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 Post subject: The Discotek discussion thread (new licenses & updates)
PostPosted: Sat Oct 29, 2016 9:51 pm 
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It has been a while but I was tired of waiting to bump multiple threads at once for updates on shows that got picked up a while ago so I decided I'll post everything on one thread from here on out.

To begin here are the most recent license announcements.



Discotek Media announced on its Facebook page on Monday that it has licensed the Gokudo and Koi Koi Seven television anime. The company also announced release dates for some of its previously announced titles: Tekkaman Blade II is slated for release on Blu-ray Disc on September 27, Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie is slated for release on Blu-Disc in September, the Hana Yori Dango anime series and movie are slated for release together in October, and the US Street Fighter II animated series is slated for September 27.

Discotek will release the complete Gokudo series on September 27. Media Blasters previously released the 1999 series on DVD and VHS with an English dub. The story follows an adventurer named Gokudo who seeks all the money and beautiful girls in the world.

Koi Koi Seven will ship on DVD in September. The story in the 2005 anime (and the original 2003 manga by Hanaukyo Maid Team creator Morishige) revolves around Tetsuro, a boy who just enrolled in an otherwise all-girls high school. He finds himself caught in the nearly daily battles among the student body with helicopters, bazookas, beam sabers, and more bizarre weapons. However, Koi Koi Seven, a school faction that includes a girl with a longtime crush on him, has vowed to protect him. The Joost video-streaming service and The Anime Network both streamed the anime with English subtitles in 2009.


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Discotek Media announced at its panel at Otakon on Saturday that it has licensed the Arcadia of My Youth and Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer anime films, the Lupin III: Island of Assassins and Lupin III: Operation Return the Treasure specials, and the Charge Man Ken television anime.

Discotek also announced that it will release 5 Centimeters Per Second and Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture on Blu-ray Disc. The company previously released 5 Centimeters Per Second on DVD in 2015, and released Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture on DVD in 2014.

Discotek will release the Arcadia of My Youth film on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The 1982 film is an alternate retelling of Leiji Matsumoto's Space Pirate Captain Harlock television series. Tomoharu Katsumata (Mazinger Z, Devilman) directed the film off a screenplay by Yooichi Onaka.

Celebrity Home Entertainment first released an edited version of the film on VHS with an English dub under the title Vengeance of the Space Pirate. AnimEigo later released the film with English subtitles on VHS in 2000 and on DVD in 2003.

Discotek will release Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The 1984 film is the second film based on Rumiko Takahashi's Urusei Yatsura manga. Mamoru Oshii wrote and directed the film.

Central Park Media released the film on VHS in 1993 and later on DVD in 2004.

Discotek will release Lupin III: Island of Assassins in a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack. The special first debuted on NTV in 1997. FUNimation Entertainment released it on DVD in 2005. Toshiyasu Shinohara served as chief director and Hiroyuki Yano (Soreike! Anpanman films) directed the special.

Discotek will release Lupin III: Operation Return the Treasure on DVD. The 2003 special has never been licensed in the United States. Jun Kawagoe (Cyborg 009 The Cyborg Soldier, Mazinkaiser SKL) directed the special off a script by Hiroshi Kashiwabara (Lupin III: Voyage to Danger, Lupin the 3rd: Bye Bye, Lady Liberty).

Discotek will release Charge Man Ken on DVD, and will also stream the series. Knack Productions produced the series of 65 five-minute episodes in 1973.

The story focuses on 10-year-old Ken, who transforms into a superhero to protect earth from invaders called Juralians. The show gained popularity after Line Communications released the series on DVD in Japan in 2007.




Discotek Media announced on Facebook on Wednesday that it has licensed the Eat-Man, Eat-Man `98, Cosmo Warrior Zero, Gun Frontier and The Galaxy Railways: A Letter from the Abandoned Planet anime.

In addition, Discotek announced that it will release School Days on Blu-ray Disc on December 6 and the Yowamushi Pedal Grande Road sequel anime on DVD in January. Discotek released School Days on DVD in 2014. The company announced in 2014 that it had licensed both the first and the second anime series for Yowamushi Pedal, and released the first series in January 2016.

The original Eat-Man anime series from 1997 is slated for release on DVD on December 6. Like Akihito Yoshitomi's Eat-Man manga, the 12-episode anime series follows Bolt Crank, a man who can eat anything and reproduce it in his right hand.

Disctek plans to release Eat-Man `98 on DVD in January. Bandai Entertainment previously released the 12-episode series on DVD in 2005 with an English dub, but Discotek's release will be Japanese-only with English subtitles.

Discotek plans to release Cosmo Warrior Zero on DVD on December 20. The release will include both Japanese and English dub tracks.

