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 Post subject: Re: The Discotek discussion thread (new licenses & updates)
PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 5:41 am 
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Discotek Media announced on Friday that it has licensed the Goshogun (Sengoku Majin Goshōgun) television series and GoShogun: The Time Étranger film. The film is slated for release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in June with both English and Japanese audio. The television series will ship on DVD this year.

The original 26-episode television series premiered in Japan in 1981. In the story, hero Kenta assembles a team of warriors to fight the evil Docooga organization after it tries to steal his father's research on a new mysterious element. In 1985, Saban Entertainment combined the series with Akū Daisakusen Srungle to create Macron 1 for the U.S. market.

GoShogun: The Time Étranger debuted in Japan in 1985 as a sequel to Goshogun. Discotek Media describes the story:

Forty years after the events of the TV series, Remy Shimada, ex-pilot of the Goshogun, suffers a terrible accident while on her way to a meeting with her former robot-piloting comrades. While they rush to the hospital, Remy floats between life and death. She sees visions of her life when she was young, and stranger still, experiences a hallucination of being with her friends, all of them young again, in a mysterious city filled with hostile fanatics. Far from being the reunion Remy hoped for, a ghastly letter arrives for each member of the team that predicts their gruesome deaths. Slated to die in two days, both in reality and in her dream, Remy struggles to find a way out of the City of Fate, relying on the memories of her friends to see her through, even as they surround her death bed in the waking world.

Central Park Media previously released the film on DVD in 2003 under the title Time Stranger. The film also aired on ImaginAsian TV.


Also not mentioned in that article but mentioned here is that in addition to the CPM dub, they got the Manga UK dub for Time Étranger as well.

Also here's a look at the final packaging for Seha Girls which will be released on May 30th: http://i.imgur.com/iTqj8tA.jpg

EDIT: GoShogun movie also confirmed.

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 Post subject: Re: The Discotek discussion thread (new licenses & updates)
PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:27 pm 
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^ It's very notable that, aside from the same main characters, the sequel is sooo different in so many various significant ways from the original one, :ohmy: which's pretty rare, if any, in anime history, & which I think is pretty cool. :cool:

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:26 am 
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Got my set a few days ago and while I haven't watched it all yet, I did look at the last Magic Knight Rayearth disc and can confirm a few things regarding the extras (full list here).

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◦Interview with Julie Maddalena (English voice of Hikaru)
◦Interview with Wendee Lee (English voice of Umi & Princess Emeraude)
◦Interview with Ellen Wilkinson (English voice of Fuu)
◦Interview with Kaeko Sakamoto (English voice of Mokona)
◦Interview with Lex Lang (English voice of Zagato)
◦Group Interview with English Voice Cast


These sounded bad on the Media Blasters DVDs and as for here, they tried to clean them up but it's only a slight improvement.

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◦Episode 4 Alternate English Pilot


They used the Blu-ray video for this and had to recreate this dub's opening & credits, dub itself is pretty weak but then it's from WordFit-era Ocean and from 1995.

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◦Creditless Opening 1 (English V1)
◦Creditless Opening 1 (English V2)
◦Creditless Opening 1 (English V3)


V1 - Sandy Fox version from the MB DVDs
V2 - Jennifer Stigile version from the Sega Saturn game (Also the voice of Umi in that dub)
V3 - Same as V2 but it's the hidden version (details).

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◦Original Broadcast Openings


Now this is interesting because apparently there are 4 versions of Opening 1 & 3 versions of Opening 2. Wasn't aware of this since I think Media Blasters only has one version of each in the remastered sets. I wonder if the R2 DVDs had them?

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◦English Home Video Credits


These are from the original MB DVDs (NOT the remastered sets) which played during each episode so it's all of the Sandy Fox songs again including the slow version of Unyielding Wish from episode 20.

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◦Production Art Slideshow
◦Model Sheet Slideshow


The amount of art in theses slideshows...they have A LOT more than Media Blasters had. The production art for example has exactly 72 images (or 66 if you don't count the original illustrations of 6 of them) while the MB DVDs only had 34 (16 on Disc 1, 18 on Disc 6) so most of these are new.

Half of the extras are in HD (including those from the Japanese Blu-ray set, list is here) while the other half is in SD and considering the latter's sources, it's for the best.

Here's a look at Kyousougiga:

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 10:28 am 
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ANN wrote:
Discotek Media announced on Friday that it has licensed the Psybuster (Cybuster) and Dancouga (Dancougar - Super Beast Machine God) anime. Both series will ship on DVD on July 25, alongside Discotek's DVD releases of Midnight Eye Goku and Captain Harlock Endless Orbit SSX. The Psybuster DVD will have an English dub in addition to the Japanese language track.

Psybuster is based on original characters from the Super Robot Wars game series. Discotek describes the story:

"In 2040, the continuous pollution and the mysterious series of earthquakes left the city of Tokyo in ruins. A young man named Ken Ando is in training to become a member of DC, an army-like organization designed to investigate and protect the collapsing environment. Ken, with the support from his sister, Sayuri, gives his best to become a part of the elite group. But he receives the devastating news of being cut from the team because of his poor performances in the evaluation sessions.

