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Out This Week: The Deer King, Giovanni's Island, Clannad and More

Welcome back to Out This Week, our regular round-up of new releases. New this week is touching wartime drama Giovanni's Island, slice-of-life drama Clannad and Love After World Domination. New to the UK this week is fantasy drama The Deer King, Fate Zero and classic magical girl series Cardcaptor Sakura.

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UK Releases For February 20, 2023

Cardcaptor Sakura- Part One (Anime Ltd., PG) "Ten-year-old Sakura lives a pretty normal life with her older brother, Toya, and widowed father, Fujitaka. Or she did, until the day she returned home from school to discover a glowing book in her father’s study. After opening the book and releasing the cards within, Sakura is tasked with collecting each of these magical cards, while trying to live the life of a normal fourth grader."

The Deer King  (Anime Ltd, 15) "In the aftermath of a brutal war, former soldier Van toils in a mine controlled by the ruling empire. One day, his solitary existence is upended when a pack of wild dogs carrying a deadly and incurable disease attack, leaving only Van and a young girl named Yuna as survivors. Finally free, the pair seek out a simple existence in the countryside but are pursued by nefarious forces. Intent on protecting Yuna at all costs, Van must uncover the true cause of the plague ravaging the kingdom—and its possible cure."
FORMATS:  Blu-Ray, Blu-Ray LE

Fate/Zero (MVM Entertainment,15) "The Holy Grail War - in this ultimate battle field, in order to obtain the power of the “Holy Grail” that grants any unattainable wish, seven Masters summon Servants and fight against each other until the last one survives. The untold truth of the Fourth Holy Grail War that occurred 10 years before Fate/stay night is about to be revealed!"

US Releases For February 21, 2023

Clannad / Clannad After Story: Complete Collection  (Sentai Filmworks, TV-PG)"Sometimes all it takes to change your life forever is a chance encounter. Since the death of his mother, Tomoya has distanced himself from his abusive father and seems on a path of self-destruction. Nagisa's poor health has left her a year behind in school, but she longs to restart the now disbanded Drama Club. In an impulsive moment, Tomoya agrees to help her and they soon find themselves joined by others in desperate need of support and emotional healing. Join the Club and meet the ambitious Tomoyo, who dreams of becoming class president; Kotomi, a troubled genius with a secret past; and the mysterious Fuko, whose disassociation with the world is so severe that she seems to be fading away as the sentimental, the surreal and the supernatural merge together in the acclaimed anime classic Clannad"

Giovanni's Island (Shout Factory/GKIDS Films) "In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast... and on the unhealed border in this remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two different countries timidly blossomed, striving to overcome language barriers and the waves of history."

Knight Hunters Eternity (Media Blasters, 13+) "Koua Academy is a prestigious school grooming the future elite leaders of Japan. However, some of the most influential students and teachers devise a plot to ‘eliminate’ those who don’t make the cut. During a rash of mysterious ‘suicides,’ Sena Izumi, a transfer student, arrives. He appears to be an ordinary freshman but he’s actually a member of the secret team of assassins known as The Weiss. Together, he is joined by fellow teammates Ken, Yoji and Omi, and some new recruits on a mission to rid Koua Academy of its long tradition of corruption and evil, once and for all!"

Love After World Domination: The Complete Season (Crunchyroll, LLC, TV-14)"It’s boy meets girl, except the boy is the heroic leader of Gelato 5, and the girl is the Reaper Princess of the villainous Gekko. Despite this, it’s love at first fight for Fudo and Desumi. Can they keep their romance a secret from across the battlefield?"

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.

Cartoon Saloon's Irish Folklore Trilogy (Blu-Ray/ DVD) (standard edition) February 27 [UK]
The Boxtrolls 4K February 28
Junk Head (DVD) March 14