Media Blasters released the 2001 series on DVD with an English dub in 2002 and 2003 and describes the story from original creator Leiji Matsumoto:

The time of freedom lawlessness in deep space is coming to a close. Men who have given up their souls to become robotic immortals have dominated Earth, and their cold grip is closing on the Sea of Stars.

Warrius Zero, a battle-weary admiral, lost his family and his reason for living in during the war for Earth. Now serving the mechanized victors, Zero carries out his orders without the will to resist. Then, he received one mission unlike any other.

Zero was commanded to travel to the farthest reaches of the universe to hunt down a single wanted man, a mysterious space pirate, once known to all as Captain Harlock and to Zero as his former best friend.

Discotek plans to release the 2002 anime Gun Frontier on DVD on December 20 with Japanese and English dub tracks. Media Blasters previously released the series with an English dub in 2003 and 2004 and describes the story:

It is a harsh and barren wasteland, where the weak aren't even allowed to dream. It is also a sacred land for true men, for there is no place a man can feel more alive. This is the Gun Frontier.

Sea Pirate Captain Harlock and the errant samurai, Tochiro arrive in the United States on the Western Frontier. Along with a mysterious woman they meet along the way, the two friends challenge sex rings, bandits, and corrupt sheriffs. They are searching for a lost clan of Japanese immigrants, and they will tear Gun Frontier from end to end until they find it.

Discotek will release the The Galaxy Railways: A Letter from the Abandoned Planet OVA on DVD in January, with a Blu-ray Disc release to follow. Crunchyroll recently added the anime streaming, and the series is also streaming on Viewster. Crunchyroll describes the story:

In the distant future, the planets are now connected with a massive galactic railway system. The Galaxy Express 999 has crash landed on a mysterious planet. On board are The Conductor, Killian, Maetel, and Tetsuro, a ten year-old street urchin with a heart of gold. Now it's up to the SDF Sirius Platoon to rescue them before the Herise Time Mystery—a rift in the deep axis of time and space—repeats.

The four-episode OVA bridges the story of The Galaxy Railways and Ginga Tetsudo Monogatari: Eien e no Bunkiten television anime, although it was released after the latter had already aired. The OVA debuted in December 2006.

Funimation released The Galaxy Railways anime on six DVD volumes from 2005 to 2006, and re-released it in box set collections in 2007, 2008, and 2014.

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Now for the updates:

http://www.sailormoonforum.com/viewtopi ... 30&t=27382

-Gaiking '76 was released on June 21st

http://www.sailormoonforum.com/viewtopi ... 30&t=28383

-Demon Lord Dante (uncensored) was released on August 30th.
-True Tears was released on August 30th, it includes the entended epilogue that's missing from the Bandai set.
-Star Fleet will be released on December 20th.
-The Black Jack & Jungle Emperor Leo movies will be released in December with the Blu-rays on the 6th and the DVDs on the 20th.

http://www.sailormoonforum.com/viewtopi ... 30&t=27483

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-Hana Yori Dango [Boys Over Flowers] was released this past Tuesday.
-Getter Robo Armageddon was released on DVD March 29th and on Blu-ray August 30th.
-07-Ghost will be released on November 8th.
-Beelzebub Part 1 was released on August 30th.
-Karate Master will be released on November 8th.
-No release date on Kyousougiga yet but, as seen in that Otakon pic, it will include the ONA episodes & more.

http://www.sailormoonforum.com/viewtopi ... 30&t=26579

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-The Sonic X dub will be released on November 8th and December 6th.
-The Street Fighter II movie was released on DVD December 15th and on Blu-ray this past Tuesday (full list of Blu-ray features) and as for the cartoon, it was released last month.
-The Night Warriors OVA was released on July 26th.
-Earl and Fairy was released on April 26th.
-Shining Tears X Wind will be released on November 8th.
-Night on the Galactic Railroad was released on DVD November 24th and on Blu-ray February 2nd.
-Crunchyroll titles Arpeggio of Blue Steel & Strike the Blood will be released in November.

As for the shows mentioned in the above post.

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-Both Gokudo & Koi Koi Seven were released on September 27th.

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-For Lupin, Voyage to Danger was released on July 26th, Operation Return the Treasure will be out on December 6 and as for Part 2, the first of 4 sets will be out on December 20th. The first set will have linear notes, commentaries & Adult Swim promos plus the second set will have an interview with Richard Epcar (ADR Director and in this series, the voice of Jigen).

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•EAT-MAN: Complete Original Series Collection - $44.95 (Retail) - 12/6/16 [Sub-only].

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•Gun Frontier: Complete Collection - $44.95 (Retail) - 12/20/16

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^ The last one has caught my attention. :cool:

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I'm really appreciative of Discotek releasing lots of Matsumoto works.

