Lesley Aeschliman

New Anime Releases for the Week of July 28, 2015

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

Inari Kon Kon Complete Series and OVA anime coverMy “Pick of the Week” is FUNimation’s release of Inari Kon Kon Complete Series + OVA.

Inari Kon Kon Complete Series + OVA Blu-ray/DVD Combo
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub – MSRP: $49.98

Inari is a sweet and shy middle school girl with a huge crush on Tanbabashi, one of the cutest guys in her grade. But she’s not smooth enough to tell him how she feels, and every time she tries things just keep getting worse. That is, until one day she saves an injured fox struggling on a riverbank. To Inari’s surprise, the fox turns out to be the familiar of Uka, a beautiful goddess. As thanks, Uka grants Inari the power to shape-shift, and Inari uses her newfound powers to attempt to win over Tanbabashi. Unfortunately, love isn’t as simple as changing forms, and to make matters worse, the spirit world is none too pleased about Inari’s divine powers.

The other releases coming out this week are:

009 Re:Cyborg The Movie Blu-ray/DVD Combo
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $34.98

Many years ago, nine humans were captured and transformed into cyborgs for the purposes of becoming agents of evil. Instead, they rebelled, becoming champions of justice anytime the earth was in need. Now, in a post-9/11 world, the meaning of “justice” has become clouded. The cyborgs, untouched by time, and some without memory of their status as heroes, have since taken up lives as ordinary civilians. But when a mysterious force known only as “His Voice” compels people across the world to commit unspeakable acts of violence, even cyborg 009, Joe Shimamura, falls victim to the irresistible faceless power. In an era when cyber-terrorism is rapidly advancing, how can the cyborgs combat an enemy that has no face, no weapons, and seemingly no motive?

Galilel Donna DVD
Eastern Star – Sub – MSRP: $39.95

The Ferrari sisters couldn’t be more different from one another – Hozuki, a middle school engineering genius; Kazuki, a high school martial artist; Hazuki, a law school dropout. Yet on the very same day, all three of them find themselves the targets of attempted kidnapping. And that’s just the prelude to a charming red-headed villain and his band of sky pirates holding the three of them and their parents hostage. What could possibly be so special about the girls? The one thing they all have in common: they are the descendants of the great astronomer, Galileo Galilei. Unfortunately for them, it seems that their dear ancestor left behind a treasure of immeasurable value, and everyone wants to get their hands on it. The three girls must venture across the globe in search of Galileo’s legacy, deciphering clues while staying one step ahead of their enemies, all in order to simply live in peace.

Monster Farm Complete Japanese Collection DVD
Eastern Star – Sub – MSRP: $79.95

Winning the Monster Farm video game tournament was the high point of Genki Sakura’s young life. Every day since then has been so boring in comparison. He’s been waiting and waiting for his tournament prize, a game disc that he will be the first in the world to get to try out, but every day without it is agony. The real world is so boring in comparison to the world of monsters. Wouldn’t it be better if he could just go live there? Finally his prize arrives, and it’s everything he’s ever dreamed of – literally, in this case, as somehow he ends up transported into the world of the video game.

Naruto Shippuden Set 23 DVD
VIZ Media – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $44.82

The Fourth Great Ninja War rages on, and danger comes from every angle. Old comrades and enemies have risen from the grave under the control of Kabuto to fight the Allied Forces. While some retain their calm, others must wrestle with their emotions. Naruto’s training has made him more powerful, but some believe his possession of the Nine Tails makes him a liability. Can the Allied Forces survive assassins and their reanimated friends to win the war?

No Game, No Life DVD | Blu-ray | Blu-ray/DVD Combo Collector’s Edition
Sentai Filmworks – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $59.98 | $69.98 | $129.98

On the internet, they’re legends: the tag-team duo known as BLANK, famed for their incredible game-playing skills. In the real world, however, the lives of 18-year-old Sora and his 11-year-old stepsister Shiro have been spiraling out of control. Now existing as shut-ins, they rarely leave their house and are unable to be separated without suffering panic attacks. Games, for them, are the safest retreat from reality. Until they win a chess match against a mysterious opponent known as Tet and find themselves pulled into a game bigger than any they could have ever imagined. Now, in a world where the outcome of games determines the fates of both civilizations and species, they must defend Humanity in the ultimate challenge, vying against a host of otherworldly competitors for the right to rule them all. But if they fail, it means slavery or destruction for all mankind.

Recently, My Sister Is Unusual DVD
Eastern Star – Sub – MSRP: $39.95

Mitsuki Kanzaki has a problem. Well, two problems really. First off, her mother goes and gets married again, then has to travel overseas for work with her new husband. This leaves Mitsuki all alone with her new big brother, Yuuya. He’s a nice guy, but just can’t seem to stop himself from accidentally stumbling into racy, awkward situations with her at every turn. That should be enough problems for the gloomy, moody girl, but then comes the second problem. She’s being haunted by a ghost. Not just any ghost, either. Hiyori Kotobuki is her name, and she’s dead-set on being what she calls “lovey-dovey” with big brother Yuuya – and she has to possess Mitsuki’s body to do it. The racy situations only get more intense, even as they get ever-more awkward for Mitsuki, who isn’t exactly thrilled at the prospect of a faux-incestuous relationship with her brother. To help Hiyori pass on, Mitsuki will need to figure out how to get lovey-dovey without getting it on, and what brings families closer together than that?

Windy Tales DVD
Sentai Filmworks – Sub – MSRP: $49.98

As half of her school’s very small digital camera club, Nao Ueshima is obsessed with taking photos. What’s a bit unusual, however, is her favorite choice of subject: the sky. Unfortunately, when you spend all of your time looking up in the air, sometimes you lose track of where your feet are headed. As a result, some very unusual things start to happen to Nao. Discovering a cat on top of her favorite rooftop one day, Nao is startled when it suddenly flies away on the wind. Even more startling, however, is what happens when Nao falls off the roof herself. Instead of being killed or hurt, Nao makes the most remarkable discovery: there are people who know how to control the flow of the wind, and one of them is one of her teachers. Suddenly school becomes much more interesting as Nao and her friends learn the secrets of everything from Air to Zephyr, and in between they’ll also discover a lot about themselves as well.

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