Kodansha Comics Reveals Spring 2022 Manga Licenses

The Fandom Post is reporting that Kodansha Comics has announced the manga licenses that will be released in Spring 2022.

The upcoming licenses include:

The Seven Deadly Sins: Four Knights of the Apocalypse
By: Nakaba Suzuki
Release Date: Spring 2022

The newest manga from Nakaba Suzuki, which continues the adventures in the world of The Seven Deadly Sins. This series can be read on its own or as part of The Seven Deadly Sins experience.

Island in a Puddle
Story by: Kei Sanbe
Release Date: Spring 2022

The new manga series from Kei Sanbe, the master of suspense behind Erased, plunges an innocent young boy into Tokyo’s criminal underworld, as he fights to keep his younger sister alive, and to return his soul to his own body.

The tiny apartment where Minato lives may as well be an isolated island in the middle of the ocean. Despite still being in elementary school, it falls on his shoulders to care for his little sister Nagisa, who never stops asking when their mother will make one of her infrequent visits home. On one of those visits, their mother takes them to an amusement park, only to give Minato some cash and leave them on a Ferris wheel… but as the wheel reaches the top, lightning strikes, and, instead of his sister, Minato sees the corpse of a woman… and, reflected in the glass looking back at him, an unfamiliar and menacing face.

A Galaxy Next Door
By: Gido Amagakura
Release Date: Spring 2022

The new sweet and wild romantic comedy from the creator of the hit manga and anime about food and family, Sweetness & Lightning. A desperate manga artist, called on to support his two young siblings, meets a new art assistant. But her arrival isn’t just a small step, it’s a giant leap…

Since his parents died, manga artist Ichiro has barely scraped by, forced to support his two younger siblings on just a middle school education. He doesn’t even have time to learn how to use a computer, which forces him to keep wrestling with pen and paper. When his art assistants quit to strike out on their own, on top of juggling deadlines, family, and the constant fear of losing his job, Ichiro feel close to a total breakdown. But then a new assistant pops into Ichiro’s life, and his prospects immediately start to brighten. She’s an incredible artist, she always finishes on time, and she’s beautiful, to boot. But she also seems to know an awful lot about him, and, soon, she makes a confession that bends Ichiro’s mind beyond the confines of Earth…

Phantom of the Idol
By: Hijiki Isoflavone
Release Date: Spring 2022

The story of a lazy male idol, ready to quit (or get fired), and the peppy poltergeist who brings him back from the brink, and rocketing to the heights of stardom. This madcap musical comedy is perfect for fans of My Dress-Up Darling, Kiss Him, Not Me! and Horimiya.

Yuuya, one half of the boy pop duo ZINGS, may be the laziest performer in the Japanese music industry. His partner is out there giving 110% every night (and, thankfully, he’s quite popular), but Yuuya’s half-assed, sloppy dancing, and his frankly hostile attitude toward the audience, has the fans hating him and his agent looking for any excuse to cut him loose. The career of a pop idol just isn’t the path of easy leisure and adulation Yuuya expected…

After a particularly lifeless concert appearance, Yuuya meets a girl backstage. She’s dressed to the nines in a colorful outfit, she’s full of vim and vigor, and all she wants from life is to perform. There’s just one problem: She’s been dead for a year. This is the ghost of Asahi Mogami, the beloved singer whose time on the stage was tragically cut short, unless… If ghosts are real, is spirit possession really that much of a stretch?

Wandance
By: Coffee
Release Date: Spring 2022

A boy named Kaboku sees a girl named Wanda dance, and suddenly burns with a need to join in. With its thrilling scenes of Japanese hip-hop dance and quirky, charming characters, this is a new, inspirational manga for fans of coming-of-age stories like Blue Period and Your Lie in April. Get up and join the Wandance.

Kaboku has always just gone with the flow, marching in step to the drumbeat of the expectations of those around him: parents, school, plans for the future. It feels predictable, safe, and… empty. But one night, Kaboku’s at school late, and he happens on a girl alone, moving wildly, turning a blank space of concrete into a canvas. This is Hikari Wanda, a member of the hip-hop dance club. Kaboku is immediately smitten, but the road to stepping out of his shell is a long one. The club is almost entirely girls, and they’re all, well, way better than him. What’s ahead is unknown, and that’s terrifying, but it also means, for the first time in Kaboku’s life… a taste of freedom.

