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Bayonetta: Bloody Fate Anime Gets Manga, Blu-ray/DVD Date

posted on by Egan Loo
Tiger & Bunny manga's Mizuki Sakakibara adapts film based on Platinum Games title

Tiger & Bunny manga artist Mizuki Sakakibara is launching a two-part manga adaptation of the Bayonetta: Bloody Fate anime film in the December issue of Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine on Saturday. The second half will run in the January issue on December 9.

Amazon is listing the Japanese Blu-ray Disc and DVD releases of the film from Avex Marketing on January 24. The standard editions will include the 91-minute film itself, footage from the onstage greetings by the staff and cast at the Tokyo International Film Festival, and the Bayonetta promotional videos (theatrical trailer and television commercials). The Deluxe Special Edition of the Blu-ray will add a still-frame collection of storyboards from director Fuminori Kizaki on the extras disc, a dialogue recording script, a miniature version of the theatrical pamphlet, and a soundtrack CD (with 40 tracks and a projected length about 45 minutes).

Anime studio Gonzo produced this film adaptation of Platinum Games' Bayonetta franchise for release this November. Fuminori Kizaki (Afro Samurai, Basilisk, Super Street Fighter IV, X-Men) directed, storyboarded, and shot Bayonetta: Bloody Fate off a screenplay by Mitsutaka Hirota (The Prince of Tennis II, Tetsujin 28-gō Gao!, X-Men).

Ai Yokoyama designed the characters based on Mari Shimazaki's original game art. (Shimazaki is also supervising the project.) Hiroya Iijima (Afro Samurai, Tiger & Bunny) designed the angels, while mechanical designers Katanao Akai and Takashi Watabe (new Evangelion films, Ghost in the Shell, Super Street Fighter IV) were in charge of the creatures and guns, respectively. Mai (avex entertainment) contributed the theme song.

Unlike even in Japanese version of the original game, the anime film has Japanese voices:

Atsuko Tanaka as Bayonetta

Mie Sonozaki as Jeanne

Daisuke Namikawa as Luka

Miyuki Sawashiro as Cereza

Tesshô Genda as Rodin

Wataru Takagi as Enzo

Norio Wakamoto as Balder

The film will play in 10 theaters throughout Japan for two weeks starting on November 23. The film's official website is streaming a 90-second trailer:

Platinum Games and Sega released the first Bayonetta action game about a shape-shifting, fighting witch on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in Japan in October 2009 and then in North America in January 2010. Platinum Games is now developing Bayonetta 2 for the Wii U.

The film will play in 10 theaters throughout Japan for two weeks starting on November 23. Viz Media publishes Sakakibara's Tiger & Bunny manga in North America.

Thanks to WTK for the news tip

Images © Sega/Bayonetta Film Club

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