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I'm pretty excited about the 2nd Lupin III series! Here's hoping they include the Streamline dub for the Miyazaki episodes.


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Umino wrote:
I'm pretty excited about the 2nd Lupin III series! Here's hoping they include the Streamline dub for the Miyazaki episodes.


They confirmed this on their Facebook back when the license was announced.

https://www.facebook.com/14716805531229 ... 22R0%22%7D

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The plan is to release four DVD sets with the first one starting in 2016. We will include any English dubs that already exist and also the Japanese language with English subtitles. Episodes 80-155 will have improved English subtitles and episodes 145 and 155 will also have the Streamline English dub. All 155 episodes will be released when finished.

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ANN wrote:
Discotek Media announced on Monday that it has licensed the Lupin III: Part IV anime and plans to release it on home video in 2017 with both English and Japanese audio tracks.

https://www.facebook.com/14716805531229 ... 173749372/
https://twitter.com/discotekmedia/statu ... 1815328768
(both with dubbed trailer)

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Happy Halloween! No tricks here, just a treat. #LupinPart4 coming to home video in 2017, both subtitled and English-dubbed!


Richard Epcar, the voice of Daisuke Jigen from Lupin III: Part II, returned to direct the English dub along with Ellyn Stern. Tony Oliver (Arsene Lupin III), Lex Lang (Goemon Ishikawa), and Michelle Ruff (Fujiko Mine) also returned from Part II. Doug Erholtz is replacing Jake Martin as Zenigata.

Lupin III: Part IV, the first Lupin III television anime series in three decades to star the titular character, premiered in Japan in October 2015, after first premiering as Lupin III - L'avventura Italiana on Italian television in August 2015. Crunchyroll streamed the series beginning in January.

The story of the new series takes place in Italy and San Marino, and it features a blue-jacketed Lupin in his 20s. The series open with an invitation to Lupin's wedding to a new character named Rebecca (played by Yukiyo Fujii in the Japanese version).

Franchise veteran Kazuhide Tomonaga (key animator on Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo and Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, particularly the iconic car chase) served as chief director, and Yuichiro Yano (Moyashimon, Francesca, Mujin Wakusei Survive, Patapata Hikōsen no Bōken) directed at Telecom Animation Film. Writer Yuuya Takahashi (Donten ni Warau, Tiger & Bunny, Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone) wass in charge of the series scripts. The franchise's veteran composer Yuji Ohno again composed the series' music, including the ending theme song by enka singer Sayuri Ishikawa.


For those who weren't following news on Part 4, this dub was teased back in January by Richard Epcar on his Facebook and Twitter and the cast was known for a while thanks to Richard (see his Facebook and Twitter responses) & Michelle (see this interview where she confirmed Zenigata's VA). Other VAs confirmed for the dub are Jeff Nimoy, Erin Fitzgerald and Spike Spencer.

https://twitter.com/Jose_CNN/status/793304662032064513 (includes video clip)

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Y'all have no clue how long we've wanted to talk about this. (Yes, it's a extra) #LupinPart4 @RichardEpcar @ellynstern @discotekmedia

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New ANNCast with Brady "Ashura" Hartel which is all Discotek talk.

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As mentioned in the first post, this was released back on September 27.

https://twitter.com/ashuraou/status/796544855526768640

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Closer look at @Discotekmedia's new SF Animated set! Worked w/ @kinucakes on the cover, @MikeZSez on the captions!


http://imgur.com/a/J1eCZ (larger images)

Slipcover (also the case art without the spine with Guile)

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Inside

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Discs

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Disc 1 menus

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An early look at the full image: https://twitter.com/ashuraou/status/796554391302053889

He also plans to post the rejected cover art which IIRC, was supposed to look similar to the SNES covera.

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ANN wrote:
Discotek Media announced on Friday that it has licensed Crusher Joe: The Movie and Crusher Joe: The OVA's. The company plans to release the film in early 2017 on DVD. The company said it also plans to release the film on Blu-ray Disc "at some point in the future." Discotek Media didn't provide any information on the release of the OVA series, but said it would be a separate release from the film.

Both anime adapt Haruka Takachiho and Fujihiko Hosono's manga. AnimEigo previously released both anime on DVD in 2003, and it describes the story:

The galaxy is a strange and dangerous place, and there are times when even the United Space Force can't help. That's where the Crushers come in - skilled troubleshooters who will deal with any problem, large or small, for a fee (large only!) And there is no better Crusher than Crusher Joe!

Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (Gundam: The Origin creator) directed, wrote, and designed the characters for the film. Takachiko (Dirty Pair light novel series) himself wrote the film's scripts alongside Yasuhiko. The film originally opened in Japan in 1983.

