Jin-roh Blu-ray, Grancrest Fantasy Released Monday
posted on by Andrew Osmond
On Monday October 28, Anime Limited will release the 1998 film Jin-Roh - The Wolf Brigade as a Collectors Blu-ray/DVD and a standard Blu-ray. The Collectors Edition will contain a 48-page booklet containing translated articles from Japanese materials, including an interview with director Hiroyuki Okiura. It will also include a galley and production sketches.
Anime Limited summarises the film:
"From writer Mamoru Oshii and animation studio Production I.G (Ghost in the Shell) comes this thought-provoking modern classic military drama directed by Hiroyuki Okiura (A Letter to Momo).
"In an imagined alternate history of 1950s Japan, Kazuki Fuse works as a member of a special police unit in the midst of riots and social disorder that plague the totalitarian society he serves. Bearing witness to the horrific suicide of a young girl in the midst of a police operation, Fuse is haunted by what he's seen - a mental burden which sees him sent for re-evaluation by the police force for his inaction in the line of duty.
"As he struggles to come to terms with the horrors he's witnessed, Fuse meets the sister of the girl whose life he saw snuffed out before him, bringing about an unlikely friendship that leaves him questioning not only what is right, but also the reality he sees before him."
MVM will release the first volume of Record of Grancrest War on Blu-ray, carrying the first 12 episodes of the series. The anime adapts author Ryo Mizuno and illustrator Miyuu's light novel series of the same name. Aniplex of America describes the fantasy action story:
"A lone mage named Siluca and a vagrant knight named Theo make an oath as master and retainer, with hopes of bringing reform to a land riddled with war and chaos. Atlatan, a land ruled by chaos. Siluca, a lone mage, and Theo, a vagrant knight continue his journey of training to someday liberate his homeland from tyrannical rule."
Mamoru Hatakeyama (Shōwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjū, Sankarea: Undying Love) directed the series at A-1 Pictures. Mizuno and tabletop RPG writer Shunsaku Yanoare were in charge of series composition. WriteWorks was credited with the script, and Hiroshi Yakou (animation director for Prison School, Heavy Object) designed the characters. Yūgo Kanno (Psycho-Pass, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable) composed the music, and Yoshikazu Iwanami (Fate/Zero, Kill la Kill) was sound director.
"Tomoharu is haunted by his friend Misao, who died in a horrible plane crash that Tomoharu somehow survived. However, while having a girl that no one else can see hanging around is a little odd, it's not until Tomoharu's mom gets remarried, leaving him alone, that things get really weird: A mysterious girl appears with a package that Tomoharu is supposed to guard. A second girl breaks into the house, demanding something called an “extractor.” And both girls can inexplicably see Misao! As more people target the package and Tomoharu, the mystery only deepens. What's in the package, why are so many people after it, and is it connected to the plane crash or something even more sinister?
The anime adapts Gakuto Mikumo and Nao Watanuki's original light novel series. Keizou Kusakawa (Campione!, Inukami!) directed the anime at Seven Arcs (ViVid Strike!, Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's). Katsuhiko Koide (Shaman King, Over Drive) was in charge of series composition, and Koide, Deko Akao, and Natsuko Takahashi wrote the scripts. Atsushi Komori (chief animation director for Golden Time, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma) designed the characters based on Watanuki's original designs.
Anime Limited will release a standard Blu-ray edition of the second half of Gundam ZZ, carrying episodes 26 to 47 of the series.