VOTOMS: Gen-ei Hen OVA Series to Launch on March 26 (Update 3)
posted on by Egan Loo
The ASCII Media Works publisher's Dengeki imprint is announcing the Sōkō Kihei VOTOMS: Gen-ei Hen (Armored Trooper Votoms: Phantom Arc) original video anime (OVA) series, which will start next spring. 26 years after the original Armored Trooper Votoms combat robotic mecha anime series (pictured at right) aired, this new video series is slated to be the final chapter in the franchise. Dengeki showcased the new designs for previously seen characters Vanilla Vartla, Bouleuse Gotho, and Coconna. The official website for the project will open at the http://www.votoms.net/gen-ei/ address with a questionnaire for fans.
Update: The last Votoms anime project before Gen-ei Hen was the Armored Trooper Votoms: Pailsen Files prequel. Pailsen Files began as a 12-volume video series that ran from 2007 to 2008. This video series was later compiled into a theatrical movie this past January. Chronologically in the storyline, the last anime project before Gen-ei Hen was the 1994 video series Armored Trooper Votoms: The Heretic Saint.
Update 2: Bandai Visual plans to release six Gen-ei Hen volumes on Blu-ray Disc and DVD starting on March 26 in Japan. The first volume will contain 24 minutes. To mark the release of the new series, Bandai Visual will also ship three Armored Trooper Votoms DVD-Boxes on February 23, May 28, and August 27. The first two boxes will contain the two halves of the original television anime series. The final box will contain four previous OVA projects (The Last Red Shoulder, Big Battle, Roots of Treachery, The Heretic Saint) and six compilation OVAs (Stories of the "A.T. Votoms," Highlights from the "A.T. Votoms," Uoodo, Kummen, Sunsa, Quent). Source: animeanime.jp
Update 3: Central Park Media released the original television anime series on English-subtitled video tapes and DVDs in North America. The company's CPM Manga imprint also released an American graphic novel by Tim Eldred. The previous OVA projects have yet to be released in North America. Thanks, Prede.
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