When an ominous monster suddenly appears from the sky with a blinding flash and starts mowing down DC's working robots with mysterious invisible forces. Ken, eager to show what he is truly made of, engages in a battle with the monster. Little does he realize his own fate and the fate of Earth itself may be linked to the mysterious Mech from another world."

The 26-episode series premiered in 1999. Geneon Entertainment previously released the series on DVD in North America with the title spelled Cybuster.

Discotek describes Dancouga:

"Deep in outer space, the emperor Muge plots his next conquest - an out-of-the-way planet known as Earth. Mustering all the forces of his own personal Empire of Death, the Emperor is by far the most formidable foe humans have ever faced. And now he's even more fearsome thanks to the defection of Shapiro Keats, a power-hungry Earthling reborn as an Empire informer.

Army after army crumbles in the face of an onslaught of the Empire's seemingly indestructible robots. But now there's a team that just might be able to stop them: an ace pilot named Shinobu, Sara (Shapiro's one-time girlfriend) , and Ryo, a very unlikely young hero. Together, they're in command of a new secret weapon developed in a laboratory hidden deep in a lake in Japan. Enter Dancougar, the Super Beast Machine God - and the battle's just beginning!"

The 38-episode series premiered in 1985 and spawned three original video anime (OVA) sequels. Another television series titled Jūsō Kikō Dancouga Nova premiered in 2007. Central Park Media previously licensed the series.


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And coming on June 27th with the Fatal Fury BD:

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2017 6:42 pm 
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NJ_ wrote:

Just found this recently uploaded clip of a live performance of the full version of that OP theme by its original singer himself many years ago (if I recall correctly, that concert was held in 1999, the same year of that anime):



^ Too bad the pic quality isn't great, tho.

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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 1:00 am 
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ANN wrote:
Discotek Media announced on Saturday that it has licensed the Marmalade Boy anime television series and movie, Sanrio's 1979 stop-motion film Nutcracker Fantasy, Panmedia's 1986 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz television anime series, and Sanrio's A Journey through Fairyland (Yōsei Florence) anime film, and the Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective television anime series. The first 38 episodes of Marmalade Boy and all the other titles will be available on DVD on August 29, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz will also be available on standard-definition Blu-ray Disc. (Discotek will release episodes 39-76 and the movie of Marmalade Boy in a Part 2 DVD set later.)

Discotek describes Toei Animation's 1994-1995 adaptation of Wataru Yoshizumi's Marmalade Boy manga:

Miki Koishikawa's parents have always been strange. While deeply caring for their daughter, they're prone to wasteful spending, oversleeping, and even taking extravagant trips. And their latest trip to Hawaii has brought back something truly outrageous: love. Not for each other, but for a different couple entirely! With her parents planning to divorce and swap partners with the Matsuuras, Miki's life is turned upside down with a new, highly abnormal family all living together in one house. To top it off, the Matsuuras have a son named Yuu exactly Miki's age, and he's too gorgeous for words. For better or for worse, this is Miki's life now, but adjusting won't be easy when jealous rivals and old flames enter the mix!

Discotek will offer Marmalade Boy in Japanese with English subtitles, and with the English dub. Tokyopop previously released the anime on DVD.

Discotek describes Sanrio Films and animator Takeo Nakamura's Nutcracker Fantasy:

This original stop-motion Sanrio production features beautiful photography, lighting, sets, and intricate dolls. They help create a delightful and sometimes dark world complete with the menacing Ragman and a tyrannical two-headed rat queen. After a young girl, Clara, receives a nutcracker from her enigmatic Uncle Drosselmayer, she finds that her precious present is stolen by thieving rats led by Mauslynx, the double-headed rat queen. To win it back, Clara enters a surreal land through her family's grandfather clock. One of her stops is the Kingdom of Dolls, where she finds the king grieving over his cursed, eternally-asleep daughter, Princess Mary, a doppelganger for Clara herself. She and Franz, the captain of the guards and Mary's suitor, infiltrate the army of rats in a desperate attempt to dethrone the despot!

Discotek will offer Nutcracker Fantasy in Japanese with English subtitles, and with the English dub. The film screened in Los Angeles in 2013 for the first time since its original release. It had not received a DVD release before. The film then received a new edition for a theatrical release in Japan in 2014.

Discotek describes Panmedia's version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz:

Dorothy and her canine pal Toto live a quiet life on a Kansas farm with Uncle Henry and Aunt Em. But one day, the little girl and her dog find themselves spirited away from the fields of Kansas, to the magical land of Oz! Dorothy and Toto meet many friends on the yellow-brick road to Emerald City, where she hopes to find a way home to Kansas-- but when she arrives, the city's mysterious ruler, the Wizard of Oz, is not what she expects! The Wizard can help Dorothy get home, but at a daunting price: she and her friends the Tin Woodsman, the Scarecrow, and the Cowardly Lion must kill the Wicked Witch of the West and free the Winkies from her rule.

