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Out This Week: Hong Kil-Dong, NieA_7, Peter Grill And The Philosopher's Time and More

Welcome back to our new release round-up. This week sees the release of a largely forgotten piece of animation history- South Korean 60s film Hong Gil-dong. Also out is recent anime title Peter Grill and The Philosopher's Time, and for the little ones is Sesame Street Mecha Builders,

Meanwhile in the UK this week new anime series are released in the form of The Legendary Hero Is Dead and My Next Life As A Villainess: All Routes Lead To Doom. They are released alongside quirky noughties sci-fi sitcom series NieA_7.

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UK Releases For April 8, 2024

The Legendary Hero Is Dead: The Complete Season (Crunchyroll LLC, 15) "Sion the legendary hero accidentally dies by a pit trap. Touka, the builder of said trap, is now forced to take the hero’s place—literally. Trapped within Sion’s dead body, Touka must become the hero, or at least be convincing enough to save the world!"

My Next Life As A Villainess: All Routes Lead To Doom (Anime Ltd., 12) "Some people may treat life like a game, but when young noblewoman Catarina Claes accidentally bumps her head, she has a horrifying revelation. In a previous life, she was an avid otaku and game player, and the life Catarina is living is that of the villainess of the game FORTUNE LOVER… a character doomed to be either killed or exiled no matter how the game is played! Forewarned and forearmed with the multiple plots of the game in mind, Catarina sets out to re-code her fate. Can she not do what she would have done, befriend people she'd never befriend, and change her entire outlook on life? And will even that be enough to roleplay her way out of her destiny? She's literally in the game of her life in MY NEXT LIFE AS A VILLAINESS: ALL ROUTES LEAD TO DOOM!"

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 April 9, 2024

Hong Kil-dong (SRS Cinema) "A special boy is born on a day where hurricanes and wicked spirits struck medieval Korea. The citizens and family learn that the infant has super human strength and cunning intelligence. As the boy grows up, he vows to his family, the emperor of Korea and the high deities to rid Korea of chaos and disorder caused by wicked beings."

Peter Grill and The Philosopher's Time: Super Extra Complete Collection (Sentai Filmworks, TV-MA) "The heat is on again for Peter Grill as the world's most powerful warrior finds himself in the crosshairs of the lusty ladies who seek a penetrating infusion of his potent DNA to create the perfect offspring. Why can't they accept that he just wants to marry his fiancĂ© and concentrate on being a hero and fighting goblins and stuff? Oh wait, they probably do it because, despite his sister's desperate efforts to keep him from wandering astray, this is one Peter who keeps ending up in the wrong… er… place at the wrong time. So, you really can't blame the girls for trying when they've got a proven working strategy."

Sesame Street Mecha Builders (Shout Factory) "Mecha Builders reimagines the colorful neighborhood inhabitants of Sesame Street as heroes in a robot-animation style, otherwise known as Mechas."

Upcoming Releases

All dates subject to change.

Lupin the 3rd Part 6 April 15 [UK]
The Peasants April 16
A Place Further Than The Universe April 22
Harley Quinn: The Complete Season 4 April 23
Blue Giant April 30
Migration May 6 [UK]
Tokyo Mew Mew New Season 2 May 7
The Peasants May 20 [UK]
Rango 4K June 4
Buddy Daddies June 11
Ninja Scroll: The Series July 4 [UK]