FUNimation Entertainment Adds Three New Titles to Its Streaming Service

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it is adding the God Mazinger television anime, the Little Nemo – Adventures in Slumberland film, and the Space Adventure Cobra television anime series to its streaming service on May 23, 2021. All three anime will be available in the United States and Canada. FUNimation is adding the three anime as part of a partnership with TMS Entertainment.

Discotek Media released the 1984 God Mazinger anime on standard definition Blu-ray Disc in January 2020. Discotek also released the Little Nemo – Adventures in Slumberland film on DVD in 2011 and on Blu-ray Disc in 2012. Nozomi releassed the Space Adventure Cobra television series on DVD until the license expired in 2018, and Discotek Media acquired the rights and released the series on Blu-ray Disc on September 29, 2020.

Source: ANN

Amazon Prime Is Streaming the Original Space Adventure Cobra Anime Series

The Fandom Post is reporting that Amazon Prime has started streaming the original Space Adventure Cobra anime series. As of this writing, the first 15 episodes are available with Japanese audio and English subtitles. The site says additional episodes will be added as time goes on. The series is free for streaming for Prime members but doesn’t offer any purchase options for it.

The story of Space Adventure Cobra is described as:

Seeking reprieve from a painfully ordinary 9-to-5 existence, mild-mannered office worker Johnson visits the TM Corporation, a company that sells virtual dreams. In Johnson’s dream adventure, he’s the notorious space pirate Cobra. Accompanied by his android partner Lady Armaroid, Cobra fights the lowlife scum of the Pirate Guild by day and saves sultry sirens of space by night. After the journey is over, events unfold that bring reality into focus. His experience wasn’t a dream at all – it was a reawakening of his buried past.

Source: The Fandom Post

Discotek Media Licenses the Space Adventure Cobra TV Anime and the Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer Film

Discotek Media has announced that it has licensed the Space Adventure Cobra television anime and the Detective Conan: Zero the Enforcer (Meitantei Conan: Zero no Shikkōnin) anime film. The company will release the Space Adventure Cobra TV anime on Blu-ray Disc on September 29, 2020. The release will feature English subtitles, “brand new experimental English dubs” for the first two episodes, and the original English pilot episode.

The company will release the 22nd Detective Conan film under the name Case Closed: Zero the Enforcer on Blu-ray Disc on September 29, 2020. The release will feature English subtitles and a new English dub.

Discotek has also revealed details of two other previously announced anime releases. The company will release the third and final Blu-ray Disc set for the Galaxy Express 999 television anime and the Wicked City anime film on Blu-ray Disc on September 29, 2020.

I find it interesting that this is the second Case Closed license that Discotek Media has announced in recent months, with the first one being the “Episode One” TV special. Could the company be testing the waters to determine if it’s worth trying to acquire the license for the Case Closed anime series? I hope so!

Source: ANN

Discotek Media to Release the Space Adventure Cobra Film on UHD 4K Blu-ray Disc

Discotek Media announced at its panel at Otakon that it will release Space Adventure Cobra – The Movie on Ultra-High Definition (UHD) 4K Blu-ray Disc in North America on October 29, 2019.

The company stated the release will be the first UHD 4K Blu-ray Disc release for an anime in North America.

MediaOCD is producing the disc from a newly restored 4K master from TMS Entertainment. The release will use “HDR10 technology to offer enhanced colors on compatible equipment.”

Source: ANN

The Midnight Pulp and AsianCrush Streaming Services Announce Anime Additions

Digital Media Rights’ streaming services AsianCrush and Midnight Pulp has announced the new anime works that they are adding to their services this month.

Midnight Pulp has already added the Golgo 13: The Professional and Key the Metal Idol anime, and added the Space Adventure Cobra anime film on June 14, 2019. The site will add the Devil Lady anime on June 21, 2019.

Asian Crush is adding the Library War anime on June 28, 2019. The 13-episode series aired in 2008, and Discotek Media released the series on DVD in 2015. Crunchyroll added the series to its catalog in 2016.

AsianCrush and Midnight Pulp are available online and on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast. Viewers can watch the websites’ works for free with commercials, or with a paid subscription without commercials.

Source: ANN

Nozomi Entertainment’s Space Adventure Cobra TV Anime License Expires

Nozomi Entertainment has announced that its license for the Space Adventure Cobra television anime is expiring and the DVDs are going out of print. The series will continue to stream on Nozomi Entertainment’s YouTube channel and Crunchyroll until August 31, 2018.

