Right Stuf Schedules "Aoi Hana" Home Video Release

Marimete and Shingu sets also announced

Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and its Lucky Penny Entertainment label have announced a March 5, 2013 release date for acclaimed yuri series Sweet Blue Flowers (Aoi Hana). The DVD set will include the entire 11-episode television series, in a single DVD keepcase, with Japanese audio, English subtitles and on-screen translations, and on-disc video extras.

 

 

 

This anime adaptation of the character-driven, coming-of-age manga by Takako Shimura (Wandering Son) features direction by Kenichi Kasai (Honey and Clover), animation by J.C. Staff (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Nodame Cantabile), and an opening animation sequence conceived by Kunihiko Ikuhara (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Penguin Drum). In 2009, it was recognized by the jury of the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival as a recommended work.

 

Tears have always come easily to Fumi, but as a child, she could count on her best friend, Akira, to cheer her up. After a decade apart, Fumi and Akira find themselves reunited by chance. But even as the two girls rediscover their friendship, with the start of the new school year, Fumi becomes romantically involved with a tall, charismatic girl named Sugimoto. Fumi soon finds herself playing a balancing act between friendship and love. The complete, 11-episode series!

 

SWEET BLUE FLOWERS (Aoi Hana) Complete Series
Format: DVD (Litebox)
Pre-Book: 2/5/2013
Street Date: 3/5/2013
Runtime: 275 minutes
Genre: Drama
Suggested Rating: 13+

Audio: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
Subtitles: English subtitles and English on-screen translations
Video: 16:9 Anamorphic widescreen, Color
Catalog #: LPDVD1362
ISBN: 1-57032-735-1
UPC: 7-42617-1362-2-1
SRP: $39.99

Features:
Clean opening, TV spots, character art gallery, and original U.S. trailer.

 

 

 

Right Stuf also announced that the MARIA WATCHES OVER US Season 4 DVD set will be available on March 5, 2013.

 

This new DVD set repackages all 13 television episodes of the anime series’ fourth season, plus its 11 specials, in a single DVD keepcase. It features Japanese audio, along with English on-screen translations, and two English-language subtitle tracks: one with regular dialogue subtitles and a second, special subtitle track that retains the Japanese honorifics.

 

The Maria Watches Over Us anime is based upon a series of novels – written by Oyuki Konno and illustrated by Reine Hibiki – that began in 1998 and spans 38 volumes. Short stories related to the series have been published in the shoujo (girls’) magazine Cobalt, and a manga adaptation was serialized in the anthology magazine Margaret. The series’ publisher, Shueisha, produced 14 drama CDs (featuring radio-style plays), and there are also several Internet radio plays, a live-action film adaptation and a spin-off novel series.

 

The anime adaptation of Maria-sama ga Miteru – also referred to by fans as “MariMite” – encompasses two, 13-episode TV seasons, a 5-episode OVA (original video animation) as its third season, and a 13-episode fourth season, which aired on Japanese television during 2009. All four seasons are licensed for English-speaking audiences by and available on DVD from Right Stuf’s Nozomi Entertainment.

 

Yumi and the Yamayuri Council have found two new helpers in Kanako and Toko. Unfortunately, their assistance comes with a certain tension, as neither girl is particularly fond of the other and both seem likely candidates to be Yumi's petite soeur. But will either one be a good fit for Yumi? As the school year marches on, the work for the Yamayuri Council piles up, and pressure begins to mount for Yumi to make her final decision.

 

Maria Watches Over Us features animation by Studio DEEN (Fruits Basket, Gravitation, Rurouni Kenshin), scripting by Reiko Yoshida (ARIA, Boys Over Flowers, Story of Saiunkoku), and direction by Yukihiro Matsushita (Seasons 1-3; Blue Dragon, Sugar Sugar Rune) and Toshiyuki Kato (Season 4; Full Moon O Sagashite, CODE-E).

 

MARIA WATCHES OVER US, Season 4
Format: DVD (Litebox)
Pre-Book: 2/5/2013
Street Date: 3/5/2013
Runtime: 325 minutes
Genre: Drama
Suggested Rating: 13+

 

Audio: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
Subtitles: 2 English subtitle tracks, plus English on-screen translations
Video: 16:9 Anamorphic widescreen, Color
Catalog #: RSDVD1352
ISBN: 1-57032-723-8
UPC: 7-42617-1352-2-4
SRP: $39.99

Discs/Set: 4

 

Anime producer and distributor Right Stuf, Inc. and its Nozomi Entertainment announced that Tatsuo Sato's (Martian Successor Nadesico, Bodacious Space Pirates) SHINGU: SECRET OF THE STELLAR WARS Complete Series DVD set will be available on March 5, 2013.

The DVD set will include the entire 26-episode television series, in a single DVD keepcase, with English audio, Japanese audio, English subtitles and on-screen translations, and on-disc video extras.

 

About SHINGU: SECRET OF THE STELLAR WARS

Hajime Murata’s world is about to be turned upside down. First, an alien ship appears over Tokyo. Then, a mysterious new student named Muryou transfers to his school, and everything begins to change. Classmates suddenly begin to display psychic powers. A giant, white guardian faces off with alien creatures in the skies. And men with threatening weapons lurk in the shadows. With all these strange events taking place, can Hajime unravel the truth behind the world he thought he knew? The complete 26-episode series!

SHINGU: SECRET OF THE STELLAR WARS Complete Series
Format: DVD (Litebox)
Pre-Book: 2/5/2013
Street Date: 3/5/2013
Runtime: 650 minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi
Suggested Rating: 7+

Audio: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
Subtitles: English subs & on-screen translations
Video: 4:3, Color
Catalog #: RSDVD1366
ISBN: 1-57032-742-4
UPC: 7-42617-1366-2-7
SRP: $29.99

Discs/Set: 5
Case Quantity: 30

 

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Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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