Discotek Licenses Reborn!, Tetsujin 28, Stellvia, Monkey Magic Anime
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Discotek Media announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the Reborn!, Tetsujin 28, Stellvia, and Monkey Magic anime. The company will release the first half of Reborn! and the other three full series on September 25.
Discotek also announced that it will release Marmalade Boy on standard definition Blu-ray Disc and Devilman and Angel Cop on DVD on September 25. The company promised more announcements at the Otakon convention on August 12.
Discotek will release the first 101 episodes of Reborn! (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!) on standard edition Blu-ray Disc with English subtitles on September 25, with the second half slated for a later date. The company describes the story:
The tenth boss of the Vongola mafia family has been decided, and it's Japanese high school student Tsunayoshi Sawada! ...Also known as "Loser Tsuna." He's not smart, he's not athletic, and he's the furthest thing from cool. But the boys back in Sicily aren't about to let Tsuna stay that way. To make a man out of a boy, they send in the baby--the best hitman in the business, Reborn! In this collection, the daily life of Tsuna and the people he meets, fights, and grows to trust (admist zany antics) are contrasted by the deadly battles brought on by a rival seeking to take the Vongola boss position for himself. Then, Tsuna is cast into the future, to deal with a threat that promises to end the Vongola for good.
The anime adaptation of Akira Amano's manga premiered in 2006 and Crunchyroll began a simulcast in 2009. The series is also available streaming on Hulu. Viz Media released the first 16 volumes of the original manga in English.
The journey begins when Professor Kaneda creates the ultimate soldier robot, Tetsujin, as a substitute for his son, Shotaro, whom he mistakenly believed died in a bomb raid on Tokyo during World War II. To prevent the army from using Tetsujin as a tool for destruction, the professor hides the robot on a remote island. Ten years after the war, Tetsujin is finally resurrected after 28 attempts made by the late Professor Kaneda's protege, Professor Shikishima. Meanwhile, Shotaro has grown up to become a genius boy detective and now joins forces with his beloved Tetsujin to wage a courageous battle against evil!
Yasuhiro Imagawa wrote and directed the 26-episode anime series based on Mitsuteru Yokoyama's classic manga Tetsujin 28 Gou in 2004. The manga also inspired a 1960s anime that was localized as Gigantor in the United States.
Discotek will release Stellvia on Blu-ray disc, and the release will include Geneon's English dub. The company describes the story:
In 2167, the Earth was catastrophically damaged by a nearby supernova that had exploded. The explosion sent an electromagnetic wave of radiation that swept over the Earth. Now 186 year later, another more destructive wave, known as "The Second Wave", is on it's way to Earth...
15 year-old computer genius Shima Katase has been dreaming of going up into space longer than she can remember. So when given the chance to enter space piloting school she jumps at the chance. However, piloting is a lot more complicated than programming a computer. But what if she were to combine the two... Genius or troublemaker, Shima is certainly going to be making a name for herself among the faculty as the Second Wave approaches...
Discotek will release Monkey Magic on DVD, and it will include Ocean Studios' English dub. The company describes the story:
Based on the legendary tale Journey to the West, Monkey Magic focuses on Goku, a monkey torn between becoming a savior to his people and a lone, arrogant warrior. Born from a mysterious meteor that crash-lands on Mount Flower Fruit, Goku has an indestructible head and a stubborn streak. He becomes the leader of his people and tries to protect them from the local humans who would steal their resources.
Spurred on by his own ambition and the whisperings of Batty, an evil minion of the ruler of the Underworld, Goku sets off to learn magic and become the strongest being in the universe. He acquires various amazing skills and returns home to save his friends, but his violent revenge against the humans angers the deities in the Celestial Realm.
They send a fleet against him and more, but after several spectacular battles, the gods try a new tack, inviting Goku and his friends for a visit to paradise. When what starts as a lark eventually sparks a more destructive war than ever before, can even the two most powerful deities in Buddhism put a stop to the mad monkey's rampage? Will Goku ever be at peace with others as well as himself?
The 13-episode series aired first in the United States in 1998, but later aired in Japan from 1999 to 2000. Bandai Entertainment released the series in North America on three DVDs in 1999. The anime also had a tie-in video game for PlayStation.
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