Two very different high school series are coming from Section23 in July including the competitive romantic comedy “Special A” and the murder mystery “Another.” Plus, the 80’s “Patlabor” TV series and “Black Magic M-66” should fill your summer’s quota for robot mayhem.
And slow golf clap for the “Queen’s Blade Rebellion” synopsis which finds a way to double entendre through a reasonably basic fantasy action story while still making it clear that yes, this is an anime about chesty ladies fighting with swords.
Title: “Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere II” (DVD, Blu-ray)
Synopsis: Taking advantage of the opportunity that the Mikawa Conflict provides, Tori and his comrades attempt to rescue Horizon from the Testament Union. But even as the Floating City Musashi speeds towards its next destination, the Floating Island England, Tres España is preparing its own armada for war against the British Islanders. Now, as the quest of Horizon’s emotions builds to its climax, Tori’s new battle is about to begin in the land ruled by the Fairy Queen! The reenactment of the history described in the mysterious Testament continues as the secret of the Armor of Deadly Sins is unleashed in the spectacular second season of Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere II!
Title: “Ruin Explorers Complete” (DVD)
Synopsis: Ancient curses, enchanted artifacts and plain old fashioned dungeon diving: that’s what Fam and Ihrie do for a living – whenever these lovely young ladies can get someone to pay them for it, that is. As two highly trained magic users with slightly faulty spelling abilities (Fam can’t do anything destructive and Ihrie keeps turning into a mouse,) they’re off on a quest for the “Ultimate Power.” All they have to do is find three artifacts: the Proof Of Royalty, the Sword of Sargus and the Mirror of Truth. So how hard can it be? Unfortunately, Sorceress Rasha and her muscle-headed partner Migel are on the same quest, as are the mysterious Prince Lyle, the anything for a buck merchant Galuff with his dog Gil, and the sinister magician Rugudurol! And to make this epic odyssey even more odd and complex, it’s not really clear as to exactly which ones are the bad guys! Hold onto your talismans and amulets, because the road to high adventure is about to have a multi-mage pileup, and the fate of all humanity may just be in the hands of two underpaid young women trying to make a living as RUIN EXPLORERS!
Title: “Black Magic M-66” (DVD)
Synopsis: When two malfunctioning combat androids are accidentally unleashed on a “Terminate at All Costs” mission against the unsuspecting granddaughter of their creator, an entire city becomes the battleground and not even the military may be able to stop them! The girl’s only hope: Sybil, a freelance journalist who’s out to get the scoop of her life, if she can somehow keep both herself and her subject alive long enough to file a report. But first, she has to remember to put her clothes on! Co-directed by legendary manga master Masamune Shirow (GHOST IN THE SHELL, APPLESEED) and visionary director Hiroyuki Kitakubo (JO JO’s BIZZARRE ADVENTURE, GOLDENBOY,), it’s a tour de force of violence and mayhem on an epic scale as two damsels in distress and two deranged battle robots face off, girl vs. mecha style, in the all-time anime classic: BLACK MAGIC M-66!
Title: “Queen’s Blade Rebellion” (DVD, Blu-ray)
Synopsis: Power corrupts, and it when it appears that the once noble Queen Claudette’s ways have turned to oppression and heretical persecution, it’s up to a new generation of warriors to step up to the plate armor to bear arms and bare their naked fury in open rebellion! The odds may seem unfairly stacked in favor of the Amazonian ranks of the queen, doubly supported by her power of writ and assassins. But the incredible wits and assets of the dazzling array of daring damsels willing to risk their gorgeous skins and put their lithesome bodies on line against her, might just expose a few unexpected weaknesses in the queen’s support! It’s the wildest fantasy ever as an unprecedented force of fabulous female fighters… from elven alchemist to half-demon berserker, from undead pirate captain to dragon maid… all come together with the goal of stripping the queen from her throne in QUEEN’S BLADE: REBELLION!
Title: “Patlabor TV” (DVD, Blu-ray)
Synopsis: Giant Robots, sociopaths, madmen waving guns: these aren’t just the problems the Mobile Police have to deal with every day, these ARE the Mobile Police! But in a world where giant robots called Labors are frequently used for criminal purposes, the boys and girls in blue have to face things that are even bigger and scarier! So when police cadet Noa Izumi comes in to take a pilot aptitude test and instead initiates a high speed chase after a stolen Police Labor, it’s clear that she’s got exactly the right combination of guts, brains and just plain crazy that the Second Special Vehicles Division desperately needs. But fitting into the frequently insane lifestyle of SV2 won’t be easy. She’ll have rivals for the pilot seat of the mech that’s stolen Noa’s heart, and her patrol duties will include herding whales, exorcising hauntings and fighting rogue military units on top of the usual terrorists. On the other hand, she gets to carry the biggest handgun EVER. The wheels of justice keep turning (or, in this case, running on giant metal legs,) as SV2 hits the street in MOBILE POLICE PATLABOR TV – COLLECTION 1!
Title: “Special A: The Complete Collection” (DVD)
Synopsis: Until she was six, Hikari was always the best at everything she did. Right up until the moment she challenged Kei to a wrestling match and HE won. Ever since then, Hikari’s entire life has revolved around beating Kei at something, ANYTHING! Unfortunately, a decade later, he’s still the top student and athlete at their very exclusive high school and she’s still SECOND best at everything. But what Hikari’s never noticed is that he’s actually in love with her! And that’s only the beginning of the ridiculously convoluted web of relationships that ties the elite group of students who go by the name of the Special A together! Get ready for spring flings, split personalities and social (dys)functions galore as boy meets girl turns into boy beats girl in SPECIAL A – THE COMPLETE COLLECTION!
Title: “Phi-Brain Season 2 Collection 1” (DVD, Blu-ray)
Synopsis: After finally overcoming the POG, Kaito Daimon believes that he’ll be spending his free time solving puzzles of the non-lethal variety. Unfortunately, there’s a new group in town: the Orpheus Order, and they’ve got other plans. Plans that involve the imminent demise of Kaito and maybe a friend or two of his along the way as well! If Kaito could remember just what it was he did to earn the undying enmity of Freecell, the Order’s premier card-carrying member, he’d be happy to apologize. But until he does, Kaito and his friends are going to find themselves confronted with puzzle after puzzle, each more convoluted and deadly than the last. The adventure continues in Phi-Brain ~ Puzzle of God: The Orpheus Order Collection 1!
Title: “Another” (DVD, Blu-ray)
Synopsis: Mei Misaki was cute, athletic and one of the most popular girls in her school. Why should a little thing like death change that? Now, twenty-three years after Mei’s mysterious demise, a new transfer student discovers that not only is his school’s student body one corpse short of a full roster, but that some secrets never leave high school. And what’s more, all of this may somehow be tied to his own family past. What is the secret and how does it all connect? And even if Kouichi does figure it out, will that knowledge help save him? As the school bells toll a deadly dirge and students begin to die, things that were never properly buried come back to haunt the high school of the damned in ANOTHER!