Exclusive: Discotek Licenses 8 Man After OVA
posted on by Karen Ressler
Discotek Media announced on ANNCast on Friday that it has licensed the four-episode original video anime (OVA) 8 Man After. The company plans to release a DVD with all four episodes with English and Japanese audio.
Streamline Entertainment licensed the OVA and Image Entertainment released the OVA on DVD in 2001 with an English dub track only. Discotek's release will be the first time the OVA has been made available in Japanese with English subtitles.
The 1993 OVA is a sequel to the 1963-1964 8 Man television series, and both are based on the manga by Kazumasa Hirai (Genma Wars) and Jiro Kuwata (Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga). Image Entertainment described the story:
A high-tech crime syndicate. Cybernetic mobsters jacked into a network of designer drugs, violence and all consuming corruption. A modern metropolis on the verge of total meltdown. The only possible outcome - total chaos!
A private investigator working a routine case involving stolen technology is mortally wounded. His only hope for survival comes from sacrificing his humanity to become 8man - a powerful cyborg crime-fighter enhanced with a living human brain. Resurrected as the ultimate high-tech vigilante, it is up to 8man to bring the lawless to justice and put an end to the escalating cycle of violence.
Yoriyasu Kogawa directed and storyboarded the OVA and Yasushi Hirano handled the screenplay.