On February 22, Discotek took to Facebook to announce that they acquired the domestic rights to three new titles. The publisher will release the following under their banner:
- Appleseed (OVA)
- Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight
- Kyo Kara Maoh!
All three titles will be released on home video, along with Lupin the Third Part 4. Appleseed will ship on DVD, while the remaining titles will be released on Blu-Ray.
Appleseed will include both the English dubbed and subtitled formats.
Kazuyoshi Katayama (The Big O, Those Who Hunt Elves) directed the 1988 OVA at Gainax and wrote the scripts. Yumiko Horasawa (Magical Idol Pastel Yumi) provided character designs.
Discotek describes the title as:
After the devastation of World War III, the scattered governments of the world construct the perfect city administered by perfect Biodroids – artificially created half-human half-robots. Life in Olympus is carefully controlled and monitored – and some of its human population have had enough. A dedicated band of terrorists plot to destroy Gaia, the central computer, and restore freedom to mankind. After a daring raid of a high security facility, they have the weapons and information they need to complete their mission – including the key to the end of Gaia. Will they be stopped before they ruin the dream of paradise?
Appleseed takes us into the explosive world of the Extra Special Weapons and Tactics Squad of the Olympus Police Force, as they battle against those who would destroy their utopia. Join two of the finest (and most reckless) officers on the force in this high-tech animated thriller. Based on the internationally successful comic series by Masamune Shirow, Appleseed is a high-octane, action-packed race against time as the future of a civilization hangs in the balance.
Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight
Gakuen Utopia Manabi Straight will be released on subtitled Blu-Ray.
Ryunosuke Kingetsu (Ninja Nonsense, Samurai Girls) took charge of series composition for the title at ufotable, while Atsushi Ogasawara (Tristia of the Deep Blue Sea, The Garden of Sinners) provided character designs.
Discotek describes the show as:
The year is 2035, and birth rates have dropped dramatically across Japan. The drop in student population, combined with large cultural shifts, have made it so attending high school is no longer considered mandatory. Seioh Academy is no different, with student morale at an all-time low. At the start of the new term, a boisterous girl by the name of Amamiya Manami–nick-name Manabi–starts life at this new school.
Her enthusiastic passion lands her the job of student council president on her very first day of classes! Together with her classmates Mika, Mutsuki, Mei, and Momoha, will she be able to turn this school around and create the dazzling, exciting school life she’s always dreamed of?
Kyo Kara Maoh!
Kyo Kara Maoh!‘s first season will be released in dubbed and subtitled formats on Blu-Ray.
Junji Nishimura (Ranma ½, Zenki) directed the 2004 series at Studio DEEN, with Yuka Kudo (Full Moon o Sagashite, Tetsuko no Tabi) providing character designs. Akemi Omode (Getbackers, Princess Princess) was in charge of series composition.
Discotek describes the series as:
Yuri Shibuya is an average baseball loving high school student. One day, Yuri tries to save his former classmate from a group of hoodlums. Turning on him, they drag Yuri into the bathroom and push his face into the toilet.
When they flush the toilet, he is transported to another world! Yuri is then taken to a castle and crowned King of the Demon World! Is he going to end up as the leader of the land, surrounded by his extraordinarily handsome lieges or will he make it back home?
Source: Facebook (Discotek Media) (Thanks to L.B. Bryant for the tip!)