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S'more Ent. Removes Galaxy Express 999 Box 2 From Schedule

posted on 2013-04-13 14:00 EDT
1st DVD set of Leiji Matsumoto's space opera sold under 2,000 units

North American distributor S'more Entertainment confirmed on Tuesday that it removed the second DVD box set of Galaxy Express 999 from its schedule until further notice. The company stated that "the costs of bringing a 4-DVD box set to market and to sell less than 2,000 units is a money-losing proposition."

S'more Entertainment confirmed last year that it had licensed the classic 1978-1981 television series from director Rintaro, and it released the first DVD box in November. The anime adapts Leiji Matsumoto's space opera manga of the same name.

The story follows a young orphan named Tetsuro as he travels with a mysterious woman named Maetel through the galaxy on a space train, in the hopes of obtaining a cybernetic body. The train stops at many planets along the way, often leading to adventures for the two.

Crunchyroll, Funimation, and Hulu have been streaming the television anime series outside Japan since 2009. The original manga also inspired a 1979 film that Viz once licensed in North America along with its sequel Adieu Galaxy Express 999. Discotek released these two films and Galaxy Express 999: Eternal Fantasy on DVD. De Agostini Japan is releasing the entire series on DVDs bundled with semi-monthly magazines.

Thanks to WTK for the news tip


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