naruto Shippuden Set 24
VIZ Media – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $44.82

Naruto: Shippuden Uncut Set 24 opens as Gaara leads the Fourth Company into battle against the previous Kage, including his own father. Meanwhile Naruto and Killer Bee face the reanimated Itachi Uchiha, who recognizes Naruto’s growth as a shinobi and his potential to rescue his brother, Sasuke, from his path of vengeance. Kabuto assumes control of Itachi to use his Mangekyo Sharingan, but Itachi’s well of power is not yet drained. Battles rage, and all must face enemies – as well as friends – they never expected to see again.

One Piece Collection 14
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $34.98

The latest One Piece adventure kicks off with a battle between Fire Fist Ace and the dastardly Blackbeard. Flames collide as these heavyweights lay waste to an entire island. When the dust settles, the scene shifts back to the Straw Hats who find themselves trapped in frigid waters – and hunted by a family of bounty hunters. After their icy adversaries steal the Straw Hats’ flag, it’s all hands on deck to recover the precious symbol of their pirate pride. Later, while drifting through haunted waters, the Straw Hats encounter a walking, talking skeleton. Luffy quickly befriends the newcomer, but the rest of his mates want nothing to do with this perverted bag of bones. Before the mystery of the seagoing skeleton can be deciphered, the Straw Hats find themselves trapped within the terrifying walls of Thriller Bark.

Pokemon Season 3: Johto Journeys
VIZ Media – Dub – MSRP: $44.82

Upon returning to Pallet Town, Ash and Misty reunite with Brock and set out on the next stage of their Pokemon journey – the Johto region. Though he still has an errand to run for Professor Oak, Ash jumps with both feet into the Johto League, taking on a couple of Gym Leaders and adding Pokemon like Totodile and Chikorita to his team.

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