Robotics;Notes, Jormungand, Nekomonogatari Black Released Monday
posted on by Andrew Osmond
Manga Entertainment will release the first volume of the series Robotics;Notes (right) on Blu-ray and DVD on Monday August 25. It adapts the Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 game of the same name by the makers of Steins;Gate and Chaos;HEAd. The third "science adventure game" presents a near-future world, immersed in realistic augmented reality technology, but a high school robotics research club is in danger of being disbanded after shrinking to just two members. The club's revival is tied to the robot it is building, as well as with events around the world.
Manga will also release the second volume of Jormungand on Blu-ray and DVD. Shizuka Itou (Hayate the Combat Butler!!'s Hinagiku Katsura) stars as Koko Hekmatyar, a female arms dealer. Mutsumi Tamura (Kill Me Baby's Sonya) plays Jonah, a former child soldier who joins Koko's mercenary unit. Rounding out the main cast are Sayaka Ohara as the knife-wielding Valmet and Unshou Ishizuka as the mercenary leader Lehm. Keitaro Motonaga (Getbackers, Katanagatari, School Days) directed the anime at the Studio White FOX. Mobile Suit Gundam 00's Yousuke Kuroda oversaw and wrote the series scripts, and Gurren Lagann's Taku Iwasaki composed the music. Kazuhisa Nakamura, an animation director on Katanagatari and Steins;Gate, designed the characters.
MVM will release the OAV series Nekomonogatari (Black) on Blu-ray and DVD. The four-part series is a prequel to Bakemonogatari (Anime-on-Line gives it a running time of 107 minutes). MVM describes the story as follows:
This story is about an incident that happened before Bakemonogatari. On his way to the bookstore, Koyomi Araragi encounters Tsubasa Hanekawa whose face is covered with a bandage. The incident allows Koyomi to learn what has been happening in the Hanekawa household, but Tsubasa begs him not to tell anyone about it, saying she'll do anything to keep him quiet. Without revealing her family's circumstances, Koyomi tells of the day's incident - he and Tsubasa buried a "cat" that had been hit by a car - to Meme Oshino. Meme tells Koyomi that he must immediately go to confirm Hanekawa's safety. He heads to her house, only to find... So begins the nightmarish nine days of Golden Week.
Finally, Manga Entertainment will release the third season of the original Dragon Ball series, carrying episodes 58 to 83 of the series.