‘Mass Effect’ Feature, ‘Is This a Zombie’ LE Highlight December FUNimation Releases

This November, BioWare gets another animated offering based on one of their RPGs as the prequel “Mass Effect: Paragon Lost” hits DVD and Blu-ray from FUNimation. Plus the boy becomes a magical girl and also a zombie comedy “Is This A Zombie” gets a limited edition DVD release.

The living dead, deadly battlin’ kids, and “Tenchi Muyo!” in HD are what’s in store for the month of December. You can find the full list of releases after the jump.

December 4th

Is This A Zombie – Season One LE (DVD)
Synopsis: Some guys have no luck; he’s got no pulse. That’s life for poor unfortunate, undead Ayumu. First, he was murdered by a serial killer. Total bummer. Then he was resurrected as a zombie by a cute little Necromancer. That seemed pretty cool until she moved into his house, refused to speak, and forced his rotting carcass to do all the cooking. After that, a magical girl in a pretty pink dress used her matching chainsaw to chop his corpse in half. Luckily, the Necromancer’s powers of resurrection trumped those of the chainsaw chick, so instead of dying (again), Ayumu became the world’s first magical girl zombie. There’s also a voluptuous vampire ninja who thinks zombie boy’s a pervert – and a hideous crayfish demon who wants to devour him. Confused? All you gotta know is this: zombies, frilly dresses, demons, and moe chainsaws. Pink. It’s the new dead.

Level E – The Complete Series (Blu-ray/DVD combo)
Synopsis: Do you get a kick of out of little kids pointing deadly ray guns at each other? How about a sack of kittens hurtling toward a waterfall? Then you’ll love Level E, an anime from the creator of Yu Yu Hakusho and Hunter X Hunter that’s twistedly different from anything you’ve ever seen!

This extraterrestrial adventure follows the alien genius, Prince Baka (masterfully portrayed by anime legend Vic Mignogna) as he turns life on Earth into his own personal laugh track. The Prince has the biggest brain in the galaxy, and he’s also a sadistic prankster who loves to make humans squirm. Nostalgic anime fans will fall hard for this “undeniably clever” series that spoofs the television shows, video games, and superheroes they loved as kids. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll remember that thing you did that was super mean – but also super hilarious. (Don’t worry, you won’t get grounded.) So yeah, Level E. It’s custom made for fans of hit shows like The Building Where I Work and Restrain Your Exuberance. The alien invasion has begun. Prepare to die – laughing.

Skaugan no Shana – Movie (Blu-ray/DVD combo)
Synopsis: The studio behind Toradora! and ?kami-san and Her Seven Companions rekindles the first thrilling arc of the seminal action series about a hot-blooded heroine driven to maintain the balance between the ordinary world and the supernatural. Shakugan no Shana the Movie features new scenes and enthralling animation.

Wielding a blazing sword, Shana’s sole purpose is to fight demon-like beings that consume human lives. During a volatile war to stop a foe from devouring every life in Misaki City, Shana cuts Yuji in her crossfire. When the villain discovers this teenage boy is gifted with an immense power, he holds Yuji hostage to lure Shana into a trap that could to destroy the huntress and the entire city!

Shakugan no Shana OVA
– (Blu-ray/DVD combo)
Synopsis: The studio behind Toradora! and ?kamisan and Her Seven Companions presents the iconic series about the spark between a hot-blooded huntress and a teenage boy as they maintain the balance between the ordinary world and the supernatural.

Follow Shana the Flame Haze in this collection of special missions sure to fuel your passion for paranormal action. Find out what happens when Yuji accidentally triggers a found Treasure Tool while it’s pointed at Shana! Then, Yuji teams up with Wilhelmina to stalk their fiery friend—whose secrecy has become unsettling. Finally, in a two-part special, Shana tracks a Denizen’s trail by sorting through a Torch’s memories for clues. Her sleuth skills reveal a teenage girl’s heartwarming last days and a predator with a serious identity crisis!

Tenchi Muyo! OVA (Blu-ray/DVD combo)
Synopsis: In the beginning, there was Tenchi. Back when the only cure for an anime fix was a trip to the mall to load up on VHS tapes. Back when cable television first introduced this amazing new genre to American fans. The times may have changed since those good old days, but we’re thrilled to be bringing Tenchi back! A true classic never goes out of style, and Tenchi is the original anime harem comedy that started it all.

Tenchi is an average guy with extraordinarily bad luck! And to make matters worse, he just accidentally freed the ravishing space pirate Ryoko after 700 years of captivity! Now, attractive alien girls from across the galaxy are about to make his life more outrageous than ever imaginable! Can he survive the romantic entanglements of living with five lovely ladies – and unlock the secrets of his mysterious ancestry? Find out in the anime that launched a thousand harems!

Tenichi Muyo! Movie Collection (Blu-ray/DVD combo)
Synopsis: Tenchi Muyo in Love
The terrifying space criminal Kain has escaped from his galactic prison, destroyed the Galaxy Police headquarters, and singled out Earth as his next target! Can anything stop his reign of terror! Meanwhile, Tenchi has problems of his own! His house has suddenly vanished, his body is beginning to disappear, and his only hope for survival is a wild ride back to 1970!

Tenchi Muyo in Love 2
When Tenchi vanishes into thin air, Ayeka and Ryoko track their man to a parallel version of Tokyo! The luckless lad has taken up with a mysterious beauty named Haruna, and he doesn’t even recognize his lady friends from back home. Can Ayeka and Ryoko figure out what Haruna is up to in time to save dear sweet Tenchi!?

