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AN Entertainment Announces First Release

posted on by Jonathan Mays
AnimeNation is entering the DVD production market with their upcoming release of Omishi Magical Theater: Risky Safety. The 24-episode series, from the producers of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, will be released on three volumes beginning July/August 2003. More series information is available from Risky Safety's new website.

From the press release:

Friday, January 31, 2003

AnimeNation is proud to announce its entry into the official translation and distribution of Japanese animation, more commonly known as "anime," in the American marketplace with the acquisition of "Omishi Magical Theater: Risky Safety" (Omishi Mahō Gekijō: Risky/Safety). AnimeNation is committed to bringing this wonderful and charming contemporary classic to English speaking viewers with a DVD exclusive release that will appeal to casual anime viewers and attract devoted anime aficionados. Risky Safety will be the debut release from newly created AN Entertainment, AnimeNation's home entertainment subsidiary devoted to providing Japanese animation to English speaking viewers.

Broadcast on Japanese television between October 1999 and April 2000, Risky Safety is a gorgeously visual and emotionally touching humorous drama unlike anything else ever released in America before. The Risky Safety story revolves around junior high school girl Moe Katsuragi who is first introduced deeply saddened over her perception that the boy she likes has no interest in her. At the depths of Moe's despair, the tiny apprentice death spirit Risky appears before her, urging Moe to give in to sadness and give up her soul. Matters become confused when Moe discovers that the little devil Risky actually shares a body with the clumsy but pure hearted apprentice angel Safety. The tug-of-war over Moe's soul between devilish Risky and angelic Safety sets in motion a funny and touching 24 episode tale of fate, love, friendship, the cosmic balance of the universe, and even a few giant monsters!

In the tradition of Buena Vista distributed anime titles including Kiki's Delivery Service and Spirited Away, Risky Safety is an inspiring and heartwarming story suitable for family viewing. At the same time, Risky Safety includes enough elements of traditional imported Japanese anime to appeal to even the most seasoned and selective anime fan. Risky Safety is based on a comic book story created by Ray Omishi, the creator of popular and successful anime series Sorcerer Hunters. Risky Safety also features a memorable theme song performed by fan favorite vocalist Maaya Sakamoto, the singer responsible for theme songs to popular anime imports including Escaflowne, Lodoss War, Card Captor Sakura, and RahXephon. The Risky Safety animation was created by Studio A.P.P.P., the veteran Japanese studio responsible for breakthrough hit anime titles including Robot Carnival and Jojo's Bizarre Adventures. The all-star Japanese voice cast includes veteran actors Maaya Sakamoto, Kikuko Inoue, Horie Yui, Rumi Kasahara, and Yuri Shiratori.

For images and additional detail about Omishi Magical Theater Risky Safety, visit the official English language Risky Safety website at RiskySafety.com.

AnimeNation is committed to providing discriminating anime viewers with an authentic and credible presentation of this imported Japanese series. To that end, AN Entertainment's three volume Risky Safety DVD release will contain both English language audio and the original Japanese audio track with optional English subtitles. The subtitles will be adapted from a thoroughly researched "fansub" script- a dialogue script transcribed by devoted anime fans emphasizing translation accuracy and veracity to the original Japanese dialogue. Viewers that prefer English language dialogue will find Risky Safety immediately accessible and highly entertaining, especially supplemented with the extensive bonus liner notes detailing cultural and translation details that will be included on the AN Entertainment DVDs. The Risky Safety DVDs will also be packed with value-added bonus features including staff and cast biographies, trailers, image galleries, reversible DVD covers, and more. AnimeNation's goal is to produce an archival, reference quality DVD release of Risky Safety that will keep viewers of all ages enthralled, and meet the high standards expected by die-hard anime fans and connoisseur of fine imported film.

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