Lesley Aeschliman

New Anime Releases for the Week of May 12, 2015

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This week sees new anime releases from Cinedigm, FUNimation Entertainment, New Video, and Sentai Filmworks.

Darker Than Black Season 2 anime coverDarker Than Black Season 2 + OVAs Complete – Anime Classic Blu-ray/DVD Combo
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $49.98 Snag it on Amazon!

After a paranormal phenomenon takes over Yin, BK-201 is left to hunt for answers from the shadows, alone – until he encounters Suo, a young girl whose life changed the night a meteor crashed to Earth. With Contractors attacking from all sides, and the mysterious organization Section 3 closing in, the Black Reaper fights to keep Suo alive while he searches for the truth behind Yin’s disappearance.

Digimon Tamers Volume 2 DVD
Cinedigm – Dub – MSRP: $19.99 Get it for $16.95

Takato, Henry and Rika, three normal kids who are mega fans of the Digimon card game, quest through the Digital World, which is plagued by wicked Digimon Gods. In an effort to defeat those who seek to annihilate the World’s barriers and networks, they pair up with good Digimon and together battle the heinous forces. But in an epic battle with Meramon the group is split in two, each cast off in a different direction. As they traverse strange and sometimes dangerous dimensions in order to reunite, the fate of the Digital World hangs in the balance.

The Familiar of Zero Rondo of Princesses DVD | Blu-ray
Sentai Filmworks – Sub – MSRP: $49.98 | $59.98 Get it for $42.99!

Getting married and then dying would put a damper on most honeymoons, but Saito is made of stouter stuff than most would-be stiffs, and having been miraculously restored to life is a definite improvement over being dead. Unfortunately, as a result of his recent resurrection-al activities, the runes which bound Saito to his master, Louise the Zero, appear to have faded away. But will the fact that he is no longer contractually obligated to be Louise’s Familiar lead to the two of them getting more “familiar” now that they’ve tied a different kind of knot?

Michiko and Hatchin Complete Series S.A.V.E. Edition DVD | Blu-ray
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $34.98 | $39.98 Get it for $24.94!

Every bend in the road hides an ambush as Michiko and Hatchin continue their mad dash to track down Hiroshi: a man from their past that could hold the key to their future. Hit men, kidnappers, and sadistic gangbangers fill their rearview mirror as these ladies on the lam burn rubber across the Latin landscape. With the throttle wide open and their motorcycle pointed toward the ocean, Michiko and Hatchin defy fate by living freer than they’ve ever lived before. New friendships are forged, young love blooms, and the partners in crime inch ever closer to the man they seek. But just as the long-awaited reunion is about to become reality, the law closes in on them – leaving Michiko to face an agonizing decision that will change both of their lives forever.

Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse Collection 2 DVD | Blu-ray
Sentai Filmworks – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $59.98 | $69.98 Get it for $49.99!

Even in the face of annihilation by the invading BETA forces, the persistent hostilities between the surviving nations continue to undermine mankind’s chances for survival. Desperate to gain the Type 99, the Soviet Command puts not only their own pilots but the rest of the human race on the firing line as they sabotage the Kamchatka base self-destruct codes in an attempt to salvage the railgun for their own purposes.

Slam Dunk Season 1 Set 1 DVD
New Video – Sub and Dub – MSRP: Get it for $19.93!

Hanamichi Sakuragi is a high school punk who hates basketball, mostly because the girls he likes always prefer basketball players to him. Things change, however, when he meets the cute and available Haruko Akagi. She loves basketball and thinks Hanamichi has the height and prowess to play. Hanamichi, quite willing to settle for collateral affection, immediately takes up the sport, never mind the fact that he doesn’t know the rules, cannot dribble, and is constitutionally unsuited to teamwork and sportsmanship. If playing basketball will get Haruko to look at him, then he’ll be a basketball star. However, a weird thing happens to Hanamichi while struggling to make the team and play the game: he kind of starts to like it. And what’s more, he’s getting good.

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