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Out This Week: Demon Slayer, Princess Mononoke, Akudama Drive, Kakegurui and More

It's another impressive week for new releases, with the UK treated to two more of StudioCanal's special editions of Studio Ghibli classics with Princess Mononoke and Porco Rosso,  along with the first half of smash hit Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba and season one of sci-fi comedy Star Trek Lower Decks. In the US there's a decent mix of new and classic anime, including recent hit Akudama Drive and Kakegurui and the Blu-ray debut of Mamoru Oshii's of Urusei Yatsura the Movie: Only You.

Also there are some major bargains to be had in our new expanded deals section which includes Cyber Monday week deals.

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UK Releases For November 29, 2021

Assassination Classroom: The Complete Series (Funimation UK, 15) " Forget about homework and pop quizzes. The students of Class 3E have a far more important assignment: kill their teacher befoe the end of the year! A tentacle sensei that moves at Mach 20 is out to conquer the classroom after destroying seventy percent of the moon. In addition to reading, writing and arithmeticm the murderous monster behind the lectern will teach his students everything he knows about the assassination game. Should some eager beaver prove to be a quick study in killing, he or she will save the earth from extinction and collect a hefty reward. But they’d better take some serious notes while class is in session because their slaughtering sensei has eight deadly tentacles just waiting to wreak havoc on humanity!"
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

Demon Slayer: Kimetsu No Yaiba Season One Part One (Anime Ltd, 15) "In Taishō-era Japan, Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted and intelligent boy who lives with his family. He has become his family's sole source of income after the passing of his father. Everything changes when his family is attacked and slaughtered by a demon. Tanjiro and his sister Nezuko are the sole survivors of the incident, with Nezuko being transformed into a demon, but still surprisingly showing signs of human emotion and thought. After an encounter with Giyū Tomioka, a demon slayer, Tanjiro is recruited by Giyū to also become a demon slayer to help his sister turn human again and avenge the deaths of the rest of his family. Tanjiro keeps training until becoming a demon slayer and this is where his mission starts."
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

Porco Rosso: Collector's Edition (StudioCanal, PG) "An exclusive new Collector's Edition featuring a premium slipcase, digipack and set of art cards with new artwork. From the legendary and highly celebrated Studio Ghibli (SPIRITED AWAY, MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO) and filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki comes a fantastical tale of action and adventure above the clouds, PORCO ROSSO.In the 1920's Adriatic Sea, one pilot rules the skies: Porco Rosso, who was magically transformed into a pig. Porco is a talented pilot for hire protecting airships from marauding pilots, but when a hot-headed American pilot arrives looking to make a name for himself by shooting down The Crimson Pig, Porco enlists the help of a feisty teenage airplane engineer to get his beat up plane into shape for the fight. With dizzying aerial action and wise-cracking dialogue, PORCO ROSSO is a treat for movie lovers of all ages. The English language version features the voices of Michael Keaton and Cary Elwes."

Princess Mononoke Collector's Edition (StudioCanal, PG) "An exclusive new Collector's Edition featuring a premium slipcase, digipack and set of art cards with new artwork.From the legendary and highly celebrated Studio Ghibli (SPIRITED AWAY, MY NEIGHBOUR TOTORO) comes PRINCESS MONONOKE, a must-see epic ecological fable from filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki. Young warrior Ashitaka embarks on a journey in search of a cure for the deadly curse inflicted upon him in battle. Within the forbidding forests he stumbles across Irontown, a progressive human enclave under siege from divine powers: deities of times past, the wolf gods, and the mysterious San - a wild protector of nature. With an English language script adapted by Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods and Stardust, PRINCESS MONONOKE depicts the clash between the natural world and its old gods, and the rise of humans and modern civilisation. The English language voice cast features Claire Danes, Minnie Driver, Billy Crudup and Gillian Anderson."
💿 FORMATS: Blu-ray LE

Star Trek Lower Decks Season One (Paramount, 15) "Series creator Mike McMahan, writer and executive producer of “Rick and Morty”, takes you where no Star Trek series has gone before – to the lower decks! Join rule-breaker Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome), aspiring captain Brad Boimler (Jack Quaid), rookie D’Vana Tendi (Noël Wells) and part-Cyborg Sam Rutherford (Eugene Cordero) as they attempt to navigate the most mysterious corners of our universe with very little experience – and even less authority. Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 1 features nearly 2 hours of exclusive special features and includes guest appearances by John De Lancie (“Star Trek: the next Generation”), Jonathan Frakes (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”), Marina Sirtis (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”) and more!"
💿 FORMATS Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray Steelbook