Yasuhiko returned to design the characters for the two-episode OVA series in 1989, but the late Toshifumi Takizawa (Dirty Pair, Samurai 7) took over as director, and Fuyunori Gobu (Armored Trooper Votoms) wrote the scripts.


As mentioned elsewhere, I waited a LONG time for this and originally thought it would be Nozomi getting them because they had re-released Dirty Pair a few years back but Discotek getting them is still good news. Nice to know there will be a BD on the way as well though I can imagine it will take a while like with Magic Knight Rayearth because of the Japanese release that's coming out next week.

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We had to make some changes to the release schedule and added more titles to January.

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Lupin the 3rd Series 2 box 1 DVD collection

The Star Fleet collection and the School Days Blu Ray had to be moved back to February due to unforeseen circumstances. More February titles will be scheduled soon.


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•Beelzebub, Part 2 - 700 minutes - $49.95 (Retail) - 1/31/17 [Sub-only]

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•Cosmo Warrior Zero: Complete Collection - 325 minutes - $39.95 (Retail) - 1/31/17

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•EAT-MAN '98: Complete Collection - 300 minutes - $39.98 (Retail) - 1/31/17 [Episodes 3-12 are sub-only]

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•Magic Knight Rayearth: Memorial Collection (Blu-ray) - 1176 minutes - $99.95 (Retail) - 1/31/17

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•The Galaxy Railways -a letter from the abandoned planet- : Complete OVA Series (DVD) - 102 minutes - $19.95 (Retail) - 1/31/17 [Sub-only]

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•Yowamushi Pedal - Grande Road: Complete Collection - 530 minutes - $49.95 (Retail) - 1/31/17 [Sub-only]

Since we now have a release date for Magic Knight Rayearth, here's the (sorta) finalized look at that set.

http://www.twistygadget.com/twitter/Ray ... ckup01.png

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Is the OVA included in the Magic Knight Rayearth blu-ray box set? Also, do you know what the bonus features are? Will there be creditless openings and endings?

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Sailor Starlight wrote:
Is the OVA included in the Magic Knight Rayearth blu-ray box set?


Nope, it's a separate license so they don't have it yet. Also, the OVA never got a Blu-ray release in Japan as it was released in that Blu-ray set on a bonus DVD so unless something special happens, it'll probably be DVD-only here too if it ever gets picked up again (I sure hope so because even on DVD, it'll still look better than Manga US' old release).

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Also, do you know what the bonus features are? Will there be creditless openings and endings?


The full list hasn't been revealed yet but it has been teased that there's a lot, including creditless openings & endings. See here:

https://twitter.com/worldofcrap/status/ ... 4413675520
https://twitter.com/ashuraou/status/680256811358883841
https://twitter.com/ashuraou/status/690342851947950080
https://twitter.com/ashuraou/status/690953164812476416
https://twitter.com/ashuraou/status/693675930921861121
https://twitter.com/Jose_CNN/status/679478149193728001 *
https://twitter.com/Jose_CNN/status/679635035763380224 *
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fqezuhVZ9Q *

* - Info on this particular extra is here.

Also here's an early look at the menus:
https://twitter.com/ashuraou/status/691695858031550464
https://twitter.com/ashuraou/status/691698540024713218
https://twitter.com/ashuraou/status/695382076330110982

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^Thanks for all the info! It was really interesting. One last thing; do you know if they're including the booklet from the Japanese box set?

I was going to complain about their choice for the cover but then saw the Japanese one. Yikes! I can't believe that was made by the original character designer. :eek:

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One last thing; do you know if they're including the booklet from the Japanese box set?


No booklet but if there's any artwork, it will probably be in that gallery extra.

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I was going to complain about their choice for the cover but then saw the Japanese one. Yikes! I can't believe that was made by the original character designer. :eek:


Yeah, not a fan of the Japanese box cover myself and as for the Discotek cover, it's okay though I do like the cover on the reverse side better and will most likely flip it when I get my set since I don't keep slipcovers anyway.

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ANN wrote:
Discotek Media announced on Facebook on Wednesday that it has licensed the Izumo: Flash of a Brave Sword television anime, Key the Metal Idol video anime, and Actually, I Am… television anime. It will release all three in February, with Izumo: Flash of a Brave Sword and Key the Metal Idol on DVD, and Actually, I Am… on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Discotek Media also scheduled its 5 Centimeters Per Second Blu-ray Disc, Kyousougiga DVD/BD combo set, Magic Knight Rayearth television series DVD set, School Days Blu-ray Disc, and Star Fleet DVD (English dub) for February.

