Space Dandy and Miyazaki Box-set Released Monday
posted on by Andrew Osmond
On Monday December 8, Anime Limited is releasing DVD and Collector's Blu-ray editions of the first season of Space Dandy. This is the science-fiction comedy series from director Shinichiro Watanabe (Macross Plus, Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo, Kids on the Slope) and studio BONES. The story revolves around Dandy, an alien-hunter. His job is to seek out new aliens never seen before, and receives a reward whenever he finds a new species. His mission is to find those new species faster than anyone else as he travels the galaxy. Together with the bucket-of-bolts robot QT and the dimwit alien Meow he picked up along the way, he comes into contact with new planets and their inhabitants.
Studio Canal is releasing its Blu-ray boxset of Hayao Miyazaki feature films. The set contains all eleven feature films directed by Miyazaki: Castle of Cagliostro, Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind, Laputa: Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Porco Rosso, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Ponyo and The Wind Rises. A bonus disc contains the press conference which Miyazaki gave on his retirement.
MVM is releasing the second half of Blast of Tempest. The series adapts Kyou Shirodaira, Arihide Sano, and Ren Saizaki's fantasy manga, involving two students caught up in cataclysmic events involving giant magic trees, while also investigating the murder of the girl they both loved. Studio Bones produced the project and Masahiro Ando (Sword of the Stranger, Hanasaku Iroha) directed the series.
MVM is also releasing a Blu-ray collected edition of Bakemonogatari. (A DVD collection was released in October.) The series begins the Monogatari franchise, adapting NisiOisin's Bakemonogatari light novels. The series deals with a high school boy named Koyomi Araragi and strange students he encounters. ("Bakemonogatari" is a wordplay on the Japanese term bakemono for supernatural creatures and the term Monogatari for stories.)