Welcome to this week's DVD and Blu-Ray releases! I'm only familiar with one series, Cuticle Detective Inaba, which is about hair not cuticles. I haven't watched it yet. I'm interested in Amazing Nuts (don't know why they named it that way) and Shangri-La. Shangri-La has the best cover I seen this month. From the plot, it reminds me of the Winds that Bring Amnesia except without the aliens and amnesia element.
I would love to hear your recommendations on these series. All comments are welcome. Thank you.
Disclaimer: I'm just promoting the official release and the publishers. I'm not selling you anything. This is to combat piracy and get fans to support the official release.
Amazing Nuts! (Sub.DVD)
Blending a variety of animation techniques from traditional 2D to CG and rotoscoping, Amazing Nuts is a short anthology from Studio 4C.
Earth has become a prison for battling gangs, all kept in line under the hand of the glorious idol Rara. When Rara's influence becomes corrupted, a brave office needs to descend from space and restore order. Featuring music from m-flo.
A couple are given the chance to recreate their surroundings through the "God Child" particle research project. Can they overcome their internal issues and instabilities and find happiness in each other and a new world? Featuring music from RAM RIDER.
Hanako has left behind her kung-fu fighting past for love, only to be dumped when an international governing body selects her at random to be humanity's combined enemy. As the entire world literally turns against her, Hanako is fighting to stay alive and maybe - just maybe - win back her lost love. Featuring music from Kumi Koda.
A return to gangland as love and war break out in a nightclub featuring a sultry singer. Featuring music by mink.
|Arakawa under the Bridge × Bridge (Sub.Blu-Ray + DVD)|
Just when you thought things couldn't get any weirder by the banks of the mighty Arakawa, they go ahead and get weirder by a whole lot. Rec, Nino, and the rest of the riverside residents return, and with the addition of another batch of nutty citizens the insanity gets turned up to eleven... thousand. Now Rec has to deal with a sci-fi loving comic nerd who's convinced he's a captain in the Earth Defense Force, and the less said about the Amazon woman living upstream with her demonic "female" Amazon followers, the better.
On top of that, Rec struggles with the pressing issues of romantic expression, media obsession, weight loss, weight gain, beach parties, haunted houses, interplanetary travel, and the ever-present threat of global thermonuclear war!
|Cuticle Detective Inaba - The Complete Collection (Sub.DVD) and (Sub.Blu-Ray)|
In a world where half-human, half-animal chimeras live and work alongside normal people, there are sure to be a few bad apples in the bunch. Unfortunately, criminals who are only half-human means there are often non-human clues that leave the police stumped. That's where lone-wolf detective Hiroshi Inaba comes in. He's literally part wolf and has the amazing ability to extract critical information just by examining or tasting a sample of someone's hair!
Of course, that ability has also resulted in Inaba having a little bit of a hair fetish, but that doesn't seem to be a problem for his two assistants. Well, at least the cross-dressing one isn't complaining much. And it's nothing compared to the strange tastes of Inaba's nemesis, the omnivorous, half-goat crime boss Don Valentino, who has an appetite for green legal tender instead of tender young greens!
Inaba's sworn to cut Valentino out of the criminal flock before the Don can wolf down more ill-gotten dough, but he's going to have to chew his way through a lot of evidence to get his goat. Can sheer dogged detective work put the baaaaad guys behind bars?
|Mazinger Z - TV Series Vol. 1 (Sub.DVD)|
Koji Kabuto's grandfather has discovered two resources which can save humanity: Photon Light Energy and the ultra-impregnable alloy Chogokin Z. However, Dr. Kabuto's research is abruptly cut off when the evil Dr. Hell sends his trusted lieutenant, the bisected Baron Ashura, to assassinate him! Koji, now orphaned along with younger brother Shiro, swear revenge using Dr. Kabuto's last and greatest invention: the super robot Mazinger Z!
Joined by Dr. Kabuto's successor, Dr. Yumi, his daughter Sayaka, and her research robot Aphrodite A, Koji sets out to protect Japan from Dr. Hell's menacing mecha monsters and ensure the peaceful work of the Photon Light Institute. Can Koji and Sayaka, along with local bully boy Boss, prevent this most dangerous of villains from running amok and conquering the world?
|Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (DVD)|
In a very different Tokyo from the one we know today, the totalitarian government rules with an iron fist. But a group called "the Sect" is staging demonstrations and challenging the government's martial law. Constable Fuse of the Capital Police's Special Unit is on a mission to stop a Sect demonstration when he encounters a girl in the sewers under Tokyo. When he fails to shoot as ordered, he is put on trail, questioned, and "re-conditioned" as a soldier.
The dead girl haunts him, both in his dreams and in the face of her sister, whom Fuse has befriended. But Fuse has made himself a target for some very powerful men. And as the world comes crashing down around him, Fuse is continually challenged to decide what is real and what is right.
|Shangri La - Complete Series [S.A.V.E.] (DVD)|
In the distant future, earthquakes and the effects of global warming have splintered Japanese society. Some struggle hand-to-mouth in the jungle-tangled ruins of civilization. Some live comfortably within the closed-off city of Atlas. Others lurk online, anonymously hacking the global economy. As nature grows more violent and the divide between classes expands, one spirited girl, Kuniko, must face her destiny and lead her people into the utopia of Atlas.
The city's ruthless government isn't going to welcome them with open arms, but Kuniko won't give up until the gates of Atlas are kicked open for good - even if it means discovering that the promised land she dreamed of is built upon a foundation of twisted secrets and lies.
|Unico Double Feature (DVD)|
This double feature set contains The Fantastic Adventures of Unico and Unico in the Island of Magic.
Unico the Unicorn has the amazing power to make anyone he meets happy. Whether it's because of his personality or the powers of his horn, no one knows. However, the gods become jealous of Unico, thinking that only they should be able to decide or allow people to be happy. Unico is banished to the Hill of Oblivion, and the West Wind is ordered to take him there. She can't stand giving this fate to Unico, so Unico's adventures begin, as the West Wind takes him from one place and time to the next, in a never-ending journey to escape the wrath of the gods.
Unico the unicorn has the amazing power to make anyone he meets happy. In this adventure, Unico finds himself with a new friend, a young girl named Cherry. However, Cherry's long-lost older brother Toby has finally come home, and is now a misguided apprentice to an insane (and not human) magician named Kuruku.
When Cherry's parents get turned into weird, almost zombie-like dolls called living puppets, she and Unico start a quest to the very ends of the earth to get her parents and brother back before Kuruku takes over the world. Spoken Languages: English, Japanese, English subtitles.