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Out This Week: Mars Express, The Peasants, Robot Dreams and More

Welcome back once again to Out This Week This week is unusual in that the United States gets just once animation release. Still, its an interesting one, as Jeremie Perin's hard boiled sci-fi thriller Mars Express arrives on Blu-Ray.

Things are a bit more lively in the UK, where two of the most interesting indie animated films of the past year arrive in the form of Robot Dreams and The Peasants. They are joined by a selection of anime with Dead Mount Death Play, Patlabor XII: Patlabor The Movie 3, Renta Magica and Dr Stone: Season 3 Part 1 all released.

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UK Releases For June 17, 2024

Dead Mount Death Play (Crunchyroll LLC, 15) "As a legendary hero nears victory against a necromancer known as The Corpse God, things take an unexpected turn with the dark sorcerer’s final gambit—reincarnation magic. This last-ditch effort catches the brave fighter off guard, and now he’s a boy named Polka Shinoyama in a whole new world! The showdown between good and evil just got epic."

Dr Stone Season Three Part One (Crunchyroll LLC., 12)"Modern society is lost when a mysterious light turns humanity to stone. After thousands of years, high schoolers Senku and Taiju break free. By combining teamwork and science, they’re determined to revive the petrified masses and rebuild civilization."

The Peasants (Vertigo Releasing, 15) "Using a team of animators and painters who work by hand, Kobiela adapts a Nobel prize winning novel about an early 20th Polish peasant woman who creates havoc by marrying an older rich man."

Rental Magica: Part 2 Collector's Edition (Anime Ltd,  15) "Itsuki is resolved to leading Astral, but his growing reliance on the Glam Sight has caused him a great deal of pain and placed all of Astral in danger on countless occasions. The coming trials will require him to grow stronger and more resourceful if he’s to be an asset to the team. Meanwhile, Honami continues to search for a way to cure Itsuki’s eye. With the appearance of an old acquaintance, Fin Cruda, her hopes are renewed. Fin shares much in common with Itsuki and may know of a way to cure Itsuki’s eye, but at what cost?"

Robot Dreams (Artificial Eye, PG)"Dog lives in Manhattan and he’s tired of being alone. One day he decides to build himself a robot, a companion. Their friendship blossoms, until they become inseparable, to the rhythm of 80’s NYC. One summer night, Dog, with great sadness, is forced to abandon Robot at the beach. Will they ever meet again?"

WXIII: Patlabor The Movie 3 (Anime Limited, 12) "When the level of Labor accidents begin to escalate around Tokyo Bay, police detectives Kusumi and Hata are assigned to investigate. What they discover leads to a series of government cover-ups, conspiracy concerning a new biological weapon entitled WXIII-Wasted Thirteen and a tragic, personal connection to Hata. The only hope to stop this threat is to cooperate with the military and lead WXIII into a showdown with the Labors of Special Vehicle Division 2."

US Releases For June 18

Mars Express (GKIDS Film/Shout Studios, NR) "In 2200, private detective Aline Ruby and her android partner Carlos Rivera are hired by a wealthy businessman to track down a notorious hacker. On Mars, they descend deep into the underbelly of the planet’s capital city where they uncover a darker story of brain farms, corruption, and a missing girl who holds a secret about the robots that threatens to change the face of the universe."

Upcoming Releases

All dates subject to change.

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Movie Trilogy June 24 [UK]
Samurai Champloo July 1 [UK]
Ninja Scroll: The Series July 4 [UK]
Evangelion 3.0+ 1.11 Thrice Upon A Time July 2
Gurren Lagann The Movie 4K July 2 (Crunchyroll Stor Exclusive)
School-Live!: Complete Collection July 09
The Boy And The Heron 4K/Blu-Ray/Blu-Ray Steelbook July 09
Vinland Saga Season 2 Part 1 July 02
Chicken For Linda [Digital] July 02
Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Bladeworks July 16
FLCL Season 1 Aug 20 
Riding Bean September 10
Macross Plus ULTIMATE EDITION September 30

Release information provided by BluRay.com