Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and Nozomi Entertainment started the company’s 21st year with a bang by making several announcements during its July 4th panel at Anime Expo 2008. Right Stuf President and C.E.O. Shawne Kleckner revealed the acquisition of the GAKUEN ALICE television series, the first-ever North American DVD release of the classic TOWARD THE TERRA movie, a remastered re-release of THE IRRESPONSIBLE CAPTAIN TYLOR, and additional details about future releases for several ongoing series, including EMMA: A VICTORIAN ROMANCE, MARIA WATCHES OVER US and ARIA.
Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment announced its license for GAKUEN ALICE, as well as plans to release the series in a single DVD box set - with Japanese audio and English-language subtitles - during 2009. A comedy with supernatural and magical elements, the series chronicles the adventures of Mikan, a spunky and excitable 10-year-old, as she runs away from home and follows her genius best friend to a mysterious Tokyo school for students with exceptional abilities and gifts.
This 26-episode adaptation of Tachibana Higuchi’s ongoing manga features direction by Takahiro Omori (Baccano!, Hell Girl) and aired on Japan’s national NHK television network. (Savvy fans will also notice ‘Mikan,’ the series’ pig-tailed heroine, is portrayed by Kana Ueda, the voice of ‘Yumi’ in Maria Watches Over Us, ‘Rin’ in Fate/stay Night and ‘Hayate’ in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A’s.)
The original manga is currently serialized in Japan’s Hana to Yume girls’ manga magazine, where it has appeared alongside titles including Fruits Basket, Hana-Kimi, Skip Beat! and Special A since its 2003 debut. The Gakuen Alice manga is published in North America by TOKYOPOP.
Visit gakuenalice.rightstuf.com for more information about Gakuen Alice and to pre-order the box set.
TOWARD THE TERRA Movie
In response to fan requests, Right Stuf and Nozomi announced the first-ever North American DVD release of the TOWARD THE TERRA movie. (Right Stuf had previously released the title on VHS and laserdisc.) This classic film adaptation of Keiko Takemiya’s ground-breaking, science-fiction manga was produced by Toei Animation and is a forerunner to the Toward the Terra TV series, soon-to-be released by Bandai Entertainment. Takemiya’s original manga, known as To Terra (Terra e…), is published for English-speaking audiences by Vertical, Inc. The new DVD release will feature Japanese audio and English-language subtitles.
The Toward the Terra movie depicts a future where mankind’s seemingly utopian society is strictly controlled by the government, which ruthlessly suppresses anything that threatens to disrupt the status quo. When 14-year-old Jomy begins to question the way the society is run, he suddenly becomes a target for both the government and the Mu, an outcast race that possesses extra-sensory abilities and has been fighting against the government for generations. Now, each group is determined to hunt him down - one to kill him and the other to save him.
Visit terra.rightstuf.com for more information about the Toward the Terra movie and to pre-order the DVD.
Remastered IRRESPONSIBLE CAPTAIN TYLOR
Nozomi Entertainment has plans to revisit another fan favorite from the Right Stuf catalog, with upcoming re-releases of THE IRRESPONSIBLE CAPTAIN TYLOR. The television series and OVAs (original video animation) each will be re-released as bilingual, thinpak-style box sets that utilize remastered video footage from the Japanese DVD release and feature ’soft subtitles.’
As a service to fans who purchased the ‘Ultra Edition’ versions of these releases, Right Stuf will offer a trade-in program, with details to be announced in the future.
Proclaimed one of the ‘50 best anime of all time’ by Anime Insider, The Irresponsible Captain Tylor is based upon a series of novels by Hitoshi Yoshioka and features direction by Koichi Mashimo (Tsubasa: RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE, Noir, Sorcerer Hunters). The English dub stars Crispin Freeman as ‘Captain Justy Ueki Tylor,’ Lisa Ortiz as ‘Azalyn,’ Rachael Lillis as ‘Yuriko Star,’ Carol Jacobanis as ‘Harumi Nakagawa,’ David Brimmer as ‘Lt. Makato Yamamoto’ and Veronica Taylor as ‘Shia Has.’
Visit www.tylor.com for information about The Irresponsible Captain Tylor and for details about the re-releases and trade-in program, as they are made available.
Additional Release Dates & Info for EMMA - Season 2, MARIA WATCHES OVER US, ARIA & Merchandise
Finally, Kleckner revealed release dates and additional details for several ongoing and upcoming series:
- The EMMA: A Victorian Romance - Season 2 DVD Collection is scheduled for release on October 28, 2008. This second box set will include the 12 episodes of the series’ ‘Second Act,’ plus ‘Episode 0: Intermission,’ a recap/preview released prior to the start of the Season 2 telecast in Japan.
As with the first season set, the first 1,000 anime fans to pre-order the Season 2 box set from RightStuf.com will be recognized in a ’special thanks’ section of the DVD credits for the set.
Visit emma.rightstuf.com for more information about Emma: A Victorian Romance and to pre-order the Season 2 DVD Collection.
- The MARIA WATCHES OVER US (Maria-sama ga Miteru) Season 1 DVD Collection was previously announced to street on July 29, 2008, and while supplies last, fans who pre-order the box set directly from RightStuf.com will receive a Lillian Girls’ School/ Chinesis Family cell phone charm. (The box sets for future seasons will also have similar ‘pre-order direct’ special offers.)
The Maria Watches Over Us - Season 2 DVD Collection, featuring the second television season, is currently scheduled for late Fall 2008. The third box set will follow in 2009.
Right Stuf and Nozomi will be collecting fans’ questions for an interview with Maria Watches Over Us creator Oyuki Konno. Look for details to be announced post-Expo.
Visit mariasama.rightstuf.com for more information about Maria Watches Over Us (Maria-sama ga Miteru).
- The ARIA THE ANIMATION DVD Collection is scheduled for release on September 30, 2008, and it will have a special ‘pre-order from RightStuf.com’ offer.
Additional DVD releases for ARIA are scheduled for early 2009.
Visit aria.rightstuf.com for more information about Aria the Animation and to pre-order the box set.
- Nozomi also has plans to release new shirts and apparel featuring artwork from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, several FUNimation properties (Hell Girl, Mushi-shi, School Rumble and more), Gravitation and Ninja Nonsense (Ninin ga Shinobuden), plus a new line of original designs that includes the previously announced Otaku Collegiate and the soon-to-be-announced Sounds of the Samurai collections.