Dorothy's journey to Emerald City is only the beginning of this celebrated 52-episode adaptation of L. Frank Baum's beloved series of children's books, which goes beyond the tale of Wizard of Oz to introduce you to new friends, like the Gump, the Sawhorse, Jack Pumpkinhead, and Billina-- plus new adversaries in the witch Mombi, General Jinjur and the All-Girl Army, and the bitter and scheming Nome King. Dorothy must team up with old friends and new to save all of Oz and return Emerald City to its rightful ruler, the mysterious Ozma. One way or another, Dorothy's not in Kansas anymore!

Discotek will offer the international version of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with the English dub, including narration by Margot Kidder (Superman). Lightyear Entertainment previously released the series on DVD.

Discotek describes A Journey through Fairyland:

Michael is a gifted oboe player, but his heart's not in it. He ignores his musical studies to lose himself in the garden, playing only for the benefit of his beloved flowers. Michael's frustrated teacher gives him an ultimatum: Be serious, or leave the music school forever! Despondent, Michael prepares to say goodbye to the garden. But the floral Fairy Florence, so bewitched by his music, bestows a powerful magic wand on Michael, and whisks him away. Will Michael's astonishing adventure with Florence in Fairyland help him rediscover his love of music?

A Journey through Fairyland was released in 1985 under the title Yōsei Florence. Four years in the making, the film is a visual and auditory tour de force by Sanrio Films and the legendary director Masami Hata (Little Nemo - Adventures in Slumberland, Ringing Bell). Featuring music by Strauss, Chopin, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, and many other famous composers, and vocal performances by real-life stars of the Takarazuka Revue and the Shiki Theatre Company, A Journey through Fairyland is a magical, musical experience you won't soon forget!

Discotek will offer A Journey through Fairyland in Japanese with English subtitles, and with the English dub. The anime was previously available on an English-dubbed VHS videotape.

Discotek describes Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective:

A vampire with no past, on a mission to atone for his sins against humanity, Shido is a private detective with a secret obsession. The Nightbreed - a supernatural race of demons even more sinister than his own kind - have descended on the city, taking possession of human bodies which they use to wreak havoc and murder. With the beautiful and determined government agent Yayoi hot on his tail, and his vampiric elder Cain intent on bringing Shido back into the fold, the undead vigilante races to keep one step ahead and solve the mysteries of the Nightbreed before it's too late. This complete series collection contains all 12 episodes in Japanese with English subtitles, and the English dub!

Discotek will offer Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective in Japanese with English subtitles, and with the English dub. Central Park Media previously released the anime on VHS and DVD.


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VERY glad they picked up Marmalade Boy from Toei. Here's a fun fact, FUNimation was supposed to re-release this as part of the distribution deal they had with Tokyopop back in 2006 but the license expired a year later so it didn't happen and now it's happening 10 years later under a better company now. If this is anything like Boys Over Flowers was then it'll be quite the watch so I'll be looking forward to buying both sets. :happy:

As for the rest, not familiar with them though the SD Blu-ray for Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a surprise. Anyone familiar with this version? I know of the original story but only through the 1939 movie.

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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2017 6:48 am 
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I only saw a few episodes of The Wizard of Oz anime and from what I saw, it's much more faithful to the books than the MGM movie was, which might disappoint you if you're a fan of the film. Dorothy has silver shoes in the anime like she does in the book and Oz is a real place and not just a dream. The anime is aimed at young children so it takes out all the darker content from the books but it's still probably the most faithful adaptation of Baum's work from what I saw of it, and it adapts the first three books in the series. Depending on your tastes, you might find it to be a bit too childish for you compared to the Judy Garland film. And even though it's more faithful, don't go in expecting it to be like Return To Oz because it's aimed at young children. But if you're a big Oz geek like I am, it's interesting to watch and kids might enjoy it if they're not bothered by 80s animation and you might enjoy seeing some of the later Oz stories that tend to be ignored by Hollywood adapted. There were also complitation film versions of the TV series that were the only version available on DVD in the U.S. until this release but I've never seen those but I'm aware those versions cut out a lot to fit into a movie format.


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We uploaded the first episode of the original version of the Wizard of Oz to Youtube! This is the complete first episode in Japanese with English subtitles. If this is a success we will upload episode 2 at a later date. Please check it out!


Episode 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_tWsrnu1ss

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Interesting, I thought they were only releasing the dub for Wizard of Oz because of a rights issue. I'm guessing the English dub is edited, so they're unable to do a dual-audio release. Maybe they're considering if doing a sub-only release would be worthwhile?

Excited about Marmalade Boy, since the OOP Tokyopop sets go for way too much these days. I'm hoping they'll use the R2 masters, with new subs. The video quality on the Tokyopop sets were definitely TV masters, and the subtitles were fansub quality.

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Interesting, I thought they were only releasing the dub for Wizard of Oz because of a rights issue. I'm guessing the English dub is edited, so they're unable to do a dual-audio release. Maybe they're considering if doing a sub-only release would be worthwhile?


Hopefully they go through with it this time, I'm still wondering what's going on with Sonic X since the 4Kids dub sets have been out for a while (5-6 months actually).

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Excited about Marmalade Boy, since the OOP Tokyopop sets go for way too much these days. I'm hoping they'll use the R2 masters, with new subs. The video quality on the Tokyopop sets were definitely TV masters, and the subtitles were fansub quality.


