Aniplex of America Announces Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Complete Blu-ray Set

Aniplex of America announces that the comedy series, Kaguya-sama: Love is War, will be released as a complete Blu-ray set on February 18, 2020. The complete Blu-ray set will include all 12 episodes on three Blu-ray discs along with a special booklet with character reference guides and scene design materials, as well as an exclusive illustration card set – all housed in a charming package illustrated by character designer and chief animation director, Yūko Yahiro. The Blu-ray also comes with the textless version of the iconic opening featuring the highly addictive song, “Love Dramatic,” which was composed by popular Japanese pop rock band, Ikimono-gakari’s leader Yoshiki Mizuno and performed by musician and Japan’s “King of Love Songs,” Masayuki Suzuki, and actress Rikka Ihara. Fans of the series will also get the textless ending featuring halca’s “Sentimental Crisis,” in addition to the textless ending of Episode 3, which went viral, titled “Chika tto Chika Chika” performed by Konomi Kohara, the voice of the unforgettable character, Chika Fujiwara.

The quick-witted and hilarious series based on Aka Akasaka’s manga series published in Weekly Young Jump magazine quickly charmed fans from all over the world since premiering in January of 2019. Produced by A-1 Pictures and directed by Record of Grancrest War‘s Mamoru Hatakeyama, the series follows Kaguya Shinomiya, voiced by Aoi Koga and Miyuki Shirogane, voiced by Makoto Furukawa, as they engage in a highly cerebral warfare, which usually unfolds into a uproarious comedy of errors commentated by the narrator, voiced by Yutaka Aoyama.

Kaguya-sama takes the often-irritating anime romcom shenanigans to the extreme, playing off the awkwardness as the main event rather than an obstacle to an eventual hookup,” writes Anime News Network’s Michelle Liu. “The result is a hilarious train wreck of a romance that not only doles out great absurd humor but manages to stay refreshingly realistic when it comes to the characters’ feelings.”

All episodes of Season 1 are currently available to stream on Hulu, Crunchyroll, and FunimationNow. Fans can also look forward to more Kaguya-sama: Love is War with a recently announced Season 2 on the way.

For more information on Kaguya-sama: Love is War, please visit: kaguyasama-anime.com.

Kaguya-sama: Love is War Complete Blu-ray Set includes:

Disc Specs

  • Spoken Languages: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 HD Widescreen 1920x1080p
  • Episodes: #1-12
  • Number of Discs: 3 Blu-ray Discs
  • Total Run Time: Approx. 300 minutes
  • Rating: 13 UP

Bonus Contents

  • Textless Opening
  • Textless Endings (Including “Chika tto Chika Chika” from Ep. 3)

* Bonus content subject to change.
* Bonus content include English subtitles.

Bonus Materials & Package

  • Package illustrations by Yūko Yahiro (Character Design/Chief Animation Director)
  • Special booklet with character reference guides and scene design materials
  • Illustration card set

* Bonus materials subject to change.

Product number and UPC bar code:
Title: Kaguya-sama: Love is War Complete Blu-ray Set
Street Date: 2/18/2020
SKU #: AOA-14601
UPC: 816546022303
SRP: $124.98
Store Price: $99.98

Aniplex of America Announces That Zoku Owarimonogatari Is Coming to Blu-ray

Aniplex of America announces the release of Zoku Owarimonogatari as a Blu-ray set scheduled for release on January 28, 2020. The set features two Blu-ray discs containing six episodes, along with a collection of promotional videos and commercials, as well as the textless opening theme “07734” and ending theme featuring TrySail’s song “azure.” Housed in a package illustrated by character designer Akio Watanabe, the Blu-ray set also comes with an exclusive pin-up postcard set and deluxe booklet featuring a wide array of production materials and character reference art.

Based on one of the volumes of NisiOisin’s bestselling Monogatari light novels, Zoku Owarimonogatari captures Koyomi Araragi, the morning after his high school graduation as he wanders into a world inside a mirror, where everything is reversed. Returning as Koyomi Araragi is veteran voice actor Hiroshi Kamiya, who is joined by Chiwa Saito, Emiri Katō, Miyuki Sawashiro, and Kana Hanazawa.

Following a November 2018 theatrical release in Japan, Zoku Owarimonogatari received a six-episode TV broadcast in Japan beginning May of 2019. The series hails animation production by famed studio Shaft, who is responsible for many fan favorite shows including Puella Magi Madoka Magica, March comes in like a lion, and NISEKOI. The creative team behind the Monogatari series also returns with chief director akiyuki Shimbou teaming up with Toufuyashi to write the screenplay, while Akio Watanabe reprised his dual role as chief animation director and character designer from Monogatari Series Second Season.

For more information on Zoku Owarimonogatari, please visit: Monogatari-usa.com.

Zoku Owarimonogatari Blu-ray Set includes:

Disc Specs

  • Spoken Languages: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen
  • Episodes: 6 Episodes
  • Number of Disc: 2 Blu-ray Discs
  • Total Run Time: approx. 160 min.
  • Rating: 16 UP

Bonus Contents

  • PV & CM Collection
  • Textless Opening & Endings

* Bonus content subject to change.

Bonus Materials & Package

  • Deluxe Booklet
  • Pin-up Postcard Set
  • Package Illustrated by Akio Watanabe (Character Design)

* Bonus Materials and packages subject to change.