The Daughter of Darkness
Tenchi gets the shock of a lifetime when a pretty young girl wanders out of nowhere and starts calling him “Daddy!” Ryoko and Ayeka are beyond jealous, and everyone wants to know who the mother could be. Little do they know, Yuzuha, the Demoness of Darkness, is on a mission of vengeance that could mean big trouble for Papa Tenchi!

December 11th

Baka and Test Season One (Blu-ray/DVD combo, re-release)
Synopsis: Yoshii’s a good-hearted goofball enrolled at a school where students settle their differences by summoning Avatars, pint-sized stand-ins with battle powers based on academic ability. That “academic ability” part is bad news for idiotic Yoshii – he’s stuck in lowly Class F with the slackers. If these misfits want to escape their dump of a classroom and earn some respect, they’ll have to fight their way up the ranks and take on Class A, the brightest students on campus. It’s going to be tough, that’s for sure. But once the underachievers of Class F get motivated, they don’t give up – and Yoshii can’t even spell surrender!

Baka and Test Season Two (Blu-ray/DVD combo)
Synopsis: Yoshii’s a good-hearted goofball enrolled at a school where students settle their differences by summoning Avatars, pint-sized stand-ins with battle powers based on academic ability. That “academic ability” part is bad news for idiotic Yoshii – he’s stuck in lowly Class F with the slackers. If these misfits want to escape their dump of a classroom and earn some respect, they’ll have to fight their way up the ranks and take on Class A, the brightest students on campus. It’s going to be tough, that’s for sure. But once the underachievers of Class F get motivated, they don’t give up – and Yoshii can’t even spell surrender!

A Certain Magical Index (DVD)
Synopsis: Science and sorcery make for an explosive mix in A Certain Magical Index, an enthralling experiment in sci-fi adventure from the studio that brought you Toradora and Slayers Revolution!

Kamijo is a student in Academy City, where people use science to develop supernatural abilities. The guy’s got a lot of heart – luckily for a young nun named Index. She’s on the run from a sorcery society that covets the astonishing 103,000 volumes of magical knowledge stored in her memory. When Index stumbles into Kamijo’s life, she find a faithful friend and protector, and while Kamijo’s easily the weakest kid in Academy City, he’s got something else going for him: the Imagine Breaker, an unexplainable power stored in his right hand that negates the powers of others. With scientists and sorcerers attacking from all sides, the Imagine Breaker will definitely come in handy – but it’s Kamijo’s loyalty to Index that will be his greatest weapon in the fight to keep her safe.

December 18th

One Piece – Season Four Voyage Three (DVD)
Synopsis: Monkey D. Luffy refuses to let anyone or anything stand in the way of his quest to become King of All Pirates. With a course charted for the treacherous waters of the Grand Line, this is one captain who’ll never drop anchor until he’s claimed the greatest treasure on Earth: the Legendary One Piece! Along for the ride are his loyal crewmates, a wonderfully-bizarre collection of outcasts and misfits from the far corners of the world. Each member has their own special talent, and they’ll utilize their skills to help Luffy achieve his dream! Together, the rubberman and his crew can conquer any challenge – or defeat any foe!

Shakugan no Shana – Season Two, Part One (Blu-ray/DVD combo)
Synopsis: The studio behind Toradora! and ?kamisan and Her Seven Companions presents the iconic series about the spark between a hot-blooded huntress and a teenage boy as they maintain the balance between the ordinary world and the supernatural.

The heated bond between Shana and Yuji is tested as their paranormal adventures continue. The Flame Haze fends off supernatural foes by night. By day, she contends with a classmate who’s also after Yuji’s heart. Emotions flare as a suspicious transfer student who resembles a recently defeated Denizen clings to Yuji. His training rises in intensity when they catch wind of a revered warrior in search of her lost lover—who will stop at nothing to extract the power keeping Yuji alive!

Shakugan no Shana – Season Two, Part Two (Blu-ray/DVD combo)
Synopsis: The studio behind Toradora! and ?kamisan and Her Seven Companions presents the iconic series about the spark between a hot-blooded huntress and a teenage boy as they maintain the balance between the ordinary world and the supernatural.

Shana and Yuji face their greatest foes yet as they battle Denizens who desire the Midnight Lost Child for their own. Amidst a whirlwind battle with the beautiful Pheles, a Flame Haze goes berserk and friends get caught in the chaos. Then, the Bal Masque returns to execute a scheme that could spell the end for Yuji. Will a newly discovered strength give Yuji and Shana the edge to save themselves and the city from total destruction—or will evil engulf both his world and hers?

December 28th

Mass Effect: Paragon Lost (DVD, Blu-ray/DVD combo)
Synopsis: Fans of the ground-breaking Mass Effect franchise shouldn’t miss this stunning motion picture experience born of an epic collaboration between the legendary Bioware and visionary Production IG (Ghost in the Shell, Kill Bill: Vol.1).

Mass Effect: Paragon Lost is the prequel to the highly-anticipated Mass Effect 3 and follows the early career of Alliance Marine, James Vega. Vega leads an elite Special Forces squad into battle against a mysterious alien threat known as The Collectors. Stationed at a colony in a remote star system, Vega and his soldiers must protect the civilians from a ruthless invasion determined to capture the population for unknown purposes. Learn more about the Mass Effect universe with an unprecedented glimpse into the haunted past of Mass Effect’s newest hero!

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