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Out This Week: Dragon Ball Z, City Hunter, Chihayafuru and more

This week's list of new entertainmnet releases is one for the anime fans. There's classic shonen fisticuffs in Dragon Ball Z and mystery and intrigue in new Fate spin-off Lord El-Melloi for UK fans. For US fans there's old-school anime action with City Hunter, and Fightin' General Damos from Discotek Media, more adventures with Lupin III in newly released romp The Legend Of Pycal,  highschool hijinks with Chihayafuru Season 3, Mahoraba,  MM and Diary Of Our Days At Breakwater and action from Black Rock Shooter, Last Exile Fam The Silver Wing and Plunderer.

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UK Releases For July 26, 2021



Dragon Ball Z Season 9 (Funimation, 12) FROM FUNIMATION: "Majin Buu's spree of terror continues, and his ruthlessness knows no bounds! In his quest to eliminate the remaining Z-Fighters, Buu has cut a path of destruction across the face of the Earth, leaving a trail of devastation so utterly complete that it may even be beyond the power of the Dragon Balls to repair..With their efforts to stop Majin Buu quickly proving futile, the Z-Fighters have but one remaining hope against this seemingly invincible foe: the Fusion Technique! But for this desperate plan to succeed, Goku will have to join forces with his oldest rival, Vegeta! Can the combined efforts of these two mighty Saiyan warriors put a stop to Majin Buu once and for all? The final battle for the fate of the universe begins!" 
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray, Blu-ray Steelbook


Lord El-Melloi II's Case Files Rail Zeppelin Grace Note (MVM, 12) "A new chapter in the Fate series universe. Waver Velvet from Fate/Zero returns as Lord El-Melloi II to a world of magical mystery and intrigue. Years after the Fourth Holy Grail War of Fate/Zero, Waver Velvet-the boy who fought alongside Iskandar, the King of Conquerors-has assumed the title Lord El Melloi II. In this position, he takes on myriad magical and mystical mysteries for the Clock Tower, the mecca of the magecraft world." 
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

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US Releases For July 27, 2021


Arte: The Complete Season (Funimation, TV-14) FROM FUNIMATION: "In 16th-century Florence, a woman’s role in society isn’t one of an artist—but this is Arte’s goal. When she finally meets a master willing to take her in as an apprentice, her dream of living the creative life finally takes shape. 


Black Rock Shooter The Complete Series (Funimation, TV-14) "If you took the pain from the ones you loved and never gave them yours in return, would you consider that fair? Or would it be selfish? Mato Kuroi meets Yomi Takanashi on her first day of school, and wants nothing more than to be her friend. But Yomi's life is not so simple as hers. For every blunt friendly overture Mato makes, she overlooks the more subtle emotions, and soon enough what starts with a shared love for a fairy tale turns into something much darker. All the while, Mato's dreams show her a girl embroiled in constant battle with other girls who look suspiciously like her friends. But could they be more than just dreams?" 
💿   FORMATS: Blu-Ray+Digital 


Chihayafuru Season 3 (Sentai Filmworks, TV-14) "Chihaya Ayase's obsession with the card game Karuta has already begun to bear fruit, and the fledgling Mizusawa High School competitive team that she helped form has stunned the karuta playing community by winning the national high school team tournament. That's just the beginning for Chihaya, however, and now the young card mistress has set her sights on an even more impossible task: taking on grand master Wakamiya Shinobu and wresting the title of Queen away for herself." 
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray


City Hunter Season 2 Set 1 (Discotek Media ) "The City Hunter continues to stalk the most dangerous game... when he’s not trying to pick up women. Whether he’s hired as a bodyguard or troubleshooter, Ryo Saeba, the legendary City Hunter, never misses his target. This volume memorably features several blasts from the past: A woman with a connection to Umibozu appears and she has a vendetta against him. Kaori’s late brother, Makimura, is accused by Interpol of smuggling drugs before his death. And Ryo teams up with an old colleague and rival, Robert, to protect a princess. Meanwhile, Ryo’s whole existence as the City Hunter is in jeopardy when a reporter/camerawoman seeks to feature the urban legend for a major story. All this and the usual mokkori hijinks!" 
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

Diary Of Our Days At The Breakwater (Funimation, TV-14) "Quiet Hina has a penchant for indoor crafts. But when she moves back to her hometown near the sea, she quickly gets caught up in the local fishing club. Along the way, she’ll make new friends—and learn to trade in her fears for a fresh start!" 
💿   FORMATS: Blu-Ray + Digital 

Fightin' General Daimos (Discotek Media) "The third of Tadao Nagahama's Romance Super Robot Trilogy. (#1: Chou Denji Robo Combattler V, #2: Chou Denji Machine Voltes V) After the destruction of their home world, the survivors of the planet Barm head toward Earth with the goal of negotiating the purchase of land to emigrate to. Unfortunately, during the negotiations, the Barmian's leader, Leon, is assassinated by his second in command, Olban, and the delegation from Earth is framed for the murder. In the ensuing chaos, Doctor Isamu Ryuuzaki of the Earth delegation is shot and killed." 
💿  FORMATS: SD Blu-Ray 


