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Out This Week: Weathering With You, El Hazard, Sword Art Online Alicization and More

 We are back after our seasonal break, back bringing you the latest animation releases. January is generally a quieter time for big new releases, but there is no shortage of new animation this year. Highlights for US readers include the 4K release of Makoto Shinkai's Weathering With You the latest volume of One Piece and season 2 of My Next Life As A Villainess. Reissues include 80s classic Vampire Hunter D, The Devil Is A Part-Timer and classic iseaki series El Hazard. In the UK, releases include Sword Art Online Alicization: War Of Underworld, the latest instalment in the fan-favourite franchise and family animation feature The Addams Family 2.

Don't miss this week's packed deals section, which this week includes a selection of GKIDS Films best releases for bargain prices.

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US Releases For January 4, 2022

Aesthetica Of A Rogue Hero Complete Series | Essentials (Funimation, TV-MA)"After saving a fairy-tale kingdom, Akatsuki returns to the real world with his prize—Miu, the busty daughter of the defeated Demon King. It’s one hell of a happy ending until they’re forced to enroll at a school for magic users. There, Akatsuki can’t keep his hands off the girls, Miu’s constantly ballooning measurements make her a walking wardrobe malfunction, and it seems like someone is always plotting against them."
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray+Digital 

Canaan Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, TV-14) "Secrets from your past can kill you, even if you can't remember them. Photographer Maria Osawa has been in Shanghai less than a day, covering an Anti-Terrorist Conference, when she's attacked by masked assassins. Rescue comes in the form of Canaan, a mysterious girl Maria once met before an experimental cure for a deadly bio-weapon erased part of her memory. A soldier for hire, Canaan's formidable martial arts skills are augmented with the gift of synesthesia, seeing emotions as colors, and her presence in Shanghai is no coincidence. She's hunting a former comrade who brutally betrayed her, and the path leads to the conference and the lethal Ua virus, which mutates a few survivors, giving them strange abilities. Thrown together, the two women must face an army of terrorists and monster assassins while hunting their enemy… the assassin Canaan once called her sister…!"
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

The Devil Is A Part-Timer Season 1  | Classics (Funimation, TV-14) "Foiled by a hero when he’s inches away from conquering the world, the devil finds himself in modern-day Tokyo. With no real-world skills to speak of, the devil is forced to make ends meet flipping burgers at a fast food joint! To stall any further plans of world domination, the hero tracks the devil’s trail and takes on the lowly tasks of a telemarketer."
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray+Digital

My Next Life As A Vilianess: All Routes Lead To Doom! (Sentai Filmworks, TV-14) "Some people may treat life like a game, but when young noblewoman Catarina Claes accidentally bumps her head, she has a horrifying revelation. In a previous life, she was an avid otaku and game player, and the life Catarina is living is that of the villainess of the game FORTUNE LOVER… a character doomed to be either killed or exiled no matter how the game is played! Forewarned and forearmed with the multiple plots of the game in mind, Catarina sets out to re-code her fate. Can she not do what she would have done, befriend people she'd never befriend, and change her entire outlook on life? And will even that be enough to roleplay her way out of her destiny? She's literally in the game of her life in MY NEXT LIFE AS A VILLAINESS: ALL ROUTES LEAD TO DOOM!"'
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

One Piece Season 11  | Voyage 6 (Funimation, TV-14) "The battle in the Birdcage rages on, and the scattered targets face their fates. Usopp has one shot to snipe Sugar from afar. Sabo and Fujitora’s fight heats up. Kyros defends Rebecca against her mother’s murderer, Diamante. Luffy and Law reach the top of the royal palace to take on Doflamingo, where he reveals his true identity—and Law reveals the legacy of Corazon."

Weathering With You 4K Edition (GKIDS Films/Shout Factory, PG-13) "High school freshman Hodaka Morishima leaves his home on an isolated island and moves to Tokyo, but he quickly finds himself in financial trouble. Living his days in isolation, he eventually lands a job as a writer for a shady occult magazine. Then one day in an alley, Hodaka meets a young girl named Hina Amano, bright and strong-­willed, who possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky."
💿 FORMATS: 4K+Blu-Ray

UK releases For January 10, 2022

The Addams Family 2 (Universal Pictures, PG) "Everyone's favourite spooky family is back in the animated comedy sequel, The Addams Family 2. In this all new movie we find Morticia and Gomez distraught that their children are growing up, skipping family dinners, and totally consumed with "scream time." To reclaim their bond they decide to cram Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester and the crew into their haunted camper and hit the road for one last miserable family vacation. Their adventure across America takes them out of their element and into hilarious run-ins with their iconic cousin, It, as well as many new kooky characters. What could possibly go wrong?"
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray, DVD, Digital

