News Highschool of the Dead Released Monday on DVD/Blu-Ray
Highschool of the Dead is released on Monday by Manga Entertainment on DVD (RRP £24.99) and Blu-Ray (RRP £34.99) in a single collection. The series deals with a group of high school students caught up in a zombie apocalypse. Based on the gory, fanservice-heavy manga by Daisuke Satō and Shoji Sato, the twelve-part TV version was made at MADHOUSE by Death Note director Tetsuro Araki. (The collection does not include the one-off OVA episode, "Drifters of the Dead," which was released in Japan this April.)
Manga is also releasing the first individual (four-episode) volume of K-ON! (RRP £17.99). The series is about four girls - drummer Ritsu Tainaka, bass player Mio Akiyama, keyboard player Tsumugi Kotoboki and would-be guitarist Yui Hirasawa - who try to rescue their high school's Light Music Club. The anime is based on kakifly's four-panel strip published in Houbunsha's Manga Time Kirara magazine. The first disc also includes a ten-minute interview with Stephanie Sheh, who voices the character Yui in the English dub. Manga previously said that the "individual" four-episode disc format was a result of the U.S. release strategy, and is planning a two-disc Blu-ray box-set release of the series next March.
Finally, Universal is releasing a DVD edition of Pokémon Zoroark: Master of Illusions (Pocket Monster Diamond & Pearl: Genei no Hasha Zoroark). This is the 13th Pokémon movie, set in the never-before-seen Crown City, where hundreds are flocking to see the Pokemon Baccer World Cup. While the event is taking place, Ash, Pikachu, and their friends encounter a new and mysterious Pokémon they have never seen before. But when the three legendary Pokémon Entei, Raikou, and Suicune arrive and rampage through the streets, the group must uncover the secrets behind the forces at work. The film grossed over $47 million in Japan, where it opened in July 2010. Each DVD box comes with a Pokémon trading card.
Update - Description of K-ON! amended, thanks to Shiroi Hane for the correction.
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