Welcome Back, Alice
By: Shuzo Oshimi
Release Date: Spring 2022

Yohei, Kei and Yui are childhood friends and things get complicated when Yohei witnesses Kei and Yui in an intimate moment. But when Kei unexpectedly moves away and returns a few years later to reunite in high school, he seems to be a bit different.

Devil Ecstasy
By: Shuzo Oshimi
Release Date: Spring 2022

Noboru Kusakabe is an 18-year-old virgin college student who developed a trauma for big breasts. Desperately wanting to lose his virginity, Noboru and his friend discover a mysterious brothel called “Devil Ecstasy.” Although he was nervous about his first experience, Noboru is thrilled by a beautiful girl with small breasts named Meruru who holds a scary secret about the brothel.

Sensei’s Pious Lie
By: Akane Torikai
Release Date: Spring 2022

Misuzu Hara is a 24-year-old high school teacher. Her peaceful days of instructing her students begin to change with the advent of her friend Minako’s fiancé, Hayafuji. What happened between them?

A dramatic story about sexual inequalities that lie between men and women.

Blackguard
By: Ryo Hanada
Release Date: Spring 2022

A new dark fantasy from the creator of Devils’ Line, Ryo Hanada.

The world is suddenly overrun by monsters called “shojo” and anyone who is bit by one is infected with a mysterious virus, which turns them into the same being. To defeat the shojo, humans live in “aerial cities” and formed units called “guards.” Nanao Minami, also known as the Blackguard, fights but without regard for his own life. What is his motivation and why does he want to die so readily?

Tezuka New Omnibus Editions – Apollo’s Song, Princess Knight, Ode to Kirihito
By: Osamu Tezuka
Release Date: Spring 2022

From the Harvey Awards Hall of Fame inductee creator

  • Classic Osamu Tezuka titles are back in print in an all new format
  • Each title will now be one volume, complete omnibus editions for the first time ever
  • New covers created by renowned designer Peter Mendulsund

The Shining Sea
By: Koji Suzuki
Release Date: Spring 2022

A young woman who attempted suicide by drowning has lost her memory. Her lover, a young man, is on a pelagic tuna fishing boat. What happened between them? From renowned author Koji Suzuki, the creator of the Ring series.

AKIRA: Art of Wall
By: Katsuhiro Otomo
Release Date: Spring 2022

A UNIQUE ARTIFACT: Reproduction of an art project inspired by Akira and carried out with the involvement of the original creator.

RARE COLLECTIBLE: Akira is one of the most important and popular manga ever published, and official merchandise based on this property is vanishingly rare.

HUGE FRANCHISE: The complete, $200 box set published by Kodansha in 2017 is the #1 best selling ISBN ever published by the imprint by net dollars.

Source: The Fandom Post

World’s Largest Auction of Anime Animation Art Breaks $2.1 Million Record at Heritage

The world’s first auction dedicated to the art of anime set multiple world records at Heritage Auctions, June 25-27, 2021, as bidders drove sale prices of animation cels from the genre’s most iconic and award-winning films to more than $2.1 million.

The Art of Anime and Everything Cool Auction attracted a record 2,853 bidders from around the globe and they were impressed with what they found: The sale boasted sell-through rates of 100 percent by value and 99.8 percent by lots sold. Record-breaking prices were set for collectible cels from films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery ServiceAkira.

“The hits and big moments in this sale came from all over,” Heritage Auctions Animation Art Director Jim Lentz said. “Record breaking prices were seen for lots from Astro Boy, Dragon Ball, Ghost in the Shell, Pokemon, Vampire Hunter D, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and all the films from Studio Ghibli and Miyazaki. We are already planning ‘The Art of Anime and Everything Cool II!'”

Outside of Japan and in English, “anime” is colloquial for Japanese animation and refers specifically to animation produced in Japan. This cornerstone of the inaugural auction was the famed Glad Anime Museum Collection, created by Mike Glad, the photographer and Oscar-nominated film producer who amassed original art by some of anime’s greatest creators.

