Updated Monday DVD and Bu-ray Releases
posted on by Andrew Osmond
Yesterday's summary of this week's releases had some errors and omissions. Apologies for the confusion and thanks to readers who pointed it out. Here's an updated rundown.
On Monday December 15, MVM will release the Watamote ~ No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Unpopular comedy anime series on DVD. (According to the Anime-on-line site, the Blu-ray will be released next week on December 22.) The gag comedy adapts Nico Tanigawa's manga about Tomoko Kuroki, a girl who thought she would be popular when she went to high school. However, she has a rude awakening, for cruel reality is not like the otome games (romance games for female players) she played.
Kitta performs the anime's ending theme song "Dou Kangaete mo Watashi wa Warukunai" (No Matter How You Think About It, I'm Not Wrong), while 16-year-old Konomi Suzuki (The Pet Girl of Sakurasou, Dusk maiden of Amnesia theme songs) collaborated with the "death pop band" Kiba of Akiba to perform the anime's opening theme song under the unit name "Konomi Suzuki n' Kiba of Akiba." Shin Oonuma (Baka and Test - Summon the Beasts, Natsu no Arashi!) directed the anime at the studio SILVER LINK from scripts by Takao Yoshioka (The Familiar of Zero, High School DxD).
Anime Limited will release a DVD 'Collector's Edition' of Gurren Lagann. As well as the TV series, it includes the two Gurren Lagann feature films: Gurren Lagann the Movie –Childhood's End-, (compiled from the 15 TV episodes with some new footage) and Gurren Lagann the Movie – The Lights in the Sky Are Stars (a sequel to the series). In addition, the 'Ultimate Edition' will include Gurren Lagann Parallel Works and Gurren Lagann Parallel Works 2. These two OAVs consist of spinoff shorts that explored the theme of "multiple universes," with background music from the television series.
The Gurren Lagann series is set on a future Earth where people are forced to live in isolated underground villages. One boy uncovers a key to a robot, and the resulting adventures put him in the battles waging on the surface and lead him to the secrets behind humanity's new existence.
Anime Limited will also release its Blu-ray Collector's Edition of the film Patema Inverted (following its 'standard' Blu-ray/DVD combo pack edition last week). It includes a 136-page design works book in English and a 48-page short story booklet. GKids summarised the film story as follows:
Patema lives in an underground world of tunnels, the long-abandoned ruins of a giant industrial complex. Though she is a princess, she is held back by the rules imposed by the elders of her clan. One day when she is exploring in a forbidden zone, she is startled by a strange bat-like creature and tumbles headlong into a void and out into the wide-open world above the surface – a place in which Patema risks “falling up” into the sky and being lost forever. Student Age lives on this surface world, a totalitarian society whose compliant population has been brainwashed against the “sinners who fell into the sky.”
Manga Entertainment will release the thirteenth box-set of Bleach, subtitled "Fall of the Arrancar.' It contains episodes 266 to 291 of the series.
MVM had also been scheduled to release The Garden of Sinners on December 15. As of writing, the company has tweeted that both it and Amazon UK should be receiving stock on Monday or Tuesday (16th). Amazon currently gives a release date of December 22nd. The DVD Box Set features eight films, a 36-page booklet (including an Image Gallery of artworks), and a set of 14 postcards.
Kinoko Nasu's original novels center around Shiki Ryougi — a beautiful, yet rather unsociable, girl. A strange series of violent deaths start occurring in her town. As a boy named Mikiya Kokuto attempts to get closer to Shiki, he soon learns that the two are connected and that there are many supernatural forces at work which could very likely get him killed as well.
MVM's release of Kabukimonogatari (part of the Monogatari franchise) has been moved back to December 22, according to the Anime-on-line website.