Do you have any sub examples? Someone elsewhere mentioned something about "weeaboo speak" and I recall something about their Initial D subs using a fansub script but did they do this for all of their shows?

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Do you have any sub examples? Someone elsewhere mentioned something about "weeaboo speak" and I recall something about their Initial D subs using a fansub script but did they do this for all of their shows?


No, I don't. They left in honorifics, but also left in a lot of Japanese terms untranslated (such as "yoroshiku" and "senpai"). They also didn't sub insert songs. I also remember the subtitles being big and unprofessional looking. The overall translation was pretty good, though. They also included translation notes, pencil boards and staff interviews.

Another annoying thing they did (atleast in the first set) was use the credits for episode 1 for every single episode.


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(^TMS' International opening)

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TMS Entertainment announced in a press release on Thursday that Lupin III: Part IV will premiere on Adult Swim's Toonami block on June 17. The series will air weekly with an English dub.

Discotek Media previewed the English dub at Katsucon and will release the series on Blu-ray Disc and DVD this year. Richard Epcar, the voice of Daisuke Jigen from Lupin III: Part II, returned to direct the English dub along with Ellyn Stern. Tony Oliver (Arsene Lupin III), Lex Lang (Goemon Ishikawa), and Michelle Ruff (Fujiko Mine) also returned from Part II. Doug Erholtz replaced Jake Martin as Zenigata.

Lupin III: Part IV, the first Lupin III television anime series in three decades to star the titular character, premiered in Japan in October 2015, after first premiering as Lupin III - L'avventura Italiana on Italian television in August 2015. Crunchyroll streamed the series beginning in January.

The story of the new series takes place in Italy and San Marino, and it features a blue-jacketed Lupin in his 20s. The series open with an invitation to Lupin's wedding to a new character named Rebecca (played by Yukiyo Fujii in the Japanese version).

Franchise veteran Kazuhide Tomonaga (key animator on Lupin the 3rd: The Mystery of Mamo and Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, particularly the iconic car chase) served as chief director, and Yuichiro Yano (Moyashimon, Francesca, Mujin Wakusei Survive, Patapata Hikōsen no Bōken) directed at Telecom Animation Film. Writer Yuuya Takahashi (Donten ni Warau, Tiger & Bunny, Lupin the IIIrd: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone) wass in charge of the series scripts. The franchise's veteran composer Yuji Ohno again composed the series' music, including the ending theme song by enka singer Sayuri Ishikawa.


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Fun fact & then bed, #toonami fans. Before Champloo, we tried to get Lupin III: The Legend of Fujiko Mine. Couldn't make it work.

Too many boobies for our censors! We would have had to chop the show to bits. So we chose Champloo.


Nice to see he went with getting Part 4 now since unlike Fujiko, there isn't much to cut from what I remember seeing of the Italian dub of episodes 1-4.

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Thanks to someone on Twitter for posting these from Tokyopop's Marmalade Boy DVDs.

https://twitter.com/bunnycartoon/status ... 5551266817
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Even with the translator notes, that's just stupid on Tokyopop's part to keep even the most basic of things untranslated and it sounds like the manga had it worse. Hopefully Discotek had a new translation made for their discs.

https://twitter.com/worldofcrap/status/ ... 7951462401
https://twitter.com/worldofcrap/status/ ... 7799436289

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Weeb subtitles and Comic Sans. Ugh. So happy @discotekmedia is redoing this.

We actually dodged a bullet tho. John Parker wanted to make the subtitles PINK. "So girls will like it!" I s*** you not. :unsure:


Wow... :|

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Episodes 1 & 2 of Chargeman Ken are now up on their YouTube page.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfn8NMyQ5tY
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Haven't watched that before, but it reminds me of this one, which English-dubbed version I've even watched in the past:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Boy

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Episode 2 of the Japanese Wonderful Wizard of Oz is now up.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDiPmHguX9o

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Discotek Media announced at its panel at AnimeNEXT on Sunday that it will release Rintaro and Leiji Matsumoto's Galaxy Express 999 and Adieu Galaxy Express 999 anime films on Blu-ray Disc. The company also announced that it will release Madhouse's HELLS anime film on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, and it will release Masaaki Yuasa's Kaiba television anime series in a Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack.

The 1979 Galaxy Express 999 anime film, like the television series of the same name, is based on Leiji Matsumoto's original manga. Discotek Media released the film on DVD in June 2011 and describes the story:

Galaxy Express 999 is the name of a train which travels through space, beginning at Megalopolis Station on one end of the galaxy and ending at Andromeda on the other. But the Galaxy Express is more than just a train - it's also a metaphor for life itself, with passengers constantly boarding, debarking, and dreaming along the way.

Tetsuro Hoshino is a youth who'll give anything to board the Three-Nine, including a promise to accompany a mysterious woman named Maetel all the way to Andromeda, the planet where, she tells him, he can get a free machine body to avenge the cruel death of his mother at the hands of the villainous Count Mecha. But nothing is as easy as it sounds, and Tetsuro is about to learn the true price not only for boarding the Three-Nine and avenging his mother, but for leaving his childhood behind, falling in love, and becoming a man.

