News Fractale, Vampire Princess Miyu, Loup-Garous Released Monday
On Monday April 15, Manga Entertainment will release the 11-part TV series Fractale. It is set is a far future world in which civilisation depends on a computer system called "Fractale," now on the brink of collapse. A boy named Clain encounters a beautiful girl called Phyrne — a girl who disappears, leaving a pedant which conjures up another girl, Nessa. Clain will eventually learn the secrets of Phryne, Nessa and the Fractale System. Yutaka Yamamoto directed the anime animated by his studio Ordet, while Hiroki Azuma acted as its story developer and Mari Okada (Kuroshitsuji, Toradora!) supervised the series script. The anime series originally aired during the Noitamina television block on Japan's Fuji TV.
MVM is releasing the 26-part TV series Vampire Princess Miyu in a one-volume set, having previously released the series in six DVD volumes. It revolves around the half-human, half-vampire girl named Miyu who is trapped in a body that will remain a teenager forever. Miyu, who can walk around in the daylight but must drink blood to survive, hunts down supernatural beings who would harm the human race and sends them back to the dark realms. The TV show is based on Toshiki Hirano and Narumi Kakinouchi's manga series. Hirano (Devil Lady, Angel Heart) also directed the TV series, with character designs by Megumi Kadonosono (Kiddy Grade, Clannad). Kenji Kawai (Ghost in the Shell, The Sky Crawlers, Eden of the East) handled the music for the series. This is the TV version of Miyu, broadcast in Japan in 1997-8), not to be confused with the previous Vampire Princess Miyu anime OAV in 1988-9, released by Manga Entertainment on VHS video (now deleted). MVM commented that it was just releasing the TV series, "but we'll look into the OAV too."
Finally, Manga Entertainment is releasing Loups=Garous - The Motion Picture as a DVD and as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack (pictured). This is the feature film adapted from the Loups-Garous Kihi Subeki Ōkami novel by Requiem from the Darkness' Natsuhiko Kyogoku. It was animated by Production I.G and directed by Jun'ichi Fujisaku (Blood+). The story is set in a future Japan under close social control, in which a group of teenagers investigate serial killings and conspiracies. The film features motion-captured versions of the girl band Scandal.