Manga Entertainment Streams Dubbed First Squad Trailer

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Studio 4°C's animated take on Russian story set on World War II's Eastern Front

Manga Entertainment began streaming an English trailer for the First Squad - The Moment Of Truth OVA on its Facebook page on Tuesday. Anchor Bay announced last year that it had acquired the film project, which is Yoshiharu Ashino and Studio 4°C's animated video version of a story by Russian artists Misha Sprits and Aljosha Klimov.

First Squad is set during the opening days of World War II on the Eastern Front. A group of Soviet teenagers with extraordinary abilities has been drafted into a special unit to fight the invading German army. A Schutzstaffel (SS) officer attempts to raise from the dead an army of crusaders from the 12th-century Order of the Sacred Cross and enlist them in the Nazi cause.

The film premiered at the Moscow International Film Festival in 2009 and won the Kommersant newspaper's prize. It also played at Locarno, at Cannes in France, at Sitges, and at Waterloo, Canada.

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