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Seminal Films to Release ICE Film on DVD in January

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Sentai Filmworks released 3-episode video version of science-fiction anime last month

MVD Entertainment and Seminal Films plan to release a film version of the ICE anime on January 24 on DVD in North America.

Sentai Filmworks had released a 3-episode bilingual version (pictured below) of ICE last month.

Seminal Films told ANN on Thursday that it is "releasing 'Ice – the Movie'" and that Sentai Filmworks "has Ice The TV Series." MVD Entertainment and Seminal Films' website lists the work's running time at 103 minutes, and Sentai Filmworks lists its version's running time at 90 minutes.

ICE began as a 2007 original video anime series 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. A theatrical film version of the ICE anime opened in Japan in 2008, after first screening in film festivals in Tokyo, San Paulo, and Chicago.

Sentai Filmworks did not respond to ANN's request for comment by press time.

Thanks to Shiroi Hane for the news tip.

[Via WTK at The Fandom Post]

Image © 2008 Project-ICE/E-Net Frontier

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