Discotek released the Adieu Galaxy Express 999 anime film on DVD in June 2011, and it describes the film:

Tetsuro Hoshino was once a boy willing to give anything to board the Three-Nine, including a promise to accompany a mysterious woman named Maetel to the other side of the Galaxy, if only to fulfill a vow to avenge the cruel death of his mother at the hands of the villainess Count Mecha.

Now, two years after the events of Galaxy Express 999, Earth has become a battlefield, and Tetsuro is summoned to board the Three-Nine once more. All questions will be answered and all mysteries revealed as Tetsuro embarks on a journey the destination of which is unknown even to the Galaxy Express Railways locomotive C6248 itself... a journey which will reveal a secret so awful, even Maetel herself can hardly bear speak of it.

The film debuted in 1981 as a sequel to the Galaxy Express 999 and Galaxy Express 999: Glass no Clair films.

Viz Media had once licensed the two Galaxy Express 999 films in North America, before Discotek Media licensed them in 2010. Both films debuted on the Viewster streaming service last year.

Discotek Media will release the two films on Blu-ray Disc in late 2017.

Yoshiki Yamakawa and Madhouse's 2008 Hells anime film adapts Sin'Ichi Hiromoto's Hells Angels manga. The "dark fantasy that is full of cynical gags" follows a girl's journey to hell and back.

The anime was first screened theatrically under the original manga's name in 2008. TC Entertainment released the film on Blu-ray Disc in Japan with English subtitles and under the title Hells in August 2012.

Masaaki Yuasa (The Tatami Galaxy, Ping Pong, Mind Game, Lu over the wall) and Madhouse's 12-episode Kaiba anime series premiered in Japan in April 2008. Siren Visual released the series in Australia in 2011, and it describes the show:

What are memories?
Souls? Spirits?

This is a world where memories can be turned into data and stored. Even if the body dies, its memories live on and can be transferred to another body. Bad memories can be erased and good ones downloaded. However, this is something only privileged can do.

In a world like this, our protagonist Warp (aka Kaiba) is travelling in another body while having no memories of his own...

The series starred Houko Kuwashima as Kaiba, Mamiko Noto as Neiro, and Romi Park as Popo.


Heard good things about Kaiba, never heard of Hells and though not surprised with the Matsumoto kick they have been on lately, I'm not too thrilled about the 999 movies since Toei's Blu-ray remaster was crap (not upscales but had all of their film grain scrubbed out unlike the other movies they released afterwards) and Discotek used them for the 2011 DVDs so I say good luck if they want the BDs to sell a lot.

EDIT: Cover art for Kaiba added with a release date of September 26th.

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Discotek Media announced on Facebook on Tuesday that it has licensed Soul Link, Project A-Ko 2: Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group, Project A-ko 3: Cinderella Rhapsody, and Project A-Ko 4: Final. All four anime will get DVD releases on September 26, along with Discotek's Crusher Joe: The OVA's DVD and Kaiba Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack.

Discotek's Soul Link release will include all 12 episodes in Japanese with English subtitles. The 2006 anime is based on the visual novel of the same name, which MangaGamer released in English. Discotek describes the story:

The happy reunion between siblings, friends, and lovers aboard the space station Aries is short-lived, as a group of heavily-armed terrorists invades. A majority of crew members and tourists evacuates, leaving a small group of fresh-faced military cadets, their tough-as-nails commander, and a resourceful young officer to survive while trying to keep the terrorists from bombarding Earth with nuclear weapons. Soon, though, both cadets and terrorists realize there's a bigger threat in their midst, in the form of a traitor with a bioengineered virus. Making matters worse, the genius of cer is taken prisoner, leaving his comparatively average younger brother to lead the underdog effort.

Discotek will release all three Project A-Ko original video anime (OVAs) with both Japanese audio and the original English dubs from their Central Park Media releases. Discotek already released the first Project A-Ko film in 2011. Discotek describes the three sequels as follows:

Project A-Ko 2: Plot of the Daitokuji Financial Group (1987):

Three weeks have gone by since the alien spaceship crash landed on the Graviton City spire, and since then the aliens have been hard at work converting their ship to a pleasure district, hoping to make friends with the humans! ...Not. Perpetually late and continually over-eating A-ko, spacey and cheerful C-ko, and brilliant and bold B-ko are about to enter summer break from school, and it just so happens the aliens' ship is open for business. When a free meal turns into a sob story about how the aliens just want to go home, will it be A-ko or B-ko who can get the ship into orbit again? More importantly, which one of the two will win C-ko's affections? Giant mecha, superheroes, and battle bikinis abound in this second installment of the parody-tastic Project A-Ko!


