The Dark Lord held court today at Anime Expo as Right Stuf president Shawne Kleckner had the panel that covers their Nozomi Entertainment company and related labels releases and news. After taking a picture to prove that he was there, the panel launched into familiar territory as they showcased trailers of titles they’ve got and released, such as Aria, Rental Magica, Ninja Nonsense, Lost Universe, the fourth season of Maria Watches Over Us, El Hazard: The Wanderers , Super Gals in its complete form, Gravitation, Dirty Pair, Junjo Romantica and Antique Bakery.
El Hazard: The Wanderers will be created using remastered video and all hardsubs and overlays are no longer present. All soft subtitled.
Dirty Pair is getting two box sets releases with the first part due in Winter 2010 (November 2010 account to their Twitter feed) and the second part in Spring 2011.
Gravitation is getting a new box set that has both the TV and OVA series together with the English audio being remastered into a 5.1 mix.
Junjo Romantica has its second season due in Spring 2011 and Shawne showed off one piece of new merchandise coming from Great Eastern for it with a sample bear plushie.
Antique Bakery has a 2011 date, with the Twitter feed indicating early 2011.
Nozomi Entertainment has acquired some new licenses and kicked off their announcements with the series Soranowoto by playing the ending theme. The series is set for 2011 in a single box set with all the DVD extras and some extra things they got from the original producers.
Nozomi Entertainment has acquired the rights to Revolutionary Girl Utena, which has been out of print for several years after Central Park Media had it and released it in some pretty confusing configurations. This release has been worked on forever in being acquired (believe me, I know!) and they have managed to get it with the remastered video! from the Japanese release, which is critically important. This is due out in 2011. A lot of work is going to be put into making this a pristine release with a lot of interactive things with fans going on and some extras.
Utena will be released in 3 box sets for the thirty nine episodes that it runs.
After the announcements, and an attempt to escape from the room, Shawne participated in a Q&A session with attendees while noting that there are still more licenses to come along the way elsewhere.
With Soranowoto, the series aired as part of the Winter season earlier this year and was one of the shows we reviewed episode by episode, which you can peruse here:
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