Lesley Aeschliman

New Anime Releases for the Week of November 3, 2015

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This week sees new anime releases from FUNimation Entertainment, Lucky Penny Entertainment, NIS America, Sentai Filmworks, and Sunrise Inc.

Mobile Suit Gundam Collection 1 anime coverMy “Pick of the Week” is Sunrise Inc.’s release of Mobile Suit Gundam Collection 1.

Mobile Suit Gundam Collection 1 DVD | Blu-ray
Sunrise Inc. – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $59.99 | $74.99 Get it for $43.19 on Amazon!

Universal Century 0079. The rebel space colonies of the Principality of Zeon launch a war of independence against the Earth Federation, using humanoid fighting vehicles called mobile suits to overwhelm the Federation Forces and conquer half of Earth’s surface. Months later, the Federation has finally developed its own prototype mobile suits at a remote space colony. But when the colony suffers a Zeon surprise attack, these new weapons fall into the hands of a motley crew of civilians and cadets, and fate places a youth named Amuro Ray at the controls of the white mobile suit Gundam.

The other releases coming out this week are:

Blessing of the Campanella – Anime Elements DVD
Lucky Penny Entertainment – Sub – MSRP: $34.99

Leicester Maycraft leads a charmed life. His parents are nobility and he spends his days crafting inventions and questing alongside his friends in Clan Oasis. It also doesn’t hurt that every pretty girl in town is in love with him, including the Duke’s daughter, Carina Verriti. Life couldn’t possibly get any better, until it does. Energy from a supernatural meteor shower awakens the adorable automaton, Minette, who imprints on Leicester as her “papa.” Just like that, Leicester’s entourage of beautiful girls goes from flattering to ridiculous. Joined by Sacred Knight Chelsea Arcot and automaton artisan Agnes Boulange, Clan Oasis sets out to discover Minette’s origin. But all work and no play isn’t exactly what these adventurers have in mind. They’ll get around to solving the mystery – when they’re not performing oddball quests or hanging out at the beach.

Fafner Complete Series and Movie S.A.V.E. Edition DVD | Blu-ray
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $24.98 | $29.98

Terrorized by a hostile alien race’s mental warfare, humans hear only this question just before their lives – essentially their minds – are assimilated by the violent invaders. Kazuki and his classmates lay everything on the line to pilot their heavily-guarded island’s secret weapons: towering mechs for which only they are genetically qualified to control, the Fafners. With most of Earth destroyed, humanity’s survival relies on these youths’ selfless determination to protect the only home they know. But when each battle pushes the pilots to the brink of assimilation, who will protect them?

Fairy Tail Collection 5 Blu-ray/DVD Combo
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $54.98

The most powerful wizards in Fairy Tail travel to a remote island rich in magic – and history. There, they compete against one another to see who among them deserves to be given the title of “S-Class.” But where these wizards go, chaos is sure to follow. Their trials are interrupted when the most powerful of the dark guilds – Grimoire Heart – shows up in search of a legendary wielder of black magic. Once they find him, they’ll use his skills to bring death to every corner of the world. If Fairy Tail has any hope of defeating their diabolical opponents, they’re going to have to combine all their powers and work together like never before. But as curses start to fly between wizards, the real danger might come from Zeref, an infamous dealer of death whose devilish plans for the future could bring an end to this golden age of magic.

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

Toko Fukami thought she had settled on what she wanted in life: to hang out with her four best friends in their small seaside town, and to eventually become a professional glassblower working in her family’s glassworks. But now two things have happened that may change her destiny forever. First, she’s seeing things. When she looks into reflections in glass, sometimes she catches glimpses of things that haven’t happened yet. And then a new boy, Kakeru, transfers into town, claiming that a voice from the future led him to her. Suddenly Toko is re-evaluating everything she thought she knew, from the proper care of her school’s chickens to how she really feels about each of her friends.

