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Out This Week: Vivo, Short Peace, El Hazard: The Alernative World and More


This week's new releases include your first chance to own Sony Pictures Animation's first musical Vivo. In the world of anime meanwhile, several recent titles make their disc debut including The Detective Is Already Dead, Combatants Will Be Dispateched and Yasha Hime Princess Half-Demon's second half.



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UK Releases For August 8, 2022

El Hazard: The Alternative World (Anime Ltd, 15) "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... "


Princess Principal: Crown Handler - Chapter 1 (MVM Entertainment, PG) "In London at the end of the 19th century and after the events of Princess Principal (2017). The Empire is increasing counter-spy actions in the wake of the incident, and finds Control, the Commonwealth group in charge of covert operations against the Empire, at unease and suspecting its spy within the royal family as a double agent. Control assigns their spy ring Dove with a new mission to extract a secondhand bookstore owner and deliver him to Commonwealth hands. Ange, Dorothy, and Chise successfully spring the bookstore owner from an Imperial prison. Control also assigns Dove to make contact with Bishop, their spy within the royal family, to ascertain their loyalties." 

US Releases For August 9, 2022

Combatants Will Be Dispatched!: The Complete Season (Crunchyroll, LLC, TV-14) " With world domination close at hand, the Kisaragi Corporation turns its sights interstellar conquest, and who better to take over a magical world than two randomly assigned minions—Combatant Agent Six and his android partner Alice? But Six's path up the evil corporate ladder won't be easy—a Demon Lord's army is hatching up its own nefarious plan!"

The Detective Is Already Dead: The Complete Season (Crunchyroll, LLC, TV-14) " After thwarting a hijacking with beautiful, silver-haired detective, Siesta, Kimihiko leads a life of globe-trotting and crime-solving—until Siesta dies. A year later, a new case will open old wounds as it threads murder, conspiracy, and his dead partner."

Gulliver Returns (Shout Factory) "New travels and new adventures from one of literature's biggest heroes! Gulliver receives an urgent letter from the people of Lilliput, who ask for his help. Seeing that remarkable changes have taken place on the island, Gulliver and his friends find themselves in a whirlwind of extraordinary events: The gang encounters crafty enemies and breakneck chases in their adventures…but together they can overcome any obstacle, because friendship and love always win! Inspired by both Jonathan Swift's timeless tale and an original idea from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, Gulliver Returns is a fresh and funny adventure the whole family will enjoy.


Renta Magica (Right Stuf, 13+) "Destroying supernatural monsters… dispelling dark magic… It’s all in a day’s work for the mages of Astral! However, after the mysterious disappearance of the company president, they’re left in a lurch. His son, Itsuki Iba, begrudgingly fills in, but Itsuki’s unfamiliarity with magic could spell bad news for Astral – especially with their rival Goetia vying for the very same contracts. As the jobs grow ever more dangerous, they soon find that staying in business is the least of their worries."

Short Peace (Sentai Filmworks, TV-MA) "A traveler is confronted by spirits in an abandoned shrine; a story of honor and firefighting in ancient Japan; a white bear defends the royal family from a monstrous red demon; ragtag soldiers battle a robotic force in futuristic Japan."

Vivo (Sony Pictures, PG) "A monkey strives to fulfill his musical destiny by traveling from Havana to Miami."
FORMATS: Blu-Ray+DVD+Digital, DVD

Yashahime: Princess Half Demon: Season One Part Two (Viz Pictures, TV-14) "Towa, Setsuna, and Moroha continue their mission to slay evil demons while also searching for the Dream Butterfly. Their journey eventually leads them to Kirinmaru, a powerful demon tied to the disappearance of their parents."
FORMATS: Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray LE

Upcoming Releases

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


Heavy Metal 4K  August 16
South Park Season 23 (Paramount) August 16
FernGully The Last Rainforest (30th Anniversary Edition) Shout Factory Aug 23
Belle 4K  (GKIDS) August 30
Project Ako 2 (Discotek) August 30
Lightyear (Disney) September 13
Gunbuster: The Movie (Sentai) September 13
Urusei Yatsura Movie 5: The Final Chapter  (Discotek Media) September 27
Burn The Witch (Viz) October 4
Ranking Of Kings (Crunchyroll) October 11
When Marnie Was There STEELBOOK (Shout Factory/ GKIDS) October 11
The Deer King (Shout Factory/GKIDS) October 18
A Silent Voice STEELBOOK (Shout Factory) October 18
A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (Shout Factory) October 18

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.
Astro Boy 1980 $79.95 $47.97
Black Jack The Movie $24.95 $14.97
Blue Submarine No. 6 $29.95 $17.97