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Persona 5 the Animation Headlines Madman Entertainment’s April 2021 Anime Line-up

While Australian anime fans can log into the AnimeLab video-on-demand streaming service to get their daily anime fix, to some like myself, there is still nothing quite like having ownership of an anime on DVD or Blu-ray. Madman Entertainment are still publishing series to home video platforms in Australia and New Zealand, and while not available to pre-order just yet, have confirmed a tentative line-up of releases for April 2021.

April 2021 is headlined by a home video release of Persona 5 the Animation, or at least the first half of the series which comes with a premium price as the US release did. Also on offer is Part 2 of Sailor Moon Sailor Stars, the first season of No Guns Life and a complete series collection of Sword Art Online 2.

A full list of shows planned to be available in April 2021 are listed below:

1
Black Clover Season 3 Part 2

Type: Episodes 113-120 (8 Episodes)
Format: DVD + Blu-ray Combo
Audio: English and Japanese
Price: $49.95 RRP

As the elves pursue the Clover Kingdom, hell-bent on destroying humankind, Asta discovers that his newest sword may just be the key to stopping them-and keeping human souls from being lost to the underworld forever!

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2
Case File No 221: Kabukicho

Type: Season 1 Part 2 (Episodes 13-24)
Format: Blu-ray
Audio: English and Japanese
Price: $64.95 RRP

With Watson working cases solo and the introduction of the mysterious Irene Adler, Jack the Ripper’s identity is revealed! His sinister plan unfolding, can the brilliant Sherlock Holmes stop this villain, or has he performed his last rakugo?

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3
Dragon Ball Z: Season 6

Type: Limited Edition Steelbook
Format: Blu-ray
Audio: English and Japanese
Price: $79.95 RRP

Having at last achieved his Perfect Form, the evil Cell’s powers have soared to terrible new heights, overshadowing even the greatest of the Z-Fighters. Eager to demonstrate these newfound abilities and prove his superiority, Cell proposes a tournament. He issues an ultimatum to the people of Earth: produce a worthy opponent or die!

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4
Dragon Ball Z: Season 7

Type: Limited Edition Steelbook
Format: Blu-ray
Audio: English and Japanese
Price: $79.95 RRP

Seven years of peace have passed since the defeat of the monstrous Cell, and the Z-Fighters have enjoyed a return to normal life. Goku has eagerly continued his training in Other World, Krillin has gotten married, and Gohan has renewed his scholarly pursuits while attempting to navigate the pitfalls of high school. Two fresh new Saiyan faces have also appeared on the scene – Goku’s son Goten, and Vegeta’s son Trunks!

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5
My Hero Academia

Type: Season 4 Part 2
Format: DVD + Blu-ray Combo / DVD + Blu-ray Combo Limited Edition
Audio: English and Japanese
Price: $69.95 / $109.95 RRP

The yakuza make their move with a new drug that nullifies Quirks, and a little girl is being experimented on to create it! Luckily, she runs into Deku and Mirio while they’re out on patrol for their internship, launching them on a dangerous rescue mission with the pros. A grim future is set in stone, and only time will tell if anything can smash through it.

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6
No Guns Life

Type: Season 1 Episodes 1-12
Format: Blu-ray
Audio: English and Japanese
Price: $64.95 RRP

Juzo Inui’s next mission is to rescue Rosa McMahon, a girl who holds a valuable piece of data the Berühren Corporation is after. Still reeling from Colt’s death, Tetsuro swears to never hesitate again. And somewhere in the city, Pepper is determined to make Juzo her property along with her current Gun Slave Unit, Seven.

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7
Persona 5 The Animation

Type: Part 1 (Episodes 1-13)
Format: Blu-ray (Limited Edition)
Audio: English and Japanese
Price: $119.95 RRP

Ren Amamiya is about to enter his second year of high school after transferring to Shujin Academy in Tokyo. A strange incident triggers the awakening of his Persona, and alongside his friends, he forms the “Phantom Thieves of Hearts” to change the hearts of corrupt adults by stealing the source of their distorted desires. Meanwhile, cases of psychotic breakdowns have been popping up one after another… Living their ordinary high school lives in Tokyo during the day, the group stalks the bustling metropolis of Tokyo as the Phantom Thieves by night. It’s time for the curtains to rise on this grand, picaresque story!