Enoki Films describes Izumo: Flash of a Brave Sword:

Takeru Yagi is a student at a private high school called Izumo Academy . He has no relatives and is alone in the world. Fortunately he enjoys a happy life thanks to Takeshi Yamato, his best friend and a rival swordsman of the Kendo Club (Japanese swordplay) at the school an the support of Kotono and Asuka, his childhood friends.

One day, all of a sudden, a tremendous earthquake strikes Izumo Academy and in a flashing moment, the whole school turns into an old, eerie ruin full of hideous monsters. Narrowly surviving, Takeru and Asuka find that all the teachers and students are gone. Even his best friends Takeshi and Kotono have disappeared too. And the entire town has vanished! Then, strange people wearing ancient clothes emerge out of nowhere. What on earth has happened to the peaceful campus and town? Takeru hasn't the slightest idea this is the beginning of a fantastic adventure he couldn't begin to imagine.

The 12-episode anime premiered in 2005.

Key the Metal Idol follows a female robot named Tokiko Mima, or Key. After her creator and "grandfather" dies, he leaves behind a message that says if she can get 30,000 people to feel for her, she can become fully human.

Viz Media previously released the 15-episode video anime series on DVD in 2000-2004. Studio Pierrot originally released the series in Japan between 1994-1997.

Viewster began streaming the anime in July 2015.

Actually, I Am…, based on Eiji Masuda's original romantic comedy manga My Monster Secret, centers around Asahi Kuromine, who has a crush on a cute girl named Yōko Shiragami. Shiragami just happens to be a vampire. Asahi cannot keep a secret, but he is determined to keep Shiragami's secret anyways.

The 13-episode anime aired in Japan in July 2015. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan.

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That OP theme is rendered by the same singer who did the one of PGSM. :)

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Discotek Media announced on Thursday that it has licensed the 1992 original video anime (OVA) series Babel II and will release it on DVD in April. The release will include Japanese audio and the English dub from Streamline Pictures.

The four-episode Babel II OAV adapts Mitsuteru Yokoyama's manga of the same name, but with an alternate ending based on Yokoyama's sequel manga Sono Na wa 101 (His Name is 101). Streamline Pictures and Image Entertainment previously released the OVA.

The original 1971 Babel II manga followed the exploits of Kōichi, a seemingly ordinary Japanese middle school boy who is actually a descendant of a space alien. Eons ago, an alien named Babel was stranded on Earth after making an emergency landing. Not only did Babel leave behind the mythical Tower of Babel, but his lineage remains in Kōichi — a.k.a. Babel II — as the boy uses his supernatural powers to defend Earth from Emperor Yomi.

The manga also inspired a 1973-1974 television anime series and the 2001 Babel II - Beyond Infinity television sequel anime. Media Blasters' Anime Works label released Babel II - Beyond Infinity in North America.

Takashi Noguchi launched the Babel II: The Returner spinoff manga in 2010.


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Discotek Media announced on Facebook on Tuesday that it has licensed the Midnight Eye Goku (Goku: Midnight Eye) original video anime (OVA) and will release it on DVD in May or June. The release will offer Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll, X) directed the 1989 OVA at Madhouse, adapting a 1988 manga by Buichi Terasawa (Space Adventure Cobra, Kabuto). A second 50-minute OVA, Goku II - Midnight Eye, also launched in 1989. Urban Vision previously licensed the anime in North America.

The story centers on a private eye named Goku, who is investigating a series of police officer suicides. After a near-deadly encounter with the culprit, a woman with supernatural powers, Goku gains a cybernetic eye and a staff that can change sizes. The protagonist is loosely based on the Monkey King character (named "Goku" in Japanese) from the classic Chinese novel Journey to the West.

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The following extras were on the Media Blasters remastered DVDs (originally posted on this thread):

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Disc 1 extras:

-Textless Opening
-Textless Ending
-Interview With Julie Maddalena
-Art Gallery

Disc 2 extras

-Textless Opening (English Version)
-Textless Ending (English Version)
-Interview With Ellen Wilkinson
-Interview With Wendee Lee
-Outtakes

Disc 3 extras

-Textless Opening (International Version)
-Interview With Kaeko Sakamoto

Disc 4 extras

-Spell Index
-Cast List With Character Profiles
-Interview With Director Toshihiro Hirano
-Group Interview With English Cast
-Opening Song (Alternate Version)

Disc 5:

-Textless Opening 2
-Textless Ending 2
-TV Spots

Disc 6:

-Pilot Film
-Art Gallery

Disc 7:

-Textless Ending 2 (English Version)
-Production Sketches
-Storyboards

Disc 8:

-Character Profiles
-Spell Index

Disc 9:

-Textless Opening 3
-Textless Ending 3
-The How To Draw Mokona Song

Disc 10:

-Textless Opening 2 (English Version) (This is actually Textless Opening 3 but since this was the only Opening dubbed for this season they kept it as 2)
-Interview With Audio Director Yasuo Urakami
-English Dub Director Audio Commentary For Episode 49
-Outtakes


We might be missing a few things so I'll be posting the full list of the Blu-ray's extras when I get my copy in March (IF it doesn't get delayed again).

