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Appleseed XIII to be Released Simultaneously on Film/Net/BD
The official website
for the Appleseed XIII anime announced on Friday that the project will debut simultaneously in Japanese theaters, on the Internet, and on Blu-ray Disc this June. The "theatrical remix version" of the first half of the story, Appleseed XIII ~Yuigon~, will open in theaters in Tokyo and Osaka on June 13, followed by a theatrical run in Nagoya starting June 27. During the theatrical release of the film, a limited edition of the first Blu-ray volume will be sold exclusively at theaters showing the film.
The regular first volume of the anime will then ship with three episodes on Blu-ray and DVD on July 6. (The Blu-ray version will bundle a 48-page deluxe book.) All 13 episodes will also be streamed online. The second film, Appleseed XIII ~Yogen~ will open in Tokyo on October 24 and then in Nagoya on November 7. Maaya Sakamoto will play the young female ES.W.A.T. police officer Deunan, and Kouichi Yamadera will play the veteran cyborg-soldier Briareos.
Appleseed XIII is a new retelling of Masamune Shirow's Appleseed future paramilitary manga, separate from Kazuyoshi Katayama's previous original video anime and Shinji Aramaki's two computer-animated movies. This latest adaptation will be composed of 13 22-minute direct-to-video anime episodes, plus two feature-length compilation films of the episodes.
Takayuki Hamana (The Beast Player Erin, Chocolate Underground, Library War, Moshidora, The Prince of Tennis) is directing the animators at Jinni's Animation Studios (Fireball), in cooperation with Production I.G Jun'ichi Fujisaku (The Beast Player Erin, Blood+, Moshidora, Real Drive) is supervising and co-writing the scripts, and Takayuki Goto (The Beast Player Erin, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG, Hunter X Hunter, Video Girl Ai) is designing the characters based on Shirow's original work. Atsushi Takeuchi (Ghost in the Shell, Yukikaze, The Sky Crawlers, Reideen) is returning from Aramaki's first Appleseed film to draw the mechanical designs.
Image © Masamune Shirow/Seishinsha, Appleseed XIII Production Committee
Viz Adds Dawn of the Arcana, Pokemon B&W Manga Natsume Ono collection, 3-in-1 omnibus release for CLAMP's X also announced for late 2011
The North American manga distributor Viz Media has announced
the acquisitions that it intends to release in the latter half of 2011. Among these is a new manga license, Dawn of the Arcana (Reimei no Arcana) by Rei Tōma. The fantasy series follows a princess who must leave home to marry a prince in order to seal the peace between their countries. Along with her half-beast servant, she must survive the intrigue-laden court and the whims of her new husband. Viz will release the first volume in December with a suggested retail price of US$9.99. The series has appeared four times on Japan's top-selling manga list — first for its first volume in 2009, then for volumes four, five, and six.
Additionally, Viz announced that it will sell the first two volumes of the Pokémon Black & White manga, based on the upcoming videogame series, in July for US$4.99 per volume. A Pokémon Travel Activity Kit with an activity pad, stickers, and crayons is also on the schedule for May for US$11.99.
Also announced in Viz's press release is a compilation of early short stories by Natsume Ono (House of Five Leaves, Ristorante Paradiso) titled Tesoro and an ongoing 3-in-1 omnibus release for CLAMP's manga X. Viz will release X volume 1 in October for US$19.99 and Tesoro in November for US$12.99.
The press release contains the release date for the first volumes of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's (July, US$9.99) and Psyren (October, US$9.99) , which Viz confirmed the acquisition of last November.
Finally, the press release confirmed that Viz will release Mameshiba: On the Loose! and Meet Mameshiba (originally reported as Mameshiba Character Guide) in July 2011 for US$7.99 each.