A perfect cel setup with key master background from My Neighbor Totoro (1988), depicting characters Mei and Satsuki drew 69 bids before it went for $84,000 – nearly 17 times its pre-auction estimate. The hand-painted original production cel setup can be seen at the 48:13 mark of the beloved Studio Ghibli classic. This stunning piece is rendered masterfully and attributed to the acclaimed art director Kazuo Oga, who was challenged by director Hayao Miyazaki to raise his standards for the film.

Also racing far beyond its pre-auction expectations was a production cel setup from Akira, featuring a pulse-pounding scene featuring the character Kaneda (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988), which brought a winning bid of $78,000 against a pre-auction estimate of $5,000. This extremely rare key master setup from the sequence depicting Kaneda on his iconic red motorcycle, can be seen at the 1:52:48 mark of the film and on page 25 of the German Film Institute’s gallery exhibition book Ga-Netchu! The Manga Anime Syndrome. Attributed to art director Toshiharu Mizutani, these vivid and rich futuristic urban backgrounds are a defining feature of the film, and complete Key Master setups like this one are extraordinarily rare.

Bringing the same $78,000 result was Akira Kaneda Production Cel Sequence of 4 with Key Master Pan Background (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988), a hand-painted original production cel sequence presented on its jaw-dropping Key Master pan background from the masterpiece Akira. This incredibly rare sequence, a crown jewel in any anime collection, can be seen on page 52 of the German Film Institute’s gallery exhibition book Ga-Netchu! The Manga Anime Syndrome.

My Neighbor Totoro Mei, Satsuki and Catbus Production Cel Key Master Setup (Studio Ghibli, 1988) prompted 45 bids before it reached $72,000 – nearly 29 times its pre-auction estimate. This cel captures the unforgettable moment from the climactic scenes of the film, in which Satsuki finds her missing sister, Mei, with the help of the Catbus from Hayao Miyazaki’s My Neighbor Totoro.

An Akira Kaneda Production Cel Setup with Master Background (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988) drew a winning bid of $63,000 against an estimate of $5,000. The cels are presented on a detailed Master background showcasing an elaborate and futuristic cyberpunk urban sprawl prevalent throughout the film. The background is rendered in gouache on two layers, and the vivid and atmospheric settings and backgrounds of the film are attributed to Toshiharu Mizutani.

Other anime highlights include:

  • My Neighbor Totoro Mei, Chibi-Totoro and Chu Totoro Production Cel with Production Background (Studio Ghibli, 1988): $48,000
  • Akira Kaneda Production Cel (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988): $48,000
  • Akira Kaneda and Kei Production Cel Setup with Key Master Background (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988): $31,2000
  • Kiki’s Delivery Service Kiki Production Cel Setup with Key Master Background (Studio Ghibli, 1989): $30,000

Anime Meets the Runway: Funimation Debuts Exclusive Limited Edition “Akira” Kaneda Jacket

High-fashion and anime couture collide as FUNimation, the go-to destination for all things anime, announced the release of an exclusive limited edition Akira Kaneda leather jacket. Authentic to the manga and film of the same name, this iconic jacket was designed by Carlo Levy (Managing Director of DYBEX S.A), Alessandro Trombetta (Designer), and Stefan Henzgen (MD of Van Doornum GmbH & Co.), and based on the popular manga by Katsuhiro Otomo. The premium leather jacket worn by the lead character Kaneda arrives at FUNimation’s online e-commerce shop, FUNimation Shop, beginning Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

More than 30 years after its release, Akira remains one of the most popular and influential anime films and manga to date. Under Levy’s supervision, the legendary jacket has been years in the making and designed with Akira superfans in mind. It is one of the few Akira products that captures all the details described in the original manga. The carefully and thoughtfully designed piece combines the best of apparel and anime to create an authentic replica for the most passionate of fans. The jacket comes in sizes small, medium, and large. There are only 300 units available in North America, priced at $450.00 USD each.

“I have been a fan of Akira since 1989 when Epic Comics first released it, and imports arrived in Europe,” said Carlo Levy, Managing Director of DYBEX S.A. “I always dreamed of having a replica of the iconic jacket and was surprised it hadn’t been created by anyone outside of Japan yet, so I did what any super fan would do… I went after the license and had our team design it!”

