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The official site for the Unbreakable Machine-Doll anime announced that each of the anime's six Blu-ray/DVD volumes will include an original video anime (OVA), along with two television episodes and a live-action "One-Night-Only Evening Party" video with the cast members. The OVAs will be based on bonus text stories by original light novelist Reiji Kaitō.
The initial copies of each volume will also bundle exclusive Digipack packaging and clear case illustrated by character designers LLO and Atsuko Watanabe, an exclusive book written by Kaitō, a special 20-page manga and art booklet, character stickers with swappable clothes by Watanabe, and a special song CD. (The initial copies of the last volume will bundle a LLO-illustrated box for all the volumes as well.)
The Blu-ray volumes will retail for 7,350 yen (about US$74) each, and the DVD volume will retail for 6,300 (US$63) each. The first of the monthly volumes will ship on December 25.
Reprising their roles from the drama CD, Hiro Shimono plays Raishin Akabane, a boy puppeteer who travels from Japan to study at the highest institution for "Machinart" (the craft of making automatons). Hitomi Harada plays Yaya, Raishin's female automaton who accompanies him on his trip. Also reprising their roles are Megumi Takamoto as Charlotte Blue, Jouji Nakata as Sigmund, Kana Asumi as Frey, and Nobuhiko Okamoto as Loki.
Kinji Yoshimoto (Queen's Blade: The Exiled Virgin, Genshiken 2) directed the anime at animation studio Lerche from scripts by Yuuko Kakihara (Persona 4 The Animation, Ebiten: Kōritsu Ebisugawa Kōkō Tenmon-Bu). Atsuko Watanabe (The Everyday Tales of a Cat God, Ebiten: Kōritsu Ebisugawa Kōkō Tenmon-Bu) handled the character designs, and GENCO produced the anime.
Kaito launched the light novel series with illustrations by LLO (Mushi-Uta, Oreshura) in 2009, and the 10th volume shipped in January. Hakaru Takagi launched a manga adaptation in Media Factory's Monthly Comic Alive magazine in 2010.