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God Eater Complete Collection (MVM, 15)" Humanity's survival is at threat with their newest enemy known as Aragami, the "Mad Gods". These fearsome creatures consume everything within their path and are completely immune against conventional weapons. The only means they have to combat these monsters are known as "God Eaters", humans who have been specifically engineered to fight as living weapons. Can humanity reclaim their top position on the food chain or will they crumble under these monsters in God Eater?"
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

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Megalo Box (Anime Ltd, 15) "Bored, resigned, and unfulfilled, a young man with neither name nor past survives by fighting in underground matches of a sport called “Megalobox,” a form of boxing that utilizes powered exoskeletons. Calling himself JNK. DOG, he feels trapped in a world of crime, poverty, and ecological collapse. All that changes when he has a chance encounter with Yuri, the reigning king of Megalobox. Now, obsessed with proving himself, JNK. DOG becomes a man driven to do whatever it takes to fight his way to the top of the rankings and take on the champion."
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray 

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Silver Spoon Seasons 1 & 2 Complete Collection (Anime Ltd, 12) "The only reason why Yugo Hachiken decided to attend the Oezo Agricultural High School (a.k.a Ezono) was simply because the school had a dormitory. Entering Ezono was a way for Yugo to run away from the stifling academic pressures in the city, however, it didn’t take long for him to realize that life is not that simple.Yugo is soon forced to face more hurdles in his new environment surrounded by all the farm animals and the magnificent Mother Nature. He also begins feeling a different kind of pressure as he deals with his classmates who, unlike him, all have a clear view of what they want for their futures. Even so, as Yugo overcomes one challenge after another at Ezono and deepens his bonds with his classmates, he begins to grow stronger both physically and mentally. This is a coming-of age story filled with sweat, tears, and literally a lot of dirt!"
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

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Sword Art Online Alicization: War Of Underworld Part 1 (Anime Ltd, 15) "The final load test… The war between the Human Empire and the Dark Territory has engulfed Underworld entirely. The battle has shifted course with the Dark Territory army led by Gabriel, who seeks to capture Alice, the Priestess of Light, in their fight against Asuna and the Human Empire forces fighting to save Underworld.As Kirito’s consciousness remains buried in a deep sleep, Gabriel, standing in as the Dark God Vecta, has recruited thousands of American players to log in to the Underworld to annihilate the Human Empire forces. In this great war, the stakes are not only the Underworld’s continued existence, but also the bottom-up artificial intelligence, the ultimate AI, and even the very future of mankind! Though he has yet to awaken, only one man holds the fate of this world: the Black Swordsman."

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US Releases For January 11, 2022

A3! Season Autumn and Winter (Funimation, TV-PG) "Mankai Company is a far cry from its glory days as an all-male theater. With only one member left and debt collectors at the door, it’s no wonder Izumi Tachibana finds herself in over her head when she boldly confronts the Yakuza’s loan sharks, promising to bring her father’s theater back into the spotlight. She might be able to recruit enough talent, but can they bloom into the actors she needs?"
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray+Digital

Ane Log: Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, TV-MA) "When Moyako and Akira were little, he promised that someday he would marry her. Which sounds sweet, but since he's her younger brother, it's never going to happen. Except now they're both in their teens and Moyako still can't get that memory out of her head. Was he serious? Does he still feel that way? And with that idea stuck in her brain, she keeps thinking that she hears hints of it in everything that he says and does. Or is she imagining it? Of course, it's her duty to proactively discourage that sort of thinking on his part, right? Unfortunately, the results always seem to end up making HER look like the pervert, not him! And that's not fair since he's the one with the problem… or are the issues really just in HER mind alone?"
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

El-Hazard: The Alternative World (Right Stuf, 14+) " A new Priestess of Water has arrived! Her name is Qawool Towles, and though she's only 17, everyone (except for Shayla-Shayla) welcomes her with open arms. But during her initiation ceremony, a mysterious entity named Arjah appears and transports them all to an alternate world! Now, Makoto and the others are stranded all over again in a strange new kingdom called Creteria. It's a bleak, industrial realm ruled by a despot named Dall. If they ever want to make it back to El-Hazard, they'll have to figure out the secret behind an ancient artifact called the Spring of Life. And they'd better do it fast, because the spring seems to be dying..."
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray

