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Blue Exorcist Kyoto Saga Released Monday

posted on by Andrew Osmond

On Monday March 26, Manga Entertainment will release the first volume of Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga on Blu-ray and DVD, carrying the first six episodes of the series. The anime adapts the "Kyoto Impure King Arc" that started in the fifth volume of Kazue Katō's original Blue Exorcist manga. Aniplex of America described the series:

Assiah, the realm of humans, and Gehenna, the realm of demons. Normally, these two dimensions would never intersect, but having possessed all material substances, the demons are now intruding on the material world. But among the human race, there are those who can exorcise such demons—the exorcists.

Rin Okumura kept the fact that he was Satan's offspring a secret from everyone and decided to become an exorcist. He began his training at True Cross Academy but following the incidents involving Amaimon's raid, his lineage became apparent. Fearing his true nature and the blue flames marking his connection to Gehenna, Rin's classmates all distanced themselves from him. Meanwhile, the academy was on high alert when they realized that the “Left Eye of the Impure King” had been stolen! What lies ahead for Rin and his classmates?

Koichi Hatsumi (Deadman Wonderland, Gangsta., Berserk: The Golden Age Arc I - The Egg of the King) is replacing Tensai Okamura as the director of the new series at A-1 Pictures. Toshiya Ono (The Perfect Insider, tsuritama, Gatchaman Crowds) is handling the series composition, replacing Ryota Yamaguchi. Keigo Sasaki is returning from the first season to design the characters.

MVM will release New Theatrical Movie Initial D Legend 1: Awakening on Blu-ray and DVD. The film is the first in a planned trilogy, which retells the beginning of the story from Shuuichi Shigeno's original car-racing manga.

High school student Takumi Fujiwara works as a gas station attendant during the day and a delivery boy for his father's tofu shop during late nights. Little does he know that his precise driving skills and his father's modified Toyota Sprinter AE86 Trueno make him the best amateur road racer on Mt. Akina's highway. Because of this, racing groups from all over the Gunma Prefecture issue challenges to Takumi to see if he really has what it takes to be a road legend.

Masamitsu Hidaka (Linebarrels of Iron, Pokémon, The Sacred Blacksmith) directed at SANZIGEN and LIDEN FILMS. Mayori Sekijima (Arata: The Legend, Phi-Brain - Puzzle of God, Skip Beat!) wrote the screeenplay, and Akio Dobashi (Dance in the Vampire Bund, Sisters of Wellber, Yozakura Quartet) scored the soundtrack. A new cast starring Mamoru Miyano as Takumi, Yūichi Nakamura as Keisuke, Daisuke Ono as Ryōsuke, Maaya Uchida as Natsuki, Minoru Shiraishi as Itsuki, and Hiroaki Hirata as Bunta are featured in the film.

MVM is also releasing the 25-part series Skip Beat! on Blu-ray and DVD. Originally broadcast in 2008-9. the story centers on a teenager named Kyōko who followed her childhood friend Shō to Tokyo as he pursues his show business dreams. Despite playing housekeeper for Shō, Kyōko overhears Shō dismissing her as a boring nobody. Furious, Kyōko vows to also become a singer and defeat Shō. Director Kiyoko Sayama (Angel Sanctuary, Prétear, Princess Tutu, Vampire Knight) worked with the studio Hal Film Maker (Angel Sanctuary, Prétear, Princess Tutu).

Anime Limited is releasing a standard Blu-ray edition of the CG feature film Expelled from Paradise. In the film, most of humanity has evolved into an existence where each being is turned into data that composes their personalities living inside Deva, an utopian society which governs its individuals through a virtual reality interface in a base above earth´s atmosphere. The continuous interference of a hacker from planet Earth called Frontier Setter is seen as threat and Deva sends security agent angela Balzac to deal with it.

MVM will release a DVD edition of the first season of the series Log Horizon.

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