Anime Alert: 'Gakuen Alice' Coming to DVD in November

The supernatural grade school comedy is hitting DVD November 1.

My first thought on the release of this 26-episode DVD set from Nozomi Entertainment was what, exactly, is going to happen to the continued serialization of the manga here in the U.S.? Gakuen Alice was a Tokyopop license, and given their pretty spectacular flame-out earlier this year, this leaves a lot of manga properties that were in mid-story without a home.

Anyway, for those of you interested in this series in another medium, Gakuen Alice will be getting its official North American release later this year in a five-disc set collecting all 26 episodes of the Tachibana Higuchi series (currently a creator without a lot of exposure here in the United States). I've included the official synopsis below, but essentially, it's about a school for geniuses that is secretly a training ground for kids with special abilities, all wrapped up in a junior comedy package.

Here's the official synopsis and specs on the release:

Mikan and Hotaru are best friends! (Well, according to Mikan, anyway. Hotaru doesn't seem to care.) Then one day, Hotaru is escorted away in a fancy black car, apparently scouted by a school in Tokyo called "Alice Academy." Crushed at the loss of her favorite pal, Mikan scurries after her, determined to enroll, too! But Alice Academy is a mysterious place. Can Mikan tough it out in a school where explosions, superpowers, giant baby chicks and axe-wielding teddy bears are the norm? Though it's not as if she has a choice, because once students enter Alice Academy, there is no escape! Contains the complete 26-episode TV series!

Runtime: Approximately 650 minutes, Dolby Digital Stereo, Color

Genre: Comedy

Suggested Rating: 13+

Format: DVD (2.0 Japanese Audio, English Subtitles, English On-Screen Translations)

SRP: $39.99

Discs/Set: 5

DVD Features:

Scene access, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo audio for Japanese dialogue, English subtitles and English on-screen translations. PLUS: Liner notes, character bios, textless opening, textless closing and Nozomi Entertainment trailers.

Gakuen Alice will be released on DVD November 1.

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