US Releases For November 30, 2021


Akudama Drive (Funimation, TV-17) "Across a series of volatile missions given by a mysterious black cat, a civilian girl becomes entangled with six Akudama and their twisted way of life."
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray+Digital, Blu-Ray LE

Bungo and Alchemist: Gears Of Judgement (Funimation,TV-14) "Inside a labyrinthine library exist the souls of the world’s greatest writers. Now, these word warriors must delve into the stories of old and do whatever is necessary to carry them out to their proper conclusions. Evil beings are hell-bent on destroying these stories, and the authors must believe in each other to stop them. There is only one way for this to end!"
💿 FORMATS: Blu-ray+Digital

The Irregular At Magic High School: Visitor Arc RightStuf Exclusive (Aniplex of America,13+) "October 31, 2095. The southernmost tip of the Korean Peninsula was annihilated by an unidentified Strategic-Class magic. Known as “Scorched Halloween,” this day marked the arrival of a new Strategic-Class magician who would shake up the world. Sensing an impending crisis, the USNA secretly deploys Stars–the most powerful magician unit in the world–in a desperate attempt to uncover the truth about the unidentified Strategic-Class magic and the magician who used it. Approximately two months later, on December 24, as people bustle about the city decorated with Christmas lights, Tatsuya and his friends gather at Cafe Einebrise for Shizuku's farewell party before she leaves for a three month trip to America as an exchange student. According to her, a girl about her age will be entering Magic High School as her visiting counterpart. Meanwhile, at the USNA Stars’ base, a girl prepares to go undercover to investigate First High School. Her name is Angelina Kudou Shields. She is the youngest person in the history of Stars to become commander, and as the USNA’s most powerful magician she wields the Strategic-Class magic known as Heavy Metal Burst.

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Kakegurui (Sentai Filmworks, TV-14) "Only the extremely rich can enroll at Hyakkaou Private Academy, but few remain that way and many lose more than everything. Run by a corrupt and sadistic school council, the "system" at Hyakkaou is based on gambling, with losers who are unable to cover their debts being demeaned by their peers and forced to serve their debtholders. And if that's not terrifying enough, some games can result in losing an eye, one's fingernails, or even their life! But the system is shocked when transfer student Yumeko Jabami arrives. Dark, mysterious and attractive, she's a wildcard who plays for the thrill of it… and to maintain her habit, she's become insanely skilled. The odds are rigged, and the council will stop at nothing to destroy her, but they're about to be steamrolled by a high roller from Hell!"
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

Kodocha Complete First Series (Discotek Media, 13+) "11-year-old Sana Kurata is a famous child actress with a hit TV show and enough energy to power a city. But her school life isn’t going so well. Class has been ground to a halt by problem child Akito Hayama and his gang of boys. Sana declares war on Hayama and his minions... but her remarkably dumb attacks have no effect! Soon she finds that Hayama’s problems run far deeper than she ever expected. Can she help fix his broken family? Will Sana’s novelist mother ever finish her manuscript? Can her young manager ever figure out his life? And what, exactly, IS that weird white bat that keeps popping up with his opinions? Find out in the entire first series of Kodocha, on SDBD Blu-ray for the first time in North America! This collection contains all 51 episodes of the first series in standard definition, with the original Japanese language and English subtitles, and the English dub!"
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray SD*

Lupin The 3rd Vs Detective Conan (Disctotek Media, 13+) "They say it takes a thief to catch a thief, but the world's greatest detective begs to differ! An unknown enemy has kidnapped Fujiko, and the only way for Lupin to save her is by stealing a certain jewel. Meanwhile, Fujiko isn't the only one in danger, as a popular Italian singer receives a note that promises to take his life. It's up to Conan Edogawa to get to the bottom of the mystery, but these two tales have more in common than it might seem! Who is really playing who, and who will come out ahead of the game?"
💿  FORMATS: Blu-Ray

Saiyuki Reload (Discotek Media, 13+) "The legendary Sanzo group continues on the path to saving the world from the revival of Gyumaoh and his demons. As they travel, Goku, Gojyo, Hakkai and Sanzo use their tremendous powers to restore peace to Shangri-la. However, there are many who wish for the victory of the dark side... This complete collection contains all 25 episodes of the Reload series in standard definition. Also included is the original Japanese language, English subtitles, and the English dub!"
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray SD*

