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    Set Features the Complete Season 2 Plus 4 OVAs Source: FUNimation Entertainment press release Official Site: d-black.net (Japan), funimation.com/darker-than-black (US) Special Thanks to Jackie Smith and Michelle Lee On October 18th, FUNimation Entertainment will release the DARKER THAN BLACK: GEMINI OF THE METEOR (DARKER THAN BLACK -?????[????]- Daakaa Zan Burakku -Ryuusei no Jemini-, 2009) Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, containing all twelve episodes from season two of the sci-fi anime series DARKER THAN BLACK. The set also includes the four-part DARKER THAN BLACK GAIDEN (DARKER THAN BLACK ????? ??, Daakaa Zan Burakku Kuro no Keiyakusha: Gaiden, 2010) OVA that links seasons 1 and 2. DARKER THAN BLACK: GEMINI OF THE METEOR is produced by Studio Bones (FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, WOLF`S RAIN, COWBOY BEBOP, ESCAFLOWNE) and directed by Tensai Okamura (WOLF`S RAIN, COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE, NARUTO: THE MOVIE). In the series, a new and deadly breed

    Korean Horror Film Arrives October 10th Source: Third Windows Films Official Site: terracottadistribution.com/death-bell (UK) Terror Cotta, the new sub-label from Terracotta Distribution presents their first release, the Korean slasher-horror DEATH BELL (??: ?? ????, Gosa: Piui Junggangosa, 2008). Students at an elite high school, preparing for mid-term exams, are held captive and forced into a series of sadistic games. The students find themselves plunged into a deadly test where they are picked off one by one and held in impenetrable traps where they must rely on the amazing intellects of their classmates to be released, every time a question is answered incorrectly, a classmate meets their torturous, grizzly death. When it emerges that the students are being picked off according to a pattern, pupil Kang Yi-na understands exactly how much time she has to stay alive and figure out the mysteries of who is imprisoning them

    Korean Horror Film Arrives in October Source: Media Blasters, Inc. Special Thanks to Carl Morano On October 11th, Media Blasters will release the Korean horror film DEATH BELL: BLOODY CAMP (?? ? ?? ???: ????, Gosa Du Beonjjae Yiyagi: Gyosaengsilseop, 2010) on DVD through their Tokyo Shock label. The first DEATH BELL (??: ?? ????; RR: Gosa: Piui Junggangosa, 2008) was a surprise box office hit in Korea and was released in the United States by IFC Films. While not a direct sequel story-wise, DEATH BELL: BLOODY CAMP follows the original`s basic concept with a tale of students and teachers trapped in a school for another round of brutal, BATTLE ROYALE-style killing. The movie was directed by Yu Seon-Dong (NATURAL CITY, BLOODY REUNION) and stars Park Ji-Yeon (JUNGLE FISH 2), Hwang Jung-Eum (HIGH KICK! 2, WISH), Yoon Si-Yoon (HIGH KICK! 2), Park Eun-Bin

    Source: Mill Creek Entertainment, Cheap DVD Packs Special Thanks to Barrett Evans A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Our thanks to everyone who entered Mill Creek Entertainment, Cheap DVD Packs, and SciFi Japan`s contest for the GAMERA TRILOGY Collector`s Edition Blu-ray set. We`ve received hundreds of entries, and the randomly chosen winners are: Marcus Scoggins Pete Quint Zen Faulkes Tyler Beasley Jeffrey Jennings Congratulations to the winners! Each of you has won a 2-disc Blu-ray collection of GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE (??? ???????, Gamera Daikaiju Kuchu Kessen, 1995), GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF THE LEGION (???2 ??????, Gamera 2: Region Shurai, 1996) and GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS (???3 ?????????, Gamera 3: Jyashin Iris Kakusei, 1999). The prizes will be sent by Mill Creek, and will take 48-72 hours to be processed and shipped out. The GAMERA TRILOGY is now available from stores and online retailers. The

    GLASS MAIDEN COMPLETE COLLECTION Available on October 4th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has provided details on its October slate of releases; including the exciting sci-fi meets private eye series, GLASS MAIDEN. The complete collection will be released on DVD by the exciting new anime label and Section23 client, Maiden Japan. Product details follow, in order of release... GLASS MAIDEN COMPLETE COLLECTION Published by: Maiden Japan Distributed by: Section23 Films Run Time: 300 min. Street Date: 10/4/2011 Format: DVD Language: Japanese with English Subtitles SRP: $49.98 Shu`s a detective, the brooding, enigmatic type with an eye for the ladies. Together with his kid brother Akira, and `the girls` Manami and Ayaka, he runs an investigative agency that takes on the odd case here and there. Okay, odder than usual, given that their main broker is a

