Discotek Dates Two Pre-Ghibli Hayao Miyazaki Anime, More

Discotek sets "Panda! Go Panda!" "Unico, 1st "Lupin the 3rd" tv series for spring

North American anime and Asian movie distributor Discotek Media has announced spring release dates for Panda! Go Panda! - directed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, with concept, script and animation by the renowned Hayao Miyazaki; Unico - developed by "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka for Hello Kitty makers Sanrio; and Lupin the 3rd: The Complete First Series.

Discotek also mentions that they have "lots more classics to announce soon!"


The 1972 early writing work of Miyazaki, Panda! Go Panda! will be released on April 17th 2012.


The Fantastic Adventures of Unico and Unico in the Island of Magic will be released May 15th 2012.


In 1976, "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka developed the character Unico for shoujo anthology Ririka, published by character good makers Sanrio of Hello Kitty fame.  Sanrio would then feature this characters in productions during the 1977 to 1985 period in which the company attempted to make anime movies for an international audience. (AniPages Daily has an interesting look at the subject here)


Lupin the 3rd's first (of three) TV series will be released  on June 26th 2012. Episodes 7 to 23 were co-written by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata.

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