Lesley Aeschliman

New Anime Releases for the Week of May 5, 2015

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This week sees new anime releases from Eastern Star, FUNimation Entertainment, Lucky Penny, Mill Creek Entertainment, New Video, PONYCAN USA, Sentai Filmworks, and VIZ Media.

Free Season 1 anime coverAstro Boy – Complete Series DVD
Mill Creek Entertainment – Dub – MSRP: $14.98 Get it for $8.99

This is a release of the 2003 reboot of the Astro Boy anime series. The set includes all 50 episodes of the series on four discs.

Denki-Gai Box 2 Blu-ray/DVD Collector’s Edition
PONYCAN USA – Sub – MSRP: $98.98

A mysterious woman who knows about Umanohone’s past has appeared, and she’s got unsurpassable girly-power. However, Sensei’s girly-power is awfully low, due to her doing the “same clothes everyday” thing in order to draw a manga for the Rookie of the Year award. Later, the heat of Summer Comika sends the staff of Umanohone to an onsen, where the intricate Kantoku x Hio-tan x Tsumorin x Kameko love triangle starts unfolding. And then on top of that, Sensei accidentally sets up a date with Umio.

Free! Season 1 Complete Collection DVD
Eastern Star – Sub – MSRP: $39.95

When you’re 10, they call you a prodigy. When you’re 15, they say you’re a genius. Once you’re 20, however, you’re just ordinary. Haruka Nanase has just three more years to go until he’s normal, but until then, he’s got an unusual obsession with water. In the morning, he soaks in the tub. For breakfast, he eats fish. And of course, he’s always wearing his swimming trunks – no matter where he goes. That’s pretty strange, given that he doesn’t swim much anymore. Despite meeting his friends – Nagisa, Makoto, and Rin – in a swimming club in elementary school, he’s never shown interest in joining a new swimming club. The reason lies in the past, with a trophy buried underneath a condemned building, and in Rin, who left to train overseas. The past isn’t so far away, however, as the four friends reunite – with Rin throwing their trophy away, and challenging Haruka to a race. What’s become of their friend, and why is it that even when Rin wins, he loses?

Patlabor: The Movie DVD | Blu-ray
Sentai Filmworks – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $29.98 | $39.98
Get it for $24.99

Earth’s sea levels are slowly rising and coastal cities around the world have been forced to resort to drastic measures to keep floods of Biblical proportions at bay. Nowhere has the need been more desperate than in Japan, where the city of Tokyo has launched the massive Babylon project: a land reclamation undertaking so vast that it can only be completed with the aid of human-piloted construction robots called Labors. Unfortunately, any invention can be used for good or for evil, so to keep the Labors from being misused the Tokyo police maintain their own units of Patrol Labors. Now the officers of the SV2 are about to receive their ultimate trial by fire as multiple waves of Labors begin to mysteriously go berserk all at once.

Pokemon: Adventures in the Orange Islands DVD
VIZ Media – Dub – MSRP: $26.95 Get it for $19.97

After a stop in Pallet Town, Ash, Misty, and Brock set out to find a rare and mysterious Pokeball for Professor Oak. Their quest leads them to the Orange Islands, where Ash decides to battle in the Orange League Tournament. With new friends to meet, new Pokemon to discover, and tough new trainers to challenge them, the adventures never end for Ash and his friends.

Solty Rei Complete Series S.A.V.E. Edition DVD
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $29.98

It’s been 12 years since an unexplained disaster left countless dead and maimed. Society is divided and every citizen feels the burn, most of all the Resembles – people whose mangled bodies have been rebuilt with high-tech prosthetic devices. Bounty hunter Roy Revant’s had his fill of pain, walking alone in the shattered city. That is, until the day a strange little girl named Solty falls from the sky. Roy and Solty may seek different things, but who wants to search for truth alone?

The World God Only Knows OVA Collection DVD | Blu-ray
Sentai Filmworks – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $29.98 | $39.98 Get it for $24.99

Get ready to rock, roll and duck deadly spells all night as Dating Game master and now real-life romance wizard Keima Katsuragi and his spirit-hunting partner Elsie are dragged kicking and screaming into their wildest set of adventures yet. Things get off on a strange foot when Chihiro convinces Elsie, Ayumi and Miyako to form a band. Unfortunately, they’re really not very good and their quest to get rehearsal space from the school somehow escalates into a challenge to score perfect 100s on their English tests.

Yakitate!! Japan Part 2 DVD
Lucky Penny – Sub – MSRP: $49.99 Get it for $44.99

After toasting his rivals in the Pantasia Rookie Competition, what’s next on the menu for bread-baking prodigy Kazuma Azuma? With the villainous Pantaisa heiress Yukino trying to close the South Tokyo branch, Kazuma and the others will need some serious dough to keep their bakery afloat. So now they must represent Japan in the Monaco Cup, a high-stakes competition against the best of the best from around the world, and it won’t be easy. Their judge is literally a narcissistic clown, and the dastardly Kayser Brothers from France are out to get them at every turn. Can Kazuma and his friends rise to the challenge?

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Season 1 Complete Collection DVD
New Video – Dub – MSRP: $44.99 Get it for $32.19

When aspiring duelist Yuma meets Astral, a mysterious visitor from another universe, it seems like destiny. Yuma needs Astral to teach him how to duel, and Astral needs Yuma to help him regain his memories. They would be dueling’s greatest tag team, except they don’t get along.

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