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SMASH 2013 New Acquisitions from Hanabee

posted on by Jon Hayward
Australian anime distributor Hanabee makes three new title announcements at the Sydney Manga and Anime Show 2013;

The announcements were made on Saturday the 10th of August during the Hanabee Industry Panel;

Hiiro no Kakera - The Tamayori Princess Saga 2

The second season of Hiiro no Kakera continues the story of Tamaki the Tamayori Princess and her protectors. As the monster within Takuma begins to rise, Tamaki realizes that she loves him. However, Logos and allies they once trusted will do anything they can to separate the two. Everything from the past is revealed, and all that's left is to clear the way for a bright future. That is, if it's still possible.

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.

Season 1 has been previously released by Hanabee in Australia. Hanabee's Season 2 release will contain all 13 episodes with both the English dub and Japanese sub and be released on DVD and Blu-Ray. Hiiro no Kakera - The Tamayori Princess Saga 2 will hit store shelves on the 4th of December 2013.

You can view Hanabee's press release on Hiiro no Kakera S2 here

Hakuoki ~ Dawn of the Shinsengumi

The anime adapts Idea Factory's Hakuōki Shinsengumi Kitan romance adventure game from Otomate, Idea Factory's brand aimed at female players. The story of the game and its anime adaptation center around the historical Shinsengumi samurai group in Kyoto during the 19th century. The story of this prequel to Hakuōki focuses on Ryunosuke Ibuki, a boy who is a son of a samurai, yet hates a samurai. He was pick up by Roshigumi (later Shinsengumi) other leader Kamo Serizawa, when he was robbed and left to die on his way to the Capital (Kyoto). After being rescued, he was forced to become Serizawa's dog, and slowly, the mystery of "Water of Life" is starting to unfold.

The twelve episode series was produced by Studio DEEN (Hetalia - Axis Powers, Rurouni Kenshin) in 2010 under direction from Osamu Yamasaki. The original concept was by Tsunekiyo Fujisawa with original character design by Yone Kazuki and character design by Atsuko Nakajima (Getbackers, Trinity Blood).

The Hakuōki anime franchise includes the 12-episode Hakuōki series, the 10-episode sequel series Hakuōki Hekketsu-roku, and the 6-episode Hakuōki Sekkaroku OAV series. The franchise also includes two upcoming films that will premiere in 2013. Hanabee have released Hakuōki in Australia.

Hanabee's release will be on the 2nd of October 2013 on Blu-ray and DVD. This collection will contain all 12 episodes of Hakuoki ~ Dawn of the Shinsengumi and contain both English dub and Japanese sub.

You can view Hanabee's press release on Hakuoki ~ Dawn of the Shinsengumi here

Princess Knight

Princess Sapphire is a princess who was born with a boy's mind and raised as one because of one mischievous angel's mistake. Nevertheless, there is no way a girl can take the throne so her parents and the maid that helped raised her kept it a secret from everyone. Now as a Knight of Ribbon she has to fight to avoid having her identity revealed that Sapphire is a girl. She'll need the help of an angel who is in fact a make-believe angel.....

This is the original 1967 animated series adaptation based on Osamu Tezuka's manga "Ribon no Kishi" (Knight of the Ribbon) that was published in Kodansha's Shoujo Club magazine between 1953 and 1968. Ribon no Kishi is considered to be one of the first shōjo manga published in history.

While the series was translated, edited and dubbed in 1970, it was scrapped before broadcast due to legal issues. However the series was still leaked out and was broadcast in the United States. In Australia the series was broadcast by different networks with the name changing between Choppy and the Princess and Princess Knight dependent on the broadcaster. The series has never recieved a home video release before Right Stuf licensed the title in 2012.

Hanabee's release will be the edited version with the English dub in mono. The release will be split into two collections with Part 1 being released on the 18th of September and Part 2 on the 2nd of October.

You can view Hanabee's press release on Princess Knight here.

Image ©Tezuka Production・Mushi Production

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