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Maiden Japan Licenses Gunparade March, Glass Mask 1984 Anime (Updated)

posted on by Karen Ressler
2003 mecha anime, classic shojo series get home video releases

Section23 Films announced in its September release slate on Thursday that its Maiden Japan imprint will release the Gunparade March television anime on DVD on September 18. The release will include both English and Japanese audio. In addition, it will release the 1984 Glass Mask anime on Blu-ray Disc September 4 in Japanese with English subtitles.

Maiden Japan describes Gunparade March:

In 1945, the alien invasion ended World War II and united humanity against a common enemy. Now, more than 50 years later and after countless deaths, a new group of teenagers has been drafted to train as pilots of the advanced combat mecha known as Humanoid Walking Tanks (HWTs). For Atsushi Hayami and the rest of Unit 5121, the odds of living to see their twenties now depends on the hardened battle steel of their armor, the courage and strength of their comrades in arms and the tactics of superior officers who see them as game pieces to be played against the Phantom Beasts. Friendships and love blossom against a battle-torn landscape, and every day is another desperate struggle to survive a seemingly endless war in GUNPARADE MARCH!

The 12-episode anime debuted in 2003. Media Blasters previously released the series on DVD with an English dub.

HIDIVE will begin streaming the Glass Mask anime on May 28, and it describes the story:

No one said being a glamorous movie star was going to be easy. Luckily for Maya, she has the talent and dedication to help her achieve her goals of stardom. Encouraged by her mentor, a reclusive actress named Tsukikage, a mysterious admirer who leaves Maya purple roses and even a beautiful and talented rival, Ayumi, Maya begins to finetune her skills to captivate her audience. But will that be enough to turn her dreams into reality?

Suzue Miuchi launched the original manga in 1975, and it inspired a 1984 television anime series and a 2005-2006 anime remake, as well two live-action television series. There was also a three-part video series that started in 1998. Miuchi acknowledged in 2009 that she would end the manga "soon." The 50th compiled volume of the manga was delayed indefinitely in 2013, and the 49th volume was released in 2012.

The Flash anime studio DLE produced the first Glass Mask film, Glass no Kamen Desu ga the Movie Onna Spy no Koi! Murasaki no Bara wa Kiken na Kaori!? (It's Glass Mask But… the Movie: Female Spy's Love! The Purple Rose Has a Dangerous Scent!?), as well as the parody television anime Glass no Kamen Desu ga (It's Glass Mask But) and The Glass Mask Year 3 Class D. The Glass Mask Year 3 Class D also inspired a theatrical anime on July 22.

Source: Press Release

Update: Glass Mask added.

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