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Out This Week: The Spine Of Night, Your Name 4K, Katana Maidens and More

This week in new home releases, US readers can pick up the dark  American adult fantasy movie The Spine Of Night. Or if its anime you are after, there's action with Katana Maidens and Log Horizon, fantasy with Sleepy Princess In The Demon Castle and romance with Adachi and Shimamura. In the UK meanwhile, releases include Mari Okada's drama Anthem Of The Heart,  supreme weirdness from Masaaki Yuasa in TV series Kaiba and a shiny new 4K UHD edition of modern classic Your Name,


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UK Releases For January 31, 2022


Anthem Of The Heart (Anime Ltd, PG) " I have feelings I can’t tell anybody hidden deep in a shell inside of my heart. But really, I want to shout it out…my honest feelings, like a beautiful anthem is waiting to break free! Jun is a girl whose words have been sealed away. She was once a very happy girl, but because of a "certain thing" she said when she was very young, her family was torn apart. Then, the egg fairy appeared in front of her and sealed away her ability to talk in order to stop her from hurting anybody else. Since this traumatic experience, Jun lives in the shadows away from the limelight. Years later -- she is nominated to become an executive member of the “community outreach council.” On top of that, Jun is also appointed to play the main lead in their musical…"
๐Ÿ’ฟ FORMATS: Blu-Ray 

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Isekai Quartet Season 1 (Funimation, 15) " The button appeared out of nowhere. There weren't any signs NOT to push it...so the solution is obvious, right? See what adorable chaos happe"ns when you join your favorite Isekai characters as they come together in a brand-new alternate world!
๐Ÿ’ฟ FORMATS: Blu-Ray+Digital 

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Kaiba The Complete Series Collector's Edition (Anime Ltd, 15) " A boy with no name awakens with a hole through his chest, a strange marking on his belly, and no memories. The one link to his past is a locket containing a picture of a girl whose name he does not know. Within moments he meets Popo, who unlike the memoryless boy has a purpose. Through Popo, the boy learns that where he is a body without memory, in this world there are many who are only memories with no body. The rich harvest the choice bodies, leaving only the dregs for those down below. And yet even though he has no memories, there are many who seem to want his life. How does he fit into this world where not even memories might be real?"
๐Ÿ’ฟ FORMATS: Blu-Ray CE 

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Kakegurui Season 1 Collector's Edition (Anime, Ltd,15) " During daylight hours, an exclusive, elite private school prepares its illustrious students for careers in business, politics, and high society. But when darkness falls, the halls of this esteemed establishment transform into an underground gambling den where bright-eyed youngsters learn the timeless art of bluffing, backdoor dealings, and social manipulation. In this school for the rich and elite, money is power, and the tyrant of the betting books rules with an iron fist. So, when the beautiful Yumeko Jabami upsets the academy hierarchy with her voracious appetite for the thrill of the gamble, the entire student body mobilizes to send her house of cards tumbling down."

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Your Name 4K (Anime Ltd, 12) " Mitsuha and Taki have never met, but when the frustrated country girl wishes of a life in the big city, they will forge a connection both unexplainable and unforgettable. In their dreams, the two swap lives, cultures, and genders as they learn more about, and grow closer to, each other. What was once a shock becomes a joy-filled double life, but what will happen when they discover the red string of fate tying them together? 

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US Releases For February 1, 2022


Adachi and Shimamura (Funimation, TV-14) "Adachi spends her days skipping class until she meets fellow delinquent Shimamura and the two become friends. Cutting class together deepens the bond but unexpected emotions blossom. The two travel this sea of emotions and learn each other’s feelings."
๐Ÿ’ฟFORMATS: Blu-Ray+Digital
Katana Maidens Toji No Miko Essentials (Funimation, TV-14) "When a national competition goes awry, shrine maidens Kanami and Hiyori use their training to team up and discover a powerful family’s secret about the divine materials that make up Toji swords...and create evil monsters."
๐Ÿ’ฟFORMATS: Blu-Ray+Digital

Log Horizon Destruction Of The Round Table (Funimation, TV-14) "Shiroe and his friends' forging of the Round Table has brought order and prosperity to its people. But fracturing alliances and the menace of the Genius monsters threaten to destroy all they’ve built. Can faith be restored, or is its destruction certain?"
๐Ÿ’ฟFORMATS Blu-Ray+Digital

Sleepy Princess In The Demon Castle (Funimation, TV-14) "Syalis is a princess. A really cute one. She’s stuck in a castle full of demons, waiting to be rescued by her knight in shining armor. So what does she do? What any of us would. Take a nap. Duh."
๐Ÿ’ฟFORMATS: Blu-Ray+Digital
The Spine Of Night ( Image Entertainment ) "Ultra-violent, epic fantasy set in a land of magic follows heroes from different eras and cultures battling against a malevolent force. When a young man steals forbidden knowledge from a sacred plant, he falls to its darker temptations and unleashes ages of suffering onto mankind."
๐Ÿ’ฟFORMATS 4K UHD, Blu-Ray 

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Yuyushiki (Sentai Filmworks, TV-14) "Are you feeling left out? A little slow and lethargic? Well, that's what happens when you don't update your software and maintain your computer! But don't take our word for it! If you want to know what's REALLY going on, the computer club is the place to visit! Or, more specifically, the three girls that you're likely to find there: serious and focused Yui, bouncing off the walls Yuzuko and the not quite in touch with reality Yukari. And while it's true that they may spend much of their time chatting about their lives and debating serious social issues like why ketchup is better than mayonnaise, they do occasionally do things that involve a keyboard! So come drop by, plug in and upgrade your daily user experience with the tech-savvy girls who'll always leave a smile on your face!
๐Ÿ’ฟFORMATS: 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.

Encanto (Disney) 4k, Blu-Ray, DVD Feb 7 [UK]
Catwoman: Hunted (WB) 4K, Blu-Ray Feb 8
Howl's Moving Castle Limited Edition (StudioCanal) Blu-Ray Feb 14 [UK]
Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind Limited Edition (StudioCanal) Blu-Ray Feb 14 [UK]
Encanto (Disney) 4K, Bklu-Ray, DVD 
Yasha-Hime: Half Demon Princess (Viz) Blu-Ray Feb 15
The Batman: Complete Series [2004-2008] (WB) March 1
Flee (Decal)  Blu Ray March 1
Adventure Time: Distant Lands (WB) Blu-Ray March 1
Sing 2 (Universal) Blu-Ray, DVD  March 22
Demon Slayer The Movie Mugen Train Collector's Edition (Blu-Ray) Apil 4 (UK)

This Week's Best Deals

All prices are subject to change and do not include postage or delivery costs, plus any additional taxes in the US. Titles are Blu-Rays unless otherwise stated.
Infinite Dendrogram $64.98 $38.99
Kaiji   $99.98 $59.99
Steins: Gate 0 Part 1  $64.98 $38.99
Steins: Gate 0 Part 2  $64.98 $38.99
Yurukuma Arashi Essentials  $29.98 $17.99

(Valid until Saturday, February 5)

Bambi £4,24
Big Hero 6 £3.60
Cars 3 £3.18
Cars 3 (3D Blu-Ray) £4.45
Hercules £5.95 
Inside Out £4.03
The Lion King  (Diamond Edition) £4.49
The Lion King (2019) £4.74
Tangled £6.57
Tarzan £4.99
Toy Story 4 £6,62 
Up £6.95
Wreck It Ralph  (3D Blu-Ray) £6.79

Amazon Featured Deals

Bambi $12.99