Heaven's Lost Property The Movie: Eternally My Master (Funimation, TV-MA)
"Beautiful and otherworldly Ikaros’ connection with Tomoki is deeper than she originally thought. Now she’s starting to feel empty and confused—with new emotions she’s not had much experience with. How will she pick up the pieces after what comes next?"
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray+DVD+Digital

Pokémon Journeys: The Journey Starts Today (Viz Media, 7+ ) "etting out to explore the world of Pokémon, Ash Ketchum and his partner Pikachu team up with their new friend Goh to research Pokémon for the Cerise Laboratory in Vermilion City! Along the way, they encounter the Legendary Pokémon Lugia, witness the astonishing Dynamax phenomenon in the Galar region, and make lots of new Pokémon friends, including a fired-up first partner for Goh. And when Ash sees Galar’s Champion Leon competing in the Pokémon World Coronation Series, our hero is inspired to take on a brand-new goal that’ll have him battling hard to make his way to the top!

Strike Witches- The Road To Berlin (Funimation, TV-14) "They’re back! And with Shizuka Hattori, a dutiful new member of the 501st Fighter Wing girls in tow, the Strike Witches have never been more ready to win the war on Neuroi once and for all. Will the girls prevail in the epic battle to reclaim Berlin, or is humanity doomed? Get ready for a battle that will knock your socks (or pants) right off!"
💿 FORMATS: Blu-Ray+Digital

Vampire Hunter D (Sentai Filmworks, TV-MA) "10,000 years in the future, the world has become a very different place; monsters roam the land freely, and people, although equiped with high tech weapons and cybernetic horses, live a humble life more suited to centuries past. The story focuses on a small hamlet plagued by monster attacks and living under the shadow of rule by Count Magnus Lee, a powerful vampire lord who has ruled the land for thousands of years. When a young girl is bitten by the Count and chosen as his current plaything, she seeks out help of a quiet wandering stranger, D. It so happens that D is one of the world`s best vampire hunters, and he takes it upon himself to cut through Magnus Lee`s many minions, and put an end to the Count`s rule."
💿 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.

The Spine Of Night (Image Entertainment) Blu-Ray Feb 1
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


This Week's Best Deals

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


This week's RighStuf Promotion is on GKIDS SDhout Factory and NIS America Titles, and includes some must-have titles. Prices valid until January 15.

A Letter To Momo (Blu Ray) $24.99 $17.49
Another Day Of Life  (Blu-Ray) $26.98 $18.89
Box Trolls (Blu-Ray) $22.98 $16.09
Cartoon Saloon's Irish Folklore Trilogy (Blu-Ray) $79.98 $63.98
The Cat Returns Steelbook (Blu-Ray) $26.98 $18.89
Castle In The Sky Steelbook (Blu-Ray) $26.98 $18.89
Coraline (Blu-Ray) $22.98 $16.09
From Up On Poppy Hill Steelbook (Blu-Ray) $26.98 $18.89
Future Boy Conan (Blu-Ray) $44.98 $35.98
Gravity Falls Box Set (Blu-ray)  $99.99 $64.99
Kiki's Delivery Service Steelbook (Blu-Ray) $26.98 $18.89
Kubo and The Two Strings (Blu-Ray) $22.98 $16.09
Lupin The 3rd The First Steelbook (Blu-Ray) $26.98 $18.89
Millenium Actress  (Blu-Ray) $26.98 $18.89
Millenium Actress Steelbook (Blu-ray) $29.98 $20.99
Neon genesis Evangelion (Blu-Ray) $59.98 $38.99
Neon Genesis Evangelion Limited edition (Blu-ray) $219.99 $159.98
My Neighbour Totoro  (Blu-Ray) $26.98 $18.89
ParaNorman (Blu-Ray) $22.98 $16.09
Perfect Blue Steelbook (Blu-ray) $29.98 $20.99
Princess Mononoke Steelbook (Blu-Ray) $26.98 $18.89
Porco Rosso Steelbook (Blu-Ray) $26.98 $18.89
Ponyo Steelbook (Blu-Ray) $26.98 $18.89
Spirited Away Steelbook (Blu-Ray) $26.98 $18.89

Earwig and The Witch  $26.98 $8.50
Kiki's Delivery Service $29.98  $12.88
Neon Genesis Evangelion $59.98 $33.48
Promare  $24.97 $12.72