Product number and UPC bar code:
Title: Zoku Owarimonogatari Blu-ray Set
Street Date: 1/28/2020
SKU #: AOA-7204
UPC: 816546022525
SRP: $74.98
Store Price: $59.98

Aniplex of America to Release the Natsume’s Book of Friends Film on Blu-ray Disc in November 2019

Aniplex of America has announced that it will release the Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond anime film on Blu-ray Disc on November 26, 2019. The film’s home video release will have English subtitles.

Aniplex of America screened the film at the Anime NYC convention in November 2018.

Natsume Yujin-cho the Movie: Ephemeral Bond topped the Japanese box office rankings in its opening weekend on September 29-30, 2018, selling 117,473 tickets to earn 172,144,780 yen (about US$1.5 million). The film eventually earned 725,058,820 yen (about US$6.43 million).

Source: ANN

Aniplex of America Presents Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia Special Premiere in Los Angeles

Aniplex of America will host the North America premiere of the new series, Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia on September 29, 2019 at the Aratani Theatre in the historic Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. Lucky fans will be the first to experience this heart pounding new series produced by the acclaimed studio CloverWorks, ahead of its premiere on October 5, 2019. The screening will feature three episodes beginning with the prologue Episode 0, which was released on August 3, 2019, followed by the premiere of episodes 1 and 2. Aniplex of America will also be selling a limited supply of exclusive merchandise from the show. Tickets will go on sale September 10, 2019 at 12 PM (PDT) on the Aratani Theatre website with tickets priced at $12.50. Seating will be on a first come, first serve basis with a free giveaway at the door and show time is listed at 4 PM (Local Time) on September 29, 2019.

As the newest series addition to the Fate franchise, Fate/Grand Order Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia chronicles the seventh Singularity of the Fate/Grand Order mobile game, which has been recognized as one of the most successful mobile games in the world with over 41 million global downloads. The series is helmed by the two godfathers of the Fate franchise with Takashi Takeuchi serving as lead character designer along with Kinoko Nasu and TYPE-MOON handling the original story. The series has also enlisted Toshifumi Akai, best known for his work as the storyboard animation director for Porter Robinson’s “Shelter” music video, as the director with Miyuki Kuroki of The Idolm@ster SideM as assistant director.

The series stars Nobunaga Shimazaki and Rie Takahashi as protagonists, Ritsuka Fujimaru and Mash Kyrielight, along with Ayako Kawasumi, most known for her role as Saber within the Fate series, as Fou.. The series also reunites Fate/Zero and Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works] cast members Tomokazu Seki, as fan favorite character Gilgamesh, Yuu Asakawa as “Rogue Servant” Ana, and Kana Ueda, who lends her voice as the Mesopotamian goddess Ishtar. Rounding out the cast are veteran voice actors Kenichi Suzumura as Romani Archaman, Takahiro Sakura as Merlin, and Maaya Sakamoto as Leornard da Vinci.

Aniplex of America and FUNimation to Screen the Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl Anime Film in the United States and Canada in October 2019

Aniplex of America announced during its panel at Crunchyroll Expo that it is collaborating with FUNimation Films to screen the Rascal Does Not Dream of a Dreaming Girl (Seishun Buta Yarō wa Yume-Miru Shōjo no Yume wo Minai) anime film in theaters in the United States and Canada. The film will screen in the United States on October 2 and 3, 2019, and in Canada on October 4 and 5, 2019. Advance ticket sales begin on September 6, 2019.

The film opened in Japan on June 15, 2019, and debuted at #7 in its opening weekend. The film earned a cumulative total of 373,520,090 yen (about US$3.43 million).

Aniplex of America screened the United States premiere of the film at Anime Expo on July 7, 2019.

Source: ANN

Aniplex of America to Offer a Fate/Extra Last Encore Complete Blu-ray Box Set

Aniplex of America announced during its Otakon panel that it will release a complete Blu-ray box set for the Fate/Extra Last Encore anime series on October 22, 2019. The set will include all 13 episodes with Japanese and English audio tracks, English subtitles, promotional video and commercial collections, clean opening and ending animation sequences, a deluxe booklet, and a rigid box with an exclusive Illustration. The set’s bonus contents and materials are subject to change.

The Aniplex+ online store will also offer a 1/7-scale figure of the character Rin Tohsaka in her battle suit from the anime.

The 10-episode main television anime of the Fate/Extra game premiered on January 27, 2018 under the subtitle “Oblitus Chidōsetsu” (Oblitus Heliocentrism). Netflix began streaming the anime outside of Japan on June 30, 2018. The three-episode Fate/Extra Last Encore: Illustrias Tendōsetsu (Illustrias Geocentrism) special then aired on July 29, 2018.

Source: ANN

Aniplex of America’s Announcements at Anime Expo

Aniplex of America announced at its Anime Expo panel that the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba television anime will premiere with an English dub on Adult Swim’s Toonami block. The company did not announce a premiere date for the anime.

Aniplex of America also announced the following home video release dates:

  • Kill la Kill Complete Blu-ray Disc Box Set: December 24, 2019
  • Fate/Zero Complete Blu-ray Disc Box Set: October 29, 2019
  • Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly Limited and Standard Edition Blu-ray Disc: November 19, 2019
  • Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai Complete Blu-ray Disc Box Set: November 19, 2019
  • I want to eat your pancreas Blu-ray Disc: October 29, 2019

Source: ANN