Sentai Filmworks has announced its anime release schedule for January 2019. It’s a little bare-boned–with only three Blu-rays–but all three series are held in pretty high regard. If you’re looking for something to watch this fall, we’ve compiled a guide of the Netflix, Amazon, Crunchyroll, Funimation, and HiDive anime that you should watch, including Sentai Filmworks’ new Bloom Into You series.
You might not have heard of the first title, Rocket Girls, which is a 2007 series based off of a 1995 light novel series. This 12-episode anime is primarily about Morita Yukari, a high school girl who wants to find out what happened to her father after he disappeared. Her journey takes her to the Solomon Islands, where the native Space Association is trying to build a big enough rocket to send an adult into space, with zero success. Yukari’s tiny frame makes her ideal for flying in one of the SSA’s smaller, more reliable rockets so she agrees to undergo the training to be one of the association’s astronauts in return for help in finding her father. This anime is more than just a female version of Space Brothers, and hits on similar story lines and themes of A Place Further Than The Universe. Rocket Girls releases on January 15, 2019, and you can pre-order it for $26.
A special steelbook Blu-ray of Land of the Lustrous releases the following week. Plenty of people missed out on Lustrous because the series released on Amazon Video when the streaming service was still charging an exorbitant fee to watch anime. Which is a shame, because Lustrous is one of 2017’s best anime. Lustrous is a retelling of the 2012 manga about a race of sentient jewels who must defend themselves from lunar invaders that want to turn the gems into jewelry. The story stars Phosphophyllite, who goes by Phos, the jewel with the weakest hardness. Phos cannot fight, even though they want to, as they shatter easily so they’re assigned to writing an encyclopedia. The task leads Phos down a path of revelation as they learn the secrets behind the gems. Land of the Lustrous Steelbook Edition releases on January 22, 2019, and you can pre-order it for $52.
Finally, at the end of the month, the premium box set of Girls’ Last Tour releases. Based on the 2014 manga, Girls’ Last Tour is a dystopian slice-of-life about two young girls, Chito and Yuuri, who drive around in a military vehicle in search of food and other survival materials. Chito is rather serious and enjoys reading while Yuuri is easy-going and loves eating. Girls’ Last Tour borrows narrative beats from stories like The Road. It’s simultaneously cutesy and very depressing. The Girls’ Last Tour Premium Box Set releases on January 29, 2019, and you can pre-order it for $98.