NIS America has made two new licensing announcements today and they've also made their first foray into Blu-ray known with them. Planned for a July 2011 release, they have premium edition releases planned for Katanagatari and Arakawa Under the Bridge, both of which will be Blu-ray/DVD Combo releases.
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Arakawa Under the Bridge
Volume 1 Premium Edition
The stage is set on the banks of the Arakawa River.
A self-proclaimed "winner at life," Ko Ichinomiya (aka Rec) finds his fate suddenly entangled with a self-proclaimed "Venusian citizen," the beautiful and oddly homeless Nino.
The love story between these two youngsters is often humorous, sometimes bittersweet, and always on the edge of insanity.
This surreal comedy depicts the exciting lives of these two and all the other maniacal residents of Arakawa under the bridge.
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Katanagatari Volume 1 Premium Edition
Legend has it the unrivaled blacksmith Shikizaki Kiki's masterpieces, the 12 Klesha Bringers, led the Sengoku Period of Japan. The "Land of the Rising Sun" was unified as one nation under one man.
However, this man, the Old Shogun, feared a rebellion and enacted the notorious policy known as Katana Hunting, where 988 of the 1,000 katanas Shikizaki forged were collected. Despite the policy, 12 of his true mastercrafts were left uncollected. The other 988 were merely experiments created for the sake of perfecting these 12. These 12 final katanas are known as Klesha Bringers.
The 7th generation master of the sword art Kyoto Ryu, Yasuri Shichika, and his older sister Nanami live on the isolated Fusho Island. One day, a female Shogunate official dispatched to collect the Klesha Bringers, Togame, pays a visit to this island...