Nozomi Entertainment announced the license in 2013 and released the series on two DVD sets in 2014.

The 31-episode anime from 1982 is based on Buichi Terasawa’s manga about a space pirate and his female android partner.

Source: ANN

Anime Film Review: Space Adventure Cobra

Space Adventure Cobra is an anime film based on the Cobra manga series by Buichi Terasawa. The film was directed by Osamu Dezaki, and it was released to Japanese theaters on July 23, 1982. As of this writing, Discotek Media holds the North American license for the film. Some footage from this film would later make an appearance in Matthew Sweet’s music video for his song, “Girlfriend.”

Space Adventure Cobra
Direced by: Osamu Dezaki
Written by: Buichi Terasawa and Haruya Yamazaki
Starring: Shigeru Matsuzaki and Yoshiko Sakakibara
Run Time: 100 minutes

The film opens with a bounty hunter named Jane nabbing a bounty. She runs into Cobra at a bar, but doesn’t believe it’s him at first, because he doesn’t look anything like the man on Cobra’s wanted poster. When the two of them are pursued, Cobra uses his cybernetic arm laser “Psycho-Gun”; this is the proof that Jane needs to know that he is Cobra, since he is the only man who is known to have the “Psycho-Gun.”

Jane and Cobra appear to suddenly fall in love with each other, and Jane asks Cobra to assist her. Jane wants Cobra to help her free her sister Catherine from a prison that she’s being held in. The prison is run by Cobra’s archenemy, Crystal Boy. Cobra also learns that Jane has another sister named Dominique, and that all three of the sisters are a group of triplets.

When Cobra makes it inside the prison and finds Catherine, he is surprised to hear her say that she doesn’t want to be rescued. By the end of the battle, Jane is killed. Cobra goes off on a search to try to locate Dominique, and the rest of the film progresses from here until it reaches a climax.

I apologize for the vagueness in the plot summary, but saying too much more than I have would wander into some very serious “spoiler” territory. Because of all the spoilers I have to try to avoid, it will make reviewing this film a little on the difficult side; however, I will try to do my best.

When I watched this film, quite a bit seemed to happen with little to no explanation. For example, the viewer finds out that Cobra has changed his appearance, but never learns why this happened. From reading a synopsis for the manga series this film was based on, I would assume that Dezaki expected viewers to already have familiarity with the original manga source material, so he didn’t want to take the time to explain this during the film.

The story of the film is a little on the strange side, especially in regards to the triplet sisters. However, from what I’ve read about the anime series that retells the story of the film, I get the impression that their storyline is a little less strange in the television series. If you’re willing to simply accept some of the things that are presented in the film, then you will probably get some enjoyment out of it.

When Discotek Media released the film on DVD in 2012, they included three audio options for the film: Japanese Dolby 5.1 with English subtitles, Japanese Dolby Stereo with English subtitles, and English Dolby Stereo.

The only items included on the DVD are the film itself and trailers for other properties that Discotek was promoting at the time this DVD was released. Considering the age of this film, I wasn’t terribly surprised that there were no special features included on it; to be honest, I would have been surprised if there had been any.

Discotek appeared to put what effort they were able to into this release. I would recommend purchasing this DVD if you have an interest in anime from the 1980s or already have familiarity with the Space Adventure Cobra franchise. This film is definitely worth viewing if you remember the Matthew Sweet music video and are curious about where exactly that anime footage originally came from.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of Space Adventure Cobra that my husband and I purchased.

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Anime Weekend Atlanta Announces Anime Screenings

Anime Weekend Atlanta has announced that it will be hosting the following anime screenings during their upcoming convention:

  • The English dub of One Piece: Strong World
  • The English dub of Magi
  • The Blu-ray remaster of Sakura Wars: The Movie
  • Space Adventure Cobra
  • Cutie Honey
  • Mazinger Z
  • Gatchaman
  • Girls Vs. Butlers
  • Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo
  • Fairy Tail: The Movie
  • Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning
  • Wolf Children
  • Akira

Anime Weekend Atlanta will be taking place September 27-29, 2013 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel and Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta, Georgia.

Right Stuf Licenses Space Adventure Cobra

Right Stuf, Inc. has announced that the company has acquired the license for the Space Adventure Cobra television anime series.

Right Stuf and Nozomi Entertainment will release the series in two DVD sets starting in late 2013, and the series will also be released digitally.

Right Stuf’s upcoming release is the first time this 1982-1983 anime series will be released in North America.

Source: ANN