“Some fans of Akira have been waiting a lifetime to wear this authentic and iconic jacket, and FUNimation is proud to be able to make fan dreams come true,” said Mitchel Berger, Senior Vice President of Global Commerce at Funimation Global Group. “This special edition item reminds anime fans that you can enjoy the anime lifestyle beyond just on screens, and FUNimation Shop is the premier destination for must-have anime merchandise. FUNimation Shop is the go-to destination for must-have collectibles, home entertainment, apparel, and more.”

Orders for the Akira Kaneda leather jacket will open on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at funimation.com/Akira. Additional Akira collector items are also available on FUNimation Shop, including an Akira limited edition movie box set, and a DVD/Blu Ray combo case.

The Art of Anime Auction Brings Genre’s Finest Artwork to Heritage Auctions

Production animation cels and backgrounds from the most critically-acclaimed and culturally-influential anime films, television series and characters to headline a three-day auction event June 25-27, 2021 at Heritage Auctions. The Art of Anime and Everything Cool Auction is the first of its kind held by any major U.S. auction house to pay homage to the craft of anime animation art.

“With 928 lots, this will be the world’s largest auction to feature top-grade anime, manga and even classic American animation,” said Jim Lentz, Director of Animation Art at Heritage. “From feature films to television series, the sale is packed with iconic scenes and characters.”

The auction features top selections from the Glad Anime Museum Collection, created by Mike Glad, the photographer and Oscar-nominated film producer who amassed original art by some of anime’s greatest creators. Unlike any other, the incredible Japanese animation collection has traveled from museum to museum globally and is now one of the single most important anime animation art collections ever brought to market.

One of the prime highlights from the collection is a stunning Akira Kaneda production cel sequence of four on its key master pan background (Tokyo Movie Shinsha, 1988). Measuring 52 inches by 12-1/2″ (132.8cm x 31.75cm), the sequence is a hand-painted masterpiece from the groundbreaking and pivotal anime masterpiece featuring the key character Kaneda in an action-packed motorcycle moment from the climactic and harrowing final scenes of the film.

A close second is an action close-up of Akira’s characters Kei and Kaneda in a production cel setup with key master background, from the Glad Anime Museum Collection. The film is deemed culturally important because it almost singlehandedly brought anime into the limelight for Western audiences with its American release in 1990. Several lots from Akira are on offer in the auction, including more motorcycle scenes.

Auction highlights include important production animation cels used in the making of award-winning feature films and work from the artform’s most respected filmmakers.

Osamu Tezuka

Akira may never have happened if it wasn’t for anime trailblazer Osamu Tezuka, whose Astro Boy series defined the entire artistic movement known as anime beginning in the 1960s. Tezuka, often revered as the “God of Manga,” revolutionized animation in Japan, and used Astro Boy as a conduit to address heavy issues like war and intolerance.

Several examples from the series are on offer including an amazing hand-inked and hand-painted original production cel from the classic Astro Boy series from the mid-1960s. An important model sheet from the same period depicts Astro Boy and additional characters such as Astro Girl, Dr. Packidermus J. Elefun and Victor Percival Pompous.

Hayao Miyazaki

The artwork by the Japanese animator, director, producer, screenwriter, author, and manga artist is well represented.

My Neighbor Totoro Mei, Chibi-Totoro and Chū Totoro production cel (Studio Ghibli, 1988) is from a key scene in the critically-acclaimed Miyazaki-directed animated masterwork. Lead character Totoro is recognized as one of the most popular characters in Japanese animation and the film is regularly ranked high in lists of the most important world films made.

A production cel setup with key master background from Kiki’s Delivery Service (Studio Ghibli, 1989) may be seen at the 1:14:49 mark of the animated feature film. This beautiful, hand-painted original production cel setup of the titular witch Kiki depicts a solemn scene as she wrestles with her self-doubt on her journey to adulthood. The scene captures Miyazaki’s atmospheric, extended quiet moments which set his films apart from all others.

A beautifully executed production cel with production background and animation drawing (Studio Ghibli, 1997) from Miyazaki’s critical and commercial blockbuster Princess Mononoke is on offer from the Glad Museum Collection. Prince Ashitaka is awakened by his steed Yakul in the hand-painted artwork. Seen at approximately the 1:05:51 mark of the film, the cel is likely to spark intense bidder interest for a piece of memorabilia from one of the greatest anime films ever made.

