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Out This Week: All Star Superman, Cyber City Oedo, Sword Art Online: Gun Gale Online and More

Welcome back to another edition of our new release round-up. It's a quiet week Stateside with the highest profile new release is DC animated movie Allstar Superman, making its debut on 4K. Joining it are  anime titles Ya Boy Kongming! and Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei: Season 2 and DreamWorks series The Last Kids On Eath Volume 3. On the other side of the pond, UK readers can pick up cult 90's cyberpunk OAV series Cyber City Oedo 808, or more up-to-date anime with The Relative Worlds and Sword Art Online: Gun Gale Online.

UK Releases For April 17, 2023

Cyber City Oedo 808 (Anime Ltd., 15)"The year is 2808. The place: Oedo, a cybernetic megalopolis of the future where the dreams of a brighter tomorrow are drowning in a tide of violence, vice and villainy. Driven to breaking point, the forces of law and order are left with no choice but to use the very criminals they capture to help hunt their own kind. Enter hardened cyber criminals Sengoku, Gogul, and Benten. Presented by police chief Hasegawa with a stark choice, they must decide to either rot in jail for the rest of their lives, or join a special force of the Cyber Police and possibly get one more chance at freedom. With their less than subtle blend of extreme violence and excessive swearing, some hard justice is coming to Oedo. With each criminal apprehended and each successful mission completed, the state will agree to reduce their sentences. But with each of them serving a 300-year stretch, and Hasegawa keeping them in line with explosive collars, will they survive long enough to be free men once again?"

The Relative Worlds (Anime Ltd, 15) "Shin has shut his heart ever since his mother died when he was young. His childhood friend Kotori has been looking after him ever since. Now that they are in the third year of high school, and it seems like they can finally move forward, another Shin from another Japan has suddenly appeared in front of them."
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Part 1 (Anime Ltd, 15) "In the world of guns and steel that is Gun Gale Online, LLENN has been a devoted, female solo player. She is obsessed with two things: donning herself entirely in pink and honing her skills with consistent gameplay. She soon discovers her love for hunting other players (a.k.a. PK or Player Killing), and quickly becomes known as the “Pink Devil.” Meanwhile, LLENN meets a beautiful yet mysterious player, Pitohui, and the two click right away. Doing as she is told by Pitohui, she enters the Squad Jam group battle."

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US Releases For April 18, 2023



All Star Superman 4K (Warner Bros, PG) " Fueled by hatred and jealousy, Lex Luthor masterminds an elaborate plot to kill the Man of Steel – and it works. Poisoned by solar radiation, Superman is dying. With weeks to live, he fulfills his life’s dreams – especially revealing his true identity to Lois Lane – until Luthor proclaims his ultimate plan to control the world with no alien hero to stop him. Powers fading, Superman engages in a spectacular deadly battle with Luthor that could truly trigger the end of Earth’s Greatest Protector."
FORMATS: 4K+Blu-Ray+Digital

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The Last Kids on Earth: Book Three (NCircle Entertainment) "13-year-old orphan Jack Sullivan has been holed up in his tree house, too freaked out to leave ever since the monster apocalypse hit town."

Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei: Season 2 (Right Stuf, TV-14)"Nozomu Itoshiki is supposed to be a cheerful high school teacher, shaping the youth of tomorrow. But he’s lost all hope in the future. How could he not, when his life is so absurd?Who gets kidnapped by cults and attacked by aliens on a regular basis? Who has a good chance of getting killed by the students in his dreams? Who spends his life dredging through the muck of humanity’s shortcomings? Nozomu, that’s who. The only man to ever get a Master’s Degree in despair. His lessons are full of wild visuals and dark humor. And the world is his classroom. Take a seat, the second semester is about to begin. 

Ya Boy Kongming!: Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, TV-14)"In the year 234, a dying Zhuge Kongming's thoughts wander over his life as one of China's greatest military strategists and statesmen, wondering what might have been had he been born in less turbulent times. Inexplicably, Kongming finds himself in a younger body in a very strange land! But why has a master of feudal diplomacy and the art of war been brought to modern Japan? He seems overqualified for flipping burgers, but then destiny calls in the entrancing voice of aspiring singer Eiko Tsukimi. Learning of her troubles in becoming a professional, Kongming's quest is secured: applying his formidable craft, intellect, and bag of ancient Chinese secrets to the task of making Eiko a star! Pity now the executives of the Japanese music industry, for they are but mere men, and they face the promotional assault of a legend reborn!"