Project A-ko 3: Cinderella Rhapsody (1988):

Spring is in the air, and that means love is sure to follow. Or at least, overpowered redhead A-Ko really hopes it does! While out shopping for the perfect dress, A-Ko gets into an argument with normally carefree C-Ko, who's more interested in having fun than having a boyfriend. When C-Ko runs away, she's nearly hit by handsome hunk and motorcyclist Kei, who in turn is hit by a panicking A-Ko rushing after her friend. Left with only a glass slipper earring to remember "her" by, when A-Ko and Kei meet again at A-Ko's part-time job, the passion of youth is sure to bloom! Or will it? Throw in conniving B-Ko's plans to ruin anything good for A-Ko, a petulent C-Ko, and a whole mess of mecha, and you've got yourself a Cinderella Rhapsody!


Project A-Ko 4: Final (1989):

On a quiet day at Graviton High, while the kicks are fast and the missile barrages are booming, Miss Ayumi ponders just where her life is leading. Meanwhile, out in the deserts of Iraq, scientists have unearthed a strange artifact bearing a symbol just like the one on Miss Ayumi's pendant. Strange things begin to occur, and the strangest of all is Miss Ayumi agreeing to an arranged marriage. With handsome hunk Kei, of all people! Still carrying a torch for the dashing young man, A-Ko and B-Ko take their fight to the school's gym-turned-wedding chapel, even as a massive fleet of aliens bears down upon the Earth. As the mecha are mobilized and missiles start to fly, C-Ko wonders to herself, where does she belong in all of this?

A fourth OVA, Project A-Ko: Uncivil Wars debuted in 1990, offering an alternate retelling of the original film.


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Enjoyed the first A-Ko movie so it's good to see them get the rest...6 years after that release...and I'll be buying them. Hope they get Uncivil Wars too eventually...........

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Discotek Media announced on Monday that it has licensed the Magical Canan and The Adventures of the Little Prince television anime and plans to release both on DVD on October 31. In addition, Discotek announced that it will release True Tears and Fist of the North Star on Blu-ray Disc and Chargeman Ken! on DVD, also on October 31.

The 2005 Magical Canan television anime, like the earlier adult original video anime (OVA) Magical Kanan, is based on Terios' adult PC game. Discotek describes the story:

Chihaya is an average high school student whose life turns upside down when she comes across Natsuki, a cute, rabbit-like creature that she takes in as a pet before finding out he can take human form and is from Evergreen, a parallel world full of nature and magic. He has come to the human world to retrieve five special stolen Seeds, each with the power to possess people and turn them into the embodiment of their desire. Chihaya is drafted into becoming Magical Warrior Carmine, Natsuki's souped-up (and suped-up) lead partner and together they begin the quest to recover the Seeds, a task made more difficult by the arrivals of arrogant rival Cerulean Blue and Septem, a Magical Warrior from Evergreen who is oddly jealous of Chihaya.

NuTech Digital and later Adult Source Media released the Magical Kanan OVA on DVD.

Discotek's The Adventures of the Little Prince release will be the English-dubbed version. The series had 35 episodes air on television in Japan between 1978 and 1979, and four additional episodes were added for the Japanese home video release, but only 26 episodes were dubbed in English to run on Nickelodeon.

The anime is based on Antoine De Saint-Exupéry's children's story. Discotek describes the anime:

The Little Prince lives on the distant asteroid B-612. There he cleans his volcanoes and cares for his magical rose. One day, a space bird named Swifty visits his tiny planet and shows him how he can hitch rides on passing comets and visit far off galaxies. Meeting new friends at every stop, The Little Prince travels across the universe and learns valuable lessons about honesty, bravery, and kindness.

Koch Vision previously released the series on DVD in 2005.


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Nice to see True Tears get on Blu-ray finally but the big news for me is Fist of the North Star on SD Blu-ray. This is a great move since I'm sure they know that Toei won't do any proper HD release (see their TV series upscales done by Q-Tec, Sailor Moon included) so this is the best we're going to get on Blu-ray and on 3 discs so it should be fine quality-wise, especially since like the DVDs, they're using the 25th Anniversary remaster (2008) which was an improvement over the original Japanese singles (2003-2004, same master used on all streaming sites). It was Discotek getting this series in 2008 & 2009 that made me a fan of the company and I bought all 5 DVD sets (the 4 parts and the complete set) and I'll be looking forward to triple-dipping on this show and on a better disc format (yes it's SD but again, better than being upscaled to HD plus 3 SD BDs in a normal-sized case > 21 DVDs in 4 brick cases or 1 half-STACKpak).

https://twitter.com/worldofcrap/status/ ... 9326349312

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This one almost killed me. But it’s done. 152 eps on 3 discs. But we did it and it looks awesome.

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So it's a new encode? Is the subtitle font improved over the DVD?


Subtitles are re-rendered (not sure what font the DVDs used) and have been freshly proofed and spiffed up. New encode but same source.


So looking forward to this. :dance:

In other news, episode 3 of the subbed Wonderful Wizard of Oz anime is up on their YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0im9aPw6C4k

and episodes 3-10 of Chargeman Ken are up, posted late last month.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQrFQ5qt5JU
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJ3JCYKHPDo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eObxIPReAyc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RW49Kf4CRgQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_AoyuR8Ecw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_rebJJCEm0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRR-yKSAaJ8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRR-yKSAaJ8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4ymfPYM1TE

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Discotek Media announced at its Otakon panel on Sunday that it has licensed Cyborg 009, Project ARMS, NieA_7, Tomorrow's Joe (Ashita no Joe), Bananya, and Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon.

