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Out This Week: GI Joe, Porco Rosso, Made In Abyss, From Up On Poppy Hill and More

Another week, another slate of new home releases. In the US, children of the 80s can relive their chidlhoods with Shout Factory's DVD release of the first season of GI Joe. GKIDS and Shout Factory's Studio Ghibli Steelbook Editions continue with Hayao Miyazaki's Porco Rosso and Goro Miyazaki's From Up On Poppy Hill. For something a bit more up-to-date, anime fans can also pick up the Made In Abyss movie collection, Dusk Maiden Of Amnesia or the latest volume of ninja-action saga, Boruto.

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UK Releases For September 20,2021

Lupin III: The First  STEELBOOK (Anime Ltd, 12) "The iconic "gentleman thief" Lupin III returns in an action-packed, continent-spanning adventure, as Lupin III and his colourful underworld companions race to uncover the secrets of the mysterious Bresson Diary before it falls into the hands of a dark cabal that will stop at nothing to resurrect the Third Reich. The gang undertakes trap-filled tombs, aerial escapades and daring prison escapes with the trademark wit and visual finesse that have made LUPIN THE 3RD one of the most storied animation franchises in the world, in a thrilling new caper that is sure to delight fans old and new."

My Girlfriend Is Shobitch (MVM, 18)
"When Haruka asks his classmate Akiho to go out with him, he's hoping that she'll say 'yes'. What he isn't expecting is for her to agree, then approach their relationship with an emotionally detached attitude as if she was writing a research paper with sex as the topic! It's all about maximizing compatibility, Akiho says, but when preparation for a first date requires Haruka to divulge a comprehensive list of his sexual fetishes in advance for planning purposes, perhaps there's something to be said for getting to know each other the old-fashioned way! And if Akiho's clinical approach isn't awkward enough, things get really weird when it's time to meet the parents and Haruka learns where Akiho's odd demeanor comes from! It's the romantic comedy where T.M.I. and A-Type personalities collide!"
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

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Teen Titans Go! See Space Jam (Warner Bros, U) "Sound the alarm! A spacecraft hovers over Jump City, and the Teen Titans spring into action and investigate. What they find is a troop of alien visitors. While the discovery puts Robin on the defensive, Cyborg is overwhelmed with excitement, because only he recognizes these strange beings as Nerdlucks, the aliens from the 1996 film Space Jam. It's a movie party back at Titans Tower as Cyborg introduces the rest of the Titans to the classic film – and you're invited! Enjoy a Titans-style movie screening, complete with wisecracks and wacky on-screen doodles courtesy of Teen Titans Go!" 

US Releases For September 21,2021

Boruto Ninja Next Generation Set 10 (Viz Media, TV-14) "The brave Sand and Leaf ninja join forces to stop the supernatural Urashiki Otsutsuki from taking Shukaku, the One-Tail! Shinki and Boruto learn to work together as they outwit Urashiki’s relentless and deadly puppet attacks. Then, an unusual artifact hurls Boruto and Sasuke back in time, where they meet legendary Leaf heroes of the past! Boruto starts training with Naruto under his father’s mentor, Jiraiya. Can Sasuke and Boruto save Naruto from the looming threat of Urashiki?"

Dusk Maiden Of Amnesia (Sentai Filmworks, TV-14 )"60 years ago, a young woman was left to die in the abandoned original school building behind the exclusive Seikyou Academy, so it's only natural that Seikyou is rumored to be haunted. Nor is it surprising that the school's many clubs include one for students interested in "paranormal investigations." What is shocking, however, is that the founder of that club is the ghost herself! Unable to remember how she died, Yuko's spirit has been bound to the school for decades, but when a new freshman, Teiichi Niiya, turns out to actually be able to see her, she may finally be able to unravel the mystery of her gruesome death! But will that free her? Or will her sudden close association with a mortal have even stranger repercussions on both of their fates?"
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

From Up On Poppy Hill Steelbook (GKIDS/Shout Factory, G) "Umi Matsuzaka, the eldest sibling in a close-knit family of five, raises a pair of signal flags everyday at her seaside house in Yokohama Bay without fail in anticipation of the return of her father, who went missing in action during the Korean War. In school, Umi finds herself involved in a student movement seeking to prevent the demolition of an old club house. In the process, she falls in love with the newspaper club member Shun Kazama, only to find out that they might be related by blood."

