Section23 Films starts off October with corpse paint and metal with the anime adaptation of Detroit Metal City along with Idolm@Ster Xenoglossia Collection 1. We've got the full lineup of October releases from Section23 and Sentai Filmworks after the jump.
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Right Stuf recently re-released this three movie collection previously issued by ADV Films here in the U.S. back in '03. The three 50-minute (more or less) features are each moderately different interpretations of these agents of the 3WA, these space bikini-clad "Lovely Angels."

If you're unfamiliar with the characters, space cops Yui (the sweet, sensible one), and Kei (the hotheaded, tough one) are gun-toting space cops working for the Interpol-like 3WA. The duo has a reputation for getting their man and causing massive property damage (and being distractingly attractive to most of their quarry). They've had their time to shine in their own ongoing TV series, features like these, and manga, and the characters' dynamic and the pretty loosely-defined setting of the series allows any studio that tackles the Dirty Pair to drop these dangerous ladies into pretty much any adventures that have guns, things going boom, and baddies on the run.

A mix of over-the-top gun action, explosions, and a healthy dose of fan service (heroines Kei and Yui have very impractical uniforms), the three features vary wildly in quality, but there are some bright, shining bits worth checking out.
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In this sizzle reel for a currently unproduced sequel to the 1993 feature, you can see Madhouse's vision for an sequel that hasn't quite happened yet.

Catch Jubei in action after the jump.
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Mondo brings another ultra limited edition poster to SDCC, this one and its variant based on the Miyazaki eco-action fantasy.
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There's a small band of super powered young people, hated and feared by the world, only wanting to live in peace. They're pursued (with deadly force) by a group of technologically-advanced, quasi-government operatives using cutting edge robotics and weapons to capture and kill these evolved humans.

In a lot of ways, Studio Bones' five film feature Towanoquon is a better anime X-Men story than the actual X-Men anime, spending a lot more time on the themes that originally gave Marvel's mutants their resonance. If you can look past the ending that devolves into one of those plots by the villain to give everyone powers for some reason, then on the whole Towanoquon, is a solid effort.

Much of the story is fixed on Quon, a seemingly immortal "Attractor," one of the super powered young people of the series. Born over a thousand years ago in the countryside of Japan, he's spent his very long life trying to protect others like him. Besides being able to recover from nearly any injury, he can also transform into a ferocious, clawed monster, whose design is of the Kamen Rider variety, giving what's supposed to be an organic secondary form a costumed look. Read More...

During the live stream of the 20th Anniversary Sailor Moon event at Nico Nico, creator Naoko Takeuchi and publisher Kodansha Comics announced that a brand new Sailor Moon anime is on the way!
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We highlighted the Persona 4 release over on Multiplayer recently, but Section23 has a pretty packed slate of titles coming to DVD and Blu in the month of September. Among those, ADV acquisition UFO Ultramaiden gets a new release while Section23 continues its steady releases of live-action exploitation flicks from Japan with The Curse of M through via Switchblade Pictures.

A full list of releases by date and synospses after the jump.
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The feature, from Darker Than Black and former Marvel Tsunami artist Yuji Iwahara's manga places a group of virus-infected victims in a battle against ravenous monsters and killer vines in this September 18th release.

More titles from FUNimation in September after the junmp.
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The anime and manga publisher enters the subscription online streaming service on game consoles, promising a studio agnostic approach in the U.s. and Canada. So what might this mean for other streaming services that offer anime?
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Hey San Francisco, you can see Neon Genesis Evangelion in 3D-ish as the Pop-Up Museum joins the list of this year's event from New People.
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If you haven't seen any episodes from the Fate / Stay Night series, you'll probably need a Wikipedia primer like I did to make sense of what's going on. The 2010 film from Studio Deen (Vampire Knight, Higurashi) is both dense and elliptical with a great deal of backstory for the ongoing battles between Masters in something called the Holy Grail War. Unlimited Bladeworks makes a token attempt at laying out the overall premise of the series, but for the most part it's much too busy whizzing through a plot that introduces characters just before killing them off (often brutally).

It's a lot to take in and you might get a little lost without a scorecard, but let's give it a try, why don't we?

Our hero is Kiritsugu Emiya, a high school student who unwittingly unwittingly stumbles into the middle of a violent conflict between Masters or magi (essentially human summoners) who use their Servants to fight it out for the right to win the Holy Grail, a chalice which grants wishes. Unlimited Bladeworks draws attention to how previous contests occurred infrequently over the centuries while this one seems to have been moved up by outside factors. Add to this the fact that normally there are typically only seven magi and their accompanying Servants while this battle's number fluctuates beyond that number and it's clear something funny is going on here.
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Why yes, yes it is.
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Marvel's next wave of anime releases are on the way this summer, featuring the two heroes most likely to cut you.
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Production I.G.'s CGI feature Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror tops FUNimation's August lineup of new volumes and rereleases for the U.S.
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Studio Ghibli's adaptation of Mary Norton's The Borrowers received a full-fledged media push here in the U.S. when it was released theatrically, with what felt like the most exposure for the beloved studio's movies here in the U.S. since they partnered up with Disney a few years back. And it's no wonder given the growing familiarity with Ghibli and by extension Miyazaki's work among viewers of a certain age stateside. Combined with source material that many viewers might have at least a cursory familiarity with (Norton's novel has been in print since 1952), this should have been a slam dunk for everyone involved.

But The Secret World of Arrietty feels like it's missing something when stacked against other films from the studio, an essential element that has made the rest of their output so memorable. While there's no one out there complaining that Arrietty is some kind of major misstep like Tales of Earthsea, their 2006 adaptation of the Ursula K. Le Guin novels, Arrietty nevertheless feels slight.
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