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@NJ_ Wow!! Magic Knight Rayearth?! I'd love to own this!

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https://twitter.com/ashuraou/status/822278146670075905

Some artwork for Sonic X & Street Fighter that didn't get approved. In the latter's case, it was because apparently Nintendo never responded back for approval (strange because wouldn't they have been the ones to approve the Mega Man NES artwork?). I assume either Nintendo of Japan or Capcom helped to approve the cover he did use though because it matches the Japanese Super Famicon version of Street Fighter II Turbo.

Sucks about Sonic X but to be honest, the Mega Drive artwork didn't exactly fit the show itself because it was produced around the time of Sonic Adventure 1's GameCube release (with two of it's story arcs adapting both games). It did look nice though so it's a shame, especially if it was SEGA who rejected it because he also had something planned for Hi-sCoool! SeHa Girls but instead went with this (though the menus sorta make up for it).

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But didn't Media Basters release a DVD only remaster of MKR before this when they still had the rights? So it's not technically "remastered for the first time..."


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NJ_ (regarding Magic Knight Rayearth set) wrote:
We might be missing a few things so I'll be posting the full list of the Blu-ray's extras when I get my copy in March (IF it doesn't get delayed again).


I had a friend check his copy of the set since Right Stuf shipped them out early.

Extras (all on Disc 6):

•Interviews
◦Interview with Toshihiro Hirano (Series Director)
◦Interview with Yasuo Urakami (Audio Director)
◦Interview with Julie Maddalena (English voice of Hikaru)
◦Interview with Wendee Lee (English voice of Umi & Princess Emeraude)
◦Interview with Ellen Wilkinson (English voice of Fuu)
◦Interview with Kaeko Sakamoto (English voice of Mokona)
◦Interview with Lex Lang (English voice of Zagato)
◦Group Interview with English Voice Cast

•Episode Extras
◦Episode 4 Alternate English Pilot
◦Episode 8.5 Recap Episode
◦Episode 18 Home Video Next Episode Preview
◦Episode 19-20 Original Broadcast Bumpers
◦Episode 49 Commentary with English Voice Director
◦Season 1 English Outtakes
◦Season 2 English Outtakes
◦English Character Greetings
◦Video Game Cutscenes

•Openings & Endings
◦Creditless Opening 1 (Japanese)
◦Creditless Opening 2 (Japanese)
◦Creditless Opening 3 (Japanese)
◦Creditless Opening 1 (English V1)
◦Creditless Opening 1 (English V2)
◦Creditless Opening 1 (English V3)
◦Creditless Opening 3 (English)
◦Original Broadcast Openings
◦International Opening
◦Creditless Ending 1 (Japanese)
◦Creditless Ending 2 (Japanese)
◦Creditless Ending 3 (Japanese)
◦Creditless Ending 1 (English)
◦Creditless Ending 2 (English)
◦English Home Video Credits
◦Textless "Who Is It?" Segment
◦Sponsor Cards

•TV Spots & Trailers
◦Japanese Pilot Trailer
◦English Pilot Trailer - Version 1
◦English Pilot Trailer - Version 2
◦"Coming Soon" Series Preview Trailers
◦"On Tonight" Series Preview Trailers
◦Promotional Spot Collection 1
◦Promotional Spot Collection 2
◦The "How to Draw Mokona" Song

•Storyboards
◦Production Art Slideshow
◦Model Sheet Slideshow
◦Opening 3 Storyboard Animatics
◦Ending 3 Storyboard Animatics - Concept Version
◦Ending 3 Storyboard Animatics - Final Version

Looks like they have everything from the Media Blasters DVDs plus more. Two of the new extras are from the Sega Saturn game that Working Design brought over & localized in 1998 when the Saturn was officially dead. I want to say I'm surprised at this but considering that they brought over the cutscenes from the Street Fighter II movie's FMV game (PlayStation/Saturn) for that movie's Blu-ray release, I'm not as much but I'm still glad they did since other than the dubbed opening song (which is on one of the Creditless extras), I'm not too familiar with that game at all.

Some more info from Brady Hartel about the remaster and also the dub.

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PQ is decent but the audio quality is a little flawed. In some instances, the Japanese audio track is significantly louder than the English dub track, and in other episodes, it's vice-versa. Sometimes the English track sounds a bit muffled on a few episodes and there's a lot of inconsistency with the stereo separation, almost as if the track is dual-mono, but not entirely.

