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PonyCan USA Unveils “KuroMukuro” Blu-Ray Releases


Wow. Apparently, PonyCan USA isn’t dead!

Earlier today, Pony Canyon unveiled details for their upcoming Blu-Ray releases of KuroMukuro. The series will be released across a pair of thirteen-episode sets.

The release schedule is as follows:

  • Set 1: 7/1/2017
  • Set 2: 7/14/2017

Both sets are being listed as “Collector’s Editions”, with a suggested price tag of $150.98 each ($11.61 per episode). Each set will include a soundtrack CD, a companion booklet, and a pair of reversible posters.

Images and details for each set are available below.

Volume 1

Packaging Shot

Extra Features

  • Textless Opening 1
  • Textless Ending 1
  • Promo Video Collection
  • Commercial Collection

Volume 2

Packaging Shot

Extra Features

  • Textless Opening 2
  • Textless Ending 2
  • Promo Video Collection
  • Commercial Collection

Kuromukuro is P.A. Works’ 15th anniversary project. The series will be set in P.A. Works home prefecture of Toyama, with several prominent landmarks like the Tate Mountain Range making appearances through the show. For example, the robot research facility is located near Toyama’s Kurobe Dam. Snow Grouse is credited with the original concept.

Tensai Okamura (Blue Exorcist, Darker Than Black) directed the project, while Yuriko Ishii (A Lull In The Sea) filled the dual roles of character designer and chief animation director. Ryou Higaki (Moribito – Guardian of the Spirit) was in charge of series composition, while Tomoaki Okada (Darker Than Black, Star Driver) provided mechanical designs.

PonyCan USA describes KuroMukuro as:

During the dawn of the 21st century, the United Nations Kurobe Research Institute was established in Japan to investigate an ancient artifact, which was discovered during the construction of the Kurobe Dam. Scientists from around the world have gathered in the facility to study the object, while their children enjoy their everyday lives attending Mt. Tate International Senior High School.

Yukine Shirahane, a reserved high school girl, is the daughter of the facility’s head scientist. While visiting her mother at the facility, Yukina manages to solve part of the artifact’s puzzle. To her surprise, what appears before her is Kennosuke Tokisada Ouma, a young samurai from the Sengoku era.

As a threat approaches from outer space, Yukina, along with Kennosuke, finds herself defending Earth against the invading forces. Along the way, she discovers the mystery behind Kennosuke and the reason he is determined to protect her.

Source: Right Stuf [1] [2] (Thanks to L.B. Bryant for the tip!)

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