    Source: VIZ Media, MediaLab press releases Official Site: VIZ.com/Pokemon Special Thanks to Jane Lui and Erik Jansen VIZ Media, LLC, the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, will excite POKÉMON fans everywhere with the DVD release of the thirteenth full-length feature film from the venerable kids franchise, POKÉMON—ZOROARK: MASTER OF ILLUSIONS. The DVD, rated ‘A’ for All Ages, was released on September 20th under the company’s VIZ KIDS imprint and carries an MSRP of $19.97 U.S. / $19.98 CAN. The Pokémon Baccer World Cup. It is the most anticipated event of the year, and as hundreds flock to Crown City to watch the exciting competition unfold, Ash, Pikachu, and his friends encounter a mysterious new Pokémon they have never seen before. But when the three Legendary Pokémon Raikou, Entei, and Suicune suddenly arrive and begin rampaging through the streets, it’s up

    Source: Sentai Filmworks press release Official Site: gendaimahou.com (Japan) Special Thanks to David Williams Sentai Filmworks hasn’t added a starter course in sorcery to their catalog, but they have added the thoroughly enchanting new series MODERN MAGIC MADE SIMPLE (?????????, Yoku Wakaru Gendai Mahoo, 2009) to their ever expanding line up of animated hits! Based on the hit manga written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and illustrated by Miki Miyashita (Maburaho), the 12 episode series about a world where the task of casting a magic spell is the equivalent of writing computer code has been mystically crafted under the supervision of director Yasuhiro Kuroda (KAMPFER, AMAZING NURSE NANAKO) with Makoto Koga (ARIA, SOLA, BLUDGEONING ANGEL DOKURA-CHAN) adapting the character designs from Miyashita’s bewitching originals. Life hasn’t been fair to Koyomi Morishita. Even though she’s in High School, she’s so short that everyone assumes she’s still in grade school.

    5-Part Original Miniseries Hitting Home Entertainment Shelves Nationwide Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Tom Chen “Megatron has not been seen nor heard from in some time, and if his return is imminent, it could be catastrophic.” -Optimus Prime The lure of the TRANSFORMERS saga starts a new chapter as all foes return, legendary heroes rise, and new ones are found in unlikely places. The new CGI animated series TRANSFORMERS PRIME which currently airs on The Hub television network and is a Hasbro Studios production, deepens the epic mythology of both the Autobots and Decepticons, while starting fresh for a new generation of fans. Arch rivals, the Autobots and the evil Decepticons led by Megatron, once again face-off in their rivalry for control of Earth in this new show. Celebrate the triumphant return of the Autobots through cutting-edge CGI animation with TRANSFORMERS PRIME –

    Well Go USA Acquires North American Rights Source: Well Go USA Entertainment, CJ E&M Pictures The Korean movie production and distribution company CJ E&M has licensed the North American rights for the WWII tale MY WAY (?? ??, Mai Wei) and the 3D dinosaur film TARBOSAURUS (???????) to distributor Well Go USA Entertainment. Based on a true story, MY WAY is directed by Kang Je-kyu (TAEGUKGI: THE BROTHERHOOD OF WAR) and stars Jang Dong-Kun (TAEGUKGI, THE WARRIOR`S WAY), Joe Odagiri (SHINOBI, MUSHI-SHI), and Bingbing Fan (BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS, SHAOLIN). The film begins in Japan-colonized Korea during the 1930s, where Jun-shik (Jang) and Tatsuo (Odagiri) are rivals hoping to compete as marathon runners in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. But when war breaks out with the U.S.S.R. Jun-shik is forced to enlist in the army. Tatsuo is recruited to become the head of defense in

    From the Director of OF ALIEN VS. NINJA and the Star of KARATE GIRL Source: The Associates press release Official Movie Site: kunoichi-movie.com (Japan) From pioneering ninja movie writer-director Seiji Chiba (ALIEN VS. NINJA; ROGUE NINJA), 19-year-old karate sensation-turned-actress Rina Takeda (KARATE GIRL; HIGH-KICK GIRL) and stunt choreographer Kensuke Sonomura (THE WARRIOR`S WAY; ALIEN VS. NINJA; THE MACHINE GIRL) comes THE KUNOICHI: NINJA GIRL (??, Kunoichi, 2011), an ass-kicking blast of martial arts action. As the fierce rivalry between the Iga and Kouga ninja clans rages on, a pair of psychotic eunuch ninjas, Shimotsuki and Hyotsuki, are tasked with abducting young women from nearby Kouga villages and forcing them to serve as “tools of pleasure” to the lower-ranking members of their clan. While transporting their latest quartet of victims – including a feisty girl called Kisaragi (Rina Takeda) – through the woodlands back