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8
Sailor Moon Sailor Stars

Type: Season 5 Part 2 (Episodes 184-200)
Format: DVD or Blu-ray
Audio: English and Japanese
Price: $59.95 RRP for Either Format

Although the popularity of the idol group Three Lights is off the charts, Usagi hasn’t realized that Seiya, Yaten and Taiki are the Sailor Starlights. But with the number of Phage growing in the city, the purpose of star seeds is the biggest mystery that needs to be solved. Could the mysterious Chibi-Chibi hold the answer? The tide is turning, but not in Usagi’s favor. Her allies are being overpowered, and altered timelines are confusing the fate she knows to be true: Mamoru is her true love, Neo Crystal Tokyo is her future kingdom and her fellow Guardians will be her eternal protectors… right? The ultimate battle with the chaotic Sailor Galaxia lies ahead, and the fate of all existence lies in the balance.

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9
Sailor Moon Super S

Type: Season 4 Complete Series
Format: DVD or Blu-ray
Audio: English and Japanese
Price: $69.95 / $79.95 RRP

A majestic pegasus with a golden horn has appeared in Chibi-Usa’s dreams with a request – to help him and keep his presence a secret. This plea turns out to be more than a childish dream, for the fearsome Dead Moon Circus led by the villainous Zirconia arrive in town to draw out Pegasus by targeting people with beautiful dreams! Sailor Moon and the Guardians must unite to fight a new enemy and her deadly henchmen, the Amazon Trio. But without the power to transform into Super Sailor Moon, the Guardians find themselves seriously outmatched! Will Sailor Chibi Moon’s strong desire to protect everyone be the key to accessing Pegasus’s power?

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10
Sorcerous Stabber Orphen

Type: Season 1 (Episodes 1-14)
Format: Blu-ray
Audio: English and Japanese
Price: $64.95 RRP

Orphen is a powerful Sorcerer who’s notoriously lazy. But everything changes when he discovers a way to save his sister who was turned into a dragon during their days at the academy. Now he’ll stop at nothing to save her, even if he has to go it alone!

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11
Sword Art Online 2

Type: Complete Series (Season 2)
Format: DVD or Blu-ray
Audio: English and Japanese
Price: $69.95 / $79.95 RRP

A year has passed since SAO was cleared. Summoned by Seijirou Kikuoka of the Virtual Division at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Kazuto (Kirito) learns of a series of bizarre murders linked to the popular VR game, Gun Gale Online (GGO). After being shot in-game by a player calling himself Death Gun, two prominent GGO players have mysteriously turned up dead in the real world. As Kazuto logs into GGO and starts investigating the mystery, he meets a female sniper named Sinon who wields a Hecate II rifle. Is she friend or foe? Kirito enters the virtual world once more for an all new adventure!

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12
Wicked City & Demon City Shinjuku

Type: Double Feature (2 Films)
Format: Blu-ray Limited Edition
Audio: English and Japanese
Price: $69.95 RRP

The anime cult classic, Wicked City and its notorious sequel, Demon City Shinjuku contained in one epic double feature, remastered in HD for the very first time!

It’s not unusual for lady-killer Renzaburo Taki to share a night with a woman. When that woman can turn into a demonic spider, however, it’s just a little worrying. The demons are on the move, and as a member of the Black Guard, Taki’s job, his “real” job, is to protect the human world from the demon world. And his work is just beginning! A fragile peace exists between the two worlds, brokered by a treaty. In order for the renewal of that treaty to go smoothly, Taki has to protect Giuseppi Mayart, a two hundred year old man with immense spiritual power, from an extremist faction of demons seeking to bring chaos to the two worlds.

Worst of all, Taki’s assigned a partner for the mission: the unnaturally beautiful Makie, a fellow Black Guard member… and herself a demon! The two will have to go all out to protect the old man, as not only are the demons going to extreme lengths to kill him, but Mayart seems oddly unconcerned for his own safety. Is there more going on than Taki and Makie relalize?

Director Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll) blends stylish eroticism, graphic horror and pulse-pounding action as these two race to consummate the peace treaty in time.

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13
Wicked City

Type: Film
Format: Blu-ray
Audio: English and Japanese
Price: $34.95 RRP

For centuries a non-aggression treaty has existed between the human world and the remain of the demons. Withou it humanity would be a terrifying and foul chaos of depravity and destruction. To this day the pact is upheld by a group of undercover operatives known as the Black Guard, but at the end of the twentieth century the treaty is up for renewal. Terrorists from either side seize on this time of uncertainty to step up their efforts to sabotage any agreement. Their target is the legendary Dr Hoseppe Maiyart. Without him the signing Ceremony cannot succeed. Flown in from his Italian retreat to Tokyo, where the signing will take place, the Doctor is put under the protection of two prime operatives from the Black Guard. The fate of humanity is in their hands as the shadows begin to close in.

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