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Thursday, August 28, 2003
Raxephon volume 1 press release
ADV Films have sent me a press release for Raxephon volume 1:

"LONDON, 28th AUGUST 2003—ADV Films today officially announced a 22nd September 2003 release for RahXephon—Orchestration One: Threshold, first volume of the extraordinarily beautiful and complex anime series that captivated millions in Japan, and has had the U.K. anime audience waiting impatiently to witness the next generation of mecha anime. ADV will release RahXephon—Orchestration One: Threshold as an uncut Region 2 DVD with content identical to its Region 1 counterpart."

"RahXephon was created and directed by Yutaka Izubuchi (Gasaraki, the Gundam franchise), and produced by Bones (Angelic Layer), Victor Entertainment (Noir) and Fuji TV (Astro Boy, Battle of the Planets). The RahXephon series debuted on Japanese TV last year and became an immediate sensation, with fierce action and multilayered complexity of the plot and characters both drawing in viewers by the tens of thousands. "

"The Story: The city of Tokyo has been overthrown, taken over by the Mu, invaders who have devastated the rest of the planet. Outside Tokyo, the remnants of the human race have fought a desperate 15-year war, knowing only that the key to victory lies within the occupied city. But no one has been able to get into Tokyo—until Ayato Kamina, a young resident fleeing a horrifying attack on the city, unwittingly breaks out. An extraordinary mystery unfolds as Ayato confronts a world he has never known, and begins to learn the horrifying secrets of RahXephon, a humanoid super weapon that apparently only he can control."

"RahXephon—Orchestration One: Threshold (RRP £19.99 DVD) includes both English- and Japanese-language versions, with English subtitles. Orchestration One: Threshold includes the first five episodes of the title, and extras include clean opening and closing animation; a special trailer; production sketches; a printed insert with production notes; and ADV previews."

Tuesday, August 19, 2003
Manga Entertainment News
It turns out that I got the release dates for Virus Buster Serge and Read or Die wrong. They were in fact both released yesterday (18th August) and are available to buy now.

Manga's other forthcoming releases are Kai Doh Maru and Ghost in the Shell Special Edition which are both due out on 22nd September. GitS SE will not contain much that wasn't in the original edition, but it has been completely remastered with a Dolby 5.1 soundtrack.

Friday, August 15, 2003
Cowboy Bebop DVD release confirmed
My contact at Columbia Tristar has confirmed that the Cowboy Bebop will be released in the UK on 13th October. As well as the movie, the DVD will have "6 Featurettes, Filmographies, Character profiles, 2 Music videos, Photo Gallery, Conceptual Art Galleries, 4 Storyboard Comparisons, International Cowboy Bebop Trailer and Cross Promotional Trailers". The price will be £19.99, certificate 12.

Tuesday, August 12, 2003
Revised ADV release schedule
ADV have sent me their latest release schedule. The main change is that Devil Lady has been replaced by Dirty Pair Flash, with the first volume out on 18th August, with further volume out every two months. The rest is continuations of previous releases:
22nd September:
Dai-Guard Volume 4 : Red Tape & Proud Hearts   
Excel Saga Volume 3 : When Excels Strike (Out)    
Hellsing Volume 2 : Blood Brothers   
Martian Successor Nadesico Volume 5 : Secrets & Lies    
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:5    
Noir Volume 3 : The Firing Chamber   
RahXephon Volume 1 : Threshold    
Samurai X Volume 4 : Reflection   

20th October:
Boogiepop Phantom Volume 3    
Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Volume 5 : Blood & Steel    
Burn Up Excess Volume 4 : The Case of the Black Diamonds    
Dirty Pair Flash Volume 2 : Angels At World's End   
RahXephon Volume 2 : Tonal Pattern  
Zone of the Enders : DOLORES Volume 4 The Enemy Within    
17th November:
Dai-Guard Volume 5 : In the Red  
Excel Saga Volume 4 : Doing WHATEVER It Takes!  
Hellsing Volume 3 : Search And Destroy  
Martian Successor Nadesico Volume 6 : Endgame  
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:6   
Noir Volume 4 : Death Warrant

15th December:
Boogiepop Phantom Volume 4  
Bubblegum Crisis Tokyo 2040 Volume 6 : For All Mankind  
Dirty Pair Flash Volume 3 : Random Angels   
RahXephon Volume 3 : Harmonic Convergence   
Zone of the Enders : DOLORES Volume 5: Only the Strong Survive   
Neon Genesis Evangelion Collection 0:7

Saturday, August 02, 2003
August MVM releases
MVM have confirmed the details of their August releases, which will be out on the 11th:
'Vampire Princess Miyu 1 - Initiation': Running time: 75 mins, Certificate 12, DVD £19.99 (includes sub & dub) Cat. no. MVD2013, VHS £12.99 Cat. no. MV1035.
'Sailor Moon - Episodes 31-36': Running time 133 mins, Certificate U, DVD £15.99 Cat. no. SMD2006.


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