    Get the Blu-ray Box Set for Free, Courtesy of Mill Creek, Cheap DVD Packs, and SciFi Japan! Source: Mill Creek Entertainment, Cheap DVD Packs Special Thanks to Barrett Evans A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE On September 27th, GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS and the GAMERA TRILOGY Collector`s Edition will be released on Blu-ray in North America by Mill Creek Entertainment. Now, Mill Creek and their friends over at Cheap DVD Packs are offering SciFi Japan readers an early chance to win the GAMERA TRILOGY Blu-ray set, free of charge! The GAMERA TRILOGY Collector`s Edition includes all three movies from the acclaimed 1990s Gamera series on two Blu-ray discs... GAMERA: GUARDIAN OF THE UNIVERSE (??? ???????, Gamera Daikaiju Kuchu Kessen, 1995) GAMERA 2: ATTACK OF THE LEGION (???2 ??????, Gamera 2: Region Shurai, 1996) GAMERA 3: REVENGE OF IRIS (???3 ?????????, Gamera 3: Jyashin

    Featuring TIME OF THE APES, MIGHTY JACK, THE VIOLENT YEARS, and THE BRUTE MAN Source: Shout! Factory press release Special Thanks to Tom Chen Our long cultural nightmare is over. On December 6, Shout! Factory, in association with Best Brains, Inc., will release MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: XXII, a 4-DVD set that includes TIME OF THE APES, MIGHTY JACK, THE VIOLENT YEARS, THE BRUTE MAN and a cornucopia of extras worthy of the holiday season. All four episodes are previously unreleased on DVD, and TIME OF THE APES and MIGHTY JACK are two of the most beloved and most requested episodes of the comedy phenomenon! Disc 1 of MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: XXII features TIME OF THE APES, which enjoys a mythical cult status among MSTies. Adapted (i.e., shredded and stitched into incoherence) from the 1974 Japanese series ARMY OF THE APES (????,

    Japanese/Korean Horror Adventure Coming October 4th Source: FUNimation Entertainment Official Movie Site: Higanjima (Japan) Special Thanks to Jackie Smith and Michelle Lee FUNimation Entertainment will release the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack of HIGANJIMA: ESCAPE FROM VAMPIRE ISLAND (???, Higanjima, 2010) on October 4th. Based on Koji Matsumoto`s manga, HIGANJIMA is a Japanese/Korean horror adventure from VOLCANO HIGH director Kim Tae-gyun and DEATH NOTE movie screenwriter Tetsuya Oishi. Akira Miyamoto (Hideo Ishiguro, GOKUSEN THE MOVIE) and his ragtag group of teenage friends enter a world of danger and action when they land on the shores of Higanjima, an uncharted island that`s overrun by vampires. After a beautiful young woman named Rei Aoyama (Asami Mizukawa, MONKEY MAGIC) tells him that his missing brother Atsushi (Dai Watanabe, PRIDE) is alive and might be somewhere on the island, Akira talks several of his friends into joining him on

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment Official Movie Site: funimation.com/trigun (US), trigun-movie.com (Japan) Special Thanks to Jackie Smith and Michelle Lee TRIGUN: BADLANDS RUMBLE (????? The Movie ?????, 2010), the first full length Trigun movie, will be released on both DVD and Blu-ray in North America by FUNimation Entertainment. The movie is the first new Trigun animation in over a decade, and features a new story by series creator Yasuhiro Naito. In town surrounded by quicksand, an outlaw from Vash the Stampede`s past has resurfaced after twenty years. His name is Gasback - and he`s looking to cause a little trouble. It seems Gasback has a serious beef with the town`s mayor, who`s paying dozens of bounty hunters to protect his turf. One of those hired guns is a beautiful woman with a vendetta against Gasback. Will she get a shot at revenge? Maybe, if she

    Source: The Associates press release Official Movie Site: gantz-movie.com (Japan), gantzmovies.com (US) Already adapted as a hugely successful anime series, Hiroya Oku’s manga Gantz gets a stunning special effects-laden, live action makeover courtesy of director Shinsuke Sato (SAND CLOCK; ALL ABOUT MY DOG) and DEATH NOTE trilogy producer Takahiro Sato. A thrilling hybrid of horror, action and sci-fi that recalls the likes of MEN IN BLACK, GHOSTBUSTERS and BATTLE ROYALE, GANTZ (??, 2011) stars Kazunari Ninomiya (LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA), Kenichi Matsuyama (NORWEGIAN WOOD; KAMUI; the DEATH NOTE trilogy) and popular Japanese TV star Natsuna (DAIMAJIN KANON). Teenage high school student Kei Kurono (Ninomiya) is waiting for a subway train home when he recognizes an old childhood friend Masaru Kato (Matsuyama) on the same platform. Suddenly, a drunken commuter falls on the tracks just as the station’s speaker system announces the approach of

