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Hanabee Entertainment Announces Three New Licenses

posted on by Jon Hayward
Australian Anime Distributor reveals Q2 2013 releases through website easter egg hunt;

Hanabee Entertainment posted on their facebook page that they have hidden clues on hanabee.com.au (an example on their about page). The clues were promptly found, revealing the following three titles;


Nisemonogatari continues to adapt Bakemonogatari, the Japanese light novel series written by Nisio Isin and illustrated by VOfan. The series continues to follow high-school student Koyomi Araragi as he finds himself mixed in the world of the supernatural helping a collection of ghosts, gods and myths. This time there's a spread of curses running through the local middle school and Koyomi's sisters, Karen and Tsukihi, are looking for the culprit who might just be a person involved with one of Koyomi's classmates.

Akiyuki Shinbo (Bakemonogatari, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) directed the anime at the anime studio SHAFT. Akio Watanabe (Bakemonogatari, The World God Only Knows) adapted VOFAN's original character designs for animation. Eri Kitamura and Yuka Iguchi starred as Karen and Tsukihi respectively. Chiwa Saito, Emiri Katō, Miyuki Sawashiro, Kana Hanazawa, Yui Horie, Hiroshi Kamiya will reprised their roles of Hitagi Senjougahara, Mayoi Hachikuji, Suruga Kanbaru, Nadeko Sengoku, Tsubasa Hanekawa, and Koyomi Araragi. The young female duo ClariS sung the ending theme song "Naisho no Hanashi" (Secret Story) composed by supercell's Ryo.

Accoring to Hanabee's press release, Nisemonogatari will be split into two sub-only releases, part 1 in May and part 2 in June and they will come packaged with character commentary on disc.

Bakemonogatari was announced at Supanova Brisbane in November and Part 1 will be released on DVD in March 2013. You can view Hanabee's release page for Bakemonogatari here.

Inu X Boku Secret Service

Ririchiyo Shirakiin is seeking some peace and quiet so she moves into Maison de Ayakashi, a selective apartment complex for the super elite. But Maison de Ayakshi is hiding a secret, all the families that live there are descendents of the supernatural and while they look human, the residents have inherited their ancestors powers and are vulnerable to attacks from actual supernatural creatures. So to keep Ririchiyo safe, Maison de Ayakashi secret service has assigned Soushi Miketsukami as her bodyguard. His only request? "Please make me your dog!"

Based on the manga written and illustrated by Cocoa Fujiwara, this anime adaptation was produced by david production under direction from Naokatsu Tsuda (Shikabane Hime: Kuro, Squid Girl). Haruko Iizuka (The IDOLM@STER, Toaru Kagaku no Railgun) designed the characters and acted as chief animation director. Toshizo Nemoto (Towa no Quon, Phi-Brain - Kami no Puzzle) oversaw the scripts and Takuya Satō (Strawberry Marshmallow, Mayoi Neko Overrun!) is supervised the scenario and setting for the series.

Hanabee's release will hit shelves in April and be a single collection of all 12 episodes on Blu-ray and DVD with both English and Japanese audio and English subtitles. You can view further information on the Hanabee press release.

Hiiro no Kakera (The Tamayori Princess Saga)

Tamaki Kasuga's parents have transferred overseas and she has been sent to live with her Grandmother in a small village. However Tamaki soon discovers that her family has a long running history with the supernatural as she is the Tamayori Princess, royalty responsible for keeping the sword Onikirimaru sealed to protect the world from it's fearsome power. And with people after the sword's power, it's a good thing that the Tamayori Princess has five guardians from the Shogogo family to protect her.

Based on the PlayStation 2 Japanese otome game visual novel published by Idea Factory in 2006, this 13 episode series was directed by Bob Shirohata (Hetalia - Axis Powers, Gravitation) at Studio DEEN. Yoshiko Nakamura (Hakuōki, Junjō Romantica) scripted the series and Naoyuki Onda (Gantz, Berserk Ōgon Jidai-Hen I: Haō no Tamago) adapted Yone Kazuki's (Hakuōki) original character designs and served as the chief animation director. The cast for the original game, aside from the protagonist, reprised their roles for the series. The series was followed by Hiiro no Kakera Dai-ni-Shō..

Hiiro no Kakera will be released in a collection on both Blu-ray and DVD in April 2013. You can view the press release here.

Hiiro no Kakera Image ©IF ・ DF/ Hiiro no Kakera Committee
Inu X Boku Secret Service Image © Cocoa Fujiwara / SQUARE ENIX, Inuboku Secret Service Project, MBS

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