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On Monday July 29, Anime Limited will bring out the label's first home release, a Blu-ray edition of the first half of Cowboy Bebop. Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe, the sf/action series follows the adventures of the bounty hunter Spike Spiegel, along with his Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Ed and the intelligent Welsh Corgi Ein. Packaged in a slipcase, the set includes a 40 page booklet. However, Anime Limited's facebook page confirms that the short film 'Ein's Summer Holiday' has been held back to Part 2 for space reasons.
Also on Monday, Manga Entertainment will release the first four episodes of Hellsing Ultimate on both Blu-ray and DVD. (Episodes 5 to 8 are already available.) This is the OAV version of Kouta Hirano's horror manga about Alucard, a vampire who fights demonic forces on behalf of the British government.
Manga is additonally releasing Blu-ray and DVD editions of the series Horizon on the Middle of Nowhere. It is based on Minoru Kawakami's light novel series, set in a distant future when Japan is divided into feudal territories and conquered by other countries. A floating city named Musashi is composed of eight ships in the skies. A war that will determine the fate of the world will be fought by students on the Musashi.
Update - An earlier version of this story wrongly said that the Blu-ray edition of Bakemonogatari Part 2 would be released on July 29. Apologies for the mistake.
Update 2 - Ein's Summer Holiday detail corrected, thanks to fathomlessblue for pointing it out.
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