FUNimation Entertainment has announced its November 2013 release slate, which includes five titles on Blu-ray: Akira: 25th Anniversary Edition, Maken-Ki! Battling Venus: Limited Edition, Binbo-gami ga! Good Luck Girl!: Limited Edition, One Piece: Strong World, Movie 10 and Wolf Children. The first two street on November 12th, while the next three arrive a week later, on November 19th. Tech specs and special features have yet to be revealed.
Synopsis: 2019. Neo-Tokyo has arisen from the ashes of a mysterious explosion under Japan's new political system, but the glittering city is built on foundations of poverty, ignorance and despair. Kaneda and his friends, a gang of juvenile delinquents, race a rival group of bikers. While the police attempt to disperse a riot with tear gas, Tetsuo takes the lead and, after disposing of his opponents, nearly runs down what looks to be a 100-year-old baby. Tetsuo is suddenly taken prisoner by agents of the top-secret Akira Project, where he is subjected to a series of tests which unleash his latent psycho-kinetic powers. More powerful than anyone imagined, he escapes, creating a swathe of destruction across the city.
Synopsis: Takeru Ohyama, a young normal yet perverted minded guy, got accepted and now goes to a school that, unknown to him, was where combat and magic is used. On the first day, he meets again after three years: Haruko Amaya, his childhood friend, Inaho Kushiya, a girl who says she's his fiance, and Kodama Himegami, a blonde who wants to kill him. Finding out that there are many girls there that just don't like him, he is told that everyone there uses a special magic ability while using an item or weapon called a Maken. Later, he finds that no Maken is acceptable for him and doesn't know what to do, since in this school the students get into duels that showcase their magic and combat power, of which he seemingly has none.
Synopsis: Pretty, busty rich girl Sakura Ichiko has been blessed with an inordinate amount of good fortune, so much so that she's actually sucking the fortune from those around her. To correct that massive imbalance, Momiji, a God of Misfortune, has come to Earth to "treat" Sakura—only Sakura isn't so willing to cooperate. As part of an ongoing effort to remedy the problem, Momiji starts living with Sakura.
Synopsis: The tenth film in the One Piece series. 20 years after his escape from Impel Down, the legendary pirate Shiki "the Golden Lion" reappears causing massive upheaval to the Marines. During his long seclusion, he was able to come up with a scheme to bring the World Government to his knees. On his way to execute the plan, Shiki crosses paths with the Straw Hat Pirates and becomes so impressed with Nami's knowledge of meteorology that he abducts her to forcedly enlist her into his crew. Luffy and the gang end up on a strange land populated with monstrous beasts as they desperately search for Shiki and Nami.
Synopsis: Hana is a 19-year-old student who falls in a fairy-tale like love with a "wolf man." Over the course of the 13-year story, Hana gives birth to two children: older sister Yuki, and younger brother Ame, also known as Snow and Rain. At first the family quietly lives in city trying to hide their wolf heritage, but when the children's father suddenly dies, Hana makes the decision to move to a rural town, far from city life. The critically acclaimed Wolf Children surpassed Hosoda's Summer Wars at the Japanese box office to become Japan's fifth highest grossing film in 2012, and won numerous awards, including the Japan Academy Prize for Animation of the Year and the Audience Award at the New York International Children's Film Festival.
It's not likely that the audio for Akira will be improved. the Honneamise release included a stellar 192kHz, 24-bit Japanese track. though it'll be interesting if the animation gets a new high def scan.
Being that we share the same region as Japan and the series currently not available on Blu-ray in Japan, could be a while. We are lucky that season 4 is 16:9. In Japan, the DVDs for those episodes were released cropped at 4:3. (Note: Only episodes 1 - 206 are originally 4:3)
I don't remember the subtitles being very good if that was supposed to be a translation of the Japanese audio. (Never listened to the dub)
Wolf Children day one!!! I have the first pressing of Akira, so no need for this release. Glad others can get it at a good price now, though. I'll look into Maken-Ki and the One Piece film-- Just started One Piece, and need to watch more before I start binge purchasing.
I hope Akira will reinstate the old DVD option to display subtitles for the various texts in the background. It'll be interesting to see how this stacks up. Have the UK release since I didn't wanna pay for the OOP version, pretty sure I will be getting this unless there is no improvement in PQ.
If the video/audio transfer is the same as previously I wouldn't mind as many of us including me missed out the first Akira pressing on Blu-ray. I am an audiophile and I NEED to listen to that 192/24 TrueHD track as it is said to be aural perfection. I hope it's not downgraded to 48/24.