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Out This Week: Inu-Oh, Lupin III Part 6, Sword Art Online and More


After being away for a few weeks (sorry about that) we're back with your regular round-up of new releases. New for this week is anime auteur Masaaki Yuasa's latest Inu-Oh, the newest instalment of the Lupin III franchise, part 6 and the new reboot movie of the hugely popular Sword Art Online series, Sword Art Online Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night.

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UK Releases For January 23, 2023

The Irresponsible Captain Tylor: OVA Series  Collector's Edition (Anime Ltd, 15)"After a brief respite, Tylor, and the crew of the Soyokaze have once again been called to action. Tasked with a secret mission from Admiral Mifune himself, Tylor must intercept a deadly new Raalgon weapon. But true to his irresponsible nature, the mission quickly falls apart and both he and his crew are captured. Despite it all, Tylor remains unfazed. Even Ru Baraba Dom senses that there's more to Tylor's mission than the Soyokaze crew realises, but Tylor refuses to discuss details and demands an audience with Empress Azalyn. Could this all be a UPSF ploy? Is Tylor making a desperate bid to endear himself once again to Azalyn? Or perhaps there's a greater purpose still yet to be uncovered.."

Witchblade: The Complete Series  Collector's Edition (MVM, 15) "To kill to live, to love, to die! Her memories lost, her destiny unclear – Masane Amaha searches for a peaceful life in Tokyo with the girl she’s certain is her daughter. But an ancient weapon that thrives on destruction stirs once more, choosing a female successor to wreak havoc upon mankind … the legendary Witchblade!"

US Releases For January 24, 2023

I'm Quitting Heroing: Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, TV-14) "After defeating the Demon King, former hero Leo Demonheart is learning that he was just a little too good at what he did, to the point that many now suspect that his real goal was to become the Demon King himself. Which, given that his name is Demonheart and he was created as part of a secret project, is perhaps not as far-fetched as it sounds, but now nobody wants to employ him, and a former hero has still got to eat. So, he applies for a job with the Demon King Echidna herself... but she doesn't want him either. Fortunately, some of her subordinates are more appreciative of his skills, and if he wears a disguise, he might just get away with becoming the new bad boy on the block!"

Inu-Oh (GKIDS/Shout Factory, PG-13)"A fictionalized depiction of the life of Inu-oh ("King Dog"), a 14th-century Japanese performer of music drama at the time of its transition from the folk art of sarugaku ("monkey music") into the formalized traditions of Noh and kyôgen."

Lupin the 3rd Part 6: Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, TV-14) Master thief Arsène Lupin the Third and his usual entourage of peculiar but insanely talented criminal cronies are back, but this time they may have finally met their match! That's because instead of Inspector Zenigata, who has never been quite able to beat Lupin in a game of wits, Lupin is now up against no less than the legendary Sherlock Holmes! And to make it personal, Lupin is wanted on the suspicion of having murdered Holmes' longtime associate Watson! With an antagonist like that, it will take everything Lupin has to clear his name while also trying to steal a treasure from a shadowy organization that's been manipulating the British government! Still not enough? Then let's add tracking down the mystery of who Lupin's own mother really was as the capper for the sixth thrilling part of Lupin the 3rd!

Metal Skin Panic: MADOX-01 (AnimeEigo, NR) "Koji Kondo is a young mechanic who finds the Madox-01. He gets stuck inside the machine before he finishes reading the manual. He must now evade the government and find his girlfriend before she disappears forever."

Rock Dog 3: Battle the Beat (Lionsgate Films, PG) "When the young performers on a music contest show admit they have never heard of Angus Scattergood, Bodi is compelled to join the show to restore the Rock Legend's good name."
FORMATS: Blu-Ray+Digital, DVD

The Stranger by the Shore Limited Edition (Crunchyroll, TV-14)"Two men meet on a beach in Okinawa and are romantically attracted to each other."
FORMATS: Blu-Ray+ Digital

Sword Art Online the Movie: Progressive - Aria of a Starless Night (ANIPLEX, 13+) "One month after Kayaba Akihiko's game of death began, the death toll continues to rise, two thousand players having already lost their lives to the ultra-difficult VRMMO world of Sword Art Online. On the day of the strategy meeting to plan out the first-floor boss battle, Kirito, a solo player who vows to fight alone to get stronger, runs into a rare, high-level female player. She gracefully dispatches powerful monsters with a single rapier that flashes like a shooting star in the night."
FORMATS: Blu-Ray (RightStuf Anime Exclusive)

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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.

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