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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Space Brothers #0 Anime Film

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Home video release includes theatrical, Chūya Koyama Special Edition cuts

Sentai Filmworks announced on Friday that it has licensed the Space Brothers #0 anime film, the prequel to the 2012 Space Brothers television anime. The company will release the film digitally and on home video with both the theatrical and Chūya Koyama Special Edition cuts.

Sentai Filmworks describes the film:

Set four years before the events of the Space Brothers TV series, Space Brothers #0 tells the story of two brothers on disparate paths. Hibito Namba is a rookie astronaut in training while his brother, Mutta, has found his own ambitions at a disappointing standstill. When Hibito is selected to train for a coveted NASA space mission, it sets in motion a series of events that takes the brothers to the crossroads of destiny and dreams.

The film opened in Japan in August 2014. Theatergoers in Japan received a special "Volume 0" manga by original manga creator Chūya Koyama.

The Chūya Koyama Special Edition bundled on DVD with the manga's 23rd compiled book volume in September 2016. The special edition of the film includes exclusive footage, and the release bundled a booklet of Koyama's script and storyboards.

Koyama wrote the original scripts for the "origin story" film. The television anime's director Ayumu Watanabe directed the film at A-1 Pictures. Hiroaki Hirata and Kenn reprised their roles as Mutta Nanba and Hibito Nanba, respectively.

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