I spot checked all the episodes and sadly there are few that are in mono (English track only). Specifically, episodes 13, 14, and 15. The OP/EDs remain in stereo, but the episodes themselves are left in mono.

Episode 15 is strange in that everything is in mono up until (17:56 at "Then you shall die!"). So I'm guessing either a setting was messed with, or it's inherent to the source. Not positive, but it it could be the latter since all the other episodes except these three (not to mention the abrupt switch from mono to stereo with Ep15) are stereo, albeit with some of the strange mixing (variances in volume, narrow soundstage, lack of depth...).


Checked my Media Blasters 15th Anniversary Set and Episodes 13, 14, and 15 the English audio tracks are pretty much dual mono.


We went back to the master tapes for the dub audio, and spent a lot of time trying to fix the dropouts and things. For those episodes, that's how they are on the master. As you can see, the original Media Blasters set was like that as well. The OPs + EDs are in stereo on those episodes because we had to pull these from the Japanese audio; on the original master tapes they used the dub versions of the ops + eds, but opening 2 didn't exist dubbed (neither did the Primera WHO IS IT??? which is why those are subtitled on the dub track), so we had to restore the JP ops and include the english ones as an extra.

We don't generally fiddle with the leveling of Japanese vs. English unless there's a giant disparity or some kind of problem. The Japanese is as-is from the masters/JP BD Box, and the English is as it was presented originally. There is one dub episode where the op+ed ended up a little bit louder (but not blown out or anything - it's just a bit louder than the rest of the episode) that I wish we would've fixed, but at 49+ episodes you can't catch everything in time. It's hardly a show stopper and not technically an error, just something that bothered me.

Re: 16 vs 24bit. The English dub master tapes were only 16bit, and what we received for the Japanese audio was sent as 24bit. So that's why they're like that. I imagine the Japanese audio isn't true 24bit but we had the bandwidth so left it alone.

As for the video, I have no idea what that review is talking about. This show is 16mm IIRC, so it's going to be grainy. For the budget of the show, it's very nice to my eyes and other than a few fixes the PQ matches the Japanese release. Two things we did fix were a.) the first opening now uses the final animation instead of the unfinished animation that is on the JP boxset. b.) there is an episode later on (19 or 20... maybe 18?) that includes flashback scenes. In the HD masters these were upscaled and even in SD you could tell they were lower quality, so we instead went back to the original episodes and pulled all the proper scenes in HD.


Can't really speak for the dub since it has been a long time since I watched the show but it doesn't surprise me. Media Blasters for a long time were releasing DVDs with mono audio which affected one track in some releases and both tracks in others (list) and in the case of Rayearth, some of the extras on those DVDs were in such poor quality that in some cases (like the English cast interviews), it required turning up the volume to the max in order to hear them and Brady gave people a heads up about that since he knew how bad they were and that they probably weren't able to fix them.

EDIT: On the topic of English songs, Brady posted this back in December for those who want to download them:

https://twitter.com/ashuraou/status/813131851132993537

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Merry Christmas! Here's all the English Rayearth songs (pf by @SandyFoxWorld) we restored for the Blu-ray! Out soon! https://mega.nz/#!kRpQHDYZ!doh91zJNCumc ... MQCLRDm2YY

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Are there any extras in the Japanese Blu-rays that weren't carried over?

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Are there any extras in the Japanese Blu-rays that weren't carried over?


I asked someone who owns the Japanese set and here's his response.

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These are extras found in the 7th BD disc (the first six only include episodes 1-42):

- Non-credit versions of all three opening sequences
- Non-credit versions of all three ending sequences
- Pilot film (upscaled from composite video and overfiltered as hell)
- TV commercials (one is 15 seconds long and the other one runs for 30 seconds, and both are upscaled and overfiltered)
- A digital gallery filled with character design artwork by CLAMP
- Storyboards for the 3rd opening and 3rd ending (two versions), all by CLAMP
- Storyboard for the first episode, by director Toshihiro Hirano


Sounds like the only thing we're missing is that first episode storyboard.

I also asked if there were any extras for the bonus OVA DVD and he said there were none.

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Full finalized cover art:

http://imgur.com/WJmRmhg

https://twitter.com/ashuraou/status/833821951676280833

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FYI: The Arcadia Blu-ray has 16:9 & 4:3. 4:3 is only SD since that's all there is. We found a higher quality SD master than the old DVD tho.


Very interesting and I'll take his word on the 4:3 version's quality since AnimEigo's DVDs around the time they first released it did not look too great (see Lupin III: The Fuma Conspiracy, which Discotek's old DVD looked a whole lot better in comparison).

