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Bandai Licences Kikaider

posted on 2002-02-11 23:54 EST
Bandai announced today the aquisition of the North American home video rights for Kikaider. Bandai will release the 13 episode series on DVD on August 6th, 2002.

Bandai announced today the aquicition of the North American home video rights for Kikaider. Bandai will release the 13 episode series on DVD on August 6th, 2002.

Excerpts from press release:

Bandai Entertainment announced today the DVD home video release of Kikaider at this year's American International Toy Fair.

Based on the popular Japanese live action series, Kikaider the animated series comprises of 13 episodes and will be released exclusively on DVD - August 6, 2002.

Produced by SME Visual Works in Japan and distributed by Bandai Entertainment in North America, Kikaider is based on live action works by Shotaro Ishinomori (Kamen Rider, Power Rangers).

Alongside the release of Kikaider on DVD home video – Bandai Creation, a division of Bandai America Inc., also announced the launch of Bandai StudioWorks, a compilation of highly detailed collector figures designed by famous Japanese artists based on classic Japanese live action and anime properties. Bandai StudioWorks first compilation of collector figures, based on the popular Kikaida series, will be released this spring.

The genius robotics professor, Dr. Komyoji has created Kikaider – a humanoid robot tasked with the protection of Dr. Komyoji's son and daughter. Gifted with the conscience circuit, Kikaider is given the power to simulate real emotions that helps to distinguish between “right and wrong”. Can Kikaider protect Dr. Komyoji's children and battle against the evil Dr. Gill and his army of androids? The fight against world domination lies in the hands of Kikaider.

The DVD home video release will feature the first four episodes in both English and Japanese with English subtitles. Planned bonus materials include trailers, production art gallery, and various interviews.

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