News Berserk and Gintama Movies Plus Persona 4 Released Christmas Eve
Manga Entertainment will release Berserk: The Golden Age Arc - The Egg of the King on Christmas Eve in three different formats. There will be a DVD-only edition; a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack; and a "Collector's Edition" (pictured) which also contains the film on both Blu-ray and DVD. The film is the first part of a trilogy animated by Studio 4°C, adapting Kentarou Miura's violent fantasy manga about a swordsman in a medieval-style world.
Manga Entertainment is also releasing the first volume (nine episodes) of Persona 4 The Animation as a Blu-ray/DVD doublepack, pictured left. Adapted from the Persona 4 game, the story involves several youngsters in a Japanese country town who discover a fantasy world through a TV screen. The doublepack will include the Japanese language-track on the Blu-ray disc. (In America, anime licensor Sentai Filmworks had to omit the Japanese language track on its Blu-ray release of the series.) It is the first of three combo packs containing the 26-part series.
Finally, Manga is releasing Gintama: The Movie, a comedy-action film set in an alternative nineteenth-century Japan where samurai exist alongside aliens and flying warships. It is spun off from the long-running Gintama TV series and manga; the TV anime has not been released in the U.K. to date. In a Manga Entertainment podcast in July, Jerome Mazandarani said,"It's a good jumping-on point for people who have heard of Gintama but haven't seen any of it... Let's see if there's an appetite for Gintama."
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