Lesley Aeschliman

New Anime Releases for the Week of September 22, 2015

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This week sees new anime releases from FUNimation Entertainment, NIS America, Sentai Filmworks, and Warner Home Video.

Hamatora the Animation Complete Collection anime coverMy “Pick of the Week” goes to Sentai Filmworks’ release of Hamatora the Animation Complete Collection.

Hamatora the Animation Complete Collection DVD | Blu-ray
Sentai Filmworks – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $59.98 | $69.98 Get it for $49.99 on Amazon!

Nowhere may seem like just another Yokohama cafe, but as with many of its employees, this apparently innocent eatery leads a double life. Because Nowhere is also where you can find Hamatora, the mysterious detective agency run by P.I.s who are also Minimum Holders, individuals gifted with extraordinary powers and abilities. For the right price, you can hire founder Nice, who moves at the speed of sound, and partner Murasaki, whose super strength and near invulnerability are a significant asset. Of course, with incredible talents like these up their sleeves, Nice may not decide to take a case unless it personally interests him. But when a series of serial murders all turn out to involve other Minimum Holders, that interest is about to become extremely personal.

The other new releases coming out this week are:

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Season 1 DVD
Warner Home Video – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $49.95

Jonathan Joestar, a young wealthy son living in Victorian England, has his life destroyed by the recently orphaned Dio Brando, who was taken in by Jonathan’s father. Dio, who plots to drive Jonathan to insanity and inherit the Joestar fortune, becomes an unstoppable vampire that Jonathan must fight.

The Pilot’s Love Song Blu-ray
NIS America – Sub – MSRP: $64.99

Kal-el Albus and his sister Ariel are preparing to attend the Flight Division of Cadaques Military High School, located on the floating island of Isla. Backed by the Balsteros Republic, the Kingdom of Qi, and the Benares Empire, the people aboard Isla will be embarking on a voyage to search for the fabled “End of the Sky.” Over the course of this voyage, Kal-el forges new friendships with his fellow cadets and even falls in love with a young woman named Claire Cruz. But Kal-el has other reasons for being on Isla, for he is none other than Karl La Hire, the former crown prince of the Balsteros Empire who lost his family and title six years ago in the Wind Revolution led by the Wind Priestess, Nina Viento. Knowing that Nina Viento is aboard Isla, Kal-el prepares to exact his revenge upon her, but a surprise attack by the fierce Sky Clan puts this plan on hold. Though Kal-el and his fellow cadets take to the skies to fight for love, the horrors of war start to take their toll as true identities are revealed, loyalties are tested, and the bonds of love and friendship begin to waver.

Sabagebu! Survival Game Club DVD | Blu-ray
Sentai Filmworks – Sub – MSRP: $49.98 | $59.98

Momoko’s family moves a lot, so she’s always “that new girl” and the schools she’s attended have all blurred together. Until her first day at Aogiri High, that is, where she’s rescued by an armed vigilante, assaulted by a platypus, and coerced into joining a secret organization of gun-toting female commandos. Okay, maybe that last one is really just the school’s survival club, but the platypus is real and so are the extremes that club president Miou is willing to execute to recruit Momoko. Can uber-jaded Momoko’s body armor-clad heart resist the charms of a girl who’s all too ready to whip out her twin Desert Eagles in defense of another girl’s virtue? Especially when it turns out that Momoko has her own talent for air pistols and senseless violence?

Selector Infected WIXOSS Blu-ray/DVD Combo | Blu-ray/DVD Combo Limited Edition
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $64.98 | $69.98

In the popular game WIXOSS, there are special cards called LRIGs that few players know about – cards that possess personalities and wills of their own. Ruko is a teenage girl who just found one of these rare cards. Now, she can use her LRIG to battle in a strange, dark plane of existence. If she wins, her wishes will be granted – but what happens if she loses?

Space Dandy Season 2 Blu-ray/DVD Combo | Blu-ray/DVD Combo Collector’s Edition
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $64.98 | $74.98

Space Dandy is a dandy guy in space. This dreamy adventurer with a to-die-for pompadour travels across the galaxy in search of aliens no one has ever laid eyes on. Each new species he discovers earns him a hefty reward, but this dandy has to be quick on his feet because it’s first come first served. Accompanied by his sidekicks, a rundown robot named QT and Meow the cat-looking space alien, Dandy bravely explores unknown worlds inhabited by a variety of aliens.

Tokyo Ghoul Season 1 Blu-ray/DVD Combo | Blu-ray/DVD Combo Limited Edition
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $64.98 | $69.98

In modern day Tokyo, society lives in fear of Ghouls: mysterious creatures who look exactly like humans, yet hunger insatiably for their flesh. None of this matters to Ken Kaneki, a bookish and ordinary young man, until a dark and violent encounter turns him into the first ever Ghoul-human half breed. Trapped between two worlds, Ken must survive the violent conflicts of warring Ghoul factions, while attempting to learn more about Ghoul society, his newfound powers, and the fine line between man and monster.

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