Lesley Aeschliman

New Anime Releases for the Week of April 7, 2015

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This week sees new anime releases from Aniplex of America, FUNimation Entertainment, Lucky Penny, PONYCAN USA, and Sentai Filmworks.

Black Butler Season 1 anime coverBlack Butler Season 1 Complete Set – Anime Classics Blu-ray/DVD Combo
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $49.98 — Buy it here for $31.69

Ciel Phantomhive is the most powerful boy in all of England, but he bears the scars of unspeakable suffering. Forced to watch as his parents were brutally murdered, Ciel was subsequently abducted and violently tortured. Desperate to end his suffering, the boy traded his own soul for a chance at vengeance, casting his lot with the one person on whom he could depend: Sebastian, a demon butler summoned from the very pits of hell. Together, they’ll prowl the darkest alleys of London on a mission to snuff out those who would do evil.

DENKI-GAI Box 1 Blu-ray/DVD Combo Collector’s Edition
PONYCAN USA – Sub – MSRP: $89.98

A blush-inducing, coming-of-age comedy about manga-loving book store employees. The characters are all hard-core manga fans and maniacs of some sort, and work at the comic shop “Uma no Hone.” On a daily basis, they display new releases, shrink-wrap comics, shudder at their lack of feminine qualities, question their love for porn literature… and basically have fun while working hard (?). Girls and guys call each other by nicknames and some begin to develop close relationships.

Durarara!! Complete Series Blu-ray
Aniplex of America – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $159.98

A pitch-black headless motorcyclist roams the city, while high-tension suspense and action are taking over Tokyo’s Ikebukuro District. Warped romances and friendships – and plenty of hidden secrets lie behind these big city walls.

.hack//Legend of the Twilight Complete Collection DVD
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $39.98

Twins Rena and Shugo endured a painful separation after their parents’ divorce. When they both win avatars in a contest, they reunite in The World as BlackRose and Kite. After a frightening encounter leaves Rena in a coma, Shugo must unlock the secrets of the Twilight Bracelet and rescue his sister before it’s too late.

Looking Up at the Half Moon Collection DVD
Lucky Penny – Sub – MSRP: $29.99 — Buy it here for $19.99

Even though Yuuichi Ezaki is in the hospital recovering from an illness, he’s constantly sneaking out. One day he’s caught by the head nurse, who makes a deal with him: she’ll overlook his future excursions if he’s willing to befriend a new patient, Rika Akiba. Due to a serious heart condition, Rika has spent most of her life in the hospital, and doesn’t really have any friends. As Yuuichi and Rika spend time together and learn more about each other, their relationship soon blossoms into romance.

One Piece Season 6 Part 4 DVD
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $39.98 — Get it here for $24.94

Nightmare Luffy’s impressive punching power momentarily swings the momentum in favor of our heroes, but when the rubber-man’s hulking physique returns to normal, the bad guys get back in the game. Gecko Moria devours every shadow in sight as he monsters up in a heinous attempt to permanently sink the Straw Hats. Luffy, battered beyond belief, pushes his body past the breaking point as he seeks to save his friends and deliver the decisive blow in this battle for the ages.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie –Rebellion- DVD | Blu-ray | Blu-ray/DVD Combo Limited Edition
Aniplex of America – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $39.98 | $49.98 | $79.98 — Buy it here!

Madoka Kaname – a girl who once led an ordinary life sacrificed her very existence to set every magical girl free from their cruel destiny. Homura Akemi – another magical girl who was unable to keep her promise with Madoka continues to fight in the world Madoka left her behind in. Madoka has changed the world. In this new world, is what the magical girls see a world of hope or despair?

The Rose of Versailles Part 2 (Litebox) DVD
Lucky Penny – Sub – MSRP: $39.99 — Buy it here for $27.99

The French royalty’s indulgences have taken their toll on the common folk. While nobles live in opulence, children starve in the streets. Counts and countesses attend masquerade balls, as families unable to afford medicine are forced to bury their loved ones. What were once pleas for equality are now enraged demands for radical change. Just as the times have changed, so has Oscar’s heart. Looking to challenge herself further, Oscar leaves the Queen’s side. She enlists with the French Guards, common soldiers who put their lives on the line every night as they patrol the streets and keep the peace. However, Oscar soon finds that an anti-noble sentiment resides everywhere, even amongst the guards that grudgingly follow her orders.

She, The Ultimate Weapon Complete Collection DVD
Sentai Filmworks – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $39.98 — Get it here for $25.99

Not every soldier wants to fight. Not every weapon wants to be used. But when an unexpected force attacks their city, the hopes and dreams of students Shuji and Chise are shattered by the fires of war. Surviving the bombing after a mysterious defender decimates the attackers, Shuji discovers Chise in the ruins – but she is no longer the girl he has always known. Changed and twisted by military experiments, Chise has been altered into something no longer completely human. Even worse, though they both fight to deny it, the things that made her the person she was are slowly beginning to fade away.

Tokyo Ravens Season 1 Part 1 Blu-ray/DVD Combo | Blu-ray/DVD Combo Limited Edition
FUNimation Entertainment – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $64.98 | $69.98 — Buy it here for $40.23

Harutora may seem like an ordinary guy, but he’s actually a descendent of an ancient and powerful clan of onmyouji. Born without the family talent for magic, he’d always believed he was destined for a normal, boring existence. All that changed the day Natsume, a beautiful face from Harutora’s past, barged back into his life and forever altered the course of his future. When her sudden arrival leads to a violent and tragic encounter with a magical prodigy, Harutora agrees to fulfill a childhood vow by accompanying Natsume to the clandestine Onmyo Academy. Together, along with their incredible onmyouji classmates, they’ll attempt to survive life at a school where not even magic can get you out of your homework.

Yuki Yuna is a Hero Box 1 Blu-ray/DVD Combo Collector’s Edition
PONYCAN USA – Sub and Dub – MSRP: $89.98

Yuna Yuki is an ordinary second-year middle school student at Sanshu Junior High School. She gets up in the morning, gets ready for school, goes to classes, participates in club activities, and plays with friends. But there is one extraordinary thing about Yuki – she belongs to her school’s Brave Hero Club. What does the Brave Hero Club do? What are the mysterious beings called “Vertex”?

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