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Discotek Licenses Kemono Friends, Honey & Clover, Ayakashi, Sorcerer Hunters Anime

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Also: company licenses Lupin III: the Last Job special, Kemono Friends gets dub

Discotek announced at its panel at the Anime North convention on Saturday that it has licensed the following anime:

Discotek will release Kemono Friends: The Complete 1st Season on Blu-ray Disc, with Japanese language as well as a new dub that Sound Cadence Studios (This Boy is a Professional Wizard, This Boy Suffers from Crystallization) is producing. The release will include extras such as commercials, trailers, behind-the-scenes videos, episode commentaries, Friend bios, bloopers and outtakes, and no-credit openings and endings.

Discotek will reveal the full English dub cast at Otakon.

Nexon's original Kemono Friends app game launched in early 2016 and ended service in December of that year — before the Kemono Friends anime even aired. The 12-episode television anime premiered on TV Tokyo and TV Osaka in January 2017 and ended in March 2017. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired.

A second season aired for 12 episodes starting on January 7. Crunchyroll streamed the anime worldwide outside of Asia.

Discotek will release Ayakashi - Samurai Horror Tales on Blu-ray Disc in high definition with Japanese and English audio tracks. The company will reveal other extras and pricing at a later date.

The 11-episode horror anthology series aired on Fuji TV's Noitamina programming block in 2006. Geneon Entertainment Inc. released the series on DVD in 2007. The show spawned the spinoff Mononoke anime series in 2007.

Discotek will release Sorcerer Hunters: The Complete Series on SD Blu-ray Disc with Japanese and English audio tracks. The collection will include the 26-episode television series and the three-episode Sorcerer Hunters OAV.

ADV Films previously licensed and released the series and OVA on home video between 2001-2007. The original series aired in 1995-1996 and the OVA released in 1996-1997.

The anime are based on Satoru Akahori and Ray Omishi's 13-volume Sorcerer Hunters manga, which Tokyopop released in English.

Discotek will release the Lupin III: the Last Job special on Blu-ray Disc in Japanese with English subtitles. The special originally aired in February 2010 and was the 20th television special in the franchise.

The anime centers on the supposed "death" of Inspector Zenigata, Lupin III's nemesis from Interpol. The story begins with the discovery of a Japanese cultural treasure — at a Nazi Germany sanatorium. Morgana, a mysterious figure who leads a ninja thief gang, battles Lupin for the treasure, and he seemingly kills Zenigata.

Discotek will release Honey & Clover Parts I and II on home video, although the company stated it has yet to determine the format of the release. Discotek explained that it received new masters from the licensor, and will redo the subtitles in order to "avoid the burn-in and other issues that the older masters have." The company is evaluating the masters to determine if the masters can be upconverted for Blu-ray Disc, or if they should be kept in standard definition.

The two anime adapt Chika Umino's Honey and Clover manga, which Viz Media released in English. The manga and anime center on an art college student named Takemoto who lives in a student house with two upperclassmen. Takemoto's teacher introduces a relative named Hagumi to Takemoto, and he and Morita both start to fall in love with her.

The first anime aired for 26 episodes in 2005, and the second series aired for 12 episodes in 2006. Viz Media released both anime on home video in 2009-2010.

Source: Email correspondence

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