Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. made several announcements during its July 5th panel at Anime Expo 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Right Stuf President and CEO Shawne Kleckner revealed new anime licenses for both Nozomi and Lucky Penny Entertainment. CAT’S EYE was the newest title announced to receive the special Nozomi Entertainment limited-edition treatment. Nozomi also provided new details about its current video and print projects, including the upcoming limited-edition releases of PRINCESS KNIGHT and SPACE ADVENTURE COBRA. The Lucky Penny Entertainment label announced licenses for PRINCESS NINE, SENGOKU COLLECTION (PARALLEL UNIVERSE SAMURAI) and BLESSINGS OF THE CAMPANELLA. Right Stuf, Inc. also announced the production of HETALIA graphic novels 4 & 5 and discussed the upcoming releases for MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC.
Right Stuf announced its license for the action-packed comedy Cat’s Eye. The 73-episode TV series is based on the manga created by Tsukasa Hojo (City Hunter, Angel Heart) and features character design by Akio Sugino (Black Jack, Cobra). It aired in Japan from 1983 to 1985. Cat’s Eye will be released beginning in 2014 with Japanese audio, English subtitles and on-screen translations.
Michael Heinz, a famous painter and art aficionado, has gone missing along with his immensely valuable collection of rare and precious works. His three daughters, Ai, Hitomi, and Rui, believe that the missing pieces could contain the only clues to their father’s whereabouts. Because of this they’ve decided to liberate these works of art from their current owners! Before each theft, the trio always informs the owner by using a special calling card inscribed with the name “Cat’s Eye.” The girls avoid suspicion, despite running a coffee shop by the same name right across the street from the police station. Can the girls find their father before their masquerade is finally revealed?
LUCKY PENNY ENTERTAINMENT
Right Stuf also announced its license for the 26-episode television series Sengoku Collection (also known as Parallel World Samurai). This unique samurai fantasy tale is based on a social networking game created by Konami. Sengoku Collection is directed by Keiji Gotoh (Kiddy Grade) with animation by Brian’s Base as well as music by Tomoki Kikuya (Squid Girl). It aired during Spring of 2012 on TV Tokyo and was simulcast outside of Japan by Crunchyroll. This collection of stories follows historical samurai from the feudal period of Japan who are displaced from their universe by fate, and transported to a parallel world much like ours. Even stranger is that these feudal lords have taken the form of high school girls! Coming from the medieval era, they find themselves amazed and challenged by everything they encounter in modern day Tokyo… but while some embrace this new world, others seek to return to their own time and place. Sengoku Collection will be released on DVD in 2014 with Japanese audio, English subtitles and on-screen translations.
For more information about this series, visit comingsoon.rightstuf.com.
Right Stuf also announced the acquisition of Princess Nine, the 26-episode anime which first aired in Japan on NHK from April to October of 1998. In the male-dominated sport of baseball, one group of high school girls is about to turn the world upside down. Ryo Hayakawa, the daughter of a legendary pitcher, leads the “Princesses” as they battle it out in a quest to gain respect and prove that there’s nothing a man can do that a woman can’t! Princess Nine will be released in 2014 as a complete series DVD set containing both Japanese and English audio, with optional on-screen translations.
BLESSINGS OF THE CAMPANELLA
The third license acquisition for Right Stuf’s Lucky Penny label is Blessings of the Campanella, a 12-episode anime series based on the Japanese visual novel “Shukufuku no Campanella” by Windmill. It first aired in Japan on Tokyo MX in 2010. This is the story of Leicester Maycraft. He belongs to Oasis, a group of adventurers who work together to solve quests and fight vicious monsters. Or at least, that’s what they’re supposed to do. However, the female members of the group are usually too busy vying for Leicester’s affections! Lately, the competition has only increased, thanks to an influx of cute girls arriving for the celebration of a rare meteor shower. What’s more, as they gather together on the roof of the city’s cathedral for a viewing party, a shooting star strikes one of the cathedral’s spires. The event awakens Minette, a cute automaton in the form of a girl who calls Leicester “Papa!” Blessings of the Campanella will be released in 2014 as a complete series DVD set with Japanese audio, English subtitles and on-screen translations.
For more information about this series, visit comingsoon.rightstuf.com.
MORE RELEASE DETAILS
The anime adaptation of Princess Knight, based on the manga by legendary creator Osama Tezuka (Astro Boy, Kimba: The White Lion), will be released in two sets beginning in August 2013. Each Litebox-style DVD set will contain 26 episodes. Part 1 will be available in August and Part 2 will be available in October 2013 along with digital distribution. These collections will include digital restoration of the original video and the original English-language dub. This release marks the first time that Princess Knight has ever been available to North American audiences on home video and with this restoration the video is better than the original prints used in the 1970’s. Visit princess-knight.rightstuf.com to find out more about Princess Knight, Parts 1 & 2 and to pre-order the sets.
SPACE ADVENTURE COBRA
Space Adventure Cobra: The Original TV Series will be released via Right Stuf’s Nozomi Entertainment as two DVD sets, starting in early 2014 along with digital distribution. Space Adventure Cobra is based upon the best-selling manga by Buichi Terasawa (Goku: Midnight Eye), which was originally serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump anthology and later collected into 18 volumes. In addition to the 1980s television adaptation, it inspired a feature film, two direct-to-video anime series (2008-2009) and a 2010 anime TV series, as well as three manga sequel series (also written by Terasawa). A feature film by Alexandre Aja is currently in development. This 31-episode television adaptation of Cobra originally aired on Japanese television, from October 1982 through May 1983. It features animation by TMS Entertainment Co., Ltd., as well as direction by Osamu Dezaki (The Rose of Versailles, Golgo 13: The Professional).
For more information about Space Adventure Cobra: The Original TV Series, visit cobra.rightstuf.com.
RIGHT STUF EXCLUSIVES:
MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM UC (UNICORN)
Mobile Suit Gundam UC will be released by Sunrise Inc. and distributed exclusively by Right Stuf, Inc. on DVD in North America, beginning in August 2013. The DVD series will be released over four volumes. Each volume will contain two one hour OVAs per volume with the exception of Part 4, which will feature OVA 7 and additional extras. Parts 1 & 2 will be released on August 20, 2013 with Part 3 being released in November 2013. Part 4 will be released sometime in mid-2014.
For more information about Mobile Suit Gundam UC, visit gundamuc.rightstuf.com.
HETALIA AXIS POWERS volumes 4 & 5
The first print run for volumes 4 and 5 of Hetalia Axis Powers is scheduled for December 2013. Thanks to a special arrangement with TOKYOPOP and Hetalia’s Japanese publisher Gentosha Comics, the first print run of these books will include an eight-page color insert! Once the initial print run sells out, the volume will be transitioned to Right Stuf’s print-on-demand program. The first three volumes of the Hetalia manga are available now.
All of the above books can be ordered exclusively through Rightstuf.com.