Busou Shinki and Blu-ray Akira Released Monday
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MVM is releasing the 13-part series Busou Shinki on Blu-ray and DVD. Adapted from Konami's line of armed female action figures, the story is set in a future where"Shinki" are 15-centimeter-tall cute partners made to assist humans. These Shinki can even be equipped with weapons and armor to fight each other. Three Shinki serve a high school freshman named Rihito (Takahiro Mizushima). Things change when a new Shinki, the bellicose Strarf (Minori Chihara), joins them.
Yasuhito Kikuchi (Infinite Stratos, Macross Frontier) directed the anime at studio 8-Bit. Takahiro Kishida (Madoka Magica) and Ryōma Ebata (Blue Exorcist) handled character designs, and Ebata also served as chief animation director.
Manga Entertainment will release a new Blu-ray edition of Katsuhiro Otomo's film Akira. It includes a digital copy of the film; both the English dubs, by Streamline and Pioneer/Animaze, as well as the Japanese-language version; and extras including "Restoring Akira" and a subtitled interview with Otomo.