Trolls: Holiday Double Feature (Universal) "Trolls Holiday: When the eternally optimistic Poppy, queen of the Trolls, learns that the Bergens no longer have any holidays on their calendar, she enlists the help of Branch and the rest of the gang on the delightfully quirky mission to fix something that the Bergens don’t think is broken. You can't stop the music with DreamWorks' Trolls Holiday! Trolls: Holiday in Harmony: Poppy is planning a “secret gift swap” for all of Trolls Kingdom. When both Poppy and Branch end up drawing each other’s name things take an unexpected turn. Meanwhile, Tiny Diamond comes down with a bad case of writers’ block, trying to think of a Holiday rap for his Dad, Guy Diamond. DreamWorks Trolls Holiday in Harmony will light-up the holiday season with festive traditions, musical moments and heart-felt humor for audiences around the world!"

Urusei Yatsura: Movie 1 Only You (Discotek Media, 13+) "Invitations sprinkled throughout the city tell of the wedding set to occur soon, between bride Elle and groom… Ataru Moroboshi?! Doubt swells as word spreads across the town. Who is Elle, and why would she want to marry someone like Ataru? The funny thing is, not even Ataru knows who his bride-to-be is! The secret lies in an afternoon of play eleven years ago, when Ataru stepped on a girl’s shadow. And while Ataru might have forgotten about her, Elle remembers- uh, something anyway. She’s definitely here for romantic reasons, which assuredly have nothing to do with a garden full of handsome, frozen men! Will any of that even matter, though, with Lum on the rampage? Witness the directorial debut of acclaimed animation master Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell and Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer) in this can’t-miss Urusei Yatsura adventure!"
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

Z/X Ignition (Discotek Media, TV-14) "Asuka Tennoji’s life looks normal on the outside. Living in Kobe, Japan, the hardest thing he has to deal with is balancing school with working at a restaurant and taking care of his sick mother. With such a peaceful life, it’s easy to forget that outside of Kobe, portals to another world have swallowed up major cities and plunged most of Earth into chaos! Called “Black Points,” these portals allow beings of immense power, referred to as “Zillions of Enemy X” or Z/X, to invade Earth. The Z/X use Earth as a battleground to wage a war between each of their worlds- -White, Red, Green, Blue, and Black--where it isn’t just survival at stake, but their world’s very existence!Earth, too, finds itself caught in this struggle, and the only weapon they have to defend themselves is the Card Device: a technology that allows humanity to fight fire with fire by allowing them to capture and control Z/X! With Kobe being one of the last places on Earth where you could forget the conflict with the Z/X, Asuka thought he was safe. But his peaceful life turns upside down when he meets a mysterious girl called the Dragon’s Priestess, who claims she has chosen him, and grants him a Card Device!) "
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray


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Upcoming Releases

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

Rick and Morty Season 5 (Warner Bros) Blu-Ray, DVD, Blu-ray Steelbook December 7
The Mitchells Vs The Machines [UK] (Sony) Blu-Ray, DVD TBC
The Mitchells Vs The Machines (Sony) Blu-Ray+DVD+Digital December 14
Cartoon Saloon Irish Folklore Trilogy (StudioCanal) Blu-Ray LCE Dec 20 [UK]
Catoon Saloon's Irish Folklore Trilogy (GKIDS) Blu-Ray LCE Dec 14 [Amazon Preorder]
Neon Genesis Evangelion (Anime Ltd) Blu-Ray, CE Blu-Ray Dec 8 [UK]
Project A-Ko (Discotek Media) Blu-Ray Dec 21
Demon Slayer Kimetsu No Yaiba The Movie: Mugen Train (Funimation) Blu-Ray Dec 21
Weathering with You 4K (GKIDS/Shout Factory) 4K UHD Jan 4

This Week's Best Deals

All prices are subject to change and do not include postage or delivery costs.

