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Out This Week: Hunter X Hunter, Emma, Gate, Sonic Boom and More

As we enter May, we're getting into the typically slow period for home entertainment releases that is the spring and summer months. It's reflected in this week's list which is decidedly on the light side. The UK has just one new animation release this week, the latest volume of anime action series Hunter X Hunter. The US list is not that much busier, either. Shonen Jump fave Bleach's debut release on Blu-Ray continues, and 2015 sci-fi fantasy Gate gets a new reissue. UK-set period romance anime Emma: A Victorian Romance also makes its debut on Blu-Ray, complete with a newly commissioned English dub. For video game-loving kids or for your inner child, there are new releases in the ever-popular Pokemon and Sonic franchises.

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UK Releases For May 3, 2021

Hunter X Hunter Part 4 (Funimation, 12) FROM THE PUBLISHER: "Man is no longer the dominant species. The Chimera Ants are evolving at blistering speed, making them more and more powerful! Infused with fantastic Nen abilities, the interspecies war escalates dragging in the strongest hunter of them all, legendary Chairman Netero! Gon, hopeful to find a way to restore Kite, and Killua have joined the fray and are facing ever increasing, arduous battles."
💿  FORMATS: Blu-Ray+Digital 


US Releases For May 4, 2021

Bleach Set 10 (Viz Media, TV-14) FROM THE PUBLISHER: " The battle against the Arrancars continues. Just as Ichigo is on the verge of death, Kenpachi Zaraki steps in and takes over the fight with the Espada Tesla. And Byakuya clashes with Zommari Rureaux, the fastest of the Espadas, who is trying to finish off an injured Rukia. Will his Bankai be enough to defeat Zommari when he uses Rukia's body as a shield?"
💿  FORMATS: Blu-Ray


Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 1 (Nozomi, TV-7)" In 19th-century London, class lines are sharply drawn, and the social standing to which people are born dictates the path their lives will follow. Emma, an honest and hardworking young maid, never felt her place in life to be a burden. But then she met William, a member of the gentry and the eldest son of a wealthy family. His warm smile and earnest affection threaten to capture her heart… but can love truly conquer all?"
💿   FORMATS: Blu-Ray

Gate (Sentai Filmworks, 17+) "When a dimensional rift appears in downtown Tokyo and begins spewing an army of monsters and men in medieval armor, 33-year-old JSDF officer Yoji Itami's hobbies of fantasy novels and video games suddenly complement his military training and help rout an invasion from another world!"
💿   FORMATS: Blu-Ray


Pokemon Sun and Moon Ultra Legends: The First Alola League Champion (Viz, TV-7) "The Alola Pokémon League is finally here! But before the main event begins, Ash and friends must make it through a free-for-all qualifying round: the Battle Royal 151. Then, with the field narrowed down to 16 competitors, it's battle after battle between friends, rivals, and foes alike! Ash, Gladion, Kiawe, and Team Skull's Guzma advance through the ranks - and then, just before the final match, Ash's Meltan astonishes everyone by evolving! With the title of Alola's first Pokémon League Champion and an exhibition match against the Masked Royal at stake, can Ash and Pikachu overcome the odds and win it all?"

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Sonic Boom Season 1 (NCircle)" It's a Sonic you haven't seen before - an ensemble comedy that pokes fun at action-adventure storytelling, but still manages to deliver plenty of adrenaline! Wherever he goes and whatever he s up against, Sonic the Hedgehog is aided by his sidekick, Tails, and his friends Knuckles, Amy, and Sticks and, of course, attacked by his arch nemesis, Dr. Eggman."
💿   FORMATS: Blu-Ray+Digital, DVD  

Upcoming Releases

All Release dates subject to change. Listed Dates are for US release unless stated otherwise. Digital releases may be earlier.
 Raya And The Last Dragon (Disney) 4K/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital May 8
Justice Society: World War II (Warner Bros) 4K/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital May 11 (US) May 10 (UK)
The Legend Of Hei (Shout Factory) Blu-Ray+DVD, DVD May 18
Star Trek: Lower Decks Season One (Paramount) Blu-Ray/ Blu-Ray Steelbook May 18
The Prince's Voyage (Shout Factory) Blu-ray+DVD  May 18
Your Name (Anime Ltd,) 4K May 24 (UK)
Paranoia Agent Collector's Edition (MVM) 4K May 24 (UK)
Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal (Warner Bros) Season 1 Blu-Ray+Digital June 1
Son Of The White Mare (Arbelos) Blu-Ray June 8
Batman: The Long Halloween Part One (Warner Bros) 4K/Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital June 22
The Secret World Of Arriety [Steelbook] (GKIDS/Shout Factory) Blu-Ray+DVD June 22
The Wind Rises [Steelbook] (GKIDS/Shout Factory) Blu-Ray+DVD June 22
Memories (Discotek Media) Blu-Ray June 29


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