News Tiger & Bunny and Bodacious Space Pirates Released Monday
Manga Entertainment will release the first volume of Tiger & Bunny (right) as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on February 4, including the first seven episodes of the series. The box will include "hero" cards and mini-magazines. The anime centres around heroes for hire — super powered beings known as NEXT who wear sponsor logos while fighting crime on live television. Keiichi Satou (Karas director, The Big O character/mechanical designer) directed the project, and Masafumi Nishida (live-action Kaibutsu-kun) wrote and oversaw the scripts. Manga artist Masakazu Katsura (Video Girl Ai, DNA², I''s, Zetman), a well-known fan of Batman and other superhero comics, created the original character designs.
MVM Entertainment will release the first volume of Bodacious Space Pirates (left) as February 4 2013, carrying the first 13 episodes. The story involves a spirited high school girl named Marika, who is told she has inherited a space pirate ship, and finds herself embarking on a new life as a pirate.
MVM is also releasing the second volume of Needless (below right), based on Kami Imai's manga of the same name. The action gag comedy with "bishojo x violence" is set in 2130, when large parts of Japan have been quarantined as polluted "Black Spots (BS)" in the aftermath of World War III. However, there are people who have settled behind the massive walls of the Black Spots, where they have developed mysterious powers, labelled "Needless."
E1 Entertainment is releasing Mass Effect: Paragon Lost, a prequel to the Mass Effect 3 role-playing game, which Electronic Arts released on the PC and PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles. The film is a partnership between the anime studio Production I.G, the game developer Electronic Arts and its subsidiary BioWare, the North American distributor FUNimation Entertainment.
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