Hanabee Announces New Acquisitions at Supanova Sydney 2013

posted on by Jon Hayward
Australian anime distributor announces two new titles to be released in 2013;

These two announcements were made at Hanabee's "Special Screening" on Saturday the 22nd of June at Supanova Pop Culture Expo Sydney.

Revolutionary Girl Utena

Revolutionary Girl Utena follows Utena Tenjou, a tomboyish teenage girl who vowed as a child to become a Prince one day. When she starts attending Ohtori Academy, Utena is drawn into a duel with a member of the student council to protect her friend's honor. Upon winning the duel Utena discovers that she has won the right to the hand of the rose bride, Anthy. Utena must now must fight to keep Anthy safe and discover the secrets of Ohtori Academy.

Created simultaneously as both an anime and manga series by creative team Be-Papas which included some of the same production staff as Sailor Moon. In particular the series was written and directed by Kunihiko Ikuhara (Penguindrum). Joining Ikuhara was Yoji Enokido (Sailor Moon, Star Driver) in charge of series composition and scripts, character designer Shinya Hasegawa (Ikki Tousen, Sailor Moon) and art director Shichiro Kobayashi (Berserk, Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, Space Adventure Cobra) with Shinkichi Mitsumune (FLCL, Rozen Maiden) composing the music and J. A. Seazer creating the duel themes.

The series was created alongside a manga of the same title by Chiho Saito (originally published in 1996) and went onto inspire the theatrical film, Revolutionary Girl Utena: The Movie, which premiered in 1999. The tv anime itself was originally ran for 39 episodes and was broadcast in April 1997 on TV Tokyo and has since went onto be translated into English, Italian, Spanish, French and Russian.

Hanabee's DVD release will contain the English dub and sub and be housed in a collectors box with additional series booklet. Revolutionary Girl Utena will be spread over the following three volumes;

  • 18th September 2013 - Part 1: The Student Council Saga.
  • 16th October 2013 - Part 2: The Black Rose Saga.
  • 18th November 2013 - Part 3: The Apocalypse Saga.

If you would like further information, you can view Hanabee's press release on Revolutionary Girl Utena here.


Daily Lives of High School Boys

Based on the manga of the same name by Yasnobu Yamauchi, Daily Lives of High School Boys follows a group of students that attend the boys-only Sanada North High School. The group consists of three friends, Tadakuni, Yoshitake, and Hidenori as they undergo the trials and tribulations of high school surrounded by friends and family. There are no revolutions, no giant robot battles, just trivial persuits, inane thoughts and realistic expectations.

The manga was originally published in online magazine Gangan Online between May 2009 and September 2007. This anime adaptation was screened in January 2012 on TV Tokyo and ran for 12 episodes. The series was produced at Sunrise under the direction and scripts of Shinji Takamatsu (Gintama, School Rumble) with character design by Yoshinori Yumoto (Chō Soku Henkei Gyrozetter) and art direction by Kenichi Tajiri (Aria the Origination, Pretear). The cast includes Kenichi Suzumura as Yoshitake (Shinn Asuka in Gundam Seed), Miyu Irino as Tadakuni (Akito Hyuga in Code Geass: Akito the Exiled) and Tomokazu Sugita as Hidenori (Kyon in The Melancholy of Haruhi-chan Suzumiya). On a final note, the manga has also recently been green-lit for an live-action film adaptation.

Hanabee's release will be a DVD collection with all 12 episodes and the Tokuten OVA in Japanese with English subtitles. Daily Lives of High School Boys will be released on the 31st of July 2013.

If you would like further information, you can view Hanabee's press release on Daily Lives of High School Boys here.

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