Nozomi Ent. to Release Gravitation TV Series, OVA on BD on September 3
posted on by Jennifer Sherman & Crystalyn Hodgkins
Nozomi Entertainment announced at its and Right Stuf's panel at Anime Central on Saturday that it will release the Gravitation Complete Blu-ray Collection on September 3. The company provided ANN with a statement regarding the show's release.
We're really excited to be bringing this upscale to the fans because there is no HD source for this and no Blu-ray in Japan! And actually, there were issues with this as the only existing masters for Gravitation (even what was used for the Japanese DVD release) have some problems. There was a lot of dot-crawl and rainbow artifacts introduced by some kind of composite signal conversion. This had specifically affected the OVAs and episodes 2-4 but was noticeable throughout the series. But our production team has gone through great lengths to clean up the video to make this something we're proud to release. Realistically, it came down to a decision of fixing these issues and putting out a product we believe customers will love, or not doing a Blu-ray release for this title and moving on the the next title. Anyone that happens to own the original DVDs will definitely notice the differences.
The company showed a video at the panel to show the upscaling work done on the anime.
The release will include English and Japanese audio and English subtitles, and will include the 13-episode television anime and the two-episode Gravitation: Lyrics of Love OVA. Bonuses include a clean opening and ending, sneak previews, Nozomi trailers, and a clean version of the episode 1 ending.
Right Stuf previously released Gravitation on DVD in 2004, and then again in a set in 2006 and 2010. The 13-episode series originally aired in 2000, and the OVA shipped in 1999. The anime is based on Maki Murakami's manga.
Source: Email correspondence