Another Day Of Life $26.99 $18.16
Cannon Busters  (Blu-Ray) $59.98 $30.74
Children Of The Sea  (Blu-Ray) $23.97 $15.46
Cowboy Bebop: Complete Series  (Blu-Ray) $59.98 $30.74
Dr Stone Season 1 Part 1  (Blu-Ray) $64.98 $33.30
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 1  (Blu-Ray) $49.99  $25.00
Emma: A Victorian Romance Season 2  (Blu-Ray)  $49.99  $25.00
Fire Force Season 2 Part One  (Blu-Ray)  $64.98 $33.30
Funan  (Blu-Ray) $26.99 $18.16
Ghost In The Shell 2: Innocence  (Blu-Ray) $34.98 $17.93
Kids On The Slope (Blu-Ray)  $59.98 $28.59
Kiki's Delivery Service  (Blu-Ray) $29.95 $16.85
Kiki's Delivery Service  (Blu-Ray) STEELBOOK  $26.99 $18.16
Land Of The Lustrous  (Blu-Ray) $69.98 $28.21
Made In Abyss  (Blu-Ray) $69.98  $21.84
Maquia: When The Promised Flower Blooms  (Blu-Ray)  $26.99  $15.14
My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Climax  (Blu-Ray) $69.98 $37.04
The Night Is Short, Walk On Girl  (Blu-Ray)  $26.99 $18.16
On-Gaku Our Sound  (Blu-Ray) $26.98 $18.28
Penguin Highway  (Blu-Ray) $26.99 $18.16
Perfect Blue (Blu-Ray) $26.99 $18.16
Princess Mononoke  (Blu-Ray) $29.95 $16.85
Princess Mononoke  (Blu-Ray) STEELBOOK $26.99 $18.28
Sound Euphonium The Movie (Blu-Ray) $26.99 $15.14

Akira (Blu-Ray) $10.99
Akira (4K ) $29.98 $19.99
The Cat Returns STEELBOOK (Blu-Ray)  $26.98 $16.19
Castle In The Sky STEELBOOK (Blu-Ray)  $26.98 $16.19
From Up On Poppy Hill STEELBOOK (Blu-Ray)  $26.98 $16.19
Howl's Moving Castle STEELBOOK (Blu-Ray)  $26.98 $16.19
Perfect Blue STEELBOOK (Blu-Ray) $26.98  $17.99
Porco Rosso STEELBOOK (Blu-Ray)  $26.98 $16.19
Ponyo STEELBOOK (Blu-Ray)  $26.98 $16.19
Princess Mononoke STEELBOOK (Blu-Ray)  $26.98 $16.19
Scoob (Blu-Ray) $6.00
The Secret World Of Arriety STEELBOOK (Blu-Ray)  $26.98 $16.19
Snoopy Collection (Blu-Ray)   $19.88
Spirited Away STEELBOOK (Blu-Ray)  $26.98 $16.19
Tokyo Godfathers (Blu-Ray) $11.91
Whisper Of the Heart STEELBOOK (Blu-Ray)  $26.98 $16.19
The Wind Rises STEELBOOK (Blu-Ray)  $26.98 $16.19
Your Name (Blu-Ray) $26.98   $15.99

Adventure Time Season 1-5 (Blu-Ray) £34.99 £29.98
Arriety  (Blu-Ray) £14.99   £4.15

The Castle Of Cagliostro (Blu-Ray) £14.99 £12.29
The Cat Returns (Blu-Ray) £14.99 £12.29
Children Of The Sea (Blu-Ray) £6.99
Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (Blu-Ray) £7.99  £6.99
From Up on Poppy Hill (Blu-Ray) £14.99 £12.29
Grave Of The Fireflies (Blu-Ray) £14.99 £12.29
Howl's Moving Castle (Blu-Ray) £14.99 £11.20
The Cat Returns (Blu-Ray) £14.99 £12.29
Kiki's Delivery Service (Blu-Ray) £14.99 £12.29
Laputa: Castle In The Sky (Blu-Ray) £14.99 £12.29
My Neighbour Totoro (Blu-Ray) £14.99  £10.70
Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind (Blu-Ray) £14.99 £12.29
Ocean Waves  (Blu-Ray) £14.99 £12.29
Only Yesterday (Blu-Ray) £14.99 £12.29
Princess Mononoke  (Blu-Ray) £14.99 £12.29
Pom Poko (Blu-Ray)  £14.99 £12.78
Ponyo (Blu-Ray) £14.99 £12.29
Samurai Jack Season 1-5 £26.59 £20.61 
Spirited Away (Blu-Ray)  £14.99  £11.36
The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya (Blu-Ray) £14.99 £12.29
Tales From Earthsea  (Blu-Ray) £14.99 £12.29
When Marnie Was There  (Blu-Ray) £14.99 £12.29
Whisper Of The Heart  £14.99 £12.29
The Wind Rises (Blu-Ray)