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Hanabee to Release Complete Collections of Several Series

posted on by Jon Hayward
Hanabee's seventh day of Christmas brings the complete collections of Hiiro no Kakera, AKB0048 and a combo pack of Kids on the Slope in March;

Hanabee has been making the following three announcements hourly for the seventh day of Christmas. All three titles will be released on the 4th of March 2015;

The first announcement was the complete collection of Hiiro no Kakera on DVD and Blu-ray, the release will be on DVD and Blu-ray and contain both Hiiro no Kakera and Hiiro no Kakera - The Tamayori Princess Saga 2, 26 episodes in total with English dub and original Japanese audio.

The second announcement contained AKB0048 complete collection, all 26 episodes (AKB0048 and AKB0048 Next Stage) on DVD with Japanese audio and English dub.

The third announcement is for the combo pack release of Kids on the Slope, the release will include both DVD and Blu-ray in the one box with all 12 episodes and the English dub and Japanese audio with English subtitles.

Hanabee's Seven Days of Christmas

  • Day 1: Rooster Teeth Signed Give-away [link].
  • Day 2: Patema Inverted Sketching Competition [link]
  • Day 3: Anime Acquisition - Little Busters! Refrain [link]
  • Day 4: Majestic Prince Part 2 [link]
  • Day 5: The Ambition of Oda Nobuna [link]
  • Day 6: Humanity Has Declined. [link]
  • Day 7
    1. AKB0048 Complete Collection
    2. Hiiro no Kakera Complete Collection
    3. Kids on the Slope Combo Pack
    4. ??? - Yet to be announced fourth title.

©IF • DF / Hiiro no Kakera Committee

Hiiro no Kakera - The Tamayori Princess Saga

Tamaki Kasuga's parents have transferred overseas and she has been sent to live with her Grandmother in a small village. However Tamaki soon discovers that her family has a long running history with the supernatural as she is the Tamayori Princess, royalty responsible for keeping the sword Onikirimaru sealed to protect the world from it's fearsome power. And with people after the sword's power, it's a good thing that the Tamayori Princess has five guardians from the Shogogo family to protect her.

The second season of Hiiro no Kakera (Hiiro no Kakera - The Tamayori Princess Saga 2) 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 was originally announced by Hanabee in January 2013 through a search on their website and released in April that year. Season 2 was announced in August at SMASH and released in December 2013. Both series have been streamed on Crunchyroll. The series has been released by Sentai Filmworks in North America.

Hanabee will release Hiiro no Kakera - The Tamayori Princess Saga on the 4th of March 2015. The collection will be available on DVD and Blu-ray and contain all 26 episodes from both seasons with English dub and Japanese Audio with English subtitles. You can view Hanabee's press-release here.



At the start of the 21st century an world war over interplanetary travel technology erupts causing ecological destruction on a planetary scale and forces humanity to make a mass exodus from Earth. This starts a new era of humanity and soon the "Super Galactic Alliance" is formed. This Alliance decides that in order to prevent future calamity they must control the hearts and minds of humanity and as such outlaw all forms of entertainment, especially idols. 48 years later the legendary idol group "AKB0048" is reformed, organising guerrilla concerts and taking up arms to defend their careers, fans and perhaps even save the galaxy.

AKB0048 is a series inspired by the 48-member all-female idol group ABK48. The series stars the following ABK0048 members in the nine main roles;

  • Sayaka Nakaya (AKB48 Team A) voices 13-year-old Orine Aida
  • Amina Satō (AKB48 Team B) voices 14-year-old Yuuka Ichijō
  • Sawako Hata (SKE48 Team KII) voices 14-year-old Suzuko Kanzaki
  • Sumire Satō (AKB48 Team B) voices 17-year-old Mimori Kishida
  • Haruka Ishida (AKB48 Team B) voices 15-year-old Kanata Shinonome
  • Kumi Yagami (SKE48 Team S) voices 10-year-old Sonata Shinonome
  • Mayu Watanabe (AKB48 Team B) plays 13-year-old Chieri Sono
  • Karen Iwata (AKB48 Trainee) voices 13-year-old Nagisa Motomiya
  • Mao Mita (NMB48 Team M) voices by 16-year-old Makoto Yokomizo

Mari Okada (anohana, HanaIro, Toradora!) supervised and wrote the scripts and Mikan Ehime (Macross Frontier, Gravion Zwei) designed the characters. Yoshimasa Hiraike (Working!!/Wagnaria!!, Amagami SS, Sketchbook ~full color'S~) directed the anime at Satelight (Macross Frontier, Aquarion, Shugo Chara!).

Shoji Kawamori, the co-creator of the Macross franchise and the co-director of Macross: Do You Remember Love?, was the project planner and the chief director and Toshimichi Ootsuki (Evangelion: 1.0 You Are [Not] Alone) was the executive producer. AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto himself is planned and supervised the project.

The 13-episode first season premiered in Japan in April 2012 and the 13-episode sequel series AKB0048 next stage premiered in Japan on January 5th 2013. Crunchyroll streamed both series as they were broadcast and Sentai Filmworks licensed AKB0048 earlier in the year and have since released the complete first season.

Hanabee announced AKB0048 in November 2013 and released the series on DVD in two parts, the first in February and the second in March 2014.

Hanabee's new complete collection of AKB0048 will collect together both AKB0048 and AKB0048 next stage for a total of 26 episodes on DVD with the English dub and Japanese audio with English subtitles. The collection will hit Australian and New Zealand shelves on the 4th of March 2015. You can view the press-release here.

© Yuki Kodama, Shogakukan / KIDS ON THE SLOPE Committee

Kids on the Slope Combo Pack

It's the summer of 1966 and Kaoru Nishimi has moved to live with relatives in Kyūshū. Karou is no stranger to moving between towns and schools, his family has lived that way for years but it has left Karou preferring his own company. When Kaoru starts at his new school he meets the school's notorious bad boy, Sentaro Kawabuchi, who quickly sets Karou on a new path through the fun of Jazz and becomes Karou's first real friend.

Kids on the Slope is based on Yuki Kodama's coming-of-age manga Sakamichi no Apollon (坂道のアポロン). The anime reunites Cowboy Bebop's director Shinichiro Watanabe (Macross Plus, The Animatrix's "Kid's Story," Samurai Champloo) and composer Yoko Kanno (Macross Plus/Frontier, Escaflowne, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). Nobuteru Yuki (Record of Lodoss War, Escaflowne, Space Battleship Yamato 2199) designed the characters alongside chief animation director Yoshimitsu Yamashita (Hyouge Mono, Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~). The anime was produced by MAPPA and Tezuka Productions for Fuji TV's spring Noitamina block in 2012 and ran for 12 episodes. The Japanese dub has Ryohei Kimura (Kaito Yashio - Robotics;Notes) voicing Kaoru Nishimi and Yoshimasa Hosoya (Nezumi in No. 6) as Sentarō Kawabuchi.

The series has since been streamed in North America by Sentai Filmworks and released to DVD and Blu-ray in May 2013. Kids on the Slope was released on in the United Kingdom by MVM in June 2013 on Blu-ray.

Hanabee Entertainment originally announced Kids on the Slope during @Con in February 2013 and released the series on DVD and Blu-ray in May 2013.

The combo release of Kids on the Slope will contain all 12 episodes on Blu-ray and DVD with English dub and Japanese audio with English subtitles. The combo pack will hit shelves on the 4th of March 2015. The press-release for Kids on the Slope can be seen here.

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