Lesley Aeschliman

New Anime Releases for the Week of March 3, 2015

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This week sees new anime releases from Aniplex of America, FUNimation Entertainment, Lucky Penny, NIS America, Sentai Filmworks, and VIZ Media.

Chronicles of the Going Home Club anime coverChronicles of the Going Home Club Complete Series Blu-ray
NIS America – Sub – MSRP: $64.99

It’s the beginning of a new year of high school, and school clubs are recruiting members to take part in their activities. However, Natsuki Ando has decided to join the “Going Home Club,” a fictional club which students who have no club affiliation and simply go home after school jokingly claim to be members of. But Natsuki and her new friend Karin soon discover that this particular school has a real, bona fide Going Home Club. Natsuki and Karin, along with Claire, Botan and Sakura, get into all kinds of kooky trouble and hilarious fun.

Gurren Lagann 5 Blu-ray
Aniplex of America – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $59.98
Buy it on Amazon – Gurren Lagann Blu-ray 5

Team Dai-Gurren defeats the army of the Anti-Spiral, but they know that this is only the beginning. Lordgenome tells them that in order to stop the Anti-Spiral from annihilating humanity, they must find their homeworld within a universe outside normal spacetime and destroy it. With all of his comrades there to fight alongside him, Simon sets out towards space to destroy the Anti-Spiral once and for all and save Nia.

Outbreak Company Complete Collection DVD | Blu-ray
Sentai Filmworks – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $59.98 | $69.98
Buy it on Amazon – Outbreak Company: Complete Collection [Blu-ray]

Shinichi Kanou’s father writes novels and his mother illustrates erotic video games, so it’s not unsurprising that he’d turn out a fan of comics and science fiction. However, rather than channeling his efforts into creating like his parents, he has instead become one of the world’s foremost experts on “moe,” with an encyclopedic knowledge of all things cute and adorable in animation and media. This sort of explains Shinichi’s recruitment as an ambassador for moe to the Holy Erudanto Kingdom, a parallel world where things that previously only existed in anime actually exist.

Ranma 1/2 Set 5 DVD | Blu-ray
VIZ Media – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $44.82 | $54.97
Buy it on Amazon – Ranma 1/2 TV Series Set 5 Limited Edition (Blu-ray)

Sentaro, successor to Martial Arts Tea Ceremony, makes Ranma battle the grand master as his wife to break off his arranged marriage meeting. After that, the world of martial arts gets even bigger with the introduction of Martial Arts Shogi, Martial Arts Dining, and Martial Arts Calligraphy. The hijinks continue as the true identity of the principal is revealed, Ranma’s friends and family are turned into frogs, and okonomiyaki master Ukyo faces hot competition from Crepe Joe. Lastly, a new student at school named Gosunkugi, who instantly falls in love with Akane, tries to use curses to eliminate Ranma so he can have her all to himself.

Space Dandy: Season One Blu-ray/DVD Combo | Blu-ray/DVD Combo Limited Edition
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $64.98 | $69.98
Buy it on Amazon – Space Dandy: Season 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Rocket into the outer limits with the one and only Dandy, who jets across the galaxy in search of aliens no one has ever laid eyes on. Joined by his misfit sidekicks – a rundown vacuum cleaner robot called QT and Meow the alien space cat – Dandy boldly goes where no daper don has ever gone before. Hotly pursued by the chimp-faced Dr. Gel, the adventures of Dandy and the gang will make you laugh, then cry, and then laugh till you cry all over again.

Unbreakable Machine Doll Complete Series Blu-ray/DVD Combo | Blu-ray/DVD Combo Limited Edition
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $64.98 | $69.98
Buy it on Amazon – Unbreakable Machine Doll (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Raishin Akabane and his companion Yaya enroll at Walpurgis Royal Academy to study Machinart: a dangerous blend of magic and technology. Raishin is a puppeteer capable of using magic to power up Yaya, his automaton, for ruthless battles no mere human could survive. In the wrong hands, Yaya is a deadly weapon, but the honorable Raishin, despite his mysterious quest for vengeance, takes no pleasure in killing for sport. Instead, he joins forces with a harem of gorgeous classmates to unmask those responsible for a rash of heinous human experimentation.

Yakitate!! Japan Part 1 DVD
Lucky Penny – Sub – MSRP: $49.99
Buy it on Amazon – Yakitate!! Japan, Part 1

Kazuma Azuma wants to make bread. Not just any kind of bread, though. He wants to make a bread that represents Japan itself and can stand toe-to-toe with rice as a national food. Thanks to his legendary “Hands of the Sun,” unnaturally warm hands that allow dough to ferment faster, Kazuma’s bread is like a slice of Heaven. And when the Pantasia Rookie Competition arrives, everyone will get a taste of his skill. Along with his friend Kawachi (who’s only in it for the dough), he’ll go up against koala karate masters, Harvard bread scientists, samurai with rolling-pin swords, and more.

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