Posts Tagged ‘box set’
Despite so much good stuff being released for the format and how cheap they have gotten, I still haven’t gotten a Blu ray player for myself. I don’t even own an HD TV. For THIS though… I could see myself giving up a lot of things (including small bits of my body) to raise the funds capable of creating an otaku haven worthy of screening this release.
Yes, the big news has finally hit. The otaku comedy that has been keeping fans giggling over Choco Cornets since 2008, Lucky Star, will finally be getting its own Blu ray release later this year in Japan. Which is fine for fans in Japan since they can buy it easily. But what does this have to do with those of us living in the western hemisphere? Well, this box set might not be targeting fans here specifically but you can still be comforted in that even if they can’t see us, Japan knows that we’re there and want us to be happy. Set to be released on May 27th, the Blu ray box set will feature all 24 TV episodes (no OVA included sadly) with full Japanese AND English voice tracks and subtitles.
If that’s not enough for you, 400 minutes worth of extras have also been listed including a 2009 live event Lucky Star in Budokan: Anata no Tame Dakara on 2 discs, notable scenes from the OVA, Lucky Channel in Shin Tokyo Circuit and a compacted version of the Lucky Star live action racing series released last year (which featured the cast members having go cart races – yeah, I didn’t bother to watch either). And what would you expect to pay for these 7 discs of wonderfulness? $4.75? $47.50? Yeah, try closer to $475 (Protip: CDJapan has it listed for $450 if $25 makes any difference to you). But surely Kagami in beautiful, high definition is worth that much isn’t she?
Speaking of which, can I borrow $475 from someone? I promise that I will totally coughprobablynotcough pay you back with coughabsolutelyzerocough interest!
Spice and Wolf Season 1
Taking place in a fictional medieval world, Spice and Wolf centers on Kraft Lawrence who works as a traveling peddler. While visiting a village, Lawrence happens to pick up a stray girl in his cart named Holo. The local goddess of harvest, she has been providing the villagers with plentiful wheat for years but now that they have converted to the one true god and have found ways to grow wheat for themselves, they no longer need to rely on her. Forgotten and abandoned, Holo asks Lawrence to take her with him as he travels to the north so that she can return to her homeland. Following the pair for thirteen episodes, the first season will take the audience into different towns as Lawrence sells his wares and attempts to avoid swindlers, robbers and the church who would love to destroy the heathen goddess.
In news concerning recent ADV license rescues ‘World of Narue‘, ‘Now and Then, Here and There’, ‘Grave of the Fireflies’ and ‘MD Geist’ Chris Oarr recently answered some questions via email. When asked about the upcoming releases and if they will be re-dubbed by ADV, Oarr said “We are not redubbing any of that material.” He also stated that he is unsure on if the ‘Now and Then, Here and There’ bonus disc that contained behind the scenes footage originally released by CPM will be included with the ADV re-release. All four titles will be shipping at various dates in July.
Meanwhile, ADV Nation put up a post earlier today regarding statements from ADV representative Janice Williams on the upcoming re-release of the Geneon title ‘Appleseed‘ later this year. In the post, Williams states that ADV will be correcting the audio issues that plagued the original release. In the original release, a number of sound issues were detected by users which included bad audio mixes among other things. The ADV release will street on June 30th.
Robert’s Anime Corner Store has revealed that the first box set from Code Geass R2 from Bandai will be available on 7/21 and the pre-sale has already begun. After an explosive conclusion to the first season, there are certainly more than a few fans who are waiting anxiously to see the second season so this is good news indeed.
I’m late to this party but yesterday Funimation announced that they have rescued the license of ‘Heat Guy J’ originally released in the US by Geneon starting in 2003. The 26 episode sci-fi series takes place in the city of Judoh where a boy has inherited the mafia from his father. Also in this city however is a super android named “J” and his partner Daisuke Aurora creating a new clash of good vs. evil. Funimation plans to release the entire series in one complete box set this fall.