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment Official Movie Site: warnerbros.co.jp/tajomaru (Japan) Special Thanks to Jackie Smith and Michelle Lee Loosely based on Ryunosuke Akutagawa’s short stories Rashomon and In A Grove (most famously adapted for the screen by Akira Kurosawa in his 1950 masterpiece RASHOMON), TAJOMARU: AVENGING BLADE (??????, Tajomaru, 2009) is directed by Hiroyuki Nakano (STEREO FUTURE) and stars Shun Oguri (SUKIYAKI WESTERN DJANGO, CROWS ZERO), Kyosuke Yabe (SAMURAI ZOMBIE) and Hiroyuki Ikeuchi (IP MAN, SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO). On September 20th, the film comes to North America in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack from distributor FUNimation Entertainment. In the days of feudal Japan bandits ruled the forests. Tajomaru was the king of criminals: his ruthless character terrorized villagers and royalty across the country. As the legend went, whoever killed the infamous thief inherited his name, his sword and his reputation... Naomitsu Hatakeyama (Shun Oguri) is a

    Source: FUNimation Entertainment Special Thanks to Jackie Smith and Michelle Lee On September 20, 2011, the Korean martial arts romance THE SWORD WITH NO NAME (???? ????, Bulkkotcheoreom Nabicheoreom, 2009) will be released on home video in North America by distributor FUNimation Entertainment. The movie will be available both on DVD and in a 2 Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack. Directed by Kim Yong-gyoon (THE RED SHOES), THE SWORD WITH NO NAME tells the story of the Joseon Dynasty`s legendary Empress Myseongseong (Su-ae, SUNNY, MIDNIGHT FM, ATHENA), a cherished ruler who fought courageously to modernize Korea. Forced to marry a king she does not love and embroiled in a brutal struggle between rival world powers, the Empress draws her strength from a dashing rogue; a nameless headhunter (Cho Seung-woo, GO GO 70s) who would do anything to be near her. This dark and brooding

    Source: The Associates press release Official Site: mv.avex.jp/to (Japan), funimation.com/tomovie (US) From Fumihiko Sori (ICHI; PING PONG), director of the groundbreaking CG animated feature VEXILLE, comes another breathtaking sci-fi spectacle, this time in the form of a two-episode OVA. Adapted from two unrelated stories from the 19 stories that make up the 2001 Nights manga written and illustrated by Yukinobu Hoshino, TO – 2001 NIGHTS (???, 2009) is a beautifully envisioned homage to the golden age of literary and cinematic science fiction. In the first of the two stories, ELLIPTICAL ORBIT, the crew aboard the earth-orbiting space station Midnight Bazooka are busy propelling containers of essential supplies toward a moon-base when they are visited by the starship, the Flying Dutchman. Returning from a 15-year mission in deep space, the Dutchman is carrying a cargo of liquid protons bound for earth. Thanks to extended

    MARDOCK SCRAMBLE: THE FIRST COMPRESSION Available on September 27th Source: Section23 Films press release Special Thanks to Mike Bailiff Home video distributor Section23 Films has provided details on its September slate of releases; including the spectacular new trilogy MARDOCK SCRAMBLE. The first movie will be released on DVD & Blu-Ray by Section23 client Sentai Filmworks. Product details follow, in order of release... TO LOVE RU COMPLETE COLLECTION Published by: Sentai Filmworks Distributed by: Section23 Films Run Time: 650 min. Street Date: 9/6/2011 Format: DVD Language: Japanese with English Subtitles SRP: $69.98 They say that the bathroom is the most dangerous room in the house, but when a beautiful, naked alien princess teleports into Rito Yuki’s bathtub, it’s a definite case of rub-a-dub-DOOM! Having no idea that the planet Develuke even exists, Rito is completely unaware that touching a girl’s breasts there is how they propose marriage.

    Source: NEW PEOPLE Entertainment, MediaLab Official Movie Site: gantz-movie.com (Japan), gantzmovies.com (US) Special Thanks to Shio Toyoda and Erik Jansen A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE On August 30th, NEW PEOPLE Entertainment is bringing the Japanese live action science fiction adventure GANTZ (??, 2011) to DVD and Blu-ray in North America. The film is based on the hit manga series created by Hiroya Oku, which has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and was previously adapted in a 26 episode anime series. Directed by Shinsuke Sato (THE PRINCESS BLADE) and starring Kazunari Ninomiya (LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA) and Kenichi Matsuyama (DEATH NOTE, DETROIT METAL CITY), GANTZ made its world premiere in the U.S. with screenings held at over 330 theaters nationwide. The movie went on to top the Japanese box office for four consecutive weeks, grossing over $40 million. To celebrate the upcoming release, NEW PEOPLE Entertainment

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