He Is My Master Complete Collection – Sentai Selects DVD
Sentai Filmworks – Sub – MSRP: $29.98

Yoshitaka Nakabayashi may be young, rich, and not unattractive, but as runaway sisters Izumi and Mitsuki Sawatari quickly discover upon becoming Yoshitaka’s new maids, he has some serious issues. Like his insistence on being called “Master,” and dressing the girls in costumes he creates himself. Unfortunately, Izumi’s personal net worth is in the negative digits, and with Mitsuki and her pet alligator to support, she’ll just have to grin and bear whatever comes out of Yoshitaka’s twisted closet! But the costumes are only the beginning, when Anna, a third au pair with obsessive issues of her own, joins the party, the situation will go from bad to perverse.

Hidamari Sketch: Honeycomb Season 4 DVD
Sentai Filmworks – Sub – MSRP: $49.98

Studying at the Yamabuki Arts High School has been a dream-come-true for Yuno, and she’s learned so much already. And not just from her instructors, but from her friends and neighbors who’ve become her second family and made the Hidamari Apartments such a safe and nurturing home. But as the day of her “big sisters” Sae and Hiro’s graduation draws slowly closer, it’s time for Yuno to start seriously taking on the same role for Nazuna, Nori, and the other budding young artists who’ve entered Hidamari’s protective cocoon. And it’s also time to tackle some really challenging artistic assignments. That doesn’t mean there won’t still be time for fun with Miyako and all the others, but it’s definitely time to pencil in her plans for the future. And sometimes that means you have to put the art before the course.

If Her Flag Breaks Premium Edition Blu-ray
NIS America – Sub – MSRP: $64.99

Sota Hatate is a new student at Hatagaya School. His cold and impersonal manner draws the attention of Nanami Knight Bladefield, a princess of a European nation, and she confronts him about it. He reveals that he is the only survivor of the sinking of the cruise ship Premium Ambriel. On that tragic day he received a special power from a mysterious stranger: the power to see people’s fates in the form of flags sprouting from their heads. Some flags are simple things like “friendship” flags, but others are more ominous, like “death” flags. Over the next few days, more and more classmates and friends are drawn to him and live with him at the Quest Dorm, and Sota must occasionally use his powers to alter their fates. He and his new friends and dormmates get up to all kinds of fun adventures. However, he eventually discovers that there is more to his power, and the world itself, than he realized.

Turn A Gundam The Movies DVD
Sunrise Inc. – Sub – MSRP: $49.99

This movie collection contains the Turn A Gundam movies “Earth Light” and “Moon Butterfly”.

For 2000 years, a separate race of humanity has lived on the moon. Known as “the Moonrace,” their technology is leaps and bounds beyond those that stayed behind on the Earth’s surface. Now seeking to return to their original home, the Moonrace send three teenagers, Loran, Keith, and Fran, down to Earth on a reconnaissance mission to test the viability of its environment.

After spending a year on Earth, Loran has become good friends with Sochie and Kihel, daughters of the prestigious Heim family, and he looks forward to fully integrating into Earth society. But before Loran gets the chance to make his report, the Moonrace launch a surprise attack. Earth’s primitive airplanes are no match for the superior power of the Moonrace’s mobile suits. However, in the midst of the initial attack, Loran and Sochie uncover a long-forgotten relic: a white mobile suit. As a Moonrace, Loran is quickly able to grasp the basics of piloting it, but by doing so, he inadvertently places himself in the middle of a war.

Umi Monogatari DVD
Lucky Penny Entertainment – Sub – MSRP: $39.99

Marin and Urin are sea folk, people who live in a peaceful underwater world surrounded by bright fish and colorful coral. But one day, a beautiful ring falls from the “sky” – that dangerous place above the water – and the two girls decide to return the lovely trinket to its owner. While the surface world holds amazing wonders for the pair, it also hides a great darkness that Urin accidentally unleashes when she opens a stone box at a local shrine. Now it’s up to Marin, Urin, and their new friend Kanon to set things right again before that darkness swallows the entire world.

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