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One Piece and Fairy Tail Films, Familiar of Zero Released Monday

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Includes first three One Piece films.

On Monday July 21, Manga Entertainment will release the first of its box-sets collecting the feature films spun off from the One Piece series. The first set will contain One Piece: The Movie (2000), One Piece: Nejimaki Shima no Bōken (One Piece: Clockwork Island Adventure, 2001) and One Piece: Chinjō Shima no Chopper Ōkoku (One Piece: Chopper Kingdom of Strange Animal Island, 2002).

Manga will also release Fairy Tail the Movie: Phoenix Priestess, spun off from the Fairy Tail series, on both Blu-ray and DVD. (The release includes the prologue to the film released straight to video, Fairy Tail the Movie: Prologue - The First Morning.) Original manga creator Hiro Mashima was in charge of story planning and visual design for the film's all-new plot, and he also drafted the guest character designs and image concept art. Funimation describes the film as follows:

Follow Fairy Tail's dream team - Natsu, Gray, Erza, Lucy, Wendy, Happy, and Carla - as they lend a helping hand to a girl with little memory and a grudge against wizards. As they uncover clues about her mysterious past, a lunatic prince hatches a half-baked plan to sacrifice her in exchange for immortality. When the fool unleashes an ancient force, a raging war becomes the fiercest inferno Fairy Tail has ever faced. Can the guild with a heart of gold save the planet from a fiery finish?

MVM is releasing the series The Familiar of Zero on both Blu-ray and DVD. The show, which is based on late author Noboru Yamaguchi's light novel series, centers on Loise Francoise le blanc, a witch in training who is known by her classmates as "Louise the Zero." During a ritual, Loise accidentally conjures Saito, a teenage boy from earth, and the two are bound by the laws of magic as master and servant forever.

The 13-episode series originally aired in 2006. Yoshiaki Iwasaki (Hayate the Combat Butler!!, Love Hina) directed the series off of Takao Yoshioka's (Ikki Tousen, Elfen Lied) scripts at J.C. Staff. The series stars Rie Kugimiya as Louise ad Satoshi Hino as Saito.

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