Iconic Characters From Iconic Series

First and foremost, a hand-painted original production cel setup of the eponymous God-like being Genocyber, measures a huge 15-1/2 inches by 12-1/5 inches (39.37cm x 31.75cm). Seen at the 37:34 mark of the first episode. The cyberpunk sci fi/horror Genocyber is perhaps best known for its controversially extreme graphic violence, and as a result it has developed a dedicated cult following since its release.

The Glad Anime Museum Collection gives us a jaw-dropping production cel setup with its key master background from the well-known sci-fi anthology masterpiece Robot Carnival segment titled “Franken’s Gears” (A.P.P.P., 1987). Also from the museum, a spectacular action sequence production cel from Dragon Ball GT (Toei Animation, circa 1989-96) depicting character Piccolo attacking a monster is offered with the animation drawing and layout drawing group of four.

Sailor Moon (Usagi Tsukino), perhaps the most recognizable fictional manga superheroine from the classic hit series of the same name, appears in the auction. A stunning and iconic scene of Sailor Moon narrowly dodging an attack from the wicked tree-like Cardian Leshy (Toei Animation, circa 1992-97) in an astounding and large hand-painted original production cel. A production cel closeup of Sailor Moon (Toei Animation, circa 1992-97) is an eponymous example of the charming, expressive character reactions that define anime’s distinctive style on its key master background.

A fantastic hand-painted original production cel from Mamoru Oshii’s cyberpunk masterpiece Ghost in the Shell (Production I.G, 1995) makes a rare appearance at auction. The highly-influential film was credited by A-list director James Cameron as “the first truly adult animation film to reach a level of literary and visual excellence.” The cel may be seen early in the film at the 12:38 mark.

Additional highlights include, but are not limited to:

Ninja Scroll production cel with master background featuring characters Jubei and Kagero (Madhouse, 1993)

A spectacular hand-painted original production cel featuring Ash and his team of adorable pocket monsters from the hit feature film Pokemon: The First Movie (OLM, 1998/2000), depicting characters Pikachu, Squirtle and Bulbasaur is from the Glad Museum Collection.

An intense production cel with production background and animation drawing of the character Gohan, as he’s about to shock everyone with a very memorable transformation into Super Saiyan 2, from the fan favorite series Dragon Ball Z (Toei Animation, c. 1989-96)

Heritage Auctions’ The Art of Anime and Everything Cool Auction is June 25-27, 2021, with worldwide bidding available on HA.com.

FUNimation Entertainment Offers HDR Disc Replacement for Akira Film’s 4K Remaster

FUNimation Entertainment has announced it is offering disc replacements for its release of the 4K remaster of the Akira anime film. Owners of the December 22, 2020 release of the Blu-ray Disc will receive the HDR (High Dynamic Range) Limited Edition version of the disc releasing in February 2021 free of charge. The December 22, 2020 release featured SDR (Standard Dynamic Range).

Owners of the older release can email FUNimation for a replacement at akira4kreplacement@funimation.com for the United States and Canada and akira4kreplacementUK@funimation.com for the United Kingdom and Ireland with their details and a receipt of their purchase. The company details the method to request a replacement on its website.

The 4K remaster of Akira opened in Japanese theaters on April 3, 2020 on 36 IMAX theaters.

Source: ANN

Akira Volume 1 Is the First Kodansha Manga to Get 100th Printing

Kodansha has announced that it is issuing the 100th printing of Katsuhiro Otomo’s first Akira manga volume on September 25, 2020. It is the first manga volume in Kodansha’s history to reach this milestone. The volume shipped 36 years ago in 1984, and Otomo thanked readers for their support throughout the years.

The science-fiction action manga is set in Neo-Tokyo, a city rebuilt after being destroyed in a mysterious explosion. The manga ran in Kodansha’s Weekly Young Magazine from 1982 to 1990. Otomo directed his own animated film adaptation that premiered on July 16, 1988 — the same day that the story has the fictional Tokyo being destroyed.

Source: ANN

Akira Film’s 4K Remaster to Get IMAX Screenings in the United States on September 24, 2020

IMAX has announced that the 4K remaster of the Akira anime film will screen in select theaters in the United States on September 24, 2020. The screening will have Japanese with English subtitles.

Both AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas began listing a September 24, 2020 screening for the 4K remaster earlier in September 2020.

