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Discotek Licenses Baldios, Ayakashi, 'Fair, then Partly Piggy' Anime

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Also: Toriko, Zatch Bell films get DVD release, Marmalade Boy gets SDBD release

Discotek Media announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the Space Warrior Baldios anime film, the Ayakashi anime series, and the Fair, then Partly Piggy anime film.

It also announced that it will release the Toriko the Movie: Secret Recipe of Gourmet God! (Gekijō-ban Toriko Bishokushin no Special Menu), Zatch Bell: 101st Devil (Konjiki no Gash Bell: 101 Banme no Mamono), and Zatch Bell: Attack of Mechavulcan (Konjiki no Gash Bell!!: Attack of the Mechavulcan) anime films on DVD on April 24, in addition to their previously announced Blu-ray Disc release on March 27. It will also re-release the Marmalade Boy anime on a two-disc Standard Definition Blu-ray Disc release on April 24.

Discotek Media describes Space Warrior Baldios:

Instead of cleaning up their own nuclear waste, Planet S-1 brings their dirty work to Earth. Their military rulers want to knock us all off so their dying world can relocate here. Flying against fate, an S-1 rebel tries to defect to our side. But can a desperate and divided World Federation welcome him with open arms? Is this young Marine Leigan an ally or a spy? Can his robot ship Baldios and our Blue Strike Force unite to defeat The Red Fighters? And will it even matter if the impending doom arrives ahead of schedule? It's space war fought on the environmental front. The ultimate battle for survival.

The film is slated for release on Blu-ray Disc on April 24. The release includes both Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

The film debuted in 1981, and serves as both a summary and conclusion for the of the earlier cancelled 1980 Space Warrior Baldios television anime. Celebrity Home Entertainment previously released the film with an English dub under the title Space Warriors: Battle for Earth Station S-1.

Discotek Media describes Ayakashi:

One summer night in their childhood, best friends Yuu, Hime and Izumi witnessed anomalous, delightful snow. Little did they know that the “snowflakes” carried otherworldly parasites that bond with children and unbalanced adults, granting them wild card powers along with a debilitating curse… In the present, Yuu and Hime are high school students. Their friend Izumi died under mysterious circumstances two years earlier, an event which led to Yuu becoming the neighborhood pariah. He has psychokinetic powers that are just emerging when an unhinged school bully with deadly, developed powers of his own attacks Yuu and Hime after school. They're saved by Eimu, a new girl who is cold yet oddly familiar. She becomes Yuu's friend, mentor, and protector, helping him learn about the Ayakashi parasites that inhabit their bodies and the secret war that's going on because of them. As super-powered assassins arrive, it's do or die for Yuu. Can he master the Dragon within and take on the man only known as “Him,” who possesses or is possessed by Orochi, a giant, voracious serpent?

The series is slated for release on DVD on April 24. The release includes the Japanese audio with English subtitles.

The 12-episode series debuted in 2007, and it adapts ApRicoT and Crossnet's 2005 visual novel of the same name. Tokyo Kids produced the anime.

Discotek Media describes Fair, then Partly Piggy:

In this feature-length comedy adaptation of the classic picture book series, Noriyasu seems like an average third-grader, but his life goes haywire after he catches his mother reading his private daily journal. In an effort to astonish her, he begins writing outlandish lies about a giant snake in the bathroom, cooking pencils for dinner, and a rain of pigs, but Noriyasu is the one who's shocked when his writings play out in reality and everyone else treats the events as normal. Things become even more chaotic when he takes several stabs at being a newspaperman, producing “fake news” that become the talk of the town and one resulting in an apocalyptic porcine holiday!

The film is slated for release on Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack on April 24. The release includes the Japanese audio with English subtitles.

The film debuted in 1988. It is based on Shiro Yadama's Hare Tokidoki Buta manga. Oh production produced the anime. The manga also inspired a separate television anime adaptation in 1997 that ran on ABC Family with an English dub and under the title Tokyo Pig.

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