Escaflowne, Ultimate Alchemist, Miss Hokusai Released Monday
posted on by Andrew Osmond
On Monday November 7, Anime Limited will release the 'Ultimate Edition' of the 1996 fantasy adventure series Vision of Escaflowne. The set includes three CDs of the series soundtrack, extended cuts of several episodes and the feature film retelling, Escaflowne: The Movie. As well as including the subtitled edition of the series, it also includes both English dubs: the Funimation dub version features Caitlin Glass, Aaron Dismuke, Colleen Clinkenbeard and Vic Mignogna,
Anime Limited is also releasing its 'Ultimate Edition' of Fullmetal Alchemist (the 51-part serial adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa's manga broadcast in 2003, not to be confused with Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood). This edition is said to be shipping on Monday; most of the thousand units have already been ordered, with under 300 remaining according to the 'alltheanime' blog. The set includes the 51 episodes on Blu-ray, a 260-page large artbook and art cards, while the packaging is a resin replica of 'The Gate' from the series. The SRP is £299.99.
In addition, Anime Limited will also release the feature film Miss Hokusai as a DVD, Blu-ray and 'Ultimate Edition' Blu-ray (pictured). Annecy-winning director Keiichi Hara (Summer Days with Coo, Colorful) directed the film based on Hinako Sugiura's acclaimed historical manga Sarusuberi. The film originally premiered in Japan in May 2015. Production I.G describes the stoy:
The time: 1814. The place: Edo, now known as Tokyo. A much accomplished artist of his time and now in his mid-fifties, Tetsuzo can boast clients from all over Japan, and tirelessly works in the garbage-loaded chaos of his house-atelier. He spends his days creating astounding pieces of art, from a giant-size Bodhidharma portrayed on a 180 square meter-wide sheet of paper, to a pair of sparrows painted on a tiny rice grain.
Third of Tetsuzo's four daughters, outspoken 23-year-old O-Ei has inherited her father's talent and stubbornness, and very often she would paint instead of him, though uncredited. Her art is so powerful that sometimes leads to trouble. "We're father and daughter; with two brushes and four chopsticks, I guess we can always manage, in a way or another." This is the untold story of O-Ei, Master Hokusai's daughter.
Animatsu will release the series The Perfect Insider as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack (pictured). Mamoru Kanbe (Elfen Lied, I''s Pure) directed the anime at A-1 Pictures (The IDOLM@STER, Persona 4 the Golden Animation). Toshiya Ono (Gatchaman Crowds, tsuritama) was in charge of series composition. Kenji Kawai (Patlabor, Fate/stay night composed the music and Inio Asano (Solanin, Nijigahara Holograph) drew the original character designs.
The story of the original Subete ga F ni Naru novel revolves around Sōhei Saikawa, a member of the Saikawa Research Lab. He goes on a vacation held by the lab, and Moe Nishinosono, the daughter of his mentor, joins the group on their vacation despite not being a part of the lab. There, the two end up finding a corpse. The two work together to solve the mysteries of what becomes a serial murder case. The 1996 novel was the first installment in Hiroshi Mori's S&M series of novels.
Anime Limited will release a Collector's Edition Blu-ray of Your Lie in April Part 1. Naoshi Arakawa's original shōnen manga that inspired the anime follows Kōsei Arima, a former child prodigy who lost his ability to play the piano when his mother died. His daily life is monochrome, but it begins to gain color when he meets a female violinist by chance. Kaori Miyazono is an audacious go-getter who is overflowing with personality. Enchanted by the girl, Kōsei starts to move forward with his own legs at the age of 14.
Kyōhei Ishiguro (Fairy Tail, Psycho-Pass episode director) directed the anime at A-1 Pictures off scripts by Takao Yoshioka (High School DxD, WATAMOTE). Yukiko Aikei (Accel World, Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere) served as character designer and chief animation director. Masaru Yokoyama (Queen's Blade, Freezing Vibration) composed the music, while Jin Aketagawa (High School DxD, anohana) served as sound director
Manga Entertainment will release a 'Pokemon Movie Collection' as both a Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook (pictured) and a DVD. The three films are Pokemon: The First Movie, Pokemon 2000 - The Movie and Pokemon 3 - The Movie.
Anime Limited's final release this week is a 'Collectors' Blu-ray edition of Outlaw Star. The space comedy-adventure series ran for 26 episodes in 1998, produced by Morning Star Studios. It was directed by Mitsuru Hongo (Shamanic Princess, Sakura Wars: The Movie, Reideen) and features mecha designs by veterans Junya Ishigaki (Macross Frontier, Mobile Suilt Gundam Wing, Angelic Layer) and Shoji Kawamori (Macross Plus, Eureka 7, Super Dimension Fortress Macross).
MVM will release a collected edition of the science-fiction drama From the New World (previously released in two parts). Yūsuke Kishi's original novel is set in Japan a millennium from now. Five children — the protagonist Saki (as voiced by Risa Taneda), Satoru (Kanako Toujô), Maria (Kana Hanazawa), Mamoru (Haruka Kudou), and Shun (Mai Toudou) — have been born and raised in a tranquil town that can be described as a utopia, overflowing with water and green foilage. After a certain incident, Saki and the others come to realize the true nature of their world.
MVM will also release a Blu-ray edition of the 2002 series Chobits, based on the CLAMP manga about a boy who discovers an abandoned girl android, a 'persocom.'
Manga Entertainment will release Season 2 of Digimon: Digital Monsters, carrying 50 episodes on eight discs.