The company will release the 2001 Cyborg 009 The Cyborg Soldier television series on DVD.

Shotaro Ishinomori's classic Cyborg 009 manga inspired television anime series in 1968, 1979, and 2001 and films in 1966, 1967, and 1980. More recently, the manga inspired the 009 Re:Cyborg movie in 2012 and the Cyborg 009 Call of Justice movie in 2016. It also inspired a crossover original video anime (OVA) with Devilman in 2015.

The story follows a global organization known as Black Ghost, which seeks to lock the world into eternal war. Black Ghost captures nine men and women and turns them into cyborg soldiers, but the cyborgs rebel and fight against Black Ghost.

Project ARMS will ship on DVD with Japanese audio and English subtitles and an English dub. The release will include both seasons and all 52 episodes.

The Project ARMS anime adapts author Kyoichi Nanatsuki and artist Ryoji Minagawa's manga of the same name. The story follows Ryo Takatsuki, a normal high school student who discovers that his arm has been replaced with a powerful weapon driven by nano-machines. Now, a mysterious organization hunts him to attain his power.

Viz Media previously released the 26-episode television series and its sequel, Project ARMS: The 2nd Chapter, on DVD. Viz also released the original manga in English.

The DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of the Tomorrow's Joe film will have both Japanese audio with English subtitles and an English dub. The English dub will be from the Tai Seng DVD. The release will be an HD transfer, the same as the Japanese Blu-ray Disc release.

The Tomorrow's Joe (Ashita no Joe) film from 1980 is a retelling of the 1970-1971 television anime based on Tetsuya Chiba's classic boxing manga. The story follows wandering delinquent Joe Yabuki. When an alcoholic boxing trainer spots him getting into a fight to defend children, he offers Joe the chance to become a boxer.

Home video distributor Tai Seng previously released the film on DVD in 2008.

Discotek will release Bananya on DVD and on Blu-ray Disc for the first time. The company is producing an English dub for the anime. The release will also include Japanese audio with English subtitles.

The short television anime adapts Q-LiA's Bananya banana cat mascot character. The anime premiered in July 2016 and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. Kyō Yatate (Sockie's Frontier Quest) directed the anime at TMS Entertainment and Gathering. Yatate scripted and produced the anime alongside Masahiro Takata (Super Seisyun Brothers director, scriptwriter).

Lupin III: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon will be available on DVD and for the first time in HD on Blu-ray Disc.

The 1985 film was the only anime film directed by filmmaker and actor Seijun Suzuki, who passed away in February. In the film, Lupin deals with two mafia families and Zenigata as he tries to find Babylon's lost gold by uncovering the mystery of tablets found in New York City. During his quest, Lupin meets an old woman who has a connection to the treasure.

AnimEigo previously released the film on VHS and laserdisc, but changed the title character's name to "Rupan" to avoid legal issues with the estate of Maurice Leblanc, author of the Arsène Lupin novels. Discotek announced in 2005 that it had licensed the film, but the prospective DVD release was put on indefinite hold.

NieA_7 will be available on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The release will include the same bonus videos as Geneon's previous release.

The television anime adaptation of Yoshitoshi ABe's science-fiction comedy manga of the same name premiered in 2000. Geneon released the series on DVD. Tokyopop released the two-volume manga series.

Discotek also announced the details of its upcoming releases of Hells and Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer.

The DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of Hells will feature the original Japanese audio with an all-new subtitle translation. Discotek is collaborating with Team Four Star and Sound Cadence Studios on an English dub for the anime.

Yoshiki Yamakawa and Madhouse's 2008 Hells anime film adapts Sin'Ichi Hiromoto's Hells Angels manga. The "dark fantasy that is full of cynical gags" follows a girl's journey to hell and back.

The anime was first screened theatrically under the original manga's name in 2008. TC Entertainment released the film on Blu-ray Disc in Japan with English subtitles and under the title Hells in August 2012.

The release of Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer will have a 16:9 aspect ration preferred by director Mamoru Oshii. The release will have both Japanese audio with improved English subtitles and an English dub from the original master. The release will include director commentary and theatrical trailers.

The 1984 Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer film is the second film based on Rumiko Takahashi's Urusei Yatsura manga. Mamoru Oshii wrote and directed the film.

Central Park Media released the film on VHS in 1993 and later on DVD in 2004. Discotek announced its license last August.

In addition, Discotek announced details of its new releases of Robot Carnival and Lupin III.

The company will release the 30th Anniversary Edition of Robot Carnival on Blu-ray Disc with both Japanese audio and English subtitles and an English dub. Bonus features will include a production art gallery, behind-the-scenes notes, "storyboard to screen" videos, and a short documentary about the film.

The 2000 Robot Carnival OVA is an acclaimed collection of robot-themed short segments created by nine of Japan's top animators. Discotek previously released the OVA on DVD in 2015.

Discotek will release its second collection of Lupin III: Part II with remastered video, the same as the first collection. The release will include episodes 41 to 79 and include Japanese audio with improved English subtitles and an English dub. The release will have commentaries and an interview with Richard Epcar, the English dub director and voice of Daisuke Jigen.

