Kurozuka, Ultraviolet: Code 044, Viper's Creed DVD Set Listed From Mill Creek
posted on by Karen Ressler
Sony Pictures previously released all three on DVD in 2012. Mill Creek Entertainment has signed multiple distribution deals with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment to distribute its titles on home video.
In 2008, director Tetsuro Araki (Attack on Titan, Death Note) and the anime Studio Madhouse adapted Takashi Noguchi's 2002-2006 Kurozuka manga. The manga itself adapted a supernatural action novel by Baku Yumemakura (Onmyoji, The Summit of the Gods). The story follows a 12th-century man named Kurō, who was inspired by the real-life historical figure Minamoto no Yoshitsune. He meets a mysterious woman named Kuromitsu and learns that he is unable to die, so he continues to live for a thousand years as Japan evolves into a future society.
The 2008 12-episode Ultraviolet: Code 044 anime adapted Kurt Wimmer's 2006 live-action Ultraviolet film which starred Milla Jovovich. The late director Osamu Dezaki (Ashita no Joe, Aim for the Ace!, Rose of Versailles) worked with the anime studios Madhouse and Tezuka Productions on this project. Romi Park oiced the main character "044," a female warrior genetically engineered with high combat skills and ordered by the government to annihilate a vampire army.
Shinji Aramaki (Megazone 23 Part III, Appleseed films) served as the chief director of the Viper's Creed television anime series at the studio AIC Spirits. The 2009 12-episode anime is set in the middle of the 21st century and revolves around the members of a private military company (PMC) equipped with transforming motorcycle/powered suits. There is uneasy tension between the PMC and the regular military, as they deal with terrorism and the aftermath of a war that caused massive environmental destruction.
Thanks to jlaking for the news tip.