Discotek Licenses Arcadia of My Youth, Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer Films, More Lupin Specials
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Discotek Media announced at its panel at Otakon on Saturday that it has licensed the Arcadia of My Youth and Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer anime films, the Lupin III: Island of Assassins and Lupin III: Operation Return the Treasure specials, and the Charge Man Ken television anime.
Discotek also announced that it will release 5 Centimeters Per Second and Fatal Fury the Motion Picture on Blu-ray Disc. The company previously released 5 Centimeters Per Second on DVD in 2015, and released Fatal Fury the Motion Picture on DVD in 2014.
Discotek will release the Arcadia of My Youth film on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The 1982 film is an alternate retelling of Leiji Matsumoto's Space Pirate Captain Harlock television series. Tomoharu Katsumata (Mazinger Z, Devilman) directed the film off a screenplay by Yooichi Onaka.
Celebrity Home Entertainment first released an edited version of the film on VHS with an English dub under the title Vengeance of the Space Pirate. AnimEigo later released the film with English subtitles on VHS in 2000 and on DVD in 2003.
Discotek will release Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The 1984 film is the second film based on Rumiko Takahashi's Urusei Yatsura manga. Mamoru Oshii wrote and directed the film.
Central Park Media released the film on VHS in 1993 and later on DVD in 2004.
Discotek will release Lupin III: Island of Assassins in a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack. The special first debuted on NTV in 1997. Funimation Entertainment released it on DVD in 2005. Toshiyasu Shinohara served as chief director and Hiroyuki Yano (Soreike! Anpanman films) directed the special.
Discotek will release Lupin III: Operation Return the Treasure on DVD. The 2003 special has never been licensed in the United States. Jun Kawagoe (Cyborg 009 The Cyborg Soldier, Mazinkaiser SKL) directed the special off a script by Hiroshi Kashiwabara (Lupin III: Voyage to Danger, Lupin the 3rd: Bye Bye, Lady Liberty).
Discotek will release Charge Man Ken on DVD, and will also stream the series. Knack Productions produced the series of 65 five-minute episodes in 1973.
The story focuses on 10-year-old Ken, who transforms into a superhero to protect earth from invaders called Juralians. The show gained popularity after Line Communications released the series on DVD in Japan in 2007.