Hello everyone! Welcome to This Week in VRV, a way for us to highlight some of the new content we’re most excited about coming up soon! We wanted to switch up the VRV Weekend Forecast to include the entire week of new releases, and with a new format comes a new name. So let’s get to it! Welcome to 2018, and get ready to enjoy another week of excellent new stuff coming to VRV!


Monday, January 8

Basilisk: the Ouka Ninja Scrolls

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Premiere Episode, Crunchyroll

The battle for succession that continued for three generations of shogun in the Keichou era culminated in a gruesome battle of ninja arts between the Kouga and Iga clans. It is now the Kan’ei era, and the land is at peace. As ninjas begin to disappear into the shadows after being deemed unnecessary, The Kouga and Iga clans ask a favor of two sons of destiny in hopes of reinforcing their foundations.

Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places Episode 2

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Documentary Feature, CuriosityStream

Commander Stephen Hawking pilots his space ship the SS Hawking on the journey of a lifetime, zooming from black holes to the Big Bang, Saturn to Santa Barbara. A sequel to last year’s Emmy-winning feature, this new installment of Stephen Hawking’s Favorite Places promises to show us the beauty of the universe in a brand new way.

The Man Who Fell to Earth

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Movie, MUBI

The story of an alien on an elaborate rescue mission provides the launching pad for Nicolas Roeg’s visual tour de force, a formally adventurous examination of alienation in contemporary life.

Tuesday, January 9

A Place Further Than the Universe

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New Episode, Crunchyroll

Mari Tamaki is drifting through her high school life until she meets Shirase Kobuchizawa, a girl who has been saving up to travel to Antarctica to search for her missing mother. Joined by two other girls, Hinata Miyake and Yuzuki Shiraishi, they set forth on a cruiser ship bound for the Antarctic.

Shield of Tomorrow

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New Episode, Geek & Sundry

The Federation is on the brink of war with the Dominion. In the shadow of this cold war, the crew members of the USS Sally Ride must work together to not only protect the Federation, but protect its soul as well. This licensed, live RPG is an epic return to the Star Trek universe that you know and love.

Zipper: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride

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Documentary, MUBI

A story about greed, politics and the land grab of the century, ZIPPER chronicles the battle over an American cultural icon. Small-time ride operator, Eddie Miranda, proudly operates a 38-year-old carnival contraption called the Zipper in the heart of Coney Island’s gritty amusement district.

Wednesday, January 10

Talks Machina

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New Episode, Geek & Sundry

The adventures of Critical Role’s party, Vox Machina, are discussed and dissected with host Bryan W. Foster on this show-after-the-show. The show also features cast member appearances, fan creations, questions and interactions–plus giveaways!

Thrashtopia

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Finale Episode, Geek & Sundry

It’s not safe in the apocalyptic wasteland, so join Whitney Moore and her overbearing artificial intelligence caretaker, dubbed BunkerBot (played by Jason Charles Miller), in their totally rad super-bunker!

Alpha Comic Book Club

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New Episode, Nerdist

Books with lots of pictures can be just as rich as any other book, and that’s why Hector Navarro is hosting Alpha Comic Book Club! A weekly exploration of comic books and their history, Alpha Comic Book Club takes a storyline and dives deep into it.

BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS

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New Episode, Crunchyroll

The life of the shinobi is beginning to change. Boruto Uzumaki, son of Seventh Hokage Naruto Uzumaki, has enrolled in the Ninja Academy to learn the ways of the ninja. Now, as a series of mysterious events unfolds, Boruto’s story is about to begin!

Thursday, January 11

Deep Space 69

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New Episode, Mondo

A send-up to the many humorless sci-fi films and series that take themselves far too seriously, Deep Space 69 treads lightly on space exploration and instead focuses on Jay’s incessant exploits with the fairer sex and Hamilton’s frustration with their foolish missions.

Laid-Back Camp

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New Episode, Crunchyroll

Nadeshiko faints on a day trip to Mount Fuji, but she is saved when she encounters Rin, a girl who is out camping by herself. This outdoorsy girls story begins with this first encounter between Nadeshiko and Rin.

 

A Proletarian’s Winter Tale

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Movie, MUBI

Three Georgians have to clean a castle where an arms manufacturer’s art collection is on exhibit. They aren’t welcome at the opening party and are banished to the attic, but downstairs the splendid buffet attracts them. Why not just ignore the unfair prohibition and cross the line of class society?

