Monday, June 23, 2014

One Week Ramblings: 6/22/14 Mischevious Kiss Edition

This week, Discotek Media announced several home video licenses, including both new licenses and license rescues.

First up is Zombie-Loan, a 2007 anime series based on the manga by Peach-Pit (best known for the Rozen Maiden and Shugo Chara! series). The 26-episode series will be available in Japanese with English subtitles next year.

After that is Shin Mazinger Z Impact, a 2009 alternate re-telling of Go Nagai's classic robot series. The 26-episode series will be available next year in Japanese with English subtitles.

Rounding off the new licenses is ItaKiss (Itazura na Kiss), a 2008 shoujo series based on the manga by the late Kaoru Tada. The series is notable for being one of the few romance series to go past the high school era and taking the relationship of the main couple into territory explored by a select few (including a couple of dango-lovers). The 25-episode series will be available next year in Japanese with English subtitles.

License rescues include The Super Dimension Century Orguss, previously released by ImaginAsian Entertainment and including all 35 episodes in Japanese with English subtitles, plus an English dub for the first 17 episodes. There's also Flame of Recca and Ceres, Celestial Legend, both previously released by Viz Media and to be released in a complete series with their old English dubs as well as in Japanese with English subtitles.

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Funimation's DVD/BD release of Ben-To, originally planned for July, has been delayed, apparently due to the fact that they have received the masters for the TV broadcast, instead of the modified (read: uncensored) Japanese video release masters. While no new release date has been officially set by Funimation for the show, Amazon currently has a release date of November 4, 2014 set.

Speaking of Funimation, their September 2014 release slate has been announced. It includes Part 2 of Attack on Titan, the movies HAL and One Piece Film Z, the Season 7 Blu-ray collection of Dragonball Z, Anime Classics re-releases of Steins;Gate and Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, and S.A.V.E. re-releases of the two seasons and OVAs of Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts.

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Finally, keep an eye on the upcoming Ghost in the Shell 25th Anniversary Blu-ray, set to be released on September 23rd 2014 and using newly-remastered footage.

1 comment:

  1. At least Funimation caught the censored broadcast version this time before it got released. One gets the feeling with Funimation that quality control is not their top priority before releasing a set.

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