FUNimation Entertainment will release Akira on a limited edition 4K Blu-ray Disc and DVD on December 22, 2020.

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment Announces December 2020 Releases

FUNimation Entertainment has announced the December 2020 releases for both Crunchyroll and for FUNimation.

Crunchyroll

  • Ace Attorney: Season 2 Collection (Blu-ray) – 575 minutes – $69.98 – 12/15/20
    Special Features: Episode 7 Commentary, Episode 15 Commentary, Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song
  • Angels of Death: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) (Essentials) – 400 minutes – $29.98 – 12/1/20
    Special Features: Episode 1 Commentary, Promo Videos, Commercials, Textless Opening Song “Vital,” Textless Closing Song “Pray”
  • Black Clover: Season 2 Collection (Blu-ray) – 1275 minutes – $84.98 – 12/8/20 [Episodes 52–102]
    Special Features: Episode 72, 76, 66, 87, 89, 92, 94, and 98 Commentary, Clover Clips Special Edition, Textless Opening Song “Scribbled Pages,” Textless Closing Song “My Song My Days,” Black Clover: Cris George & Clifford Chapin Discuss the Royal Knights Exam, Inside the Episode: Episode 75, 78, 81, 84, 87, 90, 93, 97, 99, and 102, Clover Clips Special Edition, Textless Opening Song “JustadICE,” Textless Closing Song “Hanaga Saku Michi,” Black Clover: The Magic Knight Captains, Textless Closing Song “against all gods,” Textless Opening Song: “Sky & Blue”
  • Double Decker! Doug & Kirill: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) (Essentials) – 400 minutes – $29.98 – 12/1/20 [Episodes 1–13 plus 3 OVAs]
    Special Features: Episode 3 Commentary, Textless Opening Song, and Textless Closing Song
  • Dr. STONE: Season 1, Part 2 (Blu-ray/DVD LE) – 325 minutes – $84.98 – 12/1/20 (was 10/20/20)
    Includes a rigid box with room to house Part 1 plus a 152-page art book featuring talks with the series’ science advisor, cast interviews, and Senku’s notes & more; 3 Character Keychains; Exclusive Art Cards, and Stickers
    Special Features: Dr. STONE: The Science Guys, Episode 24 Commentary, Textless Opening Song ver. 1 & 2, Textless Closing Song ver. 1 & 2
  • Dr. STONE: Season 1, Part 2 (Blu-ray/DVD) – 325 minutes – $64.98 – 12/1/20 (was 10/20/20)
    Includes 3 art cards featuring the Japanese Blu-ray artwork (while supplies last)
    Special Features: Dr. STONE: The Science Guys, Episode 24 Commentary, Textless Opening Song ver. 1 & 2, Textless Closing Song ver. 1 & 2