Right Stuf have announced that they have licensed the series ‘Rental Magica’ for release in the US. Originally released in 2007, the ZEXCS animated series follows a boy named Itsuki Iba (voiced by Jun Fukuyama) who is forced to take on the family ‘rent a magician’ business. As a very timid, shy boy who lacks any sort of magical power this is a difficult task as he must now manage a fleet of magical employees and learn to be tough with them at the same time.
Right Stuf plans to release the series in two box sets starting this fall which will include the option to watch the series in either broadcast order or chroniclogical order (based on the original light novels) and special booklets that contain 100+ pages of background information about the series and characters. The official English website and pre-orders for set 1 have already been opened complete with trailer.
A mailer went out today from Right Stuf announcing that the magical girl comedy ‘Gakuen Alice’ will be released in a thinpak collection June 30th after the license was announced last summer. Originally released in 2004, the Group TAC magical girl comedy follows a girl named Mikan who follows her best friend to the mysterious Alice Academy only to find out that she also qualifies to enter the magic school.
The series is already available for pre-order from Right Stuf.
GAKUEN ALICE DVD Collection for June 30, 2009
Box set to include complete 26-episode television series.
The thinpak-style box set will contain the entire 26-episode television series with Japanese audio, English-language subtitles and English on-screen translations.
The original Gakuen Alice manga is currently serialized in Japan’s Hana to Yume girls’ anthology magazine, where it has appeared alongside titles including Fruits Basket, Hana-Kimi, Skip Beat! and S.A (Special A) since its 2003 debut. It is published in North America by TOKYOPOP.
Visit gakuenalice.rightstuf.com for more information about Gakuen Alice and to pre-order the box set.
About GAKUEN ALICE
GAKUEN ALICE DVD Collection
Street Date: 6/30/2009
Runtime: Approximately 650 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Color
Suggested Rating: 13+
Format: DVD (Japanese Audio, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations)
Catalog #: RSDVD0902
Case Qty: 11
Scene access, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS: Liner notes, character bios, textless opening, textless closing and Nozomi Entertainment trailers.
* Cover Art: http://outgoing.rightstuf.com/
GAKUEN ALICE © Tachibana Higuchi • Hakusensha / Alice Academy Committee 2004.
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** Product specifications and content may be subject to change.
ABOUT RIGHT STUF, INC.
Currently celebrating its 21st year in business, Right Stuf, Inc. was one of the first players in the U.S. Japanese Animation (“anime”) industry, as both an anime producer/distributor and a retailer. Right Stuf works to promote knowledge of its own products, as well as the anime and manga industry, in general, through its online storefront at RightStuf.com and a variety of media including podcasts and special publications.
Nozomi Entertainment, Right Stuf’s production division, is dedicated to the highest quality releases. True to the Japanese word that inspired its name, Nozomi’s focus is on “what fans want.” By focusing on a limited number of anime properties each year, the Nozomi production team ensures each release receives the care and attention to detail it deserves.
From anime classics like Astro Boy, Kimba and Gigantor to modern comedies, dramas and favorites such as The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, His and Her Circumstances, Gravitation, Shingu: Secret of the Stellar Wars, Ninja Nonsense, To Heart, The Third: The Girl With the Blue Eye, Emma: A Victorian Romance, Maria Watches Over Us and ARIA, Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment produce quality programming for fans of all ages and interests. For more information, visit www.rightstuf.com and www.nozomient.com.
A post put up on Robert’s Anime Corner blog last night has reported that Viz Media has issued a recall on sets of their upcoming box set release of ‘I”s’ and the sequel series ‘I”s Pure”. The recall is due to a pressing issue which caused the content of the discs to be switch to the wrong disc in the set. Robert reports that while no customers have reported issues with their set, they will be participating in the recall much like I would assume every other retailer is. The recall is not expected to delay shipments of the series as it is still set to street on 3/24.
A press release from Right Stuf has announced that the series ‘Irresponsible Captain Tylor’ will be getting another box set release this May with new remastered video and box art. The set will be released on 5/26 on five discs and retail at 49.99.