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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Ice Anime

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
OAV project to be streamed, released on DVD with dub track in November

Sentai Filmworks announced on Monday that it has licensed the original anime video project ICE. The film will be streamed "through many digital distributors" in November, and will be released on DVD in the same month. The DVD will include both Japanese and English-language tracks.

ICE is directed by Makoto Kobayashi, who is also known for his mechanical designs on such titles as Giant Robo, Last Exile, and the upcoming sequel Last Exile -Fam, The Silver Wing-. The story takes place in the near future when all male humans in the world have died off and only 20,000 females remain living in the Tokyo ward of Shinjuku. While some of the survivors decide to accept humanity's death sentence and live bacchanal lives, other fight over a mysterious substance called ICE that may be humanity's salvation. PPM animated the project.

Yuko Oshima, Erena Ono, Tomomi Kasai, and Natsuki Satō of the female idol group AKB48 voiced roles in this anime. After screening in film festivals in Tokyo, San Paulo, and Chicago, the ICE movie opened in Japan in 2008.

Update: More background information, press release link added.

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