News Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine Released Monday
On Monday September 16, Manga Entertainment will release Blu-ray and DVD editions of Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine. This is a new version of the Lupin the Third franchise, concentrating on the female master-criminal Fujiko, rather than her rival in crime Lupin. The series follows Fujiko as she goes on various missions and encounters the Lupin characters.
The series was directed by Sayo Yamamoto (the first female director of a Lupin title) with Takeshi Koike (Redline) in charge of character design and animation direction. Mari Okada (anohana, Black Butler) wrote most of the series with Dai Satō (Cowboy Bebop, Eureka 7) writing other episodes. Composer/musician Naruyoshi Kikuchi produced its opening theme as well as in-show music.
In October 2011 the voice cast for the Lupin III anime franchise changed for the first time in 16 years and Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine is the first series to reflect that change. Kanichi Kurita plays Lupin, Kiyoshi Kobayashi plays Daisuke Jigen, Daisuke Namikawa plays Goemon Ishikawa, Miyuki Sawashiro plays Fujiko Mine, and Kouichi Yamadera plays Inspector Zenigata.
Also on Monday, MVM is releasing a Complete Series DVD edition of Red Garden, the 2006 anime series by Gonzo set in New York. (Back in 2007, ADV began releasing individual volumes of the series on UK DVD, but stopped after three volumes, leaving the series unfinished.) The set includes the Dead Girls OAV. From the Anime-on-line website:
An odd string of suicides surrounds a private institution on Roosevelt Island. On the night a classmate dies, Kate, Rachel, Rose and Claire wake with no memories of the evenings' events. The next night, the four girls are drawn together by mysterious red butterflies only they can see. Converging at Central Park, the girls are approached by a strange woman who tells them they are dead. Now, the four girls must work together to learn the secrets of their death - and the means to return to their previous life.