Lupin III: Part II ran for 155 episodes from 1977 to 1980, and several episodes aired on Adult Swimin the United States in 2003. Geneon previously released part of the season on DVD in North America. Discotek released the first collection in January. Crunchyroll is streaming the series.

Discotek will first release an English-dubbed version of Lupin III: Part IV, followed by a release with Japanese audio and English subtitles. The two versions will have some different video content with scenes of different lengths and alternate animation. The English dub is based on the original Italian cut of the series. The release will include all episodes, including the two bonus episodes. The release will feature interviews with English dub directors Richard Epcar and Ellyn Stern.

Lupin III: Part IV, the first Lupin III television anime series in three decades to star the titular character, premiered in Japan in October 2015, after first premiering as Lupin III - L'avventura Italiana on Italian television in August 2015. Crunchyroll streamed the series beginning in January. Toonami began airing the English dub in June.


Regarding Lupin Part 4:
https://twitter.com/Jose_CNN/status/896811166122561537

Glad to hear about Cyborg 009 (2001), one of the many titles that Sony Pictures dropped the ball on. Surprised it's also getting a SD Blu-ray release but then this show was done in early digipaint so waiting for an upscale was probably not a good idea. I wonder if this means they're interested in the other adaptations since I know the Toei/Sunrise show from 1979 got Blu-ray releases 2 years ago (upscaled as we would expect from Toei).

Surprised Hells is getting a dub, even more so that Team Four Star is involved. The studio hired for this is still new since they had done some partial work for Media Blasters recently but with it being in Texas, the rest of the cast will probably be with some of the usual VAs from there.

Glad to see Project Arms get rescued and hope they get more old Viz titles from back in the day.

Surprised they got that Ashita no Joe movie (or Champion Joe as Tai Seng called it), I wonder about the first series since I don't think Crunchyroll ever got that for streaming like they did for the second series from TMS

VERY surprised they got the Lupin Babylon movie again. This was one of their first licenses but they dropped it in 2007 after their releases of Fuma Conspiracy & the 70s live-action movie failed. I guess Lupin's dong so much better now compared to back then that they can go back and release that on disc formats that not even Japan got, even on Blu-ray. Really hope this means they're also looking into getting Part 3, it's not the most popular series but I enjoyed it.

EDIT: Regarding Cyborg 009:

https://fandompost.vbulletin.net/forum/ ... post675303

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I asked Mike Toole about this announcement after the panel. He admitted that there were music rights issues with Avex (likely involving the songs done by globe), but something recently changed in regards to those issues (likely contracts expiring or the like), & since Discotek has a very good relationship with Avex they were able to get the show.

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Glad to hear about Cyborg 009 (2001), one of the many titles that Sony Pictures dropped the ball on. Surprised it's also getting a SD Blu-ray release but then this show was done in early digipaint so waiting for an upscale was probably not a good idea. I wonder if this means they're interested in the other adaptations since I know the Toei/Sunrise show from 1979 got Blu-ray releases 2 years ago (upscaled as we would expect from Toei).


Really excited about the Cyborg 009 release. I figured with Sony involved, the rights were doomed. The only thing I'm worried about is the dub availability. It looks like Discotek is getting their materials through Cartoon Network, which might cause some problems with an uncut bilingual release. Cartoon Network did air all but four episodes. Apparently, all the episodes aired in Australia, but no copies of the final three episodes have resurfaced. Hopefully they can pull through. Although, I'm fine with a sub only release.

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I wasn't expecting this either. Honestly, I kind of forgot it originally had an American release. The subs weren't the best from what I remember, and I remember the dub being super amateur. I think the original company didn't have the proper music and SFX tracks, so it's mostly changed for the dub. I could be wrong, it's been years since I watched it.


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Discotek Media announced on Friday that it has licensed the 1981 Swan Lake anime film. The company plans to release the film on DVD on November 28 with Japanese audio and both English dubs.

Discotek describes the film:

The heartwarming anime classic based on Tchaikovsky's famous ballet returns! On the eve of becoming an adult, Prince Siegfried and his companions stumble upon a lake in the woods. Siegfried spies a beautiful swan with a crown on its head and is immediately enchanted, but one of his friends is magically turned to stone when he tries to kill the rare find. The prince follows the enigmatic swan to a castle, where it transforms into a gorgeous young woman, Princess Odette. The two fall fast in love, but Odette reveals that an evil sorcerer, Rothbart, has captured and cursed her until she agrees to marry him. Siegfried must choose his bride the following day at a palace ball, and exhorts Odette to go so that he may pick her, but the treacherous Rothbart has other plans, sending his wicked daughter Odile in the guise of Odette to steal the young prince's heart. Set against the score of Tchaikovsky's breathtaking waltz, Swan Lake is a timeless fairy tale that explores the theme of true love.

Kimio Yabuki directed the film at Toei Animation. Discotek's release will be the first U.S. DVD release for the film.


Not familiar with this film at all but it having 2 dubs is pretty tempting so I might buy when it's out.

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