Lesley Aeschliman

New Anime Releases for the Week of October 27, 2015

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

Sailor Moon R Set 2 anime coverMy “Pick of the Week” is VIZ Media’s release of Sailor Moon R Set 2.

Sailor Moon R Set 2 DVD | Blu-ray/DVD Combo
VIZ Media – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $44.82 | $69.99 Get it on Bluray for $47.99 on Amazon!

After the unexpected guest Chibi-Usa falls from the sky and tries to claim the Silver Crystal as her own, Usagi quickly learns this cheeky little pink-haired girl is the least of her problems. The Black Moon Clan, in their unending quest to destroy Neo Crystal Tokyo and change the future, have come back in time to corrupt present day Tokyo. Together the Guardians fight the Black Moon’s dark forces, but struggle to understand truth behind their sinister plan. Is there anyone the Sailor Guardians can turn to for answers? That pink-haired girl may hold the key to Sailor Moon’s victory after all.

The other releases coming out this week are:

Aldnoah.Zero Set 2 DVD | Limited Edition Blu-ray
Aniplex of America – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $39.98 | $94.98

While being interrogated under the assumption that he knew something, Slaine remained silent to protect Princess Asseylum, who had saved his life when they first met five years ago. Meanwhile, Inaho, Asseylum, and the others head to the United Forces of Earth Headquarters on the Deucalion, as Count Saazbaum prepares to launch his attack. Having learned Count Saazbaum’s ulterior motives, Slaine sets out to save Asseylum. The fierce battle on the snowy field build in intensity – there, Inaho, Slain, and Asseylum find themselves in an unexpected situation.

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

The Gastrea virus spreads like wildfire, causing each infected host to rapidly mutate, gaining new powers and abilities with every stage of development, even while they continue to attack, kill, and infect multiple new hosts. Unable to fight a pandemic enemy that turns defenders into adversaries, the shocked remnants of the human race are forced to retreat into cities surrounded by giant monoliths made of Varanium, one of the few materials that can stop the Gastrea. Now mankind’s last hope lies in the Cursed Children: young girls infected with the virus who have managed to retain a hold on their humanity. Paired with a partner, they alone have the strength to take on a Gastrea in one-on-one combat. But the very thing that gives them power is a ticking time bomb, so even as they protect humanity, they are also feared and shunned. Are they girls? Monsters? Or mankind’s ultimate salvation?

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

Trained since birth as the Clan of the Sword’s ultimate assassin, Alka has lived her entire life as a nearly emotionless human killing machine. Now, however, her Clan has been destroyed, her master murdered, and the Code she lives by leaves Alka just one final mission: to seek out those responsible and exterminate them. If that means taking on the impossible might of the Param Empire, and the demonic powers of their battle leader Jin Varrel, then so be it. But while Alka may be the hunter, she has also become the hunted. With a price on her head, she must evade or kill the bounty hunters intent on collecting her skin, and in the bloody shadow-world of assassins, that means there’s no one she can trust.

Dance in the Vampire Bund S.A.V.E. Edition DVD
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $29.98

Nightmares creep into the waking hours as Mina Tepes, childlike Queen of the damned, shockingly appears on live television to announce her plans for a colony where her blood-sucking brethren can live in peace. As pandemonium engulfs the globe, Mina reconnects with a handsome face from her past: Akira, a brooding beast whose link to the queen is both powerful and mysterious. Together, Mina and Akira will bare their fangs and fight against an ancient evil. And though the Queen and her ferocious werewolf minions vow that no human blood will be spilled, there are others of her kind who yearn to sink their teeth into innocent flesh. Can Akira maintain his fleeting link to the realm of the living while battling to protect this ruthless and royal beauty? Only one thing is certain. The world’s not ready for her reign.

Lupin the 3rd VS Detective Conan TV Special
Eastern Star – Sub – MSRP: $24.95

Beloved criminal Lupin III has his sights set on a new score: the crown of the Vespanian royal family. His timing, however, couldn’t be worse. The sudden death of the queen and prince of Vespania has thrown the country into disarray, and while that won’t hurt the gentleman burglar’s efforts, it comes with a small problem, and that problem’s name is Conan Edogawa. Throw in a royal case of mistaken identity, along with a shadowy plot born from greed, and it’s a stage appropriately set for a clash between the world’s greatest thief and the world’s greatest detective.

Lupin the 3rd VS Detective Conan The Movie DVD
Eastern Star – Sub – MSRP: $24.95

They say it takes a thief to catch a thief, but the world’s greatest detective begs to differ. In this sequel to the crossover special, Lupin III once again faces off against the tiny genius Conan Edogawa, and the stakes have never been higher. An unknown enemy has kidnapped Fujiko, and the only way for Lupin to save her is by stealing a certain jewel. Meanwhile, Fujiko isn’t the only one in danger, as a popular Italian singer receives a note that promises to take his life. It’s up to Conan Edogawa to get to the bottom of the mystery, but these two tales have more in common than it might seem. Who is really playing who, and who will come out ahead of the game?

One Piece Season Seven Voyage Three DVD
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $39.98

In the wake of his encounter with Bartholomew Kuma, Luffy is marooned on the island of Amazon Lilly, a paradise of beautiful – but deadly – warriors. After interrupting the sacred bathing hour of the gorgeous Warlord, Boa Hancock, the rubber-man faces the very real fate of being forever turned to stone. A showdown with Hancock’s venomous Snake Sisters offers Luffy the chance to fight his way to freedom, but his honorable actions during the heat of battle make him a welcome guest on the island. Moved by tales of his attack on a Celestial Dragon, Hancock is smitten by the courageous pirate. Unfortunately, shocking news shortens his stay in her comely kingdom. Luffy’s beloved brother Ace is being held in the impenetrable underwater prison of Impel Down, and time is running out on his life.

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