RetroCrush Announces Debuts for May 2021

Digital Rights Media has announced the new titles and release dates for the anime titles that will stream on its RetroCrush streaming service in May 2021.

The titles will launch on consecutive Fridays in May 2021:

  • Star Ocean EX – May 7, 2021
  • Barefoot Gen – May 14, 2021
  • Barefoot Gen 2 – May 14, 2021
  • The Law of Ueki – May 14, 2021
  • Nutcracker Fantasy – May 21, 2021
  • Star Fleet (Super Space Machine X Bomber) – May 28, 2021
  • NG Knight Lamune & 40 (television series and original video anime) – May 28, 2021
  • VS Knight Lamune & 40 Fresh – May 28, 2021
  • VS Lamune & 40 Fire (Knights of Ramune & 40 Fire) – May 28, 2021

Star Ocean EX, The Law of Ueki, and Nutcracker Fantasy will stream with English subtitles and with an English dub. Star Fleet will be availble with an English dub. The remaining series will stream with English subtitles.

RetroCrush is a free, ad-supported video-on-demand service available in the United States and Canada. The service has apps on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, and smart TVs, in addition to being available on browsers. The service launched in March 2020.

Source: ANN

Barefoot Gen Anime Is Streaming on Amazon Prime

The Fandom Post is reporting that both the original Barefoot Gen anime film, as well as the sequel film, are available on Amazon Prime. They’re free to view if you’re a Prime member but you can also rent in HD for $1.99 or purchase for $4.99.

The Barefoot Gen anime film was originally released to DVD in North America by Image Entertainment in 1999. Geneon Entertainment gave it a re-release in 2006. Discotek Media picked up the license for the two films back in 2017 and released them on DVD and Blu-ray.

The story of Barefoot Gen is described as:

Hiroshima, August 1945. Gen is a cheerful elementary school student living in Japan during World War II. After years of living with difficult wartime rationing and impoverished conditions, Gen and his family have managed to maintain a relatively normal and happy life. All that is about to change when an atomic bomb destroys their city in an instant. While Gen and his mother manage to survive the attack, the rest of their family is not so lucky. In the face of adversity, Gen manages to maintain his cheerful spirit and never loses hope that things will get better for him, and for the entire nation of Japan. Based on the world renowned manga Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa, Barefoot Gen captures the spirit of a nation struggling to redefine itself and gives us encouragement to overcome strategy and cherish human life.

Source: The Fandom Post

Discotek Media Licenses the Barefoot Gen Anime, Yowamushi Pedal Anime Film, and Photon OVA

Discotek Media has announced that it has licensed Barefoot Gen and Barefoot Gen 2 anime, the Yowamushi Pedal the Movie anime film, and the Photon: The Idiot Adventures OVA. All three are scheduled for home video release in December 2017. The Barefoot Gen movies will be on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, Yowamushi Pedal the Movie will be released as a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack, and Photon: The Idiot Adventures will be DVD only.

Discotek will release the two Barefoot Gen movies together in Japanese with English subtitles. The release will also include the English dub for the first film.

The Yowamushi Pedal film will be in Japanese with English subtitles.

Discotek’s release of Photon: The Idiot Adventures will have the original English dub in addition to the Japanese language track.

Source: ANN

Kickstarter to Give Barefoot Gen Manga to Schools and Libraries Reaches Its Goal

Last Gasp Publishing’s Kickstarter campaign to print 4,000 hardcover copies of Keiji Nakazawa’s Barefoot Gen manga for schools and libraries met its goal on September 10, 2015.

As of this writing, the campaign has earned US$36,686 of its US$36,000 goal with four hours remaining.

Nakazawa was born in Hiroshima in 1939. At the age of six, he survived the 1945 Hiroshima bombing and the loss of most of his immediate family — his father, older sister, younger brother, and younger sister. Only he, his mother, and two brothers who were not at home survived.

He drew Barefoot Gen from 1973 to 1985, based on his experiences during the bombing and of his struggle to survive in the aftermath. The resulting 10 volumes of Barefoot Gen have since sold over 10 million copies and have been translated in English, Russian, Korean, and many other languages.

Source: ANN

Kickstarter Launched to Give the Barefoot Gen Manga to Schools and Libraries

Last Gasp Publishing has launched a Kickstarter campaign to print 4,000 copies of Keiji Nakazawa’s Barefoot Gen manga in hardcover binding for schools and libraries. The manga is Nakazawa’s semi-autobiographical account of life during and after the 1945 Hiroshima bombing, based on his own real-life childhood experiences. August 6, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing.

The Kickstarter campaign aims to raise US$36,000 by September 10, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Rewards for backers include copies of Nakazawa’s I Saw It and Barefoot Gen manga. Backers can choose whether to have Last Gasp send each Barefoot Gen copy to a school or library, or to have Last Gasp mail a copy or copies to the backer so the backer can personally give them to a school or library.

Nakazawa was born in Hiroshima in 1939. At the age of six, he survived the 1945 Hiroshima bombing and the loss of most of his immediate family — his father, older sister, younger brother, and younger sister. Only he, his mother, and two brothers who were not at home survived.

He drew Barefoot Gen from 1973 to 1985, based on his experiences during the bombing and of his struggle to survive in the aftermath. The resulting 10 volumes of Barefoot Gen have since sold over 10 million copies and have been translated in English, Russian, Korean, and many other languages.

Source: ANN