GI Joe: A Real American Hero Complete First Season (Shout Factory, 7+) "G.I. JOE is the code name for America's highly-trained special missions force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against Cobra, a ruthless organization determined to rule the world! In 1983 Hasbro made a bold statement when it relaunched its classic toy line of action heroes as an adventure-based team of unique characters, each with his - and her - own specialties. And because it captured the imaginations and hearts of boys and girls aspiring to make a difference in the world, G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero was an immediate success lasting over 25 incredible years."

The Gymnastics Samurai (Funimation, TV-14) "Jotaro Aragaki, former member of the national gymnastics team, dedicated his whole life to the sport. Now, fighting against his age and decrease in physical strength, he’s looking for his next move.
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

Made In Abyss Theatrical Collection  (Sentai Filmworks, TV-MA) "Anyone can descend into the Abyss, but few who survive the massive, multi-leveled pit's dangers make it back unravaged by madness and nightmarish physical transformations. Still, when 12-year-old Riko learns that her missing mother may be alive in the Abyss' inky depths, she and her friend Reg decide to brave the ultimate darkness in the astonishing twin feature films that recap the acclaimed TV series, Made In Abyss. But as harrowing and gut-wrenching as those adventures may be, the tensions will only continue to mount. Because now Riko, Reg and Nanachi must ford seas of corpses, survive fields of parasitic insects, and confront the most potentially dangerous entity of all, Bondrewd, the body shifting guardian of the gate to the sixth level, in the all-new feature length masterpiece - Made In Abyss: Dawn of the Deep Soul!"
💿 FORMATS; Blu-ray

The Muhyo & Roji Bureau of Supernatural Investigation Season 1 (Funimation, TV-14 ) "When demonic wraiths terrorize the innocent, an Executor is required. Muhyo and his apprentice, Roji, investigate these spiritual cases while dispensing justice to the supernatural offenders. When it comes to casting out spirits, they are the law!"
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray+Digital

Porco Rosso Steelbook (GKIDS/Shout Factory, PG) "During the beginning years of the Great Depression, life in the Mediterranean has become difficult. Aerial pirate raids are gaining in frequency, thus requiring the need for capable "bodyguards". One of the best is a pig known as Porco Rosso. Once a human and an ace pilot during World War I, he now freelances his services to those in distress. The fascist regime that has taken over the Italian Air Force has grown tiresome of his exploits and places a bounty on his head. On top of that, a hotshot flyer from the United States arrives and not only wants to steal Porco Rosso's glory, but also the woman he loves so dearly."

Sonic Boom: The Complete Season 2 (NCircle, TV-Y7) "23 years after the original Sonic the Hedgehog video game, fast, handsome, and arrogant hero Sonic continues to fight his arch nemesis, Dr. Eggman. Along with Tails, Knuckles, Amy, and a new recruit named Sticks."
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

Upcoming Releases

All Release dates are subject to change. Listed Dates are for US release unless stated otherwise. Digital releases may be earlier.

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
The Little Vampire (Shout Factory) Blu-Ray+DVD, DVD  Oct 5
Injustice (Warner Bros, R) Blu-ray+Digital, DVD, 4K, Digital Oct 19
Venus Wars (Sentai Filmworks, 14+ ) Blu-ray Oct 26
Transformers The Movie 35th Anniversary (Funimation UK, PG) 4K, 4K Steelbook, Blu-Ray Oct 25 [UK] 
Neon Genesis Evangelion (GKIDS/Shout Factory) Blu-Ray, CE Blu-Ray November 8
 Future Boy Conan Complete Series (GKIDS/Shout Factory) Blu-ray Nov 16

Neon Genesis Evangelion (Anime Ltd) Blu-Ray, CE Blu-Ray Dec 8 [UK]
Project A-Ko (Discotek Media) Blu-Ray Dec 21

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