Aniplex USA Adds Kara no Kyoukai - the Garden of sinners
posted on by Egan Loo
Aniplex of America announced on Monday that it will release ufotable's entire Kara no Kyōkai - the Garden of sinners film series in an English-subtitled Blu-ray Disc box in North America on February 8, 2011. The eight-disc box will include the seven theatrical chapters of the franchise plus the bonus Final Chapter that will be available for the first time in February. The online retailer Right Stuf will be the exclusive distributor.
The Japanese Blu-ray Disc box of the film series will ship less than a week earlier on February 2. Right Stuf will offer the North American version for US$398.98. (The Japanese release will sell for 52,500 yen or about US$620, although that is the suggested retail price before discounts.)
Kinoko Nasu's original novels center around Shiki Ryougi — a beautiful, yet rather unsociable, girl. A strange series of violent deaths start occurring in her town. As a boy named Mikiya Kokuto attempts to get closer to Shiki, he soon learns that the two are connected and that there are many supernatural forces at work which could very likely get him killed as well.
Besides the seven theatrical chapters and the bonus Final Chapter, the Blu-ray box will feature the 60-minute edited Remix - Gate of Seventh Heaven- compilation of the first six films and the 50-minute Retracing All Seven Chapters of The Garden of Sinners television special.
The same Visual Chronicle Book (with staff interviews, every key visual from the franchise, illustrations from each movie, and artwork for DVD packages) will be included in both the Japanese and North American releases. However, the North American release will add a separate booklet with English translations of the text in the Visual Chronicle Book.
Takashi Takeuchi, the novels' co-creator and illustrator, drew exclusive new artwork (pictured above) for the box's cover. Prolific composer Yuki Kajiura (Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, .hack, Noir, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) scored the music in this film series.
Update: More information about the packaging and music added. Both the Japanese and North American releases will have English subtitles.
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