FUNimation Entertainment

  • Akira (4K UHD/BD LE) – 95 minutes – $59.98 – 124 minutes – 12/22/20
    Akira Limited Edition contains the movie, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo, in Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD formats and housed in a rigid box. Also included is a 40-page booklet
    Special Features: Akira Sound Clip (1998,) Music for Akira, Kaneda’s Theme, Exodus, Ethnic Meets Hi-Tech, Awakening, Mutation, Requiem, Director Interview, Storyboard Collection, The Writing on the Wall, Original Trailers, Original Commercials, Restoring Akira, Picture, English Voice Over, English 5.1 Audio Mix, Glossary, U.S. Trailer (2013), Trailers
  • Case File nº221: Kabukicho, Part 1 (Blu-ray) – 300 minutes – $64.98 – 12/29/20
    Special Features: Digital Gallery, Character Promotional Videos, Web Previews, Textless Opening and Closing Songs
  • Dragon Ball Z: Season 4 Collection (Blu-ray SteelBook) – 755 minutes – $59.98 – 12/15/20
    4:3 aspect ratio
    Episodes 108–139
    Special Features: Inside Dragon Ball Z: Interviews with Matthew O’Hara and Daniel Mancilla, From the Vault: Goku vs. Vegeta Featurette, From the Vault: The World of Dragon Ball Z, Textless Opening and Closing Songs
  • Dragon Ball Z: Season 5 Collection (Blu-ray SteelBook) – 615 minutes – $59.98 – 12/15/20
    4:3 aspect ratio
    Episodes 140–165
    Special Features: Inside Dragon Ball Z: Interviews with Sonny Strait and Meredith McCoy, Toei Tour: Raw Footage, Textless Opening and Ending Songs
  • Fairy Tail, Part 25 (Blu-ray/DVD) – 325 minutes – $54.98 – 12/22/20
    Episodes 304–316
    Includes 2 exclusive art cards with new character artwork (while supplies last)
    Special Features: Fairy Tail Final Season: For the Love of Fairy Tail, Textless Opening Song Vers. 1 and 2, Textless Closing Songs Vers. 1 and 2.
  • Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) (Classics) – 300 minutes – $49.98 – 12/29/20
    Special Features: Episode 1 and 12 Commentary, Episode 4 Video Commentary, Episode 4.5 – Intermission, Episode 8.5 – Intermission 2,Making of Music, “Even…if” Music Video, Promo Video, Textless Opening Song “Even…if” Vers. 1, 2 and 3, Textless Closing Song “yes,” Trailers.
  • My Hero Academia: Two Heroes (Blu-ray SteelBook) [Best Buy exclusive] – 95 minutes – $39.98 – 12/8/20
  • Paranoia Agent: Complete Collection (Blu-ray SteelBook) – 325 minutes – $59.98 – 12/15/20
    Special Features: Satoshi Kon & Susumu Hirasawa’s Paranoia Agent Talk Show, Paranoia Radio Audio Commentay for Episodes 11-13, Director Satoshi Kon’s Hand Drawn Storyboards for Episode 1, Trailer, Promotional Video
  • Paranoia Agent: Complete Collection (Blu-ray) – 325 minutes – $49.98 – 12/15/20
    Special Features: Satoshi Kon & Susumu Hirasawa’s Paranoia Agent Talk Show, Paranoia Radio Audio Commentay for Episodes 11-13, Director Satoshi Kon’s Hand Drawn Storyboards for Episode 1, Trailer, Promotional Video
  • Violet Evergarden (TV): Complete Collection (Blu-ray/DVD LE) – 325 minutes – $84.98 – 12/8/20
    Contains all 13 episodes of the series plus the special episode, subbed and dubbed
    Housed in a rigid box with space for the movie Violet Evergarden -Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll- as well as 4 art cards, a 200 page art book and sticker sheet
    Special Features: Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song, Japanese Trailer, English Trailer
  • Violet Evergarden (TV): Complete Collection (Blu-ray/DVD) – 325 minutes – $64.98 – 12/8/20
    Contains all 13 episodes of the series plus the special episode, subbed and dubbed
    Special Features: Textless Opening Song, Textless Closing Song, Japanese Trailer, English Trailer
  • Violet Evergarden -Eternity and the Auto Memory Doll- (Blu-ray/DVD) – 93 minutes – $34.98 – 12/1/20
    Special Features: Trailers

Source: The Fandom Post

FUNimation Entertainment Announces Release Dates for Akira 4K Blu-ray and Paranoia Agent Blu-ray

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it will release the 4K remaster of the Akira anime film as a limited-edition 4K Blu-ray Disc on December 22, 2020. The limited edition will include a box featuring art from the film and a 40-page booklet.

Both AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas are listing a September 24, 2020 date for the 4K remaster of Akira in select theaters in the United States. In addition, Regal Cinemas is listing the screening as a FUNimation screening, with only English subtitles available. The 4K remaster opened in Japanese theaters on April 3, 2020 in 36 IMAX theaters.

The company also announced that its release of the late Satoshi Kon’s Paranoia Agent television anime series on home video — which includes the series’ first Blu-ray Disc release in English — will ship on December 15, 2020.

Source: ANN

Akira Anime Film’s 4K Remaster Is Listed With Limited U.S. Screenings on September 24, 2020

Both AMC Theatres and Regal Cinemas are listing a September 24, 2020 date for the 4K remaster of the Akira anime film in select theaters in the United States. In addition, Regal Cinemas is listing the screening as a FUNimation screening, with only English subtitles available.

The 4K remaster opened in Japanese theaters on April 3, 2020 on 36 IMAX theaters. The film ranked at #9 when it opened. The anime was originally scheduled to debut at the Tokyo Anime Award Festival (TAAF) 2020 event on March 14, 2020, but organizers cancelled the event due to COVID-19.

Source: ANN