Here's also a look at the finalized Fatal Fury Blu-ray cover:

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ANN wrote:
Discotek Media announced on Facebook on Tuesday that it has licensed the Captain Harlock Endless Orbit SSX (Arcadia of My Youth: Endless Orbit SSX) television anime and plans to release it on DVD in North America this year.

The 22-episode anime premiered in 1982 as a sequel to the Arcadia of My Youth film that debuted earlier the same year. Harlock and his friends, now declared outlaws by the Illumidas-occupied Earth government, search for a paradise where all humanity can be free. Along the voyage, they discover that the Illumidas has occupied other planets in addition to Earth and must battle to put an end to their tyranny, and avoid being captured by the various people trying to hunt them down for reward money offered by the Earth government.

Discotek announced last August that it had licensed Arcadia of My Youth, an alternate retelling of Leiji Matsumoto's Space Pirate Captain Harlock television series.


A bit of a surprise since this show has a history going back to when Harmony Gold had the first Harlock back in the day, they tried to get this series as well and had to settle for Queen Millennia instead in order to fill the 65+ episode rule (same rule that led to Robotech happening). Nice to see it get picked up, especially with the amount of Matsumoto titles Discotek has been getting lately.

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ANN wrote:
Discotek Media announced on Wednesday that it has licensed the Fighting Foodons, Ultra Maniac, and Freedom anime. The company also announced that its DVD release of Crusher Joe: The Movie is slated for April 25, and will be a two-disk set with both the 4:3 version and the 16:9 version.

Discotek will release all 26 episodes of Fighting Foodons, the English-dubbed version of Bistro Recipe, on DVD on April 25. Enoki Films previously licensed the 2001 series and sub-licensed it to 4Kids Entertainment for broadcast on television in North America.

Discotek describes the story:

Ruling the world through cooking might sound like baloney, but when food can come alive as combative cuisine, it's no yolk! The conniving King Gorgeous Gorge and his greedy Gluttons are smothering innocent people with their evil Fighting Foodons, and it's up to the young apprentice chef Chase and other rebel chefs like him to stand up to the evil epicureans. The only problem is Chase's greatest culinary accomplishment and his strongest Fighting Foodon is Burnt Meatballs! Though cute, they fight like they taste, and when Chase's dad Jack, a master chef, is kidnapped by the Gluttons, Chase will need a lot more than charred beef to pull his dad out of the fire!

The anime is based on a manga by Shuntarō Ashida and Naoto Tsushima.

Discotek will release all 26 episodes of the Ultra Maniac television anime with English and Japanese audio on DVD on April 25. Geneon Entertainment previously released the 2003 series in North America, and Viz Media previously streamed the series.

Discotek describes the story:

Ayu Tateishi is in her second year of junior high school and is known as the cool popular tennis club girl that all the other girls idolize. To tell the truth, Ayu only acts cool in order to impress Tetsushi Kaji of the school baseball club. Then, one day, Ayu meets Nina Sakura, a transfer student who had found Ayu's missing purse. Nina's strange personality had left Ayu a little perplexed. Furthermore, Ayu finds out that Nina is a witch that came from the kingdom of magic to study abroad. This is a story of one girl's hope of love and another girl's study of magic and their friendship to overcome the challenges set before them. Get ready for the ultra-cool, ultra-funny, ultra-romantic Ultramaniac!

The series adapts Wataru Yoshizumi's manga, which Viz Media's Shojo Beat published in English from 2005-2006. The manga also inspired an OVA adaptation prior to the TV series' premiere.

Discotek will release the Freedom OVA series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD combo pack on April 25. The release will include all seven episodes with both Japanese and English audio. Bandai Visual previously released the series in North America.

Discotek describes the story:

In the 23rd century, mankind has fled Earth and emigrated to the moon. The last outpost of civilization is the Lunar Republic of Eden, where the omnipresent Citizens Administration Council grants residents everything they need. But what do you do when you discover everything you believe is a lie? A single photograph with an inscribed message found inside a rocket launched from Earth leads a group of young men to question the council ruling the seemingly utopian city. But what length will they go to discover the true meaning of Freedom?

The series premiered in 2006 and was partially funded by Nissin Cup Noodles as part of an advertising campaign. Shuhei Morita directed the series at Sunrise, and Akira's Katsuhiro Otomo provided some of the designs.


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•Crusher Joe: The Movie (DVD) - $24.95 (Retail) - 4/25/17
◦Includes 4:3 & 16:9 versions

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•Fighting Foodons: Complete Collection - $39.95 - 4/25/17 [Dub-only]

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•Freedom: Complete OVA Series (Blu-ray / DVD Combo) - $29.95 (Retail) - 4/25/17

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•Ultra Maniac: Complete Collection - $49.95 (Retail) - 4/25/17

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