Lesley Aeschliman

New Anime Releases for the Week of May 26, 2015

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

Ceres Celestial Legend Complete Series animeCeres Celestial Legend Complete Series DVD
Eastern Star – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $44.95 Get it for $29.99!

For their sixteenth birthday, Aya and Aki Mikage were expecting to go out with friends and celebrate in style. But when the twins received an invitation from their grandfather to visit the Mikage family mansion, they were obligated to obey. Instead of finding cake and presents, however, they found their entire family, faces grim and attitudes tense. A single gift was presented to the two of them – a gift that, when opened, changed their lives forever.

Darker Than Black Season 1 Complete Set Premium Edition Blu-ray
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $99.98

A new and deadly breed of covert agent walks the streets. Known as Contractors, these assassins and spies wield bizarre supernatural powers to carry out the dirty work of others. They thrive in the underworld, between rumor and reality, their loyalties always in question. One among these operatives is more mysterious than the rest – the masked killer BK201, the Black Reaper. His true identity and intentions remain unknown, but as his path weaves through the shadows and alleys of Tokyo, blood is spilled on both sides of the law. It’s a new age of confusion, and the rules of engagement have changed.

Inuyasha: The Final Act Complete Series DVD | Blu-ray
VIZ Media – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $44.82 | $54.97

Kagome is an ordinary schoolgirl who finds her destiny linked to a hotheaded but brave half demon named Inuyasha and the powerful Shikon Jewel. In their quest to restore the shattered Shikon Jewel, Inuyasha and Kagome face their ultimate enemy, the demon mastermind Naraku. Kagome finds herself pulled between two worlds as she struggles to fight alongside Inuyasha in the feudal era and study for her high school entrance exams in the present. As the battle enters its final stage, Inuyasha and his friends have their strength, loyalties, and will to live pushed to the limit. The final key to Naraku’s and the Jewel’s destruction may lie in nothing more – and nothing less – than the trust between a half demon and a girl from the future.

Magi: The Kingdom of Magic Set 2 DVD
Aniplex of America – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $74.98

In their second year at the Academy, Aladdin, Titus, and Sphintus are granted Second Class Citizenship in Magnoshutatt and are allowed to venture outside of the campus. There, the group witnesses the harsh realities of racial inequalities and discrimination among the magicians and the humans. Even though Aladdin is shocked to learn the bitter history between the two races that acted as a catalyst for these prejudices, he is unable to agree with the Academy’s Director Mogamett’s vision of building a “country solely for magicians.” Aladdin also concludes that the magicians at Magnoshutatt are somehow connected to Dark Magic after coming into contact with the black rukh in his class.

Mazinger Edition Z The Impact! Complete Series DVD
Eastern Star – Sub – MSRP: $49.95

What would you do if you had ultimate power thrust into your hands? As a normal high school boy, Kouji Kabuto never thought he would have to face that problem. But when your grandfather is a scientist known for having discovered the means to end the world’s energy crisis, just living a quiet life in a mansion isn’t going to last. Japanium, an ore capable of producing Photon Energy, promises to lead humanity into a bright future, though not everyone wants to use it for good.

Nisekoi: False Love Volume 4 Blu-ray
Aniplex of America – Sub – MSRP: $64.98

The season is summer – a time for unforgettable memories. At Kosaki’s request, Raku helps out at her family’s shop. Everything is going smoothly until a seasonal typhoon hits the town, rendering it impossible for Raku to go home. Now, Raku must spend the night there while Kosaki’s parents are out. At the summer festival, Chitoge is forced to confront her true feelings when she receives from Raku a matchmaking charm customarily exchanged when a man proposes marriage. Things intensify when the gang sets out on an excursion to the beach. The girls show off their cute swimsuits as they have fun under the sun. That evening, as they sit together watching the rolling waves, Kosaki is unable to contain her feelings for Raku and finally expresses her feelings for him.

Soni-Ani: Super Sonico the Animation Complete Collection DVD | Blu-ray
Sentai Filmworks – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $59.98 | $69.98

Saying Sonico is an incredibly busy young woman is an understatement. She juggles a modeling career, part-time work at her grandmother’s bar, and performs lead vocals and guitar in an all-girl band all while attending college. Not to mention taking care of her five cats – or is that the other way around? When her workload gets a little too heavy, she can count on her fellow musicians Suzu and Furi and the rest of her friends for a stabilizing influence. Get ready for the bounciest adventure ever as this three girl band shakes, rattles, rolls and takes Tokyo by storm.

Student Council’s Discretion Level 2 DVD | Blu-ray
Sentai Filmworks – Sub – MSRP: $49.98 | $59.98

Sometimes you have to think outside the box, but Hekiyo Academy’s Student Council may go a step further and rewrite their entire universe. At least, that’s what could happen as the second season gets underway and the Council decides that their own anime might need a little spicing up. Should they introduce new characters? Add a boy’s-love subplot? Or should they just continue to do what worked previously and spend most of their time chattering between themselves while working towards odd goals that might turn out to have been a little misguided in retrospect?

Yosuga no Sora – In Solitude where We Are Least Alone DVD
Media Blasters – Sub – MSRP: $29.98

After losing both of their parents in an accident, Haruka and his twin sister Sora move out of the city to the rural town where they spent their childhood summers. In their new home, everything seems peaceful until Haruka discovers a special, forbidden love that may disrupt the entire town.

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