Lesley Aeschliman

New Anime Releases for the Week of November 24, 2015

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

Night on the Galactic Railroad anime coverMy “Pick of the Week” goes to Eastern Star’s release of Night on the Galactic Railroad.

Night on the Galactic Railroad DVD
Eastern Star – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $24.95 Get it at Amazon!

What is true happiness? For Giovanni, the answer is as far away as the stars. Mired in hardship, the young kitten faces problems that should be unknown to someone his age. At school, his classmates mock and ridicule him, and after the bell rings, Giovanni toils at a job to earn enough money for bread. Then at home, instead of being taken care of by his mother, he must take care of her. The sole bright spot is that of the Festival of Stars, where he hopes to run into Campanella, his only friend. When they finally meet up, however, it isn’t while looking up at the stars, but rather traveling amongst them as the Galactic Railroad whisks the two away for parts unknown.

The other new releases coming out this week are:

Angelic Layer Complete Collection (Sentai Selects) DVD
Sentai Filmworks – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $49.98

From the moment 12-year-old Misaki Suzuhara first arrives in Tokyo to live with her aunt, she finds herself swept away by the amazing world of Angelic Layer – a fast-paced high-tech game where dolls called Angels are controlled by the thoughts of their operator or Deus. Discovering that her new friends are as interested in Angelic Layer as she is, Misaki builds her own Angel, Hikaru, and begins competing in battles where will and determination count far more than size and strength. The rivalry is going to be fierce and, with the national championships looming on the horizon, you can bet that not everyone Misaki meets will be on her side. Can Misaki handle the pressure of non-stop competition while struggling to adapt to life in an unfamiliar city?

Dragonar Academy The Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD Combo | Limited Editiom Blu-ray/DVD Combo
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $64.98 | $69.98

“Problem child” Ash Blake is nothing but a nuisance to his fellow students at Ansullivar Dragonar Academy. Sure, he’s got the sacred star brand that marks him as a future master of dragons, but his lack of dragon companion and hot temper make it more than a little difficult for him to play the part of the hero. That is, until his dragon awakens, and he’s finally partnered with a fierce, fire-breathing cute girl. And her human form isn’t the only surprise; she’s determined to be Ash’s master. But when dark forces begin to endanger the lives of dragons and students, Ash and his partner must find a way to work together to defeat them.

DRAMAtical Murder Complete Collection DVD | Blu-ray
Sentai Filmworks – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $59.98 | $69.98

Nothing on Midorijima has been the same since the powerful Toue Konzern forced the original population into the Old Residential District and converted the rest of the island into the exclusive resort Platinum Jail. Despite that, Aoba Seragaki has tried to build a normal life for himself, working part-time in a junk shop and hanging out with his friends and his A.I. “pet” AllMate, Ren. But when Aoba is drawn into the shady underworld that surrounds the popular virtual game Rhyme, the universe that he thought he knew falls apart. If deja vu describes the sensation of experiencing something that you think you may have done before, what is it called when other people seem to recognize you for doing things that you don’t remember doing? All Aoba knows is that there are gaps in his memory, people are disappearing, and a secret buried in his own mind may be the only keys to revelation.

Durarara!!×2 Shō Set 2 DVD | Blu-ray
Aniplex of America – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $59.98 | $99.98

Falling right into Izaya’s trap and framed for the murders of their members, Shizuo finds himself on the run from the Awakusu Group. Meanwhile, the rumor that the Dollars members are engaging in assaults against the Toramaru gang enrages Chikage Rokujo, the leader of Toramaru, and he rushes to Ikebukuro for revenge. Mikado is frustrated with the current situation that the Dollars are in but is unable to do anything to mend the situation. At the same time, Aoba proposes that Mikado become the new leader of the Blue Squares. Mikado makes a decision that may damage his friendship with Masaomi and Anri. Various emotions come together as an ominous scent fills the city.

Eureka Seven AO The Complete Series (S.A.V.E. Edition) DVD | Blu-ray
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $29.98 | $34.98

The year is 2025. Earth is engulfed in the crossfire between massive warring alien life forms that leave annihilation in their wake. While searching for clues about his past, Ao is caught in an attack and forced to fly a giant humanoid fighter craft to save himself and his island. Fragments of the teenager’s origin come to light when a hostile shape-shifter seeking revenge on Ao’s missing mother – who vanished two years after his birth – targets him instead. Consumed with learning how his machine of war is connected to his mother and the monster that now pursues him, the young pilot will fly full throttle into combat zones without hesitation.

Good Luck Girl! The Complete Series (S.A.V.E. Edition) DVD
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $29.98

Ichiko gets lucky a lot. She’s rich, beautiful, smart, stacked, and better than you at everything. There’s a reason life always goes her way. She unwittingly steals happiness energy from everyone else. Momiji – a poverty god with a freakishly huge syringe and a bunch of oddball charms – has to take Ichiko’s extra good fortune and return it to her various victims of circumstance. Like an Adderall-raddled cat-and-mouse chase in a funhouse full of pop culture references, the spirit of shortcomings and her self-absorbed subject stick each other with jabs, gags, bizarre bets, and dirty tricks aplenty. It’s a side-splitting ride, and everyone’s seatbelt is defective. But how many blows to the ego can Ichiko take before she grows a sympathy gland and stops hogging all the happiness?

Z/X Ignition Complete TV Series Collection DVD
Eastern Star – Sub – MSRP: $39.95

Asuka Tennouji’s life looks normal on the outside. Living in Kobe, Japan, the hardest thing he has to deal with is balancing school with working at a restaurant and taking care of his sick mother. With such a peaceful life, it’s easy to forget that outside of Kobe, portals to another world have swallowed up major cities and plunged most of Earth into chaos. Called “Black Spots,” these portals allow beings of immense power, referred to as “Zillions of Enemy X” or Z/X, to invade Earth. The Z/X use Earth as a battleground to wage a war between each of their worlds–White, Red, Green, Blue, and Black–where it isn’t just survival at stake, but their world’s very existence. Earth, too, finds itself caught in this struggle, and the only weapon they have to defend themselves is the Card Device: a technology that allows humanity to fight fire with fire by allowing them to capture and control Z/X. With Kobe being one of the last places on Earth where you could forget the conflict with the Z/X, Asuka thought he was safe. But his peaceful life turns upside down when he meets a mysterious girl called the Dragon’s Priestess, who claims she has chosen him, and grants him a Card Device. Not long after, an angel, wounded from a fight, descends from the sky and lands in his arms.

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