The Herculoids The Complete Series (Warner Archive) "In this widely syndicated cartoon, King Zandor and a group of bizarre creatures protect their futuristic kingdom from creatures from other galaxies." 
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray


Last Exile Fam The Silver Wing Season 2 Essentials (Funimation, TV-14) "Heroism and adventure fill the skies in this new chapter of the Last Exile saga! Fam and Giselle join forces with the princess of Turan to save her kingdom from an evil federation hellbent on conquering the world with massive battleships."
💿 FORMATS; Blu-ray + Digital

Lupin III: Return Of Pycal (Discotek Media) "Lupin steals an extraordinary gem from a Mediterranean party, only to be interrupted by Pycal, the trickster "magician" who had apparently died fighting Lupin early in his career. Pycal, now armed with real magical abilities, is determined to take revenge." 
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

Mahoraba: Heartful Days (Discotek Media) "When art student Ryushi Shiratori moves into the small apartment complex of Narutaki-so, he’s surprised to find that the landlady—Kozue Aoba—is a girl younger than him. But Ryushi is even more surprised when he discovers Kozue has multiple personalities, which take her over whenever she gets a shock! Living under the same roof as Kozue also means contending with the aggressive Saki, the childish Nanako, the wacky Chiyuri, and the shy Natsume. And that’s not to mention Ryushi’s other eccentric neighbors. As the seasons pass, Ryushi’s bonds with Kozue, her many personalities, and their other friends deepen and become precious to them all. Watch the residents of Narutaki-so live out their heartful days!"
💿  FORMATS: Blu-Ray 



MM! Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, TV-MA) "Love can be painful, but Sado seems to like it that way. However, since he knows that's odd for a high school student, Sado decides to join a certain club where he can beat out his masochistic tendencies. Unfortunately, that's like putting out a fire with gasoline, as the club members all have "issues" of their own, and guess who's about to become the new favorite whipping boy? Is even Sado ready for a nurse who forces other people into cosplay and a club president who believes herself to be a goddess? And if that's not complicated enough, toss in man-shy Yuno, the same girl who introduced Sado to his love of negative reinforcement, and Hayama, Sado's best friend and a compulsive cross-dresser who's also the girl that Sado is (unknowingly) infatuated with! Love is about to get really, really weird! 
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

Plunderer Part Two (Funimation, TV-14) "Everyone has a “count,” and a count that drops to zero spells disaster. While on her quest for truth, Hina finds more questions when sent 300 years back in time. The only way to save the future is hidden in the surprisingly different world of the past."
💿 FORMATS; Blu-Ray+DVD+Digital 




Pokemon: Black and White (Viz Media, TV-7) "A new land, new rivals, new challenges, and all-new Pokémon make the 14th season of the Pokémon animated series one of the most exciting ones yet! When Ash and his mother accompany Professor Oak to the distant Unova region, Ash discovers Pokémon that he’s never seen before… and that he can’t wait to catch! He may have Pikachu at his side together with new friends Iris and Cilan, but he’ll still need plenty of new Pokémon on his team if he wants to challenge Unova’s expert Gym Leaders. His quest to become a Pokémon Master just got even tougher!" 

Upcoming Releases

All Release dates subject to change. Listed Dates are for US release unless stated otherwise. Digital releases may be earlier.
Luca (Disney, PG) 4K, Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital August 3 
Luca (Disney, U) 4K, Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital August 23 [UK]
Transformers The Movie 35th Anniversary 4K STEELBOOK  LE(Shout Factory) 4K UHD Aug 3  
Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle Of The Realms (Warner Bros) Blu-Ray, 4K Aug 31
Coraline LAIKA STUDIOS EDITION (Shout Factory) Blu-Ray+DVD August 31
The Boxtrolls LAIKA STUDIOS EDITION (Shout Factory) Blu-Ray+DVD August 31 
Kubo And The Two Strings LAIKA STUDIOS EDITION (Shout Factory) Blu-Ray+DVD Sep 14
Paranorman LAIKA STUDIOS EDITION (Shout Factory) Blu-Ray+DVD  Sep 14
PERFECT BLUE (GKIDS /Shout Factory, R) STEELBOOK BlU-RAY LE September 14
Spirited Away 20th Anniversary Edition (Studio Canal, PG) September 27 [Amazon UK Exclusive]
Ghost In The Shell (1995) 4K STEELBOOK LE (Funimation UK, 15) 4K UHD+Blu_Ray Sep 27 [UK] 
Robotech Part One: The Macross Saga (Funimation, TV-14) Blu-Ray+Digital Sep 27
Porco Rosso (GKIDS/Shout Factory, PG) STEELBOOK Blu-Ray LE Sep 21
From Up On Poppy Hill (GKIDS/Shout Factory, PG) STEELBOOK Blu-Ray LE Sep 21
Transformers The Movie 35th Anniversary (Funimation UK, PG) 4K, 4K Steelbook, Blu-Ray Oct 25 [UK]