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Love Live! Sunshine and Animerama Set Released Monday

posted on by Andrew Osmond
Also Girlish Number, third Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal volume

On Monday June 18, Anime Limited will release Love Live! Sunshine!! Season 1 as both a Collectors Blu-ray and a DVD. The Collectors Blu-ray will include three vinyl stickers and a 20-page booklet. Funimation described the story:

Nothing is more appealing than the bright, sparkling world of School Idols! The girls of Uranohoshi Girls' High School are swept into idol fever, wanting nothing more than to become the next-best School Idol group. And they plan to do just that. Chika Takami brings together eight of her classmates to form Aqours, their own idol group. As long as they don't give up, any dream can come true!

Kazuo Sakai (Mushi-Uta director, episode director for Love Live! School idol project, Gundam Build Fighters) directed the series at Sunrise, and Jukki Hanada (all previous Love Live! School idol project anime) handled the series composition. Yūhei Murota returned to design the characters, and Tatsuya Katou (Free! - Iwatobi Swim Club, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma) composed the music at Lantis.

Third Window Films will release its double disc edition release of 1001 Nights and Cleopatra, as both a Blu-ray and DVD. The set will be limited to 2000 copies on Blu-ray and a thousand copies on DVD.

The set also includes an interview with director Eiichi Yamamoto, and audio commentaries on both films by Helen McCarthy, author of The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga, plus 4K scanned trailers and liner notes by film critic Simon Abrams.

Both films are part of the Animerama trilogy of Mushi Pro films with adult sexual content. The 1969 film One Thousand and One Nights tells of the adventures of Aladdin as he travels through the Middle East in search of love, fortune, and power. In the 1970 film Cleopatra's story, three people from the future are spiritually sent back in time to relive the era of Caesar, Marc Anthony and Cleopatra. Both films were directed by Eiichi Yamamoto; One Thousand and One Nights has its original story credited to Osamu Tezuka, who is also credited with co-directing Cleopatra with Yamamoto.

The other film in the Animerama trilogy released by Mushi Pro was Belladonna of Sadness in 1973, which had a home release last year from Anime Limited.

MVM will release the series Girlish Number. Sentai Filmworks previously described the series:

College student Chitose Karasuma is determined not to do boring things as she enters the adult world. To this end, this bad-mannered beauty barges into a facility that trains would-be voice actors and actresses, somehow landing a job at “Number One Produce,” a seiyu agency managed by her older brother, Gojo. In Chitose's mind, she's poised for greatness, but finds herself at a loss when she continues to only get minor roles. As she clashes with other girls in the agency, including a cunning airhead and a girl with a Kansai accent, Chitose is about to learn that there's more to succeeding in this competitive industry than she imagined.

Project GN is credited with the show's original work, Wataru Watari (My youth romantic comedy is wrong as I expected. novel series author) was credited with the original plan and handled the series composition, and QP:flapper designed the original characters. Shota Ibata (episode director for Medaka Box, Kan Colle, The Mystic Archives of Dantalian) directed the anime at diomedéa, and Sumie Kinoshita (The Mystic Archives of Dantalian, +Tic Elder Sister) adapted QP:flapper's character designs for animation. The main female cast — consisting of Sayaka Senbongi, Kaede Hondo, Yui Ishikawa, Eri Suzuki, and Saori Ōnishi — performed both the opening theme song "Bloom," and the ending theme song "Ima wa Mijikashi Yume Miyo Otome," under the group name "Girlish Number."

Anime Limited will release a standard Blu-ray edition of Persona 3 the Movie #4 Winter of Rebirth.

Manga Entertainment will release the third DVD volume of Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal, carrying episodes 99 to 144 of the series.

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