 

The Core

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New Episode, Shudder

The Core is a dissection of the brilliant minds from which genre films spring. Whether it’s a demo on head explosions, or a primer on avoiding predictable jump scares, The Core busts open the traditional talk show and plays with its guts.

Friday, January 12

Bravest Warriors

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New Episode, Cartoon Hangover

Bravest Warriors follows four teenaged heroes-for-hire as they warp through the universe to save adorable aliens and their worlds using the power of their emotions. Created by Pendleton Ward, the mind behind Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time.

Slug Riot

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New Episode, Cartoon Hangover

The story of a legendary self-destructive guitarist who returns to his hometown to rot and his little sister who wants to re-form the band with him.

 

Lastman

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New Episode, Mondo

Who’s Richard Aldana? A poor bastard who’s the last man for the job. Watch him fight his way through hell in Mondo’s new series Lastman.

Record of Grancrest War

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New Episode, Crunchyroll

In the chaotic world of Atlatan, Siluca, a lone mage who despises the ruling Lords, and Theo, a vagrant knight training to someday liberate his homeland form a contract and together reform a war-torn land.

Junji Ito Collection

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New Episode, Crunchyroll

The works of one of the most famous Japanese horror manga artists, Junji Ito, finally gets animated! This omnibus animation adapts one of Ito’s stories each episode!

Katana Maidens ~ Toji no Miko

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New Episode, Crunchyroll

The Kannagi priestesses are an elite group of maidens trusted with sacred blades used to fight an ancient evil. Now the girls who train under the blade must participate in a traditional tournament to test their strength.

Critical Role

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New Episode, Geek & Sundry

Voice actor Matthew Mercer leads a group of fellow voice actors on epic Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. These familiar voices bring the audience into the full experience of D&D, allowing imaginations to soar as the characters embark on adventures. This is Critical Role!

Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog

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Movie, MUBI

A bourgeois dog and former filmmaker confesses how he became four-legged by failing in love, apple-picking and revolution. A political comedy with magic twists.

Saturday, January 13

DARLING in the FRANXX

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Premiere Episode, Crunchyroll

The distant future: Humanity established the mobile fort city, Plantation, upon the ruined wasteland and civilization flourished. Within the city were pilot quarters called Mistilteinn, otherwise known as the “Birdcage.” That is where the children live… Not knowing anything of the outside world, and unaware of the vast sky. Their only mission in life was the fight.

Dragon Ball Super

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New Episode, Crunchyroll

The powerful God of Destruction, Beerus, awakens to a prophecy revealing his demise at the hands of an even more formidable being. When his search for the Saiyan God brings him to Earth, can Goku and his friends take on their strongest foe yet?

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card

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New Episode, Crunchyroll

Strange things keep happening in Tomoeda, and the Sakura cards have turned clear and lost their magic power! Guided by the Key she encountered in her dream, Sakura starts collecting Cards again in this brand new adventure.

The Ancient Magus’ Bride

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New Episode, Crunchyroll

After a life of nothing but suffering and hardship, 15 year old Chise Hatori finds herself living with an ancient sorcerer on the outskirts of London. This is a story about reclaiming something lost, about learning to love the world again.

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New Episode, Rooster Teeth

The future-fantasy world of Remnant is filled with ravenous monsters, treacherous terrain, and more villains than you can shake a sniper-scythe at. Fortunately, Beacon Academy is training Huntsmen and Huntresses to battle the evils of the world, and Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang are ready for their first day of class.

CRWBY: Behind the Episode

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New Episode, Rooster Teeth

Have you ever wondered how RWBY is made? Each week, CRWBY: Behind the Episode will give you a peek at the magic, highlight the animation process, and introduce you to the animators, engineers, producers, and artists who work tirelessly to bring the World of Remnant to life.

The Chaser

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Movie, MUBI

A cash-strapped pimp and former police detective draws upon the skills of his old job to track down his missing stable of prostitutes.

Sunday, January 14

Gintama

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New Episode, Crunchyroll

In a world where aliens have invaded Edo Period Japan, skyscrapers, trains and motor bikes have replaced the simple life of Earth inhabitants. One man however, still carries the soul of a samurai…

IDOLiSH7

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New Episode, Crunchyroll

A group of aspiring idols gather at Takanashi Productions and are entrusted with the company’s future. The seven men who have just met represent a variety of totally different personalities.

School Babysitters

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New Episode, Crunchyroll

Ryuichi and Kotaro are brothers who lost their parents in an airplane crash. They are offered a place to live on one condition: Ryuichi has to babysit the kids at the daycare room in the school!