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Out This Week: Ernest and Celestine, A Trip to Gibbertia, Love Flops, Bluelock and More

Welcome to a very quiet edition of Out This Week.  This week's new releases include the highly anticipated sequel to the Oscar-nominated Ernest and Celestine,  A Trip to Gibbertia, anime series Love Flop and The Jim Henson Company's adult comedy The Happytime Murders.

There are a few more titles released in the UK this week including football based anime Blue Lock and fantasy comedy I'm the Villainess, So I'm Taming the Final Boss. Also released is the latest chapter of My Hero Academia and sci-fi comedy NieA_7.

UK Releases For January 15, 2024

BLUELOCK Season 1 Part 1 (Crunchyroll LLC, 12) "Isagi Yoichi dreams of winning the World Cup for Japan, so when he’s invited to join the team’s experimental new training program, he decides to put it all on the line. Three hundred high school players come to compete, but only one can come out on top."

I'm the Villainess, So I'm Taming the Final Boss: The Complete Season (Crunchyroll LLC, 12) "Aileen Lauren d’Autriche wakes up inside her favorite otome game but soon realizes she’s the villainess! To avoid her programmed destiny, she decides to try and marry the game’s ultimate bad guy. Will her dating skills be enough to save her second life?"

My Hero Academia Season 6 Part 1 (Crunchyroll LLC, 15)"An infiltration mission goes awry when the pros accidentally awaken Shigaraki’s full potential. Dabi deals an emotional gut punch to the nation while All For One’s protege levels cities on the path to his ultimate target: the vessel of One For All, Deku."

NieA_7: Collection (MVM Entertainment, 15) "Mayuko Chigasaki is an ordinary girl from the countryside, who now is attending university in big city Tokyo. She struggles each day to make ends meet while studying for her exams, barely scraping up the yen to afford bus fare to and from school. And at the end of the day, she comes home to a gluttonous, freeloading alien living in her closet! Ever since the aliens landed, things have been just a little weirder in Japan. Despite that, life goes on as normal for these outsiders. At least, as normal as things can be when your alien roommate builds UFOs out of junk and generally acts like none of her actions have consequences. Each day brings something new, so catch life on the outside in this boxed set!"

US Releases For January 16, 2024

Ernest and Celestine: A Trip to Gibbertia (Shout Factory, NR) "A new adventure takes Ernest and Celestine back to Ernest’s country, Gibberitia, to fix his broken violin. This exotic land is home to the best musicians on earth and music constantly fills the air with joy. However, upon arriving, our two heroes discover that all forms of music have been banned there for many years – and for them, a life without music is unthinkable. Along with their friends and a mysterious masked outlaw, Ernest and Celestine must try their best to bring music and happiness back to the land of bears."

The Happytime Murders (Lionsgate, R)"When the puppet cast of an '80s children's TV show begins to get murdered one by one, a disgraced LAPD detective-turned-private eye puppet takes on the case."
FORMATS: Blu-Ray+DVD+Digital

Love Flops: Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, TV-MA) "When the AI-based fortune teller that Asahi Kashiwagi watches predicts one morning that that he will meet a quintet of beautiful girls who will all fall in love with him, he naturally has a hard time believing it. And yet, by the end of the day, not only has he met five amazing young ladies who've all confessed their attraction, but Ilya Ilyukhin, Amelia Irving, Karin Istel, Aoi Izumisawa and Bai Mongfa have even been invited to live in his house! Is this real life, or is it just an otaku fantasy? The one thing Asahi knows is that there's something strangely familiar about all five girls, and he's got to get to the bottom of it!"

Upcoming Releases

Lovely Complex January 30
Urusei Yatsura: TV Series Collection 04 January 30
Bill Plympton's The Tune January 31
Paprika 4K February 20
Extreme Dinosaurs February 20
The Great Pretender: Collector's Edition March 12
Suzume March 12
Wish 4K/Blu-Ray/DVD March 12